[Expedientes GF] What do the names of the characters in My Hero Academia mean?

Have you ever wondered what some character names from My Hero Academia like Izuku Midoriya, Ochako Uraraka, Shoto Todoroki or Katsuki Bakugo? If not, you should know that most of these heroes do not have such common names or surnames, as they were created from the imagination of Kohei Horikoshi from word games.

Basically the names of the characters of My Hero Academia can give us many details of what particularities (quirks) have, what they like or even what they were based on. Some are more creative than others, so below we will tell you the origin of some and what they mean:

Names in My Hero Academia: What does Izuku Midoriya mean?

What does Izuku Midoriya mean?

In the case of the protagonist of this anime, the surname Midoriya (緑谷) can be read as «Green Valley». This makes sense, as both he and his mom have green hair and eyes. Also, his hero suit has always had that color.

On the other hand, Izuku (出 久) does not have much semantic sense (it has the characters of “leave” and “a long time”), but the nickname ‘Deku’ is closely related. The reason for this is that it is another way of reading those same characters. In fact, there are many people by the name of ‘Dekune’ (出 久 根).

Names in My Hero Academia: What does Ochako Uraraka mean?

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What does Ochako Uraraka mean?

The surname Uraraka (麗 日) is made up of the characters for “beauty” and “sun / day.” This wouldn’t be relevant if her hero name wasn’t ‘Gravity‘(pronounced as ‘Urabiti’ in Japanese). The second character can be pronounced not only as ‘ka’, but also as ‘hi’ or ‘bi’. In other words, ‘Urabi’ is in his last name.

The name Ochako (お 茶 子) can be interpreted as “little tea.” English tea is’tea‘, so that English pronunciation of tea makes up the last syllable of’Gravity

Names in My Hero Academia: ¿ Qué significa Katsuki Bakugo?

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¿ Qué significa Katsuki Bakugo?

Bakugo (爆 豪) has the characters for «big bang«. Not only does it make sense with his particularity, but it also relates to his hero name: Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight / (Dynamite, the Great Bomb Killer, pronunciado como Daibakusasshin Dainamaito).

Tsuyu Asui

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This beloved heroine-frog has the name of this animal in the first character of her surname (蛙 吹). Also, the name ‘Tsuyu’ (梅雨) literally means ‘rainy season’, something she enjoys very much (and most amphibians).

Names in My Hero Academia: What does Shoto Todoroki mean?

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What does Shoto Todoroki mean?

This one is pretty simple. The name Shoto (焦 凍) contains the characters for “burn / char” and “ice.”

Denki Kaminari

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This name is so obvious that it makes funny. Denki (電 気) literally means “electricity”. In addition to this, the meaning of the Kaminari characters (上 鳴) does not matter as much as their pronunciation, since it sounds the same as the word «lightning» (雷 /kaminari).

Momo Yaoyorozu

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We know that this heroine can materialize a lot of things from her body. That must be why his last name (八 百万) literally means “eight million” and his name is “one hundred” (百).

Mina Ashido

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The surname Ashido (芦 戸) sounds similar to ‘ashiddo’ (ア シ ッ ド), the Japanese pronunciation of the English word ‘acid’. In its name (三 奈), the first character alone can also be read as’san‘, pronunciation identical to the Japanese word for acid: 酸.

Shota Aizawa

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The first character of the name Shota (消 太) has the meaning «to delete«. It makes sense, especially when his hero name is Eraser Head.

Ida Tenya

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The meanings of its characters do not matter, as the name of this character is based on the Buddhist god Skanda, called in Japanese Idaten (韋 駄 天). This deity is known to run very fast.

Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu

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Despite its peculiarity turning it into steel, its name is literally “Hierrohierro Hierrohierro”, at least phonetically (鉄 哲徹 鐵).