“I leave this as a declaration of intent so no one will be confused. Number one: Sic vis pacem, para bellum. Latin. The boot-camp sergeant made us recite it like a prayer. Sic vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war. Number two: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family. Number three: In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy it is necessary to act outside the law-to pursue…natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it’s an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment.”

The Punisher, The Punisher (1989 film)

The following contains spoilers from the My Hero Academia manga. You have been warned.

Now that Stain is free from Tartarus Prison, he is able to continue his crusade against false superheroes. In the aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, countless superheroes retired from the massive public backlash. These individuals were superheroes in name only. They wanted to be loved and respected and win fame and wealth, but they had no genuine interest in helping people. Those individuals are throwing in the towel.

However, with Stain on the loose, retiring was probably not a smart thing for these false heroes to do. The reason for this is because their retirement has put a target on their backs. False superheroes are the one thing Stain hates more than anything else. By retiring, these false heroes are revealing their true colors, which will put them on Stain’s hit list.

Thanks to Dabi’s nationwide broadcast, Endeavor has been exposed as a wife beater and child abuser. Due to these revelations and Endeavor’s status as the Number One Hero, it is possible that Endeavor is a major target for Stain. In the past, it was proven that even Endeavor is afraid of Stain. Currently, Endeavor is hospitalized and emotionally broken, which will make him particularly vulnerable from an attack from Stain.

Stain is free and armed for battle as he retrieves his sword. With so many false superheroes exposed, it will be open season for Stain. I fear that in future chapters the streets of Japan will be piled high with the corpses of false superheroes.

I find Stain to be an intriguing character because he is neither a hero or a villain. He is an antihero who seeks to create a more just society and if he has to chop people up to do it is fine by him. He is like a mix between Deathstroke and the Punisher. Even though he is on the hunt for false superheroes, it is possible that he may become an unexpected ally for the true superheroes such as Deku. The reason for this is because Stain hates criminals as much as he hates false superheroes, which could make him a worthwhile ally against All For One/Tomura Shigaraki. Only time will tell as the story progresses.

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