It's about living without regret. That's what chivalry is to me!
Crimson Riot in "Red Riot (Part 2)"

Chivalrous Hero: Crimson Riot ( (おとこ) () ヒーロー紅頬権斗 Otoko ki Hīrō Kurimuzon Raioto?)[1] is a Pro Hero, and the idol and inspiration of Eijiro Kirishima, whose hero name, Red Riot, pays homage to.[2]


Crimson Riot is a sturdy man with spiky, red hair jutting forwards in one place and backwards in two.

He wears a metal, three-piece mask over his mouth and nose, and a crimson outfit with a long, red cape, the collar very high and wide and the edges ripped.


Crimson Riot seems to be a hero with a very strong will who believes that willpower is more important than one's Quirk, stating, "As long as you have a manly spirit, it doesn't matter what kind of Quirk you have."[3] He clearly states that for him, the word "manly" refers purely to a state of mind, essentially determination and courage, and therefore isn't gender-specific, and can be found as much in men as in women.

Crimson Riot is haunted by an incident early in his career where his momentary hesitation led to civilian deaths. As a result of this traumatic experience, Crimson Riot became more fearful of watching innocent people die than of dying himself. Ironically, heroics fueled by this fear gave him a reputation as a fearless hero who always charged headfirst into danger without hesitation.[4]



After an incident in which Eijiro Kirishima could not help two schoolmates who were being threatened by a gigantic villain, Eijiro realizes how cowardly he really is and gives up on being a hero. At his home, angry at himself, Eijiro throws a book at his bookshelf, causing a book of fall from the shelf which drops a hologram projector on the floor. The hologram projector opens up, revealing Crimson Riot in an interview.

Crimson Riot interview

Eijiro watches Crimson Riot's interview

In that interview, Crimson Riot reveals that despite his reputation of reckless heroism and being a daredevil, he actually feels fear when putting his life on the line, and condemns anyone who doesn't. However, he states that he fears the look of a dying person's face even more. Crimson Riot explains that his previous failure to save lives within his reach is what motivates him to never repeat that mistake again. The reporter asks what a "manly spirit" means to him. Crimson Riot explains that a "manly spirit" is the attitude one carries within their soul, and has nothing to do with being confident or fearless.

Crimson Riot continues saying that he saves people because he is a Hero, and making that decision means he must follow through with it no matter what obstacles come his way. The interview ends with Crimson Riot explaining that a "manly spirit" is a life led without regret. Encouraged by Crimson Riot's words, Eijiro is inspired to improve his attitude, try again to be a hero, and not let fear dominate him again.[4]

Vs. Hero Killer Arc

When Class 1-A selects their hero names, Eijiro Kirishima chooses the name "Red Riot". Midnight notices the similarities between Eijiro and the Pro Hero, and Eijiro states that the name pays homage to him. Eijiro mentions that although he was old school, Crimson Riot was a man among heroes.[2]



Unnamed Hardening Quirk: Crimson Riot's Quirk gives him the ability to harden his hair. The hardening blackens the affected area.[4]


  • His hardening Quirk and the darkening effect on the body area may be a reference to Busoshoku Haki from One Piece, with the qualities of hardening the user's body and the hardened area on the user's body turning black.
  • Crimson Riot's English voice actor, Bryan Massey, also voices Kyotoku Jiro.


  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 45 (p. 11).
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 45 and Episode 26.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 144 (p. 6).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 145 and Episode 72.

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