But you want to be a hero, right? That's fine. You're not... bound by his blood. Decide who you want to become. And be all you can be.
Rei Todoroki to Shoto in "Shoto Todoroki: Origin"

Rei Todoroki ( (とどろき) (れい) Todoroki Rei?),[2] née Himura ( () (むら) Himura?),[1] is the wife of Enji Todoroki and the mother of Toya, Fuyumi, Natsuo and Shoto Todoroki.

Appearance

Rei is a middle-aged woman with an average height and build. She has straight shoulder-length white hair with rather long bangs over her face. Her face has round features, having mellow expressions in casual situations. Her tired-looking eyes are brown-gray with reasonably long eyelashes. Rei was shown to have shorter hair and lighter eyes in the past.

Wearing various civilian clothes, Rei favors plain colors and patterns, such as a yellow jumper and orange t-shirt.

Gallery

Personality

Rei was once kind, caring, and loving towards Shoto and in return, he loved her deeply. She would always support Shoto such as trying to stop her husband's mad training methods and encouraging her son to become the man he wants to be, indicating her selflessness.[3]

However, the constant abuse that she received from her husband caused her to become mentally unstable. This is seen where Rei admitted that she was slowly becoming repulsed by her own children due to her seeing their resemblance to her husband in them. Eventually, her mentality became unstable to the point that one day she finally snapped upon seeing Shoto's left side, which reminded her of Enji. This caused her to throw a kettle of boiling water she had near her over her son's face, burning him. She did not, however, do this out of hatred for Shoto, but rather due to her mental instability and it is later revealed that after doing so, she immediately attempted to soothe her son's burns using her ice Quirk, while hysterically apologizing to him and asking herself why she did it.[3] Rei herself was shown to acknowledge her deteriorating mental state and was fearful for her children's safety when it became apparent that she was beginning to find them repulsive.

After staying at a psychiatric ward and being away from her husband, Rei has shown to have returned to her past kind, caring self. Upon meeting her son again, she apologized and smiled through tears after he tells her that he forgave her, and the two restored their loving relationship.[4] She also receives visits from her other children, Natsuo and Fuyumi, and appears to receive small gifts from her husband, although she is yet to see him face to face out of fear.[2] Her kindness and compassion is shown when she understands the internal struggle Enji is facing, and from this, Natsuo is able to understand that Rei has faith in him despite all of the trauma he put her through.

Despite her kind nature, Rei is surprisingly strong-willed. After having seen her eldest son's broadcast and learning the truth that Toya was alive and had become a mass murderer, instead of breaking down, she became determined to address the situation with the rest of her family. She went to the hospital where her husband and youngest son were being treated, and when Enji was expressing his guilt and shedding tears, Rei reminded him that the rest of their family suffered from these feelings more than he has, and explained to him that she came to talk about their family and about Toya.[5] Despite her anger towards her husband for what she and her children had endured, she also understood that she too had been unable to see the truth of what her eldest son was as young a child, a sense of guilt she shares with Enji and a burden she pointed out to him is not his alone.

Due to her recovery and her reclaiming of her sanity, Rei has shown herself to be a forgiving and understanding woman, determined to do what she can to help her husband recover and to put an end to their family's dark legacy in Dabi once and for all.

Abilities

Quirk

Unnamed Ice Quirk: Rei's Quirk gives her the ability to generate ice. This Ice Quirk is presumably very powerful, given that it impressed Enji enough that he wanted an offspring with a combination of this Quirk and his own. It can be assumed that this Quirk holds the same weakness as Shoto's ice, in that her body will be covered in frostbites if it’s overused. This Quirk also gives her a liking for cooler weather.[2]

Relatives

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Enji
   
   
Rei
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Toya
   
   
Fuyumi
   
   
Natsuo
   
   
Shoto

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 Absent
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Absent
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Absent
29. Unaware Absent
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Absent
31. The Boy Born with Everything Flashback
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Absent
33. Shinso's Situation Absent
34. Victory or Defeat Mentioned
35. Battle On, Challengers! Absent
36. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Absent
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Absent
39. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Flashback
40. Emancipation Absent
41. Fight On, Ida! Absent
42. Final-Match Time Flashback
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Flashback
44. Relaxing Day Off Debut
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
46. Bizzarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
47. Struggling Absent
48. Getting the Knack Absent
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
50. Kill 'Em Dead Absent
51. No, Knock it Off, Ida! Absent
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Ida Flashback
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Absent
56. Conclusion Absent
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Absent
58. Internship's End Absent
59. Listen Up! A Tale From the Past Absent
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
85. Nothing but Fools Absent
86. Before the Storm Absent
87. Clash Absent
88. All For One Absent
89. All for a Certain One Absent
90. Reach Out Absent
91. Symbol of Peace Absent
92. One For All Absent
93. One For All's Ember Flashback
94. From Teacher to Disciple Absent
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Flashback
96. Home Visits Absent
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Absent
186. Endeavor and Hawks Absent
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Appears
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Appears
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Absent
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Absent
192. The Todoroki Family Flashback
193. Vestiges Absent
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies Over U.A. High! Absent
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Absent
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Absent
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand When It Counts!! Absent
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Absent
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Absent
202. Match 3 Mentioned
203. Flexible! Juzo Honenuki! Absent
204. Tuning Up Absent
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
207. Early Bird! Absent
208. Match 4 Conclusion Absent
209. Match 5 Start Absent
210. The One For All Dream Absent
211. That Which Is Inherited Absent
212. That Which Is Inherited, Part 2 Absent
213. Realm of Souls Absent
214. Our Brawl Absent
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Absent
216. Class A vs. Class B: Conclusion Absent
217. The New Power and All For One Absent
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 Absent
247. Status Report! Absent
248. One Thing at a Time Absent
249. The Hellish Todoroki Family Flashback
250. Ending Flashback
251. Just One Week Absent
252. The Unforgiven Mentioned
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. You Could Be 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...! Appears
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 Appears
291. Thanks For Going Strong Mentioned
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 Shadow
299. Like Those Tragic Tales Absent
300. The Hellish Todoroki Family, Part 2 Appears
301. The Wrong Way To Put Out A Fire, Part 1 Appears
302. The Wrong Way To Put Out A Fire, Part 2 Appears
303. Top Three Appears
304. Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi Absent
305. Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki Pictured
306. The Final Act Begins Absent

Trivia

  • Rei is one of Shoto's driving forces to become a hero one day, which is shown in a flashback when she inspires him while the two of them are watching an All Might TV interview.
  • According to Shoto, he spends most of his free time with his mother in the hospital.
  • Rei's name contains the kanji for "cold" ( rei?), and her maiden name contains the kanji for "ice" ( hi?) and "gathering, collection" ( mura?).

Quotes

  • (To her mother) "Mom...I know it's not right, but I can't do it anymore. The children, they're...like him more and more every day. And Shoto... his left side. Sometimes I look at him and hate what I see. I...can't raise him anymore. I shouldn't raise him..."[3]
  • (To Shoto) "But you want to be a hero, right? That's fine. You're not... bound by his blood. Decide who you want to become. And be all you can be."[3]
  • (To Enji) "Yes? What about your heart? Those regrets and guilt...the rest of us have borne that burden...much more than you have."[5]
  • (To Enji) "You don’t get to claim you’re hurting more than anyone. And you're not the only one who didn't really see him."[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 301.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 187 and Episode 88.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 39 (p. 10-16).
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 53 (p. 15).
  5. 5.0 5.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 300.

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