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Apotheosis by Lord Wolfe is a My Hero Academia fanfic. It's a pseudo-Crossover between My Hero Academia and the Marvel Universe, where Izuku gets the idea to recreate The Infinity Gauntlet using Quirks from a pile of old Marvel comic books. With this power, he plans to recreate hero society in his image.

Official Summary: Apotheosis, the highest point in the development of something or if you prefer, the elevation of someone to divine status. "Fun isn't something one considers when trying to create a better world", Izuku smirked as he held up his gauntlet covered fist. "But this does put a smile on my face". Villain Izuku, eventually OP as hell. Infinity Gauntlet AU.

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Not to be confused with the book series or the roleplaying game.

Tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: Even if it's an Adaptational Wimp compared to the comics' Infinity Gauntlet, the story's Infinity Gauntlet is still a powerful weapon that outstrips practically every other Quirk on the planet. Once Izuku completes it, he's unarguably the strongest person on the planet.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Izuku was far from stupid in canon, but here he's a certified genius. When the police were profiling him, one of the possible Quirks they listed were those that boosted intelligence. To say nothing of semi-replicating the Infinity Gauntlet using Quirks.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Numerous characters are a lot more morally grey or black than in canon.
    • The biggest example is Izuku Midoriya. In canon, All Might's speech to him only depressed him immensely and it's implied his dream would just be broken. Here? All Might crushing his dreams caused him to snap, and with inspiration from Marvel Comics, he fashions his own Infinity Gauntlet and becomes a Knight Templar, intent on exposing the current Hero Society for its corruption and attempting to rebuild it from the ground up, in the process becoming a bigger threat than All for One. He's also much crueler and dogmatic, willing to abandon the Hero Native just to avoid fighting Stain, and subjecting numerous heroes to Cruel Mercy by stripping them of their quirks for even the slightest bit of egotism. The narrative even goes as far as to say he is more dogmatic than Stain.
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    • Ochako and Shoto. In canon, both are Hero Course students intent on becoming legitimate heroes, and while they have their own personal hangups, they remain on the straight and narrow the entire time. Here? After she's made into The Scapegoat, Ochako fully subscribes to Izuku's ideals and becomes one of his leading agents, whereas Shoto is convinced to join him after Izuku brings Endeavor down. The two both believe Izuku can legitimately change the world, and are willing to entertain his less than savory methods if need be.
    • Played with in regards to Endeavor. In canon, Endeavor had a Heel Realization after the events of Kamino Ward and All Might's retirement, coming to regret what he put his family through after it became All for Nothing, and while his attempts at redemption are understandably rejected, he's still legitimately trying to be both a better hero, father, and husband, even sending Rei her favorite flowers, something she notes she only told him once when they were first dating. Here, Endeavor never had that Heel Realization, and as such his personality is that of before Kamino Ward, where he was a legitimate Hate Sink with no remorse for the numerous things he did. This may be justified by the fact that he never met and got called out by Izuku at the Sports Festival like in canon, which was implied to have implanted the seed that led to said Heel Realization.
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    • Mt. Lady and Uwabami. In canon, while one was a Glory Seeker and the other an Attention Whore, both ultimately still cared about the good they did, and were genuine heroes. Even the former had legitimate reasons for her Glory Seeker tendencies — thanks to all the collateral damage she causes in her villain fights, her agency is constantly in the red. Here, they're decried as celebrities pretending to be heroes by Izuku and are two of his first victims in his attempts to rebuild Hero Society. Izuku's assertion of them is then validated when he offers the two the chance to get back their Quirks provided they act more altruistic like he desires, only for the two instead try to start a smear campaign against him after he depowered them.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The Infinity Stones, and thus, by extension, the Infinity Gauntlet. While the Stones Izuku created are powerful as far as My Hero Academia goes, being the crystalized forms of six different amalgamations of Quirks, they're still not the physical manifestations of The Powers That Be that make up the very fabric of existence like they are in the comics and the movies. Hence, using the Gauntlet with all six stones will not allow Izuku do something on an omnipresent scale, like wipe out half of all life in the universe.
  • All Crimes Are Equal: Once Izuku has the power to finally do something about "false heroes" he tends to punish them all the same way: publicly humiliating them and taking their quirks. All Might? Crushed Izuku's dreams with no consideration to how his words could've hurt him. Punishment: De-Power. Endeavor? Abused his family for his own ambitions, used his power to cover up the harm to his family and normal citizens. Punishment: De-Power. Weather Controller? Used his powers to run an exortion racket and destroyed the livelihoods of those who refused to pay. Punishment: De-Power. Uwabami and Mount Lady? Focused too much on attaining fame and attention than their hero careers. Punishment: De-Power.
  • Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Zig-zagged; Depending on the situation or to who he is speaking to, Izuku can sound like a genuinely pleasant person to be around with or someone who wears a mask of politeness that hides his cold, calculating mind.
  • Anti-Villain: Izuku is a mixture of The Woobie and Well-Intentioned Extremist variants. The hardest thing about watching Izuku's descent into villainy (both In-Universe and Out-) is that, even during his worst moments, there are still hints that the old Izuku is still in there: the Izuku who wanted to help people, who desperately wanted to be a hero more than anything else. In fact, Izuku's initial plan with the Infinity Gauntlet was to become a hero to spite All Might and Katsuki. It's only after seeing the worst parts of the hero system while building the gauntlet that he changed his goals to destroying the current hero society and building a new one in its place.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Izuku stylizes himself as All Might's, which is partially true. All Might ultimately cannot find it in himself to hate Izuku, as he was responsible for why Izuku is the way he is. Not to mention, Izuku is still only a minor, so even trying to return that visceral hatred feels wrong to All Might on a conceptual level, let alone a personal one.
    • Izuku and Katsuki, and unlike the above it is very mutual. Even when Katsuki is far beneath in him power, Izuku can't help but enjoy beating the crap out of him and humiliating him at every available opportunity.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When All Might tries to apologize to Izuku for when he said that he couldn't be a hero, Izuku angrily responds that he's not sorry about what he said, he's sorry that his actions were the catalyst that led to Izuku becoming a villain, and that he'd probably never think about him again had he not turned into a such a dangerous person.
    All Might: I'm sorry Midoriya! I truly am!
    Izuku: No you're not! You're not sorry for what you said to me! You're sorry about the end result! If I didn't become a villain, would you be here apologizing to me?! Did you even once think about me again after our first meeting?!
    (All Might looks away in shame)
    Izuku: That's what I thought.
  • The Atoner: All Might, who views saving Izuku from villainy as his Redemption Quest for driving him to that point in the first place.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: By Chapter 22, Izuku has already effectively won. He has a powerful government position presiding over the Hero Industry, his Infinity Gauntlet is fully complete, making him essentially unbeatable, and he's exposes All Might's secret to the world, destroying his ability to spread hope as the Symbol of Peace.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: Izuku went from a hero fanboy who idolized All Might to a supervillain that despises the current hero society, and All Might in particular.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • Izuku manages to steal One for All and coalesce it into the Power Stone, using All Might's blood and Tomura's blood. When he learns this, All Might is shocked and horrified, as not even All for One had managed that feat in the last two hundred years.
    • Izuku later uses All for One's DNA to do the same with his Quirk and create the Soul Stone.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Endeavor ends up as this after Izuku steals his quirk using the Soul Stone in chapter 23.
  • Broken Pedestal: All Might. First just to Izuku, then to a significant portion of the public after Izuku exposes his true form and the truth about One for All during their second fight.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The day All Might crushes his dreams dramatically altered the course of Izuku's life to drove him to villainy to take the power to change society. To All Might, Izuku was just a kid that's working to destroy everything All Might has worked for as a result of well-meaning but poor advice. All for One calls All Might out for crushing Izuku's dream without any consideration and Izuku point blanks asks if All Might would have ever thought of him again hadn't Izuku become a dangerous villain.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Played With. Izuku scoffs at the idea of him becoming a hero, citing that he's a villain and that there's no hope of him becoming a hero... and then four chapters later he refuses to consider himself a hero or villain.
  • The Cameo: Stan Lee makes an appearance in Chapter 24 running a clothes store.
  • The Chessmaster: Izuku manages to manipulate the League, All For One, the police and All Might all at the same time. He's either intelligent enough to know that a plan isn't going to work out and quits while he's ahead or manipulates the events so that everything works out for him.
  • Condescending Compassion: While All Might is a good hero, he believes that people with no quirks or impractical quirks should leave the dangerous heroing to people who won the Superpower Lottery. Which sounds practical on paper...hadn't All Might completely forgotten the institutional discrimination and social ostracization people with no quirks or impractical quirks face. Combined that All Might is publicly famous for saying that anybody could be a hero, it makes him a huge hypocrite.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: The Hero Public Safety Commission, who seemed to be more concerned with protecting heroes and their image than the public they're supposed to be serving. After Izuku establishes the Hero Regulation Department, a lot of their abuses of power come to light. Among which include:
    • Endeavor. Just Endeavor in general.
    • Izuku's attempts to ban hero merchandise are constantly rejected by politicians. It's enough for him to suspect that many of them are in bed with some of the merchandising companies.
    • Tensei Iida was offered an exoskeleton that would help him regain the ability to walk. However, the technology is expensive even for his family, and the Commission rejected his request for financial aid — because it wasn't advanced enough to allow him be a hero again. They would then later use that money to pay off business owners after the aforementioned Endeavor caused massive amounts of collateral damage during a villain fight. That one is enough for Tenya to throw in his lot with Izuku, albeit as a mole for UA.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Izuku's stated goal. Heroes are always born from villains and his goal is to create the ideal hero for society.
  • Create Your Own Villain: All Might blames himself for Izuku's descent into villainy, which is why he intends to defeat Izuku before allowing Mirio to take up his mantle. Notably, nobody tries to dissuade him from his belief; everyone from Aizawa to Nezu fully acknowledge that All Might is partially responsible for what happened.
  • Cruel Mercy: Izuku inflicts this on All Might and Endeavor:
    • For All Might, Izuku exposes his true form and the truth regarding One for All to the public.
    • For Endeavor, Izuku exposes all of his dark secrets for being an Abusive Parent who tears apart his family for his own ambitions, takes away his quirk and leaves him to the mercy of the news journalists.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: All Might crushes Izuku's dreams of being a hero to protect a Muggle from a futile and dangerous path. It ended up massively backfiring on him as his well-meaning Brutal Honesty caused Izuku to despise him and everything All Might stands for. After a lifetime of discrimination and disappointment, All Might ends being the last straw that puts Izuku on a dark path.
  • Death by Adaptation: Native is killed by Stain during the attack on Hosu, Izuku not caring about him enough to save him due to being a low level hero.
  • Double Standard: A Discussed Trope that comes up in regards to Ochako's expulsion from U.A. when Izuku meets up with Ochako following his being revealed as a villain. He points out how unfair it is that Ochako (who has a provisional license that allowed her to go on patrol and was investigating a possible lead about a dangerous villain) was punished so severely while Bakugou (who lacks a license giving him permission to take action and knowingly charged off to get involved a battle with a villain) winds up a Karma Houdini for his stunt. Izuku believes it's because of how powerful Bakugou's Quirk is while Ochako's comparatively less potent Quirk left her as an ideal scapegoat for U.A. to expel. The truth is actually a little more palatable: they expelled Ochako instead of Katsuki because they figured the injuries he received for his decision were punishment enough, and only went through with expelling Ochako because of government pressure. They (or at least Aizawa) even came to regret not punishing Katsuki further because he failed to learn from the experience and his attitude remained unchanged.
  • The Dreaded: By the time Chapter 24 rolls in, Izuku has already established this status among the Staff at U.A. and by extension, all the heroes
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Despite indirectly playing a part in his descent into villainy, Izuku still loves his mother deeply. After he's exposed as a supervillain, he protects her from the media when they start harassing her.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved:
    • Despite all his crimes, Izuku is still deeply loved by his mother; when they meet again in Chapter 23, Inko still decides to support him despite disapproving the nature of his actions.
    • Even after being exposed as a villain, Ochako clearly still cared about (if not loved) Izuku and wished to redeem him. Ultimately, these lingering feelings are part of what drives her to his side after her expulsion from U.A.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • Izuku makes his after reading old Marvel comics about the Infinity Gauntlet.
    • Ochako joins Izuku after she was expelled from U.A..
    • Shoto decides to take Izuku up on his offer after Endeavor's fall from grace.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Izuku accuses All Might of being one, and makes very compelling arguments. Ultimately, however, it's zig-zagged; while All Might is the greatest hero in the world, the Showy Invincible Hero image he projects is something not even he can live up to, and that's make his faults and failures all the more noticeable.
  • Famed In-Story: Izuku becomes world-famous overnight after he's exposed as a supervillain and manages to escape All Might — twice.
  • Fantastic Racism: Part of Izuku's Freudian Excuse. His goal to restructure hero society (as seen in Well-Intentioned Extremist below) is partially motivated by a desire to eliminate racism against the Quirkless like himself and those who have weak Quirks.
  • Foil: Izuku is one to Stain. Both hate how the current hero society focuses less on the safety and protection of innocents and more on the fame and glory heroics provide. The difference is that Stain believes there is still one true hero left in the world, All Might, and holds him up on an nigh-unbreakable pedestal. Izuku used to idolize All Might as much as, if not more, than Stain, but their first meeting completely shattered his perfect image of his former hero, and now he considers All Might to be the personification of everything that's wrong with hero society.
  • Foreshadowing: See Hope Spot. Earlier that same chapter, Izuku revealed to Ochako that he will never take off the Infinity Gauntlet, going as far as install a hydration and cleaning mechanism inside so his arm won't suffer some debilitating medical infection due to poor hygiene. Knowing all that, why would he create a device specifically to counter the gauntlet?
  • From Bad to Worse: Once Izuku starts forming the Infinity Gauntlet, the luck of the heroes' goes down the crapper. Izuku's plans start to come to fruition, and he, in quick succession:
    • Exposes both All Might's true form and the secret about One for All, publicly shaming him and causing an uprising amongst the Quirkless and those with impractical Quirks.
    • Steals One for All (something thought to be impossible).
    • Forms his version of the Soul Stone using All for One, which will allow him to steal every other Quirk in existence.
    • Beats the hell out of several U.A. students to get the Soul Stone, hospitalizing one and causing another to be expelled.
    • Recruits the expelled student to his cause, giving him a spy with insight into U.A.
    • Blackmails the Japanese Government into making him the head official of what is basically, the Hero Commission's ethics committee, not only making him untouchable to the heroes but also their boss.
    • And finally, publicly shames the Number Two hero Endeavor, first by having his new and improved Titan robots subdue him, then, after he's captured, firing him on live television and taking his Quirk from him.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Izuku goes from a bullied Quirkless kid to the most dangerous supervillain in Japan, and in only little over a year.
  • A God Am I: What Izuku aims to be in order to recreate hero society. He doesn't really show the attitude, however, until he starts completing the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Hope Crusher/Hope Bringer: Izuku plans on breaking society's faith in the current hero system and then bringing them hope in the form of his new hero system.
  • Hope Spot: Nedzu recieves info about an anti-Gauntlet weapon Izuku created in case the Infinity Gauntlet was ever taken from him and used against him. The entire staff is elated, and they immediately plot to steal it during a schedule sit-down interview he has the next day, using Tenya Iida as the thief. The operation goes off without a hitch until Tenya actually lays hands on the device. He's immediately captured, and it turns out the whole thing was a trap from the beginning. The interview was taped the previous day, and the device isn't even real.
  • Hypocrite: Izuku accuses All Might of being one after learning about One for All and that All Might himself is actually Quirkless like him. All Might, unfortunately, can't refute his claim.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Bakugou broke the rules and attempted to fight a powerful supervillain thinking he was the same weakling. Bakugou gets his ass handed to him as Izuku savors finally being able to pay Bakugou for the suffering he put him through and gets his classmate who had legitimate means to investigate, expelled. Does Bakugou regret what he's done or reflect on his past actions? Nope. Not in the least.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Despite Izuku's absence from Class 1-A, most of the events of the school year happen more-or-less the same as they did in canon, with a few exceptions.
    • In the end, Izuku still receives One for All. Though, in this case, it wasn't "receive" so much as steal.
  • Invincible Villain: After completing the Infinity Gauntlet, Izuku becomes this. With All Might's power decreasing by the day thanks to Izuku stealing One For All and All For One rotting in prison, there is literally no one in the world that has any hope of stopping him in an outright fight.
  • Irony: Deliberately invoked by All For One, who voices his faith in Izuku and his goals to contrast himself with the hero All Might's rejection.
  • It's All My Fault: Averted. While All Might does accept the blame for Izuku's Face–Heel Turn, he also knows that he was merely the straw that broke the camel's back, the last in a long line of people that have put Izuku down over the years. That being said, he does feel guilt for what he's done and it foils his attempts to bring Izuku in.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Bakugou got away with horrifically bullying Izuku out of racism for years and it doesn't even hinder his chances into getting into U.A. Bakugou illegally attempted to fight Izuku, an at large supervillain without a license, destroys Ochako's legitimate investigation and gets his ass handed to him. Bakugou doesn't even get punished for it while the innocent Ochako is expelled. Unbeknowst to Bakugou, the incident has U.A investigate his past and find out about his unpunished bullying and his part of making Izuku a villain. When Bakugou attempts to attack Izuku when the latter is a government official with the power to screw U.A over, they have enough. Aizawa bluntly tells Bakugou he's not special, he's not cut to be a hero and they should have expelled him instead of Ochako. Aizawa tells Bakugou they will no longer tolerate his attitude, he's to report to mandatory counseling and will be facing punishment with the promise of expulsion he acts out of line.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close:
    • This is the real reason why Katsuki was spared expulsion, at least for Nedzu. His Quirk and bad temperament made him a risk for villainy, which is why they expelled Ochako in his place — which backfired when she made a Face–Heel Turn anyway.
    • This is also implied to be the reason why the Hero Commission covered for Endeavor so much. On top of his great work rate (more completed cases than All Might), his obsession with being the best could translate to villainy if they ended his hero career. Combined with his destructive Quirk and All Might's declining power and rising age, a Face–Heel Turn would be a recipe for disaster. Izuku only managed to avoid that by taking Endeavor's Quirk.
  • Kick the Dog: Izuku allowing low ranking hero Native to be murdered by Stain is one of the first major signs of Izuku walking a darker path.
    • Izuku's firing and de-powering of Uwabami and Mt. Lady comes off as this. While the two women are Attention Whores, there's nothing inherently wrong about that and at least they still did their jobs without outright abusing their positions. While some punishment and retraining/counseling was certainly warranted, taking their Quirks and kicking them out of the hero system was going too far.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: On the other hand, his de-powering of Weather Dominator was entirely necessary. The man was using his Quirk to create weather events to report on and extorting agriculturists by threatening to ruin their businesses if they didn't give him a cut of their profits.
  • Kick Them While They're Down: Outright defied by U.A., though with later reluctance. As Aizawa explains to Katsuki, the real reason they didn't expel him after the fight at the junkyard is because they figured the severe beating he received was punishment enough. Aizawa then tells him that he now regrets the decision, because Katsuki completely failed to learn from it, and lays down an ultimatum to force him to shape up.
  • Knight Templar: Once Izuku is given the legal ability to do something about "false heroes" it quickly becomes clear that they have to meet very stringent criteria to not wind up in his sights. He veers into All Crimes Are Equal territory that can mean he's either practicing Kick the Dog or Kick the Son of a Bitch depending on who he's applying his methods to and once he does decide someone's on his list there's not much chance of him rethinking anything.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Izuku's Titan robots fill this role, coming in many variants for specified roles
  • Misplaced Retribution: Ochako's expulsion has shades of this. She's the only one to be hit with such a punishment even though other students were involved, the actual plan that led to it was Kirishima's idea, and Bakugou's involvement was outright illegal as he lacked a provisional license. It's implied that the government's efforts at damage control are responsible for this and that the U.A. staff would have been more even handed if it weren't for external interference. Aizawa later admits that this was much pretty much the case, noting that Bakugou should have been punished properly for his actions and that Ochako would have been left alone if it was just the school that had decided her discipline. This ultimately bites U.A. in the ass when Ochako becomes Izuku's second-in-command.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: UA wrongfully expels Ochako for getting herself and her classmates involved in a battle against the newly empowered and dangerous Apotheosis despite her classmates involvement being their own fault and Ochako having the legal right and license to investigate potential leads. This pushes Ochako to Izuku's arms as with a bit of nudging Ochako realizes how badly she was wronged while they let Bakugou who did far worse off.
  • The Mole: Tenya joins Izuku's Knights of Balance with the intention of spying on him for UA. It's yet to be seen if he'll be caught and/or make a Face–Heel Turn and become a Reverse Mole instead.
  • My Greatest Failure: Izuku is certainly this for All Might. A lack of tact caused him to crush the dreams of his biggest fan and led to the rise of Japan's worst supervillain since All for One.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: Thus far in the story, Izuku has yet to kill a single person (the most he can be charged with in that regard is accessory to murder) and actively avoids civilian casualties. During his second fight with All Might, he only starts going all out when he realizes the heroes have evacuated all the civilians in the immediate area.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • It's constantly pointed out that if All Might had treated Izuku with a little more tact, Izuku would've never become a supervillain.
    • The government puts pressure on U.A. to be harsher on their students to counteract the bad publicity they're getting from Izuku's antics. This leads to Ochako's expulsion — which makes her susceptible to Izuku's manipulations.
    • Gee, Uwabami, Mt. Lady, Izuku has taken your Quirks and kicked you out of the hero system, but he's offered you a chance to earn your way back in. You don't want to take it, that's fine, completely understandable — but trying to slander him instead? You idiots! All you've done destroyed any sympathy the public had for you and made him look justified in his actions!
  • Pet the Dog: Izuku has several, which is why All Might is convinced that he can still be redeemed.
    • He saves Tenya from Stain. Mitigated by how he allowed Stain to kill Native afterwards.
    • When encountering Ochako, he originally planned on knocking her out with gas to steal a sample of her blood. After learning about her reasons for becoming a hero, however, he backs out of it at the last second and instead sends Himiko to get a sample during the attack at the Training Camp.
    • In chapter 10, he gives Mei Hatsume a front-row seat to his expo after hearing she couldn't get a seat. He also gave her constructive criticism on how to do better and a motivational speech when she was feeling down.
    • He saves Kota from Muscular, like in canon. This is arguably even more selfless than in canon, as he had never met Kota before and did it anyway.
  • Poetic Justice: This is how Izuku describes stealing One for All and coalescing it into the Power Stone for the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Portal Cut: One of the first things he does with the Space Stone is use it to cut Muscular's arm off.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: The author purposefully nerfed the Infinity Gauntlet, because using the actual Infinity Gauntlet would end the story then and there.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Being fifteen, the government and the heroes are reluctant to take Izuku seriously, even after he proves himself to be a threat comparable to All for One. One reviewer points out that the heroes could easily neutralize Izuku by cutting off the arm that has the gauntlet on it; the author, however, retorts that no decent person, let alone hero, would want to mutilate a minor, no matter how dangerous he is.
    • After Izuku exposes Katsuki's past as a bully (specifically, his bully) to Class 1-A, absolutely none of them want anything to do with him anymore, including Kirishima. Many of them hold him responsible for Izuku's descent into villainy, while those who want to give him the benefit of the doubt are scared of doing so because they suspect he'll be violent with them for disapproving of his past actions.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Izuku gives several to All Might and Katsuki. He also gives another to Endeavor after revoking his hero license and taking away his Quirk.
    • Aizawa gives one to All Might in Chapter 23. It also doubles as one to himself, as he admits that he is Not So Different from All Might.
    • Bakugo gets one himself in Chapter 24 from Aizawa.
  • Redemption Rejection: Proving that he isn't completely ignoring the discrepancy in the severity of their crimes, Izuku offered Uwabami and Mt. Lady a chance to regain their Quirks and rejoin the hero industry. All they had to do was prove that they had learned their lesson by donating to charities and helping out citizens with volunteer work. He even put them in touch with one such organization that cared for troubled Quirkless kids. Do they take him up on his offer? No. Instead, they pay off the media to slander him instead.
  • Revenge: This is perhaps the biggest reason why many of the more morally-inclined heroes do not support Izuku. While he does have genuinely altruistic reasons for his crusade, the illegal, violent and oftentimes cruel methods he employs to achieve his goals also make it clear that he also wants revenge on the society that rejected and discriminated against him. Tenya exemplifies and lampshades this before joining Izuku as a mole for UA — while he agrees with Izuku on many of the problems with the hero industry, he simply can't approve of the methods Izuku is using to correct them, because he knows Izuku is partially motivated by revenge rather than necessity when using them.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Some of the locations are named after planets from Star Wars
    • The name of the Prime Minister is Akira Toriyama
    • One of Izuku's first creations is a scouter-like device from Dragon Ball Z
    • There are several from Avengers: Infinity War from battle at the junkyard is a big reference to the Battle of Titan to Izuku quoting Thanos along with the infamous finger snap(albeit nerfed, see Adaptational Wimp above.)
  • Ship Tease: Izuku and Ochako share a lot from the moment they meet. Ochako immediately develops a crush on him upon their first meeting, and when he's exposed, she seeks him out only so she could talk him out of his goals. Izuku, in turn, has a clear soft spot for her, and deliberately avoids harming her when they finally face off in battle, privately admitting to himself that the thought of hurting her leaves a bad taste in his mouth. He even goes as far as to heal a head injury she suffered while still fighting her and her friends. Compare this to Himiko, his other potential "love interest", who he barely tolerates, only doing so because of how useful she is.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Invoked, and the invocation is Deconstructed. All Might's putting on the image of someone unbeatable and the perfect hero is an image even he cannot live up to. Subsequently, his entirely human flaws and mistakes seem so much worse because they break the perfect image he has cultivated.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Izuku is seen playing chess against Dabi in Chapter 17 and against Nezu in Chapter 24
  • Strawman News Media: After Izuku takes their Quirks and kicks them out of the hero industry, Mt. Lady and Uwabami pay off several reporters to slander him for his actions. Unfortunately for them, Izuku saw it coming and had Stain take pictures of their actions, one of which he showed during a sit-down interview with a reporter they paid off.
  • The Social Darwinist: Another accusation Izuku makes of All Might is that he looks down on the weak and "won't even give [them] a chance to be strong", out of the belief that they might "upstage" him. That accusation, unlike others, is wrong; All Might doesn't look down on the Quirkless and those with weak Quirks because he fears possibly being upstaged, but because he recognizes the dangers of the hero industry and fears for their safety. His concern might be a little misguided, but it's genuine and altruistic.
  • That Man Is Dead: More subtle than most examples but Izuku practically says as much to Kouta:
    Kouta: What happened to him?
    Izuku: He broke, he completely shattered, until there was nothing left of the old him. Then he rebuilt himself, piece by piece, into something new.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Izuku has a lot of fun putting the Space Stone to use in chapter 11. He can use it to cut people's arms off, make them hit each other, teleport across the battlefield, use them to redirect enemy attacks like Bakugou's Explosion and Flash Step enemies.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Once Izuku starts forming the Infinity Gauntlet, he instantly becomes the biggest villain threat since All for One, able to threaten even All Might in battle.
  • Tragic Villain: How Izuku is viewed as by a significant number of people, such as All Might, Mirio, Ochako, and even himself. When it comes down to it, Izuku is a scared child who loved heroes, only to have his dreams crushed by his idol and was let down by all the important people in his life for something that was completely outside of his control. When Inko begs him to stop and come home, Izuku admits that the offer is extremely tempting, but he's simply gone too far to stop now.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Izuku blackmails the Prime Minister and the President of the Hero Commission into creating a new agency in charge of evaluating the ethical behavior of heroes — with him in charge.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Despite regarding Izuku as a major threat, the government refuses to send in their more powerful heroes and instead decides to have the U.A. staff handle it (one of whom, admittedly, is All Might). This backfires them, because even with All Might it isn't enough; Izuku ultimately wins and escapes, and after that he's too powerful for anyone to stop.
  • Villain Cred: Upon realizing that Izuku has utterly played him and the League, All For One breaks out into laughter and praises him.
    All For One: If my hands were free I'd applaud you.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • Constantly. What makes it even harder for the heroes and the government to take Izuku down is that they can't refute any of his arguments.
    • In particular is his argument against Fantastic Racism. After his battle against Izuku and subsequent exposure to the world, All Might does a little soul-searching and reluctantly admits in a conversation to Aizawa that Izuku was probably right that it's prejudice that's preventing the Quirkless and those with impractical Quirks from becoming heroes. Aizawa himself can't take a stand, because he has an impractical Quirk but was one of the lucky few to be given the chance to become a hero.
  • Villain Protagonist: Izuku, of course. Joined by Ochako in Chapter 21 and Shoto in chapter 25.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Izuku takes an interest in Ochako, Shoto, and Tenya (his canon friends) for their Quirks and attitudes toward heroism. So far, Ochako and Shoto has joined him willingly but for Tenya, he chooses to join as an undercover agent for U.A..
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Izuku's ultimate goal is to restructure hero society so "True Heroes" (people who seek to save and protect others, no matter how weak they themselves are) are the only ones who get to become heroes. It's remarkably similar to Stain's ideology. Unsurprisingly, the two get on like a house on fire as a result when they meet.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Many people rip into All Might for crushing Izuku's dreams and starting him on the path of villainy.
    • Nezu's in particularly is poignant, because he never directly calls All Might out. Instead, he points out that all of Izuku's accomplishments and brilliance, including the creation of the Infinity Gauntlet, outright prove that All Might was wrong and that Izuku would've made a wonderful hero. Considering Nezu's own Quirk only boosts his intelligence, you get the feeling that he was identifying with Izuku on some level.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Izuku's rise to Japan's greatest supervillain is leaving many people wishing that they had treated him much better when he was younger.

Alternative Title(s): Apotheosis

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