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    Izuku Midoriya — Deku 
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    Katsuki Bakugo 
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    Ochaco Uraraka — Uravity 

Ochaco Uraraka — Uravity

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese), Luci Christian (English), Claudia Bramnfsette (Latin American Spanish)

Debut: Chapter 3 (Manga), Episode 3 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero Academia: Battle for All, My Hero One's Justice

Quirk: Zero Gravity

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"So I'm going to be a hero. I'll make that money...So that my mom and dad can have easier lives!"

An outgoing young girl who befriends Midoriya after he saves her during the entrance exam. She wants to become a heroine in order to earn enough money to give her parents a good life. Her Quirk is "Zero Gravity," which lets her reduce the gravitational pull of anything she touches to zero.


  • Adorkable:
    • When Aoyama asks Uraraka if she likes Midoriya, she blushes adorably.
    • In an anime-exclusive scene, she gets very physically close to Midoriya when excitedly bringing up the training camp, and gets confused when she notices him turning beet red. When she notices how physically close she was, she gets an adorable Luminescent Blush of her own and distracts herself, and a couple of her classmates, with a song and dance number.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Midoriya by the nickname Bakugo created for him, "Deku." While the nickname itself was meant to be unflattering, Uraraka uses it in an affectionate manner thanks to it having an alternative meaning. Midoriya later uses it as his hero name because of this.
  • Artistic License – Physics: Her powers frequently don't make much sense compared to actual zero gravity,note  although they make considerably more sense if you assume that she also reduces the mass of whatever she touches to nearly zero.note 
  • Badass Adorable: A cute and sweet girl, who's happy to show you she's got what it takes to be a heroine.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: She interned under Gunhead to learn how to fight, and she definitely took a lot from his martial arts tutelage. She appears to have continued training even after her internship ended as her martial arts skills are the best of Class 1-A.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tends to be underestimated by people due to her sweet nature, but when push comes to shove, she can push back. She lost to Bakugo in the U.A. Sports Festival, but she showed real ingenuity in their battle, and came close to beating him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She jumps into action to save Midoriya after Blackwhip goes berserk during a practice match with Class 1-B in Chapter 211.
  • Blush Sticker: She has permanent ones which highlight her cuteness and innocence; they're even noted as a Charm Point in the character descriptions. Her mother has them too.
  • Character Development: Following the Internship Arc, Uraraka decides she wants to be a heroine in order to save people, whereas her original motive was to look after her family.
  • Character Tics: She is always careful not to touch anything with open hands to avoid accidentally triggering her Quirk; she also frequently holds her hands in paw-like fists so as not to accidentally touch something.
  • Chekhov's Skill: After her internship with Gunhead, Uraraka begins developing her skills in close-quarters combat. This becomes very instrumental in her match with Thirteen, allowing her to turn the tide in her favor, and helps her stand her ground against Toga.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed; while Uraraka is clearly bothered by some of the attention that Midoriya attracts from Mei and later Camie, she never actually breaks out into a jealous fit. She's also visibly shocked when Aoyama hand-feeds Midoriya. A lot of this rooted to her having trouble sorting out her own feelings towards him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During the Joint Training Arc. Uraraka captures Monoma, knocks out Yanagi and uses Mineta's balls to trap Kodai all by herself. Ashido and Midoriya defeat Shoda and Shinso, respectively.
  • Cute Bruiser: The girl is adorable, but she is very well-versed in self-defense martial arts, enough to bring Serial Killer Toga to the ground and be considered a threat.
  • Daddy's Girl: Wanted to help out at her dad's construction company as a kid, but he refused because he wanted her to achieve her own dream. Her father also consoles her after she loses against Bakugo during the U.A. Sports Festival.
  • Death from Above: A strong attack she nearly beat Bakugo with. She gathers various objects that she made float, and then makes them fall at once. If only she hadn't pointed it out to him before unleashing it...
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: The Death from Above attack she pulled on Bakugo during the U.A. Sports Festival. She passed her weight limit accumulating projectiles in the hopes that dropping them all on Bakugo would distract him enough to give her the upper hand. It fails, because he had a heavy hit in reserve (and because she made him notice it by stopping), and she's instead left too exhausted to continue the match. This is acknowledged in-universe.
  • Demoted to Extra: She's present for the Internship Arc, but is largely separate from the action.
  • Determinator: Proves to be this in her fight against Bakugo, taking explosion after explosion to set up a massive rain of debris to rain down upon him.
  • Distressed Damsel: Played with during the entrance exam. Midoriya rushes in to save her without a second thought when he sees her trapped under some debris. He succeeds, but can't control his landing after he punches out the robot, resulting in Uraraka saving him with her gravity powers.
  • Establishing Character Moment: What's the first thing she's seen doing? Using her Quirk to stop Midoriya from falling flat on his face after he trips. This establishes her early on as the Nice Girl that she is.
  • Fan of Underdog: Was initially one of these as Midoriya's constant support and the only one to completely believe in him since the start. However, this stops applying once others start seeing how capable he really is.
  • Fangirl:
    • Of Thirteen, likely due to how their "Black Hole" Quirk has a similar gravity theme to her own.
    • She's a fan of hero dramas in general. She loves it whenever Bakugo acts like a proper rival to Midoriya, excitedly calling it "the fated battle between men".
    • She is a fangirl of Midoriya himself, showing constant admiration for how smart, kind, selfless, and determined he is. When she ran into him on the first day of class, she enthusiastically recalled how he defeated the robot with a punch, and she respects him so much during the U.A. Sports Festival that she actually feels bad about herself for leaning on him. During the climax of her fight with Bakugo, she is motivated by two things - her family and Midoriya.
  • Foil: She sets a fine contrast with Midoriya's other admirer, Toga, who is in the League of Villains. Both girls have crushes on him and want to be more like him but Toga is obsessed to the point she wants to literally transform into him while Uraraka sees him as a role model and suppresses her feelings to focus on becoming a professional hero.
  • Fastball Special: Does this a lot with her Quirk. Since she can remove things from gravity for a time, turning it back on suddenly gives something a lot of momentum.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: While her hero costume is nothing outrageous for a heroine, she actually points out the snug fit her first time wearing it because she didn't intend for it to be so skin-tight. Apparently, if the desired fit isn't explicitly specified, the companies that create hero costumes just default to Sensual Spandex.
  • Glass Cannon: With the right timing and planning, she can deal a lot of damage with her Quirk and has been absolutely vital to the victories of the the main cast several times. However, because her Quirk drains her stamina so quickly, she often struggles with her defenses.
  • Gravity Master: Her Quirk allows her to reduce the gravitational pull of whatever she touches to zero.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: When Gunhead asks her if Midoriya's her boyfriend after a phone call with him, she vehemently denies it. In fact, her response when asked if she's in love with Midoriya or Iida is to float away. Over the course of the series, she has to make this known to everyone who asks since everybody can see she has feelings for Midoriya.
  • Heroic RRoD: If she overuses her power, which has a limit of 3 tons, she gets violently woozy. If she really overdoes it, she will collapse.
  • Hidden Buxom: While it isn't obvious when she wears her uniform, it becomes more apparent when she wears other outfits. This is most noticeable when she wears her hero costume for the first time. It is so form-fitting that Midoriya is taken aback by her figure.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite being a sweet girl with a somewhat goofy nature, she is actually really good at strategic planning and execution. She is also shown to think quite a bit about the future, deciding to intern with a battle-styled hero instead of a rescue operations hero because she wants to be prepared for any situation.
    • A special chapter shows she's very good at reading people as she is able to pinpoint and explain the reasons for Bakugo's rivalry with Midoriya. She was also the first to notice when the calm and collected Tsuyu was upset about something.
    • She's extremely good at quick action in crisis situations, and can almost shut her emotions off in a focused trance when someone is in danger. The Yakuza raid and Midoriya's rampaging Quirk immediately come to mind. The aftermath of said situations, on the other hand, is very hard on her.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: While not present from the most part, her face-to-face interactions with her parents are the most genuinely slapstick-like, including an Eye Pop that her mother helps push back in over three panels.
  • In a Single Bound: In the early chapters, this tended to be how Uraraka used her power on herself, as being floaty usually made the side effects of her Quirk significantly worse. After training it though, Uraraka can now use her power on herself with almost no repercussions, essentially giving her the ability to fly.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: The first time she wears her hero costume, she unintentionally renders Midoriya uncomfortable with arousal because she didn't know when filing the request for a uniform the company would assume skintight materials unless otherwise instructed.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: While she speaks without a hint of accent normally, her inner thoughts, as well as private conversations with her parents reveal this sort of accent. Uraraka is actually putting on a standard Japanese accent to avoid coming off as a bumpkin due to her region's folksy dialect. This is one aspect of her character that doesn't get fully translated into the dub. While the common route would be for her to adopt a similarly American-style country accent, she speaks rather neutrally with no hint of it as well.
  • Latex Space Suit: Her hero costume is a form-fitting suit with a helmet that resembles an astronaut's. She was going for the space theme when designing it. Not so much the form-fitting part.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: Her Quirk generally isn't combat-oriented and Uraraka herself typically doesn't use it on other people, but when Toga mimics her Quirk, she uses it to float Curious and her followers high into the air before releasing them to splatter on the concrete below.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When she gets serious, her Blush Stickers goes away.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Downplayed to Love Interest. Both Midoriya's mother and Uraraka have gravity-themed Quirks, soft features, a fondness for pink clothing, and sweet personalities.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Downplayed. It's not so much that she considers love a weakness as much as she considers it a distraction from her studies. Uraraka is close friends with Midoriya, but it's evident that she has more than platonic feelings for him. However, because of the competitive program for heroes, at least in Japan, she sees her feelings as getting in the ways of her goal. As such, she has been suppressing her romantic feelings for him and trying to just enjoy their friendship. That doesn't mean they've gone away for good, it just means she's used a stopgap measure to avoid dealing with them.
  • Male Gaze: Whenever she's in her hero costume, there tends to be a lot of focus on her butt.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name managed to be both this and Punny Name at the same time. "Uraraka" means "bright." "Ochaco" can be derived from the expression "ocha no ko" (roughly meaning "piece of cake!") or "ochappii" (a chatterbox girl). This all illustrates her bright, cheerful, Nice Girl personality.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Both her school uniform and hero costume illicit dumbstruck reactions from Midoriya. Mineta also finds her attractive, though this is more a consequence of his general perversion than a particular attraction to her.
  • Mundane Utility: It's pointed out that her powers would be incredibly helpful in her parents' construction business, and the only reason she doesn't is because they wanted her to have her own life rather than get stuck following their career.
  • Nice Girl: Uraraka is a very friendly and charming person overall.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She has a habit of getting right up in Midoriya's face, which flusters the guy to no end. By episode 40 of the anime, she realizes how she's gotten far too comfortable with this (not to mention recognizing her own attraction to him) and starts acting as embarrassed as he does.
  • Not Quite Flight: She can use her Quirk on herself to achieve this, though in the beginning of the manga, she avoided doing it because it tended to make her nausea side effect several times worse. However, after training extensively, she can now float herself with barely any repercussions.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Her power can arrest the momentum of an object but can't do so immediately. When saving Midoriya from a lethal fall, Uraraka pointedly floats herself up into the air to create space for him to slow down before coming to a stop.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Everyone thinks it's weird when she gets aggressively fired up about the U.A. Sports Festival. It turns out that she has a good reason.
  • Only in It for the Money: Her sole reason for becoming a heroine is to earn money for her parents now that their construction company is out of work. When confessing this, she felt embarrassed that it wasn't for more pure-hearted reasons. However, it's mostly downplayed, as she's still an incredibly kindhearted girl who still wants to help people, and the others reassure her that doing so for her family is a noble and understandable motivation.
  • Out of Focus: Particularly in the Field Training and Hideout Raid Arcs where her appearances are minimal, limited to maybe one or two conversations with other characters. The anime adaptation mitigates her lack of appearances in the former, where she is given a lot more scenes and her training with Gunhead is shown in full.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: While not everybody in U.A. is rich like Iida, Todoroki and Yaoyorozu, most seem to be upper middle-class. Uraraka, however, has stated that her family is poor, and that being able to make money and provide for them is her motivation to be a heroine. This does tend to be Played for Laughs, as she often comically faints when confronted with something lavish, like Yaoyorozu worrying about a trip to Venice or how utterly fancy Heights Alliance is compared to her humble abode.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her hero costume is primarily pink, white, and black.
  • Plucky Girl: Several characters have described her as "bright", which is reflected in her name, because of her overly positive nature. She is also very determined when she wants to be. This is somewhat enforced, as Kōhei Horikoshi thought this kind of character would interact well with the more introverted and pessimistic Midoriya.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: In her school uniform.
  • Punny Name: Her name managed to be both this and Meaningful Name at the same time. One of the kanji in "Uraraka" can be read as "bi". Meanwhile, "ocha" in "Ochaco" means "tea." Her name then can be read as "Urabi-tea." Add a "g" in front, and it's very close to the Japanese pronunciation of "gravity." This pun is also the basis of her hero name.
  • Rotating Protagonist: She tends to fall in and out of focus depending on the arc. She gets a good spotlight in the Battle Trial, U.A. Sports Festival, Forest Training Camp, Provisional Hero License Exam, Internship, and Joint Training Arcs, but outside of that, she sometimes does not appear.
  • Running Gag: Her costume helmet tends to get knocked off in combat. It actually becomes a plot point during the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc when Camie, a.k.a. Toga, assumes Uraraka's form with the helmet on, after Shindo shook the license testing site with a quake and caused the real Uraraka to lose hers. The very fact this other Uraraka still has a helmet hints she's a fake.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Midoriya. This is enforced by Horikoshi, who thought her Plucky Girl personality would play off Midoriya's introverted and pessimistic personality.
  • Secretly Selfish: In-Universe example. During the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, Uraraka comes to believe she is using Midoriya as a crutch to help her advance after Iida declined to work with the two since, due to how the tournament works, they all are rivals to each other. Upon hearing this, she tells Midoriya and Iida how bad she feels about effectively using their friendship to get ahead, and strives to go all out to make it fair.
  • Ship Tease: With Midoriya, aided by her established crush on him. They end up being the last two to decide on a store when Class 1-A goes shopping, the thought of spending time alone shopping with Midoriya makes her so embarrassed she runs off. There's even a scene in Season 3 where they both end up blushing furiously when close to each other.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She develops a crush on Midoriya, who is a kind, helpful and friendly Adorkable boy who saved her during the Entrance Exam. As such, he's the only boy she has ever been shown to harbor romantic feelings toward, and even prior to realizing how she felt, she would often gush about him or be concerned for his well-being more than others. It enters deconstruction territory when she realizes these feelings could become a distraction that interferes with her judgment as a hero, so she tries to suppress them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ochako or Ochaco? Strictly speaking, there's no difference, since Japanese language doesn't even use the Latin alphabet in the first place. The latter spelling comes from the anime adaptation, where it is arbitrarily used in romanized spellings during Eye Catches simply for an effect.
  • Spit Take: Uraraka does this every now and then. This typically happens either when she tries to hold back her laughter or is bursting into hysterics.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Uraraka has inherited all of her mother's looks — skin complexion, hairstyle, and even the same blush stickers.
  • Super Strength: Played with. Much like her flying ability, it isn't real super strength, but with her power, she can easily lift up to three tons and send it flying like a meteor at her opponent.
  • Taking You with Me: Uraraka incurs this during her battle with Bakugo. Her final attack was intended to create an opening against Bakugo to defeat him but it was incredibly high risk and could have resulted in her getting hit as well. The look on her face at the time implies that she was very desperate to win.
  • Tears of Joy: Following from the Trying Not to Cry moment, Uraraka's folks genuinely love her with all their hearts, and decide to cheer her up by surprising her with a visit after the U.A. Sports Festival draws to a close. As she is taking off her shoes at the door, she discovers two more sets of shoes already at the entrance of her house. Cue an ambush by her mom and dad. Naturally, this triggers a second round of full-force waterworks.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: She is a huge fan of manly things and tends to get excited when she sees it. In the Dorm Room showoff, she was the only girl who liked Kirishima's room. While she doesn't like how Bakugo acts, she does get excited when he and Midoriya pull heavily on stock rivalry tropes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Invoked by Uraraka herself, when she joins a fighting hero for her one week hero internship, thinking that she'll be able to expand her skillset. She makes good on it too, as she is already knocking out villains with Gigantification Quirks with one special move. Later during the fight with Class 1-B, it isn't Midoriya who ends up being the one to take out most of the other team, it's Uraraka, who is responsible for half of the other team's members getting captured.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Chapter 37 shows her being overly upbeat about her defeat against Bakugo in front of Midoriya but once he leaves the room, it's revealed he unknowingly interrupted a precious phone call with her dad. As the two of them hash out what just happened over the phone, she apologizes for the fact she was unable to impress the heroes watching and earn backing from hero sponsors so her family could get some more money coming in, and breaks down crying, while her father tells her it's all right and he is proud of her anyway. When she returns to the stands in the next chapter, her eyes have swollen shut from crying so hard.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: A side effect of overuse of her Quirk is nausea, up to and including causing her to throw up. However, when she does, it's shown in such a way that the audience can't see her throwing up, sometimes represented by glitter and rainbows.
  • Weak, but Skilled: According to the power rankings. Her power sits at a middling 2/5, but she's excellent at using it with a 5/5 in technique.
  • What Would X Do?: Has taken to asking herself "What Would Deku Do?" in dire situations, and is often seen aspiring to be like him.
  • Who Watches the Watchmen?: She contemplates a variant in Chapter 212, wondering who helps the heroes when they need saving.
  • Worthy Opponent: Was acknowledged as one by Bakugo after their match. In the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, he takes their fight seriously because of what happened to him the last time he underestimated someone (during the Battle Trial arc), and because he thought she'd have an ace up her sleeve because Deku would have given her some battle plan. He was half-right. After getting his facts straight from Midoriya himself, Bakugo begrudgingly acknowledged to himself she wasn't frail at all.

    Tenya Iida — Ingenium 

Tenya Iida — Ingenium

Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English), Gabriel Gama (Latin American Spanish)

Debut: Chapter 3 (Manga), Episode 3 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero Academia: Battle for All, My Hero One's Justice

Quirk: Engine

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"I'm a novice. I can't measure up to their standards! Be that as may... I have to stand up! Never again! Never again will they... or my brother... Leave me behind in the dust!"

Class 1-A's president. An earnest young man who comes from a wealthy family of heroes. His big brother is a renowned hero and he wants to become just like him. His Quirk, "Engine", takes the form of engine-like tubes on his calves, giving him incredible speed and kicking strength.


  • Adorkable: He's very dedicated to being a hero, and gives everything he's tasked with 100% dedication, even playing a villain or a rescuee.
  • Always Someone Better: Believes he will never be as good a hero as his brother, but as it turns out, his brother thinks the same thing of him, believing that in the long run, Tenya will be a far better hero than he ever was.
  • Badass Boast: Gives a pretty good one to Stain, which also becomes his Taking Up the Mantle moment.
  • Big Brother Worship: Iida admires his big brother and aims to become a great hero like him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the USJ Arc, just as All Might is running out of time in his muscle form he arrives with the U.A. staff.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Although Iida's Quirk looks mechanical, it's actually an organic combustion engine that runs off of fuel produced by his body. Pieces of it will regrow if torn off, and will be stronger than the old ones provided his body is also strong enough. All the Ingeniums do this at some point, as the parts grown as a child don't work well for a athletic young adult, but the process is implied to not be able to be done under full anesthetic and must be done on their own because the operation is a family secret. Iida ripped off his own exhaust some time after the Provisional Hero License Exam, bleeding from the holes and was clearly in extreme agony.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Iida manages to fight off Stain along with Midoriya, but he has sustained serious nerve damage in his left arm.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Briefly takes on this personality when he has to play a villain for All Might's lesson scenario. Ochaco finds it hilarious.
  • Character Development: Originally, Iida had a serious case of tunnel vision, often focusing on a single goal to the detriment of others, such as his abandoning Uraraka to the Zero Pointer to focus on the entrance exam, or being so consumed with revenge against Stain that he ignored the injured Native in favor of pursuing it. Come the Joint Training Arc, rather than pursue Honenuki fruitlessly, he instead intercepts Kaibara as he battles Ojiro, opting to treat the exercise as real and take out an immediate threat rather than let his own concerns distract him.
  • Character Tics:
    • Straightening his arms and gesturing. A running gag with him is that he seems to be unaware of what his hands are doing, so he makes more and more bizarre hand gestures while trying to express himself. In Vigilantes, his brother even asks him if he's a robot in a flashback.
    • Iida's speech balloons are rectangular with rounded sides, in contrast to every other character's elliptical speech balloons. This gets referenced in an official sketch which depicts Tsuyu and Iida blowing bubbles - Tsuyu's are round, Iida's are square.
    • Addressing all his classmates, including girls, with "-kun" honorific, as a sign of a professional relationship. Especially noticeable when he has to address Tsuyu, who asks everyone to call her "Tsuyu-chan", which results in Iida calling her "Tsuyu-chan-kun".
  • Characterization Marches On: In his first appearance, Iida was considerably more arrogant than he would be later in the plot. His more Adorkable traits and Character Tics also wouldn't show up until the end of the Heroes vs. Villains exercise.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: His school uniform doesn't reveal anything, but he has the body of a bodybuilder, to the point of having an 8-pack showing through the clothes he first wore during the admission exam. He is actually the most muscular member of the main cast, and one of the most muscular among the students. This is justified given his Heroic Build.
  • Class Representative: Fits the archetype to a T, even getting a Lampshade Hanging from Uraraka. Interestingly, he initially supported Midoriya for the position despite really wanting it, and was granted the position after Midoriya acknowledged his leadership skills.
  • Clothing Damage: Iida's Quirk is on his legs and activating it shreds the leggings of his pants.
  • Comically Missing the Point: A common Running Gag involving him is his tendency to make quick positive assumptions over the questionable acts of U.A. and other people, thinking that a Secret Test of Character is happening.
  • The Comically Serious: Everything is Serious Business to him, including playing a villain, complete with evil laugh and thoughts. Unfortunately for him, he's stuck in a Wacky Homeroom.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The fight against Stain during the Field Training Arc focused on Iida wanting revenge on the villain that attacked his brother.
  • Ditzy Genius: Has shades of this. His academic performance is so strong that he's second best in the class. Despite this, it's clear that he struggles when dealing with basic level social interaction, usually coming off as too loud and intense.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Invoked. When playing the role of a villain for an exercise, he includes stereotypical villainous thoughts and laughter in his actions.
  • Explosive Overclocking: What his secret weapon is. He can put the "engines" in his legs into overdrive, but stalls immediately afterwards.
  • Extremity Extremist: Mostly fights with his legs. This is justified as they are strengthened by the boost of the engines.
  • Foreshadowing: During the entrance exam, Iida reflects that stopping to help another contestant in danger (as Midoriya did, stopping to save Uraraka) could have been a secret aspect of the test. Come the Field Training Arc, Iida is so consumed with his avenging his brother, he ignores the fallen hero Stain was about to kill. Stain points out this failure, and Iida himself later acknowledges it and strives to outgrow his tunnel vision.
  • Friendly Rival: Genuinely likes and respects Midoriya, but also feels the need to test himself against his friend so that he doesn't get lost in Midoriya's shadow.
  • Hair Color Dissonance:
    • His hair is either black or dark blue depending on the artwork.
    • In the anime, his eyes are blue, but in the manga, they're red, orange, or gold.
  • Heel Realization: While he never fully went evil, Stain makes him realize he was hardly being heroic either, by being moved solely by his desire to get revenge on Stain.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: A somewhat mixed example. Whenever he is in full uniform, he almost always wears his helmet. During his fight with Stain, however, his helmet is knocked off by Stain at the beginning of their fight, and he doesn't put it back on during the ensuing battle.
  • Heroic Build: Justified. He needs a muscular body in order to keep up with the speed of his legs.
  • Heroic Lineage: He comes from a long line of heroes and wishes to be as great as his brother.
  • Honor Before Reason: This is what made him hesitate to run for help during the USJ attack. This is also what causes the entire Hosu fiasco. By the time of the Class 1-A vs. 1-B exercises, he's thrown away this mindset, telling Spiral that he interrupted Sprial's 1-on-1 duel with Ojiro because his brother would've put preventing casualties over pointless bravado.
  • Hot-Blooded: A particularly polite and well-behaved example, but still counts:
    Tsuyu: Iida's got a really oddball way of unleashing his passion. Weirdo.
  • It's Personal: He got particularly furious about the Hero Killer after his own brother was crippled, resolving to catch Stain himself for revenge's sake. He ultimately realized how well-intentioned, yet unheroic his actions were.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Wears a set of full plate armor, and has the noble and honorable personality down to a T as well. He's even a knight in the Heroic Fantasy-themed popularity poll art.
  • Large Ham: Played for Laughs. Iida tends to be fairly loud, make exaggerated hand gestures and poses, and act overdramatic in situations that don't call for it.
  • Legacy Character: His brother was the previous Ingenium, one of a long line of speedster heroes. He takes up the name at his brother's request after his brother was critically injured by Stain.
  • Leitmotif: "Ingenium".
  • Lightning Bruiser: Not only do his engines give him super speed, they also let him hit like a truck with his kicks.
  • Logical Weakness: Jamming the exhaust pipes of his leg engines will cause them to stop working. Similarly forcing his engines to go beyond what they normally can handle will cause them to overheat and render him useless.
  • Method Acting: An in-universe example. When assigned to play a villain for a training exercise, Iida put effort into "thinking like a villain" so that he could perform his part well.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: One of his Character Tics is jerking his arms robotically for emphasis, making it resemble this.
  • Mistaken for Profound: He apologizes to Midoriya on the first day of class for belittling him during the entrance exam because he believed that Midoriya saw through the exam's Secret Test of Character (he didn't). While at training camp, the heroes present forces everyone to make their own dinner. Iida assumes that this is disaster relief training and gets the exhausted classes fired up for this too. Aizawa lampshades this, noting that it's good to have Iida around for this reason.
  • Nice Guy: After their first battle, he's seen rubbing Uraraka's back as she tries not to puke from her Quirk. He also (mistakenly) assumes that Midoriya got into the academy because he figured out the hidden purpose of the exam, and apologizes for doubting his abilities.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Despite his attempts at being a stoic and composed leader, as his reactions to Yaoyorozu's analysis of his performance during the Heroes vs. Villains exercise and Ectoplasm calling his Recipro Burst a technique worthy of being called a "Super Move" show, Iida really likes being praised.
    • After Midoriya, Uraraka, Kirishima, and Tsuyu came home from their mission, Iida stepped in to stop everyone else from freaking out over them. After Midoriya tells Iida that they really are alright, Iida say "Well then..." and then begins to freak out over them harder than anyone else had.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • After his brother is seriously injured, Iida goes to visit him in the hospital and starts running in the halls.
    • When Midoriya finds out that Iida abandoned his post during the Hosu City crisis, he remarks it's really unlike Iida to do that. This is part of how he deduces where Iida went.
  • Out of Focus: Sometimes, secondary characters get as much if not more attention than him, particularly Tokoyami and Yaoyorozu. For quite a while, he was often in the background compared to his classmates, putting his status as a main character into question. Come the Joint Training Arc, he's firmly reestablished his presence by displaying his improved skill and resolve.
  • Poor Communication Kills: It's noted more than once that his issues with Stain became a serious problem because he didn't talk them out with anyone. Iida brings this up later when Midoriya is going through a hard time of his own.
  • Power at a Price: Iida's upgraded special move, the "Recipro Turbo", required he remove the muffler in his legs so his Quirk will grow new, stronger muffler. In addition, while it effectively allows him to use his Recipro Burst for up to 10 minutes, it sacrifices control in the process, leaving Iida running out of control at high speeds.
  • Punny Name: "Idaten" means "really fast runner."
  • Revenge Before Reason: Abandoning the hero he was assigned to help during a crisis to chase after a powerful villain who had already defeated his more experienced older brother and other heroes wasn't the most well thought out idea.
  • Rotating Protagonist: He tends to fall in and out of focus depending on the arc. He gets a spotlight in the Battle Trial, U.A. Sports Festival, Field Training, Hideout Raid, and Joint Training Arcs.
  • Secretly Selfish:
    • This pops up a couple of times with Iida, such as abandoning Uraraka when she was trapped during the Entrance Exam. He also totally ignored the wounded Pro that Stain was about to kill because he was so focused on his revenge. Stain and Todoroki call him out on this.
    • He chose to join Todoroki's team instead of Midoriya's during the cavalry battle, saying that Midoriya might be his friend, but right now he's also his rival. By contrast, Uraraka joined Midoriya's team without a second thought, despite the target on Midoriya's back.
  • Scars Are Forever: His left arm ends up suffering from residual damage after the battle against Stain. This is an invoked example as his arm could have been fixed through surgery, but he decided to keep it damaged as a reminder of the encounter, at least until he feels he has learnt his lesson.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Has a serious expression for most of the time, and his square glasses help this image.
  • Super Speed: His Quirk allows him to run very fast. He has literal engines on his legs. He's even faster than Gran Torino after doing some self-surgery on his legs.
  • Take Up My Sword: His brother asks him to take up the name Ingenium, after he was gravely injured by Stain. Iida doesn't feel worthy though. That is until he meets Stain.
  • Team Dad: Tries his best to remain a composed leader figure and have everyone follow the rules, to mixed results.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: After passing the Provisional Hero License Exam and Tensei is well enough to leave the hospital, Tensei and his mother inform Tenya it's time to perform some fine-tuning for his Quirk, namely by tearing his mufflers out. The process is very painful, but doing so allows him to grow new mufflers, these ones letting him use his Recipro Burst for up to 10 minutes, creating the "Recipro Turbo".
  • Too Fast to Stop: He can run super-fast when he activates his leg engines, but deactivating them takes time. Bakugo takes advantage of this in the Training of the Dead OVA by baiting Iida into running after him and leading him straight into a trap made of capture tape.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives one of these to Aoyama during the Provisional Hero License Exam — the latter didn't believe he was on equal footing with the rest of the class, and was prepared to sacrifice himself so Iida could escape. Iida assures him that he already is equals with them, and instead of marking him as a sacrifice, his laser actually helps the remaining members of the class converge on them and pass the exam.
  • Younger Than They Look: He is only 16 despite having a body that looks more suitable for an adult. It actually comes in handy when Yaoyorozu has them disguise themselves on the mission to rescue Bakugo, as he can pass for someone who looks older.

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    Shoto Todoroki — Shoto 

Shoto Todoroki

Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji (Japanese), Kei Shindou (Japanese, Young), David Matranga (English), Mikaela Krantz (English, Young), José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish)

Debut: Chapter 6 (Manga), Episode 5 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero Academia: Battle for All, My Hero One's Justice

Quirk: Half-Cold Half-Hot

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"If you wanna stop this, then stand up! Because I've just got one thing to say to you! Never forget who you want to become!"

A student enrolled by recommendation, he is the son of Endeavor, a famous hero ranking behind only All Might himself. His Quirk is "Half-Cold Half-Hot", which allows him to generate and control large amounts of fire and ice from his left and right sides respectively, the former of which he inherited from his father and the latter from his mother. Raised by Endeavor for the sole purpose of surpassing All Might, Todoroki hates how his father only views him as a tool and had originally vowed to become the number one hero without ever using his fire abilities as a form of rebellion.


  • Abusive Parents: Endeavor certainly was not a good father to Shoto as he violently trained the boy at fives years old to the point where he couldn't even stand. His abuse doesn't just stop there as it affected his mother so badly that she mentally snaps and unintentionally splashes boiling water across her son's face.
  • The Ace: One of two students recommended to enroll in U.A. without having to pass the entrance exams, the other being Yaoyorozu. He's the undisputed strongest of the class by a wide margin. Midoriya notes during their match that all of Todoroki's abilities are strong (not just his Quirk) and his official stats reflect this, being the same as Bakugo's except for a higher Cooperativeness rating.
  • Achilles' Heel: Since he almost always only uses his ice powers, he can't effectively defend his left flank. His father Endeavor calls him an idiot for it. He eventually grows out of this weakness, but he comments that he is still not used to his fire abilities.
  • Always Someone Better:
    • To Bakugo. Taking his place as the strongest of the class.
    • Yaoyorozu also saw him as this in regards to herself, but this was subverted when Todoroki admitted that Yaoyorozu was a better leader and strategist.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: PTSD first and foremost, for good reason. Things that remind him of Endeavor hurting him or his mom burning his face tend to send him into a Thousand-Yard Stare that's even noticeable from his normal blank expression by his friends. It's revealed that this is why even after accepting his fire that he won't use either side at full power both because of the memories of Endeavor and he remembers the experience of how easily he could kill himself or someone else with his own powers if something goes wrong. Since this is the same technique that is implied to have done something to Shoto's oldest brother that even Endeavor never forgave himself for before his Heel–Face Turn, the technique must have been near fatal. However, he is forced to confront it as his near-loss to Tetsutetsu because of his lack of physical prowess and Tetsutetsu's training to overcome extreme temperatures forces him to push himself and only scoring a draw for his team.
  • Ascended Extra: Starting from the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, he becomes a main character.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His hair colors represent exactly the sides where his ice (white) and fire (red) powers manifest.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He's the first person besides All For One to recognize that the similarity between Midoriya and All Might's Quirks is more than just a coincidental passing resemblance on his own, and correctly deduces that there's more to their relationship than is readily apparent based on Midoriya's choice of words. Then there's the conclusion he drew from that...
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest member of his family. His three elder siblings were born from Endeavor's failed attempts to produce a child with a perfectly balanced fire-and-ice Quirk.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Comparing him to Endeavor is a quick way to get under his skin.
    • When the Hosu chief of police reprimands Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki for using their powers illegally to stop Stain from killing, Todoroki gets angrier than you normally ever see him at the implication they should have let Stain kill his target, even going so far as to call the chief of police a "damn mutt" in the English dub.
  • Bishōnen: His facial features are a bit more slender than most of the boys. Mina even refers to him as "The Preeminent Pretty Boy of the Class" at one point.
  • Boring, but Practical: His second hero costume is plain and unadorned, but it's fireproof and mitigates his Quirk's drawbacks.
  • Break the Cutie: As a child, he was sweet and pretty much a normal child. Thanks to his father's abusive training, his mother's psychotic breakdown and his isolation from his siblings, he grew up to be a cold and socially awkward person.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He is not lazy, but for the longest time, he mostly neglected his fire capabilities out of spite toward his dad and not push himself too hard out of caution. This bites him on the butt big time as several characters call him out on it (his father Endeavor and Midoriya) as not using his full potential. While he has overcome this and is training, it becomes evident that he still tends to hold back and not push himself. Granted, this hesitation appears to come from what happened to his oldest brother, who is implied to have been crippled or worse when Endeavor was training him, since he had a stronger fire Quirk. However, Tetsutetsu of all people call him out on it for not pushing himself to the limit. Shoto finally begins pushing his Quirk to the limit and only manages a draw despite his power.
  • Broken Ace: Todoroki is attractive, powerful, skilled, and intelligent, but thanks to his father, he has a lot of emotional baggage.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He was so focused on his vendetta against his father in his entrance examination to U.A. that he acted needlessly cold to a student that would later gain a grudge against him, ironically, when said student was trying to befriend him. Said student would then develop a grudge and leave U.A. for Shinketsu just so he won't be in the same school as Todoroki.
  • Catchphrase: When he's about to lay down a serious beating on someone, he tends to say "Apologies".
  • Character Development: Following the U.A. Sports Festival, Todoroki becomes more and more willing to use his fire powers, befriend and interact with people, and just generally a kinder, warmer person.
  • Characterization Marches On: He was considerably more sinister in the USJ Arc, being that the only reason he refused to kill a villain was because it would make him look bad. Even then, he doesn't bother saving the villain either, just telling him to get out of the ice quickly so he won't die and tarnish his reputation.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was the other student who voted for Yaororozu in the election for class president, believing that she would be best suited to the responsibility. This becomes crucial in the Final Exams Arc when Yaoyorozu is suffering a crisis of self-confidence, thanks in large part to comparing her performance thus far unfavorably to Todoroki's; hearing that he supported her for class rep because he believes in her intelligence and leadership helps her regain her confidence and formulate a plan to defeat Aizawa.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Downplayed. From his experiences in getting a rowdy kindergarten class to mind by showing them the fun side to being heroes, he recognizes that the best way to get U.A. to de-stress is to throw a concert so everyone can let loose and enjoy themselves.
  • Chick Magnet: Downplayed; during the dorm room tour, it's implied that most of the females in Class 1-A are attracted to him.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: When out of uniform, he typically wears loose or baggy clothes that hide just how toned he is. This includes his hero costume.
  • Clothing Damage: Whenever he fights outside of his hero costume, he burns half his shirt off.note 
  • Combo Platter Powers: He possesses fire and ice powers.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • In Chapter 57, he worries that people's hands get hurt whenever he gets involved, referring to Midoriya's injuries during the U.A. Sports Festival and Iida's injuries against Stain. Iida and Midoriya think he's making a joke, but he's actually not, which only makes them laugh even harder.
    • When his classmates see his dorm room, they're completely baffled because somehow he managed to refurbish the entire room to match his more traditional Japanese household, complete with tatami mats and a traditional sliding door. They ask him how it was possible for him to do this in one day. His response? "I worked really hard."
    • In Chapter 183, he joins Iida in posing for a face board. And although his side has a drawing of Nezu, he still looks just as serious as ever.
  • Commonality Connection: Strongly emphasized with Iida's barely-concealed anger after Stain crippled the first Ingenium, noting that he himself knows all too well what built-up hidden resentment looks like.
  • Costume Evolution: In direct proportion to his character development. His first hero costume completely masked the fire aspect of him and solely focused on his ice side, encasing his left side in ice as if to functionally make him all ice and bearing a plain white color scheme centered around ice and the appearance of his mother. It even hid his burn scar inflicted on the side of him resembling his father by his mother. When he became more comfortable around his classmates, he stopped using the mask. After the events of the U.A. School Festival, he has found peace with using his fire side and now his hero costume accommodates both the use of his fire and ice powers with a built-in temperature regulator. The color scheme also matches that of his father's while keeping some aspect's of his mother incorporated into the design.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Initially, he only relied on his ice side for combat, resulting in him having little control over his flame side when he starts using it later. In another sense, Stain and Aizawa both say that he focuses on the sheer power of his Quirk too much, making him more vulnerable at close range. This winds up being partly deconstructed in his fight with Midoriya. Even though he was fully aware of how much energy he was expanding with the use of his ice powers and how much it was costing him (hypothermia and frostbite) despite not landing a single blow on Midoriya, he made absolutely no attempts to change his strategy, even as Midoriya was thinking of new ways to use his Quirk to counter. If it weren't for Midoriya's rousing speech convincing him to use his fire powers, there's no doubt that ultimately he would have collapsed first. This comes up again in the training exercise between Class 1-A and 1-B, when Hokuneki is able to melt his signature ice torrent and Tetsutetsu is able to resist both of his elements putting him and his team at a significant disadvantage. This is what convinces him that he needs to learn how to better utilize his powers.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Beat his opponents alone in no time during the Hero vs. Villain exercise.
    • He actually does it to real villains during the USJ Arc.
    • To Sero in the U.A. Sports Festival, though he honestly apologizes for that one.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Because he spent so much time relying on just his ice powers, his default action when in battle is to use it primarily. It tends to work for him most of the time, but when he encounters opponents who can counter his ice, he tends to struggle since he isn't as used to relying on his fire side until recently. Also, because of what happened to his brother Touya after being trained by their father, he subconsciously limits his power so he doesn't hurt himself or those around him. However, this is called out since heroes are supposed to push themselves beyond their limits, plus Shoto's Quirk lacks the weaknesses of his dad's and oldest brother's.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Shoto was very young (around five likely) when he saw his family collapse in after Endeavor's Training from Hell with his oldest son Touya Gone Horribly Wrong when attempting to teach him a Dangerous Forbidden Technique and learned that while Touya may have had hotter flames, he was weaker than his dad in handling them. It's implied this was what began his mother's breakdown and Endeavor turned to giving Shoto the Training from Hell upon seeing his Quirk and that he would not impede like Touya or Endeavor himself, all while the rest of his siblings could only watch (though no idea as of yet how Touya was.)
  • A Day in the Limelight: During the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, which not only showed off his match with Midoriya, but also delved into the rough relationship Todoroki has with his father, Endeavor.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Inverted. Although Midoriya was defeated by him, his insistence and drive to help Todoroki gets through to him and they start to become friends. This does not seem to happen in Bakugo's case, as even after their fight, they don't seem to have any interest in spending time together.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Almost, humorously enough, literally; He becomes this after starting to use his fire powers more instead of focusing entirely on his ice abilities. While he was never mean to anyone, he was distant to everyone in the class. After the U.A. Sports Festival, he becomes closer to Midoriya, his first friend in U.A., if not ever, even visiting him in the hospital. He also becomes closer to Iida and Yaoyorozu after the week-long internship and the final exams, respectively.
  • Duality Motif: He has fire and ice powers inherited from his father and mother, respectively. Both his hair and eyes are two different colors split down the middle, each matching his parents', with either half of his powers only able to be used from that half, ice for his right side and fire for his left side. He also has a burn scar covering the left side of his face. In this case, it all represents his family issues, with his abusive father putting him through Training from Hell to groom him into a worthy successor and eventually driving his mother insane until she gave him his burn scar and got put in an asylum. With a deep hatred for his father, he considers his left side a curse and refuses to use his fire powers for a good chunk of the series. His initial hero costume, when he relied entirely on his ice powers, also tries to subvert this by covering up the entirely of his left half in an ice motif.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: Inverted. He has an blue left eye but his fire powers come from his left side.
  • Epiphany Therapy: Reconstructed. Yes, Todoroki is still not over the trauma of his past until he assesses what happened and makes a conscious attempt to address it, since a simple speech cannot fix all of the problems so shortly. However, Midoriya's words and encouragement provided the epiphany and encouragement for Todoroki to begin healing in the first place. He eventually starts using his fire powers regularly as his mental state improves and he makes a greater effort to get closer to his classmates.
  • Elemental Hair: To reflect his ice-and-fire powers, his hair is half-white and half-red. Both sides also indicate which side controls which.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Yes, he may have a really rotten relationship with his dad, but he still cares about him. He is visibly and noticeably distraught and concerned when he sees Endeavor fight and get wounded by the High-End Nomu. Hell, he even nearly collapses out of relief that he won and is alive.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Yoarashi mentions that Todoroki's eyes look just like his father's. His mother also noted that he was growing to look more and more like Endeavor when he was a kid.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: He can use both fire and ice powers, the fruits of an abusive relationship between his fire-using father and ice-using mother. His body is split into a fire and an ice side and he is more inclined to use the latter as he hates his father.
  • Fiery Stoic: He's a stoic hero who controls fire. Part of the reason he's this way is that he also has control over ice and tries to avoid using his fire powers to spite his father. Even when he does come to terms with his fire side, he still remains calm and collected.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: A rather bizarre example in that the other party is not a villain, but his excuse is still called out. Midoriya feels sympathy for Shoto's crappy childhood under his father, Endeavor. However, he still calls out Todoroki for only using half his Quirk since it insults every other hero, aspiring and professional, by not giving it his all, purely out of spite. This is mixed in with Jerkass Has a Point as Endeavor has been pushing his son to fully use his Quirk.
  • Foil: Contrasts with Midoriya in several ways, all of which come to the forefront during their emotionally-charged match during the U.A. Sports Festival. Both are strong hero course candidates striving for the #1 hero spot and aiming to surpass All Might, but besides that they couldn't be more different. Midoriya comes from a modest, loving family (albeit with a mostly-absent father), Todoroki came from a rich and famous one that either abused him via Training from Hell for their own purposes or physically hurt him from Sanity Slippage. Midoriya was born Quirkless and with below-average athletic ability and needed All Might's quirk and guidance to even barely make it into U.A., while Shoto basically won the Superpower Lottery and was born with nearly everything, getting into U.A. by recommendations alone. Even their powers directly contrast each other, where Midoriya has to get up close to make use of One For All, Todoroki can blast away from a safe distance with ice or fire. Furthermore, Todoroki had at that point figured out that Midoriya had some connection to All Might, seeing him as someone to defeat with his ice powers solely to prove a point to his father.
  • A Friend in Need: He's able to deduce that Midoriya's in trouble after seeing the message the latter sent to the class' group chat. He ditched his own father to go to the exact location and saved Midoriya and Iida just in time. This landed the three of them in hot water for breaking the law but the police was able to cover up the incident.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Despite everything that happened during the U.A. Sports Festival, Todoroki eventually considers Midoriya this. That being said, they do become closer and are very friendly towards each other.
  • The Gift: He has an extraordinarily powerful Quirk, and has the talent and physical abilities to use it effectively.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Not really evil, but this is used to reflect his rage and inner conflict. When Yoarashi was talking to Todoroki, his eyes were shown to be similar to Endeavor, and with him brushing off Yoarashi, which disgusted him so much that he left U.A. for Shinketsu. Once he got over his inner demons, his eyes are shown to be gentler.
  • Harmless Freezing: Subverted. He can seriously injure or even kill people with his ice, and actually froze off two of the first Nomu's limbs. He later mentions he can't restrain Stain with it for similar reasons. While he does later use ice to restrain opponents, he's constantly careful, even when going overboard with the amount of ice, to never obstruct their breathing or keep their bodies frozen for too long.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Of All Might when he was a child. Having Midoriya bring sense back into him reminds him of this.
  • Heroic Lineage: His father is Endeavor, the second-highest ranked hero, who is only topped by All Might.
  • Heroic RRoD: According to his character notes, overusing his ice powers without regulating his body heat through his fire side will cause him to suffer frostbite. In Chapter 38, he starts shivering during his match with Midoriya since he's forced to generate more and more ice, while Midoriya keeps sending the cold back with each of his shockwaves. Endeavor notes that he and Touya, Shoto's oldest brother, are both impaired by the physical limitations of their fire Quirks, something Shoto lacks.
  • Hidden Depths: The brooding, anti-social loner? He actually wants to become a genuine hero. Heck, he's inspired by All Might when he was a child.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Shoto is highly intelligent with an incredibly powerful Quirk and has everything it takes to become a top-ranking pro hero. The only thing that seems to be holding him back is his own reluctance to use his fire powers.
  • Hybrid Power: He gained his father's fire and mother's ice. While Endeavor did intend, it was more out of the sense that Shoto lacks the realistic weaknesses of over-using either ice or fire since he can use the other to counter himself.
  • I Am Not My Father: Todoroki's most consistent trait is his rejection of any and all comparisons to Endeavor. This is deconstructed since this is what impaired him from moving on or keeping his full potential since he just used to rely solely on his ice and not his fire, viewing it like his dad. Once Midoriya gets him to realize it's his power and not his dad's, Todoroki is able to move on.
  • I Work Alone: He separates from the group during the Provisional Hero License Exam, despite Midoriya telling everyone they need to stick together. However, Todoroki mentions that his Quirk is far-reaching and by being by himself, there's a minimal chance of accidentally hitting a comrade in the crossfire. Despite this, he eventually ends up in conflict with a student from a rival school who has a similar far-reaching Quirk of producing gusts and with a beef against him. They don't start working together until Midoriya calls them out for their carelessness. Ultimately, he and Bakugo end up being the only U.A. students to fail the exam.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: States this about himself to Midoriya before the U.A. Sports Festival. Nonetheless, he does befriend Midoriya after this arc and comes to befriend both Iida and Yaoyorozu after the fight with Stain and the final exams, respectively. Sero compares Shinso's similar speech to old Todoroki, to which Todoroki is surprised that he ever sounded like that.
  • An Ice Person: On the right side. He also seems to strongly prefer using it over his fire abilities.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: His left eye is icy blue like his father. Ironically, this is where his fire powers come out of.
  • In-Series Nickname: Bakugo calls him "Half-and-Half Bastard" in Japanese and "Icy-Hot" in the English dub.
  • Irony: Endeavor conceived him to surpass and replace All Might, but a flashback shows Shoto admired All Might as a child and he still greatly respects him.
  • It's All My Fault: A tragic case. He interpreted his mother scarring him with boiling water as being (partially) his own fault for triggering her by resembling Endeavor. For years following the event, Shoto avoids visiting Rei on the basis that he would hurt her by showing her his, and by extension Endeavor's, face. And when Rei doesn't hate him, he says she forgave him, showing that he still thinks he was the one who did something wrong.
  • The Jinx: He claims Midoriya and Iida's hand injuries are because of him, and he had the misfortune of running into an Endeavor-hater during the Provisional Hero License Exam whose animosity and continued interference during the rescue stage of the exam plagued him every step of the way and cost them both passing marks.
  • Leitmotif: "Kimi no Chikara" ("Your Power").
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When he finally breaks out his left side's fire powers in response to Midoriya calling him out for holding back during their match. He even responds by telling his opponent it was really not such a good idea to provoke him.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: Although he would never admit to it, he does have a few traits in common with Endeavor such as their intense glare and attitude towards the objects of their hatred; All Might for Endeavor and Endeavor himself for Shoto. They're also both Literal-Minded and are a little off when it comes to social interaction.
  • Logical Weakness: The more he uses his ice side, the colder that same side gets as a result of using it consistently, which also means his entire body begins to freeze as a result. As a result, if he overuses his ice powers without using his flame power to warm himself up, his movements slow down, both his physical movements and even the speed at which is ice is used. Bakugo compares it to an MP gauge in an RPG, and when Midoriya fights him in the U.A. Sports Festival, he begins losing as a result of his sluggish movements. There's also the fact that, as strong as his Quirk is, he cannot fight in a controlled environment or alongside allies very well, since his Quirk has a massive spread and area of influence. This, along with a rival student's own far-reaching Quirk, causes conflict.
  • Magic Pants: After his bout against Midoriya in the U.A. Sports Festival, half his shirt has been burned off, but his pants are fine. This is justified with his normal battle attire, which is made of fire-resistant materials.
  • Meaningful Name: The Japanese characters that compose his first name mean "freezing" and "heating", respectively.
  • Mental Health Recovery Arc: One of his major arcs is getting over his fixation on not using his fire powers out of spite for his abusive father. He's disgusted with himself for even thinking of using it and gains a Thousand-Yard Stare when reminded of the things Endeavor did to him and his mother. Even after Midoriya goads him into going all out at the Sports Festival, Todoroki consistently struggles to use his fire when compared to his ice, but goes from being unwilling to stand in the same room as Endeavor to actively seeking him out for an internship to learn from him.
  • Misplaced Retribution: It's implied that some of his issues towards Endeavor are him displacing his negative feelings towards his mother at his father. In particular, his firm refusal to use his fire powers at the start of the series are shown to be strongly related to his mother scarring him.note  In general, it comes off as if he's handled the trauma from that moment by deciding that being like Endeavor was the problem, resulting in a serious amount of self-loathing.
  • Momma's Boy: He acknowledges that his mother is the one responsible for the burn scars on the left side of his face, but feels that the act was caused largely by his abusive father, Endeavor, and sympathizes with her.
  • Multicoloured Hair: Red on the left, white on the right.
  • Mundane Utility: Those fire powers come in handy for lighting fires when the class has to cook their own dinner.
  • Must Make Amends: After the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, he gets enough courage to visit his mother in the hospital, and visits her every Sunday since then.
  • Nice Guy: While he was largely antisocial at the start of series he was never really a JerkAss to anyone, just aloof and somewhat arrogant. After the U.A. Sports Festival Arc and Remedial Course Arc he begins to become more more sociable, even gaining a sense of humor and occasionally smiling. He's also the one who snapped Iida out of his Heroic BSoD when they were fighting Stain, by reminding Iida to not forget that he wants to be hero.
  • No Social Skills: He's been sheltered for much of his life due to his father's attempts to groom him into a hero to surpass All Might. As a result, he often misses social cues and comes across as Literal-Minded. For instance, when Mount Lady and Midnight point out his Bishōnen good lucks, they tell him girls would die for him When He Smiles. He's immediately taken aback by the idea that people would die if he cracked a smile.
  • Not So Different: Neither he nor Midoriya notice it, but All Might thinks to himself that both of them are very similar, recalling how both of them leaped in to save him from supervillains. Further emphasizing this, both of them have nearly identical thoughts at the beginning of their match worrying about their opponent's power. It turns out Todoroki was also a fan of All Might and was inspired by him to become a genuine hero. Endeavor's abusive parenting made him lose sight of this, but Midoriya's words bring him back.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • Actually gets fired up during his battle against Midoriya at the U.A. Sports Festival, going from increasingly exasperated that his opponent is resorting to Self-Harm to stay in the fight, to furious when provoked into unleashing his left side powers.
    • He is angered at the Hosu police chief for saying that is was illegal for him, Midoriya, and Iida to use their Quirks to fight Stain. Todoroki responds by calling him a damn mutt and giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    • Todoroki shows a great amount of emotion during Endeavor's fight against High-End, ranging from shock and fear to visceral relief as it winds down.
    • His fight with Tetsutetsu is extremely painful for both of them and Todoroki gets increasingly frustrated at Tetsutetsu's refusal to back down when his body is melting.
    Todoroki: [furious glare] You're so damn loud!
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • At the end of Chapter 29, when he sees Midoriya charging him with One For All active, his expression is noticeably nervous. He immediately activates his flame powers to defend himself, something he swore he would never do in battle. That's how intimidated he is.
    • When Tetsutetsu is about to rearrange his face if he doesn't perform a move that traumatized him as a child, he drops a Precision F-Strike:
  • One-Man Army: His powers are extremely useful for dealing with large numbers of enemies.
  • Out of Focus: During the Internship Arc, since he didn't have a license. He doesn't even fight with Mirio, despite the fact that he had challenged the whole class.
  • Personality Powers: At the beginning, when only using his ice powers, he was constantly cool as a cucumber. He starts showing more emotion after he starts using his fire powers again.
  • Playing with Fire: On the left side. Interestingly, he refuses to use it in battle. This is out of spite for his father after he learned why he was born. He starts to accept this side of himself and use it more after Midoriya tells him that the power belongs to him, not his father.
  • Primary-Color Champion: Through his new blue costume adding to his red and white hair.
  • The Quiet One: Not to the same extent of other characters, like Koda, but when he's not fighting, Todoroki is one of the quietest students. If the atmosphere is calm and casual, expect him to say very little. Even after he started to defrost and get along with everyone else, he easily still the softest spoken member of Class 1-A aside from Koda, who simply never speaks.
  • Required Secondary Powers: His fire powers act as this to his ice powers. If he overuses his ice abilities, his body temperature drops dangerously low, but he can balance it out with his fire powers. However, the character notes explaining all of this don't say what happens if he were to overuse his fire powers. Additionally, official art and comments by his brother Natsuo suggest that he has increased resistance to low temperatures. He can endure temperatures hot enough to melt steel, but it's extremely dangerous to himself since to get that hot he can't cool himself off.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Todoroki is almost immediately able to pinpoint that Midoriya has some form of relationship to All Might and that they share the same Quirk. Though, he mistakenly thinks Midoriya is All Might's bastard son.
  • The Rival: To Midoriya, because of his relationship with All Might. Becomes a friendly rivalry as Midoriya helps Todoroki start healing from his abusive childhood.
  • Scars Are Forever:
    • He received that burn scar from his mother when he was a small child. It still hasn't healed.
    • Even after panicking watching Endeavor nearly being killed on TV, Todoroki takes a moment to make his dad suffer the irony that he will now always have a scar that's very similar to his, via one extremely sarcastic comment:
      Todoroki: That's a nice scar you've got there. [slurps soba as loudly as possible]
  • Secret Keeper: Although he never learns exactly how Midoriya got his Quirk, he is aware that it's the same as All Might's and that Midoriya is his protégé. Todoroki has so far been the only classmate to figure this out, but he's not divulged it to anyone else. He is still unaware of the true secrets of One For All though.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Endeavor smugly congratulates Shoto on giving up his "childish rebellion," after Shoto uses his fire to defeat Midoriya, Shoto tells Endeavor that he hasn't "given up" anything — he was just able to forget about Endeavor for a moment.
  • Signature Move: He tends to start any fight he's in by launching a huge torrent of ice to trap his opponents. This tends to backfire on him when he encounters opponents who know this and have ways to counter it, which puts him on the defensive.
  • So Last Season: When he was first introduced, his Quirk was noted as exceptionally powerful even when he wasn't using his left side and was easily the most powerful student in Class 1-A. However, while his Quirk is still noted to be very strong, he has started to encounter opponents who can counter his powers, which puts him at a disadvantage because he's spent so many years relying on just the power of them alone.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: As a result of his strict upbringing, Todoroki is endearingly awkward when dealing with other people, especially his friends at times. When Yaoyorozu starts crying in front of him, his response is to ask if she's sick and tells her about a pressure point that helps deal with nausea. This could also be connected to him being The Comically Serious. A chapter page reveals that he was shy since he was a child.
  • Squishy Wizard: Downplayed. Todoroki is by no means weak or un-athletic, in fact he's on the upper end of his class in terms of speed and strength. He just relies on the devastating long-ranged power of his Quirk so much that he falls into the danger of overspecializing, which is why Aizawa faces off against him during his exam, so as to negate his Quirk and force him to not rely on it temporarily.
  • Stealth Pun: One could say he started to warm up more to people once he begins to accept his fire power and use it.
  • Stock Shōnen Rival: A straighter example than Bakugo, but also deconstructed. He's a Privileged Rival who's the son of the 2nd-Ranked hero in Japan and is pressured to follow in his father's footsteps, possesses tremendous power that Midoriya can barely match at first, and has a broody, loner personality to contrast Midoriya's friendlier one. However, due to his Dark and Troubled Past, he's under great stress and it's limiting his growth as a hero-in-training. It's only after Midoriya acts as his Warrior Therapist during their fight, Todoroki starts to work towards amending his familial issues and becoming more social. He then becomes one of Midoriya's closer friends and friendly rivals in the process.
  • The Stoic: When he isn't in battle or with his father. Even after he opens up to Midoriya, Iida, and Yaoyorozu, Todoroki remains calm and tends to have rather lethargic reactions to anything his classmates do. For example:
    • When most of his classmates are having some fun with the "King of Dorms" competition, all he can think about is going to sleep.
    • During his remedial license training, he tries to connect with the children they're dealing with by introducing himself, only to be called boring because his flat delivery fails to reach them.
    • In some serious O.O.C. Is Serious Business showing how much thought he's putting into how to handle Endeavor after his sudden change of heart despite still hating him, he never shows any emotion in the family meeting his sister attempted. He even stays perfectly calm during Natsu's rant, his only reaction being surprised that Natsu ever could get that emotional. Shoto even ends it by agreeing with Natsu and giving Endeavor some legitimate indirect advice on how to apologize, then goes back to eating his noodles like nothing happened.
  • Superior Successor: Invoked, as Endeavor trained him to be as such. However, he wasn't planned to be this. Originally, it was his oldest brother, who possessed a superior fire Quirk than even Endeavor, but inherited his mother's weak constitution, leaving him unable to fully use his fire and possibly got crippled in a training exercise with Endeavor. Likely around this time Endeavor switched to Shoto. Endeavor reveals that this was because Shoto is not bound to same weaknesses he has (Endeavor's Hellfire Quirk runs the risk of overheating and damaging Endeavor, something that Shoto can avert by using his ice at the same time.)
  • Superpower Lottery: Again, invoked by his father who wanted a son with fire and ice powers, and he's The Ace of his class. The combined powers of his fire-and-ice side were able to overpower and blow away Midoriya using One For All at 100% of its power, albeit, after Midoriya had already smashed the fingers of his hands to bits over the course of the fight. This is downplayed because, while one of the strongest in his class (if not the strongest), his power isn't a story-breaking one.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He points out how deadly his power is to a villain, but refuses to kill him. Not because it's morally wrong, but because it would put a black mark on his record as a hero. It's really because he doesn't like to see people get hurt. Despite hating the man and being tormented by the memories of childhood that Endeavor forced on him and his family, Todoroki still doesn't want to see anyone be badly hurt or killed. Watching his dad be mauled by High-End on national television sends him into a Freak Out!.
  • Trophy Child: His father, the flame-powered hero Endeavor, willingly admits that he married Shoto's mother for her ice-powers in the hopes of fathering a superior hero who could do what Endeavor could not: supplant All Might in his position as the No. 1 hero. Shoto and his siblings were all born as a result of Endeavor's desire for a "worthy heir", but Shoto's balance of fire and ice powers make him the unfortunate target of his father's attentions.
  • Troubled, but Cute: The general consensus of Class 1-A girls, apparently. During the "King of Dorms" mini-arc he is referred as the strongest, coolest and most handsome boy of Class 1-A, at the same time, he has a lot of family issues and was heavily antisocial up until Midoriya became what is very likely his first friend.
  • Understatement: Has a habit of making these with a completely straight face, overlapping with Comically Serious:
    Todoroki: (after freezing Sero in a stadium-sized glacier) Sorry... I was angry...
    Todoroki: (on how he re-built his dorm into a traditional Japanese home in one day) ...I worked really hard.
  • Visual Development: Following his Character Development and Defrosting Ice King in the U.A. Sports Festival, he has lost the half of his body that is covered with ice and changed his white hero clothes for dark blue ones with an utility belt.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Surprisingly capable of calling out people:
    • Lashes out against the police chief for telling him, Midoriya, and Iida that they shouldn't have illegally engaged Stain in combat, demanding to know if the "right course of action" is to leave another hero and his friends to die.
    • When Iida tells him and Midoriya to stop interfering with his fight with Stain, Todoroki disdainfully responds that the real Ingenium never had such a hateful, unheroic look on his face.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: ...everything looks like it can be solved with icebergs. While he's capable of using other tactics (like freezing Iida's leg mufflers during their match), he acknowledges that he needs to get more creative with his Quirk usage if he expects to fight competent villains that can handle his barrages.
  • Willfully Weak: While he's not weak by any means, his refusal to use his fire powers does limit his combat ability to some extent. Specifically, by using only the ice side he starts to get cold and will eventually suffer cold related injuries if he doesn't balance it out with his fire side.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He ultimately throws his fight against Bakugo after mostly giving it his all, due to the Heroic BSoD he was undergoing regarding his identity and how he'll use his powers. It's still unknown who would win between the two if all conditions were ideal. This infuriates Bakugo, who didn't consider it a true victory.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: He inherited fire powers from his father and ice powers from his mother, though he doesn't like his father much, so he spent his entire childhood using only his ice powers out of spite. However, he can only generate heat from one side of his body and cold from the other, meaning using both for more than a few seconds will create all sorts of health problems for him as his body becomes extremely unevenly heated.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Yaoyorozu starts having bouts of Heroic Self-Deprecation when they're paired up for the final exams, he tells her that he voted for her for Class Representative because he believed in her intelligence and leadership. This raises her spirits considerably.
  • Youngest Child Wins: Played with. He may have won the Superpower Lottery, but it ended with him being subjected to Training from Hell from his dad in making him his Superior Successor. However, it's revealed that Shoto's oldest brother Touya was the original choice, due to possessing superior flames to Endeavor. However, Touya also had his mother's weakness to fire so when trying to learn one of his father's Dangerous Forbidden Techniques, it's implied it had Gone Horribly Wrong. Likely after this he switched to Shoto, whom he might've learned had Fire and Ice and thus, lacked the limits Endeavor and Touya had.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame:
    • When Midoriya provokes him into using his fire powers during the U.A. Sports Festival, his father Endeavor (who, while not outright villainous, is an abusive Nominal Hero) expresses excitement for him, telling him that this is his first step in becoming the greatest hero. This greatly frustrates Todoroki, who had sworn to win by only using his ice powers. Later, he's able to use his fire powers after dissociating them from his father.
    • In Chapter 167, Todoroki blows off a So Proud of You from Endeavor which is hollow at best. His reaction is implied to be along the lines of this. On the other hand, it is a bit subverted since he faintly smiles at his dad's attempts of reforming.


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