Will Deku Become the #1 Hero? Will He Surpass All Might?

The My Hero Academia series dives deep into the concept of hero, giving us a whole new perspective on the term. Being a hero isn’t just about fighting bad guys. Rather, it’s more about protecting another person, even at the cost of your own life. Who is a better example of that than Deku? Despite being weak and without quirks, he set out to help his childhood bully a villain. His instinct to help those in need convinced All Might that he would be a suitable successor to One for All. Now, will Deku one day become the number 1 hero and replace All Might as the symbol of justice?

Becoming the number 1 hero is not something that can be easily accomplished. It takes a lot more than gifted quirks to endure all the pain and yet still save people with a smile. However, after All Might’s retirement, the world has been unable to find another Symbol of Justice to look up to. New Hero # 1 Endeavor is super strong, but can he inspire an entire generation to opt for Plus Ultra? Not that much. Also, due to the recent failures of heroes, people are gradually losing faith in heroes. Being the end user of One for All, it is up to Deku to redeem the hero’s culture to its glory days.

Will Deku be the number 1 hero in the future?

Yes, Deku will definitely be the number 1 hero in the future. The story of My Hero Academia is about Izuku Midoriya or Deku narrating how he became the number 1 hero in the world. You can consider the series as a great flashback to a future where Deku has become Japan’s main hero. However, we cannot say for sure if he will be the number 1 hero immediately after Endeavor. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hawks or some other powerful hero taking the top spot in the middle. Similar to how Kakashi was named Hokage before Naruto even though he was far inferior in terms of powers.

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Izuku Midoriya will become the number 1 hero.

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Will Deku surpass all power?

Yes, Deku will eventually surpass his mentor like many other anime protagonists. Unlike All Might, Deku doesn’t just focus on super strength and speed. Rather, he is mastering the quirks of all the other One for All users, thus becoming a complete hero. These additional quirks include Levitation, Blackwhip, Smoke Bomb, and five other super useful quirks that make him an opponent like no other even to All Might at his best.

Will Deku become the number 1 hero?
All Might passes his legacy on to Deku.

Not to mention, All Might is currently far from his best. It can hardly maintain its strong and robust form for seconds and is often seen spitting blood when pushing its body away. So it’s safe to say that Deku has already surpassed All Might in every field. However, the important thing here is that Deku is destined to be the strongest carrier of One All that anyone has ever seen. According to the singularity theory of quirks, all quirks are bound to get more complicated and powerful with each generation. In fact, if One for All is passed to the 10th user, it will become too powerful to contain it, so Deku has to be the strongest.

Why is Deku the No. 1 appropriate?

As I said at the beginning, quirks don’t define a hero; rather, it is their mindset to go the extra mile for those in need. You don’t have to have a flashy quirk for that (though Deku does have one). For the patient who survived critical surgery, the doctor is nothing short of a hero. It all depends on who supported you when no one else did and how they inspired you to become a better person.

Will Deku become the number 1 hero?
Deku with Eri

The ‘help’ I am talking about is not limited to just physical or material help. For example, Kota despised heroes after the tragedy that befell their parents. He was left alone when his parents died in the line of duty, and he blamed his parents for prioritizing their work over him. Deku took it upon himself to show Kota why and how heroes continue to risk their lives for the greater good. In addition to fighting Muscular with everything he had, it gave Kota the emotional security that he lacked after his parents died. That was the way Deku said, “I’m here.”

Tomura Shigaraki had a similar past in which his father tried to incorporate his hatred for heroes into his son through abuse. Sadly, Shigaraki didn’t have a Deku to save him that day. All for One found him and exploited all his hatred for heroes, which grew exponentially over time. However, Deku decides not to give up on Shigaraki just because it’s too late. Despite the pain Shigaraki caused, Deku intends to save the child within him by drowning in darkness. “Because that’s what heroes do.” So don’t hesitate to be the Deku that your friends, family, and anyone around you need. Talk to them, listen to them, try to help them in your own way and inspire them to go ‘Plus Ultra’. Who knows, you may end up becoming someone’s ‘hero number 1’ in real life.

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