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    Izuku Midoriya — Deku 
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita (Japanese), Justin Briner (English)
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"I have to work harder than anyone else to make it! I'll never catch up otherwise...! I want to be like you...! Like you. The strongest hero."
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"A smiling... dependable... cool hero... That's what I wanna be! That's why I'm giving it everything! For everyone!"

One of the few people on the planet unlucky enough to have no Quirk. His name can also be read as "Deku," so his friends often call him by that. He was relentlessly bullied growing up because of his lack of powers, especially by his former friend Bakugou. One day, when walking home from school, a monster attacked him and his favorite hero, the highest-ranking hero All Might, saved his life. This kicks off a chain of events where All Might sympathizes with his plight as a Quirkless hero-lover and trains him to become stronger. Once Midoriya has proven himself, All Might gives him his Quirk, "One For All," which allows Midoria to use incredible super strength to overcome various obstacles. However, his body is still not suited to its overwhelming power.
  • Adorkable: Has this in spades. Just look at that face.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Although Deku was originally a name Bakugou used to insult him, Uraraka begins using it as this, and later Izuku makes it his hero name.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Played straight during his childhood, as his status as one of the few Quirkless people in his class led to him being shunned and bullied, mostly by Bakugou. After inheriting One for All, however, this is no longer the case.
  • Alternate Character Reading: His superhero identity (and former nickname) "Deku" is an alternate reading of his name "Izuku."
  • Appropriated Appellation: "Deku" was originally meant to insult Midoriya, since it can be read to mean "weakling." Thanks to Uraraka, who told him that it can also be read as "never giving up," he ends up using it as his hero name.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Midoriya becomes the successor of his favorite hero. It works against him almost constantly; his admiration for All Might has skewed his expectations of both his hero and One for All, and when he's made to spar against All Might he can't bring himself to fight as a result.
  • Audience Surrogate: As he becomes more and more used to the world of Quirks, so does the audience.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: One For All, initially. It has allowed him to do achieve some spectacular feats of strength, but at the cost of broken body parts. Part of the reason why was Deku's belief that One For All is a trump card, which caused his body to think of it the same way and was thus unable to adjust its power.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Midoriya has been observing his surroundings and taking notes on all the Quirk users he encounters. He can easily predict Bakugou's fighting style, which he uses to his advantage more than once. Later on, he replicates Gran Torino's movement pattern, after observing it for a few matches.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite being a young boy who is constantly terrified, and who is rendered utterly speechless in the presence of a girl he likes, he's more than willing to put his life on the line to help others and his Quirk makes him insanely powerful.
  • Badass in Distress: At the mercy of Shigaraki in a shopping mall.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In Chapter 51, Midoriya punches Stain right in the face, just in time to save Iida from being stabbed to death.
    • Again in The Hero License Exam Arc, he saves Shindou from Todoroki's flames by jumping and grabbing him before the flames could reach him.
  • Body Horror: The anime takes the bone breaking Up to Eleven. The first time he does it, afterwards his limbs flop around like empty gloves.
  • Boring, but Practical: One For All Full Cowl doesn't have the explosive power of a Smash, and only makes him slightly superhuman, but it gives him a dose of its power without destroying his limbs.
  • Born Unlucky: Literally. Humans have an estimated 80% chance to be born with a Quirk. He's among the 20% that did not.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: A Deconstruction of his Determinator mind-set. As a result of overusing One For All, his hand has become permanently disfigured. Worse still, the doctors say that both of his arms will be rendered completely useless if he keeps using his Quirk in this way, basically leaving him a cripple and cutting his dreams short before they begin - it's implied that his tendons will heal fully in time if he doesn't exert them nearly as much, but that doesn't diminish the incentive to avoid breaking them again.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He picks it up from All Might.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Izuku lacks a good sense of humor beyond All Might facial impressions. He's just too darn timid to compose himself to be funny.
  • Cast From Hitpoints: He learns One for All the hard way, by releasing explosive blasts through his limbs; the physical backlash is like setting off firecrackers in his arms. This is carried out to its logical conclusion repeatedly, considering that his self-destructive powers limit his capacity for heroics in the long-term.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: While learning under Gran Torino, Midoriya comes to understand that much of his control issues with One For All stem from his thinking of it like a special power, something to unleash only as needed, when even the most unusual of Quirks are ultimately just another bodily function. From then on, he takes to the idea that he has to get used to using One For All as naturally as he breathes.
  • Character Development: He has a very quick development. Starting as a timid wimp in Chapter 1, he develops a muscular build in Chapter 2 and stops being concerned about Bakugou's bullying between Chapters 4 and 5. The list goes on. The story as a whole can essentially serves as a Coming-of-Age Story for Izuku. As he becomes increasingly courageous he gets increasingly closer to the image of Heroism All Might projected. As he grows in confidence he slowly grows from a scared and timid kid to assuming a unofficial position of leadership within his class. Aizawa comments in chapter 106 that his presence along with Bakugou's affects their whole class whether they know it or not.
  • Character Tics: Has a tendency to mumble when he's overthinking. Becomes a Running Gag as the series progresses. There's also the nervous, quivery smile he cracks during a tense situation, trying to mimic All Might's near-perpetual smile so that he can encourage those around him and reassure himself of his willpower.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His notebooks in which he noted everything he had observed about heroes and various Quirks and people. It’s thanks to this that he was able to read Bakugou like a book during their fight, and he lampshades this.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of the main reasons the heroes are impressed by Midoriya is his will to help people, regardless of how powerful or powerless they are.
    • Deconstructed as his Chronic Hero Syndrome has proven to be detrimental to his body and is cause for concern for the people who care for him. He even had to be restrained by Iida from acting on his heroic impulses when All For One just wiped out a squad of professional heroes in front of their eyes.
  • The Chosen One: Chosen by All Might to be the next bearer of One For All. He later meets an upperclassman that would've been chosen if All Might hadn't met him first.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: It's not obvious but, after his training with All Might, Deku is ripped, though it doesn't ever really show through his clothes.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: A talentless, shy boy without superpowers gets the chance to become a hero. He still isn't all that confident in himself, but it's improving.
  • Combat Parkour: With Full Cowl and his analytic skills, he starts moving like Bakugou when he is fighting. Lampshaded by his classmates.
  • Color Motif: Deku is closely associated with the color green. Green hair, green eyes, green costume, green formal wear in the anniversary art, green vest in the fantasy AU, etc.
  • Cowardly Lion: How he starts off. He becomes braver during the run of the series.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Midoriya has (partially) green hair and green eyes.
  • Death Glare: Capable of dealing them out every now and then when he gets serious.
  • Determinator: Despite not having a Quirk, he never gave up on his dream of becoming a hero. His dream temporarily shatters when his idol All Might tells him to give up, until the hero comes back and asks him to become his successor since Midoriya was the only person brave enough to try to save Bakugou from the villain. Since then, he works very hard without giving up to accomplish his goal.
    • Before he learned to use One For All effectively, this was regularly shown in Midoriya willingly breaking his bones multiple times for the sake of using its power for the good of others — usually fingers, sometimes arms. These are broken bones, people, not pulled muscles. It takes some gusto to swing at the enemy knowing you're going to directly invoke some serious pain in doing so.
    • Deconstructed during his attempts to get through to Todoroki, as it resulted in his hand being permanently disfigured after using One For All with a broken hand.
    • Deconstructed even further when it's revealed that he has only 2 or 3 more 100% bone-breaking attacks left in him. His arms run the very real risk of becoming permanently paralyzed if he tries to use full power punches as he is now.
  • Ditto Fighter: He is capable of, with enough research, incorporating and adapting other's styles and techniques to his own fighting style. So far, he has done it to Bakugou, Gran Torino, and Iida.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He refuses to take any further crap from Bakugou. This is shown when he stood up to him when Bakugou confronted him about going to UA, fought him in the Heroes vs Villains, and gave him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech while he punched Bakugou in the face during the End Of Terms.
    Midoriya: "I'm not gonna be your worthless punching bag Deku forever... Kacchan. I'm... I'm the Deku who always does his best!"
  • Dream-Crushing Handicap: Was born Quirkless and was constantly told that he would never be able to become a hero. Luckily, this doesn't last thanks to the trope right below.
  • Dub Name Change: Not him, but One For All: Full Cowl, according to this trailer was renamed One For All: All Cowling.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first on-page appearance as a child shows him defending another young boy from Bakugou and a pair of other bullies, despite being Quirkless, hopelessly outmatched and absolutely terrified.
  • Eureka Moment: During the classes continued training to strengthen their Quirks and bring out their more unique potentials, All Might tells him he's still trying too hard to be like him. Upon seeing Mei work on her inventions and her constantly thinking outside the box, it finally hit him that indeed he was trying too hard to emulate All Might and that he needed to come up with his own work-arounds for One For All. So he has his costume re-done so that it'd lessen the impact of his strikes and likewise begins focusing Full Cowl to his kicks.
  • Extreme Doormat: His "friendship" with Bakugou in a nutshell. Bakugou is, to put it lightly, a gigantic asshole, but Deku puts up with him and considers them friends, even using an Affectionate Nickname for him. The only time he'll stand up to Bakugou is when someone else is the target of his bullying.
  • Extremity Extremist: Following the major, potentially crippling injury to his arms during the training camp, Midoriya, still wanting to be a hero, eventually hits on using his legs instead of his arms for attacking and develops a kick-focused fighting style accordingly until his arms fully heal. He still can use his arms for hitting at less power, but much, much less often than he did previously, and all the more incentive to train his body overall so he doesn't have to ever again.
  • Fatal Flaw: Midoriya's Chronic Hero Syndrome and his fixation with trying to emulate All-Might in every way ultimately does more harm to his body than good. His right arm ends up badly scarred and it reached the point where if he took any more significant damage using One For All, he could potentially lose the functionality of his arms altogether. His mother's concern, a pep talk from All-Might, and his inability to rescue Bakugou because of how he crippled himself from an earlier fight finally got Midoriya to reconsider how he uses his quirk going forward.
  • Fights Like a Normal:
    • For a while during his fight against Bakugou, since using his power would not only cripple him, it would also likely kill Bakugou due to his lack of control.
    • During the first round of the USJ Festival, he took first place without using his Quirk.
  • Generation Xerox: He's a previously-Quirkless wielder of One For All who aims to be the World's Greatest Hero. All Might reveals to Midoriya that he is a previously-Quirkless wielder of One For All who became the World's Greatest Hero
  • Glass Cannon: Deku mentions the trope by name when discussing the drawbacks of his powers; it's been downplayed since he developed his Full Cowl since he's not breaking his limbs all the time.
  • Grin of Audacity:
    • Sports one in Chapter 24 when facing the villain-bots.
    • Does it again in Chapter 52 fighting against Stain, of all people.
    • From the season 2 anime opening, there's a split-second look at future Deku's face.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: It's black, with dark green highlights.
  • Heroic Bastard: He isn't one, but Todoroki asks him if he's All Might's bastard when he notices Deku's Quirk is surprisingly similar.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Left in this state after Bakugou gets captured.
  • Heroic Build: Necessary to become All Might's successor. Not as blatant as other examples though, being that he just resembles a very athletic teenager rather than a hulked out bodybuilder.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Goes into combat with nothing but his fists and his wits, until he decides to place more offensive focus on kicks.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Midoriya is still getting used to the One For All despite having strengthened his body for it. Whenever he uses any big moves, the bones in that limb shatter, crippling him for the duration of the fight. It starts to come easier to him over time as long as he doesn't use more power than his body can handle.
  • Hero-Worshipper:
    • All Might has pretty much shaped all his hero beliefs. In fact, it's commented that All Might is pretty much like a god for him.
    • To a lesser extent, he also has this towards Bakugou. No matter how much of an enormous Jerk Ass Bakugou is, Izuku can't help but admire his immense power and confidence. During a field exercise, Izuku outright tells his rival that he doesn't want to beat him as an act of revenge for his bullying, but because he thinks Bakugou is amazing and he wants to reach that level as well.
  • Hit Me, Dammit!: Pretty much tells Todoroki to do this so he can stop holding back his fire power just for the sake of spite against his father.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • During his match against Shinso, once he broke free of the brainwashing, Midoriya insists on fighting him with straightforward martial arts instead of exploiting his Quirk to blast him out of the ring.
    • Calling out Todoroki on his stubbornness about using his fire side in combat would be a laudable thing... were Midoriya not trying to do it during his tournament match against him.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Unlike his peers who have had their Quirks since they were toddlers, Midoriya received One For All only recently. So unlike them, he hasn't had years to figure out how to use his power.
  • Humble Hero: He's never looking for praise or fame and honestly wants to be a hero to fight for what's right.
  • Iconic Outfit: His red shoes. Shows up in pretty much all the chapter art with Deku regardless of the rest of his clothes, and they even got a vote during the first official popularity poll. Gets even better when the third version of his hero uniform outfits them with a pile bunker-esque contraption.
  • Ideal Hero: Besides being unexperienced, he fits the bill well enough to be recognized as such by his classmates and All Might. He is charismatic, determined, altruist, kind-hearted, strong, intelligent and capable of inspiring other people, both civilians and heroes to do better.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bakugou gave him the nickname Deku, an alternative reading of his name Izuku. Deku can mean "weakling," but it can also roughly mean "never giving up." Midoriya sticks with the latter variant when he hears this from Uraraka.
  • Irony: Despite being a Socially-Awkward Hero, he is among the most charismatic heroes in training in the manga, and most of his classmates accept him as somewhat the unofficial leader of Class 1-A (he was actually voted as the original Class Representative).
  • Last-Name Basis: The only character who refers to him by his first name is his mother. A few call him Deku while the rest and even the author himself call him by his last name.
  • The Leader: In any situation where he ends up working with his classmates, Midoriya almost always takes the lead. What's remarkable is that he seems to bring traits from all four types to the table. Like the Mastermind, he's adept at analyzing the situation, his opponents, and his allies and formulating plans to allow his teammates to use their abilities to the fullest. He also has aspects of the Levelheaded, being able to keep his cool and avoid panicking, even during the most dire circumstances. But he also has aspects of the Headstrong type, particularly when it comes to using his own quirk, as he's completely willing to bust his own arms and keep going. Finally, he's also the Charismatic type, despite his somewhat introverted nature, as his heroic drive and willingness to give his all, even if that means trashing his body to an unbelievable extent, for the sake of his classmates inspires them to give their all when it comes to supporting him.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Gran Torino accuses him of this, although he's much more thoughtful than most examples.
  • Legacy Character: He's just the latest of many who gained One For All.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Using One For All: Full Cowl, Midoriya increases both his mobility and striking power to above average levels, being able to smash through thick tree trunks with only moderate effort. It's overall power output is less than when using one limb at full power, but he is able to fight without the consequences listed below.
  • Logical Weakness: Two of them. Midoriya only received his Quirk later in life, thus using it is not at all 'natural' to him and puts tremendous strain on his body, although he's working to alleviate that. Second and most importantly, his analytical skills is what often gets him ahead of his enemies, but that means he still needs some time to think. A sufficiently speedy opponent who can Speed Blitz him can deprive him of that advantage.
  • Magnetic Hero: It's mentioned very often that Midoriya has a natural tendency to get people to follow his lead, as well as to push themselves further because of what he's already accomplished. Because of his kindhearted nature, powerful quirk, intelligence, and his desire to help people to the point of willingly tearing his body apart, he's managed to garner the respect of fellow students, teachers, and even other heroes.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Essentially Midoriya's fighting style. Almost every use of One For All will break his bones, from a finger to an entire limb. And when really desperate, Midoriya continues using the broken limb. This ends up being subverted later when, after overusing his powers during the School Trip Arc and playing this trope straight again, he ends up in an almost catatonic state as the pain doesn't even allow him to sleep.
  • Manly Tears:
    • After receiving One For All, he cries in front of All Might.
    • Happens again in chapter 95, when All Might hugs him in the beach, after having lost all his powers, but states that he will continue to train him and that he is proud of him.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: One For All doesn't just come with Super Strength. The wills of all of its previous hosts live on within it. In Chapter 33 they briefly take control of Midoriya's finger to snap him out of his opponent's brainwashing. Chapter 34 has All Might denying this is the case, but it's implied he's not being entirely honest about it.
  • Meaningful Name:
  • Messy Hair: His hair is curly and sticks out in every direction.
  • Momma's Boy: A rare case in which this is not played for laughs, he and his mother have a very close relationship, and her words of encouragement are just as important to him as All Might's. When he gets his costume upgraded, he makes it a goal to keep the base as close to the original as possible, because that was the costume his mother gave him.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Both of his parents have minor Quirks. Izuku himself does not until he receives One For All.
  • Multicolored Hair: Thanks to Hair Color Dissonance, it looks like Izuku has black and green hair.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He shares this reaction with Mirio over their inability to rescue Eri, going as far as to doubt his skills as a hero.
  • The Narrator: The whole manga is Midoriya's story on how he became a hero, and narrated by himself.
  • Nerd Action Hero: He's called a "hero otaku" because of his obsession with heroes. As he develops as a hero, his information gathering skills become useful when fighting against villains or even his fellow classmates.
  • Nice Guy: He's quite open and friendly towards everyone.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the hands of Shigaraki, he gives him a new ideal during their discussion, making him even more dangerous than he was already.
  • Oblivious to Love: Is unaware of Uraraka’s growing crush on him. Most of it has to do with the fact he's found a lot of other things and conflicts to occupy his mind as of late. For him, love kinda became an afterthought to the drama.
  • Ocular Gushers: When he gets really emotional, he really starts gushing.
  • Oh, Crap!: His Oh, Crap! expressions are some of the most, well, expressive seen in recent years. Case in point.
  • Only Friend: A variation with Todoroki. While Todoroki has opened up to people and is clearly well liked by the group, the one to immediately check up on him, invite him to things and chat with him the most is Midoriya. Todoroki is actually rarely seen interacting with other characters, but he is, by no means, isolated from the group.
  • Only Sane Man: On the Hero License Exam Arc, where he calls Todoroki and Yoarashi out for fighting against each other instead of focusing on Gang Orca, who is the immediate threat there.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Izuku, being the Nice Guy that he is, usually tries to keep his cool with his enemies. That composure breaks when he finds out what Chisaki has been doing to Eri.
  • Otaku: He's a superhero otaku, and his knowledge becomes very handy. His Determinator qualities are the result of taking his obsession with learning about superheroes and applying it into actually being a superhero.
  • The Paragon: His Chronic Hero Syndrome was only part of the reason All Might designated Midoriya as his successor. The other reason is that Midoriya's attempt at at heroism inspired All Might himself to take action. See also Warrior Therapist. He is also the one that makes Mineta, Iida, Todoroki and Uraraka decide to work harder towards being a hero. This is a quality that Aizawa lampshades while talking to Ms. Joke about the two students that move the class 1-A forward.
  • Real Men Dont Cry: As of the Internship Arc, Midoriya has apparently started to avoid crying, specially in public. However, as Todoroki and Iida state, it's not wrong to cry when he is facing something awful, and he starts crying either way, so it ends up as a subversion.
  • Retool: Of Jack Midoriya from the My Hero one shot by Horikoshi.
  • Required Secondary Powers: All Might's strength does not come with invulnerability. Midoriya has to train long and hard to make it so that his new powers won't tear himself apart. Even after training, his muscles still lock up and his bones shatter after use. He does manage to find a way to use One For All without crippling his body, but at the expense of not having as much strength on his attacks.
  • Rule of Empathy: Midoriya is practically a textbook example. Which is largely the reason why the egotistical Bakugou hates him so much. Nothing can stop him from putting his life on the line to help or save others who need it. All Might recognizes immediately this virtue of his makes him have a proper hero-potential.
  • Running Gag:
    • He has a tendency to mumble when he overthinks (complete with a "mumble" sfx around his speech bubble), creeping out the people around him.
    • His Manly Tears have also become this, to the point where after winning the calvary battle he becomes quite literally a human geyser, even sticking himself in the ground due to the sheer water pressure of his tears. All Might lampshades this often, saying things like "You need to fix those leaky eyes of yours!"
    • He also tends to suddenly start taking notes of people's quirks and make them all sorts of questions about it.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Uraraka.
  • Scars Are Forever: Using One For All with his broken arm during the fight against Todoroki left it even more broken, to the point that surgery plus Healing Hands couldn't fully repair it, which gave him a lot of scars on his right hand.
  • Screw Destiny: After All Might reveals to him that Sir Nighteye used his Foresight and predicted that All Might would be dead within a few years (one, by the time that All Might tells Midoriya about it), Midoriya has this reaction and states that they'll twist fate together to protect him.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Both Mineta and Kaminari believe that he and Kemi have some sort of relationship, and accuse him of being some sort of Bitch in Sheep's Clothing that uses his innocent looks to attract women.
    Mineta: "I misjudged you, you curly haired, smooth talkin' son of a bitch!!"
  • Shout-Out: His entire character can be called a a giant one to Rock Lee from Naruto. Both were diagnosed as being unable to use a basic power that practically everybody else could, and teased as a result. Both wear green uniforms, have a full-on Lightning Bruiser fighting style, achieved through constant training, that also runs the risk of permanent, crippling injuries. Lastly, both have powerful, but eccentric, Large Ham mentors that believe in passing the torch.
  • Shrinking Violet: At the start of the manga, he was a full blown one, but after his Character Development, he starts to grow out of this. His first reaction to most social interactions is to act timid and skittish, but he can soon drop it. He specially does this with Bakugou, whom he still seem to not know how to behave around.
  • Sketchy Successor: Accused of this by Sir Nighteye. He believes that Mirio would be a far better option than Deku to be the user of One For All, since the latter is so naive, inexperienced, and lacks a sense of humor.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Deku is capable of great feats of heroism, even without a Quirk he wasn't one to sit around and do nothing while others suffered and you can bet in a fight he will be charging head long in the heat of it. In social situations though Midoriya is incredibly shy and that goes double if a girl is involved. Also ends up in a pseudo-Twice Shy situation with Uraraka who likes him but becomes embarrassed if anyone brings up her crush on Deku.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: His dream of becoming a Hero: To be able to save the day with a smile.
  • The Strategist: Midoriya's greatest asset is his mind and tactical capabilities. This trait of his shines the most when he's with his classmates, where he uses the information he knows about their Quirks and draws them out to its fullest potential.
  • Super Empowering: How he obtained his Quirk. Users of One For All have the ability to pass along its power to another person; All Might was the one that transferred the power to Midoriya. It's actually the result of multiple Quirks operating as one whole: the first user was given most if not all of One For All's powers, but his own personal power was to pass his own abilities to someone else. If someone who receives One For All has powers already, they will pass them along as well to the next recipient.
  • Superior Successor: One For All is cumulative, and becomes stronger the more it's passed down. If he fully masters it, he'll become more powerful than All Might ever could be.
  • Super Strength: One For All allows him to use incredible super strength to overcome various obstacles. Once he gets the hang of Full Cowl, this is downplayed, as despite being stronger than a normal person, Midoriya still can't use even close to One For All's full strength.
  • Sweat Drop: Almost always breaks out in a nervous sweat when someone or something rattles him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave a small one when Shigaraki cornered him and forced him to have a chat; what makes him and Hero Killer Stain different? Why is everyone looking at Stain and ignoring Shigaraki despite the ruckus he caused?
    Midoriya: "What's the difference between you two? ...I neither understand you nor accept you... Whereas for the Hero Killer, I don't accept him either but I do understand him. For both me and the Hero Killer, we started out by watching All Might. And back then, I was saved by him. At the very least, he didn't destroy because he wanted to. And he didn't give up so fickly. His methods were wrong, but he tried to live according to an ideal... That's what I think."
  • Thinking Out Loud: He tends to start mumbling whenever he's thinking hard about something. This used to creep his friends out, but they've gotten used to it.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Quickly forms this sort of relationship with Iida and Uraraka.
  • Throw the Book at Them: To stop the Sludge Villain. He throws his bag full of books at him.
  • Training Montage: Chapter 2 focuses this on this after Midoriya agrees to gain All Might's powers. Eight months pass between then and the finish, and Midoriya is shown having developed an impressive build.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Thanks to his training with Gran Torino, Midoriya has developed a new way to use One For All, dubbed "Full Cowl." Rather than running a set amount of it through a single extremity, it flows through his body evenly, boosting his overall ability accordingly. Proof of success? It let him hold his own against and even overcome The Hero Killer.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Played With. As the holder of All Might's power, he has perhaps the greatest raw power out of all the students, but since he is still learning to control it, and it ravages his body every time he uses it. Incredibly, this warps him all the way back into Weak, but Skilled. Unlike the other students, who can use their Quirks at will, he is limited to these explosive bursts of strength that leave him damaged, so he is forced to use his brain to develop strategies and use his power creatively.
  • Unsorcerer: Most of the population has a Quirk, including both of Midoriya's parents. Midoriya is one of the few born without one.
  • Volcanic Veins: Occasionally shows this when he activates "One For All."
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: Midoriya's necktie is improperly tied, resulting in it looking stubbier than those of his classmates, a visual symbol of his inexperience at using his Quirk.
  • Warrior Therapist:
    • Becomes this in his tournament match against Todoroki. While they were fighting, Midoriya yelled at Todoroki for suppressing his fire powers just to spite the latter's father. Midoriya then claimed that Todoroki's powers do not belong to his father, and that Todoroki shouldn't hold back if he wants to be a superhero.
    • Chapter 118 has him deciding to do this with Bakugou, after he is challenged to fight, as he realizes that the fight is pointless, but it's a fight Bakugou needs to vent out his frustration and sadness due to his guilty over making All Might lose his powers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Bordering a very loud Only Sane Man a lot of times.
    • Calls Todoroki out for not giving all he got on the hero training out of spite against his father, while everybody else is doing everything they can.
    • Does it again to Iida, who went crazy for vengeance after Stain, ignoring not only his obligations as a hero in training, but also his own safety and the safety of the guy Stain was attacking.
    • To Bakugou, in the End Of Terms Arc, which is an important part of his Character Development. Bakugou almost failed both of them refusing to get help against All Might, so Midoriya punched him in the face.
    • To Todoroki and Yoarashi in the Hero License Exam Arc, after they got caught up fighting each other while actively ignoring the real threat, refusing to work together and ultimately, endangering Shindou, who had nothing to do with the fight. Midoriya actually says "what the hell" in this one.
  • Willfully Weak: As pointed out in the Required Secondary Powers note above, One For All takes an enormous toll on Midoriya's body. Even after training with Gran Torino and being able to effectively use it safely, he can only do so at 5% of One For All's full power and has to continually regulate its usage to avoid injuring himself.
  • Worthy Opponent: Out of all the heroes he has encountered it appears that Deku is the only one Stain deems to be a true hero.
  • Youthful Freckles: They're not always visible, but during closeups on Midoriya's face one can see clusters of freckles under each eye. They were more prominent in the early chapters though.

    Katsuki Bakugou 
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)
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"You'll regret making a fool of me! I'll freaking kill you!"
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"From here on, I..! From here on..! Y'hear me?! I'm gonna... beat you all! Enjoy your win. It'll never happen again! Dammit!"

A rare instance of a delinquent with a bright future ahead of him. He was prodigiously athletic even before developing a rare and powerful Quirk named "Explosion" as a result of his dad having a weaker version of the Quirk (fittingly, a more mild-mannered gent) mixed with his mother's "Glycerin" (a temperamental and domineering woman whom her son takes after most). After this, he developed a severe complex and became especially vicious towards his Quirkless former friend, Midoriya, whom he views as the "weakest." He believes that heroes are supposed to always win, which is one of the reasons why he hates being helped by others.

Notably, he has yet to come up with a sufficient hero name. That's because all of his previous attempts to do sounded outright villainous.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Midoriya calls him "Kacchan." Not exactly endeared by Katsuki himself.
  • Always Second Best: In his eyes, the fact that Midoriya keeps getting the attention and praise from everybody makes him feel like this, particularly because his victories against others are meaningless to him. So far he lost to Midoriya in the Heroes vs Villains Exercise, in the Obstacle Race, getting a Hero License and others. The fact he won the Sports Festival is pointless to him, because The Ace, Todoroki, sees Bakugou as this as well, since he believes the actual threat to the position of number one hero is Midoriya, not Bakugou.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. His ambition to be the number one hero is actually treated as one of his few positive points, despite him being a huge jerk about it. He also refuses to go down the path of a Villain, despite the fact that his Quirk would be very suited for it. That said in chapter 120 All Might says that his drive to be the best is holding him back from being a hero and that he needs to work on also having an equal drive for rescuing people.
  • Anti-Hero: An Unscrupulous Hero leaning towards Nominal Hero. This is the reason the Villain Alliance kidnapped him. After the event his violent attitude is even lampshaded by the media. It's often mentioned by others that his behavior is very un-heroic and more befitting of a villain.
    • Though he is firmly on the side of good, rejecting the VA's offer to join them straight to their face while held hostage in their base all alone.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!:
    • His usual strategy during combat, although he is perfectly capable of formulating more complex battle plans should this not work.
    • When he picks a fight with Midoriya after the Provisional License Exam, this is Bakugo's battle plan, intended to not give Midoriya any chance to stop and think.
  • Badass Boast: Declares before everyone at the Sports Festival that he is going to be first. He makes good on it.
  • Badass in Distress: Bakugou was captured by the League of Villains during the training camp.
  • Berserk Button: Being looked down upon, or even the barest perception that someone is looking down on him. His cheapened victory over Todoroki in the tournament sent him into such a rage, that he had to be chained and muzzled during the awards ceremony.
    • We might as well just say his Berserk Button is stuck in a perpetually pressed state, because the dude's just about perpetually pissed off.
  • The Berserker: He is reckless and very aggressive when he fights. This proves to be his weakness when he has to fight Midoriya during the Heroes and Villains exercise because he fights so aggressively and so frequently that Midoriya, who has witnessed (and often on the receiving end of) his attacks can easily predict his moves, such as the fact he always opens with a strong right hook.
  • Born Winner: Subverted, but he sees himself as this. At the age of 4, he developed a very powerful combat-oriented quirk, with everybody he ever met filling him with praise and admiration, added to the unknowingly negligent behavior of his parents towards these attitude problems, he quickly developed the mentality that he is simply better than everybody else. It takes however, only one day of exercise at UA to force him to face reality that he is liable to losing to someone he looked down to his whole life and that there are several people who are even better than him (those people themselves being far from Born Winner, both going through a Broken Ace stage).
  • Break the Haughty: Before his Character Development started to set in, Bakugou was getting hit with this almost every arc.
    • In the very first arc he gets kidnapped by sludge villain and gets embarrassed when the "quirkless" Midoriya comes to his rescue. His kidnapping invoked continues to get brought up throughout the series, much to his anger.
    • After spending his entire childhood gaining a massive ego due to his quirk, the Heroes vs Villains exercise ends up knocking him down several pegs. Not only does he lose end up losing to Midoriya note , Yaoyorozu ends up calling him out in front of the whole class for his reckless behavior and then he gets further shown up by Todoroki who completed the exercise with ease.
    • During the Sports Festival Arc, Bakugou finds himself to be the Third Wheel in the rivalry between Midoriya and Todoroki, getting shown up by both of them during the first two events. While he ultimately wins the entire competition, he still gets pissed off because Todoroki held back against him, unlike how he did with Midoriya.
  • Broken Ace: Bakugou has been an ace since before he even got his Quirk, having been the smartest and bravest kid around. The constant praise he got for it led to his becoming a huge Jerk Ass. He becomes the Broken Ace when he learns that some of his classmates are better than him, and he painfully acknowledges that he's not number 1.
  • The Bully: At the start of the story.
  • Butt-Monkey: The kids at U.A. love to poke fun at him because of how easy it is to get him angry.
  • Catch-Phrase: He has a very scary habit of repeatedly telling people to "DIE!" when fighting them.
  • Character Development: Goes from incredibly arrogant in Chapter 1 to less so by Chapter 2, and then becomes much more wary of the skills of those around him because of Midoriya outsmarting him in the Hero Trial.
    • Also, after beating Uraraka, the other classmates chastise him for beating on a "fragile girl." He comments to himself that there was nothing fragile about her, signifying that he's grown to respect people who show grit.
    • He is shown in later chapters to have become increasingly calmer, he is still explosive, prone to devious smirks or even to just look like there's something on his shoes, but he no longer goes around screaming and sometimes is even capable of keeping a normal conversation.
    • Chapter 96 shows a pretty significant step forward, when he actually thanks a now powerless All Might for rescuing him.
    • It's only one scene in Chapter 98, but it really hammers in how differently Bakugou treats his classmates now. The class is distraught after being told Aizawa would have expelled most of them for allowing five students to go and rescue Bakugou, and Kirishima is clearly the most guilt-ridden of them. As a result, Bakugou proceeds to force Kaminari to exceed his Quirk's wattage limit, making Kaminari a babbling moron that captures everyone's attention and even gets Jirou to laugh hysterically. While that's happening, Bakugou hands over some of his own money to Kirishima in order to make up for the expensive night vision goggles Kirishima bought in order to save Bakugou. To sum it up, when his classmates were left rather depressed, Bakugou helped lighten the mood and make them laugh, and in his own way thanked Kirishima for what he did. All this is done without yelling or losing his temper.
    • By the Hero License Exam Arc he seems actually capable of seeing Midoriya as a Worthy Opponent, as he tells it would be impossible for him to lose in the first round. Afterward, he reveals to Izuku that he's figured out All Might passed down his Quirk and challenges Izuku to a one-on-one fight, and in the process it comes out that he feels incredibly guilty over how his abduction led to All Might losing the ability to be a hero anymore.
  • Character Tics: He tends to stick his hands in his pockets and lumber around with an angry shuffle about him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: During the first stage of the Hero's License Exam, it turns out the grenades Bakugou wears around his belt aren't just for show.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: In Chapter 28note , he drops this gem after Monoma steals his headband:
    Bakugou: WHAT THE FUCK, FUCKING ASSRAG PIECE OF SHIT MOTHERFUCKING FUCK, GIVE IT BACK!! I'LL KILL YOU!!
  • Combat Parkour: Bakugou jumps around a lot and performs acrobatic moves when he fights.
  • Comical Angry Face: Pulls off a SPECTACULAR one in Chapter 44 after winning U.A.'s Sports Festival that even unnerves All Might.
  • Determinator: One of his main traits and the main reason Midoriya looked up to him since their childhood. He always tries to win no matter, which was brought up during their fight against All Might.
  • Deuteragonist: Bakugou's character arc, while not as showcased as Midoriya's, is still a very big part of the series, regardless of whether Midoriya is involved or not.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu? : Bakugou immediately attacks Shigaraki once he is freed by the League of Villains and refuses their offer in front of them.
  • Distressed Dude: Has been placed in a threatening situation by a villain with televised attention twice, and saved by All Might both times.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Bakugou has a massive ego, and being helped by someone he had deemed to be the weakest during his childhood seriously damaged it and sparked his disdain for Deku. Deku's desire to get into UA only worsens this, because Bakugou wanted to be able to brag about being the first kid from their middle school to get into the famous school and a "weakling" even thinking about indirectly messing this up for him sends him into a rage. After being rescued by him in chapter one, it doesn't get better.
    • Has a similar reaction when he defeats Todoroki, but only because Todoroki didn't use his fire powers. Realizing this, Bakugou is so enraged at the fact that he only won because his opponent was holding back that he has to be muzzled and restrained during the awards presentation, and even then he tries to resist until All Might forces the medal into his mouth.
    • He also has to be escorted out of the forest when villains specifically try to kidnap him. They succeed and Bakugou has to get rescued again, which really sets him off.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Bakugou was considerably more evil in the early stages of the manga, to the point he would look like a Designated Hero had his hidden depths not been explored. Particularly, telling Midoriya to go kill himself was as bad as his treatment of others got to. This type of behavior never comes back though.
    • The reverse rings true for his character concept- he was originally meant to be a more traditional polite best friend who sometimes says the wrong thing without realizing it, and Horikoshi decided that was too dull, so he made Bakugou loathsome like no other.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Bakugou is an over-competitive jerk who is not beyond the use of violence to win and be considered number one, but he is pretty appalled after listening to what Endeavor is willing to do to his family to achieve the same goals.
    • More importantly, despite his angry and ruthless personality, when Shigaraki gives him a We Can Rule Together speech, he rejects the idea of becoming a villain without a second thought. Bakugou may be a jerk, but he's not evil.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Howitzer Impact. He uses his most powerful Hand Blast and spins in the air before unleashing it.
  • Explosion Propulsion: Can use the explosions from his hands to launch himself into the air.
  • Expy: Horikoshi revealed that he is one of Tetsuo Shima in an interview.
  • Foil: Both Bakugou and Midoriya idolize All Might and aspire to become a hero as great as him - but the two of them hold very different ideas of just what a hero is. Whereas Midoriya embodies the idea of a hero as someone who saves people in need, Bakugou embodies the idea of a hero as someone who never loses. This is most obvious in the entrance exam, where Midoriya gets in scoring only Rescue Points, while Bakugou gets in scoring only Villain Points.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Other than Midoriya and Kirishima, nobody in the class seems to particularly like Bakugou. They constantly rib on his attitude and constantly question how he can even be a hero with his violent and rude personality. They do respect his skill and Quirk however, as well as his drive to be a hero.
    • For an added twist of irony, he was popular at his and Deku's middle school and Deku was the least popular kid in school only for them end up somewhere where his personality actually drives people away while Deku's personality quickly makes him popular in his class.
  • Generation Xerox: He and his mother look exactly the same, and even behave exactly the same, though while he is explosive with everyone, she is explosive only with him. In counterpart, his father takes the role of Only Sane Man in the family.
  • Genius Bruiser: Has the 3rd highest grades of his class (surpassing even Midoriya). He was also Mr. Exposition during the Tournament Arc, explaining how a Quirk is nothing more than a biological function. He also put two-and-two together and deduced that Izuku's Quirk came from All Might.
  • The Gift: Though he is a jerk, his talent is frequently highlighted by the teachers and his classmates.
  • Grin of Audacity: Does this a lot. All Might even lampshades this.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Bakugou is a raging Jerkass, but at the end of the day, he still aspires to be a hero, not a villain.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He can be pretty smart but in the heat of the moment during fights, especially if he's on the losing end, he'll cast aside all reasoning just to crush his target. Against observant or cool-headed opponents, this can be a major disadvantage.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: For the most part. He does hold some people to a higher regard than others, but he openly dislikes most people overall.
  • Having a Blast: His Quirk allows him to create explosions with his sweat from his palms. The more he sweats, the stronger the explosions become. His costume has oversized cuffs to collect his sweat for later use.
  • Heroic Build: As seen in the second popularity poll, the boy is muscular all over. You can see it when he's in his hero costume, too.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: It is shown in Chapter 65 that particularly powerful explosions causes his hands to stun. This drawback is usually mitigated by his costume's cuffs being able to fire equally powerful explosions through absorbed sweat without harming his hands.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He is also a big admirer of All Might, although not for the same reasons as Midoriya.
  • Hidden Depths: You wouldn't think that the incredibly unpleasant and arrogant Bakugou has incredibly high expectations of what a Hero needs to be; essentially, a hero must always be victorious, and expecting the same of himself, instead of just doing it for the fame, glory, and fortune that comes with being a renowned hero. He also wishes to be admired the same way he does All Might. Unfortunately, it takes a while before these qualities shine through, due to his incredible ego, self centeredness and temper.
    • His Odd Friendship with Kirishima implies that he might get along with those that don't criticize or judge him.
    • His battle with Uraraka give indication that he is willing to at least give grudging respect to those that prove their drive and determination to him. Unless they are Deku...
    • He truly respects All Might to the point where he cites All Might as the example he's following when he turns down the villains' offer to join them. While captured in their hideout. And later he thanks All Might for saving him from them.
    • It is revealed that he harbors a lot of guilt over All Might losing his powers, because the mission he lost them in was to save Bakugou from the Villain Alliance. He even starts crying over it, surprising Midoriya.
    • There are some implications he might have at least started to acknowledge Midoriya's potential as a hero. By their rematch, he is implied to have always known that Midoriya had the potential to be a far better hero than Bakugou and the reason for Bakugou's anger towards him was exactly that combined with his Inferiority Superiority Complex. In an extra chapter, Uraraka actually calls him out on the fact that the real thing he feels for Midoriya is fear, because Midoriya poses an actual threat to his victory.
    • Boku no Hero Academia Smash! shows that he likes mountain climbing, and knows a lot about sleeping sacks.
  • Hot-Blooded: A somewhat less heroic version of this than usual.
  • Humble Pie: Bakugou, after the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, not only winds up losing to Midoriya, who reveals that he wasn't even trying to use his Quirk against him, but also realizes that his classmates likewise have much better abilities than he does. He eventually breaks down and admits that he's not as powerful as he thinks he is and vows to get better.
  • Hybrid Power: The explosive sweat is an ability that comes from his father, whose sweat is combustible and apparently made of nitric acid. However, Bakugou is only able to produce explosive sweat at will because of his mother's Quirk, which is willing production of glycerin (thus nitric acid + glycerin = nitroglycerin).
  • I'll Kill You!: He's prone to screaming death threats. Not only is this not a very heroic thing to do, but he's also doing this even when there's nobody he's trying to kill, making it somewhat of a Kiai.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Comes as a result of constantly being showered with praise for his abilities and never being taught how his actions affect others. His insensitivity towards Midoriya turned into downright animosity when he helped him up after a bit of a fall. He found it insulting that the person he'd deemed to be the "weakest" would want to help him. In chapter 119 it is revealed that a lot of Bakugou's hostility towards Izuku stems from Bakugou's idea that Izuku was in fact looking down on him from a position of superiority despite being quirkless, their rematch implies the possibility that he has acknowledged Midoriya's potential of becoming a better hero than him, and that his anger and resentment also stemmed from that.
  • Insufferable Genius: His bite is just as bad as his bark, and this is a guy who barks a lot. This is shown perfectly in the U.A. Sports Festival where, after declaring that he would come in first, he proceeds to do exactly that.
  • It's All About Me: He has a very high opinion about himself, and pretty much looks down on everybody else.
    Young Bakugou: Oh, I get it now! I'm just awesome and everybody else isn't!
    • He also has a deep rooted belief that everything Midoriya does is to piss him off, despite Midoriya keeping his distance from him and actually being far more interested in other things than just Bakugou during the entire time they know each other.
  • I Work Alone: As soon as the Hero License Exams start, he drifts away from the group, played with as, even with him gone, Kirishima followed him.
  • Jerkass: And he doesn't even have a sympathetic excuse, just an explanation. Having been athletic from a young age and developing a rare Quirk gave him a huge complex.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He points out to Kirishima that taking out Kurogiri is vital as he's the only entrance and exit plan the villains have on them when they invade the rescue trial grounds.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • After his match with Uraraka in chapter 37, Kaminari calls him out for being too harsh against a fragile girl. Bakugou responds by defending her, saying that there was nothing fragile about her.
    • Following Bakugou's rescue from the League of Villains in chapter 98, Aizawa gives the class a very harsh scolding for allowing five students to go out and rescue Bakugou without hero licenses. The whole class becomes depressed after hearing this, Kirishima especially since he was one of the main people who pushed for rescuing Bakugou. In order to make his classmates happier, Bakugou forces Kaminari to use up his Quirk's wattage limit, causing Kaminari to become an idiot. This results in the class laughing at Kaminari and being cheered up. In order to cheer Kirishima up, Bakugou then gives him back money he had spent on night vision goggles that were used to rescue Bakugou.
    • He lessened his blasts during the hero license exam to avoid hitting Kirishima and Kaminari.
    • In chapter 133, he gives words of encouragement towards Kirishima, who felt that his quirk did not stand out as much as others.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He scolds one of his friends for smoking. Not because of the health hazards, but because his reputation as a hero would be at risk if he gets the smell on him.
  • Kick the Dog: Probably his defining moment of cruelty towards Izuku was telling the latter to kill himself in Episode 1.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: From nearly getting eaten by a slime villain, to being the most popular kid in middle school to being the least likely to becoming a Hero at U.A., as well as the target of his bullying being the shiny example of being a hero, karma has Bakugou repay his horrendous bullying of Midoriya with interest.
  • Logical Weakness: While it hasn't come up in story yet, it's mentioned in his character notes that because his power is based around his sweat, his attacks are weaker in cold environment.
  • Loners Are Freaks: As the most anti-social member of Class 1-A, Bakugou gets this reaction from the rest of his classmates. Even Todoroki is willing to go outside his comfort zone to hangout with his classmates. So far, only Kirishima has managed to crack Bakugou's shell.
  • Manly Tears: After being defeated by Midoriya, he claims that he will never give up and continue training until he can defeat everyone.
    • Again during his rematch against Midoriya, when he confesses blaming himself for the end of All Might's career.
  • Meaningful Name: His name, Bakugou, means "strong explosion" in Japanese. Given his explosive powers, and his explosive personality, it is certainly fitting. Meanwhile, "Katsuki" contains Japanese characters for "win" and "self" in it.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: For a time with Midoriya. Midoriya and he were once Childhood Friends before the seeds of pride were planted in Bakugou by other's constant praise and attention for his explosive quirk. When Midoriya's quirk failed to materialize Bakugou made him The Friend Nobody Likes of the group, constantly mocking him. This changed for the worse again, when Bakugou fell and Midoriya wanted to help him up. His pride wounded, Bakugou became consumed by hatred for his former friend.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe, he became "famous" as the victim of the sludge incident that occurred during the first chapter, being sometimes teased by other characters because of it.
  • The Nicknamer: He's so self-centered that he doesn't even bother remembering his own classmates' names, instead referring to them through a distinct physical feature they might have.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Part of the reason he's such a prat at the beginning of the series; Bakugou had an especially powerful quirk that outclassed everyone else around him... In his nursery school. While not brainless, he's able to coast by on raw talent until he gets into U.A. Much to his dismay, he soon finds that he's now surrounded by intelligent, strategic and powerful students, and he now has to struggle to remain at the head of the pack.
  • No Social Skills: He has a rather hard time communicating with others due to his Hot-Blooded tendencies, often making declarations of war instead of actually conversing with someone, this actually ends up giving Class 1-A as a whole a bad reputation.
  • Not So Above It All: When All Might and the other adult heroes came and saved him, he tried not to let his happiness at being rescued show.
    • After All Might's true form is revealed, Midoriya states how strangely quiet he was, even though others were relatively fine, though shaken.
  • Odd Friendship: Granted, any friendship he could have is strange, but he is able to be friends with Kirishima, whose personality is the exact opposite.
    • In Boku No Hero Academia Smash! he bonds with Aizawa over sleeping sacks.
  • One Sided Rivalry: To Todoroki. Todoroki ignores Bakugou and decides that the one to be defeated is actually Midoriya, while Bakugou is aware that, being The Ace, he needs to defeat him in order to take over that spot.
  • Out of Focus: He does not take part in the Internship arc, due to not getting a license. Instead, he's off with Shouto in remedial training to have a second shot at being accepted.
  • The Paragon: In a strange way. Aizawa believes Bakugou, along with Midoriya, were the ones who help move the class forward. However, the methods are completely different; Midoriya inspires people to be better through his actions and charisma, while Bakugou makes people work harder to compete with him through his competitiveness and brattiness.
  • Personality Powers: His temper is as explosive as his powers.
  • Pet the Dog: The first time he is seen giving praise to someone is when he questions Kaminari calling Uraraka fragile after their one-on-one battle in his own, begrudging manner.
    Bakugou: Where do you see fragile?
    • He generally does this to his Morality Pet, Kirishima, such as giving him money to buy a new camera when his old one gets broken.
  • Pride: His biggest weakness is his refusal to accept help from people that he views as obstacles, as well as his refusal to run away from battles that he can't win.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Got this twice. One during the Heroes vs Villains exercise, from Yaoyorozu, that pointed out all the reasons why he lost to Midoriya. Later in the End of Terms, Midoriya points out how idiotic his ideals of never getting help from anyone even against enemies he can't defeat are, and also punches him in the face.
  • Reality Ensues: His explosive, prideful, and violent personality is counter to every thing a hero is supposed to be. Not only has this seriously hampered his progress to becoming a hero, he's got to be the least popular kid in his class full of students who find it very unappealing.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His irises are bloody red, and they help in showing how aggressive he is.
  • Reformed Bully: Played with; he is no longer a bully, but that's because the people around him are not intimidated by him and actually tease him when he tries and his favorite victim, Midoriya, can and will fight him if he tries to bully him.
  • Required Secondary Powers: For the most part his explosions don't affect him much, but particularly big explosions cause his hands to be stunned for a while.
  • The Rival: To Midoriya. Also considers himself one to Todoroki.
    • His rivalry with Midoriya has a very interesting dynamic. On the one hand, you have Bakugou, who automatically assumes everything "Deku" does is to spite him, while on the other hand, Midoriya... actually thinks Bakugou is really awesome and is only competitive with him because he wants to reach that level as well.
    • It seems to be closing a more healthy rivalry — though still very competitive — as of chapter 121, though it's still far from the Friendly Rivalry Midoriya has with the other characters.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Subverted. In spite of how villainous he might seem, when Shigaraki offered Bakugou a chance to join the League of Villains, he flat-out refused.
  • Running Gag: He has several:
  • Secret Keeper: Double Subverted. After the Heroes vs Villains exercise, Midoriya tells Bakugou that his Quirk was given to him by someone else. However, to All Might's relief, Bakugou thought Deku was lying to pity him and didn't believe it. However, Bakugou later puts two and two together and figured out where Deku's Quirk came from. He is not happy about it to say the least. At the end of their confrontation in chapter 120, Bakugou agrees that he'll keep All Might's secret between himself, Deku and All Might. However, it comes at the cost of pissing off Aizawa and going on house arrest for the better portion of a week apiece.
  • Shonen Hair: Extremely spiky looking hair that resembles a comic book starburst effect. When Best Jeanist tried to fix it with a comb, it immediately went back to its original spikiness, implying that it's completely natural. And after Best Jeanist forced it into a comb-over, Bakugou exploded it back to normal.
  • Signature Move: The right hook he always opens with, as Deku pointed out.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: At least in the Fallen Angels translation. In original Japanese he frequently uses words like "temee" and "kuzu" which don't translate in as foul a way as "I'll kill you" and "Shitty," but are considered very bad in Japanese. His overall rude behavior also would be considered horrible in Japanese culture.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Because of his hot temper, smugness, vulgar vocabulary and overall jerkassery, it's harder to remember that Bakugou is actually a genius student who strives to be number one at everything, which should include intellectual activities (his grades are the 3rd best of the class, surpassing both Midoriya and Todoroki and being behind only the Class Representatives Yaoyorozu and Iida).
  • Smug Super: More at the beginning, he is a little more humble now.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He's a lot like his mother, in both appearance and personality. Except his mother is actually a nice, if... energetic, person and polite enough to carry a normal conversation.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: His hero costume features actual hand grenades that can be filled with his explosive sweat. He doesn't really use them much though, probably because he prefers exploding people with his own hands.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A very small one, but it has to do with his Character Development. He is quite caring towards Kirishima. Kirishima is the only classmate Bakugou is willing to be rescued by without hurting his pride, and Bakugou has been shown multiple times giving Kirishima good advice without insulting him. After Bakugou and Midoriya's rematch, he seems to be taking steps towards this again, even offering a genuine critique of Midoriya's Shoot Style.
    All Might: Unlike before, the two of them have become proper rivals.
  • Tranquil Fury: Surprising considering Bakugou is easily the most aggressively angry person in the story, yet when he confronts Midoriya after realizing he got his quirk from All Might, the look on his face is very unnerving, much more than his regular explosive anger.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: His gauntlets store his sweat so that he can release powerful blasts. He can make these blasts on his own, but the gloves lower the risk of hurting himself.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Midoriya risks his life to save Bakugou thrice by the Hideout Raid Arc, once against the sludge villain, again in the Training Camp and lastly in the Hideout Raid, but he refuses to thank him or to apologize for his years of bullying.
  • Unknown Rival: Towards Todoroki during the Sports Festival Arc. Despite being the top 2 combatants from Class A, Todoroki actually feels more compelled to defeat Midoriya than Bakugou.
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: His clothes are rumpled and ill-fitting to show how he doesn't really like playing by the rules.
  • We Used to Be Friends: This is the basic dynamic of his relationship with Midoriya. Though Bakugou still seems to hold grudges against him, Midoriya seems interested in being friends again, seemingly not angry at him for the bullying.
  • With Friends Like These...: Midoriya and Bakugou were friends in their childhood. However, after Bakugou gained his Quirk while Midoriya didn't, his ego started to swell to the point that he figured he was above Midoriya and began bullying him. Despite this, Izuku always considered him a friend.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Doesn't hold back in his match with Uraraka. While some of the audience members boo him for this, Eraserhead claims this is a sign of respect: Bakugou knows he can't let his guard down against an opponent who has made it this far.
  • Wrath: Dear Jesus Christ above. Katsuki Bakugo is the king of it. Every problem, every slight, even brushing his teeth- all approached with violence, swearing, yelling, hatefulness, explosions, and destruction. Even one of the top heroes in the nation, Best Jeanist, sees him as a volatile beast who must be groomed if he ever hopes to have a shot at being accepted as a hero. His wrath is so bad that it alone killed his chances of getting a hero license when he yelled at the people he was supposed to save and got his points docked for it.

    Ochako Uraraka — Uravity 
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
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An outgoing young girl who befriends Midoriya after he saves her during the entrance exam. Her Quirk is "Zero Gravity," which lets her reduce the gravitational pull of anything she touches to zero. She wants to become a heroine in order to earn enough money to give her parents a good life. Appears to have a crush on Midoriya.
  • Action Girl: As a Gravity Master, her powers can be handy in the action department. She also knows basic self-defense martial arts.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Midoriya by the nickname Bakugou created for him, "Deku." While the nickname itself was created to be unflattering, Uraraka uses it in an affectionate manner thanks to it having an alternative meaning.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Her powers frequently don't make much sense compared to actual zero gravitynote , acceptable because Quirks tend to come with the Required Secondary Powers needed.
  • Badass Adorable: A cute and sweet girl, who's happy to show you she's got what it takes to be a heroine.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tends to be underestimated by people due to her sweet nature, but when push comes to shove she can push back.
  • Big Beautiful Women: Downplayed bordering on Hollywood Pudgy, but Ochako has some noticeable meat on her bones. Word of God confirms that was the intention with her.
  • Blush Sticker: Highlights her cuteness and innocence; they're even noted as a Charm Point in the character descriptions. Her mother has them too.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed; while Uraraka is clearly bothered by some of the attention that Midoriya attracts from Mei and later Camie, she never actually breaks out into a jealous fit. A lot of this rooted to her having trouble sorting out her own feelings towards him.
  • Character Tics: She is always careful not to touch anything with open hands to avoid accidentally triggering her Quirk; she also frequently holds her hands in paw-like fists so as not to accidentally touch something.
  • Colony Drop: Her strongest attack. She gathers various objects that she made float and makes them fall at once on a target.
  • Cute Bruiser: The girl is adorable, but she is very well versed in self-defense martial arts, enough to bring Serial Killer Himiko to the floor and be considered a threat.
  • Daddy's Girl: Wanted to help out at her dad's construction company as a kid but her father refused because he wanted her to achieve her own dream. Her father also consoles her after she loses against Bakugou.
  • Determinator: Proves to be this in her fight against Bakugou.
  • Fangirl: Of No. 13, likely due to how their "Black Hole" Quirk has a similar gravity theme to her own.
    • She's also a fan of hero dramas in general. She loves whenever Bakugou acts like a proper rival to Midoriya, excitedly calling it "the fated battle between men."
  • Fan of Underdog: Was initially one of these as Midoriya's constant support and the only one to completely believe in him since the start, but this trope stops applying once others start seeing how capable he really is.
  • Fastball Special: Does this a lot with her Quirk.
  • Glass Cannon: With the right timing and planning, she can deal a lot of damage with her Quirk and has been absolutely vital to the victories of the the main cast several times, but because her Quirk drains her stamina so quickly, she often struggles with her defenses.
  • Gravity Master: Her ability can reduce the gravitational pull of whatever she touches to zero.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her field training mentor asks her if Deku's her boyfriend after a phone call with him, which she vehemently denies. Her response when asked if she's in love with Midoriya or Iida is to float away.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: If she overuses her powers, which has a limit of 3 ton, she gets violently woozy. If she really overdoes it, she will collapse.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite being a sweet girl with a somewhat goofy nature, she is actually really good at strategic planning and execution. She is also shown to think quite a bit about the future, deciding to intern with a battle-styled hero, instead of a rescue operations, because she wants to be prepared for any situation.
    • A special chapter also shows she's very good at reading people as she fully explains Bakugou's rivalry with Deku. She was also the first to notice when the calm and collected Tsuyu was upset about something.
  • Hidden Buxom: While their not visible in her uniform, in her hero costume it's quite visible that she is "pakin heat."
  • The Idiot from Osaka: While not present from the most part, her face-to-face interactions with her parents are the most genuinely slapstick-like, including an Eye Pop that her mother helps push back in over three panels.
  • In a Single Bound: She has shown to be able to make herself floaty, allowing her to jump very high, but it takes a toll on her body.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: The first time she appears in her hero uniform she renders Midoriya uncomfortable with arousal unintentionally because she didn't know when filing the request for a uniform the company would assume skintight materials unless otherwise instructed.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: While she speaks without the hint of accent normally, her inner thoughts, as well as private conversations with her parents reveal this sort of accent.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Downplayed, to Love Interest. Both Izuku's mother and Uraraka have gravity-themed quirks, soft features, a fondness for pink clothing, and sweet personalities.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When she gets serious, her Blush Sticker goes away.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Invoked, she realizes she has to get her feelings for Deku under control, and she needs to become stronger. That doesn't mean they've gone away for good, it just means she's used a stopgap measure to avoid dealing with them. Whether or not that comes back to bite her further down the road remains to be seen.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name managed to be both this and Punny Name at the same time. "Uraraka" means "bright." "Ochako" can be derived from the expression "ocha no ko" (roughly meaning "piece of cake!") or "ochappii" (a chatterbox girl). This all illustrates her bright, cheerful, Nice Girl personality. See Punny Name for the pun.
  • Mundane Utility: It's pointed out that her powers would be incredibly helpful in her parents' construction business, and the only reason she doesn't is because they wanted her to have her own life rather than get stuck following their career.
  • Nice Girl: Uraraka is a very friendly and charming person overall.
  • Not Quite Flight: She can use her quirk on herself to achieve this, though in the beginning of the manga she avoided doing it because it tended to make her nausea side effect several times worse, but after training it extensively she can now float herself with barely any repercussions.
  • Only in It for the Money: Her sole reason for becoming a hero is to earn money for her parents now that their construction company is out of work. When confessing this, she felt embarrassed that it wasn't for more pure hearted reasons.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Everyone thinks it's weird when she gets aggressively fired up about the U.A. Athletics Festival. It turns out that she has a good reason.
  • Out of Focus: Particularly in the workplace experience arc and Bakugou rescue arc where her appearances are minimal, limited to maybe one or two conversations with other characters.
    • Rotating Protagonist: Due to this situation in the manga, she tends to fall in and out of focus varying on the arc. She gets a good spotlight in the Heroes vs Villains, Training Camp, Sports Festival, Hero License and Internship Arcs, but outside of that, she sometimes does not appear.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: While not everybody in UA is rich like Iida, Todoroki and Yaoyorozu, most seem to be upper middle-class. Uraraka however, has stated that her family is poor, and that being able to make money and provide for them is her motivation to be a hero.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The series heroine, whose hero costume is primarily pink, white, and black.
  • Plucky Girl: Several characters have described her as "bright" (which is reflected on her name) because of her overly positive nature. She is also very determined when she wants to be. This is somewhat of an Enforced Trope, as the author thought this kind of character would interact well with the more introverted and pessimistic Midoriya.
  • Punny Name: Her name managed to be both this and Meaningful Name at the same time. One of the kanji in "Uraraka" can be read as "bi." Meanwhile, "ocha" in "Ochako" means "tea." Her name then can be read as "Urabi-tea." Add a "g" in front, and it's very close to the Japanese pronunciation of "gravity." See Meaningful Name for the meaning. This pun is also the basis of her heroine name.
  • The Rival: Declares herself to be a rival of Midoriya during the School Festival Tournament. Later, she starts developing feelings for Izuku and decides that for the sake of her professional career, she needs to stay in this role for the time being.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Midoriya. Enforced by the author, who thought her Plucky Girl personality would play off Midoriya's introverted and pessimistic personality.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She develops a crush on Midoriya, who is a kind, helpful and friendly Adorkable boy who saved her during the Entrance Exam. It enters Deconstruction territory when she realizes these feelings could become a distraction that interferes with her judgment as a hero, and tries to suppress her emotions for him.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ochako or Ochaco?
  • Stepford Smiler: She is thoroughly ashamed of her poverty-stricken Kansai upbringing and makes a concerted effort to hide the rural inflection of her dialect, and is constantly trying her hardest to avoid showing her real feelings of sadness and disappointment with her life around people. When she talks to her father for the first time in front of the audience, having just lost her match with Bakugou, we see the shell fall away and Uraraka reverts to a tearful mess.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Urakara has inherited all of her mother's looks — skin complexion, hairstyle, and even the same Blush Sticker.
  • Taking You with Me: Uraraka incurs this during her battle with Bakugou. Her final attack was intended to create an opening against Bakugou to defeat him but it was incredibly high risk and could have resulted in her getting hit as well. The look on her face at the time implies that she was very desperate to win.
  • Tears of Joy: Following from the Trying Not to Cry moment (see below for more details), Uraraka's folks genuinely love her with all their hearts, and decide to cheer her up by surprising her with a visit after the UA Sports Festival draws to a close. As she is taking off her shoes at the door, she discovers two more sets of shoes already at the entrance of her house. Cue an ambush... by her mom and dad. Naturally, this triggers a second round of full-force waterworks.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Invoked by Uraraka herself, when she joins a Fighting Hero for her One-Week Hero Internship, thinking that she'll be able to expand her skillset. She makes good on it too, as she is already knocking out Villains with Gigantification Quirks with one special move.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Chapter 37 shows her being overly upbeat about her defeat against Bakugou in front of Midoriya but once he leaves the room, it's revealed he unknowingly interrupted a precious phone call with her dad. As the two of them hash out what just happened over the phone, she apologizes for the fact she was unable to impress the heroes watching and earn backing from hero sponsors so her family could get some more money coming in, and breaks down crying, while her father tells her it's all right and he is proud of her anyway. When she returns to the stands in the next chapter, her eyes have swollen shut from crying so hard.
  • Worthy Opponent: Been acknowledged as one by Bakugou of all people after their fight.

    Tenya Iida — Ingenium 
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
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Class 1-A's president. An earnest young man with a speed-based Quirk called "Engine" who comes from a wealthy family of heroes. His big brother is a renowned hero and he wants to become just like him. At first, Midoriya thought of him as severe and antagonistic, but eventually realized that he was just a very honest person, thus they became friends quickly.
  • Adorkable: He's very dedicated to being a hero, and gives everything he's tasked with 100% dedication, even playing a villain or a rescuee.
  • Always Someone Better: Believes he will never be as good a hero as his brother, but as it turns out, his brother thinks the same thing of him, believing that in the long run, Iida will be a far better hero than he ever was.
  • Badass Boast: Gives a pretty good one to Stain, which also becomes his Taking Up the Mantle moment.
  • Big Brother Worship: Iida admires his big brother and aims to become a great hero like him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Durring the USJ arc, just as All Might is running out of time in his muscle form he arrives with the U.A. staff.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Iida manages to fight-off Stain along with Deku, but he has sustained serious nerve damage in his left arm.
  • Character Development: Iida seems to realize what it means to be a true hero after the skirmish with Stain, but admits he still has a long way to go.
  • Character Tics: Straightening his arms and gesturing.
    • A running gag with him is that he seems to be unaware of what his hands are doing, so he makes more and more bizarre hand gestures while trying to express himself. In Illegals his brother even asks him if he's a robot in a flashback.
    • Iida's speech balloons are also rectangular with rounded sides, in contrast to every other character's elliptical speech balloons.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: His school uniform doesn't reveal anything, but he has the body of a bodybuilder, to the point of having an 8-pack showing through the clothes he first wore during the admission exam. He is actually the most muscular member of the main cast, and one of the most muscular among the students. Justified as highlighted by Heroic Build below.
  • Class Representative: Fits the archetype to a T, even getting a Lampshade Hanging from Uraraka. Interestingly, he initially supported Midoriya for the position despite really wanting it, and was granted the position after Midoriya acknowledged his leadership skills.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A common Running Gag involving him is his tendency to make quick positive assumptions over the questionable acts of U.A. and other people, thinking that a Secret Test of Character is happening.
  • The Comically Serious: Everything is Serious Business to him, including playing villain (complete with evil laugh and thoughts). Unfortunately for him, he's stuck in a Wacky Homeroom.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The fight against Stain during the Field Training Arc focused on Iida wanting revenge on the villain that attacked his brother.
  • Ditzy Genius: Has shades of this. His academic performance is strong (second best in the class even!), but it's clear that he struggles when dealing with basic level social interaction, usually coming off as too loud and intense.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Invoked. When playing the role of a villain for an exercise, he includes stereotypically villainous thoughts and laughter in his actions.
  • Explosive Overclocking: What his secret weapon is. He can put the "engines" in his legs into overdrive, but stalls immediately afterwards.
  • Extremity Extremist: Mostly fights with his legs. Justified as they are strengthened by the boost of the engines.
  • Foreshadowing: During the entrance exam, Iida reflects that stopping to help another contestant in danger (as Midoriya did, stopping to save Uraraka) could have been a secret aspect of the test. Come the Hero Killer arc Iida is so consumed with his avenging his brother, he ignores the fallen hero Stain was about to kill. Stain points out this failure, and Iida himself later acknowledges it and strives to outgrow his tunnel vision.
  • Friendly Rival: Genuinely likes and respects Midoriya, but also feels the need to test himself against his friend so that he doesn't get lost in Midoriya's shadow.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: His hair is either black or dark blue. It depends on the artwork.
  • Heel Realization: While he never fully went evil, Midoriya makes him realize he was hardly being heroic either, by being moved solely by his desire to get revenge on Stain.
  • Heroic Build: Justified. He needs a muscular body in order to keep up with the speed of his legs.
  • Heroic Lineage: He comes from a long line of heroes and wishes to be as great as his brother.
  • Hot-Blooded: A particularly polite and well-behaved example, but still counts.
    Tsuyu: Iida's got a really oddball way of unleashing his passion. Weirdo.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Wears a set of full plate armor, and has the noble and honorable personality down to a T as well.
  • Large Ham: Played for Laughs. Iida tends to be fairly loud, make exaggerated hand gestures and poses, and act overdramatic in situations that don't call for it.
  • Logical Weakness: Jamming the exhaust pipes of his leg engines will cause them to stop working. Similarly forcing his engines to go beyond what they normally can handle will cause them to overheat and render him useless.
  • Method Acting: An In-Universe example. When assigned to play a villain for a training exercise, Iida put effort into "thinking like a villain" so that he could perform his part well.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite his attempts at being a stoic and composed leader figure, as his reactions to Yaoyorozu's analysis of his performance in the Training Exercise and Ectoplasm calling his Recipro Burst a technique worthy of being called a "Super Move" show, Iida really likes being praised.
  • Punny Name: "Idaten" means "really fast runner."
  • Revenge Before Reason: Abandoning the hero he was assigned to help during a crisis to chase after a powerful Villain who had already defeated his more experienced older brother and other Heroes wasn't the most well thought out idea.
  • Rotating Protagonist: Due to this situation in the manga, he tends to fall in and out of focus depending on the arc. He gets a spotlight in the Heroes vs Villains, Hideout Raid, Stain, and Sports Festival Arcs.
  • Out of Focus: Sometimes, secondary characters get as much if not more attention than him, particularly, Tokoyami, Kirishima and Yaoyorozu.
  • Scars Are Forever: His left arm ends up suffering from residual damage after the battle against Stain. This is an invoked example as his arm could have been fixed through surgery, but he decided to keep it damaged as a reminder of the encounter, at least until he feels he has learnt his lesson.
  • Stoic Glasses: Has a serious expression for most of the time, and his square glasses help this image.
  • Super Speed: His Quirk Engine allows him to run very fast. He has literal engines on his legs.
  • Take Up My Sword: His brother asks him to take up the name Ingenium, after he was gravely injured by Stain. Iida doesn't feel worthy though. That is until he meets Stain.
  • Team Dad: Tries his best to remain composed and have everyone follow the rules, to mixed results.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives one of these to Aoyama during the licensure exams — the latter didn't believe he was on equal footing with the rest of the class, and was prepared to sacrifice himself so Iida could escape. Iida assures him that he already is equals with them, and instead of marking him as a sacrifice, his laser actually helps the remaining members of the class converge on them and pass the exam.
  • Younger Than They Look: He is only 16 despite having a body more suitable to an adult 10 years older. It actually comes in handy when Yaoyorozu has them disguise themselves on the mission to rescue Bakugou, as he can pass for someone older.

    Shouto Todoroki 
Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
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The Ace of Class 1-A and one of the students enrolled by recommendation. He's the son of Endeavor, a famous fire-themed hero ranked behind only All Might himself. His Quirk is "Fire and Ice," which gives him both fire and ice-based abilities, the former of which he inherited from his father and the latter from his mother. He was raised by Endeavor for the sole purpose of surpassing All Might, whom Endeavor despises for always being ranked above him; however, Todoroki hates how his father only views him as a tool to realize his own personal ambitions, so he has vowed to become number one without ever using his fire abilities in combat as a form of rebellion. He becomes a rival to Midoriya because of his "similar" Quirk and close relationship with All Might, claiming that he will surpass him, too.
  • The Ace: One of two students recommended to enroll in UA without having to pass the entrance exams, the other being Yaoyorozu. Of the two he's the undisputed strongest of the class by a wide margin, and anytime he loses is due to factors beyond his control.
  • Achilles' Heel: Since he almost always only uses his ice powers, he can't effectively defend his left flank. His father Endeavor calls him an idiot for it. He eventually grows out of this weakness, but he comments that he is still not used to his fire abilities.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • To Bakugou. Taking his place as the strongest of the class.
    • Yaoyorozu also saw him as this in regards to herself, but this was subverted when Todoroki admitted that Yaoyorozu was a better leader and strategist.
  • Ascended Extra: Starting from the Sports Festival Arc, he becomes a main character.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His hair colors represent exactly the sides where his ice (white) and fire (red) powers manifest, and then there's that burn scar that just so happens to be exclusively on his fire side.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He's the first person besides All For One to recognize that the similarity between Izuku and All Might's Quirks is more than just a coincidental passing resemblance on his own, and correctly deduces that there's more to their relationship than is readily apparent based on Izuku's choice of words.
  • Berserk Button: Comparing him to Endeavor is a quick way to get under his skin.
  • Bishōnen: His facial features are a bit more slender than most of the boys. Ashido even refers to him as "The Preeminent Pretty Boy of the Class" in Chapter 99.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Was so focused on his vendetta against his father in his entrance examination to U.A. that he acted needlessly cold to a student that would later gain a grudge against him, ironically, when said student was trying to befriend him. Said student would then develop a grudge and leave U.A. for Shinketsu just so he won't be in the same school as Shouto.
  • Broken Ace: Thanks to all the drama and angst that comes with his background.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was the one who voted for Yaoyorozu, but never told anyone, this was crucial in the End-of-Term Exams Arc, because this made her regain her confidence and formulate a plan to defeat Aizawa.
  • Chick Magnet: Downplayed; during the dorm room tour, it's implied that most of the females in Class 1-A are attracted to him.
  • Combo Platter Powers: He possesses fire and ice powers.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • In Chapter 57 he worries that people's hands get hurt whenever he gets involved, referring to Midoriya's injuries during the Sports Festival tournament and Iida's injuries against Stain. Iida and Midoriya think he's making a joke, but he's actually not.
    • When his classmates see his dorm room, they're completely baffled because somehow he managed to refurbish the entire room to match his more traditional Japanese household, complete with tatami mats and a traditional sliding door. They ask him how it was possible for him to do this in one day. His response? "I worked really hard."
  • Costume Evolution: In direct proportion to his character development. His first outfit completely masked the fire aspect of him and solely focused on his ice side, encasing his left side in ice as if to functionally make him all ice and bearing a plain white color scheme centered around ice and the appearance of his mother. It even hid his burn scar inflicted on the side of him resembling his father by his mother. When he became more comfortable around his classmates, he stopped using the mask. After the events of the school festival, he has found peace with using his fire side and now his costume accommodates both the use of his fire and ice powers with a built-in temperature regulator. The color scheme also matches that of his father's while keeping some aspect's of his mother incorporated into the design.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Initially he only relied on his Ice side for combat, resulting in him having little control over his Flame side when he starts using it later. In another sense, Stain says that he focuses on his quirk too much in their battle, making him more vulnerable at close range.
  • Curbstomp Battle:
    • Beat his opponents alone in no time during the Hero vs. Villain exercise.
    • He actually does it to real villains as well.
    • And to Sero in the Sports Festival, though he honestly apologizes for that one.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Endeavor had forced a marriage to his mother, an ice Quirk user, in the hopes of making a hero powerful enough to surpass All Might. The scar came from his mother who poured boiling water on his left side as she thought that side of his Quirk made him look ugly.
  • A Day in the Limelight: During the Sports Festival Arc, which not only showed off his match with Midoriya, but also delved into the rough relationship Todoroki has with his father, Endeavor.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted. Although Midoriya was defeated by him, his insistence and drive to help Todoroki gets through to him and they start to become friends. This does not seem to happen in Bakugou's case, as even after their fight they don't seem to have any interest in spending time together.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Amusingly, he becomes this after starting to use his fire powers more instead of focusing entirely on his ice abilities. While he was never mean to anyone, he was distant to everyone in the class. After the Sports Festival, he becomes closer to Midoriya, his first friend in U.A., if not ever, even visiting him in the hospital. He also becomes closer to Yaoyorozu.
  • Duality Motif: This is a major part of Shouto's design. He has multi colored hair, heterochromia, and two completely different Quirks.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Averted. Even after Midoriya's pep talk inspired him to unleash his flames for the first time, he is still not over the trauma of his past until he assess what happened and makes a conscious attempt to address it.
    • Though played straight in the long run. Deku's conversation with him does get him to visit his mom for the first time in a long time and eventually start using his fire powers regularly.
  • Elemental Hair: To reflect his ice-and-fire powers, his hair is half-white and half-red.
  • Expy: Between the privileged background, abusive father, left eye burn scar (given by a parent), fire powers, driven personality, eventually befriending the hero, and physical appearance, he's one of Prince Zuko.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Yoarashi mentions that his eyes look just like his father's. His mother also noted that he is growing to look more and more like Endeavor when he was a kid.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: This is more or less the main idea behind his character.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Despite everything that happened during the Sports Festival, Todoroki eventually considers Midoriya this. That being said, they do become closer and are very friendly towards each other.
  • Harmless Freezing: Averted. He can seriously injure or even kill people with his ice, and actually froze off two of the first Noumu's limbs. He later mentions he can't restrain Stain with it for similar reasons.
    • Played straight during the Sports Festival, where he traps Sero and Iida in ice to no lasting harm. Justified as he thaws them out with his fire abilities within seconds afrer freezing them.
  • Heroic Lineage: His father is Endeavor, the second-highest ranked superhero, who is only topped by All Might.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: According to his character notes, overusing his ice powers without regulating his body heat through his fire side will cause him to suffer frostbite. In Chapter 38 he starts shivering during his match with Midoriya since he's forced to generate more and more ice while Midoriya keeps sending the cold back with each of his shockwaves. Presumably, something similar would happen if he overused his fire powers.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Of All Might when he was a child. Having Deku bring sense back into him reminds him of this.
  • Hidden Depths: The brooding, anti-social loner? Actually wants to become a genuine hero. Heck, he's inspired by All Might when he was a child.
  • Hybrid Power: His fire powers come from his father, while the ice powers come from his mother.
  • I Am Not My Father: Shouto's most consistent trait is his rejection of any and all comparisons to Endeavor.
  • An Ice Person: On the right side. He also seems to strongly prefer using it over his fire abilities.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: States this about himself to Midoriya before the Sports Festival. Nonetheless, he does befriend Midoriya after this arc and comes to befriend both Iida and Yaoyorozu after the fight with Stain and the Students vs. Teachers event.
  • I Work Alone: He separates from the group during the Hero License Exam. However, it's somewhat justified since his ice and fire are quite powerful and wide-reaching. Therfore, being by himself minimizes the risk of him accidentally having a comrade caught in the crossfire. However, he does end up caught up with a student from another school who has a similar far-reaching quirk and a beef with him, leading to them conflicting. It takes Midoriya literally telling What the Hell, Hero? to get them to stop fighting and work together. Ultimately, he ends up failing the exam.
  • The Jinx: He claims Izuku's and Iida's hand injuries are because of him, and he had the misfortune of running into an Endeavor-hater during the Hero License Exams whose animosity and continued interference during the rescue stage of the exam plagued him every step of the way and cost them both passing marks.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: His dad is the second most powerful hero in the setting and also has flame-based powers. His ice side does indeed come from his mother.
  • Logical Weakness: The more he uses his Ice side, the colder that same side gets as a result of using it consistently, which also means his entire body begins to freeze as a result. As a result if he overuses his Ice powers without using his Flame power to warm himself up, his movements slow down, both his physical movements and even the speed at which is Ice is used. Bakugo compares it to an MP gauge in an RPG, and when Midoriya fights him in the Sports Festival, he begins losing as a result of his sluggish movements. Theres also the fact that, as strong as his Quirk is, he cannot fight in a controlled environment or alongside allies very well, since both sides of his powers are powerful and wide in area of damage.
  • Magic Pants: After his bout against Midoriya in the Sports Festival, half his shirt has been burned off, but his pants are fine. Justified with his normal battle attire, which is made of fire-resistant materials.
  • Meaningful Name: The Japanese characters that compose his first name, "Shouto," mean "freezing" and "heating," respectively.
  • Mismatched Eyes: Shouto has Heterochromia. One of his eyes is black while the other is green.
  • Multicoloured Hair: Red on the left, white on the right.
  • Must Make Amends:
    • After the Sports Festival Arc, he gets enough courage to visit his mother in the hospital, and visits her every Sunday since then.
    • Also has this vibe after his Curb-Stomp Battle with Hanta Sero. Beyond being mad at his dad, he's also more than a bit ashamed that he went way overboard in using his ice powers on his opponent (as a result of being mad at his dad.) To where he uses his fire powers (albeit in a miniscule manner) to thaw him out.
  • Not So Different: All Might thinks to himself that both Todoroki and Midoriya are very similar, recalling how both of them leaped in to save him from supervillains. Further emphasizing this, both of them have nearly identical thoughts at the beginning of their match worrying about their opponent's power. It turns out Todoroki was also a fan of All Might and was inspired by him to become a genuine hero. Endeavor's abusive parenting made him lose sight of this, but Midoriya's words bring him back.
  • Oh, Crap!: At the end of Chapter 29 when he sees Midoriya charging him with One For All active, his expression is noticeably nervous. He immediately activates his flame powers to defend himself, something he swore he would never do in battle. That's how intimidated he is.
  • One-Man Army: His powers are extremely useful for dealing with large numbers of enemies.
  • Out of Focus: During the Internship arc, since he did not get a license. He doesn't even fight with Mirio, despite he had challenged the whole class.
  • Personality Powers: At the beginning, when only using his ice powers, he was constantly cool as a cucumber. He starts showing more emotion after he starts using his fire powers again.
  • Playing with Fire: On the left side. Interestingly, he refuses to use it in battle. This is out of spite for his father after he learned why he was born. He starts to accept this side of himself and use it more after Midoriya tells him that the power belongs to him, not his father.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Through his new blue costume adding to his red and white hair.
  • The Quiet One: Not to the same extent of other characters, like Kouda, but when he's not fighting, Todoroki is one of the quietest students. If the atmosphere is calm and casual, expect him to say very little. Even after he started to defrost and get along with everyone else, he easily still the softest spoken member of 1A (aside from Kouda who simply never speaks.)
  • Real Men Dont Cry: Averted. He makes a comment to Izuku during the internship arc that he thinks there are probably times where a hero should cry.
  • Required Secondary Powers: His fire powers act as this to his ice powers. If he overuses his ice abilities, his body temperature drops dangerously low, but he can balance it out with his fire powers. However, the character notes explaining all of this don't say what hapens if he were to overuse his fire powers, but presumably his ice powers keep him from accidentally incinerating himself. If this is true it gives a new meaning to Izuku's insistence that Todoroki's quirk is his own, as Endeavor's body must use a different method.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Todoroki is almost immediately able to pinpoint that Midoriya has some form of relationship to All Might and that they share the same Quirk. Though, he mistakenly believes Midoriya is All-Might's bastard son.
  • The Rival: To Midoriya, because of his relationship with All Might. Becomes a friendly rivalry as Midoriya helps Todoroki start healing from his abusive childhood.
  • Scars Are Forever: He received that burn scar from his mother when he was a small child. It still hasn't healed.
  • Secret Keeper: Although he never learns exactly how Midoriya gets his quirk, he is aware that it's the same as All Might's and that Midoriya is his protege. Todoroki has so far been the only classmate to figure this out, but he's not divulged it to anyone else. He is still unaware of the true secrets of One For All though.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: He has some shades of this, likely due to his background. When Yaoyorozu starts crying in front of him, his response is to ask if she's sick and tells her about a pressure point that helps deal with nausea.
  • The Stoic: When he isn't in battle or with his father. Even after he opens up to Deku and Iida, Todoroki remains calm and tends to have rather lethargic reactions to anything his classmates do. For example, when a Class 1-B student attempted to scare him during the test of courage, all he said was "Oh." And when most of his classmates were having some fun with the "King of All Rooms" competition at their dorm, all he can think about is going to sleep.
  • Superior Successor: Invoked. Endeavor had a child with a woman who possessed a powerful ice Quirk for the sole purpose of having somebody with a strong enough ability to surpass All Might, something Endeavor himself never managed to accomplish.
  • Superpower Lottery: Again, invoked by his father who wanted a son with fire and ice powers, and he's The Ace of his class. Downplayed because, while one of the strongest in his class (if not the strongest), his power isn't a story-breaking one.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He points out how deadly his power is to a villain, but refuses to kill him. Not because it's morally wrong, but because it would put a black mark on his record as a hero.
  • Troubled, but Cute: The general consensus of Class 1-A girls, apparently. During the King of Dorms mini-arc he is referred as the strongest, coolest and most handsome boy of Class 1-A, at the same time, he has a lot of family issues and was heavily antisocial up until Midoriya became what is very likely his first friend.
  • Willfully Weak: While he's not weak by any means, his refusal to use his fire powers does limit his combat ability to some extent. Specifically, by using only the ice side he starts to get cold and will eventually suffer cold related injuries if he doesn't balance it out with his fire side.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Yaoyorozu starts having bouts of Heroic Self-Deprecation when they're paired up for the end-of-term exam, he tells her that he voted for her for Class Representative because he believed in her intelligence and leadership. This raises her spirits considerably.
  • Youngest Child Wins: He "won" in the sense that he was born with both of his parents' powers, unlike his older siblings, though he himself might not see it that way. He ended up being the youngest because he won: if he didn't have the ideal Quirk, Endeavor would have tried for more children.

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