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Don't be so rigid. Killing can be another way to save someone. Never forget that.
Sorahiko Torino to Izuku Midoriya in "Can't Be a Child Anymore"

Sorahiko Torino ( (とり) () (そら) (ひこ) Torino Sorahiko?),[1] also known by his hero name Gran Torino (グラントリノ Guran Torino?), is a retired Pro Hero, formerly a homeroom teacher at U.A. High School,[2] and a mentor to Toshinori Yagi and Izuku Midoriya.

Ever since the Hideout Raid Arc, despite claiming he retired, he continued assisting the Police Force in investigating the League of Villains.

Appearance

Gran Torino is an extremely short, elderly man with heavy wrinkles and a scrawny build. He had a light complexion and brown eyes. His hair is grey and spiky, styled short with some bangs hanging forward and a trimmed beard.

His hero costume consists of a full-body monochrome[3] suit along with a yellow cape, a belt with the letter "G" on it, very thick yellow gloves and boots, and a dark domino mask which resembles two diamonds.[4]

In contrast with his now-extremely short and rather shriveled appearance, he was quite tall and handsome with a well-built physique in his younger days, having at least rivaled All Might's hero form in height. Gran Torino kept a similar appearance over his life down to his short grey hair; currently, he also wears a smaller version of the costume he wore in his younger years.

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Personality

The senile old man persona.

Initially, Gran Torino appeared to be a senile old man who constantly forgot and asked Izuku Midoriya's name, often calling him "Toshinori".[5] Even though he was the one who sent Izuku the internship offer, he would often fail to recall Izuku's name for more than a moment. In reality, this proves to be nothing more than a façade for messing with his newfound protégé.

Gran Torino is actually a very intelligent man with an incredibly broad perception. He proved to be a far more capable teacher to Izuku in a mere week than All Might did in almost a year. He was able to read Izuku's progress and personality, just by watching him at the U.A. Sports Festival and indirectly taught him the first step to mastering One For All with a simple parallel between Izuku and his favorite dessert (taiyaki).[6] His sharp mind is also evidenced when he was able to accurately predict All For One's strategy based solely on the media covering the aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain.[7]

As a mentor, Gran Torino appears to be very hard on his students. Every time All Might speaks about or to Gran Torino, he starts freaking out and shakes profusely because of his memories of their brutal training.[8][7] Gran Torino also never hesitates to yell, berate, or hit Izuku for his mistakes.[9][10][11] He also extends this to Toshinori who he reprimands for not visiting him on occasion and tells him to keep his focus when he fights his enemy All for One for the last time. Nevertheless, he does not hesitate to praise his students when they deserve it such as when he complimented Izuku for his gradual skill with his power and when he complimented All Might's victory over All For One.

Abilities

Overall Abilities: Despite his old age, Gran Torino is a very powerful combatant. Gran Torino was the one who taught the world's number one hero All Might how to fight and use his Quirk. He is an excellent teacher and was wise enough to teach Izuku Midoriya on how to better use One For All as well.

Gran Torino defeats a Nomu.

Gran Torino was strong enough to defeat a low-tier Nomu with little aid from Endeavor, something several Pro Heroes could not manage to do. He was also capable of knocking out Dabi, Spinner, Magne, and Twice in an instant using single attacks. Gran Torino was also present at least two of the battles against All For One, and proved instrumental in helping All Might defeat the Symbol of Darkness in their rematch. Gran Torino was even able to defeat and arrest Kurogiri while fighting off Gigantomachia.

  • Enhanced Strength: Gran Torino possesses great physical strength, as he was able to knock out capable villains with quick blows. In his prime, he struck All Might so hard that the future Symbol of Peace vomited. This memory haunted the world's strongest hero for the rest of his life. Even in his old age, Gran Torino was also able to carry All Might's muscular form, as well as completely outclass Izuku in terms of strength. He was also able to fracture the pavement when he attacked a low-tier Nomu in Hosu.
  • Enhanced Durability: Gran Torino is quite durable, as he was able to remain conscious despite taking a direct punch from All Might. He also was at the center of the battle between All Might and All For One and escaped with only minor injuries.

Keen Intellect: Gran Torino taught both All Might and Izuku how to use One For All, despite never possessing the Quirk himself. In just under two days, Gran Torino taught Izuku what All Might had been trying to teach him for almost a year. Gran Torino was able to give All Might solid advice on how to defeat All For One as well.

Quirk

Gran Torino effortlessly knocks several villains unconscious in an instant.

Jet (ジェット Jetto?): Sorahiko's Quirk allows him to shoot jets of air from the holes on the soles of his feet. These air jets give him incredible speed and kicking power, as well as the ability to fly short distances quickly and with ease. The air he uses for his Quirk comes from his breathing.

Despite the flight capabilities his Quirk grants him, Gran Torino cannot propel himself too far into the sky, meaning that his ability is not unlimited despite its outward strength.

  • Immense Speed: Gran Torino is one of the fastest heroes in the world. All Might claims that Gran Torino can move faster than the eye can see and Izuku confirmed this during his fight with the speedy old man. Gran Torino's speed is so great that he can knock someone out before they ever even see him. He is also able to easily evade attacks from enhanced creatures like the Nomu.

Stats

Power
 
2/5 D
Speed
 
6/5 S
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
4/5 B
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Sorahiko's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
2/6 D
Speed
 
6/6 S
Technique
 
5/6 A
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
The Funny Man
 
5/6 A
Sorahiko's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Holed Boots: Gran Torino wears boots with a number of holes through their soles. This allows him to use his Quirk without his footwear getting in the way.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Mentioned
46. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Debut
47. Struggling Appears
48. Getting the Knack Appears
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Appears
50. Kill 'Em Dead Appears
51. No, Knock It Off, Ida Appears
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Ida Absent
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Appears
56. Conclusion Appears
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Appears
58. Internship's End Appears
59. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Absent
Forest Training Camp Arc
70. Wild, Wild, Pussycats Absent
71. Kota Absent
72. Day Two Mentioned
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 Flashback
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
85. Nothing but Fools Absent
86. Before the Storm Appears
87. Clash Appears
88. All For One Appears
89. All for a Certain One Appears
90. Reach Out Absent
91. Symbol of Peace Appears
92. One For All Appears
93. One For All's Ember Appears
94. From Teacher to Disciple Appears
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Appears
96. Home Visits Absent
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom 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 Mentioned
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 Flashback
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 Absent
Shie Hassaikai Arc
122. A Season for Encounters Absent
123. Unrivaled Absent
124. Trouble Ahead!! Episode: Work Studies Appears
125. Overhaul Absent
126. Open Up, World Mentioned
127. Sir Nighteye and Izuku Midoriya and Mirio Togata and All Might Absent
128. Boy Meets... Mentioned
129. Eri Absent
130. Listen to the Truth Flashback
131. Fighting Fate Absent
132. The Plan Absent
133. Catch Up, Kirishima Absent
134. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Appears
135. An Unpleasant Talk Appears
136. Close at Hand!! Appears
137. Restraint!! Appears
138. Go!! Mentioned
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 Appears
Remedial Course Arc
163. Smoldering Flames Flashback
164. Masegaki Absent
165. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
166. Be Proud, License Trainees Absent
167. Number One Hero's Starting Line Absent
168. The Strange Tale of Aoyama 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 Mentioned
192. The Todoroki Family Absent
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 Mentioned
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
207. Early Bird! Absent
208. Match 4 Conclusion Absent
209. Match 5 Start Mentioned
210. The One For All Dream Appears
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
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 Appears
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Absent
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 Flashback
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
Endeavor Agency Arc
241. Do That Interview! Absent
242. Have a Merry Christmas! Mentioned
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 Appears
254. More of a Hero than Anyone Appears
255. Hero Hopeful Appears
256. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent
257. Pass It Forward, to Whomever Flashback
258. Friends Appears
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!! 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 Appears
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Appears
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Appears
276. You Cheated...! Appears
277. Who...? Appears
278. Disaster Walker Absent
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Absent
280. Red Riot, Part 3 Absent
281. Plus Ultra Appears
282. Footfall of Destruction Mentioned
283. 75 Appears
284. Deep Blue Battle Appears
285. Katsuki Bakugo Rising Appears
286. The Ones Within Us Appears
287. Mistake Flashback
288. Save Takeo!! Absent
289. Miss Candid and Miss Shut-Away Appears
290. Dabi's Dance Absent
291. Thanks For Going Strong Absent
292. Threads of Hope Absent
293. Hero-Saturated Society Absent
294. Final Performance Appears
295. Tenacious Absent
296. Hellish Hell Absent
297. Tartarus Absent
298. Sounds of Collapse Appears
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 Mentioned
305. Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki Flashback
306. The Final Act Begins Absent
Tartarus Escapees Arc
307. Been a While!! Absent
308. Full Power!! Absent
309. Can't Be a Child Anymore Flashback
310. Masters and Pupil Absent
311. Here We Go!! Absent
312. Hired Gun Absent
313. High-Speed Long-Range Mobile Cannon Mentioned
314. The Lovely Lady Nagant Absent
315. Platitudes Absent
316. Your Turn Absent
317. Scars, Blood, Filth Flashback
318. Reckless Fantasy
319. Friend Absent
320. Deku vs. Class A Flashback
321. From Class A to One For All Absent
322. Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight Absent
323. That Single Step Absent
324. A Young Woman's Declaration Absent
325. The Bonds of One For All Absent
326. Who Are You Really? Absent

Anime Appearances

Appearances
Season 2
14. That's the Idea, Ochaco Appears
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 Absent
20. Victory or Defeat Absent
21. Battle on, Challengers! Absent
22. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
23. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
24. Fight on, Ida Absent
25. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
26. Time to Pick Some Names Debut
27. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Appears
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Appears
29. Hero Killer: Stain vs U.A. Students Appears
30. Climax Appears
31. The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain Appears
32. Everyone's Internships Absent
33. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Appears
34. Gear up for Final Exams Absent
35. Yaoyorozu: Rising Absent
36. Stripping the Varnish Absent
37. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
38. Encounter Flashback
Season 3
39. Game Start Flashback
40. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
41. Kota Flashback
42. My Hero Absent
43. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Flashback
44. Roaring Upheaval Absent
45. What a Twist! Absent
46. From Ida to Midoriya Appears
47. All For One Appears
48. Symbol of Peace Appears
49. One For All Appears
50. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Appears
51. Moving into Dorms Absent
52. Create Those Ultimate Moves Flashback
53. The Test Flashback
54. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
55. Class 1-A Absent
56. RUSH! Absent
57. Rescue Exercises Absent
58. Special Episode: Save the World with Love! Absent
59. What's the Big Idea? Absent
60. A Talk about Your Quirk Flashback
61. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Flashback
62. A Season for Encounters Absent
63. Unrivaled Appears
Season 4
64. The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A Fantasy
65. Overhaul Appears
66. Boy Meets... Pictured
67. Fighting Fate Flashback
68. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
69. An Unpleasant Talk Appears
70. GO!! Appears
71. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
72. Red Riot Absent
73. Temp Squad Absent
74. Lemillion Absent
75. Unforeseen Hope Flashback
76. Infinite 100% Fantasy
77. Bright Future Absent
78. Smoldering Flames Appears
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 Mentioned
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 Mentioned
96. Match 3 Conclusion Mentioned
97. Early Bird! Absent
98. That Which Is Inherited Appears
99. Our Brawl Absent
100. The New Power and All For One Absent
101. Have a Merry Christmas! Mentioned
102. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
103. One Thing at a Time Flashback
104. Long Time No See, Selkie Absent
105. The Hellish Todoroki Family Absent
106. The Unforgiven Absent
107. More of a Hero Than Anyone Appears
108. My Villain Academia Absent
109. Revival Party Flashback
110. Sad Man's Parade Absent
111. Tenko Shimura: Origin Flashback
112. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
113. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent

Trivia

  • Gran Torino's name is most likely a reference to the Clint Eastwood film by the same name. In the film, Eastwood portrays the role of an elderly mentor for a teenage boy, teaching him how to be a man.
  • Gran Torino's favorite food is taiyaki, and he enjoys oversleeping.
  • Horikoshi commented that Gran Torino emits a "Dagobah" feeling, a reference to Yoda from Star Wars. Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker and taught Obi-wan Kenobi, Luke's initial teacher. Similarly Gran Torino teaches Izuku and taught Toshinori, Izuku's initial teacher. Both characters also hide their true strength and pretend to be senile.
    • Horikoshi confirmed in a post SDCC interview that Gran Torino was intentionally based off of Yoda, and that his feet and Quirk were designed after shower heads, and how water came out of them.
  • Gran Torino's Hero costume appears to have been inspired by videogame character Mega Man, featuring large, round limb pieces on top a bodysuit. Coincidentally, Horikoshi inserted a direct reference to the series in Gran Torino's debut arc during Chapter 48.
    • Gran Torino's design may also reference Proto Man, another character from that series and Mega Man's older brother. Proto Man shares many features with Mega Man, but also wears an unique dark visor and flowing yellow scarf, which Gran Torino's mask and cape resemble to an extent.

Quotes

  • (To Izuku Midoriya) "'I have to get stronger quickly', you say. It's true. Time is not on your side—nor on your enemies'. And they won't wait for you to get stronger."[12]
  • (Inner monologue) "The greatest hero, huh... He doesn't look or act at all like you, but... I still see him on you, Toshinori. Nana chose you... and you chose this boy... so let's both help him make it, Toshinori. So that by the time you're past your prime... this kid... his name... will be hailed as the symbol of peace..."[13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 46 (p. 7-8).
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 6, Omake
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 46 (p. 16).
  5. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 46 (p. 15-17) and Episode 27.
  6. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 27.
  7. 7.0 7.1 My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 31.
  8. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 26.
  9. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 28.
  10. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 30.
  11. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 33.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 47 (p. 10).
  13. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 58.

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