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I'm sorry to tell you... that for the next three years... U.A. will run you through the wringer. That's "Plus Ultra". Use your strength to overcome it all. So bring it.
Shota Aizawa to Class 1-A in "What I Can Do For Now"

Shota Aizawa ( (あい) (ざわ) (しょう) () Aizawa Shōta?), also known as the Erasure Hero: Eraser Head (イレイザー・ヘッド Ireizā Heddo?), is a Pro Hero and the homeroom teacher of U.A.'s Class 1-A.

Appearance

Shota is a slender and tall pale-skinned man with messy, shoulder-length black hair that partially hangs in front of his face and often half-opened black eyes. He is usually recognized for his worn-out appearance,[1][2] often appearing as if he just rolled out of bed. His facial hair remains unkempt and his eyes almost always looked tired and flat.

Shota sports a ragged black outfit that consists of a long-sleeved shirt and matching pants that tuck into his boots. He also wears a utility belt and his signature wrap scarf at all times. He hides a pair of bright yellow goggles underneath his scarf for when he needs to use them in battle.[1]

After being heavily injured by Nomu, Shota's entire face and both of his arms were completely covered in bandages.[3] Once these bandages were removed, Shota reveals a deep scar underneath his right eye.[4]

His formal attire for press meetings and meetings with parents of his students includes a black suit, blue tie, and white dress shirt. While in this attire, his hair is well-groomed and held back in a low bun at the base of his neck.

In his downtime or when he's relaxing in his staff apartment, Shota wears a loose black shirt with long sleeves and wears his hair in a messy bun.

Gallery

Personality

Shota is a very stern and mostly reserved man who has lofty expectations of his students. He is primarily moved by logic and does not believe in the necessity to maintain a clean-cut appearance or filter his words or ideas for others. He often comes off as cold, apathetic, and impatient, exhorting very little energy in most situations, preferring to take naps in his sleeping bag instead.[2][5]

Sleeping bag

Shota's tendency to lay inside his sleeping bag.

As a teacher of high expectations, Shota is known to expel students who he feels are not suited for U.A. High, although it is noteworthy that he has not expelled any students from Class 1-A yet despite being well-known for doing so.[6] However, it's revealed that this high expulsion rate is only on paper and that he actually re-enrolls the students he expels: Shota does this so they can experience "death" once, allowing them to push even higher.[7] He can be rigid and strict when necessary, and also has little tolerance for disobedient behavior. Shota is not afraid of putting his students through rigorous training and often pushes the more unpleasant parts of Heroism so that his students can overcome their limits.

Shota has proven to be very vocal and unafraid when expressing his ideas. He has mentioned on several occasions that some of U.A.'s choices when it comes to examinations are not practical or challenging enough for real Hero hopefuls and is adamant about having certain systems used by the institution changed.[8] He also blatantly stated that he did not believe Izuku Midoriya could become a hero when they first met.[1] He is also known for lying to his students in order to manipulate them into giving their best, a technique he describes as a 'logical ruse'/'rational deception'.[9]

Shota personality

Shota's impression on his students.

Despite his apathetic traits, Shota genuinely cares about his students and will go to great lengths to protect them as he saved Tsuyu Asui from Tomura Shigaraki, in spite of his grievous injuries. [10] He has also expressed belief in his students on multiple occasions and is confident that even the likes of Katsuki Bakugo would not be swayed by Villains.[11] Recovery Girl even implied that he allowed himself to be captured by Momo Yaoyorozu during her End of Term Test in order to boost her confidence.[12] Shota is also quite nurturing, as he has been seen attending to his duties as Eri's guardian and foster father without complaint. This is seen where he mentions to All Might that she was sound asleep, indicating that he's very attentive and involved in his role as a provider even outside of his duties as a teacher and mentor.

He is shown to be extremely disturbed upon discovering the ultimate fate of his friend Oboro Shirakumo. He displayed intense grief upon confronting Kurogiri after discovering that he was once Shirakumo, showing that Shota has not yet come to terms with his friend's fate. Furthered by this tragedy, Shota is shown to be particularly wrathful towards individuals who are unfortunate enough to provoke him, especially by harming those he cares about. This was seen when Shota strangled Kyudai after learning of the desecration of Oboro's corpse, blocking Kyudai's longevity quirk, tormenting and humiliating the aged scientist in a show of sheer rage.

Despite his personality, Shota has shown on several occasions that he is not completely devoid of joy or humor: he often grins whenever he is impressed by one of his students[1][12] or after he tricks them with one of his 'rational deceptions'.[6][9]

Abilities

Capture Weapon

Eraserhead's fighting style.

Overall Abilities: Eraser Head has demonstrated incredible combat prowess and ingenuity that makes him one of the most formidable teachers and Pro Heroes at U.A. High School. Eraser Head's usual battle tactic consists of canceling an opponent's Quirk and then using his Capturing Weapon in conjunction with his high agility to easily defeat or restrain his adversaries. Even without the aid of his Quirk, Eraser Head relies on his proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, excelling in close quarters combat. His overall abilities make him a pivotal combatant in situations where his opponents rely solely on the use of their Quirks, and with Eraser Head creating openings by negating their powers in the midst of battle, him. and his comrades are put into advantageous positions.

During the U.S.J. Incident, he effectively held his own against low-tier members of the League of Villains, that surrounded and outnumbered the Erasure Hero, dozens to one. Eraser Head evaded multiple attacks from opponents of various sizes and abilities before restraining them and sending them flying with calculated counter attacks. He was even able to nearly defeat Tomura Shigaraki, a highly capable villain, before Nomu intervened and overpowered the Erasure Hero. Other than Tomura, Eraser Head can effectively fend off high-level villains such as Vanguard Action Squad members, Dabi and Himiko Toga, albeit with some difficulty. He also played vital roles during the Shie Hassaikai Raid and the Jaku Hospital Raid, both of which involved large teams of heroes contending with high-class villains, with the latter raid involving the suppression of various High-End Nomus.

  • Binding Cloth: Shota developed a unique fighting style that involves his Capture weapon, by ensnaring and/or immobilizing his opponents, as well as using it for mobility such as swinging onto objects. As highly proficient he is at using this fighting style, Shota stated that it took him six years to develop it. This style of combat synchronizes well with his Erasure Quirk, as he can nullify the Quirks of his opponents while being to restrain and defeat them.

Keen Intellect: Eraser Head had been seen to have keen observation and evaluation skills. He can easily evaluate his student's personalities and their mental state. He is an expert on collaborating his equipment and Quirk with one another. In battle, Eraser Head uses goggles in conjunction with his Quirk to prevent enemies from figuring out who he's looking at, and keep them guessing. He also quickly creates strategies for dealing with different types of enemies, even those who are immune to his Quirk. In addition, he can meticulously discern the mechanics behind people’s abilities after witnessing them performed once.

Quirk

Shota erasure

Shota's eyes while using Erasure.

Erasure ( (まっ) (しょう) Masshō?): Shota's Quirk gives him the ability to nullify another person's Quirk by looking at the user.

After sustaining grievous injuries at the U.S.J., Shota can't use his Quirk for as long and must rest longer between erasures.[12]

While powerful, this ability has many drawbacks:

  • Erasure deactivates if Shota blinks or if his line of sight is obstructed.
  • His Quirk gives Shota a bad dry eye, forcing him to blink more often when he uses the power continuously.
  • Mutant-Class Quirks are immune to erasure.
  • Erasure makes Shota's hair stand on end while it is active, allowing his enemies to see when his Quirk is active or not.
  • This Quirk has no offensive potential.

Stats

Power
 
3/5 C
Speed
 
4/5 B
Technique
 
6/5 S
Intelligence
 
4/5 B
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Shota's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
3/6 C
Speed
 
4/6 B+
Technique
 
6/6 S+
Intelligence
 
5/6 A+
Dry Eyes
 
6/6 S
Shota's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Eye drops: Shota carries a small green case of eye drops with him. He uses them to treat the dry eye caused by keeping his eyes open too long.

Capturing Weapon (捕縛武器 Hobaku Buki?): Eraser Head's weapon of choice is a cloth made from steel wire alloy woven with carbon nanofibers.

Eraser Goggles: Eraser Head can be recognized by the gold goggles he wears around his neck, hidden by his scarf. He only puts them on in a fight because they complement Shota's Quirk. The goggles hide his line of sight, preventing enemies from effectively determining whose Quirk has been erased. He received these goggles during his school years from Oboro Shirakumo.

Caltrops: Eraser Head used caltrops in the practical battle against Team Todoroki & Yaoyorozu. They were effective when used in combination with the capturing weapon. After suspending Shoto in mid-air with the capturing weapon, Shota threw caltrops beneath Shoto so he couldn't land safely in case he escaped his restraints. 

Knife: Eraser Head has a large knife. It's useful to cut off his Capturing Weapon should it become stuck to something. He can also use it in combat.

Battles & Events

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Quirk Apprehension Test Arc
5. Smashing into Academia Appears
6. What I Can Do For Now Appears
7. Costume Change? Appears
Battle Trial Arc
8. Rage, You Damned Nerd Mentioned
9. Deku vs. Kacchan Absent
10. Breaking Bakugo Absent
11. Bakugo's Starting Line Absent
U.S.J. Arc
12. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Iida! Appears
13. Rescue Training Appears
14. Encounter with the Unknown Appears
15. Vs. Absent
16. Know Your Enemies Appears
17. Game Over Appears
18. Heroes' Counterattack Appears
19. All Might Absent
20. The World of Pros Absent
21. In Each of Our Hearts Appears
U.A. Sports Festival Arc
22. That's the Idea, Ochaco Appears
23. Roaring Sports Festival Flashback
24. Mad Dash and Knockdown Appears
25. In Their Own Quirky Ways Appears
26. Chase Down the Leader Appears
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Absent
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Appears
29. Unaware Appears
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Appears
31. The Boy Born with Everything Appears
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Appears
33. Shinso's Situation Appears
34. Victory or Defeat Appears
35. Battle On, Challengers! Appears
36. Bakugo vs Uraraka Appears
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Appears
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Absent
39. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Appears
40. Emancipation Appears
41. Fight On, Iida! Absent
42. Final-Match Time Appears
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Appears
44. Relaxing Day Off Appears
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Appears
46. Bizzarre! Gran Torino Appears Appears
47. Struggling Absent
48. Getting the Knack Absent
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
50. Kill'Em Dead Absent
51. No, Knock it Off, Iida! Absent
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Iida Absent
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Absent
56. Conclusion Absent
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Appears
58. Internship's End Absent
59. Listen Up! A Tale From the Past Appears
Final Exams Arc
60. Gear Up For Final Exams Appears
61. The Worst Combo Appears
62. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
63. Yaoyorozu Rising Appears
64. The Task at Hand Appears
65. Wall Absent
66. Midoriya's Observations Absent
67. Stripping the Varnish Appears
68. Encounter Appears
69. Interview with Midoriya Absent
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild Pussycats Appears
71. Kota Appears
72. Day Two Appears
73. Good Evening Appears
74. Smoke Signal Appears
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Absent
76. My Hero Absent
77. It's Chaos Appears
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! Appears
83. Loss Appears
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Iida 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 Appears
100. Creating Ultimate Moves Appears
101. The Girl Called Mei Hatsume Appears
102. On Cloud Nine Appears
103. The Test Appears
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Appears
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Appears
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Absent
108. RUSH! Appears
109. Rescue Exercise Appears
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Appears
111. Smoldering Start Appears
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Result's Aftermath Appears
115. Unleashed Absent
116. Meeting in Tartarus Absent
117. A Talk About Your Quirk Absent
118. Meaningless Battle Appears
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 Appears
123. Unrivaled Appears
124. Trouble Ahead!! Episode: Work Studies Appears
125. Overhaul Absent
126. Open Up, World Appears
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 Appears
131. Fighting Fate Absent
132. The Plan Absent
133. Catch Up, Kirishima Absent
134. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Appears
135. An Unpleasant Talk Appears
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 Flashback
155. Saviors, the Saved and a Hero's Place Appears
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 Appears
Remedial Course Arc
163. Smoldering Flames Flashback
164. Masegaki Absent
165. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
166. Be Proud, License Trainees Absent
167. Number One Hero's Starting Line Absent
168. The Strange Tale of Aoyama Absent
U.A. School Festival Arc
169. School Festival Appears
170. With Eri Appears
171. Gentle and La Brava Appears
172. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 1) Appears
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Appears
174. Golden Tips Imperial Absent
175. Morning, the Day Of Flashback
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
177. At the Construction Site Absent
178. The Woman Called La Brava Appears
179. School Festival Start!! Absent
180. Unbeknownst Absent
181. For Someone Else Appears
182. Let It Flow! School Festival! Appears
183. Festival All Day Long!! Appears
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Appears
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Absent
186. Endeavor and Hawks Absent
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Absent
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! Appears
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Appears
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Appears
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Mentioned
198. Known Where You Stand When It Counts!! Appears
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Appears
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Absent
202. Match 3 Appears
203. Flexible! Juzo Honenuki! Absent
204. Tuning Up Absent
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
207. Early Bird! Appears
208. Match 4 Conclusion Absent
209. Match 5 Start Appears
210. The One For All Dream Appears
211. That Which Is Inherited Appears
212. That Which Is Inherited, Part 2 Absent
213. Realm of Souls Appears
214. Our Brawl Appears
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Appears
216. Class A vs. Class B: Conclusion Appears
217. The New Power and All For One Appears
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 Fantasy
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 Absent
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 Absent
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 Appears
254. You Could Be More of a Hero than Anyone Appears
255. Hero Hopeful Appears
256. The High, Deep Blue Sky Appears
257. Pass It Forward, to Whomever Appears
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! Appears
269. The Three of Us Appears
270. Inheritance Mentioned
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

Trivia

  • Shota's given name "消太" has the character "消" that means "erase". His surname also has the character "相" (ai?) which can mean "Mutual" or "Councillor".
  • Shota likes cats.
  • Shota's room is quite empty, a reference to his behavior.
  • Shota's specialty is short-length sneak attacks.
  • Shota's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Shota ranked 9th in the First Popularity Poll.
    • Shota ranked 4th in the Second Popularity Poll.
    • Shota ranked 6th in the Third Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 11th in the Fourth Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 7th in the Fifth Popularity Poll.
  • Present Mic was the one who gave Shota his hero name.[13]
    • Shota also shares his Hero name with the 1977 drama/fantasy film, Eraserhead, directed by David Lynch.[14]

Quotes

  • (To Class 1-A) "I'm sorry to tell you... that for the next three years... U.A. will run you through the wringer. That's "Plus Ultra". Use your strength to overcome it all. So bring it."[15]
  • (To All Might, regarding Izuku Midoriya) "He doesn't... have no chance. That's all I can say. Because if he had no prospects, I would cut him loose. There's nothing crueler than letting someone chase their half-baked dreams."[16]
  • (To Izuku Midoriya) "No good hero is a one trick pony."[17]
  • (To a Pro Hero in the audience, regarding Katsuki Bakugo and Ochaco Uraraka's match) "Is the one who said he's toying with her a pro? How many years of active duty? If that's what you're taking from this, then you can leave. No point in watching. Go home and start looking at job-hunting sites. She's come this far, and he knows her strength. His caution shows that he recognizes her as a worthy opponent. It's exactly because he wants to win so badly... that there's no room for carelessness or holding back."[18]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 9.
  3. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 14.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 45 and Episode 26.
  5. My Hero Academia Anime: Episodes 19-26.
  6. 6.0 6.1 My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 6.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 254.
  8. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 34.
  9. 9.0 9.1 My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 38.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 17 and Episode 11.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 86.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 35.
  13. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 6, Omake
  14. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 42.
  15. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 6 (p. 2-3).
  16. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 7 (p. 9-10).
  17. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 14 (p. 4).
  18. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 36 (p. 10-11).

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