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The League? Shigaraki? I never gave a crap about them. A single person with a single conviction has the power to change the world. There are no true heroes. I plan to make Stain's will a reality.
Dabi to Hawks in Flames

Dabi (荼毘 (だび) Dabi?), dubbed as Blueflame (蒼炎 Sōen?) by Geten, is a major supporting antagonist in the series. He is a Villain affiliated with the League of Villains, and was a member of the organization's Vanguard Action Squad. He and the rest of his team serve as the primary antagonists of the Forest Training Camp Arc. He also serves as an antagonist for the Pro Hero Arc.

He later became one of the nine lieutenants of the Paranormal Liberation Front, an organization formed from the remnants of the League and the Meta Liberation Army.

Dabi currently serves as a commander for the "Vanguard Action Guerilla Warfare Regiment: Violet" along with Geten.[2]

Appearance

Dabi is a fairly tall, pale young man of a slim, somewhat-lanky build, described to be in his early twenties. He has longish, black hair that spikes upward around his head, hanging low over his eyes, which are thin, turquoise in color, and heavily lidded. His most striking features, however, are undoubtedly the patches of gnarled, wrinkled, purple skin that cover much of his lower face and neck, all the way down past his collarbone, below his eyes and on his arms and legs. These appear to be attached to the rest of his skin by multiple, crude surgical staples or hoop piercings, making it impossible to tell if these scars were accidental or self-inflicted.

He has several silver cartilage piercings in both ears, and a triple nostril piercing on the right side of his nose. He also seems to be lacking earlobes on both sides of his ears upon close inspection. In his first appearance, he wears a dark blue jacket with a high, ripped collar, and matching pants, cut off above his ankles, a pair of dark dress shoes on his feet. He also has a plain pale gray, scoop-neck shirt, below which a gray belt with a circular pattern wraps around his waist, a leather satchel attached at the back.

When he joins the Vanguard Action Squad, his look is updated, now consisting of a larger dark blue coat with two large metal cuffs at the end of each elbow-length sleeve, and a white stitch design on each of his shoulders, the hem ripped, extending down to his knees. His shirt and belt stay the same, but he replaces his pants with some larger ones of a darker color, and his shoes with black boots.

Around the time of the formation of the Paranormal Liberation Front, Dabi acquires a new outfit to complete his status as one of the nine lieutenants of the organization. Dabi wears a darkish blue long coat with the same white cuffs similar to his previous one. In addition, he dons a white v-necked shirt with white outlines. His stitches not only extends to his shoulder pads but also the kneecaps of his pants. The only things he retains are his silver belt, black boots, and his dark-colored pants. He also has three buttons on both sides of his coat.

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Personality

Dabi taunts Vlad King

Dabi's derisive disposition.

Dabi is a stoic, aloof, confident, and focused individual who rarely shows emotion. While rather crude and violent, he is actually cautious, choosing to retreat when Mirko arrived to aid Endeavor and made sure not to divulge too much information to Hawks about High-End because of the infancy of their relationship.[3] Overall, Dabi is a highly enigmatic individual who trusts no one, preferring to do things alone and in his own way. He also gives off the impression of knowing more about certain people than he lets on.

Despite his usual expressionless behavior, Dabi finds joy in establishing himself as a villain fighting against what he believes to be false heroes, an ideology proposed by his apparent inspiration, Stain. Dabi is dedicated to Stain's mission and desires to destroy superhuman society, sharing his belief that one person with the necessary conviction can do so.[4] He appears to share Stain's sentiment that Heroes are hypocritical and unworthy of their title, but unlike Stain, he does not seem to seek a society with better heroes.

Dabi devastated over Twice’s death

Dabi's reaction to the demise of an ally.

Dabi takes pleasure in taunting heroic figures, students, and Pro Heroes alike, sadistically enjoying the pain he inflicts on others, including those he murders.[5] Sometimes, Dabi engages in psychological warfare in order to unnerve whoever his opposition is (while also allowing himself to cool down from his own Quirk's effects). Very pragmatic in battle, he is rather savvy about how heroes operate and will exploit their natural tendency to rescue others. He's not afraid of causing collateral destruction, rarely holding back, even if it puts his allies at risk.

Dabi is intolerant of most people and can be very derisive, being quite rude and condescending to essentially everybody he interacts with. He insulted Tomura Shigaraki immediately after meeting him and constantly does the same to both his allies and enemies. While the League would go on to develop a strong sense of camaraderie, Dabi has remained distant from them for the most part. He has admitted that he doesn't care for Tomura or the rest of the League and that the value he puts on them comes mostly from their ability to bring his ambitions into reality. This selfish way of thinking establishes Dabi as an extreme sociopath.

However, Dabi appears to at least be capable of feeling remorse. While he had no problem killing the Pro Hero Snatch, the latter's words appear to have resonated with him, implying that Dabi has sympathy for those that have lost family due to villains.

Abilities

Dabi vs. Geten continued

Dabi fighting on even terms one of the Meta Liberation Army's strongest commanders.

Overall Abilities: Dabi is a highly capable villain, being one of the strongest members of the original Vanguard Action Squad, as well as its de facto leader. He has the power and the ingenuity to contend with a multitude of Pro Heroes.

Doubles of Dabi created by Twice were noted to be weaker than the actual villain, but they still were enough to hold off both Vlad King and Eraser Head, two formidable Pro Heroes, during the forest invasion.

Hawks overwhelmed by Dabi

Dabi overpowering the No. 2 Hero.

Dabi was able to easily repel the Bakugo Escort Squad and eventually restrained Katsuki Bakugo by himself with one hand. With assistance from Mr. Compress, Dabi was capable of overpowering and killing Sand Hero: Snatch in their battle on the highway.

After Endeavor and Hawks defeated the High-End Nomu, Hood, Dabi appeared on the same battlefield to confront the top two heroes. Dabi was about to engage the pair, and given the heroes' weakened state, it’s possible Dabi would have defeated Endeavor and Hawks, had it not been for the arrival of Mirko, causing Dabi to retreat, through an ally's Warping ability.

During the Revival Celebration, Dabi was able to contend with Geten, one of the strongest members of Re-Destro's Meta Liberation Army, in terms of raw power. Although Geten exploited his body's weakness to his own power, Dabi was able to continue fighting until Geten was forced to leave the area. In his battle with Hawks in the Gunga Mountain Villa, Dabi was able to overpower Hawks with the brute force of his flames.

Keen Intellect: Dabi has shown to be quite smart and strategic. He formed a plan to send doubles of himself to distract the Pro Heroes while trapping students in the forest, suffering three casualties between the villains after capturing Katsuki. Dabi is very observant of everything around him, whether he's reading someone's intentions or Quirks' weaknesses. He easily identified Tomura's personality instability, effortlessly saw through Shota's stoic nature with just a glance, as well as deduce and exploit the limits of Snatch's Quirk.

Dabi is also known for psychologically engaging enemies, questioning their motives and morality during combat. This is an entirely tactical maneuver for buying time since it complements Dabi's weakness of his flames hurting his own body over time.

Quirk

Dabi attacks the police

Dabi unleashing the power of his blue flames.

Cremation: Dabi's Quirk grants him the ability to generate large amounts of highly destructive blue flames from his body. However, Dabi's body has a low tolerance for his own flames and he will get burned if he uses them for prolonged periods of time.[1]

Offensively, Dabi can shoot fireballs, generate flamethrower-like attacks, and release bursts of fire. Defensively, Dabi can burn away attacks and even generate enough flames to form massive walls of fire to surround his targets. He is able to incinerate an entire group of villains in mere seconds.

Stats

Power
 
4/5 B
Speed
 
3/5 C
Technique
 
3/5 C
Intelligence
 
3/5 C
Cooperativeness
 
4/5 B
Dabi's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
4/6 B
Speed
 
3/6 C
Technique
 
2/6 D-
Intelligence
 
3/6 C
Mystery
 
5/6 A
Dabi's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
46. Bizzarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
47. Struggling Absent
48. Getting the Knack Absent
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
50. Kill'Em Dead Absent
51. No, Knock it Off, Iida! Absent
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Iida Absent
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Absent
56. Conclusion Absent
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Debut
58. Internship's End Absent
59. Listen Up! A Tale From the Past Absent
Final Exams Arc
60. Gear Up For Final Exams Absent
61. The Worst Combo Absent
62. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
63. Yaoyorozu Rising Absent
64. The Task at Hand Absent
65. Wall Absent
66. Midoriya's Observations Absent
67. Stripping the Varnish Appears
68. Encounter Appears
69. Interview with Midoriya Absent
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
71. Kota Absent
72. Day Two Appears
73. Good Evening Appears
74. Smoke Signal Clone
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Pictured
76. My Hero Absent
77. It's Chaos Appears
78. Whirling Chaos Absent
79. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
80. Establishing the Bakugo Bodyguard Brigade Absent
81. Roaring Upheavel Appears
82. What a Twist! Appears
83. Loss Absent
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Iida to Midoriya Appears
85. Nothing but Fools Appears
86. Before the Storm Appears
87. Clash Appears
88. All For One Absent
89. All for a Certain One Appears
90. Reach Out Appears
91. Symbol of Peace Appears
92. One For All Absent
93. One For All's Ember Absent
94. From Teacher to Disciple Appears
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
96. Home Visits Absent
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
98. Moving into Dorms Absent
99. Goodbye Two-Digit Chapters, Hello Three Digits Absent
100. Creating Ultimate Moves Absent
101. The Girl Called Mei Hatsume Absent
102. On Cloud Nine Absent
103. The Test Absent
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Absent
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Absent
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Absent
108. RUSH! Absent
109. Rescue Exercise Absent
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Absent
111. Smoldering Start Absent
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Result's Aftermath Absent
115. Unleashed Appears
116. Meeting in Tartarus Absent
117. A Talk About Your Quirk Absent
118. Meaningless Battle Absent
119. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
120. The Three Absent
121. Second Semester Opening Ceremony Absent
Shie Hassaikai Arc
122. A Season for Encounters Absent
123. Unrivaled Absent
124. Trouble Ahead!! Episode: Work Studies Absent
125. Overhaul Absent
126. Open Up, World Absent
127. Sir Nighteye and Izuku Midoriya and Mirio Togata and All Might Flashback
128. Boy Meets... Absent
129. Eri Absent
130. Listen to the Truth Absent
131. Fighting Fate Absent
132. The Plan Absent
133. Catch Up, Kirishima Absent
134. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
135. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
136. Close at Hand!! Absent
137. Restraint!! Absent
138. Go!! Absent
139. Shudder! The Underground Labyrinth Absent
140. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
141. Hassaikai: Behind the Scenes Absent
142. Shield and Shield, Spear and Shield Absent
143. Let’s Rumble, Rappa!! Absent
144. Red Riot, Part 1 Absent
145. Red Riot, Part 2 Absent
146. Temp Squad Absent
147. Twoga!! Absent
148. The Anguish of Young Twoga Flashback
149. Don't Get Mad, Irinaka Absent
150. Mirio Togata Absent
151. Mirio Togata!! Absent
152. Lemillion Absent
153. Transform! Absent
154. Unforeseen Hope Absent
155. Saviors, the Saved and a Hero's Place Absent
156. The Power of Those Saved Absent
157. Infinite 100 Percent Absent
158. Chisaki's Warped Compassion Absent
159. It's Over!! Appears
160. Expressway Appears
161. Bright Future Absent
162. Suitable One Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Appears
186. Endeavor and Hawks Absent
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Absent
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Absent
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Appears
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Appears
192. The Todoroki Family Absent
193. Vestiges Absent
Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Absent
219. Go! Slidin' Go! Absent
220. My Villain Academia Appears
221. Memento from All For One Appears
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Appears
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Appears
225. Interview with a Vampire Appears
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Appears
228. Wounded Soul Appears
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Appears
230. Sad Man's Parade Appears
231. Path Appears
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Clone
233. Bright Future Absent
234. Sense Destruction Absent
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Appears
238. Liberation Appears
239. Successor Absent
240. Power Appears
Endeavor Agency Arc
241. Do That Interview! Absent
242. Have a Merry Christmas! Absent
243. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
244. Recommended Reading Absent
245. Rise to Action Appears
246. Message Absent
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
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. You Could Be More of a Hero than Anyone Absent
255. Hero Hopeful Absent
256. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent
257. Pass It Forward, to Whomever Absent
258. Friends Fantasy
259. A Quiet Beginning Absent
260. Life's Work Absent
261. High-Ends Mentioned
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Absent
263. I Wanna Be With You Guys!! Appears
264. One's Justice Appears
265. Villains and Heroes Appears
266. Happy Life Appears
267. Flames Appears
268. Scramble! Absent
269. The Three of Us Absent
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Appears
272. Good Morning! Absent
273. The Thrill of Destruction Appears
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Flashback
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Appears
278. Disaster Walker Appears
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Appears
280. Red Riot Appears
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Appears
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent

Trivia

  • In the My Hero Academia anime opening 3, "Sora ni Utaeba" by Amazarashi, Dabi was shown as a silhouette foreshadowing his appearance to come.
  • Dabi's official rankings in the Popularity Polls are as following:
    • Ranked 28th place in the 2nd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 34th place in the 3rd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 28th place in the 4th Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 19th place in the 5th Popularity Poll.
  • Dabi's alias means "cremation" (荼毘 dabi?).
  • Dabi favors his left-hand in battle.
  • Dabi can get carsick easily, as he stated to Spinner when the latter was not driving properly.[5]
  • Dabi is unable to cry since his tear glands are burned.[6]
  • Dabi hates fish.[7]
  • Dabi shares his birthday with Burnin.

Quotes

  • (To the Vanguard Action Squad) "This will just be a signal fire. We'll fill those heroes full of holes... and put them in their place. All for a brighter future."[4]
  • (To Shota Aizawa) "Quite worthy of being an instructor at U.A. Ain't that right, hero? Is it cuz your students are so precious? Hope you got what it takes to protect them... See ya later."[8]
  • (To Vlad King) "Why not get cocky? You're playing right into our hands. The second you lost the initiative signaled your defeat. You've got the top hero-training academy, U.A., and the Symbol of Peace, All Might... the two most trusted foundations of our hero-based society. But now one mess after another is shaking that trust... don't you think that loss of faith will spread like wildfire throughout society? Think about it... how your careless administration keeps allowing attack after attack... you're so weak... you couldn't even stop a criminal organization from abducting your students."[9]
  • (To Unnamed Criminals) "If you're trash, at least burn and be kindling for my flames."

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 230 (p. 13).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 258.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 191.
  4. 4.0 4.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 72 (p. 16-18) and Episode 41.
  5. 5.0 5.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 160.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 267.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 240 (pp. 3).
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 77 (p. 11-12).
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 82 (p. 3-4).

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