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SUPERVILLAIN FACTIONS

I have been brainstorming about the future of my superhero series and I have reached a few decisions about the supervillains in the story. As the series progresses, there will be about eight different factions of supervillains. Each faction will have their own ideology, resources, and numbers. The main faction that will be led by the main supervillain will currently consist of thirteen members, but those numbers are subject to change. The interactions between these factions will be part of what could be called “the villain’s journey,” which will be the antithesis of the hero’s journey.

MHA: THE END OF HERO SOCIETY

“The night is darkest just before the dawn. I promise you, the dawn is coming.”

Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

The following contains spoilers from the latest chapter of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

Now that we have gotten a look at the immediate aftermath of the Paranormal Liberation War, it is time to theorize how this will affect hero society as a whole. Even though the heroes succeeded in suppressing the majority of the Paranormal Liberation Front, the damage is done. Hero society will never be the same again after this war.

For decades, the hero society enjoyed a sense of peace and security under the protection of All Might. However, they have grown far too dependent on this one man. As a result, the rest of the superheroes and society as a whole became complacent. Because of this, All Might became the lynchpin to the stability of hero society. Without that lynchpin, society would implode. This change was inevitable from the moment All Might retired.

When All Might retired after his final battle with All For One, supervillains grew increasingly bolder and the rest of the superheroes struggled to fill All Might’s shoes. Despite being All Might’s successor, Deku was not ready to take his place as the Symbol of Peace. With one disaster after another in a short span of time, the public’s trust in the status quo and sense of security gradually eroded.

The Paranormal Liberation War was the straw that broke the camel’s back. There was so much death and destruction that the public has lost their faith in hero society. Some civilians talked about leaving the country while they still could even though they did not have the money. Even some superheroes cracked under the pressure of their profession, causing them to become disillusioned with the status quo. With this disillusionment, superheroes are planning to resign and find new jobs. If enough superheroes resign, it will weaken the superheroes’ already diminished numbers. Due to this, these superheroes have chosen the worst possible time to quit because things are about to get a lot worse.

Dabi’s revelations about Endeavor and Hawks will also erode the public’s trust in hero society even more. Despite being the Number One Hero, Endeavor had poor public approval ratings. The only reason Endeavor achieved his rank was because he resolved the most cases out of any other superhero except All Might. Now, the truth about what Endeavor did to his family will make his public approval numbers plummet to the degree in which the public will never trust him again. As a combatant and an asset, Endeavor will still be of use to the Hero Public Safety Commission. In terms of public relations, Endeavor is no longer of any use to the Commission and he will likely be forced to step down as the Number One Hero. Hawks is more complicated because Dabi told the public that he murdered both Twice and Best Jeanist. Best Jeanist being alive was a setback for Dabi’s plan, but he still broadcasted footage of Hawks murdering Twice across the entire country. There is no way to sweep that footage under the mat and Hawks would not be in a position to deny what he did. Overall, the public will no longer entrust their safety to a thug (Endeavor) and a murderer (Hawks).

We now move on to another big problem that is fast approaching. All For One/Tomura Shigaraki is about to orchestrate a prison break in Tartarus Prison. Due to being the largest maximum security prison in Japan, Tartarus Prison likely houses hundreds or even thousands of supervillains. These supervillains include, the original All For One, several Nomu, Kurogiri, Overhaul and his Yakuza, Stain, half the Vanguard Action Squad, and many others. Also, nearly 17,000 members of the Paranormal Liberation Front have been detained and are likely on their way to Tartarus Prison. If all those supervillains are released all at once, Japan’s already chaotic state will become so much worse. They will likely be assimilated into the Paranormal Liberation Front and become an even larger army than before under All For One/Tomura Shigaraki’s command. If this happens, the weakened superheroes will not have the strength left to fight them. When the superheroes started the Paranormal Liberation War, they caught the supervillains with their guard down. Now, with this prison break, the superheroes will be the ones caught with their guard down.

With these factors in mind, the future for hero society is looking extremely grim. For now, the superheroes are dealing with the war’s aftermath, which includes saving wounded civilians, assessing damaged buildings, and arresting defeated supervillains. With an army of supervillains about to be released from Tartarus Prison, the chaos we have seen in the latest chapter will become a whole lot worse. All For One/Tomura Shigaraki will not give the superheroes room to breathe. When the dust finally settles, it is likely a new Age of Darkness will rise. It will be a sinister world that has not been seen since the height of All For One’s power.

The fate of the country rests in the hands of All Might’s successor, Deku. However, Deku is nowhere near ready to fill All Might’s shoes. He put up a good fight against Tomura Shigaraki, but his body has been crippled as a result. After his fight with Muscular, the doctors warned Deku that if he punched with 100% of his power two or three more times he would lose the usage of his arms. By my count, Deku punched Shigaraki at 100% a lot more than two or three times with each arm. Even though his limbs with spent, Deku kept pummeling his nemesis. Deku’s legs were also crippled in the fight. Because of his injuries, Deku will be out of commission for the foreseeable future. It is possible that Deku’s wounds will likely be healed by Eri’s Rewind Quirk since she was able to restore Mirio’s phasing Quirk.

His mother was already losing faith in UA’s ability to keep her son safe and was worried about him getting injured. When she sees her son in such a broken state, she will likely pull him out of UA or even try to convince him to not be a superhero. I cannot help but feel as though Deku’s mother may die at some point in the story. The reason I think this is because one of the main motivations for superheroes is family tragedy. If anything happens to Deku’s mother, it will likely motivate him further in taking Shigaraki down.

In addition to being able to safely use 30-45 % of One For All’s basic power, Deku has awakened three of his six additional Quirks: Blackwhip, Float, and Danger Sense. He still has three more Quirks left to unlock and master before he truly controls One For All. Despite putting up an impressive fight against Shigaraki, Deku still has a long way to go before he is fully ready to succeed All Might and become the new Symbol of Peace. Until then, the new Age of Darkness will consume the country, but when Deku recovers from his wounds and masters One For All in its entirety, the spark of hope that went out in recent chapters will be lit once again.

A DARK VICTORY

“I know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless. It’s frightening. Turns the legs to jelly. I ask you, to what end? Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now, it’s here. Or should I say, I am.”

Thanos

The following contains spoilers from the latest chapters of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

It has been an intense story arc as the superheroes battled the Paranormal Liberation Front. Now, the latest chapter gives us a glimpse of the immediate aftermath of the war. The results are a lot sadder than I had anticipated. That happy concert the students did in earlier arcs truly was the calm before the storm. Now, hero society has gone to Hell.

On the upside, the superheroes managed to detain most of the Paranormal Liberation Front and a number of key figures. Among those arrested were Doctor Ujiko, Mister Compress, Gigantomachia, Re-Destro, Geten, and Trumpet. With these supervillains apprehended, their rampage has finally been stopped and their military strength has been severely weakened.

Despite the positive aspects of the war’s aftermath, the negative aspects far outweigh the upside. Even though most of the Paranormal Liberation Front has been caught, over a hundred supervillains managed to escape. Among those supervillains who escaped were Himiko Toga, Dabi, Spinner, Skeptic, seven High-End Nomu, and Tomura Shigaraki himself.

The superheroes suffered countless casualties; the exact number is unknown. Easily the most heartbreaking loss was Midnight, who was last seen making a last stand against a mob of supervillains. It turns out she was brutally violated and murdered by these supervillains. Her defiled corpse was found by the Class-1A students, who were already traumatized by nearly getting crushed by Gigantomachia. Seeing one of their teachers in such a state will scar the students for life. Midnight was another longtime friend of Aizawa and Present Mic. They were already angered by the death of their friend Shirakumo and his subsequent transformation into Kurogiri. When they find out that Midnight is dead and learn of the exact nature of her death, it could push them over the edge.

The mass destruction and civilian casualties were extreme beyond imagining; far exceeding anything we have seen in the series so far. Because of these developments, the country is starting to lose whatever faith they have left in the superhero society. Some citizens are even considering leaving the country. Even some of the superheroes are thinking of resigning and finding new jobs, having been disillusioned with the status quo. To make matters worse, Dabi’s revelations about Endeavor and Hawks are already spreading like wildfire. This will add further damage to the people’s fragile sense of security.

Most crucially of all is the fact that Tomura Shigaraki escaped with the vestige of All For One possessing him. Now, at a safe distance, Tomura Shigaraki/All For One orders his remaining Nomu to break the original All For One out of Tartarus Prison. Meanwhile, the original All For One in Tartarus Prison mused that despite a few miscalculations the war unfolded just as he wanted.

Apparently, All For One wanted the war and the resulting chaos to happen so he could break his original body out of prison. That is a brilliant usage of three dimensional chess that would impress Darth Sidious. I can’t help but wonder why All For One would want his original body, which is barely able to function on its own, when he already has a new one in Shigaraki. Could All For One have some kind of plan that involves making Shigaraki’s incomplete body 100% stable? If this happens, will Shigaraki regain control of his body or will All For One take over completely? I guess we’ll find out soon.

With the Paranormal Liberation War complete, we finally reach the long-awaited prison break story arc. With most of the surviving superheroes dealing with the war’s aftermath, Tartarus Prison will be lightly defended. It is not just the original All For One who might be broken out, but every supervillain who has been arrested so far in the series, including all the Paranormal Liberation Front members who were just detained. If these recent arrests are broken out at this stage, it will pour additional salt into the superheroes’ wounds and make their few hard-won victories in the war amount to absolutely nothing. Also, Tomura Shigaraki/All For One will have a golden opportunity to replenish his ranks. With the superheroes weakened and the supervillains acquiring fresh troops, Shigaraki/All For One will be able to strike back at society with a vengeance; effectively delivering the killing blow to superhero society.

Overall, it has been an intense story arc and the aftermath has been sad and heartbreaking. Although the superheroes won the physical battle, the supervillains have won the moral battle. The superhero society is on the verge of imploding and things are about to get a whole lot worse with the upcoming prison break arc. It feels like the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. I look forward to seeing how the story will unfold from here.

A POWER VACUUM

As a result of the events in Herawulf Rising: Origins, a power vacuum is forming in the criminal underworld. From this power vacuum comes opportunity for the various mobs in the city. Due to this, Herawulf’s new enemies in the second volume will be the mobs who fill the power vacuum in the underworld. In fact, there will be an insidious operation that threatens the future of the city. That operation will be the force that Herawulf will need to thwart.

MHA: THE FALLEN HAWK

The following contains spoilers from chapter 291 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

In the latest chapter, Dabi’s nationwide broadcast has gone from bad to worse. Up until now, Dabi’s broadcast was aimed at destroying Endeavor’s reputation. Now, Dabi has taken aim at Hawks as well. Earlier in the story, it was revealed that Hawks’s wings were bugged with small cameras that monitored his every move. Clearly, those cameras were still rolling during the superheroes’ invasion of the supervillain mansion. As a result, they recorded Hawks murdering Twice! Now, that footage is being used against Hawks in Dabi’s broadcast. Also, it was revealed that Hawks ‘s father was a criminal and that information is being shared to the public through Dabi’s broadcast. It looks like in one fell swoop, Dabi has destroyed the reputation of the top two superheroes. Hawks probably didn’t care if he was being recorded since he was so certain the battle would end the supervillains. Now, his murder of Twice is coming back to bite him hard in the butt. With the top two superheroes discredited, people across Japan will lose what little hope they have left in the superhero society.

MHA: SINS OF THE FATHER

The following post contains spoilers from chapter 290 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.

The biggest character reveal in the series has finally arrived! Dabi is Toya Todoroki, the eldest child of Endeavor and the eldest brother of Shoto Todoroki. For years, fans speculated that Dabi was Toya because of his apparent obsession with Endeavor. Earlier in the story, it was revealed that Toya was abused by his father like Shoto and his other siblings were. Toya had stronger flames than Endeavor, but his body was too frail to handle them. Blue flames tend to be a lot hotter than normal flames and Dabi was always at risk of immolating himself when using his quirk. That further adds evidence to Dabi’s identity as Toya Todoroki.

When Toya was deemed a failure in the eyes of his father, he was discarded in favor of Shoto. Endeavor’s ultimate ambition was to produce a child who was stronger than All Might since Endeavor himself was not up to the task. This led to him abusing his child with brutal training and he would beat his wife when she tried to protect their children from him.

Eventually, Toya was presumed dead from a currently unidentified accident and Endeavor’s family blamed him for Toya’s death ever since. Endeavor also blamed himself for what happened to Toya and even erected a shrine for him in Toya’s old bedroom. Apparently, Toya did not die in that accident, but was physically and mentally scarred before turning into Dabi.

Now, we finally know what Dabi and Skeptic were planning. Dabi was using Skeptic to broadcast a video of him revealing his identity and backstory to the world. It was similar to how V highjacked all the televisions in London in V for Vendetta. Among the people watching Dabi’s video was his mother, Rei Todoroki, who was visibly shocked by what she saw. This is bad for Rei because she was already mentally delicate from being abused by her husband. If she finds out that her eldest son is not only alive but also a mass-murdering supervillain, that could push her over the edge. I would not be surprised if she mentally snaps and commits suicide out of grief. The rest of the Todoroki family will be just as devastated by this revelation and they may become pariahs just for being related to Dabi.

This is also bad for superhero society as a whole. Endeavor is the Number One Hero who people expect to protect them from harm. When the public finds out that their Number One Hero is a thug who not only abused his family but is the father of an infamous supervillain, the public will lose all faith and trust in him. Endeavor may have started making amends for his actions, but it is clearly too late. Dabi is the incarnation of Endeavor’s sins, the demon who will drag him into Hell.

While the public watches and listens to Dabi’s video, Dabi himself reveals his true identity to both Endeavor and Shoto. He washes out the dye in his hair and starts dancing like the Joaquin Phoenix version of the Joker. Endeavor was already blaming himself for Toya’s death and I think the revelation that his actions as a father turned Toya into Dabi will break him.

The monster Endeavor’s cruelty created has come to kill him and burn down everything he built. Endeavor’s power is at its limit and he has been grievously wounded by Shigaraki after being impaled through the chest. If Endeavor was fit and healthy, Dabi wouldn’t stand a chance. Now that Endeavor is wounded and weakened, killing Endeavor would be a relatively easy task for Dabi. All Dabi would need to do is use his blue flames on Endeavor to the point in which Endeavor’s overheating weakness kills him. Since blue flames are a lot hotter than normal flames, I think Dabi can do this very quickly.

The question is how Shoto would react now that he knows his long lost big brother is alive and a supervillain. Would he be emotionally compromised and be slow to fight his own brother? Would his hatred for Endeavor return after seeing what his father’s cruelty has done to Toya? This is clearly a Darth Vader scenario: “I am your father.”

Overall, this has been a long-awaited character reveal and it has exceeded all expectations. In my opinion, Toya Todoroki IS dead and Dabi is all that’s left. This is similar to how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Like Darth Vader, being burned alive apparently played a large part in Dabi’s transformation as a villain.

JAMES MAY IS ULTRAMAN!!!

I remember another one of James May’s funny antics during his visit to Japan. While he was in Osaka, James got to dress up as Ultraman and drive around in a go-cart. Apparently, this is a common activity in Japan’s metropolitan areas like Osaka and Tokyo. People would dress up as their favorite anime character and drive around in go-carts as though they were in a Nintendo game. At the end of this scene, James made an interesting point. Japan’s obsession with anime characters, superheroes, and monsters is not just something they imagined. It has become a deeply ingrained part of their culture. Due to this, you can find anime characters everywhere in Japan from sign posts, to appliance manuals, bedrooms, stores, you name it. With this in mind, James wondered if this concept can be seen as a modern interpretation of Shintoism, which talks about many gods and everything being inhabited by a spirit. These anime characters, superheroes, and monsters could be representations of these entities.

WEDDING GIVEAWAY

I have wonderful news! In the near future, my sister will be getting married and I have been chosen to officiate the ceremony. To celebrate this glorious occasion, I will be having a very rare giveaway where five of my books will be FREE on Amazon Kindle. These books include Numen the Slayer, The War of the Gilded Beasts, Cosmic Genten, Karmathaur, and Herawulf Rising: Origins. This giveaway will last five days.

MHA: SUPERVILLAIN VICTORY

After watching the war arc progress in My Hero Academia, I am starting to reach a certain conclusion. Before the war with the Paranormal Liberation Front commenced, the public’s trust in the superhero society was deteriorating in the aftermath of All Might’s retirement. For decades, All Might was the linchpin to the superhero society’s success. Now, that linchpin is gone and the other superheroes have been struggling to fill his shoes ever since. In addition, crimes and disasters have been on the rise ranging from Overhaul’s Yakuza and Endeavor’s fight with the High-End Nomu. Each of these incidents have steadily chipped away the public’s trust in the status quo. When the superheroes launched their attack on the Paranormal Liberation Front, they hoped to take the supervillains by surprise before any collateral damage could be done. However, things did not go the superheroes’ way by any stretch of the imagination. Even if the superheroes defeat Tomura Shigaraki and take him into custody, the damage is done and Shigaraki has already won. The superheroes have sustained heavy casualties in the war. Gigantomachia has plowed through over twenty cities across Japan, slaughtering countless civilians in the process. Shigaraki disintegrated a third of Jaku City and displayed his new power for the world to see. Now, Dabi is conspiring with Skeptic to unleash something on the Internet and news broadcasts that could cause more damage to the status quo’s image. Due to these factors, the public will completely lose what little faith and trust they have in the superhero society. Even if the superheroes defeat Shigaraki in this battle, he has already achieved his goal and won the war. The main characters are going to have to adapt to a new status quo that has not been seen since the height of All For One’s reign. It is likely the remaining superheroes and students may be forced into hiding or made to flee the country until they regain enough strength to fight back.

MHA: DABI THE DEMON

Out of all the supervillains in My Hero Academia, the most mysterious would be Dabi. Dabi seems to possess a darkness that his fellow villains lack. During his interactions with superheroes such as Endeavor, Hawks, and Shoto Todoroki, Dabi seemed to know the superheroes’ darkest secrets. He is like a demon who knows a person’s sins. His usage of blue flames further cements his status as a demon. You know someone is pure evil if they can summon hellfire so easily. Dabi seems to have a greater desire to tear down superhero society than his comrades, even Shigaraki. In the latest chapter, it was revealed that Dabi was collaborating with Skeptic to bring down superhero society. Skeptic is a master of controlling both the Internet and the narrative of a news broadcast. Due to these factors, it is possible that Dabi is using Skeptic to release the superhero society’s darkest secrets to the public. Since Dabi has a tendency to know people’s sins, I think what he and Skeptic have planned is going to cause even more damage to the image of superhero society. The public will lose faith in superheroes due to Gigantomachia’s rampage across Japan and Shigaraki’s destruction of Jaku City, but I think what Dabi and Skeptic have planned is going to be the final nail in the coffin to the status quo. While Shigaraki wants to tear down superhero society through simple destruction, Dabi seems to want to tear down superhero society by twisting and manipulating the narrative. I look forward to finding out more in future chapters.