Full Name: Akeno Kudo
Quirk: Hothead - This Quirk allows the user to heat up their body to the point of being hot enough to burn people with a touch.
Akeno is able to raise her internal temperature, increasing the heat produced by her body so that their skin grows hotter and hotter, to the point that making contact with her is painful. Currently this Quirk can increase her temperature to the point that touching her feels like touching a cast iron radiator that has been on for too long, or sticking your hand under a hot tap; scalding and liable to give a minor burn after several seconds.
The downside of this Quirk is that it can leave Akeno feeling lightheaded as they overheat, even causing them to pass out if she uses it for too long. As of right now she is unable to control her Quirk too well, unable to regulate her temperature or limit its usage to a specific part of her body, so it's all or nothing for the moment.
- Close combat: Akeno has spent more than half of her life learning karate and has also spent the last two years learning grappling techniques. While she doesn’t yet have her blackbelt she is more than confident in her ability to fight.
- Athletic: Being tall, fit and having led a very active lifestyle means that Akeno is in better physical condition than most of her peers. More than that however is the fact that she seems to have a natural talent for most physical endeavours; she picks up on things quickly and has good control over her body.
- Dedication: Akeno has a drive to succeed and a willingness to put in as much hard work as possible to reach her goal. They say that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in something and Akeno is the type to put in that time without complaint.
- Long-rang combat: Both her Quirk and her fighting abilities are short range, leaving Akeno with no ability to defend herself from long-ranged attack nor retaliate against opponents at a distance. Her only option is to try and close that gap any way she can.
- Underdeveloped Quirk: Akeno has spent very little time using or strengthening her Quirk, relying more on her martial arts abilities to deal with situations, meaning that her Quirk is weak and underdeveloped compared to most other aspiring heroes. She will have a lot of ground to make up in this area.
- Inexperience: While Akeno is an experienced fighter, most of her opponents have been other karate practitioners who weren’t using Quirks during their matches. As such she doesn’t have much experience fighting opponents using other fighting styles, not opponents using Quirks. While she is a quick learner, it will likely take some time for her to get used to opponents with abilities that are new or strange to her.
Personality: The first impression people would have of Akeno would probably be one of composure and quiet focus, though this would depend on the context of that first meeting. She is above all a hard-working, dedicated individual, one who pushes herself to excel; she can come across as a little intense as a result, but is also friendly and sociable to whoever she meets.
Her drive to succeed means that Akeno always pushes herself to do more, to do better. She expects a lot from herself, sometimes more than she can actually give, and at the same time always sees herself as not achieving as much as she should. She’s harsh on herself, always beating herself up for mistakes and trying to nit-pick or undersell her victories; loses are hard for her but she’s used to them, and while wins are nice they are no reason to stop progressing. It’s fair to say that Akeno undervalues herself and that she has a self-deprecating view of herself.
Akeno has a competitive streak, insomuch as she doesn’t like to lose and compares her achievements to those of others. She doesn’t like being outdone by someone, but she never takes it out on the person in question, instead she will only tell herself to set that person’s achievement as her new goal and pursue it.
She is generally supportive of others however; although she can be tough on herself she won’t allow others to be tough on themselves, instead pushing others to believe in themselves and to keep moving forward. She is not one to coddle people however; it is important, in her opinion, to maintain a firm knowledge of one’s own strengths and limitations so that one might know how best to improve themselves. Harsh truths mixed with genuine compliments are her usual response when asked for her opinion on someone and she’s not someone who ever learned to hold back; she’s exactly as truthful as she would want someone to be with her if she was doing something wrong or needed to improve on something, which can be a little but much for some people.
Akeno is a sociable person, one who enjoys the company of others but who also values time to herself and doesn’t mind being alone. She’s not exactly outgoing but also doesn’t shy away from social situations, she doesn’t seek the limelight nor is she particularly bothered by it. She maintains a calm, relaxed façade most of the time, her reactions subdued which can make it hard to tell how strongly she feels something even if her exact emotion is easy to decipher; in other words she smiles when she is happy but not broadly, she frowns whether she is annoyed or furious and is only a little quieter than normal when upset.
History/Bio: Akeno is tall. She is very tall. A height of 5’ 10” might not seem that impressive to some people, but when you’re 5’ 8” at the age of 13 and are significantly taller than everyone in your class except your teacher, it kind of becomes part of your identity. Along with her height Akeno has always been somewhat gifted athletically, finding it easy to maintain a slim build and having good control over her body; volleyball, basketball, even soccer all came fairly naturally to her and even though she wasn’t as skilled as someone who trained regularly she could make up for some of that with her natural talent and physique.
As a child Akeno was always very active, always playing sports with the boys rather than hanging out with other girls and always trying to keep up with her older brother. She loved swimming especially and the family would often visit the swimming pool in the local gym so she and her brother could swim. When she was 6 her father signed her up for karate lessons after she watched a few too many martial arts movies and expressed an interest, which in Akeno’s case means she wouldn’t stop talking about it until they agreed to let her try it.
It was about a year after this that Akeno first expressed an interest in becoming a hero, although she can’t remember exactly what it was that sparked this interest it soon consumed her life. Her karate lessons now became her hero training, she spent hours coming up with costume ideas or hero names and she was always pestering her brother to play heroes and villains with her. While most children went through a phase like this, with Akeno it stuck. As she grew up she began to take it more seriously, asking to switch dojo’s to one with a more serious instructor, pushing for more training, looking into hero schools and development programs and so on. The one thing she didn’t do was practice her Quirk, for some reason.
Once she started attending middle school and she hit her growth spurt it wasn’t long before most of the sports clubs in her school were scouting her out for membership. It was fun for her to be so popular at first and she went along with it, trying out the various club activities while not committing to any one in particular and trying to find one that really caught her interest, even though at this point she was still taking her karate lessons and likely wouldn’t have any extra time for a club anyway.
That changed when she found the wrestling club. By this point she’d been taking karate for years and although she enjoyed it, she wasn’t sure how long she wanted to pursue it once she became a hero. Wrestling was a change of pace, a new way to test herself and a whole new set of challenges to overcome; besides, with the way her Quirk worked grappling was probably a more useful fighting style than just karate on its own anyway. She was a member of the team for the last two years of middle school before joining UA, while still attending karate lessons on the side when possible.