"I get it. Kirishima's pain over not being able to do anything... and Todoroki's regrets over having Bakugo snatched away before his eyes. I regret it all too. Still... this is no time to let our emotions get the better of us."
Mezo is very tall and muscular, with hair that swoops down in front of his face. He wears a mask that covers all his features below his eyes. He has 6 arms. It is shown that Mezo's arms are very physically strong.
He has always kept his face hidden. While all the other students were bathing, Mezo was not seen at the hot springs. He normally grows a mouth on his tentacles for speaking. He even uses his tentacles to eat.
While less pronounced in the anime, Mezo has an elongated face, with his eyes closer to the sides of his face. His hairstyle distracts from these traits. He lacks discernible ears, but he does not need his quirk to hear.
Despite his frightening appearance, Mezo is a very friendly and gentle person who will work nicely with anyone. He is not the type to hold grudges, showing no ill will towards those that harm him unwillingly.
Mezo is quite selfless and willing to risk his life for a friend. He can be empathetic and understanding, but still shows a sense of maturity and responsibility that prevents himself from acting under emotional impulses, even if he feels regretful about it.
Mezo claims to hold no desire for material needs, being fine with having few possessions of his own. This is a trait he has been carrying since childhood.
Quirk and Abilities
Enhanced Strength: Mezo has shown to have great physical strength as he was able to exert as much as 540 kilos of force during the Quirk Apprehension Test. He was able to carry both Tsuyu and Minoru on his back without any difficulty.
- Mezo Shoji & Toru Hagakure vs. Snipe: Won
- While Mezo's face has not been officially unveiled in the series yet, a piece of concept art showcases what could possibly be Mezo's true face, featuring a wide mouth with a set of jagged teeth. The same concept artwork also implies that Mezo is capable of using his Quirk to replicate miniatures of his head.
- Mezo's design may be inspired from the character Kakashi Hatake from Naruto. Like Mezo, Kakashi often wears a mask that covers up all his facial details excluding his eyes, and also has white hair.
- Mezo's known U.A. data is as follows:
- Mezo's name comes from "壁に耳あり障子に目あり" (Kabe ni mimi ari shōji ni me ari? lit. "walls have ears, doors have eyes").
- Mezo likes takoyaki and squid ink pasta.
- Kohei Horikoshi considers Mezo fun to draw due to his less human-like features.
- Measuring at 187 centimeters, Mezo is the tallest student in his class.
- He is also, ironically enough, the youngest of the class with his birthday taking place in February, he is younger than Tsuyu by three days who is the second youngest student in Class 1-A, as everyone was 15 when they started U.A.'s school year in early April.
- (To his classmates, regarding Katsuki Bakugo's kidnapping) "I get it. Kirishima's pain over not being able to do anything... and Todoroki's regrets over having Bakugo snatched away before his eyes. I regret it all too. Still... this is no time to let our emotions get the better of us."