In My Hero Academia, heroes are defined by their actions, not the brute strength associated with their powers (or quirks, as the show calls them). While the main characters typically exhibit the more incredible abilities, underrated skills tend to get lost in the shuffle. Many of these quirks are more useful than visually impressive.
Edgeshot's Foldabody allows him to make his body so sharp that it can cut like a sword, or so thin that he can slip through cracks, all at the speed of sound. While it's easy to see why this quirk is incredible, Edgeshot himself is pretty forgettable. Other underrated quirks have uses that may not seem immediately obvious – Shoji Mezo's Dupli-Arms can do a whole lot more than hold four coffee mugs at once.
Confession - Shin Nemoto
Using Confession, Shin Nemoto can force anyone he touches to answer a question truthfully. He uses this to learn about the motives and secrets of both his enemies and his allies. This helps him determine how to defeat his foes, psychologically torment them as he deems necessary, and gather information from them, while ascertaining who he can trust.
It's an impressive ability to definitively prove key information without the need for deduction or guesswork.2,649394Is this quirk underrated?
Earphone Jack - Kyoka Jiro
Earphone Jack is a unique quirk that allows Jiro to use protrusions from her ears as hearing devices (or more colloquially, earphone jacks). She can use these to plug into any solid object, amplifying sound so she can hear what’s going on in places she might otherwise be excluded from.
This saves her a bundle of money on headphones, and it also makes her one of the best spies in the My Hero Academia universe. Jiro doesn’t have to be in the same room as the person she’s listening in on, which means she can stay safe while undercover. What’s more, she can wield her earphone jacks as electrified whips, making them a powerful offensive tool.2,938630Is this quirk underrated?
Softening - Juzo Honenuki
Softening allows Juzo Honenuki to soften anything he touches. While this may not sound impressive, it has some serious utility. He can give the ground quicksand-like properties, trapping his enemies in one place. It could also potentially allow him to soften and push down a window or wall to enter or exit a building, slip off handcuffs, and more.2,104468Is this quirk underrated?
Anivoice - Koji Koda
Imagine being able to communicate with animals, but also having the power to convince them to do your bidding. Used to its fullest potential, Koji Koda’s Anivoice could be used for everything from making animal friends to getting bears to maul villains for him.
Koji himself is a bit too gentle for the latter – he might prefer coaxing a swarm of pigeons to coat an enemy in poop to something lethal – but the quirk itself has a wide range of applications.2,686660Is this quirk underrated?