Kohei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia has grown into one of the most popular anime series of the decade and it brilliantly combines shonen staples with superhero archetypes when both are at the heights of their popularity. My Hero Academia represents the next generation of anime hits, but Pokémon has been a persistent presence that’s never faded in popularity.
My Hero Academia and Pokémon are very different series, but they explore a lot of similar themes and it’s not hard to picture some of the My Hero Academia crew naturally fitting into the Pokémon world. It takes a lot of inner strength and dedication to be a hero in My Hero Academia and the combination of these convictions with superpowered Quirks could result in a superior Pokémon trainer.
10 Tsuyu Asui Has What It Takes To Be A Standout Water-Type Trainer
Tsuyu Asui, more colloquially known as Froppy, is a breakout My Hero Academia character even if she isn’t always present during the series’ fiercest battles. Asui makes her mark due to her atypical Quirk that essentially imbues her with frog abilities.
Asui seems to be more comfortable when she’s immersed in an aquatic environment. All of these are traits that would be ideal for a Water-Type Pokémon trainer. Asui would thrive in this arena as she’s able to empathize with her Pokémon party members.
9 Koji Koda’s Anivoice Quirk Gives Him Innate Pokémon Communication Powers
Some of the most important characters in My Hero Academia are the prospective heroes who are students in Class 1-A at U.A. High. Koji Koda consistently remains a background presence, but it’s implied that he’s capable of greatness through his unique Anivoice Quirk.
Anivoice allows Koda to communicate with animals and command them to work with him. This would be a tremendous advantage in the world of Pokémon training since Koda could presumably use his Quirk to truly figure out what’s going on with his Pokémon and form an unbreakable bond with them.
8 Mirio Togata Is The Picture-Perfect Image Of Heroism And A Natural Leader
My Hero Academia proves that many characters in its cast are sterling representations of heroism, but there’s a strong case to be made that Mirio Togata is as selfless and altruistic as Midoriya.
Togata is a member of U.A. High’s prestigious Big Three hero team, but he also doesn’t hesitate to sacrifice himself in order to save Eri, which causes him to lose his Permeation Quirk for an extended period of time. Togata’s courageous values are exactly what a Pokémon trainer needs to succeed. He’d put his Pokémon’s needs first.
7 Ochaco Uraraka Has So Much Love To Give That Would Make Her Pokémon Prosper
Ochaco Urakaka has been one of Midoriya’s closest friends right from the start of My Hero Academia and she’ll always be important to him whether her battle contributions are crucial or not.
Uraraka’s Zero Gravity Quirk has been refined into a powerful and dangerous ability, but the character’s greatest power is her endless empathy and how much she cares about Midoriya and the rest of her friends. Uraraka’s disposition seems to fit into the Pokémon trainer mold and it’s easy to imagine her as a gregarious Gym Leader that shows up early on in an adventure.
6 Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu Is Built To Lead A Steel-Type Team
It takes some time for My Hero Academia to properly showcase the strong crop of budding heroes that make up U.A. High’s Class 1-B. It’s the 1-A crew who are typically in the spotlight, but season five’s Joint Training Arc demonstrates just how much the 1-B students have grown.
Many Class 1-B students are treated like counterparts to 1-A heroes, which is the case with Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu and his similarities towards Eijiro Kirishima. Tetsutetsu’s Steel Quirk doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but it also makes him the perfect candidate to train a team of Steel-Type Pokémon to supremacy.
5 Mei Hatsume Would Take Full Advantage Of Pokémon’s Many Support Items
My Hero Academia gradually expands its scope to indicate that there are many streams that heroes can pursue at U.A. High. Certain individuals, like Mei Hatsume, pride themselves in the support equipment and technology that help heroes maximize their Quirks’ potential.
Similarly, Pokémon is full of support items, accessories, and other battle strategies that can be the deciding factor in competition. A lot of trainers focus purely on their Pokémon and their stats, but Hatsume could make waves through her clever incorporation of the world’s wide range of support.
4 Fumikage Tokoyami’s Dark Shadow Companion Already Feels Like A Dark-Type Pokémon
Plenty of the Quirks in My Hero Academia are common superpowers or the typical elemental abilities that show up in the genre. However, characters like Fumikage Tokoyami represent some of the more ambitious and unconventional Quirks that also occupy the universe.
Tokoyami’s Dark Shadow Quirk is more like a living partner than a superpower. This ability functions as a sentient shadow that has a bird-like design. It’s easy to picture Dark Shadow being an evolutionary stage of Murkrow, Corvisquire, Corviknight, or any other Dark-Type Bird Pokémon.
3 Kinoko Kimori’s Affinity For Fungi Would Help Her Dominate As A Poison-Type Trainer
Kinoko Kimori is a brazen Class 1-B student from U.A. High who doesn’t truly stand out until the Joint Training Arc that puts Classes 1-A and 1-B in direct competition with each other. Everything about Kimori’s design proudly pushes her Mushroom Quirk, which is quite dangerous despite the character’s chipper demeanor.
Kimori’s Quirk has so much in common with the ideals of Poison-Type Pokémon, and there are even plenty of Pokémon that specifically pull inspiration from mushrooms. Kimori could limit herself entirely to Poison-Type Pokémon and still dominate with them.
2 Izuku Midoriya Carries The Inspirational Ideals Of A Pokémon Trainer
Izuku “Deku” Midoriya is the centerpiece of My Hero Academia and destined to become society’s Number One Pro Hero. Midoriya embodies many of the plucky shonen protagonist ideals as he exudes optimism and selfless bravery at every step.
Midoriya develops an eclectic mix of Quirks, none of which are necessarily representative of Pokémon types. However, Midoriya’s attitude is infectious and he’s able to melt the coldest hearts. It’s hard to imagine that Pokémon wouldn’t want to fight their hardest to make him proud.
1 Shoto Todoroki’s Impressive Quirk Would Give Him Dominion Over Two Strong Pokémon Types
Shoto Todoroki may not be the official protagonist of My Hero Academia, but the character has arguably experienced an arc that’s even more challenging than what Midoriya has gone through. Shoto has a tremendous amount of personal baggage that eats away at him.
But his tragic history is also responsible for his enviable Quirk, Half-Cold Half-Hot, which ostensibly gives him two diverse abilities in one. Shoto has come a long way regarding discipline and maturity, which are necessities for a Pokémon trainer. Shoto could also cultivate a powerful team that’s made up of Fire and Ice-Type Pokémon.