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My Hero Academia: Shoto Todoroki's 9 Closest Friends, Ranked

Shoto closed himself off to everyone around him due to the relationship he had with his father. It's his friends who are able to break through to him.

Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academiahas steadily grown into one of the biggest anime series of the decade, and it’s only turning into a greater success. The anime has passed the milestone of 100 episodes, its third feature film is a major hit in Japan, and it continues to receive more video game representation.

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My Hero Academia has been able to become so popular because of its large cast of lovable characters, all of whom excel in different ways. Shoto Todoroki is frequently one of the more important heroes in the series, but he’s also gone through significant hardships and struggles before being able to open himself up to others. My Hero Academia frequently highlights how enduring friendships are paramount, and there are some special individuals who Shoto has been able to let into his inner circle.

9 Shoto Todoroki Appreciates Tsuyu Asui And Works To Keep Her Calm In Battle

Shoto Todoroki and Tsuyu Asui don't get a ton of one-on-one time together, but there's a definite friendship and understanding that exists between them both. My Hero Academia shows that Shoto and Tsuyu routinely sit together at lunch, which indicates some level of companionship. It's significant that during Class 1-A's rescue of Bakugo from the League of Villains that Shoto explicitly checks in with Asui to make sure that she's okay. Tsuyu is especially nervous about the impulsiveness of the plan, but Todoroki goes out of his way to calm her fears and rest her mind.

8 Shoto And Eijiro Kirishima Develop Respect For Each Other Through Similar Ethics

Some relationships in My Hero Academia immediately crystalize, but others take longer to come together, which often carry a greater impact. Shoto and Eijiro Kirishima aren't initially very close, and they don't interact much before the events of the Sports Festival. However, the rescue mission to save Bakugo unites Todoroki and Kirishima and proves that they share equal philosophies. It's this exercise that brings Todoroki and Kirishima closer together. A glimpse of their friendship can be seen following the Provisional Hero License Exam when Kirishima stands up for Todoroki after he apologizes for letting down Class 1-A with his failure.

7 Nejire Hado And Shoto Todoroki Bond Through Extreme Trial By Fire

Nejire Hado makes up one-third of the prestigious Big Three. Hado typically spends most of her time with her other Big Three members, Mirio Togata and Tamaki Amajiki, but she and Shoto become quite close during the events of the Paranormal Liberation War.

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This conflict pushes many heroes together for the first time, and Shoto and Nejire rise to the occasion in a fight against Tomura Shigaraki. The two immediately demonstrate an impressive shorthand with their teamwork, and Shoto expresses serious concern for Nejire after she suffers a serious injury from Dabi.

6 Momo Yaoyorozu and Shoto’s Mutual Respect For Each Other Grows Into A Strong Friendship

U.A. High's Class 1-A is full of hero prodigies, which can fuel some competitive rivalries but also trigger powerful partnerships. Momo Yaoyorozu and Shoto Todoroki have a lot in common, and they both recognize one another as the top of their class. Shoto puts his support in Momo when it comes to picking a class representative, and the two exhibit excellent teamwork during their mock battle against Shota Aizawa. Shoto and Momo are respectfully intimidated by each other, which is initially an impediment but grows into an asset.

5 Tenya Iida And Shoto Todoroki Use Their Internal Trauma To Connect With Each Other

Tenya Iida and Shoto Todoroki are both natural leaders, and these qualities are immediately clear to one another. Tenya and Shoto know how to work together, but the real strength of their relationship develops around the damage that’s caused by Hero Killer, Stain.

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Tenya goes to a dark place after his brother gets seriously injured, and it’s Shoto who was able to help Tenya restrain and process these feelings thanks to his own experience with family trauma. The act of empathy unites these two, and they have each other’s backs moving forward.

4 Shoto And His Brother, Natsuo, Are United Through Common Hardships

Shoto Todoroki has a tragic history that often takes its toll on him in some capacity. The tough love that Enji "Endeavor" Todoroki applies to the rest of his family causes a permanent rift between them all, but this also allows several of the Todoroki siblings to connect through their pain. Natsuo is Shoto's brother, but the two spend much of their youth estranged because of Endeavor's actions. Despite this, there's natural affection that exists between the two, and Shoto selflessly risks his life for his brother when Natsuo is attacked by the villain, Ending. Their connection goes beyond words.

3 Fuyumi And Shoto Todoroki’s Sibling Bond Is Strengthened Through Affection

All of the members of the Todoroki family are left in a vulnerable state due to the lingering trauma that’s caused by the patriarch of the family. Fuyumi, the daughter of the family and Shoto’s sister, especially struggles with their family schism and the state of their mother. Fuyumi is a natural protector to Shoto, but he returns this adoration and becomes dedicated to keeping her happy. It’s a painful, raw connection, but one of the most real bonds in Shoto’s life. They’re committed to each other’s stability because, when it comes to family, they have no one else but each other to rely on.

2 Katsuki Bakugo And Shoto Wind Up On The Same Hero Path

Katsuki Bakugo has one of the wilder tempers in My Hero Academia, which makes him a fascinating target for Shoto. The two first clash against each other, although there’s an immediate acknowledgment of the other’s strength. Katsuki and Shoto become unlikely partners when they both have to go through the Remedial Hero Course together. It’s an important exercise that turns them into allies, which is a dynamic that continues to develop once Katsuki joins Shoto at the Endeavor Hero Agency. Season five of My Hero Academia turns the two into true friends, something the World Heroes’ Mission movie explores further.

1 Shoto Todoroki And Izuku Midoriya Evolve From Rivals Into Trusted Allies

Shoto and Izuku are two of the top students to come out of Class 1-A, which naturally sets them up as early rivals to one another. This is only exacerbated through Midoriya’s allegiance to All Might, who has an antagonistic history with Endeavor, Shoto’s father. This competitive dynamic culminates in genuine trust and understanding. The two learn how to hone their Quirks together, and Shoto suggests that Midoriya join him at Endeavor’s Hero Agency, which results in Midoriya becoming even closer with Shoto and his family.

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My Hero Academia Reveals How Shoto Todoroki Got His Scar

My Hero Academia is continuing to tell the story of the Endeavor Agency Arc, and with it, we were shown a family dinner of the Todoroki Clan that attempted to put to bed some of the sins of the past while also bringing Deku and Bakugo to the table alongside their fellow classmate Shoto. Throughout his childhood, Shoto had to do some insane training under his father, with Endeavor attempting to mold his son into a hero that could one day overcome All Might, with the episode also showing us just how the youngest Todoroki got his facial scar.

Surprisingly, Endeavor was not responsible for Shoto's scar, at least not directly, with Rei, the family's maternal figure, scarring him via a kettle of boiling hot water. Rei had been pushed to the brink of her own sanity as a result of the torment that Endeavor was putting his family through, with the Todoroki Clan losing the oldest son via reasons that have yet to be revealed in the anime itself. With Rei being placed into a facility, and the children still blaming Endeavor for the ill will that befell the clan, it seems like there is still a long road ahead when it comes to forgiveness.

My Hero Academia Scar

The fifth season of My Hero Academia only has a few episodes left before the story of Deku, Bakugo, and Shoto learning under the number one hero comes to a close, but there are sure to still be some big revelations that are coming down the pike. With the post-credit scene from the latest episode hinting that a new villain is about to arrive, it definitely seems like the strongest heroes of UA Academy will be facing down an antagonist before Shigaraki and his crew takes over the latest season.

Shoto has definitely earned his place as a fan favorite character, not just thanks to his Quirk that grants him mastery of both fire and ice, but also thanks to his cool demeanor that he has demonstrated throughout the series. While we don't know if Shoto will ever be able to truly forgive his father, it seems as if the Fire Ice Hero is working toward starting a new relationship with Endeavor, though the War Arc next season will throw a giant monkey wrench in the works.


Do you think Shoto and Endeavor will ever make amends? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of UA Academy.

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My Hero Academia: 5 Ways Shoto Todoroki Is Just Like Endeavor (& 5 He's Not)

Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academiahas quickly become one of the breakout shonen successes of the generation, and the series’ level of popularity has only grown more staggering. My Hero Academia is a clever and suspenseful amalgamation of shonen staples and superhero stereotypes that form a touching coming of age story where Izuku “Deku” Midoriya and company learn to control their incredible powers.

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My Hero Academia showcases a wide range of heroes and villains, but Shoto Todoroki has risen to the forefront as one of the series’ most complex individuals. Shoto possesses superlative strength, but his volatile relationship with his father, Pro Hero Endeavor, highlights the many ways in which this father and son are alike and dissimilar.

10 SAME: They Both Contain Dangerous Fire-Based Quirks

One fascinating detail that connects Endeavor and his son, Shoto, is that they both possess powerful fire-based Quirks. Shoto’s fire powers are directly the result of his father, who attempts to genetically curate Shoto into the ultimate hero who can defeat All Might due to his parents’ contrasting Quirks. Shoto directly rebels against his father’s influence by refusing to use the fire side of his Quirk for an extended period of time. Shoto eventually learns how to come to peace with this side of his power, which results in a very comparable Quirk to what Endeavor advertises.

9 DIFFERENT: He Doesn't Abuse & Ignore His Family

There are occasions where My Hero Academia pulls back the layers on the personal lives of its characters. The Todoroki family has experienced a ton of trauma, all because of Endeavor’s determined efforts to surpass All Might and create an unstoppable hero offspring. Endeavor’s cutthroat approach results in the traumatization of his wife, Rei, as well as lingering pain that resides in his children, Fuyumi, Natsuo, and Shoto. Shoto’s prominent burn is even his father’s fault. Endeavor’s family struggles to forgive him, but Shoto steps up to the plate as emotional support for his siblings and mother in the interim.

8 SAME: Same Dangerous Level Of Blind Dedication

Before My Hero Academia really fleshes out the nuance of Endeavor’s character, he’s just presented as an obsessive Pro Hero who wants nothing more than usurping All Might’s supremacy. Endeavor establishes this clear trajectory for himself and basically turns the rest of his life into an My Hero Academia: 5 Ways Shoto Todoroki Is Just Like Endeavor (& 5 He's Not) means to an end in order to accomplish this.

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Initially, Shoto is presented with the same level of blind dedication that diminishes everything else besides success. This results in Shoto underestimating some of his opponents and causes him to fail the Provisional License Exam because he can’t see the forest through the trees.

7 DIFFERENT: He Doesn't Hold Disdain For All Might

It’s fascinating to consider how some heroes and villains might have led very different lives if they didn’t happen to cross the certain individuals who triggered them in major ways. There’s substantial history between Endeavor and All Might, which leads to them not talking for nearly a decade. Endeavor continues to exhibit animosity toward All Might, but Shoto is able to realize the Pro Hero’s value. Shoto is cordial to both All Might and his successor, Midoriya, and is willing to learn from both of them.

6 SAME: Both Understand That They Need To Confront & Acknowledge Their Faults

Endeavor receives some substantial character development toward the end of My Hero Academia’s fourth season where he goes on an extensive redemption tour as he prepares to become society’s new Number One Pro Hero. Endeavor has built up such walls around his emotions, but he finally becomes ready to confront his shortcomings and do what’s necessary to achieve atonement. A similar switch occurs in Shoto Todoroki when he realizes that he’s not invincible and can’t just compartmentalize or repress pieces of himself. It’s almost as if Shoto sets the right example here that Endeavor is later able to follow.

5 DIFFERENT: He's Good With Children

My Hero Academia’s Provisional Hero License Exam becomes an exciting rite of passage for U.A. High’s burgeoning heroes. What makes this trial particularly entertaining is that not everyone in Class 1-A passes, which leaves Shoto Todoroki and Katsuki Bakugo to make up for their failure in another way.

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Shoto and Katsuki’s remedial challenge involves a wealth of young children with active and unpredictable Quirks. This leads to quite the unconventional battle, but through it, it becomes clear how much Shoto values and cares for the next generation of heroes. Alternatively, Endeavor has permanently scarred his own children.

4 SAME: They're Both Brilliant Battle Strategists

My Hero Academia does an excellent job to establish that a powerful Quirk is vital in battle, but it’s far from the only skill necessary to secure a victory. Endeavor and Shoto can both be impulsive, but Endeavor’s notable fight against the High-End Nomu exhibits his ability to improvise and rely on his intelligence and instincts just as much as his brute strength. Shoto functions in a very comparable way where his battle prowess only improves after he’s able to think on his feet. Shoto has developed phenomenal special attacks, like Flashfreeze Heatwave, that grow out of improvised battle strategies.

3 DIFFERENT: He Possesses A Powerful Ice Quirk

Traditional elemental powers represent some of the most powerful Quirks within My Hero Academia, and so Shoto Todoroki is incredibly fortunate with his Half-Hot Half-Cold ability. Shoto has such a diverse Quirk because it’s the synthesis of Endeavor and Rei Todoroki’s contrasting powers. Shoto possesses this crucial versatility, but it takes him a long time to accept and embrace the fire side of his Quirk. As a result, Shoto is highly proficient with his ice powers, which is an area that completely evades Endeavor. One wouldn’t know that the two are related when Shoto uses this side of his strength.

2 SAME: They're Both Determined To Be The Very Best

Shoto Todoroki demonstrates considerable character development from his more simplistic presentation in the series’ first two seasons. Shoto Todoroki becomes an early rival for Izuku Midoriya and one of his greatest obstacles during U.A. High’s Sports Festival. Shoto becomes completely focused on claiming this victory and proving how exceptional he is, and it’s hard to not recognize his father’s obsessive personality coming through Shoto in this moment. Shoto’s indomitable will is likely inspired by Endeavor’s dedication, even if he doesn’t realize it then.

1 DIFFERENT: He's Able To Open Himself Up To Friends & Work As A Team

My Hero Academia explores certain heroes who value the lone wolf approach to battle and consider any teammates to just be potential liabilities that will hold them back. This is Endeavor’s mantra for an extended period of time and he’s determined to not only be the best but to accomplish this on his own. Shoto operates with a similar mentality at first, but he progressively opens himself up to his powerful friends. Shoto and Momo go through a pivotal exercise as a team, and it’s Shoto who suggests that Bakugo and Midoriya join him at the Endeavor Agency.

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Daniel Kurland (993 Articles Published)

Daniel Kurland is a freelance writer, comedian, and critic, who lives in the cultural mosaic that is Brooklyn, New York. Daniel’s work can be read on ScreenRant, Splitsider, Bloody Disgusting, Den of Geek, and across the Internet. Daniel recently completed work on a noir anthology graphic novel titled, "Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Noir: A Rag of Bizarre Noir and Hard Boiled Tales" and he’s currently toiling away on his first novel. Daniel's extra musings can be found @DanielKurlansky on Twitter.

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