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Why Does All Might Use American States?

All Might, the world’s strongest hero, is one of the most famous characters of My Hero Academia. He is a teacher at U.A. High School and mentor to Deku, who will inherit his powers one day.

When he speaks, All Might always uses states as examples of how strong he is. But why does he do this?

The reason behind it is revealed in Chapter 131: “The Final Lesson.” All Might tells Izuku that he always used American states to measure his strength because Japanese words are too vague and don’t adequately describe how strong he is compared to other people.

In My Hero Academia, there are two main types of superpowers: quirk and kekkai genkai (bloodline limit). Quirks are mutations that can be passed down through families, while kekkai genkai cannot be passed down through families but have been around for thousands of years. Kekkai genkai are often named after animals or plants that help give them their abilities — like All Might’s power, One For All. A quirk might only be able to lift 100 kilograms (220 pounds), but with One For All’s power boost, All Might can lift up.

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Last modified: October 29, 2022

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