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League of Villains

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"This clip keeps getting put up and taken down, because both sides get it. Especially this last part... this guy's whole style's gonna spread like a plague. From the punks with a few priors to the really bad guys on the run... anyone who's anyone... myself included, of course. All that evil scattered around out there... we're all gripped by the same fever. We'll all be drawn to the organization he was working with... the League of Villains."
Giran

A group of villains founded by the infamous All For One and led by Tomura Shigaraki that act as the main antagonists of the series. Initially comprised of nothing more than simple thugs, the group has slowly but surely grown to be one of the biggest threats to society.

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    In General 
  • Appropriated Appellation: "League of Villains" was originally a throwaway name made up for the USJ attack, meant to be discarded along with the small army of mooks after All Might was killed. After Shigaraki starts recruiting actual dedicated members, the name starts being used in earnest.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Class 1-A, who have been their most consistent targets ever since their debut at the USJ Incident. The two groups have had numerous clashes over the course of the series with varying results, which have nonetheless increased the growing animosity between them. On top of that, several of the members of the League have their own personal beefs with members of Class 1-A. Namely Shigaraki and Midoriya, Dabi a.k.a Toya and Todoroki, and Ochako and Toga.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The story tends to become far more violent whenever they're involved.
  • Enemy Mine: This hasn't gone well for the other party involved:
    • It seems like they and Stain are willing to put their differences aside during the the Field Training Arc, but Shigaraki very clearly intends on Stain being killed in the chaos of unleashing his Nomu onto Hosu. What little association they had, however, does pay off, in that his ideology is what draws nearly all of its later members into the fold by perceived association.
    • Their contempt for Overhaul's group is so overwhelming that, almost as soon as Toga and Twice are established as being in the arc, they're already planning to turn on them. Against all odds, they serve as stealth support for the heroes, even after having almost killed Rock Lock.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The group has a surprising amount of diversity. Shigaraki and Kurogiri seem to care not one bit about their members' age, gender, impairment, sexual orientation, or gender identity as long as they can get the job done. Twice and Toga are even shown being genuinely angry at Overhaul misgendering Magne (who he killed during their first encounter).
  • Evil Counterpart: As a whole, they behave as this for several characters. Specifically:
    • All For One to All Might, being the Big Bad and the Big Good, respectively. All Might is a heroic, powerful figure that is associated with light and tries to save everyone, while All For One is a villainous, dark figure that rules over the underworld. The dub gives All For One a quip to make it clearer:
    All For One: I am here.
    • Further developments illustrate he's one for Midoriya as well alongside his protégé Shigaraki. Both are charismatic leaders, wield multiple quirks, strategize by stacking different quirk effects on top of each other, and Midoriya even becomes the new Big Good in opposition to him. It can be said that for as hollow and callous All For One is, Midoriya is filled with empathy and understanding in equal measure. Further illustrating this is that One For All is a long string of inheritances stemming back from All For One himself. All For One is the beginning of the story's conflict, and Midoriya is its conclusion.
    • Kurogiri
      • To Aizawa; they are the cool-headed oldest member of the group, both also have Quirks not meant for direct combat, but they manage to use them as such and are associated with the black/dark gray colors. It's later revealed that Kurogiri is the reanimated body of Aizawa's best friend, Oboro Shirakumo, turned into a Nomu post-mortem by Dr. Ujiko. Ujiko even divulges that Aizawa was his initial target, with the latter avoiding Shirakumo's fate only by pure luck.
      • The USJ Arc also makes it clear that Kurogiri serves as a villainous analogue to Thirteen. They both have character designs that hide their real bodies and even use similar powers. However, whereas Thirteen is a kind selfless person who uses her destructive Quirk for good, Kurogiri puts on a courteous façade and uses his potentially helpful Quirk for evil.
    • Shigaraki to Midoriya; Both are on the receiving end of Passing the Torch from their mentors, and are the leaders of their respective groups, but Shigaraki loathes All Might and wants to destroy society while Midoriya loves All Might and looks for a way to save as many people as he can. They also both focus on hands, with Shigaraki needing to touch things with his fingers to use his Quirk and Midoriya focusing One For All through his hands and fingers before his Character Development. Chapter 235 takes this a step further by revealing that they both had the same dream of wanting to become heroes when they were children despite seemingly being Quirkless, and suffered for it. However, Midoriya was able to keep his optimism despite everything he suffered and meet his hero All Might, whereas the Bystander Syndrome and abuse that young Tenko suffered, as well as meeting All For One, turned him into the Straw Nihilist Tomura Shigaraki.
    • Toga to Uraraka; both are The Chick to their respective groups, and also both are in love with the same person. However, Toga is psychotic and wants to kill the people she loves, while obsessively trying to get closer to them one way or the other, while Uraraka is trying to distance herself from her feelings while still being a close friend to Midoriya.
    • Spinner:
      • To Iida; They are similarly honorable and have opposing obsessions with the same person. Their personalities tend to switch off between Large Ham and The Comically Serious. Spinner's determination to carry out Stain's will also nicely parallels Iida taking over the Ingenium name. Spinner even directly threatens Iida's life at one point.
      • The Meta Liberation Army Arc also shows that Spinner could serve as this role to Tsuyu (as well as Shouji, to a lesser degree). Both are Animal Themed Superbeings whose Quirks allow them to cling to surfaces and both suffered some form of prejudice because of their animal features (Tsuyu was considered weird and creepy in middle school due to her perpetually blank expressions, while Spinner was a victim of discrimination due to living in a backwater small town). While Tsuyu never let what people thought about her bother her and eventually made lots of friends, Spinner became a bitter shut in who was only able to return to society after absorbing Stain's ideology. Even their temperaments are opposites with Tsuyu being calm and composed verses Spinner whose loud and hot headed. Shouji, who shares a lot of these traits with boths, being also on the receiving end of prejudice by his mutated appearance, and sharing Tsuyu's temperament, and is pitted against Spinner during the final fight.
    • Dabi to Todoroki: Both have fire powers, but whereas Dabi uses it in excess and to kill people, Todoroki is reluctant to use it, prioritizing his ice powers and saving people. Both have very obvious bones to pick with Endeavor. They both also have very notable face scarring, but the difference in design is notable. Given they're brothers, this was likely very much intentional.
    • Twice
      • To Yaoyorozu; Both are the support for their group whose Quirks revolve around creation that requires a lot of technical skill that can pay off in the end, but are hampered by their own mental weakness. For Yaoyorozu, this is due to her having poor self-esteem issues. For Twice, his trauma from his Quirk usage left him with a split personality.
      • Twice can also be one to Tokoyami, considering both can fight by summoning versions of themselves and both have struggles with keeping such a Quirk under control, not to mention both being highly eccentric, warm-hearted, individuals with faces that can be read as unusual/creepy. The difference between them is that while Tokoyami's Quirk remains attached to himself and is still subservient (assuming it is night), Twice's is completely independent from him. Then, there's the fact Twice's immaturity and prior lack of control over his quirk resulted in a severe mental illness, while Tokoyami (despite his close calls) was mature enough to learn how to keep it mostly check outside of extreme circumstances. It also helps both were quite close to Hawks.
    • Mr. Compress to Aoyama; Both serve as The Dandy for their respective groups and are hams who love the spotlight. Aoyama's Quirk is powerful but difficult to use continuously, while Mr. Compress' Quirk is versatile but not as flashy. Finally, while both love attention, Aoyama is shown to suffer from some serious self-esteem issues that he covers up with his hammy attitude verses Mr. Compress who is a showman at heart and has a confidence that borders on arrogance. He can also serve this to Mineta as both are crafty, arrogant, non-confrontational, capture-quirk users with a desire for the spotlight, but reliable when the chips are down. However, for all of Mineta's faults, he's still trying to get his wants by becoming a good Pro Hero, whilst Compress took the alternative path as a Villain instead.
    • Gigantomachia to Kirishima. Both are rock-themed characters with spiky hair, the former even looks a lot like a monstrous version of the latter, they're both also a Dumb Muscle for their teams, but whereas Kirishima is The Heart of Class 1-A and mainly used for defense against powerful foes, Gigantomachia is The Brute that borderlines on a Team Pet that serves as a living monster of mass destruction against whatever forces he's pointed at. It's also fitting both did clash during the PLF war.
    • Dr. Garaki to Recovery Girl, as elderly medical professionals with close, advisory relationships to the Big Bad and Big Good, respectively. Recovery Girl treats people by accelerating their natural healing ability, while Dr. Garaki creates artificial humans through unnatural experimentation. Recovery Girl also repeatedly chastises Midoriya for endangering himself with his Quirk, while Dr. Garaki is totally indifferent about putting Shigaraki through torturous experiences to make him stronger.
    • Giran to Mei Hatsume, as both serve as their groups respective supplier for support equipment. However, Giran is a lot more coolheaded and prefers remaining discreet due to his ties in the underworld, as well being defensive over the privacy of his clients. Hatsume is a lot more outgoing and does her best to advertise her wares whenever possible, while its clear she doesn't quite hold her clients safety to the same regards.
    • The first High-End Nomu, Hood, to Endeavor; Being a character obsessed with the idea of strength, fighting stronger opponents and getting stronger, at the same time that Endeavor is trying to let go of those very same ideals. Endeavor lampshades this before delivering a final blow to him:
    Endeavor: You are just like me. From the past or an alternate future.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The original League of Villains were just a collection of random thugs and hoodlums who were considered dangerous nuisances at best. After a series of successful operations including the forced retirement of All Might and a broadcast of the abuse inflicted by Endeavor, the group has now become Public Enemy #1 in the hero society and all of their members are feared by the general public.
  • The Heavy: The most recurring antagonists in the series, even as different members are either incaracerated or killed off. Justified as they are led by the definitive Big Bad Duumvirate, later Big Bad Ensemble, of All For One and Shigaraki.
  • Leitmotif: "Enemy Strike", a frightening dubstep song with Ethereal Choir.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Some members of the group seek the League for the fact that they don't really have anyone else in their life and are desperately seeking someone else who will accept them in their lives, aside from the ones that are just genuine psychos. Magne and Twice are prime examples of this. Interestingly, this recruitment strategy is used by actual terrorist organizations that target disenfranchised youths to fill their ranks.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly. Chapter 371 reveals that Spinner bonded with Tomura in part because of their shared love of video games, especially League of Legends, and given the similar names and Tomura's Leet Lingo stemming from his earlier Manhild personality, it's possible he named the villain group All For One gave him to lead after his favourite game.
  • Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness: As a whole, the group goes from a disorganized mess relying on numbers alone to a highly threatening and specialized team capable of executing operations with deadly precision and a surprisingly high success rate.
  • Too Powerful to Live:
    • Aside from all the Mooks from their first outing, the majority of the characters captured or killed after a single arc are the ones who would be game-changingly powerful if allowed to stick around. Every single Nomu, especially the USJ Nomu and Hood, are clear examples of this, as are Muscular (being able to tank full-power One For All), Mustard (imagine if they always had sleeping gas on command), and Moonfish (who was able to keep Bakugo and Todoroki, of all students, on the ropes until a Dark Shadow with an immense power boost could show up). Hell, even All For One himself and longstanding Kurogiri wind up falling victim to this. Overhaul even chides the group for losing so many of its most potentially devastating members so easily.
    • During the Meta Liberation Army Arc, Twice unlocks a Story-Breaker Power: the ability to create exponential duplicates of himself, who can also create unlimited duplicates of themselves, creating a massive flood of bodies, turning him into the most powerful member of the League. During the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, he gets killed by Hawks, who targets him specifically because of how dangerous he is.
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: They terrorize society and inspire fear in whoever faces them, but they don't really have a reason to be doing any of that other than general discontent with the world. Shigaraki got called out on it more than once. This is eventually subverted over time as the series reveals that many of the League's members do have goals of their own... it's just that those goals are often incredibly bizarre or individualistic rather then collective. Thus the League are less of a well oiled organization with members all serving a singular goal but rather a collection of individuals who have banded together to achieve their dreams that they may never have achieved on their own.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Toga and Magne are the only named female members of the League of Villains.

    Under All For One 
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • As quickly as it ultimately falls apart, their original plan to kill All Might really was this. They attacked at an isolated location, brought along a massive horde of minor villains to keep the good guys busy, blocked all communications so U.A. couldn't be contacted easily, had specific tactics to quickly take down the heroes whose presence there was known beforehand, and came equipped with several strategies and contingency plans to carry out the actual killing itself (had Kurogiri's Portal Cut not worked as intended, Nomu's sheer strength and Shigaraki's withering touch both could've theoretically done the job). Really, the plan only falls through partially because of a twist of fate (All Might overused his power beforehand and wasn't able to attend as planned) and partially because it wasn't crazy-prepared enough by not being aware of the students' Quirks beforehand or accounting for their relative weaknesses, Class 1-A had the opportunities they needed to notify help and save All Might when the time came.
    • Even if the recruitment failed and they were found, Bakugo's kidnapping was actually the League's plan to kill All Might. The group used one of the hero's students as a bait and expected that the parents to take notice against the prestigious U.A., which would force the Symbol of Peace to take direct action against them. Then, All For One attacked decimated the other Pro Heroes and engaged with All Might, who exhausted himself to the point he lost his Quirk. While he didn't die, he isn't a Pro Hero anymore, so they technically won.
  • Cannon Fodder: The original League of Villains were made up of over seventy members, but other than Shigaraki, Kurogiri, and Nomu, the rest were nothing but two-bit thugs and hoodlums who were held off by children and eventually overpowered by the teaching staff of U.A.

    Under Shigaraki 
  • Badass Crew: By the time the Meta Liberation Army arc rolls around, the League are collectively able to hold off the a cell of trained soldiers from said army despite being grossly outnumbered.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: More or less what this incarnation of the team amount to in the latter half of the story. Having triggered the downfall of hero society, caused thousands of deaths, teamed up to form a couple armies and fostered rivalries with several of the protagonists, the League of Villains are the prevailing threat over the entire series. Not even the League themselves thought they'd ever get this far.
  • Breaking the Fellowship:
    • By the end of the Paranormal Liberation Front arc, Twice has been killed, Toga is MIA, Mr. Compress has been arrested, and Shigaraki has his body taken over by All For One, leaving Spinner and Dabi as the only active members of the original League. However, Dabi makes it clear that he is only in it for his own goals and couldn't care less about the others, thus leaving Spinner as the only one left who is loyal to the original group.
    • Eventually they find Toga and the League have teamed up again to some degree, but Dabi is still apathetic to their cause and Shigaraki's consciousness is still being consumed by All For One slowly but surely. A conversation Spinner has with All For One implies he's none too happy with where the group is at currently, having to preside under his thumb.
  • The Bus Came Back: The League of Villains themselves were conspicuously absent from the story since the Internship Arc. Dabi briefly appeared in the Pro Hero Arc, but the rest of the League didn't reappear until Chapter 219.
  • Create Your Own Villain: As the series progresses, it becomes increasingly clear that many of the League's members would most likely never have turned to villainy had they received the proper intervention and support when they needed it:
    • Forced to live on the streets at a young age due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, Twice wound up slowly sliding into a life of crime in order to survive; something which in turn lead to an Ambiguous Clone Ending which left him with severe, long-term psychological trauma.
    • Openly discriminated against for his non-human appearance, Spinner wound up growing up into an isolated, severely disenfranchised young man, something which led to him becoming a fanatical believer in Stain's ideology and beginning his first steps into crime.
    • Due to the social stigma surrounding the urges her Quirk gave her, rather than being given guidance on how to deal with it in a healthy manner, Toga wound up suppressing those impulses before finally suffering from a psychotic break and attacking a fellow classmate.
    • Shigaraki's physical abuse at the hands of his father and subsequent neglect in the wake of a Traumatic Superpower Awakening by a bunch of Apathetic Citizens at the age of four allowed him to be susceptible to All For One's influence.
    • Dabi, born Toya Todoroki, was born to serve as a tool to fulfill Endeavor's dream and neglected after his body's odd condition didn't allow him to achieve that goal. After years of emotional turmoil, he lost control of his Quirk and severely burned himself.
  • Criminal Found Family: The League of Villains (with the exception of Dabi) grows into one after a rough start. They all follow Shigaraki, or at least ally with him, because of shared goals against society, and after a few arcs, they start taking revenge when one of them gets hurt, and Shigaraki, a formerly abandoned kid with a lot of trauma issues, decides they are his True Companions. Magne even gets called "Big Sis" by at least two members (Spinner and Toga), and Toga outright admits she sees Twice as a big brother figure.
  • The Dreaded: After they Took a Level in Badass, the group have become household names and their mere presence is enough to inspire Oh, Crap! reactions from unsuspecting heroes and civilians alike.
  • Dwindling Party: As the manga progresses, the League of Villains both gains and loses members at a rapid pace but certain characters (i.e Shigaraki, Dabi, Toga, Spinner, Twice, Compress and Magne) have remained consistent in the roster. That being said they are not immune to being killed off, as shown by Magne's death at the hands of Overhaul. The end of the Paranormal Liberation War arc sees Twice killed off, Shigaraki is well on his way to being completely possessed by All for One and Compress is taken to jail, leaving only Dabi, Spinner, and Toga as the only surviving members of Shigaraki's League.
  • Evil Is Cool: In-Universe. The Meta Liberation Army sees this as a problem while trying to film their battles with the League for propaganda purposes. They have so much dark charisma that no matter how the Army tries to spin the footage, the League members and their goals would be the ones who'd end up looking the best.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare:
    • After All For One's incarceration, the League fell into decline, breaking into abandoned houses to sleep in. They were even abandoned by Dr. Garaki, who stated that he would only support them if they gain Gigantomachia's approval. The group had to become more adept at Xanatos Speed Chess, Indy Ploys, and fighting dirty. They ended up against the Meta Liberation Army and forced them to surrender, with the Grand Commander Re-Destro relinquishing his leadership to Shigaraki. Now armed with the the Meta Liberation Army and its economical assets, the high-end Nomus, Quirk erasing bullets, and Gigantomachia, the League is on the path to become Japan's most dangerous criminal group.
    • This applies for the individual members. Most of them were ordinary people before they ended up joining the League. Toga was a middle schooler until she snapped, Spinner was a hikikomori looking for a purpose, Twice was a two-bit thief with a powerful Quirk, and Shigaraki was a kid who accidentally killed his family when his Quirk awoke. Now, each and every one of them are at the top of the "Most Wanted" lists.
  • Individualism vs. Collectivism: Zig-zagged. While the League's eventual raison d'être of creating a world where anyone can be or do whatever they want places them firmly in the Individualist camp, the camaraderie that group (barring Dabi) develop over time stops them from being on the extreme end of the spectrum.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: The Meta Liberation Arc shows that, despite the great deal of suffering and struggling the few remaining League members are facing (or, as All For One might say, because of it), their fighting skills, personalities, and even their Quirks are achieving new heights they never thought possible before, and their fights during the arc only make the latter even stronger.
  • Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Averted. During the Meta Liberation Army Arc, they're so completely destitute without All For One and Kurogiri that they've had to resort to raiding other villain groups for valuables they can sell for cash.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Downplayed since there's no clear Five-Man Band the League can directly oppose to. Still, they fill this in the sense that many of them are set up as the direct Evil Counterpart to many of the protagonists.
  • Serial Killer: Several of them are implied to have many murder victims. Toga and Dabi, however, are outright recognized as such, with the former killing people she falls for and the latter is seen roasting several thugs to death, kills Snatch and eventually admits to having killed over 30 innocent people. God knows what Gigantomachia has done.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Without All For One to support the group, they are suddenly homeless and penniless, having to run away to another, cheaper-looking hideout and surviving by stealing from other villains.
    • The League were able to quickly rise to the top of the villain ladder thanks in no small part to the efforts of the leader of the underworld All For One and the forced retirement of All Might. However, their rapid rise in fame fosters resentment in other villain groups and they are now targets to them in order to steal their positions as the number one threat to hero society.
    • The league under Tomura were True Companions who looked out for each other and stuck together out of a shared camaraderie. When All For One breaks out of Tartarus and starts retaking control of the league and his position as Big Bad by hijacking Tomura, the remaining league members are not happy with this, despite him being an infinitely more successful and powerful Villain. All For One cares nothing for them, and the league's loyalties are to Tomura, not him. None of Tomura's remaining team have any real belief in their new boss, only sticking around for their own reasons: Dabi because he needs the League to further his own goals, Spinner for Tomura's sake because he can tell his friend is still in there and needs his support, and Toga simply has nowhere else to go whilst mourning Jin's passing.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Their swift rise to prominence in the public eye draws the attention and/or animosity of other villainous groups like the Shie Hassaikai and the Meta Liberation Army.
  • Tragic Villain: As messed up as they are, a lot of the members had some pretty crappy lives before they became villains, and it was said lives that drove them to villainy:
    • Shigaraki has been groomed since childhood by Sensei to be his successor, and that was after his father with Mommy Issues pretty much tortured him for admiring heroes while the rest of his family watched in fear, only for his Quirk to awaken and cause him to kill his entire family, leaving him alone and needing help as he was ignored by civilians deciding on Holding Out for a Hero.
    • Toga was forced from childhood to suppress the urges her Quirk gave her for the sake of appearing normal, before she snapped in middle school and attacked the boy she had a crush on while crying Tears of Joy.
    • Spinner was harassed for his inhuman appearance and lacked a purpose in life, making him withdraw from society and become a hikikomori, only to find purpose after hearing the Motive Rant of Stain.
    • Twice was mistreated for having a Face of a Thug and was left all alone after losing his parents in a villain attack, which forced him to commit petty thievery to survive. Then, when he decided to use his Quirk to make more of himself so he wouldn't be alone anymore, the clones proceeded to kill each other and caused him to snap from the fear that he wasn't the original Twice, which led to him meeting Giran.
  • Villain Protagonist: The League collectively serves as this during the Meta Liberation Army Arc, in which the League must face the titular army to rescue their ally, Giran.
  • Villainous Friendship: Post All For One's arrest, the group grows closer and closer together. They start to treat each other as friends and even have a protective vein for one another. It's quite telling that killing Magne and attacking Compress was enough for the League to decide to unleash hell on Overhaul's plans and subject him to a Fate Worse than Death by permanently maiming him and stealing his life's work for themselves. The sole exception among the group, however, is Dabi, seeing the League as nothing but tools to fulfill his own dream and the "Will of Stain", best exemplified by his anger at Hawks killing Twice not because Twice was his friend, but because Twice could have been a useful tool to him.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played With and Zig-Zagged. On the one hand, their collective goal is to address the myriad of social issues that have been left to fester within hero society. The problem, however, is that their solution is to completely destroy everything wholesale and begin again from scratch, regardless of who gets hurt or killed in the process. What's more, their goal and respective motivations are rooted in such an intensely individualistic worldview that it borders and often veers into Moral Myopia and Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremism.
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All For One's Lieutenants

    Kurogiri 

Kurogiri

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Voiced by: Takahiro Fujiwara (Japanese), Chuck Huber (English)

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

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice 2

Quirk: Warp Gate

Rank: B

"I am Kurogiri. The one who protects Tomura Shigaraki."

A shadowy member of the League who acted as Shigaraki's guardian. He was captured and imprisoned by Gran Torino during the Internship Arc.

His Quirk is "Warp Gate", and it allows him to create portals out of his shadowy figure.


  • Ambiguously Human: He's a mass of dark fog that takes a vaguely human form outside of a battle. It's revealed in later chapters that he's a Nomu, meaning that while he used to be human, he isn't anymore.
  • Ambiguous Situation: At first, it was unclear whether he was a Brainwashed and Crazy Shirakumo or if he was truly his own person and Shirakumo's DNA was merely used as a base to create him. Later chapters imply the former.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Mass teleportation? Can't let the heroes have that. Emphasized by the characters noting that Quirks like that are particularly rare. And when it comes to the revelation that this Quirk has been artificially produced...
    • Ironically, this trope becomes Inverted by the Final Battle, with the heroes using Monoma's Power Copying quirk to control Kurogiri's teleportation as a cornerstone of their strategy to outmanoeuvre all the assembled villains under All For One at once, teleporting them to specialised battlefields with heroes prepared specifically to counter their abilities.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: As Bakugo figures out, a part of him is surrounded by his mist, which can be attacked and restrained, something that Bakugo uses to the heroes' advantage during the USJ raid.
  • Back for the Finale: After being captured and imprisoned, Kurogiri becomes plot relevant again in the Final Battle, when All For One dispatches Spinner to free him from captivity as his Quirk could turn the tide in the villains' favor.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: While not in a mission, he wears a white-colored one.
  • The Bartender: Outside of missions, he is usually seen cleaning cups in the small bar that serves as the League's base.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Gets told this once he lets Iida escape by Shigaraki, who says he'd have already outlived his usefulness if not for the utility of his Quirk.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Tobi / Obito Uchiha from Naruto. They were formerly best friends with The Eeyore as training students (both of whom currently possess ocular-based powers), they were both crushed to death saving someone, were brought back and indoctrinated by a hiding Big Bad, possess abilities based on teleportation, and watched over a major antagonistic character as they developed into a powerhouse in their own right.
  • The Caretaker: He is the one to take care of Shigaraki and fulfill his every need and make sure he doesn't get captured, he even asks Present Mic if Shigaraki is okay when he is imprisoned in Tartarus.
  • Co-Dragons: With Dabi to Shigaraki for the majority of the series, until his arrest.
  • Dark Is Evil: It's understandable that a walking mass of dark fog would be one of the villains.
  • Doting Parent: Not biologically, but of the sort that made a Spoiled Brat out of Shigaraki. Based on what we've seen of Kurogiri's interactions with Shigaraki and the Doctor's comments, he generally just helped Shigaraki do whatever he wanted without reigning him in too much. Even while held in police custody, the only thing he feels worried about is if Shigaraki is okay. It's revealed that he is a Nomu created with the intention of raising and caring for Shigaraki, which explains this.
  • The Dragon: To Shigaraki, though he becomes Co-Dragons with Dabi when the League of Villains starts expanding. Kurogiri is also this to All For One, as he’s one of the few members of the league that is aware of his presence and directly reports to him regarding Shigaraki himself. He eventually loses this status when he is arrested, however.
  • Evil Former Friend: He was revealed to originally be Oboro Shirakumo, classmate and friend of Aizawa and Yamada back in the day.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Kurogiri has a deep, booming voice, which makes him sound commanding and dangerous.
  • Evil Virtues: Loyalty, Patience, Equality, and Diligence.
  • The Faceless: He's pretty much a big, fog-like shadow. As it turns out, his Warp Gate is the source of the fog, which hides his real body from the outside world. We never see what he looks like, however. When Aizawa manages to get through to him enough by appealing to his former identity, the fog 'lifts' from his head, exposing what seems to be half of Shirakumo's face underneath the outer layer of mist. However, given he looks exactly the same as his childhood self, how to having the same nose-band still on, it's implied that this isn't really what he looks like, but rather the mist mentally reconfiguring into a facsimile of his original appearance as his memories resurface.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Zigzagged. His speech is very formal and polite. However, he has no compunctions about killing and/or torturing others. When not fighting, however, he's actually well mannered.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Whenever Shigaraki ends up showing immaturity in regards to being the leader of a villain organization, it's up to Kurogiri to keep stuff under control.
  • Living Macguffin: To an extent. Though not to the point of fixation that All For One devotes to Izuku, and more specifically One For All, by the time of the Final Battle his warping ability is deemed game-changing enough that All For One sends an empowered Spinner, a significant number of the remaining PLF members and assorted common citizens who support Spinner to assault the hospital where he's contained, numbering about 15,000. The heroes also incorporated his warping ability, stolen through Monoma, as the cornerstone of their plan to separate the villain forces enough to feasibly isolate and defeat them one by one in specific battlefields. When All For One's orders do eventually reach Kurogiri, his same warping power enables him to undo all of the heroes' efforts to contain and wear down their foes in a single move by teleporting them to All For One.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • His Warp Gate fog allows him to even teleport his true body away by covering himself in it, but he needs to leave at least one part of his body behind, in order to create the fog in the first place. This particular body part can still be physically touched or attacked and if someone grabs it, he effectively isn't able to move. It also doesn't stop him from being affected by Stain's Quirk, either.
    • Unlike other Nomu, he doesn't possess multiple Quirks, but rather several fused into one. As a result, Warp Gate can be copied by Monoma and turned against All For One whereas a normal Nomu's powers couldn't be.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: He's essentially a living portal that splits his physical body through portals into multiple locations.
  • Meaningful Name: Kurogiri, which literally translates to "Black Mist," is a name that greatly describes his Warping Quirk. It's also a reference to Shirakumo, whose name means White Cloud.
  • Only One Name: At first, we don't know if Kurogiri is his first or last name. It's not his original one, but a moniker he was given after being made into a Nomu.
  • Only Sane Man: As befitting a Hyper-Competent Sidekick, Kurogiri tends to be the most diplomatic and reasonable members of the League of Villains and is usually the only one who can stop Shigaraki from murdering new recruits. He comes to share this role with Dabi later on.
  • Parental Substitute: When All For One is too busy Kurogiri is the one to take care of Shigaraki and help raise him, however since he simply fulfills Shigaraki's every need he only made Shigaraki a spoiled brat.
  • Portal Cut: If he closes his warp while you're halfway in... well, let's just say it won't matter how strong or tough you are.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Though Kurogiri can kill almost anyone instantly with a Portal Cut, he would much rather not do so. Not out of any aversion to taking life, but because he doesn't like having blood and viscera floating around inside his warp gate. He is willing to make an exception if it means killing a major target like All Might.
  • Push Over Parents: He made such a spoiled brat out of Shigaraki that even Dr. Ujiko notes that he had coddled Shigaraki too much.
  • Put on a Bus: He's captured by Gran Torino shortly before the U.A. Cultural Festival Arc, and while Gigantomachia does impede the capture, Gran Torino manages to successfully apprehend Kurogiri.
  • Reforged into a Minion: He is a reanimated corpse of Oboro Shirakumo.
  • Super Prototype: It's later revealed that he's a Nomu. Given he's been around since the League made its debut, and in fact has been in charge of caring for Shigaraki for years, the implication is that he's the first one All For One ever made. As he's got multiple Quirk factors mixed into him to make up his Warping Quirk, yet still holds a human-level intellect, he very much counts for this, though he doesn't have multiple Quirks, and his psyche seems to have limitations, too.
  • Super Smoke: His Warp Gate Quirk has him spread his smoke as the gate. And considering his smoke-like appearance doesn't dissipate even with Aizawa staring at him, it is his body.
  • Team Mom: Played for Laughs in My Hero Academia Smash!!, in which he goes as far as set up a sort of play date for Shigaraki to get closer to Dabi and Toga.
  • Teleportation with Drawbacks: His Quirk allows him to emit multiple gaseous portals wherever he wants as long as he knows the location and is physically present to release the fog. Due to these conditions, Kurogiri cannot transport anyone if he doesn't know where they are, and can't bring anything to a place he hasn't been to. He can also be attacked since he needs to be present to use his quirk.
  • Thinking Up Portals: His Quirk. What goes into one dark portal goes out of another. Unlike Portal, he can create multiple warp points and even suddenly dissipate a warp mid-use with fatal effect.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Shigaraki, and to a lesser extent the League. No matter how many times he was threatened, insulted, and treated like a toy. Kurogiri did literally all he could to make sure Shigaraki was comfortable, content with his goals, and making allies. Given the later reveal that he's a Nomu, all of which only follow the orders of League members, this makes much more sense.
  • Vetinari Job Security: Shigaraki flat out admits this is the reason he can't punish him for failure, because his Quirk is just too damned useful and rare to find something else. Sure enough, the League of Villains takes a major hit following Kurogiri's arrest, leaving them with only the inferior Warping Quirk held by the Johnny Nomu to use.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: He is the exit. He is there to guarantee that no matter what happens, he, Shigaraki and other more relevant members of the League of Villains will get out of there when it hits the fan.
  • Villain Teleportation: A villain who acts as a mass teleporter for his allies.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Shigaraki, it really seems that he cares for him. The Smash!! side comics even show that there was a point he tried to make Shigaraki befriend Toga and Dabi just so he'd have friends. Shigaraki seems to somewhat reciprocate this, but it's offset by his temper and lack of compassion.
  • Was Once a Man: He was originally Oboro Shirakumo, an old classmate of Aizawa and Yamada's who died in a villain attack and whose corpse was obtained by Dr. Garaki.

    Gigantomachia 

??? — Gigantomachia

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Voiced by: Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese), Cris George (English)

Debut: Chapter 57 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)

Quirks: Endurance, Gigantification, Pain Blocker, Fierce Gains, Dog, Mole, Energy Saver.

Rank: S

"A king... must inspire dread. Must be admired. Must be strong."

An older member of the League, a gargantuan, Kaiju-like villain who served as All For One's bodyguard. He's known to stalk the mountains out in the countryside and wears a weather radio around his neck.


  • Adaptational Modesty: In the anime adaption of the Meta Liberation Army arc, Gigantomachia is wearing pants for the entirety, presumably given that Scenery Censor is much more difficult in animated form.
  • All There in the Manual: Gigantomachia's seven Quirks are revealed in Vol.29 Omake.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's never stated if he's a natural born human or an artificial being like the Nomu, but Garaki has stated that the Nomu are based off of him.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He dwarfs coniferous trees and even buildings. When seen inside a street road, the scenery looks miniature compared to him. He's a slow, lumbering giant, but he easily tore a chunk out of a wall with a single clutch.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Even as the chaos of the pitched fighting between the Paranormal Liberation Front and the assembled heroes rages on, Gigantomachia spends most of it just sitting patiently, not doing anything to aid his comrades. It's only when he senses what's happening to Shigaraki (a shift in his scent brought on most likely by Shigaraki's heart stopping and then restarting before he wakes up fully) that he finally stands up fully alert, and then he starts moving when Shigaraki orders him to bring everyone to his location.
  • Berserker Tears: After defeating the entire league, he cries, bawling about the fact that the successor chosen by All For One is too weak.
  • Blind Obedience: A comment by Dr. Garaki clues in that the Nomus' complete subservience to the League of Villains' lieutenants originates from Gigantomachia's genome, in order to make for the perfect soldiers. Exaggerated to the point that even when being restrained by Best Jeanist Gigantomachia made no attempts to free himself until being ordered to do so.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He was All For One's bodyguard until he was sent away to act as a Secret Weapon.
  • Body Horror: One of his Quirks makes that plating on his jaw detach and slide up his face to provide an armored visor over his eyes, a process that leaves his lower jaw nothing but bare bone.
  • The Brute: Whenever All For One needed something utterly destroyed, he sent for Gigantomachia. He also serves as the big gun for Shigaraki against the MLA and later the heroes during the Paranormal Liberation War.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He had a cameo in Chapter 57, but it wasn't until 105 chapters later that he was actually introduced.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Gigantomachia did this to Geten when he arrives to help the League battle the Meta liberation Army, Geten abandons his fight with Dabi to try and slow the giant down before it can reach Re-Destro. Gigantomachia doesn't even give Geten a second glance and slaps him aside, sending him flying through the air and out of the fight.
    • When the heroes decide to swarm him in an attempt to get an anesthetic working, he decides he's had enough and decimated them all. The surrounding area is left is a destructive wake with nothing but the bodies of heroes after the fact.
  • The Dreaded: Mina is still terrified of him from their first encounter when she was in middle school. The sound of Gigantomachia's voice causes her to freeze up, which almost gets her crushed. He becomes this for Class 1-A as a whole shortly afterwards once they realize that the only reason he didn't kill them was that he didn't see them as worth the effort.
  • Dumb Muscle: Gigantomachia has limited intellect more akin to a dim-witted beast, as Ashido was able to trick him into going away easily and he can barely speak in coherent sentences. Later on, a recording of All For One's voice sends him from a berserker rage into huddling beside the speaker like a child listening to his father. To boot, the Ultra Analysis Book gives him a lame 1/6 in Intelligence.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He towers over the entire rest of the cast, Heroes and Villains alike. He can make himself grow as tall as a skyscraper.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Unnaturally deep, as is fitting for his enormous bulk.
  • Fast Tunnelling: He has so much physical might, he can easily burrow through the ground. When Spinner asks why he just doesn't do this to get to Shigaraki faster, he has to be reminded that as long as the rest of the League is riding on his body, they wouldn't survive the journey.
  • Feel No Pain: According to Dabi, one of Gigantomachia's Quirks blocks out all pain, which explains why he's able to shrug off even attacks that manage to knock him back.
  • Gathering Steam: He grows larger the longer a fight goes on.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: So far, nothing anybody throws at Gigantomachia has stopped him. Especially as he continues to get even bigger in battle.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Taken quite literally — this guy is a throwback to Godzilla itself. All For One told Kurogiri to rely on him in the future if something were to happen to All For One, in case Kurogiri felt unable to protect Shigaraki on his own.
    • Played straight halfway through the Meta Liberation Army Arc. His sudden presence turned what was a very unfavorable match up for the League into a complete massacre of the enemy forces, but the League itself was not in any less danger with him around and had to pray for themselves to not get in his way.
  • Heroic Spirit: His original Quirk Endurance is an inversion. Though he's the loyal subordinate to evil incarnate, he has the ability to convert morale into physical power.
  • It Can Think: Downplayed, as he's shown to be capable of speech and following instructions from All For One faithfully, the issue comes from the fact that when actually preforming said orders, he basically turns off his higher brain functions and acts like little more than a walking force of destruction, going in the simplest direction to achieve his objections and relying on his natural strength and toughness to ignore any obstacles in his way, bulldozing them without even noticing or caring. This makes the moment where he realises that the heroes are getting in his way and preventing him from achieving his orders more pronounced, going from mindlessly ignoring their attempts to stop him to shooting Mt. Lady a Death Glare and then actively attacking those around him, which causes an immediate spike in their casualties, akin to a force of nature now intentionally targeting those in its vicinity.
  • The Juggernaut:
    • He's been fighting the League of Villains for 48 hours straight, taking 3-hour naps in-between before resuming his attack, and he's kept this up for a month and a half and likely would have gone longer if Shigaraki hadn't proven himself worthy. Mr Compress even wonders aloud when he ever finds time to eat.
    • When he finally joins the battle against the heroes, the only hero that can even slow him down from his mission is Mt. Lady, and he's not even trying to fight them, just barreling them aside as he marches on Shigaraki's location. And then he finally gets tired of their attempts to stop him and switches to full-on battle mode, at which point he annihilates everyone on his war path forward.
  • Kaiju: He looks like a monster right out of Godzilla and even has a name like one.
  • Killing Intent: He radiated a huge air of menace in front of the schoolgirls and seemed ready to annihilate them if they made him angry.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Inverted. He may have a huge chin and a prominent underbite, but he's most definitely a villain.
  • Lightning Bruiser: While his incredible size and strength are his most obvious features, he is also far faster than his gargantuan size would suggest. During the Paranormal Liberation War, when he gets the order to head to Shigaraki's location with the other League members, it only takes him about an hour to bulldoze his way through over twenty cities to get there.
  • Made of Iron: Tanked Dabi's fire like it was nothing, and then ate it.
  • Magic Pants: Following the merger of the League and the Meta Liberation Army, Gigantomachia is equipped with armor plating and pants, the latter evidently designed by Detnerat with his Quirks in mind, given that they seem to grow with him.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast: Not music and more a cooldown voice, but the quickest way to stop him dead in his trail of destruction is All For One's voice, even if it's recorded.
  • Mythical Motifs: To the Giants of Classical Mythology. Similar to them, he is a gigantic humanoid being and his name is the name given to the battle between the Giants and the Olympian gods.
  • No Sense of Direction: He once got lost in the city looking for a hero's office. This doesn't apply once he has the scent of his target, however, as then he becomes a Scarily Competent Tracker.
  • One-Man Army: When the League of Villains is about to face off against the Meta Liberation Army, Shigaraki plans to sic Gigantomachia on them to wear down Gigantomachia by having him annihilate the MLA (who claimed that their forces were well over 100,000 strong). None of the other members of the League of Villains doubt that Gigantomachia wouldn't be able to handle it (considering they've collectively been fighting him for about six weeks continuously with no end in sight). When Gigantomachia finally awakens and reaches the MLA, the League realizes Gigantomachia was actually going easy on them previously and severely underestimated how strong he really was because he effortlessly plows through the MLA's forces while barely even trying, something which Twice likens to an elephant stepping on ants.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: He can be described as a walking disaster. He ends up leaving a giant crater in the earth after his confrontation with Gran Torino, and when he finally gets serious against the heroes his path forward is marked by absolute devastation as everything gets torn up and smashed away as he carves his way through both heroes and the landscape. In the Paranormal Liberation War, Gigantomachia's rampage is the main reason for the widespread destruction across Japan, destroying at least twenty cities in the span of one hour— and he wasn't even actually trying to destroy the cities, merely taking the straightest possible route to reach Tomura at all haste.
  • Put on a Bus: His capture at the end of the Paranormal Liberation War has him abruptly put to sleep with a constant dosage of sedatives following the one Kirishima gave him. He becomes bound up nice and snug inside a containment facility so he can't come to the aid of his masters during the climax. Whether All For One or Shigaraki will attempt to rescue him before or after they attempt to defeat the heroes outright remains to be seen.
  • Rousing Speech: Or even just simple commands in this case. Gigantomachia is one of the most powerful characters in the entire series. However, he needs commands and instructions as Spinner notes in order to do anything, only then he becomes easier to handle. But if All For One and Shigaraki say the word, then nothing will stop him from accomplishing his goals. As the heroes find out the hard way. This actually plays a hand in his eventual defeat and imprisonment— the sedative 1-A administered to him didn't seem to have any actual effect on him whilst he was following Tomura's order to reach him, but in the downtime from his succeeding at that and getting his next order his strength notably wanes, and the sedative's effect start to kick in, implying Machia couldn't be affected whilst he was amped up from the command, but the delay in receiving his next one was enough that he couldn't ignore the sedative's effects anymore.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: During the month and a half long battle against him, it's noted by Spinner that Gigantomachia persistently tracks down Shigaraki no matter where he goes and constantly hounds him so that he can't get any rest. Shigaraki decides to exploit this when Re-Destro orders him to go to Deika City banking on Gigantomachia to chase after him and clash with the army's numbers. Sure enough the second that Gigantomachia is up it only takes him a few seconds to sniff out Shigaraki's location and track him down to Deika city.
  • Scenery Censor: He's fully nude at first, and only convenient smoke, shadows, or shrubbery obscures his crotch. He later gains a pair of Magic Pants.
  • Secret Weapon:
    • Gigantomachia was kept hidden in the mountains with implications that All For One groomed it into a safeguard in the case that the situation of the League comes to a point that they are at risk, and warns Kurogiri to use him once he believes to no longer be capable of ensuring Shigaraki's safety.
    • Shigaraki uses Gigantomachia himself this way during the battle with the Meta Liberation Army. Since the army is basing all of their information on what Giran gathered they're completely unaware of Gigantomachia's existence or the League's month and a half long fight against him. Since Shigaraki knows that Gigantomachia will track him no matter what, he uses this to his advantage to have the army and Gigantomachia clash in order to wear both sides down.
    • His presence turns into this during the raid on the PLF headquarters once Tomura recovers from his own near-death experience and gives him an order, instantly turning the tides against the heroes and unleashing a force that shrugs off or ignores their best attempts to stop him and carves a path of destruction through their assembled forces, then any scenery or cities that stay between him and Shigaraki. In the aftermath, his rampage is the main contributor to the loss of life the heroes at the lodge suffered and the massive civilian casualties, equaled only by Shigaraki's city-wide Decay wave.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Between his rough, rocky appearance and unstoppable physical might, he's a dead-ringer for Doomsday.
    • The spikes running down his back are reminiscent of the first Ultra Series villain Bemular.
  • Sizeshifter: It's stated that when in battle, he literally grows in size, turning him from his already giant size to absolutely gigantic.
  • Stealthy Colossus: Somehow managed to get into a city without causing a ruckus despite being so huge until he lost his patience. He also makes his full debut in Jurassic Park fashion, making huge, thumping footsteps before coming crashing through the trees. After Gran Torino manages to flee from him and capture Kurogiri, he appears to have disappeared and there's a search group after him, in spite of the fact he is gigantic.
  • Strength Equals Worthiness: The reason he serves All For One and later, Tomura after the latter forces the Meta Liberation Army to surrender.
  • Stunned Silence: During his rampage through Deika City, Gigantomachia screams for his master's successor. However once he reaches the site of Shigaraki and Re-Destro's battle he is left stunned, trembling, and with his iris and pupils visible due to feeling Shigaraki's aura and realizing that he is a truly worthy successor for All For One.
  • Super Breath: When he's large enough, a forceful exhale can decimate a forest.
  • Super Prototype: Is one of a sort to the Nomu. Gigantomachia can wield the full power of multiple Quirks without needing any alteration and while still remaining fully cognizant.
  • Super Senses: His sense of hearing and smell are very acute, which allows him to quickly find and locate Shigaraki from basically anywhere during their several week-long fight.
  • Tears of Joy: After witnessing Re-Destro's submission to Shigaraki and the devastation wrought by his Decay, he sheds a tear as he acknowledges Shigaraki as AFO's successor.
  • Threshold Guardians: For Shigaraki to get The Doctor's full cooperation, he will have to make Gigantomachia submit to him.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Once Gigantomachia finally reaches Deika City the League realizes to their shock and horror that they completely underestimated how powerful he really was despite fighting him for a month and a half after seeing him tear through the Liberation Army like they were made of paper. Compress quickly realizes that he hadn't been fighting seriously at all and he seems to be getting stronger.
    • The heroes in the Paranormal Liberation Front War Arc follow suit, as despite dog-piling with the intent of forcing him to exert himself so that the anesthesia drugs he swallowed will take effect faster, Gigantomachia simply decides he's done letting anyone stopping him from reaching Shigaraki and actually starts fighting back, and he crushes all of them and continues to make his way to the city unopposed wrecking everything in sight, while the U.A. students can only watch on in shock and horror at the destruction.
  • Undying Loyalty: To All For One. It's deconstructed, as his overwhelming loyalty to All For One makes it difficult for him to trust that Shigaraki can competently follow in his footsteps. On the other hand, this directly feeds into one of his Quirks. Because it transfers morale into physical power, his fanatical loyalty makes him all but unstoppable so long as he's acting in service to his master.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: With regards to what the Ultra Analysis Book has to say about him, he has a 6/6 in strength, but a meager 1/6 in intelligence and 2/6 in technique.
  • Victory by Endurance: According to Dabi in Chapter 279, Gigantomachia was specifically outfitted with Quirks by The Doctor that would prove advantageous in prolonged combat, allowing him to keep fighting at full strength long after most other fighters would have been worn down.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Addressed by two Tartarus guards when he's en route to the prison, though the question is more "why don't we just put him on death row?" The answer is that he's too durable to be killed by traditional means, and the sorts of things with enough stopping power to have even a hope of putting him down (like a missile) isn't allowed so long as there's a shred of humanity left in him.
  • Wolverine Claws: When he goes all-out, he can make his fingers grow into massive claws that look like giant rocks shaped into digits.
  • World's Strongest Man: It is unknown how strong Gigantomachia is compared to All Might, but in his own right he is one of the mightiest characters in the series. He has enough stamina to continuously fight for 48 hours and only requires three hours sleep. Besides his inhuman strength and stamina, Gigantomachia's senses are incredibly keen and he can even defend himself when asleep. As his name implies, Gigantomachia can increase his size when fighting. It says something that he's never been directly defeated on-screen in a contest of brute force, with his opponents needing to rely on trickery, him giving up willing, or resorting to more esoteric means like anesthesia drugs.

    Dr. Kyudai Garaki — "Daruma Ujiko" 

Kyudai Garaki — "Daruma Ujiko"

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Voiced by: Minoru Inaba (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)

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

Quirk: Life Force (Artificial Duplicate), Life Force (Original; Formerly)

Rank: A

"What a childish daydream! Saying all that with such a straight face was quite impressive!! Very well, Tomura Shigaraki!! I'll help you out, so show me you mean it! Prove to me that you can make your villainous pipe dreams a reality!!"

An older member of the League, a mysterious elderly man who worked as All For One's personal doctor. Publicly, he's the founder of Jaku General Hospital and a philanthropist who has established multiple orphanages and nursing homes. In truth, however, all of that is just a front for his true passion; developing and managing his "children", the Nomu.

While he's listed as being Quirkless publicly, he actually does possess a Quirk of his own, "Life Force", which lengthens his life span at the cost of physical mobility.


  • Bald of Evil: Being All For One's lieutenant and devoid of any facial hair beyond his mustache, this is a given.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason he is so devoted to All For One. Garaki was mocked and ostracised by society when he presented his Quirk Singularity Theory. Only All For One reached out to him and funded his research.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As shown in his interactions with the public, he hides his true self as an amoral Mad Scientist behind the facade of a good, well-mannered doctor. He founded the Jaku General Hospital as well as many orphanages and nursing homes, supports Quirk-based community healthcare, and has numerous connections to various private clinics. Unfortunately, any good these organizations do is undermined by the fact that he uses them to locate subjects for his research.
  • The Bus Came Back: Nearly 160 chapters after his first appearance, he returns to the story to see if Shigaraki is a worthy successor to All For One.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: As pointed out by Present Mic, Garaki's Quirk-replicating technology could revolutionize modern medicine, but he prefers using it for nefarious experiments.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Twisted as he may be, Garaki genuinely sees the Nomu as his children and is devastated to see them die. This is especially true of the smaller Nomu, like Mocha and Johnny.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Severely Downplayed, but even he, of all people, talks with disparagement over how Enji Todoroki's abysmal parenting had 'ruined' his son, rending him too unstable and volatile to be of use to their plans. Though, it's clear that he's looking on it as a waste of a perfectly good raw materials than any moral aspect.
  • Evil Genius: He's the one behind the creation of the Nomus and has been experimenting with them for a long time and has created the High-End Nomus. He also implies that he can make the High-End Nomus without needing All For One, though the process is more difficult without him. Later chapters reveal that he's capable of extracting Quirks from their owners without the use of All For One's Quirk, and that he's capable of duplicating the extracted Quirks to graft into multiple subjects. Even Quirks so powerful and exotic like All for One is no problem.
  • Evil Laugh: He likes doing this a lot, whether he's talking about his prized creations or casually threatening to throw his supposed allies back to Gigantomachia. It makes him seem pretty unhinged.
  • Evil Old Folks: A visibly elderly man who's fittingly rotten to the core.
  • Foreshadowing: The reveal that Garaki has a longevity Quirk is foreshadowed by his conversation with Shigaraki wherein he mentions that All For One was the only one who believed in the Quirk Singularity hypothesis even though the theory is shown to have weight in the modern world with people talking about the possibility. This implies that the doctor is a lot older than he seems and probably came from a time when knowledge of Quirks was extremely limited.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Unleashing the High-End Nomus he has in store to take on the heroes rampaging in his lair. Seeing how it takes 3-10 hours for them to be combat-ready, he loathes that he has to resort to such desperate attempts, but he's forced into a corner.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he's in danger, he becomes a sobbing, snotty mess.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: He has an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Tsubasa — the Quirk doctor who broke the bad news to Midoriya in the past — and they even share the same voice actors.
  • Large Ham:
    • Prone to occasionally making loud outbursts, at one point briefly deafening Tomura over their comm-link.
    • During the Paranormal Liberation War Arc he reacts to the Heroes raid on his laboratory with a series of increasingly spectacular Oh, Crap! faces.
  • Long-Lived: His Quirk, Life Force, doubles his life span at the cost of his athleticism, making him look like he's only in his sixties when he's really 120-years-old! Garaki replicated Life Force and gave the original Quirk to All For One while he retained the duplicate.
  • Mad Scientist: Seems to have this motif, being the one to create the Nomus and he even lives in your typical mad scientist lab, complete with several capsules holding High-End Nomus. Pretty much confirmed when he mentions to Shigaraki that he joined with All For One because he was the only one who shared his desires to test and experiment on the limits of Quirks no matter the cost.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His fake last name, "Ujiko", is spelled 氏子 in kanji, and the literal meaning of 子 is "child", and 氏 means something along the lines of "related", referencing the fact that he sees the Nomu as his children. "Ujiko" is also a word for a dedicated shrine parishioner who is protected by the god(s) that they worship.
    • His fake first name is "Daruma", and his head looks like a Daruma doll. Daruma dolls are seen as a good luck charm, referencing that his sudden reappearance to the League during their bout with poverty is a shift of fortune for them, and they are named after the man who bought Chan Buddhism to Japan. Daruma dolls cannot be knocked down, because their rounded shape and weight mean that they will just return to a standing position, just like how, despite him and his work being knocked down with All for One's arrest, he got right back up and continued working.
    • His now retconned name, Maruta Shiga was meant to be this. "Shiga" was meant to indicate his admiration for and desire to be closer to All For One, whose real surname is Shigaraki, hence him taking part of his masters name for himself; "Maruta" was meant to refer to his appearance, with "maru" meaning "round" and "ta" meaning "fat." In addition, it's a phonetic reversal of his fake name, "Daruma".note .
    • His now updated name, Kyudai Garaki retains the elements of his previous name without the controversy. "Kyudai" is written with the kanji for "ball" and "big" referencing his appearance and "Garaki" takes the last three syllables from All For One's surname while also including the kanji for the word tree.
  • More than Meets the Eye: He's an A-rank villain, putting him on par with Dabi and several of the more dangerous Nomu.
  • No Immortal Inertia: His Quirk gives him great longevity, but when Eraser Head uses his Quirk to nullify it, he rapidly ages into a much more decrepit shape, though this wears off shortly after he takes his eyes off of him.
  • Oh, Crap!: There really isn't any other way to describe the look of pure horror on his face when realizes that Endeavor and other heroes have not only figured him out but have arrived to kick his ass. He one-ups it in the end of the next chapter when Mirko corners him in his lab.
  • Power Copying: The doctor has secretly developed Quirk replication technology as part of his research for All For One, which is the reason why multiple Nomu share the "Super Regeneration" Quirk despite regeneration-based Quirks being quite rare. Gathering and storing just one Quirk is an expensive and time-consuming process, however, and it's lightly implied that the replicated Quirks are weaker, or at least less pure, in some ways compared to the originals.
  • Properly Paranoid: He goes to great lengths to protect his identity; warping Shigaraki and co directly to his lair, refusing to come fully out of the shadows, and establishing that any meeting should be on his terms on pain of being obliterated by Gigantomachia, although he gave the League devices to contact him in the future. Considering his status as All For One's closest supporter, and the fact that his true identity is well known within the public, it's fully justified.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives Shigaraki a minor one, pointing out he has been spoiled by Kurogiri and that, for all the support he or All For One have given to him, Shigaraki has still not accomplished anything notable.
  • Retcon: His real name was initially "Maruta Shiga", but Horikoshi had his name changed immediately due to an unforeseen controversy involving the word "Maruta's" history.note  His name was changed to "Kyudai Garaki" and the digital chapter of 259, where his infamous former name debuted, was re-edited with this instead.
  • Running Gag: During the heroes' raid on his hideout, he makes various Oh, Crap! expressions that keeps increasing in intensity.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Doctor reveals to Shigaraki in Chapter 222 that he always intended to support him, he just wanted to know what Shigaraki's response would be to him questioning his goals.
  • Smug Snake: He will taunt the heroes and espouse the LOV's superiority, but only when things are going his way. The moment he realizes that the heroes are onto him, he goes into Oh, Crap! mode and even starts begging for mercy... only to reveal that this Doctor is a duplicate and he has just unleashed the Nomus to occupy the heroes while he makes his escape. But the moment one of the heroes busts into his inner sanctum, he goes into a bigger Oh, Crap!.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Ostracized and mocked by the science community for his Quirk Singularity theory. All for One believed him, supported his studies, and as a result, he's fanatically devoted to All for One.
  • Undying Loyalty: To All For One. Garaki was the first person to propose the concept of Quirk Singularity 70 years before the main story, but nobody was willing to hear him out, and he was instead mocked, ignored, and ostracized. All For One was the only person to reach out and listen to what Garaki had to say, going so far as to recruit the good doctor and commission him to perform more research. That, plus All For One's "overwhelming presence and Buddha-like smile", made Garaki see him as a god incarnate walking among humans. He willingly chose to give up his own Quirk to All For One and even took part of his master's true name in tribute to further prove his loyalty.
  • The Unfought: The only one of All For One's servants with zero combat skill or battle experience. He sticks to the labs behind the scenes, a trait that carries over when the League of Villains merges with the Metahuman Liberation Army as Shigaraki's only direct subordinate to neither take a role as his lieutenant or be known to his forces.
  • Villainous Friendship: Is shown to have this with All For One, who has been shown to treat him as an equal and in one flashback is shown to have been considerate enough to hold an umbrella for the Doctor as they are in the midst of supervising a young Shigaraki. All For One even thanks Garaki from the bottom of his heart, going so far as to call him his friend.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In public, Dr. Garaki is a beloved doctor who founded numerous hospitals, orphanages, and nursing homes, to the point that his civilian co-workers believe there must be some mistake when the heroes arrive to arrest him.
  • Vindicated by History: Though They Called Him Mad in the past, it's been stated that his Quirk Singularity Theory has been found to hold weight in the present day, not that this would motivate him toward a Heel–Face Turn any time soon.

Vanguard Action Squad

    In General 
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Left to right: Muscular, Dabi, Spinner, Toga, Moonfish, Mustard, Magne. Missing: Twice, Mr. Compress and Chainsaw Nomu

"Doesn't matter how many punks with ambition you bring along. That only increases the risks. It's far better to have a small number of experienced elites."

A group of nine villains, ranging from experienced criminals to strong upstarts, who joined the rebranded League of Villains, originally under the belief that the League was affiliated with the incarcerated Hero Killer: Stain. They serve as the League's main taskforce and is lead by Dabi, with a Mid-Tier Nomu that rounds out their numbers to ten.

As of the Meta Liberation Army arc, the remnants of the Vanguard Action Squad were absorbed into the remnants of the Meta Liberation Army's top brass, forming the Lieutenants of the Paranormal Liberation Front.


  • Arc Villain: They serve as the main antagonists of the Training Camp Arc.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: While they lost a few during their invasion, the Vanguard Action Squad still managed to kidnap Bakugo and injure the majority of the Hero trainees as well, dealing a major blow against Hero society.
  • Cannon Fodder: Subverted. When Kurogiri asks if Shigaraki considers them this, as a display of his character development, he explains that he really does want them to return back to him safely...but notes, whether they succeeded or failed, was another matter entirely.
  • Dwindling Party: Their invasion of the Hero training camp and the Heroes subsequent raid on their hideouts, resulted in the loss of Muscular, Moonfish, Mustard and their Nomu, leaving only six mainstays of the League. As the series progresses, the remaining Vanguard has either been killed (Magne and Twice) or arrested (Compress) leaving only Toga, Dabi and Spinner still around. All For One's Tartarus jailbreak also brought Moonfish back into the fold. Muscular briefly was released as well, but ended up getting re-captured by Midoriya..
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Dabi, Toga, Spinner and Mustard appeared during the spread of Stain's viral video, all four clearly influenced by the Hero Killer.
  • Elite Mooks: Compared to the USJ mooks, the Vanguard is a sharp increase in both competence and efficiency, with each member being strong enough to contend with Pro Heroes far better than their predecessors. It's worth noting that it's only after they join does the League scores their first major victory against the Heroes, with few casualties. Lampshaded in the quote by Dabi.
  • Inspirational Martyr: Stain was that to a few in the Vanguard, inspiring them to join the League of Villains. However, as the manga continues, it's become clear that really only Dabi truly cared about Hero Killer's ideals.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: Serves as such to the League of Villains.
  • Quality over Quantity: An enforced trope in-universe. Given the fiasco concerning the USJ incident, Dabi notes that the Vanguard was made of only a few villains that were of a higher caliber than the League's first interaction, being mostly made of villains that had more experience in crime.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: An in-universe example. While the League's prior attacks were quite troublesome, admittedly much of that prior danger was really because of the Nomu's they produced. Their reputation was deemed to be on the level of just hooligans causing trouble due to the combination of Shigaraki's immaturity and the League being made up of low-level thugs at the time. It was the Vanguard's successful kidnapping of Bakugo and attack on UA's training camp that was enough to quickly get society to really see the League of Villains as a threat.

    Shuichi Iguchi — Spinner 

Shuichi Iguchi — Spinner

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Voiced by: Ryo Iwazaki (Japanese), Larry Brantley (English)

Debut: Chapter 57 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)

Quirk: Gecko, Body Bulk, Scalemail

Rank: C

"I've got nothing to love, like Toga does. Nothing I really wanna do. But back then, I just know... Something lit a fire in my heart. All I could think was how I wanted a glimpse of the future he was imagining! Sure... I'm just a nobody who jumped on a bandwagon but what's wrong with that!? Nothing, right!? And you people ain't much better!!! Ain't that right, politician?"

A newer recruit of the League, a young man who was treated poorly back in his hometown due to his reptilian features. After being inspired by Stain's desire to change society, he joined the League with hopes of ending discrimination against those with heteromorphic Quirks.

His Quirk is "Gecko", which allows him to cling to walls and other vertical surfaces, much like a gecko.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He has pink eyes and hair in the manga. In the anime, his hair is violet and his eyes are brown.
  • All for Nothing: He accepts All For One's offer of power which slowly drives him insane to be more useful to Tomura...but Tomura was already hijacked by All For One's vestige, and if All For One has his way, will effectively cease to exist. As a result, Spinner's actions would never get the result he thinks they would.
  • All There in the Manual: According to his profile in the Volume 24 Extras, the giant makeshift sword he used during the School Trip Arc is called the "Super Knife Knife Sword". His profile also reveals that his family had reptilian-based Quirks as well.
  • Always Need What You Gave Up: Throughout the series, Spinner struggles with his feelings of uselessness to the League thanks to his weak quirk, but gradually amasses a large cult following from other Heteromorph Quirk-users because he's a weak mutant-type fighting against powerful heroes, and is additionally a charismatic speech-maker in his own right. When the Final Battle kicks off, he dramatically increases his combat utility as a front-line fighter by accepting multiple quirks from All For One, which makes him a dangerous force in a fight, but gradually starts eroding his mind from the strain of having more powers than he was born with, devolving him into Dumb Muscle that can only march forward relentlessly thanks to his willpower to be useful to Tomura, and actively struggles to string sentences together. Despite reaching the hospital, his lowered mentality isn't capable of processing what a bad idea it is to smash straight through the unarmed doctors and nurses barring his way right in front of his followers, destroying his good image in their eyes and halting their Zerg Rush on the understaffed heroes dead.
  • Ambiguously Human: He has a reptilian appearance due to his Quirk, which earned him all sorts of abuse back in his hometown.
  • At Least I Admit It: While Spinner may have joined the League primarily because of his admiration of Stain and his desire to follow his creed, others such as Dabi and Trumpet call him out for being a shallow Fan Boy and following another's creed rather than his own. Spinner however, openly acknowledges such statements and does not try to hide or justify his actions but rather accepts himself for who he is.
  • BFS: He had one, referred to as the "Super Knife Knife Sword" in the Volume 24 extras, that was made up of a bunch of smaller blades tied together. He only uses it during his fight with Mandalay, as it was destroyed by Midoriya during said fight. Spinner swaps it out for a regular sword later, which proves to be more effective. In the final battle, he goes back to using a sword made out of "smaller" blades, but because he has already grown giant, his sword is now made out of hundreds of regular-sized swords.
  • Blessed with Suck: Spinner definitely seems to have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to Quirks. The only power that "Gecko" gives him is the ability to stick to walls, which, by itself, isn't exactly a bad power to have. However, the Quirk also gave him his reptilian appearance, which made him a constant victim of discrimination in his hometown. Making matters worse, the Volume 24 extras note that his Quirk was considered particularly weak even amongst his family's less than impressive reptilian-based Quirks. It's a small wonder he became such a bitter shut-in.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Early on, a lot of Spinner's attitude seems to stem from his insecurities regarding his weak Quirk. Horikoshi himself notes in the Volume 24 Extras that Spinner's massive sword made of knifes is the ultimate representation of his desire to look bigger and stronger than he really is. He grows out of this during the Meta Liberation Army Arc, in which he dedicates himself to lighten his teammate's load, particularly Shigaraki.
  • The Brute: He becomes this for the villains in the final battle, after accepting All For One's power-bolstering Quirks that transform him into a towering kaiju-like beast. Unfortunately, the strain of the power begins eroding his mind and he's reduced into a lumbering mass of a muscle who can barely string coherent sentences.
  • Car Fu: Pulls some off in the opening scene of My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising, in which he manages to bump two cars full of pros down the mountainside, ram a third into the sky, and nearly succeeds in turning Endeavor to roadkill.
  • Character Development: Spinner enters the series as a blind Stain Fan Boy who spouted off Stain's gospel without really understanding it himself. As it became more and more clear that most of the League weren't interested in promoting Stain's ideology, Spinner struggled with his role in the group, and openly questioned what the point of their existence was. During the Meta Liberation Army Arc, he realizes that he and Shigaraki are a lot more alike than he initially thought and comes to terms with his role as a follower, deciding that he wants to see the world that Shigaraki, a man as hollow as he is, will create.
  • Character Narrator: Of Chapter 220 and the end of Chapter 222, where he explains to the readers the condition of the League of Villains post-Overhaul, and Chapter 239, where he Book Ends the arc by talking about where the League's tale is going.
  • The Corruptible: Accepting an offer of power from All For One to help the remnants of the league eventually starts eroding his mind from housing more power than he's naturally equipped to contain, leaving him little more than Dumb Muscle who's barely aware of what he's saying or doing. This leads to him calling a fellow sufferer of Fantastic Racism in Shoji 'gross' when seeing his Body Horror quirk in action against him, no longer capable of voicing anything but his basest thoughts and emotions, in a twisted parody of his original noble intentions for joining the League. He even tears straight through a group of unarmed nurses and doctors standing in his way of Kurogiri in full view of his followers because his mind is too far gone to realise what he's doing, which shatters their wavering faith in him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Due to his appearance, Spinner was a constant victim of discrimination when he was young, to the point where he thought it was just a normal part of life. He became a hollow shut-in as a result, and even after being inspired by Stain to stand up and change society, he still feels like nothing more than a hollow cosplayer.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The Meta Liberation Army Arc, which is one for the League of Villains as a whole, serves as a big one for Spinner in particular. Not only does he serve as the Character Narrator for the arc, but he also acts as the deuteragonist of it, with one of the major subplots being him coming to terms with his role within the League and developing a powerful loyalty towards Shigaraki.
  • Deadly Upgrade: He accepts All For One's offer of more Quirks to be a more effective fighter for Shigaraki's sake. However, said Quirks slowly drive him insane until he's become Dumb Muscle, only able to blindly follow orders and unable to comprehend the situation around him, approaching a Death of Personality.
  • Deal with the Devil: He takes All For One's offer of more Quirks so he can become a more effective member and help Shigaraki more out of loyalty. He's burned on the deal as All For One has already merged his vestige with Shigaraki and taken control of him and the Quirks drive Spinner insane.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The discrimination he suffered from in his early life made him bitter and caused him to withdraw from society. After seeing Stain's message to the world, however, he became inspired and decided to follow in Stain's footsteps by joining the League of Villains in an effort to spread Stain's words. By the time of the Meta Liberation Army Arc, it becomes clear that there is barely any of Stain's influence left in the League (assuming there ever was any in the first place), and Spinner is left wondering why he's still with the League and what his purpose going forward will be. He eventually decides that he wants to see the world Shigaraki will create after he destroys everything he hates and dedicates himself to serving his boss.
  • Determinator: What Spinner lacks in special ability he makes up for in sheer willpower, managing to hold off a small militia of trained Quirk users during the Meta Liberation Army Arc using only his physical prowess, sword skills, and his ability to cling to vertical surfaces. By the time of the Final Battle, thanks to All For One he's given a power boost necessary to become an imposing combatant in the battlefield, but the same strength is devoting his mind from the strain of having more power than he's naturally equipped to bear, akin to the Nomu. However, Spinner is still holding out and resisting his mental degradation out of a desire to help Tomura. Even after Shoji shatters both his Cool Sword and badly hurts him through his Scalemail, he manages to pull enough of his wavering consciousness together to make one last speech to convince his followers to follow him into the hospital despite all the mental strain his powers are putting on him to keep himself fighting.
  • Detrimental Determination: His willpower to keep fighting for his friend's sakes is arguably the greatest asset he possesses, owing to his weak showing on a combat front, but by the time of the Final Battle, this same aspect comes back to impede his efforts. Accepting multiple Quirks from All For One to preform better as a front-line fighter starts to erode his mind from the strain, and whilst he's able to keep pushing forward nigh-mindlessly no matter how much he gets hurt, this same mental degradation prevents him from being able to recognise when he needs to stop, resulting in him uncomprehendingly tearing his way through a group of unarmed doctors and nurses trying to bar his way to Kurogiri right in front of his followers, after they'd already had their faith in their cause shaken by Shoji's efforts before. This action destroys his good image and their faith in him, and Spinner doesn't even realise it until several minutes afterwards when enough of his mind returns to realise he's now running alone.
    • His iron willpower enables him to reach Kurogiri despite his mental and physical damage and place Tomura's blacked hand on his face in a desperate plea to save his friend, recalling how this was enough to rouse Tomura to action before and having lost the recording device he was meant to play instead...only for the next chapter to reveal that All For One was counting on this as a backup plan, having implanted a microdevice inside the hand that transmitted his orders to Kurogiri and making him bring aid to his original body, rather than Tomura's, still getting pummelled by Izuku, in the complete opposite of what Spinner wanted.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A tragic example, and its more like 'isn't capable of thinking this through'. His lowered mental functions as a result of accepting a Deal with the Devil with All For One turns him into an almost-mindless Dumb Muscle brute who powers through every obstacle that stands between him and Kurogiri. This includes the unarmed and defenceless doctors and nurses who Hold the Line in an effort to prevent further bloodshed, and because his mind is so far gone, Spinner doesn't even process that he's ripped his way through them right in front of his horrified follower's eyes until several minutes have passed and he realises that he's been running alone for sometime now.
  • Dramatic Irony: His loyalty and desire to help Tomura drives him to accept Quirks from All For One that might drive him insane...but he's unaware that All For One has already taken over Tomura via his vestige and he's not following Shigaraki's actual will anymore. The audience is aware of this from the start.
  • The Driver: Since his Quirk isn't really suited for combat and his combat skills are not really on par with professional heroes, he normally functions as this for the League. Interestingly despite his amateur driving skills, he can pull off some serious Car Fu when the situation calls for it (see above).
  • Drives Like Crazy: Dabi gripes at him for weaving all over the road while driving a stolen prison van because he gets carsick easily. The fact that he learned to drive from video games might have something to do with his less-than-stellar skills.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Since he joined the League of Villains because he idolized Stain and wants to improve society, he obviously isn't happy about attacking police officers to get at the arrested Overhaul.
    • He also tries to avoid fighting heroes who abide by Stain's principles, seeing them as worthy to live.
    • He also protests when All For One, who's controlling Shigaraki orders him to leave Mr. Compress and Gigantomachia behind, merely as a punishment for Tomura.
  • Fanboy: Of Stain's, so much so that he models his entire career as a supervillain around him.
  • Fantastic Racism: He was a victim of this growing up due to his appearance. Part of his motivation for joining the League was the hope that he could somehow put an end to it.
  • Fights Like a Normal: His Quirk isn't combat-oriented, so he fights more like his idol, Stain, instead. This gets Downplayed by the Final Battle, as he accepts All For One's offer of power necessary to increase his combat potential to bolster their forces, turning him into a towering musclebound figure, but in exchange, his mind starts deteriorating from the strain of his new ability. This results in his fighting style turning into simply smashing anything in front of him with pure brute force, leading to Shoji blindsiding him when he focuses on attacking two police officers.
  • Foil:
    • It's implied that Spinner realizes that he and Shigaraki are very similar people when the latter villain tells Dr. Garaki that, before he met All For One, he felt like he was an empty shell devoid of any meaning. This comes only a couple of chapters after Spinner said something similar; that he feels completely empty inside and needs someone to inspire him to be something more.
    • Spinner calls Trumpet, and by extension the rest of the MLA, out as being just like him; people who jumped on their respective bandwagons and can't change anything without latching on to someone else's ideals first. Trumpet doesn't appreciate the comparison.
  • Hot-Blooded: Full of bluster and bombast despite initially having very little to back it up. This is later zig-zagged when it is revealed to partially be a front to mask his insecurities.
  • Hidden Depths: As revealed in the Meta Liberation Army Arc, beneath all of Spinner's Hot-Blooded bluster is a vulnerable, alienated and surprisingly introspective young man Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though Midoriya is on Shigaraki's hit list, he steps in personally to prevent Magne from attacking him, because Stain had personally spared him before. This is while he's in the middle of his own fight with Mandalay, giving her an opening to attack.
  • Hulk Speak: When the Final Battle commences, his new power boost from All For One starts to erode at his mind, resulting in his inner thoughts devolving into this. However, he's still able to vocalise commands that sound like he's lucid and in control, resulting in a case of Dramatic Irony as the various supporters joining the fighting against the heroes earnestly believe that he 'speaks for them' when his ability to speak at all is starting to fray.
  • Hypocrite: A tragic example. Despite genuinely caring for the cause of resisting the Fantastic Racism still present in society and wanting to make a difference to it after being inspired by Stain, when the Final Battle comes around, the multiple Quirks granted to him by All For One start eroding his mind and higher reasoning processes, leaving him little more than Dumb Muscle that blindly attacks the heroes whilst his advisors direct the heteromorph supports who believe in him, leaving him little more than a Puppet King. This means that when he fights Shoji, he unironically calls his Body Horror quirk, 'gross', despite that exact same attitude being what he started out trying to change, unable to realise his own hypocrisy with his mind so far gone beyond his desire to help Tomura.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Notes he got a lot of his driving skills from playing video games and he even yells Grand Theft Auto as a Battle Cry. This scene was unfortunately cut in the anime adaptation.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His "Super Knife Knife Sword" is a giant blade made out of a bunch of smaller blades. It's just as childishly awesome as it sounds. He gets a new one by the Final Battle, but thanks to his size increase, it's now made out of regular-sized blades.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: What ultimately causes him to earnestly follow Shigaraki; his strange desire to see the future Shigaraki envisions, one of pure destruction, come to fruition.
  • Insult Backfire: Happens twice during the Meta Liberation Army Arc, with both times being less a case of the insult failing because he took it as a compliment, and more a case of the insult failing because he agreed with it instead.
  • Irony:
    • Over the course of the series Spinner comes to earnestly admire both Stain and Shigaraki and wishes to follow their ideals. This in spite of the fact that, during the brief time they worked together, Stain and Shigaraki hated each other and their ideals run counter to each other.
    • Much in the same way that Stain's rampage inspired a new crop of villains to rise up against the inherit flaws in Hero Society, despite the fact that Stain never intended to inspire anyone, Spinner unintentionally ends up following in his idols footsteps as his presence within the League serves as an inspiration for Heteromorphic people to rise up against the prejudice they've suffered in Hero Society.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: After Midoriya busts his "Super Knife Knife Sword," he takes to carrying a more regular katana as his main weapon.
  • Lizard Folk: His overall character design is this due to his Quirk, which he was ostracized for in his backwater hometown.
  • Loony Fan: While he is a true Stain Fan Boy, to the point where he crafted his whole villain persona to emulate him, Spinner doesn't quite get the entirety of Stain's philosophy. Stain only wanted to purge "fake" heroes who were in it for fame and money, while Spinner seems to think that every hero is "fake" with the exception of those who Stain personally advocated for. This misunderstanding of Stain's ideology is likely due to the fact that Spinner's inspiration from Stain came less from his ideals and more from his desire to change society. He grows out of this as he spends more time with the League, as he becomes less motivated by his misunderstanding of Stain's ideology and more by his desire to see the world Shigaraki will make with his own two hands.
  • Make My Monster Grow: In the final battle, Spinner is granted a Quirk by All For One that bulks him up to become several stories tall.
  • Noble Demon: He subscribes to Stain's philosophy, so he tries to follow a code similar to Stain's. For example, when Magne tries to kill Midoriya, Spinner stops her since he believes Midoriya is worthy of being called a real hero after Stain previously saved Midoriya's life. The Final Battle emphasises the 'noble' traits he still possesses gradually being eclipsed by the 'demon' aspect, as he accepts an offer of power from All For One to better help his remaining allies as a front-line fighter, but the same power boost results in his outward appearance becoming more and more monstrous, and his mind starts degrading from containing more Quirks than he's naturally equipped to handle. When he uncomprehendingly tears his way through defenceless doctors and nurses barring his way to Kurogiri, his remaining mental faculties devoted to helping Tomura however he can, the action destroys his follower's faith in him, leading to him being alone as he rushes into the Hospital's depths.
  • Notzilla: During the Final Battle, the Quirk All For One gave him to make him grow to gigantic proportions makes him reminisce of Godzilla; which becomes even more obvious when he activates Scalemail, and starts growing larger spiked scales all over his body, effectively turning from a Lizard to a Komodo dragon in appearance.
  • Not so Above It All: For all his posturing and grandiose behavior, he gets rather easily distracted while fighting Mandalay when she uses her Quirk to psychically flirt with him, freezing up entirely with a blush and leaving himself wide open to an attack.
  • Painful Transformation: Scalemail has him growing jagged-looking spiked scales all over his body accompanied by spurts of blood as they push through his skin from within, but by that point Spinner's mental faculties are so overwhelmed he doesn't react to the obvious pain he's feeling.
  • Personality Powers: His Quirk, "Gecko", only allows him to clings to walls, a fitting power for someone who clings to other people's desires in order to give himself purpose. Also, Gecko's are one of the few lizards that can vocalize, and Spinner is a loudmouth himself.
  • Shout-Out: If Stain resembled a Darker and Edgier Ninja Turtle, then Spinner is a darker and edgier Ninja Turtle with Bebop's haircut.
  • Spikes of Villainy: In addition to a Quirk that bulks up his size by several stories, All For One granted him another Quirk that lets him grow bigger, sharper scales for extra power and defense.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Finds out that this is not the case when he stops to gush about Stain, getting dropkicked by Mandalay for his trouble.
  • Token Good Teammate: Out of the entire League of Villains, Spinner has the highest set of morals due to following Stain's ideology. He notably spares Midoriya's life because that's what Stain would have wanted, and is shown to be uncomfortable when his allies start attacking police officers. He grows out of this, at least somewhat, in the Meta Liberation Army Arc, where he abandons Stain's teachings and instead begins to follow Shigaraki out of a strange desire to see the future Shigaraki's destruction will bring.
    • His higher morals serve to illustrate how warped the current League has become in the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War after falling under All For One's leadership, in contrast to the True Companions they were before. Spinner accepts an offer of greater power to aid Tomura, only for said increased combat strength to start eroding his mind, leaving him little more than a rambling brute who is taken advantage of by his clearer-minded subordinates to rally blind followers to attack the Heroes with. He even calls Shoji's Body Horror abilities 'gross' when fighting him, the very term the Hooded Advisor stated moments prior was historically used to justify the Fantastic Racism against heteromorph-type quirk users, which Spinner himself joined the League in part to fight against, unable to realise his hypocrisy in his current state. Furthermore, with Tomura's mind becoming subsumed by All For One's, Spinner's efforts are in vain anyway, despite the depths he's sunk to for the sake of his remaining friends. Him tearing his way through a bunch of civilian doctors and nurses barring his way to Kurogiri completely removes him as this in his horrified follower's eyes.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While the League were all able to collectively improve thanks to their relentless training at the hands of Gigantomachia, Spinner definitely gets hit with this pretty hard. Whereas before he was mostly just a Boisterous Weakling Butt-Monkey, by the time of the League's battle with the Meta Liberation Army he is able to hold his own against a Zerg Rush of opponents with just his physical prowess, sword skills, and the ability to Wall Crawl.
    • He self-invokes this before the Final Battle, accepting All For One's offer of more power to ensure he can hold his own in a fight and not be a burden to his remaining allies, transforming into a musclebound hulking figure that towers over others. However, this new form eventually starts to eat away at his mind, akin to the Nomu, as he's using more power than he was naturally born to handle.
  • Too Many Belts: He wears several belts on his body and even a few on his sword.
  • Undying Loyalty: After coming to respect Shigaraki over the course of the battle with the Meta Liberation Army, Spinner becomes completely loyal to him and his ideals, wanting to see what kind of world his boss will create. During the Paranormal Liberation War Mr. Compress entrusts Spinner with protecting Shigaraki noting that there is no one in the League more loyal to his will. In Chapter 341 Spinner even privately admits to himself that the only reason he is still with the League at this point is for Shigaraki's sake. When his newly-granted multiple quirks are eroding his mind, he stops caring/processing what everybody is saying to him or any greater causes that he fought for before, but still keeps pushing forward and attacking the heroes out of his desire to help Tomura and be useful to him. This tragically backfires on him, as he's left unable to realise what he's doing when he tears his way through a group of unarmed civilian doctors and nurses blocking his way to Kurgiri, his nearly-mindless state consumed with thoughts of helping his friend, and failing to realise that he's now alone in charging into the hospital until several minutes have passed.
  • Unwitting Pawn: All For One gives him two Quirks to 'be more useful to Tomura'...with Spinner completely unaware Tomura's been subsumed by All For One's vestige for awhile now and thus this translates to 'be more useful to All For One.' This even shows in how his final action at the hospital was to take the discarded hand of nana shimura that he had in his possession and place it on Kurogiri's face, begging him to save Tomura, which apparently rouses him to action...only for the next chapter to reveal that All For one had been counting on him doing that as a backup measure, having implanted a microdevice into the hand that transmitted his orders to Kurogiri and making him serve All for One's benefit rather than Tomura, still getting thrashed by Izuku
  • Wall Crawl: This is, supposedly, the only real power his Quirk, "Gecko", gives him; the ability to cling to any surface he wants.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His motive to join the League of Villains is to eradicate racism against people with mutant Quirks.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Hanabata from the Meta Liberation Army considers Spinner's Quirk to be weak and useless since the only power it seems to have given him is the ability to cling to walls.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: To be more useful to Shigaraki during the Final Battle, he took All For One's offer for more power and received two Quirks that makes him grow to Kaiju-like size and grow sharper scales. Unfortunately, due to his body not being used to so much power, it causes his mind to slowly start eroding.
  • You Talk Too Much!: Spinner's fight against Mandalay and Tiger didn't last long because Mandalay nailed him while he was running his mouth, and then Tiger assisted in restraining him.

    Jin Bubaigawara — Twice 

Jin Bubaigawara — Twice

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Voiced by: Dachi Endo (Japanese), Newton Pittman (English)

Debut: Chapter 77 (Manga), Episode 43 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice 2

Quirk: Double

Rank: S

"Hey, Dabi, you hear that message?! Pretty exciting. Mr. Compress sure got the job done quickly, huh? He took his sweet time, though!! I'm getting sleepy over here."

A newer recruit of the League, a fully-costumed man with an odd way of speaking. A rather affable but seriously damaged person, his past is an unpleasant affair: he overindulged in his own Quirk and suffered severe mental trauma as a consequence. Now, he's unable to control his own Quirk outside of his suit and he cannot afford to have his face exposed for too long otherwise he'll begin to split.

The Quirk that caused him such hardships is called "Double", and it allows him to make duplicates of other people and things so long as he has accurate measurements of them.


  • Affably Evil: Twice is one of the more friendly and whimsical members of the League, often taking (hopeless) passes at Toga and trying to make sure his allies are well-cared for. He's particularly distraught if he feels he's done something to harm them.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: A given, considering Twice's status as a sympathetic Tragic Villain. His death is cast in a bittersweet light, as Twice's sendoff is presented to be both heartwarming, in that he dies happy, and tearjerking, in that his death was caused by Hawks' betrayal.
  • Ambiguous Clone Ending:
    • Due to abusing his Quirk in the past, the Twice currently seen is not sure if he is the original one or a clone that survived the massacre. He's snapped out of this mindset in Chapter 229 after undergoing serious pain that a clone would not be able to handle without dissolving. With the confirmation that he is indeed the original, he finally starts using his Quirk at its fullest potential.
    • Heartbreakingly averted for his death. Twice creates a clone of himself seconds before being killed by Hawks, and because of the damage he's already sustained, the clone knows he's not the original and has only moments to live. He still pushes himself to save his friends in the League Of Villains, and dies with a smile on his face after being thanked for his actions.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: His Undying Loyalty to the League stems from this. He felt he was unworthy of help from heroes due to his mental instability and criminal past, so he greatly values his comrades amongst the League for treating him well and giving him a place to belong in spite of his issues. He was among the most outwardly furious at Overhaul when he killed Magne, and when Giran gets taken by the Meta Liberation Army, Twice is hellbent on rescuing him since Giran was the one to introduce Twice to the League in the first place. Later on, when Hawks offers him a chance of redemption, he declines immediately because he doesn't care about his own future as much he does about his friend's happiness.
    "I'd trade my soul... for the League's happiness!"
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Sure, he's definitely loco, but Twice has one of the most potentially dangerous Quirks in the entire League, if not the series. Not to mention he's pretty good at using measuring tape as a lethal weapon. Twice is later officially ranked an S-Class villain, higher than Dabi or Toga. Even Hawks considers him the League's most dangerous member.
  • Birds of a Feather: The member of the league he's closest to is Toga, who, like him, was driven to villainy due to mental illness.
  • Blessed with Suck: Twice's Quirk is one of the more useful out there, with several villains, like Skeptic of the Meta Liberation Army, considering it a valuable asset. However, while the Quirk itself has no innate downside, Twice is terrified of using it on himself due to past trauma caused by abusing the ability, and he now suffers from some major mental issues. And when he does become capable of unleashing his Quirk's full potential once more, it instantly elevates him to a threat level that makes certain the heroes have no choice but to eliminate him once he refuses to surrender or stop fighting for the League's sake, as he'd be capable of turning the tides against them in a second if given the chance.
  • Born Unlucky: Twice sure had it rough for most of his life, although he plays with this trope a bit. He lost his parents to a villain attack when he was in middle school and had to support himself, only to lose his job because he got into an accident with an important client. It wasn't even his fault but due to his Face of a Thug he got a criminal record. He then turned to a life of crime for real. He eventually started to use his Quirk to clone himself just to have someone to talk. His clones didn't like being bossed around and then started killing each other, the trauma of which turned him insane and further into a villain. However, Twice doesn't see himself as such because he got to join the League, who he sees as his True Companions. For the first time in his life, he found people who accept him and was happy just to be there. He would take offense for his life being called unlucky.
  • Broken Tears: He spends all of his final encounter with Hawks crying and distraught, deeply hurt by the betrayal and the subsequent raid putting the League in danger yet again.
  • Character Death: During the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, after an intense battle with Hawks, Twice tries desperately to escape the winged hero and help his fellow League members. Unfortunately, even with Dabi's help, Twice is unable to escape and is ultimately killed when Hawks impales him with a feather blade. Before he dies, Twice is able to send off one last clone of himself to save Toga and Mr. Compress from a hero, but, due to taking too much damage, the clone is barely able to hold itself together after doing so. Before melting away, the clone Twice apologizes for letting Hawks fool him into leaking valuable information, cleans off Toga's cheek with the handkerchief she gave him all the way back in the Shie Hassakai Arc, and then breaks down into goo in Toga's arms. He dies with a smile, happy that he could help his friends one last time before disappearing forever.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Often seen smoking when not on duty, especially when he reflects on the fact that a madman like him will mostly remain an outcast in the Hero Society due to his Quirk-related mental instability.
  • Clone Army: His Quirk can — theoretically — allow him to do this, even if his mental issues stop him from using this technique. It isn't until after the Meta Liberation Army accidentally confirm that Twice is not a clone that he does exactly this — creating an army of himself large enough to overrun several city streets in seconds.
  • Cloning Blues: He once created an entire team of clones to do his bidding. However, each of the clones thought of themselves as the real one and they all disliked being ordered around, which led them to attack each other until only one remained. The remaining Twice may or may not be the original, and the entire experience has permanently traumatized him. When he eventually realizes that he is the real Jin Bubaigawara, he starts getting better, though his mental issues aren't completely solved after that.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's a major oddball in no small part due to his Split Personality. Chapter 115 paints his oddball habits in a much darker, and way more depressing, light.
  • Commander Contrarian: Zigzagged. When given orders, he replies negatively, but happily follows them anyway (or vice-versa). This is a result of his Split Personality.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He gets a couple, actually. First, there's Chapter 115, or the first half of Episode 62 in the anime, in which he is the narrator and the audience is made aware of his motivations and past. Second, he, naturally, gets some focus during the League-centered Meta Liberation Army Arc, in which he battles Skeptic's puppets and finally realizes that he is the real Twice. Third, he gets some major focus in the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, in which he battles Hawks, grapples with his failure to protect the League's happiness, and dies.
  • Declaration of Protection: He declares one regarding the League of Villains, shortly before his death.
  • Determinator: No matter what happens, he is always going to do what he thinks is for the best for the League, no matter how dangerous or outmatched he may be. It's due to Jin's unwavering loyalty that Hawks is forced to put him down, as he could have easily changed the entire outcome of the raid on the League.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: The final Twice clone melts away in Toga's arms, as the young villain hugs her dying friend and thanks him for saving her.
  • Doppelgänger Attack:
    • Uses his clones mostly to provide distractions so the other villains can act without being interrupted. They can even mimic the Quirks of the original templates.
    • After he realizes that he's the real Twice, he gains a new super move called "Sad Man's Parade", in which he makes two clones of himself, then those clones create two clones of themselves each, and then those clones create two clones of themselves each, until there are thousands of Twices running around causing havoc.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: He has the ability to produce an endless number of clones of himself and others, with each clone retaining the powers of the original, but he himself can only produce two clones at any given time; to produce more clones, he needs to make clones of himself and have them make clones. However, he refuses to clone himself because of his Ambiguous Clone Ending situation. When he eventually discovers that he is indeed the original, this handicap is removed, which elevates Twice from mid-level fodder villain to one of the most dangerous members of the League of Villains.
  • Epiphany Therapy: While the events of the Meta Liberation Army Arc do lead to him overcoming one of his major fears and gaining greater mastery of his power, it's ultimately zigzagged in that other aspects of his mental issues seem to have gotten worse as a result.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He does not take it well when he finds out that Hawks, whom Twice made friends with, is a mole on the heroes' side, and that he used the information Twice gave him to plan a full-on raid against the PLF. Especially since, during the Shie Hassakai Arc, him introducing Overhaul to the League resulted in Magne getting killed and Mr. Compress losing his arm.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When Skeptic has two of his puppets break Twice's arms, he realizes that, considering the duplicates he makes tend to disappear after having damage equivalent to a broken bone, he is truly the original, leading him to stop being as careful as he was, and making him much more dangerous.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He'll happily work with and defend a crazed serial killer like Toga but misgendering Magne genuinely pissed him off.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In Japanese, Bubaigawara speaks with a pretty deep voice.
  • Expendable Clone: His clones are much less durable than the original, taking roughly a broken arm to dematerialize them. Destroying them doesn't have a negative impact on Twice either.
  • Expy: Of Deadpool. Both have severe neuroses that get played for humor, but while Deadpool only occasionally explores the dramatic side of it, Twice rather quickly stops being "quirky" and goes full on "tragic." Both end up with a second personality (Yellow Text Box for Deadpool, Twice literally having two opinions on everything) as a coping mechanism. Both ended up that way at least in part by unethical experimentation. Both also end up with their mental illnesses in part due to uncontrolled duplication — himself for Twice, and cancernote  for Deadpool. Both have used the Decon-Recon Switch to explore the actual implications of Deadpool's situation, though in different ways. The only major differences are that Twice never breaks the fourth wall while Deadpool uses his Medium Awareness frequently, and that Deadpool is often portrayed or at least implied to not be as sick as he seems and is exaggerating for sympathy, as a coping mechanism, or to throw off his opponents.note 
  • Face of a Thug: Deconstructed. Even as a regular, law-abiding teenager, his face was said to be scary, which made it hard for people to sympathize with him in legal processes, contributing to his downfall into criminal life.
  • Final Speech: The audience is treated to his dying inner monologue throughout Chapter 266.
    "I gotta... protect everyone! Protect them Twice! They accepted me. And how'd I pay them back? By causing them more pain! I can't let it end this way!"
    "Sure, my whole life, it seems like... I've been a man falling... lower and lower... getting duped. To you, my life looks pathetic. Meaningless."
    "I wandered around, searching for myself. And I found myself... blessed with friends better than I ever could be. Could a guy ask for a better life? Die, Hawks. But you don't get to tell me that I was "unlucky." Being here with them...
    I was happy!"
  • Fragile Speedster: His basic fighting style revolves around avoiding any big hits because if he is a clone such a hit would destroy him completely. Played tragically, since because of his uncertainty, he's absolutely terrified of the prospect of ever-enduring serious damage. Ironically, finally taking some serious damage is what brought him out of this, since it showed him that he was the real Twice the whole time.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has an ugly stitched scar in the center of his forehead, given to him by one of his own clones in the past.
  • Go Out with a Smile: The final Twice clone dies smiling, satisfied that he could help his friends one last time.
  • He's Back!: A darker take on it since he's a villain, but Twice has been holding himself back because he's afraid that he's actually a doppelgänger and he'll just disappear after taking damage. After he survives two broken bones, he laughs in the realization that he's the real deal and unleashes his true power.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Played With. As he puts his trust and faith in the League, and considers them a case of True Companions despite the fact a lot of them are unstable, unrepentant murderers and fairly selfish, but they do genuinely accept him and his help. On the other hand, he also has a habit of trusting people who don't carry the same sentiment of friendship (Overhaul, Hawks, and Dabi).
  • Hope Spot: A villainous example, but when Twice shows up to save Toga and Mr. Compress during the Paranormal Liberation War, the audience is led to believe that Jin managed to evade or at least survive Hawks' attack. It's only after "Twice" mentions that "he" fell on the solid concrete floor from a pretty high balcony fall that the reader is able to piece together that the one talking is just a clone, with the real one having died already.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He frequently takes passes at Toga, but it's Played for Laughs and isn't ever taken seriously. She sees him as a close friend, which is probably a good thing for Twice since her "love" always ends in bloodshed (and the fact that she's still just a teenager and he's in his 30s).
  • Identity Breakdown: Part of his backstory and the reason why he's a bit...off now, since he used to be a fairly normal (if lonely) man who fell on hard times. He used his Quirk to duplicate himself many times over, but then each clone became convinced they were the real one and started attacking each other. The Twice we see isn't sure if he's the original one or just a clone; the experience deeply traumatized him and gave him multiple voices in his head and prone to Suddenly Shouting.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Due to his loneliness, and because he felt that his mental illness meant he wouldn't be accepted by society, Twice was in desperate need for someone to accept him. After Giran introduced him to the League, he readily accepted them as his friends and family and now desperately wants to prove his worth to them. This also means that when he sets out to recruit more people for the League, he tries to find fellow misfits like him to surround himself with.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Usually Played for Laughs; due to his Split Personality, whenever he says something, he claims the exact opposite immediately afterward. Played for Drama during the Meta Liberation Army Arc when Toga is seemingly dying. He tries to reassure himself that she'll pull through, but his other personality immediately points out how unlikely that is.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His weapon is a roll of measuring tape, which he mostly uses to take precise measurements of the people he has to copy. The measuring tape is capable of slicing through Todoroki's ice though, so it's clear they were made with combat usage in mind.
  • In the Back: He's killed when Hawks delivers a fatal strike with his blade from behind, and soon plummeted to his death.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He's 31 and particularly close with 17-year-old Toga, who greatly appreciates him and is noticeably affected by his death.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Twice blames himself for bringing Overhaul to the League as it leads to Magne dying and Compress losing his arm.
    • Later, during the Paranormal Liberation War, he thinks back to above instance once he realizes that he unintentionally led the heroes right to the PLF's hideout by befriending Hawks.
  • Killed Off for Real: Thanks to Hawks being so swift to cull his Sad Man's Parade, there's not even a clone of him left to carry on in the original's place.
  • Killed Offscreen: Zigzagged. The audience is only shown a small glimpse of the killing blow Hawks gives to Twice before the chapter shifts focus to the final clone of himself he made. Instead, we watch the clone rescue Toga and Mr. Compress one last time before melting away, symbolically showcasing Twice's death to the viewer. It's later full-on Averted pointedly by Dabi, who made sure to stash some of the discarded spy cameras that were being used to monitor Hawks on him before he entered the room, allowing him to catch Twice's death on film and later incorporate it into his preprepared public broadcast revealing the truth of his heritage, acting as a Wham Shot to the public seeing Twice's demise at the hands of the number 2 hero as further proof that all heroes, beyond Endevour's own mistakes, are not the beacons of morality they claim to be.
  • Laughably Evil: He's a funny guy despite being a villain. As more about his life becomes clear, however, this has begun to disappear.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After finally realizing he was the real Twice all along, he's able to start copying himself again, swearing to show the Meta Liberation Army just how powerful he can really be.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Clothing Damage, of all things. Ripping up his suit, especially his mask, will cause him to start dividing unwillingly, and he will need some kind of fabric and/or wrappings to bind up the badly exposed places to force his body to remain whole. He gets over this when he realizes that he is the real Twice.
    • Sure, Twice probably has the most broken Quirk in the series, but it ain't nothing much if he faces against an opponent who can Speed Blitz him before he can fully form his clones, as Hawks demonstrates.
  • Lonely Bachelor Pad: His own flat looks very much like this, being minimally furnitured and disorderly, if not exactly dirty.
  • Matter Replicator: His Quirk allows him to duplicate anything as long as he has enough physical data on it, whether human or object. The only difference between the original and the copies is that the copies are less durable and dissolve after taking a certain threshold of damage. During the fight with the Meta Liberation army, he reveals this can also extend to making clones of a badly-injured person to create a blood donor to help them recover, such as with Toga.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Chapter 115 plays up his Split Personality for drama, showing his inner turmoil over having constantly opposing personalities wrestling for control in his head, outright telling the other side to shut up even while in a conversation on the phone with someone else. He mentions in his narration that he became a villain partly because hero society has no place for the "crazy."
  • Me's a Crowd: Deconstructed. All of his clones share his personality, so they don't like being ordered around. All of them also have the same memories and thus each believes themselves to be the original; because of this, when he created a bunch of clones of himself in the past, they all claimed to be — and tried to take over as — the original. The current Twice is the one that survived the big fight between clones, but he isn't sure if he is even the original. Also, Twice has to have a strong and precise mental image of how to approximate clones right down to one's measurements (requiring him to carry retractable tape measures stored inside his wristbands) and it takes a while to master duplicating unfamiliar people. The clones also have limitations in stamina and durability based on how much effort was used to make them, the number created in a single sitting, and how taxing it is to maintain them all.
  • The Narrator: Of Chapter 115.
  • Odd Friendship: The calm, serious, greedy Giran ends up forming a Villainous Friendship with the loud, traumatized and sensitive Twice, even fronting the cost for his costume despite Twice not having the money to pay him back immediately (something Mr. Compress later implies Giran isn't known for).
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When he learns that Giran has been captured by the Meta Liberation Army, he immediately drops his usual schtick of contradicting himself as he demands that the League go and save him, showing how much he cares about the situation.
  • Politically Correct Villain: He's quick to call Overhaul on using the wrong pronouns in reference to Magne.
  • Power Incontinence: Twice can never afford to leave his face uncovered for long, or else his body starts trying to clone itself and his personality splinters as the cloning process leave him struggling to stay whole. As of Chapter 229, this is no longer the case.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Hawks after the hero reveals his true allegiance:
    Twice: You people ain't heroes. Never are. Never were. None of ya. You throw us to the wolves. All of us downtrodden folks.
  • Redemption Rejection: Hawks claims that after the raid on the PLF has concluded, Twice will have the opportunity to make a fresh start, which Hawks will assist him with since "[Twice] is good person". Twice rejects his offer two times, deciding that he doesn't care what happens to him, only about the League's happiness.
  • Sanity Strengthening: He's a psychological wreck due to suffering an Ambiguous Clone Ending and is unsure on whether he's the original Twice or just a clone. In Chapter 229, after Skeptic has his puppets break Twice's arms, Twice realizes that he didn't disappear into goop like his clones typically do, thus establishing he was the original after all. This realization puts Twice back in control of himself, ready to unleash a can of whoop-ass on the Meta Liberation Army.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: While Twice isn't a hero, his presence does give the series some levity even when its on the Villain's perspective. Once he's killed the series goes in a much darker path, with some major supporting heroes killed and All For One poised to take back his throne as the top villain with Midoriya being unconscious and Endeavour put in a Heroic BSoD.
  • Shout-Out:
    • He's a loving homage to Deadpool with shades of Rorschach. His English voice actor even gave him a similar speaking style to most portrayals of the Regenerating Degenerate.
    • His powers are similar to that of the Marvel character Multiple Man and he too has had issues with his dupes rebelling on him.
    • His overall costume, Quirk and insanity due to his powers, makes him a dead ringer to the obscure Superman villain Riot, who wears a nearly identical costume, can duplicate himself and both of them became insane due to their powers. However, Riot's insanity came from sleep deprivation as he cannot sleep as long as he has clones around. In a possible coincidence, Riot's mask in the New 52 has stitching resembling Twice's scar.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: During the Paranormal Liberation Raid Arc, Hawks makes several attempts to avoid fighting Twice, even offering him a chance at redemption if he surrenders peacefully. Unfortunately, because the League were the only ones to accept him in spite of his psychological issues all this does is to enrage Twice, and Hawks is forced to fight Twice, leading to the villain's death.
    Hawks: I don't want to fight you... Bubaigawara!
    Twice: WELL GOOD FOR FREAKIN' YOU!
  • Spanner in the Works: Together with Toga during the Shie Hassaikai raid. Sir Nighteye's operation had predicted that the relationship between the League of Villains and the Hassaikai wasn't good, but they show up anyway to help Overhaul's escape. Then it's spun around while still being played straight in that he and Toga are there to sabotage the Hassaikai, indirectly helping the heroes take down Mimic.
  • Splash of Color: His costume is mostly greyscale aside from a pair of red bracelets.
  • Split Personality: Twice frequently argues with himself, the "himself" implied to be a clone that's trying to split apart from the main body.
  • Story-Breaker Power: According to the databook's villain rankings, Twice is considered as much of a threat as Shigaraki himself, potentially being the most dangerous member of the League of Villains due to his Quirk. While it's true that Shigaraki, Gigantomachia or even a regular Nomu are in a whole other league in terms of power, nothing prevents him from making copies of said characters if he only so much obtains access to their measurements, which gets pointed out by others every now and then. Additionally, although he has not been seen attempting this yet, the Meta Liberation Army believe that he is capable of "reviving" dead people by cloning them, so even if the enemy ends up dying, there is no guarantee that Twice won't just bring them back through a weakened, yet still Quirk-capable replica. We later see him use his Quirk to such an extent during the fight with the Meta Liberation Army that makes it clear both in and out of universe how seriously powerful his Quirk is when he uses it right. Hawks himself makes a note that he's the most dangerous member of the group, and is ultimately forced to kill him in order to stop him from overpowering the heroes.
  • Talking to Themself: Does this when alone, in a manner similar to Deadpool, albeit without Breaking the Fourth Wall.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Hawks is fully aware about Twice's potential to completely destroy society thanks to his ability to duplicate anything as much he wants, including the monstrous Nomus. Hawks even attempts to convince Twice into pulling a Heel–Face Turn, but the latter proves to be just too loyal to the League and hateful of society to do so, thus Hawks is left with no choice but to kill him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While most of the League of Villains have seen their villain ranking increase over the course of the story, he's the only one who bounced from "C" to "S" in the span of a few months.
  • Tragic Villain: Make no mistake, as funny Twice may be, he has not had an easy life. Firstly, his parents died when he was in middle school, leaving him to fend for himself at a young age. Then, as a teen, he was arrested for hitting someone with his motorcycle, even though it was entirely the victim's fault in that instance for not paying attention, which gave him a criminal record. To make matters worse, due to a sheer unfortunate coincidence, the victim worked for one of Jin's boss's top clients. In a fit of rage, his boss fired him and told him to never show his face again. Left unemployed and unable to find work, he slowly fell into a life of crime through the use of his clones, which ultimately lead to the Ambiguous Clone Ending that horrifically traumatized him. This unfortunate series of events made him so desperate for companionship that he willingly joined up with a group of actual villains just so he could find anyone who would consider him a friend.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the League as a whole, because they all accepted him in spite of his mental issues. He considers them all family and will do anything he can to make them happy.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Hawks saves Twice from being burnt to a crisp by Dabi's flames and ends up getting severely burned after going through the effort of making sure both would survive the attack, while Dabi wasn't concerned about such a thing. Twice repays this favor by immediately attempting to grapple Hawks with a clone so Dabi can roast him alive. A more justified example than most however, as Twice's mental instability and Undying Loyalty meant that he didn't want anything to do with Hawks after his true allegiance was revealed.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He's used twice by others as a tool to help them deal significant blows to the League of Villains, first by Overhaul, and then by Hawks. Dabi later reveals that he would have also used Twice for his own end goals.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • He forms a deep one with Toga in the Internship Arc. When he gets his mask torn up and starts freaking out, she quickly comes to his aid and covers the broken part of it with a handkerchief of hers to stop his breakdown. She then consoles him over the guilt he has about having inadvertently caused Magne's death, and the two spend the rest of the arc making fun of the yakuza together.
    • Seems to have one of sorts with Giran, who he sees as "a wonderful guy" and a friend. It's mentioned that Giran paid for his costume because Twice was broke, that the two regularly keep in touch, and Twice was the only League member Giran showed genuine concern for during the Meta Liberation Army arc. Twice is also the only person Giran addresses with "omae" instead of his usual "anta".
  • Villainous Legacy: With Toga in possession of a sample of his blood, she is able to continue his "Sad Man's Parade".
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Twice will undergo Sanity Slippage if he spends too much time with his body uncovered by his costume because it is threatening to split into clones and his personality starts to fragment. This makes posing as a civilian incredibly stressful, as seen when he is hunched over and losing his mind while Toga is having a conversation on the phone with Mr. Compress in Chapter 160. However, he does get over this during the Meta Liberation Army Arc.
  • Zerg Rush: After he regains his sanity when he discovers that he's the original and not a clone, he immediately goes absolutely ham with his cloning, literally flooding the streets with his clones and overwhelming the Meta Liberation Army with his sheer numbers, making up for the fact one good blow can take each clone down.

    Atsuhiro Sako — Mr. Compress 

Atsuhiro Sako — Mr. Compress

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Voiced by: Tsuguo Mogami (Japanese), Kent Williams (English)

Debut: Chapter 80 (Manga), Episode 44 (Anime)

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice 2

Quirk: Compress

Rank: B

"We're just a bit fanatical when it comes to our values. All we wish is to show him that there are other ways. Because you kids today... you have your values chosen for you."

A newer recruit of the League, a villain with a double mask and a Stage Magician theme and a stylish way about himself.

His Quirk, "Compress", lets him shrink people and objects which he then stores in marble-like spheres.


  • Affably Evil: Almost constantly even-tempered and debonair, even in the midst of battle.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Overhaul destroys his left arm. Thankfully, the League's ties to Giran made it easy to procure the necessary mechanical substitute.
    • It turns out his Quirk is actually capable of doing this to others. We mainly see him use it to compress entire people into balls to be carried away, but then he uses it on a bound Overhaul to compress Overhaul's left arm, effectively tearing it away from the rest of his body.
  • Artificial Limbs: Mr. Compress is outfitted with a prosthetic robot arm to replace the one he no longer has, though he doesn't seem to be able to use his Quirk with it. After joining forces with the MLA, he gets an upgraded one that lets him fire his compressed spheres from the fingertips.
  • Badass Longcoat: He's a powerful villain who sometimes wears a dark-yellow overcoat that reaches just below his knees.
  • Best Served Cold: While Overhaul is totally helpless, Mr. Compress uses his Quirk to destroy the former's left arm much in the manner Overhaul had destroyed his, causing it to rupture and shrink into one of his spheres. Shigaraki then takes away his other arm, making it impossible for Overhaul to activate his Quirk anymore.
  • Classy Cane: To go with his flashy, dapper aesthetic, Mr. Compress carries a silver cane with a gold handle, despite having no trouble walking whatsoever.
  • Combat Pragmatist: By his own admission, "tricks and running away" are all he's good at.
  • Cool Mask: He wears two sleek-looking masks at once; the White Mask of Doom mentioned below often accompanies a black balaclava without which he's never seen.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He correctly anticipated that Shoji would be smart enough to search his pockets for the compressed Bakugo and Tokoyami, in case he was caught by him, so he took measures in advance.
  • The Dandy: Befitting a magician, Mr. Compress is easily the most dapper member of the League wearing a variety of hats, coats, suits, vests and masks. He's also one of the hammiest members and can't resist announcing himself.
  • Determinator: During the Paranormal Liberation War arc, when the League gets cornered and restrained by Best Jeanist, he starts using his Quirk to remove whole chunks of his body, which are noted to be potentially fatal, to allow him enough room to free himself, and give the rest of the League a chance to escape.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Shares this position with Dabi for the League. While the other members are confirmed to have joined the group out of loyalty to All for Onenote ; support for Stain’s idealsnote ; general psychopathynote ; or a desire to belongnote , Compress’s goal in joining the League remains ambiguous. Moreover, his past remains totally unexplored (save for dialogue implying a previous career in showbiz), even during the Meta Liberation Army Arc, where the backstories of Shigaraki, Toga, Spinner, and Twice all received focus. The fact that Compress wears multiple masks at all times suggests this air of secrecy is partially intentional. Chapter 294 reveals that he is the great-great grandson of the peerless thief Oji Harima.
  • Evil Genius: Smart enough to outwit the U.A. students and pretty much capture Bakugo all by himself.
  • Evil Gloating: Mr. Compress is a showman at heart, and couldn't help but introduce himself to the U.A. students and brag that he'd captured Tokoyami and Bakugo. Had he not, the League could've gotten away with two powerful students without having to engage the others at all.
  • Identical Grandson: His appearance under his mask bears a resemblance to his great-great-grandfather Oji Harima with curly dark hair and similar eye shape.
  • Hammerspace: Through cunning use of his Quirk, Mr. Compress essentially does a variant of this trope, compressing objects and people into marbles and then storing them in his pockets, hat, and mouth. In many scenes, he cunningly stores traps and obstacles in his pockets, only to fling them out and release them in order to impede pursuers.
  • Handicapped Badass: Mr. Compress losses an arm thanks to Overhaul and later on, his robotic replacement is destroyed during the League's battle with the Creature Rejection Clan. That still doesn't stop him from fighting Gigantomachia for a month and a half and then battling the Meta Liberation Army immediately afterwards.
  • Hidden Supplies: He frequently arms himself with various objects in preparation for confrontations, allowing him to deploy them in a moment's notice. On two highway chase scenes, he's already tossed road barricades to impede a convoy of pros and a boulder to flip over emergency vehicles.
  • Large Ham: He revealed himself to the group escorting Bakugo before trying to escape with the other villains (and thus gave them a chance to chase after him, which allowed them to recover Tokoyami). He himself even notes it as a weakness of his that he just can't help.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: He can use his Quirk combatively by compressing opponent's body parts off their body, like when he compressed Overhaul's left arm into a sphere, permanently dismembering him.
  • Light Is Not Good: He has a very bright color scheme of conspicuous yellows, reds, whites, and oranges, and he's quite evil.
  • Logical Weakness: Mr. Compress' ability to compress people and objects is one of the most versatile and useful powers the League has at its disposal. However, he has to actually touch the object he wants to compress for his powers to work meaning as long as his opponent is quick enough, or if they specialize in long-range attacks, they can avoid his power.
  • Moral Myopia: His great-great-grandfather was a Robin Hood figure who stole from the rich and gave to the poor and claims that it is his family's duty to fight against injustice. He says this after riding on Gigantomachia's deadly rampage through at least one densely populated city. The fact that he has no issue at all with the destruction the League has caused and that he wishes to pass on that legacy to Shigaraki of all people makes him this.
  • Only Sane Man: Considering the League of Villains' roster consists of an omnicidal nihilist, a Mindless Yes-man, a Pyromaniac with daddy issues, a Yandere Serial Killer, a Loony Fan, and a man suffering from Split Personality, Mr. Compress is definitely this. This is reinforced during the Meta Liberation Army Arc where he's the only one actively trying to keep tabs on the rest of his comrades during their battle with the titular army.
  • Out of Focus:
    • While the Meta Liberation Army Arc was A Day in the Limelight for the League of Villains as a whole, Mr. Compress wasn't given much focus. While the rest of the League were given fights against top members of the MLA and received some Character Development, Mr. Compress was only shown fighting mooks and reaffirmed his status as an Only Sane Man. Even Giran, who isn't a full member, was given some more characterization and depth in the arc. This is even lampshaded at the end of the arc; while Mr. Compress is enjoying some sushi with the rest of the League as a reward for a job well done, Dabi points out that he actually didn't do anything.
    • It's seemingly invoked when it's revealed during the Paranormal Liberation War arc that Sako is the great-great-grandson of legendary criminal Oji Harima implying that Mr. Compress deliberately kept himself out of the limelight so that people would underestimate him. It's even lampshaded by the man himself when revealing his identity as the Peerless thief's great, great grandson, musing how everyone wrote him off as a background character.
    Mr. Compress: What's that, you say? You barely noticed me?! All part of the act! It's all for that ta-da moment that the true trick is saved till the end.
  • Put on a Bus: He lets himself get captured at the end of the Paranormal Liberation War Arc to allow his comrades to escape.
  • The Reliable One: Whenever the League is forced to split up, he is usually the person keeping tabs on everyone.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: His Quirk lets him capture people in marbles. Sealed Good in a Can and Sealed Evil in a Can in a can also apply to him.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Being the resident dandy, he's always very GQ, even when fighting.
  • Sizeshifter: His Quirk allows him to shrink others and/or himself into a small marble. The contents of the marbles are typically restored to their original size via a snap of Compress’ fingers, although since his colleagues are capable of restoring them if he’s not present as when Dabi and Skeptic are un-shrunk off-panel after their escape from the heroes in Chapter 295), this is likely just a bit of dramatic flair.
  • Smug Snake: Given the versatility and the danger of his powers, he has a tendency to show off a lot. But he also uses it as a way to distract his opponents, except it often exposes him to long-range attacks.
  • Squishy Wizard: As he says himself, he's not a very good hand-to-hand fighter and if targeted directly, he tends to go down quick. Thus he relies mostly on stealth and evasion.
  • Stage Magician: His costume and theatricality fit this, and some of his dialogue suggests that he had in fact been one, before turning to villainy.
  • Stealth Expert: Mr. Compress was able to get in-between the Bakugo protection squad and steal the latter and Tokoyami from right under the group's collective noses. This is pretty significant since one of the people guarding him was Shoji who was chosen precisely because of his ability to keep watch from multiple directions and Mr. Compress has to physically touch people for his Quirk to be active. The only thing that tripped him up was his need to gloat.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: His face reveal in Chapter 294 confirms him to be dark-haired and dashingly attractive under his mask and hat.
  • Team Dad: As the oldest of Shigaraki’s core team (although just barely- he’s 32, just one year older than Twice), Compress takes the time to keep track of his colleagues when the League is separated, as well as offer them advice and help them understand concepts they’re unfamiliar with (such as when he explained the Yakuza to Toga when the group first met Overhaul). He even counts among his Hidden Supplies extra copies of some of his teammates’ clothing and gear, ensuring, for example, that Toga isn’t stuck in the nude following one of her transformations.
  • Villainous Valor: Is willing to maim himself just to give the rest of his comrades a chance at escaping in the Paranormal Liberation War arc, knowing full well he might die in the process.
    Mr. Compress: Don't believe for a single moment that you're [heroes] the only ones giving your lives for a cause.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His Quirk allows him to shrink and store people or things in objects, meaning in terms of combat, he's one of the weaker members of the League of Villains, especially compared to members like Muscular, Dabi, or Shigaraki. However, while he is certainly weak, his knowledge and skill of when to use his Quirk and how to exploit its use allow him to trick stronger foes and often capture people who can easily defeat him with ease and is physically skilled enough to be able to dodge someone like Todoroki. As shown when he does it to Overhaul, his Quirk is flexible enough to inflict lethal damage if he uses it so, meaning while he might not be as outright dangerous as others, he is still no slouch.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His quote suggests so. But to what extent this is true remains to be seen. It's revealed in Chapter 294 that he is the great, great grandson of the Peerless Thief Oji Harima and shares his ancestor's wish to expose injustice within hero society and reform the world into something better.
  • White Mask of Doom: Actually wears two masks, a smiling white mask or expressive variations thereof over a regular black ski mask. Usually, the mask he wears reflects the general mood he's in or the current demeanor of the League. It's very telling when he switched to a sad mask after the crew met Overhaul. Magne's death and the loss of his arm hit Mr. Compress pretty badly.

    Kenji Hikishi — Magne 

Kenji Hikishi — Magne

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Voiced by: Satoru Inoue (Japanese), Jeremy Inman (English)

Debut: Chapter 73 (Manga), Episode 41 (Anime)

Quirk: Magnetism

Rank: B

"I'm here because I wanna live free! We get to decide where we belong!!"

A newer recruit of the League, a long-haired, sunglasses-wearing transgender woman with some murders and armed robberies under her belt. Her Quirk is "Magnetism".


  • Affectionate Nickname: While "Magne" is her villain name, the League occasionally refers to her as "Magu-nee" in Japanesenote  and "Big Sis Mag" in English. Her non-villain friend referred to her as "Kennie".
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
    • She knocks Pixie-Bob out at the beginning of the camp raid, recognizing her Earth Flow as the most dangerous Quirk the heroes had on their side.
    • She quickly deduces that Midoriya is dangerous just by seeing his severe injuries. Since she knows only two members of the Vanguard Action Squad are capable of doing that type of damage, and neither would let Midoriya escape with his life, she realizes that he must have beaten them on his own. She resolves to take Midoriya down right then and there, and she would have succeeded had Spinner not intervened.
  • The Brute: She's strong enough to keep up with the physically-intimidating Tiger without even using her Quirk. Given her rather typical criminal record, she appears to be there to provide the Vanguard Action Squad some more muscle. Course, her perceptiveness and being rather sane proved to be a nice bonus.
  • Carry a Big Stick: In battle, she carries a cloth-wrapped, log-like club that's later revealed to be a huge magnet.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Chapter 125, the chapter that delves into her I Just Want to Be Free motivations and gives her the most focus, is the one where her death takes place.
  • Establishing Character Moment: As soon as the camp raid began, she used her Quirk to yank Pixie-Bob away from the other Pussycats and then smashed her over the head with her giant magnet, knocking Pixie-Bob out while also breaking the helmet and visor she used to monitor her Quirk. This showcases Magne's intelligence, as she took out the most powerful of the Pussycats first, while also showing her powerful strength.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Magne is a transgender woman who dresses masculinely, while Tiger is a transgender man who wears a skirt and cat ears. Both maintain Undying Loyalty to their comrades for accepting them and have significant physical strength that is totally unrelated to their Quirks. However, while Tiger has fully transitioned, Magne had yet to do so (most likely as a result of being a Villain). Personality wise, Magne isn't above blaming her comrades for her defeat, while it's clear Tiger wouldn't do the same to his friends.
    • Student-wise, she could also be considered Kendo's counterpart, both being the redheaded Only Sane Woman of their group, excelling at quick thinking, brawling, and using their Quirks in a rather creative manner. However, Magne has also proven to be rather reckless and overconfident which had lead to her death, whilst Kendo throughout her fights tries to keep a level head throughout it all.
  • Evil Redhead: Her hair is of a deep red color, and she's a member of the League of Villains.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: She dies by having the upper half of her body blown to bits by Overhaul. When an explanation of Overhaul's titular Quirk is given later, it's clarified that he dismantled Magne at the molecular level.
  • Fastball Special: Her "Breakup Repulsion: Night Flight Cannon" technique, which is done by magnetizing two people of the same gender, resulting in one of them being quickly shot into the air.
  • Gag Lips: She has cartoonishly thick lips (though she could just be wearing lipstick).
  • I Just Want to Be Free: She wants to live life "without shackles" where she can choose "where she belongs". Unfortunately, this is revealed mere panels before Overhaul reduces her upper body to Ludicrous Gibs.
  • Informed Ability: Her criminal record states that she has killed three people, but Magne is never shown fatally wounding anyone. She does brain Pixie-Bob pretty badly when she first appears, though.
  • Informed Flaw: The databooks give her a D- in terms of Wits... which contrasts against Magne's appearances showing her to be one of the more perceptive and smarter members of the League. Course, this could just be in terms of being street-wise.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: She wears male clothing and has some chin stubble. It can be presumed that being a villain makes it hard to undergo a full transition.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Has a unique variation that takes gender into account in order to work. She can magnetize men into "south poles" and women in "north poles", with the subjects attracting or repelling themselves from each other depending on their gender. She can't use it on herself, however.
  • Mauve Shirt: Magne is one of several new members to the League of Villains, introduced as a member of the "Vanguard Action Squad" during the attack on the training camp. She's given an established personality and receives some backstory highlighting her character motivations, but said backstory comes from her having A Death in the Limelight, she is their first real casualty, and she ultimately has the shortest tenure among the League outside of the members arrested during the raid on the training camp.
  • Never My Fault: Blames Spinner for her defeat at the hands of Tiger, who is quick to remind her it was her fault for going down her criminal path.
  • Sacrificial Lion: A villainous example, but a significant one nonetheless. Nobody had died outright outside of flashbacks in the series yet, and Overhaul killing her early on in the arc sets the tone very firmly, an example that would be followed by heroes at the tail end of the arc.
  • Sinister Shades: Wears a pair of triangular aviator sunglasses that obscure her eyes.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. When she listens to Spinner's rant about Stain in the middle of combat, they both get decked hard by Tiger and Mandalay.
  • Trans Tribulations: Her own backstory, which is briefly explained right before Overhaul kills her, reveals that being recognized as a transgender person was part of the reasons why she wants to dismantle hero society.
  • Triangle Shades: She wears triangular sunglasses, which helped add to her tough, rebellious image.
  • The Worf Effect: She's established in the Forest Training Camp Arc to be pretty strong physically for someone without a strength Quirk. So when she's effortlessly killed by Overhaul, it emphasizes how dangerous and uncaring he is.

    Goto Imasuji — Muscular 

Goto Imasuji — Muscular/Jailbreaker

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Voiced by: Kosuke Takaguchi (Japanese), Jim Foronda (English)

Debut: Chapter 72 (Manga), Episode 40 (Anime)

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

Quirk: Pump Up

Rank: A

"Brats like you sure know how to pass the blame. It's no good. I don't really hold a grudge against 'em about my eye. I killed 'em, just like I wanted to. And they tried to stop me. We all did our best and had to deal with the results. What's bad is when you can't put your money where your mouth is...like your dear mommy and daddy!"

A newer recruit of the League, a bloodthirsty veteran villain who is responsible for killing Kota's parents. He and Midoriya end up facing off during the Forest Training Camp Arc, resulting in his defeat and capture.

His Quirk is "Pump Up", which allows him to produce muscle fibers to greatly increase his strength and durability.


  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: What happens when a Dumb Muscle villain with no subtlety and a monstrously powerful Quirk wants to shed some blood. His power puts Midoriya so far on the defensive that he doesn't even need to worry about defending himself. This backfires on him in their rematch, as Deku is now strong enough to negate his power edge and Muscular fails to even land a hit on him.
  • Ax-Crazy: If his brutal bloodlust wasn't proof enough, his damaged eye makes him look even crazier. He's so incredibly homicidal that he would even be willing to murder children just for fun. Also he only joined the League because it gave him an excuse to kill people. When freed from jail, he quickly kills all guards in sight and begins attacking cities to massacre innocent people.
  • Battle Cry: "SHOW ME YOUR BLOOD!!!"
  • The Berserker: Muscular rushes into combat full force without any regard for his own safety. Considering the sheer power he has on his side, he's likely never had to. His recklessness in his fight with Deku shows that he rarely had any sort of skill behind his attacks and was moreso focused on charging in like a rampaging bull hoping to deal as much damage as possible. In their rematch, Deku now has the experience and additional Quirks to negate his power edge, and Muscular's lack of skill and defense lets Deku defeat him without him being able to meaningfully counter attack.
  • Beyond Redemption: As Midoriya tries to understand his drive for fighting, Muscular declares he just loves killing people and his only regret would be not to beat someone to death. For this, the hero quickly shuts him down.
  • Blood Knight: He absolutely loves fighting and killing — and he's absolutely delighted when Deku starts putting up a better fight. He claims that the only reason that he joined the League is because they would finally let him off his leash. This gets highlighted even further during his rematch, where Midoriya tries to understand if he has any deeper motivations. Muscular dismisses Midoriya’s attempt at reasoning; declaring that spilling blood and the thrill of battle, are all he wants without any remorse or regret.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: He's a rather gleeful murderous psychopath who kills solely For the Evulz — but at the same time, he accepts his own Social Darwinist views, to the point that he doesn't hold a grudge against Kota's parents for costing him his left eye. He wanted to kill people, they wanted to stop him, and he accepts all the results as they played out.
  • Body Horror: His Quirk buffs him up so hard that his muscle fibers actually cannot be contained by his skin.
  • Boring, but Practical: His Quirk is acknowledged as this in-universe by Midoriya, who notes that it is simple but powerful, powerful enough to even rival the (then) current limits of One For All.
  • The Brute: A literal muscleman who is only interested in killing people.
  • The Bus Came Back: After his capture at the training camp and absence for over 200 chapters, he returns in Chapter 297 during the Tartarus break out.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: While the entire League is this (it's in their name), Muscular is one of the biggest examples in the series. Unlike the rest of the League, he doesn't even try to come up with an excuse or reason he's the way is, a goal he claims is well-intentioned, or even a delusional mental illness. He's just a psychopath who loves killing people, and he's completely open and honest about that fact.
  • Clothing Damage: Tapping into the full extent of his Quirk shreds his clothes in much the same way that One For All sometimes does. He quickly graduates from fully-dressed to a Shirtless Scene while fighting Midoriya.
  • Contrived Coincidence: He comes across Kota during the attack on the training camp, and also just happens to be the villain who killed Kota's parents. When Muscular realizes their connection, he jokingly claims that it must have been fate.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: He may have slain both members of Water Hose, but they managed to take out his eye before being defeated.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: As Deku said in Chapter 308, any rematch would be pointless. The power of OFA had grown to insane levels within him, and Shindo had earlier pulled Muscular's tendons with his Quake quirk, making the villain go down in one blow.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He had no idea that Midoriya could push himself to get as strong as he did, especially after thoroughly overwhelming him mere seconds before.
  • Dumb Muscle: He pretty much gives away the League's plan to capture Bakugo within seconds of meeting Midoriya, which gave Midoriya and the others a chance to stop it from happening. The databook gives him a meager 1 out of 5 in Wits, which shows in his utter lack of tactics besides keep attacking.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: He explains his Quirk to Midoriya right before attacking. He even lampshades it, saying that it's a way for him to brag and prove that Midoriya's Quirk is a blatantly inferior version of his Quirk. If only he knew.
  • Expy:
    • Of Eddie Brock/Venom and Kletus Cassidy/Carnage from Marvel. Like Venom, both are muscular and blond in their normal form before getting organic armor that increases their size while having similar powers to the main hero. Like Carnage, both are unhinged, bloodthirsty and violent. Their skins are also red, like the blood they love to spill. Notably, one of the few things outside pure physical strength that manages to give him trouble is powerful sonic vibrations, which is one of the symbiotes Achilles' Heel, yet he's also able to fight through it much like how Venom developed a resistance to sonic attacks. To further this comparison, the cover for Volume 9 of the manga is a reference to Ultimate Spider-Man:Venom issue #1's cover, with Muscular in Venom's position opposed to Midoriya's Spider-Man.
    • Muscular also has a lot of similarities with Conquest. Both are sadistic, battle-crazy and near-insane enforcers for their respective factions, only work for their masters because their job acts as an outlet for their bloodlust, both have extreme strength and act as the Wake-Up Call Boss for the hero of their respective stories. The two even share a case of Eye Scream, and Muscular does look like what Conquest could have been young and mustache-less.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • His Ax-Crazy, Blood Knight personality makes him stand out as being the closest member of the League of Villains to Bakugo. Like Bakugo, Muscular is one of the most powerful members of his group, loves fighting, and is extremely self-confident, to the point of being often too stupid to realize the situation. Interestingly enough, his overall appearance seems to invoke this, as he looks like an older Bakugo with a case of Eye Scream.
    • To Endeavor. Both a spike-haired, musclebound prone to anger and are some of the strongest characters of their respective groups. Later chapters show Endeavor bears an uncanny resemblance to a two-eyed, redhaired Muscular. But while Endeavor is not the most likable of people he is still a hero.
    • He's one to Midoriya. Both of them have Quirks that grant them Super Strength and on a whole empower them, but while Muscular is a violent, bloodthirsty sadist who delights in using his powers to hurt and kill others, Midoriya is a kind, heroic, and altruistic person who strives to use his powers to help others. Essentially, Muscular is what Midoriya would be if he lacked any morality or humanity.
  • Eye Scream: Water Hose managed to cost him his left eye before he killed them, leaving a pretty nasty scar behind. He uses some type of stylized prosthetic cover that he can swap out; he notably changes it out for a specific one when he decides to take his fight with Midoriya seriously instead of playing around. Does it again in his second fight with Midoriya during the Tartarus breakout, but this time with a random piece of rubble that looks in no way comfortable.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He puts on an air of friendliness when he first meets Kota, even complimenting the child on his hat and offering to trade it for his mask, but it's nothing more than him playing with his food. He's a heartless murderer to his very core.
  • For the Evulz: He fights, kills, and enjoys without regrets. That's it. He doesn't care about the League of Villains or even revenge. Just battle and blood.
  • For Want of a Nail: As Midoriya himself noted, if he hadn't badly hurt himself defeating Muscular, then he could've prevented the League of Villains from abducting Bakugo, which would've prevented the Kamino incident in which All Might fought All For One, which, while leading to the arrest of All For One, also forced All Might to use up the remainder of One For All, forcing him to retire.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: His Quirk allows him to enlarge and enhance his muscles to give him Super Strength and Super Toughness.
  • The Heavy: Of the School Trip arc. He's not the leader of the attacking villains and is the first to be defeated, but he's the most important to Kota's story.
  • Hero Killer: Has killed at least two pro heroes in his career, with the flashback news bulletin implying there were more.
    • His fight with Midoriya also caused a For Want of a Nail effect that ultimately led to All Might using up the last of his quirk, and ending his career as a hero.
  • Heroic Build: Inverted. He may have a rock-hard physique, but he's as far from a hero as you can possibly get.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Everything he did when fighting Midoriya prior to getting hit with One For All at 100% was him just playing with his food. When Midoriya finally puts up enough of a fight to interest him, he decides to go all-out.
  • Immune to Bullets: As shown when he's slaughtering the Tartarus prison guards during the break out in Chapter 297, his muscle fibers are thick and tough enough to absorb bullet fire.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Mocks Midoriya throughout their fight, to the point that his opponent flat-out yells at him to shut up.
  • Jerkass: Easily the biggest one in the series before Overhaul dethroned him, though, even Overhaul had people he cared about. Muscular is more than happy to tell a 5-year-old boy that his parents (whom he killed) died because they were weaklings before trying to kill said boy on the spot. He continually mocks Midoriya throughout their fight, treating it like a game while Midoriya is fighting for his and Kota's life.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His Quirk allows him to wrap his body in muscle fibers to increase his strength and speed, which gives him a massive advantage over Midoriya's 5% Full Cowl. The muscles also effectively increase his durability by physically shielding his head and vital organs from harm, though he's not immune from pain when said muscles are attacked.
  • Meaningful Name: His first name, Goto, is homophonous with the Japanese word for "criminal".
  • Might Makes Right: In his weird morality, the victor of the battle is always right, no matter what their goals are.
  • More Hateable Minor Villain: Muscular, a villain who joins the League of Villains and helps them attack the training camp, endangering the lives of teenage heroes in training. As if this wasn't bad enough, he also murdered the Water Hose heroes (Kota's parents) while trying to kill the population of an entire village For the Evulz, and tries to kill Kota before Midoriya intervenes, taunting the child about his parent's deaths to his face. While some of the other League of Villains members have sympathetic (or at least entertaining) traits, Muscular is nothing more than a psychotic murderer. To his credit, at least he's honest about it and doesn't hold grudges against people who harmed him, and even shows admiration towards worthy opponents. This even gets invoked In-Universe when Midoriya runs into him again. When he attempts to get through to him to understand his motivations for becoming a villain, Muscular basically tells him there isn't; he did it because he wanted to. Midoriya decides to beat him right then and there as a result.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: His Quirk and name are based on this. The guy already has a muscular body, but when he activates his Quirk, his muscles augment and it greatly increases his strength and durability.
  • Near-Villain Victory: He comes dangerously close to overpowering and killing Midoriya during their battle, before Kota sprays him with his water quirk, causing him to let his guard down and giving Midoriya a window to rally his strength and defeat him.
  • Nothing Personal: Admits this about killing Water Hose, saying it wasn't because they took his eye, but because he just likes killing and both he and they were doing their best at what they do.
  • No-Sell: His main defensive strategy is to wrap himself in muscle fiber armor so he can't be stopped while he tears the enemy apart. If they do hurt him? That clearly means he hasn't used enough muscle fibers in his armor. Notably, he takes Yo Shindo's strongest sonic attack point-blank and actually takes damage, but he powers through while wrapping more muscle fibers around himself to continue and try to beat him to death, which would have succeeded if not for Midoriya's Big Damn Heroes.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: When he was initially introduced during the Training Camp arc he is only ever referred to by his villain name Muscular and then he is taken out by Midoriya so for the longest time the audience never finds out his real name. His actual name is revealed in Chapter 308 to be Goto Imasuji after his return to the series.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His return following the prison break demonstrates that he can casually wreck buildings just by roof-hooping.
  • Psycho for Hire: States outright to Midoriya that he doesn't care one iota about the League's goals, and just joined up with them so he could kill people without anything holding him back.
  • Punched Across the Room: He's finally taken down when Midoriya uses One For All far past its limits and slugs the big musclehead in his face and straight into the side of a mountain.
  • Revenge: Surprisingly averted. He doesn't want to kill Kota because his parents mutilated his eye in self-defense, as he doesn't really mind. He wants to kill him because he can. And when Midoriya shows up to confront him after the time skip following his breakout, he's excited more for the chance to have another life-or-death battle with him rather than actually avenging his first defeat.
  • Sadist: He could rival Shigaraki in this department. He killed the Water Hose duo, but he made sure to torture them before he did. He shows himself ready to do the same to Midoriya and Kota during their fight despite them being basically children.
  • Slasher Smile: His default look whenever he's fighting or just looking to terrify someone. But he especially has this when he's killing people and causing pain.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Midoriya's fight with him started a For Want of a Nail effect that resulted in All Might using up the last of his Quirk and being forced to retire, as Midoriya himself notes.
  • The Sociopath: People's lives are just throwaway entertainment for him. He himself admits he shares no loyalty or camaraderie with the League, and only signed up so he could go on his random killing sprees again. This is even highlighted during his rematch with Midoriya when he defies Midoriya's attempt to try and understand if his path to villianhood was the only way for him and says flat out that he only cares about bloodshed.
  • So Last Season: Downplayed during his rematch with Midoriya since the young hero notes that Muscular was able to absorb One For All punches at 100% power so he is not to be underestimated, but thanks to the addition of four of the previous users' Quirks and Yo Shindo's vibration powers weakening his muscles fibers, Muscular ends up being defeated over the course of a single chapter without being able to even land a hit on Midoriya.
  • Super Strength: His Quirk wraps his body in muscle fibers to increase his strength. He is strong enough to smash through cliff walls and shatter the ground beneath him, and can create a giant mass of muscle fibers to thoroughly crush a person to death.
  • Super Toughness: 5% Full Cowl doesn't even phase him. He can even shrug off One For All at 100%. One For All at "1,000,000%" (actually just Midoriya pushing himself to way beyond his limits), however, not so much.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: He's super strong and tough to an absurd degree...but also has zero actual fighting skill or techique, being pretty much Dumb Muscle. He doesn't need to worry about this when he has a massive power edge on someone who can't easily hurt him...but Deku has become powerful enough to harm him, much faster, and much more skilled by the time of their rematch. As a result, Deku defeats him in their rematch without Muscular being able to do a thing about it.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Muscular is the only member of the League that lacks a compelling backstory, a charismatic personality or a good reason to have become a villain whatsoever. He is a remoreless killer that loves to spill blood of innocents and as Midoriya points out, a monster Beyond Redemption.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: What he lacks in skill and technique he more than makes up for in raw power. This can be seen when he decides to go full out and attack Deku as he's able to blitz him with ease but he also continuously misses him, and his strategy more or less involves throwing himself at his opponent until he hits him. By the time of their rematch, Midoriya has grown strong enough that the raw power doesn't really matter anymore, and Muscular doesn't stand much of a chance against the now Strong and Skilled Midoriya.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Somewhat justified, since Muscular was in prison since the events of the training camp arc and generally just relies purely on sheer power with little to no skill or strategy. But whereas in the last encounter, Midoriya was still figuring out the power of One for All and had to push beyond his limits to beat Muscular, when they meet again, Midoriya not only has better control over his power, but has been granted more abilities thanks to communicating with the forebearers of One For All, as well as being far more experienced in general. Add on that Shindo had already softened him up with his Quake Quirk, and Midoriya manages to take Muscular out easily before Muscular has a chance to do anything.
  • Villain Respect: Muscular loudly declares his admiration for Midoriya, for being able to survive, let alone stand against the crushing force of his titanic blows. Also, he does not hate Kota's parents for blinding him; in fact, he admires the fact they fought to the bitter end and feels they earned the right to take his eye.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Loses his calm demeanor when he realizes Midoriya is still getting stronger and is pushing back at him despite seeming to be crushed under the weight of his arm.
    Muscular: Damnit! How are you getting stronger?!
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as something of this to Midoriya, being the first major villain he had to defeat alone and the first he faces powerful enough to withstand even a full power One For All attack. The damage Midoriya did to himself to win is so severe it forces him to realize he has to abandon his reckless habit of using self-injuring levels of power in a pinch and to create an entirely new fighting style to have a hope of continuing his hero career.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: Muscular's Quirk has no applications aside from adding more and more muscle fibers to his body. Yet, this makes him monstrously powerful because these muscle fibers make him so strong, durable, and fast that he can easily contend with and overwhelm Midoriya while he was using One For All: Full Cowl at 5%. It even lets him shrug off Midoriya's use of One For All at 100% of his power. This backfires on him in their rematch, as Midoriya has grown so powerful and skilled that Muscular's power edge is no longer enough. As Muscular has zero actual combat skill or any strategy other than 'beat it until it stops moving', Midoriya makes quick work of him.
  • The Worf Effect: When introduced, he was the villain who got the closest to outright killing Midoriya. When he returns, Midoriya dispatches him in one chapter, showing how much Midoriya has grown.
  • Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard Midoriya as this for giving him the most entertaining fight of his life. He also candidly admits his respect for the bravery of Kota's parents, who fought to the bitter end and "earned" the right to take his eye at the cost of their own lives. When they meet again, Musuclar is overjoyed to see Midoriya, claiming that nobody gave him such satisfaction in fighting as much as Midoriya did. He is disappointed when Midoriya uses tactics instead of fighting him with brute strength.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Killed both of Kota's parents, including his mother.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He is very casual about trying to kill Kota, and tries to do so with no hesitation or provocation.
  • You Talk Too Much!: He loves to talk, constantly mocking Midoriya and the ideal of heroes in general. By the climax of their fight, Midoriya starts yelling at him to shut up.

    Moonfish 

??? — Moonfish

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Voiced by: Shuuhei Matsuda (Japanese), Daman Mills (English)

Debut: Chapter 73 (Manga), Episode 41 (Anime)

Quirk: Blade-Tooth

Rank: B

"Pretty. So pretty. No. This is work. So alluring. But no. Can't... Pretty flesh. Gah! So enticing though... Gotta do the job."

A newer recruit to the League, an escaped death row inmate with a taste for human flesh. He was defeated by an out-of-control Tokoyami and recaptured during the Forest Training Camp Arc.

His Quirk is "Blade-Tooth", which allows him to grow and transform his teeth into long, sharp blades.


  • Ax-Crazy: He is a death row inmate.
  • Bald of Evil: His head is completely smooth-shaven under his mask, including his eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • Berserk Button: Denying him his chosen "prizes" (targets that he presumably wants to eat) will make him go all out on the offender. However, even all of his bladed teeth turn out to be incapable of harming a berserking Dark Shadow.
    Moonfish: Flesh... slabs of meat... No good... Can't allow it... Don't steal from me!
  • Bondage Is Bad: His whole ensemble looks like a nightmarish parody of a gimp suit; a full-body leather outfit covered in spikes and harnesses, complete with eye covering, straitjacket, and contraptions to keep his lips peeled back from his teeth.
  • The Brute: Like Muscular, he's recruited by the League to fight heroes. His fighting style is a little more skilled than the average brute, though.
  • The Bus Came Back: After his capture at the training camp and absence for over 200 chapters, he returns in Chapter 297 during the Tartarus break out.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: An example that's very much Played for Horror. Moonfish is nuts, spending his entire fight against Todoroki and Bakugo showing zero concern for his own safety while babbling endlessly about blood and meat. He goes even further off the deep end when an out-of-control Tokoyami arrives and threatens to deny him his "prizes".
  • Combat Tentacles: Uses his Quirk in the fashion that other examples typically do under this trope. However, ultimately averted as Moonfish is using his teeth to suspend himself and attack enemies.
  • Consummate Professional: Funnily enough, the most coherent things he says relate to his "work" as a villain. The very first thing we hear him say is a chant of "Get to Work!" and his creepy fawning over Shoji's severed hand reeks of him holding back his hunger for flesh to get the job done.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Shoji as another tall, lean, creepy-looking individual who fights by multiplying and extending body parts. While Shoji is calm, kindhearted, lives a humble life, and attempts to hide his more horrifying traits, Moonfish is a totally insane and greedy cannibal who relishes in the fear of his opponents.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: You probably wouldn't expect an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer with blades for teeth to be nicknamed "Moonfish". Real moonfish look like this.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Depicted as this in the SMASH spin-off, with not even Shigaraki and Kurogiri seeming too keen on having him around at first as a result of his blatant insanity, with only Toga liking him due to both of their struggles with their 'desires'. This seems to carry some merit in the main storyline, where his defeat is witnessed by ally Mr. Compress...who instead leaves him for dead to try and recruit the Hero trainee who bested the cutthroat, heavily implying they (or, at the very least, just Compress) only tolerated him as long as he had some use for them.
  • Hidden Depths: He's complete nutcase obsessed with flesh, but he still managed to escape from death row which is not an easy feat and prior to his second arrest was skilled enough to be classified as an A-ranked Villain. The SMASH spinoff goes further in implying that the League had no involvement in this, leaning to case he might have engineered his own way out himself. Furthermore, his initial databook entry listed him as 3/5 out for Wits, making him smarter than Muscular (who is pretty unintelligent) as well as Magne and Spinner (both, while not as smart as the others, aren't idiots either), and on par with people like Compress and Dabi. However, the second databook dropped it so he now as smart as Muscular, though that could mean his insanity rotted even that quality away.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His outfit is a creepy full-body leather outfit, which doesn't hinder him much. Spinoffs implied it's just what he wears ever since his escape.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Based on his proclaimed desire for "meat" when attacking Bakugo and Todoroki, and his fawning over Shoji's severed hand, he seems to be a cannibal.
  • Ironic Name: "Moonfish", or Opahs, are colorful fish that have very small teeth that live in shoals around freshwater environments. Moonfish here is a crazy cannibalistic Psycho for Hire that can manipulate his teeth to suspend himself in the air.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: During the assault on the training camp, Moonfish cut off one of Shoji's spare hands, which caused Tokoyami's Dark Shadow to go on a rampage. He ends up being defeated by Dark Shadow after Shoji and Midoriya lead it back to him. Bonus points for Dark Shadow shattering all of his teeth for good measure.
  • Mundane Utility: Moonfish's teeth are also capable of being used to prop himself back up, though this is mostly because his arms are pinned down from his straight jacket.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth!: His growing teeth can be used both for offense, defense, and even mobility.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His first and last name are all but unknown.
  • Psycho for Hire: Like Muscular, he's a murderous criminal who seems to have joined on with the League purely so he could have the opportunity to kill more people. Though, unlike Muscular, Moonfish actually holds himself back in order to do his designated job.
  • Required Secondary Powers: When Dark Shadow defeats him, he does so via smashing him through an entire swath of trees, the impact shattering pretty much every tooth in his head. When he returns during the Tartarus breakout, his teeth have regrown, showing that shattering his teeth isn't enough to nullify his Quirk, and if any of them are broken, he can presumably grow them back after a period of time.
  • Scary Impractical Armor: As scary as he looks, his outfit looks very impractical. He's wearing a straightjacket, his eyes are covered, and his lips are stretched as far back as they can. However, the stretched back lips are done to prevent Moonfish from hurting himself with his Quirk.
  • Scary Teeth: His teeth already look scary enough with his lips constantly peeled back to expose them, but using his Quirk, he can make each individual tooth grow into a sort of horrifying, sharp, angular, multi-pronged branch to attack his enemies.
  • Talkative Loon: One of the most outright psychotic villains in the series, and his constant nonsensical babbling about flesh, meat, and blood is only one of the more obvious signs.
  • Uncertain Doom: Played With. He was alive when he was recaptured, but as he's a death row inmate, and the story has gone on for several months after he was recaptured, it's not clear if he's still alive by the present or if his original sentence has been carried out. The ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book confirms that he's still alive and imprisoned in Tartarus awaiting the death penalty. Though it takes until Chapter 297 for his survival to be confirmed in canon, where it quickly becomes relevant as he's one of the inmates to take advantage of Shigaraki's attack on the prison.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His Quirk isn't particularly powerful, but he's extremely skilled at using it to attack and evade.

    Mustard 

??? — Mustard

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Voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima (Japanese), Daman Mills (English)

Debut: Chapter 57 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)

Quirk: Gas

Rank: B

"You're getting a top-notch education at a famous school. At least use some strategy. If not... you're barely worth killing."

A newer recruit of the League, a gas mask-wearing boy in a school uniform who was rallied to the League by Stain's association. He was taken down by Tetsutetsu and captured by the police during the Forest Training Camp Arc.

His Quirk, "Gas", allows him to create and manipulate toxic purple gas. Notably, he isn't immune to the gas he creates.


  • Achilles' Heel: His gas can be almost entirely nullified with a gas mask, which is why he carries a revolver to compensate since, as Kendo point out, it's clear that he has no experience in hand-to-hand combat.
  • All There in the Manual: His Quirk's name was first confirmed in the ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Even though we see him getting arrested at the end of the Training Camp Arc, unlike Muscular and Moonfish who are now stated to be jailed in Tartarus, his eventual fate is unclear. While it's implied he won't get away unscathed, the fact that he's a minor, perhaps even younger than the main cast, makes his case much more complicated to handle.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Resentful towards heroes, a member of the League of Villains, and has no issue turning his firearm on unarmed students who are around the same age as him. Fittingly, his Quirk is creating toxic and vision impairing gas.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: He's able to feel things with the gas he produces. This allows him to detect any movement that disturbs the gas and effectively lets him sense the locations and movements of anyone in his cloud.
  • Boring, but Practical: He wields a revolver to dispatch people he can't take out with his gas. It's not particularly flashy or dramatic compared to a Quirk, but it is deadly.
  • Bottomless Magazines: He fires more rounds than a revolver can hold without reloading. Averted in the anime, where it depicts him pausing to reload before continuing to fire against Tetsutetsu. He eventually runs out, leaving him defenseless.
  • Broken Pedestal: Shows an apparent disillusionment towards heroes and the institutions that form them, which he seemed to look up to at one point, especially hating how they look up to heroes with one-note Quirks while his is ignored. It's hinted that Stain's philosophy helped motivate him to join the League of Villains.
  • Bowdlerise: His helmet in the manga was depicted with three stars and black lines underneath, helping with the war theme his character was designed around. The anime removes the stars, but leaves the black lines for some reason.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • In one conversation with Toga, he makes it clear that he doesn't value the look of the equipment he's provided as long as its functional.
    • He carries a revolver. Kendo calls him a coward for it, but one can't deny that it's an effective tactic to have people think nullifying his Quirk has left him defenseless, only for him to whip out a gun and shoot them with it.
  • The Corruptible: See Enfant Terrible below. While he may have started unscrupulous, there's no question that acquainting with a crime syndicate has pushed him over the edge into full-blown villainy.
  • Deadly Gas: His gas leaves its victims in a critical condition, so it's definitely lethal. Even he's not immune to it.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Gets hit by this three times, culminating in his defeat:
    • While he knew there were two people coming to get him, Mustard didn't account for one of them being immune to bullets, rendering his surprise factor for having a gun null.
    • He didn't know Kendo's Quirk, and so despite effortlessly sidestepping her initial grab, Mustard was still conked on the head by a giant hand after it expanded.
    • Kendo blowing Mustard's gas away by using her seemingly useless Quirk was enough to surprise him to direct his attention away from the half-dead Tetsutestu, which results in Tetsutetsu getting up behind him and knocking him out in one punch shortly after.
  • Dirty Coward: Kendo calls him out as one during their fight, pointing out that the fact that Mustard feels the need to use a gun shows he doesn't have any confidence in being able to win a fight by himself. He gets noticeably angry at this accusation.
  • Enfant Terrible: Implied. Mustard is clearly a teenager but still way too young to be joining a crime syndicate like the League of Villains. The fact that he wears a grade school uniform means that he's either the same age as the main cast or actually even younger than them. His inexperience and short frame suggest the latter.
  • Evil Counterpart: Both he and Shinso are physically frail teens with a significant amount of resentment towards hero students, major trash talking tendencies, and powerful yet villainous Quirks. Shinso moves past his jealousy and overcomes his physical deficiencies by training his ass off. Mustard decides that sticking with bitterness and guns is a better idea. His attitude is also reminiscent of Monoma in how they mock and taunt others who they deem as inferior, as well as having Quirks that can't be used properly without the right requirements (Monoma needs people to touch to acquire Quirks, Mustard requires his equipment so he doesn't knock himself out). However, while Monoma ultimately decides to pursue heroism despite this, Mustard gave in to villainy.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: Gleefully brags to Tetsutetsu and Kendo how he can sense their movement in his poison gas. This proves to be instrumental in his defeat as Kendo realizes she can push the gas away temporarily, long enough to give Tetsutetsu an opening.
  • Fatal Flaw: His arrogance and inexperience. He thinks he's smarter than everybody else, but as his mediocre 3/6 intelligence stat proves, he really doesn't have a good handle on tactical situations. He gets a little too comfortable toying with his opponents, and once his "sense the fluctuations in the gas" trick is beaten by Kendo, he has no tricks left up his sleeve to stop Tetsutetsu from decking him.
  • Flat Character: As a result of never reapearing in the story after his first appearance, and not having much characterization in the first place, he ends up being the least developed of the Vanguard.
  • Glass Cannon: Mustard's gas is deadly, but he can't really fight, which his use of a revolver for defense underlines. All Tetsutetsu needs to take him out is a punch to the face.
  • Herd-Hitting Attack: The gas typhoon generated by Mustard was the complimenting form of area denial that was meant to box in the U.A. students along with Dabi's forest fire. In the end, Dabi's inferno resulted in nobody getting directly injured. Mustard's gas on the other hand knocked out more than 15 students for weeks.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: By being able to sense fluctuations in his gas, Mustard is able to line up perfect shots with his gun despite the purple miasma causing a severe decrease in visibility even without a gas mask. He demonstrates this by head-shotting Tetsutetsu immediately with one hand on his gun, and later firing a well-aimed shot at a flanking Kendo beneath his right arm without even turning his head.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: In his panic, he tries firing his emptied revolver at Kendo, realizing too late that he is all but defenseless.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Even after he breaks Tetsutestu's mask and the latter is struggling to just stay conscious, he continues to take potshots at him with his revolver. Mustard gets bonus points in this for actually kicking Tetsutetsu in the middle of his gunshots.
  • Knockout Gas: His Quirk's gas causes unconsciousness seconds after inhalation in a vein similar to Midnight, though it's implied to cause far worse damage if the victim continues to breathe it in, considering that many of its victims were unconscious for days after.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: He derides Kendo and Tetsutetsu as being "simple" and laughs at them for what he believes are their pathetic quirks and not living up to U.A.'s reputation, declaring their education has done nothing to make them any better than himself. He's quickly proven wrong when they devise a strategy that ends with him laid out in the dirt.
  • Logical Weakness: As Tetsutetsu points out: he wouldn't be wearing a gas mask if he was immune to his own gas.
  • Meaningful Name: He is named after the infamous mustard gas used in the trenches of World War I.
  • More than Meets the Eye: Despite being a young student still wearing his school uniform, and having to use his illegal firearm to win fights for him, Mustard is a B rank villain. This means that he was both more wanted than serial killer Toga, most of the yakuza from the Shie Hassaikai faction, and on par with world-class thief Mr. Compress, at least when they were initially ranked. His arrest has decreased his ranking to C, but even so it is still higher than dangerous criminals such as the Sludge and Seltzer Villains.
  • Mundane Solution: Although his power is very dangerous, it has no stopping power. Anyone with a gas mask or can at least temporarily remove the gas from around him can get close enough to take him out. To get over that, he has a .38 revolver, which while unimpressive is soundly lethal to people who aren't immune to bullets.
  • Not so Above It All: Prior to fighting with Class B, he briefly took the role of one of the few sensible people in the Vanguard Action Squad, chiding others for being so gung-ho and childish. His fight, however, makes it clear that this maturity is a thin facade as he heavily mocks Class B and toys with them in a childish manner.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His full name is a complete mystery.
  • Poisonous Person: His gas causes unconsciousness immediately upon inhalation, and presumably death after extended exposure.
  • Put on a Prison Bus: He's the only member of the League captured at the training camp to not return during the Tartarus break out. Presumably this is because he got imprisoned somewhere else on account of being a minor.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Zigzagged. Unlike typical characters with toxic powers, he is apparently not immune to his own toxins, if his gas mask is any indication. He does, however, have the power to sense movements in the gas, allowing him to freely navigate in the opaque toxic mist he creates while others stumble blindly through it. It also allows him to get clear shots with his revolver.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Wields a .38 revolver for self-defense against people that can avoid breathing his gas.
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: His young age is emphasized by him wearing a gakuran, or male school uniform. This is to contrast his support gear of a helmet and gas mask that is obviously designed for military personnel.
  • Shooting Superman: His revolver can't kill Tetsutetsu while his skin is iron, but they still hurt him and keep him suppressed until the poison gas knocks him out or his Quirk eventually fails (in theory).
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's eerily calm when fighting the U.A. students, treating it almost as if it were a game as they desperately tried to avoid both his gunshots and the noxious gas. Especially apparent as he's giving Tetsutetsu a rant while he's reloading his revolver.
  • Squishy Wizard: Out of the villains that attack the training camp, he manages to cause the most damage to the students through his gas cloud and does a decent job of keeping Tetsutetsu at bay with his revolver... but the moment an opening shows up, he goes down with a single blow.
  • Supervillain Packing Heat: He carries a .38 revolver to deal with people he can't incapacitate using his gas.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Justified as while he's giving his two opponents a speech, they're desperately trying to avoid his attacks while he's calmly in control thanks to his gun and gas.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Tetsutetsu notes that Mustard seems to be around the same age as him (15), possibly even younger. This is especially disturbing considering he could have, and would have, killed Tetsutetsu with his revolver if the latter's Quirk didn't make him bulletproof.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When Kendo charges in to attack him, he thinks her Quirk is useless against his gas. That is, until she uses her big hands as fans to blow away his wind, allowing Tetsutetsu to recover and punch him out while he's distracted.
  • Victory by Endurance: He's aware that he can't beat Tetsutetsu in a hand-to-hand fight, but he also knows he doesn't have to. He just needs to keep Tetsutetsu at bay until he stops holding his breath, which is pretty easy to do when you have a gun. Unfortunately for Mustard, Kendo is able to give Tetsu an opening.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Panics when he realizes Kendo can overcome his ability to predict her movements by way of her Quirk letting her wave away his gas, which is made worse by how his revolver is out of bullets.
    Mustard: You little—!
  • Would Hit a Girl: Judging by how he did fire shots at Kendo, and how he seriously took aim at her towards the end of their fight, it appears that Mustard would have no qualms with shooting an unarmed girl who was around his age.

Other Forces

    Shigaraki's Underlings 
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A large group of villains that attacked U.A. with Shigaraki, Kurogiri, and the USJ Nomu during the USJ Arc, with the goal of killing the Symbol of Peace: All Might.

At the end of the arc, they are all arrested and total 72 in number, with most being small-time crooks who are the type to hang out in back alleys.


  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Some of them are this, most notably Sharkyonaranote  that attacks Midoriya, and Invisible Wallnote  that attacks Katsuki.
  • The Bus Came Back: Hanzo Suiden, one of the water villains from USJ, makes a return as apart of Toga's squad in the final battle.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Dozens of thugs vs. one hero who's fighting out of his comfort zone. They don't stand a chance. In general, very few of them are a threat to anyone, even the students. Justified, as it's mentioned the majority of them are small-time crooks with only a couple actually being truly dangerous to anyone who knows how to fight.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Jiro asks Tesla why he turned to a life of crime since people with electric-type Quirks were considered valuable in the job market. He never answers, as he realized that she was attempting to distract him for a sneak attack.
  • Elite Mook: Tesla, the electricity villain, that Yaoyorozu, Jiro and Kaminari face. His Quirk is what allows the League to cut off communication with the USJ, he's valuable enough to stay off the front lines and smart enough to avoid Kaminari's indiscriminate attack and see through Jiro's attempted subterfuge. However, he isn't important enough to warrant being named (until the games) and as soon as the teachers show up, he is taken down and arrested with the rest of the thugs.
  • Guns Are Worthless: A trio of villains, the Firing Squad,note  all have bullet shooting Quirks, and are the first villains taken down.
  • Making a Splash: One villain, Hanzo Suidennote  can manipulate water, and uses his power to sink a ship that Midoriya, Tsuyu, and Mineta are on.
  • Mooks: For Shigaraki during the USJ Arc. While they do have distinctive designs, they have no names, little individual personality, and are noted to be second-rate thugs who are absolutely no threat to the pros. Aizawa can take them down en masse despite his skillset being best at 1-on-1 confrontations, and when the other teachers show up, they're done for. Even the students prove able to take out a large number of them by themselves. The games rank most of these guys in the 'E' to 'F' rank, making them weaker than even the likes of the Sludge Villain.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Steel Bulwarknote  has four arms.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The mobile game, My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero, gives a few (but not all) of these villains' names.note 
    • The mobile games My Hero Academia: Entry Season and My Hero Academia: Smash Rising, as well as the ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book also gives names for several more of them note 
  • No Name Given: None of them are given individual names. None of them are particularly significant enough to merit it. The mobile game, My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero, rectifies this for some, but not all.
  • Prehensile Hair: Martial Hairnote  has a Quirk that lets her use her pigtails like drills.
  • Shock and Awe: Tesla,note  the most notable among them all, has electric based power similar to Kaminari, with the added bonus of blocking out communication.
  • Starter Villain: They're the first villains that Class 1-A takes down on their own, and they're only a threat to kids on their first week of school. Other than that, they're entirely irrelevant.
  • Zerg Rush: They try to do this, but even as a group they're easily defeated by the heroes. It works better with the students, but even then they don't score a single kill.

     Artificial Humans — Nomus 
See here for the Nomus' entries.

Other Contacts

    Kagero Okuta — Giran 

Kagero Okuta — Giran

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Voiced by: Seiro Ogino (Japanese), Ben Phillips (English)

Debut: Chapter 57 (Manga), Episode 31 (Anime)

Quirk: Muddied

Rank: C

"Business dealings... are something y'do face-to-face. And I only make deals with people I respect. Not guys who kick the crap outta me first. Sure, I might know the League. Might not. Either way, you ain't getting a thing outta me. Cuz what kinda merchant sells out his customers?! Thanks, but come again when you got the guts to do this right!"

A broker and affiliate of the League who brings in new recruits and equipment for the organization. His Quirk, "Muddied", allows him to make someone's memories of the next five minutes and the last five minutes fuzzy by touching them.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He has pink eyes in the manga. In the anime, they're grey.
  • Affably Evil: Giran is an easygoing and good-natured individual who rarely ever gets upset and is capable of showing sympathy to the less fortunate souls who come to him for guidance. He's also a hardened criminal.
  • All There in the Manual: His real name and Quirk were first revealed in the ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book.
  • Arms Dealer: He is a household name in the Black Market for costumes and equipment.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Giran displays some impressive analytical skills when he correctly manages to deduce the incoming societal consequences of Stain's arrest, in particular the League of Villains' popularity boost. This allows him to become their business partner ahead of time and profit from being a known ally later on.
  • Badass in Distress: He spent most of the Meta Liberation Army Arc as this, having been captured by the MLA in an effort to steal the information he has on the League.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a small beard and mustache.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: Giran never once talks about his private life, and even the character book lists his personal information as "Unknown".
  • Berserk Button: Downplayed. He doesn't explode in the usual manner of this trope, but trying to get him to sell out his clients or force him into doing business with you (especially using violence) will ensure that he has a serious bone to pick with you.
  • Brutal Honesty: He has a tendency to say things as they are and bring up the elephant in the room, though there's no ill intent behind it. Most notably, he told Kurogiri that he didn't care what he did with Toga and Dabi so long as he gave Giran his fee for having brought them to the League, expressed doubts over Shigaraki's abilities as a leader due to his youth, and summed up Twice's Tragic Backstory as "You witnessed your other selves killing each other, and it drove you a little batty" before pointing out the bag over Twice's head and asking if it was because he had hyperventilation issues.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Giran comes off as a sleazy, eccentric, two-bit merchant, but he's actually a sleazy, eccentric, surprisingly competent one. He's both connected and savvy, and prides himself on the quality of the products and services he offers. The simple fact that All For One trusted him to do business with his protege speaks volumes.
  • Challenge Seeker: When told by Shigaraki that he would soon "be so busy he wouldn't be able to keep up" thanks to the League's growing reputation, Giran replies that he's looking forward to it.
  • Character Tics: Always smokes his cigarettes with his right hand, as commented on by Twice.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Almost always seen sporting one of those, even when he's pissed.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The MLA interrogates him by cutting off his fingers one by one.
  • Consummate Professional: The ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book gives him 5/5 in "Professionalism", and it's well deserved. Giran is remarkably diligent and dedicated to those who request his services, from giving them advice to only selling top quality products, all the while remaining completely loyal to them. Not even severe torture will put a dent in his work code.
  • Cool Shades: Wears a light grey set of these at all times.
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: His revolver doubles as a lighter.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • One of his appearances in Vigilantes shows he has at least half a dozen phones, presumably to use as burners or ensure more long-term clients don't get the same numbers.
    • He also found a way to erase all data of his dealings with the League of Villains should he be captured, preventing anyone from stealing that information and making himself invaluable to anyone who desperately wants it... unless they have a tech genius who is part of a major IT firm and can restore it.
  • Defiant to the End: Even after being captured and beaten bloody, and despite knowing that no one would come to his rescue, he makes his disdain for Re-Destro exceedingly clear and uses an amazing Precision F-Strike against him. This behavior extends into the rest of the arc, after losing a hand's worth of fingers and being held hostage for about a week.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Downplayed. He's pretty aloof and blunt about his monetary intentions, but hardly outright cold. That said, he certainly warms up to the League (particularly Twice) as the story goes on.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The look of sheer horror on his face when he hears that the MLA managed to retrieve his erased client data speaks for itself.
  • Dissonant Serenity: As a Mexican Stand Off breaks out between Shigaraki, Dabi and Toga and is only settled by Kurogiri's last-minute intervention, Giran just stands in a corner of the bar, smoking, having likely watched such occurrences too many times to count.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: His eyes are nearly always in this position due to his Smug Smiler nature.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Giran is an Arms Dealer who rejoiced at the idea of a rise in criminal activities because it meant more profit for him, but he's no snitch and believes that no merchant worth their salt would ever turn on their clients, no matter what they're offered for it.
  • Evil Virtues: He has a strong sense of professionalism despite his shadier tendencies, and his pride in his work translates into intense diligence and loyalty towards those who require his services. He takes it very badly if he fails to uphold his self-imposed standards.
  • Eye Scream: Downplayed. His eye is hurt and swollen shut for most of the Meta Liberation Army arc, but he gets better.
  • Famed In-Story: He has quite the reputation in the underworld, according to Kurogiri and both databooks.
  • Fan of Underdog: Takes an immediate liking to Twice, stating that it's a shame someone with his potential got reduced to such a state, telling him he needs comrades to get back on his feet, and assuring him that he's not alone.
  • Fingore: He was tortured for information by the Meta Liberation Army and had all the fingers of one hand removed one by one. The fingers were then spread around town in areas where the League publicly committed crimes in order to send a message to the League.
  • Friend in the Black Market:
    • As an Arms Dealer and Utility Party Member, this is his role in regards to the League.
    • Vigilantes shows that he's also this to Knuckle Duster, who apparently frequently orders painkillers from him but doesn't hesitate to ask for more questionable things when the situation calls for it.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Has very narrow, shifty-looking eyes that make him seem shady and untrustworthy.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's often seen with a cigarette in his mouth, which he lights with a fire-emitting revolver.
  • Greed: One of his defining characteristics.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially comes off as just a self-interested, greedy, sleazy criminal. Turns out he's both entirely warranted to be described as a Consummate Professional, and much more sympathetic as a character.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Giran follows a strict set of rules for his business conduct, making sure he stays true to his word and trustworthy towards his clients even when there is something to be gained from doing otherwise.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: His fashion sense (which among other things includes an intestine-like scarf that he seems to especially cherish) is bad enough that Twice immediately recognized the clothes and accessories that the MLA disseminated around various locations along with his cut fingers as Giran's because "no one else in the world's got gross taste like that!"
  • It's All My Fault: Giran blames himself for the MLA getting ahold of his client data (despite him erasing it entirely at the time of his capture), even calling himself "a failure as a broker".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as much of an obvious "jerk" as most cases, but he's a greedy bastard for sure and can come off as rather smug and callous. Despite that, he's also shown to be genuinely loyal and trustworthy when it comes to those he does business with, and he's capable of acts of kindness; see Pet the Dog below.
  • Knowledge Broker: Implied. He seems to be aware of anything that goes on in the underworld at all times and to be the go-to person for those who need advice or want to meet with other villains.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Downplayed. He can do this to other people with his Quirk, making their memories of the past and next five minutes fuzzy.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • His villain name is split in two kanji: "right conduct, righteousness, justice, morality" (義 gi) and "be sore, inflamed, bleary, fester" (爛 ran).
    • Like other characters in the series, his real name says a lot about him as well. His first name is composed of the kanji for "shadow, silhouette, phantom" (影 kage) and "haziness, dreaminess, gloom" (朧 ) while his last name contains "recollection, think, remember" (憶 oku), all of which are clear references to both his Quirk and his secretive nature.
  • Meta Guy: During the MLA arc. As an In-Universe spectator, he provides commentary much like the readers would, questioning the Liberation Army's actions and motives and even managing a few humorous commentaries.
  • More than Meets the Eye:
    • Never actually seen committing any crimes himself and doesn't even have a combat Quirk, but he was once a B-rank villain, ranking him higher than Twice or Toga.
    • The only villain whose affiliation is listed as "Unknown" in the second character book.note 
  • Nerves of Steel:
  • Non-Action Guy: He works as a sort of Utility Party Member for the League, giving them items that come in handy, but never actually taking part in fights. The ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book actually gives him a pitiful 1/5 in both "Power" and "Speed", and he himself admits that he hasn't run anywhere in years.
  • Non-Action Snarker: He has his moments.
    Giran: "Did he overcome his trauma?! Your man's one hell of a shrink!"note 
  • Obviously Evil: Giran's appearance just screams treachery and seedy schemes.
  • Odd Friendship: The calm, serious, greedy Giran ends up forming a Villainous Friendship with the loud, traumatized and sensitive Twice, even fronting the cost for his costume despite Twice not having the money to pay him back immediately (something Mr. Compress later implies Giran isn't known for).
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After he rejects Re-Destro's attempt to bribe him and insults him, we're treated to an ominous shot of Re-Destro's face saying that the two of them will spend a lot of time together. The next time we see Giran, he's already been put through Cold-Blooded Torture and we're only told that he still refused to talk and didn't even make a single sound as his fingers were cut off one by one.
  • Oh, Crap!: When the MLA reveals that they restored all the data from his erased client list, Giran, for the first time, is outright scared.
  • Only in It for the Money: He doesn't seem to care about the League's ideals so much as he does about getting big paychecks. He also managed to guess that they would eventually become a big name in the villain world, and that he'd be able to gain a lot by having them and their fans as clients.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If that Cheshire Cat Grin leaves his face for any reason or length of time, it's a really big deal.
  • Out of Focus: Unlike the rest of the League and other prior villains, Giran ends up playing a very minimal part in the story following his rescue, having only a few cameos prior to and during the War arc. He pretty much vanishes after the raid of the heroes on the PLF mansion.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Nearly always sports a smug smirk, unless it's an exceptionally serious situation.
  • Pet the Dog: He appears to have a genuine soft spot for Twice, who he's always been exceptionally kind to since their first encounter and apparently still frequently keeps in touch with to make sure he's doing okay. Twice's character page even states that because he was barely getting by at the time and had no money to afford a quality suit, Giran ordered it for him and told Twice he could pay him back later - something we don't see him do for anyone else, and he never brings up Twice's debt onscreen either.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Re-Destro asks him to sell out the League, Giran goes into a monologue about why he won't, and concludes by telling the man to "start over from the testicles" (also translated as "crawl back into your dad's ballsack"). It was censored in the English release.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A notorious Arms Dealer who chain-smokes, is utterly ruthless in business, whose outfit usually involves a pink gut-like scarf and whose bunny phone case gets proudly displayed whenever the occasion presents itself.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He delivers a rather spectacular one to Re-Destro.
    Giran: "Business dealings... are something y'do face-to-face. And I only make deals with people I respect. Not guys who kick the crap outta me first. Sure, I might know the League. Might not. Either way, you ain't getting a thing outta me. Cuz what kinda merchant sells out his customers?! Thanks, but come again when you got the guts to do this right!"note 
  • Rejected Apology: Downplayed. He mournfully apologizes to Twice, as he genuinely feels guilty due to the MLA managing to retrieve his client data despite his best efforts and using it against the League, to which Twice tells him not to apologize because he did nothing wrong.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: And his seems to fire flames, as well. Whether it truly is a revolver or just an eccentric lighter remains to be seen.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Briefly gets these at the end of his introduction scene in the anime, as he's excitedly talking about all the villains that the League is inspiring.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: A variant. He refuses to sell out his clients or to have dealings with anyone he doesn't like, and anyone who tries to threaten or extort him automatically becomes one of those people. Basically, his rules are "Never be a snitch" and "Never take part in Teeth-Clenched Teamwork", and no amount of money or threats will make him break them.
  • Secondary Color Nemesis: Wears a gaudy lavender tuxedo, which is typical of pimps in Japan.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Because the MLA can easily restore all his erased client data, he loses one hand's worth of fingers for nothing.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Never seen without his Cool Shades, and he's smart enough to have realized the League's potential before anyone else and to have kept his notorious underground business running since the pre-All Might era without ever getting caught, an accomplishment even Re-Destro praises. It's no surprise the ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book gives him a 5/5 in "Wits".
  • Smug Smiler: His default expression is a cocky Cheshire Cat Grin.
  • Standard Bleeding Spots: From his forehead during the MLA arc, likely from being struck at some point during either his capture or his first interrogation.
  • Stealth Pun: "Kagero" is also the Japanese word for "mayfly" or "heat haze", depending on the characters used. Giran's Quirk leaves the mind hazy for a short-lived period of time.
  • Toothy Issue: He's conspicuously missing a tooth, as seen when he talks or smirks, which makes him look shady.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: He was not kidding when he said that Re-Destro wouldn't get a single thing out of him.
  • Tranquil Fury: Even at his angriest, he never drops his veil of calculated indifference and snark.
  • Uncertain Doom: Not a fatal example, but Giran was present during the fight against the Paranormal Liberation Front, though it is unknown if he escaped or was apprehended with the majority.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his clients. He's willing to endure torture, lose body parts and risk his life to ensure the data they entrusted to him remain confidential.
  • Villainous Friendship: Seems to have one of sorts with Twice. It's mentioned that Giran paid for his costume because Twice was broke, that the two regularly keep in touch, and Twice was the only League member Giran showed genuine concern for during the Meta Liberation Army arc. Twice is also the only person Giran addresses with "omae" instead of his usual "anta".
  • Villainous Valor: When he's taken hostage by the Meta Liberation Army, he refuses to sell out the League, saying that no merchant worth their salt would ever betray their customers. He follows up by emphasizing that he'd refuse to do any business at all with Re-Destro anyway because he doesn't like him. Even losing half of his fingers doesn't get him to talk.

    The U.A. Traitor (Spoilers) 

Yuga Aoyama - Can't Stop Twinkling

A vain, flamboyant, and extremely eccentric young man. His Quirk, "Navel Laser", allows him to fire powerful laser beams from his stomach. However, continuous use of this Quirk is liable to give him a stomach ache, and he also needs to wear a special support belt at all times to prevent the laser from "leaking out". Later revealed in chapter 336 to be the The Mole responsible for leaking the location of the training camp to the League of Villains, as well as informing the League about Class 1-A's trip to the USJ.
His tropes can be found here.

    The Hero Traitor (Spoilers) 

Hawks

The #2 hero, who was secretly converted into the League of Villains by Dabi... except not really. He's actually a Double Agent trying to infiltrate the League and gain information on them.
His tropes can be found here.

    Villain Organization (Spoilers) 

Meta Liberation Army

The modern-day incarnation of the infamous Meta Liberation Army formerly led by Rikiya Yotsubashi, a.k.a. Re-Destro. The army initially served as the antagonists of their titular arc and tried to destroy the League to sublimate their prestige. However, after his defeat, Yotsubashi willingly surrendered control of the army and its resources to Shigaraki recognizing that his strength and freedom make him the ideal leader to represent Destro's will.
The army's collective tropes can be found here.

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