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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 (キャスリーン・ベイト Kyasurīn Beito?),[2] also known as Star and Stripe (スターアンドストライプ Sutā Ando Sutoraipu?), was the No. 1 Pro Hero of the United States of America.[3]

Appearance

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, suggesting that she either dyes her hair or it changed as a result of her Quirk. She also wore glasses.

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Personality

Cathleen was very brash, choosing to immediately head out to Japan to aid the fight against All For One despite the United Nations not finalizing a decision on international hero aid.[3]

She also appeared to be somewhat ignorant on villains outside her jurisdiction. Not knowing if the villain appearing before her was All For One or not.[4]

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 Agpar adding that her defiance for the rules is what made their nation shine the brightest.

She appeared friendly and sisterly, since she referred to the squadron she worked with as "brothers" and "bros." Since the pilots in the squadron referred to her by the nickname "Star," we can assume they reciprocate that closeness.

Abilities

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.[3][4]

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.

Former Quirk

New Order (新秩序 (ニューオーダー) Nyūōdā?): Cathleen's Quirk allowed her to set a rule onto her surroundings, allowing her to manipulate and bestow new properties onto herself and the world around her. In order to activate her Quirk, she had to first make physical contact with the target and speak its name, then explain the rule she wished to impose. She could only impose two rules at any given time.[5]

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.[1]

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.

Super Moves

  • 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.[6]
    • 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.[7]
    • State-of-the-Art Hypersonic Intercontinental Cruise Punch ( (しん) (がた) (ごく) (ちょう) (おん) (そく) (たい) (りく) (かん) (じゅん) (こう) 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.[8]

Equipment

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.[9]

Tiamat (ティアマト Tiamato?): Cathleen had been given special authority that allowed her to call on a series of state-of-the-art hypersonic intercontinental cruise missiles from the U.S. military.[1]

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. More of a Hero than Anyone Absent
255. Hero Hopeful Absent
256. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent
257. Pass It Forward, to Whomever Absent
258. Friends Absent
259. A Quiet Beginning Absent
260. Life's Work Absent
261. High-Ends Absent
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Absent
263. I Wanna Be with You Guys!! Absent
264. One's Justice Absent
265. Villains and Heroes Absent
266. Happy Life Absent
267. Flames Absent
268. Scramble! Absent
269. The Three of Us Absent
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Absent
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Absent
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Absent
278. Disaster Walker Absent
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Absent
280. Red Riot, Part 3 Absent
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Absent
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent
285. Katsuki Bakugo Rising Absent
286. The Ones Within Us Absent
287. Mistake Absent
288. Save Takeo!! Absent
289. Miss Candid and Miss Shut-Away Absent
290. Dabi's Dance Absent
291. Thanks For Going Strong Absent
292. Threads of Hope Absent
293. Hero-Saturated Society Absent
294. Final Performance Absent
295. Tenacious Absent
296. Hellish Hell Absent
297. Tartarus Absent
298. Sounds of Collapse Absent
299. Like Those Tragic Tales Absent
300. The Hellish Todoroki Family, Part 2 Absent
301. The Wrong Way to Put Out a Fire, Part 1 Absent
302. The Wrong Way to Put Out a Fire, Part 2 Absent
303. Top Three Shadow
304. Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi Absent
305. Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki Absent
306. The Final Act Begins Absent
Tartarus Escapees Arc
307. Been a While!! Absent
308. Full Power!! Absent
309. Can't Be a Child Anymore Absent
310. Masters and Pupil Absent
311. Here We Go!! Absent
312. Hired Gun Absent
313. High-Speed Long-Range Mobile Cannon Absent
314. The Lovely Lady Nagant Absent
315. Platitudes Absent
316. Your Turn Absent
317. Scars, Blood, Filth Absent
318. Reckless Absent
319. Friend Absent
320. Deku vs. Class A Absent
321. From Class A to One For All Absent
322. Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight Absent
323. That Single Step Absent
324. A Young Woman's Declaration Absent
325. The Bonds of One For All Absent
326. Who Are You Really? Absent
327. Rest!! Absent
328. No Man Is an Island Debut
Star and Stripe Arc
329. In the Nick of Time, a Big-Time Maverick from the West! Appears
330. Me and Myself Appears
331. United States of America Appears
332. State-of-the-Art Hypersonic Intercontinental Cruise... Appears
333. Specter Death
334. Parting Gift Vision

Trivia

  • 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.
    • It was also the name of a DC comics stepfather & stepdaughter DC hero duo, Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E..

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 331.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 333.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 328.
  4. 4.0 4.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 329.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 330.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 331 (p. 8-11).
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 331 (p. 12-14).
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 331 (p. 6-9).
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 334 (p. 13).

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