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Independent HeroesHeroes that primarily work alone. Listed by their Introductory Arc.
Entrance Exam Arc
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Ogami (Japanese), Cris George (English)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
A Frankenstein-like hero whose Quirk seems to involve Super Strength powered by electricity. He's fairly abrasive and in the business mostly because it pays the bills. Jiro trained under him during her internship.
- The Big Guy: Quite a hulking figure among most heroes, and a good choice for security gigs.
- Good Is Not Soft: He's particularly hard on Midoriya following the incident with the Sludge Villain, thinking very lowly of him for charging in and interfering with the work of professional heroes. He does have a point though, since an untrained, Quirkless boy wasn't really going to be of much help at all against the Sludge Villain, and Midoriya's efforts would have been for naught had he not inspired All Might to intervene.
- Good Old Fashioned Fisticuffs: Relies on his powered-up fists to beat opponents and break down doors in hostage situations.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Obviously falls under good, though the smoke fumes can be annoying for those around him.
- Hot-Blooded: Believes heroes need to practice and train every day, even on patrol.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Death Arms has a very prominent jawline.
- Meaningful Name: His hero name in Japanese is spoken as "Desutegoro", which comes from the word sutegoro, a yakuza term for "hand-to-hand/barehanded combat".
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His hero name has the word "death" in it, a Badass Boast about the power of his fists. Then there's the added connotation it's a spin on a yakuza term, which makes it even scarier.
Voiced by: Shuhei Matsuda (Japanese), Kris Bryan (English)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
A pro hero who works as a firefighter. His Quirk, "Hydrokinesis", allows him to create and use water via the spigots on his hands.
- Making a Splash: His Quirk lets him shoot out water from his spigot hands.
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 17 (Anime)
A pro hero that flies around with a jet pack. He's greatly admired by Mei Hatsume.
U.A. Sports Festival Arc
Enji Todoroki — Endeavor
Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
Debut: Chapter 28 (Manga), Episode 17 (Anime)
Playable in: My Hero One's Justice
Shoto Todoroki's father, who possesses a fire-based Quirk called "Hellflame". He appears in person for the first time in Chapter 28, watching his son in the U.A. Sports Festival. At the start of the series, he is the 2nd-highest ranked hero and is obsessed with taking over All Might's number one spot, which he plans to do through Shoto.
He officially becomes the top-ranked hero after All Might's retirement, much to his displeasure.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Endeavor is a man who became a hero solely for the prestige and attention. Otherwise, he has absolutely no regard for anyone else, is always moody and surly, uses a lot of force when in battle, and is emotionally consumed by rage. His intimidating appearance and status as a Nominal Hero is only compounded by his red flames and black costume. He is particularly furious that All Might, an idealistic Silver Age-style hero, always seems to one-up him in the public eye. He has since become a father, bringing his anti-hero morality into parenthood. His son, Shoto, absolutely hates him with every ounce of his being, and refuses to use the powers he inherited from him to spite him before it finally gets through to him that he's not going to get far as a Hero if he intentionally limits himself to half of his available moves and that his father is the best person to learn how to use them properly from. He's also the only hero on-screen to kill the Nomus he fights, and only considered capturing Hood for information, but quickly threw that out the window when it was clear that if he didn't kill it there would be a repeat of the Kamino incident. Considering what Nomus are though, it could actually be seen as a Mercy Kill.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Implied. Endeavor is 45 while his second oldest child, Fuyumi, is about 23. While the age of his oldest son Toya is unknown, it points to Endeavor being fairly young when he became a parent.
- Abusive Parents: Endeavor only sees Shoto as a tool to surpass All Might and nothing more, as shown by the way he doesn't even refer to Shoto as a person, but "it". In a flashback, he put Shoto through Training from Hell, which caused the child to vomit, and isolated him from his other children. Ironically, Shoto's burn mark isn't his fault, but his wife's, though Shoto still pins the blame on him for driving his mother to that level of mental instability. Subverted after All Might retires, however, he realizes how badly he's treated his family and is trying to make amends. Worse, Shoto may not even be the worst victim of the children. He's treated his second son, Natsuo, like a failure, doesn't seem to really care much about his only daughter, Fuyumi, and then there's his oldest son, Toya, who was his original successor, but it's implied his much stronger Fire Quirk came with his mother's delicate constitution and when forced to learn one of his Dangerous Forbidden Techniques, Toya may have been crippled.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime adaptation gives him some more scenes assisting the heroes at Hosu in fighting the Nomus, where he gets to show exactly why he's the #2 hero.
- All for Nothing: He goes through some deplorable lengths to try to surpass All Might, which includes using his own family as a stepping stone. Even though he finally gets the number one spot after All Might's retirement, he can't enjoy it because he knows that it was just given to him and that he'll still be compared to All Might due to the latter's final battle against All For One, inspiring other heroes to continue on his work. So no matter what he does now, he'll always feel that All Might has completely and utterly beat him. Worse still, for all the efforts he took to groom Shoto as his successor, there is a strong possibility that the latter will eventually be surpassed by Izuku Midoriya given One For All's biggest revelation.
- Always Second Best: He's always second to All Might even after trying for decades to surpass him, something Endeavor can't stand. He's obsessed with knocking All Might off the position — even using his own son as a tool to do so. Even after achieving the very thing he sought for so long via a technicality, the public opinion makes it clear he's still second-best to All Might, something Endeavor himself admits in Chapter 164.
- Anti-Role Model: As a husband and a father, he's a pretty big failure, having put his family through emotional abuse for his own ambitions though the scale of it remains unknown. As a professional hero, he's very skilled at his job and even applies detective work to it. It's why even Shoto admits there's something to be learned from him.
- The Atoner: He strives to live up to his status as a hero while also to make up for what's he done to his family ever since circumstances and major events made him have a Heel Realization. Deconstructed since while he's genuinely willing to atone, he has possibly too much to make up for. Several years of emotional and physical abuse on his family are nowhere near easily forgivable, if at all. Out of his family, only his daughter, Fuyumi, is willing to give him some sort of benefit of a doubt; his wife, Rei, and remaining sons, Natsuo and Shoto, still don't want anything to do with him, and Natsuo, in particular, is quick to call him out the first chance he gets. He's painfully aware of all of it, yet continues to try and atone anyway, as it's the only thing he can do. The wild card is his oldest son, Toya, who was his original successor until something horrific happened to him as a result of attempting to teach him a secret move.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The anime and Vigilantes show that he's the #2 hero for a reason, mopping the floor with most villains and even taking on a Nomu single-handedly that several other pros struggled to handle.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Endeavor is a practitioner of situational awareness, and wants his trainees to learn that skill.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Double Subverted. A Quirk that gives the user the power to generate high-temperature fire called "Hellflame" seems pretty terrifying at first glance. However, Endeavor has no problem using his abilities for combat or rescue, making it to the top-ranked spot with very little issues over the connotations of his power. In fact, the stigma against him is pretty exclusively the result of his general assholery. In short, Endeavor uses a bad power to become a great hero, while still being a bad person.
- Base-Breaking Character: In-universe. Some people love him for being a steely tough guy and a formidable force as a pro-hero and gloss over his negative qualities, but there is also a sizable camp of detractors with intense hatred of him, and for good reason. Endeavor later recognizes this status when he becomes the #1 hero and tries to better himself to get on the good side of people... Ironically, that effort actually loses him one disappointed fanboy who actually liked him more as a jerk.
- Be Yourself: In Chapter 164, he likens his chase of All Might's glory to be impossible to surmount, and asks him what he did to get to the top. All Might explains it was just a strong drive to become a symbol for other heroes and a warning to villains, but that was his way of thinking about getting to the top. He tells Endeavor he needs to find his own vision of getting to the top because it's hindering his journey to number one by trying to imitate something he knows he's not in a vain attempt to be that hero. He needs to find his own values and become recognized for what he thinks is an ideal hero and be a different example of The Paragon.
- Big Damn Heroes: He arrives just in the nick of time in Chapter 51 to save some civilians from and join the fight against the Nomu.
- Birds of a Feather: Endeavor shares a trait with each of his three trainees. All four of them have one thing in common: the ambition to surpass All Might.
- In Midoriya's case, both have Quirks that seriously harm them if they overuse it. Both are highly analytical people, and Endeavor is also the only person so far who can follow Midoriya's Techno Babble without any visible confusion. Endeavor is also a much more effective teacher to Midoriya than All Might, because he can relate well with his issues.
- Both Bakugo and Endeavor share the same aggressive temperament and similar Quirks. Both of them value strength over everything else, but are trying to become better people as well. Both of them try to assert their egos in petty ways.
- Shoto is Endeavor's son so they have a lot of things in common, even though Shoto asserts that he is different from his father. They both have nasty scars over their left eyes.
- Blood Knight: He clearly enjoys the thrill of a good fight. Such as when he gets jealous of Edgeshot rushing into the fight against the League of Villains.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: At the climax of his battle against the High-End Nomu Hood, Endeavor falls back on the motto of UA, his alma mater, and shouts "Plus Ultra" in a parallel to All Might's battle against the first Nomu at the USJ and as a sign of his desire to continue the legacy of the Number One Hero by going back to the heroic ideals he once scorned. Fittingly, he also mimics All Might's pose after his victory over All for One to similarly inspire the onlooking crowds, though Endeavor consciously raises his right arm to draw comparison to but directly copy All Might.
- Break the Haughty: While not as extreme as most examples, karma hits him pretty hard later on for his terrible behavior and actions. He finally achieves the #1 status he sought after for so long, but only on a technicality because the person he was trying to take it from retired from heroics, something he hates because his pride meant he wanted to earn the position through his own merits. The public is also rather transparent that they consider him an inferior successor to All Might and question if he should have the position at all, and the crime rate is noted to be increasing despite his best efforts. Even after he's decided to try and become a better person and hero for his family, he's brutally beaten by a Nomu and gets a visceral scar in the same position as Shoto, the person who's suffered the most from his terrible parenting. And overall, even if they're willing to acknowledge his change of heart, his family aren't exactly quick to forgive him and let him back into their lives. Though calling him haughty is not entirely correct either.
- Broken Base: In-universe. Endeavor's sudden rise to the #1 spot caused him to become a controversial figure in society, between those supporting him, which goes on to spawn a positive meme called "Can't Ya See-Kun" with people try to express their positive opinions and trust in Endeavor, and those who think he pales in comparison to All Might, both as a symbol and as a hero.
- Broken Pedestal: Endeavor's sole purpose in life was to stand beside or even exceed All Might. He even went so far as to use his family to achieve that goal. In the end, this is subverted as he still respects All Might and views him as better then him even after his initial rage at his retirement and weak form.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A twisted example in which the expected quirkiness of this is instead replaced with pure selfish Jerkassery that somehow doesn't affect his effectiveness as a hero. Though his jerkass behavior and lack of charisma are stated in-universe why he has no chance at being the #1 hero over All Might, and was only able to achieve it on a technicality. At the same time, he does have a fanbase, some of which seem to like that he's a jerk or at the very least, that he is a '90s Anti-Hero.
- Character Check: He starts changing in an attempt to become a better hero after assuming the title of #1 hero. In the Pro Hero Arc, a scene of Natsuo and Fuyumi visiting Rei is meant to remind the reader of what he has done to his family after Natsuo grimly reminiscences about it, and that they aren't even close to forgiving him for it.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: The only real explanation for why Endeavor can punch a Nomu that's as large as he is down the block.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced way before his son and the dramatic plotline that involves them.
- Child by Rape: When introduced, his words on how he groomed his youngest son, Shoto, to be his successor in hopes of surpassing All Might because of his Ice/Fire Quirk, alongside how he views his older children as failures and his horrible marriage, initially caused the audience to assume that he kept exercising his Marital Rape License against Rei until Shoto was born. However, these assumptions have been cast into heavy doubt due to several facts and revelations:
- Endeavor's daughter and second oldest child is 22 and turning 23... while he's only 45 turning 46. Given the age gaps between his children, Shoto 15 and Natsuo being 18-19, one can assume his oldest, Toya, is older than his sister by 3-4 years, making Endeavor potentially 19-21 when he became a parent. Since he'd just be starting his hero career around the same time, Shoto's explanation that he used his fame and wealth to make Rei's family allow their Quirk marriage becomes much more questionable regarding the circumstances, though Endeavor himself notes that he chose her because she could mitigate his Quirk's weaknesses.
- Furthermore, Toya was Endeavor's first choice as his successor, reinforced by his age making him a high school student and hero in training when Shoto was just getting his Quirk. Additionally, it's implied that Toya may have been crippled or killed when Endeavor attempted to teach a Dangerous Forbidden Technique. Even though Toya's fire Quirk was superior to his father's, he inherited his mother's weaker constitution, implying he could not handle his own fire and got ruined.
- Indirectly, the film reveals that All Might spent his early hero years in America. If he and Endeavor are the same age, it's likely that Endeavor was already a father when All Might returned to Japan and thus, the idea of having his children surpass All Might did not occur until this time if not sometime after.
- Combat Pragmatist: When he fights a Nomu with regenerative powers, he boosts the temperature of his flames until its cells have carbonized and can't regenerate anymore.
- The Comically Serious: His first attempts at trying to become more approachable to others are just hilarious to watch.
- Convection Schmonvection: Subverted. While his Required Secondary Powers makes him resistant to his own fire, using especially hot and compressed flames raises his internal body temperature and weakens him physically. This is why he chose Rei as his wife, as her Ice Quirk would allow their children to counterbalance this lowering their body temperature. This is also why he tries to end all of his fights in one hit, since extensive use of his finishing moves will wear him down.
- Darwinist Desire: Possibly subverted. Word choice gave the interpretation that he only married Rei to have a child with Combo Platter Powers who could be strong enough to surpass All Might as the greatest superhero. However, it's later revealed he chose her to have someone balance his Quirk's weaknesses. That, alongside the revelation that he originally chose Toya as his successor because Toya's Quirk gave him even hotter flames than his father's and the fact that he and she would've become parents at just out of adolescence and thus the start of his career means that this has become much more doubtful.
- A Day in the Limelight: The Pro Hero Arc gives him plenty of focus, specially in regards to his new found dynamic with Hawks, who wants to turn him into the new leader for the hero society.
- Death Glare: As Yoarashi bitterly reminisces, his eyes are full of hatred. It's capable of putting fear into the fearless. The change in his eyes after the talk with All Might shows that he is probably truly changing for the better.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: Deconstructs Unknown Rival. Endeavor is motivated by being the best and initially sought to become equal to surpass All-Might. Unfortunately, the physical limitations of his Quirk inhibit him, even after All Might's own crippling. He eventually turns to his children in the hopes they will surpass him and All-Might later on. His wife undergoes Sanity Slippage, injures one of her children and gets put into a mental institution; their eldest son, his initial successor, is heavily implied to be either dead or critically injured since despite his superior Fire Quirk, he inherited his mother's weaker constitution and thus could not handle his own Quirk; two middle children suffer from Parental Neglect (with the older of the two getting Promotion to Parent and becoming the only force that holds the remnants of the family together); and the youngest one, Shoto, is subjected to Training from Hell and isolation from his peers since he was 5, which in the long run leaves him with PTSD and No Social Skills. And to top it all off, Endeavor does become a #1 Hero...not due to his own accomplishments, but solely because All Might is forced to retire, thus making everything he subjected his family to All for Nothing.
- Depending on the Writer: In Smash!!, a lot of his characterization is Played for Laughs, and therefore, most of his actions come from him being a "Well Done, Dad!" Guy that eagerly wants Shoto to start respecting and looking up to him. He even bends himself backwards trying to get into Shoto's good side by taking a vacation and taking Shoto to the beach, even though Shoto avoids spending time with him by inviting some friends over.
- Determinator: In the words of his daughter, "he's the worst at giving up out of anybody". This is whether it's trying to surpass All Might, or in a much better light, fighting Hood. He gets thrown through multiple buildings, has his eye nearly stabbed out, and overclocks his Quirk so much he overheats badly, and with Hawks' help he still manages to land the finishing blow.
- Domestic Abuse: His marriage to Rei and their history remains unknown for the most part, though by the present day, it's in total shambles. While initially assumed he married her in the hopes of having a child with both their Quirks that could be strong enough to surpass All Might, this is dispelled when he notes that he married her to cover his weaknesses (alongside the revelations of their ages meaning they were quite young). However, by the recent times, he smacks her around when she interferes with the training of Shoto and eventually Rei snaps and she ends up hurting Shoto in an emotional breakdown. He ends up having her put away in an institution. It's implied the worst of it started after what happened to his oldest child Toya. Initially chosen to be Endeavor's successor, his promising career was ended via a horrible accident caused when Endeavor had him to learn one of his Dangerous Forbidden Techniques. The problem was that despite Toya possessing a superior Fire Quirk than his father, he inherited his mother's weak constitution toward heat, with the implications being the technique likely crippled him.
- Dramatic Irony: When Midoriya gets Shoto to use his fire powers in the U.A. Sports Festival, Endeavor starts loudly cheering for Shoto and boasting about his power. To the crowd, he seems like an affectionate father openly showing how proud and supportive he is of his son, something that Present Mic even lampshades, but he has been physically and emotionally abusing his family ever since Shoto was 4. This was what prompted him to deny the fire powers he inherited from his father in the first place.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: He doesn't realize that the reason why All Might always beats him, at least in the rankings, is related to the fact that All Might is kind-hearted and morally strong, and believes that the only reason he loses the spot of #1 hero is simply because he isn't as strong as All Might, rather than the fact he is unable to inspire people like him. In Chapter 164, he is shown to have realized there's a difference between being the #1 Hero and being The Symbol of Peace, mentioning that, no matter how many cases he solves, he can still feel what All Might built crumbling down and that he doesn't know what to do to keep the peace now that solving cases isn't enough.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He appears on a TV screen in Chapter 1 and in an ad for U.A. in Chapter 3.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Inverted. He has Icy Blue Eyes but his Quirk is fire-based.
- Elemental Hair Colors: His beard and mustache are literally Flaming Hair (he does it on purpose and can turn it off if he so wishes), but his actual hair is red and spiky, fitting his fire Quirk.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- He's a dick to the third degree, but when he becomes the #1 hero, he pretty much admits that he didn't earn it because of a technicality.
- Even before he started making attempts to atone for his abusive parental treatment of his kids, it's implied through Shoto, that the incident with the eldest of his children was something he can never forgive himself for. This is reflected later when Shoto thinks back on why he refused to use both sides of his power at their fullest capabilities; even Endeavor was horrified by what happened.
- In fact, one could point out that he's a dick partially because he has standards. It's revealed that he has high standards of everyone... especially himself.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While he's technically a Nominal Hero rather than a villain, he definitely has a hard time understanding some of the big picture parts of being a hero. It's shown that he doesn't really get why All Might was the Symbol of Peace or why people loved him for it. When All Might strains himself after a battle that cost him his powers to reassure the civilian onlookers, Endeavor looks thoroughly confused, though this could be more at the sudden transformation regarding All Might's true form, especially given he looked up to him. Even after he comes to appreciate the importance of providing peace of mind to the people, he admits to All Might he has no idea how to do that.
- Evil Redhead: While technically a hero, he's a very nasty person and has spiky red hair.
- Eye Scream: In his battle against the High-End Nomu, Hood, in Chapter 188, Endeavor gets hit in his left eye by an attack. He keeps the eye only through a combination of good doctors and luck, though he's heavily scarred as a result.
- Fingerless Gloves: Part of his new costume.
- Flaming Hair: Subverted. He can create a flaming beard and mustache to look intimidating, but he does have regular facial hair behind them.
- To All Might. While they are both very powerful heroes, Endeavor is only in it for the sake of winning and feels like becoming the best is the most important thing, while All Might is legitimately trying to do good. They also contrast in visual style. All Might has a more traditionally superheroic style with bright colors and a more silver-age style costume, while Endeavor wears a simple dark bodysuit whose details come from his flames, which include Shoulders of Doom in more typical dark-age fashion.
- To Bakugo: both are obsessed with strength at the cost of actual heroism and both are determined to usurp the top spot from someone else.note When they do manage to win the top spot, however, it's due to their rivals being weakened at the time, and both throw tantrums when they feel cheated of a legitimate victory.
- Good Costume Switch: Zigzagged. Endeavor started using a new suit when he officially became the top-ranked hero and embraced the title and the values one needs to resonate with to live up to it, at last putting to bed his feud with All Might with him no longer able to rival Endeavor. However, the "good" aspect of this change is yet to be made clear, because we haven't yet seen Endeavor acting the part with decency, and his persistently brutal personality points well away from him being the ideal hero.
- Good Is Not Nice: While he's the number two hero in the world and has saved countless lives, he is shown to be an abusive husband and father with an unhealthy obsession with surpassing All Might as the number one hero, even if he has to do it vicariously through his son.
- Good Powers, Bad People: In the sense that there's nothing inherently evil about his Quirk, per se (the name indicating more the dangerous potential of heat). He's just really nasty for someone that's supposed to be a high-ranking hero. Granted, his rank is more indicative of him being very skilled at his heroics and his Quirk.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Endeavor mentions how in spite of all his hard work, he was unable to catch up to All Might. Additionally, this is due to the inherent nature of his Quirk, since overusing his fire could kill him and thus he is forced to try and end his fights quickly. He then became a ruthless trainer to his children, in the hopes they will become his Superior Successor; his oldest Toya was the initial choice because of his superior fire Quirk, but implied to be severely injured after a training accident. He would end up switching to Shoto, who's Fire and Ice Quirk means he would not be inhibited by those same limitations.
- Hate Sink: At first, there was almost nothing redeemable about him. He dedicated his life to a petty One Sided Rivalry against #1 hero, All Might, destroyed the family life he had with his wife and children, cared more about winning than being a hero, and has been putting Shoto into a cruel physically and emotionally abusive training ever since the boy was 4 or 5. The closest thing he has to a redeemable quality is his concern for Shoto holding back in battle, but even that was for his own personal gain. Even Kōhei Horikoshi calls him a shitty dad. Outside of that, he's shown to be an asshole on the job, being a hero in the most technical of terms. He's very cold to fellow heroes and the people he's trying to save. After he has a Jerkass Realization, however, he begins to change.
- Hatedom: Shoto implies that he has an in-universe one. Yoarashi was openly a part of it and absolutely loathed him.
- Heel Realization: Though he doesn't say anything, the expression on his face in Chapter 166 upon watching Shoto interacting with the delinquent Quirk children happily and peacefully while listening to All Might heavily hints that only now is he truly realizing that he wants to heal his relationship with his family and become someone Shoto can look up to.
- Hellfire: His Quirk is named Hellfire because his flames are as hot as Hell, but don't seem to burn him while active. In the anime, his flames are shown to be hot enough to melt stone easily. He summoned flames on his feet so he could climb up the side of a building to rescue someone, the flames melting the spot to create a foothold. Furthermore, when he released flames from his feet to decrease his and the person he was saving's velocity and land safely, it melted and burnt the road.
- Heroic BSoD: Doesn't take well finding out about All Might's true form and becoming the number one-ranked Hero thanks to a technicality, causing him to set his own training room on fire.
- Heroic Resolve: Endeavor just won't stay down. After suffering a savage beating, he wills himself to continue the fight. Using the pain to stop himself from backing out and launches himself at Hood using his flames when his body starts to fail. Despite the fact overusing his Quirk will kill him.
- Hidden Depths:
- Despite being the #2 hero, he actually lives in a pretty simple but spacious Japanese-styled home, when someone of his stature could easily afford more than that.
- He's pretty formal, albeit in a cold sort of way, to people he talks with. He calls Gran Torino "honored elder" when interacting with him for example.
- During the Hideout Raid Arc, it's heavily implied he actually looks up to All Might.
- Before his Despair Event Horizon, he also valued effort above everything else when striving to be the best he can be. It's also a sore point about All Might's retirement. Then again, one could say he never lost this, but his inability to overcome the physical limitations of his Quirk along with "being the worse at giving up" meant he would turn to making a Superior Successor.
- The leitmotif that plays for him in the anime is called "Just Another Hero." The lyrics offer potential insight into Endeavor's motivations. This is the first verse:I was a dropout and a coward
Sick and tired of my weakness
More I buck for the power
More I'm broken, more I'm frightened
But that's the time I must be strong
Why damage myself again and again?
Is simply for the victims of sorrow
I'll be the man even if I'm just another hero
- He's quite intelligent and it's implied that he's solved so many cases partially because he acts as a detective.
- In Chapter 164, he finally gets to speak with All Might and notes despite all the cases he is solving, he is able to sense that everything All Might has done as the Symbol of Peace is beginning to fall apart. Besides showing remarkable perception, it also shows some surprising humility, knowing he is not good enough. He reinforces this when he asks All Might what it meant to be a Symbol of Peace.
- A flashback right before the end of his fight with Hood reveals he chose his wife Rei because she had the ability to balance out his weaknesses, which means that on some level, he has some attachment to her and really does care about her.
- Another is when the kids are visiting Rei and she informs them that Endeavor has actually been visiting her, at least where she's staying though not actually meeting her in person. She even notes how he would leave her her favorite flower despite only mentioning it once to him several decades ago. This shows both his attention to detail and the fact he cared to remember such a thing shows that there may have been legitimate courtship and sentimentality in their relationship at some point.
- Hawks points out that Endeavor was the only one actually trying to surpass All Might. All the other heroes viewed the gap between All Might and the rest of them as insurmountable, except for Endeavor. While Hawks initially thinks of this as envy, he realizes during the fight against Hood that Endeavor was doing it to better himself, and that his resolve to do so is admirable.
- With age revealed to be 45 along with how old his children are, it reveals that he was barely out of adolescence when he married Rei and started a family. This has opened up several cans of worms.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He thinks All Might looked down on him, which fueled his one-sided rivalry against the paragon, when in reality, All Might not only didn't look down on him, but actually held him in high enough esteem to try and get tips on training junior Heroes from him. It turns out that he may have been just projecting his own insecurities at All Might, viewing the differences in their capabilities as a chasm that kept growing no matter what he did.
- Hot-Blooded: Endeavor is easily riled, heavily determined and unsurprisingly of short temper.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The cover for Chapter 166 shows that Endeavor was One Head Taller than Rei, as well as about twice her width, when their son, Shoto, became a kindergartener.
- Hyper-Awareness: He didn't reach the top position on his strength and Quirk mastery alone. He's also known as the best detective amongst the heroes, hence having the highest number of resolved cases, beating out All Might. Amongst other things, he's a very detailed person, such as remembering his wife's favourite flower despite being mentioned only once decades ago, and picking up on Hawks' hints and coded messages. He's also one of the few people to fully decipher and sum up Midoriya's Techno Babble without any visible confusion.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He's an aloof man with turquoise eyes. Ironically, he has fire powers instead of ice ones usually associated with blue eyes of the "piercing, icy" variety.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's implied that his need to surpass All Might, and the horrific treatment of his family that happened as a result, are rooted in his low opinion of anyone who's not the best, himself included. Furthermore, he's hampered by the physical limitations of his Hellfire Quirk; he risks overheating if used extensively, which is why he tries to finish fights quickly in single shots lest he burns himself out. This is why he banks on Shoto to become his successor, since Shoto's Ice and Fire balance each other and thus are not prone to the weaknesses that hamper him or that possibly crippled his oldest son and original successor, Toya, whose weaker constitution toward heat made his problem toward his own superior fire Quirk worse than his father, as implied to be discovered in a training accident. He has a mental breakdown when he becomes the top-ranked hero on a technicality due to All Might's retirement because he believes he is unworthy of the recognition and responsibilities. It takes a personal talk with All Might to finally understanding what it really means to be the Symbol of Peace and try and fix what and who he damaged over the years.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: He has no qualms about calling his older children "things" because he considers them no better than failed experiments due to being born without a fusion of their parents' Quirks like he desired, and even refers to his personal favorite, Shoto, as "that boy he made." In Chapter 192, Natsuo refers to himself and Fuyumi as "his failures" when shouting at him.
- It's All About Me: All he cares about is becoming the #1 hero, even if he has to live that dream through his son. In Chapter 86, he complains about having to rescue Bakugo because of his busy schedule.
- Jerkass: He's cold, aloof, does not work well with others, and his ambitions have damaged and traumatized his wife and children. It's gradually implied that, at least with his oldest son, it may be a bit more complicated, though.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He is a failure of a parent and a pretty divisive character at best, but he is very skilled at his work thanks to the Training from Hell and he often shows concern over Shoto's:
- Shoto very likely would've lost the Cavalry Battle if he hadn't unleashed his flame powers to deter Midoriya. Midoriya seems to agree; in Chapter 38, after seeing Shoto suffer frostbite from only using his ice, he yells at him and tells him to stop holding back. Even Shoto himself agrees after going through some Character Development. He claims that before, he would never consider being around his father for Hero training, but admits that even though Endeavor is a terrible father and person, he has valuable experience from which Shoto can learn and starts to understand that Endeavor is the #2 hero in Japan for a reason.
- An anime original scene in Hosu, along with his clash with Hood, shows that for all the man's faults, he is very skilled in what he does. Furthermore, his views on Shoto limiting and hampering himself by only using ice becomes much more prominent when it's revealed that Endeavor is forced to end his fights quickly lest he be overheated by his own Quirk and that the nature behind the Quirk marriage was the hopes that Endeavor's children won't be screwed over like him, since Shoto's Quirk prevents both frostbite and overheating.
- This comes up again in Chapter 204 during the battle of Class 1-A vs. Class 1-B. Shoto ends up fighting against Tetsutetsu, who's able to counter both his ice and fire. As Tetsutetsu puts it, he trained and lived in a hearth to push his limits. In fact, those very words ends up reminding Shoto about what his dad said on Shoto holding back and not overcoming himself. Despite having a very powerful Quirk, he nearly lost and it was only when he began pushing himself he managed to scrape a draw for the team. He's clearly aware of this as he decides to ask his father about a technique called "Flashfire"...
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After the incident in which Shoto got his scar, Endeavor coldly informs Shoto that he had Rei committed to a mental hospital, not out of any paternal concern toward his child, but because she damaged his "masterpiece" at a crucial point in Shoto's development.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His abusive nature ended up causing his wife to splash boiling water on the left side of Shoto's face. Years later, he would have the same side of his face and his eye on top of that blown off by a Nomu. While it does get restored by Recovery Girl, he's still left with a deep scar in the same place as Shoto's.
- His "forcefulness" in trying to beat Shoto into becoming the strongest hero by forcing him to perform very near suicidal techniques as a child had the opposite effect and actually made him weaker, because Shoto is traumatized by the experience and holds back as a result. He knows very well how hard this bit him in the ass, and is desperately trying to get his son to talk to him about it so that he can learn it the right way this time. Note that this is after doing the same thing to his first child, which is implied to be what broke his wife's sanity and caused some kind of permanent harm to Toya. Needless to say, he's not making up for this easily with any of his family. Though, as noted above in Jerkass Has a Point, he keeps being proven right, especially since Shoto's own Quirk functions differently than either his father's or oldest brother's.
- Leitmotif: The anime gives him one in his first big scene. It appears to be some sort of punk rock song. Fascinatingly enough, not only are there lyrics, but they're in English to boot.
- Logical Weakness: Chapter 188 shows that overusing his Hellfire Quirk will cause his body temperature to overheat, which weakens his physical functions. His inner thoughts imply that this part of why is why he chose to be with Rei, that her ice powers balanced his fire. A flashback of Shoto's in Chapter 202 states that this is why Shoto was selected to be Enji's successor after his eldest brother, Toya. While Toya could generate flames much hotter than even Enji's, he inherited his mother's weak constitution to heat, making him comparatively useless as he would overheat much faster than even his father. It's implied this is what damned Toya when Endeavor tried teaching him a Dangerous Forbidden Technique.
- Locked Out of the Loop: As he doesn't know the nature of All Might's Quirk, he doesn't realize that his goal of surpassing All Might is futile (since One For All is a Quirk that will continuously get stronger and stronger over time, and can be passed down forever). That said, it's at least implied that he realizes deep down that the gap between his and All Might's strength is too vast to cross, but he's come too far to stop trying.
- Meaningful Name:
- The Mentor: Endeavor looks forward to train his son in the Flashfire move. Later, he reluctantly agrees to train Deku and Bakugo as well during the winter internship after learning of the incoming threat in the form of the Paranormal Liberation Front from Hawks.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Seeing his son trying his best to be a good babysitter to the unruly children during his makeup exam and listening to All Might makes him realizes what he's done is nothing like what a father should be, let alone a hero. He decides to devote his life to becoming a real hero and father, even while knowing that it's likely his family won't forgive him for his abuse.
- My Greatest Failure: While his Heel Realization has made him immensely regret what he put his family threw, there is one incident he regretted the most beforehand. Originally, his eldest son Toya was posed to be his successor because Toya's Quirk gave him flames hotter than even Endeavor's. As such, Endeavor tried teaching him one of his secret techniques, but Toya's weaker constitution (something he got from his mother) meant that something went horribly wrong.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: He's very disappointed with finally becoming the #1 hero, because it only happened due to All Might's retirement. Justified since the entire pursuit was to be the best and that receiving as a technicality renders all of his efforts and painful actions to nothing.
- No Social Skills: He's a lot like Bakugo in that his first instinct when something annoys him is to start yelling or give a Death Glare. Hawks intentionally tries to get a rise out of him because he knows this will happen, despite Enji's best attempts to stay calm and friendly with the public. Trying to tame his anger in his everyday life is one of the first hurdles he tries to get over to be a better person, and even then Shoto has to point it out to him that all of those efforts are meaningless at home unless he apologizes first.
- Nominal Hero: He's the second-highest ranked hero in Japan, only surpassed by All Might. He's also a petty bastard with an obsessive desire to become Number 1, and abused his wife and children in order to reach that goal through his "favorite son", Shoto. Of course, most of the world is blissfully ignorant of his failings as a husband and father, so they just see him as an extremely efficient superhero with a giant stick up his ass. That said, his status as the #2 hero is one reason why Shoto opts to intern him; as much as Endeavor is a horrible father and husband, he has the instincts of someone befitting his rank and thus has a few things his son can legitimately learn from. Additionally, whenever he isn't scowling, he has either a Death Glare or a wicked smile on his face. After his Heel Realization, he tries acting more heroic for both the public and his family, refusing to back down after Hood grievously injured him so as not to repeat the fight at Camino Ward, though the results are mixed. His original fans don't even recognize him, his Hatedom doesn't trust his change of heart, and his family is not willing to really forgive him.
- Not Quite Flight: His new hero costume allows him to hover by emitting fire from his feet, but he can't actually maneuver in the air.
- One Head Taller: The cover for Chapter 166 shows that Rei only reached Endeavor's shoulders when their son, Shoto, became a kindergartener.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's always referred to by his hero name, Endeavor. There are absolutely no mentions of him as Enji Todoroki by any characters, not even his own family. Likewise, the civilian/papa side to him is barely there. Endeavor is practically his only identity, which says a lot. The only person to call him otherwise is Gran Torino, as his senior (seniority privileges), but only by his surname of "Todoroki", as a warning not to engage Stain. Yet, quite some time later, Dabi would be the first to invoke his full name in the hope to get a rise out of him, finding commonalities between them both.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Endeavor immediately notices that Hawks' attitude has changed when Hawks is handing him Destro's manifesto. He quickly realizes Hawks was trying to tell him something indirectly, and reading through the text, figures out that it was a warning of the endgame coming from a coded message Hawks hid in it.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The reason he's initially the number two hero is that All Might is the number one, and no matter what he could not surpass him.
- Parental Favoritism: He put Shoto through Training from Hell, believing that Shoto is the only child he has sired who has the potential to surpass All Might. Meanwhile, his older children were more or less discarded for not turning out how he wanted, but it also means they missed out on the horrible "training". This wasn't always the case, however. Originally, his oldest son, Toya, was his favorite because his fire Quirk surpassed his father's. Unfortunately, Toya also inherited his mother's weaker constitution and thus was not able to master a secret technique Endeavor tried to teach him that was heavily implied to have seriously injured him.
- Parental Neglect:
- He pretty much abandoned Shoto's older siblings since they lacked the potential to surpass All Might in his eyes. Flashbacks in Chapter 39 show that this actually worked out in their favor, since they were spared the abusive training that Shoto was forced to endure. This did not stop Natsuo from hating him even more than Shoto does, to Shoto's surprise.
- He stopped focusing on his oldest son when he realized his fire Quirk, even though it was even hotter than his, was harmful to his weak body after trying to get him to learn a move that is potentially fatal even to Endeavor himself. As of the present, he treats the whole incident as My Greatest Failure, possibly because he subjected his own son to the worst case scenario to someone like him. It's telling his guilt is legitimate, especially before his Jerkass Realization.
- Perpetual Frowner: He usually has a scowl on his face.
- Personality Powers: He's a Hot-Blooded Blood Knight with fire-based powers.
- Pet the Dog:
- He sends flowers to Rei in the hospital. When Natsuo claims that Endeavor had never cared about his family, Rei cites not the flowers themselves but the fact that they are her favorite kind of flower, most likely Gentiana scabra, which is something she only told Endeavor once over two decades ago. The fact that Endeavor still cares enough to remember this shows that for all the trouble, there was something there.
- When speaking to All-Might, he refers to Shoto's initial refusal to use his fire powers as a "rebellious phase" like that of any typical teenager with the implication that his son will eventually mature out of it. While Dramatically Missing the Point for certain, it shows that he's willing to give his son some emotional space instead of trying to force the issue.
- Playing with Fire: His Hellfire Quirk allows him to generate and control fire. He's able to do a surprising fair bit with it when compared with his son's capabilities. The anime expands on this; he's even able to shape his flames and control their temperature. For example, he carbonized a Nomu by making his flame so hot, they turn blue.
- Privilege Makes You Evil: He's incredibly famous and wealthy from becoming the 2nd Highest Ranked Hero at a relatively young age at that, but it's not enough for him. He needs to be the best. However, there's little that actually implies he came from wealth and his home is relatively spartan for the most part.
- Psychotic Smirk: Gives an impressive one, bordering on Slasher Smile, when in Chapter 39, he sees Shoto finally activating his fire powers in battle.
- Pyrrhic Victory: After pretty much putting his sons, oldest and youngest through the ringer and his own harsh Training from Hell, he only achieved his goal out of technicality and he is fully aware he does not deserve it.
- Reality Ensues:
- Endeavor's built his entire hero career on being seen as a dark, foreboding, rude Hero to the public, so when he finally has a change of heart to try and act more like The Paragon All Might was before a fan of his, it completely weirds said fan out and he runs off to Endeavor's shock and confusion.
- After his conversation with All Might about what it really means to be the Symbol of Peace, he's slowly come around to wanting to fix the things that he's done. That said, his family still has a lot of reasons to be angry at him for just how badly he screwed things up for them as a husband and a father. While some of them do understand that he's at least trying to be a better person, that doesn't mean they're in any hurry to forgive him if they even decide to at all. Only Fuyumi seems willing to give him a chance, Natsuo still loathes him and don't seem to want to give him the benefit of the doubt, Shoto appears to be reserving his judgment though it's implied he wants to see his dad be better, Rei, while willing to listen to him in the future and see that he's changing, her doctors strongly advise against them meeting and she herself can't stand the idea of meeting him in person yet. Shoto even has to spell it out to him for Enji to realize that unless he gives a straight-up sincere apology, there is virtually little chance they will forgive him. However, everything regarding his oldest son Toya remains a mystery. As such, it's possible Toya may have the biggest sway.
- Given how young he and Rei appeared to have become parents, it's likely that it would lead to large complications down the line, though the worst mainly came after the incident with Toya.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Zigzagged. He still has a ways to go regarding his quest to become a better hero and father, but he is genuinely taking the time to fix his flaws and isn't shying away from all of the damage he's done to his family. As far as his family is concerned, Fuyumi is supportive of his change in personality and is interested in hopefully bringing the family back together, while Natsuo is still understandably adamant about not wanting him anywhere in his life. Shoto, meanwhile, is somewhere in the middle, accepting that Endeavor truly is changing for the better and acknowledging him as a great hero, but still not able to forgive him for what he did to Rei or himself. When Fuyumi attempts to organize a get-together and start some dialogue, things go south in a matter of minutes. It's not known what Toya, the oldest son, thinks of Endeavor.
- Rule of Symbolism: After the battle with Hood, Endeavor is heavily scarred along his face in a manner eerily similar to Shoto's.
- Scars Are Forever: After fighting Hood with Hawks, Endeavor is left with a massive scar on the left side of his face. It's very similar looking to Shoto's, which Shoto and Natsuo jump on the opportunity to remind him of:Both sons: "That's a nice scar you got there. *loudly slurp ramen in unison*
- Shadow Archetype: Determined, talented and intelligent, but also abrasive and ruthless, he seems to represent what Bakugo could be if he did not face his character flaws.
- Sketchy Successor: He becomes the new #1 hero after All Might's retirement, but his reputation and personality are not capable of holding the hero community together the way All Might did. It's even lampshaded in-universe that there's a huge gap between them that Endeavor would never fulfill, a sentiment that Endeavor himself admits to All Might is very much true.
- Slasher Smile: When Shoto finally unleashes his left side Which is the side of fire that Shoto tries to repress because of his hatred of Endeavor.
- Sliding Scale of Parent-Shaming in Fiction: He married Rei in hopes of having a child with Combo Platter Powers who could overcome All Might. After one half-failure (Toya, the oldest, whose fire was stronger than his but more unstable and who ran out), he struck gold with Shoto and then proceeded to abuse/train him into becoming a hero.
- Stealing the Credit: He takes the credit for stopping Stain, when in truth it was Shoto, Iida, and Midoriya who did so, since the burns Stain suffered from Shoto could plausibly be attributed to Endeavor. This is justified, though, as the truth (unlicensed, unsupervised minors using their powers for injury) would have otherwise landed everyone in serious trouble. After being released from the hospital, Shoto wonders if Endeavor will be ashamed to falsely receive credit for something his son played a part in, but the answer isn't shown.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Briefly forms this dynamic with Hawks, as the quiet and level headed straight man to his eccentric and youthful wise guy.
- Strong and Skilled: He has a powerful Quirk and is accomplished in its use. Endeavor also has an analytical methodology towards his work and explains its fundamental principles to his trainees, instructing them to adopt his methods.
- Technicolor Fire: His flames are normally the usual red-orange, but one of his techniques concentrates the flame into a blowtorch-like effect with that turns the flame blue.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Destroys a Nomu by making his flames hot enough to turn blue and carbonize the head off. Given the regenerative capabilities of them, it's justified.
- Too Dumb to Live: In Vigilantes, he let his temper dictate his actions in a crisis and thought it would be a wonderful idea to sic his flames on someone with a suicide bomb Quirk that literally had a fuse-ignited bomb for a head. Thankfully, Midnight was there to intervene and put the villain to sleep, avoiding a catastrophe.
- Unknown Rival: He holds a deep grudge over being Always Second Best to All Might, and when he found himself unable to surpass him, he turned to his children in the hopes they would surpass him and All-Might later on. Despite All Might's attempts to be friendly, he holds nothing but contempt for him, convinced that All Might looks down on him.
- Vicariously Ambitious: Despite his considerable capabilities, he would be unable to surpass All Might, due to his own physical limitations of his Quirk even after All Might got wounded. He resorted to putting his youngest son, Shoto, through Training from Hell to surpass both him and All-Might. Originally, he chose his oldest son, Toya, as his successor because he possessed hotter flames than even himself, but lacked the constitution to go full out just like his father. It's implied a horrendous accident occurred as a result of his attempt to teach Toya one of his secret techniques.
- Endeavor: With my blood pumping through your veins, you will surpass me...you will fulfill my ambitions!!
- Visual Development: He has a different outfit as of Chapter 184, with more flames and support items in the form of shoulders and gauntlets. This is noted in-universe to make him look more powerful and heroic. Alternatively, when he is in a domestic environment in Chapter 192, it's shown he has stopped using his flames on his face at home and around his family, which was previously mentioned that he keeps lit at all times to intimidate those around him. He's shown later to turn them off around even his subordinates, something he would've NEVER done before. He also has a huge facial scar after the battle with Hood.
- Wall Run: Unlike most examples of this, he simply melts footholds on walls with his feet in order to achieve this.
- "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: As of Chapter 167, in which he declares that he wants to become a Hero his son can be proud of. This later applies to his other children as well, as he shows to want to make amends to them for the way he mistreated them for years on end. He seems eager to start some sort of bond of trust with Shoto in the Joint Training Arc and teach him a technique he had hidden from him so far.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He's practically screaming at All Might upon see his true form and demanding to know why he looks like that. It then turns into demanding All Might to stop standing there from his Heroic BSoD and stand up to All For One, telling him the entire world is still watching and waiting for the Symbol of Peace to win.
- The Worf Effect: To show the Nomus are getting stronger and smarter, the first time we see him go all out he is almost defeated. He does win the fight after a Heroic Second Wind, but not without losing a such a huge chunk of his face that it's surprising he still had a functional left eye afterward..
- Wreathed in Flames: His hero costume has special areas that allow him to cover part of his body in flames, with focus on his broad shoulders and his feet, which allow him to slow his descent through the force. He also gives himself a mask of flames, not to mention his Badass Beard made of flames.
Tensei Iida — Ingenium
Voiced by: Masamichi Kitada (Japanese), Phil Parsons (English)
Debut: Chapter 41 (Manga), Episode 24 (Anime)
Tenya Iida's elder brother and a popular hero whom Tenya aspires to be like one day. Tensei heads an agency in Tokyo where he oversees 65 sidekicks and coordinates them based on their group strengths and support capabilities. According to his brother, Tensei is a nice man who follows the rules and values people.
He possesses a variant of the family's Engine Quirk, a pair of exhaust pipes on his arms that he uses to propel himself forward and sometimes even upward; basically, the inversion of his younger brother's Quirk.
- Always Someone Better: Goes mutually between the Iida brothers. While Tenya considers Tensei to be the example he must live up to, Tensei considers Tenya to have more potential as a Hero than he himself does, and he praises Tenya for having better reflexes and intelligence.
- Career-Ending Injury: His legs are paralyzed and his spinal cord was maimed after he was almost killed by Stain. Because he relied on his legs to run at high speeds and perform parkour stunts with the help of his exhaust pipes, losing the use of them has made his skillset impossible to execute.
- A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 7 of Vigilantes centers on him. It also expands on his career, taking place a few years before he went to Hosu.
- A Father to His Men: Tensei treats his sidekicks like family. He even says that they are the ones who support him and help him become a good hero, rather than the other way around.
- Fragile Speedster: One of the fastest heroes in the business, but he has to install airbags in his costume since he'll be seriously injured if he crashes into a wall due to his inability to make tight turns.
- Heroic Lineage: The eldest son of the Iida family of speedster heroes, and Tenya's personal idol.
- Humble Hero: Was shown in a flashback to be rather surprised, but pleased, that his younger brother Tenya held him in high regards - as he otherwise didn't act like he felt he did anything special in being a hero. He is also quick to point out that he needs a lot of help and that's why he hires so many sidekicks. This is why Stain targets him as he believes that a Hero must stand alone, and have an All Might-esque larger-than-life persona.
- Hunk: Like his younger brother, Tensei is quite muscular as a Required Secondary Power to keep up with the rest of his body.
- Make an Example of Them: The only reason Stain let Tensei live was to spread the word of his existence, making sure to leave him only teetering close to death as opposed to outright dead. However, Stain never lets heroes walk away in one piece. He instead leaves everyone he spares crippled and maimed for life.
- Nice Guy: A lot more mellow than his straight-laced younger brother, Tensei is the sort that considers someone that does something as simple as helping a lost kid find their way home to be awesome. He also shows interest in hiring anyone with a good mobility Quirk as a potential sidekick, saying they could earn their licenses as they work.
- Passing the Torch: At least third in a generational line, Tensei's father and grandfather are heroes as well as him (his mother appears to be a civilian). When Tensei gets taken out of commission, he cannot continue the line of male heroism. He requests Tenya to take on the name "Ingenium", but Tenya believes that he isn't ready to do that yet. Tenya eventually does adopt it though.
- Shout-Out: His blast off sequence when chasing down crooks is extremely similar to the launching sequence usually seen in mecha shows like Gundam. Then there's the design of his Hero costume...
- Unusual Eyebrows: They're shaped like arrows pointing away from the center of his forehead.
- Wall Jump: His Quirk lets him propel himself upward as he scales walls. Up until Stain made him paraplegic, unfortunately.
- The Worf Effect: After Tenya speaks highly of Tensei for being a skilled hero, the latter is beaten and severely injured by Stain in his first appearance in order to show that the Hero Killer lives up to his title.
Field Training Arc
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese), Masamichi Kitada (Japanese, young), Charles Campbell (English)
Debut: Chapter 46 (Manga), Episode 26 (Anime)
Playable in: My Hero One's Justice
An elderly, retired hero who offers Midoriya an internship. He was All Might's homeroom teacher and a good friend of Nana Shimura, making him one of the few who knows the full truth about One For All. His Quirk, "Jet", allows him to move at high speeds by taking in the air around him and releasing it through his feet for propulsion effect. Due to his age though, he can't use it for a long time.
- Badass Teacher: He used to be All Might's master after Nana Shimura died and summoned Midoriya for field training. Once he drops his senile act, he's shown to be far better at getting Midoriya to learn how One For All works than All Might. He helped Midoriya learn what was restraining his use of One For All in a single chapter when All Might failed to do so in over forty-five. He even lampshades it:Gran Torino: That damned justice-junkie All Might's lower than beginner level when it comes to education!
- Bouncing Battler: Gran Torino is able to fight by ricocheting off of walls, ceilings, and even the air itself.
- Cool Old Guy: A semi-retired veteran hero who manages to teach Midoriya more about making use of his Quirk in the span of a week than All Might could manage over months of intensive training.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In his introduction, he mostly just rambles on and repeatedly asks who Midoriya is. When Midoriya decides he's had enough and tries to leave, Gran Torino suddenly gets much more serious and starts showing his power. In the following chapter, he's seen bouncing all over the place, with Midoriya unable to land a hit. The only time he even manages to touch Gran Torino, the old man reverses it and face plants Midoriya with ease.
- Domino Mask: Part of his hero costume. Like the costume, he wears it most of the time he's seen, though he's briefly shown without it following the battle at Kamino Ward. He has never been seen without it in his youth, however.
- The Dreaded: Played for laughs, as the most powerful hero All Might is absolutely terrified of him, treating the man with absolute respect and shivering all the while. It's rather justified though, as Gran Torino beat the snot out of him as part of his training, forcing All Might to spew chunks in every spar, and that was when All Might could wield One For All at full power. It was so bad that All Might subconsciously suppressed his memories of their time together. Many years later, All Might's successor, Midoriya holds Gran Torino with the utmost respect and awe. All Might even specifically requests his help to subdue the League of Villains even though he already has aid from Endeavor, Best Jeanist and Edgeshot among others. He is also notably the only person Endeavor has shown outright respect to.
- Expy: Not only is he Yoda-sized, but Horikoshi actively based his character off the famous little green man.
- History Repeats: He notices Midoriya has that same uncanny quality of his former pupil All Might of being compelled to suddenly jump into action without being solicited to do so.
- Humble Hero: Despite his Quirk being on par with One For All in terms of speed, he's considered a nobody in the Hero business, which suits him just fine as he doesn't care for the Hero life. He's also relatively unknown as a teacher, doing a one-year stint at U.A.; he only got his teaching license on the wishes of his old friend Nana Shimura, kept it all these years, and having it suspended for six months with a cut to half pay during that time as a penalty for Midoriya going off and doing something irresponsible on his watch doesn't make him seethe with fury, it just mildly annoys him. The fact he was best friends with a One for All user and seemed fine not inheriting the Quirk for himself also speaks volumes of his humility.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Flashbacks of him training All Might show that he used to have a Heroic Build rivaling All Might's powered up form. He is taller with a ripped muscular body and a handsome, chiseled face.
- Lightning Bruiser: His "Jet" Quirk turns him into this, on top of Flight and Super Speed. It allows him to move about at speeds even higher than Iida can. In training Midoriya, he moves so fast around the room that he can easily turn Midoriya's attack against him and faceplant him. And in fact, the databook gives him an S in speed, making him the fastest hero in the series aside from All Might and Stain so far. In his prime, he able to completely overwhelm All Might at age 18 just like he does with Midoriya, even though All Might could use One for All without recoil at the time.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's Yoda-sized. Flashbacks show he was much taller in his youth, matching Nana in height. Now, he kind of looks like an old Mega Man.
- Mysterious Past: Apparently, very little is known about him, and it's possible he hid from the spotlight of heroics. Midoriya attempts to do research on him, and outside of finding out that he worked as a teacher at U.A. for a year, he found nothing else.
- Obfuscating Disability: The cane's mostly just for show. When needed he can walk around without it just fine, and with the aid of his Quirk, he's so fast and precise Midoriya can't even track his movements.
- Obfuscating Insanity: His senility is mostly just an act. Even in his old age, he is still very sharp-minded and respected among his peers.
- Old Master: He is Midoriya's second mentor and fits the aged-and-mighty aspect of the trope. Though he wasn't quite so old back then, he was also The Mentor to All Might.
- Old Superhero: He may be very old, but he can still completely overwhelm Midoriya in combat.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: One of the shortest characters in the series, but he can still go blow-for-blow with a Nomu without breaking a sweat, and bounce off of surfaces with his Quirk so hard he leaves craters in his wake. Flashbacks to his prime show that he used to be much taller and more muscular, but he definitely hasn't lost any of his experience or fighting skills in the interim.
- Retired Badass: Functionally, he is still a licensed teacher and hero, but he stays out of the limelight and retires to his run-down household. When he's forced into action at Hosu, Gran Torino notes his control over his abilities has slipped a little from being out of practice for so long, because he unintentionally cracks the sidewalk. It appears he is doing a bit more active duty as a result of the change in status quo and presumably to help Midoriya.
- Scatterbrained Senior: Invoked by Gran Torino. He enjoys putting up that facade just to mess with All Might and Deku. He is actually keen and analytical.
- His status as a former/retired hero whose main power involves superspeed and being a mentor to a modern famous hero brings Earth-1 Jay Garrick Flash to mind, specifically his Silver Age mentoring to Barry Allen, his successor as the Flash.
- His persona and teaching methods also have distinct Yoda allusions, being a master in his profession of minuscule size and walking around with a cane that he doesn't actually need.
- His character design itself is very reminiscent of Mega Man.
- Super Speed: The gold standard for the series. His Quirk, Jet, allows him to release bursts of air from his feet to accelerate himself, with the output depending on his lung capacity. When Jet is active, he moves so fast he appears as a blur to the audience and can't be seen at all by his opponents. This speed also allows him to keep up with and overwhelm users of One for All even though their speed is empowered by the strength of many individuals. While somewhat downplayed by the fact that he can't quite match All Might's maximum speed in his old age, Gran Torino has demonstrated some of the most impressive speed feats in the series, especially when his age is taken into account.
- Sweet Tooth: Has a taste for sweets, particularly taiyaki, which he seems to get for breakfast frequently.
- Voice of Reason: He isn't entirely dispassionate but Gran Torino values pragmatism. He often puts some sense into All Might and Deku when the latter tend to make rash decisions. Most notable is when Gran Torino advises All Might against trying to save Shigaraki because he is actually a dangerous criminal.
- Wax On, Wax Off: His method of teaching Midoriya the ins and outs of One For All involves menial chores like microwaving frozen taiyaki as a metaphor for evenly spreading the power across his body. He isn't particularly fond of it, however, and lampshades it when Midoriya begins using it as a mental image as a means of activating One For All safely:Gran Torino: So the image in your head is a taiyaki in the microwave, eh? That's a whole new echelon of plain buddy, but what good will it do?
- Wham Line:
Gran Torino: You're concerned that it might be the man who killed your predecessor of One For All, my dear friend, and your mentor... Shimura- the very same man who opened that hole in your stomach, you're afraid the villain named All For One is on the rise again.
- When speaking about to All Might just who's the mastermind behind the League of Villains:
- He delivers another one much later that was originally a line from Nana Shimura at the worst possible time. He would've mentioned something so earth-shattering level of importance sooner, but he forgot until All Might brought it up due to his advanced age.
Tsunagu Hakamada — Best Jeanist
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)
Debut: Chapter 48 (Manga), Episode 27 (Anime)
Quirk: Fiber Master
The current 3rd-highest ranked hero who was previously ranked 4th. He's the one that picks Bakugo for internship. His Quirk is "Fiber Master", which grants him the ability to manipulate the fibers that make up clothing.
- The Ace: As far popularity and ingenuity is concerned. He is so popular that even when taking an extended leave from hero work following his injuries from All for One, his rank still increases to 3rd place. He was also praised by All For One of all people for reacting to his attack even though his Quirk would ordinarily be something All For One wouldn't even bother stealing, due to the hard work involved in using it.
- Action Fashionista: One of the top four heroes, and also a trendsetter. He has his own fashion line and has owned the real world Best Jeanist design award multiple times as well.
- Ambiguous Situation: The MLA Arc reveals he's currently missing. The League has actually ordered him to get killed by Hawks, and at the end of the arc it appears that he has gone through with it, but as Hawks is a mole, it's unknown what his current state is.
- Awesome by Analysis: During the attack to the Tokyo Sky Egg in Vigilantes, Jeanist is among the heroes isolated inside the building. He quickly gets a plant of the building and realizes the attack was a planned act of terrorism since the resulting blackout locked the elevators and exit doors. With that knowledge, he quickly takes the helm and assigns tasks to everyone, some to calm down the civilians and whoever can fly to find a way out to try to find the source of the attack.
- Badass Cape: Wears one in the Hideout Raid Arc. This is justified as it's an additional source of fibers.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Introduced alongside Endeavor in an ad in Chapter 3. He started playing an actual role in the story 45 chapters later.
- Clothing Combat: He can manipulate fibers, essentially allowing him to control clothing. This is much more powerful than it sounds as it is practically impossible for anyone wearing any sort of clothing to be able to resist his Quirk.
- Determinator: Never gives up in spite of overwhelming opposition. When he sees Bakugo's villainous tendencies, he tries to reform him rather than giving up on or ignoring him. When All for One's shockwave tears through his fiber binding, Jeanist makes sure to pull everyone out of the way even though he himself has no defense against the attack. Once he realizes he was misinformed about the nature of All for One's power and realizes he is as strong as All Might, and even after taking the brunt of All for One's shockwave and being rendered immobile, Jeanist still uses Fiber Master to prop up his body to launch a final attack against All for One. All for One also notes that the level of dedication needed to reach Best Jeanist's level of skill with such a mundane Quirk is so great that Shigaraki can't be expected to match it.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Like Momo Yaoyorozu, his Quirk is implied to have taken a lot of training and time to master, but he made a name for himself as a top ranking pro hero with it. This works to Best Jeanist's advantage when All For One doesn't bother stealing his Quirk, because getting any use out of it would require the same amount of training and he doesn't have the time or patience for that, having other Quirks with more raw power at his disposal.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first thing he does when he meets Bakugo at his agency is to lecture him on his Fatal Flaw, having so much pride in himself that he cares little for how it reflects on his image, his ferocious nature, and general bad attitude, and vows to correct him, by making him "presentable" to the public.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Downplayed. Similar to All Might, the wounds All For One inflicted cost him a lung but didn't force him to retire outright. He just had to withdraw from active heroics temporarily.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: His Quirk is perfect for restraining neer-do-wells since almost everyone wears clothing. He can also manipulate the threads of his own clothing so that they're nearly invisible and make them strong enough to even bind Nomus.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes the brunt of All For One's devastating attack whilst pushing the rest of his fellow pro heroes out of the way using his Quirk, and is quickly dispatched immediately afterward.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Or rather, near-fatally attacked mid-thought. He survived, but just barely.
- Meaningful Name: The "hakama" in his family name refers to traditional Japanese trousers, which emphasizes his connection to clothing. The kanji for his given name, Tsunagu, is part of the Japanese word for "mending", as in to mend clothes. His hero name is also the name the Best Jeanist Design award, a real-world Japanese award for design in fashion.
- Nerves of Steel: Lampshaded by All For One himself. Best Jeanist was able to quickly save other heroes from All For One's attack and he himself survived the brunt. The villain is highly impressed and points out that his power came as a result of extensive training.
- Properly Paranoid: In the hideout raid, he immediately attacks and restrains an unknown person found in the hideout. When Mount Lady protests, he says the circumstances make it obvious the person is an enemy. Indeed, the man turns out to be All For One and the real issue there is Best Jeanist didn't attack enough.
- Pungeon Master: In the English dub, he loves to use cloth related puns and metaphors. This continues into Vigilantes where he references cloth and thread very commonly. Koichi even calls him a "punny guy".
- Put on a Bus: Goes on a long convalescence following All For One's brutal attack. He technically returns in Chapter 231 in a flashback with Hawks, but as seen in billboards all throughout the city, he appears to have mysteriously disappeared.
- Reality Ensues:
- His lecture to Bakugo may have had good intentions behind it, but inviting a volatile teenager to your agency, giving them a "The Reason You Suck" Speech when you know nothing about them aside from a few seconds of footage from TV and then altering their appearance without permission is an absolutely terrible way to get through to someone and Bakugo considers the entire thing an utter waste of his time.
- Best Jeanist was caught by surprise when All For One lowered his guard by openly conversing to him, and when Best Jeanist tried to strike at him without knowing what All For One was fully capable of and the many Quirks in his arsenal, All For One used a ranged combination of Quirks that bore down on Best Jeanist way too quickly for him to even know what hit him, and it tore a hole in him much the same way he did to All Might and immediately knocked him out cold. Because of how extensive his injury is, Best Jeanist has to take a lengthy sabbatical from pro hero work to heal, even missing out on the new hero rankings announcements following All Might's retirement.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Gives one to Bakugo, accusing him of wasting his potential due to always seeing himself as the strongest and acting out because of that. He spends the rest of Bakugo's internship trying to teach him about presentability and discipline. Unsurprisingly, Bakugo takes none of his lessons to heart and views the internship at a total waste of time, though considering Best Jeanist's condescending attitude and seemingly altering Bakugo's hero costume without permission, it's not very surprising it didn't stick.
- He gives a small one to Mount Lady for assuming All For One could be a civilian when he was coming at them with murderous intent.
- Semantic Superpower: His Quirk doesn't just manipulate cloth fibers but any kind of fibers, as seen in the Spin-Off "Vigilantes", when he uses it on metallic bridge wires, spun by metal-fibers, to support a collapsing building by manipulating them as he does with his clothes.
- Slave to PR: He considers the public face of heroics to be of the utmost importance, taking in Bakugo specifically to try and straighten out his image.
- Smug Super: He's very confident in himself and comes off pretty arrogant. To his credit, he is one of the top 10 ranked heroes in Japan, but trying to take down All For One without knowing what he could do cost him dearly.
- Weak, but Skilled: Despite Fiber Master being a case of Heart Is an Awesome Power, it's noted that the true strength of his Quirk is mostly derived from his training and experience, rather than raw power. This actually helps him somewhat against All For One. While he still gets pasted, he gets away with his Quirk because All For One doesn't want to take the effort to train with it up to Best Jeanist's level.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He has a harder time controlling the threads that makeup sweatpants and sweatshirts.
- The Worf Effect: In Chapters 88 and 89, he he becomes the measuring stick for All For One's immense power. He is the #3 hero and he is knocked out effortlessly. This demonstrates how dangerous the villain is even after all this time since his fight with All Might.
Mizushima Masaki — Manual
Voiced by: Kenta Ookuma (Japanese), Ethan Gallardo (English)
Debut: Chapter 47 (Manga), Episode 28 (Anime)
Quirk: Unnamed Water Quirk
The hero that Iida chose for internship. A "normal hero". Manual named himself as such because he wants to be like a "manual" for other heroes to live by. His Quirk makes him capable of controlling the flow of water.
- Adult Fear: He loses track of Iida during the Nomu invasion and can't focus on finding him due to having to help protect the citizens.
- The Generic Guy: Invoked. His policy to be an all-around normal hero is supposed to represent a standard for upcoming heroes to follow, thus his hero name.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Unsurprisingly, his databook stats are all 3 out of 5. This makes him a possible manual for every new hero, no matter their specialty.
- Making a Splash: His Quirk allows him to manipulate water. Different than many other examples, he is incapable of actually generating water, needing an outside source, making his powers a form of hydrokinesis.
- Meaningful Name: In both of his names:
- Nice Guy: Even after Iida admits to having manipulated him, Manual keeps a calm and approachable demeanor, and tells Iida to not to do it again in a polite manner, taking responsibility for failing as a mentor and a boss.
- Single Tear: Sheds a tear when Iida goes to him and apologizes for his part on the Stain incident, likely related to his Adult Fear over losing Iida during the Nomu outbreak.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Iida who interned with him in the hopes of running into Stain and avenging his brother.
Voiced by: Koji Okino (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)
Debut: Chapter 48 (Manga), Episode 27 (Anime)
A hero whom Uraraka interns under. His Quirk, "Gatling", gives him gun-like organs that fire projectiles. In addition to this, he is a competent martial artist and is noted for his close-quarters combat.
- Adorkable: Apparently, Uraraka thinks of him as such and states that he has a cute way of talking.
- Badass Teacher: A pro hero who teaches Uraraka martial arts, something she finds incredibly useful in later arcs.
- Chekhov's Skill: Teaching Uraraka how to fight an opponent with a knife involves a counter series of moves. They are vital at beating Thirteen and come in handy when Toga attacks her.
- Cool Mask: His mask has gun pistols in it. And one normal eyehole just to make it unique.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his weird and somewhat intimidating looks, he's a true hero and generally a nice guy.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's got guns in his head.
- Gatling Good: His arms have Gatling gun-like organs that fire keratin-based projectiles.
- Genius Bruiser: The anime reveals that he knows how to counter an opponent with a knife and a submission move using real-life combat training and a little wrestling. He pivots on one leg as someone charges him with the knife, then grabs their outstretched weapon arm and pushes them off their feet by shoving their back, and while holding their arm and back down, briskly turns the person's wrist to make the person drop their weapon, and kicks it away.
- Gentle Giant: He seems very soft-spoken and polite, and only uses his guns to fire warning shots, preferring less-lethal methods to take down villains.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: In Smash!!. It's shown that one of the reasons he hired Uraraka was because thanks to her Quirk, she could make a combo he likes in a video game in real life, therefore, her training includes learning attacks from the video-game.
- Nice Guy: Whenever he's not fighting evil, he's just about the friendliest Pro around, always ready with a word of encouragement or a compliment.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Uraraka finds the way he talks and acts cute.
- Verbal Tic: Has one that Uraraka finds "cute", ending his sentences with "Okay".
Voiced by: Takahiro Fujiwara (Japanese), Jason Douglas (English)
Debut: Chapter 48 (Manga), Episode 27 (Anime)
Quirk: Quad Arms
A hero who works as a civil servant called the Chivalrous Hero. Both Kirishima and Tetsutetsu wind up assigned to him. His Quirk is "Quad Arms".
- Badass in a Nice Suit: His hero costume is basically composed of a suit combined with a strange metal adornment in his neck.
- Civvie Spandex: His hero costume is just a suit, and a very nice three piece one, at that, the only strange thing about his outfit is the metal adornment in his neck and jaw.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: His Quirk is "Quad Arms", meaning that he has four arms.
- Face of a Thug: He kinda looks more like a four-armed bouncer than a hero.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one on the left side of his face that adds to his thuggish appearance.
- Hero Does Public Service: A definite believer in this, and in fact does it in his spare time. Fourth Kind even brings Kirishima and Tetsutetsu while they're all dressed in civil servant uniforms to clean up a public park together because he considers that part of being a hero.
- Insult Backfire: A physical example. He starts to bonk Kirishima and Tetsutetsu on the head so often that they instinctively begin activating the Quirks to avoid pain, and Fourth Kind ends up hurting himself instead.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He's a pro hero with four arms.
- Mundane Utility: Those extra arms are good for picking up trash, which he applies by doing public service when there are no villains to fight against or people to rescue.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His attire is mostly composed of a three-piece suit with a tie, which is also the clothes he uses as his hero costume.
- Stern Teacher: He has no qualms over hitting Kirishima and Tetsutetsu in the head for losing focus when he is trying to teach them and forces them to do public services with him since he expands that being a hero is more than just fighting villains.
- Super Strength: His strength is on a whopping 5 out of 5 in his databook, since his extra arms enhance his natural strength and he already seems quite strong.
Voiced by: Mai Yabane (Japanese), Anastasia Munoz (English)
Debut: Chapter 48 (Manga), Episode 27 (Anime)
Quirk: Snake Hair
A snake heroine Yaoyorozu and Kendo from Class 1-B are assigned to. Works as a model when not doing hero duties. Her Quirk is "Snake Hair".
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Her Quirk, "Snake Hair", gives her snakes in her hair.
- Fashion Model: Her day job. It actually takes up a lot of her time, much to Yaoyorozu and Kendo's exasperation.
- Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: Or at least, not all of them. Aside from being a heroine, she makes extra money by working as a model during the day. It's unclear whether she loves both jobs or is simply doing the latter to make ends meet. However, this raises the possibility that being a hero won't give all the money the trainees are expecting.
- Lady of War: The purple long dress she is presented with actually composes her normal attire during her hero work and she is seen using it when rescuing people during the Hideout Raid Arc.
- Meaningful Name: Her hero name roughly means "giant snake".
- Snake People: Labeled as a "Snake Heroine". Any fans familiar with Horikoshi's previous manga, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, will likely remember this, if her design wasn't clear enough already.
- Snakes Are Sexy: Given that she is a model. This was definitely the case in Oumagadoki Doubutsuen as well, where she was an actual snake that could become a human.
- Super Senses: Granted by her snakes, which have excellent senses.
- Transplant: She's from the Horikoshi's first official manga, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen. However, in this universe, she's apparently a human with a Quirk, rather than an animal that can take a human form.
- Weak, but Skilled: While her Quirk isn't combative, the snakes in her hair actually enhance her senses and therefore her skill to locate enemies within an area. She manages to be a heroine specialized in capture of enemies, especially those hiding or trying to run. She also briefly shows a good capacity of locating and helping victims in a disaster in the hideout raid.
A pro hero whom Kirishima idolizes greatly. In fact, Crimson Riot has was who inspired him to become a pro hero in the first place. He's one of the old school names of heroism and was part of a bygone era.
- The Ace: Counted among the greatest heroes of all time.
- Ambiguous Situation: His current status is unclear.
- Anime Hair: Very spiky. It seems to be part of his Quirk.
- Badass Longcoat: Seems to wear one.
- Brutal Honesty: He didn't censor himself when he talked and could get really coarse during interviews, which led to standards doing it for him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: First mentioned by Kirishima and shown in a vignette during the Field Training Arc where Kirishima gushes over him, hinting that he will be very important concerning Kirishima's heroic motivation later on. In the Internship Arc, the specifics of this is revealed in detail when a video projector sphere of Crimson Riot during an interview falls off Kirishima's bookshelf after he tosses a book at it in a fit of rage and he accidentally causes it to play.
- Cool Mask: Wears one that covers his jaw and nose.
- Fearless Fool: Averted. When a journalist asks him whether he feels fear when throwing himself at the enemy, he scoffs at the people who don't. He's definitely afraid of dying:Who do you think I am?! Anybody who rushes into the jaws of death without feeling any fear is either a complete dumbass or a [bleep].
- Heroic Willpower: He believes that willpower is more important than having a powerful Quirk.
- Hidden Eyes: Like All Might, his eyes are all black, with a tiny pale pupil just barely visible. Similarly to All Might, this highlights his status as a legend.
- Japanese Delinquent: His general aesthetic despite being a hero.
- My Greatest Failure: He reveals in an interview that back when he was a sidekick, he didn't manage to save some people because he froze up in fear, and now whenever he feels afraid, he spurs himself forward with this memory. The thing that upsets him the most is looking back and seeing their last expressions before they died.
- Rated M for Manly: "As long as you got a manly spirit, then Quirks don't count for nothing." Though he later clarifies that this refers to any gender.
- Red Is Heroic: Called Crimson Riot for a reason.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Cusses up a storm during a television interview.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Invoked; he talks about "manly spirit" all the time, and his entire public person revolves around ill-defined manliness. He seems to perceive it as courage despite fear.
Forest Training Camp Arc
Debut: Chapter 74 (Manga), Episode 41 (Anime)
Quirk: Unnamed Water Quirks
Water Hose were pro heroes and Kota Izumi's parents. They were brutally attacked and killed by a villain, but they made him regret it first. After their deaths, their relative Mandalay adopted their son. Both of them had water-based Quirks.
- Battle Couple: Acted as a heroic duo and were a married couple with a kid.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Muscular did them in with his incredible and obscene strength, but they at least took his eye.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Kota's anger towards heroes come from how much he misses his parents, despite his aunt trying her best to help him out.
- Death by Origin Story: Their demises in the midst of heroism are the reason why Kota wanted nothing to do with the field of heroics.
- Do Not Go Gentle: The Water Hose duo destroyed Muscular's left eye and gave him a deep scar before they were overwhelmed by him and killed.
- Making a Splash: They were users of water-based Quirks, as evidenced by the one their son inherited from them.
- Posthumous Character: Both parents were savagely beaten and killed by a villain a while back.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The databook lists their names as "Water Horse".
Hideout Raid Arc
Kugo Sakamata — Gang Orca
Voiced by: Shuhei Matsuda (Japanese), Tyler Walker (English)
Debut: Chapter 87 (Manga), Episode 46 (Anime)
Formerly ranked the 10th-highest ranked hero, he's a humanoid orca pro hero. He's also a transplanted character from Horikoshi's previous work, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, where he was known as "Sakamata".
- '90s Anti-Hero: Subverted and parodied. He is a hero with a thuggish, brutal appearance and uses large amounts of angry force when in battle, but he is actually a nice guy and a good sport. Parodied in that he's said to be 4th on the official list of "Top Heroes Who Look Like Villains," indicating that there are enough people like him for there to be a sub-category of heroes.
- Adaptational Heroism: In Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, he was a villain and The Dragon of the Big Bad of the Vs. Aquarium Arc. In this series, he's a hero who ironically plays a villain during the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc.
- Ambiguously Human: It's unclear how much of him is orca and how much is human.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Just try to guess...
- Badass Cape: Wears one as part of his hero costume.
- Civvie Spandex: Take off the bulletproof vest, and he looks completely normal (for the manga's standards, that is).
- Creepy Good: While he is a hero, he is also a very scary one, so much that he was voted the third most villainous-looking hero.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: How he comes off in Bakugo and Todoroki's supplementary lessons.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: He gets weaker in dryness, meaning that Todoroki's flames and Yoarashi's gusts together are actually very effective against him. It makes sense as he is half aquatic mammal who needs constant hydration.
- Face of a Thug: His face is literally that of an orca's. In the supplementary materials, it's stated that this scares off children, and this makes him very distraught. He's even introduced as "The Hero who most looks like a villain."
- Heroes Gone Fishing: He's often requested to give lectures at aquariums.
- Heroic Dolphin: A hero based on an orca, the largest member of the dolphin family.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He loves kids, but tries not to show it in public for the sake of his image.
- Large Ham: He screams a large part of his lines when talking with those who failed the exam, he goes into a loud, boisterous Drill Sergeant Nasty persona before shifting into making an equally loud and boisterous description on how saving someone also includes a dialogue between two hearts. During his time playing the villain, he also appears to have fun with it and amps up his "evilness" whenever he can.
- Logical Weakness: Being half-aquatic mammal, he is very vulnerable to drying out. This makes Todoroki and Yoarashi working together a particular threat to him, once they finally start doing so. He also walks around with bottles of water to keep himself moist.
- Made of Iron: His orca physiology gives him massive bulk, to the point a hit from Midoriya's Full Cowl barely affects him and his skin is so thick a large scale flame blast from Todoroki and Yoarashi working together only manages to paralyze him despite being his weakness.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Can do anything an orca can on land, including a sonar attack. It's so powerful it can knock out a person if used at close range. However, Yo can partially resist it since his own Quirk has made him used to high vibrations.
- The Mentor: To the ones who failed the Provisional Hero Exam License, being the teacher of the provisional course.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Downplayed. He has three rows of teeth (one on his upper jaw and two on his bottom jaw).
- Nightmare Face: Any close up to his face will show that the title of 3rd most-villainous-looking hero is well deserved. This one gets the cake◊.
- Real Men Wear Pink: It's stated he likes kids and the fact they are terrified of him makes him very upset.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: His clothes are a mix of a formal shirt, pants and tie with an orca cape, but also a bulletproof vest. It makes him look pretty dapper but prepared for a fight. In Chapter 163, he appears again in a full clear white suit.
- Simple, yet Awesome: He is basically an orca man. It does not prevent him from being fairly awesome.
- Super Strength: Since he's got the power of an orca, he's pretty strong.
- Transplant: He's from the Horikoshi's first official manga, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, though in this universe, he's apparently a human with a Quirk, rather than an animal that can take a human form.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Todoroki and Yoarashi out on the fact that they actually stopped to fight each other instead of him. It does not work, though. During his second appearance, he extends this complaint to Bakugo. He states that Bakugo is good for fighting and nothing else, and his attitude makes it less likely for someone to even accept his help or to be saved by him, bringing up how he screamed at some of the rescues in the Provisional Hero License Exam.
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
Gang Orca's Sidekicks
Debut: Chapter 100 (Manga), Episode 57 (Anime)
A group who works under Gang Orca as his sidekicks. They also worked as makeshift villains during the Provisional Hero License Exam.
Taishiro Toyomitsu — Fat Gum
Debut: Chapter 132 (Manga)
Quirk: Fat Absorption
A hero with an appetite as big as his belly, he employs Eijiro Kirishima and Tamaki Amajiki. His Quirk, "Fat Absorption", grants him a highly obese, dense body that can adhere to any objects that enter in contact with it, causing them to sink into his body afterward, it also works to store energy of hits received, but at the cost of his defensive fat.
- Adorkable: Recognized as this in-universe, Tsuyu and Uraraka lampshade how cute and round he is. Certainly helps that he is quite nice to his interns.
- Beautiful All Along: He was certainly cute, but it turns out he is actually a fairly good looking man once his fat gets burned out since it makes him drop the Non-Standard Character Design and appear less cartoonish. In Team-Up Mission, a young girl calls him a "prince" after he saved her in his skinny form and is dismayed when he starts eating to fatten up again.
- Berserk Button: Disrespect toward people who work hard to be viewed as heroes is one thing that never fails to get Fat Gum all worked into a lather. Another is heinous cruelty towards those who are helpless.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Downplayed in that he doesn't really act silly, but his round, cartoonish appearance and Big Eater habits distract from the fact that he's an experienced Pro Hero who approaches confrontations with villains with the intent of finishing them as quickly as possible.
- Big Eater: His first appearance has him gobbling down an entire pan of takoyaki. On top of that, one of his own protégés relies on eating to bolster his Quirk.
- Big Fun: He's a jovial guy, and even carries around candy for the kids.
- Counter-Attack: His trump card is taking all of the kinetic energy he's absorbed from an attack and releasing it all in one empowered punch by burning his fat. Unfortunately, this is also a Death-or-Glory Attack, as he needs to store up his fat again to use his Quirk.
- Cute Bruiser: For a certain standard of cute, but he mentioned how he used to be a scrapper himself during his fight with Rappa.
- Domino Mask: Sports one, though it's easier to recognize it once he is no longer in his Non-Standard Character Design mode.
- Gentle Giant: His height is listed at a whopping 250 cm (roughly 8'2"), making him the tallest member of the cast, but he's a nice guy who dotes on his interns and carries around chocolates for the kids.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Having such a large, soft body isn't just great for tanking hits or entrapping villains. His Quirk also allows his fat to absorb kinetic energy. By burning this fat, he can focus the energy from hits he's absorbed into a powerful counter-attack.
- It Only Works Once: Burning off his fat to release all the energy stored in it allows him to perform a devastating attack, but with no fat left on his body, he would need to build it up back again for his Quirk to work.
- Jumping on a Grenade: He jumps to block the explosion of a small Mecha in Vigilantes. The explosion is big enough that he almost automatically has to release the energy again else he'd die, so he can just reduce the damage to those around him.
- Kansai Regional Accent: He speaks in Kansai dialect, which makes him stand out since most other characters speak in standard Japanese.
- Kevlard: His Quirk gives a highly flexible and cushion-like obese body that can even submerge people within it.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: If he suffers extreme damage, he sheds his fat, and his body changes from looking cartoonish into a very muscular and heroic build, and his battle strategy switches from defense to offense.
- Multiform Balance: In his usual fat appearance, he's a Stone Wall, able to tank blows by absorbing and storing the kinetic energy. In his slim form, he's a Glass Cannon ready to release all that stored-up energy for one devastating attack but leaving him with no fat to protect him any longer.
- Nice Guy: He is always happy to help others and is especially nice to his interns Tamaki and Kirishima, praising their deeds as soon as he has the chance in front of the other heroes and giving them valuable advice.
- Non-Standard Character Design: He is far more cartoony than most characters in the manga, though he is drawn in normal fashion once his fat gets burned. However, he still has a wraparound mouth much like All Might does in his withered state, and looks like a cross between him and young Gran Torino.
- One-Hit KO: The end of his fight against Rappa and Tengai is him giving such a powerful punch that breaks Tengai's strongest barrier and launches both away.
- Red Baron: Calls himself "The Tender Tank of Naniwa".
- Shed Armor, Gain Speed: Or rather, gain power. The more he gets hit, the more energy he has to expend to keep them. But it also burns his fat quickly, and the stored impact can be unleashed as a Charged Attack.
- Stone Wall: He is very good at stomaching repeated attacks so long as they aren't bearing down on him with extreme force, and one of the Eight Expendables of the Shie Hassaikai notes his defensive abilities are impressive.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Takoyaki, owing to his Kansai origins.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: After Jumping on a Grenade, he spends the rest of the chapter with his shirt ripped open in his low-fat form.
Ryuko Tatsuma — Ryukyu
Debut: Chapter 131 (Manga)
The former 9th and current 10th-highest ranked heroine, a dragon-themed heroine whose Quirk is the ability to transform into a massive dragon. She employs Ochako Uraraka, Tsuyu Asui, and Nejire Hadou as her interns.
- Action Girl: As the ninth-ranked hero, she's the most successful heroine revealed up until Chapter 184, when she's beaten out in the rankings by Mirko.
- Animal Themed Super Being: Dragons, as her helmet-ish head decoration is shaped like a dragon claw and even has dragon-like wings. Of course, she also turns into a full-blown dragon.
- Big Damn Heroes: After being absent for most of the Internship Arc, since she and her interns were busy fighting one of the members of Eight Bullets, Ryukyu smashes through the roof of the underground entrance, along with Uraraka and Tsuyu, to provide Midoriya with some much-needed assistance in the eleventh hour of the battle against Chisaki.
- Cool Big Sis: She shows signs of acting as one to her interns, particularly Nejire, whose physical displays of affection are shown to be welcomed by her.
- Lady of War: She's a gentle and composed pro hero garbed in a qipao and gloves for a costume, which stays even in her dragon form.
- Magic Pants: Her garb isn't destroyed when she turns into a dragon or goes back to being a human. The garb actually seems to change to fit whichever form she is on.
- Meaningful Name: Her family name and given name both contain the characters for Dragon. Her hero name Ryukyu can also be seen as an allusion to Ryukyu Japanese Ethnicity.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Her reaction when her ranking drops is a resigned admission that she hasn't done enough to stand out lately. In actuality, she gets tied up with a drugged-up villain for the raid on the Yakuza compound and doesn't get to participate in the actual center of the action until her fight coincidentally takes her to it.
- Qipao: She wears a dark Qipao as her hero costume. The costume stays on her even in her dragon form.
- Rank Up: Inverted. She goes down to the 10th Ranked Hero after the latest billboard rankings.
- Shout-Out: Her dragon appearance looks like a Blue-Eyes White Dragon with feminine features and garbs.
- Superhero Sobriquets: "Dragon Hero", fittingly.
- Weredragon: Her Quirk is the ability to turn into a giant dragon.
Ken Takagi — Rock Lock
Debut: Chapter 135 (Manga)
An ill-tempered and rough-edged hero who, despite his more Jerkass traits, has a soft center. He respects actions, not words, and praises those he deems worthy while calling out those who don't deliver.
His Quirk is "Lockdown". It allows him to secure objects into a point of space, freezing them.
- Action Dad: He has a newborn son who means the world to him.
- Adult Fear: Because he recently became a father, he has a stern dad mentality. Send kids into an environment they're not prepared to handle and don't appear capable of handling, and he's bound to get mad, mainly because he doesn't want them to get hurt.
- Asshole Victim: Subverted. He initially appears to be a complete Jerkass, but after Toga stabs him, he's shown to just to have reasons for his behavior.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He doesn't believe in the opposite. He doesn't care about their reputation, people need to demonstrate their abilities before they get his respect.
- Bait the Dog: Inverted. Rock Lock initially comes off as an asshole and nothing more, but it's quickly revealed that he's actually a nice guy who just has a hard outer layer.
- Black Dude Dies First: Subverted. He was shaping up to be the first hero killed in the raid on the yakuza, but his injuries aren't lethal.
- Brutal Honesty: He has no filter; he'll give a mouthful to anyone if he thinks they aren't pulling their weight.
- Happily Married: He has a beautiful wife with whom he recently had a son. He loves them both very much.
- Hidden Depths: Rock Lock is actually a husband who recently welcomed his long-awaited son into the world. While he may sound like an unfair, condescending jerk, he's just a "prove to me you're not inept" kinda guy.
- Humble Hero: If you make him eat his words, he'll acknowledge that he made an unfair assessment. He recognizes that some of the U.A. kids can put adult pro heroes to shame, he just wants them to prove it first.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He won't cut anybody slack if they fail at something, even if it wasn't their fault. He blames people just on the basis of perceived inadequacy and he's incredibly dickish toward student heroes if they aren't up to snuff. However, he's willing to eat his pride and admit when he's wrong and give credit where credit is due. His dismissive attitude toward the U.A. kids is due to him being a new father; he was actually just worried that the kids would get hurt.
- Just a Kid: Intuitively deconstructed. He doesn't really appreciate the company of the U.A. students (accusing a couple of not pulling their weight), much less working with them as he considers children to be children and is uncomfortable with bringing them along on high-level hero missions. However, he's not totally dismissive of kids and accepts the ones that prove themselves.
- Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Deconstructed; he dislikes how U.A. plays up its students and how it makes people view them through popularity goggles. He respects individuals, not reputations.
- Space Master: His Quirk is a limited application of this. It solely allows him to freeze objects in place, which is still fairly useful, just not overpowered like the trope usually is.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Rock Lock is about the worst team player on Nighteye's task force. He has a tendency to operate on his own terms and mouth off to anybody who isn't on the same page as him, but he narrowly avoids slipping into It's All About Me territory because he knows his own limits and when he really does need to rely on others for help and is surprisingly humble at the core of his character.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: His baby son, who looks just like him and seems to have missed his mom's side of the gene pool, much to her displeasure.
Sajin Higawara — Snatch
Debut: Chapter 160 (Manga)
Quirk: Unnamed Sand Quirk
A pro hero with a noble way of speaking and thinking. His Quirk allows him to transform his upper body into sand.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: Shows up unannounced after the climax of the Internship Arc to deal with the League of Villains.
- Animal Motifs: Tigers. Snatch's mustache resembles tiger fangs, and he can transform his sand into the shape of a saber-tooth tiger to attack.
- Badass Moustache: He has a very angular and bold handlebar mustache.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Snatch can turn his body into a cloud of sand and use it to restrain opponents and block attacks.
- Elemental RockPaperScissors: He is the natural enemy of Shigaraki's "Decay", which requires Shigaraki to hold a solid object with all his five fingers. Because sand is fluid and made of particles, Snatch can fight Shigaraki in close range with no problem.
- Logical Weakness: Dabi caught him by surprise while he's rescuing the lives of those jeopardized by Mr. Compress's attempt to wreck the prison convoy, under the logic that heroes always rush to save the lives of others first.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Snatch only appears in a brief encounter with the League of Villains and shortly thereafter is killed by Dabi. However, Snatch questions Dabi if he's ever stopped to think about how it affects the families of the victims he kills, before Snatch ironically joins that roster. Dabi actually does spend a lot of time thinking about that, and his mind spins out of control wrestling with how to process that question.
- Uncertain Doom: He gets trapped in one of Mr. Compress' marbles in a half-transformed state while encircled by Dabi's flames. Dabi assumes Snatch is probably dead because he couldn't change into sand in time, and he's later proven right by Endeavor and Snatch's character profile.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is killed off by the League of Villains in the same chapter he is introduced.
U.A. Cultural Festival Arc
Debut: Chapter 179 (Manga)
A pro hero that was also a classmate of Gentle when they were in high school.
Pro Hero Arc
Keigo Takami — Hawks
Debut: Chapter 184 (Manga)
Quirk: Fierce Wings
The Winged Hero and currently the 2nd-highest ranked hero. A young man with large wings that claims to "take it easy". He's very outspoken and likes throwing people for a loop. Tokoyami is interning under him.
His Quirk, "Fierce Wings", allows him to control the feathers of his wings with his mind. These can be used for attacking enemies or assisting or saving people.
- The Ace: Four years ago, he started his own hero office at 18, which means he did it right after coming out of Hero School. He was the first teenager to be in the Top 10 back at 19, meaning it took him just a year to become one of the ten best heroes in Japan. He is strong enough to assist Endeavor against the High-End Nomu, Hood, and evade its attacks even though he's the same age as Endeavor's own daughter.
- All There in the Manual: His real name was first confirmed through a databook.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Hawks. Not only is he named after one, but he also has the wings of one.
- Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Fitting of his bird-themed appearance, his hair looks like feathers, rather than actual hair, which may or may not be a side effect of his Quirk.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: He's a young, top-ranking Hero who hates doing investigative work, gladly shoving it onto Endeavor the first chance he gets. This is then downplayed when it's shown he had long term goals and needed someone as powerful as Endeavor to be able to pursue them.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": His belt has the "H" for Hawks as a buckle.
- Curtains Match the Window: His eyes are a similar golden-brown to his hair.
- Civvie Spandex: His hero clothes are composed of somewhat casual clothes with a feathered jacket and headphones with a visor; he seems like he could just be walking down the street.
- Excuse Me While I Multitask: He's so good at manipulating his feathers that he can stop all crimes around him while just walking past and doing something else. On patrol with Endeavor, he's able to chat about restaurants while stopping a villain from performing a terrorist attack, saving a dog that almost ran into traffic, and helping civilians with heavy luggage.
- Fan of Underdog: In a sense. As Endeavor is the only hero who truly attempted to surpass or even rival All Might, Hawks at least respects his efforts more than others. When Endeavor becomes the new Number One hero, Hawks promises to support him and makes good on it by aiding in the battle against Hood. A flashback showed that, even as a child, he had an Endeavor plushie.
- Feather Flechettes: Unlike other examples, Hawks can actively manipulate where they go. And he's so skilled in their usage that he can stop multiple crimes just by launching his feathers at villains while ambling down the street. He can also use them non-lethally to cushion falls or move people away from harm.
- Foreshadowing: Chapter 184 gave a few hints that Hawks would be up there in the JP Hero Chart. Uraraka mentioned that his popularity was high enough that Tokoyami should be getting fans just for interning under him, and the narration mentions that popularity is a factor in the chart, as well as showing the silhouette of a winged hero while explaining the chart being just below Endeavor and All Might's silhouettes.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: It's all but outright stated that he can eventually replenish any feathers that get destroyed naturally given how he doesn't hesitate to sacrifice most of them to help Endeavor defeat Hood, but it's not instantaneous.
- Hero Does Public Service: It's shown that he not only defeats even low-level villains in his rounds but also saves dogs and helps old ladies to carry heavy stuff. Of course, the nature of his Quirk makes it extremely easy to manipulate several things simultaneously.
- Heroic Bystander: How his Hero career began. As a child, he performed an impressive rescue after a huge accident. This caught the attention of the authorities who decided to make him a great pro-hero.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He puts up a front of being a cocky, arrogant hero who loves to flaunt how great of a hero he is to everyone else. This is so the villains buy that he's a traitor and that none of the other heroes find out that he's The Mole.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: He uses up all his feathers in the battle with Hood. When he meets with Dabi afterward, he reveals he kept a sword-sized feather in reserve as insurance.
- Icarus Allusion: Subtly. He's a young, arrogant, and talented Teen Genius with large wings. This is lightly alluded to in a shot of him spreading his wings close to a light source, being that Icarus is better known for flying too close to the sun. He also mentions that his flight is compromised the more feathers he uses, similar to how Icarus died when he lost too many feathers and plummeted to his death. Becomes less subtle when he sends his feathers to a grievously injured Endeavor while the latter is fighting Hood, giving him literally flaming wings.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: What Dabi asks of him to prove his loyalty toward the League. He's tasked with killing Best Jeanist. He may have actually done it.
- Improbable Weapon User: He is seen using his feathers as makeshift swords.
- It's All My Fault: He seems to have taken some personal guilt in the fact that Endeavor got brutalized in the fight against Hood, because it was part of his plan to gain the trust of the League of Villains, but he didn't predict that they would send in the strongest Nomu yet.
- Lazy Bum: Played with. He's an extremely competent hero who flies around the entire country on patrols, but he shoves investigative work on Endeavor the first chance he gets. He also states that his goal is to create a society where heroes have more free time than they know what to do with.
- Logical Weakness: His Feather Flechettes, though he can replenish them with time, are not unlimited, and using too many at once compromises his Flight abilities.
- Meaningful Name: Taka (鷹) is the Japanese word for Hawk.
- The Mentor: Hawks previously took Tokoyami under his wings as his intern for the Work Study program. Come time for the second round of internships however Hawks unfortunately had to turn him down due to now acting as the mole in the League of Villains.
- Mind over Matter: Played with. Hawks is able to manipulate each of his individual feathers with his mind, allowing him to use them as a Flechette Storm, to quickly evacuate people from dangerous places, and even grant someone else the temporary ability to fly by pushing them along.
- The Mole: He's secretly pretending to be a spy for the League of Villains, supplying them with info on the heroes. In actuality, he's trying to earn their trust so he can supply info to the heroes.
- Oh, Crap!: While he keeps a pretty good poker face about it his internal thoughts are screaming that he screwed up in waiting so long to infiltrate the League after seeing the vast resources they now have at their disposal and that now Shigaraki has power that rivals that of Pro Heroes.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Invoked. He purposely acts strange to make Endeavor pay more attention to what he's trying to tell him.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The public only knows him by his hero name, as he has kept his real name out of public knowledge.
- Popularity Power:
- He asks the crowd at the billboard rankings why people with a lower approval rating then him are being tame and trying to uphold the status quo and smugly rubs his higher approval ratings in Endeavor's face. He enforces that he believes that, in a time where society needs a new symbol after All Might, no metric should be more important than public approval.
- His confident attitude quickly impressed Mirko, who previously had no problem chewing out even Edgeshot when she took issue with his formation of a team.
- Chapter 186 showcases his skill with the public, he manages to defeat low-level villains, rescue animals, and help old ladies almost as second nature, using his powers without even needing to stop talking with Endeavor to do all of this and is warmly welcoming of anyone who tries to speak with him.
- Pun: In Japanese, he likes to use the word "bird" and "bird meat" to refer to options for eating, to point out the fact that he likes eating bird food despite being a bird-themed hero.
- Reluctant Hero: Downplayed. He doesn't really hate being a hero, and he clearly wants to do good for society. That being said, he himself admits that his incredible abilities as a hero sometimes leans more towards being a curse than a blessing. After all, if he were to give anything less or be any slower, then it could result in who knows how many dangers left unattended. Not to mention the fact that he was practically forced into growing up to be a hero since he accomplished a particularly daring rescue when he was a child, and suddenly his desire to create a world where heroes don't really have to do much of anything reads more like he's trying to lighten his own burden in particular.
- Shoot the Dog: Possibly. Chapter 240 reveals that the thing he has been carrying in his bag to meet up with Dabi is the dismembered corpse of Best Jeanist. Dabi notes that, even if the body isn't Jeanist, the fact that Hawks killed someone is still a pretty good sign to introduce him to the League. That said since we didn't see exactly what happened from Hawks' perspective it's a little unclear what exactly happened.
- Stealth Mentor: Played with. When Tokoyami first works with him during the Work Placement Week, he's relegated to clean up with the sidekicks while Hawks flies ahead and takes care of everything head-on. The sidekicks note that Hawks is too fast to keep up with, but if he slowed down to match their speed, it'd result in a lot more problems going unchecked. Hawks ends up not teaching Tokoyami anything new during the entire week. Later, during Hero Internships, Hawks invites Tokoyami back to his agency. This time he notices Tokoyami is chasing after him as he flies using Dark Shadow's Black Abyss technique, desperately working to keep up in spite of the sidekicks' words. Hawks takes Tokoyami flying that night and tells him he should keep honing his strengths as well and take to the sky, resulting in Tokoyami developing his flight ability, Dark Shadow: Black Fallen Angel.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: With Endeavor, following his introduction. He is an eccentric and upbeat guy who likes making puns, followed by Endeavor's style of stoicism.
- Super Senses: Hawks is able to feel vibrations through his feathers, allowing him to quickly scout out an area by spreading his feathers around and using them to detect unusual disturbances.
- Super Speed: Though not his Quirk in and of itself, it's repeatedly mentioned that Hawks is incredibly fast. When reminiscing about his start as a hero and meteoric rise, he laments that he's too fast for his own good, being forced to do more work than necessary simply because he has the ability to do so.
- Even as a child, he saved a civilian from an accident so quickly that local authorities initially had no idea what happened.
- Not only does he occasionally patrol the entire country from the sky, but his speed is so great that his sidekicks are relegated to clean up work after each incident because they simply can't keep up with him. Tokoyami even being willing to try earns him Hawks' respect.
- During his battle alongside Endeavor against the High-End Nomu Hood, Hawks outran and avoided all of Hood's attacks, despite having to do so after directly striking Hood at close range. Given that Hood possessed a Quirk giving it jet-mounted limbs, this means Hawks has even greater speed than what rocket propulsion is capable of. Despite gradually losing feathers from evacuating citizens, Hawks came out of the entire attack completely unscathed.
- Trademark Favourite Food: He really likes chicken.
- Tyke-Bomb: After he performed a daring rescue as a child, the authorities immediately looked for him and decided that he must become a Hero due to his great potential. So they took him in and raised him to be a great hero. It's implied that his desire for a world where Heroes can take it easy is due to the fact that he was more or less railroaded into being a hero. Unsurprisingly, he is the youngest person to ever reach the Top 10 and is still currently the youngest member, with the next-youngest (Mirko, who is 3 years older at 26) ranking at number 5.
- Unusual Eyebrows: His eyebrows have a very strange shape that lightly resembles feathers.
- Weak, but Skilled: Hawks laments the fact that his Quirk doesn't give him much extra power when his direct attacks against the Hood fail to cause damage. Despite this, he can still slice through ordinary Nomu by using his high speed to amplify the force of his slashes and compensate for his fairly average strength. His wings also provide him various forms of utility. Using almost all of his feathers, he was able to telekinetically evacuate everyone in a collapsing building alongside those on the ground, and he can use the feathers to complete multiple tasks at once from a distance, as well as pick up on conversations covertly. In fact, he is one of the few heroes with multiple 6/5 scores in the Ultra Analysis Data Book - both Speed AND Technique.
- Winged Humanoid: His Quirk gives him large wings, and allows him to control its feathers.
Rumi Usagiyama — Mirko
Debut: Chapter 184 (Manga)
The rabbit hero, a strong woman who works alone. She is currently the 5th-highest ranked hero and the highest ranked female hero. Her Quirk is "Rabbit", which grants her a rabbit-like anatomy and abilities.
- The Ace: As far as pro heroines are concerned, she's at the very top of what Japan has to offer. She is so strong that she is able to provide backup to Endeavor and Hawks, the current #1 and #2 heroes, when they are under threat from Dabi. Once she arrives, Dabi quickly gives up on the fight even though his Quirk gives him the upper hand against fighters who have to get in close.
- Action Girl: As the highest ranked heroine so far, this is a given. She enjoys seeing Hawks provoke the other heroes and excitedly jumps into the fight against Dabi. Her fighting style is also very physically intensive, involving quick and powerful leaps and kicks.
- Amazonian Beauty: Mirko has noticeable muscles in her arms, torso, and thighs, visible in her rather skimpy and tight hero costume, helped by her revealing Leotard of Power. She also flexes her arms to show off her muscles when appearing in a group picture along with other heroines from the series.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Rabbit. She's known as the rabbit hero, likely because she's got a pair of rabbit ears on her head. Her hero costume also has a crescent moon motif, alluding to the "Moon Rabbit" myth from various cultures. She is one of three animal-themed pro heroes in the Top 10, along with Hawks (#2) and Ryukyu (#10).
- Big Damn Heroes: She intervenes when Endeavor and Hawks are attacked by Dabi after they were badly injured and exhausted from their fight with Hood.
- Boobs of Steel: Implied. She has a very noticeable bust size and is the highest ranked heroine in Japan, essentially equating her to the most powerful heroine shown so far.
- The Dreaded: Played with. Despite being confident enough to attack Endeavor and Hawks, who were admittedly exhausted at the time, Dabi promptly flees once Mirko arrives, even though his long-range Quirk gives him an advantage against her close-quarters fighting style. She is also among the heroes Re-Destro mentions to the League of Villains when threatening to reveal their location. Given their concern, they are clearly aware of how powerful she is.
- Hartman Hips: Despite having very large breasts, they are still outclassed in size by her wide hips and thick thighs. Not only are they enhanced due to her Quirk, but her hero costume also leaves them totally bare to emphasize them further.
- Hidden Buxom: Her civilian clothes are quite modest and don't show any cleavage or accentuate her curves. This is completely subverted in her hero costume, which is a skintight leotard that clings to her large chest and rear.
- I Work Alone: She despises the idea of working in a team, believing that doing so is done by the weak. Despite this, she has no problem aiding other heroes when they are in trouble, as she rushed to defend Hawks and Endeavor from Dabi without any complaints even after only just meeting them at the Hero Rankings Ceremony.
- In a Single Bound: Matching her rabbit motif, Mirko can leap great distances in a single bound thanks to her powerful legs. She can also land hard enough to disrupt attacks from villains.
- Kick Chick: Mirko's Quirk gives her powerful legs that allow her to leap great distances and kick hard.
- Leotard of Power: She wears one as part of her hero costume, which has a high collar and fur around her neck, possibly to further invoke the image of a rabbit, and has extreme leg strength.
- Lightning Bruiser: Implied by her fighting style and Quirk. She quickly appears and fends off Dabi mid-attack, and her Quirk specifically enhances her leg strength, giving her devastating lower body strength as well as presumably increasing her speed.
- Little Bit Beastly: She has large rabbit ears on her head. She also has a rabbit's tail when she wears her hero costume, but unlike her ears, the tail seems to be fake.
- Meaningful Name: Her family name contains the kanji for "rabbit".
- Moon Rabbit: Lightly alluded to in her hero costume. She's a rabbit-themed heroine and has a crescent moon in her costume's chest.
- Not Bad: Despite Hawks intending to provoke others, Mirko ends up taking a liking to his confidence.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She stands at 159 cm, making her shorter than Midoriya. But beneath her petite frame, her kicks pack a lot of punch.
- Pungeon Master: She says she "hopped" right over when she heard there was trouble and that things were "heating up" when Dabi attacks an exhausted Endeavor and Hawks.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes down to her mid-thighs.
- She's Got Legs: Her Quirk massively increases her leg strength, and her fighting style revolves around them. Her hero costume shows them off in their entirety, being a skintight leotard that leaves the legs completely bare.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Chapter 184, her name is spelled as Miruko. This is due to how Japanese words are pronounced. After that, however, she is consistently referred to as Mirko without the "u".
- Superhero Sobriquets: "The Rabbit Hero", going along with being an Animal-Themed Superbeing with rabbit ears.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Carrots.
Debut: Chapter 184 (Manga)
The current 6th-highest ranked hero who greatly admires All Might.
- Domino Mask: He wears one.
- The Generic Guy: Compared to the other Top 10 ranking heroes, he's the least distinct.
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards All Might. He tears up thinking about his retirement.
- Fist of Rage: More like Fist of Sorrow. He does when thinking about All Might.
- Large Ham: All his dialogue is exaggeratedly bombastic.
- Manly Tears: He tears up a little at the ranking announcement, thinking of All Might.
- Skunk Stripe: Has a streak of lighter hair in the middle of a head of darker hair.
- Superhero Sobriquets: "The Shield Hero", if Chapter 184 is any indication.
Debut: Chapter 184 (Manga)
Quirk: Unnamed Water Quirk
A hero who resembles a washing machine who is currently the 8th-highest ranked hero.
- Ambiguous Gender: Given the nature of their hero costume, their gender is impossible to tell.
- The Faceless: Thanks to their hero costume, which covers their entire body save for their eyes.
- Mad Eye: Wash's eyes look like they're constantly bugging out, making them look slightly unhinged.
- Making a Splash: Their Quirk is given a small showcase in the My Hero Academia: Vigilantes spinoff. It allows them to shoot a spiral stream of water from their head that's strong enough to keep several people in the air.
- One-Word Vocabulary: Played with. They only say variations of the word "Wash".
- Stronger Than They Look: They don't look like top 10 hero material, but somehow managed to reach the 8th rank out of hundreds of heroes.
- Superhero Sobriquets: Appropriately, "The Laundry Hero".
Debut: Chapter 184 (Manga)
An older samurai-themed hero who is currently the 9th-highest ranked hero.
- Badass Beard: A long, dignified, bushy beard, fitting his high rank, samurai motif, and Old Superhero image.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: His name is fittingly uncreative for someone implied to have been from one of the earliest generation of heroes. "Yoroi Musha" can literally translate out to "Armored Warrior".
- It's What I Do: When asked to give a statement to the audience after being ranked the No. 9 hero, he simply says that his job has not changed and that he'll simply continue doing it.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "armor" in Japanese.
- Old Superhero: The announcer mentions that he's refusing to succumb to old age, and he is shown to have a bushy beard.
- Random Power Ranking: He lampshades this, and feels that the hero ranks, minus the top 3, are determined less by overall skill, and more by timing and luck.
- Samurai: Appears to be his theme; he is decked out in armor resembling that of a samurai's.
- Superhero Sobriquets: "The Equipped Hero".
Pro Hero Teams and Agencies
Oki Mariner Crew
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Ray Hurd (English)
Debut: Episode 32 (Anime)
Quirk: Spotted Seal
A sea rescue hero who captains the ship Oki Mariner. Tsuyu interns under him. He took on Sirius as his sidekick and has a crew of tough men, including one named Mick. His Quirk, "Spotted Seal", gives him the abilities of the mammal, as well as the power to emit a very high-pitched frequency that doubles as sonar, and in times of distress, can be used as Morse code.
- Adorkable: The huge and mighty captain of an equally tough crew who tries hard to be cute for the kids, despite Sirius' insistence that he's too intimidating to pull it off. At least Tsuyu secretly thinks it's cute.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: He's a seal-themed hero who has the appearance and abilities of one, and his hero name references a folkloric being that's closely associated with seals.
- Badass Beard: Selkie's beard adds to his rugged looks and makes him look even more imposing than he already is.
- Benevolent Boss: More like a captain than a boss, but he's great with his crew and, in return, they all trust and respect him unconditionally, though they still find his attempts to be cute embarrassing. And a noticeable thing is that while most other heroes referred to the students that interned for them by their regular names, Selkie always refers to Tsuyu by her hero name, Froppy, and treats her like a full-fledged hero rather than an intern.
- Big Damn Heroes: Arrives in the nick of time to save Tsuyu's life from the villain Innsmouth. He also saved Sirius in the process, who was quickly overpowered by Innsmouth's freakish strength.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The jokey Boke who makes dopey faces in vain attempts to be cute and really bugs Sirius each time he does this shtick.
- Canon Foreigner: An anime-original character, his inclusion vastly expands upon what happened during Tsuyu's internship.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Right after he saves Tsuyu from Innsmouth, Selkie delivers this to the villain. Even despite the octopus-like Innsmouth spitting ink into Selkie's eyes to blind him, he gets around this by using his sonar and easily takes the villain out, with a bit of assistance from Sirius.
- Diving Kick: He finishes off Innsmouth with one of these to the face.
- Father Neptune: A bearded hero that conducts sea rescue missions as the captain of a ship. Bonus points for having seal powers and being used to swimming long distances in the open ocean.
- Lightning Bruiser: Selkie is big, quite muscular and very strong, but he's also incredibly fast and agile both in and out of water.
- Mr. Fanservice: The anime has a very blatant shot of his muscular groin. He's also incredibly well built and muscular in general.
- Nice Guy: He may be strict and no-nonsense while out on missions, as befitting a ship's captain, but he's overall a very pleasant, friendly and supportive guy, and he tries to act cutesy all the time because he thinks children love it.
- Rated M for Manly: One of the toughest men there is. Unfortunately, it leaves him little chance to be cute.
- Selkies and Wereseals: As per his namesake, Selkie is a human with spotted seal traits. He has the proportions of a tall and muscular human but his head, face, which includes whiskers, and coloration are those of a spotted seal. His powers allow him to hold his breath underwater for a long time and swim at high speeds. He also has a sonar for echo location.
- Sweet Seal: He often tries to invoke this since he thinks children like it, but his overall appearance is a bit too intimidating for him to really fit the trope. Tsuyu thinks it's cute when he tries, at least.
- Tricked-Out Shoes: His shoes can become flippers for situations that require him to swim.
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)
Debut: Episode 27 (Anime)
Quirk: Good Ear
The sidekick of Selkie and only female member of his crew. Her Quirk, "Good Ear", lets her hear sound frequencies beyond the hearing spectrum of a normal human. Paired with Selkie, she can pick up his secret transmissions through sonar.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: She's the Tsukkomi. Serious Sirius finds silly Selkie's cutesy face routine exhausting.
- Canon Foreigner: While Sirius doesn't appear in the manga, her involvement in the anime is fully canon because Tsuyu mentions helping to capture stowaways in the manga. She also gets inserted into an extra scene where the crew of the Oki Mariner is doing push-ups.
- Cool Big Sis: She acts like this to Tsuyu while on her internship, talking about her own experiences and looking out for her during fights.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and blue eyes.
- Fights Like a Normal: She notes the only thing strong about her is her body, and her Quirk is a non-violent utility.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Super hearing may not seem like a useful power in comparison to super strength or creating explosions, but as part of a team with others like Selkie, it can prove to be invaluable.
- Nice Girl: She's an absolute sweetheart and a fount of wisdom for newcomer heroes.
- Not So Above It All: She gets super pouty when she remembers that she, too, was once bored out of her gourd doing mundane things during her own hero internship.
- Pipe Pain: She carries with her a collapsible steel baton for combat purposes. Not that it does any good against a villain with superhuman strength and octopus limbs, who quickly restrains her before she can get within attack range to properly do any harm.
- Sailor Fuku: Her outfit resembles one, though there's a lot more emphasis on the "sailor" part since she's the sidekick of a hero who specializes in sea rescues, and her fellow crew members all wear actual sailor outfits.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female on the crew of the Oki Mariner.
- Straight Man: Very intelligent and sane compared to her also intelligent but zany captain.
- Super Senses: Has incredible hearing that allows her to tap into high frequencies.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sirius has blue hair.
Wild Wild Pussycats
- Ragdoll: That's right! The four of us are one!
Mandalay: Lock on with these sparkling gazes!
Ragdoll: We've come to lend a paw and help!.
Tiger: Coming out of nowhere...
Pixie-Bob: Stingingly cute and catlike!.
All together: Wild Wild Pussycats!
- Animal-Eared Headband: As part of their Cat Girl outfits, they all wear headsets that resemble cat ears.
- Animal Theme Naming: Mandalay, Pixie-Bob, and Ragdoll are all named after different domestic cat breeds. Tiger is named after a large wild cat instead.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: The animal alias type; they're all cat-themed heroes in names and appearance, but their Quirks don't have anything to do with cats.
- Bare Your Midriff: Their hero costumes are all comprised of crop tops and miniskirts, resulting in this.
- The Bus Came Back: They show up in Chapter 184 to meet Class 1-A in their dorm.
- Cat Girl: The overall theme of their hero costumes. They all wear fake cat tails, paw-like gloves, and headsets that resemble cat ears.
- Color-Coded Characters: Mandalay is red, Pixie-Bob is blue, Ragdoll is yellow, and Tiger is brown.
- Minidress of Power: They wear fancy-looking two-piece outfits comprising of crop tops and miniskirts despite working in a forested mountain area.
- Ms. Fanservice: All of them except Tiger, who instead falls under Mr. Fanservice.
- Random Power Ranking: Following Ragdoll losing her Quirk, they fell from #32 on the hero charts... to #411. The Pussycats actually take this in stride, saying that they were pleasantly surprised they stayed in the triple digits considering they had been on hiatus.
- True Companions: They're all really close friends outside of their work as heroes. In fact, they have been a team for 12 years, since they came together in high school — and bear in mind that full team hero offices are fairly rare and tend not to last long. Particularly, this is shown as they all hold Ragdoll while she cries in the hospital due to losing her Quirk.
Shino Sosaki — Mandalay
Voiced by: Chisa Suganuma (Japanese), Jill Harris (English)
Debut: Chapter 70 (Manga), Episode 40 (Anime)
The leader of the Wild Wild Pussycats. Her Quirk is "Telepath", which allows her to talk to multiple people at once through the mental transmission. She's the legal guardian of her nephew, Kota Izumi.
- Adult Fear: She raises her nephew after his parents died, and she is shown to be quite afraid for him when the villains attack and he is nowhere to be seen.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Telepathically flirts with Spinner during their fight to throw him off.
- Fights Like a Normal: Her Quirk isn't a physical one, so all of her superhero butt kicking is done with regular old-fashioned martial arts - and she's good at it too.
- Most Common Super Power: According to her character sheet, quoted below:Not that it matters at all, but she has big breasts.
- Nephewism: She's raising her orphaned nephew Kota.
- Nice Girl: She's very kind and gentle, and does what she can for her nephew.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the off the wall personalities of the other Pussycats, Mandalay is more straightforward and composed.
- Sleepyhead: Her character sheet reveals that she likes sleeping.
- Telepathy: She can telepathically transmit thoughts to many people across a wide range, though she can only transmit thoughts and not receive them.
Ryuko Tsuchikawa — Pixie-Bob
Voiced by: Serina Machiyama (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
Debut: Chapter 70 (Manga), Episode 40 (Anime)
Quirk: Earth Flow
A member of the Wild Wild Pussycats. Her Quirk, "Earth Flow", lets her control dirt and rock.
- Berserk Button: As Midoriya quickly learns, do not bring up her age in any way while she's in earshot.
- The Big Guy: In terms of Quirks, Pixie-Bob is by far the most powerful of the Pussycats. This is why the League of Villains knocks her out before revealing themselves during the attack on the summer camp.
- Christmas Cake: Played for laughs. When Midoriya mentions her age, she states that she is 18 at heart, and then forces him to agree.
- Dishing Out Dirt: What her Quirk allows her to do.
- Enemy Summoner: Pixie-Bob's not a villain, but her Quirk can be used to create monstrous constructs made of dirt and stone that she can control. She's responsible for the "Forest of Beasts" that represents the first challenge for Class 1-A at the training camp.
- Genki Girl: Not to the level of Ragdoll, but she is a woman with a lot of energy.
- Hidden Depths: Her profile reveals that she came up with the name of and concept behind the team and that she set up the team's hero office.
- The Jailbait Wait: Played for Laughs. She "calls dibs" on Midoriya, Bakugou, Iida and Todoroki "in three years".
- Mrs. Robinson: While praising Midoriya, Iida, Bakugo, and Todoroki for defeating her magic beast, she says can't wait to see what their potential will be like in three years.
- Shoot the Mage First: Her Quirk is by far the most powerful of the Pussycats, and as a result, the League of Villains prioritizes taking her out first during their attack on the training camp.
- Signature Laugh: "Neko Neko" in Japanese, which is the word for cat. In the English dub, it was changed to "Meow Meow," the sound a cat makes.
- Spiteful Spit: Inverted for laughs. She spat on Bakugo and Todoroki as to 'mark' them as hers. Just like how a cat would do in real life, though with scent glands rather than saliva.
- The Worf Effect: The Pussycat with the most powerful Quirk gets taken out quickly in order to show that the Vanguard Action Squad are a real threat.
Tomoko Shiretoko — Ragdoll
Voiced by: Meiko Kawasaki (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)
Debut: Chapter 72 (Manga), Episode 41 (Anime)
A member of the Wild Wild Pussycats. Her Quirk, "Search", allowed her to observe and monitor up to 100 people at a time, including their location and weak points.
- Adult Fear: Her Quirk getting stolen. It's the same as a Career-Ending Injury since she can no longer be a heroine.
- Break the Cutie: Goes from being the hyper Genki Girl of the group to being catatonic once her Quirk is stolen, to being downright inconsolable rather quickly. Fortunately, she eventually gets better, and regains most of her energy.
- De-Power: Her Quirk is stolen by All For One.
- Genki Girl: She's definitely this. When ever she appeared in the School Trip Camp Arc, she always seems to be bouncing around and smiling. This makes it all the more heartwrenching to see her sobbing in her teammates' arms after her Quirk is stolen. Fortunately, she got most of her spunk back by the time the team shows up again.
- Mission Control: She becomes this when the Pussycats decide to return to hero work, not letting the lack of a Quirk keep her from continuing to help her teammates.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has waist-length hair.
- Sadist Teacher: Downplayed. She laughs at the U.A. students as they undergo their Training from Hell and finds their constant bellyaching amusing.
- Sensor Character: Thanks to her Quirk, she can track the location and weak points of up to 100 people at the same time. A Quirk this powerful makes her a very attractive target for All For One to drain of her power.
- Trauma Conga Line: She was lucky enough to survive getting nearly killed by a Nomu, but was then she had to experience the effect of having her Quirk stolen while she was stripped naked.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has teal hair.
Yawara Chatora — Tiger
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Ogami (Japanese), Marcus Stimac (English)
Debut: Chapter 72 (Manga), Episode 41 (Anime)
The sole male member of the Wild Wild Pussycats. His Quirk, "Pliabody", allows him to stretch and flatten his body.
- Domino Mask: Wears one with his hero costume. When seen off-duty, it's shown that Tiger's eyes are actually no different if he's not wearing a mask, as they appear naturally featureless and white.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty:
- He's in charge of improving physical Quirks during the summer camp and works the students under him to the bone.
- In the anime, it's shown he was personally responsible for Midoriya's training in the training camp and has worked the boy to the bone, angrily forcing him to go back and work harder whenever he felt that Midoriya was starting to slack off or getting distracted.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The final member of the Pussycats introduced to the audience is a scary muscleman rather than a cute girl like the other three. He's also the only one named after a big cat rather than a domestic breed.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Tiger's face is drawn slightly different than the rest of the Pussycats and most of the characters, with a more cat-like mouth and no noticeable pupils, which gives him a more menacing design.
- Odd Name Out: Tiger is the only member of his team who's named after a big cat rather than a breed of domestic cat. Fittingly, he's also the sole guy.
- The One Guy: He's the only male member of the Pussycats and an extremely masculine man at that.
- Panthera Awesome: He's named after the largest big cat species.
- Punny Name: Chatora is a portmanteau of tora, Japanese for "tiger", and chat, French for "cat".
- Rated M for Manly: Lampshaded. He's definitely out of place in the Pussycats, sans costume.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Tiger is one of the manliest characters introduced so far, despite the fact that he wears the same Cat Girl costume as that of his fellow teammates.
- Rubber Man: He has a very flexible body thanks to his Quirk.
- Testosterone Poisoning: He's all about this, except for his costume.
- Transgender: Supplementary material states that he was assigned female at birth and had sex reassignment surgery in Thailand.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Though he now identifies as male, he still wears a skirt like his teammates.
Sir Nighteye's Agency
Mirai Sasaki — Sir Nighteye
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Brandon McInnis (English)
Debut: Chapter 124 (Manga), Episode 63 (Anime)
All Might's former sidekick. They seem to have parted ways in an awkward manner, but he still looks up to his mentor. He values laughter and humor over everything, even though he is quite strict and serious otherwise. His Quirk, "Foresight", grants him vision of a person's entire future, though it gets fuzzier the further he looks ahead.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Lets out a small laugh upon realizing that Midoriya was trying hard to not damage any of his All Might memorabilia while jumping around on the walls to get his stamp. And because he managed to make Nighteye laugh, he got his seal of approval... mostly.
- An Arm and a Leg: He loses his left arm at the elbow to Chisaki's "earth spikes" attack, but it doesn't matter much in the long run since he dies shortly thereafter.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Strangely, he prefers to act with a regular office suit than with a proper Hero costume.
- Brains and Brawn: He used to be the brains to All Might's brawn back when they were together.
- Character Death: In Chapter 161, Nighteye is the first major supporting character to die, and his demise brings a marked shift in the series. While heroes losing their lives in the line of duty was always a looming possibility, it isn't until this point that it became reality in present day. The chapter title is even in a much larger print as a warning sign that it's going to be heavy.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His weapons of choice are specially-made seals that weigh 5 kilos each, and he carries a lot of them. No surprise, then, that he's actually quite ripped under that tailored suit.
- Combat Clairvoyance: By touching someone and making eye contact, Sir gains instant precognition of their every move for the next hour.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Fail to make him laugh? Tickle Hell.
- Clothing Damage: When fighting a Rappa clone, the entire front of his shirt gets ripped off.
- Creepy Good: Despite his Face of a Thug and his talking and moving in a relatively creepy nature, he has very high standards as to what a Hero is meant to be. He values humor as a form of bringing joy to those who the heroes save and Gran Torino and Mirio seem to hold him in high regard.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype:
- Deconstructs The Fatalist. He is a firm believer of You Can't Fight Fate, no ifs, ands, or buts about it, and he has a very cynical view of every situation and only sees worst-case scenarios. Consequently, his world view hampers his Foresight Quirk, which itself is responsible for his negative attitude in the first place.
- He looks at Midoriya as a Sketchy Successor for not having the noticeable heroic qualities and negatively compares him to Mirio, Nighteye's student and the one he believes should be the next Symbol of Peace. He also criticizes him for wanting to rush in to save Eri from Overhaul without thinking and jeopardizing an investigation that's been going on with him. As he later found out, saving Eri in the first place would have solved all his problems in the big picture, since it would pretty much end Chisaki's operation without her as raw material for the drug fabrication. However, he is not above acknowledging this and he defends Mirio and Midoriya from the accusations of a colleague since they were following his orders and thus it was Nighteye's responsibility.
- Establishing Character Moment: When Midoriya first sees him, he has locked his sidekick in a tickle machine for failing to write jokes into her mission reports.
- Everyone Has Standards: He might be a jerk, but he will not stand for people getting called out on something they don't deserve. When Rock Lock calls Midoriya and Mirio out for not saving Eri when they had the chance, he defends them and accepts the blame, since he was the one who told them to not rescue Eri just yet and gave Midoriya a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for even suggesting it.
- Exact Words: When Midoriya failed his test, Nighteye still hired him, remarking he said he "would have employed him if the passed his test" but didn't say he wouldn't employ him if he failed.
- Face of a Thug: He looks serious and scary during all of his onscreen time.
- Fair-Weather Mentor: It would be generous to call Nighteye this to Midoriya at first. He's determined to destroy Midoriya's self-esteem and convince him to give One For All to Mirio. That said, he begins to warm up to him in time and defends Midoriya when Nighteye's order to not rescue Eri ends up complicating things in the long-term. But in the end, the damage from their first impression is done, as Midoriya is nearly convinced to hand One For All to Mirio as Nighteye wanted and is only dissuaded when Mirio himself refuses.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: The sight of him dying at the hospital reveals many tubes coming from several life support mechanisms that are desperately working to keep Nighteye alive by plugging up the gaping hole in him and trying to stop blood loss and feed his bodily fluids... and they fail.
- Of All Might, during a shot of his computer, it can be seen that he was watching videos of All Might's doings, similar to Midoriya. His office is full of All Might merchandise, some, as Midoriya notes, are even collector's items:Midoriya: There's no doubt. This guy's totally a hardcore All Might fan!!
- Overall, he seems to be a Closet Geek or otaku. When planning to rescue Eri, he was able to deduce that a villain was buying a toy for a girl because said villain "said something no real fan would say". And later in HQ, Fat Gum chides him for buying the same toy.
- Of All Might, during a shot of his computer, it can be seen that he was watching videos of All Might's doings, similar to Midoriya. His office is full of All Might merchandise, some, as Midoriya notes, are even collector's items:
- The Fatalist: He very firmly believes that You Can't Fight Fate and treats any insinuation to the contrary with dripping disdain. Ultimately, this actually stunts his Foresight, which itself was the reason he became a fatalist.
- Flatline: Nighteye's death is treated this way. When he slips away, his hand — outstretched and holding Mirio's head up — drops motionless to his side, and Nighteye's heart monitor flatlines, the sound effect echoing throughout the end of the chapter.
- Fragile Speedster: Admits to being one. A single punch of Rappa's clone would have killed him, but he has trained to be very fast for exactly that reason. He also uses throwing seals as weapons to keep a safe distance from the target.
- Go Out with a Smile: After being such a stoic, Nighteye passes on with a smile on his face, telling his comrades and friends that the world needs smiles and happiness and energy to prevail, imparting his wishes with them.
- Good Is Not Nice: He is a hero, and by all indications, a very respected and powerful one. Despite that, he can be quite the jerk, particularly to Midoriya and anyone who fails to make him laugh. He has an actual Tickle Torture machine in his office for the latter and subjects his sidekicks to it. Frequently, apparently.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Although he believes in You Can't Fight Fate, he still attempts to fight Chisaki to give Mirio, Midoriya, and Eri a bit more time to get to safety. It's a brief fight that ends in him impaled in several places and dying from the subsequent injuries.
- Hypocrite: His distaste for Midoriya as someone who is seemingly talentless and unfit to be the holder of One For All is undercut by the fact that he handpicked Mirio, who was known for his poor grades, being a goofball, and poor performance at the Sports Festival and in combat exercises, and groomed him into one of U.A.'s best students and an ideal successor for All Might. He says Midoriya doesn't have what it takes to become the Symbol of Peace when Nighteye himself took another unremarkable boy and turned him into an ideal vessel for One For All.
- I Shall Taunt You: His whole test for Midoriya is this, effortlessly dodging all of the latter's attempts to take the stamp while making note of all of the reasons why Mirio would have been a better successor in order to gauge the young hero's reaction:Nighteye: Like an inferior version of Gran Torino. You're so slow, it's pointless!
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The deathblow to Nighteye was a spire of stone manipulated by Overhaul to gore him through his belly and out his back.
- Improbable Weapon User: Seals, like the one Midoriya fought for. They are specially made and actually weigh 5 kilograms, with enough speed, they are fatal weapons and take out Rappa's clone in a single hit of one. He apparently carries many of them with him.
- Nighteye is big on humor because it keeps him hopeful. Ironically, his Foresight was stunted by his fatalism.
- He spends his entire introduction trying to destroy Izuku's self-esteem and convince him that Mirio deserved to obtain One For All. On his deathbed, he acknowledges that Midoriya is a worthy successor, but the damage had already been done and Izuku was convinced to try and pass One For All to Mirio, who flatly refused Midoriya's offer.
- He calls out Midoriya for trying to save Eri without a plan and urges him to start seeing the big picture instead of just jumping into things. However, as he later found out, saving Eri would have solved all his problems in the big picture, since it would pretty much end Chisaki's operation without her as raw material for the drug fabrication. This is something he painfully acknowledges. It also would have likely prevented his death as well, and given the circumstances seen with Deku and Lemillion in action, they could've taken Overhaul in sooner and out of the clutches of the Villain Alliance.
- All Might and Nighteye's last meeting was a fallout over Nighteye foreseeing a future where All Might got killed... they reunite at Nighteye's deathbed and reconcile there, something which Nighteye himself woefully lampshades and leaves All Might unable to rectify with a response.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Nighteye's last hours are spent recognizing he was a victim of his own conceptions. He acknowledges Midoriya as someone who is worthy as a Hero and capable of anything and is relieved that Midoriya forced the future to follow his will. As for Mirio, Nighteye comforts him by touching his hand to his student's face and admitting Mirio had become more to him than just the next vessel for One For All and was his favorite pupil. He resigns that it was his own fault the future wouldn't change because he didn't have any faith that it would and it took the combined willpower of everyone involved in Eri's rescue to power a change in the future and for all those he is living behind to stay hopeful because that is what it will take to bring the world into a better tomorrow.
- Jerkass: Sir Nighteye isn't the nicest of people. He has a bad habit of being very rude to those who fall even a little under his expectations and is generally overly stern. He's particularly nasty to Midoriya, due in part to his lack of humor, but mainly because he thinks Midoriya is severely inadequate compared to Mirio, and thus believes that Mrio should have gotten "One For All" instead. In fact, the only reason he let Midoriya intern with him was to get the kid to give up on becoming All Might's successor and pass "One For All" onto Mirio.
- Last Episode, New Character: He's introduced to anime viewers in the last episode of Season 3.
- Lean and Mean: While he's a hero, he's a jerkass who's not afraid to mistreat others, and is very tall and skinny.
- Lethal Diagnosis: In the moments before his passing, All Might, Recovery Girl, and a hospital surgeon ominously gather, and the surgeon announces they've done all they can for him (unfortunately, this excluded Eri, who was in no condition to try and use her powers to save him), but they don't expect him to last through the night.
- Long Neck: Whenever he goes super-deformed, his neck becomes very long, usually to a funny effect.
- Meaningful Name: "Mirai" means "Future" in Japanese, related to his Foresight Quirk.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: Midoriya was seeking a Pro Hero to intern under, and managed to land that position under Nighteye, only for Nighteye to wind up dead by the end of the very same arc he was introduced in.
- Mission Control: His stint as All Might's sidekick is this. Even All Might admitted that his combat strength is nothing noteworthy. It was his intel gathering and planning that makes him a valuable ally.
- Multicolored Hair: His hair is mostly green, but with some yellow streaks on the front.
- No Name Given: His real name isn't given in the main story, as he's only ever referred to by his hero name. The ULTRA ANALYSIS Character Book eventually confirmed his real name.
- Non-Action Guy: He is more used to be related to Mission Control and intel-gathering rather than actually participating in combat, as All Might mentioned on their time together. Even in his duel against Midoriya, he barely moved and only used his Quirk to avoid being hit rather than actually going against Midoriya.
- Not Wearing Tights: For a setting where every superhero (and villain) has some kind of costume, Nighteye is the only character who hasn't been seen wearing one. Even in the flashbacks to him and All Might working together, he is still shown to be wearing a business suit instead.
- Otaku: Aside from his All Might fanboying rivaling Midoriya, he collects toys, even ones directed at girls, and actually ends up finding the villain's hideout just because he ran into the yakuza mook sent to buy Eri toys and the mook didn't seem like a true fan of the toy he was buying. He even took this as so suspicious that he used his power on him!
- Pet the Dog: Despite his harsh treatment of Midoriya explained below, he is quick to step in and defend him and Mirio when another Senior Hero rakes them over the coal for not rescuing Eri from Overhaul. He points out that the responsibility fell on him since he told them not to, while pointing out that both Mirio and Deku are the most unhappy about the disturbing revelations, and Deku tried to ignore him anyway.
- Reality Ensues: Nighteye is a fatalist by nature. This line of thinking apparently narrowed his Foresight and only let him see possibilities he believed were immutable. He thought the future was destined to take the paths he saw would be so, but in actuality, those paths are only destined to happen if nobody intervenes and does anything about them, though he did outright state he had tried to change he outcome of events multiple times, only to have reality inevitably reassert itself. Most tragic of all, the one time he sees the future change when he finally casts off this belief... it's because his own has been cut short.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
- Gives a scathing one to Midoriya about how in spite of having One For All, he's incredibly inexperienced and naïve to sign up for such a harsh internship while balancing schoolwork. He also notes how because of this Midoriya doesn't seem like a benefit to have working with him. He goes so far as to say Mirio should have gotten One For All:Nighteye: You may have the Symbol's power. But you are utterly mediocre.
- Happens again later when he criticizes Midoriya for wanting to rush in to save Eri from Overhaul and jeopardize an investigation that's been going on with him. In short, he says Midoriya needs to not be reckless and claims that nobody will be saved with just a positive attitude and no plans.
- In a fit of irony, he defends Midoriya and Mirio from Rock Lock when the latter brings up how the two didn't rescue Eri when they had the chance. This is justified since they were following his orders and thus it's his responsibility.
- Gives a scathing one to Midoriya about how in spite of having One For All, he's incredibly inexperienced and naïve to sign up for such a harsh internship while balancing schoolwork. He also notes how because of this Midoriya doesn't seem like a benefit to have working with him. He goes so far as to say Mirio should have gotten One For All:
- Secret Test of Character: He intended to hire Midoriya from the beginning, despite not considering him a worthy successor for All Might, but wanted to test how the boy would react to his "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Nighteye himself was ultimately moved by Midoriya's equal admiration of All Might, with the hero-in-training refusing to harm any of the surrounding All Might merchandise to the point that he was willing to crash headfirst into a wall in order to protect a poster, as evidenced by a short chuckle.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Sir Nighteye or Sir Night Eye? Viz starts with the latter but soon switches to the former.
- The Stoic: Rarely shows emotions, even though he appreciates humor. Mirio himself is unsure if Nighteye's appreciation for humor is despite or because of his stoicism.
- Super OCD: Chastised Midoriya for his otherwise flawless All Might impression which was a mere 0.2 cm off from the real thing.
- Tickle Torture: He actually has a machine to put his sidekicks through this if they fail to add humor in their reports.
- Underestimating Badassery:
- Does this to Midoriya, believing his attacks to be a clumsy and poor imitation of Gran Torino's style. Turns out that Midoriya wasn't going full out because he was also trying to protect the All Might merch all around the room, therefore hampering his movements.
- He is looked down by Twice, who thinks he is easy to take out and looks like a salary man, he ends up able to take Rappa's clone out with a single hit of his seals.
- We Used to Be Friends: With All Might. Nighteye objected to All Might continuing being a Hero after becoming critically injured, with All Might stubbornly refusing to quit. The event in question happened six years before One For All was passed on. The final straw came when All Might picked Midoriya instead of Mirio to be his successor, a decision that Nighteye was fully against.
- Wound That Will Not Heal: It is later shown that Nighteye was impaled so badly that not even Recovery Girl could use her Quirk to mend the damage, and he has numerous medical tubes hooked into his body where the wound is.
- You Can't Fight Fate: It's apparently impossible to change what Nighteye sees in his future visions, even if he tells the person he is foreseeing about it. Ontological Inertia kicks hard as any attempted changes can only delay the inevitable. It comes to the point that Nighteye outright refuses to use his Quirk on someone if he is unable to ensure by normal means that they won't die. The only case where one of Nighteye's visions was proven completely wrong was in Midoriya's case. Though Nighteye predicted that the mission was a failure and Overhaul would kill Midoriya, the exact opposite took place. Midoriya defeated Overhaul and was very much fine and successfully completed the mission.
- Subverted in his dying moments he realizes that his own pessimism was limiting his power. Because he believed the things he saw could not be changed, he didn't try hard enough to change them, thereby making them a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. If he had more faith that they could be changed, he'd actually see more positive outcomes more often as a result.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His hair is green with yellow streaks.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Attempts to hold off Chisaki so Midoriya can get Eri and Mirio to safety. It doesn't work for long.
Kaoruko Awata — Bubble Girl
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa (Japanese), Kara Edwards (English)
Debut: Chapter 124 (Manga), Episode 63 (Anime)
One of Sir Nighteye's sidekicks. Her Quirk, "Bubble", allows her to create bubbles with an assortment of smells. They pop with explosive force.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She has light blue skin.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her hero costume does not include anything in the middle of her torso, being composed of only a top and pants. This is justified since she creates bubbles from her skin.
- Cool Mask: She wears a transparent gas mask on her face. This makes sense considering that she uses smelly bubbles as a form of attack.
- Cry Cute: When she learns Nighteye is going to die.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: She's got a revealing hero costume and has been subjected to body tickling.
- Last Episode, New Character: Like Nighteye, she's introduced to anime viewers in the last episode of Season 3.
- Making a Splash: She can create bubbles out of her body, and is capable of selecting the smell of each bubble, using foul-smelling ones to incapacitate the enemies' senses.
- Meaningful Name: "Kaoru" means "fragrance", relating to how she can give her bubbles different kinds of smells.
- Stripperific: She releases bubbles from her skin. Like Midnight, she invokes this by exposing as much of her body as she can without being indecent.
- Tickle Torture: When she doesn't amuse Nighteye upon supplying him new information, he subjects her to a machine known as "Tickle Hell."
- Underboobs: Her top shows a bit of her boobs.
- Weak, but Skilled: Her main skill in combat is using foul-smelling bubbles to incapacitate and take out her enemies. Making an entire career out of a simple Quirk is amazing.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has blue hair.
Juso Moashi — Centipeder
Debut: Chapter 135 (Manga)
One of Sir Nighteye's sidekicks. His Quirk, "Centipede", gives him body features like the titular chilopod.
- Animal Themed Super Being: Centipedes, obviously.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Not only is he extremely competent at his job as a sidekick, he is does everything in a suit making him fairly resemble a Battle Butler.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He's all centipede from the neck up, and that also gives him an incredibly long neck that coils up like a scarf when at rest. When it unfurls, he goes from looking like a human centipede note to a centipede human. His arms are made of centipede midsection, too, with human hands on the ends.
- Body Horror: He does, after all, has a centipede for a head and his arms are centipede joints, making him for one of the creepiest designs for a hero and appears to have his entire body mixing human and centipede.
- Combat Tentacles: His arms are actually the joints of a centipede with human hands attached on the end, so they serve the same function as tentacle when unfurled. While retracted, they look no different from ordinary human limbs with the suit Centipeder wears covering the insectoid features up.
- Creepy Good: Much in the same vein as his employer, he has a rather creepy appearance with a centipede for a head but is not only a hero but also quite the polite one, especially compared to his Jerkass Hero boss.
- Long Neck: His neck is composed of a long centipede body and he can simply stretch in order to attack.
- Take Up My Sword: Took over Nighteye's office after he died.
Debut: Chapter 245 (Manga)
A group of four of Endeavor's sidekicks
- Early-Bird Cameo: Two members, the one with horns and the one that looks like a mummy, can be spotted in Chapter 56, detaining the white-skinned Hosu Nomu. They can also be spotted in Chapter 203.
Debut: Chapter 245 (Manga)
A famous sidekick of Endeavor's.
Shinya Kamihara — Edge Shot
Voiced by: Kenta Kamakari (Japanese), John Burgmeier (English)
Debut: Chapter 84 (Manga), Episode 46 (Anime)
The current 4th-highest ranked hero who was previously ranked 5th, a man dressed in ninja garb. His Quirk is "Foldabody", granting him paper-like physiology.
He recently started a hero team with Kamui Woods and Mount Lady.
- Anime Hair: His hair forms two large spikes before folding over one of his eyes.
- Broken Base: His in-universe fandom, which is split between those that want to know more about him, and those that want him to stay mysterious.
- Cool Mask: Part of his hero costume.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's already appeared in the manga long before the second season of the anime premiered, so they include a vignette of him as Aizawa is mentioning pro heroes.
- Gratuitous Ninja: The only way to explain why the fourth best hero in a contemporary, Superhero setting is a ninja. He, in fact, dresses as a ninja as a civilian.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Being able to flatten oneself like paper doesn't sound like much, but when someone can use it to break the sound barrier, it's an entirely different story.
- Paper People: His Quirk allows him to flatten himself, allowing him to pass through narrow spaces.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Has very pointy-looking hair over one of his eyes, which makes him look more mysterious.
- Rank Up: He gets bumped up to the No. 4 after the latest Hero Billboard rankings.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Yes, he does have all the typical ninja accessories.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Has this exchange with All For One:All For One: "If the only reason you're here is to cheer [All Might] on, I'd prefer you to remain silent."
Edgeshot: "Think again madman. We're here to assist!"
- Weak, but Skilled: Can perform some impressive maneuvers with his Quirk thanks to rigorous training, being able to fold up, transform, and attack faster than the speed of sound.
- The Worf Barrage: Although he's renowned for being able to attack faster than the speed of sound All For One casually dodged an attack from Edge Shot simply by tilting his head.
Shinji Nishiya — Kamui Woods
Voiced by: Masamichi Kitada (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
A pro hero with wooden powers. A newcomer to the hero circuit, but a nice example of what a traditional hero should be. He's currently the 7th-highest ranked hero.
He recently formed a hero team with Edge Shot and Mount Lady.
- Butt-Monkey: He's always getting shown up by other heroes. He does get to show some competence later on, though.
- Cool Helmet: Wears a wooden facial helm that covers his entire face, giving him a mysterious, ninja-like presence.
- Dark and Troubled Past: According to his bio, he had an abusive childhood, and his age is stated as 29 years from when he started counting.
- The Faceless: Kamui Woods has never revealed his face to anyone. As far as his hero work goes, he keeps his face hidden by a helmet while in his civilian clothes, he keeps his face hidden with large hats and scarfs, and sometimes, not even his eyes are seen.
- Garden Garment: Most of his hero costume consists of wood, which is practical considering his Quirk.
- Green Thumb: His Quirk is plant-based and allows him to grow wood from his body.
- Logical Weakness: Fire, as stated in the first chapter. Makes sense, since he's got a wood Quirk.
- Nature Lover: Implied. The Volume 1 back cover uses him as a warning against littering, which he apparently doesn't forgive.
- Plant Person: Covered head to toe in wood. It becomes a little problematic, though, when he tries to sip a drink with his wooden mask on.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a chain of pink flowers at the side of his belt.
- Signature Move: "Lacquer Prison", a crowd binding technique.
- Those Two Guys: Downplayed, but his presence is almost always accompanied one way or the other by Mount Lady. Later in the manga, this has reached the point where they form a team together and rumors about them being in a relationship have spread.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After being overlooked for so long, he manages to place in the top ten of the Hero Billboard rankings.
- Visual Development: As of Chapter 184, being the seventh-ranked hero, his costume now has wood around his shoulders and he looks more muscular.
- Weak, but Skilled: His skill set isn't very impressive, especially having a 2/5 Power stat. He is, however, competent enough that he got to the 7th place in the rankings and has a 4/5 in technique.
Yu Takeyama — Mt. Lady
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
Debut: Chapter 1 (Manga), Episode 1 (Anime)
A pro heroine with gigantification abilities. However, she's a shameless media glutton and not above using her looks to gain favors. Mineta trains under her during his internship but had a terrifying experience under her that he refuses to reveal. She recently partnered up with Edge Shot and Kamui Woods to form a hero team. As of Chapter 184, she is the 23rd highest ranked hero.
- Agony of the Feet: Her hero costume doesn't have shoes since there isn't a material made that can grow with her when she gets big. As such, while she can break things by stepping on them, it hurts to do it, making Mt. Lady have to watch wherever she steps.
- Anti-Hero: She does heroic deeds not for the sake of making the world a better place or because of passion, but because it gets her attention and money. Also, she's shown to have a tendency to exploit her status for the sake of favors and treats her apprentices like dirt.
- Attention Whore: She's in the hero business for the fame, which is why she operates in the city instead of a more open area where she would have room to maneuver.
- Broken Pedestal: Mineta became terrified of her after taking his internship at her agency, since she did nothing but make him do housework.
- Cat Fight: During an omake chapter, which was made a part of the 21st episode of Season 2, she got into a huge one with Midnight on a talk show due to mocking her for being 31 years old. Mineta, who's a huge fan of both heroines, was about ready to collapse from joy while watching it unfold.
- Character Development: Her Establishing Character Moment is when she's introduced stealing Kamui Woods' spotlight, and her subsequent early appearances paint the image of a Punch-Clock Hero who is emblematic of the shallow, fame-hungry side of professional heroism. However, she starts to be shown taking her role as a heroine more seriously than we had previously seen during the Hideout Raid Arc when she puts herself in the way of a villainous Fastball Special so the kids can escape with Bakugo. Even later on, as part of the overall shift in hero culture following All Might's retirement, she's brought in to U.A. as a guest speaker who gives a lesson to the students about using media exposure to reassure people and keep their spirits up, not just for personal gain or glory.
- Destructive Savior: She tends to cause a lot of property damage when she sizes up to a giantess. Hero Insurance covers some of it, but she's still in the red. Doesn't help that she unwittingly activates her powers when she gets too worked up, which winds up costing her a headquarters.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Justified. Despite looking like she's wearing boots, her hero costume's feet are something akin to stockings, since her outfit is designed to stretch in size with her. Trying to wear regular shoes would just demolish them once she uses her Quirk. Of course, this leaves her feet unable to smash through things without Agony of the Feet or using a truck as a makeshift shoe.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Ends up Played for Laughs, but whatever training Mineta received from Mt. Lady left him traumatized. The anime implies that this is because rather than training him, she used him as a manservant.
- Establishing Character Moment: Mt. Lady's introduction in the first chapter sees her stealing Kamui Woods' thunder and taking all of the adoration from the public.
- Favors for the Sexy: She uses her looks and celebrity status to get free snacks while working security at the U.A. Sports Festival.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Wears one that's snug all around her body, especially around her rear, which many a male onlooker have no problem taking pictures of her.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: A strange example, but nevertheless a move that comes standard with gigantification. First, she needs to slip her foot inside a flatbed truck as though it were a shoe or else her foot will be torn to shreds in the delicate leggings she has on. Then, she slams down her foot and smashes through an obstacle. This was how she broke into All For One's Nomu factory.
- Giant Woman: How her size-shifting powers manifest, because she can only shift between two heights - 162 cm (5'4") and 2062 cm (67'8"). As such, she tends to damage a lot of things when working in the city.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
- Specifically from one of the author's notes in the manga, though there are little bits outside the main story that highlight this. While Mt. Lady is definitely an attention whore and wants to make as much money as she can, it's revealed this is because her agency is constantly in the red because of all the collateral damage she causes in her heroics, and because she struggled with education because no school would accommodate her Quirk. She also refuses to play dirty in order to achieve her fame and fortune, and actually does care about her job as a heroine.
- She's one of the pro heroes selected to lead the fight against All For One, and takes a shot meant for Midoriya and his friends, despite being injured from a previous attack.
- In Chapter 241, she's brought to U.A. as a guest speaker, where she lectures the students on how to use their media exposure to make the public feel safer and more secure, and teaches them the best way to conduct an interview to achieve that effect.
- Kill Steal: She defeats the villain Kamui Woods was fighting in the first chapter and takes the glory from him. It's later revealed it was indeed deliberate on her part to boost her own status, as she explains that it's common within the hero community to get noticed. She claims that she feels sorry about it, but Kamui Woods isn't buying it.
- Laser-Guided Karma: She stole the spotlight from Kamui Woods at the start of the series. He later gains the 7th spot in the Hero Billboard Charts, while she's at the 23rd, much to her chagrin.
- Lazy Bum: What is her idea of training Mineta? She makes him do housework while she sits on her ass eating chips and reading the paper. And she didn't even do it to punish him for getting lewd around her. She simply did it to keep him occupied because there was nothing better to do to pass the time.
- Logical Weakness:
- At giant size, she can't operate in any area smaller than a two-lane street, along with being unable to control how big she grows beyond only two set sizes. So she's useless against a villain in a crowded pedestrian area.
- Her hero costume is made of a soft stretchable fabric since solid stuff like the soles of shoes wouldn't be able to grow with her. This can leave her feet somewhat vulnerable; in order to demolish the front of a building, she had to use a truck as a makeshift shoe to protect her feet from glass and metal.
- Her bigger size likewise makes her a bigger target. All for One had virtually no problem taking her down as a result.
- Male Gaze: Her◊ rear◊ tends to get a lot of attention in her appearances, especially since her hero costume's design pattern emphasizes her lower torso. When she comes into Class 1-A to help with media lessons, she literally enters the room ass-first.
- Meaningful Name: Her family name contains the kanji for "mountain", which relates to her hero name, "Mt. Lady". Naturally, both of these names refer to how she can grow as big as a mountain.
- Mr. Vice Guy: While she's in it for the fame and glory, she is still genuinely heroic and will go out of her way to defend innocents when she can.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her hero costume covers most of her body, but since it's so form-fitting and parts of it are very nearly the same color as her skin, it falls under this.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Mt. Lady is unintentionally symbolic of the heroes who only treat their heroism as a job. Off the clock, she is rather unpleasant.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Her intro shows how callous and fame-hungry she can be when she kicks a giant villain to upstage Kamui Woods. Worse, she is used as an example of how this has become the nature of hero business for many.
- Power Incontinence: A minor form, but she's revealed to accidentally enlarge herself if she gets flustered, which doesn't help her Destructive Savior tendencies. An omake chapter reveals that she has accidentally demolished her own headquarters at least once this way from excitement.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has waist-length hair.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Mt. Lady's eyes are ruby red and her personality is selfish.
- Retool: Of Uraraka's initial concept. Horikoshi says a heroine with size-changing powers was the star of the first draft of the story, but the heroine who would eventually become Mt. Lady was pushed further into the background.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Exploited. She knows how to show off her assets. She made her debut by making people's "ass-quaintance". However, this is due to her both being an Attention Whore and using it as a way to make easy money off of people who like her because of her looks.
- Ship Tease: When questioned by a reporter about the rumors of being in a relationship with Kamui Woods, she simply said she would not comment about it, rather than deny it.
- Signature Move: "Canyon Cannon", a Dynamic Entry done in giant form.
- Sizeshifter: Her Quirk allows her to grow into a giantess. However, she can't adjust how much she grows. She can be her normal height (162 cm) or giantess height (2062 cm), but nothing in between.
- Taking the Bullet: She stops the villains from catching Bakugo again by blocking a Fastball Special. This is after being heavily injured by All for One. Also counts as You Shall Not Pass!.
- Those Two Guys: Downplayed, but her appearances are accompanied often by Kamui Woods. Chapter 184 reveals that they have formed a hero team with Edge Shot, and she fields rumors about them being in a relationship.
- Traitor Shot: Notice what happens when she gets showered with admiration and indulges on it. A Scare Chord strikes, the background grows dark and shows Kamui Woods in a Corner of Woe, and Mt. Lady's cheerful face has twisted into a shit-eating grin.
- The Worf Effect: Is one of the heroes that gets bulldozed by All For One in order to showcase how much of a threat he is.