“Allow me to give my lord one last piece of counsel, the same counsel that I once gave my brother when we parted for the last time. He was three-and-thirty when the Great Council chose him to mount the Iron Throne. A man grown with sons of his own, yet in some ways still a boy. Egg had an innocence to him, a sweetness we all loved. Kill the boy within you, I told him the day I took ship for the Wall. It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born. You are half the age that Egg was, and your own burden is a crueler one, I fear. You will have little joy of your command, but I think you have the strength in you to do the things that must be done. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.“
Maester Aemon, A Dance With Dragons
Now that so many superheroes are resigning after the Paranormal Liberation War, the stage is set for a new generation of heroes to take the mantle. For generations, most superheroes were just glorified celebrities that craved love and respect from the public, but did not really care about helping people. Those individuals are being culled from the herd due to the mass resignations. With these individuals out of the way, the true heroes will be revealed.
In my opinion, a true superhero is a warrior of justice who is willing to do anything and everything to defeat evil even if it costs them their life. The question is how many of the remaining heroes have what it takes to fill that role. I think the answer has been right in front of us the entire time.
Since the series started, the students of Class 1A have unwittingly been groomed for the role of true heroes. Not only did they undergo serious character development and refined their quirks to a fine edge, but they have more real-life experience with supervillains than any of their peers, even Class 1B. However, despite all those learning experiences, their final test is about to commence. Up until now, the students displayed an innocence that was contagious, but all of that changed after they were traumatized by the horrors of the Paranormal Liberation War. With the country descending into anarchy and the false heroes throwing in the towel in droves, these kids need to let go of their innocence. They need to harden their resolve and prepare to return to the battlefield.
After seeing the death and destruction Gigantomachia caused despite the students attempt to stop him, the students will likely restore their resolve. This experience will likely make them more determined than ever to make sure something like Gigantomachia’s rampage never happens to innocents again. With this renewed resolve, the students will be able to push forward in the future.
The loss of their innocence will serve as the catalyst for the biggest character development of the students so far. They witnessed firsthand what kind of evil they were dealing with and what it would take to combat it. Due to the massive public backlash, it is likely they will not be returning to UA because the school might be shut down. With the school no longer available, the students will need to use what they have learned up until this point to continue the fight. With the Hero Safety Commission dismantled and civilians taking matters into their own hands, the relevance of a Hero Provision License will be rendered moot. With such constructs no longer restraining them, the students will be able to use everything they have to take All For One/Shigaraki and his minions down.
This is one of the main themes of My Hero Academia is the idea of passing the torch to the next generation. The older heroes had their chance in the spotlight and now it is time for some new blood. When Deku wakes up and recovers from his injuries, he will lead his classmates back into the fray and into a world ruled by chaos. From that chaos, the light of hope will be rekindled as true heroes emerge.