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Tenko… do you… still want to be a hero?
Nao to Tenko in "Tenko Shimura: Origin"

Nao Shimura ( () (むら) (なお) Shimura Nao?) was the wife of Kotaro Shimura and was the mother of their two children, Tenko and Hana Shimura. Not much is known about her currently, except that she died when her son's Quirk went out of control.[1][2]


Nao was a woman in her early thirties who was usually seen with a worried expression on her face. She had light brown eyes as well as hair of the same color which parted in the middle from her face in bangs and uneven waves that grew to her shoulders.

She had numerous clothes in Tomura's flashbacks ranging from a black shirt with jeans to a corduroy skirt.



Nao was a kind woman who showed to be troubled with her family’s state. While Nao tried to stop her husband, Kotaro, from punishing their son, she would be unable to fully intervene and only pleaded with him not to be too harsh towards Tenko. Nao was still a loving mother towards her children despite this, as she was shown comforting Tenko some time after the incident and had concern for the boy’s allergies. She also asked her son if he still wanted to be a hero despite Kotaro’s opinion, showing that she wasn’t against Heroes or the idea of her son becoming one.

It is indicated that she was aware of Kotaro’s past, which is why she did not oppose his rule of not mentioning heroes in their household. Nao also told her son that Kotaro doesn’t hate him but knows how difficult being a hero can be, possibly reflecting on her mother-in-law’s decision to leave Kotaro in foster care.

Despite this, Nao was not afraid to stand up to her husband when he had gone too far and became violent, confronting him along with her parents after he had physically punished Tenko in a fit of anger, saying that she was done following his rules if he would continue to hurt their children.

However, Nao’s love towards her son was not enough to prevent his inner turmoil from worsening as a result of the ongoing abuse. When Tenko’s Quirk manifested and went out of control, Nao rushed in to help her son even when her own body had began to crumble and fall apart, proving that she still loved him even when moments away from death.


At some point, she married Kotaro and had two children, Hana and Tenko.

One day, Tenko caused some trouble while pretending to be a hero, so Kotaro took him outside as punishment. Nao begged her husband to not get violent but still does nothing as Tenko is taken outside. As dinner was prepared, Nao asked her husband to bring Tenko back inside, noting that his allergies had gotten worse, though she was unsure what he was allergic to. Later, she comforted her son, asking him if he still wanted to be a hero. As Tenko explained the fun he had with his friend, he embraced Nao and asked her why Kotaro hated him. She states that his father didn't hate Tenko, but that he knew how hard it was to be a hero.

Nao is unintentionally slaughtered by her son.

When Kotaro discovered that Tenko went into his office, Nao watched with the rest of the family in shock and horror and shouted when Kotaro smacked Tenko across the face. Afterwards, when Kotaro was in his office and looking at the past letters from his mother, Nao angrily confronted him, telling Kotaro that if he was going to resort to violence, then she wouldn't abide by his rules. She reminded Kotaro of what he said, that he wanted to build a happy family.

Nao went back outside with Chizuo and Mako and saw the dead bodies of Hana and her dog while the ground continues to crumble around Tenko. Even as the decay spread to her foot, Nao still reached out for her son in her final act of compassion before she was killed by Tenko's Quirk.[2]

Her disembodied hands soon end up becoming a part of her son's villain costume in the present.


Unnamed man

Chapter Appearances

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 Absent
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Absent
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Absent
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. Destruction Sense Flashback
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Flashback
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Death
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Flashback
238. Liberation Absent
239. Successor Absent
240. Power 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!! 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 Absent
281. Plus Ultra Absent
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 Absent
306. The Final Act Begins Absent

Anime Appearances

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 Absent
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
106. The Unforgiven Absent
107. More of a Hero Than Anyone Absent
108. My Villain Academia Flashback
109. Revival Party Absent
110. Sad Man's Parade Absent
111. Tenko Shimura: Origin Flashback
112. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Flashback
113. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent


  • Nao's name is written with the kanji (直) meaning "repair". This is most likely a reference to her wanting to "repair" her family's problems caused by her husband's hatred of heroes.


  1. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 222 and Episode 108.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 236 and Episode 111.

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