The League of Villains is the main antagonistic force in the universe of My Hero Academia. As its name suggests, it is made up of the worst criminals in Japanese society and dedicates itself with all its soul to unleashing all possible chaos and destruction.
Although there are many immediate downsides to joining the League, it may come as a surprise that there are an equal amount of benefits.
10 The harsh reality: League members are expected to commit atrocities without hesitation
Perhaps the most glaring downside to joining the League is its moral ramifications. The members are expected to kill innocent people and wreak havoc when ordered, implying that no honest person would want to enlist.
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For example, Shigaraki was content to disintegrate an entire apple to experiment with his quirk. Furthermore, Dabi and Mr. Compress happily murdered Snatch, a hero who only wanted to accompany Overhaul to jail. The League is also responsible for the kidnapping of children.
9 Pros: League members are not limited by society’s norms for rarities
An underrated benefit of joining the League is that it means that one does not have to abide by the burdensome laws of Japan. They can use their quirks at will, as they are no longer constrained by riot policies.
In this sense, members are invited to experiment more with themselves and their powers than they could have done under normal circumstances. It was the main philosophy of the Meta Liberation Army and the reason why they were able to recruit so many members in such a short time.
8 The harsh reality: The League is haunted by Japan’s greatest heroes
In addition to being significantly outnumbered, the League is outnumbered by Japan’s best professional heroes. Generations of professionals prowl all corners, with hundreds of potential recruits training daily to join their ranks from institutions like UA High.
This makes it virtually impossible for League members to show their faces in public, as most of them are wanted criminals. Even something as simple as having a residence in a busy city is extremely dangerous, as local civilians tend to report them to the authorities.
7 Advantage: the Kurogiri allows the League to make quick and comfortable getaways
Kurogiri’s “Warp Gate” was perhaps the most powerful utility in the League’s arsenal. Not only did it allow them to appear almost anywhere unexpectedly, but they could also make escapes just as comfortably. It also had offensive utility, like when it nearly cut All Might in half when approaching him.
As a result, the villains were extremely difficult to locate despite their vast numbers, and they managed to avoid several arrests on dangerous adventures. Unfortunately for them, Kurogiri was captured by Gran Torino a few months after All For One’s fall on Kamino.
6 The harsh reality: Shigaraki is relatively inexperienced compared to All For One
Following the capture of All For One, the League desperately needed new leadership. He appointed Tomura Shigaraki as his successor and entrusted him with the future of the organization.
However, Shigaraki is extremely inexperienced and has only acted with the guidance of his mentor up to that point. If one wishes to join the League, it is important to remember that its most recent leader is much less experienced than many of the heroes it purports to oppose.
5 Advantage: The League is protected by the monstrous and expendable Nomu
One of the greatest advantages of the League is its ability to produce nomu. Each monstrosity is more powerful than the last, and his latest creation, High-End, nearly succeeds in killing Endeavor after a harrowing encounter.
Since nomu can be designed to store many specific quirks, they can be adapted to counter individual heroes. For example, since the aberration that attacked UA had a shock absorbing ability, it was excellently equipped to take on All Might for a chance to win.
4 The harsh reality: League members are unstable and treacherous
The members of the League are not exactly the most reliable acquaintances. Many of them are unstable and murderous, such as the insatiable Toga, Dabi, and Muscular.
Perhaps the worst thing about its workforce is that it is not well managed. Recently, Hawks has managed to infiltrate the organization and communicate his findings to his superiors. Therefore, not only are the League’s members insane, but their mole is destined to cause major problems for their schedule for the foreseeable future.
3 Pros: The League has some of the series’ most powerful quirks
Despite their small numbers and experience, the members of the League have some of the most potent abilities seen in the series. The most immediate examples come from the quirks of Shigaraki and Mr. Both allow them to defeat opponents with a single touch.
However, they are not the only characters with unlimited potential. Muscular was powerful enough to slaughter dozens of professional heroes on his own, and Twice could clone himself so efficiently that he could spawn an entire army of doppelgangers in a matter of moments. As corrupt as they are, it’s hard to deny the strength of the villains.
2 The harsh reality: La Liga constantly has to deal with competition
The League is not the only force in the Japanese underworld that wants to gain a foothold. Following the fall of All For One, Overhaul’s Yakuza came to light and attempted to absorb Shigaraki’s group into their own.
Furthermore, Re-Destro attempted to destroy the League in a populist movement that sought to return power to the hands of the nation’s inhabitants with their peculiarities. Unlike heroes, Shigaraki’s forces have to compete with other villains just to stay afloat.
1 Perk: At one point, All For One could enhance members with new rarities
In recalling the history of the League, it is important to remember that its first leader was All For One. The organization first prevailed because he could take and redistribute quirks to whoever needed them to create an army of loyal fans.
Before his capture, All For One could have easily offered that luxury to current members of the League. Proving usefulness to his cause would pay unimaginably high dividends, especially if one was born without his own power or viewed his quirk as a deformity.