Hey Grimms ❤
Goodness knows I love talking about My Hero Academia but if you have never seen this show before I’m going to have to insist you don’t read further. This post is going to be riddled with spoilers, and big ones at that!
I’d hate to ruin the fun of the show!
If you are curious about the show please check out my season one review ❤
Abusing Ones Power
Todoroki is one of my favorite characters in the show. How could he not be? But I really began to feel for him during season two after learning more of his backstory. In some ways his character reminds me of Gaara from Naruto… only he doesn’t start out so villainy!
In season two we learn about Todoroki and his Father Endeavor. Endeavor has a fire Quirk and is respected in the community as the number two hero behind All Might. He spend a large portion of his time trying to out do All Might but decides he’ll never be able to beat him so he’ll do the next best thing and have a child that can surpass All Might.
Now the above tale should already let you know what kind of jerk we’re dealing with. I mean what kind of hero basically just throws a tantrum because he isn’t recognized as number one? You want to be the best? Then work hard and keep working until you achieve your goal. Its good to have someone to strive for. It keeps you working hard.
Endeavor doesn’t see it that way and let’s his desire for greatness wrap any sense of the ethics that true heros possess.
This is when he decides to create Todoroki. I say create because that’s what it boils down to. He uses his influence to arrange a marriage with a woman whose quirk he desires to combine with his with. In this case her ice quirk.
The idea is for them to have a child that will perfectly combine the two quirks. However this isn’t an exact science so they end up having a few kids before Todoroki comes along with the perfect blend. Half of him can control fire like his father the other side ice like his mother.
Through flashbacks we are able to see that Endeavor really cares nothing for his other children. To him they are nothing more than failures that didn’t pan out. We also see the abusive and bullying side of Endeavor towards his wife and children. This leads me to believe that the sex used to create his children was probably not consensual.
You can see through the flashbacks that Endeavor’s wife doesn’t like him and fears him. Trust me a woman like that doesn’t have sex willingly when she feels that way. She does it because she feels like she has to. Married or not this is rape.
So how does a man like Endeavor get away with all of this? By abusing his power. People believe in him, he’s a hero after all known for putting away bad guys. He is protected from consequences because of his public image. Much like people in power in real life are.
Both Todoroki, his mother, and his syblings see Endeavor’s awful side but never come forward to expose him. Why? For the same reason most victims do not come forward. They believe they won’t be believed and they have so much to lose if they are not.
If Todoroki’s Mother tried to make Endeavor’s wrong doings public what do you honestly believe the reaction would be? Endeavor isn’t just any hero. He’s recognized on a National level as one of the best currently living. He’s revered!
When he got married people probably thought she was the luckiest woman in the country. If she tried to say anything she would be villified in a heartbeat. On top of that once you bring children into the picture she would be risking losing them.
The effect of living with Endeavor begins to break her down mentally and has serious consequences for Todoroki. As Todoroki gets older his Mother begins to fear him in a way. This makes sense even though it’s heartbreaking.
Endeavor always talks about how Todoroki is basically just the next version of himself. Already makinf it clear that whatever greatness Todoroki achieves is because of him. Another sign of an abusive personality.
I think being constantly abused by Endeavor and hearing that Todoroki was the next him warped her mind for a bit. The thought of Todoroki being like his father but more powerful was more than she could bare.
In the midst of a mental snap she pours boiling water on the side of Todoroki’s face that looks like his Father. This permantly scares Todoroki and he swears to become the number one hero using only his Mother’s power.
Endeavor sticks Todoroki’s Mother in a hospital Psych Ward style officially closing off any chance any of them had of breaking free. If they come forward Endeavor can claim his wife is actually the abusive one using what she did against Todoroki as an example.
As for Todoroki what happened to him was traumatic especially at his young age. He can easily claim the trauma broke his son’s mind causing him to repeat his Mother’s lies out of fear of her retribution.
Talk about gaslighting.
And this is all possible because Endeavor operates from a position of power and abuses it.
What can we do when the villain is hidden as a hero?
In Todoroki’s case he decides to accept both sides of himself and use all of his power to be a great hero like All Might not his father. Something that I think will annoy his father greatly.
He makes it clear that any victories he achieves are because of himself not Endeavor. He also decides to start repairing his relationship with his Mother whom he had been avoiding fearing that his presence will only upset her.
It is a sad reality but at this point this is really all he can do. Once he is recognized as a hero than he will have a better shot at getting his family out of their situation.
Sadly this is an all to familar story. We want to believe that our heros live up to our standards but this story is a helpful reminder that people are human. Just because they are in a position of power or looked up to doesn’t mean that they are good people.
Sometimes that can be a hard pill to swallow but when we don’t, even we have unwavering faith in people regardless of the evidence it can lead to serious consequences for the people around them.
Todoroki is so far able to overcome the abuses he has suffered but not everyone is so lucky. His Mother for example isn’t so lucky. She’s still in the hospital.
I think this storyline is a good reminder that none of us knows what goes on behind closed doors. Even if we think we know someone or build up this idea of them because they’re famous, the fact is abusers don’t parade around the fact they are abusive.
So instead of immediately shutting people down we should hear them out the way I wish someone would’ve done for Todoroki and his family.
Well Grimms that’s all for today. This was along post so thanks for seeing it to the end. I haven’t done a heavy post like this in a hot minute but I hope that through My Hero Academia and Todoroki’s storyline we were able to brooch a difficult topic in a relatable way that will help us all to see things from a different perspective.
Until Next Time ❤