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I was watching the movie and in the final battle against Nine, all looks lost for Deku and Bakugo until Deku offers to give One For All to Bakugo. Everything works out and they defeat Nine. When All Might is holding Deku in his arms after the battle, Deku lets All Might know that he gave Bakugo One For All. After that Deku passes out his Full Cowling stripes (I couldn't think of a better word to describe them) show up. All Might is relieved by this. He says (and this isn't a quote) that he (Midoriya) didn't fully transfer One for All to Bakugo. I was wondering why this was and how it's going to affect the plot of the story.

(I assumed at firsts it was for plot armor but I am starting to second guess it. They would have made Deku go "Super Saiyan" and beat Nine by himself.)

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As far as impact on the overall story goes there will be none whatsoever. Anime movies made alongside an ongoing series being adapted from a manga are almost always entirely separate from the established canon and are original stores, therefore they are unable to make any lasting changes.

In universe All Might himself refers to Deku retaining One For All after the battle as a "Miracle" speculating that whatever remains of the previous holders within One For All didn't fully transfer the quirk to Bakugo, this could be seen as somewhat similar to how One For All wasn't inadvertently transferred to Stain despite him consuming some of Deku's blood.

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  • Thank you for answering my question. You do have a point with the fact that it was a miracle.
    – Aka-Inu
    Nov 10 '21 at 0:05
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    I don't think the fact that One for All didn't accidentally transfer to Stain is a useful point, while its established O4A transfers via DNA All Might also establishes that it also only transfers when its wielder willingly gives it up. Otherwise, Deku wouldn't be the 9th user but likely the 9000th as All Might would've lost it the first time he kissed someone or volunteered at a soup kitchen and a hair fell in the soup.
    – Gatchwar
    Nov 16 '21 at 19:04
  • That's exactly why I mentioned it, it's an example that's actually canon showing it doesn't have to change hands every time there's some sort of contact.
    – IG_42
    Nov 17 '21 at 11:12
  • It still seems completely unrelated to both the question and answer. The fact that O4A only transfers with its wielder's permission is an understood aspect of the quirk, the aspect in question is how after Deku willingly gives O4A up does it come back to him. The fact that the quirk doesn't randomly transfer doesn't matter given Deku very explicitly gives it to Bakugo. Evidence that would support this would be an instance of O4A being shared/lent out (probably not a thing), you could however build a case using the previous wielders who give Deku extra powers that were not a thing before him
    – Gatchwar
    Nov 17 '21 at 21:46

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