I'm a novice. I can't measure up to their standards! Be that as it may... I have to stand up! Never again! Never again will they... or my brother... leave me behind in the dust!
Tenya Iida about Izuku, Shoto and his brother in "Re-Ingenium"

Tenya Iida ( (いい) () (てん) () Īda Ten'ya?), also known as Ingenium, is a student of U.A. High School's Class 1-A and its class president. He is one of the main protagonists of My Hero Academia.


Tenya is a relatively tall and muscular young man with a wide frame. He has short dark blue hair, flattened neatly down and parted on the left of his head, a small patch completely shaved near the base of his head, and rather square eyes, which match the notably pointed shape of his jaw. He usually wears a serious expression, and his eyebrows seem to be permanently pointed inwards, quite thin and long in length, the far ends sharply hooked inwards, and he wears glasses with rectangular lenses. Because of the Quirk he possesses, his calves are incredibly thick, and shaped like automobile engines, with three silver exhaust pipes protruding from each one.

His hero costume consists of a black one-piece suit with a high collar, over which he wears various pieces of armor, all a pale silver in color, including a thick chestplate, a metal collar around his neck and another around his upper arm, and metal vambraces that extend past his elbows, pointed at the ends. He wears a helmet covering his entire face, which somewhat resembles that which a Medieval knight would wear, its sharp bevor full of holes to allow him to speak and breathe easily and its upper piece rounded over his head, two larger holes on either side, two curved horns just behind and a single spike sticking out of the back of his head. On his feet, he wears silver knee-high boots with gold accessories, which are specialized for his Quirk, and around his torso he has three thick metal pipes, attached with a blue band, which he can use to boost his speed.



Tenya may look severe, but he's actually a very straightforward, earnest, intelligent and noble person. He tends to take everything very seriously, and because of this, he has a habit of jumping to conclusions, then enthusiastically speaking or acting based on said conclusions. For example, after assuming that Izuku had figured out the true nature of the U.A. Entrance Exam, Tenya acknowledged him as a worthy peer and has since held him in high esteem. All this enthusiasm leads Tenya to be hyperactive and intense, having some involuntary body tics such as moving his arms around in strange patterns and sometimes twitching his own body uncontrollably.

Hanta mocks Tenya's leadership

Tenya's overbearing leadership getting ridiculed.

Tenya is extremely dedicated to his studies and is always eager to learn new things. As Class 1-A's representative, Tenya is obsessed with organization and discipline, expecting his classmates to follow suit, which more often than not annoys them. At the same time, Tenya takes personal responsibility for the safety of his classmates, considering it his duty as class representative to protect and keep them away from dangerous situations.

Tenya is very humble, willing to admit his mistakes, apologize for rude behavior and improve himself in areas he is lacking. This became clear when Tenya admitted that seeking vengeance against Stain was not the way a real Hero should act, when he decided to leave his damaged left hand unhealed as a reminder of his recklessness and also as a motivation to pursue true heroism. Tenya values honor and fair play and will become angered if it turns out that he is being manipulated.

Being part of the highly-esteemed Iida Family, Tenya is proud of his lineage, and works hard to meet the expectations put on him. Tenya admires his older brother, Tensei Iida (also known as the Turbo Hero Ingenium), and wants to become a hero similar to him. His bond with his brother is so strong that after Tensei was severely injured by Stain, Tenya sought to avenge him by trying to hunt and dispose of Stain himself, breaking several rules of Hero work in the process, which otherwise would be extremely uncharacteristic of him. Having inherited the alias of Ingenium, Tenya now works hard to be able to uphold his brother's Hero name as well as the reputation of the Iida Family.


Leadership Skills: Tenya is a strong leader, as shown when he was able to calm his panicked peers during an evacuation that was turning into a stampede. Tenya became President of Class 1-A after Izuku resigned and gave the position to him, thinking that he was better suited to the job.


Recipro Turbo

Tenya's new Recipro Turbo

Engine (エンジン Enjin?): Tenya's Quirk manifests in the form of engines in his calves, giving him super speed. His engines have multiple gears, allowing him to switch between at least First, Second, or Third Gear (more are implied) depending on the situation. Much like a real engine, his Quirk requires that the exhaust pipes on the back of his legs remain clear of obstructions in order to function properly.

Episode 9

Tenya standing proud when talking about his family.

Some time before the Joint Training Arc his older brother Tensei told him about a secret family method regarding their Quirk. This prompted Tenya to remove the mufflers from his legs in order to grow new ones to withstand his training. This exhibits his capacity for pain and his perseverance. His Recipro now lasts for 10 minutes, as opposed to ten seconds. However, he becomes so fast that he cannot control himself.

Super Moves

  • Recipro Burst (レシプロバースト Reshipuro Bāsuto?): This move allows Tenya to forcibly accelerate his Quirk, giving Tenya greatly enhanced speed for 10 seconds at the cost of disabling his engines for a short period of time afterward. Even Shoto Todoroki could not fully evade Recipro Burst and admits that he expected no less of its incredible speed.[1]
  • Recipro Extend (レシプロエクステンド Reshipuro Ekusutendo?): After Tenya manages to cool down the negative effects of Recipro Burst, he regains even more acceleration than before.[2]
    • Recipro Turbo (レシプロターボ Reshipuro Tābo?): After removing his mufflers and allowing new ones to grow in their place, Tenya became able to accelerate his Quirk and greatly enhance his speed for 10 minutes. The speed this Super Move grants is faster than Recipro Burst and Recipro Extend, rivaling even Jet. [3]


4/5 B
5/5 A
3/5 C
4/5 B
3/5 C
Tenya's stats, according to the Official Character Book


Hero Costume: Tenya's hero costume is an armored suit that supposedly decreases wind resistance but is actually mostly for decoration. Contrary to the appearance, his armor is lightweight.

  • Ingenium Boots (インゲニフット Ingeni-Futto?): The boots contain cooling devices and other mechanisms that augment the performance of his engines. As a result, his running distance is greatly extended.
  • Ingenium Helmet (インゲニメット Ingeni-Metto?): The helmet reduces wind resistance.
  • Ingenium Muffler (インゲニマフラー Ingeni-Mafurā?): The muffler is for decoration.[4]

Battles & Events


Prototype Tenya Designs

Tenya's early concept designs. The one on the left was before the school setting was decided.

  • Tenya's name comes from "韋駄天" (idaten?), the Japanese name for Skanda, the Mahayana protector of Buddhist temples. Idaten is famous for being a fast runner, and is often used as a symbol of a person who is able to run fast. "哉" (ya?) is a final exclamatory particle.
Prototype Tenya Hero Costume

Tenya's preliminary hero costume design.

  • Tenya had two known preliminary designs. The first one was noticeably older and hardly resembled the current Tenya. The second one, in contrast, was extremely similar to current Tenya, albeit this design was much slimmer and not as tall or muscular.
    • In regards to his hero costume, Tenya was extremely different from his final and current design. Most notably, the original concept featured a helmet with the shape of a dinosaur head.
  • Tenya's U.A. data is as follows:
  • Tenya's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Ranked 8th in both the 1st and 2nd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 5th in the 3rd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 9th in the 4th Popularity Poll.
  • Tenya likes to study.
  • Tenya's favorite food is beef stew.
  • Tenya's Hero name "Ingenium" draws inspiration from the Ingenium engine family.[citation needed]
  • Tenya's English voice actor, J. Michael Tatum, is engaged to Sir Nighteye's English voice actor, Brandon McInnis.


  • (To himself, in regards to Izuku Midoriya, Shoto Todoroki, and Tensei Iida) "I'm a novice. I can't measure up to their standards! Be that as it may... I have to stand up! Never again! Never again will they... or my brother... leave me behind in the dust!"[6]


  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 29 (p. 14-17).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 54 (p. 17).
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 203 (p. 13).
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 7, Omake
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 54 (pp. 5 & 7-8).

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