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The My Hero Academia Season 1 Scene That Gives Fans Goosebumps Every Time

When it comes to superhero stories, viewers have no shortage of options. Many of us are happily riding the MCU train (which shows no signs of slowing down), while others may go for the more cynical outlook of series like "The Boys," and some might make an annual ritual of watching "The Incredibles" for that family drama element. But among all of these franchises and more, the shonen anime series "My Hero Academia" holds its own by bringing a specific emotional appeal to the table.

That appeal comes in a form of a relatable protagonist. "My Hero Academia" takes place in a world where the majority of people are born with quirks – or supernatural powers — but its story centers on young Izuku Midoriya, a boy who was born quirk-less. While mostly incapable in physical comparison to his heroic idols, such as the legendary All Might, Izuku clings to a desperate dream of becoming the world's greatest hero. From the start, we can see that this dream means everything to him (he's All Might's No. 1 fan), but it seems like a long shot.

Then, during the show's 1st season, one particular scene marks a turning point for Izuku and captures a moment where his dream seems to truly become possible. This scene not only launches the story into action but also highlights one of Izuku's greatest character strengths — his emotional vulnerability — and it leaves fans feeling chills.

All Might urges Midoriya to pursue his passion

r/BokuNoHeroAcademia subreddit post by u/Princess_Minou, features some original artwork referencing a scene near the end of Season 1, Episode 2 of "My Hero Academia." The art depicts Izuku Midoriya doubled over on his knees, clutching his shirt, unable to contain his sobs. They are joyful tears; he has just received the words he has been needing to hear most, and they come from All Might himself. "Young man, you, too, can become a hero," the now older, frailer warrior says. All Might has his own hidden weaknesses and insecurities, and after witnessing a selfless act of courage from Izuku, his initial perceptions of the boy are shifted. He seems moved to not only reciprocate Izuku's vulnerability (by sharing that his own powers are now fading), but he takes an additional step of offering sincere encouragement.

The scene also highlights one of Izuku's greatest character strengths: his heart's openness. "What I like about Deku is that he lets his emotions express themselves," u/Princess_Minou wrote. "He's not super badass like All Might yet, but that's normal, he's learning and we want to encourage him until the end." u/AarkaediaaRocinantee added, "I personally love that he's not some stoic hero that never shows emotions unless pushed too far."

"Gives me goosebumps every time," u/projectmayhem42099 commented, to the agreement of several other users. Anyone who has had a teacher or mentor figure believe in them in the past may be able to relate.