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General Department (Classes C, D, & E)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (English)
Debut: Chapter 23 (Manga), Episode 15 (Anime)
A student from the General Education Department. His Quirk is "Brainwash", which allows him to control the minds of anyone who replies to him.
He claims that the students of the Heroics Department are arrogant, though in truth he's jealous of them because he wanted to be a hero himself. Unfortunately for him, his Quirk was useless in U.A.'s entrance exams, making it impossible for him to get into the Hero Department. He was relegated to General Education instead, though he still looked for opportunities to prove he was Hero Department material. His performance at the U.A. Sports Festival eventually gave him the opportunity to apply for transfer into the hero course, and after an impressive performance during the Class 1-A and 1-B Joint Training Exercise, his wish was granted; he'll be joining the Hero Course in his second year.
- The Apprentice: After the Sports Festival, Aizawa took Shinso as his apprentice and personally trained him to fight, especially in the use his own signature capture tape weapon. Aizawa offered Shinso to enter the Hero Course and many teachers agreed with the decision.
- Ascended Extra: It was established after his first appearance that his Quirk was seen in a much more favorable light after his showing in the Sports Festival. However, while repeatedly ranking highly on popularity polls, for countless chapters, he made extremely sparse cameos for awhile rather than doing anything significant. Much later, though, he finally gets a chance to prove he has what it takes to ascend to the hero course the story focuses on.
- Bad Powers, Good People: He wants to be a hero for the same reasons Midoriya does. It irritates him that everyone always treats his ability like a villainous power and act afraid of him because of it, despite his own determination to be a hero.
- Blessed with Suck: His Quirk is actually pretty great, but because of the way the entrance exam was designed, he knew he was fated to become only a General Ed. student despite clearly wanting to get into Heroics. Not to mention the constant teasing his Quirk got for being considered more adequate for villains. Additionally, the fact that his Quirk only works on people that talk to him means that people that figure it out will just stop talking to him at all. Awesome for Heroics, terrible for day-to-day life.
- Boring, but Practical: His strategy for winning the Battle Tournament 1 vs. 1 rounds? Get his opponent to respond to him, activate his Quirk, and make them walk out of bounds. It loses its practicality when his opponent figures out how to break the mind control (though its implied that after it takes effect no one should be able to realize they're being controlled and break the hypnosis, Midoriya only was able to break out on his own because he's got more than one person in there) and how the trick works to begin with.
- The Bus Came Back: After quite a few chapters showing that Aizawa has taken him under his wing, he reappears in Chapter 194 as a guest in a training session with Classes 1-A and 1-B, now applying for transference to the Heroes Department. Midoriya is pleasantly surprised about it.
- The Cameo: After his introduction in the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, he only appeared a few times, usually a single page or panel, but these pages heavily imply that his wish to be in the Hero Course was coming true. By the wintertime, Shinso makes his first major appearance in a long time and it reveals Aizawa has been cooperating with him to get Shinso actively involved into the classes.
- Cape Snag: His capture tool works against him when Midoriya grabs it and uses it to drag him closer during their joint training battle.
- Compelling Voice: His Quirk in a nutshell, but only if he can get his target to reply to something he said first and he can still be very selective with it.
- Conditional Powers:
- He can only manipulate the minds of people who verbally respond to him.
- A fairly rough physical jolt will break his control.
- He can't control people through things like phones or loudspeakers, as his voice is converted into electric signals and thus loses its mind-controlling properties. His "artificial vocal chords" mask is specifically designed in a way that changes his voice without de-powering it.
- He can't make people talk (which is why he had to make Midoriya walk out of bounds, rather than say "I give up") or do other things that require using their cognitive functions (i.e. "write down the frog girl's name"- even if the person knows who Tsuyu Asui is, they can't make the connection while brainwashed).
- He can't brainwash several people simultaneously, otherwise he'll possibly lose consciousness. He can control multiple people at once, as was shown during the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, but he has to brainwash them one by one, not all at once. This includes not being able to brainwash multiple people in the same body, which makes his Quirk ineffective against Midoriya if his Mind Hive decides to lend a hand.
- Creepy Good: A mild case. He's got a somewhat disheveled appearance and a cynical, loner personality that doesn't inspire a ton of confidence. He's also got that paranoia-inducing mind control Quirk which has a ton of villainous potential, and he occasionally uses it as a prank. That said, he's firmly committed to using his power as a hero and insists that he'd never use it for malicious purposes.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Has these, though he's actually a driven, but misunderstood individual.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His problem in the early part of the series is that he's got all of one trick, his Quirk, and in situations where it isn't helpful, like in the entrance exam, or his enemy is ready for it, like in his fight with Midoriya, he's left with nothing but an average high schooler's physique. His training was meant to address this, with his starting to use Eraserhead's capture tool to have more options and getting some voice changing gear to expand his Quirk's usefulness.
- Cursed with Awesome: Despite the flaws his Quirk has for someone who wants to be a hero, several of the pros in the audience are capable of appreciating how useful his Quirk really is, and agree with how unfair the entrance exam is for students with Quirks like his.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has blue-violet/indigo hair, eyebrows, and eyes.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Downplayed. While as if this writing they've not become friends, Shinso is much more amicable toward Midoriya and in turn, Midoriya is always happy to see him.
- Didn't See That Coming: He's completely confused and has a breakdown when Midoriya moves on his own during his brainwashing without any kind of assistance or pre-planning, something that shouldn't even be possible. His power had never failed like that before, and his ridiculous Superpower Lottery was what he was counting on for a course transfer; it suddenly being useless for no reason makes him flip out in quite a spectacular manner. Admittedly, not even All Might himself had any way of knowing that fight was actually nine-on-one against Shinso from the start.
- Face of a Thug: Reasonably bitter and antagonistic towards members of the hero course at first, and a bit of a Troll, but despite his off-putting demeanor and "bad" powers, he really isn't a bad dude.
- Fights Like a Normal: It's revealed that for some time, Shinso went under training from Aizawa to have an identical fighting style so he can move into the Hero Department. This is invoked, as Aizawa reveals in a flashback that he, like Shinso, was shunned for having a not-very-flashy Quirk and had to rely on natural hand-to-hand combat to get by.
- Foil: To Midoriya. Both want to be heroes and have their limitations. While Midoriya was naturally Quirkless, Shinso has a Quirk, but it can't be used for battle and is considered by people as an "evil" Quirk. Also, while Midoriya is The Paragon and tries to inspire people to follow him, Shinso is closer to a Pragmatic Hero, seeing use in simply manipulating others with his Quirk to achieve success in his plans.
- Foreshadowing: Following his fight with Midoriya, Shinso implies that he will keep trying to enter the Hero Department. Following the start of their second semester, he's seen walking around with Aizawa and is mentioned that he's been training/working out. In Chapter 194, The Bus Came Back and he joins a training session with Classes 1-A and 1-B, with Aizawa and Blood King mentioning that he has requested a transfer to the Hero Department.
- The Gadfly: Even after the match with Midoriya is over, he uses his power twice on him while the two are having an otherwise serious discussion seemingly just to tease Midoriya for being one of the few people who is comfortable talking to him despite his talent. He doesn't do it to make Midoriya do anything and even he seems surprised when Midoriya falls for his set up the second time. Thanking his teammates for their "hard work" after the cavalry battle can also be seen as this since his brainwashing leaves most of them at a loss for what just happened.
- Heroic BSoD: Shinso goes through this when he has a near death experience during what was supposed to be a mock battle. After seeing Midoriya manifest a completely unknown power and nearly killing him by crashing into his hiding spot, he's frozen in fear. He can't even run when Midoriya tells him to and can only watch as Midoriya's own Quirk tries to tear its owner apart until Uraraka begs him to help restrain Midoriya.
- History Repeats: By the time he comes back, this has happened twice:
- It's the second time someone says to everyone that I'm Not Here to Make Friends, but specifically to Midoriya.
- It's shown that he will be placed against Midoriya again. And once again, Midoriya immediately gets brainwashed.
- Both of his fights against Midoriya showcases something completely unprecedented with One For All.
- He loses to Midoriya a second time. Both times Midoriya slams him down.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Shinso tries to capture Midoriya with his capture weapon. Midoriya grabs the weapon and uses it to capture Shinso.
- I Shall Taunt You: Justified, in order to control people, he needs them to verbally respond to him first, and a provocation is a good way to get it.
- I Work Alone: His declaration that I'm Not Here to Make Friends aside, he has a 1/5 Cooperation rating. He's probably simply used to being alone due to his Quirk scaring people off from interacting with him.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: He mentions that he has no intention of becoming buddies with anyone of the hero course, since he sees them as obstacles in his way of becoming a great hero. Sero mentions that it looks just like what Todoroki said back in the Sports Festival and Midoriya seems to want to become friends with him anyway.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Jerkass is a strong word, but he does have a point: the Hero Course greatly favors those with flashy combat-focused Quirks, despite a large amount of heroism involving rescuing civilians, deescalating threats without force, and resourceful thinking. Plenty of capable potential heroes like him are stuck with General Education simply because they had a major disadvantage in destroying giant robots as the entrance exam.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Side material says he's fond of cats, and as noted despite how others treat him he still wants to help people as a hero.
- Logical Weakness:
- As powerful as his Quirk is, it can be easily avoided by just remaining silent. He gets around this by being good at trash-talking his opponents to get under their skins and make them angry enough to forget they aren't supposed to respond, but it's not always a given.
- His Quirk is completely useless against anything that isn't a human, which is why he couldn't pass the entrance exam- the practical portion involved fighting robots, which he can't control because they can't respond to him and don't even have brains for his Quirk to act on.
- He eventually gets around the first problem by donning a mask that allows him to mimic the voices of other people with "artificial vocal chords", which tricks people into responding to him without realizing it, and the second problem by training with Aizawa's capture scarf
- His power only allows him to control the mind that replied to him. This is how Midoriya is freed from his mind control. The other minds inside One For All activate his Quirk for him.
- Looks Like Cesare: Dark blue/purple Messy Hair, pale complexion, and sunken-in eyes? Checks all around, which while it suits him it doesn't help him come across as someone who honestly wants to be a hero.
- Meaningful Name: "Shinso" means "manipulating heart" and "Hitoshi" means "playing with people". Really subtle.
- Mind-Control Eyes: His victims get Empty Eyes.
- Mind Manipulation: His Quirk, which is why people are often initially uncomfortable with him as "stealing a person's free will just by talking to them" is very versatile and could be easily abused.
- Never Heard That One Before: Yes, Mind Manipulation is an incredibly good Quirk if you want to get away with villainy. He knows. That's basically all he's heard about the Quirk since he got it. He wants to be a hero, not a villain. It's a rather heartwarming moment when he hears pro heroes at the Sports Festival discuss how useful his Quirk could be for heroic purposes and how they wished they had it, because that's something he really had never heard before.
- Not So Different:
- Midoriya privately acknowledges that he also used to resent other people with Quirks before he obtained "One For All".
- He shares many traits with his mentor, Aizawa.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: His Boring, but Practical Mind Manipulation Quirk is way outclassed by the flashier, more combat-focused Quirks, which is why he isn't in the Hero Course. In fact, this is noted In-Universe, when several pro heroes note how powerful a hero he could be with his Quirk, and that it's a shame he was left out of the Hero Course.
- Power Perversion Potential: When his classmates are seen talking to him in a flashback about how cool they think his "criminal" Quirk could be, one of them quite obviously has his mind in the gutter, though Shinso is understandably offended by assumptions like this.
- Purple Is Powerful: He has purple hair and even pro heroes note how potent his Quirk is.
- Refuge in Audacity: During the obstacle course, other students were carrying Shinso. It's a weird, one-off gag that becomes hilarious on repeat viewings.
- The Resenter: Doesn't think very highly of his own Quirk, and resents people like Midoriya who have more awesome powers.
- Shout-Out: His powers, as well as his hair color, bring to mind the Daredevil villain Zebediah Kilgrave/The Purple Man. Unlike The Purple Man, however, Shinso is very much on the side of good.
- Skilled, but Naïve: This is shown during a joint training between Class 1-A and 1-B. Shinso simply isn't used to the pace of hero fights, so he's noticeably slower than the hero course students, even if his Quirk is considered very troublesome.
- Superpower Lottery: Played with. His Quirk would have been a Story-Breaker Power in other stories, but here, its non-combat nature made him fail the entrance exam and got stuck in General Education.
- Squishy Wizard: Aizawa notes that Midoriya is simply more physically fit than Shinso, so once Midoriya manages to break his mind control and the two enter a Quirkless grappling match he overpowers him with relative ease. He seems to have acknowledged this and is actively working on it; he's noted to be bulkier in muscle when he reappears after the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, but still not fast or athletic as the students in the hero course.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he first shows up at the Sports Festival, he's pretty much a one-trick pony. He has no real backup plan if someone figures out his Quirk and Aizawa mentions that Midoriya outscored Shinso in every physical event at the beginning of the year even without using One For All. In a scene during the U.A. Cultural Festival, he snaps a thick wooden board in half with his bare hands. When he returns in the Joint Training Arc, he's been training with Aizawa for some time, getting notably fitter, picking up several support items to aid him, and refining his use of his Quirk.
- Trash Talk: He's mastered it, as something essential to his Quirk. It's part of why he comes off as more abrasive and mean than he really is.
- Weak, but Skilled: He has excellent control over his Quirk, but his combat skills are relatively poor. His databook stats reflect this, with his Technique and Intelligence being 4/5, but Speed, Power, and Cooperation a low 1/5.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Midoriya consider each other this, to the extent that his question to save Midoriya from himself is a promise to have a rematch.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is clearly blue in the manga and purple in the anime, unlike others.
Tsutsutaka Agoyamato and Chikuchi Togeike
Debut: Chapter 171 (Manga)
Two General Department upperclassmen that have a severe distaste for Class 1-A.
- All There in the Manual: Their names are only revealed in the Volume 19 extras.
- Girlish Pigtails: Togeike has these.
- Humble Pie: They both apologize to Class 1-A for projecting their frustration with U.A. onto them after being dazzled by the crazy performance Class 1-A put on at the cultural festival.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Their grudge against Class 1-A isn't entirely unfounded. Class 1-A's brushoff with villains has lead to all of the U.A. student body having to live in dorms rather then their own homes, which would be a frustrating change of pace for anyone. Obviously, their grudge isn't logical or fair, but it's at least understandable from an emotional point of view.
- Meaningful Name: Tsutsutaka's name is comprised of the kanji for chin and jaw, referencing his large chin.
Support Department (Classes F, G, & H)
Voiced by: Azu Sakura (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
Debut: Chapter 25 (Manga), Episode 15 (Anime)
A student from the Support Department. She loves making gadgets and relishes the opportunity to show them off, but she's obsessed with them so much that she loses sight of everything else, making a scene at the expense of other people. She allies herself with Midoriya during the School Festival Cavalry Battle, and later helps him tinker with his costume when he needs to mitigate the damaging effects of One For All. Her Quirk is "Zoom", which gives her telescopic vision.
- Alliterative Name: Her full name is Hatsume Mei when ordered by the Japanese way of "family name first and given name after".
- Anime Hair: Her hairstyle looks like a bunch of sea anemone fronds.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She has a short attention span regarding anything that doesn't involve her babies.
- Attention Whore: Not for herself or her own Quirk, unlike the students in the Department of Heroics. Rather, her goal in the sports festival is to show off her "cute little babies" and get the attention of a big company. Her "fight" with Iida during the tournament is nothing but ten minutes of showing off her inventions before conceding the match.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Some of her ideas and inventions are either downright ridiculous, break too easily, or explode.
- Brick Joke: She mentions at the start of the U.A. Cultural Festival Arc that she hasn't slept in days and intends to sleep once the festival is over. In Chapter 183, one panel of Midoriya walking around the event shows her asleep on the floor.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She may be a bit scatterbrained and she may have some seriously skewed priorities but there is no denying that she is a brilliant inventor. Power Loader even states that while she gets on his nerves, the hero department students would do well to befriend her because when it comes to inventing she has no equal.
- Crash-Into Hello: Technically, it's her second meeting with Midoriya, but when the latter attempts to enter the Support Department Classroom, Mei sets off an explosion and ends up landing on top of him.
- Crazy-Prepared: She has a veritable treasure trove (or depending on the individual, one great big oversized junk drawer) of inventions just lying around at school to accommodate nearly any kind of situation.
- Ditzy Genius: A very intelligent Wrench Wench who lacks any social cues.
- Economy Cast: If a representative from the Support class is needed for plot reasons, it's going to be her. This is justified as she is not only the best among the Support students, she is also a huge Workaholic Gadgeteer Genius who can easily make the request of all other classes. Since she also spends most time in the laboratories, it's easier to find her than any other support student, so everyone tends to go to her.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Her eyes look like crosshairs. This is justified given her Quirk.
- Flash Step: As soon as Midoriya mentions that he'd like her to make gadgets for him, she zips right up to his face and says, "You have my attention."
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Iida and Uraraka are both not very fond of her. Iida doesn't like her because she used him as a guinea pig for her inventions during their tournament match, while Uraraka doesn't like her because she keeps invading Midoriya's personal space and neglecting her. Even the spectators at the U.A. Sports Festival are quickly annoyed with her because she basically uses the arena as a platform to literally advertise herself.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Goes without saying as a representative of the Department of Support, but even Power Loader says that she's an incredibly rare talent even by the department's standards.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: They compound the magnification of her Zoom Quirk.
- I Call It "Vera": Calls her gadgets her "cute little babies".
- Insane Troll Logic: What's her solution to help Iida when his legs get tired from running? Strap boosters on his upper limbs so he can run with his arms.
- Leitmotif: "Shougaibutsu Kyousou". A perky, upbeat, ska piece that fits her somewhat manic personality.
- Mad Scientist: Gadgeteer in this case as she's very enthusiastic about her inventions. Some of them are genuinely useful and helpful. A big proportion of them either fail to work, are potentially dangerous due to bugs and flaws, or they blow up.
- The Madness Place: When she really gets into her work, she'll happily forgo things like sleeping or bathing.
- Manipulative Bitch: Downplayed. She's not an awful person, but she is an opportunist and will trick people into showing off her inventions if it gets her publicity. Iida finds this out the hard way when she makes him think she's going to play fair by giving him gadgets to use along with hers in their match, only to use the entire match to pitch her inventions.
- Marshmallow Hell: Her landing on top of Midoriya after an explosion nearly results in him being smothered by her hefty endowments by accident. Uraraka is not pleased.
- Meaningful Name: Her name comes from "hatsumei", the Japanese word for "invention".
- Mid-Season Upgrade: She's responsible for most of Class 1-A's costume upgrades, particularly Midoriya, Kirishima, and Kaminari's.
- Motor Mouth: She rattles on and on about her how her gadgets can be useful for Midoriya as he's trying to find a teammate for Human Calvary during the Sports Festival. She gets so into it that she doesn't even notice Uraraka.
- Mundane Utility: While telescopic vision can have many uses, it comes in particularly handy for an inventor working on particularly small components or electronics.
- No Sense of Personal Space: When Midoriya requests help from the Department of Support for a new costume to better support his Quirk limitations, she immediately starts to invade his personal space. She even gives him an impromptu physical to get his measurements. She also stands behind Iida when she hears him ask for Power Loader's help.
- No Social Skills: Because she spends most of her free time making new inventions, she has ended up with poor social skills with other students. Not helping matters is that she also has a short attention span concerning subjects that bores her.
- Odd Friendship: While she has No Social Skills and spends most of her time with machines than people, Midoriya relies on her for reliable support items and costume upgrades. He notes how invaluable her items are during his fights. As of the U.A. Cultural Festival, Midoriya is one of the few people who's names she bothers to remember after one encounter.
- The Pigpen: She's so enraptured in her work that she hardly takes showers. Midoriya notes this when she comes to give him his upgraded equipment. When he mentions her being dirty, she says that bathing would take a few minutes a day away from her inventing, so she doesn't bother.
- Shameless Self-Promoter: She'll take any opportunity to promote her own inventions. This is demonstrated during her match against Iida — she spends time advertising her inventions to the watching support companies, then throws the match, much to Iida's displeasure.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Power Loader, who oversees the Support Department. He regularly gets annoyed with her antics, which often result in chaos. He has even threatens to kick her out on a regular basis.
- Small Name, Big Ego: She makes a big deal about all her inventions whenever she can, but her obsession with making it big clouds her mind so much she fails to recognize that she's not all that well-received.
- Steampunk: A modernized take of it. She has some aspects of the genre with her use of fancy and unusual machines, especially those fancy-looking antique-like pipe goggles of hers that she rarely takes off.
- Super Senses: Her Quirk gives her telescopic vision. It doesn't see much use, though, because she doesn't see a lot of action as a gadgeteer, and the one time she's used it thus far is at the Sports Festival- and not to scope out not the competition, but company executives.
- Teen Genius: Still a high school freshman, but she has a large and varied arsenal of gear intended to be used by heroes. She's even replicated equipment used by pro heroes.
- Traitor Shot: She tricks Iida into wearing some of her equipment by appealing to his sense of good discipline and earnesty. The aside look she makes to Iida is wicked. This is played with, however, in that her ulterior motive isn't to sabotage Iida. It's to trick him into helping her show off her genuinely useful equipment while she makes an utter mockery of their match by turning it into an extended sales pitch.
- Weak, but Skilled: Possibly the most dramatic case of this in the series. She isn't particularly physically strong and her Quirk has little practical use in combat, but her insane skill at utility design makes her a force to be reckoned with, only not counting as a Badass Normal because she does technically have a superpower. She makes it to the tournament round at the Sports Festival and blatantly uses her match with Iida to advertise her devices, running circles around him the whole time and "losing" intentionally because winning the tournament wasn't her goal.
- Wrench Wench: She's brilliant teenage inventor who definitely knows her way around machines, and is oftentimes found tinkering with them.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The pink color is actually the least strange part about her hair.
Debut: Chapter 173 (Manga)
A snooty and stuck-up beauty queen known for an incredibly glamorous appearance and supremely long eyelashes. She consistently wins Miss Con, top title of the beauty contest U.A. holds during its cultural festival. Because of her access to the Support Department's gadgetry, she goes all-out with her performances. Excessively. Very excessively.
- Attention Whore: She puts Hatsume to shame in this regard. Literally every moment she's onscreen she reeks of "look at me"! She is such an outlandish-looking person as is that it's impossible not to notice her... and her eyelashes poke people anyway, so they will notice her sooner or later.
- Bling of War: She has her own tank which looks just like her... and she looks really flamboyant as is.
- Chewing the Scenery: Another one from Class G who can't stop hogging the spotlight.
- Eyes Always Shut: Likely in order to draw attention to her outrageously long eyelashes which poke out about a good foot from her face.
- Graceful Loser: She offers her hand to Nejire in a modest manner after the latter wins Miss Con.
- Incoming Ham: It really speaks volumes when the first sign she's arrived are her eyelashes poking out and sticking people before she comes into view.
- It's All About Me: Her idea of a beauty contest performance? Drive in on a giant tank modeled after herself, with all the exaggerated looks she sports on it as well.
- Large Ham: In some ways, she's worse than Hatsume. Midoriya's suspicion that all the Support Department students are like this is not unfounded.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Yet another sign she's a very regal but obnoxious character.
- Ojou Ringlets: Of course she'd have the staple hairstyle of a fanciful proper lady, and she sports enough curls to go on for miles at that.
- The Rival: To Nejire, but it's a lighthearted rivalry.
- Running Gag: Her obscenely huge eyelashes keep jabbing people.
The Big Three
The trio of third years considered to be the best among U.A. students. They are all very talented students who have been praised as being equal, if not above the level of pro heroes. However, they are also recognized as eccentric people.
- The Ace: The trio is composed of the best U.A. students, all of whom are skilled enough to compete with the pros.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The trio seems to be incapable of even giving a simple explanation for how the internship system works (Tamaki gets shy, Nejire is constantly distracted, and Mirio wants to start a fight). They are, nonetheless, the best students in U.A., all of their on-site skills also show them to be capable heroes, despite being only interns (Nejire particularly got herself an internship with the 9th ranked hero, while Mirio works under one of All Might's former sidekicks).
- Cloudcuckoolander: To say they are peculiar and quirky would be an understatement. Each have their own thing: Nejire asks questions that often verge on nonsense, Tamaki imagines people as potatoes due to his overt shyness, and Mirio presents himself by freaking Midoriya out and showing his own face through a wall.
- Establishing Character Moment: Their presentation is this. Tamaki gets shy and can't talk to the class, Nejire distracts everybody by asking personal questions, and Mirio decides to stage a fight against Class 1-A.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Mirio is the physically strongest and more combat efficient as the fighter, Nejire is more used to having a long range advantage and is more distant as the mage, and Tamaki is the quick and simple thief.
- Large Ham: Even the awkward Tamaki is capable of chewing the scenery when it comes down to it. Mirio is by far the biggest one, to the point of being at All Might's level.
- Power Trio: Although they are yet to be seen working together, the three seem to hang out together a lot, being that Mirio and Tamaki are Childhood Friends and Nejire seems close to them.
- Remember the New Guy?: Everyone in Class 1-A already knows about the Big Three and their legendary status at U.A. when Aizawa announces they're stopping by, but for whatever reason, none of the main characters mentioned their existence prior to this.
- Senpai Kohai: They are the Senpais to Class 1-A, and each seem to have taken at least one 1-A student under their wing. Mirio does this with Midoriya, Nejire with Uraraka and Tsuyu, and Tamaki with Kirishima. All of them got their Kohais internships.
- With a Friend and a Stranger: Mirio and Tamaki were longtime friends and have known each other since childhood, but only met with Nejire when they got into U.A.
Mirio Togata — Lemillion
Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Ricco Fajardo (English)
Debut: Chapter 121 (Manga), Episode 62 (Anime)
A Class 3-B student, who, according to Aizawa, is the closest person to becoming the next #1 hero. His Quirk, "Permeation", allows him to phase through solid objects, living beings, sound waves, and even light.
- The Ace: So much so that he was declared to be among the best candidates to becoming Japan's #1 hero, including the pro heroes. Nezu even suggested him to be All Might's successor, and Mirio would have been if All Might hadn't met Midoriya first.
- Artistic License Physics: Inevitable in a world full of superpowers, but while explaining his Quirk, he mentions that light passes through him while he's intangible, preventing him from seeing anything. Logically, this would work both ways, as sight perceives things from the way light bounces off objects. Because of this, Mirio should technically also be invisible while intangible, even though the story doesn't depict him as such.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: A Required Secondary Power he's trained himself to have. Because he cannot see or hear anything while he's using his powers, he has to calculate where people are going to be and their most likely actions as he's attacking. As his total disassembly of Class 1-A shows, he's damn good at it.
- Badass Boast: Even after getting hit with a Quirk erasing bullet, Mirio simply stands up, punches Overhaul in the face, and declares that "I will always be Lemillion!"
- Beware the Nice Ones: Mirio is basically a younger All Might in terms of kindness and generosity, with his love of smiling and thus being a hero in training.
- Big Brother Mentor: Takes up this role with Midoriya while they're both working for Sir Nighteye, giving him tips on how to present himself to others as well as when to back off, even when their mutual Chronic Hero Syndrome instincts are screaming for them to act.
- Blood Knight: The first thing he does when he meets Class 1-A is to challenge them to a fight. This shows that he's eager to jump into battle.
- Blessed with Suck: His Permeation Quirk was this before he learned how to manage the downsides. Sure, he can No-Sell any attack... but he also loses all his senses and would fall through the ground. His dad even warned him not to become a hero because he could hurt himself with the Quirk.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Mirio has no problem showing off his fun-loving and daring personality. Also, his frequent catchphrase is him screaming out "POWER!" with a hero smile.
- Book Dumb: He has very bad grades, but is actually very capable as a hero.
- Broken Tears: In his desperate struggle to rescue Eri, he had his Quirk neutralized and he took a horrible beating. As he tries to drag Eri to safety, Mirio's body begins to give out and he starts crying because he's failing to do as he promised and is unable to escort her out of the Yakuza hideout.
- Brought Down to Badass: Being shot with a power-nullifying bullet doesn't hinder him from further beating up Overhaul, although he starts accumulating severe injuries.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His Curb-Stomp Battle of Class 1-A and subsequent explanation of how he did it and the challenges he faced to get that far was effective at getting across his point. He's also a very good hero, naked fighting and all.
- The Cape: In addition to his skill, he also has a strict code of honor, selflessly helpful nature, and reassuring charisma.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His physical strength comes from regular training, not from his Quirk. He's even able to punch out a hardened Kirishima in one shot without getting so much as a scratch on him. This proves insanely useful when he loses his Quirk, as he can still give a beatdown to Overhaul.
- Childhood Friends: He and Tamaki have been friends since the third grade.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Very downplayed since he is peculiar too, but he seems to be this to the other two to some degree. He has a more straightforward demeanor than the exceedingly cheery Nejire and the painfully shy Tamaki.
- Combat Pragmatist: He doesn't fight particularly dirty, but he exploits his Quirk fully when to appear behind and beneath people to strike them while they're unaware, and to make people waste attacks by having them phase right through him. He also fights completely naked, which throws off his opponents, though this one seems incidental.
- Cool Big Bro: Acts as this to Midoriya, and later Eri, being an older, more experienced character who is always willing to offer kindness and assistance. The school administration knows he's this and makes a special situation to keep him around, despite having no ability to be an active hero anymore to help take care of Eri, who desperately needs someone like him to help her.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He is a major weirdo in class, but shows how scarily powerful he is when it comes to combat.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Defeats half of Class 1-A in less than six seconds. Doesn't take much to take down the other half, either.
- De-Power: Gets shot with a power-nullifying bullet during his fight against Overhaul.
- Determinator: Flashbacks show that his Quirk was full of small details and is incredibly difficult to use and in order to train his Quirk to be able to only pass his face through a wall, he needed to hit his face against a wall several times until he could finally use it properly. The fact he was able to master it was a feat of incredible dedication.
- Deuteragonist: Takes Bakugo's place for this role for the duration of the Internship Arc, his drive to save Eri and clash with Overhaul being one of the major parts of the arc.
- Difficult, but Awesome: His Quirk is very hard to use and has several downsides, such as temporarily taking away his ability to see, hear, and breathe. If his feet become impermeable, he will even fall through the floor. Aand he can't keep his clothes on, either. Yet with extensive training, he's perfected a lightning-fast combat style that makes short work of Class 1-A.
- Foil: To Midoriya. They're both self-sacrificing heroes inspired by All Might who are in it for the greater good rather than any sort of personal gain. Both of them are considered exemplary young heroes and were singled out as potential successors to All Might. They also both have or have had serious difficulties controlling their Quirks. That said, Midoriya is a Nervous Wreck who Cannot Tell a Joke and is constantly injuring himself as he struggles to control what is possibly the most powerful Quirk in the entire series. Mirio is an outgoing Perpetual Smiler who spent his entire life mastering his extremely unwieldy Quirk to the point that he's nearly untouchable because of it. Midoriya's greatest strength is his analytical ability and encyclopedic knowledge of the world of heroes but is somewhat lacking in practical experience, even with his unusually action-packed school life. Mirio is Book Dumb but has a wealth of experience due to his internship under Sir Nighteye, to the point that he was scouted as a potential #1 hero.
- Fun Personified: Mirio can't stay quiet or sit still, and even his grief over losing his Quirk and mentor doesn't keep him down too long, as his overhype about going on a "date" with Eri shows.
- Full-Frontal Assault: His Quirk, when activated, doesn't allow him to keep his clothes. He's only able to avert it with his hero costume due to it being made with fibers of his own hair, which allow it to phase with him.
- Good Bad Bugs: Referenced in-universe. His ability to instantly show up aboveground when deactivating his Quirk while underground is compared to one of those. The proper term for this kind of video game bug is known as Clipping, where characters and the like pass through objects, environments, and scenery because the game's programming/engine failed to recognize that something collided with a solid object, a.k.a collision detection.
- Heroic Build: The single most ripped student seen thus far. Given that practically every guy in Class 1-A needs this in order to keep up with the Hero Curriculum, this is saying something.
- History Repeats: He's the second person after Ragdoll who loses access to his Quirk in the midst of a crisis that entails a rescue mission.
- Humble Hero: Reflected in the reason behind Mirio's hero name of "Lemillion." The million comes from his goal of one day being able to save a million people. The "L" ("Ru" in Japanese) is actually a reference to All Might, but he doesn't feel ready to use the whole word "All" ("Oru" in Japanese) yet.
- Ideal Hero: He's a morally upstanding, humble, and very strong young man, shown in his dedication to protecting Eri. He's this to the point that he was recommended to succeed All Might, who currently fulfills the Ideal Hero niche.
- Intangibility: The basis of his Quirk. He can phase through any solid matter, but doing so leaves him deaf, blind, and numb depending on just what parts of his body he makes intangible. If he goes full-body he falls through the earth itself and his only sensation is that of falling. Once he becomes solid he is forcibly ejected out of whatever he is inside of.
- Leitmotif: "Mirio", an electronic track that's upbeat and energetic, much like Mirio himself. Also, depending on how one classifies music, his leitmotif could classify as Glitch Hop.
- Lightning Bruiser: Trained so hard that he can break someone's arm with one punch? Check. Nigh Invulnerable due to his Quirk? Check. So fast he looks like he's teleporting? Check.
- Logical Weakness: The obvious downsides to having a Quirk that lets everything pass through him is that when it's fully activated throughout his body, he can't breathe, see, or feel anything other than a sensation of falling because he still has mass. From a combat standpoint, in order to use his Quirk effectively, he has to be an expert at Awesomeness by Analysis since he can partially activate his Quirk on separate parts of his body and let things pass through, not to mention having to predict what his opponents will do if he fully activates because he can't see, hear, or feel anything. This means that someone who is an expert at Confusion Fu or is so much stronger and faster than him that he simply can't keep up, are very dangerous opponents to fight. Also, while his Quirk is great defensively, his offensive capabilities are limited to close range melee combat so simply staying out of his reach is enough to protect yourself against him.
- Magic Pants: To some degree, it seems that his pants fall less than his shirt, to the point where he is capable of fighting with his pants on, but unable to keep a shirt on.
- Missed the Call: It might be more accurate to say the call hung up on him. He was nominated as the top choice to succeed All Might, but the hero admittedly bumped into Midoriya first before he had a chance to meet him. It later becomes a Refusal of the Call after he turns down Midoriya's offer of One For All.
- Mr. Fanservice: When a guy with a Heroic Build has a power that can't be used without causing a Full-Frontal Assault, you have this.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Shares this reaction with Midoriya when Sir Nighteye reveals what Chisaki has been doing to Eri, and realizes that they could have saved her and ended Chisaki's whole scheme.
- Naked People Are Funny: He battles all of Class 1-A in the nude, hollering "Power!" every time he takes out a swathe of them. Jiro's reaction to him suddenly getting naked is this in particular.
- Nice Guy: When asked about why he helps Midoriya so much, since they only just met, Togata mentions that he isn't being nice on purpose, just happened that it's within his instincts as a hero to help someone who needs. Very prominent in his friendship with Midoriya and Eri.
- Nigh Invulnerable: His Quirk makes him intangible and almost impossible to hit as he can travel through the walls and ground.
- His Intangibility Quirk makes him a perfect counter to Chisaki, whose Quirk relies on being able to touch his foes or otherwise impale them by reshaping the landscape. Even the Quirk-Destroying Bullets the Precepts worked so hard to make are useless against Mirio thanks to his intangibility. Which is why they end up firing the bullet at Eri, forcing Mirio to take it.
- Nemuto tries to do a Break Them by Talking routine on him, Mirio shrugs it off with little effort because he faces his weaknesses head on instead of letting them overcome him.
- Non-Standard Character Design: With his Tintin-like face, he looks really silly alongside the other students.
- Perpetual Smiler: Just like All Might. Also like All Might, he develops shades of Stepford Smiler after his mentor's death, both to honor his last wishes and because he can't afford to look sad around Eri.
- Pie-Eyed: How his eyes are drawn. It's one of his Shared Family Quirks, as his dad, who is drawn like a cartoon version of a fifties greaser right down to the pompadour, has them too.
- Primary-Color Champion: His hero costume has red, white, and blue on top of a great deal of white as well as some green and yellow.
- Required Secondary Powers: Mainly averted. He has next to none of the usual set for an intangibility superpower. If he turns his head intangible, he can no longer hear, see, or breathe because he isn't touching the air around him. If he turns his feet intangible, he starts to fall through the ground. About the only one he does have is that turning solid while inside something merely propels him outside it instead of anything messy.
- Shoot the Mage First: The first thing he does during his fight against Class 1-A is take out all the long ranged fighters.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: He will always be Lemillion, Quirk or no Quirk, and Chisaki's Breaking Speech isn't about to change that.
- Strong and Skilled: Compared to hand-to-hand combat, Mirio is the best example of this. This is from the hard Training from Hell he received to control his Quirk and make him useful in combat. His physical strength and combat skills are greatly effective enough to take out an entire class that has been encountering villains on the daily.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: One of the few known new generation heroes to include a cape in their costume. When fighting Overhaul and Chronostasis, while protecting Eri from bullet fire, he first uses it to obscure their view. Seeing this Chrono notes that he always thought capes were for show, to which Mirio explains that they're to bundle-up traumatized young girls like Eri.
- Taking the Bullet: Jumps in front of Eri, to protect her from a bullet fired by one of the Expendables, who was counting on him to do so.
- Taught by Experience: Mirio is a strong believer in the idea of learning from experiences, both good and bad, and credits this with the development of his own Quirk. His experience and tutelage under Nighteye went a long way towards turning him from dead last among his peers to number one at U.A.
- Tears of Joy: Seeing Eri beaming with excitement at the school festival makes Mirio cry tears of joy at finally seeing her smile.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Parodied. His father looks even sillier than him, complete with cartoony nose, eyes, and hairdo.
- Unknown Rival: An unusual case with Midoriya. They are both contenders for the position of All Might's successor, Midoriya being the one chosen by All Might and given One For All while Mirio was The Ace who had been specially groomed to be the next All Might. However, not only were they unaware of each other, they weren't even aware there was competition. Even after Midoriya learns Mirio was the other candidate and starts comparing himself (unfavorably) to him, Mirio remains blissfully unaware.
- Weak, but Skilled: His true strength has less to do with his exceptional (but inconvenient) Quirk, and more to do with his incredible skill at managing its downsides.After losing his Quirk, he's still an exceptionally strong young man and skilled martial artist, though he takes a break from school and hero work while everything with his Quirk gets sorted out.
Nejire Hado — Nejire-chan
Voiced by: Kiyono Yasuno (Japanese), Lindsay Seidel (English)
Debut: Chapter 122 (Manga), Episode 62 (Anime)
A Class 3-A student that has a child-like sense of curiosity. Her Quirk, "Wave Motion", enables her to release her vitality as energy shockwaves, though they lack speed due to coming out in spirals.
- Anime Hair: Modeled after her "twist" motif. It fans out, then gets itself together only for two strands of hair, then fans out again. To make it worse, it's colored in gradient blue, being brighter on top and darker below.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Judging from how fast she switches between topics, she got the attention span of a fruit fly.
- Badass Adorable: For all her cuteness and good looks, she is still among the top three U.A. students and easily takes out two building sized villains in one attack.
- Constantly Curious: She asks everything that passes through her head and has no filter about when she might be getting too personal with her questions. She also asks things at such a speed she hardly even hears the answers to the first question.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Gives one to two giant villains, throwing them on the ground with one attack.
- Curtains Match the Window: She has blue hair, eyebrows, and eyes.
- A Day in the Limelight: A part of the U.A. Cultural Festival Arc focus on her, as she tries to win the beauty pagent in her last year at U.A.
- Everything's Better with Spinning:
- She has a "spiral wave" blast that can take out villains the size of buildings.
- Her hero costume includes a lot of ornaments that seem to spin around her and her limbs.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Downplayed. While not odd, she is one of the few characters to have white irises, rather than black.
- Flight: Her powers let her hover in midair.
- Genki Girl: Impossibly cheery and upbeat at all times. Nejire is always energetic and tries to talk with everyone all the time.
- The Glomp: She jumps to hug Ryukyu during the hero meeting. Ryukyu is apparently very welcoming of this kind of skinship and hugs her back easily.
- Handwave: The reason why her Quirk releases shockwaves in spirals is never cleared up. When the explanation of her Quirk happens, it handwaves this as something that just happens and nobody knows why.
- Hidden Depths: After spending a lot of time behaving like an airhead, she actually takes it personally to win a beauty contest against Bibimi and is very keen about looking elegant and pretty.
- Innocently Insensitive: She's not very good at reading moods when interacting with Class 1-A. She bluntly asks Todoroki about his burn, Shoji's mask, and continues to play with Ashido's horns, despite her annoyance.
- Manchild: Despite being 17, she is mentioned to act like a kindergartner in her childish glee.
- Meaningful Name: One of the straightest examples. Her surname is literally the name of her Quirk, while her given name means "twist" referring to the shape of her shockwaves.
- Mighty Glacier: Her "Wave Motion" Quirk is incredibly powerful but also very slow, due to the spinning motion it acts with.
- Motor Mouth: Talks a mile a minute whenever she gets a chance to open her mouth.
- Ms. Fanservice: Nejire is last year's beauty pageant runner-up, and this year's winner. Even Midoriya is awed by her good looks during her shoot. Her hero costume is essentially a skin tight bodysuit.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She plays with Ashido's horns, not caring about her annoyance and often gets close to people's faces when asking some questions.
- Out of Focus: Unlike her friends, she does not receive any particular amount of focus during the Internship Arc. While Tamaki and Mirio receive a backstory and an exploration of their motivations as well as big, climatic battles, she gets half a chapter of focus and no backstory.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has long hair down to her calves.
- Shout-Out: Dresses up as a female Peter Pan for the beauty contest. Fitting, considering she has a very childlike and innocent mind and the power to fly through the air like Pan.
- Sensual Spandex: Her costume is a tight, form-fitting bodysuit.
- True Blue Femininity: She has a blue Color Motif, but is delicate, adorable and feminine. The U.A. Cultural Arc reveals she is widely considered one of the best looking girls in the school.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In a world where this is played straight, she actually subverts it by asking about all the little details other characters take for granted.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's long and light blue.
Tamaki Amajiki — Suneater
Voiced by: Yuuto Uemura (Japanese), Aaron Dismuke (English)
Debut: Chapter 122 (Manga), Episode 62 (Anime)
A socially-awkward dark-haired Class 3-A student who is one of Mirio's childhood friends. His Quirk is "Manifest", which allows him to transform parts of his body into the body parts of things that he eats.
- Badass Boast: Subverted during the hideout raid. Tamaki doesn't have enough self-esteem to boast about himself, so when he declares that he can defeat three villains at once by himself, Fatgum just accepts it as a statement of fact.
- Childhood Friends: He and Mirio have been friends since third grade.
- Clothing Damage: If he generates huge and inhuman body parts with his Quirk, they tend to wreak havoc on his clothes because they no longer conform to his anatomy.
- Corner of Woe: Whenever he loses his confidence or someone takes it away from him, he cowers against a wall or hangs his head in shame.
- A Day in the Limelight: Chapters 140 and 141 focus on his battle against three of the Eight Expendables, as well as his past with Mirio and the origins of his codename.
- Death Glare: Subverted. Class 1-A thinks that he's doing one, but he's actually just trying to envision them as something else in order to feel more comfortable.
- De-Power: Gets injected with a drug that damages Quirks. He temporarily loses his ability until he heals.
- Does Not Wear Shoes: Shoes seem to interfere with his Quirk manifestation because they close off his feet. In his hero costume, he wears ankle/instep guards that leave his digits and heels uncovered so he can generate helpful appendages such as chicken talons.
- Face of a Thug: He doesn't look like someone you'd want to meet in a dark alley, but any menace in his appearance is promptly subverted by his attack of stage fright.
- Gut Feeling: The moment Mirio is shot by a depowering bullet, Tamaki wakes up and wonders if something happened to him.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He doesn't think very highly of himself when compared to Kirishima and Mirio, who he describes as "suns", since they are bright and inspiring to others.
- In the Hood: His hero costume features a hood that can cover part of his face.
- Imagine the Audience Naked: A variation where he tries to imagine the audience as potatoes. He still fails as Class 1-A still comes off as literal potato heads with human bodies.
- Mutagenic Food: His Quirk allows him to manifest the characteristics of things he eats (e.g. talons and wings from fried chicken and tentacles from takoyaki).
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Tamaki wakes up and realizes something bad happened to Mirio immediately after the latter gets shot with one of the Yakuza's Quirk-Nullifying Bullets.
- Not Good with People: Quickly flakes on his presentation to Class 1-A because he got stage fright.
- Not So Stoic: He initially appears to be stoic and aloof, even a bit threatening, but he is actually very shy and awkward.
- Pointy Ears: He sports elf-like ears.
- Power Copying: If he eats a part of his foe's body, he will gain their Quirk.
- Shrinking Violet: His shyness is his most prominent character trait.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: His Quirk, though it's limited to things he eats.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Receives this from Kirishima due to Tamaki being vocal about his insecurities, who states that Tamaki is also a sun, since he was the one who introduced Kirishima to Fatgum. It's later shown that his name "Suneater" came due to a similar conversation between him and Mirio when they were younger as that's how Mirio used Tamaki's metaphor to convey how he sees Tamaki as a more impressive person than he is.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Dark blue messy hair.
A third-year student from an unknown department. She's also Nejire's best friend.
- All There in the Manual: Her full name is listed in the Volume 20 extras.
- Artistic License: Kōhei Horikoshi makes note in her Character Profile that her piercings and dyed hair would be against dress code in a real school, but that it's fine in the story.
- Ambiguously Gay: Her Character Profile states that she likes "Anything Cute" and that she considers Nejire to be the "cutest thing in the galaxy", implying she likes her.
- Delinquent Hair: She dyes her hair, though it's not specified what color, and she has yet drawn in color.