I am Hawks. The man who's a bit too fast. A society where heroes can enjoy a little boredom... I'll make it happen, I promise, at my trademark top speed.
Keigo Takami in "The Todoroki Family"

Keigo Takami ( (たか) () (けい) () Takami Keigo?),[2][3] also known as the Wing Hero: Hawks (ウィングヒーロー ホークス Wingu Hīrō Hōkusu?), is the former No. 3 Pro Hero[4] and the current No. 2 Pro Hero.[1]

Appearance

Keigo is a man of average height with a slim and narrow build. It is pointed out by himself that his back muscles are not broad enough. He has feathery ash blonde hair swept messily backward with some of the front tufts sticking up in arcs above his head, notably thick eyelashes, and some faint stubble on his chin.

His eyes are gold-brown and rather triangular in shape, with two little black triangles just below his tear ducts, making his eyes somewhat resemble those of a bird. The marks around his eyes are naturally innate since he already had them as a child. Due to his Quirk, he has a set of large bright red wings with feathers that gradually lengthen the further down they go.

He wears a black shirt with a wavy golden pattern like a ripple in a pond, over which he has a tan jacket with a high collar, the insides and cuffs of the sleeves lined with white fur, and black gloves. He has a square-shaped lobe piercing in each ear, although these are rarely visible as he usually wears a pair of yellow headphones over them. His headphones most likely have protection purposes, since the velocities in which he moves are capable of damaging eardrums beyond repair.

A shaped, yellow-tinted visor protects his eyes (blue-tinted in the manga), presumably from UV radiation above the clouds and dirt particles at high speed.[5] His jacket is specially modified, with two large slits over his shoulder blades, which allow his wings to easily protrude.[6] His costume resembles an aviator's uniform.

During his fight with Dabi, Keigo obtains a scar across the left side of his face.[3]

Gallery

Personality

Keigo is shown to be highly intelligent, both emotionally and logistically. He promotes a carefree and jovial attitude, while his constant vigilance often hides under layers of serenity and equanimity. Keigo acts laid-back while being on constant alert.

Keigo's peculiar facial expressions.

Keigo follows the orders of the HPSC without hesitation but with subliminal cynicism. Nevertheless, Keigo dislikes formalities, often acting in an unpredictable way while being cocky and taunting. He acts nonchalant and jokingly submissive since he does not care about social status or recognition. Keigo uses a lot of sarcasm such as when he agrees serenely when Katsuki Bakugo claims to have been faster, and he reacts with ironic adaptation when someone claims him to be lesser.[7]

Keigo believes that popular approval is the most important metric a Pro Hero should be judged for since it is the task of a hero to put the citizens at ease - something that he claims to be unable to do. Keigo shows a preference for the lower hero ranks as it would allow him more freedom and avoid the burdens of being a top hero. He states his wish is to patrol in a free, leisurely fashion and "take it easy."[8]

Still, Keigo is said to be ferocious in regards to his Pro Hero duties, understanding the importance of a leader figure among all heroes after All Might's retirement. When around others he likes, Keigo is very talkative and can have a prolonged one-sided conversation casually while helping dozens of civilians simultaneously in his area of influence. He also claims that he will always strive for what he longs for. Ironically, despite his bird-like Quirk, he seems to have a special liking for bird-based meals; making him a raptor.

Keigo is a highly intelligent individual, as his cunning is shown multiple times as he outsmarts his surveillance monitors, or as he had planned his actions ahead in order to have explanations for the Hood-incident. He is rational and more far-sighted than other Pro Heroes, allowing him the best chances to go undercover.

"I want to make a world where heroes have time to kill."

He appears relaxed in situations of great pressure, such was the case of the Hero Rankings for the new Top Charts year. Keigo's gestures are lively, expressive, and highly personalized, as he always wants to get his voice across. He claims to be "bad at keeping it in," even though he possesses complete control over his facial expressions and body language, which makes him an extremely skilled liar. But apparently he adores the truth, finding lying to be too much work. These traits allowed him to easily work his way into the Liberation Army, and the slight change of motivation expertly conveyed to Endeavor the information about the Liberation Army's aims and change of leadership.

While Keigo seems uninterested in most things, he has a good heart as he saves every single witness from High End's attack and is silently disgusted at the strain of maintaining his duty-act as a double agent amidst a cabal of villains and terrorists. He also feels guilt about Endeavor's scar, having coaxed the High-End attack into a contained area to reduce casualties.[6]

He seems relaxed and under-challenged like most prodigies would be, but is in fact hard-working and under constant pressure with his Hero career. It is proclaimed that he trained endlessly to maximize the techniques in which he uses his wings, refining his rescue, and support combat abilities.

Abilities

Keigo uses his feather blades to swiftly defeat 2 low-level Nomus.

Overall Abilities: Keigo was ranked 3rd of Japan's Pro Heroes, before taking the spot of No. 2 after All Might's retirement. When he was 18 years old, Keigo became one of the top 10 Pro Heroes before taking No. 3 spot in the 4 years that followed. Fast and cunning, Keigo possesses incredible skill and finesse over his Quirk, Fierce Wings, which he primarily uses for flight, high-speed combat, and supporting his allies' mobility using detached feathers. In spite of his prowess, Keigo is aware of his Quirk’s weakness and will not exhaust his quills unless absolutely necessary. To compensate for his Quirk being unable to enhance his overall brute strength, Keigo employs his plumes as bladed weapons. Combined with his celerity, Keigo can rapidly slice through enemies [9] or fire off smaller plumages from his wings like daggers.[8] His overall Quirk proficiency allowed Keigo to become both a top Pro Hero and one of the swiftest fighters in the world. In fact, Keigo subdues common criminals so quickly his subordinates only serve as clean up, while Keigo moves on to his next target.[10]

Without looking, Keigo utilized his featherings to save citizens and animals, as well as apprehend villains, all while holding a walking conversation with Endeavor, proving to be effective at multi-tasking, and incredibly aware of his surroundings. When Hood appeared and engaged Endeavor, Hawks was able to effectively evacuate 76 denizens from the collapsing skyscraper before proceeding to aid the Flame Hero against the High-End Nomu. His addition to the battle distracted Hood long enough for Endeavor to use "Hell Spider" to lacerate Hood. After Hood released multiple lower-level Nomus, Hawks applied his feather blades to defeat two of them, but expressed how he isn't proficient at contenting with power-type opponents. Once he dispatched the remaining Nomus, Hawks reconvened with an overtaxed Endveaor to battle Hood, flawlessly keeping pace with the High-End's velocity, taking one of the latter’s blows, and having some of his plumules accelerate a flame-propelled Endeavor. Hawks was soon forced to sit out the rest of the duel, and said to himself that his calami aren't strong enough to defeat Hood, so Endeavor was the best choice to get the job done.

  • Enhanced Sight: Keigo has a very acute sense of sight. From the top of a skyscraper Keigo was able to spot Endeavor between hundreds of citizens, which implies he has incredibly sharp vision skills.[11] Later, Endeavor notes Keigo's eyes to be even keener.[12]

Keen Intellect: Keigo has repeatedly shown to be a highly ingenious individual. Even if he can not compete with Endeavor and/or All Might in terms of raw power, Keigo's intellect is extremely formidable, enhancing his value as a hero to the level of the two high-grade crime fighters. Keigo is observant, collected, and quick-thinking in his verbal confrontations with Dabi and Endeavor. Keigo controlled a large number of feathers simultaneously without looking, while performing a seemingly relaxed conversation, making it appear that Keigo is oblivious to the conflicts around him.[8] During a sit-down with Endeavor, Hawks postulated that All For One was hiding more Nomus outside of Kamino, than the ones that were found at the Nomu factory by the Hideout Raid Team, concluding that the League of Villains were searching for the former set of Nomu. Later on, Hawks vacated the citizens housed inside of the crumbling building, but knew he wouldn't be able to secure everyone with the minimal plumes he had left, so the Wing Hero shifted his focus to those trapped within the damaged portion of the structure, which proved a success. When Endeavor had Hawks use his remaining quills to impel him further into the sky, Hawks realized that it was part of Endeavor's plan to avoid collateral damage.

After Endeavor defeated Twice's League of Villains clones, Hawks examined the demolished convoy, identified the the container being a life support device, and assumed it was housing another Nomu creature, only to immediately redact his assumption, believing the containment unit was meant to hold something else. His presumption was correct as the life support pod was created for the villain Nine. Over the course of the next week, Hawks was informed that 4 Pro Heroes had lost their Quirks during that time, and accurately conjectured that victims' powers were stolen by someone with the same Quirk-stealing ability as All For One, and the victims were targeted due to their Quirks being useful. He was able gather various sensitive information about the politics within the HPSC, without their knowledge.[13] Keigo even tricked the surveillance of the Paranormal Liberation Front, while still preserving his facades.[14]

Quirk

Keigo demonstrating his Quirk proficiency.

Fierce Wings ( (ごう) (よく) Gōyoku?): Keigo's Quirk grants him a pair of large, bright red, feathery wings on his back. These wings allow him to fly, and he can telekinetically control the movement and nature of each individual feather with ease, enabling him to shoot them as projectiles.

He can also feel the vibrations in the air through them, allowing him to sense people's locations, in a way similar to echolocation.[15][15] The feathers are considerably strong, capable of carrying medium-sized objects, such as rocks or human beings, with just a single feather for each one or multiple for large objects.[16]

As he sheds more feathers, his wings gradually shrink, impairing his flight ability.[15] When he lost all his feathers, it takes at least two days for them to grow halfway back, which can be a considerable weakness. His feathers are not of infinite quantity and prove to be lacking in abundance during certain occasions. Keigo has mentioned that he does not have enough feathers to hold up a collapsing building, but does have enough to evacuate the victims from said building. Aside from the limited feather quantity, the biggest weakness of Fierce Wings is fire, as it can burn Keigo's feathers, severely worsening his mobility.[17]

  • Feather Blades: Keigo plucks out two long feathers from each of his wings, manipulates their nature, and uses them as swords to cut through his target. They are sharp enough to slice through two white Nomu summoned by High-End. It is also shown that he threatens Dabi with a single feather blade after the attack.[15]
  • Enhanced Speed: By his own admission, Keigo's strong side isn't muscle strength but his phenomenal speed. He was able to reach Endeavor's attackers from the top of a skyscraper, in the blink of an eye and he did not even seem like he was trying, which implies that he can go much faster. Keigo solves most fights so rapidly that his sidekicks can't keep up with him so he usually just leaves the aftermaths of his battles to them, while he rushes to the next case.
  • Vocal Espionage: Keigo is able to use one of his feathers to distinguish sounds from the minute it changes in the air, allowing him to decode conversations and vocal information from sensing the vibrations. Especially after leaving the room or increasing the distance, this technique makes him a dangerous spy.[14]

Stats

Power
 
3/6 C+
Speed
 
6/6 S
Technique
 
6/6 S+
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
Skillfulness
 
5/6 A
Keigo's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Debut
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Appears
186. Endeavor and Hawks Appears
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Appears
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Appears
189. Why He Gets Back Up Appears
190. His Start Appears
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Appears
192. The Todoroki Family Appears
193. Vestiges Absent
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies Over U.A. High! Absent
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Absent
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Absent
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand When It Counts!! Absent
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Flashback
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Absent
202. Match 3 Mentioned
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 Absent
217. The New Power and All For One Absent
Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Absent
219. Go! Slidin' Go! Absent
220. My Villain Academia Absent
221. Memento from All For One Absent
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Absent
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Absent
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Absent
228. Wounded Soul Absent
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Absent
230. Sad Man's Parade Absent
231. Path Appears
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Absent
233. Bright Future Absent
234. Sense Destruction Absent
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
238. Liberation Absent
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! Appears
244. Recommended Reading Appears
245. Rise to Action Appears
246. Message Appears
247. Status Report! Absent
248. One Thing at a Time Mentioned
249. The Hellish Todoroki Family Absent
250. Ending Absent
251. Just One Week Absent
252. The Unforgiven Mentioned
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. You Could Be More of a Hero than Anyone Absent
255. Hero Hopeful Appears
256. The High, Deep Blue Sky Mentioned
257. Pass It Forward, to Whomever Absent
258. Friends Appears
259. A Quiet Beginning Appears
260. Life's Work Appears
261. High-Ends Appears
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Mentioned
263. I Wanna Be With You Guys!! Absent
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 Absent
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Absent
278. Disaster Walker Absent
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Absent
280. Red Riot Absent
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Appears
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent
285. Katsuki Bakugo Rising Absent
286. The Ones Within Us Absent
287. Mistake Absent
288. Save Takeo!! Mentioned

Trivia

  • Hawks' given name is composed of the kanji for "disclose, open, say" ( kei?) and "enlightenment, understanding" ( go?), and his surname contains "hawk" ( taka?) and "see, visible, idea," ( mi?).
  • Keigo's design is inspired by Takahiro, a character from Oumagadoki Zoo, one of Horikoshi's previous works.[18]
    • Keigo himself was originally supposed to be Takahiro, as a transplanted character from Omagadoki Zoo akin to Uwabami and Kugo Sakamata, but that plan was discarded in favor of a new design.
  • Keigo's wings and overall appearance is similar to Marvel's Angel.
  • Keigo didn't attend a Heroics course in high school; instead, he was scouted for private Hero education when he was a child.
    • Keigo is the first Pro Hero explicitly stated to have not attended U.A. High School, currently making him the highest-ranking Hero that did not attend U.A..
    • During an interview with Honyasan App, My Hero Academia's current editor, Yoritomi, confessed that Hawks' backstory is based off Lionel Messi's childhood. He told the interviewer "You might be familiar with the overseas soccer player Lionel Messi, but his backstory is that at a young age he was scouted by Barcelona and joined. His father had lost his job and couldn’t afford the hormone medical treatment Messi needed for his illness, but thanks to his talent for soccer FC Barcelona agreed to cover the medical expenses for them. In exchange for receiving that money, Messi had to agree to live in Spain and only play soccer from a very young age. During the World Cup I told that story to Mr. Horikoshi. The next week, or maybe the week after that, Hawks' story was born."
  • Keigo holds the record for the youngest Pro Hero, as well as the fastest for a Pro Hero to become one of the top 10 Pro Heroes on the Hero Billboard Chart JP.
  • It is hinted that Keigo was a fan of Endeavor from an early age, as depicted by the drawing of him as a child holding an Endeavor figurine.[19]
  • Although Keigo is bird-like, his favorite food is chicken.[18]
  • Keigo's ratings in the Popularity Polls are as follow:
    • In the Fourth Popularity Poll, he placed 4th.
    • In the Fifth Popularity Poll, he placed 11th.
    • In the Fifth US Popularity Poll, he placed 7th.
  • Keigo's English voice actor, Zeno Robinson, also voiced Deidoro Sakaki.

Quotes

  • (To Endeavor) "I just wanna enjoy myself. Seriously. Do some leisurely patrolling, put in a few appearances, say "Aw shucks, no trouble today," and get a good night's sleep! That's my ideal life! I wanna make this world one where heroes have time to kill."[20]
  • (Inner monologue) "I am Hawks. The man who's a bit too fast. A society where heroes can enjoy a little boredom... I'll make it happen, I promise, at my trademark top speed."[21]
  • (To the HPSC) "If dirtying my hands can somehow bring everyone peace of mind, I'll gladly take on this task."[19]
  • (To Fumikage) "I'm not especially interested in nurturing the next generation or anything, but... It’s great that you’re putting in effort to cover your weak points, like short-distance combat, but you shouldn’t neglect improving on your strong points either. You're capable of moving much more freely. Look... take it from a fellow bird. If you’ve got wings, you should stretch them out and fly. There’s no need for you to be confined to the ground."[22]
  • (To Twice) "I'll help you get back on your feet... You were dealt a bad hand, but you can atone for your deeds and start over. Because you're a good person."[23]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 184 (p. 16).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 My Hero Academia Official Character Book 2 Ultra Analysis.
  3. 3.0 3.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 266.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 184 (p. 10) and Episode 87.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 192 (pp. 1-2).
  6. 6.0 6.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 191.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 6.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 186 and Episode 87.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 188 and Episode 88.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 199.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 16.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 11.
  13. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 12.
  14. 14.0 14.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 245.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 88.
  16. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 186 (pp. 4-5).
  17. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 267.
  18. 18.0 18.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 20, Omake
  19. 19.0 19.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 192.
  20. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 186 (p. 13).
  21. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 192 (p. 6).
  22. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 199 (pp. 5-6).
  23. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 264 (pp. 13).

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