My Hero Academia: Hero Killer Arc / Recap - TV Tropes (2023)

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Izuku, along with his classmates, travel to their chosen workplaces to gain hero experience and training under the supervision of pro heroes. Meanwhile, evil begins moving about in Hosu, eventually leading to a confrontation between three young heroes and their first formidable villain.

Following the Sports Festival, the students are encouraged to get field experience by training under acting pros. After the class decides their hero names (except Bakugo), everyone is ready for their experience, though Bakugo and Todoroki received an overwhelming majority of the requests. Bakugo ends up going with the hero number 4 Best Jeanist, because he was the highest ranked hero to request him and Todoroki goes with his father in order to learn from him.

Midoriya ends up getting a single request to work under an old hero named Gran Torino, All Might's former teacher.

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Ida acts oddly, after his brother has been crippled by the Hero Killer Stain, a mysterious villain that is taking down heroes he deems unworthy. He interns under a hero named Manual, but plans to find and kill the Hero Killer when he gets the chance.

As for the rest of the class: Kirishima and Tetsutetsu join Fourth Kind, a chivalrous public servant hero that keeps them in a tight leash. Yaoyorozu and Kendo join Uwabami, a hero with a side gig as model to which they are also made to participate. Uraraka joins Gunhead, a soft-spoken hero who teaches her hand to hand combat. Mineta works under Mt. lady, but is actually made a maid for her and does her everyday chores. Tsuyu takes part in the crew of the seal hero Selkie. Although this is not disclosed until later arcs, Tokoyami interns under the Number 3 hero, Hawks. Jiro interns under Death Arms.

During his training, Midoriya learns he can use his quirk better by spreading the energy through his entire body, instead of focusing his power on a single limb, which has been breaking his bones. With this new knowledge, he creates Full Cowl, a technique where he uses a small amount of One for All (initially 5%) to give him an overall boost in physical capability without the self-destructive consequences of using the Quirk's uninhibited power.

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Meanwhile, the Hero killer Stain has been making headlines, and the League of Villains tries to recruit him, but is unsuccessful due to their difference in ideology: the Hero Killer is trying to cleanse the image of heroes to perfection, Shigaraki is trying to destroy heroes, though they agree they both want to tear down the current hero society. Elsewhere, Naomasa informs All Might that the Noumu he fought with used to be a normal human and an ex-con.

Tomura unleashes a horde of Noumus in the town, together with Stain going after the heroes. Midoriya and Gran Torino save the train they were taking. While heroes and Noumus fight, Midoriya figures out Ida's plan to find the Hero Killer and finds him almost killed as the Hero Killer tries to take another hero down.

Midoriya is able to use his new powers to fight a little before being paralyzed, but Todoroki comes there after receiving a message from Midoriya. The three are able fight back against the Hero Killer and get him down as reinforcements are coming. Midoriya is taken by a flying Noumu and Stain rushs to save him, having considered him a worthy hero.

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When Endeavor gets to the scene, Stain is arrested and Midoriya, Ida and Todoroki are taken to the hospital, where they are told that even though they did something good, they broke the law and the story will be supressed, with the official version being that Endeavor took down the Hero Killer alone.

Ida asks for forgiveness to his friends, refusing a surgery to eliminate the scar in his arm to remember his bad decisions.

The period of field experience ends and Gran Torino has officially recognized Midoriya as a great successor to All Might.

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  • Anti-Regeneration: Endeavor defeats a Nomu with a "Super Regeneration" Quirk by making his flames hot enough to turn blue and carbonize the head off.
  • Arc Villain:Stain.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Ida is consumed by vengeful rage and hunts down Stain for crippling his brother, he vows to exact retribution upon the Hero Killer. Stain's response? He points at the injured hero behind him and says:

    Stain: "Save that guy first."

  • Bad Powers, Bad People: TheHero Killer paralyzes peopleby licking their blood, making him a terrifying villain.
  • Brick Joke: During Kirishima and Tetsutetsu's match during the final round of the Sports Festival, the viewers made a remark how it would be great to have them both as sidekicks. Sure enough, here they become sidekicks of the same hero for their internships.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Midoriya, Ida, and Todoroki getpenalizedfor getting into an unlawful fight with a villain due to the strict rules modern society has developed to adapt to quirks.
  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: Downplayed. Police Chief Tsuragamae reprimands the students who faced Stain when they were [legally] not allowed to, but goes off record in complimenting them for doing so as it is still the right thing to do.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Iida, Midoriya, and Todoroki are all at close proximity with each other, thanks to the Nomu attack on the city, allowing Midoriya to find and save Iida, with Todoroki not far behind.
  • Create Your Own Hero: All Might reveals that his and Deku's Quirk "One For All" was created by a villain who could give and take Quirks. The villain gave a Quirk to someone who already had one, which led to One For All's formation. The users of One For All all opposed the villain, and the villain was eventually defeated by All Might.
  • Darker and Edgier: After the lighthearted Sports Festival arc, the story takes a darker turn when Shigaraki returns and Stain makes himself known.
  • Defiant to the End: Though defeated and bound, Stain refuses to fall against the "fake Heroes", and his own determination stops everyone in their tracks. Thankfully, a serious injury from his fight finally stops him.
  • Degraded Boss: This arc introduces moreFirst name, but they're much weaker than the others and even the strongest is taken care of by Endeavor with relatively little fuss. It's explained that the original Nomu, being made to matchAll Might, was made stronger and had better Quirks, while the lower-tier ones here were made for quantity over quality.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Midroira discovers a way to properly handle One For All: instead of focusing on one limb or finger at a time, he should spread the power throughout his body, inspiring a new form of One For All called "Full Cowl".
  • Evil Is Cool: Invoked and Deconstructed with Stain, the manga shows how damaging the concept can be to society, especially young people since the attention Stain gets from the media encourages already troubled people such as Himiko and Dabi to become full time villains. This is also troublesome because even if these villains are cool they are still evil, shown when Kaminari praised Stain's coolness, failing to realize he just praised the man who permanently crippled his classmate's brother right in front of said classmate (or was almost killed by the same man) until he is called out on it. Iida decides that Kaminari isn't wrong about Stain's cool factor because of his convictions, but refuses to excuse his actions.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Deku, Todoroki and Ida survive Stain's onslaught and even rescue Mr. Native, but tales of their heroics can never be told since they committed a violation of performing superheroics without any license; If word got out, they would have to be punished. As a result, Endeavor would gain all of the credit from that night.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Gran Torino points out Deku's idolization of All Might has warped his expectations of his hero and of the power of One For All, hindering his combat ability by making him think of his Quirk as merely a Special or even a Finishing Move.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Midoriya and Iida's mentors have their liecenses temporarily revoked after the students fought Stain.
  • Only in It for the Money: This is one of the many examples of "corruption"Hero KillerStain wanted to excise from the world of heroics, leaving only those in it for the sheer sake of heroism.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Iida is usually a strict rule-abiding student of UA, but after learning his brother is injured to the point of retirement, he choosesRevenge Before Reasonand goes after Stain, almost getting himself killed in the process.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ida gives one to Stain when it looks like Stain is about to kill him. He doesn't care what Stain thinks of him or the heroes he's attacked. Stain is still just a criminal who hurt his brother. This is immediately followed by Dekurushing in and Smashing the Hero Killer in the face.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Stain declares that All Might is the only one "allowed" to kill him since he sees him more of a "true hero" than all of the "fakes".
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: This is what happens to Midoriya at the start of the arc, with the retired hero Gran Torino as his mentor.
  • Villainous Rescue: Stain rescues Deku from a Nomu that tries to fly off with him.
  • Villain Has a Point: While his method of dealing with "fake heroes" is more than extreme, Stain isn't entirely wrong in seeing how hero work is treated as more of a business or a pursuit of fame than a good deed. While All Might is no less a celebrity, he is considered a "true hero" by Stain because he treats his career exactly like that of a traditional hero and, thus,declared only he is allowed to defeat/kill the Hero Killer. He also criticizes and targets Iida because the student was driven by revenge and ignoring another Pro that needed saving, something that Iida admits post-battle was a bad move in hindsight.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Stain and Tomura's "competition" turns out to have been this, set up by the realBig Bad. No matter what happened, Stain would be seen as being part of the League of Villains. This would connect his actions to theirs and give them a kind of publicity and legitimacy.


What is the saddest episode in MHA? ›

Warning: Spoilers for My Hero Academia Season 6 episode #135The My Hero Academia anime has shown one of the saddest, most emotional scenes in the entire series, and seeing Izuku Midoriya (Deku) betray his mentor All Might and his teachings hurts even worse than it did in the manga.

Who is DEKU's dad? ›

Given how the plot is being discussed this late in the story, it could be a hint towards the identity of Deku's father, Hisashi Midoriya, being a heteromorph himself.

Is Dabi a stain? ›

Like Himiko Toga and Spinner, he was inspired by Stain and his ideology and decided to join the League, which was believed to harbor the Hero Killer's cause. It is later revealed that Dabi is actually the eldest son of the Todoroki family, Toya Todoroki (in Japanese 轟 燈矢), who was long thought to have been deceased.

What episodes are the hero killer arc? ›

Hero Killer" (chapters 45–59), and "Final Exams" arcs (chapters 60–69), with the exception of episode 13.5 (recap) and chapter 70 (which is the separate storyline from the season arcs).

Who is the most perverted character in MHA? ›

Personality. Mineta is noted for being very perverted, as well as being particularly and shamelessly open about it.

Has Bakugo ever cried? ›

1 Katsuki Bakugo

If anything, Bakugo bends all of his other emotions to his anger, which is why fans were shocked to see him suddenly reduced to tears during his battle with Midoriya.

Why did Deku's mom gain weight? ›

In her younger years, Inko was a slim woman, but over the years, she has gained weight and is showing signs of her more mature age. It is heavily implied this change in her appearance was the result of the guilt she felt towards Izuku's lack of a Quirk.

What is Deku's moms quirk? ›

Izuku was raised primarily by his mother Inko, who has the ability to make small objects float towards herself. His father, Hisashi, whose quirk allows him to breathe fire, is not seen due to him working abroad in the United States.

What is Midoriya's actual quirk? ›

Deku's final quirk is known as 'gearshift'. It's a quirk that is activated via physical contact. It allows the user to change the velocity of anything they touch, meaning they can spontaneously slow things down, or speed things up.

Who does Dabi hate? ›

Dabi holds a huge grudge against Enji for rejecting him in the past and feeling like he was being used as a tool. In fact, Enji's overwhelming negligence on him seems to be the main reason for his fall to villainy. In the past, Enji and Toya had a very healthy relationship.

Is Dabi stinky? ›

Dabi's stench is in reference to the fact his skin smells half rotting at times since he suffers from so many burns.

Who kills Endeavor? ›

So yes, the man who worked so hard to create "Endeavor" is dead and gone thanks to Dabi.

What is dark Deku? ›

In order to try to protect people, Izuku left UA and is working with All Might and an elite squadron of heroes as he goes through his Batman phase—better known to fans as Dark Deku.

Who defeated hero killer? ›

This is immediately followed by Deku rushing in and Smashing the Hero Killer in the face. The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Stain declares that All Might is the only one "allowed" to kill him since he sees him more of a "true hero" than all of the "fakes".

Is MHA entering its final arc? ›

The My Hero Academia manga by author and illustrator Kohei Horikoshi is entering its final arc.

Who is Mineta in love with? ›

The My Hero Academia anime should clarify the confusion around dialogue in a recent manga chapter that suggests Mineta is in love with Deku.

Who is the finest girl in MHA? ›

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  • 7 Lady Nagant.
  • 6 Ochaco Uraraka.
  • 5 Momo Yaoyorozu.
  • 4 Froppy.
  • 3 Cathleen Bate.
  • 2 Himiko Toga.
  • 1 Mirko.
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What is Bakugou's phobia? ›

Bakugou's fears:

Somniphobia- The fear of sleep.

Does Bakugo actually swear? ›

to elaborate: bakugou uses 'kuso' pretty liberally in ways that i would definitely consider swearing (tho the intensity of it greatly varies) but a lot of what has been translated as swearing isn't actually that, it's the way he talks.

Can Bakugo hurt himself? ›

We know that Bakugo's body is built to resist combustions physically, that's why he can shoot them out and suffer no damage himself.

What is the best EP in MHA? ›

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  • ​That Which Is Inherited (S5, Episode 10) ...
  • Let It Flow! ...
  • ​Climax (S2, Episode 17)​ ...
  • Red Riot (S4, Episode 9)​ ...
  • ​Deku Vs Kacchan, Part 2 (S3, Episode 23) ...
  • Infinite 100% (S4, Episode 13)​ ...
  • One For All (S3, Episode 11)​
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Who has the worst trauma in mha? ›

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  2. 2 Eri. ...
  3. 3 The First One For All Wielder. ...
  4. 4 Shoto Todroki. ...
  5. 5 Twice. ...
  6. 6 Shota Aizawa. ...
  7. 7 Stain. ...
  8. 8 Gentle Criminal & La Brava. ...
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Who is the hated character in My Hero Academia? ›

Bakugo is a loud and abrasive individual who is utterly despised by certain fans. Back in his early childhood, he relentlessly bullied Deku because he didn't want to be surpassed by him. It once got to where Bakugo told Deku to end his own life. Many fans still haven't forgiven him for his past actions.

Who is the creepy girl from MHA? ›

Himiko Toga is a major antagonist in the manga/anime series My Hero Academia. She is affiliated with the League of Villains, and a member of the organization's Vanguard Action Squad. She is a suspect on the run for serial murders involving blood drainage.

Who is the nicest villain in MHA? ›

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  • 8 Muscular.
  • 7 Overhaul.
  • 6 Himiko Toga.
  • 5 Gigantomachia.
  • 4 Dabi.
  • 3 Stain.
  • 2 Tomura Shigaraki.
  • 1 All for One.
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Who is the weakest student in MHA? ›

Other than her invisibility, Toru Hagakure doesn't have any outstanding strengths. Despite being part of the top hero course at the top school in My Hero Academia, she is one of the weakest students in her class.

What is an R rated hero in MHA? ›

Nemuri Kayama (香山 睡, Kayama Nemuri), also known as the R-Rated Hero: Midnight (18禁ヒーロー ミッドナイト Jū-hachi-kin Hīrō Middonaito), is a supporting character in the anime/manga series My Hero Academia. She is a Pro Hero as well as a teacher at U.A. High School who teaches Modern Hero Art History.

How can Lemillion hit so hard? ›

Mirio Togata, also known as Lemillion, is one of the strongest Heroes in My Hero Academia. His Quirk, called Permeation, allows him to phase through things. Although not weak, his Quirk isn't anything exceptional. Rather, it's the sheer amount of effort that he's put into working on his Quirk that makes him strong.

Who is the strongest pro in MHA? ›

Current Rankings
  • Endeavor. No. 1 Hero.
  • No. 3 Hero.
  • Mirko. No. 5 Hero.
  • Kamui Woods. No. 7 Hero.
  • Yoroi Musha. No. 9 Hero.
  • Gang Orca. No. 12 Hero.
  • Mt. Lady. No. 23 Hero.
  • Manual. No. 222 Hero.

What is Bakugou's trauma? ›

His trauma has included internalizing the idea that he's a loser, and that it's his fault that All Might fell. In some ways, Bakugo has been getting worse, and regressing ever since then due to his unaddressed trauma.

Who is the creepiest character in mha? ›

1 Moonfish Was The Most Terrifying Villain Ever Designed

He simply seeks to kill as many victims as possible, proven through the terror he spread during the Forest Camp arc.

Is there anything inappropriate in MHA? ›

Nudity and sexual activity

For example, one hero wears a revealing outfit that shows a lot of cleavage and leaves the centre of her chest exposed. This is highlighted several times. In one scene she bends over, and her very small mini skirt rides up to show her underwear.


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