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I think... there's something real tasteless about bringing a gun or a knife to a fight. Whoever's got the weapon wins, right? That ain't a real fight. Men're meant to rip each other apart with their own power. You feel me?
Kendo Rappa to Fat Gum in "Shield-and-Shield, Spear-and-Shield"

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

Kendo Rappa ( (らっ) () (けん) (どう) Rappa Kendō?), also known as The Rapper (ザ ラッパー Za Rappā?), is one of the Eight Bullets who serves Overhaul and the Shie Hassaikai.

Appearance

Kendo is a very large, muscular man with long, light brown hair.

His face is hidden beneath the plague mask given to him by the Shie Hassaikai, and he dons a tattered t-shirt and dark pants covered by a light blue tunic and decorated with two belts. Kendo also sports his signature gloves, which cover his hands and wrists with several leather straps and his knuckles with metal.

During his time participating in the Underground Masquerade, Kendo wore a mask similar to his current one, barring the beak, and he lacked his tunic. His gloves were also much more crudely fashioned, consisting of simple plating bound by sports tape.

Gallery

Personality

Kendo's undying lust for battle.

Kendo is a very hot-blooded man who thrives on violence and bloodshed. He has a warrior-like mentality and all he cares about is seeking out a battle that can satisfy him. Kendo believes it's unbecoming for a fighter to use weapons and that everyone should fight with the power of their bodies.[2]

Unlike most of the Eight Bullets, Kendo only serves Overhaul because he hopes to one day defeat him. Kendo's entire mindset revolves around provoking others into a fight to the death where he can stake his life on the line. If someone cannot satisfy that interest, Kendo wants nothing to do with them. If someone can give him the thrill he seeks, Kendo shows them great respect.

In spite of his hot-blooded personality, Kendo does possesses his own sense of honor. He would rather fight alone and win with his own strength than fight alongside Hekiji Tengai. Kendo also allowed Fat Gum to take Red Riot to heal so they can fight again sometime. Kendo even went as far as to reveal Overhaul's plan to reinstate the yakuza.[3]

Kendo also appears to be a good judge of character, shown during his encounter with The Ripper in the Underground Masquerade. Kendo was able to discern that Iwao would enjoy a good fistfight despite the latter's conscious preference to use his Quirk for more calculated attacks.[4] Kendo's judgement came to fruition after Iwao lost his Quirk and resorted to his brute strength as Knuckleduster.

Abilities

Kendo fights on par with the notoriously-fast O'Clock.

Overall Abilities: Being an Eight Bullets member of the Shie Hassaikai, Kendo is a very formidable individual. He is highly skilled in close-quarters combat and employs that art in every battle. Hailing from the world of MMA, Kendo's hand-to-hand combat prowess was forged by his experiences in the ring, adapted and changed due to the hard knocks of cage fighting. Kendo's fighting style relies exclusively on powerful punches, which can be amplified in terms of speed by his Quirk, Strongarm. When dueling, the precise repetitive motions of Kendo’s brawling technique, combined with his reflexes and Quirk usage, doesn't leave any openings, even to experienced combatants such as O'Clock.

Prior to joining the Shie Hassaikai, Kendo was a brawler that participated in the Quirk-permitted underground fight club, the Underground Masquerade. In the matches in which he partook, Kendo either defeated his opponents with a single strike, or they yielded due to his superior aptitude. He remained undefeated until his encounter with Kai Chisaki, who wanted to recruit Kendo into the yakuza due to the brawler's abilities. Kendo propositioned, that in order to gain his servitude, Kai has to defeat him in battle, but just as Kendo launched an attack, the yakuza leader effortlessly disassembled Kendo, before reassembling him. Even after becoming a member of the Eight Bullets, Kendo had the mettle to challenge Kai 5 more times, but was overhauled and defeated with each attempt. Due to his direct combat efficiency, Kai paired Kendo with Hekiji Tengai, an individual who excels at defense. 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.

Kendo pulverizing Fat Gum with endless bullet punches.

During the Shie Hassaikai Raid, Kendo and Hekiji were pitted against Fat Gum and Eijiro Kirishima, both of whom are highly capable heroes who excel in defense and melee combat, just as Kendo himself does in the latter case. Kendo first sent a body-hardened Eijiro flying a good distance away with a single punch before repeatedly barraging Fat Gum with a volley of punches throughout their battle. Fat Gum surmised that getting in close yield the opportunity to dodge Kendo's assault, and due to the amount of strength behind the brawler's attacks, the BMI Hero's Fat Absorption couldn't absorb all of the damage. With these deductions, Fat Gum concluded that Kendo would wear him down until the hero was out of might. Once Eijiro regained his resolve and stepped in to endure Kendo's flurry of punches even more than he did at the beginning of the bout, the red-haired hero and the masked brawler attempted to engage each other, but Hekiji intervened with a barrier, believing Eijiro's final attack was strong enough to counter, if not damage, Kendo. 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.

Kendo's punches are strong enough to break through Red Riot's nigh-impenetrable Super Move, "Red Riot Unbreakable".

  • Immense Strength: Befitting his muscular stature, Kendo exhibits great physical strength. During his days as an underground cage fighter, Kendo defeated his opponents with a single strike blow each, while those who survived his blows conceded defeat. His fists were powerful enough to penetrate Eijiro's "Red Riot Unbreakable" technique with a single blow that also sent his opponent flying, proving that Kendo's punches are strong enough to penetrate objects that are as hard as stone. The pure shock of Kendo's blows were capable of injuring Fat Gum, in spite of the hero's bodily fat, and nearly defeat him in 1-on-1 combat. Fat Gum and Eijiro are known for excelling at defense, and could only withstand Kendo's attacks by pushing past themselves past their limits.
  • Enhanced Speed: In spite of his hefty physique, Kendo possesses exceptional speed. He was able to contend with the notoriously fast O’clock while in the confined space of a fighting ring, matching the immense acceleration abilities of hero’s Overclock Quirk, and still leaving no openings in their close range bout.
  • Enhanced Durability: Kendo 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 able to penetrate Hekiji's Barrier, which cushioned the BMI Hero's blow. While he could still move sufficiently, albeit limply, Kendo's arms were put out of commission.

Tactical Intellect: While Kendo seems to be a battle-crazed brute, he’s actually a fairly astute individual. In combat, Kendo focuses on breaking down his opponents with strategically placed punches that are structured around his present understanding of the fighting capabilities of himself and his opponents. He was keen enough to recognize the significance of Fat Gum's final attack, realizing the latter had stockpiled the impact of his punches in order to release a powerful blow that would breach Hekiji's barrier.

Quirk

Strongarm ( (きょう) (けん) Kyōken?):[5] Kendo's Quirk allows him to rotate his shoulders at extreme speeds, allowing him to attack his targets with a near-endless barrage of bullet punches. His Quirk can only stay active for a few seconds at a time, but this is all the time Kendo needs to wear down his opponents.

Stats

Power
 
5/6 A
Speed
 
5/6 A
Technique
 
3/6 C
Intelligence
 
2/6 D
Combo Hits
 
5/6 A
Kendo's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Battle Gloves: Kendo wears a pair of padded metal gauntlets on his arms to augment his punches.

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!! Clone
148. The Anguish of Young Twoga Clone
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
Remedial Course Arc
163. Smoldering Flames Absent
164. Masegaki Absent
165. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
166. Be Proud, License Trainees Absent
167. Number One Hero's Starting Line Absent
168. The Strange Tale of Aoyama Flashback

Anime Appearances

Appearances
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!! Debut
71. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
72. Red Riot Appears
73. Temp Squad Appears
74. Lemillion Flashback
75. Unforeseen Hope Flashback
76. Infinite 100% Absent
77. Bright Future Appears
78. Smoldering Flames Flashback
79. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
80. Relief for License Trainees Flashback
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 Absent
Season 5
89. All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A Absent
90. Vestiges Absent
91. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Absent
92. Make It Happen, Shinso! Absent
93. Operation New Improv Moves Flashback
94. Foresight Absent
95. Match 3 Absent
96. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
97. Early Bird! Absent
98. That Which Is Inherited Absent
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

Vigilantes Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Underground Masquerade Arc
86. Masked Fighting Tournament Debut
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 Absent

Trivia

  • Kendo's last name means thug or villain (乱波 Rappa?). His first name contains the kanji for shoulder ( ken?) and movement ( ?).
  • With his bloodthirsty nature and violent Quirk, Kendo seems to represent a corrupted version of the first tenet of the actual eight precepts of Buddhism: do not kill other living things.
  • According to Horikoshi, Kendo is very fun to draw.[5]
  • He joined the world of street fighting as an act of rebellion against his overly strict parents.[5]
  • His first name is a homophone of Itsuka's last name, as they are pronounced the same but spelled with different kanji.
  • Kendo is the only one of the Eight Bullets who is not a C-Rank Villain.

References

  1. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 86.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 142 and Episode 72.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 146 and Episode 73.
  4. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Manga: Chapter 88.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 16, Omake

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