Endeavor is not a good man.
I don’t have to explain why Shoto Todoroki’s father is a bastard. That point has been hammered in by now.
But he is the sort of bastard the world needs. In some twisted way, the world needs more men(and women) like him.
The latest chapter of Hero Academia had this page:
It illustrates a man trying to reach an unachievable goal despite it being ridiculously impossible to do so.
But know what I find extremely interesting about this page? It shows us that Endeavor was the only one who really tried to surpass All Might. And honestly, I find it somewhat saddening that no one else have.
Sure, logically, it would be stupid to ever try and reach All Might’s level. He is the perfect hero: Brave, kind, powerful, the whole package. He is the guy who would take a bullet for you and it would matter since he has the raw strength to back up his heroic spirit. No one could ever hope to get anywhere near the standards of the symbol of peace.
But now he can't fight anymore. And who is left to be the new number one hero?
The only man who TRIED to become number one.
Hero Academia is a story about the importance of bettering oneself. That teamwork is great, but you shouldn't have to rely on others but be the best you first. That you as an individual has a duty to be the best possible you so that others around you will be inspired to follow your example. That competition is healthy.
All Might never revealed to the public that his quirk was not one he was born with. That way, no one thinks he is any different from anyone else with a quirk. That means that everyone should believe that they could reach his level. Everyone could be the symbol of peace.
But as the before mentioned page shows us, no one but Endeavor considered to try and reach his level. Only to follow his example. But that is not good enough.
Yes, the world of Hero Academia is so chaotic with superpowered people that it needed All Might as a powerful giant who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. Good intentions are great, but you should have the raw power to actually accomplish anything.
Endeavor has that raw power. He has pushed himself so much that it has ruined him as a person and his family has paid that price as well. But he is the man who can look you dead in the eye and tell you that you don't have to be scared of going to bed because nothing is gonna hurt you while you sleep.
And you will believe him, and you will feel a bit more safe.
Izuku will one day become the symbol of peace the world needs. But not yet. Until then, people who can keep the peace through seer willpower and brute force must keep the world safe as best as they can. People who knows that trying is not good enough. That failing is not an option.
The world needs men like Endeavor.