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Looping Back to the Beginning by Feneris is a My Hero Academia Crack Fic about Class 1-A being stuck in a permanent and infinite time loop.

Official Summary: Where Class 1-A finds itself in a time loop centered around their first year at UA. After getting over the usual angst, they decide that the best way to grow as heroes is by antagonizing dangerous villains for fun and amusement.


  • Arch-Enemy: The kids rejoice at the thought of having one because it means they're basically set for life. Shigaraki, said prospective nemesis, is pissed at the idea of a bunch of high schoolers using him as a stepping stone for their careers.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis:
    • Unawake Midoriya manages to figure out Class 1-A's looping nature rather easily as soon as he notices something weird is going on. Toshinori was so impressed by his student's work that if he hadn't already chosen the kid to be his successor, he would've pushed him towards the police.
    • Himiko concludes that Shoto is a time traveler and that Izuku is a part of his group during the loop he spends with her and Dabi.
    • Despite not being part of the loops, the final chapter reveals that Principal Nedzu figures it out almost immediately and considers it so obvious that he forgets it's not so for other people.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: After Todoroki kills his father in one loop, Bakugou berates him - but not for doing that (all of Class 1-A figured it would happen sooner or later) but because he involved Midoriya in before he got his memories back.
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  • Blatant Lies: Todoroki's sister catches him sneaking out a window in the middle of the night with a sword and a bandolier of grenades. His excuse? "There's a racoon in the garbage."
  • Blue and Orange Morality:
    • While their sense of morality hasn't gotten too skewed, Class 1-A is clearly not on the same wavelength as the rest of the (non-looping) world anymore.
    • Class 1-A hardly blinks at Todoroki murdering Endeavour (they all figured that was going to happen eventually). They're more pissed at him for going to an Unawake Midoriya for help. That doesn't stop them from helping him go on the run, either, or from voting him in as Class President that same loop. To top it off, Dabi is the person who sees how screwed up that is.
    • Todoroki himself has no problem playing the part of a villain for the loop and neither do his friends.
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    • Not even Aizawa is immune. During Shinsou's first loop, he let the kids do whatever the hell they wanted for a class project, as long as they didn't get arrested.
  • Butt-Monkey: The League of Villains, especially Shigaraki.
  • Captain Obvious: Dabi gets one when the League of Villains shows up at the training camp, only to find a sign at the coordinates of the camp labeled "Caution: Landmines" with a stick-figure Shigaraki being blown up. This is after the League gets pizzas delivered to their hideout, in Shigaraki's name, with a message saying that they knew that the villains would attack the training camp.
    "I think they may be expecting us."
  • Crack Fic
  • Crazy-Prepared: Mei Hatsume has a form for time travelers requesting her assistance.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Chapter 2 focuses on Shinsou and his first loop with 1-A after replacing Mineta.
    • Chapter 3 focuses on Class 1-A trolling the yet-to-remember-Midoriya the ten months before the Entrance Exam.
    • Chapter 4 focuses on Todoroki, who is on the run after murdering his father in a fit of rage.
  • Destructive Savior: Shinsou's first loop had an assignment where the students competed to see who could complete it with the least amount of property damage. Shinsou won, having no property damage whatsoever. Second place was Kouda. With 1.5 million yen.
  • The Dreaded: Aizawa is the only authority figure 1-A still obeys, and after Mineta does something particularly bad his classmates threaten to go to him for punishment. It's a pity Aizawa never actually enforces any restrictions on them (or not).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Dabi is disturbed by the Blue and Orange Morality of his little brother and the rest of Class 1-A have adopted.
  • False Confession: Class 1-A spent two entire loops gathering information on Monoma (and presumably the rest of Class 1-B) so they can terrify him into doing this. Monoma promptly confessed, even though he had no idea what he was confessing to. Neither did Class 1-A.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Sending in Midoriya to deal with a problem (usually All for One).
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: One that's gone on for so long that the kids have set times for when they get their memories for the loop and adjust their plans accordingly.
  • I Was Just Joking: When a bored Dabi and Himiko ask Todoroki what they should do to pass the time, Todoroki jokingly suggests they should rob a bank. And that's how the prodigal son of Endeavor embarked on a career of villainy alongside his outcast older brother and a psychotic teenage serial killer.
  • It Amused Me: The primary motivation for most of Class 1-A's antics. Todoroki's Villain Episode specifically happened because he'd rather be a villain than stuck in hiding in a crappy apartment, dying of boredom.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: During his villain loop, Todoroki runs into Izuku being a vigilante. They both offer to pretend they never saw each other.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • Class 1-A are the only ones that loop. When Mineta lost his spot in the class, he stopped looping, and Shinsou, his replacement, started looping in his stead. This is also how Todoroki continued looping even after the loop where he was forced to go on the run after murdering Endeavour; despite having never attended a single class at UA, the administration never took him off the roster (with Aizawa deliberately choosing not to remind them to). Class 1-A even went as far as voting him in as Class President for that loop.
    • This is how Shinsou replaced Mineta in Class 1-A to begin with. Midoriya tore through most of the robots at the Entrance Exam, but some of them were still functioning on some level. Shinsou, who was at the same site as him, grabbed a rebar and promptly destroyed those outliers. He wasn't even sure if what he did counted.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Dabi is Todoroki's older brother. Surprisingly, Shouto and the rest of Class 1-A didn't find out until the loop where Shouto murdered their father.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The UA faculty is convinced Aizawa is an impostor after he starts getting more sleep, stops threatening his students with expulsion, and allows them to slack off on their homework.
  • Perspective Flip: The last chapter sees Class 1-A's antics through the eyes of everyone else.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Todoroki dyes his hair black when he goes on the run after murdering his father. He notes that it doesn't look bad — in fact, it makes him look a bit like Dabi. Cue Dabi appearing a second later and revealing that he's Shouto's older brother.
  • Men in Black: The last chapter sees Class 1-A acting like this and trolling the school into believing they're part of some conspiracy. They spent two loops preparing for this too.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Class 1-A includes Aizawa, who loops alongside them and has effectively stopped teaching them because there's literally nothing else they can learn from him after so many loops.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Whatever Mineta did that got him temporarily (which would later turn out to be permanently) removed from the class. Knowing Mineta and judging by how Kaminari was specifically singled out for not approving of it, it was probably something extremely perverted.
    • Apparently, the rest of the class has frequently screwed with Midoriya before he regains his memories at the start of the loop (aka, when he gets One for All), to the point that he's told them to stop doing it.
    • Midoriya's vigilantism.
    • In his first loop with the class, Shinsou had to dig... something, with Bakugou and spent the whole time saying they were going to jail. He also knows exactly what it feels like to escape a cement mixer.
    • Whatever assignment Aizawa set for Class 1-A during Shinsou's first loop. The one thing known is that it ended with Koji Koda causing 1.5 million Yen worth of damages.
  • Not So Above It All: Aizawa, who plays along with the class' antics and basically allows them to do whatever they want despite being literally the only authority figure they still listen to.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Bakugou thanking Unawake Izuku for saving his life is what clues him in to the fact that "something is horribly wrong".
  • Rage Breaking Point: Whenever the loop restarts for Todoroki, he's always woken up by his father dragging him to their dojo for a particularly brutal training session. Todoroki usually just maims him, but after a particularly bad loop, he finally snaps and kills him.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Jirou falls through the ceiling of Class 1-B's homeroom in a black suit and carrying a listening device. All she says is that their pipes are broken then leaves with the device.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: It's implied that the reason why Class 1-A gets away with their antics is because Nedzu always figures it out at the beginning of the year and lets them do whatever they want, as long as it's in reason.
  • Seen It All: Nothing surprises Class 1-A anymore. Nothing.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Class 1-A, after so many loops, are so absurdly powerful that very few villains are genuine threats to them anymore (those villains being All for One and a bunch of terrorists who summon a massive sea Kaiju to do their bidding).
    • One loop sees Aizawa taking a nap during the USJ incident while his students beat the crap out of the League of Villains. They even go as far as sending Thirteen on a prank rescue mission so they can fight uninterrupted.
    • They've taken to preemptively eliminating all threats at the start of a loop whenever they want to have a normal school year.
  • Spit Take: Inverted. In one loop where Unawake Midoriya figures out the truth, Bakugou ends up inhaling half a granola bar when Midoriya reveals he has deducted Class 1-A's secret.
  • Temporarily a Villain: Again, Todoroki.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: 1-A's default method of elimination for All for One.
  • Troll: Class 1-A is this to everyone, up to and including each other.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: In the final chapter, the families of Class 1-A (and Present Mic) form a support group over how bizarre their children are suddenly acting.
  • Vigilante Man: During Todoroki's Villain Episode, he meets up with Midoriya, who has become a vigilante during his absence. Todoroki strongly implies that this isn't the first time this has happened.
  • Villain Episode: Starring Todoroki Shouto (after he murders Endeavour), his older brother Dabi, and Himiko Toga.
  • World's Strongest Man: Midoriya, due to having mastered One For All loops ago.

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