We're starting to feel the effects of "losing our symbol" more and more as time passes... what we need now is a revival. At least for the students... we need to present them with prospects of a brighter future...
Nezu in "Moving Into Dorms"

Nezu ( () () Nedzu?), also known as Mr. Principal is a Pro Hero and the principal of U.A. High School. He is an extremely rare case of an animal who manifested a Quirk.

Appearance

Nezu is a stout man who appears to be a possible combination of several different animals, including a dog, a mouse, and a bear, which would make him a chimera. He has the head of a mouse with circular black eyes, a large scar over the right one, relatively rectangular-shaped ears with pale pink insides slanting outwards from the top of his head, and an elongated muzzle with a small round nose. His fur is white and has large, dog-like paws with pink pads and a thin tail like that of a cat.

He sports a white dress shirt, a dark red tie around his neck, a black double-breasted waistcoat and matching dress pants. He wears orange lace-up sneakers with incredibly thick soles which seem to be quite large on him, very similar to the ones usually worn by Izuku Midoriya.

Personality

As befitting to his role as principal of an academy for heroes, Nezu is an eccentric, polite, and persistent educator. He is quite self-aware of his odd appearance and introduces himself by pointing it out.

He can be very long-winded at times when explaining or educating. Nezu composed an entire lecture on his educational theories concerning the balance between hero and instructor, which he happily spoke of over tea with All Might. His dedication to educating goes as far as assessing villains, especially young ones, and wondering if they could be put on the right path if they were taught, although he admits the naivety of the idea.

Nezu's sadistic side.

He is not above putting himself on the front lines or in danger, with his focus being the safety of his students. He understands strategies between hero conflicts enough to participate in the debriefing after the invasion.

As a result of abuse and mistreatment by humans in the past, Nezu's true character reveals itself whenever he is in combat. He enjoys "toying" with humans. He still holds a grudge over the many experiments he went through, coming off as slightly insane and unpredictable as a result.

Abilities

Nezu using an industrial crane.

Enhanced Senses: As an animal, (be it a dog, mouse, or bear) Nezu has above average senses of hearing and smell.

Tea Brewing: Nezu enjoys a good cup of tea and knows how to make it.

Industrial Crane Driving: During the First Term Final Exam, Nezu used a giant wrecking ball to create chain reaction destruction to combat Mina Ashido and Denki Kaminari.

Quirk

High Spec (ハイスペック Hai Supekku?): Nezu's Quirk grants him a high level of intelligence that surpasses that of humans. Nezu's Quirk enables him to live freely like a normal person, despite being an animal.

Stats

Power
 
2/5 D
Speed
 
2/5 D
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
6/5 S
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Nezu's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
1/6 E
Speed
 
2/6 D
Technique
 
5/6 A
Intelligence
 
6/6 S
Loveliness
 
5/6 A
Nezu's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Trivia

  • Nezu's name is a play on the Japanese word for "rat" (ねずみ nezumi?). Also, it's written with the kanji for "root, base, basis, foundation" ( ne?) and the kanji for "saliva, ferry, ford, moisten" ( dzu?).
  • Nezu likes brushing.[1]
  • Nezu is a smoker.[citation needed]

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Entrance Exam Arc
1. Izuku Midoriya: Origin Absent
2. Roaring Muscles Absent
3. Entrance Exam Debut
4. Starting Line Absent
Battle Trial Arc
8. Rage, You Damned Nerd Absent
9. Deku vs. Kacchan Absent
10. Breaking Bakugo Absent
11. Bakugo's Starting Line Mentioned
U.S.J. Arc
12. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Ida! Appears
13. Rescue Training Absent
14. Encounter with the Unknown Absent
15. Vs. Appears
16. Know Your Enemies Absent
17. Game Over Absent
18. Heroes' Counterattack Absent
19. All Might Absent
20. The World of Pros Appears
21. In Each of Our Hearts Appears
U.A. Sports Festival Arc
22. That's the Idea, Ochaco Appears
23. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
24. Mad Dash and Knockdown Absent
25. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
26. Chase Down the Leader Absent
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Absent
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Absent
29. Unaware Absent
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Absent
31. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Absent
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, Ida! Absent
42. Final-Match Time Absent
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
44. Relaxing Day Off Absent
Final Exams Arc
60. Gear Up For Final Exams Appears
61. The Worst Combo Appears
62. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
63. Yaoyorozu Rising Absent
64. The Task at Hand Absent
65. Wall Absent
66. Midoriya's Observations Appears
67. Stripping the Varnish Absent
68. Encounter Absent
69. Interview with Midoriya Absent
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
71. Kota Absent
72. Day Two Absent
73. Good Evening Absent
74. Smoke Signal Absent
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Absent
76. My Hero Absent
77. It's Chaos Absent
78. Whirling Chaos Absent
79. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
80. Establishing the Bakugo Bodyguard Brigade Absent
81. Roaring Upheavel Absent
82. What a Twist! Absent
83. Loss Appears
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
85. Nothing but Fools Screen
86. Before the Storm Appears
87. Clash Absent
88. All For One Absent
89. All for a Certain One Absent
90. Reach Out Flashback
91. Symbol of Peace Absent
92. One For All Appears
93. One For All's Ember Appears
94. From Teacher to Disciple Absent
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
96. Home Visits Appears
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
98. Moving into Dorms Appears
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 Absent
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
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 Flashback
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 Flashback
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 Absent
136. Close at Hand!! Absent
137. Restraint!! Absent
138. Go!! Absent
139. Shudder! The Underground Labyrinth Absent
140. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
141. Hassaikai: Behind the Scenes Absent
142. Shield and Shield, Spear and Shield Absent
143. Let’s Rumble, Rappa!! Absent
144. Red Riot, Part 1 Absent
145. Red Riot, Part 2 Screen
146. Temp Squad Absent
147. Twoga!! Absent
148. The Anguish of Young Twoga Absent
149. Don't Get Mad, Irinaka Absent
150. Mirio Togata Absent
151. Mirio Togata!! Absent
152. Lemillion Absent
153. Transform! Absent
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!! Absent
160. Expressway Absent
161. Bright Future Absent
162. Suitable One Absent
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) Appears
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 Absent
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!! 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! Absent
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Absent
202. Match 3 Absent
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 Appears
Endeavor Agency Arc
241. Do That Interview! Appears
242. Have a Merry Christmas! Appears
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 Flashback
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!! 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 Absent
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Absent
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
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 Absent
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent
285. Katsuki Bakugo Rising Absent
286. The Ones Within Us Absent
287. Mistake Absent
288. Save Takeo!! Absent
289. Miss Candid and Miss Shut-Away Absent
290. Dabi's Dance Absent
291. Thanks For Going Strong Absent

Anime Appearances

Appearances
Season 1
1. Izuku Midoriya: Origin Absent
2. What it Takes to be a Hero Absent
3. Roaring Muscles Absent
4. Start Line Debut
5. What I Can Do for Now Absent
6. Rage, You Damn Nerd Absent
7. Deku vs. Kacchan Absent
8. Bakugo's Start Line Mentioned
9. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Iida! Appears
10. Encounter with the Unknown Appears
11. Game Over Absent
12. All Might Absent
13. Upon Each of Their Hearts Appears
Season 2
13.5. Hero Note Absent
14. That's the Idea, Ochaco Appears
15. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
16. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
17. Strategy, Strategy, Strategy Absent
18. Cavalry Battle Finale Absent
19. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
20. Victory or Defeat Absent
21. Battle on, Challengers! Absent
22. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
23. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
24. Fight on, Iida Absent
25. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
26. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
27. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
29. Hero Killer: Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
30. Climax Absent
31. The Aftermath of "Hero Killer: Stain" Absent
32. Everyone's Internships Absent
33. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Absent
34. Gear up for the Final Exams Appears
35. Yaoyorozu: Rising Absent
36. Stripping the Varnish Appears
37. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
38. Encounter Absent
Season 3
39. Game Start Absent
40. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
41. Kota Absent
42. My Hero Absent
43. Drive it Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
44. Roaring Upheaval Absent
45. What a Twist! Appears
46. From Iida to Midoriya Appears
47. All For One Absent
48. Symbol of Peace Flashback
49. One For All Appears
50. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Appears
51. Moving into Dorms Appears
52. Create Those Ultimate Moves Absent
53. The Test Absent
54. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
55. Class 1-A Absent
56. RUSH! Absent
57. Rescue Exercises Absent
58. Special Episode: Save the World with Love! Absent
59. What's the Big Idea? Absent
60. A Talk about Your Quirk Absent
61. Deku vs. Kacchan 2 Absent
62. A Season for Encounters Appears
63. Unrivaled Absent
Season 4
64. The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A Absent
65. Overhaul Flashback
66. Boy Meets... Absent
67. Fighting Fate Flashback
68. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
69. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
70. GO!! Absent
71. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
72. Red Riot Screen
73. Temp Squad Absent
74. Lemillion Absent
75. Unforeseen Hope Absent
76. Infinite 100% Absent
77. Bright Future Absent
78. Smoldering Flames Absent
79. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
80. Relief for License Trainees Absent
81. School Festival Absent
82. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part Absent
83. Golden Tips Imperial Appears
84. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
85. School Festival Start!! Absent
86. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
87. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
88. His Start Absent

Quotes

  • (To himself) "We're starting to feel the effects of 'losing our symbol' more and more as time passes...what we need now is a revival. At least for the students...we need to present them with prospects of a brighter future."[3]
  • (Introducing himself) "That's right. It's me, Nezu, the one who could be a dog or a mouse or a bear, but more importantly... I'm the principal!"

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 3, Omake
  2. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 98 (p. 3).

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