|“||YES SHOTO! Have you finally accepted your purpose? That's it, very good. This is the dawn of a new era for us. With my blood in your veins you'll surpass me. YOU WILL LIVE UP TO THE REASON I CREATED YOU!||„|
|~ Endeavor become over-excited after see Shoto finally use his fire quirk.|
|“||Stop that peeking, Shoto. Those "things", your older siblings, are people who inhabit a different world from you.||„|
|~ Endeavor to young Shoto to stop peeking his rest siblings and call them "things".|
|“||Apart from what that novice tried to stir up... There is not much to say. Just watch me.||„|
|~ Endeavor's statement to the public.|
Enji Todoroki, or better known by his superhero name "Endeavor", is a major protagonist from the manga/anime series, My Hero Academia. He is the father of Shoto Todoroki and the 2nd highest ranked superhero. He serves as the main antagonist of the U.A. Sports Festival , then later serving as the main protagonist of the Pro Hero Arc.
Endeavor is a hero that had one objective on his mind; to surpass All Might and claim his rank as the 1st ranked superhero of Japan. However, because of All Might's popularity, Endeavor feared that he would not get so far in his career. In order to continue his legacy, Endeavor arranged a marriage with a woman that had an ice Quirk and forcefully produce offsprings with her, until his wife was able to give birth to the perfect child; Shoto Todoroki.
Ever since All Might's retirement from being a superhero, Endeavor was now on his way to becoming the 1st ranked superhero, much to his anger. However, after finding peace with himself and coming to respect All Might once more, Endeavor fully accepts his position and aims to become society's new Symbol of Peace.
He is voiced by Tetsu Inada in the Japanese version, and Patrick Seitz in the English version.
Despite his status as a hero, he lacks many heroic ideals. He is prideful of his fame and strength, and is envious of the fact that All-Might has a higher rank than him. His ultimate goal was to prove himself the strongest, not caring about being the number one hero for the fame but more as proof that he was the strongest hero. His selfishness shows when he married Rei, a woman with an ice Quirk, simply so he could produce an heir that could take All Might's spot as the Number 1 Hero. His abuse towards his wife caused her to have a mental breakdown, yet he showed no concern for her when it happened. He would also abuse Shoto daily, believing that he must stand up for himself if he wants to get anywhere successful in his life. Endeavor also seemed to not acknowledge the rest of his children, nor pay any mind and attention to them. This was seen when he forbade Shoto from interacting with them as a child. He was also implied to have tried to train his son Toya, who possessed a strong fire quirk but couldn't grasp its power before he had an unfortunate accident that Enji showed no remorse on.
However, all of this would change following All Might's retirement, after defeating All For One. Because the former retired, it meant that Endeavor's position would inevitably shift to the number one position. However, he was greatly enraged by this, as he believed that his hard work was pointless and had no meaning if it all lead to this. Eventually, Endeavor decided to settle matters with All Might, in which the two had a conversation about the future for himself.
After his conversation while witnessing his son make up for his Hero License Exam, Endeavor has come to realize the error of his ways and plans to turn over a new leaf. Rather than seeking fame, Endeavor now seeks to become a new Symbol of Peace that many can look up to. As a result, he is joyful in seeing Shoto doing well on his exam and appreciated Inasa's support for him.
In addition to shaping himself as a better hero, Endeavor also appears to be focusing on becoming a better person to his family. He is said to have visited the hospital often to see how his wife is doing and left her a flower she liked, showing that he does care for her, despite his abuse towards her. Rei also noted that Endeavor remembered very well since the first time they met, showing that he is able to remember even the smallest detail of things. It is later revealed that one of the reasons Endeavor married Rei was not just out of pure selfishness, but to also counter the limitations of his Quirk, hence why he believed Shoto had the perfect Quirk, so that he wouldn't experience these issues.
Despite his rough reunion with his children, Endeavor still tries his best to stay in touch with them and see how they are doing. This is notably shown when he tried to get in contact with Shoto via phone and notify him about a technique he's been training him to perform for awhile now. Endeavor also understands their feelings towards him and blames himself for it, as he noted Natsuo's cold behavior towards him and told him that he's trying to atone himself, something that surprised his son. He also stated to his daughter Fuyumi that he could have worded himself better and could be seen leaving, presumably to speak with Natsuo. He's extremely grateful to her daughter for everything she's tried to do to reunite their family, but despite this, he's come to the conclusion that his family would better off without him. As a result, he ultimately decides that in order to try and fix their family, he must remove himself from the equation.
Out of envy for All-Might's hero ranking, he forced an arranged marriage with Rei, a woman with an Ice Quirk, so that he could produce an heir capable of surpassing All-Might. After three failed attempts, his fourth child, Shoto, had a Quirk that allowed him to use both fire and ice. When Shoto was only five, he isolated him from his siblings so he could put him through a rigorous training regimen. His wife would often call him out on putting the young Shoto through such harsh training. His abuse towards both Shoto and his wife would take a toll on the latter's sanity.
One day, Mrs. Todoroki is on the phone with her mother talking about how she couldn't take their marriage anymore. When Shoto walked into the room, she snapped and threw boiling water in his face out of hatred for Endeavor. Endeavor would have her committed to a mental institution so that she wouldn't interfere with Shoto's training, which results in Shoto finally declaring his hatred for his father and would refuse to use his Fire Quirk out of spite (unless in an emergency like when he froze a student he was sparring with).
U.A. Sports Festival ArcDuring the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, he is seen spectating the event. Shoto wished for a better challenge during the event because he was watching. When Shoto refuses to use his Fire Quirk, this prompts a scolding from Endeavor. After a pep talk from Izuku, Shoto finally decides to unleash his Fire Quirk, which causes Endeavor to proudly declare that he'll surpass him. After Shoto's match with Izuku, he tells him how proud he is and allows him to be his sidekick, but Shoto tells him that the only reason he was able to use his Fire Quirk because for a brief moment, he forgot about him.
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
Shoto chose his workplace to gain experience in the field of heroism. During the Nomu attack of Hosu, Endeavour hopes that he could encounter the Hero-Killer, Stain. Before he could, however, he had the task to dispatch the remaining Nomus in the city. Eventually, he was able to catch up with the rest of the heroes and Stain, who accidentally paralyzed himself. After the battle against Stain, Endeavor was given credit for his defeat by suggestion of the Police Chief for Izuku's, Iida's, and Shoto's protection.
Forest Training Camp Arc
After the incident during the School Trip, Endeavor complains about having to rescue Katsuki Bakugo because it would interfere with his busy schedule. His complaining continues when he's only assigned to stay with the police while the other heroes raid the League of Villains' lair.
Hideout Raid ArcEndeavor was one of the few Pro Heroes assigned the task of rescuing Bakugo from his capture. For the time being, he was forced to remain outside of the league's hideout. Once Nomus started appearing, however, Endeavor began to take action to dispatch them. All Might eventually meets up with him, in which Endeavor simply tells him off to continue on without him.
During All-Might's battle with All For One, he regresses to his weakened state, which Endeavor witnesses. This prompts him to remember the origin of his grudge against him. After the battle with All For One, All-Might was forced to retire from crime fighting, allowing Endeavor to finally get his wish to be the Number 1 Hero. However, he is not happy with his newly obtained position, believing everything he's worked hard for was all for nothing.
Remedial Course ArcEndeavor meets up with All Might when asking advice about to being the Symbol of Peace showing that, despite solving cases, he feels that everything All Might builded will fall down. All Might explains to him that he always envisioned Japan needing a beacon of light that many can hope for. In doing so, All Might forced himself to ignore those around him. He then explains that Endeavor should not be seeking to fill in his shoes, but to build up his own path of becoming that same hope.
After Shoto finished with his second Hero License Training Exam, Endeavor approached his son, expressing joy for his son, saying he's proud of him. Endeavor states that from this point on, he hopes to become a hero that Shoto can be proud of. While Shoto gives him the cold shoulder, he was satisfied to see his father take a good step for change.
Pro Hero Arc
Endeavor was officially presented as being the No. 1 Pro Hero in Japan. During the public event, the No. 2 Pro Hero, Hawks, begins to call out the other heroes on how they're simply saying what the crowd wants to hear, instead of what it is they actually want to say. Hawks then calls out Endeavor, stating that if heroes were approved by popularity rating, Endeavor would be at No. 4. He then passes the mic to him, in which Endeavor states he has nothing much to say about his position, other than to simply watch him act, much to Hawks' surprise.
Hawks later meets up with Endeavor after the event, in which Endeavor angrily asks what he was up about. Hawks simply makes a request that he needs help dealing with a Nomu problem in his area. For the time being, Endeavor wanders around the city with Hawks, who helps nearby civilians, while also having his conversation with him. Endeavor eventually meets a few of his fans nearby who wish to receive an autograph from him, but when he attempts to shake one of their hands, they flee as he was "breaking his character".
The two heroes later continue their discussion in a restaurant. Hawks reveals that he had sent an offer to his son, Shoto, but was glad he got to intern with Tokoyami instead, since his son failed the license exam. Hawks states that, because of that, he was glad, much to Endeavor's anger. Eventually, Hawks reveals the rumors about the Nomus being produced have been spreading across the country. Though there's no proof of it, Hawks believes that someone is spreading propaganda to bring fear among the people.
Hawks then states he wishes for Endeavor to become the ideal hero that can set up a world where heroes can help out others in need, but can also live a peaceful life. Suddenly, the pair noticed the evolved Nomu, Hood that crashes into the building, demanding for the strongest among the two. Endeavor blasts Hood out of the building, ready to show what the No. 1 Pro Hero is capable of.
Endeavor proceeds to continue on his battle with Hood. To his surprise, Hood was able to tank his blast and regenerate from it. Endeavor attempts to capture him with one of his special moves, but Hood was able to evade and rag doll him through an entire building around. While Hawks focuses on rescuing the civilians from the building, Endeavor was able to free himself and attempt to finish off Hood once more, only for Hood to regenerate, looking amused.
With the building top falling, Endeavor blasts it down to bits, saving many lives. Endeavor then begins to see that Hood has six Quirks and how cunningly intelligent it is. Endeavor is now left in a cautious state, thinking what his next move should be, as his current state is beginning to weaken him. Hood charges towards him, then Endeavor proceeds to blast him away with one more attack, destroying the majority of his body. Despite seemingly dead, Hood was still alive and landed a nasty wound on Endeavor's eye. Endeavor was then laying in defeat, with Hood demanding for a stronger opponent.
Endeavor eventually rose back up to his feet, refusing to take defeat. He attempts to strike down Hood, but Hood was able to react quicker than him and knock him back away into buildings. Heavily injured, Endeavor continues to get back up and proceeds to chase down Hood. Once he catches up to him, Hood attempts to strike him down once more, but is then caught off guard by Hawks. Hawks then provides Endeavor aid by providing him his feathers, allowing him to create flaming wings. Endeavor then prepares to charge towards Hood, ready to land the final hit.
Endeavor manages to land hit as he punches through Hood's teeth and burn his insides. Though Hood continued to regenerate, his regeneration was eventually overwhelmed and Endeavor was able to finish him off with a Prominence Burn. Endeavor stood victorious as everyone that watched the live fight cheered on for him. Hawks eventually aids in Endeavor's help, cleaning up his injuries. Before the two could leave, however, Dabi arrives on the scene.
Endeavor cannot see him clearly, due to his blurred vision, but he can recognize him as the villain that killed Snatch from his voice. Dabi traps him and Hawks around in his flames and prepares to attack the two, but he is prevented by Miruko from doing so. Dabi is then forced to call Ujiko to help him escape, in which he does. Before departing, he calls out Endeavor's full name, hoping to talk with him another time. Endeavor collapses from his injuries before he is taken to the hospital to recover from his wounds, accompanied by Hawks.
Endeavor soon recovered from his injuries, having received surgery and Recovery Girl's quirk to save his eye, while only being left with a scar. He had a brief discussion with Hawks before returning to his home, where he got to see three of his four children again. His daughter, Fuyumi, congratulated him on doing well against the Nomu, while Shoto and his brother, Natsuo, were not so satisfied to see him. Shoto sarcastically commented on his scar while he and his brother continued to give him the cold shoulder. Natsuo soon gets up to leave, refusing to make any sort of amends with his father, but Endeavor stops him and asks what's on his mind. Infuriated, Natsuo calls him out for all the things he's done to the family and how he thinks he can just come to the family, expecting forgiveness. Endeavor assures him that he's trying to atone for his actions, but a surprised Natsuo doesn't accept it. Endeavor soon listens to Shoto state he's looking forward to see what kind of father, he'll be in the future. Endeavor then leaves his house, stating to Fuyumi that he could have worded himself better to Natsuo.
Joint Training Arc
Endeavor attempts to get in contact with his son, Shoto, to see how he's doing and to let him know about his secret technique, but Shoto had left all of his messages on read, causing to get frustrated. Later, Shoto sends him a message about the technique, while Endeavor defeated a random thug and was annoyed by the timing.
Powers and Abilities
In general, Endeavor is a very powerful hero. He is the No. 2 ranked hero in Japan, right behind All Might, and later ended up being No. 1, after All Might retired from crime fighting. His fights against the League of Villains and the Nomus have proven his ranking very well. Combined with his Quirk and intellect, he is a very capable fighter that can achieve great feats.
- Hell Flame: Endeavor's Quirk allows him to manipulate and control fire at his will. He is able to use his flame abilities in a variety of different ways, such as creating fire spears and fire balls and melting walls with his feet, which allows him to run on walls. He can also control the temperature of his flames, to the point of creating blue flames.
- Brilliant Scorching Fist-Jet Burn: With this attack, Endeavor shoots flames from his wrist to speed up the momentum of his fist to create an incredibly powerful punch.
- Brilliant Scorching Fist-Hell Spider: Endeavor shoots out flames in the forms of ray beams that slice through things like butter.
- Prominence Burn: Endeavor releases a huge blast of flames that is powerful enough to burn away massive parts of his opponent away.
- Superhuman Strength: Although Hell Flame is his only Quirk, Endeavor is very strong, as he was able to send a Nomu flying back with one punch, as well as breaking its skin off with said punch. He is also able to hold down a Nomu long enough for him to decapitate it.
- Keen Intellect: Endeavor is extraordinarily intelligent, as he has used his intelligence to tally up the most resolved criminal cases in history. He has keen deductive skills, as shown when he noticed how Izuku Midoriya's Quirk was not only was very powerful, but it was similar to All Might's, only after seeing it briefly. In combat, he swiftly decided that the best way to defeat a Nomu was to carbonize its cells, so it wouldn't regenerate.
It should be noted that Endeavor does indeed have limits to his Quirk. If he tends to use it recklessly, his body temperature will overheat, causing his physical conditions to weaken. In order to counter this, he relies on Rei's ice Quirk to cool him down. It's also one of the main reasons why he's glad at how Shoto turned out, so that he doesn't have this problem in the future.
- Endeavor seems to be a representation of what Katsuki Bakugo could become in the future: a hero filled with pride and ambition who strives to be at the very top. Both he and Bakugo have also shown to have violent and aggressive tempers.
- Endeavor's name means "attempting to achieve a goal", which is very fitting for his character.
- Despite being a controversial character among the fandom, Endeavor was placed 8th in the fourth Japanese popularity poll, which is a huge improvement to his last placements. This is likely due to his recent character development in the Pro Hero Arc.
- Endeavor was originally intended to be a teacher at the U.A. High School, but the concept was scrapped as the idea of having both the No. 1 (who at the time was All Might) and No. 2 Pro Hero on the protagonist's side would result in their conflicts being dealt with more easily.
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