Do you think bnha's ideas of a hero created some sort bystander syndrome. Like people are more willing to ignore those in need because there are things such as heroes?
Oh wow. That would explain so much.
Bystander syndrome is when you avoid responsibility by figuring someone else will take care of things. It often proves deadly.
I used to teach emergency preparedness to boyscouts, so let me tangent into a couple tips related to this. If you can take charge in an emergency, do it; never assume anyone else will. And never never never tell a crowd, “someone call 911.” Always single out one person and tell them to do it.
So what if the police, fire department, EMS, SWAT, national guard, FEMA, and then some were rolled into one profession that employs like 10% of the population? If you couldn’t walk 10 feet without encountering someone who’s supposed to handle any conceivable bad thing that could happen, I think that might easily degrade a culture’s sense of personal responsibility.
And then the government reinforces those norms. Without a hero license, you’re not allowed to fight villains. You’re not allowed to even use your quirk in public. Citizens are basically trained to just stay out of the heroes’ way.
In fact, I think the situation might go beyond (Plus Ultra) bystander syndrome to what I would call spectator syndrome. It’s a nit-picky distinction, but where a bystander is passively disengaged, a spectator is an active non-participant. There’s a big difference between turning a blind eye to a disaster and cheering it on or livestreaming it.
This is really on display in chapter 1. We see Hero-vs-Villain conflict being treated as routine entertainment by civilians. And it’s hard to blame them for not wanting to get involved, but remember that superpowers aren’t exclusive to superheroes in this story. Anyone with a quirk has the capacity to help.
And bystander syndrome is not limited to civilians.
Heroes on patrol will chose to act as ordinary citizens if they don’t feel their quirk is the best one for the job. If heroes produce a bystander effect among civilians, then All Might does the same to lesser heroes.