“Violence for the sake of others makes it admirable”– Shigaraki Tomura
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Heroes and Villains.
Both couldn’t be more different from the other, and yet they are two sides of the same coin. What might be a villainous act is determined by the perspective of the people, and in this case with Boku no Hero Academia it is a society of heroes that tells what is good or bad.
Villains are criminals, they are chased and arrested, with heroes being the primary force behind those arrests. While the police still exists, the heroes have taken over the action of bringing peace to the world.
Heroes have shining catchphrases and an almost idol-like reputation, with building morale and doing interviews they have strayed away from conventional heroes to a position of societal power. A hero makes money and has a good place in life, kids go to school only to become like their idols and train hard to learn to fight.
The viewer is brought up with the same perspective as the other characters in BNHA, with the information that villains are horrible people and only act out on their own to hurt others, and that heroes are admirable because they sacrifice themselves for the greater good.
Shigaraki Tomura, the leader of the League of Villains, believes a very different story.
This quote of his is uttered from him to Toshinori in the USJ attack in season one, where he explains that society accepts all kinds of violence as long as it comes from a hero.
So long as a hero wants to protect his loved ones or innocent bystanders, so claims Shigaraki, the use of violence is not only approved but even encouraged. He takes Izuku as an example who has charged forwards ready to punch him with everything he has, and the other students knocking the minor villains unconscious.
Their actions are justified in the name of peace.
Tomura argues that he in fact wants to save his friends too, and that his actions are only ridiculed because society has ruled that way. He despises the restrictions that stem from heroes society, and his hate is also directly wired at Toshinori.
As the symbol of peace, everyone expects Toshinori to save everyone around him and beat the bad guys, but Shigaraki’s words emphasize that the only reason people perceive the LoV as bad is because they are conditioned to do so.
Meaning that the difference between villains and heroes is only what one is taught.
He further claims that it is ridiculous how the heroes have just decided that good and evil should be synonymous to the hero and villain, automatically setting their actions in stone without any further thought.
This quote starts to bloom the thought into our minds that maybe not everything is as black and white as we might perceive it first. Is it really true that humanity can be sorted into two categories, good or bad? Is there no inherent possibility that villains might have good intentions or heroes might have bad ones?
Shigaraki’s plan to rid this society of the idiotic principle of heroism might sound extreemly drastic and all around villainous, but isn’t it important to have a balance in life?
Would villains even exist without heroes?
Are heroes needed without villains?
If we live in a world where stigmas aren’t pushed onto us, will there be true peace? Or is it better to divide and rule?