Knuckleduster arrives just in time to save Koichi and Soga. Stendhal recognizes Knuckleduster as the "Vigilante of Naruhata" and has no intention to fight him because he views him as someone who is forging the path of righteousness in this crooked society and as a result they share similar ambitions. However, Knuckleduster doesn't view himself as being similar to Stendhal as he is a champion of justice while Stendhal is nothing more than an insane street murderer. Stendhal is disappointed that he and Knuckleduster cannot reach a mutual understanding, but Knuckleduster knows that Stendhal is disappointed that he lost the chance to launch a surprise attack after noticing Stendhal gauge the distance between them. Being a nice guy, Knuckleduster throws down a rope to help Stendhal easily gauge the distance between them. Knuckleduster gives Stendhal the option to withdraw but if he chooses to fight he will drive his fist into Stendhal's mask.
Stendhal steps back and charges forward at great speed, attempting to strike down Knuckleduster first. However, Knuckleduster is able to close the distance between them first, which causes Stendhal to lose the chance to land the initial strike. Knuckleduster slams his fist into Stendhal's mask which sends Stendhal flying back and badly injuring his face. Knuckleduster picks up Stendhal's mask and comments that people like Stendhal put on some sort of disguise and become convinced that they are a completely different person, believing that they are invincible. Knuckleduster comments that these people can be troublesome to deal with since they lack regard for their well-being but conversely stepping into their territory makes them fragile. Knuckeduster states a fact "I'm just flesh and blood. I'm human", commenting that people who forget this fact like Stendhal lack resolve.
Lying on the ground with blood all over his badly injured face, Stendhal comes back to life after hearing Knuckeduster's statement and understands better. Stendhal charges at Knuckeduster with great speed and attacks him with knives. Knuckleduster blocks Stendhal's attack but is cut in the process. Stendhal retreats onto an air conditioning unit, having realized that there are people whose sins are greater than that of villains, who lack any resolve whatsoever; false Heroes. Stendhal licks his bloodied knife and activates his Quirk, which immobilizes Knuckleduster. Stendhal is happy because he feels enlightened and thanks Knuckleduster for his teachings. Stendal jumps towards a building and disappears.
Pop Step arrives with a first aid kit and begins applying bandages to Kouichi and Knuckleduster. Knuckeduster asks Pop Step to tend to Souga's injuries, to which she begrudgingly does. Kouichi is glad to have made it out of this incident alive. Souga is annoyed by Kouichi's optimism and questions Pop Step about it, to which Pop Step replies that he is nothing but a happy-go-lucky idiot.
Back at his run-down apartment, Stendhal realizes that he lacks many things such as power, speed, and tactics but most importantly: resolve. Quinn questions Stendhal's need for resolve, to which Stendhal strikes her in the face with a knife. Stendhal sees that he no longer has a mask and finds it to be most suitable. Stendhal walks away and notes that without a mask he can finally see the truth of the world with his own eyes. Quinn gets up and managed to block Stendhal's knife thanks to her worker bees catching the knife. Quinn sees that Stendhal has gone away spouting nonsense to himself, to which she is content with since it makes things all the more interesting.
Walking in a passageway, Stendal preaches that he will dye the world with not only his blood but the blood he draws from his victims and wherever he travels, he will leave guiding blood stains that cannot be wiped away.
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