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The 17 Most Popular Midoriya Ships In MHA, Ranked

Updated November 18, 2020 148.8k votes 11.8k voters 128.1k views17 items

Who do you think Izuku Midoriya should be dating? Would you like to see him with his best pal Ochaco? Or would you rather see him with his bully-turned-rival-turned-possible-friend, Katsuki Bakugo? What about everybody's best girl, Tsuyu Asui? Or maybe one of the villains? 

We decided which ships to include based on how many stories featured them on Archive Of Our Own, one of the most popular websites for fanfiction on the Internet. Are they necessarily all the best Deku ships? That totally depends on your opinion - you might see at least seven of your Izuku OTPs and vibe with all the others, or you might be miffed that your favorite ship didn't make the cut. You might even hate some of the ships you see here.

Whatever your opinion might be, we want to hear it! Vote up the couples you think are the best Midoriya ships, and vote down the ones that have you shaking your head. 

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    Ochaco Uraraka x Izuku Midoriya 

    Ochaco Uraraka and Izuku Midoriya's relationship is the closest thing to a canon ship that exists in the series, so it's no surprise that it's popular with the fandom, too. The two would-be heroes get blushy around each other in a way that's totally adorable. But their relationship is more than just cute - they consistently show each other respect and support, whether it's helping each other out in training and battle, or just enjoying their time together. If you love wholesome ships, you probably love this one. 

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    Shoto Todoroki x Izuku Midoriya

    Shoto x Izuku is one of the most popular ships in the fandom, period. That's probably because Izuku helped Shoto come to an important realization about how powers and his path towards heroism. Shoto refused to use his fire powers because he didn't want to give his fire-using father the satisfaction of thinking he wanted to be like him. Fair enough - Endeavor abused his family throughout most of Shoto's childhood. But this meant that Shoto was unnecessarily holding himself back, and letting his father control him. Even though advising him mid-battle actually put Izuku at a disadvantage, he put that aside to help his his classmate.

    Ever since then, the two have grown increasingly close. Naturally, many fans want to see them get even closer. 

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    Melissa Shield x Izuku Midoriya

    This ship will only make sense if you've seen the first My Hero Academia film, Two Heroes

    Melissa Shield is the daughter of Professor David Shield - All Might's former sidekick when he was training in the U.S. Although she only appears in this film, she develops a special friendship and bond with Deku. They're also incredibly similar too. Melissa is Quirkless - just as Deku once was - but she doesn't let that stop her from being a hero. She embodies all the necessary traits a selfless hero needs, and even risks her own life to protect Deku from a villain. It's not hard to see why many fans think they would make a great couple. Even Uraraka was jealous of their friendship, sensing that they had become close. 

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    Katsuki Bakugo x Izuku Midoriya

    With 17695 fanfics on Ao3 and counting, Izuku and his childhood frenemy Katsuki Bakugo comprise one of the most popular ships in the fandom. The two start off on terrible terms, with Katsuki constantly insulting Izuku and Izuku doggedly trying to either ignore him or get on his good side.

    But as the series progresses, Katsuki actually starts dealing with the complicated emotions that motivated his jerky behavior, and he gradually starts being kinder. Many fans see their relationship evolving beyond an uneasy friendship and into something more romantic.

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