"The greatest hero, huh... He doesn't look or act at all like you, but... I still see him on you, Toshinori. My friend chose you... and you chose this boy... so let's both help him make it, Toshinori. So that by the time you're past your prime... this kid... his name... will be hailed as the symbol of peace..."

Sorahiko's inner thoughts about "Izuku Midoriya" in "Internships End"

Sorahiko (空彦 (そらひこ) ?), also known as Gran Torino (グラントリノ Guran Torino?), is a retired pro hero, former homeroom teacher at U.A. High School,[1] and mentor to both Toshinori Yagi and Izuku Midoriya.


Gran Torino is an extremely short, elderly man that has short spiky hair and a beard.

His hero costume consists of a full body monochrome[2] suit along with a yellow cape, a belt with the letter "G" on it, very thick yellow gloves and boots, and a dark domino mask which resembles two diamonds.[3]

In contrast with his now extremely short and rather shriveled appearance, he was quite tall and handsome in his younger days, having at least rivaled All Might's hero form in height. Gran Torino kept a similar appearance over his life down to his short grey hair; currently, he also wears a smaller version of the costume he wore in his younger years.


Gran Torino fake

The senile old man persona.

Initially, Gran Torino appeared to be a senile old man who constantly forgot and asked Izuku's name, often calling him "Toshinori".[4] Even though he was the one who sent Izuku the internship offer, he would often fail to recall Izuku's name for more than a moment. In reality, this proves to be nothing more than a façade for messing with his newfound protégé. 

Gran Torino is actually a very intelligent man with incredibly broad perception. He proved to be a far more capable teacher to Izuku in a mere week than All Might did in almost a year. He was able to read Izuku's progress and personality just by watching the U.A. Sports Festival and indirectly taught him the first step to mastering One For All with a simple parallel between Izuku and his favorite dessert (taiyaki).[5] His sharp mind is also evidenced when he was able to accurately predict All For One's strategy based solely on the media covering the aftermath of Hero Killer Stain.[6]

As a mentor, Gran Torino appears to be very hard on his students. Every time All Might speaks about or to Gran Torino, he starts freaking out and shakes profusely because of a memory of their brutal training.[7][6] Gran Torino also never hesitates to yell, berate, and hit Izuku for his mistakes.[8][9][10]


Gran Torino vs. League of Villains

Grand Torino effortlessly knocks several capable villains unconscious in an instant.

Overall Abilities: Despite his old age, Gran Torino is very intelligent and powerful. Gran Torino was the one who taught the world's number one hero how to fight and use his Quirk. He is an excellent teacher and was wise enough to teach Izuku how to use One For All as well.

Gran Torino was strong enough to defeat a mid-level Nomu with little aid from Endeavor, something several Pro Heroes could not manage to do. He was also capable of knocking out Dabi, Spinner, Magne and Twice in an instant using single attacks. Gran Torino was even able to defeat and arrest Kurogiri while fighting off Gigantomachia.

Enhanced Strength: Gran Torino possesses great strength. He was able to knock out capable villains with quick blows. In his prime, he struck All Might so hard that the future symbol of peace vomited. This memory haunted the world's strongest hero for the rest of his life. Even is his old age, Gran Torino was also able to carry All Might's muscular form, as well as completely outclass Izuku in terms of strength.

Immense Speed: Gran Torino is one of the fastest heroes in the world. All Might claims that Gran Torino can move faster than the eye can see. Izuku also said he couldn't follow Gran Torino's movements with his eyes. Gran Torino's speed is so great that he can knock someone out before they ever even saw him. He is also able to easily evade attacks from enhanced creatures like the Nomu. 

Enhanced Durability: Gran Torino was able to remain conscious despite taking a direct punch from All Might. He was at the center of the battle between All Might and All For One but escaped with only minor injuries. 

Keen Intelligence: Gran Torino taught both All Might and Izuku how to use One For All despite never possessing the Quirk himself. In just under two days, Gran Torino taught Izuku what All Might had been trying to teach for almost a year. Gran Torino was able to give All Might solid advice on how to defeat All For One as well.


Jet (ジェット Jetto?): Gran Torino can shoot air from the propulsion opening on the soles of his feet. This gives Gran Torino incredible speed and the ability to fly. He can only use his breath to propel himself long distances. Furthermore, Gran Torino cannot propel himself too far into the sky.


2/5 D
6/5 S
5/5 A
4/5 B
3/5 C
Gran Torino's stats, according to the Official Character Book

Battles & Events

Vs. Hero Killer Arc

Hideout Raid Arc

Internship Arc

  • Gran Torino vs Kurogiri


  • Gran Torino's name could be a reference to the Ford Torino motor vehicle, although it is more likely to the Clint Eastwood film named after it. In the film, Eastwood portrays the role of an elderly mentor for a teenage boy, teaching him how to be a man. It may also be a reference to the racing game series Gran Turismo, keeping in line with other video game parallels.
  • Gran Torino's favorite food is taiyaki, and he enjoys oversleeping.
  • Kohei commented that Gran Torino emits a "Dagobah" feeling, a reference to Yoda from Star Wars. Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker and taught Obi-wan Kenobi, Luke's initial teacher. Similarly Gran Torino teaches Izuku and taught Toshinori, Izuku's initial teacher. Both characters also hide their true strength and pretend to be senile.
    • Horikoshi confirmed in a post SDCC interview that Gran Torino was intentionally based off of Yoda and that his feet and Quirk were designed after shower heads, and how water came out of them.


  • (To Izuku Midoriya) "I have to get stronger quickly", you say. It's true. Time is not on your side, nor your enemies'. And they won't wait for you to get stronger."[11]


  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 46 (p. 7-8<).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 6, Omake
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 46 (p. 16).
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 46 (p. 15-17) and Episode 27.
  5. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 31.
  7. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 26.
  8. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 28.
  9. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 30.
  10. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 33.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 47 (p. 10).

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