Tamaki Amajiki, also known by his hero name Suneater, is a student in Class 3-A at U.A. High School and is part of The Big 3.
He is voiced by Yūto Uemura in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Aaron Dismuke in the English version of the anime.
Tamaki comes off as very shy, aloof, depressed, "intimidating", and introverted, especially around audiences. He very easily gets scared or nervous when talking to other people.
If his shyness and anxiety gets the best of him, he will often face away and lean into a wall to hide his face from others. This also happens whenever Tamaki has a bad feeling, feels sorry for himself or feeling insulted.
Despite his timid heart, Tamaki is fully capable of showing flashes of bravery. Even though he's always been a shy and reserved boy, Tamaki was able to hone his skills and climb the ranks into one of U.A.'s Big 3. Mirio Togata is a big inspiration for Tamaki, and their cooperation throughout their lives has lead Tamaki to establish his own set of stern beliefs which he will uphold and vocalize.
Tamaki does not believe anyone should undermine another person's hard work. He noticed Class 1-A could not recognize how much work Mirio put into honing his own power, and even showed his face to comment on it. Mirio often gives Tamaki the inspiration to act even when he's feeling anxious. Inspired by Mirio's bravery during the yakuza raid, Suneater shows a bright flash of bravery, stepping up to the challenge of facing three villains alone so that the others can complete the mission.
Tamaki is a tall young man with quite pale skin. Their ears are pointed similar to those of an elf. He has messy indigo hair sticking out behind his head and thin tired eyes, partially covered by his bangs despite the fact that they are supposed to be parted so as not to damage his vision. His shoulders are generally hunched and he avoids making eye contact with people.
When wearing his school uniform, Tamaki wears his outfit in a slovenly way. His tie isn't tightened all the way and his shirt isn't completely tucked in as it should be, making it seem as if he doesn't put much effort into his appearance.
Tamaki's hero costume consists of a black bodysuit decorated with gold plating around the arms and shoulders. He dons a white tunic as well as a matching cape and hood that features more gold plating on the top of the hood. The cape connects to a scarf-like collar that features a silver mask on the front. He also sports a purple mask over his face as well as a matching carrier vest with red straps. He wears a mask over his eyes and is barefoot, which gives him more freedom when he’s using his Quirk.
Powers and Abilities
Tamaki is one of U.A. High School's most powerful students alongside Mirio Togata and Nejire Hado, who are all collectively known as The Big 3. Tamaki has been stated to have skills and abilities that far outclass that of most Pro Heroes.
Tamaki has mastered his Quirk, Manifest, through vigorous training. He possesses the ability to manipulate feature selection, size manipulation, and simultaneous manifestations. This gives Tamaki's fighting style incredible variation and unpredictability. Tamaki makes sure to eat plenty of Takoyaki and Clams every day because he believes that they're great for both offense and defense. He often uses tentacle fingers to bind his opponents and defends himself using a clamshell husk.Tamaki has a variety of other powerful combinations as well, including using chicken talon strengthened with octopus muscles, or tentacle fingers reinforced by crab shells. Fat Gum strongly believes Tamaki's abilities are above his own and an entire team of Pro heroes and students that included the rest of the Big Three, Ryukyu , Eraser Head and Rock Lock.
Tamaki has proven his strength on multiple occasions. He was able to effortlessly neutralize dangerous villains before having his Quirk temporarily erased. Tamaki's mettle was proven when he faced off against Toya Setsuno, Yu Hojo, and Soramitsu Tabe of the Eight Bullets in a 3-on-1 fight and was confident that he could take on the Yakuza trio by himself.
- Manifest: Tamaki’s Quirk grants him the ability to manifest the physical characteristics of anything he's eaten; for example, if he eats takoyaki, he can transform his fingers into octopus tentacles. The more of a substance Tamaki eats, the stronger his manifestation will be. Additionally, anything he manifests is significantly stronger than normal as seen by how his crab claws were easily able to crush metal weapons. After vigorous training at U.A., Tamaki is capable of using multiple manifestations at once, controlling the size of the manifestation, as well as being able to accurately choose the best features of whatever he's eaten to fit any given situation.
- Chimera Kraken: Tamaki's arms change into a pair of four incredibly large tentacles coated in suction cups, which he uses to thrash in a large area, hitting multiple opponents.
- Chimera Centaur: Tamaki transforms his lower-body into the lower half of a horse, grows horns and his hands transform into vines that hold different hard fruits on the end of them that he uses to strike multiple enemies at once.
Tactical Intellect: Tamaki he acted quickly to disarm Toya, Yu, and Soramitsu at once in order to tip the favor to the heroes. After doing so, he stated it was a bad idea for all of the present heroes to fight the trinity at once, correctly deducing that the villains were trying to stall as many heroes as possible in order for Overhaul to make his getaway with Eri. He noted that it’s best that the rest of his comrades, especially Eraser Head, save their Quirks for when they get deeper into the Yakuza fortress, and they need to be at 100% of their power in order to break through the shifting walls caused by Joi Irinaka's Mimicry Quirk.
During his battle with three of the Eight Bullets, Tamaki showcased his aptitude to create strategies in the midst of battle. Tamaki attempted to manifest the neurotoxin from an octopus's saliva within his arm, knowing that Soramitsu won't be able to move if he eats the appendage. Even when overwhelmed by the camaraderie of the trio, Suneater was able to quickly develop an impromptu strategy. He disrupted their teamwork by first obscuring Toya's vision, knowing the object-stealing villain relies on sight in order to use Larceny. He then used Yu Hojo's crystal against him by devouring them and creating a solid defense to stop Yu.
The transformation is maintained by the amount of the respective item within Tamaki's system. If Tamaki's system were to run low, this would render him unable to manifest any characteristics. He must replenish his arsenal by eating certain foods every single day.
U.A. High School
Tamaki has known Mirio since childhood, they met in the third grade. Tamaki says that he and Mirio they are friends since then and they speak by their first name which indicates their level of closeness. Mirio also gave Tamaki the hero name, "Suneater".
Tamaki and Mirio first met when he was transferred to Mirio's school. Mirio warmly opened up to Tamaki during their first interaction, wondering if he had been trying to talk about heroes in his stuttered self-introduction, and if so, who his favorite hero happened to be. Tamaki is thankful that Mirio came to speak to him that school day. He sees Mirio as a great person and a brilliant hero, recognizing him as invincible.
Tamaki admires Mirio. He praised the techniques Mirio achieved from the hardships he went through. He told Eijiro he shines like the sun similarly to Mirio, something Tamaki himself feels a lack of confidence to achieve.
He was surprised at the sight of Mirio's saddened state after learning of Eri's situation, and Mirio showing visible concern after learning about the injury Tamaki received, asking very swiftly if he was okay.
Mirio also admires Tamaki to some unknown degree, as seen in a flashback, Mirio commented he was able to give it his all because of his presence. This reciprocating admiration and his own admiration for Mirio's personality is a strong motivation for Tamaki to gather his assurance and courage to fight. Mirio also reassures Tamaki when he feels insecure, such as when Tamaki had begun to go a tangent about how the heroes would not be able to save Eri or even themselves, by interjecting his rambling with words of encouragement, both reassuring Tamaki and spurring him into action.
Tamaki worries about what Mirio can do since he knows him perfectly and knows that Mirio can act recklessly. Mirio was the one who gave him the courage and self-confidence necessary to become a hero, since Tamaki always praised his friend's effort and skills, undervaluing himself. Mirio is one of the reasons why Tamaki grew up a hero.
When Mirio got shot by Shin Nemoto during his fight against Overhaul with the Quirk-Destroying Drug bullet, Tamaki woke himself up out of unconsciousness and felt something bad happen to Mirio. It is implied that right after that, Tamaki went to search for him, and finally carried Mirio out of the building.
When bringing up the topic of Eri's Quirk, Tamaki placed his hand on Mirio and mentioned Mirio's Quirk possibly returning and said his future of a great hero might be real. Mirio thanked him for his belief and smiled at his friend.
In the vol. 4 light novel, Fat Gum then asks Tamaki if he’s fought before with Mirio, and Tamaki says they’ve never fought.
While not mentioned by name, the two met during their time at U.A, therefore they appear to be somewhat close. Strangely, Nejire showed no visible signs of concern when she found out that Tamaki he had been injured compared to Mirio, who was very worried.
Tamaki is initially somewhat annoyed by Eijiro's optimism, but at the same time compliments him for it, and later compared him to Mirio. Eijiro has a lot of respect for Tamaki, due to him being his senior. As seen when he refused to let go of the criminal who had previously shot Tamaki. He is also shown to be thankful for his senpai because it's thanks to him if he could join Fat Gum team.
Fat Gum scouted Tamaki to work for his office. Fat Gum sees a lot of promise in Tamaki but constantly teases and demands Tamaki to make some change to his cruddy mentality.
Tamaki does not like Fat Gum's teasing, claiming Fat Gum only scouted him to torment him in what Tamaki calls "workplace harassment."
Since Fat Gum is shown to be a man who eats a lot, this seems to complement the requirements of Tamaki's Quirk.
Food Pouches: Tamaki's Hero Costume is equipped with a number of pockets where he keeps various foods when he can eat on the spot, giving him access to more manifestations.
- According to Horikoshi, Tamaki's anxiety is inspired by his own experience when he attended the Jump Festa in 2017 and had to face an enormous crowd.
- In addition to that, Tamaki's experience transferring grade schools was based off his experience of moving and attending a new middle school. He even had someone approach him and ask to be friends with him like Mirio did with Tamaki.
- All of Tamaki's super moves are named after mythical creatures.
- Chimera: A creature made from the parts of different animals put together.
- Kraken: A gigantic octopus-like sea monster.
- Centaur: A human with the body of a horse in place of legs.
- His appearance is similar to Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto manga.