Hitoshi Shinso's 'villainous' quirk has given him a few setbacks in U.A., but in the My Hero Academia fandom, he has a following like no other.
In fact, he gets more attention than even recurring characters in the series. Everything from Shinso's character, design, quirk, backstory, and struggles contributes to the fans' growing interest in him.
However, the main reason behind Shinso's popularity is the fact that he turns tropes on their head by having a "villainous" power while desiring to be a hero. Given his quirk, it is easy to fall among bad influences; however, Shinso unflinchingly works hard towards becoming a hero.
Does Shinso Get Transferred Into the Hero Course?
Hitoshi Shinso will be joining the Hero Course starting from his second year.
After the Sports Festival, Shinso's determination to become a Pro Hero, despite his villainous quirk, gained the acknowledgment of many U.A. teachers. At this point, Shota, i.e., Eraser Head, began training Hitoshi.
While Hitoshi lacked direct combat abilities, he showcased excellent camaraderie. He made optimum use of his Artificial Vocal Cords' voice-modifying function by tricking and brainwashing his opponents.
While Shinso was aware that the joint training session was a test for him, he still acted on his desires by saving Midoriya in order to have a rematch. Despite Hitoshi being disappointed in himself, Shota and the other teachers were satisfied with his skills and attitude, thus allowing him to transfer into the Hero Course starting from the second year.
What Is Shinso's Quirk? – Strength & Abilities
Shinso's quirk, Brainwashing, allows him to dominate and command a person by controlling their minds.
This quirk of his has been labeled "villainous," leading to him being bullied countless times. However, it is indeed a pretty useful quirk and something that can be quite destructive in the villains' hands. As Brainwashing needs to be intentionally activated, it is a good thing that Shinso still desires to become a Pro Hero.
While Shinso can control multiple people at once, he can only force one person to do his bidding at a time. Furthermore, due to the fact that he hasn't developed his power yet, Hitoshi cannot control his targets to perform activities that require advanced brain function.
Besides simply brainwashing via verbal responses, Shinso can also deceive targets by using his Artificial Vocal Cords. In doing so, he modifies his vocal tone to imitate other people's voices, thus prompting them to respond and fall under his control.
How Did Shinso Get Into U.A. at All?
While Shinso's quirk is extremely powerful and dangerous, it does not have much ability to cause literal damage one on one, especially if the enemies are robots. This brings us to the question,
Shinso got into the U.A. by passing the entrance exam for the General Studies course. During the sports festival, Aizava pointed out that Shinso had applied for both the hero course and general studies but didn't make it into the former due to the exam's limitations.
Is Shinso Eraserhead's Son?
The reason why Shinso is mistaken as Eraser Head's son is due to their similar character designs. Their brooding personalities, and even their clothes - scarves, match! However, there's a logical reason for the latter. As Shoto has trained Hitoshi, the former's blinding cloth technique has been passed down. In this way, using the supplementary cloth would allow Shinso an offensive-type attack that can directly harm his opponents.