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I can't get stronger on my own. I don't possess the right stuff to be the main character. I can't walk down that straight, noble path like you people. Still, I don't resent what I've been given. Because it's necessary to pull off these kinds of masterful performances - the ones in which the supporting role upstages the lead!
Neito Monoma in "Our Brawl"

Neito Monoma ( (もの) () (ねい) () Monoma Neito?), also known as Phantom Thief (ファントムシーフ Fantomu Shīfu?), is a student in Class 1-B at U.A. High School, training to become a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Neito is a young man of average height with slick blond hair, which gets shorter the further down his head it goes, styled so that it’s parted to the right, his bangs left hanging over his right eye. His irises are a periwinkle blue, his pupils white and his eyes are shaped so that they’re slanting downwards towards the far sides of his face, usually left half-closed, this, along with his signature smirk and head tilt, giving him a rather contemptuous look. The girls admit in the Light Novels that Neito has a handsome face.

His hero costume is a black, double-breasted tuxedo with two long tails reaching almost down to his ankles. Three clocks hang on one of two belts around his waist, presumably to help him keep track of his Quirk's time limit, and he leaves his shirt collar upturned, a blue and black dotted tie done up around his neck. A left breast pocket can be found on his tuxedo, a small blue handkerchief sticking out. Both his tailcoat and his pants are plain black, with the exception of the cuffs of his sleeves and the inner-facing sides of his tails, and his shoes are white with a simple design.

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Personality

Neito has a rather complex personality since it differs depending on who he is addressing: he is particularly mocking, loud and sarcastic with Class 1-A, provocative in battle and outside of these contexts he is a calm, kind, and particularly smart person.

Although his competitiveness against Class 1-A is what is most emphasized in writing, his kind side is shown on numerous occasions especially when he made a plan to allow his class to pass the first two round of the sports festival and left the choice to his comrades to adopt it or not, comforted Setsuna Tokage after losing against Katsuki Bakugo, and comforted Eri on two occasions. This is also shown in the light novels (recounting the play that Class 1-B created) in which he proposed to help Sen Kaibara, one of his comrades, take the stage when he was stressed or when he was worried about the condition of his comrades after they’ve been too long in hot water.

Neito is shown to have an inferiority complex and although he seems to recognize the abilities of his comrades (praising the abilities of Kinoko Komori or Setsuna for example) he seems to doubt about his own: it has been shown that he considers himself as inferior as Class 1-A when he breathed with relief after learning that he wouldn’t have to face them and that he therefore deliberately forces himself to provoke them in order to push his classmates to do their best.

Neito sees the world in a different way and divides society into two parts. He thinks that people who have Quirks suiting the hero society are “main characters” and people who don’t have these kind of Quirks are “side characters”: therefore for his comrades who mostly have unorthodox Quirks he wants them to consider themselves as main characters in their own lives. However, his Quirk being very dependent on his entourage, he considers himself as a side character in his own life.

His Quirk seems to be one of the biggest cause of his troubles since it does not fit at all the hero society and therefore the path he has to take to become a hero is way harder : he can’t do anything on his own while in the hero society individual strength is praised. Therefore when he was a child everyone kept telling him that he would never become a hero with this Quirk. As indicated by his discussion with Shinso he is obliged to use unheroic means to overcome this, for example blaming Katsuki for All Might's retirement. He considers his childhood hopes and dreams like burdens for him and feels like he is cursed because of this.

Despite his insecurities it has been shown that Neito is an extremely talented person, first of all being one of the few able to recognize Ochaco Uraraka's plan against Katsuki. Izuku Midoriya thinks that Neito “has an amazing Quirk and is really skilled” while Tenya Ida thinks that he is “smart and able”. Implicitly Katsuki also thinks Neito is talented since he agreed with Tenya. According to the light novels he also knows how to cook, perform on stage, create a scene and even improvise and is able to keep his cool in complicated situations and react consequently which amazed Denki. He is therefore highly respected by his classmates even if they avoid telling him.

He also stands out as being part of the two leaders of Class 1-B with Itsuka Kendo and therefore he took in charge the speech before the cavalry battle and was the one Setsuna went directly to see to find comfort after her defeat.

His manner of speaking is similar to that of Seiji Shishikura, as he tends to use more eloquent words than strictly necessary, especially when he's addressing the students of Class 1-A. This is seen most prominently in the Joint Training Arc.

Abilities

Neito is formidable enough to take a powerful combatant such as Izuku by surprise.

Overall Abilities: Neito may not possess melee combat abilities, but he makes up for it with his agility, precision, and intelligence, as well as the proficient handling he has on his Quirk, Copy. With a copied Quirk, Neito essentially possesses the same advantages and disadvantages of the original Quirk user from whom he copied. In addition, his ability to swap between Quirks makes him a more versatile and unpredictable opponent to battle against in group battles, where he has more opportunities to copy various Quirks, be it from friend or foe.

In the Cavalry Battle of the U.A. Sports Festival, he copied Quirks from Katsuki and Eijiro Kirishima and flawlessly used the copied Quirks to take the highly capable Katsuki by surprise, twice. During the Joint Training Battle, he nonchalantly had enough mettle to singlehandedly take on Izuku Midoriya, one of the most powerful students in Class 1-A, but before he could, Izuku's Quirk went awry. After Izuku's Quirk was tamed, Neito was still able to take him by surprise, knock the former back, and make an attempt on copying his Quirk. Unfortunately, Neito's efforts proved futile, as he realized he could not copy One For All, an accumulation-type Quirk, resulting in the tuxedo-wearing student being subdued by Ochaco's hand-to-hand combat skills.

Keen Intellect: Neito is shown to be a very intelligent individual, coupled with a strategic and analytical mind. He formulated a strategy for Class 1-B during the first stage of the Sports Festival, which involved the students of the said class purposely placing low in the Obstacle Race, guessing correctly that it was only the preliminary round and none of them would get cut from the Sports Festival. This tactic was employed so that Class 1-B could observe the other students and later have the advantage of knowing their Quirks, all while keeping their own powers concealed. During the combat portion of the Festival, Neito was able to easily see through Ochaco's true strategy when she battled against Katsuki, something many of the audience members, including the present Pro Heroes, failed to notice until much later.[2]

Neito's craftiness was further showcased during the final round of the Joint Training Battle. Neito had Hitoshi Shinso use his "Artificial Vocal Cords: Persona Chords" to mimic Ochaco's scream in order to successfully catch a scouting Izuku off-guard. He explained that Class 1-B knows better than to underestimate a powerful combatant such as Izuku, so Neito planned to have his team defeat Izuku's teammates before engaging the latter. As part of his provocations, Neito claimed Izuku's teammates were in trouble, and then inquired as to how Katsuki can smile after being the cause of All Might's retirement, causing Izuku to finally snap, which consequently lead to One For All running out of control.

After he was subdued by Ochaco, Neito explained that while he uses the watches on his hero costume to keep track of the time limits for his copied Quirks, he keeps three watches visible to deceive his opponents into believing the number of watches represents the maximum number of Quirks he can copy. In addition, despite being captured, Neito was aware of Izuku pursuing Hitoshi, and, through a delayed reaction, was able to hinder Izuku with Twin Impact, which Neito had copied from Nirengeki Shoda.

Quirk

Neito copying Explosion.

Copy (コピー Kopī?): Neito's Quirk allows him to duplicate and use another person's Quirk after coming into physical contact with the user. He is currently able to hold four Quirks at a time and can maintain any copied powers for ten minutes. After the time limit runs out, he loses the copied Quirk until he once again touches the original user.[2]

He gains full access to the Quirk he has copied and can use it however he likes. However, he cannot simultaneously use multiple Quirks, only one at a time.

He can't effectively use copied Quirks that require a previously-stored resource, such as One For All (power), Fat Absorption (body fat), and Rewind (unknown). He is also limited by his own body; he wouldn't have the strength necessary to properly handle powerful Quirks that require years of physical conditioning to use without bodily harm.

Stats

Power
 
1/5 E
Speed
 
1/5 E
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
5/5 A
Cooperativeness
 
2/5 D
Neito's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
1/6 E
Speed
 
1/6 E
Technique
 
5/6 A+
Intelligence
 
5/6 A+
Provocation
 
6/6 S
Neito's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Stopwatches: Neito wears three watches on his belt that he uses to record the duration of time it has been since he copied a specific Quirk, letting him know when its usage is up. Neito also seems to use these to trick his opponents into assuming the limit of his copied Quirks is only three when it seems to be four at minimum.[3]

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 Appears
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
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 Absent
78. Whirling Chaos Appears
79. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
80. Establishing the Bakugo Bodyguard Brigade Absent
81. Roaring Upheaval Absent
82. What a Twist! Appears
83. Loss 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) Appears
174. Golden Tips Imperial Absent
175. Morning, the Day Of Appears
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!! Appears
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Know Where You Stand when It Counts!! Appears
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Absent
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Appears
202. Match 3 Absent
203. Flexible! Juzo Honenuki! Appears
204. Tuning Up Absent
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Appears
207. Early Bird! Appears
208. Match 4 Conclusion Appears
209. Match 5 Start Appears
210. The One For All Dream Appears
211. That Which Is Inherited Appears
212. That Which Is Inherited, Part 2 Absent
213. Realm of Souls Appears
214. Our Brawl Appears
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Appears
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!! 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 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 Mentioned
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 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
Tartarus Escapees Arc
307. Been a While!! Absent
308. Full Power!! Absent
309. Can't Be a Child Anymore Absent
310. Masters and Pupil Absent
311. Here We Go!! Absent
312. Hired Gun Absent
313. High-Speed Long-Range Mobile Cannon Absent
314. The Lovely Lady Nagant Absent
315. Platitudes Absent
316. Your Turn Absent
317. Scars, Blood, Filth Absent
318. Reckless Absent
319. Friend Absent
320. Deku vs. Class A Absent
321. From Class A to One For All Absent
322. Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight Absent
323. That Single Step Appears
324. A Young Woman's Declaration Absent
325. The Bonds of One For All Absent
326. Who Are You Really? Absent
327. Rest!! Absent
328. No Man Is an Island Absent

Anime Appearances

Appearances
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 Absent
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
29. Hero Killer: Stain vs U.A. Students Absent
30. Climax Absent
31. The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain Absent
32. Everyone's Internships Absent
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 Absent
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... Absent
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 Appears
84. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Flashback
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 Appears
99. Our Brawl Appears
100. The New Power and All For One Appears
101. Have a Merry Christmas! Flashback
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

  • Neito's rankings in the Popularity Polls are the following:
    • Ranked 25th in the 2nd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 24th in the 3rd Popularity Poll.
    • Ranked 38th in the 4th Popularity Poll.
  • Neito's surname contains the kanji for "object" ( mono?) and "gap" ( ma?), and his first name contains "repose, serenity, preferable" ( nei?) and "person" ( to?).
    • Neito's name comes from the word "mimicry, imitation" (物真似 monomane?), which references his Quirk.
    • When written together, the kanji in his last name means "among things" (物間 monoma?).
    • His name may also be a play on the word "monomaniac," meaning "exaggerated or obsessive enthusiasm for or preoccupation with one thing," with his case being his obsession with toppling Class 1-A.
  • Neito likes French cuisine and Franco-Belgian comics.
  • According to Horikoshi, Neito is based on a real person.
  • Neito shares his birthday with Yo Shindo.
  • His hero name, Phantom Thief, may be based on the literary character archetype of the same name. A Phantom Thief is characterized by being a criminal (usually a thief) who keeps a moral code and often does bad things for the sake of good. They also leave calling cards and use tricks, illusions, and disguises to achieve their goals.
  • Neito's Japanese voice actor, Kōhei Amasaki, also voices Shihai Kuroiro.

Quotes

  • (To his classmates) "Class A thinks it's so great. Well, let's show 'em... why we in Class B hung back and placed low in the preliminaries."[4]
  • (To Setsuna) "I'm happy to see my inexperienced peers reflect and grow. Yes, victory is no longer within Class B's reach but we haven't truly lost yet. Because what I want us all to learn is which lass treads the correct path… the earnest one that keeps its nose clean? Or the class of wholly undeserving reprobates that batches in limelight for all the wrong reasons? We are all, to the last, merely bit players in the lives of others and the stars of only our own!"[5]
  • (To Hitoshi) "The paradox is that to become heroes, we must act unheroically. Otherwise, we'll never measure up to those capable of greatness. Emulating our idols isn't enough. Surely you've felt this way before... how the hopes and dreams of childhood grow heavy as burdens? As if we are cursed."[6]

References

  1. My Hero Academia: Ultra Archive: The Official Character Guide.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 29 and Episode 18.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 215 and Episode 99.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 27 (p. 17).
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 209 (pp. 6-7).
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 211 (p. 2).

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