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U.A. students or not, kids are kids. Of course I was worried about 'em. But give them room to shine and... every one of them... is even more of a hero than us adults!
Ken Takagi in "Transform!"

This article is about the Pro Hero who participated in the Shie Hassaikai Raid. For the U.A. High teacher known as Cementoss, see Ken Ishiyama

Ken Takagi ( (たか) () (けん) Takagi Ken?),[4] also known as Lock Hero: Rock Lock (錠前ヒーロー ロックロック Jōmae Hīrō Rokku Rokku?) is a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Ken is a man of average height and has dark, curly hair. He has pierced ears with padlocks earrings. Notably, his fingertips have protrusions that resemble key teeth.

Part of his hero costume is a small yellow mask that covers his eyes. He wears a necklace around his neck with five keys dangling from it. Rock Lock wears a yellow and dark green, short-sleeved shirt with a print resembling a keyhole. He wears two light gray shoulder pads with a dark keyhole shape on both of them.

Personality

Ken is a very pragmatic and blunt man who is quick to judge whether or not someone is an asset. He is especially critical of newbies and young students, aware of the fact that they are possibly children risking their lives in dangerous situations. His infant son makes him more cognizant of the students' young age than the other pros. He is often annoyed by inexperience, though this may be due to the stakes of their mission against Overhaul.  

However, his critical attitude does not border to malice, as he is glad that Tamaki Amajiki did not get permanently injured. Ken is also prone to strong confidence in himself and his allies, as he is certain that the Yakuza would cower in fear and surrender or run away. His confidence sometimes borders on arrogance, as he tells Sir Nighteye to use his foresight on him to prove it is fallible, believing himself entirely capable of escaping whatever fate Sir Nighteye sees. 

He does not like being patronized or underestimated himself, as unlike students he feels he has proven himself a competent and experienced hero.

Though he makes snap judgements of others and strongly doubts the capabilities of the students, his first impressions are not set in stone, as he is very impressed and proud when the students exceed his expectations, and goes so far as to say they are better heroes than the pros. 

Abilities

Quirk

Lock Down ( () (じょう) Sejō?): Ken's Quirk allows him to immobilize any nonliving thing he's touched, stopping it in a fixed location in space.

It can be overwhelmed by enough force and it cannot be applied to large areas.[5]

Super Moves

  • Deadbolt (本締 (デッドボルト) Deddoboruto?): By touching a nearby surface and performing an 180° spin with his hand, Ken secures his immediate area down in a point of space. It is first used against Joi Irinaka.


Stats

Power
 
3/6 C
Speed
 
3/6 C
Technique
 
4/6 B
Intelligence
 
5/6 A-
Sarcasm
 
4/6 B
Ken's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Tile: Rock Lock uses a tile that he throws and freezes it in mid-air, giving himself a foothold.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Shie Hassaikai Arc
122. A Season for Encounters Absent
123. Unrivaled Absent
124. Trouble Ahead!! Episode: Work Studies Absent
125. Overhaul Absent
126. Open Up, World Absent
127. Sir Nighteye and Izuku Midoriya and Mirio Togata and All Might Absent
128. Boy Meets... Absent
129. Eri Absent
130. Listen to the Truth Absent
131. Fighting Fate Absent
132. The Plan Absent
133. Catch Up, Kirishima Absent
134. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
135. An Unpleasant Talk Debut
136. Close at Hand!! Appears
137. Restraint!! Appears
138. Go!! Appears
139. Shudder! The Underground Labyrinth Appears
140. Suneater of the Big Three Appears
141. Hassaikai: Behind the Scenes Absent
142. Shield and Shield, Spear and Shield Appears
143. Let’s Rumble, Rappa!! Absent
144. Red Riot, Part 1 Absent
145. Red Riot, Part 2 Absent
146. Temp Squad Absent
147. Twoga!! Appears
148. The Anguish of Young Twoga Appears
149. Don't Get Mad, Irinaka Appears
150. Mirio Togata Absent
151. Mirio Togata!! Absent
152. Lemillion Absent
153. Transform! Appears
154. Unforeseen Hope Absent
155. Saviors, the Saved and a Hero's Place Absent
156. The Power of Those Saved Absent
157. Infinite 100 Percent Absent
158. Chisaki's Warped Compassion Absent
159. It's Over!! Appears
160. Expressway Absent
161. Bright Future Appears
162. Suitable One Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Appears
186. Endeavor and Hawks Absent
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Absent
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Absent
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Absent
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Absent
192. The Todoroki Family Absent
193. Vestiges 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 Appears
259. A Quiet Beginning Appears
260. Life's Work Appears
261. High-Ends Appears
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Absent
263. I Wanna Be With You Guys!! Absent
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 Appears
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Appears
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Appears
276. You Cheated...! Appears
277. Who...? Appears
278. Disaster Walker Absent
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Absent
280. Red Riot Appears
281. Plus Ultra Appears
282. Footfall of Destruction Appears
283. 75 Appears
284. Deep Blue Battle Appears

Trivia

  • Ken's name contains the kanji for "tall, high" ( taka?), "tree" ( gi?) and "lock or key" ( ken?).
  • He likes bicycles.
  • Ken shares his first name with Ken Ishiyama, another Pro Hero.

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 138 (p. 9).
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 15, Omake
  3. 3.0 3.1 My Hero Academia Official Character Book 2 Ultra Analysis.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 15 (p. 184)
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 147 (p. 2).

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