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A long time ago, Izuku Midoriya felt he would have been better off had he been born Quirkless. Instead, he's born with a power that others fear him for. In spite of this, he still strives to become a hero. Now the protege of the No. 1 hero, All Might, he may have his chance to achieve his dream after all. However, the secrets of one's bloodline don't stay hidden forever, and to become the hero he's meant to be, Midoriya will have to accept what he is; the son of a villain.

Viridescent(AO3 link here) is an AU fanfic of My Hero Academia written by darkfire1220. The story is centered around Izuku's struggle to be a hero despite being the child of one of the world's most infamous villains.


Viridescent provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: After Midoriya is kidnapped by the League of Villains, the story seemed to be setting up an arc for Uraraka that would have her dealing with the fact that she was The Load during their attack at the training camp. However, the issue ends up being completely dropped after Midoriya's rescue, even though she was also The Load there and didn't contribute anything to his rescue.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • Endeavor is just as much of one here as he was in the anime.
    • Heat Viper clearly has no idea how to handle being a father to Izuku in the short time they spent together after he is kidnapped by the League, which culminated in him attacking his own son in a fit of rage after he is rejected in favor of All Might. He didn't intend to impale Izuku during their fight, however, and that made him suffer a massive Villainous BSoD.
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    • Abusive grandparent more like, but All For One subjects Midoriya to a brutal Training from Hell to hone his killing instincts. He even outright tells him that while he's useful, he's not invaluable. The narration also makes it clear that All For One mainly sees Izuku as a tool, not a person.
    • Dabi's father was apparently so bad that he finds Hisashi to have better odds at being a decent parent. And this is after the guy impaled his son on a metal pipe.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade:
    • Zigzagged. On one hand, Bakugo wasn't a bullying jackass to Midoriya. On the other hand, he's lived in fear of his own power for almost his whole life in large part due to its association to his infamous father: Heat Viper.
    • Inverted with Eri, who gets saved by Izuku much earlier than canon.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Besides gaining "One For All", Izuku also was born with a fire Quirk called "All Flare", which is basically the strongest fire Quirk on the planet. He even gains better control of One for All before meeting Gran Torino.
    • Midoriya's father is a powerful villain on par with All Might rather than an overseas worker.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Toga expresses genuine remorse for her actions, whereas her anime/manga counterpart is thoroughly unrepentant, even referring to her actions as perfectly normal.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Bakugo is still a jackass, but his heart of gold shines through a bit more in this fic. He was also never a bully to Midoriya and is pretty protective of him, to the point of Big Brother Instinct.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Midoriya's father, Hisashi, is not an overseas worker like canon. He's a ruthless, infamous villain known for having destroyed an entire city.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Midoriya is called "Izu" by Eri.
    • Izuku also calls Mitsuki "Bakumom".
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Both Midoriya and Eri are afraid of their own powers. Midoriya because of how similar it is to his father (which leads to a fear of being ostracized by society), and Eri because she accidentally erased her father's existence.
  • Artificial Human: Besides the Noumu, this is what Hisashi is. He's an artificial life-form called a "Chimera", created from All For One's DNA in an attempt to create a powerful new Quirk and a powerful pawn to wield it. To make matters worse for the heroes, there are five others out there, some of which might be even stronger than him.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Having inherited his father's infamous fire quirk, Izuku has struggled all his life coming to terms with it, wanting to use such power to become a hero instead.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Bakugo has several (P.A.L.s, being insulted, insulting or hurting Midoriya, etc.) so it's more like a berserk switchboard.
    • All Might. Good lord, does Heat Viper hate All Might!
      • When he found out that All Might passed One For All down to his son, he entered an unstoppable rage, along with screaming All Might's name to the heavens.
      • To say he didn't react well when his son said he views All Might as his father would be the understatement of the decade.
    • Midoriya really hates his father for his villainous actions as well as causing him to live a life fearing being ostracized by society for his bloodline.
  • Biblical Motifs: Both Izuku and Heat Viper have demonic imagery going about them. Tomura and Endeavor refers to them as devils and they can grow flaming horns that enhance this motif.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Whenever Viper goes all out, his eye's sclera turn pitch black with green pupils.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Hisashi/Heat Viper was strong enough to knock Izuku, Pixie-Bob and Tora unconscious, Hisashi complains how this is a sign that his years in prison have weakened him, claiming that he would have killed them (Pixie-bob and Tora, anyway) in a single-hit otherwise. All For One does not dispute this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • We aren't fully aware of what happened in the darkness simulation room Cementoss created other than All Might beating a full-powered Dark Shadow with a single punch.
    • Subverted in Bakugo's fight with Todoroki. While it looks like Katsuki was effortlessly thrashing Shoto from the outset, in actuality, Bakugo was going all out and was severely strained after the fight. It only looks like this because he was good at hiding it while firing on all pistons.
    • Heat Viper delivered one to Endeavor in the past, which resulted in him needing to be saved by All Might. This is also a major reason why Endeavor despises Midoriya, as he reminds him of Viper and as such his bruised ego.
      • When the League of Villains invade the camp, he casually takes out any student dumb enough to get in his way, as well as Pixie-Bob and Tiger.
      • He also delivers one to several pro heroes during the hideout raid, even giving another to Endeavor. Though it's acknowledged that he did last longer this time.
    • A humorous example. After Bakugo steamrolled everyone in Guitar Hero, Kyoka steps in and utterly destroys all his high scores without even trying. It was so bad that Bakugo mentally went blank.
  • Darker and Edgier: Combined with Bloodier and Gorier, fights tend to be more visceral than the anime or manga. Case in point, during his fight with Heat Viper, Midoriya got impaled through the torso with steel pipe from a dilapidated building. Not to mention there's more frequent foul language.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Himiko's blood-lust is treated like an alcoholic addiction. She outright states that the sight of blood helps her cope, much like how an alcoholic uses said drinks to numb pain.
    • Heat Viper's reaction to learning that Izuku has a "sister" implied that his thought process was that All Might moved in with "his" family.
  • The Dreaded: Heat Viper is heavily feared by the entire hero community. Fighting evenly against All Might and devastating a city beforehand will do that to you. His escape puts the entire hero community on edge.
  • Emerald Power: "All Flare's" flames are green, because the Quirk's base was "Green Flare", a feeble power letting its user color fire. It's considered as one of the most powerful fire Quirks in the world.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Hisashi is pretty fixated on Izuku and obviously upset when the teen rejects him as his father.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: When Mineta and Kaminari had the rather bright idea to make off with Bakugo's clothes while they were in the shower, he comes after them in a towel... until he loses that too. Thankfully, Momo beans him with an encyclopedia before he can go far.
  • Genre Savvy: Kurogiri makes it a point to monitor all students during the League of Villain's attack on the USJ in order to prevent them from escaping and getting backup. When Izuku manages to blow a hole in the building, he simple teleports him to the center of the Villain attack.
  • Groin Attack: Bakugo delivers an epic one to Mineta for being a pervert to the girls. It not only sent him flying over 900 meters, but it also broke the sound barrier!
    • He does this to him again during the Sports Festival. With the sound barrier breaking again as he punted Mineta into the sky.
  • Handicapped Badass: Besides All Might and All For One, Heat Viper's physical strength has diminished as a result of sixteen years of inactivity. Thanks to an enhancing drug, his strength is such that he can effortlessly knock out Pro Heroes with minimal effort and his durability still lets him shrug off 100% Smash attacks with barely any injury.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Hisashi claims this was the case for him. Unsurprisingly, Izuku doesn't believe him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Izuku gets this treatment after using his full power at the Sports Festival reveals his lineage to the world. He ends up becoming the outcast he always feared he'd become and while he was captured by the League of Villains, the media believed that Viper was "reclaiming" his son. This starts to become subverted after he fights Heat Viper to save All Might. While the world is still iffy about him, this heroic act that the world could not ignore effectively forced his detractors to shut up and accept that Izuku Midoriya is going to be a hero.
  • Hidden Depths: Best Jeanist is apparently an expert field medic, even possessing a license to perform emergency surgical procedures. This came in real handy when Midoriya got fatally wounded during his fight with Heat Viper and likely wouldn't have survived had Jeanist not been there.
  • Horrifying the Horror: When Izuku used his Quirk on the Sludge Villain, he completely terrified him. Understandable since his father's Quirk is easily recognizable up close.
  • Horned Humanoid: Eri and Mina. The latter even refers to them as "horn buddies".
    • Whenever Midoriya or his father use there flames at max, flaming horns protrude from their heads. With Heat Viper, they're much longer and, combined with Black Eyes of Evil, give him a demonic appearance.
  • Hypocrite: Endeavor tells Bakugo that no Pro hero would be interested in an arrogant asshole like him. Yeah... like you have room to talk there Endeavor. Bakugo even mentally admits that it's good advice, but he's not accepting it because of who's giving it to him.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Midoriya feels He would be better off having been born Quirkless instead of having his father's villainous Quirk.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Bakugo really likes Momo when she's pissed.
  • Irony:
    • All For One mentally notes the irony that while he is raising Tomura (Nana Shimura's grandson) to be his successor as the symbol of evil, All Might is raising Izuku (His own grandson) to be his successor as the symbol of peace.
    • Despite Bakugo and Todoroki being the strongest students in Class 1-A, they were also among the students that failed the practical exam.
    • Granted, it's fueled by his warped worldview, but Stain can't help but laugh at the irony that the son of one of the world's most infamous and hated villains embodies what being a true hero is all about while Tenya, the brother of a "true hero", doesn't.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Endeavor refuses to acknowledge either Izuku or Hisashi as human beings. He typically refers to them as monsters and outright equates Viper to the devil.
  • It's All About Me: Endeavor's hatred for Midoriya is rather petty. Having more to do with his bruised ego over getting curb-stomped by his father than whether or not Midoriya is an actual threat.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Bakugo. He's a hell of alot nicer to Midoriya in this fic, but he's still a rude, abrasive and egotistical jackass, that just happens to swear vengeance on Todoroki and Endeavor when the latter sends Midoriya into a Heroic BSoD during the Sports Festival.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever Heat Viper shows up, any and all sense of lightheartedness drops like a rock.
  • Like Brother and Sister: While held captive by Hisashi, Izuku accidentally slips calling Eri his "sister" before quickly correcting himself that he thinks of her like a sister.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Turns out, Hisashi is All For One's son (albeit through cloning his Quirk and through adoption, so the genetic relation is rather small), which means Midoriya is his grandson.
  • Made of Iron: Even after taking some Pyroclasms and a Sun Forge to the face, Endeavor still managed to pull through and recover. He was brutally injured and in dire need of medical attention, but it says a lot that he took that much of an onslaught of pain and healed up in record time when just one of those attacks knocked out every other Pro, slaughtered their police assistance, and destroyed the city all in one blast. Also, the main reason the other Pros even survived was because he got in the way to take most of the damage.
  • Morality Pet: Bakugo has a few:
    • Midoriya is the most obvious. He tends to treat him like a younger brother.
    • Eri is also one of the few that he's genuinely nice to. It's telling that he's willing to tone down his cursing to borderline zero when she's around. He even gives her an affectionate pat on the head and lets her get away with stealing his breakfast.
    • Over time, Momo starts to become one as well. He gives her advice and encouragement for the practical exam, considers her a badass when he considers most of his other classmates as weaklings or extras, and confides with her about his personal feelings when Heat Viper's escape put Midoriya on edge.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: While Heat Viper is described as well built, he's obviously nowhere near the physicality that All Might possesses. In spite of this, he's still strong enough to trade blows with the Symbol of Peace and durable enough to shrug off 100% smash attacks to the face. This clues the UA staff in on the fact that Hisashi isn't a normal human or was enhanced in some way. Sure enough, he's an Artificial Human that was genetically designed to have that kind of power.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Bakugo delivers a brutal one to Todoroki in the last fight of the Sports Festival. The fight has him go all out and ends with Shoto severely wounded afterward.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • Jiro is able to tell that Midoriya means a lot to Bakugo not just because he yelled out to him during his fight with Shoto, but also because he actually called him by his name rather than a demeaning nickname like he always does.
    • Both Todoroki and Aizawa get rather concerned before Bakugo and Todoroki's match because Bakugo was acting eerily calm as he entered the arena. Even during the fight itself, he wasn't yelling at the top of his lungs like usual.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Viper is extremely powerful. One of the abilities provided by "All Flare" is an attack that strikes with the force of a volcanic eruption! He uses this when the pros raid the Noumu facility, knocking them all out, killing the SWAT team, and destroying the city in the process.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Midoriya and Bakugo have made a habit of doing this since middle school. They hunt down P.A.Ls (Perverts At Large) and punish them accordingly. You can probably guess who their main target is at this point, can you?note 
  • Playing with Fire: Izuku, Heat Viper, Endeavor, and Shoto are the most obvious examples. Kirishima points out that fire Quirks are rather commonplace, though it's worth noting that none of them are anywhere near as strong as the ones listed above.
  • Power Misidentification: When Izuku sees Eri's Quirk for the first time (causing a tree to completely vanish), he assumes it to be a form of molecular vaporization. It is not until it is tested in a controlled environment do the UA staff get a first-hand experience and notice that it does not affect inorganic matter, concluding that her quirk is time-based.
  • Power Of Hate: Discussed. Shoto comments that his father probably recovered so quickly from the brutal onslaught Viper inflicted on him because of his boundless hatred toward him.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Bakugo finally reaches his when Heat Viper accidentally impales Midoriya on a steel pipe. Bakugo hits him point blank with an explosion big enough to send him and every villain flying into Kurogiri's warp gate and causing himself severe injuries to his arm.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: While Endeavor's treatment of Izuku as a monster is completely unjustified and his hatred for both him and Heat Viper is for incredibly petty reasons, he isn't technically wrong about Hisashi not being human since he's actually a bio-engineered artificial life form.
  • Sanity Has Advantages: Inverted. Moonfish's insanity makes him completely immune to Hitoshi's mind control due to him being in a trance like state and not actually talking to him.
  • Ship Tease: There's plenty of this going around, the most prominent being Midoriya/Uraraka and Bakugo/Yaoyorozu. And Midoriya/Himiko in a Stockholm-based, nightmarish sort of way.
  • Shout-Out: Katsuki's new cat is named T'Challa.
  • Sins of the Father:
    • Midoriya fears that if it's discovered who his father is, then he will be subjected to this trope. Sure enough, it's discovered during his fight with Shoto during the Sports Festival and he is subjected to this, with certain students and civilians treating him as if he were a villain and an anonymous student leaving a note outside the classroom door telling him to kill himself. On the day returning from the Sports Festival there was a crowd outside that was practically demanding that UA expel Izuku just for being Heat Viper's son. Thankfully, most of Class-1A doesn't treat him any different, though it causes some tension from a few members.
      • The media also inflicts this on him while he was captured by the League of Villains. Aizawa calls them out on how idiotic this mindset is and that Midoriya is nothing like his father.
    • Bakugo ends up subjecting Shoto to this. His hatred for him during the Sports Festival was largely a projection of his hatred toward Endeavor, who threatened Izuku, which caused him to suffer a Heroic BSoD. In his defense, Shoto was being heavily Innocently Insensitive toward Midoriya and treated him largely as a means to get back at his father.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot:
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Since Himiko was around his age, Affably Evil when not too excited and potentially a way to escape, Midoriya let his guard down around her. When he's finally rescued, he's disinclined to see her as a true villain, arguing she needs help.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Hitoshi's brainwashing Quirk is considered by even Bakugo to be an extremely overpowered Quirk, as anyone that talks to the guy loses automatically. This is part of the reason why he was with Hagakure to fend off against Moonfish and Dark Shadow, as he probably would have ended the attack in under a minute.
  • Superior Successor: Yes and no. Midoriya has a very limited supply of fire and is unable to stand the heavy heat coming with the most powerful uses of "All Flare", but his control is finer and he can "borrow" other fire Quirks.
  • Superpower Lottery:
    • Midoriya really won this with his current power-set. Besides "One For All", his base Quirk, "All Flare", is an absurdly powerful fire quirk even without much experience. Besides enveloping himself in extremely hot green flames, it can transmute and store other flames to become stronger, and it can temporarily steal other fire quirks to add on to it. This was deliberately invoked by All For One in his numerous attempts to create extremely powerful pawns by cloning his own Quirk, and those aren't its only abilities. That's before he combines it with "One For All". This gives him the ability to emit plasma! However, these do come with drawbacks, as they can severely damage his body if he overexerts himself.
    • Heat Viper has all the abilities of All Flare, barring the ability to "borrow" fire Quirks, coupled with greater experience. Due to his nature as an Artificial Human who has undergone numerous augmentations, his physical strength and durability are comparable to All Might and is able to withstand using All Flare at full power without risk of injuring himself.
  • Unexpected Successor: Even the League of Villains was floored by Izuku using "All Flare" - because Hisashi was supposed to be sterile.
  • Villainous BSoD: Hisashi goes into shock when he blasts Izuku into some upturned concrete and he gets impaled on a steel pipe, nearly killing him. This left him open long enough for an enraged Bakugo to blast him and every other villain into Kurogari's warp gate. Before that he had no reservations attacking his own son in a rage for calling Toshinori his father.
    • Himiko didn't take Midoriya nearly dying well, either.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Inverted. Hisashi wants to be a father to his son, but his unrepentant actions combined with the suffering said actions have caused Izuku and Inko to go through have pretty thoroughly burned that bridge down.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Toshinori and Hisashi used to be friends and rivals back when they attended U.A. High school. These days, they're bitter enemies.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The base Quirk for "All Flare" was a quirk called "Green Flare". It had the power to turn fire green...and that's it. When All For One saw its potential, however, he started experimenting with it by merging it with other fire Quirks. When he combined his DNA and quirk with it, the eventually result was "All Flare", the strongest fire Quirk on the planet.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Thanks to her experiences from the Shi Hassaikai, Eri is terrified of birds. When she first saw Tokoyami, she completely froze with fear.
  • The Worf Effect: Heat Viper quickly establishes how powerful he is by effortlessly bulldozing his way through Pixie-Bob, Tiger, Shoto and Bakugo at the training camp. It's pretty much stated that the only reason they survived is because Viper is still weak after his time in prison. He later one-shots the Pros that attacked the Noumu facility with the exception being Endeavor, whom he also casually decimates.
    • Worf Had the Flu: The main reason Izuku was able to hold out for so long against his father was primarily because Viper was mentally off-balanced by his son rejecting him as his father in favor of All Might.
  • Yandere: Himiko. It doesn't stop Midoriya from trying to save her, though.

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