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"We're starting to feel the effects of "losing our symbol" more and more as time passes... what we need now is a revival. At least for the students... we need to present them with prospects of a brighter future..."

Nezu in "Moving Into Dorms"

Nezu ( () () ?), also known as Mr. Principal is a Hero and the principal of U.A. High. He is the extremely rare case of an animal who manifested a Quirk.

Appearance

Nezu appears to be a possible combination of several different animals including a dog, mouse or a bear. He mostly resembles a standing humanoid mink but possesses dog-like paws and a bear-like face. He has black eyes with a large scar going across his right one. He has a long tail and sports an elegant suit with large orange sneakers that are a lot like Izuku's.

Personality

As befitting his role as Principal of an academy for heroes, Nezu is an eccentric, polite, and persistent educator. He is quite self-aware of his odd appearance and introduces himself by pointing it out.

He can be very long-winded at times when explaining or educating. Nezu composed an entire lecture on his educational theories concerning the balance between hero and instructor, which he happily spoke of over tea with All Might. His dedication to educating goes as far as assessing villains, especially young ones, and wondering if they could be put on the right path if they were taught, although he admits the naivety of the idea.

High Spec

Nezu's sadistic side.

He is not above putting himself on the front lines, with his focus being the protection of the students. He understands strategies between hero conflicts enough to participate in the debriefing after the invasion.

As a result of abuse and mistreatment by humans in the past, Nezu's true character reveals itself whenever he is in combat. He enjoys "toying" with humans. He still carries a grudge over the many experiments he went through, coming off as slightly insane and unpredictable as a result.

History

Sometime before becoming U.A. High's principal, Nezu was experimented on by human beings. This mistreatment leads to Nezu developing a sadistic side to his otherwise polite personality.

Synopsis

Entrance Exam Arc

Nezu first appears among the judge's panel of U.A. faculty during the Entrance Exam's practical portion. He appears to be very excited when Izuku Midoriya destroys the gigantic villain bot in a single punch.[2]

Unforeseen Simulation Joint Arc

U.A. is stormed by reporters seeking information about All Might's teaching position. After the Police Force escorts the media off the property, Nezu and other teachers investigate the breach in the security barrier. They ponder whether a reporter was responsible or if a villain possibly penetrated their defenses. Nezu suggests that this was a possible declaration of war.[3]

All Might and Nezu

Nezu lectures All Might

Nezu catches All Might trying to prematurely join Shota Aizawa and Thirteen as they instruct rescue training at the U.S.J. He lectures All Might about his proactive nature and how resolving criminal incidents has limited his ability to join the instruction. All Might asks to be excused so he can go to the U.S.J., but Nezu knows he would have to return almost immediately to conceal his identity and asks him to stay. Nezu pours them both cups of tea and begins monologuing about teaching philosophies.[4]

Nezu joins his fellow faculty members as they follow Tenya Iida to the U.S.J.[5] Following the assault on the U.S.J., Nezu is present for a meeting to discuss the attack and its implications regarding the league of villains and its leader, Tomura Shigaraki. Nezu suggests that Tomura is being guided towards villainy in the same way U.A. students are being guided towards heroism.[6]

Final Exams Arc

Prior to Final Exams, Nezu holds a meeting with his faculty to discuss changing the format of the practical exam. He presents the idea that students should fight the teachers in teams of two in order to push them and make them as strong as possible. He also mentions that this is all in preparation of the rise of villains that's to come in the wake of Hero Killer Stain.

Episode 34

Nezu announces the Final Exams will be students vs. teachers

When the time comes to inform the students of the change, Nezu jumps out of Shota's scarf and takes upon himself to tell them the news. He explains that the recent surge of villains has caused the school to increase their training methods and from now on, U.A. students will take part in real life battle simulations starting with Class 1-A. He informs them all that the students will be tested by facing off against the teachers, shocking the students.[7] Nezu is matched up against the pair of Mina Ashido and Denki Kaminari because their grades have been poor.[8]

At the start of their battle in Field Gamma, Nezu commandeers a crane with a wrecking ball attached to it. His Quirk gives him such high intelligence that he can predict the chain reactions of everything he destroys. This causes a lot of trouble for Denki and Mina, who struggle to find a path to the escape gate. Nezu drinks a cup of tea, noting that making decisions is rudimentary for him. He notices his opponents have not deduced his strategy and laughs maniacally at them from afar.[9]

Denki and Mina try to run for the escape gate, but the principal stays one step ahead of them the entire time. He destroys all of their paths to the escape gate except for one. Even so, Denki and Mina run out of time before they ever even realize what Nezu was doing. They fail the test and prove their weakness lies in facing intellectual villains.[10]

Hideout Raid Arc

Mr. Principal, along with Shota Aizawa and Vlad King, appears in U.A.'s public apology broadcast where they apologize to society for their shortcomings. However, society still criticizes U.A. for being unable to protect the students and criticize their security measures for not ensuring the safety of the students.[11]

Shota tells the reporters that he decided to let the students fight due to not knowing the full situation in order to prevent the worst possible situation from happening and as a result no students were killed (which is the worst possible outcome in his opinion); Mr. Principal states that the situation would have been much worse if Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu and Itsuka Kendo did not defeat the gas-masked villain. Mr. Principal also says that they are seeing to the well-being of their students and have not seen any signs of emotional trauma. The reporter asks the principal if U.A. had already failed in securing the students' well-being due to not checking Katsuki’s mental instability and his “villain-like” performance during the Sports Festival. Mr. Principal, Vlad King, and Shota know that the reporter is purposely provoking them with this particular question. Shota answers that out of all the students, Katsuki was the one who showed that his conviction to be a Hero was the strongest and believes the villains to be foolish if they think that they can turn Katsuki into a villain. Mr. Principal backs up Shota by saying that they are working with the Police Force to investigate Katsuki’s whereabouts and promises to retrieve him.[12]

Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

Abilities

Quirk

Nezu intro

High Spec (ハイスペック Hai Supekku?): Nezu's Quirk grants him superior intelligence that surpasses humans. Despite being an animal, Nezu's Quirk enabled him to live in the society like a normal person.

Stats

Power
 
2/5 D
Speed
 
2/5 D
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
6/5 S
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Nezu's stats, according to the Official Character Book

Battles & Events

Final Exams Arc

Relationships

Toshinori Yagi

He and Toshinori have a very good relationship. He has known him for years and constantly worries about Toshinori, as he is one of the few people that know about his Quirk and his condition.

He was the one that gave him the job as a teacher at U.A., which was done to keep him safe.

Trivia

  • Nezu's name is a play on the Japanese word for rat, Nezumi. Also, it's written with the kanji for "root, base, basis, foundation" (?) and the kanji for "saliva, ferry, ford, moisten" (?).
  • Nezu likes brushing.[13]
  • Nezu is a smoker.

Quotes

  • (To himself) "We're starting to feel the effects of "losing our symbol" more and more as time passes...what we need now is a revival. At least for the students...we need to present them with prospects of a brighter future."[14]
  • (Introducing himself) "That's right. It's me, Nezu, the one who could be a dog or a mouse or a bear, but more importantly... I'm the principal!"

References

  1. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  2. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 4.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 12 and Episode 9.
  4. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 10.
  5. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 13.
  6. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 14.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  8. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 34.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 66.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 67 and Episode 36.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 85.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 86.
  13. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 3.
  14. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 98 (p. 3).

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