|Name:||Katsuki Bakugou, 爆豪勝己 Bakugō Katsuki|
|Occupation:||U.A. High School|
|Title/Rank:||Pro Hero Student|
|Relationships:||Masaru Bakugo (Father), Mitsuki Bakugo (Mother)|
|Fandom:||Boku no Hero Academia|
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Katsuki was a bully as a child, and showed off his skill with his Quirk. He bullied Midoriya Izuku, his childhood friend for being weak and Quirkless. Izuku calls him "Kacchan" and Katsuki gives Izuku the insulting nickname "Deku." He begins to see Izuku as a rival after they begin attending U.A. High School.
Katsuki is a very aggressive and proud person. He has a superiority complex and wants to be the best at everything. He doesn't like when people look down on him, as if they were superior to him, and gets mad easily. He is extremely arrogant, but also very smart and capable.
Explosion: Katsuki's Quirk allows him to secrete nitroglycerin-like sweat from his palms and detonate it at will to create explosions. The more Katsuki sweats, the stronger his explosions become. He has a strong grasp on the versatile applications of his Quirk.
Katsuki is the deuteragonist of BNHA and has consistently been the most popular character in character polls. He is also one of the most divisive, as will be explained in the Controversies section.
- Midoriya Izuku/Bakugou Katsuki aka BakuDeku
- Kirishima Eijiro/Bakugou Katsuki aka KiriBaku
- Todoroki Shouto/Bakugou Katsuki aka TodoBaku
- Bakugou Katsuki/Uraraka Ochako aka Kacchako
- Kaminari Denki/Bakugou Katsuki
Tropes & Fanon
Bakugou Katsuki Swears A Lot is a tag commonly used in AO3, based on his often-foul language in the source material. Aside from his foul mouth (which is more canon than fanon), popular characterizations of Bakugou usually delve into tsundere tropes, and fan writers often write him as an 'asshole with a heart of gold', and protective of the very few people he does care about (usually whomever he's being shipped with). Another popular Bakugou tag on Ao3 that illustrates this is Bakugou Katsuki is Bad at Feelings, which has 1,662 works as of Feburary, 2019.
Bakusquad is the fandom's name for Bakugou's typical close friend ground. Fic and other fan activity also often differentiates between two major friend groups in class 1A: the Dekusquad--Izuku Midoriya's group--and the Bakusquad--Bakugou, Kirishima Eijiro, Ashido Mina, Kaminari Denki, and Sero Hanta. Bakusquad may also refer to the poly ship between the group.
Katsuki is also a controversial and polarizing character because of his aggressive behavior towards Izuku and others.
The largest BNHA fandom controversy is over the acceptability of BakuDeku as a ship, an disagreement with shipping Midoriya Izuku with his childhood bully. Criticism of the ship is largely aimed at Baukgou, and rarely at Midoriya. The controversy is related to mixed opinions about Bakugou and his attitude, cultural nuances lost in translation, and fanon misconceptions about the extent of the ship's antagonistic history. There are differing interpretations of exactly how severe Bakugou's aggression is. When it comes to his physical aggression, there are questions of whether or not his violent behavior is played up for humor/drama by the narrative and how seriously it should be taken. It could be that part of the reason for this is the way bullying is viewed in Japan and the West. In Japan, bullying is rarely brought up with teachers and bullies often never face consequences. In the West, the narrative's subtlety of punishing Bakugo isn't good enough.
Some consider his physical aggression in the present to be more excusable, as all UA students often face violence and are generally able to defend themselves but considering his bullying of Midoriya as a child crueler. Others, however, believe fans should move on from what took place in the past. When it comes to verbal aggression, supporters say Bakugou simply as a dirty mouth, but that his threats of violence are not literal, as is common with tsunderes. This is supported by the fact that some fan translations have been criticized for altering Bakugou's words to make his insult more extreme and humorous. More serious criticism points out the degree to which Bakugou's verbal bullying of Midoriya - which includes calling him useless, worthless, physical threats, telling him to kill himself, etc. - affected Midoriya. Worsening matters, Bakugo has yet to apologize to him in canon, nor receive any repercussion for his actions, a sore point for critics.
- Katsuki Bakugo Isn’t Being Set Up As A Villain and That’s Why He’s Interesting
- my boy…. by saisai-chan, January 2018.
- theory: Bakugou’s hero name will mostly likely be “Kacchan”. by explodo-smash, March 2018.