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This article is about the individual that assisted the League of Villains in the U.S.J. attack. For the species referred to collectively as "Nomu," see Nomu.

The U.S.J. Nomu ( (のう) () Nōmu?) is an Upper-Tier Nomu that appeared with the League of Villains and acted as one of the main antagonists of the U.S.J. Arc.

Appearance

Nomu is a large, black humanoid monster with a very muscular body that has many scars on it. His brain is exposed on the top of his head, while his large eyes are around it. He has a beak-like mouth with an array of sharp teeth.

He only wears a pair of beige pants and metal knee-pads designed to emulate skulls. His feet and torso are left bare.

Before his transformation, Nomu had the appearance of a regular human with light olive green hair and thick lips.

Personality

Due to the intensive body experimentation done to him, Nomu is not able to speak nor can he think for himself. To compensate for this, he is only capable of following orders and will do so without question, as shown when he follows Tomura Shigaraki's orders. He is very brutal with his enemies and will not show any mercy.

History

Nomu was once a small-time thug. Under unknown circumstances, Nomu's body was experimented on through DNA injection from four different people, causing Nomu to acquire Quirks in the process, eventually resulting in Nomu becoming an artificial human.

Synopsis

U.S.J. Arc

Nomu defeats Shota.

Nomu appears at the Unforeseen Simulation Joint after Kurogiri warps him and the other villains there.[1] When Shota knocks Tomura down onto the ground, Nomu appears before Shota and fights him, defeating him with ease.[2]

When Shota uses his Quirk to save Tsuyu Asui from Tomura, Nomu smashes Shota's head into the ground. He then blocks Izuku Midoriya's One For All empowered punch, not even receiving a single scratch from it.[3]

All Might attacks Nomu with Carolina Smash, but does little damage to him. Nomu tries to counter, but All Might dodges. All Might then uses a backdrop slam against Nomu, but Kurogiri opens a gate with his Quirk, allowing Nomu to evade the attack and then clutch onto All Might. However, half of Nomu's body is frozen by Shoto Todoroki, giving All Might the opportunity to escape from Nomu.[4]

After Tomura orders him to get rid of Katsuki Bakugo and retrieve Kurogiri, Nomu gets out of Kurogiri's gate, but his frozen half is then shattered. After getting out, Nomu begins to regenerate, regaining his lost limbs. He then attacks Katsuki, but his punch is blocked by All Might who is sent back a distance by Nomu's punch.

Nomu is defeated by All Might.

However, Nomu's attack forced Katsuki to evade, allowing Kurogiri to escape from Katsuki. Nomu and All Might engage in a fist fight, punching each other blow for blow (although Nomu has the upper hand thanks to his Quirk). All Might decides to go beyond his 100%, and, with a devastating punch, Nomu is sent flying out of the U.S.J, defeated.[5]

All Might's punch sends Nomu flying into a forest 400m away from the U.S.J and he is captured by the authorities, putting up no resistance whatsoever.[6]

Vs. Hero Killer Arc

Nomu has been imprisoned by the Police Force, locked up in a straitjacket. The Police Force try to get information from Nomu, but he does not respond or react to anything they do. Instead, the Police Force did a DNA analysis on Nomu.[7]

Abilities

Nomu taking a punch from One For All.

Overall Abilities: As an Upper-Tier Nomu, Nomu is shown to be very powerful and one of the strongest artificial human seen thus far, being able to defeat Eraser Head, a formidable pro hero, with no difficulty and severely injure All Might to the point where he couldn't move. Designed as a counter to All Might, he has been described as a "humanoid punching bag" for his combination of Quirks that allows him to take powerful blows and debilitating injuries without a thought.

  • Immense Strength: Nomu possesses an incredible amount of raw physical strength, being able to fight on par with All Might for a considerable amount of time.
  • Immense Speed: Despite his herculean bulk, Nomu is blindingly fast. He is able to intercept Izuku Midoriya's full power smash attack, and keep up with All Might in a pummel contest.

Quirks

Shock Absorption (ショック (きゅう) (しゅう) Shokku Kyūshū?): Nomu's Quirk grants him the ability to absorb the shock of any attack, but he has a limit to how much he can absorb.

Super Regeneration ( (ちょう) (さい) (せい) Chōsaisei?): Nomu's second Quirk grants him the ability to regenerate from severe injuries in seconds. He can even regenerate whole limbs.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Battle Trial Arc
8. Rage, You Damned Nerd Absent
9. Deku vs. Kacchan Absent
10. Breaking Bakugo Absent
11. Bakugo's Starting Line Debut
U.S.J. Arc
12. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Ida! Absent
13. Rescue Training Appears
14. Encounter with the Unknown Appears
15. Vs. Absent
16. Know Your Enemies Appears
17. Game Over Appears
18. Heroes' Counterattack Appears
19. All Might Mentioned
20. The World of Pros Pictured
21. In Each of Our Hearts Appears
U.A. Sports Festival Arc
22. That's the Idea, Ochaco Flashback
23. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
24. Mad Dash and Knockdown Absent
25. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
26. Chase Down the Leader Absent
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Absent
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Absent
29. Unaware Absent
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Flashback
31. The Boy Born with Everything Flashback
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Absent
33. Shinso's Situation Absent
34. Victory or Defeat Absent
35. Battle On, Challengers! Absent
36. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Absent
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Flashback
39. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
40. Emancipation Absent
41. Fight On, Ida Absent
42. Final-Match Time Absent
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
44. Relaxing Day Off Absent
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
46. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
47. Struggling Appears
48. Getting the Knack Absent
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
50. Kill 'Em Dead Absent
51. No, Knock It Off, Ida Mentioned
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Ida Absent
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Absent
56. Conclusion Absent
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Screen
58. Internship's End Absent
59. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Flashback
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild, Pussycats Absent
71. Kota Absent
72. Day Two Absent
73. Good Evening Absent
74. Smoke Signal Absent
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Absent
76. My Hero Flashback
77. It's Okay Absent
78. Whirling Chaos Absent
79. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
80. Establishing the Bakugo Bodyguard Brigade Absent
81. Roaring Upheaval Absent
82. What a Twist! Absent
83. Loss Absent
Shie Hassaikai Arc
122. A Season for Encounters Absent
123. Unrivaled Absent
124. Trouble Ahead!! Episode: Work Studies Absent
125. Overhaul Absent
126. Open Up, World Absent
127. Sir Nighteye and Izuku Midoriya and Mirio Togata and All Might Absent
128. Boy Meets... Absent
129. Eri Absent
130. Listen to the Truth Absent
131. Fighting Fate Flashback
132. The Plan Absent
133. Catch Up, Kirishima Absent
134. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
135. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
136. Close at Hand!! Absent
137. Restraint!! Absent
138. Go!! Absent
139. Shudder! The Underground Labyrinth Absent
140. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
141. Hassaikai: Behind the Scenes Absent
142. Shield and Shield, Spear and Shield Absent
143. Let’s Rumble, Rappa!! Absent
144. Red Riot, Part 1 Absent
145. Red Riot, Part 2 Absent
146. Temp Squad Absent
147. Twoga!! Absent
148. The Anguish of Young Twoga Absent
149. Don't Get Mad, Irinaka Absent
150. Mirio Togata Absent
151. Mirio Togata!! Absent
152. Lemillion Absent
153. Transform! Absent
154. Unforeseen Hope Absent
155. Saviors, the Saved and a Hero's Place Absent
156. The Power of Those Saved Absent
157. Infinite 100 Percent Absent
158. Chisaki's Warped Compassion Absent
159. It's Over!! Absent
160. Expressway Absent
161. Bright Future Absent
162. Suitable One Absent
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) Flashback
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Absent
174. Golden Tips Imperial Absent
175. Morning, the Day Of Absent
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
177. At the Construction Site Absent
178. The Woman Called La Brava Absent
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!! Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Absent
186. Endeavor and Hawks Flashback
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Absent
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Absent
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Absent
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Absent
192. The Todoroki Family Absent
193. Vestiges 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 Absent
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Flashback
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 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
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 Fantasy
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...! Flashback
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 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 Fantasy
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

Appearances
Season 1
1. Izuku Midoriya: Origin Absent
2. What it Takes to be a Hero Absent
3. Roaring Muscles Absent
4. Start Line Absent
5. What I Can Do for Now Absent
6. Rage, You Damn Nerd Absent
7. Deku vs. Kacchan Absent
8. Bakugo's Start Line Debut
9. Yeah, Just Do Your Best, Iida! Appears
10. Encounter with the Unknown Appears
11. Game Over Appears
12. All Might Appears
13. Upon Each of Their Hearts Appears
Season 2
13.5. Hero Note Flashback
14. That's the Idea, Ochaco Flashback
15. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
16. In Their Own Quirky Ways Absent
17. Strategy, Strategy, Strategy Absent
18. Cavalry Battle Finale Absent
19. The Boy Born with Everything Flashback
20. Victory or Defeat Absent
21. Battle on, Challengers! Absent
22. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Flashback
23. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
24. Fight on, Iida Absent
25. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
26. Time to Pick Some Names Flashback
27. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Pictured
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 the Final Exams Absent
35. Yaoyorozu: Rising Absent
36. Stripping the Varnish Absent
37. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
38. Encounter Absent

Trivia

  • Nomu shares similarities with DC supervillains such as Doomsday and Validus. All are mindless enemies bioengineered to be physically larger and more powerful than their respective heroes (Superman and All Might), with Nomu and Validus both having exposed brains. They often require the assistance of other superheroes to defeat them.
  • Nomu's Japanese voice actor, Tsuguo Mogami, also voices Mr. Compress and Hood. His English voice actor, Justin Cook, also voices Eijiro Kirishima.

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 13.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 16.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 17.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 18.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 19.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 21.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 47 (p. 1).

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