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Artificial Humans (Nomus)

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"It's all for you."

Powerful monsters created by All For One in conjunction with Kyudai Garaki, used by the League of Villains as Elite Mooks. These beings are actually people who couldn't handle more than one Quirk, granted by All For One, which caused them to become mindless dolls.

    In General 
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The Original Nomu models.

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The High-End Nomu models.
  • Ability Mixing: The Doctor's work has allowed him to combine multiple Quirk factors into singular powers. Some, such as Super Regeneration or Tool Arms, are the result of multiple similar Quirks being added into each other or different Quirks that can mutually reinforce each other; but some, like Warp Gate, are more esoteric in their combination, resulting in a singular Quirk with influences from its parent Quirks.
  • And I Must Scream: It's implied that they maintain a certain degree of their memories and consciousness, however, how much they are able to access and feel is unknown.
  • Artificial Human: It's right there in the name. None of them look human at all, though.
  • Artificial Zombie: Later chapters reveal that the Nomus' internals are too messed up to be considered alive in the traditional sense, though they certainly aren't dead. Around the same time, it's also revealed that being alive before being turned into a Nomu is not an actual requirement and that a corpse will do just as well as a living person, possibly better. Chapters after this reveal have characters refer to Nomus as corpses and zombies, further enforcing that they aren't truly alive.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The brain of a Nomu is its only truly vital point. Even ones with high-powered regeneration Quirks die if it's destroyed.
  • Blind Obedience: This is essentially how most Nomus function. They have no other cognitive impulses other than to follow through with the orders of their masters.
  • Body Horror: All of them, though differing in what their bodies look like, have one thing in common - the top of their head is missing, exposing their entire brain. Furthermore, their body structure has been described as a jumbled mass of muscle and bones, with no clear functional organ.
  • The Brute: What they served as, muscle to be thrown at the Heroes to slow them down, weaken them and then kill them.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Nomu are given whatever Quirks out of All for One's collection that he considers useful for them, often resulting in combinations of vastly different powers. This allows All for One to tailor-make them to fit whatever purpose he desires regardless of how powerful they were as humans.
  • Degraded Boss: The U.S.J. Nomu was powerful enough to give All Might a significant challenge. While still powerful enough to battle an entire group of pro heroes alone, none of the Artificial Humans introduced later are close to being as strong or resilient as the U.S.J. one until Hood, a Nomu with far more intelligence and Quirks at its disposal being powerful enough to defeat Endeavor alone. All for One stated that their less impressive showings were due to being less refined than the first one, as well as the fact the U.S.J. Nomu was made specifically to fight and kill All Might and thus needed to be much stronger. Later justified when it becomes clear there are tiers of Nomu; when Hood strikes, Endeavor makes a distinction that black Nomus are more powerful and difficult to dispatch than the ones with white skin, as the one in Hosu that was black was also especially troublesome.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Shigaraki has a tendency to refer to them by category as if it were their name, i.e. calling the USJ Nomu "Nomu" and calling Hood, the first high-end nomu, "High-End."
  • Dumb Muscle: The Nomus are unable to think or rationalize things on their own, and only have the intelligence of a wild animal at best besides glimpses of their human memories, so they're only used like this.
  • Elite Mook: All of the ones created after the USJ Nomu are this, at least until the High-End Nomus are introduced. They're more dangerous than the thugs used during the USJ Arc, sure, but none of them are as strong as the original, though some were more useful than others (like the one used during the Forest Training Camp Arc).
  • Empty Shell: Nomu are made from victims of All for One that were unable to handle the Quirks he gave them, leaving them mindless husks which he then mutated into the super soldier servants they are now. Having no wills of their own, they only act on the direct orders of their current handler. Without orders to follow, they become nearly catatonic and unresponsive to all outside stimuli making them easy to contain despite their power.
  • Facial Horror: Even setting aside the fact that every Nomu has its brain exposed, whatever process creates them does universally terrible things to their face. The lucky ones are left without ears or a nose, but others have their faces fully flensed, eyes removed or rearranged, and facial features warped into something utterly inhuman.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Averted. Most Nomus are left barren of personality or free will after the conversion process. The High-End Nomu are an exception in that they do retain a large part of their personalities, which is why the Doctor makes sure to create them only from particularly violent villains, thus ensuring what remains of their mind will serve his uses.
  • Giant Mook: Some of these Nomus are downright enormous, the first example being one of the best. The High-ends are all especially huge and seem to tower over normal-sized humans. Woman's size for example is comparable to Ryukyu's dragon form.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Whatever is done to create a Nomu leaves them as messed up internally as they are externally. From their brains to their hearts, nothing is immediately recognizable. The closest part of them to human is that most of them are still humanoid with the right number of appendages, and in a world of Quirks, that's a broad category.
  • Implacable Man: None of them care about pain or damage to themselves and will do as instructed no matter who tries to stop them. The first Nomu is perfectly okay even after being thrashed by All Might, it's just that without orders he has become totally docile.
  • Knight of Cerebus: They're all this, just to different degrees. They're only brought out when shit goes down.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Upper and High-End, the two strongest classes of Nomu, all have jet black skin, while Lower tier Nomu have white-ish skin.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: How are Nomus made? Well, the final product has multiple Quirks, DNA from multiple sources, and an open-air cranium, but the process itself is a mystery.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: The only way to put down a Nomu for good is through this method. Doing so is easier said than done though, especially for the upper tier and High-End Nomus, who not only typically have Super Toughness, but also possess the "Super Regeneration" Quirk, making the first half of this trope ineffective.
  • The Smurfette Principle: With the exception of one of the High-End Nomu, who is fittingly codenamed "Woman", all of the Nomu have been male.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Nomus are divided into several categories, though unusually for this trope, don't appear in a strictly escalating order. From weakest to strongest:
    • First, there are Lower Tier Nomu, like the white-skinned Hosu Nomu, who serve as Mooks that can overpower minor Pro Heroes. They're light in color and possess a multitude of Quirks as well as enhanced physical strength, but can be easily overpowered by most pros.
    • Next, there Middle Tier Nomu, like the Chainsaw Nomu, who are slightly stronger than Lower tier ones. They possess stronger Quirks and have more unique skin coloration.
    • Then, there are Upper Tier Nomu, like the original, who are the most powerful of the standard Nomu models, being able to contend with the top Pro Heroes. They're black in color, possess the "Super Regeneration" Quirk in addition to their unique abilities, and, even at their weakest, are at least as strong as ten average people combined.
    • Finally, there are the High-End Nomu, who completely outclass all other types. They can possess up to six Quirks, one of which is always the "Super Regeneration", and have the ability to think on their own. They can easily overpower Pro Heroes, even the ones at the top of the leaderboard. They do, however, take the longest to make, and require the most time to stabilize.
  • Support Party Member: The Doctor has several small Nomu no larger than housecats that have no apparent combat potential. It's implied that these Nomu have Quirks that wouldn't be useful for combat Nomu but ones that would still be useful for utilitarian purposes. So rather than deal with getting people to work for him, he just reduced them to their most essential components to use them and their Quirks like tools.
  • Was Once a Man: All of them were once normal people until All For One got to them.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: They have access to multiple (non-inherited) Quirks, but these were implanted into them at the cost of any brainpower or sanity they once possessed.

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Low-End Nomus

    USJ Nomu 

"Nomu"

Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (Japanese), Justin Cook (English)

Debut: Chapter 11 (Manga), Episode 8 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice 2

Quirks: Shock Absorption, Super Regeneration

Rank: A

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The original Nomu, created specifically to counter All Might as the "Anti-Symbol of Peace". His Quirks are "Shock Absorption" and "Super Regeneration", and he's incredibly strong even without the aid of his Quirks.


  • Adaptation Expansion: In My Hero One's Justice's story mode, it and two black-skinned Hosu Nomu that work as its assists are used to represent the Kamino Nomus during the Hideout Raid Arc.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He has his arm and leg frozen and broken off by Todoroki. It doesn't last.
  • Body Horror: First there's the matter of his exposed brain and then he has a bizarre beak-like mouth that permanently has his teeth showing. It's creepily reminiscent of the Mass Produced Evas. And when he regenerates, bone and muscle apparently need to complete before he regrows the skin.
  • The Brute: He was the muscle of the League, having literally no character to speak of besides protecting Shigaraki and attacking what he's told to attack, which he does very well.
  • Covered in Scars: This Nomu has multiple scars on its arms which are permanent, no doubt caused by experimentation.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Nearly kills Aizawa, crushing his arm and injuring him so badly that it put limits on how he could use his Quirk.
  • Dumb Muscle: Up to Eleven. He's designed to be only responsive to the League of Villains and a brutal opponent for All Might. That's it. If he's not in the presence of an enemy that he is reflexively programmed to attack, or not given any orders, he doesn't do much of anything at all. If he's restrained and captured, Nomu goes basically brain-dead. It's impossible to get any information out of him because he's like a vegetable. The police wondered why it did that, but really, Nomu has no reason to respond to anyone or anything outside of its directives. The other Nomus share that quality.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": When he first showed up, Shigaraki simply called him Nomu as if it were a proper name.
  • Gag Lips: The man who eventually became this Nomu had comically large lips.
  • Giant Mook: Standing taller than the 7'2'' All Might by a considerable amount, this creature is enormous.
  • Healing Factor: Has a "Super Regeneration" Quirk. It healed from An Arm and a Leg getting frozen and broken off by Todoroki.
  • Laser Guided Tyke Bomb: He was created specifically to counter All Might.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's fairly big and bulky, yet managed to zip straight to Tomura, and block Midoriya's punch in the blink of an eye. Nobody but All Might was fast enough to keep up with him.
  • Logical Weakness: As All Might points out, his Quirk is Shock Absorption, not nullification. If it absorbs impacts, then there should logically be a limit to how much force it can hold, and it's just a matter of hitting the Nomu enough to overload it. Shigaraki also suggests gouging away his flesh with low-impact but abrasive attacks, but Nomu's Healing Factor means that won't defeat him, and he wouldn't just let them do it anyway.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He's strong enough to match All Might and has biceps thicker than a human torso.
  • No-Sell: Nomu could tank Izuku's punch without any harm due to his Shock Absorption Quirk. Even All Might had to spam over 100% One for All punches to get them to affect him.
  • Put on a Bus: Nomu was lost to the League of Villains after it lost its fight to All Might (Kurogiri couldn't recover it, since he didn't know where Nomu landed). Nomu was later recovered arrested by the police, and still lacks the individual initiative to try to escape. By chapter 47 of the manga, it's still in police custody, and the League still doesn't appear to know about its fate.
  • Super Prototype: He's the most powerful of the Artificial Humans created so far, as he was given Quirks specifically chosen to kill All Might, who's the World's Strongest Man. Not until Hood would another one close to its level come along.
  • Super Strength: Eraser Head says Nomu's strength is incredible, even while he is trying to use his Quirk on Nomu at maximum.
  • Super Toughness: His other Quirk, "Shock Absorption", allows him to absorb blows, even from All Might. This drove All Might to dig deep for extra power, and then spam punches to overwhelm this power.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: His ultimate fate is to get punched through the USJ dome hard enough that his apparent fate was to go into orbit. During the cleanup of the incident, he was later found in a tree on school grounds by the police, who recovered and arrested him.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: While most of the initial League of Villain's roster were second-rate thugs that couldn't even really challenge the students of Class 1-A in their first week of school, let alone the pros, Nomu was the first villain in the series to present a real challenge to All Might. Aizawa and All Might both note that the experience forced Class 1-A to realize what was expected of them as heroes and not to hesitate with their powers.
  • Was Once a Man: Nomu used to be a petty thug. Then All for One got ahold of him and gave him four extra Quirks, rendering him both monstrously strong and almost completely mindless.

    Hosu Nomus 

Hosu Nomus

Debut: Chapter 51 (Manga), Episode 28 (Anime)

Quirks: Absorption and Release, Muscle Growth, Tongue Web (White-skinned Nomu), Super Regeneration (Black-skinned Nomu), Pterodactyl Wings (Winged Nomu)

Rank: A (All)

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A trio of Nomu that Shigaraki sent to attack Hosu to show up Stain. They're comprised of a Lower Tier Nomu with white skin and four eyes, an Upper Tier Nomu with black skin and no facial features save a lower jaw, and a Lower Tier Nomu with a mask integrated into its face and a large set of wings.


  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The anime showcases Endeavor's fight with the black-skinned and winged Nomu's, which was only alluded to in the manga.
    • The black-skinned Nomu gets a lot of extra screen time in My Hero One's Justice's story mode. Firstly, one mission has it fighting Gran Torino during the Hosu Incident, something that never happened in the anime or manga. Secondly, it takes the Chainsaw Nomu's place during the School Trip Arc. Finally, two of it serve as the U.S.J. Nomu's assist characters in order to represent the Kamino Nomu.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Stain takes full advantage of Winged Nomu's brain being on display by stabbing and killing it in one hit.
  • Attack Reflector: One of the white-skinned Nomu's Quirks allows it to absorb attacks and release them back at others. The attacks still hurt it though.
  • The Brute: The black-skinned Nomu is similar to the USJ Nomu, as it proves the hardest to defeat and the most resilient. Endeavor begins to realize that black-skinned Nomus are unique after seeing how hard it is to take them down compared to the paler-skinned ones. Endeavor is forced to carbonize its cells beyond the point of regeneration, killing it.
  • Covered in Scars: Like the USJ Nomu, the black-skinned Hosu Nomu has scars on its arms.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Endeavor burns the black-skinned Nomu's head clean off. Stain also stunned one and stabbed its brain.
  • Death by Adaptation: Downplayed in the black-skinned Nomu's case. Its fate isn't clear in the manga, but the anime show its death.
  • Extra Eyes: The white-skinned Nomu has four eyes, set directly into its brain rather than in sockets.
  • Eyeless Face: The black-skinned Nomu, who also lacks a nose and ears. The only thing stopping it from being The Blank is that it does have one facial feature: a lower jaw, complete with teeth and gums but minus lips, tongue, and matching maxilla.
  • Eye Scream: The winged Nomu loses its left eye to one of Endeavor's attacks, which, notably despite stereotypes about fire attacks, does not cauterize the wound.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: One of its Quirks allows it to do this temporarily.
  • Healing Factor: The black-skinned one has a regeneration Quirk, a common trait among black-skinned Nomu.
  • Logical Weakness: Kill It with Fire works great against the black-skinned Nomu because to regenerate it needs something to regenerate from. Its Healing Factor doesn't work if it's been reduced to ashes.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: It has something like a gas mask grafted onto its face that obscures everything but brain and its eyes (which are on its brain).
  • Overly Long Tongue: One of the white-skinned Nomu's Quirks gives it this, effectively making it tongue-web.
  • Sole Survivor: The white-skinned Nomu, in the anime at least, is the only one not to be killed, and instead is captured. This may also be true in the manga, as the black-skinned Nomu's fate is ambiguous (in the anime, Endeavor kills it by searing its head off).
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Ambiguous. The news report in the anime says all three were captured, which indicates all three survived their rather grievous injuries. However, given that we already know the news is inaccurate since they're reporting that Endeavor captured Stain, it's not clear if the news can be trusted on the matter. It's also possible they counted retrieving their dead bodies as "capturing" them, which is especially likely as Endeavor is shown killing the black-skinned Nomu onscreen and Stain stabs the winged Nomu in the brain.
  • Was Once a Man: While all Nomu are this, but the winged Nomu is notable, as it's implied in the Volume 7 omake that it may have once been the kid with wings - Tsubasa - who used to hang out with Bakugo and Deku back when they were children.
  • Wind from Beneath My Wings: The winged Nomu can use its wings to create blasts of air to push back foes and fan fires.
  • Winged Humanoid: The winged Nomu, obviously.

    Chainsaw Nomu 

Chainsaw Nomu

Voiced by: Daman Mills (English)

Debut: Chapter 81 (Manga), Episode 44 (Anime)

Quirk: Tool Arms

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A member of the Vanguard Action Squad that attacked U.A. during the School Trip Arc. Its Quirk, "Tool Arms", allows it to generate six arms from its body that end in artificial tools.


  • Ability Mixing: As a Middle Tier Nomu it has multiple Quirks, which combine to form the single Tool Arms Quirk we see.
  • Adapted Out: It's doesn't appear in My Hero One's Justice's version of the School Trip Arc, and is instead replaced by the black Hosu Nomu.
  • Advancing Boss of Doom: When it attacked, it immediately delivered a severe head injury to Yaoyorozu and all Awase could do was temporarily weld her onto himself so she wouldn't fall off and run. They only survived because the order went out for the League of Villains to withdraw, just after Awase collapsed from exhaustion and the Nomu was seconds from claiming two innocent students.
  • Bound and Gagged: It has a reinforced metal restraint clamped inside its mouth that holds its jaw open and probably stops it from having the urge to bite. Or making tortured noises.
  • Chainsaw Good: Four out of its six arms have chainsaws on them.
  • Gardening-Variety Weapon: One of its arms has a claw hammer on it.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Thanks to its Quirk, it has eight arms, each of which could kill you.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: What its Quirk gives it.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It has very little screen time, barely totaling a minute. But because Yaoyorozu's tracking device was merged onto it, it is an essential aspect of the the next arc. Also, in the minute it was active, it was easily the most dangerous foe out of all the villains attacking the training grounds and would have no doubt struck down Yaomomo and Awase had a withdraw order not been signaled once the League captured Bakugo. It was also the one who beat down Ragdoll, allowing All For One to take her Quirk.
  • This Is a Drill: One of its arms has a drill on it.
  • Uncertain Doom: It can be seen in Mt. Lady's hand during the after the Pro Heroes find the Nomu Factory. And it's still in her hand when All For One blows the Pros away. While it is known the pros all survived, we never see the Nomu's fate.

    Kamino Nomus 

Kamino Nomus

Debut: Chapter 88 (Manga), Episode 47 (Anime)

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A small army of Lower Tier Nomus deployed by All for One against the heroes and police during the raid on the League of Villains.


  • Adapted Out: They don't appear in My Hero One's Justice's version of the Hideout Raid Arc, and instead are represented by the USJ Nomu with two black-skinned Hosu Nomu as assists.
  • Blob Monster: One of the Nomus that attacks All Might is just a mass of slime with an exposed brain sticking out of it.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: There's at least ten of them, but none of them are as powerful as the USJ Nomu or even the chainsaw Nomu.
  • Creepily Long Arms: One of the ones that attacks All Might has long arms with several extra elbows.
  • Immune to Bullets: They're the only Nomus who've been shot at and it did nothing.
  • Losing Your Head: One of the Nomus that attacks the police has no head, with its exposed brain protruding directly from its torso where its neck should be
  • Malevolent Masked Man: Several of them have masks akin to the Hosu winged Nomu, and one combines this with Eyeless Face to give it a head that's nothing but a mask and brain.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: One of the Nomus that attacks the police has four arms.
  • Palette Swap: In the anime, most of them are just differently colored versions of the Four-Eyed Hosu Nomu
  • Primal Stance: Several move on all fours.
  • Skull for a Head: At least two of them have this.
  • Spikes of Villainy: One of the Nomus that attacks All Might has short spines all over its body.
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    Fukuoka Nomus 

Fukuoka Nomus

Debut: Chapter 188 (Manga)

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"D- don't... Inter- interfere."

A group of nine Lower Tier Nomus released by Hood as a distraction during his fight with Endeavor.


  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: One of them has no eyes on its face, but one in the back of its throat.
  • Mooks: They suffer some serious Worf Effect from previous Nomu, being taken down by Hawks almost instantly.
  • Killed Offscreen: Most of them are dealt with (i.e killed) offscreen by Hawks and the heroes of Fukuoka as the story focuses on Endeavor and Hood's battle.
  • Power Fist: One of them has massive fists and forearms, about the size of a normal person's entire body.

    Jaku Nomus 

Jaku Nomus

Debut: Chapter 259 (Manga)

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Various Jaku Nomu
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Hybrid Whale and Drill Nomu

A group of Nomus kept in The Doctor's lab, hidden under Jaku Hospital. He releases them all at once in response to being raided by heroes. Most are Lower or Middle Tier, with a few Upper Tier mixed in.


  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Outside of the sheer number of them, they aren't much of an issue for heroes. Mirko, in particular, is almost entirely unimpeded by them, beating them senseless without a second thought or slowing down.
  • Monster Whale: One of the first Nomu to reach the surface is a black-skinned one with a distinctly cetacean appearance.
  • Mooks: Like all Low-End Nomus beyond the first few, they're severely reduced as a threat when going up against pro heroes, acting more as a distraction to keep the heroes busy while the Doctor plans his escape.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: Bizarrely, the Whale-like Nomu's tongue is a separate Nomu that has drill arms.
  • This Is a Drill: One of the first to reach the surface has several drill-tipped tentacles in place of arms. It immediately kills the Doctor's clone with said tentacle arms.

High-End Nomus

    Hood 

Hood

Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (Japanese), Daman Mills (English)

Debut: Chapter 185 (Manga), Episode 87 (Anime)

Quirks: Muscle Augmentation, Super Regeneration, Shoulder-Mounted Jets, Transforming Arms, Power, Storage

Rank: S

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"ARE YOU STRONG?"
Click here to see his base body. 

"My power! My-my new... str-strength. Let-let me try it on y-you!!"

The first High-End Nomu introduced in the series. He's much more advanced than previous Nomu, as he's capable of rudimentary speech and basic thought. The League released him into Fukuoka, Hawks' hometown, to do battle with Endeavor.


  • All Your Powers Combined: He has at least six Quirks, while the past record for Nomu was three.
  • Blood Knight: He really wants to fight powerful people, quickly growing bored with whichever hero he's fixated on after managing to defeat them. He actually starts musing if there are stronger heroes after disabling Endeavor through a severe blow to the head. Later chapters reveal that this is a holdover from his base body's personality, a punk who worked as an underground fighter.
  • Body Horror: His vertebrae are massive and poke through his skin, giving him a pronounced hunch. While his exposed brain is harder to see than other Nomus, it's still quite horrifying. Bits of his neck's muscle peak through it and his head is INSIDE his neck, with only his eyes being visible.
  • Enemy Summoner: Has a Quirk that allows him to store things them inside his body to release later. He uses it to carry his own reinforcements in the form of nine weaker Nomus.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Shigaraki refers to him as High-End like it's his actual name. Later on, it's shown that this is actually an appellation for all of the advanced Nomus, and his proper name is "Hood".
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Hood speaks with an unnaturally deep voice.
  • The Faceless: His face is hidden, with only his eyes (and sometimes teeth visible). Even the reveal of what he looks like under his hood counts as this since his entire head is an exposed brain with eyes and a massive fanged mouth that takes up the rest of the head's space.
  • Flight: Is able to achieve this with a "Shoulder Jet" Quirk.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Daruma Ujiko calls him Hood-chan, despite being a deranged monster that caused mass destruction. Note the -chan honorific, which is used for things the speaker finds endearing, like babies or cute animals.
  • Healing Factor: He possesses the "Super Regeneration" Quirk, like the U.S.J. Nomu. He's even able to survive after tearing off its own neck and head to dodge Endeavor's fire blast.
  • History Repeats: Hood's attack is rather similar to that of the U.S.J. Nomu. Both put a scar on a pro hero's face; with the U.S.J. Nomu bashing Aizawa's head into the ground enough to scar his cheek, and Hood nearly taking Endeavor's eye. Both fight the Number One hero and come close to killing him; the U.S.J Nomu when it traps All Might in Kurogiri's portal, and Hood when he deals Endeavor a severe enough blow to leave him immobile and assumes him to be out of the fight. And both are firsts for Nomu; with the U.S.J. Nomu being the first Nomu, period, and Hood being the first High-End Nomu. Both are also accompanied by handlers with a fairly similar aesthetic, Shigaraki and Dabi, respectively.
  • In the Hood: His most notable feature is the "hood" formed from the skin of his neck being stretched up and over his head. It's prominent enough to earn his appellation from The Doctor.
  • It Can Think: Different than his predecessors, he's a sentient and thinking being, capable of speech and thought.
  • Kill It with Fire: How he ultimately dies, thanks to Endeavor releasing his full power at point-blank range with no time for him to remove his head like before.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Before he showed up, Nomus were generally expected to be mindless muscle, and the good guys learned to beat them. Then this one brutally injures the new number one pro hero and rips apart a whole side of his face and an eye.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: Tears his own neck and head off to avoid being incinerated by Endeavor's fire blast, trusting his "Super Regeneration" Quirk to restore his body before Endeavor can recover. It works, but Endeavor doesn't give him a chance to do it again by making sure he's holding Hood by the head as he unleashes another blast.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Hood's fast enough to nearly ambush Endeavor and Hawks, tough enough to take direct hits from Endeavor, and powerful enough to slice through a huge chunk of a high-rise building.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Like Muscular, he has the "Muscle Augmentation" Quirk which can increase his physical strength.
  • No Name Given: "High-End", what he's referred to throughout the Pro Hero Arc, is a moniker for his kin overall, not a distinctive label for him as an individual. It's just an indicator of what he is to other Nomus. It's later revealed that his name is "Hood".
  • Oh, Crap!: When Endeavor and Hawks manage to catch Hood off guard with a combo-attack, the shock in his non-existent face is clear as day while he can only watch as Endeavor's flaming fists comes straight for him with no time to dodge.
  • Shape Shifter Weapon: Has a Quirk that allows him to transform his arms to create powerful, elastic attacks.
  • Spirited Competitor: He's fixated on finding a strong opponent. He unleashes its weaker Nomu brethren specifically to keep Hawks and other heroes from interfering with his one-on-one battle with Endeavor.
  • Verbal Tic: Because his mind is just barely intact as the first Nomu to successfully retain a bit of thought, he has a very hard time speaking and his voice stammers up and repeats several words like a glitching computer.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As the fight against Endeavor and Hawks goes against him, Hood becomes more and more unhinged. Eventually his fragile sanity seems to snap altogether, he stops speaking, and starts acting like a feral beast, including biting Endeavor.
  • Voice of the Legion: In the English dub, it speaks with a multi-octave, creepy tone of voice.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as one to the heroes. His intelligence, increased strength, and flight speed are a huge hindrance. The other problem is the fight with Hood demonstrates just how far Endeavor will have to go to fill All Might's shoes.
  • Winged Humanoid: Due to possessing a "Shapeshifting Arm" Quirk, he can transform his arms into large wings to fly along with the "Shoulder Jet" Quirk.
  • Wham Line: His very first line, quoted below. The line is quite simple in and of itself, but the simple fact he can speak is shocking, since it shows that Hood is much more intelligent than any Nomu seen before.
    "Le-Leave it to... L-... Le-Leave it to me..."
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Unlike previous Nomu, Hood displays intelligence and a personality. However, considering he's vicious enough to keep trying to kill and destroy as long as he's free, and he's powerful enough that nonlethal subdual isn't an option, Endeavor kills him with just like all the previous non-sapient Nomus. Whether he would have received different treatment had he been a non-Nomu villain remains up in the air, but it's worth noting that even All For One was taken in alive.

Jaku High-Ends

    In General 
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A quintet of Nomu kept in The Doctor's lab under Jaku Hospital that he is forced to activate in order to push back against the raiding heroes, namely Mirko


  • All There in the Manual: With exception of Woman, all of there names were first revealed in the Volume 27 extras.
  • Blood Knight: All of them, to a degree. The Doctor notes that only subjects with a disposition for combat are selected to be made into High-Ends.
  • Degraded Boss: Downplayed. Unlike Hood, who had ten hours to stabilize after being awakened, these guys were sent to fight immediately after being activated. Because of this, the Doctor notes that they aren't fighting as well as they could be since they've only had limited testing.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Woman, Robot, and Chubby can be spotted in their test tubes in chapter 221, though they aren't activated until chapter 261, a full forty chapters later.
  • Gathering Steam: Not innately, but as a result of circumstance. Because they were thrown straight into combat after activation, they didn't have any time to stabilize and their combat prowess suffers as a result. However, the longer their fight with Mirko drags on, the more time they have to stabilize, and the stronger they become. This is communicated visually by their eyes; when they're first released, their eyes are completely blank, lacking pupils and irises. As their eyes become more focused, and they gain intense pupils, their overall capability increases, being able to dodge all of Mirko's attacks when the hero could previously hit them like it was nothing.
  • Healing Factor: They also possess the same "Super Regeneration" Quirk that the original U.S.J. Nomu and Hood had.
  • Reduced to Dust: Whether they were already dead or alive by that point, this is their collective fate in Chapter 272, where they all fall victim to Shigaraki's mass decay attack.
  • Wolf Pack Boss: Woman, Ribs, Robot, and Elephant all fight together against Mirko. Chubby, meanwhile, attacks Crust and blocks other heroes from interfering with the fight.

    Woman 

Woman

Debut: Chapter 221 (Manga)

Quirks: Super Regeneration, Liquification, Rupture

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"Kill... them allll! Let's go nuts."

One of the Jaku High-End Nomu activated to defend the Doctor's lab, who, unlike the Nomu seen before her, has a visibly feminine figure.


  • Action Bomb: Her "Rupture" Quirk seems to allow her to blow up portions of own body. She uses this in conjunction with her "Liquification" Quirk to release an explosion of pressurized water.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Becomes this as she starts to stabilize. When the other heroes interrupt her battle with Mirko, she quickly takes note of the other heroes' Quirks and quickly deduces that Eraser Head must be the one that neutralized her own Quirk since he's the only one who hasn't displayed an obvious power. She then, just quickly, figures out that his Quirk must be sight-based since he's hiding his eyes and never came in contact with her. Using this information, she immediately gets out of sight to launch a wide range attack from a distance.
  • Body Horror: Though her scalp was flensed to expose her brain, it was left attached at the back, creating a fin-like structure of flayed skin. When she opens her mouth, it's shown that her upper row of teeth is connected directly to her brain, and her teeth are shown to sink inside her chin when her mouth is closed. Oh, and she still has her hair growing out of the back of her open head.
  • The Dragon: Acts as the impromptu leader of the Jaku High-End Nomu when they're all released at once.
  • Fan Disservice: Her body, below the neck at least, would be rather attractive looking if her head wasn't so disturbing to look at.
  • Making a Splash: Her "Liquification" Quirk allows her to partially transform into a liquid, which she uses to rapidly reposition herself and avoid attacks.
  • Man Bites Man: When Mirko flees their fight in order to attack the Doctor, Woman attempts to stop her by taking a bite out of Mirko's leg. She only ends up tearing one of Mirko's stockings, but the attempt still stands
  • No Mouth: She looks like she has this, but in truth, her mouth is just hidden inside her jaw when it's closed.
  • Off with His Head!: Endeavor kills her with a burning punch that takes off the top half of her head, including her brain.
  • The Smurfette Principle: As her name suggests, she's the only Nomu who's visibly female.
  • The Strategist: She starts showing signs of this as she stabilizes. For example, when she realizes that Aizawa has a Power Nullifier Quirk, she immediately starts wondering what its limits are, breaks off the fight to get some distance and break his visual contact, and changes strategies to accommodate this new information.
  • Thin Chin of Sin: Her pointy face, which looks like the nose area for a face with No Mouth, is actually the chin of her lower jaw.
  • Women Are Wiser: Downplayed. The male High-End Nomu aren't depicted as being stupid, but Woman is shown to be more strategic than they are.

    Chubby 

Chubby

Debut: Chapter 221 (Manga)

Quirks: Super Regeneration, Unnamed Mouths Quirk, Unnamed Enlargement Quirk

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"I'm not sure about your rank... but I know you're Crust!"

One of the Jaku High-End Nomu activated to defend the Doctor's lab, who is has a strange fascination with the hero Crust. He's noticeably thicker than most other Nomu and has a gear-like covering over his head.


  • Body Horror: He has a rather bizarre appearance, being an obese creature with robotic thrusters for legs and a strange metal covering that hides his brain. Then there are his Quirks, which only make him more disturbing by causing ridges of teeth and gums to push out from his skin all over his body and causing him to swell up in size.
  • Cyborg: His legs are replaced from the thigh down with rocket thrusters and he seems to have a grid of metal slats grafted to his head to serve as a visor.
  • Fat Bastard: Befitting his name, Cubby is fatter than most Nomu, but just as violent and bloodthirsty.
  • Gate Guardian: It serves as one to the lab after activation, preventing the other heroes from assisting Mirko in her fight.
  • Make My Monster Grow: He swells in size to seal off the lab, preventing Crust from aiding Mirko against the other High Ends.
  • Stout Strength: Unlike most Nomu, who are quite muscular, he's rather obese. That doesn't make him any less powerful, as he's capable of holding his own against the Number 6 hero in a solo fight.
  • Too Many Mouths: He keeps growing new mouths, either in whole or in part, all over his body.

    Robot 

Robot

Debut: Chapter 221 (Manga)

Quirks: Super Regeneration, Unnamed Telekinetic Quirk, Unnamed Laser Vision Quirk

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"Must be stopped. I will kill...!"

One of the Jaku High-End Nomu activated to defend the Doctor's lab, who, strangely, wears a robotic mask over his face.


  • Artificial Limbs: His head is encased in a metal helmet and his legs seem to be mechanical.
  • Curb-Stomp Cushion: While he is quickly killed by Mirko only a few seconds after being awakened, he still managed to dismember the pro heroine before she could finish him off.
  • Eye Beams: When Mirko gets him in a headlock with her legs, he breaks out a laser vision Quirk to fry her at point-blank.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Both of his offensive Quirks are ranged attacks.
  • Mind over Matter: One of his Quirks gives him telekinesis, which he uses to twist off Mirko's arm.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Unlike every other prior Nomu, he doesn't have a visible brain.
  • Off with His Head!: Mirko turns his head into a red paste with one move, killing him for good.
  • Shout-Out: His helmet is seemingly designed after The Evangelion's faces.
  • Squishy Wizard: Unlike the other Jaku Nomu, who all gang up on Mirko, he keeps his distance from the hero. Mirko points out that this is a strong indication that he's weak to close-range combat. She's proven right, as the second she gets close, she's able to quickly dispatch him with a single attack, decapitating him and smashing his head.

    Ribs 

Ribs

Debut: Chapter 261 (Manga)

Quirks: Super Regeneration, Unnamed Tentacle Head Quirk, Unnamed Bone Manipulation Quirk

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"We must brutalize. Th-th-those are our orders."

One of the Jaku High-End Nomu activated to defend the Doctor's lab, who is noticeably skinnier than most other Nomu.


  • Bad with the Bone: His powers revolve around using bones in combat, whether by manipulating his own bones and into sharp armor to protect himself or by ossifying the tentacles that sprout from his head, making them into blades
  • Body Horror: It's combat Quirks both seem to involve tearing their way out of his body, whether that's tentacles sprouting from his head or his ribs peeling open into spined jaws.
  • Combat Tentacles: The jester-hat tail of his head can extend into a long tentacle capable of splitting into more, which he can then shift into sharp, bladed bones.
  • Instant Armor: When Mirko moves to attack him, a layer of rib-like armor switchblades out to cover his body.
  • Lean and Mean: Where other Nomus are typically muscular, he's almost skeletally thin.
  • Shout-Out: The design of his head is similar to the most common portrayal of Nyarlathotep, that of a gaunt giant with a tentacle in place of a head and neck. His posture and head tentacle also bring Super Buu to mind.
  • Taking You with Me: He attempts to do this with Aizawa by holding onto the hero's leg as Shigaraki's mass decay spreads throughout the hospital. He almost succeeds in killing the hero, but is thwarted when Crust uses a shield to slice the Nomu's arm off, freeing Aizawa just as the decay was about to reach him.

    Elephant 

Elephant

Debut: Chapter 261 (Manga)

Quirks: Super Regeneration, Unnamed Muscle Growth

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One of the Jaku High-End Nomu activated to defend the Doctor's lab, who is noticeably elephant-like in design.


  • Cruel Elephant: He's a violent Nomu that looks like a humanoid elephant.
  • Extra Eyes: He has several pairs of eyes trailing down his long trunk.
  • Flat Character: Because he barely speaks, his Quirks are nowhere near as unique as the other High-Ends, and he has minimal screen time, he ends up being the least impactful of the Jaku High-Ends by the time they collectively meet their end in Chapter 272.
  • Stout Strength: Unlike the other muscular Nomu, he's rather obese, though still capable of holding his own against Mirko.
  • Super Strength: He possesses a Quirk that allows him to buff his arms up and deal more damage.
  • The Quiet One: While he can speak, he doesn't speak much, especially compared to his more talkative kin.

Near High-Ends

    General 

Debut: Chapter 276 (Manga)

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"The perfect servents for the villain king, I'd say."

A group of imperfect High-End Nomus that Shigaraki avoided decaying and activated with his "Radio Waves" Quirk. According to the Doctor, they haven't even entered the testing phase, so they can't think for themselves like other High-Ends, though they're just as strong and completely obedient to Shigaraki's will


  • Blind Obedience: To Shigaraki, since they can't think for themselves like past High-End Nomu.
  • Body Horror: Par for the course, though there are some notable examples here. One of them has its brain located inside a giant jaw, while another has extremely long limbs and a giraffe-like neck.

Unusual Nomus

    Johnny 

Johnny

Debut: Chapter 222 (Manga)

Quirk: Warping

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A small Nomu that the Doctor keeps in his lab. His Quirk is "Warping" — the same one All For One uses — and it allows him to teleport individuals to and from his current location.


  • Accidental Murder: Mirko kills him as part of her Dynamic Entry without even realizing he's there.
  • Armless Biped: Two legs, no arms.
  • Body Horror: The doctor uses several dials hooked directly into his brain to control his Quirk, a process that looks unpleasant given the expressions he makes.
  • Evil Smells Bad: The black ooze produced by his Quirk is said to smell really bad as Lampshaded by the Rabbit Hero, Mirko.
  • Nice Shoes: He sports some childish-sneakers as his sole article of clothing.
  • No Name Given: Averted, he's the only Nomu that's given an actual name.
  • Support Party Member: His Warping is a useful tool for the League of Villains, but he's useless in combat.
  • Teleport Interdiction: His Warping Quirk can't be stopped since it teleports people rather than opening gates, and there's seemingly no way to stop him from using it. Mirko's solution? Squish Johnny under a heavy door.
  • Villainous Rescue: The Doctor uses him to rescue Dabi after his confrontation with Endeavor is interrupted.
  • Villain Teleportation: His "Warping" Quirk. It's much grosser than Kurogiri's "Warp Gate" as it involves enveloping whoever he wants to teleport in a black ooze that pours out of the target's mouth. When using it, the ooze also pours out of his mouth, which raises some disgusting questions about the specifics of his Quirk.

    Mocha 

Mocha

Debut: Chapter 258 (Manga)

Quirk: Double

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A small Nomu the Doctor keep in his lab.


  • Armless Biped: Two legs, no arms.
  • Body Horror: A good length of his spine protrudes from its back and drags on the floor like a tail, and what appear to be cat ears actually seem to be two human noses.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: He has a copy of Twice's Quirk. Rather than use it for combat, his main purpose is to provide the Doctor with body doubles.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While "heroic" might be the wrong word, he throws himself at Mirko to distract her from the Doctor, which earns him immediate destruction for his efforts but buys enough time for the High-Ends to be activated.
  • It Can Think: He protects the Doctor from Mirko without being commanded to do so, something typically thought impossible for Nomu of its class. The Doctor himself is surprised when he sees it happen.
  • Nice Shoes: He sports some childish-sneakers as his sole article of clothing.
  • Support Party Member: His Quirk is one that, while useful for subterfuge, isn't so great for a combat Nomu whose limited intelligence would hamper their ability to make use of it.
  • Waddling Head: It appears to just be a head with two legs, although with a stump of its former neck and protruding spine on its back end.

    Intelligent Nomu (Spoilers) 

Kurogiri

One of All For One's most advanced creations, complex enough to appear fully intelligent.
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