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The Smallest Hero!?

A Manga series by Sekihiko Inui, brought to North America by Tokyo Pop (until they folded).

Twenty Minutes Into the Future, advances in technology have made low-level superpowers available to anyone who can afford the treatments and gadgets necessary. As a result, corporate-sponsored superheroes have become ubiquitous in Japanese society. Young Shuto Katsuragi has been a superhero Otaku since he was rescued by one as a child, and plans to become a hero himself at the earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, Shuto is just short of five feet tall, skinny, and generally way too wimpy to be considered hero material.

Opportunity knocks when the evil organization Jackal kidnaps Shuto and a classmate, and the hero who comes to save them falls. But not before he passes a transformation device to Shuto, who promptly uses it to "henshin." But it was all a trick! Shuto finds that he is now actually a hideous supervillain named Ratman, who is contractually required to do whatever Jackal wants. And what they want is for him to infiltrate the headquarters of the Hero Association and steal their files -- a job that incidentally makes him Hero Association Enemy #1.

But there's hints that everything is not as it seems -- don't Jackal's minions seem just a bit too relaxed to be evil? And some of the heroes hardly seem heroic...

Not to be confused with Italian superhero parody comic Rat-Man, the one-time character from The Justice Friends, the horror novel Ratmans Notebooks, or the strange benefactor from Portal.


Tropes seen in this series include:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Shiki hasn't really stated anything directly, but how he constantly touches Shuto and refers to him as cute heavily suggest so.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: In Episode 01 while imagining himself as a hero, Shuto made a kick but his shoe flew out and slipped onto a delinquent's ducktail hairdo.
  • Accidental Pervert: While trying to find his way through the Kizaki manor he infiltrated, Shuto as Ratman saw Rio Kizaki naked when she left the bath to see the disturbance.
  • Acrofatic: Fatman's pretty agile for his size.
  • Action Girl: Rio Kizaki, at least in the first three volumes, though Can't Catch Up is beginning to happen.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Crea and Gengo, despite trying to tell Shuto that the Jacky 5 in the virtual training are "heroes", they can't help but laugh at their appearance as well.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Ratman, and Mr. Big Horn.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ana Katsuragi, one of Shuto's little twin sisters.
  • Anti-Hero: Shuto sees himself as a dark hero while as Ratman. The funny thing is: Ratman is an Anti-Villain Type II and IV together, the only thing that separates him from true hero-dom is the card carrying. And even that is forced on him.
  • Apron Matron: Big Mother.
  • Arm Cannon: Two D-rank heroes, who were chasing a Jackey out shopping in Episode 04, were equipped with them.
  • Art Shift: Usually done for comical effects in single panels (like this awesome one).
  • Ascended Fanboy: Shuto, but on the "wrong" side.
  • Badass Creed: Ratman tries to use one with mixed results.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: A Jacky attempted this against a pipe to protect Ratman from a sneak attack, but he still got smacked on the head.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Crea in her normal outfit and Chihaya when she doesn't wear her jacket.
  • Barrier Warrior: Van Guardner
  • Batman Gambit: Jackal's entire plan for creating Ratman relied on Shuto acting like a superhero fan. One, "hey wait a minute", and the whole scheme would have collapsed.
    • His not stopping to think is brought up by none other than... himself. He outright thinks that he doesn't have time to be suspicious of the situation.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: Invoked the second time Ratman and ANKaiser meet each other when he disables the sprinkler system, as Ankaiser believes he will get more prestige defeating Ratman in this situation despite the fact it puts innocent people in danger. Obviously Shuto is not pleased.
  • Berserk Button: Short jokes for Shuto. Well, that's what he says. "Heroes" not acting heroic are a much, much bigger one.
  • Betty and Veronica: Mirea Mizushima and Rio Kizaki, although which is which depends on your perspective.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Parodied.
  • Big Eater: Shuto, by necessity, as using his Ratman abilities uses up his caloric energy at superhuman rates.
  • Big Fancy House: The Kizaki manor.
  • Bland-Name Product: Pizza Fat.
    • Watchaman film, even has Rorschach on the ticket.
  • Blatant Lies: ANKaiser seems to be fond of this trope, even claiming he "accidentally turned off the sprinkler system".
  • Blog: The Jackies have a website (not in the real world, unfortunately). Luckily for them, everyone thinks it's a parody.
  • Bullet Catch: A Jacky does this after an Offscreen Teleportation to grab a piece of concrete just as it was about to hit an unflinching Mirea seen here. Yes that scene was a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Body Horror: The way Ratman's body morphs new weapons.
  • Bound and Gagged: Shuto falls victim to this in Episodes 01 & 02. In the first time he also suffers a Bag of Kidnapping.
  • Boxing Lessons For Ratman: Shuto, after realizing that all of his strength is from being Ratman and relies soley on being Unskilled but Strong, decudes that he needs to actually learn how to fight to deal with his opponents that are equally strong or stronger. So he now jogs four days of the week and went to a Boxing Gym to improve himself.
  • Breath Weapon: One of Ratman's abilities.
  • Bridal Carry: In Episode 01, how Shuto as Ratman saved Mirea from Jackal who "captured" her.
    • In Episode 14 with some Roof Hopping, how Shuto as Ratman brought Rio to the car crash emergency.
    • In Episode 20 with some more roof hopping, how Shuto as Ratman brought Anzu to where her brother and Mr. Big Horn crashed and how he helped her to deliver both Pizza Fat and Bison Burger deliveries to the Pen Pen building.
    • In Episode 24, how Shiki saved Shuto.
  • Broken Pedestal: Many to Shuto, when many of the "heroes" just seem to be in it for the glory and prestige rather than genuinely wanting to help people.
  • Brought to You by The Letter "S": Some heroes have this in costume.
    • Shiningman has a "S" on his helmet.
      • In Shuto's Imagine Spot in Episode 01 as the hero he wants to be, "Super Nova", he has a "S" on his belt buckle.
    • Randolman has a "R" on his chest.
    • The Jackies have "J" shaped belt buckles.
    • Mr. Big Horn has two "B"s on his chest[1].
    • "Watchaman" has the katakana "wa" symbol on his mask.
  • Cannibalism Superpower: It is heavily suggested Unchain gains the strength of whatever he eats.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: A female version, Mirea is shown to pass out after just a few cups of sake.
  • Captain Superhero: One of the heroes has this naming convention.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The entire Jackal Organization.
    • A fake hero version. The guy that comes to save Shuto and Mirea in Episode 1 wears a shirt that says "I'm a Hero!".
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Shuto accidentally walks in on one of the Jackies taking care of business.
  • Cassandra Truth: Ratman when he tries to explain he isn't the bad guy and stopped the bad guys. More often then not the one he is trying to explain this to still believes he was involved.
    • Also the Jackey Blog. Where it states that it is a communication for the Combatants of an Secret Evil Organization, no one outside of the Combatants takes it seriously as no one believes a Secret Evil Organization would post their activities so publicly.
    • Averted somewhat with Ankaiser, who later states he doesn't care if Ratman caused the fire or not as he just wanted to defeat him.
  • Class Is in Room X-01: Mirea and Shuto are in class 1-C, but Rio is in 2-A.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: When Rio is trying to figure out Ratman's motives, the teacher is explaining the use of rats in lab experiments.
  • Color Character: Prisms Blue, Red and Yellow of the Prism Crystal Rangers.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Cited by Mirea, although she may not mean it in the usual sense.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: "Article 8 - Failure to honor the contract will result in the destruction of Shuto's entire action figure collection."
  • Corporate-Sponsored Superhero: Almost every hero who is part of the Hero Association.
  • Covert Pervert: Of all people Mirea, in the extra Chapter 19.5, after Shuto (who due to a drug has reverted to the age of five) suggests Mirea and himself take a bath after dinner. She is later seen in the kitchen repeating the idea in her head.
  • Critical Research Failure: In-Universe Fatman doesn't know the difference between a bison and a longhorn.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Shiki props up an unconscious Rio on a cross made of stuff.
  • Curb Stomp Battle: Ratman vs Jacky Five, 1st simulation battle. Having power isn't the same as having the skills to use it, right, Shuto?
  • Cute Bruiser: Rio, who kicked the butt of three upperclassmen without breaking a sweat.
  • Dark Is Not Evil=/=Light Is Not Good: Lampshaded by the reporter when she witnesses the fight between Ratman and the Unknown Hero, since she can't tell which one is supposed to be the hero or the villain.
  • Date Peepers: Crea and the Jackies do this when Shuto and Mirea go to the movies, but later lose them.
  • Description Cut: Crea states the Jackies got in by using "kickass disguise equipment", cut the shot of a Jackey hiding in a cardboard box.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Crea Mizushima, though she tends to overplay the part.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Crea wanted to blow up a restaurant because the waitress was rude to her.
  • Distressed Damsel: Mirea Mizushima appears to be one, but is really a Decoy Damsel.
    • Rio plays it straight later.
  • Drop What You Are Doing: Mirea has a habit of dropping things when something happens to Shuto.
  • Eagle Land: Bison Burger's theme is based on Type One, Mr. Big Horn is secretly Type Two.
  • Empire with a Dark Secret: Heavily hinted about the Hero Society, especially when Mr. Kizaki made sure Ratman didn't find a certain room after breaking in.
  • Epic Fail: Ratman falls off a building where Fatman is able to spot it. He suddenly changes into his super hero persona, makes a mad dash to catch Ratman, all leading up to this scene.
  • Everything Is an iPod In The Future: The Hero Tracker greatly resembles an iPod.
  • Evil Is One Big Happy Family: At least the Jackal Organization is.
  • Expressive Mask: The Jackies' masks show them crying or drooling.
  • Faceless Goons: The Jackies.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: ANKaiser
  • Fangs Are Evil: Whenever Ratman gets angry or excited his mask morphs into a fanged maw. Bonus points for it actually giving Rio nightmares.
  • Fan Service with a Smile: The female employees of Bison Burger dress as cowgirls with exposed navels and wearing short short jeans.
  • Feet First Introduction: Rio gets one when she meets up with Shuto at the Hero Awards after party.
  • Five-Man Band: Parodied with the Skull Ranger Jacky Five.
  • Formerly Fat: Fatman's teenaged sister Anzu.
  • For the Evulz: Crea states that an Evil Organization shouldn't need a reason to do evil things.
  • Fountain of Youth: Shuto spends a chapter chemically regressed to a much younger physical and mental age.
  • Funny Background Event: The Jackies LIVE AND BREATHE this trope. From trying on Rio's underwear and posing (until she notices them) to their anticlimatic (and totally deadpan) antics, these masked goons are an endless source of fun.
  • Furo Scene: Rio was soaking in the hot tub after working out when the alarm reported intruders.
  • Gemstone Assault: The Gem Unit of PRISMMAN uses gems when they fight. It is lampshaded that they are quite an expensive bunch of heroes.
  • Genre Savvy: Rio, who was able to correctly assume that Ratman was an experiment for an evil organization.
    • Shuto finally gets some of this in chapter 18. He realizes that Jackal isn't particularly evil, so they must have a better reason to fight the Hero Association, and "because you're short" is a ridiculous reason to make him Ratman. He confronts Crea about it, but she doesn't tell him the truth--he didn't really expect her to.
  • Gilligan Cut: The leader of Jackal assures her sister that Ratman won't be caught. The next page has Ratman on his knees in front of a hero apologizing for getting caught.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Rio's hairstyle.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Rio, she admits that she can't handle scary things, especially when Ratman shows off his teeth.
  • Glory Hound: Prism Red, at first. But especially ANKaiser, who goes so far as to disable the sprinkler system of a burning hotel so he can be the one to arrest the "villain" while other heroes are busy saving civilians.
  • Gratuitous English: here and there in the story, and every chapter name is "subtitled" in English too. At least it's usually grammatically correct, if not always stylish.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Clear as day in this page.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: It's rather explicitly shown that the members of Jackal are not nearly as evil as they claim they are. Shuto also discovers that some heroes aren't as nice as people believe they are, such as ANKaiser. However, there's plenty of evidence that there are heroes who genuinely want to help people, such as Fatman and the Akiba Holy Girls. And in later chapters, even ANKaiser gets some development that depicts him as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Henshin Hero: The entire series seems to be an Affectionate Parody of this trope.
  • Heroic BSOD: Prism Red, after he realizes how badly he screwed up.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Shuto.
  • Hot Scientist: Crea Mizushima.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is called an "Episode".
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Subverted during the Unchain fight as both Ratman and Unchain wind up needing assistance to overcome their own dark sidesbefore the end of the battle.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise: In episode 23, in helping Mirea choosing clothes for her date with Shuto, Crea and the Jackies changed Mirea's clothes to Crea's Qipao.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Chihaya Sugimura.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Unchain wants nothing more than to eat Ratman.
  • Jaw Drop: Shuto as Ratman does this, showing his teeth.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: In Episode 29, Shuto gets glimpses of Shiki's memories when Unchain plunges his arm into Ratman's torso looking for the S-gene.
  • Jumped At the Call: Shuto--should have used Caller ID, man.
  • Kevlard: Fat Man's super power.
  • Kick the Dog: ANKaiser deliberately sabotages an inhabited skyscraper's sprinkler system, so that the fire won't go out before he has a chance to defeat Ratman.
  • Large Ham: And a very rare female villainous version at that, Crea. She smashes the scenery.
  • Lawful Stupid: Shuto signed a contract that legally requires him to work for Jackal as Ratman. So naturally it does not occur to him to simply ignore a promise made under false pretenses. It does help that his lifelong dream was being a supersomething, and there's a cute girl attending him at Jackal base as added bonus.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Mirea might not be dangerous by herself, but she has the Jackies on her side. To the point that when an enemy throws a rock at her face, she doesn't even bother to blink when a Jacky appears out of nowhere and catches it.
  • Light'Em Up: Shiningman and Ratman
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Rio
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Inverted, Rio likes Shuto (and considers him heroic), but has nightmares about Ratman.
  • Loves the Sound of Screaming: ANKaiser, at least towards Ratman.
  • Mad Scientist: Grandfather Mizushima.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The Jackies are a parody of this.
  • Man Hug: Shuto and Fatman have one, only for Fatman's little sister Anzu to walk in on this and mistake it for something else.
  • Manly Tears: A Jackey seems to be fond of this.
  • Meaningful Name: Ratman. Both a reference to Shuto's small size, and his role as Jackal's lab rat.
  • Medium Awareness: In Episode Five, Crea mentions that if she released Shuto from being Ratman, the manga would be over, and that she's sure some readers like things in "small packages."
  • Meganekko: Chihaya Sugimura.
  • Meido: The defenders of Akihibara work at a Maid Cafe, and don't always get the chance to change out of their uniforms when called to action.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Grandfather Mizushima.
  • Minion with an F In Evil: The Jackal minions. The first chapter they forget they are supposed to kidnap Shuto, so they play with and feed stray kittens. Seen in the picture above.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Anzu suspects this between her brother and Shuto when she walks into them hugging. After being set straight she is noticeably glad that Shuto isn't.
  • Ms. Exposition: Crea, in Episode 05.
  • Mobile Shrubbery: At one point a Jacky sneaks into a hospital under a cardboard box labelled MGS4
  • Moment Killer: Mirea and Shuto in the hospital, with Mirea just about to feed him. Cue Crea and the Jackies bursting into the room.
  • More Teeth Than the Osmond Family: Ratman looks like a Super Sentai version of Venom.
  • Motifs: Many of the heroes have their hero code names from who they work for.
  • No Export for You: At first averted, then played straight, as lampshades in this image by the scanlation group that picked it up after Tokyopop dropped it.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: A D-rank hero uses his strongest attack on a single Jackey who was simply grocery shopping.
    • For bonus points, it doesn't even really do anything to him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Rio hears the description of a purse snatcher as a tall man in black, then comes across Ratman, who is a tall man in black holding a purse (which he just took away from the real thief).
  • Non-Idle Rich: Rio. Despite being quite wealthy, she is completely determined to be a hero to help others and will Jumped At the Call to help anyone in need.
  • Nonverbal Miscommunication: A Jackey tries to communicate with Shuto with hand gestures, which only leaves Shuto baffled as to how he is supposed to know what the Jackey is trying to say.
  • Not a Date: What Shuto states to his friends when he and Mirea meet them at a restaurant, much to Mirea's frustration.
  • Oblivious to Love: Shuto seems to be oblivious to Mirea's feelings for him.
  • Oddly Small Organization: Jackal, we have the three Mizushimas, a handful of mooks and the titular Ratman himself. And that's it.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The Jackies are able to do it to the point it creeps Shuto out.
  • Oh Crap: This image
  • The Only One: They state that only Shuto can be Ratman. It has yet to be revealed why this is the case.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Ankaiser seems to see himself as this to Ratman, as he is angry at the fact he believes the S Security will defeat him before he can.
  • Otaku: Shuto is a self proclaimed Hero Otaku.
  • Overprotective Dad: Mr. Kizaki.
  • Papa Wolf: Rio's father might never give her a Heroes License, however when he couldn't find her for a day he summons the Hero Association to find her.
  • Parental Abandonment: Crea and Mirea's parents died when Mirea was little. Rio's mother also died when she was little, partially fueling her desire to become a superhero so that she could save others from a similar fate. Shuto's father is also nowhere to be found, but his situation is less clear.
  • Panty Shot: Rio gives a lot of these.
    • Roiko also does this.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Crea's hair style.
  • Pet the Dog: ANKaiser in his civilian identity gives an impromptu boxing lesson to Shuto because he sees the boy struggling with a punching bag.
  • Piggyback Cute: Rio carries Shuto back to school after the latter twisted his ankle saving a kitten.
  • Punch Clock Hero: Many of the members of the Hero Association.
  • Punch-Punch-Punch Uh-Oh: Ratman's first fight against the S Rank hero.
  • Random Power Ranking: Heroes are ranked from E to S.
    • S Ranks: The Unnamed Knight style Hero, and Unchain.
    • A Ranks: ANKaiser, and Vanguardner.
    • B Ranks: The Gem Unit of PRISMMAN.
    • C Ranks: The Akiba Holy Girls.
    • D Ranks: The two heroes with arm cannons who were chasing a Jackey in Episode 04.
    • E Ranks: Fatman
  • Rank Inflation: After A-rank hero ANKaiser gets badly beaten by Ratman, the Hero Association calls in the S-rank heroes. Somewhat justified though, in that the A-ranks are the most powerful publicly known heroes, and S-ranked heroes operate in a completely different capacity as the Association's secret enforcers.
  • Rebellious Princess: Rio Kizaki.
  • Reason You Suck Speech: Shuto as Ratman gives a good one to ANKaiser for purposely putting people in harm's way just to make himself look good.
  • Revenge: Cited to be real reason of Mizushima's opposing Hero Association.
  • Right Man in the Wrong Place: Shuto always uses Ratman to save people and do the right thing. However because of his status as a "villain", he is often blamed for the very crime he stopped.
  • Robot Girl: Roiko.
  • Roof Hopping: How Ratman usually gets around. Also best because he is able to stay out of sight.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: Ratman's fight with the unknown hero[2] on top of the Kadoyama Press.
  • Satchel Switcheroo: At the start of Episode 21 Ana mistakenly grabs the wrong Mr. Boxers plushie. That plushie is actually a drug drop for the dealers.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: Rio's opinion of Shuto goes up considerably when she sees him risk his life to save a kitten...without the benefit of superpowers.
  • Scapegoat: The Bio-Department puts all the blame for the creation of the Hero Killers on Jackal.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Shuto as Ratman has one.
  • Scary Black Man: Big Billy.
    • Ratman could count as well.
  • Screw Destiny: Shuto's outlook at being a super hero. He knows his height would most likely prevent him from ever truly being one, but still focuses on trying.
    • Rio as well, her father explicitly stated he will never give her a Hero's License, but that doesn't stop her dream of one day becoming one. So she trains for it when he isn't around and tries to stop crime.
  • Secret Identity: All hero license holders under the Hero Association. Ratman's first mission is to steal the information of who they are.
    • Crea's explanation of why Jackal chose Shuto as Ratman is that no one could make a connection between a "shorty" like Shuto and the "big" bad Ratman.
  • Secret Police: "S Security" is a group made up of the S-ranked heroes. Unlike other heroes, however, S Security are the Hero Association's secret enforcers, who go to brutal lengths to covertly eliminate threats that can't be handled by heroes who have to maintain a good public image.
  • Secret Public Identity: Many of the heroes don't wear masks or can be recognized without their masks.
  • Senpai Kohai: Rio is senpai to both Shuto and Mirea.
  • Shipper on Deck: The entire organization of Jackal appear to enjoy watching the "teen drama" between Shuto and Mirea.
  • Shout-Out: Some of the poses on this page of this page look AWFULLY familiar...
  • Show Within a Show: Panchura/Mr. Boxers a kids' anime starring cute mice that wear little pants.
  • Skunk Stripe: Shouichiro Kizaki.
  • Smoke Out: How a Jacky got himself and Ratman out of the Kizaki Mansion.
  • Something Completely Different: A side story about an inventor and his AI Android.
  • Something Person: Some hero code names are this.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The original author's romanizations for Shuto and Jackal are "Shooto" and "Jackall" respectively.
  • Spit Take: Usually Shuto when the Jackies sneak up on him.
    • Crea has one when she sees how the Append Gear malfunctions.
    • Rio did this in Episode 02, when the alarms went off while she was soaking in the tub while sipping a drink.
    • The entire Jackal Organization does this when a 5 year old Shuto suggest he and Mirea take a bath.
    • Dr. Andou did one when Roiko lifted her skirt showing her missiles and panties.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: The Jackies are pretty much never that far away from Shuto.
  • Stout Strength: Fatman
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Mirea Mizushima, type 1 Kuudere and, for once not with an overused character design.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: Not all of them do.
  • Super Prototype: Ratman is an experimental bio-weapon. He's literally a lab rat.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: You won't like Ratman when he's angry. Triggering his animal fighting instincts gives him enough of a boost to make 2 A-list heroes run for the hills.
  • Super Window Jump/No Escape but Down:
    • Ratman did this in Episode 02 to escape Big Mama and Billy.
    • Van Guardner did this with ANKaiser to escape from Ratman's Breath Weapon.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Shuto as Ratman has one of these towards ANKaiser, to where he forgets he was currently breaking into Kizaki Mansion and asks for his autograph. It's soon afterwards that he receives a Broken Pedestal moment.
  • Through His Stomach: It appears to be Mirea's main course of action to get Shuto's attention, such as making him delicious lunches or giving him extra to eat.
  • Team Mom: Mirea.
  • Ten-Minute Retirement: Shuto when he stops being Ratman after his fight with the Unknown Hero. He returns by the end of the same chapter.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Shuto and Mirea. To where Mirea even says point blank to Shuto's face she prefers how he is now and his height would not bother her if she was with him. And he still doesn't get the hint.
    • Actually he does fluster to her statement, but was more concerned by the fact that Crea was eavesdropping on their conversation.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Anna and Yuna, the Katsuragi twins.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Jackeys on many occasions. One notable example; they know they are targeted by the Hero Association, but don't seem to think it's a bad idea to go grocery shopping while still in costume.
    • Another is where their best idea to take on the heavily defended Hero Society HQ, was by simply climbing over the wall to the front door. Shuto even lampshades this.
  • Transformation Trinket: Shuto's trinket that allows him to transform into Ratman is a watch called APPEND GEAR!!
    • The Gem Unit of PRISMMAN uses gems to transform: rubies for Ruby Red, sapphires for Sapphire Blue, and topaz for Topaz Yellow.
    • Fatman uses a Transforming Pepperoni.
    • Unchain uses a Reverse Cross.
  • Trouser Space: Where one of the Jackies kept a smoke bomb.
  • Villains Out Shopping: One of the Jackies is spotted while grocery shopping and was attacked by two D Ranks from the Hero Association.
    • It happens again in Episode 22 but this time it was from a Robot Girl.
  • Virtual Training Simulation: The Jackal Organization has one, it excels in reproducing the environment and Ratman but didn't have enough effort for making virtual heroes and instead have the Skull Ranger Jacky Five.
  • The Voiceless: The Jackies, normally. One does speak when in disguise.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: One of the themes of the series so far. Shuto tends to give these to some heroes, especially Ankaiser.
  • When She Smiles: Mirea Mizushima, she looks so cute.
  • Whip It Good: Crea Mizushima.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Rio does a Frankensteiner to a Delinquent saving Shuto from the latter's wrath in Episode 01.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: Shuto, he is a kind and carefree superhero fan, but hit his berserk button and he will take you on.
    • Taken up another level when he is Ratman, gaining Super Strength and becoming so frightening even a veteran Hero was scared stiff.
  • Zettai Ryouki: Rio in her school uniform.
    • Ratman has a boot version.

Notes

  1. the first "B" is mirrored to the second
  2. his hero name later is revealed to be Kreios
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