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From left to right: Kiyome Midoriya (nee Takashiro), Sora Takashiro, Izuku Midoriya, Inko Midoriya (Not pictured: Kei Midoriya, Hisashi Midoriya). Credit to https://thefruitloop-chan.tumblr.com/
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Hawks doesn't usually patrol Hosu, but with the attack on Ingenium last week, Stain needed to be taken down yesterday. As Stain continues to avoid capture, the Hosu Pros need all the help they can get.

His intern Tokoyami brings to Hawks' attention a mysterious text Tokoyami received from his classmate with the message containing coordinates to a nearby alleyway. Hawks, fearing that Tokoyami's classmate may be hurt or have been attacked by a Noumu, Hawks and Tokoyami head to the message's coordinates.

Hawks comes across three of Tokoyami's classmates fighting for their lives against Stain and trying to defend a downed pro-hero. When Hawks gives much-needed aid and attacks Stain, never had he expected how much future events would change things.

A series by Barid (Finale). The first part titled Crimson Wings and Emerald Lightning can be found here.

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  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: The story was written almost a year before the reveal of Hawks' real name. So Hawks' name and backstory had to be recreated wholesale by the author.
  • Accidental Kidnapping: In Hawks' rush to get Monoma situated as his new intern, he forgets to tell him where Hawks is taking him. It isn't until his other interns, Iida and Izuku, point out that he has just kidnapped Monoma off school campus that Hawks realizes that.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • Hawks is shown to be psychologically scarred by his treatment by the Heroics Commission, especially when it comes to his lack of choice with his career.
    • Neito grew up with multiple kidnapping attempts due to being the child of two major politicians.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Toshinori contacted Mandalay to help them investigate the Vestiges in One for All through her telepathy.
    • Camie and Inasa appear weeks earlier than in canon in an attempt to get Shiketsu's most famous alumni, Hawks, to hook up his fellow Shiketsu students with internships.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The time between the Work-Study Week and the Midterm Arc is expanded as the Hosu Quartet adapt to their internship.
    • Much goes into the workings and internal politics of the Hero Commission
  • Adapted Out:
    • In I-Island Arc:
      • Melissa's Missing Mom does not exist here.
      • Everyone that's not part of the Aery and Warren group is left out, so the author wouldn't have to juggle the entirety of Class 1-A, the I-Island cast and the villains.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Where Wolfram belonged to his own terrorist group and was an Arms Dealer in the movie, where he works for All for One. Wolfram was given a Quirk to supplement his original Quirk. His motive is to rise up the ranks to win All for One's favor and become the man's successor.
  • Adults Are Useless: Izuku brings up how none of his teachers ever helped him nor intervened on the bullying. They saw Izuku as a Quirkless kid with no future and didn't even bother.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Kiyome's husband dies suddenly and she has to raise a young child by herself with seemingly no family to turn to.
    • Hawks was more or less bought by the Heroics Commission because he and his mother were destitute and he had no agency until adulthood.
    • Inko realizes that her son and his mentor were lying to her for months. And that Izuku could have been crippled by his new Quirk.
    • Inko and Izuku find out that the man they call husband/father is a horrible supervillain and their lives were essentially lies.
    • Kei's parents try to have him stay away from a dangerous girl to keep him safe. He elopes with said girl and they never see him again.
    • Neito offhandedly references how The European Underworld kept an eye on his Quirk's development. Had his parents not hid the extent of what Copy can do, he might have been kidnapped by a human trafficking ring.
    • Kiyome's parents trying to force her down a path she didn't want and betrayed her when she refused.
  • An Aesop:
    • Put yourself out there and ask for the position you want if you know you have the skill for it! Even if you don't get the position, you still might impress the right people.
    • It's much easier to handle serious problems with the support of friends and family. Inko becomes a better parent and more proactive person once she has her sister-in-law Kiyome and best friend/girlfriend Aoi back in her life. Hawks and Kiyome were able to escape debt enslavement through their family in the Midoriyas and their friends in the Aery. Shouto and the Todorokis finally escaped Endeavor's abuse when Shouto had the support of friends to be brave enough to go forward with the truth to Hawks.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Discussed. Hawks knows that it will take more than one talk to get Inasa to change his ideas on hot-bloodedness. Hawks notes that it took Pop☆Step multiple times to get through Tenya's head on the dangers of not thinking things through or being Lawful Stupid.
  • All for Nothing:
    • Izuku faced vicious discrimination for not having a Quirk only to find out he had a Quirk all along.
    • Endeavor went through deplorable lengths to surpass All Might which includes using his family as his stepping stone. It's all for naught, his negative qualities drop him to Number Three. Endeavor's treatment of his family is so horrible that it drives the other genuinely heroic characters like Hawks, All Might and Inko to intervene. So Endeavor no longer possesses his "perfect tool" Shouto and has to pay restitution to the family he neglected and abused. The more popular Hawks is being groomed to be All Might's immediate successor as Number One hero. All his children hate and fear him. His reputation with the both the public and fellow Top Ten heroes is the toilet. Everything he worked as amounted to nothing.
    • Saito Hana has continued her predecessors' abuse and corruption of the system in the name of protecting society. And all she's going to get for it is swift boot out of office and political power and then almost certainly a horrible death by All for One.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Many people told Izuku and Neito give up trying to be heroes due to their abilities. Shouto is sad and angry on their behalf and frustrated that not enough people said that to Mineta.
  • Allohistorical Allusion: Aizawa decides against having Bakugou spar against any of the Hosu Quartet because he doesn't want to give him an excuse to take his frustrations out on them. If only he had done that with Izuku during the Final Exam Arc....
  • Almighty Mom: Kiyome can intimidate an entire agency of trained pro-heroes and vigilantes just by walking up to them. Kiyome sometimes even manages to cow the Commission in order to protect her son. Everyone in the Aery respects and fears her.
  • Always Second Best: Endeavor is smarting over the fact that he's now third-best thanks to Hawks. His enmity with All Might is now partially transferred to Hawks.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Weaponized as Kiyome told embarrassing stories of Hawks' toddlerhood to distract the interns from questions about Izuku's Quirk.
  • Amazon Chaser: Bakugou fell for the gorgeous Camie because she kicked his ass.
  • Amicable Exes: Inko and Aoi dated when they were younger and ended on good terms. They are very good friends as a result.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Dabi is ecstatic to see Endeavor pushed down a rank. Especially since Hawks, whom Dabi's idol Stain complimented, was the one who took the number two spot from him.
    • Dabi is similarly happy when Endeavor loses custody of Shouto, and is forced to give the rest of his family a massive trust fund, in order to let them cut ties from him.
  • And Then What?: Kiyome thought she would be happy when she and Sora were finally freed. But she doesn't know what to feel now, especially with the shocking revelation she heard
  • Anger Born of Worry: Gran Torino attempts to kick Izuku in the face for running off in the middle of a Noumu attack. Hawks intervenes before Torino could land the hit.
  • Animal Motifs: Both Hawks and his mother have strong bird of prey motifs with their watchful golden eyes and tendency to ambush people. When it comes to Hawks' relationship to the Commission, there's a strong "bird in the cage" imagery.
  • Animal Theme Naming:
    • Hawks and his mother are both fond of giving things and people bird-themed names. His agency is called the Aery and he calls his interns fledglings/baby birds.
    • Mirko calls her agency the Warren.
  • Anti-Climax:
    • Normally in Dad for One fics such as Conversations with a Cryptid or From Muddy Waters, the revelation is usually a major reveal or major ongoing character arc. Here, Inko and Izuku find out when Inko shows All Might her wedding photos. It's just something that Izuku and Inko have to deal with but not life-changing.
    • All the heroes are annoyed that after all the fear they had over an potential I-Island attack that the villains were immensely stupid and easily foiled.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Riv senses something odd about Izuku's Quirk, she drops this bombshell to Inko:
    Riv: Are you 100% sure your husband has a fire-breathing Quirk?
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Bakugou asks why he didn't get an internship, Izuku asks back why did he think he deserves one.
  • As You Know: Izuku essentially recaps the major reveal of the earlier chapters for his fellow interns and Rumi to know and to refresh the memory of the reader.
  • Ascended Extra: Hawks is a minor character in canon, who becomes the primary protagonist with much attention dedicated to his backstory.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Endeavor essentially gets everything he ever worked for taken away from him. He loses custody of his favorite child, has to set up a massive trust fund for the rest of his family, and is blackmailed into staying away. If he acts out, he will lose his hard-sought career. Considering what he's done to said family, it's hard not to cheer.
    • Saito Hana is forced to reveal the Heroics Commission's abuses. Her career is most definitely in shambles, and she might be persecuted for it. But she had perpetuated said abuses, so it's not like most people are going to feel sorry for her.
  • Author Appeal: Like many of their other works, Barid has All for One being Izuku's father and gives Inko a connection to Endeavor.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The Heroic Commission's worst fear is coming true! All Might is aware of their bullshit and is coming to intervene! All Might is furious and disgusted when he finds out the Commission's abuses and crimes. All Might and his entourage march down to the Commission headquarters and give them a choice. Either the Commision releases Hawks from his illegal debt they forced on him, and give Hawks a permanent hero license, or, All Might will publicly denounce the Commission in front of the media and tell the Minister of Justice of all their crimes. Saito Hana, the Head of Commission, has no choice but to comply.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Due to his Quirk's time limit, Monoma is good at thinking on his feet and analyzes people's Quirks and attack patterns in his spare time.
  • Awful Truth: Kiyome's parents knew the entire time that the Commission had enslaved Sora and Kiyome. They allowed it to happen because they saw Kiyome as a failure for not wanting to become a pro hero. They even helped the Commission cover up the truth in exchange for the money Kiyome would have made as a pro hero.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Inko was a Management Department student who shaped Endeavor's agency into the powerhouse it is. While she's an average if intelligent civilian woman, she bravely stood up to Endeavor, a taller and powerful Pro-Hero and gives him a painful groin attack. Just seeing her fills Endeavor with dread. When he has the Heroic Commission ruin her career, she doesn't let it get her down. She goes to law school and becomes a lawyer specializing in Heroic Law!
  • Batman Gambit: Mirko knew that as a schoolteacher and pseudo-parent to her brother, Fuyumi would be impressed if she was a good teacher to any interns she picked up. Not only did it work, but Fuyumi volunteered her teaching her experience to help Mirko. Now Mirko has more legitimate reasons to spend time with her girlfriend.
  • Battle Butler: Despite seeming like an average receptionist, Haruto is the Aery's first line of defense and has had a hero license for 15 years.
  • Being Watched: At the end of the I-Island arc, Kiyome’s sharp eyesight finds a hidden camera in the Midoriya household. Her previous experiences tell her that there’s probably more than one camera.
  • Belated Happy Ending: For Vigilante: My Hero Academia Illegals. Kouichi married Tensei and joined him as a sidekick in Idaten. Pop☆Step is poached from Idaten as a sidekick for Hawks, which means she's on her way to fame.
  • Beneath the Mask: When Inasa first met Shouto, he thought he was a huge asshole like Endeavor. When he meets him again as Hawks' intern, he finds Shouto to be quiet and pensive. And a regular hormonal teenager.
  • Big Bad Friend: Hisashi Midoriya nee Ishikawa. Absentee husband and father, and major supervillain.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Hawks is rather protective of children, and becomes more so when those same kids become his interns:
    • He kicks Stain in the face when Stain attempted to attack Iida.
    • Attempts to intimidate Monoma when he catches him trying to convince Izuku and Shouto to go out on a date with him.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Hawks' arrival turns the tides of battle against Stain.
    • Just when a Noumu kidnaps Izuku, Hawks reacts before anyone else. Hawks gets in the air, slays the Noumu and rescues Izuku before anyone could even process what happened.
  • "Billy Elliot" Plot: Kiyome's parents wanted their daughter to become a rich and famous pro hero. Kiyome refused because she saw the Heroics industry as hopelessly corrupt and became a vigilante instead. The Takashiro parents let the Commission enslave their daughter and grandson in exchange for a massive bribe without a shred of remorse.
  • Birds of a Feather: Pun intended, but Fumikage enjoys working with Hawks because Fumikage doesn't stand out for having a bird Quirk.
    • Melissa and Mei, being both inventors and Mad Scientists, get along swimmingly to the point that Tenya fears for a moment that Mei will dump him.
  • Blackmail: Inko, Hawks, and All Might blackmail Endeavor into signing over custody of Shouto to Hawks and setting up a very large trust fund to his family in exchange for them not going public with Endeavor's abuse.
  • Black Sheep: Despite Shiketsu's efforts, Hawks and Mirko deliberately don't fit Shiketsu's strict mold of Honor Before Reason rigid heroes. They don't have a very positive relationship with their alma mater as a result.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • What Saito planned to tell All Might and Monoma Aoi that they'd done it out of the kindness of their (nonexistent) hearts, and kept the family in debt due to concerns relating to Ms. Takashiro's vigilante past.
    • Tokoyami sees through Aizawa's lies since the students who fail the physical exam would need the Summer Camp even more and Shinsou is attending despite not being able to take the physical exam.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Mirko tears Vlad King a new one for overfocusing his students on Quirk training to the point of neglecting their physical training. Which would get them killed if his students had to fight an actual villain. Seeing actual students having to fight for their lives against villains and seeing fellow Pros maimed or killed due to poor training, Mirko sees having varied training as life or death. Vlad King defends that his students could die if they don't get fine enough control on their Quirks. He had the summer training camp and the winter semester to focus on physical training and he didn't expect villains to start attacking students and thought they would have had a normal school year!
  • Brass Balls: Neito's motto in life is "Fake it 'til you make it." He lives up to that motto when he asks both of his crushes, Izuku and Shouto, out on a date at the same time. Then he attempts to stare down the new number two hero Hawks when the latter attempts to intimidate him. Hawks was impressed (and amused) by Neito's moxie so he recruits him as an intern on the spot.
  • Break the Haughty: Bakugou's Jerkass behavior is starting to bite him in the ass. Despite placing first in the Sports Festival, top heroes Hawks and Mirko refuse to take him as an intern due to his bullying behavior. He is outshone by the Hosu Quartet and his former victim Izuku no longer gives a damn about him. Every time he tries to force his way, he is slapped down hard.
  • Breaking the Fellowship:
    • While Uraraka is still friends with Izuku and Tenya, they have no time for her anymore. The close friendship she had before the Sports Festival is gone.
    • Mina disavowed having anything to do with Bakugou after finding out about his bullying.
  • Brick Joke:
    • Hawks mentions teaching lockpicking to his intern Tokoyami as a bonding activity. Later, his mother Kiyome mentions teaching Hawks lockpicking to get his six-year-old self to give her some peace for a few hours.
    • Hawks tells Mirko that she can't stake out his agency just for a chance to see her crush Fuyumi. Chapters later, Mirko gets to help Fuyumi through the Aery to find Shouto with the receptionist holding back his laughter.
    • Hawks and Camie described what they believe Shiketsu losers are like and four-five chapters later Seiji has arrived and proven their point.
  • Broken Heel: The Aery-Warren interns were late to the gala because Camie's high heel broke and had to find replacement shoes which prevented them from being captured.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Hawks is as big a fan to Endeavor as Izuku is to All Might. But he lost all respect for Endeavor and is heartbroken when he finds out that his once-idol abuses his family.
    • Izuku stops admiring Bakugou when his new friends and family help him realize that Katsuki is an abusive asshole and Izuku didn't deserve his mistreatment.
    • While Mina didn't like Bakugou's attitude, she still saw him as a friend. She's angry when she finds out about Bakugou's cruel bullying of Izuku through the rumor mill, and learns that it's all true.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: After years of being Number Two, Endeavor is kicked down to Number Three when Hawks overtakes him due to better public relations and better publicity due to the Stain incident.
  • Brutal Honesty: When Izuku asks why Rumi doesn't want to give Bakugou an internship, she bluntly calls Bakugou a piece of shit.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • Camie states that if Hawks wasn't such a good and talented student, Shiketsu would have expelled him for his general irreverence.
    • Camie is spacey with a tendency of calling her fellow Shiketsu alumni uptight losers but she's a good illusionist with self-confidence to spare. She's Number Three in her entire year, and she's so skilled with illusions that she spots a veteran illusionist's receptionist set-up. Said veteran, Haruto demands that Hawks recruit her on his behalf.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Monoma's mother is the Japanese Ambassador to France and his father is French and a member of the European Parliament.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Izuku calls out his mother for failing to notice that he was coming home with bruises and burns for years, that he was being ostracized at school, or that Bakugou hadn't been his friend in years. Inko admits that Izuku is right.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': How Tenya perceives the Stain Incident at first - he breaks the rules by going after Stain and he nearly gets himself and his friends murdered.
  • Cape Busters: Several of Hawks' sidekicks are former vigilantes who are still part of the US vigilante organization the Network, which targets villains and pro-heroes who abuse their powers.
  • Cassandra Truth: Izuku is so used to authority figures ignoring him about Bakugou bullying him that he's weirded out by Hawks, Mirko and Inko's genuine concern and disgust at Bakugou's actions.
  • Cast Herd: Besides the ones from canon, there's the Aery: Hawks, Kiyome, Steps, Haruto, Fumikage, Dark Shadow, Shouto, Tenya, Izuku, Camie and Neito. Then there's the Warren: Mirko, Momo, Itsuka and Hitoshi.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Hawks catches Izuku when the latter is dropped by the newly killed Noumu.
  • Celebrity Crush: Dabi gains one on Hawks for upstaging his old man, Endeavor, and for being a true hero like Stain preaches about.
  • Central Theme:
    • To Be Lawful or Good: Many heroes are so focused on following the laws or toeing the party line that they ignore being good. The police try to cover up the Hosu Quartet's involvement so they wouldn't be embarrassed. The Commission covered up Endeavor's abuse because of his high criminal apprehension rates. Whereas Hawks willingly works with vigilantes, tries to be as honest as he can and focuses more on being a good hero and person.
    • There's an ongoing theme of balance. The balance between being too rigid a hero and too stiff, the balance Hawks keeps in his persona, the balance the Hosu Quartet play off each other with. The balance in being careless with a secret (OFA, specifically) and too careful. The balance of One for All and All for One in Izuku. Each time, the characters show how they embody balance. Normally someone is not in balance and another character corrects them.
  • Character Tics: Mirko thumps her foot when she's asking questions or irritated.
  • Child Soldiers: Hawks was trained from a young age to be the best pro-hero. His childhood was rather limited but somewhat protected by his mother
  • Childhood Friends: Neito grew up with Maya and Bruce in France as Maya's father was the American ambassador to the EU and Bruce's mom is a Scottish MEP.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Hawks notes that it's odd that Fuyumi is Shouto's emergency contact not their father. Mirko asks Hawks if there's any way for Hawks to introduce her to Fuyumi. Hawks tells her there's a good chance that Fuyumi would eventually drop by the Aery since Fuyumi's Shouto's legal guardian. Mirko starts staking out at the Aery for the chance to meet Fuyumi. Her patience pays off when Fuyumi drops by to give Shouto his lunch. Fuyumi checks Mirko out and thinks how hard it is be a lesbian next to knockouts like Mirko.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Fuyumi notes that their father never hit her despite him abusing her brothers and mother. She notes Endeavor hitting her would be especially bad considering her Quirk. A couple chapters later, its revealed that Fuyumi has a Methane ice Quirk.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Touya Todoroki. His siblings mourn him and think on his passing. Whatever happened to him was so traumatizing that Rei blocked it out. His abuse at Endeavor's hands caused Inko to turn on Endeavor and got her ousted when she attempted to report it. His role as Dabi and role as Greek Chorus to Endeavor's fall from number two hints at bigger things to come.
    • Hawk and Camie describe what a Shiketsu loser is. Four-five chapters later, Seiji is introduced and he fits the stereotype to the T.
    • Hawks mentions in Neito's introduction how its really bad for heroes when politicians get involved, wordlessly telling Shouto that politicians pressure the Commission. When Neito's mother, Aoi gets involved she proves Hawks right. As the ambassador to France, she has a direct line to the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice. Which gives All Might's ultimatum to the Commission much more weight.
  • Chocolate Baby: Zigzagged. It at first seems that Izuku might be one because his Power Copying Quirk seems like it has elements of his mother's Quirk, but not his father's. Children usually have either one of their parents' Quirks, a mix of both, or something completely new. To have a combination with one parent and not the other usually means Your Cheating Heart, but Izuku is legitimate, and his Quirk is a mix of his parents'. Hisashi just lied about his Quirk being fire breath.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In his high school years, Endeavor was in charge of limiting his friends, Tomoko and Inko's path of destruction.
  • Commonality Connection: Monoma and Izuku finally connect to each other through their shared love of Quirk analysis
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror:
    • Shouto comments that it's nice to have training where he's not being beaten during it.
    • Endeavor's abusive father convinced him that mistreating his family was normal.
    • Izuku believed that Bakugou's cruel bullying was acceptable due to Bakugou's strong Quirk and potential as a hero. It didn't help that his old teachers supported this by letting Bakugou get away with his cruel treatment. Izuku's rather bewildered when Inko, Hawks and Mirko are horrified by this and break it to him that they were wrong to do so.
  • Control Freak: Endeavor tries to control his "perfect creation" Shouto's life to the minute. Had not sending Shouto to a hero school would have potentially raise suspicion, Endeavor wouldn't have. When Shouto gets out of his sphere of influence, he attempts to tell Hawks what he is and isn't allowed to train Shouto in.
  • Contrived Coincidence: It's only until Izuku's mom and Hawks' mom come across each other in the hospital for their respective kids that it's revealed that their mothers know each other and that Hawks and Izuku are cousins.
  • Continuity Nod: Neito notes that it's easy to raise a child into villainy, like in the case of Shiragaki
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: With the reveal of Izuku's true Quirk, Izuku has a new cover-story for One for All. Izuku found out about his Quirk when he accidentally copied All Might's Quirk. All Might found out and kept him close to train him. With the true nature of Izuku's Quirk and status as a late-bloomer, it disguises the existence of One for All and justifies why Izuku knows All Might.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Saito Hana and her predecessor who trapped Hawks in the first place, Todoroki Ryu.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Since Touya was the only fire Quirk user to use blue flames, it's obvious to All For One from the beginning who Dabi truly was.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Vlad King focuses overwhelmingly on Quirk training over any other type of training which deeply limits his students' capabilities in battle. One trick ponies don't last in the business and villains will exploit any weaknesses they spot
  • Cryptic Background Reference :
    • One of the reasons for Hawks' handling of the Stain situation (namely, releasing a story that had the kids take some credit) was because a few years earlier, a villain named Destro released an autobiography from prison that revealed that the Heroes who took him in lied, causing several forced retirements.
    • Hawks isn't the first attempt by the Heroics Commission to get a hero they want. Toshinori recalls the Commission once attempted to blackmail Nighteye into joining them.
    • Monoma mentions one of his father's co-workers being arrested and impeached for embezzling money.
    • The Monoma parents fudged their son's Quirk registration due to the number of European human-trafficking rings that keep an eye out for children with powerful Quirks.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: the better-trained and in-shape Camie hands Monoma's Squishy Wizard butt to him.
  • Daddy DNA Test: Well, more a Daddy Quirk Test, but Riv looking at Izuku is what reveals his father's true identity.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Hawks asks Inasa should he bother recruiting him since Inasa didn't showcase any skill and let Camie do all the talking. This finally moves Inasa to stop hiding behind Camie and really impress Hawks and Mirko with his fighting skills.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Hawks was essentially bought by the Commission as a child soldier and pet hero and grew up with little autonomy.
    • Neito is implied to have gone through multiple kidnapping attempts due to being the son of powerful politicians.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Downplayed. Izuku is still important to the story but he is demoted to Deuteragonist while Hawks, a minor character in canon, is promoted to primary protagonist.
    • Bakugou is ironically demoted to an extra in spite of his deuteragonist status in canon.
    • Lampshaded by Uraraka. Her first friends at UA have no time to spend with her, meaning she rarely gets any spotlight.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Inko attempted to call social services to intervene on Endeavor's abuse. The Commission bribed social services to disregard the case.
  • Deuteragonist: Hawks and Izuku are both protagonists to the story as the story centers on the two's actions and the effects thereof.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A recurring motif.
    • Hawks calls Toshinori out for not thinking about how One for All would affect Izuku, nor about giving him proper training
    • Pop☆Step breaks it to Tenya that the Stain Incident happened because Tenya hadn't thought about how he could defeat an S-Rank villain without a plan nor backup, not because Tenya broke the rules.
    • Inasa regrets his impulsive decision to forgo his Yuuei recommendation and attend Shiketsu once he actually gets know Shouto and his Yuuei counterparts.
    • Endeavor wanted his successor to have an obvious fire Quirk, fire-ice combo preferred and focused on his sons Touya and Shouto. He completely disregarded his other two children, Fuyumi and Natsuo as dismal failures for their ice Quirks. This is despite Fuyumi having a Methane ice Quirk and Natsuo having a Dry ice Quirk, which Toshinori notes would be extremely powerful in their own rights. Instead, Endeavor stifled them and refused to give them a chance.
    • Wolfram fully believed that with his two quirks and the amplifier, he could take on three of the world's strongest heroes. When he already lost all his backup to the interns. After he thoroughly alienated Dabi, the only other villain strong enough. Wolfram gets his ass handed to him.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper:
    • Hawks is already suspicious of Endeavor due to his interactions with Shouto. Endeavor doesn't help his case when he tells Hawks what Hawks is and isn't allowed to train Shouto in.
    • People were already doubting Bakugou's potential due to the massive tantrum he thrown during the Sports Festival medal ceremony. Best Jeanist's review of Bakugou's poor work-study conduct sinks Bakugou's reputation even further.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Hawks' father, Kei Midoriya, died when Hawks was three months old, leaving behind only two months' worth of rent.
    • Hisashi Midoriya, Izuku's father, is still alive, but his family hasn't seen him in years.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Kiyome doesn't want to become a pro hero so her parents can't live off her wealth and fame like they wanted. Let's sell her and their grandson into slavery so they could become millionaires!
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • Mirko walks into a wall when she sees that Fuyumi finally showed up at the Aery.
    • Monoma walks into a tree, staring at both Izuku and Shouto.
    • Monoma is too happy to sit next to his crushes to realize that Hawks technically kidnapped him.
    • Weaponized by Camie, who's used to having people underestimate her because of her looks. Bakugou is so stunned by her good looks that he doesn't notice her illusions or her pushing him toward the door until she throws him out.
    • Dabi is a mission to spy on I-Island. He is immediately distracted by Hawks. When Hawks propositions him, Dabi loses all focus and more concerned with holding his disguise during sex.
  • Ditzy Genius:
    • Hawks is a highly skilled hero and fighter, capable of navigating the politics between the Commission, fellow pro-heroes, and the police with a sharp eye for talent. That said, he sometimes lack major common sense such as flying into closed windows and accidentally kidnapping a student in his overenthusiasm.
    • Izuku has sharp analysis and a great drive to be a hero. That said, his tendency of muttering his thoughts in public and tendencies of leaping before looking gets him into trouble.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Izuku tells off Bakugou why he doesn't deserve the internship and how Izuku told his new support system all the horrible things Bakugou did to him.
  • Double Standard: Endeavor's fine with beating his wife and sons, but draws the line at laying a hand on his only daughter. This isn't a good thing, as it means that Fuyumi lives in terror of the one day that he will.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs as Iida is now terrified of Mei Hastume.
  • Dumb Blonde: Hawks has his blonde moments despite otherwise being an intelligent person.
  • Elopement: Kei and Inko's parents disapproved of Kiyome and the feeling was mutual with Kiyome's parents. So Kei and Kiyome ran away together so they could get married. Kiyome admits that it was a bad idea in the long run, because they had no outside support system when things went wrong.
  • Emotional Fainting: After nearly being abducted by a flying Noumu, right after fighting Stain, Izuku passes out when Hawks rescues him.
  • Entitled Bastard: Despite being told explicitly why the Aery and Warren don't want him, Bakugou marches down to the Aery to demand that Hawks give him an internship.
  • Epic Fail: To quote Saito:
    Saito: "He (Todoroki Ryu) had thought he could have complete control over Endeavor for us, but that failed miserably."
  • Establishing Character Moment: Hawks shows himself to be proactive as he goes to Hosu to help the local pros capture Stain out of his own volition. He then shows himself to be a cautious Reasonable Authority Figure as he listens to Tokoyami's concerns that his classmate might be in danger when Tokoyami is sent his classmate's coordinates without explanation. Hawks worries that Tokoyami's classmate might be hurt or being attacked so he accompanies Tokoyami to said classmate's coordinates.
    • Saito Hana is introduced, marveling how certain heroes were both competent and popular. When she notes the Yuuei Big Three, she notes that she must get Mirio away from Sir Nighteye to join another agency, so that she can get him under the Commission's influence.
    • Bruce Smith and Maya dos Santos are introduced tackle-hugging Neito, which emphasizes their close relationship to him and their natures as Trolls.
  • Europeans Are Kinky: The very French couple of Alec Satre and French-socialized Monoma Aoi are openly polyamorous and bisexual. Their son Monoma thought Polyamory was the perfect solution when asking both his crushes out.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Even Hisashi/All for One thought Endeavor was bad news and wanted to take him down on his wife's behalf.
    • Todoroki Ryu was such an abusive asshole to his son that Endeavor refused to let him anywhere near his own children.
    • All for One is disgusted that the Takashiro parents sold his sister-in-law and nephew into slavery by the Heroics Commission. He promises to visit his wayward in-laws.
  • Everyone Is Gay: A notable number of characters in-fic are shown to have same-sex attraction.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • While the pros admit that Bakugou has a powerful Quirk, it doesn't excuse his history of being a violent bully.
    • Bakugou might be her friend, but Mina's appalled that Bakugou suicide-baited Izuku and bullied him. They are not friends anymore afterwards.
    • Sekijirou is appalled how Uwabami and Mount Lady exploited their interns.
    • Toshinori is revolted that Sora and Kiyome were betrayed by their own family, just because Kiyome wanted to live her own life outside of their expectations.
  • Everyone Went to School Together:
    • Mirko and Hawks were classmates at Shiketsu, her as a third-year with him as a first, and remain friends as pro-heroes.
    • Enji Todoroki, Inko Midoriya, and Tomoko Hatsume all went to Yuuei together as Heroic Department, Management Department, and Support Department students. They used to be close friends and often got into trouble together.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: After revealing how Inko found out All for One is her husband, she tells Gran Torino that she and Izuku's haven't seen him for seven years. She only knows that he's still alive through the monthly child support checks. This gives Gran Torino the horrible realization that All for One survived his fight with Toshinori and is still at large.
  • Faking the Dead: With their obvious grief and clear mourning of Touya, its clear that the Todoroki siblings believe their elder brother is dead. Dabi says otherwise.
  • Famed In-Story: Tenya Iida, Izuku Midoriya, Shouto Todoroki, and Fumikage Tokoyami become widely known as the Hosu Quartet.
  • Fastball Special: Ochako threw Kirishima into All Might to distract him during the Final Exam practical. It bought the both of them time to handcuff All Might.
  • Female Gaze: Fuyumi notes how hard it is to be a lesbian when she looks at Mirko's bare and shapely legs and cute tail.
  • Fiction 500: Monoma Aoi and All Might are rich enough that they could pay off Hawks' forced €70,000,000 debt.
  • Fictional Document: The news article Hawks reads detailing the capture of Stain and his rise to number two hero.
  • Fix Fic: On several aspects. Shouto is getting out of his abusive home, and Bakugou is starting to face the consequences of his unpunished bullying. Hawks is getting to see the awful person that Endeavor is under the mask. Endeavor is never in position to become Number One hero.
  • Foil:
    • Takashiro Kiyome, Hawks' mother, is one to Todoroki Rei. They are both parents with powerful children and their agency was stripped from them by forces out of their control. They are separated from their families: Rei to being sold by her family to marry Endeavor, and Kiyome because her family and in-laws disapproved of her marrying. Which prevents them from raising their children how they like, they constantly have to run interference to how their children were trained, and are both abused as a result. But Rei's sanity was sapped by being forced to bear and protect four children by her abusive husband, while Kiyome had only one child out of a loving marriage. Combined with Kiyome's former training as a vigilante, Kiyome was better able to stand her ground.
    • Hawks is one to Shouto, his fellow Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb. Both were groomed since childhood to be heroes regardless what they wanted, with mothers who couldn't help them out of their situation. Shouto would have gladly cut his feet off to spite Enji, but Hawks made use of all he learned from the Heroics Commission.
    • Mirko and Uwabami are both high-ranking female heroes. Uwabami is popular for her friendly demeanor, while Mirko is infamous for hating to work with people and her aggression. However, Uwabami exploits her interns for her own personal gain without remorse, while Mirko makes sure that not only does she get only the most skilled interns, she also makes sure she's gets the ones that would benefit the most from her guidance.
    • Todoroki Ryu has Endeavor's negative traits but amplified by 20. As opposed to his son, Ryu is the superior manipulator, as his various crimes and abuses have been going on a lot longer, without his victims being able to get away from him or stop him.
  • For Want of a Nail: At first glance, the first major shift in the story is Hawks going to Hosu to help deal with Stain.
    • Shouto hasn't visited his mother after the Sports Festival. Just because he had a speech that changed his worldview, it doesn't take away a near-decade of trauma and mixed feelings.
    • Due to the teachers now knowing about Bakugou's past abusive behavior toward Izuku, they make sure not to put them on the same team in the finals.
  • Forbidden Friendship: Retroactively, Izuku and Shouto's friendship since Endeavor wanted his son to stay away from Izuku, considering that Endeavor hates Izuku's mother.
  • Forced into Evil: Monoma discusses trafficking rings that sells powerful children into villainy. He notes that it's easy to raise a child into villainy.
  • Forced to Watch: A former handler once beat the shit out of Hawks in order to punish Hawks' mother for daring to think that she can protect her son. It was done to show that the Commission ultimately decides their lives.
  • Foreign-Language Tirade: Monoma is so shocked by the contents of Izuku's analysis journal that he mutters in rapid French that Itsuka doesn't understand.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Fuyumi seems terrified of the possibility of Endeavor hitting her, which she notes would be especially bad because her Quirk.
    • Kiyome is rather suspiciously skilled for a civilian. She effortlessly sneaks up to a trained hero and four hero students without being noticed. She is a rather skilled lockpick which she passed down to her son. Less obviously, she had a major role in Hawks' hero training growing up and successfully stood her ground with his handlers. Kiyome is an ex-vigilante.
    • Dabi notes that the Endeavor agency has far less spies and surveillance than the Aery and the All Might agency. Less does not mean none.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Everyone forgot that Todoroki could simply freeze the doors shut until after they take down Wolfram's henchmen and have Todoroki turn the stairs into an ice slide.
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That: As opposed to canon where's he's Flanderized into an obsessive Sitcom Arch-Nemesis for Class 1-A, the story presents Monoma as the clever analytical kid that he was introduced as.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Inko used to be a major troublemaker alongside Tomoko Hatsume. She would use her silver tongue to sweet-talk her way out of trouble.
  • Freudian Excuse: Endeavor was also raised by an abusive parent. He thinks being harsh to one's family is the norm, because it's what his father did.
  • Freudian Threat: Inko ends her threat of litigation to Endeavor by threatening to rip his balls off.
  • Friendless Background: Izuku and his friends all find it rather suspicious that Inko lost contact with most of her friends. Especially since her friends all suddenly had major crises in their lives which caused them to lose contact. They all immediately suspect AFO.
  • Friendship Moment: Ochako offering Ashido to hang out with her and Tsuyu after they have been dumped by (or had dumped) their friends.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Hawks shows himself to have similar tastes to Izuku when he visits them at the hospital wearing a T-shirt with the word "Tuxedo" on it.

     G-L 

  • Geeky Turn-On: Had Monoma not already had a crush on Izuku, he would have fallen in love when he read Izuku's Quirk analysis.
    • Izuku decides to give Monoma a chance just so he could pick Monoma's brain when he reads Monoma's Quirk analysis.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: The Warren has two male interns, Inasa and Shinsou, and two female interns, Kendou and Yaoyoruzu.
  • Get Out!: Camie says this when she literally throws Katsuki out of the Aery:
    Camie: Don't be a dick and stay the fuck out of the Aery!
  • The Ghost:
    • Songstress, a Knowledge Broker and a friend of Monoma's parents who is never seen in person. She warns the Monoma parents about the state of Japan and the importance of keeping their son's powerful Quirk a secret.
    • Tomoko Hatsume, Mei's mother. She is mentioned to be as terrifying as her daughter, a former high school friend of Inko and Endeavor. She has yet to be seen.
    • Alec Satre, Neito's father, is frequently mentioned and still a very big part of his son and wife's lives, but is in Europe in the present and can't help with the plot.
  • Gibberish of Love: Rumi is so lovestruck by Fuyumi that she can barely speak.
  • Gilded Cage: Hawks and Kiyome had their living expenses paid for with the best training for a nascent pro-hero can ask for and a meteoric rise to the top. Hawks is forced to obey an order the Commission gives him and is constantly watched by his handlers. He had limited agency growing up and didn't have a choice but to become a hero. The Commission paid everything with large, high-interest loans so Hawks wouldn't have the hope of buying his freedom back.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Aoyama is dating his friend from middle school that went to a different high school. Fumikage isn't sure whether the said friend is real or if Aoyama made them up as an excuse to not date him.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Fumikage recommends that Iida starts wearing contact lenses so he won't be disabled by losing his glasses. And so that Mei Hatsune doesn't have the opportunity to give him bionic eyes.
  • Gone Horribly Right: the Heroics Commission wanted Hawks to be a Top Hero to make the Commission look better. But with All Might publicly grooming Hawks to be his successor as Number One Hero, it takes control from them. They can no longer threaten Hawks with the removal of his license without All Might and the public finding out and asking questions.
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Toshinori doesn't understand why Endeavor doesn't try to be an asshole.
    Toshinori: It's really not that hard to be nice to children.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Hawks mentions that Kiyome avoided her in-laws in fear that they would make her abort her son if they found out.
  • Good Parents: Despite the circumstances, Kiyome is a good mother to Hawks and is willing to fight for him and be there for him.
  • Got Volunteered: Minister of Justice Shina makes Aoi take the position as the new Head of the Heroics Commission. Aoi attempts to refuse, but Shina browbeats her into it. Neither of them wants another Todoroki Ryu or Saito Hana in the position.
  • Gray and Grey Morality: There are two factions on the Hero side. Both sides believe that heroes are necessary for society's protection and want to see heroes prosper and succeed. However, both groups have radically different views of what is considered prosperity and success. Both are technically on the same side, but their ideologies couldn't be more different.
    • The Commission will protect the Top Ten Heroes from any scandal or consequences to protect the heroes' image. It doesn't matter who gets hurt or what laws are broken because of the coverups; what matters is that the Heroes are still saving people and still look like heroes. Does the Commission want the most powerful heroes? They will find and groom any talented people they find and place them under their direct control. Which can range from recruitment to outright enslavement, as in the case of Hawks.
    • The other faction led by Hawks and All Might believe that heroism shouldn't come at the cost of violating the ideals that heroism stands for. That no matter who they are, people should face the consequences and justice for their actions. That the Heroics industry doesn't have to prove villains like the League of Villains and Stain right.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Ryu Todoroki, whose abuse and crimes drive all the past and current conflict. A list of his crimes to date: parental abuse of his son Enji and his domestic abuse of his wife, which normalized abuse to Enji which led him to inflict on his own family; trapping Sora and Kiyome in indentured servitude which still has Sora caged as Hawks in his adulthood; and his actions influencing the Hero Commission into continuing his campaign of blackmail, coverups, and corruptions to the present.
  • Greek Chorus: Dabi acts as an outside commentator to Hawks' rise in the ranks and Endeavor's subsequent fall.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Bakugou is so used to have Izuku adoring him that he's both angry and disturbed when Izuku stops. Bakugou belatedly realizes that he took Izuku's adoration for granted.
  • Grew a Spine: Izuku finally confronts Bakugou about the decade of abuse and how he doesn't deserve the prestigious internship with Hawks or Mirko because of Bakugou's bad attitude.
  • Groin Attack: When Inko first confronted Endeavor on his abuse of his family, she grabs his balls in a telekinetic grip and then knees him in the crotch.
  • Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Camie is certainly happy to see Izuku and Shouto make out when she and Inasa accidentally walk in on them.
  • Half Truth: Hawks hides that Iida deliberately sought out Stain despite revealing most of the truth to the public.
  • Happily Adopted: Hawks takes custody of Shouto. Considering Hawks gives Shouto freedom and genuine care, he's already better than Endeavor.
  • Hate Sink: There's several, and they're all spoilers.
    • The Takashiro parents are vile Stage Parents who tried to force their daughter to become a pro hero, then let the Commission enslave her and their grandson when she refused. This makes All for One's upcoming visit very satisfying.
    • Todoroki Ryu is a cruel and abusive man whose abuse of his wife and child shaped Endeavor into the terrible man he is in his attempt to groom his son into being the perfect hero. He enslaves Sora and Kiyome without remorse and has his successors continue his vile plan.
    • Saito Hana is Todoroki's successor in the Heroic Commission is every bit as vile as her predecessor.
  • Has a Type: Rumi pegs the Midoriyas' type as "smart with a side of crazy." Considering people romanced by Midoriyas include Kiyome, Monoma, and freaking All for One, she has a point.
  • Have We Met?: Sora has the vaguest feelings that he knows the cute redhead that he's flirting with, but Sora assumes it is because he Has a Type.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Hawks checks out a cute ginger with a nice butt on I-Island. Which is unbeknownst to him, a disguised Dabi.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Endeavor has the worst publicity of all the Top Ten Heroes with a reputation of being rude, aggressive, and impulsive. He's a subversion; however, as the negative rumors are not only more than true, in fact, he's actually much worse.
  • Heroic BSoD: Izuku takes the reveal of having a Quirk the whole time rather badly.
  • Hero Insurance: The Heroics Commission give Endeavor a warning due to the collateral damage he causes in his fight. Combined with his more negative publicity, it tells Endeavor it will be difficult to reclaim the #2 spot.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • Gran Torino muses that Izuku gets his heroic nature from his mother Inko and his uncle, the First One for All User. His dad's villainy appears to have skipped him, though.
    • Hawks' heroism comes from his mother, who's a vigilante.
  • Hilarity Sues: Played for Drama as Inko plans to sue Izuku's old school for discrimination and abetting of Bakugou's bullying.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Bakugou is a genuinely talented kid with a very powerful Quirk. However, he sabotages his own chances for success by being an abusive asshole.
  • History Repeats: Ryu Todoroki abused his wife and child, so Endeavor does the same to his own family.
    • A father raises their son to become a pro hero. The father is extremely abusive to his wife and son. The son grows up and refuses to let their father control him anymore, and doesn't have anything to with his father. Are we talking about Shouto and his father Endeavor, or Endeavor with his father, Todoroki Ryu?
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Combined with Best Jeanist's bad review of Bakugou, Bakugou's bullying and bad attitude sink his chances of getting an internship with Hawks or Mirko.
    • Inasa is so hyper-focused on Todoroki that completely misses his opponents' wariness of Monoma and Monoma's approach towards him. Monoma manages to touch Inasa, copy his Quirk, and take Inasa down like a chump.
    • Todoroki Ryu abused and raised Endeavor into being a hero that the Commission could have complete control over. It backfired as Endeavor become too powerful physically and politically for them to control, and refused Ryu to have any contact with his grandchildren. In the end, Todoroki Ryu was forced to retire which destroyed most of his political power.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Hawks tries to be as honest as he can in both his private and personal life. He refuses to steal the credit when the police try to make him. Hawks willingly reveals his dark past to Toshinori and the Midoriyas when pressed. Hawks also tells Mirko about his new family relations and is finding the right moment to tell her about Izuku's true Quirk.
    • Izuku just tells Rumi and his fellow interns the truth of his Quirk and villain dad in order to prevent future cases of Poor Communication Kills by telling them how his powers work and the potential danger of All for One.
  • Honey Trap: Hawks hits it off with an attractive redheaded investor during his mission on I-Island and invites the man to his hotel room. Unbeknownst to him, the investor is Dabi, one of supervillains Hawks is on-alert for. Although seducing Hawks wasn't part of Dabi's given mission, he seduced Hawks because he had a huge Celeb Crush on the former.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Heroes too rigid in their morality or ways tend to be the ones who die in the field.
    • Stain gets out of his handcuffs while everyone is distracted by the flying Noumu. Does Stain uses this opportunity to escape? Nope. He chooses this moment to give all the heroes (excluding Izuku and Hawks, because they were actually acting like he wished heroes would) a "The Reason You Suck" Speech. Hawks shuts him up mid-speech.
    • Monoma wanted to prove to the people who said that he couldn't become a hero that he could fight with just Copy. He focused on training his Quirk so much that he completely neglected his physical conditioning, nor did he consider that he's effectively handicapping himself in a fight.
    • Ashido refuses to work with Bakugou during the practical exam even if it meant they would both fail.
  • Hope Is Scary: Shouto is bewildered and terrified that Hawks is attempting to intervene on Endeavor's abuse.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Played for laughs. Hawks complains about the hormones and sexual tension that his teenage interns come with. Shouto proves Hawks' point when he soothes himself by staring at Izuku's butt.
  • Hourglass Plot: At the beginning of the series, Bakugou is seen as a future hero with a bright future while Izuku is the ostracized nobody. Now, Izuku is a budding paragon being trained by the Number Two Hero while Bakugou is slowly becoming more reviled as his history as a violent bully comes to light.
  • Hybrid Power:
    • Hawks' Quirk Fierce Wings got his abilities from his mother, Kiyome Takashiro's flight and hardening feathers and his father Kei Midoriya's minor gravitational Quirk.
    • Kiyome, in turn, got her Quirk from her mother's wings and her father's hardening Quirk.
    • Monoma's Quirk comes from his father's Super Senses and his mother's copying Quirk.
    • Izuku gets Copy All from his mother Inko's minor gravitational Quirk and his father Hisashi's All for One.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mirko likes to tease her interns for making a big deal out their love lives and acting over infatuated over their crushes. It's constantly pointed out that Mirko does the same over Fuyumi.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Mirko would like to tease Inasa for being so smitten with Shishou. But she realizes that she can't throw stones since she could barely talk to her own girlfriend.
  • Hysterical Woman: Endeavor dismisses Inko's accusation of his treatment of his family being abuse as her being ridiculous and blowing things out of proportion. Because this is shown after the effects of his physical and emotional abuse of his family are laid out, this makes him seem like a misogynistic jerk.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Alec Sartre, Neito Monoma's father, uses his Through Vision to spy on fellow ME Ps and keep track of their actions. While technically illegal, Alec does it anyway to protect his constituents from his more corrupt co-workers.
  • I Lied: A heroic variant. Monoma Aoi threatens to tell the Minister of Justice of all the crimes the Commission committed if Saito Hana doesn't release Hawks from his illegal debt and never threaten to take his hero license away. She has her bodyguard secretly record the entire meeting, and she's going send the footage to the Minister of Justice anyway.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Dabi immediately dives for the vodka the moment he gets back to League of Villains headquarters after having to put up with Wolfram’s stupidity.
  • I Should Have Done This Years Ago: Inko ends her threat of litigation to Endeavor by promising to finish off what she did eighteen years ago and rip off his balls.
  • I Warned You: Out of pity, Aoi warns Saito to watch her back because someone tortured her accomplices the Takashiro parents to death while making it look like they died in a car accident. Saito ignores the warning to her immediate peril.
  • In Love with the Mark: Dabi goes out of his way to target Hawks during his I-Island mission due to his crush on the hero.
  • It's Probably Nothing: Inasa notes how all of his other opponents avoid having direct contact with Monoma. Inasa dismisses Monoma as a threat to focus on Todoroki.
  • Incompatible Orientation: One of Mirko's former crushes was straight.
  • Indentured Servitude: How the Commission traps Hawks and Kiyome: they pay for their living expenses and school tuition by loaning them money with very high-interest rates. Then when Hawks became an adult, they pushed him into founding a hero agency. Running an agency straight out of school has many expenses like employees' salaries, maintenance, and equipment costs, which forced Hawks into deeper debt and firmly under the Commission's control. Even though Hawks was a Top Ten Hero, his salary still isn't enough to pay the €70,000,000 ($80,000,000 USD) debt!
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Hawks and Inko were hoping that Hisashi Midoriya nee Ishikawa was All for One's grandson to justify Izuku's Copy All being similar to All for One. Toshinori only has to take one look at Inko's wedding photos to verify that no, Hisashi is All for One himself.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Hawks and Kiyome exposed Toshinori for lying that he was All Might's secretary. In response, Toshinori shows them his powered-up form.
    • Shouto tells Hawks of Endeavor's abuse of him and his family.
    • Izuku reveals to his fellow interns the truth of his Quirk and of his supervillain father and Toshinori does the same to Gran Torino.
  • In-Universe Nickname:
    • The media takes to calling Izuku Midoriya, Tenya Iida, Shouto Todoroki, and Fumikage Tokoyame the Hosu Quartet.
    • Everyone at the Aery has a fondness for bird-themed nicknames: Kiyome is Mama Bird, Izuku is Kiwi, and Shouto is Penguin.
  • Irony: Gran Torino revels in the irony of All for One's son being All Might's successor and heir.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Bakugou gets angrier that no one outside of his friends considers him the strongest anymore and everyone else focuses on the Hosu Quartet.
    • Despite being explicitly warned to not harm Dabi with the threat of his Quirks being taken if he does, Wolfram ignores all warnings in order to focus on his own gratification, choosing to believe that his victory would smooth over any issue that All for One would have with his disobedience.
  • It's All My Fault: Toshinori blames himself for missing Endeavor's abuse of his family and his rivalry with Endeavor becoming toxic. In All Might's defense, he was kinda distracted by All for One.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Both Toshinori and David still have feelings for each other, but Toshinori left David and Melissa behind for their own safety to protect them from All for One. While David knows that Toshinori was justified in doing so, he's still bitter that he wasn't enough to actually help Toshinori.
  • It Was with You All Along: Izuku is not Quirkless, but Copy All has a somewhat non-intuitive activation, which is why he didn't know about it.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Both Izuku and Neito ended up meeting the past One for All users in their minds after they used their Quirks on each other.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty:
    • Bakugou abused Izuku with his bullying for a decade and got away with it virtually unpunished. That finally begins to change when Izuku tells his family how Bakugou influenced his decision to accept One for All. With Hawks knowing that Bakugou is a horrible bully, he warns Mirko against giving Bakugou an internship. Combined with Bakugou's bad reputation from the Sports Festival and Best Jeanist's internship, karma is finally coming around for Bakugou.
    • Endeavor's luck at avoiding consequences finally runs out after former friend Inko teams up with All Might and Hawks to deal with him abusing his family.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Endeavor has Inko discredited and ruins her career for the crime of stopping him from abusing his family.
    • Without even being physically present, the Takashiro parents pulled one on their daughter. They told the Commission that as long as they were paid, they didn't give a shit to what the Commission did to their daughter and grandson. The mother, Himari even said that Kiyome deserved to be enslaved for being such a bad investment and for her refusal to be a pro hero.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Hawks gives the Hosu Quartet very sought-after internships at his agency. Mostly because he believes that none of them have a self-preservation instinct between the four of them.
  • Kid Has a Point: While Izuku was overly secretive and immature, he did have a valid reason to seek outside validation and not tell his mom anything, since Inko's attempts at support either emotionally scarred him or she completely ignored the serious problems he was having.
  • Kid Hero: Hawks' backstory viciously dec[n Bakugou in retaliation for being such an asshole to everyone. While hypocritical, Bakugou does deserve it.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Hawks is rather cynical of the pro-hero industry, due to growing up as a Child Soldier for the Heroics Commission and the focus on fame and power plays over doing actual good. Regardless of the situation, Hawks will work to be the best hero he can be because it's what he can do.
  • Knowledge Broker: The Songstress, a family friend of the Monomas who works on keeping tabs on the criminal underworld in Japan and Europe.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: It's on its way for Endeavor and Bakugou, with actions being taken to expose Endeavor and Bakugou's steadily worsening reputation.
    • The Takashiro parents are tortured to death for selling Kiyome and Sora to the Commission by All for One.
  • Leeroy Jenkins:
    • Hawks notes the tendency of Hot-Blooded heroes of charging in without a plan and hyper-focusing on specific targets. Which would get them killed because they don't pay attention to what's around them or to the plans of their fellow heroes.
    • Inasa charges in and tries to fight Shouto as a show of Hot-Blooded-ness. Inasa completely ignores all the other fighters attacking him and is taken out by Monoma.
  • Leonine Contract: When Sora was discovered as a child to have massive potential as a hero, the Heroics Commission gave an offer to Hawks' mother, Kiyome. The Commission would pay for all of their living expenses and Sora's schooling in exchange for them training Sora to be a pro-hero and Sora having to follow their orders once he becomes one. Kiyome had no other choice due to them living in poverty, as Kiyome has difficulty finding work as a single mother of a young child. Kiyome's parents disowned her, and her in-laws seemed to despise her, so she has no help from her family. Hawks was railroaded into becoming a pro-hero with his mother frequently clashing with the Heroics Commission in his defense. While initially Sora is trained gently, Kiyome would intervene if the Commission would push Sora too hard. She wasn't always successful. Hawks recounts a handler beating him in front of his mother to show that she's ultimately powerless and the Commission makes the decisions.
    • Hawks feels that Izuku's acceptation of One for All is this since Izuku would finally be accepted by society if he did. The narrative makes clear that Hawks is projecting his own experience onto Izuku.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Hawks' reaction that only did Toshinori give Izuku a Quirk that was too strong for him but didn't consider that Izuku needed additional training.
    • A stunned Tenya recaps the reveal of Izuku's Quirk and All for One being his father. To be fair, it was hard for even Izuku to believe at first.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Izuku, Mei and Melissa head for security. Neito, Shinso, Momo, and Inasa take the villains on the 80th floor up while Kendo, Fumikage, Tenya, and Shoto, take it from 79 down. Camie takes the point at the bottom while Bruce stays behind because he's an untrained civilian.
  • A Lighter Shade of Grey: The All Might-Hawks faction share the same tendency for blackmail as their rival faction the Commission. But they blackmail to save the victims of the Commission's coverup, free Hawks and his mother from enslavement and reform the Commission.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Mirko and Hawks are close friends who constantly rib at each other and tell each other how they feel. Mirko even knows Hawks' true relationship with the Commission.
  • Literal Metaphor: The last time Kiyome attempted to escape with her son, the Commission threatened to clip her wings, figuratively and literally.
  • Little "No": When Inko tell Endeavor that he has to give up custody of Shouto and make a trust for his family, Endeavor gives a defiant "No."
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Both Fuyumi and Rumi are very feminine but in different ways. They're both lesbians in a relationship with each other.
  • Living Lie Detector: Hawks and Kiyome's eyesight is sharp enough that they can immediately tell that Toshinori is lying that he was sent by All Might to check up on Izuku.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Monoma, Inasa, and Camie knows there's something going on with Todoroki's situation and Hawks, but can't place their finger on exactly what.
    • Shiragaki doesn't know why Dabi keeps hogging the intelligence reports, nor why Sensei made Dabi his Player Two.
  • Logical Weakness: Due to being a Close-Range Combatant with a ground-based fighting style, Stain has a more difficult time fighting long-ranged attackers like Todoroki, Tokoyami, and Hawks. Stain is overwhelmed by Hawks' flying and Feather Flechettes as Hawks is too distant for him to attack. While Stain doesn't go down easy, it's clear that Hawks has the advantage over Stain.
    • Since being an Uplifted Animal is Nedzu's Quirk, Izuku disables Nedzu by canceling it with Pause.
  • Lonely Together: Neito, Maya, and Bruce were each other's Only Friends growing up, as they were ostracized to due to political connections, temperaments, or Quirks.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Most of the time, pros don't take students without provisional licenses or only have them for the work-study week. But Hawks figures that it's okay if he does so as long as he doesn't take his interns out crime-fighting until they get their licenses.
    • Inko promised Endeavor that she wouldn't go public with his abuse of his family if he hands over custody of Shouto to Hawks. She didn't say that they would hide that Shouto is no longer with him nor let the reporters figure it out themselves.
    • David can't make Izuku any support gear until Izuku gets his hero license. However, Melissa, a Support student, is perfectly allowed to help a Hero student.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Hawks and Izuku are first cousins, with Hawks being born from Inko's late brother Kei.
  • The Lost Lenore:
    • The late Kei Midoriya is one to his wife, Kiyome. They loved each other enough to elope together, and his death had a profound impact on the lives of his parents, sister, wife, and son. His death from a treatable illness caught too late left Kiyome with deep psychological scars, and she still hasn't emotionally recovered from his death.
    • Touya's apparent death destroyed his siblings. None of them are over his death, and when their fortunes turn, they wish he was still alive for him to see it.
  • Love at First Punch: Camie literally throws Bakugou out on his ass for his harassment of her mentor, Haruto. Bakugou fell for her instantly.
  • Love at First Sight: Inasa only has known Hitoshi for a few minutes, and he's already in love.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Mirko hates working with people. Despite that, she starts her own internship program in the hopes of impressing Fuyumi.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Kiyome and Kei's parents didn't want their kids marrying each other.
  • Loving a Shadow: Dabi has a bit of a Celebrity Crush on Hawks, due to his idol Stain praising Hawks' heroics.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: If you even read the tags on the story, you know that this is a Hisashi Midoriya is All for One story.

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  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: It's implied that Todoroki Ryu abused Endeavor as a way to keep him afraid and under control. It backfired because Endeavor hated his father more than he feared him and the moment he had power of his own, he stopped listening to everybody.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: The Takashiro parents supposedly die in a car crash. Ignore all the signs of torture on them, All for One definitely didn't have anything to do with that!
  • Make-Out Kids: Once they confess their feelings for each other, Izuku and Shoto make out for fifteen minutes. While everyone else just awkwardly ignores them and play cards while they wait for Hawks to show up.
  • Male Gaze: Shouto soothes himself from his family drama by staring at Izuku's butt.
  • Mama Bear: Hawks describes his mother thus: "He may be twenty-two years old, but he's still her fledgling."
  • Mandatory Unretirement: Aoi retired as Ambassador to Japan to be close to her son and reconnect with her old friends. She is forced back into politics by her mentor since Aoi was responsible for taking down the Heroics Commission, which now needs new leadership.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Kei's parents refused to let him date Kiyome out of fear that Kiyome's vigilantism would get him killed. He did it anyway.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Izuku and the Todoroki siblings have this reaction to the news of Endeavor being pushed down to Number Three. Mostly because they fear Endeavor's reaction.
  • Master of Unlocking: Kiyome picks locks more often than she uses her own keys and she taught her son Hawks everything.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Sora Takashiro means "Sky White Hawk."
    • Kiyome is Mama Bird 'cause she's Hawks' mom. Izuku is Kiwi because he's both green and flightless. Shouto is Penguin because penguins live in tropical and antarctic regions and can be gay. Iida is Road Runner because of the Looney Tunes bird. Tokoyami is Raven due to his gothness and bird head. Camie is Swan because she's both beautiful and terrifying, and Monoma is Mockingbird because the birds mimic calls of other birds.
  • Meet Cute:
    • Invoked by Mirko, who stakes out the Aery for the chance to "walk into" Fuyumi. It works without a hitch.
    • Inko met Hisashi when she accidentally spilled coffee on him when she crashed into him on the way to her finals when she was a law student. She didn't realize that she left behind her wallet until she tried to went home and he called her. He got a date from her, and the rest was history.
  • A Mistake Is Born: Sora is stated to be an accident baby.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Inko turns her back on Endeavor, who was her best friend and boss for his abuse of his family.
  • Momma's Boy/Daddy's Girl: Monoma is very close to both of his parents. He frequently writes them both separate emails despite both of his parents share their emails to ask how each of them are doing. Monoma frequently asks his parents for advice. He's happy that his mother is going to visit him in Japan but sad and understanding to why his father can't make it.
  • Mundane Utility: Steps teleports himself from Japan to a different continent to bother his friend living in New York.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: After all the other interns get major parts in the plan, Bruce has to stay behind since he's the only non-hero student.
  • My Greatest Second Chance:
    • Midoriya Izumi and Reo were deeply remorseful that their meddling drove their son and daughter-in-law to cut ties from them. Once they got the news that Hawks was their grandson, they rushed to Mustafu to apologize to Kiyome in person and welcome her and Sora into the family.
    • Todoroki Ryu screwed up in raising Endeavor, with the goal of making him a popular and powerful pro hero under the Commission's complete control. But he went overboard with his physical abuse, leading to his son hating him more than he feared him and said son refusing to listen to anyone. Then Ryu comes across an impoverished six-year-old who was better at rescuing than most adult pros with a convenient vigilante mother to train and control him through. This time around, Ryu uses psychological and financial abuse to keep his prodigy and the mother in line, which was far more effective.
  • Named by the Adaptation: As of the story's publishing, Hawks' civilian name hasn't been revealed. The author dubs Hawks Sora Takashiro.
  • Names to Run From Really Fast: Todoroki Ryu, Endeavor's father, the probable source of Endeavor's Fire Quirk and a politician. Certainly not a friendly one, considering his name means "dragon."
  • Nepotism: Hawks gives Izuku an internship. One of the reasons being to know his newly-found cousin better.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • In-Universe. Hawks knows the day that his mother will forgive him for jumping out of their apartment window to test out his wings is still a long day coming.
    • Monoma knows that everyone will know him for asking Todoroki and Izuku out on a date at the same time.
  • Never My Fault: Despite Shiketsu nearly being UA's equal, the majority of the Top Hundred Heroes are all UA graduates. Shiketsu blames their graduates for not representing the school properly, when, in fact, their strict attitudes and restrictions cause their graduates to be too inflexible to survive in the field.
  • The Nicknamer: Hawks gives his interns bird-themed nicknames.
  • Nice to the Waiter:
    • Invoked. Camie is very polite to the receptionist Haruto, in the hopes of having Haruto help her and Inasa catch Hawks' attention.
    • Hawks deliberately invoked this as he uses Haruto as a filter. People who are polite or have actually important news, Haruto will send to him. If the people are rude or have news that isn't actually important, Haruto will ignore them.
    • Bakugou ignores and is pointedly rude to Haruto, the Aery receptionist when he demands to see Hawks. Haruto and Camie have none of that and Camie throw Bakugou out.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Everyone in the Aery is willing to roast Hawks for his stupidities. Fumikage calls Hawks a thief and a magpie for his accidental kidnapping of Monoma. Kiyome will never forgive him for jumping out a window to test out his wings as a child. Dark Shadow roasts Hawks for flying into a window last week.
  • No Body Left Behind: Touya is believed to accidentally cremated himself due to Endeavor forcing him to go beyond his limits. Considering Dabi, he probably escaped.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Inko attempted to help a battered wife and an abused child by reporting their abuser's crime. It was covered up by the Heroics Commission to avoid the scandal of a major hero abusing his family. Inko is discredited and fired for her heroism.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup:
    • Justified David Shield had all the blueprints destroyed and begged to his superior to allow him to destroy the only prototype of the amplifier to avoid it falling into the wrong hands.
    • Dabi is frustrated that Wolfram plans to throw Dr. Abrahams off the roof after taking the amplifier when Abrahams is one of the only two people that would know to make it.
  • Noiseless Walker: Kiyome walks up to Steps and the Hosu Quartet, completely unnoticed until she draws their attention. Izuku wonders if it's bad that neither a pro-hero nor hero students noticed a civilian walk up to them.
  • Nom de Mom:
    • Hawks' civilian name is Sora Takashiro, Takashiro being his mother's family name. Word of God states that Hawks used to have been Sora Midoriya, but the Heroics Commission had his name changed to be more marketable.
    • Midoriya is Inko's family name. Hisashi Ishikawa took Inko's name when he married her since he's a supervillain.
    • Considering Monoma's French father, Monoma is implied to have his mother's family name for convenience.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Hawks owes Steps a bottle of absinthe for an incident in Osaka.
    • Kiyome no longer lives alone in Kyoto due to the rice cooker incident.
    • Hitoshi stopped Todoroki by hypnotizing Todoroki to sing Disney songs. Word of God said that it was "Let It Go."
    • Monoma once copied a mutant Quirk when he was six. Once was enough as he ended up hospitalized.
    • Neito refers to a political shitstorm that Carlos and Marie Dos Santos went through in New Orleans. He doesn't specify what happened but says that the Dos Santos deserve to be paranoid after that incident.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Hisashi bribed Doctor Tsubasa to fudge Izuku's test results for his Quirk to have him read as Quirkless. This was to protect Izuku and Inko from All for One's numerous enemies, who would notice Izuku's Quirk similarity to All for One's. While this indeed protected Izuku from scrutiny, it ruined Izuku's life and chances for social acceptance as he was ostracized for his Quirklessness which destroyed Izuku and Inko's self-esteem.
  • Not So Above It All: As much as Hawks tries to set himself apart from teenage stupidity and immaturity, he has his own fuckups too. Such as Dark Shadow roasting Hawks for flying into windows a week ago, something that Fumikage and Dark Shadow haven't done since they were fledglings.
  • Not So Similar: Mirko saw something of herself in Bakugou: hot-headed, powerful, and bad with working with people. For this, she considered taking Bakugou on as an intern. She quickly reconsiders when she finds out that Bakugou is a bully that suicide-baited a Quirkless person. For all of her lone wolf tendencies, she cares about protecting people and can't stand bullies.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Todoroki Ryu did something to Endeavor that is so horrible that even the delusional and deliberately ignorant Endeavor recognized it as abuse.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Shouto is rescued from Endeavor's clutches. The rest of his family have a huge trust fund to cover their living expenses and Endeavor is blackmailed into staying away from his family. Meaning Shouto's world has been flipped upside down.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Camie is the third smartest student in her year at Shiketsu. While most of her ditziness is genuine, she acts ditzier then she actually is, because she regards her classmates as being too uptight.
  • Obliviously Evil: Endeavor doesn't consider what he does to his family as abuse, because it's what his father did to him.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Deconstructed. Kiyome's relationship with her in-laws was so bad that she and Kei cut all ties with them in order to get married and protect their unborn son. While her fears were unfounded, it's telling that both of them believed their fears to be valid.
  • Odd Name Out: Phantom Thief is on a team with Gale Force, Creati and Shinso. In Shinso's defense, he didn't have time to make up a name.
  • Official Couple: With the teenagers, there's Shouto/Izuku/Neito, Tenya/Mei, and Momo/Itsuka.
  • Oh, Crap!: This is Aoi's reaction when a political opponent of her husband is killed with signs of it being done under All for One's orders. Meaning he's expanding from Japan to Europe.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Izuku's uncharacteristic message to the class group chat is what leads to Tokoyami and Hawks to check out his coordinates.
    • Camie pointedly doesn't use any slang when introducing herself to Haruto in hopes of getting Hawks' attention. She slips when she spots the thread in Haruto's illusion, but gets back into her serious face when she first meets Hawks.
    • The normally boisterous Inasa is more shy and quiet when in front of Hawks because he's afraid of fucking up the one chance to make a good impression and get an internship.
    • Itsuka knows something is wrong with Monoma when he ignores Class 1-A walking past them.
    • Bakugou flinches upon hearing Deku call him his last name instead of Kacchan, the name he's been calling Bakugou since childhood, in Chapter 12.
    • Throughout the meeting with the head of the Heroics Commission, All Might is not smiling. In fact, he is both disappointed and full of disdain. Saito Hana is terrified and doesn't feel safe the entire time the Symbol of Peace is looking down on her.
    • A two-sided variant. The friendly Ashido refusing to work with Bakugou during the final exam battle against All Might. The normally prideful and aggressive Bakugou having to convince Ashido to work with him. They barely pass.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Neito discusses with Hawks how Neito could successfully fight any pro-heroes that take liberties with him through Neito's political connections through his ambassador mother and French politician father. Hawks pointedly looks at Shouto through the conversation, wordlessly pointing out that politicians could pressure the Commission to have Endeavor face consequences.
  • One Degree of Separation: Hawks and Izuku turn out to be related with their mothers being sisters-in-law. Hawks went to Tensei's wedding and promptly poached Pop☆Step from him. Inko used to be Endeavor's friend and worked as a founding member of his agency. Inko knows Rei, Fuyumi, and Touya through her attempts at rescuing them.
    • Bakugou Mitsuki occasionally does Support Design in her career as a fashion designer and once worked for Deternat, which got her the ticket to I-Island, which she let her son Katsuki and his friend Kirishima have.
  • One Sided Rivalry: Endeavor greatly dislikes Hawks for taking his spot as Number Two Hero and for being an upstart. Hawks has adored Endeavor since childhood and looks at him as an idol. And Hawks is rather disturbed that his idol hates him for no reason.
  • Opposites Attract: The extroverted, impulsive, and Hot-Blooded Inasa falls hard for the introverted, methodical, and snarky Shisou.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: Toshinori dubs Hawks the better Number Two and future Number One Hero. Considering Hawks' competition is Endeavor, the moral bar is set very low.
  • Overprotective Dad: Aizawa appears to be contemplating homicide when Inasa stares dreamily at Shinsou.
  • Original Characters: Several like Hawks' mother Kiyome Takashiro, and members of his agency like Haruto and Steps.
  • Pair the Smart Ones: Neito's Maman always told him to seek intelligence over wealth or power in a partner.
  • Parents as People: While Inko is a good mother considering the circumstances, it doesn't mean that she wasn't neglectful. Inko was so focused on maintaining a home in spite of her career and her husband's absence that she completely missed that Izuku was being ostracized by his school and abused by his former friend. She tried so hard to ignore the suicide rates of Quirkless people that she missed her son nearly being bullied into suicide. Which was barely avoided due to All Might's intervention.
  • Parental Betrayal: The Big twist of No More Cages. The Takashiro parents knew that their daughter and grandson was being enslaved by the Commission and let it happen. In fact, they helped the Commission hide the situation from the Midoriyas and take a massive bribe to make up for their "failed investment" of a daughter.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Kiyome's parents and Kei's parents refused to allow them to marry each other.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Neito tries not to think about how his mom is dating his boyfriend's mom.
  • Parental Title Characterization: A sign of Monoma's French nature and his closeness to his parents is that he calls them "Maman" and "Papa."
  • Percussive Therapy: When Endeavor finds that he's dropped from the Number Two spot in the Hero Lists to the Number Three, he wrecks his home dojo offscreen.
  • Persona Non Grata: When Inko threatened to report Endeavor to social services for his abuse of his family, Endeavor responds by making sure she will never get another job in the Heroics Industry ever again.
  • Pick Up Babes With Babes: Mirko decides to take on interns in order to impress her crush Fuyumi Todoroki, who's a schoolteacher.
  • Plot Coupon: All Might is invited by Melissa Shields and Hawks by American hero Marie Dos Santos to I-Island, and they're allowed to bring the interns. All Might lampshades the convenience.
  • Politeness Judo: Hawks makes sure to offer Endeavor an internship for Shouto at the Aery, very politely in front of reporters. Endeavor can't outright refuse like he wants to because the reporters will ask questions that Endeavor doesn't want to answer.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: Nobody at the meeting shook hands with Saito Hana, striking the Corrupt Corporate Executive with their rudeness.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Miguel Garcia, a political opponent of Alec Satre, once tried to make certain Quirks illegal. Quirks, which are inherently part of someone which people have no control of what kind they have.
  • Polyamory: Neito is aiming for a three-way relationship with Izuku and Shouto. Izuku is attracted to Neito for his mind while Shouto doesn't really know how to feel about him.
    • Aoi and Alec are in an open relationship and have included Inko to make a triad. Neito states that this isn't the first time.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Defied. Hawks has Izuku, and himself tell their friends the truth about Izuku's true Quirk and All for One being Izuku's father to lessen the danger and prevent misunderstandings.
    • Rumi is pretty angry that Sora didn't tell her about Izuku's Quirk considering that he told her about Izuku's supervillain father. To be fair to Sora, he didn't know when would be the right time while Izuku's supervillain father is a security concern.
  • Power Incontinence: Being brand new to his true Quirk, Izuku has a hard time controlling his Quirk as he can accidentally copy Quirks just by thinking how cool he considers other Quirks simply due to the attraction aspect. Monoma had a similar problem with his own Quirk when he was younger, as he would accidentally copy Quirks whenever he touched people since he didn't have the concept of on/off yet.
  • Power Parasite: Izuku is a rare heroic and downplayed example. His original Quirk, Copy All, allows him to copy Quirks from their original owners, keep the copy, and then make use of them in the same fashion with training. As a result, he lacks the moral dilemma of stealing a Quirk because he needs or wants it, unlike his father All for One who he got that aspect of his Quirk from.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Dabi hopes that the image inducer can hold up doing sex cause he's hoping to take up Hawks on that offer.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Izuku and Neito end up knocking each other unconscious when they try to copy each other Power Copying powers
  • Pragmatic Hero: Takashiro Kiyome, All Might, Midoriya Inko, and Monoma Aoi all agree to blackmail the Commission to release Sora and Kiyome from the massive debt the Commission forced upon them to keep them in debt slavery. The Commission is so abhorrent and corrupt with their abuse of Hawks and frequent coverup of other pro heroes that they all collectively decide to use the threat of political reprisal to get justice for what they have done.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Unlike Endeavor, the Commission held off training the child Sora until he got older. This was mostly done so as not to damage Sora's growing body and Quirk, and to acclimate Sora and his mother to their presence. All bets were off when he got older and more durable.
    • Endeavor never hit Fuyumi. This is not him refusing to hit girls, but refusing to hit someone whose Quirk is flammable and explosive ice.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: All for One to Saito Hana.
    All for One: Ah! Miss Saito. So good to see you unharmed. Let's change that.
  • Precision F-Strike: When Camie literally throws Bakugou out after he barged his way and disrespected her mentor, she has this to say: "Don't be a dick and stay the fuck out of the Aery!"
  • Predecessor Villain: Todoroki Ryu was head of the Heroics Commission and retired around 20 years ago. He abused his family and enslaved Sora, a child, to become a hero under the Commission's thumb.
  • Promotion to Parent: It's telling that Shouto's older sister Fuyumi is Shouto's emergency contact, not his father.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • Monoma's parents downplayed the true strength of Neito's Quirk in the justified fear that people would try to kidnap their son into villainy. Given that Neito had attempted kidnappings on his connections alone, that fear is justified.
    • All the heroes on I-Island were paranoid about a possible attack to the point they covertly gathered back-up. Which made the inevitable attack and attempted kidnapping child's play.
  • Psychological Projection: Hawks feels that Izuku had no choice but to accept All Might's offer of a Quirk. Having a Quirk would allow Izuku to be accepted by society and allow him to fulfill his dreams. Toshinori realizes that Hawks' emphasis on Izuku's lack of choice signals that Hawks had something happen to him that he had no choice in.
  • Pun: By publicly working with Hawks, Toshinori is making it clear to All For One that there are other heroes waiting in the wings if he dies.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Bakugou's victory in the Sports Festival turns out to be one. His tantrums tainted his image and reputation, which Bakugou doesn't help with his poor conduct and bad attitude. Ultimately, people use his performance in the Sports Festival to make negative comparisons of him next to the Hosu Quartet, and no one believes in Bakugou's strength.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: Inko was a founding member of Endeavor's agency and pivotal in how it ran. She was fired and erased from their history when she tried reporting Endeavor over his abuse of his family.
  • Quit Your Whining: Endeavor disregards Shouto's justified complaints over his abuse as whining and is annoyed that Hawks believes Shouto.
  • Race Lift: Monoma is half-French half-Japanese here.
  • Rags to Riches: Kiyome and Hawks went from being destitute and impoverished to one of the richest heroes.
  • Rank Up: Thanks to the positive publicity of taking down Stain and having better public relations, Hawks ascends to #2 in the hero rankings. While Endeavor is bumped down to #3.
  • Ransacked Room: When she sees a letter on her desk in her locked home office, Aoi immediately knows that someone broke in. The letter carries a warning from the Songstress.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Correlation doesn't equal causation. It's revealed the double-jointed toe equaling Quirklessness is an old wives' tale that people happened to believe a lot in. Quirklessness, like real-life genetics, has a lot of complicated factors going into it.
    • If Quirklessness is treated as a disability, then it should have been verified by at least three doctors like actual disabilities are.
    • Had Yuuei known that Bakugou suicide-baited Izuku, Bakugou would have been put on probation at best or else outright rejected.
    • Connections and reputation matter in order to succeed. Bakugou realizes this the hard way when his past as a bully costs him a prestigious internship.
    • Tenya and Izuku drift apart from Ochako due to the Stain Incident intensifying the boys' friendship and no longer having time for her, due to their internships.
    • Despite Yuuei treating the Sports Festival as Serious Business for their students to get noticed in the industry, in the long term no one truly cares about the Sports Festival. The media cares more about current events. so Bakugou is quickly shoved out of the spotlight in favor of the Hosu Quartet, who helped captured Stain and are the interns of new Number Two Hero Hawks.
    • Inko, Hawks, and All Might strongarm Endeavor into signing custody of his son Shouto over to them, or else they will go public with his abusive behavior. When Endeavor tries to protest, they point out that a) they have years' worth of actual evidence; b) that All Might's status as the Symbol of Peace, combined with Hawks' as the current Number Two Hero, give their word plenty of weight; and c) that Endeavor is so unpopular due to his recklessness and bad attitude that it wouldn't be hard to convince anyone that he's a domestic abuser, especially since it's public knowledge that he doesn't get along with his children, his wife is in a mental hospital, and his eldest son is dead. He's actually not, but everyone believes he is. When Endeavor points out that revealing his actions would collapse the entire hero system, Inko coldly replies that she doesn't care, as it was that very same system that allowed Endeavor to get way with his terrible behavior for years.
    • Just because Enji had two separate women as best friends doesn't mean he doesn't hold misogynistic beliefs. Which reared its ugly head when he fully expected them to support him despite their objections over his abuse of his wife.
    • Regardless of the power of your own Quirk(s) and the boost you have from your support gear, when the odds are stacked against you it's best to fold because otherwise, you are going to be completely outclassed and beaten by the enemy. Wolfram learned this the hard way when he believed his own power and the amplification device would allow him to take down All Might, Hawks, and Empathy at the same time and lost.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Hawks gives Endeavor a scathing one to show that he cornered himself by in general being a terrible person:
    Hawks: "Here's the thing, Endeavor. Your popularity is shit. You're known for being aggressive, rude, and brusque, to say the least. You've got the lowest popularity out of all the Top Ten. You're known for having a shit relationship with all your kids, that your wife has been in a mental institute for unknown reasons for the past decade, and oh yeah, that your eldest is dead. So the public is going to find it very, very believable that you did all this shit, especially with me and All Might supporting Aunt Inko."
  • Related in the Adaptation: Hawks and Izuku are maternal first cousins through Inko's late brother/Hawks' father, Kei Midoriya. And All for One is Izuku's father.
    • Melissa's similarity to Toshinori is not due to simple Phenotype Stereotype, but due to her being Toshinori's secret biological daughter with her father David birthing her.
  • Removed from the Picture: Inko had all of Hisashi's photos removed from the frames of the house after Hisashi stopped coming home. It's when Inko digs out the photos from her room that Hisashi's face is shown. Toshinori verifies Hisashi as All for One.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Hawks only chooses the most talented to work for him as sidekicks and employees. So the Hosu Quartet get a lot of respect for being Hawks' first interns.
    • Mirko never had any interns or sidekicks despite being the Number Five Hero due to her I Work Alone attitude. The fact that she reconsidered to take on interns that she believes would flourish under her guidance just makes interning under her even more prestigious.
  • The Reveal:
    • Hawks tells Inko, Izuku, and Toshinori how the Heroics Commission bought him as their Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb and he and his mother had no choice but to accept to get out of poverty.
    • Izuku finds out that he isn't Quirkless and his father's true identity.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Due to having bird-based Quirks both Hawks and his mother Kiyome have the superior eyesight of real-life birds of prey. Which allows them to see far away in flight and catch the subtle nuances of body language.
    • Lampshaded by Hawks that Izuku is an aversion of this since, in Hawks' experience, those with strength-boosting powers tend to have the super-toughness necessary to use it without wrecking their bodies.
  • Retired Badass: Kiyome is an ex-vigilante! And from what we see of her the only retired part of her badassery is her vigilante career.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Maya, Neito, and Bruce were once kidnapped as children, due to a villain wanting revenge on Maya's uncle, the hero Hurricane. It ended with Bruce getting a Slashed Throat and losing his Quirk and all three getting traumatized.

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  • Sadistic Choice: A rare heroic example: All Might, Inko, and Hawks confront Endeavor and give him a choice: either he signs custody of Todoroki over to them (and lose any chance he has at surpassing All Might), or they go public and expose all the terrible things Endeavor has done to his family. Endeavor chooses to preserve what little reputation he has and signs the papers.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Defied. Bakugou's bullying wrecked Izuku's self-esteem and ability to trust in adults. Bakugou's nature as a bully comes to reap real consequences.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The police try to have Hawks take sole credit for taking down Stain to not embarrass the police and Hosu pros that they were outdone by three high-schoolers. Hawks refuses for three reasons. One, it would imply that Hawks had abandoned his intern in the middle of a battlefield. Two, the public would find out the truth eventually due to Stain's fanatical fanbase. And three, Hawks had his office give the news a press release already.
    • Inko refuses to let Endeavor continue to escape consequences and helps his family escape from him. Regardless that the Commission would pressure her, she still does what is right.
    • Monoma Aoi had an agreement with Saito Hana that they would stay out of their respective countries so that they wouldn't be at each other's throats. Aoi quickly abandons that in order to help Inko rescue Hawks from his debt slavery with the Commission.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!:
    • Discussed between Hawks and Monoma. Hawks warns Monoma to be careful when he taunts Pros because many of them are willing to punch civilians and powerful enough to get away with it. Monoma replies that he could sue them and win due to his ambassador mother and MEP father. Any hero that would hurt him would have to explain themselves to the Japanese Prime Minister why they hurt an ambassador's son.
    • How Endeavor got away with his very visible abuse of his family despite Inko's attempt at reporting him. The Commission covered up the allegations due to Endeavor's position as Number Two Hero and discredited Inko.
    • The Heroics Commission supposedly shut down their training facilities by the Prime Minister's orders 20 years ago. Considering that Hawks grew up being trained in those facilities, it shows how much the Commission obeyed that law.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The Heroic Commission's favorite tactic.
    • Normally the Heroics Commission would take months to update their Hero Rankings. Since their pet project Hawks got massive amounts of good publicity for his takedown of Stain, they quickly release new rankings. Which pushes Endeavor out of his spot and gives Hawks the position of #2 Hero.
    • Normally once Hawks graduated, he would have started out as a sidekick. Because the Commission didn't want anyone asking questions or noticing that Hawks has handlers, they pushed him into founding his own agency.
    • Todoroki Ryu was the former Head of the Heroics Commission. Through them, he got away with his own abuse of his wife and son, covered his now-adult son's abuse of his family, and enslaved Hawks and his mother in his bid of making a high-ranking hero under his control.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After watching Wolfram's plans fall apart, Dabi escapes capture when Kurogiri teleports him out.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Endeavor is frustrated at always being Number Two after All Might, and he's even angrier that Hawks has pushed him down to Number Three.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: Everyone's reaction to Hawks making it to Number Two Hero. Making him second to The Paragon All Might.
  • Secret Diary: Izuku and Neito accidentally exchange analysis notebooks and read each other's notebooks. The peek into each other's mind causes Izuku to warm up to Neito. Neito gets the courage to ask Izuku out.
  • Secret Keeper: Both David and Melissa know about One for All and that Izuku is All Might's successor.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: The Midoriyas, the Commission, and All for One all knew that Kiyome was a vigilante but had their own reasons for keeping silent.
    • Melissa figured out that All Might is her biological father but doesn't tell her dad that she knows.
  • Serial Romeo: Implied with Mirko. Hawks' reaction to her having a crush on Fuyumi is "Not again?!"
  • Selective Obliviousness:
    • Izuku does his very best to avoid thinking about how his father is a supervillain.
    • Despite knowing that some of his sidekicks and employees are ex-vigilantes, Hawks ignores it.
  • Sensor Character:
    • Hawks' friend Riv has a Quirk that allows her to sense if people have Quirks and what kind of Quirks they have.
    • Neito can see other people's Quirks as threads. He can tell what type of Quirk they have, what their Quirk does, and how many they have.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: Ito (Dabi) asks Hawks if he's sharing his hotel room with anyone. Hawks tells him no and asks if Ito wants to come take advantage of that with him. They both head to Hawks' hotel room, which then cuts to Dabi talking to Wolfram in their own room afterward.
  • Sex Dressed: Toshinori is frantically trying to get dressed for the gala after meeting up and having an emotional moment with his still beloved ex.
  • Sexy Walk: Camie deliberately walks with a sway to her hips to distract Bakugou while she sets up her illusions.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Hawks points out that with Endeavor's reputation of being an aggressive Jerkass with the worst publicity of the Top Ten Heroes, as well as it is publicly known that he has a poor relationship with his family with his eldest dead and his wife institutionalized, people would find it very believable that he abused them if Endeavor pushes Inko to go public with the truth with All Might and Hawks supporting her.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • Both Izuku and Hawks are major hero fanboys with a love for Fun T-Shirts.
    • Mei has gotten her genius, technical skill, and terrifying nature from her mom Tomoko.
    • Fuyumi and Shouto have love interests who are strong with rabbit Animal Motifs. Dabi fits as well, considering Hawks' bird motif.
    • Mirko notes the Midoriyas seem to have a thing for smart but crazy. Considering Izukunote , Inkonote , Hawks's father Keinote , and Hawksnote  himself, she has a point.
    • Inko is attracted to intelligent but powerful people, considering her past relationship with Aoi Monoma and her marriage to Hisashi Ishikawa. Her son has similar tastes as he considers dating Aoi's son.
  • Shed the Family Name: After finding out that grandparents allowed him and his mother to be enslaved and finally getting his freedom, Hawks changes his back to his original name Midoriya Sora. So does Kiyome.
  • Shoot The Shaggy Dog Story: Kei's parents forbade them from marrying out of fear that Kiyome's vigilantism would get Kei killed. It backfired because they eloped anyways and never spoke to them for decades. It was ultimately pointless because Kei died due to mundane causes without ever seeing his parents again.
  • Shout-Out: One of the past heads of the Heroic Commission is Senju Madara.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Hawks gives a nonverbal one to Stain by kneecapping him when Stain attempts to give another "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the pros that didn't act fast enough.
  • Sins of the Father:
    • Defied. Despite Izuku being the son of All for One and having a similar Quirk to his father, no one actually holds this against him. Toshinori refuses to re-take One for All, and Hawks and Gran Torino both agree that he takes after his mother and uncle more.
    • Endeavor is miffed that Shouto assisted Izuku during the Stain Incident. As far as Endeavor is concerned, no Midoriya deserves Todoroki support after Inko betrayed him. He'd rather his son ignored Izuku in the aftermath instead of becoming friends with him.
  • Sinister Surveillance: The outsides of Hawks' and All Might's agencies are heavily watched with both hidden cameras and spies. The Midoriya household and the Endeavor agency are heavily bugged, both inside and out.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Deconstructed. Endeavor attempted to have Touya master his Fire Quirk by pushing Touya past his limits. He ended up horribly disfigured and became the villain Dabi, while his family thought he'd died.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Endeavor is angrier that he didn't get to arrest Stain instead of being relieved that his son is safe or that the Hero Killer is no longer at large.
    • Bakugou is more angry that no one is paying attention to him, instead of being concerned that his classmates were nearly murdered.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Any restraint in dealing with a Heroics Commission died a fiery death when it's found out they deliberately trapped Hawks in debt slavery with a massive €70,000,000 debt for his living expenses, school tuition, agency startup, agency maintenance, and employee salaries with the "loans" the Heroics Commission made him take. No quarter was given to the Commission or Saito Hana after that became known.
  • Sleazy Politician: Ryu Todoroki is implied to be one. Aoi Monoma calls him an old fossil that thinks he's more important than he really is.
  • Slipped the Ropes: Zigzagged, as Stain used the distraction caused by the flying Noumu to get out of his handcuffs, yet chose not actually to escape.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Stain only appears for one chapter, but the impact of his fight against the Hosu Quartet and Hawks is felt throughout the story.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Izuku is rather impressed by Monoma's thorough Quirk analysis and the fact he writes in fluent Japanese and French (which he can do because his mother is the Japanese ambassador to France).
  • The Smurfette Principle: Camie is the only female Aery intern.
  • Spirit Advisor: Neito ends up meeting Nana in his One-for-All induced vision. She tells him that he shouldn't be there and was lucky that he didn't die. But she wishes him the best of luck and tells him to watch Izuku's back.
  • Spotting the Thread:
    • Being an illusionist herself, Camie spots the illusion Hawks' receptionist Haruto has over his computer. The key reason Camie spots it is because Haruto's work computer seems way too old for a modern and high-ranking hero agency. The receptionist recruits her as an intern on the spot.
    • There's a bizarrely literal example with Monoma's Quirk, which sees other Quirks as 'Threads.' Monoma notices that Izuku suddenly has more Quirks than usual (because of Copy All), which is what leads him to find out about All for One and One for All.
    • When Tomura starts looking over the League's intelligence reports, he quickly realizes something is amiss. Tomura realizes All for One has been watching the Midoriya family as long as Izuku been alive and the dad is out of the picture with no picture in his profile.
  • Squishy Wizard: Monoma's Quirk is powerful and well-trained, but he's not as fit as he could be.
  • Stage Mom: Endeavor is the Stage Dad from hell. He constantly controls his son Shouto's life in an attempt to have Shouto surpass All Might, which he can't do himself. He's physically and verbally abusive, attempts to micromanage Shouto's life and training and tries to have Hawks continue to do so on his behalf. Hawks is both alarmed and horrified when he realizes what Endeavor's really like.
    • Even Endeavor is outdone by Kiyome's parents. Kiyome's parents wanted their daughter to become a pro hero despite what their daughter actually wanted. Despite knowing that the Commission enslaved their daughter and grandson, they not only allowed them to do so but asked the Commission for a substantial bribe to keep their silence. Takashiro Himari thought that their daughter's enslavement would make her useful and the ¥3,200,000,000 bribe a nice way to make up for their "bad investment."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Downplayed and Played for Laughs but Mirko stakes out at the Aery to get a chance to talk to Fuyumi, whose little brother interns there. It pays off for Mirko.
    • Played for Drama with Hisashi who has the Midoriya house bugged so he can watch his beloved wife's movements at all times.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Hisashi's personal motive for having Hawks' agency watched so he could learn more about his nephew.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: It's joked that it's a Midoriya thing.
    • Kiyome and Kei's parents refuse to allow them to marry and didn't want their kids dating in the first place.
    • Rumi jokes about Shouto and Izuku's romantic relationship being like this, using the other name for this trope: Romeo and Juliet syndrome, since as far she knew Endeavor had nothing to do with Izuku's parents. Which she turns out to be right about in retrospect since Endeavor does have a feud with Inko and wanted Shouto to have nothing to do with Izuku.
  • The Starscream: Wolfram was placed as Dabi's second with explicit orders from All for One to keep the latter safe and not to hurt nor kill him. Despite that, Wolfram resents having to take orders from a younger villain that he immediately disregards Dabi's orders and plans to backstab both Dabi and Tomura.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • Fumikage suggests that Iida wear contacts or have prescription-grade lenses in his helmet, although Iida points out that those have their own problems (he has trouble putting contacts on, while his helmet might get knocked off in battle).
    • Toshinori suggests that Shouto combine his fire and ice to make steam as an attack or a distraction. Since Shouto spent most of his life ignoring his fire side, it honestly never occurred to him.
    • David readily admits the smart way to prevent the MacGuffin from falling into the wrong hands would be to destroy it. Unfortunately, it's locked up, and the higher-ups won't allow them access to do so!
  • Stealth Insult: Dabi notes that the outsides of Hawks' and All Might's agencies are under heavy surveillance by the League of Villains. Endeavor's agency has little surveillance by comparison, with the implication that All for One doesn't see Endeavor as a threat.
  • Stop Being Stereotypical: When Hawks tells Rumi that she doesn't have to love carrots just because she has a rabbit Quirk. As she is drinking carrot juice.
  • Stress Vomit: Kiyome is on the verge of vomiting when she finds out her parent sold her and her son out to the Commission because she refused to be a pro hero.
  • Strict Parents Make Sneaky Kids: Kiyome's parents refused to let her go out, so she learned how to lockpick to sneak out at night. Sometimes Kiyome would go to her boyfriend's house and break him out to spend time with him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Hawks looks like a male version of his mother, Kiyome.
  • Struggling Single Mother: After Kiyome was widowed, she struggled to support her and her son. People didn't want to hire a single mother with a young child.
  • Superhero Speciation: Everyone in the Aery and the Warren have varied and different Quirks with the exception of Izuku and Monoma. Izuku's Copy All and Monoma's Copy are both Power Parasite powers with a lot of similarities to the point that Izuku gets help with his Quirk when Monoma tells Izuku of his own experiences. But Izuku's Copy All makes permanent copies with his and is a Close-Range Combatant while Monoma's Copy makes him a Sensor Character and he's a Squishy Wizard.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: In Europe, it's wise to be careful when revealing a child's Quirk. There are trafficking rings dedicated to kidnapping and selling children with powerful Quirks. Said children would often end up as child soldiers forced into villainy.
  • Superior Successor: All Might regards Hawks as the superior Number Two Hero because people like and trust Hawks. Hawks doesn't ruin people's faith in the hero system like Endeavor does. People are soothed by the possibly of Hawks becoming the Number One Hero once All Might retires. As Toshinori puts it:
    With Hawks they don't need to ask what happened to his wife.
    With Hawks they don't need to ask what happened to his oldest son.
    With Hawks they don't need to ask why his youngest son seems to hate him.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Dabi is infuriated at having his command usurped by the total idiot that is Wolfram, and all his underlings follow Wolfram's stupid plan instead of following the original plan.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The story switches between multiple narrators.
  • Taking You with Me: Mina was perfectly fine with failing if it meant Bakugou would also fail.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Many of the other Hero Course students, many of them either the interns' peers or upperclassmen, are shown becoming increasingly resentful of the Yuuei interns' success and fame for landing positions with top heroes Hawks and Mirko. Itsuka and Hitoshi fear it will eventually cross into ostracization.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Endeavor throws several fires in his dojo and melts down his training equipment when he finds out that he was demoted to Number Three Hero.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Mirko points out that Bakugou will probably break into Top Twenty based his skill and power alone. That said, Bakugou will never get into the Top Ten, because people want heroes to genuinely heroic and compassionate, something that Bakugou severely lacks.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: As a former Bully Hunter, Ashido is opposed to working with Bakugou on principle. She refused to team up with Bakugou for their practical exam against All Might. Bakugou had to be the one to convince her.
  • The Tell: According to Kiyome, Izuku twitches too much when he lies.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Hawks figures his rise to Number Two is temporary, and eventually, he'll drop back to Number Three. Not knowing of the outside factors that conspire to have him either keep his new position or kick him further up.
    • When Saito Hana finds out her political enemy Aoi Monoma has returned to Japan, she thinks: Anything Monoma tries, she can handle.
    • Tomoko assures Inko that she doesn't have to worry, they'll be fine. Inko immediately calls her out on jinxing it.
    • Saito ignores Aoi's warning and believes the Takashiro parents' fate to be a coincidence and that she'll be fine. All for One immediately proves her wrong.
    • Creati naively states that warpers are rare and it wasn’t likely investor connected to Wolfram had access to one. Tomoko chides Creati for jinxing it as she finds footage of the investor/Dabi escaping with Kurogiri.
  • That Was Not a Dream Dabi thought he was dreaming when he was a child about a woman who tried to get social services involved to help him and his family. He's really pleased to find out that Inko was real and finally able to pull through.
  • Thicker Than Water: Once Hisashi finds out that Hawks is his nephew through his beloved Inko's family, he does what he can to find out everything to find out about Hawks, as well as push things into Hawks' favor.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Mirko refuses to stop visiting the Aery until she gets her chance to meet Fuyumi. Hawks keeps telling to go her to go back to her own agency, but she refuses until she gets to meet her crush.
  • Thinking Tic: Mirko taps her foot as she thinks.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Endeavor's reaction to seeing Inko in his parent-teacher conference with All Might and Hawks, regarding Shouto.
    Inko's sweet smile strikes fear in his heart, since he knows there's only one reason all three of them would be in his office.
  • Threat Backfire: Endeavor tries to defend himself from Inko, All Might, and Hawks' blackmail by pointing out they would rattle the system if they go public. They don't care about the system, and All Might can spin it that so the public would be glad to see the back of Endeavor since they would have faith in himself and Hawks.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After their terrible work-study week with Uwabami, Kendou and Momo get to intern with the highest-ranked female hero, Mirko! Who definitely intends that they actually grow as heroes in her internship.
    • Shinsou gets to intern with a Top Ten Pro-Hero and is getting promoted to the Heroics Course!
  • To Be Lawful or Good:
    • Hawks' general policy to heroics. Hawks refuses to steal credit from the Hosu Quartet, hides Iida's vendetta to save Iida's reputation, and employs and befriends several former and active vigilantes.
    • Pop☆Step beats into Iida's head that despite vigilantism being illegal, most of the good vigilantes are there to help where heroes can't get to. Pop☆Step knows this from personal experience.
    • The Heroics Commission are solely on the Lawful side. Because Endeavor is Number Two with a high criminal apprehension rate, they take the Lawful route of taking his side and defaming the abuse reporter. They completely disregarded the Good they could have done by letting Endeavor have an abuse scandal.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Averted, All for One has started to expand from Japan to Europe, much to Aoi and the Songtress' horror.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Pop☆Step is much more formidable than she was years before in Vigilante: My Hero Academia Illegals, as years of experience and training under Hawks have made her more powerful. She's able to train several Hero Course students without breaking a sweat.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Thanks to his parents' advice to be more approachable to his crushes and to make up for his actions in the Sports Festival, Monoma is less of an asshole to Class 1-A.
  • Truth Serum: Louis Argent, Aoi's bodyguard's Quirk Brutal Honesty is an area-of-effect ability that compels people to the speak only the truth and volunteer any information. Saito Hana couldn't stop telling the truth even when she wanted to.
  • Undisclosed Funds: Endeavor is strong-armed into giving his family a very generous trust to pay for Shouto and Natsuo's schooling, Rei's hospital and therapy bills, and the siblings' living expenses.
  • Unknown Rival: Bakugou considers Izuku, his biggest rival for the title of 'strongest student.' Izuku doesn't have time to react to Bakugou's constant baiting and nor does he care to.
  • Unperson: Inko was essentially written out of the Endeavor agency's history despite being a founding and vital member. Endeavor Unpersoned her in revenge for trying to call social services to protect the wife and son he was abusing. It was complete enough that Hawks, who'd been an Endeavor fanboy, had no clue about Inko being a former member of the agency.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Izuku makes an elaborate plan that would have shown the Hosu Quartet's new skills during the class spar. Only to change his mind and go with an unspoken plan (to the audience) that succeeds rather spectacularly.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Due to the Commission's coverup, Touya allegedly ended up dying, and Rei was pushed into a nervous breakdown.
    • Endeavor. Todoroki Ryu raised Endeavor to be the perfect pro hero and abused him terribly to keep him firmly under the Commission's complete control. It backfired as Endeavor refused to do anything that anyone else tells him, especially his father, and became too dangerous for them to control even with the proof of Endeavor abusing his own family. Todoroki Ryu couldn't even take one of Endeavor's children to groom, because Endeavor refused to allow him anywhere near his own children. So Todoroki Ryu enslaved the young and talented Hawks, so they could have the perfect, powerful, and attractive propaganda hero that wasn't allowed to refuse anything they asked him to do.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Endeavor was once a much kinder person, considering he used to be friends with Inko and Tomoko. Back in their UA days, he tried to keep the two of them out of trouble, using his fire powers to mitigate the damages their antics would cost. But then Endeavor became blinded by his ambitions and frustrations towards his goal of beating All Might. He coerced Rei to marrying him and used her to bear four children in hopes of having a child strong enough to defeat All Might. Endeavor beat his wife and children for not meeting his standards and neglected his eldest children when they were perceived to be "useless." When his friend Inko attempted to report him on his family's behalf and stop him from abusing his family, Endeavor had the Commission cover up the charges, had Inko discredited, and ruined her career to the point she had to start over completely.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The Songstress warns Aoi Monoma of the rising powers in Japan and tells Aoi and Neito be careful.
  • Vicariously Ambitious:
    • The Heroics Commission seeks to have Hawks rise as high in the hero ranks as possible and do anything to allow circumstances to favor Hawks as much as possible. It's not that the Commission cares about Hawks; it's that they want a hero who is required to obey them to be as high-ranking as possible.
    • The Takashiros wanted their daughter to use her powerful Quirk to become a rich and famous pro hero, who could provide for them. Woe betide her when Kiyome wanted to do something else with her life.
  • Villain Has a Point: Toshinori is really annoyed at the Heroics Commission for proving Shiragaki and Stain's point right.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Mirko and Hawks frequently trade jabs over the other's stupidity, and they're best friends.
  • Tempting Fate: Hawks figures his rise to Number Two is temporary, and he'll eventually drop back to Number Three. Not knowing of the outside factors that conspire to have him either keep his new position or kick him further up.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Rei wonders what happened to her son, Touya, and wonders why he hasn't come to visit her like the rest of his siblings. Rei also wonders why Fuyumi gets this look on her face when she asks about Touya.
  • Unpleasant Parent Reveal: Izuku is horrified when Toshinori verifies through Inko's wedding photos that his father Hisashi is All for One.
  • Villain Respect: Stain hates having to be taken down, but he can appreciate that he was defeated by genuinely heroic people like Izuku and Hawks.
    • Dabi appreciates that Hawks, who has his hero Stain's approval, has finally one-upped Endeavor.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Endeavor is revealed to be this to Inko. Now that he's neutralized Inko wants to take down the people enslaving her nephew, the Heroics Commission.
  • The Watcher: Dabi's self-appointed role in the League of Villains is to catalog all the surveillance for the Aery, the All Might agency and the Endeavor agency in which the League has spies or cameras on. This mostly allows him to act as a Greek Chorus without actually having to be near anyone them. That changes when All for One has Dabi cement his loyalty to the League.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Inko and Endeavor used to be friends as a Management and Hero students that frequently get caught together in antics. Their friendship fell apart when Inko caught Endeavor's abuse of his family.
  • Wham Line:
    Inko: So he's [Endeavor's] still abusing his family?
    Hisashi: (narrating about Hawks) But even with that, Hawks still focuses more on 'good' than 'lawful'. Then again, he does get it. Vigilantes have that view and it's not surprising the son of one would too.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Inasa is introduced to his fellow Warren interns with Momo and Itsuka, two conventionally attractive girls, and Shinsou, a lanky, pale boy who hasn't slept in a week. Guess which one Inasa falls for immediately?
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Inko and Hawks are rather angry that Izuku and Toshinori were lying about Izuku's Quirk and for planning to never tell Inko about it. Hawks is horrified that Toshinori didn't consider giving Izuku more training the first time the kid broke his arm and waited for Gran Torino to actually help Izuku.
    • A minor one, in that while Aizawa thinks that Bakugou's performance at the end of the Sports Festival (specifically, the tantrum he threw about him not deserving the first place medal) wasn't great, Aizawa wants to know who the hell thought that chains and a muzzle were appropriate in that situation.
    • Mirko is disgusted on Kendou and Momo's behalfs that Uwabami used them as commercial props and didn't bother to actually teach them anything.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Neito understands that his dad wouldn't be able to visit him in Japan considering his dad's new term as a member of the European Parliament. But he still wishes his father could visit regardless.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Inko attempted to report Endeavor for his abuse of his family only to lose her career for her troubles. Eighteen years later, accompanied by All Might and Hawks, Inko's gentle smile sends great fear into Endeavor's heart.
  • Willfully Weak: Just because they have powerful Quirks, it doesn't mean these examples wanted to be frontline fighters.
    • Despite being a skilled illusionist and having a hero license, Haruto is content at first being a librarian for a minor hero school and later Hawks' receptionist.
    • Fuyumi has a Methane ice Quirk, which means she generates frozen natural gas! She has flammable and explosive ice; therefore she's powerful in her own right. But she went along with her father's refusal to train her and become a schoolteacher instead.
    • Natsuo has a Dry ice Quirk, which means he generates ice so cold that it can cause frostbite on contact. But Endeavor saw him as a failure for not having a fire Quirk, and so Natsuo remained a civilian.
  • Worthy Opponent: Stain compliments Hawks for acting like a true hero even if Stain hates having to be taken down.
  • Wrong Context Magic: One for All doesn't work how Quirks are supposed to work. Quirks can't be passed through consensual consumption of DNA, shouldn't retain the consciousness of past wielders, or react differently to new wielders despite it being the same power, but One for All does, much to the confusion of Hawks and co.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Spying on the Endeavor agency turns out to be a win-win situation for All for One. Not only does he get a dragon hoard's worth of intel on his enemies, but he also uses said intel to cement Dabi's loyalty.
  • You Are Too Late: The police try to cover up Izuku, Todoroki, and Iida's involvement in the takedown of Stain by having Hawks take sole credit. Unfortunately, Hawks already had his office send a press release to the news right before meeting the police.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: A big hint that Izuku is no longer affectionate towards him and is sick of Bakugou's treatment of him is when he calls Bakugou by his last name instead of the affectionate "Kacchan."
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: Hawks laments that teenagers are so stupid.
    • Neito and Izuku experimented on their respective superpowers to see if Copy could copy Copy All. They end up knocking themselves unconscious once they touched.
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