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Imagine a world where your quirk determines your path and your worth. A world that has no place for a quirkless boy.
Despite that, Izuku is determined to become a hero. Until he realizes no one will let him.
So he accidentally created a helpful (criminal) organization.
And he (not so) accidentally steals One for All.
May contain Izuku technically becoming a villain but still helping people, All Might running around like a headless chicken to find his stolen quirk, and All for One refusing to just go away.
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Anyone is an Alternate Universe My Hero Academia fanfic written by Gentrychild.


Anyone contains examples of

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Izuku dyes his hair white as part of his "Akatani Mikumo" persona, which, unknown to him, makes him look very similar to his father.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • All For One never got his hands on Tenko, so he's been happily looked after by his Honorary Uncles Toshinori and Gran Torino, including working at All Might's agency.
    • Downplayed with Dabi. He's still a villian who wants to take down Endeavor and part of a large villain organization. However, he has standards, is loyal to Anyone and loves his family minus his father, while in canon he would do anything to hurt Endeavor like kill his own brother and doesn't care about the league.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While the Hero Commission has done a few shady things in canon, they're nowhere near the borderline Orwellian state that Anyone has them at. Their first action in the story proper is to kidnap Eri to force her to become a Paragon. They also regularly cover up the crimes of corrupt heroes like Nightmare, employ torture, hire criminals to kill heroes they dislike, and allow members to abuse their authority over regular citizens.
  • Adult Fear: All For One gets bombarded with this trope ever since he gets out of prison:
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    • First, he almost kills/tortures Izuku in the dark due to mistaking the latter to be All Might's successor. Thank goodness the lights get back just in time.
    • Then All For One discovered his son is running a criminal organization with often involving the kid putting himself in direct danger too many times to count. And even when Izuku isn't working, his hobby of observing Quirks often put him in spots too close for comfort (like sitting on the edge of the high building's rooftop watching 2 giant people fighting and sending shockwaves).
    • And then All For One's fear comes true when Izuku is attacked by the hero Nightmare, who not only brutally wounded the kid physically but also mentally with his Quirk.
  • Agony of the Feet: In an attempt to fend off Gran Torino, Izuku cuts his foot with one of Stain's discarded knives. As Gran Torino's Quirk works by forcing jets of air out of his feet, he's essentially crippled until it can heal.
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  • Angry Animalistic Growl: Izuku, on the off-chance someone attempts to steal his coffee.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Izuku is so good at this he manages to pass himself off to his school as having an analysis quirk; nobody once suspects otherwise, even when he's put in a class of people who have actual analysis quirks. Perhaps his crowning achievement is that he not only figured out that One For All exists based on internet rumors, but also that All Might is the current holder.
    • Izuku is rather irritated during his internship when his ability at quirk analysis is attributed to his fake quirk, especially as he spent years honing his abilities.
  • Berserk Button: All For One doesn't like it when someone touches his family, especially Izuku. Just asks the guy who stole their money, or better yet ask Nightmare, who brutalizes Izuku... Oh wait, they're both dead.
  • Blackmail: After his internship boss tries to force him to do a Quirk marriage case, Izuku has Gwen dig up his every dirty secret and blackmails the man with the information. In exchange for Izuku not ratting him out, the man pays him half of what the agency's clients pay for his services, lets Izuku set his own hours, and reports to his school that Izuku is working full hours.
  • Blatant Lies: During his internship, Izuku gets so many people who think they have a telekinesis quirk that actually have something else (magnetism, wind, etc) that he eventually asks who told them that and insists he "just wants to talk" to them.
  • Brutal Honesty: After giving the parents of a potentially Quirkless child an inspiring speech about how pointless Quirks are in reality, Izuku still tells them to find a Quirk that can't be proven and blame an uncle or grandparent while pretending their child has a Quirk in public. While Quirks don't actually matter, there is still a lot of prejudice against the Quirkless.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Izuku's electrocution involving another student attacking him while everyone either looks on or ignores him.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Shouto. Dabi as well so apparently it runs in the family.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Izuku dyes his hair white, not knowing it's the same color as his father's hair.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Shouto was part of the operation to steal One For All, using his ice quirk to simulate death; as such, he takes care how he uses his ice when he meets All Might again out of concern he'll realize that.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Outside of their Exemplars and Paragons, the Hero Commission seems to only want people with flashy combat oriented Quirks to be heroes. Tensei notes how many people with Quirks well suited towards support, information gathering, or even healing are simply denied the opportunity to become heroes.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Nightmare's death isn't pretty. The description doesn't go into details but the glimpses of it involving pieces of him sticking to the wall and ceiling, leaving behind only enough clues to identify him. And from what All For One tells him, his death is neither quick nor brutal but methodically dragging long enough for the victim to wish for death.
  • Cruel Mercy: After being paralyzed from the waist down, Stain is confronted by the mother of Tensei and Tenya who admits she originally wanted to murder him. But after realizing how horrible the rest of his life will be while her sons will recover, she decides she wants him to live a very long and painful life instead.
  • Death Glare: One of Izuku's classmates, Hebisuga, is particularly adept at these. It helps that she has snake hair that will also stare down whoever she's glaring at.
  • Disappeared Dad: As far as Izuku knows, his father ran out on him and his mom after it came out that Izuku was Quirkless. He's actually All For One and disappeared because he got beat by All Might and tossed into the local version of The Alcatraz.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • One of Izuku's classmates electrocuted him because she was annoyed by his muttering.
    • Because Ingenium allows people the Hero Commission considers undesirables to work at his agency and become heroes, they hire Stain to kill him for them.
  • Don't Think, Feel: During his fight against Gran Torino, Izuku does far better once he simply moves on instinct rather than trying to predict where the elderly hero will attack from.
  • Doting Parent: All For One adores Izuku, there're no questions about it. Outside of his "work", All For One spends most of his time taking care of his son while constantly expressing his pride at Izuku's intelligence and accomplishments. Even strangers who don't know their actual relation could see how much love the crime boss has for the child.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • All Might, Gran Torino, and Nighteye are operating under the fairly reasonable assumption that All For One is not fighting fit after a decade in Tartarus with minimal medical care. Otherwise, he would have surely already come after All Might for revenge. Readers know that he's actually back at full strength, rebuilding his organization, and spending time with his son while he waits for All Might to lose power.
    • Tenya believes he wasn't made an exemplar like his brother because he's "not heroic enough". In reality, it's the Hero Commission putting pressure on Tensei for acting contrary to their beliefs, such as helping people pass the hero exam that the Hero Commission doesn't want to be heroes.
  • The Dreaded: All For One. Completely justified given no one he's encountered since being restored to full strength has put up any meaningful resistance against him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • All For One genuinely loves his family, including his long dead little brother.
    • Dabi cares about his family, except Endeavor, and regularly asks Shoto how their siblings are doing.
  • Evil Is Petty:
    • Izuku's stated reason for stealing One For All.
    • All for One's revenge on All Might is this too. Instead of fighting the weakened All Might when he is at 100% All for One simply disappears knowing that All Might will be both consumed with terror and work himself to death trying to find him.
  • Failed a Spot Check: When All For One first breaks free, most of the guards are so focused on him, that they do not even realize that Izuku is standing next to him.
  • Fake Kill Scare: All Might. Izuku's plan to steal One For All relied on All Might believing he was dying. Somewhat deconstructed by Tenko, who points out how traumatic something like that is, even to a man like All Might, and that it's a cruel thing to do, even if it was physically harmless.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: When Katsuki lies to All Might about knowing Izuku, his father explains that he can never let anyone know he lied. Because Katsuki is an exemplar, he's held to a far higher standard and such a thing could ruin his career at a minimum.
  • Fantastic Racism: The plight of the Quirkless is far, far worse here than it is in canon, with Quirkless individuals not only subjected to horrible treatment but also blocked from good schools or jobs at every level of society; it's stated that most commit suicide. It's also implied it wasn't nearly as bad when All Might was young, as he never suffered such discrimination before receiving One For All, and is utterly unaware of how bad things have gotten since then.
    • Quirkless individuals are even generally forgotten by those fighting for equality. One such organization didn't even realize until recently that they should be fighting for Quirkless people too.
    • Mutant Quirks are treated better than the Quirkless, but still poorly enough to have large events where people march for equality.
    • Those in the know have noted that the tests to become a Pro Hero are "mysteriously" far easier for people who have flashy combat oriented Quirks.
  • Flashy Teleportation: The main clue that All For One isn't lying about not being involved in the USJ attack. All For One's teleportation Quirk of choice has a shadow effect. And Kurogiri's has his trademarked black mist. The Quirk used by the villains at USJ was composed of a foul-smelling liquid.
  • Food as Bribe: All For One bribes Izuku with cookies to stay out of trouble while he's gone.
  • For Want of a Nail: Izuku's electrocution by a classmate led to him being homeschooled while his mom works away as a chef, which produces the environment needed to cause the events of Anyone.
    • Before that, is All Might's and All for One's battle happening earlier than canon, resulting in Tenko not being raised by All for One, the Hero Commission having a larger, corrupting reach and All for One's own family (Inko and Izuku) suffering until the above mentioned nail eased things.
    • Because All Might's and All for One's battle took place earler and All for One was inprisoned several of his followers continued to work on Number Six, who now leads this worlds League of Villians.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Tenko explains that Izuku's life was likely far worse than Toshinori realized but also admits that it doesn't justify what he's done, specifically stating that lots of people have hard lives without becoming villains.
  • Friend or Foe: Invoked by Shouto. In order to save Izuku, who's currently battling a hero on a nearby roof, Shouto shouts to his father that he saw something up there, causing the man to attack, thinking it was another villain.
  • Hero Insurance: Izuku references this concept, noting how important it is given some heroes, such as Mt. Lady, cause a lot of property damage when they fight.
  • Gilded Cage: Eri is put in one in Tartarus once the Government discovers her Quirk. Fortunately, Izuku breaks her out.
  • Henpecked Husband: All For One isn't reunited with Inko yet, but the fact that his first reaction to hearing her voice on the phone is to dive for cover behind a couch, it's easy to see who wears the pants in the relationship.
  • I Have Many Names: Izuku has numerous aliases for different roles; "Anyone" is his official villain name; "Akatani Mikumo" is the public identity he crafted to enroll in school; "Yami" is the name he goes by when talking to Shoto, Dabi, and Kurogiri. It can be a little hard to keep track of them all.
  • Im Dying Please Take My Macguffin: Exploited; Izuku kicks off the plot by making All Might think he's been fatally injured - using a combination of weakening, illusion, and ice quirks of people who were part of Anyone - and thus handoff One For All to the first person he can find, Izuku, rather than let the quirk die with him. Somehow, this works.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even though All For One has been out of action for over a decade and Tenko never joined him, there's still a group using Noumu's and causing the attacks on both the USJ and Hosu.
  • In the Hood: Izuku's standard look when doing work as Anyone. His come specially outfitted with a built in veil that create the obligatory "face concealed in shadow" look.
  • Invisible Parents: Izuku's father simply disappeared one day, while Inko works overseas as a chef, often gone for months at a time.
  • Killing Intent: All For One's aura when annoyed, let alone actually angry, makes everyone nearby feel like a small prey animal in front of a hungry predator.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Stain is paralyzed from the waist down, the same disability he inflicted on his last victim.
  • Lawful Stupid: Death Arms happens across Nightmare's wife and daughter very blatantly running away from home and tries to stop them, simply because Nightmare is a hero and his wife "Can't just take his daughter away" despite said daughter very clearly stating she wants to leave too. Just before knocking him out, Izuku criticizes Death Arms for this, asking him when he forgot that he's supposed to protect people.
  • Metaphorically True: All Might tells the Hero Commission that due to the actions of one teen (Izuku), he's losing power while said teen gains his power. As such, the Hero Commission believes Izuku has some sort of parasite Quirk, not knowing about One For All.
  • The Mole: Dabi is working as one for All For One in Izuku's organization. He made no effort to hide it.
    • More seriously, Hawks is one, acting on behalf of the Hero Commission. And of course, Izuku knows it, too.
  • Mugging the Monster: Twice by what's implied to be the same man.
    • The first time, Izuku and All For One are casually talking when a man tries to mug them with a knife. The pair actually stop and share a look of confusion that some random thug is trying to mug them. Izuku mentally notes the man's holding the knife wrong and is too far away to properly attack them anyway. He then explains to the would be mugger that he doesn't have a way to disable him without injuring him, while All For One will give him a quick death if he's feeling merciful. The mugger gives them his money and runs off.
    • Later, Gran Torino is accosted by what seems to be the same man while he's on the phone. Gran Torino hangs up, beats him with his cane, then calls Toshinori back.
  • Murphy's Law: As soon as All For One takes his eyes off Izuku, something goes wrong.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Izuku is Not a Morning Person. At all. Get between him and the coffee machine at your own peril.
  • Never Found the Body: Notably averted by All Might, who went to great lengths to track down All For One's body after it was removed from the battlefield after their fateful showdown. Good thing he did, because All For One was most definitely Not Quite Dead. All Might made sure to personally deliver All For One to Tartarus after that. And then it ends up invoked anyway, because Tartarus tells All Might that All For One died on the operating table. A decade later, All For One is accidently broken out by Izuku and Eri.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Izuku breaking into Tartarus half-cocked causes him to accidentally break out All For One.
    • All-Might's half lie about why he's losing his power results in Stain murdering any teenager he can find with a parasite quirk.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Nightmare delivers one to Izuku when he catches up to him and learns he's the one who stole All Might's power, though initially it was about getting back Nightmare's family that he'd terrorized. In turn, Izuku, despite being half dead at the time, utterly brutalizes the hero once he overcomes the man's fear quirk, leaving him "broken and whimpering" in a puddle of blood.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Hawks, breaking into his apartment to leave an offering of his favorite food wouldn't be the craziest thing a fan has ever done.
  • Not Me This Time: Hard as it is to believe, All For One claims that he had nothing to do with the USJ attack, with included villains being warped into the building and a monster boosted by multiple Quirks. Also happened twice when Black Whip first showed up
    • All for One: who said it wasn’t him who gave Izuku Black Whip. No believed him.
    • Izuku: All for One assumed Izuku stole another quirk, until he realized it was Black Whip, which came from One For All, as if he has any right to accuse Anyone of quirk theft.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Izuku's school friend Yuuto has a noticeable tendency to speak before he thinks, such as asking Hebisuga (who has a mutant quirk) whether it will help her in the long run to march for quirk equality and suggests she focus on getting an internship instead. As the march is specifically for mutant quirks, her response is a Death Glare before very coldly telling him that yes, fighting for equality would help her in the long run.
    • Later Yuuto states he thinks Stain is pretty cool and that he has a point about a lot of heroes being Only in It for the Money. Izuku reminds him Stain murdered several heroes in cold blood, while Hebisuga points out that Yuuto is attending a private school with the intent of landing a high paying job.
  • Papa Wolf: All For One is very protective toward Izuku (and Inko), which means any slights toward them won't go unnoticed by the man.
  • Poor Communication Kills: All Might's inability to find Izuku again after the boy tricks him into giving him One For All stems from the fact he barely spoke to the boy when they first met and didn't even get his name. This is further compounded by All Might attempting to find Izuku through Katsuki but not telling him why, or even how critically important it is, causing Katsuki to grow jealous and lie that he'd never met Izuku before.
  • The Power of Hate: Besides logically knowing it isn't real, what helps Izuku break past Nightmare's fear Quirk is years of anger and hatred which he uses to (temporarily) drown out his fear.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While he's largely doing it out of petty enjoyment, All For One laying low is also the most pragmatic option as he knows All Might no longer has One For All and will run out of power eventually. And since the current holder isn't a hero or hero in training, he doesn't even have to worry about All Might's successor.
  • Psycho for Hire: Even though he views it as "protecting All Might", Stain works for the Hero Commission by killing heroes who cause them problems.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After being knocked off a building and falling fifteen meters onto a car, Stain stands up and makes the same bold declaration as canon that only All Might is allowed to kill him. He learns while in custody that his actions badly aggravated his injuries and he'll never regain the use of his legs again.
    • The police chief trying to threaten Iida and Shouto into signing NDAs regarding Stain's capture falls apart quickly when Shouto points out that they're minors without their legal guardians or lawyers present. The chief can't legally do anything in the current situation.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Invoked; All For One offers Dabi a heat resistance quirk, to make up for the fact that his quirk doesn't come with this, in exchange for reporting back to him on Izuku's activities. Izuku doesn't even mind.
  • The Resenter: Hitoshi Shinsou is this just as in canon. The difference here is that he is in class 1-A instead of General Studies, replacing Izuku. Like canon, he is jealous of most of the class due to their more flashy quirks, especially Bakugou and Todoroki, while being determined to become a hero with a "villainous" quirk. This ultimately leads him to intern with the Hero Commission instead of Aizawa.
  • Rule of Cool: Initially, the hoodies with specially made veils to hide a person's face in shadows were sold so people could hide mutant type quirks. Later, people kept buying them because the effect looked so cool.
  • Scars Are Forever: Izuku has a large Lichtenberg figure scar on his back due to being electrocuted when he was younger.
  • Shout-Out: One of the members of Anyone is a woman with a spider Quirk and the screenname Gwen.
  • Skewed Priorities: Izuku was more worried about whether or not Dabi got a good deal to serve as All For One's mole than the actual fact that he was serving as The Mole.
  • Spanner in the Works: The villain behind the attack on Hosu screws up the police chief's plan to credit Endeavor with Stain's capture by uploading a video of Anyone fighting Stain.
  • Spotting the Thread: Izuku realizes the All Might who attacks him in Ava's home can't be the real deal because he's too powerful. The real All Might is running on fumes and far more vulnerable than the seemingly all-powerful titan attacking him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Izuku looks a lot like his father and when a classmate straightens his hair, he's a dead ringer for his uncle.
  • Super Empowering: All For One's typical method of gaining the loyalty of his followers. Dabi gets a heat resistance Quirk as payment for his reporting on Anyone's activities.
  • Supreme Chef: All For One is an amazing chef. The only person Izuku thinks can do better is his mother, who's a professional chef that works all around the world in places like New York City and Dubai. Though, that comparison was made early on when Izuku almost refused to eat All For One's cooking.
  • Sweet Tooth: Izuku typically adds enough sugar to his coffee to turn it into syrup.
  • Terror Hero: Nightmare. His quirk shows people their worst fears, and he isn't afraid to use it on a kid or even his own family.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: All For One, to the dismay of Izuku.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: McDonald's mcnuggets with spicy sauce for Hawks.
  • Tranquil Fury: Anytime All For One prepares to kill the ones who hurt his family, he always has a mask of complete calmness and even affable. But of course, the victims know who he is so that just makes the whole thing all the more terrifying.
    • Izuku also tends to look calm when extremely pissed, while people who know him see just how terrifying he is, just like his father. When Dabi unthinkingly presses one of Izuku's Berserk Buttons, Izuku's reply is described as "Cold enough to be used as Torodoki's right side and vicious enough to be used as All For One's soul".
  • Tyke Bomb: The Paragons. Top tier, exceptional heroes, raised and trained from childhood by the Hero Public Safety Commission. Hawks is one, and the Commission kidnapped Eri to raise her as one as well. They are well funded and very good at their jobs. Said jobs being whatever the Commission wants, and since the Commission has control of their bank accounts, the Paragon doesn't have much choice in the matter.
  • Villain Protagonist: Izuku really just wants to help people. In the process, he has found himself running a criminal organization, supplements his finances with armored car robberies, stole One For All, and accidentally released All For One from prison.
  • Voice with an Internet Connection: Nagisa, aka Gwen, one of Izuku's confidants and Anyone's website administrator; she's also a very talented hacker and puts those talents to use for Izuku at times as well. Justified because she has a mutation-quirk that makes her resemble a humanoid spider. Understandably, she doesn't go out much, and intentionally developed a skill-set that lets her work from home.
  • We Win... Because You Didn't: After Nightmare attacks Ava, a woman who specializes in giving people new identities, the Hero Commission tries to sweep the whole thing under the rug by offering to pay her medical fees. She counters with the idea of suing them for what one of their sponsored heroes did. Ava admits she wouldn't win such a case, but all she has to do is make sure the Hero Commission loses, such as having the man's abused family testify that his actions were completely normal for him.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Izuku's support group is on an app called Clamor, which is obviously Discord with the serial numbers filed off.
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