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You sure talk like you're above it all, Eraser. Kids hoping to be heroes are a dime and a dozen, y'know. And how far their determination will take them has nothing to do with how famous they are. Pretending you're the stars of the show and looking down on others is a good way... to get your just desserts.
Emi Fukukaido to Shota Aizawa in "White-hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths!"

Emi Fukukado ( (ふく) (かど) (えみ) Fukukado Emi?), also known as Smile Hero: Ms. Joke (スマイルヒーロー Ms. (ミス) ジョーク Sumairu Hīrō Misu Jōku?), is a Pro Hero and a teacher of 2nd year, Class 2 at Ketsubutsu Academy High School.[1]

Appearance

Emi is a young woman of a strong athletic build with noticeably muscular arms. She has sea green hair that reaches just past her shoulders, and short fringe with splayed ends which is usually obscured by her bandana. She has dark green eyes with bright pupils, but by far her most prominent feature is her unwaveringly joyous smile.

Her hero costume consists of a sleeveless navy blue shirt with a high collar that’s buttoned up all the way to her chin, puffed shorts with a green and orange pinstripe design and a corset adorned with yellow smiley-face pins, dipping down in a shallow "U" in the center. Below this, she wears a white V-shaped belt, and on her hands she has padded yellow gloves with golden plates over her knuckles and lower fingers, which extend in orange-striped tubes down her lower arms, with thick metal cylinders acting as wrist-guards over the top. She also wears an orange bandana, and her costume sometimes includes a white hygiene mask with a circular smiley-face protrusion on either side.

Personality

Emi Fukukado's personality

Emi's outgoing personality

Ms. Joke is known for her cheerful and outgoing personality. She always has her goofy and somewhat obnoxious sense of humor on full display, and jumps at the chance to make others laugh. She takes no shame in flirting with Shota Aizawa, endlessly trying to break his cold exterior to get out a smile. She enjoys poking fun at him and finds his stoic personality amusing, indicating her playful and teasing nature. Her playful attitude plays into her hero work as she fights by distracting her opponents with laughter.

Though her behavior may appear unprofessional, Ms. Joke takes her job as a teacher and pro hero very seriously, and clearly has a thorough understanding of heroics, as demonstrated through her commentary with Shota throughout the license exam.

Ms. Joke deeply values her students and believes in their abilities. She believes that Shota didn't share this same connection with his students because he didn't warn them about the licensing exam's traditions. She takes offense to Shota placing his students above her own, and believes all kids have dreams of becoming great heroes. She appears to be somewhat distasteful of U.A. High School, believing they hold an elitist attitude and overvalue their prestige.

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Ms. Joke is a famous Pro Hero known for incapacitating her opponents in the wackiest fashion. She passes on her skills and knowledge to the future generation of heroes at Ketsubutsu Academy.

Hand to Hand Combatant: According to Izuku Ms. Joke's main strategy is to incapacitate her enemies with her quirk before taking them down with her hand to hand techniques, suggesting a level of proficiency.

Quirk

Outburst ( (ばく) (しょう) Bakushō?): Emi's Quirk forces her targets to burst out into uncontrollable laughter. This laughter impairs opponents cognitive abilities, allowing Ms. Joke to take them down.[2]

Equipment

Laugh Mask: Ms. Joke wears a grey mask with happy faces symbols on her cheeks. This allows her Quirk to be neutralized in a public setting.

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
U.A. Sports Festival Arc
22. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
23. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
24. Mad Dash and Knockdown Absent
25. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
26. Chase Down the Leader Absent
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Absent
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Absent
29. Unaware Absent
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Absent
31. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Absent
33. Shinso's Situation Absent
34. Victory or Defeat Appears
35. Battle On, Challengers! Absent
36. Bakugo vs Uraraka Absent
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Absent
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Absent
39. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
40. Emancipation Absent
41. Fight On, Iida! Absent
42. Final-Match Time Absent
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
44. Relaxing Day Off 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 Debut
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Appears
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Appears
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Absent
108. RUSH! Appears
109. Rescue Exercise Appears
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Absent
111. Smoldering Start Appears
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Result's Aftermath Appears
115. Unleashed Absent
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
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 Absent
259. A Quiet Beginning Appears
260. Life's Work Absent
261. High-Ends Absent
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Absent
263. I Wanna Be With You Guys!! Appears
264. One's Justice Absent
265. Villains and Heroes Absent
266. Happy Life Absent
267. Flames Absent
268. Scramble! Absent
269. The Three of Us Absent
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Absent
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Absent
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Absent
278. Disaster Walker Absent
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Absent

Trivia

  • Emi's name contains the kanji for "fortune gate" (福門 fukukado?) and "laughter" ( emi?).
    • Her name is a play on a Japanese proverb about fortune coming to those who laugh.
  • The two buttons on her neck may symbolize that her costume was created by the same designer as Ochaco Uraraka and Katsuki Bakugo.
  • Ms. Joke's general aesthetic seems to be inspired by the DC supervillain Joker.
    • Both have a clown/comedy theme and have green hair.
    • Emi's Quirk, Outburst, is similar to the effects of Joker Venom.
    • Their aliases—Joker and Ms. Joke—sound extremely similar.
    • Her annoyance to Shota reflects Batman's irritation to The Joker's tauntings.
  • Given also her heroic nature, she may have also been inspired by DC Earth-3's Jokester, the heroic parallel counterpart of The Joker whose outfit is buttoned with smiley faces and primary green (his whole color palette being an inversion of The Joker's).

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 103 (p. 4-5) and Episode 53.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 103 (p. 4) and Episode 53.

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