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Hawks doesn't usually patrol Hosu but with Ingenium's attack last week, Stain needed to 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 message Tokoyami received from his classmate with the message being coordinates to nearby alleyway. Fearing that Tokoyami's classmate may be hurt or been attacked by a Noumu, Hawks and Tokoyami head to the message's coordinates.

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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.


This fanfic contains examples of:

  • 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:
    • Mandalay was contacted by Toshinori to help them investigate the Vestiges in One for All through her telepathy.
    • Camie and Inasa come a lot earlier in attempt to get Shiketsu's most famous alumni, Hawks to hook up his fellow Shiketsu students with interns.
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  • Adults Are Useless: Izuku brings up how none of his teachers ever helped him nor intervened on the bullying. The teachers saw Izuku as Quirkless kid with no future and didn't even bother.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Kiyome and Hawks’ backstory is chock full of it. Kiyome’s husband dies suddenly with her having 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 for lying to her for months and Izuku could have been crippled by his own Quirk.
    • Inko and Izuku find out 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.
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    • Kiyome’s parents try to reign in their daughter but it backfires so bad that their daughter is convinced they hate her and her boyfriend. She elopes and they lose contact with her.
    • Monoma offhandedly references how The European Underworld kept an eye on his quirk’s development. Had his parents not hid the extent of Monoma’s quirk, Monoma might have been kidnapped into a human trafficking ring
  • Aesop Amnesia: Discussed. Hawks knows that it will take more than one talk to get Inasa to change his ideals on hot-bloodedness . Hawks notes that it took Pop☆Step multiple times to sink through Tenya’s head on the dangers of being not thinking things through or being Lawful Stupid.
  • All for Nothing: Izuku had faced vicious discrimination for not having a quirk only to find out he had a quirk all along.
  • Allohistorical Allusion: Aizawa decides against having Bakugou spar against any of the Hosu Quartet because he doesn’t want to give Bakugou an excuse to take his frustrations out on them. If only he did 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.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: Dabi is ecstatic to see Endeavor his father pushed down a rank. Especially since Hawks, whom Dabi's idol Stain complimented, was the one who took the number two spot form him.
  • 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 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
  • Appeal to Tradition: Tenya wears his armor despite how impractical it is because its family tradition to fight in such armor.
  • Armor Is Useless: Justified as the armor Iida wears isn’t aerodynamic enough to efficiently fight in. Mei attempts to pressure Iida into allowing her to design better armor.
  • 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 firebreathing quirk?
  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Bakugou asked why didn't he get an internship, Izuku asked back why did he think he deserve one.
  • Ascended Extra: Hawks is a minor character in canon becomes the primary protagonist here with much being dedicated to his backstory.
  • Battle Butler: Despite seeming like an average receptionist, Haruto is the Aery’s first line of defense and had a hero license for 15 years.
  • 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 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 a 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 becomes his interns:
    • He kicks Stain in the face when Stain attempted to attack Iida.
    • Attempts to intimidate Monoma when he catches Monoma 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.
  • Birds of a Feather: Pun intended but Fumikage enjoys working with Hawks because Fumikage doesn’t stand out for having a bird Quirk.
  • 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 alumnus school as a result.
  • Brass Balls: Monoma's motto in live is "Fake it til you make it." Monoma lives up to that motto when he asks both of his crushes, Izuku and Shouto, out on a date at the same time. Then Monoma attempts to stare down the new number two hero Hawks when the latter attempts to intimidate him. Hawks was impressed (and amused) by Monoma's moxie so he recruits Monoma as an intern on the spot.
  • Brick Joke
    • Hawks mentions teaching lockpicking to his intern Tokoyami as bonding. Later, his mother Kiyome mentions teaching Hawks lockpicking to get his six-year-old to give her some peace for a few hours.
    • Hawks tells Mirko that she can't just 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.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Hawks is a big a fan of Endeavor as Izuku is to All Might. But he lost all respect for Endeavor and is heartbroken when he finds out that Endeavor abuses his family.
    • Izuku stops admiring Bakugou when his new friends and family get him to realize that Bakugou’s an abusive asshole and Izuku didn’t deserve his mistreatment.
  • 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.
  • 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 veteran illusionist's receptionist set-up. The receptionist, 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 noticing that Izuku 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 one-uping his old manEndeavor 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 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 an 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
  • Chekhov's Gag: Hawks notes that its odd that Fuyumi is Shouto's emergency contact not their father. Mirko asks Hawks if there's anyway 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 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 ctraused 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.
  • 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.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror:
    • Shouto comments that it’s nice to have training where he’s not being beaten during it.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 characater in canon, is promoted to primary protagonist.
    • Bakugou is ironically demoted to an extra in spite of his deuteragonist status in canon.
  • 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: Hawks calls Toshinori out for not thinking how One for All would effect Izuku nor giving him proper training
    • Pop☆Step breaks it to Tenya the Stain Incident resulted from Tenya not thinking how he could defeat an S-Rank villain without a plan nor back-up 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.
  • 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 sink Bakugou's reputation further.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hawks' father, Kei Midoriya died when Hawks was three months old, only leaving behind two months' worth of rent.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Monoma walks into a tree staring at both Izuku and Shouto.
  • 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.
  • Double Standard: In-Universe 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.
  • Emotional Fainting: After nearly being abducted by a flying Noumu, right after fighting Stain, Izuku passes out when Hawks rescues him.
  • 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 classmate's coordinates.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Is Gay: A notable number of characters in fic that 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.
  • Everyone Went to School Together:
    • Mirko and Hawks were classmates, she was a third-year while he was first, at Shiketsu 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 get in trouble together
  • The Face: Camie does all the talking to convince Hawks to take her and Inasa on as interns
  • 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.
  • Fearless Fool: According to his mom, Hawks is too dumb to die.
  • 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.
  • 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: Kiyome Takashiro, Hawks' mother is one to Rei Todoroki. 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 only had one child out of a loving marriage. Combined with Kiyome’s former training as a vigilante, Kiyome was better able to stand her ground.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Fun T-Shirt: Hawks shows himself to have similiar tastes to Izuku when he visits them at the hospital wearing a T-shirt with the word "Tuxedo" on it.
  • Geeky Turn-On: Had Monoma not already had a crush on Izuku, he would have fell 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
  • The Ghost:
    • Songstress, a Knowledge Broker is a friend of Monoma’s parents and is never seen. Who 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.
  • 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 Glasses Gotta Go: Fumikage recommends that Iida at start wearing contact lenses so Iida won’t be disabled by losing his glasses
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: Toshinori doesn't understand why Endeavor doesn't try to not 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
  • Greek Chorus: Dabi acts as outside commentor to Hawks' rise in the ranks and Endeavor's subsequent fall.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 talent kid with a very powerful Quirk. But he sabotages his own chances for success by being an abusive asshole.
  • 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, get his quirk and take Inasa down like a chump.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Hawks tries to be a 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.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Heroes too rigid in their morality or ways tend 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.
  • 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: In 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.
    • Izuku gets Copy All from his mother Inko's minor gravitational quirk and his father Hisashi's All for One.
  • 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.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Alec Sartre, Neito Monoma’s father, uses his Quirk 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-worker
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Hawks' own reveal of his actual relationship with the Heroics Commission.
  • In-Universe Nickname:
    • The media calls Izuku Midoriya, Tenya Iida, Shouto Todoroki and Fumikage Tokoyame, the Hosu Quartet.
    • Everyone at the Aery have a fondness for bird-themed nicknames: Kiyome is Mama Bird, Izuku is Kiwi and Shouto is Penguin.
  • It's All About Me: Bakugou gets more angry that no one outside of his friends consider him the strongest anymore and everyone else focuses on the Hosu Quartet.
  • It's All My Fault: Toshinori blames himself for missing Endeavor's abuse of his family and that his rivalry with Endeavor becoming toxic. In All Might's defense, he was kinda distracted by All for One.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Bakugou abused Izuku with his bullying for a decade and got away with it virtually unpunished. That finally begins to change with 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 Sport Festival and Best Jeanist's internship, karma is finally coming 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.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Hawks gives the Hosu Quartet a 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 Hero: Hawks' backstory viciously deconstructs the concept as Hawks was railroaded into becoming a pro-hero and had very little agency growing up.
  • 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 before doing actual good. Regardless of the situation, Hawks will work to be the best hero he can be because its 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 growing bad reputation.
  • 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 bud didn't consider that Izuku needed additional training.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Mirko and Hawks are close friends who constantly rib at each other and tell each other how the they feel. Mirko even knows Hawks’ true relationship with the Commission.
  • 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.
  • 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 overhelmed by Hawks' flying and Feather Flechettes as Hawks is too distant for him to attack. While Stain doesn't go down easy, its clear that Stain had the disadvantage over Hawks.
  • 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.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Hawks and Izuku are first cousins with Hawks being born from Inko's late brother Kei.
  • Love at First Sight: Inasa only known Hitoshi for a few minutes and he’s already in love.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Kiyome's parents 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 another All For One is Midoriya Hisashi fanfics.
  • 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."
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Kei’s parents refused to let him date Kiyome in fear that Kiyome’s vigilantism would get him killed. He did it anyways.
  • 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.
  • Meet Cute: Invoked by Mirko who stakes out the Aery for the chance to “walk into” Fuyumi. It works without a hitch.
  • A Mistake Is Born: Sora is stated be an accident baby.
  • Momma's Boy/Daddy's Girl: Monoma is very close to both of his parents. He frequently writes them both seperate 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • Never My Fault: Despite Shiketsu nearly being being UA's equal, the majority of the Top Hundred Heroes are UA graduates. Shiketsu blames their graduates for not representing the school properly when their strict attitudes and restrictions causes 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.
  • 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.
  • Noiseless Walker: Kiyome walks up to Steps and the Hosu Quartet, completely unnoticed until she draws their attention. Izuku wonders if its 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 the supervillain All for One.
    • 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 ricecooker incident.
    • Hitoshi stopped Todoroki by hypnotizing Todoroki to sing Disney songs. Word of God said that it was “Let It Go"
  • Not So Above It All: As much as Hawks tries to set himself apart from teenage stupidity and immaturity, he has his fuck-ups too. As Dark Shadow drags Hawks for flying into windows a week ago, something which 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 are 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 bully that suicide-baited a Quirkless person. For all of her lone wolf tendencies, she cares about protecting people and can't stand bullies.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Camie is the third smartest student in her year at Shiketsu. While her ditziness is genuine, she acts more ditzy then she actually is because she regards her classmates being too uptight
  • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 sister-in-law’s. 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 of rescuing them
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Marriage Veto: Kiyome's parents and Kei's parents refused to allow them to marry each other.
  • Parental Title Characterization: As both a sign of Monoma's French nature and his closeness to his parents is that he calls them "Maman" and "Papa."
  • Percussive Therapy: When Endeavour finds that he's dropped from the Number Two spot in the Hero Lists to the Number Three, he wrecks his home dojo offscreen.
  • Pick Up Babes With Babes: Mirko decides to take on interns in order to impress her crush Fuyumi Todoroki, who's a school teacher.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, it’s a justified fear.
  • 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.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: Inko was a founding member of Endeavor’s agency and pivotal in how it runs. She was fired and erased from their history when she tried reporting Endeavor over his abuse of his family.
  • * 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • If Quirklessness is treated like 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 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 having no 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.
  • 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 only 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
  • 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.
  • 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 abandoned his intern in the middle of a battlefield. Two, the public will find out the truth eventually due to Stain's fanatical fanbase. Three, Hawks had his office give the news a press release already.
  • 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.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Endeavor is frustrated at always being Number Two after All Might and he's even more angry that Hawks pushed him 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 peak into each other’s mind causes Izuku to warm up to Neito. Neito gets the courage to ask Izuku out.
  • 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 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.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • Both Izuku and Hawks are major hero fanboys with a love for Fun Tshirts.
    • 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 have a thing for smart but crazy. Considering Izukunote , Inkonote , Hawks's father Kei note  and Hawks note  himself, she has a point.
  • Shoot The Shaggy Dog Story: Kei’s parents and Kiyome’s parents forbade them from marrying in fear that Kiyome’s vigilantism would have gotten 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.
  • 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 Ofthe Father: Defied. Despite Izuku being the son of All for One and having a similar Quirk to his father, Toshinori doesn’t hold it against him. Toshinori refuses to take One for All back from Izuku and Izuku continues to be his successor.
  • Sinister Surveillance: Hawks' agency and All Might's agency are heavily watched with both hidden cameras and spies. The Midoriya household is also is watched considering Hisashi's report of Inko's activities.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Endeavor is more angry that he didn't get to arrest Stain instead 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 having nearly been murdered.
  • 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: Stain used the distraction caused by the flying Noumu to get out of his handcuffs.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Camie is the only female Aery intern.
  • 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 intern on the spot.
  • Stage Mom: Endeavor is the one from hell. He constantly controls his son Shouto's life in attempt to have Shouto surpass All Might, which he can't do myself. Endeavor is physically and verbally abusive . Endeavor attempts to micro-manage 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 is.
  • 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Fumikage suggests that Iida wear contacts or have prescription-grade lenses in his helmet.
  • Stealth Insult: Dabi notes that Hawks’ agency and All Might’s agency are heavily surveillanced by the League of Villains. Endeavor’s agency is pretty much ignored 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 drinks carrot juice.
  • 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.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The narrator switches between multiple narrators.
  • 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.
  • The Tell: According to Kiyome, Izuku twitches too much when he lies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After their terrible work-study week with Uwabami, Kendou and Momo get to intern with the highest rank 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Pop☆Step is much more formidable than she was years before in Vigilante: My Hero Academia Illegals. Years of experience and training under Hawks, makes Pop☆Step more powerful. She's able to train several Hero Course students without breaking a sweat.
  • Unknown Rival: Bakugou considers Izuku is biggest rival for 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 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 showed 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.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The Songstress warns Aoi Monoma of the rising powers in Japan warns that Aoi and Neito be careful.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: The Heroics Commission seek 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 just they want a hero that's required to obey them to be as high-ranking as possible.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Inasa is introduced to his fellow Warren interns with Momo and Itsuka, two conventionally attractive girls and Shinsou, 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 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.
  • 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 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. 18 years later, accompanied with All Might and Hawks, Inko’s gentle smile sends great fear to Endeavor’s heart
  • Willfully Weak: 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.
  • 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.
  • You Are Too Late: The police try to cover up Izuku, Todoroki and Iida's involvement in the take-down of Stain by having Hawks take sole credit. Hawks 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.
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