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"Spooooooon!"
The Tick, often and repeatedly.

The Call not only knows where Izuku Midoriya Lives, it is willing to send the Tick to Call in a Carry Out Order for a Sandwich Platter of Justice. Now Izuku is on the path to become a hero just like All Might. Except for the minor legal technicality of being a wanted vigilante.

The Tick Vs...My Hero Academia is a The Tick/My Hero Academia Fusion Fic written by Bejammin2000, in an alternate universe where Tick elects to move to Japan in order to help a young man achieve his dream of becoming a hero....In his own unique way.

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The Tick Vs My Hero Academia provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Midoriya does significantly better than in canon, coming in first during the Entrance Exam and Sports Festival, as well as maintaining his position as Class President.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Hisashi is killed in front of a young Izuku during a villain attack, leaving the boy traumatized. Bakugou's bullying and insults only make things worse.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Tsunotori Pony is from The City and has been a fan of the Tick since she was young.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The setting combines elements of the various Tick adaptations:
    • Characters that are supposed to be expies of each other (Caped Wonder/Superian, Die Fledermaus/Batmanuel) exist together.
    • AEGIS from the Amazon series exists in this setting.
  • Adaptational Heroism:
    • To an extent; Due to the Tick's influence, Stain doesn't kill his targets and just mutilates them. He is however more deranged since he also tries to adopt Tick's nonsensical speaking patterns.
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    • As a result of becoming Stain's disciples, Dabi and Spinner aren't part of the League of Villains and go as far as to fight against them during the Forest Training Camp arc.
    • Superian is a more dry-cut superhero with only a bit of his buffoonery being foisted on Caped Wonder who was the one who jumped the gun on declaring the Terror deceased after one of their battles.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Midoriya doesn't pick Deku as his hero name, instead going with Jack Rabbit.
  • Adaptational Sexuality:
    • Uraraka is bisexual, having a crush on Izuku (as in canon) before moving on to Tsunotori after the former is revealed to be in a relationship with Mei.
    • Kirishima admits he'd marry Bakugou if he had a chance.
    • Bakugou also is Bisexual.
  • Adaptational Species Change:
    • Ashido is an Alien hiding on earth, who passes off her species' natural abilities as a quirk.
    • Buttery Pat is a human with a butter-based quirk, rather than a butter-based Artificial Human.
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  • Adjacent to This Complete Breakfast: While being held captive, Bakugo's diet consists of Gramma Brownie's Chocolate Chunker Wunker Bunkers, a fictional breakfast cereal whose first three ingredients are various types of sugar.
  • Affably Evil: The Terror. He gives Eri candy (Licorice flavored candy), and tells All Might to enjoy retirement now that he's lost his quirk.
  • The Alcoholic: Hisashi's murder drove Inko into being one for a time, though she's since sobered up and now works as a councilor for addicts (including Tenya).
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Pixie-Bob's smitten with Dabi as soon as she sees him.
  • America Saves the Day: Deconstructed. Caped Wonder inspired the One for All legacy, but his nemesis, the Terror inspired All for One to escalate his criminal operations in turn. And while some of the Japanese hero community would be fine asking either Superian or his counterpart to swoop in and start laying down the law with their more obviously potent powers, it would be terrible international optics to have the country so reliant on foreign entities.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Mostly Type 2s.
    • Midoriya's hero alias is Jack Rabbit, while his Vigilante name is Aphid.
    • Tsunotori follows his example when she becomes Tree Leaper.
    • And of course, the Tick.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Midoriya tends to not believe half of the Tick's more fantastical stories such as the time he met Santa Claus.
  • Arc Words: MIGHTY.
  • Ascended Extra: Mineta, Tsunotori, and Mei all play larger roles than in canon.
    • Shinsou also plays a larger role, and is ultimately promoted into the Hero Course.
    • Mirko takes a more prominent role, as part of the group attacking Chairface's Doujinshi operation and joins the Hideout Raid Team.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Spinner becomes Stain's apprentice.
    • Darkly subverted with All for One who was inspired by the Terror to be a supervillain only to be enslaved by said inspiration after his defeat at All Might's hands.
  • Back in the Saddle: With his youth restored and All for One in his possession, the Terror is ready to get back into the villainy business.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Midoriya as Aphid is able to keep up with the Tick thanks to gadgets and training. He becomes an Empowered Badass Normal once he gets One for All.
    • As the first supervillain, The Terror predates quirks and has dealt with many superheroes, including both Superian and Gran Torino.
    • In contrast to Japan, there are a number of Quirkless heroes operating in America, including this fic's version of American Maid.
    • Since his quirk is functionally useless, Chairface is another example.
  • Battlecry:
    • As per the norm, "SPOON!"
    • Tsunotori copies him with "FORK!"
    • Spinner completes the culinary theming with his battlecry of "KNIFE!"
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • Tick has shrugged off Endeavor's Hellfire, Shigaraki's Touch of Death, and blows from the Noumu meant to kill All Might. All for One makes Tick bleed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tick arrives to save Midoriya, Ashido and Kirishima from All for One. Once Tick is on the Ropes, All Might appears to join the fight.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: The Tick, as to be expected.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Bakugo gets forcibly treated with medical-grade antiperspirant after being kidnapped by Chairface. If he can't sweat, he can't sweat nitro, and therefore cannot cause any explosions.
  • Butt-Monkey: Shigaraki gets no respect from anyone.
  • The Cameo:
    • Tick almost gets into a fight with Knuckleduster.
    • Later, the Hauler pops up as one of Tick's friends.
  • Card-Carrying Villain:
    • Terror just wants to cause destruction and chaos wherever he goes.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Toga is one as usual, but her attention is turned to Brainchild instead.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Tick as per usual. His first assumption when Mei puts on the Aphid costume is that someone has swapped her brain with Midoriya's.
  • Closet Key: Apparently neither Uraraka or Tsunotori had experienced any attraction to their own geder before they met each other.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Midoriya finds himself acting as this for the Tick, with varying degrees of success.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Bakugo, every time someone tries to teach him a lesson about his attitude.
  • Continuity Nod
    • Tick references his battle against the black hole when he faces Kurogiri.
    • When complaining about Japan's lack of Ninjas, Tick mentions the events of The Night of A Million Zillion Ninja.
    • The Aliens sent to kidnap Ashido are the Heys.
    • Tick mentions his battle with The Fin in "The Tick Vs Reno, Nevada".
    • When Arthur and Carmalita arrive to visit the Tick, Midoriya mistakes them for Heys.
    • Tick still has Speak and is still convinced Speak is a dog.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Aizawa stands no chance against Tick, once he realizes Tick's strength and power isn't from a quirk.
    • Once Endeavor injures Midoriya, Tick stops messing around.
    • Bakugou easily defeats Todoroki during the first rounds of the U.A. Sports festival's tournament round.
    • Dabi annihilates a horde of Nomu during the Forest Training Camp Arc.
    • Tsunotori one-shots Mustard, not even allowing him to use his quirk.
    • Chairface curbstomps Bakugou while he's unable to use his quirk.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hisashi's death leaves the Midoriya Household a broken mess: Izuku ends up as a PTSD mess, while Inko is Driven To Drink, though she's currently sober. Later, when Izuku meets up with Bakugou again in Middle School, Midoriya is subjected to being bullied due to his quirklessness.
  • Death by Adaptation: Hisashi is killed during a villain attack, when Izuku is a young boy.
  • Demoted to Extra: To a degree. Iida is kicked out of the Hero program and forced into the General Studies department due to the Stain incident and his Trigger usage.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Uraraka and Tsunotori's discussion about Uraraka joining Tsunotori as a vigilante.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: DESTINY as the Tick understands it is depicted in this story as a hodgepodge of visions from the past and future that aim the Wild Blue Yonder where he will (eventually) be needed most.
  • Early-Bird Cameo:
    • Mount Lady, Kamui Woods, Endeavor, Aizawa, Death Arms and Mei Hatsume pop up earlier than canon due to the Tick and Aphid's adventuring.
    • The Wild Wild Pussycats pop up earlier since Mineta selects them for his Work Study Week.
    • Wash pops up earlier after Spinner and Dabi accidentally get into a fight with him.
    • Mirko appears as part of Mount Lady's team of heroes that are going after Chairface's Operation.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Chairface mentions that in a battle between The Terror and Caped Wonder the Triggermen supported Caped Wonder, solely because if the Terror got his way, it would completely ruin society and ruin their plans to get rich.
  • Evil Is Petty: During the meeting between Overhaul and the Terror, the Terror gives Eri some candy. It's licorice flavored.
  • Evil Old Folks: The Terror, as per usual.
  • Evil Uncle: Mina's uncle.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Spinner and Dabi vs The Vanguard Action Squad.
  • Expy: Jack Knife, the villain responsible for Hisashi's death, is one for Freddy Krueger.
  • Fanon: Tsunotori's Canon hero name hasn't been revealed yet, but she is given the name "Rodeo" here.
  • Follow the Leader: Aphid's popularity leads to several of Midoriya's classmates taking up Vigilante identities, including Tsunotori, Uraraka, Todoroki, Mineta, Kaminari, Kirishima, and Ashido.
  • For Want of a Nail: Tick's involving himself in the plot has altered some recurring plot elements of MHA:
    • Because of the extra training Izuku got from Tick, his body was in better condition when All Might picked him as a protege, resulting in him passing All Might's test and receiving One for All earlier and having more time to work out the basics before the UA entrance exam, making him more able to use his power without destroying his own body. His knowing Mei before enrolling at UA means that he is able to request an upgraded costume that can help him handle the strain of One for All earlier, reducing the damage he does to himself in (non-emergency) situations.
    • Tick hitting it off with All Might and helping with the Nomu fight at USJ means that All Might didn't push himself past his limit then, so the rate at which his powers are fading is decreased. He still burns out the last of his reserves of One for All while fighting against All for One, but this makes his final Smash much more impressive.
    • Due to Stain's influences, Spinner and Dabi do not join the League of Villains, instead going off on their own vigilante careers. As a result, they end up fighting against the Vanguard Action Squad. Their interference results in the attack being a complete failure and no one is kidnapped at camp.
    • Due to Izuku's status as a vigilante, the Bakugou Rescue Squad includes Mineta, Kaminari, Uraraka and Ashido, as well as is done in their vigilante personas. Nedzu is also aware of this and has unofficially backed it.
    • The Presence of the Terror in Japan gives him a chance to kidnap the defeated All for One from right in front of All Might. As such, the public believes All for One is finally dead, while the Heroes know things are going to get worse.
    • Without All for One in Tartarus, security is lax enough for Dabi and Spinner to break out and free Stain.
  • Fountain of Youth: Terror uses Eri to de-age him to the youthful age of 90.
  • Golden Snitch: the Aphid Hunt. Any first year student who can figure out the identity of Aphid and support their argument get a major bonus:
    • Any Hero Course student gets an automatic passing grade
    • Any Business or Support Course student gets a letter of recommendation from all their teachers
    • Any General Course student gets automatically bumped up to the Hero course.
    • Aphid also gets a passing grade if they can successfully protect their identity for the entire semester.
    • On the other hand, accusing the wrong person of being Aphid (or even guessing the right person without adequate proof) is a one grade penalty. Aphid gets the same punishment if they give themselves up.
    • Team Midoriya ultimately wins, with Midoriya, Uraraka, Mineta, Kendou, and Kaminari getting a passing grade for the semester, Mei getting her letter of recommendation, and Shinsou being moved into the Hero Course, although he was already in the process of doing so.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Mineta takes one to the grapes when he meets Kota.
    • As per canon, so does Midoriya.
  • Guttural Growler: Mineta tries to do this to disguise his voice as a vigilante. Everyone thinks he sounds ridiculous.
  • Heroic RRoD: Midoriya overextends himself in the fight against Muscular, resulting in a seizure.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: According to Mina, a lot of aliens like to vacation on Earth because they can just say that their unusual appearances and/or powers are the result of a Quirk.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Eraserhead binds Tick with his scarf, only to find that this just means that he'd tied himself to an indestructible opponent with super strength.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Due to the interference of the Dabi and Spinner, the Vanguard Action Squad is unsuccessful in kidnapping anyone at the training camp. Then Chairface kidnaps Bakugou from his house.
    • All Might finally defeats All for One... and then the Terror comes and kidnaps the defeated All for One, planning to use him for his own plans.
  • Hour of Power: The Terror eventually managed to use All For One to produce artificial Quirk serums, but they currently only last for 24 hours at a time.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: As usual, The Tick's powers and background are deliberately mysterious, even moreso that his Flying Brick abilities are explicitly not Quirks.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Most events still happen, although they end differently.
    • the USJ attack still occurs.
    • Midoriya still goes to Gran Torino for his week long work experience.
    • Midoriya, Iida and Todoroki still fight with Stain.
    • Summer camp and the Vanguard Action Squad's attack still happens.
    • Bakugou still gets kidnapped by the villains.
    • All Might still burns out the last remnants of One for All in his battled against All for One.
  • Insistent Terminology: Nedzu isn't telling the Bakugou Rescue Squad to be vigilantes, It's an officially sanctioned undercover field experience extra-credit assignment.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Terror uses All for One as the test subject for his quirk extractor.
  • Knight of Cerebus: After All for One thrashes the Tick on live television to the point that he makes him bleed and noticeably bruise, things take a more dramatic turn for the Wild Blue Yonder and his would-be sidekick.
  • Legion of Doom: In order to deal with the Tick, the League of Villains opts to recruit some of the Tick's enemies from The City (Chairface, Breadmaster, Brainchild and Barry Hubris).
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Tick believes in this during his first encounter with Eraserhead. He's right.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Kaminari was the only remaining member of Team Midoriya who didn't figure out that Midoriya was Aphid on his own.
    • likewise, Iida never figured out on his own.
    • All Might initially kept Midoriya out of the loop about All For One being captured by the Terror.
  • Loony Fan:
    • Stain becomes one for the Tick in addition to his canon obsession with All Might.
    • As a fan/Disciple of Stain, Spinner also becomes one for the Tick.
  • Memetic Mutation: In-Universe, the Tick saying " He's not even smiling! What's a hero that can't smile?" during his fight with Endeavor has apparently become this. Shoto even has a bootleg t-shirt with it.
  • Mistaken Confession:
    • All Might tells Midoriya they need to talk about his relationships. All Might is talking about Midoriya's relationship with Mei, but Midoriya misunderstands and accidentally outs himself as a vigilante.
    • Bakugou misunderstands Ashido and Kirishima feeling towards him, assuming that they're in love with each other.
  • Mythology Gag
    • Izuku's new backstory is lifted wholesale from Arthur's Amazon backstory.
    • the Rejuvenated Terror wears the same costume as his Amazon counterpart.
    • Chapter 9 has Tick call Izuku in his cell phone, with the ringtone being the theme song for the The Tick animated series.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • the Villain that killed Hisashi took part in the USJ attack. Once Midoriya runs into him, Midoriya beats him to a pulp and nearly kills him.
  • No-Sell: Being the Trope Namer of Nigh-Invulnerability means that The Tick is very problematic to fight.
    • Endeavor's Fire doesn't affect the Tick.
    • Shigaraki's Touch of Death doesn't affect Tick. It still causes pain and makes his face numb, but it fails to disintegrate Tick.
    • Since the Tick's powers aren't derived from a Quirk, Aizawa's Quirk erasing ability has no effect on him.
  • Not So Different: Midoriya and Kota.
  • Official Couple:
    • Midoriya and Mei Hatsume.
    • Uraraka and Tsunotori.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Ashido, Midoriya and Kirishima come face to face with All for One.
    • All for One makes Tick bleed.
    • Terror kidnaps the defeated All for One, right in front of All Might's nose.
    • Dabi and Spinner free Stain and prepare to go after a new target: Endeavor.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!:
    • Mount Lady's reaction to learning about the H-Doujinshis starring her. Kamui Woods is a bit more indifferent, while Death Arms tells them to get used to it.
    • Midoriya's initial reaction to discovering a Aphid/Jack Rabbit H-Doujinshi.
  • Older and Wiser: While still fairly loony, the Tick is noticeably more perceptive than he usually is, having grown a bit wiser from his various American adventures with Arthur. Most notably, he understands that Midoriya is just a smart kid and when he's invited to live in his house, he pointedly doesn't start wrecking his furniture in search of his "secret lair."
  • Older Than They Look: The Terror is about three hundred years old, yet doesn't look a day over ninety thanks to Eri.
  • Origins Episode: "Issue #0" details why the Tick moved out of the City and how he learned Japanese.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The Tick proves to be a rather...disruptive entity on the settting.
  • Palette Swap: Iida's vigilante costume is just a red version of his hero costume.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Tick's "Nick Placeholder" disguise fools no one at the UA Sports Festival. They still pretend otherwise since Tick isn't causing trouble, and most of them wouldn't stand a chance against Tick in a one-on-one fight anyway.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Chairface's evil plans in Japan involve cornering the H-Doujinshi market, the unlicensed hero merchandising market and other profitable but low-profile ventures. This gives him low expenses, decent profit, and the only heroes who can be bothered to act against him are those who have been embarrassed by their starring role in some of his doujins (most notably Mount Lady and Kamui Woods).
      • This ultimately backfires with Midnight: Chairface's H-doujinshi's make enough of an impact on the sales of Midnight's Official H-Manga series that she joins Tick and the others in taking down Chairface's operation.
    • Chairface uses this to point out the difference between criminals (wants to accumulate wealth and infamy) and villains (devoted to an ideal or goal).
  • Prescience by Analysis: Arthur possesses a Quirk called "Numbers" that allows him to assess risks and partially estimate their consequences.
  • Pungeon Master
    • Wash's dialogue is mostly cleaning-based puns.
    • Likewise, Buttery Pat engages in butter-based puns.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Chairface freely gives these to heroes and villains that he doesn't respect.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: While Tick is now in Japan on his own accord, America functionally treats his situation as this since their official stance on him to Endeavor is a paper with "NO GIVE BACKSIES" printed on it. Arthur and Carmelita visit to check up on Tick and let him know that his "reassignment" will be undone against his wishes, by force if necessary.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: After the Heys fail to kidnap her, Ashido's Uncle arrives on earth to do it himself.
  • Second Super-Identity:
    • Midoriya has Jack Rabbit as his Official Hero name and Aphid as a vigilante.
    • Tsunotori has Rodeo as her Official Hero name and Tree Leaper as a vigilante.
    • Uraraka has Uravity as her Official Hero name and Dive Bomber as a vigilante.
    • Kaminari has Chargebolt as his Official Hero Name and Railgun as a vigilante.
    • Mineta has Grape Juice as his Official Hero Name and Dark Wine as a vigilante.
    • Ashido has Pinky as her Official Hero name and Alien Queen as a vigilante.
    • Kirishima has Red Riot as his Official Hero name and Black Diamond as a vigilante.
  • Secret Keeper: Aizawa, Nedzu, Mei, Shinso, Inko, Kirishima,and Ashido all know Midoriya is Aphid.
    • Mineta, Kendou and Uraraka also figure it out. As part of the winning team, Kaminari also learns the truth.
    • After Bakugou's kidnapping, Todoroki and Iida are brought into the know.
    • Inko reveals she knew since pretty much the beginning, since the Tick came into their house to give Izuku the call and he's about as subtle as you'd expect a loud, massive Boisterous Bruiser in bright blue spandex to be.
    • Some of the UA upperclassmen (including Mirio and the other members of the top 3) also figure it out, but never said anything openly as they weren't eligible to compete in the Great Aphid Hunt.
  • Secret Test of Character: Many of the AEGIS provisional hero license tests are these. Solving the problem may get you a good grade in one of the five focuses, but how you solve the problem can effect your grade in one or more of the others. And sometimes the primary focus of a given test isn't what it appears to be at first glance.
  • Shout-Out
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Shigaraki and Brainchild.
  • Spared By Adaptation:
    • Tensei isn't crippled by Stain, only disfigured.
    • The Vanguard Action Squad's mission is a complete disaster, thus Ragdoll is not kidnapped.
  • Spotting the Thread:
    • Aizawa figures out who Aphid is because Midoriya wears the shoes from his Aphid costume to the U.A. Entrance Exam.
  • Stable Time Loop: A Trigger-enhanced Iida being saved in the alley by Todoroki from the future.
  • Superman Substitute: As well as All Might and Captain Celebrity, both the Superian and Clark Oppenheimer exist in this setting (the former being a Quirk user and the latter being an alien) despite the former being an Expy of the latter.
  • The Dreaded: The Terror has been active as a villain for so long, and committed so many horrible deeds, that fear of him is a cultural norm. Everyone is afraid of him, because if they haven't seen one of his plots happen, they've heard a story or a dozen (including his murder of Tenya's great grandfather). Naturally, he abuses his reputation as much as possible.
  • The Nicknamer: Tick rarely calls anyone he encounters in Japan by their actual hero/villain names, so far he has:
    • Eraserhead: Pencil Cap
    • Endeavor: Captain Flamebeard
    • All Might: Mighty Man
    • Tomura Shigaraki: Handyman
    • The USJ Nomu: Mr. Lipz
    • Bakugou: Premature Detonation Lad
    • Mount Lady: Gigantigal
    • Kamui Woods: Tree Man
    • Mirko: Royal Rabbit
    • All for One: Potato Head
    • Sir Nighteye: Commander Specs
  • Troll: The Brainchild/Charlie, who likes riling up Tomura on purpose, and after he stops reacting he moves to mock Mei online.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Izuku meets up with the time travelling inventors kidnapped by the Mother of Invention, who invented their own time machine to keep in touch and act as time travelling heroes alongside an older Mei from the future. Izuku barely rates this as one of the ten weirdest things he has seen since meeting The Tick.
  • Wham Line: "This is Principal Nedzu and I would like to start off this fine school year with a special announcement. It appears that one of our freshman year students is a bit of a celebrity. You'll know them as the Vigilante called Aphid. Now, as we do respect his or her privacy, we will not be announcing who they are, but we would like them to know that we are well aware that they are attending UA this year. That is all."
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?:
    • Tick's Quirk is....the Ability to not grow facial hair.
    • One of Chairface's Henchmen has a quirk that gives him the appearance of Peter Lorre.
    • Chairface and his gang in general are now just people with really bizarre physical mutation quirks.
  • Wicked Cultured: Kurogiri appreciates Breadmaster's craft, going as far as to turn the Villain's bar hideout into a Gastropub.
  • World of Weirdness: America (or at least The City) is a very bizarre place compared to Japan.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Todoroki, Jirou and Yaoyorozu believed whomever was actually Aphid wasn't stupid enough to be enrolled in the Hero Course.
  • Vigilante Man: The Tick is an unlicensed foreign hero who becomes a controversial figure in Japan, though is mostly tolerated by actual heroes due to being well-meaning and functionally unstoppable.
  • Villain Team-Up: Overhaul and The Terror.

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