5 harsh realities of being in class 1-A (and 5 advantages)

In the world of My hero university, being a student at AU is a dream come true for those who want to work in heroism. But even at UA, every class is different, especially during Izuku Midoriya’s time there.

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Classes 1-A and 1-B both belong to UA’s Department of Heroism, but throughout the anime a significant gap forms between students in the two classes. Both benefit from having Pro Heroes as teachers, but 1-A students have unique experiences that allow them to shine stronger. While there are some advantages to their notoriety, there are also many disadvantages.

9 Harsh reality: they are the target of constant attacks from bad guys

Class 1-A’s sometimes embarrassing fame begins with the League of Villains attacking USJ. Having just started dating AU, the students of 1-A are completely unprepared for facing Tomura Shigaraki and his minions. They have to watch their teacher get hurt by the horrible Nomu, and they come close to death themselves.

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It is only through Eraserhead’s efforts that Tsuyu Asui survives instead of turning to dust upon contact with Shigaraki. And the USJ is just the start. The students of 1-A will then go up against many different villains, including Hero Killer Stain, Nine, and Overhaul.

8 Benefit: They have experience as a budding hero

The tendency of Class 1-A to constantly encounter threats leads them to gain more and more experience as aspiring heroes. At USJ they might have been scared at first, but in the end they get over it and take action. As a result, being thrown directly into the proverbial fire helps them grow taller faster. It’s not necessarily fair to them, but they come out stronger, learning valuable lessons from every painful fight.

7 Harsh reality: their teachers can’t always protect them

Their experiences can be valuable lessons, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are still students and should have been under the care of the school, at least for a little while. Unfortunately, UA proves unable to protect them. In fact, the decisions the school makes are not always ideal. After Katsuki Bakugou’s victory in the school tournament, his teachers force the angry student to receive his medal tied and gagged on live television.

It’s understandable that they want to control his explosive temper, but that’s definitely not the right solution. Their approach leads Katsuki to be targeted by the League as he is seen to have villainous potential. He is kidnapped at training camp, where the heroes present again fail to protect him.

6 Advantage: they always have their backs to each other

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Having to fight side by side taught 1-A students how to defend each other. True, they have their own groups and individual friendships, but in difficult situations they always support each other. Even Minoru Mineta – so hated by female students – is not excluded. This trend first appears when Shoto Todoroki, Izuku Midoriya, and Iida Tenya team up against Stain, but it gradually progresses to include all of their classmates.

The moment they face Nine, they make perfect teams to take down individual threats too powerful for a single student to handle. This proves to be very important in their subsequent fights, especially during the Paranormal Liberation War Arc.

5 Harsh reality: they alienated other students

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Many other AU students do not realize the high price that members of Class 1-A have to pay for the additional experience. Some 1-B students, especially Neito Monoma, are extremely jealous. But Neito is by no means unique. Students in the General Education Department are particularly bitter.

Hitoshi Shinsou displayed it during the UA Sports Tournament, although he seemed to overcome it under Eraserhead’s tutelage. It is ultimately a symptom of a bigger problem. Tsutsutaka Agoyamato, a general studies student, rates the arrogance of 1-A and wishes them to fail during the school festival.

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The jealousy displayed by other students is not totally unjustified. Due to their unique situation, students in Class 1-A are able to secure internship and hero work studies with high-ranking professional heroes. For example, Fumikage Tokoyami studied hero work with hero number two Hawks.

Shoto, Katsuki, and Izuku shadow Number One Hero Endeavor, and Ochako Uraraka and Tsuyu Asui work with Number Ten Hero Ryukyu. This means that once they graduate, they will have an easier time finding sidekick positions and, after that, working individually with other Pro Heroes.

4 Harsh reality: they didn’t have time to develop their potential

The experiences of 1-A students have not always worked in their favor. They have often spent so much time fighting bad guys that they don’t really have time to focus on their homework. As a result, Class 1-B has a more subtle, but more cohesive, development, although they lack the combat sense of 1-A.

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Only one student in class 1-B fails the first final exam, compared to five in class 1-A. Likewise, all students in Class 1-B pass their Provisional Hero License exam, while two 1-A students fail. The progress of 1-B students is reported in the Joint Training Exercise Arc. The 1-A students always win, but not every game, and in some cases it’s very tight.

3 Advantage: they grow a lot as people

Even in the world of MHA, quirks aren’t everything. The 1-A students had to face difficult situations, which helped them to mature. By the end of season five, it starts to show up in their whims. Beyond that, they also grow up a lot as people. Izuku Midoriya stops comparing himself so much to All Might and makes huge strides in becoming his own person. Shoto Todoroki learns to deal with his problematic family situation. Katsuki Bakugou has grown a lot since his days as Izuku’s tyrant, and he will only continue to improve.

2 Hard reality: they are recruited to fight against the Paranormal Liberation Front

Season five of the anime ends with a giant teaser for the impending conflict with the Paranormal Liberation Front. The students all receive messages, being summoned for a joint operation with the heroes. While Class 1-B will also participate, some 1-A students – such as Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, and Fumikage Tokoyami – will play a much larger role in the battle. It’s a conflict that will shape the future of the Hero Society, and the actions each individual takes may very well determine their true potential as a hero.

1 Advantage: They will probably be the best heroes of the future

With Izuku being the successor of All Might and his increasingly progressing classmates, it is very likely that they will be the leading heroes of the future. But the students of 1-A worked hard for all they achieved. Students in 1-B are talented in their own right, so they will have to work even harder to catch up.

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