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Carrying a gun around is just another way of saying you've got no confidence in a fight. Because at least us simple minds at U.A... have grown beyond the point of ever thinking there's no hope!
Itsuka Kendo to Mustard in "Drive It Home, Iron Fist!"

This article is about the student from Class 1-B. For the Shie Hassaikai member, see Kendo Rappa.

Itsuka Kendo ( (けん) (どう) (いつ) () Kendō Itsuka?), also known as Battle Fist (バトルフィスト Batoru Fisuto?), is the class representative of Class 1-B at U.A. High School and is training there to become a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Itsuka is a girl of medium height and has a slim build. She has teal eyes and long orange hair that she typically wears tied into a high ponytail on the left side of her head. Her bangs are split into three clumps around her eyes, and some of her hair sticks up in large tufts at the top of her head.

For her hero costume, Itsuka wears a turquoise knee-length qipao, over which she has a black double-breasted corset, ending just below her breasts. She also sports black short pants under the qipao. For accessories, she wears a loose brown utility belt around her hips with a satchel attached at the back; a thin black domino mask around her eyes and white-heeled navy blue boots with wide vamps that reach down to her toes, filled in with white slips.

For her winter hero costume, she switches out her normal qipao for one with long wrist-length sleeves.

Personality

The big sister of Class 1-B.

Itsuka is a spirited girl who is thoughtful of others.[2] She does not hesitate to criticize even her classmates if she feels what they are doing is not right, like whenever she karate chops Neito Monoma on the back of his neck to prevent him from antagonizing Class 1-A[3] and the rest of Class 1-B. She is also willing to pass on opportunities that would benefit her if she feels other people deserve it better. This is shown when she let Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu and Ibara Shiozaki participate in the tournament event of the U.A. Sports Festival in place of her team.[4] Tetsutetsu has stated that because of Itsuka's cheerful personality, she can bring all of Class 1-B together, thus making her the "big sister" of Class 1-B.[5]

Itsuka is additionally friendly to people outside her class and seems to hold no signs of ill-will towards Class 1-A, making her a minority of the 1-B students. She has displayed sympathy towards others, even if she is not particularly close to them. She showed concern for Izuku Midoriya and Tenya Ida after hearing about their run-in with Stain and helped Class 1-A by telling them what was supposed to be on the First Term Final Exam's practical portion despite it being somewhat against the rules.[6]

In combat, Itsuka is very analytical. She is able to understand Mustard's Quirk (comparing the motion of his gas to that of a tornado) and using that logic to determine the user's location. She is also able to use her own Quirk to dispel the gas Mustard emits, allowing her and Tetsutetsu to fight without the need for gas masks.

Abilities

Itsuka is formidable enough to take on a capable villain such as Mustard.

Overall Abilities: Itsuka has proven herself to be a highly formidable combatant, as her skills earned her 5th place in the U.A. Entrance Exam. She also has a great handle on her Quirk, Big Fist, which is primarily used during close-range and melee combat. Itsuka has enough power to break through most defenses. The sudden expansion of her hands can be used to surprise foes, assuming that they're not aware of how her Quirk functions, or to increase the power of her attacks through the momentum of the expansion. Itsuka's enlarged hands are useful not only for combat but as a method of transporting others and restraining opponents as well, making it convenient for rescues and criminal escorting. Someone wrapped by Itsuka's giant hands will become protected from certain airborne hazards such as poisonous gas, albeit just temporarily.

Itsuka's uses the increased strength in tandem with her hand-to-hand combat skills to penetrate Momo Yaoyorozu's defenses.

She demonstrated her mettle when she held her own against the villain Mustard, a member of the League of Villains' Vanguard Action Squad, while fighting alongside Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu. Itsuka not only parried the gas-producing villain with her Quirk, but was able to use the strength increasing capabilities of her Quirk to generate enough wind to dispel the toxic gas that the villain created, and give Tetsutetsu an opening to defeat Mustard. Itsuka has shown to be quite capable at hand-to-hand combat, as she could incapacitate Neito Monoma with a karate chop. Her melee combat skills were further showcased during the Joint Training Battle, where she battled Momo Yaoyorozu, a recommended student. By using her combat prowess in conjunction with the increased strength that her Quirk provides, Itsuka was able to overwhelm Momo and smash her way through the latter's defenses.[7] While Momo was able to temporarily blindside her with a cannon, Itsuka was still more than capable of incapacitating the Everything Hero with her "Double Jumbo Fist" technique, although the recommended student did manage to tie herself to Itsuka before losing consciousness.[8]

Keen Intellect: Itsuka is shown to be extremely intelligent and tactical, demonstrated when she theorized the location of Mustard and the pattern of his Quirk, Gas, and being able to figure out how to quickly dispel the villain's fumes. She has excellent analytical skills and a high sense of perceptiveness, and as she's ranked A-class in her official intelligence stat, her capacities in this regard are overall redoubtable. Tetsutetsu has even commented on Itsuka's quick wit, her level head in situations, and her ability to make the right decisions on the fly.

During the Joint Training, Itsuka demonstrated her incredible camaraderie and ingenuity, taking into account all of her teammates' strengths and weaknesses to effectively devise a two-fold plan for battling against the opposing team. Her first plan of action was to have Shihai Kuroiro take control of Fumikage Tokoyami's Dark Shadow and launch a surprise attack. Itsuka knew that Fumikage would use Dark Shadow to scout out her team and that the opposing team would never expect any member of her own team to take control of Dark Shadow. When Shihai inquired as to what would happen if he failed at her strategy, Itsuka revealed an effective contingency plan. If the opposing team was focused on fighting him, they would have had to use light to weaken him; and by taking advantage of that said light, Dark Shadow would not only be weakened as well, but the rest of her team would be able to pinpoint the opposing team's location, surround them, and go all out. Another part of her auxiliary strategy was to have Manga Fukidashi use his Quirk, Comic, to separate Momo from the rest of her teammates, knowing that the heroine was the opposing team's main strategist. Itsuka figured that if she brought the match to her own area of expertise, close-quarters combat, she would secure victory for her team.[7]

However, despite her ingenuity, Shoto Todoroki realized a flaw in Itsuka's precautionary strategy in separating Momo from her teammates. He pointed out that if she really wanted to be cautious of Momo, then Itsuka would have had her entire team overwhelm the Everything Hero from the start of the match. This may simply be an indication of a strategic preference to be more broad than direct in her approach, rather than singling out the "brains" of the operation. However, Shoto's analysis further implies that Itsuka purposefully did not attempt to overwhelm Momo because she sought to personally engage with her in battle after strategically isolating her, and her confrontational sentiment is exemplified by the challenge that Itsuka had made to her self-proclaimed rival prior to the exercise. Although her team ultimately won the match, this oversight may have cost her and her classmates their victory; thus, for all Itsuka's strategic capacity, this demonstrates that she's equally inclined to make rather risky and impulsive decisions, or just generally lose sight of the big picture.

Quirk

Itsuka enlarging her hands to engage in combat.

Big Fist ( (たい) (けん) Taiken?): Itsuka's Quirk grants her the ability to enlarge both of her hands to a gigantic size. With the increased size comes enhanced striking power and gripping capabilities.

  • Enhanced Strength: Itsuka appears to have strength greater than the average human since she can carry people and lift her enlarged hands without a problem, as seen in her fight against Mustard. Her enlarged hands grant her proportionally increased chopping and gripping strength. During Round Two of the Joint Training Battle, she proved to be strong enough to easily crush Momo Yaoyorozu's shields made of tungsten, the strongest metal on earth.

Super Moves

  • Double Jumbo Fist ( (そう) (たい) (けん) Sōtaiken?): With both her hands at normal size, Itsuka strikes her enemy with them, activating her Quirk just before impact to maximize damage.

Stats

Power
 
3/5 C
Speed
 
1/5 E
Technique
 
3/5 C
Intelligence
 
5/5 A
Cooperativeness
 
4/5 B
Itsuka's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
5/6 A
Speed
 
3/6 C
Technique
 
3/6 C
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
Big Sis
 
5/6 A
Itsuka's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


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 Debut
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Appears
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Appears
29. Unaware Appears
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Screen
31. The Boy Born with Everything Appears
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Appears
33. Shinso's Situation Absent
34. Victory or Defeat Absent
35. Battle On, Challengers! Absent
36. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Appears
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 Appears
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
44. Relaxing Day Off Appears
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
46. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
47. Struggling Absent
48. Getting the Knack Appears
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
50. Kill 'Em Dead Absent
51. No, Knock It Off, Ida Absent
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Ida Absent
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Absent
56. Conclusion Absent
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Appears
58. Internship's End Absent
59. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Absent
Final Exams Arc
60. Gear Up for Final Exams Appears
61. The Worst Combo Absent
62. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
63. Yaoyorozu Rising Absent
64. The Task at Hand Absent
65. Wall Absent
66. Midoriya's Observations Absent
67. Stripping the Varnish Absent
68. Encounter Absent
69. Interview with Midoriya Absent
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild, Pussycats Appears
71. Kota Absent
72. Day Two Appears
73. Good Evening Appears
74. Smoke Signal Appears
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Absent
76. My Hero Absent
77. It's Okay Appears
78. Whirling Chaos Appears
79. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Appears
80. Establishing the Bakugo Bodyguard Brigade Absent
81. Roaring Upheaval Absent
82. What a Twist! Absent
83. Loss Appears
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
85. Nothing but Fools Absent
86. Before the Storm Mentioned
87. Clash Absent
88. All For One Absent
89. All for a Certain One Absent
90. Reach Out Absent
91. Symbol of Peace Absent
92. One For All Absent
93. One For All's Ember Absent
94. From Teacher to Disciple Absent
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
96. Home Visits Absent
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
98. Moving into Dorms Absent
99. Goodbye Two-Digit Chapters, Hello Three Digits Absent
100. Creating Ultimate Moves Absent
101. The Girl Called Mei Hatsume Absent
102. On Cloud Nine Appears
103. The Test Absent
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Absent
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Absent
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Absent
108. RUSH! Absent
109. Rescue Exercise Absent
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Absent
111. Smoldering Start Absent
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Results' Aftermath Absent
115. Unleashed Absent
116. Meeting in Tartarus Absent
117. A Talk About Your Quirk Absent
118. Meaningless Battle Absent
119. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
120. The Three Absent
121. Second Semester Opening Ceremony Appears
U.A. School Festival Arc
169. School Festival Absent
170. With Eri Absent
171. Gentle and La Brava Absent
172. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 1) Absent
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Flashback
174. Golden Tips Imperial Absent
175. Morning, the Day Of Absent
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
177. At the Construction Site Absent
178. The Woman Called La Brava Appears
179. School Festival Start!! Absent
180. Unbeknownst Absent
181. For Someone Else Absent
182. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
183. Festival All Day Long!! Appears
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies over U.A. High! Appears
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Appears
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Absent
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand when It Counts!! Appears
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Mentioned
200. Clever Commander! Appears
201. Foresight Appears
202. Match 3 Appears
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 Absent
214. Our Brawl Absent
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Absent
216. Class A vs. Class B: Conclusion! Appears
217. The New Power and All For One Appears
Endeavor Agency Arc
241. Do That Interview! Absent
242. Have a Merry Christmas! Absent
243. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
244. Recommended Reading Absent
245. Rise to Action Absent
246. Message Appears
247. Status Report! Absent
248. One Thing at a Time Absent
249. The Hellish Todoroki Family Absent
250. Ending Absent
251. Just One Week Absent
252. The Unforgiven 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 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!! Appears
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 Appears
280. Red Riot, Part 3 Appears
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Appears
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 Absent
304. Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi Absent
305. Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki Absent
306. The Final Act Begins Absent

Anime Appearances

Appearances
Season 1
1. Izuku Midoriya: Origin Absent
2. What It Takes to Be a Hero Absent
3. Roaring Muscles Absent
4. Start Line Absent
5. What I Can Do for Now Screen
6. Rage, You Damn Nerd Absent
7. Deku vs. Kacchan Absent
8. Bakugo's Start Line Absent
9. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Ida! Absent
10. Encounter with the Unknown Absent
11. Game Over Absent
12. All Might Absent
13. In Each of Our Hearts Absent
Season 2
14. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
15. Roaring Sports Festival Debut
16. In Their Own Quirky Ways Appears
17. Strategy, Strategy, Strategy Appears
18. Cavalry Battle Finale Appears
19. The Boy Born with Everything Appears
20. Victory or Defeat Absent
21. Battle on, Challengers! Appears
22. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Appears
23. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
24. Fight on, Ida Appears
25. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Appears
26. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
27. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Appears
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Appears
29. Hero Killer: Stain vs U.A. Students Absent
30. Climax Absent
31. The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain Appears
32. Everyone's Internships Appears
33. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Absent
34. Gear up for Final Exams Appears
35. Yaoyorozu: Rising Absent
36. Stripping the Varnish Absent
37. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
38. Encounter Absent
Season 3
39. Game Start Absent
40. Wild, Wild Pussycats Appears
41. Kota Appears
42. My Hero Appears
43. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Appears
44. Roaring Upheaval Absent
45. What a Twist! Appears
46. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
47. All For One Mentioned
48. Symbol of Peace Absent
49. One For All Absent
50. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
51. Moving into Dorms Flashback
52. Create Those Ultimate Moves Absent
53. The Test Appears
54. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
55. Class 1-A Absent
56. RUSH! Absent
57. Rescue Exercises Absent
58. Special Episode: Save the World with Love! Absent
59. What's the Big Idea? Absent
60. A Talk about Your Quirk Absent
61. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
62. A Season for Encounters Appears
63. Unrivaled Absent
Season 4
64. The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A Absent
65. Overhaul Absent
66. Boy Meets... Pictured
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 Pictured
84. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
85. School Festival Start!! Appears
86. Let It Flow! School Festival! Appears
87. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
88. His Start Absent
Season 5
89. All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A Absent
90. Vestiges Absent
91. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Appears
92. Make It Happen, Shinso! Appears
93. Operation New Improv Moves Appears
94. Foresight Appears
95. Match 3 Appears
96. Match 3 Conclusion Appears
97. Early Bird! Appears
98. That Which Is Inherited Absent
99. Our Brawl Appears
100. The New Power and All For One Appears
101. Have a Merry Christmas! Absent
102. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
103. One Thing at a Time Appears
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

  • In the First Popularity Poll, Itsuka ranked 13th, which currently makes her the most popular character in Class 1-B.
  • Itsuka's Quirk is similar to the abilities possessed by Marvel Comics hero Kamala Khan. Though instead of full malleable control of her body, Itsuka is limited to increasing the size of her fists, albeit that is Kamala's preferred form of combat.
    • However, since Kamala's first appearance in Marvel Comics (mid-2014) is close to Itsuka's first appearance in the manga (January 2015), her powers could have also been adapted from Mr. Fantastic, a founding member of the Fantastic Four with the same powers as Kamala Khan.
  • Itsuka's surname contains the kanji for "fist" ( ken?) and "wisteria" ( ?), while her given contains the kanji for "one, best" ( itsu?) and "excellent, beautiful" ( ka?).
    • Her surname is a possible reference to her Quirk and the martial art of the same name.
  • Itsuka likes black coffee and motorcycles. She's also referred to as "masculine".
  • According to Horikoshi, Itsuka is very popular among his staff.
  • Itsuka came in 5th place for the U.A. Entrance Exam with a score of 25 Villain Points and 40 Rescue Points.

Quotes

  • (To Mustard) "Carrying a gun around is just another way of saying you've got no confidence in a fight. Because at least us simple minds at U.A... have grown beyond the point of ever thinking that there's no hope!"[9]
  • (To Momo Yaoyorozu) "Ever since we appeared in those commercials during our workplace experience, we've kinda been treated like a pair, you know? They always box us together like an idol group or something. But you have better grades and a better Quirk than me, so whenever people would lump us together like that, I really couldn't stand it. I wouldn't show it though. So on a personal level, I always wanted to try duking it out with you!"

References

  1. My Hero Academia: Ultra Archive: The Official Character Guide (p. 87).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 4, Omake
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 121 and Episode 62.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 32 and Episode 19.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 198 and Episode 93.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 60 and Episode 34.
  7. 7.0 7.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 200 and Episode 94.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 201 and Episode 94.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 79 (pp. 13 & 15) and Episode 43.

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