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Vigilantes of Naruhata
A trio of unregistered "heroes" taking to the streets to deal with the problems professional heroes either don't know, care, or (in rare cases) have the ability to do anything about. Banding together over "circumstances" (read: Knuckle Duster dragging the other two along kicking and screaming), they deal with crime in their special way while trying not to get arrested by their stronger, more organized counterparts.
- Almighty Janitor: Despite what they've done for the city, and their advances in fighting against a lethal drug trade; the best exposure and recognition they've gotten are tabloids misprinting Kouichi's hero name. Pop is the only one that the public have really noticed, and not for the right reasons.
- Anti-Hero: They're all this by default, as unauthorized Quirk usage is considered illegal, even if it's with good intentions like playing a hero. However, Knuckle Duster is the only one that really fits the mold.
- Clark Kenting: Against all odds they've managed to keep their identities a secret. Their costumes are things they through together themselves rather than getting them from the Hero Association (which, to be fair, aren't big fans of anonymity either) and are varying levels of Paper-Thin Disguise. The only reason they haven't been investigated yet is because they're doing the bulk of the effort in taking down the Trigger addicts.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Makoto's survey of the area shows that as far as the public is concerned, Knuckle Duster is a scary troublemaker, "The Hauler" might be well-intentioned but is also considered a bit creepy, and while Pop Step has the most positive feedback it's mostly about her butt.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Their ranks consist of a college-level social outcast, a high-schooler moonlighting as a pop idol, and a Badass Normal 30-something man trying to be The Punisher.
- Vigilante Man: But of course.
- Weak, but Skilled: Kouichi and Kazuho have two of the weakest Quirks in the series, having little-to-no combat potential and practicality, respectively. Meanwhile, Knuckle Duster is Quirkless, which is a huge handicap when Everyone Is a Super. Doesn't stop them from trying.
Kouichi Haimawari / Gentle Man / The Crawler
The hero of the story. A 19-year-old who wants to be a hero but his Quirk, Slide and Glide, which is an ability to slide around on the ground at the speed of a bike when three of his limbs are touching it, made him unfit for service. Eventually he decides to get serious, dons a costume after hours and does "hero work" (really just self-imposed public services like directing people, picking up dropped item, helping the elderly cross the street and cleaning up trash), until an encounter with Knuckle Duster changes his life.
- Accidental Misnaming: After changing his hero name, people still don't bother to remember it, calling him things like "The Hauler" or "The Cruller".
- Adorkable: Some of his smiles he makes as a result of Good Feels Good put him in this territory. Not to mention that he is an Extreme Doormat and an overall Nice Guy.
- Ascended Fanboy: Not nearly to the extent as Izuku, but Kouichi is also a major fan of All Might, gaining an appreciation for doing little tasks for others without reward and later doing "hero" work as a vigilante.
- Berserk Button: He's a pretty mellow guy most of the time but he will not let anyone insult his costume. It's one of the few genuine things that can get him angry.
- Butt-Monkey: He gets beat up a lot, even by low-level villains. It doesn't help that his Quirk doesn't exactly have a lot of raw power to incapacitate others with.
- Catch-Phrase: "I'm the man who (fill in the blank), The Crawler!"
- Civvie Spandex: His "hero costume" is simply one of his (many) All Might hoodies over motorcycle gear along with gloves and boots. He pulls his undershirt up to cover his mouth and (sometimes) uses a pair of shades to cover his eyes.
- Clark Kenting: The worst offender of the group, as his "costume" is just him wearing the hood of his All Might jacket, pulling his shirt up to cover the bottom of his face, and wearing tinted shades (which he rarely uses) to hide his eyes.
- Classical Anti-Hero: He's a bit cowardly and kinda lame, but he has the true spirit of a hero, even if he has to be a hero outside the law as a vigilante.
- Combat and Support: He and Pop are the support to Knuckle Duster's combat, getting civilians to safety and tripping up villains while their leader goes to town.
- Creepy Good: Seen as this by the populace, where the most positive reaction amounts to, "He's such a nice man! But he's still creepy." A high-school girl was convinced that Kouichi was busy flipping skirts with his Quirk, while a third guy said that Kouichi was still way too fishy to trust.
- The Everyman: His life was more or less normal since he didn't get into Hero School. At least, until he met Knuckle Duster...
- Exact Words: When Makoto gets a little too close to the truth about his identity, he manages to weasel his way out of her Living Lie Detector Quirk by the simple fact that she called him "The Hauler" much like the populace has been doing for a while. Since he sees himself as "The Crawler", he can blatantly say that he isn't "The Hauler" and pass her Quirk's test since he's telling the truth.
- Expy: Of Spider-Man, or more specifically, Peter Parker and his civilian life due to how life has a tendency to browbeat him. Likewise, his sliding pose resembles Spider-Man's wall crawl and even referenced as a bug, but outside of that he doesn't have any of his spider powers.
- Extreme Doormat: Knuckle Duster and Pop Step pretty much invite themselves into his home without permission and he doesn't even bother trying to get them to leave.
- Fan Boy: Of All Might, having looked up to him since he was a child. Kouichi is particularly proud of his collection of All Might hoodies, of which there were several re-releases that look virtually identical, but he's able to tell them apart with ease. These same hoodies are also used as part of his vigilante costume.
- Flight: While trying to save himself and Makoto from a lethal fall, he manages to propel himself in mid-air enough for Ingenium to save them. According to his mother he was able to do this when he was a baby, but out of concern for his safety she conditioned him to stop using his Quirk that way by punishing him whenever he did, so by the time he grew up he completely forgot that he could.
- Foil: A good one towards Izuku. Both start out as weak and wanting to be heroes. However whereas Izuku is intelligent and can figure out the true potential in most Quirks and started out without one, Kouichi was born with one, but never even tried to experiment with it and needed other people to point out how to use it. This goes all the way down to their appearances too. While Izuku has a head of striking green Messy Hair, Youthful Freckles, and is ripped for his age due to his intense training, Kouichi is fair, tall and lanky with short, normal brown hair due to his relatively mundane life style.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Actually saved Pop from drowning as a little girl on the way to his High School Entrance Exam. But he thought she was a little boy, and was in too much of a hurry after the rescue to note otherwise.
- Good Feels Good: Is genuinely gratified by the little things he does for others, being the primary reason he's stuck around with his group despite the fact that it's illegal.Kouichi: [To Pop-Step while cleaning up a park] "I'll stop picking up trash because it's uncool?" That just doesn't feel right. That's not the kind of man I am.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: Even knowing it's too late for him now, he still dreams of being a real hero, just for once in his life.
- Irony: Turns out that Kouichi did try to get into a hero school, but didn't get to the exam on time because he was busy saving someone. So he didn't get to become a hero because he was being a hero. Also the person whose life he saved turned out to be Pop Step.
- Innocently Insensitive: Throughout the arc where Pop Step is set to perform on stage as part of an ensemble act, Kouichi keeps blurting out comments about the captain of a high school dance troupe who are taking part. Not only do these comments tend to be unintentionally insulting, but he keeps inadvertantly preventing a guy who has a crush on her from giving her compliments.
- In the Hood: His "Hero" costume is just a hoodie with bunny ears on it. Many people just mistake him for a All Might cosplayer. Turns out he has quite a few as part of a collection of Annual All Might Hoodies.
- Meaningful Rename: He's originally called Gentle-Man when his "heroism" consists of small acts of public service. After he joins up with Knuckle Duster and starts actually trying to fight criminals, he changes his hero name to The Crawler.
- Nice Guy: Even after becoming "The Crawler", he still goes out of his way to help others for no benefit to himself, keeping kids from getting into the street, cleaning up after others and reminding them not to litter, giving people rides to work, and handing a man the lunch he forgot to pack at the behest of the man's wife.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: As described under Irony, Kouichi didn't fail to get into Hero School due to a lack of merit or a bad Quirk, he failed to get in because he was too busy trying to be a hero by saving a child who had fallen into the river, thus making him unable to take the test to enter Hero School.
- Refusal of the Call: Knuckle Duster offers to let him partner up to fight against criminals. But after getting a taste of what real hero action is like, Kouichi initially refuses.
- Required Secondary Powers: He can speed up his glide but he can't slow down, which is why he usually stays at a manageable bicycle speed. It's not until he obtains protective motorcycling gear and learns how to fall safely that Kouichi starts going faster. It's eventually subverted when it's pointed out he can slow down by just going backwards, then a deconstruction as his Quirk limitations are due to his lack of training and experimentation to find its true potential.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Surprisingly enough for a main character. While he's not incredibly attractive, he not a Gonk either, just very average looking. Then again, he was an average guy until Knuckle Duster offered him a chance to be a hero.
- Running Gag: Everyone except Pop Step and Knuckle Duster get his Hero Name wrong after he changes it to "The Crawler", with the general populace referring to him as "The Hauler".
- Technical Pacifist: Despite wanting to be a hero, he shrinks at the first sign of mortal danger, and his definition of heroing is just doing public services, like picking up trash or pointing out directions to people. He gets into far more life-threatening situations as he continues his vigilante activities, but even then he rarely dishes out serious harm, tripping up people at worst.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Played with. While Kouichi is rarely engaging in life-changing events, his vigilante work is reflecting on his grades, forcing him to ask for help from his upperclassman... one of whom happens to be the sister of Officer Tsukauchi.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His Quirk lets him move around at the speed of a bike, and he has to take a crawling pose for it to work. Actually using it gets him chewed out by a policeman. In battle he figures he can go for his opponents' knees, but he doesn't have the strength or experience to pull it off. However...
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: ...his quirk works on vertical surfaces as well, allowing him to scale buildings with ease. Plus he CAN go faster than a bicycle, he just can't brake... until Tensei Iida (Ingenium) crosses paths with Kouichi and offers some advice, upon which he can go fast enough to catch up to a truck as it drove away while having enough maneuverability to make hairpin turns and slide through narrow alleyways without bumping into anyone. Then Koichi briefly rediscovers his ability to use it for outright flight when trying to rescue Makoto. He was able to do it far more easily as an infant, but his mother feared for his safety and thus punished him every time he tried to do so until he forgot.
Kazuho Haneyama / Pop Step
A girl who fashions herself as a Pop Idol and does "Guerilla Concerts" in public. Her Quirk is Bound, which allows her the ability to jump high into the air as long as she can touch a foothold.
- Attention Whore: Intentionally just a self-proclaimed Idol for fame and whatnot.
- Clark Kenting: She's a plain-looking schoolgirl when she's not wearing her costume, complete with glasses.
- Distressed Damsel: Ended up bumping into the punks Kouichi gained the ire of earlier who seriously were considering harming her and exposing her identity to the internet. Likewise ends up being caught by a drug dealer turned giant monster in the second chapter.
- Favors for the Sexy: Utilizes her fanbase in this way to get intel, as they're more than happy to share anything with her.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Starts to get this way once Makoto Tsukauchi enters the picture and starts spending time around Kouichi.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's somewhat nice, thanking Kouichi for warning her of the cops that have come to break up her show. But then she starts showcasing her rude side, about commenting how lame his costume is, and trying to coax him into being her security. And by coax we mean demand...for free.
- In a Single Bound: She uses her Quirk to "jump" in the in air as long as she has a foothold to jump off of.
- Magic Idol Singer: How she fashions herself anyway. It's unknown if she's truly trying to be a hero or just to get noticed.
- Mission Control: Since she has the least combat ability out of the trio, she spends most fights gathering information and being an eye in the sky to the others.
- Nominal Hero: While Kouichi and Knuckle Duster became vigilantes to do good, Pop Step doesn't have a reason to join and will admit she's not part of the group to anyone that asks. It's later implied she joined to stay with her childhood rescuer Kouichi and repay the favor by helping him.
- Pretty Freeloader: Starts crashing at Kouichi's place without permission.
- Rescue Romance: Was saved from drowning as a little girl, and grew up with a case of Hero Worship for her rescuer Kouichi.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Wears a skirt, does all her performances in the air and apparently has no problems with showing people her ass as she does it. She becomes infamous to the point that even young children are noting how she has a "bouncy butt".
- She Cleans Up Nicely: As Kazuho she's a frumpy-looking student, but as Pop Step she's very attractive to the point of having her own fanbase.
- Tsundere: As Kouichi puts it, "she can't bring herself to apologize," and tends to hurl insults or accusations at people instead of being honest with her feelings. She especially becomes one around the person who rescued her as a child.
- Vapor Wear: As Pop Step, her butt is pretty much bare, though Mineta saw her from below and exclaimed it was a Panty Shot, so what she's wearing underneath has to be really skimpy.
- Women Are Wiser: While Kouichi is often either trying to control or getting dragged along by Knuckle Duster, Pop is usually the one getting the right info.
Oguro / "Takeshi Kuroiwa" / Knuckle Duster
A Quirkless vigilante who goes on the prowl for criminals at night.
- 555: His "business card" is full of fake information, among them a phone number which consists of XXX-XXXX-XXXX. The rest of the information, including the address and zip-code, are similarly cryptic. Nevertheless, his smooth presentation prevents Kouichi's mom from suspecting a thing.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Fashioned after them, and his overall attitude certainly has brings this to mind.
- Archnemesis Dad: Seems to be this to Kuin Hachisuka.The following chapter reveals the girl we see is his daughter Tamao Oguro. Knuckle Duster's wording however implies Kuin Hachisuka is the conscious that has taken over the real Tamao's body and mind.
- Beneath the Mask: Underneath his Blood Knight '90s Anti-Hero exterior, he clearly loves his wife when he visits her in the hospital, frequently visiting her despite her vegetative state which is implied to be worsening.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- Arrives to save Kouichi and Pop Step from a couple of thugs.
- Does it again, saving Kouichi from Stendhal (a.k.a. Stain).
- Badass Normal: Is Quirkless, but comes crashing down from a height that should've hurt him and fights with, well, knuckle dusters. He's also strong enough to send a punk flying into a wall.
- Even when the punks are later juiced up on on Quirk-enhancing drug, he still manages to knock one out via a brick.
- Heck the guy actually manages to go toe-to-toe with Eraserhead, a pro hero, as well as Stain.
- Boxing Battler: He fights using fisticuffs augmented by knuckle dusters and is shown training Kouichi with focus pads.
- Blood Knight: Reveals he loves to fight against villains who can actually pose a challenge to him.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's a Badass Normal to the point he can overpower a physical Quirk user in sheer brute force.
- Cleans Up Nicely: Most of the time he's either in his vigilante outfit or bumming around with Kouichi. When he first meets Makoto and Kouichi's mother, though, he shows up wearing a suit from his day job and completely masks his Blood Knight traits. As a result, even with the huge scar on his face, he comes across as suave and rugged instead of the scary guy he's usually presented as.
- Combat Pragmatist: His fists are usually good enough to handle most of the impromptu villains they face, but when facing a serious opponent like Stendahl or Kuin, he has no problem whatsoever with using any means at hand to catch them off guard.
- The Cowl: Contrasting to All Might's Cape. He has no hero license, which makes him a vigilante in his world's laws, but is more than willing to go out and be a hero after dark, when All Might isn't around and try to inspire others to do the same.
- Exact Words:
- During his encounter with Stendhal, he lays down a line of wire and tells the killer that he'll punch him if he steps over it. When Stendhal gets close, Knuckle Duster steps over the line and lays him out flat, pointing out that he never said that he wouldn't cross the line himself.
- The description that he gives Kouichi's mother and Makoto of the "community service" he and Kouichi do is also full of this.
- Hero with an F in Good: Tends to veer into this territory at times for comedic effect thanks to his "beat up every suspicious person in sight and sort out the details later" attitude, forcing Kouichi to hold him back before he goes too far.
- It's Personal: The reason for his crusade against the Trigger operation is implied to be because Kuin did something to hurt his wife so badly that she's been hospitalized in a near-vegetative state. Chapter 23 gives another possible reason for his crusade: Kuin appears to have also taken over his daughter Tamao's body and mind to use as a puppet.
- Loophole Abuse: Once Eraserhead realizes that he's quirkless, he stops fighting him because if he isn't using a Quirk for illegal activities, then he falls outside hero jurisdiction.
- Meaningful Name: Knuckle Duster's main weapons are a pair of knuckle dusters.
- The Mentor: To Kouichi, training him to be a hero outside the laws of their world.
- Metaphorically True: After meeting Koichi's mom, he presents a business card with his name and "company", which, "provides support in neighborhoods like East Naruhata, where local government and community organizations are less effective.... keeps the roads clean and patrols for crime at night". It isn't technically false, but it's omitting a lot of details about how he's doing these things.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He winds up inspiring Stain's ideology after mocking "Stendhal's" lack of resolve, having easily knocked the murderous vigilante flat on his ass.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His teammates only call by his hero name or other nicknames, like "old man" or "master". When he introduced himself to Kouichi's mother, he acted surprised that Knuckle Duster actually had a real name, unaware that even that was an alias.
- Red Baron: The Fist Janitor.
- Scars Are Forever: Has a gash on the left side of his face.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer...: He has a pair of knuckle dusters and that's it, and he uses it for everything from fighting criminals to interrogating civilians, much to Kouichi and Pop Step's chagrin. Doesn't stop him from being a badass in any way.
- Would Hit a Girl: Has no problem whatsoever with punching Kuin in the face while she's using his own daughter's body no less because he knows he can't do any less if he wants to stop her.
Another vigilante that Crawler and Pop Step meet while chasing down a villain. Eventually revealed to be Stain before his current look.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Acts as one, mercilessly killing the villains he targets.
- Anti-Hero: Unlike Knuckle Duster, he's not afraid to kill if he has too.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His quirk isn't why he can pull off all those ninja-like sword techniques. He spent all that time training because Bloodcurdle needs to injure the target first in order to work.
- Dramatic Irony: The first thing he says to Kouichi is that he's a guy who likes to stick his nose where it doesn't belong. Years later he would hear these same words from a hero in training named Midoriya Izuku. And then he goes and actually cuts off his own nose, making it so that he doesn't have anything to stick where it doesn't belong.
- Establishing Character Moment: Cleaving a bad guy in half. Then, coldly walking away with the man's blood all over him without bothering to wipe it off as he continued to thumb through pictures of people on his hit list.
- Eye Scream: One of his favored tactics is going right for the eyes with his switchblades. Against those with bad reflexes, it works to horrifying effect, but to those experienced in combat, they are able to react in time to avoid having their eyes gouged out.
- Foreshadowing: From his outfit, weapons and hard stances demeanor, it's heavily implied that this is Stain before he reached his Cynicism Catalyst with the hero world. There's good reason for that.
- Hypocrite: After having his mask destroyed, he claims it is wrong to wear one. As Stain, he uses a Domino Mask to cover up his noselessness.
- Knight Templar: Merely associating with a villain, no matter how tenuous, makes you just as bad as a villain, according to him. No mercy will be spared.
- Meaningful Name: The name Stendhal and his real name Chizome Akaguro refers to the colors red and black, he associates these colors as the red of life and the black of death, and strives to sever the gap between the two, meaning that he holds the power of life and death in his hands.
- Ninja: He dresses and fights like one.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Being a villain is cause enough to be killed, even if said villain has never killed anyone.
- Self-Harm: After deciding that it is cowardly to wear a mask and that he needs resolve to remember that, he saws off his own nose with a trench knife to make it impossible to ever wear another mask. This willful disfigurement completes his evolution into Stain, plopping the discarded flesh in a sink and wandering down an alleyway muttering like a neurotic. It also shows that the dude is extremely imbalanced.
- Serial Killer: Although he is a vigilante, he works more like one of these, towards villains.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He lets Kuin know one day he will come to kill her despite being the source for his information.
Registered Heroes Introduced In This Series
Christopher Skyline / Captain Celebrity
A top ranked American superhero that appears in Japan in an effort to become more famous.
- Attention Whore: In the hero business completely for fame and nothing else. Heck his hero name is Captain Celebrity. He even has a theme song played during fights and rescues.
- Eagleland: A very interesting example that's played with. On the one hand, he fits the stereotypical Type II, being a loud, boisterous, obnoxious and glory-seeking American. On the other hand, it was all those traits that pretty much got him kicked out of the hero system in the US in the first place.
- Expy: Between his Attention Whore attitude and visor, he's a dead ringer for Booster Gold.
- Flying Brick: His Quirk has yet to be revealed, but whatever it is, it gives him the ability to fly and he's strong enough to carry an entire cruise ship over his head.
- Glory Hound: He tries to gather as much fame and glory as possible, though he will give credit where it is due.
- Jerkass: He'll only act if the media is watching, otherwise he won't be bothered. Even if lives are on the line. At least when it comes to the big stuff, we did see him stop a criminal motorcyclist despite a lack of visible cameras. But instances like this are very rare.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: And how! His cleft chin juts out even further than All Might's.
- Pet the Dog: He might be a total jerk, but he's genuine when he compliments Kouichi on rescuing a child's dog while he was busy fighting a villain.
- Reality Ensues: He's gotten in trouble due to his attitude and had lawsuits filed against him. So much so, it's the reason he's in Japan in the first place as he couldn't find work in America anymore. Knuckle Duster even cite he's been given the nickname "Captain Troublemaker".
- A lot of these lawsuits were from women he flirted with. So much so his ex-wife has pretty much made a business in their lawsuits against him.
- Really Gets Around: He's known as a philandering playboy to have gotten the name "Flying Stallion", which has resulted in multiple lawsuits involving his wife.
- Smug Super: While overall competent as a hero, he's in it for the glory and adulation.
- The Dreaded: His wife Paula is this to him. When Makoto ends up calling her during an interview with him. His demenor turns a complete 180 and utterly terrified how things are going.
One of Ingenium's sidekicks who is initially mistaken for a villain who debuted in Chapter 7+ Alpha. Her Quirk allows her to increase her size and to create small clones of herself.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Kouichi helps her get to her inerview at Ingenium's agency in her first apparance. Then she shows up 10 chapters later to help as Ingenium's sidekick to help deal with the monster cat.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Downplayed. She barely reacts to being punched and later choked.
- Nightmare Face: Her eyes are completely black, making her very unsettling to look at.
- Shout-Out: Her face greatly resembles that of Noh-Face, and the resemblance becomes more uncanny when she's using her Quirk.
- Turn the Other Cheek: She forgives the vigilantes for attacking her rather easily, even acknowledging how she must of frightened them while using her Quirk.
A girl revealed to be one of the dealers of the Quirk-Enhancing drug, Trigger. Her Quirk, Queen Bee, turned her left eye into a hive which can create bees with syringes for stingers.
- Achilles' Heel: If as much as a single one of her bees are damaged in capacity, she will be hit with a recoil.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Sort of serves as this to Knuckle Duster, as the host body is his daughter, Tamao Oguro. However, while elements of Tamao's memory and personality are still active, the consciousness currently known as Kuin Hachisuka is driven by the queen bee attached to her brain.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: To most, she's just a rather perky high school girl. In truth, she's completely psycho.
- Blinding Bangs: Which covered over her eyepatch.
- Cute and Psycho: She'd probably get along with Himiko just fine...
- Dragon-in-Chief: To her employer, as she is the one carrying out most of the work. However, it isn't known yet if her employer is really less powerful than her.
- Eye Scream: Subverted. After Stendhal reworks his look by cutting off his nose, he throws a switchblade right into her socket with the eyepatch when she decides to eavesdrop on him, thus leaving her for dead. Luckily, the eye turns out to be hollow (likely being where her bees reside) and so she's able to pull the blade out with no harm to herself.
- Eyepatch of Power: Wears one on her left eye. It's to keep her bees from getting loose.
- False Reassurance: When she's giving a report of the effects of a drug on a bad guy, her schoolmates overhear her. Kuin says that she has to do a report for her part-time job, which is honestly what she's doing, but conveniently leaves out the illicit nature of her work.
- Flash Step: When one of her clients tries to attack her, she was able to dodge out of the way easily and up a fire escape within a split second.
- The Heavy: While she rarely directly engages in the Trigger incidents, instead letting the Trigger users and Stendhal do the fighting while she remains in the sidelines, she is still the direct cause of the majority of them.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: At least some of her victims are adult businessmen looking to hook up with a high school girl, so it's hard to feel too bad for them.
- Paper Tiger: She immediately folds and runs away when she realizes that Knuckle Duster has her outmatched, her usual smug Slasher Smile having been replaced with fear and panic.
- Pest Controller: Her Quirk seems to allow her to control a swarm of special bees that nest behind her eyepatch. Though in actuality, it seems to be the bees that are guiding her villainous actions.
- Punny Name: Hachi is the kanji for "bee", while "Kuin" sounds like "queen" phonetically, in Japanese. Therefore, her full name literally means "Queen Bee", the very same as her Quirk. This turns out to be an enforced trope when Knuckle Duster (who knows her as "Tama") says that it's an alias.
- Puppeteer Parasite: Apparently has the ability to control people with her bees, such as when she uses one of her classmates to lure Soga to a secluded location when he starts sniffing around her school. Knuckle Duster in Chapter 23 states the Queen Bee user isn't his daughter Tamao, inferring the actual 'Kuin Hachisuka' is controlling Tamao's body.
- Slasher Smile: During a meeting with one of her clients and avoiding one of his attacks. She sports this while telling her client to go nuts.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: By all appearances she's just an ordinary high-schooler. She's even one of the people asked to take part in Makoto's survey of the vigilantes without anyone involved being at all the wiser.
- The Worm That Walks: Sort of, her left eye houses a colony of bees, which she can control at will. It apparently makes honey too - and so may act more like a honeycomb - if the liquid present on the knife Kuin pulled out of her eye thrown at her by Stendhal is any indication. At least, we hope it's honey.
- Troll: The majority of other villainous characters really have a hard time putting up with her dry sense of humor.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears striped stockings that goes partway up near her skirt.
The unseen employer of Kuin Hachisuka, whose identity is still a mystery.
- Big Bad: The root of the Trigger incidents.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Technically this, due to leading a drug chain and being sought by the police to no avail, as they don't have the slightest idea to the identity of the person they're looking for.
- Mad Scientist: Heavily implied by their dialogues with Kuin.
- The Man Behind the Monsters: Arguably one, given the mutations that the Trigger users often go through.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Has yet to personally step in.
- Psycho Serum: Constantly experiments with new formulas for the Trigger.
- Orcus on His Throne: Operates through leaving the dirty work to the 'Part-time Villain' Kuin Hachisuka.
- The Unfettered: Isn't bothered by the sheer amount of the collateral and mental damage caused by the Trigger one bit.
- The Voice: Yet to be revealed, but regularly has conversations with Kuin on the phone.
- The Worf Effect: Invoked with the decision to exploit the Vigilante's constant interference to collect data on exactly far the strength of the newer Impromptu Villains has increased, as using official heroes would undoubtedly enable the police to close in on them.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: What's that? The Vigilantes are constantly interfering with the experiments? Use them as Jobbers to see if the most recent version of the Trigger empowers the users enough - without having to go out of your way to attract the legal heroes - just to measure the strength of the most recent Impromptu Villains.
"Trigger. It's this dangerous drug that turns normal people into full-on villains."A series a villains who use the quirk enhancing drug Trigger. Most of them only appear for a chapter or two.
— Pop Step, explaining what Trigger is to Ichimoku and Juubei
- Achilles' Heel: Trigger users aren't used to their boosted quirks, meaning they aren't aware of any potential weaknesses or strengths.
- One-Winged Angel: Under Trigger's influnce, the user transforms into a more monsterous version of themselves.
- Red Right Hand: The sign of a Trigger user is that their tounge is blackend at the tip.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Most of them look like average people, and the only way to tell a Trigger user from a normal person is their easily missable Red Right Hand.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Trigger gives its users great power and boosts their quirk, but it also weakens their sense of reason.
A quiet average man who is secretly a Trigger dealer. He debuted in Chapter 2.
- Contrived Coincidence: He just happened to be walking by when the vigilantes were looking for Trigger users and dealers, so their meeting happened completely by chance.
- Getting High on Their Own Supply: He's a Trigger dealer and also a regular user.
- Maniac Tongue: He shows his for a moment when he takes Trigger.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: After taking Trigger, he grow to the size of a tall building and grows two extra arms.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Under Triggers influence, he begins acting like a child.
- Shrinking Violet: He's a subversion. He initially comes off as one due to his quiet and apologetic nature, but this is just an act. He's actually Psychopathic Manchild drug dealer.
- Sizeshifter: His quirk allows him to grow in size.
A Trigger user that goes on a rampage in Chapters 3 and 9.
- Achilles' Heel: He can't harden his eyes, making them a weak spot. Stendhal uses this to disrupt and kill him.
- Accidental Misnaming: Averted. He's on of the few characters that correctly remembers Kouichi's hero name.
- Back for the Dead: He returns in chapter 9, where he's killed by Stendhal.
- Elemental Armor: His quirk allow him to harden his skin into rock-like armor.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Stendhal starts getting the better of him, he uses the cop's arrival to make his escape. He doesn't get far though, Stendhal tracks him down and kills.
- Super Strength: In addition to his Elemental Armor, his quirk gives him this.
A villain known for recklessly speeding down highways and causing accidents. He's eventually captured by Ingenium with the help of the vigilantes. He debuted in Chapter 7.
- Ambiguous Situation: While its clear he's a Trigger user, it's effects are unclear. Was his normal quirk the his speed or his wings, and which was the effect of Trigger? Is he even on Trigger when we see him in the story?
- Animal Motifs: His wings are very balt-like,and while running he drapes his them around himself like a bat.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He's able to outrun Ingenium and his team, but when he runs into the vigilantes, he goes down quite easily.
- For the Evulz: He doesn't realy have a reason to do what he does, aside from personal enjoyment.
- Maniac Tongue: He hangs his long tounge out while he runs. This reveals that he is a Trigger user.
- No Name Given: He is never given a name.
- Super Speed: He has a running-type quirk that gives him a sort of super speed.
- Winged Humanoid: In addition tp his speed, his quirk gives him bat-like wings.
Three Sturm und Drang Brothers
A trio of men that patrol Naruhata at night, stealilng people's undergarments. They all have the same quirk, "Glide and Slide", allowing them to slide across the ground.
- Creepy Crossdresser: The third brother puts on the panties the other two steal.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Knuckle Duster takes them all down in a matter of seconds.
- Foil: To Kouichi. Both have quirks that allow them to slide, but the brother's Quirk only requires one point of contact, while Kouichi's requires at least three. While Kouichi uses his quirk to help others as The Crawler, the brothers use their quirk to fulfill their selfish goal.
- Meaningful Name: Sturm und Drang (German for "storm and drive/urge/stress") is a literary movement that emphasizes individual subjectivity and free expression against the restraints of rationalism, which is reflected in the brothers' view of society as cage for their wild natures.
- Mythical Motifs: A subtle one, but the first brother flipping someone's skirt, followed by the second brother stealing her panties and the third brother putting them on is similar to the Kamatachi, where the first knocks the victim down, the second cuts the victim, and the third heals them.
- No Name Given: While their group is named, the individual members are not.
- Panty Thief: The first brother flips girl's skirts, the second strips off their panties, and the third puts them on. Their later appearance shows that they also steal men's boxers as well.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: What became of them after being beaten up by Knuckle Duster is unknown.
A theif with the quirk "Soccer", who steals things while dribbling a soccer ball.
- Bird People: He has the head of a Penguin.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Ichimoku and Juubei beat the hell out of him after he take out Kouichi.
- Five-Finger Discount: He's known for stealing things, and he steals Makoto's laptop in his introductory chapter.
- I Know Madden Kombat: His soccer ball doubles as a weapon. He uses it to escape Kouichi.
- Little Bit Beastly: As mentioned in Bird People above, he has a penguin head, but everything below the neck is human.
- Meaningful Name: He's a penguin person named Emperor.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only appears in one chapter, for only a couple pages, before he's beaten and detained.
A villain with a Suicide Bomb quirk that debuted in Chapter 6+ Alpha.
- Action Bomb: His quirk makes him a walking explosive.
- Blessed with Suck: Probably one of the best examples. His quirk allows him to blow himself up, and its not something he can completely control. If his fuse comes in contact with a heat source, the he and anything close to him goes boom.
- Despair Event Horizon: Implied to have crossed, considering he was willing to blow himself up.
- Marshmallow Hell: Midnight puts him through this to calm him down. It works.
- Rage Against the Legal System: He hates cops enough to blow them and himself up.
- Taking You with Me: He planned to blow himself and a police station full of cops and heros.
Abegawa Tenchu Kai
An old yakuza organization based of The Avengers that debuted in Chapter 9+ Alpha.
- The Alcoholic: Tetsu, being the Tony Stark parallel and all. Rojiya is one also, but it doesn't show on his face.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Stendhal kills them all in one slash.
- Expy: Of The Avengers.
- Tetsu opperates a suit of armor visually similar to the Hulkbuster and is also The Alcoholic like Iron Man.
- Rojiya is The Leader and uses manhole covers in a similar fasion to the way that Captain America uses his shield.
- Haruhisa has a strength enhancing Quirk and also is visually similar to the Incredible Hulk.
- Souji has a lightning Quirk and uses a hammer as a weapon like The Mighty Thor.
- The unnamed rookie member's Quirk, which gives him have a metal arm, and his design seem to based on Bucky Barnes.
- Mini-Mecha: Tetsu uses one when Stendhal attacks
- Red Baron: "Manhole" Rojiya, "Barehanded" Haruhisa, "Tank" Tetsu, and "Hammer" Souji.
- Shock and Awe: Souji's Quirk gives him lightning powers.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in the same chapter they're introduced in.
A villain who freefalls for pleasure. His quirk is "Swan", which gives him swan-wings and allows him to fly. He debuted in chapter 27.
- Animal Motifs: His wings are that of a swan.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: He gets completely naked, but he lacks any nipples.
- Blinding Bangs: His eyes are hidden behind his hair.
- Fetish: He gets off by freefalling from great heights naked while passerbys on the ground watch.
- Lens Flare Censor: When falling, his little swan is completely visible to everyone in-universe, but a lens flare blocks it from the readers view.
- Mythical Motifs: Invoked. His special move, Icarus Falling Ecstasy, involves him flying towards the sun, and falling back down to the ground. He does this on purpose to get off.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: After being caught and chained to a street post, the bystanders who he previously flashed begin throwing things at him.
- Winged Humanoid: His quirk gives him swan wings.
A villain who uses his quirk to grop women. He debuted in chapter 27.
- Gilligan Cut: The end Chapter 27's 17th page introduces him and his perverted ways. Page 18 starts with him already on the ground, defeated.
- Loophole Abuse: His quirk allows him to touch without really touching, meaning he's not technically groping women. He's still way out of line though, and is punished for it.
- Insane Troll Logic: He thinks that because his quirk allows him to touch things without actually touchng them, he can grop women without getting in trouble. He's wrong.
- Pervert Revenge Mode: After being beaten by Knuckleduster, he's pelted by a group of angery women.
A recurring Impromptu Villain. His Quirk, "Spikes", enables him to create spikes from his body.
- Berserk Button: People laughing at him.
- The Bully: What he is initially presented as. This wasn't always the case.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Seemingly a minor antagonist at first, but has a bigger role than initially perceived.
- Face of a Thug: Granted, he is a thug in the present day, but in the past he actually had noble ideals, and he cares for his friends enough to fight Stendhal alone.
- Foil: Seems to be set up as one for Kouichi. More specifically, as a dark refection of what Kouichi might have become if he were shunned by society more harshly.
- Hidden Depths: One of his friends says that Souga wanted to become a hero too. He is shown to be rather sensitive to people laughing at him. Flashbacks show that people were constantly writing him off based on his appearance.
- Irony: During his clash against Stendhal, he was so enraged by Kuin mocking him that he starts screaming as he reminisced the many times in the past that he was rejected and ridiculed. As his brief tirade goes on he yells that he is being treated as if he were some monster - almost simultaneously as he is transforming into a porcupine-like appearance.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: He's a violent asshole, but he's nowhere near as irredeemable as the more dedicated villains in the series, such as Kuin or Stendhal.
- One-Winged Angel: After getting overdosed on Trigger, forcefully administered into him by Kuin, Souga transforms into a monstrous human-sized porcupine as he rages on.
- Spikes of Villainy: An antagonist with the power to create spikes from his body.
- Spiky Hair: Fittingly enough.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: The reason why he is the way he is today. Despite initially wanting to be a hero as a child, years of mistreatment due to his appearance and his Quirk have made him into the punk he is today.
- True Companions: With Raputo and Moyuru. He cares for them enough to fight Stendhal alone to keep them safe.
Moyuru Touchi & Raputo Tokage
Two Impromptu Villains who are friends with Souga. Raputo's Quirk gives him his lizard apperance and Moyuru's Quirk gives him a small flame on top of his head.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: They and Souga are on the receiving end of one from Knuckle Duster.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Both are shown to be smokers. Raputo even tries to do this while he's in the hospital.
- Lizard Folk: Raputo, thanks to his Quirk.
- Meaningful Name: Raputo is a dinosaur-man named "Raptor"
- One-Winged Angel: After taking Trigger, Moyuru grows bigger and his fire spreads all around his body, and Raputo becomes even more lizard-like and literally grows wings.
- Playing with Fire: Moyuru, thanks to his Quirk.
- True Companions: With eachother and Soga.
- Villain Respect: Moyuru calls Kouichi a "big man" because of his willingness to talk to them even after they attacked him.
Samazu Ichimoku & Namimaru Juubei
A couple of middle school students who keep crossing paths with the Vigilantes. Ichimoku's Quirk lets him shoot lasers from his visor and Juubei's Quirk lets him draw blades from his wrist.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Samazu's Quirk allows him to extend what are essentially katana blades from his arms.
- Expy: Of Cyclops and Wolverine, reimagined as middle-school delinquents.
- Eye Beams: Ichimoku has these thanks to his Quirk.
- Fanboy: Both of them are huge fans of Pop Step.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Downplayed. They're fighting eachother in their introductory chapter, but in all subsequent appearances they seem to be friends.
- Irony: Samazu is a junior classmate to the guy who tormented Kouichi at the start of the manga.
- Recurring Extra
- Sempai Kouhai: They are both the kouhai to Souga.
- Secret Keeper: They both know Kouichi is The Crawler, but haven't told anyone.
- Those Two Guys: Always seen together, whether they're fighting each other or just hanging out.
- Younger Than They Look: They're in middle school, but are mistaken for high schoolers at first, and even that seems a bit of a stretch.
The younger sister of police detective Naomasa Tsukauchi, and an upperclassman at Kouichi's college. She's studying the hero system and the history of vigilantism for her college thesis. Her Quirk, "Polygraph", enables her to tell whether someone is lying or not by making physical contact with them.
- The Ace: When it comes to organizing and leading groups there isn't really a better ally to have then Makoto. She is very good at getting people to work together and while a bit manipulative she tends to make things better for everyone involved.
- Beauty Mark: Has one on the left side of her jaw.
- Go-Getter Girl: A college student who is working on her thesis, investigating the Naruhata vigilantes' activities, practically running Captain Celebrity's PR department, and helps manage the event where Pop Step makes her stage debut. If there's anything that needs organizing, Makoto's your woman.
- Living Lie Detector: Her Quirk legitimately makes her one, she just needs to be making physical contact. It can be fooled either by Exact Words or if the subject doesn't believe that they are telling a falsehood, such as when she outright asks Kouichi if he's "The Hauler". Because he's not, he's "The Crawler".
- Meganekko: Though she alternates between glasses and contact lenses depending on the look she's going for.
- Ms. Exposition: In helping Kouichi with his class work, she provides an infodump regarding the formation of the existing hero system.
- One Degree of Separation: Connected to the vigilantes through Kouichi, the police through her brother, and the world of pro heroes through working part-time for Captain Celebrity.
- Rescue Romance: Starts to fall for Kouichi after finding out he is the Crawler while being rescued from a runaway bus.
- Secret Keeper: Is this to Kouichi's vigilante activities as the Crawler after being saved by him from a hijacked bus.
Kouichi's strict mother. Her Quirk, "Flyswatter", allows her to slap things from a distance.
- Adult Fear: When an infant Kouichi started using his Quirk for Flight, she was so terrified that he would hurt himself that she punished him every time she caught him doing it until he forgot that he could.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Played for Laughs when she uses her Quirk to give Kouichi a smack when she catches him doing something she disapproves of.
- My Beloved Smother: Very strict with Kouichi, largely stemming from the maternal worry she suffered when he was a baby. Even when he's an adult college student, she's not entirely comfortable letting him go off on his own.
- Shipper on Deck: While Kouichi's attempt to pass Makoto off as his girlfriend blows up quickly, Mrs. Haimawari makes it very clear that she'd be happy to welcome Makoto into the family if the two of them actually did hit it off.