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Obviously, a series about fights between superpowered individuals are going to be overflowing with Awesome Moments.

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    Entrance Exam Arc (Chapters 1-4, Episodes 1-4) 
  • The video of All Might's debut as a hero. Saving a hundred people and continuing to save more while telling everyone around that now that he's there, everything's going to be fine. It's no wonder Midoriya and so many other children like him look up to All Might.
  • The first fight we see All Might in sees him one shot a supervillain. Not by punching him in the face, punching the air so hard the airwave does it.
  • Midoriya's attempting to save Bakugo from the sludge monster despite not having any powers. His bravery inspires All Might to go beyond his own limit and take it out, and his intervention saves Bakugo from dying of asphyxiation. This was so awesome that All Might took back what he said and offered Midoriya the chance to be a hero.
    • The whole scene shows how much of a hero Midoriya truly is. Midoriya is right off the heels of having All Might tell him he can't be a hero, watching Bakugo being killed by the same sludge monster that almost killed Midoriya, who is proving so tough that professional heroes can't do anything other than wait for All Might, all while Midoriya is having a Heroic BSoD over being responsible for the monster coming back. And yet just before the monster possesses Bakugo, Midoriya rushes to save him and manages to reach Bakugo thanks to the application of his studying of all the heroes. All to the triumphant reveal of "You Say Run". Bad. Ass.
      • For added awesome and Heartwarming, earlier in the day, Bakugo told Midoriya to go kill himself. But in the words of a reviewer, his thought process went as follows: "The limitations don't matter. The disappointments don't matter. This guy's attitude doesn't matter. What matters is that someone needs help and I'm going to give it."
      • The final cherry on top? It utterly destroyed Bakugo's ego. Nobody but All Might cared about what Midoriya did. All everyone else saw was some idiot kid who got in way over his head and nearly got killed. And the heroes have nothing but praise for Bakugo for his demonstration of power and he’s showered with career offers. But it falls completely on deaf ears, and he drives himself to make a fool of himself in front of Midoriya later in an attempt to salvage his dignity. Why? Why would he feel that need when nobody else saw it that way? Because at that moment, Bakugo was given an extremely uncomfortable reality check in what true heroism is all about. He saw, in that exact moment, that the worthless, pathetic, Quirkless fanboy he’s bullied for more than half of his life is already a better hero than he’ll ever be.
      • And just to add a bit of Heartwarming to round it all off, All Might approaches Midoriya, the shy and Quirkless young boy who had risked life and limb to save a friend and, in turn, inspired a professional hero to surpass his limitations for the sake of others. Having come to see how genuinely heroic Midoriya was, All Might finally tells him the words he had waited his entire life to hear:
        All Might: Young man, you too can become a hero!
  • All Might giving Midoriya One-For-All. In everything he has seen, no doubt All Might has seen countless heroes and heroic individuals. Yet out of all of them, it was the meek Midoriya who proved himself worthy, the only one worthy that he knows to wield One-For-All, showing the strength of character Midoriya has. Only one other person was considered worthy and that was Mirio. While he definitely is just as heroic and worthy as Midoriya (if not more experienced), the fact that a Quirkless person like Midoriya was willing to risk his life after everything that happened to him was likely why he chose Izuku.
  • Midoriya shows off his Determinator status by going above and beyond All Might's grueling exercise regimen (All Might had told Midoriya to clear trash from just one section of the beach; he cleared the whole beach). In ten months, he goes from a scrawny kid to having an impressive physique. His perseverance is such that All Might chooses him to be the one who inherits One For All.
    • For context to make this even more awesome: The beach wasn't filled with run-of-the-mill trash either, it had become what was basically a full-blow junkyard overflowing with big heavy garbage people were too lazy to take to a proper dump. The section All Might originally wanted him to clear was — at most — one third of the total garbage that had accumulated. Izuku's seen hauling things like fridges and car tires during the montage. By himself, without a Quirk. By the time he's done, he's got a Charles Atlas Superpower body on his small frame, the beach is spotless and All Might is speechless.
  • The time has come for the actual exam — and Midoriya is woefully unprepared. Not just because he hasn't had time to practice with his new Quirk; his mindset is so poor going into the test that he can't even move in order to score points. Time is running out, the other examinees are whittling down the villain-bots' numbers, it's really looking like Midoriya isn't going to pass—

    That's when the zero-point villain makes its appearance. It's bigger than the buildings that make up the faux city, and just its arrival causes untold destruction. All of the students, Midoriya included, turn tail and run.

    And then Midoriya hears something.

    It's the girl who was nice to him earlier — Ochako. She's trapped under rubble, struggling against the weight, and isn't going to be able to free herself before the villain runs her over.

    That's all it takes.

    Midoriya rushes forward in a shot almost identical to his trying to help Bakugo, down to “You Say Run” in the background. But there's one major difference this time: he's not Quirkless anymore.
    One For All courses through Midoriya's body, power overflowing in his legs and arm. The other examinees — and the judges — watch in awe as he soars into the air, all the way up to the robot's level, and follows through on All Might's advice:
    Clench your buttcheeks, and yell this from the depths of your heart:

    Midoriya's punch doesn't just stop the robot — he caves in its face, bursts its head like a rotten melon, and knocks it over with explosions ripping down its spine. It doesn't matter that he broke his body; it doesn't matter if he passes the exam or not. In that moment, Midoriya already was a hero.
    • Crossing over with funny moments, if you look closely behind All Might, you can see that Principal Nezu is outright cheering for Izuku. That little creature has been running U.A. for years, seen countless of these exams, and undoubtedly watched the giant robot be destroyed dozens of times. And Midoriya was still able induce that response in him.
    • Ochako deserves some credit, too: she must've used her Quirk to free herself, and then immediately after used it to float herself up towards Midoriya on some debris, then used it on Midoriya to save him. All in the space of seconds. And she did it in spite of being perfectly aware of her Quirk's side effects, which she suffers shortly after.
    • All the students are shocked and impressed by Midoriya's punch, but they assume he's still going to flunk. Iida is the only one who realizes that he passed the What You Are in the Dark portion of the exam (a part that Iida grudgingly admits he failed himself).
    • Midoriya does end up passing — not only that, he earned enough rescue points that he came in 7th place for the entire exam. Out of the 40 students who were accepted into the hero course.
    • Ochako was so impressed with what Midoriya did, and felt so guilty about him not getting any combat points because of it, that she went to Present Mic and asked him to give Midoriya some of her points. Awesome for Midoriya, inspiring her like that, but also for her: she was willing to potentially give up what she desired most just to help someone else.

    Quirk Apprehension Test Arc (Chapters 5-7, Episode 5) 
  • On the first day, Midoriya's homeroom teacher Shota Aizawa springs a Quirk Aptitude Test on the students of Class 1-A. He declares that the student who performs the worst will be expelled immediately. Midoriya is understandably panicked, since he can't control how much power he uses with One For All. After a montage of Midoriya trying (and failing) to stand out in the tests with just his normal strength, it's time for the softball throw — incidentally, the last of the tests that One For All would help with. Midoriya winds up, attempts to use One For All... and is surprised when the power fizzles out. It's then that Aizawa is revealed to be a Pro Hero named Eraser Head, with the power to temporarily erase Quirks.

    He proceeds to give Midoriya a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech, highlighting that he only has two options: not use his Quirk, and fail; or use it, destroy his body, be unable to complete the other tests, and fail. Either way, Aizawa says, Midoriya shouldn't have been allowed into the school, as he would just be a liability in the field.

    He then releases Midoriya and tells him to take his final throw. Midoriya mulls over the two options in front of him — and takes a third.

    “You Say Run” roars in the background as All Might, who has been watching out of concern, gapes in shock. Midoriya winds up for his throw, and then channels 100% of One For All into the tip of one finger. That finger is shattered, but the ball rockets into the stratosphere, stunning everyone — from Bakugo, who was still unaware of Izuku's new Quirk, all the way to Aizawa. Midoriya slowly stands up straight, smiling, and clenches his fist in spite of the broken finger, letting Aizawa know that he isn't done yet. All Might is practically fanboying over how cool Midoriya has become, while Aizawa is so impressed that he reveals his heart of gold and decides to say the 'expulsion' thing was a motivational lie, keeping Midoriya in the class.
    • Oh, and as for Midoriya's score? 705.3 meters — .1 meters more than Bakugo. The only student who scored higher was Ochako on a technicality.

    Battle Trial Arc (Chapters 8-11, Episodes 6-8) 
  • Midoriya, on the second day of school, is required to undergo a two on two training exercise... at a time when he can't risk using One For All because he might kill someone. Said exercise has Bakugo on the opposing side:
    • In the opening rounds of the battle, Midoriya combines Badass Bookworm with Awesome by Analysis, using everything he knows about Bakugo along with all of the lessons in school that Bakugo never really paid attention to, and he not only evades Bakugo's first attack but also predicts his opponent's next move, gets inside of his guard, and judo throws Bakugo. Bear in mind, this is without using any powers whatsoever.
    • Iida has a small moment against Uraraka, while playing the hammy villain, he had the foresight of getting rid of literally everything in the room that wasn't nailed down before she arrived, leaving her with nothing to use as makeshift weapons and allowing him to simply use his speed to move the bomb so it can't be claimed.
    • How Izuku and Uraraka win against Iida and Bakugo is downright insane. Iida is too fast for Uraraka to reach the bomb before he can grab it, and Izuku isn't able to put a scratch on Bakugo, who's become much less wild in his usage of his Quirk. After Bakugo runs Izuku into a corner, taunting him over "hiding his Quirk" and suggesting it means Midoriya was underestimating Bakugo, Izuku explains how he does look up to Bakugo, and that's why he wants to beat him and calls him an idiot. Bakugo and Midoriya rush towards each other, both charging up, but right as All Might tells them to stop, Izuku redirects his Smash up, blocks Bakugo's explosive punch, and unleashes the mother of all Shoryukens, utterly eradicating the rest of the building, and sending enough shrapnel for Uraraka to bat towards Iida with a pillar, securing the win.
    • What's even more impressive about the above feat is that Izuku and Uraraka had never worked together as a team before, and yet in the span of minutes, while both were under fire, were able to perfectly coordinate a recklessly high-risk, over-the-top plan that would be utterly impossible to counter simply because of how insane it was without either one missing a beat. Talk about perfect teammates.
  • Shoji and Todoroki's performance against Ojiro and Hagakure has to be seen to be believed. First, Shoji uses his superhuman hearing to perform a thorough intelligence gathering about the nature and location of their foe, and thanks to the fact that he's so detailed that he mentions the seemingly-innocuous fact that both of them are barefoot, Todoroki manges to, within five seconds, as if it had been his plan the entire time, realize he can just freeze the entire building and completely incapacitate both of his barefoot opponents by freezing their feet to the floor. While most of the story focus is on Todoroki, and while it would have most likely been a Curb-Stomp Battle even if Todoroki were on his own, with Shoji's help Todoroki completely humiliated them.

    Unforeseen Simulation Joint Arc (Chapters 12-21, Episodes 9-13) 
  • Iida's calming of all the students during an emergency evacuation. Bonus point because this inspires Midoriya to make him class president.
  • The anime adaptation makes the League of Villains' entrance a form of Creepy Awesome, mainly due to "Uncontrollable Evil" playing as they step through the portal.
  • Eraser Head taking the fight to the villains. Words do not do him justice, but we can try:
  • The teamwork used by Midoriya, Tsuyu, and Mineta when they're surrounded by aquatic villains and seem to have no means of escape. This is the first time they've worked together before and yet they manage to escape:
    • First is the analysis and planning: Midoriya determines that the invasion was carefully orchestrated, and Tsuyu points out that if they were so confident, they'd probably have a way to threaten All Might, which means they can't just sit tight. Midoriya then realizes that due to the way Kurogiri warped the students, the villains probably don't know their Quirks,note  which gives the heroes the advantage of surprise.
    • Midoriya uses his knowledge of physics and Delaware Smash to spread out the water villains.
    • Mineta overcomes his fear enough to use his Quirk to help restrain the villains. When the wave brings back the water from Midoriya's impact, the villains wind up getting stuck together because of Mineta's sticky balls and launched into the air from the water sprout.
    • And as all this goes on, Tsuyu grabs Midoriya and Mineta to make their getaway.
  • A villainous example, Kurogiri's nearly killing No. 13 with Weaponized Teleportation.
  • Denki Kaminari takes out a whole group of villains as well, once his teammates protect themselves from his lightning Quirk with an insulating sheet.
  • In an amazing display of teamwork, Sero attaches his tape to Kurogiri's armor while Sato throws the guy aside thanks to a mix of his strength and Uraraka's anti-gravity powers. Plus give Tenya some credit for being able to outrun this smokey freak.
  • Bakugo's showing Character Development when he says he won't kill Kurogiri for revenge but to cut off the villains escape plans. He even points out that even if they let the villains escape, Kurogiri can bring more now or at another time when they are ill-prepared.
  • After Kurogiri scatters the students across the USJ dome and sends hordes of villains after all the individual groups, the various students are shown using teamwork and clever use of their Quirks to overcome their lacking numbers. Then the scene cuts to Todoroki, who is effortlessly curbstomping an entire group of opponents singlehandedly, all the while not even changing his usual bored expression, including casually interrogating one of them while mentioning the effects of frostbite if he leaves them there. It just goes to show how many leagues above everyone else his Quirk stands in power.
    • It's later revealed that Hagakure got teleported to the same area as Todoroki. Instead of trying to fight the villains alongside him, she just hid, knowing that not getting in his way and allowing him to fight at full power would be more effective than working together.
  • Ojiro was fighting alone, with no classmates to back him up, and yet he was able to survive using only hit-and-run-tactics and his Bare-Fisted Monk skills. Hagakure even points out just how good at fighting he is, considering his only Quirk is a tail. Though he's hardly the flashiest hero and doesn't have a ton of screentime, thanks to this scene, there's no denying that he's strong in his own right.
  • Beaten to within an inch of his life, Eraser Head still has the strength to use his Quirk to save Tsuyu from Tomura. Even Tomura has to admit Eraser Head is "so cool" for that.
  • When Nomu tries to kill Midoriya, and Tsuyu is faced with Tomura, Tsuyu still makes a last-ditch effort to save Midoriya, even as Tomura tries to kill her. That's the mark of a hero.
  • All Might's Big Damn Heroes, where he proudly proclaims HAVE NO FEAR, FOR I HAVE COME.. He is such a Hope Bringer that just his arrival instantly boosts the morale of everyone who was fighting for their lives against the villains. Izuku even notices that in sheer contrast to his earlier appearances where he's always literally smiling even in the face of danger while using his powers, All Might is very clearly scowling akin to his depowered form. Do not harm his co-workers or especially students.
  • Nomu and Kurogiri execute a combo attack that not only nullifies All Might's pile drive but immobilizes him. For all his strength, he can't fight back against a Portal Cut. Midoriya's interference meant nothing against a warp gate. If not for Bakugo and Todoroki, All Might would have died.
  • Bakugo and Todoroki save All Might from being killed by Kurogiri and Nomu's sneak attack. Just when Kurogiri is about to Portal Cut the Symbol of Peace in half and teleports Midoriya away from the battle, Bakugo jumps in out of nowhere and brings down the warp gate, while Todoroki effortlessly covers Nomu in just enough ice for All Might to escape.
  • All Might's fight with Nomu, when he goes beyond the limits of his powers to protect his students. First, he deduces that since Nomu has the power of shock ABSORPTION, not NULLIFICATION, it means that there's a limit to how much he can absorb. All Might then Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs him until he reaches that limit, hitting faster than even Nomu can keep up with. Then, when Nomu reaches the limit for how much impact he can absorb, All Might punches him through trees, bashes him up into the air before slamming him down into the ground, and then wrapping the fight up with the Megaton Punch to end all Megaton Punches. The fight is even better in the Anime, where All Might hurls Nomu all over the USJ, causing gale-force shockwaves with every punch and causing the ground to shatter from the sheer force of the impacts before hitting him with an uppercut so powerful it glows and then sends the monster crashing through the dome of the USJ so hard that the impact can be felt throughout the entire complex. All with a great quote to cap it all off.
    • And what's more, Nomu was created to withstand All Might at 100% of his power, and at a stronger version than All Might was at the time. All Might's solution? GO BEYOND 100%! And all of this while All Might had less than a minute in powered up form! Bonus points for Plus Ultra roughly meaning "further beyond" in Latin.
    • Oh, and did we mention that "You Say Run" is blasting throughout the whole fight?
  • After All Might is disabled due to his fight with Nomu and the villains the students had previously defeated start to regroup, Iida returns with a group of professional heroes to help combat the remaining villains. All of them make impressive displays of their respective Quirks. Specifically...
    • Snipe using his Improbable Aiming Skills to blow a hole in Shigaraki's hand to save Izuku and shooting another villain in the shoulder when he was about to kill Kaminari.
    • Present Mic using a Big "YES!" to push back a group of villains approaching the heroes.
    • Ectoplasm using his Me's a Crowd Quirk to clone himself and kick another villain in the face.
    • And to top it off, as Shigaraki is making his escape, Snipe proceeds to shoot him through both arms and legs.

    U.A. Sports Festival Arc (Chapters 22-44, Episodes 14-25) 
  • Season 2 of the anime starts with a preview of kind of hero Midoriya will eventually become — single-handedly defending the city from an army of villains, throwing a punch so powerful that it lights up half the Earth.
  • During the Obstacle Race preliminary of the Sports Festival, Midoriya can't rely on One For All to get him through, so he picks up a large piece of metal plating from a demolished obstacle-robot. He then spends the rest of the race using it to smash another attacking robot, shield himself from other attacks, and when he reaches the minefield at the end of the race, he digs up a bunch of mines and piles them up, then jumps onto them while using the plate to shield himself from the blast and use the explosion to launch himself over the minefield and take first place.
    • Then it goes into funny territory when he realizes he did not account for how he should land and that he would lose acceleration quickly with Todoroki and Bakugo stopping their fight to go after him. Then it gets awesome again when Midoriya steps on their backs while falling, using them as propulsion to throw himself and the plate in the ground to gain another Explosion Propulsion while pushing Bakugo and Todoroki aside.
  • Iida's secret weapon; Overclocking the engines in his legs to Flash Step speed at the expense of them stalling afterward made it a risky all-or-nothing gambit. Before that moment, Team Todoroki and Team Midoriya had been in a stalemate, so it isn't an exaggeration to say that Iida's contribution was the tipping point that allowed his team to steal the 10,000,000 point headband from Midoriya, securing his position as both a Friendly Rival and Worthy Opponent to Midoriya.
    • After Monoma steals Bakugo's headband, Bakugo rages for like five seconds before he immediately comes up with a plan: Have Sero shoot some tape in the direction they want to go, Mina put dissolving solution on the ground and then blasts towards them. He then smashes through the air bubble the team were using to protect themselves and steals all of Monoma's headbands.
  • Mei's performance in the first elimination round of the tournament. She goes to Iida before the game and offers him special gear to complement his super-speed abilities, claiming she wants to help make the fight fairer and bring out his true potential. And Iida, being Lawful Good to a fault, trusts her completely. But rather than this turning out to be what you'd expect, a dirty underhanded trick to sabotage him, in reality she was completely genuine about what she said the gear could do... and she still manages to kick his ass, utterly humiliate him with her gadgets, turn him into a walking advertisement, show off her gear for ten whole minutes, and then intentionally resign with a shit-eating grin on her face, having already flawlessly accomplished everything she came to the festival to do. Doubles as a Funny Moment.
  • After Todoroki gets the 10,000,000 point headband thanks to Iida's secret acceleration technique Midoriya charges him and uses "One for All" for the first time in the games. Todoroki panics and activates his flame powers to defend himself. Todoroki swore that he would never use his flame powers in battle, and so far he's kept that vow. Midoriya just accomplished what actual supervillains couldn't.
  • Tokoyami stealing Todoroki's headband at literally the last second, allowing Team Midoriya to win enough points to advance to the next round.
  • Izuku's match with Shinso. After Izuku escapes the mind control, he quickly overcomes Shinso in hand-to-hand. He shrugs off a punch strong enough to bloody his nose and judo throws him out of the ring. He did this with two broken fingers!
    • Shinso being there at all. He has a seemingly useless Quirk (why he failed the Hero Course entrance test), he has an average high schooler's physique while his opponents are all extremely fit, and yet, by being creative and cunning, he arrived all the way to the final event, and would have likely won the whole thing had One For All not come with a Mind Hive.
  • During their fight, Sero manages to grab Todoroki with his tape and prepares to inflict a Ring Out. Todoroki's countermove? Trap him inside of a gigantic ice wall twice as tall and half as long as the stadium. Even the pro heroes are impressed.
    • It's implied that Todoroki allowed Sero to snare him in order to use the tap as a conduit.
    • Just before this battle, Endeavor scolded him for not using the flame Quirk and said that his ice Quirk is too limited for him to succeed. Thus, the giant ice wall is even bigger "screw you, dad!" — more like a great big "fuck you, dad!", in fact.
  • Tokoyami uses Dark Shadow to strike hard and fast, keeping Yaoyorozu on the defensive, then pushes her out of bounds by repeatedly attacking her shield.
  • Uraraka's impressive gambit against Bakugo, who has huge combat and even environmental advantages, goading him into making a lot of debris. Debris which she launches into the air before sending it right at him. He counters this by unleashing a huge explosion that takes out every single speck of debris at once. Bakugo's arm trembles due to the overexertion and he almost sounds rattled. Even after her all or nothing attack fails Uraraka keeps fighting, and it's not Bakugo who defeats her but her own body giving out after going far beyond her limits. After the fight, Bakugo accuses Midoriya of coaching her, but he counters that he didn't; Uraraka developed the plan all on her own, and if Bakugo had a hard time with her, credit her for it. Realizing this, Bakugo himself acknowledges the level of fight Uraraka brought to the ring when Kaminari chastises him for going full power against "a frail girl":
    Bakugo: I definitely wouldn't call her "frail."
  • Endeavor crosses paths with Midoriya and compares his power to All Might's before telling him to give his son a good fight. Knowing of Todoroki's issues with his father pressuring him to surpass All Might, Midoriya delivers a powerful comeback with just eight words.
    Midoriya: I'm not All Might. And Todoroki isn't you.
  • Midoriya vs Todoroki is one of the show's most famous scenes, with Midoriya clashing with one of the top performers of the entire tournament, it's a given something awesome would happen. And awesome it was.
    • The fight starts with Midoriya on the defensive. Midoriya counters Todoroki's attempts to freeze him by using One For All to flick his fingers hard enough to create shockwaves that stop the ice from reaching him, even as this breaks his fingers one by one. Eventually, Todoroki sends out an ice blast that forces Midoriya to break his hand to stop it. Todoroki goes for the kill, only for Midoriya to use One for All again with his broken fingers, shattering them further. By the end of the chapter, Todoroki is starting to feel the effects of overusing his ice powers, but Midoriya has broken both of his arms playing defense. Even so, he points out that as much damage as he's done to himself, Todoroki hasn't been able to touch him using only half of his power, then clenches a fist with his broken fingers and loudly challenges Todoroki to Bring It.
    • Midoriya calling Todoroki pathetic for holding himself back, and delivering a heavy blow to him with his broken arm. Aizawa notes how disturbing it is for Midoriya to keep fighting with broken limbs, and wonders how he can even stand to go that far during a match.
    • Midoriya also shows signs that he's beginning to figure out "One For All" since he consciously manages to hold back enough to avoid punching a hole through Todoroki, which Aizawa notices.
    • In order to keep fighting despite having crippled his hands, Midoriya did a super-powered thumb-flick while using his own mouth to enable said thumb-flick. That takes at least some thinking outside of the box.
    • Aizawa repeatedly proves to have greater insight than the vast majority of the pro heroes, even those employed by the school; while the other teachers are criticizing Midoriya for his needlessly self-destructive tendencies, Aizawa (who once threatened to expel Midoriya over the same issue) recognizes that Midoriya's actually doing the best he can with what he's got.
    • After Midoriya lands his hit on Todoroki, he lays into Todoroki for only using half of his total power just to spite his father. This speech causes Todoroki to flashback to an interview with All Might, talking about how even if a person's powers were given by their parents, it's still their own. This finally allows Todoroki to let loose his fire-side in a gargantuan tower of flame.
    • A small moment that is in many ways awesome in the older sense of the word, that which inspires awe. In the final clash between Midoriya and Todoroki, both Cementoss and Midnight are trying to stop them and neither of them even noticed. Midnight was too far away and the conflicting hot and cold areas around Todoroki caused enough chaotic wind to blow her pheromone mist away. But Cementoss? He raised multiple cement walls between the two combatants and both of them blew through them like they weren't even there. Their combined power rendered the efforts of two pro heroes irrelevant.
    • The fight is also a CMOA for Todoroki. After having been unable to land a single good hit on Midoriya for the entire fight, once he activates his left side he ends it within seconds, meeting Midoriya's full power head-on and overpowering One For All with a gargantuan beam of heat.
    • Lastly, it shows more what a truly heroic person Midoriya was. While he could've probably saved the pep-talk for another time and definitely could've made it easier on himself to win, he chooses not to. Why? Not just to further test himself, not just in order to get Todoroki to accept his true power to be the best hero, but mainly because he saw someone in trouble and wanted to help. He may have lost a match, but he earned a victory in helping Todoroki become a better hero while doing the heroic act of saving someone, including from themselves.

    Vs. Hero Killer Arc (Chapters 45-59, Episodes 26-33) 
  • Training with Gran Torino proves extremely enlightening for Midoriya. Oddball as he is, the old hero's lessons actually put Midoriya thinking in the right direction. In just 24 hours, he figures out a way to use One For All without breaking himself each time, and when he puts it to the test, Gran Torino actually has to dodge like he means it, and Midoriya still draws blood.
    Gran Torino: This kid could turn out to be a real monster...
  • The third anime ending is based on the cover from the second popularity poll results with the characters dressed like they were in an RPG. Only it expands to feature even more of Class 1-A and Izuku on a full heroic quest, just like in the series, where he leaves home, then recruits allies, and Bakugo is a dragon rider who reluctantly teams up with him. And then they all gather to take down the Big Bad. As they get ready for the Final Battle, Izuku's power aura as a swordsman is the giant golden figure of All Might. It's supposed to be a storybook play on the stage of UA's performance hall, but still, amazing amaze-balls to the core.
  • Deku putting what he learned from Gran Torino into practice to punch Stain right in the face, saving Iida in the process.
    • The buildup to that. After Stain gives Iida a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for how unheroic and blinded by revenge he's being, and prepares to kill him in the name of purging the unworthy, Iida, despite being shaken at the fact that the Villain Has a Point, refuses to go quietly to his death, and uses what he thinks are his last moments alive calling Stain out on his horseshit by telling him that whatever delusions he has about himself, he'll never be anything more than the monster who crippled a good man for an unbelievably petty reason.
    Iida: Say whatever you want about me! YOU'RE STILL JUST A CRIMINAL WHO HURT MY BROTHER!
  • Deku shows his training with the "Full Cowl", a technique which cloaks his body in One For All and lets him actively gauge how much force he's using. This, combined with his sheer cleverness in battle as well as his truly heroic outlook and motivations actually convinces Stain to not kill him. He is the first hero seen able to actually satisfy Stain's outlook on what kind of heroes deserve to live.
  • Iida recovers from the Stain's paralysis just in time to protect Todoroki from being cut in half by using his Recipro-burst to break Stain's katana. He then gets Todoroki to cool his engines so that he and Midoriya can catch Stain in the middle of a Combination Attack.
  • In the anime, Endeavor shows why he is the second-ranked Hero. Not only does he casually take down two Nomus with little effort (while every other pro hero sans Gran Torino had trouble fighting them), his beatdown of them includes fire-based Super Strength sending one Nomu flying, flames so hot they turn blue and carbonize cells and when the other Nomu was carrying someone away, he proceeded to toss a fireball before giving chase by heating up his feet, ran up nearby walls, melting them so he can stick on them for leverage, jumped at the Nomu and struck it down with a spear made out of fire before catching the victim and using his flames directed downward to slow their descent. Say what you will about the guy, but there is no denying that he is a badass.
  • In spite of being being severely injured from his fight with Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki, Stain uses a hidden knife to cut the rope binding his wrists, lick up a drop of blood from the Nomu that captured Midoriya, and strikes it down midair, saving Midoriya.
  • When Stain sees Endeavor, the power of his bloodlust towards him and the other "false" heroes is so great and palpable that it causes everyone, including Gran Torino and Endeavor, to freeze in their tracks. The killer then delivers a scathing ultimatum that only a true Hero like All-Might has the right to kill him, a moral high-ground that none of the pretenders present possesses. Every Hero present, even Endeavor (who is ranked as just behind All Might in terms of power), is frozen in terror by the sheer fury of Stain's "righteous" rage, knowing his accusation of their unworthiness to be all too true. It only stops when the murderer passes out, still standing, from a perforated lung.
  • The anime exclusive episode "Everyone's Internships":
  • Several students get to show off what they learned from their week of training and apprenticeship in an exercise. The goal is a race from start to finish, and as everyone lines up everyone thinks Sero has got a perfect advantage until they see Deku leaping over buildings easily, amazing everyone.
    • Made all the better by their conversation right before the exercise started. While they can't agree on which of the first 5 competing will win, they unanimously agree Deku will finish last by virtue of having a power that injures him when used and doesn't boost mobility anyway (whereas the other 4 have all demonstrated the ability to move faster via their Quirks). Full Cowl represents the first of Deku's major Levels in Badass. He can now use One for All practically without ruining himself every time; legitimately keeping up with the class and standing with them as equals.
  • Chapter 59 has a retroactive one for All Might. In spite of the fight leaving him with a crippling wound that's all but stated outright to be slowly killing him, All Might manage to injure All For One — a man who has God only knows how many Quirks at his disposal and who basically ruled Japan in the shadows for a good while — so badly that even now he's hooked up to several medical machines and what we see of his body is almost entirely scar tissue.

    Final Exam Arc (Chapters 60-69, Episodes 34-38) 
  • Tokoyami and Tsuyu's teamwork in Chapter 61. Opting to flee when Ectoplasm comes at them the instant the exercise starts, they combine her ability to stick to walls and a long tongue with his dark shadow to launch each other away.
    • Of special note is how they win — Tsuyu reacts within a split-second of seeing Ectoplasm's giant clone to snatch the detaining cuffs from Tokoyami with her tongue, so they can be given to Dark Shadow while the giant clone has her and Tokoyami trapped. Again, she came up with this strategy with less than a second to react. Recovery Girl had earlier given an assessment that Tsuyu had no clear weakness, and it's evident that wasn't an exaggeration.
    • At the end of the same chapter, All Might's demonstration of strength. With just the air pressure created from the shockwave of a single punch, he causes serious damage to a whole row of buildings.
  • Deku & Bakugo vs. All Might:
    • Deku has finally had enough of Bakugo acting up and punches him square in the face after he gets grabbed by All Might and goes on about how he'd rather lose than get help. Deku then proceeds to carry Bakugo away while yelling at him about how insulting it sounds for the guy who won't shut up about winning to talk about wanting to lose.
    • Bakugo decides to finally, begrudgingly get help from Deku by lending him one of his exploding gauntlets to tag-team against All Might. And Deku grudgingly gives Bakugo credit; that blast has quite a kick: "My shoulder! He really uses this thing?!"
    • Deku and Bakugo are able to hurt All Might using Bakugo's stored sweat with a massive explosion, all the while avoiding collateral damage by firing it in the direction All Might destroyed earlier. All Might takes a moment to reflect on how proud he is of them for teamwork and remembering his first lesson.
    • All Might shatters Bakugo's gauntlets but Bakugo reveals that he doesn't actually need them; they're a safety feature. He starts damaging his arms with each major blast but he continues with nary a flinch.
      Bakugo: If I don't take any risks, there's no way I can beat you. Right, All Might?!
    • Bakugo faints while trying to buy Deku enough time to escape and complete the trial. All Might is prepared to chase after him. He is not prepared for what Deku does instead: ignore all common sense and punch All Might in the face, grab Bakugo, and run for the exit so they can win together. Deku was actually struggling toward the exit with an injured back, but seeing Kacchan in trouble gives him the Heroic Second Wind he needs to activate Full Cowl and pull his crazy stunt, all in the name of rescuing him.
    • Also mixed with Heartwarming, but All Might looks on this mix of pure pride on his face as Izuku goes to overcome his fears and punch his idol, all to save someone. Why? Because that's how Izuku always was. It's a wonderful Call-Back to his growth yet also a reminder of why he was already a hero before getting One-For-All.
    • Bakugo managed to take multiple punches from the number 1 hero in the world, and get back up to continue fighting! Granted All Might was fighting with weights and still winning, but the fact that this child still in his first year of high school was capable of taking so much damage before fainting is worth noting. Even All Might looks surprised every time Bakugo comes back before finally being knocked unconscious.
  • Todoroki and Yaoyorozu vs. Eraser Head.
    • Momo reveals her plan: those matryoshka dolls she created? They all have FLASHBANGS hidden in them, and a handful of them go off right in Aizawa-sensei's face.
    • Todoroki and Yaoyorozu manage to be the first to defeat their teacher outright through strategy, though he was taking it a bit easier on them.
  • Mineta singlehandedly enacts a Batman Gambit to defeat Midnight, one in which he actually works off their similaritiesnote . For starters, his whining and fearful blubbering were all part of a ruse to appeal to Midnight's sadistic streak, luring her away from the exit. When she caught up to him, he used some of Sero's tape to keep himself from breathing in her Knockout Gas and used his sticky balls to keep her there so he could carry Sero out without being caught in her area of effect.
    • Mineta downright asphyxiates himself so he can take out Midnight and rush past her. By the time he gets out of range, Mineta actually hurls from the lack of oxygen, yet still manages to carry Sero through the Exit Gate. Give the little perv due props, that's badass.
    • Finally, the rules of the test stipulate only one member need escape via the gate, which is how Iida passes even though he didn't get out himself. Mineta makes a point of going back for Sero when, strictly speaking, he didn't have to.
  • Aoyama and Uraraka are clinging to a railing as No. 13 uses their black hole power on them and nothing they do is having any effect. As a panicking Uraraka starts pondering on what Midoriya would do, a calm Aoyama knows she's thinking of that and teases her by asking her if she loves Midoriya. Uraraka gets so flustered that she panics and lets go of the railing without noticing and goes flying towards No. 13 thanks to their power. No. 13 didn't expect this and shuts their power off, while Uraraka reacts by slamming into No. 13 and slapping the handcuffs on them, taking advantage of their lack of fighting skills.
  • Credit goes to Uraraka again when she catches up to Midoriya at the shopping mall and finds him being held hostage by Shigaraki. She immediately figures out what's happening, and despite her obvious terror, tells the villain in no uncertain terms to get away from her friend. And it works, though Shigaraki had gotten what he wanted out of Midoriya by that point.
    • Midoriya getting held hostage is mainly nerve-wracking, and he reflexively panics when Shigaraki goes into an enlightened rant (which then results in Shigaraki coming that close to activating his Quirk), but despite his evident terror, the former manages to remain relatively level-headed enough to give Shigaraki his honest opinion without much changes in his voice when answering Shigaraki's question about himself and Stain.
    Midoriya: What's the difference between you two? ... I neither understand you nor accept you... Whereas for the Hero Killer, I don't accept him either but I do understand him. For both me and the Hero Killer, we started out by watching All Might. And back then, I was saved by him. At the very least, he didn't destroy because he wanted to. And he didn't give up so fickly. His methods were wrong, but he tried to live according to an ideal... That's what I think.

    School Trip Arc (Chapters 70-83, Episodes 39-45) 
  • The class is dropped into a "forest of magical beasts" for testing purposes. When confronted by large stone monsters, most of the class freak out, before cutting to a panel of Midoriya, Iida, Todoroki, and Bakugo all smashing it to pieces simultaneously.
    • The anime adapts this in an amazing manner — we see an expanded version of this fight, with everyone in Class 1-A getting involved in some way. Sero grounds a flying beast by taping up its wings, Uraraka and Asui team up to slam a rock beast into the ground, Kirishima and Sato smash one to bits, Mineta traps another so that Kaminari can shock it apart, Hagakure lures some so that Ashido's acid can melt their legs, Yaoyorozu creates a cannon to blast them, Shoji and Jiro use their Quirks for surveillance, and Koda — whose Quirk was portrayed as useless against the beasts in the manga — calls up a swarm of birds to distract them.
  • Deku scaling the side of a sheer cliff by foot by using OfA to save Kota. His phone ends up being destroyed, and that combined with everyone being scattered and dealing with the other villains means Midoriya has to take on the villain singlehandedly.
  • Deku vs Muscular, especially in the Anime adaptation.
    • Deku being able to realize Kota was at his hideout after witnessing Pixie-Bob's assault shows how much his analytical skills help. This is what helps Deku manage to make it and rescue Kota at the last second.
    • Despite spending the first part getting thrown around like a ragdoll, Deku still manages to find the strength to attack Muscular after Kota tries to fight back.
    • Muscular gets a villainous moment when he predicted Midoriya would attack after Kota's confrontation. However, despite this, Midoriya manages to get himself attached to Muscular and manages his first-ever 100% One for All smash. Then he catches Kota with his teeth after that flings him off.
    • Another villainous moment for Muscular for being able to tank that one.
    • The entire ending of the fight. After Muscular decides to seriously go after Midoriya, Midoriya decides to counter his attack with a smash, and buy time for Kota to escape. It's awesome enough that he manages to keep Muscular off.
    • Then, as Midoriya is about to be flattened, Kota uses his own Quirk to distract Muscular, which gives Midoriya the opening he needs. With that opening, Midoriya goes beyond and unleashes a 1,000,000% Delaware Detroit Smash! This one cuts right through Muscular and sends him right into the nearby cliff. It's so awesome even Kota is inspired by Deku's heroism.note  For the first time, Deku acted the ideal he so much aspired, and in so doing drew out two simple but powerful words that are the title of the chapter/episode:
      Kota: (in the Japanese dub) My... My hero!
      (in the English dub) A hero... My hero!
      • To drive home just how an incredible feat the victory over Muscular is, the moment Magne realizes it she decides that killing Midoriya is more urgent than her fight with Tiger.
  • Aizawa-sensei completely avoiding the blast from Dabi and quickly taking him down, even if it turned out to just be a Quirk-based duplicate of him.
    • After mangling both his arms in the fight with the Water Hose murderer, what does Deku do immediately after the fight? He gets Kota to safety and then jumps back into the fray, shattering Spinner's weapon, and relaying important news for Mandalay to spread, doing all this just with the use of his legs.
  • Tetsutetsu and Kendo knocking out Mustard and stopping the poisonous gas. Props to Kendo for coming up with an idea to use her enlarged hands to blow away the gas and thus give Tetsutetsu the opening for the final hit, where he shows some smarts by going for Mustard's mask; wearing a mask means Mustard's not immune to his own gas, so even if the blow didn't KO him, it would prevent him using his Quirk.
  • Tokoyami shows just how powerful his shadow can be, by one-shotting a villain giving Bakugo and Todoroki a lot of trouble, it looks like even All Might would have trouble with a fully powered shadow. And then Bakugo shows his tactical savvy again: he waits until after the shadow mauls the villain before shining some light to get it back under Tokoyami's control again.
  • Ochaco gets to show off some of the martial arts she learned from Machine Gun Head, singlehandedly disarming and pinning Toga after Tsuyu gets immobilized.
    • In the long run, Toga one-upped Ochaco in the moment by managing to take enough of her blood.
  • Midoriya coming up with a spur-of-the-moment plan to make use of the abilities of everyone present in order to catch up to Mr. Compress before he could get away with Tokoyami and Bakugo, once again showing that his mind is his greatest strength.
  • Before Mr. Compress could escape with Tokoyami and Bakugo, Aoyama lets out a blast from his Quirk that allows the others to at least rescue Tokoyami. Made even more awesome when you consider the fact that for most of the attack Aoyama was cowering behind a nearby bush scared out of his mind praying that the League didn't find him.
  • Awase shielding Momo from the Chainsaw Nomu's attack.
  • One that's easily overlooked, and carries over to the next arc: Momo, with a bad gash on her head, after only a moment of assessing the situation, realizes that the Nomu retreating must mean, that the villains succeeded in capturing Bakugo. So in order to have a chance of finding him, she creates a bug and gives it to a member of Class-B to plant it on the Nomu. As this YouTuber pointed out, the bug and the tracker she later creates are incredibly complex devices, and for them to work, Momo (among other things) has to be able to write a computer program in electric charges! And she did it, in a matter of seconds!

    Hideout Raid Arc (Chapters 84-97, Episodes 46-50) 
  • One reporter correctly deduces that the League are trying to recruit Bakugo; when he questions the UA teachers about it at a press conference, Aizawa acknowledges that he's done a poor job at curbing Bakugo's temper — but temper or not, Bakugo wants to be the Number 1 Hero. As far as Aizawa is concerned, the villains don't have a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding.

Chapters 87 and 88/Episodes 47 and 48:

  • In order to get Bakugo and Ragdoll back, the pro heroes have the story's first Avengers Assemble moment, gathering quite the all-star team: Endeavor; Best Jeanist; the No. 5 Hero, Edgeshot; the No. 10 Hero, Gang Orca; Gran Torino; Tiger from the Wild Wild Pussycats; Kamui Woods and Mt. Lady; and of course, All Might himself. They, along with the entire police force, create a plan to safely recover the abductees, capture the members of the League of Villains, and even stop the League from using their Nomu as back up. On top of that, they stage the press conference with Aizawa, Vlad, and Nezu in order to lull the villains into thinking the heroes are clueless. When the raid happens, it's the villains who are caught completely flat footed.
    • Edgeshot pretends to be a pizza delivery guy to distract the League — so All Might can SMASH!! through the wall behind them!
    • An instant later, Kamui Woods finally gets to put his special move from Episode 1 to good use.
    • When Shigaraki calls for Kurogiri to warp in their backup, it cuts back across town to the warehouse where the Nomu are kept. Midoriya and the others watch in awe as Mt. Lady uses a truck as a boot and brings down half the building with one kick, disrupting Kurogiri's coordinates. She and Best Jeanist then secure the Nomu While Tiger finds Ragdoll.
    • Edgeshot uses his ability to fold himself in order to pass through Kurogiri's body and knock him unconscious.
    • In a very surprising turn, Gran Torino shows how the Police of this world aren't useless after all, because they managed to figure out the civilian names of almost all the League members. Even if they escape, they'll never be able to live normal lives again.
    • That would have been the end of it, were it not for one unresolved thread. The Man Behind the Man. All For One.
      • Before he even appears in person, he uses his own warp Quirk to send dozens of Nomu to the bar for the heroes to fight, then pulls the League members and Bukugo to his location. Speaking of...
      • He appears in the darkness of the ruined warehouse, and is promptly restrained by Best Jeanist's Fiber Master Quirk. The manga then shows a single black bar before immediately cutting to All for One levitating over a completely devastated and ruined Kamino Ward; the anime achieves the same effect by cutting to the end credits as soon as he attacks, cutting back to the devastation afterward. In a split second, he lives up to his status as The Dreaded and The Big Bad of the series by taking out an entire team of pro heroes, and causing so much destruction that it looks like a natural disaster. With one attack. The result is incredibly jarring and a perfect way to demonstrate how utterly powerful All for One is compared to any villains introduced before; the perfect antithesis of All Might. He's so ruthlessly efficient that Midoriya initially mistakes him as Death itself. All of the students are reduced to shivers and cowering behind a wall, looking like they're about to vomit. And they're haunted by visions of their own deaths...
      • Credit to Best Jeanist: he managed to get everyone else out of the way of that attack so that they were only knocked out instead of killed. His incredible reflexes earn him sincere praise from All For One. And even though he's already injured and terrified, Jeanist figures out who All For One is and tries to stop him, earning himself a hole in his guts for the trouble. Which he survives.
  • Chapter 89: The gang of would-be rescuers is paralyzed by the sheer terror of All for One's presence, but Midoriya works himself out of it by focusing on how to rescue Bakugo. The instant he sees it happening, Iida works himself out of it to protect Midoriya.

  • All Might makes his second Dynamic Entry in as many episodes by falling out of the sky and punching All For One. But the villain manages to catch and stop the blows; the resulting clash nearly blows everyone away, even the students in hiding.
    • All for One giving life advice to his protege, just before calmly twirling around and clashing with All Might is one for the villains. It's not every day you get a Villain Mentor fighting the strong, implacable Hero to buy time for the other villains to escape.

  • All For One countering All Might's second attack sends the hero flying through several buildings, nearly doubling the damage zone. He lists off the Quirks he used (Air Cannon, Spring-Like Limbs, Kinetic Booster Times Four note , Strength Enhancer Times Three note ), then says he'll add more next time.

  • One particularly twisted moment occurs early on in the confrontation, when All Might tries to reach Bakugo only to be impaled by All For One's Combat Tentacles and flung into a building, while the villain perverts All Might's Catchphrase. Dub only, unforunately.
    All Might: (to Bakugo) I'm coming for you!
    All For One: I don't think so! Because I am here!

  • After a minute, Midoriya manages to overcome his fear and figure out a plan to rescue Bakugo without fighting the villains or getting in All Might's way. The students use Midoriya, Iida, and Kirishima's Quirks to provide enough momentum and defense to break through the wall they were hiding behind, while Todoroki uses his ice to launch them into the air, out of the villains' reach. The key to success, however, is having Kirishima be the one to reach out to Bakugo; Midoriya knows that Bakugo would never listen to him, or even Todoroki or Iida. But him and Kirishima have built up respect and possibly even friendship over the school year. It works; Bakugo sees Kirishima and blasts himself up to grab his hand.
    • The villains attempt to pursue by having Magne launch Compress into the air. Mt. Lady gets one more chance to shine though, growing to her colossal form with a shout of "TITAN CLASS!" and bodily intercepting. She had only just recovered from All For One's initial attack, and fell unconscious again after.
    • Further attempts are halted by Gran Torino arriving, and All For One sending the younger League members away via Kurogiri's portal.
    • Bakugo deserves a little credit — he mainly dodged while confronting the League, knowing they had the advantage and that he needed to leave so All Might could fight unimpeded. He was aware of his enemies' strengths and the lay of the battlefield, and was looking for a way to strategically retreat even before his classmates appeared.

  • It's after this that the true battle begins. All Might vs All For One, their final and ultimate battle.
    • All For One taunts All Might by talking about how the hero defeated all of the other villains, or sent them into hiding, and that his success as the Symbol of Peace only came about because of those "sacrifices". He continues, mocking All Might for not going all out because of the innocent people that might be nearby. But All Might calls him out spectacularly.
      All Might: "Shut up! That's what you do... you toy with people's very lives! You break them! You steal from them! You take advantage and manipulate them! You sneer at them, when they're just trying to live everyday lives! And for that, I can't forgive you!!!"
    • With that, All Might pins All For One with a mighty blow that would've taken out a lesser villain. However...
    • All Might's time is up. He's barely holding on to his muscle form. All For One continues to taunt him, this time over the death of his predacessor. The villain then blasts All Might into the air when he's distracted, and Gran Torino is just barely able to intercept him before he hits a news helicopter. In spite of it all, All Might stands up. But then All For One readies another, even stronger attack. He abuses his opponent's need to defend innocent people by forcing him to take the blast head-on so a trapped civilian won't be killed. The blast, which is just air, carves massive troughs in the ground. When the dust clears, All Might is still standing... in his true form, revealed to all the world as an emaciated skeleton of a man.
      All For One: I want you to suffer until your last breath, and die broken and disgraced, for all the world to see! ... I will obliterate everything you've protected! First to go will be your self-respect and ridiculous public image. Show the world how pitiful you really are, Symbol of Peace.
    • Even so, All Might clenches his fist and does his best to smile, stating that in his heart, he remains a hero and the Symbol of Peace!
    • All For One then reveals that Tomura is the grandson of All Might's mentor, Nana Shimura. He purposefully groomed the boy into becoming a villain that hates heroes, and All Might especially, hoping to break All Might's spirit. For a moment, it works... until All Might hears a civilian trapped nearby calling for help. At which point he is reminded of his duties as a hero, snaps himself out of the Heroic BSoD, smiles, powers up one arm for an attack, and gives All For One a short but awesome Shut Up, Hannibal! speech.
      All Might: You're right, All For One. There's so much... so much we heroes have to protect. And that's why we don't lose!
    • However, All For One recognizes that this is the last of All Might's strength, and prepares to attack him again. That's when the other pro heroes arrive!
      Endeavor and Edgeshot distract All For One, while Tiger and Kamui Woods finish evacuating the trapped civilians and unconscious heroes.
    • As Tiger tells him, and Gran Torino reiterates for the audience, in spite of everything All For One has done, the entire WORLD is currently, literally cheering All Might on. The citizens, the pros, his students — every one of them is shouting his name to the heavens. And you probably are, too.

    • As the other heroes disperse, All For One loses his patience and fulfills his earlier promise...
      All For One: Spring-Like Limbs! Kinetic Booster Times Four! Strength Enhancer Times Three! Multiplier! Hypertrophy! Rivets! Airwalk! Spear-Like Bones! ... In order to put you down for good, I'm going to punch you with the ultimate combination of Quirks I have stored up inside of me right now! This will end you.
      • To be clear: after mutating to express those Quirks, All For One's left "arm" is almost as big as the entire rest of his body, and looks like rocks and metal spikes sticking out of a pile of stitched-together flesh. It's an abomination that wouldn't look out of place on the likes of Doomsday, and looks even more monstrous attached to the relatively human All For One. As he attacks All Might, he makes it clear — One For All isn't inside All Might at all, anymore; he's just been coasting on the embers. Not only that, but AFO is aware that Midoriya is the one who has inherited the power. He chastises All Might for not being able to control the child, and mockingly says that he'll die full of regrets — as a hero, and a teacher.
    • When the big punch lands and their fists meet, the air between All Might and All For One warps, before exploding back outward. Then AFO adds one more Quirk: Impact Recoil. All Might's arm ripples, cracking and crunching, and blood sprays everywhere. He's pushed back through wall after wall, and AFO continues to taunt him about his weakened state. It really looks like this might be another case of The Bad Guy Wins...

    • And then All Might digs in his heel.

      All For One's taunting and thinly veiled threat against Midoriya was a bad move.
      All Might: Not just as a "symbol"... Just like what my master did for me... I, too, until I'm done bringing him up...
      All For One: To go to such unsightly lengths to fight against it... I miscalculated.
      All Might: I WILL NOT DIE!!!
    • All Might transfers the power he has left from his right arm to his left, allowing the right to be hit with the force of All For One's blow — then uses his left arm to Smash AFO in the face with a blow that creates a windstorm.
      All For One: Trickery?! This is so unlike you... but it's weak!
    • All for One is utterly baffled, since he never expected his honorable opponent to use such a deceitful trick, but he dismisses it, as the punch wasn't hard enough to damage him. It did, however, leave AFO off balance and unable to reorient himself in time. He then has the mother of all Oh, Crap! moments when he realizes it was a feint.

      At that point, All might transfers the power out of his left arm, and back into his wrecked right arm, a move just as insane as anything Midoriya has done. All Might has learned a fair bit from his student as well.
    • He reaches deep within and goes beyond, calling on the memory of his beloved mentor.
      Nana Shimura: This power has been passed down from hero to hero, each praying that it will bring joy and peace to humanity. That One For All would give the world hope. And now it is your turn. Do your best, Toshinori!
    • He grabs hold of that power in his fist, dodges All For One's desperate counterstrike, and then puts his whole body into delivering one. Final. Blow. For a moment, the flickering embers of power in his heart grow into a raging inferno, as he punches his nemesis into the dirt so hard it creates a tornado that lifts entire buildings:

      All Might: Good bye, All For One!

      Toshinori Yagi: UNITED! STATES OF! SMAAAAAASH!!

    • Afterwards, he stands up, raises his fist to the sky, and flexes into his buff form, all while his normally goofy and over-the-top theme music is playing in the background like a victory march. Everyone watching cheers, many of them crying. Endeavor, of all people, says that All Might shouldn't over-exert himself. But Gran Torino halts him, insisting that All Might is still doing his duty. His final act as that Symbol of Peace and Justice.
    • Meta Moment: this scene is so awesome that many viewers broke down in tears over All Might's victory.

  • Midoriya's mother putting her foot down and refusing to let her son continue being in harm's way at U.A.
  • In response, Midoriya runs out of the room, leaving his mother and Toshinori to think that it's because his mom refused to let him continue attending U.A. On the contrary, Midoriya comes back and shows both All Might and his mother the Thank You letter Kota gave him for rescuing him at the camp, and how he called Midoriya his hero. It culminates in him stating that he's fine with having to attend another Hero school if it puts his mother's mind at ease, and is more than willing to take other paths into becoming a Hero, as long as he can still become one.
    • All-Might is once again inspired by Midoriya's courage and determination, musters up the strength to go into his Power form, and kneels before Midoriya's mother to convince her to let Midoriya continue his studies at U.A, even going as far to admit that Midoriya is a fitting "Symbol of Peace".

    Hero License Exam Arc (Chapters 98-121, Episodes 51-61) 
  • Chapter 101 has a few of the students expanding their abilities:
    • Midoriya coming up with a simple yet brilliant solution to ensuring that he doesn't permanently cripple his arms due to overuse of One For All. Start focusing on using his legs to execute kicking attacks, which helps him save All Might from a falling piece of rubble. Full Cowl: Shoot Style is the second of Deku's major Levels in Badass plus his first real move away from just imitating All Might and developing a hero style and identity to call his own.
    • Bakugo develops his Armor Piercer move, which allows him to focus his explosions into a narrow area for greater penetrating power.
    • Instead of just using his shadow for external attacks, Tokoyami learns to layer his shadow over his body to augment his own combat abilities.
    • It's revealed that in just the 4 months she's been enrolled at UA, Hatsume has built countless prototype inventions.
  • Chapter 103: The provisional license exam begins and all the other participating schools immediately target the U.A. students because their Quirks have been exposed, thanks to the sports festival. However, Midoriya anticipates this immediately and has already rallied his classmates to work together against it.note  Even though a teacher from one of the other schools called him out on not warning his students, Eraser Head responds perfectly.
    Eraser Head: Being a hero means being able to get yourself out of a pinch. Once you become a pro, it's a given that your Quirk has been exposed to the world. I'm sorry to say, but we're looking a bit farther ahead than everyone else.
  • Chapter 104: Inasa is the first examinee to pass the first test, by wiping out 120 other examinees simultaneously.
    Inasa: "I believe that heroes are hot-blooded! Everybody's fighting!! Everybody's fired up!! I love it when things get hot!! This intense battle! Allow me to partake in this hotness!! PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!"
  • Chapter 105: When battling against the Shiketsu High girl, Midoriya uses his analytical abilities to deduce that her Quirk allows her to shapeshift and foils her attempt to fool him by pretending to be Uraraka, as he quickly realizes the fake never used Zero Gravity.
    • The ability of Mei Hatsume's mech supports is shown to absorb the recoil from a strong kick and send that energy out as a second shockwave, instantaneously, it's like being kicked twice. It also protects Midoriya's legs from further recoil damage.
    • Camie's physical skills are impressive, especially considering she has a non-offensive Quirk. She hits Deku with a ball, is so fast he barely can keep up with her and she even manages to restrain him.
  • In an anime-only segment, Todoroki is challenged by a group of ninja-themed students who work together to counter both his fire and ice. He eventually succeeds by using the terrain to his advantage by setting off an explosion to stun them, then incapacitates them with his ice long enough to hit their sensors.
  • In another anime-only segment, a team consisting of Yaoyorozu, Tsu, Kyoka, and Shoji face an all-girl squad led by the hyper-intelligent Saiko Intelli. This clash is full of cerebral awesome:
    • The enemy team systematically disable Kyoka and Shoji's sensory advantage, then trap the U.A. students in a room that is filled with cold air to put Tsu into a state of hibernation. They are only defeated because...
    • Momo figures out their plan and realizes that they intend to force her to use her Quirk to seal off the vents, draining her of her energy and leaving the team defenseless. Motivated by Midoriya's selflessness, she opts for a high-risk attack instead of the strategy that the leader had anticipated: she creates earmuffs for her team and a powerful amp for Kyoka, who unleashes a sound blast that defeats Intelli's unexpecting team.
    • Also worth noting the fact that Kyoka was shot in the left ear at the time, which means she could only use one of her plugs and, thus, only half of her usual power. Didn't stop her from incapacitating an entire squad through a solid concrete wall with her amped heartbeat... hell, she almost incapacitated herself as well, even through her earmuffs.
    • When Kyoka, Shoji, and Tsu leave, Intelli locks them out and makes a last-ditch effort to tag Momo out. However, Momo quickly restrains her hand with handcuffs, and after Shoji breaks the door open, Tsu restrains her other hand. Momo's three teammates declare that they won't leave their teammate behind. Shocked and impressed, Intelli concedes defeat.
  • Chapter 107: Kaminari stepping up to save both Bakugo and Kirishima after the two have been captured using his new tech and a special grenade that Bakugo gave him as insurance.
    • After that, none in Class A has been eliminated yet. To add to the awesome is the fact that a majority of the class is already waiting for the rest.
  • Chapter 108: Aoyama decides to step up his game, his laser blast gathers the rest of the U.A. class to save him and Iida. All of this comes with the added bonus of the ENTIRE Class A passing the first part of the exam!
    • Koji and Toru get a big chance to shine in battle, especially considering that their Quirks are not of the offensive type. Koji manages to summon a flock of doves so enormous that it would make Alfred Hitchcock proud, which is the distraction that the rest of the Class A students needed to jump in for the attack, aided greatly by Toru using a new move that allows her to refract light inside of her and then intensify it into an extremely bright flash, blinding all other students present and leaving them at the mercy of Class A.
  • Chapter 111: The second test challenges the examinees to work together with an intense rescue scenario, made even more chaotic when a group of heroes shows up to play the role of attacking villains. Todoroki ends up butting heads with Inasa over the latter's resentment of Endeavor (and by extension, Todoroki himself). The combination of Todoroki's shaky emotions and Inasa's wind powers cause him to lose control of his flames and accidentally send them directly at Shindo, who is incapacitated nearby. Cue Midoriya showing up just in time to carry Shindou out of the way, before rounding on Todoroki and Inasa to give them what for.
  • Chapter 112: The chapter itself shares its name with Midoriya's epic What the Hell, Hero? moment quoted above, and boils down to the effect of those words on Todoroki and Inasa. Specifically, it causes them to realize how their selfish actions got them into trouble and leads to them combining their Quirks to trap Gang Orca.
    • The chapter revealed that Shindo was Playing Possum the entire time; because of the effects of his own Quirk (Vibrate), his body is already used to being paralyzed and recovers quickly. He manages to take out Gang Orca's henchmen who were going after the civilians. In one fell swoop despite his body still being numb.
  • Chapter 113:
    • After spending the previous stage of the exam trying to eliminate each other, all the students join together in this chapter to defend the civilians and fight of Gang Orca's men. It's also shown that Bakugo, Kirishima, and Kaminari spent the entire stage focusing on saving civilians. Them saving the last batch of civilians is what actually ends the stage of the exam.
    • After the exam is over, Gang Orca admits that between the fire prison Todoroki and Inasa created, and Midoriya's surprise attack, he doesn't think he would have actually been able to continue the fight, even without a power-limiter.
  • Chapter 114:
    • The results of the exam: Even though Bakugo and Todoroki did not pass it was nice to see the rest of the class make the cut. Plus, a Hope Spot: since Bakugo and Todoroki did pass the first half, they get a second chance; take a special course, pass the make-up test, they get their licenses.
    • Special mention should go to Yaoyorozu. The second phase gives each examinee 100 points, detracting points for each mistake without any opportunities to recoup those losses. While the passing score is 50 points and not many of the members of class got above 80 points, Yaoyorozu got a score of 94, a virtually perfect performance. No wonder Jiro's shocked upon seeing it.

    Internship Arc (Chapters 121-162, Episodes 62-78) 
  • Chapter 119: One For All: 8%.
  • Chapter 120: Bakugo beating Midoriya, in both the fight between them and the popularity contest.
  • Chapter 122: The Top Three of the U.A.'s 3rd Year Students make their first appearance! Including one who happened to be All Might's potential successor before Midoriya!
  • Chapter 123: Mirio Togata, of the U.A's Big Three, shows off his Quirk and skills against all of Class 1-A with exception of Bakugo and Todoroki to prove why he's comparable to even the Pros! In just 5 seconds, he takes out HALF OF THEM!
  • Chapter 124:
    • Despite Midoriya catching Mirio's attention by attempting to counter him, Mirio countered his counterattack because he trained for that in case his enemies would do so. Then Mirio takes out the remaining Class 1-A with no scratch on him whatsoever.
    • Mirio's Quirk: Permeation. Despite the harsh drawbacks to his Quirk on intangibility, he eventually made it work into Difficult, but Awesome by his own natural talent.
    • Let's give props to Mirio to where he started from. Unlike Midoriya, Bakugo, and Todoroki, who are gifted with powerful Quirks, Mirio started from the bottom and eventually worked his way up to the top.
    • Mirio acknowledging Midoriya's potential, and even thought about him getting interned by "Sir". Gran Torino might also be thinking the same thing, and this is the guy who happened to be All Might's former sidekick.
  • Chapter 127: Under Mirio's recommendation, Deku goes to meet "Sir": Sir Nighteye, the former sidekick to All Might himself. Nighteye challenges Deku to take from his hand the stamp he needs to sign the internship contract. Deku tries his damnedest, using moves that make Nighteye think of Gran Torino. Nevertheless, using his own Quirk (Foresight) Nighteye avoids every move and denies him the stamp. But, after the test, Nighteye notices something that forces him to reconsider. Throughout the entire frenetic test, Deku had taken great pains not to damage a single piece of the massive All Might memorabilia collection in Nighteye's office; Deku had been holding back because he knew what they meant for Nighteye, and yet he still managed to do as well as he did; Nighteye changes his mind and lets Deku sign-on.
    • Pay attention: When he realizes the insane lengths Midoriya went to to protect the All Might memorabilia while trying to get the stamp, Night-Eye finally does what Mirio told Midoriya he had to get him to do in order to get the internship: laugh. A tiny one, but it was clear as day.
  • Chapter 129: Eri is clearly terrified of returning to Overhaul, but runs back to keep him from killing Izuku and Mirio. It's even more heroic when you learn what she's going back to.
  • Chapter 133: Kirishima chases a low-level thug into a dead end. Driven into a corner, the criminal injects himself with the "Trigger" drug, which combines with his Quirk to make dozens of long blades project from his body, and they prove to be sharp enough to cut through even Kirishima's hardened skin. Kirishima responds by showing off the benefits of his recent Quirk training, which lets him push his Super Toughness to a whole new level and shatter the thug's blades, giving himself an even more badass appearance in the process.
  • In Chapter 138, we get a look at the Quirk of the 9th nationally ranked hero, Ryukyu, who Ochaco and Tsuyu are interning with. She can transform into a freaking DRAGON. Not only that but a western one with huge wings and everything.
    • This needs repeating. The world of My Hero Academia has a DRAGON as one of its top-tier heroes.
    • And not just any dragon — one that looks like a Blue-Eyes White Dragon!
  • In Chapter 139, after being dropped into a room with three Expendables, Suneater encourages the other heroes to continue on ahead because he can handle them by himself. Fatgum, knowing that Suneater isn't the sort to boast about himself, agrees to put his faith in Suneater's abilities. Amajiki then spends the next two chapters proving that faith wasn't misplaced.
  • Chapter 143: Despite being Blown into a wall by Rappa last chapter Kirishima swallows his fear and gets between him and Fatgum tanking each blow with sheer grit alone, giving Fat the opening he needed to launch his finishing blow.
    Kirishima: (thinking) If I crack, then I'll harden again! Stay strong! Protect others! Even if it means your life!
    Fatgum (To Tengai and Rappa): There's just one reason you're gonna lose! Because all of us, me included, underestimated him!! Get a taste of the manly heart of the hero called Red Riot and his chivalrous spirit!
  • In Chapter 144, In a flashback, we see that Mina Ashido once met Gigantomachia and lied to him about the location of a hero agency. Let that sink in; she was the first of Class 1A to even see a League of Villains member, and it was second most dangerous one, and she survived!
  • In Chapter 146, For his gutsy actions, Kirishima gets Rappa's respect, to the point where he breaks rank and leads Fat to medical supplies to help tend to Kirishima's wounds and even explained some of Chisaki's power.
  • In Chapter 150, after catching up to Overhaul, Mirio is ambushed by the remaining two Bullets. One of them uses his Quirk to disorient Mirio physically while the other attacks him psychologically by making him confront the fact that he let Chisaki take Eri back when they met before. But Mirio is the sort of person who acknowledges and overcomes his weaknesses, and his own Quirk subjects him to disorienting sensations as it is, so he powers through and counters with his Phantom Menace technique.
    • After knocking out the Bullets, he immediately launches an attack on Chisaki and Chronostasis. He appears next to Chisaki so suddenly that he forces the other man to dodge away from his attack while simultaneously demonstrating incredible control of his Quirk by launching a kick that phases harmlessly through Eri and impacts only Chronostasis. This gives him the chance to take Eri from the latter's grasp and get some distance, where he proclaims that he'll be her hero.
    • He continues pushing the limit the next chapter by not only skillfully turning the parts of his body that are coming under attack intangible, but also doing so while protecting Eri so that she isn't hurt by Chisaki or the others. Even when the entire floor is reconstructed to be a spike trap of stones, he manages to hold her up while also phasing through fatal damage.
  • Just how awesome Mirio is coming to a head in Chapter 152. The previous two chapters had been titled "Mirio Togata" and "Mirio Togata!!" This one (and the corresponding Episode 74) is titled "Lemillion" to let you know right off the bat that his true heroism is going to shine. He does it by Taking the Bullet for Eri, letting himself get hit by a perfected Quirk-destroying bullet. And then, barely missing a beat, he just keeps laying into Overhaul using nothing but the physical conditioning and foresight he trained for to help him master his Quirk in the first place. He ends up taking hits without the ability to phase through Overhaul's attacks, but he continues to fight and protect Eri for five whole minutes before getting badly wounded, buying just enough time for Izuku to smash his way into the room.
    Overhaul: Ironic, isn't it? You came here to save this girl, and it's her Quirk that will end everything you've come to rely on! YOU'RE POWERLESS!!
    Mirio: No! I am not powerless! I AM STILL LEMILLION!!
  • Say what you will about Overhaul but you have to hand it to him, the use of his Quirk to fuse himself with his ally into a One-Winged Angel form is pretty incredible.
  • Chapter 154: One For All 20%.
    • Even though Mirio has seemingly lost his Quirk for goodnote , the level of sheer, unequivocal beatdown he put on Chisaki is haunting the yakuza even though his victory over him is sealed. He keeps speaking directly towards Mirio like the young man were his archnemesis, constantly looking back his way as though half-expecting him to get back up and resume the beating, trying frantically to, if even not retrieve Eri, kill Mirio right away. Sir Nighteye makes no qualms in pointing out just how terrified of Lemillion Overhaul had to be in order to use one of his incredibly-limited in supply completed Quirk-disabling bullets on him.
  • Chapter 155: Just as all hope seemed lost with only Deku determined to save and change the future that Nighteye visioned, Team Ryukyu arrives just in time to help and change the tides of the fight to the heroes favor.
  • Chapter 156: After everything she's been through, being told she's cursed, blamed for her own suffering, and exploited for a power she can't even control, the determination and sacrifices of the heroes finally breakthrough Eri's despair. When Chisaki snatches her out of Deku's reach to try to carry her away from the battle, she harnesses her own Quirk for the first time in order to undo his One-Winged Angel fusion and uses Mirio's cape to reach Deku. After all the torture she's suffered at Chisaki's hands, she's fighting back.
  • Chapter 157: Eri has healed Deku's injuries with her rewinding Quirk. However, since she has no control over it, she could accidentally kill Deku by rewinding him too far. And Chisaki is bearing down on both of them with a monstrous stone creation he made using his Quirk. What is Deku's solution? He intentionally uses Eri's Rewinding to his advantage, knowing that it can heal all the wounds he accumulates, and...
    Izuku Midoriya: Eri... will you lend me your power?
  • In Chapter 158, Overhaul gives "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Deku. Overhaul is himself a humongous Eldritch Abomination and the city is terrified. In response, Deku sends Overhaul flying high into the sky with one kick!!! Even Toga is amazed. Now in his One For All: Full Cowl 100% Mode, Deku proceeds to Speed Blitz Overhaul in midair, followed up with a massive barrage of Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs that blows away most of the villain's added mass. He then punches Overhaul so hard in the face that his mask comes off... What is remarkable is that this whole time, little Eri is clinging onto Deku's back with only Mirio's superhero cape securing her to Deku.
    • The anime's depiction of the aforementioned Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs also deserves special mention. Deku zooms above Overhaul, pulls his fist back, and then just seems to vibrate for a second while emitting a flash without seemingly moving. Suddenly, the entire sky is covered with huge fists that cascade down on Overhaul, giving the impression that Deku punched at or near the speed of light. The final punch to Overhaul's face also appears to be so fierce that the villain's remaining "meat mass" instantly calcifies and crumbles. And it should go without saying that the entire sequence features some of the finest quality art and animation of the series to date.
    • The anime also adds in All For One's theme during the aforementioned scene, perfectly capturing Overhaul's feelings of fear and despair as he's faced with Deku using One For All at 100%.
    • An overlooked moment from the same chapter/episode. Ryukyu tells Uraraka to get Nighteye to an ambulance. That means using Zero Gravity on Nighteye and herself to fly out of the hole. Even knowing how much using her Quirk on herself nauseates her, you can see her face as she holds her breath. She's obviously doing everything she can to keep her composure while performing this simple but crucial job.
  • Deku finally defeats Overhaul in a one-on-one duel. Nighteye had predicted Deku's death at the hands of Overhaul, but Deku practically stomped on all of his own Death Flags.
    • Can we take a moment to appreciate that Deku CHANGED THE FUTURE with nothing but his fists, his will and an abused, scared little girl desperately clinging to her hero? This qualifies as both Heartwarming and Awesome.
  • Once Deku achieves One for All: 100%, the fight with Overhaul is essentially over. Despite achieving a terrifying One-Winged Angel form, Overhaul is completely overpowered by Deku in moments. Deku's blows tear apart Overhaul's body, and is so fast that Overhaul can't lay a finger on him. Overhaul's Quirk, once frightently powerful that essentially gave him a Touch of Death, is completely useless against Deku's overwhelming might. Overhaul's Quirk merely buys him time to reform his body, only for Deku to tear it apart again. Deku is only able to do this right now because Eri's Quirk is rewinding all the backlash that would've left him like after his fight with Muscular, but what's happening now can easily be seen as a very exciting taste of Deku's full potential. If this is what Deku's going to be like when he finally masters One For All, two words spring to mind: HOLY SHIT!
    Toga: "Dang, Izuku. Nice."
  • Chapter 160 gives us a spotlight chapter for the League of Villains, and it shows how dangerously effective they can be. Gaining info on the vehicle carrying a recently-incarcerated Overhaul from Toga and Twice, a second group of the League composed of Shigaraki, Dabi, Mr. Compress, and Spinner ambush it on the highway in a scene that looks like something straight out of an action film. Here are the highlights
    • Shigaraki jumping on the escort car.
    • Mr. Compress throwing miniaturized boulders under the escort cop car to launch it off balance and get Shigaraki onto the prison van from the escort car while the aftermath of said launch causes the other escort vehicles to spiral out of control.
    • Dabi taking on Sand Hero Snatch one-on-one and burning away all of his attacks before Snatch gets trapped inside one of Compress's balls (along with the fire Dabi made, burning him to death).
    • Shigaraki using Compress’ launch to land on the prison van, bursting his hand through the windshield and disintegrating the driver.
    • Spinner proves himself to be quite the Badass Driver.
    • All of this is capped off in the end by Shigaraki and Mr.Compress mutilating Overhaul by removing his arms through their own Quirks, and stealing the perfected drugs that he made, all while boasting how everything he did was for naught and that the League of Villains will be the next "Overlords" that Overhaul could only dream of being, leaving Overhaul to scream in rage.
  • In Chapter 161, the heroes are amazed that despite Overhaul's monster rampage and destruction of four houses, there were no casualties. Only three civilians received light scratches. Nejire Hado then reveals that half of it was thanks to Deku. He had blasted Overhaul into the sky and resolved the fight in the air to minimize collateral damage.
  • Chapter 162 Despite having just lost both his Quirk and his mentor, Mirio continues being the ever-smiling optimist we've come to know him as, doing exercises in his hospital bed. His reason? He knows Nighteye wouldn't want him feeling down, not to mention his last Foresight predicted that he'd become a splendid hero.
    • Mirio's optimism combined with the fact that he continued protecting Eri even without a Quirk, compared to his own dejection and the fact he needed Eri's help, makes Deku fully realize why Nighteye wanted Mirio to be the successor, and starts to offer to transfer his power to Mirio. The kid's ready to give up the dream he finally has within his grasp, to help his senior. And then Mirio one-ups him once again by refusing before Deku could even finish making the offer, reasoning that all that would achieve is putting Deku into his shoes.

    Hero License Course Arc (Chapters 163-168, Episode 79-80) 
  • Because of their behavior during the exam, Todoroki and Bakugo, along with Inasa Yoarashi have to survive a special trial along with Camie Utsushimi, who it turns out got swapped out during the actual exam and needs to make up as well. Their trial: tame the Precious Brats of Masegaki, a class full of precocious, misbehaving Quirk-powered brats. The point: they can't muscle their way out of this, and they have to think fast. So they take on the brats' problems one by one. A bunch of them decide to attack. The teens No-Sell the assault and figure out who's calling the shots. While Yoarashi and Todoroki cooperate and appease most of the brats with an ice slide, Bakugo confronts the "boss" and (crossing with Heartwarming Moments) opens up that he shouldn't look down on people. It works. The brats listen to the teens and even chip in to clean up, helped along with encouraging hints. Gang Orca finally compliments them: now they get it.
  • Chapter 167 has hinted that Endeavor might be starting to rethink his own behavior, but that's not the awesome moment. When confronted with his father's uncharacteristic kindness, Todoroki rejects it. Considering that he's lived with his father's violent abuse all his life, and that Endeavor didn't offer anything but an expression of pride that, from Todoroki's perspective, is probably either hollow or insulting, it was quietly impressive to see him stand up for himself. It's a good reminder that after everything he's been through, Todoroki doesn't owe Endeavor anything, least of all his forgiveness.

    Culture Festival Arc (Chapters 169-183, Episodes 81-86) 
  • In 172, we get to see some of the non-combat based awesome things for several characters. Ashido is a killer dancer, Jiro is apparently an amazing singer, Tokoyami is a masterful guitarist and Kaminari is no slouch at it, either. It even turns out Bakugo is a practiced drummer. Same chapter, Midoriya takes his next level in badass; now that he knows how to use One For All at 20% safely by using it only for brief periods, he can boost himself and add concussive wind blasts to his attacks: using them either directly or to maneuver by Recoil Boost. Three chapters later, Hatsume gives him gloves that let him adapt his Delaware Smash technique to fire air bullets; he can now attack at range: something that had been bothering him since the Overhaul fight.
    • Ashido is also good at teaching her dancing skills.
  • 174 has All Might, in his unpowered form, casually catch a what appears to be a giant-sized Golden Snitch that was flying at him and Deku from behind without turning around.
  • 175: Midoriya being able to guess Gentle's plan and identity just from hearing his voice and that he bought some fancy tea. Awesomeness by Analysis indeed!
  • 176: Gentle repels Deku coming at him full throttle simply by turning the air into an elastic substance.
    • Deku manages to recover from Gentle's attack in midair and fire a blast of pressurized wind at him, within just a few hours of breaking in his upgraded gloves. He then uses the opening to leap off a nearby telephone pole and wrestle Gentle into a building that was under construction.
    • The fact that Deku is starting to build a reputation from his feats going as far as back as the Sports Festival. When Gentle and La Brava recognized Deku as "that crazy kid who purposely broke his arms fighting", they have a freakout and start to take him more seriously. Think about it. Deku is starting to become Nightmare Fuel for low-scale villains, and he's still a hero in training!
  • 177: Deku lifting a steel support beam off of himself with one arm while using the other to launch an attack on Gentle. "How tenacious!" indeed. That said, credit has to go to Gentle for an improvised gambit using said beam, bluffing that he'd drop it on a civilian and knowing well that Deku would delay himself to save the civilian.
  • 178: Deku rapidly calculating the locations of Gentle's invisible air trampolines, then rebounding an air bullet off of one so that it hits Gentle from behind, giving him an opening to pin Gentle and La Brava to the ground.
    • The reveal of La Brava's Quirk, "Love". After a flashback showing just how much it means to her to have someone who accepts her feelings, her Quirk channels her love for Gentle into a massive power-up, giving him the strength to throw Deku off of them.
    • Gentle knocks Deku unconscious with just one karate chop on his neck and defeats him. Or so it seems. Deku actually managed to tank Gentle's blow and is ready to shoot him.
    Gentle (To an unconscious Deku): Love always wins in the end.
    Deku: I have fought lots of people faster and stronger than you. I HAVEN'T LOST YET!!
  • Chapter 179 is a series of spectacular exchanges between Midoriya and Gentle as they clash ferociously. As Midoriya has said, he's been frequently shown to fight opponents on a much higher level than himself. This is a rare occasion where we get to see him fighting an opponent on, or at least close to, his own level, showing just how far he's evolved since the beginning of the series.
    • Gentle's flashbacks also indicate that he's come a long way since his days as an aspiring hero. Apparently, villainy suits him pretty well.
  • Chapter 180: The Deku vs Gentle finale counts as one. Gentle acknowledges Deku as the strongest opponent he has ever fought. He even throws away his reputation and style to go all out, as a mark of respect towards Deku.
    • A massive moment for Gentle, as Izuku acknowledges him as the "toughest opponent he has ever fought" up to that point. Let that sink in for a moment and recall what kind of monsters Izuku has traded blows with in the past, yet Gentle proved himself to be a notch above all of them from Izuku's perspective in terms of a challenge: mainly because all the other villains Izuku had fought had been genuine villains; Gentle was different, or rather, he was no different at all; Midoriya admits later that, had things turned out differently, he could've been in Gentle's position. Mad respect from the "madman" himself for Gentle.
    • Gentle silently admits that Deku succeeded in thwarting his plans and protecting U.A. and the festival.
    • Gentle's last plan? It's not a last-ditch attempt to fight Deku at all... no, it's a ploy to keep La Brava from punishment. Gentle manifests the last vestige of La Brava's power-up and hurls Deku away. Sure, it doesn't work, but Deku sympathizes with Gentle so much that he ends up helping him out!
    • This is also Izuku's second victory against a villain where he didn't have to injure himself in any way to win and the first time he was able to do so alone.
  • Chapter 182/Episode 86: One that has nothing to do with combat in the form of the concert: the main reason Midoriya went to the trouble of engaging Gentle to begin with. All of 1A's work pays off with an incredible show of music and spectacle that wows the crowd and wins over even its most spiteful critics. More importantly, it does something that even defeating Overhaul and rescuing his victims couldn't do: it lets Eri smile.
    • Then gloriously performed in the anime with the Awesome Music, Hero too. The manga, naturally, couldn't convey music and didn't include any lyrics, leaving it up to the reader to imagine how good it was. The anime lives up to it; fittingly, the lyrics are about how being a hero isn't just about being strong and winning against bad guys. It's also about standing up for your beliefs, making others smile through your own positivity and kind actions, and following dreams and goals that you know will make you happy, which can apply to several characters beyond the ones featured in the story.
      • It achieves the goal of finally saving Eri: if her rescue from the Shie Hassaikai was the first half of a milestone in her life to give her a new, hopeful start, the other half was for her to experience real joy and happiness at a festival promoting optimism and passionate talent, which her two heroes helped with making happen. This as a whole allows her to emotionally move that much further away from Overhaul's cruel influence, which is shown in the anime as a billowing shadow that parts with Eri cheerfully raising her arms towards the end of the song and breaking out in a huge, joyous smile.
      • The song is also a heartfelt sendoff for All Might, Sir Nighteye, and Mirio, all of whom believed in those same principles and keep on doing so even when they had their heroic careers cut short.
      • After 1A's song-and-dance, you can see the tears of joy in Midoriya's eyes when Eri is excitedly recounting the performance, still with that great big smile. Inviting her to the festival and fighting Gentle to protect it; this is where it all paid off for him.
      • A definite moment for Jiro, and the song applies to her as well. During the performance, we see a flashback to when she chose being a hero over being a musician; surprisingly, her parents accepted her decision by noting one big thing; both heroes and musicians look to bring joy to people, and Jiro finally understands that she doesn't have to choose between heroism and music. Using her music to make people smile is heroic in itself and can be a part of her hero identity just like her Quirk. The end result: her passionate performance spurs everyone on, contributing to its success.
      • The class cranked things Up to Eleven in the latter half in the performance, surprising the reader/viewer with additional elements such as birds being directed by Koda to manipulate the lights, dancing on the ice bridges produced by Todoroki, and Uraraka being swung around by Tsu so she can touch some of audience below with Zero Gravity and let them float in the air.note 

    Pro Hero Arc (Chapter 184-192, Episodes 87-90) 
  • Everything about Hawks' Quirk "Fierce Wings". He is able to separate his wings into individual feathers and have complete control over each one. 186 shows him stop crimes and help people all while holding a conversation with Endeavor, and 187 has him rescue 76 civilians with ease.
  • Endeavor's entire fight against the High-End Nomu would definitely qualify, especially as it's deliberately set up as a Call-Back to the All Might vs. All for One fight.
    • After getting beaten on by High-End to the point where he got a scar and can't even move his body, Endeavor still keeps fighting, propelling himself with nothing but the power of his flames. Hawks provides safe evacuation for civilians in the building he and Endeavor were in and some backup against the High-End Nomu, but it's still Endeavor's fight.
    • The end of the fight is also worth mentioning; Despite being half-blind and essentially running on pure adrenaline, Endeavor still has enough strength to propel himself and High-End upwards (with the help of Hawks' feathers) to the sky away from the public and pulls off his strongest move to completely incinerate him from the inside out. He tried this same move before only for High-End to easily dodge and counter, Endeavor made sure he wouldn't be able to dodge it this time. Bonus points for shouting U.A.'s motto of "Plus Ultra", a saying he's always hated, before doing so and striking the same pose as All Might did in the aftermath of his Kamino battle with All For One. His son Shoto realizes as he does this that this represents a turning point in his father, thus the title of the chapter/episode: "His Start", as in a new beginning for Endeavor.
    • Points to High-End, who showed that the Nomus have come a long way from the mindless drones they were before. It's capable of speech, comprised of multiple Quirks, and is intelligent enough to skillfully dodge Endeavor's fatal blows to its head and mount a counter-attack.

    Joint Training Arc (Chapter 193-217, Episodes 91-102) 
  • Midoriya has a dream where he meets the previous users of One For All. We clearly see their faces for the first time. Midoriya also watches the memory of the first user of One For All confronting All For One.
  • Chapter 193 deals with All For One in his early days.
    • At that time the world was in chaos and All For One thought he could bring order by uniting people under him. He traded Quirks extensively in exchange for people's loyalty to him. Those who didn't cooperate were killed. Naturally, his brother was revolted.
    • After the Flashback ends, the first user of One For All speaks to Deku. He tells Deku he wanted to show a bit more of the past. The brother takes Deku's hand and assures him that he's not alone.
    • Midoriya is implied to be the first One For All user to unlock the ability to interact with his deceased predecessors of the Quirk.
  • Chapter 195 has the first battle of the Joint Training exercise begin. Kirishima, Tsuyu, Kaminari, Koda, and Shinso vs Ibara, Jurota, Hiryu, and Kosei. Right off the bat, we have a number of awesome moments.
    • Class 1-B immediately take the initiative of the fight. Using Ibara as a lure Jurota and Kosei charges into the fight, using Jurota's amazing senses to pinpoint their location, to take on all five members of Class 1-A's team alone and do surprisingly well. Jurota flooring both Tsu and Kirishima in a surprise attack and Kosei trapping Koda in a soundproof box to prevent him from calling animals to help in an excellent display of how much his Quirk has developed since he was last seen using it in the Sports Festival.
    • The chapter also goes into a little bit more with Shinso, mainly his new costume which adds a mask and bandages like Aizawa. During Jurota and Kosei's ambush, we see the use for the mask, mimicking other voices, which allows him to use his brainwashing Quirk easily. He completely halts Jurota with this and brings the ambush to a sudden stop.
  • Chapter 196:
  • With Chapter 197 comes victory for 1-A and the end of the first joint training battle, in a climax full of awesome moments.
  • Chapter 201:
  • Chapter 203:
    • For those who were worried that Endeavor was Easily Forgiven for being a spectacularly shitty dad, the opening of the chapter shows that Shoto's been completely ignoring his attempts to contact him.
    • Honenuki finally gets a chance to demonstrate why he got into UA with recommendations. He melts Todoroki's ice wall, essentially a small glacier, in a matter of seconds, giving himself and his teammates an overwhelming advantage and almost capturing Iida.
    • Later on, Tetsutetsu barrels his way through Todoroki's ice barrier (with the help of Pony's projectiles) and knocks him through a pipe. It goes to show that in spite of all the raw power he has at his disposal, Todoroki is still no match for the Dumb Muscle in close combat.
  • Chapter 204: Iida unveils his new move, Recipro Turbo. His brother recommended Iida to pull out his mufflers (an excruciating process) and train harder so that a stronger, more efficient set of mufflers would grow. For ten minutes, Iida is given Super Speed and Deku deems it to be on par with Gran Torino.
  • Chapter 205:
    • At the end of the previous chapter, Todoroki had decided to listen to Endeavor's advice about going 'Plus Ultra' with his flames. Unfortunately for him, Tetsutetsu manages to tank everything thrown at him and ultimately come out on top against one of 1-A's most powerful Quirks. Granted, Todoroki was immobilised by Juzo and taken out with a metal beam to the back of the head before his final desperate attack, but it doesn't change the fact that Tetsutetsu went hand-to-hand against a bloke burning so hot the effect was felt throughout the arena, began melting the cameras and tiring out the user more than anything previously had, and still managed to match him blow-for-blow. Bad Quirk match-ups were mentioned all the way back in the Sports Festival arc, but it seems we might have finally found one where Shoto ends up with the disadvantage.
    • The sheer tenacity shown by Juzo Honenuki. It's been shown that he's more of a tactical combatant than a front-line fighter, yet after taking a direct hit to the head from Iida, who is currently moving at speeds never before seen from him, he's stubborn enough to pull one last trick with the thought that even though he 'failed', his allies might not have to suffer from his mistake. With the help from Tetsutetsu and the knowledge that if he passes out then everything he's softened will revert to its previous state, his last trick incapacitates Iida, burying him beneath a steel tower before succumbing to unconsciousness.
  • Chapter 206: Pony singlehandedly manages to send Ojiro to jail and keep herself and her unconscious teammates out of Shoji's reach, thus running down the time limit, ensuring a tie instead of a loss, and showing that stalling for time while staying out of opponent's reach can be a viable strategy.
  • Chapter 207:
    • Setsuna showcases from the get-go why she got into U.A. through recommendations, displaying a Quirk that's perfect for scouting, spying and distracting (and we've yet to see the offensive capabilities of her Quirk) which, combined with some brilliant strategics from her, her team takes the 1-A team by surprise with an ambush, putting the 1-A team at an immediate disadvantage.
    • By the end of the chapter, it looks like Kyoka's about to be taken out of commission by Togaru, when out of nowhere, Bakugo jumps in front of her and blasts Togaru away. Throughout the whole chapter, it looked like Bakugo was doing what he usually does, just charging straight in without a care for who's with him because he believes he can handle things mostly by himself and just needs simple support from his teammates, but by jumping in front of Kyoka to save her, Bakugo, for the first time, displays two things he had been lacking since the beginning of the story: proper teamwork, and going out of his way to save someone else. Character Development in spades.
  • Chapter 208:
    • The Badass Boast Bakugo delivers when giving chase to the opposing team really shows how far he's advanced in working with others, especially when compared to his previous declaration at the sports festival.
      Bakugo: I've decided! We're gonna win this match with a perfect victory! 4-0, with everyone unscathed! That's the only kind of victory there is for the strongest guys out there!
    • The coordination team 1-A shows throughout the fight is phenomenal. When the rest of team 1-B retreats in an effort to regroup after their initial ambush attempt failed, Bakugo immediately gives chase. Awase tries to cover the retreat by welding Bakugo in place, only for Sato to immediately free him. Awase then covers himself in solid steel plates in an effort to tank Bakugo's explosions, only for the other boy to bypass him entirely, leaving Awase open to a sonic attack and capture by Jiro and Sero. Dazed and disorganized, Bondo and Kamakiri are swiftly dealt with while Tokage is forced to watch on helplessly. When she tries to reassemble herself to assist her teammates we learn that Sero anticipated her actions and the limitations of her Quirk, and attached one of Bakugo's grenades to one of her detached segments. The explosion it produces is all the opportunity Bakugo needs to take her down. Class A wins 4-0, a completely overwhelming victory.
    • What makes their victory especially awesome is that their team 1-A's strategizing wasn't particularly superior to that of team 1-B, but their teamwork was just so perfect that team 1-B just couldn't match up.
  • Chapter 210:
    • After 3 years and 180 chapters of being the Butt-Monkey, we finally get to see the return of Monoma as a formidable opponent and it is glorious.
    • Both Monoma and Midoriya guess each other's strategies accurately. Monoma taunts Midoriya, but the latter does not take the bait, suspecting that Monoma may brainwash him.
  • Chapter 211:
    • Upon noticing that Midoriya is in trouble, Uraraka immediately rushes in to help him.
    • Carrying on from the previous chapter, Monoma continues to showcase his competency as a hero in training, managing to nimbly dodge the rampaging effects on an out of control One For All.
    • While horrific (and painful) for the characters, it's quite an awesome spectacle to see Midoriya's new tentacle goo ability rampage around and cause destruction.
  • Chapter 212: Uraraka and Shinso's combined efforts of stopping the rampaging Deku succeeds in a grand display of teamwork, improvisation, and trust between them, two complete strangers, in the heat of the moment.
  • Chapter 213: Daigoro Banjo, the fifth user of One For All, explains to Deku that One For All doesn't just empower his body; the Quirk also carries with it all of the previous holders' Quirks. Before it was passed on to Deku, One For All was only used to empower the user's physical body, but now it's grown strong enough to grant him access to six Quirks that are stronger than their previous holders in addition to the raw power that surpasses All Might's.
    • Midoriya used to be Quirkless and had always wanted a Quirk. Now in a world where the norm is One Person, One Power, Midoriya has a total of SEVEN super-strong Quirks and he has the potential to wield them all without suffering from Quirk overload. Deku, after everything he has endured and suffered in life, finally struck the Karmic Jackpot at last.
  • Chapter 214: Surprisingly, Mineta is putting a solid fight with three opponents stronger than him. Mineta uses Mina's Quirk to increase his speed and his sticky balls to jump around like Gran Torino, holding Shoda, Yanagi, and Kodai at bay. Monoma copies One For All but is defeated by Ochaco. Deku decides to go Quirkless against Shinso out of fear that One For All might rampage. At the last moment, he remembers what the bald user had told him. Deku activates Black Whip and this time the new Quirk obeys him. The last panel with Deku using Black Whip looks badass. Later revealed that Deku needs a higher percentage of One For All to naturally control Black Whip.
  • Chapter 215 ends with victory for Class 1-A, 4-0 with each team member contributing to the victory.
    • Props to Monoma as well for just how far ahead he planned. He has a limit to how many copied Quirks he can store, and he keeps three pocket watches to track how long he uses each. Based on this, you'd think his limit is three stored Quirks, as he has a pocket watch for each. However, you'd be wrong. He can actually store at least four and only keeps three pocket watches as a way to mislead opponents about his limits. That's an incredible amount of forethought and planning to put into a costume design that most enemies wouldn't read into that much. He shows this off by using the secret fourth Quirk, Shoda's Twin Impact, to throw Deku off his balance and nearly give Shinso the opportunity to capture him.
    • Deku quickly recovers from Monoma's Twin Impact and draws out One for All again to immobilize Shinso by dragging him in with his own capture weapon.
    • Uraraka proves herself one of the strongest combatants by taking down Monoma and bringing him back to the jail on her own. She then doesn't fall for Monoma's goading about Deku and instead returns to back up her teammates, knocking Yanagi out cold and forcing Kodai into Mineta's trap.
    • Mina takes advantage of Uraraka's attack to take out Shoda with an uppercut reminiscent of how she beat Aoyama in the Sports Festival. Bonus points because Shoda is the best melee combatant on the enemy team, both because of his Quirk and his boxing hobby.
    • Mineta's spheres come into play again when they allow Uraraka to take out Kodai with a simple push that traps her in Mineta's snare.
  • Chapter 216: Despite losing the fifth match, Shinso's performance in both matches he participated in was enough to land him a spot in the Hero Course at the beginning of his second year.
  • Chapter 217: In a funny, karmic way, seeing Mina subject Mineta to the Ludovico Technique is a satisfying sight.

    Meta Liberation Army Arc (Chapter 218-240) 
  • Chapter 218-219: Bakugo and Todoroki suddenly teaming up to capture a gang of purse-snatchers barely half an hour after earning their provisional licenses.
    • To elaborate, Todoroki uses his famous move from the Sports Festival in order to neutralize the robber's Seltzer Quirk, while Bakugo not only does a flying explosion combo in midair but also manages to keep the stolen wallets and jewelry intact before doing so.
    • All Might safely evacuating civilians from the area and managing to run in his weakened form to save a woman from a falling lamppost. Even if he doesn't have One For All anymore, he still has the heart of a hero.
    • The Meta Liberation Army deserves a couple of points for being Genre Savvy as to monitor their black market equipment and Destroy the Evidence the moment the situation goes south. That, and managing to track, capture, and beat up the hard-to-find Giran.
    • Which then leads to Giran refusing to sell out his League brethren even as he's captured (destroying all his client lists in the process), even going as far as to say that the CEO should, quote, "crawl back up in his daddy's ballsack." Now that's loyalty — and outright savagery!
    • And of course, Gigantomachina being so powerful as to swat the new League members aside and outright dismiss them.
  • Chapter 220: Even Evil Has Standards as the League of Villains confronts what's essentially the MHA-verse's KKK and takes them out.
  • Chapter 223:
    • In the interim between the previous chapter and this one, the League spent a month and a half fighting Gigantomachia. Particularly impressive in Shigaraki's case, because Gigantomachia has been focused on him the entire time while the other members were able to tap in or out in shifts. Meanwhile, Shigaraki has been relentlessly hunted by Gigantomachia whenever the giant is awake, giving him only a three-hour window every two days in which he can rest. Despite this, not only has Shigaraki not been deterred at all, he's kept his smile throughout the whole ordeal!
    • In an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, Giran stays completely silent throughout the torture despite having five of his fingers cut off.
    • Credit to the MLA, they tracked down the League's location thanks to their members' IT firm tracing their phone call, threatening to tip off the heroes if they refuse to accept their challenge. And they wasted Giran's sacrifice thanks to easily recovering the data. And they have 116,000 loyal adherents for their cause and over 100,000 copies of their manifesto published.
  • Chapter 224: Shigaraki comes up with a pretty good plan to solve two of his problems by pitting them against each other. Knowing Gigantomachia will keep hunting him down no matter what, he simply accepts MLA's challenge so that they're between him and the giant when the next attack comes. Then once the MLA's decimated by Gigantomachia's rampage, he plans to attack Gigantomachia, hoping the MLA weakened him enough to finally take him down. Whether or not it ends up working, it takes guts to have two different threats to your life and make it work for you.
  • Chapter 226: Toga’s Quirk has a surprising level up: If she really wants to be the person she's copying, she can copy that person down to the Quirk: in this case, Uraraka's Zero Gravity; recall, it was her inability to use Zero Gravity that clued in Deku during the licensing exam—not anymore. She uses her abilities to lift the enemies into the air... and then releasing her Quirk, turning the enemies into a giant collective stain on the pavement.
  • Chapter 227: Shigaraki gets a moment to shine by killing an entire crowd of MLA followers IN ONE MOVE!
  • Chapter 229: The MLA gets hit by a massive Nice Job Fixing It, Villain, when they use puppets modeled after Twice to hold him down, and force him to watch as they kill Toga. They expected that being uncovered and surrounded by his own copies, would trigger his trauma, and let them do it, but because Toga was nice to him, he fights back, forcing them to break both his arms. This backfires spectacularly, because it proves to Twice that he is, in fact, the real one all along, and not just a copy he created of himself as he always feared. This knowledge allowed him to instead overcome his trauma and fear of disappearing, and create an entire army of himself once again.
  • Chapter 230:
    • Twice makes good on his threat and becomes a swarm. This is not an exaggeration, the word "horde" simply isn't good enough for how he overwhelms the Liberation Army mooks through sheer weight of numbers and proceeds to spread out like a bloodthirsty army of ants. Even Re-Destro seems dumbstruck by this turn of events, even if only for a single panel. Made even more awesome in the anime adaptation, where "Uncontrollable Evil" plays for the first time since the second season.
    • Not to be outdone, Geten proves that they're one of the strongest members of the MLA so far. Being able to clash with Dabi on even footing a few chapters ago was but a brief indication of his full power, as here they use their Quirk to manipulate the entire water supply of the city by being able to freeze it with ice they had previously sent down there. This lets them reduce entire chunks of the city to rubble in the span of moments, and they manage to cut swathes in the clone army that Twice produced.
  • Chapter 232:
    • One of Twice's clones manages to get past the Liberation Army and into the room with Re-Destro. That's all he needs to confront him with a half-dozen of himself and clones of Mr. Compress, Dabi, and Shigaraki. Re-Destro then gets one of his own by demolishing almost all of them in one attack.
    • A group of Twice's clones gets confronted with the "all of them think they're the original" hangup, only to almost immediately shake it off because it's not important compared to completing their mission. It is remarkable determination from a man who was terrified by that very conundrum for years and shows just how much he's put that barrier behind him.
    • Shigaraki's Quirk has been shown to make short work of people and smaller objects before, but here we get a glimpse at its full power when he disintegrates an entire skyscraper in seconds with a single touch.
  • Chapter 233:
    • Spinner during his fight with Trumpet gets flanked by the politician's flunkies and mocked for his life as a hikikomori and is told flat out that he doesn't have the power to change anything. Spinner, however, is well aware of his life and gives an awesome speech both showcasing his new resolve to see Shigaraki's world come to fruition and calling the Meta Liberation army out as being no different than him.
    Spinner: I've got nothing I love as Toga does. Nothing I really wanna do. But back then, I just know… Something lit a fire in my heart. All I could think was how I wanted a glimpse of the future he was imagining! Sure… I’m just a nobody who jumped on a bandwagon but what’s wrong with that!? Nothing, right!? And you people ain’t much better!!! Ain’t that right, politician?"
  • Chapter 234:
    • Shigaraki's crippled left hand is being held between Re-Destro's bulked up fingers who then proceeds to crush it. Shigaraki, whose mind in breaking from the trauma of losing one of his family hands, puts his remaining two fingers on Re-Destro's finger and breaks it. Re-Destro quickly realizes that Shigaraki is in the process of fully awakening his powers. Shigaraki then dashes towards Re-Destro who realizes that he is far more nimble and quick then he was back at Kamino Ward and as such far more dangerous.
    • Re-Destro decides he's done playing around and proceeds to bulk up his body at 80% Liberation and proceeds to fire a blast that sends Shigaraki flying and tears the adjacent building apart.
    • Re-Destro gets a panicked call from Skeptic who tells him to be wary the League hadn't played all of their cards yet, they have a true monster at their call. Gigantomachia has arrived. Absolutely none of the Meta Liberation Army saw this coming, under the correct assumption they had a finite amount of Nomu, but never could predict that they had their own Doomsday.
  • Chapter 235: After seeing how unaffected Shigaraki was from his attack Re-Destro is shocked to realize that before the attack could hit him Shigaraki touched and destroyed it. The realization that Shigaraki destroyed his strongest attack causes Re-Destro to have the beginning of a Villainous Breakdown as he ignores Skeptic's warning that Gigantomachia is coming and bulks up, even more, all so he can destroy his enemy.
    Re-Destro: Burden. I extract my own stress, make it corporeal and blast it over a wide range. The pinnacle of my Meta Ability honed since childhood! An attack that cannot be evaded! But he touched it! In that instant! He moved into it! And ignored the instinct to defend. Moving only to destroy!
  • Chapter 237: After remembering his past Shigaraki destroys his father's hand, saying that it is no longer necessary for him. Up until now, the hands served to bottle up Shigaraki's emotions so that he could harness his anger for destruction. With the hand destroyed Shigaraki has effectively "liberated" himself from his past and now fully accepted himself for who he is. Bonus points are that Shigaraki's word bubbles, which are usually drawn in a rough, bumpy style, to indicate his mental instability, become normal word bubbles, showing that his new mental fortitude has improved his sanity. In the anime, this is shown by his voice losing some of the mad raspiness and starts to become a Badass Baritone.
  • Chapter 238:
    • With his newfound resolve the "liberated" Shigaraki proceeds to completely Curb Stomp Re-Destro without even trying. Despite charging at him at 100% and firing his Burden attack at point-blank, a move whose shockwave destroys about half of Deika city by itself, Re-Destro's move is immediately destroyed by Shigaraki before it can fully leave his hands. A flustered Re-Destro then proceeds to put on a set of Powered Armor to increase the output of his Stress to 150%. Shigaraki's response? To casually observe how stiff Re-Destro looks and comment on how cool his new powerup is. All the while Re-Destro is left with an unknown feeling in his chest that how it seems to be making his powers weaker. While we don't get to see exactly what Shigaraki does by the end of the chapter, it's enough to put Re-Destro in his place as he comments on how Shigaraki seems liberated from everything.
    • Bonus points for what Shigaraki's new presence does to Gigantomachia. With his arrival on the battlefield the giant has done exactly what Shigaraki promised he would do; sow chaos amongst the Liberation Army. However, the rest of the League is completely terrified and are worried that they will be too weak to stop him. All the while Gigantomachia is tearing through Deika city screaming for his master's successor. Suddenly he arrives at the site of Shigaraki and Re-Destro's battle and he sees something that leaves him completely gobsmacked with him trembling and his eyes now visible. Whatever Shigaraki is doing it was enough to spook Gigantomachia. Looks like his boasts about being the future king weren't unfounded after all.
    • The Doctor deserves some appreciation too. When Compress calls him and tells him to warp the League out of Deika city before Gigantomachia starts attacking them the Doctor flat out refuses and tells him that he won't help out people who allowed themselves to fall for such an obvious trap. When Compress asks him is he is okay with allowing All For One's successor to die the Doctor replies that this is exactly why Shigaraki needed to be driven into a corner. Considering what Shigaraki is now capable of, it seems the Doctor was right.
  • Chapter 239: As of now, in Re-Destro's own words:
    • In other words: Shigaraki has essentially just gained control of a Quirk support company that has recently ventured into hero support, an IT company that just traced his group with no real effort, a political party and (pending the fallout of Curious's death) a publishing company — both of which have been used as propaganda arms! — and, most importantly to Shigaraki, all the money that comes with such entities. In the same fell swoop, he also manages to prove to Gigantomachia that he's a worthy successor to All For One, which by extension wins him the loyalty of Dr. Ujiko and the use of the High End Noumu. The League of Villains just went from nobodies to nightmares all in the span of a few hours, and the heroes don't even know it!
  • Just as with the League's first appearance and Twice's rampage, the anime's music amplifies the moment of Shigaraki being coronated as the leader of the Liberation Front... instead of just playing "Uncontrollable Evil" this time, instead the anime plays "Paranormal Liberation Front," an epic remix of "Uncontrollable Evil," as Shigaraki dons his mantle.

    Endeavor Internship Arc (Chapter 241-252) 
  • Chapter 245: Hawks, in spite of the heavy surveillance placed on him by the PLF, managed to communicate about the merging of the MLA and the LoV to the Public Safety Committee, as well to Endeavor. How? By highlighting certain sections in Destro's own book!
  • Chapter 248: Endeavor demonstrates his methods to the interns while concurrently resolving incidents quickly. He is surprisingly good at mentoring people if he wants to.
  • Chapter 251: Deku, Bakugo, and Shoto get a chance to show off just how much they improved on their Quirks in just one week of internship training by working together with Endeavor to save Natsuo. The way they each helped was also surprising:
    • Bakugo was first, having rocketed forward by concentrating the explosions in palms to outspeed even Endeavor, snatching Natsuo from Ending's clutches and choosing to "save a person" over "winning a fight" in this case.
    • Deku follows in close behind, using Air Force to give himself a Recoil Boost before whipping out Black Whip to safely catch and lower the thrown cars to the ground with his downward momentum.
    • Finally, Shoto shows how he's come to terms with the fire-side of his Quirk when he uses his father's technique to finish off Ending with a rocket-powered punch.

    Paranormal Liberation War Arc (Chapter 253-306) 
  • In Chapter 255, Aizawa briefly manages to get through Kurogiri to Shirakumo. Though Kuroguri goes catatonic not long after, Shirakumo managed to mutter out "hospital" as the place where he was turned into a Nomu
  • Chapter 256: The main cast class has a chance to show how far they've come. Not one of them disappoints. The highlight has to be Deku, who's mastered Black Whip — think back to how he had no control over this power when it first emerged. Look what he's doing with it now.
  • Chapter 260:
    • Mirko finally gets the chance to show off why she's the 5th ranked hero in Japan — she singlehandedly tears through an entire hallway of Noumu without breaking a sweat, and demolishes a wall with one move, grinning the entire time.
      Mirko: What a rush!
    • Eraser Head and Present Mic have some very choice words for the good doctor who turned their friend into a monster.
      Yamada: Wow...neat. You could apply all that to regenerative medical care. Basically, it's like using cheat codes. Yet...why use it the way you did?! WHY'D YOU DO IT, YOU OLD PIECE OF TRASH?!

      Aizawa: The people who you experimented on and tossed aside, they're all crying out: "This is our payback!"
  • Chapter 262: Mirko fighting against four High-End Nomu at the same time. Especially once she gets her arm ripped off at the bicep. Besides a brief acknowledgment of the pain, Mirko only focuses on her arm after killing one of the Nomu, at which point she makes a tourniquet out of her own hair. Bad. Ass.
  • Chapter 263:
    • Kaminari overcoming his fear and absorbing the electricity of one of the PLF advisors, who was confident his attack could take out all the heroes there.
    • Cementoss shows off what he really is capable of when on the offense by ripping open an entire mansion for the heroes to invade.
  • Chapter 265:
    • Tsukuyomi vs Re-Destro: Tokoyami unleashes the full might of Dark Shadow with his new move Ragnarok, crushing an entire hallway to seal off the villain's escape route. Re-Destro immediately goes to 100% Stress and meets it head-on. The only things stopping Re-Destro is the fact that his Quirk doesn't extend to his new cybernetic legs, which rip apart under the force of Dark Shadow, who promptly throws him clean through a wall!
    • Hawks vs Twice: as powerful a Quirk as Double is, Hawks has the advantage in speed, and shows why he's the Number Two ranked hero, shredding apart the Twice clones before they even have the chance to attack. Even when Twice summons up copies of all his friends in the League, Hawks destroys them in the time it takes to shift from one panel to the next! Twice gets props for being Defiant to the End and just straight up charging at Hawks, but that just ends with him getting slashed in the chest and pinned to the ground. It looks like Hawks has come out on top... until Dabi blows through the wall with a truly massive gout of fire, coming to Twice's rescue.
  • Chapter 266:
    • Dabi and Twice tag-teaming to try and outmaneuver Hawks is a sight to behold. Especially when you consider Dabi's usual status as the League's resident Aloof Ally. All of which is capped off by the two sharing a high-five for luck as Dabi creates an opening for Twice to make a break for it.
      • Dabi gets another one by shouting out Hawks' real name, actually making the the level-headed #2 hero freeze up for a crucial second.
    • Hawks takes Twice down before he can release another Sad Man's Parade and overwhelm the Heroes. He does this while burning from one of Dabi's attacks.
  • Chapter 267:
    • Villainous example: even though he's completely selfish in his motivations, Dabi's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Hawks and the accompanying Hannibal Lecture make it clear just why he's such a terrifying foe.
      Dabi: More than Twice... more than anyone... you should've been keeping both eyes on me. The League? Shigaraki? I never gave a crap about them. A single person with a single conviction has the power to change the world. There are no true heroes. I plan to make Stain's will a reality. See ya, Hawks. Your life's another thing I don't care about.
    • Tokoyami saving Hawks from Dabi despite being taken earlier to the back by Fatgum along with the other students.
    • Endeavor arriving and defeating one of the High-Ends to save Mirko.
      • Heck, the sheer unrelenting nature of Mirko by this point is something astounding. To elaborate: She's down one arm less, has a chunk of her ear torn off, slashed at her waist, and gets stabbed in her leg. All of this while she's very clearly suffering blood loss...and she just keeps going.
  • Chapter 268:
    • We see just how far Mirko got into the doctor's lair: she actually came this close to busting Shigaraki's tank with a kick. Even after she gets pulled away, the glass has a noticeable crack on it.
      • Shigaraki's presence alone is enough for Mirko's rabbit senses to scream at her not to let him wake up.
    • Eraser Head and Present Mic hold their own very nicely against the Nomu. Another reminder that the teachers at UA know how to be heroes.
  • Chapter 269:
    • Aizawa manages to keep track and suppress the Quirks of at least three different Nomu, urging the others to go on and finish the job. Looks like his students aren't the only ones who've gotten stronger since that attack at USJ.
    • Present Mic finds Shigaraki's tank and blasts it to pieces with Loud Voice. Then he goes and slugs the doctor right in the mouth. You could tell both of those contained at least 3 months' worth of pent-up anger, just waiting to blow.
      Present Mic: That one's for making my friend cry!
  • Chapter 271: The Liberation Front starts pushing back.
    • Dabi effortlessly pressures Tokoyami and Dark Shadow while they're trying to save Hawks, even taking a page out of Azula's book where he uses his flames to hover in midair.
      • Props to Tokoyami for successfully evading him and saving Hawks' life.
    • Geten launches Mt. Lady with a literal iceberg out of the mansion and rallies the others into concentrating on one point each and taking the Heroes down.
    • At the end of the chapter, Gigantomachia gets off his butt and sniffs the air...
      Gigantomachia: Master's scent!
  • Chapter 272:
    • Shigaraki uses Decay to successfully kill multiple heroes, including the No. 6 ranked hero, within seconds of waking up from a coma. If not for Ryukyu, Gran Torino, and Endeavor's quick response, it's safe to say 95% of the hospital team would have died on the spot.
    • Crust performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save Aizawa from Shigaraki by slicing off the arm of the High-End Nomu that was clinging to Aizawa, then says goodbye with a silent thumbs-up and a smile, even as his body is disintegrating.
    • Pixie-Bob covering her teammates' retreat by facing Shigaraki's wave of destruction head-on with a rockslide.
    • Midoriya sets a new record by letting off a St. Louis Smash at 45 percent, showing how much he's grown in the past few months.
  • Chapter 273:
    • Todoroki throws up a wall of ice to buy time for them to evacuate.
    • Even though his St.Louis Smash doesn't really stop the wave of decay, Midoriya still proves his growth by pulling along vehicles with Blackwhip.
    • Post-humous example: Even though he accidently triggered Shigaraki's resuscitation, X-Less blasted the machine housing replicated Quirk-destroying bullets, damaging most of them. At least one less thing to worry about.
    • Toga cuts down a number of heroes Heroes in her Roaring Rampage of Revenge as Gigantomachia burst out of the ground behind her.
    • The last page of the chapter: Endeavour launching himself like a rocket at Shigaraki, who greets him almost casually.
  • Chapter 274:
    • The high-pitched battle between Endeavour and Shigaraki, where the latter displays Super Regeneration and Air Cannon to hold off the No. 1 hero. Then he uses Search to hone in on the current One for All user: Midoriya.
      • Endeavour for his part avoids Shigaraki's Touch of Death and shows impressive power and versatility with his flames before Shigaraki takes off.
    • The second he overhears the words "One For All," Midoriya figures out Shigaraki's coming after him now. Which means that the civilians, heroes and his classmates/friends are in danger just by being near him. So what does Deku do? He immediately starts leaping away from them and calls Endeavour on the private channel to explain what he's up to.
    • And Bakugo goes along with him, having come to the same conclusion and deciding to provide his rival backup.
  • Chapter 275:
    • A sign of how far they've both come: Midoriya can use 30% of One for All in Full Cowl and briefly bring out 45% for quick bursts without trouble. And Bakugo can still keep up with Midoriya with just his explosions.
    • Shigaraki catches up to them, shows them a terrifying vision of rotting away from his touch... and Gran Torino swoops in and pulls away the two youngsters. He then scolds them, telling there are Heroes still standing.
    • Ryuku then shows up and swats Shigaraki away with one swipe of her claw.
    • And the reason Shigaraki's Decay didn't work when he touched her? Because further away, a certain teacher is glaring down at him.
      Aizawa: Shigaraki... don't you dare lay a rotten finger on my students.
      Shigaraki: ...You really are pretty cool, Eraser Head.
  • Chapter 276:
    • Shigaraki proves how successful his enhancements are by being able to overpower both Endeavor and Ryuku with just his natural strength as Eraser Head was currently erasing his Quirks. He's so strong that Endeavor compares his strength with All Might. To add insult to injury, Shigaraki mocks their signature pose while standing over Endeavor.
    • Izuku and Bakugo's Big Damn Heroes moment at the end when they save Eraser Head from being killed by Shigaraki, and note that it's their turn to save him.
      • Izuku is much faster than Gran Torino, tackling Shigaraki when Gran Torino was inches away from the villain. Gran Torino had a large headstart, and still Izuku outpaced him, with Bakugo following him.
  • Chapter 277:
    • A villainous one for Shigaraki: once he realized All For One still has some lingering mental power over him, he casually shreds the mental image of his former master and declares his intend to forge his own path, independent of AFO's wishes. The Liberation Army arc saw him prove himself as All For One's equal, but this is the chapter where he truly surpasses the villainous overlord and steps fully out of his shadow.
      • In the process, he actually looks down on All For One for being brought low by the will of All Might, a single person. A far cry from the man who once fixated on All Might as the person he had to kill and relied on his master's patronage to be any more of a threat than a single petulant madman.
    • Bakugo's making good on his wish to cut loose, unleashing multiple high-level explosions in rapid succession.
    • The end of the chapter shows why Shigaraki's backup still hasn't arrived: Mt. Lady is singlehandedly holding Gigantomachia in place, struggling with the monster that had been called a walking natural disaster and utterly refusing to give a single inch — a far cry from the glory-seeking rookie back in Chapter 1.
  • Chapter 278 gives us multiple moments from both sides:
    • Re-Destro and Geten are going all out back at the mansion, with Edgeshot and Cementoss, respectively, facing off against them.
    • Gigantomachia goes into total Juggernaut mode, tossing Mt. Lady aside and heading straight for Shigaraki's location with little pause.
    • Kamui Woods and Midnight match pace with the big lug so the latter can use her Quirk to put him to sleep, only for Dabi to blast the current No. 7 hero out of the air and Mr. Compress to intercept the teacher with debris. The heroes didn't notice Shigaraki's lieutenants clustered on top of Gigantomachia, and it cost them.
    • Even with her falling hundreds of feet, along with the aforementioned rubble, Midnight is still conscious and coherent enough to call Yaoyorozu. She instructs her student to make an anesthetic.
    • Meanwhile, Mt. Lady and Kamui Woods latch onto Gigantomacia's foot, trying to slow him down even in their battered states.
    • Yaoyorozu is worried, of course, having another moment of self-doubt, but then she rallies, making the anesthetic and beginning to formulate a plan with her classmates.
      • Even with what's going on, not a single one of the students makes a break for it. Like Kaminari says, they're supposed to be heroes.
  • Chapter 279 gives us Yaoyorozu’s well thought out strategy to take Gigantomachia down, getting Mudman to trap the titan in a massive pit full of explosives while the strength Quirk people try to force his jaw open to feed him the sedative.
    • One for the villains, for how effectively they’re able to counter each part of Yaoyorozu’s strategy.
    • Mt.Lady getting up and immediately forcing Gigantomachia’s jaw open, squashing him down into the pit. She hasn't heard the plan, but has seen enough to figure out the basics, and what she can do to ensure they succeed.
  • Chapter 280 gives us a retroactive one for Ashido. The villain who was looking for his master that she tricked by giving false directions? None other than Gigantomachia!
    • After hope seems lost, who finally gets the sedative into Gigantomachia’s mouth? Red Riot: Kirishima! Grabbing Ashido’s sedative as well as his own and going into his Unbreakable form, he climbs up the Rocky giant’s armnote  to fling the bottles in. Keep in mind that it was only a couple of years ago that he was paralyzed at the mere sight of Gigantomachia, so it feels that much more rewarding to finally see him come full circle!
      • He also pushes Mina out from under Gigantomachia's hand right before she's about to be crushed, which contrasts beautifully with the shame he had over her having to stand up to that monster alone.
    • We also cutaway to the fight between Endeavour and Shigaraki, and it seems that against all odds, Endeavour has him on the ropes!
    • By the same token, Shigaraki's Shut Up, Kirk! response to Endeavour.
      Shigaraki: You... Heroes... Hurt your own families... Just to help complete strangers! Dad told me that. You want ideals..? I've got 'em! I've had 'em.'''
  • As of Chapter 281, Shigaraki demonstrates how far has come since the Psychopathic Manchild he was at the start of the series by laying out a coherent and perceptive ideology for the first time: that heroes simply pretend to promote justice, when they actually ignore too many societal issues instead of addressing them, which has resulted in creating the current Crapsaccharine World of the series.
    Shigaraki: You heroes pretend to be society's guardians. For generations, you pretended not to see those you couldn't protect and swept their pain under the rug. It's tainted everything you've built. That means your system's all rotten from the inside with maggots crawling out. It all builds up, little by little, over time. You've got the common trash, all too dependent on being protected. And the brave guardians who created the trash that need coddling. It's a corrupt, vicious cycle. Everything I've witnessed... this whole system you've built has always rejected me. Now I'm ready to reject it. That's why I destroy. That's why I took this power for myself. Simple enough, yeah? I don't care if you don't understand. That's what makes us... heroes and villains.
  • Chapter 282 begins with Deku shattering Shigaraki's jaw with a 100% smash, fully intending to kill him. Shigaraki prevents further damage by grabbing Deku's arm with his teeth. He hurls a Quirk erasing bullet at Aizawa, who amputates his own leg to prevent his Quirk from being destroyed. Shoto arrives and staves off Shigaraki's rampage while Deku takes the opportunity to punch the villain in the stomach. He quickly saves Aizawa and Rock Lock.
  • In Chapter 283, Midoriya manages to use Blackwhip in conjunction with Nana Shimura's Float Quirk, saving the other heroes from Shigaraki's Decay and taking his first step toward mastering the multiple Quirks contained in One For All.
  • Chapters 284 and 285: Midoriya unleashes devastating attacks against Shigaraki, with no intention of sparing his arms or the villain. The scope is so great that massive blasts emanate from the blows, strongly reminiscent of All Might's most powerful attacks. And given how he still hasn't tapped into One For All's full power, that's saying a lot!
  • Chapter 286: Midoriya is so enraged that he resorts to chomping Shigaraki's Forcible Quirk tentacles and snaps them, while sporting a monstrous pair of eyes that resemble those of the Nomu Hood. Tomura/All For One attempts to steal One For All but him and Midoriya are transported to the vestige world. The chapter ends with a Wham Shot of Nana Shimura arriving to help Midoriya. And judging by her words, she's not alone, either.
  • Chapter 287: Midoriya is not only saved by Nana but also All For One's brother. When All For One tries to take One For All, he resorts to his usual underhanded methods — he insults and derides Midoriya, claiming that his brother made a mistake in selecting him. The latter has none of it, and repels his big brother.
    "No. It wasn't [a mistake]. Someone who exploits people, like you, could never understand what drives this boy to shed blood. He rages for the sake of others. For them, he does his best until he can do no more. This young man is possessed by a drive to save others that eclipses all common understanding. Our power is his, and we shall follow him."
  • Chapter 290:
    • As Gigantomachia approaches, All For One comments inside Shigaraki's head that despite minimising the damage inflicted by Midoriya and Endeavour with a 'mutant' Quirk, Shigaraki is unnable to move and the only way to achieve victory is to retreat.
    • After five years and 133 chapters of speculation and build-up, we finally get the long-anticipated revelation many fans have long suspected:
      • The fact that this revelation still manages to pack an emotional wallop despite being an immensely popular fan theory really does speak volumes about how far Horikoshi has come as a writer since the series first began.
    • Furthermore Dabi, with Sceptic's help, hacked the video airwaves and shared his life story all across Japan. Most likely ensuring that regardless of whether or not he wins his fight with Endeavor, his father's hero career will be forever tarnished.
  • Chapter 291:
    • Dabi proves he's put a lot of work into taking down not just Endeavour, but the entire Hero system: in his recording, he shows a DNA test result that proves a 99.9% match between them, a sample taken from the battle with Hood, and while acknowledging that a villain telling them this undermines credibility, he goes on to show edited footage of Hawks killing Twice. Dabi even tacks on his (alleged) murder of Best Jeanist and the covered-up fact that the #2 Hero is the son of a notorious criminal. The finale is a Hannibal Lecture to the masses that their Heroes aren't the purehearted paragons the country sees them as.
    • As Dabi prepares to kill Endeavor, both he and Gigantomachia are restrained by several automated cable drums falling from the sky, all controlled by Best Jeanist in a Big Damn Heroes moment. And to top it off, a stylish Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
      Best Jeanist: Apologies for the delay! As of today, Best Jeanist is back on duty!
      • Even without his actions, Best Jeanist's perfectly-timed arrival acts as a massive Shut Up, Hannibal! to Dabi's entire speech, casting doubt on everything he just said and protecting or salvaging the heroes' reputation. He's top three for a reason.
  • Chapter 292:
  • Chapter 293:
    • A flashback shows how hard Eri was training to make her Quirk useful. Small wonder she was able to restore Lemillion's Quirk.
    • Bakugo's Big Damn Heroes moment, saving Jeanist from a horde of Nomus with a chain reaction of explosions alongside Ingenium and Nejire Chan.
      • Worth mentioning is how Nejire was able to get back up from being hit with Dabi's fire with little worse for wear. She wasn't part of the Big 3 for nothing.
    • Dabi's got Shoto in a chokehold and preparing to incinerate him with a suicide attack, all to twist the knife in front of a powerless Endeavor. But who comes to the rescue? None other than Deku himself, employing a Quirk in a creative fashion despite their present condition.
      Deku: Who cares if my arms and legs are done? Froppy style!!
    • As Dabi rants about everything Endeavor's done, Deku decides to chime in with his own two cents:
      Deku: Sure, the past never dies! And that's why I'm watching Endeavor real hard as he tries to be better! And guess what?! You aren't Endeavor!!
    • Just as Gigantomachia starts to tear loose from Jeanist's bindings, Endeavor hits his Heroic Second Wind and rockets into the giant, sending him crashing back down.
    • And the final kicker? Gigantomachia feels his strength sapping away...because the sedative that the rest of the team applied earlier finally kicked in! Who says the rest of the gang can't make a difference?
  • Chapter 294:
    • Best Jeanist keeps Gigantomachia restrained as the sedative begins to take effect, even while he starts coughing blood. This moment is made even better as he praises the efforts of every other hero and student who fought in the war, with their combined efforts presenting this opportunity at victory.
    • Lemillion, Nejire, and Iida hold the line against Nomus to prevent them from attacking Best Jeanist. If Lemillion is correct, then he guesses that each one of the attacking Nomu are just as strong as the Nomu, Hood, who almost defeated Endeavour.
    • Dabi decides to fall back with the others seeing as Endeavor isn't fully broken in spirit yet. When Shoto tries to stop him, the older brother blasts him unconscious with his own version of Jet Burn. Goes to show that even if Shoto is Endeavor's "masterpiece", Toya isn't some pushover in comparison.
    • This chapter is nothing short of a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Mr Compress as he reaffirms his ambitions and dedication to his comrades in the League of Villains by pulling off a lethal and risky plan to free himself, Spinner, and Shigaraki from Best Jeanist's bindings.
      • First, he uses his Quirk to compress part of his lower body to untangle himself from his bindings, then uses it on Shigaraki and Spinner to free them. He then leaps up Gigantomachia's back effortlessly, despite his injury.
      • When Best Jeanist uses his Quirk to restrain Compress using his clothes, Compress uses his free hand to repeatedly tear at his clothing to remain free while still bleeding out.
      • With the last few chapters being epic reveals and turning points, Horikoshi still hasn't run out of surprises with another big reveal no one saw coming. As Compress reaches the top of Gigantomachia, he reveals that he is the descendant of legendary villain, Oji Harima, The Peerless Thief. He then unmasks himself properly for the first time in the series, then uncompresses Shigaraki and Spinner with Lemillion charging to stop them as Gigantomachia's bindings start breaking off.
  • Chapter 296:
    • Even with all the destruction and despair, it should be noted that the bulk of the Paranormal Liberation Front has been arrested (16,929 members to be exact). Edgeshot, the #4 Hero, singlehandedly defeated Re-Destro while Cementoss managed to trap Geten for good before collapsing.
    • Honestly, All For One hijacking Shigaraki's unconscious body after he collapses from the sheer beating he took is one for him, simply because has effectively cloned himself (the AFO in Shigaraki's body seems to be independent of the AFO currently in prison) and now that both the villains and heroes have wiped each other out, he's free to plan his own prison break.
  • The prison break itself: Most people thought it'd be it's own arc, but All For One breaks out of prison literally just one chapter later (Chapter 297), brings as many villains as physically possible with him (including returning ones), and then orchestrates prison breaks across Japan to throw the now very weak Heroes off his trail.
  • Chapter 304: The Fourth User of One For All, Hikage Shinomori, gets a moment for realizing he wasn’t strong enough to defeat All For One and going into hiding to train and strengthen One For All. In fact, he is likely the only user of One For All to not have died at the hands of All For One, only dying due to an unknown side effect of One For All. The eighteen years he lived holding One For All gave his successors a far better chance at fighting back against All For One, as it's mentioned Daigoro and En faced All For One multiple times before he finally did them in.
  • Chapter 305:
    • Despite being reminded that Tomura Shigaraki was molded by All for One into a vile, hateful young man even before the latter possessed him, and that there may not be any saving him, Midoriya admits that while it may yet come to kill or be killed, he's still going to try and save Shigaraki. Despite all he's been through up till now, Deku's still the embodiment of hope and a worthy successor of One For All.
    • Even more awesome? Despite this series not shying away from how harsh reality could be in a world of super-powers, all of One For All's previous wielders — at least, the ones apart from the two who've remained silent up till now — agree with Midoriya's line of thinking.

    Villain Hunt Arc (Chapters 307-318) 
  • Chapter 307:
    • Muscular is overwhelming Shindo through the latter’s last-ditch effort to stop him from attacking the nearby citizens and Nakagame, negating his attack through wrapping himself up in more muscle fibers than Grand’s Quirk can affect, and is primed to turn the young kid into a bloody meat paste when he’s suddenly blind-sided out of nowhere and his hulking frame flying into a building. Holding the unconscious Shindo, the chapter ends with a shot of Deku standing before muscular, revealing that he’s progressed enough in controlling OFA’s powers that he now possesses the same Glowing Eyes of Doom All Might had before. In combination with his tattered hero costume and Gran Torino’s raggedy cape Deku’s hero costume now looks actually pretty badass and intimidating, in contrast to the goofy-looking ensemble he had on when first wearing it, showing how far Izuku’s coming in becoming a hero from the beginning of the story.
    • Props should be given to Grand who, despite being rudely rebuffed by the civilians he was trying to escort to safety, still goes ahead and puts his life on the line to stop Muscular, a nigh-unstoppable foe to somebody of his current training and abilities from reaching them. Bearing in mind, Shindo’s Quirk actually affects him with the knockback of his own attacks, meaning he’s at a disadvantage against a hardened slugger like Muscular in a protracted fight, but he doesn’t back down regardless of the odds. Shindo demonstrates he’s improved enough with his Quirk that he can actually form a vibro-knife with his equipment, and when muscular has pummelled him into a building and is about to switch targets to Nakagame and the civilians in hopes of a better match, Shindo pulls his ultimate move on him — taking advantage of the fact that he can’t move anyway to unleash his vibrations to the maximum in order to push through Muscular’s defenses and reach his main body. It doesn’t work, but it’s made clear that, despite his attitude, Shindo does have the heart of a true hero in him.
    Shindo:(Priming his Ultimate Move)Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. If there's anything heroes oughta have at this point, it's a rock-hard spirit that refuses to bend or break!
    • It would have only escalated the situation for the worse, but despite their refusal to work with Shindo or believe in heroes anymore, the citizens prove that they weren’t all talk when they said they were going to defend their town with their own hands, immediately starting to head out to save Grand when it looks like the young kid is about to be killed before them
  • Chapter 308: The entire chapter is a highlight for Izuku, showing how far he’s progressed in mastering his powers and potential as the future greatest hero in Japan.
    • First, he deftly avoids Muscular’s charge, even carrying Shindo in his arms, leaving him with Nakagame and a promise that there won’t be any further damage done now that he’s on the scene. Even more impressively, despite Muscular being a rampaging and unreasonable brute of a man, Izuku actually manages to keep his promise.
    • Next, Izuku reveals another of his stored Quirks from OFA — Smokescreen — which isn’t very impressive on paper, especially since Izuku can’t actually see through the cover he creates, but when combined with Black Whip, Float, OFA’s natural Speed and agility enhancements and Danger Sense forewarning him of Muscular’s attacks, Izuku is able to lead him around like a Matador, constantly dodging his blind attacks until he’s able to take the psychotic villain off guard once he over-swings, wrapping him up with Black Whip and smashing him into a nearby canal for their final face-off
    • Izuku then queries Muscular about his motivations for becoming a villain, trying to ascertain what drives him to be the way he is, showcasing how his brief meeting with Tomura in OFA’s mental world has affected his perception of villains, trying to see them as people in pain rather than monsters that have to be put down for the good of others. It falls flat because of Muscular being exactly the kind of deranged maniac he seems to be on the surface but it’s heartwarming that Izuku is taking steps to try and save not only civilians, but also the villains who feel driven to their current situation because of their treatment by society. Especially in light of Twice's tragic demise and Toga's question as to whether or not people saw him as a person who needed to be saved.
    • Finally, Izuku caps off his streak by revealing his trump card against Muscular. Knowing that Muscular can tank One For All at his current 100%, Izuku has instead been waiting out the villain, having noticed from his initial attack hitting the building below him and not right at him that Muscular’s muscle armour had been affected by Grand’s last attack something the dumb brute himself hadn’t noticed in his frenzy, and his futile attacks against Midoriya have over-stressed his muscle armour to the point it starts disintegrating around him, leaving his protection uneven and allowing Deku to strike a powerful blow through an opening.
      • Even more impressive, it’s later revealed that Izuku is able to keep fighting despite the grievous wounds he suffered going 100% against Tomura because All Might gave him some Mid-Gauntlet support items to re-enforce his limbs, but said items cannot withstand Izuku’s 100% attacks, thus he was limited in the amount of power output he could use against Muscular. Izuku beat Muscular last time by going beyond 100% in a head-on fight, which had long-lasting consequences for himself and many others. This time around, he instead beat him by using the supporting powers of OFA in tandem with his Natural Analytics to control, coral, and neutralise the same opponent who came closer to killing him than anybody else within the span of a single chapter, showcasing once again that Izuku’s greatest weapon isn’t the strength he gains from OFA, but his keen intellect, combined with the multiple options his new powers afford him in fights.
  • Chapter 309:
    • When Inko was discussing with All Might about Izuku's dangerous future, Izuku came up with the boldest solution to postpone the impending danger: leave U.A. so he can focus on himself with All Might to solve the problem, while protecting his friends from future threats from Shigaraki. Considering that entering U.A. was one of his life's dreams and how much work hard he went through to get in, it is quite impressive that he decided to leave his school to protect everyone he cares about without hesitating.
      • Double points for also showing how far Deku has come. With his determination and all the things he learned from his friends and companions, he isn't hesitant to abandon something he had always loved to help others in need. No wonder All Might picked him as his successor.
  • Chapter 310:
    • Izuku saving a scared woman with a mutant Quirk from a trio of armed civilians by just talking them down. Afterward, when she makes a comment on things returning to normal, Izuku only has four words to say: "I'll make it so."
    • The backstory for how the first three One For All users know each other is both this and heartwarming: the second and third users were the leaders of a resistance movement against AFO and spent considerable manpower not just fighting against him, but breaking into the building containing a particular vault. When they finally get in, they find out what the contents were: Yoichi Shigaraki, AFO's younger brother.
      • The reason why they were so hesitant on supporting Izuku is also revealed: they considered his vow to save Tomura a "ridiculous delusion". Granted, they do have their reasons to be so jaded, having to fight tooth and nail in a war where victory meant life and defeat meant death. But Yoichi then proceeds to tear through that line of thinking:
        Yoichi: A ridiculous delusion? Such a sad way to see it... Then tell me this... why, on that day... knowing full well of my ties to your "mortal enemy"... did you reach out to me? Our battle never could've begun if you hadn't taken me from this room on that day.
      • Just the weight of that decision to save Yoichi. The second and third users are the only reason that One For All could even be "born" to begin with. If they had killed Yoichi, that was it. One For All would have been snuffed out in the cradle and All For One would've not only brutally retaliated, but likely had been unstoppable for future generations to deal with.
      • Yoichi's words are enough to sway the 2nd and 3rd users to put their trust in Izuku, and at the end of the chapter they are seen standing alongside him, ready to provide their guidance. The past One For All users are now finally all united as one.
  • Chapters 311-312:
    • The chapters are a combined moment of awesome for Lady Nagant, the female prisoner locked up in Tartarus, finally demonstrating why she was included amongst dangerous lunatics like Muscular and Moonfish — she’s a former hero who worked with the Public Safety Commission in a similar capacity to Hawks, with the hero himself hinting that her role involved similar high-risk wet work like his stint as a double agent in the Paranormal Liberation Front, and outright telling Izuku to run if she ever appears in front of him, even acknowledging that Izuku’s multiple powers and sheer strength with OFA mean he’s more than capable of handling himself against any other escapee from Tartarus — EXCEPT HER.
    • Nagant introduces herself with a frightening amount of precision and control over the incoming fight with Izuku, cutting off his signal from the monitoring All Might, arranging a simultaneous attack designed to cripple his mode of transportation if not kill the former #1 outright and sniping Izuku’s phone clear out of his hand — all whilst standing atop a far-away building in a prime sniper’s position and a clear line of sight on the young hero, who was totally unaware of her presence until she’d already shot at him. The fight has barely started and Izuku is almost totally at her mercy, despite all the precautions he’d made with All Might and Endeavour.
    • The details of Nagant’s Quirk is revealed-and perhaps the most awesome part of it is that her threat level comes mainly from herself and not her inborn powers. Snipe, the other resident long-range shooter, admits that his own Quirk — which guarantees his bullets will hit any target within 600 meters that he can see — isn’t always precise with where he actually strikes, but Nagant can be even more accurate from 3 kilometres away — and the secondary effect of her Quirk lets her craft bullets made from her own hair into any form she wants, from curved rounds to hollow points. Nagant then proceeds to demonstrate how unbelievable her shooting skills are when she easily nails Izuku — a moving mobile target with extended versatility mid-air through a combination of Float, Blackwhip and OFA’s raw speed — with a curved bullet straight round a building corner and into his escape trajectory, to the point that even with danger sense, Izuku can’t fully dodge the attack. And to top it all off, she manages to make her shots as far as 3km WITHOUT a scope, so that means her bullseye shots are all from her eyesight and skill alone.
      • On top of that, the final moments of the chapter have her not backing down, even as Izuku has triangulated her location and is charging towards her position, showing no fear of a power-type like Izuku closing the distance between them, and remaining confident in her victory with the addition of the newest weapon granted to her by AFO-Air Walk.
    • A villainous example for AFO, who, in flashback, accurately predicts Izuku’s likely course of action upon recovering from the recent battle with Tomura would be to leave UA on his own, as well as the best course of action to take to capture him, even with the likelihood of him being watched over by several of the remaining top heroes, down to the ideal weather conditions to minimise communication between Izuku and his guardians. Did we mention that this happened during the Tartarus breakout, weeks before Izuku actually left UA? AFO proves once again that the most dangerous aspect to himself isn’t his Quirk, but his devious and experienced mind, planning out the necessary moves to checkmate Izuku and the other heroes before they even begin their own countermeasures against him.
    • Credit to Izuku though — even disadvantaged as he is, he still proves to be a tricky and powerful opponent for Nagant, using danger Sense to react to her shots, grabbing one of them before it can pierce him, even as the recoil blasts him backwards straight into Nagant’s second power-type blast, and reacting fast enough to deflect that shot with his support gauntlets — something Nagant notes is a first even for her. On top of that, Izuku was even able to calculate her location based on those attacks even whilst under fire.
      • It’s a testament to his potential, but Nagant admits she can see why AFO singled Izuku out as a threat to be pre-emptively neutralised after seeing his performance in battle, and the mastermind himself admits Izuku would become a serious hindrance to their shared dream of removing the current societal status quo if left unchecked.
        AFO: You seek the Downfall of Hero Society. But your dream will never be realised as long as that boy is around.
  • Chapter 313:
    • All Might’s car gets totalled by two hired thugs using Thunder Spears to pierce through the armoured glass, forcing All Might to bail out of the moving vehicle at high speeds, showcasing he’s still got the quick thinking and skills of the former Number 1 to make a safe landing. Having lost his Quirk, and his old injuries leaving his body emaciated, All Might is now basically weak enough that even an average civilian could probably take him out, in addition to all communications being cut off preventing him for calling for Aid, leaving his basically defenceless and exposed before two hardened criminals. Despite the dire situation, All Might’s concern is only for Izuku, aware that this is just a delaying tactic to separate them and render his young protégée vulnerable to AFO’s machinations, Thoughts of his promise to protect and raise Izuku correctly to Inko running through his head, All Might makes it clear to the would-be assassins that it doesn’t matter what preparations they’ve put into stopping him, or how realistic it is for him for beat them. He Does. Not. Care.
      All Might: [Advancing on his attackers with a seething Death Glare] Stand Aside. That boy has bourne so much more than I ever have — a burden I forced on him!! And still, he idolises me!! The day anything happens to that kid, is the day I die!!
      • And in the face of his sheer Heroic Willpower, both powered individuals can only cower and run away from a man far weaker than them, with no hope of victory if they actually fought. It's a fantastic Call-Back to Gran Torino saying that All Might was the only one he could imagine replicating Stain's feat of intimidating the Pro Heroes with force of will alone, and the wavy artwork of All might’s terrifying glare directed at his attackers drives the parallels home.
    • On Nagant’s side of the battle, she showcases she’s adapted to Air Walk fairly well in addition to her existing Quirk, being able to use the recoil of her gunshots to propel herself around at high speeds to reposition herself at any 3D point she desires, being able to pick and choose whatever angle of attack she wants to in sniping her target. This enables her to sneak in close enough to Izuku that Danger Sense can’t even warn him in time to dodge her high-speed rounds anymore, and move away before he can get a lock on her new position, forcing Izuku to abandon his plans of directly assaulting her position by relying on rapid movements to confuse her aim. Given Izuku’s demonstrated how difficult it is to use an entirely new Quirk in addition to your existing one, it’s made clear that Nagant had put a lot of time and effort into preparing herself and her strategy to best neutralise him. About the only reason Izuku even has a chance against her is that AFO didn’t see fit to tell Nagant that Izuku had multiple Quirks, allowing him to blindside her with more abilities than she was expecting.
    • Izuku again demonstrates his fast reflexes by knocking away a shot from behind mid-air, and his even faster thinking when Nagant’s follow-up hit from an unexpected angle leads him to realise he’s also dealing with an opponent that possesses multiple Quirks like himself, and being too close to her actually benefits her more than himself, due to Danger Sense no longer being able to react quickly enough. Changing tactics, Izuku instead uses the 6th’s Quirk to create a full-out smokescreen, large enough to cover a city block, in order to by himself time to prepare his next move — the 3rd’s Quirk Fa Jin. The vestiges caution him against using it, pointing out that he’s literally not even tested using it in the first place, and it’s risky to do so under fire without getting a full handle on how the power works for him right now. Despite this, Izuku is apparently able to use it without issue, using Black Whip to levitate various objects on his person — from Gran Torino’s cape, to his mask and backpack — out of the smokescreen at multiple different angles, distracting Nagant with decoys so he can get the drop on her, via smashing his way straight up through the ceilings of a nearby skyscraper from the ground floor to the rooftop to obscure his assent long enough to close the distance. The chapter ends with Izuku grappling with Nagant, the young hero in training having outsmarted an older and far more experienced former hero, with additional abilities on top of her already-impressive existing skillset.
  • Chapter 314: Izuku vs. Nagant continues with moments from both of them. First, Nagant reveals she's a real pro, as she uses the instantaneous retraction and extension of her Rifle Quirk as a makeshift weapon, hitting Izuku in the side point-blank to force him off her and then barely dodge the follow-up shot at the last second, giving her time to flee into the darkness of the surrounding area. After the last chapter made it look like Nagant had lost the minute Izuku got his hands on her, it shows how skilled she is to be able to fight off a close-range specialist with an unwieldy weapon like her sniper rifle, especially considering the form it takes somewhat handicaps her right arm’s range of movement when extended.
    • Nagant then proceeds to snipe Izuku relentlessly from multiple angles whilst the latter is still in mid-air, using bullets with microphones imbedded in them to allow her to simultaneously give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about the hypocrisy of the "peace" that heroes have defended all this time, revealing she was once hired by the PSC in a similar vein to Hawks’ role as a spy, except her role involved pre-emptive assassinations of dangerous targets or people who could upset the status quo and the public belief in heroes as pillars of morality, a hypocrisy that wore her down over time. The imagery is not pleasant, but it’s clear that Nagant has amassed a sizable body count throughout her career. In fact, it’s hinted that the only reason Izuku’s able to fight back as well as he has is that Nagant was ordered to take him in alive, meaning she has to go for debilitating rather than lethal shots, and her reluctance to outright maim a child led her to give him a fair warning first.
    • On his side of the battle, Izuku shows how his Quirk control is not the only thing that’s improved about him, showcased a firmer strength of moral character than he ever has before, aware from Tomura’s ranting and the sights he’s seen of the breakdown in social order that the world is not simply divided into good and bad, but nonetheless, he still believes that there is worth in him trying to help people, no matter the reason or what crimes they’ve committed. The Izuku that started the series would have been devasted at the news that the hero society was not quite the morally clean image it presented to the public, but Izuku has come far enough as a hero that even finding out the Awful Truth only makes him more determined to try and save those in need right now. Notably, Izuku’s persistent Dull Eyes of Unhappiness that he’s possessed throughout the arc finally start to regain some of the old fire he had in him back during earlier chapters, showing how Izuku’s been able to strengthen his resolve despite the horrific sights he’s seen and the enormity of the task ahead of him
      “Maybe I was ignorant. But I’m starting to see things clearly. It’s not all black and white. Most things in this world are shades of grey. A blend of fear and anger. Which is exactly why... I’ve gotta extend a helping hand!
      • He then caps that speech off by revealing he’d been baiting Nagant’s attacks in midair the whole time to analyse her shots’ trajectory and pin her location down again, focusing and shooting out Blackwhip with "Pinpoint Focus" extending the Quirk to a length more that 5 times the normal size he uses it for, showcasing how much the Quirk has been improved by it’s incubation inside OFA, and allowing him to rocket himself straight at her at a speed she can’t comfortably dodge.
    • Nagant finishes off by showcasing her quick wits, realizing Izuku is expending a lot of effort into reading and dodging her attacks accurately to then track her down, she decides to increase his mental burden by levelling and aiming her next shot straight at Overhaul, whom Izuku hadn’t yet noticed was nearby. Not only is it ironically karmic, as Nagant is unintentionally replicating the same sequence of events that cost Mirio his Quirk back during the hideout raid, but this time with Chisaki himself as the intended victim, but it also forces Izuku into a no-win scenario. Either he switches focus to Overhaul to protect the Jerkass from his due karma, leaving himself open to Nagant in the process, or he allows Overhaul to die to focus on beating Nagant, proving his idealistic words of saving everybody, heroes and villains, to be a hollow lie — granting Nagant the ideological victory in the end.
  • Chapter 315, the conclusion of Izuku vs. Nagant:
    • As the Third had warned, using too many Quirks at once had overloaded Izuku's brain, leaving him unable to react quickly enough to Nagant's counterattack earlier. But he took the hint and, contrary to Nagant's thinking, had actually dialed back, putting away Danger Sense, Smokescreen, and Float. He's maneuvering solely with One For All and Blackwhip, all the while building up energy with Fa Jin to pull off his final stroke.
    • We learn just how Fa Jin works. By moving one's body over and over like a pump, you can build a charge of kinetic energy you can then uncork all at once. Using this, Izuku has been constantly moving his legs during the latest exchange, building up a hell of a charge in them for a technique that allows him to safely and briefly use the full force of One For All: One For All Pseudo 100%
      • This can't be understated. Izuku has always been noted to have the potential to be stronger than All Might's full power thanks to the way OFA accumulates power over the generations. With Fa Jin Izuku is now briefly able to reach levels of speed and power equivalent to his 100% without hurting himself in the process, even when using only 45% of OFA at the moment. Once Izuku masters 100% and adds Fa Jin's power on top of it, he could easily reach up to 150% power, capable of unleashing attacks that eclipse All Might's own impressive demonstrations of strength. He could even possibly hit hard enough to give Gigantomachia pause.
    • Now only juggling three Quirks, he can figure out what to do. First, whipping his legs around, he uncorks and mimics an All Might technique, propelling himself so fast he outraces Nagant's bullet and knocks Chisaki away from the shot. And here's the kicker: that was only using one leg.
    • Before Nagant can figure it out, Izuku unleashes his other leg: Pseudo-100% Manchester Smash! And he aims the kick right at Nagant's weak point: her right arm. Break her arm, break her Rifle; Nagant neutralized! Izuku has defied the Sadistic Choice.
    • But now it gets interesting. Izuku reveals that he knows Nagant had been holding back the whole time. That shot meant for Chisaki was off. Plus, she had Izuku dead to rights in the beginning. If she had really believed in All For One, why didn't she aim for his spine?! Izuku has turned this into an "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight. And the Broken Bird is listening. Like with Stain long ago, Nagant finally sees someone who could really live up to the hero ideal. She finally begins to smile...
    • BOOM! The Chessmaster All For One had been fully prepared for Nagant to fail and had left a booby trap along with that Air Walk Quirk. But as Nagant begins to fall to the ground, Hawks swoops in a Big Damn Heroes moment, desperate to save his senpai.
      • Cruel it may be, but there's something to be said about AFO's overall goal in setting up this fight. His comments about hearts being easily swayed and the failsafe he implanted in Nagant to ensure her compliance imply that this was his true intention all along. Nagant, though skilled and dangerous, was ultimately just a broken women used and abused by the system. Aware of this, AFO pointed her in Izuku's direction, but deliberately withheld vital information on the true scope of his abilities, leaving her unprepared to deal with him and eventually in a losing fight. Regardless, Izuku is nonetheless able to reach through Nagant's cynicism, able to see the she's a good person deep down — only for AFO's preparations to render his efforts to Save the Villain pointless in the end, devastating Izuku. Either Nagant would be able to capture Izuku or he'd have the futility of trying to save a Tragic Villain akin to Tomura rubbed in his face — either way, AFO wins. The fight for OFA is one that requires emotional willpower to resist AFO's absorption abilities, and thus the Magnificent Bastard is setting up these fights for Izuku well in advance of their rematch in order to wear him down physically and emotionally as well, no matter what choice Izuku makes.
  • Chapter 317 features the second fight between Izuku and AFO's Hired Guns... and it's isn't even a fight. Hawks gets informed by All Might that Izuku instantly beat the attacker off-panel, punctuated by a shot of Izuku suspending him from the celling with Black Whip, his more ragged costume granting him an even more menacing and intimidating appearance toward his foes, showcasing the level of Power that Izuku can unleash now that he can utilise Fa Jin to reach Pseudo 100%. Even more so, this implies that Izuku struggled so much against Nagant either becuase her long-range fighting style was a bad match-up for him, or her sympathetic qualities meant that Izuku was also holding back in that high-intensity fight — a trait he's now lost thanks to AFO's threats to keep hurting those around him just to torment the boy.
    • It's tragic to see, but as Izuku rushes from battle to battle non-stop to keep saving as many people as he can, his Clothing Damage worsens to the point that he looks outright demonic, staggering down the street in clothing so ragged and covered in blood and filth from his fights that it looks like the Berserker Armour more than the goofy hero costume Izuku once wore, Black Whip coiling around him almost subconsciously, hinting that Izuku is using the tentacles to keep himself moving even when his body is shutting down from exhaustion. Its a testament to his sheer willpower to push himself beyond his limits for the sake of others, even as that same self-destructive mindset also grinds down at his body and soul.
  • Chapter 318: The chess match continues. Izuku knows he has to keep the pressure on All For One, yet All For One knows this, too, and counters by keeping the pressure on Izuku. This time, he sends Dictator, a Villain who can control bystanders and use them as Human Shields, meaning he can exploit Izuku's greatest weakness in that he won't harm the civilians. Izuku, meanwhile, has being running himself ragged to the point that he collapses to his knees before the fight even starts and drags himself upright seemingly by sheer willpower when he realises he has to fight again. Being forced to 'take things easy' against the helpless civilians proves to be too tall an order for the exhausted hero and Izuku basically collapses under their assault, still thinking that he'll save them even as his body is shutting down on him from reaching his limit. But then, someone else steps in to help. With all the focus on Izuku, one was beginning to wonder what his old classmates have been doing in the meantime... until Bakugo takes out Dictator with a pinpoint AP Shot and relays a brief but critical message, "I found him, guys!"

    Deku vs. Class 1-A Arc (Chapters 319-327) 
  • Chapter 319: Now we catch up to what Class A was doing. Sure enough, they didn't take Izuku's farewell letter sitting down. Especially Bakugo, who knows more about Izuku and One For All than anyone else there. They quickly figure out Izuku and All Might are teamed up with Endeavor, Hawks, and Best Jeanist. And Bakugo especially knows Izuku's crazy streak when it comes to saving people means that this is a very bad idea. So Uraraka suggests they get Principal Nezu involved, who surprisingly turns out to be 100% on board with the idea. They want to bring Izuku back, and he replies that the door's still open for him and that U.A. is prepared should All For One decide to attack. He also tricks Endeavor to come to the school and let slip a clue about Izuku's whereabouts, leading to Bakugo finding and taking out Dictator last chapter.
    • Bakugo specifically gets props, not only for calling out Endeavour on how bad an idea it was to use Izuku as bait with his Chronic Hero Syndrome, but also calling Izuku out on how self-defeating his current attitude is to their childhood dream of becoming the Number One hero.
      Bakugo: (Sarcastically clapping) Wow, real inspirin'! All hail the mighty inheritor of One For All! But tell us this... are you smiling now?
    • Then comes Izuku's reply. He hesitates for a moment, as if about to go My God, What Have I Done?...but instead he steels himself and seems to get a Heroic Second Wind. Bakugo's pointed question has just reminded him why he was running himself into the ground.
      Midoriya: (Strained voice) If I'm going to smile again...if I'm going to see a world where people can live in peace...I need to keep moving forward. So please...everyone...stay out of my way!
    • And so we see a weary but still determined Izuku rising to his feet and donning his tattered hero costume one more time. And it's a good thing his mask is on, because he's probably giving his old classmates a Thousand-Yard Stare. It sells how, despite being at the end of his physical and mental limits, he's still capable of fighting back hard enough that probably no one member of Class A could take him on alone. Good thing they're not fighting alone. Instead, his classmates stand firm and basically reply:
      Bakugo: Let's just see you try and make us, you All-Might-Wannabe!
  • Chapter 320 is basically a long extended moment of each of Class A pulling their weight to Hold the Line against Midoriya, whose sheer strength and deep-seated fears about them getting hurt by AFO (like Gran Torino, Aizawa and Bakugo were right in front of him) — or worse, getting their Quirks stolen (like Ragdoll's; recall, Midoriya is the only one in the class who knows what it's like to be Quirkless) — make him near impossible to hold down or restrain for long. Even more impressively though, it's clear that Izuku is massively holding back so as not to hurt them as he escapes, which puts into perspective just how powerful he is that his combined class' best efforts can only slow him down, and the fight is more about getting him to accept that he doesn't have to fight this battle alone despite holding OFA.
    • On the other hand, despite them being outmatched in terms of Izuku's sheer power and variety individually, each member of the class works together well to keep countering his various attempts to flee, taking Izuku off-guard despite his in-depth knowledge of their powers and preferred tactics, showing how they're also stepping up to handle the immense task of restoring order to society in this chaotic time.
  • Chapter 321: Endeavour showcases more of his Character Development to an individual thoughtful about the welfare of others, noting that Dictator may have been working with other Hired Guns to ambush Midoriya, and that Kirishima and other UA students should secure the perimeter of the fighting to avoid any civilians getting hurt, even as he notes that they'll likely share the growing anti-hero sentiment and won't be thankful for their efforts. This is in stark contrast to when he was training Izuku, Bakugo and Shoto during their internship, wherein he saved a civilian from getting hit by a runaway car, but Midoriya was the only one who comforted her in the aftermath whilst he lectured the other two on the need to be better when lives are on the line. He also shows that Class A's rebuke of him and the plan to use Midoriya as bait in Nezu's office stuck with him, denying Hawks' suggestion of having Jeanist use his Quirk to restrain Midoriya just so his classmates are the ones to reach him in the end, aware now that force won't stop Midoriya from seeing the error of his self-destructive mindset, and trusting the next generation of heroes to see the job done, rather than treating them all as kids who will only be a burden on the operation.
    • Surprisingly, Mineta gets a moment of his own, being launched Fastball Special style at Midoriya and grabbing onto him with a line made of his sticky balls, calling out Midoriya for thinking that One For All is a special power that has to settle the fight with All For One alone because of its immense strength, stating that what made him think Midoriya was an amazing hero was the way he managed to formulate a plan to take down the Villains attacking the USJ despite his own terror and inexperience, using all his classmates' Quirks together to achieve victory.
      Mineta: I never thought it was your power that made you awesome!
    • And all this time, the class keeps telling Midoriya that they are fully aware of the danger. They're not asking him to protect them; they're simply asking to stand with him in his struggle.
    • Despite all his classmates' pleas, Midoriya still refuses to listen, combining Blackwhip as a Slingshot launcher with 45% Full Cowl and Fa Jin to reach Pseudo-100% and rocket himself away at high velocity... only for his classmates to reveal they've prepared to counter even that move. Utilising a 0.1 acid coating from Ashido as a wind shield to cut down on their air drag, Class A replicates Midoriya 's own plan to save Bakugo back in Kamino, using Todoroki's ice to make a ramp, with the classmate's strongmen launching them in pursuit of him, further empowered by Todoroki's Flash-Freeze Heatwave and Bakugo's new Cluster Explosion moves as propellant on top of Uraraka rendering them weightless to catch up to the fleeing Midoriya. This gets punctuated with a flashback to the Second Holder noting what Midoriya needs most to stop running himself into the ground isn't people telling him to think about himself more, but being shown that he's surrounded by people who can keep up with him, even with his 'special' abilities granted by One For All.
      Second Holder: If there's anything that could bolster Izuku Midoriya right now, it would be... those who share his resolve. Those who can match his pace, and keep running alongside him.
      • On the other hand, Midoriya's sheer level of strength and speed is further showcased by the fact it takes all his classmates' combined efforts just to briefly reach the same level of Pseudo-100% speed he achieved near-instantly, highlighting how much of a powerhouse Midoriya's become, even if he's still not fully mastered the full extent of One For All's power at the moment. Iida visibly hurts himself catching up to Midoriya and Bakugo admits he can't keep up with the sheer speed Midoriya can achieve, putting the young hero trainee roughly in a power level equivalent to Endeavour or any of the other top heroes remaining in these chaotic times. Keep in mind that Midoriya just got his Quirk a little over a year ago and has been constantly depicted as struggling with the basic steps of having a Quirk that his classmates mastered during their kindergarten years during his time at UA. Now he's finally been able to make One For All fully his own, and, even if he cannot withstand its full strength yet, he's clearly leagues above anybody in his age bracket and probably many adult heroes as well, even with only about half of One For All's power firmly under his control.
    • The highlight moment goes to Iida, with Bakugo acknowledging that even with his new speed boost, he's not built to move at the turbo-power velocities that Midoriya's capable of moving at now, but Iida — with his own drive to keep pace with Midoriya — is, launching him with a further explosion to catch up to Midoriya and grab him by the hand even as the G-force visibly cracks his glasses and his protective armour to to the point his tears are visibly showing (due to a massive wind hurling towards his face). And to top it off, he rebukes Midoriya's desperate pleas to leave him alone with a speech that calls back to how both he and his brother inspired Iida to become the hero he wants to be.
      Iida: I will not!. Ingenium the hero will dash across the land to take a lost child by the hand. "Because giving help that's not asked for, is what makes a true hero!"
  • Chapter 322 finally gives us a moment that most of the fanbase has been waiting for ever since Chapter 1: Bakugo finally gives Midoriya a sincere apology for the years of bullying he put him through. It's awesome not in a "HELL YEAH!" way, but rather in how it brings a long-standing (and highly controversial) conflict to a satisfyingly emotional conclusion.
    • In addition, Kirishima, after catching him, makes a confession of his own. He recalls something he heard on the news two years ago: about how a kid his age rushed to save his friend from a villain. Kirishima now realizes the kid was Midoriya. Even way back then, his heroic spirit proved to be an inspiration. Later, Thirteen reveals that his solo journey had bought the remaining Hero Society precious time to prepare defenses and get civilians to safety.
    • The aftermath. Midoriya finds himself recuperating back at U.A. However, upon entering the now heavily-armoured building, the class is confronted by the civilians taking shelter inside forming a human blockade to bar Izuku's entry, having deduced that he was likely the kid that Shigaraki was hunting for and wanting to cast him outside so the highly-destructive madman's inevitable rampage won't catch them in the crossfire. The scene echoes Young Tenko's own experience with the Bystander Syndrome plaguing society, with Izuku almost ready to turn and walk away from the safety and security he's longed to return to to keep the citizens safe, except for one difference. Tenko was alone, with nobody to turn to but AFO, but Izuku has his classmates standing by his side. And this time, they're the ones ready to protect him. The chapter ends with a resolute Uraraka, staring down a protesting public, echoing a question she had asked herself when she had worried about Midoriya in the past:
  • Chapters 323-324 confirm Uraraka has found the answer to her own question. Or rather, she realizes she has to be that answer. In spite of all the technology U.A. has to ward off a potential attack from All For One, the refugees inside (which, should be noted, include both Midoriya's mother and Uraraka's parents) are still too scared of having AFO's number one target in their midst. The anger is about to boil... when suddenly she steps up. She takes the megaphone and Zero-G's herself (recall, something she never takes lightly) to the top of the main building to address everyone. She acknoweldges their fears... and then points out that Midoriya is fully aware of their fears and that he had fled the school for several months for that very reason. Midoriya has beaten, battered, and exhausted himself for their sake, still knowing that AFO's next attack could come at any time, and that it was they, his classmates, who brought him back so he can recover and prepare for the next fight. Even Bakugo, in his own way, notes that what's plaguing everyone the most right now is fear. Earlier, Principal Nezu had opined that fear was keeping people from having the empathy and understanding needed to come together and trust Heroes again. The feelings she's always had for Midoriya, which she'd kept bottled up for his sake, now come pouring out in a new, constructive way. If even heroes need heroes, then she will be Midoriya's hero, and she does this by appealing to everyone to understand him: "That First Step" Nezu had mentioned and also the title of Chapter 323. And it works. People take a look at Midoriya in his ragged condition and the realization starts to dawn on them. Some of them even recognize him from his earlier heroics.
    Uraraka: Just because he has a special kind of power doesn't make him a special kind of person!
    • 324 continues her plea, and it's becoming clear her heart is in this, reducing lots of the heroes and students to tears (eventually including Midoriya himself). Even Uraraka herself has to pause to wipe tears from her own eyes. And the core of her plea boils down to the same thing that drives Midoriya; she, too, wants to see people smile. As Midoriya finally collapses, Kouta and the bystander from Chapter 310 rush to his side as Uraraka's plea finally gets the bystanders to make a move. And for Midoriya, he comes to a realization:
      Midoriya: This is the story of how I became the world's greatest hero...actually, this is the story of how we became the world's greatest heroes.
  • 325 has the man Deku encountered all the way back in Chapter One continuing Uraraka's plea, pointing out that Deku isn't trying to hide with them, but trying to rest before the world tears him apart, that no other place would take him in. As well, he tells them about how All Might showed them what it meant to be a real hero and if these kids were the only ones still fighting when all other heroes have hung up their capes, shouldn't they finally step out of the sidelines and help, too?
  • Chapter 326 focuses on All Might, who's been depressive due to how he feels he's made things worse for Midoriya... who should show up to save the day but Stain of all people? Stain delivers a harsh speech to All Might, telling him he doesn't even believe he's the real All Might, since the hero Stain knew would never give up that easily, and then challenges him to come get him. Though Stain's an evil bastard, he's the only one who can tell All Might exactly what he needs to hear, and proves his devotion to his philosophy.
    • To be specific on that front, despite All Might stating his efforts were in vain due to what happened to the world, Stain points out it couldn't be further from the truth, both regarding how his students are still fighting to protect people and fix the world, as well as how his actions have inspired others, like the woman he saved during his last battle as All Might constantly working to keep his statue clean of graffiti, still holding faith in him.
      • He also notes that, in his mind, what makes All Might who he is isn't tied to his powers or abilities but his willingness to fight for others and the hope he inspires in people. Couple that with the challenge to come after him, it's clear he's still hoping Toshinori is worthy of finally taking him down, powers or no.
      • It's also a fantastic middle finger to AFO from Stain, given how the former used his ideals and the public perception of Stain as a means of recruiting more competent villains to the league and bolstering Tomura's desire to become a more realised villain. Part of AFO's grand plan is to weaken the willpower of the Torchbearers, including Toshinori, through doing whatever he can to push them past the Despair Event Horizon so they won't be able to resist his next attempt to steal One For All. By bolstering Yagi's spirit and showing him that his efforts are not in vain, Stain has indirectly derailed the megalomaniac's plans, much in the same manner that he indirectly used Stain's own rampage against heroes for his own ends. To cap it off, he leaves Toshinori with information he'd gained from Tartarus about the villains — information that, unlike Nagant's, is likely to be far more accurate and damaging to AFO's plans simply because he'd never factored Stain in his attempts to grind Izuku down, so the hero killer has gone out of his way to find the intel necessary to take him down simply because, for all that he's a crazed and insane killer himself, even he cannot stand the hell that AFO has cast society into for his own ends — a hell that stands as a stark contrast to the society that Stain envisioned when he began his killings.

    TBD Arc (Chapters 328-TBA) 
  • Chapter 328: As vile a person as he may be, AFO is a master strategist. Instead of the two-month window the heroes thought they had, Tomura’s body will be ready in 38 days, meaning that by the present time, he’ll be ready to take OFA in 3 days. All Might notes this inconsistency was because AFO rigged the hospital data to support this false information well before the heroes raided the building. Remember, AFO was arrested months before Garaki first contacted Tomura and began preparing him to become a worthy vessel to inherit AFO’s Quirk. This means that AFO foresaw that would lose to All Might and everything since then has gone exactly as he planned. If not for Stain approaching All Might and giving him the data from Tartarus that recorded the schedule discussed between AFO and his vestige implanted in Tomura, the heroes wouldn’t stand any chance of victory.
    • As the nations of the world squabble with each other over whether to send aid to Japan to fight AFO, America's number one hero Star and Stripe bypasses all the red tape simply by leaving for Japan without her government's permission. After all, how can she refuse a request from her very own mentor, All Might? Not to mention, many other foreign heroes who are friends of All Might have also been threatening to leave for Japan of their own accord if their respective governments continue to waffle.
  • Chapter 329: Whilst she isn't given time to do anything yet, the way other characters talk about Star and Stripe gives no illusions about how powerful a force she is. Hawks and Jeanist note that it's incredibly reassuring to have somebody like her on their team, their wording implying that she's even stronger than Endeavour as a hero, and All For One himself calls her 'The strongest woman around' all but stating that she's the Action Girl in the hero business. He even admits that, despite all his careful planning, the next encounter still comes down to a risky gamble simply because of her sheer strength, stating that if she were to roam free, she be 'far more than a mere nuisance' to his plans, but if he can claim her Quirk before she can arrive in Japan, then settling the ongoing revolution within the country will be a mere formality, implying that her power is strong enough that, combined with his own, he can easily trump even OFA's enhanced capabilities at present. To that extent, Tomura himself appears at the chapter's end, confronting Star in mid-air atop a flying Nomu, clearly aiming to nip the potential Spanner in the Works before she can help the heroes, but the odds of his victory are uncertain even with his improvements.
    • All For One further reveals that his grand plans aren't simply limited to Japan, revealing that he has friends in organised crime spread across the globe, ready to start causing trouble so as to prevent further international interference from other countries. Star and Stripe's attitude means that this wouldn't be enough to deter her from directly interfering in his plans, necessitating Tomura's direct involvement, but it all but guarantees that if he succeeds with her, he'll be able to prevent further reinforcements to Japan's besieged heroes. He also reveal privately to Spinner that, contrary to what the latter thinks and his actions thus far have indicated, obtaining OFA is not the entirety of his Evil Plan, but merely the midgame goal, and he has grander ambitions underway that can only be safely achieved if he removes his brother's pesky Quirk as an opposition.
  • Chapter 330: Star gets to show off her Quirk in combat and it quickly becomes clear why she's viewed so highly — Her Quirk, New Order, is a flat-out Reality Warper ability. So long as Star can touch a target and correctly name it, she can set any kind of rule or condition she can think of to either empower or restrict the target. Her initial demonstration? Using it on the air itself to create a star-shaped atmospheric vacuum void around Tomura that severely dehabilitates him and leaves him wide open for her allies in the bomber jets escorting her and acting as mid-aid platforms for her to fight on top of to blast him with a barrage. When his attempt to retaliate with their own ammunition forces the rest of the fighter jets to back off, Star is quick and strong enough to grab the laser shot at her and impose a rule upon it that it's holdable in order to block the attack, again showing both her sheer versatility with her power and how skilled she is, since her speed and reflexes aren't being enhanced by her self-imposed rule. In fact, when Tomura attempts to take advantage of the fact that she has a limitation on the number of rules she can impose to close the distance to her once the void evaporates, she reveals that she always has one rule placed upon herself to give her strength near to All Might's top OFA levels, even if she can't quite equal the sheer force OFA had built up by his prime, demonstrating by catching Tomura off-guard with a mean haymaker that blows him away. Furthermore, she uses the same punch to establish the 'physical contact' part of her Quirk to impose a rule upon Tomura — if he moves, his heart will stop. In the span of a single chapter, Star and Stripe nearly won outright against Tomura, if not for some unexpected consequences brought about by his current condition that she couldn't possibly have known about, showing just why she's the number one hero of a super country like America.
    • Star's fighter escort deserve a mention here. Star's rule only grants her super-strength, and without them, she can't fly or pull off the necessary aerial maneuvers needed for mid-air combat, unlike Tomura with his multiple Quirks to achieve the same effect. Whatever Quirks they have aren't going to be much use to them inside a bomber jet's cockpit, and in the kind of fight Star's having with Tomura, it would be very easy for them to be killed by the collateral damage of their clash — in fact, Star outright tells them that if they die, she'll at least make sure to send their bodies back to their families, underlying the risks they're taking to help her. Nonetheless, they show no fear in rushing into the battle alongside her against a foe that could shred them and their machines like paper mâché, pulling off coordinated maneuvers to make sure Star always has a foothold to attack Tomura with and even working alongside her New Order abilities to attack Tomura with laser beams that their aircraft are outfitted with. It's the closest thing to having a Badass Normal army entering a super-powered fight as this series has gotten so far.
    • Of course, AFO/Tomura isn't one to let the heroes have things all their own way. It turns out that, thanks to the ongoing possession of his body and mind, Tomura's mental state is undergoing what is effectively as Split-Personality Takeover from AFO's consciousness, resulting in a blend of personality that combines both their mental states and can no longer be classified merely as 'Tomura Shigaraki' meaning that he's immune to New Order's rules, allowing him to retaliate just when Star thinks she's got him beaten with an attack that apparently causes a massive electrical explosion visible from miles away
  • Chapter 331: 'TomurAFO' showcases that despite his current mental instability, his current state of being combines the intelligence and perceptiveness of both Tomura and All For One into one nasty package. Despite the briefness of their clashing and how one-sidedly Star beat him down with her Quirk, he's able to deduce a rough estimate of its strengths and limitations based only on how it affected him and the environment — Star has an upper limit on how much New Order can enhance a target's strength, but no limitation on how it can weaken them, and whilst her understanding of a target's identity needs to mesh with their own in order to affect them with New Order, for targets that lack a self-identity, like non-sentient objects, New Order's Reality Warper nature has increased effectiveness over them. All of this deduced despite America keeping her Quirk's information a national secret, and Star pounding him down with her Quirk the whole way.
    • Star further demonstrates exactly what it means to have total control over non-sentient objects, solidifying the air around her into a facsimile of her appearance, but 1000 times bigger and then proceeding to pound the crap out of Tomura with the barely-visible colossus, hitting him so hard that he can't retaliate at all and his Healing Factor is the only reason he's not killed outright. She then follows up by solidifying the lasers her escorts fire into a massive pillar that her creation wields to stab Tomura like a manifestation of the Godly spear Gungnir, pinning him to the sea bed and frying him with the concentrated energy at the same time
      • A point must be made for Tomura's sheer durability throughout all this, as despite the immense forces Star's hitting him with, he's neither dead nor unconscious, and even pinning him with the laser spear isn't Star's finishing move — she's just doing that to hold him down and prevent him from fighting back, not believing for a second that she can kill him even with the god-like power she's channeling against him.
    • Star finishes up by revealing her trump card-unconfident of her chances alone against Tomura and determining that he's a threat on a global scale, rather than a problem for Japan alone to deal with, she decides to use her special authority to have Admiral Agpar launch America's newly developed Intercontinental Cruise Missiles codenamed 'Tiamat' at Tomura to try and finish him off for good. To put that in perspective, Star believes that Tomura is such a powerful and dangerous opponent — not to mention incredibly resilient — that she feels fully justified in trying to Nuke 'em in order to put him down.
  • Chapter 332: Both TomurAFO and Star come to the conclusion that the letter must undo her Laser rule to successfully enact her planned Finishing Move on Tomura's body — which he mentally notes has to be powerful enough to utterly vaporise him, or he'll regenerate and resume the attack, again underscoring how durable Tomura's become since his awakening — which they both mentally compare to a game of Hot Potato. Star manages to have her gigantic air contsruct grab the missiles mid-air with precise timing whilst her backup swoops in to blast the rising Tomura as he launches himself upwards, giving Star enough time to touch the Tiamat missiles and redirect them straight at the immobilised supervillian, represented by her air construct landing a literally explosive punch that blasts the ocean away from them and rips a hole in the cloud bank, visible even to Endevour kilometres away on Japan's coastline. Just as Star's catching her breath and looking down as the devastation she's wrought, she notes a tiny, precisely dug hole in the bottom of the seabed, before the horrifically-mangled TomurAFO bursts from the ground like a demon rising from Hell, sporting a triumphant Nightmare Face as he bares down on the defenseless Star before she can recover, and doing what both Tomura and All For One do best: Placing his hand upon Star's face, spelling the end for America's hero.
    • Despite that,TomurAFO notes that his victory was still a close one: had he been a second slower with his timing of digging into the earth to dampen the blast, as well as switching places with his Nomu to distract Star's backup with the wrong target, Star would have killed him, even with his sheer resilience.
    • Star's reflexes deserve a mention. Her air construct doesn't actually stop the missiles' forward momentum when it catches them, and Star is visibly yanked off the bomber she's riding on by the sheer force of them. If she'd been any slower in touching missiles that were moving at hypersonic speeds, she notes her arm would have been torn off from the strain.
    • Star's unnamed backup again gets some credit: Not only do they keep up the pressure on what they 'thought' was Tomura with equal ferocity to the No:1's own attack, TomurAFO has to have his damaged Nomu self-detonate to give him enough of an opening to close the distance on Star before her team can interfere. One member even commands Star to use her Construct to smash both Tomura's body and his fighter jet together once he lands on him as the nearest stepping stone to leap at her, reasoning that he's hurt enough that the detonation from his jet should be enough to kill him, even if he has to sacrifice his own life. Star very nearly goes through with it too, only relenting at the last second because she recognises that it still wouldn't be enough to kill TomurAFO, showing that both her and her backup are willing to sacrifice anything of themselves if it means protecting others from TomurAFO's insane ambitions, but they won't force others to make pointless losses if they can protect lives instead.
  • Chapter 333: TomurAFO successfully steals New Order from Star, hitting her with his decay Quirk in the same instant, and gloating about how he's now basically invincible with her incredible power backing him up, as Star's apparent last-ditch order to herself to not succumb to the decay fails and she begins crumbling into dust. However, just as he prepares to unleash an order of his own, there's a sudden shot of the inside of AFO's vestige realm, with the twisted mental fusion of AFO and Tomura being confronted by a confident vestige of Star in a Badass Armfold... before the scene returns to the outside of Tomura's body as his flesh grotesquely swells up and starts violently exploding from within. Even as she crumbles to nothingness, Star smirks that she got one over on her killer by imposing a rule on her Quirk before it was stolen. A rule that her Quirk will rebel inside 'TomurAFO' and attack all the Quirks inside his body, visually represented by the vestige image of Star Hulking Out and tearing apart the AFO vestige with its bare hands, face twisted in a roar of fury like the manifestation of all of AFO's previous victims finally paying him back retribution for the generations of suffering he's imposed upon them simply because he wanted their powers. Even better, 'TomurAFO' laments that he can do nothing to stop this attack — his own power can only 'give or take Quirks', not destroy them outright, and for all his nigh-limitless power, he's totally helpless against Star's one-sided beating. As a sign of how desperate he is by this setback, TomurAFO is actually willing to 'give New Order up', desiring to hand the power back to the American pilots that accompanied Star before his body is destroyed from the inside out — only for them to blast him with another barrage of lasers whilst he's struggling with his disintegrating body, counterattacking him so ferociously in retaliation for Star's death that he has no choice but to cravenly flee to the mainland to find an easier target to pass the Quirk to, rather than attempt to subdue them by force.
    • Even better, her Quirk is not simply causing damage, it's actively deleting all the Quirks that 'TomurAFO' has, with him noting that he cannot pull the same trick he did before to reflect the pilot's lasers back at them because the requisite Quirk was just destroyed in New Order's frenzied attack — meaning by the end, he's going to end up with less Quirks than what he started with. These are Quirks and powers that AFO painstakingly chose and prepared for Generations in order to best outfit his eventual vessel with to make him the most powerful man alive once All Might was removed from the picture — and thanks to this miscalculation, all those irreplaceable Quirks are getting destroyed or damaged, permanently weakening AFO for his eventual rematch with Midoriya, rather than empowering him even more like he thought would be the outcome. Izuku's actions in the prior arc have demonstrated how much more powerful he's gotten since AFO unintentionally allowed him to unlock further levels of power within OFA thanks to his attempted theft of it, and now the power gap between them has further decreased, again thanks to his miscalculation.
    • Star also had the thinking to not only do this, but also attempting to prevent herself from decaying, which is noteworthy for how fast she must have used the Quirk twice in quick succession as it was being stolen. She really is a chip off All Might's block.
    • Just as awesome is how Star’s actions reflect the sheer impact All Might has had on heroism and the indelible mark All Might’s example has had on the world. All Might may no longer be the Symbol of Peace, and AFO may have brought hero society to its knees, but his legacy stands proud. Star and Stripe’s actions embody the ideals All Might stood for, and demonstrate that for all the chaos and problems brought by the loss of the Symbol of Peace, heroes across the world continue to fight on behalf of others no matter the cost.
    • The crowner of it all? Every previous defeat All For One has had, he handled with his typical calm and grace, always knowing he had a way out since it was part of the plan. This time? It's not part of the plan. TomurAFO is completely caught off-guard, and flies into a panic, desperately searching for someone to off-load his dangerous new Quirk onto and baying for Star's blood. Star did what no hero, not even All Might himself, ever did — she angered All For One.
    Damn you, specter of All Might!
    • Before, only One For All had a chance of fighting back against All for One. Star’s battle has confirmed that more heroes with Quirks that can fight back against All For One are being born and that no longer will the user of One For All be alone in the fight against All For One’s evil. Indeed, it's a fitting dose of Laser-Guided Karma that All For One, who stands opposed to the manga's themes of legacy and succession through his possession of his own successor to turn him into 'The next me', suffers his first true, unequivocal defeat at the hands of a younger generation hero that All Might once saved, proving that the good he did and the example he showed as the No:1 are capable of inspiring others to take up the cause he wasn't able to finish himself, and one day, the younger generation will overcome All For One, no matter what he plans.
  • Chapter 334: All For One's humiliation continues. Despite being able to successfully flee the pilots thanks to him having stolen the Nomu's Wings Quirk before it detonated, he's utterly panicked the whole time, due to the damage New Order's inflicting within him actually starting to deteriorate All For One's Quirk, thus putting his entire plan to preserve his existence through Tomura's body in jeopardy. By the time he finally manages to reach the mainland and find a suitable bystander, All For One plans to first steal his Quirk to bypass the 'destroys other Quirks' rule on New Order, allowing him to preserve it and its immense power for later subjugation, only for Star's vestige to taunt him that he's too late. In the time it took him to find another host, New Order's rampage ended up damaging it as much as it destroyed the other Quirks within All For One, resulting in its own self-destruction from wearing itself out in its valiant attempt to destroy All For one for good. All For One, who is defined by his total control over people and Quirks for generations, is denied the ability to control a single damn thing about New Order, only able to impotently watch as Star's vestige fades away into the ether on its own terms, taunting him that as long as people continue to save each other, the will of a true hero will be passed on, and someday, somebody with that same willpower will put an end to him for good. She even taunts him with her last breath, calling him 'John Doe', as a mockery of how his own attempts to secure his legacy beyond his lifespan are doomed to fail because he's fundamentally incapable of leaving any 'true' legacy for another to inherit from him, leaving him an utter nobody in the end. All For One's last retort about how he's ultimately the winner because he survived their fight whilst she perished comes off as a massive Sore Loser's meek attempt to have the last word in the end, highlighting how he was utterly beaten in this encounter, unable to salvage any of his trademark dignity and grace after Star thoroughly humiliated him.
    • Star's final words even resonate with Tomura, causing a representation of his young 'Tenko Shimura' self to emerge from the gaping void formed in the twisted TomurAFO fusion's chest, speaking Izuku's name. It seems that, just like Izuku got a glimpse of Tenko's real self deep down during All For One's last attempted theft of OFA, he in turn got an understanding of his selfless heroism, and some part of Tomura wants to be saved by him, believing that he can do so above all other heroes.
    • Even beyond that, it's confirmed that New Order's attack undid some of the progress All For One had been making in completing his Split-Personality Takeover of Tomura's psyche, which her team was able to pick up on thanks to them rigorously monitoring everything about his body during the battle, using the advanced equipment in their fighter jets. Their team leader makes sure to pass this along to All Might, letting him know that it will take at least 1 week before Tomura's stabilised again, giving the heroes time to mount an effective counterattack now that All For One is finally on the back foot.
      • The absolutely shredded state of the TomurAFO vestige in the aftermath of New Order's attack implies that not only did she destroy an untold number of his stockpiled Quirks, she might have actually damaged All For One's Quirk itself. This is the same Quirk that he used to cement himself as the undisputed Evil Overlord of the world during the rise of Quirks, the very same Quirk that his plans to create a younger doppelgänger of himself in a stronger body hinge upon, and Star seems to have permanently damaged it. Even if All For One's body still has an undamaged copy of the Quirk inside it, it's hinted to be inferior to the original, and the damage inflicted might have permanently crippled its signature ability to stockpile other Quirks, if not severely hampered its effectiveness in stealing other abilities. To say nothing of the hints that many of the powers that Tomura relied upon to one-sidedly overwhelm the heroes during the war are either outright gone or permanently crippled, including his healing factor. No matter what spin All For One puts on this fight, his utter loss and derailment of his carefully-crafted plans is undeniable.
  • Chapter 335:
    • Despite a crushing humiliation at the hands of Star, All For One remains undeterred that he will be victorious, once again highlighting his sheer tactical brilliance. As he explains to an impatient Dabi, he has an intricate network of contingency plans he can follow, most of which are formed years or even decades before he needs them. This is because whenever he encounters an unforeseen variable, he can just divert to a backup plan and still accomplish his goals. This almost makes Star's efforts in the last few chapters seem pointless as All For One gloats that his plans have only been temporarily delayed, not completely defeated.
      • This is also highlighted as he listens to a screaming Tomura, cursing All Might and any that follow his legacy. All For One confirms that the process to turn Tomura into the next 'him' is still underway and he now shares Tomura's boundless hatred of All Might on top of his own.
      • As All For One completes his monologue to Dabi, he comments that while it seems events are not going in his favor, stating he has friends to spare as the last panel shows a silhouetted Toru Hagakure, seemingly confirming her as the U.A. traitor.
    • Star still deserves credit, however, as while All For One maintains his composure, he's still not smiling and flat out admits that his backup plans were strictly emergency contingencies, never intended to be his main one. He had a best route to his endgoal, and Star completely derailed it. He also admits that the original All For One Quirk was indeed damaged, though to what degree is unknown.
  • Chapter 336:
    • Horikoshi deserves some major props for The Reveal this chapter. There have been bits and pieces of information sprinkled throughout the story, from the suspicious absence of her vote during the class President voting on the day Tomura broke into UA, her unconfirmed presence during the USJ attack, to her unconscious state in the aftermath of the Hideout raid apparently being the cause of All For One being taken off-guard by Izuku's interference during the fight at Kamino, to her lack of an official description box for her quirk and powers, much like Toga's own abilities weren't shown whilst she was disguised as 'Camie' during the Provisional Licence exam, that all seemingly point to Hagakure as The Mole within 1A. This is compounded by the last chapter having a Traitor Shot of her as its cliffhanger... only for this one to reveal that she's not the traitor... Aoyama is. Horikoshi used Hagakure as a Red Herring and scattered subtle hints throughout the series all pointing to her that numbers fans picked up on, only to reveal that that was a smokescreen for the true traitor. He even had Aoyama act suspiciously towards Izuku and draw attention to himself, only to seemingly reveal that Aoyama was sympathetic towards Izuku's Power Incontinence and was suffering from a case of No Social Skills, which helped deflect suspicions from him, only for this chapter to reveal that that was actually his suppressed guilt for betraying and endangering his classmates pushing him towards nearly confessing to Izuku. Suffice to say, Horikoshi is a masterful storyteller, to successfully build up the identity of The Mole and still have it be a shocking twist.
    • Bakugou having the sheer balls to unhesitatingly term All For One, The Dreaded, the man who almost killed All Might on his own twice over and still crippled him, the one responsible for the current downfall of society, as 'Ol' Nutsack Face'. Bearing in mind that Bakugou has actually met All For One, and been exposed to the same sense of palpable dread that left Izuku paralysed in fear and hallucinating images of his own impending demise— in fact, during the war Bakugou almost died at All For One's hands by Taking the Bullet for Izuku. The fact that he has no problems taking smack about such a terrifying figure, one that would leave people with PTSD even if they hadn't nearly perished because of him, speaks volumes about his character.
  • Chapter 337:
    • Yuga Aoyama presents another What Might Have Been situation for Midoriya. Like him, Aoyama was born Quirkless, but because his parents are of high society, a Quirkless child would've been utter scandal, so they used their connections to find All For One, who gave Yuga a quirk in exchange for becoming The Mole...or else (as was graphically demonstrated to them). Finding out the truth, that Midoriya had also been Quirkless, drives Aoyama into a despair-filled attack with his Navel Laser...which gets deflected by Hagakure's Light Refraction. And it's Hagakure that delivers one hell of a What the Hell, Hero? to Aoyama. Then Midoriya ends things before they get any worse, using Blackwhip to capture the Aoyamas for questioning, revealing that Hagakure was the one who snitched to Midoriya because she knew that Midoriya was capable of subduing Aoyama and his parents without hurting them, or letting anybody else get hurt in the scuffle.
    • Speaking of Hagakure, Horikoshi puts hundreds of chapters of uncertainty to rest by finally showing everyone a glimpse of Hagakure's face. To perhaps everyone's relief (particularly shippers), Hagakure is revealed to be...just an ordinary girl. Invisible, but otherwise as sweet and ordinary as her voice and manners made her out to be.
    • So Aoyama is forced to face his classmates and the faculty. Justifiably, the rest of the class has their turn railing at him. But it's once again Bakugo who cuts to the chase. He knows the Aoyamas' motivations. But then, as Aoyama once again admits himself as a Villain, Midoriya plays the flip side of the coin. Why did he turn around and help back during the training camp, ultimately resulting in his own rescue? Why did he subtly confess "I know" in cheese back during the Culture Festival? Because he was attempting a Quiet Cry for Help...much like Nagant was subtly doing. And then, he takes a surprising stance. He declares the whole idea of labeling people as villains as a stigma, a path to darkness that was ruining more people than everyone realized. People otherwise capable of redemption were being given the Heel–Face Door-Slam, leaving them Trapped in Villainy. Bakugo then figures out Midoriya's plan: to turn Aoyama back around...and offer him a chance to make things right.
      Midoriya: can still become a hero!
      • It bares repeating— this is Midoriya's idea, not one of the older heroes or the police's, but Midoriya, the young inheritor of the greatest power to defy All For One, finally taking steps to lead the counterattack against the shadowy manipulator and beat him at his own games. Since this strategy is based around the concept of empathy and forgiveness for past sins, it's practically guaranteed that All For One's extensive planning hasn't predicted such an outcome— in fact, he outright states that he's planned for Aoyama being publicly exposed as the traitor and can still proceed regardless, but the idea that his classmates would be still willing to forgive Aoyama and even work with him to deceive All For One is something he's too arrogant or uncaring about to comprehend.
    • Doubles as Heartwarming: Bakugo's Character Development gets an understated moment. He's just learned that Aoyama helped provide the information that led to the attack on the training camp, the same attack that got him kidnapped, exposed to lethal danger and eventually lead to All Might's retirement— something Bakugou developed a massive Guilt Complex over, to the point be needed to vent his issues in a no-holds barred brawl with Izuku to start recovering from. More than anybody in the class, Bakugou would have every right to condemn Aoyama for his duplicity, but instead, he focuses on the Commonality Connection he and Izuku share, noting what a small world it is. Though unstated, he's clearly remembering his own bullying treatment of Izuku prior to him inheriting One For All, and understanding the social stigma that drove Aoyama's parents to seek aid from All For One, demonstrating how much he's matured and become more empathetic since the start of the series.
    • Dabi gets teeny-tiny one, getting AFO to walk back his Affably Evil vernacular and admit to seeing his "friends" as tools.
  • Chapter 338:
    • Tsukauchi is forced to restrain Aoyama just in case AFO managed to find some way to rig Aoyama's Quirk. But upon learning that the Aoyamas can only relay information when AFO demands it, Midoriya and his classmates realize this is the opening they need. If Aoyama can reverse his role, they can trick AFO and gain an advantage. The faculty and the police, however, question whether this is wise, but now Iida speaks for the class by agreeing with Midoriya's sentiment that what Aoyama needs now more than anything is for the class to offer him a second chance. Just then, Aizawa chimes in from his hospital room on a tablet held by Present Mic. By declaring that he has no intention to expel Aoyama, he agrees with the class. And sensing Midoriya needs help right now, noting that he hasn't actually got any details worked out in his head yet, he offers his own plan, to which the Aoyamas (and the reader) are presently left unaware, but which is apparently well-thought out and plausible enough that Nezu and the more-cynical Tsukauchi genuinely consider it as a possibility to start turning the tables on All For one
    • Agreeing with the plan, the class watches the Aoyamas being taken away and make their preparations. Midoriya and Iida decide to hit the Development Studio for costume adjustments...and Déjà Vu strikes when the door to the studio blows up again. When the smoke clears, Hatsume has once again fallen on top of Midoriya, boobs first...but instead of being funny (which it kinda is), the steely look in Midoriya's eyes shows this time is different. He has hero work to do.
    • The class collectively wearing a Death Glare as they begin preparations to enact Aizawa's plan— even characters with non-threatening character designs like Minata and Koda get in on it, showing how seriously they're treating this, and angry they all are over All For One's exploitation of their classmate. The only exception to this montage is Hagakure, since no one can see her face again. Instead, she's the one who rallies the rest of the class.
  • Chapter 339:
    • This chapter gives us something different: how to be Awesome as a Supporting character. Seems with all the work with the U.A. Barrier and all, Power Loader and the Support Course have been pretty busy. But the spotlight is on Hatsume. She is designing and conceptualizing at warp speed, constantly coming up with new ways to help... because that's what Support people are supposed to do. And then, almost backhandedly with her left hand alone, she provides some replacement equipment for Midoriya (a new pair of Air Force Gloves with bracers) and Iida (replacement armor), meaning Class A is now ready to take the fight back to All For One. Bear in mind, Hatsume did all that before her colleagues could properly measure Izuku and Iida to start working on their gear themselves, implying that she's memorised and retained their measurements from the last time they sought her help and whilst also simultaneously working on some new ideas for the evacuation shelters to transport civilians out of the danger zone with her right hand.
    • Class 1a starts prepping for a full-class training simulation, incorporating Midoriya as the centre of their searching/fighting strategy, showing how much he's improved as a hero from when he started, to the point that he's now a lynchpin that the whole class can work around in tandem with his full array of abilities.
    • Meanwhile, Nejire-chan and Suneater are busy helping Fatgum over in the west, helping evacuate people over to Shiketsu, which (as expected) is built up and fortified much like U.A. It goes to show that All For One isn't the only one who can come up with elaborate and multi-layered plans. Toshinori's been busy, too.
  • Chapter 340:
    • We finally get some details regarding the heroes' overall scheme to defeat All For One and the Leagues remnants. Aware that the Hive Mind shared between All For One and Tomura's body — each of which now counts individually as the World's Strongest Man — would render any attempt to fight them together meaningless, as they would simply coordinate their overwhelming might to crush them outright, All Might states that they need to separate them by a distance at least 10 kilometers in order to have a fighting chance against them individually. Not only that, since Dabi's wide range AOE attacks would threaten any coordinated team efforts, he also needs to be isolated as well — all of their opponents need to be separated and dealt with individually if the heroes are to have any chance of winning, selling the threat level of each remaining villain left standing. Whilst they admit it's a simple plan with a lot of flaws in its execution, it also matches with the growing theme of unity that's being brought in the wake of All Might's retirement — the weak, but coordinated teamwork needed to replace the overwhelming strength of the outstanding individual. And unbeknownst to the heroes, this plan also digs deep into the league's biggest weakness right now — the same lack of trust and coordination between the remaining members, with Tomura almost literally being replaced by the Sociopathic All For One and having no qualms about discarding his allies if it benefits him and Dabi's more selfish motivations and attitude being brought to light making it clear neither one has the same level of trust with their "teammates" that the original League did between themselves that allowed them to prevail against overwhelming odds. In fact, looking back at the Paranormal Liberation War, several of the victories that were scored by the Villains' side were caused by the weaker or less powerful villain members putting themselves on the line to interfere at a crucial moment, like Compress' ambush against Midnight and Kamui Woods putting her in a position to be killed, or Spinner being able to awaken Tomura when he was almost beaten by using his remaining hand to unleash his instinctual hate. In fact, Tomura and Gigantomachia, the two most powerful individuals in said war, technically lost their fights in the end, showing how the story's theme of teamwork and unity is being brought forward as it approaches the climactic fight.
    • Upon verifying that Aoyama isn't rigged to explode like Nagant, Aizawa theories that he only gained access to that particular ability upon breaking free from Tartarus, thus the only method of actual control he has over Aoyama is the 'seed of fear' he planted in him and his parents — one that Aizawa is determined to destroy even by force, spelling out to Aoyama the grim reality that, even if he should help them take All For One down, he'll likely still get thrown out of UA and forever branded by his past mistakes going forward. However, Aizawa refuses to allow Aoyama to submit to this fate out of some misplaced sense of atonement for his sins, pointing out that his friends are still willing to believe in his ability to be a hero, as so is he as his teacher, with a panel of Kurogiri being shown to emphasise that Aizawa not only wants to redeem his student from All For one's corrupting influence, but also his old friend as well, and he's not giving up on either of them.
      Aizawa: That said...I won't allow you to slink off haunted by those sins and die a pathetic quiet death. Not as long as I'm a hero course teacher and you're my student. Because none of the lessons I teach my students are about living a life burdened by guilt. As ashamed and despicable as you feel, you will walk alongside the friends who still reach out to you.
    • And the kicker to this is the final panel of the chapter, showing Shinso, now garbed in more advanced hero gear than his last showing, being called away by his classmates, Aizawa's words making it clear that he aims to have his protege get his turn to shine as a hero alongside Aoyama.
  • Chapter 341:
    • One the villains' side, both Dabi and All For One get their moments here, proving All For One's statement about their similarities true as they each work on patching the very same cracks in their unity that the heroes are targeting by convincing their more sympathetic remaining allies to join them in this final battle out of loyalty to their friends, both deceased and in suffering, in essence using a twisted version of The Power of Friendship against the heroes, despite both of them clearly being incapable of such emotional bonds themselves.
    • Dabi immolates Toga's old house to forcibly give her some closure on her past, cynically pointing to that the world doesn't care for their suffering or happiness regardless, so they should just do whatever makes them feel happy regardless of the cost, and revealing his ultimate Trump card against the heroes: A vial of Twice's Blood that he took from his corpse before Machia absconded with them, pointing out that if Toga uses it, she can enact the Sad Man's Parade regardless with her Power Copying abilities. Even worse, Twice showed that blood can be safely replicated and used from Clone Donors back during the MLA arc, meaning that if Toga duplicates him once, she'll be able to create an endless supply of Twice's blood to maintain her transformation as long as she needs to, rather than it being a one-time thing. Hawks sacrificed everything to stop that exact outcome— his morality and his public image in striking down a broken man like Jin In the Back— and Dabi not only used that to throw mud on the very image of heroes along with his own origins, he was fine with risking such an invaluable ability like that by setting up Twice in a position where Hawks would be forced to kill him to stop him because he'd already planned ahead on how to pull it off without Twice, showing how smart Toya is that he could out-play even a talented double-agent like Hawks so thoroughly that every choice he made that day would be All for Nothing in the end.
    • All For One and Skeptic converse with Spinner, pointing out that, despite his weak showing on a combat front compared to the rest of the league, he's actually become a Hope Bringer to the Heteromorph-type quirk users of the world with his public showing against heroes, with flashbacks to Izuku's battling against the random villains showing that many of them were copying his costume, and thus, even with Tomura currently disabled and in agony whilst he's recovering from his damage against Star and Stripe, and without Re-destro, the remnants of both organisations can still achieve their revolution by relying on Spinner to lead the masses, and 'pull the trigger' for them all. For somebody who's often overlooked compared to his more outstanding allies, it shows that Spinner genuinely does have talents that others recognise, even if he's only going along with it to achieve Tomura's dreams in his stead.
    All For One: Know this Iguchi. Everyone can be somebody's hero!
    • Speaking of Tomura, though the imagery is not pleasant in the slightest, Spinner sees him apparently pushing his hyper regeneration past its limitations to forcibly regrow his missing fingers on his left hand. The only reason Tomura wasn't able to enact his wide-range AOE attacks during the war more often was that his right hand alone was the only way he could use the move, so by forcibly regrowing his digits, Tomura is showcasing his determination to use his quirk's full destructive potential in his rematch with Izuku.

  • The very fact that this series got greenlit for a second season running twice as long as a standard thirteen episodes. Some people were annoyed the show would go off for a year and come back for only thirteen more episodes, wondering what exactly merits a show to be gone that long and only come back for such a short run. The answer? It earned enough of a popularity boom to merit an extended double-length run, which also happens to play host to some of the biggest moments in the story before the League of Villains becomes a big threat, and by capitalizing on all of them, helped to boost the series in popularity a whole lot further than the first season run.
  • In Shonen Jump, this manga manages to stay at the Top 5 for Table of Content Rankings for the first 150 chapters before dropping to 11th in the #40th issue of 2017.
  • Really, the fact that Kohei Horikoshi managed to persevere long enough to finally make this his Breakthrough Hit. His past two attempts at making a long-running manga series didn't go too well, no doubt putting a strain on him. Yet he persevered through these difficulties and finally succeeded, creating a contender for a new long-running title.
  • Season 3 and the series's first movie transpiring as a result of its booming popularity. Not only that, the movie reveals what All Might's face looks like with normal eyes.
  • Horikoshi's fanboy-ism towards comic books reached critical mass with the third season's newest set of promos: an official Crossover collaboration with the Marvel Cinematic Universe to promote Avengers: Infinity War!
  • The epic trailer for the episode featuring quite possibly one of the greatest fights in the story: All Might vs. All For One.
  • Two Heroes did well enough at the box office that it was able to top The Nun and The Predator without a weekend pull, and it's also already outperformed the entire box office haul of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
  • All Might makes a cameo in Deadpool Samurai, an official manga licensed by Marvel Comics and published in Shonen Jump, where he teams up with Deadpool to fight Thanos. This not only means that the manga is the closest thing to an official Marvel and My Hero Academia crossover, but that My Hero Academia is actually canon to at least one Marvel Universe!
  • Another example of the fandom's strength and the manga's popularity is the fact that the early unofficial manga release of Chapter 290 in the US managed to trend on twitter but what makes this feat even more impressive is the fact that it out trended the US election that was happening the very same night.
  • A casting announcement for World Heroes’ Mission would reveal that a new character, Rody Soul, would be voiced by Ryo Yoshizawa. That's right, Kamen Rider Meteor! My Hero Academia has gotten a star from one of the biggest and legendary Toku franchises in existence!