Follow TV Tropes

Following

Fanfic / Conversations with a Cryptid

Go To

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tumblr_p1wjg6pwdn1u4vg4vo4_r1_1280.png
The man was over a century old. There had to be more to it. In hindsight, it hadnít been one of Izukuís better ideas. note 

"It seems we share a hobby."
All For One to Midoriya Izuku

Months have passed since the defeat of All For One by All Might's hands at Kamino Ward, but any further investigation involving anything about him was quickly proven to be futile.

Enter Midoriya Izuku, with brimming determination, thinking that perhaps interrogating the supervillain himself would benefit the betterment of society and hey, maybe he could learn something interesting about the guy to satisfy his own curiosity in the process as well. So it's pretty much a win-win situation, right? Well, except for All For One, but nobody cares about him.

Unfortunately he isn't quite prepared to face what his research would cause to everyone, and what role he ultimately would play as in the near future.

Can be found here.

Received a sequel in Kidnapping of a Cryptid which details the fallout of Conversations with a Cryptid.


    open/close all folders 

This fanfiction contains examples of:

     Tropes Unique to Conversations with A Cryptid 
  • A Day in the Limelight: After spending 11 chapters on Izuku's perspectives, chapter 12 brings Toshinori as the new main focus.
  • Abuse Mistake: Izuku initially mistakes Inko's refusal to talk about his father and trauma as signs of past domestic abuse until she clarifies that he never physically harmed her.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Unfortunately for the Tartarus prison guards, All for One grew a tolerance for the sedatives they use on him. So once their guards are down when they think they have him sedated, All for One slaughters them all and escapes.
  • Act of True Love: Corrupt Corporate Executive Hisashi Midoriya was extremely protective of his investments, despite that he refused the idea of a prenup out of love for Inko. Hisashi had it written that Inko would get part of his income and she and their children will inherit everything if he passes.
    • All for One puts aside his deep and justified hatred of Toshinori Yagi to rescue Izuku from certain death without any strings attached.
  • Adult Fear: It is rampant with criminal conspiracies, death of children, marital issues and flawed law implementation.
    • After a few happy years of marriage, Inko is abandoned by her husband without a word and receives no emotional support to deal with Izuku's ostracization. She has no idea why Izuku was born Quirkless but she believes it was her fault for marrying Hisashi.
    • Inko doesn't divorce her husband despite his abandonment of his family because she has no way of supporting herself due to being out of the workforce as long as Izuku had been alive. She has no family to turn to due having no parents and had aged out of the foster system.
    • The story makes clear of the vicious discrimination Izuku had to grow up with. It hits close to home that Izuku had classmates, teachers and total strangers disgusted with him for his Quirklessness and constantly putting him down for something completely out of his control.
    • Several of Bakugou's former friends are missing without a trance. One of his former friends was abducted by his own grandfather and unrecognizable due to horrific experimentation.
    • Despite the mountains of evidence against Endeavor, reporters can't make it public or help Shouto directly without being sued at best or going to jail by the government at worst.
    • Izuku is kidnapped after a job interview and was missing for week! By the time he is rescued, they are almost too late.
  • Adorkable: According to Shu, Hisashi Midoriya was one despite a corporate overlord. He was awkward around Inko because he didn't know how to speak to women. Hisashi would complain about the many legal violations just so he would have an excuse to visit her at HR.
    • Shu is also this despite looking like Cthulhu as he is very shy and genuinely concerned over Inko and Izuku.
  • Affably Evil: All for One comes across as this to Izuku. He despises Fantastic Racism, shows genuine concern for Izuku's health and intelligence and has a love for trashy gossip tabloids and conspiracy theory websites. He is also the head of a 200-year-old criminal empire.
  • Affluent Ascetic: With the Midoriyas' working-class apartment and lifestyle, one wouldn't think that the husband is a CEO and media baron of several major news corporations.
  • All Take and No Give: Hisashi Midoriya is the Giver, being Inko's absentee and rich husband who gives Inko and their son Izuku as much money as they need. Unfortunately for Inko as the Taker since she quit her job to marry him and have Izuku, she has no way of reprisal. Since she is dependent on him for income and for Izuku's tuition, she can't divorce him for disappearing on her for 8 years. Inko can't refuse his help because it would be difficult to get a job since she has been out of the workforce so long and she has no family for support.
  • Almighty Mom: When Izuku wants permission to interview All for One, he ignores All Might's refusal. He asks his mom instead. Izuku jokes that he would be more afraid of his mother if All for One and Inko showed up at his school for a parent-teacher conference.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Downplayed with All For One and Izuku's meeting. Not only that their session is heavily monitored from a different room, Izuku is deliberately invoking this trope while All For One is fully restrained.
    • Played absolutely straight in the final chapter All for One takes Izuku to an empty park and neutralizes his Quirk so Izuku couldn't run away.
  • Always Second Best: Endeavor gets upstaged at his own publicity gala for him becoming 1# Hero just by All Might showing up.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Izuku forces the investigation on All for One open with one:
    Izuku: So who is All for One? Do we know anything about him beyond what you told me before? He's been imprisoned for months now.
  • Asshole Victim: Averted while Bakugou's cronies were horrible kids who liked to pick on the weak their disappearances and probable death by experimentation seem very disproportionate.
    • Played straight with Endeavour. Izuku, Todoroki and many others enjoyed seeing All Might outshine him at Endeavour's own gala and publicly humiliated when Todoroki calls him out.
    • All for One's prison psychiatrist deliberately delayed All for One's message to All Might despite the fact Izuku's life was threatened because she was jealous of Izuku's success. She hoped she could force All for One's cooperation with her for an academic paper by bargaining the message's delivery. All for One is absolutely gleeful when he reduces her to fine red paste in his break out.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Bakugou may be a bully and has a history of cruelty to Izuku, but he does help Izuku when the latter is in genuine emotional distress by sending Todoroki to help him. While Bakugou is still a massive asshole, he can be kind in his belligerent way.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Inko was a fearsome corporate executive who worked with several different hero law firms and time has not made her lose her touch as she effortlessly takes over Ashido and Yaoyorozu's budding fashion line and sues Nedzu and Yuuei to do her biding.
  • Bait the Dog: At first, All for One's hatred for hate crimes make him seem sympathetic. Only to reveal that he had a child disappeared and experimented beyond recognition for bullying a quirkless child. To make matters worse, he had many other children disappeared for the same reason.
  • Bank Robbery: One of the early evidence of All for One's existance was the bank robbery of all the names of the First Generation Quirk holders through teleportation. The only proof of the robbery being a security camera recording. In "Kidnapping of a Cryptid", Izuku uses the recording to confirm All for One's real name.
  • Been There, Shaped History: All for One was alive during the rise of quirks. He found Japan's earliest vigilante associations which became the first supervillain league when it was outlawed. Behind the scenes, he has backed many government officials, doctors, and police. He also owns several major news corporations.
  • Big Damn Villains: Izuku was ambushed by the Sludge Villain attempting revenge but is rescued by All for One who burns the villain alive with his fire breath.
  • Blessed with Suck: All for One's stolen Quirk Search allows him to track anyone he has met in person, making him omniscient. Unfortunately since he was trapped in prison, this meant all he could do was watch his son be slowly tortured to death while his attempts to get help are stymied.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: All for One's morality is unconventional to say the least:
    • All for One has no problem having children tortured and killed. He is against the idea of Yuuei Academy as he sees it as a glorified military school making socially palatable Child Soldiers.
    • All for One is strongly against bigotry and institutionalized racism but has no problem mocking people for having weak quirks.
  • Bookends: The first chapter is called Greetings of a Cryptid. The final chapter is called Greetings of a Cryptid: Part 2.
  • Breather Episode: Interlude of a Successive Cryptid, where Izuku, Todoroki and Toshinori have fun ruining Endeavor's publicity gala. Izuku gets a makeover, a new suit, a job offer and accidentally stops Shigaraki's attempted assassination.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In Chapter 2, Izuku refuses to explain to All for One in their second conversation how he got his leg injury. Izuku then comments:
    Izuku: You haven't grinded enough reputation with me to unlock that conversation. If you reach my maximum reputation level, you might even unlock my tragic backstory.
    • In the final chapter:
    All for One: I saved your life twice. Can I finally hear your tragic backstory?
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Todoroki publicly call out Endeavor for trying to ride Todoroki's coattails to gain himself public goodwill. Then Todoroki reinforces it by giving an interview to The Mirror.
  • Career Versus Man: Inko quit her job as a corporate executive to marry her boss Hisashi Midoriya. It may resulted in Izuku but man did she pay for that decision.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the first chapter, a villain attack with someone with a liquid body is mentioned on the radio. Chapters later, its revealed that the Slime Villain escaped prison and attempted revenge by having his friends kidnap Izuku.
  • Chekhov's Skill: All for One mentions missing an elemental Quirk he has which he can't use due to his oxygen mask. Guess which quirk Hisashi has and what All for One uses to save Izuku.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • Chapter 11 ends with Izuku losing consciousness after suddenly being hit on the head by an unknown person.
    • If the previous chapter wasn't bad enough, the ending of chapter 12 seemingly implies that Izuku has been recovered brain-dead and All For One has escaped from Tartarus.
    • Chapter 14: All for One reunites with Izuku out of prison and teleports him away from home. All Might realizes who Hisashi Midoriya really is and realizes that Izuku is in his clutches.
  • Coattail-Riding Relative: Endeavor heavily endorses Shouto so he could get himself public goodwill by proxy. Shouto ends this by publicly calling him out.
  • Colliding Criminal Conspiracies: The Slime Villain broke out of prison and had his friends kidnap Izuku to torture him to death in revenge for getting him arrested. Unfortunately, Izuku is All for One's son, who's very displeased with how his son was treated and teaches them why Japan is terrified of him.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Chapter 12 revealed that it happened to Izuku in his time of captivity after chapter 11.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Who would have thought All Might's successor is the only son of his archnemesis?
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hisashi Midoriya owns major news outlets such as the Heroes Mirror, Heroes Weekly, Quirk Focus and darkweb conspiracy website the Conspiracy. He's also a massively fishy character implied to be working for the League of Villains.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When Shigaraki and Kurogiri attempt to confront Izuku in his home, he has no mercy for Shigaraki. Izuku immediately grabs Shigaraki by the throat and strangles him to make sure neither Shigaraki nor Kurogiri are planning anything.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Izuku criticizes Overhaul in his methods of making Quirk-cancelling bullets out of Eri's blood. Izuku points out that Overhaul could have harmlessly harvested Eri's cells from a saliva swap and had her genetic code replicated in a laboratory. Then Overhaul could have made himself untouchable by the heroes and government, be rolling in money and have a ton of good publicity because he could had the cure for cancer and other incurable diseases.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: After being away from his family for so long and cut off from all human contact in prison, the first thing All for One does is hug his son and is affectionate with him. Izuku is rather creeped out since he knows All for One is still a murderous supervillain.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Hisashi Midoriya is revealed to have understandable reasons for not contacting Inko and Izuku for 8 years. Being All for One, he had to clean up lose ends for his criminal empire. After his fateful fight with All Might, he stayed away so his numerous enemies wouldn't find his family.
  • Darker and Edgier: While not a Dark Fic, the story goes into darker territory than the source material.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Izuku, of all people, tends to get snarky with All For One.
    All For One: How are you still alive? You havenít even had access to [your Quirk] for a full year.
    Izuku: Well, after years of Bakugou and his friends, Iím relatively good at judging which limbs I can live without.
  • Did I Just Say That Outloud: Izuku has his moments.
    • When he realized that All For One is basically drawing attention away from himself and focusing it on Izuku so he could withhold information, he unconsciously says all that in front of All For One, much to his embarrassment. The guy sure finds the whole things funny.
    • He did this again when he realized All For One's other alias, which is "Sensei", is an honorific for some professions, including doctors. It explained how he's faking his own death if he really is a registered doctor or at least, has connections with them. Cue panicking Toshinori and Detective Tsukauchi.
  • Didn't See That Coming: All for One didn't expect someone that wasn't connected to him or the criminal underworld to come after Izuku.
  • Disappeared Dad: Izuku's father, Midoriya Hisashi. A corporate executive who fell in love with and married a secretary in his company, then disappeared off the face of the earth shortly after Izuku's birth. He still supported his family financially and didn't divorce Inko, but that's all. Gee, ya think there's something fishy there?
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As mentioned above, All For One experimenting on kids who'd bullied a quirkless child. The fact that said quirkless child is his own doesn't make it any less disproportionate.
  • Distressed Dude: Izuku is kidnapped and it ends very badly for him.
  • Dramatic Irony: The story hints that All for One is Izuku's father from the beginning, something that Izuku fails to realizes despite finding out every other avenue of All for One's life.
    • Bakugou warns Izuku that Izuku is most likely a target by whoever disappeared Tsubasa and the rest of Bakugou's old cronies. While he was right that Izuku in danger, the person who took Tsubasa would have never harmed Izuku.
  • Dramatic Shattering: When Toshinori first sees Izuku after his makeover, he is so shocked that he drops his glass.
  • Driving Question: What is the mystery behind All For One's Quirk and identity?
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: All for One genuinely loves his family and is remorseful that he had to abandon them to protect them. Likewise, he genuinely cared for his brother as the brother is the only family he ever mentions having.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • For a supervillain who spent around two hundred years spreading terror all across the nation, All For One seems content that he never used his own relatives as part of a eugenics experiment, unlike a certain hero. Izuku contemplates it probably isn't a good sign for Endeavor that even someone like All For One refused to be in the same category as him.
    • All for One abhors Fantastic Racism and hate crimes.
    • Shigaraki is genuinely horrified when he founds out what Noumu are actually made of and what All for One intended for Bakugou.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: All for One wanted his son to be safe and have a normal life. All for One is horrified at Izuku's desire to become a hero and the risks he takes. Subverted, as All for One regrets not knowing about Izuku's brilliance and cunning as he would have given Izuku a chance.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Frequently Izuku comes to logical and horrifying conclusions when he tries to connect the pieces of an explanation to him to what he already knows.
  • Face of a Thug: Shu looks like he came out of the Cthulhu mythos but is otherwise a sweet and shy man. Unfortunately he has limited job options as no one wants to hire a man terrifying to look at.
  • Faking the Dead: All for One was able to fake his demise after his crippling battle with All Might due to having one of his minions in charge of disposing his body.
  • Fallen Hero: Many vigilantes of All for One's time ended up becoming villains when the first Quirk laws came to be. Despite the fact they were protecting their families and communities, they were outlawed due to not having flashy Quirks or popularity of the heroes the government chose to sponsor.
  • Fantastic Racism: Emphasis on racism as the fic goes into the various Quirk-based discrimination various characters face in their society.
    • People with simple, easy to explain Quirks are beloved and given elevated positions in their society. Out of hundreds of vigilantes, only seven were allowed to become the first legally-backed and government-controlled pro-heroes. Which today colors which Quirks are acceptable by society.
    • Having subversive and/or "dangerous" Quirks is practically a Mark Of Cain. Poor Shishou was discriminated fiercely for having a Brainwashing Quirk. Eri didn't receive any true help in learning how to control her powers as the doctors were more focused on containing her and then there's All for One. He was originally a vigilante fighting to protect his family and he didn't take being made illegal standing down.
    • Having Quirks that make you look non-human can make life very difficult. Gang Orca gets malicious comments from children and adults and is prevented from rising in the Hero Rankings due to his appearance. Shu, who looks like he came from the Cthulhu Mythos, has limited work options due to his frightening appearance.
  • Fatal Flaw:
    • Izuku's Selective Obliviousness gives him strong Nerves of Steel to maintain a level head but causes him to miss subtle but vital clues until it's too late.
    • Izuku constantly picks up more and more responsibilities due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome. Izuku ends up with so many things to do that his classmates rarely see him and gets so little rest that he gets kidnapped in a moment of distraction.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Izuku's childhood bully, Tsubasa was experimented on until he was turned into a monstrous Noumu. The process of which is implied to be very painful. The fact Noumu!Tsubasa was killed by Stain is a mercy.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Izuku knows that for all of All for One's civility and cooperation lies a ruthless master criminal who's not afraid to murder, mutilate and silence anyone who gets in his way.
  • Fiery Coverup: All For One had done this to cover his tracks after he stole dementia patients' Quirks.
  • First-Name Basis: All For One insists on calling Izuku by his first name, much to the latter's displeasure.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During the ride to Tartaurus, Izuku hears a radio report about a villain with a liquid body.
    • All for One tells Izuku when he shows up to their meeting sick that Recovery Girl should be fired if she can't diagnose a cold.
    • All for One is a lot more talkative with Izuku than anyone else, and doesn't take the chance to go Hannibal Lecter on him. He's also very concerned with Izuku's health, despite Izuku being a One for All holder and thus supposedly his new archnemesis.
    • All for One can follow Izuku with his 'Search' quirk, despite not having met him, and has been tracking him with it for some time. Medical devices also showed that he got stressed when Izuku was in dangerous situations.
    • All Might, Shirogaki, and Kurogiri all freak out when they see Izuku in formal wear, and All Might later comments that Izuku looks a lot like All for One. Inko says that Izuku takes after his father.
    • Izuku's childhood bullies have disappeared under mysterious circumstances, but he himself remained untouched, even though Izuku, a quirkless child of an unemployed single parent, was an easier target.
    • Shigaraki and Kurogiri are under the impression that Izuku had All for One's support and are genuinely surprised that he doesn't.
    • Hisashi Midoriya owns several magazines that All for One likes, knows a doctor who was in All for One's inner circle, and it's suspected that he was involved with the League of Villains. He also acted older than he looked (Okay, except when Inko was involved) and despite being a fourth generation quirk user, his child ended up quirkless. He still communicates with his employees, but his handwriting recently took a dive, as if he'd had to re-learn it. Almost as if he was All for One, founded the League of Villains, had received nasty injuries recently, and was actually a first generation quirk user.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: All for One was originally one of many vigilantes in the time of the first generation of Quirk users. Then he organized his fellow vigilantes when he and his contemporaries were outlawed. Now, he's been terrorizing Japan for 200 years and almost total control of the criminal underworld.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Luckily for Hisashi, Inko geniunely enjoyed Hisashi's complaining about legal violations and liberal political views.
  • Gilded Cage: How Izuku views his mother's marriage. Trapped in a marriage with a distant, uncontactable husband who still strangely paid for his family living expenses. Inko couldn't divorce him considering that she couldn't afford to financially support Izuku on her own.
  • Glassy Prison: To monitor All for One at all times, the Tatarus staff have him in a cell with a clear reinforced glass panel.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: Zach distracts a mob of paparazzi away from Izuku's hospital release by yelling that a hero's sex tape is on sell online.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Izuku name drops Yaoyorozu and Ashido as his suit's brand at a gala to give his friends some positive recognition. Unfortunately, it gave them so much recognition that people outright tried to commission suits from them believing they were a genuine company!
  • Grew a Spine: After being a Nervous Wreck for most of the story, Inko was finally had enough when Izuku is kidnapped and nearly tortured to death. Inko sues Yuuei for criminal negligence of their students and the lawsuit is severe enough to bring Nedzu to his knees. She refuses to allow Izuku back to school until her demands for better security, more transparent medical treatment and real medical professionals are met. She and Hisashi agree to have Izuku to undergo surgery to repair his damaged arm and make have a full medical rest.
  • Guilt by Association: A continuing theme of the fic
    • Bakugou warns Izuku to watch out for himself and named dropped this trope. All of Bakugou cronies have vanished and all they had in common was their association with Bakugou.
    • In the past if one person had a quirk then their entire family would become targets.
    • All for One notes that families of criminals can become pariahs due to perceived criminality regardless of their actual innocence. Which is why he hasn't associated with his family for years, aside from supplying money.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Averted several times by All For One, much to Izuku's bemusement. Despite the rising opportunities to turn Izuku's words back at him, All For One wholeheartedly refused to do it.
  • Happily Married: Inko and Hisashi's marriage. Well, or at least for the first three years. It went downhill from there...
  • Had To Be Sharp: Growing up in a society where the Quirkless are heavily discriminated against, Izuku absolutely had to develop thick skin, be analyze cost-risk benefits and forge toward his goals no matter what. Izuku had many people from his doctors, his teachers and his classmates attempt to force him to give up. Some used words, others like Bakugou used force. The only reason Izuku manage to survive but to get into Yuuei was by sheer determination.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: With a haircut and custom-tailored suit, Izuku ends up looking rather suave and handsome at Endeavor's gala.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Who would've thought that All for One is a romantic?! He abhors the idea of marrying someone to produce strong children instead of marrying the person one loves.
    • Inko used to been a ruthless corporate shark and still knows the ins and outs of the trade despite being out of the business. Once given the chance, Inko quickly gets back into the game.
  • Honor Before Reason: All for One used his real name for his marriage and when he starts a family as proof of his love for them. Too bad this would expose him if anyone finds out the family's connection to him.
  • Hypocrite: All for One disparages Endeavour for making his own family into a eugenics experiment. This is the same man who committed many eugenic experiments on the families of his followers and many hapless victims.
  • I Read It for the Articles: Played for Laughs. When All for One finds out Izuku also reads the Conspiracy, a niche dark web news forum for criminals:
    Izuku: I read it for the articles on Quirks.
    All for One: That was my excuse too. No one believed me.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is called "(Blank) of a Cryptid."
  • Inherent in the System: The current Quirk-based society sees that talented people like Izuku are at the bottom if they're born Quirkless. People like Gang Orca or Shu have limited job opportunities and face discrimination for their appearances. Flashy Quirks are put at the top of society whereas people with subtle or dangerous quirks can be treated as potential supervillains.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Despite his chronological age, a restored All for One still has the physical age of "a stupid twentysomething".
  • Important Haircut: Izuku gets his curls trimmed so he could pull his hair back for a black tie event. The haircut gives him a striking resemblance to his father.
  • In Medias Res: The story opens with Izuku simply wondering how the hell did he ended up in the same room as All For One, before moving backwards to a couple of months that quickly leads to that scene.
  • Irony: Inko and Izuku believe that Hisashi Midoriya might be an alias for the man that married Inko and not the name's true name. Which made Inko terrified of confronting him because it would render her marriage null and void. Since the Midoriyas were dependent on Hisashi's income, the revealing him would mean the Midoriyas won't get any income and be left destitute. Ironically, Hisashi did use his real name for his marriage to his own detriment.
  • It's Personal: All for One personally despises All Might out of the past One for All users because All Might took something from him—namely, the chance to have a family life; see Even Evil Has Loved Ones above.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: All for One comments that Izuku has one of these.
    All for One: It's called optimism, Izuku.(...) I shouldn't be surprised at your lack of understanding. The longer we've spoken the more I've become convinced that you've rarely had enough happiness in your life to even be familiar with the concept of optimism.
    Izuku: You're probably not wrong.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: Hearing firsthand how unhappy Inko feels for her marriage now, Izuku quickly asks her why she didn't get a divorce (She can't because she's too dependent on his financial support, for the record).
  • Just Following Orders: Shu is too afraid of losing his job that he doesn't questions his boss' orders despite wondering why does Shu have to keep the Midoriya finances a secret from Izuku and Inko themselves
  • Justified Title: The title Conversations with a Cryptid refers to Izuku's prison interviews with All for One, the titular cryptid whose existence and two-hundred year history is disputed and gradually uncovered for most of the story. Izuku is also the cryptid due to being All for One's son.
  • Killing Intent: When All for One sees Izuku's maimed body, All for One releases Killing Intent so strong that neither Toshinori nor the prison guards could get near him.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Despite his nature as The Paragon for his classmates, Izuku is really cynical due to a lifetime of horrific cruelty and systematic discrimination that no one was able or willing to help him with. Although Izuku refuses to let any of that stop him and continues to be heroic person in spite of it.
  • Knight Templar Parent: All for One is fiercely protective of Izuku. This leads him to torturing and experimenting on most of his son's childhood bullies, set Shigaraki up to be his fall guy, spies on his family to extremely invasive levels and slaughters everyone in his prison and his son's kidnappers.
  • Late to the Tragedy: When Izuku investigates All for One's history, he uncovers many of the villain's past atrocities. One of which was the horrific experimentation of a former childhood bully.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: After Izuku is restored, his memories are up to before he was kidnapped. Considered he was nearly tortured to death, its for the best.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: All For One put children through brutal experiments for bullying his son without any kind of mercy. Years later, his son would be kidnapped and tortured almost to death for an entire week, and he's completely helpless to watch him until the last minute.
  • Lethal Diagnosis: Izuku's kidnappers torture him so badly that by the time he was rescued, he was brain dead. All the doctors could do was offer to euthanize Izuku. Not on All for One's watch.
  • Level-Up at Intimacy 5: Invoked. Izuku tells All for One that he hasn't grinded enough relationship points for Izuku to tell him how he hurt his leg. Then he says that if All for One maxes out enough reputation points with Izuku, Izuku will tell him his tragic backstory.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • No one in Yuuei outside of Izuku and Toshinori knows about Izuku interviewing All for One.
    • Izuku knows very little of his father, not even his name, or anything of his mother's past due to Inko's trauma over Hisashi's abandonment.
  • Loophole Abuse: Normally Eri would have to worry about accidentally erasing someone from existence if she rewinds time on someone too far. All for One is over 200 years old and makes himself her test subject without worry.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Hisashi Midoriya, if Shu's reminiscing is anything to go by, dropped a few dozen IQ points when around Inko. He even married her despite knowing how bad association with Japan's top supervillain would be for his family.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Izuku finally realizes that All for One is his father when All for One shows an Informed Consent form for Izuku's impending arm surgery, signed by both his mother and father. When he asks All for One why he's the one presenting the form, All for One tells Izuku that he had to sign it, so he might as well show it to Izuku.
  • Madness Mantra: In his search of All For One's wrongdoings, Izuku stumbles upon one story about an eldery man who was driven into madness by losing his Quirk. The only thing he could do until his dying days was repeatedly saying "He took it".
  • Mama Bear: Yuuei learns to fear Inko as she rakes them over coals for negligence and mishandling of student safety.
  • Marry for Love: Hisashi Midoriya, despite being a corporate overlord, married Inko for love instead of any practical gain.
  • MayflyĖDecember Romance: Inko was in her twenties when she got married. All for One is already over 200 years old.
  • Meaningful Name: For the whole Midoriya family.
    • In Ch.9, Izuku wonders why someone would name their child Hisashi, which translates to "a long time ago". Fitting for a centuries-old being. The same kanji makes an appearance in Izuku's given name.
    • Inko is usually translated as "parakeet". The author makes reference to her "bird in a gilded cage" status in the same chapter, confirming it was intentional in the comments.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Izuku attempts to uncover One for All's long, long criminal history → Discovery of two-century long and ongoing conspiracy.
  • The Mole: How All For One managed to escape further post-mortem examination after his battle against All Might despite being pronounced dead at the scene. He has allies inside the medical field and police departement to cover up his survival.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: All for One is a legitimate medical doctor, he isn't called Sensei for nothing.
    • Dr. Tsubasa considering his cruel Brutal Honesty to Izuku and the fact he most sold his own grandson to become a Noumu.
  • Moral Myopia: Villains seem to embrace this mindset
    • The Sludge Villain has no problem torturing a child to death but is infuriated when all his friends are slaughtered in retaliation
    • All for One is aghast at his son putting his own life in danger despite that All for One has no problem with hurting children.
    • Mugging the Monster: The villains who kidnap Izuku. To be fair, it was really unlikely that the guy they targeted for personal reasons just so happened to be the only child of one of the most terrifying supervillains on the planet. All for One still redecorates their hideout with their insides, and roasts alive the one who managed to escape.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: All for One is genuinely remorseful for what his abandonment did to his family.
  • Mundane Solution: How does Eri finally gain control over her powers so dangerous that professional heroes and doctors couldn't help her? All for One teaches her how to internalize a sense of time by grounding it to a tv schedule or important milestones in her life so she doesn't go to far back.
  • Necessary Evil: The Tartarus prison complex is a huge human rights violation on par with Guantanamo Bay, but its the only way to prevent villains like All for One or Stain from going large.
  • Nerves of Steel: Izuku has an uncanny ability to stay calm and maintain a straight face when dealing with the likes of All for One or Shiragaki. While Izuku is still a Nervous Wreck at his core, he refuses to show weakness to them and refuses to give two damns about them.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Izuku attempts to help to stalled investigation of All for One by interrogating the villain himself. While in the short term Izuku gets valuable intel in the long, it proves to be Izuku's undoing.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Izuku attempts to uncover the mystery of All for One's quirk to get some desperately lacking intel. Not only does this make Izuku suspicious as hell since he succeeded where professionals failed it directly results in All for One breaking out of prison.
  • No Immortal Inertia: A woman with a longevity Quirk rapidly aged to death and died in her sleep after All for One took her Quirk.
  • Not Me This Time: When someone accidentally blew up the Heroics Department classrooms on one night, everyone logically assumes that Bakugou is the culprit. He's not amused by this. It turns out to be due to one of Mei Hatsume's experiments.
  • No Social Skills:
    • Despite only having a single proper conversation with Izuku, All For One proceeds to call him by his first name without his consent in their very next meeting. In hindsight this may actually have been a form of parental affection.
    • Midoriya Hisashi also counts, apparently. According to Shū, he would spend his time in Inko's office to make idiotic expressions at her and dramatically declared whose life in public policy he'd be ruining for the day. Fortunately for him, Inko thought it was incredibly romantic.
  • Not So Different: Putting their different moralities aide, Izuku and All For One shared many similarities, a fact that bothers Toshinori a lot more than he lets on.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Izuku accused All For One of feigning his blindness to a certain degree, considering that he could still correctly perceive All Might's facial expressions multiple times at Kamino Ward. He, at the very least, has a capability to recognize his surroundings.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: When pressed about his feelings over his father, Izuku completely dismisses his father's influence. When All for One attempts to make Izuku reconsider, Izuku shuts him down by pointing out the mostly negative impact his father had on both himself and his mother.
  • O.C. Stand-in: As of the time of the fic's publishing, very little of All for One has been revealed. All for One's character is created wholesale from the author from speculation from what was revealed of All for One.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After finding out Tsubasa's fate, Bakugou goes out of his way to contact his old elementary school and middle school lackeys whom he disregarded as extras. To his horror, he can't find any of them.
    • All For One is surprisingly agitated when Izuku gets kidnapped and tortured, especially given that he should have no reason to care about it whatsoever. The final chapter reveals that he had all the reason in the world.
  • Office Romance: Inko was at first a secretary and Hisashi was her boss.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While Izuku is too busy handling Shigaraki and Kurogiri's trespass at the party in chapter 6, Todoroki could be heard ranting at his father to stop trying to control every aspect of his life. Keep in mind, he deliberately did all of that when there's a bunch of reporters and journalists watching the whole thing.
  • Only Mostly Dead: After his rescue, Izuku is found brain dead but thankfully All for One had Eri return Izuku's body back to its unharmed state prior to his kidnapping.
  • Open Secret: Endeavour's family life is non-existent in the public eye and his wife is never seen. Many reporters recognize Endeavour's behavior and actions as signs of a quirk marriage but risk lawsuits and censorship if they speak out.
  • Original Character: Mai Maki, anti-Endeavor reporter and editor-in-chief of the Heroes Mirror and her Australian counterpart, Zach Smith, editor of Heroes Mirror's Australian branch and internet hero critic.
  • Out of the Frying Pan: In chapter 13, Izuku is attacked by the Sludge Villain but rescued and also kidnapped by All For One, who's arguably even more dangerous if not for his friendly demeanor towards Izuku.
  • Papa Wolf:
    • All For One, in his own villainous, murderous way—as the villains that kidnapped Izuku found out to their detriment. Also see Disproportionate Retribution above.
    • After All For One escapes from the prison and believing he was going to harm Izuku, All Might is ready and raring to confront the latter, even if it meant his possible death, all so he could buy some time for Izuku to escape.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: All for One had many children experimented on or horrifically killed. So Izuku thinks its extremely hypocritical that All for One would rather have Izuku leave the heroing and investigating to the adults.
  • Parental Neglect: Midoriya Hisashi barely exists in his son's life, saves for being an obscure,yet dutiful parent who keeps paying for his living expenses.
  • Pet the Dog: All For One teaching Eri how to control her Quirk. Though it was ultimately for his own purposes, he certainly could have been a lot less nice about it.
  • Politeness Judo: Izuku successfully catches Shiragaki and Kurogiri off guard in their attempted kidnapping of him by being a good host and giving them tea and snacks while threatening to murder them if they step out of line.
  • Power Nullifier: All for One steals a Quirk with this ability from an unnamed government official to contain Izuku.
  • Pre Nup Blowup: Shu, who's Hisashi's subordinate and lawyer, recommends to his boss that he get a pre nup before his marriage to Inko. To his surprise, Hisashi not only refuses but has it explicitly written that Inko is entitled to half of his wealth.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: Izuku theorizes that Shigaraki's true purpose is to be All for One's fall guy so Shigaraki will get all the blame while All for One could retire quietly.
  • Quitting to Get Married: Both Inko and Hisashi quit their jobs as executive and CEO when they marry. Inko quits to start a family, Hisashi quits to spend time with his new wife and run his criminal empire.
  • Rags to Riches: It happened to someone who's heavily implied to be Kurogiri. Born Quirkless, but somehow managed to develop a Warp Quirk and becoming filthy rich in the process by some assistance from All For One.
  • Randomly Gifted: As it turns out, All for One and his brother were born to an ordinary Quirkless couple back when Quirkless people were still the majority and were nothing special genetically. Yet, All for One is a premier example of a winner of the Superpower Lottery and his brother is an example of Heart Is an Awesome Power.
  • Revealing Cover Up: Izuku finds out the depth of the public's hatred of Endeavour by tracking the many commenter blocks, article take-downs and utter lack of discussion.
  • Revenge: The Sludge Villain broke out of prison and attempts revenge on Izuku for getting him arrested in the first place. He and his friends had Izuku kidnapped and attempted to torture him to death.
  • Revenge Before Reason: The Sludge Villain attempts to kill Izuku after the Sludge Villain's friends are all killed. This is despite that they were killed because they kidnapped and tortured Izuku and that someone powerful is watching over Izuku. The Sludge Villain is quickly burned to death.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Izuku finds out that the magazines and the companies All for One enjoys are all owned by his estranged father Hisashi Midoriya. Inko and Izuku moved to their neighborhood at Hisashi's insistence with turns out to be monitored by All for One. Hisashi knew and recommended Dr.Tsubasa as Izuku's pediatrician and Dr.Tsubasa sold his son to All for One. Izuku makes the correct conclusion that his father is secretly a criminal but wrongly concludes that he's a high-ranking member of All for One's inner circle.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Izuku is rescued, All for One cleans house. He left the Tartarus prison complex and Izuku's kidnappers a pile of rubble, blood and viscera.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: No. Despite forgiving Bakugou, Izuku is still deeply traumatized from Bakugou's bullying. When Izuku has self-doubt or empathizes with someone else's discrimination, he hears Bakugou's voice calling him useless or worthless.
  • Secret Keeper: Hisashi Midoriya has an unwilling one with Shu. Shu handles the Midoriya finances and sends them their funds on his boss's commands without ever seeing him in person. Shu knows something is seriously wrong and wanted to tell Inko. Unfortunately, Shu knows that Hisashi could fire him in retaliation and Shu couldn't find a job outside of Hisashi. Shu is overcome with remorse when it reveals it to Izuku.
  • Secretly Wealthy: To Izuku's surprise, the Midoriyas are loaded. Helps that his dad is a CEO and a media baron that owns several major news companies.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Izuku had to develop this as a coping mechanism to willfully ignore the systematic discrimination and bullying he faced in order to pursue his goals. While this trope gives him Nerves of Steel, it causes Izuku to ignore All for One's more subtle hints because he lacks the context and desire to figure it out.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Despite Endeavour's massive lack of popularity and criticism against him, the government needs him as their attack dog. The government censors much of the hate against Endeavour.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Izuku dressed as one in Endeavor's hero agency's annual PR ball. He apparently pulled this off really, really well.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: After hearing Izuku dismiss his biological father, All for One points out that without his father, Izuku wouldn't exist. Only for Izuku to reply that if he didn't exist then he wouldn't be complaining or having to deal with exams.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Despite how much Toshinori hyped up his enmity with All for One and All for One's general dislike of One for All users, All for One holds no grudge against Izuku and acknowledges that Izuku has nothing to do with his hatred.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Izuku strongly suspects that his neighborhood is being monitored as All for One is disturbingly knowledgeable about him and Bakugou. Most tellingly, All for One's stolen quirk "Search" allows him to track anyone the holder has met, can track Izuku despite Izuku never meeting him before and being separated by a Plexiglas wall when they finally meet.
    • The Midoriya apartment is bugged so All for One can monitor them and their financial situation at all times.
  • Spanner in the Works: Discussed, as Izuku finds out that something caused All for One to put his plans on hold despite him successfully terrorizing Japan for 200 years. All for One cryptically tells him that plans change. It turns out to be Inko and Izuku as marrying Inko and having Izuku caused All for One to change all his long-term plans so he could be with them or keep them safe.
    • The true spanner is the Sludge Villain, as his attack of Izuku is what drives All for One to escape prison.
  • Spotting the Thread: Izuku notes that All for One knows a lot about Izuku but is missing a lot of information as well. When All for One admits that it was due to negligence, its very telling. Negligence implies that All for One has the duty to care for Izuku despite them never meeting each other before.
  • Streisand Effect: In-Universe The hero magazine "The Mirror" gets most of their publicity from all of Endeavour's attempts to sue them over their accurate articles on him.
  • Stress Vomit: When Izuku finds out Tsubasa's fate when he puts two and two together, he vomits in his wastebasket and starts sobbing.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Izuku, who greatly resembles his father, which is an upsetting fact for Inko. The resemblance even gives Shigaraki and All Might moments for pause.
    • It's revealed that All for One looks like an adult Izuku with black hair, less round face and a different complexion.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Izuku knows that no one was going to save him so he wants to the hero that he never got to have.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: All for One successfully escapes prison, restores himself to his past glory, evades suspicion for himself and Izuku, rescues his son, slaughters most of his son's enemies and reunites with his family.
  • The Bet: All for One bets that unless Izuku gets Endeavor on the cover of Heroes Mirror, All for One won't speak to him anymore. Izuku unintentionally fulfills the bet and uses it as an excuse to continue their regular meetings.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Endeavor's security team at the gala arrive after Izuku scares Shigaraki and Kurogiri retreat as an extension of Endeavor's incompetence.
  • The Closest Thing We Got: The government knows about the public's discontent with Endeavor. However with crime on the rise and Endeavor's the hero with the most captures and rescues now that All Might retired. So the government backs him out of necessity.
  • The Don: It becomes increasingly clear that All for One is less of a supervillain and more of a mob boss with superpowers.
  • The Ghost: Hisashi Midoriya and his influence on his family is a major part of the story but he is never present.
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: Kurogiri and Shigaraki teleport directly into Izuku's apartment, which he doesn't take kindly since Inko had barely left.
  • They Look Like Everyone Else: To Izuku's disappointment, the fully restored All for One looks looks like a normal person that he would see on the street.
  • Time Skip: It takes four in-fic months for Izuku to be approved to join the investigation and for the prison to arrange him to interview All for One after he initially volunteers himself.
  • To Be Lawful or Good:
    • Izuku was fully willing to destroy his own reputation and chance of being the future Symbol of Peace by planning to go public with the information he gathered which implicates his own father for being part of All for One's inner circle. Despite the impending destruction of his own future, Izuku refused to allow All for One to continue getting away with his crimes.
    • Class 1-A had this dilemma when Izuku is kidnapped. With the scars of Bakugou's kidnapping, everyone of them want to help search for Izuku. But Yuuei threatened expulsion if they did so. Inko solves this by suing Yuuei for criminal negligence and one of her demands was for Class 1-A to give additional assistance in the search.
  • Trauma Button:
    • Formal wear and business wear is this to Inko since her husband only wore suits and they painfully remind her of her husband's unexplained abandonment.
    • Poor Iida was catatonic when Izuku was kidnapped and tortured due to his brother's crippling.
    • When Shiragaki sees Izuku in a suit, he has a meltdown in sheer terror and confusion.
  • Triple Shifter: Izuku maintains his grades, trains his Quirk and his martial arts, is a superhero-in-training, does research on behalf of the police and regularly interrogates Japan's most fearsome super-villain. This kills Izuku's social life and proves to be his undoing.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Both Toshinori and Bakugou have watery eyes trying not to express relief at Izuku's recovery.
  • Unequal Pairing: Inko was a secretary for the HR department for the Heroes Mirror. Hisashi Midoriya was the CEO of the company she worked for and was the one to hire her. Deconstructed as Inko had no way of retaliating against Hisashi when he abandons without a reason why.
  • Unreliable Narrator:
    • Izuku, to the point of being almost painful, or even hilarious, to read. Justified though, considering that he mainly couldn't see the "dad-shaped figure" sitting right in front of him.
    • When All Might takes over as the full-fledged protagonist for a single chapter, he pretty much becomes this for the same reason above.
  • Villain Has a Point: All for One is a horrible person, but he's an extremely perceptive one.
    • All for One constantly disparages and criticizes All Might and his practices. While most of the time, it's undeserved, All for One does have a point that All Might passing down his quirk to Izuku has only been detrimental towards him.
    • All for One isn't wrong when he points out that Hero society in Japan discriminates against people with stereotypically "villainous" Quirks and that U.A. is effectively "a military academy disguised as a high school."
    • All for One states that Izuku's continuing disregard for his health will cripple him. He's not wrong.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Upon finding out Izuku's competence in Quirk's analysis, All For One rather seriously ponders whether he and All Might should switch students with each other or not.
  • We Will Not Have Appendixes in the Future: Hisashi joked that he was a mutant since he still had the extra jointed toe despite having a quirk. Makes sense since he was a first generation quirk user.
  • "Well Done, Dad!" Guy: As shown with his genuine joy for Izuku's safety, All for One wants to reconcile with Izuku and become father and son in truth.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 3: Motivations of a Cryptid. Izuku finds out that he lived through one of All for One's atrocities when he discovers the fate of childhood bully Tsubasa. Unlike canon Infant Immortality is nonexistent here.
    • Chapter 11: Condition of a Cryptid. Izuku is still kidnapped and has been missing for a week. The story switches to Toshinori's perspective so Izuku's fate isn't immediately apparent. Inko has had enough of Yuuei and sues them for criminal negligence. All for One goes out of his way to contact Toshinori; he knows where Izuku is and needs Toshinori's permission to rescue him. Izuku is rescued, but is found horrifically mutilated which All for One takes poorly. While Izuku is taken to the hospital, All for One escapes.
  • Wham Line: This conversation in chapter 8.
    Izuku: You're not actually Japan's most prolific supervillain.
    All For One: Then what am I?
    Izuku: You're Japan's most prolific vigilante.
  • What Could Have Been: After realizing the potential of Izuku's intelligence and cunning , All for One briefly considers what would have happened had he brought Izuku into supervillainy with him. Something which also terrifies Toshinori.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Averted by Izuku, who is neither sad nor angry by his father's absence in his life. The only problem he has is the fact that his negligence had badly affected his mother. Talking about how it with All For One even seems to make the latter feel guilty about his abandonment.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: All for One was originally a vigilante who was trying to protect his family and working alongside with his brother, the First One for All wielder. But then unauthorized Quirk use was deemed illegal and out of hundreds of vigilantes, only seven were permitted to become the first pro-heroes. While All for One didn't make the cut, his brother did. In protest, All for One gathered his fellow vigilantes and formed the League of Villains. From then on, All for One terrorized Japan, for two hundred years and become the most feared supervillain.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: All for One makes it clear that he admires Izuku's intelligence and cunning and wants him as his own successor. All for One doesn't even consider Shiragaki as his child despite Izuku pointing out at multiple occasions that All for One is effectively Shiragaki's adoptive father since he raised him since childhood. Which is doubly ironic considering that Izuku is his biological son.
  • Would Hurt a Child: All for One and his associates have no problem torturing or killing children.
    • Izuku's kidnappers have no problem torturing him to near death.
  • You Do NOT Want To Know: After much effort has been put to disclose All For One's past, Izuku notes that the only thing left to discover is his real name. All For One immediately warns him not to do that, for fear of the social consequences that would befall his own family.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: All for One applauds Izuku for not caring what others think of him and breaking the rules to pursue his goals. Izuku notes it was the closest anyone got him to reconsider his career path.

Warning: The following folder contains unmarked spoilers for Conversations with a Cryptid. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED

     Tropes Unique to Kidnapping of a Cryptid 
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Izuku is only a teenager but acts as Eri's parent when he's with her.
  • Bait the Dog: For 4 chapters, All for One shows genuine love and affection to Izuku despite his rather stifling protectiveness and made rather valid points. Then Chapter 5, All for One shows that he still a horrible person when he assaults Bakugou in broad daylight in front of Izuku, Todoroki and Shinshou.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When All for One visits Bakugou in the hospital, Bakugou persists in calling Izuku useless even after the guy had warned him that doing so again would lead to Consequences, and proving that he was indeed willing and able to badly injure him (this being why Bakugou was in the hospital in the first place). All for One follows through on his threat by stealing Bakugou's quirk.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Izuku refuses to call All for One dad and pointedly calls him by his given name. All for One is ok with it as its still better than what Endeavor gets from his own family.
  • Evil Is Petty: All for One rules the underworld, is a 2-century old Serial Killer and uses his great power to skip to the front of lines.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Hisashi Midoriya is strongly against his son Izuku from being a superhero. One as the top supervillain, Hisashi wants Izuku to avoid people from finding out their relation which could destroy Izuku's life. Two, he justifiably thinks that Izuku will get himself maimed or killed. Third, he knows how smart Izuku is and believes that Izuku could be more successful in other careers.
  • For Your Own Good: Inko and Hisashi force their son to go on medical leave due to Izuku's previous disregard of his health. They decide to keep Izuku out of Yuuei until the school gives in to their demands of increased security, proper adherence to medical procedure and for Izuku to make a full recovery despite the fact that Izuku could fall behind his studies or get kicked out.
  • Gilded Cage: Izuku gets to spend time with his father in a comfortable apartment that's painted in bright neutral colors, has plenty of nice furniture and have his every move monitored 24/7.
  • Given Name Reveal: Izuku finds out that Hisashi Midoriya really is All for One's true name when Izuku finds his name on the list of First Generation Quirk users.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Doctor Yuasa and Hisashi are horrified when Izuku tells them that Recovery Girl refused to heal him after Izuku had crippled his arm in the Summer Camp Arc as that outright violates the Hippocratic Oath.
  • Exiled to the Couch: Because they haven't seen each other in years, Inko and Hisashi live in separate houses.
  • Frame-Up: Mei Hatsume was framed so that one of her inventions destroyed part of the school. She's furious because she's banned from her labs and was suspended from school.
  • Henpecked Husband: All for One is over 200 years old and has been terrorizing Japan and ruling its underworld for that long. Inko Midoriya is sweet and fiercely intelligent Housewife. When they reunite again, All for One does what he can to stay on Inko's good side and bows to her demands. Which is rather justified since she's understandably furious with him abandoning their family and returning without a word and All for One is trying to get her to not divorce him.
  • Hilarity Sues: A dramatic example as Inko sues Yuuei for criminal negligence after Izuku is kidnapped and Recovery Girl for medical malpractice for her unlicensed and uninformed medical treatment of Izuku. For the criminal negligence suit, Inko gets the backing of another woman whose child died in one of Yuuei's exam. For the medical malpractice suit, Inko has the backing of the Japanese Medical Association!
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard:
    • Japan took the common law approach to accelerate court resolution of superhero cases. It bit them in the ass when Inko successfully sues Yuuei which causes a massive scandal and knee-capped the hero industry.
    • Izuku's neglect of his health and physical well-being becomes his undoing as he gives Hisashi and Inko a legitimate reason to pull him out of school and cause a massive scandal for Yuuei.
    • Recovery Girl already made things bad for herself by refusing to allow other medical professionals heal her patients, but she shot herself in the foot when Izuku reveals to Hisashi and Doctor Yuasa that she outright refused to heal him anymore Izuku crippled his arms. They are both disgusted by Recovery Girl's unethical behavior and have her banned from school premises along with her getting disbarred from practicing medicine period.
  • Honor Before Reason: Izuku wants to force Hisashi to tell Inko the entire truth despite it being simpler and faster if Izuku told her himself.
  • Hostage Situation: On paper, Izuku is spending time with his dad pending surgery to get his arm fixed. It's technically true but misses the fact that his dad is holding him hostage to prevent Izuku and Toshinori from acting.
  • Kick The Sonof A Bitch:
    • A complicated example. On one hand, plenty of readers were glad to see Endeavor wind up a literal dumpster fire, and Toshinori suspects All For One thought Izuku would get a kick out of it, too. On the other hand, it's very bad news for our heroes because All For One just proved definitively that he can swat their very best like a fly.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Does not hide the major reveal of the previous fic that All for One is Izuku's father.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Despite Izuku's and All for One's many similarities, ultimately Izuku has empathy for other people while All for One cares only for his family and no one else.
  • Mundane Utility: All For One uses one of his quirks to skip to the front of the line at grocery store check-outs without people noticing. Two hundred years have not taught him the virtue of patience, it seems.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Doctor Yuasa treated one of Recovery Girl's former patients but it was too late for the patient. As a result, Doctor Yuasa spend years campaigning to draw attention to Recovery Girl's medical malpractice and Yuuei's shady handling of their students. When he gets to treat Izuku, its a chance to save someone from Recovery Girl before its too late.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Toshinori fears that if Izuku's relation is revealed, Izuku will be accused of being the Yuuei mole.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Recovery Girl's hero license only allows her to give first aid on crime scenes. Despite that she practices surgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, physiotherapy, sports medicine, pediatric medicine and general practice, all without licenses or schooling for any of them. Subverted that it's implied that Izuku's crippled right arm is due to her and several students died due to improper medical treatment.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Recovery Girl having a powerful healing quirk doesn't excuse her to practice without a medical license or not following the medical hierarchy. The Japanese Medical Association assists in Inko's lawsuit against Yuuei when they find out the scope of Recovery Girl's unintentional abuse of power. The Japanese Medical Association promise to enforce medical laws more fiercely to avoid such abuse of power by the hero industry.
    • When Izuku injured himself during his fight with Todoroki during the Sports Festival, someone in the audience did call an ambulance.
    • Just because Yuuei is a top hero school doesn't mean they're allowed to make themselves their students' sole source of medical treatment. When Yuuei refused to send their students to actual hospitals to medical treatment, many medical professionals noticed and students outright died due to this policy.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Toshinori and Tsukauchi resolve to find a different way to take down All for One without risking the livelihood of the Midoriyas.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Hisashi Midoriya is over 200 years old, has a 16-year old kid and looks like a "stupid twenty-five year old."
  • Surprise Pregnancy: All for One was shocked that he was virile enough to sire children when he accidentally impregnated Inko with Izuku. It turned out to be a result of his vitality quirk.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: The legal thing for Tsukauchi and Toshinori to do is report the entire truth to their superiors. Which will utterly destroy Izuku's and Inko's lives and careers due to All for One being Hisashi Midoriya. So that forces them to use more indirect methods.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 13.
    • Inko was born Inko Shimura, making Nana Izuku's grandmother and Shigaraki his first cousin.
    • Izuku was not Quirkless before getting One for All. His original Quirk is All for One.
  • You Are Grounded: Izuku is on medical leave from Yuuei due to his kidnapping but in spirit, he's grounded. Izuku is forbidden to do any hero work due to his impending surgery and his parents fully intend him a long recovery due to Izuku's previous neglect of his health.
  • You Are What You Hate: All for One despises Abusive Parents like Endeavor and Mitsuki Bakugou. He frequently invades Izuku's privacy, disregards what his son wants, keeps Izuku isolated and feeling helpless. Not to mention his treatment of Shiragaki.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: To Izuku's annoyance, Hisashi is extremely proud of the defamatory expose on All for One Izuku wrote and published. To the point that he wallpapers his office with the article.

Top