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All those burnt corpses that've turning up here and there lately... You ever stop to think about the families who gotta live with that loss?!
Sajin Higawara to Dabi in "Expressway"

Sajin Higawara ( () 河原 (がわら) () (じん) Higawara Sajin?),[2] also known as Sand Hero: Snatch (サンドヒーロー スナッチ Sando Hīrō Sunatchi?), was a Pro Hero and a bodyguard for the Police Force. Snatch fought the League of Villains after they ambushed the escort of Kai Chisaki but despite his efforts, he was killed by the villains.[4]

Appearance

Sajin was a rather muscular man with a long mustache. He wore a mask that left some of his hair hanging out, with the addition of a long ponytail. He appeared to wear a combat vest of sorts with tubes connected to his back. His upper body was always shown to be formed in sand, mainly his arms.

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Personality

As a hero, Sajin seemed to care much about the feelings of crime victims, such as families of murdered people. Even while facing villains, he did not hesitate to put his battle aside and rescue the officers transporting Kai from crashing their van.[4]

Synopsis

Shie Hassaikai Arc

After the Shie Hassaikai are defeated by the heroes, they are escorted by special police vehicles to a villain hospital in Takodana. Tomura Shigaraki, along with several other villains, arrive at the police convoy to get revenge on Overhaul and his Yakuza.

Snatch is trapped with Dabi's flames.

Snatch is present in one of the police cars to act as a bodyguard and quickly emerges to fight the villains after his car is attacked by Dabi. He protects the car and taunts the League of Villains, to which Tomura responds by jumping off of their own vehicle, and attempting to use his Quirk on Snatch, only to fail because of Snatch's immunity to Decay. Snatch attempts to restrain Tomura but is intercepted by Mr. Compress' Quirk, which throws the police car into the air.

Snatch then safely lands on the road, carrying the policeman that operated the car. After this, he is confronted by Dabi. He deduces that Dabi is the mass murderer that made news recently, based on his Quirk, and when Dabi shows joy of his infamy, Snatch scolds him for not caring about the feelings of the victims' families. He tries to attack Dabi with a sand creature but is quickly engulfed in Dabi's blue flames and compressed into a ball along with the fire, which kills the hero since he can only transform his upper body.[4]

Pro Hero Arc

Endeavor brought up Snatch's death to Dabi, who didn't recall the hero's name before the latter attacked, but Dabi retreated after Mirko showed up. While walking, Dabi then recalled who Snatch was from the attack on the police escort and the impact of what he said to Dabi.[5]

Abilities

Quirk

Sandstorm: Sajin's Quirk allowed him to transform the upper half of his body into sand. He was able to control this sand with his mind, and increase the amount of it. He could even manipulate the sand into constructs, such as a lion.[4]

He was noted to have immunity to Tomura's Quirk, as his body became countless grains of sand, and Tomura's Quirk required him to touch something with all five fingers to disintegrate it. The transformed parts are also resistant to fire, as Dabi's flames did not affect him.[4]

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
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 Absent
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 Debut
161. Bright Future Absent
162. Suitable One 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 Absent
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Absent
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Absent
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Flashback
192. The Todoroki Family Absent
193. Vestiges Absent

Anime Appearances

Appearances
Season 4
64. The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A Absent
65. Overhaul Absent
66. Boy Meets... Absent
67. Fighting Fate Absent
68. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
69. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
70. GO!! Absent
71. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
72. Red Riot Absent
73. Temp Squad Absent
74. Lemillion Absent
75. Unforeseen Hope Absent
76. Infinite 100% Absent
77. Bright Future Debut
78. Smoldering Flames Screen
79. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
80. Relief for License Trainees Absent
81. School Festival Absent
82. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part Absent
83. Gold Tips Imperial Absent
84. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Absent
85. School Festival Start!! Absent
86. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
87. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
88. His Start Absent
Season 5
89. All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A Absent
90. Vestiges Flashback
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 Absent
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 Absent
109. Revival Party Absent
110. Sad Man's Parade Absent
111. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
112. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
113. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent

Trivia

  • Sajin's name contains the kanji for "cloud of sand" (砂塵 sajin?), which references his Quirk.
    • His sand ( Suna?) Quirk is also referenced in his Hero name: when read in Katakana, Snatch is read as “Sunatchi.
  • Sajin's favorite food was barbecue.[2]
  • His Quirk and color palate were an homage to the Marvel villain Sandman.
  • He is the first Hero to die on screen.
    • He is the fourth known hero to die in the series (considering the hero duo Water Hose and Nana Shimura's deaths were not directly witnessed).

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 160 (p. 6) and Episode 77.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 18, Omake
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 160 (p. 12) and Episode 77.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 160 and Episode 77.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 191 and Episode 90.

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