>>107775412>With Deku it's literally a baffling mystery as to what the fuck is going on with those two to where you have to almost be a battered housewife to truly call their rivalry a rivalry
Deku and Bakugo are both competing to inherit the legacy of Allmight, with Bakugo not knowing that he has already lost the race before it began because Deku is literally Allmight's successor, not just figuratively.
This is further complicated by the fact that Deku and Bakugo have fundamentally different ideas of what a hero is, both of which are rooted in Allmight in specific. Deku idolizes Allmight for his ability and determination to help others. To him, Allmight is the greatest hero because he can always save the day with a smile.
Bakugo thinks that a hero is someone that beats villains, and Allmight is the greatest hero because he can beat ANY villain by himself.
For Deku its the saving people thats important, for Bakugo its the fact that you are the strongest and no bad guy can touch you. This is why Bakugo is a fucking amazing fighter, but is piss poor at every other aspect of hero work: he doesn't understand why anything other than the fighting is important.
So Bakugo doesn't react well to challenges to his position in general (because in his worldview, you need to have established superiority to be a good hero) and he reacts ESPECIALLY poorly to the possibility of beings surpassed by Deku, the weak piece of shit that isn't 'supposed' to be worth anything. If he can be beaten by Deku, someone who should be far, far below him, then that must mean that Bakugo himself is waaaaaay weaker than he thought he was.
Because Bakugo's worldview doesn't exactly allow for the idea that people can rise in station. You are born with your quirks, your quirks define how awesome you are, and thats FINE with Bakugo because his quirk is great and that means he is intrinsically great too.