Shouto Todoroki Character Design


Shouto’s transformation as a character reflects in his outer shell as much as the inner metamorphous.

Debuting his costume in the Villains vs Heros test, we are treated to see half a normal human body but the same cannot be said for his other half. His fire side is covered by an icy blocked exterior that if touched could burn you as much as fire. It’s not uncommon knowledge that Shouto despises Endeavour (unless your Deku and can’t put two and two together) and loves his mother, you could describe it as her ice trying to smother Endevaours quirk out of him.


Unapproachable, frightful in appearance not a costume that inspires security and a quelling of fear. When we get to see him in action for the first time, our intial scenes are of him steping out of the light and delving into darkness forcing himself away from the light. His glowing red eye staring forward piercing into the unknown of pure blackness and when he emerges to face Ojirou it is a terrifying scene. His eye leaving a red trail behind, half a body covered in ice giving him the appearance of a demented sociopath, if I saw this person approaching I would run and would not stop running for fear this person would kill me.


His entrance is in parrel with Endeavors with few dissimilarities, our first glimpse of him we are shown his face alit with fire giving a intimidating look, further illustrated with him stepping downward into a darkened stairwell illuminating his flames coming off of him, giving him a demonic appearance along with his natural in born features. Such endowment of fire sends out a distinct signal that he doesn’t want anyone to get close pushing away everyone around him retroactively, his flames are cool enough so they don’t burn people but who would dare touch an open flame. There are few who do this feat and are instantly rejected by him, wether it be admirer or a peer.

Their similarities of their costumes reflects both their personalities at the time, both are closed off, both reject their peers and both have their mind set on one goal, Shouto to not be like his father and Endavour to beat All Might.

Shouto’s inability to comprehend his own power was because he viewed it as a extension of his father not himself, so it was impossible to grasp it. To become a whole hero he needed to accept both who he is and not be closed off from the rest of the world, letting down his walls so to speak. Which just goes to show by strongly rejecting someone you may end up embodying what you hated yourself and only through acceptance of the situation or circumstances can you change whether it is who you are, your situation or even your relationships.


Deku’s Detriment

Warning: Spoilers everywhere.


Deku has a tendency to help people to the detriment of his own progress as a pro hero.

There is countless examples all throughout the series. From giving up the position of class president to Iida, encouraging Shoto to using his fire in their fight, to saving the fake Ochako in the provisional license exam who turned out to be Toga. He has effectively crippled himself both physically and prospect wise.

When the reporters broke into the U.A campus Deku was unable to take control of the situation but Iida shows up doing exactly what he should have done and in the end Deku gives him the position out of reverence for his take charge attitude, on the outside this looks like a smart decision deferring to a better person who is suited for the job, even though it would have helped him grow as a hero as he states. “This is the department of heroics so it’s probably akin to guiding the group. Definitely a position that’ll build up one’s hero foundation all the faster.” Being humble today cripples him tomorrow.

He helps Shoto accept his fire side because he wants to save him, not try and win the tournament which was the task he was supposed to complete. After all the people who are the explicitly noticed are the ones who made it to the podium.

Saving the fake Ochako, who knows what Toga will do with that blood but it won’t be good and it’s all because he caught her when she fell and he new it wasn’t her but still went to save her even though it could have all been a trap, which it was.

These actions are caused by the foundation of hero ideals that he is made up of, which is to save and rescue people. Going out of his way to do so in most cases. It’s like he’s taking a side quest to break his neigh caps so it’s harder to complete the original quest.

Deku’s only goal at the start of the series was to be a hero, as he grows and evolves he thinks about taking over the number one spot but these moments are brief with him barley focused on it. He’s determined on becoming a hero than reaching for the top as we see when Miro ask Deku what kind of hero he wants to be he replies with, “I want to be the best hero of them all.” With Miro commenting that “your goal is all over the place.” Which is accurate, to be the best hero is different from being the number one hero as we see with Endeavor who takes over the top spot and while I can assure you he does get the job done, he is a frightening person who many do not like as he cares little for other people after the day is saved.

He has no time for fans or for pleasantry’s with people who cannot help him reach his goal quicker and his personal character is lacking in the way he treats his family. To be the top hero does not always goes those who deserve it or embody the best parts of a hero’s mold. While Bakugo has effectively changed who he is since he came to U.A. When he first entered he had only one goal to be a hero so he could knock All Might of his golden number one hero throne and while the goal remains, he has changed his ways so he can get there.

Both Deku and Bakugo’s heroes journeys intertwine with both connecting goals but they cannot reach them until they fill what they are lacking inside of each other.

All Might wants the two to learn from each other and while Bakugo is beginning to, Deku has already learned from Bakugo. He’s become more decisive, confident in his abilities, when fighting he pushes through the inferiority that tries to infect him and in the end do what needs to be done.

But he cannot desire to win as much as he wants to save others.

As I have said before to save and rescue are key parts of his ideals of being a hero and wining is just not needed outside of these cases. The consequence of such actions is minimal to him at worst he’s left in the background, or in last place. To him glory isn’t important, as long as the people are okay that’s enough for him. So the expectance of failure in this area is to looked at with a shrug of the shoulders.

When ever someone is showing behavior that is counter productive to them being a hero, they cannot be taken aside by the arm and told through long exposition of how hurting themselves is destroying others and if they do try this method it doesn’t work, it just goes through one ear and out the other. Instead it boils down to a fight which they loose and how they acknowledge this failure that they change, wether it is a positive change or a negative one.

Failure is the best teacher, she is what you make of her she can be either a friend, a foe, ally or even just there to remind you where you are.

The most stubborn of students who cannot learn or progress in failure need to be melted down so that they can be re-made once broken with new pieces to replace the old ones.

Bakugo shattered in such away that he was forced to change the very core of his belief structure of what it means to be a hero. Deku has yet to be broken in such a way and I heavily doubt it will ever happen due to Deku’s personality.

Deku needs a reason to fight other than just to win as he cannot fight for himself, every fight he has entered was for someone else. Taking down the zero pointer to save Ochaco, saving his friends from villains at the USJ fight, the sports festival to make All Might proud, saving Iida from Stain, the provisional license exam (Now I know what you’re thinking that this was a fight and did for himself but may I argue that he didn’t want to let All Might down as well as his classmates, so technically not winning a fight for himself in this case), the Eri arc etc.

Outside of these conditions Deku does not go looking for a fight preferring to be a spectator instead and unless called upon by an outside force he will remain stationary. Take for example all the sports festival arc, not once did Deku communicate with his classmates while they were fighting there opponents but the moment Shouto wavers in himself while engaging in battle with Bakugo, Deku yells at him trying to bring him back, which works for a second before he shorts himself out. Even on the sides he still tries to save people in a situation he can do nothing but watch.

The only time I can pin point in the series where he was fighting for himself was with Bakugo and even that is a tainted fight by his morals as it wasn’t about winning or losing. Deku could see he was in pain and the only way they could talk was with his fists. Giving it his all because that was the only way Bakugo would respect him. Even in moments where Deku is fighting for himself he cannot but help others.

In his fight with Bakugo he thinks to himself. “When my feeling of I need to win Is stronger than my feeling of I need to rescue I’ll carelessly run my mouth and say bad things and though that’s supposed to be a part of me that I rather dislike in the end in my mind you’re the image of victory.” Not someone I have to surpass, not a goal, but the image itself of victory. Meaning he cannot beat Bakugo as long as he seems him in such a bright light or in other words he will never become a great hero like All Might wanted.

I can here you all typing away at your computers saying that this story is narrated by Deku saying how this is how he became the best hero of them all. Now chew on that sentence for a bit, really get what it means because to Deku being a great hero is rescuing and saving people but as All Might put it. “In the way young Midoriya longed for young Bakugou’s strength, and in the way that young Baukgo feared young Midoriya’s spirit. If your lacking in one or the other you won’t be able to maintain your own sense of justice as a hero.”

What does that mean for Deku? We have to ask what kind of hero would he be in the future because of the limitations he has put on himself. As he explains in the intro this is the story of him becoming the best hero of them all and it’s him telling us from the future so he is still a hero as he uses present tense from the past tense and we have established what he considers an ideal hero up into this point of the series. Leading us back to the question of  how he shall change this world. As I explained before in a previous post (Why Sir Nighteye Is Wrong About Deku) he is more than most because he had less and because of that he found a way around what he lacks with his hero analysis and with him receiving a quirk he has risen from the minority to the majority. He can see more from the bottom and above as he has reached both depths in terms of the social hierarchy, which hero’s cannot do (except for All Might and the vigilante knuckleduster) as while some have less than impressive quirks they have never been without power of some kind.

With his ability to empathise and understand both ends of the world, he’s eventually going to find that the villains are more of a symptom to a larger disease in the society of Japan and the world, and cure it in his own way instead of just fighting them like the rest of the heroes do, with them dealing with the villian at the time instead of retroactively nipping them in the bud before they bloom and keeping on top of it with his ever skilled partners. In the end his detriment will cure the world of this disease called villainy. And if your wondering about the quirk laws and the society of My Hero Academia don’t worry I will get into that but in a different post because that definitely deserves a whole article all of it’s own. So remember to subscribe and like for more of my content.


Warning: Spoilers for both the anime and manga.

Bakugo at first glance can seem to be a one dimensional character but he is far more complex once you rip off his flesh and get to the bones beneath. You see who he really is and once you do, his actions, his words and violent behavior makes sense to some degree. And just to be clear I’m not trying to justify his behaviour merely explain it.

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When Bakugo manifested a quirk that was flashy and cool everyone around him praise him for it. This admiration caused his tiny little ego to enlarge to outrageous proportions as those he has surrounded himself with yearn to be like him and keep telling him that there is no doubt that he can become a hero, with how fast he mastered his quirk and the usefulness of it. But lacks a key factor to actually become a hero. Drive and desire.

Deku has both of these characteristics which helps to mould him into an ideal hero, while Bakugo is a little to left on the hero spectrum a born hero. He has every thing that is needed to be one just not the drive and desire. Not to say that he does not have aspirations.

His main focus is to surpass All Might the person who inspired him to become a hero in the first place. This is not simple admiration either because of All Might’s influence, this shapes his personality quite deeply. When the villain alliance offers a position to him he nearly blows up Tomura as a pointent rejection to join the alliance. Even though he is betting with his very life in this situation he tells the truth which is actually quite admirable as he has never lied, he may not be able to admit certain truths to himself but every word that comes out of his mouth is complete honesty. Wether that’s how he views hero’s or how he should be as a hero even following the rules to a completer tee, even in a life threatening situation and doesn’t engage the villains when Aizawa resends the order of permission to battle, trying his best to become an upstanding hero.

Bakugo views hero’s as people who never lose a fight while also beating the enemy to a complete pulp, that is what makes a great hero according to him. When Deku tries to convince him to run for the gates and not engage in battle during the end of term test with All Might, Bakugo tells him to. “Stop talking. I will win. That’s…what heroes do.” This gives us a clear view on how Bakugo views hero’s and it is quite squwered, but then so is his purpose of becoming a hero. The reason that Bakugou wants to become the number one hero is because he wants mainly to reaffirm that he is the best to the entire world because deep down he is an insecure mess.

Ever since that fateful day when Deku tried to help him up the seeds of doubt began to sprout in his mind because from his perception quirkless equals weak so by Deku trying to help him he is essentially being called weak by Deku someone he should be protecting. But this one slight is not the main reason for the hate train of torment onto Deku.

Through all of Bakugou’s torment Deku keeps clutching his dream never giving up no matter how impossible it seems, no matter what Bakugo does to Deku he does not bend to his will like the simpletons that he surrounds himself with and that infuriates him which is why he gives him the nickname Deku.

He doesn’t call him extra or side character he calls Deku by the nickname he chose for him. The only people’s names he has bothered to remember are those he considers stronger than him or people he considers friends like Kirishima. By giving Deku a demeaning nickname he wants to acknowledge him but cannot as he is being held back by his own denial that he’s jealous of him.

Bakugo desires Deku’s tenacity and drive. He has constantly pushed him to the ground along with his past class mates but no matter what he gets back up, a little worse for wear but still gets up and keeps going in pursuit of his dream and Bakugo loathes this.

You may not think it when you look at him but Bakugo has practicing the ancient art of fake it till you make it. Ever since the sports festival his confidence has started to wain under the intense strain of seeing how everyone around him is far more powerful than he is, it’s a blow to his ego and his philosophy.

What’s his philosophy you ask? It’s entitlement. From the way he treats the people around him he believes that he is a gift from god and deserves everything so it doesn’t matter how he treats other people. Everyone around him are tools to be used and once they have filled there purpose he can throw them away like so much of yesterday’s trash. He calls his classmates as well as other students extras sighting that they are easily disposable and can be replaced by anyone, along with this he batters them giving no thought on how they feel, not caring for the image he’s creating in other peoples minds of himself, he only cares about being the strongest even if others despise him. He needs to do this to prove it to others he’s strong so that he can keep convincing himself of that, because those seeds of doubt that swirl in his mind that tell he’s weak have gown into trees and have started to bare ripe fruit.


His extremely fragile self confidence becomes apparent after the schools sports festival when he is promptly disappointed by the fact that Shouto didn’t go all out when he fought against, by shouto going not fighting he feels as though he is being called weak and because of this he promptly refuse the medal at the end of the sports festival as he feels that it was undeserved as Shouto was not giving it his all like he did with Deku. Which was understandable he was going through moments of self doubt and realization at the same time not a good mix as this ends with him confused on who he is and ends up with him burning himself out in the middle of the fight.

Bakugo fought so viciously against his opponents not caring if they were friend or an extra by doing this he’s showing them respect by not going easy on them believing them each to be on his level as they were standing on the same stage as him. But this fight with Shouto has lead to a revelation that he was simply lucky and that applies to all parts of his life.


Luck plays an incredibly large part in his life; his powers are simply a quirk of fate. As we have seen with the Todoriki family it was a 1 in 4 chance that Shouto got the same quirk from both of his parents and not just one, the other or a combination.

While Deku on the other hand worked hard to be where he is. Training those 10 months with All Might never once faltering in his training regime even though it was exhausting and the results were slow. He stuck with it and received a power that would help him achieve his goal.

All Might sums these ideals of luck during the series to point out what is luck and what is hard work. “Something you receive cause you’re lucky and something you’re given because you’re recognized, are different in essence.” All Might and Deku are the masters of hard of work while Bakugo is the Sasuke Uchia of the series. When confronted with an opponent far stronger than he begins to questions his own place at the top along with his superiority and when he falls into failure he doesn’t know how to respond expcially if the opponent is himself.

When the provisional license exam arc ends with him not receiving his license, mainly on how he treated the civilians during the rescue portion of the exam, he is quite devastated.


Finally he has to face his faults, but in the only way he can. Screaming and punching someone else. With all of his frustration finally built he takes on Deku to prove once and for all who is stronger and he of course wins but surprisingly he finds no victory in it, he knows that Deku did go all out and cannot believe with such a strong person backing him that he lost thusly that is when his emotions spill on the ground as he finally admits that he is weak and is frustrated by his weakness.

Back in Junior High he felt as though he had the world in front of him and had what it took to reach the very top with his power. But there’s always someone stronger than you and to think otherwise is just stupidity of the highest degree that will lead only to sorrow because he is living proof of that.


Bakugo is filled to the brim with guilt as he takes the weight of All Might’s retirement onto himself saying that “But I’m weak even though all I wanted to do was become strong like you. But cuz I’m weak now you’re like this.” All Might carefully explains that it was always going to end up this way no matter what he did it was always going to end up this way. Seeing Bakugou’s distress he imparts his wisdom onto him about how to go about being a better hero.

“To obsess over victory the way you do, young Bakugou and to want to rescue who is in trouble, the way you do young Midoriya. If you’re Lacking in one or the other, you won’t be able to maintain your own sense of justice as a hero.”

Taking his words to heart he puts it into practice. His mind that was once in a hazy fog of doubt fears and uncontrollable rage has dissipated and for the first time he can see the whole world in front of him. He’s able to see there’s more to hero’s than never losing a fight or defeating the enemy and can even encourage others in there pursuit of becoming a hero because when he lift’s up others they will do the same for him.

He has started to change into a rival and hopefully a good friend that people enjoy being around despite his brash attitude. Change comes to us all eventually no matter how much someone fights against it. Will he apologize to Deku in the future? Possibly. After all in his story he’s the hero in another the villain.

Why Sir Nighteye Is Wrong About Deku

Warning: Spoilers for the anime and manga.

When Sir Nighteye is testing Deku for an internship at his agency he plainly states that, “Miro should have been the one to inherit “One For All.” He is completely wrong about this.


When he looks at Deku he can only see his quirk or rather a lack of one. Which is to be expected in the society of My Hero Academia. A persons worth is judged by what kind of quirk they have. So when he finds out that One For All is passed onto this quirkless creature he cannot figure out why or what All Might saw in him to give this amazing power to Deku. While there is a boy who would be suited perfectly for taking All Might’s power and that is true.

If you looked at Miro on paper he is the perfect candidate, especially on how you theorize One For All work on his body. He could use at least 20% of the power right off the bat as he has trained his body not just his quirk for years, the implications are that he would be like a mini All Might and that’s the problem.

Society has learned that they cannot rely on one person to be the pillar of peace and are looking for ways to reform their current structure by creating small hero teams to take on this burden instead of one person, if you only have a singular pillar holding up the world it will crash down once it’s removed but have many and although it will tilt it will never fall. In the book of “The 8 Laws Of Change by Stephan A. Schwartz he describes the best way to change society is by non violent means and small, individual choices.” The current society is changing and with knew foundations you must rip up the old ones.

If Miro took up All Might’s title this would continue the stagnation within society and nothing would change adding on to the fact that Miro is not that bright.

While Miro is not as dumb as a rock he his no strategist and the only reason he is in the top 3 students was because of his quirk not his mind. To be the symbol of peace you need brains in your head, All Might may not seem like it but he is actually quite bright. The time that Miro was training to use his quirk Deku was studying hero’s and their strategy’s for taking down villain’s and in return created his own.

While Deku’s progress with One For All is going extremely slow he is picking up the pieces and putting himself together to forge his own identity.

Miro and Deku share many characteristics, just Miro exhibiting them more strongly. He is everything that Deku is not, self confident, charismatic and has extremely creepy eyes that give me nightmares coupled with a straight face that makes me want to scream in terror.

Miro is what I call a classic hero, a person who was not the underdog for long, while he did struggle with his powers he overcame it and in turn became one of the most powerful students at U.A. But Miro was born with a quirk meaning he is significantly disadvantaged unlike with Deku who was born without one.

When Bakugou was attacked by the Slime villain all the hero’s were standing around waiting for someone with a better quirk to arrive to deal with the situation, if Miro with only his quirk had been there he would be fruitlessly trying to combat this slippery villain while Bakugou is slowly choked to death as he can’t break him free.

In this society people have a over dependency to rely on them using it as there only form of fighting except for the few who are cannot do this. With the people who don’t have a fighting quirk they have to get creative, making them better hero’s as this open their minds to develop new ways to handle the situation before them and don’t give up just because there quirk isn’t suited for the battle, they find their way around it. While Miro understands this concept he is early Naruto in his battle tactics, punch them till they’re on the ground as it were and that is not a good strategy when you’re faced with an enemy that negate your quirk and in this world where villains are smart with extremely dangerous quirks his chances when faced with a villain that is stronger and smarter than him when he’s all alone, well the odds are not in his favour. He will be essentially repeating the same cycle that All Might started. Continuously sticking to the same foundation as his predecessor not knowing that the pillar of peace is a faulty one until it is to late.

For society to change so does it’s heroes otherwise there is nothing left but stagnation.Sir Nighteye can only see how Deku’s not like All Might and not the future of how society will be shaped by this boy and how he will handle this new world order that society demands from the hero’s. But that’s expected for a guy with foresight not future sight.

My Hero Academia Simulcast

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 12.19.52 PM.pngWith the approaching release of My Hero Academia Season 2 on April 1st and 2nd for Australians, I feel that I should mention that this season is going to be a little different from what you know in terms of linguistics, as the first 6 episodes are going to be simulcast english dubbed and subbed at the same time that it’s coming out of Japan. As a person who’s loves the pureness of subs and the easy listening of dubs I cannot help but wonder what this is going to do for the anime industry, are they going to  release the english dub’s for all anime that will be coming out in Japan from now or only for anime that get’s a second season. Either way we will have to wait and see as Funimation is taking a huge risk on this as the chances for failure are quite possible but I believe the risk is worth it for if they succeed in this then I can honestly say there will be a bright future ahead of us where dubs will come out at the exact time as the subs do.