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“Foolish mortals!” Yaldabaoth’s shadow fell over them like a death shroud, “The sin of rebelling against a god is severe. As punishment, I banish you to other worlds unknown!”

Something changed in the air, like the snap charge of electricity after a thunder strike. No, this was more than that. The world shifted and changed and contorted, the weave of fate was unnaturally pulled by the God Of Control, creating fractals in the flow of time and space.

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Joker’s teammates gasped as bizarre, otherworldly doors came into existence.

One, a pair of silver doors with alien markings, cracked open just a hair to reveal a large, terrifying eye. Another, a glowing paper door that would be at home in any vintage Japanese mansion. The third, a grand golden gate decorated with eyes and horned demons, bubbling black sludge dripped from its maw like tar. The final one was a fluctuating cloud of purple and black mist.

“Doth Thou Even Steal Hearts?” is a Crossover between My Hero Academia and Persona 5, in which Joker and Morgana are sent together to the world of heroes. Desperate to find a way home and see if their friends are still alive, they end up in a position where they get the chance to become Phantom Thieves once more. Can be found here.


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Doth Thou Even Steal Hearts? contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: We find out that both of Ren’s parents weren’t the most loving people, his mother being overbearing and his father an alcoholic.
  • Achilles' Heel: Joker’s personas all have elemental weaknesses, but Aizawa seems to be capable of taking them away as well. This is odd considering Joker’s personas aren’t a quirk at all, and yet Aizawa can still erase them, hinting that Joker's powers have been altered due to the rules of the Quirkverse.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Spinner becomes a supporter of Joker rather than Stain and doesn’t join the League of Villains.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Downplayed as Joker's true name is his Canon Name of Ren Amamiya, but he decides on Akira Kurusu as his go-to alias in the Quirkverse.
  • Adult Fear: Joker's disappearance after the events of chapter 29 leave many of his confidants extremely worried.
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  • Actually Pretty Funny: At one point, Joker tricks the heroes with a decoy location whilst in the middle of an interview, going as far as to leave behind a stuffed fish plushie (a Red Herring, if you will), set off glitter bombs, and leave behind a taunting note, complete with a smiley face. Aizawa and Tsukauchi are furious, but Nezu finds it hysterical.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Akira towards Midoriya. And everyone else wants one too.
  • Beneath the Mask: Behind the mask of the overconfident Large Ham Phantom Thief Joker and the mask of a kind young man as Akira lies a very depressed young man who deeply misses his friends.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted with Midoriya, since Akira is one year older, but it doesn't stop the hero-in-training from feeling protective towards the other teen for being potentially bullied over something out of his control.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Joker shows up to save Hitoshi from some old bullies, scaring them off without hurting anyone.
    • He also shows up on the scene of Stain’s battle against Todoroki, Midoriya, and Iida. Naturally, Stain gets his ass handed to him.
  • Broken Ace: Akira, despite the mask he puts on as both himself and Joker, still has severe trauma from his arrest, interrogation and near-murder after Sae's Palace, and his guilt over his failure to stop Yaldabaoth from separating the Phantom Thieves. This comes to a head during a police raid, where the former nearly causes him to be afflicted by Midnight's quirk. When the heroes discuss the raid later, Midnight and Hound Dog (the latter of whom has a degree in psychology) both note that he was clearly suffering from a panic attack, showing signs of PTSD and emotional trauma, and was dissociating. All Might also notes that he could clearly tell that Joker was afraid for his life.
  • Clark Kenting: Joker goes around with a domino mask and nothing more to hide his face. Considering he doesn’t have the excuse of only ever operating in the cognitive worlds, it’s a little shocking no one recognizes him.
  • Easily Forgiven: Played straight, subverted and discussed. Kohryu actually forgives Aizawa for nearly killing him and Joker with his erasure quirk, though in this case Aizawa didn't know what he did would result in the consequences it did. Because he is part of Akira, it means Akira on some level understands he deserve forgiveness, but his various complicated feelings require that he needs more time to do so openly.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Based on what little knowledge they have about Joker (his skills, abnormally powerful “quirk”, and distrust of authority figures), UA staff assumes that he’s an illegal experiment of All For One. Obviously, they have no way of knowing that he’s from another world.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Quirkless people tend to be neglected and ostracized by society, but it doesn't mean people are going to be okay with someone publically assaulting a quirkless person.
    • No one is happy with the Hero Commission's plan regarding Joker — which is to imprison him into security max cell and sedate him into a medically induced coma — as the vigilante obviously is a traumatized child. And Joker’s only crimes up to that point have been merely vigilantism, breaking and entering and resisting arrest. This makes Nezu's proposal to instead start a program to reform vigilantes into proper licensed heroes look significantly more reasonable by comparison.
  • Exact Words: Akira Kurusu is quirkless, and that's not a lie. Yes, he has powers but they come from the Sea of Human Souls.
  • Fanboy: Todoroki of all people is one for Joker. Midoriya too, to a lesser extent, although that’s a given.
  • Fantastic Racism: Being quirkless means spending a life being discriminated as a second-class citizen. No one wanted to hire Joker when he introduced himself as such, UA students react to him as if he's heavily handicapped and Midoriya worries about him being outright assaulted.
  • Hero of Another Story: All the other Phantom Thieves are stuck in other anime worlds.
  • Jerkass: Kunikazu Hiroto, the President of the Hero Association, is a self-righteous jackass who is more concerned with capturing Joker to send a message than caring for the good the young man has actually done. He actively dissmisses the testimony of the heroes pleading for him to be lenient with Joker, especially when they tell him he's being too aggressive about punishing a traumatised child, to the point where his plan for Joker is to lock him in a cell in Tartarus in a medically-induced coma, something that horrifies everyone else.
  • Kaiju: Kohryu, one of Joker’s most powerful personas.
  • Lawful Stupid: Iida, unsurprisingly, isn’t fond of the vigilante Joker. During the fight versus Stain, he initially outright refuses Joker’s help. After the four of them manage to defeat Stain, he attacks Joker in an attempt to bring him into custody, despite the fact that Joker pretty much saved their asses. However, he gets over it when Joker heals his brother, and becomes fully supportive of his efforts.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The faculty of U.A. freak out in Chapter 36 when Nezu reveals that Joker broke into the teacher's lounge during the Sports Festival.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Aizawa knows something wrong happened when he erased Kohryu, which resulted in a big headache for him and a three-day coma for Joker.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • Joker is struggling to come to terms with the fact he couldn't entirely neutralize Yaldabaoth, which lets the God of Control separate him from his friends and potentially killed the Phantom Thieves.
    • As U.A. mistakenly believes Joker is a former lab rat who managed to escape from All for One, All Might blames himself for not killing the evil mastermind and preventing him to ruin more lives.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • The Hero Commission announce a 25 million yen bounty on Joker for making them look bad. Unfortunately, the gambit blows up in their face and they lose more approval.
    • Aizawa erases Kohryu to try and stop Joker, unaware that doing so would do more harm than good since by erasing one of Joker’s personas, he's also erasing part of Joker himself. As a result, Akira is found passed out in an alleyway and spends the next few days very ill and weak.
    • When Aizawa and Tsukauchi finally visit the cafe, Joker's cover is basically blown by Arsene completely losing his shit and attempting to manifest to attack them. It takes Akira's restraint and Kohryu holding him back to prevent this, and even then the furious intent and Joker's eyes glowing gold is what tips the pair off to him being Joker. Fortunately, they have no intention of telling anyone else, and instead intend to tread carefully and gain Akira's trust.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Continuing Joker’s streak of abysmal luck, he wakes up in the middle of a wide-scale battle and tries to help as many people as he can. It doesn’t go over well, since his outfit is rather suspicious, and results in many of the heroes mistaking him for a villain, culminating in Snipe shooting him.
  • No-Sell: Joker tanks one of Endeavor’s supercharged flame blasts and, thanks to Cerberus, comes out unscathed.
    • Joker easily wins the fight with Stain due to Seth having Null Physical.
    • He also tanks a punch from All Might and comes out fine, thanks to a well-timed use of Physical Ointmentnote .
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Haru since she's currently trapped in Blue Exorcist's world, in which she met the Okumura twin brothers.
  • Original Character: The story is given multiple non-canon characters in order to flesh out the world that’s going on outside of UA, such as Kaito, Shinsou’s parents, and Silver Falcon.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Joker's flashy display of his power ended up making the League of Villain barely a blip in the heroes' radar as the heroes putting all their resources and manpower into capturing Joker. This annoys Tomura Shigaraki to no end.
  • Parental Abandonment: Akira outright states that his parents got rid of him the first chance they saw, and blames himself for being a burden.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Nezu’s theory that Joker was an experiment for All For One along with other teens. While he’s wrong in many aspects, he does manage to pinpoint the fact that Joker is a leader of rebels fighting something stronger than themselves, and who feels as though he has failed them.
  • Secret Keeper: The small list of people who know Joker's secret identity are Kaito, La Brava and Gentle Criminal, and Hitoshi Shinsou.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: And the folks who figured out Joker's identity but decided to keep quiet? None other than Shinsou's parents (who figured it out in the aftermath of the police raid and decided to stay quiet while hinting to Joker that they know) and Aizawa and Tsukauchi (who walk into the Blue Lotus Cafe and figure out that Akira is Joker due to his reaction, but also decide to keep quiet and work toward earning Akira's trust so he can agree to Nezu's vigilante rehabilitation program rather than outing Joker and risking the poor kid getting thrown into a cell in Tartarus for the rest of his life).
  • Shout-Out: Kaito referenced Magic Kaito Kid.
  • So Proud of You: In Chapter 35, Endeavor informs Fuyumi that he is actually proud of his kids for doing what they believe is right and just (starting the petition demanding that Joker's bounty be rescinded), even if he doesn't agree with what they did, much to her shock.
  • Supreme Chef: Akira is limited to coffee and curry, but everyone who has tasted it calls his cooking nothing short of divine.
  • Team Dad: Arsène finds himself propelled as such among Joker's personas. When the question of Team Mom comes up (as in, which of the female Personas gets to be his "wife"), he immediately shuts down the topic, not wanting to deal with it.
  • Troll: Wouldn’t be Joker otherwise. Nezu too (examples include naming the Red Herring fish plushie Admiral Feesh, staring Aizawa right in the eye as he signs the petition to pardon Joker, and informing his staff about Joker's break-in during the Sports Festival weeks after it he figured it out).
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Iida initially plays this straight when he attacks Joker despite the vigilante having saved them, but later subverts this as he’s grateful when Joker heals his brother.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: All For One is quite captivated with Joker and his feats, and wishes to capture him and force him into the League.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Morgana gives a brutal one to Eraserhead for participating in the raid to arrest Joker instead of helping him.
    • The general public and many Pro-Heroes denounced the Hero Commission for trying to arrest a young vigilante in a failed raid instead of the bona fide villains plotting to destroy society.
  • The Worf Effect: Endeavor gets a large serving of humble pie when his quirk and strength prove useless against one teen vigilante. His entire experience during the Hosu incident actually triggers his canonical change of heart earlier.
  • Worthy Opponent: Downplayed example with Nezu towards Joker. Nezu was intrigued by Joker from the start, and has been amused and delighted by his various feats. Though this is probably partially his educator’s mindset reacting to seeing the young man apply his talents so effectively.
  • You Remind Me of X:
    • Joker immediately attaches himself to Manami Aiba since her circumstances are almost identical to Futaba's.
    • Midoriya feels rather protective towards Akira Kurusu as the quirkless older teen reminds him of his past self.
    • Uraraka gets a free breakfast at Blue Lotus because Akira saw she had the same mannerisms as Yusuke.

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