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I just wanna love, live and die my way. My normal way. I wanna be even more like the people I love.
Himiko Toga to Chitose Kizuki in "Bloody Love"

Himiko Toga ( () () () () () Toga Himiko?)[2] is a major antagonist and was a member of the League of Villains, affiliated with the Vanguard Action Squad.[3] Himiko served as one of the main antagonists of the Forest Training Camp Arc, and she is also featured as an antagonist during the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc and the Shie Hassaikai Arc.

She 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.

Appearance

Himiko is a relatively petite, fair-skinned girl who is very prone to blushing and is frequently described as having a rather pretty face. She has slightly inward-tilting eyes, irises bright yellow and their pupils thin slits, making them somewhat resemble those of a cat, and her wide mouth is also rather feline, as both her upper and lower canines are more pointed and longer than the rest of her teeth. Her hair is a pale, dirty ash-blonde and is styled into two messy buns, numerous wild strands sticking out at all angles from their centers and where they’re fastened, a straight fringe and two chin-length side bangs to frame her face.

Her casual outfit consists of a plain seifuku with a Kansai collar, both the skirt and the shirt dark blue with a double white trim, which is paired with a red scarf that she ties loosely below. Over this, she wears an oversized beige cardigan with a rather long hem and cuffs, and pockets on either side, the right one shown to hold a number of trinkets on either a keychain or a cellphone strap.[4] She sports knee-length black socks and dark brown dress shoes with thick heels, the same as the outdoor uniform shoes students traditionally wear in Japanese schools.

In her villain attire, she wears this same outfit but with a few additional gadgets and pieces, such as her piped black mask, the boxes of knives strapped around her thighs, and a blue utility belt around her waist with more little green boxes attached to it on either side. The most noticeable new feature is the loose black mask she wears around her neck, which is decorated with pieces of pale metal in the shape of a carnivorous grin. Three large silver canisters are attached to the sides of her mask, needles poking out of their tips and wires their bases, which connect them to the two larger cylinders strapped to the back of her belt, this whole mechanism used to suck people’s blood for Himiko to use with her Quirk.

Following the battle with the Meta Liberation Army, Himiko appears to have damaged her right eye and wears a black eyepatch over it. She also wears a new coat, given to her by Skeptic, to replace the one she damaged in her fight against Curious.[5]

After the battle, she is shown to have healed and her eye is shown to be intact.[6]

Gallery

Personality

Himiko is a very cheerful girl, to the point of smiling even after having presumably killed someone, displaying apparent sadistic tendencies.[7] This continues even when danger is imminent, as when Tomura Shigaraki was about to attack her,[8] but it tends to stop when she is bored or annoyed. Himiko is frequently seen blushing seemingly out of excitement rather than embarrassment, giving her a permanent look of what appears to be lovesickness on her face. However, she has shown that she can easily be embarrassed, such as when she thinks people are coming on to her,[9] or when she is naked when copying clothes of the people she has transformed into. [10]

Himiko vs Tsuyu

Himiko's twisted idea of friendship.

Himiko is obviously mentally unstable and has a very twisted perception of love and friendship. Proven when, despite wanting to kill Ochaco Uraraka and Tsuyu Asui, she attempted to befriend the two girls as they fought, affectionately calling the latter by her first name and describing the former as "lovely". When talking to Ochaco, she said that it was only natural to want to be like the one you love, to the point of literally becoming that person. Later she further explains and compares that like how "normal" people kiss the people they love as "normal", she sucks the blood of the people she loves as this is her "normal", further showing her twisted understanding of love, which thus justifies her carving up and butchering "guys who are tattered and reeking of blood", as they fit the description of her ideal lover.[11] Himiko's interest isn't just superficial, as her questioning Izuku Midoriya about what his values and beliefs imply, showing that although twisted, she does indeed want to know more about the person she "loves".

Himiko comforts Twice

Himiko's compassionate side.

Himiko is quite courageous, or at least very confident when using her Quirk, even impersonating an aspiring hero and taking part in an exam that gathered multiple students of heroics and pro heroes. She also has shown a comedic and childlike demeanor when faced with different situations, such as when she was with Twice or when she attempted to insult Mimic.

Like most of her allies, Himiko has stated that she finds life to be difficult for the current world and wants to make it an easier place to live in. She looks up to Stain and sees him as her role model; declaring a desire to kill and "become" him (possibly in reference to her Quirk).[8] In stark contrast to her maniacal nature, Himiko has shown a very supportive side as she comforted Twice, knowing he feels the most responsible for causing Magne's death and covering a part of his ripped mask to prevent him from splitting. By extension, she is shown to care greatly about her comrades and was enraged enough by Magne's death that she wanted to kill Overhaul and his men as payback.

Himiko is also shown to be prone to mood swings when she finds a target of "affection" (often Izuku) she is loud and cheerful. However, when an obstacle gets in between her and her prey, she shows a very angered expression, instantly switching priorities to kill whoever the nuisance is.

In the past, Himiko was noted by her family and former classmates to be, "a cheerful, reasonable, well-mannered girl" whose subsequent turn to a life of crime surprised everyone who knew her. However, her own recollections imply that this was merely an act she put on to try and fit in with what society deemed "normal." She believes the way she acts presently is her own normal. [12]

Re-Destro theorizes that her twisted personality came off as a result of her Quirk being blood-related, thus prompting a natural inclination towards it, and by proxy her non "normal" behavior, which was later emphasized due to societal norms.

Abilities

Shota tries to counter Himiko

Himiko outmaneuvering Eraser Head.

Overall Abilities: Himiko is a master of disguise, infiltration, and stealth as well as a very talented combatant, being fully capable of taking on Pro Heroes in close quarters combat. She proved to be a contender in the licensing exam in spite of its strict competition, passing the first phase without needing it to be her priority.[13] One of Himiko's most prominent traits is her skill in espionage. By holding her breath and clearing her mind, Himiko can erase her presence and allegedly vanish from her enemies' view. This ability isn't limited to ambushes but can be used in combat as well, disappearing if the opponent averts their attention from her, even for an instant. When Himiko disguised herself as Camie Utsushimi, she was able to overpower and ambush Izuku, one of U.A. High School's most powerful students, with sneak attacks.[14]

Despite lacking a Quirk that amplifies her physical abilities, Himiko is still a very capable combatant, utilizing her incredible agility, great reflexes and acrobatic skills. She is also adept at creating openings to conceal herself, such as intentionally forcing an opponent to dodge.[14] Himiko's swiftness was shown when she used Eraser Head’s Capturing Weapon against him by rolling herself in it and stabbing him once she got in close before he was able to restrain her,[1] as well as when she swiftly tapped each of Chitose's followers while using Ochaco Uraraka's Zero Gravity Quirk to levitate them before any of them could react.

  • Tantōjutsu: Himiko is very proficient with knives, which she uses along with her enhanced agility. She stabs her enemies at close distance or throwing her blades from a considerable distance. With aid from Twice, she incapacitated Rock Lock before stabbing him unconscious.

Quirk

Himiko explaining how her Transform works

Demonstration of Himiko's Quirk. The meter represents the amount of blood absorbed by her.

Transform ( (へん) (しん) Henshin?): Himiko's Quirk grants her the ability to transform into a physical lookalike of another individual, as well as copy their voice. She can only transform into people whose blood she has ingested. The more blood she drinks, the longer she has access to that persons form. She can switch between the appearances of multiple people if she drinks the blood of more than one person. She can even duplicate a person's clothing, though, her own clothes would overlap the transformation, requiring her to get naked beforehand.

Upon deactivating her Quirk or switching to another disguise, Himiko's disguise melts into a gray liquid.

During her fight with Curious and her soldiers, Himiko's Quirk underwent an Awakening, giving her the ability to use the Quirk's of the people she transformed into, something that she was previously not able to do.[15]

Stats

Power
 
1/5 E
Speed
 
4/5 B
Technique
 
3/5 C
Intelligence
 
3/5 C
Cooperativeness
 
1/5 E
Himiko's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
1/6 E
Speed
 
4/6 B-
Technique
 
5/6 A+
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
Unruly Hair
 
5/6 A
Himiko's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Himiko Toga's weapons

Himiko armed with a knife and needle.

Combat Knives: Himiko is usually equipped with several knives in her arsenal. They are small knives with a black handle about the size of her hand that stretches longer than the actual blade itself. Even so, she makes them effective in combat.

Blood Sucking Machine: Himiko's villain costume is equipped with a blood draining machine attached to her utility belt. As the rear of the belt are two large green tubes with wires connecting to six cylinders armed with retractable needles. She can throw the needles from a distance using the wires or stab her opponents directly. Either way, as long as the needle connects, the machine will begin draining the victim's blood. The blood is stored in tubes that are attached to the machine and can be saved for later. However, the machine is also connected to a mask, that allows her to drink the blood directly when it is being sucked out.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Trivia

Volume 19 Himiko Toga

Some early concepts for Himiko's character.

  • Concept art of Himiko already had her as an archetypal "yandere" (Japanese lingo used to describe a character who's dangerously obsessive towards another). One potential design included a different, plainer face with short pigtails instead of the messy hair buns present in the current Himiko. She also had an entire row of sharp teeth instead of just prominent canines.
    • The prototype sketches of Himiko state that she is possibly bisexual, meaning she may be attracted to both males and females, or also possibly pansexual, meaning attracted to people regardless of gender. It is unconfirmed whether this character trait has been kept in the main series, however it is likely as Himiko has expressed her "love" towards both Izuku and Ochaco.[16][17]
    • Notably, Himiko's ability to use the Quirks of people she transforms into was first mentioned alongside those sketches, before the story confirmed it proper in Chapter 226.
  • In the third My Hero Academia anime opening, "Sora ni Utaeba", Himiko was shown as a silhouette, foreshadowing her appearance to come.
  • Himiko's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Ranked 19th in the Second and Third Popularity Polls.
    • Ranked 9th in the Fifth Popularity Poll.
  • According to Horikoshi, Himiko is the hardest to illustrate of all the female characters he has created so far, her eyes and hair being particularly difficult.
  • Himiko is the first character in the series to have her name revealed in katakana rather than kanji. This was likely done to avoid hinting at her Quirk.
    • Himiko's surname contains the kanji for "migrate" ( to?) and "self" ( ga?), and her first name contains "wear, put on" ( hi?), "somebody" ( mi?) and "child," which is also a feminine name suffix ( ko?).[2]
  • While Himiko's Quirk was revealed 46 chapters after her proper debut in Chapter 68, it was hinted by her introductory quote to Tomura, where she stated her desire "to be Stainy."
  • Himiko is currently the youngest member of the League of Villains.
  • According to Himiko's Volume 24 profile:
    • She likes blood and pomegranates.
  • Due to TV regulations in Japan, Toga couldn't be naked in the original broadcasts of episodes where she was supposed to be. Instead, the footage was altered to look like she was wearing a kind of light in tone body suit under her disguises. This was changed in the home releases of the seasons.

Quotes

  • (To Tomura Shigaraki) "I wanna be Mr. Stainy! I wanna kill Mr. Stainy! So lemme join you, Tomura!"[8]
  • (To Tsuyu Asui) "You're bleeding already, Tsuyu, my good friend! Isn't blood cute? I love it so."[18]
  • (To Ochaco Uraraka) "Of course you wanna be like the one you love. It's natural. So you end up decking yourself out to look like him. But after enough time, even that's not enough. You literally want to become him. There's no helping it. So what's your type? I love tattered guys reeking of blood. That's why I always carve people up in the end."[18]
  • (As Camie Utsushimi to Izuku Midoriya) "Looks like we both want to learn about each other, huh? So now... Your turn. Why are you hoping to become a hero? Honor? Pride? For someone else's sake? I want to know... all about you."
  • (As Ochaco Uraraka to Chitose Kizuki"I just wanna love, live and die my way. My normal way. I wanna be even more like the people I love."[15]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 147 (p. 9).
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 88 (p. 4).
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 73 and Episode 41.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 67 and Episode 37.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 240.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 245.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 57 (p. 18) and Episode 31.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 68 and Episode 38.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 91.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 149.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 148.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 225.
  13. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 108 and Episode 56.
  14. 14.0 14.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 105 and Episode 54.
  15. 15.0 15.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 226 (p. 13-14).
  16. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 19, Omake
  17. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 223.
  18. 18.0 18.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 80 (p. 11-14).

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