He's going after me...! I'm his natural prey! You would think that, Class A. This psychological trap was set... before the match even began! This's how I work.
Shihai Kuroiro in "Operation New Improv Moves!"

Shihai Kuroiro ( (くろ) (いろ) () (はい) Kuroiro Shihai?),[2] also known as the Scheming Hero: Vantablack (陰謀ヒーロー ベンタブラック Inbō Hīrō Bentaburakku?), is a student in Class 1-B at U.A. High School, training to become a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Shihai is a tall young man with fluffy white hair and black eyes, which are long and thin in shape. His most prominent feature is his pitch black skin, its unusual color most likely due to the Quirk he possesses, and his face usually holds an unsure or irritated expression.

His hero costume consists of a simple black jumpsuit with light shoes and a large wristband on his left arm with three rectangular indentations.

Personality

Shihai is a sly, deceitful schemer, who prefers to catch people off guard. He appears to enjoy dark concepts and has a penchant for dramatic speech, similar to Fumikage Tokoyami.[3]

Shihai appears to have a crush on Kinoko Komori, as he nervously averts his eyes and stammers while speaking to her and celebrates internally when she praises him in the Joint Training Battle.[4] He's also seen standing jealously behind her while she talks to Fumikage.[5] Shihai struggles to talk to girls in general and tends to think they have a crush on him if they talk to him.

Abilities

Shihai uses his Quirk handling to take control of Fumikage's Dark Shadow and turns it against him.

Overall Abilities: Shihai may not be the close quarters combat type, but he makes up for it with the great handle he has on his Quirk. In combat, Shihai uses his Black Quirk to hide from enemy attacks or to execute ambushes. Once merged with a black-colored object, Shihai can move through its whole structure at very high speeds, even while carrying a person. Overall, Shihai has proven himself to be a very formidable individual that greatly excels in espionage, as well as the stealthiest student in Class 1-B. During the Joint Training Battle, Shihai used his Quirk efficiency to briefly take control of Fumikage's Dark Shadow, and catch the Jet-Black Hero by surprise.

Tactical Intellect: Shihai has been shown to possess incredible ingenuity in battle. Before the second match of the Joint Training, he devised an effective strategy against the opposing team—Fumikage, specifically. By taking advantage of the fact that both he and Fumikage have darkness-based Quirks, Shihai intentionally made himself Fumikage's primary target. Shihai even made use of the industrial piping of Ground Gamma to make it impossible for the opposing team to ascertain his location. This proved to be an impeccable strategy during the match and was effectively employed in conjunction with the camouflage capabilities of his Black Quirk. Using his incredible speed in unison with the narrow complexity of Ground Gamma as well as taking into account the "umbilical cord" of Dark Shadow getting in the opposing team's way, Shihai made a highly strategic attempt to elude his rival. However, Shihai didn’t anticipate Fumikage's "Black Fallen Angel" technique and the speed it granted him, which allowed Fumikage to eventually catch up to him.

Quirk

Shihai merging into the darkness.

Black ( (くろ) Kuro?):[6] Shihai's Quirk allows him to merge his body into anything that is dark in color, whether naturally dark or dark via external circumstances, such as shadows.

With further training, he can now move said black things upon possession, although this is limited to entities that are normally capable of moving. As such, he was able to merge into Fumikage's Dark Shadow and briefly take control over it to attack Fumikage.

  • Enhanced Speed: When he is merged with the darkness, Shihai demonstrates the ability to move at great speed, such as when he managed to take Yuga Aoyama prisoner before his teammates could react.[7] He was also able to evade the nets thrown by Momo Yaoyorozu by leaping into the shadow of a neighboring pipe.[8]

Stats

Power
 
2/6 D
Speed
 
4/6 B
Technique
 
5/6 A
Intelligence
 
2/6 D
Appearing Out of Nowhere
 
4/6 B
Shihai's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


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 Debut
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Appears
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Appears
29. Unaware Appears
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Appears
31. The Boy Born with Everything Absent
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Appears
33. Shinso's Situation Absent
34. Victory or Defeat Absent
35. Battle On, Challengers! Absent
36. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Appears
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Absent
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Absent
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
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild, Pussycats Absent
71. Kota Absent
72. Day Two Appears
73. Good Evening Absent
74. Smoke Signal Absent
75. Stake Your Life, Hero! Absent
76. My Hero Absent
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
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
98. Moving into Dorms Absent
99. Goodbye Two-Digit Chapters, Hello Three Digits Absent
100. Creating Ultimate Moves Absent
101. The Girl Called Mei Hatsume Absent
102. On Cloud Nine Absent
103. The Test Absent
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Absent
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Absent
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Absent
108. RUSH! Absent
109. Rescue Exercise Absent
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Absent
111. Smoldering Start Absent
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Results' Aftermath Absent
115. Unleashed Absent
116. Meeting in Tartarus Absent
117. A Talk About Your Quirk Absent
118. Meaningless Battle Absent
119. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
120. The Three Absent
121. Second Semester Opening Ceremony Appears
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies over U.A. High! Appears
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Appears
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Absent
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand when It Counts!! Appears
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Appears
200. Clever Commander! Appears
201. Foresight Appears
202. Match 3 Absent
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! Appears
217. The New Power and All For One 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 Absent
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 Absent
259. A Quiet Beginning Appears
260. Life's Work Absent
261. High-Ends Absent
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Absent
263. I Wanna Be with You Guys!! Appears
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...! Absent
277. Who...? Absent
278. Disaster Walker Appears
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Appears
280. Red Riot, Part 3 Appears
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Appears
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 Absent
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

Trivia

  • Shihai's favorite food is squid ink pasta.
    • Shihai shares this trait with Mezo Shoji, who is also fond of the dish.
  • His favorite things are taboos.
  • Shihai's surname contains the kanji for "black" ( kuro?) and "color" ( iro?), and his first name contains "branch" ( shi?) and "distribution" ( hai?).
    • Put together, the kanji for his first name means "domination, control, guidance" (支配 shihai?).
  • Shihai's Hero name "Vantablack" is based on a substance that is known to absorb more than 99.9% of light, making one of the darkest substances in the world and causing it to appear as nothing but a black void.
  • In the localized version of the anime, Shihai's Hero name is presented as Vantadark. This is likely due to "Vantablack" being a trademarked name, with the rights for its artistic use being exclusive to the artist Anish Kapoor.
  • Shihai and Fumikage Tokoyami share a few similarities with each other:
    • Both enjoy dark concepts.
    • Both have a penchant for dramatic speech.
    • Their Quirks, Dark Shadow and Black, are darkness-based, which share the function of being more effective in darkness, as well as the weakness for being less effective when exposed to light.
    • Their hero names or epithets contain the word "Black."
    • Both were born with black-colored physiology.
  • Shihai shares his birthday with Death Arms.
  • Shihai's Japanese voice actor, Kōhei Amasaki, also voices Neito Monoma.
  • Shihai's English voice actor, Howard Wang, is married to Ms. Joke's English voice actor, Amber Lee Connors.

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 29.
  2. My Hero Academia: Ultra Archive: The Official Character Guide.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 21.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 201.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 217.
  6. My Hero Academia: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 199.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 198.

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