Shoto Todoroki is an important secondary character in My Hero Academia. Shoto, like the rest of his classmates, is training to be a full-time superhero at the My Hero Academia school. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Shoto Todoroki. Check out our My Hero Academia Stickers and My Hero Academia Plushies in our online shop with our collections of clothing featuring your favourite heroes.
1. ITS NAME HAS A SPECIAL MEANING IN JAPANESE
The name Shoto translates as “burning” and “freezing”. Todoroki, on the other hand, is an ordinary Japanese surname written with a kanji that can mean either “boom” or another “loud, rumbling noise”.
2. ITS APPEARANCE IS VERY DISTINCTIVE
Shoto’s appearance is extremely unusual compared to the rest of the cast, as his hair is evenly split between white on the right and red on the left. He also has heterochromia, which translates into a grey eye on the right side and a turquoise eye on the left side. These are again allusions to Shoto’s power. More than one person claims that Shoto is one of the most beautiful characters in the series, but due to the manga style, it is difficult for readers to verify this particular claim.
3. HE HAS A BURN SCAR ON HIS LEFT EYE
Shoto has a very visible burn scar on his left eye, which has led some to compare him to Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. In addition, Shoto’s childhood was not a happy one, or even the opposite, due to his father Endeavor’s abuse.
4. IT HAS BOTH CRYOKINESIS AND PYROKINESIS
Shoto has two alters in My Hero Academia, which can be used in different ways. Shoto can use cryokinesis and pyrokinesis on the left and right sides of his body simultaneously.
5. HIS CONTROL OF HIS ALTER (GUESS WHICH ONE) IS NOT PERFECT
Shoto, like the other characters in My Hero Academia, was not born with perfect control of his alters, which means he is still learning how to use them in the series. This can be seen in the fact that his Frost Alter is considerably superior to his pyrokinesis, which can be attributed to the difficult relationship he had with his fire-only father.
6. ITS ALTERS ARE SYNERGISTIC
However, Shoto has since evolved, and is now ready to use his pyrokinesis. This is advantageous because his two alterations are synergistic, each being able to prevent him from getting too hot or too cold from the effects of the other.
7. IT IS VERY POWERFUL
Shoto is considered the best student in his class. After all, he has two Alters, each of which is powerful on its own but becomes even more so when used together. Shoto is also strong and intelligent, which allows him to compete with some full-blown Pro-Heroes.
8. HE WAS RAISED TO BE POWERFUL
Shoto began his training at the age of five, and his father used his influence to force his mother to marry him in order to give birth to a child with both their superhuman abilities. Shoto was the only child who lived up to his father’s expectations, so he was subjected to severe training from the age of five while his siblings were neglected by their father.
9. HIS FACIAL BURN DID NOT COME FROM HIS FATHER BUT FROM ... HER MOTHER!
Unlike his father, Shoto’s mother assured him that he could be whatever he wanted. Even if it meant getting physical revenge on Endeavor, she would step in and end his father’s harsh training. Shoto’s mother eventually became mentally unbalanced, with the unfortunate consequence that when she was surprised by Shoto’s sudden arrival, she threw a kettle of boiling water because his left side reminded her of her father. She has since improved to some extent after being admitted to a psychiatric unit.
10. HE SEEMS TO GET HIS VALUES FROM ALL MIGHT AND NOT FROM HIS FATHER
There are indications that Shoto gets his pro-hero principles from All-Might, the number one hero, whom he shares with some of his classmates. That said, it is conceivable that this is at least partly due to his father’s desire to have a child who can surpass All-Might. His father’s inability to reach first place is evidenced by his long stay in second place!
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