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If you wanna stop this, then stand up! Because I've just got one thing to say to you! Never forget who you want to become!
Shoto Todoroki to Tenya Iida in "From Todoroki to Iida"

Shoto Todoroki ( (とどろき) (しょう) () Todoroki Shōto?) is a student in Class 1-A who was accepted into U.A. High School through official recommendations to train to become a Pro Hero.[2] He is one of the main protagonists of My Hero Academia.

Appearance

Shoto is a teenage boy who is relatively tall for his age. He has longish hair, evenly split between white on his right-side and crimson on his left, visibly reflecting his Quirk. He has a burn scar over his left eye from childhood. He possesses heterochromia, which causes his left eye to be turquoise and his right eye to be gray. In a few episodes, it's seen that he has an impressive physique, noted by Kohei Horikoshi himself in Shoto's Manga profile. Several girls have claimed that he is incredibly handsome, despite his scar. Mina even claimed that he is the best-looking guy in the class.

In his initial Hero Costume, Shoto wears a simple white shirt, white pants, white boots, and gold-colored combat vest. He also has ice covering his left torso, arm, and head, as a way of rejecting the other half of his Quirk.

In his second Hero Costume, Shoto wears a dark blue jacket, dark blue pants, a silver-colored combat vest, and white boots. He also wears a belt with metal capsules containing medical supplies. Shoto later upgrades his costume before the Provisional Hero License Exam. He now has two burgundy wrist guards with metal plating that match his vest to help regulate the temperature of his body after his attacks. His boots now have a set of straps. 

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Personality

Earlyroki

Shoto's original coldness and apathy.

Shoto originally had a cold, aloof personality which stemmed from his abusive upbringing. Focused and unemotional, Shoto preferred to keep to himself instead of hanging out with other people. After the events of the U.A. Sports Festival, however, Shoto has become noticeably more sociable, even gaining a sense of humor and occasionally smiling, although still retaining the remnants of a distant attitude.

Despite his usual reserved demeanor, Shoto did initially possess a mild level of arrogance, which, combined with his solitary tendencies, sometimes made him take the initiative without considering the opinions of others, as he was confident that he could take on any obstacles with his own strength. He used to be much more unfriendly as well, to the point of causing someone to resent him.

Shoto is quite seasoned in battle, being able to stay calm and composed even while fighting real villains. Though brutal in combat, Shoto is well-grounded on the ethics of heroism, only wishing to subdue his frozen opponents as opposed to killing them by prolonging their frozen states. Shoto appears to draw his heroic values from All Might, which is a trait he shares in common with Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo.

Shoto angry

Shoto infuriated with Endeavor.

Shoto had a deep loathing for his fire abilities, which he inherited from Endeavor, as it symbolized his father's wickedness towards him and his mother as well as what he was born to be: a tool to surpass All Might, a fate that he detests. As such, Shoto decided to rely solely on his ice power and never use the other half of his Quirk in battles, going so far as to cover his left torso and arm with ice in his first Hero Costume to symbolize his rebellion against his father. His flames would be used only to undo his freezing moves.

Episode 23

Shoto ignores his resentment after listening to Izuku's words.

During his match with Izuku Midoriya in the U.A. Sports Festival, Izuku's speech made the memory of his mother's supportive words resurface, and for the first time since his childhood, Shoto used his fire power in combat. After the battle, Shoto had mixed feelings about using his left side, but after reconciling with his mother, Shoto eventually came to terms with the half he once hated. Despite being scarred by her when he was a young kid, Shoto showcases no hard feelings towards his mother, visiting her often ever since the end of the Sports Festival.

However, Shoto still harbors a grudge towards Endeavor, even if he respects his father's ability as a Hero, admitting to himself that such hatred can't vanish so easily and that he was wrong in trying to bury it. Having been denied a normal childhood so that his father could train him to realize his own selfish ambitions, Shoto still holds various psychological scars, which tend to emerge back into his mind when others compare him to Endeavor. Because of this and Izuku's influence, Shoto now strives to become a Hero, but without walking through the same path his father did. With Endeavor now attempting to improve his relationship with his family, Shoto has taken a cautious, yet hopeful approach to this development.

Abilities

Shoto freezes villains

Shoto effortlessly defeating villains at the U.S.J..

Overall Abilities: Shoto has been established as the strongest student in Class 1-A. Even after defeating him in the Sports Festival, Katsuki Bakugo seems to acknowledge that Todoroki should have won the fight if he used his full power.[3] Shoto was able to easily overpower villains at the Landslide Zone alone and showcased elite judgment, combat awareness, and athletic ability during the U.A. Sports Festival.[4] During his match with Izuku Midoriya, a fan claimed that Shoto was already stronger than the average Pro-Hero.[5]It was even suggested that he could have won against Katsuki but intentionally lost when he held back on using his fire quirk. After coming to terms with using his firepower, Shoto was strong enough to hold his ground against the Hero Killer Stain, a powerful villain who had bested various Pro-Heroes. Stain himself acknowledges Shoto's prowess.[6]

Enhanced Durability: Shoto has proven himself to be quite resilient, being able to withstand multiple attacks from Izuku Midoriya's, including a direct, One For All-enhanced punch at 5% strength to the stomach, without sustaining major injuries.[7]

Enhanced Endurance: Shoto has shown to be able to endure combat even while injured, such as in his battle with Stain, where he is able to continue fighting and supporting his allies despite suffering from multiple bleeding injuries on his arm and face,[8] and still to drag the villain's unconscious body once the battle is over.[9]

Enhanced Agility: Shoto is fast, agile and has quick reflexes. He was able to keep first place during the majority of the Obstacle Race during the sports festival thanks to his own athletic ability. He was also able to create ice walls within a split second in order to prevent himself from getting thrown out of the ring during his battles with Izuku and Katsuki.[10]He was also able to partially dodge a knife thrown at his face and several other attacks by Chizome Akaguro, a notably agile opponent.[8]

Keen Intellect: Shoto has proven to be very intelligent. During the U.S.J. incident, Shoto surmised that the villains had a Quirk user among their ranks that could jam communications. He realized the villains attacking had some kind of agenda and interrogated some of them to get answers.[11] Shoto's theory was correct as the villain's goal was to kill All Might. Shoto deduced Izuku had a connection to All Might after experiencing Izuku's power and matching it from his witnessing All Might fighting Nomu. While he was correct in deducing Izuku had a connection to the hero, he incorrectly believed the latter might be All Might's secret love child.[12] He was able to work out the location of Izuku, Tenya, and Stain from an emergency call in and make it in time though he did complain it took a while.[13] He had the fifth highest score in the midterms from 1-A, being behind Izuku's, who scored the 4th highest. This shows he is very skilled in his academics.[14]

Quirk

Half-Cold Half-Hot

Half-Cold Half-Hot.

Half-Cold Half-Hot ( (はん) (れい) (はん) (ねん) Hanrei Hannen?): Shoto's Quirk gives him dual pyrokinesis and cryokinesis, divided between his left and right sides, respectively. The appendages on his right side can drastically lower temperatures of anything they touch, enough so to create large waves of ice. The limbs on his left side generate heat and allow Shoto to create and shoot streams of fire. Until taken to his bodily limit, neither has any visible effect on his body.

The drawback to his Quirk arises from his need to maintain his own body temperature, as excessive use of his ice power causes Shoto to suffer from frostbite. The frost that covers his body slows him down physically and weakens the strength and speed of his ice attacks. However, this weakness can be counteracted if Shoto uses his left side to offset the low temperature. The side effect to the prolonged use of his fireside causes his body to overheat and burn up. However, this weakness can be counteracted if Shoto uses his right side to offset the high temperature.

As noted by Stain, one of Shoto's greatest weaknesses is his heavy reliance on the devastating power of his Quirk.

Another shortcoming is that Shoto is unable to fully control the fire he generates.[15] [16] While he has predominately used only his ice power for the last ten years out of spite to Endeavor, allowing large and small-scale control over its abilities (ie creating ice glaciers and also only freezing Iida's Engine calves without him realizing it), it is only after the Sports Festival that he begins using his fire as well. While he is capable of using these two abilities simultaneously, he has said that he isn't used to doing this and still needs practice in dual-wielding his Quirk. While training for his ultimate move, he claimed that using both abilities at the same time slows him down.

He's also realized that using his ice as the opening move has become so natural he equates it to muscle memory, making him predictable. Because of that, he often fails to realize when using his fire would be a more effective tactic, such as during his fight against Class-B.

Super Moves

Giant Ice Wall

Giant Ice Wall!

  • Giant Ice Wall ( (だい) (ひょう) (へき) Daihyōheki?): Shoto creates an enormous ice glacier, that can either encapsulate his opponent or block the immediate field of battle in ice. This move is first used in his battle against Hanta Sero in the Sports Festival,[17]but is unnamed until the Final Exams[18]. He noted to Sero that it was more powerful than necessary, but he was irritated (from talking with Endeavor) and overdid it. A variation of this move, slightly smaller in size, is shown in his battle against Katsuki Bakugo. [19] He also used this attack on a massive scale while attacking Mr. Compress.
  • Wall of Flames ( (ほのう) (かべ) Honō no Kabe?): Shoto uses his left side to generate a burst of flames that covers a large area. This is both a defensive and offensive attack like his Giant Ice Wall technique. It can be used to attack multiple opponents and create space between Shoto and his target. Shoto first used this attack against Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu during the Joint Training Exercise with Class 1-B.[20]

Stats

Power
 
5/5 A
Speed
 
4/5 B
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
4/5 B
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Shoto's stats, according to the Official Character Book

Equipment

Hero Costume: Shoto's second Hero Costume is designed to optimize the use of both his fire and ice sides in combat. It is designed to diminish the drawbacks of Shoto's Quirk as much as possible by regulating his body temperature.[21]

Shoto Todoroki costume upgrade

Shoto's costume upgrade.

  • Temperature Resistant Jacket: Shoto's blue jacket is made from a special fire-resistant fiber. There is a special device near the neck that senses Shoto's body temperature and supports the vest to help regulate it.
  • Combat Vest: The device on Shoto's back is capable of sensing Shoto's body temperature and automatically heats up or cools down accordingly. Shoto requested his original costume had a device that heated up.
  • Utility Belt: There are metal capsules on Shoto's belt that contain water, pain medication, and disinfectants, making up a first aid kit.
  • Snow Boots: Shoto dawns a pair of white snow boots with spikes under the roles that prevent Shoto from slipping on his own ice. They are later upgraded with straps going across the front of the boots.
  • Wrist Guards: As an upgrade to his costume, Shoto received new wrist guards made from the same material as his vest. They appear to help Shoto control the temperature of his ice and flames by keeping the extreme temperatures from traveling up his arms to his upper body.

Battles & Events

Battle Trial Arc

Unforeseen Simulation Joint Arc

U.A. Sports Festival Arc

Vs. Hero Killer Arc

Final Exams Arc

Forest Training Camp Arc

Hideout Raid Arc

Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

Remedial Course Arc

Joint Training Arc

Trivia

  • Shoto's given name contains the kanji for burning (?) and freezing (?). Todoroki is a common Japanese surname.
  • Shoto's favorite food is Zaru Soba. (Cold Soba)
  • Shoto's known U.A. data is as follows:
  • Shoto's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Shoto ranked 2nd in the First and Fourth Popularity Polls.
    • Shoto ranked 3rd in the Second and Third Popularity Polls.
  • Although he was not explicitly based off him, Shoto's character shares a lot of similarities to Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • Both come from dysfunctional families due to having abusive fathers.
    • Both have fire abilities.
    • Both have a burn-induced scar over their left eye caused by a parent.
    • Both have a cold and distant attitude but grow to be more open and become friends with the protagonist.
    • Both hate their respective fathers and adore their respective mothers.
    • Both were separated from their mother at a young age and reunite many years later.
    • Both have an abusive father. Shoto got abused by his father for training him very harshly while Zuko got abused by his father due to being inferior to him. Their respective fathers chose their respective mothers for their genes - Rei for her powerful quirk, Ursa for her familial ties and being a descendant of Avatar Roku, in order to create powerful children.
  • With his birthday in January, he is the fourth youngest in the class, taking in account that every student was 15 at the start of U.A. High's school year.

Quotes

  • (To Izuku Midoriya) "Never using my bastard of a father's Quirk... No.. By rising to the top without using it... I'll have denied him everything."[23]
  • (To Enji Todoroki) "I haven't put aside anything. As if I could be turned that easily. It's just... In that moment, that instant... I forgot all about you. Whether that's good, bad, or something in between... That's something I'll have to think about."[24]
  • (To himself, in regards to Tenya Iida) "Ever since your brother got taken down... I've had my eye on you. Because all that building resentment was written on your face. I know that when I see it. And I know just how much grudges like that... can cloud a person's vision."[25]
  • (To Tenya Iida) "If you wanna stop this, then stand up! Because I've just got one thing to say to you! Never forget who you want to become!"[26]
  • (To Kenji Tsuragamae) "Should we have let people die, all in the name of your "law"?! Isn't it a hero's job to save people?"[27]

References

  1. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 11 (p. 7).
  3. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 25.
  4. My Hero Academia Anime: Episodes 15-23.
  5. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 23.
  6. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 29.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 39.
  8. 8.0 8.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 55.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapters 38-43.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 16.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 31 and Episode 19.
  13. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 52 and Episode 29.
  14. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 60 and Episode 34.
  15. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31, Cover
  16. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31, Cover
  17. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 34.
  18. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 64.
  19. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 43.
  20. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 204.
  21. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 7, Omake
  22. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  23. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31 (p. 11).
  24. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 40 (p. 12-13).
  25. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 14-15).
  26. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 18-19).
  27. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 56 (p. 16).

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