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 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.
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 by his character, his kind side is shown on numerous occasions especially when he made a plan to allow his class to pass the first two rounds of the U.A. Sports Festival and gave them the choice on whether to adopt it or not. He also comforted Setsuna Tokage after losing against Katsuki Bakugo, and comforted Eri on two occasions, despite the latter initially being afraid of him. 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 classmates, take the stage when he was stressed, as well as when he was worried about Nirengeki Shoda and Kojiro Bondo after they spent too long in 1-A's sauna.
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 hold internal doubt over his own: it has been shown that he considers himself as inferior to Class 1-A, as he breathed a sigh of relief after learning that he wouldn’t have to face them. In truth, Neito deliberately forces himself to provoke them in order to push his classmates to do their best, although his vocal tirades often lead to him being knocked into unconciousness by Itsuka Kendo. His rantings can even make him come off as unhinged or mentally unstable in the eyes of others. He can also be insensitive and sometimes a bad influence, as he brought up Izuku, Shoto and Tenya's encounter with the Hero Killer: Stain, despite knowing that Tenya's brother was attacked and badly injured by the villain. He also tricked one of his classmates, Pony Tsunotori, a foreign exchange student from America, into unknowingly saying unkind phrases in Japanese.
Neito sees the world in a different way and divides society into two parts. He thinks that people who have Quirks fit for heroism are “main characters” and people who don’t have these kind of Quirks are “side characters”: therefore since his comrades mostly have Quirks suited for heroism, he wants them to consider themselves as main characters in their own lives. However, with his own Quirk being very dependent on his entourage, he considers himself as a side character in his own life.
His insecurities appear to mainly stem from his Copy Quirk, as it does not fit the typical mold of being a strong hero: his Quirk can't do anything by itself, whilst in the hero society individual strength is praised. Because of this, people kept telling him when he was a child that he couldn't become a hero with the Quirk he has. This is also what caused him to identify with Hitoshi Shinso for possessing an underpowered and perceived unheroic Quirk. Additionally, he is willing to use underhanded methods to gain an advantage in battle to compensate for this, such as when he blamed Katsuki for All Might's retirement. He also considers his childhood hopes and dreams as 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 during their match in the Sports Festival. 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 the same as 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 is something that amazed Denki Kaminari. He is therefore respected and viewed highly by his classmates and peers even if they avoid telling him, likely so they don't feed his ego.
Even with his impressive tactical and analytical skills, one of his understated weaknesses is his poor aptitude at school work and studying, failing the Summer written exams, being forced to take part in the remedial lessons during the Quirk Training Camp, and only barely passing the Fall written exams.
He also stands out as being part of the two leaders of Class 1-B with Itsuka Kendo and therefore he took charge of 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.
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.
Neito's craftiness was further showcased during the final round of the Joint Training Battle. Neito had Hitoshi Shinso use his 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.
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.
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.
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.
Battles & Events
|Battles & Events|
- 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" (物 mono?) and "gap" (間 ma?), and his first name contains "repose, serenity, preferable" (寧 nei?) and "person" (人 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.
- In his character profile, Horikoshi revealed he had based Neito on a real person. This person was later revealed to be Dane DeHaan, specifically his performance as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, in Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #12 2022.
- 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.
- (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."
- (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!"
- (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."
|U.A. High School|
|Class 1-A Students||Denki Kaminari • Eijiro Kirishima • Fumikage Tokoyami • Hanta Sero • Izuku Midoriya • Katsuki Bakugo • Koji Koda • Kyoka Jiro • Mashirao Ojiro • Mezo Shoji • Mina Ashido • Minoru Mineta • Momo Yaoyorozu • Ochaco Uraraka • Rikido Sato • Shoto Todoroki • Tenya Ida • Toru Hagakure • Tsuyu Asui • Yuga Aoyama|
|Class 1-B Students||Hiryu Rin • Ibara Shiozaki • Itsuka Kendo • Juzo Honenuki • Jurota Shishida • Kinoko Komori • Kojiro Bondo • Kosei Tsuburaba • Manga Fukidashi • Neito Monoma • Nirengeki Shoda • Pony Tsunotori • Reiko Yanagi • Sen Kaibara • Setsuna Tokage • Shihai Kuroiro • Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu • Togaru Kamakiri • Yosetsu Awase • Yui Kodai|
|Department of Support||Mei Hatsume • Bibimi Kenranzaki|
|General Department||Hitoshi Shinso • Chikuchi Togeike • Tsutsutaka Agoyamato|
|Second Year Students||Mawata Fuwa|
|Third Year Students||Mirio Togata • Nejire Hado • Tamaki Amajiki • Bibimi Kenranzaki • Yuyu Haya|
|Staff||All Might • Cementoss • Ectoplasm • Eraser Head • Hound Dog • Lunch Rush • Midnight • Nezu • Power Loader • Present Mic • Recovery Girl • Snipe • Thirteen • Vlad King • Gran Torino (Retired)|
|Former Students||All Might • Endeavor • Best Jeanist • Midnight • Eraser Head • Loud Cloud • Present Mic • Mister Blaster|
|Locations||Class 1-A • Class 1-B • Conference Room • Ground Beta • Ground Gamma • Ground Omega • Gym Gamma • Heights Alliance • Lunch Rush Cafeteria • P.E. Grounds • Recovery Girl's Nurse's Office • Sports Festival Stadium • Teachers Lounge • U.A.'s Development Studio • Unforeseen Simulation Joint|