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So I’m gonna be a hero. I’ll make that money… so that my mom and dad can have easier lives.
Ochaco Uraraka to Izuku and Tenya in "That's the Idea, Ochaco"

Ochaco Uraraka ( (うらら) () (ちゃ) () Uraraka Ochako?), also known by her Hero name Uravity, is a student in Class 1-A at U.A. High School, training to become a Pro Hero. She is one of the main protagonists of My Hero Academia.

Appearance

Ochaco is a short girl of petite build, her skin fair and prone to blushing; she’s always seen with a little pink mark on each of her cheeks no matter what her mood may be. Her eyes are large and round, their irises a warm brown, with rather thick upper eyelashes, two longer and more prominent ones protruding outwards on either side, and fewer but more individually pronounced lower eyelashes. Shoulder-length and about the same color as her eyes, her hair is bobbed and curved inwards at the ends, two longer clumps taking the same shape on either side of her face, and short bangs that reach roughly a quarter of the way down her forehead. On the top inner segment of each of her fingers, she has a small pink pad, somewhat resembling the toe of a cat or a dog’s paw, which she uses when activating and deactivating her Quirk.

During school, she wears the regular U.A. uniform, just with black tights instead of the usual knee-high socks worn by her other female classmates.

Her hero costume consists of a black full-body suit with a pale pink design down the middle of her torso, two black circles on her chest and a black rectangle below her waist, running between her legs, and two more pink patches over her shoulders, both cut off by darker pink armbands, matching the thick choker around her neck. She has circular wrist guards, a dark pink handle on the back of each one, wide knee-high boots and a belt around her waist a circle embedded into the centre where the two pieces join up, a helmet with a tinted visor sometimes worn on her head, all of which are the same pale pink color. The accessories are designed to press her acupuncture points, and the skin tightness of her costume is apparently an error due to her not being specific in her design request.[1]

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Personality

Ochaco Almost Laughing

Ochaco trying not to laugh.

Ochaco has been described by other students as "the most laidback girl" among her class, being very bubbly and kind of an airhead at times. She is often incredibly blunt without being aware of it. Similar to Izuku Midoriya, Ochaco's reactions tend to be exaggerated and humorous: She often becomes amused at certain personality traits and quirks others exhibit, bursting into laughter at times, which she tries to suppress.

Ochaco is a very warm, lively individual who thinks about everything positively, though she is objective enough to see flaws and virtues. She is empathetic in general, friendly to those she meets, and will try to help or defend anyone who is kind to her or who needs assistance. Ochaco seems to be very good at reading people, understanding the reasons for Izuku and Katsuki Bakugo’s rivalry and being the first to notice when the usually collected Tsuyu Asui was upset. Her empathy and kindness are also seen in how well she gets along with her classmates. She is on good terms with everyone, and is particularly close friends with several members of the class, including Izuku Midoriya, Iida Tenya, Asui Tsuyu, and so on.

Ochaco's game face

Ochaco’s fierce side.

Despite her usually cheery and sometimes ditzy demeanor, Ochaco can take on an extremely determined, focused, and somewhat intimidating attitude when the situation calls for it. This side can come as a surprise to those who are used to her bubbly nature, and it tends to appear during competitive situations like the Sports Festival. While she is shown to be surprisingly strategic, she isn't above making some impulsive or reckless decisions. When it comes to her chosen path as a hero, Ochaco is unwavering and dislikes being underestimated, even in the face of overwhelming force.    

Coming from a poor household, Ochaco becomes easily excited or surprised over little things, even losing her composure when faced with actual luxury, to the point of nearly fainting. Bonus materials have depicted her as frugal and occasional stingy, since she goes to extreme lengths to save money, including sleeping so she doesn't waste oxygen or skipping meals in order to save food. Ochaco's parents are her main drive to becoming a hero, and she desires above all else to earn money in order to give them a comfortable life. She is brazenly honest about her priorities, and doesn't hide her pursuit of heroism being in large part due to money, despite her embarrassment over admitting so.      

While money was a deciding factor in her decision to become a hero, it is also shown that Ochaco dreamed of becoming a hero even prior to realizing the extent of her parent's monetary struggles, which is shown when she was little. The latter also reveals that more than just admiring heroes themselves, Ochaco loves seeing the smiles of the people helped by them.

In terms of heroism, Ochaco has shown more preference towards rescue, being a fan of Thirteen for their expertise in the area. She also is aware of her physical limitations, deciding to choose the combat-oriented hero Gunhead for her internship in order to increase her fighting repertoire. Consequently, Ochaco developed a new sense of battle awareness, and has become a more instinctive fighter.

Ochaco is also greatly inspired by her classmates, in particular Izuku Midoriya, who she finds to be greatly admirable for both his strength and compassion. Ochaco has a crush on him due to this and their close friendship, resulting in her attempts to follow his example, for better or for worse. While he inspires her, Ochaco also acknowledges that heroism takes priority over her romantic feelings, and does her best to continue to grow while keeping them in check. Izuku has also caused her to consider the question of who protects heroes when they are in need, since he continually throws himself into dangerous situations; this prominently shows how deeply Ochaco cares for him and others.

She is easily flustered at the prospect of romance, as evidenced by her reaction to Yuga Aoyama's and Mina Ashido's questions about her crush on Izuku.

After Izuku loses control of Black Whip during a training exercise, Ochaco was able to remain composed and calm him down with help from Hitoshi Shinso's Brainwashing. This is in spite of her feelings for Izuku, and shows that when it is necessary she can react in battle without becoming flustered, even if she has romantic feelings for the person in question.

Abilities

Ochaco uses Gunhead Martial Arts

Ochaco uses Gunhead Martial Arts to subdue Himiko.

Gunhead Martial Arts (ガンヘッド マーシャル アーツ Gan Heddo Māsharu Ātsu?): When she worked under Gunhead, Ochaco was trained in martial arts in order to attack at close-range, benefiting her Quirk in combat. She has mastered several forms of grappling, take-downs, and throws by using force, including her opponents' force against themselves. Her skill is enough to easily dispatch an opponent who tries to stab her and incapacitate them, as shown with Thirteen and Himiko Toga. Ochaco has developed a few moves with uses in conjunction with her Quirk.

Keen Intellect: Though she isn't the most cunning of her class in academic terms, Ochaco has a strategic mind, able to deduce an enemy's weaknesses and combat style soon after the battle begins. Ochaco likely developed this to help cover for her initial lack of combat abilities. Her strategic skill is sometimes doubted by or accredited to others, and this is hinted at by Katsuki Bakugo who remembered her being friends with Izuku Midoriya from her attempted Meteor Shower, and assumed he was the one responsible for advising her. On the contrary, Ochaco had demonstrated great strategic ability on her own merit, rejecting Izuku's offer for help during the Sports Festival. Ochaco has keen senses and quick reflexes, and was able to tell when Himiko was attempting to attack her and react quickly enough to dodge.

Quirk

Skill Release

"Release!"

Zero Gravity (無重力 (ゼログラビティ) Zero Gurabiti?): Ochaco's Quirk gives her the power to manipulate gravity upon touching solid things with the pads on her fingertips. The targets lose their gravitational pull, effectively making them object weightless. She is able to activate or cancel her Quirk's effects by closing her fingers together, and is shown to be careful with her hands in order to avoid accidental quirk activation. Her Quirk is good for restraint, as those affected are unlikely to fight back since they will keep floating upwards until they are released. Ochaco takes advantage of ravaged areas to gather wreckage, exploiting the consequences of a destructive Quirk. She can easily clean up disaster zones while simultaneously figuring out the timing of her movements so as not to damage others. Her Quirk main's drawback are that if the upper weight limit (around three tons) is exceeded, or if the user floats herself, she will suffer from severe nausea. Through intense training, Ochaco considerably reduced the resultant nausea and increased her weight limit. She can also now float herself for short periods of time without becoming nauseous.

Super Moves

  • Skill Release ( (かい) (じょ) Kaijo?): Ochaco can press her fingertips together and make whatever she has touched stop floating. This move is first used when she saved Izuku Midoriya from falling to his death at the Entrance Exam.
    • Meteor Shower:  After floating a large quantity of rubble surrounding her, Ochaco can collect the collaterally damaged structures, forming a giant meteor of debris above her opponents, which she then causes to fall. She first used this move during her match against Katsuki Bakugo.
      • Meteor Fafrotskies (メテオファフロッキーズ Meteo Fafurokkīzu?): In conjunction with Froppy, the two rise and throw several debris at the targets. It is a stronger, multi-ranged version of Meteor Shower. They first used this move against two villains with Gigantification Quirks during their internship.
  • Home Run Comet (彗星 (すいせい) ホームラン Suisei Hōmuran?): After touching some rubble and a pillar to make them weightless, Ochaco uses the pillar to forcefully hit the rubble at her enemy. This move is first used to distract Tenya Iida during the Battle Trial.
  • Levitation: By removing her own gravitational pull, Ochaco can jump higher and make herself float further. This allows her to mobilize easier, touching her targets in most directions.

Stats

Power
 
2/5 D
Speed
 
1/5 E
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
3/5 C
Cooperativeness
 
5/5 A
Ochaco's stats, according to the Official Character Book

Equipment

Hero Costume: All aspects of Ochaco's Hero Costume were made for the sole purpose of helping minimize the negative effects of her Quirk.

  • Uraraka Helmet (うららかメット Uraraka Metto?): This equipment reduces stimulation of the semicircular canals located inside each ear.[2]
  • Uraraka Wrists (うららかリスト?): This equipment's interior contains a device that clamps down and releases like a blood pressure gauge, stimulating the pressure points around the wrist area that suppress nausea.[2]
  • Uraraka Neck (うららかネック Uraraka Nekku?): This equipment stimulates the pressure points around the neck area, thereby reducing headaches and the like.[2]
  • Uraraka Leg (うららかレッグ Uraraka Reggu?): This equipment's design was to break her fall from elevation. The sole at her toes is equipped with a shock absorbing cushion and her heel contains a reinforced spring to soften the shock.[2]

Battles & Events

Trivia

Prototype Ochaco Uraraka Designs

Early design concepts for Ochaco and her costume.

  • As Yu Takeyama
  • As Mt. Lady.
  • Yu Takeyama before becoming the current version
  • In a prototype concept, Ochaco was originally "Yu Takeyama", possessing both the identity "Mt. Lady" and the Gigantification Quirk. This was scrapped because the author thought that a main character having such a Quirk would be too troublesome for her.[3] Her name, Quirk, and superhero identity were instead given to another character who also filled her role in Chapter 1.
  • While her name was spelled as 'Ochako' in a character illustration on the official manga website, it is spelled as Ochaco on both the anime website and PVs.
  • Ochaco's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Ranked 4th in the 1st Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 10th in the 2nd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 9th in the 3rd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 12th in the 4th Popularity Poll.
  • Ochaco's name comes from Uravity (ウラビティ Urabiti?), Gravity (グラビティ Gurabiti?) without the "g", making Ura ( urara?), bi (?) that can also be read as ka, tea (茶, read as cha).
    • Ochaco's surname Uraraka means "bright, beautiful", and Ochako "tea child".
  • Ochaco's U.A. data is as follows:
  • According to her Databook entry, Ochaco's bob hair and dialect are parts of her schoolgirl charm.
  • Ochaco likes the starry sky.
  • Ochaco loves Japanese food, especially mochi.
  • Her humble background was hinted several times in the series, such as her owning only a flip-phone while all other students own a smartphone.
  • Her English voice actress, Luci Christian, also voices Recovery Girl (as of Season 2).
  • Ochaco is similar to Layla Williams from Disney's 2005 film Sky High (who was played by Danielle Panabaker) both very loyal and considered best friends of the protagonists (Will Stronghold and Izuku Midoriya), but immediately have a crush on them, They even look alike,as well.
  • She shares her birthday with Hinata Hyuga from Naruto, another Weekly Shonen Jump series.

Quotes

  • (To Izuku Midoriya and Tenya Iida) “So I’m gonna be a hero. I’ll make that money… so that my mom and dad can have easier lives.”[5]
  • (To Izuku and Tenya) "I said it would be easier to team up with friends, but now that I think about it, I might've been trying to rely on you again. That's why when Iida said he was challenging you, I grew a little ashamed of myself... Everyone is giving all they can, which only makes it fair for me to do the same... So, we will meet in the finals!""[6]
  • (To Katsuki Bakugo about Izuku) "It is almost like... You are scared, so you want to keep distance from him, and for that, you act so menacing..."[7]

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 6, Omake
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 7.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 1, Character Notes
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 22.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 35.
  7. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.

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