This article is about Shoto Todoroki's older brother. For the Eight Bullets' member of the Shie Hassaikai, see Toya Setsuno. Dabi (荼 (だ) (び), Dabi?), real name Toya Todoroki (轟 (とどろき) (とう) (や), Todoroki Tōya?), is a major antagonist in the My Hero Academia manga and anime series. He is the oldest son of the Pro Hero Endeavor, driven insane due to his neglectful actions, and becoming a villain to enact revenge. He became affiliated with the League of Villains, a former member of the organization's since disbanded Vanguard Action Squad, and later one of the nine lieutenants of the Paranormal Liberation Front. Alongside his teammates, he serves as one of the main antagonists in the Forest Training Camp Arc, Pro Hero Arc, and Paranormal Liberation War Arc. Dabi is a fairly tall, pale young man of a slim, somewhat lanky build, described to be in his early twenties. He has white hair with a few red streaks at its crown that spikes upward around his head, hanging low over his eyes, which are thin, turquoise in color, and heavily lidded. Before the reveal of his true identity, his hair was dyed black. His most striking features are undoubtedly the patches of gnarled, wrinkled, purple skin that cover much of his lower face and neck, all the way down past his collarbone, below his eyes, around his torso, and on his arms and legs due to him losing control of his fire Quirk at a young age and engulfing him in flames.
These appear to be attached to the rest of his skin by multiple, crude surgical staples or hoop piercings. He has several silver cartilage piercings in both ears, and a triple nostril piercing on the right side of his nose. He also seems to be lacking earlobes on both sides of his ears upon closer inspection. In his first appearance, he wears a dark blue jacket with a high, ripped collar, and matching pants, cut off above his ankles, a pair of dark dress shoes on his feet. He also has a plain pale gray, scoop-neck shirt, below which a gray belt with a circular pattern wraps around his waist, a leather satchel attached at the back. As a child, Toya had a round face and unruly crimson hair that was spiked up in tufts around his head, falling down his forehead in uneven bangs, though due to inheriting his mother's genes, his hair slowly turned white.
39;t until after his growth spurt did Toya become around the same height as them.
He also wore a plain gakuran jacket as well. He would usually wear a neutral expression as shown in a few of the photos he was shown in. Due to his premature birth, he was shorter than his two younger siblings, Fuyumi and Natsuo, though it wasn't until after his growth spurt did Toya become around the same height as them. After losing control of his Quirk and waking up from three years in comatose, Toya had grown taller and his hair had become spikier, with him now resembling more of his appearance as an adult. Toya's burn scars were also present, albeit not as severe as they are now and not yet attached to his skin via piercings. When he joins the Vanguard Action Squad, his look is updated, now consists of a larger dark blue coat with two large metal cuffs at the end of each elbow-length sleeve, and a white stitch design on each of his shoulders, the hem ripped, extending down to his knees. His shirt and belt stay the same, but he replaces his pants with some larger ones of a darker color, and his shoes with black boots. Around the time of the formation of the Paranormal Liberation Front, Dabi acquires a new outfit to complete his status as one of the nine lieutenants of the organization.
His stitches not only extend to his shoulder pads but also the kneecaps of his pants.
Dabi wears a darkish blue long coat with the same white cuffs similar to his previous one. In addition, he dons a white V-necked shirt with white outlines. His stitches not only extend to his shoulder pads but also the kneecaps of his pants. The only things he retains are his silver belt, black boots, and his dark-colored pants. He also has three buttons on both sides of his coat. Following the Paranormal Liberation War, Dabi retains his white hair color and his burns have now extended to his hands and cheekbones as a result of overusing his Quirk during his confrontation with Endeavor and Shoto. By the time of the second war, Dabi's new tattered overcoat, boots, and pants are all white, with bracers on the sleeves and a belt on his waist. His new outfit also lacks a shirt underneath. As Dabi continues to use his Quirk wildly, his body is burning away even more.
The already burned flesh around the right side of his face is beginning to crumble and fall off, leaving him horribly disfigured. A portion of his jaw and teeth, as well as muscles and tendons, are now visible and his burns continue to spread around his face. A young Toya who became obsessed with achieving his father's goal, even when his Quirk threatened his health. As a child, Toya was very energetic and boisterous, and he wanted to learn as much as he could from his father. Because his father, Enji, had emphasized that he would be the one to surpass All Might since childhood, Toya became obsessed with the goal to fulfill that dream, becoming just as stubborn as his father to become the next number one. This drive to surpass All Might was so great that despite Enji continuously trying to tell him to abandon this goal and focus on something else in life, he refused and continued training, burning himself in the process. Toya described his goal as a fire that his father lit within him that would not go out and that he could not bring himself to ignore, highlighting how his childhood dream went on to become an unhealthy obsession.
Swearing vengeance against his father, Toya dies and Dabi is born.
His mother Rei however, construed that he simply yearned for his father's acknowledgment and proof that he wasn't a failure. Toya's obsession would go on to make him further unstable, not caring about the damage his Quirk training did to his own body. He also shrugged off concerns from his sister and mother, taking Enji's words to heart that his younger siblings lived in a different world than him. At one point, Toya even lashed out and attacked his mother and an infant Shoto with his Quirk when his father refused to look at him. Despite this, he wasn't completely callous towards his family as he showed to have a fairly good relationship with Fuyumi and Natsuo while growing up, and also expressed regret for trying to attack his youngest brother while admitting that he was wrong. Swearing vengeance against his father, Toya dies and Dabi is born. After being abandoned by Enji, who became focused on Toya's youngest brother Shoto, Toya went through an existential crisis and would cry out of frustration every night. Nevertheless, he continued to train his Quirk despite the harm it brought him, hoping to surpass Shoto and gain his father's approval. Toya even cried out of pure happiness when he saw his Quirk evolve and his flames become stronger.
39;s reputation and paying him back for all the suffering he went through.
When his father didn't meet with him to see this discovery however, Toya broke down emotionally and lost control of his flames, which ended up nearly burning him to death. Even after surviving and waking up from 3 years in comatose however, Toya still went home and wanted to see his father again, yet also desired to make amends with his family for attacking Shoto and his treatment of them. After seeing that nothing had changed however, and that Enji was still obsessed with training Shoto to become his successor, Toya completely broke, being reminded that all he ever was to his father was a failure. This caused Toya to completely abandon his old self and become Dabi, a murderous villain obsessed with ruining his father's reputation and paying him back for all the suffering he went through. After renaming himself Dabi, he became a stoic, aloof, confident, and focused individual who rarely shows emotion.
While rather crude and violent, he's actually cautious, choosing to retreat when Mirko arrived to aid Endeavor and made sure not to divulge too much information to Hawks about High-End because of the infancy of their relationship. Overall, Dabi is a highly enigmatic individual who trusts no one, preferring to do things alone and in his own way. He also gives off the impression of knowing more about certain people than he lets on. Despite his usual expressionless behavior, Dabi finds joy in establishing himself as a villain fighting what he believes to be false heroes, an ideology proposed by his apparent inspiration, Stain. Dabi is dedicated to Stain's mission and desires to destroy superhuman society, sharing his belief that one person with the necessary conviction can do so. He is shown to share Stain's sentiment that heroes are hypocritical and unworthy of their title, but unlike Stain, he does not seem to seek a society with better heroes, believing that true heroes don't exist. Despite his devotion to the Hero Killer's creed, Dabi does many things that Stain would not, such as attacking innocent bystanders and helping the League get revenge against Overhaul, while also being motivated by his own vengeance against Endeavor.