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Chikara Yotsubashi ( () (ばし) 主税 (ちから) Yotsubashi Chikara?),[2] also known as Destro (デストロ Desutoro?), was an infamous villain and the grand commander and founder of the original Meta Liberation Army.[3] He was the father of Rikiya Yotsubashi.

Appearance

When he was alive, Chikara had long, light brown hair worn in a simple ponytail and wore what seems to be a military uniform. Around his eyes, there appears to be a strange black blotch that apparently functions as some sort of mask.

History

Mother of Quirks

Chikara and his mother.

Chikara was born to an unnamed mother. As he grew up, he was treated with disdain by his peers because of his Quirk, which left his mother distraught at being rejected. At some point, his mother was murdered because of her support of her son's uniqueness and her death became a stepping stone for his future.[1]

With the proliferation of Quirks, the government began to regulate their use. Chikara was against this control system, believing that free use of Quirks is a basic human right. To fight for that ideal, he founded the Meta Liberation Army and adopted the name Destro, promising to be the man who would "destroy the Status Quo".

He and his organization spent years opposing the country that advanced in establishing superhuman laws. At the end of his campaign, he was defeated, the Meta Liberation Army disbanded, and the majority of the members captured. During the years in which he was in prison, he wrote a biographical book exposing his ideals. After completing his writing, Chikara committed suicide. Unknown to the world, he had produced a son named Rikiya Yotsubashi.[2]

Legacy

Even years after his death, his book continues to be published, and with the retirement of All Might, it is inspiring a new generation of villains who follow his ideals of Quirk liberation.[4]

He was mentioned by Gentle Criminal, alongside the likes of All For One and Oji Harima as some of the world's most infamous villain figures who left their everlasting mark on society.[3]

Destro's son was raised by his army's surviving acolytes, who hid his origins from the rest of the world and grooming since childhood to bear the mantle of Destro, restoring the Meta Liberation Army once more. Rikiya amassed an army of thousands and took up the codename Re-Destro to honor his father's memory. [5]

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Chikara's abilities are largely unknown, however, he has been compared to the extremely powerful All For One.

Leadership Skills: Chikara was the supreme commander of the Meta Liberation Army which opposed a number of nations for several years until its ultimate defeat.

Quirk

Unnamed Quirk: Chikara's type of Quirk and its abilities are unknown.[1] It is possibly similar to his son's Quirk, which allows him to turn frustration into raw power.

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
U.A. School Festival Arc
169. School Festival Absent
170. With Eri Absent
171. Gentle and La Brava Fantasy
172. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 1) Absent
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Absent
174. Golden Tips Imperial Absent
175. Morning, the Day Of Absent
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
177. At the Construction Site Absent
178. The Woman Called La Brava Absent
179. School Festival Start!! Absent
180. Unbeknownst Absent
181. For Someone Else Absent
182. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
183. Festival All Day Long!! Absent
Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Pictured
219. Go! Slidin' Go! Absent
220. My Villain Academia Absent
221. Memento from All For One Absent
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Absent
223. Cockroaches Mentioned
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Absent
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Absent
228. Wounded Soul Absent
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Absent
230. Sad Man's Parade Absent
231. Path Absent
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Mentioned
233. Bright Future Absent
234. Sense Destruction Absent
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
238. Liberation Mentioned
239. Successor Pictured
240. Power Mentioned
Endeavor Agency Arc
241. Do That Interview! Absent
242. Have a Merry Christmas! Absent
243. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
244. Recommended Reading Mentioned
245. Rise to Action Absent
246. Message Mentioned
247. Status Report! Absent
248. One Thing at a Time Absent
249. The Hellish Todoroki Family Absent
250. Ending Absent
251. Just One Week Absent
252. The Unforgiven Absent

Trivia

  • Yotsubashi is the name of a railway station in Osaka, Japan.
  • Destro’s story is similar to that of Yukio Mishima (Kimitake Hiraoka), an author who staged a coup of a single military base in an attempt to persuade them to take up arms against the pacifistic constitution instituted following WWII. When the soldiers would not be persuaded, he and an associate committed seppuku.
  • Chikara’s first name is composed of the kanji for "lord, chief, master" ( chika?) and "tax" ( ra?), and his last name is "four" (四ツ yotsu?) and "bridge" ( bashi?).
    • Chikara (?) is a Japanese word for "strength".
  • Destro shares the same name with the G.I. Joe villain Destro.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 232.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 218.
  3. 3.0 3.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 171 (p. 2) and Episode 82.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 186 and Episode 87.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 238.

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