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If you wanna stop this, then stand up! Because I've just got one thing to say to you! Never forget who you want to become!
Shoto Todoroki to Tenya Iida in "From Todoroki to Iida"

Shoto Todoroki ( (とどろき) (しょう) () Todoroki Shōto?) is a student in Class 1-A at U.A. High School, where he got in through official recommendations[2] and is training to become a Pro Hero. He is the youngest son of Endeavor and one of the main protagonists of the series.

Appearance

Shoto is a reasonably tall, rather muscular young man who is well-built for his age. He has quite long hair, though it doesn’t pass his neck, and wears bangs, parted twice as to not obscure his vision. His hair is evenly split between two colors: white on his right-side and crimson red on his left, this unusual coloring being due to his Quirk. As another result of this, he also possesses heterochromia iridium, which causes his left eye’s iris to appear turquoise, while his right is a somewhat brownish dark gray. His eyes, in shape, are quite thin and reserved, and he also has a large burn scar on the left side of his face, which reaches from his hairline to halfway down his cheek. Despite this, however, several of the girls in his class have claimed that he is incredibly handsome, Mina Ashido even going as far as to say that he’s the best-looking guy in Class 1-A.[3]

During school hours, he wears the regular male U.A. uniform, replacing the usual brown dress shoe with casual pale cyan lace-ups.

In his initial hero costume, he wears a plain off-white shirt with matching pants and boots, with two gold-colored straps going over his shoulders. He has what appears to be a material resembling ice covering his whole left side, even his head although it is detachable, which he wears as a way of rejecting the fire side of his Quirk.

His updated hero costume consists of a dark blue jacket with elbow-length sleeves, its collar high and joined in the center by a gray neckpiece, baggy pants of the same color, a metal-plated combat vest and white boots, their soles and a thin line running down the center of each of them a darker pale gray. He also sports a brown utility belt around his waist, with little metal capsules containing medical supplies hanging off the front.

Later, in the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc, his costume gains two burgundy wrist guards with metal plating, which help to regulate the temperature of his body after his attacks, and his boots now have a set of straps.

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Personality

Earlyroki

Shoto's original coldness and apathy.

Shoto originally had a cold, aloof personality which stemmed from his abusive upbringing. Focused and unemotional, Shoto preferred to keep to himself instead of hanging out with other people. After the events of the U.A. Sports Festival, however, Shoto has become noticeably more sociable, even gaining a sense of humor and occasionally smiling, although still retaining the remnants of a distant attitude. After the events in the Remedial Course Arc, he has begun to open up more to his classmates and has lightened up from his usually serious demeanor.

Despite his usual reserved demeanor, Shoto did initially possess a moderate level of arrogance, which, combined with his solitary tendencies, sometimes made him take the initiative without considering the opinions of others, as he was confident that he could take on any obstacles with his own strength. He used to be much more unfriendly as well, to the point of causing someone to resent him.

Shoto is quite seasoned in battle, being able to stay calm and composed even while fighting real villains. Though brutal in combat, Shoto is well-grounded on the ethics of heroism, only wishing to subdue his frozen opponents as opposed to killing them by prolonging their frozen states. Shoto appears to draw his heroic values from All Might, which is a trait he shares in common with Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo.

Shoto angry

Shoto infuriated with Endeavor.

Shoto had a deep loathing for his fire abilities, which he inherited from Endeavor, as it symbolized his father's wickedness towards him and his mother as well as what he was born to be: a tool to surpass All Might, a fate that he detests. As such, Shoto decided to rely solely on his ice power and never use the other half of his Quirk in battles, going so far as to cover his left torso and arm with ice in his first Hero Costume to symbolize his rebellion against his father. His flames would be used only to undo his freezing moves.

Episode 23

Shoto ignores his resentment after listening to Izuku's words.

During his match with Izuku in the U.A. Sports Festival, Izuku's speech made the memory of his mother's supportive words resurface, and for the first time since his childhood, Shoto used his fire power in combat. After the battle, Shoto had mixed feelings about using his left side, but after reconciling with his mother, Shoto eventually came to terms with the half he once hated. Despite being scarred by her when he was a young child, Shoto showcases no hard feelings towards his mother, visiting her often ever since the end of the Sports Festival.

However, Shoto still harbors a grudge towards Endeavor, even if he respects his father's ability as a Hero, admitting to himself that such resentment can't vanish so easily and that he was wrong in trying to bury it. Having been denied a normal childhood so that his father could train him to realize his own selfish ambitions, Shoto still holds various psychological scars, which tend to reemerge when others compare him to Endeavor. Because of this and Izuku's influence, Shoto now strives to become a Hero, but without walking the same path his father did.

Shoto still remains cold towards Endeavor and has made it clear that forgiveness for his past treatment of him and his mother is difficult, but has demonstrated worry pertaining to his father's safety. With Endeavor now attempting to improve his relationship with his family, Shoto has taken a cautious, yet hopeful approach to this development.[4]

Abilities

Shoto freezes villains

Shoto effortlessly defeating villains at the U.S.J.

Overall Abilities: Having been trained by his father at a young age, Shoto entered U.A. High School through recommendations, and has been established as one of the strongest students in Class 1-A. He earned 2nd place in both the Quirk Apprehension Test and U.A. Sports Festival (although the latter was because he deactivated his Quirk at the last moment due to inner turmoil). Shoto also has a great handle over his versatile and powerful Quirk, Half-Cold Half-Hot, which grants him incredible dual capabilities.

Using the right side of his body, Shoto can drastically lower temperatures and freeze anything he touches. Shoto is able to swiftly freeze entire buildings, as well as create large waves of ice instantaneously.[5][6] Despite its incredible raw power, Shoto possesses great control and direction over his right side. He can restrict the ice to avoid fatally freezing someone, or use precision attacks to freeze only certain portions of a target's body.[7][8][9] If fighting alongside others, he is capable of covering enemy territory with ice while simultaneously preventing it from getting in his allies' way.[10] Shoto is capable of molding the ice into certain shapes to support himself, such as protective barriers, stairs to elevate himself[11] or a moving wave of ice for him to surf through.[12] Shoto has many mobility options too, like stacking ice shards behind his back to propel himself forward or freezing the ground to skate on it.[13][14]

From the left side of his body, Shoto can drastically increase temperatures and release scorching hot flames. When Shoto ignites his flames, the resulting blaze covers his arm and the left side of his head. He is able to shoot out consuming streams of fire or protective short waves of it.[15] After upgrading his costume to help him control his temperatures, the flames only ignite on Shoto's hand, displaying more command over his left side.[16]

Shoto Todoroki freezing a Giant Villain Bot

Shoto freezing a Giant Villain Bot.

At the U.S.J., Shoto was able to easily overpower small-time villains at the Landslide Zone by himself, and later on showcased elite judgment, combat awareness, and athletic ability during the U.A. Sports Festival, particularly when Shoto effortlessly froze a Giant Villain Bot.[17] During his battle against Izuku Midoriya, a fan claimed that Shoto was already stronger than the average Pro Hero.[18] Due to Shoto overusing his cryokinetic abilities, the excess cold exposure caused him to reach his bodily limit, and slow down his attacks and his movements, allowing Izuku to overpower the dual-wielding student even more than he already was. Eventually, Izuku affirmed that the Half-Cold Half-Hot Quirk is Shoto's own power to use, despite the latter's kinship to Endeavor; with his passionate words, Izuku was able to force the hybrid Quirk student into using his flames. When Shoto and Izuku were about to have a final clash with their powers at the fullest, the collision would’ve either destroyed much, if not the entirety, of the U.A. Stadium and it's occupants, or at the least, killed them both, if not one of them. This was prevented thanks to the intervention of Cementoss and Midnight, but despite their interference, the whole stadium was still greatly affected by the shockwave generated by the clashing powers, signifying how powerful Shoto and Izuku are when fighting toe-to-toe. Izuku lost his battle against Shoto, but this was primarily due to Izuku propelling himself through the air at the time of the collision and being blown back by the resulting shockwave. Overall, if the climax of the battle went uninterrupted, it would’ve resulted in a draw between Izuku and Shoto.

Even though Shoto was defeated by Katsuki Bakugo in the Sports Festival, Katsuki acknowledges that Shoto could have won their battle if he had used his full power.[19] After coming to terms with using his fire powers, Shoto was strong enough to hold his ground against the Hero Killer: Stain, a powerful villain who had singlehandedly bested various Pro Heroes. Stain himself acknowledges Shoto's prowess, as he found it more difficult to handle him compared to Izuku, Tenya Iida, and Native, especially thanks to the interchangeability of his fire and ice powers. This drawn-out confrontation caused the effects of Bloodcurdle to wear off for Izuku, giving the One For All inheritor a chance to join the fight, resulting in Izuku and Shoto tag-teaming to oppose the Hero Killer.[20] Once Tenya regained his mobility and jumped into the fray (having discarded desire for vengeance), the trio of heroes-in-training were able to outnumber the Hero Killer, 3-to-1. Overall, it took the combined efforts of Izuku, Shoto, and Tenya, 3 of U.A. High School's strongest students, to finally defeat Stain. After defeating Stain, Shoto is recognized as one of the stronger students of Class 1-A, as noted by Pixie-Bob.[21] Izuku stated that the entire Bakugo Escort Squad (consisting of himself, Shoto, Katsuki Bakugo, Fumikage Tokoyami, and Mezo Shoji) working together, have the potential to take on someone of All Might's caliber.

In the final stage of the Provisional Hero License Exam Shoto and Inasa Yoarashi faced Gang Orca, the No. 11 (formerly No. 10) Pro Hero. But due to the pair's personal conflict with each other, Inasa's Whirlwind clashed with the flames of Shoto's Half-Cold Half-Hot Quirk because heat compromises the airflow.[22] This infighting resulted in Inasa and Shoto repeatedly being unable to land an attack on Gang Orca and were left at the mercy of him and his sidekicks. Soon after, however, Shoto and Inasa realized their mistake with being uncooperative with one another, put their differences aside, and the two of them finally worked together, despite being incapacitated. With their newfound camaraderie, Inasa and Shoto combined the elemental powers of their Quirks to create a tornado of fire that engulfed Gang Orca, nearly defeating the No. 11 Hero.[23] Gang Orca acknowledges that if the battle had been drawn out any longer, Inasa and Shoto's teamwork would’ve successfully defeated him.

  • Enhanced Durability: Shoto has proven himself to be quite resilient, being able to withstand multiple attacks from Izuku, including a direct, One For All enhanced punch at 5% strength to the stomach, without sustaining major injuries.[24]
  • Enhanced Stamina: Shoto has shown to be able to endure combat even while injured, such as in his battle with Stain, where he is able to continue fighting and supporting his allies despite suffering from multiple bleeding injuries on his arm and face,[25] and still to drag the villain's unconscious body once the battle is over.[26]
  • Enhanced Agility: Shoto is fast, agile and has quick reflexes. He was able to keep first place during the majority of the Obstacle Race during the sports festival thanks to his own athletic ability. He was also able to create ice walls within a split second in order to prevent himself from getting thrown out of the ring during his battles with Izuku and Katsuki.[27]He is also able to partially dodge a knife thrown at his face and several other attacks by Stain, a notably agile opponent.[25]

Keen Intellect: Shoto has proven to be very intelligent. During the U.S.J. Incident, Shoto surmised that the villains had a Quirk user among their ranks that could jam communications. He realized the villains attacking had some kind of agenda and interrogated some of them to get answers.[28] Shoto's theory was correct as the villain's goal was to kill All Might. Shoto deduced Izuku had a connection to All Might after experiencing Izuku's power and matching it from his witnessing All Might fighting Nomu. While he was correct in deducing Izuku had a connection to the hero, he incorrectly believed the latter might be All Might's secret love child.[29] He was able to work out the location of Izuku, Tenya, and Stain from an emergency call in and make it in time though he did complain it took a while.[30] In spite of his training, Shoto is also very skilled in academics, having scored 5th place in the midterms.[31]

During the match between Momo's team and Itsuka's team, Shoto realized that there was a flaw in Itsuka's precautionary strategy in separating Momo from her teammates. He pointed out that if she really wanted to be cautious of Momo, Itsuka would’ve had her entire team overwhelmed from the start of the match.[32] After witnessing Izuku’s recent awakening of a second Quirk, Shoto deduces that the latter may be like him, but Shoto didn’t recognize the true depth of Izuku's new power.[33]

Quirk

Half-Cold Half-Hot

Half-Cold Half-Hot.

Half-Cold Half-Hot ( (はん) (れい) (はん) (ねん) Hanrei Hannen?): Shoto's Quirk gives him the ability to generate ice from the right side of his body, and generate fire from his left side.

Due to years of rejecting his father, Shoto has developed a habit of favoring ice, even when fire would be a better option. This grudge also caused him to have difficulty controlling his fire. While he is capable of using both elements simultaneously, he isn't used to doing this and still needs practice dual-wielding. While training for his ultimate move, he claimed that using both abilities at the same time slows him down.

If he overuses one element without utilizing the other, then his own body tempature will suffer. The ice half will cause frostbite and the fire half will cause heatstroke. Until taken to his bodily limit however, neither has any visible effect on his body. Shoto can easily negate this weakness by alternating between ice and fire.

As part of his training, Shoto sat in a barrel of water and alternated between using ice and fire to regulate the temperature of the water. It helped his body becomes accustomed to the cold, and he learned better control over his flames.

Super Moves

Heaven-Piercing Ice Wall

"Heaven-Piercing Ice Wall"

  • Heaven-Piercing Ice Wall (穿天氷壁 Gaten Hyōheki?): Shoto creates an enormous ice glacier, that can either encapsulate his opponent or block the immediate field of battle in ice. This move is first used in his battle against Hanta Sero in the Sports Festival,[34]but is unnamed until the Final Exams[35]. He noted to Sero that it was more powerful than necessary, but he was irritated (from talking with Endeavor) and overdid it. A variation of this move, slightly smaller in size, but more controllable, is shown in his battle against Katsuki. [36] He also used this attack on a repeatedly massive scale while attacking Mr. Compress.
  • Wall of Flames ( (ほのお) (かべ) Honō no Kabe?): Shoto uses his left side to generate a burst of flames that covers a large area. This is both a defensive and offensive attack like his Giant Ice Wall technique. It can be used to attack multiple opponents and create space between Shoto and his target. Shoto first used this attack against Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu during the Joint Training Battle with Class 1-B.[37]
  • Flashfreeze Heatwave ( (ぼう) (れい) (ねっ) () Bōrei Neppa?): To use this technique, first Shoto cools the air around him with his ice powers. Then, by switching to his fire, Shoto rapidly heats and expands the air around him. This allows him to release a superheated blast.

Stats

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

Power
 
6/6 S
Speed
 
5/6 A
Technique
 
4/6 B-
Intelligence
 
4/6 B
Soba Love
 
5/6 A
Shoto's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Hero Costume: Shoto's second hero costume is designed to optimize the use of both his fire and ice sides in combat. It is designed to diminish the drawbacks of Shoto's Quirk as much as possible by regulating his body temperature.[38]

Shoto Todoroki costume upgrade

Shoto's costume upgrade.

  • Temperature Resistant Jacket: Shoto's blue jacket is made from a special fire-resistant fiber. There is a special device near the neck that senses Shoto's body temperature and supports the vest to help regulate it.
  • Combat Vest: The device on Shoto's back is capable of sensing Shoto's body temperature and automatically heats up or cools down accordingly. Shoto requested his original costume had a device that heated up.
  • Utility Belt: There are metal capsules on Shoto's belt that contain water, pain medication, and disinfectants, making up a first aid kit.
  • Snow Boots: Shoto is outfitted with a pair of white snow boots with spikes under the soles that prevent Shoto from slipping on his own ice. They are later upgraded with straps going across the front of the boots.
  • Wrist Guards: As an upgrade to his costume, Shoto received new wrist guards made from the same material as his vest. They appear to help Shoto control the temperature of his ice and flames by keeping the extreme temperatures from traveling up his arms to his upper body.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events

Quirk Apprehension Test Arc

Battle Trial Arc

U.S.J. Arc

U.A. Sports Festival Arc

Vs. Hero Killer Arc

Final Exams Arc

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Forest Training Camp Arc

Hideout Raid Arc

Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

Remedial Course Arc

U.A. School Festival Arc

Joint Training Arc

Meta Liberation Army Arc

Endeavor Agency Arc


Relatives

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Rei
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Toya
   
   
Fuyumi
   
   
Natsuo
   
   
Shoto

Trivia

  • Shoto's given name contains the kanji for "burning" (?) and "freezing" (?). Todoroki is a common Japanese surname.
  • Shoto's favorite food is Zaru Soba (Cold Soba).
  • Shoto's known U.A. data is as follows:
  • Shoto's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Shoto ranked 2nd in the First and Fourth Popularity Polls.
    • Shoto ranked 3rd in the Second and Third Popularity Polls.
  • Although he was not explicitly based off him, Shoto's character shares a lot of similarities to Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • Both come from dysfunctional families due to having abusive fathers.
    • Both have fire abilities.
    • Both have a burn-induced scar over their left eye caused by a parent.
    • Both have a cold and distant attitude but grow to be more open and become friends with the protagonist.
    • Both hate their respective fathers and adore their respective mothers.
    • Both were separated from their mother at a young age and reunite many years later.
    • Both have an abusive father. Shoto got abused by his father for training him very harshly while Zuko got abused by his father due to being inferior to him. Their respective fathers chose their respective mothers for their genes - Rei for her powerful quirk, Ursa for her familial ties and being a descendant of Avatar Roku, in order to create powerful children.
    • Both their fathers forced their mothers into arranged marriages before they were born.
  • With his birthday in January, he is the fourth youngest in the class, taking in account that every student was 15 at the start of U.A. High's school year.

Quotes

  • (To Izuku Midoriya) "Never using my bastard of a father's Quirk... No.. By rising to the top without using it... I'll have denied him everything."[40]
  • (To Izuku Midoriya) "I want it, too. I'll be a hero!"
  • (To his father) "I haven't put aside anything. As if I could be turned that easily. It's just... In that moment, that instant... I forgot all about you. Whether that's good, bad, or something in between... That's something I'll have to think about."[41]
  • (To Tenya Iida) "Ever since your brother got taken down... I've had my eye on you. Because all that building resentment was written on your face. I know that when I see it. And I know just how much grudges like that... can cloud a person's vision."[42]
  • (To Tenya Iida) "If you wanna stop this, then stand up! Because I've just got one thing to say to you! Never forget who you want to become!"[43]
  • (To Kenji Tsuragamae) "Should we have let people die, all in the name of your "law"?! Isn't it a hero's job to save people?"[44]

References

  1. My Hero Academia Official Character Book Ultra Archive.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 11 (p. 7).
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 99 and Episode 51.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 192.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 11 and Episode 8.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 34 and Episode 20.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 16 and Episode 11.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 18 and Episode 12.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 41 and Episode 24.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 203.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 38 and Episode 23.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 42 and Episode 25.
  13. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 59.
  14. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 25 and Episode 16.
  15. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 53 and Episode 29.
  16. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 55.
  17. My Hero Academia Anime: Episodes 15-23.
  18. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 23.
  19. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 25.
  20. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 53 and Episode 29.
  21. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 70.
  22. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 113 and Episode 59.
  23. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 39.
  24. 25.0 25.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53.
  25. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 55.
  26. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapters 38-43.
  27. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 16.
  28. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 31 and Episode 19.
  29. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 52 and Episode 29.
  30. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 60 and Episode 34.
  31. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 200.
  32. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 217.
  33. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 34.
  34. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 64.
  35. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 43.
  36. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 204.
  37. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 7, Omake
  38. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  39. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 31 (p. 11).
  40. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 40 (p. 12-13).
  41. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 14-15).
  42. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 18-19).
  43. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 56 (p. 16).

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