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Tokyo Revengers: What makes Mikey so strong and feared?

Mikey is canonically the strongest character in Tokyo Revengers so far (Image via Kodansha)
Mikey is canonically the strongest character in Tokyo Revengers so far (Image via Kodansha)

Mikey, or Manjiro Sano, is the deuteragonist of Tokyo Revengers and as of chapter 253, the series’ strongest character. Mikey used to bear the nick-name “Invincible Mikey” in middle school, when he was the 1st Generation President of Tokyo Manji Gang. He was undefeated in battle and continues to be so in the current arc. However, his inhibitions have been lowered and he has become much more ruthless, as seen in the Three Deities Arc.

Tokyo Revengers is filled end-to-end with physically strong characters. Even someone who is not relatively strong, such as Takemichi, has several strong qualities of their own and can still surprise an opponent in battle. Amidst a horde of such terrifying fighters, Mikey is incomparably revered and feared. There are a few different reasons as to why.

Disclaimer: This article reflects the opinions of the writer and contains spoilers from the manga


The secret behind Mikey's strength and how that makes him so terrifying in Tokyo Revengers

Physical Strength

Mikey's talent in Martial Arts from a young age (Image via Kodansha)
Mikey's talent in Martial Arts from a young age (Image via Kodansha)

Mikey’s physical strength can be traced to two sources: his formal training and his physical superiority. Mikey has been practicing Martial Arts since he was a child at his grandfather's Dojo. He has been hailed as a natural prodigy by both Baji and his grandfather. Due to his training, his already formidable natural endurance and reflexes were honed to even sharper points.

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Mikey is of below average heights, which some might count as his disadvantage. However, his small stature grants him both speed and agility, two aspects that Mikey is known for. The formal training has built up core strength and balance in his body, the manifestation of which is his inhuman leg strength. Mikey has also trained his flexibility, which allows him to reach taller opponents with his kicks.

Mikey's kick will be forever epic!! https://t.co/Z12r6LOEDe

Mikey is known to favor kicks over punches, with his signature move being a lightning fast roundhouse kick delivered to his opponent’s temple. This often knocks the opponent out by slamming them to the ground, as Mikey tends to put his weight, enhanced by his momentum, behind the kick. However, Mikey is also proficient with his punches and his light weight allows him to jump to a great vertical reach.

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To reiterate, Mikey’s formal training coupled with his light and agile body, strong core, and honed muscles, make him the strongest fighter in Tokyo Revengers. However, while his strength was largely what made other gangs fear him during the middle school era, the nature of that fear has changed following the Tenjiku arc.


Mental strength

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Not only physically, but Mikey is also mentally very strong in the initial chapters. More accurately, when readers first meet teenage Mikey, he has trained himself to become a pillar for everyone else and not to show what he considers weakness to others. Of course, there were a few exceptions to this; Draken being one and Takemichi being another.

However, as the series progresses, it becomes clear that his mental strength, and his sanity to a certain extent, hangs on a precarious balance because it is dependent on the survival of other people. These people included his childhood friend Baji, his late brother Shinichiro, his younger sister Emma, his second-in-command Draken, and his junior Takemichi.


Why Mikey is feared

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Mikey has a propensity towards darkness, a tendency to give in to his more violent urges. As he grew up, this evolved into an impulse to completely shut down once he was angry enough. This was first properly showcased in Tokyo Revengers after Baji’s death, and emphasized by Draken’s admission that it is nearly impossible to reach Mikey while he is in this state.

Mikey's inner darkness in Tokyo Revengers (Image via Kodansha)
Mikey's inner darkness in Tokyo Revengers (Image via Kodansha)

This causes a shift in the kind of fear Mikey invokes in other people. When Takemichi first met Mikey at Tokyo Revengers, he was equal part revered and equal parts feared due to his physical strength and his leadership skills. As the series progresses, Mikey becomes more and more ruthless. This leads to the Kantou Manji arc, where people are terrified of not just his strength, but his unpredictability and lack of mercy.


Final thoughts

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Manjiro Sano is undoubtedly the strongest character in Tokyo Revengers. He is also the most feared character in the series, and consequently one of the loneliest ones. Mikey’s strength once enabled him to dream of a new era of delinquents, and made others believe in this dream due to their faith in his strength.

hc takemichi used to watch mikey all the time and that’s how takemichi learned to kick like him. and when they end up getting into a real fight at the final part, takemichi remembers everything about mikey’s moves by heart so he’s the only one that can beat him by predicting him. https://t.co/7BTbJsS6io

As debated as Takemichi’s effort to save Mikey is, one must remember that to Takemichi, "Mikey-kun" is still the person who roundhouse-kicked a man twice his size while promising to bring about a better tomorrow. It remains to be seen what Wakui and Tokyo Revengers will do with Mikey from here on.

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Edited by Babylona Bora
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