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Do not submit to selfish desires. And do not forget Master Overhaul's orders. We make the perfect team. Our combined strength is more than capable of bringing them down.
Hekiji Tengai to Kendo Rappa in "Let's Rumble, Rappa!!"

Hekiji Tengai ( (てん) (がい) (へき) () Tengai Hekiji?) is one of the Eight Bullets who works for Shie Hassaikai under Overhaul.

Appearance

Hekiji is a tall, slim man with short, spiky hair of a pale color. He has straight, dark eyebrows and thin eyes, their irises and pupils visibly light, but he is usually seen with his eyes closed.

He wears a traditional dark-colored yukata with a pair of geta on his feet, a long white piece of cloth acting as a belt around his waist. As with the other members of the Shie Hassaikai, Hekiji wears a plague mask, his being a plain brown one worn strapped to his face with three belts, one down his forehead and one on each side of his face that also cover his ears, like mufflers.

Personality

Hekiji has a monk-like disposition, always showing calm and never losing his composure. However, he is capable of losing this mindset when found in a compromising position.

Hekiji seems to be against excessive violence, even expressing pity on his enemies and considers enjoyment in fighting to be a low, selfish desire and as such prefers to finish his missions as fast as possible.

While talking, Hekiji generally keeps his eyes closed and gives off a somewhat enlightened image, and he is often seen analyzing his situation and commenting on it.

Synopsis

History

Hekiji Tengai used to be a devout Buddhist. Because of Kendo Rappa's tendency to challenge people to fights was getting obnoxious, Overhaul brought Hekiji into the Shie Hassaikai to serve as Kendo's babysitter of sorts. He's the newest member of the gang.[1]

Shie Hassaikai Arc

The Spear and Shield Combo of the Hassaikai.

During the raid of Shie Hassaikai's hideout, Hekiji is paired with Kendo Rappa. When Joi Irinaka launches Fat Gum and Eijiro Kirishima into another room with Mimicry, Hekiji and Kendo are already waiting for them. Using his ability to block Fat Gum's attacks, Hekiji introduces himself and Kendo as "Spear and Shield", while noting that Fat Gum's and Eijiro's Quirks make them "Shield and Shield", due to their defensive natures, although Hekiji points out that they can be hardly considered shields since they cannot even defend against Kendo's punches.[2]

Kendo tells Hekiji to stop using his Quirk to shield him, to which Hekiji reminds him that Overhaul paired the two up because their Quirks have great synergy together. Kendo replies by trying to attack Hekiji, which he blocks with his Quirk. A confused Hekiji asks Kendo what he is doing, to which the latter replies that he does not care about Overhaul's plans and that he only wants to kill. Hekiji decides to let him do as he pleases, while also reminding him to address Overhaul properly.

Fat Gum defeats Hekiji and Kendo.

As Fat Gum prepares to fight back, Kendo orders Hekiji to not interfere, to which Hekiji assures him that he will not. Upon seeing Eijiro's fear, Hekiji notes that he has already given up and expresses pity for the young hero. After Kendo is done assaulting Fat Gum, Hekiji notices that Fat Gum is preparing for another counter-attack and tells Kendo to finish things quickly. As Kendo tries to finish Fat Gum off, Eijiro interferes, taking his attacks and attempts a counterattack; however, Hekiji blocks it with his Quirk. Hekiji simply notes how meaningless it was for Eijiro to take these attacks.[3]

Hekiji reluctantly accepts being arrested.

But soon he realizes that Eijiro's actions were not in vain, Fat Gum emerges from the dust and releases all the impact he stored from Kendo's punches with a single powerful blow;[4] however, Hekiji creates a barrier with maximum defense that absorbs most of the impact, which prevents the two from being knocked out.

However, Kendo stands up again and claims that it is a fight to the death and he is not dead yet. He asks Fat Gum to take Eijiro to the next room with first-aid supplies. Hekiji questions the selfish attitude of Kendo and demands that he follow his orders, but is knocked out by Kendo and then tied up and taken to the first aid room.[5]

After the defeat of Overhaul, Hekiji is arrested along with the other members of Shie Hassaikai and sent to prison.

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Being an Eight Bullets member of the Shie Hassaikai, Hekiji is a very formidable individual. While he doesn't employ direct combat capabilities, he has a good handle on his Quirk, Barrier, which he primarily uses to produce strong barriers to protect himself and/or his comrades, even from a good distance away, making Hekiji an effective support—type combatant. Because of his defensive efficacy, Overhaul paired Hekiji with Kendo Rappa, an individual who excels in close-quarters combat. When the pair tag-teams in battle, Kendo assaults the opponents with powerful bullet punches, whereas Hekiji utilizes his strong barriers to protect Kendo should the former meet his match, or if Hekiji wishes to protect himself and/or Kendo from attacks.

When Hekiji and Kendo were pitted against Fat Gum and Eijiro Kirishima, two highly capable individuals that are well-versed in defense and melee combat, the Yakuza duo's teamwork was enough to pressure Fat Gum. The BMI Hero knew that Hekiji would produce a barrier if Kendo needed it, rendering the defeat of the Yakuza couplet near-impossible with Hekiji still standing. After Eijiro regained his resolve and stepped in to endure Kendo's flurry of punches, Hekiji blocked the U.A. student's last attack. However, these interferences bought Fat Gum enough time to transfer all of the accumulated energy he absorbed from the impact of Kendo's attacks, into one final punch to ultimately defeat the Yakuza dyad.

  • Enhanced Durability: Hekiji has proven to be fairly durable, as he was able to rise to his feet after enduring Fat Gum's final, energy-stockpiled punch that was enough to penetrate the Yakuza member's Barrier Quirk, which cushioned the BMI Hero's blow. Hekiji was only incapacitated when Kendo stomped him to the ground.

Tactical Intellect: Hekiji's level-headedness grants him a strategic and tactical mind that aids him in battles. He is also very analytical, as he was cognizant of Fat Gum's abilities, and took notice of Eijiro's Hardening Quirk, concluding that both heroes have powers better suited for defense. While Kendo and Fat Gum were battling, Hekiji took notice of Eijiro despairing and assumed that the Sturdy Hero was already defeated. When he saw that Fat Gum was preparing a powerful attack, Hekiji knew he was planning something, and suggested that Kendo quickly finishes off the BMI Hero. Hekiji didn't expect Eijiro to regain his resolve and jump back into the fray in order to better withstand Kendo's assault, allowing the red-headed hero to throw a punch that Hekiji believed would be enough to counter, if not damage Kendo, compelling the barrier-producing Yakuza member to create another shield.

Quirk

Hekiji manifesting his force-field.

Barrier (バリア Baria?): Hekiji's Quirk allows him to materialize an extremely durable dome-shaped forcefield around himself. The strength of the forcefield has been compared to that of a steel wall.[2]

This Quirk can be projected at a range of Hekiji's choosing with Hekiji himself at the center. It is not known if the size affects the durability of the Quirk.

Despite being very sturdy, the barrier can be broken if an extreme amount of power is used against it. Also, if Hekiji becomes too weakened or injured, he becomes unable to summon more barriers.

Stats

Power
 
3/6 C
Speed
 
2/6 D
Technique
 
4/6 B
Intelligence
 
4/6 B
Babysitting Rappa
 
4/6 B
Hekiji's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Relationships

Overhaul

Hekiji is very loyal to Kai. He tries to follow his orders as closely and quickly as possible. Hekiji also does not like it when Kai is addressed improperly.

Kendo Rappa

Hekiji and Kendo do not get along very well, due to their opposite personalities. Hekiji does not approve of Kendo's selfish desire to fight and how he addresses Kai with made-up nicknames. Kendo even tries to attack him, at which point Hekiji quits trying to reason with him and just lets him do what he wants.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Shie Hassaikai Arc
122. A Season for Encounters Absent
123. Unrivaled Absent
124. Trouble Ahead!! Episode: Work Studies Absent
125. Overhaul Absent
126. Open Up, World Absent
127. Sir Nighteye and Izuku Midoriya and Mirio Togata and All Might Absent
128. Boy Meets... Absent
129. Eri Absent
130. Listen to the Truth Absent
131. Fighting Fate Absent
132. The Plan Absent
133. Catch Up, Kirishima Absent
134. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
135. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
136. Close at Hand!! Absent
137. Restraint!! Absent
138. Go!! Debut
139. Shudder! The Underground Labyrinth Absent
140. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
141. Hassaikai: Behind the Scenes Absent
142. Shield and Shield, Spear and Shield Appears
143. Let’s Rumble, Rappa!! Appears
144. Red Riot, Part 1 Appears
145. Red Riot, Part 2 Appears
146. Temp Squad Appears
147. Twoga!! Absent
148. The Anguish of Young Twoga Absent
149. Don't Get Mad, Irinaka Flashback
150. Mirio Togata Absent
151. Mirio Togata!! Absent
152. Lemillion Absent
153. Transform! Absent
154. Unforeseen Hope Absent
155. Saviors, the Saved and a Hero's Place Absent
156. The Power of Those Saved Absent
157. Infinite 100 Percent Absent
158. Chisaki's Warped Compassion Absent
159. It's Over!! Appears
160. Expressway Absent
161. Bright Future Absent
162. Suitable One Absent

Trivia

  • The way Hekiji introduced himself and Kendo is a reference to the Irresistible force paradox, which is famously illustrated with a Chinese anecdote where a man sells spears that he claims are so strong that they can pierce anything and shields that he claims are so strong that they can defend against any attack. When asked what happens when someone tries to attack the shield with the spear, the merchant could not respond. However, Hekiji’s Quirk easily defends against Kendo's attacks.
  • "Tengai" refers to a type of Buddhist canopy or dome. Hekiji's first name contains the kanji for "wall" ( heki?) and "mercy" ( ji?).
  • Hekiji seems to represent a corruption of the eighth tenet of the real eight precepts of Buddhism, which forbids taking shelter and resting under a luxurious canopy.
  • Since Kendo's belligerent behavior was getting obnoxious, Kai Chisaki brought Hekiji into the Hassaikai gang to serve as "Kendo's babysitter". He is also the newest member of the gang and he used to be a devout Buddhist.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 16, Omake
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 142.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 143.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 145.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 146.

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