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Carrying a gun around is just another way of saying you've got no confidence in a fight. Because at least us simple minds at U.A... have grown beyond the point of ever thinking there's no hope!
Itsuka Kendo to Mustard in "Drive It Home, Iron Fist!"

Itsuka Kendo ( (けん) (どう) (いつ) () Kendō Itsuka?), also known as Battle Fist (バトルフィスト Batoru Fisuto?), is the class representative of Class 1-B at U.A. High School and is training there to become a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Itsuka has teal eyes and long, ginger hair that she typically wears tied into a high ponytail on the left side of her head. Her bangs are split into three clumps around her eyes, and some of her hair sticks up in large tufts on the top of her head.

For her hero costume, Itsuka wears a turquoise knee-length qipao, over which she has a black double-breasted corset, ending just below her breasts. She also sports black short pants under the qipao. For accessories, she wears a loose brown utility belt around her hips, a satchel attached at the back, a thin black domino mask around her eyes and white-heeled navy blue boots with wide vamps that reach down to her toes; filled in with white slips.

For her winter hero costume, she switches out her normal qipao for one with long sleeves, reaching down to her elbows.

Personality

Itsuka Kendo Winter Hero Costume

The big sister of Class 1-B.

Itsuka is a spirited girl who is thoughtful of others.[2] She does not hesitate to criticize even her classmates if she feels what they are doing is not right, like whenever she karate chops Neito Monoma on the back of his neck to prevent him from antagonizing Class 1-A[3] and the rest of Class 1-B. She is also willing to pass on opportunities that would benefit her if she feels other people deserve it better. This is shown when she let Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu and Ibara Shiozaki participate in the tournament event of the U.A. Sports Festival in place of her team.[4] Tetsutetsu has stated that because of Itsuka's cheerful personality, she can bring all of Class 1-B together, thus making her the "big sister" of Class 1-B.[5]

Itsuka is additionally friendly to people outside her class and seems to hold no signs of ill-will towards Class 1-A, making her a minority of the 1-B students. She has displayed sympathy towards others, even if she is not particularly close to them. She showed concern for Izuku Midoriya and Tenya Iida after hearing about their run-in with Stain and helped Class 1-A by telling them what was supposed to be on the First Term Final Exam's practical portion despite it being somewhat against the rules.[6]

In combat, Itsuka is very analytical. She is able to understand Mustard's Quirk (comparing the motion of his gas to that of a tornado) and using that logic to determine the user's location. She is also able to use her own Quirk to dispel the gas Mustard emits, allowing her and Tetsutetsu to fight without the need for gas masks.

Abilities

Big Fist

Itsuka is formidable enough to take on a capable villain such as Mustard.

Overall Abilities: Itsuka has proven herself to be a highly formidable combatant, as her skills earned her 5th place in the U.A. Entrance Exam. She also has a great handle on her Quirk, Big Fist, which is used for close-range combat. Itsuka has enough power to break through most defenses. The sudden expansion of her hands can be used to surprise foes, assuming they're not aware of how her Quirk functions, or increase the power of her attacks through the momentum of the expansion. Itsuka's enlarged hands are useful not only for combat but as a method of transporting others and restraining opponents as well, making it convenient for rescues and criminal escorting. Someone wrapped by Itsuka's giant hands will become protected from certain airborne hazards such as poisonous gas, albeit just temporarily.

Itsuka Kendo rushes Momo Yaoyorozu

Itsuka's uses the increased strength in tandem with her hand-to-hand combat skills to penetrate Momo Yaoyorozu's defenses.

She demonstrated her mettle when she held her own against the villain Mustard, a member of the League of Villains' Vanguard Action Squad, while fighting alongside Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu. Itsuka not only parried the gas-producing villain with her Quirk, but was able to use the strength increasing capabilities of her Quirk to generate enough wind to dispel the toxic gas that the villain created, and give Tetsutetsu an opening to defeat Mustard. Itsuka has shown to be quite capable at hand-to-hand combat, as she could incapacitate Neito Monoma with a karate chop. Her melee combat skills were further showcased during the Joint Training Battle, where she battled Momo Yaoyorozu, a recommended student. By using her combat prowess in conjunction with the increased strength that her Quirk provides, Itsuka was able to overwhelm Momo and smash her way through the latter's defenses.[7] While Momo did temporarily blindside her with a cannon, Itsuka was still more than capable of incapacitating the Everything Hero with her "Double Jumbo Fist" technique, although the recommended student did manage to tie herself to Itsuka before losing consciousness.[8]

Keen Intellect: Itsuka is shown to be extremely intelligent and tactical, demonstrated when she theorized the location of Mustard and the pattern of his Quirk, Gas, and being able to figure out how to quickly dispel the villain's fumes. She has excellent analytical skills, a high sense of perceptiveness, and her stats prove that her intelligence is overall redoubtable. Tetsutetsu has even commented on how Itsuka has a quick wit, maintains a level head in situations, and can make the right decisions on the fly.

During the Joint Training, Itsuka demonstrated her incredible camaraderie and ingenuity, taking into account all of her teammates' strengths and weaknesses to effectively devise a two-fold plan for battling against the opposing team. Her first plan of action was to have Shihai Kuroiro take control of Fumikage Tokoyami's Dark Shadow and launch a surprise attack. Itsuka knew that Fumikage would use Dark Shadow to scout out her team and that the opposing team would never expect any member of her own team to take control of Dark Shadow. When Shihai inquired as to what would happen if he failed at her strategy, Itsuka revealed an effective contingency plan. If the opposing team is focused on fighting him, they will have to use light to weaken him; and by taking advantage of that said light, not only will Dark Shadow be weakened as well, but the rest of her team will be able to pinpoint the opposing team's location, surround them, and go all out. Another part of her auxiliary strategy was to have Manga Fukidashi use his Quirk, Comic, to separate Momo from the rest of her teammates, knowing that the heroine is the opposing team's strategist. Itsuka figured that if she brings the match to her own area of expertise: close-quarters combat, she would secure victory for her team.[7]

However, despite her ingenuity, Shoto Todoroki realized there was a flaw in Itsuka's precautionary strategy in separating Momo from her teammates. He pointed out that if she really wanted to be cautious of Momo, then Itsuka would’ve had her entire team overwhelm the Everything Hero from the start of the match. This implies that Itsuka prefers to be more broad in her strategies rather than direct.

Quirk

Itsuka Kendo intro

Itsuka enlarging her hands to engage in combat.

Big Fist (大拳 Daiken?): Itsuka's Quirk grants her the ability to enlarge both of her hands to a gigantic size. With the increased size, comes enhanced striking power and gripping capabilities.

  • Enhanced Strength: Itsuka appears to have strength greater than the average human since she can carry people and lift her enlarged hands without a problem, as seen in her fight against Mustard. Her enlarged hands grant her proportionally increased chopping and gripping strength. During the Joint Training Battle, she proved to be strong enough to easily crush Momo's shields made of tungsten, the strongest metal on earth.

Super Moves

  • Double Jumbo Fist (双大拳 Sōtaiken?): With both her hands at normal size, Kendo strikes her enemy with them, activating her Quirk just before impact to maximize damage.

Stats

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

Power
 
5/6 A
Speed
 
3/6 C
Technique
 
3/6 C
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
Big Sis
 
5/6 A
Itsuka's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter 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 Debut
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Appears
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Appears
29. Unaware Appears
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Absent
31. The Boy Born with Everything Appears
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Appears
33. Shinso's Situation Absent
34. Victory or Defeat Absent
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 Appears
Final Exams Arc
60. Gear Up For Final Exams Appears
61. The Worst Combo Absent
62. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Appears
63. Yaoyorozu Rising Absent
64. The Task at Hand Absent
65. Wall Absent
66. Midoriya's Observations Absent
67. Stripping the Varnish Absent
68. Encounter Absent
69. Interview with Midoriya Absent
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild Pussycats Appears
71. Kota Absent
72. Day Two Appears
73. Good Evening Appears
74. Smoke Signal Appears
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Absent
76. My Hero Absent
77. It's Chaos Absent
78. Whirling Chaos Appears
79. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Appears
80. Establishing the Bakugo Bodyguard Brigade Absent
81. Roaring Upheavel Absent
82. What a Twist! Absent
83. Loss Appears
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Iida to Midoriya Absent
85. Nothing but Fools Absent
86. Before the Storm Mentioned
87. Clash Absent
88. All For One Absent
89. All for a Certain One Absent
90. Reach Out Absent
91. Symbol of Peace Absent
92. One For All Absent
93. One For All's Ember Absent
94. From Teacher to Disciple Absent
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 Appears
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 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 Appears
U.A. School Festival Arc
169. School Festival Absent
170. With Eri Absent
171. Gentle and La Brava Absent
172. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 1) Absent
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Mentioned
174. Golden Tips Imperial Absent
175. Morning, the Day Of Absent
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
177. At the Construction Site Absent
178. The Woman Called La Brava Appears
179. School Festival Start!! Absent
180. Unbeknownst Absent
181. For Someone Else Absent
182. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
183. Festival All Day Long!! Appears
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies Over U.A. High! Appears
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Appears
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Absent
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand When It Counts!! Appears
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Absent
200. Clever Commander! Appears
201. Foresight Appears
202. Match 3 Appears
203. Flexible! Juzo Honenuki! Absent
204. Tuning Up Absent
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
207. Early Bird! Absent
208. Match 4 Conclusion Absent
209. Match 5 Start Absent
210. The One For All Dream Absent
211. That Which Is Inherited Absent
212. That Which Is Inherited, Part 2 Absent
213. Realm of Souls Absent
214. Our Brawl Absent
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Absent
216. Class A vs. Class B: Conclusion Appears
217. The New Power and All For One 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 Absent
246. Message Appears
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 Absent
259. A Quiet Beginning Absent
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

Trivia

  • In the First Popularity Poll, Itsuka ranked 13th, which currently makes her the most popular character in Class 1-B.
  • Itsuka's Quirk is very similar to the power possessed by Marvel Comics hero Kamala Khan, but instead of having full malleable control of her body, Itsuka is only limited to increasing the size of her fists much like Kamala likes to do.
    • However, since Kamala's first appearance in Marvel Comics (mid-2014) is extremely close to Itsuka's first appearance in the manga (January 2015), it's possible her powers were instead adapted from that of Reed Richards, a.k.a Mr. Fantastic, a founding member of the Fantastic Four. Both Richards and Kamala have the exact same powers.
  • Itsuka's surname contains the kanji for "fist" ( ken?) and "wisteria" ( ?), while her given contains the kanji for "one" ( itsu?) and "excellent, beautiful" ( ka?).
    • Her surname is a possible reference to her Quirk and the martial art of the same name.
  • Itsuka likes black coffee and motorcycles. She's also referred to as "masculine".
  • According to Horikoshi, Itsuka is very popular among his staff.
  • Itsuka came in 5th place for the Entrance Exam with a score of 25 Villain Points and 40 Rescue Points.

Quotes

  • (To Mustard) "Carrying a gun around is just another way of saying you've got no confidence in a fight. Because at least us simple minds at U.A... have grown beyond the point of ever thinking that there's no hope!"[9]
  • (To Momo Yaoyorozu) "Ever since we appeared in those commercials during our workplace experience, we've kinda been treated like a pair, you know? They always box us together like an idol group or something. But you have better grades and a better Quirk than me, so whenever people would lump us together like that, I really couldn't stand it. I wouldn't show it though. So on a personal level, I always wanted to try duking it out with you!"

References

  1. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive (p. 87).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 4, Omake
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 198.
  6. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 34.
  7. 7.0 7.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 200.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 201.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 79 (pp. 13 & 15).

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