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My Hero Academia Reveals What Evil Deku Would Have Been Like

Warning: Contains spoilers for My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission

My Hero Academia’s new movie, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, gives the audience an idea of what an evil version of Izuku Midoriya, AKA Deku, might have been like through its villains. The movie is largely a standalone piece that doesn’t require extensive knowledge of the series, nor does it call back to old material of the story all that often. Still, whether intentional or not, the antagonists of the film, Humarise, paint a picture of how bad things could have been for Deku if things were even a little different for him.

The world of My Hero Academia is a world where the vast majority of people, eighty percent of the population, in fact, possess a superpower called a Quirk, but Deku is part of the rare twenty percent of people who possess no such power and is regarded as “Quirkless”. Deku spent his whole life being mocked and ostracized by everyone around him, but everything changed when he met All Might, his idol and the greatest hero in the country, and impressed him enough to inherit his Quirk, One For All, and get a chance to become a hero in his own right.

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Deku’s story has a happy ending, but Humarise - the main antagonists of My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission - show that that easily could have not been the case. Humarise is a terrorist organization that has as their bible the Quirk Doomsday Theory. The Quirk Doomsday Theory is an extension of the recurring Quirk Singularity Theory, a theory which states that as time goes on, Quirks will become so powerful that they can’t be controlled anymore, and with that, the entire world will be destroyed.

Believing in the Quirk Doomsday Theory resulted in the members of Humarise worshipping Quirkless people to the point of deification. They see the twenty percent of the population that’s Quirkless as the only “pure” humans on the planet, and the vast majority of people with Quirks as “tainted” or “corrupt”. It’s stated in the My Hero Academia movie that most of their members are Quirkless, the only people with Quirks aside from their leader, Flect Turn, being mercenaries they hired, and their ultimate plan is to commit genocide against all Quirk users and leave the Quirkless as the only people left on the planet.

The fact that an organization such as Humarise could exist in the first place paints a picture of how bad things could have been for Deku. The people of Humarise are, for the most part, Quirkless people who have grown so bitter with the world that they want to just watch it burn to the ground and are putting in the work to make it happen. It’s easy enough to believe that many of them went through situations just as bad as what series protagonist Deku went through, if not worse, so if Deku hadn’t been able to handle the bullying he received as well as he did, he could have ended up in Humarise alongside them.

There’s even a bit of reflection to be found between Deku and Flect Turn, the leader of Humarise and the main antagonist of the film. Despite running a terrorist organization that worships the Quirkless and is conspiring to kill all Quirk users, Flect himself has a Quirk - a Quirk that forcibly reflects everything that makes physical contact with him. Thanks to this ability, he was never able to develop close relationships with others, his depression growing to the point that he even tried to kill himself, but couldn’t because of the way his Quirk worked. Flect’s despair turned into a hatred of Quirks, and after discovering the Quirk Doomsday Theory, he found others like him and spread his hatred across the entire world.

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All of that makes Flect as an individual a dark foil to Deku’s character. Both of them spent their lives alone without anyone close to their side, but while that happened to Deku because he was Quirkless, it happened to Flect because he had a Quirk that made it difficult for him to be close to others. In addition, while Deku hated that he was Quirkless and wished that he had a Quirk, Flect hated that he had a Quirk and wished that he was Quirkless, a desire that morphed into a genocidal hatred of Quirks. The way they fight serves to mirror each other, as well; Deku constantly hurts himself while using One For All to the point that he nearly destroys himself in certain fights, but Flect’s Quirk makes it virtually impossible for him to be hurt, while still allowing him to inflict pain to others by reflecting their attacks back at him.

Both Humarise and Flect Turn, personally, serve as mirrors of how Deku’s life could have gone. The organization is comprised of Quirkless people who likely went through hardships at least as bad as Deku’s, and their leader is not only someone who also spent most of his life alone, his Quirk is even the polar opposite of Deku’s to further sell him as a foil. It’s easy enough to see these villains as possible outcomes for how Deku could have been if he couldn’t handle his life as well as he did in My Hero Academia.

All in all, the shared background betweenIzuku Midoriya and Humarise only makes his rise to heroism more impressive. Humarise and Flect Turn are what could have happened to Deku, but nothing of the sort did. While they decided to use their hardships and struggles as a motivation for cynicism towards the world, Deku never let himself hate the world or any of the people who lived in it. He never lost his faith in humanity and always believed that he could do something to change his lot in life, even if there was only a slim chance of it being so, while Humarise saw no other option but to act as if everyone else was sick and needed to be killed so they could have the world to themselves.

The villains of the new My Hero Academia film, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission, provide a glimpse into what a hypothetical evil Deku might have been like, but that’s all it would ever be: a hypothetical. It’s easy enough to see how Deku’s hardships and loneliness could have led him down the same path as Humarise and Flect Turn, but the fact that that didn’t happen is a testimony to his heart, strength of will, and overall character. At the end of the day, he never strayed from his convictions, and that’s what’s truly important.

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