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??? Shigaraki — All For One

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The Symbol of Evil
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Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese), John Swasey (English), Carlos Segundo (Latin American Spanish)

Debut: Chapter 59 (Manga), Episode 33 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice, My Hero One's Justice 2

Quirk: All For One (Artificial Duplicate), Original All For One (Formerly)

Stolen Quirks: Currently: Air Cannon, Super Regeneration, Warping, Springlike Limbs, Kinetic Booster (x4), Strength Enhancer (x3), Impact Recoil, Rivets, Spearlike Bones, Hypertrophy, Proliferation, Forcible Quirk Activation, Rivet Stab, Infrared Ray, Life Force (Original), Unnamed Telekinetic/Gravity Quirk(s). Formerly: Stockpiling, Enhanced Strength, Overclock, First Generation Spike Quirk, Search, Air Walk. Unknown Status: Unnamed Lightning Quirk(s), Unnamed Landscape Manipulation Quirks, Unnamed Fire Quirk(s), Unnamed Monster Jaw Quirk, Miscellaneous First Generation Quirks (x4).

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Rank: S

"You've failed again, Tomura. But you mustn't lose heart. There will be more chances to set things right. That's why I've brought along your little band. And the boy... because you determined that he is an important pawn. So go and try again. That's what I'm here to help you to do. It's... all... for you."

The founder and mastermind of the League of Villains, an infamous villain believed to be an urban legend. Initially only heard through a computer monitor, he is eventually forced to reveal himself to save the rest of the League from capture, at the cost of his own imprisonment.

All For One has been around since Quirks first emerged. Since that time, he had used his power to amass numerous devout followers, with whom he ruled the Japanese underworld from the shadows for years. He had a younger brother named Yoichi Shigaraki, who opposed him and became the first wielder of One For All. Five years prior to the events of the main story, All Might put a stop to his reign of evil by defeating his minions and eventually the man himself in a battle that left both parties severely injured. Since then, All For One wants to bequeath his place to his protege, Tomura Shigaraki.

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All For One boasts of a staggering power in a class of its own due to his titular Quirk, "All For One". With it, he can steal other Quirks for personal use or transfer them to others. He inadvertently created One For All this way.


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  • Above Good and Evil:
    • All For One doesn't believe in morality, believing that people are free to do as they please as long as they have the power to do so. It's a belief that he tries to teach Tomura as well:
      All For One: (to a young Tomura Shigaraki) Conscience, integrity, morals, ethics... all mere fabrications invented by others. People who wanted to run the world smoothly as they saw fit.
    • In Vigilantes, he waxes philosophical to Kurogiri about what truly makes a villain:
      All For One: Kurogiri, you and I may be what the good little citizens and politicians call villains, but what is a villain, really? The term is far too emotionally charged to simply describe a certain class of criminal, wouldn't you say? If that were all, why not just say "Quirk Criminal" and be done with it? I believe that the concept should be defined by a particular relationship between a person's will and their Quirk. When that will and that Quirk support each other to form a bedrock of resolve, well, those people are called heroes. But when an extreme and violent will stimulates a Quirk into running amok, or on the flip side, when an unruly Quirk twists a person's will to its own ends, that disparity creates a dangerous imbalance. Unstable characters like that deviate from their pigeonholes in society and threaten to destroy the entire framework. As such, that sort of logical evil or enemy of society is shunned and scorned... as a villain. Meaning that at the core of villainy is that essential imbalance. Going by that definition, what is the next inevitable conclusion? Basically, forcing a person's Quirk to rage out of control or otherwise flipping their Quirk around destroys that balance, letting me turn anyone into a villain.
  • Abusive Parents: Somewhat Zigzagged. True to his Affably Evil nature, he is nothing but supportive towards his adoptive son. However, he is fully responsible for Shigaraki's insane personality, and come the transfer of his Quirk to Tomura, begins to show surprising disregard for his well-being.
  • The Ageless: He's older than One For All, which has been passed down for nine heroes, yet it would seem he has not aged since. All Might speculates that he found a Quirk that stops aging, later confirmed to be Dr. Garaki's Quirk, "Life Force", which grants extended life at the cost of athleticism.
  • All Your Powers Combined: His Quirk combines this with Power Parasite and Super Empowering. He's able to steal others' Quirks for himself, allowing him to combine several Quirks together for various purposes. He can also have multiples of the same Quirk in order to amplify their power.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Aside from his psychopathic tendencies, All For One reveals that if a Quirk catches his attention, he feels compelled to steal it. As a result, he hoards a lot of Quirks, pretty much indicating a case of kleptomania. In the memories witnessed by Midoriya, his little brother diagnoses him with a severe case of megalomania as well.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Even as a child he loved to emulate a demon king from a manga, and he came to revel in the power to rule the world, deciding who lives and dies, whose minions act without orders in his name. He was there at the beginning of the Quirk crisis where Heroes, Vigilantes, and Villains arose, rising to power in the ensuing chaos.
  • Antagonist Abilities: The Quirk "All For One" is exceedingly powerful, and could be considered the ultimate nightmare in a society that revolves around Quirks. With the story's emphasis on learning self-reliance and putting one's better qualities in service of society, it's only appropriate that the Greater-Scope Villain's power would be to essentially steal the "talents" of others for himself. The ability also acts as a Foil to "One For All", which relies on the cultivation of a collective legacy throughout multiple generations of heroes to become stronger than its evil counterpart.
  • Arch-Enemy: To All Might, as the murderer of his mentor, and the one who dealt him a crippling blow. More generally, he's this to every user of One For All. His little brother, Yoichi Shigaraki, was the first to oppose him, although he was defeated. He reciprocates the feeling towards All Might, and makes his loathing clear:
    All For One: You know All Might, as much as you hate me, I think I probably loathe you more. I killed your master, sure, but you took away so much from me. Everything I tried to build. That's why I want you to suffer until your last breath and to die broken in disgrace for all the world to see! I will obliterate everything that you've protected!
  • Attack Reflector: One of his Quirks, "Impact Recoil", lets him reverse the impact of someone's attack. By combining it with his "Warping" Quirk, which lets him teleport people to his location, he can create impromptu Human Shields as Gran Torino learned the hard way.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: All For One is the true leader of the League of Villains, and the most powerful character in the whole series, only matched by All Might. It takes him seconds to defeat several top-ranked Heroes.
  • Bad Boss: During the Paranormal Liberation War arc, he hijacks Tomura's body, and flees the battlefield, deserting most of the League of Villains members, including Gigantomachia. He frames this as Tomura's punishment for losing the battle against Deku and Endeavor.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Having the ability to steal powers from people and forcefully implant them into others is about as villainous as it sounds.
  • Badass Baritone: In the Japanese dub, All For One has a deep, menacing voice befitting a villain of his caliber. This is downplayed in the English dub, however, where he is given a softer voice.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He is always seen wearing a suit, like Lex Luthor or many of Batman's villains.
  • Badass Longcoat: Chapter 193 reveals that he used to wear one, back in his prime.
  • Bald of Evil: Everything from his mouth upwards is nothing but mangled scar tissue, including his scalp. Granted, he used to have hair before his first clash with All Might.
  • Benevolent Boss: Subverted. All For One seems to be genuinely lenient, patient and encouraging as leader of the League, willing to give them as many chances to succeed. However, this "compassion" is but a false front: ultimately, he sees people as mere means to an end, and will abandon them as he sees fit, without remorse.
  • Big Bad: He is the central antagonist of the series and the founder of the League of Villains until All Might beats him and he is incarcerated. Even with him imprisoned, the story still frames him as the ultimate evil, and his presence is felt throughout. Upon freeing himself from Tartarus, he takes back the role in full.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Shigaraki. All For One monitors him from the shadows, while Shigaraki leads the League of Villains publicly; their dynamic changes throughout the story, however.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: By the Paranormal Liberation War arc, once Shigaraki gains the original All For One Quirk, master and apprentice start fighting for control over their shared body. By the time he has Tomura's body retreat from battle, he has wrestled enough control that Deku sees Tomura as someone to rescue.
  • Big Brother Bully: He seemed to be his younger brother's primary caretaker. He also locked him in a safe, kept him from interfering with his plans, and ultimately forced a Quirk upon him. He did claim this to be a compromise, and may have had good intentions, though any details are ultimately obscure.
  • Blind Seer: He's been blind since his fight with All Might, and uses an "Infrared Ray" Quirk to sense his surroundings. The prison he's kept in has so many sensors that it impairs his ability to "see".
  • Blow You Away: One of his Quirks, "Air Cannon", fires a blast of air from his hands. He can combine this with a "Spring-like Limbs" Quirk, four "Kinetic Boosters", and three "Strength Enhancers" to increase its destructive power. It takes out several pro heroes in mere seconds.
  • Body Backup Drive: Heavily implied to be his purpose for Tomura. Over the decades, All For One's own body had experienced difficulties storing new Quirks, as these evolved at a fast rate. When Dr. Garaki performs a body enhancement surgery on Tomura and transplants the original "All For One" Quirk onto the young villain, a vestige of All For One's consciousness, which can override Tomura's will, is carried with it.
  • Body Horror: With the exception of his mouth and chin, his head is a mass of scar tissue, with no eyes, nose, or ears; judging by the scars on the back of his neck, there are likely many more hidden within his suit. Then he starts using his powers. A Spring-Limbs Quirk causes his arm to compress and inflate like an actual spring. His "Rivet Stab" Quirk has black and red tendrils extend from his fingers. In an attempt to finish off All Might, he uses a mass combination of Quirks to transform his entire right arm into a grotesque sight of hypertrophied flesh and tangled arms with metallic parts sticking out. A special note goes to the Spear-like Bones Quirk, which couldn't be pretty under any circumstances.
  • Break Them by Talking: He is very good at getting under people's skin. He enjoys doing it to All Might in particular:
    All For One: Izuku Midoriya! He's the child you passed One For All onto, isn't he!? I bet he came here without your asking, you have no control over him, do you!? It sounds as though you'll die full of regrets, All Might! As a hero and as a teacher!
  • Brought Down to Badass: While his Quirk didn't get any weaker after his crippling fight with All Might, his body's condition did. Due to the horrible injuries All Might inflicted, he is severely limited in how much power he can output and how much damage he can take. Compounding this, his Quirk takes its own toll: there is a limit to how many Quirks he can safely hold, and since this is dependent on his physical condition, the number and strength of the Quirks he can have has gone down as well.
  • Cain and Abel: He had a younger brother named Yoichi who had a strong sense of justice and opposed him. Yoichi became the first wielder of One For All.
  • Card-Carrying Jerkass: He's not only narcissistic, megalomaniac and lacking any semblance of empathy; he revels in it. It goes a long way when, in Japanese, he's the only character whom the normally polite All Might refers to with the extremely hostile pronoun kisama.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When All Might visit him in prison, he outright asks All For One for his motives. The villain plainly states that being "an all-powerful devil king" had always been his ambition.
  • The Caretaker: He seemed to have been his younger brother's caretaker and did not seem bothered by it, as he was the only person All For One ever treated with anything close to genuine kindness, though even there he was possessive and controlling.
  • Casting a Shadow: Many of the Quirks he uses evoke darkness: his signature "All For One" manifests as red and black flames; the "Warping" Quirk is a pool of black liquid that emerges from those he teleports; and "Rivet Stab" manifests as red and black tendrils he extends from his fingers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: For all his power, All For One is a very dirty fighter, and will use any tactic to gain the advantage in a fight. He'll play mind games to get under his opponent's skin, use sneak attacks, take others as human shields, and even threaten innocent bystanders to win. In Volume Origin, he knew that Nana was using the final dregs of One For All, yet he does not hesitate to kill her with a massive explosion that ravages an entire island.
  • Combat Tentacles: One of his Quirks, "Rivet Stab", manifests as black and red tendrils he extends from his fingers. He uses them to attack All Might, and as a contact point for his "Forcible Quirk Activation". The same ability manifests in Tomura Shigaraki, which he uses to skewer Endeavor and Bakugo.
  • Combination Attack: Most of All For One's attacks are dangerous uncanny combinations of several abilities.
  • The Corrupter:
    • Took Tenko Shimura, the grandson of one of his most hated adversaries, and groomed him from childhood to become his own successor as a villainous symbol of evil.
    • In Vigilantes, All For One muses that he can turn anyone into a villain by either making their Quirks go berserk or igniting their rage to violent proportions.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has Dr. Garaki replicate the Quirk All For One, takes the replica for himself, and gives the original to Shigaraki, after foreseeing his own defeat.
  • Creator Thumbprint: In-universe example. Anyone with an extra Quirk can be traced back to All For One. The Artificial Humans/Nomus are a direct example. The users of One For All are an indirect example, as All For One had inadvertently created their Quirk. Bakugo wonders if All For One was the catalyst for Midoriya gaining multiple Quirks.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Tics all the boxes. He wears black clothing and a black helmet that doubles as a mobile life support system and hides his deformed face after an encounter with the protagonist's mentor. Many of the Quirks he uses are colored red and black. He even has a Luke, I Am Your Father moment when he reveals to All Might that Shigaraki is Nana Shimura's grandson.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears dark clothes, has a black helmet, has dark colored Quirks, and is the most powerful villain in the series.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: His previous battle with All Might has left him severely incapacitated. He has tubes running into his face and neck. When he finally steps outside, he wears a black mask that doubles as a life support system.
  • Dark Messiah: How All For One was portrayed in the past. He used his ability to assist those who were oppressed by the new phenomena of Quirks, either by granting powers to those who didn't have any, or by taking them away from those who didn't want them (or abused them), asking for their "help" in return. This allowed him to amass an immense amount of devoted followers whose gratefulness would eventually grow into blind fanaticism, to the point of carrying out his will even without his command. His Power Palms also feed into this, as they give him the appearance of a stigmata.
  • Determinator: He is completely obsessed with claiming One For All for himself (as it houses the spirit of his younger brother whom he had always wanted by his side in his schemes). His ego even permeates his very Quirk: when his protégé Tomura undergoes the intense medical procedure to transfer it to himself, he finds his master's desire consuming his thoughts.
  • Devil Complex: In his younger days, he was enamored with a demon king character in a manga he and his brother read. His admiration for the character inspired him to become the most powerful, influential villain the world has ever known. As he himself states at the end of chapter 297:
    All For One: This will be the story of how I become the greatest demon lord of all!
  • Discard and Draw: Apparently, he used to have a very different power set when he first fought All Might. In a flashback showcasing his fight with Nana Shimura, he is seen utilizing gruesome landscape-altering Quirks. In the present, he seems to prefer strong ranged abilities paired with diversions and attrition strategies.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Despite being the one of the two Big Bads of the series, he's defeated by All Might in their final battle and is imprisoned. This enables Tomura to be the sole Big Bad and the new leader of the League of Villains. Subverted when All For One’s consciousness possesses Tomura's body and frees his original body from prison...
  • The Dreaded: Though his threat has largely been diminished, when he showed up in person, even Midoriya, who went toe-to-toe with Stain and Muscular, was left frozen in terror, likening the experience to "seeing death". He, and the students who were with him, could be seen on the brink of throwing up out of sheer fear.
  • Dramatic Irony: He became a young Tenko Shimura's foster father after the death of his family, and was a better father-figure to him than his own biological father ever was.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Back in his prime, he clearly revelled in the newfound status his Quirk gave him, at one point bragging to his brother about how his followers killed a group of people who refused to follow him even though he didn't order them to.
  • Enhanced Punch: Attempted against All Might by mashing a dozen or so physical Quirks together. It's more for a symbolic reason than a pragmatic one; by destroying the Symbol of Peace with the same technique he usually employs, he hopes to shatter the populace's faith in heroes. Notably, this proves to be a mistake on his part.
  • Entitled to Have You: A twisted non-romantic version that's subconsciously revealed through Shigaraki towards Midoriya. All For One genuinely believes that One For All belongs to him and the remnants of his subconscious push hard for Shigaraki to steal the Quirk from Deku.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with. While even his love is twisted, All For One truly seems to care for his younger brother, Yoichi. Despite his rebelling against him, he repeatedly tried finding a middle ground. He gave Yoichi a Quirk to help him get stronger, even making sure his body would be able to handle it. However, despite his twisted affection, it is clear that he sees his sibling as an extension of himself, rather than a full person, and his quest to take One For All can be seen as him trying to retrieve a piece of himself that refuses to comply. This is best shown when they interact in the vestige world of One For All and All For One laments his brother's unyielding nature.
    All For One: It's such a shame that I could never make you mine!
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • He didn't understand why Yoichi continued to defy him, and gave him a Quirk in hopes that he would finally submit. That mistake would lead to the creation of One For All, and his eventual downfall.
    • He believed exposing All Might's true form would go towards breaking people's faith in the hero. It didn't, people still cheer him on regardless, resulting in his Heroic Second Wind and All For One's defeat.
    • All For One is defined by his sheer selfishness. As a result, selflessness is something he is fundamentally incapable of understanding, as he only sees how others can serve him, not for their value as people. This is something his brother tears into him for in the vestige world.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • All Might, a textbook example of The Cape with a Heroic Build and a beaming smile, is an incredibly kind and upstanding man who fights For Great Justice. On the other hand, All For One is a Lean and Mean Card-Carrying Villain who does all he does For the Evulz. Both are mentors to disciples who revere them and strive to inherit the positions they once held, with numerous So Proud of You moments in between. However, All Might met Midoriya by chance, while All For One gleefully exploited the trauma Tenko suffered in order to turn him into his protégé. While All Might is something of a bumbling teacher who tries to let Midoriya find his own way, All For One goes to incredible lengths to prepare Shigaraki and gives him all the resources he needs to lead the League of Villains. Their powersets are also diametrically opposed. All Might is a Lightning Bruiser who beats foes with nothing but sheer speed, power, and his own hand-to-hand combat technique, where All For One is a Power Parasite who uses a gruesome multitude of powers in unusual combinations for devastating effects. Both All Might and All For One are Stepford Smilers, yet All Might does this to inspire hope among his rescuees. All For One has an evil mocking grin and enjoys breaking his victims.
    • To Midoriya as well. Both have Quirks that can stockpile multiple abilities for personal use. Both have an inner obsession bordering madness that drives them and both are charismatic leaders. All For One's signature colors are red and black, while Midoriya's are green and white. All For One is a Manipulative Bastard while Midoriya is The Strategist. Midoriya has difficulty in controlling One For All because his body cannot handle much output. All For One faces a similar issue: some Quirks are too advanced for his body to handle.
  • Evil Is Petty: While All For One has higher goals and ambitions, he can't resist committing smaller acts of sadism, especially when it involves All Might. He claims to All Might that his taking in young Tenko to be his protégé wasn't done just to have a successor, but to give a giant middle finger to both All Might and Nana Shimura by raising her grandson as a villain, pointing out how such a low blow is exactly the sort of thing he would do. Likewise, when giving Tenko the hands for his villain outfit, one of those hands (the one on the back of his head) is revealed to be Nana Shimura's.
    • Also, in the movie, Two Heroes, when he learns of Wolfram's plot to steal David's Quirk Enhancing Device, he grants him a Muscle Augmentation Quirk to aid him, not because he wanted the device for himself, but just so he can give All Might more grief.
  • Evil Knockoff: Gran Torino notes that All For One radically changed his fighting style since the last fight with All Might, and judging from the heavy use of appropriately hideous and overpowered strength and wind Quirks, it's implicit that All For One has been taking pages out of All Might's book.
  • Evil Mentor: He is the one who raised Shigaraki to be the villain he is. As he is imprisoned in the super villain jail, Tartarus, he even echoes All Might's line to Midoriya when thinking of Shigaraki, "Now...it's your turn."
  • Evil Smells Bad: Not him, but the black ooze used for his Warping Quirk is said to smell really bad:
    Twice: This black stuff reeks! I love it!
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with being voiced by Akio Ōtsuka. John Swasey gives him a menacingly deep voice as well, helped by the filter in his helmet.
  • Eyeless Face: No nose either. Everything above his upper lips is nothing but a mass of scar tissues.

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  • Face Framed in Shadow: Most of the flashback sequences have him as this.
  • The Faceless: His face is first hidden in shadow, then by his mask. Even after All Might breaks it off, he still kind of counts.
  • Facial Horror: All Might left his head so mangled that the top half of his head is nothing but a mass of scar tissue with no eyes, nose, or ears. He originally had white hair and red eyes.
  • Faux Affably Evil:
    • All For One is infallibly polite to everyone and his incredible charisma allowed him to amass a following of devoted servants when he ruled Japan. That said, he often laces his politeness with barbs and jabs at his opponents. This is best seen when All Might visits him in prison. At first, he greets All Might as if they were two old friends, but soon tries to get under his skin by making an educated guess about the current state of society and mocking All Might's powerlessness, smiling all the while.
    • All For One offered support to the traumatized Tenko Shimura. Even when he repeatedly failed, All For One calmly encouraged to him to keep trying. However, he slowly warped Tenko's mind against heroes while keeping him emotionally dependent on him: he sees even him as nothing more than a pawn for his twisted ideals.
    • When he meets Yoichi Shigaraki and Nana Shimura in the vestige world, All For One treats the whole thing as if it's a big family reunion, but his polite conversation is laced with insults towards Nana and Midoriya.
  • Finishing Move: He tries one against All Might, combining Springlike Limbs, four Kinetic Boosters, three Strength Enhancers, Proliferation, Hypertrophy, Rivet and Spearlike Bones into his right arm for a devastating blow, in sync with Impact Recoil to crush All Might's attempt to block. Ultimately, this was an error.
  • Flashback: The original One For All user, Yoichi, shows Midoriya flashbacks about All For One. His personality and megalomaniac ideals are explored upon.
  • For the Evulz: All For One enjoys himself at the expense of people- including his followers- and will utterly ruin anyone who opposes him. In his conversation with All Might, he explains that he established a criminal empire because he had the power to do so. He compares the Nomu to wine, claiming that he enjoys the refined products. Besides his ambition to steal One For All, All For One's goal remains to be seen.
  • Greater-Scope Villain:
    • All Might put an end to a criminal empire that ruled Japan from the shadows when he defeated All For One for the first time. Since then, the villain pivoted his influence and resources to raising Shigaraki into a proper successor by creating the League of Villains for him to lead.
    • He's this in the first movie. When villains got together to steal David Shield's device, All For One made a point of granting their leader extra superpowers. The idea of All Might finding out his best friend is doing something evil put a smile on his face.
  • Greed: All For One's Quirk is an embodiment of this, allowing him to amass unchecked power at a whim. He even admits that he can't resist stealing a Quirk that catches his interest.
  • Handicapped Badass: He is currently blind, having used an "Infrared Ray" Quirk to faintly sense sounds and vibrations, so to remain aware of his surroundings. He's also heavily implied to be in declining health, given his constant need for life-support systems. He still overpowers every hero not named All Might, and both times All Might defeats him, it comes at a huge cost: the first time ravages All Might's internal organs, effectively cutting the time he can use One For All to a few short hours. The second time forces All Might to burn out the remaining embers of One For All, permanently ending his crime-fighting career.
  • Healing Factor: At some point, he managed to acquire a healing Quirk, but by that time, it was useless for restoring his body from the damage All Might inflicted on him. It is the signature Quirk of the League's Nomus.
  • Hero Killer: This is hinted at by Gran Torino, who believes that the League of Villains is backed by the same man who killed All Might's predecessor and who wounded All Might himself. This is eventually confirmed to be true. He also takes out Best Jeanist, the #4 hero, with no effort whatsoever. Later on, it's revealed that he killed all of the wielders of One For All prior to facing All Might.
  • Hidden Depths: He is remarcably familiar with One For All's mental world, and isn't the least bit surprised when the previous users appear. He explains that his Quirk allows him to interact with the vestiges of its victims, and confesses to feeling unease when their spectres confront him. It is clear, however, that he feels no real guilt for it.
  • Hidden Eyes: In Midoriya's vision, his eyes were always twisted or blurred and his full face is never revealed. This is inverted with Vol.0 chapter, where his eyes are the only visible part of his face when he fights Nana.
  • Hidden Villain: He first appears talking through a computer screen up until later in the story, so for the first part, the audience won't know who he is, what he looks like, etc. just that he's plotting something with Shigaraki as his direct underling. His face shows up after the conflict with Stain, but he maintains himself Shrouded in Myth even then.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Was brought down in the past by the very Quirk he had (inadvertently) created.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: In the past, All For One was shown to control his minions by giving them quirks, thus indebting them to him. However, he's also shown a talent for manipulating people frustrated with hero society through their philisophical ideals, such as feeding Shigaraki those ideals and using them to groom him, or appealing to Lady Nagant's to convince her to work for him. Part of what makes him such a Manipulative Bastard is that, whatever the reason for those people's convictions, he's convincing them to fight to tear down one of the only things keeping him from turning Japan into his own personal dictatorship.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Before he was horribly disfigured by All Might. All For One used to look like a clean-shaven man in his late 20s, having an imposing build (if not outright muscular), chiseled facial features, and a mop of white hair. His red eyes are still shrouded in shadows. It's later revealed that Dr. Garaki had given him his Life Force Quirk, which slows aging and extends lifespan at the cost of athletism.
  • Invincible Villain: Even in his crippled state, All For One is such a menace, that any hero who rises against him is instantly defeated, regardless of their strength or skill. All Might defeated him twice, but was unable to kill him despite his best efforts. In his prime, All For One was on another level of his own.
  • Irony: While in his prime he looked handsome with striking features hardly befitting of an evil supervillain mastermind, after his devastating fight with All-Might, ended up resembling more the demon king from the manga he used to love reading with his younger brother.
  • It's All About Me: His Quirk name says it all. In keeping with his narcissism, he hates All Might for defeating his previous gang of villains — not because he viewed them as comrades — but because he gave them their powers and it reflected poorly on him. Not even Tomura or Gigantomachia are exceptions to All For One's egomania.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His adoption and wholehearted support of Tomura, a.k.a. Tenko Shimura, at first seems like the only genuinely kind deed he's ever done. Some people even thought of it as a heartwarming, if twisted, father/son relationship. In the end, he didn't save Tomura because he cared whatsoever. He just did it because he knew of the child's heritage, and manipulated Tomura into being dependent on him. All to reveal that his right-hand man is the grandson of All Might's mentor turned to villainy, and emotionally shatter the Symbol of Peace. Don't let the below quote fool you; in later chapters he's perfectly fine with hijacking Tomura's body and using him like a puppet against the heroes and to break his real body out of prison. Yoichi speculates that All For One groomed Tomura as a tool to capture One For All.
    All For One: No one's come to save you, have they? You've had a hard life, Tenko Shimura. "He'll be fine, eventually the heroes will help." I'm sure that's what everyone thought as they looked away and ignored you. The world shouldn't be so unforgiving, don't worry... I am here for you.
  • Join or Die: A variant. In the past, All For One managed to rule over Japan by giving Quirks to those who didn't have any and stealing Quirks from those who either didn't want them or were using them to abuse others. This earned him a legion of loyal followers whose gratitude soon turned to extreme fanaticism to the point that they killed a group of people who refused to join his faction even though he didn't order them to. Of course, he was quite happy with that.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He is the mastermind behind the League of Villains, mentoring the leader of said group, and he is the personal enemy of All Might. When he finally steps in to fight, he takes out several heroes in mere seconds. His actions continue to haunt the heroes of the world even in the present day. While Stain and Chisaki also made the story much darker upon their entrance, All For One's arrival is the point where the series really goes from a somewhat lighthearted (but not without danger) Academy of Adventure series to constant life-or-death situations against people hell-bent on destroying society as we know it.
  • Lack of Empathy: Whatever praise or concern he shows for others is only a false front, because ultimately, All For One sees his followers as a means to an end and is utterly devoid of compassion. All For One views guilt as a sign of inferiority.
  • Large and in Charge: Played with. While running the League of Villains and even during his later time in prison, he's never shown beside another character to judge his height, on top of never standing up in the first place. The one time we see him beside others is at Kamino with Shigaraki, who's kneeling, and All Might, who's a mountain of a man who'd make anyone seem small by comparison. It's not until Chapter 312 that we properly see him standing with other characters, which reveals that he stands literally head and shoulders above the likes of Overhaul and Lady Nagant.
  • Large Ham: Starts screaming his head off into a tirade of insults against Deku when his younger brother openly defies him in the vestige world.
  • Leitmotif:
  • Lightning Bruiser: Casually dodged an ambush from Edge Shot, who can transform and attack at the speed of sound, simply by tilting his head. He can also match a serious All Might blow-for-blow.
  • Like a Son to Me: In a twisted sort of way. He effectively adopted a young Tenko Shimura off the street when he was scared and alone after killing his family. He raised the boy as a successor, nurturing his worst impulses and even bestowing him with his own family name on the boy as Tomura Shigaraki. While his goal was to use the boy as a tool of revenge and to gain a body powerful enough to use his Quirk to its full potential, he seems content to accept Tomura rebelling against him as long as Tomura’s goals remain the destruction of superhero society.
  • Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: His Quirk seems to have this going with One For All. All For One initially dwarfed One for All in power, to the point early users were well aware they didn't stand a chance. However, while All For One is able to increase in power by stealing other Quirks any time and One For All can only do it by transfer, All For One merely adds those powers on top of each other while One For All increases in power exponentially over time, even on a Quirkless user, with the stockpiled Quirks also receiving the same upgrade. As a result, while All For One had hundreds of Quirks and All Might only had the basic built-up physical strength from eight users, All Might was powerful enough to defeat All For One twice.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • He has two, although they're more obstacles than outright flaws. The first is that while he may be able to take any Quirk, he can't use them with the same level of skill as the original user who may have had years to practice with them. This is why he avoids taking abilities from people like Best Jeanist, instead preferring powerful, yet straightforward abilities like Super Strength or Super Toughness. His second is that he's Unskilled, but Strong. He may be clever in a fight with his abilities and has lots of combat experience, but because he has so many abilities, he's only average at best in using his abilities on an individual level. Most of the time, he depends on sneak attacks or fighting dirty (like using bystanders as hostages to force a handicap on the heroes he fights).
    • His Quirk has one in that, while it can take any Quirk and seems to have no limit to how many it can hold, the user does have physical limits which the Quirk, All For One, does nothing to mitigate. As more powerful Quirks appear, it won't be long before All For One reaches the limit to how much power he can handle. His funding of Dr. Garaki's research was to find a way to enhance his body and raise the limit of power he can handle.
    • It turns out that while he can transfer Quirks he's stolen, unlike One For All, he can't transfer his Quirk itself. That was his brother's Quirk. To transfer his Quirk, he requires outside aid, and even then there are difficulties and complications.
    • He's shown repeatedly that, while he is capable of stealing any Quirk he can get his hands on except One For All, he quite literally has to get his hands on them. For his Quirk to activate he needs to physically touch somebody, so anybody who is fast or agile enough to avoid being grabbed by him will be capable of avoiding losing their Quirk.
    • The injuries All Might inflicted on him in their fateful battle severely crippled him. Even with a Super Regeneration Quirk he requires constant life support and is physically unable to fight at even half his original strength.
    • His Super Regeneration, while extremely strong, is still just a Quirk. It has limits like any other. If an opponent can do enough damage in a short enough period, it can be overwhelmed and start failing and not even it could save a user if their brain were destroyed. Certain types of damage, such as intense heat can destroy cells so thoroughly that Super Regeneration can't undo the damage without a rest period.
    • There's also the fact that, no matter how many quirks he has, an ability like Eraserhead's that can cancel quirks, would leave him defenseless in a fight.
    • He lost all his sensory organs above his upper jaw during his battle with All Might, meaning he can't see, hear, or smell in the traditional sense and must rely on stolen sensory Quirks to compensate.
  • Long-Lived: Midoriya's the ninth wielder of One For All. All For One was directly responsible for creating the power in the first place, and even taking into account the possibility not all the wielders lived to their prime or gained it as children, it still puts him at living for a long while. When questioned how this is possible, it's pointed out that he could have possibly stolen a Quirk that delays aging or something similar. It's later revealed that he took Dr. Garaki's Life Force Quirk, which extends his life span at the cost of athleticism.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: His finishing attack qualifies as it's both quite dangerous and described in detail above, under body horror. There's also whatever Quirk he used in the battle that killed Nana Shimura, which involved massive amalgamations of random body parts.
  • Lust: For power variety; All For One wants to be nothing more than the powerful Demon King character of his beloved manga he read with his brother in their childhood.
  • Made of Iron: Superpower Lottery or not, taking All Might's strongest punch ever to the face and not being crippled for it definitely counts.
  • Memento MacGuffin: One For All is this to him because it originated from his younger brother and it is the one Quirk that defies him. It takes a new meaning when it is revealed that Quirks carry the consciousness of its users, and that his brother is alive as a spirit within One For All. By stealing One For All, All For One could finally accomplish one of his greatest desires: making his younger brother surrender to him.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Shigaraki Tomura leads the League of Villains, and all members meet him upon joining... only a few seem to know that Shigaraki answers to All For One.
  • Manipulative Bastard: A speciality of All For One's who manipulates people and events around him without ever getting directly involved. His gifting of hands to a young Tenko Shimura is perhaps his greatest work. He gifted Tenko with the hands and told him to always keep them with him so that he could never heal from the pain of losing his family. By wearing them it also helped suppress Tenko's memories of the event and aggravate them more to increase the rage in his heart and complete his Quirk. All to turn Tenko into a Symbol of Fear.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: A side effect of him stealing Quirks is that he inherits vestiges of their personalities. When he gives that Quirk to someone else, he loses those traits as well. All For One believed that property to be exclusive to him, but was surprised to learn that One For All had that property as well.
  • Meaningful Name: "All For One" is a fitting moniker for someone who steals and hoards Quirks for his own purposes, and it highlights his defining personality trait - egoism.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: In a world where people are limited to using only one Quirk, All For One can use several Quirks of his choice, both individually and simultaneously, without suffering from Quirk overload.
  • Mentor Archetype: He's an old guard supervillain raising up the next generation's leader, Shigaraki.
  • Moral Myopia: As is fitting for someone who sees themselves as Above Good and Evil, All For One will gladly scapegoat others for any perceived flaw, while sneering at them when they challenge him. Most notably, when he spoke to his younger brother in Midoriya's subconscious, he likened his growing power to that of a supervillain from a comic book; when his brother pointed out that said supervillain was eventually defeated, All For One invoked notions of reality to maintain superiority in the conversation.
    • All For One hates that All Might took everything away from him, just because he killed All Might's master.
  • Morton's Fork: Even though he is captured and it is possible to make him give back Ragdoll's Quirk, the whole point of All For One's imprisonment actually working is that he is unable to do anything, thus he cannot perform the action necessary to restore the Quirk to her. Ragdoll has no choice but to remain benched behind a desk.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Apparently, his multiple Strength Enhancer Quirks don't necessarily affect his appearance, as he can grapple with All Might despite his unintimidating businessman physique. He only gets beefier when he uses a specific "Hypertrophy" Quirk.
  • Narcissist: All For One is a sociopathic narcissist who only cares about power, his little brother, himself or what people could do for him. The same could be said for his love towards his adoptive son Tomura Shigaraki as during the Tartarus prison break, he makes it clear that he sees Shigaraki as an extension of himself. His immense desire to claim One for All, could be seen as him trying to retrieve an extension of himself that refuses to comply with his wishes.
    Shigaraki: I won't be your stinking pawn!
    All For One: Pawn? You have it all wrong, Tomura! You're so very near and dear to me. After all, you're the next me.
  • Nominal Hero: Started out as one. He did use his powers to help people... but in exchange for their servitude. He killed those who didn't accept his will.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: All For One doesn't play around. When he sees Best Jeanist and the group in the Nomu factory, he distracts them with small talk, then blasts them away with a supercharged Air Cannon. The only reason they weren't killed on the spot was due to Best Jeanist using Fiber Master to pull the others out of the line of fire.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Even All Might is wondering just how he could've survived all those deadly injuries after their previous fight. Even in the last battle, All Might's Finishing Move only knocked him out.
  • Not Quite Flight: His Air Walk Quirk lets him levitate and move through the air but can't go higher than 20 meters.
  • Not So Different:
    • When All Might comes to visit him in jail, he outright asks All For One why he did the things he did. All For One responds by comparing himself to All Might, saying that they both have big dreams and the power to see those dreams realized. Of course, he freely admits that while All Might wanted to be a hero, he wanted to be an all-powerful devil king.
    • He remarks his younger brother is just as stubborn as he is, in spite of their diametrically opposing philosophies and worldviews.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: When confronted by his younger brother, Yoichi, All For One claims that he is helping people and bringing order to society. Yoichi countered that All for One was just exploiting people for his sadistic whim, which All for One does not deny afterwards.

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  • Obviously Evil: Everything about All For One - from his character design to his personality - is fine-tuned to accentuate why he's the Symbol of Evil and the most wicked character in the series.
  • One-Winged Angel: During All Might's fight with him, he mutates his arm into a destructive mass of the effects of several powerful Quirks.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: All For One is only known by his villain identity. His true identity is a complete mystery and it takes over two hundred chapters before we get even the smallest detail. This is true even among the holders of One For All, despite the first of them being All For One's brother. All For One's identity has been lost over the years to the point that All Might didn't immediately realize the connection between Tomura Shigaraki and All For One even though it's revealed in Chapter 237 that "Shigaraki" is All For One's surname.
  • Overarching Villain: Through the arcs, up until the hideout raid. He's behind every action of the League of Villains and plays a vital part in the scenario of the underworld of Japan. Ultimately, most of the troubles Class 1-A faces can be traced back to him somehow, whenever villains are involved. The only thing he wasn't responsible for was Stain's philosophy and the effect it had on society, but he quickly jumped onto twisting Stain's efforts to all go towards helping Shigaraki instead.
  • Parental Substitute: He raised Shigaraki ever since the latter was a five-year-old. All for the sole purpose of taunting All Might and tainting Nana Shimura's legacy.
  • People Puppets: Forced Quirk Activation: it even works on unconscious people. Given All For One's power-hungry tendencies, he tends to view people as puppets, something his brother calls him out on.
  • Perpetual Smiler: When not wearing his mask, All For One always has a Psychotic Smirk on his face. Hawks takes note of this and outright wonders if All For One is actually incapable of feeling true hatred for people.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: This guy is capable of completely obliterating multiple city blocks with a single attack.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: It's all but stated outright that he can break free from Tartarus at anytime he wants and only stays there because it will force his protégé, Shigaraki, to become independent and develop as a villainous mastermind. And at the end of the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, he finally decides to free himself from Tartarus.
  • Power at a Price: Powers granted to others by "All For One" have a chance of bad side effects, as their bodies can't handle the strain of multiple Quirks. In some cases, an entirely new Quirk is created from two other Quirks being blended together. This is how "One For All" was formed.
  • Power Palms: While it's easy to miss, in the manga, All For One has small holes in the palms of his hands. While not directly stated, it's implied that these are holes are what allow him to steal and give Quirks. This implication is furthered when Shrigarki gains holes in his palms as well after gaining "All For One" for himself.
  • Powers as Programs: "All For One" can steal the Quirks of others, allowing him to either use them himself, or "upload" them into another person. He can also choose to turn his stolen Quirks on or off, letting him avoid having to walk around with various mutation Quirks constantly active. With a completely different slate of them during his second fight with All Might as noted by Gran Torino, it's unclear if he is capable of losing Quirks over time, if it was a case of him simply not using them, or if he since gave them away. The fact that he was actually using an artificial replica of All For One at the time after having given the original to Dr. Garaki, as it's not clear exactly when he made the switch.
  • Psychic Link: In the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, All for One reveals that every Quirk factor bares the imprint of the user's consciousness, and due to All for One's unique ability to steal others' Quirks, he also receives that imprint. He speaks of how in his dreams the former owners of the Quirks he stole would hurl abuse and haunt him, but disappear when he gives the Quirks away. This fact is also the reason why the former bearers of One for All can speak with the current holder and why after transferring All For One to Shigaraki, it also transferred part of his consciousness, allowing him to influence Shigaraki and even take control of him. In Chapter 297, he takes advantage of the Psychic Link created by his body and Shigaraki's to shut down the security system at Tartarus from the inside, freeing himself and a bunch of dangerous prisoners as new followers.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: More outwardly composed and dignified than the usual, but the point still stands. When he gains the ability to steal other peoples' Quirks, he goes straight down the route of establishing a criminal empire just because he had the power to do so, likening himself to a demon king straight out of an Isekai manga. He feels no remorse for manipulating people and using them as tools to achieve his own ends. He's completely fine with his followers causing destruction and chaos, even without his explicit orders to do so, seeing it as a sign of his influence. He'll gloat and mock any hero that tries to oppose him, and will go out of his way to target and torment people he's never even met as long as it gets back at those who slighted him.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: According to the Official Character Guide, All For One ranks 6/5 in terms of intelligence. This is fitting for a Diabolical Mastermind whose intelligence is his best asset.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's actually a first generation Quirk user, and his Life Force Quirk (which was given to him by Dr. Garaki) extends his lifespan at the cost of athletic ability. According to Gran Torino, All For One was at least over a hundred years old and at that time, All Might was just 18.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His original Quirk All For One manifests energy in the form of black lightning with red outlines.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The anime gives him red eyes, as shown in episode 90, but they are still shrouded in darkness.
  • Sadist:
    • All For One specializes in tormenting and psychologically breaking others to catch them off guard and cause them suffering just for the hell of it. This also may be his motive for being a villain as he's just in it For the Evulz.
    • Tormenting his enemies as much as possible before finishing them is one of All For One's policies. Dr. Garaki is happy that Tomura follows this dictum as well.
  • Satanic Archetype: In the past, All For One amassed loyal followers by presenting them what they desired the most. He would cast people away once they became useless. If anyone dared to oppose his will, they would be purged. All For One goes out of his way to commit evil acts and for no apparent reason. One of his principles is to overwhelm his enemy with misery before killing them. Just as All Might is this brilliant savior figure, he is the opposite, a shadowy threat.
  • Scars Are Forever: None of the regeneration Quirks he's obtained have been able to fix the massive injuries and scars inflicted upon him by All Might. According to his doctor, it's because the wounds had already scarred up and stabilized before he'd gotten a Quirk powerful enough to fix them, and if he'd gotten the necessary Quirk while they were still fresh they could have been fixed.
  • Skull for a Head: His life support mask looks uncomfortably like a menacing skull.
  • Shadow Dictator: Invoked by All For One. He has been pulling strings of the underworld within the shadows. Even other criminals don't know much about him, except for urban legends.
  • Shrouded in Myth: All For One's backstory and motives are really vague. Even his own protégé, Shigaraki is not aware of this. No one even knows about his real name. The public is largely unaware of his existence until recent events. The audience does not know how All For One actually looked like before he fought All Might. All Might lampshades that no one knows whether All For One transferred a Quirk on Yoichi out of kindness or to force him to submission. Even the first fight between All For One and All Might is not very well known. This mildly subverted in Chapter 193 where the spirit of Yoichi Shigaraki shows past memories to Midoriya, to answer some questions. All For One still remains a mystery, though. Chapter 237 reveals that his surname is Shigaraki.
  • Smug Super: His arrogance, manipulative nature and outright malice are matched by a tremendous amount of power.
  • The Sociopath: All For One carries all the traits of a classic sociopath: He has no empathy or remorse for all the things he has done, shamelessly bragging to his brother about how his followers had wiped out a faction of Quirk users who refused to join him. He views others as mere pawns to be used. He lies and manipulates others with ease. He's a Sadist who enjoys getting under other people's skin, often taunting All Might about the death of his mentor. He is incredibly arrogant and condescending to the point of megalomania and is charismatic enough to gain a loyal following of villains to serve under him. Even when he does something to help someone, it's never out of pure altruism and he always has an ulterior motive:
    All For One: [in response to a Heroic Sacrifice] Thank you for such wonderful comedy!
    • It must be mentioned though that until now at least he treated his followers with respect (his brother did mention that he used to dispose of the people he no longer needs, but it's unclear how bad the disposal was and even then he seemed to at least keep his promises).
    • It's eventually deconstructed to an extent: Hawks theorises that his being a sociopath is the reason he needs Shigaraki to be so full of anger and hatred, as strong emotions are required to tame One For All (due to it containing the spirits of multiple different people), and while he can clearly feel resentment or take pleasure in sadism, he also seems to be incapable of much more than that.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: His simmering malice is made all the more unsettling by his casual, borderline jovial manner of speaking.
  • Stepford Smiler: A twisted example. He almost always has an evil grin on his face, which acts as a Foil to All Might.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Even for a first generation Quirk user, All For One's Quirk is extremely powerful and advantageous. All For One can steal all kinds of Quirks, and easily De-Power entire crowds of Quirk users. All For One can defeat several top heroes with absurd ease. The only Quirk that is immune to his power is One For All, which can only be willingly transferred to someone else.
  • Stronger with Age: Played with. As time went by, he did have the opportunity to collect more and more Quirks, thus growing in direct power. However, All For One's body has no innate capacity to grow along with the power it needs to support, and with several centuries of life under his belt, he became concerned that his body would eventually break down and lose control over his many Quirks. This became more of an issue due to the Quirk Singularity, in which Quirks became more complex and powerful with each generation, and thus harder for him to properly take and control. His Quirk may be powerful, but ultimately, it's still a first-generation Quirk. A good chunk of Dr. Garaki's research was dedicated to augmenting him so that he would be able to properly handle this power.
  • Super Empowering: Half of how he was able to build such a loyal following back in the day was his ability to give Quirks to those without them. In the present day, he largely uses this to create the Nomu. However, unlike One For All and its bearers, All For One is incapable of passing on his titular Quirk itself without outside aid.
  • Super-Power Meltdown: What he worries might happen to him as time goes on. Each generation of quirk users gets stronger but his own body has limits. While his quirk can take any and any number of quirks from others, his body hasn't changed and a time will come when his power is too much for his body to handle. His funding of Dr. Garaki's research is to find a way to enhance his body to handle the greater power of holding more powerful quirks.
  • Super Prototype: He's from the first generation of Quirk users and has perhaps the single strongest Quirk in the world. Especially notable because Quirks are supposedly becoming more powerful as time goes on, with some grade school children wielding Quirks with the potential to be stronger than those of top heroes, and yet the generations out of date All for One still remains the strongest. Of course, even he recognized this wouldn't always be the case if he ever started taking on Quirks too powerful for his body to handle.
  • Super Strength: Thanks in part to having three Strength Enhancer Quirks, All For One is strong enough to hold All Might back with his bare hands alone, at one point casually tossing him aside using just the tendrils of his Forcible Quirk Activation Quirk.
  • Super Toughness: He can tank All Might's blows with relative ease, possibly thanks to some kind of durability Quirk.
  • Superpower Lottery: As his name implies, All For One can steal Quirks from others and wield them as his own. He can also combine the Quirks he's stolen to perform devastating attacks, and can combine multiples of the same Quirk to stack their power. He can also give the Quirks he's stolen to others, and if he gives a Quirk to someone who already has one, it sometimes causes the Quirks to combine and mutate into a completely new Quirk. In a world where Everyone is a Super, the man who can steal powers and give them to other people is king. At least until All Might beat him.
  • The Svengali: He groomed Shigaraki to carry out his will as well as to personally insult All Might and Nana Shimura.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: After All Might beats him the second time, he's put in one. He's kept in straitjacket on a chair, with multiple automated guns ready to shoot the moment he makes suspicious movement or activates his Quirk.
  • Tough Love: He locked his brother in a safe when he wouldn't join him and forced a stockpiling quirk upon him to convince him to join him. He might have been manipulating Yoichi out of his pure ego but in All For One's eyes he was also helping Yoichi become stronger even though he had to be rough and abusive with him. This backfired as it led to the birth of the power that would cause his downfall: One For All. Though it must be mentioned that the younger one was opposing him at that time, so it's unknown how he would've reacted if the younger one joined him or tried to find a middle ground.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • In contrast to All Might, who trained for years to learn how to master his Quirk, All For One is not a refined fighter and his fighting style basically boils down to "mash together a bunch of powerful Quirks, blast the enemy and hope they die in one hit". That said, the incredibly clever and out-of-the-box ways he can learn to combine stolen Quirks show that this is still a very, very bad thing. This also serves as a thematic element to their final fight; All For One values strength and raw power, hoarding it for himself, while All Might gave up his power but is using the remaining shards of it to fight him.
    • All For One even cites this as the reason why he doesn't want Best Jeanist's Fiber Master Quirk: Taking someone like Best Jeanist's Quirk, where most of the power comes from years of training and intimate knowledge of what it can and can't do, is much less attractive to him since he won't be able to use it to its full potential right off the bat, versus an unsubtle but powerful Quirk like super strength. Plus, he plans to pass down (correction: had passed on)note All For One to Shigaraki and feels a Quirk like Fiber Master wouldn't mesh well with his student's personality.
  • Villain Teleportation: Like Kurogiri, he has a "Warping" Quirk that lets him produce a black liquid that teleports people place to place. However, it's a relatively new Quirk and it has several drawbacks. One, he can only warp things to and from his current location and not to specific coordinates, though with focus, he can warp matter to and from someone he has a close relationship with, like Shigaraki. Also, he seems incapable of teleporting himself.
  • Villainous Friendship: Implied to have this with Dr. Garaki, having been shown to treat the Doctor as an equal and in one flashback being considerate enough to hold an umbrella for his much shorter subordinate during a rainy night.
  • Villains Never Lie: As manipulative as he is, All For One has not once lied to anyone, even his enemies. When he tells All Might of Tomura's true lineage, the latter accuses him of lying, but All For One retorts that it is the truth and it is something he would do.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In the past, he was seen as a hero due to his stealing the Quirks of those who victimized others. This turned out to just be a ploy for him to attract loyal followers.
  • Villain Override: Attempted on Shigaraki once he'd taken the mantle of the All For One Quirk. His seemingly single minded drive to steal the One For All and the way he impulsively referred to Midoriya as "little brother" spoke to a mental influence. However, he didn't anticipate Shigaraki growing beyond him and shedding his former master's control. Chapter 285 reveals that this didn't stick, however, as his lingering consciousness takes control of Shigaraki's body to save him from a surprise attack from Endeavor. In fact, All For One seems to view this as nothing more than a test of Shigaraki's resolve to truly be his successor and shows approval of his protege's refusal to surrender his body and even fight back against him. In Chapter 295 All For One completely takes over his protege's unconscious body and uses that opportunity to escape from the Heroes with the Near High-End Nomus.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Initially, he appears in the story through a bright computer monitor.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: During his fight with All Might, he uses a warping Quirk to teleport Gran Torino into the path of All Might's attack like a human shield.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: In the past, All For One had white hair and he's probably the most evil person in the story.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Surprisingly enough, for all his twisted actions, All For One appears to not actually hate anyone. Hawks speculates that the entire reason he took on Tomura was because he himself lacks the hatred necessary to steal One For All.
  • Wicked Cultured: At one point, All For One quotes from the Charlie Chaplin film Monsieur Verdoux. He is also well acquainted with Greek mythology.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: This, paired with Lack of Empathy pretty much forms All For One's reason to become a supervillain.
  • World's Strongest Man: His Quirk is the most powerful one in the series. All For One himself remained unchallenged for over a century until the advent of All Might.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Implied: In the Volume 7 omake, Horikoshi's (self-proclaimed) "oblique hint" — as to why the Winged Nomu killed by Stain had grabbed Midoriya specifically — was just a drawing of Tsubasa, a boy with wings seen alongside Bakugo from the first chapter. This implies that at one time between then and the Field Training Arc, All For One somehow got hold of Tsubasa... and turned him into a Nomu.

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