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MY HERO ACADEMIA: CREATING A MONSTER

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The following post contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

I have always been fascinated by the evolution of Tomura Shigaraki as a character. When we were first introduced to him, he was a small time thug and man child who did not seem to present a significant threat. Two hundred chapters later, he became a Thanos-level supervillain. However, every villain has a beginning and Shigaraki’s origin story is quite heartbreaking.

Shigaraki’s real name is Tenko Shimura, grandson of All Might’s mentor and the seventh wielder of One For All, Nana Shimura. During her war with All For One, Nana Shimura’s husband was killed in a villain attack. The profession of a superhero gives a person a long list of enemies and those enemies will always target the superhero’s family as a weakness. To prevent her son, Kotaro Shimura, from sharing his father’s fate, Nana was forced to have her son live with a foster family, far away from the crossfire.

Unfortunately, even though Nana’s intention was to protect her son from her enemies, her actions would have dire consequences. Resentful about being abandoned by his mother, Kotaro was traumatized and he violently banned the mention of superheroes in his household. Whenever his son, Tenko Shimura, mentioned superheroes, Kotaro would abuse him. Throughout his upbringing, Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents were kind and loving towards him, but they too spiritually weak to protect him from his father’s abuse. Tenko also had a sister named Hana, who supported his dream of becoming a superhero one day.

One day, Hana revealed the truth about their paternal grandmother to Tenko: that she was a great superhero. Hana even said she would start a superhero team with him. However, Kotaro found out his kids sneaked into his office and found out about his mother. To avoid getting abused herself, Hana betrayed Tenko and threw him under the bus. Kotaro was so enraged that he became even more brutal with Tenko than usual and savagely beat his five-year-old son. This beating resulted in the facial scars Shigaraki would have on his mouth and right eye. Tenko was forced to sleep outside with no dinner with only the family dog for company.

While he was consumed by hatred and despair, Tenko’s Decay quirk activated. His first victim was the family dog, who he was petting when his quirk activated. The dog was reduced to a pile of rotten chunks of flesh. Meanwhile, Hana came outside to apologize to Tenko for betraying him. When she saw Tenko with the disintegrated dog, she ran to the house in fear. Desperate for someone to save him, Tenko grabbed his sister, who was promptly disintegrated. Then Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents came outside when they heard the racket. When Tenko’s hand touched the ground, his Decay rushed towards his mother and maternal grandparents like a tidal wave. Like the dog, Tenko’s mother and maternal grandparents were reduced to piles of rotten chunks of meat.

Finally, Kotaro arrived on the scene and was horrified by what he saw. Tenko begged his father to save him, but Kotaro was so afraid that he armed himself with gardening equipment. Kotaro fell back on his abusive behavior and struck Tenko in the head with the gardening tool, shouting at Tenko to stop. This was the final straw for Tenko. To bring a permanent end to his father’s abuse, Tenko attacked him with pure homicidal glee. He gripped his father’s face and shouted for him to die over and over. As Kotaro was disintegrated, the Shimura household crumbled all around Tenko until nothing was left. The itchy intent to destroy that plagued Tenko his entire life was finally appeased. It is as the Joker said: “All it takes is one bad day for someone to go insane.”

Despite the apparent glee he got from killing his family, Tenko was riddled with so much guilt that he repressed his memories of the event along with most of his power. After slaughtering his family and destroying his home, Tenko wandered aimlessly through the city streets. Bloody and traumatized, Tenko hoped someone would save him. However, no one ever helped him because they thought some superhero would save the day. Sadly, no superhero or civilian saved Tenko, resulting in his hatred towards the superhero society as a whole. Instead of a superhero, the most powerful and most sinister supervillain, All For One, saved Tenko and took him under his wing. Shortly afterwards, Tenko was given the preserved hands of his family, which would put all over his body. To label Tenko as his eventual successor, All For One gave him his surname: Shigaraki. All For One also gave Tenko the new name Tomura, which is based on the Japanese word for “to mourn”. This would symbolize the grief Shigaraki would ultimately bring upon the world.

For most of his life, Shigaraki was still the traumatized five-year-old boy he was when he killed his family. However, during his battle with Re-Destro and the Meta Liberation Army, Shigaraki regained his memories and the rest of his power. With this awakening, Shigaraki no longer felt any guilt or regret for killing his family. He would use the memories of his family’s destruction to further fuel his dark hatred rather than let them hinder him anymore.

Overall, Tomura Shigaraki’s origin story was both dark and sad. His family consisted of a sister who betrayed him, a mother and grandparents that were too weak to protect him, and a father who abused him every time he said the word “hero”. It is as Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars said: “Pups who are abused often grow into vicious creatures.” This further adds to Shigaraki’s status as a foil for Izuku Midoriya. While Izuku’s mother supported his dreams of being a superhero, Shigaraki’s family destroyed his dreams of being a superhero. It is ironic because Shigaraki’s father went to extreme lengths to prevent his son from becoming a superhero and now his son never will be a superhero. The Shimura family may have produced a great superhero like Nana Shimura. However, the ultimate legacy of the Shimura family was the creation of the greatest supervillain since All For One.

SUPERVILLAIN OVERVIEW: RONALD MACLEOD

In order to prepare you for my forthcoming superhero book, I shall give you an overview of the main supervillain of not just this book but the entire series. The supervillain’s name is Ronald Macleod, who I greatly based on Donald Trump. Obviously, “Ronald” rhymes with “Donald” while “Macleod” is the maiden name of Donald Trump’s mother. Ronald has the same overall personality of Trump: a corrupt, bigoted, authoritarian man who had everything presented to him his entire life and never had to take responsibility for anything. However, I often wonder how Trump would handle being thrust into a situation where he loses everything and has to rebuild everything from scratch. It would be a situation he could not lie, bribe, cheat, or bully his way out of. He would have no money, no power, and would only have the clothes on his back. Would Trump be able to adapt to such a situation or would he throw his usual temper tantrums? That is a question I will be tinkering with regarding Ronald Macleod as the series progresses.

MASTER AND APPRENTICE

I came up with an idea regarding the second volume of my new superhero series. With a revolution in full swing, there will be superhumans who want to follow in Herawulf’s footsteps. It will involve Herawulf taking seven teenage superhumans under his wing as he continues his crusade against crime. During this time, Herawulf will have to learn how to be a teacher while facing the political consequences of his war on crime. This will contribute to Herawulf’s growth and development as a character as he continues his hero’s journey.

RISE OF A HERO AND VILLAIN

After much thought, I have an idea of what direction my superhero series will take after Herawulf Rising: Origins. As the title suggests, the first volume was just the origin story. The next volume will show what happens next. Let us focus on the main supervillain of the story. When the series began, he was the most powerful and sinful politician who ever lived yet was physically frail. He undergoes an extreme transformation to get his health back before losing all of his precious political power. With everything he built taken from him, the supervillain will start over from the ground up. With the government in disarray, the supervillain will take advantage of the ensuing chaos to seize as much influence as he could get his hands on before the dust settles. Throughout his quest to reclaim his political power, this supervillain takes on drug dealers, arms dealers, human traffickers, crooked cops, and all other kinds of filth. Throughout these engagements, his influence in the underworld would grow and his own criminal empire would take shape. By the time the series ends, he will transcend the power and influence he had when he was a politician. At the same time, Herawulf undergoes his own quest as the world around him changes due to the revolution his exploits inspired. After a century of oppression, Herawulf must undertake the task of giving the superhuman population a new purpose. Overall, the series will have many parallels that connect Herawulf and the main supervillain as they both undergo their respective rise to power in a changing world.

SUPERHERO OVERVIEW: HERAWULF

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Allow me to give you a little preview of my new superhero, Herawulf. He is the main character of my upcoming superhero book, Herawulf Rising: Origins. While most superheroes have one or two powers, Herawulf has twenty individual powers. He can use one power at a time easily, but using multiple powers at the same time puts a seriously debilitating strain on his body. His powers are the result of a government experiment that tried to create the ultimate superhuman soldier as part of a larger goal to conquer the world. In terms of background, Herawulf is a combination between Superman, Batman, and Captain America. He is a flawed character who did not originally intend to be a hero and started his crusade to avenge his mother. His methods to crime fighting are brutal, but he never kills unless he has no other choice. Despite being a controversial figure, Herawulf’s actions plant the seeds of change in a dark, cruel world. Even though superhumans have been around for over a century, Herawulf is the very first superhero to exist in his universe.

NEW SUPERHERO TITLE

I finally came up with a title for my new superhero book. The title is Herawulf Rising: Origins. I gave my superhero the name “Herawulf” because it is a combination between Heracles and Beowulf. Since superheroes have often been held in the same regard as mythological heroes such as the demigods of ancient Greece, I decided to include references to these legendary heroes in my character’s creation. Also, this first volume in the series will serve as Herawulf’s origin story. I have contacted my editor and am on the lookout for a cover. I will keep you updated on any new developments. Happy Fourth of July!

A HUNGER FOR POWER

We have all seen stories that have power hungry villains. I am particularly fond of villains who seem to be driven by something other than their own ambitions to acquire power. What if something in the subconscious part of their minds are compelling them to accumulate power simply because it is something that is akin to instinct? I can already think of two characters who have this subconscious hunger for power.

One would be Sylar from the show Heroes. Sylar’s original superhuman power was called intuitive aptitude, which gave him the ability to instinctually understand the inner workings of whatever object he touched. However, it was a power that came with a price. It infected Sylar’s mind with a hunger to understand how the powers of other superhumans operated. That was what compelled him to kill other superhumans, examine their brains, and copy their powers for himself.

Another example would be the new and improved Tomura Shigaraki and All For One from My Hero Academia. After being given the All For One quirk, Shigaraki was plagued by an intense desire to acquire the One For All quirk. All For One himself stated that he has an intense desire to steal a superhuman power that interests him. This instinctual desire seems to operate in a similar fashion to Sylar’s intuitive aptitude.

The main supervillain of my new superhero series will have a similar mindset. For now, he is currently undergoing his own origin story and will complete it in the next volume. The character in question was already a man who has committed every sin imaginable. When he gets a taste of real power and becomes possessed by this power hungry instinct, he will become even worse.

TOMURA SHIGARAKI’S TRUMP CARDS

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The following post contains spoilers from chapter 276 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

I had my suspicions about the extent of Tomura Shigaraki’s new capabilities and it looks like they have been confirmed. Even with his arsenal of quirks being negated by Aizawa, Shigaraki is still nearly as physically strong as All Might. This is similar to how Aizawa tried negating a Nomu’s quirks during the U.S.J. Arc, but the Nomu still proved to be as strong as All Might. This proves what I suspected about Shigaraki getting physical augmentations to withstand the strain of acquiring his new quirks. Those augmentations not only contributed to Shigaraki’s enhanced jumping abilities, but it also enabled him to physically best both Endeavor and Ryukyu simultaneously. This proves that even without all the quirks from All For One, Shigaraki is still a completely dangerous supervillain and must not be underestimated.

In addition to these surprise abilities, Shigaraki had another ace up his sleeve. It turns out that dozens of other High-End Nomu survived his disintegration of the city. Shigaraki has ordered them to take out Aizawa through a special phone Doctor Ujiko left for him. Even though these High-End Nomu are as incomplete as the previous ones, they are still a great threat to the superheroes’ efforts to stop Shigaraki. It also puts Aizawa in an impossible position. With a broken leg, Aizawa cannot fight anymore. All he can do is provide backup by negating supervillain quirks. Now, he must make a choice. Shigaraki will unleash his accumulated quirks if Aizawa looks away while the Nomus will wipe out superheroes and civilians alike if their quirks are not neutralized. He can negate Shigaraki’s quirks or he can negate the Nomus’ quirks. He can’t do both.

Now, we get to the interesting part. Izuku Midoriya has finally engaged Shigaraki with Bakugo to back him up. With Shigaraki’s quirks negated, this first round will be purely a contest of stamina and strength. At the moment, Izuku can only safely use 30% of One For All and can summon 45 % of One For All in short bursts. However, since Shigaraki is nearly as strong as All Might, I don’t know if that will be enough to take Shigaraki down. In order to stand a chance against this quirkless version of Shigaraki, Izuku will have to use every trick he has whether if it’s his air bullets, Blackwhip, or his Shoot Style. With Bakugo’s Explosion quirk, that should give Izuku’s opposition a little extra kick. Still, Shigaraki has already beaten two of the top ten superheroes with his bare hands, which means Izuku and Bakugo may not be able to stand a chance against Shigaraki in his current state.

To make matters worse, Shigaraki has several other trump cards he has yet to play. He still has some quirk destroying bullets in his pocket that he could use whenever he wants. He has summoned Gigantomachia and ordered him to bring the entire Paranormal Liberation Front to him. When I think about it, the only reason the superheroes were gaining so much ground in the mansion battle was because Gigantomachia did not get involved until he received orders from his new master. Now that Shigaraki’s orders have been given, the mansion will become a one-sided massacre now that Gigantomachia is unleashed. Once those heroes are dealt with, Gigantomachia will come to his new master with an army at his back. The superheroes have already suffered heavy casualties from both battles and I don’t think they will be able to fend off Shigaraki, the High-End Nomu, the quirk destroying bullets, Gigantomachia, and the Paranormal Liberation Front all at once. Overall, the supervillains’ first victory in this war is all but assured. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next chapter.