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|“||Harder! More! Grow Stronger! Body... and spirit! Come on, harden! Become a wall... a wall that's INDESTRUCTIBLE!! After the training I've done to improve my quirk, this is my quirk at its maximum. Red Riot: UNBREAKABLE!!||„|
|~ Red Riot using his ultimate move Red Riot: Unbreakable for the first time.|
|“||I won't regret anything! NOW OR EVER AGAIN!! I'll do it. I'll become a Hero! I'll protect people! If I crack then I'll HARDEN again!! Stay strong! Protect others! Even if it means your life!||„|
|~ Eijiro's inner monologue during his battle with Kendo Rappa.|
Eijiro Kirishima, also known as the Sturdy Hero: Red Riot, is a major supporting character in the popular 2014 superhero manga My Hero Academia and its 2016 anime television series adaption. He served as the tritagonist of the Shie Hassaikai arc. He was also a major character in the series' two movies: the 2018 anime movie My Hero Academia: Two Heroes and the 2019 anime movie My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising.
Kirishima is a student at the prestigious U.A. High School training to become a Pro Hero. He is a part of Class 1-A of the Heroes Studies course. Eijiro's quirk, Hardening, allows him to harden and/or sharpen any part of his body at will.
He is voiced by Toshiki Masuda in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Justin Cook in the English version of the anime.
Kirishima is a young man of average height with a rather muscular physique, he has red eyes along with a small scar just above his right eye. His hair is dyed red and commonly spiked upwards, with two little tufts of it appearing like horns. His teeth are shown to be consistently sharp. Originally, Kirishima's hair was black and reached just above his shoulders.
His hero costume consists of two dark red, gear-shaped shoulder pads, a sash with a red "R" on it's centre, referring to his hero name; Red Riot. Along with this he has dark red boots, black pants with a ripped cape and black sleeves. His chest is left bare and he wears a black jaw guard that reaches around his head.
Kirishima has a outgoing, friendly and determined attitude, ready to take on any challenge that comes his way. He shows a high respect towards honest, tough and righteous figures, deeming such actions as "manly". At the same time, he dislikes opposite attitudes such as cowardice or cheating. He has a very noble and willing personality, as well as being kind-hearted and friendly towards his fellow class-men. Even after defeating Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu in the tie-breaker match during the Sports Festival, he offered a handshake in good sport, proving his fair and chivalrous demeanour.
Originally, Kirishima lacked confidence or self-esteem, and was ashamed when he could not help two girls who were being threatened by a gigantic villain, having apologised to them later for his lack of bravery during said moment. However, his attitude as well as motivation to become a hero, was inspired by the hero Crimson Riot. Thus, Kirishima chose to reinvent himself after being accepted into U.A. High, modelling his attitude of what a hero should be; selfless, fearless and determined.