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"A person can only stay so strong in the face of adversity, and there are a lot of days when it just becomes too much to handle. I don't want to do something else with my life, but I wish I didn't have to go at it alone. I wish that I knew someone else in the same boat as me, that I could meet another member of the phantasmagorical species known as the Quirkless."
—Izuku's narration, Chapter 2.

The Superheroics of Haruhi Suzumiya is a Fusion Fic of Haruhi Suzumiya and My Hero Academia written by FoxOnPie, of Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku! fame. In an Alternate Universe, Izuku Midoriya has a fateful encounter when a girl named Haruhi Suzumiya is transferred to his 6th Grade class. As the girl openly reveals to everyone that she's Quirkless, and strikes a conversation with him, the two end up becoming fast friends. After inadvertedly causing everyone to mock Izuku for his dream of being a Hero despite being Quirkless, Haruhi apologizes and the two make a promise to one day become great heroes no matter what everyone says about it.

The story can be found here in Spacebattles, here on Archive of Our Own and here in Fanfiction Dot Net. A Spanish translation is also available here.

The Superheroics of Haruhi Suzumiya provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Kyon's sister, who's now Izuku's sister, has a Quirk that gives her a specialized form of pyrokinesis.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While Haruhi retains most of her canon personality traits, she's a lot friendlier to Izuku than she was to Kyon in her canon series. Moreover, she has an early Jerkass Realization when she realizes that her mocking of Izuku's dream of becoming a Hero was going too far.
  • Adapted Out: Kyon doesn't exist in this universe, with Izuku (and apparently, Bakugou) taking his place in the SOS Brigade.
  • Age Lift: Yasumi Watahashi is an adult in her twenties or thirties here as opposed to a middle schooler like in the light novels. Of course, both versions are just artificial creations of Haruhi, so it's really just that she looks like an adult instead of looking like a middle schooler.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents:
    • Haruhi's parents openly say in front of Izuku how much she was crying when he collapsed during their first day of training. Moreover, her dad seems to like getting too loving with his wife even in public.
    • Izuku's mom Inko gets a bit of this, when she doesn't let Izuku explain that he's going to hang out with another friend who isn't Bakugou.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Izuku's little sister, who wakes him up before the alarm clock goes off, and later (along with Inko) doesn't let him explain that he's going to hang out with someone else than Bakugou. Later, she walks on him while he's taking a bath and he muses that she always does whatever she wants.
    • When Nodoka shows up at the Suzumiya household, she takes to call her "Aunty" after she hears Haruhi doing so, and Izuku mentions she does that to anybody she hears called by a nickname. Nodoka gets so annoyed she's forced to use her Quirk to get her to be quiet.
    • Even Haruhi, who otherwise adores her, doesn't get spared from being embarrassed by her in front of everyone when she notices the price tag attached to her swimsuit and shows it off for all to see.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • Haruhi asks Izuku exactly how did he plan to become a Hero in the future.
    • When Katsuki goes off at him for daring to perform well during their school's Sports Festival, insisting that he and Haruhi should 'know their place', Izuku asks him "Where do you get off saying that when you had to cheat to beat me?"
  • Arrowgram: The Kagemusha throws a kunai with a note at a tree, barely missing Izuku's head.
  • Badass Normal: Both Haruhi and Izuku want to become this. Haruhi also mentions Iron Man and Batman as examples of popular fictionís perception of this but points out their supposed super-intelligence disqualifies them.
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 5 has the Midoriyas and Suzumiyas going to the beach together.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Haruhi's father seems fond of groping his wife's bunny ears, which she doesn't appreciate very much. He likes to call it "caressing".
  • Book Ends: The second chapter's opening and closing narration both include Izuku's musing of his wish to meet another Quirkless person who could relate to him, before and after his meeting with Haruhi.
  • Big Brother Worship: Izuku's little sister, ironically, has this for Bakugou.
  • Brutal Honesty: Haruhi doesn't sugarcoat the facts that Izuku's chances of becoming a Hero without a Quirk are slim to none, and even agrees when he calls himself a nobody.
    • Played for Laughs when Nodoka tells Haruhi that she doesn't like being called "Aunty" (since they're about the same age) and she should tell everyone they're cousins. Haruhi replies that "lying is wrong".
  • Butt-Monkey: As usual, Izuku is repeatedly on the receiving end of most of the story's slapstick, such as getting kicked by Haruhi when they were both trying to hit The Kagemusha.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Inverted with Sakuta, who seemingly can't stop acting perverted when it comes to his wife.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Subverted. While working as a Pro Hero, Sakuta received an injury that left him scars on the chest, and although it wasn't life-threatening, he decided to retire after realizing how dangerous his line of work could be, and to raise a family with his wife.
  • Cheerful Child: Izuku's little sister.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Haruhi starts showing shades of this when Izuku compliments another girl's ponytail.
  • Commonality Connection: Izuku theorizes that Bakugou gets along with his sister because they have similar Quirks.
  • Composite Character: Izuku is mostly his canon self from My Hero Academia, but he's given some of Kyon's traits, such as his ponytail fetish, an occasional inner snark, and having a little sister.
  • Covert Pervert: Chapter two makes it clear that Izuku's inherited Kyon's ponytail fetish. He's also not above glancing at older women wearing swimsuits.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The beach volleyball match ends with a 10-point difference. Justified as they were adults playing against children.
  • Create Your Own Hero: Granted, Bakugou isn't a villain per se, but in pushing the two Quirkless kids to become friends with each other, he gave Izuku the means to gain the skills and confidence to stand up to him.
  • Decomposite Character: Izuku is the one taking Kyon's place plot-wise for the most part, although Kyon's aspect of being Haruhi's personal Butt-Monkey is given to Bakugou instead.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: While playing beach volleyball, Izuku misses a spike and falls on the sand due to glancing at the women's breasts.
  • Dramatic Irony: The story makes a big point about Haruhi being Quirkless, but anyone familiar with the source material knows that that's far from the truth.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • The SOS Brigade's movie shows Eri and Mirio.
    • In Chapter 4, Izuku and Haruhi mention to have visited Gunhead's martial arts studio, and also briefly met Itsuka Kendou at another place.
    • Chapter 5 also has a brief appearance by Kuyoh Suou.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Even though he hasn't hit puberty yet, Izuku can't help but glance at the swimsuit-clad Haruhi when they hit the beach.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Haruhi and Izuku run into a female Pro Hero who calls herself The Kagemusha, who pretty much clicks all the boxes Haruhi is looking for in a martial arts teacher. Her real name is Yasumi Watahashi.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Barely averted when Izuku's sister tosses him the cellphone while he's taking a bath.
  • Energy Absorption: Izuku's little sister can absorb the kinetic energy of anything that hits her.
  • Entitled Bastard: Despite constantly abusing and belittling Izuku, Katsuki still expects him to follow him to Aldera Middle School, and is shocked when he learns Izuku's planning to attend the same school as Haruhi instead.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Sakuta has one in the chest, and he eagerly tells the story about how he got it when Izuku and Inko show interest in it.
  • Expy: Haruhi's parents are basically just Sakuta Azusagawa and Mai Sakurajima. Her aunts, Nodoka, Kaede and Tomoe are also based on their namesakes from the same series.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Haruhi's mom implies her bunny ears are rather sensitive.
  • Flash Forward: The first chapter opens up with the movie made by the SOS Brigade, and they're already attending the U.A. The second one cuts back to Izuku and Haruhi's first meeting in sixth grade.
  • Formerly Fat: Downplayed, but from Haruhi's account, it seems Inko is slimming down as she's starting to drop her eating habits a bit.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Izuku takes Kyon's place in the SOS Brigade, although the first chapter implies it's Bakugou who does the heavy lifting (at least for the movie they produced).
    • Haruhi befriends Izuku before the fateful baseball game she attends with her family that gets her to realize how ordinary she actually is compared to everyone else.
    • Instead of attending Aldera Junior High like in canon, Izuku chooses to go to the East Junior High with Haruhi.
  • Happily Married: Perverted antics aside, it seems Haruhi's parents are very much this. Her aunts Tomoe and Kaede as well, by the former's account.
  • Heel Realization: Downplayed with Inko, as while she never did anything truly bad, Haruhi's unwavering support of Izuku makes her realize how wrong she was to not offer Izuku her support when he first learned he was Quirkless.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Haruhi's favorite hero is Mirko.
  • House Husband: Haruhi's dad, Sakuta, is this, while his wife is an actress. He used to be a Pro Hero but after getting injured while on duty he decided to retire to dedicate full-time to his family.
  • Hypocritical Humor: While at the beach, Nodoka tells Haruhi that her swimsuit is a bit too bold, when she's wearing one that exposes about the same amount of skin. Izuku mentally lampshades it.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Haruhi starts feeling this way after attending the baseball game with her parents. This plays out in her motivation to make the promise with Izuku to become Quirkless Heroes one day.
  • Insistent Terminology: Yasumi's Hero name is The Kagemusha. It's like A Tribe Called Quest, you have to say the whole thing.
    • According to Izuku, his little sister gets this whenever she hears anybody called by a nickname.
  • It's All About Me: Bakugou is so self-absorbed that he berates Izuku for outperforming him, declaring that "This was supposed to be my time, Deku! My time! You and Ribbons had no right to mess it up just because you were born with nothing!"
  • Jaw Drop: There's a collective one in Chapter 2 from the entire class, when Haruhi punches Bakugou.
    "Midoriya didn't know what was louder, the sound of Bakugou's impact or the collective sound of everyone's jaws dropping."
  • Little Bit Beastly: Haruhi's aunt Kaede has panda paws instead of normal hands.
  • Made of Iron: Izuku's little sister can take being hit with a baseball bat without suffering any harm.
  • Megaton Punch: Despite being Quirkless, Haruhi gives one to Bakugou, with enough force to knock him against a bookshelf.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • The character Mai plays on one of her shows walks around in a Playboy Bunny costume. Izuku initially thought it was a metaphor for the character's personal struggles, but Mai said that the director just wanted to put a girl in a bunny girl costume.
    • The Kagemusha, as Izuku notices, checks all the boxes of having the body of a supermodel, plus wears Sarashi under an open jacket.
    • Haruhi's aunts Kaede and Tomoe, even more so given they're wearing swimsuits at the beach.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Izuku has a brief moment of this in Chapter 5, after he punches Bakugou in the face for insulting Haruhi and letting him have it for all those years of being on the receiving end of his bullying. He promptly chooses a "Tactical Retreat" as his course of action.
  • Never My Fault: While Bakugou acknowledges he cheated to win the relay run in the sports festival, he blames Izuku for "forcing him to break the rules".
  • No Name Given: Izuku's sister isn't given a name, much like Kyon's.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Haruhi's parents, who were otherwise never seen in canon.
  • Playboy Bunny: Haruhi's mom, Mai, is introduced wearing the costume, though her ears are real.
  • Playing with Fire: Izuku's sister has a unique form of pyrokinesis that lets her absorb the kinetic energy of anything that hits her and release it in a fiery explosion.
  • Power Incontinence: Izuku warns Haruhi that his little sister still doesn't have good control over her Quirk. This is proven true later when Haruhi hits her with a baseball bat and causes an explosion that destroys the kitchen table.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Izuku was able to endure seven years of Bakugou's bullying, but after he starts insulting and demeaning Haruhi, he finally can't stand it and punches him in the face, letting out all those bottled feelings in a single go.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Bakugou, being the Sore Loser he is, starts ranting at Izuku and Haruhi, calling them a pair of Quirkless losers who have nothing. Izuku responds by punching him in the face after hitting his Rage Breaking Point and telling him that if, things turned out this way for him, he's got nobody else to blame but himself, since he was the one to suggest that they should become friends in the first place.
  • Retired Badass: Sakuta Suzumiya was formerly known as the Youthful Hero: Buta Yarou before retiring to raise a family with his wife.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Izuku's and Haruhi's relationship in a nutshell. They're both striving to become Badass Normal Heroes, but Izuku is meek, reserved, and thoughtful while Haruhi is bullheaded, energetic, and outspoken.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Haruhi seems to hold this opinion about her parents and aunts, and about people falling in love in general.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nodoka comments that someone (Izuku) seems very glad to know that Haruhi likes boys as well as girls.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Sore Loser: Bakugou becomes really, really pissed when Izuku and Haruhi steal his thunder in the sports festival.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When Izuku meets Haruhi's parents, he quickly takes notice of how much they look alike.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Haruhi becomes very bent on denying it when her parents tell Izuku she was crying after he collapsed during their training.
  • Take That!: The third chapter gives one to the Fandom-Specific Plot of making Izuku a Gadgeteer Genius with Haruhi pointing out that trying to make the claim of being a Quirkless Hero when you're also a super-genius is hard to buy and outright lazy.
  • Tempting Fate: The narration at the start of the second (chronologically first) chapter has Izuku musing how unlikely he is to meet another Quirkless person in his whole life. Cue Haruhi being transferred to his class.
  • Training from Hell: At least for Izuku, all the training he and Haruhi undergo leaves him exhausted afterwards, though he manages to get used to it and improve over time.
  • Tsundere: Haruhi acts like this whenever her parents tease her about caring about Izuku more than she lets on. She also goes to great lengths to hide the fact she bought a new swimsuit just to impress Izuku when they go to the beach.
  • Un-Sorcerer: Both Haruhi and Izuku are Quirkless.
  • Wham Line: From chapter two:
    Haruhi: "Midoriya, I want total honesty from you. Before I came into your life, what, exactly, was your plan for becoming a Hero?"
  • Would Hit a Girl: Bakugou doesn't hesitate to charge at Haruhi when she punches him in the face.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Even though Haruhi agrees when Izuku calls himself a nobody, she adds that, unlike other nobodies, at least he's trying to do something to change that, and that sets him apart from them.