Sunday Sevens: My Hero Academia

Surely, picking my seven favourite character from My Hero Academia should be easy… shouldn’t it! It’s times like this that maybe seven was too few for a list!

What is this about? At first, I was planning on doing the follow up to Seven Colours in her Hair but I’m struggling to come up with a full list of male characters with all the colours, that aren’t all from the same series. So, rather than pick some randoms, I decided that I was going to do something easier… like pick my seven favourite characters from My Hero Academia…

Seriously, that’s not any easier. One of the things that I love about My Hero Academia is the massive cast of characters and endless ranges of possibilities with the quirks. It really is a fun and immersive series. I watched all three seasons and the movie last year and loved every minute of it.

These aren’t in any particular order. They’re not even alphabetical. It’s just how I was feeling at the time of writing this.

Izuku Midoriya

I absolutely love Midoriya’s story. Without him, I don’t think there would even be a series. His journey from quirkless nobody to the world’s greatest hero is already incredible and he’s not even close to being the best. In the first season alone, Midoriya had so many incredible moments. There was the time he inspired All Might by charging in to save Bakugou, the time when he saved Uraraka from the giant robot, breaking his arm and both his legs, and who can forget the image of young Midoriya asking his mother if he could still be a hero…

Momo Yaoyorozu

Yaoyorozu suffered a dent in her confidence when she lost the vote for class president and took a little while to recover. It probably didn’t help that Midoriya decided that Iida should be president despite getting less votes than either. Her ability to reproduce anything from the fat cells in her body means that she is incredible at adapting to the situation. That coupled with her brilliant mind and leadership skills, she has all the potential to become one of the great heroes.

Shoto Todoroki

Todoroki doesn’t just have one of the strongest quirks, he basically has two of them. Able to control fire with one hand and ice with the other, he’s already shown what he can do with those powers when he puts his mind to it. The fight with Midoriya in the Sports Festival is still one of my favourite fights in the series, watching them both going for broke as Midnight and Cementos tried to stop the fight was incredible.

Ochaco Uraraka

Uraraka starts out as this bubbly little girl who appears to be the obvious love interest for Midoriya, but that all changed. She’s shown that she is as determined as anyone to become a professional hero and is willing to do whatever it takes to get better and better. Her work experience with Gunhead showed that she’s not going to wait for it to happen. And her fight with Bakugou at the Sports Festival was intense.

Eraser Head

Class 1A’s homeroom teacher, Shota Aizawa is known in the hero business as Eraser Head. His ability to cancel anyone’s quirk by simply looking at them makes him one tough customer. When you add in his martial arts abilities and determination, he is awesome. However, my favourite things about Aizawa are his dedication to his students and his sarcastic attitude. He is not someone to be messed with.

Midnight

Another of the teachers at UA, Nemuri Kayama has the ability to release pheromones from her skin that can put her opponents to sleep. The more skin she reveals the greater the range and effectiveness. She also has one of my favourite hero costumes which resembles a dominatrix, complete with handcuff bracelets. I had to laugh when one of the students even commented on the appropriateness of it at a school, but I think she’s great.

Mt. Lady

Mount Lady… where do I even begin with Yu Takeyama? She has the ability to increase the size of her body, making her a massive twenty metres tall (that’s almost 68 feet in the old measurements). With her increased size comes increased strength. She’s relatively new to the scene but appears to have developed quite the fan-base already. Mt. Lady is basically a giant ass-kicking hero who sexy puns and provocative stances. Seriously, what’s not to love.

Anything to add? There are so many other great characters that I want to add to the list, but then it wouldn’t fit into the format. I’m sure some will disagree with this list, so, who are your favourites?

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens: My Hero Academia”

  1. I still have to catch up on the latest season sometime.

    I sort of have mixed feelings about Midoriya. Arsene_Lucifer mentioned that Midoriya (and the story) would be more interesting if he just stayed quirkless and struggled through everything, and I’ve sort of agreed with that. Think how resourceful he was in that running / marathon part of the tournament, only he just continues to have to be like that against other challenges as well. It’s a really neat idea to think about.

    1. That is one of my favourite moments too, especially when he fires himself through the air with the mines. There’s only so far that’ll get him though. How would he have done against Todoroki with no quirk? Or Stain?

      At present he’s only using a fraction of the power and it’s tearing him apart. I think it’s really interesting seeing him work out how to use it. He’s still being resourceful and analytical.

    2. True, I still feel like he could make it work somehow. But I guess it goes against the whole “slowly level up” aspect of shounen anime.

      I just think of the Final Fantasy X no sphere grid challenge, which is basically where you play through the entire game without levelling up. The further you get, the more creative you have to get with your items and equipment, because you are stuck with such low stats.

      So I guess it’d be something like that, only in a shounen anime, which I think would be pretty neat.

    3. I agree it could be interesting, but I would worry about the hero running out of ideas to maintain a longer series.

      Also, my main objection is that I’ve never believed the Batman could defeat Superman. Not even for a second. As clever and devious as Batman may be Superman is like a god compared to him.

    4. I agree, the idea would work better in a slightly different world. Like if there were items that had some sort of magical / quirk like properties to them that the powerless protagonist could use.

      Anyways, I guess that’s just another manga idea to store away for now. If I ever win the lottery or something maybe I could see about getting one of these ideas transformed into something real haha.

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