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We will tear down the existing framework and rebuild this world... as a place where people are free to be themselves and use their abilities as they see fit!
Rikiya Yotsubashi to the League of Villains in "Cockroaches"

This article is about the Meta Liberation Army's Grand Commander. For the Eight Bullets' member of the Shie Hassaikai, see Rikiya Katsukame.

Rikiya Yotsubashi ( () (ばし) (りき) () Yotsubashi Rikiya?),[1] also known by his alias Re-Destro (リ・デストロ Ri-Desutoro?), is the President and CEO of the Detnerat Company, and was also the Grand Commander of the modern Meta Liberation Army, which he inherited as the descendant of the infamous villain Destro.[2] He was the primary antagonist of the Meta Liberation Army Arc.

Rikiya later merged his organization with the League of Villains to form the Paranormal Liberation Front, stepping down as leader to give the position of Grand Commander to Tomura Shigaraki and became one of the group's nine lieutenants.[3] He was arrested after his defeat during the Paranormal Liberation War.


Rikiya is a tall, odd-looking, middle-aged man with a prominently long, pointed nose and obtruding chin, as well as small, dark eyes. He has short, orange-brownish hair, set noticeably far up his forehead, a widow’s peak pointing downwards in the center, and he wears it swept back around his head. He doesn’t have any visible eyebrows, and also possesses two dark moles on the left of his forehead. This stems from a result of his Quirk that causes his hair to recede. Sometimes, when he feels upset, a dark fire-like stain spreads around his eyes, becoming a large facial stain that resembles a domino mask. Despite appearing relatively slim, he is shown to have quite a muscular mantle and figure.

In his childhood, he wore a suit similar to the one he will have as an adult. As a young adult, he had a similar appearance but wore his hair differently, leaving it down with one lock over his face. During that time, he possessed thin eyebrows.

He is always seen in a suit that consists of a green dress shirt, a green tie, and a black, pinstriped blazer with matching dress pants. He has also been seen wearing a black hat, and black coat on his shoulders, while on his way to a meeting with the rest of the Liberation Army leadership.

Following his defeat at the hands of Tomura, he lost both of his legs after being forced to sacrifice them from Tomura's Decay.[4] Without his legs, he took to using a mechanical chair to get around.[3]

He later fits himself with mechanical legs.[5]



At first, Rikiya seems like a completely normal and balanced person. He generally acts as an easygoing individual who has no problem with people making fun of him, even his employees, and genuinely believes in making a better world for people with difficult Quirks.

Rikiya infuriated by Destro's ideology being disrespected.

However, this public persona is merely a façade, for he is a devout follower of his ancestor's ideals and believes that Quirks should be celebrated rather than suppressed and controlled. Rikiya does not hesitate to kill and torture people to achieve his goals, and he does not tolerate the insult or lack of respect for either Destro or the Meta Liberation Army. When his secretary Miyashita defined Destro's book as pretentious and the Liberation Army as terrorists, he snaps his neck and kills him on the spot. However, he does seem to show some remorse by shedding genuine sad tears about the act.[6] He also values his colleagues and was saddened by Curious' death at the hands of Himiko Toga, even crying about it.[7]

Due to his dissatisfaction with the current hero society, he's prone to pointing out its flaws and shortcomings, normally using villains as examples. He believes that, despite the various Quirks that exist, people still need to fit into a very specific mold to be accepted by society, and are otherwise callously cast out. He holds the belief that villainy is an escape many, such as outcasts turn to because they have little other options. He uses this to further endorse his agenda, claiming that in a society with completely liberated Quirks, no one would have to feel alone or estranged.

He is quite condescending, as he initially views Tomura as nothing more than a hoodlum and his ragtag organization as a group seeking nothing more to destroy with no real ambition. He also mocked Tomura on not having a proper education when speaking to him about his own goals.[8]

Rikiya's submissive and flattering side towards his new superiors.

Despite his arrogant view, he does recognize the threats of his foes, as he was quick to throw Tomura away after seeing his Quirk improved or seeing him survived a stress attack. After being defeated, Rikiya shows himself to be able to admit his loss. He also prevents his subordinates from retaliation, since it will prove to be pointless. He voices admiration to his foe and gives control of his army to him.[4] Rikiya later shows the ability to admit his mistakes, as he voices this to his subordinates when abdicating his role as supreme leader. To his new superior, he shows a far more submissive side and seeks to please him in any way.[3]

Likely due to the effects of his Meta Ability, Rikiya seems to be a rather emotionally unstable person who is prone to sudden and drastic mood swings. This is best evidenced when his calm, cheerful demeanor is shattered and filled with enormous stress in a matter of seconds when alerted of a hero army raiding his hideout.[9]


Overall Abilities: Being the leader of the Meta Liberation Army, Rikiya is a highly respected and powerful individual, with a very proficient handle on his Meta Ability. When facing the formidable villain Twice backed by clones of the League of Villains whom the latter created using his Quirk, Double, Rikiya stood in place and nonchalantly defeated most of Twice's clones almost instantly. In his Stress form, Rikiya was easily able to overpower Tomura, the headmen of the League, as well as destroy most of the latter's left hand. Even when Tomura was undergoing an awakening and an increase in physical aptitude, Rikiya was still able to best Tomura; by taking his Meta ability to a higher output, Rikiya sent Tomura flying across Deika City.[10]

Since losing his legs to Tomura, Rikiya has been forced to wear prosthetics. These legs struggle to hold the full weight of his Stress Quirk, as shown during his clash with Tsukuyomi when the latter managed to overpower Rikiya after his legs snapped.[11] This happened later, during his fight against Edgeshot.[12]

  • Enhanced Durability: Re-Destro possesses great endurance as he was able to survive the fall caused by Tomura destroying his tower and emerged from it unharmed. This feat made Tomura realize he was the leader from his survival and causal ignorance of the act.[8] Even his clone could withstand many heroes' attacks, despite being less durable than the original.[13]
  • Enhanced Reflexes: Even without his quirk active, Re-Destro is fast, agile and reactionary enough to dodge multiple assaults from many of the remaining clones with catlike finesse.[8]

Corporate CEO: Rikiya is the Chief Executive Officer of the Detnerat Company, an industry that specializes in making clothing and other items for people with "abnormal" bodies.

Tactical Intellect: Rikiya set up a situation that forced the League of Villains into a war with the Meta Liberation Army. He was able to consider multiple details and made the correct assumption that the League of Villains didn't have any Nomu on hand. After destroying much of Tomura's left hand and experiencing Decay still active without all 5 of Tomura's fingers making contact, Rikiya correctly deduced that Tomura was undergoing an awakening, allowing his Quirk to evolve under specific circumstances. Rikiya even took noticed of Tomura's increased speed and noted that if Tomura's had his newly increased physical parameters during the Kamino Incident, Tomura would’ve easily killed at least one or two of the Pro Heroes during that event, even without his Decay Quirk.[10]

  • Leadership Skill: Rikiya was formerly the Grand Commander of the new Meta Liberation Army. A military force that consists of over 100,000 members.

Meta Ability

Re-Destro final form at 100% Stress.

Stress (ストレス Sutoresu?): Rikiya's Meta Ability allows him to store up any fear, anger and/or frustration he feels and convert it into raw power. When Re-Destro accesses this meta ability, his size and strength increase significantly.[8][14][15]

Due to him having to contain his stress in order to fully use his Meta Ability in combat, it has the side effect of him developing early male pattern baldness.

  • Enhanced Strength: Thanks to the use of his Meta Ability, Rikiya gains a massive increase in physical strength. A lone finger was enough to destroy a Double of Twice and his hulking arm annihilated several League of Villains clones with a simple swing of his arm, the force of which generating a shockwave as a result. Rikiya was even able to effortlessly destroy the majority of Tomura's left hand with two of his enlarged fingers.
  • Enhanced Speed: By activating his Quirk only on a single finger, Rikiya was able to attack fast enough to completely destroy a clone of Twice before he could react. When he used his Quirk on his entire arm he was able to unleash an attack fast enough to destroy multiple clones of Twice and other members of the League of Villains, with the exception of Tomura Shigaraki.

Super Moves

  • 80% Liberation (解放 80% (パーセント) Kaihō 80-Pāsento?): Re-Destro increases his body's bulk considerably and coats himself in darkness by releasing 80% of his stockpiled stress.
    • Stress Output Burden (ストレスアウトプット () () (カイ) Sutoresu Autoputto Fukakai?): A move where Re-Destro focuses the energy from his stress and strikes his opponent with it.[10]
  • Stress: 100% (ストレス 100% (パーセント) Sutoresu Hyaku Pāsento?): Re-Destro increases the power of his Meta Ability to its limit, further increasing his mass and strength. He is also able to discharge large waves of raw, black energy from both hands at once.


5/6 A+
5/6 A
5/6 A+
5/6 A
5/6 A
Rikiya's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book


Claustro (クレストロ Kuresutoro?) is a wearable suit of armor developed by Detnerat that amplifies Rikiya's Stress to at least 150%. It was destroyed during his fight with Tomura.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events

Chapter Appearances

Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Debut
219. Go, Slidin' Go! Appears
220. My Villain Academia Absent
221. Memento from All For One Absent
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Appears
223. Cockroaches Appears
224. Revival Party Mentioned
225. Interview with a Vampire Appears
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Appears
228. Wounded Soul Mentioned
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Appears
230. Sad Man's Parade Appears
231. Path Appears
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Appears
233. Bright Future Appears
234. Destruction Sense Appears
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Appears
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Appears
238. Liberation Appears
239. Successor Appears
240. Power 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 Appears
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 Fantasy
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 Appears
265. Villains and Heroes Appears
266. Happy Life Absent
267. Flames Absent
268. Scramble! Absent
269. The Three of Us Absent
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Appears
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 Appears
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 Appears
297. Tartarus Absent
298. Sounds of Collapse Clone
299. Like Those Tragic Tales Absent
300. The Hellish Todoroki Family, Part 2 Flashback
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
Star and Stripe Arc
329. In the Nick of Time, a Big-Time Maverick from the West! Mentioned
330. Me and Myself Absent
331. United States of America Absent
332. State-of-the-Art Hypersonic Intercontinental Cruise... Absent
333. Specter Absent
334. Parting Gift Absent
U.A. Traitor Arc
335. Zygotes Absent
336. Villain Absent
337. A Disposable Life Absent
338. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part 1 Absent
339. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part 2 Absent
340. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part 3 Absent
341. The Story of How We All Became Heroes, Part Minus 1 Mentioned
342. The Extreme Quiet Before the Storm Absent

Anime Appearances

Season 5
89. All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A Absent
90. Vestiges Absent
91. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Absent
92. Make It Happen, Shinso! Absent
93. Operation New Improv Moves Absent
94. Foresight Absent
95. Match 3 Absent
96. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
97. Early Bird! Absent
98. That Which Is Inherited Absent
99. Our Brawl Absent
100. The New Power and All For One Absent
101. Have a Merry Christmas! Absent
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 Debut
109. Revival Party Appears
110. Sad Man's Parade Appears
111. Tenko Shimura: Origin Appears
112. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Appears
113. The High, Deep Blue Sky Appears


  • Rikiya's surname is composed of the kanji for "four" (四ツ yotsu?) and "bridge" ( bashi?), and his first name contains "power" ( riki?) and "to be" ( ya?).
    • He shares his first name, Rikiya, with Eight Bullets member, Rikiya Katsukame.
  • His design and mannerisms seem to be based on the Batman villain The Joker, particularly his portrayal in The Killing Joke. His beak-like nose is a reference to another Batman villain, the Penguin, who was mocked for his nose as a boy. His tech mogul persona and red hair are similar to that of Spider-Man villain Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. His powers, generated by stress and anger, are similar to those of the Marvel hero Hulk.
  • According to Horikoshi, Rikiya and his "crazy expressions" are very fun to draw.
  • Similar to his team name and teammates, several of his character designs/traits seem to be based on characters from the Marvel Comics.
    • His male pattern baldness and his later being crippled and being confined into a futuristic wheelchair and his belief in fighting for the liberation and free use of ones Quirk's without societal condemnations is all ironically similar to the traits and ideals of Professor X of the X-Men.
  • These character traits, designs, and ideological beliefs also make him similar to the DC Comics, Chief (Dr. Niles Caulder) of the Doom Patrol.
  • Rikiya is the only higher-up in the Meta Liberation Army to have a transformation Quirk.
  • Rikiya is one of the few people who are revealed to be descendants of one of the three most infamous villains: All For One, Destro, and Oji Harima. In Rikiya's case, he is the descendant of Destro.
  • Rikiya's English voice actor, Sonny Strait, previously voiced Hizashi Yamada during Season 1 and part of Season 2.


  • "Isn’t it odd how society conforms to the old ways of thinking...while eliminating anyone who doesn’t fit the mold? Especially since we as a species have moved beyond the very notion of normal!"[16]
  • (To Skeptic, with a mutilated Giran watching in disbelief) "Not just Curious...each and every warrior dives into battle with hopes for the future. so very precious."[16]
  • (To the Meta Liberation Army) "My comrades of the Liberation Army! It is I, Re-Destro! Today, the Liberation Army will be reborn!!!… When it came to enlightening the world with the ideals of Destro, I had believed that the League’s existence was naught but an obstacle! Until that day, I had regarded this as the absolute truth! Oh, how blind I must have been! I was swept away by my blood; bound by my teachings. But on that day, I witnessed true liberation! Hear me! This is not surrender!!! The man you see before you, Shigaraki Tomura, is one who is truly liberated! He is the one who is worthy of the utmost reverence! He is the one who is worthy of the throne! Starting now, the Liberation Army… shall carry out the resurrection, with Shigaraki Tomura as it’s supreme leader! Together, we shall walk the true path of liberation! The Liberation Army and the League of Villains… shall henceforth be united under a new name!!! This name was devised by myself, Re-Destro, and Spinner, of the League! And now do the honours… Shigaraki Tomura!"[17]
  • (To the Pro Heroes storming the Villa) "Gigantomachia's activation... Means that Tomura Shigaraki has awoken in an imperfect state!! What did you pesky heroes do to our savior and liberator?! After Gigantomachia, liberation warriors! Our revolution is at hand!!"[18]
  • (To the Hero Public Safety Commission) "But we seek order without order. True freedom through liberation. The seeds... Are already sown..."[13]


  1. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 223 and Episode 108.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 218 and Episode 109.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 240 and Episode 112.
  4. 4.0 4.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 239 and Episode 112.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 246.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 218.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 227 and Episode 109.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 232 and Episode 110.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 264.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 234 and Episode 111.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 265.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 296.
  13. 13.0 13.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 298.
  14. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 233 and Episode 111.
  15. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 238 and Episode 112.
  16. 16.0 16.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 227.
  17. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 240.
  18. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 278.

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