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- All Might survives
The Kamino incident in My Hero Academia was one of the most gripping events in the series. The focal point of the night was the highly anticipated showdown between All Might and All For One, but there was so much going on in the background, before and during their fight. Bakugo Katsuki and Midoriya Izuku have been thrown into this conflict, putting them front and center in the biggest superhero battle in a long time. The disparity in the reactions of the two students – and the fears they harbored throughout the fight – showed just how fundamentally different these two characters were.
Since childhood, Bakugo and Deku have looked up to All Might for very different reasons. All Might’s strength – and the fact that he had never lost a single battle – pleased Bakugo the most, while Deku appreciated his heroic spirit the most. Midoriya wanted to become a hero who could bring the instant relief that followed whenever a citizen heard Almighty declare “I am here”.
At Kamino, Bakugo found himself right in the middle of Ground Zero. The All-For-One had carried him – and the rest of the League of Villains – to their side, intending for the League to escape with Bakugo before the Almighty arrived. However, this didn’t go as planned, given Bakugo’s slippery nature, and All Might arrived to find his student doing his best to evade the League’s attempt to capture him. All Might headed straight for All For One; even though his top priority was Bakugo’s safety, he simply couldn’t let the leader of the villains escape or launch any further attacks.
Likewise, All For One forced All Might to focus only on him, preventing him from intervening in Bakugo’s fight. Impressively, Bakugo stood up to six League members and still found time to realize that All Might was at a disadvantage by his presence. If the situation remained the same, All Might risked defeat because of him, and Bakugo couldn’t bear the thought.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to everyone on the court, Deku, along with Yaoyaorozu Momo, Kirishima Ejiro, Tenya Iida, and Todoroki Shoto, were unseen waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Deku realized the same as Bakugo. Luckily, the solution to their common problem was exactly what they intended to do when they got here: get Bakugo out of this situation.
Sure, Deku had an additional concern in all of this; he was the only one present who knew of the time limit attached to All Might’s use of One For All – and that All For One was getting closer to victory with every second lost.. The plan he hatched to save Bakugo was just as much meant to save All Might, and it worked beautifully. With help from Kirishima, an ice bridge from Todoroki, and a burst of speed from Iida’s Reciprio, Deku was able to save Bakugo from the League of Villains.
All Might survives
Once Bakugo was eliminated, All Might had no worries and after some initial difficulties, he completely eliminated All For One. He was unaware of the internal battles his two students had faced over their images, but that didn’t make them any less important. During a moment, Bakugo Faced The Thought Of His Idol Losing His Lifetime Winning Streak For His Sake.
Even after All Might survived, Bakugo assumed his power was gone because of him and was wracked with guilt for weeks. If All Might had indeed lost to All For One due to Bakugo’s presence, it’s unclear what those feelings would have driven the young hothead to do. Deku had a more personal relationship with All Might than Bakugo at the start of My Hero Academia. He must have felt the same anxiety about defeating All Might, but the thought of losing his mentor and predecessor was even scarier..
It was by following All Might’s advice to avoid fights he didn’t have to participate in that disaster was averted. Instead, he truly embodied the part of his hero’s personality he loved the most by prioritizing rescuing Bakugo, and thus allowing All Might to fight free.