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For better or worse… the manifestation of our Quirks has enabled him to act on his primary motivation. He now seeks to save everyone… as a true superhero.
Hikage Shinomori regarding Izuku Midoriya in "Reckless"

Hikage Shinomori ( () () (もり) () (かげ) Shinomori Hikage?)[1] was the fourth user of the One For All Quirk.

Appearance

Hikage was a lean man with short, white hair that parts away from the base of his forehead, and thin eyes that slant slightly downward. Due to his accelerated aging, he gained two scar-like cracks stretching from the left side of his forehead down to his chin.

Personality

Hikage was a valiant and noble man who was determined to defeat All For One. However, he was well aware of his limits and understood he couldn't defeat All For One by himself, so he spent his life training himself and strengthening One For All to be passed onto the next user. Hikage was described by Daigoro Banjo as a "weirdo" who preferred to spend his time in solitude. It is implied that this was due to his Quirk constantly putting him on high alert.

History

Hikage lived during the era when society was in chaos and All For One was at his prime. He was twenty-two when he inherited One For All from the third user, along with the mission to defeat All For One. However, Hikage was aware that given the huge difference in their combat abilities, he could never defeat All For One. Unlike other One For All users, Hikage chose to avoid fighting All For One, and instead cultivate One For All in seclusion. In the next eighteen years, Hikage strengthened One For All with rigorous training. When he turned forty, Hikage's body began to deteriorate and showed signs of old age. Confused by the rapid aging, Hikage entrusted One For All to Daigoro before passing away.

Synopsis

U.A. Sports Festival Arc

Izuku sees shadows of the past.

During the fight between Izuku Midoriya and Hitoshi Shinso in the tournament of the U.A. Sports Festival, Izuku is brainwashed by Hitoshi's Quirk, who orders him to walk out of bounds. Although Izuku tries to resist, he cannot disobey the order, but when he is about to cross the edge of the ring, Hikage and the rest of the previous users appear to Izuku as shadowed mental figures. They uncloud his mind and allow Izuku to use One For All in his fingers, allowing him to escape the trance and win the fight.[2]

Paranormal Liberation War Arc

In the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, when Izuku is rendered comatose, he speaks to all the vestiges within One For All. Among them, Hikage approaches Izuku and introduces himself and his Quirk that Izuku happened to awaken during his battle. Daigoro explains that Hikage was a weirdo that shunned modern society to live the life of a hermit while playfully attempting to tag him with Blackwhip, but Hikage insists that he lived in a terrible era, and society had the weirdos. Hikage asks if Izuku knows how long he lived and when he died, and Izuku remembers that Hikage died at forty, but the cause of death was scribbled out by Toshinori Yagi. Hikage reveals that he died at forty of old age, shocking Izuku.

Hikage and Daigoro had no idea what caused his death, and it was only after All Might did research did they come to the realization that One For All couldn't be wielded by an ordinary person. Hikage continues, stating that he possessed One For All the second longest after All Might, and for eighteen years, he spent his time on the run to train his Quirk. However, during his final years, cracks appeared on his face, and his body began to break down. Hikage had initially assumed it was because of some unknown disease, but after All Might dug up his medical reports and autopsy, Hikage understood that his life force had been eaten away due to possessing multiple Quirks. Hikage stands in silence as Yoichi Shigaraki explains how All Might was able to live for so long and what made him special, which was being Quirkless, allowing his body to withstand its power.[1]

Abilities

Overall Abilities: While the full extent of his abilities are unknown, Hikage can be assumed to be quite strong, being a One For All vestige. However, he wasn't strong enough to take down All For One.

Trained Muscles: Due to One For All requiring a strong host to handle its recoil, Hikage has a well-built muscular frame. He often spent most of his time training in isolation in preparation for passing on One For All to the next vestige, as he was aware that he wasn't strong enough to defeat All For One. His strength allowed him to easily crack large boulders in half.

Enhanced Reflexes: Due to his given Quirk, Danger Sense, he was capable of effortlessly dodging Daigoro's Blackwhip, a Quirk Daigoro is quite capable with.

Quirks

Danger Sense ( () () (かん) () Kiki Kanchi?): Hikage's Quirk allowed him to sense incoming threats in the surrounding area, giving him ample opportunity to react to them. According to Izuku, once a threat is detected, a stabbing sensation is sent to the user's head.

One For All (ワン・フォー・オール Wan Fō Ōru?): Transferred to him from the third user, Hikage's second Quirk allowed him to stockpile an enormous amount of raw power, allowing him to significantly enhance all of his physical abilities to a superhuman level. This resulted in unbelievable levels of strength, speed, agility, and durability.

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
U.A. Sports Festival Arc
22. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
23. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
24. Mad Dash and Knockdown Absent
25. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
26. Chase Down the Leader Absent
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Absent
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Absent
29. Unaware Absent
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Absent
31. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Absent
33. Shinso's Situation Shadow
34. Victory or Defeat Flashback
35. Battle On, Challengers! Absent
36. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Absent
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Absent
39. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
40. Emancipation Absent
41. Fight On, Ida Absent
42. Final-Match Time Absent
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
44. Relaxing Day Off Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Absent
186. Endeavor and Hawks Absent
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Absent
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Absent
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Absent
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Absent
192. The Todoroki Family Vision
193. Vestiges Vision
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies over U.A. High! Vision
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Absent
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Absent
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand when It Counts!! Absent
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Absent
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Absent
202. Match 3 Absent
203. Flexible! Juzo Honenuki! Absent
204. Tuning Up Absent
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
207. Early Bird! Absent
208. Match 4 Conclusion Absent
209. Match 5 Start Absent
210. The One For All Dream Absent
211. That Which Is Inherited Absent
212. That Which Is Inherited, Part 2 Absent
213. Realm of Souls Vision
214. Our Brawl Absent
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Absent
216. Class A vs. Class B: Conclusion! Absent
217. The New Power and All For One Absent
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 Flashback
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! Flashback
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 Mentioned
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 Flashback
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 Absent
304. Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi Debut
305. Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki Appears
306. The Final Act Begins Absent
Tartarus Escapees Arc
307. Been a While!! Mentioned
308. Full Power!! Mentioned
309. Can't Be a Child Anymore Mentioned
310. Masters and Pupil Vision
311. Here We Go!! Mentioned
312. Hired Gun Mentioned
313. High-Speed Long-Range Mobile Cannon Mentioned
314. The Lovely Lady Nagant Absent
315. Platitudes Absent
316. Your Turn Absent
317. Scars, Blood, Filth Absent
318. Reckless Vision
319. Friend Absent
320. Deku vs. Class A Mentioned
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

Anime Appearances

Appearances
Season 2
14. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
15. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
16. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
17. Strategy, Strategy, Strategy Absent
18. Cavalry Battle Finale Absent
19. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
20. Victory or Defeat Shadow
21. Battle on, Challengers! Absent
22. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
23. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
24. Fight on, Ida Absent
25. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
26. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
27. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
29. Hero Killer: Stain vs U.A. Students Absent
30. Climax Absent
31. The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain Absent
32. Everyone's Internships Absent
33. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Absent
34. Gear up for Final Exams Absent
35. Yaoyorozu: Rising Absent
36. Stripping the Varnish Absent
37. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
38. Encounter Absent
Season 4
64. The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A Absent
65. Overhaul Absent
66. Boy Meets... Absent
67. Fighting Fate Absent
68. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
69. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
70. GO!! Absent
71. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
72. Red Riot Absent
73. Temp Squad Absent
74. Lemillion Absent
75. Unforeseen Hope Absent
76. Infinite 100% Absent
77. Bright Future Absent
78. Smoldering Flames Absent
79. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
80. Relief for License Trainees Absent
81. School Festival Absent
82. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part Absent
83. Gold Tips Imperial Absent
84. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
85. School Festival Start!! Absent
86. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
87. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
88. His Start Vision
Season 5
89. All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A Absent
90. Vestiges Vision
91. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Flashback
92. Make It Happen, Shinso! Absent
93. Operation New Improv Moves Absent
94. Foresight Absent
95. Match 3 Flashback
96. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
97. Early Bird! Absent
98. That Which Is Inherited Vision
99. Our Brawl Absent
100. The New Power and All For One Absent
101. Have a Merry Christmas! Absent
102. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
103. One Thing at a Time Absent
104. Long Time No See, Selkie Absent
105. The Hellish Todoroki Family Absent
106. The Unforgiven Absent
107. More of a Hero Than Anyone Absent
108. My Villain Academia Absent
109. Revival Party Absent
110. Sad Man's Parade Absent
111. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
112. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
113. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent

Trivia

  • Hikage's surname contains the kanji for "four" (四ノ shino?) and "forest" ( mori?) while his name means "to evade" ( hi?) and "shadow" ( kage?), referencing both his hermit nature and the fact he is the fourth wielder of One For All.
  • Hikage wielded One For All the second longest, for a total of eighteen years.
  • Hikage is the third previous One For All user whose Quirk was revealed.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 304.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 33 and Episode 20.

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