The term “Hero” is defined in many ways. In the most realistic approach, a hero is someone who saves the world with the power of love and courage. In the deeper perspective of fantasy, a hero is someone who has supernatural ability and possesses unbelievable strength to fight violence and preserve justice in society. A hero does not only exist on screen as those series and films you love to watch. There are heroes in the real world, and anybody can truly become one if he puts the dream into action.

The anime My Hero Academia explores the journey of young students towards becoming the toughest hero. Despite the typical “superhero” concept and supernatural stuff, the well-crafted narrative is something that touches the heart of the audience as it shows the struggles of these young heroes from dreaming to fighting actual villains. With their young age, they have learned a lot from their experience and have been able to acknowledge their weaknesses to become the best one. Their hardship and perseverance are truly exceptional that motivate every anime fan towards the brightest side of life.

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Do you wanna become a hero like these youngsters? Like Deku, Shoto or Kacchan? Or do you wanna be as strong as the number one All Might? Here are inspiring thoughts for you to ponder upon:

  1. Being a hero isn’t a talent by nature, but it is one’s will. 

You were born powerless regardless where you came from. You were born with zero potential no matter how your parents had wanted you to be. But one thing is for sure that as you grow up, you will become the best version of yourself by doing an action. Your skills and your knowledge of something are the results of your own experience. You make a lot of mistakes, but they serve as a framework to become a better individual. You have weaknesses, but they are the good elements that build up your strength. To simply put it, being the best is the result of your own action, not the outcome of what the world had wanted you to be.

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Izuku “Deku” Midoriya, the protagonist of My Hero Academia, is a hero wannabe who was born with no quirk, that means, he doesn’t have any special abilities as people are born with special talents in the world where supernatural things are part of norms in modern society. People around him do not believe he does have what it takes to become a hero. Despite how the society views him as an all-for-nothing young boy, he keeps on dreaming. He idolizes an iconic hero known as All Might, and it is what keeps him motivated. Deku deeply emphasizes that there are no boundaries of capacity for transformation. Everything is nurtured with great determination.

  1. To become a hero means to do a voluntary service.

Heroes aren’t professionals in the simplest sense. They are special human beings regardless of their educational attainment or academic performance. Their endless effort in society isn’t paid off, but they get happiness and contentment in life by making peace and prosperity in society. They fight violence and preserve justice. Their selfless action is one of the most precious things that is truly admirable. Meddling when you don’t need to is the essence of being a hero.

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With his determination and perseverance, Deku learns to exert his own effort to accomplish something challenging as a part of his training to become a hero. He would sweat out intensively,  but he realizes that the important thing is the result he gains from his effort without getting something in return. He feels contented of what he has accomplished, and that’s what keeps him inspired to be the best as All Might.

  1. The success of a hero isn’t measured by the number of villains he has defeated but the selfless action to save humanity.

You often watch different types of heroes on screen and you see these archetype villains. From hundreds to thousands of tough enemies, there is always a strong hero to eliminate those forces of evils. Being a hero doesn’t always mean being able to defeat a large number of villains because it isn’t about a public exhibition that bystanders in the corners love to watch. It isn’t about being the star of the night for defeating those tough villains because quantity isn’t the name of the game. Being a hero is a humanitarian act. Saving humanity amidst of a blood-soaked battlefield defines the real essence of being a hero, and the world will surely remember your name.

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Deku isn’t the type of hero who always wants to fight and win a battle. He also cares for the people around him and doesn’t leave anyone in danger although risking his life is the only option. This is in contrast to his childhood friend and rival at the same time, Katsuki Bakugou, who is much egotistical by nature and wants to surpass anyone who might be stronger than him – Deku for example. Nevertheless, both of them serve as foils to one another as they influence and learn from each other to realize the real essence of being a hero.

  1. Start with the basics to develop depth of learning.

Don’t fret if you see how others have progressed with their skills and talents. You just have to acknowledge their capabilities. There is always a room for improvement. There is no such thing as being perfect in learning process, but there is a developmental stage where a person starts with “zero” until he learns to improve himself. This is achieved when one has acknowledged his own mistakes and has learned to overcome his fears. One should strive not to become a perfect hero, but a hero that everyone admires by his imperfection as it serves as an inspiration that even a powerless individual can become a well-developed being.

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  1. Recognize your own flesh and blood.

The best version of who you really are comes from within. You don’t have to become a clone of someone who has more strength than you do. You need to acknowledge your own capabilities because the world believes in you. Recognizing your own flesh and blood also means recognizing yourself. You have your own means to become stronger and achieve a better sense of individuality.

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Shoto Todoroki learns to unleash his hidden quirk by recognizing his innate ability, the power of fire which he inherited from his father, Endeavor. Though Shoto holds a deep loathe towards his father from his harsh upbringing, at the end, he learns to rely on his fire power in combat. All thanks to the genuine words of Deku for allowing the young Todoroki to reveal his hidden expertise.

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Have you watched this iconic shounen series? Did you learn something from the show aside from its heroic route? Let me hear your thoughts.

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13 thoughts on “5 Inspiring Lessons from My Hero Academia: What Does It Take to Become a Real Hero?

  1. Those are some well observed and true points! Of course, the act of being a hero isn’t determined by the number of villains defeated, or the talent one possesses; but by their inner nature.

    “Not all heroes wear capes”

    I was actually reminded of Endeavor and All Might when I read the 3rd point. Of course, Bakugo’s thinking fits that point, but I think Endeavor’s personality of just being the top hero is way worse.

    Thanks for posting this, everyone should truly check out this anime.

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    1. Right, Endeavor also fits the third point. His desire to surpass All Might doesn’t define the real essence of being a hero. Despite this idea, I think Bakugo has a great impact to Deku’s character development. I still believe Bakugo is a strong character who doesn’t choose to runaway, even facing the strongest villain. I learned to admire him at the end.

      Thanks for complimenting my post. Cheers! .

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  2. I love how this show looks at the idea of being heroic or villainous and really looks at different ways heroes and villains have been defined. Hopefully this is something that continues into the third season. Great post.

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    1. I had never thought I would love this anime. There are a lot of reasons why MHA is rated, at least, beyond average by many shounen fans. Of course, the “superhero” concept seems typical, but it is depicted in the most inspiring way. I particularly love the characters because they have their own heroic route which is blended with dramatic and comical elements. They have made us stronger. I am looking forward to the 3rd season.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Cheers!

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  3. To be hero is to be human. Great points.
    I love how HeroAca really makes people think and inspire them to evaluate themselves through some good character introspection. Truly one of the best, if not the best, Shounen anime out right now.

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    1. Absolutely! It’s one of the best shounen series right now. To be honest, I wasn’t interested to watch the show upon its release. I had been wondering why MHA is one of the top shounen, or let’s say top anime in general, in various streaming sites. But now, I have to say, it’s a great show that has inspired me in many ways.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Cheers!

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      1. Oh yeah, i honestly thought this’ll be another Naruto anime but I’m actually glad the concepts are aware of Naruto’s effect on shounen in general and decided to take a different approach on the matter. I really love this series, I can’t wait for the S3

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  4. These are some great points, and I love when a shounen series like this can deeply inspire you to reflect on your own life and outlook.

    I’d never thought of all heroes being born powerless, but it’s so true that unless we ourselves take the courage to do something meaningful, our powers will never exist, even for us. At the same time, every time we do something a little bit out of the ordinary, or tackle something that scares us, we are training our inner hero. What a powerful and hopeful message to take with you in life.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Right, being a hero is about determination and hardwork. We can become the best version of ourselves through experience and recognizing our weaknesses. The anime proves that life isn’t about perfection. It’s about how well you get motivated in life through your imperfection. Cheers!

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  5. Fantastic post glad I got the time to read your post finally 🙂 You always write cracking lists my dear XD I have seen five episodes of boku no hero and feel bad I’ve not finish this series yet ahaha lol

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    1. Thanks for the compliment, Lita. Actually, I had never thought I would love this anime. I have to say it’s one of the best shounen anime I have ever watched. I think you should finish the series, and you’ll know why a lot of audience has been drawn to its world. But well, it’s about individual preferences. 😉

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