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The manga is fond of deconstructing several of the tropes it utilizes, being a Cliché Storm, particularly, tropes that are otherwise freely utilized in shonen manga:

  • Always in Class One: An interesting case. As the series goes on, the other classes at U.A. quickly grew envious and resentful to Class 1-A, due to a combination of both the media attention they get but also because all major villain attacks happen when at least some of the 1-A students were involved (USJ, Stain, Training Camp). This also affects their grades. Compare them to Class 1-B, who have better grades and better overall cohesion, not to mention only one of them had to take extra lessons during the Training Camp (Monoma) and all of them have earned their Provisional Licenses. On the other hand, Class 1-A is lagging behind from being at the center of the plot, with five taking extra lessons during the Training Camp (Kirishima, Sero, Ashido, Sato, and Kaminari) and two of their students having failed the Provisional License Exam (Todoroki and Bakugo). In this case, being at the center of the plot often means being hospitalized or otherwise taken out of class, and it's even outright stated that part of the reasonnote  Class 1-B did better at the second portion of the Provisional Exam is because the attack on the USJ interrupted what was going to be Class 1-A's rescue training.
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  • Ambiguously Human: Society decayed when Quirks appeared, with the definition of human becoming loose and fear breaking out in everyone. And Chapter 220 shows that there's still discrimination against people with Mutation-type Quirks (like Spinner of the LoV) with groups that are basically The Klan roaming about.
  • 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 Bakugo's intent to become a hero.
  • The Atoner: Endeavor might be genuinely willing to atone for his treatment of his family and live up to his responsibility as a hero, but 10+ years of emotional and physical abuse are nowhere near easily forgivable, if at all. Out of his family, only his daughter Fuyumi is willing to give him some sort of benefit of a doubt; his wife and remaining sons still don't want anything to do with him, and Natsuo in particular is quick to call him out for believing he could earn forgiveness so easily. And the Endeavor Internship arc indicates that Endeavor is fully aware of it as well and decided to separate himself from his family until they're finally ready to forgives him.
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  • Badass Normal: As per All Might in the introduction, trying to be a hero with no Quirks will get you killed. It doesn't matter if you're at the top of Quirkless human condition when even an average bodied guy with a devastating Quirk will quickly turn the tide in a moment. Deku trying to save Bakugou when the latter was kidnapped by the Sludge Villain gets him chewed out for nearly getting himself killed, and the only reason it worked was because it inspired All Might to push himself past his limit and act. Likewise, Aizawa's Quirk test shows that someone who properly uses their Quirk can vastly outperform a Quirkless person in good physical condition.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Its alluded to and then nearly confirmed in the Meta Liberation Army arc that people with Quirks that were seen as villainous were ostracized by their peers or loved ones because their powers were seen as a threat or unnatural despite the person with said Quirk not even being a Hero or Villain yet for some. Himiko's family saw her Quirk and the effect it had on her and outright labeled her as such, resulting in her finally caving in and becoming a villain. Society saw their powers as evil and so the wielder was labeled evil because of it, causing them to indeed become evil; a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
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  • Bad Powers, Good People: While having a Quirk associated with villainy doesn't automatically make you a villain, the stereotypes still exist. Hitoshi Shinso, who has a Mind Control Quirk, went through his entire life with people assuming that he'd use his powers for bad things (such as using innocents to commit crimes for him or forcing people into unwanted sexual acts) despite being good-at-heart and his full intent to become a Pro-Hero. Hearing pro-heroes at the Sports Festival praise his powers and discussing how useful they can be for heroic purposes gives him hope for the first time in a long time, because that's something he's never heard before.
  • Big Good: All Might filled this role to the entire world, 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. Even Endeavor recognized this as his attempts to play All Might was booed upon, where his Jerkass persona is widely famous. The people in charge of the first Hero Licensing Exam after All-Might's retirement design the exam to encourge teamwork, because they want to create a generation of heroes who are willing to work together to protect the public and have several heroes people can trust at the same time.
  • Bystander Syndrome: This is legally enforced due to the highly restricted Quirk regulation laws. Even if someone has the perfect Quirk for a bad situation, they won't be able to help if they lack a hero license. And if they do use their Quirk, they'll either be labeled a villain or an unlawful vigilante, so most people seek to stay out of trouble. While this mentality is supposed to keep people safe, it has caused quite a few problems. Mainly, had someone other than All For One stepped in to help a young Tenko Shimura after he accidentally killed his family, the entire plot of the series could've been very different.
  • Celebrity Superhero: Heroes, being public figures, are often not just superheroes, but also models, celebrities, and often have side-businesses. It's also pretty unavoidable to not have endorsement deals when you're an A-list Pro-Hero since it's a good way to generate income to keep your own hero agency up and running. As such there are a number of heroes that just become heroes simply for fame and money, which is one example of the "corruption" the Hero Killer Stain wants to wipe out.
  • 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 Bakugo 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 proved to him Midoriya did have the capacity to become a hero.
    • Aizawa calls out Midoriya for his self-sacrificial tendencies, reminding him that if he puts himself in danger for the sake of someone who needs help, he becomes yet another person that needs to be saved. If he can't keep himself out of trouble even a little, he's worse than useless as a chronic hero.
    • During his fight with Todoroki, 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.
    • The fight with Stain ended up with Stain getting imprisoned, but Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki nearly get expelled and arrested for seeking out a dangerous villain and fighting him without a Hero License or calling for back-up from the Pro-Heroes in the area. The only reason why this is prevented is because they gave the public credit for Stain's defeat to the Pro-Heroes who showed up near the end of the fight in exchange for the Hosu Police pardoning them.
    • During the Training Camp arc sometime later, Midoriya is forced into a fight with 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 Bakugo from the villains. By the end of that disaster, his arms are so mangled that he's on the verge of paralyzing them, and he has to start wearing a compression sleeve on his right arm (the one that has received the most damage in Midoriya’s battles) to manage the chronic pain that has developed in that arm.
    • When Deku and Lemillion first encounter Eri, Deku immediately notices how traumatized she is, but Lemillion warns him off from provoking mob boss Chisaki from making good on his killing intent, and Nighteye indeed chastises Deku for being about to act recklessly. This severely bites everyone in the ass when it turned out that saving Eri right then and there would have nipped the Hassaikai's plans in the bud.
    • On a lighter scale, despite the fact that Deku single handedly succeeded in stopping two villains from gate crashing the U.A festival, Hound Dog shouts at him for taking matters in his own hands. Hound Dog pardons Deku but tells him to call the teachers if he ever runs into trouble.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Following the murder of her husband, and before her death at the hands of All for One, Nana Shimura gave up her son Kotaro for his protection as she feared that he might be targeted by AFO in order to get to her. While certainly well meaning, the formative age at which he was given up left Kotaro with severe abandonment issues, and he was left unable to come to terms with his mother's sacrifice. This caused him to develop a deep hatred for the idea of heroes, believing that they care more about upholding the idea of justice and saving complete strangers than taking care of their families and those dear to them. His unresolved issues left him a stern and very cold husband and father, and he forbid any and all discussion of heroes in his house, with his physically violent tendencies being a factor in developing young Tenko's mental issues.
  • 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. This is most on display with Bakugo, whose single-minded determination is presented as both his biggest asset and biggest shortcoming, often clouding his judgment and making other characters not want to work with him.
  • Evil Is Cool: Invoked with Stain, the manga shows how damaging the concept can be to society, especially 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 people who have hurt innocents, 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.
  • Instant Expert: All Might mastering One for All so fast made it a lot harder to teach his protégé, as he is incapable of giving him good advice on how to use it properly. It also means he never experienced some of the things his successor did, such as the visions of the previous users talking to him.
  • 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.
  • 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, Bakugo, 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 are attempting 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 Shindo killed.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Over the course of the series, there're several instances where actually some characters knowing about it would have been more helpful than keeping them in the dark:
    • All Might never told his friend David Shield about One For All. So, when he realized that All Might is losing his power, he took drastic measures that literally culminated the plot of My Hero Academia: The Two Heroes.
    • A downplayed example come from Nana, who didn't explain to her protege how the Vestiges can actually interact with the One For All holder. And since All Might never had the interactive experience, he is even less prepared once Deku experienced his very first interactions with the Vestiges of One For All.
    • Since Nana wasn't too clear to Kotaro about all the circunstances regarding to her giving him to foster care, he couldn't understand nor sympathize with it, leading the latter to conclude that heroes are selfish people who care more about the strangers they save than their own families. He grew to be a cold father and with a strong hatred against heroics. And since his son Tenko wanted to be a hero during his childhood, Kotaro's abusive responses played a big part in Tenko's Start of Darkness and Traumatic Power Awakening.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: When Quirks first began appearing among the population over a century ago, the transition was not smooth, especially since nobody knows why or how it was happening in the first place. The cultural backlash and resulting violence were so profound that humanity technologically and socially regressed, to the point where many people believe that humans would have already mastered commercial space travel by the time of the series' present if humans never developed superpowers.
  • Me's a Crowd: As demonstrated by Jin Bubaigawara/Twice, this power can have disastrous consequences if abused. With the ability to create clones of not only himself but also of other people, he is incredibly useful to the League of Villains. Yet as his backstory shows each clone has its own form of autonomy, and when he created a bunch of clones of himself to use as slaves and extra muscle each one believed itself to be the original Twice. Since each one didn't like the thought of being ordered around, this caused a massive fight to the death amongst them that lead to the current Twice being the only survivor. This caused his psyche to fracture and collapse on itself to the point where he's not even sure if he's the original Twice or a clone that killed his own creator, and his own Quirk threatens to "split" himself if any part of his body is left unexposed by his costume.
  • 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 and bring them out of poverty. Iida reconstructs this by telling Ukaraka that there isn't anything wrong in looking for a well-paying job to sustain your family.
  • 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, he doesn't have the natural aptitude for it, while All Might "had" a natural aptitude for it and therefore can't optimally train Midoriya. So the poor kid spends lengthy amounts of the time in the hospital and has almost completely ruined his arms.
    • Shoto Todoroki is a heroic Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb meant to surpass All Might as the #1 Hero because of 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 a mental hospital.
    • Tenya Iida is 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.
  • Parrot Exposition: Skeptic from the Meta Liberation Army brutally rips into this trope in Chapter 228 - wondering aloud about why anyone with a working brain cell would lack the capability of asking a proper question.
  • Personality Powers: In the Meta Liberation Army, it starts to become hinted that Quirks influence someone's personality and natural instincts. Himiko's Quirk led her to have a natural attraction and admiration for blood, as well as a drive from a young age to try to drink it. That behavior was repressed by her parents and by society at large, forcing her to try to contain herself for years in regards to her feelings for blood. When her bloodthirstiness finally exploded after seeing a boy drenched in blood after a fight, she went off the rails and became a fully-fledged villain and serial killer. Curious mentions that this might not have happened had society been different and taken care of her properly.
  • Screw Destiny: Throughout the Internship Arc, Nighteye predicts the deaths of All Might, Midoriya, and even himself. When Nighteye gets wounded during his battle with Chisaki, there's a Hope Spot that Midoriya prevented his death. However, Nighteye eventually dies from his wounds in the hospital, opening up the possibility that Midoriya and All-Might won't be too far behind.
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  • Training from Hell:
    • In most manga, the Training from Hell is usually either Played for Laughs or used to improve the trainee. Here, it's shown that Shoto was subjected to this since he was at least five years old, and it was shown to be a horrible experience for him that broke him mentally.
    • Before Midoriya could inherit the One for All, he had to go through one of these to get his body prepared to handle the power. All Might devised a training plan tailor made for Midoriya, that would push him to his very limits, but not beyond. However, Midoriya decided to train even more than what All Might instructed to. As a result, he spent most of the time utterly exhausted, and at some point, he was unable to keep up with the training. Sure, training hard is good, but you must know what your limits are, and if you don't allow your body rest, training is not only useless but harmful. All Might eventually acknowledges this, gives Midoriya a gentler "The Reason You Suck" Speech, and alters his entire timetable so that Midoriya could have more time for his day-to-day activities, as well as having a proper training session.
  • Vigilante Man:
    • Like any other profession that involves public service, the only way to become a Pro-Hero is by going to school and getting licensed for it. Doing so otherwise makes you either a villain or an unlawful vigilante who'll get arrested if you try. Going all-out against villains is also illegal, especially if you're just a student because it's expected that you have some sort of value of restraint to not take the law into your own hands. Also, a civilian trying to rush in to help if they're not trained to handle emergencies can make the situation even worse, such as accidentally getting a crisis escalating to uncontrollable levels or creating another victim the Pro-Heroes have to rescue.
    • This whole deconstruction is represented best by Gentle, who ruined any chances he had at being a Pro Hero because he tried to save a civilian from falling when he was still a student. Not only did Gentle accidentally get in the way of a Pro who was already at the scene, but the person he was attempting to save got severely injured anyway. Gentle also wound up injuring the Pro-Hero as well due to the interference. Worse is that instead of being commended for at least trying to help, Gentle’s actions are considered a crime. Ever since his family got into deep debt trying to pay back the fines and the reparations caused by the incident, and eventually he was forced to drop out of school, got kicked out of his home, and was forced to take on any job to survive and ended up not fulfilling any of his dreams.
  • Warrior Therapist: Midoriya's attempt to help Bakugo by getting into a pointless brawl with him to let him vent his frustrations and sorrow over being indirectly responsible for All Might's retirement. While it ultimately helps, the two still had an unsanctioned fight on campus and Aizawa would technically have to expel them for it, but he instead places them under house arrest, ending up causing them to miss a few days of class as punishment.

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