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My Heroes Reborn is a Massive Multiplayer Crossover Fan Fiction by Emma Iveli. Primarily set in My Hero Academia, it's a For Want of a Nail fic where another villain is present at the USJ and awakens the most recent past life of five of the students, each from various franchises/series: One Piece, Naruto, Fairy Tail, Ranma ½, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The story depicts the students trying to navigate their lives with another life's memories and skills in their heads.


Official Summary: AU Multi-Cross. During the USJ Incident, five students run afoul of a villain's quirk. Forced to remember their most recent past lives they must pull themselves together to become heroes. With new skills and memories can they become the heroes they're meant to be? Or will their newly acquired baggage drag them down?


  • 0% Approval Rating: Despite not being a killer like other villains, Priestess is one of the most hated criminals in the world thanks to her Quirk. It's telling that heroes have formed support groups to help her victims, which are all heroes, mind you.
  • Accidental Pun: When Hibiki shows up after the fight with Stain, Aiko tells Izuku, Toru and Mashirao "It's time to face the music" it was clear it was unintentional as she immediately lampshades it with "Oh... lucky pun!"
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  • Achievements in Ignorance: Mashirao wins second place in the obstacle race by getting lost. He also managed to do it without leaving the track, thus preventing disqualification.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Two heroes in their past lives died due to dumb decisions, however they took it in stride and they share their stories as they found the deaths darkly funny in hindsight.
  • Adaptational Badass: All five of the students are much more competent than their canon incarnations due to the abilities they gained from their past lives. This especially applies to Izuku, who has all of Sanji's abilities due to all of them being completely physical (including Haki, which just requires materializing willpower).
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Izuku reveals that not only didn’t Sanji and Pudding got married, but also Luffy married Hancock, and Usopp married Kaya, with Hancock and Kaya also joining the Straw Hats.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Sanji never had kids because his wife, Charlotte Pudding, was terrified of being a terrible parent like her own mother, Big Mom.
    • Mashirao's poor sense of direction is played realistically here, with Hibiki going as far as to put a tracker on him so his friends and authority figures can find him when he inevitably gets lost.
  • Answer Cut: When Izuku and All Might are talking about Izuku's problems, Izuku states that Mashirao has it worse than him, All Might asks "What's wrong with him?" it immediately cuts to Ochako, Momo, Toru and Tenya freaking out over the fact that they lost him despite the fact they were walking in a group.
  • Armor-Piercing Response: After the Sports Festival, Toru gives one to Bakugo after a rant.
    Bakugo: Look I don't care if he's hiding something from me! I don't care that he knows he has to tell me what's really going on! I don't care if he had a crappy life and a crappy dad in his past life! I don't care if he knows what it's like to die! I don't care about him!
    Toru: It sounds like you do care…
  • Batman Gambit: Izuku's plan during the Cavalry Battle. He and his team collect as many headbands as possible, then when time is close to running out, allow either Katsuki or Shouto to steal the ten million headband, thus causing all the teams to target them instead while they just wait for time to run out. It works perfectly; so much so that, even though Katsuki's team officially won, everyone regards Izuku and his team as the real winners.
  • Benevolent A.I.: Hibiki's AI assistant Aiko, while she is sassy, snarky and often makes fun of everyone, she is firmly on the side of good, and is genuinely apologetic when Bakugo's bullying comes out thanks to her meme.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • The fact that the One Piece world makes no sense whatsoever is repeatedly lampshaded.
    • Ditto for Toru's Hammerspace party powers.
    • Mashirao's sense of direction. It's so bad that it's considered a legitimate handicap in the Obstacle Race, because he'll get disqualified if he goes off the track. Then he managed to get so lost that he won second place.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: The cupcakes that Toru makes for Katsuki are this. Katsuki claims that it's not that spicy, but judging by Momo's reaction when she didn't have a choice but to eat them and Kaminari, Kirishima, Mina, Yuzu and Dark Shadow's reactions when they all engage an eating contest using the cupcakes it shows that it really is that spicy.
  • Blessed with Suck: While the UA students got their past lives' various skills, they also got their personality traits and habits, such as Ryoga's No Sense of Direction and Sanji's chain-smoking. Also, to reincarnate means you have to die, and that means all of them remember their deaths.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Izuku gives Todoroki a speech about how he used the raid suit his father gave him. However something slips out..
    Izuku: I used the suit to fight for my crew! To fight for me! And to peep on women in the bathhouse!
  • Brick Joke:
    • In chapter 1 it's mentioned that Toru put a party hat on Shoto. When he shows up again in chapter 3, he's still wearing it and takes it off when Denki points it out.
    • In chapter 6, Toru pulls out the party cannon. Afterwards Momo, Ochako and Izuku explain their past lives to the class and Aizawa announces the sports festival, when he dismisses class he says "Also Hagakure! Please put away the cannon."
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played with. Bakugo honestly forgot he suicide baited Izuku. This actually causes a Heel Realization when he's horrified that it's something he could forget.
  • Chekhov's Gag: One of the running gags of the Sports Festival is Aiko making memes as commentary. This backfires when one of those memes catches the attention of one of Izuku and Katsuki's old middle school classmates, who then publicly reveals the latter bullied the former, landing Katsuki's reputation in the toilet and prompting UA to pursue an investigation into Aldera's teaching practices.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Sanji may have been a good person, but he was still a pirate. That means Izuku has no issues playing dirty as long as he won't suffer for it.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she does enjoy making fun of Hibiki at every opportunity, Aiko refuses to make fun of the time he tried to electrocute a swan by throwing his cell phone at it. While the execution was terrible, she admits swans are vicious along with the fact they have "teeth" in their beaks.
  • Face–Heel Turn: The Lost Souls, who are heroes that had villainous past lives. Two appear during the Training Camp arc and fight Mashirao and Toru, respectively.
  • First-Name Basis: One of the rules of the therapy group is that they have to refer to each other by either their first names or nicknames. This leads everyone in the group to refer each other by their first names out of therapy as well.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to the Priestess awakening the past lives of 5 members of 1-A, a few things have changed:
    • Izuku is better able handle the strain of One For All, due to Priestess's Quirk forcibly strengthening his muscles and bones to handle Sanji's fighting style. This allows him to win the Sports Festival in spectacular fashion.
    • Momo does much better in the one-on-one tournament thanks to having Erza's skills. She makes it to the semi-finals and lands third place.
    • Mashirao's bad sense of direction somehow lands him second place in the Obstacle Course without going off the track and getting disqualified.
    • Izuku doesn't need to develop Shoot Style to lessen the strain on his arms since he already has Sanji's much more polished leg-based martial arts.
  • Foreshadowing: Hibiki's speech to Izuku when they first meet foreshadows that's he's Tony's reincarnation.
    Hibiki: And even if it was… there's still the other emotional baggage… I mean you have friends and family that you will never see again. People who you loved and you loved back… all gone in a snap.
  • Fountain of Memes: In-Universe example. Hibiki's AI Aiko creates memes as a hobby, and goes wild with them during the Sports Festival.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Hibiki's AI assistant Aiko or Artificial Intelligence Knows Objectively.
  • Fuzz Therapy: Koda has been doing this for Bakugo by sending cats so he can pet after overhearing someone suicide baiting him.
  • Giving Up on Logic: Izuku admits that this happened in his past life. It is the One Piece world after all...
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hibiki is initially very jealous of Ryuji due to his status as another paragon hero being reincarnated into the MHA world.
  • Grew a Spine: Izuku lost a good chunk of his Shrinking Violet personality due to him being Sanji.
  • History Repeats: Izuku has to deal with the fact that in both of his childhoods he was bullied for not having powers and being weak.
  • Heel Realization: Katsuki finally realizes what a massive asshole he's been to Izuku when he learns that he suicide-baited the latter and completely forgot about it.
  • Humiliation Conga: Bakugo gets a particularly karmic one: first Izuku beats him at the finals of the Sports Festival, causing a lot of people to mock him because of his pledge at the start of the festival, then he overhears a conversation about him detailing how awful he is, then a meme reveals he was a horrible bully to the public and makes him a pariah, then someone suicide baits him saying he deserves it because he did the same thing to Izuku, and finally he gets confirmation that he did suicide bait Izuku, which he completely forgot about. By the end of it all he's ready to eat crow just to figure out where he went wrong.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Priestess' automatic reaction to awakening a problematic reincarnation is to go on a bender at Kurogiri's bar. So far the incidents that have induced this reaction are Hibiki (Tony Stark), Yuzu (Liz Lemon), the USJ Incident (a really bad one: "Black Leg" Sanji, Erza Scarlet, Hinata Hyuuga, Ryoga Hibiki, and Pinkie Pie, plus an appearance from All Might), and recently one that saw the reawakening of Tommy Oliver.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • With two exceptions (Toru and Mei switching places) the teams and their placement in the tournament remains the same (though Izuku and Momo do get farther than they did in canon).
    • Izuku, despite getting many offers, still interns with Gran Torino, with the reason being he wants to balance One for All with his past life abilities.
  • Irony:
    • Hibiki Kinzoku (aka Orchestra Rave) was so Hopeless with Tech that he couldn't use the Amazon website without help. His past life? Tony Stark.
    • Mashirao somehow manages to get so lost that he lands second place in the Obstacle Course at the Sports Festival.
    • Izuku, Sanji's reincarnation, has green hair. Katsuki, Zoro's reincarnation, has blond hair. A fact that is not lost on anyone.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: According to Izuku, Pudding fears she’s this when it comes to being a parent, which is why she and Sanji never had kids.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Haki bypasses Logia defenses and allows the user to touch the Logia's real body. As Kurogiri's Quirk essentially functions on the same principles, that makes him susceptible to Haki as any Logia would be.
    • Momo has to recreate her armor piece by piece since she doesn't have access to her magical Hammerspace armory anymore. And since she can't lug heavy armory everywhere, she has to distract her opponent while she recreates the armor from her skin, piece by piece. According to Izuku, it took them a lot of practice to make that work.
  • Madness Mantra: Poor, poor Priestess.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: It seems no franchise is off limits. While some like One Piece and Naruto are pretty typical, there's also My Little Pony, the MCU, and even 30 Rock. Even later on she added Power Rangers, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and even the DCAU to the mix.
  • Mythology Gag: Izuku and Ochako's Ship Tease, as Sanji was actually supposed to be named Naruto until Oda's editors made him change it for the sake of the actual Naruto manga, which was about to debut at the time.
    • Also, one of Izuku's nicknames is "cinnamon roll". Guess what's Hinata's (Ochako's past life) favorite food?
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Priestess used her Quirk on five UA students in hope of ridding the world of five wannabe heroes. Instead, she empowered them, one of them so much that he could go toe-to-toe with Nomu then and there.
    • This in general is the downside of her Quirk. While it usually takes out most heroes and even converts some to villainy, she also has a chance of awakening a reincarnation who can more than make up the difference. Particularly bad ones include Izuku (the worst case by far), Momo, Hibiki, and Ryuji, the recently awakened reincarnation of Tommy Oliver.
    • And it hits its absolute zenith with Katsuki, aka the reincarnation of Roronoa Zoro. Something that Priestess is intimately aware of.
  • No Sense of Direction:
    • Poor Mashirao now has the worst sense of direction in all of anime. While it annoys everyone, it especially annoys Izuku, who was on the same crew as the man with the second worst sense of direction in anime. Ironically, that also makes him the most adept at corralling Mashirao.
    • Katsuki as well, seeing as he's the reincarnation of Zoro and has his Past-Life Memories awoken by Priestess as well.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Izuku becoming cooking rivals with Lunch Rush. All that's known is that Lunch Rush tasted his cooking, declared him a rival and that it was food that Izuku made for All Might (as he's now cooking for him).
    • Twilight apparently tried to figure out a way to use the magic of friendship to create foals, but not for herself but rather so that Applejack and Rainbow Dash could have them.
    • Hibiki once left his house without pants, Aiko although not having been built yet really wants to tell the story. There's also a particularly embarrassing incident involving his phone that All Might heard about.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Izuku has a dream about having a cooking competition with Lunch Rush where he's naked, as mentioned below, this is the least weird part of the dream.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond:
    • Sanji was one of the most powerful pirates to have ever sailed the Grand Line, but there were still quite a few people above him in life and when he died. As Izuku, however, he's so overpowered that the League of Villains have made it their number one priority to kill him before he can get any stronger, above even killing All Might.
    • Zoro is even worse than that. He was the World's Greatest Swordsman in his world, one step below the Four Emperors themselves. As Katsuki, who already had plenty potential because of his Quirk, he's essentially Izuku's only potential rival for Number One Hero.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Priestess flips when she views the memories of Izuku's past life as Sanji because none of his extremely powerful abilities were nerfed. At all.
    • Happens again in Chapter 55, when she views Bakugo's past life memories. The next chapter reveals why: Bakugo is the reincarnation of Roronoa Zoro.
  • Plot Armor: A weird case where the plot armor isn't for Izuku but for everyone else. Let's face it, if the story was written realistically, then Izuku would have already torn through most of the villains in Japan short of the women and All For One. For the Sports Festival in particular, none of his opponents would've been able to land a hit at all. However, there still needs to be a story, so even when he's at full strength the author has to downplay how strong he actually is to give everyone else a chance to shine.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep:
    • Priestess's Quirk allows the victim's bodies to grow the required muscle strength needed for their past life's abilities, but it cannot recreate muscle systems and forms of energy that said abilities used — including chakra and magic. This nerfs both Ochako and Momo — the former used chakra for all of her techniques, and her entire fighting style was based on the disruption of chakra pathways. The latter can recreate weapons via her Quirk, but no longer has access to any magical weapons she may have had.
    • The fact that this doesn't apply to Izuku is a major plot point in the story because it makes him severely overpowered by My Hero Academia standards. Priestess point-blank states that he's basically guaranteed to become the strongest hero in the world now and even apologizes to her fellow villains for causing this to happen.
    • Another person this doesn't apply to is Ryuji — because apparently, the MHA world has a Morphing Grid. Meaning, all he needs to do is access it to regain his past life abilities.
    • Another person this applies to is Bakugo, who is the reincarnation of Zoro. That means all the logic that applies to Izuku, applies to him as well.
  • The Power of Hate: Izuku's hell memories. They are played dead seriously when he uses the memories of his terrible childhoods to fuel them.Even more so when he uses the memories of his death and Luffy's death as fuel.
  • A Rare Sentence:
    • Izuku after admitting he gave up on logic in his past life.
      Izuku: I just told you about a talking starfish becoming a famous fashion designer on an under sea island in a bubble…. I'm pretty sure that sentence speaks for itself.
    • During the therapy session about Spouses and Children, things get interesting...
      Hibiki: Okay! We are talking way too much about farm animal sex! Which is a sentence that should never be uttered ever!
    • Hibiki gets another when telling Izuku he needs to make sure he doesn't suffer from any more serve personality clashes.
      Hibiki: So for the sake of your health and mental state you must avoid peeping on women for the rest of your life. [...] I just had a legitimate reason to say that… but considering everything I go through I really shouldn't be surprised by that kind of stuff by this point.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: Before meeting Luna for the first time Izuku has a dream where he's in a cooking competition with Lunch Rush, not only is he naked but the event is hosted by a talking watermelon who sounds like Kermit the Frog and Lunch Rush repeats the word "button" over and over again.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • 96% of heroes hit with Priestess's Quirk quit the hero industry because they weren't heroes in their past lives and lack the drive to continue their careers (though there are some that do remain heroes that fall into this category like Yuzu). 3% remain heroes (usually because they were some kind of super-powered warrior in their past lives, like the five UA students), and the last 1% turn to villainy.
    • To be the reincarnation of someone means that person died. That means each and every single one of Priestess's victims knows what it's like to die. Is it any wonder why she's so hated?
    • Izuku cannot afford to have Sanji's Would Not Hit a Girl traits because now his job requires him to protect other people on top of himself. That's why he started training with Momo for the Sports Festival.
    • Ryoga's No Sense of Direction was a humorous gag. With Mashirao, it's extremely distressing because it can hamper his career as a hero, especially since he's still in training.
    • The Sports Festival was aired on live TV. It shouldn't be surprising that one of Izuku's old middle school classmates was watching it.
    • Pudding had numerous mental health problems, which were stated to get better over the years, but not disappear. Things like her split-personality made her feel unfit to raise children.
  • Reincarnation: As per Emma Iveli tradition:
    • Izuku Midoriya: "Black Leg" Vinsmoke Sanji
    • Ochako Uraraka: Hinata Uzumaki, nee Hyuuga
    • Momo Yaoyorozu: Erza Fernandes, nee Scarlet
    • Mashirao Ojiro: Ryoga Hibiki
    • Tooru Hagakure: Pinkie Pie
    • Hibiki Kinzoku: Tony Stark (MCU Version)
    • Yuzu Hoseki: Liz Lemon
    • Hana: Rose Quartz
    • Chouko Ginga: Eclipsa Butterfly
    • Ryuji Hogo: Tommy Oliver
    • Hiroki Niku: Troy Barnes
    • Aoi Hakase: The Eleventh Doctor
    • Seito Kuroi: Sirius Black
    • Righteous Fury: Bellatrix Lestrange
    • Jack Attack: The Joker (DCAU Version)
    • Katsuki Bakugo: "Pirate Hunter" Roronoa Zoro
  • Running Gag:
    • Izuku going into Sanji's Heart Eyes dance mode.
    • "Don't question the cupcakes."
    • Katsuki being interrupted by Toru shoving a cupcake in his mouth.
    • Aiko the memelord.
    • Everyone's annoyance at Hibiki forgetting something.
  • The Rival: Izuku has at least five. One of them isn't even for pro-heroing — instead, it's Lunch Rush, who regards him as a rival cook.
  • Secret Keeper: Outside of the therapy group, Iida knows about the history repeating aspect of Izuku's lives while Todoroki was told about Judge.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Bakugo overhears Izuku telling Todorki about Judge, but the only one who knows that he knows is Toru.
  • Seen It All: Izuku, Mashirao, and Hibiki, due to how weird their past lives were.
  • Ship Tease: Izuku and Ochako have something going on, but since they're still reeling from regaining memories of their past lives, neither of them have really bothered to acknowledge it.
  • Shout-Out: After Midoriya accidentally revealed that he used his raid suit’s ability to peep at women’s baths, Mineta utters “I sense a disturbance in the Force”.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Downplayed. Thanks to Priestess' freak out, Thirteen is never injured during the USJ.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Izuku goes from being barely able to defend himself to the absolute strongest member of Class 1-A once he has access to Sanji's skills. Priestess went Laughing Mad once she realized how powerful he actually was.
    • Katsuki is even worse than Izuku. Not only was Zoro just as strong, if not stronger than Sanji, he's got none of Sanji's baggage regarding attacking women.
  • Swans A-Swimming: There was an incident where Hibiki was attacked by a swan and tossed his cellphone at it in the hopes that it would electrocute it. This incident is notable as Aiko (who makes fun of him at every chance) refuses to do so due to how vicious the birds are.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • After hearing all the things going wrong for the League of Villains as the USJ, Shigaraki yells out "There is no way this can possibly get worse!" cue Momo showing up and chopping off Nomu's arm.
    • After discovering that Mashirao was wandering around Japan for three days, Hibiki says "Can tonight get any worse?" cue Izuku's emergency beacon going off.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted. Due to the nature of the Priestess’s quirk, support groups have been made just for victims.
  • Three-Point Landing: Hibiki does one during the final exam. He ends up hurting his knees due to the weights he has to wear.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Two reincarnated heroes in their past lives. Both of them survived cancer and decided to live their lives to the fullest however one died in a sky diving accident after choosing a rather sketchy company while the other trying to take a close picture of a rhino while on safari. Thankfully both of them took it in stride.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Katsuki to Izuku constantly, until Izuku kicks his ass at the Sports Festival.
    • In a rare act of forgetfulness, the teachers at U.A. completely failed to account for the Incarnates' extra abilities (sans Izuku, for obvious reasons) when devising the final exams for the semester. They get a rude awakening when the exams start and those students start overpowering them.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Priestess enters a Madness Mantra after learning about Izuku's past life as Sanji.
    • She has another one when she awakens Katsuki's past life as Zoro.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 12: During Izuku's match with Shinsou, he manages to use Conqueror's Haki.
    • Chapters 55-56: During the training camp, Priestess awakens Katsuki's Past-Life Memories...and it's revealed he's Zoro's recincarnation.
  • Wham Line: In chapter 17, Izuku uses his two most painful memories to power up Hell Memories, one of which reveals something important:
    Shishishishi! You want my treasure! You have to find it! But I didn't leave it there! Can't have it be too easy! Because where's the fun in that!
  • World's Best Warrior: Much like how Izuku is now the world's greatest chef, Katsuki is now the world's greatest swordsman.
  • You Wanna Get Sued?: In-Universe. When Mina tries to use the name Alien Queen, Midnight points out that as Disney owns the franchise note  they would probably sue her if she tries to use that name.

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