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Note that the true nature of One For All means that it's nearly impossible to discuss without spoiling anything. As such, this whole page is Spoilers Off!

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    One For All in General 

Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 3 (Anime)

Component Quirks: Unnamed Transfer Quirk (All For One's Brother), Unnamed Power Stockpiling Quirk (All For One's Stolen Quirk)

Assimilated Quirks: Blackwhip ("Blackwhip User"), Five Unknown Quirks
A unique Quirk that's been passed on for generations. It was created around the time Quirks first surfaced when All for One decided to forcefully implant a power stockpiling Quirk to his Quirkless younger brother. However, it turned out he did possess a Quirk; a seemingly useless Quirk that allowed him to pass his Quirks onto others. The two Quirks fused together to create "One For All", a Quirk that grows stronger as it gets passed down. One For All has been held by nine different people, the most recent of which is the story's protagonist: Izuku Midoriya.
  • All Your Powers Combined: One For All is the permanent combination of two Quirks. One is a transfer Quirk that can only be transferred to others while the other Quirk can stockpile power. Throughout its history, One For All has been secretly storing the Quirks of previous users in a dormant form, incubating them. It is only during the ninth generation when One For All starts awakening and augmenting the other Quirks within Izuku Midoriya.
  • The Assimilator: One For All assimilates the Quirks of each of its users into itself when it's passed on. By the present, it includes seven different Quirks.
  • Good Counterpart: One For All and its wielders, serve as this to All For One and his titular Quirk (especially now that, with it being passed to Midoriya, it's now powerful enough to utilize all the Quirks of every previous user).
  • Home Base: The Quirk hosts a dark dimension within itself wherein Deku can meet the previous users of One For All. So far, Deku has yet to learn how to willingly enter the dimension.
  • Light Is Good: One For All has a very subtle light motif, as characters light up when using it, they are usually represented by lights and whenever it is given a visual portrayal, it's either a light or a fire. This later doubles with Dark Is Not Evil, as the flashbacks are all caused by it, but are covered in darkness.
  • Magikarp Power: When it was first created, the Quirk was really weak. However, after eight generations of extensive cultivation, it has stockpiled monstrous amounts of strength and evolved into one of the most powerful Quirks in existence. Around the time of the ninth generation (Izuku Midoriya), the Quirk fully manifested the paranormal ability to interact with the "ghosts" of previous holders. Additionally, One For All stockpiles the Quirks of all its wielders and stores them within its core. When Midoriya became the ninth user, One For All accumulated enough energy to cause the dormant Quirks to manifest within Midoriya.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: One For All carries on a vestige of the former users, carrying on their spirit, including memories. The users experience vague images of them, characterized by a burst of power. Midoriya, however, seems to be the first one to be able to clearly access this element of the One For All and even interact with the previous users. He quickly realizes the vestiges are actually a lot more than vestiges.
  • Meaningful Name: "One For All" is a play on both the villain All For One's Code Name, representing it's the one power that can stand against his Power Parasite abilities, and also explains its own most basic ability: it's one Quirk that can be passed on to anyone, even the Quirkless.
  • Mind Hive:
    • The Wham Episode that One For All is much more complicated than anyone thought came through the revelation that not only can All For One not use his Quirk on it, the previous users are still floating around in there somewhere. One For All itself hadn't reached a point where they could actually interact with the current torchbearer until Midoriya was given the ability:
    First User: We're far past the singularity now.
    • All For One is also vaguely connected to the mind hive.
  • Not So Different: Bakugo points out the similarities between One For All and All For One as both Quirks can hold multiple Quirks. He wonders if All For One is involved in One For All's recent development. All Might is uncomfortable about this connection.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: One For All and the Quirk that created it, All For One, are named after the famous Badass Creed from The Three Musketeers.
  • Super Empowering: What makes One For All unique is that it can be transferred at will, letting the current user empower another with its Super Strength. And all the other Quirks wielded by previous users, although only Midoriya managed to awaken them.
  • When It All Began: All Might narrates One For All's origin story to Midoriya and the purpose of that Quirk. Several chapters later, Midoriya himself gets to see One For All's creation within the memories of All For One and his brother.
  • Wrong Context Magic: No Quirk in the world behaves like One For All. It can be passed down and each user strengthens the Quirk as they use. To further this, it also retains the quirks that others used in tandem with this one, allowing Midoriya to eventually have access to all of their quirks without losing his mind from Quirk Overload like the Nomus do.


One For All's Torch Bearers

    In General 

Debut: Chapter 192 (Manga)
The heroes who held One For All looking at Midoriya.note 

The group of people that took the One For All Quirk through generations, being trained by the previous generation and so on. Their presence is imprinted within One For All. At least once in their lifetimes, every user of One For All tends to see a brief flash of silhouettes of their predecessors. This is a symptom of One For All growing in power.

  • Big Damn Heroes: After they're revealed to be more than just visions, their interference in Midoriya's duel with Shinso became this.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: They briefly appear as silhouettes during the U.A. Sports Festival. All Might dismisses this as a one-time minor event. The spirits properly appear in Chapter 192 and from then on, play a significant role in shaping Midoriya.
  • The Chooser of The One: It's implied all of them have taken this role at least at one point since they pick who they want to pass their powers along to.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Each member has a color tied to them. The first user's color is grey/white, the second one's is blue, then red, green, orange, purple, pink for Nana, yellow for All Might, and finally a lighter green for Midoriya.
  • Dead Person Conversation: Apparently, all of them are capable of speaking to Midoriya, although they can only speak for a short while. So far only two users have demonstrated it.
  • The Ghost: Two holders are never shown clearly, and only appear as silhouettes.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: One holder seems to have scars over one of his eyes.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Their entire chain, though especially the First User, for starting it and Nana Shimura, for inspiring and giving All Might many of the ideals and heroic beliefs that he would use as the series' Big Good. The others can be considered this due to laying the ground between the First User and Nana, as well as having taken part in the battle against All For One.
  • Ideal Hero: Due to the selected element of the Master-Apprentice Chain, it's heavily implied that, like All Might and Midoriya, all of them would fit into this archetype, being kind, upstanding people that were trying to save the world from All For One.
  • The Immune: Implied to be the only ones who could fight All For One, since the first torchbearer's power was the only Quirk that can actually control who it's transferred to, and thus can't be stolen by All For One's own ability.
    • Downplayed with Monoma's Copy. Monoma cannot properly copy Quirks that employ a stockpiling mechanism.
  • Legacy of the Chosen: Combined with Master-Apprentice Chain, as each one was selected by the previous one to fight All For One.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Each one of them was trained and selected by the user before them. However, both in All Might and Nana's case, they were helped by Gran Torino.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Except All Might, every One For All user has had at least two Quirks at some point of their lives. The first user had a transfer Quirk and stockpile Quirk for a while until they merged to become One For All. Midoriya has seven Quirks, although he needs to first master One For All to use them effectively.
  • The Mentor: All of them are supposed to be mentors for Midoriya since he needs their help to figure out how to use the powers he gets from them.
  • Not Quite Dead: Although many heroes lived several generations prior to the main storyline, their consciousness, dubbed as vestiges, is embedded within One For All. Most users get a vague glimpse of their predecessors. In Midoriya's case, the first user was able to speak to him and showed him memories. After this, the bald user urges Midoriya to pull himself together.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Nana, All Might and Midoriya all fit in with a pattern of having names that include kanji for the number of the position they hold in the chain. It's unknown whether the other ones had it, but it seems likely.
  • Passing the Torch: They cultivated One For All and passed it down for nine generations. Later it's revealed that if they had a quirk alongside One for All then that quirk was passed down too, though Midoriya is the first inheritor to access this ability.
    Now it's your turn.
  • Posthumous Character: All of them, with All Might and Midoriya being the obvious exceptions, died long before the story began. Though, they do live on, in some way, inside of One For All.
  • Shout-Out: The concept of the vestiges resemble that of the relationship between Recca and the past Hokages in Flame of Recca. Right down to the powers being passed down from each previous user.
  • Super Empowering: How they pass down One For All to future generations. It is later revealed that Izuku has inherited the stronger versions of all their Quirks and is capable of wielding them.
  • Super Strength: All of them had it, each one stronger than their predecessor.
  • Superior Successor: Given One For All's cumulative nature, every successor is stronger than their predecessor. That means Midoriya is potentially the strongest user if he achieves mastery over the Quirk. The Quirk's power isn't the only thing that improves, as its ability to allow multiple souls to exist in one body developed as well. If its previous users had Quirks of their own, they are assimilated and by the time it reached Midoriya, it gained the ability to begin manifesting them, with the same cumulative nature as the main Quirk.
  • Walking Spoiler: As of current events, the heroes have been revived as spirits and their purpose is to mentor Izuku Midoriya. Their first true appearance changes everything we knew about One For All.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • They pass this message to Midoriya at the end of his dream, seemingly welcoming him kindly into their midst.
    • The rough-looking bald user encourages Midoriya to carry out One For All's will and not to worry since they will all be with him.

    The First User 

All For One's Brother

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

Quirk: One For Allnote  (Formerly)
"You are not alone."

"The hero of justice struggled and suffered, and at last, was able to save them all. Did you know, big brother? Villains always lose in the end!"

Currently unnamed, the first user of "One For All". He was the younger brother of All For One and had a strong sense of justice. Because his Quirk was completely unnoticed before One for All's creation, he was presumed to be Quirkless and could only watch as his brother commit atrocities one after the other. Eventually, in a twisted showcase of affection, his brother decided to forcefully implant a Quirk within him, forming "One For All". He was able to pass his Quirk down to successors hoping one day it will grow powerful enough to defeat his brother. He's the first One for All user to talk directly to Midoriya as a vestige.

  • Blinding Bangs: In the flashback sequences, his bangs cover his face. In Chapter 194, the right side of his face is revealed.
  • The Bus Came Back: Goes 133 chapters without mention until he finally reappears in a flashback. Midoriya witnesses one of his memories. The brother also speaks to Midoriya briefly.
  • Cain and Abel: He's the Abel to his brother, the villainous All For One. The two had conflicting views regarding the Quirk phenomenon and the anarchy of humanity. All For One saw it as a means to exploit for power whereas the brother believed that Quirks should be used to restore justice.
  • Creepy Good: Aside from his laughter after the creation of One For All gave him the means to start fighting back when given a glimpse past his Blinding Bangs, he has a rather creepy look. Nevertheless, he opposed All For One because of his unwavering sense of justice and began the heroic legacy of One For All.
  • Dead Person Conversation: The first user reaches out to Midoriya and shows him the creation of One For All. He seems to be fond of Midoriya as the two heroes have many things in common. He can also do this to All For One while still in Midoriya's body.
  • Determinator: A minor one. Despite being so weak, he continued to oppose his extremely powerful brother. He tells All For One that just like the comics, powerful villains always lose to the heroes of justice. He passed down One For All to future generations of heroes to defeat his brother. Even after his death, he helps Midoriya by sharing some of his memories about All For One and assures to watch over him.
  • Dramatic Irony: The useless Quirk that started All for One's abusive treatment and mockery of him that motivated him to give the power stockpiling Quirk that formed One For All actually turned out to be the perfect fix for his dying, sickly body and his brother's unstoppable power and evil all at once. His soul gets to travel along with the Quirk into someone healthy, along with everyone else and their physical strength. Eventually, his 8th host, Toshinori Yagi, succeeds at kicking All For One's ass twice. Once while he was along for the ride, and again when his residual energy was still there. And now he has an even stronger vessel in Midoriya, who for the first time in the Quirk's line has the ability to let his consciousness come alive once more. Suddenly his Laughing Mad moment of insanity is a lot more justified.
  • Establishing Character Moment: All Might calls him as someone who had a strong sense of justice. Many chapters later, Midoriya finds out that the claim is true. He is seen condemning All For One for his callous and selfish attitude.
  • The Faceless: Downplayed, during Midoriya's dream, glimpses of his face are visible, but his full face is never shown to the viewer or Midoriya. At the most, only half of his face is visible which allows to have a clear image of his eye, but not much else.
  • Flashback: The brother presents one to Midoriya, which gives him an insight on All For One as well as the chain of events that led to One For All's creation.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: Although every OFA user passes it on as a Master-Apprentice Chain, he specifically did so in the hope that someone would succeed where he failed in defeating his brother.
  • Generation Xerox: A non-blood related one. The first user of One For All has many things in common with Midoriya. Both were bullied for being weak and Quirkless. Both have a strong sense of justice. Both are obsessed with the concept of heroes. Both are determinators in their own way. And both of them wielded One For All, except Midoriya has greater Quirk potential.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: As the source of "One For All". Interestingly, he actually failed to defeat his brother in the past and was forced to leave his task to his successors.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: On its own, his Quirk was basically useless, only giving him the ability to pass his Quirk on to another. However, once combined with the power stockpiling quirk, it allowed generations of strength to be continuously passed on from one user to another. Further, it melds with all Quirks it comes into contact with, meaning at a certain point along the cycle it gave the latest torchbearer the abilities of all its previous users.
  • Hidden Eyes: His Blinding Bangs covered his eyes for the most part, although we do get to see his right eye when he's reaching out to Midoriya.
  • Ill Boy: He was sickly already but All for One's horrible abuse made him malnourished and on the verge of death. He also didn't have the strength or durability normally associated with One for All since he obviously had no one to receive any from, making him all the more fragile. Didn't stop him from facing down his god-like powered brother with the strength of someone who should be in an intensive care ward.
  • Laughing Mad: When he realizes what he now has, courtesy of his brother, he gets a bit creepy. Thankfully, it's just born from the utter elation that he now has a way to fight back, even if it's by proxy.
  • No Name Given: As of now, he is completely unnamed.
  • Not Quite Dead: Somehow, he lives on in the memories given from One For All to Midoriya. He even speaks to Midoriya.
  • Personality Powers: His useless Transfer Quirk was weak just like him. But it was also the only Quirk that was immune to All For One's Quirk just like the brother who defied All For One to the end. The Quirk can be willingly passed to others, representing the brother's selflessness.
  • Posthumous Character: He lived eight generations prior to Midoriya. What happens when Midoriya has a dream sparked by One For All makes that ambiguous.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
To All For One: You had only read three volumes of the manga. And there was more to come. In a world that was under the thumb of the demon king, the hero of justice struggled and suffered and at last, he was able to save them all. Did you know big brother? Villains always lose in the end!
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Gender-inverted. His design is almost right out of horror manga. His looks are also about the only terrifying thing about him, since he's a decent fellow. He also fits the ghost part pretty well too, since he's currently hitching a ride in Midoriya's body and giving him encouragement in a pretty creepy way a century after his own body kicked the bucket.
  • Super Empowering: A limited version. His initial Quirk allowed him to transfer his abilities and his consciousness to another person.
  • Super Prototype: Inverted. His One For All is arguably the most powerful Quirk in existence and the most powerful ability any of its users possessed, but it's also cumulative. As such, he's the weakest One For All user.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Despite how useless his Quirk to transfer his Quirk seems, the fact it can only be transferred to the person the user desires made it completely immune to All for One's Quirk stealing ability. Once it combined with another power stockpiling quirk and became "One For All", it made him and his successors the only super-powered individuals that could go toe to toe with All for One.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He tells All For One that his pursuit for power is morally wrong and that he can never forgive him.
  • Wham Line: The fact the brother is fully aware of Deku and that he can hold a Dead Person Conversation with Deku is shocking because All Might had assumed this to be impossible. Also, paranormal phenomena are unheard of.
  • Wham Shot: Midoriya's dream concludes with the brother and all other One For All users looking at him.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His natural Quirk is power so useless that no one knew it existed at first, the power to transfer that Quirk to whoever he so deems. Subverted when it turns out to be far more than that. Not only is its ability to only be transferred to whoever the user so deems make it the one ability that's immune to being forcibly stolen by All For One, it also absorbs other Quirks and allows them to be safely passed onto others without causing Quirk Overload, and transfers a form of the giver's consciousness/soul onto the new holder to form a Mind Hive.
  • You Are Not Alone: He tells this to Midoriya in a dream, guaranteeing him that he'll be watched over.

    "Blackwhip" User 

"Blackwhip" User

Debut: Chapter 192 (Manga)

Quirk: One For All (Formerly), Blackwhip
"Good luck kiddo! We'll be right behind you! You're gonna be the one to complete One For All!"

"This power in you, it's not something you can use casually, all distracted! Not anymore! Pull yourself together!"

A currently unnamed former "One For All" holder. He's a bit on the aggressive side and is the second user to directly talk to Midoriya as a vestige. His original Quirk, Blackwhip can create dark tendrils for restraining purposes. His exact placement on the OFA line is unclear, though it's known he places between the first and sixth users.

  • Badass Bandolier: Part of his outfit, though the vestige that speaks to Midoriya doesn't appear to have any sort of firearm.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's bald and held One For All, one of the most powerful Quirks created.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Played for Laughs. Horikoshi describes him as a "super funky" guy. He uses punk lingo, dresses in a leather jacket, stylish goggles and bandolier and is also one of Midoriya's predecessors.
  • Combat Tentacles: His Quirk, Blackwhip, lets him manipulate tendrils of darkness to grab his enemies.
  • Cryptically Unhelpful Answer: His first advice to Midoriya, while obviously well-meaning, is basically just "you're doing it wrong" without any actual advice on how to improve. Later, he explains that Midoriya must first control his emotions before wielding his powers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dresses in dark clothes and has a darkness themed Quirk but, as a One for All user, he's obviously a heroic figure. He's trying to teach Midoriya how to use One For All in his own way.
  • Hot-Blooded: Extremely so as his first encounter with Izuku he angrily shouts at him for the usage of Blackwhip. This shows that he is very passionate and can get riled up easily.
  • Mr. Exposition: Chapter 213 where he explains to Midoriya what is actually going on with One For All. He then reveals to Midoriya that the latter has six Quirks aside from One For All, which were added by the previous users between the original and All Might.
  • No Name Given: He doesn't bother to introduce himself and his order in the One For All lineage hasn't been revealed yet. This is justified since he barely had time to talk at all.
  • Personality Powers: His Quirk, "Blackwhip", is meant to be used for restraint purposes, at the same time, it requires for the user to have restraint over his own emotions, which he teaches Midoriya.
  • Posthumous Character: He lived prior to Nana Shimura's predecessor and died generations before the story began, though his spirit is kept alive within One For All.
  • The Power of Hate: Played with. He acknowledges rage as a valid source of power, but only if it is controlled.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spirit Advisor: Shouts at Midoriya to pull himself together and try harder. He also advises Midoriya to control his emotions while using Quirks.
  • The Stoic: Not a straight example himself, but he does stress the importance of controlling one's emotions, especially anger when handling Quirks.
  • Super Empowering: His Quirk, Blackwhip, is the first power (after One For All) to manifest within Midoriya.
  • Wham Line: He has two:
    To Midoriya: As for that power that just exploded outta you, that's my Quirk.
    To Midoriya: Get ready kiddo, 'cause you're about to get all six of our Quirks.
  • You Remind Me of X: Midoriya believes he has the same "aura" and "tone" as All Might.

     The Sixth User 

The Sixth User

Debut: Chapter 192 (Manga)

Quirk: One For All (Formerly), Unknown second Quirk

Nana Shimura's predecessor and the only other user All Might has any information on besides the first. All Might refers to him as a youth, implying he died young. Assuming he's not one of the shrouded figures, he dresses with an extremely high collar similar to Best Jeanist.

  • No Name Given: All Might doesn't even know his name, only his vague description thanks to Nana.
  • Posthumous Character: He died very soon after giving Nana One For All. She eventually told All Might what he looked like, allowing All Might to confirm to Midoriya and Bakugo that the bald man from the visions is from a much more distant past.

    The Seventh User — Nana Shimura 

Nana Shimura

Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Stephanie Young (English)

Debut: Chapter 92 (Manga), Episode 49 (Anime)

Quirk: One For All (Formerly), Unknown second Quirk

"No matter how scary things get, give them a smile that says, 'I'm fine'. For the one who smiles in this world are the strongest of all."

All Might's master and the seventh wielder of One For All. She died many years ago in battle against All For One, but not before passing her Quirk to All Might first.

  • Action Girl: Qualifies as this since she was a heroine and All Might's master. She died fighting All For One.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The anime expands upon her personality and influence on All Might. It also isn't shy about showing a direct view of her face, while in the manga, Nana's often depicted from an indirect view to emphasize her from a distanced perspective and remind us that her time has passed and she's a lingering memory.
  • All for Nothing: After her husband was killed by a villain, she put her son, Kotaro, into foster care so as to keep him from harm and forbade All Might and Gran Torino from making contact with him. However, because he never understood the full truth behind what she did Kotaro soon grew up to be an absolutely horrible person and had a son named Tenko who would later become Tomura Shigaraki. Furthermore, Kotaro was murdered by his son when the latter's Quirk first activated due to the former's abuse.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She's noticeably muscular and buxom and wielded tremendous Super Strength as a holder of One For All. Midoriya finds her gorgeous and tells that to All Might, something he agrees with.
  • Badass Cape: Much like All Might after her, she wears one and was presumably very powerful as a wielder of One For All.
  • Beauty Mark: Has a mole on the side of her face, which her grandson inherited.
  • Blinding Bangs: Only in the manga where her hair hides much of her face.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Chapter 192, she appears in Midoriya's dream, along with the previous One For All users. This is also the first time in the manga that Nana's face isn't obscured by Blinding Bangs. She is later seen doing a blessing gesture towards Midoriya, along with the other users.
  • Cheap Costume: Her "hero costume", if you can call it that, consists of a cape, gloves, a sleeveless bodysuit, and boots.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Nana was born with a Quirk, giving her another ability on top of One For All's Super Strength. No one has bothered to mention what it was yet. It is confirmed that her original Quirk will manifest within Izuku Midoriya.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Nana wanted to protect Kotaro from All For One and so she sent him to foster care. It was a failure because either way, All For One would have come after her family. Abandoning Kotaro merely gave him extra ammunition in the form of Tomura Shigaraki.
  • Dreaming of Times Gone By: Nana had a weird dream where the silhouette of one of the predecessors gave her a cryptic message. Her successor All Might did not experience anything like that, but All Might's successor manifested that ability on an unprecedented level.
  • A Father to His Men: Well, one man that we know of. Supportive, encouraging, if somewhat aloof, it's not a stretch to say she was to All Might, what All Might is to Midoriya.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: She was one of All Might's mentors and instilled in him the "fearless smile" philosophy. He still looks up to her, years after her death.
  • Hidden Eyes: In the manga, her eyes are always hidden, or seen closed when viewed directly. This is averted in the anime and in Midoriya's One For All dream in Chapter 192.
  • History Repeats: In a retroactive example, "Volume 0", which was released with My Hero Academia: The Two Heroes, reveals that she fought All For One with the last embers of One For All to defend her pupil, just as All Might would do for Midoriya years later. The difference is that Nana died, whereas All Might won, albeit he lost his powers in the process.
  • Legacy Character: She is the seventh wielder of One For All, so naturally she obtained her powers from someone else. All Might eventually reveals that she received it from a young man with black hair.
  • Like a Son to Me: Inverted. She and Toshinori were so close that he considered her to be like a mother to him and he grieves her death to the present day.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She is Tomura Shigaraki's grandmother, though The Reveal is not done between the family members themselves, but rather the two people closely related to them, All Might and All For One. The latter gets bonus points for being a Darth Vader Clone.
  • Meaningful Name: Much in the same vein of Izuku and Toshinori, her name contains the number she represents in the One For All lineage, being that Nana means "Seven".
  • The Mentor: One toward All Might, at least before her death.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: She perishes at the hands of All For One prior to the events of the story, back when All Might was 18.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Preventing All Might and Gran Torino from meeting her son only succeeded in letting him get away with domestic abuse for years, terrorizing his family to the point where his son would ultimately kill him and the rest of his family.
  • Not Quite Dead: Like other previous users, her consciousness is embedded in One For All. Nana first theorized this and had explained it to a teenage All Might. She believes it to be romantic that even after her death, she would be able to meet other users of One For All. This seems to be true when Midoriya was able to access the previous users of One For All. She also didn't predict that the previous users literally keep living inside the Quirk.
  • Parental Substitute: It's revealed that All Might thought of her as his own mother.
  • Poor Communication Kills: She never bothered to mention to All Might that the vestiges were talking to her and saying cryptic things. As a result, All Might is completely unprepared when they start reaching out to Midoriya and causing his Quirk to go haywire.
  • Posthumous Character: She dies long before the start of the story. She does appear in Midoriya's dream and seems to be aware of him being the current One For All bearer. If the other two users' interactions seen so far with Midoriya are any indication, she's able to keep on living within Midoriya's mind.
  • Precursor Hero: She was the previous user of One For All, and was All Might's mentor.
  • Properly Paranoid: She gave up her own son Kotaro in order to protect him from All For One, but he grew up resenting his mother for abandoning him. However, her fears were completely justified and her actions in fact weren't even enough since All For One eventually did find her family anyway and moulded her grandson into a weapon against the later wielders of One For All.
  • Purple Is Powerful: When powering up One For All, Nana's streak is purple, to All Might's yellow and Midoriya's green. It can also be assumed that like them, she had purple lightning when she powered herself up.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Nana believed that the previous users live on through One For All, but as guiding willpower through the vestiges. She and Toshinori never realized that the "living on" part it was literally true.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Midoriya even referred to her as a "he" when asking Gran Torino about All Might's predecessor. This clued Gran Torino in that All Might was telling Midoriya almost nothing about his past and Quirk.
  • Seven Is Nana: Naturally, the seventh user of One For All is named Nana.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Her hero costume notably lacks sleeves.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Considering the silhouettes shown, it's likely she is the only woman to have ever held One For All.
  • Stepford Smiler: A subversion. Nana believes that a hero should smile at all time to give hope to those who they are saving and must always say that everything is ok. This is something All Might took to heart, thanks to her.
  • Undignified Death: All For One claims that her death at his hand was utterly shameful, but All Might shuts him up before he can elaborate. Given his way of thinking though, it's probable that he alone would hold that opinion.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Nana put Kotaro into foster care to protect him from her hero career and All For One. Unfortunately, it had several ramifications over the years, with Kotaro despising her for her action and taking his anger out on his children. All For One gleefully exploited the situation to turn Kotaro's son to his side and turn him into Tomura Shigaraki. Someday, Midoriya, who also happens to be one of Nana's successors, must battle Shigaraki.
  • Wham Line: Posthumously, repeated by Gran Torino. Right as One For All starts spewing black energy/gunk from Midoriya's arm:
    "Listen Gran Torino. I had a weird dream last night. There was a man shrouded in black that came before me. He said, "It's not time yet."
  • You Remind Me of X: Though it's a bit hard to tell because of the art style, All Might mentions that she looks a lot like Inko Midoriya. Especially her hair. After meeting Nana himself, Midoriya agrees with this.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: She stayed behind to fight All For One so that Gran Torino could get Toshinori to safety, knowing full well that she would in all likelihood die as a result.

    The Eighth User — Toshinori Yagi 
Better known by his hero name, All Might. The eighth holder of One For All and Japan's most powerful hero. He received One for All from Nana Shimura and later transferred it to Izuku Midoriya and trained him. He has retired after using up the last embers of One For All in him to defeat All For One.

    The Ninth User — Izuku Midoriya 
The ninth and current holder of One For All, given to him by All Might. The story in part follows his slow mastery of its power, with him only being able to use 5%, 8%, 20% and so on as the story progresses.

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