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"For his entire life, Izuku wanted nothing more than to be a hero. Hearing his Idol say he couldn't do it without a Quirk almost broke him. Yet when put into a situation where even other heroes were almost helpless bystanders, he didn't hesitate. And in doing so, he finally awoke what he had longed for."
Fanfiction Dot Net summary.

A My Hero Academia story by Primordial Vortex (who also wrote Supernova (One Piece), The Black Emperor, and Legend of the Monkey God) where Izuku awakens his Quirk while saving Bakugo from the Sludge Villain. While Izuku still becomes All Might's protege, he doesn't gain One For All, at Nezu's insistence.

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Can be read here on FanFiction.Net and here on Archive of Our Own.


This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:

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  • Absurd Cutting Power: Izuku's psychic blade can cut through anything, including the Zero Pointer and the ground beneath it, creating a canyon on the testing grounds.
  • Accidental Aiming Skills: While thrashing in agony from his Cold-Blooded Torture, Aoyama happens to hit the spider villain that Shoji was fighting, allowing the boy to defeat her.
  • Actually a Doombot: Kirishima performs a German suplex on the Tubalcain Alhambra expy at the USJ, only for the man to dissolve into cards. Given the villains comments, he likely can only use it once.
  • The Ace: Izuku quickly proves to be this for 1-A, as he takes the lead in not only the exercises, or with his powerful, versatile Quirk, but also in how he helps the others become far stronger in turn. Indeed, Momo wholeheartedly believes that despite her own formidable intelligence, Creation Quirk, and being the next wielder of One For All, Izuku is the one who will be the next Number One Pro.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Several of the hero student get different hero names than canon.
    • Izuku is the Cosmic Hero: Eon.
    • Kyoka is Symphony Regalia.
    • Momo is Izanami, the Creator.
    • Sero is Spoolerman.
    • Mina is Amina Acid.
    • Aoyama is the Starlit Hero: Polaris.
    • Hagakure is Prism.
    • Kaminari is Conduit.
    • Shouto is Frozone.
    • Camie is Discordia.
    • Since he couldn't come up with an acceptable name, Bakugo is dubbed Blast by Midnight.
    • Because his brother hadn't been injured yet, Iida goes by Jet Drive.
  • Adaptational Badass: Several of the mooks at the USJ are strong enough to nearly defeat the students, as opposed to canon where they amounted to a Red Shirt Army.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Class 1-B is introduced during the USJ instead of shortly before the Sports Festival.
    • Nejire is introduced before the sports festival.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change:
    • Izuku is a psychic possessing Telepathy, Telekinesis, Teleportation, and blue flames that heal him. All Might is dissuaded from giving Izuku "One For All" anyway, because not only would the conflicting natures of the Quirks force him to either be subpar in both or ignore one in favor of the other, but it also increases the risk of "One For All" mutating unexpectedly into a power so overwhelming Izuku could never hope to contain it.
    • Bakugou can detonate his explosive sweat from anywhere on his body rather than just sweat from his hands.
    • Uraraka doesn't have to touch herself to change gravity on herself and can increase or decrease gravity rather than just negating it.
    • Iida's Quirk is changed from a mutation type to a transformation type and he can create different kinds of engine pipes from any part of his body.
    • Momo can further alter items she creates so long as she doesn't let go of them.
    • Jirou can produce simple sounds besides just her heartbeat, such as morse code.
    • Kaminari no longer produces electricity as an offensive weapon but instead stores and manipulates electricity (and magnetism to an extent), including using electricity to boost his healing. His weakness is also changed to having significant amounts of water shorting him out and causing painful electric shocks, even having to ground himself to take a shower. Kaminari is also not allowed inside cars lest his electricity accidentally ignites the gasoline. This is essentially the powers and weaknesses the protagonist of the first two inFAMOUS games has.
    • Rather than firing her horns and controlling them telekinetically, Pony's "Horn Cannon" is her firing a massive laser from between her horns.
    • Nejire's power is much stronger than in canon, though retaining similarities. She can make her spirals much, much tighter than in canon, for precise and directed attacks. She can strengthen her body with her energy, and at higher levels of output can even mimic Izuku's psychic barriers to a degree. The stronger and fitter she is, and the more stamina she has, the higher her output can be.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Downplayed as it is only a few moments, but the first few paragraphs make it clear why All Might initially didn't think Izuku had what it took to be a Quirkless hero, and that is that Izuku had done nothing to mitigate his Quirklessness. He had not physically conditioned himself and rather was trying to coast on just a dream in his head. While your mileage may vary on the validity of these claims, it is a noted difference to other fics that have All Might coming out as a hypocritical jerkass for also being Quirkless until he received One For All.
    • The various fights in the USJ attack are given more focus than canon, being significant chunks of a chapter rather than being largely glossed over.
    • It's revealed, or at least postulated, that all the seemingly random incidents that All Might had to deal with on his way to U.A. for the USJ training session were not Contrived Coincidences, but rather a masterstroke of a plan to tire him out leaving him unable to stop the League of Villains from attacking.
    • Nejire becomes 1-A's teaching assistant, and Mirio becomes 1-B's.
    • The trip to I-Island is happening before the Sports Festival, as opposed to after.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Izuku and Inasa are best friends rather than being basically nonentities to one another.
    • In canon, Izuku and Mina, Momo, Setsuna are mere classmates, while Nejire is an upperclassman who rarely if ever interacts with those four, and Camie has never actually met any of them due to being replaced by Toga Himiko during her first appearance. Here, they are all friends at minimum and romantic interests. As of chapter 9, all six of them are romantically involved in a polycule.
    • Between Classes 1-A and 1-B. In canon, they only ever interact when competing with each other, during intense training with no real time to interact, or in small groups as part of internships. Here they all meet perfectly cordially on the bus to USJ, and with time to relax and get to know each other, which is enough to start a few friendships. After the brutal fights they would later share together though, several close friendships are made under fire, and later there is a beach party shared by most members of both classes.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While Shigaraki was already villainous in canon, here the attack on the USJ was specifically to torture and kill as many students as possible then kill All Might rather than just to kill All Might.
  • Adapted Out: Neither Rikido nor Mashirao are enrolled in U.A. due to the author finding them uninteresting.
  • Age Lift: A mild case. Camie is a year younger than canon, being fifteen rather than sixteen.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Momo, who lampshades that while she's attracted to the female form, she's unsure if it's actual bisexuality or simple bi-curiosity. [[spoiler:As of chapter 10, it is no longer ambiguous as she's in a polycule
  • Amusing Injuries: While apologizing for almost outing Toshinori as All Might, Inasa bows so forcefully that his forehead dents a mini-fridge, leaving his face bloody. Izuku is trying to break his friend of this ongoing habit of self-harm.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • The USJ Noumu stomps on Izuku's leg, breaking it off at the knee. He gets better.
    • A Tubalcain Alhambra expy also gets his knee completely shattered by a kick from Unbreakable Kirishima.
    • Shigaraki loses both an arm and a leg at the USJ. The former by an AP shot from Bakugou and the latter because his leg was encased in ice when the former happened. The arm is destroyed beyond retrieval, and the leg abandoned.
    • In order to kill the Nomu, Izuku unleashes his Dangerous Forbidden Technique, which leaves him with a blackened husk of an arm that's more akin to charcoal than anything else. The following chapter, his arm is gone entirely, and he cannot regenerate it.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing:
    • Kanga-chan has a kangaroo-based mutant Quirk.
    • Similarly, Boarus is a villain with a boar based mutant Quirk.
  • Anti-Humor: During their date, Izuku anti's Camie's joke.
    Camie: Have you ever heard of updog?
    Izuku: Not much, how about you?
  • Armor-Piercing Response: Todoroki receives one from Aizawa after the USJ attack when the hero is lambasting him for his actions.
    Shouto: I don't need his fire!
    Aizawa: Then you don't need to be a hero.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Hagakure gives one to Todoroki after she realizes he would have let the villains kill him or his classmates before using his fire.
  • Artificial Limbs: After losing an arm to his Dangerous Forbidden Technique, Izuku eventually creates an artificial one by making a psychic barrier in the shape of an arm around his healing flames.
  • Ascended Extra: Inasa and Camie join U.A. in Class 1-A in place of Mashirao and Rikido due to the author finding the former pair much more interesting than the latter. Inasa also befriends Izuku while the latter is training under All Might.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Izuku's shouted "Fuck" is loud enough to be heard over the evacuation alarms going off when the press get onto the school grounds.
  • Badass Adorable: Nejire. Just... Nejire. She's as cute as a button and casually destroys Class 1-A during their spar. Among other things, she:
    • One-shots Katsuki, one of the stronger members of the class.
    • Casually destroys a glacier from Shoto. When he tries it again, she drills through it and manhandles him.
    • Rips apart Sero's Phoenix-Force-Reinforced tape and casually slings him across the room with one hand, while apologizing sheepishly for a comment.
    • Senses an invisible Camie and dodges a kick from her.
    • Outmuscles Shoji, who can have as many muscles as he wants.
    • Out-speeds Momo at her current One For All limit so badly she can't even react to it.
    • Predicts and out-speeds Izuku after a teleport escape. As in, he teleports, and before he's even fully reformed, she's punching him in the gut.
  • Bad Liar: Momo is terrible at lying about One For All, to the point her friends suggest she just tell them it's a secret rather than try to make something up. Made worse for her, as she feels experienced at it due to various public appearances she has had to make for her family, but apparently unable to do so with her friends. However even Todoroki is poking holes in it, as One For All behaves entirely differently from her original Quirk, so cannot be related as she and Izuku are claiming. On I-Island, her friends also note her story is inconsistent. When she blurts out a vital clue when in (entirely justified) pain, she and Izuku realize the jig is up, and get telepathic permission from All Might to just tell the truth.
  • Bad with the Bone: A villain at the USJ can fire his finger bones like bullets.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Multiple.
    • Toru performs one on herself. She learns the name of Pony's Quirk and imagines her firing and controlling her cute horns. She gets all excited to see it happen. Cue a Wave-Motion Gun firing from between her horns like a Cero from Hollow Ichigo.
    • Aizawa and Midnight both make out the new teaching assistant to be a demon out for their souls at the end of chapter 8. At the beginning of chapter 9, Class 1-A is all but quaking in their seats, wondering if Aizawa would even bother getting out of his bag to save them. And then Nejire hops in, waving excitedly and making the entire class spit-take at how cute she is.
      And then a beautiful girl with periwinkle hair hopped in, a bright, beaming smile on her face. "Hiiii!" She waved at them excitedly, "Nice to meet you all! I’m Nejire!"
  • Battle Aura: When Izuku makes a Declaration of Protection against the League of Villains at the USJ, a ghostly image of All Might appears behind him.
    Izuku: You won't touch them. You won't harm any of them! BECAUSE I AM HERE!
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Momo is a sweet, sheltered little princess, generally missing the darker or cruder stuff in others. She is also walking arsenal of increasingly sophisticated and deadly weaponry, and will resort to lethal force if necessary. When she learnt that Bakugo had suicide baited Izuku once, she created a knife without even realizing it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Manga gets his Quirk working again just in time to save Kaminari at the USJ, keeping him from falling into the Flood Zone.
  • Blessed with Suck: Blazing-chan can control and absorb fire, the latter of which makes her stronger and tougher. However, she can't create fire and constantly feels like she's freezing unless she absorbs a large amount of fire. She apparently went to prison for arson when she burned a building to escape the constant cold.
  • Blood from Every Orifice: Pushing his Quirk far beyond what he should at the USJ causes Izuku to start bleeding from every orifice on his head.
  • Blood Knight: Both Inasa and Blazing-chan love the idea of a good fight, though Inasa loses his enthusiasm when it starts going too far.
  • Boring, but Practical: Shoji's go to move is sneak up behind people and grab them in a hug with his multiple arms so they cannot escape. Not at all flashy, but with his superior strength, it gets the job done. Nejire even counts it a win against her during her 'spar' against 1-A, even if she shortly proves she could break out easily.
  • Brought Down to Badass:
    • When a villain with a light Quirk disables Tokoyami's and Kuroiro's Quirks at the USJ, they still fight off several villains with improvised weapons and hand to hand combat.
    • After the USJ attack, Izuku is left without a right arm and unable to use his Quirk for three weeks. Despite this, he's still one of the best in his class during rescue training, with All Might outright saying to his face that even if Izuku had come to UA as a Quirkless applicant, he would have grown up to be one of the best heroes of all.
  • Brown Note: Kurogiri's mere presence interferes with Izuku's teleportation and makes him fall to one knee from a migraine.
  • Bully Hunter: According to Setsuna, she got suspended nineteen times for protecting a classmate who used to get bullied for being Quirkless.
  • Can't Catch Up: Due to his refusal to use his fire, after the USJ, Shoto blatantly starts falling behind the other heavy hitters in his class. While he's aware that he's being left behind, he also refuses to admit why.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes Mineta when he truthfully insists he didn't mean to grope Reiko.
  • Cast from Stamina: Izuku's healing is physically draining, though he does note that Recovery Girl's Quirk is much more draining than his own. On the other hand, healing others drains him about as much as Recovery Girl's Quirk does.
  • Casual Kink: After Mina playfully spanks her, Nejire is very open about how much she enjoyed it.
  • Character Development: Several of the characters have already shown a bit of personal growth.
    • Izuku has already grown quite a bit as a person. While he is still recognizably the Adorkable cinnamon roll from canon, his early friendship with the boisterous, Hot-Blooded Inasa Yoarashi as well as the relatively early development of his own Quirk has given him some much-needed confidence. He is far more comfortable in his own skin and much more willing to speak out and put himself forward. He even manages to break out of his shell a little bit with the ladies of the class. He even accepted First-Name Basis with Mina Ashido (though it took some trying on her part), Tsuyu Asui, and eventually Momo Yaoyorozu. He still blushes iridescent when Mina decides to tease him or get cuddly.
    • Inasa has reined himself in a bit through his friendship with Izuku and occasional tutelage under All Might. Izuku is able to talk him out of rejecting his U.A. acceptance over his issues with Shoto Todoroki.
    • Momo blossoms under the positive reinforcement her new (and first) friends provide her, particularly Izuku, and grows increasingly into a strong and confident young woman who will not be shaken by any failures.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Izuku lampshades during the Quirk Assessment Tests that almost everyone accomplishes feats that would have broken world records before Quirks existed, even students who don't have physical Quirks.
  • Charged Attack: During the USJ attack, Kaminari is hooked up to the motor of the ship in the Flood Zone, allowing him to fry all the villains present.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Aizawa actively discourages this behavior, telling his students to focus on their goals rather than get distracted by every little thing. In his words, "Catching a thief when you were trying to save a child isn't a success."
  • Clothing Damage:
    • A non-sexy example comes when Izuku has his leg broken off by the USJ Noumu. After he heals it, his leg and foot are bare from the knee down.
    • Another non-sexy example from the same chapter. Momo is left completely topless by the end of the battle but has used up so much of her fat stores that she's visibly emaciated.
    • Nejire's very first day interning under Ryuko saw her entire outfit dissolved, forcing her to cover herself up with her hair. Ryuko assured her though that every pro-hero can expect their outfit to be wrecked and leaving them exposed at least once during their career, if not at least once a year. Indeed, not too long after, her own entire outfit was ruined.
  • Clueless Chick-Magnet: Being a harem fic, Izuku is beginning to gain the notice of his female classmates (Momo, Mina, and Camie in particular).
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: At the USJ, Aoyama is forced to overuse his Quirk by a villain who can control muscle contractions.
  • Cold Flames: Izuku's healing flames are cool to the touch and can't burn anything. His love interests find touching it to be particularly arousing.
  • Colony Drop: While fighting Bakugo and Aoyama in an old refinery, Ochaco throws crucibles at them by first removing their gravity then increasing it past normal just before they leave her hands.
  • Combat Pragmatist:
    • Attempted by Kirishima who ignores Tsuyu and goes straight for the bomb. Sadly, her superior range and mobility let her keep the bomb out of his reach long enough for Jiro to capture him. He is still praised for the proper mindset.
    • Sero and Camie functionally defeat Todoroki during the Heroes vs Villains exercise by using their Quirks to trap him after he goes for an illusionary bomb. Izuku lampshades that Todoroki would win a straight-up fight against them, which is a good motivation for the two not to engage him in a straight fight.
    • Against Nejire, the only students who manage a win are those who managed to blindside her. Those who try a head-on offensive are merely humiliated.
  • Combat Stilettos: Lampshaded by Melissa, who asks why costume designers keep insisting on giving heroines stilettos and asks how women can fight in them. Momo blames plot armor.
  • Combination Attack: Yui and Nirengeki have a combination move where he kicks several pebbles at an opponent then they each use their Quirks on the rocks, turning them into boulders flying at much higher speeds than before.
  • Combo Platter Powers:
    • Izuku's Quirk grants him (as of the post-USJ arc) telekinesis, telepathy, teleportation, psychometry, and healing flames. He can also combine the healing flames and telekinesis into a Dangerous Forbidden Technique that incinerates everything.
    • Also Deconstructed by Nezu, who points out that One for All is so different from any of Izuku's other abilities that mastering both OFA and his natural Quirk would be impossible. For very similar reasons, Mirio is rejected as a candidate for his own good.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • While (most) of the villains at the USJ are placed in zones where they'll be at their best, the hero students are completely random in their placement. Inasa, Manga, Kaminari, and Mineta are near crippled by the zones they land in but Tsuyu, Kuroiro, Kinoko, and Tokoyami are all sent to the ideal zones for their Quirks. When brought up by the group in the Flood Zone, it's eventually decided that it was pure chance who got sent where.
    • Shigaraki's severed arm lands in a puddle of molten rock caused by Izuku's Inferno Overdrive, instantly burning it beyond recovery or repair.
  • Convection, Schmonvection:
    • Averted. The students in the Conflagration Zone note they have to find a way out or they'll die of heatstroke without the villains having to do anything. Likewise, the heat of the flames messes with Inasa's control as his attacks keep rising.
    • Also averted against the USJ Noumu twice. Momo burns herself when using a flamethrower against it as she didn't cover herself with fireproof material. Later she designs her materials with fire-proofing in mind so she will not suffer the slightest inconvenience from it.
    • Also at the USJ, Izuku's Inferno Overdrive melts pretty much everything nearby, including the ground, and boils part of the lake.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Before the Heroes vs Villains exercise, Momo creates a pair of drones with optional x-ray cameras so she and Kaminari can scout the area for the villains team. She also creates a large battery as a last-ditch resort for Kaminari, coats her staff in plastic so Mina can't melt it, and wears pasties under her costume in case she has to open it fully to create something.
    • The League of Villains have several Noumu attack UA during their attack on the USJ as a distraction.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Toru and Mineta do the worst of everyone during the physical tests due to relying too heavily on their Quirks. Except for Mineta using his balls for the side-hop challenges, the two are among the worst performances on every test. In contrast, some like Camie also have Quirks useless for the tests but still do well through physical conditioning to make up for it.
    • Some of the villains at the USJ have very specific Quirks that are only useful against specific students and near useless against anyone else, and none of them have backup skills to fall back on. A villain who shines a bright light like a floodlight cripples Kuroiro's and Tokoyami's Quirks but needs several other villains to protect him from them beating him with improvised weapons. Aoyama is nearly killed by a villain who causes involuntary muscle contractions but is knocked out in one punch by Shoji. Finally, Hydrodynamic and Alkali nearly kill Shouto yet are instantly knocked out by Ibara; on top of that, they only did so well because he refused to use his fire.
  • Cuddle Bug: Mina has a thing for hugging people, Izuku in particular.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Once Izuku actually gets to fight Shigaraki at the USJ, it's completely one-sided. Izuku has plenty of combat training in with his Quirk and can fight without it in a pinch. Shigaraki is Unskilled, but Strong and has to touch someone with all five fingers to use his Quirk on them, something Izuku can prevent with telekinesis.
  • Cute Bruiser: Nejire is absolutely adorable and smaller than most of the class. She's also capable of taking out most of them with minimal effort and the rest only require she take them seriously.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Combining Izuku's healing flames and telekinesis creates a fire so hot that water evaporates without even touching it. It also set him on fire and taught Izuku, during the USJ, that while he is actually fireproof, his Emerald flames simply don't care. After All Might puts him out, Izuku's warned to never even attempt that technique again without close supervision.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The USJ arc gives all of 1-A and 1-B a chance to show off their abilities against villains that were much more dangerous than canon.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Blazing-chan gains a massive power boost from absorbing almost all the fire nearby in the Conflagration Zone, but doing so starts burning her alive from the inside. Even after she's knocked out of her Super Mode, her right arm has been completely burnt off.
  • Death Dealer: An Tubalcain Alhambra expy at the USJ wields cards which he can use to cut through even Kirishima and Kamakiri's Quirks.
  • Desperation Attack: Several characters resort to these during the USJ attack.
    • Aoyama, who's been subjected to Cold-Blooded Torture from being forced to overuse his Quirk, fires off one last shot to take out a villain that was crippling Tokoyami's and Kuroiro's Quirks.
    • Inasa has to create an entirely new technique (by compressing air into a tight ball to form a concussive blast) to defeat Blazing-chan as she's too hot for his attacks to otherwise land.
    • Bakugo uses his explosive gauntlets to defeat a villain who can absorb the sound of his explosions to fire laser beams.
    • Momo utilizes first a gatling gun firing explosive bullets then a flamethrower filled with napalm against the Nomu. It fully recovers despite Momo almost completely depleting her fat reserves.
    • Mina breaks out her most dangerous acid to melt the Nomu. Much like with Momo, the Nomu heals.
    • Izuku unleashes his Dangerous Forbidden Technique, completely incinerating the Nomu and reducing his arm to burnt charcoal.
  • Determinator: Even after being tortured with overuse of his Quirk to the point he's vomiting blood, Aoyama still manages one final shot in order to save his classmates.
  • Determined Defeatist: All Might praises Momo for this attitude during the Heroes vs Villains exercise after her partner is eliminated, declaring that like all heroes, she faced a situation where she seemingly had no hope of winning but pressed on anyway. While she lost, Momo still came within a hairsbreadth of victory.
  • Die or Fly: Kirishima manages to figure out Unbreakable three seasons early to defeat a villain at the USJ who would have otherwise killed him and Kamakiri.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Mineta - a Dirty Old Man in a teenager's body - disregards Sero Hanta entirely when attempting to "capture" Camie during their Battle Trial, not-so-secretly hoping to cop a feel. Camie rightfully hits him where it hurts after dodging, and an embarrassed Sero wraps him up.
    • At the USJ, he's distracted by the very voluptuous Kanga-chan and nearly gets himself killed.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: The first time Izuku deliberately uses his telekinesis, he tries to lift a salt shaker and accidentally sends it through the roof.
    • It's revealed that the harder Izuku pushes himself and his Quirk the stronger it gets, so after the USJ, he uses much less power to try and grab a plastic cup after he's allowed to use his Quirk again and nearly crumples it, showing that he'll have to use even more control exercises to not accidentally crush whatever he attempts to psychically grab.
  • Don't Create a Martyr: All For One warns Shigaraki that merely killing All Might will turn him into a martyr. Instead, they first have to destroy All Might's legacy: by killing all the first year hero students.
  • Door Stopper: Like Vortex's other fics, this one has a ridiculous word count per chapter, averaging out at just over 25,000 words per chapter, give or take an additional few dozen from the author's notes. It is, in fact, a contributing factor for the long periods between updates, along with what he considers an uncooperative muse.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Kurogiri's Quirk prevents Izuku's teleportation from working, keeping him from simply teleporting out of the USJ and alerting the faculty to the attack.
  • Dramatic Irony: Kirishima remarks that Todoroki could defeat a USJ villain with a paper Quirk easily due to the fire part of his Quirk. What he doesn't know is that Todoroki refuses to ever use his fire in combat, not even to save his own life.
  • Dynamic Entry: Kanga-chan reappears after Mineta "defeated" her by leaping onto the scene and kicking him hard enough to send the teen flying.
  • Elemental Absorption: Blazing-chan can absorb fire to grow stronger and tougher, though absorbing too much is lethal for her.
  • Elemental Shapeshifter: One villain in the USJ has the ability to turn his body into any material he touches. However, depending on the material, he can't move his joints when transformed.
  • Elite Mooks: While most of the USJ villains are weak enough for the various students to effortlessly plow through, several are actually highly dangerous in their own right. The Konan and Tubalcain Alhambra expies are particularly powerful as, unlike other villains, they don't need a specific environment for their Quirks nor are they only dangerous against particular students.
  • Endearingly Dorky:
    • Iida's attempts to act villainous only make Ochako giggle.
    • Momo is somewhat socially inept but others, especially Izuku and Mina, find her enthusiasm adorable.
  • Epic Fail: Denki's attempt to flirt with Momo goes right over her head.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When a villain at the USJ openly considers raping Yui, another one threatens to castrate him, claiming he didn't sign up to work with a pedophile.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In the aftermath of the USJ, Katsuki makes a point of looking away when he realizes that Momo is completely topless.
  • Evil Is Petty: One villain at the USJ wants to kill the hero students for getting into UA when he didn't.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: When Kurogiri mocks Izuku for missing with his psychic slash, Izuku corrects him that he was aiming for the USJ door.
  • Expy: Three of the villains at the USJ are heavily based on Konan, Tubalcain Alhambra, and Dazzler.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: The members of 1-A and 1-B nearby go ballistic on Kurogiri after he attempts a Portal Cut on Setsuna.
  • Fan Disservice: By the end of the USJ, Momo is completely topless but is also extremely emaciated from using basically all of her fat reserves and has significant burns on her upper body.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Parodied. Momo unconsciously makes a knife while saying that she's first going to kill Katsuki, and then have him expelled. Then again, Katsuki would very likely consider expulsion life-ending, so she might just be doubling down.
  • Fell Asleep Standing Up: A dramatic example. The battle against the USJ Noumu exhausts Izuku to the point he passes out on his feet.
  • Feed It with Fire: Juzo's attempts to stop one villain only make the man larger and stronger as he apparently is fueled by contact with the earth.
  • Feel No Pain:
    • While in her Super Mode, Blazing-chan can't feel her body literally falling apart due to having burnt out her pain receptors.
    • The Nomu at USJ showed no reaction to the frankly horrific damage being inflicted upon it.
  • Fight Off the Kryptonite: Kyoka's Super Hearing leaves her sensitive to loud noises, so she spent years training to reduce said weakness.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Nejire defeats Katsuki with a single blast of her Quirk, delivered through poking his nose.
  • First-Name Basis: Mina is quite insistent others call her by her first name, as is Camie.
  • Forgot About His Powers:
    • Izuku admits that after his match in the Heroes vs Villains exercise, he simply forgot to use his healing flames and went to Recovery Girl instead.
    • In chapter 9, Izuku admits he hasn't focused very much on his telepathy because he views it as an invasion of privacy to read people's minds and anything more intensive would be exceedingly dangerous to attempt. Nejire calls him out on such thinking, insisting that a proper hero has to use everything in their arsenal.
  • Foil:
    • Momo and Todoroki. At the USJ, Momo and Todoroki both nearly died in their fights: him from refusing his fire, and relying solely upon his ice to the point he was called out multiple times for how stupid he was being; and her from going FAR beyond her limits and even burning herself using a flamethrower for the first time without thinking of her own protection. When we see them fight next, it is a second sparring match between the two where Todoroki continues to refuse to use anything but his ice, unleashing his biggest glacier he can manage. In contrast, Momo creates "a cross between a flamethrower and a flak cannon" which not only burns straight through the glacier with casual ease, but her new protective features ensure she is not even mildly warm. She wins the match with laughable ease.
    • Izuku, and Todoroki for a second time. In the aftermath of the USJ, both were chastised for not using their Quirks to their fullest extents, Todoroki's being his fire which he still refuses to use weeks later, and Izuku for failing to mind crush the Nomu. When that is pointed out, Izuku points out it is not an ability he can safely practice, and had avoided using his telepathy much before due to concerns for the privacy of others. However he quickly comes around to the necessity of using every tool available to him, and starts using it more and more in practice matches.
    • Bakugo and Setsuna. Both were born with powerful and versatile Quirks, want to be heroes, are highly intelligent, and went to schools where there was a Quirkless peer. Bakugo regularly abused and bullied his Quirkless kid, and had a spotless record, while Setsuna had nineteen suspensions on hers for defending her classmates from bullying over something she could not control.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Blazing-chan became a villain because her Quirk causes her to feel like she's freezing whenever she's not absorbing fire, resulting in her becoming an arsonist.
    • Kanga-chan was expelled by Aizawa, implied to be on the first day, and grew bitter over it.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse:
    • Itsuka sympathizes with Kanga-chan but tells the woman that she should have either tried again or applied to a different hero school, rather than becoming a villain.
    • After the USJ attack, Aizawa makes clear to Shouto that he doesn't care what the boy's issue with his father is; if Shouto doesn't start using both halves of his Quirk, he'll be expelled from U.A. and blacklisted from every hero school in Japan. His peers can also tell there are some 'daddy issues,' at minimum involved, but also refuse to give him any slack for it.
  • Freudian Slip: Upon seeing Kanga-chan, Mineta declares his wish to be crushed by her thighs.
  • Full-Boar Action: Boarus, a villain at the USJ, has a boar Quirk.
  • The Gadfly: Toru plays up her Invisible Streaker status to mess with her classmates. In reality, she has a costume made using her DNA. The gloves and shoes are there so people can see her while being easy to remove.
  • Gatling Good: Momo creates a minigun from her body against the USJ Noumu. Sadly, it does little more than keep it pinned down for a while.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • The USJ attack forces several students to go beyond and pull off moves they would normally not use.
      • Aoyama fires his Navel Laser even though he's already damaged himself in order to save Kuroiro and Tokoyami.
      • Bakugo uses a grenade gauntlet in order to overwhelm the Dazzler expy.
      • Mina busts out her most powerful acid - so strong that it completely overwhelms her acid resistance and causes the Noumu's flesh to slough off - in an attempt to put down the Noumu.
    • When that doesn't work, Momo puts everything she has into a minigun with armor piercing and later explosive bullets. And after that stops working, she unleashes a flamethrower, which burns the Noumu - and also her.
      • Izuku rips the Noumu to pieces and throws it into water. When that doesn't work, Momo uses her last reserves to create C4, and Izuku throws it into the water, turning the Noumu to Ludicrous Gibs.
      • And when even that is not enough to put the monster down, Izuku uses Inferno Overdrive, which finally kills the Noumu by ensuring there's nothing left from it.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The various hero students threaten to kill Kurogiri after he attempts to murder Setsuna. Mina in particular keeps one hand on his metal collar and uses the other to drip some of her more potent acids on the ground next to him. And, during the subsequent fight, many end up using moves that could be brutal or even deadly.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal:
    • Izuku gets injured almost as frequently as he does in canon. But because he has his own Healing Factor, it's usually less of a problem.
    • The USJ Noumu gets sliced, shot, melted with acid, set on fire with napalm, blown up, and finally completely incinerated before it's put down for good.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Itsuka defeats Kanga-chan by hitting her with the absorbing villain.
  • Group Hug: Izuku becomes the target of one from half his class when he first returns to class after the USJ attack missing his right arm.
  • Hammerspace:
    • Izuku pulls out a notebook despite his skintight costume having no room for it.
    • Toru somehow hid a glass-cutter on her person even though she's nude. Later averted when its revealed she actually does have a costume and just likes to mess with her friends.
  • Head Desk: Kyoka bangs her head on the table when Momo's suggestion of plugging one of her jacks into her phone so she has more sound options proves viable, being upset that she never thought of that herself.
  • Healing Factor: Izuku can create healing flames to regenerate but it seems to have a minimum amount of damage it can heal. All Might has to break one of Izuku's arms for the boy to activate it. By the time he enrolls in U.A., Izuku can activate it at will but it no longer activates automatically.
    • Healing Hands: In chapter 8, Izuku learns on accident that his healing flames also work on others, but much less efficiently than on himself.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power:
    • The Paper Master villain at the USJ has a ridiculous amount of versatility. From flight to a Flechette Storm to making a shrapnel bomb, her Quirk is a nightmare to counter if you can't take advantage of her Logical Weakness, which sadly, her opponents can't.
    • Sero does extremely well during the water portion of rescue training as his tape lets him reel in anyone on the lake's surface. While Izuku and Momo get the "drowning" robots to the surface, he's the one who actually pulls them to safety.
  • Hellfire: Though not actually infernal in nature, Izuku's Inferno Overdrive qualifies. Besides the flames being green in color, they seem to burn without any fuel, outright incinerate anything that should be fireproof, clothing or otherwise, in an instant, and are hot enough to boil a lake from a considerable distance, and going from the anime that distance could be anywhere between 30-50 meters, considering that Izuku uses his Inferno Overdrive somewhere near the center of the USJ.
  • Heroic RRoD:
    • Destroying the Zero Pointer overloads Izuku's Quirk, to the point he feels like his brain has been shoved in a blender.
    • A milder example occurs when Izuku freezes everyone in the cafeteria. After he's done lambasting them, Izuku collapses to the ground.
    • Aoyama's Quirk is badly overused due to a USJ villain whose Quirk allowed him to forcibly keep it active. Aoyama barely manages to fire off a shot to help Tokoyami and Kuroiro before passing out.
    • Three different characters go far beyond their normal limits against the USJ Noumu.
      • Mina creates her most dangerous acid, giving herself terrible acid burns in the process.
      • Momo uses up almost the entirety of her fat stores making first a minigun then a napalm launching flamethrower and finally a block of C4 for Izuku to use.
      • Izuku takes his Quirk far past the point of Psychic Nosebleed and combines his telekinesis and healing flames to incinerate the Noumu entirely, albeit at the cost of burning his right arm to a blackened crisp.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When stuck in the middle of the Flood Zone and with no more platforms to jump to, Kaminari deliberately jumps towards the water, intending to pull a Taking You with Me against the villains to save his classmates. Thankfully, Manga gets his Quirk working again in time to save him.
  • Hidden Depths: Momo is a fan of comic books and mentions the Pstandard Psychic Pstance by name.
  • Hidden Purpose Test: Unlike canon where the Zero Pointer is simply worth no points, here the students are told attacking it will give them an automatic zero on the practical exam. The teachers' muse that its real purpose is to see what the applicants will do when facing an enemy where they have nothing to gain and everything to lose. Izuku attacks the Zero Pointer to save Ochako, which earns him the highest score in U.A.'s history when combined with his excellent Villain score.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During a fun volleyball game, Katsuki tries to get an advantage by using his Quirk. However, the opposing team (including the likes if Izuku, Inasa, Momo, and Itsuka) had Quirks far more suited to the game, causing them to go from "roughly equal" to completely dominating their opponents.
  • Hollywood Acid: Mina can create acid that will eat through anything, but it's both very tiring and too dangerous to use in a training exercise. However using it also overwhelms her own natural resistance to it. When she finally does use it in the USJ, the Nomu melts while she suffers burns which take her arms out of action. She still manages to get some bad burns on Shiaragki though, thanks to some tag-teaming with Tokage and shooting acid out of her feet.
  • Hollywood Density: Momo mentions that her body's much denser then normal and she actually weighs almost triple what someone her size should.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Aizawa's main criticism for Ochako and Iida's actions during the Heroes vs Villains exercise is that they continued fighting after they'd already guaranteed their victory rather than retreating and letting the hero team search pointlessly until time ran out.
    • At the USJ, Todoroki would rather die than use his fire against two villains whose Quirks are a hard counter to his ice, something Hagakure chews him out over.
  • Hope Spot: Izuku's and Momo's combination attack of sealing the USJ Noumu into a sphere of water and detonating a bomb within reduces the creature to Ludicrous Gibs. Then it starts healing.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Bakugo entered UA expecting to be the top dog as he was back in middle school, only to face failure after failure. Not only do his peers best him in class, they constantly insult him, refuse to be intimidated by his attitude, and never follow his lead.

    I-Z 
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: During her spar against Class 1-A, Nejire spends most of the fight manhandling them. But once they prove capable of fighting back, her energy engulfs her as she switches to "version 2" and overwhelms them once more.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Kirishima broke off a villain's leg at the USJ, something he's not proud of but admits he had to in order to save his friends.
  • I Know You Know I Know: When pitted against each other in the Heroes vs Villains exercise, Izuku and Momo spend some time thinking up plans and wondering if the other would know about it. Most pointedly, while wondering where to hide the bomb, Izuku and Mina consider hiding it in the largest building available, only for Izuku to think that's too obvious but then ponder that Momo might know it's too obvious and ignore it. Indeed, Momo and Denki initially scout the other buildings first because they thought using the largest warehouse was too obvious.
  • In a Single Bound: Kanga-chan, due to having a kangaroo Quirk, can jump incredible distances.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Discussed as a major reason why polycules tend to implode such as the one between Nejire, Mirio and Yuyu, as Yuyu is exclusively attracted to Nejire only. In order to avoid such things in chapter 9, while Izuku was taking one of the girls on a date, the other girls went on outings with each other to see if there was any form of attraction.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: A G-rated version. After learning the truth about All Might and One For All on top of being offered One For All, Momo says she'd really like that tea All Might offered her earlier.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Subverted. Momo unintentionally flaunts her wealth to her classmates but they find her too adorable to be offended by it.
  • Insistent Terminology: Izuku and his girlfriends are a polycule, not a harem. The girls are romantically involve with each other as much as they are with Izuku, after all.
  • Irony: Todoroki, one of the strongest members of Class 1-A is also the only student at the USJ to completely fail to defeat his villain, with even Mineta managing a temporary victory.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: While in her Super Mode, Blazing-chan fires off a beam of plasma and is explicitly stating as taking the same stance as the Kamehameha wave.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: During the Heroes vs Villains exercise, Aoyama and Bakugo think Iida is fighting them to keep them from finding the bomb hidden within the refinery but he's actually distracting them long enough for Ochako to sneak it out of the building.
  • Kick Chick: Due to her Quirk greatly enhancing her legs, Kanga-chan fights predominantly with kicks and stomps, though she also uses her tail at times.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Shigaraki comes to the USJ to torture and murder all the teachers and hero students, leaving them for All Might to find, and to horrify society. He leaves missing two limbs, with bad burns, losing all his pawns including the vaunted Nomu, and having had a full-blown mental breakdown from seeing the rise of a successor to All Might who will continue the hero society.
  • Laser Blade: Izuku can channel his psychic power through cloth to create a blade of energy. During the Entrance Exam, he uses his tie and his hero costume has a sash specifically for use to make his psychic blade.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mineta is expelled from U.A. after Aizawa decides he wasn't making any actual effort to improve himself.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the USJ, one of the Flood Zone villains is a Rubber Man, which Kaminari comments on.
    Kaminari: Dude, if they wasted rubber on some throwaway villain, I'm going to be pissed.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Inasa has a problem with charging headfirst into a fight without thinking about his teammates, something he gets lectured for multiple times.
    • During the heroes vs villains exercise, Inasa charges in the moment his partner Koda determines where the other team is, causing Koda to be left behind and captured by Shoji.
    • Then during the USJ incident, he rushes to fight Blazing-chan away from his classmates, even though Reiko had already been injured. In the aftermath, the teachers admit they aren't sure he was necessarily wrong to do so but his reasoning, wanting to fight a particularly strong opponent, was.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite being shorter than most of 1-A, Nejire can tank attacks from any of them, overpower Shoji in raw strength, and move and react fast enough to punch Izuku mid-teleport. Only three students manage to land a good enough hit to "win" against her: Shoji and Camie through trickery and teamwork, and Kyoka catching her off-guard with one of her sonic attacks.
  • Limit Break: Blazing-chan can fire what amounts to a Kamehame Hadoken made of concentrated fire, but apparently needs to be in her Super Mode to do so.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Mina's acid is extremely corrosive but can't dissolve plastic, which Momo takes advantage of by coating her staff with plastic before engaging her. Subverted when Mina later admits she can make Hollywood Acid if she pushes herself, but she felt it was too dangerous to do so for a training exercise.
    • Momo's Quirk lets her create nearly anything, but creating too many objects simply gives Izuku more ammo for his telekinesis. When she tries to trip him up with ball bearings like she did Mina, Izuku simply launches all of them at her like buckshot.
    • Toru's invisibility is worthless against Jiro's super hearing. Jiro's own weakness, loud noises drowning out all other sounds, is brought up but she already trained to overcome it by the time someone tried to utilize it.
    • Mineta's sticky balls share some traits with rubber and thus don't function properly at high temperatures.
      • His sticky balls are also good for trapping someone but if they're strong enough, they'll just rip away whatever they're stuck to. Kanga-chan gets stuck to the road after landing on several of Mineta's balls but simply rips herself free, leaving her with bits of asphalt stuck to her body.
    • Because warm air rises, Inasa has trouble controlling his wind in the Conflagration Zone where he's surrounded by fires.
    • The absorbing villain can't move any joints that are transformed. As such, he quickly takes to only transforming his fists and feet.
    • Subverted with Bondo. One villain tries diving underwater to wash his glue off, only to learn the glue isn't water soluble.
    • While Izuku can heal from nearly any injury, he still feels pain. A sufficiently painful injury can leave him near helpless as a result.
    • The USJ Noumu is programmed to protect Shigaraki above anything else. Momo keeps it pinned for some time by continuously shooting at Shigaraki.
    • Being plants, Ibara's hair vines can't react as quickly in extreme cold. Unfortunately for her, she ends up in the same zone as Todoroki at the USJ and he thinks nothing of freezing half the mountain at once. Also the ground being frozen makes it almost impossible for her vines to tunnel through the ground.
    • One villain can absorb the energy from sound waves to fuel her Quirk, but she's as weak to fire as any normal person, so she keeps dodging to avert it. Bakugo defeats her by firing such a powerful explosion she has no chance of dodging it.
    • Shigaraki's Quirk requires he make physical contact with whatever he's trying to decay. At the USJ, Izuku holds him off using telekinesis to keep Shigaraki from touching him.
    • Recovery Girl's Quirk uses the target's stamina to heal their injuries. As such, she couldn't heal Izuku after the USJ attack since he had completely exhausted himself, forcing All Might to take Izuku to an actual hospital.
  • Lonely at the Top: Discussed. Momo realizes that the biggest problem with All Might being The Symbol of Peace is that he's The Symbol of Peace, meaning that many heroes don't even try to catch up to All Might in deeds and actions, making him the lone pillar. And his dropping appearances has started to show it's consequences by a slow but steady uptick in crime due to the resulting Bystander Syndrome and All Up to You attitudes that have infected Pro Heroes. By accepting and becoming the Ninth Bearer of One for All, she plans on subverting this trope by standing right next to Izuku at the top.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: The idea of her classmates coming to her house has Momo thinking to herself that she "feels like she finally has friends".
  • Loophole Abuse: Ochako secures an automatic win for herself and Iida during the Heroes vs Villains exercise by taking the bomb outside of the building that was the testing site. All Might praises her ingenuity in doing so, then says it's no longer allowed in future matches.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Trapping the USJ Noumu in a sphere of water then detonating a bomb inside with it reduces the thing to part of a skull with a bit of spine sticking out. And then it starts healing.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Several villains at the USJ are near perfect counters for one or more students. Even if it was not something the villains had planned for.
    • A Dazzler expy nearly kills Katsuki by absorbing the sounds of his explosions to fuel her Quirk.
    • Two villains, Hydrodynamic and Alkali, perfectly counter Todoroki due to his refusal to use his fire. The former can manipulate water to an extent and control the phase state of any water he touches. The latter can create blocks of alkali metals from her body, which explode on contact with water.
    • Aoyama is nearly killed by a teenager whose Quirk causes muscle contractions, something that causes Aoyama's Navel Laser to fire uncontrollably when focused on his navel.
    • The Tubalcain Alhambra expy's Death Dealer Quirk perfectly counters Kamakiri's blades and Kirishima's hardening, forcing the latter to unlock his Unbreakable form in order to stop him.
    • Downplayed with a villain whose Quirk lets him shine a light like a floodlight. While he completely negates Tokoyami's and Kuroiro's Quirks, he has no combat skills of his own and needs several bodyguard to keep the two from just beating him themselves.
  • Master of None: Becoming this is why Izuku doesn't get One For All. Izuku's own Quirk of telekinesis and telepathy has no common ground with One For All's super strength and toughness, which means, as Nedzu put it, Izuku would either have to forsake one Quirk to focus on the other or work on each and be mediocre at both.
  • Megaton Punch: At the USJ, Itsuka enlarges her fist until it's several times the size of her entire body to punch a villain who injured Reiko.
  • Moral Myopia: The Tubalcain Alhambra expy is shocked that Kamakiri would use a lethal attack on him, despite the villain gleefully trying to kill him and Kirishima. Kirishima even lampshades the ridiculousness of such a thing.
  • Morton's Fork:
    • After rescuing Aoyama from a villain at the USJ, Shoji is left with the choice of either leaving him behind to save Tokoyami and Kuroiro, or try to carry the badly injured boy into battle. Luckily, Aoyama provides a third option: having Shoji aim him at the villain crippling their classmates so he can take him out with his Quirk.
    • Blazing-chan's Super Mode leaves her too hot for Inasa to approach without getting badly burned. But that same heat keeps his ranged attacks from hitting as he can't keep the heated air from rising. He's forced to invent a new super move in order to win.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • As part of having to practice his telepathy, Izuku learns formal dancing by linking his mind with Momo's.
    • During a day at the beach, Izuku uses his pyrokinesis to light several fireworks fuses at once. Similarly, about half of the students present use their Quirks for a volleyball game after Katsuki starts using his.
    • Mina mentions using a mild variant of her acid to prevent ever getting morning breath. Similarly, Momo uses her quirk to create breath mints after realizing her boyfriend and girlfriends all have morning breath when they try to kiss.
  • Murderous Thighs: After Mineta has a Freudian Slip, Kanga-chan attempts to crush him between her thighs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Todoroki is horrified when he loses his temper and lashes out with a massive amount of ice during the Heroes vs Villains exercise. Even with his quick action melting the ice, he still badly injured his classmates, including breaking several of Camie's ribs. Afterwards, the one thing keeping his reputation above Bakugo's is that he obviously didn't intend to go as far as he did and was disgusted with himself.
    • After Kirishima's What the Hell, Hero? towards him at the USJ, Bakugo is gradually horrified at the sheer damage he did to his opponent.
  • Mythology Gag: Momo is able to control how much power she uses with Full Cowling due to her experience with her own Quirk, something canon Izuku mentioned was the reason he didn't realize he was using it incorrectly, as unlike the former, the latter didn't have the near decade of experience of playing with their Quirk.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: Momo's and Camie's hero costumes are both unzipped to at least their navels. While Camie likes the look (at least when Mineta isn't leering at her), Momo mentions being somewhat uncomfortable but finding it necessary. With Mineta being expelled, she is more comfortable in taking her shirt off if necessary during spars.
  • Never My Fault: The villain torturing Aoyama at the USJ first kicks him in the stomach after the boy's forcibly activated Quirk nearly hits him then decides to kill the Aoyama because the villain broke his toes kicking his belt.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Mineta twice in chapter 5, both of which gets him expelled.
      • First, his reflexive groping of Reiko distracts her and Sen long enough for a villain to crack her ribs.
      • Second, trying to help capture a villain instead causes all the debris Reiko is pelting him with to stick together, giving the villain an Improvised Weapon.
    • During the USJ attack, Shouto's insistence on only using his ice merely makes a pair of villains more powerful, something Aizawa calls him out on.
  • Nightmare Face: A villain with a spider Quirk at the USJ is described as having a face not even a mother could love with several red eyes taking up her forehead, a fang filled mouth that opens vertically, and no nose.
  • No Conservation of Energy: Downplayed in that Momo's Creation Quirk needs her lipids to create objects that she knows the molecular structure of, but at the same time, a lot of the items she makes have significantly more mass than a 15-year-old, even one who is 173cm tall and well shaped, should have. Of course, she can suffer a Heroic RRoD and become horrifically emaciated if she overuses her Quirk. Turns out that Momo's Quirk actually works as a sort of sci-fi Matter Replicator and only uses her lipids as fuel rather than the converting into the atoms needed. Not only that but Momo is actually heavier than she looks, weighing nearly more than triple someone with her body type should weigh, meaning that her mass might actually be very densely packed.
  • No Social Skills: Momo is a downplayed example, completely missing Denki's innuendo when they're teamed up, and unintentionally flaunting her wealth to her friends. For the latter, everyone can tell it is not intended boasting on her part, so they do not take offense.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, eating All Might's hair isn't the grossest thing Momo's ever eaten, having eaten some rather nasty Foreign Queasine at some high class dinner parties she had to attend. It was the only time she's ever truly been angry at her parents.
  • Not Quite Flight: Melissa designs short boost jetpacks out of nanotech for both Mina and Camie while they're on I-Island. While the jetpacks can't manage sustained flight, they can be used for say, getting to the top of a building.
  • Not so Above It All: While Izuku is exasperated by their antics, he still does JoJo poses with Mina and Camie while Kyoka plays the Pillar Man song with her Quirk.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: During her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him, Momo states that for all Shoto wants to prove his father wrong, he never will because he's just like the man.
  • Not So Stoic: The Konan expy shows no emotion until Sero and Tetsutetsu pull off a move that lets them defeat her.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You…: Lampshaded by Juzo who notes that if Quirks followed actual physics, him softening the ground wouldn't matter as they'd still die from the height they fell from.
  • Obvious Rule Patch:
    • After Ochako and Iida win the Heroes vs Villains exercise by taking the bomb outside of the testing site, All Might says future attempts to do so will result in disqualification.
    • Played for Laughs when Thirteen declares that if Izuku and Momo are paired up by random lots, they have to reroll, with All Might agreeing that they're overpowered together.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Mineta at the USJ when he sees Kanga-chan jump into the side of a building and tilt it.
    • Inasa when Blazing-chan absorbs so much fire that the temperature in the Conflagration Zone starts noticeably dropping.
    • Inasa again as he realizes Blazing-chan is about to launch a stream of plasma at him.
  • Once is Not Enough: Izuku's belief he'd taken out Kaminari during the Heroes vs Villains exercise allows the latter to launch a sneak attack that almost takes Izuku out of the match. The next day Aizawa warns him that sort of thing has ended a great number of careers and to make sure his opponent is really down next time.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: A villain Inasa fights at the USJ refuses to give out her name and instead accepts his nickname for her "Blazing-chan".
  • Only Sane Man: One of the USJ villains in the Flood Zone suggests maybe they shouldn't drop the kid with an electrical Quirk into the water they're all swimming in, especially as Kaminari's obviously terrified of the idea.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Whenever Izuku or Momo start swearing.
    • You know a secret is serious when Inasa knows it and has actually kept it quiet.
  • People Puppets: After Kaminari's attack fries Izuku's nervous system, he uses his telekinesis to control his own body.
  • Percussive Prevention: Melissa makes her point about Momo's shelf and dictionary on her costume by grabbing said shelf and shoving it into her back. While Momo's initially upset by the action, Melissa gets her to think about what would happen if she landed on the shelf during a fight, causing her to realize her costume is liable to break her spine.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: After Mineta gropes Kanga-chan's butt while fighting her, she stops joking around and becomes completely serious about murdering him.
  • Playing with Fire: Two different villains at the USJ.
    • Blazing-chan can manipulate and absorb fire which empowers her.
    • An unnamed villain can teleport between flames.
  • Playing Possum: During the Battle Trials, assuming your opponent is down while really they are not, costs several teams dearly, leading All Might to give them a grim warning about that in the future. He proves right, as in the USJ Aoyama is nearly tortured to death for assuming one of his opponents is unconscious like the rest.
    All Might: I should have declared Todoroki-shonen out of the exercise once he was fully wrapped to the crate. In the real world, that could have been an easy way to end up with a knife in the throat. Remember that while you're training for it, out in the field is a different world. Villains… real Villains often do not hesitate to kill or cripple. This is a rewarding profession in very many ways, but it is a dangerous one. Never forget that.
  • Plug 'n' Play Friends: Setsuna and Mina become great friends almost instantly due to their similar senses of humor.
  • Polyamory:
    • Nejire mentions having attempted a polyamorous relationship previously with Mirio and Yuyu. Their relationship failed because Yuyu wasn't actually interested in Mirio and ignored him on dates to focus on Nejire. The three broke it off to preserve their friendships.
    • As of chapter 9, Izuku is in a polyamorous relationship with Momo, Camie, Mina, Setsuna, and Nejire. To avoid the pitfalls of the above example, the ladies try dating each other as well, and are indeed interested in one another. Although Momo is the only one unequivacably in love with Izuku by this point.
  • Portal Cut: Kurogiri attempts one during the attack on the USJ, but happened to choose Setsuna, who activated her Quirk and survived unharmed.
  • Pose of Supplication: Toshinori takes a full dogeza pose while apologizing to Izuku for foolishly wasting his time the morning of the USJ attack.
  • Post-Victory Collapse: Izuku passes out on his feet after driving off the League of Villains at the USJ.
  • Power Incontinence: It took Izuku getting purposefully injured by All Might to learn how to activate his Healing Factor at will. In addition, due to it being Cast from Stamina he also had to learn how to not let it activate when he didn't want it to.
  • Pragmatic Hero:
    • Aizawa praises students who know when to ignore villains in favor of completing their task, such as Kirishima not bothering to fight Tsuyu and instead heading straight for the bomb. As Aizawa states, a hero's first job is saving people, not fighting villains.
    • How Camie has to fight, as with her Quirk she needs to rely upon deception to best her opponents.
    • Nejire gives Izuku a mild chewing out for neglecting his telepathy, insisting a hero has to use every tool at their disposal, even the ones that make them uncomfortable.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • When the evacuation alarm sounds during lunch, several students are almost trampled, causing Izuku to freeze everyone in place and start yelling at them.
      Izuku: WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU ALL DOING?! ARE YOU HEROES IN TRAINING OR A BUNCH OF STAMPEDING IDIOTS?! CAN'T YOU SEE YOU'RE HURTING EACH OTHER?! YOU ALMOST CRUSHED ONE OF MY CLASSMATES!
    • When the USJ Noumu heals from being blown up into Ludicrous Gibs, Izuku lets out another one.
      Izuku: Are you fucking SHITTING ME?!
  • Properly Paranoid: Izuku, Momo, Itsuka, and Setsuna theorize that the media break-in could have been part of a villain attack and warn the rest of their classes to be on guard. As they are currently en route to the USJ, they're completely correct.
  • Psychometry: While on a date it Setsuna, a question by the girl gets Izuku to discover he can use his Quirk to read the past of objects. They promptly start viewing the past of every dinosaur they can find, provided one of its actual bones are present rather than just casts.
  • Rage-Breaking Point: Once Kinoko is saved from Boarus, she quickly sprays her fellow students with an anti-fungal spray then promptly covers the entire Downpour Zone in mushrooms, taking out every remaining villain.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • All Might comes off as this much more than canon. His telling Izuku he could not be a hero without a Quirk was more because he saw the boy had no physical conditioning to try and offset it, and was thus deluding himself. Took Izuku to Recovery Girl and Nedzu to try and understand his Quirk more. In the Battle Trials, he personally intervenes whenever a student (Bakugo and Todoroki) take things too far, and make clear their behaviour is inexcusable. When searching for a successor, he carefully studies the various candidates, with the USJ offering excellent insight; he also concludes that the particulars of Mirio's Quirk would make it too dangerous to give him One For All, just like with Izuku.
    • Nedzu takes the safety of his students very seriously, with none of his usual joviality. Given the scope of the situation at the USJ, he and All Might share all they know to the other teachers so they can plan accordingly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After they spar, Momo calls out Shoto for continuing to refuse to use his fire, lambasting him for not only actively crippling himself but not even wanting to be a hero. He just wants to prove his father wrong and is trying to be a hero out of spite.
    Momo: How are any of us supposed to feel good about winning when all you do is sit there and insult everyone giving it their all? ... You say you want to be the Number One without using your whole Quirk? Newsflash Todoroki-kun. You’re just as bad as Bakugō-san and his angry yelling and bullying. No one in their right mind would give someone like you a high rank. ... You'll never even break the top ten with your attitude. Inevitably your ice is not going to be enough, and you're going to let someone die to continue throwing your tantrum. You don't want to be a Hero. You just want to prove your father wrong about...whatever your issue is with him. But you never will. You're no different than him.No one needs a Hero who runs off spite.
  • Reed Snorkel: Of sorts. When one of the 1-B students is tossed into the lake unconscious to drown, Izuku (even in his exhaustion and state of near Heroic BSoD) uses all the psychic power he can muster to form a tube from Jurota's mouth and nose to the surface of the lake so the boy can breathe.
  • Reflexive Response: When Mineta runs into Reiko and Sen during the attack on the USJ, he reflexively gropes Reiko once he's close enough.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • A villain who can teleport via fire is also fireproof.
    • Blazing-chan is almost immune to fire. Absorbing enough will overload her resistance and cause her to start cooking from the inside.
    • Zigzagged with Izuku's healing flames. They're automatic so he doesn't need to know what he's fixing in order to do so, but only with fresh wounds. With old wounds, it's suggested he needs to know anatomy to repair the damage done.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When Izuku yells at the panicking students whether they're heroes in training or "a bunch of stampeding idiots", several of them point out that they're business students.
  • Rocket Punch: One of the unnamed villains at the USJ can launch his fists like rockets.
  • Save the Villain: Inasa attempts to stop Blazing-chan from using her Deadly Upgrade once he realizes it's cooking her from the inside. Even after defeating her, he's near tears from the fact she's been permanently crippled.
  • Sex Is Violence: During their fight, Blazing-chan asks if Inasa wants to have sex when they're done due to how worked up she's getting.
  • Ship Tease: Mina frequently cuddles Izuku, even referring to him as her "cuddle buddy" at one point, on top of him being one of only two people she's nicknamed. Meanwhile, Izuku and Momo tend to make eye contact then look away while blushing. After the USJ, this evolves to crushing him with hugs, her unconsciously holding his hand for comfort, and outright acknowledging she has a crush on him. Camie also gets in the game, pouting that mina got "first kiss" when she pecks him on the cheek. Setsuna uses her Quirk to "heal" Izuku's arm by attaching her own to his stump. It's acknowledged as adorable.
    • As of chapter 9, this ship teasing has resolved into a polycule.
    • Itsuka and Inasa are shown to at least be interested in each other.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Skewed Priorities: Neito keeps trash-talking 1-A even when they're all fighting off villains at the USJ.
  • Slasher Smile: Blazing-chan sports one after she transforms into her Super Mode.
  • Smoldering Shoes: Neito's attack that combines Yui's and Tsuburaba's Quirks knocks a villain out of his shoes entirely.
  • Spoiled Sweet: When planning to hang out at her house, Momo asks what everyone's favorite tea is and offers to have the butlers run to the store to buy it if she doesn't have it in stock.
  • invokedSquick: Kyoka is grossed out by a villain who fires his finger bones at her.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: After hearing about what the students went through to defeat the USJ Nomu, Nejire asks why Izuku didn't just use his telepathy to "mind crush" it. Izuku admits he hadn't thought of it, but also he doesn't know if he even can, not to mention how tricky something like that would be without leaving the target brain dead.
  • Stronger Than They Look:
    • Despite having little visible muscles, Momo easily lifts two adult sized robots without even a hint of effort. She also hefted and fired a minigun for a prolonged period at the Nomu at USJ. Lampshaded between All Might when discussing her suitability to be the next wielder of One For All, as he worries she lacks the muscle mass, and Izuku flatly points out what she can do.
    • Nejire is also very muscular, but it is not apparent until she flexes. She cites it as a consequences of her friendship with Mirio.
  • Superpower Lottery: Izuku is a psychic who initially has only telekinesis and healing flames but by the entrance exam has also gained telepathy and teleportation, giving him power at least on par with Todoroki and similar versatility to Momo.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: When Kanga-chan rants about how a cowardly pervert like Mineta was allowed in the hero course but she was expelled, Itsuka admits that she understands where the older woman is coming from, even if she doesn't agree with her.
  • Take That!:
    • During Momo's speech of how she refuses to leave Izuku to be the next sole Symbol of Peace, she makes a dig at Death Arms, Kamui Woods and Mount Lady for standing around not doing anything while Bakugo was being swallowed by the Sludge Villain because they didn't have the "appropriate Quirks". And this in spite of the fact that she cares little for Bakugo so it also overlaps with Everyone Has Standards.
    • A mild one is given towards how canon Izuku used One for All initially. Momo initially only channels it into a single arm but immediately realizes that's a bad idea and spreads it throughout their body instead. After shattering (and healing) their arm, they almost instantly determine they need to lower the percentage of power. Both actions are something that took Izuku months to figure out.
  • Taught by Experience: After badly burning herself when using a flamethrower at the USJ, the next time she creates one, Momo also creates a shield of transparent aluminum coated in aerogel to protect herself. As well as a more powerful, and more carefully thought out weapon.
  • Tears of Joy: After All Might admits he was wrong about his old idea that one couldn't be a hero without a Quirk and specifically insists that, if she wants, she'd be an amazing hero, Melissa breaks down crying over having someone finally believe in her.
  • Technicolor Fire: Izuku's healing flames are blue in color, while the ones from his Inferno Overdrive are green.
  • Teleport Spam: One villain at the USJ can teleport via fire.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: At the USJ, Mineta accidentally gropes Reiko on reflex.
  • That Came Out Wrong: While brainstorming costume improvements, Mina mentions that Izuku and Momo "taught her how to squirt". When three of the other girls tell her that was Too Much Information, she clarifies that she meant her acid.
  • Therapy Is for the Weak: Defied. Aizawa tells his class that everyone who was at the USJ attack will be attending a mandatory session with Hound Dog. Whether they have more than one session with the counselor is up to them.
    Aizawa: Being unsettled and needing help is not a weakness. Floundering on your own when you could be getting help is.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Bakugo uses his gauntlet at the USJ to defeat a villain whose laser Quirk makes her too dangerous to get close. Though after the adrenaline dies down and a chewing out by Kirishima, he's horrified by how badly he injured her.
    • While the students try numerous such attacks against the USJ Noumu (including napalm and an acid that Mina herself stated made fluoroantimonic acid look like acetic acid), what finally takes it down is Izuku using a Dangerous Forbidden Technique that's described as temporarily creating a second sun in the USJ.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • One of the reasons Izuku is so popular with his classmates, is because of his efforts to help everyone become even more powerful. At the Battle Trials he points out how effective Koji would have been if he had unleashed rats against his opponents, and at their group sessions leads similar conversations which leads several of his peers to make more progress with their Quirks in minutes than they have managed in years.
    • At the Battle Trials, and taking the lead from Inasa's example, Tokoyami develops his special move, Black Abyss (though he calls it Black Ankh), months earlier.
    • Faced with life and death, the USJ forces several of the students to develop far faster than canon.
      • Kirishima unlocks his Unbreakable super move at the USJ, three seasons earlier than canon.
      • Similarly, Katsuki figures out AP Shot.
      • Inasa develops upon the fly his most powerful move yet by compressing together a tornado
      • To even have a chance at hurting the Nomu, Momo unlocks firepower of a terrifying variety and intensity.
    • In chapter 8, Momo gains One For All, and learns to use it faaaaar faster than Izuku ever managed in canon.
  • Top Wife: Momo is the first of Izuku's girlfriends to openly admit she loves him along with having the best synergy with him, establishing herself as the "main" girl. Downplayed some as their relationship is a polycule rather than a harem. Still, she tends to be the one to keep the others in line, especially when they are getting too horny, generally by a light smack over the head. In particular, when Yui expresses an interest in Izuku, Momo intervened before Mina or Setsuna could finish considering inviting her into their polycule as well.
  • Tranquil Fury: After learning that Bakugo once told Izuku to "take a swan dive off a roof", Momo declares she's going to kill him then have him expelled, all while fiddling with a knife she didn't even realize she'd created.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Izuku's telekinesis first awakens when he desperately tries to save Bakugo from the Sludge Villain. His healing activates shortly after when said villain stabs him in the shoulder.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • At the USJ, the villains badly underestimated the students they would be up against. They were anticipating a fun experience torturing and murdering terrified teenagers. Instead, those who were not fortunate enough to be curb-stomped, ended up hospitalized, sometimes with crippling injuries. Shigaraki was outright maimed.
    • While being lectured by Aizawa, Shouto tries to insist he could have easily stopped the Noumu at the USJ by freezing it. As Aizawa counters, the Noumu was ludicrously strong and regenerated from being reduced to part of a head and a spine; nothing Shouto could do would've stopped it.
    • Izuku and Momo realize that they, All Might, and everyone else in the know had actually been doing this with One For All. While All Might had spent the last six years becoming progressively weaker, the Stockpile Quirk had only continued to gain in strength. Indeed, a key reason nobody had caught on All Might's power was dwindling, was how even while he could only use increasingly little power, that percentage was of an increasingly stronger power. To the point that Momo's 100% is already significantly greater than All Might's in his prime.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Two USJ villains, Alkali and Hydrodynamic, are stated to be married, though they do playfully bicker with each other.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: While fast and possessing an extremely powerful Quirk, Shigaraki has no actual combat ability beyond "Use my Quirk to disintegrate them". While it's all he needs against most enemies, Izuku can use his telekinesis to prevent Shigaraki from touching him, resulting in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Shigaraki starts howling and foaming at the mouth when Izuku reminds him of All Might, insisting the boy has to die before he becomes another symbol of peace. Even when his leg is frozen in place, he nearly tears it off himself trying to reach Izuku.
  • Volcanic Veins: Blazing-chan's veins glow like fire when in her Super Mode.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Pony can fire one from her horns, unlike canon where she fired the horns themselves.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: When paired up for the heroes vs villains exercise, Bakugo and Aoyama spend more time arguing with each other than actually trying to complete the exercise.
    All Might: "Before I give you all the floor, I have a few words to say as well. That was a disgraceful performance by the Hero team. Perhaps one of the worst I've ever seen. That bout was the perfect example for why we randomize these matches. You were right at each other's throats from before the match even started.
  • Weaksauce Weakness:
    • Manga can't use his Quirk if his face gets wet, a significant problem at the USJ as he was dropped into the Flood Zone.
    • Both Tokoyami and Kuroiro require darkness to use their Quirks, causing a villain who creates a floodlight to render them mostly helpless.
    • Kaminari is far more vulnerable to water, including rain.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Momo is surprised to find herself jealous of Mina when the latter cuddles Izuku.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Both Bakugo and Todoroki are lectured for using attacks that could seriously maim or even kill their classmates during the Heroes vs Villains exercise. Todoroki gets off a bit lighter due to his obvious horror at what he almost did and that, unlike Bakugo, he lost control and lashed out rather than deliberately almost maiming a classmate.
    • Mineta is chewed out by Inasa, Itsuka, and Sen for groping Reiko in the middle of a life or death situation, especially because her distraction got her injured by a villain.
    • At the USJ, Bakugo and Todoroki are chewed out by their classmates for their actions. Bakugo for nearly killing his opponent and obviously enjoying it, at least until he has a My God, What Have I Done? moment. And Todoroki for refusing to use his fire even when not doing so would mean his death and the deaths of his classmates.
    • Todoroki receives another from Aizawa after the attack. The pro hero points out that Todoroki's stubborn refusal not only endangered himself, but also his classmates due to giving two villains more ammunition to work with. When Todoroki insists he "doesn't need [Endeavor's] fire", Aizawa fires back that clearly he doesn't need to be a hero either.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The USJ Incident proves to be this for the students of Class 1-A and 1-B as they are forced into dire circumstances.
    • It is made clear that Mineta has no control over his perverted nature, from making harassing remarks towards Kanga-chan and deliberately molesting her to, perhaps unintentionally, groping Reiko. Unsurprisingly, this gets him unceremoniously expelled from U.A.
    • Even when facing death, Todoroki refuses to use his fire against villains. Even when it is endangering the lives of his classmates.
    • For the rest of the students they learn just how far they are willing to go in order to defeat their enemies. Some cripple them and regret it, while Bakugo is sickened to realize the satisfaction he took in doing it to his opponent. Aoyama is suffering horrible internal injuries, and no one would fault him for staying out of the rest of the fight, yet risks further damage to save his classmates. Meanwhile, Izuku proves he is willing to die if that is what it takes to take down the Nomu and save the others.
  • Willfully Weak: Mina holds back when creating her acid, citing that her strongest acid is dangerous even to her and she can shower with acid that others need a hazmat suit to even approach.
  • Would Hit a Girl: None of the male hero students make a fuss about fighting female villains at the USJ, recognizing that all of them will kill them if given a chance.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Kirishima gives a textbook German Suplex to a villain at the USJ. Sadly, it was a decoy.
  • Wrong Assumption: Momo assumes that Mina's acid can't melt through plastic, much like normal acids. Mina later tells her she can create acid that will melt anything but it's too dangerous for training purposes. Aizawa later reminds Momo that Quirks tend to operate on their own logic so you can't assume you understand someone's powers from basic information.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Izuku attempts this by combining his healing flames with his telekinesis. All he accomplishes is painfully setting himself on fire.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are:
    • Momo starts doubting herself after Izuku defeats her, only for both Izuku and All Might to list everything she did during the heroes vs villains exercise, with Izuku insisting she be named MVP of the match.
    • Momo gets another dose when everyone is discussing their Quirks and she's reassured that unless she had a brain-enhancing Quirk, it'd be impossible for her to remember formulas to create objects faster than she already does. The others also point out that Momo not only made a fully charged battery but a pair of drones and tablets that were already fully programmed when she created them.
    • After a day of rescue training All Might assures Izuku that he's far more than his Quirk, insisting that Izuku was always meant to be a fantastic hero and that one day he'll be "the best of us".
  • You Are Not Alone: Momo's reason for accepting One For All is that she doesn't want Izuku to be forced to stand alone at the top like All Might was.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good!:
    • Inasa tries to tell Blazing-chan she could have been a great hero, but she disagrees, stating she can only manipulate and absorb pre-existing fire. In her words, she can't be a hero if she's the one starting fires.
    • Kirishima tries the same with the Tubalcain Alhambra expy, only for the villain to laugh at the very idea, saying he enjoys killing people far too much.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Midnight asks if Bakugo is messing with her when he proposes a hero name with Murder in it.

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