My Hero Academia is a manga where many powerful people exist. Their power depends not only on their unique quirk, but also on their mastery. Some are easy to learn, while others require precision and years of training. In this thread, we will discuss two characters who share similar quirks – villain Dabi and hero Shoto Todoroki.
Dabi is a villain who appeared in the first season. He was affiliated with the League of Villains and a confidant of Tomura Shigaraki. Dabi is usually given the role of squad leader due to his intelligence and superior control over his quirk. His quirk allows him to emit blue flames from his hand. As we know, blue flame burns more than ordinary flame, and Dabi easily overpowered or killed several people with it.
Shotō Todoroki, known simply as Shoto, is a student at UA High and classmate of Izuku Midoriya. He inherited the whims of both his parents and can create fire on one side and ice on the other. Shoto is one of the most powerful students in his class, with great control over his quirk and with a seemingly endless reserve about it.
Before we continue, be aware that there will be major spoilers ahead of the War Arc. The anime didn’t reach that part, so many fans are unaware of Dabi’s true identity. Let’s discuss it first. Dabi’s real name is Toya Todoroki, and he is Shoto’s older brother. The story of the Todoroki family is tragic, as their heartfelt drive to become professional heroes led them to ruin. The fire of being better than anyone else was most burning in Endeavour, aka Enji Todoroki, their father. Enji saw the seriousness and gift that Toya possessed and decided that he would be the one to surpass All Might.
Toya also became obsessed with this goal, but it grew bigger than Enji’s. Enji got worried and asked her to drop that goal and focus on something else but to no avail. Toya’s flames were burning so intensely that it was affecting his health. Toya still had a normal relationship with the rest of his family. However, after seeing Shoto’s gift, Enji abandoned Toya and focused on his youngest son.
This caused Toya to go through an existential crisis. But he still trained every day to earn back his father’s approval. He tried to harm Shoto at one point, but Enji found out and isolated Shoto from the others. To his delight, his flames grew stronger. He asked his father to come see him, but Enji ignored him. Toya broke down emotionally and lost control of his flames. The burns nearly killed him, but he got there somehow. However, he was scarred inside and out and became obsessed with ruining his father’s reputation and making him suffer.
Who is stronger between Dabi and Shoto Todoroki?
Without a doubt, Shoto is more powerful. Unlike others, he has two quirks, and they’re both incredibly powerful. Also, he never showed that he was tired after using his Quirk for too long. It remains to be seen if this was a mistake on the part of the mangaka or if Shoto is simply so strong due to his father’s training. He can create ice barrier after ice barrier against Dabi’s ranged attacks.
But if they were to have a one-on-one now, Dabi would be the winner. Shoto has always relied too heavily on brute force and often tends to be stationary. Meanwhile, Dabi’s quirk is warmer, and he’s excellent at teasing. He can easily annoy Shoto. Hawks once pointed out that Dabi is not just about emotionally unbalancing his opponents, but also about calming himself down. In the War Arc, Dabi was able to use Jet Burn to completely knock Shoto out. He would have had a terrible fate if his allies had not come to his aid.
Based on current conditions, Dabi is the clear winner. But if Shoto manages to learn new attacks and gets to his feet quickly, he can overpower his brother.
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