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Daymare by IntrospectiveInquisitor is a My Hero Academia fanfic.

Izuku Midoriya has endured a decade of abuse, ridicule, and social ostracization due to his status as 'Quirkless'. Even his childhood friend, Katsuki Bakugou, has tossed him aside and made it a mission to drill his uselessness home. But despite his obstacles and the derision of his peers, Izuku will never give up on his dream of being a hero, and will never feel shame for being called Quirkless. Because it's easier than acknowledging that he has a Quirk at all.


This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: It might've been terrifying, but Izuku being able to defeat the USJ Noumu by himself is still absolutely badass.
    • Perhaps most tellingly, Izuku actually manages to beat Todoroki during the Sports Festival, without significantly injuring himself. He ends up unconscious afterwards, and Todoroki takes his slot in the competition anyway, but still.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Izuku's hero name becomes Starburst instead of Deku.
  • Adapted Out: Mineta after the USJ arc.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Izuku due to Living Nightmare. He constantly lives in fear about the damage he could cause, leading him to repress it.
    • He unintentionally lets it out a bit, making anyone looking at him petrified with fear. One such moment was with Recovery Girl during the entrance exams.
  • Apologises a Lot: Izuku.
  • Ascended Extra: Shinsou due to being transferred into class 1-A.
  • Alternate Universe: Due to Izuku having a Quirk.
  • The Atoner: Bakugou has shades of this due to feeling guilty for almost killing Izuku.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Bakugou displays parts of this trope. From his POV we see that theres a tangle of emotions he feels toward Izuku. During a confirmation with Iida, he even admits that he knows that he doesn't belong in the class due to what he's done.
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  • Break the Haughty: After seriosuly injuring and scaring Izuku, Bakugou starts to reflect on his actions and feelings toward Izuku.
  • Body Horror: Happens to Izuku when using his Quirk.
    • Facial Horror: Also happens to Izuku, courtesy of Bakugou blowing his face up during a Living Nightmare-induced freakout.
  • Cowardly Lion: Izuku is timid, skittish, self-deprecating, and suffering the effects of past trauma, but he will thrust all of that aside the moment his friends are in danger.
  • Death by Adaptation: Sludge Villain and Hero Killer Stain.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Izuku, not that you can really blame him.
  • Eldritch Abomination: At least, this is what some descriptions of Izuku using his Quirk seem to imply.
  • Enemy Within: Living Nightmare. Izukai lived in a state of constant fear of his power, repressing it until he physically can feel the need to let it out.
    • As the story progresses he resolves to conquer his fear, mainly after the villains attacked.
  • Forgets to Eat: Izuku eats extremely spicy food to counter that.
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  • His Own Worst Enemy: Izuku's self-esteem is so low that it borders on self-destructive. This is the reason why he is assigned to a therapist.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Most of Izuku's friends count as this, but especially Kirishima.
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: Living Nightmare, especially the full transformation.
  • Magnetic Hero: Izuku is almost an inversion; because of his lonely background, he gathers friends by latching on to whoever shows him the most basic decency.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Izuku goes through this most of the time after using his Quirk on living beings, especially after he ends up killing the Sludge Villain.
    • Bakugou also goes through this after he almost kills Izuku during Hero vs Villain training exercise.
    • Both Tenya and Ochako spend some time blaming themselves for failing to prevent what happened between Bakugou and Izuku in that training exercise. Later on, Tenya gets hit much harder by this during the Hero Killer Arc.
  • Not Afraid to Die: Izuku during the villan attack at U.A. realizing All Might was not going to make it in time chooses to let Living Nightmare take over knowing that he may never come back out.
  • Prone to Tears: It takes even less to get Izuku to cry than it does in canon.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Living Nightmare's potency and effects are shaped by Izuku's intentions and mental state.
  • Odd Friendship: Since most of Class 1-A shuns Bakugou for what he did during the Heroes vs Villains exercise, he ends up befriending Shinsou of all people.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the USJ arc, Mineta transfers out, saying he didn't sign up to become an extra in a horror flick.
  • Speech Impediment: Izuku's stutter seems to be permanent.
  • Stress Vomit: Overuse of Living Nightmare tends to lead to this.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: One aspect of Living Nightmare is to amplify fear in both his opponents and Izuku himself.
  • Terror Hero: For a window of time Izuku paralyzed Shigaraki with fear when attacked U.A.
  • There Are No Therapists: Completely averted; not only does Izuku see a therapist for his laundry list of emotional issues, but Bakugou is also required to see one in order to deal with his destructive anger.

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