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Eight Precepts: Behind (八斎衆:ビハインド Hassaishū: Bihaindo?) is the one hundred and forty-fourth chapter of Kohei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia.

Summary

Tamaki has manifested a mass of octopus arms to catch the blows of Hojo's Crystallized punch and layers of shells and carapace to mitigate the damage, allowing him to successfully block Hojo's attack. Hojo praises Tamaki's tactic, but counters by growing more crystals which allows him to break free from Tamaki. Having spent the last two and a half years at U.A training and honing his Manifest Quirk in size variation, con current manifestation and feature selection, Tamaki vows to finish the battle. After manifesting a shelled mask over his face, Tamaki manifests dozens of large octopus legs and unleashes his Chimera Kraken move, which he attacks Setsuno and Hojo with a barrage of large octopus legs. Setsuno and Hojo are overwhelmed by Tamaki's Chimera Kraken move.

Needing assistance, Setsuno asks Tabe to wake up. Tabe gets up, opens his mouth and devours one part of Temaki's octopus arm, which hurts him. The tables are turned as Tabe begins devouring Tamaki's octopus arms. Setsuno states that Tabe's Quirk deals with eating and digesting anything. Tamaki realizes that Shota erased Tabe's Quirk first after taking into account that his Quirk could be troublesome for him, but it doesn't matter now since he can maneuver easily now. Suddenly, Tamaki's shelled mask is stolen by Setsuno which takes him by surprise. As Setsuno mocks Tamaki for thinking that he could defeat them with octopus legs, Hojo punches the distracted Tamaki in the face with his crystallized fist which damages Tamaki and sends him reeling. Tabe continues devouring Tamaki's octopus legs; Tamaki decides to manifest the neurotoxin contained in octopus saliva in his arms to paralyze Tabe and stop him from moving. Tamaki manifests the octopus saliva in his arms and before Tabe devours it, the octopus arm drenched in octopus saliva disappears. Setsuno has stolen the octopus arm and comments that he can steal items as long as they are not too big. Hojo slams Tamaki with his mass of crystallized arm, hurting Tamaki.

Tamaki is on the ground injured from Hojo's attacks. The three Eight Expendables comment that while they are trash, they have hardened bonds that tie them together. Tamaki responds that even if they defeat him, they will be captured regardless. However, Setsuno doesn't care if he is captured; the three Eight Expendables comment on the bias and cruelty of society. Those who are unable to conform and fit into society are discarded, Setsuno comments there are those who have been betrayed and incurred great debts as a result and Hojo comments that there are those who are used as tools by money mongers and when they realize that the resulting jewels are worthless fakes, they are overwhelmed by the realization that they are worthless. However, despite Hojo, Setsuno and Tabe being those worthless people, Chisaki welcomed them with open arms into the Eight Precepts of Death, stating that they should not be rotting away. This is why Setsuno doesn't care about being captured or any other consequences, because Chisaki gave them worth and vows to kill anyone who gets in his way. Tamaki sees that Hojo, Setsuno and Tabe have been brainwashed into thinking that they have worth and asks the three Eight Expendables if they are fine with being used and thrown away.

Hojo ignores Tamaki's question as a Hero like him could never understand and decides to finish Tamaki off by striking him with his crystallized arm. Tamaki manifests a chicken leg and uses its talons to flick a crystal shard at Setsuno, which distracts Setsuno and recoil in pain, preventing him from using his Larceny since he can only steal objects that he sees. Hojo strikes Tamaki with his crystallized arm. However, Hojo is shocked that his crystallized strike has been mitigated. Suddenly, Hojo's crystallized body has been clutched by Tamaki's large crystallized chicken leg. Tamaki is impressed with the trust the three Eight Expendables have in each other which has made them a good combination. As Tabe goes on the offensive while Setsuno is still recovering, Tamaki comments that while he may not understand their circumstances and anger, he does understand the hardened bonds they speak of.

Tamaki extends his large crystallized chicken leg and smashes the crystallized Hojo into Setsuna and Tabe, damaging Setsuno and Tabe and then smashes the three Eight Expendables into the wall, further increasing the damage. Hojo, Setsuno and Tabe have been defeated. Tamaki states that the hardened bonds they spoke of show that they are not just using each other for their own gain and comments that friendship is a powerful thing.

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