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My Hero Academia

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Written by  Kōhei Horikoshi
English publisher  Viz Media
Imprint  Jump Comics
Author  Kohei Horikoshi
Music by  Yûki Hayashi
Published by  Shueisha
Demographic  shōnen
Magazine  Weekly Shōnen Jump
Studio  Bones
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Books  My Hero Academia, Vol. 1, My Hero Academia, Vol. 7
Genres  superhero, Science fantasy, Action fiction, Comedy-drama
Publishers  Viz Media (NA), Shueisha, Bandai Namco Entertainment

Similar  Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Hunter × Hunter, Attack on Titan

My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア, Boku no Hīrō Akademia) is a Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 12 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format. The series has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media, and began serialization in their weekly digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump on February 9, 2015. The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where they are the norm, but who still dreams of becoming a superhero himself, and is scouted by the world's greatest hero who shares his powers with Izuku after recognizing his value and enrolls him in a high school for heroes in training. The manga was adapted into an anime television series; the first season aired from April 3 to June 26, 2016, and a second season is scheduled to premiere on April 1, 2017.


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Izuku Midoriya is a regular middle school student in a world where people with superpowers known as "Quirks" (個性, Kosei) are the norm. However, he dreams of one day becoming a Hero (ヒーロー, Hīrō), despite being bullied by his classmates for not having a Quirk. After being the only one to try and save his childhood bully, Katsuki, from a Villain (敵(ヴィラン), Viran), All Might, the world's greatest Hero, bestows upon him his own quirk, "One For All". The story follows Izuku's entrance into U.A. High School (雄英高校, Yūei Kōkō), a school that cultivates the next generation of Heroes.

Main characters

Izuku Midoriya (緑谷 出久, Midoriya Izuku) / Deku (デク)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita (Vomic and Anime) (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)Nicknamed Deku (デク) (an alternate spelling of his name and which means "one who can't do anything"), he is a timid but kind boy who is extremely knowledgeable about heroes and dreams to be one himself like his idol, All Might, despite lacking a Quirk due to the trait required to have one being too diluted to be passed on in his family. However, when he steps up to save his childhood acquaintance Katsuki from an evil villain, All Might bestows upon him his Quirk One For All (ワン・フォー・オール, Wan Fō Ōru), a Quirk that becomes more powerful the more people it is given to, and results in the user being able to call upon great physical strength. At first, Izuku was only able to use the full power of his strength for specific moments, resulting in him severely damaging whichever part of his body he used. However he has since learned to channel the power throughout his body rather than in short bursts, but currently can only withstand around 8% of it. He eventually managed to perfect its use in his legs, creating a kick-related Fighting style unique from All Might's punching style. Despite these limitations, he makes up for it with a keen sense of strategy (having written at least thirteen notebooks on other heroes, including his peers) and an instinctive desire to save people. He initially dislikes his nickname, but starts to like it once Ochako comments that she likes his nickname, as it also means "one who never gives up". Because of this, he instantly decided to use it as his Hero name, much to his own dismay.
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Katsuki Bakugō (爆豪 勝己, Bakugō Katsuki)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Anime), Yūichirō Umehara (Vomic) (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)Katsuki is one of Izuku's childhood acquaintances and classmates in class 1-A, whom Izuku calls Kacchan (かっちゃん). He possesses the Quirk Explosion (爆破, Bakuha), which allows his palm sweat to become nitroglycerin and explode. He has made fun of Izuku for lacking a Quirk since childhood, despite them initially being close friends, and also the one who gave him his nickname as an insult. It was only after he grew up being praised by people around him for his Quirk and achievements that he became more egotistical and thought that others, particularly Izuku, are below him. He started to bully and became truly hostile to Izuku when his attempts to reach out to Katsuki out of concern are misinterpreted by Katsuki into thinking he was looking down on him as someone in need of saving. In the beginning of the series, he thinks that he is the strongest hero, and dreams of becoming richer and more famous than All Might. He stops picking on Izuku after the latter's attempt to save him from a villain, though he truly starts reflecting on himself only after Izuku defeated him in their battle training and seeing that many students possess greater and better skills than him. However, Katsuki's aggressive and conceited behaviour draws the attention of The League of Villains, who decide to kidnap him in order to convince him to join their ranks, but he is rescued with help from Izuku and some other classmates. This incident, combined with his discovering that Izuku is All Might's chosen successor forces Bakugō to seriously reevaluate his life and goals.
Ochako Uraraka (麗日 お茶子, Uraraka Ochako) / Uravity (ウラビティ, Urabiti)
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)Ochako, spelled "Ochaco" in the anime, is Izuku's best friend. Her Quirk is Zero Gravity (無重力(ゼログラビティ), Zero Gurabiti), which allows her to make any object she touches with her fingertips float, although she will become nauseous if she uses the ability too much. Aside from Katsuki, she also refers Izuku as "Deku" but unlike the former, she calls him with his nickname out of affection, commenting that "Deku" gives the vibe of never giving up, and eventually switches to Deku-kun (デクくん), a move that prompted him to accept the name. She comes from a family of construction workers, and because there is not much of a market for them, they are poor. Due to this, Ochako aspires to become a hero for money so she can give her parents an easy life, after her father dissuaded her from following their footsteps in order for her to achieve her own goals. Ochako originally meets Izuku prior to U.A.'s entrance exam, after she stops him from falling over when he tripped on his own foot. This caused Izuku to develop a large crush on her (as he had "talked" to a girl), to the point of blushing and stammering every time he is with her. Izuku eventually returns the favor by saving her during the entrance exam, and several other characters later deduce that Ochako returns Izuku's feelings, with her even showing signs after a class mate suspected it with her try to deny it.
Tenya Iida (飯田 天哉, Īda Ten'ya) / Ingenium (インゲニウム, Ingeniumu)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (English)The president of class 1-A, a very studious boy who seems serious and scary at first glance, although he is just being honest and strict regarding qualifications to become a hero. During the entrance exam, he repeatedly chastises Izuku for what he perceives as being disrespect. However, after he witnesses Izuku selflessly save Ochako during the exam, he comes to the (false) belief that Izuku deduced the true nature of the exam. Concluding Izuku is better than him, Tenya immediately apologizes for his behavior and befriends him, despite Izuku's repeated attempts to tell him the truth. Tenya eventually becomes the class president after Izuku, who won by vote but was too nervous to hold the position, forfeited it to him. Tenya's Quirk is Engine (エンジン, Enjin), which gives him super-speed via jet engines in his legs. He comes from a well-known family, who have been professional heroes for generations. His older brother in particular, Ingenium, inspired him to become a hero that will make his family proud. Originally using his own name as his Hero name, Tenya inherits his brother's own name after he is crippled by Stain and forced to retire.
Shōto Todoroki (轟 焦凍, Todoroki Shōto)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese); David Matranga (English)A student in class 1-A. His Quirk is Fire and Ice (半冷半燃, Hanrei Hannen), which makes the left side of his body control fire and the right side ice. He is considered the strongest student in the class. He is the youngest child of Endeavor, who was said to be the second top hero after All Might. However, his father only married his mother for her Quirk, in the hopes that he could sire a child who could exceed All Might, leading to an abuse-ridden childhood as all of his older siblings were unable to meet his expectations. Shōto's mother soon became afraid that Shōto would become like his father, leading to her burning his not yet active fire side with scalding water in hopes of making his father uninterested in him. Because she was later institutionalized in a mental hospital for her actions, Shōto intends to become a top hero using only his mother's Quirk instead of his father's as his way to disavow the latter. During his fight with Izuku, Shōto finally started to try accepting his Fire Quirk as his own instead of his father's. Afterward, he decided to overcome his inner struggle by meeting his mother, in the hope that they can get through their past together. So far Shōto has used his own name as his Hero name.
Toshinori Yagi (八木 俊典, Yagi Toshinori) / All Might (オールマイト, Ōru Maito)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake, Tesshō Genda (Vomic) (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)The world's greatest Hero, All Might's real Quirk is unknown to the public and most people conclude that he has some strength-enhancing Quirk. He passes his quirk on to Izuku after seeing the boy's bravery. He is a teacher at U.A. High School, doing his best to allow Izuku follow in his foot steps. His One For All Quirk enables him to pass on his powers to another, which he plans on doing as five years prior a fight with a Villain left All Might terribly injured to where he can only use his Quirk for three hours a day. This time limit later decreases gradually after passing his Quirk to Izuku, until it depletes completely. The nature of his Quirk is only known by Izuku, the school principal, Recovery Girl, and a select few other Pro Heroes (with Katsuki later finding it out), and must not be revealed at any cost in order not to destroy people's symbol of peace. He is drawn in the style of American comic book superheroes rather than in the Japanese manga style of other characters, though the style changes to a more traditional manga form when he returns to his "true form". After the final confront with his archenemy "All For One", the same Villain who injured him, All Might scones to the point where he can only use his Quirk for a few seconds, and he retires from being a hero, dedicating himself solely to his duties as a teacher and to raise Izuku as his successor.

Class 1-A students

Yūga Aoyama (青山 優雅, Aoyama Yūga) / "I cannot stop twinkling." (輝きヒーロー・キラキラが止められないよ, Kagayaki Hīrō Kirakira ga Tomerarenaiyo, Sparkling Hero "I cannot stop twinkling.")
Voiced by: Kōsuke Kuwano (Japanese); Joel McDonald (English)Yūga is another boy in class 1-A, supposedly born in France. He is always seen smiling and is incredibly vain, often talking about how must luster he has, much to others' chagrin. His Quirk is Navel Laser (ネビルレーザー, Nebiru Rēzā), which allows him to fire a laser blast from his belly button, but can't shoot it for longer than a few seconds or his stomach will collapse in on itself.
Tsuyu Asui (蛙吹 梅雨, Asui Tsuyu) / Froppy (梅 雨入りヒーローフロッピ, Tsuyuiri Hīrō Furoppi, Rainy Season Hero "Froppy")
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)A girl in class 1-A. Her Quirk Frog (, Kaeru) gives her a frog-like appearance and abilities such as superior swimming, a tongue that can stretch 20 meters, sticking to and climbing vertical walls, superhuman leaping, and numbing venom. She has a type of plain and normative personality, but she is insightful, intelligent, and ready to protect the innocent. She is also sharp, being the first one in the class to notice the similarity between Izuku and All Might's Quirk, which briefly panicked Izuku.
Momo Yaoyorozu (八百万 百, Yaoyorozu Momo) / Creatie (万物ヒーロー クリエイティ, Banbutsu Hīrō Kurieiti, Everything Hero "Creatie")
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese); Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)The vice class president of class 1-A, elected with one less vote than Izuku. Her Quirk is Creation (創造, Sōzō), possessing the ability to create any inorganic objects of her choosing as long as she knows their molecular structures. Being incredibly intelligent, she is one of the top students in the class, having entered U.A. through a scholarship, although she has a self-esteem issue due to, in her mind, never being able to prove her own worth.
Mezō Shōji (障子 目蔵, Shōji Mezō) / Tentacle
Voiced by: Masakazu Nishida (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)One of the tallest students in class 1-A. Shoji has four extra, webbed arms growing from his shoulders. His Quirk Arm Replication (複製腕, Fukusei Ude) allows him to grow individual body organs at the tips of these four limbs (he has so far shown to grow eyes, ears, hands, and mouths).
Eijiro Kirishima (切島 鋭児郎, Kirishima Eijirō) / Red Riot (剛健ヒーロー 烈怒頼雄斗, Gōken Hīrō Reddo Raiotto, Sturdy Hero "Red Riot")
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (Japanese); Justin Cook (English)A student in class 1-A whose Quirk Hardening (硬化, Kōka) allows him to harden his body to become nearly invulnerable. His Hero name is inspired by another hero, Crimson Riot, whom he admires.
Mina Ashido (芦戸 三奈, Ashido Mina) / Pinky
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)A student in class 1-A with pink hair and lilac skin. Her Quirk is "Acid" (, San): being able to excrete an acidic fluid from her body, as well as controlling its corrosive strength and stickiness. She initially chose "Alien Queen" as her Hero name, but changed to her current one after the whole class compared the first choice to the xenomorph.
Tōru Hagakure (葉隠 透, Hagakure Tōru) / Invisible Girl (ステルスヒーロー インビジブルガール, Suterusu Hīrō Inbijiburu Gāru, Stealth Hero "Invisible Girl")
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)A student in class 1-A with an unnamed Quirk that makes her invisible. Except while in school, she mostly walks around nude to fully utilize her Quirk, but keeps on a pair of gloves and a pair of boots so people can know she is there.
Kyōka Jirō (耳郎 響香, Jirō Kyōka) / Headphone Jack
Voiced by: Kei Shindō (Japanese); Trina Nishimura (English)A girl in class 1-A who has extremely long earlobes due to her Quirk Headphone Jack (イヤホンジャック, Iyahon Jakku), which allows her to plug her earlobes into headphone jacks to listen to sounds or to transmit the sound of her own heartbeat capable of reaching explosive levels.
Minoru Mineta (峰田 実, Mineta Minoru) / Grape Juice
Voiced by: Ryō Hirohashi (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English)A lecherous student in class 1-A who frequently makes lewd remarks and colored jokes. Mineta possesses "Super Sticky" (もぎもぎ, Mogimogi), a Quirk that grows strongly-adhesive and detachable hairballs from his head. Mineta himself is immune to their adhesive effects and able to trampoline on them as they are also extremely elastic.
Denki Kaminari (上鳴 電気, Kaminari Denki) / Chargezuma
Voiced by: Tasuku Hatanaka (Japanese); Kyle Phillips (English)A student in class 1-A and a playboy whose Quirk Charge (帯電, Taiden) allows him to absorb and emit electricity. While this quirk is powerful in its nature, overuse causes his brain to short circuit, causing him to become temporarily intellectually disabled.
Fumikage Tokoyami (常闇 踏陰, Tokoyami Fumikage) / Tsukuyomi
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)A very serious-minded student in 1-A whose head resembles that of a crow's. His Quirk, "Dark Shadow" (黒影(ダークシャドウ), Dāku Shadō), gives him control of a sentient shadow that has a variety of uses, from attacking to defense to support. Within a dark environment, his shadow becomes more powerful but harder to control. Vice versa, if he is in a environment with a lot of light, it becomes easier to control but far weaker.
Mashirao Ojiro (尾白 猿夫, Ojiro Mashirao) / Tailman
Voiced by: Kosuke Miyoshi (Japanese); Mike McFarland (English)A mild-mannered student whose most defining trait is his Quirk "Tail" (尻尾, Shippo), a strong yet sturdy part of his body which he can combine with martial arts in battle.
Hanta Sero (瀬呂 繁太, Sero Hanta) / Cellophane
Voiced by: Kiyotaka Furushima (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)Another student in 1-A whose Quirk, "Tape" (テープ, Tēpu), allows him to shoot cellophane tape from dispensers in his elbows.
Kōji Kōda (口田 甲司, Kōda Kōji) / Anima
An extremely shy student whose body resembles a rock. His Quirk, Creature Voice, allows him to communicate with animals, but unfortunately has intense fear for insects.
Rikidō Satō (砂藤 力道, Satō Rikidō) / Sugarman
Voiced by: Tōru Nara (Japanese); Cris George (English)A very muscular person with large mouth and black, spiky hair. His Quirk, "Sugar Rush" (シュガードープ, Shugā Dōpu) gives him 5 times his normal strength using 10g of sugar, but at the same time his brain functions gradually degrades.

U.A. High School teachers

Nezu (根津, Nezu)
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (Japanese); Jerry Jewell (English)The principal of U.A. Although he is some kind of animal (either a mouse, dog, or bear), he is one of a few rare non-human animals to develop a Quirk. His Quirk is "High Spec", which allows him to have anthropomorphic abilities and extreme intelligence. He is also aware of All Might's secret, and has hobbies of lecturing and drinking tea.
Shōta Aizawa (相澤 消太, Aizawa Shōta) / Eraser Head (イレイザー・ヘッド, Ireizā Heddo)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); Alex Organ (English)The homeroom teacher for class 1-A. He always seems to look exhausted but hates to waste time. His Quirk Erasure (抹消, Masshō) nullifies others' Quirks so long as they remain in his line of sight. If he blinks, his Quirk deactivates, so he often wears goggles to ensure that he need not blink. The goggles also function as a way to prevent enemies from seeing his line of sight when erasing quirks. Continued use of his Quirk gives him dry eye, which makes him unable to use it for some time after (also to his own irritation). As a result of the injuries he received during the first U.A. invasion, he now has a scar under his right eye.
Present Mic (プレゼント・マイク, Purezento Maiku)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Sonny Strait (English)The school's English teacher, whose Quirk "Voice" amplifies his voice. He appears at the entrance ceremony to introduce the new students to the school.
Chiyo Shuuzenji (修善寺治与, Shūzenji Chiyo) / Recovery Girl (リカバリーガール, Rikabarī Gāru)
Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese); Juli Erickson (English)The school's nurse and nursing teacher, who is now a petite old woman. She gives students candy to get better. Her Quirk is a Healing Factor (治癒力の超活性化, Chiyuryoku no Chōkasseika), allowing her to heal others' injuries by kissing them. However, if she becomes too exhausted, it overrides her ability to prevent her own death. Additionally, the quirk can only stimulate one's healing, making her patients exhausted afterwards, sometimes fatally.
Lunch Rush (ランチラッシュ, Ranchi Rasshu)
A cook hero who works in the school cafeteria. He is able to produce first class meals for a very low price, and is always seen giving the thumbs up.
No. 13 (13号, Jūsangō)
Voiced by: Inuko Inuyama (Japanese); Morgan Berry (English)A space hero who is an expert at disaster relief. His Quirk "Black Hole" (ブラッホール, Burakku Hōru) summons a black hole that turns anything it sucks in into dust. He is Ochako's role model hero.
Cementos (セメントス, Sementosu)
Voiced by: Kenta Okuma (Japanese); Chris Rager (English)A hero who resembles a wall. He teaches modern Japanese. His Quirk "Cement" (セメント, Semento) allows him to control concrete.
Midnight (ミッドナイト, Middonaito)
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell (English)A heroine who resembles a dominatrix and is an "R-Rated Hero". She appears as a referee at the sports festival. Her Quirk "Sleeping Incense" (眠り香, Nemurika) allows her to produce a scent that makes people fall asleep, and is more effective on men rather than women.
Ectoplasm (エクトプラズム, Ekutopurazumu)
A man whose mouth goes across his face from ear to ear. He also uses a prosthetic leg after having lost it in a fight with a Villain.
Snipe (スナイプ, Sunaipu)

Other Heroes

Kamui Woods (シンリンカ:ムイ, Shinrinkamui)
Voiced by: Masamichi Kitada (anime) (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)A Hero who appears in the first chapter who possesses the ability to control tree limbs and is partnered with Mt. Lady. He is rising in popularity in the world, and even has his own Pez dispenser.
Mt. Lady (Mt.レディ, Maunto Redi)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (anime) (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)A Heroine whose Quirk Giantism (巨大化, Kyodaika) allows her to grow from her height of 162 centimeters (5 ft 4 in) to 2,062 centimeters (67 ft 8 in), but her fights with Villains often cause a lot of collateral damage and her size prevents her from Fighting in closed spaces. She also tends to make provocative poses to attract the media's attention.Mt. Lady was originally conceived by Kōhei Horikoshi to be the female lead.
Deathgoro (デステゴロ, Desutegoro)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Ogami (Japanese); Cris George (English)
Backdraft (バックドラフト, Bakku Dorafuto)
Voiced by: Shūhei Matsuda (Japanese); Kris Bryan (English)
Enji Todoroki (轟 炎司, Todoroki Enji) / Endeavor (エンデヴァー, Endevā)
Voiced by: Tetsu InadaA Hero with immense flame powers who is a legend at U.A. High School. His crime stopping record has never been surpassed, but despite that, he is considered only the second among all heroes, the first being All Might. He raised his son, Shōto Todoroki with the sole purpose of making of him a hero to surpass All Might, to the point of choosing to marry Shōto's mother only because of her Quirk, in order to have his child inherit her powers as well. He constantly pushed his son to train to become stronger ever since he was 5 years old and even sent his own wife to a mental hospital after she injured Shōto out of fear of Endeavor's influence, leading Shōto to hate him.
Tensei Iida (飯田 天晴, Iida Tensei) / Ingenium (インゲニウム, Ingeniumu)
Tenya's older brother. He was attacked by the Hero Killer, Stain, and was permanently crippled from the attack. Knowing his career has ended, he entrusted his Hero title "Ingenium" to his younger brother.
Tsunagu Hakamada (袴田 維, Hakamada Tsunagu) / Best Jeanist (ベストジーニスト, Besuto Jīnisuto)
An alumnus of U.A. High School who has the Quirk "Fiber" (繊維, Sen'i), allowing him to control the fibers in others' clothes. Despite the outlandish nature of his Quirk, he is considered the world's third greatest hero, and is Katsuki's work place mentor.
Gran Torino (グラントリノ, Guran Torino)
A retired hero who is one of All Might's colleagues and his former homeroom teacher. He was the one who taught All Might to control One For All during the latter's early days, and his training was so intense that All Might fears him to the point he subconsciously tried to forget about him until Torino sent his recommendation for Izuku to help him improve One For All, becoming his work place mentor. His Quirk is "Jet" (ジェット, Jetto), allowing him to take in air through the sole of his foot to allow him to jump higher.
Manual (マニュアル, Manyuaru)
A "normal hero" who picks Iida for the work experience program.


Individuals who perform Hero duty without the consent of the authorities, they are the main characters of the spin-off series Vigilante: Boku no Hero Academia Illegals.
Kouichi Haimawari / The Crawler
A 19 year old young man whose quirk is "Sliding", allowing him to quickly travel across any flat surface, horizantal or vertical, as long as he touches it with at least three parts of his body. Kouichi can also freely increase his speed, though the potential for injury meant he always stayed at the speed of a normal bike. He admits to somewhat loathing his Quirk, since its lack of combat application, combined with the fact that he can't slow down when it is in use made it impossible for him to become a professional hero. He eventually begins to train with the help of his fellow vigilantes, allowing him to eventually learn how to control his speed. He has the habit of secretly donning an All Might-themed parka to cover his face and perform ordinary good actions like finding missing objects, helping senior citizens to cross streets or guide lost people across town, until he joins Pop☆Step and Knuckle Duster in their effort to stop the Quirk-enhancing drug dealers.
Kazuho Haneyama / Pop☆Step
A high schooler whose Quirk is "Bounce", allowing her to jump several meters high. She is a clandestine idol who holds unauthorized concerts on high places, using her Quirk to evade the police.
Knuckle Duster
A strong old man who is investigating the trafficking of a mysterious drug around town. His tenacity in battle makes others think he possesses a Quirk related to physical prowess, when he actually has no quirk at all.

The League of Villains

A organization of Villains whose sole purpose is to kill the Symbol of Peace, All Might, and are the main antagonists of the series.
"All For One"
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese); John Swasey (English)The true mastermind behind the Villains Alliance, he is a criminal mastermind who used the initial spread of Quirks to create an empire. He was the one who first created "One For All", infusing it into his younger brother, whose Quirk allowed him to share his Quirk with others. He is a sinister man who, due to a prior confrontation with All Might, has a massive scar covering most of his face above his lower lip. His true name is unknown and is only known by his Quirk, All For One (オール・フォー・ワン, Ōru Fō Wan), the sister Quirk to "One For All", which allows him to take others' Quirks and transfer them to himself or anyone else he designates. While his transferring of Quirks allowed him to lengthen his lifespan, due to his battle with All Might he lies in a hospital in a critical condition, while he teaches Shigaraki to become his ideal successor, until he reappears to save his pupil from being captured by the heroes, leading to a final confrontation with All Might, which ends with his own defeat and arrest.
Tomura Shigaraki (死柄木弔, Shigaraki Tomura)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (Japanese); Eric Vale (English)The acting leader of the alliance, groomed by All For One to be his successor. He is a demented skinny pale man with disembodied hands on his head, face, and arms. Behind his hand-mask, Shigaraki has a heavily aged and weathered face despite his youth. His behavior is of both a criminal genius and a very arrogant child. His Quirk is "Disintegration". As the name implies anything he touches disintegrates in seconds, but all five of his fingers need to make contact otherwise it doesn't take effect. He doesn't like Stain and believes they'll never get along, despite the Alliance's desire to have him join ranks. He eventually becomes obsessed with Izuku, believing that the two of them are polar opposites and that to truly break Izuku and the society he represents, he must kill All Might. According to All For One, Tomura is a grandson of Shimura Nana, All Might's teacher and one of the previous owners of "One for All".
Kurogiri ( 黒霧, lit. "Black Mist")
Voiced by: Takahiro Fujiwara (Japanese); Chuck Huber (English)Tomura's Right-hand. A shadow-like entity that wears a elegant outfit with metal plates around his collar bone. Despite his gentlemanly manners, he is also sinister. His quirk is "Warp", teleporting others as well as himself to different locations.
Noumu ( 脳無, Nōmu, lit. "Brainless")
A muscular monstrosity, Noumus are regular people who are infused with multiple Quirks by All For One. While the end result is a potential army of superhumans, the multiple Quirks put a strain on the Noumus' sanity and ultimately make them into mindless berserkers.
Vanguard Action Squad
A team made up of ten members who are the new recruits from the Villain Alliance. Most of the Squad that has appeared thus far are young people inspired by the infamous Stain, or more specifically inspired by a corrupted version of his ideals that calls for the creation of a world ruled by the strong rather than the just world that Stain dreamed of.
Dabi (荼毘)
A young man with multiple stitchings/piercings who lacks manner and has committed several petty crimes that don't stand out. He wonders whether the Villains Alliance follow a cause, but nonetheless joins the group because he desires to fulfill Stain's ideals and motives. He calls himself Dabi (meaning cremation), only revealing his true name when he sees fit. His quirk, though still unnamed, allows him to generate and control fire (hence his nickname).
Himiko Toga (渡我 被身子, Toga Himiko)
A demented young girl that has a warrant out for her as a suspect for multiple death incidents caused by blood loss. She wants to join the Villain-alliance because life is difficult. She is obsessed with blood, admitting that she likes people when they are covered with blood. This obsession leads her to get interested in anyone who she considers handsome or interesting who are heavily injured, such as Stain whom she stated she wants to kill and become after seeing his video, and later Izuku after she saw him heavily injured at the time during the attack at the training camp and whose blood she later collects and covets. This is associated with her Quirk, "Transform" (変身, Henshin), that allows her to assume the appearance of anyone whose blood she ingests, which she gathers with a custom pump that she uses to fight.

Other Villains

Chizome Akaguro (赤黒 血染, Akaguro Chizome) / Stain, The Hero Killer (ヒーロー殺し ステイン, Hīrō Goroshi Sutein)
A demonic ninja. Originally an aspiring hero student, Stain fell into despair after realizing that more students were becoming heroes for money and fame, rather than doing good for the sake of doing good and dropped out to become a street speaker pushing for reform of the Hero system. The general apathy of the public only caused Stain to fall deeper into darkness until he snapped and gave up on changing the world through peaceful means. Stain gave up on his dream of being a hero, and instead became a professional hero killer, sparing only those he considered "true heroes", a list which currently consists solely of All Might and Izuku. After his arrest, Izuku admits that on some level he admires and understands Stain's passion and idealism, but disapproves of his methods. After he is defeated and imprisoned a group of young villains, inspired by a corrupted version of Stain's ideals, begin appearing. His Quirk is "Bloodcurdle" (凝血, Gyōketsu), the ability to paralyze his opponent by licking their blood from his blade, even from scratches. The weakness to his Quirk is that there are time limit differences based on the blood type of his opponents (Type B is 8 minutes, others are shorter ranging from Types BA, A, and O).


Inko Midoriya (緑谷 インコ, Midoriya Inko)
Voiced by: Aya Kawakami (anime) (Japanese); Jessica Cavanagh (English)Izuku's mother is proud and somewhat overprotective of her son. When he began attending U.A. High School and had seemed to develop a Quirk all his own, she was ecstatic and made him a Hero's jumpsuit based on a childhood sketch he made in one of his notebooks. Initially supporting her son's dream, Izuku's continuous encounters with Villains that mostly nearly got him killed, caused her to falter and wishes that he doesn't return to U.A. anymore out of concern of his life; however, after All Might personally apologized, she decided to continue supporting Izuku. Her Quirk is the ability to attract small objects.
Hisashi Midoriya (緑谷 久, Midoriya Hisashi)
He's Izuku's father. Not much is known about him, but it is known that he has the quirk Fire Breather (火休み, Hi Yasumi), which allows the user to blow fire out of their mouth.
Naomasa Tsukauchi (塚内直正, Tsukauchi Naomasa)
Voiced by: Tokuyoshi Kawashima (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)Tsukauchi is All Might's client in the police, therefore knowing of his and Izuku's Quirk.


My Hero Academia is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It began its serialization in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump in July 2014. As of June 9, 2016 the series been collected into nine tankōbon volumes. The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media, who published the first volume on August 4, 2015. As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Viz Media's Weekly Shounen Jump. As of December 1, 2016 six volumes have been released.


On October 29, 2015, Anime News Network announced that My Hero Academia would receive an anime adaption produced by Studio Bones.

With the anime announced, Toho Group registered domain name "" as the anime website. The anime is directed by Kenji Nagasaki, written by Yōsuke Kuroda, and feature character designs by Yoshikiko Umakoshi and music composed by Yuki Hayashi. The anime premiered on MBS and other Japan News Network stations in 'Nichigo' timeslot at 5pm on Sundays in Japan. The opening theme is "The Day", performed by Porno Graffitti and the ending theme is "Heroes", performed by Brian the Sun. In March 2016 Funimation Entertainment announced they had licensed the series for streaming services, home and broadcast release as well as obtaining the merchandise rights.

A second season was announced in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine's 30th issue of 2016. It will premiere on April 1, 2017 on NTV and ytv, with the staff and cast from the first season returning to reprise their roles.

Video game

A video game based on the anime was announced in November 2015. The game is developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console, which was released in Japan on May 19, 2016.


It is nominated for the 8th Manga Taishō. Before the anime adaptation's premiere, manga author Masashi Kishimoto praised Kōhei Horikoshi's work, believing it would be a success overseas; Horikoshi, meanwhile, has cited Kishimoto's Naruto series as a primary source of inspiration.

Volume 1 reached the 7th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart with 71,575 copies sold. It sold out almost immediately on its first printing. Volume 2 reached the 6th place, with 167,531 copies and, by January 18, 2015, had sold 205,179 copies.

The story has been noted to take inspiration from elements in superhero comics, such as the aesthetics of its characters.

Alex Osborn of IGN gave the anime series positive marks, saying "The first season of My Hero Academia delivers thirteen episodes of fantastic action, elevated by a heartfelt story that's wrapped around a core cast of memorable and relatable characters." Osborn went on to state that the villains were underdeveloped.


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