Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
The students of U.A. have grown so much since we first met them in Season 1. Both Deku and Todoroki have gained a better understanding of themselves and who they want to be as heroes, and”Hero Killer: Stain vs U.A. Students” provides an empowering display of just how far these two have come.
Iida’s thirst for vengeance has clouded his vision, much like how Todoroki’s desire to deny any semblance of his father previously kept him in bondage. Thanks to Deku’s selfless plea in “Shoto Todoroki: Origin,” Todoroki has since accepted himself and awakened his full potential, and seeing him do something similar for Iida was such an emotionally satisfying moment of character development.