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Entrance Exam Arc
Voiced by: Shinya Fukumatsu (Japanese), Jeremy Inman (English)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
Quirk: Unnamed Sludge Quirk
An unnamed villain and the main antagonist of the manga's first chapter and anime's first two episodes.
- Ambiguously Human: Of all the "humans" introduced in the series, he is definitely the least human-like.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He thought that possessing a middle-schooler with an explosion Quirk would make him strong enough to defeat All Might. As you can probably guess based on the fact he only appeared in the first chapter and doesn't even get a name... it isn't.
- Blob Monster: A mud-like entity.
- Go for the Eye: His eyes are essentially the only part of him at all vulnerable to physical attacks, and even attacking them only stuns him for a few seconds.
- Grand Theft Me: He is able to take over other people's bodies, and is even able to use their Quirks against their will.
- Human Shield: Uses Bakugo as one to keep the heroes from attacking him. It works until All Might shows up and literally blows him away.
- Kick the Dog: He tries to hijack Midoriya's body for no real reason.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: He later attempts to hijack Bakugo's body, but since Bakugo had already spent the entire chapter up to that point being an unlikable Jerkass, it's more satisfying then horrifying.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Physical attacks are mostly useless against him, but he's still vulnerable to Blow You Away, so All Might manages to beat him by punching the air against him really hard.
- No Name Given: He is never given a name. The closest thing he has to one is the name people gave to the event he was part of, "The Sludge Incident".
- Orifice Invasion: His method of killing his potential skin suits is to force his substance into their mouths and nostrils until they suffocate before taking their body entirely.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Almost literally. All Might manages to imprison him in a plastic bottle after their first fight, and in a bunch of garbage bags after their second one.
- Small Role, Big Impact: If it weren't for his existence, Midoriya would never have convinced All Might to make him his successor, let alone met him. He also provided an important ego-shattering defeat for Bakugo, kick starting his slow Character Development.
- Starter Villain: He is just a random criminal who serves to kick start the plot and showcase All Might's overwhelming power.
- Would Hurt a Child: He attacks Midoriya and later Bakugo, both of whom are middle schoolers, with the intention of killing them to hide in their bodies until All Might gives up the chase.
Trapezius Head Gear
Debut: Chapter 13 (Manga), Episode 9 (Anime)
Quirk: Unnamed Quirk
A minor villain that All Might defeats on his way to class.
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
Debut: Save! Rescue Training! (Anime OVA)
Quirk: One For All
A villain that debuted in the first OVA: Save! Rescue Training. He's assumed to be a member of The League of Villains that attacked the USJ who hid when the police arrested the rest, but he's eventually revealed to simply be All Might in disguise.
- Canon Foreigner: All Might only breaks out the costume in Anime original episodes like the first OVA or episode 58.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The scenario in episode 58 involves the villain killing himself because he doesn't want his lover (Midnight in this scenario) to be associated with his crimes. Averted in the end, he faked his death in order to escape.
- Motive Misidentification: In episode 58, the students conclude that he killed himself so his lover would not be affected by her association with him but it turns out that the villain just pretended to commit suicide to distract them and happily takes off given the opportunity. In other words:Bakugo [seething]: THERE WAS NO LOVE!!!
- Playing Possum: He played dead and bolted while the students stood around deducing the mystery of his death.
- What the Hell, Hero?: All Might gets an ear full from most of Class A after the truth is made clear.
- The Worf Effect: The class is spooked when they see the villain carrying Todoroki's body since they acknowledge Todoroki as their strongest classmate hence, this villain must be a threat. This is implied to have been invoked by All Might since he specifically seeks out Todoroki to help him.
- Walking Spoiler: Talking about him without mentioning that's actually All Might is rather hard to do.
Field Training Arc
Chizome Akaguro — "Hero Killer" Stain
Voiced by: Go Inoue (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)
Debut: Chapter 41 (Manga), Episode 24 (Anime)
Playable in: My Hero One's Justice
An independent villain who is famous for killing or crippling heroes that he considers "fakes" (essentially, Heroic Wannabes). Shigaraki tries to recruit him into the League of Villains, but he refuses, mostly due to the Leagues' lack of a goal, although others believed they were affiliated. His Quirk is "Bloodcurdle" which allows him to paralyze people for a short amount of time, with the exact time determined by blood type.
He also appears in the Vigilantes spin-off, which details further how he came to develop his philosophy on heroes.
- '90s Anti-Hero: He's a Hero Killer who, ironically, is doing so because he believes so strongly in what a hero should be that very few live up to his standards besides All Might. Stain also not only has a name that would fit in with other 90's Anti-Heroes, but a power activated by consuming someone else's blood (which complements his sadistic joy in seeing others in pain) and an arsenal of knives he keeps on his person via a lot of belts and bandoliers.
- Arc Villain: Of the Field Training/Hero Killer Arc.
- Ax-Crazy: Stain is very unhinged due to changing his philosophy about heroes and will not hesitate to murder anyone in cold blood just to prove a point. This is also played straight with his Quirk that makes him look even crazier, and we're not even getting into his Villainous Breakdown that gives off his malefic aura also known as Killing Intent.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Played with. A guy that can paralyze anyone through the tasting of their blood sounds as villainous as one can get, but the fact is that he was once an aspiring hero student himself, so at one point he was a case of Bad Powers, Good People.
- Berserk Button: Hypocrisy. Namely, people who lack a clear sense of conviction, as in anyone who falls outside of Black and White Morality - essentially crooked people who waver in the grey. It splits into two major categories: anyone who claims to be a hero but runs on selfish motivation, and anyone who chooses to be a villain but goes about it aimlessly. Anyone who falls under the second category is the people he hates most. Additionally, if someone's convictions waver, he considers it a sin, because it makes them unworthy to wield power, especially without knowing what they plan on doing with it or going back on what they said they stood for. He's also not too fond of any kind of pride, because a true hero is one who always will sacrifice themselves for nothing in return.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Alongside Shigaraki, he was the main antagonist of the Field Training Arc. Also counts as The Heavy of the arc, as Shigaraki had more of an observer role during it.
- Blood Knight: He's absolutely delighted that Izuku and Shoto joined up together to fight him.
- Blood Lust: Part of Stain's Quirk requires bloodshed, and every single one of his attacks is designed to wound his victims. After he tears people apart, he feasts on their blood.
- Blood Magic: Not quite magic, per se, but ingesting a person's blood allows Stain to then immobilize them with his Quirk. Certain blood types are more susceptible to this than others.
- The Cameo: He makes a surprise reappearance in Chapter 94 sharing the same prison as All For One.
- Close-Range Combatant: His only ranged attacks seem to be throwing knives or his sword. This helps close the distance to use his Quirk.
- The Chooser of The One: In a somewhat twisted way, he's unintentionally this for the extremist villains that follow his philosophy after his defeat. Because he believes that Midoriya is like All Might, a true hero that cannot be allowed to die, Stain's most devoted "followers" like Spinner won't try to kill him.
- Combat Pragmatist: A vicious fighter who ambushes solitary targets in dark alleyways. He'll also attack while an enemy is speaking.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: An interesting aversion. He's pretty deadly in a one on one fight because once he draws his opponent's blood, he can paralyze them for a few minutes, which is more than enough time for him to kill his opponent, or at least maim them if he decides to let them live. Todoroki later notices that Stain's movements and attacks, while still deadly, are a little sloppier once he, Midoriya, and Iida are all fighting him simultaneously, compared to when he was going one on one with the villain.
- Costume Porn: Stain has one of the most intricate and detailed designs out of anybody shown in the series, with little touches such as chains on his boots and a watch on his left wrist.
- The watch is likely to keep track of the effect of his Quirk, as with Monoma.
- Death Glare: Midoriya loses heart just staring into Stain's cold and piercing eyes because unlike the villains who invaded the USJ building who were all talk, Stain's eyes are those of a killer. A real killer.
- Determinator: Absolutely will not give up in his quest. When he's outnumbered and put into a disadvantageous position, he just fights that much more viciously. Even after being beaten into unconsciousness, he summons the strength to paralyze the winged Nomu and stab it in the brain when it tries to carry Deku away. In the end, he only relents after passing out from a broken rib perforating his own lung.
- Died Standing Up: Subverted. At the end of his fight with Deku, Iida, and Todoroki his broken ribs perforate his lung, but it's not lethal and he passes out while standing.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: Notice how he keeps on rambling about 'resolve'? Well, let's just say that the whole thing started out with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech he misunderstood entirely.
- Dual Wielding: With his katana and any one of his array of knives.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Stain appears as The Stinger in the season 1 finale of the anime in order to entice viewers for season 2.
- Enemy Mine: Toward Tomura and the League of Villains. Despite their starkly opposite opinions of All Might, they're able to make a tentative alliance over their shared desire to destroy the status quo.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- In spite of being a mass-murdering loon, Stain finds Tomura and his plans to be vile, equating him to a child throwing a temper tantrum, and stating that spilling blood without (what he considers to be) a proper cause is senseless.
- His reasoning for crippling and even killing heroes is that they don't adhere to his standard for what a hero must be like. Personal pride, vendetta, or just not measuring up are all reasons for Stain to target you. In a sense, you could call it "Evil Because He has Standards."
- Evil Counterpart:
- His respect for All Might and desire for justice (though a more extreme version of justice) makes him a counterpart for Midoriya. Gran Torino also compares him to All Might in that his charisma is essentially a darker counterpart of All Might's "symbol of peace" persona.
- The conflict between him and Tomura is also a villainous echo of the one between All Might and Endeavor. Like Endeavor, Tomura is essentially a rival who resents Stain's popularity among the villain community and doesn't get why Stain gets so much respect and adulation.
- Evil Is Cool: In-Universe, after Stain is captured, many people including Iida admit that for a crazed murderer there was something "cool" about him. So much so that he inspired many up and coming villains to take up his cause and join the League of Villains.
- Fallen Hero: As it turns out, he once was an aspiring hero himself, and went to a prestigious institution to train. However, after less than a full year there, he became jaded when he felt that the system had decayed and that heroes weren't becoming heroes for the right reasons anymore. After spending some time as a street soapbox advocate for his ideals, he decided that violence, not words, was necessary in order to get his message across and to fix the system. The most disturbing part is that it works, not only do heroes act better where he's been out of fear, but after his defeat, his ideal changes the public opinion of the hero system. Unfortunately, the change he wanted causes more harm than good.
- Fights Like a Normal: Since he needs to draw blood from his target before he can use his paralysis Quirk on them.
- For Want of a Nail: Twofold in the Illegals Prequel:
- Four Is Death: His pattern is that whenever he operates in a particular area, he attacks at least four heroes before moving on.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Stain's blood-red eyes start glowing brightly (possibly under Rule of Perception) when he is particularly fired up or enraged.
- Hero Killer: Has single-handedly killed and maimed dozens of professional heroes, one-shots a Nomu while already beaten to hell, and then promptly intimidates two seasoned heroes without even trying. It's in his name and this is why.
- Hero-Worshipper: A very twisted example. He believes All Might is the only one who lives up to his ideal of what a hero should be and murders anyone who doesn't fit these criteria. He eventually comes to give Izuku the same respect after he endangers himself to save his friend.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: In this case, justified. He is not a hero, but sees himself as a vigilante and is seen by the public as a villain. Neither of these comes with any sort of payment. Smash!! reveals he works the night shift in a convenience store to make a living.
- I Have the High Ground: Likes to survey the areas he's about to target from rooftops or other elevated places.
- Inspirational Martyr: An ironic example; after his capture, the media incorrectly assume that he was working with the League of Villains, which the actual League exploits as a recruiting tool. The irony is that several fans of Stain and his ideology end up joining the League, despite the fact that he vehemently opposed them.
- Irony: He wants to purge society of heroes who only seek fame and glory. He's used by the League of Villains to promote villainy, exactly the opposite of his intentions.
- The fact that Endeavor, a defining example of the Fake Heroes he sought to destroy, was given credit for defeating him.
- Despite his goal being changing the attitudes of professional heroes, the idea that someone who he saw as unworthy barely a few minutes ago would have an epiphany and agree with his criticisms (Iida, who had been berated by Stain for pursuing revenge over saving people) is apparently something he either simply isn't used to, didn't expect to happen, or he has such a low opinion of heroes that his brain can't handle it properly, as it throws him off his game during his major battle with Deku, Iida and Todoroki.
- The fact that his former self Stendhal — who was, for added Irony, actually murdering villains — was fitting his definition of a 'fake hero' down to a T.
- Stain's entire philosophy was accidentally created when he misunderstood the lecture Knuckle Duster gave to Kouichi about what is wrong with people who just put on a mask and think that they've become something else altogether just because of it. For further Irony, Knuckle Duster is a seemingly Quirkless Blood Knight Vigilante, and as such is a Foil to All Might, the one person that the present Stain believes to be a 'true hero'.
- Killing Intent: One so terrifying that it freezes everyone in place, even Endeavor.
- Knife Nut: Along with his katana, he has several combat knives on his person. Some of them are readily visible, but a few are hidden in his gear, and he has a ton of sharp spikes on his boots. He needs all these blades because he relies on drawing blood to cripple his opponents.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not only is Stain literally the first villain that Midoriya and Co. face in the "real world" outside the safety net of school, he is also the blood-stained wake-up call that forces the young heroes to confront the grey realities of hate, justice, and vengeance that simply cannot be quantified and defined by classical notions of "black and white" morality.
- Knight Templar: His goal might be considered noble to an extent, but his methods to attain said goal are definitely cruel and horrifying.
- Leitmotif: "Hero-goroshi" (Meaning "Hero Killer" in English).
- Licking the Blade: Not only does this show that he is a major psycho, but it's also his main method of activating his Quirk.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's so fast that Todoroki's fire and ice attacks can't keep up with him. When he gets serious, even Deku's 5% "Full Cowl" is outpaced. He's also strong enough to easily cut through Todoroki's ice. It's especially notable because his strength and speed aren't related to his Quirk. The databook rates him S in speed.
- Logical Weakness: On paper, his Quirk combined with his fighting style makes him near unbeatable. In practice, however, the unpredictability of his opponent's blood type and the fact that his strength and speed are purely his own means that Stain can only handle one or two competent fighters at once. Any more than that and he can be quickly overwhelmed.
- Loony Fan: He is a huge fan on All Might. He attacks, maims and kills other heroes that he believes has corrupted the heroic ideal that All Might has set.
- Made of Iron: The guy took several heavy blows from Deku, Todoroki, and Iida that busted up his ribs and would've downright killed a normal person. He also wasn't wearing any form of armor during the fight against the three and his Quirk does not give him any defensive capabilities. Yet no sooner was he was dragged out from the alley that he managed to get back on his feet, save Deku from a flying Nomu, and was fully prepared for a fight with Endeavor before he was stopped by one of his broken ribs piercing his lung.
- Meaningful Name: Killing seventeen named heroes and crippling twenty-three to the point of being unable to fully recover, including Ingenium, Iida's brother, demonstrably shows that his moniker is no joke.
- Nightmare Face: On the verge of passing out, he gets so angry that he rips off his mask and shows everyone his grotesque skeletal features from the loss of his nose underneath to strike extreme terror into his opponents, and he throws off a Death Glare so potent that his eyes start wiggling around in their sockets. It freaks everybody out, even Endeavor.
- On top of that is the very first time we actually see Stain in the series.◊ Considering it comes near the tail end of the much more lighthearted Tournament Arc, it's pretty jarring.
- Noble Demon: As shown by Abusive Parents like Endeavor and materialistic hedonists like Mount Lady bearing the title of "Hero", Stain's belief of society's greed and hypocrisy cheapening the ideals of Heroism is not without merit or truth. Hence his utter devotion to his brutal code of honor and his conviction to making the world a better place is no less noble than that of an actual hero's.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Even for My Hero Academia, Stain has a particularly menacing design.
- The Noseless: Has a very strange, noseless facial structure that, when combined with his face mask/bandanna, oddly makes him bear more than a passing resemblance to an evil Ninja Turtle.
- Once his mask is off, it's revealed that he almost definitely DID have a nose at one point, but now all that's left is a hole in the middle of his face.
- The Illegals series finally reveals the full story behind it: After getting briefly knocked out in his battle against Knuckle Duster, he completely misinterprets the speech Knuckle Duster gives to Kouichi about people who think that just by putting on a mask they automatically become invincible, as they are ultimately forgetting that they are still humans and thus lack the needed resolve. He stands up, briefly clashed with Knuckle Duster again and paralyzed him before using the opportunity to flee, all while "thanking" Knuckle Duster for "enlightening him" through his "teachings". He decides to amp up his training as he was still lacking in some areas of combat. That being said, due to his newfound obsession with resolve, something that he came to believe to be the core of true heroism and in order to set himself apart from the "fakes who lack resolve", he decided to demonstrate his own resolve to change society by cutting off his nose, which is already badly broken in. In doing so, he makes it impossible for a mask to ever adorn his full face ever again beyond a simple cloth around his eyes. At that time he also almost succeeded in murdering Kuin Hachisuka.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Actually turns this around on himself, saying that All Might is the only "true" hero there is, and therefore he can't allow any other hero to defeat him.
- Overly Long Tongue: Possibly as a result of his Quirk, but definitely a creepy and prominent trait. It also comes in handy when licking the blood of others to use his Quirk.
- The Paragon:
- In a rather dark twist of this trope, his hero-killing actions actually end up causing heroes to become more aware and competent at their jobs, with the murdered heroes being treated as "sacrifices" to reach that result.
- In an ironic twist, it turns out that, after his defeat and his philosophy become more well-known, he becomes a paragon of a different kind; now several villains, being affected by his words and hearing about his affiliation with a "League of Villains", are starting to gravitate towards the League.
- The Paralyzer: His Quirk allows him to immobilize victims by ingesting their blood. The blood type of the victim also affects how long Stain can keep them locked down, in order of O, A, AB, and B with O being the shortest and B being the longest (eight minutes).
- The Power of Hate: Related to Nightmare Face above, before he's finally defeated Stain gets so angry at the surrounding heroes that they're all paralyzed with fear and don't even think about fighting him. Hell, the only reason he was still standing is because his hate and willpower was keeping him going after such a beating.
- Principles Zealot: He has a very specific view of what a true hero is, and anyone who strays from it even in the slightest is targeted by him. This is especially evident by him going after Iida's brother; even though Stain's rants are about heroes who are only in it for money, fame, and prestige, Iida's brother doesn't seem to care about either and is a pretty nice guy, but treats his profession as if he's simply inheriting the family business instead of acting out of any kind of heroic calling, which earns him Stain's wrath. Todoroki even calls him a "fundamentalist nutjob" during their confrontation.
- Readings Are Off the Scale: He ranks 6/5 in speed despite the fact that his Quirk has nothing to do with it.
- Rasputinian Death: Well, technically he survives, but it takes a lot of effort from Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki to take him down. And despite that, he manages to briefly escape and kills a flying Nomu which had taken Midoriya hostage. It's only because he loses consciousness from a broken rib piercing his lung that he's stopped.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: A red one, of course. It's iconic enough to help Iida identify him.
- Secret Test of Character: Pulls this on Tomura, as Stain believes people only show their true face at death's door.
- He seems to treat his fight with Midoriya and Todoroki as this, too, evaluating them and commenting as they go.
- Self-Harm: The crazy bastard cut off his own nose and pitched it down a sink, for crying out loud!
- Serial Killer: Of the Mission-Based variety. Stain thinks that he is making the world a better place by killing or crippling "fake" heroes.
- Shout-Out: His lack of a nose, bandana-mask, and the several sharp implements he wears on his person make Stain look like the Ninja Turtles during their Darker and Edgier early years.
- Slasher Smile: Usually downplayed. Except when he is confronted by Midoriya who quotes All Might's philosophy to him, Stain's whole face lights up (sort of) with this huge grin that veers into Cheshire cat/Grin of Audacity territory.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: His outfit has no sleeves and he is one of the toughest villains in the series.
- Tautological Templar: Essentially, he believes that what he is doing is the right thing and is so dedicated that he matches the heroes in convictions.
- Unwitting Pawn: Kind of. Stain wasn't actually part of the Villain Allaince, but Gran Torino believes that the Big Bad behind the Alliance used Stain to give them publicity, of a sort.
- Vader Breath: Breathes rather loudly and raggedly with a "Hahh..." sound effect, with it often punctuating his speech.
- Villainous Breakdown: Todoroki notes that he lost his composure during the main fight when Iida admitted his criticisms were correct. This caused him to completely forget about Deku, who was able to blindside him during the final clash. Stain claims that no person can change their true nature in just a few minutes, so it's obvious that his brain couldn't handle the notion that Iida's epiphany was genuine, even though changing the attitude of professional heroes for the better is his entire goal.
- Villain Has a Point: He chastises Iida during their fight for his need for vengeance, rather then trying to focus on helping a fellow hero which Stain injured. He then drives in the nail further by stating that Iida's actions taken are the furthest thing from being a hero. Of course, as stated above, once Iida actually did admit to these criticims, Stain seemed unable to accept that he really had gotten through to Iida.
- Villain Respect: He respects All Might and Deku because, of all the heroes he faced, they're a pair of the truest heroes of all. Heck, it's to the point where the Hero Killer willingly saves Deku when a flying Nomu kidnapped the guy.
- In the past, he practically venerated Knuckle Duster after the latter "enlightened him".
- Villainous Rescue: Saves Midoriya from a flying Nomu. Made much more dramatic because he had just been beaten by Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki just moments before.
- Villain Takes an Interest: He likes Deku because he's one of the few who unambiguously embodies what he feels a true hero is. This was probably a factor in him saving Deku from a flying Nomu, that was about to carry him off to who knows where.
- Weak, but Skilled: Quirk-wise, he's not as strong as say, Todoroki or Deku. But he's honed his skills to the point that his Quirk can be used to its maximum potential. Combat ability-wise, he's on par with Eraserhead in this regard.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He targets only the heroes that he feels are acting only in their self-interest because he idolizes "real" heroes, those who act selflessly and for the sake of right as opposed to for fortune or fame, such as All Might. It's even stated that he tried to become a legit hero before becoming disillusioned with the scene and turning to darker methods to enforce his ideals of justice. However, what constitutes as "self-interest" to him includes even those genuinely heroic ones who do it because they see it as a family occupation or as a way to make money for their struggling loved ones, which is just as worthy as death to him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls out Iida for focusing blindly on avenging his brother, rather than aiming to save the hero that Stain had already injured.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers Izuku to be one because he fits his very narrow ideal of what a hero should be, and actually saves him from a Nomu.
- Would Hurt a Child: Gives Iida a chance to back off when he notices how young he is, but decides to make an example of him when Iida calls himself Ingenium, a hero. He also attacks Midoriya and Todoroki when the two join up with Iida later.Stain: Be careful of what you say. Depending on the situation, even children can become targets.
Iida: Are you saying that I am... not even a target? Then listen, criminal! I am the younger brother of a hero you attacked. The younger brother of a most excellent older brother! I have come to stop you in his place! Remember my name for as long as you live! Ingenium. It is the name of the hero who will defeat you!
Stain: I see. ... Die.
- You Will Be Spared: If he considers a Hero to have proved themselves as truly being heroic, Stain will spare their life, even if he has them at his mercy. It's implied he found no one worthy of being spared until Midoriya, since he had absolutely no selfish intentions for his actions.
- He will even go so far as to save them from others he considers to be wrong, such as when one of the mutated monsters grabs Midoriya, who at this point had proven himself to Stain as a real hero, and flies away with him, Stain kills the monster and brings Midoriya to safety.
Voiced by: Anri Katsu (Japanese), Tyson Rinehart (English)
Debut: Episode 32 (Anime)
A drug runner and the oldest sibling among a group of four octopod villains. His Quirk makes him like an octopus/kraken.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His actual face looks similar to a diving mask.
- Badass Beard: Doubles as tentacles. Think Davy Jones.
- Berserk Button: Hurt his siblings and pay the price!
- Breath Weapon: One of his attacks is to blind his enemies with a jet of ink he can spew from his mouth.
- Canon Foreigner: The franchise's first anime-exclusive villain.
- Combat Pragmatist: Immediately took Sirius hostage the second he could to stop Tsuyu from coming after him. And he didn't seem to care about deliberately demolishing his getaway boat when he was cornered (possibly trying to sink everybody), since it wasn't his to begin with and he could get along without it because he can breathe underwater and make his escape by swimming away. He also starts his battles by spewing a jet of ink in his opponent's eyes to blind them.
- Combat Tentacles: Two tentacles attached to his face, and pseudo-tentacle webbed arms.
- Cthulhumanoid: As his character's an homage to the works of H. P. Lovecraft, he's a fishlike person with tentacles protruding fro his face.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Selkie defeats his brothers, he's furious and wastes no time attacking him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite having Sirius hostage and implying if Tsuyu didn't do what he asked he'd kill her, he doesn't go through with it and instead lashes out at Tsuyu instead for giving away his position.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: He's an octopus and his siblings are squids.
- Expy: Of the Deep Ones / the hybrids, from H. P. Lovecraft's, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, the inspiration for his name.
- Filler Villain: An anime-exclusive villain that serves as the main antagonist of Tsuyu's internship.
- Gratuitous English: Spouts occasional phrases in English like "The end!" or "MY BROTHERRRRRS!!!"
- Meaningful Name: His name is taken from the famous short story by H. P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Quadruple arms and Combat Tentacles. You'd be forgiven for mistaking him for a Fishman, given that this series draws a little inspiration from Eiichiro Oda. Also, his arms are very similar to Shoji's, albeit with only four limbs instead of six and suction cups.
- Pirate: Loosely inspired by pirates in terms of design, is a seafaring criminal, and what he does for a living is illegal.
- Trojan Horse: Innsmouth performs drug smuggling operations by sneaking into various countries on unsuspecting ships like fishing vessels as a stowaway that his siblings have commandeered. The one time it goes south is when his siblings coerce someone into following along with their plans and the fishing boat engages in unusual activity that gives them away.
- Would Hit a Girl: He thrashed Sirius and left the poor woman half-dazed.
- Would Hurt a Child: He was practically inches away from walloping Tsuyu without hesitation.
Debut: Episode 32 (Anime)
Quirks: Unnammed Cephalopod Quirks
Innsmouth's younger siblings. They are triplets, two brothers and a sister, that are all squid-like in terms of Quirk.
- Bound and Gagged: The sister is captured by Tsuyu, Sirius and one of their crewmates. They leave her tied up and gagged behind while they board Innsmouth's ship.
- Canon Foreigner: Anime-exclusive.
- Siblings in Crime: A trio of siblings operating a drug smuggling business under the orders of their older brother.
Team Reservoir Dogs
Debut: Chapter 115 (Manga), Episode 62 (Anime)
A group of villains who appear to rob a convenience store in the surge of crime after All Might's retirement.
- Always Someone Better: They manage to take down a pro hero, but are soon defeated by Overhaul's own group of villains.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: When they first appeared, it looked as if Overhaul had killed them via Body Horror. However, when they're referred to later while describing Overhaul's "destroy and repair" Quirk, they're not only fine but apparently, the whole experience removed ailments they'd been suffering beforehand.
- Evil Is Petty: Lampshaded by Overhaul; despite being made up of several villains gathered together, the group is content with merely robbing convenience store registers.
- Harmful Healing: Their true fate, after being seemingly killed by Overhaul. After the intense pain, they saw their respective physical and mental diseases were entirely healed.
- Meaningful Name: They're all named after colors, a reference to the movie they get their team name from.
- No Name Given: They all go unnamed, except for the one with a yellow narwal horn, whose name is Yellow. The Anime gives the rest of their names: Red (The one with three red horns), Blue (who wears a blue head-piece), and Green (The one with a green mask).
- Sacrificial Lamb: They are used just to showcase Chisaki's villainy and power, as well as the Body Horror he can create with his Quirk. Subverted in the sense that they aren't killed in the end.
- Shout-Out: To the movie of the same name.
Debut: Chapter 132 (Mana)
Quirk: Unnamed Spike Quirk
An unnamed villain part of a small street gang that Kirishima faces on his Internship with Fat Gum.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: With Trigger, he can summon these out of his body.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He believes strong heroes like Kirishima could never understand what it's like to be a weak villain like him.
- One-Winged Angel: With Trigger, his blades grow to an absurd degree, allowing him to cut through Kirishima's hardened skin... at first at least.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Kirishima tries to sympathize with him and his low self-esteem. His response?I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOUR STORY!!!
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Employs this twice. Once to distract Kirishima so he can use his Trigger, and again to try and escape.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Under normal circumstances, his Quirk only allows him to summon blades 10 cm and shorter in length. Under Trigger's influence, however...
Culture Festival Arc
Gentle Criminal & La Brava
Tropes applying to both
A villainous duo, Gentle Criminal and La Brava, that work to spread their ideas and gain fame. They serve as the Arc Villain for the Cultural Festival Arc, planning to infiltrate the titular festival to gain recognition. After being defeated by Izuku, they are arrested without accomplishing their initial goal.
- 0% Approval Rating: In the most literal sense. The negative reception on their Youtube videos is overwhelming, but one of their videos, in particular, is shown to have 0 likes and 785 dislikes.
- Anti-Villain: Gentle acknowledges that the Hero World is more reactive than proactive, specifically lacking situational awareness. One of his goals in targeting U.A. for his next video is to make the Heroes realize this, and make the students stronger by reacting to someone like him getting into their school. The irony, however, is after both USJ and camp attacks, the school is more than a little aware of this flaw and taking preemptive measures to nix it. All he is doing is making a tense situation even worse since the authorities are clashing with the principal on this. They are so sufficiently good that, once arrested, the officers imply that they're willing to give them a chance at redeeming themselves, as they were stopped before they had gone off the deep end at the time.
- Arc Villain: Collectively serve as this for the Culture Festival arc.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Both of them. While Gentle and La Brava are really eccentric and lovable, both of them have formidable Quirks and they can knock you around like a rag doll if you push them into a corner.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: While it's more like Contrasting Later Arc Villain, they're this to Overhaul. Overhaul was a Yakuza boss with underlings threatening in their own rights, while Gentle and La Brava work as a lone duo. Overhaul was a nasty Hate Sink of an Abusive Parent and a Bad Boss, while Gentle Criminal and La Brava are both sympathetic. Overhaul had a grand goal for society, Gentle just wants people to like his Youtube videos. Overhaul Would Hurt a Child, while Gentle and La Brava are each other's Morality Pet.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Gentle and La Brava both have thick black lines around their eyes. They're only natural in La Brava's case, the result of countless nights spent in front of a computer in a deep depression. When she made the decision to approach Gentle, she tried to cover them up with eye-shadow, only to end up putting it on too thick and resigned herself from her failed attempts to remove it, hoping he wouldn't be put off. On the contrary, he accepted her gladly and, upon noticing how much she stressed over them regardless, took up drawing dark rings under his own eyes to emphasize their partnership. In the present the rings look almost like domino masks when coupled with their costumes.
- Dark and Troubled Past:
- Gentle was a student who tried and failed to become a hero about 4 times. After seeing a man almost die from falling off a building, he tried to save him, but the man sued him due to ending up with severe injuries from his help and he gets kicked out of school for interfering with the work of the hero actually trying to save the man. The bills broke his parents, who kicked him out of the house. Even his former classmates couldn't remember who he was, causing him to snap and turn to petty villainy in an attempt to avoid dying alone and in obscurity.
- La Brava attempted to confess to a classmate, which he not only turned down, but spread rumors about her being a stalker, which caused her to become a Hikkikomori contemplating suicide before she found out about Gentle.
- Despair Event Horizon: Both of them tethered on it before actually crossing it and managed to find each other as supports on their path of "changing history".
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Deconstructed and Played for Laughs and a heartwarming shared character trait. La Brava started using eyeshadow after she graduated from school (likely brought on by the emo phase she had after being mocked by her school crush), and laid it on too thick and it wouldn't wipe off despite her best efforts to get it off. Gentle took a liking to La Brava's stained-on eyeshadow and affectionately doodled circles around his own eyes like magic marker.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Gentle and La Brava's eyes have concentric/dartboard irises; they are shaped like two circles, one inside the other. Remarkable in that they share the same eye type despite being in a Cast of Snowflakes, but considering their relationship as a pair, it's very fitting.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Thanks to La Brava (though proportioned like a teen or adult woman) being about as tall as Mineta, when they show up side by side, she reaches about his waist.
- It's All About Me: He doesn't care how disruptive he is or how much he tramples on other people's feelings. If it gets him attention, he'll do it. By extension, La Brava cares for nothing else but Gentle.Gentle: I'm sure you're pouring your emotions into it as well, but... even those cannot hope to match my stunning beard, let alone my burning soul. This venture is the first step towards building my legend! Do not interfere!
- However, there is one person whose feelings and wellbeing that Gentle cares for: La Brava. He even tries to make it look like the fight against Deku never happened in hopes of lessening the trouble La Brava might get into after they're caught by Hound Dog and Ectoplasm.
- Laughably Evil: Thanks to Gentle's unnecessarily flashy style and their villainy being based on committing petty crimes to record it and get youtube views.
- Post-Final Boss: They serve as this for the internship storyline, since Eri isn't truly free of Chisaki until the Culture Festival succeeds.
- Undying Loyalty: Gentle and La Brava are extremely loyal to each other. La Brava was contemplating suicide before encountering Gentle online and, later, becoming his partner, gave her life meaning. This is the reason her Quirk can work on him. Gentle, meanwhile, is shown to clearly care about La Brava, taking steps to help her anxiety about her Creepy Shadowed Undereyes and taking sole responsibility for their crimes, claiming he brainwashed her.
- Unholy Matrimony: While Gentle's feelings for La Brava are ambiguous, La Brava's love for Gentle is so strong she can give him a massive power boost through her Quirk.
Danjuro Tobita — Gentle Criminal
Debut: Chapter 170 (Manga)
Gentle Criminal, real name Danjuro Tobita, is A 32-year-old man with a desire to be viewed by many. He performs crimes for the sake of drawing heroes to him so he can put on performances that are put online for the world to see.
His Quirk is "Elasticity" which grants elasticity to anything he touches.
- Affably Evil: He may hold up cashiers at knife point, but he does not seem to mean any actual harm and doesn't even care much for the money itself, only in the fact that it will draw heroes to him. Additionally, he genuinely cares about La Brava, even going so far as to say that the day she showed up at his doorstep was when his gloomy days came to an end.
- Attention Whore: Every crime he commits seems to be for the purpose of getting as many people to view him as possible. In fact, he doesn't mind at all that the police is watching the videos and also decides to do bigger crimes with the simple intent of getting more views. Played With later on, as Gentle does have noble intentions aside from views, such as exposing corrupt businesses and aiding the Hero Society in realizing their flaws, but he does still want those views.
- Barrier Warrior: One application of Gentle's Quirk is to turn air elastic, essentially turning it into a bouncy force field. It's powerful enough to send Izuku all the way down the street even when he's running at it full force with One For All: Full Cowl. Heck, given the force behind Izuku, it also means that Izuku's usual tactics won't work. They aren't impregnable though since Izuku eventually manages to smash Gentle through one in the midst of their brawl.
- Clothing Damage: At the peak of his "Lover Mode" in the fight with Deku, the raw force surging through Gentle's body tears the upper half of his costume apart and reduces it into tattered rags which cling to his body in the aftermath.
- Combat Pragmatist: For someone who claims to be a gentleman, Gentle is not above fighting dirty, as shown when he loosens the bolts on a support beam to collapse it, distracting Deku by forcing him to catch it to keep the beam from crushing a bystander underneath him. Our hero even lampshades this, screaming at Gentle for doing this when he's supposedly a gentleman, though Gentle says that he expected Deku to give up the chase and push the bystander out of the way rather than catch it.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Plenty, but Overhaul, the Arc Villain of the Internship Arc prior to, is his most notable one. While Overhaul was a nasty Hate Sink of an Abusive Parent and a Bad Boss seeking to become an overlord, Gentle is an Affably Evil Anti-Villain who treats La Brava fine, and merely wants attention via pranks. Also, while Overhaul was a Knight of Cerebus, Gentle is a Harmless Villain, comparatively speaking.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a foppish dandy and an Attention Whore who commits petty crimes solely for the attention. He also totaled five Pro Heroes in rapid succession with little effort and La Brava's support. And that's all before he gives Deku a harder fight than even Bakugo did.
- Cultured Badass: Played for Laughs. Gentle attempts to live up to this standard by making it a point to look fanciful and uphold tea time and drink only the finest brews befitting the scale of his exploits, but his exploits are so small and petty half the time that nobody takes him seriously and believe he's a deluded wannabe villain... until he uses his Quirk to clean house.
- The Dandy: His clothes definitely give off this air, with his fancy cape and cowl, pinstriped pants, and well-groomed hair.
- Defeat Means Respect: After being defeated by Izuku, Gentle considers him a Worthy Opponent and is thankful to have met him. Izuku also considers Gentle a Worthy Opponent, going as far as to call him the toughest opponent he has ever faced.
- Determinator: Situational, as La Brava notes that under normal circumstances, Gentle would be fine with running away once things went awry. However, in his scheme to make a grand spectacle of infiltrating U.A., he stubbornly refuses to back down after getting discovered by Deku.
- Epic Fail: Granted, Gentle was expecting a hero or two to show up for his J-store video. What he didn't see coming, was ''five'' heroes showing up and ready to take him on instead. Cue Gentle's frozen smile, a "cut" and a swift beatdown of the heroes off-screen before the camera came back on, showing him leave the scene in style and victory instead.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Criticizes Stain and the League of Villains for being too violent and malicious.
- Failure Hero: What he was before becoming a villain. He failed the Hero license exam four times, was still in the second year at the age of 18 because of his terrible grades and his disastrous attempt at helping a man falling from a building (not unlike Midoriya's attempts to save Bakugo) ended up interfering with the hero's work and severely injuring the one he was trying to save.
- Gentle serves as one to Stain. Both are disillusioned with the Hero World and act to change it, even both of them once having gone to hero schools. Whereas Stain murders heroes that do not fit his ideals in the hopes others will change, Gentle instead launches attacks on lesser-known establishments to draw heroes out and defeat them, leaving them alive in the hopes they will understand their mistakes and gain crisis awareness. This extends even to their Quirks, while Stain's Quirk demands blood to activate and requires him to cut and lick his his opponents, Gentle is more of a Barrier Warrior who prefers to avoid unnecessary violence and keeps his opponents away without harming either. But while Stain is unbending in his ideals and genuinely believed that he was making the world a better place, Gentle is Secretly Selfish and is trying to prop up his own image out of fear of dying in obscurity.
- Also one to Izuku. Both of them were people who want to be heroes and start off without what is needed to become one. Whereas Izuku looks for his shortcomings and tries to overcome them and is driven by a desire to save people and become the best to take up All Might's torch, Gentle was unable to overcome any of his failures and was attempting to become well known to everybody and become a legend.
- His backstory definitely makes him look like one to Mirio. Between his Book Dumb nature, Difficult, but Awesome Quirk, and near endless enthusiasm, Tobita's past failures are pretty reminiscent of Mirio's early struggles. It's not hard to see how Gentle could have ended up like Lemillion, if he only met someone like Nighteye to support him/nurture his power. Hell, even their last names sound alike.
- Gentleman Thief: Invoked. Gentle explicitly states that this is the image he's going for.
- Graceful Loser: After having done everything in his power to achieve his goal and still face defeat at Izuku's hand, he gently accepts it after ensuring that La Brava won't be punished and the festival won't be interrupted by his interference, flinging Izuku away in the process to cover his tracks. This leads Izuku to help him keep La Brava out of trouble after Gentle gives up by backing up his story when questioned, telling Hound Dog that it was only a Quirkless fist fight.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Gentle tries to end his fight with Izuku this way, trying to make it seem like their battle never happened in order to prevent La Brava from being implicated as an accomplice in their attempt to break into U.A. Izuku goes along with it, knowing that if word had gotten out, the Culture Festival would have been canceled. The trope ends up being played with when Ectoplasm and Hound Dog, and by extension, All Might, catch on to the truth anyway, though they decide to silence it and let the police deal with it.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Compared to One for All, Half-Cold Half-Hot, or Explosion, it's easy to think that the ability to make things elastic is a joke power. But Gentle is able to use his Quirk in exceptional ways, having once been a hero student himself. By touching the air, he can create invisible elastic barriers in front of him that can repel Pro Heroes and he can also effectively walk on air. He can also send people skyward by simply touching the ground and allow him to escape. In urban environments with plenty of ledges, he can turn everything around him into trampolines to bounce off of, moving fast enough to make it nearly impossible for opponents to fight back. He can also pile layers of elastic air on someone in an attempt to crush them.
- Heel Realization: After being defeated by Izuku, Gentle realizes just how selfish he's been and feels guilty for introducing La Brava to the world of crime in the first place. Gentle willingly surrenders to the U.A. teachers as redemption, hoping that La Brava would walk away free.
- Held Back in School: He was 18 in his second year of high school before he was expelled.
- High Collar of Doom: Gentle has one of these as part of his outfit. It works against him when it gives Izuku extra leverage to wrestle him while they fought in midair.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Gentle's online presence, as unpopular as he may be, makes it reasonable that someone would recognize him if they heard his voice and saw his figure in person. This results in a confrontation with Izuku because he recognized him on the way back to school before Gentle could even start his plan. He also only spoke to Izuku because of Izuku's mention of expensive tea, Gentle's favorite hobby and calling card of his crimes, which lead to Gentle Saying Too Much.
- Then during his fight with Izuku the hero-in-training bounces Delaware Smash Air Force off Gentle's own elasticity barriers to stun him before going for the finish with a St. Louis Smash.
- Hypocrite: Gentle tells Izuku not to trample on his dreams of becoming a legend, all while remaining completely indifferent to how his actions are going to disrupt the Culture Festival and ruin the hard work the students put in to make the festival a reality. Izuku repeatedly calls him out on this. After several clashes and a mutual respect gained of each others' strength, Gentle decide to honor Izuku's victory over him, by sacrificing his own dream in favor for allowing everyone else's to continue instead.
- Hypocrite Has a Point: Despite the example above, Gentle is not wrong when he brings up the fact that sometimes you have to trample the dreams of others in order to make yours a reality. A prime example of this is when during the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc, Izuku eliminated other students to advance to the next round despite them pleading that it's their last chance to become Pro Heroes.
- It's All My Fault: He blames himself for La Brava getting involved in his crusade of crime, despite verbally discouraging her from joining him and La Brava being the one who had to convince him to let her tag-along back when the choice was made.
- Jaded Washout: Gentle spent some time as a NEET (a "freeter") when he flunked out of hero school, because his outraged mother gave up hope on him and threw him out of the house. Gentle later discovered that the star pupil of his class didn't even recognize him because he was such a nobody. He snapped from despair and spent that time coping with it by combing through old VHS tapes, where he discovered his inspiration to become the Gentle Criminal.
- Karmic Thief: He claims to punish those that act "ungentlemanly", such as robbing a convenience store that hides the expiration dates of its products.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Gentle is the only thing La Brava lives for. If not for him, she would either be Driven to Suicide or become a terrible Villain.La Brava: Gentle is my only light! He's my everything! Don't take him away from me!
- Lost in Translation: His persona and Quirk are actually puns, as "gentleman" and "elasticity" are homonyms in Japanese, something that doesn't work in other languages.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Gentle tries to uphold this kind of image for his "fanbase", may it be in fashion or taste, tries.
- Morality Chain: La Brava's, as he fears that if he ever were to vanish from her world, she would not only hit the Despair Event Horizon, but also be Jumping Off the Slippery Slope and become a true villain without his guidance. He is very painfully aware of this and goes through immense lengths in ensuring it will never happen.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In his past, he attempted to save a man from falling off a building. His failure caused the man to be severely injured and sue Gentle for damages, having to pay his hospital bills, which broke his family and eventually caused his parents to kick him out of the house and fend for himself. It also resulted in him getting expelled from the hero course for interfering with a pro hero in the line of duty.
- Not Quite Flight: Gentle's Quirk allows him to go airborne by turning the ground or even air into trampolines that he can use to propel himself.
- Oh, Crap!: He is genuinely shocked by how far Izuku was sent down the street by his elasticity barrier, realizing that the boy is a lot stronger, faster, and tougher than he looks. Once he realizes that the kid he is fighting is Midoriya, a certifiably crazy guy who breaks his own bones, Gentle immediately begins hightailing it. When the hero-in-training nails him in the back with Delaware Smash Air Force, Gentle tries to shrug it off before Izuku catches up to him and wrestles him into a nearby building.Gentle: What madness! We shouldn't get involved with him!
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the pacifistic Gentle resorts to violence, it becomes crystal-clear that the situation really has gone south for him.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
Gentle: La Brava, turn the camera this way.
- As Izuku starts a fight with Gentle:
- Of course, the fight turns out to be more demanding than expected as Izuku is no pushover. Both Gentle and La Brava are hard-pressed in the battle, though they still put up a decent fight.
- Reality Ensues:
- Gentle's attempts at looking cool by pouring tea to himself while holding the teapot above his head and the teacup at about waist level always ends up as expected; in complete failure and making an unnecessary mess instead.
- A villain who films their own exploits, even if they aren't popular, has a pretty good chance of being recognized almost immediately if they were to step out on the street and talk to someone.
- His unwillingness to commit violent crimes in a setting with superpowered psychopaths means that he has trouble gaining infamy and is seen as little more than a public nuisance.
- Young Gentle's well-intended but vigilante attempt to save a falling person's life goes wrong in so many ways. He tries to soften the fall with his Quirk's trampoline, only to accidentally trip up a pro hero who had arrived to save the day. The falling man suffered severe injuries due to Gentle's interference and sued him for the incident, causing Gentle's family to go broke fighting the lawsuit. On top of constantly failing his provisional exams, his reckless interference with pro hero work gets him expelled from his hero school. His parents furiously kick him out, and with no proper education or method of work, Gentle spends much of his adult life alone, in poverty, and unable to achieve his dream of being a hero.
- Refused by the Call: In a world of idolized super-heroism, Gentle wanted nothing else but to become a hero worthy of the textbooks, no matter what. It ended up costing him dearly with nothing but despair and disappointment to show for it.
- Subverted when Gentle, after his arrest, asks the police for a second chance to redeem himself. They are very supportive and encouraging towards him in their answer about it.
- Sad Clown: Comedic as he is with his Gentleman Thief act, his Toon Physics Quirk, costume, and his criticism towards society, he's still a thirty-something man that desperately clung on to his middle-school dream of heroism and fame despite how his ineptitude for it caused him to lose everything, hit the Despair Event Horizon, and turn to a path of villainy in the process.
- Secretly Selfish: At the end of the day, while well-intentioned on the surface, Gentle's greatest wish is less about promoting some kind of greater good than it is to become known a legend, as he's terrified of dying alone and in obscurity after failing all of his other aspirations in life. However, [[spoiler:he does willingly sacrifice himself and his dreams in the hopes of getting La Brava a less harsh punishment].]
- Silver Fox: He has gray nearly white hair despite being only 32 (according to the volume 19 omake), but his gentlemanly style is actually quite attractive. Which La Brava wholly approves of.
- Stealth Mentor: How he rationalizes his U.A. infiltration attempt. He claims that his appearance there would, in his words, "...allow the little saplings to grow up strongly".
- Super Loser: Granted, it's a world where Everyone is a Super, but his grades tanked, he botched a rescue attempt with his Quirk, his family got hit by a lawsuit, he got expelled and kicked out of the house, and was about to fade into obscurity with no one to remember him. Even as Gentle, his 'performances' were disliked by almost everyone, except La Brava.
- Super Mode: Acquires one whenever La Brava activates her Quirk. Uses it as a Finishing Move and used to work 100% of the time, until his fight with Deku.
- Tap on the Head: After being empowered by La Brava's Quirk, Gentle attempts to take Izuku out of the fight with a chop to the neck, only for Izuku to defy this trope, having faced even stronger and more powerful opponents before.
- Took a Level in Badass: Back when he was in high school, he was a very poor student who flunked the hero course four times before being expelled. In the present, though? He's able to utterly trounce five professional heroes at once and is able to keep up with Izuku, who is attending the best hero school in the country and has the power of the former number one hero on his side, pretty well. He has definitely come a long way.
- Worthy Opponent: Towards the end of their fight, Gentle's respect for Izuku grows to the point where he willingly casts aside his own image as a pacifistic Gentleman Thief in order to go all out on the Izuku, something he never had done before. Izuku returns this sentiment, as he acknowledges Gentle to be "one of the toughest opponents yet" in hindsight of his battle-record.Gentle (to Deku): I will defeat you! Even if it means discarding my reputation and style! That is my gesture of respect to a man such as you!
- Younger Than They Look: His white hair, facial hair, Silver Fox mannerisms and the dark circles around his eyes make him appear to be in his mid-forties, but he's actually in his early thirties. Once his hair is down and he's out of his costume, he properly looks his age. The dark circles are actually drawn with a marker pen.
Manami Aiba — La Brava
Debut: Chapter 170 (Manga)
A 21-year-old girl named Manami Aiba. Before becoming a villain, she was a Hikkikomori that barely clung to life. After she was introduced to Gentle through his early videos, she pulled herself together and decided to track him down to join him in his villainy. After meeting him, she became his sidekick and camerawoman, code named La Brava.
Her Quirk is "Love", which grants an exponential increase in power to the ones she loves and further increases said boost depending on how strong her feelings at the moment are.
- Ascended Fangirl: La Brava went from being Gentle's (possibly only) die-hard fan to his personal assistant, partially thanks to her hacking skills, which she used to find out where he lived and move in with him.
- Cutesy Dwarf: Just over an inch taller than Mineta's three-and-a-half feet of height, and unlike him is shapely and well-proportioned, which is emphasized by her poofy pants and Neo-Victorian style costume. A number of online reviewers have compared her to The Powerpuff Girls.
- Despair Event Horizon: La Brava came close to reaching total despair after her school crush rebuffed her affections without realizing she was listening in secret. After finishing school, she became a shut-in who stayed glued to her computer screen and contemplated suicide, until she discovered Gentle online and became immediately enamored with him and found a new purpose to feel alive... and even hunted him down because she couldn't contain her feelings!
- Gentle worries if anything were to happen to him to separate them, she'd hit this again and likely commit an even more terrible crime than their plan against the Culture Festival.
- Fangirl: La Brava, who might be Gentle's biggest (and only) fan, while also serving as his sidekick in charge of spreading his videos around online repeatedly.
- Hikkikomori: After hearing the boy whom she wrote a love letter to mock it and call her a stalker to his friends, La Brava became one of these after middle school with thoughts of suicide. She broke out of it after seeing Gentle's videos online, and became his partner in crime.
- Hour of Power: As mentioned under The Power of Love, her Quirk allows her to give Gentle a massive boost in his strength proportional to the strength of her feelings for him. But this boost is only temporary and can only be used once per day, which is why they try to reserve it for their retreats. After Gentle's battle with Izuku exhausts this, they're helpless when Ectoplasm and Hound Dog show up, forcing Gentle to surrender after knocking Izuku away.
- Love Confession: Weaponized in La Brava's case, as it serves as a vocal trigger for her Quirk to take effect. it's not indiscriminate though, as she can decide when to make the three words a trigger or not.
- Meaningful Name: La Brava's real name can roughly translate to "Beautiful love love partner", reflecting both her love for Gentle and her Quirk.
- Mega Twintails: La Brava's twin tails are big enough to reach past her waist(to be fair, that's not saying much). She had small Girlish Pigtails in school, simply wore her hair down as a shut-in and let it grow long and messy, and then adopted her current hairstyle when she first sought out Gentle.
- Motifs: Hearts. She has several of them on her outfit, including heart-shaped earrings and a heart belt buckle. Even her twintails form a heart shape when viewed from certain angles.
- No Indoor Voice: Whether she's fangirling over Gentle or expressing general frustration, La Brava's dialogue box leaves no room for subtlety.
- Non-Standard Character Design: La Brava is an extremely cartoony character, nearly out of place of the manga, not unlike the style in which Mineta is drawn.
- Older Than They Look: She's 21, but has looked roughly the same since middle school.
- Playful Hacker: La Brava, who puts all her skills as a master hacker into the sole purpose of etching Gentle's name into history rather than genuine criminal activities.
- The Power of Love: Literally. Her Quirk lets her give a temporary power boost to others, and the stronger her feelings for that person at the moment she activates it the greater the boost. In dire circumstances, her strong affections for Gentle can greatly increase his strength to the point that Izuku is struggling to keep pace with and overpower him even while using One for All: Full Cowl.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has Mega Twintails down past her waist.
- Shorter Means Smarter: The tiny La Brava is the master hacker of the duo compared to the relatively technologically impaired Gentle.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Due to the way written Japanese handles "L" and "V" sounds, her name has been translated into everything from "La Brava" (which is the official translation) to "Love Lover" and even "Love Rubber"* .
- Stalker with a Crush: La Brava gained this reputation in school when she gave a love letter to a boy she had never spoken to. She put too much effort into the letter and people noticed she had been tailing him, which made her look like a creep. Also, depending on whether or not her feelings for Gentle are romantic, her tracking down his home address could count as this.
The Meta Liberation Army Arc
The Creature Rejection Clan
Debut: Chapter 220 (Manga)
Otherwise known as the CRC, they are a group of fundamentalist villains that discriminate against those with heteromorphic Quirks.
- 0% Approval Rating: As they became increasingly radical in their beliefs, their public support weakened and they dramatically shrunk in size.
- All There in the Manual: A large portion of the group's history was revealed in the Volume 23 extras.
- Asshole Victim: The League of Villains (sans Dabi) absolutely brutalize them, but it's unlikely any tears will be shed over a group of racists dying.
- Evil Old Folks: Spinner calls them all fossils and it's implied the group is mainly full of an older crowd.
- Fantastic Racism: As KKK Expys, it's to be expected. They consider those with non-human appearances to be disgusting.
- The Klan: They're effectively the My Hero Academia universe's Ku Klux Klan.
- Obviously Evil: They're introduced having a candlelit sermon dressed in dark cloaks and skull masks. Definitely not the aesthetic of good people.
Winter Internship Arc
Debut: Chapter 243 (Manga)
Quirks: Glass Manipulation
An old preacher who claims to see a horrible darkness in the near future. His Quirk allows him to manipulate and re-shape glass.
- Crazy Homeless People: His followers seem to consist of this, and it's implied he's one of these himself.
- Cryptic Conversation: His dialogue is littered with allusions to darkness and salvation.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: "Battle" might be a bit much. After Endeavor completely No Sells his strongest attack, he tries to lead Endeavor into an ambush, but Hawks takes his minions out quickly while Endeavor finishes him off.
- The End Is Nigh: He claims that a terrible darkness is coming and that it will lead to society's demise.
- Glass Weapon: His Quirk allows him to manipulate glass. He primarily uses it to reshape the glass into orbs that he then rides on.
- Mad Oracle: Downplayed. He spouts off what seems like nonsense about a "darkness" that's on its way to destroy the world, but it's unclear how much of what he says is really nonsense.
- Not Quite Flight: He rides on the glass orbs he creates, allowing him to float off the ground.
- Prophet Eyes: His eyes are ghostly white, accentuating his prophet-like appearance.
- Wham Line: While he's being arrested, he reveals that Endeavor is the supposed source of the darkness he sees."That one is the root cause! His shining light beckons the dark! It precipitates our demise!!"
- Wizard Beard: He has a long white beard that adds to his "crazy old preacher" look.
A villain who fought against All Might. Little is known about him, but Izuku thought that he might have caused All Might's injuries, before being corrected.
- All There in the Manual: His design (or at least a prototype of it) can only be found in the My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive databook, as hes otherwise not made a physical appearance.
- Chainsaw Good: Invoked by his name.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: According to All Might, Chainsaw couldn't even get near him.
- The Ghost: He was namedropped in the very first chapter of the manga* , but has never appeared or been mentioned since.
- Lost in Translation: In the original scanlations, Toxic Chainsaw got a case of Mistranslational Badass, as All Might is translated as saying that Toxic Chainsaw caused his injuries. The official translation revealed that he was beaten badly by All Might and couldn't lay a scratch on him, and the story would later attribute All Might's injuries to All for One.
- Poison Is Evil: He's a villain who has 'Toxic' (or 'Venomous' depending on the translation) in his name.
- Poisonous Person: If his name is in any way accurate.
Debut: Chapter 171 (Manga)
An infamous villain who's known as the Uncanny Thief. He is one of the legendary villains mentioned by Gentle that carved their way through history alongside Destro and All For One.
- Red Baron: "The Uncanny Thief".
- Shout-Out: With his Slasher Smile, sharp facial features and wild hair on top of his jester theme Oji seems to be one to the Clown Prince of Crime himself, The Joker.
- Slasher Smile: He sports one in a monologue that Gentle gives.
- Meaningful Name: Oji is Japanese for "prince".