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It was supposed to be a joke, a drastic one where Izuku faked following Kacchan's advice to take a leap of faith. Then the fence on the rooftop gave up on him. Dying with many regrets awakens the sleeping sky in his soul, reminding Izuku that he was supposed to be on retirement for life and the next one- which is this one. Unfortunately, Hyper Intuition was a bitch to deal with in a world of heroes and villains, and he thought he could take advantage of the abundance of heroism in this world. You'd think the world doesn't need more heroes or a Vongola.

The Vigilante Boss and His Failed Retirement Plan is a crossover fanfic between My Hero Academia and Reborn! (2004), written by Forlorn_Storyteller.

After an accidental fall from the rooftop, Izuku reawakens his past lives as Giotto and Tsuna. Tired of fighting, Izuku gives up on his dreams of being a hero and dedicates his third chance at life in search of his long-overdue retirement. Nothing is ever easy for him as he finds himself dragged into the world of Heroes and Villains whether he likes it or not.

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The Vigilante Boss and His Failed Retirement Plan demonstrate examples of:

  • Abled in the Adaptation: Unlike his encounter with Stain in canon, Tensei doesn't become paralyzed due to Hawks being nearby.
  • Above Good and Evil: Kawahira is this according to Izuku.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change: Yagi and Tsukauchi met in high school in this fic, not later in life as in canon.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The My Hero Academia: Final Exams Arc. It's changed from battles with teachers to something else entirely.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Several characters appear earlier than in canon.
    • Hawks, Ingenium and Lock Rock appeared as part of the pro-hero team involved in a hostage case prior to Izuku's enrollment to UA. Hawks has become a reoccurring character as he is one of pro heroes that befriends Izuku.
    • Gentle and Aiba are both high ranking members of Akashic Underground Order, the first is one of members Futaba sends to assist Izuku during the Hero Killer Arc while Aiba is just mentioned as a hacker under Futaba.
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    • After Hero Killer Arc, Eri and Overhaul make their debut.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • Due to the divergence from the source material, instead of using Deku as his Hero name, he chose to be called Neo Sky. Due to Ojiro's closeness with Izuku in this iteration, he went with Fighter Serano rather than his canon hero name Tailman. After some suggestions from Izuku, Aoyama refines his name from I can not stop Twinkling to Twinkling Knight. Izuku vetoes Mineta's Hero name of ''Grape Juice'' so Mineta changed it to Purple Pop
    • Hawks' canonic name is unknown as writing but in this fic, it's Takao Kazunari
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Izuku's relationships from canon. He never once interacted with Nedzu as strongly as this. He and All Might have a crazy uncle relationship, unlike canon's fatherly one.
    • Iida and Uraraka are still part of his close friend circle but not as close as Futaba, Senkuu and Ojiro.
    • Kirishima initially wanted to be Bakugou's friend like in canon. However due to Kirishima placing first in the battle portion of the entrance exam leads Bakugou to rebuffing Kirishima's overtures of friendship and seeing him as a rival.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: It's implied Mei Hatsume is Quirkless with her contact lenses being her own invention. On that matter, it's implied One For All is actually just part of Vongola Sky's powers and would change once Izuku got the powers. This is also the case for All For One quirk as well as Kawahira confirmed it's the Mare Sky.
  • Adults Are Useless: Izuku grew up surrounded by adults and authority figures who never try to help him because he is Quirkless. The same happens to his close friends, mainly Futaba and Shouto, influencing Ojiro to be skeptical of adults around them. Nezu seems to be a notable exception, but he is not really an adult human in the first place.
  • A Lighter Shade of Grey: Izuku, his friends, and mentor have no problem resorting to extreme measures that are not so legal if it helps people in need.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Bakugou was ostracized by his second middle school after he was kicked out of Onodera. But the school was justified in ostracizing him because he kept to delusional behaviors such as treating his classmates as extras and cannon fodder and refusing to learn anyone's names, attempting to bully other students and resisting his teachers' attempts to crack down on his behavior.
  • Alternate Universe: The universe this fanfic take place in isn't the same one as Reborn! (2004).
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Bakugou hated Izuku for a decade because he perceived Izuku's genuine attempts to help him as looking down on him and saw having to need help as weakness. Aizawa flips the already shaken Bakugou's worldview with one question:
    Aizawa: Bakugou… all heroes help people, even All Might gets help from Recovery Girl and other heroes. Does it make him weak? Or do you think heroes look down on people we protect? Is that what you think of us?
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed with Ojiro. He's technically part of the main class canon is following but he doesn't stand out much. Here's he's part of the main cast.
  • Benevolent Conspiracy: Akashic Underground Order, the secret organisation Senkuu helps Futaba to find For the Lulz. They're a collection of individuals from various backgrounds attracted by Izuku's idea of not conforming to the status quo of Quirked society.
  • Birds of a Feather: Izuku's group, the Phantom Sky Brigade shares tendencies for vigilantism, skepticism for adults, and a flair in exploiting loopholes in Quirk regulation. Later on the same applies for their underground organization in the dark net, where a group of people from various backgrounds that are dissatisfied with the status quo and the prejudice in Quirked society gathers.
  • Blessed with Suck: As powerful as the Trinisette are, they have their drawbacks.
    • Following canon's explanation from Reborn! (2004) , Sky Arcobaleno have their life span shortened as the price for their power. Izuku pointed out due to having some sort of hive mind with their parallel self, Sky Mare's minds slowly deteriorate to insanity the more they use their power. Also, their power will wane as time passes and they have to pass their power unto the next generation.
    • While Mare and Arcobaleno bestow potentially Story-Breaker Power to their owner, Vongola's Hyper Intuition and inheritance looks lackluster in comparison. However, it won't weaken but will get stronger from generation to generation. Izuku still has to train his body so it won't break down under his growing power, his body constantly goes under Heroic RRoD as his power strains his body and Vongola has to deal with their fellow sky in case they act out of line to protect the Trinisette System.
  • Break the Haughty: Transferring out of Onodera turns Bakugou's life upside down, as it becomes apparent that the more decent school won't tolerate his vicious temperament. He was even discouraged from pursuing the pro hero course due to the dangerous combination of his behavior and Quirk. And it continues on from there:
    • In UA, Izuku and other recommended students outshine him. Their first combat exercise ends with Bakugou knocked out in less than a minute because Izuku wants to avoid collateral damage.
    • Izuku's group of friends go behind his back and sabotage Bakugo's chance to make connections with students outside of the hero course. But they don't need to work even further than that because Bakugou basically did it to himself.
    • The teachers who have been warned of his temperament watch him more closely and, much to their horror, Bakugou has developed an ongoing issue that made him a hazard not just to himself but also to other students.
  • Broken Pedestal: Hawks has a breakdown when he finds out that Endeavor might have committed domestic violence and gotten away with it.
  • Bully Brutality: Not only would Bakugou beat the tar out of Izuku, he would frequently burn him with his quirk to the point Izuku still has the scars. Bakugou would physically and emotionally abuse Izuku by calling him names, mocking his dreams and destroying his notes. Then Bakugou went too far with his fateful Suicide Dare. Aizawa is horrified when he finds out, as it's not only grounds for expulsion from UA, but grounds for Bakugou to be arrested.
  • Bungled Suicide: Izuku attempts to fake a suicide attempt by planting a note on the school roof fence of their middle school. Only for the fence to be rusted over and break when Izuku leaned on it. It was only through his Traumatic Superpower Awakening that he didn't die.
  • The Cameo: Chihaya Mifune is one of Izuku's contacts.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Izuku does this to Hawks of all people, after an explosion blasts Hawks off of a roof and he runs out of feathers to fly with.
  • Cassandra Truth: Izuku's dream of peaceful retirement is often brushed off as a joke, or they think there's something wrong with his head. They can't be blamed for not taking his declaration seriously, considering that not only Izuku is too young to think of retirement, it's also a common sense of Quirked society that a child with potential like him would dream more ambitiously like Bakugou.
  • Catchphrase: Izuku's "______ with my dying will!" and " I can't die in peace if ____"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: After meeting Kawahira, Izuku wonders if the Sky Arcobaleno and Mare are reborn in this world too. A few chapters later... Shigaraki and Eri are confirmed as the current era's Mare and Arcobaleno holder.
  • Chuunibyou: When Bakugou is transferred to a more strict middle school after getting kicked out of Onodera, he is accused of being one by the teachers and fellow students when they try to crack down on his behavior. Bakugou constantly seeing himself as the main character while treating his classmates as nameless extras is not something a good educator would tolerate.
    Teacher: He needs anger management class… and I am not sure how to bring this up- but your son seems to be under delusions that he is the main character of a fantasy, and calling everyone around him as either extras or cannon fodders.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In canon, Power Loader just has to deal with Hatsume; now he has Futaba Sakura and Ishigami Senkuu forming their own Big 3 in the Support Department. Senkuu is the sensible one most of the time, but he will encourage chaos from the two girls For the Lulz.
    • Hawks' second-in-command in his agency, who also works double as his manager.
  • Continuity Nod: References to past Reborn! (2004) events.
  • Conversational Troping:
    • On Bakugou's Wrong Genre Savvy nature.
      Izuku: Bakugou had (an) almost death experience with the Sludge Villain, you'd think by now he had figured out the world doesn't have a main protagonist and plot armor was a fantasy.
    • When Ojiro suggests a couple of whack to knock some sense into Todoroki.
      Izuku: "What kind of advice is that?! This isn't a shonen manga!" It would cause a brain damage instead. Uhm… maybe that's why it works in manga?
  • Consummate Professional: The Support Department really doesn't like Bakugou after he disregarded and badmouthed their vital service. While they give him the bare minimum of service, they still make sure to give quality equipment, as good Support devices are literally life or death for a hero.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: A light example compared to most in this trope, Ojiro is willingly corrupted by Futaba and Senkuu.
  • Crossover: Between My Hero Academia and Reborn! (2004) but also features two crossover characters Transplanted and as a Shout-Out, with Senku Ishigami from Dr. STONE and Futaba Sakura from Persona 5 appearing.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: A very common problem in Quirked society, where heroic students and even Pro Heroes rely too heavily on their Quirk and can't think outside of the box of their Quirk.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kawahira defeats Aizawa, Mirio, Gran Torino, and Nighteye easily. It's implied Kawahira vs. anyone in-universe will result in this.
  • Dark Secret: Izuku is still very hesitant to confess to his mentor and close friend about the identity of his previous incarnation .
  • Deadly Prank: Izuku attempts to scare Bakugou by pretending that he took Bakugou's Suicide Dare seriously and actually committed to suicide. It goes horribly wrong and his Suicidal "Gotcha!" attempt turns into an actual (albeit accidental) suicide attempt.
  • Deconstruction Crossover:
    • Just because there are Reasonable Authority Figures out there in the world does not mean that corrupt individuals don't exist as well. Heroes can't be everywhere, and they tend to overlook worse and quieter injustices committed behind the masks of the Reasonable Authority Figure. An industry will sooner or later become corrupt, simply because that's how the government functions.
    • People should question authority and make their own decisions, rather than listen blindly to authority or go along what society says about one's powers. Especially in a world where Heroes and Quirks dictate everyday life to the point of ridiculousness.
    • Quirks should help develop better technology, not impede it. Quirks, as unique and fascinating they are, can't dictate what a person can be or who they choose to become. Quirks really shouldn't take over the world to the point technology development has become stagnant and whose inventions are for Heroes only rather than for the society's benefit.
    • As amazing as superheroes becoming a reality is, Hero and Villain fights can get tiresome and meaningless in the long run. Yes, the Heroes are bringing in criminals, but they aren't the solution to the more everyday problems of society.
  • Detect Evil: Hyper Intuition is capable of this.
    • This is also why the Boss of Cavallone dislikes Overhaul on first sight, as apparently, it's typical for any Sky boss to be sensitive of people's nature. He notes that Overhaul has the same look as Estraneo Scientist, someone who has no regard for human life to achieve their goal.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Like his canon self and previous reincarnations in-universe, Izuku has this bad habit when his emotion gets the better of him. Ironically, he is also frequently lampshading this trope on others.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Izuku's reaction when Mirio punches Kawahira.
  • Disappeared Dad: Izuku is a victim of this trope for the second time.
  • Double Standard: Female villains have a bigger tendency to get away from male pro-heroes. It's not due to skill but because it looks really bad if a male pro-hero is caught beating up a woman. Even if the woman is a bonafide villain. Which is why the capture of female villains is left to female pro-heroes or underground heroes.
  • The Dreaded: Mastermind to the heroes and police. Often they are terrified by even just a smile they know is actually bad because it means he’s angry and will bring down the house on them ruthlessly. Aizawa said that he’s a boy who can make pros squirm.
  • Dungeon Bypass: Inko is held hostage by a gang of villains, and the whole top floor was blocked with a barrier Quirk. Izuku simply instructs the heroes and police force to explode the floor below with calculated precision to launch an ambush and save the hostages without bothering to disable the Quirk first.
  • Embodiment of Virtue: Pro-heroes who know and like him think Izuku is another ideal hero in the making like All Might. If they ignore his occasional rule-bending habit in an emergency.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: A lot of Izuku's analysis in emergency situations end up as this.
  • Famed In-Story: As Nezu's disciple and main intern, Izuku is quite famous with the moniker Mastermind in pro-hero circles and the police force.
  • Fake Wizardry:
    • Senkuu hints but doesn't outright state that his so-called Quirk is fake and is a product of his own intellect. He calls his Photographic Memory a Quirk to escape the discrimination of being Quirkless.
    • Mei is also implied to be Quirkless with her telescopic vision Quirk being contact lenses that she invented for herself.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Izuku flat-out tells Senkuu and Nezu that death is a better choice for anyone dealing with the Mare Sky.
    • Considering what happened to Genkishi, Izuku isn't off the mark.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Futaba and Ojiro's plan to ruin Bakugou's reputation is very simple: tell people how much of a Jerkass he is. So when students from other departments meet/see Bakugou, they are astounded that he's even worse than the rumors said he was. Bakugou being Bakugou, unwittingly helps them by digging his own grave.
  • Funny Background Event: When both Todoroki and Bakugou issue their unwanted challenge towards Izuku, in the background Ojiro is being held back by others to keep him from throttling Izuku's challengers. Someone comments in the background that Ojiro's nice guy mask is off and replaced by a demonic-looking face.
  • The Gadfly: Hawks. Later Ojiro.
  • Glowing Eyes: Izuku's eyes turn from half orange to full orange whenever he slips to Hyper Dying Will Mode.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Izuku leaves behind a note on his desk saying that he's going to take Bakugou's advice in order to scare Bakugou. Only through luck that Izuku didn't turn it into an actual suicide note.
  • Good Parents: Inko to Izuku. Not only does she move out from their old home for Izuku's sake, but she also follows him to UA to take care of him and his friends.
  • Harmless Freezing: Subverted big-time. Zero Point Breakthrough is more damaging than natural ice when it comes in contact with bare skin. Especially to those with no resistance to Dying Will Flames or lacking any sort of regeneration Quirk. As a result, Izuku is very wary he might accidentally kill someone with it and uses Zero Point Breakthrough almost exclusively for defensive purpose if not against Noumu.
  • Hated by All:
    • Thanks to Futaba and Ojiro's machination, this is Bakugou's reputation in UA.
    • Also Endeavor to pros who have worked with him close enough to know he is both egoistic and callous. The team Izuku gathers in Hosu to capture Stain dislikes him greatly to the point no one bats an eye when Izuku suggest pointing Endeavor to the wrong direction to deal with the Nomu and keep the flame hero far away from Stain.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Futaba started as a bullying victim ostracized by others until she makes friends in Izuku, who bring outs of her shell and go back to high school. So when Futaba comes across the person who traumatized her best friend, she does everything in her power to make that Bakugou's life a living hell. Thus Futaba becoming a bully herself.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Futaba, Senkuu, and Ojiro.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Ojiro laments how pointless it is to sabotage Bakugou's reputation in UA when Bakugou does a spectacular job on his own.
  • History Repeats: Izuku finds his relationship with his father is eerily similar to Tsuna's, his previous incarnation. Absent father, with monthly income, transfered through several dummy companies.
  • Hyper-Awareness: The Vongola's Hyper Intuition that Izuku inherits, and noted to be stronger in Quirked society.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Because Izuku primarily uses his guns to fight during the first portion of the USJ attack, the villains crow victoriously when he runs out of bullets, assuming that, as a marksman, he'll be easy prey without them... only for Izuku to correct the record.
    Izuku, to Shigaraki: "You can’t see very well under that hand I think. I don’t wear gloves for fashion… I am a hand to hand combatant in the first place.”
  • Important Haircut: Izuku cuts his hair to look similar to Shoichi Irie, alluding to his intelligence.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: A routine for Izuku and his Hyper Intuition. When he has a bad premonition he will analyze what's the worst that could happen and hope he is overthinking it. He is never right when it comes to this.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Several examples, especially for Izuku.
    • Izuku: Midori, Midorin, Izu, Mastermind, Problem Child.
    • Ojiro: Shiro
    • Todoroki: Sho-chan
  • Irony: The nicknames Akasha and Mastermind from the villains and Heroes respectively. The Heroes name Izuku "Mastermind" for his crazy intelligence which somehow leads to no casualties yet maximum property damage. The Villains name Izuku "Akasha" for opening the debate of society.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After Izuku's Bungled Suicide debacle and Traumatic Superpower Awakening due to Bakugou's Suicide Dare, Bakugou is punished by having to transfer schools and received no punishment for a decade of abuse while Izuku had to recover from the trauma. So when Bakugou and Izuku reunite at Yuuei and Bakugou shows no remorse for his actions nor learned from them, the rest of the Phantom Sky Brigade punch in his number. With Futaba's newfound power as the most popular in the Support Department and Ojiro's lack of presence, they launch an effective whisper campaign that, combined with Bakugou's continuing bad behavior, destroys Bakugou's reputation. Due to Bakugou's self-centeredness, he doesn't even realize until it's already too late that he has effectively sabotaged his own future prospects and is nearly expelled for his behavior.
    • Aizawa's reasoning to not expel him is simply because the teachers and the school didn't trust Bakugou will handle his expulsion well. They predicted he will be either self-destructive or destructive to peoples around him.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Izuku can be quite cynical about Quirked society and the Heroic industry, due of his own experience and close relationships to Hawks and his mentor Nezu. But that doesn't stop him from doing what is right.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Unintentionally on Izuku's part, but his worst punishment that Bakugou that can't stand? Ignoring him and not giving a damn about him.
  • Lethal Harmless Powers: While canon Mineta has shown how versatile his Quirk is, Izuku's analysis reveals it could be used in lethal ways. For example, if a sticky ball only Mineta can remove is stuck on someone's orifice or traps them in dangerous places like a train track.
  • Living Lie-Detector: Hyper Intuition is this, which is why Izuku's friends give up on ever lying to him directly. So when they have something to hide from him, they either avoid the topic altogether or knock themselves out so he can't read them.
  • Limit Break: What Hyper Dying Will Mode is basically.
  • Logical Weakness: A lot of Quirks and even Hyper Intuition have relatively realistic weaknesses and/or downsides.
    • Extreme Sensory Overload is bound to happen, when a normal human-like Quirkless Izuku suddenly becomes hypersensitive to his surroundings. Izuku frequently gets headaches from overusing his Hyper Intuition, and can easily be distracted from his immediate surroundings.
    • Having a hive mind with millions of your alternate selves will quickly erode your sanity.
    • Bakugou is mentioned to be weak against extreme temperature because he has to sweat for his Quirk to work. Assuming he can't control how much he sweat, extreme heat and cold works against him.
  • Loophole Abuse: Izuku (thanks to the influence of Nezu) will resort to this to get what he wants.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Poor Inko has little to no clue of her son and his friends' misadventures.
  • Magnetic Hero: Izuku. Unintentionally and intentionally, he gets people to hear him out and they are drawn to him.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: It's heavily implied that the reason Quirks exist at all is because of the Trinisette being messed up.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • As explained in the fic, Akasha means sky and the compendium of knowledge and history. Justified because Futaba was the one who named him. Izuku is less than enthused.
  • Mid-Suicide Regret: During Izuku's fake suicide attempt, he accidentally falls off the roof. As Izuku fell to his death, he is filled with remorse. Izuku doesn't want to die nor does he want to ruin Bakugou's life. Thankfully his remorse triggers his Dying Will.
  • Mundane Utility: As part of his training, Shouto used his ice as a knife to cut up fish.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Izuku's reaction when he was plummeting from the rooftop of his school.
    • While it's justifiable in the Ten Years Later Arc for Tsuna to kill Byakuran, the guilt for both Byakuran's death and Yuni's still haunt him in his present life to an extent.
  • Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters: While they're not a legal organization by any means, Akashic Underground Order's modus operandi is not confrontational, unlike the Meta Liberation Army. They don't fight against authority and focus more on philosophy debates online, helping their members' life troubles, organizing their vigilante members to not get in trouble with authority, and expanding their network.
  • Nerdy Bully: Futaba is a Ditzy Genius that refuses to leave her room and she's Bakugou's primary bully. Futaba has her robots identify him as trash, insult him to his face and spread rumors about him, and she uses her position as smartest in the Support Department to have Bakugou ostracized.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Bakugou ignores this to his peril. Bakugou unthinkingly badmouths the Support students who make his costume and equipment, which is witnessed by Futaba. So when Futaba goes back to her Department and tells them what Bakugou said about them, they retaliate by giving him their worst service. They make sure that any of Bakugou's requests that is not an emergency is set to their lowest priority and give him the bare minimum of service. Unfortunately, Bakugou is so egocentric that he doesn't even realize that the Support Department hates him until it's pointed out to him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Endeavor is instructed to stand back during the first attempt to capture Stain. Not only is he baited by Stain to turn the narrow alley into a sea of fire, but he also prevents Eraserhead's and Best Jeanist's Quirks from subduing Stain. Endeavor singlehandedly causes the failure of the whole operation, much to Izuku's ire.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Unintentional on Izuku's part. The first thought for any Quirk analysis other than detailing what the Quirk entails is usually how to use it for deadly purposes. Aizawa, Bakugou, the class, and Mineta especially are frightened when Izuku details just how lethal Mineta's Quirk could be. Mineta never recovers and asks frequently if he could kill enemies in a particular instance like the USJ.
  • Nom de Mom: Izuku finds out that his father was married into Inko's family, which he notes explains why his mother is the one with green hair.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: Izuku's decision to be distant and aloof to Bakugou when they reunite at UA, as his proactive attempt to befriend and correct Bakugou's attitude throughout the years backfired on him. Izuku reasons that his presence is a bad influence on Bakugou whether he likes it or not. Bakugou doesn't take this treatment well. Izuku's lack of attention to Bakugou also give his friends the chance to go behind his back and sabotage Bakugou in school; as of the latest chapter, Izuku is still clueless of this.
  • Oh, Crap!: Izuku, whenever he one of his meticulous plans goes wrong.
    • The most notable example of this is when Izuku realizes Shigaraki/Tenko is not the Mare Sky he is familiar with from his past life. He is calm enough until he goes on a hysterical rant over the potential damage Tenko can cause and he can't predict to Nezu and Senkuu.
  • Outside-Context Problem/Wrong Context Magic: The Dying Will Flames and Hyper Intuition are not Quirks. But because not many people would believe that, Izuku goes with Sure, Let's Go with That.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Nezu acts as both mentor and father figure for Izuku, and Izuku trusts the headmaster with some of his greatest secrets.
    • Shouto views Izuku as one as well because Izuku has the tendency to act fatherly towards troubled kids around him, especially Shouto. He even calls Izuku Dad when he was half-asleep.
  • Photographic Memory: Senkuu. Although he stated his so-called Quirk had been a thing before the era of Quirks and he did say he has the Quirkless extra joint. If anything, it makes him more annoyed at the Quirk-dominated world.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: The Sports Festival has two major ones:
    • Momo vs Mei. While Momo won, it's only because Mei threw the fight after leading Momo by the nose. While she didn't fall to Mei's scheme like Iida did in canon, Momo still looks like an idiot after Mei uses Momo's Quirk as a tool to demonstrate various utilizations of her invention.
    • Bakugou vs Ojirou. Bakugou wins because Ojirou accidentally steps out of bounds, which infuriates Bakugou because he didn't get to give Ojirou a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown like he wanted. When Bakugou attempts to continue the fight in spite of Midnight's interference, it sinks the last of Bakugou's remaining reputation and dries up U.A.'s remaining tolerance of him. Eraserhead confronts Bakugou that U.A. is considering expelling him for his misconduct and continuous bad behavior. In short, winning the battle put Bakugou's entire future in jeopardy.
  • Rage-Breaking Point: After a decade of abuse when Bakugou tells Izuku to jump off a roof in hopes of getting a quirk in his next life, Izuku has finally had enough. Izuku attempts to fake his suicide to scare Bakugou. When that fell through, Izuku threatened the school when the school attempted to cover it up and had both of them kicked out of Onodera.

  • Reincarnation: Izuku is the second reincarnation of Vongola Primo.
  • The Resenter: Senkuu is very harsh on Pro Heroes who are overly reliant on their Quirks instead of using mundane or practical solutions. Partially due to frustration with Quirk-obsessed society that requires him to disguise his genuine intelligence as a Quirk to escape discrimination. The other part being frustration with the pro-heroes' stupidity and lack of imagination.
  • Resigned to the Call: With how flourishing heroic industry is in his current world, Izuku has no plans to be a hero at all until Nezu and Naomasa visit him in school, and the next day Hawks came on behalf of Shiketsu and the Hero Commission Committee.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Pretty much the reason Inko is hired as a Home Ec teacher with her class being a mandatory course for graduating third-year students. Most UA alumni are so focused on their training, they neglect things like self-care or being able to feed themselves.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: Izuku attempts to scare Bakugou into realizing how dangerous his bullying and words are and how fragile Bakugou's ambitions are by faking an suicide attempt. It ends badly.
  • Science Hero: Izuku, Futaba, and Senkuu. The latter two called out the Pros for not using their brains for the Mundane Solution.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Izuku on the subject of Vongola family, While Izuku is concerned about Trinisette System, he did his best to not think of Vongola family's whereabouts or if it even exists in his current universe. When his inheritance document was sent by Cervello, Izuku swiftly lock it away and hasn't looked back since then.
  • Shout-Out: Many.
  • Small, Secluded World: Or rather the Small Secluded Country of Italy. Noted as the country with having the highest percentage of Quirkless citizens. Quirks usage are laissez-faire while everybody in the entire country knew about the Dying Will Flames and the mafia that is heavily implied to be consequences that this universe's Giotto died early and Kawahira may or may not have done something to mess up the Trinisette.
  • Spoiled Brat: As a child when Bakugou was told by his Quirk counselor that his Quirk was dangerous and he needed to be careful, Bakugou took it as affront and assault to his entire existence. Neither his parents nor his school had ever tried to restrict him before.
  • Starts with a Suicide: The story begins with Izuku listening to Bakugou's Suicide Dare and attempting a fake suicide out of spite only accidentally fall off the roof.
  • Stations of the Canon: With Broad Strokes. After the My Hero Academia: Hero Killer Arc, everything goes off the rails. It already has changed before then but after that, canon is no more.
  • Stopped Caring: After trying and failing to get Bakugou to become a better person for over a decade and being nearly bullied to suicide for it, Izuku finally gave up. Izuku realizes that Bakugou is going to refuse to change and they're both toxic influence on each other. When Izuku and Bakugou reunite at Yuuei, Izuku maintains his distance and refuses to react to Bakugou's baiting. While Izuku still cares for Bakugou on some level, Izuku stopped caring about helping him.
  • Superficial Solution: In response to Bakugou's bullying and Izuku's refusal to tolerate Bakugou's bullying nor Onodera Middle's discrimination of him, the principal decides to kick both out of Onodera. It did address Izuku's bullying problem as Izuku went to a better school, it didn't actually fix nor punish Bakugou's bullying behavior. Bakugou attempts to bully and become the Big Man on Campus ostracize him in his stricter school. Bakugou refused to change and ended up lashing out even harder in his attempt to return to normalcy.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Bakugou would mock and sabotage any of Izuku's attempts to learn self-defense or training by escalating his physical bullying. While Bakugou refused to admit it to himself, he knew that a Quirkless hero would stand out far more than a regular hero and didn't want any chance of Izuku taking his spotlight.
  • Tarot Motifs: Used inaccurately for the Akashic Underground Order's top officers. They don't detail what their characters say in the actual meaning of the cards but the literal meaning of the cards used.
  • Technopath: Futaba's Quirk.
  • Teen Genius: While Izuku is smart in canon, he's not a prodigy as depicted in the fic. Senkuu and Futaba are canonical prodigies that were carried over.
  • The Dreaded: While Izuku has his own reputation as one. The teachers and anyone who know his group is more worried about what Futaba and Senkuu would do without Izuku holding them back.
  • The Dog Bites Back: The turning point in this fanfic.
  • The Mentor:
    • Nezu is the official mentor to Izuku.
    • In spite of being a student himself, Izuku takes up this role for his group of close friends and his classmates on occasion as well.
  • There Are No Therapists: Zigzagged throughout the fic.
    • Izuku suffers from PTSD from all the bullying he faced growing due to the systematic discrimination against Quirkless and Bakugou's treatment of him. And the fic started with him having suicidal ideation considering he tried faking a suicide attempt to scare Bakugou. His friends manage to help him deal with his inferiority complex and problems with accepting people and does become valued for his skills. But despite working with several teachers and going to a better school, no one has see a therapist.
    • Sakura suffered from depression over her mother's death and still recovering from being a Hikikomori. Again no therapy.
    • By only using half his Quirk, Shoto is publicly self-mutilating himself to the point of risking his own health. Izuku tries to intervene and finally gets him snap in out of it during the Sports Festival final. Again no therapist.
    • Once transferred to a more strict school, Bakugou's teachers recommend anger management therapy only to fall on deaf ears. The teachers at Yuuei finally defy this trope by assigning mandatory anger management, mandatory counseling and remedial rescue training to Bakugou if the latter doesn't want to be expelled.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Izuku and Ojiro.
  • Unknown Rival: After getting his ass handed to him during the Battle Trial by Izuku, Bakugou declares them rivals. Izuku wants nothing to do with him and doesn't want "a rivalry out of Shonen Jump."
  • Unfortunate Names: When registering his "Quirk" Izuku initially tried to name his name his power "Dying Will Flames" as they were called in his past life. His mother and the staff refused as the name was too on the nose about Izuku getting his powers through a suicide attempt.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: For years, Izuku tried to rekindle his friendship with Bakugou and tried to be a voice of reason to him. Bakugou would return Izuku's affection by viciously bullying him and cruelly mocking him. During a painful discussion with Aizawa after all the consequences catch up to Bakugou, Bakugou painfully realizes that Izuku was his only true friend. Bakugou geniunely wants to be friends again, but realizes that it's too late unless he seriously apologizes.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Izuku with the knowledge of his past life. U.A. staff found his behavior strange as they often try to get him to have fun and encourage him in activities.
  • You Are What You Hate: Futaba can't stand bullies after the abuse she went through and becomes a bully herself to Bakugou.