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No. Maybe heroes also have times when they cry.
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The world of My Hero Academia is quite an unforgiving one. Plenty of characters face this harsh world on a daily basis and some are even worse off than others.

Note: Spoilers for the anime will be unmarked.


Iron Woobie

  • Midoriya. Through all his life, nobody would ever believe that he had what it takes to be a hero, but even without a quirk and being constantly diminished by literally everybody, he has never given up on his dream. He maintains a cheerful demeanor and a determined attitude even as he keeps facing his insecurities about whether he deserves to follow All Might and how One For All is a more troublesome quirk than first thought of.
  • All Might. The man dedicated his life to save as many people as he could, but after a big, almost fatal injury, he starts slowly losing his powers, to the point of accepting the inevitability of his oncoming death. He is also shown to be having trouble to adapt to his new civilian life and becoming, from someone who saves others, to someone that needs to be saved.
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  • The first user of One For All. He was a sickly kid with a strong sense of justice and a desire to help others when society was at its worst. Awful for him, his brother is a sociopath with a god complex who (at worst) tried to subdue him to his will by giving him a Quirk (At best, giving him the Quirk may have been in part to try and heal him). Said Quirk would evolve and subsequently be used in the fight against the evil brother, who would lock him away and let him rot. He still kept fighting, even when he hardly had a chance and started a Heroic Lineage that would keep fighting against his brother.

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Jerkass Woobie

  • Shigaraki. Chapter 69 implies that Shigaraki could be this, with a brief flashback showing that he possibly killed his parents when he discovered his Quirk and his hatred for All Might stems from him being unable to save them. This really isn't helped when All For One reveals that Shigaraki is actually the grandson of Nana Shimura, the previous bearer of One For All who trained All Might, and was specifically targeted by All For One to turn into a villain as a form of revenge.
  • Twice. Chapter 115 reveals that he suffers from depression and a split personality. He is constantly on the verge of a mental breakdown and still lives with the scars about what happened when he overused his quirk and severe doubts on whether he even is real.
  • Bakugou. He may be a Grade-A dick at times, but when he learns humility, he often learns it the hard way. In the first chapter, he gets subjected to an Embarrassing Rescue after nearly being possessed by the Sludge Villain; an incident people will often bring up despite it looking very traumatic. At the end of the Forest Training Camp Arc, he he gets kidnapped by the League of Villains. At the end of the Hideout Raid Arc, he gets rescued, but at the price of All Might losing his powers permanently. Chapter 118 later reveals that Bakugou blames himself for All Might's loss of power.
  • La Brava. Her backstory reveals that she was often rejected by boys because of her height and later was accused of being a stalker and ostracized by everyone she knows, which got to the point where she contemplated suicide.

Stoic Woobie

  • Aizawa. Though he doesn't look like a typical Woobie at all, Aizawa has been faced with many grievances, which includes getting his face smashed in at the USJ, his Quirk weakening due to it, nearly getting blown up by Dabi and having to admit that Bakugou's kidnapping was due to his incompetence. Despite all this, he remains mostly stoic and doesn't refer to any of the incidents, despite the fact that the USJ incident alone is enough to cause some trauma.

The Woobie

  • Seriously, can you say that you don't feel sorry for Midoriya when he was told that he would never have a Quirk? The kid's crying face is basically a huge "hug me!" button. Even after obtaining One For All, his path to become a Hero is anything but easy, and he gets put through the wringer in ways no teenager should, like being forced to repeatedly shatter the bones in his arm to use his new superpower.
  • Inko. First, she has to deal with the fact that her kid won't be able to realistically pursue his dream due to being Quirkless. And then, almost like a miracle (as far as she knows), it turns out that he does have a Quirk and can attend his dream school. And then she finds out that each time he uses it, he destroys his own body. It hasn't even been a full year and yet her son has been in the hospital at least six times, with three of those being the result of villains targeting her son and his class. Imagine being a parent and watching your child go to such lengths for their dream that they wind up risking permanent paralysis in their arms. Is it any wonder that she doesn't want him going back to U.A.?
  • Uraraka. She's got quite a bit of baggage for such a cheerful character. An omake reveals that her financial situation is so bad, that she has to skip meals and go to sleep often just to save money.
  • Todoroki. He doesn't have the best home life. His father only made him so that he could one-up All Might, and his mother poured boiling water on his face during her mental breakdown.
  • Rei. While she clearly loved Shoto, Endeavor's abusive behavior slowly drove her insane leading to her disfiguring her own son. What's worse is that it's obvious she's in the middle of a breakdown when she does it as she is sobbing on the phone with her mother talking about how she can't take it anymore. Her actions land her in the hospital, which removes the sole good influence in Shoto's life.
  • Eri. The things she has suffered at the hands of her adoptive uncle, Overhaul, border on the revolting. Chapter 135, that detailed exactly what those things are, has the whole fandom up in arms to adopt her and get her away from him. Later chapters show that she's such a Broken Bird that she's physically forgotten how to smile.
  • Gang Orca. His character profile revealed that he actually makes children afraid of him and implies he has a hard time meeting new people because of his looks and the notes outright state he is not happy with this:
    Character Notes: He is suffering.
  • Kirishima. After his backstory was revealed, and he has shown to have serious doubts about himself, Kirishima started taking this role. He has very deep doubts about his self worth, whether he truly has what is needed to be a hero and whether he has the power for it.
  • Amajiki. His self-deprecation and inability to see himself as a hero has given him this status.
  • Mirio was told as a child that his dangerous and hard-to-control power made him unsuited to being a hero, but he optimistically persevered and worked hard until he became one of U.A.'s top students, declaring that he would save a million people. And then he loses his Quirk protecting a single little girl, but still stays optimistic until later that very same afternoon, when he finally breaks down after being forced to watch his mentor die.
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