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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 at U.A. High School training to become a Pro Hero. He got into U.A. through official recommendations. He is one of the main protagonists of My Hero Academia.

Appearance

Shoto is a teenage boy who is relatively tall. He has short hair, evenly split between white on his right-side and red 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 part of his Quirk.

In his new 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.

Shortly before the Provisional Hero License Exam, Shoto added burgundy red sleeves around his wrists, with metal plating, onto his costume.

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Personality

Shoto has a cold, aloof personality which stems from his harsh upbringing. He is quite seasoned in battle, being able to stay calm and composed even while fighting real villains. Though brutal in combat, he 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. After the events of the U.A. Sports Festival, Shoto still has a distant attitude but has become noticeably more sociable, even gaining a sense of humor and occasionally smiling.

Shoto angry

Shoto infuriated with Endeavor.

Shoto had a deep loathing for his firepower, 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 only on his ice power and never to use his firepower in combat, 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.

During his match with Izuku Midoriya in the Sports Festival, Izuku's speech made the memory of his mother's supportive words resurface, and for the first time, he 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 using his fire power. Despite being scarred by her when he was a young kid, Shoto showcases no hard feelings towards his mother.

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. 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.

Despite his calm 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. In his fight against Aizawa, he failed to effectively communicate with Momo Yaoyorozu and plan ahead, leading him to be berated by his opponent. In their first combat training and the Sports Festival, he showed absolute confidence that his ice powers alone would be enough to grant him victory.

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 had he used his full power.[2] 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.[3] During his match with Izuku Midoriya, a fan claimed that Shoto was already stronger than the average Pro-Hero.[4]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.[5]

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 to the stomach, without sustaining major injuries.[6]

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,[7] and still to drag the villain's unconscious body once the battle is over.[8]

Enhanced Agility: Shoto is fast, agile and has quick reflexes. He is 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 during the Sports Festival.[9]He was also able to partially dodge a knife thrown at his face and several other attacks by Chizome Akaguro, a notably agile opponent.[7]

Keen Intellect: Shoto has proven to be very intelligent as seen in the Unforeseen Simulation Joint Arc, 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.[10] Shoto's theory was correct as the villain's goal was to kill All Might. In U.A. Sports Festival Arc, 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 believed the latter might be All Might's secret love child.[11] He was able to work out the location of Izuku, Tenya and Stain from emergency call in and make it in time though he did complain it took a while.[12] 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.[13]

Quirk

Half-Cold Half-Hot

Half-Cold Half-Hot.

Half-Cold Half-Hot (半冷半燃 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 has yet to be revealed, but likely resembles a mix of burns and heatstroke.

As noted by Stain, one of Shoto's greatest weaknesses is his heavy reliance on the devastating power of his Quirk.[14]

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 (having only restarted using his fire abilities post Sports Festival), 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 made him numb.

Super Moves

Giant Ice Wall

Giant Ice Wall!

  • Giant Ice Wall (大氷壁 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.

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.[20]

  • Shoto's Jacket (トドロキジャケット Todoroki Jaketto?): 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.
  • Shoto's Combat Vest (トドロキタクティカルベスト Todoroki Takutikaru Besuto?): 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.
  • Shoto's Belt (トドロキベルト Todoroki Beruto?): There are metal capsules on Shoto's belt that contain water, pain medication, and disinfectants, making up a first aid kit.
  • Shoto's Boots (ショート ブーツ Shōto Būtsu?): They contain spikes that are placed under the soles, preventing Shoto from slipping in frozen places.
  • Wrist Guards: 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 while using them on his arms.

Battles & Events

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.
  • Along with Momo Yaoyorozu and Juzo Honenuki, Shoto got into U.A. through official recommendations.
  • 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 Popularity Poll.
    • Shoto ranked 3rd in the Second and Third Popularity Poll.
  • 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.
    • Although, there is a difference:
      • Shoto has an ice manipulation power while Zuko doesn't have one.
      • Shoto at his first debut was not a villain, while Zuko is a redeemed villain who turned into an anti-hero, later protagonist.
      • Shoto has one sister and two brothers who've not become evil characters due to his fathers influence, while Zuko has a sister (Azula) who become secondary antagonist.
      • Shoto received his scar from his mother, who suffered mental breakdown and became unstable after she sees Shoto's left-side which resembled her abusive husband, Endeavor, while Zuko received his scar from Ozai.
  • Shoto's Seiyū, Yūki Kaji, also voiced Eren Jaeger (Anime) from Attack on Titan, Meliodas from Nanatsu no Taizai, Lyon Vastia from Fairy Tail, Speed-o'-Sound Sonic from One-Punch Man, and Yukine from Noragami.
  • With his birthday in January, though since he’s 15, he is the fourth youngest in the class.

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."[22]
  • (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."[23]
  • (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."[24]
  • (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!"[25]
  • (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?"[26]

References

  1. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  2. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 25.
  3. My Hero Academia Anime: Episodes 15-23.
  4. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 23.
  5. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 29.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 39.
  7. 7.0 7.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 55.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapters 38-43.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 16.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 52.
  13. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  14. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 20.
  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: Vol. 7, Omake
  21. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  22. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31 (p. 11).
  23. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 40 (p. 12-13).
  24. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 14-15).
  25. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 18-19).
  26. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 56 (p. 16).

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