From the progress of the manga, we can see that Todoroki and Bakugou have to spend more time together to get their provisional hero license but don't you think it's odd that Todoroki never points out the similarity between Bakugou and Endeavor in terms of their abuse? I thought Todoroki would at least disapprove of Bakugou with his bullying.
the thing is, the audience sees more than the characters ever do.
Todoroki doesn’t actually know the full extent of Bakugou’s bullying. only the audience, Bakugou, and Izuku do. Todoroki has no clue that this has gone on for 10 years, and the most he really knows is that they used to be good friends when they were kids, and had some sort of falling out, and now Bakugou hates Izuku.
Todoroki doesn’t know that it’s gone on for ten years, nor does he understand how bad it was.
since coming to UA, Bakugou and Izuku’s relationship is nothing like it was during the years prior. Bakugou is still hostile towards Izuku, but the teachers actively discourage that kind of behavior, so it hasn’t been shown as often. and by the time they get to the dorms, well, Bakugou’s been all caught up in the guilt and shame he felt for causing All Might’s retirement, and generally kept away from Izuku. after their fight, their issues are… not quite resolved, but they managed to talk it out for the first time, and are much more calm and relaxed around each other. so again, there’s no reason for Todoroki to really suspect something, since they’re on much better terms now.
maybe if he paid attention earlier on, during the first exam to the Sports Festival, he might have noticed. but Todoroki was caught up in his own personal issues with Endeavor. he hardly noticed anyone else around him, and only focused on his own problems. which eventually lead to him failing the Provisional License exam, because of the issues this attitude caused in the past began to catch up with him.
even during the first exam, all Todoroki seemed to pay attention to was pointing out that Bakugou had amazing technique in his fight against Izuku, and that he was smarter than he seemed. he never mentioned the very obvious personal grudges fueling the fight at all.
up until the Sports Festival, Todoroki had no reason to pay attention to the people around him. he had no reason to notice Bakugou’s attitude towards Izuku, and had no reason to suspect that it was actually much worse than it seemed.
Todoroki is still learning about Bakugou. he feels regret for giving him a false win at the Sports Festival. he feels responsible for Bakugou getting kidnapped at the training camp. he actually does respect and like Bakugou on a level, and sees him as an equal. the relationship Todoroki has with Bakugou is nothing like his relationship with Endeavor, and nothing that he’s seen so far would lead Todoroki to make a connection between Bakugou and Endeavor’s behavior.
also, yes. both characters abused Izuku and Todoroki, respectively. however, their attitudes were completely different. Bakugou resented and feared Izuku because he was scared Izuku was looking down on him, and could maybe one day surpass him, which did nothing but fuel his inferiority complex. Endeavor hurt and abused Todoroki because he felt like he was doing something amazing, he was creating a masterpiece that could finally defeat All Might, something he’s been obsessing over for 20 years. he was full of pride, because Todoroki was his greatest achievement, and never seemed to realize that what he was doing was wrong.
they both did horrible things, but their reasons and they way they went about it were different, and again, there’s not much reason for Todoroki to make a clear cut correlation between the two character’s behavior since it doesn’t match up to his own personal experiences.
Endeavor has never once actually shown that he thinks that he did something wrong (even if he is beginning to acknowledge it to himself). Bakugou’s attitude, however, is slowly changing and he’s becoming a little bit nicer and is no longer actively hostile towards Izuku. there’s no reason for Todoroki to make a connection, because Endeavor is still pretty awful, while Bakugou has been making leaps and bounds in character development by the time Todoroki really started to pay attention to his behavior.
i’m sure Todoroki would disapprove of everything Bakugou did. i just wanna make that clear. Izuku did nothing to deserve that sort of behavior from Bakugou, and it seriously fucked him up, even if they are on better terms now. but there’s just no point in the series where Todoroki would ever actually see the full extent of what happened, nor be truly aware that it was actually that bad.
the audience almost always knows more than the characters, and this is an example of that. due to his focus on his own problems, Bakugou’s development, and the fact that the full extent of Izuku and Bakugou’s bad relationship was never shown at UA thanks to the better environment, Todoroki just wouldn’t have noticed.
- How Endeavor’s development is mirroring Bakugou’s
- A meta about Bakugou and Izuku’s relationship throughout the series and how it was abusive
- Bakugou is actually Really Really Really Smart
- A meta about how Bakugou has feared Izuku and his potential for most of his life
- Bakugou is giving Izuku his support in a round-about way after his and Izuku’s fight
- A meta analyzing Bakugou and Todoroki’s relationship in the manga so far
- Why Endeavor was so upset about All Might retiring (warning: abuse mention)
- A meta analyzing what All Might’s true age could be, mainly using Endeavor, his family history, and Nana’s family history as timescale measurements