Manga / My Hero Academia
aka: Boku No 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 among 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 began 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 Funimation's simuldub were being made a week after the initial episodes aired. The second season premiered in April 2017 as part of the Spring 2017 Anime season. This time around, the first fourteen episodes of Funimation's simuldub premiered simultaneously with the Japanese release.

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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  • 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 dumping boiling water on Todoroki's face. Fortunately, she gets better later on.
  • 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: The anime generally spends more time on fights and occasionally adapts volume extras and omakes from the manga, such as Mt. Lady and Midnight's Cat Fight.
    • 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.
    • The Internship/Stain arc in the manga focused primarily on Deku, Iida, and Todoroki's internships, leaving the others to cameos. The anime however devotes an entire episode to the internships of Uraraka, Bakugou, Kirishima & Tetsutetsu, Yaoyorozu & Kendou, Kyouka, and Tsuyu, showing events that were only referenced in manga such as Tsuyu stopping a group of stowaways, and Uraraka's training under Gunhead.
    • In the End-of-Term Test arc, each student vs. teacher match goes one team at a time while the others wait and prepare strategies, unlike in the manga where all ten fights are ongoing at the same time. This gives the earlier matches a bigger disadvantage, but it does allow the anime to focus on each match instead of flipping around like the manga did (thus, fights which happened offscreen in the manga such as Iida/Ojiro vs. Power Loader are shown). As a result, Midoriya doesn't watch the others after his match; instead, he is joined by Uraraka. Also, the anime devotes a bit more time to showing how the students prepared for the written exam.
  • 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 civilian 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. 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.
  • All Genes Are Codominant: Quirk inheritance sort of works this way. A child of parents with Quirks can get a Quirk that's a combination of both (such as Bakugou, whose mother secretes glycerin and whose father secretes nitric acid, thus, explosion powers for him, and Todoroki, whose father had fire powers and whose mother had ice powers, thus, he gets both). Other times, the child can get one or none of the parents's Quirks.
  • Alternate Universe: The second popularity poll shows its participants in fantasy clothing, which was later expanded into an RPG-Mechanics Verse through merchandise. This scenario is given a better look in the third ED of the anime, which shows all the characters adventuring in that world.
  • 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.
  • An Aesop: The Sports Festival gives a rather interesting and unconventional one- if you're in a competition, it's important to give it your all even if you have a massive advantage over the rest of the contenders. There are two reasons for this: the first is that if you underestimate your enemies it becomes easier for them to completely sweep you off your feet, as shown by Neito and Bakugo both suffering humiliating defeats at the hands of others because they disregarded them as a threat. Neito learns nothing from the experience, but Bakugo learns to judge others by their own merits, and as such secures a win from Uraraka after she lays a pretty devastating trap for him. The second is that if you don't give it your all, you're insulting your competitors and disrespecting their efforts. Todoroki holds back on his devastating potential and half of his quirk, which results in a lot of people coming to dislike him. Despite having his own reasons to do so, Midoriya eventually reaches out to him and convinces him that his father's "quirk" is his own.
  • Animation Bump: The finale of the fight between Midoriya and Todoroki gets a rather noticeable animation quality hike. Its rather breathtaking.
  • Anti Regeneration: Endeavor defeats a Noumu with a "Super Regeneration" Quirk by making his flames hot enough to turn blue and carbonize the head off.
  • 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 Sludge Villain counts only for the first chapter.
    • The USJ Arc: Tomura Shigaraki, with Noumu as The Heavy.
    • Sports Festival Arc: Shouto Todoroki, but only because of Endeavor being present to trigger him.
    • 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: The Vanguard Action Squad, but Muscular in particular due to his story with Kouta's parents.
    • The Hideout Raid Arc: All For One.
    • Hero License Exam Arc: Gang Orca served as the main antagonist in the actual exam, 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Iida is consumed by vengeful rage and hunts down Stain for crippling his brother, he vows to exact retribution upon the Hero Killer. Stain's response? He points at the injured hero behind him and says:
    Stain: "Save that guy first."
  • 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 with villainy and have 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.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: If you were to just watch the two ending themes for season 2 of the anime, you would get a pretty inaccurate picture of what the show is about.
    • The first ending just shows all the girls in 1A hanging out together, making you think it was a slice of life story instead of an action adventure story about superheroes.
    • The second ending shows all the characters in a Heroic Fantasy setting, fighting monsters with swords and magic. At face value, it has nothing to do with a story about super powered heroes in a modern day setting. The designs came from the art for the second popularity poll and a second piece of side art drawing all the characters in fantasy outfits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Boarding School: After Bakugou is kidnapped and rescued, U.A. becomes this in order to better keep an eye on its students.
  • 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.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: 'Quirk Extension' training is covered in the School Trip 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.
    • At the end of the Sports Tournament, All Might suggests to Tokoyami to improve his physical conditioning since the latter was defeated by Bakugou when he broke through Dark Shadow and grappled Tokoyami to the ground.
  • 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, where the characters move into their dorms. 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.
  • 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.
  • Broad Strokes:
    • In the manga, the End-Of-Term Test Arc has all of the students facing the teachers at the same time and Recovery Girl situated in a temporary first aid tent. In the anime, the adaptation messes around with the sequence of events to the advantage of its format. The tests take place in order of one through ten, with the most climactic fight (with Izuku and Bakugou vs. All Might) obviously at the end. Recovery Girl is also situated in a more upscale location to monitor the events and perform first aid, and instead of being out on the field, Izuku and Ochako are watching the tests to observe, learn, and strategize from what their classmates fail/succeed at doing, and are here together because their training partners won't communicate with them (and because it gives an excuse to tease Midoraka). It's also a lot more like the Battle Trial Arc in this respect. Functionally, the story is still the same, just modified to be more convenient for a different format.
    • Also, they are required by television rating standards to excise a scene where Jirou flips off Kaminari in the background. This is a little disheartening, because we never got to find out why she did that in the first place in the manga and some fans wanted to know in the anime, only for the moment in question to be cut out and the characters to be sported peaceful and normal conversation expressions, almost as though we are seeing the characters before the moment happens (and for all we know, did happen in the background unseen as the episode focused on Izuku's inner reflections).
  • Brought Down to Badass: Mirio, after getting hit with a Power Nullifier bullet that may have very well destroyed his Quirk for good, continues fighting Overhaul for the sake of protecting Eri.
  • 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".
    • An odd callback of sorts. For the results of the second popularity contest, Horikoshi drew the top 10 most popular characters in a fantasy style, with medieval clothes and weapons. Later he drew other characters in the same style as side art. And then for the 3rd ending for the anime, all the characters appear in their medieval outfits from before in a medieval setting completely unrelated to the actual story.
  • The Call Put Me On Hold: This is the basic premise of the manga. Midoriya will be a top hero (assuming he isn't an Unreliable Narrator), he just got a Quirk ten years later than everyone else.
  • 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.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': While modern society has done its best to adapt to quirks, it's done so by becoming strictly rule-bound. While for the most part things run smoothly, you have occasional hiccups like Midoriya and a few of his classmates getting penalized for getting into an unlawful fight with a villain.
  • 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.
  • Central Theme:
    • The manga explores themes of law and order on the one hand and freedom and license on the other. For example, you have occasions such as hero interns getting punished for getting into unlawful combat with a villain, even in self-defense, and the Villain Alliance attracting members in no small part with the promise of freedom to do whatever you want. There are even instances where the rules meant to create good heroes have caused certain forms of social stratification (UA's hero exams are heavily geared towards those with quirks directly capable of violence).
      • The Illegals spin-off follows the adventures of would-be heroes who haven't been able to pass the pro license exams.
    • The advantages someone is born with vs. what they earn through hard work, and the danger of confusing the two.
  • 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. He's being shown on a jumbotron/advertisement billboard in the background, as unsuspecting scenery. Sneaky.
    • 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.
    • Kirishima shows up several times in Chapter 3, though he's impossible to find unless you've read Chapter 144 and learned what he looked like before getting into UA.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Many of the cast are curvier or more muscular than their civvies and school uniforms indicate; even some of the hero costumes are baggy enough to disguise what shape the heroes are in.
  • 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 by the villain alliance during their raid on the USJ; while the majority of villains are rough and tumble thugs, they've been saving Noumu specifically for All Might. Again invoked during the Training Camp arc, when they send in a squad of specialists instead of the army of thugs they tried the first time.
    • Discussed.
    "I hate pro heroes. The masses don't stand a chance against them."
  • Conveniently Empty Building:
    • Averted; 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.
    • During a competition exam, both Bakugou and Midoriya lose standing in the results for firing off massive blasts while indoors.
  • Create Your Own Hero: 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 beating all long ranged fighters in less than six seconds.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • Zigzagged during the entrance exam. Ochako is trapped beneath heavy rubble when a massive hazard-bot suddenly appears in the middle of UA's practical exam. She manages to escape under her own power while Deku is busy demolishing the robot and gets to rescue him before he faceplants from fifty stories up.
    • 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.
    • Ambiguously Human: Society stopped when Quirks appeared, with the definition of human becoming loose and fear breaking out to everyone.
    • 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 rise in crime rates, even worse because the aforementioned Endeavor became the top hero.
    • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Midoriya never gives up and attempts to save everyone around him. But the universe isn't going to always put him in a position to do so. Several characters even chastise him for his heroic madness.
      • Midoriya's instinctive attempt to rescue Bakugou from the Sludge Villain accomplished next to nothing. One of the heroes even chastises him for nearly getting himself killed. On the other hand, it was this incident that shamed All Might into action and showed him Midoriya had the stuff of greatness in him.
      • During his fight with Todorokoi, he forces himself to break already broken fingers for the sake of simply keeping up competitively to the best of his ability, and comes away from the fight with a permanently disfigured right hand.
      • During the Training Camp arc some time later, Midoriya is forced into to fight the villain Muscular, who has even greater Super Strength than he does. He ultimately wins by figuring out how to go beyond 100% power, but by the end of it both of his arms are shattered and useless; he then spends even more time running around, relaying messages, and coordinating allies, but is nonetheless unable to rescue Bakugou from the villains. By the end of that disaster, his arms are so mangled that he's on the verge of paralyzing them.
      • When Deku and Lemillion first encounter Eri, Deku immediately notices how traumatized she is, but Lumillion warns him off from provoking mob boss Chisaki from making good on his killing intent.
    • The Determinator: The "You can accomplish anything if you try hard enough and never give up, no matter the personal cost" mindset is played as destructive, as the main characters suffer great injury because of it — for example, Iida sustains nerve damage in his arm, and Midoriya's arms won't last much longer either.
    • 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:
      • Some heroes have corporate identities and agencies all for themselves, which can be a problem when there's a limit to how much of the public eye each can have.
      • 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. In particular, Yoarashi and Todoroki stopping to deal with their personal issues during the fight against Gang Orca almost gets Shindou killed.
    • Intangibility: As shown by Mirio, this power, which is often a Story-Breaker Power, is one of the hardest powers to use. 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 scarring and how fatally dangerous this can be, this power is only useful because Mirio dedicated his life to training with it.
    • Only in It for the Money:
      • This is one of the many examples of "corruption" Hero Killer Stain wanted to excise from the world of heroics, leaving only those in it for the sheer sake of heroism.
      • Uraraka seeks to be 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, she only wants the money to support her family; Iida reconstructs this by mentioning that there isn't anything wrong in looking for a well-paying job to sustain herself and her parents.
    • Passing the Torch: Is there an example of this that isn't fraught with problems?
      • Midoriya inherited One for All from All Might, but it's an incredibly destructive power, All Might is a miserable teacher, and Midoriya doesn't have the natural aptitude for it, so the poor kid spends lengthy amounts of the time in the hospital and has almost completely ruined his arms.
      • Todoroki Shouto is a heroic Laser-Guided Tykebomb meant to surpass All Might as the #1 Hero because his father, the #2 Hero Endeavor, never could. The efforts involved in breeding Todoroki have left misery in their wake, with Todoroki heavily scarred over one eye and his mother in the mental hospital.
      • Iida Tenya was asked to carry on the Ingenium name from his brother, but the circumstances of the original Ingenium's retirement were so traumatic Iida nearly gets himself killed in a failed revenge attempt.
    • 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.
  • 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. Discussed by the proctors, who point out that the robots not being treated as hazards to be avoided has a different psychological effect on the kids.
    • 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.
  • De-Power: A chilling threat in a society where nearly everyone is a Differently Powered Individual.
    • All For One can steal Quirks, resulting in this happening to his victims.
    • Chisaki and company are working on drugs that stop a person's Quirk factor. They've made bullets that stop it temporarily, but it's implied they're developing a permanent depowering version.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Mirio, a character who could very reasonably stand in the way of Deku achieving the narratively predestined endpoint of being the number one hero, gets his ability taken away permanently by way of a special type of bullet that's meant to be eliminated permanently at the end of the same arc.
  • 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 who make up 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 with 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 told 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 grudging state.
    • All the way back during the USJ Arc, Tomura was very fond of video-game lingo and metaphors. This aspect rarely shows up later, although it may be a case of Character Development.
    • 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).
  • Elaborate University High: U.A. has buildings devoted to teaching and classes, dorms after it becomes a Boarding School, and several city-sized complexes that are used for hero training.
    • This is justified because one of U.A.'s teachers can literally manipulate cement as much as he wants, allowing for a lot of cost-cutting.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Quirk advantages are 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 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 its large national audience, students of Yuuei Academy have the chance of making their name known 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: When Quirks first began to emerge, people who developed them were ostracized by society a la X-Men, but now that the majority of people in the world have powers, it's the powerless who are at a disadvantage. Even those who have odd appearances as a result of their quirks aren't notably discriminated against.
  • 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.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: This is pretty much the mentality of how a lot of the villains in this series operate. They don't like living in a peaceful time or in a world where they can't do what they wish such as killing people and causing havoc. So they wish to change the system to suit their own means.
  • Filler: In the anime, there have been moments here and there of Adaptation Expansion, such as getting to see the Sports Festival fights that were off-panel in the manga, with many confirmed canon such as Momo's fight with Tokoyami. However, episode 19 of the second season was technically the first true Filler episode that delved into some of the post-Sports Festival internships of the UA Students while Midoriya recovered in the hospital following the fight against Stain. One noteworthy internship that was given the spotlight here was the one for Tsuyu, which showed the entirety of the mission she was on dealing with a group of villains on a naval ship. These events, at least in the case of Tsuyu, are a case of Adaptation Expansion/Canon too, as they were all referred to as occurring in the manga, just off-screen. It's still technically filler though in that unlike the Sports Festival, no Manga Events took place in the episode with it.
  • 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.
    • Early in the USJ Arc, Kirishima describes his Quirk as not at all 'flashy' and thought it be easier for him to be a Pro Hero if he had a flashier moniker. Come the Internship Arc and we learn that, during Middle School (around the time Bakugou and Midoriya fought the Sludge Villain) Kirishima was having self-doubts about his chances at being a hero, even giving up on going to UA at one point.
    • In the opening shots of the second opening, Izuku can clearly be seen. Note the sleeves on his arms, which seem to have been torn off. This is a hint as towards the permanent damage Izuku will do to his arms at the end of the arc.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Let's see...
    • There's the main plot, which is society attempting to raise a new generation of heroes.
    • Midoriya is struggling desperately to become All Might's replacement as the Symbol of Peace without dying along the way.
    • The Villain Alliance is trying to remake society in its own image while grooming a new leader to answer the Symbol of Peace.
    • Character Focus continually jumps around, from Todoroki to Iida to Kirishima, with major characters All Might, Katsuki, and Ochako flitting in and out along the way. The author very much wants to give all the characters what focus he can, and repeatedly laments all the characters he hasn't yet been able to focus on.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Some of the poster scenery in Season 2 is directly ripped from the volume covers of the manga.
    • The third opening has a shot of Iida looking towards the camera, and the smile of his brother reflected in the lens of his glasses.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Quite a few:
    • The most notable pair are Kirishima and Tetsutetsu. They're both at odds about having very similar Quirks, but soon become friends after they first tie in the Sports Festival's tournament.
    • Bakugou starts out as just The Rival, but after completely, miserably failing the Hero License exam and figuring out that Midoriya has All-Might's Quirk, he starts to mellow out a little towards Midoriya.
  • Frog Men: Tsuyu Asui and her family.

    G-L 
  • 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.
  • Greek Chorus:
    • During the Sports Festival, commentary on the matches for the benefit of the audience switches between the official commentators (Present Mic and Eraserhead), the other students, and the visiting heroes.
    • Bakugou and Midoriya were the second pair to finish their final in the manga; afterwards, Midoriya commentates on the rationale and strategies of the remaining matches alongside Recovery Girl. Since the anime changes things so that the pairs go one at a time, Midoriya still watches the matches, but is joined by some of his classmates after they finish their finals.
  • 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.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Heroism is a corporate affair, so there's an undercurrent of competition between various heroes and their agencies for the public eye and the business that provides; professional hero Mount Lady makes her debut by "kill-stealing" from Kamui Woods in the very first chapter, for example.
  • 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.
  • Hero of Another Story: Following the Sports Festival arc, it's implied that Shinsou has been training, in the background, to become a hero in his own right; his most recent appearance has him a fair bit more muscular than he was previously, and it's mentioned that he seems far more intense.
  • 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, as she has a weight limit.
    • 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 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.
    • All Might is one to the Flying Bricks of the Golden and Silver Ages.
    • Stain is very obviously based on the style of Darker and Edgier antihero that was popular in Western comics in the '90s.
  • 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. Shishou is the only prominent Gen Ed student, while Hatsume is the only prominent Support student.
    • 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.
  • Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: Using your Quirk in public is considered a serious offence if it's not 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.
  • Kid Hero: Midoriya and his classmates are all aged 15-16, yet they get a lot more chances to be heroic than UA expected from the freshmen.
  • 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.
  • Hero Academy: U.A. is a Superhero School for those in the Hero course, but it's this for those in General Education, Management, and Support, as these courses don't teach kids how to be heroes but rather other skills that would help them survive in a superhero-filled setting.
  • Innocently Insensitive: During the End-of-Term Test arc, Iida and Midoriya give Kaminari and Ashido encouraging words for the written exams, and Todoroki tells them that it's hard to fail if they listen in class. Of course, these three are all in the class's top five, which is just rubbing salt in the wound. Yaoyorozu invites them over to her house for a study session, and quickly becomes this trope for an entirely different reason.
    "It's like she casually slapped me with the huge difference in how we were born..."
  • Legacy Character: Three variants of this are present in the series:
    • The first is the passing down of a 'title' from one person to another even if the characters are unrelated - Izuku Midoriya is the eighth "One For All", passed down from All Might, who was the seventh. In that case, however, it's the passing down of a specific superpower as well, much like the example of Ant-Man.
    • The second is a heroic legacy in a family, most prominently displayed in the Iida family. Tenya Iida's brother Tensei in particular is the much-beloved engine hero Ingenium, and Tenya inherits the name after Tensei is forced into retirement after being paralyzed by Stain, though Tenya has some issues getting to the point where he feels he can actually accept it.
    • The third is similar to comic book legacy titles. Kirishima wishes to become a hero like the similarly powered Crimson Riot, and so has his hero name modeled after him. He even gets a couple of spotlight chapters showing how he came to understand Crimson Riot's mentality, and near the end of them a professional hero accepts him as worthy of the name after the courage and tenacity Kirishima displayed.
  • 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: While for the most part the translations align, Viz Media's professional translators and the various fan translators have diverging interpretations of several key lines. The most egregious examples include:
    • When he first meets All Might, Deku asks if it was the villain Venomous Chainsaw who crippled him. According to the fans, All Might responds, "Yeah, he wounded me but I wouldn't let that stop me." According to Viz Media, it came out as, "That lowlife? He could never do this to me."
    • Hero Killer Stain has different motivations depending on the translator. According to the fan translators it's "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.
    • Viz Media refers to the Number Two of the Villain Alliance by the original Japanese "Kurogiri", while fans have been translating his name literally as "Black Mist".
    • Ochako's recognition of her feelings for Deku is handled differently, as well; in fan translations, Ochako is apparently resolved to push her feelings aside entirely, while in the official translation, she wants to merely get them under control.
    • While discussing why All Might no longer works with Nighteye, fan translations had All Might explain it as, "We broke up, so it's kind of awkward", while the professional translation is, "For certain reasons, it's awkward."
  • Love Is a Weakness:
    • Gran Torino points out Deku's idolization of All Might has warped his expectations of his hero and of the power of One For All, hindering his combat ability by making him think of his Quirk as merely a Special or even a Finishing Move.
    • Ochako's feelings for Izuku start developing in earnest after the first internship, but the topic terribly flusters her and even affects her field performance, so, not long after the UA becomes a boarding school, she resolves to get a handle on them.

    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.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Sir Nighteye's Clairvoyance Quirk can only do so much in combat, and has a once-per-day limit. So he fights his opponents with "hypermass seals". They look like regular office stamps, but they weigh five kilograms each. That's about the weight of a large cat, and he throws them around like they're shuriken.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Tamaki wakes up and realizes something bad happened to Mirio immediately after the latter gets shot with one of the Yakuza's quirk-nullifying bullets.
  • 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 is not, strictly speaking, averse to romance, but it has so many characters and plot threads that overt Ship Tease is practically non-existent, with only a handful of characters (Deku and Uraraka/Tsuyu, Todoroki/Momo,and Kaminari/Jirou) getting anything close to it.
    • This may be possibly justified due to Reality Ensues: None of the heroes that play a bigger part on the plot seem to be in a relationship (barring the posthumous Water Horses), 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. Also one of the few confirmed married heroes is Endeavor, and his situation is less for love and more his attempts at eugenics.
  • 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 Person, One Power: Most people in the setting have only one Quirk; the exception being All For One, who can steal them.
  • One Steve Limit: Played with. While there are occasionally characters with similarly pronounced names, they all have different spellings.
    • There are a villain and a police chief who both have names pronounced "Kenji", but the first uses the Kanji for "health" and "magnet" while the second's name is written from the Kanji for "dog" and "heir".
    • The series also has Shouta (Aizawa) and Shouto (Todoroki) and two distinct characters called Kouda and Kouta.
  • Origins Episode: Chapter 59 explains the origin of "One for All".
  • Passing the Torch: The entire premise of Izuku's character arc is based on picking up the torch from his idol All Might. 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:
    • The final hurdle in the Sports Festival obstacle race is a mine field, which means whoever was in first place is at disadvantage — they have the maximum chance of encountering one of the mines.
    • The festival then punishes the winner of the obstacle race by declaring a cavalry battle; every team will is assigned the total of points earned by its members in the race, and the first place position is awarded a whopping ten million pointsnote , making the it the biggest target of all. Midoriya, who holds this position, very briefly experiences the combined enmity of everyone in the competition, which All Might was hoping for as a taste of what being the No. 1 hero is like.
    • UA is acknowledged as being one of the top hero schools in the country. As a result, it's apparently tradition during licensure exams that other schools will gang up to try and take down its examinees. Of course, Aizawa doesn't tell his class this.
  • 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.
  • Plot Tailored to the Party: Invoked by the faculty during the Final Exams arc; the students vs. teachers matchups were explicitly designed to address some of the students' weaknesses and help them grow as heroes. Some examples:
    • Midoriya and Bakugou vs. All Might is to see whether they can set aside their differences in the face of overwhelming adversity.
    • Todoroki and Yaoyorozu vs. Eraserhead is for Yaoyorozu to improve her split-second thinking and action (and by extension her self-confidence) and to challenge Todoroki's tendency to use brute force by having them go against the Power Nullifier close-combat fighter Aizawa.
    • Jirou and Kouda vs. Present Mic is because while all their Quirks revolve around sound, Present Mic is powerful enough to cancel out direct usage of Jirou and Kouda's Quirks. Thus, the students had to find creative ways to use their Quirks.
    • Tsuyu and Tokoyami vs. Ectoplasm is to challenge Tokoyami's tendency to rely on Dark Shadow to do the fighting for him (since Ectoplasm's clones can get close with no problem) and to see how well Tsuyu can emotionally and physically support her partner.
    • Ashido and Kaminari vs. Nedzu was chosen because these students tend to act first, think later; this is challenged when they go up against an intelligent villain who can effectively take advantage of this and outsmart them.
    • Satou and Kirishima vs. Cementoss is supposed to have the students (both of whom are physical bruisers) think of creative ways to defeat a villain who doesn't run out of defenses.
  • 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.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Chisaki's Quirk-cancelling drug operation is heavily implied to be powered by his "daughter" Chisaki's blood.
  • Power Nullifier:
    • Aizawa's "Erasure" Quirk, which temporarily disables the Quirks of people he looks at.
    • Eri's unnamed Quirk, which seems to have the ability to completely destroy the Quirk Factor of any person her tissue comes into contact with. Tamaki gets hit by a bullet infused with her DNA which makes him lose his Quirk for about a day, while poor Mirio gets hit head-on by a perfected bullet meant for Eri, completely destroying his ability to use his Quirk.
  • Power-Up Food: Tamaki's "Reappearance" Quirks makes any food he eats into this, as he can make aspects of that food (such as octopus tentacles from eating takoyaki and bird talons from poultry) manifest on his body.
  • 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.
  • Pretentious Latin Motto: UA is one of the top educational institutions in Japan, and their motto is "Plus Ultra," Latin for "Further Beyond."
  • Psycho Serum: The "Trigger" drug, first seen in ILLEGALS and later ported over to the main series, massively enhances the power and potency of weak Quirks; in ILLEGALS, it turns a man with a Quirk that gives him a lizard-like appearance into a Pterodactyl-like humanoid, and in the Hero Internship arc, it's capable of giving someone with a minor matter-manipulation Quirk the ability to mold an entire building like it was putty. The "Psycho" part is downplayed in the main series, but in ILLEGALS, it seems to drive people who have taken the drug berserk.
  • Punny Name: Many of the characters have a name that hints at the Quirk they have or their personality.
  • Pyrrhic Victory:
    • The first Heroes vs. Villains training exercise (Midoriya/Uraraka vs. Iida/Bakugou) ends up as this for Midoriya and Uraraka — although they won by the conditions of the exercise, Iida and Bakugou were practically uninjured while Uraraka ended up heavily nauseous while Midoriya was straight-up hospitalized. This is acknowledged in-universe.
    • 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.
    • During the provisional license exam, over a thousand entrants are whittle down to about one hundred in the space of the first round alone. Invoked by the proctors, who are trying to bolster the number of effective heroes against the recently surging Villain Alliance.
  • 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.
  • Reforged into a Minion: The Noumu are implied to be a species of Laser-Guided Tykebomb created by giving individuals quirks too powerful for their bodies, then inflicting Body Horror and With Great Power Comes Great Insanity on them.
  • 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.
    • Invoked in the case of One for All; Iizuku has immense power, but not the immense toughness required to properly handle it, so heavy blasts rip him apart like firecrackers going off inside his limbs.
  • 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.
    • Todoroki observes that there's a connection between All Might and Midoriya, and correctly deduces that their Quirks are the same. He then concludes Midoriya is All Might's illegitimate son.
  • Rocket Jump: During the Sports Festival's first competition, Iizuku launches himself into first place by stockpiling land mines and then detonating them all at once, using a fragment of robot armor as a blast shield and platform. He then does it a second time.
  • 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.

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  • 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: Has its own page.
  • 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.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Becoming a sidekick is supposed to be a stepping stone towards eventually running your own hero office.
  • Single-Power Superheroes: Most people only have one Quirk, so someone with more than one power like Todoroki is considered unusual.
  • 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.
  • Spin-Off: Two of them.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • To 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.
  • Stealth Pun: Despite the lack of Quirks, the fantasy universe seen in the popularity poll and ED3 still shows the cast as heroes.
  • 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' powers, 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: The quirk All for One, in addition to stealing quirks, can also give these quirks to other people, though it doesn't always end well for the recipient.
  • 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 Speciation: The major characters all have unique Quirks. The only exceptions among the main cast are Kirishima and Tetsutetsu, who are so alike in terms of powerset, personality, and other traits that it's a Running Gag.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Kurogiri/Blackmist's Warp Gate Quirk is simply Mass Teleportation. But it's so rare and too damn useful to find anything else, and simply having this Quirk secured him a Vetinari Job Security in the League of Villains.
    • Chisaki/Overhaul's power is Touch of Death and Healing Hands in one package. He can simply touch his target and blow them up, or touch his underling and heal them in an instant. It also works on nonliving matter, allowing him to fight a la Edward Elric. To top it off, he can even deconstruct both his underling and his own body, become a fusion of the two.
  • 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.
  • ĄThree Amigos!: Midoriya makes fast friends with Iida and Uraraka when he enters UA, and they remain his close friends even as his circle expands.
  • 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.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Technology in this world is a bit more advanced than our own; hologram projectors are small and cheap enough to be handed out with magazines a la CD-ROM demos, and in an Omake, Mt. Lady mentions 8K Television.note .
  • 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.
  • Unsuspectingly Soused: Sakaki Deidoro, one of Overhaul's henchmen, is able to induce this in people with his Quirk "Dead Drunk", causing a feeling of intense dizziness and disorientation akin to having consumed a large amount of alcohol. Unfortunately for them, Mirio's Permeation Quirk means that he's constantly experiencing vertigo, allowing him to No-Sell the effects of this Quirk.
  • Villainous Rescue: In chapter 55, Stain rescues Deku from a Noumu that tries to fly off with him.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: In the setting, villains are proactive troublemakers, while heroes react to keep them in check. Several arcs are kicked off through the actions of a villain.
  • 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 weights might be considered this, but it's 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 passed down to a chosen successor rather than inherited from a parent. It also grows stronger with each successive generation, which 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 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.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Parodied in the anime OVA Training of the Dead where Fujimi has a zombie-gas quirk and unleashes it on both his own teammates and a good portion of Class 1-A, causing all those to be infected to become mindless zombies.

Alternative Title(s): Boku No Hero Academia

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