"He's going after me...! I'm his natural prey! You would think that, Class A. This psychological trap was set... before the match even began! This's how I work."

Shihai Kuroiro in "Operation New Improv Moves!"

Shihai Kuroiro ( (くろ) (いろ) () (はい) Kuroiro Shihai?)[2] is a student in Class 1-B at U.A. High School.


Shihai appears to be quite tall standing near six feet in height. Unlike most characters from the series, his skin is completely black, probably due to his quirk, which contrasts with his white hair. His eyes also appear to be black in color but the sclera remaining white. He is often seen with an unsure, edgy or irritated expression.

His Hero Costume consists of a simple black jumpsuit with light shoes and large wristband on his left arm with three rectangular indentations.


Shihai is a sly, deceitful schemer, who prefers to catch people off guard.

Shihai, very much like Fumikage Tokoyami, appears to enjoy dark concepts and has a penchant for dramatic speech.

He also appears to have a crush on Kinoko Komori, as he nervously averted his eyes and stammered while speaking to her, and celebrated internally when she praised him.[3]


U.A. Sports Festival Arc

Shihai comes in 30th place during the Obstacle Course.[4] He teams up with Neito Monoma, along with 2 other Class B students, Kosei Tsuburaba and Sen Kaibara.


Enhanced Speed: When he is merged into the darkness, Shihai shows the ability to move at great speed; grabbing Aoyama and dashing away with him as a prisoner before anyone could react.[5] He was also able to dodge out of the way of Momo's thrown nets by leaping into the dark shadow of a pipe.[6]


Black ( (くろ) Kuro?):[2] This Quirk allows Shihai to merge into anything that is black in color. He can then move said 'black' things but at the same time is limited to black things that are normally capable of moving. As such he was able to merge into Fumikage's Dark Shadow and take brief control over it to attack Fumikage.

Battles & Events

U.A. Sports Festival Arc

Joint Training Arc


  • Shihai's favorite food is squid ink pasta.
    • Shihai shares this trait with Mezo Shoji, who is also fond of the dish.
  • His name contains the kanji for "black" (?), "color" (?), and "domination" (支配?).
  • Shihai's Hero name "Vantablack" is based on a substance that is known to absorb more than 99.9% of light, making it the darkest substance in the world and appearing to be nothing but a black void.


  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 201.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 26.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 199.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 198.

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