- “Become a wonderful hero who can save people in trouble, okay?”
- — Melissa to Izuku in My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
Melissa and Izuku first meet in the first movie My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, which is Melissa's first appearance. The two are connected through All Might, Izuku's mentor and a close friend to Melissa's father, David Shield, and finally meet up upon All Might and Izuku receiving an invitation to I-Island, Melissa and David's home. , They find themselves bonding, as both were born without quirks, and found ways to deal with it- gaining One for All for Izuku, and creating support items for Melissa.
Melissa later gives Izuku one her own of the support items after seeing him in action, helping him to control One for All better. They start to form a relationship similar to that of All Might and David - All Might and Izuku as the Pro Heroes, and David and Melissa as the ones helping them with the tech they create. They take on the villain Wolfram together when he attacks I-Island. During the fight, Izuku is very protective of Melissa, losing his docile nature, and instead growing incredibly angry when Wolfram tries to hurt her.
Melissa doesn’t appear again until chapter 3 of the light novel spin-off, Team Up Missions, in which she visits U.A. Izuku is very excited to see her again, and gets frustrated when other boys come to see her as well, causing her to accidentally ignore him. He’s also glad to see her bond with another friend of his, Mei Hatsume. The two girls get into an argument over who can make the best addition(s) to Izuku’s hero costume. Days later, the competition is held in the USJ. During Melissa's turn to present, Izuku believed that her additions would be perfect. Before continuing, parts of his clothes ripped off, making him rather embarrassed with Melissa near.
Suddenly, things go awry; all the disasters of the USJ began to go off due to over-usage, making the place heavily dangerous to remain in. Izuku jumps into the mess to save Melissa, grabbing her bridal style. Soon after, things are done and settled between Mei and Melissa, who agree on continuing with the competition, surprising Izuku, who has no choice but to go with it!
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DekuMeli is considered a relatively rare pairing, due to many members of the fandom being anime-onlies, and being more or less unaware of Melissa's existence. However, DekuMeli is the most popular ship for Melissa, and often the second most popular het ship for Izuku, rivalled mainly by IzuOcha or slash pairings such as TodoDeku. Their relationship is often portrayed similar to canon, with their teaming up leading to a quickly budding romance.
- Izuku's Relationship with Melissa on the My Hero Academia Wiki
- Melissa's Relationship with Izuku on the My Hero Academia Wiki