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Transform ( (へん) (しん) Henshin?) is the Quirk used by Himiko Toga.[1]

Description

Explanation of Transform.

With this Quirk, Himiko can shape-shift into another person's appearance after consuming some of their blood.[1] It gives her the full ability to copy a perfect image of them, including tiny details. She can even replicate the voice of the person she’s transformed into.

This Quirk can only aesthetically transform its user into a perfect replica. The user cannot replicate their target’s personality, knowledge, or other such details. These details must be discovered separately by the user if they wish to mimic their target exactly.

The amount of time the user can utilize a particular transformation is proportionate to the amount of blood that is consumed. One cup of blood equates to roughly one day’s worth of being able to be transformed into that person. If the blood of multiple people has been ingested, then the Quirk user can transform into any of them, and without having to return to their original shape between transformations.

When transforming, the user is covered by a sort of gray slime, which they can mold over their body into whatever shape, texture, or state of dress they want. It allows clothes to be included in the transformation, though the downside is that the transform ability can't cover clothes so any clothes worn prior to the transformation would have to be removed to complete the disguise.

Transform awakening.

After undergoing an Awakening, Transform also allows the user to duplicate the Quirk of the person they transformed into, provided they have enough prior knowledge of said Quirk through studying and researching.

So far, Himiko has impersonated the following people:

The Quirks that Himiko has managed to replicate are:

Weaknesses

Transform doesn't grant the user any level of knowledge about mimicked Quirks the way Copy does, severely limiting the user's ability to use said copied Quirks until they have studied them enough to use them properly.[7]

Additionally, this Quirk, while proven to be very useful, didn't provide any kind of offensive or defensive support prior to its Awakening.

Usage

Himiko impersonates Rock Lock and claims to have been ambushed by an “imposter”.

Himiko’s Quirk, alongside her stealth techniques and athletic mobility, make her an expert spy and strong combatant to face against. Her Quirk allowed her to impersonate Camie Utsushimi and infiltrate the Provisional Hero Licensing Exam, an official examination that is held by the Hero Public Safety Commission with many young heroes-in-training present. Himiko was able to avoid any suspicion from Camie’s Shiketsu peers until her escape, and also cleverly made her target, Izuku Midoriya, believe that Transform was Camie’s actual Quirk. Himiko’s technique with her Quirk is also shown when she quickly transformed to impersonate Rock Lock upon Deku and Eraser Head’s arrival, and was able to maintain a brief enough cover to get close to Deku just before attempting to stab him. Overall, she has shown great proficiency at using Transform for stealth, infiltration and deception, making her a great asset to the League of Villains.

Since Himiko’s Quirk requires blood, she keeps a supply of those she has collected in her utility belt. Furthermore, her support gear also allows her to easily drain and ingest the blood of others through her needles and mask, granting her quicker transformation.

Trivia

  • Himiko's ability to copy another person's Quirk when she transforms into them was first implied by her prototype design, then used in the video game My Hero One's Justice before its official debut in the main series.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 114 and Episode 60.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 105 and Episode 54.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 147 and Episode 73.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 156 and Episode 76.
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 273.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 288.
  7. 7.0 7.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 226 and Episode 109.

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