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"So you've finally accepted it! Yes! Excellent!! It all starts now for you! With my blood pumping through your veins, you will surpass me...you will fulfill my ambitions!!"

Enji Todoroki to Shouto Todoroki in "Emancipation"

Enji Todoroki (轟炎司 Todoroki Enji?), also known as Flame Hero Endeavor (フレイムヒーロー エンデヴァー Fureimu Hīrō Endevā?),[2] is a hero who has the highest tally of resolved cases in history and is the father of Shoto Todoroki.

Appearance

Endeavor is a tall man with a muscular physique. He has short, spiky, red hair and a face covered in flames, masking his full face. When he turns off his flames on his face voluntarily, his stubble shows.[3]

His Hero Costume is comprised of a black bodysuit covered in flames with white bracers styled in a ribcage pattern and flaming shin-length boots. Wrapped around his waist is a black belt with a white pouch kept at his right side while covering the top half of his face was a domino mask made of flames, with a flame mustache and a long beard.

Personality

Enji has been shown that he is a very prideful and resentful person, as seen that he hates being No. 2 Hero for so long and wants to be No 1. Since he isn't able to do it himself, he is even willing to do what ever it takes to surpass him, so he devises a plan to "create" someone who can surpass him. Enji appears to be a horrible father on account of the fact that he seems to care little for his youngest son; furthermore, Enji uses Shoto as only a "tool" to further his own desires. He even called Shoto's siblings, his own children "things" who inhabit different worlds. Enji's heartless and selfish attitude is further emphasized when he constantly abused his wife and trained Shoto to the point where his youngest son threw up, showing that he only cares about himself and his goals. According to Present Mic, Enji is usually not a sociable person.

Enji has a very violent temper, as after learning of All Might's true form he shouted in rage at the number 1 hero. This was shown again that after All Might was forced into retirement and Enji would be given the No. 1 spot by default he destroyed his training hall in a fit of rage which nearly destroyed his own home.

Endeavor's behavior does not go unnoticed by the public. While he is a hero and possesses an amount of supporters, there are those in the public who recognize his violent temper and comparing him to All Might brings anxiety to the public.

History

Enji desired to be the No. 1 hero and dedicated most of his life to that. However, All Might was always ahead of him and eventually realized the gap was way too big and began to hold a sense of fear and begrudging respect towards the latter.

Out of spite and envy for All Might's Hero ranking, Enji forced a marriage with Shoto's mother in an attempt to conceive and raise a child with a powerful Quirk in order to surpass All Might as a Hero.[4]

When Shoto was five years old, Enji began training him to become a Hero. However, the training was harsh and detestable. Enji's wife tried to defend Shoto, saying that he is too young but Enji refused to listen and ordered her to stay out of his way. Enji also prevented Shoto from interacting with his older brothers and sister. After his wife threw boiling water over Shoto, Enji had her admitted to a mental hospital.[5]

A year prior to starting his teaching career Eraserhead was called into a meeting with Best Jeanist, Manual, Desutegoro, Snipe, 13, Endeavor, Buster Hero, Midnight, Ingenium, and Gunhead, They were there with an unnamed police officer to speak about the unwilling civilians injected with Trigger. The officer explained that the people in question were more of victims than villains. Endeavor argued that any public use of a quirk is illegal and that they should treat them as villains and let the police investigate the backgrounds of future captures. He said this is the only way to protect the innocent while not risking themselves through hesitating every time they see a knew enemy. All Might, who was not present, had his reply to the problem delivered by Naomasa. He stated that he would assess the situation at the scene more carefully because as heroes they must not bring harm to innocent citizens. This was in direct opposition to Endeavors answer greatly angering him. After the meeting ended, a Suicide Bomber attacked the police station. Endeavor still fuming over what had just transpired decided he was going to incinerate the villain. However, the villains quirk would most likely have a volatile react to Endeavors quick. Midnight calls Aizawa to help resolve the problem before it gets explosive. Aizawa wraps the villain up throwing him into Midnight. By this point she has undone her blouse revealing her chest. Suicide Bomb then lands face first in her breasts no longer angry and passes out. The Midnight Boys come bursting in asking if Midnight is unharmed. She tells them to hand the villain over to police custody. She tells Bomb if he acts up again she will personally bring him to her agency and dole out punishment. Bomb is clearly not upset by this but the Midnight boys become increasingly jealous.

Synopsis

Entrance Exam Arc

Endeavor can be seen on a billboard screen when the heroes unite to fight an unknown enemy. He is later seen in a TV ad for U.A..[6]

Sports Festival Arc

Endeavor is mentioned when the Robo Infernos are sent to hinder the participants of the obstacle race, and Shoto wishes they had sent stronger enemies, as his "shitty old man" was watching. He is then mentioned again when Present Mic explains that Shoto is his son.

He watches furiously from the bleachers as Shoto declares that he will never use his Fire powers in combat.[7]

Meeting of -1 and -2

The meeting of #1 and #2.

Endeavor continues watching Shoto and his team battling Izuku's team, commenting that Izuku has figured out Shoto's weak spot, calling his son an idiot for allowing him to do so. After the lunch break begins, All Might greets Endeavor, saying its been a while and asks him to have tea with him.[8]

Endeavor's Declaration

Endeavor's declaration to All Might.

After All Might says that they have not spoken to each other in ten years and that he wanted to give him a shout out, Endeavor replies that he can take his tea offer to some other place and tells him to go away. As Endeavor leaves, All Might stops him, saying that his son Shouto was able to show a great performance even without using half of his power. All Might then asks Enji for advice on how-to raise the next generation. Enji dismisses his request and then comments on Toshinori's attitude, finding it to be annoying. Enji states to Toshinori that he will make Shouto a hero that surpasses All Might and even though he is going through his rebellious phase, Enji states that he will definitely make it happen, then angrily walks away.[4]

Endeavor speaks to Shoto as he walks to the ring, telling Shoto that his behavior has been disgraceful. He then says to Shoto that if he had used his fire power, he could have crushed the Obstacle Race and the Human Cavalry Battle events. Enji tells Shoto that his resistance is childish and tiresome and orders him to stop fooling around and see to his duty to surpass All Might. Endeavor states that he is different than his older brothers and that he is his greatest masterpiece. Shoto replies that he will only use his mother's power in battle and will never use his power in any battle. Enji responds by saying that even if it works for him now in high school, he will eventually have to rely on his fire power once he reaches the limit.[9]

Izuku and Endeavor meet

Unexpected encounter.

Endeavor runs into Izuku, who is on his way for his second round match, and tells him that he made an impressive display and comments on his Quirk, saying that in terms of pure power it is a Quirk that rivals All Might's.

  • Izuku stating that he is not All Might...
  • ...and stating that Todoroki isn't him.

As Izuku tries to leave, Endeavor tells Izuku that his son has a duty to surpass All Might and that his match with him will prove to be an excellent benchmark for Shoto. Endeavor tells Izuku to do his best to not give him a disgraceful match. Enji prepares to leave, but stops when Izuku says that he is not All Might, to which Endeavor replies that it is obvious. Izuku then says to Endeavor that Shoto is not him. Endeavor then goes to the tournament arena to watch Shoto's second round match.[10]

Endeavor smiling

Endeavor smirking at the sight of Shouto using his fire half Quirk.

During the match between Izuku and Shoto, after Shoto finally activates his fire power side, Endeavor grins widely and wickedly with satisfaction, happy to see that his son has finally decided to rely on his fire power.[5] Filled with joy, Endeavor walks down from the bleachers to watch the match at a closer range, telling Shoto to surpass him and realize his ambition. After Shoto wins the match, Endeavor meets with Shoto in the corridor, telling his son that he is proud of him for accepting to use his fire power and that he has become the perfect upgrade of him. Endeavor goes on to say that after he graduates, he will let Shoto become his sidekick. However, Shoto says that he cannot change so easily and has not rescinded his disavowal of him. Shoto states that the only reason he used his fire power was because for a split second he completely forgot about Endeavor, and then walks away.[11]

Field Training Arc

Endeavor's work place is listed on Shoto's personalized list of work places.[12]

Endeavor attacks a Nomu, scorching the creature in fire, and saves the two civilians in the process. Endeavor mentions that he came to Hosu in hopes of finding Stain, but is disappointed that time was on Stain's side, referring to the attack by the Nomus. Endeavor tells Gran Torino to leave this battle to him, saying that he will deal with the creature because he is a Hero.[13] Shoto mentions that it was Endeavor who deduced that Stain would appeared again at Hosu.

Endeavor battles a Nomu which uses an absorb-and-release Quirk to attack Endeavor with flames. Endeavor easily fends off the creature's attack, mocking its Quirk for being useless, but Gran Torino warns Endeavor to be wary of the creature as it has multiple Quirks. The Nomu attacks Endeavor with a tongue Quirk. Endeavor prepares to fight back, but Gran Torino propels and smashes into the Nomu, defeating it before Enji could fight back. Endeavor decides that his sidekicks will restrain the defeated Nomu and that Gran Torino should go to the address given to him by Shoto, and then heads towards the area where pro heroes are fighting another Nomu, noting that he alone will be sufficient.[14]

Endeavor fights the winged Nomu and causes it to flee. He chases after it and arrives at the area where Stain has just saved Izuku and killed the Nomu. Endeavor runs towards Stain and prepares to attack him despite Gran Torino asking him to wait. Endeavor stops his attack when Stain's bandaged mask falls off. Stain, despite his heavy injuries, declares that the only hero who is allowed to kill him is All Might, exuding a bloody and malefic aura towards his opponents; Endeavor takes a step back. After Stain suddenly stops, Endeavor notes that he has lost consciousness.[15]

Hideout Raid Arc

After Katsuki is captured by the League of Villains' Vanguard Action Squad, Endeavor is enlisted to help in the rescue operation to save Katsuki. At the Police Station, Endeavor, Best Jeanist, Edgeshot, and Toshinori are present along with a large number of other Pro Heroes and are ready to begin the strategy meeting.[16]

Before the infiltration begins, Endeavor complains that he must help solve U.A.'s problems and notes that he has other things to do. However, Best Jeanist remarks that they would have helped since they are alumni of U.A.. The infiltration begins and Endeavor along with the Police Force and the Pro Heroes stand in front of the League of Villains' hideout, preparing to storm the place.[17]

After All Might, Kamui Woods and Gran Torino infiltrate and apprehend the League of Villains, Endeavor and Naomasa form a parameter around the hideout. Suddenly, dozens of Noumus begin appearing around the hideout; Endeavor along with Naomasa and the Police Force begin fighting the Nomus. Endeavor and the Police Force manage to defeat multiple Nomus. All Might appears from the hideout and tells Endeavor to take care of things as he goes off to find Tomura and the League of Villains.[18]

Endeavor along with Edgeshot and Kamui Woods head towards All Might's location after defeating apprehending the Noumus. Endeavor reaches the location and launches his flames strike at All For One, but All For One uses his blast wave attack to swat away the flames with ease. Endeavor is flabbergasted with All Might’s appearance. All For One is surprised that the dozens of Nomus he sent were dispatched with haste even though they were mediocre and should have not taken Endeavor’s No. 2 rank so lightly. Endeavor is infuriated at All Might’s abysmal appearance and begins remembering that he devoted most of his life to surpass him, but eventually realized that the gap between them was far too great and began to fear yet begrudgingly respect All Might’s muscular form. Annoyed with Endeavor and the other Pro Heroes’ interference, All For One prepares his blast wave attack again. However, Edgeshot uses his Quirk and great speed to attack, but All For One dodges the attack. Edgeshot and Endeavor attack All For One. Growing tired with the sentimental talk, All For One blasts Endeavor and Edge Shot back so that he can deal with All Might.[19]

After All For One's defeat, Endeavor and All Might watch as All For One is placed in the iron maiden. With All For One imprisoned. Endeavor returns home and goes to the training hall. Enraged that he will have to become the Number One Hero now that All Might is out of commission, Endeavor destroys the training hall in a fit of rage, unable to accept the position of Number One Hero as he feels that he didn't earn it nor is he worthy enough.[20]

Quirk and Abilities

Endeavor's Deduction

Endeavor's incredible deduction skills.

Hell Flame (ヘルフレイム Herufureimu?):[1] Endeavor's Quirk allows him to produce, manipulate, and control fire. He can also change the shape of the fire he produces such as creating spears or balls of fire. It is also shown that Endeavor can control the fire's temperature at will.

Keen Intellect: Endeavor has extraordinary intelligence and uses it to solve cases (which is why he has the highest tally of resolved cases in history) and has very keen deduction skills, as shown when he deduced that Izuku had a very powerful Quirk and managed to deduce that in terms of strength it equals to All Might's power upon seeing Izuku use it only once. He could also determine that using his blue flame to carbonized a Noumu's head would make it so that it couldn't regenerate, showing a certain degree of knowledge in chemistry.

Physical Strength: Despite only having a quirk that produces and controls fire. Endeavor's physique is strong enough to punch a Noumu of his size several feet away.

Marksmanship: Endeavor was shown to be able to create a spear out of fire and easily headshot a creature with it from several feet away. While in the air no less.

Wall Run: Endeavor was able to melt the walls with his feet. Enabling him to run up the walls.

Blue Flame: Endeavor is able to concentrate the flames emerging from both his hands in one spot to a point where the flames becomes blue. This technique is strong enough to incinerate a Noumu's head cells, and thus nullifying its regeneration.

Overall Abilities: Endeavor was ranked second of Japan's heroes, before taking the spot of Number 1 after All Might's retirement. As he is ranked very highly, Endeavor is a very powerful hero, which has been proven in his fight against the League of Villains. Endeavor was able to take on and defeat several mediocre Noumus without sustaining any damage.


Power
 
5/5 A
Speed
 
5/5 A
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
4/5 B
Cooperativeness
 
2/5 D
Enji's stats, according to the Official Character Book


Relationships

Shoto Todoroki

Enji is the father of Shoto. However, their relationship is on unpleasant terms, as due to Enji's abuse and lack of care for both his own son and wife, coupled with Shoto given a burn scar due to his mother's insanity because of Enji's abuse caused Shoto to harbor nothing but bitter hatred towards him. During the Sports Festival, Shoto complained that U.A. sent a Robo Inferno as the first obstacle rather than something harder, as his "shitty old man" was watching,[21] and when he refused to use his Fire powers in battle, saying he'd never use them in combat, as Enji watched from the bleachers. Enji only sees Shoto as a "tool" whose purpose is to surpass All Might, something Shoto deeply hates as a result. However, Shoto does at least acknowledge his father's insight and skills as a hero and chose him for his work place experience.

Shoto's Mother

Shoto's mother is Enji's wife; however, the relationship between them is far from a happy one. Enji only married her to conceive a child capable of surpassing Toshinori, showing that there was no love between them from the very beginning. When Enji began training Shoto to become a Hero, his wife tried to stop him, but Enji refused to listen and told her to stay out of his way. Enji would constantly abuse her and this led her to going insane. Enji then admitted her to hospital, but not for her own sake but rather so that she would not interfere with Shoto, showing not a shred of any form of care or compassion.

Toshinori Yagi

Ten years before the start of the series, Toshinori once had a talk with Enji and since then, they have not spoken to each other. It appears that Enji has an intense rivalry with Toshinori (one sided on Enji's side as Toshinori tries to be friendly with him). This rivalry with Toshinori is so great that Enji decided to have a child that would be able to surpass All Might. Enji despises Toshinori's "easy breezy little attitude", finding it to be annoying. Despite his antagonism to All Might, Enji does have a begrudging sense of respect for his skills and strength. However, upon learning of his true form, Enji was furious that his true form was so meek and small. His hatred of All Might only intensified after the latter retired as a Pro Hero and Enji would be given the No. 1 spot he always wanted but furiously refuses it due to the fact he didn't earn it nor does he feel he deserves it.

Trivia

  • The characters in his name are composed of 轟 ( todoroki?, roar), 炎 ( en?, flame) and 司 ( ji?, boss) which is a common component of male names.
  • Enji's blood type is AB, while his son's is O. For that to be possible, Enji must have a rare genetic mutation known as Cis AB, the only genetically possible way for an AB blood type person to have a child with O blood type.
  • While most people have to deal with some sort of physical recoil from overusing their Quirk, Endeavor is always seen with his Quirk activated.
  • Enji's favorite food is kuzumochi.
  • In the original concept, he was an instructor at U.A..

Quotes

  • (To Shoto Todoroki about using the fire half of his Quirk) "So you've finally accepted it! Yes! Excellent!! It all starts now for you! With my blood pumping through your veins, you will surpass me...you will fulfill my ambitions!!"[22]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive
  2. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 25
  3. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Volume 5 Omake
  4. 4.0 4.1 Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31
  5. 5.0 5.1 Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 39
  6. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 1
  7. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 28
  8. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 30
  9. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 34
  10. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 37
  11. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 40
  12. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 46
  13. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 51
  14. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 55
  15. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 56
  16. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 84
  17. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 86
  18. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 89
  19. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 93
  20. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 95
  21. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 24
  22. Boku no Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 40, Page 1

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