Tomura Shigaraki (死し柄がら木き弔とむら Shigaraki Tomura), real name Tenko Shimura (志し村むら転てん弧こShimura Tenko), was the leader of the League of Villains after his master All For One’s defeat and arrest, and is the primary antagonist of the series. He made his first major appearance as one of the main antagonists of the U.S.J. Arc. Like the rest of the League, his goal is to kill All Might, the “Symbol of Peace”, thus destroying the society he represents and to create a new one with a new form of justice in his own image.
Later on, Tomura changed his goal to instead, destroy society all together rather than reshape it. He then merged his organization and the Meta Liberation Army to form the Paranormal Liberation Front, and he becomes its Grand Commander.
Tomura is a slim man who is a little below average height, with deathly pale skin, tinged yellow and wrinkled a great deal around his eyes. His lips are chapped and uneven, a small mole on the right underneath, with visible scars on his right eye and under his lip. He has messy grayish-blue hair of varying lengths, the longest clumps reaching to about his shoulders, left hanging over his face in uneven waves. His eyes are normally obscured, but when visible are usually stretched wide in a rather maniacal manner, their bright red irises very small.
Interestingly, when Tenko was at the age of five, he bore a striking resemblance to Izuku Midoriya, with his blue hair originally being dark black in color, while also having dried patches of skin around his eyes, though his lips were shown to be healthy in appearance. After his Quirk manifested, his appearance changed giving him a wrinkled face and changing his hair color.
When in his civilian outfit, he wears plain red sneakers, black pants which expose his ankles, and a matching long-sleeved v-neck shirt, a plain black jacket over the top, the hood pulled low over his face, one of his disembodied hands in his pocket.
His villain costume sports fourteen embalmed hands, all positioned so they’re holding onto him onto different parts of his body. These hands were taken from dead individuals and embalmed by Daruma Ujiko, who gave them a zombie-like grayish-blue color and attached to their bases a golden box with two holes drilled into the bottom.
Each pair of these hands originally belonged to an individual killed by Tomura during the time his Quirk first manifested: the one in his neck is his mother’s; in his arms, his grandfather’s; in his forearms, his grandmother’s; in his wrists, his sister’s; and the ones in his chest and shoulders are from two unnamed street punks.
The hand that holds and hides Tomura’s face, and that he sometimes keeps in his pocket, is his father’s left hand, called “Father” by him. The right one was accidentally destroyed by him, so Daruma had to make one to hold on the top of Tomura’s head; this hand is connected to his mother’s pair through two red cords.
All of the hands except one have been either destroyed or lost and discarded. For the rest of the outfit, Tomura just wears his regular black clothes, bar the jacket. He used to wear red tennis shoes, but they were destroyed by him.
After All For One’s arrest, Tomura’s hair has gotten longer, and he adopts a hooded leather coat that he wears over his costume.
During his fight with Re-Destro, Tomura’s left hand was crushed, leaving only his ring and pinky fingers.
After the Revival Celebration, Tomura now wears a suit, a coat similar to Overhaul’s, a leg brace, a brace for his left hand, and a hand on his face
As a child, Tomura was shown to be relatively normal, even compassionate. He held a great love for his family and a strong desire to become a hero someday, not unlike Izuku. However, he was also shown to be psychologically fragile from the abuse he suffered from his father, being terrified of his father’s mere presence. Sadly, his mind would eventually snap as a result of his Quirk manifesting.
As an adult, Tomura has a malevolent and warped personality: He doesn’t care for his or almost anyone else’s life, having no qualms about evil deeds like killing U.A. High School students in order to provoke All Might or threatening Izuku Midoriya with the death of civilians unless he cooperated with him.Tomura was initially perceived to be a “man-child” by the heroes, as All Might described him as a child who likes to brag and acts out when things don’t go his way. He is very arrogant, selfish, dependent and demanding, becoming angry if things don’t in go his way, in a way akin to a child’s tantrum. Like a child, he doesn’t seem to be able to cope with his own feelings, instead lashing out and abusing both others or himself, tearing at his own neck when he becomes frustrated. By his own admission, he basically hates everything that breathes. This attitude stems from the abuse he suffered from his father and being alone in his childhood.
Tomura likes to brag about the Nomu and the League of Villains, wanting to prove they have the power needed to accomplish their goals and taking pleasure in mocking his enemies. He retaliated Stain’s attack by releasing Nomu to wreak havoc and was verbally upset when his plan failed, starting to bear a grudge against Stain and Izuku. Upon meeting Dabi and Himiko Toga, he attacked them for simply mentioning Stain.] He later stole the Quirk-Destroying Drug and took great pleasure in mocking Kai Chisaki by pointing out he was now the very thing he wanted on others.
The only person whom Tomura has shown compassion towards – apart of his closest allies latter – is his mentor, All For One, having a great deal of respect and attachment to All For One. He showed great remorse in leaving All For One behind to face All Might alone. He also took the advice of Kurogiri, even treating him like a confidante and being upset by his capture. Tomura has a vengeful side for his comrades, decaying and cutting the arm off Overhaul after he killed Magne. He considers most of his allies as valuable for his plans, to the point that the Eight Precepts of Death described that the members of the League of Villains care for each other. He allowed Himiko and Twice to see his face while confiding in them of how hard it is to side with those who wounded him. Following his victory over Re-Destro, Tomura immediately asked for money to finance his forces.
Tomura felt great love for his deceased family and expressed heavy remorse for his accidental killing of them upon losing control of his Quirk. The severed hands that he wears all over himself are the only remnants of his lost loved ones. He claims that wearing them makes him feel sick, yet also keeps him calm. Despite his sadness, Tomura experienced a partial relish in their demise since he wanted them to be punished for letting him suffer at his father’s will. By his own admission, he felt pleasure when purposely killing his father because of his treatment and his last attack on him. During his fight with Re-Destro, Tomura overcame his past shackles of guilt after getting his memory back and now relishes in ending the unfair pain he suffered by their hands to use it to further fuel his hatred and desire to destroy society.
Overall Abilities: Tomura is known to be one of the most dangerous villains in Japan, contending with Pro Heroes in combat thanks to his physical and analytical skills. As the leader of the League of Villains, Tomura has total command over his powerful subordinates. During the U.S.J. Incident, Tomura had the mettle to briefly take on the formidable Pro Hero Eraser Head, and successfully use his Decay Quirk on the Erasure Hero’s right arm. Tomura was even confident that he could take down Izuku Midoriya, Shoto Todoroki, Katsuki Bakugo, and Eijiro Kirishima, four highly capable U.A students, although at the time, didn’t know the full extent of the quartet’s abilities. Tomura was capable of battling Gigantomachia for half a month, not giving up until he is able to make the behemoth submit. When he faced Re-Destro, and his left hand was partially destroyed, Tomura’s prowess had been suddenly enhanced to levels beyond his natural parameters. According to Re-Destro, if Tomura had his newly increased parameters during the Kamino Incident, he would’ve easily decayed at least 1 of the Pro Heroes present. After a fierce battle he was not only able to defeat Re-Destro but gained control of the latter’s army, as well as tame Gigantomachiawith his accomplishment.