I'll never forget the sight of those two hair tufts! He was my role model from that day forward!! As a show of my own even greater dedication to peace, I went for... eight tufts!Cathleen Bate on All Might in "Me and Myself"
Cathleen Bate was a tall woman with a well-muscled build. She had elegant facial features, narrow eyes, and long flowing blonde hair with eight distinct tufts swept backward and fashioned in a similar manner to the ones All Might possessed in his empowered form.
Her hero costume was a high-collared skin-tight bodysuit with shoulder pads, boots and gauntlets. Fitting to her home country and hero name, the upper torso was decorated in stripes, and her gauntlets and collar are studded with metal stars. Completing the outfit was a long, striped cape that resembles of the U.S. flag.
As a young girl, Cathleen had long brown hair, which was dyed blonde later on. She also wore glasses.
She had a profound admiration for All Might, due to him saving her and her family years ago when he was studying abroad. She considered his two hair tufts to be a symbol of heroism and had her own hair styled in a similar manner with eight tufts, to symbolize her dedication of being a hero. Cathleen also admired his incredible strength, to the point where she always applied super strength to herself using her Quirk.
Cathleen was also shown to have an intense desire to protect others and seek justice, to the point where she was willing to ruin her own reputation and career for the sake of others. This was best seen when she all but demands the use of the Tiamat missiles to destroy Tomura Shigaraki despite the potential international fall out it could cause. Even when told she'd lose her hero license, she didn't care as she could see how much of a threat Tomura was and that it's worth the risk.
From her desire to protect and admiration for All Might, Cathleen was extremely kind and selfless, willing to risk her life to save Japan from Tomura and All For One, going by far as to use the last of their strength to use her Quirk to destroy "Tomura" from within. However, Cathleen was shown to disregard the rules, making her reckless with Timothy Agpar, adding that her defiance for the rules is what made their nation shine the brightest.
In the past, Cathleen had a more insecure side while she was training to become a hero, as she lamented over her Quirk not being able to empower her to match or surpass All Might’s strength, believing that this was because she was a girl. Her feelings were reinvigorated however after she was encouraged by her teammates, saying that she doesn’t have to try to be like All Might because she’s great and strong enough as she is.
Because of this, she was also friendly and sisterly towards her squadron, referring to them as "brothers" and "bros." They are shown to reciprocate this closeness since the pilots in her squad referred to her by the nickname "Star”. They also assured Cathleen that she could always rely on them in times of need, further demonstrating their great bond.
Overall Abilities: Cathleen was the No. 1 Hero in the United States, and regarded by All For One as "The strongest woman around." He also noted that she could easily shrug off cheap tricks and petty tactics. All For One even admitted that he'd planned to steal One For All before confronting Cathleen, demonstrating how much of a threat All For One acknowledged her as. Even more, her might was shown able to compete single-handedly against Tomura, while at 98% full power of wielding All For One. Notably, she was able to fly across the Pacific to Japan while standing on top of the plane she was riding, showing she had exceptional balance and endurance.
Enhanced Durability: Even without New Order's protection, Cathleen still possessed impressive durability. She was able to withstand the explosion of the Tiamat missiles from a distance without her strength enhancement rule.
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She could give herself additional abilities, as well as manipulate the condition of her opponent's body. While there seemed to be no limit to how much she was able to impede someone, even to the point of killing them, there was a limit on how much she could increase ones power, so she could not give herself infinite strength.
She could even use her power on incorporeal things, like the air and laser beams, which she was able to shape into constructs, even very powerful gigantic ones. However she could not arbitrarily effect a target she hadn't touched through clever wording; for example, after touching the air, she wasn't able to make it so that a person who touches the air around them will die.
In order for her Quirk to function, the target must acknowledge itself as the name that Cathleen identified them as; if a living target was in a state of identity crisis, then the Quirk would not effect them. Alternatively, in the case of an inanimate object, which had no sense of identity, then Cathleen's one-sided perception of the target was enough.
- Superhuman Physical Prowess: Using one of the two rules that she can impose, Cathleen usually kept herself in a constant state of enhanced physical ability. Strength, speed, agility, reflexes, etc.; which, while not at All Might's level, are all still considered to be impressively high. In more desperate situations however, Cathleen would disengage her constantly activated rule of enhanced physical ability. This allowed her to perform supermoves with two rules of New Order, but subsequently made her weaker and more vulnerable.
- Fist Bump to the Earth (フィスト・バンプ・トゥ・ジ・アース Fisuto Banpu Tu Ji Āsu?): Cathleen solidifies the air into the shape of her body, but a thousand times larger. The giant air version of Cathleen is invisible and mimic's the real ones movements.
- Keraunos (ケラウノス Keraunosu?): After creating the giant air construct of herself, Cathleen has the air fighter team fire lasers at it, which she collects and makes into a sword for her giant self.
- State-of-the-Art Hypersonic Intercontinental Cruise Punch (
新 型 極 超 音 速 大 陸 間 巡 航パンチ Shingata Gokuchōonsoku Tairiku-kan Junkō Panchi?): Cathleen grabs the Tiamat missiles with her giant air self and uses New Order to command the missiles to change trajectory, allowing her to swing them around and a unleash a giant air punch that releases a supermassive explosion.
Fighter Squadron: Cathleen had a number of X-66 fighter jets at her disposal which are piloted by her close allies. The jets are able to record data during mid-air battles and analyze bio-signatures and Quirks.
Battles & Events
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- Cathleen's hero name, Star and Stripe, was based on a nickname for the flag of the United States of America ("Stars and Stripes"), after which her costume was designed.
- Cathleen shared her birthday with Inko Midoriya, Wolfram and Christopher Skyline.
- Fittingly, as America’s No. 1 Hero, Cathleen’s birthday was on America's Independence Day.
- Cathleen's favorite thing were gummies.
- (To Tomura Shigaraki and All For One) "As long as people stand up to save each other... someone will inherit that will of heroism. And make no mistake... they will strike you down."
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