Shoto Todoraki is one of the potential future heroes in the My Hero Academia anime series. He possesses incredible talents, which earned him a recommendation for the U.A Hero School. His body has two abilities, his left side can produce fire, while his right side can emit ice. However, he has only used half of his strength, reluctant to use his fire abilities, which is the result of his resentment toward his father, the number two hero, Endeavor.
Endeavor’s relationship with Todoraki is toxic. Communication is minimal, and there is no love between them. Endeavor married Todoraki’s mother for her powerful abilities, to have strong offspring like Todoraki. However, Todoraki hates his father because he only uses him for his ambition. Despite having mixed feelings about his father, Todoraki still loves his mother and feels he has hurt her through his rebellion.
Todoraki’s resentment towards his father extends to his inherited fire power, which he adamantly refuses to use and sees it a burden. However, his mother reveals that Todoraki inherited his unique powers from Endeavor’s side of the family, which makes him feel disgusted. Midoriya, a fellow student, sees Todoraki’s pain and tries to help him.
Midoriya’s kind words motivate Todoraki to confront his father and acknowledge his true potential. Todoraki becomes determined to surpass All Might, the number one hero, but, at the same time, confronts and challenges his father. His ambition to become the best hero and his resentment toward his father is something he struggles with daily.
Todoraki’s efforts to come to terms with his father’s ambition and his own desire to become a hero culminate in a battle with Midoriya. Though he is defeated by Bakugo, Todoraki defeats the toxic relationship with his father by accepting his powers.
In conclusion, Todoraki’s story in the My Hero Academia anime series is a story of ambition and toxic relationships. He is a remarkable character with a unique personality and unbeatable powers, struggling to overcome his father’s toxic relationship and become the best hero he can be. His journey to self-realization involves accepting his abilities and striving for his goals despite his inner turmoil.