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Tatami Nakagame ( (なか) (がめ) (たたみ) Nakagame Tatami?), also known as Turtle Neck (タートルネック Tātorunekku?),[1] is a third-year student at Ketsubutsu Academy High School training to become a Pro Hero.[2]


Tatami is a pale, curvaceous girl of a reasonably muscular build with large, pointed teeth, their shape similar to that of Eijiro Kirishima's, that are usually worn in a smile. She has wide, rectangular eyes with thick upper eyelashes and pronounced lower ones, their irises notably small, blue in color. Her hair is short, ash blonde and is styled with two longer clumps spiking outwards on either side of her head which somewhat resemble the fins of a fish and a single, chin-length bang on her right. Further contributing to Tatami's aquatic motif are her two earrings, which are turquoise and shaped like fish. They hang vertically from each ear, so that the tails point down.

Her hero costume consists of an aquamarine turtleneck bodysuit with a zipper going down the middle, the sleeves cut off halfway down her upper arm. She wears salmon pink gloves, with three small hexagons decorating the cuffs which resemble turtle feet as a reference to her Quirk, as well as matching boots that go up past her knees. Around her waist she sports a thin cyan belt, which is joined in the center by a circular pink buckle with a white turtle shell-shaped gem embedded into the middle.



Tatami is a cheerful girl with a social personality. She follows Class 1-A and wasn't ashamed of asking her rival students for an autograph. Tatami appears to like her classmates and work together with them well. She can be fault-finding, however; a trait that is witnessed after Yo Shindo fails at persuading a group of civilians to evacuate to a safe area. Tatami follows him afterwards as he walks away, repeatedly telling him that his effort at persuading the civilians sucked. Additionally, or perhaps because of her fault-finding nature, Tatami is not afraid of calling out the personality quirks of her peers. This is demonstrated when she commented on Shindo's sneakiness.


Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

Ketsubutsu Second-Year Class 2 participates in the Provisional Hero License Exam following All Might's retirement. Ms. Joke introduces her class to Shota Aizawa and his Class 1-A students from U.A. High School. Tatami recognizes Class 1-A from the U.A. Sports Festival and asks Shoto Todoroki for an autograph.

Ketsubutsu ambushes Class 1-A.

Everyone goes inside Takoba National Stadium and changes into their hero costumes. After an orientation with Yokumiru Mera, the Ketsubutsu students prepare an ambush in the arena. They all have some information on Class 1-A's Quirks and abilities because of U.A.'s Sports Festival and tries to crush them first. This is a tradition in licensing exam called the "Crushing of U.A.".[3]

Ketsubutsu sends their ball projectiles at their rivals in hopes of hitting their targets and eliminating them. Class 1-A proves they've improved since the sports festival and easily defends themselves from the barrage. Tatami's classmates attack with their Quirks but the U.A. students counterattack.

Fumikage Tokoyami nearly strikes Tatami with his Piercing Twilight Claws but she manages to evade by using her Quirk to collapse her torso into her waist. She's surprised by how strong the U.A. students have gotten. Yo tells his classmates to get back so he can break apart their defenses. He destroys the battlefield and scatters Class 1-A with his Tremoring Earth attack.[4]

Tatami regroups with her classmates and Yo goes over their current situation. His attack separated Class 1-A but students from other schools have invaded the battlefield in hopes of crushing the U.A. students. Students are rushing to pass the first phase and the battle has become chaotic. Yo believes that his class can pass by waiting for an opportunity from when other students have worn themselves out. Tatami is quick to point out Yo's change in expression and calls him sneaky for hiding his true personality.

Tatami and her classmates after the licensing exam.

Yo's plan works and Tatami and her classmates pass the first phase of the licensing exam.[5] Tatami and her classmates participate in the second phase of the exam where students must conduct rescue operations in a simulated disaster zone.

The Ketsubutsu students help establish a first aid zone and show their experience by efficiently rescuing actors from H.U.C..[6] Gang Orca. Makeshift villains invade the operations halfway through and Tatami's class helps evacuate the injured to safety.[7]

After the exam concludes, Ketsubutsu students join all the other participants of the second phase to see if they obtained their Provisional Hero Licenses.[8]

Endeavor Agency Arc

When the Hero Public Safety Commission required that all Hero Course students participate in Hero Work-Studies, Tatami teams up with her classmate, Yo.[9]

Tartarus Escapees Arc



Telescopic ( () りたたみ Oritatami?): Tatami's Quirk grants her the ability to make her head, body and limbs retract into themselves, similar to a turtle. The retracting process is instantaneous but un-retracting takes a few moments.


2/6 D
4/6 B
5/6 A
4/6 B
First Impressions
4/6 B
Tatami's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles & Events

Battles & Events

Chapter Appearances

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 Debut
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Appears
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Absent
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Absent
108. RUSH! Appears
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 Appears
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 Absent
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
Tartarus Escapees Arc
307. Been a While!! Appears
308. Full Power!! Appears
309. Can't Be a Child Anymore Appears
310. Masters and Pupil Absent
311. Here We Go!! Absent
312. Hired Gun Absent
313. High-Speed Long-Range Mobile Cannon Absent
314. The Lovely Lady Nagant Absent
315. Platitudes Absent
316. Your Turn Absent
317. Scars, Blood, Filth Absent
318. Reckless Absent
319. Friend Absent
320. Deku vs. Class A Absent
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
327. Rest!! Absent
328. No Man Is an Island Absent

Anime Appearances

Season 3
39. Game Start Absent
40. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
41. Kota Absent
42. My Hero Absent
43. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
44. Roaring Upheaval Absent
45. What a Twist! Absent
46. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
47. All For One Absent
48. Symbol of Peace Absent
49. One For All Absent
50. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
51. Moving into Dorms Absent
52. Create Those Ultimate Moves Absent
53. The Test Debut
54. Shiketsu High Lurking Appears
55. Class 1-A Appears
56. RUSH! Appears
57. Rescue Exercises Appears
58. Special Episode: Save the World with Love! Absent
59. What's the Big Idea? Absent
60. A Talk about Your Quirk Appears
61. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
62. A Season for Encounters Absent
63. Unrivaled Absent
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 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


  • Her surname, Nakagame, is comprised of the kanji for "inside/middle" ( naka?) and "bottle" ( kame?). Her given name, Tatami, refers to the term for a tatami mat ( tatami?).
    • The latter kanji in her surname, 瓶 (meaning "bottle"), is homophonous with the term for "turtle" ( kame?).
  • Tatami's Hero name, "Turtle Neck", is a double reference to a specific type of sweater and a turtle's ability to retreat its own limbs into its body, the inspirations behind her Hero costume and Quirk, respectively.
  • Tatami's English voice actor, Kristen McGuire, also voices Tamashiro.
  • Tatami is in a relationship with her fellow classmate Yo Shindo.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 My Hero Academia: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 307.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 103 and Episode 53.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 104 and Episode 53.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 108 and Episode 56.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 109 and Episode 57.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 111 and Episode 59.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 114 and Episode 60.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 246.
  10. My Hero Academia: Ultra Analysis: The Official Character Guide.

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