“You will give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.“
Jor-El, Man of Steel
The following contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
Since the series began, Deku’s usage of One For All and prowess as a superhero has gradually increased. As the final wielder of One For All, Deku is destined to be far more powerful than All Might ever was. Deku did say that the series was the story of how he became the world’s greatest superhero. Based on what we have seen so far, Deku is well on his way to reaching that title. Here is a detailed list of what he can do so far.
We shall begin with the basic power of One For All, which is essentially an energy aura that explosively augments Deku’s speed, strength, stamina, and durability. When he first used this energy aura, Deku would unleash One For All’s full power through a single body part such as an arm or leg, which frequently caused him to injure himself. Fortunately, Deku was able to overcome this limitation by spreading the energy aura evenly throughout his body, resulting in the creation of a technique known as Full Cowl.
Once Deku invented Full Cowl, he was able to learn how to use One For All’s power in percentages. At first, the percentages were small and slowly grew. For the moment, Deku can safely use 30% of One For All without injuring himself and can summon 45% in short bursts. As time goes on, Deku will continue to learnt to wield large percentages of his power, which will inevitably lead him to be able to safely use 100% like All Might did.
We now move on to the six quirks that have been dormant in One For All. These quirks were the result of the quirk factors of the previous users becoming fused to One For All. Because of One For All’s power stockpiling nature, these quirks have become so much stronger than they were originally. Compared to All For One, One For All has a quality over quantity policy regarding its additional quirks. One For All’s additional quirks may be fewer in number than All For One’s, but they are individually much more powerful.
Deku has shown a tendency to fire air pressure bullets by flicking his enhanced fingers. At first, Deku would injure himself when he used this capability. However, when Deku mastered 20% of One For All and acquired a set of specialized gauntlets he was able to safely summon air pressure bullets without harming himself. This gives Deku a ranged attack, which he will need in his future fights with Shigaraki.
The first dormant quirk that Deku unlocked was called Blackwhip, which allows him to generate black energy whips. These energy whips grant Deku greater mobility and allow him to grapple and immobilize targets. Blackwhip operates in a similar fashion to Spider-Man’s webbing.
The second dormant quirk is called Float, which allows him to levitate himself and others off the ground. In addition, Float gives Deku an advantage during mid-air combat, which was demonstrated by his first fight with Tomura Shigaraki. The full extent of this quirk’s augmented capabilities is currently unknown. If he fully masters it, Deku might be capable of supersonic flight like Superman or telekinesis such as Jean Grey.
The third dormant quirk is called Danger Sense, which allows Deku to detect nearby threats. Since Deku has just got Danger Sense, he has no training or experience in how to use it. Because of its augmented state, it has the potential of giving Deku sensory overload if he does not get the quirk under control. I suspect that when Deku masters Danger Sense, he will become untouchable because he would be able to sense and counter immediate threats with absolute precision. Deku knows how to punch, kick, and take a beating. It is overdue for him to learn how to dodge. Danger Sense is similar to Spider-Man’s Spider Sense power.
Deku has three more quirks that are waiting to be unlocked. Each one is so much stronger than they were in the past. Awakening these quirks is one thing, but mastering them is another. As powerful as Deku is now, he still has a long way to go before he reaches his full potential. I cannot wait to see him in his prime in later chapters.