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Soon I Shall Be Indestructible by IllMadeKnight is a My Hero Academia fanfic.

The rise of Quirks ushered in a new age of wonder and gave birth to superheroes. Only Mei Hatsume can see the toll Quirks have had on humanity. Technological progress has stopped and there seems to be no end for the stagnation. The time has come to save science. Using her own inventions as a weapon she sets out to prove that even someone without a Quirk can be a hero.

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And her partner for this is the Quirkless Izuku Midoriya, who wants to be a Hero more than anything. Can his boundless desire to be a Hero and the inventions built by him and Mei do that and prove her right.

SISBI is a For Want of a Nail story asking what if, instead of gaining One For All, Izuku saw an ad looking for a Quirkless person to be part of Project: Indestructible posted by Mei Hatsume.


Soon I Shall Be Indestructible contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Sexuality: Uraraka is a lesbian in this story, while in canon she's only shown having a crush on Izuku.
    • Additionally, in canon she decides to put her attraction for Izuku away to focus on her goal. In this story, she chases after girls so fervently that Mineta finds it disturbing.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-universe, Rei (Shouto's mother and Endeavor's wife) was the high school sweetheart of Mei's father before she married Endeavor. As fans of the manga already know, she was pressured into a quirk marriage and forced to watch her children be emotionally abused to create the perfect hero. Mei's father, Blacksmith, is at least somewhat aware of Endeavor's abuse of his family. Mei on the other hand only sees a woman who broke her father's heart to be a gold-digger who married Endeavor for his greater wealth and fame. As such, her grudge against Todoroki Shouto is as much about revenge on Rei as it is revenge on Endeavor.
  • An Aesop:
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    • Don't spend every moment of your life holding a grudge. You will regret it. A recurring theme of the story is how seeking revenge will only wind up making things worse.
    • Sometimes it's best to swallow your Pride and just take the pragmatic approach. Literally every time Izuku ignores this to fuel his ego, he ends up on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle and in one case nearly died because of it.
  • Arch-Enemy: Bakugou is Izuku's, and Mei considers Todoroki her's due to his father Endeavor and mother Rei.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Mei, using the Human Brain Project from the early 21st Century, designed a fully independent and self-aware learning computer to run Project: Indestructible named Sagan.
  • Ascended Extra: Mei Hatsume is the Deuteragonist, and both Ojiro and Momo are major characters. Mustard, Spinner, Dabi, and Stain are also major villain characters and the Big Bad seems to be Overhaul.
  • Berserk Button:
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    • One moment Izuku is just fine but as soon as Mei says that it was "good" that Shoto has his Quirk erased, putting a stop to Endeavor's plans, he promptly loses his shit.
    • Attacking Shoto turns out to be Rei Todoroki's.
    • Anything that paints Stain in a positive light in predictably Tenya Iida's.
  • Bi the Way:
    • According to Mei, Izuku thinks 'bananas and strawberries taste the same'. He has Ship Tease with both Mei and Tsuyu and got a hand job by Hagakure. He's also heavily implied to have been in a relationship with Bakugou when they were kids and his reaction to Bakugou's apology is written as a break-up.
    Izuku: I don’t forgive you. I loved you once and you… you threw me away! Live with it, you bastard.
    • Toga counts as well considering she has made advances on both Izuku and Mei and expressed interest in the two of them. She also offered the two of them a hand job while masquerading as Hagakure.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Izuku arrives just in time to save Iida, Mei and Todoroki from Stain in Chapter 19. Downplayed as Todoroki was faring pretty well on his own but Stain was clearly toying with him.
    • Bakugou saves Mei, Eri and Kota from the Sludge Villain in chapter 26.
  • Blood Knight: Izuku and Tsuyu actually bond over getting a rush from fighting for their lives and use any means necessary to manipulate their parents in allowing them to stay on the field.
  • Centipede's Dilemma: Invoked by Mei when she points out that Izuku has stopped stuttering.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Izuku and Mei are building a set of Powered Armor for him to get into the Hero Program with to prove that you don't need a Quirk to be a Hero and to save science from its current state of stagnation.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Toga delivers this unto Mei and Izuku when they're captured by the League.
  • Continuity Nod: Tsu's main powers involve being a frog, giving her a very vague Spider-Man quality to how she does hero work. One of the minor powers she has (but is rarely mentioned) is that she can secrete a very weak acid that is mildly irritating on skin contact. While it's not great for causing skin injury, Bakugou finds that it works wonderfully when applied by being spat in his eyes.
  • The Corrupter: Stain thinks Mei counts as this towards Izuku, but then again this is Stain we're talking about, so...
  • Cyborg: Izuku becomes one of the nanomachine variety in chapter 22.
  • Daddy Issues: Izuku has issues with his dad, who left him and his mom after he was diagnosed Quirkless. It doesn't help when Hisashi visits him in the hospital after the UA Sports Festival.
    • As in canon, Todoroki has these in spades.
  • Deuteragonist: The fic is as much Mei's story as it is Izuku's.
  • The Dreaded: Even other villains are scared and disturbed by Toga.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Subverted. A simple apology from Bakugou is not enough to make up for 11 years of bullying as Izuku makes quite clear.
    • Played with in chapter 21. Izuku does forgive Mei for her actions the previous chapter and brings up how she's been a terrible person all throughout the story. However, Mei also gave Izuku Indestructible after fixing it up, sent him the blueprints to maintain it and tearfully broke down in front of him. It ultimately takes him remembering how awful it was exposing Bakugou was in the Sports Festival to forgive her.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Rappa is willing to work for Overhaul but even he refuses to go through Overhaul's plan to kill Rei Todoroki just because Endeavor killed Chrono.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Kaminari finds Todoroki to be a "sexy, sexy man" though describes him as that one guy.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Chapter 17 has Stain attack Overhaul's mansion with intentions to kill him.
  • Eye Scream: Tsu beats Bakugou in part by spitting weak acid into his eyes.
    • Barely averted while Toga is torturing Izuku and Mei, and only because she wants them to watch.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: All For One decides to talk to Izuku and Mei, waxing on about One For All and All Might and how they're the real bad guys, particularly after Izuku admits All Might offered him the Quirk. Then AFO tries to drop a bombshell and addresses his brother, the first bearer of One For All directly. Small problem, though, in that Izuku never accepted OFA, thus doesn't have AFO's brother's spirit inside him, meaning AFO didn't drop a bombshell, he just confused them and made his position seem weaker.
  • Fan Boy: Spinner and Shigaraki are both fans of Indestructible.
  • Fangirl: Mei is one of scientists, with her being particularly fond of Neil deGrasse Tyson. However, she doesn't like Thomas Edison, since he stole several of his most famous inventions and killed animals to make a point.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Mei, as in canon is one, and Izuku proves a quick study, becoming one in his own right.
  • Gag Penis: Izuku is apparently quite... gifted. Ojiro claims Bakugou dislikes Izuku out of jealousy and is seen telling Kaminari and Mineta that it's bigger than Mineta and that if it had one of its own, Bakugou would still be jealous. During the Training Camp arc, the boys see it and are left feeling inadequate (and Ojiro wins a bet with Mineta over it).
  • Gender-Blender Name: The AI built by Mei is female, yet named Sagan after Carl Sagan. Izuku asks why she didn't name her after a female scientist, and Mei answers brand recognition (male scientists are more well-known than female), Carl Sagan narrated Cosmos, and it sounded cute. Izuku agreed that it sounded cute.
  • Get Out!: Izuku's reaction to Mei pushing his Berserk Button:
    Izuku: Get out! Get out, you cruel, selfish bitch! Out! How dare you?! How could you say something like that?! I quit! Get out, you monster!
  • Groin Attack: When Bakugou offers Izuku a free punch in hopes of making amends, Izuku instead feints with the punch and instead kicks him in the groin.
    • Kouta attempts the canon groin punch on Izuku... only to hurt his hand because Izuku had started wearing protection after being hit in the groin by Bakugou previously.
  • Heel: Mentioned by name by Mei in regards to Bakugou in regards to the Sports Festival.
  • Heel Realization:
    • In chapter 18, Mei finds out Endeavor beats his kids and this causes her to realize that Endeavor's sins are not Shouto's to bear. Though her opinion of Rei Todorki remains unchanged.
    • Mei has another one in chapter 21, where she realizes how much of an awful person she was to people, especially Izuku. She tries to make amends by giving Izuku the suit and its blueprints.
    • Chapter 13 has Mineta of all people finally realize how his perverted antics look after seeing Uraraka's pursuit of anything female, and announces that he's going home to rethink his life.
  • Hero Killer: Stain as in canon. By chapter 19, he has effortlessly defeated Indestructible, Hatsume, Iida and was easily able to toy with Todoroki
  • Humans Are Flawed: Each and every character, no matter how nice they are, have some flaw in some shape or form. The most common is Pride but Lust isn't uncommon either.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Izuku is asked by Hagakure if she can borrow his electric gauntlet while pressing up against his backside in her full superhero outfit. Her full superhero outfit, for those who have forgotten, is nothing but a pair of gloves and sneakers, since she's invisible. Izuku mentally claims that he would have given her his own internal organs if she'd asked him to at that point.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • An article by Seito Kawada reveals to the world at large the truth behind All Might's condition.
    • In Chapter 18, Blacksmith finds out Izuku and Mei took up Endeavor's internship and Izuku figures out Endeavor abused his family.
  • Jerkass: Mei Hatsume. She spends the majority of the story blinded by revenge that she treats the Todorokis like crap because of something Endeavor did. Admittedly Poor Communication Kills is in play and she has a Heel Realization in Chapter 18 and admits that she needs to apologize to Shoto for her behavior... only to mutter "good" after he gets his quirk erased because it caused Endeavor's world to end.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Played with. Mei's rebuttal to Shoto's self pity towards losing his Quirk is true in the sense that Izuku has already proven that quirkless does not equate to useless. However, Shoto is right in that it's not the same. Izuku never had a quirk to begin with and as such would not understand suddenly losing something that you have possessed since you were four. Additionally most, if not all, quirkless people likely never had to deal with an abusive parent who raised them to beat All Might.
    • While the decision that Todoroki was the real winner of the tournament was unpopular, and several characters do take offense to this (claiming that UA has a vested interest in making sure Quirked people stay in power... though how much of that is serious and how much of it is Unreliable Narrator is up to personal judgement), they do have a point that since the Indestructable armor was delivered to the ring after the match started, which was made pretty blatant by Mei, that does count as outside interference which was made explicitly clear was against the rules. However, the backlash would not have been as severe had UA actually disqualified Izuku from the start instead of allowing him to fight with the armor just so they could wrap up the Sports Festival with an epic Grand Finale. After revealing that they weren't planning on letting Izuku win, no matter the outcome, the announcement comes across as less following the rules and more as a needlessly petty Kick the Dog moment on UA's part. So in short, while Izuku could not have won due to outside interference and UA was within their rules to say that he was disqualified, the critics are also right in that UA handled it badly.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After all the bad blood that's gone down between them, Mei offers Todoroki a place on Team Indestructible and offers to make him an armor. She also tries to convince him not to give up in her own unique way.
  • Lost Technology: The story manages to both downplay this and use it as a major driving force for the plot. The technology in question is, in essence, anything that was being researched two hundred years ago in-universe (aka early 21st century in real life) but had not been finished/released to the public. As of chapter 17 it is revealed that the loss is at least partially due to All for One stealing and burying the research so that he alone would possess it.
  • Mad Scientist: As in canon, Mei is pretty much a high-school age mad scientist.
  • Manly Gay: As in canon, Eijirou Kirishima aspires to be manly. In this story, he is in a relationship with Bakugou and Mei remarks that she would have married him were it not for the fact that they both "like banana ice cream".
  • Mistaken for Romance:
    • Asui Tsuyu noticed that Mei kept staring at Todoroki during Izuku's fight against Katsuki and assumes that she is in love with the boy from their conversation. It couldn't be further from the truth.
    • Mei assumed Izuku wanted to have sex with her during the trip to their internship. All Izuku wanted was to know why Blacksmith allowed her to go to Endeavor's agency.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Ignite Armor 2.0 is designed to have four arms.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Seito Kawada has this reaction after outing All Might's secret in a fit of rage.
    • Izuku suffers the same after letting his Blood Knight tendencies get the best of him while fighting Gentle, resulting in the destruction of a construction site and him being unable to be at the Cultural Festival to dance for Eri.
  • Nanomachines: Mei injects Izuku with these in an attempt to allow him to become Indestructible in seconds as well as control scout drones mentally. She later does the same to Shouto to help him control the extra arms of Ignite Armor 2.0.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tsu beats Bakugou in the sports festival... which isn't good for Project: Indestructable, as their marketing campaign heavily hyped up a match between Izuku and Bakugou as one of the selling points. Oops.
  • Noodle Incident: Izuku refused to talk about his first kiss, after he reveals that Recovery Girl's was his second.
  • Not So Different: After the Sports Festival, Inko is quick to draw parallels between Mei and Bakugou and how they treated Izuku. This is nearly enough to make Mei have a Heel Realization especially considering this is after she threatened firing Izuku for being friends with Todoroki but see Poor Communication Kills...
  • Office Romance: Seemingly defied. The release Izuku signed stated that "there will be no fucking among Team Indestructible members" as Mei points out.
  • Oh, Crap!: Overhaul when he finds out that attacking Rei after she has been informed he just attacked her son was a very bad idea.
  • Only Sane Man: Mei seems to be a combination of her canon self and Cave Johnson at her worst times, leaving Izuku as the unfortunate soul to ground her. It's made especially clear when some of her more jerkass behavior asserts itself, or when she announces to the media that "Reality is an illusion made by the Lizard People." However, this later becomes an Inverted Trope as Project: Indestructible expands.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Blacksmith has made no secret of his dislike for Endeavor but because he doesn't say why he hates Endeavor so much, Mei only has a vague understanding of the relationship between the two and believes that Rei is just as guilty as Endeavor and subsequently Shoto. It's because Blacksmith said he would do "anything" to make things right that she believes her vengeance against the Todorokis is fully justified and rejects her Heel Realization in Chapter 14.
  • Powered Armor:
  • Read the Fine Print: As well as preventing Izuku from starting a relationship with her, Mei also slipped in the fact that Izuku's organs are now her legal property.
  • Reality Ensues: Played for Laughs. As Midoriya finds out, having sex with someone who has Super Strength in their legs is very painful.
  • Retired Badass: Mei's father is the former Pro Hero Blacksmith. He used to work with Endeavour, to which Blacksmith says "Everyone makes mistakes" (referring to working with Endeavor).
  • Robo Family: Izuku and Mei are the "daddy" and "mommy" to an AI named Sagan.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kaminari and Jirou getting intimate in a public restroom while someone is in a stall, often forcing them to wait for them to finish.
    • Occasionally, discussions about Izuku's penis will come up when people are talking about him. Everyone who has seen it in person so far agrees that it is comically large.
  • Scars Are Forever: Izuku gets scars on his hand and face after the shock glove he used on the Sludge Villain exploded.
  • Science Hero: What Izuku is shaping up to be thanks to Mei.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Chapter 52 references IllMadeKnight's other HeroAca story, Blood Sex Sugar Magic, by having Gran Torino mention that Nana Shimura killed a monster named Ikari who preyed on children. In BSSM, Ikari ran an Orphanage of Fear that shaped its versions of Stain, Shigaraki, Toga, and others.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Mei is quite vulgar in this story.
  • Spanner in the Works: Downplayed but Tsuyu unwittingly does damage to Project: Indestructible when she handily beats Bakugou... who Mei had hyped up to be Izuku's Final Boss before getting into the Hero Course. Whoops.
  • Spotting the Thread: How Toga is found out. Midoriya realizes that the video used to reveal All Might's true form was angled so that one of the students recorded it. The only way she would've been able to take the video without being noticed is if she was invisible ergo Midoriya reveals that she was Hagakure.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: Midoriya quits after Hatsume presses his Berserk Button though her being a major Jerkass that threatened to fire him for daring to be friends with Todoroki likely means she just drove him over the edge.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    Mei: Now, roll those sleeves, grab a wrench and let’s make some babies!
  • Tranquil Fury: Rei kills overhaul by freezing his limbs off without raising her voice. Turns out attacking her son and nurse were a very bad idea.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Discussed and deconstructed. As it turns out Blacksmith wasn't all that great a person in the Todoroki debacle and thanks to deliberately omitting information, he made it look like he was a better person then he was. It was because of this that Mei grew up hating the Todorokis.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 28 is essentially the Darkest Hour of the story. Kirishima's Quirk finally evolves but because he's under the effects of Mustard's Quirk, he ends up taking out a good portion of the students, a couple of pro heroes and takes a bite out of Vlad King's shoulder. Mr. Compress successfully captures Power Loader, Tokoyami and Bakugou. And then there's Toga. She ends up transforming into Kaminari and frying the Indestructible armor with Izuku in it. The chapter ends with her reassuming her cover whatever it is. There's also the fact that she meets Hatsume, the other object of her affections, and we don't see the end result of their meeting.
  • Wham Line: Endeavor delivers one in chapter 46, showing just how far he's gone when he allows Tsubasa to experiment on Eri.
    Endeavor: You can have the girl.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Aizawa is on the receiving end of this in chapter 23 after he partners up Midoriya with Bakugou. You know, the kid that has just been outed as being Midoriya's tormentor for the better part of a decade. Aizawa's excuse of "You need to know how to work with people you don't like," isn't given any credit.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: All for One assumes that Izuku accepted All Might's offer of the One for All quirk and makes a complete fool of himself trying to address the remnants of his brother within it. This is despite knowing that Project Indestructible's M.O. revolves around Izuku not having a quirk.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Mei may have caused one unintentionally in the Sports Festival. After dropping the armor, UA has two choices they can make; 1) disqualify Izuku for outside interference... but that would mean the Sports Festival ends on a lose by default which is a lackluster ending to an already lackluster festival and 2) allow Izuku to fight in the armor. Regardless of who wins the match, Project: Indestructible gets free advertising and data on how to improve the suit. There's another layer to this depending on who wins the match. If Todoroki wins, then it doesn't matter but if Izuku wins, not only does the suit get advertising and data but he also proves what Project: Indestructible set out it to do in the first place; that you don't need a Quirk to be a hero. Disqualifying Izuku just increased Indestructible's already sizable fanbase and painted UA in a negative light.
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