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Where will this experiment lead me? Even though I was the subject, I wasn't told. Nor will I dwell on such questions. I'm just a convenient lab rat. It's easier to see it that way. In order... to create... my... no... our ideal world, everything... must be... destroyed.
Nine in "League of Villains: Undercover"

Nine (ナイン Nain?) was a villain and the main antagonist of My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising.

Appearance

Nine was a man of reasonable height with fair skin and thin, rectangular gray eyes and white pupils. He also had white hair that reaches just past his shoulders, worn swept back away from his face. In the past, Nine wore black shoes, black pants, and a tattered white jacket.

His most defining feature was the large black mask that covers him from his chest to just above his nose, four extra pieces winding around the exposed skin of his face and around his head. Four darker plates cover each side of his neck, lined with dark purple, and he had what appears to be something similar to the flat muzzle of a gas mask over his mouth that’s decorated with seven gray studs, as well as a large purple and black cylinder protruding from each of his shoulder blades. Below this, he wore a full-body suit of a similar design, with plates of black covering his entire body, leaving only his fingers exposed, and, over this, a blazer and dress pants of a pale lilac color. He also wore black boots.

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Personality

Nine was a frigid person, unfazed by most situations. He did not attack anyone unless provoked, and used his Quirks to ward attacks. If pushed enough, however, he was prone to violent fits of rage. He would also completely abandon any restraint in those moments, demonstrated by him attempting to choke Mahoro Shimano to death in order to force Katsuma Shimano into letting his Quirk be taken. Despite his overwhelming strength, Nine was very humble, and greatly valued those who demonstrated impressive strength by his standards, be they allies or enemies. At the same time though, he was willing to eliminate those who posed a greater risk of standing in his way, as seen when he believed that Izuku Midoriya possessed multiple Quirks as well and that he had to be killed.

Due to his incredibly powerful Quirk having granted him control over the skies and the weather, as well as his past of witnessing that the weak ruled above others, while the powerful (such as his allies) were shunned and ostracized from society, Nine believed that a truly superhuman society should be one where hierarchy is determined by one's strength alone, making heroes and villains irrelevant, and power the only thing that matters. With the ideology that might makes right, Nine was prepared to undergo whatever experimentation was necessary to increase his own power and make his desired future a reality.

Nine's philosophy and motivations were not just for his own sake, but also for his teammates Slice, Mummy, and Chimera. He sympathized with their lives of oppression due to his own similar past and wanted to enact their collective desire to build an ideal world for all four of them, as shown when he talked to Kyudai Garaki about his goal as he thought of his friends while referring to "their" ideal world.

Abilities

Nine's Quirk overpowers Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo, two powerful combatants.

Overall Abilities: With his powerful set of Quirks, Nine was a highly formidable villain, only hindered by his deteriorating health caused by his original Quirk, Weather Manipulation, putting his body through cellular degeneration. In hopes to be cured, Nine donated his body to the League of Villains, and underwent a surgery that involved obtaining a weaker version of All For One, which limited him to stealing only eight other Quirks. Despite his finite Quirk capacity, Nine selected abilities that were particularly destructive and advantageous. He managed to steal only five Quirks, four of which he used in combat alongside his original power; due to his multitude of Quirks, which he was able to use in tandem, Nine was an unpredictable combatant, which made him all the more dangerous.

Upon reaching Nabu Island, Nine easily repelled the numerous onslaughts from U.A. High's Class 1-A, and was exhausted only when his health faltered. Eventually, a power-enhanced Nine was defeated through the combined efforts of Izuku Midoriya and Katsuki Bakugo using their One For All-enhanced abilities at full power. Although Nine survived the ordeal, he was rendered feeble, and was killed by Tomura Shigaraki.

Nine's reaction time allows him to flawlessly anticipate and block Katsuki's surprise attack.

  • Enhanced Reflexes: Nine repeatedly demonstrated excellent reaction time and reflexes. He used his Air Wall to negate attacks that he didn't see, easily neutralizing brisk and omnidirectional attacks.
  • Immense Durability: Nine possessed a very impressive amount of physical durability, shown when he survived many assaults from two One For All users. Even after being overpowered by One For All in the final battle, Nine managed to survive, although he was on the brink of death afterward.

Keen Intellect: Nine was a very astute individual, with great observational skills. Following his emergence from stasis, Nine realized that despite the success of his operation, the side effects of his Weather Manipulation had worsened, and requires a Cell Activation Quirk that will resuscitate him. After depowering Mr. Shimano, Nine noticed that the Quirk was incompatible with his blood type: B. He guessed that one of Mr. Shimano's children would possess a similar Quirk that was compatible with his blood, so the white-haired villain and his group headed to Nabu Island to take it. Upon failing to steal One For All from Izuku, Nine deduced that the latter had multiple Quirks as well and deemed him too dangerous to live.

  • Leadership Skills: Nine was able to effectively direct his teammates, giving them designated roles that suit their respective abilities. He came up with a strategy to cut off Nabu Island from outside communications as well as prevent its inhabitants from escaping.

Indomitable Will: Nine held onto his ideals throughout his life, even when his original Quirk pained him and when he was faced with bitter defeat, he was not dissuaded from his goals. His sheer will did not bend or break under the pure offensive force of One For All, and no matter the circumstances the man continued to fight on, determined to accomplish both his and his allies dreams of creating a more ideal world until the very end of his life.

Quirks

Weather Manipulation ( () (しょう) (そう) () Kishō Sōsa?): Nine's original Quirk allowed him to control the weather, able to instantly cause powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes. However, according to Nine, his Quirk was too powerful for him to wield and it resulted in the destruction of his body's cellular tissue.

All For One (オール・フォー・ワン Ōru Fō Wan?): Nine's second Quirk was a weaker duplicate of All For One, with which he could use to steal and hold up to eight different Quirks. He obtained it through a surgical transplant by Dr. Kyudai Garaki, after he was deemed compatible with All For One's Quirk Factor. It is unknown if he could transfer his stolen Quirks to someone else. However, this Quirk only worsened his already fragile health faster.

  • Air Wall: Nine can use this Quirk to create a transparent barrier made of pressurized air to shield himself in a particular direction. This Quirk can also be used offensively, by releasing a powerful air burst that can push away people and attacks or used as a springboard which can physically push people away. This Quirk is both extremely durable and powerful, as it was able to withstand One For All at 100%.
  • Scanning: Nine can use this Quirk to identify different Quirks belonging to others and gain a read on their abilities through an infrared-like vision. To an extent, he can also use this Quirk to measure their respective power levels. This is demonstrated when Nine used it to measure the increasing physical strength of Izuku Midoriya as he prepared to attack the villain with Detroit Smash.
  • Bullet Laser: Nine uses this Quirk to fire purple-colored lasers from his fingertips at will. This Quirk has been shown to be able to easily pierce through human flesh, as well as many other solid surfaces. It has also been shown that it can explode on the impact of some surfaces.
  • Hydra: Nine could summon a number of large blue dragon-shaped attacks out of his back that he can control at will. Nine typically uses this Quirk as a long-range weapon and uses it to suspend or restrain people; he normally summons two at a time.
  • Cell Activation ( (さい) (ぼう) (かっ) (せい) Saibō Kassei?): This Quirk allowed Nine to activate the cells in his own body or another person's body, boosting regeneration and repairing any damage. However, it only works on individuals of a certain blood type. Nine stole this Quirk from the Shimano siblings' father, but it was in vain due to the villain's blood type being incompatible.

Equipment

Life-Support Tubes: Nine had tubes on his back that released a drug-like substance that healed him slightly after overusing his abilities. It also boosted his offensive power dramatically and allowed him to function for an extended period of time.

Battles and Events

Battles & Events

Chapter Appearances

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 Appears
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 Flashback
234. Destruction Sense Absent
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
238. Liberation Absent
239. Successor Absent
240. Power Absent

Trivia

  • Nine's villain name is likely a reference to the term "Cloud Nine", in relation to his ability to effect the weather, and in turn, the clouds.
    • The name was given another meaning after his procedure to receive All For One, which made him capable of possessing nine Quirks.
  • Nine, Izuku Midoriya, and Gigantomachia are tied with having the third-highest amount of Quirks in the series, with that being seven. They are only surpassed by All For One and Tomura with their unknown amount of many Quirks.
  • Nine's original Quirk and design may be based off of and referencing the X-Men character Storm, from the Marvel Comics.

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