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I swear on my name, Vine... that the schemers will be judged.
Ibara Shiozaki in "Quaotic Quirkstravaganza"

Ibara Shiozaki ( (しお) (ざき) (いばら) Shiozaki Ibara?), also known as Vine (ヴァイン Vain?), previously Maria (マリア Maria?), is a student in Class 1-B at U.A. High School, training to become a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Ibara is a girl of medium height with green, thorn-covered vines for hair, one set wrapped around her forehead a couple of times. Because of her Quirk, she can grow them at will but she likes to keep her vines at a reasonably manageable length: just above her waist. Her eyes are squinted and dark green with long lower eyelashes, and she's regarded as cute by Denki Kaminari.

Her hero costume consists of a plain white robe and black knee-high boots.

Personality

Ibara Shiozaki personality

Ibara displaying her humble nature

Ibara is a very modest and courteous person who first makes her humility clear after Present Mic calls her an assassin. Although graceful and soft-spoken, she is not afraid to make her pure intentions known. She seems to be of a highly religious inclination, due to her talking about heaven and divine beings in passing on multiple occasions, and her super moves having somewhat religious names, such as "Faith's Shield" and "Crucifixion".

Despite initially seeming very pure and kind, Ibara shows an unexpected vindictive side, best demonstrated in the Joint Training Arc, with her harsh judgement of Class 1-A and her telling Jurota Shishida that she hoped the "fires of hell" would relieve him of his sins.

She showed her gratitude after receiving a second chance to participate in the U.A. Sports Festival and made her objective to spread well across the world apparent before her fight with Denki.[2] Ibara also prefers to be fair and square, as she disagreed with Neito Monoma's plan to throw the Obstacle Race and placed fourth instead. She also found her teammates "sinful".

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Ibara has proven herself to be a capable individual, as her skills allowed her to earn 4th place in the U.A. Entrance Exam, having a fair balance of both villain and rescue points. She has incredible proficiency over her Quirk's applications, utilizing it in the same manner as Kamui Woods' Arbor Quirk. Ibara seems to be the stationary-type combatant, letting her Quirk do all the work for her in battles while she stands still. Due to this fighting style however, Ibara leaves herself vulnerable to attacks from an opponent with superior speed, or close-quarters combat abilities, such as Tenya Iida.

Quirk

Ibara defeats Denki

Ibara demonstrates her Quirk proficiency, which allows her to effortlessly defeat Denki Kaminari.

Vines (ツル Tsuru?): This Quirk allows her to grow vines on her head which she can extend, attack, and grapple. She also has the ability to detach them at will.

Super Moves

  • Via Dolorosa (ヴィアドロローサ Via Dororōsa?): Ibara covers an entire area with her vines, trapping anything that touch them.
  • Crucifixion (磔刑 (クルセフィクション) Kurusefikushon?): Ibara uses her vines to trap her opponent in a ball of vines suspended in the air to restrict their movement. The shape resembles that of a rubber band ball. She uses this move on Denki to insulate him, rendering him unable to discharge his quirk.
  • Faith's Shield (信仰の盾 (フェイスズシールド) Feisuzu Shīrudo?): Ibara swiftly uses creates a wall of vines to protect herself before detaching the vines. She used it as a second line of defense against Denki.

Stats

Power
 
3/5 C
Speed
 
4/5 B
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
3/5 C
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Ibara's stats, according to the Official Character Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Trivia

  • Ibara's name contains the kanji for "salt" (?), "promontory" (?), and "thorn" (?).
  • Ibara ranked 4th during the U.A. Entrance Exam with 36 Villain Points and 32 Rescue Points.
  • Ibara's favorite food is bread.
  • Ibara was originally planned to be in Class 1-A.
  • In Volume 4, Horikoshi commented that he finds it hard to draw Ibara's hair.
  • Ibara's religious nature, appearance and Quirk allude to Christianity in several ways:
    • Ibara's thorny hair is similar to the crown of thorns that is said to have been placed on Jesus Christ's head at the time of His crucifixion.
    • Her Hero Costume consists of a plain white robe, which looks similar to the one worn in many depictions of Jesus Christ.
    • Her former Hero name "Maria" is the Latin name for the Virgin Mary.
    • Her birthday is September 8, which is also the birthday of the Virgin Mary.
    • All of her Super Moves are named after biblical terms.

Quotes

  • (After defeating Denki Kaminari) "Yes... I have not wasted the opportunity bestowed upon me..."[3]
  • (When Eijiro Kirishima was thrown at her) "A lost lamb descends from the heavens."

References

  1. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 35.

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