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* GrewASpine: While Izuku was already determined enough to hang onto his dreams in the face of others constantly telling him they were impossible, under Aizawa's tutelage he gains the strength to stand up for himself more often. Bakugou and the rest of his middle school classmates first become aware of this shift when Izuku calmly shuts down their teacher's attempt to humilate him into giving up on U.A.

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* GrewASpine: While Izuku was already determined enough to hang onto his dreams in the face of others constantly telling him they were impossible, under Aizawa's tutelage he gains the strength to stand up for himself more often. Bakugou and the rest of his middle school classmates first become aware of this shift when Izuku calmly shuts down their teacher's attempt to humilate humiliate him into giving up on U.A.



* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what ''was'' was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case U.A. wins, or they don't, which means that U.A. still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement]]. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here. ...Save for losing [[spoiler:Aizawa and Izuku's trust and respect]], anyway.

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* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what ''was'' was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case U.A. wins, or they don't, which means that U.A. still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement]]. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here. ...Save for losing [[spoiler:Aizawa and Izuku's trust and respect]], anyway.anyway.
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* TricksterMentor: Nedzu. Deconstructed in that while the means the best, his manipulations mean that by the time school starts, Izuku is now paranoid over what will and what won't be some test or manipulation by Nedzu. After Toshinori is tricked into revealing that Izuku is in UA on recommendation, Nedzu's own staff start distrusting him as well.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: All Might proves to be one. [[spoiler: As soon as he figures out that he's done wrong with Izuku when he asked if Izuku could be his successor, he immediately starts asking what he should have done, and apologizes to all relevant parties. He then visits Izuku personally and lays out his reasons for wanting Izuku to be his successor, apologizes again, then says that he'll help Izuku anyway at UA because he ''does'' think Izuku has great potential to be a hero. He even specifically mentions that Izuku has made his choice and he won't offer again (although Izuku suspects that All Might still wants him to take on the power anyway).]]


* BackhandedApology: Downplayed. When Nedzu manipulates Toshinori into revealing Izuku's status as a recommendation student to Class 1-A, all Izuku wants from Nedzu is an apology. While Nedzu does just that, absolutely ''no one'' buys the idea that Nedzu actually regrets his decision.

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* BackhandedApology: Downplayed.{{Downplayed}}. When Nedzu manipulates Toshinori into revealing Izuku's status as a recommendation student to Class 1-A, all Izuku wants from Nedzu is an apology. While Nedzu does just that, absolutely ''no one'' buys the idea that Nedzu actually regrets his decision. Especially because Nedzu first tries to dodge out of it.



-->'''Tenya:''' "I do not mean to overstep--"
-->'''Izuku:''' "Starting your sentence that way means that you're ''definitely'' going to overstep, and that you know you're going to before you even say anything."

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-->'''Tenya:''' "I do not mean to overstep--"
-->'''Izuku:'''
overstep--"\\
'''Izuku:'''
"Starting your sentence that way means that you're ''definitely'' going to overstep, and that you know you're going to before you even say anything.""
* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Denki. Izuku and Mei are ''horrified'' when he casually mentions how overusing his Quirk fries his brain, with Mei immediately declaring that he's inspired a new project: preventing that.


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* DominoMask: Izuku incorporates one into his hero outfit as a homage to the comics that inspired him.


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* SecretKeeper: Izuku selects [[spoiler:Kaminari Denki]] as the first among his classmates that he wants to reveal the truth about Aizawa being his sponsor to, making them into one of these. It isn't just about trusting them, though; Izuku wants to do this so [[spoiler:Denki might be willing to trust ''Aizawa'' more, and open up to him about his Quirk's side effects]].


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* WTHCostumingDepartment: InUniverse, Aizawa ''does not approve'' of the {{Canon}}ical uniforms, seeing them as emphasizing marketability over function. He's especially disgusted with what they offered for Yaoyorozu. This is blamed on Yuuei branching out and working with other suppliers; when Aizawa contacts their original supplier, they're just as horrified, and help salvage what they can while completely redoing others.


-->'''Inko:''' You started to call him that name when you first got here, but you cut yourself off. Didn't you? If you didn't think there was anything wrong with it, if it was really just a silly nickname, then why would you do that?

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-->'''Inko:''' You "You started to call him that name when you first got here, but you cut yourself off. Didn't you? If you didn't think there was anything wrong with it, if it was really just a silly nickname, then why would you do that?that?"


-->'''Tenya:''' I do not mean to overstep--
-->'''Izuku:''' Starting your sentence that way means that you're ''definitely'' going to overstep, and that you know you're going to before you even say anything.

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-->'''Tenya:''' I "I do not mean to overstep--
overstep--"
-->'''Izuku:''' Starting "Starting your sentence that way means that you're ''definitely'' going to overstep, and that you know you're going to before you even say anything."



* InnocentlyInsensitive: Toshinori ''means'' well, really, but his decision to [[spoiler:offer Izuku One for All]] comes off as a slap in the face. Best summarized by Izuku's thoughts on the matter: [[spoiler:''Every word from All Might had been well intended, but they sat ice cold and burning in the pit of Izuku's stomach. All Might didn't believe in him. He had watched him, had seen what Izuku was already capable of, and had decided that it would never be enough.'']]

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* InnocentlyInsensitive: Toshinori ''means'' well, really, but his decision to [[spoiler:offer Izuku One for All]] comes off as a slap in the face. Best summarized by Izuku's thoughts on the matter: [[spoiler:''Every matter:
-->''Every
word from All Might had been well intended, but they sat ice cold and burning in the pit of Izuku's stomach. All Might didn't believe in him. He had watched him, had seen what Izuku was already capable of, and had decided that it would never be enough.'']]''



* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what ''was'' was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case U.A. wins, or they don't, which means that U.A. still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here]].

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* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what ''was'' was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case U.A. wins, or they don't, which means that U.A. still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement. placement]]. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here]].here. ...Save for losing [[spoiler:Aizawa and Izuku's trust and respect]], anyway.

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** When Izuku tells Nedzu that he wants an apology for his behavior, Nedzu's immediate response is to imply he didn't hear him, followed by a non-apology, making clear that he considers his actions completely justified. This leads to Aizawa threatening to quit outright, with Hizashi and Toshinori backing him up.


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* UnwittingPawn: Toshinori is repeatedly manipulated by Nedzu in his efforts to use Izuku to his advantage. As of Chapter 40, this has led to [[spoiler:Toshinori joining Aizawa and Hizashi's threat to quit U.A., with Aizawa resolving to keep Toshinori in the loop to make him harder to trick]].


* BackhandedApology: Downplayed. When Nedzu manipulates Toshinori into revealing Izuku's status as a recommendation student to Class 1-A, all Izuku wants from Nedzu is an apology. While Nedzu does just that, absolutely ''no one'' buys the idea that Nedzu actually regrets his decision.



* TheChessmaster: Nedzu. Once he becomes aware of Izuku's existence, he immediately starts weaving plans around him, setting several events into motion [[spoiler:and bringing him to Toshinori's attention]].

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* TheChessmaster: Nedzu. Once he becomes aware of Izuku's existence, he immediately starts weaving plans around him, setting several events into motion [[spoiler:and bringing him to Toshinori's attention]]. Later, he neglects to tell Toshinori that Aizawa and Izuku were trying to keep his position as a recommendation student a secret so that Toshinori would unwittingly reveal it to Class 1-A, reasoning that it would be better if they knew this sooner rather than later.



* NotHelpingYourCase: When Toshinori first approaches Izuku here, he unintentionally sets off his 'stranger danger' senses, and his poor choice of words keeps making matters worse.
** Once Aizawa arrives, Toshinori manages to make an even '''greater''' mess by completely failing to read the room or the [[PapaWolf dangerous vibes]] coming off of his fellow hero.

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* NotHelpingYourCase: When Toshinori first approaches Izuku here, he unintentionally sets off his 'stranger danger' senses, and his poor choice of words keeps making matters worse.
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worse. Once Aizawa arrives, Toshinori manages to make an even '''greater''' mess by completely failing to read the room or the [[PapaWolf dangerous vibes]] coming off of his fellow hero.


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* RageQuit: Aizawa, Toshinori and Hizashi threaten to quit should Nedzu continue [[ManipulativeBastard manipulating]] them and Izuku after he tricked Toshinori into revealing his recommendations status to Class 1-A.


-->'''Inko:''' "You started to call him that name when you first got here, but you cut yourself off. Didn't you? If you didn't think there was anything wrong with it, if it was really just a silly nickname, then why would you do that?"

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-->'''Inko:''' "You You started to call him that name when you first got here, but you cut yourself off. Didn't you? If you didn't think there was anything wrong with it, if it was really just a silly nickname, then why would you do that?"that?



-->'''Tenya:''' "I do not mean to overstep--"
-->'''Izuku:''' "Starting your sentence that way means that you're ''definitely'' going to overstep, and that you know you're going to before you even say anything."

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-->'''Tenya:''' "I I do not mean to overstep--"
overstep--
-->'''Izuku:''' "Starting Starting your sentence that way means that you're ''definitely'' going to overstep, and that you know you're going to before you even say anything."


* MotiveRant: Rave and Asahi both get one about why they're after Eraserhead; [[spoiler:their DeadLittleSister. However, Izuku takes advantage of Asahi's attempt to explain his motives by attacking before he can finish.]]

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* MotiveRant: Rave and Asahi both get one about why they're after Eraserhead; [[spoiler:their DeadLittleSister.dead lil' sister. However, Izuku takes advantage of Asahi's attempt to explain his motives by attacking before he can finish.]]


* JerkassHasAPoint: Izuku is well aware that being Quirkless is a natural disadvantage. He also privately acknowledges that someone like Tenya, who grew up surrounded by Pro Heroes, would be very familiar with just how dangerous their line of work is and have plenty of reason to be concerned.



* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what ''was'' was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case UA wins, they don't, which means that UA still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here]].

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* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what ''was'' was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case UA U.A. wins, or they don't, which means that UA U.A. still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here]].


* CondescendingCompassion: Upon learning that Izuku is Quirkless, Tenya goes straight into this. Izuku's having none of it:
-->'''Tenya:''' "I do not mean to overstep--"
-->'''Izuku:''' "Starting your sentence that way means that you're ''definitely'' going to overstep, and that you know you're going to before you even say anything."



* IronicEcho: Nedzu uses one of Aizawa's favorite turns of phrase against him when he pulls off a 'logical ruse' of his own: [[spoiler:falsely convincing Izuku that he'll lose his recommended spot if he can't beat the students Aizawa expelled]].

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* IronicEcho: Nedzu uses one of Aizawa's favorite turns of phrase against him when he pulls off a 'logical ruse' of his own: [[spoiler:falsely convincing Izuku that he'll lose his recommended spot if he can't beat all of the students Aizawa expelled]].



* RefusalOfTheCall: [[spoiler: Played straight and averted- Izuku ''does'' reject All Might when he offers "One For All," but he's not rejecting the life of a hero. He's just doing things his own way.]]

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** When Tenya approaches Izuku to express his doubts about his ability to pursue his chosen path safely, Izuku cuts him off before he can start. Tenya's refusal to accept the out gracefully and back off only makes Izuku more annoyed with him.
* RefusalOfTheCall: [[spoiler: Played straight and averted- with in regards to [[spoiler:the whole situation with All Might. Izuku ''does'' reject All Might when he offers "One wants to be a hero, but rejects Toshinori's offer of One For All," but he's not rejecting the life of All, having already revolved to become a hero. He's just doing things his own way.hero ''without'' a Quirk.]]



* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what was was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case UA wins, they don't, which means that UA still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here]].

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* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what was ''was'' was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case UA wins, they don't, which means that UA still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here]].

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* EntitledBastard: After learning what Izuku's been doing, Bakugou decides that he wants in, expecting Eraserhead to automatically agree to start training him as well. Suffice to say, the lesson he receives instead isn't exactly what he anticipated.


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* MotiveRant: Rave and Asahi both get one about why they're after Eraserhead; [[spoiler:their DeadLittleSister. However, Izuku takes advantage of Asahi's attempt to explain his motives by attacking before he can finish.]]


* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot]].

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* XanatosGambit: Nedzu sets up one when he [[spoiler:pits Izuku against the latest batch of students Aizawa expelled]]. Whatever the outcome, he [[spoiler:gets plenty of footage to show the school board in order to secure and justify his recommended spot]].spot. Oh, and Izuku's spot was never in question- what was was the opportunity for the expelled students to come back. So either those students would shape up and prove themselves worthy, in which case UA wins, they don't, which means that UA still wins for not having awful students, and either way Izuku shows off his stuff to people, which justifies his placement. For Nedzu, there wasn't a "Lose" scenario here]].

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* RefusalOfTheCall: [[spoiler: Played straight and averted- Izuku ''does'' reject All Might when he offers "One For All," but he's not rejecting the life of a hero. He's just doing things his own way.]]

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