One of the most important things about shonen anime is the fight scenes. To be truly great, battle scenes need to not only feature stellar animation and high stakes, but also need to pull double duty by furthering the plot and developing characters. My Hero Academia fights deliver, offering up a series of amazing fights that are hard to overlook.
Which are the best fights in My Hero Academia? Every fight has something to make it worth recommending, but some stand out above the rest. Aizawa's battle against a group of villains during the Unforeseen Simulation Joint arc showed exactly how badass the hero/homeroom teacher can truly be. Meanwhile, Midoriya and Katsuki's rule-breaking dispute led to Bakugo actually being emotionally vulnerable, and led to a change in how the two childhood-friends-turned enemies related to one another. And of course, there's the ultimate showdown between One-For-All and All Might.
With so many great fights, there are sure to be at least a few that stick out in your memory.
All Might Vs. One-For-All
The fight between All Might and All-For-One is one of the most intense battles in anime history, not just in My Hero Academia. The two long time rivals are sincerely attempting to destroy each other, though All-For-One is more focused on taunting All Might, while All Might is growing increasingly frustrated and desperate. Though he's ultimately able to defeat the villain using the United States of Smash, the most powerful attack in his arsenal, the effort leaves him totally unable to retain his muscle form or even use One For All anymore. As All-For-One is arrested and taken to a maximum security prison, All Might's true form is revealed to the world. He tells Midoriya that he's next, a message that only Midoriya understands. It's a scene that the whole show has been leading up to, and it's every bit of amazing as one would hope.
Midoriya Vs. Bakugo Round 2
Though the actual fighting in this scene is pretty cool, it's nothing viewers haven't seen before, and it's not what really stands out. The important thing about this fight is its emotional resonance. Bakugo and Midoriya have had a contentious relationship for the entirety of the series, but up until this fight, Bakugo's true feelings have been obscured by angry outbursts. As the two of them have a nighttime showdown outside the school, Bakugo reveals that he's always thought Izuku was looking down on him. What's more, being kidnapped terrified him, and he felt personally responsible for All Might's downfall. In this scene, Bakugo shows vulnerability and self-reflection for the first time - and actually receives some comfort, both from Izuku and from All Might. The scene ends with the two boys on better terms, but also on house arrest for a few days.
Midoriya Vs. Todoroki
Toward the end of the Sports Festival, Midoriya goes up against Shoto Todoroki, who has been acting vaguely menacing toward him since the start of the competition. The best thing about their showdown is that Todoroki finally uses the fiery side of his quirk, which he had previously refused to use on the grounds of not wanting to be like his father. Midoriya could have easily defeated him if he hadn't talked him through his emotional issues and persuaded him not to let his grudge against his father control his life, but his earnest desire to help others got the better of him.
Midoriya loses after being knocked out of the ring by an explosion created by a combination of super-heated ice and Midoriya's fists. It's a close, intense match, and though Midoriya loses the match, his higher priorities are made clear.
Midoriya, Iida, & Todoroki Vs. Stain
The fight between Iida, Todoroki, Midoriya, and Stain is a knock-down drag-out that happens in the middle of an alleyway. It's spurred by Iida's attempt at revenge on the man who attacked and paralyzed his older brother. Stain is a formidable opponent whose quirk allows him to control other people by ingesting their blood, so the three barely make it out alive. Not only is their very survival in question, but so is the impact on their careers: they don't have hero licenses, so will they be punished and lose the opportunity to further their careers? What is the morality of Iida's choice to seek revenge? Will they be able to protect Native, the incapacitated hero who they find half-killed by Stain? And what about all the Nomu buzzing around the city at the same time? This high-stakes fight is hard not to get invested in.