I realized something.
All Might has mentioned that people have been trying to figure out his quirk/lineage for years. Being that he was quirkless and received One for All, he just gives interviewers the run-around until they drop the topic.
Now Todoroki’s flashback
As a little kid he was listening to an interview with All Might where All Might more or less says, “While it’s true kids inherit quirks from their parents, thats not what matters! What matters is how they define their own power! Their own person!” and this like fucking saved Todo’s life here.
And you know what? I promise you All Might was giving that answer out of pure canned on-the-fly bullshit. Because the sort of question to warrant that was probably, “So All Might, did you inherit your quirk from your mom? Your dad? How do you define it exactly?”
Like the reporter was definitely probing him for personal info. and All Might’s answer was, “yeah okay im gonna monologue for 5 minutes about something that doesnt really answer your question but sounds inspirational in hopes that you move on cuz yeah not answering that.”
Frigging. All Might’s defining words to Todoroki were in all likelihood just the result of All Might avoiding the question he was asked.
And that’s beautiful.