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~ Katsuki's battle cry.
In the end it doesn't change what I have to do.. I'll become a hero that surpasses even you, Deku!
~ Katsuki Bakugo to All Might after being defeated by Deku for the first time in a training exercise.
Shut up, scum. I will win this. That's what it means... to be a hero, Deku.
~ Katsuki to Izuku in "Katsuki Bakugo: Origin".
I haven't changed. My goal's always been the same-- To surpass All Might and become the Number One Hero.
~ Katsuki to Setsuna in "Early Bird!".
At least now you know what a future pro looks like. Now MOVE IT, extras.
Tenya Iida: You can't walk around calling people extras just because you don't know who they are!
~ Katsuki.
We're gonna kill every last one of these beatless idiots.
~ Katsuki.

Katsuki Bakugo (爆豪 勝己, Bakugō Katsuki), also known by his hero name, Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight and his nickname, Kacchan, is one of the two deuteragonists (alongside All Might) of the My Hero Academia franchise.

He is enrolled in U.A. High School's Hero Department, is a member of Class 1-A and appears to have violent anger-management issues, which he gets furious towards everybody and his classmates (including Deku) and is incredibly arrogant, seeing everyone he considers weak as "extras". Despite these flaws, Bakugo is determined to become a hero to surpass his idol, All Might and his arch-rival, Deku.

He is voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto (who also voiced Ghiaccio in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, Accelerator in A Certain Magical Index and Gladion in Pokémon the Series) in the Japanese version of the anime and by Clifford Chapin in the English version of the anime.


  • 1 Personality
  • 2 Powers and Abilities
    • 2.1 Powers
    • 2.2 Abilities
  • 3 Relationships
    • 3.1 Family
    • 3.2 Allies
    • 3.3 Enemies
  • 5 Etymology
  • 6 Trivia
  • 7 External Links
  • 8 Navigation


Our whole lives, I've looked down on you. You were Quirkless, obviously way behind me. But somehow, it felt like you were ahead of me too. I hated that. I hoped you'd disappear. I didn't want to accept you. So I bullied you, to make sure you'd stay away. I had to reject you, so that I could feel superior. I needed to win to beat you... then we both got into U.A., where not a single thing played out the way I wanted it to. Everyday, I was forced to see how strong you were, and how weak I was. Saying this out loud doesn't change a thing, but it's how I feel, Izuku... I'm sorry for everything... you made the right calls ever since you inherited One For All, followed the best path, acted like a real symbol. But I can see that you're lost right now. You hit a wall that you can't overcome with ideals alone, so we'll handle the things you can't take care of yourself. In order to be our best selves... we'll save you, the refugees at U.A., and everyone else. Anybody out there in need of a hero!
~ Katsuki apologizing to Izuku for his bullying in the past and vowing to save him and everyone along with Class 1-A.

At first, Katsuki had shown to be highly arrogant and condescending teenager towards almost everyone due to being immensely confident of his own Quirk and abilities. With the one goal of surpassing All Might as the No. 1 Pro Hero, he was also incredibly condescending towards others and bullied Izuku for being Quirkless and seeing him as having no chance at being a hero.

During his time in U.A. however, after receiving several blows to his pride as well as (to a point) deflating his ego, these behaviors have reduced mostly, now less smug and more serious about his aims as well as taking others into consideration. Even so, Katsuki can still be openly disrespectful towards other students at U.A. High, and often referring to others as "extras" and looking at them as stepping stones to his own victory. At the same time, he tends to bestow others with insulting nicknames.

Despite this, Katsuki can acknowledge others if they impress him with their strength, as shown during his match with Ochaco. He also has a friendship with Eijiro due to the latter being able to see through his more brash attitude, as well as Katsuki respecting Eijiro to some degree. Aside from this, he also does eventually come to recognize Izuku, with him realizing him to be the carrier of All Might's power. He demands that Izuku makes One For All his own so he can face against him one day.

While Katsuki would be aggressive and show much less than idealistic heroic behavior, his determination to be a hero is true, with him being inspired by how All Might would win. With him still determined to become the No. 1 hero and surpass All Might. His arrogant nature also belies his true power and skill, by all means, Katsuki is nowhere near weak and shows an inborn talent at almost everything. He also performs well academically, having learned how to read fully by the age of four and does show to take studying seriously.

Katsuki was inspired to become All Might by how the hero always managed to achieve victory and defeat villains. As shown in the Sports Festival, he values true victory and believes that it's meaningless if not won properly, as shown during his match with Shoto, where he demanded the latter to use his full power. Furthermore, Katsuki is also very honest to the point to where it extends to his brash and blunt demeanour. Because of this, Katsuki also proves to be a good judge of character, as he was able to see through Yo Shindo's friendly façade.

After All Might's retirement, Katsuki begins acting more aloof than usual, while eventually confronting Izuku over his Quirk. The two then come to fight and Katsuki later reveals that he had been holding immense guilt, even considering himself responsible for All Might's retirement, believing that All Might would have still been around if he hadn't let himself get captured by the League of Villains. He eventually resolves this after his fight with Izuku.

Furthermore, Katsuki has recently been wanting to help more with Izuku's handling of his other Quirks and seems more concerned about his progress and well-being, with All Might hinting that this is Katsuki way of atoning for his past of bullying him. The reason why he bullied Izuku that way was because he treated him as an outlet to his insecurity and weakness. Since then, he finally realized he was wrong about him. During the Paranormal Liberation War, when Tomura is about to stab Izuku, Katsuki’s body moves on its own and he jumps in front of his friend to save him, demonstrating how he's grown to care for his well-being.

After the Paranormal Liberation War, Katsuki has a greater understanding of both Izuku and All Might's psyches, knowing that they will both confront the burden of their power by themselves so they will put themselves in danger. He later made a genuine and truthful apology to Izuku, saying that he believed that Izuku was better than him and acting mean towards him didn't work for him in the end. He even told Izuku that he would support him and save everyone they care about, now supporting Izuku's goal of saving to win instead of winning to save.

Powers and Abilities[]

Katsuki has proven to be one of the strongest students in Class 1-A, earning third place in the Quirk Apprehension Test, while placing first in both the U.A. Entrance Exam, having the most villain points, and the U.A. Sports Festival. Katsuki's fighting style is an all-out offense, using his Quirk's propulsive abilities to close the distance between him and his opponents, followed by a bombardment of close-range attacks that often start with a powerful right hook. Katsuki is able to use his Explosion to propel himself through mid-air, blind opponents, and release long-range blasts, among other applications. Explosion is a versatile Quirk, especially for battle situations, as the recoil caused by the blasts can be exploited by Katsuki for mobility purposes.


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  • Explosion: Katsuki's Quirk allows him to produce powerful explosions. He does this by sweating a nitroglycerin-like substance from his skin which he can then detonate at will. He initially used these explosions for the offensive purposes, but overtime, he has gotten more creative with his Quirk and has been able to use them for defensive purposes, as well as boosting his speed. He is able to continue hold in and fire his explosions at continuous pace, allowing him to break through structures and barriers such as Ejiro's shield hardening and Shoto's ice. He cannot spam his Quirk recklessly, however, as doing so will cause his arms to ache and his explosions to weaken.
  • Enhanced Strength: Katsuki has shown that he is quite physically strong, being able to content with Izuku on multiple occasions through strength alone. He's also able to pin down villains such as Kurogiri with one arm alone.
  • Enhanced Speed: In combinations with his Quirk, Katsuki can launch himself with his explosions and travel at incredible speeds. His speed is on par with Izuku's.


  • Keen Intellect: In contrast to his violent and aggressive behavior, Katsuki is very smart. He is capable of analyzing his opponent's strengths and weaknesses, as well as formulating strategies of his own, based on his situation.
  • Musical Talent: During the U.A. Cultural Festival, Katsuki reveals he has talent at playing the drums and as such, he played a major role as part of the musical performance.



  • Masaru Bakugo - Father
  • Mitsuki Bakugo - Mother




Eijiro: Looks like I'll take down Bakugo next.
I'll kill you.
~ Katsuki to Eijiro.
And now you die.
~ Katsuki.
One more thing. When you guys are in danger... I'll protect you.
~ Katsuki to his teammates in the Joint Training match


  • The name Katsuki means "victory" (勝) (katsu) and "self, snake, serpent" (己) (ki).
  • Katsuki's surname Bakugo means "blaster" (爆豪).
    • The first kanji "爆" used to write Katsuki's surname is also the first kanji that's used in the word "blow up, blast, explosion" (爆破 bakuha?).


  • Katsuki is the oldest student in Class 1-A.
  • Katsuki can play drums surprisingly well.
  • Katsuki is the only student in Class 1-A with an unconfirmed hero name due to his proposed ones (King Explosion Murder and Lord Explosion Murder) having been turned down by Midnight for being too violent.
    • However, it is revealed in the Endeavor Agency Arc that Katsuki has chosen a hero name for himself, but has not revealed it to anyone yet.
    • His hero name was finally revealed as Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight in the Paranormal Liberation War Arc.
  • Originally, Katsuki's character was going to be portrayed much differently with him being friendly and open about his opinions which lead to them being unintentionally insulting. Horikoshi found this draft to be boring however and decided to change his character to that of a loud-mouthed and unpleasant one while still being a natural born genius.
  • In the vol.2 of the My Hero Academia SMASH Comic series much to his chagrin, several of Katsuki's "embarrassing" inner thoughts are revealed, including:
    • "It wounds me when people suggest I'm not the nicest guy".
    • "Deku is actually kinda awesome".
    • "U.A is way harsher than I thought it'd be". [1]
  • Katsuki's goal of "Winning to Save" directly contrasts from Izuku's goal of "Saving to Win".
  • Katsuki's Dubbed actor who also voices Connie Springer in Attack on Titan.
  • Katsuki and Ochaco Uraraka share the same costume designer and their dots show this.
  • Katsuki's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Katsuki ranked 3rd in the first Popularity Poll in Japan.
    • Katsuki ranked 1st in the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh Popularity Polls in Japan.
    • Katsuki ranked 5th in the first U.S. Popularity Poll.
    • Katsuki ranked 1st in the second, fourth and fifth U.S. Popularity Polls.
  • Katsuki Bakugou is actually Transgender Female to Male due to being born female but he identifies as male. In the Team-Up Missions series when Mitsuki Bakugou has his birth certificate it's revealed he was assigned female at birth. [2]
  • My Hero Academia Team-Up Missions is a series of it's own serving as a Spin-off to My Hero Academia similar to My Hero Academia Vigilantes and Katsuki Bakugou has made several appearance as a main character behind the overall protagonist throughout the Team-Up Missions series.

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Katsuki Bakugo (4)Heroes

U.A. High School
Teachers: Ectoplasm |Higari Maijima |Hizashi Yamada |Ken Ishiyama |Nemuri Kayama |Nezu |Ryo Inui |Sekijiro Kan |Shota Aizawa |Thirteen |Toshinori Yagi
Class 1-A: Denki Kaminari |Eijiro Kirishima |Fumikage Tokoyami (Dark Shadow) |Hanta Sero |Izuku Midoriya |Katsuki Bakugo |Koji Koda |Kyoka Jiro |Mashirao Ojiro |Mezo Shoji |Mina Ashido |Minoru Mineta |Momo Yaoyorozu |Ochaco Uraraka |Rikido Sato |Shoto Todoroki |Tenya Iida |Toru Hagakure |Tsuyu Asui |Yuga Aoyama
Class 1-B: Hiryu Rin |Ibara Shiozaki |Itsuka Kendo |Jurota Shishida |Juzo Honenuki |Kinoko Komori |Kojiro Bondo |Kosei Tsubaraba |Manga f*ckidashi |Neito Monoma |Nirengeki Shoda |Pony Tsunotori |Reiko Yanagi |Sen Kaibara |Setsuna Tokage |Shihai Kuroiro |Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu |Togaru Kamakiri |Yosetsu Awase |Yui Kodai
The Big Three: Mirio Togata |Nejire Hado |Tamaki Amajiki
Other Classes: Hitoshi Shinso |Mei Hatsume

Pro Heroes
All Might |Backdraft |Best Jeanist |Bubble Girl |Burnin |Cementoss |Centipeder |Crimson Riot |Crust |Death Arms |Ectoplasm |Edgeshot |Endeavor |Eraser Head |Fat Gum |Fourth Kind |Gang Orca |Gran Torino |Gunhead |Hawks |Ingenium |Kamui Woods |Kesagiriman |Majestic |Manual |Midnight |Mister Blaster |Mirko |Ms. Joke |Mt. Lady |Nana Shimura |Present Mic |Rock Lock |Ryukyu |Star and Stripe |Selkie |Shishido |Sir Nighteye |Sirius |Snatch |Uwabami |Wash |X-Less |Yoroi Musha
Wild, Wild puss*cats: Mandalay |Pixie Bob |Ragdoll |Tiger

Other Schools
Camie Utsushimi |Inasa Yoarashi |Seiji Shishikura |Nagamasa Mora |Yo Shindo |Tatami Nakagame |Itejiro Toteki |Shikkui Makabe

Melissa Shield |David Shield |Katsuma & Mahoro Shimano | Rody Soul (Pino)

Eri |Kota Izumi |Oboro Shirakumo |Rapt Tokage |Gentle Criminal |Naomasa Tsukauchi |Kenji Tsuragamae |La Brava |Lady Nagant |Soga Kugisaki

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