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Special Prison For Villain Criminals - Tartarus ( (ヴィラン) 犯罪者特殊収監施設タルタロス Viran Hanzai-sha Tokushu Shūkan Shisetsu Tarutarosu?) is a prison distanced from civilization where extremely dangerous Villains are imprisoned and interrogated under the highest security standards possible.


Tartarus Prison

Side view of Tartarus.

The high-security prison appears to be located on an island about five kilometers from the mainland, surrounded by giant walls. The only access to the prison is a long bridge connected to a city with the entrance guarded by two or more guards that check every vehicle going in. The gate that stands in front of the mainland side of the bridge is known as "The Bronze Gate". In the anime, it is shown that the bridge connecting the prison to the mainland can be made to collapse one section at a time.

Tartarus' interior is heavily armored with blast doors lining narrow, steel-plated hallways. Prisoners incarcerated inside Tartarus are heavily restrained, sitting down restrained on a large, high-tech chair with a full-body straitjacket. Though nominally a prison, the facility effectively serves as a dumping ground for individuals who threaten or have threatened public safety to a drastic extent. Regardless of sentencing status, these individuals are incarcerated and heavily monitored in Tartarus.

Aerial view of Tartarus Prison

Aerial view of Tartarus.

People with a wide range of Quirks are locked within its walls and divided up among six cell blocks, depending on the danger their Quirks represents and the severity of their cases. The more dangerous the individual, the deeper they’re kept within the prison. The deepest level of the prison is B10, located 500 meters below sea level.[1]

Sensors are continuously monitoring the vital functions of prisoners, reacting to even the slightest sign of unusual behavior or attempt to activate a Quirk.[2] The aforementioned sensors are also connected to four ceiling-mounted, automated machine guns that will fire on the prisoner if they suddenly move or have thoughts of activating their Quirk. Tartarus guards also monitor prisoners in a room with several screens displaying the inside of cells, where they are alerted to movement and speaking from prisoners.[3] Conversations between guards are recorded whilst they are on the job and they are also allowed to use lethal force as they carry weapons. In the event of a cell breakout, guards are allowed to open fire on prisoners should they resist recapture.

The prison has visiting rooms where visitors can speak to prisoners from the opposite side of a glass window. These rooms are set up so the prison guards can observe and monitor conversations between prisoners and visitors. These rooms are equipped with a microphone to talk to a visitor, and computers that can detect and display a prisoner's brainwaves, which informs guards of their state of mind during a conversation with a visitor.

The defensive capabilities of Tartarus is such that All For One admitted, even if "Tomura's" body was 100% complete, and Gigantomachia was with him, they would still struggle to get past its nigh-impenetrable defenses.



Not much is known about the history of the prison except a few villains have been sent there:

After the Hosu Incident, the villain Stain was sent to Tartarus.

After the Vanguard Action Squad Invasion, the villains Muscular and Moonfish were sent to the prison, with Moonfish awaiting the death penalty.[4]

All For One heavily restrained his cell

All For One in his cell.

After the Kamino Incident, the villain All For One was sent to Tartarus and All Might later went to meet him within the prison to discuss unresolved matters between the two.

After the Shie Hassaikai Raid, the villain Overhaul was sent to Tartarus.[4]

After being captured by Gran Torino and the detective Naomasa Tsukauchi, Kurogiri was sent to Tartarus. Once there, he showed no sign of confessing or disclosing anything about the League of Villains,[4] although Shota Aizawa later makes progress with him as he mentions a hospital when asked where the Nomu are made. He was relocated to Central Hospital for further study.[5]

Months later, after the essence of All For One managed to control Tomura Shigaraki's body and escape from the Paranormal Liberation War accompanied by a small group of Near High-End Nomu, he decides to assault Tartarus to rescue his old body.[6]

Despite the destruction it causes, the prison's defenses are a difficult obstacle to overcome alone, so All For One uses his Quirks to free as many prisoners as he can to cause a riot, which allows both his true body and the controlled Tomura to reunite and then hijack emergency aircraft to assault other prison facilities, freeing more villains.[1] In the aftermath of the assault, the facility was destroyed by the Near-End Nomus and villains who swore allegiance to All For One and was abandoned after the villains who followed him escaped.[7]


The prisoners are criminals for whom the death penalty is not enough.[8] They are kept underground in the prison where they are watched by a multitude of sensors and guards.[3] Outsiders can visit prisoners, although their conversations are monitored and restricted, with visitors not being able to tell prisoners anything about the outside world and having a time limit on their conversation.[2] Pro Heroes and police are also able to talk to Tartarus prisoners to conduct investigations.

Prisoners may be manually kept alive through oxygen masks, IV fluids, and feeding tubes, such as with the case of All For One. Prisoners wear reddish-orange jumpsuits and while they are kept in their cells, more dangerous and violent prisoners can be restrained, such as Muscular and Moonfish, or sedated should they pose a risk of using their Quirks, such as with Kurogiri. Either way, Tartarus is the dark side of Quirk society, and it is said that anyone imprisoned there will never again emerge alive.[9]

Known prisoners included:

  • Stain (Escaped, later assisted Heroes; killed by All For One)
  • Muscular (Escaped, later recaptured)
  • Moonfish (Escaped, later defeated)
  • All For One (Escaped, killed by Rewind Drug)
  • Kurogiri (Relocated, later escaped; assisting Heroes)
  • Lady Nagant (Escaped, later recaptured; assisting Heroes)
  • Overhaul (Escaped, later recaptured)
  • Dictator (Escaped, later recaptured)
  • Kunieda (Escaped, later defeated)
  • Gashly Eijiju (Escaped, later defeated)
  • Unnamed inmate (Deceased, killed by Stain)
  • Unnamed inmates (Deceased, killed by Moonfish)



  • Seiji Shishikura's father was employed at Tartarus. Furthermore, the main reason Seiji ended up attending Shiketsu High School is because the school provides the students with hats that are very similar to those Tartarus employees like his father wear.[4]
  • In Greek Mythology, Tartarus is a dungeon realm in bottom of the Greek underworld where the worst beings (like the Titans) are forever kept to be tortured for their evil deeds.
    • The manga and anime say that the prison was named after the god that ruled the underworld. This was changed in the English dub of the anime, as the god in question was named Hades.
      • The realm was named after its original master, a primordial Deity who predated both the titans and the Olympians (Greek gods; including Hades). Hades took control of the other sections of the Greek underworld but not Tartarus. These areas became collectively known as Hades.
    • Gyges, Briareos, and Cottus are all named after Greek mythology's Hecatoncheires (giants with fifty heads and one hundred arms).
  • According to an unnamed guard, the prison has been accused of human rights violations.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 297.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 116 and Episode 60.
  3. 3.0 3.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 209.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 My Hero Academia: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 325.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 296.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 327.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 94 and Episode 50.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 297 and Episode 128.

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