Top 10 Coolest Boku no Hero Academia Characters [Update]

Introduction:

Boku no Hero Academia is one of those anime that grabs everyone’s attention. The action is consistently good and the writing is top notch. With a straight 24-episode run for the second season, we’re seeing a lot more of the large cast that was introduced in season one. We’re even getting some new faces. Considering the amount of time that’s been allotted to certain characters, and just overwhelming awesomeness of some, this list isn’t quite a complete overhaul of the original (seen below). However, it does focus more on character’s that have been spotlighted in this second season.

10. All Might

If this was the first season, we would probably give it to Aizawa. His analytical prowess is always top notch and his fight during the League of Villains’ surprise assault on the students was phenomenal. However, in recent episodes we get to see slightly different sides of All Might.

All Might is the #1 hero. He is the strongest and fastest hero in the world and he is a symbol of peace and justice. It’s the type of honor that All Might exudes that causes villains like Stain to detest 90% of the hero population (to make it clear they like All Might, but hate most other pros). Just recently, we got to watch All Might play a villain and that was incredible to watch. He doesn’t hold back against Midoriya and Bakugo (though he has a handicap), and it’s exciting to see him capture a villainous mindset. He literally destroys an entire section of the city with one punch in order to reveal where the two students may be. There’s very little doubt that he would have kept this up until he found them.


9. Fumikage Tokoyami

Fumikage Tokoyami is one of the most intriguing characters in the series and it’s a safe bet to assume that many are hoping for an episode that is more focused on him and his personal struggles. Thankfully, we have seen his abilities in action quite a few times.

His Quirk is Dark Shadow, which involves calling forth a shadow-like monster that is always with him. Though it is his Quirk, Dark Shadow does seem to have its own personality. As a fighter, he has shown great awareness of his Quirk’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the strengths and weaknesses of others’ Quirks. His focus never wavers as shown when he is still able to steal a headband from Todoroki’s team at the last moment in order to send his team to the finals of the Sports Festival. Simply put, he always keeps his cool and his Quirk can be used in a number of ways.


8. Ochako Uraraka

It is extremely hard to not like Ochako Uraraka. She is one of the most lovable characters in the show, and she has proven herself to be a formidable opponent. Her Quirk is Zero Gravity, which allows her to negate gravity for objects that she touches.

Though her Quirk might not seem great battle, she consistently figures out new ways to utilize her power. This is shown to great effect in her battle against Bakugo, where she imperceptibly sets a massive amount of rubble into the air and then brings it crashing down on his head. She is also always willing to put herself in situations that will help her grow. Despite the epic nature of her trap, she still loses the battle against Bakugo and then decides that she needs to become a more powerful fighter and spends her internship with a fighting expert.


7. Stain

Stain was the main antagonist introduced directly after (practically during) the Sports Festival Arc. He started getting media attention while the Sports Festival was happening, because he continuously attacked heroes, either crippling or killing them. His Quirk involves immobilizing others by tasting their blood, which is why he has a countless assortment of blades across his body.

Stain is an impressive villain and one that gains the respect of many viewers due his personal ideology. Rather than simply wanting to cause destruction and chaos, he wants to eliminate fake heroes. He believes that society is being hurt by heroes that approach the profession for either monetary gain or fame. It is an ideology that many can get behind, especially as he turns his blade against the villain mastermind Tomura Shigaraki for trying to make him target a child (Izuku). It also helps that he is quite skilled with his blades and has a truly terrifying aura.


6. Momo Yaoyorozu

Momo Yaoyorozu is an extremely intelligent, practical, and cunning student. Her Quirk is Creation, which allows her to create objects from any exposed part of her body. Admittedly, she needs to understand the structure and makeup of the object in order to create it. Her powers and intellect are so highly regarded that she was one of the few students to get into UA based off of recommendations.

In the first season of the show we got glimpses of her analytical powers and immediately understood why she was brought into UA simply from recommendations. However, it wasn’t until just recently, when she was facing off against Aizawa with Todoroki as her teammate. First off, we get to see her insecurities, which are wrapped around the fact that she got in on recommendations and yet hasn’t shown any true potential. It’s a powerful moment and brings out a lot of emotions. Then the battle ends with her being the mastermind behind capturing Aizawa, which helps boost her confidence greatly.


5. Gran Torino

This recent arc brought us the old hero Gran Torino, who really didn’t want to become a hero, but wanted to use his powers freely and so got a hero’s license. He also trained young All Might and is now taking Midoriya under his wing. His Quirk is JET and he can basically zip across any environment with an incredible level of speed and dexterity.

We don’t get too much information on Gran Torino, but what we do see is pretty awesome. For a pretty darn old man, he can move and handle dangerous situations with ease. He’s not afraid to throw himself in harm’s way for the sake of others. He’s also incredibly intelligent and understands what is needed for people to grow. We see this powerfully he asks Midoriya what his name is when the internship is over.


4. Tsuyu Asui

With her hero name being Froppy, it’s hard not to love Tsuyu Asui. She is one of the top female students at UA and she has shown time and time again that she knows how to handle herself. Though she might seem aloof at times, she has a clear idea of where she wants to be in the future.

Having been in two villain battles, she’s become quite the veteran. It’s in these moments, more so than when facing against her classmates, that we see her calm nature and strength. She knows how to best utilize her powers in almost any situation and she is extremely cooperative. She knows how to help others and the importance of believing in your team.


3. Katsuki Bakugo

Bakugo is the childhood friend then bully of young Midoriya. He’s brash and quick to anger, but his combat ability is top notch. His Quirk is Explosion, as his hands release fiery bursts that range from the strength of a sparkler to that of a bomb. Despite his power, he rarely let’s his anger cloud his judgment (as seen with his battle against Uraraka) unless he’s dealing with Midoriya.

Bakugo is the bad boy of the series and it is fascinating to watch him grow and fight. Okay, so his personal development might not be as noticeable as other main characters, but that’s because he was skilled to begin with and he literally has one goal in mind: to be number 1. He pursues this goal so relentlessly that newcomers to the series might think that he’ll become a villain. However, it’s clear that he wants to be the BEST HERO, and to become anything else would be accepting failure.


2. Izuku Midoriya

You can’t really create a list about the characters of Boku no Hero Academia and not include the main character. Midoriya was the Quirkless boy, who is now on his way to becoming the greatest hero that ever lived. Yeah, it sounds a bit too much like a fairy tale, but the way Midoriya pushes himself, constantly abusing his own body, keeps things from becoming stale.

He is constantly improving his battle abilities and unlocking the potential of others, such as Bakugo, Todoroki, and Tenya. Now that he has finally learned to better control his abilities, by releasing only 5% throughout his entire body, it’s a lot more fun to watch him in battle. The way he darts across the environment and the electrical green glow about him are visually stunning.


1. Shoto Todoroki

Todoroki was one of the students to get into Hero Academy off of recommendations, and so in the beginning we only get a couple glimpses of his power. However, as one of the main rivals towards young Midoriya and Bakugo in the newest season we get a lot more of this incredible individual.

He is the son of the second strongest hero and was essentially born as a means to become the hero that surpasses All Might. This is because his father is rather obsessive, which led to Todoroki’s mother scarring a little Todoroki with boiling water. Home life is not the best, and the amount of frustration he feels towards his father and confusion towards his mother create a complex character, who we get to watch grow emotionally and mentally. Oh, and he’s one of the most awesome fighters, with control over both fire and ice. His combat abilities and quick thinking are seen endlessly in his fights with Tenya, Midoriya, Bakugo, and Stain.


Final Thoughts:

Boku no Hero Academia is one of those shows that have an amazing cast. Almost every character has an ability or personality that someone will fall in love with. Let us know if you’re favorite character made it into one of the lists. Let us know if he/she didn’t just as well.

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The new shounen that was so good it's already got a second season in the bag, Boku no Hero Academia surpassed expectations with it's great story arcs and a fantastic cast of heroes. With the way that Quirks work in the show, being so unique and vastly changing the appearance of some heroes, the creators have been able to make incredibly varied characters, that you would normally see introduced over many arcs, all just thrown in right from the get go. It's one of the things that allowed the series to get right into the excitement, after one training arc at least, and really opened up the audience to include even those who would not normally watch shounen titles.

If it seems like we're going off on one about the characters from Boku no Hero Academia then you would be correct, we think they're awesome and that's why we're giving you a list of them. When it comes to shounen series you'll often read about the strongest characters or the strongest moves, but this isn't just a shounen series, it's a superhero series, and what's an important trait all of the best superheroes have? They're all seriously cool. Like, "I wanna be that guy" level cool. So have a read below, to see who we think are the top 10 coolest Boku no Hero Academia characters.

10. Ochako Uraraka

Bouncy and bubbly, Ochako is so positive and lively that her enthusiasm alone can push others into action. Despite her outgoing and often silly outward persona, when she needs to be Ochako can be incredibly serious and determined, as demonstrated in the Quirk Apprehension Test and attack on USJ arcs. As someone who's kind of whacky, it's interesting to see her go up against and work with some of the more solemn and mature members of 1-A, and somehow manage to match their level.

Ochako does not come off as being naturally cool, although her hero costume does look somewhat like a pink Megaman. She does get some really awesome moments, though, when she's not floating away somewhere or throwing up. She uses her powers incredibly well, like using a pillar as a baseball bat and destroying robots by just dropping them from the sky. Although not a natural bad-ass like some heroes Ochako is a pretty cool gal for someone so silly.


9. Tsuyu Asui

Cute, wide-eyed Tsuyu is the quick-witted frog girl of the class. While at first Tsuyu doesn't stand out quite as much as some characters, it quickly becomes obvious that she's got a good head on her shoulders and is a pretty capable fighter. On top of that with her skin tight hero suit and large chest, she's already built up quite a significant fanbase.

Tsuyu's sociable attitude and common sense when it comes to fighting make her a really cool person just to be around. As she doesn't have the intense, colder personality that some other characters have, she's really easy to get on with and generally just a very likeable person. The fact that she comes off as normal and sensible considering here Quirk and the people around her is one of the things that makes her stand out most.


8. Tenya Iida

Always playing by the rules, Tenya is the goody two-shoes president of class 1-A. With his tendency to do things by the book, Tenya is proficient at getting on the some of the more laid back students' nerves, although he does prove to be incredibly useful in times of panic. His calm and calculating demeanor make him the perfect leader type, he just needs a little more self-confidence with the role.

Although starting off as the nerd of the class and very rigid, Tenya loosens up as the series goes on and he gets used to the rest of the class, realising how he also has a lot to learn. His logical thinking and desire to lead, turn him into a figure of authority among the other students and someone to look to when everything goes tits up. Apart from his personality, his knight-like hero suit is very cool, and perfectly reflects his personality, as well as his Engine Quirk turning him into some kind of kick-ass mecha-knight.


7. Momo Yaoyorozu

Proving to be by far the most battle-ready of the girls, Momo is incredibly versatile in the field due to her Creation Quirk allowing her to create any non-living object. As long as she's had enough to eat anyway. Momo's hero suit's main purpose is to reveal as much skin as possible, allowing her to use her Quirk more easily, though it does feel like there may be an ulterior motive to that.

Momo's fighting style is truly impressive to see given that she generally uses basic hand held weapons against opponents with much stronger physical Quirks than her. In fact due to her strategic thinking and intelligence, she managed to rank first in the Quirk Apprehension Test. With her strength as a hero, along with her warrior princess like attire, Momo is the coolest girl in 1-A.


6. Fumikage Tokoyami

Sadly Fumikage hasn't had much screen time just yet, though what we have seen has been pretty nice so far. Like the other more powerful heroes, Fumikage remains calm under pressure and seems to possess a quick mind and combat experience, allowing him to easily take enemies down from the shadows. His appearance as a mutation-type Quirk user is also very interesting, with his bird head making him the class member with the least human appearance.

With a serious and cooperative manner, as well as powerful defensive and offensive capabilities with his Quirk Dark Shadow, Fumikage is an amazing teammate to fight alongside. He's not just cool, but respectable a person and as a hero. More importantly his dark, raven like visage with his bird head and dark cloak looks sick, his Quirk completing the ensemble. Seriously the dude summons a raven shadow from his body for crying out loud.


5. Katsuki Bakugou

Katsuki is the explosive rival and polar opposite to Boku no Hero Academia's lead, Midoriya. Despite his bad attitude and overwhelming arrogance, he desires to become a hero more than most, with his fervor constantly pushing him to reach the top. His explosion Quirk perfectly matches his explosive and chaotic personality, as well as packing a seriously powerful punch for a hero-in-training.

With his unrelenting, almost berserk-like fighting style, along with his ever destructive Quirk, watching Katsuki wreak havoc is always awesome. Although he can come off as stupid or rather lacking in common sense at times, Katsuki's will to keep pushing forward is seriously cool, with no foe able to break his hardened resolve. Whether it's buckets full of self-confidence or plain old insanity, Katsuki is a bad ass on the battlefield.


4. Shouto Todoroki

Wielding the opposing powers of fire and ice, Todoroki is likely 1-A's most powerful member, though he hasn't received a whole lot of screen time just yet. Todoroki is one of the most relaxed members of the class during lessons, probably due to being so powerful that even the villains can't touch him. Though maybe relaxed isn't quite right, rather he keeps to himself, and tends to only speak when he feels it's necessary.

Todoroki's powerful, lone wolf aura coupled with his intense appearance makes him instantly cool without him really having to do anything. His power itself is awesome as well, or rather powers, with two in one ice and fire that wrecks most of his classmates. What makes him really stand out amongst his peers though is the authority he holds when he speaks, as if others being weaker than him is to be expected.


3. Izuku Midoriya

Boku no Hero Academia's short and weak protagonist Midoriya is most certainly the person who wants to become a hero most of all. With his new Quirk having fairly limited uses at the moment, Midoriya is simultaneously the weakest of the heroes and one of the strongest, a very odd position to be in. The fact that his power is so all over the place, however, is what makes it so interesting, which part of Midoriya's body will break today?

Okay so in many ways Midoriya is both very cool, and very lame at the same time, as is the curse of shounen protagonists who must rise to the top. Much like his teacher All Might, Midoriya's drive to be a hero and help people is the coolest thing about him, pushing him to perform awesome feats to save his friends and classmates. So despite his internal whining and crying, Midoriya's courageous side always shows through when the time is right.


2. Shouta Aizawa

Both a dedicated teacher and overwhelmingly lazy, in Aizawa's opinion, you either do something well, or you don't do it at all. When not being be a sleeping bag caterpillar, Aizawa is one of the city's top heroes, Eraserhead, with his ability to temporarily erase other people's Quirks being both unique and powerful. Despite his uncouth appearance and harsh attitude, as a hero, Aizawa still prioritises his students safety above all.

When he's not just being straight up tired, Aizawa looks like a total badass, with his crazy long hair, cloth covering half his face, and that sick visor. He's got the "looks like a bad guy but is actually a good guy" vibe going on which is always cool. Aizawa's cold determination to look after the kids is impressive as well, and although he doesn't give pretty speeches about heroism or being the good guy, he fights until he's literally crushed into the floor to keep everyone safe.


1. All Might

The ultimate hero, always brave and righteous, reassuring the world that it's in safe hands, All Might. Super fast, super strong, super handsome, All Might's powers may not be as weird or interesting as some of the other heroes', but they're powerful enough to make him number one. Even now with his powers fading, All Might remains a symbol of justice and safety among the public and heroes alike, and someone for villains to live in fear of.

All Might's crazy powerful Quirk by itself makes him come off as one of the cooler characters, but what stands out most is his personality. Despite seeing his weaker side and the problems he now faces due to his injury, All Might never stops fighting for what he believes in and protecting people. Even when he can no longer move, he still stands between evil and the defenseless till the very end, one of the coolest things a hero can do.


Final Thoughts

So those were the coolest heroes of Boku no Hero Academia. Although there's already a great host of characters in the show, with just the one season out so far we really don't know enough about everyone to easily make judgements yet. Still, there were some that really stood out regardless of the number of lines they got, like Todoroki and Fumikage.

So who have your favourite heroes been so far? Do you prefer the always cool All Might and Aikawas, or the rising stars like Midoriya and Ochako? We love to hear what you think, so why not leave a comment down below!

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