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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 from Archive of Our Own

The Ennea series is a My Hero Academia fanfiction series by SkyleafAlchemist19/Skyleaf19.

The main story is For Their Sakes. After their last safe haven is destroyed by the villains, Midoriya, Bakugo, Todoroki, Uraraka, Iida, Yaoyorozu, Kaminari, and Shinsou 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.


For Their Sakes is ongoing and updates bi-weekly. 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 (ex: Future Midoriya is "Green").

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Both fanfics contain examples of:

  • 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.
  • 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 still 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.
  • 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.
    • Along with letting her copy voices, Mockingjay's Mockery Quirk also lets her tell if someone is lying by listening to their voice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    For Their Sakes 

For Their Sakes contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Hawks is much more openly bitter about the Hero Public Safety Commission controlling his life and has some psychological trauma from how they treated him, i.e like a prized pet rather than a person. His parents sold himnote  to them in exchange for financial security and he's expected to pay the Commission back for their training of him, leaving him in inescapable debt. The Hero Commission's brutal training also left him with a crippling fear of failure when he first started out as a Pro Hero though Miruko helped him recover from this.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Future Bakugo had his left arm cut off at the shoulder. It has yet to be shown how or when he lost it.
  • Animal Motifs: Hawks has a bird-of-prey motif. Along with his wings he is very watchful, has a third eyelid, and tends to swoop people along with other bird-like habits. For example, he pulls out feathers when he becomes too stressed. He also has caged-bird imagery in his relationship with the Commission.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Latin.
  • 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.
  • Caged Bird Metaphor: Hawks is trapped in the (figurative and maybe 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hawks hates wasting time so he fights his enemies and takes them down as quickly and efficiently as possible. He attacks Stain mid motive-rant and subdues him effortlessly. Twice: Once while rescuing Ingenium, and again while saving Midoriya, Iida, and Todoroki.
  • 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.
  • Control Freak: Endeavor is very controlling of Shoto's future to the point where he pressures Hawks to try to get him to rescind his internship offer. Hawks holds his ground and tells Endeavor it's Shoto's choice.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Covered in Scars: Future Todoroki had burn scars covering the left side of his face. His original scar from boiling water was not visible anymore.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the past, Hawks implied 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.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Miruko calls Hawks "Baby Bird" because when she first met him, he reminded her of a fluffy baby chick.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fix Fic: Tensei Iida is never paralyzed by Stain.
  • 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.
    • That rescue 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.
  • Freak Out!: Upon returning to Hawks' office, he 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • It's All My Fault:
    • The situation has yet to be explained, but something terrible happened that left Red (Yaoyorozu) guilty and traumatized. She blames herself so much that she lost a huge chunk of her confidence.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Quiet One: White (Future Todoroki) speaks the least of the voices. Its implied this is not out of preference, but because he does not want to accidentally tell Hawks about Endeavor's true nature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Secret Identity:
    • Downplayed. The Voices use color-themed codenames 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 and Green is Izuku Midoriya in chapter six.
    • 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.
  • 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. They fail to stop the formation of the LOV.
  • The Silent Bob: Played for Drama. Hawks randomly 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.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Orange (Bakugo) is still an abrasive, rude Jerkass but he's mellowed out considerably and become a real team player who often defers to Green's judgment. He’s also very protective of the others and Hawks.
  • Transplant: Katniss Everdeen (hero name "Mockingjay") is an underground Pro Hero who works at Hawks' agency.
  • 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.
  • The Unintelligible: The eight Voices become a garbled mess of feelings and screams whenever they become too emotional.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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 (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.


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