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    Sludge Villain 

Sludge Villain

Voiced by: Shinya Fukumatsu (Japanese), Jeremy Inman (English)

"Don't worry. I'm just hijacking your body. Calm down. It'll only hurt for about 45 seconds... then it'll be all over."

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A minor criminal and main antagonist of the series' first chapter.


  • Ambiguously Human: Of all the "humans" introduced so far, he is definitely the least human-like.
  • Blob Monster: A mud-like entity.
  • Go for the Eye: His eyes are essentially the only part of him at all vulnerable to physical attacks, and even attacking them only stuns him for a few seconds.
  • Grand Theft Me: He is able to take over the bodies of victims, and is also able to use their Quirks against their will.
  • Human Shield: Uses Bakugou as one to keep the heroes from attack him. It works until All Might creates enough gusts strong enough to blow him off of Bakugou.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Physical attacks are mostly useless against him, but he's still vulnerable to Blow You Away, so All Might manages to beat him by punching the air against him really hard.
  • No Name Given: He is never given a name. The closest thing he has to one is the name people gave to the event he was part of, "The Sludge Incident".
  • Orifice Invasion: His method of killing his potential skin suits is to force his substance into their mouths and nostrils until they suffocate before taking the body entirely.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Almost literally. All Might manages to imprison him in a plastic bottle in their first fight, but he is still able to easily escape.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: If it weren't for his existence, Midoriya would never have convinced All Might to make him his successor, let alone met him. He also provided an important ego-shattering defeat for Bakugo, kickstarting his slow Character Development.
  • Starter Villain: He is just a random criminal who serves to kickstart the plot and to showcase All Might's overwhelming power.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He attacks middle schoolers Midoriya and later Bakugo with the intention of killing them to hide in their bodies until All Might gives up the chase.

    Chizome Akaguro — "Hero Killer" Stain 

Chizome Akaguro — "Hero Killer" Stain

Voiced by: Go Inoue (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)

"Both this sham-filled society... and the criminals who wield their power in the name of petty mischief... are targets of my purge... All for the sake of a better society... "

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An independent villain who is famous for killing or crippling heroes that he considers "fakes" (essentially, Heroic Wannabes). He allies himself with the League of Villains not only to make it stronger, but also to strengthen Tomura as a villain as well. His Quirk is "Bloodcurdle".

A character in the prequel spinoff manga Illegals, Stendhal, appears to share some similarities with Stain. The nature of their connection is (while heavily implied at first) only confirmed after Chapter 11.


  • Arc Villain: Of the Field Training Arc.
  • Ax-Crazy: Justified on crazy. Stain's quirk makes him lust for blood and he is very unhinged due to changing his philosophy about heroes. He even undergoes a Sanity Slippage after his fight with Shoto, Deku, and Tenya.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Played with. A guy that can paralyze anyone through the tasting of their blood sounds as villainous as one can get, but the fact is that he was once an aspiring hero student himself, so at one point he was a case of Bad Powers, Good People.
  • Berserk Button: Hypocrisy. Namely, people who lack a clear sense of conviction, as in anyone who falls outside of Black and White Morality - essentially crooked people who waver in the grey. It splits into two major categories: anyone who claims to be a hero but runs on selfish motivation, and anyone who chooses to be a villain but goes about it aimlessly. Anyone who falls under the second category are the people he hates most. Additionally, if someone's convictions waver, he considers it a sin, because it makes them unworthy to wield power, especially without knowing what they plan on doing with it or going back on what they said they stood for.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Alongside Shigaraki, he was the main antagonist of the Field Training Arc. Also counts as The Heavy of the arc, as Shigaraki had more of an observer role during it.
  • Blood Lust: Part of Stain's Quirk requires bloodshed, and every single one of his attacks is designed to wound his victims. After he tears people apart, he feasts on their blood.
  • Blood Magic: Not quite magic, per se, but ingesting a person's blood allows Stain to then immobilize them with his Quirk. Certain blood types are more susceptible to this than others.
  • The Cameo: He makes a surprise reappearance in Chapter 94 sharing the same prison as All For One.
  • Close-Range Combatant: His only ranged attacks seem to be hurling knives or his sword. This helps close the distance to use his Quirk.
  • Combat Pragmatist: A vicious fighter who ambushes solitary targets in dark alleyways. He'll also attack while an enemy is speaking.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: An interesting aversion. He's pretty deadly in a one on one fight, because once he draws his opponent's blood, he can paralyze them for a few minutes, which is more than enough time for him to kill his opponent, or at least maim them if he decides to let them live. Todoroki later notices that Stain's movements and attacks, while still deadly, are a little sloppier once he, Midoriya, and Iida are all fighting him simultaneously, compared to when he was going one on one with the villain.
  • Costume Porn: Stain has one of the most intricate and detailed designs out of anybody shown in the series, with little touches such as chains on his boots and a watch on his left wrist.
    • The watch is likely to keep track of the effect of his Quirk, as with Monoma.
  • Death Glare: Midoriya loses heart just staring into Stain's cold and piercing eyes, because unlike the villains who invaded the USJ building who were mostly talk, Stain's eyes are those of a killer. A real killer.
  • Determinator: Absolutely will not give up in his quest. When he's outnumbered and put into a disadvantageous position, he just fights that much more viciously. Even after being beaten into unconsciousness, he summons the strength to paralyze the winged Noumu and stab it in the brain when it tries to carry Deku away. In the end, he only relents after passing out from a broken rib perforating his own lung.
  • Died Standing Up: Subverted. At the end of his fight with Deku, Iida and Todoroki his broken ribs perforate his lung, but it's not lethal and he passes out while standing.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: Notice how he keeps on rambling about 'resolve'? Well, let's just say that the whole thing started out with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech he misunderstood entirely.
  • Dual Wielding: With his katana and any one of his array of knives.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Stain appears as The Stinger in the season 1 finale of the anime in order to entice viewers for season 2.
  • Enemy Mine: Toward Tomura and the League of Villains. Despite their starkly opposite opinions of All Might, they're able to make a tentative alliance over their shared desire to destroy the status quo.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • In spite of being a mass-murdering loon, Stain finds Tomura and his plans to be vile, equating him to a child throwing a temper tantrum, and stating that spilling blood without (what he considers to be) a proper cause is senseless.
    • His reasoning for crippling and even killing heroes is that they don't adhere to his standard for what a hero must be like. Personal pride, vendetta, or just not measuring up are all reasons for Stain to target you. In a sense, you call it "Evil Because He has Standards."
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • His respect for All-Might and desire for justice (though, a more extreme example) makes him another one for Midoriya. Gran Torino also compares him to All-Might in that his charisma is essentially a darker counterpart of All-Might's "symbol of peace" persona.
    • The conflict between him and Tomura is also a villainous echo of the one between All Might and Endeavor. Like Endeavor, Tomura is essentially a rival who resents Stain's popularity among the villain community and doesn't get why Stain gets so much respect and adulation.
  • Evil Is Cool: In-Universe, after Stain is captured many people including Iida admit that for a crazed murderer there was something "cool" about him. So much so that he inspired many up and coming villains to take up his cause and join the League of Villains.
  • Fallen Hero: As it turns out, he once was an aspiring hero himself, and went to a prestigious institution to train. However, after less than a full year there, he became jaded when he felt that the system had decayed and that heroes weren't becoming heroes for the right reasons anymore. And after spending some time as a street soapbox advocate for his ideals; he decided that violence, not words, was necessary in order to get his message across and to fix the system.
  • Fights Like a Normal: Since he needs to draw blood from his target before he can use his paralysis Quirk on them.
  • For Want of a Nail: Twofold in the Illegals Prequel:
    • Had it not been for Knuckle Duster's speech, Stain's philosophy might have never been formed.
    • He was this close to killing Kuin Hachisuka, had he only paid more attention.
  • Four Is Death: His pattern is that whenever he operates in a particular area, he attacks at least four heroes before moving on.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Stain's blood-red eyes start glowing brightly (possibly under Rule of Perception) when he is particularly fired up or enraged.
  • Hero Killer: Has single-handedly killed and maimed dozens of professional heroes, one-shots a Noumu while already beaten to hell and then promptly intimidates two seasoned heroes without even trying. It's in his name and this is why.
  • Hero-Worshipper: A very twisted example. He believes All Might is the only one who lives up to his ideal of what a hero should be and murders anyone who doesn't fit this criteria. He eventually comes to give Izuku the same respect after he endangers himself to save his friend.
  • I Have the High Ground: Likes to survey the areas he's about to target from rooftops or other elevated places.
  • Irony: He wants to purge society of heroes who only seek fame and glory. He's used by the League of Villains to promote villainy, exactly the opposite of his intentions.
    • The fact that Endeavor, a defining example of the Fake Heroes he sought to destroy, took credit for defeating him.
    • Despite his goal being changing the attitudes of professional heroes, the idea that someone who he saw as unworthy barely a few minutes ago would have an epiphany and agree with his criticisms (Iida, who had been berated by Stain for pursuing revenge over saving people) is apparently something he either simply isn't used to, didn't expect to happen, or he has such a low opinion of heroes that his brain can't handle it properly, as it throws him off his game during his major battle with Deku, Iida and Todoroki.
    • The fact that his former self Stendhal - who was, for added Irony, actually murdering villains - was fitting his definition of a 'fake hero' down to a T.
    • Stain's entire philosophy was accidentally created when he misunderstood the lecture Knuckle Duster gave to Kouichi about what is wrong with people who just put on a mask and think that they've become something else altogether just because of it. For further Irony, Knuckle Duster is a seemingly Quirkless Blood Knight Vigilante, and is as such a Foil to All Might, the one person that the present Stain believes to be a 'true hero'.
  • Killing Intent: One so terrifying that it freezes everyone in place, even Endeavor.
  • Knife Nut: Along with his katana, he has several combat knives on his person. Some of them are readily visible, but a few are hidden in his gear and a ton of sharp spikes on his boots. He needs all these blades because he relies on drawing blood to cripple his opponents.
  • Knight Templar: His goal might be considered noble to an extent, but his methods to attain said goal are definitely cruel and horrifying.
  • Leitmotif: "Hero-goroshi" (Meaning "Hero Killer" in English).
  • Licking the Blade: Not only does this show that he is a major psycho, but it's also his main method of activating his Quirk.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's so fast that Todoroki's fire and ice attacks can't keep up with him. When he gets serious, even Deku's 5% "Full Cowl" is outpaced. He's also strong enough to easily cut through Todoroki's ice. It's especially notable because his strength and speed aren't related to his Quirk.
  • Logical Weakness: On paper, his Quirk combined with his fighting style makes him near unbeatable. In practice however, the unpredictability of his opponent's blood type and the fact that his strength and speed are purely his own means that Stain can only handle one or two competent fighters at once. Any more than that and he can be quickly overwhelmed.
  • Loony Fan: Of All Might. He attacks other heroes out of a belief that they've corrupted All Might's heroic ideal.
  • Made of Iron: The guy took several heavy blows from Deku, Todoroki and Iida that busted up his ribs and would've downright killed a normal person. He wasn't wearing any form of armor during the fight against the three either nor can his Quirk make any defensive capabilities. Yet no sooner then he was dragged out from the ally, he managed to get back on his feet, save Deku from a flying Nomu and was fully prepared for a fight with Endeavor, with only one of his ribs hitting his lung that stopped him.
  • Meaningful Name: Killing seventeen named heroes and crippling twenty-three to the point of being unable to fully recover, including Ingenium, Iida's brother, demonstrably shows that his moniker is no joke.
  • Nightmare Face: On the verge of passing out, he gets so angry that he rips off his mask and shows everyone his grotesque skeletal features from the loss of his nose underneath to strike extreme terror into his opponents, and he throws off a Death Glare so potent that his eyes start wiggling around in their sockets. It freaks everybody out, even Endeavor.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: He's got the ideals and look of one. With how he's drawn, he looks like a cross between a Frank Miller and a Rob Liefeld character.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Even for My Hero Academia, Stain has a particularly menacing design.
  • The Noseless: Has a very strange, noseless facial structure that, when combined with his face mask/bandanna, oddly makes him bear more than a passing resemblance to an evil Ninja Turtle.
    • Once his mask is off, it's revealed that he almost definitely DID have a nose at one point, but now all that's left is a hole in the middle of his face.
    • The Illegals series finally reveals the full story behind it: After getting briefly knocked out in his battle against Knuckle Duster, he completely misinterprets the speech Knuckle Duster gives to Kouichi about people who think that just by putting on a mask they automatically become invincible, as they are ultimately forgetting that they are still humans and thus lack the needed resolve. He stands up, briefly clashed with Knuckle Duster again and paralyzed him before using the opportunity to flee, all while 'thanking' Knuckle Duster for 'enlightening him' through his 'teachings'. He decides to amp up his training as he was still lacking in some areas of combat. That being said, due to his newfound obsession with resolve, something that he came to believe to be the core of true heroism and in order to set himself apart from the 'fakes who lack resolve', he settled to demonstrate his own resolve to change society by cutting off his nose, which is already badly broken in. In doing so, he makes it impossible for a mask to ever adorn his full face ever again beyond a simple cloth around his eyes. At that time he also almost succeeded in murdering Kuin Hachisuka.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Actually turns this around on himself, saying that All Might is the only "true" hero there is, and therefore he can't allow any other hero to defeat him.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Possibly as a result of his Quirk, but definitely a creepy and prominent trait. It also comes in handy when licking the blood of others to use his Quirk.
  • The Paragon:
    • In a rather dark twist of this trope, his hero-killing actions actually end up causing heroes to become more aware and competent at their jobs, with the murdered heroes being treated as "sacrifices" to reach that result.
    • In an ironic twist, it turns out that, after his defeat and his philosophy become more well-known, he becomes a paragon of a different kind; now several villains, being affected by his words and hearing about his affiliation with a "League of Villains", are starting to gravitate towards the League.
  • The Paralyzer: His Quirk allows him to immobilize victims by ingesting their blood. The blood type of the victim also affects how long Stain can keep them locked down, in order of O, A, AB, and B with O being the shortest and B being the maximum eight minutes.
  • Principles Zealot: He has a very specific view of what a true hero is, and anyone who strays from it even in the slightest is targeted by him. This is especially evident by him going after Iida's brother; even though Stain's rants are about heroes who are only in it for money, fame and prestige, Iida's brother doesn't seem to care about either and is a pretty nice guy, but treats his profession as if he's simply inheriting the family business instead of acting out of any kind of heroic calling, which earns him Stain's wrath. Todoroki even calls him this during their confrontation.
  • Rasputinian Death: Well, technically he survives, but it takes a lot of effort from Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki to take him down. And despite that, he manages to briefly escape, kills a flying Noumu which had taken Midoriya hostage. It's only because he loses consciousness from a broken rib piercing his lung that he's stopped.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: A red one, of course. It's iconic enough to help Iida identify him.
  • Secret Test of Character: Pulls this on Tomura, as Stain believes people only show their true face at death's door.
    • He seems to treat his fight with Midoriya and Todoroki as this, too, evaluating them and commenting as they go.
  • Self-Harm: The crazy bastard cut off his own nose and pitched it down a sink, for crying out loud!
  • Serial Killer: Of the Mission-Based variety. Stain thinks that he is making the world a better place by killing/crippling "fake" heroes.
  • Shout-Out: His lack of a nose, bandana-mask, and the several sharp implements he wears on his person make Stain look like the Ninja Turtles during their Darker and Edgier early years.
  • Slasher Smile: Usually downplayed. Except when he is confronted by Midoriya who quotes All Might's philosophy to him, Stain's whole face lights up (sort of) with this huge grin that veers into Cheshire cat/Grin of Audacity territory.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His outfit has no sleeves and he is one of the toughest villains in the series.
  • Tautological Templar: Essentially, he believes that what he is doing is the right thing and is so dedicated that he matches the heroes in convictions.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Kind of. Stain wasn't actually part of the Villain Allaince, but Gran Torino believes that the Big Bad behind the Alliance used Stain to give them publicity, of a sort.
  • Vader Breath: Breathes rather loudly and raggedly with a "Hahh..." sound effect, with it often punctuating his speech.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Todoroki notes that he lost his composure during the main fight when Iida admitted his criticisms were correct, contributing to his defeat, causing him to completely forget about Deku, who was able to blindside him during the final clash. Stain claims that no person can change their true nature in just a few minutes, so it's obvious that his brain couldn't handle the notion that Iida's epiphany was genuine, even though changing the attitude of professional heroes for the better is his entire goal.
  • Villain Has a Point: He chastises Iida during their fight for his need for vengeance, rather then trying to focus on helping a fellow hero which Stain injured. He then drives in the nail further by stating that Iida's actions taken are the furthest thing from being a hero. Of course, as stated above, once Iida actually did admit to these critisims, he couldn't seem to realized he had gotten through to him.
  • Villain Respect: He respects All Might and Deku because, of all the heroes he faced, they're a pair of the truest heroes of all. Heck, it's to the point where the Hero Killer willingly saves Deku when a flying Noumu kidnapped the guy.
    • In the past, he practically venerated Knuckle Duster after the latter 'enlightened him'.
  • Villainous Rescue: Saves Midoriya from a flying Noumu. Made much more dramatic because he had just been beaten by Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki just moments before.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: He likes Deku because he's one of the few who unambiguously embodies what he feels a true hero is. This was probably a factor in him saving Deku from a flying Noumu, that was about to carry him off to who knows where.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Quirk-wise, he's not as strong as say, Todoroki or Deku. But he's honed his skills to the point that his Quirk can be used to its maximum potential. Combat ability-wise, he's on par with Eraserhead in this regard.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He targets heroes he consider unworthy, those who act for their own personal sake first and foremost instead of others'. Considering he's willing to spare, even rescue those he deems worthy, he's not entirely wrong.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Iida for focusing blindly on avenging his brother, rather than aiming to save the hero Stain injured.
  • Worthy Opponent: He considers Izuku to be one because he fits his very narrow ideal of what a hero should be, and actually saves him from a Noumu.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Gives Iida a chance to back off when he notices how young he is, but decides to make an example of him when Iida calls himself Ingenium, a hero. He also attacks Midoriya and Todoroki when the two join up with Iida later.
    Stain: Be careful of what you say. Depending on the situation, even children can become targets.
    Iida: Are you saying that I am... not even a target? Then listen, criminal! I am the younger brother of a hero you attacked. The younger brother of a most excellent older brother! I have come to stop you in his place! Remember my name for as long as you live! Ingenium. It is the name of the hero who will defeat you!
    Stain: I see. ... Die.
  • You Will Be Spared: If he considers a Hero to have proved themselves as truly being heroic, Stain will spare their life, even if he has them at his mercy.
    • He will even go so far as to save them from others he considers to be wrong, such as when one of the mutated monsters grabs Midoriya, who at this point had proven himself to Stain as a real hero, and flies away with him, Stain kills the monster and brings Midoriya to safety.

    Innsmouth 

Innsmouth

Voiced by: Anri Katsu (Japanese)

"The end! You're just a brat. Since you came here uninvited, you'll have to die!"

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A drug runner and the oldest sibling among a group of four octopod criminals. His Quirk makes him like an octopus/kraken. His younger siblings are triplets; two brothers and a sister who are all squid-like in terms of Quirk.


    Reservoir Dogs 

Reservoir Dogs

"Too bad isn't it, Mr. Hero?! We're not alone! One, two... We're team "Reservoir Dogs"! Don't you forget it!"

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A group of villains who appear to rob a convenience store in the surge of crime after All Might's retirement.


  • Always Someone Better: They manage to take down a pro hero, but are soon defeated by Overhaul's own group of villains.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: When they first appeared, it looked as if Overhaul had killed them via Body Horror. However, when they're referred to later while describing Overhaul's "destroy and repair" quirk, they're not only fine but apparently the whole experience removed ailments they'd been suffering beforehand.
  • Evil Is Petty: Lampshaded by Overhaul; how despite being made up of several villains gathered together, the group is content with merely robbing convenience store registers.
  • Harmful Healing: Their true fate, after being seemingly killed by Overhaul. After the intense pain, they saw their respective physical and mental diseases being entirely healed.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: They are used just to showcase Chisaki's villainy and power, as well as the Body Horror he can create with his quirk. Subverted in the sense that they aren't killed in the end.
  • Shout-Out: To the movie of the same name.

    Gentle & La Brava 

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"Is this a joke? Are you serious?"
—The Police reacting to one of Gentle's Videos.

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"I have to accomplish greater exploits."

A villainous duo, Gentle Criminal and La Brava, that work to spread their ideals and gain fame. They serve as the Arc Villain for the Cultural Festival Arc, planing to infiltrate the titular festival to gain recognition. After a scuffle with Izuku, they are arrested without accomplishing their initial goal.


  • 0% Approval Rating: In the most literal sense. The negative reception on his Youtube videos is overwhelming, but one of his videos in particular is shown to have 0 likes and 785 dislikes. This implies that not even La Brava liked them!
  • Affably Evil: He may hold up cashiers at knife point, but he does not seem to mean any actual harm and doesn't even care much for the money itself, only in the fact that it will draw heroes to him. Additionally, he genuinely cares about La Brava, even going so far as to say that the day she showed up at his doorstep was when his gloomy days came to an end.
  • Anti-Villain: Gentle acknowledges that the Hero World is more reactive than proactive, specifically lacking situational awareness. One of his goals in targeting U.A. for his next video is to make the Heroes realize this, and make the students stronger by reacting to someone like him getting into their school. The irony however is after both USJ and camp attacks, the school is more then a little aware of this flaw and taking preemptive measures to nix it. All he is doing is making a tense situation even worse since the authorities are clashing with the principal on this. They are so sufficiently good that, once arrested, the officers imply that they're willing to give them a chance at redeeming themselves, as they were stopped before they had gone off the deep end at the time.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Both of them. While Gentle and La Brava are really eccentric and lovable, both of them have formidable Quirks and they can knock you around like a rag doll if you push them into a corner.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Gentle and La Brava both have thick black lines around their eyes. They're only natural in La Brava's case, the result of countless nights spent in front of a computer in deep depression. When she made the decision to approach Gentle, she tried to cover them up with eye-shadow, only to end up putting it on too thick and resigned herself from her failed attempts to remove it, hoping he wouldn't be put off. On the contrary, he accepted her gladly and, upon noticing how much she stressed over them regardless, took up drawing dark rings under his own eyes to emphasize their partnership. In the present the rings look almost like domino masks when coupled with their costumes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Gentle was a student who tried and failed to become a hero about 4 times. After seeing a man almost die from falling off a building, he tried to save him, but the man sued him due to ending up with severe injuries from his help and he gets kicked out of school for interfering with the work of the hero actually trying to save the man. The bills broke his parents, who kicked him out of the house. Even his former classmates couldn't remember who he was, causing him to snap and turn to petty villainy in an attempt to avoid dying alone and in obscurity.
    • La Brava attempted to confess to a classmate, which he not only turned down, but spread rumors about her being a stalker, which caused her to become a Hikkikomori contemplating suicide before she found out about Gentle.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Both of them tethered on it before actually crossing it and managed to find each other as supports on their path of "changing history".
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Deconstructed and Played for Laughs and a heartwarming shared character trait. La Brava started using eyeshadow after she graduated from school (likely brought on by the emo phase she had after being mocked by her school crush), and laid it on too thick and it wouldn't wipe off despite her best efforts to get it off. Gentle took a liking to La Brava's stained-on eyeshadow and affectionately doodled circles around his own eyes like magic marker.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Gentle and La Brava's eyes have concentric/dartboard irises; they are shaped like two circles, one inside the other. Remarkable in that they share the same eye type despite being in a Cast of Snowflakes, but considering their relationship as a pair, it's very fitting.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Thanks to La Brava (though proportioned like a teen or adult woman) being about as tall as Mineta, when they show up side by side, she reaches about his waist.
  • It's All About Me: He doesn't care how disruptive he is or how much he tramples on other people's feelings. If it gets him attention, he'll do it. By extension, La Brava cares for nothing else but Gentle.
    Gentle: I'm sure you're pouring your emotions into it as well, but... even those cannot hope to match my stunning beard, let alone my burning soul. This venture is the first step towards building my legend! Do not interfere!
    • However, there is one person whose feelings and wellbeing that Gentle cares for: La Brava. He even tries to make it look like the fight against Deku never happened in hopes of lessening the trouble La Brava might get into after they're caught by Hound Dog and Ectoplasm.
  • Laughably Evil: Thanks to Gentle's unnecessarily flashy style and their villainy being based on committing petty crimes to record it and get youtube views.
  • Undying Loyalty: Gentle and La Brava are extremely loyal to each other. La Brava was contemplating suicide before encountering Gentle online and, later, becoming his partner, gave her life meaning. This is the reason her Quirk can work on him. Gentle, meanwhile, is shown to clearly care about La Brava, taking steps to help her anxiety about her Creepy Shadowed Undereyes and taking sole responsibility for their crimes, claiming he brainwashed her.
  • Villainous Friendship: Gentle and La Brava are close and nice friends, though the nature of La Brava's feelings for Gentle is unclear. They like each other very much, consider each other close friends and Gentle is vocal about how grateful he is to have met her.

Danjuro Tobita — Gentle Criminal

"I wish for my name to be etched in history. Yes, it is I, Gentle!"

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Gentle in civilian clothing.

Gentle Criminal, real name Danjuro Tobita, is A 32-year-old man with a desire to be viewed by many. He performs crimes for the sake of drawing heroes to him so he can put on performances that are put online for the world to see.

His Quirk is "Elasticity" which grants elasticity to anything he touches.


  • Attention Whore: Every crime he commits seems to be for the purpose of getting as many people to view him as possible. In fact, he doesn't mind at all that the police is watching the videos and also decides to do bigger crimes with the simple intent of getting more views. Played With later on, as Gentle does have noble intentions aside from views, such as exposing corrupt businesses and aiding the Hero Society in realizing their flaws, but he does still wants those views.
  • Barrier Warrior: One application of Gentle's Quirk is to turn air elastic, essentially turning it into a bouncy force field. It's powerful enough to send Izuku all the way down the street even when he's running at it full force with One For All: Full Cowl. Heck, given the force behind Izuku, it also means that Izuku's usual tactics won't work. They aren't impregnable though, since Izuku eventually manages to smash Gentle through one in the midst of their brawl.
  • Clothing Damage: At the peak of his "Lover Mode" in the fight with Deku, the raw force surging through Gentle's body tears the upper half of his costume apart and reduces it into tattered rags which cling to his body in the aftermath.
  • Combat Pragmatist: For someone who claims to be a gentleman, Gentle is not above fighting dirty, as shown when he loosens the bolts on a support beam to collapse it, distracting Deku by forcing him to catch it to keep the beam from crushing a bystander underneath him. Our hero even lampshades this, screaming at Gentle for doing this when he's supposedly a gentleman, though Gentle says that he expected Deku to give up the chase and push the bystander out of the way rather than catch it.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a foppish dandy and an Attention Whore who commits petty crimes solely for the attention. He also totaled five Pro Heroes in rapid succession with little effort. La Brava's also no slouch, even though she's diminutive and acts like a manic fangirl.
  • Cultured Badass: Played for Laughs. Gentle attempts to live up to this standard by making it a point to look fanciful and uphold tea time and drink only the finest brews befitting the scale of his exploits, but his exploits are so small and petty half the time that nobody takes him seriously and believe he's a deluded wannabe villain... until he uses his Quirk to clean house.
  • The Dandy: His clothes definitely give off this air, with his fancy cape and cowl, pinstriped pants, and well-groomed hair.
  • Defeat Means Respect: After being defeated by Izuku, Gentle considers him a Worthy Opponent and is thankful to have met him. Izuku also considers Gentle a Worthy Opponent, going as far as to call him the toughest opponent he has ever faced.
  • Determinator: Situational, as La Brava notes that under normal circumstances, Gentle would be fine with running away once things went awry. However, in his scheme to make a grand spectacle of infiltrating UA, he stubbornly refuses to back down after getting discovered by Deku.
  • Epic Fail: Granted, Gentle was expecting a hero or two to show up for his J-store video. What he didn't see coming, was ''five'' heroes showing up and ready to take him on instead. Cue Gentle's frozen smile, a "cut" and a swift beatdown of the heroes off-screen before the camera came back on, showing him leave the scene in style and victory instead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Criticizes Stain and the League of Villains for being too violent and malicious.
  • Failure Hero: What he was before becoming a villain. He failed the Hero license exam four times, was still in the second year at the age of 18 because of his terrible grades and his disastrous attempt at helping a man falling from a building (not unlike Midoriya's attempts to save Bakugou) ended up interfering with the hero's work and severely injuring the one he was trying to save.
  • Foil:
    • Gentle serves as one to Stain. Both are disillusioned with the Hero World and act to change it, even both of them once having gone to hero schools. Whereas Stain murders heroes that do not fit his ideals in the hopes others will change, Gentle instead launches attacks on lesser-known establishments to draw heroes out and defeat them, leaving them alive in the hopes they will understand their mistakes and gain crisis awareness. This extends even to their Quirks, while Stain's quirk demands blood to activate and requires him to cut and lick his his opponents, Gentle is more of a Barrier Warrior who prefers to avoid unnecessary violence and keeps his opponents away without harming either. But while Stain is unbending in his ideals and genuinely believed that he was making the world a better place, Gentle is Secretly Selfish and is trying to prop up his own image out of fear of dying in obscurity.
    • Also one to Izuku. Both of them were people who want to be heroes and start off without what is needed to become one. Whereas Izuku looks for his shortcomings and tries to overcome them and is driven by a desire to save people and become the best to take up All Might's torch, Gentle was unable to overcome any of his failures and was attempting to become well known to everybody and become a legend.
    • His backstory definitely makes him look like one to Mirio. Between his Book Dumb nature, Difficult, but Awesome Quirk, and near endless enthusiasm, Tobita's past failures are pretty reminiscent of Mirio's early struggles. It's not hard to see how Gentle could have ended up like Lemillion, if he only met someone like Nighteye to support him/nuture his power. Hell, even their last names sound alike.
  • Gentleman Thief: Invoked. Gentle explicitly states that this is the image he's going for.
  • Graceful Loser: After having done everything in his power to achieve his goal and still face defeat at Izuku's hand, he gently accepts it after ensuring that La Brava won't be punished and the festival won't be interrupted by his interference, flinging Izuku away in the process to cover his tracks.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Gentle tries to end his fight with Izuku this way, trying to make it seem as though their battle never happened in order to prevent La Brava from being implicated as an accomplice in their attempt to break into U.A. Izuku goes along with it, knowing that if word had gotten out, the Culture Festival would have been canceled. The trope ends up being played with when Ectoplasm and Hound Dog, and by extension All Might, catch on to the truth anyway, though they decide to silence it and let the police deal with it.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Compared to Super Strength, Playing with Fire, and Having a Blast, it's easy to think of something like "making things elastic" as a joke power. But Gentle is able to use his Quirk in exceptional ways, having once been a hero student himself. By touching the air, he can create an invisible elastic barrier in front of him that can repel Pro Heroes and effectively walk on air. He can also send people skyward by touching the ground and allow him to escape. In urban environments with plenty of ledges, he can turn everything around him into trampolines to bounce off of, moving fast enough to make it nearly impossible for Izuku to fight back. He can also pile layers of elastic air on someone in an attempt to crush them.
  • Heel Realization: After being defeated by Izuku, Gentle realizes just how selfish he had been all this while. He feels guilty for introducing La Brava to the world of crime in the first place. Gentle willingly surrenders to the U.A teachers as redemption, hoping that La Brava would walk away free.
  • Held Back in School: He was 18 in his second year of high school before he was expelled.
  • High Collar of Doom: Gentle has one of these as part of his outfit. It works against him when it gives Izuku extra leverage to wrestle him while they fought in midair.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Gentle's online presence, as unpopular as he may be, makes it reasonable that someone would recognize him if they heard his voice and saw his figure in person. This results in a confrontation with Izuku because he recognized him on the way back to school before Gentle could even start his plan. He also only spoke to Izuku because of Izuku's mention of expensive tea, Gentle's favorite hobby and calling card of his crimes, which lead to Gentle Saying Too Much.
    • Then during his fight with Izuku the hero-in-training bounces Delaware Smash Air Force off Gentle's own elasticity barriers to stun him before going for the finish with a St. Louis Smash.
  • Hypocrite: Gentle tells Izuku not to trample on his dreams of becoming a legend, all while remaining completely indifferent to how his actions are going to disrupt the Culture Festival and ruin the hard work the students put in to make the festival a reality. Izuku repeatedly calls him out on this. After several clashes and a mutual respect gained of each others' strength, Gentle decide to honor Izuku's victory over him, by sacrificing his own dream in favor for allowing everyone else's to continue instead.
  • It's All My Fault: Deep down, he knows how deep La Brava's devotion for him extents and solemnly blames himself to great extent for involving La Brava in his crusade of crime, despite being the one who verbally discouraged her from joining him and it being La Brava who had to convince him of letting her tag-along back when the choice was made, after she reassured him it was okay for her to do so.
  • Jaded Washout: Gentle spent some time as a NEET (a "freeter") when he flunked out of hero school, because his outraged mother gave up hope on him and threw him out of the house. Gentle later discovered that the star pupil of his class didn't even recognize him because he was such a nobody. He snapped from despair and spent that time coping with it by combing through old VHS tapes, where he discovered his inspiration to become the Gentle Criminal.
  • Karmic Thief: He claims to punish those that act "ungentlemanly", such as robbing a convenience store that hides the expiration dates of its products.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Gentle is the only thing La Brava lives for. If not for him, she would either be Driven to Suicide or become a terrible Villain.
    La Brava: Gentle is my only light! He's my everything! Don't take him away from me!
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Gentle tries to uphold this kind of image for his "fanbase", may it be in fashion or taste, tries.
  • Morality Chain: La Brava's, as he fear that if he ever were to vanish from her world, she would not only hit the Despair Event Horizon, but also be Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and become a true villain without his guidance. He is very painfully aware of this and goes through immense lengths in ensuring it will never happen.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In his past, he attempted to save a man from falling off a building. His failure caused the man to be severely injured and sue Gentle for damages, having to pay his hospital bills, which broke his family and eventually caused his parents to kick him out of the house and fend for himself. It also resulted in him getting expelled from the hero course for interfering with a pro hero in the line of duty.
  • Not Quite Flight: Gentle's quirk allows him to go airborne by turning the ground or even air into trampolines that he can use to propel himself.
  • Oh, Crap!: He is genuinely shocked by how far Izuku was sent down the street by his elasticity barrier, realizing that the boy is a lot stronger, faster, and tougher than he looks. Once he realizes that the kid he is fighting is Midoriya, a certifiably crazy guy who breaks his own bones, Gentle immediately begins hightailing it. When the hero-in-training nails him in the back with Delaware Smash Air Force, Gentle tries to shrug it off before Izuku catches up to him and wrestles him into a nearby building.
    Gentle: What madness! We shouldn't get involved with him!
    • Has another one when Midoriya keeps up with Gentle's Super Mode, something which Gentle always had relied on as his most trusted ace-in-the-hole to end his fights beforehand.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the pacifistic Gentle resorts to violence, it becomes crystal-clear that the situation really have gone south for him.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    • As Izuku starts a fight with Gentle:
    Gentle: La Brava, turn the camera this way.
    • Of course, the fight turns out to be more demanding than expected as Izuku is no pushover. Both Gentle and La Brava are hard pressed in the battle.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Gentle's attempts at looking cool by pouring tea to himself while holding the teapot above his head and the teacup at about waist level always ends up as expected; in complete failure and making an unnecessary mess instead.
    • A villain who films their own exploits, even if they aren't popular, and talks to the audience has a pretty good chance of being recognized almost immediately if they were to step out on the street and talk to someone.
    • His unwillingness to commit violent crimes in a setting with superpowered psychopaths means that he has trouble gaining infamy and is seen as little more than a public nuisance.
    • Young Gentle's well-intended but vigilante attempt to save a falling person's life goes wrong in so many ways. He tries to soften the fall with his quirk's trampoline, only to accidentally trip up a pro-hero who had arrived to save the man in that moment, which ended with nobody being able to save the man who suffered severe injuries from the fall and sued Gentle for the incident, causing Gentle's family to go broke fighting the lawsuit. On top of constantly failing his provisional exams, his reckless interference with pro hero work gets him expelled from his hero school. His parents furiously kick him out, and with no proper education or method of work, Gentle spends much of his adult life alone, in poverty, and unable to achieve his dream of being a hero.
  • Refused by the Call: In a world of idolized super-heroism, Gentle wanted nothing else but to become a hero worthy of the textbooks, no matter what. It ended up costing him dearly with nothing but despair and disappointment to show for it.
    • Subverted when Gentle, after his arrest, asks the police for a second chance to redeem himself. They are very supportive and encouraging towards him in their answer about it.
  • Sad Clown: Comedic as he is with his Gentleman Thief act, his Toon Physics quirk, costume, and his criticism towards society, he's still a thirty-something man that desperately clung on to his middle-school dream of heroism and fame despite how his ineptitude for it caused him to lose everything, hit the Despair Event Horizon, and turn to a path of villainy in the process.
  • Secretly Selfish: At the end of the day, while well-intentioned on the surface, Gentle's greatest wish is less about promoting some kind of greater good than it is to become known a legend, since he is terrified of dying alone and in obscurity after failing all of his other aspirations in life. However, he will willingly and heroically sacrifice himself, all of it, without a second thought if it means that he can save La Brava by doing so.
  • Silver Fox: Gentle. He seems to be in his late forties and has gray nearly white hair, but his gentlemanly style is actually quite attractive. Which La Brava wholly approves of.
    • He's actually only 32, according to the Volume 19 Omakes.
  • Stealth Mentor: His intention behind his U.A. infiltration-video, as his appearance there would, in his words, "...allow the little saplings to grow up strongly".
  • Super Mode: Acquires one whenever La Brava activates her quirk. Uses it as a Finishing Move and used to work 100% of the time, until his fight with Deku.
  • Tap on the Head: After being empowered by La Brava's Quirk, Gentle attempts to take Izuku out of the fight with a chop to the neck, only for Izuku to defy this trope, having faced even stronger and more powerful opponents before.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As Chapter 179 shows, he was a pretty poor student and failed in becoming a hero then. Now? He was able to utterly trounce five professional heroes at once and he is able to keep up with Izuku pretty well. He has definitely come a long way.
  • Worthy Opponent: Towards the end of their fight and after hearing his motivations, Gentle's respect for Izuku reached the point where the former willingly cast aside his own image as a pacifistic Gentleman Thief in order to go all out on the latter, something he never had done before towards anyone else. Izuku returns this sentiment, as he acknowledges Gentle to be "one of the toughest opponents yet" in hindsight of his battle-record.
    Gentle (to Deku): I will defeat you! Even if it means discarding my reputation and style! That is my gesture of respect to a man such as you!
  • Younger Than They Look: His white hair, facial hair, Silver Fox mannerisms and the dark circles around his eyes make him appear to be in his mid-forties, However, after his age in a flashback was revealed and doing a little math to his current day self, he's actually at most in his his early thirties. Once his hair is down and he's out of his costume, he properly look his age.
    • The math was right, as the Volume 19 Omakes confirm that hes 32.

Manami Aiba — La Brava

"I'm already a criminal, what with all the hacking. Besides, as long as I'm with you, Gentle... I'll be happy no matter what happens."

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La Brava in civilian clothing.

A 21-year-old girl named Manami Aiba. Before becoming a villain, she was a Hikkikomori that barely clung to life. After she was introduced to Gentle through his early videos, she pulled herself together and decided to track him down to join him in his villainy. After meeting him, she became his sidekick and camerawoman, code named La Brava.

Her Quirk is "Love", which grants an exponential increase in power to the ones she loves and further increases said boost depending on how strong her feelings at the moment are.


  • Ascended Fangirl: La Brava went from being Gentle's (possibly only) die-hard fan to his personal assistant, partially thanks to her hacking skills, which she used to find out where he lived and move in with him.
  • Cutesy Dwarf: Just over an inch taller than Mineta's three-and-a-half feet of height, and unlike him is shapely and well-proportioned, which is emphasized by her poofy pants and Neo-Victorian style costume. A number of online reviewers have compared her to The Powerpuff Girls.
  • Despair Event Horizon: La Brava came close to reaching total despair after her school crush rebuffed her affections without realizing she was listening in secret. After finishing school, she became a shut-in who stayed glued to her computer screen and contemplated suicide, until she discovered Gentle online and became immediately enamored with him and found a new purpose to feel alive... and even hunted him down because she couldn't contain her feelings!
  • Fangirl: La Brava, who might be Gentle's biggest (and only) fan, while also serving as his sidekick in charge of spreading his videos around online repeatedly.
  • Hikkikomori: After hearing the boy whom she wrote a love letter to mock it and call her a stalker to his friends, La Brava became one of these after middle school with thoughts of suicide. She broke out of it after seeing Gentle's videos online, and became his partner in crime.
  • Hour of Power: As mentioned under The Power of Love, her Quirk allows her to give Gentle a massive boost in his strength proportional to the strength of her feelings for him. But this boost is only temporary and can only be used once per day, which is why they try to reserve it for their retreats. After Gentle's battle with Izuku exhausts this, they're helpless when Ectoplasm and Hound Dog show up, forcing Gentle to surrender after knocking Izuku away.
  • Love Confession: Weaponized in La Brava's case, as it serves as a vocal trigger for her Quirk to take effect. it's not indiscriminate though, as she can decide when to make the three words a trigger or not.
  • Meaningful Name: La Brava's real name can roughly translate to "Beautiful love love partner", reflecting both her love for Gentle and her Quirk.
  • Mega Twintails: La Brava's twin tails are big enough to reach past her waist(to be fair, that's not saying much). She had small Girlish Pigtails in school, simply wore her hair down as a shut-in and let it grow long and messy, and then adopted her current hairstyle when she first sought out Gentle.
  • Motifs: Hearts for La Brava. She has several hearts in her outfit, including using it as earrings and in her belt. Even her twintails draw a sort of heart shape (see the image).
  • No Indoor Voice: Whether she's fangirling over Gentle or expressing general frustration, La Brava's dialogue box leaves no room for subtlety.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: La Brava is an extremely cartoony character, nearly out of place of the manga, not unlike the style in which Mineta is drawn.
  • Older Than They Look: She's looked roughly the same since middle school, and it's implied it's been many years since she graduated. The Volume 19 Omakes confirm her age is 21.
  • Playful Hacker: La Brava, who puts all her skills as a master hacker into the sole purpose of etching Gentle's name into history rather than genuine criminal activities.
  • The Power of Love: Literally. Her Quirk lets her give a temporary power boost to others, and the stronger her feelings for that person at the moment she activates it the greater the boost. In dire circumstances, her strong affections for Gentle can greatly increase his strength to the point that Izuku is struggling to keep pace with and overpower him even while using One for All: Full Cowl.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: The tiny La Brava is the master hacker of the duo compared to the relatively technologically impaired Gentle.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Due to the way written Japanese handles "L" and "V" sounds, Gentle's sidekick has been translated into everything from "La Brava" (which is the official translation) to "Love Lover" and even "Love Rubber".
  • Stalker with a Crush: La Brava gained this reputation in school when she gave a love letter to a boy she had never spoken to. She put too much effort into the letter and people noticed she had been tailing him, which made her look like a creep. Also, depending on whether or not her feelings for Gentle are romantic, her tracking down his home address could count as this.


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