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An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #48: Unusual tag mix


My prefix hosted* talk to beat a killer from within.
My infix works for former bandit, shooting with their twin.
My suffix can be found in range of anime-like weapon.
My whole, while very powerless, caught peaceful man's attention.

Hint:

The anime referenced on the second line is significantly more obscure than the others; the twin shares a name with a virtual shark.

Hint 2:

As promised in a comment below: The anime from the first line and the third line have a similar spirit.


*Originally "...prefix lead a talk..."; my bad!

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    $\begingroup$ If I may ask, why the downvotes? $\endgroup$ – samm82 Feb 2 at 15:40
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    $\begingroup$ Not the downvoter, but I think some people downvote affix riddles out of principle $\endgroup$ – Lukas Rotter Feb 2 at 17:23
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    $\begingroup$ @LukasRotter How nice of them! Now that we have a tag for these riddles, they should be very easy to avoid for those who don't like them. - And of cause easier to find for those with a grudge. $\endgroup$ – Karsten Köpnick Feb 2 at 19:10
  • $\begingroup$ @LukasRotter Why would there be such a principle? $\endgroup$ – risky mysteries Feb 3 at 3:19
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    $\begingroup$ @riskymysteries I'd say they're sick of them (since there have been so many in the past) and regard them as low-effort (+low quality) puzzles $\endgroup$ – Lukas Rotter Feb 3 at 7:31
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I think the answer is

Midoriya, from My Hero Academia

My prefix led a talk to beat a killer from within.

Mido who is said to use the Evil Eye to enter into the mind of his opponent, and see their entire past. He has made someone believed that they were dead, up until the point where the belief became reality.

My infix works for former bandit, shooting with their twin.

This is Dori from Utawarerumono, who shoots arrows with their twin Gura and works for the former bandit Oboro.

My suffix can be found in range of anime-like weapon.

I think this may be Oriya from Descendants of Darkness who is an expert with a katana (which could be described as an anime-like weapon and of which an expert might find themselves in range).

My whole, while very powerless, caught peaceful man's attention.

Midoriya Izuku is the main protagonist of the series who, despite being quirkless, is chosen by All Might (referred to by many as the Symbol for Peace) to become the ninth holder of One For All.

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  • $\begingroup$ You've got the infix and the whole! In all fairness, I realize the prefix line isn't quite right (I'll fix that). I'll leave this up for a bit in case someone can get the other two affixes, but if not, there's a check coming your way! $\endgroup$ – samm82 Feb 10 at 23:28
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I had thought the suffix might be wrong alright but thought I was good on the prefix (will have to rethink this) $\endgroup$ – hexomino Feb 10 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ This suffix isn't was I was thinking, but I much prefer it to mine. I was thinking of rot13(gur Wncnarfr jbeq "ln" juvpu zrnaf "neebj". Guvf bar jnf n yvggyr ebhture, ohg n "enatrq jrncba" = obj, sbhaq jvgu neebjf, genafyngrq gb Wncnarfr. V ernyyl cersre lbhef gubhtu, fvapr vg sbyybjf gur cnggrea bs gur bgure yvarf - V gevrq gb svaq na navzr punenpgre gung jbhyq jbex nf n fhssvk, ohg V pbhyqa'g sbe jungrire ernfba.) I almost want to accept, but I think there's a better fit for the prefix - hint incoming! $\endgroup$ – samm82 Mar 12 at 15:23

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