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Tenko Shimura — Tomura Shigaraki

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

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

Playable in: My Hero Academia: Battle for All, My Hero One's Justice, My Hero One's Justice 2

Quirk: Decay, All For One (Hyper Regeneration, Air Cannon, Search, Radio Waves, Rivet Stab).

Rank: S
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Shigaraki's first outfit. 
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"You heroes pretend to be society's guardians. For generations, you pretended not to see those you couldn't protect and swept their pain under the rug. It's tainted everything you've built. That means your system's all rotten from the inside with maggots crawling out. It all builds up, little by little, over time. You've got the common trash, all too dependent on being protected. And the brave guardians who created the trash that need coddling. It's a corrupt, vicious cycle. Everything I've witnessed... this whole system you've built has always rejected me. Now I'm ready to reject it. That's why I destroy. That's why I took this power for myself. Simple enough, yeah? I don't care if you don't understand. That's what makes us... heroes and villains."

The series' main antagonist and current leader of the League of Villains, a jaded twenty-something who wants to destroy society itself, plus everything else that pisses him off. He was raised by All For One, the villain who crippled All Might, and was groomed to be his successor. His name is actually an alias and his true identity is tied with All Might's mentor Nana Shimura, as he is truly her grandson, Tenko Shimura.

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

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  • Abusive Parents: His father, Kotaro, would lock Tenko out of the house when he misbehaved, and would keep him out there until he apologized. He also physically beat Tenko once when his buttons were badly pushed.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A downplayed example. In the color pages of the manga, Shigaraki is shown with grey hair, whereas his anime appearance gives it a blueish-grey tint.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His Character Tic of scratching himself when he's nervous or upset can be interpreted as either some form of dealing with anxiety or a consequence of reigning in anger issues/murder impulses (if All For One is to be believed). Back when he was young, his family thought this was an allergic reaction instead, leading to the ambiguous part.
  • Antagonist Abilities: Tomura's "Decay" makes him inherently difficult to fight, for several reasons. Against Close Range Combatants, he has a decisive advantage, as while they both have to get close, his ability instantly disintegrates the target's body starting from the point of contact. The target then has to amputate the part of the body that's rotting or else their entire body will decay. After further training, the range and scale of his power increases dramatically. His power is capable of spreading throughout an entire city block and disintegrating it almost instantly. And after undergoing an intense medical procedure, Shigaraki's decay becomes stronger than ever, and he also gains the original All For One Quirk and all of the various Quirks it comes with.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: A grandchild example. He hates his grandmother and blames her for everything that happens to him.
  • Arch-Enemy: Both he and Midoriya are destined to lead the battle between good and evil as the next number one villain and hero, respectively. It's implied throughout the story they will continue the fight All Might and All For One left behind for them and they both now have their mentors’ Quirks respectively.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: During his fight with Re-Destro, Shigaraki unleashes his power to such extent that he turns half of Deika City into a crater in an instant. After witnessing this show of force, and seeing his rival's expression of true freedom, Re-Destro surrenders and offers Shigaraki the leadership of the entire Meta Liberation Army, which consists of over a 100,000 soldiers, vast wealth, high tech equipment and assets of various tier 1 companies. Shigaraki accepts the offer and becomes the Grand Commander of the newly formed Paranormal Liberation Front.
  • Author Appeal: Averted in regards to Shigaraki. Kohei Horikoshi likes drawing hands, as he finds them to be the most expressive part of the body, but he absolutely loathes drawing the "expressionless hands" that adorn Shigaraki's body. He even refers to Shigaraki as his nemesis in the Volume 23 omakes.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: During the fight between Aizawa and the League's various Mooks, Shigaraki stays in the background and watches the fight from afar. Once he actually begins fighting Aizawa, he tells Aizawa how he was able to tell that his Quirk was staying active for shorter periods after every use, and therefore determines that Aizawa can't keep fighting the League's superior numbers by himself forever.
  • Ax-Crazy: Shigaraki is very unstable and willing to kill anybody, especially combined with his usual behavior. Also, his Creepy Monotone and Slasher Smile helps make him look even more homicidal.
  • Bad Boss: In the USJ Arc, he acts like the most stereotypical cartoon villain imaginable, even saying that if Kurogiri weren't so useful, he would have killed him for letting Iida get away. His Character Development has moved him well away from this, however, and by the time he assumes leadership of the League of Villains, he seems to have become a full-fledged Benevolent Boss.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Disintegration by touch? Definitely a villain.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Shigaraki's third costume change consists in part a black suit and tie that bears a resemblance to the type that Re-Destro wears which was likely intentional to demonstrate his dominion over the former MLA's resources.
  • Beauty Mark: An unusual male example, and subverted in that it doesn't make his wrinkled face look any better. It's actually inherited from his grandmother, Nana Shimura.
  • Benevolent Boss: After assuming leadership of the League of Villains. This is highlighted in Chapter 148, where he has an almost beatific appearance while expressing his faith in Toga and Twice. After having his memories unlocked thanks to Re-Destro, Shigaraki declares that he has no need for a future of his own and just wants his League to live how they see fit.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He loses his cool when someone hits his father's hand. He drops this habit as he undergoes character development.
    • Stain. When Dabi mentions that the only reason he joined the League is to carry on Stain's will, Shigaraki almost murders him and Toga right there and then.
    • Stepping on his authority as the aspiring big dog among villains makes him really angry.
  • Better Off with the Bad Guys: As a child, Shigaraki grew up in a strict home, with a father who would punish him by forcing him to sit outside until he behaved himself, a mother and grandparents who offered only platitudes, and a sister as likely to sell him out as console him. When his Decay quirk awakened, it was after his father's emotional abuse turned physical and resulted in Shigaraki massacring most of his family by accident, then deliberately killing his father when he attacked Shigaraki in an attempt to defend himself. It was soon after this, and after being left alone due to Bystander Syndrome (along with people refusing to help him because they were scared of him), that he fell into the clutches of All For One, who raised him from that day forward, becoming his mentor, encouraging his more destructive tendencies, and teaching him how to achieve his goal of upending Hero Society. All For One is perhaps the one thing in the world Shigaraki doesn't hate with a passion.
  • Big Bad: He’s the definitive main antagonist of the series and becomes the sole Big Bad after All For One is defeated. It was eventually revealed that at some point in time All For One passed down his own Quirk to Shigaraki while All For One himself retained a copy of his Quirk. Now that Shigaraki has his mentor's Quirk he is now a force to be reckoned with. He even states to the remnants of All For One’s consciousness that he doesn’t want to becomes All For One, he wants to be better than All For One.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With All For One. Shigaraki leads the League of Villains from the outside, while his master, All For One monitors him from the shadows.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: Used to Be a Sweet Kid, this came to an abrupt end when his Quirk activates for the first time following a beating from his abusive father. He accidentally kills most of his family, before becoming a Self-Made Orphan by deliberately murdering his father. All For One finds him soon after this and decides to groom him to become the leader of the League of Villains, triggering his Start of Darkness in earnest.
  • Blow You Away: One of his favorite Quirks he inherits from All For One seems to be Air Cannon, as he uses it extensively against the heroes as soon as he wakes up from his literal power nap. Quite cleverly though, he also combines Air Cannon with a "Radio Waves" Quirk to send out a blast of air that doubles as an EMP, disrupting the heroes' communications and concealing his movements during the fight.
  • Body Horror: After using his Quirk at its full potential to level a good chunk of a city, his arm is left ragged and decaying by the backlash. In the Paramormal Liberation War Arc, due to him prematurely awakening from his medicial procedure and pushing his body past its limits, his body starts to break down, leaving him with a huge gash across his chest. Also, when Endeavor blasts him with a point-blank Prominence Burn, Shigaraki's body is so badly burned that he starts to look like All For One. And when Midoriya leaves a huge crack in his skull, All For One's grinning face can be seen.
  • Body Motifs: Hands. His Quirk involves destroying things provided that all five digits on his hands are touching them, and he has disembodied hands all over his body, including his face. This is deliberate as Horikoshi enjoys the expressiveness of hands (his own Author Avatar is a hand mutant), and takes it to its logical extreme with Shigaraki's design.
  • Born Unlucky: As five-year-old Tenko, he Used to Be a Sweet Kid who wanted to be a hero. Except his dad despised heroes and kept punishing him every time the topic was brought out. And then, Tenko's Decay Quirk suddenly manifested, killing his family. That was when All For One took Tenko to his home and slowly warped his mind to hate all heroes and transformed him into the Ax-Crazy nihilistic villain known as Tomura Shigaraki.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A reoccuring motif of Shigaraki's character development is that while he possesses the raw power and intellegence to succeed as All For One's position, he often has to be pushed by outside forces into further honing his skills, usually in the form of a rival faction.
  • Character Development: When initially introduced, Shigaraki was a psychotic brat who frequently had temper tantrums when things didn't go his way, and had to be held back from doing anything stupid by Kurogiri. However, once having realized his own convictions, he becomes a lot more cunning, manipulative and patient. This can be seen in his ability to work with "Stain fanboys" in the expanded League, and keeping his temper under control after Bakugo damages his father's hand. Losing his mentor, and later the death of Magne drive his development further (exactly as planned in the former case) as he grows to value his team more. By the time he meets Gigantomachia and Dr. Garaki, he doesn't even lose his cool but instead tries to talk to them rationally instead of just trying to use his Quirk on them. His relationship with his team has also deepened to the point where he remains level-headed towards Spinner for questioning the League's lack of direction. By chapter 237 he states he doesn’t need a future and just wants the league to live as they see fit.
  • Character Tics:
    • In a similar fashion to Uraraka, he avoids touching objects he doesn't want to decompose by using only a few fingers at a time.
    • His habit of scratching himself is a tic that he has had since childhood which started as an "itch" before his Quirk fully activated. According to All For One, his "itch" is a byproduct of his need to destroy physically manifesting itself and can only be alleviated by killing something with some proof of that being the fact he stopped itching after killing his family. As he got older, he settles for scratching his neck which gets increasingly violent when he's in the middle of a breakdown. Thanks to character development, he gets better though he still scratches himself on occasion.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He was able to move faster than eye can see during the USJ arc. Chapter 276 reveals that the procedure that transferred the All For One Quirk to him also modified his body to grant him immense strength even without a Quirk, allowing him to leap high into the air and move with intense speed.
  • The Chessmaster: He was a Psychopathic Manchild, but his character development is slowly turning him into this. This is best seen at the aftermath of the Internship Arc; after spending the arc basically subservient to Overhaul and keeping his ego down, and letting Overhaul and his gang take on the heroes, he backstabs Overhaul at the exact right moment to make it hurt the most. To add insult to injury, he cripples Overhaul to the point that the latter is basically Brought Down to Normal, and ran off with his prized possessions.
  • The Chosen One: Deconstructed: he was chosen specifically because his trauma made him a dagger in All Might's heart. He certainly is a morale killer... but the trauma itself, and his incredibly slipshod mental state, make everyone on his side wonder why he's in charge.
  • Clothing Damage: Over the course of his battle with Re-Destro, Shigaraki's outfit gets progressively more torn and damaged, culminating in him being left wearing the remnants of his pants after he unleashes his ultimate attack in the conclusion of their battle. Happens again in the Paranormal Liberation War Arc where he starts off in a bodysuit similar to Nine from Heroes Rising, but as his battle with the Heroes progresses, his suit becomes damaged until he's wearing nothing but the remants of his pants.
  • Coat Cape: Shigaraki's third costume change includes a coat with a fluffy collar, not unlike what Overhaul used to wear, that he wears in this fashion.
  • Combat Tentacles: In Chapter 285, All For One's lingering consciousness takes control of his body, causing him to manifest the Forcible Quirk Activation tentacles, which he uses to impale both Endeavor and Bakugo. Unlike All For One, Shigaraki can sprout the tendrils from his fingers and his back as well, allowing him to move Doctor Octopus style.
  • Combo Platter Powers: After gaining the original All For One Quirk, Shigaraki can combine different Quirks together to create devastating attacks. During his fight with Endeavor, he combines an Air Cannon Quirk with a Radio Waves Quirk, allowing him to blow the heroes away and disrupt their communications. This also ends up awakening some of the High End Nomu who survived Shigaraki's Decay wave.
  • Costume Evolution: Shigaraki has a few through the series whenever important milestones in his villain career happen:
    • When Shigaraki becomes the guiding force of the League of Villains, without the influence of All For One, he starts wearing a dark black Badass Longcoat, showing how he's come to embrace his authority and his evolution into a competent villain.
    • After taking over the leadership of the MLA and reforming it and the League into the Paranormal Liberation Front, Shigaraki decks himself out in a suit and spiffy coat to demonstrate his newfound strength and influence. He continues to wear his one surviving hand as a face mask replacing Father. However, unlike before, the hand no longer serves as a mental crutch and is now just there to fit with his former aesthetic.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In Chapter 276 it's revealed that Shigaraki used his newfound control over his Decay Quirk to avoid hitting the capsules for the sleeping High-End Nomu so he could summon them to aid him later.
  • Creepy Monotone: Shigaraki's voice is very eerie and quavering, and in the manga, his speech bubbles are drawn as jittery with messy text, used to illustrate that he's unstable and could come unhinged at any moment.
  • Creepy Souvenir: That hand Shigaraki wears on his face? It's heavily implied to be and later outright confirmed to be his father's actual hand and all that was left after using Decay on him. The hands Shigaraki wears around his neck, upper arms, elbows, and wrists are later revealed to belong to his other family members, killed the same way at the same time after his Quirk's accidental activation. It's later clarified that when he killed his family, Decay hadn't fully materialized, so instead of disintegrating them to dust, it tore their bodies into bloody chunks, which explains how All For One was able to recover the hands when usually there's nothing left of Shigaraki's victims. The ones on his neck are his mother's, the ones on his upper arms are his maternal grandfather's, the ones on his forearms are his maternal grandmother's, and the one's on his wrists are his older sister's. The last five hands (the ones on his shoulders, sides, and the back of his head) are perhaps the most disturbing of all: four of them belonging to two random punks who made the mistake of crossing a young Shigaraki. The last one? It's from his paternal grandmother Nana Shimura, who was murdered by All for One, and her hand was given to Shigaraki to replace one of his fathers hands that he accidentally destroyed.
  • Dark Is Evil: His skin looks like that of a mangled corpse and his preferred attire color is black, all of which serve to emphasize his malice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While not as pronounced as someone like Dabi, by the time of the Internship Arc he has developed into one of these. Taken Up to Eleven by the time of the Paranormal Liberatio War arc, at one point dryly wondering if he is using the correct hand to reinacting All Might's iconic pose at Kamino... while standing atop a downed Endeavor's chest.
  • Destroy the Abusive Home: After killing his entire family, Shigaraki's Decay Quirk completely destroyed the house his father built.
  • Determinator: Easily rivals Midoriya in this category, if not surpasses him. This is best demonstrated in Chapter 223, where Gigantomachia has been hunting and continuously fighting him for 48 hours straight with only three hours for Shigaraki to rest. And this has been going on for a month and a half.
  • Disease Bleach: Shigaraki didn't always have silver hair and red eyes. Chapter 235 shows that when he was five years old, he shared his family's dark hair and eyes. He only got those features after killing his father.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Shigaraki's first victim that he intentionally murdered was his own father as payback for the constant abuse he suffered growing up.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Following All For One's defeat, he becomes the new leader of the League of Villains, just as his mentor wanted.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To All For One. He was trained by All For One to become his successor. He eventually becomes the new leader of the League of Villains after All For One’s defeat and Shigaraki now has his masters Quirk, All For One, but not only that, Shigaraki also claims he doesn’t want to be like his master, he wants to be better than him.

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  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: It's subtle, but he's actually changed art styles as his character has developed, from a highly detailed style that played up his creepiness to a less detailed style that still leaves him creepy, but also gives him a soft, almost beatific feel.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In Chapter 270, Shigaraki sees his long dead mother in his dream/vision. It clearly shows that he still cares about her, enough that he turns back into a child in front of her. Unfortunately, it's not enough to stop him to embrace the path of villainy. He tells her and the rest of their family to not reject who he is now after they try to stop him from coming to All For One. Hell, when he meets Nana Shimura in One For All, he outright tells her he blames her for everything that's happened to him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Although he murdered his entire family, as shown in the subconscious of his mind, deep down he still holds on to some lingering affections for his family. Best shown in his talk with his sister Hana that he appologizes to her for what happened in killing her. Played straight with All For One. As because he took him off the street, Tomura truly cares and respects his foster father. As when he feels some of his Sensei's lingering presince inside his mind after recieving his Quirk, Shigaraki admits he's truly grateful for everything he's done for him, but casts him aside, not out of spite, but because he wants to surpass him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • During the Forest Training Camp Arc, he tells Kurogiri that he wouldn't send the new recruits into danger, claiming he wasn't that heartless.
    • He is openly appalled by Overhaul's lack of regard for his underlings, and killing Magne didn't exactly do his view on him any favors either.
    • During the Meta Liberation Army Arc, he says that he won't forgive the army for toying with Twice's emotions since Twice is tearing himself apart to save the kidnapped Giren.
    • While Tomura has no qualms committing atrocities, he doesn't enjoy manipulating people, especially his comrades. He even denounces his own mentor for having such proclivities.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The reason why his plan to convert Bakugo to the League of Villains quite literally blew up in his face. He thought that Bakugo's Jerkass tendencies meant that he'd be better suited as a villain than a hero, not realizing that Bakugo wants to be a hero like All Might in spite of his violent tendencies. Aizawa, All Might, and Bakugo himself pretty much spell this out for him.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • A pretty blatant one to Midoriya, as All For One's protégé compared to One For All's inheritor, especially given his Awesomeness by Analysis abilities. They both even receive their mentor's Quirks. They both wear red sneakers, even.
    • To Eri. Both of them were individuals who as children awoke unseen Quirks that resulted in them both accidentally killing family members, which led to them being taken in by criminal organizations. The main difference being Eri was eventually rescued and is now able to recover from the trauma, while no one helped Shigaraki, which led to his outlook and villainous status.
    • Based on the flashback seen in Chapter 237, All For One deliberately engineered Tomura to become one for All Might hopping to turn him into a "Symbol of Fear" to counteract the other as a "Symbol of Peace."
  • Evil Feels Good: His narration during his flashback says that he felt the most pleasant of sensations once he murdered his father and that the incident stopped his constant itching.
  • Evil Is Petty: In the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, the first thing he does after waking up from his medical procedure? Kill X-Less and take his cape.
  • Evil Nephew: To the First One For All user. Although they're not biologically related, All For One did adopt Shigaraki when he was just a boy.
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: Eric Vale gives Shigaraki a very coarse voice that doesn't break even when he is in the middle of a Villainous Breakdown.
  • Exact Words: He never explicitly told Toga and Twice to betray the yakuza. But he didn't tell them not to betray them. This allowed them to get past Nemoto's Quirk because there was technically no planned betrayal in the works, it was just something they chose to do later on, which Shigaraki was banking on.
  • Expy: Word of God states that Shigaraki was based on the protagonist of his first one-shot, Tenko. They both share the ability to disintegrate anything they touch, they both accidentally killed their loved ones with their abilities, they both share an intense hatred for the world and wish to rid it of something (For Shigaraki, it's All Might and heroes as a whole. For Tenko, it's swords), and they both share the same name.
  • Eye Scream: Shigaraki has a scar over his right eye which is revealed to be a result of him clawing at his own eye as a child after he accidentally murdered his sister.
  • The Faceless: His face is always covered by one of his hands, even when he's not wearing the rest of his costume, until his real face is revealed to Midoriya in a shopping mall.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can be even-tempered and articulate when he so chooses, as was evident in his ambush of Midoriya in the shopping mall, where he made due on his promise not to hurt him so long as they talked. He's also quick to feign ignorance once Uraraka shows up.
  • Fingore: Re-Destro cripples Shigaraki's left hand, and the latter loses his thumb, index and middle fingers.
  • Foil: To Midoriya. Both of them are the pupils of the previous Big Good and Big Bad. respectively, and at the start of the story both of them are pretty terrible at what they try to do and have to learn from their mentors. While Midoriya is trying to become the world's greatest hero, Shigaraki is trying to become the world's greatest villain at the same time. Shigaraki is also descended from a user of One For All but doesn't even know it, while Midoriya has no biological relationship to any of the Quirk's users but has a strong connection with All Might. Both Midoriya and Shigaraki belong to Nana Shimura's legacy. And while both have powerful Quirks they need to control for fear of what could happen otherwise, Midoriya works to control his power in increasing increments and fears the damage his Quirk does to his own body, while Shigaraki's can only be all-or-nothing and affects things around him when uncontrolled. Even their Body Motifs are opposing, with Shigaraki requiring his hands for his Quirk and Midoriya focusing his own through his legs after developing Shoot Style. Both inherit their mentors' Quirks and gain a weaker version of the each others mentors abilities with the differences being how they gained them. Shigaraki obtained All For One after undergoing a painful, extensive Quirk surgery. His body is artificially enhanced to imitate All Might's immense strength (although it is not completely on par with All Might). On the other hand, Izuku obtained One For All after undergoing ten months of physical training. He also obtained the ability wield multiple Quirks, which imitates All For One's ability (except he can't steal or give away individual Quirks and is limited to seven Quirks at most).
    • Towards Stain as well. Both Stain and Shigaraki are of the same opinion that too many heroes have corrupted the society. While Stain sought to improve the society by purging many heroes, Shigaraki intends to destroy it altogether. Basically, the former wanted to solve the problem, while the other wants to eliminate it.
  • For the Evulz: At first, he comes across as a Manchild who just wants to destroy what he dislikes. Many villains criticize him for his lack of conviction, which makes him look like a weak villain. Gradually, Shigaraki realises his conviction: to destroy the society along with its heroes for their negligence towards the downtrodden.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Literally. After killing his family with his Quirk, he suppressed the memories and subconsciously held himself back, limiting his Quirk to the five-fingers method he used up until his memories began to return in the Meta Liberation Army Arc.
  • Four Is Death: In My Hero One's Justice, hitting an opponent with his special move four times kills them instantly. The pop-up that appears upon connecting displays a number that increases with each hit, until the fourth one, which says "DEAD!". Also, his birthday is April 4th, or 4/4.
  • Freak Out: When Re-Destro starts breaking his fingers and damages the hands of his family, Shigaraki starts having a mental breakdown as these acts start triggering his memories of his family before he accidentally killed them.
  • Freudian Excuse: We get glimpses of his childhood, and it's really sad. By all accounts, he had a loving family before his Quirk awoke except for his father who despised heroes due to his mother abandoning him. He got into trouble with his father whenever he expressed a desire to become a hero and was locked outside until he apologised. While his family loved him, they didn't want to go against his father's wishes, and tried to convince him to give up on his dream, which left him constantly depressed. His sister Hana was the only one to encourage Tenko and showed him a picture of his grandma Nana to give him hope. However, his father found out about the photo and Hana, in a Moment of Weakness, said that Tenko begged to be shown the picture which led to his father beating him. Seeing that his family wouldn't stand up for him was the final straw and it led to Tenko hating everything. After accidentally killing his family, he was left lost, destitute and crying in a street alley. Why did no one help him? Because he looked so freaking scary. But then All For One came to his rescue, pointing out how heroes give people hope, but also deconstructing this by arguing how now that people are Holding Out for a Hero, they would rather let the heroes deal with suffering people than actively help him themselves. Unfortunately, young Shigaraki bought it and is now a devout follower of Sensei from thereon.
  • Full-Name Basis: Kurogiri always refers to or calls him by his full name.
  • Gave Up Too Soon: His first raid on USJ is quickly called off when their trump card against All Might lost. Midoriya calls him out on this, pointing to it as one of the major differences between him and Stain, along with their conviction. This aspect is completely averted after further character development. He's currently fighting to make Gigantomachia submit, and the battle has lasted for a month and a half and counting.
  • Generation Xerox: During his month and a half long battle with Gigantomachia, he kept his smile up through the whole ordeal. He's smiling through adversity, just like his grandmother.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Early in the series Shigaraki was nothing more than a deranged manchild that wanted to destroy anything he doesn't like and didn't have any other motivation besides that. Both heroes and villains call him out on his mindless destruction. While he does realize he had conviction all along and why he wants to destroy his end goal hasn't really changed at. He intends to destroy society out of a misplaced grudge against it.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a big scratch over his right eyelid and a nasty looking disfigurement around the corner of his mouth, both of which emphasize the sense that he's completely psychotic. A flashback shows he got his face cut up somehow and was sitting in an alleyway cowering after some sort of awful bloody spectacle.
  • Happily Adopted: Considering how horrible his life was under his father's rule and his family just standing by letting him get abused, it's not surprisng he would be happier being raised by All For One, who did give him a much better life.
  • Hates Their Parent: He is shown to hate his father in flashbacks of his childhood. In fact, his treatment of Shigaraki was so bad that he outright murders his father with gleeful joy when given the opportunity. He even outright says to Nana Shimura when he meets her in One For All that he hates her for everything that's happened to him.
  • Healing Factor: After gaining the original All For One Quirk, one of the new Quirks he has is a Super Regeneration Quirk. Endeavor uses his Hell's Curtain Super Move in an attempt to trap him, but Shigaraki regenerates faster than the flames can burn him.
  • The Heavy: For all intents and purposes, he is the one stirring up trouble within the series, with the rarely-appearing "Sensei" supporting him by providing intel and manpower. He is now taking over as the sole Big Bad following his mentor's imprisonment.
  • Helping Hands: Has hands covering his entire body, including his face. It's later revealed these hands are all that remains of his family after his Quirk awakened.
  • Hero Killer: In Chapter 272, the massive Decay wave Shigaraki unleashes upon fully awakening in the Jakku hospital kills a good number of heroes sent there, among them X-Less and Crust.
  • Holding Out for a Hero: Shigaraki seems to have contempt for this attitude during his conversation with Midoriya. In his eyes, everyday people are oblivious to the fact that anyone with a dangerous Quirk could easily kill them. He thinks this is because the masses believe that heroes like All Might will always jump in and save them. It's implied that this attitude also created the Bystander Syndrome that made people so unwilling to help Shigaraki when he was a child. It didn't help that he looked really scary after accidentally killing his own family.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He badly underestimates Bakugo's moral character when he targets him as a potential Rival Turned Evil.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The procedure he went has granted him inhuman amounts of power while still looking more or less the same. Even with his quirks nullified his normal strength is comparable to All Might.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Toga and Dabi attempt to join the organization, he calls Toga a "brat" for coming across as annoying to him and gets annoyed at Dabi for not revealing his real name. Mentally speaking, Shigaraki is more of a "brat" than Toga is, and is also not going by his real name.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: Pure authority initially, and not even his own. However, after All For One's defeat and his subsequent Character Development, he shifts more toward loyalty based on a mix of acceptance and benevolence.
  • Identical Grandson: As Chapter 235 shows, when Tenko was five years old and hadn't yet developed his Quirk, he much more closely resembled his grandmother, Nana, with the same black hair, eyes, and Beauty Mark. Whatever happened to him has made him unrecognizable to his grandmother now.
  • Important Haircut: After abandoning his past, his normally droopy and wet-looking hair becomes free-flowing and silky instead, accentuating his new, intimidating appearance and status.
  • In a Single Bound:Once awakening from an intense medical procedure designed to implant the original All For One Quirk to him, Shigaraki gains the ability to leap long distances. Chapter 276 reveals that this was the result of the procedure modifying his body to grant him Super Strength even without a Quirk.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Initially prone to this, making speeches about how heroes are just as bad as villains and the like. This makes him a charismatic leader to the two-bit thugs following him during the USJ arc, given that he's basically telling them what they already want to hear.
  • Instant Expert: Right after awakening from stasis, Shigaraki knows what Quirks he has, when to use them, and can wield them without any blowback or initial struggle about the Quirk's application. The only thing he needs any time to do is decide what Quirks would work best in combination with each other. Granted, this was intentional on All For One's part, as he chose Quirks that would be rather straightforward and easy-to-use when first obtained.
  • It's All About Me: Initially his reasons for going against Hero society are purely solipsistic, because he sees taking out his hatred of it for "kicking him to the curb" as a form of validation of his own power. He later gets called out for having such childish motivations by Stain during the Hero Killer arc.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: After Midoriya defeated Overhaul with the help of Eri, Shigaraki staged an attack on the escort Overhaul's in just so he can get his hands on Overhaul to punish him for the dishonor and bloodshed he inflicted on the League of Villains.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In his debut, he was little more than a self-entitled brat who had anger issues and lacked a clear heading. However, come the end of the anime's second season onward, he is treated far more seriously as an antagonist. He begins to keep his temper in check, which, in turn, helps him better hone his tactical mind, all of which make him a much more dangerous threat to the heroes.
  • Lack of Empathy: Given that he's so mired in his hatred of society at large, Shigaraki is utterly devoid of genuine compassion.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Ironically, despite having hated his father because of the abuse he inflicted on him as a child, Tenko grew up to be very much like him: both hate hero society, both escalate to violence when things don't go their way and both grew up resenting their parents.
  • Logical Weakness: His Decay Quirk is exceptionally dangerous, but only if he can actually touch his target with all five fingers. Presumably, losing even one finger on either hand would make it impossible to use. Also, the object he grabs has to be a solid object. That's why Snatch, whose ability to turn into sand gives him a fluid form Shigaraki can't properly grip, is able to fight him hand-to-hand without issue. He loses this weakness by the end of the Meta Liberation Army Arc.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Shigaraki is actually the grandson of Nana Shimura, who was All Might's mentor and the previous wielder of One For All.
  • Made of Iron: Although his Quirk has nothing to do with his physical durability, he has repeatedly been shown to survive or quickly recover from injuries that shouldn't realistically be possible for a normal human. He gets hit point blank by one of Bakugo's explosions and walks it off. He's also able to heal perfectly fine after being basically maimed by bullets after the USJ attack. Also despite getting slapped around by Gigantomachia for a month, he's still able to walk, talk, and move like he wasn't even winded. He later gets smacked down from a glancing strike from Re-Destro's 80% Stress form which is strong enough to demolish several buildings from the air force alone, but he has enough strength to get up immediately (note that this is during the period where he is getting slapped around by Gigantomachia as well). This gets taken Up to Eleven in the Paranormal Liberation War Arc. After awakening from an intense medical procedure designed to transfer the All For One Quirk to him, Shigaraki's body is modified to grant him immense superhuman strength, speed, and durability which combined with a Super Regeneration Quirk, allows him to survive things that would kill a normal human. At one point, he takes a large explosion from Bakugo and a direct hit from Endeavor's Vanishing Fist super move and still manages to keep fighting, even managing to grievously injure Gran Torino.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Shigaraki seems to have a ridiculously high pain threshold, and barely seems to react to potentially crippling injuries. He gets stabbed in the shoulder by Stain, but only reacts violently when the latter's sword almost touched his father's hand, and merely complained afterwards that he had only just finished healing from his prior injuries and that they didn't have a healer in their party to fix him. During the battle with the Meta Liberation Army, Re-Destro destroys three of the fingers on his left hand, but Shigaraki barely notices, having a much bigger reaction to seeing his sister's hand being destroyed.
  • Make Them Rot: His Quirk. He can effectively destroy anything he touches.
  • Mama's Boy: Flashbacks shows that he was close to his mother, Nao, before her death. Which makes sense since his father, Kotaro, was an Abusive Parent.
  • Meaningful Rename: "Tomura Shigaraki" isn't his birth name. That would be Tenko Shimura, which gains significance when it's revealed he's the grandson of All Might's mentor, Nana Shimura. This rename was intentional by All For One who explains in Shigaraki's flashback that Tomura is short for Tomurau, which means to mourn and the sadness that comes with death and parting. And Shigaraki is significant because it is All For One's true last name. Therefore "Tomura Shigaraki" is someone who has been reborn as one who inspires acts of mourning around the world while acknowledging his role as All For One's successor and surrogate son.
  • Mind Hive: After All For One passes on his quirk to Tomura just like One for All's weilders did to their successors, it's revealed that the All For One quirk also passes on its welders "wills", with a ghostly apparition of All For One now existing inside of Tomura who can influence his actions just like One For All's past wielders can help Midoriya.
  • Moral Myopia: While he isn't entirely wrong about the myriad of social issues that have been left to fester within Hero Society, his use of mass wholesale destruction as a solution has had the effect of replicating the root cause behind those issues on a larger scale.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: As it turns out, Dr.Garaki didn't only transfer All For One to Tomura during his enhancement process, but also physically strengthened his body as well. After awakening from his long slumber, the formerly slim Tomura is now absolutely jacked and it shows in his performance; his raw power is now such that, even while having his quirks canceled out by Eraser Head, he can easily jump several stories in the air and casually overpower Endeavor with one arm. This is somewhat ironic though, as he was previously a case of Muscles Are Meaningless and was already quite a bit stronger than his slim build suggested.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: After acquiring the All For One Quirk, Tomura also inherits his master's intense urge to obtain One For All. According to Tomura, even though he is all powerful thanks to several strong Quirks, he still experiences dissatisfaction for not having One For All.

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  • Never My Fault: For his understandably tragic backstory and his chilling monologue in the Paranormal Liberation War, Tomura Shigaraki is ultimately a man who refuses to address his weaknesses, blames the rest of the world for his failings and uses the aforementioned tragic backstory as a justification for his malice. Because of All For One's (the villain's) influence, he is unable to entertain the possibility that he's wrong about anything.
  • Next Tier Power-Up:
    • He gets this during the fight against the MLA when he unlocks his long-suppressed memories and regains the full use of his Quirk, allowing his Decay to propagate between objects and people rather than being limited to what he directly touches.
    • Invokes this deliberately when he orders Kyudai Garaki to upgrade him using research originally meant for All For One, which results in Shigaraki not only gaining more control over "Decay," but results in him receiving "All For One" and all of the stolen Quirks that came with it.
  • Nightmare Face: There are entire pages dedicated to how creepy this guy looks, just to hammer in the point. Even when we see his actual face, which should be comparatively normal, it's drawn with frightening detail, leading to this.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he searched for All For One's legacy and that legacy found him first, and wants Shigaraki to prove himself worthy for his devotion.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: His overall goal appears to be the destruction of society. It is later revealed that this is due to the immense trauma he had suffered during his childhood when his Quirk had first manifested. Shigaraki can only recollect fragments that excruciatingly torment his psyche. As a result, he loathes the world and every living thing in it.
    Shigaraki: Even if this society comes crashing down... Even if I rise to rule the underworld... That weight in my heart is never gonna go away. It's why I hate everything. Every living, breathing thing just rubs me the wrong way. So why not destroy it all? Why not destroy everything?
  • Overarching Villain: He is this for most of the series as most arcs tend to involve him or his organization somehow, even the ones where he's not the main threat like the Overhaul Arc.
  • Power Parasite: Obtains All For One's original Quirk thanks to Kyudai Garaki.
  • Power Palms: After obtaining "All For One," he gains holes in the palms of his hands like his master has, the implication being that these holes allow him to steal and give Quirks.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: While the audience only gets to see bits and pieces of how powerful Shigaraki's Decay Quirk really is, the League's war with the Meta Liberation Army showcases some truly jaw dropping levels of power which including disintegrating dozens of members of the army with the sweep of a hand and destroying an entire tower just by touching it, and later on disintegrating an entire city leaving only a cratered ruins. It is later revealed that the destruction was even greater than the one at Kamino, indicating that Shigaraki is at least as dangerous as All For One. The famous quote from the Bhagavad Gita pretty much summarizes Shigaraki as a whole, "Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds."
  • Personality Powers:
    • Actually discussed between him and Re-Destro. Shigaraki is an extreme nihilist that cares for nothing but the destruction of the world. Re-Destro is aware of this, which is why, as a Visionary Villain, he initially opposes the League.
    • This is Invoked by All For One while he steals Quirks to "pre-load" for Tomura before passing on the original All For One Quirk. Knowing that Tomura desires absolute destructive power and also wouldn't be patient enough to train any Weak, but Skilled type of powers, he steals simple but powerful Quirks for his protege to use, such as Super Strength multipliers and air cannons.
  • Playing Both Sides: His plan for the Meta Liberation Army. Gigantomachia will sleep for about one hour more than they will be in the city trying to rescue Giran. Shigaraki's plan is for them to hold on, get Giran to safety and attract Giganto to the city. Giganto will destroy the army to the same degree that they'll hopefully tire or harm him enough for Shigaraki to be able to take him down himself, killing two bird with one stone. Daruma points out the army may be lying about their numbers but in that case, Shigaraki is satisfied with the idea that Gigantomachia will obliterate the little numbers the army does have.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Initially starts out as one of these; seeing the whole USJ invasion as nothing more than a game. All Might later specifically describes him as this. Stain and Overhaul even call him out on this, finding the reasons for his actions and his ambitions respectively be childish and without cause. Eventually grows out of this by the Internship arc.
  • Rage Breaking Point: In the past when his Quirk first emerged and killed his family. He had been trying to get help from his father after accidentally killing the rest of the family when his father hits him in the head with a pipe. This act, reminding him of all the abuse he had taken under his father's household, awakened a desire to kill his father in murderous rage, making him his first actual victim in the process.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: In Chapter 281, He incapacitates Gran Torino by running his fist straight through him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Made more visible when he has no hand on his face.
  • Red Right Hand: After his battle with Re-Destro, Shigaraki losses all but the ring and pinkie fingers of his left hand and now wears a brace/prosthetic of some sort that resembles a half glove over his fingers.
  • Repressed Memories: Shigaraki subconsciously suppressed his memories of him killing his family as a sort of self-preservation measure from his brain. Once those become unlocked, Shigaraki is capable of showing what he can really do.
  • The Resenter: To Stain for upstaging him as a villain without even trying. He doesn't react well when the new recruits admit that they only joined the League of Villains because they are fans of Stain. Kurogiri's intervention is the only reason he and the new recruits didn't kill each other on the spot.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Initially he is clearly dangerous to be around; with a personality that bordered on childish, a tendency to get easily upset and throw tantrums when things don't fall his way, and his proud, petty nature meant that he wouldn't work with anyone who annoyed him or disrespected him for any petty reason. While he eventually grew out of it, it is clear that were it not for All For One feeding him help and minions, he would most likely have ended in a cell.
  • Scars Are Forever: While it might not be as easily noticeable, or at the very least something the audience can write of as being caused by his dry skin, Shigaraki has noticeable scars on his right eyelid and the left side of his lip. Chapter 236 reveals that the eye scar was a result of young Tenko clawing at his own eye after he accidentally killed his older sister while the lip scar came from his father smacking him in the face with a weed whacker after witnessing his son's rampage.
  • Self-Harm: Shigaraki often scratches his neck and, as shown in Episode 11, if he starts having a psychotic episode, he'll scratch himself so hard that he starts drawing blood.
  • Self-Made Orphan: He accidentally killed his entire family when his Quirk first activated, leaving him in the miserable state in which All For One found him. As of Chapter 222 of the manga, it's revealed that he only remembers fragments of the event, but they're enough to make him sick to his stomach. As he fights Re-Destro, the memories start coming back full force when his family's hands get damaged.
  • Self-Serving Memory: During his battle with Re-Destro where he reflects on his past as a child. He narrates about how he hated his family for not sticking up for him when his father abused him. A kid hating those around them at that age when in trouble, punished, or abused is accurate to a point, his actions during the flashback make clear how little control he had over his Quirk, seeking help from the rest of his family, even his father before he attacked young Tenko, and even implying he was trying to hug his mom as she attempted to hug him before dying. Showing that his feelings for the rest of the family is more complicated than he'd like to remember.
  • Skewed Priorities: He held captive an entire mall to talk to Izuku, not to kill the new successor of One For All as his main goal, but to vent out his frustration and confusion to Midoriya on why people would follow Stain rather than him.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports one the first time we see his face. And that's not even going into the incredibly unsettling one he gives poor Midoriya later on in their conversation. Chapter 223 makes note that Shigaraki has been smiling like this for over a month despite (or maybe because) being in terrible danger. Hell, that smile was the reason why no one came to help him, he was that scary.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Amusingly averted. While he's talking about his grand plan and comparing his minions to pawns, he's playing video games. And then he starts using the analogy of low level players who tried taking on a too strong boss. In fact, Shigaraki has no idea how to play chess. He's really bothered when Overhaul forces him to play a few rounds of shogi during their meeting. When the time comes to use chess metaphors, all Shigaraki has figured out is "you win by taking the other guy's king".
  • Smarter Than You Look: Thanks in no small part to his initial childishness and psychotic episodes, it can be difficult to remember at times that Shigaraki is actually an incredibly smart villain. This can be shown in his fight with Aizawa when he was able to determine that the duration of time he could erase Quirks was getting shorter and coming up with the plan to successfully capture Bakugo. In fact, according to his stats in the Official Character Book, he ranks 5/5 or A in intelligence, (which for the record makes him smarter than Midoriya and Kurogiri, who both scored a 4/5 or B). Overhaul dismissed Shigaraki as a brat with good connections. But Shigaraki's faith/respect in his subordinates, his impeccable timing, and excellent maneuvering lead him to steal Overhaul's bullet, destroy the man's empire and gloat to his face about it. This comes up again in the Paranormal Liberation War Arc. When chasing after Midoriya and Bakugo, he combines an Air Cannon Quirk with a Radio Waves Quirk, allowing him to disrupt the heroes' communications and use the Recoil Boost to catch up to them. Also, the Radio Waves end up awakening some of the High-End Nomu who survived the decay. Only a timely rescue from Gran Torino prevents the two students from facing certain death. In the next chapter, it's revealed that while Decaying the city, he used his newfound control over it to avoid hitting the capsules containing the remaining sleeping High-End Nomu so he could summon them later if needed.
  • Smash the Symbol: After recovering his memories during his fight with Re-Destro Shigaraki destroys his father's hand declaring it unnecessary. His family's hands were meant to keep his old memories as Tenko Shimura locked away while aggravating his aggressive tendencies to help him embrace his need for destruction. By deliberately destroying his hands, Shigaraki has truly left his past behind him and now fully embraced his role as as a vehicle of destruction.
  • Spoiled Brat: Before his character development Shigaraki would complain and lash out when things didn't go his way; even Doctor Ujiko mentions that Kurogiri had coddled and spoiled Shigaraki too much.
  • Straw Nihilist: He has nothing but absolute contempt for the society that heroes have created, seeing it as nothing but a big lie that people have deluded themselves believing for a false sense of security, and fostering a culture of Bystander Syndrome and Holding Out for a Hero mentality. So, he resolves to tear it all down, forcing everyone to confront the grim reality they have so blithely rejected.
  • Stupid Evil: Very much so early on. Shigaraki's manchild tendency caused him to make incredibly short-shorted decisions that backfired horribly and would have ended his villain career if not for Kurogiri and All For One. After his talk with Izuku he grows out this for the most part.
  • Superpower Lottery: His Decay Quirk, put simply, gives him the power to break things. Only thing is that there's no real limit to what he can break. The only two limitations are that he needs to touch a solid surface (As demonstrated in his fight with the Sand Hero Snatch) and that he needs all five fingers to make contact with the victim. However, the Meta Liberation Army Arc reveals that the latter is due to Shigaraki subconsciously repressing the memories of him killing his family. Once he "liberates" those memories, he shows off some truly destructive feats such as disintegrating an entire group of people by spreading the decay like a virus, bringing down a skyscraper with a single touch, and later obliterating an entire city. In the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, after awaking from a intense medical procedure, Shigaraki not only gains full control of his Decay Quirk, but also gains the original All For One Quirk and all of the numerous Quirks All For One stole with it as well as innate knowledge on how to utilize each Quirk effectively. Also, the procedure modified his body to grant him immense strength even without a Quirk.
  • Super Speed: While it has yet to be commented on In-Universe, Shigaraki is very fast. This is best demonstrated in the USJ Arc, wherein once he notices Midoriya, Tsuyu and Mineta, he suddenly goes from being in the middle of the training grounds, to right in front of Midoriya and company, in the blink of an eye. Shigaraki has 5/5 or A in speed.
  • Super Strength: Chapter 276 reveals that the procedure that transferred the All For One Quirk to him also modified his body to grant him immense strength even without a Quirk, allowing him to leap high into the air and move with intense speed. He was also strong enough to send both Endeavor and Ryuku crashing to the ground with a single punch.
  • Tragic Villain: Tenko Shimura wanted nothing more than to be a hero and have his family love and support, sadly his father's hatred of heroes and his family's bystander syndrome caused Tenko's heart to harden and felt the home that was supposed to love and support him only rejected him and his dreams. Things only got worse from there when his quirk awakened
  • To the Pain: In one of his most sadistic and vengeful moments, Shigaraki inflicted this punishment on Overhaul. He decides to avoid killing the man outright even though he expects this is be the reason why Shigaraki went to the trouble to attack him after his defeat, but Shigaraki has something worse in mind. He has Mr. Compress destroy Overhaul's left arm as payback for taking his. He then steal the materials to make Quirk neutralizer bullets. Afterwards, he personally decays and severs Overhaul's right arm with a knife before his Quirk's effects spread far enough to be lethal. This leaves Overhaul crippled and incapable of activating his Quirk ever again. Finally, Shigaraki laughs in Overhaul's face and tells him that now he's powerless, he'll be forced to watch in envy as the League of Villains becomes the dominant power.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While he was already very strong before but limited by the need to touch his foe, the full power of his Quirk is shown during the Meta Liberation Army where he becomes able to project and spread his Decay at a distance giving him a tool to defend himself from attacks by decaying them before they touch him and enough destructive power to level a city. During the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, after awakening from a procedure designed to transfer the original All For One Quirk to him, Shigaraki gains full control over his Decay Quirk, allowing him to choose what he wants to destroy as he was able to kill X-Less while keeping his cape intact, stop his Quirk from destroying the facility he was housed in, and hold his phone with all five of his fingers without destroying it. He also now has access to all of the Quirks his master had stored for him giving him a vast stockpile of powers.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: With the arrest of All For One and his subsequent Character Development, Shigaraki gradually shifts into this; developing a better rapport with his compatriots over time, to the point that he declares in the Meta Liberation Army arc that he has no need for a future of his own and just wants his League to live how they see fit.
  • Touch of Death: He can disintegrate anything his hand connects to, but only when all five fingers are touching it. The Quirk does not spread if an appendage being decayed is severed, something which Shigaraki is aware of and may use for his particularly evil punishments. He later gains the ability to spread his decaying power like a virus so that it's able to affect other people and objects that he hasn't touched, as long as they come in contact with something or someone that has already started decaying.
  • Transplant: He's heavily based on the eponymous protagonist of Horikoshi's debut manga Tenko. Not only do they share the same name, but both share the same power, both are orphans, both have accidentally used their power on a loved one, and both are also driven by a deep hate for the world and a very intense goal to destroy something in it.note  Tenko is effectively Shigaraki's prototype.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Whatever happened to Shigaraki in the past was apparently so traumatic that he can't remember anything more then brief flashes of his prior life before he met All For One. It's only after one of the hands that belonged to his sister gets destroyed by Re-Destro that his memories start coming back in force.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: His Quirk became active while he was hugging his dog for comfort after a massive chewing out (for something comparatively minor) from his father. He then proceeded to accidentally kill his mother, sister, and maternal grandparents, before intentionally using the power to kill his abusive father. The experience was traumatic enough that when All For One and Daruma Ujiko explained what happened that day, the shock and stress caused the poor boy to Go Mad from the Revelation and vomit.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Tenko came from a (mostly) loving family growing up and genuinely aspired to be a hero, not unlike Midoriya. But the repeated abuse from his father, the rest of his family's refusal to stop it, and his Quirk awaking at the worst possible time and in the most tragically violent way possible utterly broke him.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: After gaining All For One, he's able to use the raw power of it, combined with the regeneration powers and extra strength of his augmentations to handle it, in order to fight off several strong heroes at once. However, similar to Midoriya's experience with One For All, he's still a novice with using all the nifty powers it gives him, and his augmentation process was only 75% complete when his capsule was broken open. As a result, when he's pushed too far from both accumulated damage and the strain of using his newfound strength, his body suddenly tears open when his regeneration is taxed out, and while he heals over it takes several precious seconds. In fact, this was intentionally enforced by All For One himself, as he picked and chose Quirks that would be incredibly easy to use and strong in power, so that even though Tomura would start out as an amateur with the Quirk, he wouldn't need to think or experiment too much in order to use it properly.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He murders his father in a rage when his Quirk manifested.
  • Vague Age: Shigaraki's age was initially speculated to be anywhere between Midoriya's age and his mid 20s due to his appearance, Nightmare Face, personality, and height. His age is not revealed until 200 chapters after his debut, finally confirming that he is 20 years old.
  • Villain Protagonist: In the Meta Liberation Army Arc, Shigaraki serves as the main protagonist being front and center of the arcs major conflicts, with his past and struggles to truly succeed All For One being the highlight.
  • Villain Respect: Unusually for him, Shigaraki doesn't get angry when a bruised and battered Aizawa stops him from using his powers on Tsuyu, and instead compliments the hero. The sentiment remains even when Shiragaki shoots him with a deleter round but Eraserhead cuts his affected limb off and manages to stare the villain down.:
    Shigaraki: You really are so cool, Eraser Head.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He had a habit of flipping his shit when things didn't go his way early in the story, though he largely grows out of this as the story goes on. It still happens on occasion, like when Re-Destro first starts destroying Shigaraki's hands, he has a mental breakdown as the memories of his past come crashing down on him, but he begins to calm down when only his father's hand is left. When his flashback is over, he decays the final hand with a smile on his face, seemingly fully recovered from the breakdown.
  • Villainous Friendship: While Shigaraki tends to be a mostly antisocial asshole, he does seem to legitimately care for Sensei. He reacts in fear when he realizes that Sensei is going to be fighting All Might by himself while still recovering from his injuries. As the story progresses, he also starts developing a closer relationship with the rest of his core team, as a sign that he's growing into the role of a leader after All For One is arrested.
  • Villainous Underdog: Frequently, especially after All For One is defeated and Shigaraki has to assume leadership of the League of Villains himself.
  • Visual Development:
    • After his character development, he starts wearing a long coat and his face is no longer drawn in a nightmarish style. By the time he meets Gigantomachia and Daruma Ujiko, his hair has also gotten longer and more unruly.
    • Another example of his character development is the presence of the hand covering his face. When first introduced, Shigaraki almost always wore his father's hand over his face and the audience never gets a chance to see his normal face aside from brief glances. He also shows a lot of panic during the USJ Arc when he loses his father's hand temporarily after All Might punches him. After confronting Midoriya in the mall, which is also the first time the audience is treated to his unobscured face, and realizing his own convictions, Shigaraki starts to become a bit more causal with his hand, and doesn't respond with as much panic when he temporarily loses it. After growing closer with the rest of the League, he willingly takes his hand off to earnestly speak with Toga and Twice. By the time of the Meta Liberation Army Arc, Shigaraki spends most of the arc without father on showing how much more comfortable and confident he is as a leader, culminating in him destroying his father hand since he no longer needs it as a crutch.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed; he's less Bishōnen than the standard, and his hair is a pale gray-blue rather than pure white, at least until his power up in volume 25 where it actually does turn white. Otherwise, he plays this straight, especially given his red eyes.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Insane and incompetent as he usually is by himself, he manages to infiltrate a mall and get his hands on Midoriya's throat. With the opportunity to kill the current holder of One For All and snuff out the biggest threat to his master forever, he starts whining to Midoriya about how underappreciated he is. He wasn't even planning on killing Midoriya, he just wanted someone to complain about Stain to and didn't realize what an enormous advantage he was squandering.
  • Would Harm a Senior: To him, it doesn't matter how old someone is if they rub him the wrong way. This is displayed most gruesomely when he maims Gran Torino.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When he runs into Midoriya at a shopping mall, he admits he could kill at least twenty people before he'd be stopped, and the visuals accompanying it make it clear this means everyone is free game, including children.


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