A Rookie’s Guide to the Deku Black Whip

by Rosemarie Hardison
Deku Black Whip

Manga and anime fans are freaking out over episode 10 of the 5th Season of My Hero Academia. Why? Because of Deku Black Whip, of course!

Deku’s new power looks super fascinating in the animation, with the black energy tendrils emanating a teal glow.

Daigoro Banjo, the Black Whip’s previous wielder, called it a “top quirk.” Not to burst anyone’s bubble, though, but it’s considered only a medium-range quirk.

Still, that doesn’t negate the fact that Black Whip is a powerful gift. As seen in the episodes, Deku still has loads to learn about Black Whip, and so do we.

Here’s what we know so far.

The Awakening of Deku Black Whip

During Black Whip’s first appearance, Deku’s anger seemed to have triggered its emergence. The quirk’s strength, then, grows proportionately with the intensity of the wielder’s emotion.

So, in part, we had Monoma to thank for it. If it weren’t for his provocations, Deku wouldn’t have been able to discover this new power.

Along with Black Whip’s awakening was Deku’s encounter with the One For All’s previous wielders. In his vision, Daigoro warns Deku that the Black Whip must be used with caution and isn’t something to be casually swung around.

Daigoro also explained how each predecessor’s quirk is embedded into One For All’s core. This means that Deku is bound to inherit all six quirks. Hence, it was just a matter of time before Black Whip manifested itself.

What Can the Black Whip Do?

The Black Whip is a quirk in the form of an energy tendril that the user can command it at will. It’s almost like how Spiderman uses his web.

Tricks and Techniques

The reason why Daigoro called it a top quirk is that it holds massive potential. Heroes and villains alike have sought out this power despite it being a middle-range quirk.

Moreover, with One For All’s stockpiling ability, it’s safe to say that we can all expect Black Whip to become even more powerful as the series progresses.

From what we’ve seen so far, Deku shoots the tendrils out of his body, usually the hands. He uses them for better mobility as he swings around the city, hanging off skyscrapers and bridges reminiscent of Spiderman.

The tendrils also appear to be particularly useful for capturing enemies and tying them up. Again, pretty much like those esteemed spiderwebs. Sometimes, tendrils can also shoot out of his back to serve as extra limbs.

In One For All: Full Cowl, we saw Deku use Black Whip as a skeleton reinforcement, which was quite unexpected. It looked like he wrapped the bones in his limbs, thus, strengthening them. It also helped prevent significant damage following his duel with Tomura Shigaraki.

We also love how Deku can use Black Whip simultaneously with other quirks. For example, there are times when he uses One For All and Fa Jin as an innovative and useful combination for an impressive display of its versatility.

Other noteworthy Black Whip techniques include:

  • Froppy Style: where tendrils emit out of Deku’s mouth
  • Pinpoint Focus: where the tendrils gush out of Deku’s body onto an exact point on a target with impressive accuracy
  • Faux 100 Percent: combining 45% of One For All with Black Whip and Fa Jin
  • Faux 100 Percent – Manchester Smash: the ultra-combo where Faux 100 Percent is used to deliver the Manchester Smash

Drawbacks

We all know that Black Whip isn’t Deku’s original quirk. He only inherited it from its previous wielder via One For All, so he may or may not be able to harness its full potential power. However, with a crash course from Daigoro and a series of rigid training, anything is possible. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Conversely, probably its worst disadvantage is the fact that Black Whip’s major triggers are negative emotions. If, by any chance, Black Whip is passed down to an ill-tempered person, it could be devastating.

This was proven during Deku’s first encounter with Black Whip. Monoma aggravated Deku enough to arouse Black Whip, confusing everyone, especially Deku, by leashing such unexpected power.

Another drawback is that it leaves the user physically and mentally worn out during and after using the quirk, which is why it requires intensive training and practice. Thus, the goal for anyone with this new skill is to learn how to control it before it controls the wielder.

Conclusion

Seeing Black Whip was enough to get the fans even more hyped. We can only imagine all the things that Deku could do with it with his passion and wits, reinforced by One For All’s power.

Kohei Horikoshi, My Hero Academia’s creator, expressed his intention to finish the series by the end of 2023, just a little over a year from now. Yet, until then, we’d definitely love to see more of the Deku Black Whip in upcoming episodes.


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