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Katsuki Bakugo

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Sachi Kokuryu (Japanese, Young), Clifford Chapin (English), Kate Oxley (English, Young), Rafael Escalante (Latin American Spanish), David Jenner (European Spanish)

Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero Academia: Battle for All, My Hero One's Justice, Jump Force, My Hero One's Justice 2

Quirk: Explosion

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"You'll regret making a fool of me! I'll freaking kill you!"
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"Can't stand morons like you who can't get to the damned point! Basically you're saying, 'we wanna cause trouble, be our pal!' What a joke! I've always admired All Might's triumphs. No matter what any of you jerks say... Nothing's ever gonna change that!"

A crude, unfriendly, violent and arrogant boy whose delinquent-like attitude is more fitting of a villain than a hero. His powerful Quirk, "Explosion", which allows him to secrete an explosive substance from his hands and ignite it at will, combined with his prodigious athleticism, has led him to develop a severe superiority complex and relentlessly bully his Quirkless former friend, Izuku Midoriya. He believes that a true hero should be the strongest and always win, which is why he hates being helped by others. He has yet to come up with a hero name, as all his previous attempts sounded too violent. He has come up with one around the 250 chapter mark, but it has not yet been revealed.

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  • The Ace: Deconstructed Character Archetype. At the start of the series, Bakugo was a skilled Quirk user who was good at just about anything he attempted, including having great grades. This, combined with him being praised by so many people for his luck and talent, meant Bakugo grew up knowing he was this — which made him into a massive jerkass who looked down on everyone else. He gets a bad wake-up call when he starts attending U.A., which is full of students who are just as talented and hardworking as he is, and his bad attitude from years of getting his ego inflated constantly gets in the way of his dream of being a real hero. He's one of the only two heroes in training from U.A. to fail in getting his hero license, all because of his terrible attitude despite his great performance at the actual task. Part of his character development over the series is coming to grips with not being the hot-shot he thinks he is, which ironically starts having him develop skills that make him the ace he once viewed himself as.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: He, of all people, bursts out laughing when Camie uses her Quirk to imitate Todoroki.
  • Affection-Hating Kid: Not very surprising given his usual Hair-Trigger Temper and his loner attitude in general. Even though he's slowly outgrowing this, Bakugo doesn't like receiving any form of affection/kindness at all (he equates it with being pitied, something he doesn't tolerate) nor does he like giving it, not even to his own parents since he calls his mother a "hag" and his father a "clown". He may show rare and far between bouts of sincere consideration for someone else, but only begrudgingly and unpleasantly. During the retake sessions in which he has to master a group of unruly kids, he actually lets it slip that this is how he was raised.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Midoriya calls him "Kacchan", which is a diminutive of Bakugo's first name "Katsuki". It's a particularly affectionate and familiar nickname, especially from a man to another man. While Bakugo hasn't exactly endeared the nickname, Midoriya is the only one to call him that and Bakugo has never told him not to.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Naturally, the most violent and aggressive student in U.A. ends up being the drummer in Class 1-A's band during the U.A. Cultural Festival Arc. Even his reason for agreeing to take part in is so he can "murder [1-A's detractors] with music!"
  • Always Second Best: In his eyes, the fact that Midoriya keeps getting the attention and praise from everybody makes him feel like this, particularly because his victories against others are meaningless to him. So far, he lost to Midoriya in the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, the Obstacle Race, getting a hero license, and others. The fact he won the U.A. Sports Festival is pointless to him, because The Ace, Todoroki, sees Bakugo as this as well since he believes the actual threat to the position of number one hero is Midoriya, not Bakugo. Bakugo sees this as being highlighted by the fact that Todoroki used his flames to defeat Midoriya but refused to use them against Bakugo.note 
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Seems to check a lot of marks for Intermittent Explosive Disorder, which really does fit someone who uses actual explosions. Aside from that, he also demonstrates difficulty with empathy, as he has issues with the rescue aspect of being a hero, which is even more jarring since virtually every other hero has no such issue with understanding the importance of saving others. He also demonstrates intense yet immensely fragile narcissism, which, when brought into question, suffers a minor mental breakdown during his fight with Midoriya. Even when Character Development begins to kick in and he matures significantly, he's still rather quiet and antisocial, with most of his friends being the ones to reach out to him first.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. His ambition to be the number one hero is actually treated as one of his few positive points, despite him being a huge jerk about it. He also refuses to go down the path of a villain, even though his Quirk would be very suited for it. That said, in Chapter 120, All Might says that his drive to be the best is holding him back from being a hero and that he needs to work on also having an equal drive for rescuing people.
  • Anger Is Not Enough: He is known for his incredibly versatile "Explosion" Quirk and his even more volatile temper. He's proven to be both powerful and skilled enough to face against villains and other opponents but falters at nearly every other category due to his abrasive attitude. This is best illustrated in the entrance exam: he scored the highest amount of villain points (points earned from destroying attack robots) but scored absolutely zero rescue points (points scored from assisting other attendees and other acts of heroism). He's told repeatedly by various individuals from All Might to Best Jeanest that while he is incredibly talented, his Unstoppable Rage will make him fall short of becoming a hero. This is shown when he was one of the few students to fail the provisional hero license exam because the point of the exam was to not just rescue civilians, but show proper concern for them. While he did rescue plenty of people and even showed good judgement calls on who needed help more, he was docked massive points because he was constantly yelling at them and being generally the opposite of reassuring.
  • Anti-Hero:
    • An Unscrupulous Hero leaning towards Nominal Hero. This is the reason why the League of Villains kidnapped him. After the event, his violent attitude is even lampshaded by the media. It's often mentioned by others that his behavior is very un-heroic and more befitting of a villain. Though he is firmly on the side of good, rejecting the League's offer to join them straight to their face while held hostage in their base all alone.
    • Later deconstructed. His jerkish, irreverent behavior is exactly what everyone considers to be the only thing hampering him from becoming an amazing hero. To his peers, he has the skill, intelligence, and drive, but they can't find in themselves to respect him as a hero due to him acting like a villain. He fails the provisional hero license exam exactly because he couldn't show a more caring (or at least, less abrasive) side and despite winning the U.A. Sports Festival, heroes seem to be wary of working with such a temperamental person, though it didn't stop him from getting a lot of internship opportunities. In fact, Best Jeanist compared Bakugo to a wild animal that needed to be tamed, and thus the emphasis was on that for Bakugo during his internship. He failed utterly.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Battle Trial Arc, in which he all but tries to murder Midoriya and is the main threat and challenge to him.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • It's hard to feel sorry for him when he gets assaulted by the Sludge Villain, considering he told Midoriya to kill himself earlier.
    • Averted when he gets kidnapped by the League of Villains; the incident is treated as a serious emergency.
  • The Atoner: In Chapter 284, All Might guesses that Bakugo helping Midoriya for training is a way of atoning for bullying him. Bakugo doesn't confirm or deny this, but considering that he'd just said that his inability to notice his own weakness led him to bully Midoriya, All Might has good reason to believe this.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!:
    • His usual strategy during combat, although he is perfectly capable of formulating more complex battle plans should this not work.
    • When he picks a fight with Midoriya after the Provisional Hero License Exam, this is Bakugo's battle plan, although he has an actual reason- Midoriya prefers to hang back and analyze opponents before really fighting, so Bakugo attacks continuously to keep him too busy defending to do so.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He may be a violent, antisocial Jerkass, but Bakugo is still able to form bonds of friendship and give trust to others, best seen with his closeness with Kirishima; not only is he one of the few exceptions to Bakugo’s habit of calling people by their nicknames—a sign of indifference and lack of respect from Bakugo—but he is also among the select few whom Bakugo truly trusts. It’s best seen when Kirishima was the one to grab Bakugo’s hand while rescuing him from the League of Villains, because Bakugo would trust absolutely no one else to help get him out of the situation.
  • Badass Boast: Declares before everyone at the U.A. Sports Festival that he is going to be first. He makes good on it, although he feels he wasn't able to properly follow through because Todoroki was too shaken to fight him properly.
  • Badass in Distress: In the first chapter, he is captured by the Sludge Villain. A year later, he ended up getting captured by villains at the summer training camp and needing rescue, much to his dismay.
  • Battle Cry: "SHINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!", which means and is translated as "DIEEEEEEEEE!!!"
  • Berserk Button: He already has a Hair-Trigger Temper, but being looked down upon is a massive one, to the point where he lashes out much more violently than usual to anyone who he thinks is doing this. This is why he bullied Midoriya for years, and his cheapened victory over Todoroki at the U.A. Sports Festival sent him into such a rage that he had to be chained and muzzled during the awards ceremony.
  • The Berserker: He is reckless and very aggressive when he fights. This proves to be his weakness when he has to fight Midoriya during the Heroes vs. Villains exercise because he fights so aggressively and so frequently that Midoriya, who has witnessed and often been on the receiving end of his attacks, can easily predict his moves, such as the fact he always opens with a strong right hook.
  • Berserker Tears:
    • When angrily declaring that he's not going to be deterred by his defeat (even though it's readily apparent that he's a Sore Loser), Bakugo gets misty-eyed.
    • He also cries during his rematch against Midoriya, when he confesses that he blames himself for the end of All Might's career. This is the first time he openly feels bad about someone else.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Beneath Bakugo's boastful, trigger-happy and glory-hunting exterior is a genuinely insecure and worried heart. His sense of self-worth can easily be tied to his emotionally brittle ego, but his rant to Midoriya as they brawl for the second time indicates that, in spite of all the praise he was heaped on as a child, he has an unfulfilled need for validation and acceptance, which he realizes his battle prowess cannot earn him.
    "Why is it that a small-fry like you got strong, and earned All Might's respect, and I... and I... Why was I the one who had to end All Might?!"
  • Big Fancy House: While the Bakugo residence isn't a mansion like the Yaoyorozu residence, it's still very large by Japanese standards, especially for a family of three.
  • Bishōnen: Parodied in Smash!!. A chapter revolves around him becoming an over the top example of this, full-on with changing his clothes to have a impossibly low v-neck and hitting on several characters, including Midoriya, Kirishima, Yaoyorozu, and even Aizawa. He switches between his normal personality and that.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the Winter Internship Arc, he's the Blond to Midoriya's Brunet and Todoroki's Redhead.
  • Blood Knight: Bakugo is always ready for a good brawl, if not actively looking for one in order to prove his superiority.
  • Boom in the Hand: He's an interesting example thanks to his quirk, which allows him to blow anything up in his hands as the explosions often form from there.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: It's never acknowledged or have been brought up in-universe, but Bakugo's belief of a true "hero" isn't so surprising when compared to how heroes were portrayed in The Golden Age of Comic Books, or even ones from classical times.
  • Born Winner: Subverted, but he sees himself like this. At the age of 4, he developed a very powerful combat-oriented Quirk, with everybody he ever met filling him with praise and admiration, added to the unknowingly negligent behavior of his parents towards these attitude problems, he quickly developed the mentality that he is simply better than everybody else. However, it only takes one day of exercise at U.A. to force him to face the reality that he is liable to lose to someone he looked down to his whole life and that several people are even better than him. That said, it's still played straight in that multiple characters envy how absolutely ridiculous his Quirk is in terms of versatility and power. He's also one of the only characters in the entire series whose costume negates nearly all of the downsides of his ability.
  • Break the Haughty: Before his Character Development started to set in, Bakugo's life was basically a conga line of this:
    • In the very first arc, he gets kidnapped and held hostage by the Sludge Villain, and is embarrassed when the Quirkless Midoriya comes to his rescue. His kidnapping continues to get brought up throughout the series, much to his chagrin.
    • After spending his entire childhood gaining a massive ego due to his Quirk, the Heroes vs. Villains exercise ends up knocking him down several pegs. First, his team lost. Second, he was the primary cause of said loss because he went charging off to beat up Midoriya and left Ida alone. Third, Midoriya tricked him with Exactly What I Aimed At to win, and Bakugo believed that Midoriya was holding back the whole time (he wasn't, he just had no idea how to control his Quirk). Fourth, Yaoyorozu very bluntly describes how badly he screwed up in front of the entire class. Fifth, Todoroki also tried to complete the assignment without his teammate's contribution- and he did it easily.
    • During the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, Bakugo finds himself to be the third wheel in the rivalry between Midoriya and Todoroki (despite desperately trying to make the rivalry between himself and Todoroki), getting shown up by both of them during the first two events. While he ultimately wins the entire competition, he still gets pissed off because Todoroki was distracted by his fight with Midoriya and so held back.
    • The biggest blow to his pride was inarguably the reveal that All Might had chosen Midoriya as his successor instead of him, to the point that Bakugo went as far as admitting in front of All Might that, even though Midoriya is technically weaker than him, that doesn't mean he himself has no weaknesses at all. And Bakugo said that in front of Midoriya after defeating him in a fair fight, no less.
  • Broken Ace: As a child, Bakugo was smart, strong, and brave even before he won the Superpower Lottery. The constant praise for this went to his head and gave him an Inferiority Superiority Complex to the point where he became a self-absorbed jerkass. Then he went to U.A., where no one feared him or held him in awe, and several other students were straight-up more powerful than him. His nasty personality, which people overlooked all his childhood, suddenly became a major stumbling block on his road to being a hero, and he continuously faced off against threats way above his level, handing him some brutal defeats.
  • Brutal Honesty: He does not hesitate in the slightest to bring up the elephant in the room when Midoriya and All Might have a meeting after the former starts gaining more Quirks. First, he blurts out that something had to have been a trigger, and that trigger is probably All For One. Additionally, he tells them that Midoriya's possession of a bunch of other people's Quirks makes him no different than All For One in that regard. All Might knew that was probably the case but was too shocked and afraid to say it outright. It's almost a form of kindness from him since shoving it in Midoriya's face helped him come to terms with this reality quickly instead of dragging it out.
  • The Bully: At the start of the story and before that, he was Izuku's childhood bully. He's growing out of it, especially since he's not as popular with his classmates as he was in middle school.
  • Bully and Wimp Pairing: Protagonist Izuku Midoriya continues to hang around Bakugo, his childhood friend-turned-bully, because he admires Bakugo's drive to be the best. Bakugo is extremely aggressive and hot-headed around him in return, calling him "Deku" because of Midoriya's Quirklessness and seeming inability to accomplish things on his own. This becomes downplayed as the story goes on; Midoriya gains a Quirk and becomes less of a wimp as he becomes stronger and improves himself, while Bakugo eventually mellows out somewhat and becomes less aggressive towards Midoriya as time goes on.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Inverted and then played straight. Initially, Midoriya and Bakugo were buddies as little kids, but that friendship turned sour as Bakugo's Quirk manifested while Midoriya's didn't. This animosity pervades their relationship even as Midoriya tries to mend the bridge and maintain their friendship. Only after they brawled after Bakugo deduces that Midoriya got his Quirk from All Might do they come to a mutual understanding and become closer to Friendly Rivals. Even then, Bakugo continues to call Midoriya "Deku" (not that he minds anymore) and remains coarse with him.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • While he was a cocky, confident Big Man on Campus when attending middle school, he never really recovered from the utter assault on his dignity that Midoriya saving his life wound up being, and the kids at U.A. who don't regard him with contempt generally find the resulting Inferiority Superiority Complex, combined with his Hair-Trigger Temper and Comical Overreacting, to be hilarious.
    • He seconds only Midoriya to being the butt of the joke in the Smash!! comics. Some sequences are entirely dedicated to him getting screwed over.
  • Catchphrase Insult:
    • He has a very scary habit of repeatedly telling people to "DIE!" when fighting them or "I'll kill you" whenever he felt insulted.
    • He likes to call Midoriya "Deku" to mock him. However, it becomes an Insult Backfire when the latter realizes it can also mean "never giving up," leading to it becoming his hero name.
  • Celibate Hero: Unlike Todoroki who interacts at times with the female members of Class 1-A, especially Momo with whom he got paired up during the Teacher-Student Training Arc, Bakugo is particularly notable for having manifested no interest at all in anything pertaining to the opposite sex. He usually treats women with complete indifference and outright avoids even talking to them, even Mina Ashido despite her being part of his "team" along with Kirishima, Kaminari and Sero. To wit, when Mineta tried to perv on the girls at the hot spring spa of the Wild Wild Pussycats estate, he's indeed the only one, along with Tokoyami, to not even flinch at the idea of all the girls being stark naked on the other side of the wooden wall.
  • Character Development:
    • Goes from incredibly arrogant in Chapter 1 to less so by Chapter 2, and then becomes much warier of the skills of those around him because of Midoriya outsmarting him in the Hero Trial.
    • After beating Uraraka, the other classmates chastise him for beating on a "fragile girl." He comments to himself that there was nothing fragile about her, signifying that he's grown to respect people who show grit.
    • He is shown in later chapters to have become increasingly calmer. While he's still explosive, prone to devious smirks, or even to just look like there's something in his shoes, he no longer goes around screaming and sometimes is even capable of keeping a normal conversation.
    • Chapter 96 shows a pretty significant step forward when he actually thanks a now powerless All Might for rescuing him.
    • Subtly, after being kidnapped by the League of Villains, they try to recruit him. He tells them to basically screw off, saying he won't work for people who harm others for fun. A far cry from the same person who was The Bully.
    • It's only one scene in Chapter 98, but it really hammers in how differently Bakugo treats his classmates now. The class is distraught after being told by Aizawa that he would have expelled most of them for allowing five students to go and rescue Bakugo, and Kirishima is clearly the most guilt-ridden of them. As a result, Bakugo proceeds to force Kaminari to exceed his Quirk's wattage limit, turning him into a babbling moron that captures everyone's attention and even gets Jiro to laugh hysterically. While that's happening, Bakugo hands over some of his own money to Kirishima to make up for an expense he thinks the latter made for his sake. To sum it up, when his classmates were left rather depressed, Bakugo helped lighten the mood and make them laugh, and in his own way thanked Kirishima for what he did. All this is done without yelling or losing his temper, though the effort was still like pulling teeth for him.
    • By the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc, he seems actually capable of seeing Midoriya as a Worthy Opponent, as he mentions that it would be impossible for him to lose in the first round. Afterward, he reveals to Midoriya that he's figured out All Might passed down his Quirk and challenges Midoriya to a one-on-one fight, and in the process, it comes out that he feels incredibly guilty over how his abduction led to All Might losing the ability to be a hero anymore.
    • It's to the point he calmly admonishes a smug child for leading a classroom of children to be rebellious in their belief in their own superiority in Quirks. He tells him constantly looking down on others makes you blind to your own flaws and actually manages to reach him.
    • Chapter 202 shows him being actually worried that something might be seriously wrong with Midoriya, while trying to hide it by making fun of him and throwing one of his usual tantrums. When something actually happens and Midoriya starts shooting black tentacles everywhere, he and All Might are the only two observers that react with horror instantly.
    • In Chapter 207, he actually saves Jiro from an attack, showing that All Might's words about "winning by saving" stuck after all. He then demonstrates amazing (but coarse) leadership and iron-clad teamwork that turns his fight into a Curb-Stomp Battle against Class 1-B's team. It's even lampshaded by Class 1-B, who never expected someone like him to ever turn around and save someone, much less be an effective team player.
    • In Chapter 247, he tells Endeavor that he's trying to invoke this. Saying that just because he's the best in a fight, doesn't mean he's the best as a person, and he wants to learn more about his shortcomings in order to grow.
    • In Chapter 284, he tells All Might that he ignored his own weakness and that being the reason why he bullied Midoriya and it’s implied that he’s helping with his One for All training to atone for what he did.
    • In Chapter 285, he even pushes Midoriya out of the way of Shigaraki’s attack, showing he truly does care about Midoriya.
  • Character Tics:
    • He tends to stick his hands in his pockets and lumber around with an angry shuffle about him.
    • He hates wearing a tie. Bakugo instead keeps his dress shirt collar loose and unbuttoned (along with leaving his shirttail untucked when his suit jacket is unbuttoned/off). The only time he was ever seen with one on was for his student ID photo, where he was expected to have one on. Compare/contrast that to Midoriya, who also has tie issues but at least tries to wear his.
    • Bakugo prefers to wear his pants all baggy, like a street thug.
    • He has a tendency to bare his teeth a lot as a sign of aggression.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • Bakugo was considerably more callous in the early stages of the manga, to the point he would look like a designated hero had his hidden depths not been explored. Particularly, telling Midoriya to go kill himself was as bad as his treatment of others got to. This type of behavior never comes back though. Mostly because in middle school, he got away with it and had a posse. At U.A., however, nobody's willing to put up with it and he's got more heroic friends now. Kohei Horikoshi himself admitted that he went too far with Bakugo's personality during the start of the manga and he was not meant to be as mean as he came off as. It might have been justified though since the early parts of the story is framed from the perspective of Midoriya.
    • Bakugo was prone to very creepy Slasher Smiles at any opportunity to hurt others and having bizarre angered faces that made him look scary and deranged like a wild animal. He last shows one of these in the USJ Arc. Following that, his facial expressions evolved into usually cocky smiles, comical angry faces, and for the most part, a serious and slightly annoyed resting face.
    • His first appearance had him interested in becoming a hero to get rich. Wanting to become a hero for money is quickly dropped, with Bakugo showing more interest in being strong and proving his worth than making money. His family is also shown to be well-off in later chapters (enough to own a Big Fancy House), so making money shouldn't be an issue for him.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: While he may be naturally sturdy and heat resilient as part of the Required Secondary Powers for his Quirk, it still took 10+ years of self-training to get where he is today.
  • Chekhov's Gun: During the first stage of the Provisional Hero License Exam, it turns out the grenades Bakugo wears around his belt aren't just for show.
  • Combat Parkour: Bakugo jumps around a lot and performs acrobatic moves when he fights, using his explosions to better make sudden changes in direction in the air. He's so well-known for this that it doesn't take long for him and the others to notice that Midoriya's new moves with his new Full Cowl ability are an imitation of Bakugo's.
  • Comical Angry Face: Pulls off a SPECTACULAR one in Chapter 44 after winning U.A.'s Sports Festival that even unnerves All Might.
  • The Comically Serious: He doesn't have much of a sense of humor, but he's just so dang... angry about everything that he manages to be hilarious anyway. At one point, his obsession with being number one along with his constant anger issues leads him to angrily shout at the bacteria in his mouth to die while brushing his teeth early in the morning, causing his mom to tell him to pipe down.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Midnight shot down his first hero name (translated as 'King of Explodo-Kills' or 'King Explosion Murder') because it was unheroic... so he changed the 'King' to 'Lord' and kept the 'murder' part. Unsurprisingly, that one gets shot down too.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Bakugo's specialty. Whenever someone tries to help or rescue him, his ridiculously inflated ego takes it as humiliation or as a mark of pity. And Bakugo doesn't tolerate being pitied or perceived as weak. He would rather be left to suffer a grim fate than having to count on someone else to help him out, even in a desperate situation. And if he has no choice but to accept help, expect him to gripe at length about it. Loudly.
  • Confusion Fu: When you can also create a bright flash akin to a flashbang, then expect Bakugo to do this to get an opening.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • His fight against Uraraka in the U.A. Sports Festival Arc is completely one-sided. Despite devising a clever strategy, pushing herself to an absolute limit, and unleashing a freaking meteor shower, Uraraka literally fails to touch Bakugo, let alone damage him in any way. The only reason the fight lasted so long was that Bakugo had enough respect for his opponent not to take any chances with finishing her off quickly.
    • Happens again during the Joint Training Arc with Class 1-B. Bakugo leads the assault and captures all the members of Team 1-B in a ridiculously short amount of time with no members of Team 1-A being captured in turn. The other team fights required at least 3-4 chapters, but Bakugo's was completed in only two.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: His overall appearance and personality are one to the shōnen hero archetype, but specifically to the Japanese Delinquents variety that is well-known in characters like Ichigo Kurosaki, Yusuke Urameshi, and Naruto Uzumaki (especially in the High School A.U.).
    • On a rare example, he's one to The Ace. He is good at almost everything he does, from sports to studies, and got a powerful Quirk to boot. Combined with lots of praise from everyone since he was a child and not enough (if any at all) reprimands considering his attitude towards others, it resulted in him growing up to be a massive Jerkass with a painfully fragile ego. It even results in him failing the Provisional License Exam, since his jackassery managed to overshadow his skills.
    • He's naturally Hot-Blooded and determined in his goal to be the best, which are admired by his classmates, but his constant aggression and over-the-top reactions to being slighted make it difficult for him to make friends or take criticism to heart.
    • In his usual approach to battle is a straightforward Leeroy Jenkins Attack! Attack! Attack! strategy, especially early on in the manga, but his impulsiveness ends up screwing him over in battles where he could've used his head just as much as his heart.
    • Also, the one big difference that contrasts Bakugo to nearly all of the other shonen heroes is the result of their upbringings. In most stories, they suffer from being the odd one out or from hardships that were out of their control; allowing them to be able to emphasize with others whereas Bakugo lives a very privileged life and being constantly praised by others for his talents to the point that he's so holed up in his own world, that results into being callous to the plights of those around him.
    • However, despite all of the negative traits he demonstrated for a shonen hero, Bakugo's depiction could actually be Truer to the Text if one were to considered how Son Goku from Dragon Ball was initially portrayed as someone who doesn't fight for others, but fights for himself to get stronger and isn't a classic hero and can even be seen as not being a good person because of his selfish desire.
  • Determinator: One of Bakugo's main traits and the main reason why Midoriya has looked up to the former since their childhood. He always tries to win no matter what, which was brought up during their fight against All Might.
  • Deuteragonist: Bakugo's character arc, while not as showcased as Midoriya's, is still a very big part of the series, regardless of whether Midoriya is involved or not.
  • Die, Chair, Die!: Non-video game example; Bakugo takes his frustrations out on inanimate objects a lot. That even includes his toothbrush. And yes, he loves telling them to "DIE!"
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": Seen a couple of times, like when he went to yell at Midoriya for trying to rescue him despite being (at the time) Quirkless, or when he paid Kirishima for the money he spent on the night vision camera after he lost it when they went to rescue him.
  • Don't Think, Feel: His approach to combat is to rely on his instincts and natural aptitude. Logically, this allowed him to overpower Midoriya who is Awesome by Analysis by not giving him any chance to analyze and strategize.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Bakugo has a massive ego that is rather easily wounded:
    • This is his reaction after Midoriya, someone he had deemed to be the weakest during their childhood, saves him. Midoriya's desire to get into U.A. only worsens this, because Bakugo wanted to be able to brag about being the first kid from their middle school to get into the famous school and a "weakling" even thinking about indirectly messing this up for him sends him into a rage. After being rescued by him in Chapter 1, it doesn't get better.
    • He has a similar reaction when he defeats Todoroki, but only because the latter didn't use his fire powers. Realizing this, Bakugo is so enraged at the fact that he only won because his opponent was holding back that he has to be muzzled and restrained during the awards presentation, and even then he tries to resist until All Might forces the medal into his mouth.
    • He has to be escorted out of the forest when villains specifically try to kidnap him. They succeed and Bakugo has to get rescued again, which really sets him off.

     E-I 
  • Elemental Hair: Wild blond hair in the shape of an explosion. It fits his Quirk and attitude quite nicely.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Bakugo is an over-competitive jerk who is not beyond the use of violence to win and be considered number one, but he is pretty appalled after listening to what Endeavor is willing to do to his family to achieve the same goals.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Howitzer Impact. He uses his most powerful Hand Blast and spins in the air before unleashing it.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Played with. While not an outright villain, he is an aggressively violent Jerkass who constantly antagonizes everyone around him and has a hard understanding that being a hero is more than just being strong and beating up bad guys. This proves to be why he failed his hero license exam, as he kept insulting the volunteers he was supposed to be rescuing (and who were marking him). He also always interprets any instance of Midoriya helping him out or being nice to him as secretly being an insult, pity, or Midoriya looking down on him.
  • Explosion Propulsion: Can use the explosions from his hands to launch himself into the air.
  • Expy: Horikoshi revealed that he is one of Tetsuo Shima in an interview.
  • Fair Weather Friend: With the exception of Deku, it's safe to say that anyone who hanged out with Bakugo prior to attending U.A. High, who isn't either a False Friend or a sycophant is this by default.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Pride and Wrath are his two big ones and they're well-connected to his unexpectedly fragile ego. Whenever he sees something that could be construed as pitying him or suggesting he's not the best, he will immediately lash out. This is the reason he has very few friends at school and it's a massive stumbling block when it comes to his career as a hero, as he can't properly accept the public service part of heroism and has an unfortunate tendency to be a Leeroy Jenkins.
    • Jealousy is another; as soon as he saw the slightest sliver of someone being more competent at his work than he was, or anything at all that he perceived as an advantage, he'd immediately become disconcerted. He feels this towards Midoriya more than anyone, because the latter was formerly Quirkless, but now enrolled in his very school and receiving the kind of validation Bakugo never had, in spite of all the praise heaped on him as a child.
  • Fauxshadow: The early parts of the story love to emphasize Bakugo's antagonistic nature and how, often, he seems a single step away from becoming a villain, culminating in him being captured and given a sales pitch by the League of Villains, which he immediately and violently rejects with zero hesitation. The setup for his truly heroic potential under the surface was much subtler.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: You probably wouldn't expect a violent, explosive hero with a legendary Hair-Trigger Temper to be nicknamed "Kacchan."
  • Foil:
    • While both Bakugo and Midoriya idolize All Might and aspire to become a hero as great as him, they hold very different ideas of just what a hero is. Whereas Midoriya embodies the idea of a hero as someone who saves people in need, Bakugo embodies the idea of a hero as someone who never loses. This is most obvious in the entrance exam, where Midoriya gets in scoring only Rescue Points, while Bakugo gets in scoring only Villain Points.
    • He is one to Hitoshi Shinso and Seiji Shishikura. Shinso hates a society that rewards people based on preferential treatment when they have Quirks better suited for the jobs they want to take and slants them toward heroism while throwing the less desirable Quirk holders to the wayside, and Seiji wants to conduct himself in a dignified manner and set a good example for the school he comes from and herds the incoming generation of hero hopefuls to only include the best role models. Bakugo wants to be praised and couldn't care less about discipline and how he's always making his classmates and school look bad.
    • He has one in Class 1-B in the student Jurota Shishida. Both are aces who can easily outperform, or match, students who got in on recommendation and are much more intelligent than they might first appear: Bakugo looks like a punk while Shishida looks like an animal. However, Shishida is polite and friendly, while Bakugo is rude and confrontational.
    • A minor example is Mineta, the other classmate that isn't liked; While Mineta is disliked for his perversion and cowardice, Bakugo is disliked for his temper and recklessness.
    • To Endeavor. Both are Hot-Blooded Anti-Heroes, and both aspire to All Might's place at the top, but at the beginning of the series believe that strength and winning are all that matter in achieving that goal. In a sense, Endeavor is a look at how Bakugo's rivalry with Midoriya might've made him if his original outlook had never been changed, and some humility shoved down his throat. All Might even Lampshades this in Chapter 243, and comments that seeing Endeavor's Character Development first hand will likely help Bakugo get some perspective.
  • Freudian Excuse: Played With. On the one hand, his colossal pride primarily stems from a very strong sense of self-entitlement from his peers showering praise on him for being naturally gifted, which became twisted in his head to "I am better than everyone else and therefore everyone else sucks and don't deserve respect from me" though he is slowly learning humility. On the other hand, his wrath, inability to say thanks and inability to handle affection or soft feelings appears to be the result of his upbringing (his mother is basically an Older and Wiser female version of him and the two yell at one another whole his father tends to meekly remain in the background unable to rein either of them in).
  • Freudian Trio: Of the main trio interning under Endeavor together, Bakugo is the aggressive, brash, and short-tempered Id to Midoriya's Ego and Todoroki's Superego.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Other than Midoriya and Kirishima, nobody in the class seems to particularly like Bakugo at first. They constantly rib him for his attitude and constantly question how he can even be a hero with his violent and rude personality. In fact, he's more disliked than Mineta, who also dislikes Bakugo. They do respect his skill and Quirk, however, as well as his drive to be a hero and at the end of the day, consider him part of the class. For an added twist of irony, he was popular at his and Midoriya's middle school, while the latter was the least popular kid in school. In high school, however, they ended up somewhere where his personality actually drives people away, while Midoriya's personality quickly makes him popular in his class. As his Character Development continues, he's shown to have developed a friend group with Kaminari, Sero, Tokoyami, and Jiro as well. Kaminari even goes so far as to tell a student from another hero school to not "diss his mate" during the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc.
  • Generation Xerox: He and his mother look exactly the same, and even behave exactly the same, though while he is explosive with everyone, she is explosive only with him. In counterpart, his father takes the role of Only Sane Man in the family.
  • Genius Bruiser: Although having the exterior of a dumb brute, he's far smarter than he looks, as he has the third-highest grades of his class, surpassing even Midoriya. Even when Midoriya studied vigorously for his exams, he was still trying very hard and sweating on the actual tests, while Bakugo is shown clicking his pen in boredom, showing the difference in an effort the two put in.note  He was also Mr. Exposition during the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, explaining how a Quirk is nothing more than a biological function.
  • The Gift: Though he is a jerk, his completely absurd amount of talent at absolutely everything he does (aside from social interaction) is frequently highlighted by the teachers and his classmates.
  • Glass Cannon: It's not always the case, since Bakugo is very powerful in close combat along with creating a variety of uses for his explosions. However, all of his powers are directly related to his Quirk and not much else, which means Bakugo has no Super Strength or Super Toughness inherent to his own body (for the latter, it's more of the case of it being strengthened from constant use of his Quirk while growing up), and can be vulnerable to those who do possess augmented physical abilities. Figuratively, it can also apply to his personality; as he experiences nothing but praise for his natural talents have left him with a very hollow sense of integrity to point where he would lash out in an Intermittent Explosive-type Ambiguous Disorder to any assumed attack on his fragile ego.
  • Glory Hound: Reconstructed. At first, Bakugo was actually all about the glory and the fame that come with being a hero, wanting to be recognized and worshiped as the best of the best by everyone. It takes quite some character development for his more upstanding self to show but he eventually demonstrates that he seeks to deserve glory and fame through high achievement and doesn't accept having it handed to him if he feels it's not up to his high standards.
  • Goal in Life: He's competing with Midoriya at every step of the way to become the number-one hero.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Bakugo is a raging Jerkass, but at the end of the day, he still aspires to be a hero, not a villain.
  • Grin of Audacity: Does this a lot. All Might even lampshade this.
  • Groin Attack: In the Smash!! comics, that's how Best Jeanist kept him in line. Whenever Bakugo misbehaved, he would constrict the clothes fibers in his crotch to create the equivalent effect of this.
  • Grumpy Bear: He's so short-tempered, grouchy and anti-social it's easier to count the times in the series where he isn't in a bad mood.
  • Guttural Growler: In the anime, he speaks with a coarse, raspy voice that gets especially gruff when he's bellowing at the top of his lungs.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He can be pretty smart, but in the heat of the moment during fights, especially if he's on the losing end, he'll cast aside all reasoning just to crush his target. Also, this is his main personality as he always has to show off his extreme anger issues.
  • Hand Blast: His explosions come from his palms, which makes them useful for things like close-range combat or flight.
  • Handshake Refusal: He slaps away Shindo's hand when the latter tries to shake his hand, seeing through his friendly facade.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Bakugo is obsessively hard-working and never gives anything he's interested in less than 100% of his all. This is the reason why he's able to constantly improve, develop new techniques, and cement himself as one of the strongest students in his class. But at the same time, his primary rival Midoriya was given One For All, one of the strongest Quirk in the world. After Midoriya manages to catch up to him, Bakugo finds it harder and harder to avoid being left behind. By the winter before their second year at U.A., his training makes it so he's still able to keep up with Midoriya at 30%, but secretly admits that it's becoming more and more difficult to stay ahead.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: For the most part. He does hold some people to a higher regard than others, but he openly dislikes most people overall.
  • Having a Blast: His Quirk allows him to create explosions with the sweat from his palms; more specifically, his sweat is very nitroglycerin-like and he can ignite it as he pleases. As a result, the more he sweats, the stronger the explosions become. Luckily for him though, unlike his father who has a similar Quirk but can only sweat normally, Bakugo can also forcibly excrete his sweat at any time so he doesn't need to wait until he sweats to create explosions. As of the end of his first year at UA, his explosions can range in power from tiny, firecracker-like annoyances to enormous, building-destroying fire bombs- though at the cost of damaging his own arms, at least without his equipment on. To bypass this, his costume comes with oversized cuffs to collect his sweat, which he can then either pour into portable grenades or release at once for massive explosions without drawback.
  • Hero with an F in Good: Bakugo lives by the belief that being a hero is defeating bad guys. As a result, his mindset prioritizes his strength in a battle over any other aspect of himself, including his personality. This has been much to his detriment, despite being an undeniable Genius Bruiser near the top of his class; aspiring heroes are, essentially, graded on Good, and Bakugo's F in the subject has dragged down his overall score to the point where he fails the Provisional License Exam because he just couldn't stop insulting the people he was supposed to rescue.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Like Midoriya, he is a big admirer of All Might, albeit for different reasons.
  • Heroic Build: As seen in the second popularity poll, the boy is muscular all over. You can see it when he's in his hero costume, too.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Bakugo is the kind of person who thinks beating up people, hanging them up from a rope and forcing their friends to stone them is a perfectly acceptable suggestion for handling preschoolers. When questioned on treating kids like that, Bakugo states that's how he was raised.
  • Heroic RRoD: It is shown in Chapter 65 that particularly powerful explosions cause his hands to stun. This drawback is usually mitigated by his costume's cuffs being able to fire equally powerful explosions through absorbed sweat without harming his hands.
  • Hey, You!: As a sign of his general disrespect for everyone that isn't him, he hardly ever calls anyone by their real name, instead of using rude nicknames like "Deku" for Midoriya, "Icy-Hot Bastard" for Todoroki, "Dumbass" for Kaminari, "Soy-face" for Sero (which is quite the insult in Asian countries), "Tail" for Ojiro and "Raccoon Eyes" for Ashido, but very rarely calls Kirishima "Dumb/Weird Hair". If he actually calls someone by their real name, it's a sign of respect.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • You wouldn't think that the incredibly disrespectful and arrogant Bakugo has incredibly high expectations of what a hero needs to be. To Bakugo a hero must always be victorious, and he applies those standards to himself instead of just doing it for the fame, glory, and fortune that comes with being a renowned hero. He also wishes to be admired the same way he does All Might. Unfortunately, it takes a while before these qualities shine through, due to his incredible ego, self-centeredness, and temper.
    • His Odd Friendship with Kirishima implies that he can get along with people that he doesn't feel judge or criticize him. The problem comes from how he was raised and brittle ego.
    • His battle with Uraraka indicates that he is willing to at least give grudging respect to those that prove their drive and determination to him. It takes him a while longer to apply this towards Midoriya.
    • He truly respects All Might to the point where he cites the latter as the example he's following when he flatly turns down the villains' offer to join them and tries to work out a plan to talk them all down while captured in their hideout. Later, he thanks All Might for saving him from them.
    • He secretly harbors a lot of guilt over All Might losing his powers, because the mission he lost them in was to save Bakugo from the League of Villains. He even starts crying over it, surprising Midoriya.
    • There are some implications he might be starting to acknowledge Midoriya's potential as a hero. By their rematch, he is implied to have always known that the latter had the potential to be a far better hero than him and the reason for his anger towards Midoriya was exactly that combined with his Inferiority Superiority Complex. In an extra chapter, Uraraka actually calls him out on the fact that the real thing he feels for Midoriya is fear because Midoriya poses an actual threat to his victory, being more worthy of a hero than he is.
    • Given his aggressive and reckless attitude, it isn't so obviously apparent that he actually gets quite good grades even on written exams.
    • A flashback during the school festival shows that at one point in the distant past he really wanted to be in a band. However, his usual selfishness and pride caused him to be kicked out of every single one because he kept trying to be an Attention Whore and wouldn't follow the songs. Because of this, he gave up his side dream of becoming a musician despite loving the drums. His first time accepting that to be a great drummer he needs to be a supportive pillar to Jiro, Tokoyami, and Yaoyorozu even if it means he doesn't end up the star is what causes the most important part of his character development in his hero training. This small detail of his past and what kind of great things can happen by relying on his bandmates this time around gives him the Eureka Moment that applying this attitude to his hero career was what All Might be trying to get him to do the night he learned of One for All. Kirishima even mentions that his improvement in the team mock battles was because of all the things he learned working on the concert allowed him to make such a drastic change in fighting style.
    • According to Smash!!, he's also an excellent cook. Sero and Kaminari eat his food all the time but don't consider it "homemade" because it's restaurant-quality. Even in the main series, he cuts meat and vegetables perfectly at lightning speed and gets prissy when he sees the awful job Todoroki did at cutting onions.
      Uraraka: Whoa! Bakugo, you're so good with a knife! How unexpected.
      Bakugo: Whaddaya mean, unexpected?! How can you be so bad at using a knife!
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Blessed with an incredibly powerful and versatile Quirk, highly intelligent, single-mindedly ambitious and filled with determination, Katsuki has everything it takes to become the #1 pro hero—if only he would let go of some of his arrogance and learn to stop viewing literally everyone as beneath him.
  • History Repeats: Signs point towards Bakugo becoming his generation's equivalent to Endeavor. Both are exceedingly skilled lightning bruisers with all of the physical qualifications that make them great heroes, including powerful fire-based Quirks with logical weaknesses that they are more than resistant to, making them a sizable and ongoing threat to their enemies. While they make great heroes on paper, their biggest flaws are their egos and their abusive personalities, making them too unlikable to secure the title of #1 Hero compared to their respective foils and leaving them unable to enjoy their victories.
  • Hot-Blooded: A somewhat less heroic version of this than usual. Often shown being the most hot-headed character in the show as his overwhelming tenacity and animalistic like temper is actually his greatest asset as Aizawa states. But these same traits initially alienate him from his classmates until they see his more likable traits.
  • Humble Pie:
    • The Heroes vs. Villains exercise was a big, piping hot slice of 'Not the Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond Anymore'. His Leeroy Jenkins tactics of totally disregarding Ida and Uraraka to recklessly assault Midoriya are directly responsible for his team's loss, and his fight with Midoriya didn't even count in his eyes since Midoriya didn't use his Quirk (because he had no idea how to properly control it, but Bakugo didn't know that yet). And then Todoroki uses his powerful Quirk and easily wins.
    • The Provisional Hero License Exam Arc forces him to confront his unheroic attitude. Despite performing perfectly, his snapping at the people he was supposed to comfort and help makes him lose in the second half. Ever since then, he's put more effort into being a nice person, although he's still quite gruff. Ironically, even though he initially regretted interning with Best Jeanist, it's the latter's lessons that are helping Bakugo the most now.
  • Hybrid Power:
    • The explosive sweat is an ability that comes from his father, whose sweat is combustible and apparently made of nitric acid. However, Bakugo is only able to produce explosive sweat at will because of his mother's Quirk, which is willing production of glycerin, thus nitric acid + glycerin = nitroglycerin.
    • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes shows that besides using his natural Quirk process to cause the chemical reaction, he can use the sweat in a similar manner to splashing a bunch of gasoline on his opponent, which can be ignited by other heat sources like Todoroki.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: If you say or imply that Bakugo has an explosive temper, be prepared for him to be angry at you. Tsuyu lampshades this when he snaps at her for remarking his temper on the bus to USJ.
  • I Work Alone: As soon as the Provisional Hero License Exam starts, he drifts away from the group. This is played with as even with him gone, Kirishima and Kaminari follow him, much to his annoyance.
  • I'll Kill You!: He's prone to screaming death threats. Not only is this not a very heroic thing to do, but he's also doing this even when there's nobody he's trying to kill, making it somewhat of a Kiai.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: An odd variant, as this comes more from stubbornness than any sort of pure intent. When Bakugo gets kidnapped by the League of Villains, they try to convince him to join them, to no response. When Shigaraki makes the foolish decision to release him from his restraints, Bakugo immediately goes on the offensive, and calls them idiots for ever thinking he'd join them when his dream is to be the number one hero.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Zigzagged. Because he wants to do everything by himself and because he believes that nothing exists in the world but him initially, Bakugo often ends up humiliated or in need of help, despite being clearly a particularly powerful fighter, a decent strategist and a total Determinator who can do a lot by himself and without help indeed. He gradually learns to be better at teamwork throughout the story.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Comes as a result of constantly being showered with praise for his abilities and never being taught how his actions affect others. His insensitivity towards Midoriya turned into downright animosity when he helped him up after a bit of a fall. He found it insulting that the person he'd deemed to be the "weakest" would want to help him. In Chapter 119, it is revealed that a lot of Bakugo's hostility towards Midoriya stems from Bakugo's idea that Midoriya was, in fact, looking down on him from a position of superiority despite being Quirkless. Despite it being, ya know, Izuku.
    • However, with the revelation on how his upbringing was, it's possible that Izuku's signs of affection was something he was unfamiliar with handling and he combined this with his projecting of his issues over his Quirk.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He suggests smacking the class of children around during their provisional license supplementary lessons to Todoroki before remembering a few seconds later that Todoroki was a victim of horrific child abuse. He quickly drops the idea after that.
  • Ironic Nickname: Midoriya's nickname for him, Kacchan, on multiple levels. First, the "-chan" part of it is an honorific used to refer to things the speaker finds cute and is generally the equivalent of Baby Talk. Likewise, when used on a man, even a teenage boy, "-chan" is also very familiar and a term of endearment or at least close friendship. Keep in mind that this is referring to a Blood Knight whose first pick for a hero name included both "explosion" and "murder." Second, the "Ka" part of it is from his first name, Katsuki. In Japanese, only people who are very close refer to each other by their first names, and Bakugo's made it very clear he sees a significant gap between himself and Midoriya.
  • Irony: For someone who hates being pitied by others, he acts like a victim of circumstances when things don't go his way.
  • It's All About Me:
    • He gets angry easily when things don't go his way, reacts to losing by throwing tantrums and anger fits, sometimes even to the point of crying, has no patience for anything or anyone, and assumes the world owes him things.
    • He has a deep-rooted belief that everything Midoriya does is to piss him off, despite Midoriya keeping his distance from him and actually being far more interested in other things than just Bakugo during the entire time they know each other. He also believes that Midoriya had deliberately hidden his Quirk from him.
    • During the U.A. Sports Festival, it's revealed that he never bothered to learn the names or powers of any of his classmates except Midoriya and Todoroki, who he considers to be his personal rivals.
    • Even his "friendship" with Midoriya when they were kids mostly just consisted of Midoriya following him around praising him for being so smart and cool, with Bakugo seeing Midoriya as just another groupie to fawn over him to feed his own ego.
    • His pride was also a result of being venerated and appraised as a kid, his quirk was the most powerful and advanced among his peers and people saw him as the next big hero because of it. By the time he joins the academy; he's blindsided by the fact that everyone is just as powerful, if not, more so than him and that he's no longer the de-facto prodigy who can push everyone around without facing the consequences. As such, Bakugo feels besmirched and supplanted when Deku receives the One For All quirk and becomes more popular than him.
  • It's All My Fault: He blames himself for All Might's retirement, stating that if he hadn't been so weak and got captured, which resulted in the raid on the League of Villains' hideout and All Might losing his powers while battling All For One, then All Might would still be the #1 hero.

     J-N 
  • Japanese Delinquent: An unlikely heroic example of one; he's spent a lot of time being The Bully, he comes to class without a tie and his shirt collar unbuttoned and his pants sagging down, always has messy hair and gets very angry when you try to neaten it, and he's the first person who wants to kick your ass at the slightest provocation. In spite of all this, however, he wants to do good. His character sheet lampshades this, calling him "the rare delinquent with a bright future".
  • Jerkass to One: He, in general, is a total prick towards everyone, but he's especially crass towards Midoriya at first due to his anger over Midoriya "hiding his Quirk" and apparently mocking him the entire time they've known each other. This gets subverted later on, as Midoriya and Bakugo come to an understanding after a late-night brawl where they finally vent all their inner thoughts about one another. While Bakugo remains rough around Midoriya, he shows legitimate concern for him and the two become closer to Friendly Rivals.
  • Jerk Jock: With his athleticism and battle prowess, lean musculature, alarmingly aggressive behavior and propensity for pushing around meek people, he certainly qualifies. However, he subverts the archetypal "stupid jock" by being a Genius Bruiser who is just as smart as he is strong and athletic.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • While it takes a lot of Character Development to get there, Bakugo starts to show that he is capable of caring for his friends and companions when situations get rough. He has a particular soft spot for Kirishima, who is still his best friend, and, after their rematch, he starts also growing one for Midoriya.
    • His most notable instance is how he pumps up the whole 1-A class about the school festival.
    • Another earlier example is, when the students are moving into the dorms, Aizawa warns the students to be model students or be expelled, he forces Kaminari to go in his idiot mode to cheer everyone up. Note that, out of all the students who were threatened with expulsion, Bakugo, along with Jiro and Hagakure were excluded from the warning (Bakugo, because he was kidnapped by the League of Villains, Jiro and Hagakure because they were unconscious the whole time, unaware of Midoriya, Kirishima and Todoroki's rescue plan, while the rest of the class received warnings because they knew of said plan and did nothing to report it to the teachers). So, he really didn't have to cheer everyone up and that was an uncharacteristic selfless move on Bakugo's part.
  • Lack of Empathy: Downplayed. After years of being praised by others with little to no punishments have left him unable to properly empathize with others. He's slowly but surely growing out of it but he still can't deal with emotional situations that don't involve him.
  • Large Ham: An enormous one. Whatever emotions he has, he expresses with 100% sincerity. And 100% volume.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: From nearly getting eaten by the Sludge Villain to becoming the least likely to become a hero at U.A., as well as the target of his bullying being the shiny example of what being a hero is, karma has Bakugo repay his horrendous bullying of Midoriya with interest.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • When Bakugo gets his costume upgraded in time for winter, he's so annoyed by Midoriya's enthusiastic praise of the change that he starts chewing on his own speech bubble.
    • He chews out Midoriya for running off on his own in hopes of keeping Shigaraki's pursuit of One For All away from civilians and his classmates, asking if he thinks he's the protagonist or something.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: He's not dumb by any means and he can certainly think tactically when he so wishes, but he has a Hair-Trigger Temper, and in middle school, he was a Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond who could overwhelm anyone he faced with sheer power. He gets over it with Character Development, and later battles show him actually trusting his teammates and sticking to plans.
  • Leitmotif: "Bombing King!!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: The sheer power of his Quirk is insane not only as an offensive measure but also as a means of fast movement. Also, Bakugo has extraordinary reflexes, which can mean a great deal during combat. This is downplayed a bit in terms of toughness; he doesn't have any ability that would make him more resilient to damage, but he can take quite a lot of punishment regardless.
  • Like Mother, Like Son: He definitely takes after his mother; rude, aggressive and violent. They even have the same spiky ash-blond hair.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • It's mentioned in his character notes that because his power is based around his sweat, his attacks are weaker in cold environments. This is why he has a winter version of his costume designed to keep him warm even when it's cold out, allowing him to continue sweating and producing explosions.
    • Newton's Third Law still applies to him, so he's forced to take the recoil of his more powerful explosions, meaning if he fires off his most powerful attacks without being careful of where or how he does so, his hands essentially "cramp up" and he ends up hurting himself. This is why his hero costume includes the gauntlets, which allows him to fire his more powerful attacks without hurting himself.
  • Loners Are Freaks: As the most anti-social member of Class 1-A, Bakugo gets this reaction from the rest of his classmates, who frequently mocked his ego. Even Todoroki is willing to go outside his comfort zone to hang out with his classmates. But as the story goes on, he becomes more open to taking help from others and working with them, building up a rapport with the members of the Band Team for the Culture Festival (even if he'd loathe to admit it).
  • Lost in Translation: In the Japanese version, verbally, his proposed hero name, Bakusatsuou, is a case of Steven Ulysses Perhero since it sounds like his surname, but with the Japanese word for murder replacing the G in Bakugo. In the English translations, with no other way around it, they just literally translate it as King Explosion Murder.
  • Manly Tears: When All Might discovers him and Midoriya brawling, Bakugo's barely able to stop himself from crying when he tells All Might how he feels about his retirement.
  • Meaningful Appearance: Given his Quirk, Bakugo's hero costume is appropriately explosive-themed, with his two grenade gauntlets and two accessories shaped like cartoon explosions, which clip onto his mask.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name, Bakugo, means "strong explosion" in Japanese. Given his explosive powers and personality, it is certainly fitting. Meanwhile, his first name, "Katsuki", contains Japanese characters for "win" and "self" in it. Also, the "ou" sound in his last name sounds like the word for king in Japanese, reflecting his drive to be on top, with him later trying to make it part of his hero name.
  • Medal of Dishonor: A rare Played for Laughs example; Bakugo was furious that he became the champion of the U.A. Sports Festival because Todoroki did not give his all in the final fight (and hence robbing him of a true warrior's victory); he was so enraged that he had to be bound and gagged to make him stay on the podium during the award ceremony. When All Might tried to put the medal around his neck, however, Bakugo resisted by budging his nose against and then biting into the medal ribbon so it won't go around his neck, and was still chewing on said-ribbon like an angry dog back in homeroom.
  • Might Makes Right: Subverted. Bakugo's beliefs of a true hero initially seem to fall into this category as they must always be strong and victorious, but as shown in his complete rejection of Shigaraki's attempt to join the League of Villains (despite the hint that All for One may be stronger than All Might), where he states that he always admires All Might's triumphs and that nothing will ever change that belief, it starts to become clear that it leans towards a darker example of Right Makes Might.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His hero costume (both the regular and winter version) show off his muscles very nicely.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: For a time with Midoriya. He and Midoriya were once Childhood Friends before the seeds of pride were planted in him due to the constant praise and attention he received for his explosive Quirk. When Midoriya's Quirk failed to materialize, Bakugo made him the outcast of the group by constantly mocking him. This changed for the worse when Bakugo fell and Midoriya wanted to help him up. With his pride wounded, Bakugo became consumed with hatred for his former friend.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In case his surname wasn't enough, his proposed hero names included "Bakusatsuou", which is literally "Explosion Murder King". When that was shot down, he "toned it down" to "Lord Explosion Murder".
  • The Nicknamer: He's so self-centered that he doesn't even bother remembering his own classmates' names at first. Instead, he refers to them by a distinct physical feature they might have. That said, actually referring to them by their names is usually a show of respect on his end. In his match with Uraraka, he begins it by calling her "Pink Cheeks" (or "Round Face" or "Angelface" depending on the translation) but calls her by her last name after her Death-or-Glory Attack.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Enforced. Bakugo refuses victory if it doesn't mean him overcoming his opponent at full strength. He already invoked it against Izuku and was enraged to see him trying to win without his Quirk in the preliminary matches. Doubly so against Todoroki when he couldn't get Todoroki to use his flames against him, despite Shoto having used them against Midoriya, which Bakugo took as a personal insult. Upon vanquishing Todoroki, Bakugo raged like unholy hell because Todoroki hadn't used his flame quirk to win. He went so berserk afterward that he had to be restrained like a villain for the award ceremony, and refused to accept a gold medal around his neck, so All Might had to put it in his mouth. Later chapters show he hasn't gotten over it either, with one chapter he internally calls Shoto "Holding Back guy".
  • No Indoor Voice: Tends to yell out anything that pops up in his mind at the top of his voice.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: He hasn't killed anyone with his Quirk, leaving most people unconscious with singed clothes and light burns rather than serious injuries.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He doesn't wear a tie with his school uniform and always keeps his shirt partially unbuttoned, showing his disdain for authority.
  • No Sense of Direction: In Two Heroes, he and Kirishima can't find the reception hall of the tower and end up 80 floors high. Luckily for everyone, this puts them right where they needed to be to save the rest of the group from the Elite Mooks.
  • No Sense of Humor: Downplayed. While he can make others laugh in rather roundabout ways, he absolutely can't take a joke at his expense.
  • No Social Skills: He has a rather hard time communicating with others due to his Hot-Blooded tendencies, often making declarations of war instead of actually conversing with someone. This actually ends up giving Class 1-A as a whole a bad reputation. Even discounting the Early Installment Weirdness of his Suicide Dare to Midoriya in chapter 1, it's probably no different than just another insult that he would usually say to the latter rather than telling him to actually do it.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Part of the reason why he's such a jerkass at the beginning of the series; Bakugo had an especially powerful Quirk that outclassed everyone else around him in his nursery school. While not brainless, he's able to coast by on raw talent until he gets into U.A. Much to his dismay, he soon finds out that he's now surrounded by intelligent, strategic, and powerful students. As a result, he struggles to remain at the head of the pack. The fact he makes the effort to do so and able to is a testament that he isn't all talk.
  • The Not-Love Interest: For Midoriya. Bakugo is one of Midoriya's primary motivators and sources of inspiration, and saving or helping him has been Midoriya's primary motivation in four arcs,note  as well as the reason behind their second fight. Midoriya even reacts with goofy smiles when Bakugo praises him after their second fight and worries about him during the Joint Training Arc and both refer to each other by childish nicknames. Insulting Bakugo to Midoriya's face is a good way to make Midoriya fly off the handle, and due to Midoriya's Psychoactive Powers is extremely dangerous.
  • Not Quite Flight: He's capable of pushing himself through the air via powerful Hand Blasts.
  • Not So Above It All: Try as hard as he might to present himself as a cantankerous grouch, it's very obvious he's having fun during the music performance at the U.A. School Festival, cracking a heartfelt smile while drumming.
    • In the My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising movie, getting his first fan in the person of little Mahoro actually hit a cord within him to the point of smiling back at her as she cheers him on to be the best. And like above, it's no Grin of Audacity, it's a genuine smile.

     O-R 
  • Odd Friendship:
    • Granted, any friendship he could have is strange, but he can be friends with Kirishima, whose easy-going Nice Guy personality is the exact opposite of his.
    • In My Hero Academia Smash!!, he bonds with Aizawa oversleeping sacks.
    • During the provisional hero license exam retest, he gets along surprisingly well with Camie, though that seems to stem from her making fun of Todoroki accidentally.
    • He seems to get along with Todoroki's sister, Fuyumi, as he likes her cooking enough for him to ask for the recipe, and later on, he criticizes Todoroki's cooking by stating that Fuyumi would be embarrassed.
    • And of course, there's his complicated relationship with Izuku as despite how bitter it became, one gets the feeling that it never really went away. Heck, the fact that Bakugo never stopped Izuku from calling him by the Affectionate Nickname of Kaa-chan says something about their bond.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten:
    • He became "famous" as the victim of the sludge incident that occurred during the first chapter, being sometimes teased by other characters because of it.
    • Ida hasn't forgotten Bakugo's fight with Midoriya after the license exam, since he refers to them as "the lockdown boys" in Chapter 281, several months after the fight.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: His relationship with Midoriya is slowly but surely shaping into this. Bakugo's drive to defeat his opponents at their strongest and Deku's fast progress only further motivates him to one-up Midoriya, and get the distinction to be the only one capable of doing this.
  • Outgrowing the Childish Name: Played with. Midoriya still calls him by the same nickname as when they were little kids, but no one else save Kaminari (who does it to tease him) does.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: If Bakugo's not yelling, cursing, blowing things up, or being mean to Midoriya, something is really wrong:
    • After All Might's true form is revealed, Midoriya notes how strangely quiet Bakugo was, even though others were relatively fine, though shaken.
    • After not getting the answer he wanted from All Might following the latter's retirement while All Might and Aizawa are going around asking for permission to let the students stay at the dorms, Bakugo doesn't explode with anger, and merely goes back inside his house with a simple "okay".
    • Even after he beats Midoriya in a fair fight not long after the provisional hero license exam, Bakugo doesn't gloat or brag. He instead shows frustration and confusion. This is especially notable since this the same person who bullied the latter ruthlessly. At the onset of said fight, instead of ordering Midoriya to answer the question mentioned above, he asks him simply to confirm whether or not the conclusions he came up with are correct or not, remaining calm and losing his usual annoyed expression upon getting the answer.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: This live-action commercial features Bakugo doing a goofy dance and having fun while waving around Pocky sticks.
  • Out of Focus:
    • He does not take part in the Internship Arc, due to not getting a license. Instead, he's off with Todoroki in remedial training to have a second shot at being accepted. Kirishima and Mirio share the Deuteragonist role through the arc.
    • Together with the rest of the students, he is irrelevant during the time of the Pro Hero Arc. Unlike Todoroki and Midoriya, though, he doesn't even show up.
    • All in all, his role is fairly minor in the time from his fight with Midoriya until the Joint Training Arc where he comes back into full focus, outside of the mini-arc where he gets his hero license and being the drummer for Class 1-A's rock band.
  • The Paragon: In a strange way. Aizawa believes Bakugo, along with Midoriya, are the ones who help move the class forward. However, their methods are completely different; Midoriya inspires people to be better through his actions, personality, and charisma, while Bakugo makes people work harder to compete with him through his competitiveness and determination.
  • Parental Neglect: Downplayed, but his mother admits to All Might that she believes his behavior is partly her and his father's fault, mainly in not curbing his growing ego. Additionally, one could say that another example of their neglect was in regards to his social skills (specifcially, having him deal with his temper since his mother shares it and her way of dealing it just seemed to reinforce aggression to solve problems.)
  • Parental Title Characterization: He's just as rude to his parents as he is to most other people, calling them "hag" and "clown" respectively and other insulting terms rather than "Mom" and "Dad". Not that his mother lets it slide.
  • The Perfectionist:
    • Bakugo's Hot-Blooded desire to be number one at everything means that he's obsessed with getting the perfect result every time, driving him to constantly practice and study to improve his skills. During the Sports Festival, his victory over Todoroki felt hollow because the latter didn't go all out against him the way he had with Midoriya. This is also why he's insistent on always winning, as, in his eyes, a hero is someone who never loses. During the Joint Training exercise with 1-B, he declares that his team must win 4-0 and that he won't take any outcome other than a complete and utter victory sitting down. Sure enough, he gets it done thanks to Character Development allowing him to better lead a team.
    • It also means that Bakugo is surprisingly skilled in a number of disciplines his peers don't expect. He's an amazingly fast and skilled cook for his age and an excellent drummer that Jiro, whose parents are professional musicians, praises. Even then, Bakugo feels that his performance was below par despite the thunderous applause he and the rest of his class received from the audience.
  • Personality Powers: His temper is as explosive as his powers. But he also has full control of how powerful the explosions he emits and can use them for both offense and defense, showing that he isn't just Dumb Muscle, turning a one-trick-pony superpower into a surprisingly versatile one.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His constant facial expression, which he loses so rarely that when he does, it's always when something unusually important is happening.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • The first time he is seen giving praise to someone is when he questions Kaminari calling Uraraka fragile after their one-on-one battle in his own, begrudging manner:
      Bakugo: Where do you see fragile?
    • He generally does this to his Morality Pet, Kirishima, such as giving him money to buy a new camera when his old one gets broken.
    • He realizes All Might calling Midoriya over to talk out of the blue in the middle of their classmates doing training exercises means something is wrong, and when he realizes that something might be happening to Midoriya, he starts to get worried. Though, his way of showing it isn't too friendly.
    • He saves Jiro from an attack from Class 1-B during the Joint Training exercise.
  • Playing with Fire: With a Quirk that creates explosions by sweating out nitroglycerin, he's also capable of burning things as well.
  • Pride:
    • His biggest weakness is his refusal to accept help from people that he views as obstacles, as well as his refusal to run away from battles that he can't win.
    • In general, he despises losing, but what really sets him off is if he wins only because his opponent didn't fight at full strength since that implies to him they didn't take him seriously.
  • Privileged Rival: He has rich parents, lives in a giant house, and was born with an incredibly powerful Quirk that he's spent the last 14 years mastering. Midoriya lives in a tiny apartment, was born Quirkless, and had no time to practice with One For All because he literally got it on the day of the U.A. entrance exam.
  • Privilege Makes You Evil: He gets blessed with a really powerful Quirk at a young age, leading many to praise him. This causes him to develop a huge superiority complex and become The Bully.
  • Psychological Projection:
    • Hates it when people look down at him (or when he thinks people look down at him), but will always belittle and insult everyone else around him.
    • Derisively refers to Midoriya as a nerd, despite having better grades than him.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Nearly every win is this for Bakugo due to his temper and Pride. Whenever he loses, he takes it a lot harder than he should. Whenever he wins, however, he will find something about it that makes him feel that his opponent was going easy on him. For example, he wins the U.A. Sports Festival, something Aizawa claims is more popular than the Olympics. Despite this, however, he has to be chained and muzzled when All Might gives him the first place medal, claiming that it's worthless due to Todoroki being distracted by his fight with Midoriya and not using his left side.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • His explosive, prideful, and violent personality is counter to everything a hero is supposed to be. Not only has this seriously hampered his progress to becoming a hero, but he's also got to be the least popular kid in his class full of students who find it very unappealing. Heck, he's really only liked by Kirishima, who is a Nice Guy to a T, and Midoriya, who has admired Bakugo for years.
    • Unlike most bullies that are usually depicted as either Book Dumb, Dumb Muscle, or even Dirty Cowards; Bakugo is an example that even people with an intelligent and bold attitude can be as much of an asshole than the usual stereotype in the shonen genre.
  • Real Men Cook: According to the Smash!! comics, his cooking is so delicious that Sero and Kaminari consider it to be restaurant-quality. At training camp, he slices up vegetables at incredible speed and later chews out Todoroki for doing a horrible job at cutting onions.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Got this twice. One during the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, from Yaoyorozu, pointed out all the reasons why he lost to Midoriya. Then during the Final Exams Arc, Midoriya points out how idiotic Bakugo's ideals of never getting help from anyone even against enemies he can't defeat are.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played With. His irises are bloody red, and they help in showing how aggressive he is but his eye color isn't unique and is just another part of the Amazing Technicolor Population in the series.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • The red to his childhood frenemy Midoriya's blue. Midoriya is meeker and more unassuming than the angrier and meaner Bakugo; their costumes and appearances also contrast as Bakugo's incorporates warmer colors, while Midoriya's makes use of cooler ones.
    • Zigzags this with Kirishima; both are hot-headed, but Kirishima favors defensive fighting style while Bakugo goes on the offense at all times, but Kirishima is very open while Bakugo is The Aloner.
  • Reformed Bully: Played with. He starts the series as a Smug Super who takes pleasure in bullying and picking on the much weaker Midoriya. A few chapters in and Midoriya has gained his own superpower and starts standing up to him at the same time that the two join a prestigious Hero Academy, which is unlikely to tolerate that behavior, and their classmates are not intimidated by him, with many being actually as powerful or skilled than him, sometimes even more. So he stops being a bully, but he maintains the same personality, except that he can't bully anyone anymore. He later starts befriending some of his classmates and even Midoriya, leading to him playing this trope straight, while still having quite the unpleasant personality. By the Paranormal Liberation War arc, he finally becomes a fully fledged example: he was willing to put his life on the line to save Midoriya's.
  • Renaissance Man: Bakugo is not just a dumb brute whose only talent is blowing things up. He can blow up villains, outscore his classmates on tests, cook delicious food, climb mountains, babysit rowdy kids, and play the drums.
  • Required Secondary Powers: For the most part, his explosions don't affect him much, but particularly big explosions cause his hands to be stunned for a while.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Bakugo picked Best Jeanist for his internship for the sole reason that he was the highest-ranked hero of the offers he got. Best Jeanist saw through this right away and had nothing but disdain for Bakugo's single-minded and short-sighted obsession with simply being the "best". Best Jeanist's emphasis on being presentable, disciplined, and giving off a calming and reassuring aura hits at the heart of most of Bakugo's biggest flaws. Ironically, thanks to Best Jeanist's own smug, condescending personality, and failing to teach Bakugo anything practical, Bakugo unsurprisingly considers the entire internship to be an enormous waste of his time, which it sort of was.
  • The Rival: His rivalry with Midoriya has a very interesting dynamic. On the one hand, you have Bakugo, who automatically assumes everything Midoriya does is to spite him, while on the other hand, Midoriya actually thinks Bakugo is really awesome and is only competitive with him because he wants to reach that level as well. As of Chapter 121, it seems that it starts to become a more healthy rivalry, though it's still far from the Friendly Rivalry Midoriya has with the other characters.
  • Rival Turned Evil: Defied. Despite how villainous he might seem, when Shigaraki offered Bakugo a chance to join the League of Villains, he flat-out refused.
  • Rousing Speech: Does one to 1-A at the onset of the school festival, something he would have stayed out of if he hadn't overheard the disdain of other students for his class due to the various shenanigans that have surrounded them. In true Bakugo fashion, his speech is blunt and aggressive but it succeeds where it matters by firing up everyone.
  • Running Gag:
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     S-Z 
  • Sadist: He used to be a Barbaric Bully towards Midoriya because he was unnerved by Midoriya's selflesness and inability to think about himself when helping others. Also during their first fight, he only cares about keeping Midoriya below him and just wants to crush him just for good measure to keep the victim down. He tones down a lot afterward but is depicted as this because of his anger issues.
  • Screaming Warrior: He can be counted on to be yelling at someone or roaring in battle in all his appearances.
  • Secret Keeper: Double subverted. After the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, Midoriya tells Bakugo that his Quirk was given to him by someone else. Much to All Might's relief, Bakugo simply thinks that Midoriya is lying to pity him and doesn't believe it. Later on, however, Bakugo puts two and two together and figures out where Midoriya's Quirk came from. He is not happy about it, to say the least. At the end of their confrontation in Chapter 120, Bakugo agrees that he'll keep All Might's secret between himself, Midoriya and All Might. However, it comes at the cost of pissing off Aizawa and going on house arrest for the better portion of a week apiece.
  • Selective Obliviousness: It really comes in line with his usual beliefs and the fact that despite numerous times that Midoriya is genuine about his kindness, Bakugo will always interpret it as a hidden insult.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The brash, aggressive Manly Man to Midoriya's adorkable Sensitive Guy.
  • Serious Business: A bit of a Running Gag in Smash!! is that Bakugo turns any minor competition or inconvenience into a huge thing and faces everything with the seriousness he had in the U.A. Sports Festival.
  • Shadow Archetype: Subtle, but there. Midoriya tied his worth to his Quirk (or lack thereof) and craved the recognition from others that he felt his Quirklessness had made unattainable. Bakugo's self-esteem is so dependent on his Quirk that he feels like he is under attack when he encounters someone like Todoroki, and his inability to separate a person's worth from their natural ability made him so anti-social that he can barely function in a civilized society.
  • Shonen Hair: Extremely spiky looking hair that resembles a comic book starburst effect. Best Jeanist's efforts to tame it always backfire, implying that it's natural.
  • Signature Move: The right hook he always opens with, as Midoriya pointed out.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: His language is considered incredibly crass and loud by Japanese standards. Even in the Viz translation, Bakugo consistently peppers his language with "freakin'", "crap", and "hell".
  • Slasher Smile: His Grin of Audacity is combined with this since he has violent tendencies.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His hero costume includes a black tank top.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Because of his hot temper, smugness, vulgar vocabulary, and overall jerkassery, it's easy to forget that Bakugo is actually a genius student who strives to be number one at everything, which includes his schoolwork. His grades are the third-best of the class, surpassing both Midoriya and Todoroki and being behind only the Class Representatives Yaoyorozu and Ida. In Chapter 285, he comes up with a pretty smart plan to take down Shigaraki. Using his explosions, he would carry Endeavor and Shoto into the air while Shoto uses his ice to keep Endeavor cool so he can conserve his firepower. Once they were in range and Midoriya was out of harm's way, Endeavor would fire a Prominence Burn at point blank range. His plan would've worked... were it not for All For One's lingering consciousness taking control of Shigaraki's body.
  • Smug Super: More at the beginning, he is a little more humble now.
  • Sore Loser: Bakugo almost never takes kindly to either defeat or failure, perceiving them as a bad reflection on his ego. Especially if Midoriya succeeds and he doesn't.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His last name can be romanized as "Bakugo", "Bakugō", or "Bakugou". Official materials translate it as "Bakugo", but fans use "Bakugou" just as often.
  • Spoiled Brat: Downplayed. While he doesn't go around demanding for people to give him what he wants, he ticks all the boxes otherwise with his massive but brittle ego, his constant bravado, yelling and roaring in absolute rage, and destroying property whenever things don't go his way or when he feels he's being denied the attention and recognition he deserves. That said, Bakugo always works hard for what he has and refuses to ever accept anything he sees as an easy victory.
  • Stealth Pun: His hair color appears to be ash blond, which is appropriate for his fiery, destructive Quirk.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Deconstructed. Despite not being the main character of the series, he has all of the stereotypical traits (i.e. Hot-Blooded, Shonen Hair, fire-related powers, warmer colors in his attire, etc.) that associate with the archetype, with the exception of being incredibly intelligent (he actually has the third highest grades in his class). However, he plays these traits much more negatively; namely, his hot-blooded personality and determination to be the best hero make him incredibly aggressive, impulsive, and egotistical, and he doesn't get along well with his classmates as a result.
  • Strong and Skilled: Bakugo has no real weakness when it comes to fighting. His Quirk is incredibly powerful on its own, but he is also fully capable of using it creatively, and he's a fairly good tactician. The only way you can consider him Unskilled, but Strong is in his personality and inability to control his Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He's a lot like his mother, in both appearance and personality. Contrasts with Bakugo's dad being a rather mild gentleman.
  • Stubborn Hair: After Best Jeanist forced his Shonen Hair into a comb-over, Bakugo exploded it back to normal.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That:
    • Smash!! shows that he likes mountain climbing, and knows a lot about sleeping sacks.
    • Around the time of the U.A. Cultural Festival, it's revealed that he was apparently forced to take drumming lessons as a kid and that he retained those skills through high school.
  • Super Toughness: The "Explosion" Quirk seems to have made Bakugo's body more resistant to impacts over time. As of the present day, he's durable enough to be kneed through a building and take a two-story Face Palm Of Doom from the World's Strongest Man and keep fighting afterward.
  • Taking the Bullet: In Chapter 285, he knocks Midoriya out of the way of Shigaraki's attack, which impales Bakugo.
  • Tame His Anger: Best Jeanist attempts to do this to Bakugo. He utterly failed, but he did have a point.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Bakugo's version is to make something explode instead of throwing it directly, but the effect remains the same. Happens whenever he doesn't get his way or whenever he feels underestimated. Which is quite often, to the point of getting comical with weird angry faces and him screaming "die!" at the source of his anger.
  • Team Dad: Surprisingly enough, he tends to take up this role on any team he's placed on. His Brutal Honesty allows him to speak the harsh but necessary truths and keep everyone on task, as shown during the Culture Festival when he turns down the prospect of hosting a dance party for the Culture Festival because of the building resentment towards 1-A among the student body. His ambition and perfectionism also make him responsible when push comes to shove, as he and Jirou are the only ones to look for actually useful things for the after-concert party (Yaoyorozu was too busy being fascinated by discounted drinks, Kaminari was looking for toys, and Tokoyami wanted sweets). Jirou even lampshades it, saying that he's like a surprisingly good mom.
  • Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Midoriya's technician. He's one of the best fighters in the class and trains longer and harder than any of his classmates. He's quick-witted, has good battle knowledge and technique of his Quirk, whereas Midoriya relies on prior knowledge and pretty much has no technique of his own aside from copying All Might. It becomes apparent following the U.A. Sports Festival Arc when it's revealed that Bakugo got the second-highest offers from the hero agencies, while Midoriya received none due to his crazed way of fighting. Best Jeanist even remarks that Bakugo's good enough to be a sidekick and the only thing that's holding him back is his piss poor attitude.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: His hero costume features actual hand grenades that can be filled with his explosive sweat. He doesn't really use them much though, probably because he prefers exploding people with his own hands. He hands one to Kaminari during the Provisional Hero License Exam, which proves essential when Bakugo is incapacitated.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: Although they're both fast, hard-hitting bruisers, the hyper-aggressive and unrelenting Bakugo is the tiger to Midoriya's analytical and patient dragon.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Not really evil, but he has this dynamic whenever the class has to do something. It's more apparent in the earlier chapters, but he sometimes suggests things that aren't hero-like.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's slowly getting better at this, as it has to do with his Character Development. He is quite caring towards Kirishima. Kirishima is the only classmate Bakugo is willing to be rescued by without hurting his pride, and Bakugo has been shown multiple times giving Kirishima good advice without insulting him. After Bakugo and Midoriya's rematch, he seems to be taking steps towards this again, offering a genuine critique of Midoriya's Shoot Style and generally being a much better team player.
    All Might: Unlike before, the two of them have become proper rivals.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Downplayed. While he isn't shown to have a favorite food, he has a strong preference for anything spicy. After eating over at the Todoroki house, he demands Fuyumi give him her mapo tofu recipe. In Smash!!, Midoriya also says that Bakugo goes for the spiciest curry packets he can find.
  • Tranquil Fury: Surprising considering Bakugo is easily the most aggressively angry person in the story, yet when he confronts Midoriya after realizing he got his Quirk from All Might, the look on his face and his quiet tone of speech are very unnerving, much more than his regular explosive anger.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: His gauntlets store his sweat so that he can release powerful blasts. He can make these blasts on his own, but the gloves lower the risk of hurting himself.
  • Tsurime Eyes: He inherited it from his mother.
  • The Unchosen One: In the sense that he considers Midoriya to be The Chosen One due to receiving One For All. As a result, Bakugo decides that even if he wasn't chosen by All Might, he still will be the one to take over his mantle, and even makes this challenge to Midoriya once the truth is out.
  • Underestimating Badassery: It happens to rather often since people see his violent personality and assume that he's Dumb Muscle. Bakugo himself did this with Midoriya once, and ever since has been very careful never to do it again.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Midoriya risks his life to save Bakugo thrice, once against the Sludge Villain, again in the training camp and lastly in the hideout raid, but he refuses to thank him or to apologize for his years of bullying. Though as noted above, it appears that he may not actually know how to express gratitude.
  • Unknown Rival: Towards Todoroki during the U.A. Sports Festival Arc. Despite being the top two combatants from Class 1-A, Todoroki actually feels more compelled to defeat Midoriya than Bakugo. This drives Bakugo absolutely nuts.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Despite his angry and ruthless personality, when Shigaraki gives him a We Can Rule Together speech, he rejects the idea of becoming a villain without a second thought. This has no real moral standards behind it, Bakugo just wants to be a winner and is savvy enough to know that villains aren't winners.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Kacchan is this incarnate. Once pissed off, which is very easy to achieve, he'll fly into a rage nonstop, unless something manages to stop him or calm him down. But even that is incredibly difficult.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: For a given definition of "sweet." Bakugo was always prideful, but flashbacks show that as a child he was more sociable, less temperamental, and willing to stand up to bullies. Then he got his Quirk, and then his Inferiority Superiority Complex.
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: His clothes are rumpled and ill-fitting to show how he doesn't really like playing by the rules. He also refuses to wear a tie and have his collar buttoned, showing his inherent disdain for authority. Later, when Best Jeanist tries to groom him to look crispier, it really pisses Bakugo off.
  • Weaponized Headgear: The edges of the explosion-shaped accessories on his mask are detachable and apparently sharp and pointy enough to pierce bone, going by how during a comedic moment one of them lodged itself in Izuku's skull and caused massive bleeding after Bakugo threw it at him.
  • We Used to Be Friends: This is the basic dynamic of his relationship with Midoriya. Though Bakugo still seems to hold grudges against him, Midoriya seems interested in being friends again, seemingly not angry at him for the bullying.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Bakugo gets called out by Yaoyorozu when he causes a big explosion inside the building following the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, which she believes is idiotic. Even Bakugo himself agrees with this sentiment.
    • During the U.A. Sports Festival, the audience starts booing him when they believe that he isn't holding back against Uraraka. Aizawa calls them out on it.
    • Midoriya punches him in the face for saying that he'd rather lose to All Might than to team up with him.
  • With Friends Like These...: Midoriya and Bakugo were friends in their childhood. However, after Bakugo gained his Quirk while Midoriya didn't, the former's ego started to swell to the point that he figured he was above Midoriya and began bullying him. Despite this, Midoriya always considered him a friend.
  • Worthy Opponent: One of his nobler aspects is that he respects opponents who go all out in a fight.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In terms of how he treats his female opponents, Bakugo is quite the egalitarian and doesn't care about your sex. At all. If you're posing yourself as an adversary, you're getting the brunt of his explosion quirk just as hard as a male would.
    • Doesn't hold back in his match with Uraraka. While some of the crowd members boo him for this, Aizawa claims this is a sign of respect: Bakugo knows he can't let his guard down against an opponent who has made it this far.
    • He blasts Setsuna with a Stun Grenade so hard at point-blank range that she's instantly smashed out of the air and unconscious. She ends up crumpled on the ground and is badly injured, just like the rest of her team. This is justified, as Setsuna is implied to have a slight healing factor and Tokoyami's hesitation to hurt Kinoko in his round, as well as Todoroki's holding back at first against Tetsutetsu both, cost their teams the win, so no way in hell was Bakugo planning on losing in such a pathetic fashion by not giving it his all.
  • Wrath: He's the king of it. Every problem, every slight, even brushing his teeth- all approached with violence, swearing, yelling, hatefulness, explosions, and destruction. Even one of the top heroes in the nation, Best Jeanist, sees him as a volatile beast who must be groomed if he ever hopes to have a shot at being accepted as a hero. His wrath is so bad that it alone killed his chances of getting a hero license when he yelled at the people he's supposed to save and got his points docked for it. We later see that he inherited his temper from his mother. Furthermore, she disciplined his bad behavior with a similar level of force, which may have reinforced the mentality of solving issues with violence.
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: His hero costume's top is emblazoned with a big orange "X".

Alternative Title(s): My Hero Academia Katsuki Bakugou

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