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We will tear down the existing framework and rebuild this world... as a place where people are free to be themselves and use their abilities as they see fit!
Rikiya Yotsubashi to the League of Villains in "Cockroaches"

This article is about the Meta Liberation Army's Grand Commander. For the Eight Bullets' member of the Shie Hassaikai, see Rikiya Katsukame.

Rikiya Yotsubashi ( () (ばし) (りき) () Yotsubashi Rikiya?),[1] also known by the code name Re-Destro (リ・デストロ Ri-Desutoro?), is the President and CEO of the Detnerat Company, a lifestyle support company, and was also the Grand Commander of the modern Meta Liberation Army, which he ran in secret. He is also the son of the infamous villain Destro[2] and the primary antagonist of the Meta Liberation Army Arc.[1]

Rikiya later merged his organization with the League of Villains to form a union known as the Paranormal Liberation Front. He stepped down as leader to give the position of Grand Commander to Tomura Shigaraki and became one of the group's nine lieutenants.[3]

Appearance

Rikiya is a tall, odd-looking, middle-aged man with a prominently long, pointed nose and obtruding chin, as well as small, dark eyes. He has short, orange-brownish hair, set noticeably far up his forehead, a widow’s peak pointing downwards in the center, and he wears it swept back around his head. He doesn’t have any visible eyebrows, and also possesses two dark moles on the left of his forehead. This stems from a result of his quirk that causes his hair to recede. Sometimes, when he feels upset, a dark fire-like stain spreads around his eyes, becoming a large facial stain that resembles a domino mask.

In his childhood, he wore a suit similar to the one he will have as an adult. As a young adult, he had a similar appearance but wore his hair differently, leaving it down with one lock over his face. During that time, he possessed thin eyebrows.

He is always seen in a suit that consists of a green dress shirt, a green tie, and a black, pinstriped blazer with matching dress pants. He has also been seen wearing a black hat, and black coat on his shoulders, while on his way to a meeting with the rest of the Liberation Army leadership.

Following his defeat at the hands of Tomura Shigaraki, he lost both of his legs after being forced to sacrifice them from Tomura's Decay.[4] Without his legs, he took to using a mechanical chair to get around.[3]

He later fits himself with mechanical legs.[5]

Gallery

Personality

At first, Rikiya seems like a completely normal and balanced person. He generally acts as an easygoing individual who has no problem with people making fun of him, even his employees, and genuinely believes in making a better world for people with difficult Quirks.

However, this public persona is merely a façade, for he is a devout follower of his father's ideals and believes that Quirks should be celebrated rather than suppressed and controlled. Rikiya does not hesitate to kill and torture people to achieve his goals, and he does not tolerate the insult or lack of respect for either Destro or the Meta Liberation Army. When his secretary Miyashita defined Destro's book as pretentious and the Liberation Army as terrorists, he snaps his neck and kills him on the spot. However, he does seem to show some remorse by shedding genuine sad tears about the act.[2] He also values his colleagues and was saddened by Curious' death at the hands of Himiko Toga, even crying about it.[6]

Due to his dissatisfaction with the current hero society, he's prone to pointing out its flaws and shortcomings, normally using villains as examples. He believes that, despite the various Quirks that exist, people still need to fit into a very specific mold to be accepted by society, and are otherwise callously cast out. He holds the belief that villainy is an escape many, such as outcasts turn to because they have little other options. He uses this to further endorse his agenda, claiming that in a society with completely liberated Quirks, no one would have to feel alone or estranged.

He is quite condescending, as he views Tomura as nothing more than a hoodlum and his ragtag organization as a group seeking nothing more to destroy with no real ambition. He also mocked Tomura on not having a proper education when speaking to him about his own goals.[7]

Despite his arrogant view, he does recognize the threats of his foes, as he was quick to throw Tomura away after seeing his Quirk improved or seeing him survived a stress attack. After being defeated, Rikiya shows himself to be able to admit his loss. He also prevents his subordinates from retaliation, since it will prove to be pointless. He voices admiration to his foe and gives control of his army to him.[4] Rikiya later shows the ability to admit his mistakes, as he voices this to his subordinates when abdicating his role as supreme leader. To his new superior, he shows a submissive side and seeks to please him in any way.[3]

He seems to be a rather emotionally unstable person and prone to drastic mood swings, best evidenced when his calm, cheerful demeanor shattered and filled with enormous stress in a matter of seconds when alerted of a hero army raiding his hideout.[8]

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Being the leader of the Meta Liberation Army, Rikiya is a highly respected and powerful individual, with a very proficient handle on his Meta Ability. When facing the formidable villain Twice and the clones the latter create using his Quirk, Double, Rikiya stood in place and nonchalantly sent defeated Twice while at the same time, dispatched the clones he created. In his Stress form, Rikiya was able to overpower Tomura, the leader of the League of Villains, as well as destroy most of the latter's left hand. Even when Tomura was undergoing an awakening and an increase in physical aptitude, Rikiya was still able to best Tomura; by taking his Meta ability to a higher output, Rikiya sent Tomura flying across Deika City.[9]

Since losing his legs to Tomura, Rikiya has been forced to wear prosthetics. These legs struggle to hold the full weight of his Stress Quirk, as shown during his clash with Tsukuyomi when the latter managed to overpower Rikiya after his legs snapped.

  • Enhanced Durability: Re-Destro possesses great endurance as he was able to survive the fall caused by Tomura destroying his tower and emerged from it unharmed. This feat made Tomura realize he was the leader from his survival and causal ignorance of the act.[7]

Corporate CEO: Rikiya is the Chief Executive Officer of the Detnerat Company, an industry that specializes in making clothing and other items for people with "abnormal" bodies.

Tactical Intellect: Rikiya set up a situation that forced the League of Villains into a war with the Meta Liberation Army. He was able to consider multiple details and made the correct assumption that the League of Villains didn't have any Nomu on hand. After destroying much of Tomura's left hand and experiencing Decay still active without all 5 of Tomura's fingers making contact, Rikiya correctly deduced that Tomura was undergoing an awakening, allowing his Quirk to evolve under specific circumstances. Rikiya even took noticed of Tomura's increased speed and noted that if Tomura's had his newly increased physical parameters during the Kamino Incident, Tomura would’ve easily decayed at least one or two of the Pro Heroes during that event, even without his Decay Quirk.[9]

  • Leadership Skill: Rikiya was formerly the Grand Commander of the new Meta Liberation Army. A military force that consists of over 100,000 members.

Meta Ability

Re-Destro vs. Tomura climax

Re-Destro final form at 100% Stress.

Stress (ストレス Sutoresu?): Rikiya's Meta Ability allows him to store up all the anger and frustration he feels and convert it into raw power. When he accesses this power, his size and strength increase significantly.[7][10]

Due to him having to contain his stress in order to fully use his Meta Ability in combat, it has the side effect of him developing early male pattern baldness.

  • Enhanced Strength: Thanks to the use of his Meta Ability, Rikiya gains a massive increase in physical strength. A lone finger was enough to destroy a Double of Twice and single hulking arm annihilated several League of Villains clones with a single swing of his arm. Rikiya was even able to effortlessly destroy the majority of Tomura's left hand with two of his enlarged fingers.
  • Enhanced Speed: By activating his Quirk only on a single finger, Rikiya was able to attack fast enough to completely destroy a clone of Twice before he could react. When he used his Quirk on his entire arm he was able to unleash an attack fast enough to destroy multiple clones of Twice and other members of the League of Villains, with the exception of Tomura Shigaraki.

Super Moves

  • 80% Liberation (解放 80% Kaihō 80-Pāsento?): Re-Destro increases his body's bulk considerably and coats himself in darkness by releasing 80% of his stockpiled stress.
    • Stress Output Burden (ストレスアウトプット () () (カイ) Sutoresu Autoputto Fukakai?): A move where Re-Destro focuses the energy from his stress and strikes his opponent with it.[9]
  • Stress: 100% (ストレス 100% Sutoresu Hyaku Pāsento?): Re-Destro increases the power of his Meta Ability to its limit, further increasing his mass and strength. He is also able to discharge large waves of raw, black energy from both hands at once.

Stats

Power
 
5/6 A+
Speed
 
5/6 A
Technique
 
5/6 A+
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
Power to Control Others
 
5/6 A
Rikiya's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Claustro (クレストロ Kuresutoro?) is a wearable suit of armor developed by Detnerat that amplifies Rikiya's Stress to at least 150%. It was destroyed during his fight with Tomura.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Debut
219. Go! Slidin' Go! Appears
220. My Villain Academia Absent
221. Memento from All For One Absent
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Appears
223. Cockroaches Appears
224. Revival Party Mentioned
225. Interview with a Vampire Appears
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Appears
228. Wounded Soul Absent
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Appears
230. Sad Man's Parade Appears
231. Path Appears
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Appears
233. Bright Future Appears
234. Sense Destruction Appears
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Appears
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Appears
238. Liberation Appears
239. Successor Appears
240. Power 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 Appears
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!! Absent
264. One's Justice Appears
265. Villains and Heroes Appears
266. Happy Life Absent
267. Flames Absent
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 Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Absent
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Absent

Trivia

  • Rikiya's surname is composed of the kanji for "four" (四ツ yotsu?) and "bridge" ( bashi?), and his first name contains "power" ( riki?) and "to be" ( ya?).
  • His design and mannerisms seem to be based on the Batman villain The Joker, particularly his portrayal in The Killing Joke. His beak-like nose is a reference to another Batman villain The Penguin, who was mocked for his nose as a boy. His tech mogul persona and red hair are similar to that of Spider-Man villain Norman Osborn/Green Goblin/Iron Patriot/Red Goblin/Carnage. His powers, generated by stress and anger, are similar to those of the Marvel hero Hulk.
  • According to Horikoshi, Rikiya and his "crazy expressions" are very fun to draw.
  • Similar to his team name and teammates, several of his character designs/traits seem to be based on characters from the Marvel Comics.
    • His male pattern baldness and his later being crippled and being confined into a futuristic wheelchair and his belief in fighting for the liberation and free use of ones Quirk's without societal condemnations is all ironically similar to the traits and ideals of Professor X of the X-Men.
  • These character traits, designs. and ideological beliefs also make him similar to the DC Comics, Chief (Dr. Niles Caulder) of the Doom Patrol.
  • Rikiya is the only higher-up in the MLA to have a transformation Quirk.

Quotes

  • (To the Meta Liberation Army) "My comrades of the Liberation Army! It is I, Re-Destro! Today, the Liberation Army will be reborn!!!… When it came to enlightening the world with the ideals of Destro, I had believed that the League’s existence was naught but an obstacle! Until that day, I had regarded this as the absolute truth! Oh, how blind I must have been! I was swept away by my blood; bound by my teachings. But on that day, I witnessed true liberation! Hear me! This is not surrender!!! The man you see before you, Shigaraki Tomura, is one who is truly liberated! He is the one who is worthy of the utmost reverence! He is the one who is worthy of the throne! Starting now, the Liberation Army… shall carry out the resurrection, with Shigaraki Tomura as it’s supreme leader! Together, we shall walk the true path of liberation! The Liberation Army and the League of Villains… shall henceforth be united under a new name!!! This name was devised by myself, Re-Destro, and Spinner, of the League! And now do the honours… Shigaraki Tomura!"[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 223.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 218.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 240.
  4. 4.0 4.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 239.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 246.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 227.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 232.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 264.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 234.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 233.

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