Manga / My Hero Academia

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Midoriya and the Hero Class of 1-A. note 

"You can become a hero."
All Might

My Hero Academia (僕のヒーロー・アカデミア Boku no Hero Academia), is a manga written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi (author of Oumagadoki Doubutsuen and Barrage), and published in Weekly Shounen Jump. The story takes place in a world where humans have begun to develop superpowers (called Quirks) and where technology is advancing far more rapidly than before. To combat the villains that seem to be springing up everywhere because of this, people with more powerful abilities can train to become a licensed hero who combats evil in the name of the greater good. Now, people with more powerful Quirks often aspire to enter Yuuei (a.k.a. U.A.), an academy dedicated to training Quirk users to become future heroes. The competition is stiff, as the majority of the human population now has a Quirk.

Enter Izuku Midoriya, nicknamed Deku, who is amongst the unlucky few with no Quirk. Despite having no powers, he has not given up on his dream and continues to study both heroes and Quirks in the hopes of one day finding a different path to becoming a Hero. He's often ridiculed for this, especially by Katsuki Bakugou, an extremely powerful Quirk user who's harassed him since childhood. Everything changes one day when he's rescued by his favorite superhero, All Might. Through an odd chain of events, Midoriya proves himself to All Might, who decides to train him and pass his Quirk on to him.

It has been picked up by Viz Media and the English version of Shonen Jump. The manga serialization began its run in the English version by showcasing the first chapter before going into the middle of the Sports Festival arc (which was where the series was at that point), with a recap explaining things up to get readers caught up. Volume collections were eventually released, covering the stories that were skipped over.

An anime adaptation by Studio BONES started airing in April 2016 as part of the Spring 2016 Anime season. Funimation gained the license to the series and produces the English dub. Interestingly, the episodes of the dub were being made a week after the initial episode aired.

A second season started airing in April 2017 as part of the Spring 2017 Anime season. This time, the sub and dub were being made and aired simultaneously!

Two Spin-Offs have been released. The first, My Hero Academia Smash!!, is a parody Gag Series. The second is entitled Vigilante - Boku no Hero Academia: ILLEGALS. Made by a different author and artist, this manga, set some time shortly before the events of the main series, details the story of a group of unlicensed heroes.


My Hero Academia provides examples of:

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  • Aborted Arc: A narration box at the beginning of the Field Training Arc foreshadowed something bad would happen to Iida that Izuku would greatly regret. However, the worst that happened to him was an injury that doesn't even hinder his abilities in battle, so it's a downplayed example. Conversely, the fallout from that event is what haunts him the most of all, as he failed to be there for Iida in his time of need, and the truly bad thing that happened to Iida was not physical injury, it was emotional injury- namely, that his older brother Tensei, whom he looked up to, ended up being crippled by Stain for life.
  • Abusive Parents: Todoroki's. His father only married his mother to produce an offspring powerful enough to one-up All Might, and his mother snapped due to a combination of the frustration for being used and the fact their children were beginning to look like Endeavor, with resulted in her during boiling water on Todoroki's face. Fortunately she gets bettie latter on.
    • Eri's father Chisaki, full stop. His cruelty toward her is so great, she tries to run away from him and when she bumps into Izuku, she clings to him, desperately crying for help.
  • Academy of Adventure: U.A., a school that trains those who wish to be superheroes. Not only that but they have a hero Support course for Gadgeteer Geniuses, a Hero Management course and a General Education course for those who don't make it into the hero course or are expelled from it.
  • Action Girl: Female heroes are not uncommon.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • In the anime, All Might's fight with Noumu takes a few minutes and is a very big Crowning Moment of Awesome of All Might throwing the Noumu up and down and destroying the ground and the ceiling with his punches.
    • Due to working with tight deadlines in Shonen Jump, a lot of fights which weren't very noteworthy in the Sports Festival arc got little or no attention, with some skipped entirely. This was particularly egregious in the case of Yayorozu's ill-fated bout with Tokoyami, which actually messed her up a bit emotionally, and the author chose to reduce it to a flashback. The second season of the anime was not tied down by such limitations and needed to fill up its allotted time, so all those minimized fights get the glory they truly deserve.
  • Adult Fear: Todoroki's backstory with his mother where despite her love for him, she still couldn't control her insanity and attacked him. This mirrors several stories in real life where parents become their kid's abuser due to their own trauma.
    • Parents whose children being born with disabilities that prevent them from achieving their dreams or cause them to be bullied by their peers.
    • Children (like Kouta) whose parents die in the line of duty and leave them orphaned. It's for the exact reason above that Nana Shimura, (All Might's predecessor) gave away her child for adoption to a civillian family, so as to spare him/her the heartbreak and keep him/her away from danger, having already lost her husband to a villain and then eventually meeting the same fate as he did.
    • Izuku's mother keeps seeing her son mutilating his body for his dream while villains attack him on a regular basis.
    • Chisaki's horrendous treatment of his daughter Eri comes to mind, in a case of parents who use their children like tools instead of treating them like human beings with feelings and manipulate them into willful obedience, and it being just a single parent without the other spouse present to defend the child from harm. Plus, there's the fact that he subjects her to physical torture all the time by farming Quirk-destroying bullets by digging the raw material for them out of her own flesh.
  • Always in Class One: With only two classes of new students in the Hero Department, it was roughly a 50-50 shot. Still ended up putting everyone important in 1-A.
  • Ambiguously Human: Several characters, ranging from major to background ones, are this thanks to the diversity of Quirks. This was Deconstructed in the past, as the definition of "human" became very loose and humanity in general devolved into chaos, halting progress considerably.
  • Animation Bump: The finale of the fight between Midoriya and Todoroki gets a rather noticeable animation quality hike. Its rather breathtaking.
  • Arc Villain:
    • The Introduction Arc: While not exactly a villain, Bakugou is the closest it has to an antagonist, especially during the Battle Trial.
    • The USJ Arc: Tomura Shigaraki.
    • The U.A. Sports Festival Arc: While The Unfought, Endeavor (with his son Todoroki as a proxy).
    • The Field Training Arc: Stain.
    • The End Of Term Test Arc: Technically, U.A. and its teacher staff. Justified with this being a school setting, although some of them did go a bit too far.
    • The School Trip Arc: Dabi was the most active villain, although Muscular was part of the arc's main subplot and fight, but Shigaraki was a Greater-Scope Villain as the plan to capture Bakugou was all his.
    • The Hideout Infiltration Arc: Shigaraki starts as a Red Herring to this until All For One shows up.
    • Hero License Exam Arc: Gang Orca was the in-universe Designated Villain, but Inasa was the closest thing the arc had to an antagonist.
    • The Internship Arc: Chisaki.
  • Arc Words: "[X]: the Origin", whenever the narrative focuses on a particular UA student and their starting point in becoming a true hero. So far, this has been the case for Midoriya, Todoroki, and Bakugou.
  • As You Know: The recap at the start of the the anime's second season is framed as a letter to Gran Torino, but includes details about the mechanics of One For All that are both closely guarded secrets and information Gran Torino is already well aware of.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Sometimes, characters have distinguished features that aren't really effects of their Quirks. For example, somebody like Mina Ashido having pink skin because of acid pigments counts as a Quirk side-effect, so she's not an example of this, but somebody like Shouto Todoroki having red and white Multicolored Hair which is perfectly split in the middle is pretty much a big coincidence (not forgetting that there was a higher chance of him being born with only one of his parents' Quirks instead of both like he did, furthering the coincidence).
  • Badass Teacher: U.A. is filled with those as they tend to be professional heroes too.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The base of the League of Villains appears to be one of those.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The end of the Training Camp arc saw the Villain Alliance get what they wanted (Bakugou) and manage to get away even though a few were beaten and captured, including the villain who killed Kouta's parents.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People:
  • Bad Powers, Good People:
    • A good chunk of the hero population have Quirks that could be easily associated to villiany and an appearance to match but are firmly in the side of good.
    • Hitoshi Shinsou has a Quirk, referred to as "Brainwashing", that lets him take total control over anyone who responds to him verbally. Nearly everyone he's ever known remarks how the power is perfect for a villain, but he desires above all else to be a hero.
    • Class 1-A itself has a guy that controls a Living Shadow (Tokoyami) and a girl who can generate Hollywood Acid (Ashido). Neither of them are evil, and this is not even counting the teacher with black hole powers who works solely on disaster relief.
  • Badass Adorable: The art style makes it quite easy for all characters to be seem as cute, with some falling in the Ugly Cute spectrum, and since basically everyone is a badass, a lot of characters can be seen as this. Midoriya, Tsuyu and Uraraka deserve special mention.
  • Bathos: Invoked by Bakugou in chapter 98 when he made Kaminari short-circuit himself after the class found out that because of Midoriya and Co.'s actions and the rest of the class knowing about but doing nothing to stop them... All but three of the class would have been expelled if the situation didn't look so dire.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate:
    • The Field Training arc had both Shigaraki and Stain as the main antagonists, although the latter had a more active role.
    • The Hero internship now has Shigaraki and Chisaki sharing the villain spotlight.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The motto of U.A. Academy, "Plus Ultra", means "Further Beyond" in Latin. It comes from the phrase "Non Plus Ultra", (Nothing further beyond) supposedly inscribed on the legendary Pillars of Hercules that marked the western edge of the known world in Europe for centuries. Plus Ultra is also the motto of Spain, especially the Spanish Crown.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The anime, in comparison to the manga, has much more blood during the USJ arc. Particularly regarding Aizawa's injuries and Snipe shooting Shigaraki's limbs.
  • Body Horror: Some Quirks alter their user in truly bizarre and disturbing ways, though thanks to how ubiquitous Quirks are, this isn't usually a problem for them. This leads to cases of Unusually Uninteresting Sight fairly often.
    • Seiji Shishikura has the Meatball quirk, first seen in ch 106. This allows him to control raw human flesh, including his own. His main combat style is to detach his limbs into flying globs of flesh, and the moment they touch his enemy, he's free to warp and compress their body until they're a sentient globe of misshapen flesh. Fortunately, dealing enough damage to Seiji would break the Meat Prison.re
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: 'Quirk Extension' training is covered in the Field Training arc; essentially, pushing your Quirk to a comfortable limit, and then beyond that. As they're physical abilities, a comparison is made between Quirk Extension and strength training, as muscles have to tear themselves and then repair before they are strengthened.
  • Brains and Brawn: All Might's relationship his ex-sidekick, Sir Nighteye. All Might was the brawn while Nighteye, with his intellect, investigative skills, and precognition quirk, made him effective as the brains.
    All Might: His physical abilities aren't all that impressive, but that brain of his was just the thing to help me out.
  • Breather Episode:
    • After the intense Hideout Raid arc, we get a slice-of-life mini-arc beginning in chapter 98. This is recognized in universe and it's possible the characters started the mini-arc trying to disband the tension formed during the previous arc.
    • The following arc also seems to be rather light in comparison, as it borders being another Tournament Arc and nobody seems to be in any actual physical danger this time.
  • Brick Joke: During Kirishima and Tetsutetsu's match, the viewers made a remark how it would be great to have them both as sidekicks. Sure enough, they became sidekicks of the same hero in the internship period.
  • Call Back: Chapter 4 is titled "The Starting Line". Chapter 11 is titled "Bakugou's Starting Line". Similarly, Chapter 1 is titled "Izuku Midoriya: The Origin". Chapter 39 is titled "Shouto Todoroki: The Origin". Chapter 62 is titled "Katsuki Bakugo: The Origin".
  • The Call Put Me On Hold: This is the basic premise of the manga.
  • The Cameo: Characters from the author's other work, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, can be seen in various chapters. Chapter 36 has Shishido and Toytoy appear in the bleachers. Uwabami appears in chapter 48 as the Hero Momo Yaoyorozu and Itsuka Kendou intern with for a week.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Subtle, but every character has their own distinguishable facial features. For example, their eyes.
  • Cat Fight: In one omake, Mount Lady and Midnight get into one on a televised panel after Mount Lady snipes at Midnight's age.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The appearance of the Villain Alliance during the Ultimate Space & Jams arc marked the series' first serious story arc. While the humor is still there, the atmosphere is a bit darker with the arc being a life-and-death situation.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: While the #2 Hero Endeavour makes his official debut in chapter 28, there's a cameo of him as early as chapter 3 during All Might's reflection on U.A. High. In fact, he appears even earlier, in the very first chapter, in the very first splash page.
    • Yaoyorozu got the second place in the class representative elections by having two votes: one of her own and other from someone who was never revealed. At the time it was irrelevant, but after she goes into Heroic Self-Deprecation and becomes a Broken Ace, finding out that the person to vote for her was Todoroki revitalizes her confidence in herself enough for her to get them to pass on the End Of terms test.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Impressively, the anime's website manages to give an unique associated color to each member of the quite large cast. From the students alone:
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Invoked.
    "I hate pro heroes. The masses don't stand a chance against them."
  • Conveniently Empty Building: Averted pretty hard, the U.A. kids are taught from the very beginning to avoid property damage whenever possible because this trope isn't in play. In All Might and All For One's fight many buildings are destroyed and they are shown to have people in them, in fact rescue operations began while the fight was still going on. At one point All Might is forced to tank a shot from All For One in order to protect a girl stuck in the rubble.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Inverted. All Might and Deku's Quirk "One For All" was created by a villain who could give and take Quirks. The villain gave a Quirk to someone who already had one, which led to One For All's formation. The users of One For All all opposed the villain, and the villain was eventually defeated by All Might.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Todoroki does this at least 3 times, the first against Ojiro and Hagakure during the Battle Trial, the second against a group of villains during the USJ Arc and the third against Sero during the Sports Festival tournament.
    • Tokoyami provides one against Moonfish during the School Trip Arc.
    • In Chapter 87, the combined pro hero and police force utterly decimates the Villain Alliance and rescues Bakugou without a hitch, completely preempting Midoriya and his friends' plans to rescue him.
    • Then in Chapter 88, All For One returns the favor by kidnapping Bakugou AGAIN, ambushing the police force with a fraction of the Noumu army, and takes out several pro heroes who were at the Noumu factory in less than a second with the No. 4 hero Best Jeanist among them!
    • Mirio delivers one to the entire Class 1-A, taking the whole class down within the span of few minutes, including take all long ranged fighters in less than a minute.
  • Damsel in Distress: Invoked by the HUC (Help Us Company), who are professional Damsels In Distress. Justified too, as their role is to judge an aspiring hero's ability to handle the situation during crises, and they have terrifying eyes for details in this case.
  • Darker and Edgier: ILLEGALS, which focus on Vigilantes and more street level crime, including drug dealing and an Attempted Rape.
  • Deconstructor Fleet: The manga is fond of deconstructing the several of the tropes it utilizes, being a Cliché Storm, particularly, tropes that are otherwise freely utilized in shonen manga.
    • Warrior Therapist: One good pep talk while battling will hardly solve years of internalized issues, such as what happened between Midoriya and Todoroki. While the former did helped the latter overcome some issues with his Abusive Parents, he still has a long way to go to actually overcome them, is still dealing with trauma and comparing him to his father is still his Berserk Button.
    • Intangibility: As shown by Mirio, this power, which is often a Story-Breaker Power, is here one of the hardest powers to be used. Becoming intangible, Mirio becomes unable to breathe, hear or see, since he is intangible to air, sound and light, he even falls through the floor if his feet become intangible. Aside from the clear emotional scaring and how fatally dangerous this can be, this power is only useful because Mirio dedicated his life to training with it.
    • Anti-Hero: Heroes are supposed to be beacons of hope for society, so just because someone is strong and capable of defeating villains, there will be issues if a huge jerkass becomes a hero. It's understandable that Endeavor has a large hatedom and only a select few of the characters believe in Bakugou's intent to become a hero.
    • Big Good: All Might filled this role to the entire word, citizens felt safe with him, heroes looked up to him and villains feared him. Understandably, his retirement causes a general state of disturbance, insecurity and raise of crime, even worse because the aforementioned Endeavor became the top hero.
    • Ambiguously Human: Society stopped when Quirks appeared, with the definition of human becoming loose and fear breaking out to everyone.
    • Chronic Hero Syndrome/Determinator: Midoriya never gives up and attempts to save everyone around him. This however is hardly always the best course of action. With his fight with Muscular ends up permanently damaging his arm, which can only be used at that level a few more times before it becomes useless, similarly, after his fight with Todoroki, his hand is now permanently deformed. His attempts to save everyone also cause him trouble when he can't fight against the enemy such as with the Sludge Monster and when he was thinking about saving Eri from Chisaki, having to be stopped by Mirio.
    • Evil Is Cool: Invoked with Stain, the manga shows how damaging the concept can be to society, specially young people since the attention Stain gets from the media encourages already troubled people such as Himiko and Dabi to become full time villains. This is also troublesome because even if these villains are cool they are still evil, shown when Kaminari praised Stain's coolness, failing to realize he just praised the man who permanently crippled his classmate's brother right in front of said classmate until he is called out on it.
    • I Work Alone: During the Hero License Exam, Todoroki, Bakugou and Yoarashi attempt to do this, it results in all of them failing the exam, with the explanation that their inability to work together is damaging to the generation of heroes focused on unity and teamwork that they attempt to create to compensate All Might's retirement. Yoarashi and Todoroki stopping to deal with their personal issues during the fight against Gang Orca.
    • Only in It for the Money: Uraraka is seeking to become a hero just because it's a well paying job. While this would usually be portrayed as selfish and/or unethical, and she herself acknowledges how unwholesome this mindset is, Iida deconstructs this by mentioning that there isn't anything wrong in looking for a well paying job to sustain herself and her parents.
    • The Power of Friendship: A rare instance of the antagonists attempting this. During the battle with the Eight Expendables, they claim that they'll beat Suneater because of their bond. However, he uses their bond against them before curb-stomping them.
    • Bad Boss and You Have Failed Me: Chisaki is shown to be the type of villain that kills minions for minor infractions. However, because he has Healing Hands, he can bring them back to life so that they'll know not to fail him again.
  • Degraded Boss:
    • The feared 0-point robots in the entrance exam are later reused as obstacles in the Sports Festival race, where several students are easily able to handle them.
    • There are more than one Artificial Human Noumu, but the first one was the most refined of them all as it was made for the goal of defeating All Might. Later ones are not as strong and can easily be taken down by the likes of Endeavor and Gran Torino.
  • Differently Powered Individual: By the time the story takes place, these represent the majority of the population, with a whopping 80% possessing some type of Quirk. Most simply continue to live ordinary lives, though, with only a small number becoming full-on superheroes or supervillains.
    • Inverted with "Quirkless" people, a term reserved for individuals with no superpowers and that represent only 20% of the population.
  • Double Standard: During Bakugou and Uraraka's fight, many spectators start booing Bakugou for not going easier on a girl. It immediately gets called out by Aizawa; this is the same audience that was fine with the three other male vs female matches, including a boy who could shoot lasers against a female opponent. The only difference is that Bakugou is an unlikable jerk, therefore the audience just assumes everything he does is to bully his opponent.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Characterization of several characters was highly different than what would became of them in later chapters:
    • Early chapters paint Todoroki in a rather Anti-Hero/Ambiguously Evil vibe that never appears again, since he was only not willing to kill a villain because it would make him look bad later, and for that, didn't even try to save the villain, just stated for him to get out of the ice soon or else he would tarnish his reputation. Then his Dark and Troubled Past comes into light and we are given an explanation for why he behaves so grimly, and Izuku yanks him out of his begrudged state.
    • All-Might had some shades of being a Jerk Ass early in the series (or in the very least, was Innocently Insensitive). He sat on an already-heavy refrigerator while powered-up for Izuku to drag just to seemingly troll him, and abandoned him while he was training while he talked to his fangirls. Comparing it to All-Might now, this seems a bit out of character for him.
    • Bakugou was considerably more cruel in his bullying of Midoriya in the first chapter, even telling him to commit suicide if he wants to be reborn with a Quirk, but he slowly lost his animosity toward Midoriya with the real motivator for berating him being a sense of squashed pride. While he's still a Jerkass going further into the story, a lot of his Hair-Trigger Temper gets Played for Laughs. Also, Bakugou had friends in the first chapter (although they acted more like a bully posse), but after getting admitted into U.A., he is shown behaving very anti-socially, this is possibly justified by the fact that no one wants to hang out with a bully and are aware that that behavior might threaten their position in UA and their popularity as heroes, therefore isolating him. That, and his bully posse didn't get admitted into U.A. with him.
    • All the way back during the USJ Arc, Tomura was very fond of videogame lingo and metaphors. This aspect rarely shows up later, although it may be a case of Character Development.
    • Kirishima was not that fond of Bakugou back in the Battle Trial Arc. By the next arc, he was already admiring his character and acting like his buddy.
    • Iida's first appearance during the Entrace Exam Arc has him acting as an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy and being condescending towards Midoriya and Bakugou, stating that he would also have saved Uraraka if he knew they were being judged on it, these traits never appear again. However, his attitude change was at least explained in that he developed respect for Izuku when he behaved heroically in the entrance exam, and he was also very uptight to begin with. Befriending Izuku and Ochako caused him to mellow out and his uptight qualities became Played For Laughts.
    • Izuku was shown to be pretty resentful towards Bakugou because of his bullying in the first chapter, this is a stark contrast to the Izuku now, who is optimistic that he can still be friends with him. Izuku also used to have a crush on Ochako (or, in the very least, he wasn't subtle about it). As the series progressed, his crush on her never seems to get mentioned again while Ochako starts developing feelings for him. Either that, or Izuku just hasn't focused on it lately (a lot of troubling things are occupying his mind).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Some of the poster scenery in Season 2 is directly ripped from the volume covers of the manga.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Quirk advantages is a concept that's been there since the first chapter. They're often basic like the wood manipulator being weak to fire, or the shadow beast user being weak to anything that can produce reasonable light. Some are more subtle though, like the Quirk eraser having a disadvantage against Mutants, whose Quirks tend to be permanent alterations on their bodies (and thus can't be turned off).
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Todoroki, having recognized the similarity between Midoriya's powers and All-Might's, but not knowing about the fact that All-Might's power can be deliberately passed down, asks Midoriya if he's All-Might's illegitimate child.
  • Everybody is Single: The only characters who are confirmed to be in romantic relationships are parents. Not a single U.A. student has been confirmed to be in a relationship or has ever been in a relationship. With students in the hero course so focused on becoming heroes, the series places way more of an emphasis on friendships and teamwork than romance. During the rare times romance is brought up, it's usually thought of as a distraction to hero careers.
  • Everyone Is a Super: By the time the series begins, 80% of humanity as some kind of Quirk. That said, most humans aren't superheroes. Inverted with animals, with only a rare few obtaining Quirks and intelligence as a result. The principal is one such animal.
  • Evolutionary Levels: Apparently, people with Quirks lack a joint in their pinkie toe. It's explained that this joint is vestigial in humans, and therefore anyone without it is part of a new stage in evolution.
  • Evolving Credits: In the closing credits of the first three episodes of the anime, Izuku is seen running in his middle school uniform. Once he makes it into UA, he wears his high school uniform instead.
  • Exact Words: Important during All Might's fight with Noumu.
    All Might: He said your power was shock absorption, not nullification! That means there's a limit to what you can take, right?!
  • Famed In-Story:
    • Most Pro-Heroes are famous to varying degrees, with All Might being the most famous of them all.
    • Because of it's large national audience, students of Yuuei Academy have the chance of making their name know across the whole nation at the Yuuei Sports Festival.
    • Even compared to other Yuuei Academy students, Midoriya's class of 1-A became famous after the class was able to repel a villain ambush during one of their lessons. It actually caused them to overshadow the other Yuuei students at the above-mentioned sports festival as the media and audience paid more attention to them.
  • Fantastic Racism: The series offers a unique example. When Quirks were first beginning to emerge, people who developed them were ostracized by society a la X-Men, but now the overwhelming majority of people in the world have powers, it's the powerless who are at a disadvantage. Even so, being Quirkless is treated more like a disability; the worst of what we've seen so far is school bullying, a far cry from outright descrimination. On top of this, while people whose looks aren't drastically affected by their abilities are the majority, people's Quirks have the potential to grant them extremely alien appearances. So far what we've seen is that these people are treated no differently from anyone else. For instance, Tsuyu wasn't ostracized for her frog-like appearance and only had trouble making friends because she was always busy studying and taking care of her siblings. She made friends with a girl who had a face exactly like that of a snake, who is doing fine and has a lot of friends even though they're not in the same high school.
  • Fat Flex: All Might describes his superpower to be similar to this. Just like a normal human can puff their chest to look stronger, he too can redistribute his body's energy output to turn from a skinny bloke to a superhuman form. However, doing so puts heavy strain on his body, even more so after he got a lung ripped out in battle and so has had his transformational time halved.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The group that goes off to rescue Bakugou during the Hideout Raid Arc fits all five requirements:
      • Midoriya is The Leader, of the "strategist mastermind" variation.
      • Todoroki is The Lancer, formerly The Rival who is just as invested in the rescue as Midoriya and Kirishima, but is very much aware the rescue plan is driven by their egos and may not work.
      • Kirishima is The Big Guy, the Hot-Blooded tough guy who is just as invested in the rescue operation as Midoriya, if not more.
      • Iida is The Smart Guy, on virtue of being the group's Only Sane Man who does not condone the rescue and works to maintain it within legal boundaries.
      • Yaoyorozu is The Chick, who (reluctantly) agrees with the rescue, but goes with the group mostly to watch over them.
      • All Might is the Sixth Ranger, as he joins the group later on to fight Sensei, as well as serving the Deuteragonist of the arc, with more of his background being revealed in that arc.
    • Midoriya's group during the Internship Arc has he and Kirishima return to their respective positions, but with a few changes:
  • Flaw Exploitation: The End-of-Term practical test is redesigned into this after the incidents involving the Villain Alliance. The teachers pair up students against the teacher who can best force them to deal with their weak areas.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Midoriya's narration in Chapter 46 indicates that something bad will happen to Iida. It did.
    • More generally, Midoriya's narration says at the very start that this is the story about how he became a great hero. So assuming he isn't lying, we can assume he succeeds in the end.
  • Foreshadowing: While All Might explains the nature of "One For All" as a Quirk that is to be cultivated and inherited, there are 8 balls of light which are interconnected, like a constellation. These hint to the 8 previous holders of the Quirk, with Deku being the Ninth successor.
  • Friendly Rivalry: This series filled with them.

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  • Gag Boobs: Not in the manga itself (at least, not yet) but in an Omake, the mangaka draws his assistants in superhero outfits, and in the lower-left is a lovely lady whose endowments dwarf those of most Hentai characters.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: In chapter 56, Deku, Todoroki and Iida have survived Stain's onslaught and even rescued Mr. Native, but tales of their heroics can never be told since they committed a violation of performing superheroics without any license; If word got out, they would have to be punished.
  • Golden Snitch: In the second round of the Sports Festival, Midoriya is the Snitch. His point value of ten million is greater than the rest of the students' points combined.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Several characters that seem to be black-haired (ex: Midoriya, Iida, Tsuyu) have their hair with unnaturally-colored highlights (ex: mint, dark blue, teal), but sometimes, they will be drawn with their hair entirely on those colors, making it hard to identify their actual hair color.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: If a main character wears more covering headgear than a Domino Mask or goggles, the very first hit said character takes in a fight will blow it off. Always. Special mention to Midoriya himself, who took over a hundred chapters to wear his mask again after it got blown apart by Bakugou in their first training exercise, even after it was repaired.
    • Averted with Sero who does actually wear his helmet. However, you can see his face through the glass when his facial expressions need to be seen. Otherwise it's completely black.
    • Played with, with Iida. When in full uniform, he does wear his fully covering helmet, yet during the fight against Stain, which was his biggest battle yet in uniform, the helmet came off.
  • Hero Insurance: Present, but there is a limit, as enough property damage can cause hero offices to go bankrupt, so destruction of property is discouraged.
  • Heroic Build: Most male heroes, including the teenagers of Class 1-A (except Mineta), are built like brickhouses.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: While Quirks grant a user power, they're not infinite and often can cause harm to the to user if either used excessively or not used properly.
    • Uraraka can't overuse her gravity power or she'll get violently nauseous or dizzy.
    • Midoriya can't control his power output so his bones break every time he uses One for All. By Chapter 47, he's trying to find a way around this.
    • Kaminari's charge reserves have a limit and if he uses too much he'll be in a state of unparalleled stupidity.
    • Mineta can't rip out too many sticky balls or his skin will bleed.
    • Aoyama's navel laser can't be overused or his stomach will crumple or be crushed.
    • Aizawa Eraserhead has to maintain unblinking eye contact to nullify other powers or it won't work plus he can't stare for too long cause he has dry eyes.
    • Iida can overclock the engines in his legs for a single burst of incredible speed, after which he can't use his powers again for a while.
    • Todoroki can suffer frostbite from using his ice powers unless he uses his flame powers to regulate his body temperature.
    • Bakugou needs sweat to generate his explosions. If he can't sweat he can't make an explosion. He discusses this in chapter 38, pointing out that every Quirk has some kind of limit. Bakugou designed his own costume specifically to help him collect sweat to amplify his explosions. His wrists also aren't immune to the kickback from the explosions he makes, so if he overdoes it, he could also injure himself by straining his wrists.
  • Heroic Wannabe: Many pro heroes treat their profession as a way to achieve fame and celebrity status, often forgetting the meaning of the word "hero". Midoriya, despite being Quirkless, was probably more of a hero than most of them, which is why All Might chose him as his successor in the first place. This type of person was also the main target of Stain's attacks.
  • Homage: It is a distinctly Japanese take on Western-style superheroes. There are even color pages that resemble superhero comic covers, such as the one seen on this page.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The user of All For One ultimately created his own opposition when he forced a Quirk that could stockpile power upon his brother, the original owner of One For All. This combination of power means that each successor of One For All becomes more powerful than the one prior, with the ultimate goal of defeating All For One.
  • Hufflepuff House: Aside from the Heroics department (the main focus of the series), U.A. also offers General Education (i.e. regular college education), Support (gadget engineering) and Hero Management (hero managers) classes.
    • Class 1-B, the other Hero class of U.A., is more or less a glorified Hufflepuff House, with only 3 or so actually prominent characters (Tetsutetsu, Kendou and Monoma).
  • Hybrid Power: Present given that Quirk inheritance is a thing, and sometimes children might inherit both his parents' Quirks.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After Kouta decides that he doesn't want to hang around the UA kids, acting rude and like he's above their "cheesiness", Bakugou of all people is the one to comment on his specific brand of trying to act mature.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Izuku Midoriya wanted to be a Hero badly, but being Quirkless, it only made him the butt of jokes for not being able to let go of his dreams. He even suffers a Broken Pedestal moment when his idol, All Might, tells him he can never be a hero without a Quirk. It isn't until he attempts to rescue his former best friend from a creature he caused All Might to lose that All Might has a change of heart and allows him to inherit his Quirk.
  • I Work Alone: Shishikura, Todoroki, Bakugou and Yoarashi all decided to work alone during the Hero License Exam Arc, it ends up as a deconstruction, as the exam was made to create a generation of heroes focused on teamwork and unity, therefore, all 4 of them ended up not making the cut.
  • Irony: All Might's use of his power is steadily declining, from one hour, down to fifty minutes. In chapter 48, however, Deku has found a way to use is powers for an indefinite period of time and is now working on a way to lengthen its use and power output.
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: Using your Quirk in public is considered a serious offence if its not in a situation to protect yourself or other people. On the other hand it's often treated as a very minor crime and offenders are usually just given a warning or long lecture if you happen to get caught. That said should you be arrested for it you are named as a villain.
  • Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: The clash between All Might and Noumu resulted in gale-force wind that prevented anyone from getting within several meters of the fight.
  • Last Name Basis: Most of the characters are called by their last name. This is not uncommon in Japanese settings. A particular character tries to defy this in regards to her own name, but she's not very successful.
  • Legion of Doom: The Villain Alliance, a group of villains who team up to kill All Might.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Some Quirks mutate their user to give them the appearance of a human-animal hybrid.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: At least 20 regular characters and many more introduced in later arcs. The author himself often laments in character bios that he isn't able to fully introduce many of them yet.
  • Lost in Translation: Before Viz Media and their professional translators picked up this series, fan translation groups took translating chapters for fans upon themselves. People have begun to notice some significant differences between the Viz translation of key lines, and the fan translated ones. The most egregious examples include:
    • Venomous Chainsaw was not the one who caused the limitations on All Might's abilities. In the fan translation, when Deku asked All Might if Venomous Chainsaw was the one to injure him, they translated it as "Yeah, he wounded me but I wouldn't let that stop me." When Viz Media released an official translation done by paid professionals, it came out as, "That lowlife? He could never do this to me."
    • A line by Stain, when fan-translated, came out as, "The word 'hero' must be restored!" But when Viz translated it, it was "If I don't reclaim my hero status...!"
      • Another translation has come out stating that the fans may have been closer this time. This translation reads his line as "If heroes aren't restored," which matches with the events that occurred in the following chapter.
    • Kurogiri's name being mistaken for its literal translation, "Black Mist"; Viz Media's translation has Shigaraki call him "Kurogiri".

    M-R 
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Given One For All's unique nature as a quirk that can be passed down to a chosen successor, such a chain is strongly implied with One For All's users, and is confirmed with its seventh, eighth, and ninth users Nana Shimura, All Might, and Midoriya.
  • Most Common Super Power: Apparently possessed by 95% of all female heroes.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Quirks are ubiquitous to the point where things like a newscaster with horns on his head isn't considered anything unusual.
  • Mythology Gag: The sniper on U.A.'s faculty is a character from My Hero, a one-shot Horikoshi made with a similar premise to this series.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Downplayed. The manga has a distinct lack of Ship Tease during it's entire run, even Uraraka and Midoriya's relationship seems to not go anywhere, as Uraraka herself points out she needs to push her romantic feelings away so she can focus on being a hero. Other characters from Class 1-A lack Ship Tease between themselves too.
    • Possibly justified due to Reality Ensues: None of the heroes that play a bigger part on the plot seem to be in a relationship, possibly meaning that being a hero is a work that requires your undivided attention, leading to few heroes actually taking on romance, or that some choose not to do so to not make the people they love into targets, such as what happened to Nana's husband, who was murdered by a villain.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: Each of the successors to One For All so far have this motif in their names (Nana Shimura=7th, Toshinori Yagi [kanji containing the word "eight"]=8th, and the ku in Izuku=9th)
  • Odd Name Out: With respect to the series installments. The manga and the anime usually feature the title of the installment at the start, but in situations where some really heavy or intense events transpire, the title will appear at the end of the installment, usually for added dramatic impact and in situations where knowing the title early spoils something important (in the manga only, as the anime gives a preview of every following episode and takes note that some viewers already know the source material).
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Iida and Ojiro's fight against Power Loader in the End of Term Test arc. All we see of the fight is the very end, right after Ojiro makes it past the gate. The same goes for Shouji and Hagakure against Snipe.
    • A lot of the fights in the Sports Festival arc amounted to this in the manga because they were over very quickly. However, all examples of such are completely undone in the anime, where all of the fights happen on-screen (likely not included in the former medium due to time constraints; a manga may be pruned down to meet the demanding release schedule, but an anime has more time to work with and the removed content can help fill out the season's runtime).
  • On the Next: In the Japanese release of the manga volumes, there would be a short little blurb and picture from whoever narrated on the back of the book (All Might for vol.1, Midoriya for vol.2, Bakugou for vol. 3, and Uraraka for vol. 4) detailing something that'd happen in the next volume.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. The series has a Shouta (Aizawa) and a Shouto (Todoroki). There are also two distinct characters called Kouda and Kouta, as well as two completely different people called Kenji (one is a villain and the other is a dog-headed chief of police. Downplayed in this case as the former has it as a first name and the latter has it as a surname).
  • Origins Episode: Chapter 59 explains the origin of "One for All".
  • Passing the Torch: Once Sensei is locked away and All Might loses what's left of One for All, both pass on the torch to their juniors, Shiragaki and Midoriya.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: Deliberately invoked twice in the Sports Festival.
    • The final obstacle in the obstacle race is a mine field, which means whoever was in first place, is at disadvantage, since all mines are there, as nobody exploded them yet.
    • Then again on the cavalry battle. The first place in the obstacle race worth 10.000.000 points, meaning that whoever has this band has an automatic victory, and this causes everyone to turn against Midoriya, except for Ochako, Tokoyami and Mei, who teamed up with him out of friendship, respect, and ambition, respectfully. Accordingly, this ends with Midoriya having a huge target on his back during the entire event.
  • Personality Powers: Not rarely, characters will have personalities and interests that perfectly mirror their Quirks.
  • Perspective Flip: In chapters 88 to 90, it makes it appear that Sensei is a hero for the villains, stopping an all-powerful foe (All-Might) so he could save his beloved pupil.
  • Police Are Useless: Averted so far. Superheroes act as a rapid response to disasters and criminals with powerful Quirks while the regular police continue to have jurisdiction over day-to-day matters and the investigative side of crime-fighting. Also, in Chapter 95, after All Might finally loses One For All for good, and the League of Villains becoming stronger, the police chiefs realize they need to institute serious reforms to adapt to the emerging supervillain threat.
  • Portmanteau: Yuuei/U.A. Academy's name is one, being a portmanteau between the words "Yuusha"" and "Eiyuu". In Japanese, both words can be used to refer to a hero. Alternatively, see Sdrawkcab Name below.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: We see several of these after the UA students are moved into on-campus dorms. Midoriya's is filled with All Might memorabilia as befits his fanboy nature, Kaminari's has games and fun stuff, while Ojiro's is very plain.
  • Precision: One of the music soundtracks introduced in Season 2 has the lyrics, "Be a fuckin' superstar". Oddly, it has a bleep effect lazily overlaid over the swear, and it doesn't do any good at all.
  • Prequel: The Illegals series takes place several years before the start of the main series. In chapter 6.5 its revealed that the series takes place before Midnight and Eraserhead become teachers with, Midnight mentioning how she would be working at U.A. next year.
  • Punny Name: Literally everybody has a name that hints at the Quirk they have.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • All Might's final battle with Sensei. Even though Sensei is defeated and put into prison, All Might permanently loses One For All and his true form is revealed to the public. The age of All Might is over.
    • After All Might's retirement, Endeavor gained the #1 Hero Status. He is not happy with it, because he did not earn it, he never bested All Might, who went out in a blaze of glory, more popular than ever after defeating All For One and their ultimate match will now never happen. That not even getting in the point that he realized that all he did with his family for the purpose of surpassing him was now completely pointless.
  • Quality Over Quantity: In the Training Camp arc, to show how the Villain Alliance is more of a serious threat than they were in the attack on USJ, they send a team of 10 skilled and experienced villains instead of the mobs of random thugs that had been used previously.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • So, you're being a Warrior Therapist to The Ace of your class whose Willfully Weak because he's spiting his father for his inherited powers, while you yourself haven't mastered the Quirk and are in fact beating yourself up just to have a fighting chance? You're going to lose. This is however, reconstructed after the fight, saying that while Midoriya lost, he's still a true hero for actually giving a damn about Todoroki's fate.
    • This leads into another case: One single pep talk isn't going to erase years of trauma. Todoroki is ultimately unable to conjure his flames again during the tournament, and he loses his final match with Bakugou as a result.
    • The series begins in a world where superpowers are accepted and considered normal. So there's a bit of a contrast when it's revealed that when superpowers first appeared, society unraveled, leading to a time of chaos and disorder. Also, a villain who won the Superpower Lottery took over Japan and it's implied he ruled from the shadows until fairly recently.
    • Nana Shimura gives a look on the heroes' personal life: she gives up her own son, so he will be safe of villains who may be after her. Similarly, Kouta is another example of this: He lost his parents to a villain's attack, and ever since then, he hated heroes, since it's a job that constantly puts people who have families in front of danger. Add this to the fact that no heroes shown so far seem to actually have a family or even a romantic relationship, being a hero basically seems to consume the rest of your life.
    • It's repeatedly shown that the pressure One For All puts on his body causes Midoriya's bones to shatter when he pushes himself to it. This is presented as a mere limitation until it's revealed that continued careless use of his powers will eventually destroy the ligaments in his arms, leaving them permanently paralyzed. Because of this, he requested modifications to his hero costume that support his arms to help minimize damage to them. From this point on, he is also seen wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm (the one that sustained the most damage in each of his fights) in his daily life to manage what seems to be chronic pain in that arm specifically.
    • In chapter 98, Aizawa informs Class 1-A that he knew the class knew Midoriya and co. were going to rescue Bakugou. Because the class was told not to do so and had no legal authority to act as heroes, Aizawa would have expelled all of the class except Jirou and Hagakure, who were unconscious in the hospital, and Bakugou, who had been kidnapped. The only thing that saved them from expulsion is that with All Might's retirement, the country can't afford to lose any more heroes.
    • Zigzagged with the License Exam Arc. Just because you had a breakthrough in the last minutes of a competition, you will almost never be able to score enough to pass when there are people who have been working hard and done great since the start. In the Hero License Exam Rc Todoroki and Yoarashi started fighting each other midway through the competition while the enemy was in front of them, while they were capable of in the last minute work it out and work together, even with Midoriya helping them, both of them did not pass. But in the end, they were still allowed to take remedial exams in Spring.
  • Red Herring: Chapter 88 reveals that Tomura Shigaraki's real name is Tenko Shimura, which carries the implication that he's a relative of All Might's mentor, the previous One For All user. Given Shigaraki's obsession with the hand that he calls "Father", that means that Shigaraki's father was All Might's mentor, right? Not quite. Chapter 91 reveals that the name of All Might's mentor was Nana Shimura, and the following chapter clarifies that she was Shigaraki's grandmother.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Quirks don't work without the 'Quirk Factor', which is the physical mechanism through which the Quirk functions; this can be anything from nerves being able to move a tail, to Bakugo's Nitro Sweat letting him spark explosions, to the pads on Uraraka's Fingertips being the mechanism for her cancelling gravity. Aizawa's Erasure Quirk functions by temporarily disabling the Quirk Factor of the person he's looking at. Eri's Quirk, meanwhile, seems to be that her blood and other tissue actively attack the Quirk Factor of other Quirk bearers, with the possibility of destroying it completely if her blood is administered in high enough doses.
  • Re Tool: The series is based off a one-shot manga the artist drew, entitled "My Hero". The main character of the one-shot is named Jack Midoriya, and he's a salaryman selling gadgets to superheroes. The hero Snipe from the one-shot - or at least someone with his design - actually appears in My Hero Academia as the sniper hero who attacks the Villain Alliance.
  • The Reveal: All for One revealed that Tomura Shigaraki is the grandchild of All Might's mentor and the previous holder of the power.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Bakugou and Uraraka are paired up to do battle in a tournament, Bakugou keeps a heavy hit in reserve in case Uraraka, who he knows is friends with the ever-wily Midoriya, has some sneaky trick up her sleeve. He's right about the sneaky trick, though Uraraka actually declined Midoriya's help before the match and the idea was wholly her own. Midoriya sets him straight in the next chapter.
  • Rocket Jump:Izuku uses mines from a minefield to propel himself to the leading position in a race, however, he uses a part of a fallen robot as a shield to protect himself from the blast.
  • Rogues Gallery: As a series about super-powered humans who can undergo official training to become superheroes, the series naturally has a list of recurring villains, most of whom are members or allies of the League of Villains. This list includes All For One, Kurogiri, Hero Killer Stain, Tomura Shigaraki, Giran, Dabi, Himiko Toga, Mr. Compress, Magne, Spinner, and Twice.
  • Rotating Protagonist: Played with. While Midoriya is always the protagonist, the group with him seems to vary, the rest of the main cast, Iida, Uraraka and Todoroki, are prone to fall in and Out of Focus depending on the situation, such as Iida being Out of Focus in the USJ and Training Camp Arc while receiving the spotlight during the Stain Arc, or Uraraka being Out of Focus during the Hideout Raid and Stain Arcs. Bakugou is the only other character who is consistently prominent. The Tritagonist is arguably All Might, who acts as Midoriya's mentor and plays a major role as a legacy character.
    • Secondary characters also sometimes get to receive some focus, such as Tsuyu and Mineta (besides others such as Yaoyorozu, Jirou and Kaminari) in the USJ Arc, Tokoyami and Mei during the Sports Festival, Tsuyu, Mineta, Jirou and Kouda in the End Of Terms Arc, Shouji and Tokoyami in the Training Camp and so on. Kirishima receives a lot of attention, such as in the USJ Arc, Hideout Raid Arc, Training Camp Arc, and Internship Arc, bordering on being an Ascended Extra.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kirishima and Tetsutetsu being way too similar to each other.
      • They have very similar Quirks. The narrator even used the exact same wordings when describing their Quirks.
      • They got matched together in the tournament, which ends with a Double Knockout.
      • They became sidekicks under the same hero during the internship period.
      • They even share the same birthday.
    • Midoryia getting excited while watching and analyzing fights and constantly muttering to himself without realizing, much to the annoyance of those around him.
    • In the anime, every "Next Episode" segment will feature one character trying to give the preview with Izuku, and usually they'll freak him out in the process. A scene from the next episode will be mentioned where someone/a group will have something happen to them, and then the episode will close with both Izuku and the character doing the recap giving a rousing cry, "Go beyond! Plus Ultra!" However, if the episode is of serious nature, it will feature a more traditional recap that defies this format.

    S-Y 
  • Sdrawkcab Name: A variation. Yuuei Academy is backwards for Eiyuu (the sounds/meaning the Japanese characters that make up the word are swapped, which isn't immediately prevalent in English), the Japanese word for "hero". Alternatively, see Portmanteau above.
  • Secret Test of Character: The entrance exam was revealed to be one. While indeed looking for those that had strength and ability, the examiners were likewise looking for those who would put others before themselves. Midoriya passes for this reason as he saves Uraraka from a rampaging machine despite having gotten no points in the combat portion of the exam.
  • Serious Business: Thanks to it serving as a staging ground for up-and-coming heroes to showcase their talents and attract sponsors, the U.A. Academy Sports Festival has grown to have a larger national audience than the Olympics.
  • Shout-Out:
    • There's a ton of this for Star Wars, with several locations being named after planets from the franchise. See Theme Naming in the Trivia section.
    • In the first chapter, silhouettes of Superman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Devilman can be seen. Of course, this doesn't translate to the anime adaptation due to copyright restrictions.
    • When Present Mic is going over the rules of the Mock City entrance exam, he uses silhouettes of characters from Super Mario Bros. as an example. Again, the anime throws this out the window due to copyright, but it replaces it with its own rendition of Present Mic in an RPG complete with Sprites. However, that didn't stop Horikoshi from introducing Mirio, whose name is a phonetic homage to "Mario", and whose face resembles Mario's beady-eyed toon appearance from Paper Mario.
    • "The Ultimate Space for Jams"
    • Tsuyu Asui is said to do "whatever a frog can". Spider-Man has a theme song saying he "does whatever a spider can".
    • Midoriya pretty much sums up the premise of Marvel Team-Up and The Brave and the Bold in the Battle Trial arc.
    • Eraserhead is likely an allusion to the David Lynch movie.
    • One of the heroes watching the tournament in chapter 34 looks like a beefed-up Flash.
    • Todoroki is basically a colder and more rebellious shounen manga version of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, beginning with a burn scar around his eye and a kingly-looking fire-powered dad who doesn't look all that approving of him. A dad who turns out to be an asshole.
    • Mina Ashido initially chooses the codename Alien Queen. Completely lampshaded.
    • One of the hero agencies that wants to hire Todoroki is the Kal-El Agency.
    • Chapter 46 introduces a hero named Gran Torino...which could also be a reference to the car.
      • Also, his outfit resembles that of a Mega Man (Classic) character - particularly Proto Man, color scheme aside.
    • Midoriya's hero costume makes him look like a rabbit with a Grin of Audacity, which looks like the hero from Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, the author's previous work.
    • In Chapter 78, as Tokoyami is swallowed by Dark Shadow, its eyes looks like that from the Beast of Darkness from Berserk.
    • Bakugo's outfit at home in chapter 96 includes a t-shirt with a skull design that evokes The Punisher.
    • In chapter 101, the part where Hatsume puts Midoriya in an armored suit that nearly breaks his spine is a clear reference to Iron Man 2. The part where she gives Iida gauntlets that launch him into the ceiling may also be a reference to the first movie when Tony Stark is testing out the glove thrusters while building his suit.
    • Shouji looks like a heroic version of Gotou from Parasyte.
    • Chapter 115 seems to be a shout out to Watchmen, with a mentally unstable masked man walking the streets, watching corruption, and monologuing to himself. Its certainly enough of a tone shift from the rest of the series to stick out.
    • All Might's Quirk, One For All, and its originating Quirk, All For One, is a clear reference to The Three Musketeers.
    • The Chapter 120 reveal of the second popularity contest results includes full illustrations of two characters who aren't even from Jump - those being Mega Man X and Pikachu. Because two readers voted for them for some reason.
      • And the big group shot of the main winners (which is fantasy-themed) includes All-Might carrying the Dragon Slayer, because of course he would.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Iida gives one to Stain when it looks like Stain is about to kill him. He doesn't care what Stain thinks of him or the heroes he's attacked. Stain is still just a criminal who hurt his brother. This is immediately followed by Deku rushing in and Smashing the Hero Killer in the face.
  • Spiritual Successor: Many readers view My Hero Academia as the Spiritual Successor of Naruto. The author himself stated that he was inspired by Naruto, which explains the similarities of certain aspects of this series. While My Hero Academia was already very popular when Naruto used to be in Weekly Shounen Jump, this series' popularity increased even further after the latter ended. One fan even submitted Naruto's name in a popularity poll, in an obvious nod at this trope.
    • It can also be one for Tiger & Bunny. Both cover similar themes, like the commercialization of superheroes and rankings, and both Wild Tiger and All-Might gradually lose their powers over the course of the series.
  • Skewed Priorities: Aizawa accuses the upper management of UA as having this, as the test for acceptance into the hero department favor people with Battle Heavy Quirks. Which means people with incredibly useful Quirks, but don't really have any way to battle robots, will fall through the cracks and at best only be accepted into the General Studies course. That said it is possible that if someone shows themselves to be useful, a general studies student can get a transfer over to the heroics course.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The school's name is frequently translated as Yuuei, but the students are often seen wearing school uniforms with letters U and A on them (which works as a sort of acronym for "Yuuei"). The Viz manga also uses "U.A." when naming the school.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Played with, but not exactly straight. Characters are named after the powers they have, but because Superpowerful Genetics is in play, it ends being more of a case of Family Theme Naming from the part of the parents, although it's worth noting that a child has the chance of inheriting only one of the parents' power, meaning there's a 40% or so chance of this being the case and another 40% of it being a subversion. The remaining 20% is when the child inherits both powers, so the name can be varying degrees of meaningful. And this is not including Quirkless people. That said, there are two legitimate examples in Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi (All Might), whose names follow a Numerical Theme Naming that coincides with their One For All (a power that they earn instead of being born with) successor numbers.
  • Super Breeding Program: In chapter 31, Todoroki explains the idea of Quirk Marriages, marriages planned with the express purpose of maximizing a Quirk via the children of the couple. Though there is no guarantee that a child born this way will have the desired Quirk mixture.
  • Super Empowering: Chapter 47 hints at the existence of a Quirk that grants Quirks. Chapter 59 reveals that this is part of the powerset of All Might's archnemesis (the other part being to steal Quirks from others).
  • Super Hero Origin:
    • The concept is referenced in Chapter 1, which is titled "Izuku Midoriya: The Origin". The title evokes American superhero comics, such as Batman: Year One.
    • Interestingly, Chapter 39 is titled "Shouto Todoroki: The Origin". The character's history was shown in previous chapters, which suggests that the events of Chapter 39 causes the character to start becoming a true superhero. It occurs again in Chapter 62, titled "Katsuki Bakugo: The Origin".
  • Superhero Prevalence Stages: Since Everyone Is a Super in the series (besides the rare Quirkless individual), this is a Late Stage by default.
  • Super Registration Act: A fully-functional type D, with the government funding the heroes.
  • Superhero School: U.A., of course. There are also others out there, but U.A. is the most prestigious of them all.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Children of superpowered individuals will inherit the Quirk of either his parents. Sometimes, the child may even inherit both his father and mother's Quirks. There is also the possibility of the child not inheriting anything and ending up Quirkless.
  • Superpower Lottery: Three biggest example so far:
    • The biggest winner is All for One who can steal Quirks, which can then be granted to others or be combined to perform devastatingly powerful attacks which are impossible to perform with only one Quirk.
    • One for All, which ironically is derived from the above mentioned lottery winner, is your standard Lightning Bruiser powerset at first glance. But considering it was capable of defeating said lottery winner (although with a hefty dose of Heroic Willpower), it's a strong contender for top spot.
    • Todoroki has two Quirks in a world where most people have only one. It's also deconstructed in that his father forced his mother to bear children specifically to breed lottery winners.
  • Taking Up the Mantle: The premise of the series is Midoriya's mastering the Quirk "One For All", and thus becoming the new symbol of peace like All Might.
  • Theme Naming: Horikoshi loves to give his locations the names of planets from Star Wars.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: This is what happens to Midoriya in the Field Training arc, with the retired hero Gran Torino as his mentor.
    • Later, all students from class 1-A are trained to develop new techniques and special moves.
  • Tournament Arc: The Sports Festival, where classes compete to be noticed by sponsors. It even transitions into one-on-one battles for the top sixteen participants from the Human Cavalry event.
  • Training from Hell: The class' summer training camp is intended as this. One of the very first parts of it is using their Quirks near-constantly to increase how far they can go before their respective Heroic RRODs kick in.
  • Transplant: A few characters from Oumagadoki Doubutsuen (Horikoshi's first work), show up as pro heroes (Uwabami, Sakamata) or make cameos in the series.
  • Understatement: Sero's statement, "A little much, don't you think...?" to Todoroki who basically froze him with enough excess ice to be visibly seen from outside the stadium, as in covering roughly one half of the stadium's open roof, in chapter 34. Not surprisingly, many of the spectators were shocked and none of them could blame Sero for losing to Todoroki's attack.
  • Villainous Rescue: In chapter 55, Stain rescues Deku from a Noumu that tries to fly off with him.
  • Wacky Homeroom: Class 1-A is definitely this. Superpowers aside, it has the typical cocky delinquent, the typical Class Representative who thinks everything is Serious Business, the typical pervert kid, etc. Not to mention that some of the students don't even look human. And the teachers can range from a Lazy Bum to a dominatrix to a radio announcer.
  • We Will Not Have Appendixes in the Future: People with Quirks apparently don't have an extra toe joint. Those who do (like Midoriya) are born Quirkless.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 13, which started like a regular lesson-of-the-day chapter, only to turn into a life and death situation at the end, when the Villain Alliance revealed themselves to the students.
    • Chapter 88: All For One finally makes his move.
    • Chapter 92: All Might's true form is revealed to the world and Shigaraki is revealed to be the grandson of All Might's deceased mentor Shimura Nana.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In chapter 38, Midoriya tears into Todoroki when he realizes the latter is shivering because of his own ice and is still refusing to use his flame powers to defy his father Endeavor. Midoriya points out that all of the other students are trying their best and giving everything they've got to win. Todoroki deliberately holding back like that is an insult. The chapter ends with Midoriya challenging Todoroki to unleash his full power.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?:
    • Not every Quirk is suited for heroic purposes. Despite the fact that most of the population have Quirks, heroes tend to be winners of the Superpower Lottery.
    • The legendary One For All itself used to be a spectacular case. When it first appeared, being able to be passed to someone else was its only effect; it didn't actually do anything, and its wielder was thought to be Quirkless. Until All For One forced a power-stockpiling Quirk on him, causing both Quirks to merge and creating the legacy Super Strength we all know and love.
  • Workout Fanservice:
    • Particularly in the anime, during season 2 episode 2, shows several of the characters working out, with Todoroki's being a particularly fanservice-y one, since he wears only a muscle shirt to train. Shouji lifting weight might be considered this, but it's up to YMMV.
    • Bakugou in the season 2 opening has been considered this.
  • Wrong Context Magic: One For All is unique among Quirks in the setting. Right from the start it's the only Quirk known to be able to be passed down to a chosen successor rather than inherited from a parent. It grows stronger with each successive generation when this does not happen with normally inherited Quirks. Finally, it was created artificially when the villain All For One gave his brother a Quirk that stockpiles power and it combined with that brother's then-unknown ability to pass on his quirk.
    • Plus, there's the implication that One For All potentially also the embodiment of the wills of its previous users, even if All Might denies that's the case, which is also otherwise unheard of in this setting.
  • Villain Respect: Many villains, most prominently Stain and those who share his ideals, admire All Might for being a hero for the right reasons while despising so many other heroes they feel have sold out. Stain goes on to acknowledge Midoriya for the same reason.
  • Villainous Legacy: The relationship between All For One and Tomura Shigaraki.
  • Xanatos Gambit:
    • Stain and Tomura's "competition" turns out to have been this, set up by the real Big Bad. No matter what happened, Stain would be seen as being part of the League of Villains. This would connect his actions to theirs and give them a kind of publicity and legitimacy.
    • The confrontation between All Might and All For One. If All For One kills All Might, that's fantastic, but even when he gets defeated and put in prison, All For One feels that he came out ahead because he knows that it will motivate Shigaraki to grow stronger and more capable as a villain.
  • Yonkoma: My Hero Academia Smash, written and drawn by Neda Hirofumi, takes this format.

Alternative Title(s): Boku No Hero Academia

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