Do you really want to know what heroes are?! They're people who hurt their own families... only to help complete strangers.
Kotaro to his son in "Tenko Shimura: Origin"

Kotaro Shimura ( () (むら) () () (ろう) Shimura Kotarō?) was the father of Tenko and Hana Shimura and the son of Nana Shimura. He was also the husband of Nao Shimura.[1]

Appearance

As a child, Kotaro had dark hair and was missing a front tooth, wearing a simple T-shirt and sneakers.

As an adult, Kotaro had his hair short with a little cowlick on the right side, and he wore a striped polo shirt and black pants.

Personality

From what little was seen of Kotaro's childhood, he seemed like a relatively happy and normal child, who had a close relationship with his mother.

However, after his mother gave him up, Kotaro developed a deep resentment towards his mother, feeling as though she selfishly abandoned him for the sake of strangers. This resentment eventually grew into a hatred for all heroes, viewing them as selfish individuals whose actions only served to harm their own families.

As a result of this hatred, he showed open disdain for anything hero related and became both physically and emotionally abusive towards his son and his daughter whenever they showed interest in or even mentioned heroes around him. This is seen when his daughter Hana, showed immense fear of him when the possibility of her actions of going through his study and seeing his photo of his mother caused her to fall into an almost hysterical state of panic and caused her to blame her brother to save herself, implying that he has severely punished her before. Later upon Hana pointing to Tenko as the one responsible for going through his things, he attacked the child for finding the picture of his paternal grandmother and condemning her memory. Ironically, he started doing the very thing he believed all heroes were guilty of and instilling his son's future hatred of heroes and society.

However, in spite of his cold attitude, he wasn't completely heartless, eventually questioning his own behavior towards his family and expressing remorse for his acts. Despite his resentment of his mother, he expressed sadness when looking upon a picture of them together and recalling his childhood with her, wishing she didn't love him to ease the pain after reading her letter.[2] Yet even in spite of this realization, upon seeing his son lose control of his awakening Quirk, Kotaro chose to use violence as the first method to bring his son into submission and hit him with a weed clipper. Although part of this was to stop him from spiraling out of control, this physically abusive decision ultimately cost him his life.[3]

History

A photo of Kotaro as a child with his mother.

Kotaro was the only son of Nana Shimura and her unnamed husband. He was placed into foster care by his grieving mother when his father was killed to protect him from All For One. Nana also prevented her close friends from searching for him before her own death.[4]

He later married a woman named Nao and they had a daughter named Hana Shimura and a son named Tenko Shimura (later known as Tomura Shigaraki). Kotaro became a businessman, making his fortune early on and building a large house for his family. Kotaro often punished his son for when he broke the one rule in the house, which was to not discuss anything hero-related. To that end, he put his son outside until he apologized. One day, Kotaro discovered his children had gone into his office and confronted his son on finding the picture of their paternal grandmother. Becoming enraged, he attacked his son and voiced his disgust of heroes and his mother's legacy. This sight was met with outrage by his family, who watched in horror as this went on. Kotaro forced his son to sit outside in the dark. Later on, he stared at the picture of himself with his mother and the letter that she gave him. His wife and in-laws confronted him, as Kotaro knew he went too far and asked himself why he acted the way he did.[2]

Kotaro witnesses his family's end by the hand of his son.

Later that night, Tenko lost control of his manifesting Quirk, which led to him unintentionally slaughtering his dog and later his family. Kotaro was alerted by the noise and discovered the carnage, Tenko begged his father for help while the latter was stunned by his son's acts. Tenko's Quirk started to destroy the area around them, while he tried to go to his father for help, but the latter attacked him to get him to stop. Unfortunately, this act triggered Tenko’s instincts and caused him to attack with full intent to kill. He touched his father's face and killed him in revenge for all the pain he caused. Tenko's act also destroyed the house, while bringing an excited relish to his son.[3]

His lonely son would wander and go onto become the successor of All For One the very villain who killed his mother, Nana Shimura. The only thing that remained of his father was his disembodied hand that his son wore as part of his villain costume until the latter's fight with Re-Destro where he destroyed his father's hand after overcoming his trauma.[1][5]

Relatives

Nana
   
   
Unnamed man
   
   
Chizuo
   
   
Mako
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Kotaro
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Nao
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hana
   
   
Tenko

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
85. Nothing but Fools Absent
86. Before the Storm Absent
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 Shadow
96. Home Visits Absent
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Absent
219. Go! Slidin' Go! Absent
220. My Villain Academia Absent
221. Memento from All For One Absent
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Flashback
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Absent
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Mentioned
228. Wounded Soul Absent
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Absent
230. Sad Man's Parade Absent
231. Path Absent
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Absent
233. Bright Future Absent
234. Sense Destruction Mentioned
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Flashback
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Flashback
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Flashback
238. Liberation Absent
239. Successor Absent
240. Power Absent
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. You Could Be 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!! 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 Fantasy
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 Absent
280. Red Riot, Part 3 Mentioned
281. Plus Ultra Flashback
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Absent
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent
285. Katsuki Bakugo Rising Absent
286. The Ones Within Us Absent
287. Mistake Flashback
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 Mentioned
306. The Final Act Begins Absent

Anime Appearences

Appearances
Season 3
39. Game Start Absent
40. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
41. Kota Absent
42. My Hero Absent
43. Drive it Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
44. Roaring Upheaval Absent
45. What a Twist! Absent
46. From Iida to Midoriya Absent
47. All For One Absent
48. Symbol of Peace Absent
49. One For All Absent
50. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Shadow
51. Moving into Dorms Absent
52. Create Those Ultimate Moves Absent
53. The Test Absent
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 2 Absent
62. A Season for Encounters Absent
63. Unrivaled Absent

Trivia

  • Kotaro shares multiple similarities with Kota Izumi.
    • Both have black hair.
    • Both hated their relatives for leaving them behind and their sake of being heroes. However, both of them expressed their remorse after understanding the meaning of heroes.
    • Both are connected to the League of Villains, Kotaro with his mother killed by All For One and his son would become the next leader of the League, Kota with his parents killed by future member Muscular.
    • Both of their first names starts with "Kota".
  • Kotaro's favorite things were stated to be his wife, his parents-in-laws and his two children.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 222.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 235.
  3. 3.0 3.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 236.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 95 and Episode 50.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 237.

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