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Top 10 Strongest My Hero Academia Quirks (Part 1)

The first person born with a Quirk in My Hero Academia was the Luminescent Baby. Born in Qing Qing, China, the baby emitted a bright light from their skin. After this moment people began manifesting powers called Meta Abilities. Society broke down as a result of this new era and superpowered criminals started terrorizing civilians. A understandable fear developed that evolved into a prejudice. In response to these criminals, vigilantes started to fight crime. All For One reach the peek of power during this era and used his Quirk to gather followers for his own ends.

When Chikara Yotsubashi was born he faced abuse and discrimination by society. His mother was supportive referring to his meta ability as “just a quirk.” Decades later she would later be credited as “the Mother of Quirks.” With the increased population of Quirk users (80%), society adapted creating the Pro Hero profession. Quirks can be diagnose by the presence or lack of an “extra joint in their pinky toe.” Quirks manifest by age 4 and can be built like muscles and can be overused causing drawbacks. Some Quirks can even cause the users lifespan to be shortened. They’re categized in generally three groups, Emitter, Transformation, and Mutant.

So which Quirk is the strongest? (I will only use Quirks currently in the manga).


10. Creation

Quirk Type: Emitter

The Quirk used by Momo Yaoyorozu allows her to materialize objects from her body. She can potentially reproduce any nonliving object regardless of complexity. Momo must know the “atomic configuration” of the object, then she imagines the parts, materials, then assembles the object. She can choose how much of the object she wishes to use. However, Momo needs time to create her objects. If she’s overwhelmed she can’t make anything. Her object she creates are limited to the amount of lipids in her body and the complexity.


9. Erasure

Quirk Type: Emitter

Shota Aizawa’s Erasure Quirk cancels the Quirk of anyone he looks at. By disabling the “Quick Facture” he prevents Quirk users from using their abilities. He only needs one part of his target’s body in order for his ability to take effect. Shota can target multiple Quirk users at once. This Quirk’s requires Shota to have the physical body in view. Furthermore, Erasure cannot work on mutant type Quirk appendages. Shota suffers from “dry eye syndrome” which limits the length of time he can use his Erasure Quirk.


8. Transform

Quirk Type: Transformation

Himiko Toga’s Transform Quirk grants her the ability to shapeshift into any person whos blood she has ingested. She can create a complete copy of the person (including the voice). She cannot replicate their personality and knowledge. The length of time she can transform is correlated with the amount of blood she consumed. Toga can mold the shape, texture, or “state of dress.” After her “awakening” Toga developed the ability to duplicate the Quirk of the person she transforms into. However, she cannot copy the knowledge of the Quirks she copies. Toga needs to know how the original user activates and uses their powers.


7. Explosion

Quirk Type: Emitter

Katsuki Bakugo’s Explosion Quirk allows him to “excrete nitroglycerin-like sweat from his palms and ignite it at will to create explosions of various sizes.” He can create massive shock waves destroying whatever he hits. Katsuki is largely unharmed by the explosion, though he does experience recoil. The level of power each explosion possess is corollate to how much Katsuki sweats. This Quirk is hindered by cold weather. If he uses his Quirk to much he will develop pain in his arms and shoulders.


6. Half-Cold Half-Hot

Quirk Type: Emitter

Todoroki inherited his Quirk from both his father and mother. He can generate ice, frost, and cold from his right and fire, flames, and heat from his left. Todoroki cannot manipulate fire or ice from external sources but he can create it. Shoto has two means of offense. From his right side he can decrease temperatures and create solid blocks of ice. On his left, Shoto can ignites his left side and generate large scale walls of fire. Overuse of his fire can result in dizziness. What makes Todoroki’s Quirk so powerful is his ice side can be used to counter the consequences of his fire.

Image and Info Source: My Hero Academia Wikia

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My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 9: Bakugo goes beast mode

Bakugo to the rescue in My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 9.
Bakugo to the rescue

Season 5, Episode 9 – “Early Bird!”

Katsuki Bakugo has always seemed like he’d make a perfect villain. He rude, violent, short-tempered, and his Quirk is “explosion.” His treatment of others particularly Deku is dismissive and meanspirited. Initially, he wasn’t very complex but as My Hero Academia progresses he’s starting to show that he has more depth. At the beginning of the series, Bakugo was good at everything including grades. The positive response from others causes him to develop a massive ego. Despite his abilities when he gets to U.A. he realizes that he’s not the only talented would-be hero. It undermines his sense of self. Kohei Horikoshi has been playing with our expectations of heroes and villains in My Hero Academia. For example, both Shoto and Bakugo are considered the best students in U.A. and would be expected to win everything. However, they fail to get their hero licenses because of their poor attitudes.

Bakugo also hates any kind of affection (he equates it with pity) and he’s incapable of giving it. He even calls his mother a “hag” and his father a “clown.” Bakugo is capable of “caring” for others or at least he’s willing to protect them. However, he’s not likely to console or sympathize with people. In life and in media we are told that heroes behave in a certain way. As a result, Bakugo gave the impression that he would eventually become a villain. When he was kidnapped by the League of Villains, most of us thought he might turn. Of course, he treats the villains like anyone else and refuses to join them.

Jiro using her Quirk in My Hero Academia Season 5 Episode 9.
Jiro using her Quirk

Bakugo will lead, just follow

So how do you work with someone like Katsuki Bakugo? You let him lead and just provide support. My Hero Academia Season 5, Episode 9 offers a glimpse into how this would work. Bakugo is still abrasive but as his teammates and later Class 1-B he’s more cooperative. Both teams are heading directly into battle in order to get the advantage. Bakugo says “if they do not make the first move it is over for them . . . they do not have time to take caution, they have to act immediately.” Kyoka Jiro’s (Hearing Hero: Earphone Jack) Quirk, “Earphone Jack” has a variety of uses. Its primary use is to create violent vibrations by changing the sound of her heartbeat. However, she can also use her Quirk to “hear minuscule sounds and vibrations from her surroundings.”

This part of her Quirk is often used against her. Setsuna Tokage’s Quirk, “Lizard Tail Splitter” allows her to split her body into 50 pieces and she effectively uses it to distract Jiro. Class 1-B manages to get the early advantage on Class 1-A. However, Bakugo remains the wild card. Class 1-B’s strategy requires Bakugo to remain selfish enough, resulting in a poorly formed team. To everyone’s surprise, Bakugo and his team have a plan. What’s surprising is not that Bakugo takes the lead, but that he asks for support.

Jiro remembers Bakugo telling them “he will save them” and “they should save him.” Class 1-A forms a “perfect team.” As Shota Aizawa notes, ” Team 4-A for being able to cooperate well enough to reduce battlefield damage and efficiently capture the opposing opponents without any hassle,” and “Bakugo’s willingness to help out his teammates was the key to his team’s victory.” Katsuki Bakugo showing at least some growth has complicated how he’s understood. I think it’s no longer possible to think of him as a potential future villain. He’s a hero. Just not a particularly nice hero.

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My Hero Academia: Season 5, Episode 8: Tenya and Shoto fall short

In the previous episode of My Hero Academia, Tenya shocked Juzo with his Super Move: Recipro Turbo. Passed down through the Ida family, the technique requires the user to remove their mufflers (🤢), which are then regrown, allowing the user to gain new mufflers that are more durable and faster. Tenya specifically states that the move increases his burst period from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. In My Hero Academia Season episode 8, Tenya explodes with speed, breaks free from the ice. He lacks control but is still able to overwhelm Juzo enough for the latter to flee. It may seem small but I like that instead of fighting regardless of his chance of victory, Juzo decided to leave. This should happen more in anime.

Meanwhile, Mashirao is having a difficult time handling Sen Kaibara’s Spiral Quirk. Hand-to-hand combat in My Hero Academia tends to take a back seat to the more flashy Quirks. While brief, Kaibara and Mashirao fight was refreshing. Kaibara’s Quirk, in addition to his fighting skills, makes it difficult for Mashirao to counter. Sen’s drills are capable of piercing his opponent, and at one point in the fight appears willing to “kill” Mashirao. It’s a moment that can be missed, but what would have happened if Tenya didn’t show up. Regardless, Tenya drags Sen and he’s the first to get imprisoned.

Class 1-B continue to impress

Elsewhere, Shoto is having a harder time than usual. Most of us would assume that Tetsutetsu wouldn’t stand a chance against Shoto, but his Steel Quirk makes Shoto’s Ice and Fire ineffective. The value of this arc for the audience is to show off not Class 1-A but Class 1-B. Juzo, Kaibara, and Tetsutetsu’s Quirks and strategic skills are put on display in this fight. Tenya and Shoto have their moments, only to fail. The lesser classmates, Pony, Mezo, and Mashirao have smaller moments but show their potential. Mezo’s Quirk is better for scouting. Pony’s Quirk first appears to be nearly useless. It’s so linear it’s hard to imagine that she would do much in a fight.

Mashirao is able to stop her from using them simply by holding her horns in place. Despite her limits, she’s the reason her team doesn’t lose. The intense battle ends with most of them out of commission. With no time left, Class 1-B and Class 1-A will have to settle for a draw. After the battle, Jurota makes a point that I think is the primary theme of this round, “in a real-life situation fleeing and waiting for backup is a valid and logical strategy.” The next round features Katsuki Bakugo, can he be a team player?