Clichés have become an inextricable element of shonen anime, from the exaggerated power scales to the filler episodes, but there are also various tropes that apply to anime characters. Given the breadth of the distribution of My Hero AcademiaIt seems inevitable that there will be at least some characters whose behaviors and backstories have already been made in the genre.
That said, cliches are not necessarily negative aspects of a given narrative, as they can help establish the foundation of the story without spending too much time developing the tiny differences between the characters.
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10 Mirai Sasaki is the typical rude and hard-to-please shonen character
At first, Mirai Sasaki refuses to formally recognize Deku as the deserved successor to One For All, partly due to his fractious relationship with All Might, but mostly because she believes that Mirio Togata is the best option. Sir Nighteye is one of those typical badass shonen characters who are not easily indulged.
Mirai is firmly entrenched in her own visions of the future, like Yamamoto Genryuusai from Bleach and Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, at least until the protagonist destroys them.
9 Kai Chisaki is the anime’s classic one-dimensional villain
Kai Chisaki is the classic one-dimensional villain: incredible power and strategy, but with a great lack of moral justification. He enthusiastically tortures his adopted daughter to manifest his dream of a world without Quirk and cruelly despises her suffering even after being defeated.
Overhaul’s ego is incomprehensibly huge, but his inability to synchronize his abilities and expectations leads to his downfall. Characters like Light Yagami, from Death Note, and Younger Toguro, of Yu Yu Hakusho, they fall under the same umbrella.
8 Enji Todoroki’s ambition is impossible to achieve
Like Suì-Fēng from Bleach, Enji Todoroki wants nothing more than to bridge the impassable chasm that separates him from his superior. However, both Yoruichi Shihoin and All Might constantly demonstrate to their would-be detriments that there is no possible way for them to catch up, no matter how hard they try.
Enji discards everything he loves in the process of achieving his goals, but thankfully he returns to being a half-decent father after accepting his transgressions.
7 Cathleen Bate builds entirely on exaggerated American stereotypes
Cathleen Bate is the only female character to be among the strongest heroes in the series. Although she is unfortunately murdered, her impact on the final outcome of the story is quite significant.
Interestingly, Cathleen Bate doesn’t adhere to the usual shonen clichés, but the same cannot be said for the American stereotypes surrounding her character. Her hero name is Star and Stripe, her costume alludes to the United States flag and she arrives in Japan riding on a fighter plane.
6 Sorahiko Torino pretends to be a stereotype of a weak old man
Gran Torino pretends to be the resident weak elder of My Hero Academia, acting like he can’t remember Deku’s name even though his mind is still as sharp as ever.
This particular cartoon is one of the oldest cliches in shonen anime, seen in characters like Master Roshi from Dragon Ball and Zeno Zoldyck from Hunter x Hunter. Gran Torino’s mask of senility is shed as Nomu’s attacks begin. From this moment there is no going back.
5 Nemuri Kayama is another victim of shonen fanservice
The provocative behavior of Nemuri Kayama is camouflaged as capricious, but the truth is that he is one more victim of fan service shonen. He claims that the innocence of his students is an attractive trait, and is unjustifiably enraged when their age is brought up.
Kayama sacrifices his life during the Paranormal Liberation arc, but his death hardly makes a dent in history. Her fate is comparable to that of Unohana Retsu from Bleach, who perishes after helping Zaraki Kenpachi achieve his true power.
4 All For One’s personality is copied from other shonen villains
To call All For One’s antagonism overblown would be an understatement. Man lives and breathes pure evil. In fact, he is so self-centered that it is almost impossible for him to relate to the problems of others, such as the Father of Brotherhood and Muzan from Demon Slayer.
Despite the fact that many of his personality traits are a carbon copy of the Shonen villains who preceded him, All For One is bathed in an aura of mystery and intrigue, making him one of the most interesting characters in My Hero Academia.
3 Tenya Ida shows a nerd love for discipline and authority
Tenya Ida is the poster boy for discipline, often going to extremes to enforce UA school guidelines on his peers. His love of authority is reflected in characters as diverse as Azazel Amero from Welcome to Iruma-kun demon school! y Uryu Ishida de Bleach.
Tenya shows almost all the tropes associated with his character category, but that doesn’t mean he’s not charming. In fact, it’s just the opposite: Tenya is loved by all members of Class 1-A.
2 Chizome Akaguro’s philosophies include some strands of antiheroism
Stain’s brand of villainy incorporates some threads of antiheroism, which explains why he’s a fan-favorite character. His ideological principles may be twisted and meaningless, but what matters is that they are indestructible to the point of transforming him into a public idol within the universe of My Hero Academia.
AlligatorDorohedoro and Guts of Berserk They follow the same clichéd line of thinking as Mancha, even though their personalities are drastically different from one another.
1 Katsuki Bakugo’s aggressive delinquency is typical of a shonen protagonist
Bakugo’s aggressive and delinquent nature is typical of a shonen protagonist like Yusuke Urameshi in Yu Yu Hakusho, Ryuko Matoi en Kill la Kill and most of the JoJos of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures.
However, Bakugo’s ego and temperament melt into a combustible cocktail that threatens to explode at any moment, destroying everyone in his path, leading him away from the path of heroism. In this sense, he is more like characters like Eren Jaeger from Attack on Titan e Inosuke Hashibira de Demon Slayer.