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Won't you crush our melancholy world?

December has come and the city is sick.

As U.A.'s second term draws to a close, Musutafu City is plagued by strange happenings at night. Young heroes are found brutally beaten, with no memory of their assailant. Buildings and storefronts burst apart and collapse. And entire city blocks go mad, their inhabitants attacking everything in sight before calming down just as quickly. The perpetrators are unknown. The League of Villains is silent. The city begs for answers.

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The faculty struggle to maintain normalcy, but when Class 1-A is caught in one of the incidents, Katsuki Bakugo decides to take matters into his own hands. In doing so, he sets off a chain of events that will lead the school to question everything it has stood for. One of the darkest secrets of the Hero Society has been unearthed, and what's crawled out intends to shatter the nation's fragile peace for good.

Blues Drive Monsters is a canon-divergent fanfic of My Hero Academia written by HassouToby, telling the story of a new threat that arises shortly after Overhaul's defeat.

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Tropes associated with Blues Drive Monsters:

  • Abusive Guardian: Shin genuinely cares for Koh, but even he's aware that he makes a terrible parent between his lack of experience and vicious temper. When Koh is liberated by U.A., Shin makes it clear that he'll keep his distance as long as they can take care of him.
  • Adaptational Badass: Some of the students are significantly tougher than shown so far in canon.
    • Uraraka is better at removing her own gravity without nausea, and mixes up her Quirk with various grappling techniques and cheap shots to keep her opponents off-balance. She's said to be training with Ojiro to sharpen her skills further.
    • Tokoyami's able to freely manipulate Dark Shadow's shape, creating multiple limbs, protective barriers and rough wings. Exposure to Koh's Quirk makes Dark Shadow completely lose it and become strong enough to effortlessly rip a semi truck to pieces.
    • When he gets out of the infirmary, Midoriya completely destroys one of U.A.'s gyms to blow off stress, with no obvious injury or broken bones.
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  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Minoru Mineta's perverted qualities are toned down in the fic, with more emphasis placed on his big mouth instead. He also has a heart-to-heart with Midoriya after the latter heals from his injuries.
  • Adults Are Useless: Lampshaded but ultimately subverted. Bakugo calls out the teachers on being seemingly unable to solve any major crises without their students, but once they have enough information to go on they quickly organize an offensive and deliver a major blow to the villains' side.
  • Affably Evil: The League of Villains is shown to be pretty easy-going with each other, with the exception of Spinner. Metalhead is a Graceful Loser whose easy charisma earns her plenty of allies. Shin is also shown to be levelheaded and laid-back, until he suddenly isn't.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Izuku Midoriya, natch. Though he's critically injured for the first half of the story, he figures out nearly the entire plot from his hospital bed, with no hints to go on. Later he effortlessly sees through Shin Yuurei's Perception Filter, scaring the daylights out of him in the process.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Shin Yuurei's criminal record prior to the Yard's experiments isn't known, but after coming out he hates the world and cares nothing for how many people he hurts in his mission to get himself and Koh to safety. Mirai's criminal record is known, and the Yard made her so much worse.
  • Benevolent Boss: Shigaraki has continued to evolve into one of these after the Overhaul attack, patiently hearing out his subordinates' complaints and trying to keep their spirits up. Metalhead also commands fierce loyalty from the petty crooks of Mosei-Santo, and treats them well despite not really seeing herself as a leader.
  • Big Bad: While Shigaraki and the League are the ones who set the plot in motion and Metalhead and her gang are the most prominent threat, it's Minister Osamu Nakayama and his Ministry of Individuality that appear to be the main threat. They authorized the Yard and it seems to be Nakayama's goal to eliminate the Pro Heroes autonomy from the government altogether.
  • Big Good: Nezu, moreso than usual. He does his best to keep things at U.A. under control and organizes a counterattack as soon as he's able.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Mineta says this verbatim when lamenting how all of his advances tend to get him maimed. He seems to have resigned himself to it, though.
    Midoriya: You could always try being less...just, less. In general.
    Mineta: Nah. I persevere. 'tis my burden.
  • The City Narrows: The Mosei and Santo wards of Musutafu, where most of the villain attacks take place. They're described as being cramped and confusing but not necessarily dangerous, just seedier than the rest of the city. As Metalhead and Horooka takes control of the area, it becomes more of a Wretched Hive.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The Hero Society is portrayed this way - despite the utopian veneer, inequality is rampant, societal unrest is mounting, and unwanted or vagrant civilians are captured and tortured to death with the government's quiet consent.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Most of the characters Koh meets tend to be neutral at best towards him, but Ashido melts into a puddle of goo whenever he's around.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Midoriya's injury and Bakugo's expulsion take them out of the action in the early parts of the story, putting more focus on Uraraka, Tokoyami, and Ashido.
  • The Dreaded: Mirai Horooka inspires nearly superstitious terror in everyone she meets due to her powerful Quirk, obvious insanity, and complete disregard for collateral damage.
  • For Want of a Nail: In this story, the League of Villains chose to attack the Yard shortly after crippling Overhaul and stealing the anti-Quirk serum. As a result, High End's attack on Endeavor never occurs, and U.A.'s planned lessons are badly derailed due to the Yard escapees' campaign of terror on the city.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Neito Monoma to the rest of 1-B. After 1-A was attacked, Kendo was so determined to keep him from taunting them that she held a class assembly about it.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Metalhead's Quirk requires bloodletting, so her entire arm is badly cut up and scarred. Shin is covered with scars thanks to the Yard practically skinning him alive as part of their experiments.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The Ministry of Individuality, a mostly-redundant regulatory body that was a big deal in the early days when Quirks first manifested but has since taken a backseat to the heroes themselves. It's mostly benign, with the notable exception of the Yard.
  • Hate Plague: The mysterious "illness" affecting Musutafu is due to one of these. It's Koh Kyoumoto's Quirk, "Rage," which induces Unstoppable Rage in everyone around him. It also never turns off, to the point where he needs the anti-Quirk serum to go out in public at all.
  • Hero-Worshipper: When Minister Nakayama shows up at U.A., he's so delighted at meeting the teachers that several of them compare him to Midoriya. This doesn't help their reaction when he enthusiastically shows off his work at the Yard.
  • It's Personal: When Dabi was "rejecting" potential applicants to the League of Villains, several of his victims were acquaintances of Metalhead. She's held a serious grudge against the League ever since.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bakugo has the same foul mouth and nitroglycerine temper as always, but appears to be acting out of genuine concern for his classmates when he's not shooting his mouth off.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The story puts even more emphasis on Shigaraki's inhuman speed. At full sprint he's able to get right in someone's face before they have time to take a breath.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Mirai Horooka's Quirk, "Noise," lets her "store" any sound she hears and turn it into blasts of destructive force. The twist is that it applies to all sound and she can apparently store a near-infinite amount of energy, turning her into a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Morality Pet: Koh, to Shin.
  • Nervous Wreck: Six-year old Koh Kyoumoto's experiences have left him an anxious, constantly apologizing wreck.
  • Original Character: Numerous, mostly on the villains' side:
    • The new villains terrorizing Musutafu City turn out to be runaways from a government facility called the Yard: Shin Yuurei, Mirai Horooka, and Koh Kyoumoto. Most of the story revolves around the heroes' and League of Villains' power struggle around those three.
    • Later on, Metalhead and her small army of delinquents also join the fray.
  • Perception Filter: Shin Yuurei's Quirk "Incognito" is an especially powerful one - it totally erases his presence from all senses except (faintly) hearing, it transmits itself to anything he touches while it's active, it evades most basic infrared security measures and it doesn't place any obvious strain on him no matter how long he keeps it up.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • The Yard dealt with Mirai by putting her inside an anechoic chamber. This has the unfortunate side effect of making someone go insane after an hour in one of them and she was in it for eighteen months, all because of how dangerous her Quirk could be. However, she was already unhinged before the treatment and her attacks show how dangerous she truly is. In fact the incident that lead to the Yard obtaining her was her leveling her juvenile detention center.
    • The same can be said for their treatment of Shin and Koh. Koh can't turn his Quirk off and thus has a kill count rivaling actual supervillains and Shin is the perfect spy and he got recruited by the League of Villains.
  • Reality Ensues: When Midoriya is critically injured at the start of the story, Bakugo takes it on himself to find the villain responsible, sneaking out of U.A. to track them down. He's nearly killed in the process, and unceremoniously expelled from U.A. for breaking curfew on top of his history of bad discipline.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The teachers and parents alike just want to keep their kids safe. Even Aizawa, who's more of a Stern Teacher than usual, is just miserably stressed and pushes himself almost to the brink of death during the Mosei-Santo operation. The biggest exception is Osamu Nakayama, who's bad enough to ruin things for everything else.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Bakugo delivers a blistering one to Nezu upon his expulsion, lambasting the teachers, Midoriya, and himself for being unable to stop the villains' attacks for so long. He caps it off by kicking Nezu's reinforced desk so hard he breaks his own ankle.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Bakugo, as usual.
  • The Sociopath: Mirai Horooka, far more so than her companions.
  • Straw Nihilist: Mirai openly mocks the idea of hoping for a better future and just wants to break everything she can see. "It doesn't matter" is practically her Catchphrase.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Koh's eyes are repeatedly mentioned to be this, and they almost glow. When the irises become more prominent, it's a warning his Quirk is about to awaken.
  • Talkative Loon: Mirai babbles constantly, and about half of it is intelligible. Some of her rants are reminiscent of clanging.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Yard. It's a government black site dedicated to experimenting on vagrants with especially unique or dangerous Quirks, most of them children. The experiments continue until the subjects die from the trauma, at which point they're disposed of and replaced.
  • You Have Failed Me: Openly defied by Tomura Shigaraki, after Shin loses Koh to the heroes.
    Shigaraki: Yes, you failed. So what? All that means is you have to keep trying. Again and again, until you get it right. We'll be trying right along with you.
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