My Hero Academia may be about a world of heroes, but it’s not always about a world of community. In a society that pays and sponsors heroes, hero work is a competitive business that doesn’t often leave enough room for everyone. Some fight for a spotlight, while others fight for money or status.
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Heroes in this world have personalities both good and bad baked into their careers, and this inherently puts people at odds with one another. Whether it’s with rivalries, challenges to an ideology, or genuine bad histories, there are a variety of stormy relationships within this series, and, as the story becomes more intense and dark, personal conflicts are becoming more pronounced and troublesome.
10 All Might And Aizawa
All Might knew from the get-go that Deku was going to have a hard time at U.A. Even if he miraculously mastered One for All after inhereting it, Deku was still going to be at odds with one of the strictest educators in hero work who, according to All Might himself, don’t like him very much.
Aizawa is the polar opposite to All Might; he’s reserved, fragile, and relies more on strategy than strength. He disagrees fundamentally with All Might’s openness and generosity, especially when it comes to being more generous towards Deku than the other kids. Their relationship has changed over the story—particularly after All Might lost his powers—but the two have come to respect one another.
9 Deku And Aizawa
It makes sense that Aizawa would be harder on Deku, at least in the early story. When he just got One for All—one of the most powerful quirks in the My Hero Academia anime—Deku was a glass cannon who could injure himself and others if he were to misuse his abilities. In Aizawa’s mind, it was a good idea to be tough on him from the beginning so Deku could either quickly prove his worth or prove that he didn’t belong at U.A.
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It certainly doesn’t help that Deku has the same sense of optimism that Aizawa disagreed with so heavily in All Might. Ultimately, Deku managed to take on everything that he threw at him, and Aizawa helped push Deku without breaking him.
8 Tsuyu And Mineta
Though it is a tired trope, almost every anime—particularly those in the Shounen genre—have that one perverted character who’s constantly flirting with women. However, to counteract those leering eyes and bring the story back to a modest tone, there is often also a female character who can be trusted to knock some sense into the former.
This is the relationship between Tsuyu and Mineta. Mineta is the infamous comic relief character, and his gross comments, often followed by Tsuyu’s quick retorts, have become one of My Hero Academia’s longest-running gags.
7 Nezu And Humans
My Hero Academia has yet to explain Nezu’s origins or even why U.A. would trust their students to a man who inappropriately revels in their suffering. Nezu isn’t always a sadistic character, and most of his appearances highlight his cheerful personality.
However, as the Final Exams arc explained, Nezu was once experimented on by humans, and he apparently still holds that resentment to this day, as is made evident by how he seemed to enjoy torturing Kaminari and Mina. Given how he hasn’t explicitly hurt any of the students yet, there’s plenty of reason to believe that he’s separated his hard feelings from his work—but, knowing his story, fans have to wonder what he may be capable of.
6 Todoroki And Inasa
Shiketsu High’s Inasa Yoarashi typically feels excited about everything but found his one exception after getting the cold shoulder from Endeavor as a kid. He tried to make friends with Todoroki despite this when they both took the U.A. entrance exam, but Todoroki didn’t treat him much better.
Inasa only sees the cold, standoffish side of Todoroki, and he’s further compelled to dislike him due to his ties to Endeavor. This conflict became a central plot point during the Provisional License Exam arc and kept both students from passing the final test. When their retest arrived, the two eventually put aside their differences and worked together.
5 All Might And Endeavor
The rivalry between All Might and Endeavor is something that is nearly entirely generated by society. Endeavor’s entire inferiority complex and abuse against his family was all because he desired to become or make the world’s greatest hero, a subjective metric that is perpetuated by the world’s hero rankings. In so many ways, Endeavor really didn’t like All Might.
All Might, on the other hand, held no grudge against the number-two hero, but he was understandably put off by him as evident by the fact that the two of them hadn’t talked for ten years prior to the Sports Festival. Things have certainly improved lately, though one has to wonder where they might be today if All Might didn’t weaken.
4 Toga And Uraraka
When Deku was looking for someone to build him new hero gear, he got into a precarious scenario with Hatsume Mei that got Uraraka flustered. It was one of Uraraka’s cutest moments on My Hero Academia, and that wholesome relationship is contrasted sharply by Toga’s over-the-top love for Deku.
Toga is fascinated by Uraraka because she’s infatuated with Deku and wants to know how to be like her. The two have crossed paths a few times across the story, and none of those situations was exactly productive.
3 Monoma And Class 1-A
In a perfect world, Class 1-A gets along with Class 1-B and sits beside them during lunch. While they could reasonably still do that today, there is one major obstacle keeping that from happening; Neito Monoma is the jealous egotist from Class 1-B who takes every opportunity he can to laugh at and put down Class 1-A.
This is because Class 1-A tends to attract a lot of media attention and keeps on getting into fights with villains, which apparently gives U.A. as a whole a bad wrap. While it’s reasonable to be concerned about a lot of trouble surrounding one class, Monoma has acted less than reasonable around his peers and often jeopardizes his own standing to try and sabotage theirs during school events and exams.
2 Todoroki And Endeavor
Todoroki understandably hates and feels detached from his father. Given Endeavor how obscenely negligent he was to his family, it’s hard to find a single family member that doesn’t stare long into the distance. Since becoming the #1 Hero, Endeavor realized the error of his ways and has struggled to make things right with his family.
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However, given what he’s done, there is no easy path to doing so, and Endeavor just has to try and help them while not pushing their boundaries too far. In the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, the Todorokis at least seem to be working together to patch things up so as to better deal with one of their bigger sins.
1 Deku And Bakugo
Deku and Bakugo have the biggest and most storied stormy relationship in the entire series. While Deku’s story typically centers around him improving as a hero, there are large chunks where his history and rivalry with Bakugo comes into play. During the early story, the two often kept bringing personal drama into their practical studies.
When the two had to fight All Might as part of their Final Exam, they barely made it out of the arena in one piece. It actually took them fighting each other full-on for the two to actually reach somewhat of an emotional climax. However, even now, Bakugo still yells at Deku, and Deku is still intimidated by Bakugo.
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