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I was scared to lose your light. I was scared that the peace you built would crumble… But my ideas and that device were nothing more than ways to keep the status quo. Even though the future, and hope, were right in front of me. I didn’t notice them…
David Shield to All Might in Two Heroes

David Shield (デヴィット・シールド Devitto Shīrudo?) is a former sidekick and a scientist who creates support items for heroes. He is the father of Melissa Shield.

Appearance

David is a tall man of an average build, with notable wrinkles on his forehead and defined nasolabial folds and tear troughs. He has small sky-blue eyes and short, unruly honey brown hair with two prominent tufts curving outwards from the top of his forehead, a short goatee on his chin and wide-rimmed square glasses on his face.

He wears a plain dark blue shirt with a single breast pocket, the two top buttons left casually undone and the sleeve-cuffs unbuttoned and rolled up to just below his elbows. He wears a pair of pale gray-blue jeans, a dark belt with a silver buckle and navy blue sneakers with white soles, decorated with a red stripe near the toe.

When he was younger, he had straighter, shoulder-length hair which he swept backwards, a single thin strand left hanging over his left eye, no goatee, and no notable wrinkles on his face.

He wore a red hoodie, its hood left out over the light gray lab coat he wore underneath, the sleeves of which he rolled slightly up above his wrists. He also wore dark gray pants and black sneakers with white soles and laces.

Personality

Like All Might, David is a generally compassionate and altruistic individual, always looking to create new ways to better society as a whole and help those in need. While having a relatively weak Quirk that is unsuitable for being a Pro Hero, he instead chooses to help heroes by designing costumes and inventing support gear. He also cares greatly about his daughter, Melissa, as he loves her dearly and showed himself to be incredibly supportive of her even after learning she was Quirkless.

David helps All Might to a private space so he can revert to his true form.

David greatly treasures his friendship with All Might, being positively elated to be reunited with him after several years and holds the Number 1 Hero in extremely high regard. Having been his sidekick and costume developer, he was also made aware of All Might’s injury following his fight with All For One and had knowledge of his true form, although he was not informed on the truth regarding his Quirk, which All Might withheld from him in fear for his safety.

However, David's admiration of All Might almost fell into the realm of blind worship. When he discovered that All Might was gradually losing his strength and would eventually have to retire, he refused to accept this and was more than willing to use illegal means to restore his friend's powers, though not to the point where it would endanger people's lives. He was willing to hire a group of "fake villains" to cause a siege in the I-Island Tower, using it as a cover to steal his Quirk Amplification Device back from the tower’s security vaults. After being found out by Melissa and Izuku Midoriya, David was willing to face whatever punishment he would earn, as long as he could give the device to All Might to restore his fading Quirk.

Despite being betrayed by his friend and assistant Samuel Abraham, who hired real villains and intended to sell the device to Wolfram, David still jumped and took a bullet to save his friend’s life, further demonstrating his selfless nature. He even told Izuku to forget about him upon having his device stolen and being kidnapped by Wolfram, and was shocked by the U.A. High School student's determination to save him, despite what he had done. In the end, David was able to accept that All Might's time as a hero was ending, but that Izuku and the future generation of heroes will carry on his legacy, just as Melissa intends to do for him.

Abilities

Engineering: David is a genius inventor who specializes in making hero costumes and support gadgets. He was even able to create a Quirk Amplification Device that he believed would be able to restore the injured All Might to the strength he had when he was in his prime. When Wolfram used the Quirk Amplification Device, he became strong enough to be able to fight on equal footing with the weakened All Might and Izuku working together, decimating I-Island in the process.

Quirk

Squirmy Fingers (ぐにゃぐにゃ (ゆび) Gunya gunya Yubi?): David's Quirk allows him to bend his fingers farther than a person normally can. He uses this power to do precision work tinkering on the inventions and hero costumes he creates.[1]

Trivia

  • David Shield shares his birthday with Mitsuki Bakugo and Sidero.
  • David's Quirk was created by Yoco Akiyama for the Melissa one-shot, as it did not appear in Two Heroes.[2]
  • "Shield of David" is the Hebrew term for Star of David. David's civilian uniform is also colored blue and white, the colors of the symbol.
  • According to Izuku, David is one of the world's top scientific minds and had won a Nobel Quirk Prize.
  • Ironically, David not knowing the truth about One For All would lead to his misdeeds. He would not have made a desperate attempt to restore All Might's Quirk had he known that he didn't have it anymore and had passed it on to Izuku.

References

  1. My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions Manga: Chapter 3.3.
  2. My Hero Academia: Team-Up Missions Manga: Vol.1.

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