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Ten years in the future, Hero Society has fallen and Villains have taken over the world. The seven survivors of Class 1-A (and Shinso) scramble to save what little they have left but after one last, fatal attack, they know they’ve lost. Their enemy is too powerful. There is no one left to save. Their only chance for victory is in the past, so to the past they travel. Unfortunately, there are some unforeseen side-effects...
— Summary for For Their Sakes from Archive of Our Own
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The Ennea series is a My Hero Academia fanfiction series by SkyleafAlchemist19/Skyleaf19.

The first story is For Their Sakes. After their last safe haven is destroyed by the villains, Midoriya, Bakugo, Todoroki, Uraraka, Iida, Yaoyorozu, Kaminari, and Shinso travel to the past to change things for the better and prevent their Bad Future from ever happening. Things do not go according to plan. Instead of waking up in their younger selves' bodies, they all wake up as voices in Hawks' head and accidentally make him go missing for a year. Things spiral out of control from there.

Mockingjay: Origin is a one shot prequel/sidestory crossover with The Hunger Games, which details a My Hero Academia-based version of Katniss Everdeen's past and how she met Hawks. It was released on November 13, 2019. It can be found here and here.

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For Their Sakes was completed on April 29, 2020. It can be found here and here.

For Our Sakes is in progress. It can be found here and here.

Note: To differentiate them from their past selves, the future versions of the eight "Voices" are referred to by their color-themed aliases. Aliases  To differentiate him from Hawks and the Voices' Ennea, the second version is referred to as "Ennea".

Please put entries pertaining to individual characters on the character page.


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Warning: Spoilers from Mockingjay: Origin and the first twenty-five chapters of For Their Sakes are unmarked.

    General 

The series contain examples of:

  • All There in the Manual: The names of some Quirks can only be found in Skyleaf's replies to questions on Archive of Our Own. This includes Shatterpoint, Mrs. Everdeen, Prim, and Gale's Quirk names.
  • Alternate Continuity: Since Ennea was written before the manga's Endeavor Internship Arc, Skyleaf anticipated this and describes the series as taking place in an "Elseworlds/What If" world in order to account for any differences from canon.
  • Central Themes:
    • Being a Hero does not mean being a martyr. Taking care of oneself and caring for one's own well-being is just as important as helping others.
    • Learning from the past and moving on from it are important in order to not make the same mistakes in the future.
    • Regardless of peoples' reasons for villainy, crime, or abusing one's family, those reasons do not excuse their actions, especially if they keep hurting people, do not regret their crimes, and have no desire to stop.
    • On the other hand, if people do regret those actions and want to change, they should be allowed to and helped when possible. However, the victims are the ones who ultimately decide whether to forgive and/or forget, not The Atoner.
    • While working within a corrupt system to try to better it may not always yield the desired results, viciously attacking it from the outside is purely destructive and will only cause more misery for everyone.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Katniss notes that Hawks is fairly androgynous as a teenager, and it never fully goes away. This comes in handy for when the Eight use his body as the vigilante persona Ennea, as observers cannot tell whether Ennea is male or female.
    • The phrase "remedial courses" is used as Double Speak for when a Commission agent is going to be sent to reconditioning. Tokoyami tells Hawks he fears he will be sent to remedial courses, making Hawks think Tokoyami is being targeted. Before he realizes Tokoyami meant the phrase in the literal school-type sense, Hawks lets slip what it means to agents and that the Commission brainwashes Heroes. This exposes Tokoyami to the darker side of the Hero Commission and Hero Society.
    • Three happen simultaneously in For Our Sakes, specifically the aspirin Hawks constantly takes with bottled water, and Mic's fried chicken. The aspirin has been contaminated with a Quirk enhancer, the bottled water is contaminated with a Quirk suppressant, and an ingredient in Mic's fried chicken recipe lessens the effect of both, which helped Hawks walk away from being poisoned with less debilitating side-effects.
  • Demoted to Extra: Shigaraki is the main villain of the canon manga. Here he appears once at the mall where he is successfully arrested by Hawks, Aizawa, and Miruko. All For One then takes Shigaraki's place as the top villain of the series alongside the corrupt Hero Commission. Since AFO's wounds are healed by Overhaul, he has no need for Shigaraki anymore and lets him rot in prison.
  • Fantastic Racism: Many prejudices are held against those with mutant-type Quirks with some perceiving them as dangerous, feral, or subhuman. Even people with "pretty" mutations like Hawks are not exempt from this and are encouraged to hide their "uglier" (read: animalistic) traits.
    • Tokoyami and Spinner were shunned by people due to their appearances in the past and the Commission discourages Hawks from showing more of his bird traits, primarily his third eyelids, sharper eyeteeth, and bird-like habits. Hawks mentions how photographers fawn over his wings but become uncomfortable upon noticing his third eyelids when he discusses the myopia with Tokoyami.
    • Another example comes after Hawks loses his wings. Some media personalities and average civilians comment that things must be "easier for him now that he looks normal".
    • A subtle example happens during the training camp. The students of Class 1-A discuss Hawks' lost wings and exposed wing bones which he hides under bandages and his shirt. Aoyama calls it disgusting and Sero comments he should make them less noticeable with a cloak. Many of his classmates agree, but others with Quirks that alter their bodies are silently infuriated by his inconsiderate statement i.e. he's implying Hawks should work harder to "look normal" now that his wings are gone. This scene also reveals that those with non-animalistic Mutation Quirks see themselves as superior and more human than those with animal-type Mutations like Spinner.
  • For Want of a Nail: Hawks' year-long disappearance has rippling effects on the timeline.
    • Miruko works with Best Jeanist and a team of heroes to try to locate Hawks, making her less of a loner and causing her to become the Number Five Ranked Hero nearly a year early. This bumps Edgeshot down a spot.
    • Hawks saves Tensei from Stain, preventing his paralysis, and captures the Hero Killer before the Hosu incident. Stain is rescued by the League of Villains but Hawks arrests him again at Hosu.
    • Hawks' rescue of Ingenium causes Todoroki to wonder what type of Hero Hawks is and, after talking with Midoriya about it, he chooses to intern with Hawks instead of his father.
    • Shoto's internship choice causes Endeavor to violently confront Hawks, which causes the latter to question his idol's morals. As a result, Hawks start looking into Endeavor because the Voices refuse to tell him the truth.
    • The Voices act as a Vigilante and rescue Eri months before the students' second internship. This prevents Overhaul from perfecting the Quirk-erasing drug.
    • Because of Eri's rescue, Overhaul attempts to take her back. He gets curbstomped by Hawks and arrested months early during the attempt. As a result, he does not have the chance to kill Magne and his arms are not taken by Shigaraki and Mr. Compress. Since he still has his Quirk, he is taken by Doctor Ujiko, who works for the Commission to brainwash Villains with powerful Quirks into becoming their agents.
    • Hawks, Miruko, and Aizawa manage to arrest Shigaraki when he confronts Midoriya at the mall, depriving the League of their original leader. All For One is healed and takes over.
    • Hawks meets Twice before he can join the League and befriends him, resulting in Twice having Undying Loyalty to Hawks and Twice redeeming himself by becoming a better person who puts his villainous desires aside and wants to stop All For One.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse:
    • The fake Touya calls out Dabi for becoming a monster and killing people because of Endeavor. He condemns Dabi for becoming worse than his father and says although Endeavor ruined one family, Dabi has ruined dozens.
    • Aizawa denounces Twice's reasons for joining the League. He may just want friends but he's joined a terrorist organization and is hurting innocent people to get them.
    • Orange is livid when Kota takes out his anger and grief on Hawks by mocking him for losing his wings, which Kota does due to Hawks surviving an encounter with Muscular while Kota's parents did not. Orange points out that Kota may be five but he's taking out his anger on people he does not even know and there's no excuse for that.
    • Orange lambastes Dabi's motives as well, saying that Endeavor's abuse gives Dabi no excuse to go murder people.
  • The Handler: Hawks has multiple "managers" at the Commission who taught him everything he knows via Training from Hell. When he first started out as a Pro Hero, one of them began harassing him upon deluding himself into believing the androgynous Hawks was secretly a girl. Katniss broke into Commission HQ and got him fired before he could try anything. He is released in the present day by the Commission.
  • Hard Truth Aesop: Recognizing the damage done to you by abusive parents and cutting them out of your life is healthier than submitting to familial/peer pressure and forcing yourself to forgive them in order to be a quote unquote "good person". No one is owed your forgiveness even if they change, because what they did still hurt you and cannot be undone. It is your choice whether to forgive or not and if you don't that's perfectly okay. White (Future Shoto) cannot forgive Endeavor for his abuse and has found contentment, happiness, and peace in accepting that.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: Initially, Mockingjay: Origin appeared to be an optional prequel one shot that fleshes out Katniss' backstory. With the reveal that Retiarius aka "Ennea" is the thought to be dead Finnick Odair, Mockingjay: Origin establishes important plot points and has huge effects on the main series including the set up for Mockingjay killing Kaetsu.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The one shot reveals Katniss' (Mockingjay's) Quirk and that yes, she actually did bring a corrupt Hero Society down because it hurt her loved ones. The latter is only implied in For Their Sakes, and everyone thinks Hawks is joking when he mentions it.
  • Like Brother and Sister:
    • Miruko took Hawks under her wing when he first became a Pro Hero. Nowadays, they are the closest of friends and become roommates after his return. One of the fic's tags is even "Big Sis Miruko".
    • Hawks and Mockingjay, with Hawks as the encouraging but sometimes irritating little brother and Mockingjay as the protective and supportive older sister. Mockingjay is protective of Hawks to the point where she'll break into Commission HQ to get one of his handlers fired for harassing him and will burn Hero Society down before it can burn him. Hawks trusts Mockingjay with his life, secrets, and safety as she is one of the few people he's honest with about the Commission's shadier actions. He may be her Replacement Goldfish for Finnick and Prim.
    • In Mockingjay: Origin, Katniss and Finnick became like family after the Quirk Games. They graduate, start an agency, live, and work together and Katniss is devastated by his death.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Downplayed in a "Likes Toshinori Yagi, Fears All Might" type way.
    • Orange is perfectly calm around Toshinori and finds him to be as harmless as a Teddy Bear but All Might's presence and catchphrase causes him to freak out because of his fight with Future All Might's Nomu, where the Nomu ripped off Orange's arm after killing thousands of people.
    • Hawks trusts Toshinori with his most personal thoughts and secrets but is wary of All Might, avoids being close to him, and often goes mute in is presence. The Commission and Kaetsu used All Might's name as a way to berate and torture Hawks with all his supposed "failures" while controlling him, making the Symbol of Peace a walking Trauma Button for the Winged Hero.
  • Living Lie Detector: At the request of the Hero Commission, Tsukauchi uses his Lie Detector Quirk to confirm Hawks is who he says he is. When Hawks and the Voices discuss how others may believe he is a spy if he tells them the truth, Hawks asks why they can't have Tsukauchi affirm they're being honest. White tells him Tsukauchi's Quirk can be tricked if the target is brainwashed or believes they are telling the truth.
  • Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness: A 6. The series is mostly non-graphic though some blood and injuries are described. Civilians (including children) are placed in danger, though they mostly die in the Bad Future. In the Bad Future, a child is turned to ashes in Future Midoriya's arms. Another character's throat is ripped out by a Nomu and the witness recalls their blood splattering on them. The future Heroes find a room filled with the decaying bodies of experiment victims. A character had limbs amputated via torture and the injury is described as bleeding heavily. In Mockingjay: Origin a twelve year-old is killed with a spear. The teenaged protagonist shoots another teenager in the eye and his blood spurts.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: Although Hero Society sorts people into Heroes and Villains, each person has their own individual morality.
    • Hawks and a majority of the Voices seek to save and protect as many people as they can using legal means. They refuse to take justice into their own hands by simply killing their enemies, though Hawks, Orange, Red, White, and Silver will do it if they see no other option. Saving and helping people is the top priority of Hawks to the point where he wants to redeem Villains like Twice and is willing to give them a second chance without throwing them in prison.
    • Miruko, Aizawa, and Green are willing to use underhanded tactics for greater goals. Green will let someone go on a suicide mission for the greater good, though he regrets it. Aizawa sees Twice and the League as irredeemable and thinks helping them is unwise. And Miruko reluctantly becomes a mole in the MLA who may have to harm innocents in order to keep Hawks safe.
    • Mockingjay and Purple take justice into their own hands. They will kill those they see as a threat to their loved ones and do so without remorse or hesitation. Purple also brainwashes his own allies for a greater goal.
    • Twice is a man who joined the League for selfish reasons but regrets it and wants to leave. However, he remains loyal to his friends and won't abandon them.
    • Dabi is a Hero-hating killer who has a soft spot for his fellow League members and is disgusted by how the Commission treats Hawks since he knows what it's like to be abused. He goes out of his way to rescue Hawks and refuses to take him to All For One when given the opportunity. He's still an unrepentant Villain who wants Endeavor dead.
    • Endeavor is a talented Pro Hero who saves people from abusers every day but is an abuser himself and refuses to believe it. He calls Shoto "it" and reacts to accusations that he is an abuser by attacking his accuser. He also uses enhanced interrogation and intimidation techniques on a fifteen year-old girl. He sees nothing immoral about his actions.
    • The Commission President seeks to keep Hero Society stagnant, kills civilians and Heroes for trying to expose the Commission's corruption, believes every Villain brought their misfortune on themselves and is irredeemable, and had no qualms about letting one of Hawks' handlers control and assault him when he was sixteen. She has no remorse. If Villains do it, it's illegal. If the Commission does it, it's legal.
    • All For One gleefully murders people, takes their Quirks, and uses their bodies to make Nomu. He sees the League as pawns, pushes every one of Dabi and Twice's trauma buttons just because he can, and thinks the Commission's torture of Hawks is fascinating.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • After Miruko offers her home for Hawks to stay at, Hawks asks her how she puts her toiler paper on the roll and brings up All Might's "only villains do that" phrase.
    • As Phoenix, Katniss was the Twelfth Ranked Hero in America, referring to her canon home of District Twelve.
    • On the same vein, Finnick was the Fourth Ranked Hero like District Four.
    • Haymitch's ruined Hero career was brought about when he accidentally Deflected an axe back at a female Villain, cutting her in half, just like how he won his Hunger Games in canon.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Hawks spent most of his childhood before the Commission snagged him being quiet and staying out of his alcoholic parents' way. They readily handed him to the Commission in exchange for money.
    • After the death of Katniss and Prim's father, their mother no longer functions. Katniss is responsible to caring for herself and Prim, and gets any money she can to keep a roof over their heads.
  • Perpetual Poverty:
    • Zig Zagged in Mockingjay: Origin with Katniss. Her mother is unemployed and her father is dead, forcing young Katniss to poach and sell illegal game while Prim sells vegetables on the street corner. Katniss barely has enough money to buy a laughable "Hero costume" which is nothing more a black bodysuit from the thrift store. Despite this, the Everdeens have a roof over their heads during Katniss' childhood, though they do not have enough money for electricity. Once Katniss graduates and begins working as a Pro Hero, her family's financial situation improves.
    • Deconstructed and Justified in For Their Sakes with Hawks. Once he pays the Commission their share, Hawks is extremely poor and barely has enough money to live which forces him to borrow more money from the Commission in an inescapable cycle of debt they orchestrated. Upon his return from going missing, he loses his apartment since the Commission dropped his lease and would be homeless if Miruko did not open her door to him. Hawks says he will be able to afford his own apartment again soon but Miruko replies he can stay with her because she knows he can't and the Commission will bury him in more debts.
  • Quit Your Whining: Deconstructed. For Hawks's whole life, the Commission President and handlers berated him for "failures" like crying, nervousness, or hesitating to work himself until he collapses. In his adulthood, they continue to verbally abuse him for daring to have human emotions like sadness. Hawks often mentally reiterates their verbal abuse to himself whenever he's feeling down to try to force himself to "get over it" but it only succeeds in making his depression worse. The Voices try to help him recover in healthier ways while teaching him that it's okay to feel bad.
    Hawks: (at himself) Stop being self-pitying, you stupid bitch. It's your fault things ended like this.
    Green: No it's not. And don't call yourself that.
  • Secret Identity:
    • Downplayed. The Voices use color-themed code names to hide their identities from Hawks. Unfortunately for them, Hawks is perceptive so the effectiveness varies. Due to Silver's interest in saving Ingenium, Hawks quickly figures out he is an Iida. He figures out Silver is Tenya Iida in chapter three, Green is Izuku Midoriya in chapter six, White is Shoto Todoroki in chapter eight, Yellow and Pink are Denki Kaminari and Ochaco Uraraka in chapter fourteen, Purple is Hitoshi Shinso in chapter nineteen, and Red is Momo Yaoyorozu in chapter thirty-two of For Their Sakes. He discovers Orange, the last Voice, is Katsuki Bakugo in chapter three of For Our Sakes.
    • Invoked and Inverted with Hawks. He has no secret identity because the Commission wants him to only be a Hero. They enforce this enough that Hawks has forgotten his own birth name.
    • All Might's civilian identity as Toshinori Yagi is kept from everyone, including his fellow Pro Heroes. He gives Hawks Toshinori's number to call if he ever needs to talk to anyone. Hawks does so after he lives through Red's memory of Future Tokoyami's death and is completely unaware his confidant is secretly All Might.
    • The eight Voices take on the titular Ennea persona when they use Hawks' body to act as a Vigilante and rescue Eri from Overhaul. Purple briefly brainwashes Hawks into forgetting their Vigilante plans so he can truthfully tell Tsukauchi he doesn’t know anything about Ennea.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In a way. Finnick dies in Mockingjay: Origin but is revealed to have been brought back as the Nomu Retiarius in For Their Sakes.
  • Superhuman Trafficking:
    • Trafficking rings that capture and sell people with valuable Quirks are common but rarely discussed in Hero Society. Mockingjay's specialty is taking them down and Hawks lets her use his agency's resources to do so.
    • In the past, Katniss was kidnapped by one such ring and forced to fight in the Quirk Games with only herself and Finnick surviving. They form a team with Gale and work to bring down other Quirk Traffickers until Gale leaves the group after an argument and Finnick's death.
    Mockingjay: Origin 

Mockingjay: Origin contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Gale is still radical for a Pro Hero and hates society but he doesn't kill people for it like he does in the books where he dropped a mountain on innocent civilians. He still gets Prim killed but he did not create the bomb that killed her and had no plan to drop it on children like in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Along with Adaptational Heroism, this is Implied to be the case for Gale. Katniss can't bear to look at the evidence released detailing the Capitol's plan to kill Prim because Gale might have been a knowing participant, either out of a desire to get back at Katniss or because the Capitol threatened his family.
  • Adapted Out: Peeta, Annie, and Effie are never mentioned.
  • The Alcoholic: Haymitch is an alcoholic, as per canon. His reasons for turning to drink differ; He was a rapidly rising Pro Hero who accidentally killed a villain he was fighting, causing everyone to turn against him and leaving him with only his booze for comfort.
  • Anti-Hero: Katniss transforms from a cynical but lawful hero to a cynical and less-lawful anti-hero who kills Coin for having a hand in Finnick and Prim's deaths and leaves American Hero Society in chaos for revenge.
  • Asshole Victim: Snow is in charge of the Quirk Games. Coin is the corrupt President of the Capitol Hero Committee and kills Finnick and Prim. No one mourns when Coin and Snow are killed by Katniss.
  • Attack Reflector: Haymitch's Quirk (Deflect) lets him reflect attacks back at his opponent with twice the force. He accidentally killed a villain he was fighting when he Deflected her axe back at her, cutting her in two.
  • Berserk Button: Katniss loathes Human Traffickers and corrupt Hero corporations after what happened to Finnick.
  • Bounty Hunter: Before meeting Hawks, Mockingjay was an underground hero in name but acted more like a bounty hunter. She hunted villains down and received the rewards for their captures.
  • Catch a Falling Star: How Mockingjay and Hawks meet. She is thrown off a building during a fight with a villain and he catches her.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Muttations are present at the 25th Quirk Games but are never released from their cages. They come back five years later and kill Finnick.
  • Doomed by Canon: In For Their Sakes, Hawks mentions Mockingjay mostly works alone and that he got a pass when it came to getting close to her since he reminded her of people she knew. Even without the source material to consider, the fact she lives in Japan is enough to clue readers in that Rue, Prim, and Finnick don't make it. Subverted with Finnick, in a way.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Played for Drama. Eighteen year-old Hawks looks androgynous enough that one of his superiors is convinced he's secretly a girl. The man harasses him whenever they are alone "because a guy can't be that pretty" and tries to force him to "show proof" of his gender. Once she hears of it, Katniss gets the superior fired and arrested for other sexual harassment incidents.
  • Failure Hero: Katniss fails to save Rue, Finnick, and Prim and loses almost everything she cares about.
  • Foreshadowing: Gale's initial rant about how he views American Hero Society hints he cares more about revenge against those who benefit from that Society than saving the people who suffer because of it.
  • Four Is Death: Finnick is the Number Four Ranked Hero in America when he is killed by Muttations.
  • Making a Splash: Finnick's Quirk gives him hydrokinesis.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Prim's death was orchestrated by the Capitol Hero Committee to appear to be an unfortunate case of "wrong place, wrong time". Katniss never learns if Gale knew what was going to happen or was manipulated.
  • One-Shot Fic: The fic consists of one chapter and can be read as a standalone story.
  • The Phoenix: Katniss chooses the hero name "Phoenix" at Prim's suggestion, who gets the idea from a book she read where phoenix song gives people hope. Katniss has no fire powers but fits the Phoenix imagery by burning her old life i.e. the Capitol, American Hero Society, and the Phoenix identity, to ashes after Prim's death and is "reborn" as Mockingjay.
  • Playing Both Sides: The Capitol Hero Committee funds both Pro Heroes and the Villain Organizations those heroes fight to keep the cycle of Hero Society running while bringing in revenue from both sides.
  • Prequel: Mockingjay: Origin begins when Katniss is four and ends when she is twenty-three, two years before Hawks' disappearance in the first chapter of For Their Sakes.
  • The Promise: Katniss makes Hawks promise he won't die and intends to do everything in her power to make sure he can keep that promise.
  • Read the Fine Print: Haymitch teaches Katniss to do this as part of her Hero training. It keeps her out of some shady deals and allows her to leave the Capitol's pocket with them unable to legally stop her. So they kill Prim. Unfortunately, no one taught Finnick and he is trapped by his contracts and the Capitol's threats against his loved ones.
  • Sex Slave: As per canon, Finnick is coerced into doing sexual favors for patrons in exchange for the Capitol Hero Committee's continued support of his and Katniss' agency. He also does it to keep any unfortunate accidents from happening to his loved ones.
  • Theme Naming: Katniss, Gale, and Finnick all choose Hero names connected to elements: Phoenix (fire), Galeforce (air), and Poseidon (water) respectively.
  • Tragic Dream: Finnick wants to go to Japan and meet All Might, the Hero who inspired him. He dies before he gets the chance. Katniss goes in his place but does not meet All Might because she thinks she is not the type of Hero that should meet the Symbol of Peace.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Zig-zagged. Katniss starts out as a cynical but lawful and moral hero. She remains moral in many situations but discards both the lawful and moral part when it comes to protecting her loved ones. If they are in danger, she becomes ruthless. Even before Prim and Finnick die, Katniss is less moral than many heroes as she kills Snow rather than see him arrested. After Finnick and Prim's deaths she prioritizes her loved ones over the world and leaves American Hero Society in shambles just to bring the Capitol down. When Katniss says she will let Japanese Hero Society burn before it has the chance to burn Hawks, she means it.
  • Voice Changeling: Katniss' Quirk, "Mockery" allows her to speak with the voice of anyone she hears. This also allows her to tell if someone is lying by listening to the inflections in their voice. However, since Katniss is so stoic and serious, she cannot copy happier emotions like joy or excitement, leaving those voices dead-sounding and monotone. When she speaks with her dead father's voice to comfort Prim, her mother slaps her and calls her a demon, leading her to refuse to rely on her Quirk.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Gale and Katniss have a bad fight over accepting the Capitol's sponsorship offer. It ends with Gale storming out. Katniss does not try to see him again until after Finnick dies. Before they can make up, Gale goes after a villain instead of stopping a bomb that ends up killing Prim. Katniss never forgives him. She does not look at the leaked evidence surrounding Prim's death because she fears he may have been a willing participant.
    For Their Sakes 

For Their Sakes contains examples of:

  • A Mistake Is Born: Hawks' mother told him he was an accident that she regrets keeping during one of her drunken rants when he was five.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Curious appears in chapter twelve to interview Hawks. In canon she does not debut until the Meta Liberation Army arc.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Hawks panics and pleads with Purple not to brainwash him into keeping silent about Endeavor. His terror hits Purple hard and he stops before his Quirk can take hold.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Both of Hawks' parents are alcoholics. As a child he learned to stay quiet and not cry in order to avoid angering them when they were drunk and hungover.
  • All for Nothing: Future Yaoyorozu and Tokoyami's mission to save people (including Kyoka Jiro) from a Nomu lab was a complete failure. They went behind Deku's back to go, only to find out everyone was already dead and Jiro had been turned into a Nomu. Even worse, Tokoyami was killed by Nomu Jiro, meaning he died for nothing.
  • Alternate Catchphrase Inflection: In flashbacks to the Bad Future, Future All Might's Nomu was only capable of saying his "I am here!" catchphrase in a sinister, mocking tone. Shigaraki purposely made him that way to turn his catchphrase into something civilians and Heroes would dread hearing. "I am here!" used to bring hope to those who needed saving but soon became an omen of death.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Averted with Hawks, who has a possible diagnosis of PTSD, selective mutism, and dissociation pending. It's less clear for the Voices but since they're stuck in his head, there isn't a way for a doctor to diagnose them. Hawks is officially diagnosed with PTSD by a doctor in chapter twenty-one.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Invoked in-universe. Ennea (the Voices' Vigilante identity) purposely invokes this with loose clothing and a voice modifier to keep their gender unknown. Present-day Eri, Hawks, and Tsukauchi all cannot tell their gender by looking at or hearing them.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Future Bakugo had his left arm cut off at the shoulder. It was torn off by All Might's Nomu.
  • Apathetic Citizens: None of the civilians walking down the street stop to help Hawks as he's being kidnapped by Kaetsu in broad daylight, despite the victim's struggles to get away from the kidnapper. Any citizens that think something might be wrong wait for a Hero to come and help but one never appears.
  • Arc Number: Nine.
    • There are nine people in Hawks' head including himself. Hawks has nine Quirks as a result.
    • Ennea is Greek or Latin for nine and first appears in chapter nine.
    • Shota Aizawa is told about the Bad Future in chapter nineteen.
    • Hawks regains his memories of what Kaetsu did to him in chapter twenty-nine.
    • The Nomu Retiarius's identity is revealed to be Finnick Odair in chapter thirty-nine.
  • Ascended Extra: Miruko goes from a rarely-seen Pro Hero who has only been seen in a few chapters of the manga to Hawks' best friend who led the search to try to locate him.
  • Awesome by Analysis: Purple and Red are able to understand the mechanics of Kaetsu's Fearful Fantasy Quirk by hearing its general properties and figure out how he created a fake Jiro Nomu with Red's fear.
  • Awful Truth: The Voices work hard to keep Endeavor's abusive actions from Hawks because they realize the truth could break him. This backfires as he catches on that something is wrong and begins investigating Endeavor himself. He figures out the truth on his own and handles it badly until he resolves to help the Todorokis escape Endeavor.
  • Bad Future: Ten years in the future Hero Society is gone, Villains have destroyed most of the world and everyone who opposed them is dead except Future Midoriya, Bakugo, Todoroki, Yaoyorozu, Iida, Uraraka, Kaminari, Shinso, and Eri. Eri uses her Quirk to send them back in time to prevent the future from happening.
  • Bad Liar: Downplayed. The Voices are only bad at lying when they're keeping secrets from Hawks. Hawks notes they are terrible at coming up with stories and excuses on the spot.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Due to multiple successful tests of their time traveling where they went back in time a few days, at first it seems the time travelers will all end up in their own past bodies. Nope! They all are stuck in Hawks' head.
  • Bait the Dog: When Amplifier is ordered to bring Hawks in for experimentation, he refuses and seems to want to help and hear his side of the story. He says he prefers not to give Hawks to the Commission because he doesn't want Hawks broken. Hawks has enough time to wonder if Amplifier is actually going to disobey the Commission, only for Amplifier to decide to "help" by viciously torturing Hawks with his full-powered Quirk "for his own good".
  • Bar Brawl: The tabloids claim Miruko got into one after going on a drinking binge. She did drink but was a cuddly and chatty drunk who stayed with Hawks, Tensei, and Jeanist the whole time. It's this article that makes Hawks realize the Commission is starting their slander campaign against Miruko.
  • Be Yourself: The Voices encourage Hawks to be genuine and show his interest in his interns (Tokoyami, Todoroki, and Iida) from the start rather than dance around the subject. Hawks notes they want him to impress the three so they will see him as a Reasonable Authority Figure and turn to him in the future.
  • Bedlam House: Shiho Asylum is a closed medical facility that was open when Quirks first emerged. People were sent there to be "cured" of their Quirks but in reality, the doctor experimented on the patients to try to figure out how Quirks worked. In the present day it is the abandoned place where Kaetsu keeps Hawks and Tokoyami. And said evil doctor is Ujiko.
  • Bewildering Punishment: Hawks has no idea why Miruko refuses to talk to or even look at him for over a week. He thinks he did something, but in actuality he did nothing wrong; she is avoiding him because the Commission ordered her to infiltrate the Meta Liberation Army and she's trying to keep her distance.
  • Bittersweet Ending: For Their Sakes ends with a mix of highs and lows.
    • On the high end Shigaraki has been arrested, the Commission's attempt to kill Hawks has been thwarted, Hawks and Tokoyami have been rescued, Kaetsu is dead, Hawks has broken free of his conditioning and actively wants to stop the Commission, Twice and Dabi are Hawks' tentative allies, Retiarius is resisting his programming and works as a Vigilante, and Hawks will be joining UA's staff.
    • On the low end Hawks has temporarily lost his wings and a majority of the Voices' Quirks with them, Tokoyami is traumatized by his kidnapping and has lost most of his trust in Heroes other than Hawks and UA, Hawks is clinically depressed, Miruko has started her mission and become a controversial figure just as the Commission wanted, Mockingjay has gone to America, Overhaul has been successfully brainwashed by the Doctor, All For One is back at full strength and has taken Kaetsu's Quirk for himself, and the Voices seem to be fading from existence.
  • Brain Bleach: Yellow mentions the trope name when talking about Shiho Asylum and the inhumane Quirk experiments that happened there. He cheerfully says his attempts at brain bleach failed.
  • Begin with a Finisher: Hawks' first move when facing Overhaul is to throw a feather straight into his eye. It doesn't work because of his Healing Factor but points for trying.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Thanks to the Voices' warnings, Hawks arrives in time to stop Stain from paralyzing Ingenium.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Ennea means "nine" or "group of nine" in Greek.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: Hawks knocks Stain's swords out of his hands using his Feather Flechettes during their first encounter.
  • Boom Head Shot: Muscular is killed by a sniper shot to the head before Hawks can fight him during Shigaraki's prison transfer.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Downplayed. The eight time travelers still love and respect All Might but they now know he is just a man and feel they cannot rely solely on him to save the world. Even Green (Future Midoriya) feels this way.
    • Played straight with Hawks towards Endeavor. Hawks' idealized image of his idol is shattered and stomped to pieces when he figures out and White confirms that Endeavor is abusive and neglectful to his family.
  • Bystander Syndrome: The civilians present when Hawks is kidnapped by Kaetsu do not attempt to help the victim. Some ignore what is happening while others wait around for someone else to call a Hero to help. The victim attempts to avert this by directly going to a couple for help but the kidnapper tricks them into thinking Hawks is his drunk fiancee and pulls them away.
  • Caged Bird Metaphor: Hawks is trapped in the figurative and literal cage the Commission put him in when he was young. It's bigger now than when he was a child, but he's still forced to serve them. He longs to be free and spread his wings but thinks he will be trapped until the day he dies.
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • After Hawks unlocks Orange's Quirk, Green realizes no one will believe they are from the future. Instead they will think they are some type of spy or Manchurian Agent because only agents of All For One have access to more than one Quirk.
    • Seven years ago, an elderly man noticed a Commission agent following a family who told the police a Hero murdered someone. He told the police this when the family was killed but his word was dismissed since he was "senile, old, and paranoid". At least, the Commission claimed he was.
    • Hawks tells Aizawa about the time travelers and their future, but he believes Hawks has been brainwashed. He reassures Hawks he will help him... by sending him to psychiatric care. Orange steps in before he can try and convinces Aizawa they're telling the truth.
    • No one believes Hawks when he tells them about his fight with Kaetsu and the injuries his handler sustained during it since All For One had Overhaul heal Kaetsu's wounds, erasing the evidence. This causes Hawks to doubt his own memory.
  • Child Soldiers: Hawks was taken by the Commission and groomed to be a hero since he saved people from a car accident. He endured grueling hero training much like Todoroki. Unlike Todoroki, his training involved enhanced interrogation resistance training.
  • Cliffhanger:
    • Chapter twenty-four ends with Hawks heading to Shigaraki's prison transfer to Tartarus after openly defying the Commission, who he acknowledges won't let him get away with disobeying them. Also, an unknown party is resisting their orders to capture Hawks and has identified him as Ennea.
    • Chapter thirty-two ends with Hawks being captured by Kaetsu.
    • Chapter thirty-five ends with Kaetsu ordering his Nomu Jiro to kill Tokoyami and "Ennea" rescuing Dabi from Kaetsu's fake Touya.
    • Chapter forty ends with hints that the Voices may be fading from existence.
  • Clip Its Wings: Kaetsu cuts off Hawks' wings with a hacksaw in chapter thirty-four. They may grow back but the regeneration will take a while.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: The Bad Future version of Hawks was tortured on live television by the Paranormal Liberation Front so all of Japan could watch one of their favorite Heroes suffer horribly and die. This backfired on the villains as it allowed Hawks to warn the heroes about an incoming attack using hand signals.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The Voices choose color-themed aliases to prevent Hawks from knowing their past identities:
    • Future Midoriya: Green
    • Future Bakugo: Orange
    • Future Todoroki: White
    • Future Iida: Silver
    • Future Uraraka: Pink
    • Future Shinso: Purple
    • Future Kaminari: Yellow
    • Future Yaoyorozu: Red
    • Pink starts calling Hawks "Gold" so he (in her words) feels like part of the team. The others start using the nickname as well both out of affection and to try to give Hawks some potential plausible deniability if needed.
  • Comfort the Dying: Hawks soothes the dying Winged Nomu by gently touching its head and reassuring it that no one would hurt it anymore. To the surprise of the other Heroes, it does not try to attack him and relaxes before peacefully dying. When questioned why he bothered comforting what many saw as a mindless beast, Hawks says it was human once and thus deserves some level of compassion.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Hawks believed Endeavor grabbing and shaking him with flaming hands is acceptable since no long-lasting damage was done. He knows it's not normal for coworkers to manhandle each other like that but thinks Endeavor's just a grump is all. Hawks is bewildered when the Voices try to explain that no, Endeavor has no excuse to threaten him like that. Orange calls Endeavor a bully and scathingly asks if the Commission beat that type of thinking into Hawks.
  • Content Warnings: The first chapter of For Their Sakes has a disclaimer that the fic contains cursing, violence and blood, depictions of panic attacks and PTSD, character death (from the future timeline), and possible character death (from the current timeline).
  • Conveniently Coherent Thoughts: Defied. There are no mental barriers between Hawks and the eight Voices' minds, which lets them all experience all nine of their emotions and thoughts all at once. This means they can barely comprehend what each other is thinking and feeling and are easily overwhelmed by themselves. It takes laborious effort and repression on the Voices' part to let Red (Yaoyorozu) talk to Hawks long enough to try to explain what's happening.
  • Conveniently Unverifiable Cover Story: Inverted. Hawks knows that if others find out about the Voices, no one will believe him when he truthfully says he was in the woods the whole time he was missing. They will instead think he was captured and experimented on by All For One and the Doctor, like Aizawa initially does before Orange convinces him otherwise.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The President of the Hero Commission and her compatriots bought Hawks and railroaded him into becoming a Pro Hero. They constantly change the details of Hawks' contract to keep him in debt and their employment. The President also allowed Kaetsu to control sixteen year-old Hawks for a year to ensure he was traumatized into obedience.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Hawks cannot use Orange or any of the Voices' Quirks without revealing he has them and making others believe he had contact with All For One and the League of Villains.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Stain has few techniques he can use against proficient long-range fighters. This kicks him in the butt when he faces Hawks, who does not need to get anywhere near him to take him down.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Orange screams at the others to shut the hell up when they begin to overwhelm Hawks. His volume briefly causes Hawks more pain but Hawks decides it's worth it to get some less painful quiet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Hawks (a versatile close, mid, and long range fighter) effortlessly takes down Stain (a close combat fighter who requires blood to use his Quirk) by simply pinning him to the wall with his feathers. Afterward, Green comments Hawks was overqualified for this.
    • Hawks and the Voices merged with him completely annihilates the Shie Hassaikai, including Overhaul. Hawks dodges every attack they throw at him and none of them come close to touching him as they are easily taken out one by one.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Whatever Hawks accidentally did during the fight with Overhaul, which seems to merge himself and the Voices together and allows them to use all their Quirks at once. When they stop using that power, Hawks and the Voices' mental barriers shatter and he's left convulsing on the ground. After waking, he's catatonic and Recovery Girl fears he has developed a type of neurological disorder.
  • The Dead Have Names: Hawks rips apart Stain's warped ideology by listing the names of Heroes he killed and how they were good people.
    Hawks (to Stain): "Who are you to say that? You don't even know them. Hell, you don't know any the Heroes you've killed. Silver-tongue had an infant daughter who never got to know her dad. Wavery raised money for a children's hospital. Slipstream spent the time she wasn't on duty helping her blind neighbor with her garden. Ingenium's only 'crime' was that he could not face everything alone. And yet none of them were good enough for your twisted version of society."
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • A minor Hero from the manga's Shie Hassaikai Raid Arc named Mr. Brave is killed by Overhaul during his attempt to retrieve Eri.
    • Muscular is killed by a sniper, who is Hawks' former handler, Norito Kaetsu.
  • Deconstruction Fic: For Their Sakes deconstructs aspects of a Peggy Sue plot:
    • The time travelers don't remember every little detail of their lives since ten years have passed since the present. They also lack the outsider awareness of everything that happens in the plot like the audience do so the UA traitor,which is known to the UA teachers but not the students, was a mere blip in their timeline. The traitor was never an issue again after UA fell and was never found in the next decade so the time travelers nearly forgot one even existed. Silver only remembers after Hawks wondered if a traitor told Overhaul Eri's location.
    • The time travelers went back to save Hero Society and make everything "good" again, only to discover it's much more corrupt than they realized. They were children when it fell so they remember it as a beacon of righteousness and Heroism and not the flawed system it truly is. They cannot simply defeat the Big Bad in order for everything to turn out okay because as long as Hero Society is like it is, the cycle will continue. That being said, the time travelers still want to save Hero Society albeit by reforming it so it's less corrupt.
    • The world is filled with superpowers with a fantastical variety of gifts but there are limits. While time travel might be a possibility as far as the present is concerned, Quirks for brainwashing, implanting or erasing memories, and putting multiple Quirks into one person are a reality. This makes it difficult for Hawks to convince anyone he is telling the truth, especially since Nomu exist.
    • The butterfly effect commonly screws the time travelers over since the changes they make ripple outward and make more people act differently. They cannot predict everything that everyone will do and they do not have the insight into their motivations. For example, rescuing Eri early causes Overhaul to attack her escort and Hawks unknowingly encourages Twice to have a Heel–Face Turn.
    • The time travelers don't know everything. When Future Hawks died in their timeline, much of his intel was lost with him, preventing the time travelers from knowing things like where Ujiko's labs and the future Paranormal Liberation Front's HQ are.
    • The time travelers' themselves are traumatized by what they lived through. They fought a war, went through hell, and lost everyone and everything they loved. Their future was so bad that they had to go to the past to try to save it, and it left them with physical and mental scars. They are often shocked by how different and unburdened their past selves are and are unprepared when they act in ways their older selves wouldn't.
  • Defiant to the End: Future Hawks never begged for his life as he was being tortured by the Paranormal Liberation Front. Before Future Shigaraki killed him, he used his last moments to warn the heroes about an attack.
  • Didn't See That Coming: The time travelers do multiple test runs to make sure they will end up in their past bodies. They are completely unprepared when Future Shigaraki decays Eri as she uses Rewind on them and they end up in Hawks' head instead.
  • Disappointed in You: Hawks says this almost word for word to Todoroki and Iida after they disregard protocol, go to hunt Stain alone, and nearly get killed doing so rather than call him for help the moment they were in danger or simply avoiding the whole encounter by not leaving his side in the first place like he ordered. Hawks sounds so exhausted as he says it that even Midoriya, who is not a target of Hawks' lecture, is ashamed. Rather than the lecture, it's Hawks' disappointment that makes the interns accept how badly they screwed up by not calling Pro Heroes for help.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • In the past, Hawks admitted to the Commission that he was not sure he wanted to become a Pro Hero or at least wanted a life outside of Heroism. The Commission responded by cracking down on him, micromanaging his life, and putting him in inescapable debt to keep him in their control.
    • When Hawks was sixteen, he had ideas to implement Villain rehabilitation programs and other programs that would help ostracized people from becoming Villains. The Commission responded by letting Kaetsu use his Quirk to control Hawks for a year. For that year his body was trained until he collapsed, was beaten by his handlers, assaulted by Kaetsu, and nearly starved. All because he wanted to help people the Commission saw as unworthy.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A young man is viciously attacked by a stalker, who pins him down and tears at his clothes while cutting him with a knife. The young man falls unconscious during the assault. When he wakes, he discovers his attacker cut off his wings. He is in so much pain he can hardly move and curls up on the bed he was assaulted in, sobbing. For many readers it brings memories of that scene where Maleficent wakes to find her wings gone to mind.
  • Dr. Jerk: One of the doctors that cares for Hawks after he is rescued from Kaetsu is a condescending Jerkass who considers Hawks' word unreliable due to his quote unquote "trauma" and "fragile state of mind". He also participates in Gaslighting as he tries to convince Hawks that his victory over his abuser (Kaetsu) never happened. Orange cusses the doctor out for his victim blaming and lack of empathy.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Miruko calls Hawks "Baby Bird" because when she first met him, he reminded her of a fluffy baby chick.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Downplayed in that the Voices do not betray Hawks but they do something both hurtful and inconsiderate (on the verge of morally reprehensible). Hawks feels horribly betrayed when he finds out the Voices have been using his body to do things to prepare for their mission whenever he drifted or slept. He tries to rationalize it was for a good reason but still feels deeply hurt. The betrayal gets worse after Purple tries to brainwash Hawks into keeping silent about Endeavor in order to stop him from telling Aizawa. Purple stops himself before his Quirk can take hold but the damage is done.
  • Fainting: Hawks often blacks out when the Voices overwhelm him. He collapses after saving Ingenium (Tensei Iida) and wakes up in a hospital, to his and the Voices' dismay.
  • Faking the Dead: Future Best Jeanist and Hawks conspired to fake Jeanist's death to get the League to trust Hawks. Thanks to Future Uraraka and Kaminari's reckless investigation, the League discovered Jeanist lived and that Hawks was a Hero spy.
  • Financial Abuse: When Hawks was six, his parents made a contract with the Commission that they would receive portions of his paychecks for life. It's heavily implied Hawks is the sole financial provider for his parents (who spend most of their money on booze) and has been since he was a child. By the time they and the Commission get their shares, Hawks has barely enough money to scrape by. Upon his return from his year-long absence, he's so poor he can't afford his own apartment and rooms with Miruko. Without her, he'd be homeless.
  • First-Episode Twist: The summary and first chapter of For Their Sakes sets up the standard Peggy Sue plot where eight Pro Heroes go back in time to save the world from the League of Villains. At the end of the first chapter, their method back is destroyed mid-transfer. As a result, the time travelers do not end up in their past selves' bodies. They end up in Hawks' body instead. The plot follows the trapped characters and Hawks as they learn to live with their new situation while trying to save the world and discover the Hero Society they idealistically came back to save is flawed and corrupt.
  • Fix Fic:
    • Tensei Iida is never paralyzed by Stain and continues to be a Hero.
    • Eri is rescued months early and Overhaul and most of the Shie Hassaikai are arrested when they try to get her back. Sir Nighteye's death and Mirio's Quirk loss are both avoided as a result.
    • Hawks figures out Endeavor is abusive and Miruko begins investigating the Flame Hero in order to get his family away from him, like the Todorokis want.
    • Pro Hero characters (including Miruko, Eraserhead, All Might, and Best Jeanist) realize the way the Commission acquired, trained, and treat Hawks is shady at the very least. They work to get him out of their control.
  • Flashback Nightmare: In chapter seven, Hawks has a nightmare about Future Tokoyami's death, where he is killed by a Nomufied Jiro. The memories are Red's, but Hawks recalls everything as if they are his own, which terrifies him.
  • Forceful Kiss: Played for Horror. In a flashback, Kaetsu forcefully kisses sixteen year-old Hawks, who is completely under the control of his handler's Quirk. The narrative focuses on the victim's terrified reaction as he tries to force any part of his body to move so he can fight back. He doesn't succeed and begins dissociating as his "escape".
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Hawks drifts but still ends up outside his Agency with Miruko. He is not sure how he got there. Red also shows surprising skill in using her Quirk despite the minimal amount of time she's been in control. Later, Red feels guilty when Hawks makes the Voices promise not to take control of his body without his consent. It turns out they have been doing that all week whenever he drifted.
    • Purple says Tsukauchi's Lie Detector Quirk can be tricked if the person he talks to is brainwashed. After they save Eri, Purple brainwashes Hawks into forgetting about the Voices, their plan to rescue Eri, and their Vigilante plans. He undoes it once Tsukauchi has left.
    • Yellow and Pink feel guilty whenever Future Hawks' spy mission is brought up. Turns out they were the reason he was discovered by the Villains and captured.
    • Orange is triggered by Nomu and said he killed All Might. He means it: he was forced to kill a Nomu of All Might to save his, Deku, and hundreds of people's lives.
    • Mockingjay mentions the serial killer's victims were wrapped in a thin rope-like material like Nomu Jiro's Earphone Jacks.
  • Freak Out: Hawks and the Voices have a combined panic attack after the second fight with Stain, where Todoroki would have been killed if they'd arrived a second later.
  • Friendless Background: Hawks was completely isolated by the Hero Commission when he was a child, who only cared about training him to be a Hero. As such, he had no friends until he became a Pro Hero at eighteen and met Miruko and Mockingjay.
  • Fright-Induced Bunkmate: Hawks platonically sleeps in Miruko's bed after suffering a panic attack in the middle of the night.
  • From Bad to Worse: Things go downhill after Hawks disobeys the Commission. He is attacked by Amplifier, accidentally reveals he knows about Endeavor's abuse to Endeavor himself, recovers his traumatic Repressed Memories, and is kidnapped by Kaetsu. Then Tokoyami is kidnapped by Kaetsu too and he cuts off Hawks's wings.
  • Gaslighting: The Commission removed any signs of Kaetsu's presence in Hawks' room to make him think he had never had that handler. They go so far as to remove the scuff marks from his bed and deny Kaetsu ever existed while accusing Hawks of making things up. Eventually, he believes they are right.
  • Gendered Insult: Norito Kaetsu always refers to Hawks as a female and demeans him, considering him weak, naive, and his to break and control. Amplifier is disgusted by this.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Hawks' attempt to tell Aizawa the truth about the Voices results in Aizawa believing he has been brainwashed or might be a new type of sleeper Nomu. He intends to commit Hawks to a mental institution. The next chapter reveals this is narrowly averted as Orange gets Aizawa to believe them. If he had not, Hawks would have been stuck in a psych ward (or worse if the Commission got him).
  • Gotta Get Your Head Together: Hawks often clutches at his head and curls up in pain when the Voices' become too overwhelming or he has an anxiety attack. Twice finds him like this in an alley and (due to this being his own kind of reaction when he's "splitting") ties a shirt around Hawks' head. His appearance shocks Hawks and the Voices into calming down.
  • Grand Theft Me: The Voices can take control of Hawks' body. White instinctively does so to protect him from Endeavor.
  • Hand Signals: Future Hawks used them to warn the Pro Heroes about an incoming attack before being killed. This allowed some of the heroes to escape unscathed instead of all of them being wiped out like the Villains planned.
  • Heroic RRoD: Something happens during Hawks' fight against Overhaul that appears to briefly combine him and the Voices into one. When Hawks snaps out of it, the Voices' mental walls have completely crumbled and he suffers from multiple seizures before falling unconscious. When he wakes he's catatonic, nonverbal, and has even more seizures. Recovery Girl theorizes he may have developed a neurological disorder.
  • Honesty Is the Best Policy: Hawks believes this and tries to convince the Voices to tell him about things-to-come so he can pass on the warning to the other heroes. They decline out of fear of what will happen to him if the wrong people (aka All For One or the Commission) find out he knows things he should not. Telling the truth becomes even less appealing when they discover Hawks can use Orange's Quirk and realize the conclusions others will jump to if they find out.
  • I Didn't Tell You Because You'd Be Unhappy: The Voices do not tell Hawks Toshinori Yagi is All Might because they realize he's the only person Hawks can talk to without being judged, mentally torn apart, mistaken for a spy, or seen as crazy. They can't bear to take that outlet away from him, though Purple predicts this will only end in tears.
  • I Hate Past Me:
    • Implied with Orange (Future Bakugo). Endeavor infuriates him when he grabs Hawks and he rants about how Hawks should never forgive him for his actions. The implication is Future Bakugo has grown to regret how he treated Midoriya and can't understand why his former victim forgave him.
    • Downplayed with Silver and White (Future Iida and Todoroki) who are as angry and frustrated as everyone else that their past selves intentionally left Hawks' side and sabotaged his way to find them in order to hunt down Stain.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Justified since that's part of the reason why the victim is kidnapped in the first place. Kaetsu spends much of the time he has Hawks kissing, groping, and cutting him with his knife. He makes it clear he intends to rape "her" but is waiting due to his delusion that Hawks' gender had been forcibly changed to that of a man by the League. Both Hawks and Kaetsu know that if the latter sees Hawks is indeed male, Kaetsu's anger will get the best of him and he will murder Hawks for "lying". Kaetsu wants Hawks to live so he can finally have "her" so he restricts himself to kissing and touching.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Despite Hawks and the Voices' efforts to avoid it, Todoroki, Iida, and Midoriya still fight Stain after he attacks Native. The events go even worse this time around as Iida is taken hostage, Midoriya gets a slash across the chest, Stain thinks Todoroki is as bad as Endeavor due to believing he was sent to spy on Hawks and tries to kill him, and Stain never saves Midoriya (which means he lacks Stain's public support and villains like Spinner won't spare him for that reason).
    • A Hero is ordered by the Hero Commission to infiltrate a Villain organization just like in the previous timeline. The difference is it's Miruko being forced to spy on the Meta Liberation Army.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Hawks' Agency is nicknamed "the Kettle" by its workers.
  • Indentured Servitude: The Commission keeps Hawks under their control using ever-changing contracts, debts, and clauses. They claim its to pay them back for training Hawks to be a Hero but he knows better. He does not try to fight them because he knows they can and will do worse if he steps out of line.
  • Inherent in the System: Hawks and the Voices come to realize a major problem with Hero Society is how it functions. Quirk usage by anyone who is not a licensed Hero can lead to a record, those with a record are ostracized, those with villainous Quirks are also ostracized, Quirk Therapy to make people "socially acceptable" only makes Quirk compulsions worse, mutants are discriminated against, etc. This makes some turn to villainy while others resent the system and the people in it. It's easy to become one of the ostracized due to anything from bad luck to how a person is born.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Hawks moves in to Miruko's apartment after his return from his year-long absence. They are Like Brother and Sister and neither is interested in each other. Justified because Hawks is aroace.
  • Insistent Terminology: Hawks and the Voices insist on calling his dissociation episodes (where he sinks into his head and becomes unaware of the outside world) "Drifting".
  • Internal Reveal:
    • In chapter ten, Hawks is told the Voices have been taking control of his body when he slept or drifted. He also figures out Todoroki is being abused after seeing him and Eri interact. White (Future Todoroki) confirms that Endeavor is abusive.
    • Hawks tells Miruko about Endeavor's abusive actions in chapter twelve when she catches him throwing out all of his Endeavor merchandise.
    • Also in chapter twelve, Hawks reveals someone took control of his body while he was unconscious to Toshinori. Toshinori then lets it slip to Aizawa.
    • Chapter thirteen: Best Jeanist, Toshinori, and Tsukauchi find out just how villainous and corrupt the Commission is after they rescue Hawks from the interrogation his owners put him through.
    • Hawks finds out his future self was sent to spy on the League and died for it because Pink and Yellow accidentally blew his cover in chapter fourteen.
    • Miruko is told Hawks has multiple Quirks by the Commission President in chapter nineteen.
    • Toshinori reveals he is All Might to Miruko and Mockingjay in chapter thirty-three.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: The Commission President always refers to Hawks as "it" and dehumanizes him further by considering him a project, not a person.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • Red (Yaoyorozu) was left guilty, traumatized, and lost a huge chunk of her confidence after her failed mission to rescue Future Jiro, which ended with Tokoyami getting killed by her Nomu. She also blames herself for Jiro's capture since Jiro tricked Yaoyorozu into leaving her behind.
    • Hawks blames himself for being trapped by the Commission because he thinks if he kept his discontent with his controlled life to himself, they would not have given him impossible to pay off debts to keep him in their employ.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Orange is rude, overaggressive, and temperamental but he has become genuine friends with the other time travelers. He also screams at them to shut up whenever they're hurting Hawks.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: Dabi and Twice work to save Hawks from Kaetsu but are part of the League of Villains (kinda), have killed people, and committed other heinous crimes. Just when it seems like they may get off scot-free for their previous crimes, karma comes for them. Both experience their worst fears come to life and have to work under All For One, who sees them as little more than future Nomu when they are no longer useful. Dabi is also forced to face his selfish and hypocritical actions with the fake Touya calling him out for becoming worse than Endeavor by killing Heroes and ruining multiple families. Fake-Touya also begins to burn Dabi alive just like he killed his victims.
  • Kill All Humans: In the future timeline, this was the All Might Nomu's mission given to them by Shigaraki: to kill every non-Villain they came across. By the time they were stopped by Bakugo and Deku, thousands were dead.
  • Killing in Self-Defense: Zigzagged. Kaetsu viciously attacks and repeatedly stabs Hawks. He intends to keep doing it until Hawks dies. Hawks pretends to be grateful for the supposed "Mercy Kill" which causes Kaetsu to lower his guard. Hawks then shoves Kaetsu into the jagged edge of a metal plate, shattering his skull. Kaetsu survives thanks to the Doctor using Overhaul to heal him and is then killed by Mockingjay.
  • Leave No Witnesses: The Hero Public Safety Commission kills anyone who finds out a Hero has committed a crime like murder and tries to bring it to court. In one instance, a little girl and her family were killed in a "gas leak explosion" because the girl's Quirk revealed a Hero had left his ex's boyfriend to die. Miruko and Mockingjay have found seventy-four cases where witnesses were killed (totaling at over two hundred deaths so far) and they're only scratching the surface.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The Voices stonewall most of Hawks' attempts to get information about the future out of them and go out of their way to make sure he never learns. They do this out of fear of what others may do to Hawks if he lets something slip that he shouldn't know. In one instance, Hawks says he would be a terrible spy since he's such a well-known Hero. Red (Yaoyorozu) says she thinks he’d be good at it before remembering what happened to his future self when he was found out. The others forcefully change the subject before Hawks can see their memories of his death.
  • Make Them Rot:
    • Future Shigaraki used Decay on Bad Future Hawks after he successfully warned the Heroes about an upcoming attack, which made the Villains fail to kill them all like they planned.
    • Shigaraki also decays Future Eri. She's in the process of disintegrating in front of the eight time travelers as they're sent back in time.
  • Man Bites Man: The Nomufied Future Jiro killed Future Tokoyami by ripping his throat out with her teeth.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The Voices and Hawks all have a freakout when they realize Stain never had the chance to publicly call Deku a true Hero, which means he will not have the protection of Stain's more devout supporters like Spinner (who saved him from Magne in the previous timeline).
  • Meaningful Name: Shiho Asylum contains the kanji for Fire and Death. Twice lampshades that it may as well be called "Hell."
  • Mental Time Travel: Future Midoriya, Bakugo, Todoroki, Yaoyorozu, Uraraka, Iida, Kaminari and Shinso use Eri's Rewind Quirk to send their consciousnesses back in time. It does not go as planned and they end up in Hawks' body instead of their own.
  • Mercy Kill: Deconstructed. Kaetsu claims to be killing Hawks out of the supposed goodness of his heart because Kaetsu thinks he is dangerous and corrupted but Hawks knows it's just another manipulation tactic. Hawks is not grateful for Kaetsu's "mercy" and fights back, seemingly killing Kaetsu. In essence, a character uses a supposed Mercy Kill as an excuse for murder.
  • Mistaken for Spies: The Voices fear this will happen to Hawks if he reappears after going missing for a year with information he should not know. It's even more likely now that he can use multiple Quirks and the only people who are known to do that are agents of All For One.
  • Murder by Inaction: Seven years ago, an unnamed Hero left his ex's current boyfriend to die in a collapsing building out of jealousy. His crime was covered up by the Commission.
  • Name Amnesia: Invoked by the Commission, who want Hawks to only be his Hero identity. Hawks has spent so long being called "Hawks" that he does not remember his birth name. Even before the Commission picked him up his parents mostly addressed him as "you" or "brat".
  • Near-Villain Victory: Near the end of For Their Sakes, Hawks is stabbed by Kaetsu and dying when "Ennea" (Retiarius) finds him and brings him to Twice, who clones him to give him a blood transfusion. If Retiarius and Twice had not been there, Hawks would have died and the Commission would have won until the newly healed All For One took over.
  • Next Tier Power-Up: Zig-zagged. Purple's Brainwashing Quirk is much more powerful since the nine's minds are directly linked, causing them to respond to him even if they don't mean to. However, since Purple is stuck in Hawks' head, he cannot use his Quirk on anyone else, resulting in a simultaneous downgrade.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • The Voices' insistence on keeping Endeavor's actions secret cause Hawks to investigate him, which is exactly what they were trying to prevent.
    • The Paranormal Liberation Front had no idea Future Hawks was a Hero spy until Future Uraraka and Kaminari investigated him and Jeanist and blew his cover. Why did they do this? Because a classmate was worried about the mentor he had for a week. Said mentor is livid that their impulsive actions caused months of work to all be for nothing and got a Hero killed.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Future Hawks refused to kill Future Best Jeanist like he was ordered and they faked the latter's death instead. Because of this, Future Uraraka and Kaminari found Jeanist and accidentally exposed Hawks as a Hero spy. He was captured and killed.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When Overhaul tries to take Eri back, kills Mr. Brave, and says his death is her fault, Hawks and the Voices' consciousnesses merge and they serenely beat the hell out of him. They stab him in the eye, breaks his nose and arm, and beats him to a bloody pulp. A distraction from Chronostasis only lets Overhaul crawl away for a second before they are on him again and have to be held back by Aizawa.
  • Noodle Incident: The "Incident Which Shall Not Be Mentioned", which involved an angry Tokoyami, a broken coffee machine, and a rampaging Dark Shadow.
  • Not Enough to Bury: Future Froppy was completely cremated by Future Dabi, leaving only ashes and her broken goggles.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Green panics and begins rambling when he is caught in Hawks' body by Mockingjay and continues digging himself in a deeper hole as he tries to explain that he's not possessing Hawks and does not mean him harm. Instead he makes it sound like he is possessing Hawks while letting it slip that Future Hawks died without the context that it was a future version, not the current one. This leaves Mockingjay convinced that Hawks nearly died and has a type of Dissociative Identity Disorder as a result of that near-death experience until Hawks clears things up.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: In the Bad Future, Future Uraraka and Kaminari went against orders and to find out what happened to Future Best Jeanist, which they do because Bakugo was worried about his former mentor. They end up revealing Future Best Jeanist lived and he and Future Hawks faked his death so the League would believe Hawks was on their side. This caused Future Hawks' death and kickstarted the end of Hero Society, all because Uraraka and Kaminari wanted to make Bakugo stop worrying about Jeanist. Jeanist himself condemns them for this.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Future Miruko somehow killed Future Twice, dying in the process.
  • Older and Wiser: The eight Voices are in their mid to late twenties when they are mentally sent back in time. Their mental and emotional maturity is even older than that since they were forced to grow up fast or die in the post-apocalyptic Japan caused by the Villains' attacks. Unlike their teen-aged selves, they are much more aware of the flaws of Hero Society and that Heroes (especially All Might) are not immortal. They hope to impart this knowledge onto their younger selves and their friends through Hawks, such as when they encourage Hawks to bluntly explain to Iida and Todoroki exactly how hunting down Stain nearly got them killed.
  • Parental Savings Splurge: Hawks' parents were given money in exchange for letting the Commission take their son. Nowadays they still receive a huge chunk of Hawks' paycheck as detailed in the contract they made with the Commission, leaving him to struggle to make ends meet.
  • Plausible Deniability: This is a reason why the Voices are initially so stubborn when it comes to revealing future events. They work to keep Hawks out of their Vigilante persona Ennea's actions (like Eri's rescue) so he won't get into legal trouble.
  • Playing with Puppets: When Hawks was sixteen, Kaetsu used his Quirk to control them like a puppet for nearly a year. The victim was completely under his command and had to be ordered to do everything from training to eating to getting dressed. They was conscious the entire time but unable to move their body in any way. While they was in this state, Kaetsu physically assaulted Hawks, kissing and groping him simply because he could and no one would stop him.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: "Hawks" (implied to be White) begs Dabi not to leave again while in a state of delirium after he is stabbed by Kaetsu.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Yes, Iida and Todoroki saved Native and Hawks has their future selves in his head, but they still intentionally left their mentor's side to hunt down a serial killer on their own. Worse, they had multiple ways to bring Hawks to them instantly but either discarded or sabotaged them so he could not find them. Although Hawks (and the Voices) are relieved Native was saved, they are still livid and rake the two over the coals for their foolish and short-sighted actions.
    • Hawks is a Pro Hero who has dealt with plenty of abuse cases in his years of work and is trained to recognize the signs. He is resolute in his decision to keep Eri away from Overhaul even when he does not remember who she is thanks to Purple's temporary brainwashing. The signs of abuse are obvious enough that her father could walk through the Agency door and demand her back and he would be refused. As Hawks notes, that is if the man even is her father and not a kidnapper, as kidnappers often use that kind of excuse to trick people into letting them take kids that aren't their own. He also sees the signs in Shoto and puts together that Endeavor is abusive.
    • The students' habit of breaking the rules for what is (in their teen-aged opinion) a "good reason" bit Future Kaminari and Uraraka in the butt. Rather than make things better, their illegal investigation into Best Jeanist and Hawks led to Jeanist being discovered by the League and Hawks being exposed as a Hero spy, which led to his death. Future Jeanist tells them if they did not need so many Heroes for the upcoming war, Uraraka and Kaminari's Hero licenses would be revoked and they would be going to court for accessing confidential files during an illegal investigation.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Future Kyoka Jiro was captured and turned into a Nomu. She killed Future Tokoyami.
  • Resigned to the Call: Hawks would rather not be the Hero that saves the future but has no choice with eight time travelers in his head that can take control of his body and force him to.
  • The Reveal:
    • The Voices have been taking control of Hawks' body when he drifts or sleeps with him none the wiser.
    • Chapter fourteen reveals that Future Hawks was captured because Pink and Yellow (Future Uraraka and Kaminari) accidentally outed him as a spy due to them looking into Future Jeanist's disappearance. They discovered Hawks and Jeanist had conspired to fake the latter's death and, because they found Jeanist, the Villains found out Hawks lied to them about killing him and was a spy.
    • Chapter sixteen reveals Touya Todoroki was believed to have died in the hospital after Endeavor burned him and the Villain who took him hostage alive but he survived to become Dabi.
    • Chapter seventeen reveals Doctor Ujiko works for All For One and the Hero Public Safety Commission with the Commission none the wiser.
    • Chapter twenty-two reveals Miruko's mission for the Commission. She has been ordered to spy on the Meta Liberation Army.
    • Chapter twenty-four reveals the blue-eyed Nomu was All Might, who had been corrupted and turned by Shigaraki. Shigaraki then released them to kill every non-Villain, starting in Mustafu. Future Bakugo was forced to Mercy Kill them to bring them down and stop the massacre.
    • Chapter twenty-six: the Serial Killer that has been murdering people with mutation-type Quirks is Norito Kaetsu. He has a Quirk that lets him see and conjure people's fears into the real world. Also, he's conjured a Nomu that is implied to be the one Red killed: Future Jiro.
    • In chapter twenty-nine, Hawks remembers his Repressed Memories and reveals the details of them to the Voices and Tensei. When Hawks was sixteen, Kaetsu used his Quirk to control him for a year.
    • Chapter thirty-seven: "Ennea" is a Nomu which can transform to look like a normal human.
    • Chapter thirty-eight: The other "Ennea" is Retiarius.
    • Chapter thirty-nine: Retiarius is Mockingjay's old partner, Finnick Odair.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: After witnessing Purple confront a Commission tail stalking Hawks, Twice realizes Hawks has more than one person in his head but thinks they are Hawks' split personalities instead of separate people.
  • Running Gag:
    • Hawks loves to bring up the time Miruko accidentally kicked a truck at his face during an altercation with a Villain, to her embarrassment. Whenever someone asks him for a story about Miruko, that one is the first he tells.
    • Ever since Hawks instantly identified Midoriya as Green's past self, Hawks regularly brings up how Green totally isn't Future Izuku Midoriya, much to Green's chagrin.
  • Set Right What Once Was Wrong: In the Bad Future, the Villains went on a rampage that killed everyone in Japan except their forces and the eight time travelers (plus Eri). Future Eri uses Rewind to send them back in time to prevent the League of Villains and Paranormal Liberation Front from forming, events which led to that bad future. Stain still manages to make his Villain-inspiring speech and they fail to stop the formation of the LOV.
  • Sharing a Body: Future versions of Midoriya, Bakugo, Todoroki, Uraraka, Iida, Shinso, Kaminari, and Yaoyorozu become stuck in Hawks' head due to a mishap during their attempt at time travel. A major plot of For Their Sakes is the nine learning to live with their new situation and figure out how to get the eight time travelers out of his body.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: Played for Drama. Hawks is unprepared to have to pay for his MRI scan because such costs are usually covered in Japan. The Commission pulled strings so he has to pay 434,000 yen (about 4,100 US dollars) in medical.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Touya Todoroki was taken hostage during an altercation. Endeavor burned both him and the Villain and seemingly killed the hostage. In actuality, he survived his burns and became Dabi.
  • Shower of Angst: Averted. Hawks takes a shower while captured by Kaetsu but holds it together and remains calm. It's what happens after he gets out of the shower and Kaetsu cuts off his wings which leaves him curled up and empty-eyed.
  • Sibling Murder: In the bad future, Future Dabi took Future Natsuo's Quirk for himself and killed his younger brother.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Kaetsu's head hits the edge of a metal plate with a wet-sounding crunch. Hawks hears the bones of his skull crack.
  • The Silent Bob: Played for Drama. Hawks occasionally goes mute due to his year-long absence and his primary mode of communication being telepathy during that year. He sometimes forgets to say the words he wants to. Instead he mouths them or says nothing at all while waiting for a response.
  • Slave to PR: UA uses this against the Hero Commission by publicly announcing Hawks has been hired as a teaching assistant at UA, which means the Commission cannot object to it without people questioning why. In addition, thanks to the attack on Hawks by Amplifier, the public's attention will be on him even more. This is done to prevent any more kidnapping or assassination attempts (since civilians will be on the lookout for anything suspicious) with the added bonus of reporters hounding the Commission for their thoughts on these events.
  • Stress Vomit: Hawks vomits after he seemingly kills Kaetsu in self-defense.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Hawks feels compassion and empathy towards Shigaraki's situation considering he was groomed to be an All Might-hating Villain by All For One, though he agrees Shigaraki has to be stopped before he can become a bigger threat. After Shigaraki is arrested, Hawks hopes he can be reformed. This trait got Hawks in trouble in his teen-aged years as his empathy and willingness to reform Villains resulted in the Commission giving Kaetsu permission to completely control Hawks as punishment.
  • Tainted Veins: Hawks' veins turn a sickly purple and swell under his skin when Amplifier uses the full power of his pain-enhancing Quirk on him.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Subverted. Hawks takes down Hero Killer Stain mid-rant. Twice: once while saving Tensei, and again when Stain is ranting about the so-called corruption of Heroes.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Hawks has faced jealousy from his Hero peers due to his age and rank before. When Tensei bitterly notes that although Hawks is younger than him, he showed Tensei needed to improve, he sees Hawks tense like he's expecting jealousy or a reprimand.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: The light in Hawks' eyes fades and he stares unseeingly whenever he drifts. Tsukauchi witnesses such an episode and thinks Hawks died for a second.
  • Transplant:
    • Katniss Everdeen (Hero name "Mockingjay") is an Underground Pro Hero who works at Hawks' Agency.
    • Mace Windu (Hero name "Shatterpoint") works at Hawks' Agency as a sidekick Pro Hero.
    • Trafalgar Law (Hero name "Death Surgeon") is an Underground Hero hired to guard the Todorokis after Tokoyami is kidnapped.
  • Trauma Button: Hawks has a strong adversarial reaction to failure and perceived failure. When he first became a Pro Hero, he worked himself to exhaustion, collapsed, had a panic attack when he woke, and apologized profusely to Miruko for "being lazy" as he desperately tried to return to work. The Commission punished him severely whenever he did not meet their expectations which left him with a crippling fear of failure. He's much less adverse now since Miruko helped him though he still becomes withdrawn when she snaps at him that he missed capturing a villain.
  • Trouble Entendre: All For One pleasantly threatens Twice and reminds him where his loyalties should lie by praising his "initiative" to spy on Hawks when in reality Twice just wanted to be friends and saying things that would sound like friendly advice to outsiders.
    All For One: Good. I'm glad you remember where your real friends are.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: The other "Ennea" is Retiarius, who is also Finnick Odair.
  • Uriah Gambit: The Commission sends Miruko on a mission to spy on the Meta Liberation Army in order to get her killed. Even if this person doesn't die, associating with a known Villain group could cause the public to turn against them. Plus the Commission might get some intelligence out of the deal if the Hero lives long enough. No matter what happens, the Commission reaps the benefits and gets what they want while the Hero takes the fall.
  • The Unintelligible: The eight Voices become a garbled mess of feelings and screams whenever they become too emotional.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted. Hawks and the Voices' plan to escape the manacled chair and security room Kaetsu has locked them in is explained in detail and goes off without a hitch. It's after the explained initial stage that things go wrong as Kaetsu escapes too quickly and catches Hawks, nearly stabbing him to death.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In their future, Yellow and Pink investigated Best Jeanist's disappearance even though their teachers warned them not to. It got to the point where even their classmates thought they should stop, but they didn't listen. This leads to them discovering Jeanist is alive and accidentally outing Future Hawks as a Hero spy in the Paranormal Liberation Front, resulting in his capture and death.
  • Vigilante Execution: Norito Kaetsu mockingly tells Mockingjay to go ahead and arrest him because his arrest will never stick and the Commission will just let him walk. She shoots him dead on the spot.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter four. Endeavor violently tries to pressure Hawks into rejecting Shoto's internship request, which causes Hawks to realize something is wrong with his idol and start investigating him. Oh, and during that confrontation White takes control of Hawks body to protect him from Endeavor. The Voices aren't trapped in Hawks' head and can take control of him.
    • Chapter five: Hawks somehow has access to Orange's Quirk (and likely the other Voices'). He accidentally makes the feathers he throws at Stain explode.
    • Chapter nine: The eight Voices create a Vigilante persona called Ennea to work outside the law. Ennea rescues Eri months early (stopping Overhaul's production of the Quirk Erasing Bullets) and it's revealed the Voices have been taking control of Hawks' body when he drifts or sleeps.
    • Chapter ten: The Voices tell Hawks they've been using his body when he drifts, shaking his trust in them. Upon seeing Eri and Todoroki together, Hawks puts the pieces together and realizes Endeavor is abusing his family. White confirms it and changes Hawks' view of his idol forever.
    • Chapter thirty-four: Kaetsu cuts off Hawks' wings.
    • Chapter thirty-seven: Hawks fights Kaetsu and seemingly kills him, getting repeatedly stabbed in the process. "Ennea" finds him, revealing they are a Nomu. Twice clones Hawks to save his life and Purple's consciousness is temporarily transferred to the clone's body.
    • Chapter thirty-eight: All For One takes Kaetsu's Quirk, Mockingjay kills Kaetsu, and it's heavily implied someone Hawks trusts is working for the Commission.
  • Wham Line: Two from chapter twenty-two. No one in-universe or out was expecting them.
    Miruko: I mean, can you picture me as a spy?
    [...]
    Miruko: They want me to infiltrate this Villain organization called the Meta Liberation Army to 'bring it down from the inside'.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Hawks rakes Todoroki and Iida over the coals for separating from him during an emergency in order to find Stain and not calling him for backup even though he gave them multiple ways to contact him.
    • Future Best Jeanist furiously berates Future Uraraka and Kaminari for illegally investigating his disappearance, which led to Hawks being discovered as a Hero spy in the Paranormal Liberation Front. He bluntly tells them that nothing they did helped anyone and a Pro Hero is in mortal danger and was eventually captured and killed because of their actions.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Chapter thirty consists entirely of a flashback to when Hawks was sixteen, showing what happened in the year he was completely controlled by Kaetsu. This includes his training, Kaetsu's abuse, and Hawks' desperate attempt at suicide to escape his handler.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Commission did not show mercy when training Hawks even though he was just a child. He was often sent to bed while in considerable pain, barely able to move, and was trained to resist torture since he was a kid. Specifically, they taught Hawks to resist torture by using a pain-enhancing Quirk on him.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Downplayed. All For One decides not to free Shigaraki once he realizes Overhaul's Quirk can heal him. He doesn't need a successor any more so he lets Shigaraki rot in Tartarus.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Kaetsu says this almost word for word as Mockingjay menaces him with her bow. "Almost" because she shoots him mid-sentence.
  • Your Head A-Splode:
    • In the future, Bakugo Mercy Killed All Might's Nomu by putting his hand against its head and activating his Quirk.
    • Tokoyami kills Kaetsu's Jiro Nomu by having a rampaging Dark Shadow hold its mouth shut as it powers up a Throat Light attack. This causes its head to explode.

Warning: All spoilers from Mockingjay: Origin, For Their Sakes, and the first four chapters of For Our Sakes are unmarked.

    For Our Sakes 

For Our Sakes contains examples of:

  • Acquired Poison Immunity: Downplayed. An ingredient in the fried chicken Present Mic gives Hawks ensures his body absorbs less of the harmful Quirk suppressant and enhancers he is unknowingly ingesting, saving his life.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Kota was initially bitter and hateful in canon but in For Our Sakes he's even worse, telling Hawks that he's lucky he lost his wings. He acts this way because he blames Hawks for surviving his fight with Muscular while Kota's parents didn't.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: White confronts Dabi about being Touya and his desire to kill Endeavor, a mission which made him abandon everything for vengeance. Dabi is defensive and aggressive about his actions until White sharply responds that Dabi's plan would have hurt his family even more and that Shoto would rather have his brother than vengeance. White storms out before a shaken Dabi can respond.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Law is in possession of an elderly man's diseased heart, which he keeps in stasis so the owner stays alive. He wants to study the regenerative aspect of Hawks' wings to see if he can save the man and other people with similar ailments.
  • Being Good Sucks: Any attempts to show restraint and mercy to the League in the Bad Future backfired horribly for the Heroes. For example, Future Uraraka gently lowered Toga down instead of dropping her and Toga responded by killing Pony Tsunotori, Future Shinso let Spinner go instead of pursuing him only to find out he went on to kill Mineta and several others, Future Todoroki tried to reach out to his brother only for Dabi to cruelly burn Sero to death, and Future Midoriya held back so he would not kill Shigaraki, resulting in UA being decayed and hundreds of people dying.
  • Beyond Redemption: The Voices accepted that the Future versions of the League were irredeemable once the Villains rejected offers of help and understanding. The League instead chose to keep committing murder and genocide, massacring thousands of people at UA. In particular, White declared Touya dead when Dabi murdered Sero and Uraraka gave up on helping Toga when she murdered Pony Tsunotori just because she was there. The Voices are less than enthusiastic about helping the modern-day League as a result though they do admit that Twice has changed for the better.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Pink's nineteenth birthday was spent fighting Shigaraki, failing to save her parents, and being trapped under her collapsed apartment building.
  • Both Sides Have a Point:
    • Aizawa tells Hawks that while he can feel empathy for Twice, Twice's past does not excuse his criminal actions now. However, Hawks is also correct that Twice should not be condemned like the likes of All For One since he regrets his actions and no longer wants to be a Villain.
    • The Voices argue on whether it's right to let Kota grieve the way he is i.e by telling Hawks it's a good thing he lost his wings and blaming him for surviving an attack from Muscular while Kota's parents didn't. Orange points out Kota should be put in therapy while Green says Kota is a child who does not really know what he's saying and how hurtful it is. Pink and Purple join the argument, with Pink also excusing Kota due to his age. Purple says that age is no excuse: he needs to process his grief differently or he'll be just as angry and hateful as an adult (much like Kotaro).
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Future Phantom Thief's mission to infiltrate the PLF after Future Hawks died went terribly wrong as he was discovered and brainwashed. The Heroes did not find out until he assassinated Future Red Riot while insanely rambling about his "Orders" and "Mission."
  • Breaking the Fellowship: At the beginning of For Our Sakes Hawks, Miruko, Toshinori, and Mockingjay are separated. Hawks has his teaching position at UA, Toshinori avoids Hawks out of fear of him discovering he's All Might, Mockingjay has gone to the United States, and Miruko moves to the Aichi Prefecture to start her mission to infiltrate the Meta Liberation Army. This separation serves to increase Hawks' feelings of isolation.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Invoked by Miruko. She gifts Hawks a baby Netherlands Dwarf rabbit with the express purpose of giving him something cute, helpless, and small to care for so he will have to care for himself in order to take care of it.
  • Buried Alive:
    • Pixie-Bob uses her earth-manipulating Quirk to do this to Hawks while training him. Pink freaks out and they cause an explosion, breaking free.
    • In the Bad Future, Pink's apartment building collapsed on top of her, leaving her buried for twelve hours. This caused her to develop claustrophobia.
  • Cassandra Truth: Red tells Tsukauchi that Green is from the future and that is how Hawks knew about the League's attack. He thinks she is delusional, has been tricked by a Quirk, or has been brainwashed.
  • Choke Holds: During an attack, Vlad King grabs Hawks in a stranglehold and prepares to break his neck. This is what makes the latter realize Vlad is the Commission spy and he breaks free before the former can kill him.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Pathfinder uses her tendrils to torture a Tartarus guard by slowly impaling him through the back with them. He's left writhing "like a worm on a hook."
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: Justified. Evidence is leaked online that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Endeavor is abusive and his reputation as an aggressive and hotblooded man works against him, making many react with "I had a feeling he'd do something like this." instead of surprise.
  • Darkness Equals Death: Zigzagged. After the training camp, the Voices are left in a black void as golden light slowly closes in around them. Before the light can touch them, it vanishes and their constructed UA reappears. Green and Pink theorize the light was Hawks and they were about to permanently merge into him.
  • Dead Animal Warning: Someone leaves a flock of dead, dismembered birds on Hawks' bed after the training camp. Snipe finds them before Hawks can see them. Green theorizes the culprit is the Commission or League spy and fears the dead birds are an implied threat to Hawks or his flock of students. The culprit is later revealed to be Pathfinder, who admits she mutilated and left the birds to give Hawks a preview of what the Commission would do to him.
  • Deadly Euphemism: Zigzagged. The UA Commission Hero (who is in an open area) refers to Hawks' planned assassination as "retirement" while their Commission contact (who is back at base) just calls it assassination.
  • Death Notification: Weeks after it happened, Mockingjay brings word to Hawks that his parents were killed by the Commission the day he started his UA job.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: One of the names Orange offers for the baby rabbit is "Armageddon, Dark Lord of the Underworld". Hawks rejects that name and calls the rabbit the much more adorable "Peanut", to Orange's horror.
  • Destructive Savior: Deconstructed. Because of the destruction Endeavor causes during his attack on Retiarius (who is acting as "Ennea"), the public more easily believes the claims that Endeavor is abusive and sees him as the villain in the situation. The incident encourages other civilians and Heroes to come forward with their own stories about being caught in the crossfire of his battles, resulting in multiple lawsuits and allegations of criminal negligence, manslaughter, and assault.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Aizawa decides to train Hawks and push him to his limits by having Pixie-Bob create a Future Jiro Nomu Earth Beast and later having her bury Hawks alive. The result: Red is traumatized, Hawks punches Aizawa in the face for making her cry, Orange and Pink lose faith in Aizawa's judgment, and Hawks loses control and causes an explosion that destroys the windows in the Pussycats' office building.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Hawks names his pet baby rabbit "Peanut" while Midnight's cat is named "Sushi". Present Mic declares that whoever gets a dog should name it "Caramel".
  • Engineered Public Confession: All For One sets Endeavor up to publicly fight Retiarius and "Ennea" proceeds to accuse Endeavor of abuse and murdering his eldest son on live television. Everyone watching realizes Endeavor's silence and lack of rebuttal (other than to try to fry "Ennea") says more than it doesn't.
  • Fall Guy: The Tartarus guard that the Commission tortures is framed to take the fall by Ujiko. He "confesses" to make the torture end and is killed, leaving Ujiko to continue working as he had.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Due to Shigaraki's arrest and the possibility that he will tell the Heroes where they are, All For One and the Doctor move the League's base and Nomu factory out of Kamino.
    • Muscular is killed by Kaetsu so Kota hates Heroes even more, specifically Hawks since he survived his encounter with Muscular while Kota's parents didn't.
    • Since Muscular is dead, he is not at the training camp. Instead, Overhaul is and he grievously wounds Aizawa. As a result, Midoriya has no opportunity to show Kota the value of Heroes and his confidence takes a huge hit since he could not protect his teacher or Kota.
    • Hawks' presence changes a lot for the training camp. His previous interactions with Twice make both hesitant to fight each other and so Twice refuses to use his clones to assist the League and completely stays out of the fight after Hawks offers to help him leave AFO. Hawks also successfully fights off and arrests Compress, while Iida and Todoroki use the teamwork they gained through their internship with Hawks to fight off Dabi, Toga, and Nomu, with Toga failing to get blood from any of them. This prevents anyone from being kidnapped, including Bakugo and Ragdoll. Thus, Ragdoll keeps her Quirk.
  • Foreshadowing: Orange (Future Bakugo) sourly comments that Purple (Shinso) should not feel bad about brainwashing Future Monoma so he'd help save civilians. This initially seemed like Bakugo being his scornful self but it's later revealed Orange genuinely hates Monoma's guts because Monoma was brainwashed by the PLF and assassinated Red Riot.
  • Formally Named Pet: One of the names that the Voices suggest for the to-be-named Peanut is "Mr. Hoppy" but it's rejected.
  • Futile Hand Reach: In the Bad Future Pink reaches for her parents in the midst of her collapsing apartment building and her parents reach for her. It falls apart before she can touch them and her fingers miss her father's hand.
  • Fuzz Therapy: Miruko gives Hawks a baby rabbit to care for in order to keep him busy and help him cope. Peanut helps bring Hawks back to awareness after a panic attack.
  • Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: Hawks is the Gentle while Aizawa and Mockingjay are the Firm when it comes to their teaching styles.
    • Hawks prefers to teach the students about the harsh realities of Hero work such as civilian deaths with an empathetic touch by reassuring his students that they are in the lesson stage so it is better to make mistakes now rather than later.
    • Aizawa intentionally throws triggers at Hawks and the Voices to see how they react. This includes burying them alive and having Pixie-Bob create a Jiro Nomu Earth Beast. He reasons that Villains won't care about their trauma but soon realizes he underestimated just how badly they were affected. Aizawa comes to regret using these harsh teaching methods.
    • Mockingjay makes Midoriya think Hawks is being tortured and will be killed unless One For All is handed over in order to teach Midoriya to rely on other Heroes and not to rush into things just because someone he cares about is being hurt.
  • Get Out!: Hawks tonelessly tells Aizawa to get out of his apartment when he figures out Toshinori is All Might and Aizawa kept it from him. Aizawa leaves without protest.
  • Good Victims, Bad Victims: Brought up in-universe. Many Pro Heroes and civilians see Hawks' capture and loss of his wings are not his fault but caustic media sources blame him for what happened. These journalists think Hawks quote unquote "asked for it" or "didn't try hard enough" since he is 1) a Pro Hero 2) a man and 3) has a mutant-type Quirk. Many snidely comment that at least he "looks normal" now that his wings are gone. A disgusted Aizawa calls it a classic case of victim blaming.
  • Groin Attack: During the Commission agents' attack on Hawks, he is tackled and strangled by Vlad King. Hawks kicks his attacker in the groin to force them to release him.
  • He Knows Too Much: The Commission intends to assassinate Hawks to silence him and prevent him from revealing their corruption to the world.
  • High-Voltage Death: When Dabi tries to take him to All For One, Hawks, who is in a clone body, purposely uses Electrification to electrocute himself so that the clone body will fail and he'll return to his real body.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Hawks and the Voices' efforts the League attacks the training camp the same night as in the previous timeline. Although they prevent anyone from being kidnapped, the attack still reflects badly on UA simply because it happened and many question Aizawa's capabilities in particular since he was there for both attacks and "failed" to protect his students. It turns out the timing of the attack was Invoked by All For One, who ordered it to happen that night to try to figure out why Kaetsu's Quirk told him Hawks feared it would happen.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Present Mic tells Hawks about the Commission UA spy in chapter six after Orange speaks through Hawks to threaten Mic, revealing that Hawks has multiple people in his head to the Voice Hero.
    • Aizawa finds out Overhaul is out of Tartarus and has been brainwashed by All For One upon unmasking him during their fight at the training camp.
    • The Voices tell Hawks they're dying or merging into him in chapter twelve. He tries to think of ways to save them, only to come up empty.
    • Vlad tells Hawks about the return of the Jiro Nomu in chapter thirteen. Hawks excuses himself so he does not have a panic attack in front of his coworkers, fearing Kaetsu is still alive. Green shoots that idea down but comes up with a more horrifying theory that Hawks and the Voices realize is true: All For One has Kaetsu's Quirk.
    • Hawks realizes Toshinori Yagi is All Might and that the Voices and Aizawa lied to him about it in chapter twenty-four. The revelation causes him to have a breakdown.
  • Interrogated for Nothing: The framed Tartarus guard doesn't know anything about how the League got Overhaul but is tortured into "confessing" and gives random names as his "accomplices" to make the pain stop.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: The future version of Pink's mother was crushed in a collapsing building and died as she's saying Uravity's name.
    "Ocha—"
  • Killing Intent: Hawks gains a tranquilly furious aura after Compress threatens to amputate Bakugo's arm. The force of it is so strong that Bakugo feels like gravity has multiplied and he has to fight the instinct to flee.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Invoked and Exploited. All For One exploits the natures of his two targets and manipulates Endeavor to attack Retiarius, who is acting as "Ennea". Endeavor being Endeavor, he attacks with extreme prejudice, making himself look villainous while "Ennea" responds heroically by focusing on saving the civilians caught in the crossfire. In turn, this makes "Ennea"'s accusations that Endeavor is an abuser more believable. Endeavor's public image and people's belief in Heroes take a huge hit as a result, even before evidence is leaked and he is arrested for abuse allegations.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Discussed. The UA Commission Hero asks if the President wants Hawks to be killed in a way that looks like an unfortunate accident, a Villain attack, or suicide. Mission control does not give an answer and says it is not their mission to carry out.
  • Manchurian Agent: Future Phantom Thief became a plant in the Heroes' ranks, unknown to them or himself until he assassinated Red Riot.
  • The Mole: One of the teachers at UA is a Commission plant sent to spy on them and recruit teens with potential who fail the entrance exam.
  • A Molten Date with Death: Hawks' parents are killed when their air tour plane crashes into the lava flow of Mount Kīlauea. The official report claims it was an unlucky accident but Mockingjay reports it was sabotage and they were killed by the Commission. Hawks is left with nightmares of their burnt bodies and how agonizing their deaths must have been.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Both Aizawa and Pixie-Bob are horrified after their attempt to teach Hawks by burying him alive causes him to merge with the Voices again, cause an explosion, go into a seizure, and fall unconscious. Pixie-Bob laments that she should have trusted her gut when it told her this was wrong and Aizawa resolves that he needs to do more than apologize in order to for his actions.
  • Never Suicide: Discussed. The UA Commission Hero asks if Hawks' planned assassination will be made out to look like suicide before noting that UA would never believe it and will immediately know the Commission was behind it.
  • Newhart Phonecall: Uraraka eavesdrops and overhears Hawks' half of a phone call with Aizawa where Hawks argues with him about the Voices taking over his body without permission again at the training camp. Uraraka walks away from it resolving to find out whoever is abusing Hawks. Unknown to her, the people who hurt Hawks include her future self and did so accidentally while Hawks actually is being abused by the Commission.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Hawks, Pink, and Purple have this dynamic with Twice and the League when it comes to their possible rehabilitation. Hawks is the Nice one who is genuine friends with Twice, cares for his safety, encourages him, and wants to see him and the others escape All For One. Purple is the Mean one who doesn't trust Twice at all and will remorselessly put a knife in the Villains' throats the moment they do something to suggest betrayal. Pink is the In-Between one who is willing to help Twice escape but will instantly give up on the League's rehabilitation and stop them without hesitation or mercy if they hurt her loved ones.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Pixie-Bob has a moment of panicked horror before Hawks bursts out of where he's been buried by causing an explosion. She barely has time to shield herself and Vlad King from the shrapnel.
    • In chapter six, Hawks and the voices have a quiet freak out when Orange snarls at Present Mic not to touch Hawks using Hawks's mouth, without taking control. The Voices have another freak out when Green realizes their situation is deteriorating rapidly.
    • Compress realizes how badly he has screwed up by threatening Hawks’ students, resulting in Hawks and the Voices Merging, and only has a second to nervously chuckle before he's thrown through a tree.
  • Power Incontinence: A fourteen year-old boy loses control of his Quirk, which lets him vibrate matter at a violent frequency until they break into pieces. He accidentally kills his family with it and is killed by the Commission.
  • Rascally Rabbit: Peanut proves himself to be a troublemaker from the start. He regularly breaks out of his hutch and literally tries to bounce off the walls. Hawks has to keep a careful eye on him to ensure he stays out of trouble.
  • Reality Ensues: This is Invoked by Hawks during Class 1-A's rescue training in which they are meant to rescue civilians during a natural disaster. Thirteen of the civilians "died" in the first tremor, meaning the students had absolutely no way to save them. This teaches the students that no matter how powerful they are as Heroes, they cannot predict the future, they cannot be everywhere at once, and it is ludicrous to expect to save every single person without fail. Midoriya is particularly shaken by this lesson.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: All For One tears apart Dabi's motives and belief that he is fighting to make a "better" world by declaring Dabi to be just another Villain thug that lashes out at the world because he was hurt and thus uses his past as an excuse to hurt other people. AFO does this purely to hurt Dabi and remind him that he is easily replaceable.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: This is one of the Commission's tactics. They watch potential assets and wait for or cause a situation that leaves them desperate for help, then swoop in like saviors to recruit the grateful asset to their organization. One such recruitment op occurs when a fourteen year-old loses control of his Quirk and kills his family. However, the Commission decides his Quirk is not worth the investment so he is killed rather than recruited. This is what happened to Snipe. He was jobless and desperate to become a Hero which made the Commission seem like guardian angels when they recruited him. It is only years later that he realized they manipulated things to make him fall into poverty.
  • Red Herring Mole: Signs seem to point to Snipe being the Commission spy, with an ominous and shady-sounding POV section, him being kind to Hawks much like the spy was ordered to, hints at a sketchy past where he admits the Commission killed his father and he was glad for it, up to and including Mockingjay confronting him about being a Commission agents called "Positive". It's revealed he hasn't worked for the Commission for decades after he freed Nedzu from one of their labs and hid out at UA and the Commission spy is another teacher: Vlad King.
  • The Reveal:
    • In the future, a brainwashed Phantom Thief murdered Red Riot.
    • Chapter three reveals Kota hates Heroes even more than in canon.
    • Chapter six reveals the League's target for the training camp isn't Bakugo. It's Shoto Todoroki.
    • Chapter seventeen reveals the aspirin and water Hawks has been taking was contaminated with Quirk enhancers and suppressants respectively, slowly poisoning him.
    • Chapter eighteen reveals Snipe used to work for the Commission but defected to free Nedzu from one of their labs. He has been hiding in plain sight at UA ever since.
    • Chapter twenty-two reveals Pathfinder is the one who left the dead birds on Hawks' bed and the Commission spy is Class 1-B's teacher, Vlad King.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Ochako Uraraka figures out Hawks is being abused but fails to realize it's at the hands of the Hero Commission and not a family member, partner, or friend.
  • Roofhopping: Ennea (Hawks) and Aizawa leap from building to building on their way to investigate the Nomu factory. An elated Hawks performs acrobatics as they go, to Aizawa's bemusement.
  • Saved for the Sequel: Miruko's mission to spy on the Meta Liberation Army is given to her in chapter nineteen of For Their Sakes. Since she is unwilling to do it but does not want Hawks to be harmed, she drags her feet as much as she can without provoking the Commission. She does not begin her mission until For Our Sakes.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: Nedzu employs Mockingjay's help to see how Midoriya will react if a Villain demands One For All after taking someone hostage, in this case an unwitting Hawks. Midoriya rushes into a confrontation is effortlessly captured by the two "Villains" (Mockingjay and a disguised Snipe), who act as though they are about to torture Monoma to force Midoriya to give up One For All. Mockingjay ends the test before they go any further and expresses her disappointment in Midoriya's reckless decision before harshly emphasizing that he was lucky the hostage situation was fake. Midoriya is left rattled and vows to never make those mistakes again.
  • Secret Test of Character: Law puts Dabi through one by pretending to demand a kidney from Hawks in exchange for his help to heal the League Villain. Dabi rushes to protect Hawks from Law, who responds with glee and comments that Touya Todoroki's protective instincts seem to still be there.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink:
    • Hawks finds a pack of alcohol in his new fridge which he gives to Aizawa since he does not want it. Aizawa has it tested and discovers it has unidentified malicious compounds in it that would have poisoned Hawks.
    • The aspirin and bottled water Hawks has been taking are both contaminated: the former with Quirk enhancers and the latter with Quirk suppressants.
  • Torture Is Ineffective: The framed Tartarus guard that the Commission President and Pathfinder interrogate is the "innocent and only says what the torturer wants to hear to stop the pain" type. He "confesses" to giving Overhaul to the League just to make the pain end and is killed. The President believes the leak has been taken care of and the real culprit, Ujiko, gets off scot-free as a result.
  • Tuck and Cover: Done twice during the attack on the training camp. Hawks tackles Kaminari out of the way of an attack from Compress while ensuring that Hawks himself is the one who takes the impact of the fall. Yaoyorozu does something similar with Toga due to not recognizing her as a Villain at first. She hastily backs away upon realizing who she saved.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Compress arrogantly taunts Hawks by threatening to amputate Bakugo's arm if he does not come quietly. The Merged Hawks-Voices tear through every Nomu he throws at them and destroys the trees around them with the sheer force of their presence alone. Compress is left terrified and begging for mercy, to which the Merged Hawks-Voices angrily retort that he's pleading for mercy while he would show none to anyone, including the teenager he just threatened to dismember. They knock Compress out with a blow to the head.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter six: Orange speaks through Hawks without completely taking over in front of Present Mic, the students are all separated by Kurogiri despite Aizawa's preparation, the Jiro Nomu is somehow back and chases down Tokoyami and Yaoyorozu, and a brainwashed Overhaul fights Aizawa at the training camp attack and reveals the League's target isn't Bakugo: it's Shoto Todoroki.
    • Chapter nineteen: Snipe reveals he used to work for the Commission until he rescued Nedzu from one of their labs and Hawks has Law use his Quirk to remove the remainder of his wings.
    • Chapter twenty-one: All For One tricks Endeavor into attacking Retiarius (who is acting as "Ennea") unprovoked. Endeavor's fire causes massive damage, putting multiple civilians in danger where some would have died if not for Hawks and "Ennea"'s intervention. Retiarius accuses Endeavor of being an abuser and murdering his oldest son in front of multiple witnesses and a news crew. Files are leaked that show his claims are the truth, Endeavor is arrested, and the public's faith in Heroes takes a huge blow.
    • Chapter twenty-two: The Commission sends Pathfinder and a squad of agents, who are all disguised as League-associated Villains, to kill Hawks. The Voices further destabilize during the fight until they can no longer control or determine who is in control of Hawks' body. Snipe kills Pathfinder and Vlad King reveals himself to be the Commission spy when he tries to kill Hawks. Also, the Meta Liberation Army and Miruko views footage of how Hawks got to the fight between Endeavor and "Ennea": he unknowingly merged with the Voices and flew without his wings.
  • Wham Line: Any canon-based preconceptions about the League's purpose during the training camp attack are thrown out the window with one line:
  • Wrong Name Outburst: An exhausted and emotional Hawks says a variant of the "call a teacher mom" type when he accidentally calls Toshinori "Dad" while thanking him for supporting him. Hawks leaves before the other can respond and only realizes what he said some time later.
  • You Are Too Late: Ennea and Aizawa investigate the Nomu factory from the previous timeline only to find it empty. The League and All For One moved before they could find them.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Kota Izumi hates Hawks because he survived his encounter with Muscular while Kota's parents died.

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