|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 - see Controversy.
- 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 3,300+ works as of 2019.
Bakusquad is the fandom's name for Bakugou's typical close friend group, which consists of Bakugou, Kirishima Eijiro, Ashido Mina, Kaminari Denki, and Sero Hanta. 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. Bakusquad may also refer to the poly ship between the group. The characters within the group are often shipped together in different combinations, whether or not Bakugou is involved.
Katsuki is a controversial and polarizing character because of his aggressive behavior towards Izuku and others. His actions, behavior, and attitude make it difficult for fans to like him.
Arguably the largest BNHA fandom controversy is over the acceptability of BakuDeku as a ship, due to disagreement over 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 misconceptions and disagreements about the extent and severity of their 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 literally it should be taken. Part of the reason for this is the way bullying is viewed in Japan in comparison to the West. In Japan, bullying is not treated with the same weight as in the West; it 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.
His physical aggression in the present may be considered more excusable, as all UA students often face violence and are generally able to defend themselves. When it comes to his bullying of Midoriya as a child, his actions may be more critically or may be dismissed because of the time that has passed.
When it comes to verbal aggression, supporters say Bakugou simply has a dirty mouth, and 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 known to alter Bakugou's words to make his insults more extreme and humorous - many who read the translations were not aware that they were not canon, and this led to criticisms of inaccurate translations. 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. A sore point for critics is that Bakugou has yet to apologize to him in canon, or received any concrete repercussion for those actions. A common criticism, especially in more recent chapters, is the seeming lack of repercussions he's faced for his past actions. As mentioned earlier, however, this complaint is mainly from outside Japan.
Fans and detractors of both Bakugou and the ship frequently write meta and analysis of the characters and their relationship. They are often related to attempts to discern how much of perception about Bakugou and canon or widespread fanon, and how canon should be interpreted. On TV Tropes, he's listed under the negative tropes Designated Hero, and the Base-Breaking Character page for the entire show.
There are also those who, whether or not they care about shipping or the narrative's treatment of Bakugou, simply do not enjoy the character, and are unhappy with his large popularity in the fandom. Fans may express discontent with how/debate over Bakugou dominates much of BNHA fandom.
- 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.