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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

The League of Villains is a group of villains founded by "All For One" and led by Shigaraki Tomura, and are the main antagonists of the series. The group has been a recognized threat for the hero community and seems to focus their attacks on All Might and the UA first years. After the attacks of the Hero Killer, the league started becoming more aggressive by recruiting more competent villains.

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    In General 
  • Appropriated Appellation: "League of Villains" was originally a throw-away 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.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The story tends to become far more violent whenever they're involved.
  • 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.
  • 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 the school 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.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Mine: So far this has not gone well for the other party involved.
    • First, it seems like they and Stain are willing to put their differences aside for the Hero Killer arc, but Tomura 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 an stealth support for the heroes, even after having almost killed Lock Rock.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The group has a surprising amount of diversity. Tomura and Kurogiri seem to care not one whit about their members' age, gender, impairment, sexual orientation, or gender identity as long as they can get the job done. Twice is even shown being genuinely angry at Overhaul misgendering Magne.
  • Evil Counterpart: As a whole, they behave as this to Class 1-A, with several characters being precise Evil Counterpart to certain major 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 the former a quip to make it clearer.
    All For One: I am here.
    • 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.
    • 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 nihilistic Tomura Shigaraki.
    • Toga to Uraraka; both are The Chick to their respective groups, and also both are in love with the same person, but 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 Tenya taking over the Ingenium name. Spinner even directly threatens Iida's life at one point.
    • Muscular to Bakugo; They share many design similarities, to the point that Muscular is basically an older-looking Bakugo, both are also Blood Knights that love fighting and defeating others, but Muscular is evil and likes to kill the ones he defeats while Bakugo is squarely on the side of good.
    • 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.
    • 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. Though for Yaoyorozu this weakness is ending at having poor self-esteem issues, with Twice his trauma from his Quirk usage left him with a split personality.
    • 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.
    • 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, Gigantomachia is hidden and mostly unknown by the members of the League. Gigantomachia is also notably introduced after an arc that has heavy focus on Kirishima and is implied to be part of his backstory.
  • 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 thanks to All For One the group has now become Public Enemy #1 in the hero society and all of their members are feared by the general public.
    • Same applies for the individual members. Most of them were ordinary people before they ended up joining the League. Toga was a high 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.
  • Leitmotif: "Enemy Strike", a frightening dubstep song with Ethereal Choir.
  • 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 hard. 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, but still, they fill the trope in the sense that many of them are set up as the direct Evil Counterpart to many of the protagonists.
  • Quality over Quantity: 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 UA. After the League was re-branded thanks to the Stain incident the group's numbers were reduced to little over ten members but they became a more effective and cohesive organization able to match themselves against even pro heroes.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • 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 in hero society.
  • Serial Killer: Several of them are implied to have many murder victims. Toga and Dabi, however, are outright recognized as such, with her killing people she falls for and several charred bodies being reported wherever Dabi acts. God knows what Gigantomachia has done.
  • 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 surprising high success rate.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: The group is, at least after the Vanguard Action Squad joins, a group of serious, competent, even if antagonistic against each other villains that work together against the heroes. Unlike many examples, the group actually gets stronger bonds over time, as their struggles bring them together over time and Shigaraki matures in the role of leader.
  • 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.
  • Terrorist Without A Cause: They terrorize the entire 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.
  • 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 U.S.J. 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 trope. Chisaki even chides the group for losing so many of its most potentially devastating members so easily.
  • Tragic Villain: 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 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 to hold 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 High School and attacked the boy she had a crush on while crying Tears of Joy, and now gleefully indulges in her urges.
    • 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 his Face of a Thug and left all alone after losing his parents in a Villain attack, forced 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.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Himiko Toga and Magne are the only named female members of the League of Villains.
  • 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 by killing Magne and attacking Compress was enough for the League to decide to unleash hell on Chisaki's plans and push him into a Fate Worse than Death full on with gory torture and pushing his arms off.

Leaders

    All For One 

All For One

Voiced by: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), John Swasey (English), Carlos Segundo (Latin American Spanish)

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

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice

Quirk: All For One (Currently: Air Cannon, Warping, Springlike Limbs, Kinetic Booster (x4), Strength Enhancer (x3), Impact Recoil, Rivets, Spearlike Bones, Hypertrophy, Proliferation, Forcible Quirk Activation, Infrared Ray, Air Walk, Longevity, Search. Formerly: Stockpiling, Super Regeneration (x3), Shock Absorption, Attack Reflection, Muscle Growth, Enhanced Strength (x2), Tongue Web, Tool Arms, Extra Arms, Shoulder-Mounted Jets, Power, Storage, Transforming Arms. Unknown Status: Unnamed Lightning Quirk(s), Unnamed Telekinetic/Gravity Quirk(s), Unnamed Landscape Manipulation Quirks, Unnamed Fire Quirk(s))

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

A mysterious unknown figure who is the founder of the League of Villains. He's only ever been shown talking from a computer monitor. It isn't until quite later that the man finally appears, revealed to be heavily disfigured and on life support.

Even so, All For One's power is staggering and in a class of its own. Eventually, when the League of Villains is faced with the threat of capture, All For One steps into the ring and singlehandedly crushes his heroic opposition in the blink of an eye, forcing All Might to confront him, the only one remotely able to put up a fight against the monstrosity — someone who has managed to thwart at least seven generations of One For All users up until now.

He was once the most powerful villain in Japan and secretly ruled it from the shadows. He is the man who killed All Might's mentor and predecessor, Nana Shimura. All Might defeated him and left him in his current mangled state, but not before he gave All Might that nasty wound that now limits his powers. Currently he is healing his body as he masterminds the actions of the League of Villains. His Quirk is "All For One", which allows him to steal other Quirks for his personal use and also give them to other people. He inadvertently created One For All this way.


  • Above Good and Evil: He doesn't believe in concepts of justice and heroism, feeling that they don't coincide with reality. He also believes that bringing everyone to his faction can certainly bring order to the world, although his brother accuses him of selfish motives.
  • The Ageless: Is older than One for All, which has been passed down for nine heroes, yet it would seem he has not aged since. All Might speculates that he found and stole a Quirk that stops aging.
  • All Your Powers Combined: His Quirk combines this with Power Parasite and Super Empowering. He is able to steal Quirks from other people for himself, allowing him to combine several Quirks together for a single attack in order to amplify their effectiveness levels. He also can have multiples of the same Quirk in order to amplify their power.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe. All Might wonders if he gave his brother a Quirk out of pity or to make him submit to his will. The truth is that it was a mix of both. He did care for his brother to an extent, but saw him as weak and pitiful, and was also annoyed at how he kept getting on his way, so All For One decided to give his little brother a Quirk that even his frail body could handle, with the intent of turning him to his side.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Aside from his psychopathic tendencies, All For One reveals that if a Quirk catches his attention, he can't wait to steal it. As a result, he hoards a lot of Quirks as a collection. Although he would like to return some Quirks to their owners, he wants to use them first. Pretty much indicates a case of kleptomania. From the flashbacks witnessed by Midoriya, All For One appears to have a severe case of megalomania as well.
  • Arch-Enemy: To All Might, being the murderer of his mentor, and the man who dealt him a crippling blow. More accurately, he is this to every user of One For All. His little brother, the first user of One For All used his new power to oppose All For One himself, although he was defeated. He even goes on to proclaim how much he hates All Might and admits that he still has nightmares about their last fight.
    All For One: You know All Might, as much as you hate me, I think I probably loathe you more. I killed your master, sure, but you took away so much from me. Everything I tried to build. That's why I want you to suffer until your last breath and to die broken in disgrace FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE! I will obliterate everything that you've protected!
  • Attack Reflector: One of his Quirks is "Impact Recoil", which lets him reverse the impact of someone's attack. By combining this with his Warping Quirk, which lets him teleport people to his location, he can create impromptu Human Shields as Gran Torino learned the hard way.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: All For One is the leader of the League of Villains. He can defeat several top-ranked professional heroes in just one second. All For One is also the most powerful character in the whole series, only rivaled by All Might.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He is always seen wearing a suit, like Lex Luthor or many of Batman's villains.
  • Badass Longcoat: Ch. 193 reveals that used to wear one back in his prime.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Having the ability to steal powers from others and forcefully implant them into people is about as villainous as it sounds.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Instead of continuing to blast All Might from afar during their last battle to take advantage of his nemesis' impaired mobility, he saw fit to pour a vast majority of his Quirks into his right arm to finish him off in a symbolic perversion of his beloved "Smash" techniques. Unfortunately, All Might defeated him again.
  • Benevolent Boss: Despite being a villain, he seems to treat his subordinates with respect. One notable example was how instead of scolding Shigaraki for failing him during the raid on the LOV's hideout, he just tells Shigaraki that he understands what went wrong and that he'll do better next time.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series so far. Until All Might beats him and is incarcerated.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Inverted since he pulls this for the League of Villains. The League's top officers are neutralized and captured and the Nomu production facility has been raided. Then he shows up, takes out the team dealing with the facility, unleashes the Nomus, sends the League members to safety with encouraging words, and fights All Might in a titanic battle.
  • Blind Seer: He's been blind since his fight with All Might. He uses an Infrared Quirk to sense his surroundings. The prison he's kept in has so many sensors that it messes up his ability to 'see'.
  • Blow You Away: One of his Quirks is "Air Cannon" where he fires a blast of air from his hands. He can combine this with a Spring-like Limbs Quirk, four Kinetic Booster Quirks, and three Strength Enhancer Quirks to increase its destructive power. It takes out several pro heroes in mere seconds.
  • Body Horror: With the exception of his mouth and chin, his head is a mass of scar tissue, with no visible eyes, nose or ears, and judging by the scars on the back of his neck, there are most likely more hidden by his suit, and then he starts using his powers. At first, he uses an Air Cannon Quirk combined with a Spring-Limbs Quirk that causes his arm to compress and inflate like an actual spring. His Forcible Quirk Activation power has black and red tendrils extend from his fingers. Then when he decides to finish off All Might, he uses a mass combination of Quirks within him, transforming his entire right arm into a grotesque sight of hypertrophied flesh and metal with red crystalline rocks sticking out. Special note goes to the Spear-like Bones Quirk, which couldn't be pretty under any circumstances.
  • Break Them by Talking: He is very good at getting under people's skin. He enjoys doing it to All Might in particular.
    All For One: Izuku Midoriya! He's the child you passed One For All onto isn't he! I bet he came here without your asking, you have no control over him do you! It sounds as though you'll die full of regrets All Might! As a hero and as a teacher!
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: An interesting take where two Cthulhus are punching out each other and breaking their own arms. Five years before the series, he severely crippled All Might, but at the cost of losing everything above his mouth. And in the present time, he managed to push All Might so much that it's the end of his hero career, but at the cost of being captured and imprisoned for good.
  • Cain and Abel: He had a younger brother with a strong sense of justice that opposed him. That younger brother became the first wielder of "One For All".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When All Might visits him in prison, he outright asks why All For One did all the horrible things he did. The villain plainly states that just as All Might wanted to be the Symbol of Peace, he always wanted to be an all-powerful devil king.
  • Casting a Shadow: Many of the Quirks he uses represent darkness. His signature Quirk, All For One, manifests as red and black fire or electricity. His Warping Quirk is a pool of black liquid that he uses to transport people and objects to or from his location. And his Forcible Quirk Activation manifests as red and black tendrils he extends from his fingers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: For all his power, All For One is a very dirty fighter and will use any tactic necessary to gain the advantage in a fight. He'll play mind games to get under his opponent's skin, he'll use sneak attacks, he'll use others as human shields, and he'll even threaten innocent bystanders to win. In Volume Origin, he knew that Nana was using the final dregs of One For All (she transferred it to All Might), yet he did not hesitate to use so many powerful Quirks, kills her with a massive explosion that ravages an entire island, and later dismisses her as weak. No wonder All Might was pissed.
  • Combat Tentacles: One of his Quirks is "Forcible Quirk Activation" which let's him activate another person's Quirk against their will. This manifests as black and red tendrils he extends from his fingers. He can also use them offensively, using them to grab All Might when he tried to stop the League of Villains from retreating.
  • Combination Attack: One of the advantages of having multiple Quirks is that All For One can combine several abilities to create dangerous attacks.
  • The Corrupter:
    • Took Tenko Shimura, the grandson of one of his most hated adversaries, and groomed him from childhood to become his own successor as a villainous symbol of evil.
    • In The Two Heroes, when he finds out that David Shield is planning to steal the Quirk enhancer he made for All Might's sake, All For One reaches out to Wolfram and empowers him further with a second Quirk just so All Might can suffer the pain of one of his best friends becoming a criminal.
  • Create Your Own Hero: He was responsible for the creation of "One For All", which was used by his younger brother and given to other heroes who opposed him. He evens calls this creation an embarrassment for himself.
  • Creator Thumbprint: In-universe example. Anyone with an extra separate Quirk can always be traced back to All For One. The Artficial Humans/Nomus are a direct example as they are created by All For One to serve Shigaraki. Many users of One For All are an indirect example because All For One had inadvertently created One For All. Bakugo wonders if All For One was the catalyst for Midoriya gaining multiple Quirks.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: It doesn't even take a single second for him to do this to several professional Heroes.
  • Darth Vader Clone: Tics all the boxes. He wears black clothing and a black helmet that doubles as a mobile life-support system and hides his deformed face after an encounter with the Protagonist's mentor. Many of the Quirks he uses are colored red and black. He even has a Luke, I Am Your Father moment when he reveals to All Might that Shigaraki is Nana Shimura's grandson.
  • Dark Is Evil: Wears dark clothes, has a black helmet, has dark colored Quirks, and is the most powerful villain in the series.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: His previous battle with All Might has left him severely incapacitated. He has tubes running into his face and neck. When he finally steps outside he's wearing a black mask with tubes running down the back, suggesting the mask is the aforementioned life support.
  • Dark Messiah: This is how All For One was portrayed in the past. He used his ability mostly to assist those who were oppressed by the new phenomena of Quirks, either by granting powers for those who didn't have any or by taking away powers from those who didn't want them (or abused them to oppress others), asking for their "help" in return. This allowed him to amass an immense amount of devoted followers whose gratefulness would eventually grow into blind fanaticism, to the point of carrying out his will even if he himself didn't order them to do anything.
  • Deal with the Devil: He used his Quirk like this in the past. Taking powers away from people who didn't want them and giving Quirks to people who wanted power. In exchange for this, he simply asks that they help him in the future.
  • Didn't See That Coming: He's so used to All Might fighting head-on with his impressive amounts of strength, speed, and durability that he's legitimately shocked and blindsided when All Might decides to pull a few pages from Izuku's book and pull some on-the-fly tricks on him.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Despite being the Big Bad for the first saga of the series, he's defeated by All Might in their final battle and is imprisoned. This enables Shigaraki to step up as Big Bad himself.
  • The Dreaded: Though his threat has largely been diminished, when he showed up in person, even Deku, who once went toe-to-toe with the likes of the Hero Killer Stain and Muscular, could only freeze in terror of his presence, likening the experience to "seeing death".
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: Back in his prime, he clearly reveled in the newfound status his Quirk gave him, at one point bragging to his brother about how his followers killed a group of people who refused to follow him even though he didn't order them to.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He flattens an ENTIRE building complex with one move in his first appearance out of the shadows, taking out several pro heroes, and causing all five of the Class A students in hiding to hallucinate being killed out of extreme fear, all of whom are transfixed with pure horror, desperately choking back their breaths to avoid being heard and found, sweating by the buckets, and some looking about ready to puke. The anime episode where this happened even pushed the aftermath of his first on-screen attack to after the credits to give viewers a haunting last scene and drive in that this guy is seriously bad news. And then All For One effortlessly rips a hole in Best Jeanist's abdomen with a blast of compressed air, demonstrating how he might have crippled All Might.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While even his love is twisted, he truly did care for his brother and tried to find ways of finding a middle ground with him.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • In Chapter 193, he didn't understand why his brother continued to defy him, and gave him a Quirk in the hopes that he would finally submit to him. That mistake would lead to the creation of One For All and to his eventual downfall.
    • He believed exposing All Might's true form would go towards breaking people's faith in All Might. It didn't, people still cheer him on regardless, resulting in his Heroic Second Wind and defeating All For One.
  • Evil Is Petty: Played with. On the one hand, he has spent years looking after and training Shigaraki, and then setting him up for encounters with All Might, for the purpose of emotionally crushing All Might, even for a few short moments, when he reveals Shigaraki is All Might's beloved master's grandson. He was entirely motivated by the thought of hurting All Might's feelings, and admits to it without shame. On the other hand, he does appear to genuinely care about Shigaraki and groomed him to be All for One's successor. Knowing Shagaraki is leading the League of villains may have also been designed as a petty poke at All Might.
    All For One: I kept wondering what would annihilate your golden heart. And so, I found Tomura and groomed him to hate you, then watched you smile so proudly as you beat your master's descendant.
  • Evil Knockoff: Gran Torino notes that All for One radically changed his fighting style since the last fight with All Might, and judging from the heavy use of appropriately hideous and overpowered strength and wind Quirks, it's implicit that All for One has been taking leaves out of All Might's booknote .
  • Evil Mentor: He is the one who raised Shigaraki to be the villain he is today. As he is imprisoned in the super villain jail, Tartarus, he even echoes All Might's line to Midoriya when thinking of Shigaraki, "Now...it's your turn."
  • Evil Smells Bad: Not him, but the black ooze used for his Warping Quirk is said to smell really bad.
    Twice: This black stuff reeks! I love it!
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Comes with being voiced by Akio Ohtsuka. Likewise, John Swasey gives him a menacingly deep voice as well, helped by the filter in his helmet.
  • Eyeless Face: No nose either. Everything above his upper lips is nothing but a mass of scar tissues.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: Most of the flashback sequences have him as this. With good reason too...
  • Facial Horror: All Might left his head so mangled that the top half of his head is nothing but a mass of scar tissue with no eyes, nose, or ears.
  • The Faceless: His face is first hidden in shadow, then by his extensive life-support. Even after All Might breaks it off, he still kind of counts.
  • Faux Affably Evil: All For One is infallibly polite to hero and villain alike and his incredible charisma allowed him to amass a following of devoted servants when he ruled Japan. However, his politeness always carries a condescending edge to it that only highlights his insidious nature. After taking out Best Jeanist's group, he praises the #4 Hero's skill right before blasting a hole clean through his chest. This trope truly shines when All Might comes to visit him in prison. At first, he greets All Might as if they were two old college buddies reuniting. But it isn't long before he tries to get under All Might's skin by making an educated guess about the current state of society and mocking All Might's powerlessness, smiling all the while.
    • All For One was compassionate and supportive towards the traumatized Tenko Shimura, unlike Tenko's overly strict father Kotaro. Even when he repeatedly failed, All For One calmly encouraged to him to keep trying. However, he slowly warped Tenko's mind against heroes while keeping him emotionally dependent on him.
  • Finishing Move: He tries one against All Might, combining Springlike Limbs, four Kinetic Booster Quirks, three Strength Enhancer Quirks, Proliferation, Hypertrophy, Rivet and Spearlike Bones into his right arm for a devastating blow that he uses in synch with Impact Recoil to crush All Might's attempt to counter the attack. Unfortunately, he fails.
  • Flashback: The original One For All user (All For One's brother) shows Deku flashbacks about All For One. His personality and megalomaniac ideals are explored upon.
  • Foil: All Might is a textbook example of The Cape with the Heroic Build, beaming smile, and incredibly kind and upstanding man who fights For Great Justice. On the other hand, All for One is a Card-Carrying Villain who is Lean and Mean who does all he does For the Evulz. Both are mentors to disciples who absolutely adore them and are destined to inherit the positions they once held with numerous So Proud of You moments in between. However, All Might met Izuku by chance while Shigaraki was implied to have been kidnapped and brainwashed as he was Nana Shimura's grandson. While All Might is something of a bumbling teacher who tries to let Izuku find out how to use One for All on his own, Sensei goes to incredible lengths to prepare Shigaraki and gives him all the resources he needs to lead the League of Villains. Their powersets are also diametrically opposed. All Might is a cookie-cutter Lightning Bruiser who beats foes with nothing but sheer speed, power, and his own hand-to-hand combat technique, but All for One is a Power Parasite who uses a multitude of powers in tandem with each other for devastating effects. Both All Might and All For One are Stepford Smilers, yet All Might does this to inspire hope among innocent people. All For One has an evil grin and enjoys harming innocent people.
    • Interestingly, All For One is also this to Izuku Midoriya. Both have Quirks that can stockpile multiple Quirks for personal use but function differently. Both have an inner obsession bordering madness that drives them throughout their lives and both are charismatic leaders. The former is evil while the latter serves justice. All For One's signature colors are red and black while Deku's colors are green and white. All For One is The Chessmaster while Deku is The Strategist.
  • For the Evulz: He mentions in a conversation with All Might that he didn't really have much of a motivation to do what he did. He views people as toys and enjoys exploiting them for fun, until he gets bored and casts them away. He had the power and decided to use it to make a name for himself in the criminal empire. That's all there was to it. The reason he took Shigaraki as a protege was to exact revenge on All Might for destroying his criminal empire and injuring him. And also to destroy All Might's legacy by killing Midoriya. Chapter 193 expands on his motivations and it is later revealed to Midoriya that All For One is a megalomaniac. He wanted to rule over all Quirk users and in his selfish quest for power, committed many atrocities, namely human exploitation for Quirks and slaves, blackmail, carnage, human trafficking to create Nōmus and demagoguery.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He was ruling Japan from the shadows for a while, but he has not done much direct villainy since his defeat from All Might. Nowadays, he's been using his influence and resources to raise Tomura Shigaraki into a proper successor by creating the League of Villains for him to lead, although he also wants Shigaraki to learn and figure out the best ways to spread evil by himself.
  • Handicapped Badass: He is currently blind, having used an 'Infrared Ray' Quirk to faintly sense sounds and vibrations, so to remain aware of his surroundings. He's also heavily implied to be in declining health, given the life support system he's hooked up to almost 24-7. He still overpowers every hero not named All Might and both times All Might defeats him, it comes at a huge cost: the first time tears up most of All Might's internal organs, effectively cutting the time he can use One For All to a few short hours. The second time forces All Might to burn out his own body to defeat All For One, cutting the time he can use One For All to mere seconds, permanently ending his crime-fighting career.
  • Healing Factor: At some point he managed to acquire a healing Quirk, but by that time it was useless for restoring his body from the damage All Might inflicted on him. It's unknown if he still has this ability or if he gave them all away to Nomus.
  • Hero Killer: Hinted at by Gran Torino, who believes that the League of Villains is backed by the same man who killed All Might's predecessor and who wounded All Might himself. Eventually confirmed outright. He also takes out Best Jeanist, the fourth best hero in the world, with no effort whatsoever.
  • Hidden Eyes: In Midoriya's vision, his eyes were always twisted or blurred and his full face is never revealed. Inverted with Vol.0 chapter, where his eyes are the only visible part of his face when he fights Nana.
  • Hidden Villain: He first appears talking through a computer screen up until later in the story, so for the first part, the audience won't know who he is, what he looks like, etc. just that he's plotting something with Shigaraki as his direct underling. His face shows up after the conflict with Stain, but he maintains himself Shrouded in Myth even then.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Was brought down in the past by the very Quirk he had (inadvertently) created.
  • Hypocrite: In the flashbacks viewed by Deku. All For One talks to his brother about how his new status is the stuff of dreams and how things are just like the comics he used to read as a kid. Said brother points out that the comic villain was defeated by heroes. Irritated, All For One chides his brother for not seeing the reality and transfers the stockpile Quirk to force him to submit. Unfortunately, said little brother starts One For All.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Before he was horribly disfigured by All Might. All For One used to look like a clean-shaven man in his late 20s, having an imposing build (if not outright muscular), chiselled facial features and a mop of hair. His eyes are still shrouded in shadows by the Mangaka. Thanks to his Longevity Quirk, All For One's ageing process was permanently halted.
  • Ironic Echo: He seems very fond of using All Might's "...for I am here!" line in a mocking parody of his enemy, such as pulling a Villainous Rescue to All Might's Big Damn Heroes.
  • I Shall Taunt You: He torments All Might in each of their encounters to get him to act rashly and baits him into angrily responding in turn. This causes All Might to lose his composure and gives All For One a chance to wound him in both instances, and in the first, it let him rend a hole in the man's stomach.
  • It's All About Me: In keeping with his narcissism, he hates All Might for defeating his previous gang of villains — not because he viewed them as comrades — but because he gave them their powers and it reflected poorly on him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His taking in and whole-hearted support of Tomura Shigaraki (a.k.a. Tenko Shimura) at first seems like the only genuinely kind (of a sort, he did still lead him down the path of villainy) thing he's ever done. Some people even thought of it as a heartwarming, if twisted, father/son relationship. In the end, he didn't save Tomura because he cared whatsoever. He just did it because he knew of the kid's heritage, and manipulated Tomura into being dependent on him. All to reveal that his right hand man is the grandson of All Might's mentor turned to villainy, and emotionally shatter the Symbol of Peace.
    All For One: No one's come to save you, have they? You've had a hard life, Tenko Shimura. "He'll be fine, eventually the heroes will help." I'm sure that's what everyone thought as they looked away and ignored you. The world shouldn't be so unforgiving, don't worry... I am here for you.
  • Join or Die: A variant. In the past, All For One managed to rule over Japan by giving Quirks to those who didn't have any and stealing Quirks from those who either didn't want them or were using them to abuse others. earned him a legion of loyal followers whose gratitude soon turned to extreme fanaticism to the point that they killed a group of people who refused to join his faction even though he didn't order them to. Of course, he was quite happy with that.
  • Kick the Dog: Spends the entirety of his fight with All Might mocking him. First, by calling his mentor Shimura Nana weak for not having the strength to match her own ideals, next by publicly revealing All Might's emaciated body, and finally revealing that Shigaraki is in fact the Long-Lost Relative of his former master. By the end of it, he mockingly asks All Might why he isn't wearing his trademark victorious smile as the weight of all these revelations crushes All Might's spirit.
  • Knight of Cerebus: He is the mastermind behind the League of Villains, mentoring the leader of said group, and he is the personal enemy of All Might. When he finally steps in to fight, he takes out several heroes in mere seconds. His actions continue to haunt the heroes of the world even in the present day. While Stain and Chisaki also made the story much darker upon their entrance, All for One's arrival is the point where the series really goes from a somewhat light-hearted (but not without danger) Academy of Adventure series to constant life-or-death situations against people hell-bent on destroying society as we know it.
  • The Last Dance: It's all but explicitly stated that he knew that in his weakened state he wouldn't be able to win the battle with All Might, even giving Tomura some parting final words to "carry on the fight" before sending him and the other villains away against their will. But he still did all he could to do as much damage as possible before he was defeated.
  • Leitmotif:
  • Lightning Bruiser: Casually dodged an ambush from Edge Shot, who can transform and attack at the speed of sound, simply by tilting his head. He can also match a serious All Might blow-for-blow.
  • Long-Lived: Midoriya's the ninth wielder of One For All. Sensei was directly responsible for creating the power in the first place, and even taking into account the possibility not all the wielders lived to their prime or gained it as children, it still puts him at living for a long while. When questioned how this is possible, it's pointed out that he could have possibly stolen a Quirk that delays aging or something similar.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: His finishing attack qualifies as it's both quite dangerous and described in detail above, under body horror.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: An unusual variation. He reveals to All Might that Tomura Shigaraki is the grandson of All Might's master. Bonus points for being a Darth Vader Clone.
  • Made of Iron: Superpower Lottery or not, taking All Might's strongest punch ever to the face and not being crippled for it definitely counts.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Shigaraki Tomura leads the League of Villains, and all members meet him upon joining... only a few seem to know that Shigaraki answers to All For One.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: In a world where people are limited to using only one Quirk, All For One can use several Quirks of his choice, both individually and simultaneously, without suffering from Quirk overload.
  • Megaton Punch: Attempted against All Might by mashing a dozen or so physical Quirks together. It's more for symbolic reason than pragmatic reason; by destroying the Symbol of Peace with the same technique he usually employs, he hopes to shatter the populace's faith in heroes. Thankfully, he failed.
  • Mentor Archetype: He's an old guard supervillain raising up the next generation's leader, Shigaraki.
  • Morality Pet: Shigaraki seems to be this for him. His brother used to be one too.
  • Morton's Fork: Even though he is captured and it is possible to make him give back Ragdoll's Quirk, the whole point of All For One's imprisonment actually working is that he is unable to do anything, thus he cannot perform the action necessary to restore the Quirk to her. Ragdoll has no choice but to remain benched behind a desk.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Apparently, his multiple Strength Enhancer Quirks don't necessarily affect his appearance, as he can grapple with All Might despite his unintimidating businessman physique. He only gets beefier when he uses a specific "Hypertrophy" Quirk.
  • My Death Is Only The Beginning: He hasn't died, just imprisoned. After All Might beats him, he thinks to himself about how he's already set up Shigaraki to inherit his work and lead the villains.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He inadvertently created One For All. A transferable power of Quirks that enabled All Might to become a pillar of hope and justice in a world of chaos. A power that cannot be taken forcibly — meaning he can never recapture it. To further rub salt in the wound, Chapter 213 reveals that One For All not only grows stronger, it can also stockpile the Quirks of other users and drastically strengthen them. That feature finally begins to manifest within Midoriya, granting him six additional Quirks besides One For All. In other words, though he forced All Might into retirement, he will soon have to contend with a hero who'll be even stronger than All Might.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: This trope is All For One's "fighting style". He doesn't bother training his Quirks individually, instead he keeps mashing them together to create killer combos.
    • In volume Origin, there is a glimpse of All For One's fight with Nana Shimura where he is seen summoning what looks like Eldritch Abomination. Shimura was already running on fumes, having transferred her Quirk to All Might. All For One kills Nana Shimura by causing a massive explosion spanning an entire island and later has the gall to tell All Might that she died an Undignified Death.
    • This backfires on him when he combines fourteen really strong Quirks into one blow to try and kill All Might. The act of doing so means when All Might feints him out, he's already committed to such a heavy blow with such a grotesquely oversized limb that he's left wide open for All Might's counter attack with no real way to dodge or block once it misses.
  • No Name Given: Like his brother, his real name is unknown, and he is only referred to by the name of his Quirk.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: All For One doesn't play around. When he sees Best Jeanist and the group in the Nomu factory, he distracts them with small talk, then blasts them away with a supercharged Air Cannon. The only reason they weren't killed on the spot was due to Best Jeanist using Fiber Master to pull the others out of the line of fire.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Even All Might is wondering just how he could've survived all those deadly injuries after their previous fight. Even in the last battle, All Might's Finishing Move only knocked him out.
  • Nominal Hero: Started out as one. He did use his powers to help people... but in exchange for their servitude. He killed those who didn't accept his will.
  • Not Quite Flight: His Air Walk Quirk lets him levitate and move through the air but can't go higher than 20 meters.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a brief moment of this in the anime when he realizes All Might's feint wasn't finished and he's about to get smashed into the ground with every ounce of power All Might has left. In the manga his response is more of a This Is Gonna Suck.
  • One-Winged Angel: During All Might's fight with him, he mutates his arm into a destructive mass of the effects of several powerful Quirks.
  • Overarching Villain: Through the arcs, up until the Hideout Raid. He's behind every action of the League of Villains and plays a vital part in the scenario of the underworld of Japan. Ultimately, most of the troubles 1-A faces can be traced back to him somehow, whenever villains are involved. The only thing he wasn't responsible for was Stain's philosophy and the effect it had on society, but he quickly jumped onto twisting Stain's efforts to all go towards helping Shigaraki instead.
  • Overwhelming Exception: In a One Person, One Power world, All For One, Gigantomachia Izuku Midoriya and the Nōmus are the only known living exceptions to that rule.
  • Parental Substitute: He raised Shigaraki ever since the latter was a five-year old. All for the sole purpose of taunting All Might and tainting Nana Shimura's legacy.
  • People Puppets: One of his many Quirks: He can forcefully activate the Quirks of other people and use them. It even works on unconscious people.
    • Given All For One's power-hungry tendencies, he tends to view people as puppets, something his brother calls him out on.
  • Perpetual Smiler: When not wearing his mask, All For One always wears a constant evil smile.
  • Power at a Price: Powers granted to others by "All for One" have a chance of bad side effects, as their bodies can't handle the strain of multiple Quirks. In some cases, an entirely new Quirk is created from two other Quirks being blended together. This is how "One For All" was formed.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: This guy is capable of completely obliterating multiple city blocks with a single attack.
  • Pet the Dog: He may have ulterior motives for it, but no one can deny he gave Shigaraki a better standard of living. And when Shigaraki failed, he simply gave some encouragement, closing with the phrase "Everything is for your sake."
  • Play-Along Prisoner: All but states outright that he can break free from Tartarus at anytime he wants and only stays there because of his Xanatos Gambit for Shigaraki.
  • Powers as Programs: "All For One" can steal the Quirks of others, allowing Sensei to either use them himself, or "upload" them into another person. He can also choose to turn his stolen Quirks on or off, letting him avoid having to walk around with various mutation Quirks constantly active. With a completely different slate of them during his second fight with All Might as noted by Gran Torino, it's unclear if he is capable of losing Quirks over time, if it was a case of him simply not using them (whether because he was switching up his fighting style or he forgot), or if he since gave them away.
  • Psychic Link: Heavily implied to have recently awakened one with Midoriya.
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: According to the Official Character Guide, All For One ranks 6/5 in terms of intelligence. Fitting for a Diabolical Mastermind whose intelligence is his best asset.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He's actually a first generation Quirk user, and is theorized to have stolen a longevity Quirk at some point. According to Gran Torino, All For One was at least over a hundred years old and at that time, All Might was just 18.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: His original Quirk All For One manifests energy in the form of black lightning with red outlines.
  • Sadist: All For One specializes in tormenting and psychologically breaking others to catch them off guard and cause them suffering just for the hell of it. Also this may be his motive for being a villain as he's just in it For the Evulz.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: He was "impressed" at seeing how Best Jeanist managed to save the other heroes before he unleashed his attack. Proceeds to destroy Jeanist's visceral organs.
  • Scars Are Forever: None of the regeneration Quirks he's obtained have been able to fix the massive injuries and scars inflicted upon him by All Might. According to his doctor, it's because the wounds had already scarred up and stabilized before he'd gotten a Quirk powerful enough to fix them, and if he'd gotten the necessary Quirk while they were still fresh they could have been fixed.
  • Skull for a Head: His life-support mask looks uncomfortably like a menacing skull.
  • Shadow Dictator: Invoked by All For One. He has been pulling strings of the underworld within the shadows. Even other criminals don't know much about him, except for urban legends.
  • Shrouded in Myth: All For One's backstory and motives are really vague. Even his own protege, Shigaraki is not aware of this. No one even knows about his real name. The public is largely unaware of his existence until recent events. The audience does not know how All For One actually looked like before he fought All Might. All Might lampshades that no one knows whether All For One transferred a Quirk on his brother out of kindness or to force him to submission. Even the first fight between All For One and All Might is not very well known.
    • Mildly subverted in Chapter 193 where the spirit of All For One's little brother shows past memories to Deku, to answer some questions. All For One still remains a mystery, though.
  • Smug Snake: His successes against the past users of One For All and his stockpile of offensive/defensive Quirks led him to believe he was so invincible that he didn't need to steal a healing ability. He only did so after Toshinori thrashed him and because of the way it works, the Quirk is useless in doing anything apart from bringing him back from the brink of death so he can continue to be a blind, maimed shadow of his former self because that's his "normal" being as far as the Quirk understands his biology. He also tends to refer himself as "boku".
  • The Sociopath: All For One carries all the traits of a classic sociopath: He has no empathy or remorse for all the things he has done, shamelessly bragging to his brother about how his followers had wiped out a faction of Quirk users who refused to join him. He views others as mere pawns to be used. He lies and manipulates others with ease. He's a Sadist who enjoys getting under other people's skin, often taunting All Might about the death of his mentor. He is incredibly arrogant and condescending to the point of megalomania and is charismatic enough to gain a loyal following of villains to serve under him. Even his taking in Tomura as his apprentice wasn't done out of altruism, but as a means of getting back at All Might by grooming Nana Shimura's grandson to be his successor.
    All for One: [in response to a Heroic Sacrifice] Thank you for such wonderful comedy!
  • So Proud of You: Has his moments with Tomura in an odd villainous way. He congratulates and praises him during multiple occasions, namely that of when he finally figures out a motive for his actions (All Might) and shows mental growth by declaring the kidnapped Bakugo to be a "valuable piece".
  • Spanner in the Works: Nezu's plan was to hold a press conference to serve as a distraction while the Pro Heroes launched simultaneous attacks on both the League's hideout and their Nomu factory. But the second All For One shows up, everything goes to hell as he curb-stomps Best Jeanist's group and warps Tomura and the League to safety.
  • Stepford Smiler: A twisted example. He almost always has an evil grin on his face, which acts as a Foil to All Might.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Even for a first generation Quirk user, All For One's Quirk is extremely powerful and advantageous. All For One can steal Emitter, Transformation and Mutant Quirks. It is implied he can do that without touching someone, and he can easily Depower entire crowds of Quirk users. The only Quirk that is immune to his power is One For All, and it is implied that he has recently awakened a connection to it and by extension, its current user...
  • Superpower Lottery: As his name implies, All For One can steal Quirks from others and wield them as his own. He can also combine the Quirks he's stolen to perform devastating combination attacks, and can combine multiples of the same Quirk to stack their power. He can also give the Quirks he's stolen to others, and if he gives a Quirk to someone who already has a Quirk, it sometimes causes the Quirks to combine and mutate into a completely new Quirk. In a world where Everyone is a Super, the man who can steal powers and give them to other people is king. At least until All Might beat him.
  • Super Prototype: He's from the first generation of Quirk users and has perhaps the single strongest Quirk in the world. Especially notable because Quirks are supposedly becoming more powerful as time goes on, with some grade school children wielding Quirks with the potential to be stronger than those of top heroes, and yet the generations out of date All for One still remains the strongest.
  • Super Strength: Thanks in part to having three Strength Enhancer Quirks, All For One is strong enough to hold All Might back with his bare hands alone, at one point casually tossing him aside using just the tendrils of his Forcible Quirk Activation Quirk.
  • Super Toughness: He can tank All Might's blows with relative ease, possibly thanks to some kind of durability Quirk.
  • The Svengali: Big time, pretty much defines his personality. He wanted to dominate all Quirk users for personal benefits like Quirks, obsequious slaves and later, the Nōmus.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: After All Might beats him the second time, he's put in one. He's kept in straitjacket on a chair, with multiple automated guns ready to shoot the moment he makes suspicious movement or activates his Quirk.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: In the manga, his reaction to All Might's final attack is more subdued, but still shows the only time his confidence falters. He grits his teeth and tells All Might to give it his best, showing while he's not recoiling like in the anime, he still knows exactly what's coming and how much it's going to hurt.
  • The Un Reveal: All For One's true face is often covered in shadows.
  • Unskilled, but Strong:
    • In contrast to All Might, who trained for years to learn how to master his Quirk, All For One is not a refined fighter and his fighting style basically boils down to "mash together a bunch of powerful Quirks, blast the enemy and hope they die in one hit". That said, The incredibly clever and out-of-the-box ways he can learn to combine stolen Quirks show that this is still a very, very bad thing. This also serves as a thematic element to their final fight; All For One values strength and raw power, hoarding it for himself with almost glee, while All Might gave up his power but is using the remaining shards of it to fight him.
    • All For One even cites this as the reason why he doesn't want Best Jeanist's Fiber Master Quirk: Taking someone like Best Jeanist's Quirk, where most of the power comes from years of training and intimate knowledge of what it can and can't do, is much less attractive to him since he won't be able to use it to its full potential right off the bat, versus an unsubtle but powerful Quirk like super strength. Plus, he plans to pass down All For One to Shigaraki and feels a Quirk like Fiber Master wouldn't mesh well with his personality.
  • Villain Teleportation: Like Kurogiri, he has a "Warping" Quirk that lets him produce a black liquid that teleports people place to place. However, it's a relatively new Quirk and it has several drawbacks. One, he can only warp things to and from his current location and not to specific coordinates, though with focus, he can warp matter to and from someone he has a close relationship with, like Shigaraki. Also, he seems incapable of teleporting himself.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: In the past, he was seen as a hero due to his stealing the Quirks of those who victimized others. This turned out to just be a ploy for him to attract loyal followers.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Initially, he appears in the story through a bright computer monitor.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: During his fight with All Might, he uses a warping Quirk to teleport Gran Torino into the path of All Might's attack like a human shield.
  • We Can Rule Together: In the past, he had requested his brother to stop resisting and join him in his "conquest", only to be flatly rejected by his brother. He told All For One he could never forgive him for his crimes.
  • Wham Line: He has a few over the course of the series.
    • During his fight with All Might:
    All For One: Oh, but there is something you should know. Tomura Shigaraki, my apprentice, is Nana Shimura's grandson.
    • Shortly after Midoriya starts getting visions of past One For All users, starting with All for One's brother:
    All For One: I can hear the voice of my little brother.
  • Wicked Cultured: At one point All For One quotes from the Charlie Chaplin film Monsieur Verdoux. He is also well acquainted with Greek Mythology.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Lampshaded by All For One himself, remarking that he had grown weaker after sustaining life-threatening injuries from All Might. Still doesn't stop him from kicking everyone's asses and even threatening to kill All Might.
  • World's Strongest Man: His Quirk is arguably the most powerful one in the series. All For One himself remained unchallenged for over a century until the advent of All Might.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Implied: In the Volume 7 omake, the mangaka's (self-proclaimed) "oblique hint" — as to why the winged Nomu killed by Stain had grabbed Midoriya specifically — was just a drawing of Tsubasa, a boy with wings seen alongside Bakugo from the first chapter. This implies that at one time between then and the Field Training Arc, All For One somehow got hold of Tsubasa... and turned him into a Nomu.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: According to him, Nana Shimura died in a shameful manner, and he's not even sure how to even begin telling All Might about it. All Might yells at him to shut up.
  • Xanatos Gambit:
    • He claims his arrest will cause Shigaraki to become stronger and more independent, thus allowing Shigaraki to finally become the successor that All For One raised him as.
    • Also on the Field Training Arc, whatever the end of it might be, Stain's popularity would be used by the League of Villains to attract more villains to them.
  • You Owe Me: Starts consolidating followers this way. Often by granting their wishes during times of desperation.
    All For One: I will offer a "choice" to the powerless and sinners will be forgiven. I will grant that which you wish for. You need only follow me.

    Tomura Shigaraki 

Tomura Shigaraki

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)

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

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

Quirk: Decay

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Shigaraki's second outfit. 
Click here to see him in civilian attire. 

"Even if this society comes crashing down... Even if I rise to rule the underworld... That weight in my heart is never gonna go away. It's why I hate everything. Every living, breathing thing just rubs me the wrong way. So why not destroy it all? Why not destroy everything?"

The current leader of the League of Villains, who was groomed by the villain who crippled All Might, All For One, to be his successor. His name is actually an alias and his true identity is tied with All Might's mentor Nana Shimura, as he is her grandson, Tenko Shimura.

His Quirk, "Decay", allows him to destroy anything he touches provided all five of his fingers are in contact with the object.


  • Abusive Parents: His father, Nana's son, would lock Tenko out of the house until he apologized and sometimes even beat him up whenever he mentioned anything about heroes. While his mother was sympatheic, she was too afraid to stand up to her husband.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A Downplayed example, in the manga color pages Shigaraki is shown with grey hair, whereas his anime appearance gives it a blueish grey tint.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has a few signs of having some form of Autism or mental anxiety. In particular, there's his childish behavior, Character Tic of scratching himself when either nervous or upset, an implied obsession with gaming, a tendency to freak out or panic easily, and getting enraged whenever his father's hand gets touched.
  • Arch-Enemy: Both he and Midoriya are destined to lead the battle between good and evil as the next number one villain and hero respectively. It's implied throughout the story they will continue the fight All Might and All For One left behind for them.
  • Ax-Crazy: Tomura is very unstable and willing to kill anybody, especially combined with his usual behavior. Also, his Creepy Monotone and Slasher Smile helps make him look even more homicidal.
  • Author Appeal: Averted in regards to Shigaraki. Horikoshi likes drawing hands, as he finds them to be the most expressive part of the body, but he absolutely loathes drawing the "expressionless hands" that adorn Shigaraki's body. He even refers to Shigaraki as his nemesis in the Volume 23 omakes.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: During the fight between Aizawa and the various League's Mooks, Shigaraki stays in the background and watches the fight from afar. Once he actually begins fighting Aizawa, he tells Aizawa how he was able to tell that his Quirk was staying active for shorter periods after every use, and therefore determines that Aizawa can't keep fighting the League's superior numbers by himself forever.
  • Bad Boss: In the USJ arc, he acts like the most stereotypical cartoon villain imaginable, even saying that if Kurogiri weren't so useful, he would have killed him for letting Iida get away. His Character Development has moved him well away from this, however, and by the time he assumes leadership of the League of Villains he seems to have become a full-fledged Benevolent Boss.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Disintegration by touch? Definitely a villain.
  • Beauty Mark: An unusual male example, and subverted in that it doesn't make his wrinkled face look any better. It's actually inherited from his grandmother, Nana Shimura.
  • Benevolent Boss: After assuming leadership of the League of Villains. Highlighted in Chapter 148, where he has an almost beatific appearance while expressing his faith in Toga and Twice.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He loses his cool when someone hits his father's hand. He drops this habit as he undergoes Character Development.
    • Stain is another big contender for him. When Dabi mentions that the only reason he joined the League was to carry on Stain's will, Tomura almost murdered him and Toga right there and then.
    • Stepping on his authority as the aspiring big dog among villains makes him really angry.
  • Big Bad: Moves into this position after All for One is defeated.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He has no real agenda for the League of Villains — after All Might's retirement — seeing as his main goal is only focused on beating/killing All Might to destroy the Symbol of Peace. He later gets called out on it by Overhaul — another villain trying to directly compete with him to become top dog of the criminal underworld — who barely even considers Shigaraki a threat to his own plans, due to his childishness. Subverted when Shigaraki decides to do something about that by stealing the tools from Overhaul's agenda to remove Quirks from society, essentially cheating a workable strategy off another villain.
  • Body Motifs: Hands. His Quirk involves destroying things provided that all five digits on his hands are touching them, and he has disembodied hands all over his body, including his face. This is the author's deliberate doing, as Horikoshi enjoys the expressiveness of hands (his own Author Avatar is a hand mutant), and takes it to its logical extreme with Tomura's design.
  • Born Unlucky: As five-year old Tenko, he Used to Be a Sweet Kid who wanted to be a hero. Except his dad despised heroes and kept punishing him every time the topic was brought out. And then, Tenko's Decay Quirk suddenly manifested, killing his family. That was when All For One took Tenko to his home and slowly warped his mind to hate all heroes and transformed him into the Ax-Crazy nihilistic villain known as Tomura Shigaraki.
  • Character Development: When initially introduced, Tomura was a psychotic brat who frequently had temper tantrums when things didn't go his way, and had to be held back from doing anything stupid by Kurogiri. However, once having realized his own convictions, he becomes a lot more cunning, manipulative and patient. This can be seen in his ability to work with "Stain fanboys" in the expanded League, and keeping his temper under control after Bakugo damages his father's hand. Losing his mentor, and later the death of Magne drive his development further (exactly as planned in the former case) as he grows to value his team more. By the time he meets Gigantomachia and Daruma Ujiko, he doesn't even lose his cool but instead tries to talk to them rationally instead of just trying to use his Quirk on them. His relationship with his team has also deepened to the point where he doesn't even kill Spinner for questioning the League's lack of direction.
  • Character Tics:
    • In a similar fashion to Uraraka, he avoids touching objects he doesn't want to decompose by using only a few fingers at a time.
    • He also seems to have a habit of scratching his neck which gets increasingly violent when he's in the middle of a breakdown. He drops this habit as he undergoes Character Development.
    • When he was a child and before he activated his Quirk, he had a habit of constantly scratching himself because he had a "itch" all over his body. According to him, it only stopped once his Quirk finally awakened and he committed his mostly accidental murder of his family.
  • The Chessmaster: He was a Psychopathic Manchild, but his Character Development is slowly turning him into this. Best seen at the aftermath of the Hassaikai arc; after spending the arc basically subservient to Overhaul and keeping his ego down, and letting Overhaul and his gang take on the heroes, he backstabbed Overhaul at the exact right moment to make it hurt the most. To add insult to injury, he crippled Overhaul to the point that the latter is basically Brought Down to Normal, and ran off with their prized possessions.
  • Creepy Monotone: Tomura's voice is very eerie and quavering, and in the manga, his speech bubbles are drawn as jittery with messy text, used to illustrate that he's unstable and could come unhinged at any moment.
  • Creepy Souvenir: That hand Shigaraki wears on his face? Heavily implied to be and later outright confirmed to be his father's actual hand and all that was left after using Decay on him. The rest of the hands are later revealed to belong to his other family members, killed the same way at the same time after his Quirk's accidental activation. It's later clarified that when he killed his family Decay hadn't fully materialized, so instead of disintegrating them to dust it tore their bodies into bloody chunks, which explains how All For One was able to recover the hands when usually there's nothing left of Shigaraki's victims.
  • Costume Evolution: When Tomura becomes the guiding force of the League of Villains, without the influence of All For One he starts wearing a dark black Badass Longcoat, showing how he's come to embrace his authority and his evolution into a competent villain.
  • The Determinator: Easily rivals Midoriya in this category, if not surpasses him. Best demonstrated in Chapter 223, where Gigantomachia has been hunting and continuously fighting him for 48 hours straight with only three hours for Tomura to rest. And this has been going on for a MONTH AND A HALF!
  • Disease Bleach: Shigaraki didn't always have silver hair and red eyes. Chapter 235 shows that when he was five years old, he shared his family's dark hair and eyes.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Shigaraki's first victim that he intentionally murdered was his own father as payback for the constant abuse he suffered growing up.
  • The Dragon: To All For One.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Following All For One's defeat, he is on track to becoming this, just as his mentor wanted.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: It's subtle, but he's actually changed art styles as his character has developed, from a highly detailed style that played up his creepiness to a less detailed style that still leaves him creepy, but also gives him a soft, almost beatific feel.
  • Evil Albino: Colour pages show him as this in the manga, though not in the anime, as explained by Adaptation Dye-Job above.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The reason why his plan to convert Bakugo to the League of Villains quite literally blew up in his face. He thought that Bakugo's Jerkass tendencies meant that he'd be better suited as a villain than a hero, not realizing that Bakugo wants to be a hero like All Might in spite of his violent tendencies. Aizawa, All Might, and Bakugo himself pretty much spell the trope out for him.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • A pretty blatant one to Midoriya, as All for One's protege compared to One for All's inheritor, especially given his Awesomeness by Analysis abilities.
    • To Eri, both of them were individuals who as children awoke unseen quirks that resulted in them both accidentally killing family members, leading to them being taken in by criminal organisations. The main difference being Eri was eventually rescued and is now able to recover from the trauma while no one helped Shigaraki which led to his outlook and villainous status.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • He is openly appalled by Chisaki's lack of regard for his underlings, and killing Magne didn't exactly do his view on him any favors either.
    • He also tells Kurogiri during the School trip arc that he wouldn't send the new recruits into danger claiming he wasn't that heartless.
    • During the Meta Liberation Army arc he says that he won't forgive the army for toying with Twice's emotions since Twice is tearing himself apart to save the kidnapped Giren.
  • Evil Feels Good: His narration during his flashback says that he felt the most pleasant of sensations once he murdered his father and that the incitant stopped his constant itching.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Eric Vale gives Tomura a very scratchy voice that doesn't break even when he is in the middle of a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Exact Words: He never explicitly told Toga and Twice to betray the Yakuza. But he didn't tell them not to betray them. This allowed them to get past Shin's Quirk because there was technically no planned betrayal in the works, it was just something they chose to do later on (which Shigaraki was banking on).
  • Eye Scream: Shigaraki has a scar over his right eye which is revealed to be a result of him clawing at his own eye as a child after he accidentally murdered his sister.
  • The Faceless: His face is always covered by one of his hands, even when he's not wearing the rest of his costume, until his real face is revealed to Midoriya in a shopping mall.
  • Fingore: Re-Destro cripples Shigaraki's left hand, and the latter loses his thumb, index and middle fingers.
  • Foil: To Izuku. Both of them are the pupils of the previous Big Good and Big Bad respectively, and at the start of the story both of them are pretty terrible at what they try to do and have to learn from their mentors. Izuku is trying to become the worlds greatest hero, Shigaraki is trying to become the world's greatest villain at the same time. Shigaraki is also descended from a user of One For All but doesn't even know it, while Midoriya has no biological relationship to any of the Quirk's users but has a strong connection with All Might. Both Izuku and Tomura belong to Nana Shimura's legacy. And while both have powerful Quirks they need to control for fear of what could happen otherwise, Midoriya works to control his power in increasing increments and fears the damage his Quirk does to his own body while Shigaraki's can only be all-or-nothing and affects things around him when uncontrolled. Even their Body Motifs are opposing, with Shigaraki requiring his hands for his Quirk and Izuku focusing his own through his legs after developing Shoot Style.
  • For the Evulz: Though he tries to come off as high-minded in delivering Not So Different speeches to the heroes he faces, he really just wants to destroy whatever he feels like.
    • This ends up being a Deconstruction in his case, as his lack of a conviction for his evil deeds makes him weaker as a villain, preventing him from accomplishing more than he potentially could. However, he eventually realized that he did have those convictions all along, he just didn't think too much of them.
    • After speaking with Izuku, Shigaraki decides to adopt Stain's goals as his own. That is to eradicate all the "fake heroes" and question justice. He also adopts Overhaul's methods to eliminate Quirks of the fake heroes.
  • Four Is Death: In My Hero One's Justice, hitting an opponent with his special move four times kills them instantly. The pop-up that appears upon connecting displays a number that increases with each hit, until the fourth one, which says "DEAD!". Also, his birthday is April 4th, or 4/4.
  • Freak Out!: When Re-Destro starts breaking his fingers and damages the hands of his family, Shigaraki starts having a mental breakdown as these acts start triggering his memories of his family before he accidentially killed them.
  • Freudian Excuse: We get glimpses of his childhood, and it's really sad. By all accounts, he had a loving family before his Quirk awoke except for his father who despised heroes due to his mother abandoning him. He got into trouble with his father whenever he expressed a desire to become a hero and was locked outside until he apologised. While his family loved him, they didn't want to go against his father's wishes, and tried to convince him to give up on his dream, which left him constantly depressed. His sister Hana was the only one to encourage Tenko and showed him a picture of his grandma Nana to give him hope. However, his father found out about the photo and Hana, in a Moment of Weakness, said that Tenko begged to be shown the picture which led to his father beating him. Seeing that his family wouldn't stand up for him was the final straw and it led to Tenko hating everything. After accidentally killing his family, he was left lost, destitute and crying in a street alley. But then Sensei came to his rescue, pointing out how Heroes give people hope, but also deconstructing this by arguing how now that people are Holding Out for a Hero, they would rather let the heroes deal with suffering people than actively help him themselves. Unfortunately, young Shigaraki bought it and is now a devout follower of Sensei from thereon.
  • Full-Name Basis: Kurogiri always refers to or calls him by his full name.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: His first raid on USJ is quickly called off when their trump card against All Might lost. Midoriya calls him out on this, pointing to it as one of the major differences between him and Stain, along with their conviction. Completely averted after further Character Development. He's currently fighting to make Gigantomachia submit, and the battle has lasted for one and a half month and counting.
  • Generation Xerox: During his month and a half long battle with Gigantomachia, he kept his smile up through the whole ordeal. He's smiling through adversity, just like his grandmother.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a big scratch over his right eyelid and a nasty-looking disfigurement around the corner of his mouth, both of which emphasize the sense that he's completely psychotic. A flashback shows he got his face cut up somehow and was sitting in an alleyway cowering after some sort of awful bloody spectacle.
  • The Heavy: For all intents and purposes, he is the one stirring up trouble within the series, with the rarely-appearing "Sensei" supporting him by providing intel and manpower. He is now taking over as Big Bad following his mentor's imprisonment.
  • Helping Hands: Has hands covering his entire body, including his face. It's later revealed these hands are all that remains of his family after his Quirk awakened.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: Shigaraki seems to have contempt for this attitude during his conversation with Izuku. In his eyes, everyday people are oblivious to the fact that anyone with a dangerous Quirk could easily kill them. He thinks this is because the masses believe that heroes like All Might will always jump in and save them. It's implied that this attitude also created the Bystander Syndrome that made people so unwilling to help Shigaraki when he was a child.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He badly underestimates Bakugo's moral character when he targets him as a potential Rival Turned Evil.
  • Hypocrite: When Himiko and Dabi attempt to join the organization, he calls Himiko a "brat" for coming across as annoying to him and gets annoyed at Dabi for not revealing his real name. Mentally speaking, Shigaraki is more of a "brat" than Himiko is, and is also not going by his real name.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Pure Authority, initially, and not even his own, but after All For One's defeat he shifts more toward Loyalty based on a mix of acceptance and benevolence.
  • Identical Grandson: As Chapter 235 shows, when Tenko was five years old and hadn't yet developed his Quirk, he much more closely resembled his grandmother, Nana, with the same black hair, eyes, and Beauty Mark. Whatever happened to him has made him unrecognizable to his grandmother now.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Prone to this, making speeches about how heroes are just as bad as villains and the like. This makes him a charismatic leader to the two-bit thugs following him, given that he's basically telling them what they already want to hear.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After Chisaki's defeat, he subjects him to a Fate Worse than Death where he severs his arms and strips of him his Quirk.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: After Izuku defeated Overhaul with the help of Eri, Shigaraki staged an attack on the medical procession to the villain hospital where Overhaul and company were being shipped out for treatment, just so he could get his hands on Overhaul to punish him for the dishonor and bloodshed he inflicted on the League of Villains.
  • Logical Weakness: His Decay Quirk is exceptionally dangerous...but only if he can actually touch his target with all five fingers. Presumably, losing even one finger on either hand would make it impossible to use.note  Also, the object he grabs has to be a solid object. That's why Snatch, whose ability to turn into sand gives him a fluid form Shigaraki can't properly grip, is able to fight him hand-to-hand without issue.
    • Flashbacks to his childhood also show him wearing gloves after being picked up by All for One. Presumably preventing him from using his powers and letting him pick things up.
    • During their fight, Re-Destro expresses surprise when Shigaraki's Decay is able to activate where his crippled hand touched his own fingers, though the effect is noticeably much slower than usual. Re-Destro wonders if this means either the intel he obtained on Shigaraki's "all five fingers" limit was false or if the trauma he's inadvertently subjected Shigaraki to is forcing his Quirk to evolve.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Shigaraki is actually the grandson of Shimura Nana, who was All Might's mentor and the previous wielder of "One For All".
  • Made of Iron: Although his Quirk has nothing to do with his physical durability, he has repeatedly been shown to survive or quickly recover from injuries that shouldn't realistically be possible for a normal human. He gets hit point blank by one of Bakugo's explosions and walks it off. He's also able to heal perfectly fine after being basically maimed by bullets after the USJ attack. Also despite getting slapped around by Gigantomachia for a month, he's still able to walk, talk, and move like he wasn’t even winded. He later gets smacked down from a glancing strike from Re-Destro's 80% Stress form which is strong enough to demolish several buildings from the air force alone, but he has enough strength to get up immediately (note that this is during the period where he is getting slapped around by Gigantomachia as well).
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Shigaraki seems to have a ridiculously high pain threshold, and barely seems to react to potentially crippling injuries. He gets stabbed in the shoulder by Stain, but only reacts violently when the latter's sword almost touched his fathers hand, and merely complained afterwards that he had only just finished healing from his USJ injuries and that they didn't have a healer in their party to fix him. During the battle with the Meta Liberation Army, Re-Destro destroys three of the fingers on his left hand, but Shigaraki barely notices, having a much bigger reaction to seeing his sister's hand being destroyed.
  • Make Them Rot: His Quirk, "Decay". He can effectively destroy anything he touches.
  • Meaningful Rename: "Tomura Shigaraki" isn't his real name. His real name is Tenko Shimura, which gains significance when it's revealed he's the grandson of All Might's mentor, Nana Shimura.
  • Murder in the Family: While his dog and arguably his sister were accidental killings, Tomura self-admits that his mother, grandparents and especially his father were all intended victims from his newly manifested Quirk at the time, as he felt they were all complicit with the latter for his suffering.
  • Nightmare Face: There are entire pages dedicated to how creepy this guy looks, just to hammer in the point. Even when we see his actual face, which should be comparatively normal, it's drawn with frightening detail, leading to this.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he searched for All for One's legacy and that legacy found him first, and wants Shigaraki to prove himself worthy for his devotion.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His overall goal appears to be the destruction of society. It is later revealed that this is due to the immense trauma he had suffered during his childhood when his Quirk had first manifested. Shigaraki can only recollect fragments that excruciatingly torment his pysche. As a result, he loathes the world and every living thing in it.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: While the audience only gets to see bits and pieces of how powerful Shigaraki's Decay Quirk really is the League's war with the Meta Liberation Army showcases some truly jaw dropping levels of power which including disintegrating dozens of members of the army with the sweep of a hand and destroying an entire tower just by touching it.
  • Playing Both Sides: His plan for the Meta Liberation Army. Gigantomachia will sleep for about one hour more than they will be in the city trying to rescue Giran. Shigaraki's plan is for them to hold on, get Giran to safety and attract Giganto to the city. Giganto will destroy the army to the same degree that they'll hopefully tire or harm him enough for Shigaraki to be able to take him down himself, killing two bird with one stone. Daruma points out the army may be lying about their numbers but in that case, Shigaraki is satisfied with the idea that Gigantomachia will obliterate the little numbers the army does have.
  • Psychopathic Manchild:
    • Sees the whole invasion as nothing more than a game. When Iida manages to escape to warn the higher ups of U.A.. He cites the whole thing as a "Game Over". When All Might does show up however, he sees it as a "Continue". All Might later specifically describes him as one. Stain even calls him out on this, finding the reasons for his actions to be childish and without cause.
    • He's confronted by Overhaul for having no actual end goal in sight beyond acquiring minions. As his primary goal revolves around taking out All Might to deprive the world of the Symbol of Peace — something that happened without him doing a thing or All Might dying — the League of Villains has no clear reason beyond this for even staying together.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In the past when his quirk first emerged and killed his family. He had been trying to get help from his father after accidentally killing the rest of the family, when his father hits him in the head with a pipe. This act, reminding him of all the abuse he had taken under his fathers household, awakened a desire to kill his father in murderous rage. Making him his first actual victim in the process.
  • The Resenter: To Stain the Hero Killer for upstaging him as a villain without even trying. He doesn't react well when the new recruits admit that they only joined the League of Villains because they are fans of Stain. Kurogiri's intervention is the only reason he and the new recruits didn't kill each other on the spot.
  • Scars Are Forever: While it might not be as easily noticeable, or at the very least something the audience can write of as being caused by his dry skin, Shigaraki has noticeable scars on his right eyelid and the left side of his lip. Chapter 236 reveals that the eye scar was a result of young Tenko clawing at his own eye after he accidentally killed his older sister while the lip scar came from his father smacking him in the face with a weed whacker after witnessing his sons rampage.
  • Self-Harm: As pointed out in Character Tics above Shigaraki often scratches his neck and, as shown in Episode 11, if he starts having a psychotic episode he'll scratch himself so hard that he starts drawing blood.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He accidentally killed his entire family when his Quirk first activated, leaving him in the miserable state in which All For One found him. As of Chapter 222 of the manga, it's revealed that he only remembers fragments of the event, but they're enough to make him sick to his stomach. As he fights Re-Destro, the memories start coming back full force when his family's hands get damaged.
  • Self-Serving Memory: During his battle with Re-Destro where he reflects on his past as a child. He narrates about how he hated his family for not sticking up for him when his father abused him. A kid hating those around them at that age when in trouble, punished, or abused is accurate to a point, his actions during the flashback make clear how little control he had over his quirk, seeking help from the rest of his family, even his father before he attacked young Tenko, and even implying he was trying to hug his mom as she attempted to hug him before dying. Showing that his feelings for the rest of the family is more complicated than he'd like to remember.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports one the first time we see his face. And that's not even going into the incredibly unsettling one he gives poor Midoriya later on in their conversation. Chapter 223 makes note that Shigaraki has been smiling like this for over a month despite (or maybe because) being in terrible danger.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Amusingly averted. While he's talking about his grand plan and comparing his minions to pawns, he's playing videogames. And then he starts using the analogy of low level players who tried taking on a too strong boss.
    • In fact Shigaraki has no idea how to play chess. He's really bothered when Overhaul forces him to play a few rounds during their meeting. When the time comes to use chess metaphors, all Shigaraki has figured out is 'you win by taking the other guys king'.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Thanks in no small part to his childishness and psychotic episodes it can be difficult to remember at times that Shigaraki is actually an incredibly smart villain. This can be shown in his fight with Aizawa when he was able to determine that the duration of time he could erase Quirks was getting shorter and coming up with the plan to successfully capture Bakugo. In fact, according to his stats in the Official Character Book, he ranks 5/5 or A in intelligence, (which for the record makes him smarter then Deku and Kurogiri, who both scored a 4/5 or B). Overhaul the Yakuza, dismissed Tomura as a brat with good connections. But Tomuras faith/respect in his subordinates, his impeccable timing, and excellent maneuvering lead him to steal Overhauls bullet, destroy the man’s empire and gloat to his face about it.
  • Straw Nihilist: He has nothing but absolute contempt for the society that heroes have created, seeing it as nothing but a big lie that people have deluded themselves believing for a false sense of security, and fostering a culture of Bystander Syndrome and Holding Out for a Hero mentality. So, he resolves to tear it all down, forcing everyone to confront the grim reality they have so blithely rejected.
  • Super Speed: While it has yet to be commented on In-Universe, Shigaraki is very fast. Best demonstrated in the USJ arc, wherein once he notices Deku, Tsuyu and Mineta; he suddenly goes from being in the middle of the training grounds, to right in front of Deku and company, in the blink of an eye. Word of God gives Shigaraki a 5/5 or A in speed.
  • To the Pain: In one of his most sadistic and refreshingly vengeful moments, Shigaraki inflicted this punishment on Overhaul. He decided to avoid killing the man outright even though he expected this would be the reason why Shigaraki went to the trouble to attack him after his defeat, but Shigaraki had something worse in mind... Have Mr. Compress destroy his left arm as payback for taking his, and then personally decay away Overhaul's right arm and sever it with a knife while it was brittle before his Quirk's effects spread far enough to be lethal. This left Overhaul crippled and incapable of activating his Quirk ever again, while the League of Villains stole the materials to make Quirk neutralizer bullets, with Shigaraki laughing in Overhaul's face that now he was powerless and would be forced to watch them in envy as their group became the dominant power and not his.
  • Touch of Death: He can disintegrate anything his hand connects to, but only when all five fingers are touching it. The Quirk does not spread if an appendage being decayed is severed, something which Shigaraki is aware of and may use for his particularly evil punishments. He later gains the ability to spread his decaying power like a virus so that it’s able to affect other people and objects that he hasn’t touched, as long as they come in contact with something or someone that has already started decaying.
  • Transplant: He's heavily based on the eponymous protagonist of Kōhei Horikoshi's debut Tenko. They not only do they share the same name, but both share the same power, both are orphans, both have accidentally used their power on a loved one, and both are also driven by a deep hate for the world and a very intense goal to destroy something in it (Hero society for Shigaraki and swords for Tenko). Tenko is effectively Shigaraki's prototype.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Whatever happened to Tomura in the past was apparently so traumatic that he can't remember anything more then brief flashes of his prior life before he met All for One. It's only after one of the hands that belonged to his sister gets destroyed by Re-Destro that his memories start coming back in force.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: His Quirk became active while he was hugging his dog for comfort after a massive chewing out (for something comparatively minor) from his father. He then proceeded to accidentally kill his mother and sister, before intentionally using the power to kill his abusive father. The experience was traumatic enough that when All for One and Daruma Ujiko explained what happened that day, the shock and stress caused the poor boy to Go Mad from the Revelation and vomit.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Tenko came from a (mostly) loving family growing up and genuinely aspired to be a hero, not unlike Midoriya. But the repeated abuse from his father, the rest of his family's refusal to stop it, and his Quirk awaking at the worst possible time & in the most tragically violent way possible utterly broke him.
  • Vague Age: Shigaraki's age was initially speculated to be anywhere between Midoriya's age and his mid 20's due to his appearance, Nightmare Face, personality, and height. His age is not revealed until 200 chapters after his debut, finally confirming that he is 20 years old.
  • Villain Has a Point: All Might is fully aware he can't be everywhere and save everyone no matter how hard he tries, which is part of the reason Shigaraki can't stand heroes or the culture around them.
  • Villain Respect: Unusually for him, Shigaraki doesn't get angry when a bruised and battered Eraserhead stops him from using his powers on Asui, and instead complements the hero.
    Shigaraki: You really are so cool, Eraserhead.
  • Villainous Friendship: While Shigaraki tends to be a mostly antisocial asshole, he does seem to legitimately care for Sensei. He reacts in fear when he realizes that Sensei is going to be fighting All Might by himself while still recovering from his injuries. As the story progresses, he also starts developing a closer relationship with the rest of his core team, as a sign that he's growing into the role of a leader after All For One is arrested.
  • Villainous Underdog: Frequently, especially after All For One is defeated and Shigaraki has to assume leadership of the League of Villains himself.
  • Visual Development: After his Character Development, he starts wearing a long coat and his face is no longer drawn in a nightmarish style. By the time he meets Gigantomachia and Daruma Ujiko, his hair has also gotten longer and more unruly.
  • Would Hurt a Child: A recurring threat he often makes. During the USJ arc, he tried to kill the students in an attempt to lure All Might out. When he had to retreat, he wanted to kill at least one student to spite All Might. When Toga reveals her obsession with Stain, he tries to kill her. Later when he runs into Midoriya at a shopping mall, he admits he could kill at least twenty people before he'd be stopped, and the visuals accompanying it make it clear this means everyone is free-game, including children.
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All for One's Lieutenants

    Kurogiri — Black Mist 

Kurogiri — Black Mist

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

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

Quirk: Warp Gate

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"Greetings. We are the League of Villains. Forgive our audacity, but... today, we've come here to U.A. High School—this bastion of heroism...to end the life...of All Might, the Symbol of Peace."

The League's shadowy teleporter, and Tomura's second-in-command. His Quirk is "Warp Gate", which allows him to open portals that he can move things in between. He was captured by Gran Torino during the Internship Arc.


  • Ambiguously Human: He is a mass of dark fog that vaguely takes the form of a human when outside of a mission.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Mass teleportation? Can't let the heroes have that. Emphasized by the characters noting that Quirks like that are particularly rare.
  • 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.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: While not in a mission, he wears a white-coloured 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.
  • 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.
  • The Dragon: To Shigaraki, though he later becomes Co-Dragons with Dabi once the Leagues members start expanding. He may also be one for All For One as he's one of the few members of the League, besides Shigaraki, aware of his presence and directly reports to him regarding Shigaraki.
  • Evil Genius: Of the Five-Man Band, he is the most levelheaded, meaning that he will take charge of the plan and strategy when Shigaraki gets mad or crazy. He also seems to be the diplomat, as he acts as moderator for Shigaraki and remains the voice of reason in the League.
  • 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. Although it turns out to be his Warp Gate Quirk is creating the fog, which protects his real body from harm. We never see what he looks like, however.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His speech is very formal and polite. However, he has no compunctions about killing and/or torturing others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: He's essentially a living portal that splits his physical body through portals into multiple locations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: He's captured by Gran Torino shortly before the School Festival Arc, and while Gigantomachia does impede the capture, Gran Torino manages to successfully apprehend Kurogiri.
  • 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 Himiko.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Tomura, 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 Tomura was comfortable, content with his goals, and making allies.
  • Warp Zone: His Quirk. It works similar to Portal: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Himiko and Dabi just so he'd have friends. Tomura seems to somewhat reciprocate this, but it’s offset by his temper and lack of compassion.
  • Villain Teleportation: A villain who acts as a mass teleporter for his allies.

    Gigantomachia 

Gigantomachia

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

Quirk: Unknown

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

A gargantuan, Kaiju-like villain who stalks the mountains out in the countryside and wears a weather radio around his neck. He is a former bodyguard of All For One and was a member of the League before even Shigaraki was. He was first seen out in the woods hearing about the news of Stain's capture.


  • 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.
  • Berserker Tears: After defeating the entire league, he cries, bawling about the fact that the successor chosen by All For One is too weak.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Upon Ujiko's orders, Gigantomachia comes to Shigaraki's rescue and begins his rampage against the Meta-Liberation Army.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: He was All For One's bodyguard until he was sent away to act as a Secret Weapon.
  • 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: He rampaged against the League of Villains by himself, tearfully claiming that they are too weak to uphold All For One's legacy.
  • Dumb Muscle: Gigantomachina has limited intellect more akin to a dim-witted beast, as Mina 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.
  • 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, where Kurogiri felt unable to protect Shigaraki on his own.
  • The Juggernaut: He's been fighting the League of Villains for 48 hours straight, taking a 3-hour naps in-between before resuming his attack, and he's kept this up for one and a half month so far. Mr Compress even wonders aloud when he ever finds time to eat.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: Tanked Dabi's fire like it was nothing, and then ATE IT.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: While All For One and holders of One For All can use multiple Quirks due to having Quirks meant to function with others, Gigantomachia is the only known character to wield multiple Quirks without requiring modification to use them relatively safe. The Doctor's comment about his stamina implies that this is a result of his own Quirk simply making him so durable that he can soak up the side-effects without harm.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: During the month and a half long battle against him its 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 explode this when Re-Destro orders him to go to Delka city banking on Gigantomachia to chase after him and clash with the armies 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 Delka city.
  • Scenery Censor: He's fully nude, and only convenient smoke, shadows, or shrubbery obscures his crotch.
  • 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 their completely unaware of Gigantomachia's existence or the League's month and a half long fight against him. Since Shigaragki 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.
  • Shout-Out: Between his rough, rocky appearance and unstoppable physical might, he's a dead-ringer for Doomsday.
  • Size Shifter: 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 it and capture Kurogiri, he appears to have disappeared and there's a search group after him, in spite of the fact he is gigantic.
  • 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.
  • Threshold Guardians: For Shigaraki to get The Doctor's full cooperation, he will have to make Gigantomachia submit to him.
  • 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.
  • World's Strongest Man: It is unknown how strong is Gigantomachia compared to All Might, but in his own right he is one of the mightiest characters in the manga. 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.

    The Doctor — "Daruma Ujiko" 

The Doctor — "Daruma Ujiko"

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

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

Quirk: Unknown

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"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. He's a reclusive old man who was All For One's personal doctor, and he also develops and manages the Nomus.


  • 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.
  • Evil Genius: He's the one behind the creation of the Nomus and has been experimenting with them for a long time and has recently 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.
  • Evil Laugh: He likes doing this a lot, whether he's talking about his prized creations of casually threatening to throw his supposed allies back to Gigantomachia. It makes him seem pretty unhinged.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: He has an uncanny resemblance to the 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.
  • Mad Scientist: Seems to have this motif, being the one to create the Nomus and he even leaves in your typical mad scientist lab, full on with several capsules holding High-End Nomus.
  • 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 means that they will just return to a standing position.
  • No Name Given: His real name is currently unknown, and he's referred to by as "The Doctor" by Shigaraki. When he meets the rest of the League, he introduces himself as "Daruma Ujiko", but then admits that it's a fake name that he made on the spot.
  • Properly Paranoid: He goes great length 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 term 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, 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.
  • 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.

Vanguard Action Squad

    Dabi 

Dabi

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)

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

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice

Quirk: Cremation

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"This will just be a signal fire. We'll fill those heroes full of holes... and put them in their place. All for a brighter future."

A newer recruit of the League who joined to push Stain's ideals. He has Frankenstein-like features and a sewed face full of burnt skin. He prefers going by his Villain name. He has a fire-related Quirk and appears to be an arsonist. Dabi is also a serial killer, and for whatever reason, he seems to enjoy provoking the Todoroki family.


  • Aloof Ally: Dabi has his own reasons for working with the League and as such only seems to hang out with them on missions. While everyone else in the League has formed a sense of comradery with each other Dabi deliberately keeps a wall between them and treats the various members with either indifference or disdain. Dabi even opts out of the rematch with Gigantomachia and does his own thing separate from the League for a month and a half.
  • Ambiguously Related: Dabi has an uncanny relation to the Todoroki family. While genetic evidence extends only to his Fire Quirk and his eyes being the same color as the family patriarch, Endeavor, the circumstantial evidence is extensive; having an abusive father who is also a pro hero falls perfectly in line with his motivations, he is covered in mysterious burn scars, he deliberately avoids revealing his real name to people, even saying that it will be revealed "at the right time" as if it's somehow significant, and has been kept away from any situation where it might forcibly be revealed such as when the hideout got raided. Tying his appearance into the family is difficult as he is very disfigured, but flashbacks show that Endeavor's hair was virtually identical to Dabi's at his age. During the Camp Raid Arc, he gave Shoto a lengthened look and commented "Shoto Todoroki, how sad...", and a similarly significant-feeling encounter happened between him and Endeavor sometime later, ending with a promise that they'd meet again.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His character is themed after Death, and what's left of the skin on his face look like the upper half of a skull. His powers also resemble Hellfire and cremation.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He was in charge of both the Vanguard Action Squad and the Nomus, so he is definitely this. When he told the squad to shut up, they shut up.
  • Awesome by Analysis: He has a knack for this, he’s good at seeing through people, and attacking them when they can’t retaliate.
  • Body Horror: At least 80% of his body appears to be charred or skinless. The rest looks like it's been stapled onto the burned bits. As he thinks back to the Last Words said by Snatch, the patches start bleeding as if they were Tears of Blood. Pushed further during his confrontation with Endeavor, as the stapled-together parts of his face start coming apart.
  • Badass Longcoat: Acquires one between joining the League and the attack on the training camp.
  • The Brute: The most violent and, arguably, powerful member outside of Sensei. Fittingly enough he's also powerful enough to take on Pro Heroes like Aizawa.
    • A variant, in that while he has a very powerful Quirk, he's (technically it was a clone of him made by Twice, but the real Dabi also makes a comment to that effect) not very strong physically and is rather easily subdued by Aizawa.
  • Cast from Hit Points: As Geten points out, Dabi can't continuously use his Quirk without running the risk of hurting himself. If he isn't careful, it can get to the point where actually starts burning the skin off his body.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Not so much shadows as darkened, rotten flesh. It gives off the same creepy effect, if not moreso.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: He outright tells Shigaraki that he's only out for himself, though Shigaraki is fine with this, since Dabi is one the most well preforming recruits.
  • Evil Duo: Subverted. He and Toga are introduced together as Loony Fans of Stain and are recruited at the same time, but they don't really act together.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: Inverted. He has Icy Blue Eyes but his Quirk is fire-based.
  • Glasgow Grin: Piercings and burn marks visually separate his lower jaw from the rest of his face.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face, neck, and arms are covered in dark black-purple burn scars, possibly self inflicted.
  • Hidden Depths: Snatch's Last Words apparently resonated with him on some level, as he "thought so hard about it I (Dabi) went crazy".
  • Hero Killer: Follows in Stain's footsteps by killing the Pro-Hero Snatch during the League's attack on Chisaki's transport.
  • Hypocritical Humour: When he first sees Shigaraki, Dabi mentions how gross he looks. The bottom half of Dabi's face is charred and his face is full of piercings.
  • Jerkass: He's condescending and downright rude to practically everyone he interacts with. He makes no bones about the fact that he doesn't care about Shigaraki or his plans for the League, and his interactions with the other members, Spinner primarily, leave a lot to be desired.
  • Loony Fan: Like Toga, he appears to be a fan of Stain, vowing to finish what he started. Unlike Toga, he actually values Stain's views.
  • Meaningful Name: His alias literally means "Cremation".
  • Mysterious Past: His real name is unknown, as is the reason his body is so badly burnt.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The story has conspicuously kept his real name a mystery. When he first meets Tomura he flat out refuses to reveal his real name. He was notably the only League member absent during the heroes' raid where Gran Torino spelled out their names.
  • Playing with Fire: His Quirk is fire-based, although his flames are blue, making them hotter than Todoroki's. How his compares to Endeavor’s is unknown, his usual fire is blue so he can use it more readily than him. On the other hand, he has to use it far less than Endeavor.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Averted. As seen by his extensive burn scars, he doesn't have any resistance to fire.
  • Sadist: He's a little less than Muscular and Tomura in terms of sheer bloodthirsty. Yet every time he uses his Quirk, he has a sadistic smile on his face.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he realizes that he'll have to fight one of the strongest heroes in the country in order to kill Endeavour and Hawks (who are exhausted), Dabi wisely flees.
  • Serial Killer: Strongly implied to be one when the pro hero Snatch mentions a rash of crimes involving burnt corpses. Snatch himself is shortly after added to the body count.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Like Tomura, he looks like a crazed thug with only a strong Quirk backing him. Yet he was the one who kept the heroes on their toes and distracted them from the League’s true objective. In battle, this translates him to identifying the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents and striking at their soft spot.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He has a rather quiet voice and rarely raises it, but is still a Serial Killer all the same. The one time he actually does end up yelling at someone, Shigaraki mentions in surprise that he "never knew Dabi could shout that loudly".
  • The Southpaw: Happens to be left-handed.
  • Squishy Wizard: Though his flames make him easily one of the strongest, most dangerous members of the league of villains, he is repeatedly noted to be held back by a very weak constitution. As mentioned as part of the aversion to Required Secondary Powers, in line with what's known about other heroes with fire Quirks, he can't even use his own powers too much at once without a severe toll on his body.
  • The Stoic: In contrast to Toga, he is more quiet, reserved, and mature.
    • Not So Stoic: He can get a lot more lively when pushed. To the point the stitching on his cheeks begins to be pulled apart and come undo as he yells.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Between his dark hair and outfit and his sometimes derisive attitude.
  • Tears of Blood: The scabs under his eyes bleed to create this effect.
  • Technicolor Fire: In contrast to others in the series, Dabi's fire has always been portrayed as a bright blue.

    Himiko Toga 

Himiko Toga

Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)

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

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice

Quirk: Transform

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Click here to see her villain costume. 

"Of course you wanna be like the one you love. It's natural. So you end up decking yourself out to look like him. But after enough time, even that's not enough. You literally want to become him. There's no helping it. So what's your type? I love tattered guys reeking of blood. That's why I always carve people up in the end."

One of the League's newer recruits, a 17-year-old girl suspected of several murders. She was the eldest daughter of her family before she went missing after her middle school graduation and she apparently joined the League to make the world a place where she can be herself. Her Quirk, "Transform", allows her to change her appearance through the ingestion of someone's blood.


  • Abusive Parents: Her parents were disgusted with her Quirk and tried to suppress it from a young age, putting immense pressure on her to be "normal" and calling her a "creepy demon child".
  • Affably Evil: It's eerie how friendly she is to people who she's trying to kill. Made even more so by the fact that despite trying to stab her, she still seems to genuinely think of Ochaco as a friend.
  • Ax-Crazy: A psychotic girl with a Blood Lust and tendency to kill the people she falls for, being that she falls in love fairly easily.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Considering that her Quirk requires ingesting a person's blood to transform into them, it's not much of a surprise that she's as Ax-Crazy as she is. Deconstructed in that her past shows she was ostracized by her own parents for her obsession with blood even at a young age, and the stress of trying to be "normal" and deny her urges eventually caused her to snap and become the Serial Killer she is today.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: A blushing schoolgirl with a wacky hairdo, and an out-there personality. She was introduced after seemingly just murdering somebody. She even took down Rock Lock, a Pro Hero, by stabbing him in the chest from behind.
  • Bi the Way: Initially, it was somewhat ambiguous, as she is explicitly attracted to Stain and Midoriya, while also showing great interest in Tsuyu and Uraraka. Additionally, Horikoshi's notes on her prototype character sketches described her as "possibly bisexual". Eventually, she was confirmed to be this in Chapter 223, where she states that she fell in love with Stain, Deku, and Ochaco. Though, it'd be more accurate to say that she's attracted to blood.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: A flashback reveals that she stabbed a classmate and drank from his wound with a straw with a look of ecstasy on her face before she became a serial killer and joined the League.
  • Blood Lust: Her Quirk makes her naturally attracted to blood, hence why she chops up people. The reason she became interested in Stain was because of how bloody he appeared during video footage and she also blushes when she first sees Midoriya, since he was a bloody mess right after his fight with Muscular.
  • Blood Magic: Her Quirk requires blood ingestion in order to work. The more blood she drinks, the more she can stay in a transformed state, so she's literally fueled by blood.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Sees absolutely nothing wrong with any of her actions and considers her way of life "perfectly normal". It caused her a lot of problems growing up, as even if her reasoning is logical and sound, the standards of everyone else tend to clash with it badly. Not that she minds, as her reasoning just concludes that it's how "their" way of life is normal for them as well.
  • Bowdlerise: Toga's Quirk allows her to take on someone's appearance and voice by ingesting their blood, complete with their clothes. However, this also melts any clothes she's currently wearing. While disguised as Camie in the anime, she instead has an opaque white bodysuit that resembles the tone of human skin rather than being blatantly naked upon revealing her Quirk. Though this was only in the original TV broadcast as the Blu-Ray (and Toonami airing) showed her fully nude with only the transformation goop covering her.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: One of the most dangerous girls presented as a villain... is appalled by the fact that her new battle gear doesn't look cute at all.
  • Confusion Fu: Her main fighting style is to use sneak attacks, by hiding, striking, vanishing and repeating, it makes her hard to follow, and harder to strike back against. Her costume is further designed to supplement this by letting her take in a large quantity of blood from multiple people simultaneously, allowing her to transform on the fly and sow confusion even better.
  • Cute But Psycho: She's a cute teenage girl, but completely bonkers.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has teeth like those of a cat. Though considering her Quirk, it'd be more apt to say that their a vampire's.
  • Dark Chick: One of the few female members of the League so far (and the only one after Magne's death), as well as one of the most deranged members introduced.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Has at least four pairs of sharp fangs.
  • First-Name Basis: Toga seems to prefer referring to the people she considers friends, including her boss and enemies by their first names and an honorific. Notably, when she is around Overhaul, someone she hates for murdering Magne, she refers to him by his last name Chisaki.
  • Foil: She and Dabi joined the League at the same time and are complete opposites in almost everything. They're both serial killers, but in most other areas they're polar opposites.
    • Dabi's Quirk is insanely powerful, but without it, his body is a wet paper bag. Toga's Quirk is still unbelievably useful but does absolutely nothing in combat. Instead, she is extremely smart and fast for having no augmentations and is surprisingly durable for her stature.
    • Dabi speaks when he needs to and gets to the point, while Toga is a Motor Mouth.
    • Toga is a pretty young girl that would fit in a crowd vs Dabi who is an absolutely horrific looking burn victim. So much so that he gave away their hideout because of his skin grafts.
    • Dabi is extremely hostile and rude while Toga is overly familiar with everyone, including people she's trying to murder.
    • Dabi's personal reasons for evil seem to stem from hatred, while Toga's come from a twisted idea of love.
    • Toga is very good at being covert even without her powers and is the go-to for the League's infiltration operations, where Dabi completely lacks subtlety and can't help but make a scene even if he didn't need to (and making a disaster area in the process).
    • Finally, Dabi is a Dragon with an Agenda who doesn't give a rat's ass about anyone in the Leauge aside from himself, while Toga is loyal to Shigaraki and is on good terms with the entire rest of the Leauge, especially Twice.
  • Foreshadowing: Her shapeshifting Quirk has been hinted since her introduction, when she stated that she wanted to "kill and be Stain" and further referenced by her wishes to become the people she loves.
  • Friendly Enemy: To an incredibly creepy extent as Toga often tries to make friends with the people she is fighting against even if she is trying to drain their blood. For example, when she first encounters Uraraka and Tsuyu she tries to give the former love advice in regards to Izuku and tries to use Tsuyu's Affectionate Nickname to her. Suffice it to say everyone is creeped out by this habit of hers.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: If she transforms over her clothes, they are absorbed and destroyed by her Quirk. Since any clothes she adds with her ability overlaps on what she is already wearing, she would become effectively naked once she deactivated her Quirk. Because of this she is actually naked under her transformation whenever she create clothes with her Quirk.
  • Hypocritical Humour: She points out how Shigaraki seems disturbed and that Dabi just has bad taste in people, meanwhile, she's a serial killer who is crushing on the heroes trying to arrest her. Dabi is the only one who cares enough to snipe back.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: In the scene where Toga is disguised as Rock Lock as she tries to stab her precious Deku and he remembers her name it's pretty obvious from her expression what happened. Afterwards, she seen wrapped in what's left of her clothes in what looks like a state of afterglow.
    (With a completely red face and exhausted eyes) I'm so glad I got to work temp here..."
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: While not outright sex, it's clear she is deriving some pleasure from attacking her victims and appears to have some level of attraction to several of her enemies, including Uraraka, Tsuyu, and Midoriya. During her fight against Uraraka and Tsuyu, she even pins Tsuyu against a tree, which she uses both to get closer to her and stab her. As Camie, when she pins Midoriya down and twists his arm, it looks like she's sexually assaulting him. Then there's her surprise attack on him during the Yakuza base assault, which is as orgasmic as Horikoshi could make it without upping the rating of the manga.
    "I'M SO HAPPY, IZUKU!"
  • Kill and Replace: She loves Stain so much she wants to kill him and then be him. Given her blood activated shape-shifting Quirk, she possibly could. She wants to do this to everyone she "likes" and has done so multiple times in the past.
  • Knife Nut: She has a switchblade, which she uses for self-defense. She also has sets of knives she carries while in her villain costume to help her draw blood.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: As it turns out, Uraraka's Quirk also works wonders for villains if you make an opponent float way up in the air, then let them plummet and splat on the floor.
  • Logical Weakness: Her Quirk and combat style requires her to hide and confuse her opponent, and her most powerful offensive options are close range. As a result she notes herself that multiple opponents are not something she can handle, and she quickly excuses herself whenever she's faced with more than two enemies. Furthermore, her Quirk has a major handicap: she can only stay transformed based on the amount of blood she's ingested of the person. If she runs out of blood of a person and uses all the time she has for the persons she's transformed into, she loses the ability to turn into the person until she gains more of their blood.
  • Loony Fan: Of Stain. She doesn't even care about his ideals, she just thinks he's cool and want's to Kill and Replace him.
  • Love at First Sight: She gets a crush on Izuku as soon as she laid eyes on him (mostly because his body was mangled and covered in his own blood), though her feelings get much stronger after her encounter with him during the Hero License Exam. This is not a good thing.
  • Luminescent Blush: She blushes for almost everything.
  • Mask of Sanity: Her parents forced her to pretend to be a normal student up until she finally snapped and started killing people.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Constantly turned on by blood and butt naked during battle makes for the villainous version of this.
  • Nightmare Face: She's a master at doing them. For one specific example, when Eraserhead bound her in his binds and erased her Quirk all in the same movement, Toga gave him a look of excitement, grabbed hold of the binds, and promptly stabbed him in the shoulder.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She gets off on her Kill and Replace habit.
  • Not So Different: Considers herself and Ochaco to be similar in that they both have someone they "like" that they want to be more like. They even fall for the same guy. But while Ochaco's feelings for Midoriya are healthy and she merely feels inspired to be more heroic like him, Himiko's feelings are so twisted she wants to Kill and Replace him.
  • Oblivious To Hatred: She seems to think Ochako and Tsuyu are her friends, despite being an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer with a serious case of Blood Lust. Tsuyu even tells her not to use a First-Name Basis with her since she only lets her friends do it, but she doesn't comply.
  • Personality Powers: Deconstructed. Having a Quirk that requires ingested blood for activation means that she has a natural affinity for blood since it's more or less part of her biological instincts, but because society would obviously consider such behavior psychotic and inappropriate, she had no choice but to try suppressing her own Blood Lust in order to fit within society. Needless to say, she eventually snapped and became a bloodsucking serial killer after witnessing enough everyday violence, embracing her true nature as result. Her obsessive nature is also justified by her ability to transform into others.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Izuku was freaked out by the fact she appeared before him in the nude as Camie.
  • Power Copying: She can copy a person's Quirk along with their appearance.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: To complement her deadly behavior, she calls Stain and Tomura childish nicknames, like "Mr. Stainy" and "Mr. Handsy."
  • Sailor Fuku: Unlike the 1-A girls, her school uniform falls under this. It makes her psychopathy more horrifying since it emphasizes that she really is just a teenage girl. It's actually an Invoked Trope, since while on the run from police, she eventually figured out people would be less suspicious of her in that outfit.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: She wears her school uniform while hanging around the League, and her villain costume is just her bloodsucking apparatus on top of it.
  • Serial Killer: The first time we see her, she's standing in front of what looks like a corpse with blood on her face. Later, Giran confirms that she's a suspect in a string of murders.
  • Shapeshifter: Her Quirk is "Transform", which allows her to change her appearance into anyone she ingests blood from. She gets aroused from doing this to people she likes (preferably after she's killed them).
  • Slasher Smile: She sports one that would make Kouta Hirano proud during her rant about love in the Training Camp Arc. Later, in the Meta Liberation Army Arc, she sports another one during her fight with Curious that temporarily stops Curious in her tracks.
  • Spanner in the Works: Together with Twice in the Shie Hassaikai Arc. 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 Chisaki's escape. Then it's spun around while still being played straight in that she and Twice are there to sabotage the Hassaikai, indirectly helping the heroes take down Mimic.
    • Late in the operation, Toga disguises herself as Midoriya to lead the outside team to the ground that’s above the area where Midoriya and Nighteye are holding off Overhaul, giving them a chance to pull a Big Damn Heroes.
  • Stalker with a Crush: She's got it bad for Izuku and Ochaco. Or could she just be out of their blood?
  • Teens Are Monsters: She started her career serial killer right after her middle school graduation.
  • The Power of Love: An insane example. When Spinner asked why she followed Stain, her response is that she loves Stain, Izuku, and Uraraka and that everything she does, she does out of love. Of course, her version of love is violently stabbing and killing her love interests and becoming them. She believes that her Quirk lets her copy powers too so that she could become those she "Loves" even more.
  • Tragic Villain: Toga's behavior is ultimately a result of her Quirk and improper means of addressing it as a child.
    • As a child, Toga was fascinated by blood due to her Quirk and killed a bird to see its blood. Showing this to her parents, they were disgusted and brought her to a Quirk counselor to make her "normal", the counselors' advice amounting to telling Toga to repress the feeling. She tried to do so for the sake of looking normal to her parents and society, but years of hiding behind a mask eventually caused her to snap, proceeding to then kill the boy she had a crush on and drink his blood through a straw, crying Tears of Joy the entire time. Now incapable of restraining herself, she went on the run and began indulging in the impulses to an extreme, becoming the crazed Serial Killer she is today.
    • Invoked by both Curious and Re-Destro of the Meta Liberation Army. The two looked into Toga's background, and upon learning of her origins, felt she was the perfect candidate to be a Martyr to their cause. They intended on killing her and then making her story public to elicit sympathy and justification for the Army's cause, only to fail once Toga realizes she can copy Ochaco's Quirk and uses it to kill Curious, Re-Destro ordering any footage of the fight destroyed for the sake of maintaining morale.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Subverted. Curious thinks that being threatened and victimized by her prompted Toga's powers to evolve, teaching her how to use the Quirks of the people she impersonates. Toga herself, however, claims otherwise, believing that because she shows her "Love" for people by becoming them, she can copy their Quirks to "Love even more".
  • Vampire: Her sharp teeth, blood being seen around her mouth, and the mention of her killing people by draining their blood, all seem to give the impression that her Quirk is Vampire-based. Kind of, she just needs to ingest a person's blood to transform into them. Chapter 225, which focuses on Curious trying to learn more about her, is even titled "Interview with a Vampire".
  • Villainous Crush: Of sorts for Midoriya, though it mostly means she wants to kill him more. Her ecstatic reaction to Midoriya remembering her name however, hints that she actually does have feelings for him. It's just those feelings are as twisted as she is. She also loves Ochaco and Stain and holds them on a similar pedestal.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • She forms a deep one with Twice in the Shie Hassaikai Arc. When the latter 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.
    • She was also very close with Magne, treating the older villain like a Cool Big Sis.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Her Quirk doesn't help in combat at all, but she's fast and deadly with her blades. She's also good at hiding. So good that she disappears several times, fighting Midoriya to the point that he mistakes her Quirk for one that lets her Flash Step. This may change since she's discovered that she can actually use the Quirk of the person she transformed into.
  • Wham Shot:
  • Yandere: Played with. On the surface, she's an Ax-Crazy Knife Nut with a fetish for blood and a desire to kill anyone she is "in love" with, including Stain, Midoriya, and Uraraka. However, her love for them mainly extends to their blood, and in her own words, she desires to become the things she loves, then die. Coupled with her quirk, her "love" for them mainly extends to wanting to become one with them. She does little of the standard version of the trope aside from attempting to kill them when they fight. In addition, rather than the standard "cute and harmless" appearance associated with the trope, Toga often appears unhinged and psychotic from the outset, with most of the "dere" side nonexistent.

    Shuichi Iguchi — Spinner 

Shuichi Iguchi — Spinner

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

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

Quirk: Gecko

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"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. Back in his hometown, he was treated poorly due to his reptilian features to the point where he thought it was normal. After being inspired 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.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Becomes The Narrator for Chapter 220 where his motives are explained.
  • Affably Evil: When Magne tries to kill Deku, Spinner stops her since he believes Deku is worthy of being called a real hero after Stain previously saved Deku's life.
  • Ambiguously Human: He looks almost like a lizard which is revealed to be a product of his Quirk.
  • BFS: One that's made up of many smaller knives tied together. After it gets destroyed by Deku in his first battle for the League Spinner swaps it out for a regular sword.
  • Blessed with Suck: Spinner definitely seems to have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to Quirks. His Quirk turned him into a lizard man which made him a constant victim of discrimination from his hometown and all he got to show for it was the ability to cling to walls. Small wonder he became a bitter shut in.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Spinner was a constant victim of racism when he was young, and so he joined the villains to change society.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Due to the discrimination Spinner suffered in his early life he became bitter and withdrew from society. It was Stain's message to the world that lit a fire in his heart and he modelled his entire identity around Stain and joined the League. By the time of the Meta Liberation Army arc, once it becomes clear that there is barely any of Stain's influence left in the League, Spinner is left wondering why he is 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.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Dabi gripes at him for weaving all over the road while driving a stolen prison van because he gets carsick easily.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Spinner, who joined the LoV because he idolized Stain and wants to improve society, isn't happy about attacking police officers to get at Overhaul, who was arrested.
  • Fanboy: He's Stain's number 1 fan, so much that he models his entire career as a supervillain around him.
  • Fantastic Racism: It's revealed that he is trying to change the world because he was a victim of this, being a mutant-type Quirk user in a very conservative society.
  • Fights Like a Normal: His Quirk only lets him stick to walls, so he learned to fight like Stain instead.
  • Fragile Speedster: Spinner is nimble, but unlike Stain, Spinner can be incapacitated with much less difficulty.
  • Honor Before Reason: Even though Deku 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.
  • 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 Battlecry.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: His giant blade that is made of smaller blades. It's just childishly awesome.
  • Insult Backfire: Happens twice during the Meta Liberation Army Arc. First, after Spinner rants to Shigaraki about how he only joined the League because of Stain, Dabi calls him out as an "empty cosplayer" only for Spinner himself to agree with that assessment as he sees himself as an empty person. Later on, during his battle with Trumpet, the politician tries to break his resolve by saying that he is someone who can't accomplish anything by himself. Again, Spinner agrees with him before turning the argument back around by pointing out that both he and Trumpet can't achieve anything without latching on to someone else ideology first.
  • Loony Fan: He's a Stain wannabe who also fights with blades and even wears an identical mask and costume. Unfortunately, he 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 from the world. 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.
  • Lizard Folk: His overall character design. It's later revealed that he was ostracized in his conservative, backwater hometown for his reptilian appearance, hence why he's determined to change society.
  • The Narrator: Of Chapter 220 and the end of Chapter 222, where he explains to the readers why the League of Villains have stayed under the radar.
  • 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. He is a teenager after all.
  • Not So Different:
    • Spinner claims that he feels empty and hollow due to the abuse that he suffered thanks to his Quirk and he can only be filled by working towards a goal. It turns out Shigaraki feels the same way, albeit for different reasons, and it's implied Spinner recognizes this is something he and his boss have in common.
    • Spinner calls Hanabata, 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. Hanabata doesn't appreciate the comparison.
  • Personality Powers: His Quirk is called "Gecko", and it allows him to cling to walls. Spinner himself is a follower-type; he clings to other people 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: He stopped Magne from killing an injured and tired Midoriya. Had he not the series would have turned out differently.
  • 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. He takes Stain's ideologies to heart, hopes for Izuku to be spared because that's what Stain would have wanted, and he drew the line at attacking police officers.
  • Too Many Belts: He wears several belts on his body and even a few on his sword.
  • Wall Crawl: This is, supposedly, the only real power his Quirk Gecko gave 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 Spinners Quirk to be weak and useless since the only power it seems to have given him is the ability to cling to walls.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has light pink hair.
  • You Talk Too Much: Spinner's fight with 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

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

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

Quirk: Double

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"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 fully-costumed man with an odd way of speaking. His past is an unpleasant affair; he overindulged in his own Quirk in a way that resulted in him suffering severe mental trauma. 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. Said Quirk is called "Double", and it allows him to make duplicates of people he can touch.


  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 115, or the first half of Episode 62 in the anime, is mostly told from his point of view and he even narrates. He gets another one, naturally, during the League-centered Meta Liberation Army Arc, during his scuffle with Skeptic and his puppets.
  • Ambiguous Clone Ending: Due to abusing his Quirk in the past, the Twice currently seen is not sure if he is the original one. The serious pain he undergoes in Chapter 229 break him of this by confirming he is indeed the original and allow him to finally start using his Quirk at its fullest potential.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Due to feeling like he's unworthy of help from heroes due to his mental instability and criminal past, he greatly values his comrades amongst the League for treating him well and giving him a place to belong. He was among the most outwardly furious at Overhaul when he killed Magne, and when Giran gets taken by the Meta Liberation Army he is hellbent on rescuing him since he was the one to introduce Twice to the League in the first place.
  • Blessed with Suck: Twice's Quirk is one of the more useful out there, to the point that both Tomura and later Skeptic consider him a valuable asset. However, Twice himself is extremely afraid of his Quirk due to witnessing all his clones killing each other after abusing the ability, and he now suffers from some major mental issues.
  • Clone Army: His Quirk can — theoretically — allow him to do this, even if his mental issues stop him from using this technique and after the Meta Liberation Army accidentally cures his mental problems, he does EXACTLY this on himself — he overruns several entire streets in seconds with the sheer ammount of his own clones.
  • 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 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He's a major oddball. Not in 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 as seen below.
  • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He'll happily work with a crazed serial killer like Toga but misgendering Magne genuinely pissed him off.
  • Expendable Clone: His clones are much less tough than the original, and Twice himself doesn't appear to suffer any consequences when they are destroyed. It takes roughly a broken arm to dematerialize them.
  • 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.
  • Fragile Speedster: His basic fighting style revolves around avoiding any big hits as 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 his forehead. One of his own clones stabbed him in the face.
  • 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 doppelganger 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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: He frequently hits on Toga, but it's mostly Played for Laughs. She only sees him as a friend, luckily for him since her "love" always ends in murder.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: A variation, he is seeking other people like him: that has no place to fit in but the League of Villains and wants to be surrounded by people like that.
  • 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 of Choice is rolls 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Believe it or not, 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.
  • Matter Replicator: His Quirk allows him to duplicate things if he has enough physical data about them, even cloning people. These copies are less durable than their originals and dissolve after taking a certain threshold of damage. For a grown man this limit is around a broken arm.
  • Me's a Crowd: Deconstructed Trope. 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; therefore, when various clones were created, 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 is not 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, and the clones have limitations in stamina and durability based on how much effort was used to make them, the number created in a single setting, and how taxing it is to maintain them all.
  • The Narrator: Of Chapter 115.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Strengthening: He's been such a psychological wreck due to the Ambiguous Clone Ending, unsure whether he's the original, and too scared to test it out (a broken arm is enough damage to make the clone disappear). In Chapter 229, Skeptic had his puppets break Twice's arms, but he didn't disappear into goop like his clones typically do, thus establishing he's 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.
  • Shout-Out:
    • He's a loving homage to the merc with a mouth, Deadpool. With shades of Rorschach. His dub VA even gave him a similar speaking style to most portrayals of the Regenerating Degenerate.
    • 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 Jin's scar.
  • Spanner in the Works: Together with Himiko. 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 Chisaki'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.
  • Split Personality: Twice frequently argues with himself, the "himself" being implied to be a clone that is trying to split apart from the main body.
  • Talking to Themself: Does this when alone, in a manner similar to Deadpool no less (but without Breaking the Fourth Wall).
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Twice and Toga are often seen together and bounce off each other really well.
  • 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 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.
    • Twice's situation is also, unfortunately, Truth in Television, as simply having a criminal record in Japanese society can lead to discrimination and kill ones public life regardless of if the person was actually guilty or not. Jin was Driven to Villainy because it was all he could do once he hit his breaking point.
  • 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. As of Chapter 229, this is no longer an issue.
  • 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

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

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

Quirk: Compress

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"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 villain with a stage magician theme and new recruit in the League. His Quirk, "Compress", lets shrink people and objects which he then stores in marble-like spheres.


  • Affably Evil: Almost constantly even-tempered and debonaire, 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 only Overhaul's left arm, effectively tearing it away from the rest of his body.
  • Artificial Limbs: Compress is outfitted with a prosthetic robot arm to replace the one he no longer has.
  • Best Served Cold: Used his Quirk to destroy Chisaki's left arm much in the manner Chisaki had destroyed his, causing it to rupture and shrink into one of his spheres. While Chisaki was totally helpless... and Shigaraki paid him back in interest by taking away his other arm, making it impossible for Chisaki to activate his Overhaul ability anymore.
  • Combat Pragmatist: By his own admission, "tricks and running away" are all he's good at.
  • Crazy-Prepared: 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.
  • Evil Genius: Smart enough to outwit the U.A students and pretty much capture Bakugo all by himself. He’s considered to be one of the smartest villains in the world.
  • Evil Gloating: 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.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Considering that the League Of Villain's roster is currently comprised of an omnicidal nihilist, a Dragon with an Agenda, a Yandere Serial Killer, a Loony Fan and a man suffering from Split Personality, Mr. Compress can definitely be seen as this.
    • Reinforced during the Meta Liberation Army arc where he is the only one actively trying to keep tabs on the rest of his comrades during their battle with the titular army.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: His Quirk let's him capture people in marbles. Sealed Good in a Can and Sealed Evil in a Can in a can also apply to him.
  • Size Shifter: His Quirk allows him to shrink others.
  • 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.
  • 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 Spinner. However, while he is certainly weak, his knowledge and skill of when to use his Quirk and how to exploit its use allows 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.
  • White Mask of Doom: Actually wears two masks, a smiling white mask or expressive variations thereof over a regular 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 Compress pretty badly.

    Kenji Hikishi — Magne 

Kenji Hikishi — Magne

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

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

Quirk: Magnetism

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

A new recruit in the League. A long-haired, sunglasses-wearing veteran villain with some murders and armed robberies under her belt. Her Quirk is "Magnetism".


  • Affectionate Nickname: While "Magne" is her villain name, Toga refers to her as "Magu-nee", the longer "nee" meaning "big sister". Viz translates as "Big Sis Mag".
  • The Brute: She is strong enough to keep up with the physically-intimidating Tiger, and without her Quirk too. She herself appears to be just there to provide muscle as her criminal record is rather typical for a villain.
  • Bury Your Gays: One of two transgender characters introduced, and the first actual, named character to die onscreen outside of a flashback.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Uses a cloth-wrapped, log-like club during the School Trip Arc. It's later revealed to be a huge magnet.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Used her magnetism to yank Pixiebob off the ground unnoticed, attract her over to attack, and then presumably conked her over the head with her giant magnet, breaking her helmet and the visor Pixiebob uses to monitor her Quirk and leaving Pixiebob unconsious and bleeding heavily, which outraged Tiger.
  • Evil Redhead: Her hair is of a deep red color.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: She wants to live life "without shackles" and choosing "where she belongs". We learn this mere panels before Overhaul reduces her upper body to Ludicrous Gibs to establish that the League of Villains is not at the top of the pecking order.
  • Informed Ability: Her stated criminal record includes that she killed three people, but Magne's not shown fatally wounding anyone when she's on the League and never would be. However, she brains Pixebob really badly.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Her masculine appearance makes it easy to confuse her for a man.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Has an 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.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Doubly subverted. Magne supposedly looks like a man, then it's later learned Magne is female and has a very masculine and deceptive appearance, and shares those qualities with another friend who has a masculine appearance but is feminine. And on top of that, Magne is all but confirmed to be a transwoman, and Twice is very pissed when Overhaul refers to Magne as male.
  • Sacrificial Lion: A villainous example, but a significant one nonetheless, considering that nobody had died outright outside of flashbacks in the series yet. Chisaki killing her early on in his arc sets his tone very firmly, an example that would be followed by heroes at the tail end of the arc.
  • Sinister Shades: Wears a pair of aviator sunglasses.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted when she listens to Spinner's rant about Stain in the middle of combat and promptly gets decked by Tiger.
  • Transgender: She's implied and eventually confirmed to be transgender. In Japanese, Toga refers to her as "Mag-nee", with "nee" meaning "big sister". In English it's rendered "Big Sis Magne".
  • The Worf Effect: She's killed by Overhaul to emphasize how dangerous he is.

    Muscular 

Muscular

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

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

Playable in: My Hero One's Justice

Quirk: Muscle Augmentation

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"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 veteran villain with a muscle-enhancing Quirk. He killed Kouta's parents. He was eventually captured during the School Trip Arc, after losing to Midoriya.


  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: What happens when a Dumb Muscle villain with no subtlety and a monstrously powerful Quirk wants blood. His power does put Midoriya on the defensive enough that he barely even needs to worry about defense.
  • Ax-Crazy: As if his brutal bloodlust wasn't proof enough, his damaged eye makes him even more crazier. Also he only joined the League because it gave him an excuse to kill people.
  • Battlecry: "SHOW ME YOUR BLOOD!!!"
  • The Berserker: Musucular often rushes into combat full force without regards if himself getting hurt and very reckless in a fight. During his fight with Deku when he said stay back, Muscular's response is saying attacking is better.
  • Blood Knight: He absolutely loves killing and is very bloodthirsty — and he's absolutely delighted when Deku starts putting up a good fight back. He also says the only reason that he joined the League is because they would finally let him off the leash.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: He's a rather gleefully murderous psychopath who kills solely For the Evulz — but at the same time accepts his own Social Darwinist views to the point that he doesn't hold a grudge against Kouta'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 Deku, who notes that it is simple but powerful.
  • The Brute: A literal muscleman who is mostly interested in killing people.
  • 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 Kouta during the attack on the training camp, and also just happens to be the villain who killed Kouta's parents.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Didn't see Midoriya becoming even stronger after being thoroughly overwhelmed and defeated by pushing himself far beyond his limits.
  • Dumb Muscle: He pretty much gave away the League's plan to capture Bakugo, which allowed Midoriya and the others a fighting chance (though in fairness he didn't expect Midoriya to survive their fight). The databook also gives him a whopping 1 out of 5 in intelligence.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: He explains his Quirk to Izuku right before attacking. He even lampshades it, saying that it's a way for him to brag and prove that Izuku's Quirk was a blatantly inferior version of Muscular's own. Oh, if only he knew.
  • 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.
    • He's one to Midoriya as well. 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: The Water Hoses 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 Deku on seriously instead of playing around. (It's uncertain if it actually restores his sight or if it's just cosmetic.)
  • Faux Affably Evil: He puts on airs about being friendly, even complimenting Kouta on his Cool Hat and offering to trade it for his mask, but it's all an act he puts on to make his victims even more afraid. He's a heartless murderer to his very core.
  • For the Evulz: His raison d'tere for killing people and pretty much anything he does. He even outright tells Deku that he doesn't care about the League of Villains and only joined because it gives him an excuse for killing people.
  • Hate Sink: An unrepentant Sadist to the core; You can blame this supreme asshole for Kouta hating heroes. Especially notable as the other members have at least one redeeming factor, even All For One.
  • Hero Killer: Has killed at least two pro heroes in his career.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Easily the biggest one in the series before Overhaul dethroned him. He's more than happy to tell a 5-year-old boy that his parents (whom he killed) died because they were weaklings. He also continually mocks Deku during their fight.
  • 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 in both over Deku'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 muscle is attacked.
  • Might Makes Right: In his weird morality, "right" and "wrong" basically amounts to having the strength to carry out what you aim to do, regardless of how noble or despicable those aims are. Whoever wins in the struggle between two conflicting goals is mightier and therefore "right", as he taunts to Midoriya.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: His whole entire Quirk is based on this. So is his name. The guy already has a muscular body but when he activates his Quirk his muscles augment and it increases his strength and durability.
  • Psycho for Hire: States outright to Midoriya that he doesn't care one iota about the League's goal to change society, and just joined on with them so he could kill people without anything holding him back.
  • Punched Across the Room: Finally KO'ed by Midoriya slugging him in the face by unleashing One For All far past sane limits.
  • Sadist: He could rival Shigaraki in this department. He killed the Water-Horse duo, but he made sure to torture them before he did. He shows himself ready to do the same to Izuku during their fight.
  • Slasher Smile: His default look whenever he's fighting or just looking to terrify someone. But mostly expressed when he's killing people and causing pain he's shown with a huge grin on his face.
  • Super Strength: His Quirk, "Muscle Augmentation", wraps his body in muscle fibers to increase his strength.
  • Super Toughness: 5% Full Cowl doesn't even phase him. He can even shrug off One for All at 100%, possibly meaning that he could tank a few blows from All Might himself. One for All at "1,000,000%" (actually Deku pushing himself to way beyond his limits), however, not so much.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't have much skill or technique but Muscular is insanely powerful and uses his brute and raw strength to brutally fight and kill. This can be seen when he decides to go full out and attack Midoriya. He is able to blitz Midoriya with ease but he also continuously misses him, and his strategy more or less involves throwing himself at Midoriya until he hits him.
  • Villain Respect: Muscular loudly declares his admiration for Izuku, for being able to survive, let alone stand against the crushing force of his titanic blows. Also, he does not hate Kouta's parent's 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.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Serves as something of this to Izuku, 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 Izuku did to himself to win was so severe it forced Izuku to realize he had 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 strong, durable, and fast enough to easily contend with and overwhelm Izuku while he was using One for All: Full Cowl at 5%. It even lets him shrug off Izuku's use of One for All at 100% of his power.
  • Worthy Opponent: Seems to regard Izuku as this for giving him the most entertaining fight of his life. He also candidly admits his respect for the bravery of Kouta's parents, who fought to the bitter end and "earned" the right to take his eye at the cost of their own lives.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He is very casual about trying to kill Kouta.
  • You Talk Too Much: He loves to talk, constantly mocking Deku and the ideal of heroes in general. By the climax of the fight against him, Deku's yelling at him to shut up.

    Moonfish 

Moonfish

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

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

Quirk: Blade-Tooth

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

A new recruit in the League. An escaped death row inmate with a Quirk that involves growing and transforming his teeth. He was defeated by an out of control Tokoyami and eventually recaptured during the School Trip Arc.


  • Ax-Crazy: He is a death row inmate.
  • 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, straightjacket, and contraptions to keep his lips peeled back from his teeth.
  • The Brute: Like Muscular, His only role is to fight heroes. His fighting style is a little more skilled than the average brute though.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: 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".
  • 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: On the receiving end. While he's a match for Bakugo and Todoroki working together, Tokoyami's out of control Dark Shadow utterly demolishes him in seconds with no effort, shattering all his teeth.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: His outfit is a creepy full-body leather outfit, which doesn't hinder him much.
  • 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 this.
  • Now, That's Using Your Teeth!: His growing teeth can be used both for offense, defense and even mobility.
  • 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.
  • 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 in that he was alive when he was recaptured but the uncertainty comes up afterwards. He's a death row inmate, and the story has gone on for several months after he was recaptured by the police so whether he's still alive by the present is unknown.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His Quirk isn't particularly powerful, but he's extremely skilled at using it to attack and evade.

    Mustard 

Mustard

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

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

Quirk: Sleep Gas

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

A young new recruit in the League. A gas mask-wearing boy in a school uniform. His Quirk allows him to create and manipulate a poisonous, hallucinogenic gas. He was taken down by Tetsutetsu, and captured by the police during the School Trip Arc.


  • Achilles' Heel: His gas can be almost entirely nullified with a gas mask. He carries a revolver to compensate.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Creating poisonous hallucinogenic gas is by far not heroic.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: Because he can control his gas he has the secondary benefit of being able to sense it. 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.
  • Bottomless Magazines: He fires more rounds than a revolver can hold without reloading.
  • Broken Pedestal: Shows an apparent disillusionment towards heroes and the institutions that form them, which he seemed to look up to at one point.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Say what you will about the other villains, they never resort to just pulling out a firearm and trying to gun a hero down.
  • Deadly Gas: His gas left its victims in a critical condition, so it's definitely lethal. It can even affect him.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Gets hit by this four times culminating in his defeat.
    • Initially 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 the student getting up behind him and knocking him out in one punch shortly after.
  • 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.
  • Knockout Gas: If his gas doesn't end up killing people, then it at least knocks them unconscious.
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the infamous mustard gas used in the trenches of WWI.
  • Mundane Solution: Although his power is very dangerous, it has no stopping power. Anyone with a gas mask can get close enough to take him out. To get over that, he has a gun. Not any sort of flashy super gun, just a run-of-the-mill revolver.
  • Poisonous Person: His gas causes unconsciousness immediately upon inhalation, and presumably death after extended exposure.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Zig-Zagged. 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.
  • Squishy Wizard: Out of the villains that attack the training camp, he singlehandedly manages to cause the most damage to the students through his gas cloud and does a decent job of keeping Tetsutetsu at range by using his revolver... but the moment an opening shows up, he goes down with a single blow.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Tetsutetsu noted that Mustard seemed to be around the same age as him (15), possibly even younger.
  • Underestimating Badassery: When Itsuka charges in to attack him, he thinks her Quirk is useless against his gas. That is until she uses her big hands to blow away his wind. Allowing Tetsutetsu to recover and punch him out while he's distracted.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He's not immune to his own gas, and so breaking his gas mask is a instant win condition for his enemies.

Artificial Humans (Nomus)

See here for the Nomu's entries.

Other Contacts

    Giran 

Giran

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

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

Quirk: Unknown

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"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 procures new recruits for the organization.


  • Arms Dealer: He is a household name in the Black Market for costumes and equipment.
  • Badass in Distress: As of Chapter 219, he's been captured by the Meta Liberation Army, who seek to get information on the League out of him.
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: His revolver doubles as a lighter.
  • Crazy-Prepared: One of his appearances in Illegals 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 keep no physical records of his dealings with the League of Villains, preventing anyone from stealing that information and making himself invaluable to anyone who desperately wants it.
  • 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.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's always seen with a cigarette in his mouth, which he lights with a fire-emitting revolver.
  • Lennon Specs: Wears a light grey set of these at all times.
  • Meaningful Name: The kanji can basically be read as "festered righteousness." Fitting considering the first we see of him he's recruiting people using Stain's twisted form or morality.
  • More Than Meets the Eye: Never actually seen committing any crimes himself and hasn't displayed a Quirk but he's a B rank villain, which ranks him higher than Twice or Toga.
  • Nerves of Steel: Refuses to rat out his clients to his captors, and even when they cut off his fingers, he doesn't even make a sound let alone speak out. His face, on the other hand ...
  • 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.
  • Oh, Crap!: When the MLA reveals that they restored all the data from his erased client list before tracking down the League's location, Giran, for the first time, is outright scared for his clients.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: And his one seems to fire flames, as well.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: A variant. He refuses 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 rule is "never take part in Teeth-Clenched Teamwork" and no amount of money or threats will make him break it.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Because the MLA can easily restore all his erased client data, he loses one hand's worth of fingers for nothing.
  • Villainous Valor: When he's taken hostage by the Meta Liberation Army, he refuses to sell out the members of the League, emphasizing that he refuses to do business with him because he doesn't like him. Even losing half of his fingers doesn't get him to talk.

    Hero Traitor (Spoilers) 

Hawks

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

    U.S.J. Thugs 
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A large group of villains that attack U.A. with Shigaraki, Kurogiri, and the U.S.J. Nomu during the Unforeseen Simulation Joint Arc, with the goal of killing the Symbol of Peace: All Might.

At the end of the arc, they are all arrested and total 75 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 a Shark-Themed onenote  that attacks Izuku, and Chameleon-Themed onenote  that attacks Katsuki.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Dozens of thugs vs. one hero who's fighting out of his comfort zone. They don't stand a chance.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: They're no match against Eraserhead, and are barely able to handle the students. When All Might, and later the other teachers show up, they all fall like a house of cards.
  • Elemental Powers: A few of them have these.
    • Making a Splash: One villainnote  can manipulate water, and uses his power to sink a ship that Izuku, Tsuyu, and Mineta are on.
    • Shock and Awe: One villainnote , the most notable among them all, has electric based power similar to Denki, with the added bonus of blocking out communication.
  • Elite Mook: The electricity Quirk user that Yaoyorozu, Jirou 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 Jirou's attempted subterfuge. However he isn't important enough to warrant a name 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 Squadnote , all have bullet shooting Quirks, and are the first villains taken down.
  • No Name Given: None of them are given individual names. None of them are particularly significant enough to merit it.
  • Mooks: For Shiragaki 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. Eraserhead 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.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: One villainnote  has four arms.
  • Prehensile Hair: One villainnote  has a Quirk that lets her use her pigtails like drills.
  • 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.

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