Midoriya's Childhood Friend and bully when they were kids. Gifted both academically and athletically on top of having a powerful Quirk, his incredible ego and competitiveness has made him the most abrasive kid around and gave him a Hair-Trigger Temper. He was nearly killed as a child after he got into a brawl with Midoriya after the latter's powers manifested, which has profoundly affected both boys.
- 0% Approval Rating:
- Bakugou's attitude quickly alienates him from his peers, who all flock to the much nicer and even more powerful Midoriya instead. By the end of the first day of school, he's considered a complete joke by the majority of 1-A even after beating out both of the recommended students overall on the Quirk Apprehension Test. Only Midoriya acknowledges Bakugou's abilities, and that's because they've known each other all their lives.
- Zig-Zagged in regards to elementary and middle school. It's implied that Bakugou wasn't as popular here as he is in canon because of Midoriya's presence. However, unlike in U.A., this isn't because people flocked to Midoriya instead of him, but because they all feared Midoriya more than him.
- The Ace: Subverted. Bakugou is heads and shoulders above all of his middle school peers academically and athletically on top of having a powerful Quirk with the exception of Izuku, who is just as smart as him and far more powerful. Bakugou believes Midoriya's refusal to apply to U.A. is a sign that Midoriya looks down on him, which pisses him off well into the events of the story.
- Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. Getting a slice of Humble Pie early on encouraged Bakugou to work even harder and be even more creative with his Quirk, which makes him a formidable opponent despite his injuries. His more extensive use of gear and equipment allows him to successfully defeat Todoroki, who is originally called 1-A's strongest in canon, on his own. According to the author, he's about as strong as his canon counterpart overall, but would have been even stronger if not for his injuries.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: If only barely. He's still foul-mouthed and aggressive, but he genuinely wants to see Midoriya become a Hero so they can settle their score. Compare this to his canon counterpart, who didn't even want to see the Quirkless Midoriya at the U.A. Entrance Exam.
- Affectionate Nickname: Midoriya still calls him "Kacchan", the nickname he gave him as a child.
- Always Someone Better: In a twist from canon, Midoriya is this to him for being just as smart and many times more powerful.
- Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. For as much of a jerkass as he is, he genuinely wants to become a Hero like All Might and is dead set on being the best he can be at anything. If anything, this is his most positive trait.
- Anime Hair: His hair is a sandy blonde and spiky like a comic book starburst effect.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: His sandy, spiky blonde hair resembles a small explosion, just like his Quirk.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His strategy for dealing with Midoriya is to continually attack him until a weakness reveals itself or Midoriya is on the floor. Itsuka lampshades how bad of a plan this is.Bakugou: As soon as I see that nerd, I'm blasting his ass off the face of the planet!
Itsuka: Okay, but how do you plan to do that? Does he have some kind of weakness we can exploit?
Bakugou: Hell if I know, but I'm gonna kill him until I find one!
Itsuka: That is a terrible plan, I hope you know that. Also, if you actually do kill him, wouldn't finding his weakness after the fact be kind of meaningless?
- Attention Whore: As a child, Bakugou was used to being the center of attention and the sole recipient of praise until Midoriya got his own powers. After this, Bakugou became jealous of Midoriya's newfound popularity, which made their relationship sour.
- Badass in Distress: He's powerful and capable in a fight, but he's helpless against the Sludge Villain and his attempts to free himself just set the surrounding area on fire.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Bakugou demands that Midoriya train for the U.A. Entrance Exam because someone who has stubbornly refused to prepare for ten years isn't going to get in. Midoriya ends up taking that advice and walks away with the highest score in the history of the exam.
- Berserk Button:
- Saying and/or implying Midoriya is better than him. As far as Bakugou is concerned, that isn't confirmed since they haven't "fought" since they were kids, and it's what drives his obsession with beating Midoriya in a "rematch".
- The Heroes vs. Villains exercise reveals that he has an even bigger one. Being told to give up. After his injuries, he was continually told to give up his dreams of becoming a Hero since it wasn't safe for him. When Todoroki tells this to him during their fight, Bakugou is instantly enraged, bursting out of the ice pillar Todoroki trapped him in and overwhelming to the point that Todoroki was tempted to use his fire.
- Blood from the Mouth: He suffers from this at the end of the Heroes vs. Villains exercise. All Might immediately sends him to Recovery Girl in response. Luckily, his injuries weren't too severe and were quickly healed away.
- Blood Knight: He relishes the thought of getting to kick Midoriya's ass and humiliate him once Hero Training rolls around. He's ecstatic when he learns that Midoriya and Todoroki are on the other team, giving him the chance to beat both of them at once.
- Bloody Horror: Bakugou has scars all over his chest that Midoriya compares to All Might's injuries and needed titanium screws to hold the pieces of his arm together. The actual injuries were even worse: pieces of Bakugou's ribs were visible, his chest was torn open from one end to the other, and he was just dripping with blood. Bakugou wanted to throw up at the sight of it after Death reminds him what happened. Even Recovery Girl couldn't completely heal him and told him to give up on his dreams of being a Hero.
- Born Winner: Academically and physically gifted on top of having a powerful Quirk for Hero work. Midoriya is the only kid from Aldera who can compete with him.
- The Bully: He used to pick on other kids who were weaker than him until Midoriya threw him through a wall. Even after this, Bakugou is always aggressive and demeaning no matter what the situation is.
- Bully and Wimp Pairing: He still has this relationship with Izuku, but the twist is that Midoriya is far more powerful than Bakugou.
- Bullying a Dragon: Even though he's fully aware of Midoriya's incredible strength and was hospitalized by him as a kid, he still goes out of his way to deride Midoriya and calls him "Deku" regardless since he thinks that Midoriya is looking down on him by not becoming a Hero. Everyone in class lampshades the stupidity of this.Unnamed Student #1: Man, sometimes it seems like you're asking him to kick your ass.
Unnamed Student #2: Why do you keep antagonizing him, anyway? You know the guy can punch a hole straight through your skull.
Bakugou: Fuck off.
- Butt-Monkey: No one takes Bakugou extremely aggressive attitude seriously due to constantly living in Midoriya's shadow. He's Always Second Best, is prone to Comical Overreacting, and always seems to have more bark than bite. No one will let him forget how he ended up in 10th place on the entrance exam and he's completely ignored in favor of Midoriya no matter how hard he tries. Then he's humiliated in the middle of class when Midoriya brings up Bakugou's cat, Dexter.
- Catchphrase: "DIE!" or "I'll kill you!" when he's attacking something.
- Catchphrase Insult: He's constantly calling Midoriya "Deku", despite the clear power disparity between them. This ends up getting him off to a bad start with Midoriya's new friends.
- Character Narrator: He narrates the interludes in Chapter 9 and the events of the chapter are primarily told from his perspective.
- Childhood Friend: He's known Midoriya for as long as he can remember. While he tends to treat Midoriya as a target to be beaten, Midoriya still considers Bakugou his best friend.
- Comical Overreacting: He tends to respond violently to anything that bothers him, Suddenly SHOUTING! when something sets him off and exploding things in his vicinity.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: When Midoriya and Bakugou were walking across a log over a river as kids, the latter slipped on a piece of bark and was sent tumbling down. Midoriya immediately kicked off the log and caught him before he hit the ground. Bakugou is not happy about this and insists that he didn't need Deku's help, giving him an explosion to the face as thanks. This baffles Izuku, who was just trying to help.Izuku: [innocently] Are you all right? [gets an explosion to the face, dropping Bakugou into the water] Hey! What was that
Bakugou: Who the hell asked you to do that, Deku?!
Izuku: I-I was just trying to help.
- Curse Cut Short: His attempt to say "what the fuck" gets cut off by Midoriya punching him in the face on the day of the accident.
- Day in the Limelight: Chapter 9 is told primarily from his perspective on top of giving him narration privileges.
- Deadly Disc: Bakugou's costume comes with disc-shaped bombs filled with his sweat called "Die Die Discuses" that he can detonate remotely with a special switch in his gloves. He can also use them to bolster the power of his explosions while they're in his hands. They're specifically designed to give him more attacking options so he won't have to move around as much and aggravate his old injuries.
- Dented Iron: Bakugou managed to survive being thrown through a concrete wall as a young child, but he's been left with debilitating scars and titanium screws across his shattered arm and chest. He's worked hard enough to overcome these through sheer grit, which makes his performance on the U.A. Entrance Exam all the more surprising.
- Determinator: Even if everyone ostracizes or looks down on him in favor of Izuku, Bakugou is hellbent on becoming the best Hero in the world. This also works against him, as his inability to cut his losses and admit to defeat to Midoriya after his explosions failed to work led to his grievous injuries. After his rehab, everyone from doctors to teachers to his own parents urged him to give up on his dream of becoming a Hero, as even running around would cause him to collapse. It soon become his biggest Berserk Button as he grew tired of being treated like glass.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He mouths off to Death of the Endless during his Near-Death Experience. She finds it more amusing than anything.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: The injuries Izuku gave him were severe enough where most people tried to dissuade Bakugo from trying to join the heroing profession.
- Disproportionate Retribution: As a child, Bakugou thought it was perfectly reasonable to use his Quirk to beat up a kid who took the last cupcake.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!:
- Bakugou sees Midoriya's unwillingness to apply to U.A. as a sign that Midoriya is looking down on him after their fateful childhood brawl, effectively demanding that he apply so they can settle the score. The truth of the matter is that Midoriya is refusing to apply because he fears the possibility repeating of what happened that day.Bakugou: You think you're so special, don't you, Deku? You think that you can have a Quirk like yours, show me up one time, and then just get away with not having the balls to settle things?!
- Later on, he's furious with Todoroki for not using his fire powers against him during their fight and surrendering rather than using it. Bakugou emphasizes his frustration by tying the capture tape around Todoroki's right eye before slamming his head against the wall.
- Bakugou sees Midoriya's unwillingness to apply to U.A. as a sign that Midoriya is looking down on him after their fateful childhood brawl, effectively demanding that he apply so they can settle the score. The truth of the matter is that Midoriya is refusing to apply because he fears the possibility repeating of what happened that day.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Bakugou firmly believes that he got the highest score on the exam with his 77 Villain Points. Izuku utterly blew him out of the water with his 15 Villain Points and 160 Rescue Points. Bakugou took it well when he finds out.Bakugou: I, Katsuki Bakugou, have arrived. After years of training and putting up with pissants who thought they could stand on my level, Ive finally managed to get into U.A. Theyre the best Hero School in the entire country, and I kicked their entrance exams ass as hard as I knew I would. All Might said I got seventy-seven points. Thats gotta be more than all those other losers, combined!
- Fire/Ice Duo: The explosion-powered Bakugou instantly gets on the ice-powered Todoroki's shit list after their argument on the first day of classes. Fittingly enough, they're the first to clash during their round of the Heroes vs. Villains exercise.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: His abrasive attitude quickly rubs everyone the wrong way on his first day at U.A. Unlike middle school, he simply can't command the same respect he once did, especially since he's constantly being compared to Izuku. By the end of the day, he's completely alone, as Midoriya runs off to join his new friends to avoid making things worse.
- Genius Bruiser: His grades are excellent, he has a powerful Quirk, and he's one of the most athletic guys in class despite his childhood injuries. It's telling when he ends up in second place behind Midoriya on the Quirk Apprehension Test ahead of both of the recommended students and the Reality Warper.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His worst trait is his ability to be in a near perpetual state of agitation. He wakes up pissed off and screaming at the bacteria in his mouth to die when he's brushing his teeth. Even in his moments of relative calm, virtually anything that contrasts his world view is enough to set him off on a tirade.
- Hand Blast: Bakugou always projects his explosions through his hands.
- Handicapped Badass: U.A.'s teachers are surprised at how fast and strong Bakugou is with his grievous scarring. His "shattered chest" doesn't seem to slow him down at all as he runs around destroying robots left and right. By the end of the exam, he has more Villain Points than anyone else. His condition was far more severe while he was still recovering from his injuries, to the point that everyone around him told him to give up, as simply running around could reopen his injuries and cause him to collapse. He compensates for his injuries with his Die Die Discuses, which
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Despite working his ass off to overcome the handicap his injuries gave him, he still finds himself falling behind Izuku, who gains powers seemingly at random and is getting stronger without even trying.
- Harmful to Minors: His bloody and battered body traumatized Midoriya so badly that he swore to never become a Hero out of fear of a repeat incident. That trauma still lingers to this day even after getting into U.A.
- Having a Blast: His Quirk, Explosion, turns his sweat into a substance similar to nitroglycerin, allowing him to fire off powerful explosions to attack his foes and propel himself along.
- Heroic BSoD: As a child, he was utterly stunned when his own mother told him to give up his dreams of becoming a Hero, tuning out everything else before destroying a car door and running inside.
- Heroic RRoD: Like in canon, Bakugou suffers from recoil whenever he uses his Quirk, but his injuries mean that he can't take it as well as he could before. He's so winded and exhausted by the end of the Heroes vs. Villains exercise that he can barely stand in the aftermath and eventually starts coughing blood.
- Hero with an F in Good: For someone who wants to become a Pro Hero, Bakugou's explosive temper and abrasiveness make it hard to believe that he could ever be saving people like All Might. This bites him in the rear during the U.A. Entrance Exam, where he ends up on the bottom of the Top 10 rankings because of his refusal to rescue anyone when compared to Midoriya and all of the other people he helped inspire. Compare this to his canon counterpart, who ended up in the top spot simply by destroying the most robots.
- Hidden Depths: Bakugou is apparently a cat lover. He also admires All Might just like Izuku, but focuses on All Might's Showy Invincible Hero image rather than his ability to save others.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: To one extent or another, he cares about Izuku, chastising him for refusing to apply to U.A. and calling him a hypocrite for refusing to follow his dreams.
- Hot-Blooded: He always gives everything his all and is fiercely passionate about becoming a Hero. The problem is that he also has an enormous ego to go with it, making him talk down to everyone else. He takes pride and puts 100 percent into everything he does, whether it's fighting, school, or doing the batusi.
- Humble Pie: For all his arrogance, Bakugou admits that he has work to do and flaws to overcome after nearly dying at the age of four, which took his canon counterpart more than a hundred chapters to fully realize.
- Hybrid Power: His Quirk is derived from the Quirks of his parents. His father is able to create explosive sweat made from nitric acid while his mother can willingly produce glycerin. Nitric acid + glycerin = nitroglycerin.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: This is how he gives "encouragement" on the day of the entrance exam.Bakugou: Stop standing around and move, Deku!
Izuku: [jumping] S-Sorry, Kacchan. But hey, l-let's just both do our best, okay?
Bakugou: Last I checked, I'm not the one who has to worry about that. If you fuck this up, I'll fuck you up, got it?
- I'll Kill You!: His Battlecry is an emphatic "DIE!" or "I'll kill you!" when he's pissed off.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex:
- Having received nothing but praise for most of his formative years as "a genius", Bakugou has an incredible ego and desire to prove that he is the best and number one at everything he does. But his position as the best is constantly threatened by Izuku, who is far more powerful than him, leading to his semi-abusive behavior and Malicious Misnaming.
- When he sees Midoriya chatting with his new friends at the opening ceremony on their first day at U.A., Bakugou made sure to stand far away from all of them. He gets increasingly more agitated throughout the day as people continue to ignore him in favor of Izuku, who seems to effortlessly one-up him in every regard without meaning to.
- Innocently Insensitive: Bakugou intentionally brings up Endeavor in an attempt to discredit Todoroki's accomplishments, but he has no idea how much Todoroki hates his abusive father.
- Insult Backfire: He calls Lexi "Baldy" as a reference to her grandfather's alopecia. Rather than feel offended, she finds this so hilarious that she rolls on the floor and has to ask Mercy to carry her out.Lexi: Baldy! Baldy! Mercy, he-he-he called me Baldy! It's-It's amazing! It's so stupid that it loops around to being brilliant!
Bakugou: Stop laughing!
- Introverted Cat Person: Midoriya lets slip that Bakugou has a blue cat named Dexter and that they played with him a lot when they were kids. But all of his "playtime" with Midoriya consists of trying to bite, scratch and throw toys at the young Kryptonian. Bakugou is embarrassed to admit Dexter's existence, but he gets noticeably calmer and nicer while talking about the cat. After the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, one of his first instincts is to relax by going home to take care of Dexter.
- Irony: His injuries had everyone from doctors to his own parents urge him to give up on becoming a Hero, much like he had told Midoriya in canon for being Quirkless. Like Izuku, he worked his body hard in order to compensate for his disability and became a formidable opponent anyways.
- It's All About Me: His entire worldview is centered around how he is going to prove himself to be the greatest Hero around and kick everyone else's asses. He throws explosive temper tantrums when things don't go his way, is annoyed whenever people aren't paying attention to his own accomplishments, and has no patience for anyone or anything.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- As abrasive as he is, Bakugou knows for a fact that Midoriya wants to be a Hero deep down and is constantly trying to get him to act on this desire. Bakugou's problem is that his delivery sucks.Bakugou: You don't give a shit about Heroes, right? You've been saying that for years, yet here you are with a notebook all about them, and it's the thirteenth one, too! Hell of a lot of notes to be taking for a guy who says he doesn't care!
Izuku: I don't care about being a Hero, Kacchan! That doesn't mean I don't care about Heroes, at all!
Bakugou: So you're just half-assing everything, then?
Izuku: That's not- [Bakugou scorches Midoriya's Hero Analysis notebook]
Bakugou: You really piss me off, Deku. [tosses the burnt book out an open window]
- When Bakugou first hears that Midoriya has started applying to U.A., he immediately confronts him and demands to know if it was some kind of stupid joke or a prank. When Midoriya says that he's serious about it, Bakugou just turns around and growls at him to prepare for the exam, since there's no way someone who spent ten years doing nothing to prepare for it will pass. This, along with K.E.L.E.X.'s prodding, is what gets Midoriya to postpone his search for other Kryptonians and focus on what he has to do to get into U.A.Bakugou: You better get your ass in shape. I dont care how strong you think you are, Deku; if you think you can just breeze through the exam when youve done shit all nothing for ten years, youre an even bigger loser than I thought.
- As abrasive as he is, Bakugou knows for a fact that Midoriya wants to be a Hero deep down and is constantly trying to get him to act on this desire. Bakugou's problem is that his delivery sucks.
- Leader Wannabe: He tends to instantly assume that he's the leader when placed on a team, leading to Itsuka's disbelief when he starts barking orders at her. That said, he makes good calls under high-pressure situations, but his delivery could use work.
- Leeroy Jenkins: During the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, Bakugou makes a direct, frontal assault, forgoing any form of a guile to prove that he's stronger than Izuku and Todoroki.
- Malicious Misnaming: "Deku" is a derisive nickname Bakugou came up with through a deliberate misreading of the characters in Midoriya's name. It means "puppet" or "weakling", as in a wooden puppet who will never be able to accomplish anything on their own, reflecting Midoriya's indecision and reluctance to become a Hero despite having every possible tool he could probably need to do so.
- Morality Pet: Literally, in the case of Dexter. It was playing with Dexter so often that prevented Bakugou from landing on Santa's naughty list.
- Near-Death Experience: Bakugou was nearly killed when Midoriya accidentally threw him through a wall as a child. He came so close to death that Death of the Endless decided to visit him for a chat.
- No Indoor Voice: He's almost constantly yelling when he isn't snarling at someone or mocking them.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: People won't stop giving him flak for being at the bottom of the Top 10 rankings at the U.A. Entrance Exam. He's also nagged about getting taken hostage by a sludge monster.Bakugou: Will you people get some new material, already?!
- Only Friend: To Izuku, and vice versa. All the peers in Bakugou's life either followed him around and fed into his ego out of admiration for his impressive quirk or derided and mocked him for his one-sided rivalry with Izuku. Only Midoriya cared about him as a person, despite years of hostility and Bakugou's own obsession with beating him into the ground. In return, Bakugou is one of the few to see Midoriya beyond his powers and encourage him to follow his dreams (though, with questionable delivery).
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Bakugou has been demanding a rematch from Midoriya for years and explicitly wants him at U.A. so he can beat the crap out of him without getting in trouble. This goes so far that Santa's present for him is a punching bag with Midoriya's face on it.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Bakugou is extremely talented, but constantly overshadowed by how powerful his Kryptonian Childhood Friend is. He's livid when he discovers that everyone is interested in Midoriya and not him. Aizawa notes that all of Bakugou's scores on the Quirk Apprehension Test are excellent, but they simply can't hold a candle to Midoriya's ridiculous scores.
- Personality Powers: His sweat is as volatile as his temper.
- Poor Communication Kills: His animosity towards Midoriya is fueled by their inability to hold a proper conversation with each other. When they finally face off in the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, both of the accuse each other of mocking them, Midoriya by clearly holding back in an effort to avoid hurting him, and Bakugou by broadcasting a reminder of Midoriya's worst mistake by going shirtless.Bakugou: What did I say about patronizing me! Don't say you want a fair fight when you're just letting me run around doing shit all nothing to you! Stop making fun of me!
Izuku: Stop saying that! [glares at Bakugou] Stop saying that I'm the one making fun of you when you're the one dressing like that! [points at Bakugou's scar]I-I can barely even look at you like that, so if you're not doing it just to throw me off, just to keep reminding me of what I did, then I don't know what you think it means to make fun of someone, at all!
Bakugou: What? You think I'm making fun of you? [jabs a finger towards his chest] You think this, is so I can make fun of you?! [laughs sardonically] Fine. Fine! Go ahead and think that, go ahead and think you're the one who's a laughingstock. If that's how it is, then take this as me being done laughing!
- Punched Across the Room:
- When he was 4, Bakugou was thrown out of a park and through a brick wall when Midoriya lost control of his strength. It's Played for Horror, as Bakugou nearly dies and suffers extensive, debilitating scars that will last forever.
- During the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, he tries to pin Midoriya to the ground with a judo maneuver, only for Midoriya to stomp the ground hard enough to send Bakugou into another wall.
- Pyrrhic Victory: At the end of the Heroes vs. Villains exercise, he wins. But only after both Midoriya and Todoroki refuse to go all-out against him, the former out of concern and the latter of pride, making Bakugou's victory feel hollow.
- Reality Ensues:
- Bakugou was heavily scarred and continues to suffer debilitating aftereffects years after the accident that nearly killed him. His injuries were so severe that everyone from Recovery Girl to his own mother told him to give up on being a Hero, as it simply wasn't safe for him.
- Without the top spot on the entrance exam to cement his credentials, Bakugou is instantly picked on and unfavorably compared to Midoriya at every turn. Everyone actively tries to avoid Bakugou at U.A. and Midoriya is the only one who can tolerate him without being disrespectful. All in all, being an asshole to everyone is a surefire way to become lonely.
- Bakugous abrasive personality is also a consequence of getting constantly praised without anyone calling him out on his Jerkass behavior. He's thrown into a loop when his fellow students in U.A. dont hang out with him like his cronies did in middle school and would rather hang out with Izuku. Bakugou doesnt even try to adjust his personality because he doesn't believe he's doing anything wrong.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has ruby-red irises and is a profoundly unpleasant person to be around most of the time.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bakugou is the constantly aggressive and loud-mouthed Red to Midoriya's demure and sweet Blue. Their costumes also reflect this, with Bakugou sticking to warmer colors like black and orange while Midoriya's costume is a cool green and white.
- Scars Are Forever: He brush with death as a child left him with pervasive scarring across his arms and chest that Midoriya compares to All Might's own scarring.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: He trained for ten years to overcome his injuries and catch up to Izuku. But when they're finally on the verge of having an actual fight he's already exhausted himself from his fight with Todoroki and can't do more than lightly singe Midoriya's costume. In the end, Midoriya sits down and gives up, not willing to let his friend kill himself trying to beat him.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: It's rare for him to ever finish a sentence without saying at least one swear word. Flashbacks that he's been like this ever since he was a child. The most polite way he could think of addressing with an oddly cheery Midoriya at the time was, "The fucks with that look on your face, Deku?"
- Smarter Than You Look: The punkish brute who's constantly swearing, destroying stuff, and causing mayhem also has excellent grades.
- Smug Super: He considers himself above the rest of his middle school class sans Midoriya and calls them "pathetic little pissants".
- Sore Loser: He's constantly pissed at the idea that Midoriya could beat him and demands him to apply to U.A. so they can have a proper rematch. He's also furious to learn that he only got 10th place on the U.A. Entrance Exam, storming out of the room for losing to Deku and "eight random nobodies".
- Stock Shōnen Rival: Played with. He's the Hot-Blooded Jerkass to Midoriya's Shrinking Violet Nice Guy, invoking far more of the typical Shonen hero traits than Midoriya himself, but all of them are painted in a negative light.
- Tsundere: Bakugou's incessant nagging and aggressiveness towards Midoriya can be interpreted as him trying to get Midoriya to use his latent potential as a Hero according to conversations with the author. But his pride and his constant need to prove himself after being beaten to a bloody pulp by Midoriya as a child are preventing him from simply saying it like a normal person.
- After Midoriya says that he's seriously considering applying to U.A., Bakugou just turns around and growls at him to get ready.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's a male carbon copy of his mom down to their hair, eyes, and temperament (except his mom is way more mature than him).
- Super Toughness: He's able to withstand the recoil from his own explosions for extended periods of time as a Required Secondary Power. Even as a preschooler, he managed to survive getting thrown hard enough to sail all the way across the park and through a wall, albeit barely and with lasting scarring.
- Trying Not to Cry: By the end of his first day of classes, Bakugou fights back tears at his disappointment of how the Heroes vs. Villains exercise panned out, as well as Midoriya's seeming Condescending Compassion.
- Tsurime Eyes: He got these from his mother. They emphasize how focused and aggressive he is.
- Underestimating Badassery: Bakugou is on the receiving end of this due to being compared unfavorably to Izuku. No matter how hard Bakugou tries, people, particularly Todoroki, continue to belittle and underestimate him even as Midoriya warns against this.
- Unmanly Secret: He's pissed when Midoriya reveals to all of 1-A that Bakugou loves his pet cat Dexter, with the narration saying that it seemed like Bakugou was trying to blow Midoriya up with his mind. He also secretly likes Beebo plushies as much as the next guy, carefully stashing the one he gets from All Might away.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His costume is nearly identical to his canon one, but one difference is that there's no shirt, leaving his scarred chest exposed.
- Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: As shown by the above image, he doesn't bother with a tie, wears his trousers baggily and won't even button his collar, showing his general disdain for authority and people telling him what to do.
- What an Idiot!: This is the opinion of his middle school classmates whenever Bakugo tries to bully Midoriya, after the latter nearly killed him by accident.
- The Worf Barrage: Despite his all of his training and preparation, Bakugou fails to deal any real damage to Midoriya with any of his attacks. The best he could do is knock Midoriya backward and to the ground with the sweat pent up in his grenade gauntlets and repeated blasts to the face. Izuku could have won their fight simply by outlasting him, but gives up because he can't bring himself to fight back and doesn't want to see Bakugou hurt.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Midoriya this, seeing as he regularly tries to get Midoriya to go into Heroics and live up to the potential Bakugou sees in him so they can settle their score. But... this being Bakugou, his approach leaves a lot to be desired.
- Wrath: Bakugou defaults to aggression whenever possible, even when he's facing people more powerful than him or placed in fights he can't win. After Midoriya shrugs off one of his explosions point blank and punches him in the face hard enough to draw blood, Bakugou continues to relentlessly attack in hopes of winning. His constant swearing, screaming and violence make him a volatile beast despite his immense talents.
- Wrestler in All of Us: He makes extensive usage of pro-wrestling and judo techniques in his attempts to pin Midoriya to the floor, using a rolling savate to close the distance and an ashi-hishigi to pile additional attacks into Midoriya's leg.
Toshinori Yagi - All Might
The World's Greatest Hero and Midoriya's lifelong idol. His real name is Toshinori Yagi, who works at his own office as a secretary in order to maintain his Secret Identity. Five years ago, he battled a tremendously powerful Villain in a titanic clash that left both of them crippled, limiting his Hero activity to three hours a day while leaving his body a withered mess. After learning about Midoriya's identity and seeing the good he can do, All Might resolves to help Midoriya become a Hero.
- The Ace:
- The World's Greatest Hero is powerful, loved by everyone who isn't a Villain or named Endeavor, and is exceptionally competent at his work. However, his injury five years ago heavily complicated matters and turned him into a Broken Ace who continues to do good even as the fear of death looms ever closer for him.
- He also earned the highest score in the history of the U.A. Entrance Exam with 165 points, a fact that is proudly mentioned at the small museum dedicated to him in his home base at Might Tower. He's simultaneously proud and miffed that Midoriya managed to top it by 10 points.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: According to Time and Chance, All Might used to be a member of The Terrifics.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: All Might is still a mentor and father-like figure to Izuku, but they don't hang out with each other nearly as much they do in canon because Midoriya isn't One For All's inheritor.
- Adorkable: He's overly enthusiastic about everything related to Hero work, barging into his first class with a, "I am... coming in through the door like a normal person!"
- The Alleged Car: All Might tries to call his car a "real beaut", but it's falling apart in many of the wrong places. For instance, the side-view mirrors routinely pop off. All Might also struggles to get the doors to shut and lock themselves, having to do so five times while also breaking up the dramatic tension he tried to build while trying to get Midoriya away from thinking about the anti-alien tourist trap they've started searching through. Finally, he's forced to admit that "Batmobile it was not".
- Alliterative Name: His pseudonym, Hikaru Hinata is this.
- All-Loving Hero: All Might is totally fine with Midoriya even after deducing the boy's alien heritage. He then tells Midoriya that it's not his status as an alien that's keeping him from becoming a Hero, but his own biases and fears.
- And Here He Comes Now: A week before the U.A. Entrance Exam, Midoriya is wound up over the fact that Lexi knows his identity. He's not sure if a even pep talk from All Might would be able to clear his thoughts. As if to test this theory, All Might comes running up the road to see him.
- Armor-Piercing Question: After their last conversation ended on a sour note over whether or not Midoriya should become a Hero, All Might asks the one question he should have asked when they spoke on that rooftop, finally breaking Midoriya's loop of self-loathing and getting him to seriously consider becoming a Hero again.All Might: Today, I gave you the wrong answers, and you asked me the wrong questions. It's not about whether or not you can be a Hero, and it's not about whether or not you should be a Hero. Midoriya, my boy, there's only one question that matters: do you want to be a Hero?
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The highest-ranked Hero and the best at kicking ass. Though it's also a case of Asskicking Equals Authority, as his ability to beat up bad guys is a major part of his current ranking.
- Badass Teacher: As per canon, All Might has taken up a teaching job at U.A. by the time Midoriya begins attending.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's unfailingly kind and supportive of others, especially young would-be Heroes under his care. Trying to hurt them is a good way to get All Might to throw a skyscraper-leveling punch into your face.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- He does this twice in a single day in the opening chapters, both times to save Midoriya from the Sludge Villain.
- Later on, he and Firestorm arrive in a nick of time to keep Izuku, who was pinned under a bunch of Mecha-Mooks, from being blasted by an ionic disruptor cannon.
- Big Good: As The Paragon, The Cape, and the world's greatest Hero, All Might is this to everyone on Earth.
- Big NO: All Might's reaction to Izuku getting blasted off Mt. Fuji by an ionic disruptor cannon.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: Averted. All Might is very much sane and reasonable, but his eyes are always deeply shadowed to the point that the sclera aren't visible, making them appear black while his icy blue irises seem to glow.
- Blood from the Mouth: Frequently in his withered form.
- Body Horror: He lost much of his respiratory system along with his entire stomach from his injury, leaving his body a withered husk that's constantly coughing up blood. In his home series, this gets him mistaken for a zombie by the U.A. students and even fools the actual zombies.
- Boisterous Bruiser: All Might is a Large Ham known for his booming laughter and is the single strongest Hero. He actively cultivates this reputation to emphasize his larger than life persona as the Number One Hero. In private, he's much more humble and thoughtful, but is still prone to hammy speeches when necessary.
- Broken Ace: He has continued to act as a Hero despite the crippling injuries he sustained five years ago and the withered state of his body. Midoriya is one of the only people who is aware of this because All Might is insistent on maintaining his image as the Symbol of Peace in order to keep society from succumbing to despair in his absence.
- Broke the Rating Scale: His official stats give him 6/5 in every single category, including Power, Speed, Technique, Intelligence, and Cooperativeness.
- Brutal Honesty: All Might says that he knows Midoriya didn't come to him for honest advice, only hoping to hear what he wanted to hear. Midoriya doesn't even try to deny it and the realization brings him to tears. After the Sludge Villain is finally subdued, All Might shows up to apologize for his bluntness and tells Midoriya what he needs to hear. The narration even namedrops the trope.All Might: The other reason you're taking this so poorly is because of your own confirmation bias. You weren't really looking for my honest opinion, you just wanted me to tell you exactly what you wanted to hear so you could stop having doubts about your future. Life doesn't work that way, though. It's good to go to others for help, but in the end, you need to decide on how your life will go, all by yourself.
- Calling Your Attacks: All of his attacks are named after U.S. cities or states, such as Detroit Smash, Texas Smash, and Georgia Smash.
- The Cape: Being the closest thing the world has to Superman (besides Izuku, who isn't ready yet), All Might fits this trope to a T.
- Captain Patriotic: His American-themed attacks, Heroic Build, and Caucasian features make him one for the United States despite being ethnically Japanese.
- Catchphrase: He has several, the most famous of which are "I am here!" and "Plus Ultra!"
- The Chooser of The One: As the curent holder of One For All, All Might is able to choose the next torch bearer of this Quirk and wants to find one before he succumbs to his injury. He's bummed out when Midoriya refuses despite meeting all the criterion for a worthy successor.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: All Might is late to the U.A. Entrance Exam's observation deck because he was too busy saving the day during his morning commute.
- Dare to Be Badass: When Midoriya finally reaffirms his desire to become a Hero again, All Might tells him to go and not let anyone stop him from achieving his dream.
- Dynamic Entry: He's first introduced blasting away the Sludge Villain with a massive gust of wind generated by a Megaton Punch. He's known for bursting onto the scene while quickly kicking the ass of the poor Villain who happens to be committing crimes in his presence. As such, his signature catchphrase is "I am here!"
- Eagleland: Of the America The Beautiful flavor, from the primarily red, white, and blue-colored costume to believing that you can become whatever you want with enough determination, regardless of the circumstances of your birth (or even if you're an immigrant from another planet).
- Foil: All Might is one for K.E.L.E.X. All Might is responsible for shaping Midoriya's beliefs about what makes a Hero on Earth. The two of them met almost completely by chance, with All Might gladly taking up the role of a guiding influence for Midoriya of his own volition and encouraging the young Kryptonian to do what he wants to do rather than worrying about what he should do. But due to his busy work as a Hero, he can't always be around to help Izuku. K.E.L.E.X. is Midoriya's last remaining link to Krypton, having been uploaded into Midoriya's spaceship specifically to educate, accompany, and assist him with all sorts of tasks. He bluntly recommends courses of action based on logic, sometimes to Midoriya's discomfort, and discourages Midoriya from doing things that he thinks are a waste of time, like searching for other surviving Kryptonians. He is also able to accompany him at all times due to uploading himself into Midoriya's phone, providing on-the-spot analysis, probability calculations, and other information that humans would find difficult to provide.
- Game-Breaking Injury: He suffered a massive one five years ago that resulted in the loss of his stomach and much of respiratory system, causing his body to wither away into an emaciated husk of its former glory and reducing the time he can be active as a Hero to a few hours a day. It's heavily implied that this injury will eventually kill him, but he doesn't want to stop being a Hero because he knows how much people rely on him.
- Genius Bruiser: His official ratings give him a 6/5 in both Power and Intelligence.
- Gentle Giant: He's huge, ripped, and respected the world over while in his Hero form. It doesn't stop him from wanting to hug you like a teddy bear if you really need it. When he sees Midoriya crying for the first time, All Might's first instinct is to walk over and start wiping away the tears one by one.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Fights almost exclusively with his fists, with every punch being a Megaton Punch.
- Gratuitous English: Indulges in this from time to time, usually when he's surprised, yelling "GREAT CEASAR'S GHOST!" while learning about Midoriya's various types of Super-Vision and "OH MY GOODNESS!" while being besieged by robots.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's a shining head of golden hair and is an All-Loving Hero who is always trying to save the day with a smile and bring hope to people in need.
- Hero Does Public Service: Whether it's stopping terrorists or helping a cute little kitty cat out of a tree, no job is too large or too small for All Might.All Might: Hello there, citizens! I am the man who needs no introduction, but here it is, anyway! I am All Might! The Number One Hero in the world! I'm the guy that everyone can count on to help them out of a jam. House burning down? I'm there! Royal Flush Gang robbing a bank? I'm there! Cute kitty cat caught in a tree? You better believe I'm there!
- Heroic Build: He's, in his and Midoriya's own words, "the pinnacle of muscular heroism". Even after losing weight, he's still 500 pounds of rock solid muscle while in his Hero form.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: All Might's withered form is virtually unrecognizable to the public. He can easily sit in crowds without anyone noticing and none of the people at his office recognize him.
- Hope Bringer: The Symbol of Peace brings nothing but smiles and hope whenever he arrives, instantly making people feel as though everything is going to be alright because the World's Greatest Hero has come to help them.
- Hour of Power: Due to his Game-Breaking Injury, he can only operate as a Hero for three hours a day at a time, being left in his emaciated form that bleeds from the mouth at all other times. Once he passes on his Quirk, One For All, to a worthy successor, that time will only grow shorter.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Has these, which seem to glow since the rest of his eyes are always dark and covered in shadow.
- Ideal Hero: All Might extremely powerful, confident, respected, competent and selfless. Even when his injuries would make others rethink their life options, he's wholeheartedly devoted to promoting justice and bringing hope to others whenever possible.
- In a Single Bound: How All Might usually gets around the city when he's in a hurry.
- Incurable Cough of Death: All Might is constantly hacking up blood due to his injury. He's gotten so used to it that he can do it with a completely straight face.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: While acting as a Hero, he has a very broad and powerful looking jaw.
- Large Ham: In his hero form, he's very hammy and loud.
- Legacy Character: He inherited his powers from Nana Shimura, the previous wielder of One For All, who in turn was the seventh to inherit it from the six people before her. He wanted to make Midoriya the ninth bearer, but the boy refused because he felt it would be wasted on him.
- Leitmotif: "I Am Here!", his theme song for making grand entrances to save the day.
- Lightning Bruiser: The world's strongest Hero and one of the fastest and toughest in the business.
- Manly Tears: Shares these with Midoriya after he learns everything about the young Kryptonian's past and the nature of his arrival on Earth.
- Megaton Punch: Most of his special moves are some variation of this. Detroit Smash is his most famous one.
- Meaningful Name:
- His real name, Toshinori Yagi, contains the Kanji characters for "eight", referring to his position as the eighth wielder of One For All, and "tree", referencing his status as the Symbol of Peace and the pillar that upholds society.
- His Hero Name, All Might, also reflects his overwhelming strength and the public's belief that everything will be alright once he arrives.
- His alias, "Hikaru Hinata," can be written with characters for "light" and "sunny place," which most likely references both his idealistic nature and his status as the Symbol of Peace.
- The Mentor: Although Midoriya isn't his successor this time around, All Might is still Midoriya's primary source of inspiration and guidance for the foreseeable future. He uses his connections to help Midoriya find his spaceship and promises to support his heroic aspirations any way he can.
- Moment of Weakness: Having reached his limit shortly after rescuing Midoriya from the Sludge Villain, he is totally absent after the Sludge Villain escapes because he believes that he can't intervene. But watching Midoriya rush to save Bakugou despite his fear that he'll hurt him again inspires All Might to push his limits and leap back into the fray to defeat the Sludge Villain once again. He then sneaks away from the paparazzi to chase down Midoriya and offer an apology for his previous statements before giving Midoriya the Dare to Be Badass he needed to hear his entire life. He also wanted to name Midoriya his successor, but Midoriya refused due to his desire to master the Combo Platter Powers he already has and his belief that One For All's power would just be redundant given that he already has Super Strength.
- Named by the Adaptation: In canon, All Might doesn't have his name listed in the records. Here, he uses a pseudonym, Hikaru Hinata, in order to keep up his Secret Identity.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He's drawn differently from the rest of the characters in the original manga, appearing more like American comic book characters. In his "true form", he's much more cartoony in his proportions and facial structure due to his declining health.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: His "true form" is this. His body has wasted away after losing most of his respiratory system and having his entire stomach removed.
- Nice Guy: It's All Might, so this is to be expected. When he first learns that Midoriya is an alien, he reveals he doesn't believe in the anti-alien hysteria that most of the world does. In fact, he shows remorse over the fact so many alien heroes were killed, driven off-world, or forced into hiding. And he doesn't know what makes him more sick, that people make a business out of xenophobia, or that they're allowed to do so without repercussions.All Might: When an alien comes to Earth for the first time in decades, people don't just forget about it, the next day. It was big. Super big. And like all super big things, people started making a super big joke about it. For the last decade and a half, Mt. Fuji has been nothing but a tourist trap, drawing in anyone interested in finding the alien. From bogus maps to doctored photos, even all sorts of low-grade weapons that people can use in the hopes of beating up the alien, themselves. I don't know what makes me more sick, the fact that people are doing this, or the fact that they're allowed to do this, without any sort of repercussions! No wonder my friend doesn't like talking about this place. What decent person would enjoy this?!
- Occidental Otaku: His costume, visage, and attacks all pay tribute to the United States of America, the birthplace of superheroes in the setting.
- Oh, Crap!: He internally screams "SHIT!" when he realizes that the student Nedzu recommended to be his successor is a complete goofball who thinks nothing of phasing through the wall naked.
- Papa Wolf: He's protective of children under his care, especially his students. When he sees that the Noumu has beaten Midoriya to a bloody pulp, All Might loses it and brutally kills the Noumu in retaliation.
- The Paragon: The combination of his incredible strength, boundless kindness, and unending optimism has inspired generations of Heroes over the course of his storied career, Midoriya and Bakugou among them.
- Perpetual Smiler: While in his Hero form, he always has an extremely bright smile on his face to bring hope to the masses. He's somewhat more dour in his true form, but he's still happy to give smiles whenever possible.
- Person of Mass Destruction: His punches can instantly reduce skyscrapers to rubble, make it rain by drawing in clouds, and generate massive cyclones that dwarf buildings.
- Primary-Color Champion: His Hero Costumes have all sorts of red, yellow, and blue with a great deal of white to get that Eagleland feel.
- Renowned Selective Mentor: All Might considers One For All to be a sacred torch and won't pass it down to just anyone. He only considers those he feels to have all of the qualities he considers to be necessary to be a great Hero, like a burning desire to do good and incredible kindness. Of course, only a handful of people are in the know about it and he's dismayed when Midoriya turns down his offer to become his successor.
- Secret Identity: Two-fold. While acting in public as All Might, he uses the pseudonym Hikaru Hinata. He works as his own secretary under his real name, Toshinori Yagi, to keep the staff at Might Tower from making the connection between them. Midoriya lampshades this.Izuku: That's so cool! It's like how Heroes disguised themselves as normal people before the Golden Age Act was passed!
All Might: I know, right?! That was the only thing on my mind when I came up with it! Who doesn't love a bit of nostalgia, right?
- Showy Invincible Hero: All Might is famous for his ability to assure everyone that it's going to be alright because he is here, resulting in his sterling combat record and public reputation as the world's strongest Hero. Of course, the truth is much more complicated because of his injuries.
- So Proud of You: He's simultaneously proud and miffed that Midoriya beat his long-held record at the U.A. Entrance Exam.
- Stepford Smiler: He keeps up his Perpetual Smiler tendencies to maintain his image as a Showy Invincible Hero and a Hope Bringer even as he deals with the prospects of his inevitable death and need for a successor.
- Succession Crisis: All Might is desperate to find someone to inherit One For All because he knows that he doesn't have much time left. He's more than a bit disappointed when Midoriya turns down his offer to become its inheritor, but assures him that he'll find another person to take on the sacred torch while downplaying the severity of his injuries.
- Superhero Sobriquets: A bunch of them including "World's Strongest Hero", "World's Greatest Hero", "Number One Hero", and "Symbol of Peace".
- Superheroes Wear Tights: All of the versions of his Hero Costume involve some version of spandex.
- Superman Substitute: He's the closest thing the world has to Superman in the present day, being The Ace, The Paragon, and The Cape to the world at large.
- Superpower Lottery: One For All can be considered this, as it grants its wielder immense strength, speed, and durability. Even in his current, severely weakened state, All Might's physical prowess still far outstrips a teenaged Kryptonian like Izuku. It also increases the strength of any Quirk the wielder may already have and seems to enhance All Might's sense of hearing. The power it grants will only grow as it's passed from wielder to wielder.
- Super Strength: One For All gives its bearer access to the compiled physical strength of every one of its previous wielders in addition to the user's own, giving All Might incredible strength that can split the clouds and change the weather. Even a friendly slap on the back manages to nearly knock Midoriya over despite his own impressive feats of strength.
- Swiss-Army Superpower: All Might squeezes every last bit of mileage he can out of One For All. He's a cookie-cutter Lightning Bruiser, but he can also use his superhuman strength to cover huge distances In a Single Bound, blow away his opponents by punching the air, and even give himself a Recoil Boost.
- Theme Naming: All of his special moves are named after states or major U.S. cities.
- This Is Unforgivable!: All Might declares this after the Ultra-Humanite seemingly executes Midoriya by blasting him off Mt. Fuji and throwing a bomb to make sure he's dead.All Might: I won't forgive you for this! Take away seventy-five percent of my power, eighty-five percent, one hundred percent, even! You won't ever escape from here!
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted. All Might tells Midoriya that sometimes a Hero needs to be willing to grievously harm or even kill a Villain if it means saving lives while trying to help Midoriya get over his fear of hurting others. That said, he also mentions that this is a last resort, only going this far against someone as bad as All For One. He says this to try and make Midoriya feel better about his accident, but it only ends up making him feel worse.All Might: This is what they don't teach you about being a Hero. The public acts like it's all a squeaky clean business, like all you do is strap on your tights, punch some people trying to rob a bank, get the key to the city, and go back home while shooting a sly wink to the fans. But even back in the Golden Age, it was never that simple. Sometimes, you can't just play it safe. Sometimes, the bad guys won't go down in just a few punches, and when you're too naive to realize that, they'll start hitting you and everyone around you hard. When that happens, you can't be afraid to do the same to them. A Hero should never go out of their way to kill or severely hurt someone, but they can't be afraid to do so if there aren't any other options.
- With Catlike Tread: All Might tries to discreetly make his way into the U.A. Entrance Exam's observation deck with all the grace of a "ferocious liger" to cover up his tardiness. Aizawa notices him immediately, prompting the narration to point out that ligers probably aren't the stealthiest creatures.
- Worlds Greatest Warrior: He's the World's Greatest Hero, ranking above even Wonder Woman and acting as the nuclear deterrent against rampant Villainy.
- World's Strongest Man: All Might stands head and shoulders above virtually every other Hero in the world in terms of raw strength in a world where Wonder Woman is still active as a superhero. Only a handful of Villains are able to take a serious All Might one-on-one.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
- All Might gives this speech to Midoriya after the Sludge Villain incident, finally convincing him that he can chase his dreams of becoming a Hero despite his past mistakes.All Might: Ever since I received my injury, there had been too many incidents like the one today, situations where I forced myself to the sidelines because I was scared of going over my limits and hurting myself further. But you, who told me how scared you were of taking action and putting other people at risk, you cast aside all of your doubts and moved to save your friend. That selflessness made me remember that a Hero can't be slowed down by their personal hang ups! All that matters is that they go out and save people who need help; their own crap can be dealt with, later! That's how I need to start acting again, and it's clearly how you want to act!
Izuku: Even if you say that, though, I'm just, I'm still just-
All Might: You're still just someone who has the resolve to save a life!
- All Might gives another one with Firestorm's help after the incident at Mt. Fuji.Izuku: I mean, when my powers first came in, all I could do was jump really high and punch people way too hard. By the time I was ten, I could shoot lasers out of my eyes and knock people down just by exhaling. Now I'm fourteen going on fifteen, and all of a sudden, I can fly. Am I just going to keep getting more and more powers, the older I get? When I'm eighteen, are bones going to start shooting out of my fists? When I'm twenty, is my body going to turn into electricity, and I'll just zap everything around me? Is it ever going to end? Am I even going to be able to control it, forever?
All Might: Of course you will! Even if you end up with a million different powers, there will always be a way for you to control yourself. I'm not going to say that it'll be easy, but you already don't want to hurt anyone, right? If you ask me, that's the most important step, there is.
Izuku: [looking down at the ground] Still, though
Firestorm: Don't get like that, kid. He just said he believes in you, didn't he? That's the second most important step. Even if you have no confidence in yourself, never forget that there will always be people who care about you.
- All Might gives this speech to Midoriya after the Sludge Villain incident, finally convincing him that he can chase his dreams of becoming a Hero despite his past mistakes.