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Meta Liberation Army
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"Liberation over suppression. Wielding one's abilities freely seemed like it should be a basic human right."
—Re-Destro, Chapter 218
Originally created and led by the notorious villain Destro years ago, the Meta Liberation Army was a large, powerful organization who believed using their Quirks should be a fundamental human right and that society is wrong in attempting to regulate Quirk usage, resorting to terrorism to make their point. Eventually, they were defeated and Destro was arrested, causing the group to disband. While in prison, Destro released his manifesto to the world before killing himself in his jail cell. Unbeknownst to the police and even Destro himself, Destro had a child., and now one of his descendants, Rikiya Yotsubashi, aka "Re-Destro", leads a modern incarnation of the Meta Liberation Army, and intends to carry out his legacy and plans. Under his new leadership, the army has expanded to currently hold allegedly more than 116,000 soldiers.

Following their titular arc, the army has been absorbed into the League of Villains, Yotsubashi himself willingly surrendering their assets after realizing Shigaraki is their best shot at making Destro's vision come true.


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    In General 
  • Animal Motifs: The Meta Liberation Army has one in the form of mice which can be seen on Destro's arm patch. This also seems to be a reference to the In-Universe theory that Quirks came from rodents.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Able to operate under the collective noses of hero society by virtue of being comprised of seemingly respectable citizens.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The group declares themselves as enemies to the League Of Villains, deciding to go after them.
  • Foil: To the League of Villains: like the Hassaikai, they're a larger, better-funded and -armed villain organization with its own claim to the rulership of the criminal underworld. While the LoV is broke and dealing with having no resources to the point of stealing from other villains just to get by, while being clearly lost in the matter of goals and how to achieve them, the MLA has the head of a giant company as their leader and have little worries about money while having a clear goal set by their predecessor and knowing their next target. Their leaders are even shown having a fine dine together in a fancy room (which isn't even their house, just their HQ) and discussing their plans while the next chapter shows the LoV scrapping for food in a lousy, abandoned place in the middle of the woods and has Shigaraki deflecting the question of what they're going to do now, as they have no clue of where to find The Doctor. Furthermore, they count well over a hundred thousand competent foot soldiers, while the League hasn't yet brought in a single new recruit.
  • Insistent Terminology: Unlike other characters, they refer to Quirks as "Meta Abilities" or "Super Powers" on a member to member basis.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Represents Chaosnote  to the government's Ordernote .
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Destro defended the use of terrorism to get their point across in order to make the free use of Quirks a reality.
  • Secret Handshake: People associated with them seem to have a hand signal that indicates their alignment: pointing their right hand upward as a Finger Gun with the thumb extended to their forehead.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: They, along with the people who agree with Destro's autobiography, consider themselves freedom fighters for Quirks. Most people consider them terrorists who just hurt innocent people.

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A new generation of villains who founded and currently lead the modern incarnation of the Meta Liberation Army. They are led by Destro's descendant, Rikiya Yotsubashi aka "Re-Destro". They are all successful entrepreneurs with innumerable resources and wealth.


  • Blackmail: Essentially how they come into conflict with the League of Villains. Managing to get the information from Giran's computer (Despite his attempts to erase their names), they pinpoint the group with their satellites and threaten to give away their position to the Heroes if they don't come to fight them.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Three are high ranking members of big companies and one is a leader of a political party, all of whom are actively using their positions to further the organization goals. Curious's company is printing Destro's book and spreading his ideology, Re-Destro's company is creating support items and leaking them into the black market to collect data on them and Skeptic uses his IT company to track down and recover data for the organization.
  • Foil: Act as these to each individual member of the League of Villains:
  • This Means War!: See the LoV as nuisances in their plans and sets their sights on taking them out. Declaring war on them by cutting off Giran's fingers and planting them around areas where they were last seen.
  • Underestimating Badassery: They think they have the LoV pegged due to getting the information from Giran's computer despite his attempts to erase their data and figured their overwhelming numbers will be more than enough to take them out. However, due to the Leauge spending around three months fighting Gigantomachia and the MLA's attempts to break them only making them stronger, they've managed to take on the MLA's forces quite efficiently. The Meta Liberation Army was trying to put them into a corner to beat them, but they really just forced them to get stronger.

    Rikiya Yotsubashi — Re-Destro 

Rikiya Yotsubashi — Re-Destro

Debut: Chapter 218 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Stress

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"Do you see now why we published Destro's memoirs?! To incite rebellion against the state! To pursue true freedom! I take on those burdens to see Destro's dream fulfilled! Yes, his blood runs through these veins! I am Re-Destro!"

The Grand Commander and founder of the current Meta Liberation Army and the descendant of infamous villain Destro. His public persona is the president and CEO of the Detnerat Company, which is dedicated to creating individual items fitting people with Quirks that make them unable to buy anything standardized. His Quirk—or Meta Ability as he calls it—"Stress" can use the everyday tension he accumulates to increase his strength and size.


  • Affably Evil: A charming, charismatic Nice Guy, who cares for his followers and is loved and respected by them in return. He also kills his secretary in cold blood, supplies test equipment to the black market and has no qualms about sending his aforementioned supporters into deadly combat with the League of Villians - all for the purpose of helping to create what he believes will be a better world.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He ends up having to amputate his own feet in order to survive Shigaraki's Decay.
  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of the Meta Liberation Army Arc and supreme leader of the Meta Liberation Army.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Re-Destro's Quirk is formidable. He can easily swat his enemies and survive an entire building collapsing on him. Re-Destro even cripples Shigaraki's left hand with absurd ease.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a black pin-striped suit even when fighting. His suit is customized to accommodate his Quirk to a certain extent.
  • Bastard Bastard: He is secretly the descendant of Destro, who died without even knowing he had heirs. In public, he maintains an image of an eccentric but affable CEO, but in actuality, he's determined to take on his terrorist ancestor's legacy, no matter who has to die in the process.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: You can mock him and his hairline all you want, and he'll take them all in stride. But he will do whatever it takes the further the ideals of the Liberation Army and does not take kindly to slights against Destro's legacy. Just ask his former secretary, Miyashita.
  • Casting a Shadow: His Quirk causes stress to manifest as black pigment on his skin. Re-Destro's stress bombs manifest as spheres of darkness.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: His suit, and later on his Quirk hides the fact that he is surprisingly toned and muscular underneath as can be shown in chapter 239. Considering that his Quirk is one that enhances his physique, and he was already shown to be fairly strong without it, this does make sense.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Arc Villain version to Overhaul:
    • Overhaul maintained a cold, aloof demeanor, while Re-Destro is an Affably Evil Nice Guy.
    • Overhaul hid his face, while Re-Destro doesn't wear a real mask or even have much of a villain costume.
    • Overhaul was an openly germaphobic misanthrope, while Re-Destro generally keeps a tight lid on any negative emotions towards others.
    • Overhaul tried to form an alliance with the League of Villains despite their differences, while Re-Destro seeks to destroy the League of Villains from the get-go. Said alliance ended up being part of Overhauls undoing, while Re-Destro's planned destruction of the LoV ends with him partnering with them.
    • Overhaul despised Quirks enough to attempt to rid them from society, while Re-Destro believes that Quirks should be celebrated rather than suppressed and controlled.
    • While both have little issue with their subordinates dying, Overhaul commanded his through fear and manipulation, and he had no issue with killing them when they failed. Meanwhile, Re-Destro is A Father to His Men who at cries over his fallen supporters, and it took noticeable effort for him to go through with killing his secretary.
    • Overhaul's organization quickly drew the attention of Pro Heroes due to their suspicious activities, while Re-Destro and the army have managed to stay below radar.
    • While both of the villains are kept alive, Overhaul has his arms forcibly taken by Shigaraki & Mr. Compress due to the killing of Magne & doubting the League. Re-Destro ends up cutting his feet off by choice (due to the fact that he'd decay to death otherwise), and the resulting scenario was an accident (Shigaraki was merely attacking him to weaken him enough for Gigantomachia to kill)..
    • In addition, while Overhaul has his life's work forcibly taken from him by Shigaraki in an act of revenge, Re-Destro willingly gives Shigaraki control over the MLA due to Shigaraki being a better leader to the Army than he himself is.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: When not moonlighting a terrorist leader, Re-Destro acts as the CEO of a respectable company.
  • Dirty Business: Sheds Tears of Remorse after killing Miyashita and is seen looking morose afterward on his way to a meeting with other members of the Liberation Army. He also cries over the many Deika City citizens that die during their fight with the LoV, though he believes that his the MLA's goals outway the lives of any individual member.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Maintains a pleasant, easy-going demeanor... even when threatening to kill the man he is holding hostage. Justified in that his Quirk is fueled using pent-up anger and stress as strength.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: His assistant thought Destro's book wasn't very good and believed the Liberation Army to be nothing but terrorists. Re-Destro kills him for this.
  • Energy Ball: His Burden attack collects a sphere of his manifested stress that he can throw to create massive shock waves.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He first appears as a very lovable person who even accepts his secretary, Miyashita, making fun of him, but when the latter makes a foul comment about the Liberation Army, Re-Destro snaps his neck, and cries Tears of Remorse over having killed someone who he trusted enough to consider introducing to the Liberation Army.
  • Facial Markings: He has some that shift across his face. Normally, they take the form of two dots on his forehead, but they blend together when he's using his Quirk. The marks shift into a Domino Mask-like shape similar to Destro's when he gets serious.
  • A Father to His Men: Despite believing their sacrifice to be neccesary, he openly mourns for his fallen supporters and even mutilates Shigaraki's hand for his part in their deaths.
  • Fingore: A mild example, but during his fight with Shigaraki in Chapter 234, his finger ends up getting partially decayed when Shigaraki gets away from him. This sticks, as seen in Chapter 239, where the tip of his pointer finger (the one that got decayed) is missing (and bleeding).
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: In the fourth panel he appears in, the way he holds up his arms casts a shadow across his face that looks exactly like a traditional villain bandanna mask while he bemoans the suffering of those with Quirks. Not five pages later, he reveals himself to be a villain and a part of the Meta Liberation Army.
  • Foil: Like Stain and Overhaul before him, Re-Destro acts as one to Shigaraki by virtue of being a Visionary Villain to the latter's omnicidal nihlism - which has allowed him to build an enormous following. Adding tho this, both Re-Destro and Shigaraki were raised to carry on the legacy of past villains who have fallen out of public view, but while Re-Destro is well aware of his heritage and considers it a point of pride, Shigaraki suffers from Trauma-Induced Amnesia and can barely remember his life before meeting All For One. Adding further to this, and both use destruction to get what they want, but while Re-Destro considers his destruction meaningful and necessary to further the MLA's goals, Shigaraki destroys for his on pleasure and has no goals to destroy for.
  • Forehead of Doom: He's self-conscious about his widow's peak, asking his assistant to edit his commercial to hide his forehead. He does seem to take it in stride, though. Later, Re-Destro reveals that this is a side effect of using his Meta Ability.
  • Graceful Loser: After Shigaraki defeats him, he calls Trumpet and the rest of the MLA off, deciding that it's fruitless to continue fighting when the League has more than proven themselves superior. Re-Destro then bows down before Shigaraki, putting his life in his hands, and asks him to lead the MLA.
  • Gag Nose: He has an exceptionally long, hawkish nose in contrast to the more realistic features of his followers.
  • Genius Bruiser: The methodical leader of both a major corporation and a political movement, as well as one of the most physically imposing and powerful characters in the series when his Quirk is at its full potential.
  • Hulking Out: Re-Destro's Quirk, "Stress", is effectively this. His Quirk bottles up all of the rage and stress he feels into his body which he then uses to bulk himself up to gigantic proportions in order to release his stress on whoever has incurred his wrath.
  • Irony: Re-Destro wishes to carry on his ancestor Destro's legacy and promote a sense of freedom for those with Quirks. However, he has been groomed since childhood to bear the mantle of Destro and suffers from the burden of living up to those ideals; thus he's not very free himself. This ends up being one of the reasons that he turns over the MLA to Shigaraki, as he recognizes that his ability to shrug off the weight of their history makes him the incarnation of freedom that the army strives for and therefore is the army's perfect leader.
  • Kick the Dog: Well, kick the Little Bit Beastly person, but he immediately kills his secretary because the guy said that Destro was just a terrorist.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Re-Destro destroys a chunk of Shigaraki's left hand along with some fingers, then proceeds to criticize the latter for his lack of vision, causing Shigaraki to remember painful memories. Later, the guy has Shigaraki at his mercy when Gigantomachia interrupts the duel.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Brutally demonstrates from his first appearance not only how dangerous a villain can become when properly operating below radar but also just how far they are willing to go in pursuit of a higher goal.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After witnessing the sheer power at Shigaraki's disposal, Re-Destro calls of Trumpet from trying to engage knowing that his men would be killed effortlessly.
  • Life-or-Limb Decision: While he almost escapes Shigaraki's Ao E Decay, his feet end up touching the ground before the effect stops. In order to prevent full-on disintegration, he uses a piece of the Claustro to cut his feet off.
  • Made of Iron: Shigaraki uses his Quirk to practically drop Re-Destro's headquarters right on top of him. He pulls himself out of the rubble none worse for wear.
  • Magic Pants: His suit manages to stretch to fit his hulked-out frame while using his Meta Ability. Given that his company deals in products designed to accommodate Quirks, this is justified. His top layers do rip apart when he starts going One-Winged Angel, but his pants remain undamaged.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: When his fingers start to slowly rot where Tomura's Decay Quirk kicks in, Re-Destro is more surprised by the fact it occurred from Tomura's crippled hand and wondering if his intel about Tomura's limit was wrong than the fact his own fingertips have crumbled into dust.
  • Meaningful Name: Re-Destro; the second Destro and also a Destroyer.
  • Nice Hat: Seen wearing a black Cordovan while on his way to meet with the rest of the Liberation Army's top brass during his first appearance.
  • One-Winged Angel: Once he starts increasing his stress output, starting at around 80%, his body shifts more towards this than his previous hulked out form. The black markings on his body go into overdrive and go from just marks to seemingly coating his body in a black substance, with increased power and a more monstrous appearance.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: He wants to see the League of Villains destroyed himself, rather than letting heroes or other villains do it for him. In a similar vein, he targets the LoV in the first place because he wants the MLA to be the ones that change society, not them.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Not only is he capable of demolishing several blocks' worth of structures with just the wind from swinging his arm, but he also easily tanks a whole high-rise building collapsed onto him. If there's a silver lining, it's that his Quirk takes time to reach its full potential.
  • Powered Armor: The Burden-Amplifying Steel Pressure Mechanism: Claustro is the Detnerat product he is in possession of and his last-ditch effort to defeat his enemies. The armor wraps around Re-Destro's bulked up form and amplifies his Stress output to 150%. To bad for him it does nothing against Shigaraki, who effortlessly destroys the armor once he unleashes a blast of Decay strong enough to disintegrate most of Deika City.
  • Sinister Schnoz: He has a large nose that noticeably changes depiction depending on what 'mode' he's in- when he's being a normal, somewhat ditzy CEO, it's drawn to look rather cartoony, while as a villain, it's more realistic and hooked. When he goes One-Winged Angel it looks like a horn which fits well with his demonic appearance.
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  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Averted. His suit somehow doesn't rip apart when he bulks up with his Quirk. Given his company specializes in Quirk support gear, that actually makes sense. However, Re-Destro's clothes, sans his pants, start shredding as he increases his power output.
  • Sizeshifter: His Quirk lets him grow his body depending on how stressed he is.
  • Slasher Smile: Wears one of these while interacting with the rest of the Liberation Army leadership.
  • Smug Super: Averted. While Re-Destro sneers at his opponents, he did bother to research them and their abilities before launching a carefully planned assault on them. He becomes wary of Shigaraki when fighting him when he starts showing off abilities that his research didn't hint at and resolves to crush him even faster. And as for Gigantomachia, Re-Destro can be forgiven simply by virtue of the fact he didn't even know Gigantomachia existed and was the Leagues last-resort trump card, and the giant's appearance on the field just makes Re-Destro all the more determined to kill Shigaraki immediately.
  • Super Strength: Twice's clones may be weak, but that doesn't mean Re-Destro should be able to kill one with a single finger flick.
  • Tears of Remorse: Sheds these after killing Miyashita.
  • Tranquil Fury: As he is throttling Miyashita, the expression on his face appears to be one of barely contained rage. Even when he is unleashing his Meta Ability he never breaks out of this state. Later, during his fight with Shigaraki, he claims to be furious and yet sports a rather subdued look on his face.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Despite placing great value on his supporters, Re-Destro very much takes this view.
  • Villainous Legacy: He has taken the mission his ancestor started, creating a new generation of the Liberation Army.
  • Villain Respect:
    • He gives praise to Giran for his loyalty to the League and refusing to back down on his promise to not tell them anything. He also acknowledges that Twice's Quirk is powerful.
    • After seeing Shigaraki's Quirk evolve during the course of their fight and realizing the life-or-death training he must have undergone to enhance his speed and reflexes, Re-Destro apologizes for assuming that Shigaraki was beneath him and decides to get serious by going One-Winged Angel. Eventually this respect leads him to turn over control of the army to Shigaraki as he recognises that the young villain is closer to the ideal image of a free Quirk user then he is.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: His company, and him by extension, are known to the public as strong supporters of those whose Quirks make day to day life difficult and have recently branched into developing hero support items.
  • Visionary Villain: Dogmatically committed to creating a new world in which Quirks can be used freely. Also, a large source of his contention with Shigaraki and the League of Villains, as he believes their lack of vision makes them unworthy of their wide-scale notoriety.
  • The Worf Barrage: Re-Destro's ultimate attack, Stress output: Burden, which he describes as taking his Stress, corporealizing it, and firing it out over a wide area, becomes this during his fight with Shigaraki. Despite demolishing Deika city easily with the attack Shigaraki is able to destroy it and mitigate the damage. Even when Re-Destro fires it at 100% Shigaraki gets in close and destroys the attack before it fully leaves his hands. It certainly helps to show how overwhelmingly powerful Shigaraki is now that he has been "liberated" from his past.
  • The Worf Effect: Crushing Shigaraki's hands with contemptuous ease shows that this guy's not all talk and theatrics.

    Chitose Kizuki — Curious 

Chitose Kizuki — Curious

Debut: Chapter 218 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Landmine

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"Are you not keen on being interviewed, Himiko Toga? I'm afraid that's too bad. I haven't backed down from a good story ever since my first year in this biz. So I hope you understand, Himiko Toga, that I will strip you bare."

A leader of the current Meta Liberation Army and publicly the executive director of Shoowaysha Publishing. Her Quirk, "Landmine", lets her turn anything she touches into a bomb.


  • Admiring the Abomination: She's quite amazed to watch Himiko get more and more deranged as their fight goes on.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: She has blue skin and grey-purple hair.
  • Batman Gambit: Knowing that she would fight the blood-sucking Toga, she used her Quirk on the blood of her own men so that when Toga started ingesting it, she'd be exploded from the inside with the blood.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Shoowaysha Publishing is a clear parody of Shueisha Inc, the company that owns Shonen Jump and publishes this very manga, and is used for the Meta Liberation Army's terrorist activities. The names are however spelled with different kanji in Japanese and different letters in English but are still pronounced the same way in both.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Her eyes have black sclera, and she's a member of a rather large terrorist organization.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Toga uses Ochako's Quirk to reduce her to a smear of blood and mangled, dismembered body parts.
  • Dark Chick: For the Meta Liberation Army. She even gets to fight against Toga, who is the Dark Chick for the League.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She's defeated when Toga discovers she can use Uraraka's Quirk, which she uses to drop Kizuki and all of her minions from a lethal height.
  • Foil: To Toga. Both are the Dark Chick of their respective organizations with an intense interest in understanding certain individuals that border on obsession. However she and Toga are also polar opposites in other areas: where Toga does so out of a warped concept of love and has the common sense to not let it get in the way of basic self-preservation, Curious is more interested in using that information for her own purposes and is so focused on Going for the Big Scoop that she deliberately puts herself in an extremely dangerous and ultimately fatal situation.
  • Going for the Big Scoop: When the chance of getting an interview with a mysterious, infamous, serial-killer comes along, no price is too high to pay nor any danger too perilous to approach, in her eyes. Even moments before said serial-killer is about to drop her into the asphalt like an egg, all she can think about is how amazing the article she'll write is going to be, smiling in pure euphoria while doing so.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: She isn't from space, but she is a beautiful woman with pale blue skin.
  • Having a Blast: Her Quirk lets her turn anything she touches into a bomb. While an individual bomb isn't that powerful, she can make up for it by making multiple at a time.
  • Intrepid Reporter: One that's downright obsessive with getting her scoop. She hints that she started her career as this. When fighting Toga, she turns it into an interview where she wants to know how she became a killer and says she has already interviewed her parents and friends.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: She's still going on about what an incredible headline she was given as if she was not about to die at all.
  • Killed Off for Real: By the end of the League of Villains Vs Meta Liberation Army arc she is the only member of the top brass to be killed.
  • Mad Bomber: Her Quirk lets her turn anything she touches into a bomb, and her fight with Toga shows she's not really all there in the head.
  • Near-Villain Victory: She damn near kills Toga by overwhelming her with numbers and hitting her with her Quirk repeatedly. If Toga hadn't discovered her ability to mimic the Quirks of people she transformed into right then and there, Curious would've won.
  • Power Fist: When up-close and personal, she equips a support-item called the "Curious Flattener". It's shaped like a gauntlet and compressed into a wristband, and when combined with her Quirk, it becomes an exploding boxing-glove. It's as lethal as it sounds.
  • Propaganda Machine: She uses her publishing company to spread the MLA's ideals to the greater public in order to convert them to their cause. As it stands, Destro's manifesto has sold over 100,000 copies. She reveals she intends to do it again, by using her influence to turn Himiko into a martyr that was shunned and repressed by the hero society, which led to her becoming a villain, furthering the agenda of the Army.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Like Mina, her eyes have black sclera but her eye color is green.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female member of the leaders of the current Meta Liberation Army.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed two issues after she's introduced.

    Koku Hanabata — Trumpet 

Koku Hanabata — Trumpet

Debut: Chapter 218 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Incite

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"Now, my fine people, liberate them!! Combine your powers and open a path to the coming era!! Show the world that, yes, everyone is a hero! And that at the same time... no one is!"

A leader of the current Meta Liberation Army and publicly the leader of the Hearts and Mind Party. His Quirk "Incite", can boost the morale and physical state of the people who trust in him.


  • Achilles' Heel: His Quirk requires that the people he's trying using it on already trust him. If they don't or said trust is diminished in any way, it won't work.
  • Affably Evil: He is very polite to the League once he meets them, and greets them kindly before sending his minions to attack them.
  • Amplifier Artifact: He uses a Detnerat product called "Sevens Loud" to amplify his voice/sound waves in order to increase the power of his Quirk and affect as many of his followers as possible.
  • Compelling Voice: His Quirk allows him to strengthen others by simply talking to them. However, it only works on those who already trust him.
  • Corrupt Politician: A terrorist who is publicly the leader of a political party.
  • Foil: To Spinner. Both are villains, but Trumpet is a charismatic politician with a transmitter Quirk, placing him at the top of the social latter, while Spinner is a Hikikomori with a heteromorphic Quirk, placing him at the bottom. Both are Support Party Members, but while Trumpet uses his Quirk to buff his subordinates from a distance, Spinner uses his combat abilites and sheer willpower to act as physical support. Finally, both are followers who have clung to another person's dream. But while Spinner fully accepts this part of himself and is okay with it, Trumpet thoroughly denies that the two of them share this quality.
  • Hypocrite: Despite working for an organization which is all about uplifting people with Quirks and allowing them to use their powers to its fullest potential, Trumpet dismisses Spinner during their fight - bluntly referring to his Quirk as weak and the latter himself as seeming incapable of changing for the better in any way.
  • Idiot Hair: Has single strand of hair that sticks out even when in the "Sevens Loud" helmet.
  • Meaningful Name: His party's name, Hearts and Mind, makes a lot of sense when one considers how his Quirk works. Once people open their hearts to him, he can enhance their bodies and minds.
  • Mid Boss: Shigaraki describes him as such during the League's raid on Deika City to retrieve Giran. Hanabata stands midway between the League's entry point and the location where their Supreme Leader is keeping Giran locked up, which gives more credit to Shigaraki's description.
  • Rousing Speech: As befits a politician, this is Meta Ability in a nutshell: he projects his voice to his loyal subjects which in turn increases their power and mental fortitude by the strength of the vibrations caused by his voice. He delivers these throughout the battle with the League of Villains to the Deika City citizens with great effect.
  • Sinister Shades: Often wears sunglasses and is a terrorist.
  • Status Buff: His Quirk essentially acts like this to those who have trust in him.
  • Support Party Member: Acts as this to the MLA by virtue of his Meta Ability.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: His party name, Hearts and Mind, isn't exactly intimidating, even when considering it's run by a terrorist. Not to mention his choice of codename, Trumpet.
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    Tomoyasu Chikazoku — Skeptic 

Tomoyasu Chikazoku — Skeptic

Debut: Chapter 218 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Anthropomorph

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"Is something confusing you? Is this even a question you want answered? What's keeping you from answering properly like "What do you mean by footage?", do you have too much pride? If someone says "One!", do you go "One?" like a parrot? Can you think critically? Use your imagination? Are your neurons taking a vacation? You need us to spell everything out and tell you that two plus two is four? Why should we?"

A leader of the current Meta Liberation Army and publicly a board member from leading IT company Feel Good, Inc. His Quirk, "Anthropomorph", allows him to transform any human-sized object into a puppet he can control.


  • Avenging the Villain: He wants to kill Toga to avenge Curious' death.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: He's a board member for an IT firm, and he uses his status for all it's worth. He can restore data and trace phone calls to know the location of his enemies, which the MLA uses to challenge the League directly, by threatening to tip off the heroes to their location by using his satellite cameras.
  • Berserk Button: As evidenced by his page quote, Skeptic does not care for Parrot Exposition in the slightest.
    • A more serious example is a failure. When Re-Destro implied that he failed in recruiting Twice, Skeptic calmly closes his laptop and leaves the room. As he leaves with a scary look in his eyes, he claims that he's only failed once in his life, and then he sets out to capture Twice.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He goes on a rather humorous, over-the-top rant about Parrot Exposition in his first major appearance and then later uses brutal psychological warfare against a man with severe mental illness.
  • Blinding Bangs: His bowl cut has bangs that cover his eyes.
  • Foil: To Twice: Both are humourous individuals who are more dangerous than they appear and both possess Quirks which allow them to create minions. However, they are also polar opposites in other areas:
    • Where Twice is Affably Evil, Skeptic is an Insufferable Genius.
    • Twice's clones are fully independent, while Skeptic's puppets are completely subservient to him.
    • Twice is something of a psychological wreck, while Skeptic is an IT genius. This aspect gets flipped on its head as well: Twice ends up undergoing Sanity Strengthening when he learns he's the real Twice and not just a clone, while the same event causes Skeptic's Villainous Breakdown.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's a pretty intelligent guy who berates others for using Parrot Exposition.
  • Jerkass: Trying to kill Toga as to avenge Curious? Understandable. Creating puppet Twices in order to take advantage of the real Twice's tramua, forcing the real Twice to watch his puppet varients try and snap Toga's neck, and then breaking the real Twice's arms when he tries to fight back? All done with the ultimate goal of forcing Twice to join the Meta Liberation Army against his will? Not so much!
  • Lean and Mean: A tall, lanky individual who just happens to also be a terrorist.
  • Mad Eye: When we finally see one of his eyes, it's clear by its strained and unhinged look that the idea of failing any task easily causes him to snap.
  • Madness Mantra: Spouts one off while attempting to capture Twice in person:
    I didn't fail! You hear me, Bubaigawara, you scum? I didn't fail! I didn't fail! I didn't fail! I didn't fail! I didn't fail!"
  • Meaningful Name: Tomoyasu(友保) is "friend" + "preserve/guarantee" while Chikazoku(近属) is "nearby" + "under control of". His Quirk allows him to create nearby guaranteed friends under his control!
  • Mission Control: Implied to serve this function within the MLA
  • My Greatest Failure: He's apparently only failed once in his life, and he refuses to fail again.
  • New Media Are Evil: As one of the players in the Big Tech industry, he uses the IT firm he's part of to gather information on the League's whereabouts and threaten a direct confirmation with the MLA, with the implication that he can do this to anyone.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: He tries to use his puppets to kill the unconscious Toga as to avenge Curious and capture a psychologically broken Twice so that he can be inducted into the Liberation Army. Because he had his puppets break Twice’s arms, he gave Twice the revelation he needs to confirm that he’s the real Twice and not just a clone. That uncertainty was the only thing holding Twice back from unleashing his true strength, and without it, there's nothing stopping him from going all out.
  • One-Letter Name: His puppets have single letter names.
  • Perverse Puppet: The puppets he creates are seemingly mindless, but he can use them to carry out his evil deeds.
  • Psychological Combat: Has no qualms about taking advantage of Twice's severe trauma.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Thanks to being a part of an IT firm, he is able to restore all of Giran's deleted client data and track down the League's location thanks to tracing their phone call, with satellite cameras ready to tip the heroes of their whereabouts.
  • Shout-Out: To Gorillaz and the Japanese comedian Kinzoku Bat. His family name Chikazoku is an alternate reading on Kinzoku. His company is named after one of Gorillaz's most well-known songs, and he himself looks like Bat, who, amusingly enough, looks like a combination of Noodle, Murdoc, and 2D. His ape-like bodyguards further the Gorillaz reference.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Once he finds someone's information, he will know where they are thanks the use of satellites to track down their location. The League finds out the hard way.
  • Tombstone Teeth: Sports a very prominent set of pearlies.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Skeptic loses his mind once Twice overcomes his trauma and rescues Toga from his puppets causing Skeptic to suffer his second ever loss. He promptly chases down the real Twice and Toga in order to kill them while ranting Jin's name and denying that he has failed.

    Geten 

Geten

Debut: Chapter 218 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Cryokinesis

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"In the future that our liberation army foresees... one's rank in society will be directly tied to the strength of one's Meta Ability. Elevating one's ability will be the only way to really live!"

A mysterious member of the army that wears a parka. Their Quirk allows them to control already existing ice around them.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Due to their thick parka covering them, it's impossible to tell their gender.
  • An Ice Suit: They wear a thick parka that covers their entire upper-body.
  • An Ice Person: They have an ice-based Quirk. Unlike Todoroki's Quirk, they can only control already existing ice. They can get around this somewhat by manipulating the temperature of their ice to freeze nearby bodies of water to create more ice for them to work with.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Briefly engages in some Snark-to-Snark Combat with Dabi during their fight.
  • Death from Above: They first attack Dabi from above by trying to crush him with their giant ice hands.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: As Dabi reminds them, fire melts ice. However, their ability to control the temperature of the ice they control, along with the sophisticated structures they can construct with said ice, help alleviate this weakness.
  • Foil: To Dabi. Both are Elite Mooks for their respective teams, both are Deadpan Snarkers, and both have powerful Elemental Quirks. But while Dabi is an Aloof Ally to the Leauge of Villains who has little loyalty to them, Geten has an Undying Loyalty to Re-Destro and the rest of the Meta Liberation Army. Also, their elemental powers are direct opposites; Dabi can produce fire from his body, while Geten can only control already existing ice, but can also control it at a much greater degree.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: They use their Quirk to form giant ice hands of doom when they first attack Dabi.
  • In the Hood: The hood of their parka completely conceals their face.
  • Meaningful Name: Geten(外典) means Apocrypha, which means Biblical writing that, due to their dubious/unknown origin, is not considered "canon". The reflects the MLA's desire to rewrite the sacred rules of society with their own.
  • Shout-Out: Their powers and outfit alike have a great resemblance to The Flash villain Captain Cold, which considering the author's superhero comic appeal is unlikely to be an accident.
  • The Social Darwinist: They want the Meta Liberation Army to create a society where Quirks determine one's place in society: the more powerful one's Quirk, the higher their standing.

Former

    Chikara Yotsubashi — Destro 

Chikara Yotsubashi — Destro

Debut: Chapter 171 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Unknown

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"He called himself Destro — the one who would destroy the status quo."
—Re-Destro, Chapter 218

The Grand Commander and founder of the original Meta Liberation Army and an infamous villain who carved his way into history along with Oji Harima and All for One. He was eventually captured and authored an autobiography in prison before committing suicide. The principles expressed in said autobiography continue to influence people in the present, much like Stain's beliefs.


  • Chekhov's Gunman: He was originally mentioned in chapter 171 by Gentle as an infamous villain in the same vein as All For One, but his legacy becomes important from chapter 218 onward as some people sharing his ideals begin to rise up.
  • Classy Cravat: Wore one as seen on pictorial depictions of him.
  • Cool Mask: Destro wears one that looks like a black blotch. The mask even appears on the cover of Destro's autobiography. It may actually be Facial Markings, as Re-Destro has something similar on his face.
  • Driven to Suicide: Destro eventually killed himself after publishing his books from jail.
  • Freudian Excuse: Started his crusade because his mother was killed during the days when Quirks were manifesting and speaking out against those who bullied him just because he apparently had a Quirk not fit to live in society.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Re-Destro, his descendant, worships him and is currently running covert operations in his name.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Chikara' means 'Power' or 'Influence'. Despite Destro having died years ago, his autobiography and ideals still influence people like Teruo and he still wields power through his descendants. Also, his name contains the kanji for 4, an unlucky number in China and Japan due to it sounding like 'shi', which means "death".
  • Posthumous Character: He committed suicide while imprisoned before the main story began after releasing his manifesto to the world.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The "Meta Liberation Army" is one to Magneto and his Brotherhood of Mutants. Their goal is to liberate Quirks from government regulation and let people use their powers freely, which is similar to Magneto's motivation in most comic continuities.
    • His Villain name is the same as the G.I. Joe villain Destro.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Destro believed that using Quirks should be a fundamental human right and raised an army of insurgents against the Government. However, he was criticized for promoting terrorism.

Warriors

    Tatsuyuki Tokoname — Slidin' Go 

Tatsuyuki Tokoname — Slidin' Go

Debut: Chapter 219 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Unknown Sliding Quirk

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"You can leave the rest to me, Slidin' Go!!"

A chipper pro hero that arrives just after Bakugo and Todoroki defeat the Seltzer Villain. He's also a member of the MLA in secret.


  • Affably Evil: He's still just as nice after he's revealed to be a MLA member.
  • Bear Hug: Gives one to Bakugo and Todoroki as congratulations for beating their first villain. Bakugo was not pleased.
  • Evil All Along: Despite being introduced as a perfectly nice guy, he is part of the Meta Liberation Army.
  • Hidden Depths: He likes reading despite his silly appearance. Since he would have had to read Destro's autobiography to join the MLA in the first place, this makes sense.
  • Nice Guy: In his first appearance, he praises Todoroki and Bakugo for their strategy, before offering to clean up the rather substantial amount of debris left behind.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His design is reminiscent of western cartoons like Family Guy, American Dad!, and really anything Seth MacFarlane has made.
  • Super Speed: Played with. His Quirk allows him to move very quickly because he slides over any surface, rather than actual super speed in the typical sense.

    Deika City Inhabitants 

Deika City Inhabitants

Debut: Chapter 224 (Manga)

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The citizens of Deika City, a "liberated district" where 90% of the population — heroes included — are members of the MLA.


  • Cannon Fodder: Dozens of them are massacred in the fight against the League of Villains.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: They're pitted up against the League of Villains, who are fatigued and numbering in the single digits, and yet the League is still able to take them out in droves. It is slightly Downplayed, however, due to the fact that 1) the League still take plenty of damage while fighting them, and 2) their numbers shoot straight up into the quadruple digits when Twice starts cloning himself.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: They're mooks going up against The League of Villains, so the ones that die don't die pretty. Shigaraki dusts two as soon as the fighting starts and later does the same to about thirty of them in one touch, while Toga knifes one in the throat and uses Ochaco's Quirk to drop an entire group of them from a lethal height.
  • Cult: A lot of their behavior rings of a militant cult. They're fanatically devoted to their cause, violent towards outsiders and threats and their leadership prop up fallen leaders as martyrs to encourage them to fight harder.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Whereas most civilians aren't well-trained with their Quirks due to laws restricting their usage in public, Deika City disregards said laws and fastidiously trains their citizens' Quirks and each other on how to use them. This means nearly every Deika City resident can handle themselves in a fight, as the League of Villains discover when they visit the city.
  • Red Shirt Army: Yes, they are a highly-trained personal militia for the Meta Liberation Army, and put up one challenging fight against the League through the sheer numbers and diversity of quirks they possessed alone, while fully expendable. But the moment Gigantomachia enters the battlefield, they might as well have been ants instead.
  • Undying Loyalty: They're completely loyal to the Liberation's leaders, and are willing to severely injure themselves in their honor.
  • Zerg Rush: The liberated members of the city all rush the League of Villains when they arrive.

    Gorilla Grunts 

Gorilla Grunts

Debut: Chapter 223 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Unknown

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Skeptic's bodyguards, gorilla-like men in suits who are really just puppets created by his Quirk

Destro's Followers

"This country is full of those who lie in wait, hoping for liberation."
—Re-Destro, Chapter 218
Those who aren't part of the organization, but still follow Destro's philosophy.
    Teruo Hazukashi 

Teruo Hazukashi

Debut: Chapter 186 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Shame

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"Worthless company... once you're good and gone... liberation. Liberation. Long live meta-human liberation!"

A disgruntled office worker inspired by Destro's autobiography. He plans to get revenge on his company by using his Quirk, "Shame".


  • Blessed with Suck: His Quirk allows him to grow stronger, but only when he's embarrassed.
  • Butt-Monkey: He'd apparently been treated badly at work, decided to humiliate himself to use his Quirk for revenge, and then gets casually stomped by a hero who just happened to be passing by. It is not good to be Teruo...
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Hawks gets him while walking down the other side of the street and holding a conversation with Endeavor.
  • Embarrassing Superpower: Literally. His Quirk grants him Super Strength when he feels shame.
  • Emotional Powers: He's a bit like the Hulk, but with shame instead of anger fueling his powers.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Tried to invoke this by stripping and letting people see/mock him so he'd become embarrassed enough to fight. Hawks knocks him out before he can.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He tries, but Hawks beats him before he can even get started.
  • Super Strength: But only when he's feeling particularly humiliated.

    Seltzer Villain 

Debut: Chapter 218 (Manga)

Meta Ability: Seltzer Control

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"I control carbonation! Getting all shook up... makes me feel really alive!"

The unnamed leader of a group of purse snatchers and thieves who are unknowingly field-testing some of the MLA's black market equipment. His Quirk can control seltzer (a.k.a carbonized water).


  • Horns of Villainy: Not himself, but the criminals in his gang wear masks featuring short curved horns.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He spent months scoping out a target street to determine the best time for a crime spree without the interference of heroes, and as soon as a wrench is thrown into that plan he tries to have his group retreat. He almost succeeds in escaping, but Bakugo promptly decimates his minions while they try to flee.
  • Making a Splash: He can control water, but only if it's carbonized. Despite this weakness, he manages to accumulate enough of the stuff to create a street-sized tidal wave and wears pressurized gauntlets full of seltzer for more direct confrontations.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Basically just the leader of a small group of minor criminals and goes down with appropriate ease.
  • Thrill Seeker: Describes himself as a man who lives for the thrill and backs it up by being the only one of his group to try and fight Bakugo and Todoroki rather than flee.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: He wears a pair of bracers that can pressurize the carbonized water he uses and fire it out in concentrated jets powerful enough to shear through light poles. They also collect combat data to feedback to their creator and are rigged to self-destruct if their user is defeated, not that he knows about these bits.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Makes the mistake of considering Bakugo and Todoroki to be mere schoolchildren, despite the fact that they have their provisional hero licenses. Cue a beatdown that doesn't even take a chapter.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He has no idea that Detnerat is using him as a beta tester for their gadgetry.

Alternative Title(s): My Hero Academia Quirk Liberation Army

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