My Hero Academia Season 6 blurs the line between heroes and villains through Hawks and Twice
my hero academia Season 6 Episode 3 gave fans one of the most anticipated and heartbreaking fights in the entire franchise. After spending months undercover and befriending Twice, Hawks was forced to reveal himself as a hero. Despite the good times the two had together, Twice couldn’t handle the betrayal, causing a fight between them.
The fight, while beautiful to watch, was devastating to watch. Not just because of the genuine pain Hawks’ reveal caused Twice, but also because of the message behind it. The show is trying to give a clear message at this time: good or bad is circumstantial. Keep reading to learn more about the latest fight that took place in my hero academia and what that means.
Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the My Hero Academia franchise.
my hero academia Season 6 Proves Heroes and Villains Aren’t That Different
Who is Hawks?
Keigo Takami, also known as Hawks, is the second best hero in the my hero academia universe. His Quirk, Fierce Wings, gives him a pair of red-feathered wings that allow him to fly at exceptional speeds. He can also use each of his wing feathers as a blade, as well as control them remotely.
Hawks is the son of a criminal and a civilian wife, who sheltered her husband for years. Due to his father’s status as a wanted criminal, Keigo was not allowed out. His father, who subjected his son and wife to daily physical and mental abuse, feared they would alert the police to his location.
The young boy grew up idolizing the heroes he saw on screen, especially Endeavour. However, since he wasn’t allowed to leave, Keigo thought the heroes were fictional characters. One day, while watching television, Keigo felt a tingle in his wings, prompting him to fly to town without alerting his family.
His father ended up kicking his son, saying the boy told police where he was. This continued for a long time until Endeavor stopped his father. Keigo was surprised, believing Endeavor to be nothing more than a television character. A few months later, he saved a group of civilians from a car accident. The Heroes Commission took note of his actions.
They ended up recruiting him to work as a hero directly under their watch. The falcons became the HSPC’s greatest weapon, taking down anyone the superiors wanted to kill. He was forced to abandon his morals, as well as most human relationships.
Who is Twice?
Jin Bubaigawara, known among the Twice villains, was once a member of the League of Villains and later the Paranormal Liberation Front. His Quirk, Double, allows him to make copies of whoever he wants, to help him during missions or fights. He would normally use this ability to create copies of himself.
Much like Hawks, Jin’s life has been filled with pain and tragedy from an early age. In middle school, his parents died in a villain attack, leaving him to fend for himself. He managed to find a kind man who offered him a job and a roof to live under, which Twice gratefully accepted.
Unfortunately, his luck would continue to deteriorate, as he would accidentally hit someone with his motorbike some time later. Although the police believed he did not do this intentionally, they created a criminal record for the man. He later learns that the man he punched was a staff member of a recurring client of his boss.
Due to the incident, the partnership between the Twice boss and his associate ended, which angered the man. Jin was expelled and fired on the spot, forcing him to live on the streets for a while. To deal with the isolation, Jin began creating clones of himself to talk to, pretending they were longtime friends.
He would later use clones to rob banks and stores, becoming one of Japan’s most wanted criminals. Unfortunately, he misused his Quirk by creating a clone army, backfiring on him. He started using his clones for everything, getting lazier and lazier. His clones began to mimic this behavior, causing a fight between them.
His clones attacked the original Jin and tied him to a chair. Later, they started killing each other until only the original Jin was left. His mind shattered during the incident, causing the man to wonder if he was the real Jin or just another clone. He developed a personality disorder, only being able to remain calm if his face was always hidden.
Later in life, Jin meets Giran, who inspires him to become a villain in his own right. Twice became one of the most powerful members of the League of Villains, causing chaos and destruction wherever he went.
What are the parallels between the two characters?
As my hero academia as fans know, one of the main lessons the show tries to teach the viewer is how subjective the concepts of right and wrong can be. Many of the franchise’s heroes can be just as bad as the villains, and many villains have valid reasons behind their actions.
This duality is best represented in the relationship between Hawks and Twice. While they were friends, fans noticed how similar these two characters were. Despite the paths they chose to walk, they still managed to become true friends, to the point where Hawks attempted to save Jin from evil before their fight.
Both Keigo and Jin were products of the corrupt Hero Society that rules the world of my hero academia. As children, they suffered the consequences of a system that failed to protect the innocent. Hawks was forced to endure his father’s abuse, while Twice was abandoned by the system after his parents died.
As adults, they followed the roles that society imposed on them. Hawks acted like an ordinary hero when in reality he was little more than a weapon for the HPSC. Twice continued his criminal activities, even though he hated hurting others. They were a reflection of each other, the hero who acted like a villain and the villain with a hero’s heart.
However, their parallels don’t end there, as evidenced by their interactions with other characters on the show. When Hawks started working as a double agent for the League of Villains, he had to bring Dabi a mutilated body to prove his loyalty. While many heroes would be opposed to the idea, Keigo did it with no problem.
Meanwhile, Twice demonstrated her vulnerability and noble side by helping save Himiko Toga during their fight against Re-Destro’s men. The blonde girl had been considered a monster all her life, so Jin’s genuine concern for her meant the world. Jin and Toga have become as close as brothers, regardless of their status as heartless villains.
Jin searched for a place to belong, while Keigo tried to maintain the status quo that had caused him and Twice so much damage. When Twice learned of Keigo’s betrayal, he refused to believe him, saying his friend would never do something like this. Meanwhile, Hawks quickly shrugged off the idea of saving Jin and opted to kill him in cold blood.
Hawks and Twice are the perfect examples of how heroes and villains are so similar in the world of my hero academia. Some heroes will commit gruesome crimes on their journey to protect the society they live in. Some bad guys just want to change the system that forces them to become bad. Good and bad are just terms the audience uses to judge others, based on their own perception of the world.
my hero academia may at first glance seem like a simple Shonen anime created for a younger audience. Nonetheless, the show is exponentially darker and more mature than most people realize. Few series can blur the line between good and evil as realistically as Horikoshi’s manga can.
The parallels between Hawks and Twice are just one example of how the heroes and villains are extremely similar in my hero academia. Still, it’s one of the best depictions of both sides’ similarity, as we can see unfold before our eyes.