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Prescience is a My Hero Academia fanfic by April495.

Izuku is abandoned by his family because he does not have a quirk. At first. He discovers he has the power to see into the future.

This fanfic can be read on Archive of Our Own here.


This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Izuku's father Hisashi is portrayed as a crime-boss that views his family less like his own flesh and blood and more as things that he can use, abandoning Izuku at a young age when told that he would be quirkless, only to try and take him back against his will when he finds out that he was a hero-course student at U.A. with a quirk.
  • Adult Fear: Izuku was abandoned at the ripe young age of five by his own father against his mother's wishes because of a disability that Izuku had no say in having. Then when it turns out that Izuku got over that disability, his father not only wants him back as if nothing happened, but he tries forcing Izuku to come back whether he wants to or not.
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    • Izuku wants to be someone who wants to contribute to society altruistically, only to realize that his family are made-up of hardened, unrepentant criminals that expect you to follow in their footsteps.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Hizashi calls Izuku "Green Bean" when referring to him on his radio show, something he takes to instantly.
    • Bakugo tries calling Izuku "Broccoli", only for Izuku to call him "spiky pineapple" in response.
  • Blessed with Suck: Izuku witnesses and/or experiences horrible injuries and deaths, only for him to blink and for it to not have happened, meaning its his responsibility to avoid all of it. On a lesser note, he has to relive certain stressful moments without warning, such as redoing whole days worth of training.
    Izuku: I know they're alright. I saw them a few hours ago. But I just can't tell the difference between reality and Prescience visions. It- it just felt so real seeing you all hurt...
    • Implied with Inko, as her quirk "Once More" made her relive her entire day in her dreams, and since her husband was abusive, these dreams were usually nightmares that would keep her awake at night.
  • Character Tic: When Aizawa brings Izuku home, he and Hizashi teach him Signed Language to help communicate, something he devolves into when he is too worked up to speak.
  • For Want of a Nail: Izuku dreams of the League of Villain's attack on the USJ and the staff plans an ambush. While Aizawa was injured, his injuries were not nearly as awful as they were in-canon.
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  • If Jesus, Then Aliens: In Chapter 3, Izuku manages to prevent a robbery at a convenience store with the help of one of its employees. When Izuku asks why she isn't all that surprised by his foresight, she makes a point to mention that with how versatile quirks are, being able to see the future isn't all that surprising. Then again, she might just be a Cloudcuckoolander, as the employee uses her own secret stash of tape she keeps around for a need-to-know reason.
  • MacGyvering: In Chapter 4, Izuku manages to prevent a robbery in a convenience store using double-sided tape and "the soda and mentos trick."
  • Mental Time Travel: Izuku's quirk "Prescience" works like this. He experiences something, only for him to blink and realize that nothing happened yet, allowing him to prevent that future or use it to his advantage. He also tends to have prophetic dreams that allows him to see much further into the future.
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  • Needle in a Stack of Needles: Izuku devises a plan involving having everyone in his team with fake flags in a game of Capture the Flag.
  • Orc Raised by Elves: Izuku comes from a crime family, abandoned for his supposed quirklessness before eventually being found and taken in by the pro-hero Eraserhead.
  • Parental Substitute: Aizawa takes Izuku in after he finds him homeless on the streets. Hizashi immediately takes the role of Cool Uncle in the process.
  • Power Incontinence: Izuku has no control over when his quirk activates. Its when it activates during a non-life threatening situation (like just watching TV or going through Aizawa's Training from Hell) does it bother him.
  • Reality Ensues: Izuku hasn't spoken with another person since he was 5, so when Aizawa finds him seven years later, his linguistic skills have stunted.
    • Not having actually been in school since he was five, he does not know what a class representative is.
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: Izuku's quirk falls under the "Prophecies Are Optional" category, as all of the events he sees actually happening, but his quirk gives him the knowledge needed to change the outcome.
  • The Swear Jar: Aizawa seems to keep one in his home.
  • Telescoping Staff: Izuku is given one with his hero-costume.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Izuku's power kicks in when he witnesses a man getting stabbed to death in an alleyway when he was only 7-years old.
  • White Sheep: With the reveal that Izuku comes from a crime family, it makes it all the more ironic that he dreams of being a hero.


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