|“||The League? Shigaraki? I never gave a crap about them. A single person... with a single conviction... has the power to change the world. There are no true heroes. I... plan to make Stain's will a reality.||„|
|~ Dabi to Hawks|
|“||Why not get cocky? You're playing right into our hands. The second you lost the initiative signaled your defeat. You've got the top hero-training academy, U.A., and the Symbol of Peace, All Might... the two most trusted foundations of our hero-based society. But now one mess after another is shaking that trust... don't you think that loss of faith will spread like wildfire throughout society? Think about it... how your careless administration keeps allowing attack after attack... you're so weak... you couldn't even stop a criminal organization from abducting your students.||„|
|~ Dabi to Vlad King.|
|“||This will just be a signal fire. We'll fill those heroes full of holes... and put them in their place. All for a brighter future.||„|
|~ Dabi to the Vanguard Action Squad.|
Dabi (in Japanese: 荼毘, Dabi, translated as Cremation), also known as Blueflame (in Japanese:蒼炎 Sōen), is a major antagonist in the manga/anime series My Hero Academia. He is affiliated with the League of Villains and the leader of the organization's Vanguard Action Squad.
Dabi is a tall, slender man with spiky black hair. He has scars all over his body with stitchings on them and appear to be burnt.
His outfits seem to vary from time to time. In his initial debut, he had more of a rough and baggy appearance, wearing a loose belt, a torn jacket and pants that barely reach to his ankles. In later appearances, he seems to wear a slightly different jacket that appears to be stitched together with coattails and rolled up sleeves. He also wears boots now and baggier pants.
Dabi is a rude and argumentative person who has no sense of respect. He introduced himself to Tomura informally, and refused to give out his real name. Nevertheless, he is a calm-minded person, who is always focused and determined to complete his given tasks.
Like Toga, Dabi admires Stain and his ideology. He views himself as the one who is destined to fulfill Stain's view of the world, hence his reasoning for joining the League of Villains. However, even though he does not display any psychotic intentions, it appears that he is still just as deluded as Toga as he seems to be unaware of what Stain was actually trying to accomplish. While Stain was trying to bring back the meaning of being a hero, Dabi is simply interested in destroying the current society of humanity as a whole. Despite this, Dabi believes himself to be the true manifestation of Stain's will, believing that "real heroes" are not a thing.
Unlike Stain, Dabi shows sadistic tendency as he takes pleasure in taunting Pro Heroes and those that seek to be heroes, while attempting to murder them at the same time. Because of this, Dabi's true motives remain vague and unclear. In addition to this, while he's shown to take pleasure in watching those being murdered, he can relate to families that have suffered from the society of heroes and villains, showing that he isn't incapable of relating to others or feeling remorse.
Dabi can also come across being very derisive and contemptuous to his teammates, who he finds crazy as he proclaimed Himiko insane, called Tomura freaky and insulted Spinner's driving skills. While he acknowledges the League's capablities, he ultimately does not care about any of them, and only values them for their capacity to bring his goals into fruition. Despite this, Dabi ensured Twice would make it alive and claims his death saddened him, though he showed no sign of sadness and grief but instead a sociopathic expression of glee. However, he still wants to cry for Twice's death, but is unable to due to his tear glands being burned.
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
Dabi first appears in The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain, where he is shown to be watching a news broadcast about Stain's capture.
Final Exams Arc
Later on, Dabi and Himiko Toga are recruited by Giran to join the League of Villains. The two then meet Tomura Shigaraki, who Dabi comments on about his gross appearance. Displeased, Tomura immediately demands Kurogiri to get rid of them, but he refuses as he wanted Tomura to at least hear them out. Giran then begins the introductions. After Himiko's introduction, Giran introduces Dabi as a criminal who hasn't committed any major crimes and that he follows Stain's ideology. Dabi was not on board with the League of Villains, questioning about the league's motivations and was displeased of seeing the possibility of Himiko Toga joining.
Tomura asks for him to introduce himself, in which he does, but refuses to give out his real name. When Dabi brings up Stain's ideology, Tomura becomes extremely frustrated and attempts to kill him and Toga, but Kurogiri managed to prevent this from happening. Tomura then leaves the building, who Dabi comments about how sickening he is.
Forest Training Camp Arc
Together with the Vanguard Action Squad, Dabi observes the campsite of U.A. While Toga bickers about her mask and Muscular wishing to rush in, Dabi tells everyone to remain silent and wait for everyone to arrive. Once all ten members arrive, Dabi begins to take the lead by burning down the forest.
Dabi then takes on Shota Aizawa, catching him off guard. Aizawa was able to evade his attack, however and was able to successfully capture him after a quick battle. He then begins to interrogate him, but Dabi begins to turn into liquid and dissolves away. It is later revealed that was a clone and that the real Dabi was with Twice, who had made a clone of Dabi to keep the heroes occupied for the time being. Dabi then orders him to make two more clones to keep Aizawa busy again.
After Mr. Compress captures Katsuki Bakugo, Dabi waits for everyone to arrive before making their escape. Eventually, everyone arrives, including Toga, bringing back one sample of blood from one person, much to Twice's disappointment. Dabi eventually spots the remaining heroes chasing after them and attempts to hold them off once more while Toga and Twice battle them. Mr. Compress eventually reaches to him, but without the marbles.
Kurogiri then begins to open a portal for the Vanguard Action Squad to make their escape. They ultimately failed at capturing Fumikage Tokoyami, but successful in capturing Bakugo.
Hideout Raid Arc
Dabi and the rest of the league are later present in the hideout, where they observe Tomura welcoming Bakugo to the team. The group of villains watch U.A.'s public apology regarding the villain attack on the camp. While Tomura explains to Bakugo that the League of Villains are aiming for a just society, Dabi sends Twice to free Bakugo from his restraints under Tomura's orders.
Once Bakugo is freed, he immediately attacks Tomura, refusing to accept their delusional ideology. Despite this, the villains are not afraid of him, with Dabi even thinking that he's a fool. Eventually, All Might, leading a group of heroes and the police charge into their hideout and restraint the villains. However, the villains are suddenly saved by All For One, who uses Kurogiri's Quirk to create a warp gate for them to escape.
Hero License Exam Arc
After All For One's defeat in the hands of All Might, Dabi begins searching for recruits for the League of Villains. He comes across a group of low life thugs that act hostile towards him, only for him to kill them, thinking of them as nothing but trash.
Shie Hassaikai Arc
Dabi later accompanies Tomura, Spinner and Mr. Compress in capturing Kai Chisaki. The Pro Hero, Snatch, attempts to fight them off, but is eventually trapped in a marble by Mr. Compress, containing his fire. Mr. Compress asks Dabi if he is going to die. Dabi claims that only his upper half was composed of sand and was unsure whether he'd die or just be heavily injured. After Tomura finishes humiliating Chisaki and taking his Quirk bullets, he takes his leave with the rest of the villains.
Pro Hero Arc
Dabi is first seen giving out orders for High-End to accomplish. After High-End was defeated, Dabi eventually confronted Endeavor himself, surprised by the results of the battle. With his vision blurred out, Endeavor can barely recognize him, but from his voice, he can tell that Dabi is the one responsible for killing the Pro Hero, Snatch. Dabi unleashes his flames, trapping him, Endeavor and Hawks in a wall of flames. With the two heroes weakened, Dabi takes the opportunity to kill them, but he is stopped by the No. 5 Pro Hero Miruko. With her being present, Dabi forces himself to flee the area by calling out for Ujiko, but not before he calls out Endeavor's full name, planning to talk with him another time.
Some time later, Hawks meets with Dabi, revealing himself to be associated with the League of Villains (in reality however, Hawks was a spy sent from the heroes to gather info on the villains). Hawks is mad to find out that the Nomu, High-End, attacked today at the city and not tomorrow at a nearby factory. On top of this, he noticed that High-End was much different compared to previous Nomus. Dabi told him he changed his mind and that he wanted to see High-End's capabilities. Dabi tells him that it's not wise for him to place his trust on him and he was testing to see if Hawks was truly on his side. Eventually, the two depart their own way, with Dabi saying that though he won't let Hawks see the boss yet, he plans to contact him again.
Dabi is later seen at a dock nearby and begins to remember who Endeavor was talking about. He rubs his eyes which begins to drip out blood as he recalls when Snatch asked if he ever thought about the families of his victims, stating that he thought about them so much it drove him crazy.
Meta Liberation Army Arc
Prior to the events of the Hero Billboard Chart JP, Dabi continued his search for more recruits to join the league, only to kill them back and forth as he struggled to find those that had any value. Making no progress, he eventually returned back to the hideout, in which he questioned why everyone was gathered up here instead of searching for new recruits, only for Toga and Twice to mock his actions at recruiting people. He later participated in battling Gigantomachia with his fellow league, only for them to lose.
Dabi and the rest of the villains were then transported to the doctor's hideout and noticed the amount of Nomus contained and how different they looked. Soon, the doctor revealed himself and introduced himself as Daruma Ujiko. After hearing Tomura's motive, Ujiko agreed to help him, as long as he can tame Gigantomachia. Dabi refused to take part and was more invested on searching for recruits instead, only for Ujiko to request for Dabi to test out the High Ends, though Dabi showed no interest in that either.
Dabi later accompanied the league after Tomura received a call from Rikiya Yotsubashi to challenge the Meta Liberation Army and rescue Giran from their clutches and took part in the battle. During the battle, Dabi engaged in conflict with one of the Meta Liberation Army's warriors, Geten and held his own against him for an extended period of time. Following the events of the battle, however, the Meta Liberation Army submitted themselves to Tomura's command. As a result, this allowed the League of Villains and Meta Liberation Army to unite as one. Dabi became one of Tomura's nine lieutenants.
Following this, Dabi later had a private meeting with Hawks, in which Hawks decided not to share his true thoughts regarding the formation of the Paranormal Battle Front.
Endeavor Agency Arc
Dabi was one of the nine lieutenants present during a meeting with Hawks, who informed them about Endeavor and how he's taken on three students on an intern. Dabi commented on how they haven't changed ever since the Training Camp Incident.
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
Four months later, Dabi is assigned the role as the leader of Vanguard Action Guerilla Warfare Regiment: Violet, alongside Geten. During the raid led by the Pro Heroes, Hawks confronted Twice in a private room. He was about to kill him, until Dabi interrupted the scene by firing his blue flames. Hawks rescues Twice from Dabi's attacks, causing the latter to commend that Heroes are always willing to save lives. When Twice breaks free of Hawks' grip, Dabi joyfully encourages him to go wild and that the others are waiting, yet Hawks kills Twice as he is too much of a threat to keep alive.
Dabi is upset by Twice's death and burns away Hawks' feathers in retaliation. Hawks asks him if he cares about Twice being killed. Dabi admits that he does care about Twice's death (though only because he needed Twice to make his dream come true), and that he can't cry because his tear glands are all burned up. Hawks asks Dabi who he is, and the latter tells him his real name, though it is censored to the readers. Afterward, Dabi explains his motivations to Hawks: he claims that there are no "real" Heroes and he is the ultimate manifestation of Stain's will. Before Dabi can finish off Hawks, Tokoyami arrives to defend him.
Powers and Abilities
- Cremation: Cremation allows Dabi to control and manipulate blue flames. The extent of his Quirk is hot enough to set forests on fire and burning people to a crisp.
- Keen Intellect: While not very strategic, Dabi is very observant to everything around him. With just a glance, he easily identified Tomura's instability and effortlessly saw through Aizawa's stoic nature, even knowing that Hawks was a traitor from the moment he met him. Had it not been for Twice stopping him, he would have found and killed Aoyama. Later he identified Snatch’s quirk, and understood it’s limits. Overall, Dabi is one of the more powerful members among the league. His quirk has shown to have a destructive nature and his skill enough to hold his own against Pro Heroes. Shota Aizawa, a powerful Pro Hero, struggled against a clone for a considerable amount of time (which did not have the same power as the original). Later, in conjunction with Mr. Compress, they managed to seal and kill Snatch, a strong Pro Hero.
- The origin of Dabi's burns remain unknown, although it is very likely that they were caused through his own Quirk. Furthermore, since these injuries are attached to him through his staple piercings, it's impossible to tell whether these were accidental or self-inflicted.
- A popular theory among the fandom is that Dabi may actually be a relative of the Todoroki family, due to his flame Quirk. One of the reasons that the fans use is the fact that his flames are blue, in which Endeavor is also capable of producing blue flames.
- With the recent chapters hinting towards this theory, Dabi is now generally speculated to be Toya Todoroki, the oldest son of the Todoroki family, who was revealed to have an unnamed fire Quirk and implied to have went through harsh training with Endeavor regarding his Quirk.
Paranormal Liberation Front
League of Villains