I had an interesting idea regarding my superhero series. After I am done with the Herawulf Rising series, I am planning to write a separate story that is told from the point of view of a supervillain. It will be like The Boys where the world’s superheroes are heroes in name only and are really a bunch of privileged and corrupt thugs. Then one of these false heroes causes trouble for the main character, which motivates him to pursue a path of vengeance and destruction. My protagonist will reflect what I would do if I became a supervillain and will possess the darkest aspects of my character. Overall, this is easily going to be one of my darkest stories and I will be treading through the penumbra of the dark side while writing it.
“I am your father.”
Darth Vader, Star Wars
I just had a disturbing idea regarding My Hero Academia. I believe that All For One, the most powerful and sinister supervillain in Japan, is Deku’s biological father. Since the start of the series, Deku’s father has been notably absent from the story. Supposedly, Deku’s father has been “away on business”, according to Deku’s mother. However, I think Deku’s father has not been absent from the story at all. Thanks to Doctor Ujiko, All For One acquired a quirk called Life Force, which greatly extends his longevity, which has allowed him to remain active for over a century. I think throughout his long life, All For One has undergone many names and aliases in order to remain hidden. Doctor Ujiko, who also has the Life Force quirk, has done the same thing in order to conceal his identity. Perhaps, while assuming the name of “Hisashi Midoriya”, All For One thought posing as a wife and husband would make it easier to cover his tracks from All Might. One must remember that Doctor Ujiko was the exact same doctor that Deku and his mother went to see when Deku was a child. The doctor revealed that Deku was quirkless, but I think there was more to it than that. The fact that Ujiko was the physician that claimed Deku was quirkless means that All For One was involved. All For One is infamous for stealing the quirks of others and making them his own. Maybe Deku did have a quirk after all, but All For One discreetly took it from him. That would mean that Deku had a quirk that threatened All For One so greatly that he had to strip him of it. Maybe Deku inherited the All For One quirk and All For One himself saw Deku as a threat to his plans. If All For One is Deku’s father, the fact that he was absent in the story could also be connected to when he was weakened by All Might. There is a delicious sense of irony to All Might taking Deku under his wing because he would unwittingly make the son of his mortal enemy his successor. This would be similar to how Tomura Shigaraki became the apprentice of All For One since Shigaraki was the grandson of a One For All wielder. If All For One is Deku’s father, was Deku’s mother aware of her husband’s true identity? If this theory is true, All For One may have sired Deku, but he was never Deku’s father in bond. All Might has been more of a father figure to Deku than Deku’s own father has been. All Might was the one who bonded with Deku, raised him in the ways of the superhero, and supported him every step of the way. I look forward to seeing if this theory is true in future chapters.
“Such is the nature of evil. Out there in the vast ignorance of the world it festers and spreads. A shadow that grows in the dark. A sleepless malice as black as the oncoming wall of night. So it ever was. So will it always be. In time all foul things come forth.”
Thranduil, The Desolation of Smaug
After Deku’s fight with Lady Nagant, it was revealed that All For One wasted no time in gathering a new army of followers after breaking out of Tartarus Prison. During his one-man crusade, Deku has fought and defeated a number of these new acolytes and was saved from the latest one by his classmates. All For One recruited these supervillains and sicced them on Deku in order to erode Deku’s stamina and willpower. However, I think these escapees are just the beginning.
Tartarus Prison was home to the worst of the worst when it came to supervillains. All For One also liberated inmates from half a dozen other prisons, resulting in ten thousand criminals rampaging across Japan. According to Hawks, even though thousands of supervillains are now free, only Lady Nagant posed a significant threat to Deku. However, as proven by Lady Nagant, All For One can compensate for these supervillains’ relative weakness by giving them additional quirks. Also, like Lady Nagant, All For One can cover his tracks by setting up an explosive failsafe to prevent his minions from leaking information.
However, I think the recent escapees are just the beginning. Like Doctor Ujiko and Gigantomachia, I think All For One has other powerful followers from his glory days that have gone into hiding after he was weakened by All Might. Now that hero society is crumbling and All For One has returned to power, it is the perfect opportunity for these minions to come out of hiding. This would raise the stakes even higher than before.
One thing to consider is who will ultimately become the true leader of these creatures of darkness. For the moment, these supervillains follow All For One, but that could change if the vestige of All For One loses control over Tomura Shigaraki. If Shigaraki overthrows All For One’s vestige and kills All For One himself, will the supervillains follow Shigaraki? Considering Shigaraki could reach 100% and become stronger than All For One by the time he wakes up, I think it would be easy for Shigaraki to exert his authority over these supervillains. One way or another, the formation of this new League of Villains will herald the next stage of the new age of darkness.
As Deku prepares to fight his own classmates, my thoughts drift to Ochaco Uraraka. Throughout last chapter, we got to see her reaction to Deku leaving UA and his burden as a wielder of One For All. She looked neither sad nor angry, but deadly serious. It is no secret that Uraraka is secretly in love with Deku yet has been reluctantly to confess her feelings to him. Now, she is forced to fight the boy she loves in order to save him from himself. On the outside, she may seen serious. However, I bet she is struggling to keep herself from breaking down emotionally after seeing Deku in such a decrepit and wretched state. Uraraka has made it her mission to be the kind of superhero who saves other superheroes. Now, with Deku losing himself, Uraraka may be about to get another chance to save Deku when he needs saving the most. This may be when she finally confesses her love for Deku in an attempt to make him come to his senses. I guess we’ll find out in future chapters.
“There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?”
Supreme Leader Snoke, Star Wars
Once again, I am noticing a sense of parallelism between Deku and Tomura Shigaraki. Earlier in the series, Shigaraki fought Gigantomachia for months without rest. Then he had to fight Re-Destro and his Meta Liberation Army shortly afterwards. After experiencing so much exhaustion and mental strain, Shigaraki’s Decay quirk experienced an awakening where its full power was unleashed. At the same time, Shigaraki regained his lost memories and remembered why he became a supervillain in the first place. This resulted in him being liberated in every conceivable way and took the first step to reach his full potential as a supervillain. I think we are about to see something similar happen to Deku in future chapters. Like Shigaraki, Deku has pushed himself to the brink of physical and mental exhaustion after fighting nonstop for over a month. Now, he is about to fight his own classmates in Class 1A while running on fumes. At the beginning of the fight, I think Deku will get the upper hand, but his friends will overwhelm him when his stamina is spent. That is likely when One For All undergoes its own awakening just as Shigaraki’s Decay underwent an awakening. When that happens, Deku might finally complete One For All in its entirety. It may also be when Deku is reminded of why he wanted to be a superhero in the first place. While Shigaraki’s quirk awakening instilled fear, I think Deku’s will inspire hope. This will likely be when Deku reaches his breaking point and comes to his senses.
The following contains spoilers from chapter 319 of My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
As Deku remains focused on his one-man war against All For One/Tomura Shigaraki’s minions, his mind drifts to the hope that he would smile with his classmates again after defeating the supervillains. However, Deku has overestimated his friends’ enthusiasm with his crusade and underestimated how worried they are about him. After finding out the truth about Deku’s burden as a One For All wielder and getting answers from Endeavor and Principal Nezu, Class 1A have agreed to hunt Deku down and bring him back to UA. They refuse to let him fulfill his destiny alone. Throughout their time together, Deku and his classmates have formed a strong bond as both friends and comrades-in-arms. Deku thought isolating himself from them would keep them out of danger, but he underestimated how strong their bond was. If Deku will not stop his warpath and accept their help willingly, his classmates are hellbent to pound some sense into him. What Deku is about to receive from his classmates is a serious case of tough love. It is obvious that Deku has become so much stronger since the last time he fought Bakugo, but he is running on fumes and is on the brink of exhaustion. To make matters worse, Deku is outnumbered nineteen to one. Initially, I think this fight will be like when Mirio Togata mopped the floor with Class 1A, but the fight will turn against Deku due to his stamina mental fortitude being all but spent. His friends do not want to fight him, but they will fight him for his own damn good. I have a feeling that Deku’s classmates will use the memories they had with Deku as weapons in an attempt to get through to him.
“When your power eclipses mine I will become expendable. This is the Rule of Two: one Master and one apprentice. When you are ready to claim the mantle of Dark Lord as your own, you must do so by eliminating me.“
Darth Bane to Darth Zannah, Star Wars
So far in the story of My Hero Academia, the vestige of All For One has taken over the body of Tomura Shigaraki. It turns out that All For One’s idea of a successor is not someone who would replace him but someone who would become a new body for his essence to inhabit. According to Hawks, despite being the most sinister supervillain in Japan, All For One is not truly capable of feeling true hate. This could be why he was unable to steal the One For All quirk because he lacked a suitable amount of hate to fuel his willpower. Therefore, All For One took Shigaraki under his wing so he could nurture and encourage his hatred. When Shigaraki’s hatred was strong enough, he would be given the All For One quirk. With Shigaraki’s hatred combined with the vestige of All For One, All For One himself would have a strong enough willpower to override the vestiges of One For All, which will allow him to steal it. Based on the vestiges of One For All, that has been All For One’s plan from the very beginning.
However, I do not think everything will go as All For One has planned. All For One’s foresight is frightening and impressive, but it clearly has limits such as when he admitted that the Paranormal Liberation War did not go exactly as he planned. In the vestige world, All For One himself hinted that there is a possibility that Shigaraki may be able to usurp him as the true wielder of the All For One quirk. I think there is a real possibility of this happening. As mentioned before, All For One is evil, but he has no true hatred in him while Shigaraki is overflowing with it. That means that Shigaraki has a way to fuel his own willpower that All For One lacks.
I think Shigaraki’s hatred is going to get a serious boost that will not only allow him to usurp the All For One vestige, but also complete his transformation as a supervillain. It has long been theorized that Shigaraki received his Decay quirk from All For One when he was a child. This was hinted in a flashback when a mysterious man that resembled All For One returned Shigaraki to his family after finding him in the streets. That would mean that Shigaraki was originally quirkless like Deku was before receiving One For All, which would be yet another parallel these two characters would share. This would also mean that All For One was indirectly responsible for the tragedy that Shigaraki suffered when he killed his family with the Decay quirk. In other words, All For One orchestrated Shigaraki’s trauma in order gain custody of him. I would not be surprised if All For One used some kind of telepathic quirk to influence the minds of Shigaraki’s family in order to further increase the trauma Shigaraki would endure. If this is true and Shigaraki finds out, that would definitely give him an even bigger motivator to turn on All For One. It would also make Shigaraki an even darker supervillain than before because his family abused him, hero society abandoned him, and his own master used him and destroyed his life. All of this would make Shigaraki even more hate-filled and may make the sliver of good Deku glimpsed in Shigaraki evaporate.
While the One For All quirk has a symbiotic relationship between its wielder and the vestiges of its previous users, the All For One quirk acts more like a parasite where the wielder and the vestige fight over control of one body. Here is the reality of Shigaraki’s situation. Either he overthrows All For One and gains control of his power or All For One overthrows him and gains control of his body. There is no middle ground.
“Death would only end your agony and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply BREAK YOU!!!”
Bane, Batman: Knightfall
The following contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
During Deku’s most recent battle, the supervillain he was fighting revealed something about All For One’s plan for Deku. Apparently, All For One predicted that Deku would isolate himself from his allies and perform his hero duties to the point in which his mind and body were on the verge of breaking. This is exactly what All For One wants! He wants Deku to be weakened and alone because that would make him a more vulnerable target. The reason All For One could not steal the One For All quirk was because of the collective willpower of both the wielder of One For All and the vestiges of the previous users. Now, Deku’s willpower hangs by a thread after fighting so many battles in a short span of time. He even isolated himself from the vestiges of One For All. Deku is in a perfect position for All For One to steal One For All from him. I have a feeling All For One will strike soon while Deku is still vulnerable. This could also be one of the reasons why All For One released all of those supervillains. It was not just to cover his tracks. It was also to give Deku so many emergencies for him to handle that he would be overwhelmed.
I have seen this strategy before in the Batman: Knightfall graphic novel. Bane broke into Arkham Asylum and released all the supervillains inside. Then Batman spent several grueling weeks fighting and recapturing all the supervillains that escaped. By the time he was done, Batman was exhausted and nearing his breaking point. That was when Bane confronted Batman and gave him the beating of his life, resulting in him breaking Batman’s back. All For One is utilizing the exact same tactic on Deku as we speak.
“A man can have anything if he is willing to sacrifice. With your birth comes a solemn vow: You will have nothing. Your privilege is the dirt. In the darkness, only ambition will guide you. The oath you swear, the promises you make, they are yours alone. Your freedom will be the wars you wage. Your birthright, the losses you suffer. Your entitlement, the pain you endure. And when darkness finds you, you will face it . . . alone!”
Sith Emperor Vitiate, Star Wars: The Old Republic
Even though Tomura Shigaraki is currently under the control of All For One’s vestige, I truly think he will break free in the near future. The reason for this is because Shigaraki openly said that he wanted to be an even greater supervillain than All For One ever was. I genuinely believe he can accomplish this. You only have to look a couple of story arcs back when the League of Villains battled the Meta Liberation Army. In that one battle, Shigaraki not only defeated the Meta Liberation Army, but he also took over it and all of its resources. This immense accomplishment was so significant that it greatly impressed All For One’s closest followers, Dr. Ujiko and Gigantomachia. Thanks to his victory, Shigaraki had gained a vast army of 100,000 soldiers, Sceptic’s ability to control the internet and the media, Re-Destro’s wealth and connections to industry, command over the formidable Gigantomachia, and access to Dr. Ujiko’s research and Nomu. It took All For One years to accumulate that much power and resources and yet Shigaraki was able to accomplish all of this in a single day. Shigaraki may have lost most of those resources during the Paranormal Liberation War, but I think he can accomplish the same feat again when he awakens at 100% stability. Shigaraki had accumulated so much power and influence and yet he never had a chance to fully utilize it, but I think he will get a second chance very soon. With hero society in ruins and Japan in chaos, the stage is set for Shigaraki to rebuild his power base. When he does and if he gains full control over the All For One quirk, Shigaraki will have a golden opportunity to truly reach his goal to surpass All For One as the world’s greatest supervillain.
While I have not established any actual chapters in my second superhero book yet, I have been making progress with some big scenes. I am currently writing the completion of the main supervillain’s transformation. Now, he is engaging in an army of thousands of enemies. As he fights, one power awakens after another, gradually making him more formidable than he was before. It has been interesting writing these scenes from the point of view of a supervillain, which I normally wrote in a one-dimensional sense in the past. This time, I am adding more depth to the character especially the desperation he feels when fighting hordes of foes.