The Time Again series is a My Hero Academia Peggy Sue fanfiction series by Wawa_Boonliang. It is ongoing and currently consists of Never and Always, Eventually and Sometimes, Every Now and Then.
Never and Always, Eventually is the main story, which follows Bakugo Katsuki's life after he watched Midoriya die and unexpectedly ends up with a second chance. It can be found here.
Sometimes, Every Now and Then is a side story consisting of a series of one shots in the Time Again universe. It can be found here.
Not to be confused with Time and Again, a Naruto Peggy Sue fanfic.
This fanfiction contains examples of:
- Accidental Murder: The thief Bakugo and Future Midoriya were chasing accidentally sends a crate falling down on a paralyzed Deku, killing him. She's horrified by what she's done and hysterically rambles that she expected him to dodge since he's Deku.
- Adapted Out: Shinso replaces Mineta in Class 1-A, removing the latter from the plot.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In canon (and Bakugo's first past), Bakugo's less moral actions were excused or complimented by his teachers and classmates in middle school since he was popular and had a powerful Quirk. This time around, Bakugo could not care less about his schooling and cares much more about his friendship with Deku. As a result, his relationship with other people at his middle school is much worse. He is bullied, many kids think he and Deku are dating and call them homophobic slurs, and the teachers are convinced Bakugo will become a villain because he is a "problem child". It's so bad that many are glad when "that villain" tests out and insult him for it, infuriating Midoriya.
- Adaptational Early Appearance:
- Bakugo purposely trains with Midoriya in places Eraserhead frequents so they meet Aizawa when they are eight. He sees the potential in both of them and agrees to train them to become heroes.
- Bakugo meets Shinso at a gym before he goes to UA. They become fast friends.
- Adaptational Expansion: The fic explores Bakugo and Deku's childhoods in detail. This includes their time in middle school and training by Aizawa. The story does not get to UA until chapter seventeen.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Mitsuki and Masaru Bakugo's parenting can be questionable in the manga, but they are not outright neglectful as they are in the fic.
- Adaptational Sexuality: It's a BakuKiri and IzuShoto fic. So Izuku, Bakugo, Kirishima, and Shoto are all gay. Aizawa and Hizashi might become a couple as well.
- Adults Are Useless: Zig-zagged.
- Played Straight. Katsuki's parents and the teachers at his middle school are absent or useless and the latter group do not see Katsuki is a good kid. Instead they see him as a troublemaker and guaranteed villain.
- On the averted side, adults like Aizawa, Inko, All Might, and Hizashi are all helpful and invested in caring for Izuku and Katsuki. Izuku notes that Aizawa is the first adult since Inko to see Bakugo isn't a bad kid .
- Ambiguously Gay: It's initially unclear if Aizawa and Hizashi's relationship is meant to be platonic or romantic. Midnight thinks they should get together already but this is Midnight talking. The updated tags spoil that their relationship is indeed going to be a romantic one.
- Chapter 25 ends with Kurogiri and Shigaraki arriving at UA in front of Bakugo, Kirishima, and Shinso.
- Chapter 31 ends with All Might arriving at the USJ to see an injured and unconscious Yamada in the hands of the Nomu.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Future Midoriya is paralyzed by a Quirk and crushed to death by a huge metal container, horrifying Bakugo and the killer.
- Entertainingly Wrong: Todoroki and half the internet are convinced Midoriya and Bakugo are Aizawa and Hizashi's biological kids via unknown women. Theories vary between those that think they were the result of one-night stands and those who believe they were part of a surrogate program.
- Exact Words: Katsuki uses vague but truthful phrasing about the source of his knowledge to get around Tsukauchi's Lie Detector Quirk while being questioned after he faces Shigaraki and Kurogiri at UA.
- Kids Are Cruel: Five year-old Midoriya's classmates bully him for being Quirkless and use their Quirks to hurt him because of said Quirklessness. Bakugo protects Midoriya from them when he can but as they grow older, the kids start mocking them for "being a gay couple" note and calling them homophobic slurs.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The updated tags spoil future pairings such as IzuShoto, BakuKiri, and EraserMic.
- Lighter and Softer: Unlike the manga itself and many time travel fics, Time Again focuses more on slice-of-life aspects than a "save the world" plot. However, the series does have its darker moments such as Future Midoriya's death.
- Mental Time Travel: Katsuki's mind goes back in time into his five year-old self's body.
- Mistaken for Suicidal: One day, Bakugo rudely makes Midoriya walk home alone and turns off his phone. He does this as part of a plan to eventually get Midoriya to run into the Slime Villain and All Might in a month's time, but from Midoriya's point of view he's acting incredibly out of character. Midoriya calls Aizawa and Aizawa finds Bakugo on the edge of a building. Aizawa thinks he was about to jump, but in reality Bakugo went there to think and began crying when he realized he never got to marry Kirishima and would never get the chance.
- Only Friend: Midoriya and Bakugo are each other's only friends until they meet Shinso shortly before entering UA. In middle school they were outcasts, Midoriya because he is Quirkless and Bakugo because he's "a troublemaker and potential villain".
- Parental Neglect: Mitsuki and Masaru Bakugo have little presence in their son's life and let him wander the streets without a care. Katsuki spends more time at Midoriya and Aizawa's house than his own. He calls Inko "Not-Mom", Aizawa "Dadzawa", and Present Mic "Papa Mic", implying he sees them as his parents more than his biological parents.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Past Midoriya and Bakugo have a platonic, brotherly relationship. Many outsiders mistake it for something romantic, to their annoyance and disgust since they're only kids.
- The Time Traveller's Dilemma: Bakugo has a breakdown when he realizes that since he's changed the future, his version of Kirishima may never exist.