Whatever I might say to you, I know you’ll do what you have to and save the people who need saving. You’ll give it all you’ve got and then some. It’s that iron will that can turn things around and make the impossible, possible. I know that you can do it, and I know that you will. Don’t doubt yourself. Just act. Fly, Koichi. Fly, Hero.
Iwao Oguro's letter to Koichi Haimawari in "Letter"

Iwao Oguro ( () (ぐろ) (いわお) Oguro Iwao?)[3], commonly known as Master (師匠 Shishō?) is the vigilante known as Knuckleduster (ナックルダスター Nakkurudasutā?). He was formerly the Pro Hero known as High-Speed Hero: O'Clock (超速ヒーロー・オクロック Chōsoku Hīrō Okurokku?) in Japan, and Hyper Quadfist ( (チャオ) (ピン) (スー) (チェン) Chaopin sūchen?) in China.[4]

Appearance

Knuckleduster is a towering, heavily muscled man. He has short dark hair and visibly thick eyebrows, and also possesses heavy stubble and a prominent scar running diagonally down his left cheek.

His costume consists of a simple wrap-around black mask tied over the top of his head, a tight-fitting dark shirt, jeans, boots, and a long hunter green trench coat. On his hands, he wears a pair of dark gloves topped with a pair of brass knuckles, or knuckledusters, from which he derives his name.

As O'Clock he wore a full-body red suit and a case that covered his eyes and half of his face. He also wore gloves and boots, and his suit had several lines around the arms, legs, and torso. On his shoulders, he had what appeared to be his symbol. He was noticeably slimmer at the time, though still quite muscular.

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Personality

Knuckleduster is an individual with a strong sense of justice and drives to do the right thing. He has no government-issued hero license, but this does not stop him from putting on his costume and going out every night to fight street-level criminals and local gangs to keep his neighborhood safe from crimes most "heroes" will not bother with. Despite this reckless streak, he does genuinely admire Heroes for the work they do. This is probably because he also used to be a Pro Hero before his powers were stolen, which left him Quirkless.

Knuckleduster is known for his violent nature.

Knuckleduster shows no resentment towards people who do and shows no fear towards villains who have powerful Quirks. In fact, he seems to love fighting against particularly strong people who have powerful Quirks, enjoying the challenge and becoming very upset or frustrated whenever there are no particularly strong Villains to fight. When a fight is too easy, he quickly becomes depressed. This seems to be one of the main joys of his life, as he becomes invigorated whenever he gets to fight a strong opponent. He is even willing to fight against Pro Heroes if the situation calls for it.

Knuckleduster seems to be a person with a tendency to use violence to solve any problem. He prefers to punch first and ask questions later, as he is willing to beat up people he deems to look suspicious on the slim chance that they may be villains or users of the Trigger drug, forcing his teammates to hold him back before he goes too far. His attitude extends that he was willing to attack a young-appearing woman under the suspicion of being a villain. Knuckleduster feels little to no guilt or worries about what he does, despite the fact that he could have been registered as a Villain if the misunderstanding continued, showing a more aloof and careless side to his personality.

However, despite this, he has proven to be more intelligent and perceptive than he seems to be at first. His conclusions are usually right, proving to have a great capacity for deduction. During fights he is able to devise strategies and stratagems very quickly to deal with villains with dangerous or problematic Quirk, knowing when is the best time to attack or what item is the most adequate to defeat them. And when he is not wearing his vigilante attire, he can behave like a well-mannered and polite person, presented a perfect facade of a worker for a local non-profit organization, complete with business cards and a technically true spiel about the group.

Iwao taking care of his wife.

The truth is, underneath his intimidating exterior and violent behavior, Knuckleduster is actually a very caring and compassionate individual who cares for the people close to him and encourages them to achieve their goals. He trains Koichi Haimawari to improve his combat style and his Quirk and is proud of his progress. He is also a loving father and husband who holds a deep grudge against the people who hurt his family.

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Knuckleduster is currently Quirkless, proven when Eraser Head tried to erase his Quirk to no avail. Despite this, however, Knuckleduster still possesses a large amount of physical strength and skill, which enabled him to fight on even terms even with a Pro Hero like Shota. Knuckleduster appears to be skilled in hand-to-hand combat, utilizing brass knuckles as his weapon of choice. Knuckleduster's skill with his fists was great enough to overcome the swordsmanship of Stendhal, a powerful and notorious Vigilante, landing a heavy blow before the vigilante could scratch him, single-handedly defeating the swordsman. During his time as a pro hero, he went undercover and fought Kendo Rappa in a cage match, managing to stay conscious and unharmed after the villain used his Strongarm, an impressive feat considering the power of his quirk and how easily he defeated most of his opponents with it.

  • Enhanced Durability: Despite being Quirkless, Knuckleduster is very sturdy, standing up even when he receives blows from physical enhancement Quirks. Perhaps more impressive is how he is able to withstand Kendo's Strongarm blows, which individually were powerful enough to break Eijiro Kirishima's Red Riot Unbreakable.
  • Enhanced Strength: Knuckleduster's strength is surprisingly high, and he is sometimes mistaken for having a strength-enhancing Quirk. He was capable of going fist to fist with a tremendously physically powerful and fast-moving Trigger-enhanced man and knock him out with relative ease.[5]

Keen Intellect: Despite appearing to be a mere brawler, Knuckleduster has great intuition and tactical knowledge. When fighting Trigger-enhanced villains, he is able to work out how their Quirks work and the best way to counter them all while locked in a fight with them.[5] He also quickly understood Stendhal's way of fighting as well as his state of mind,[6] and also preemptively formulated a battle plan that would allow him to defeat Kuin Hachisuka whilst also saving the life of his daughter, Tamao.[7]

Former Quirk

Iwao using his heightened speed and perception.

Overclock (オーバークロック Ōbākurokku?): Iwao's Quirk allowed him to accelerate his brain's perception to extreme speeds, making it appear to him as if the world was moving in slow motion. While his Quirk was active, his accelerated perception granted him increased physical speed.

The Quirk requires a cool-down period after it is used, and can only be used for a few seconds at a time.[8]

At some point in the past, Iwao's Quirk was stolen by All For One, leaving him Quirkless.[4][9]

  • Heightened Focus: Thanks to his Quirk, O'Clock could see, hear, and think at hyper speed.[8]

Equipment

Brass Knuckles: Knuckleduster's main weapons and the reason for his Vigilante name.

Grappling Hook: Knuckleduster has been seen swinging from buildings by means of a grappling hook.

Painkillers: Used to tone down pain. Bought regularly from Giran.[7]

Taser Knuckle: A taser weapon with a built-in defibrillator. Bought off Giran.[7]

Pheromone Cocktail: An explosive cocktail made to draw in bees and then explode. Made with items obtained from Giran.[7]

Sniper Rifle: A high-precision firearm, which allows shooting at a very long distance.[10]

Radio Box: A regular radio box used against Number 6 to counter his usage of Overclock.

Shotgun: A firearm used for close range encounters.[11]

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Vigilantes Beginnings Arc
1. "I'm Here" Appears
2. Takeoff Appears
3. Nice Guy Reborn Appears
4. Honesty Appears
5. Bee Appears
6. No Need to Hold Back Appears
6+ Alpha. Hero Conference Flashback
6+ Beta. Hero Visit Absent
7. Top Runner Appears
7.5. Appearance Matters Appears
8. Him Appears
Stendhal Arc
9. Judgment Appears
9.5. Mask Absent
10. Scream Appears
11. Crossing Lines Appears
Vs. Queen Bee Arc
12. Senpai Flashback
13. Makoto/Truth Appears
14. MAJOR Appears
15. Playboy Appears
16. Mom Descends Appears
17. Tag Team! Appears
18. Force of Will Acceleration! Appears
19. Family Appears
20. Event Announcement! Appears
21. Ensemble, Assemble! Absent
22. The Day Of Appears
23. Daughter Appears
24. A Father-Daughter Talk Appears
25. Goodbye to Dad Appears
26. Tamao Appears
27. Business as Usual Appears
28. What a Man Takes with Him Appears
Osaka Incident Arc
29. Equipment Issues Fantasy
30. Cooperation Request Flashback
31. Day-Tripping Down to Naniwa! Absent
32. Idols Keep Their Secrets! Absent
33. Stumbling into Nasty Business! Absent
34. Crabtastic Rampage! Absent
35. Blown-Up Hero?! See Ya Later! Absent
Sky Egg Arc
36. Must-Have Merchandise Absent
37. Public and Private Absent
38. High-Speed Flashback
39. A Rational Man Flashback
40. A Rational Team-Up Absent
41. Ultimate Move! Fantasy
42. Mixer Absent
43. Casanova Absent
44. One Outrageous Traveler Appears
45. The Man Returns Appears
46. Christmas Eve Hero Absent
47. Farewell Party! Flashback
48. Investigation Start! Steamy Romance Spotted?! Absent
49. Zero Hour Absent
50. Defend the Tower! Absent
51. I Do What I Can Absent
52. Balloon Soul Absent
53. Limits and Catastrophe Absent
54. Hotline Absent
55. This Is a Hero!! Appears
56. I'm No Hero Appears
57. Explosive Man Appears
58. International Flight Home Fantasy
School Days Arc
59. Rain and Cloud Absent
60. Taking in a Stray Absent
61. Two as One Absent
62. Glass Sky Absent
63. Find That Resolve Absent
64. Fight On, Shota Absent
65. A Sky with No Rain Left Flashback
Final Performance Arc
66. Graduation and Career Path Absent
67. Professional / International / Spicy Curry Absent
68. I'd Better Not Lose Absent
69. Hero on the Scene Absent
70. True Self Absent
71. Thanks for the Guidance Flashback
72. Searching for You Absent
73. The Queen Descends Absent
74. After The Storm Flashback
75. Letter Flashback
76. Weapon Pictured
77. Strategy Absent
78. Dispatch Absent
79. Inferno Number 2 Absent
80. Who Is It? Absent
81. Bee My Pop Mentioned
82. High-Speed Hero II Absent
83. Criminal in the Midst Absent
84. Hero's Dreams Absent
85. Cross-Examination Pictured
Underground Masquerade Arc
86. Masked Fighting Tournament Flashback
87. RAP RAP RAP Appears
88. Hide Head, Don't Hide Ears Appears
89. Brawl! Tiger Bunny Appears
90. Team-Up in the Underground Appears
91. Running Plan B Appears
92. Might Signal Appears
93. Three Second Offense and Defense Appears
94. Rhizomes Flashback
94.5. Tanuma Report Pictured
Naruhata Lockdown Arc
95. Moon Mentioned
96. Negotiations Flashback
97. Pursuers Absent
98. A Rational Persuasion Method Fantasy
99. Phases Fantasy
100. Anonymous Fantasy
101. Where I Should Be Absent
102. Intruder Fantasy
103. Inhumanity Fantasy

Trivia

  • Iwao's surname contains the kanji for "male" ( o?) and "black" ( guro?), and his first name contains "rock, crag" ( iwao?).
  • Knuckleduster's favorite things are cigarettes and beer.
  • His vigilante name is another name for the brass knuckles that form a part of his costume.
  • Hideyuki Furuhashi, the author of Vigilantes, said that if All Might was Superman, Iwao would be comparable to Batman.
  • Furuhashi also said that O'Clock is based on DC Comics' The Flash.

References

  1. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 16 (p. 13).
  2. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 58.
  3. 3.0 3.1 My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 19 (pp. 8-11).
  4. 4.0 4.1 My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 44.
  5. 5.0 5.1 My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 6.
  6. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 11.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 26.
  8. 8.0 8.1 My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 38.
  9. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 75.
  10. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 55.
  11. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 57.

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