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Waiting is worth it is a My Hero Academia fanfic written by Wikikid.

Izuku, believed to be quirkless, manifests his quirk at the moment when he becomes paralyzed from the waist down, possessing incredibly powerful Telekinetic abilities. Ridden with guilt, Bakugo dedicates himself to making life easier for him. Years later, both apply for UA and their trials to become heroes have just begun.

The fanfic can be found on both Fan Fiction Dot Net here and Archive of Our Own here.

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  • Abled in the Adaptation: Aside from the obvious (Izuku becoming handicapped), it is mentioned that Shota Aizawa was partially blind in his youth while Hizashi Yamada had hearing difficulties. Disabilities due to one's own quirk seem to be more common that one thinks, with UA having a program to helping their students with these problems.
    • Todoroki is blind in his right eye after the boiling water incident burned his eye.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Due to the Guilt Complex drummed up by accidentally crippling Izuku, Katsuki Bakugo has spent his life trying to atone for it. He helps Izuku get used to his new condition, defends him against bullies and is the only person he ever apologizes too. Sure he is still hostile to everyone else and he still curses and rages at Izuku from time to time, but most of the time it is Anger Born of Worry and Izuku knows he does not really mean it.
    • While still more pragmatic than likable like his canon counterpart, Aizawa goes easy on Izuku for not having records, sympathizing with him since he too was a student with physical disabilities.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change:
    • In the original series, Izuku was born quirkiness but is given "One For All" by All Might. Here, he possessed the dormant source quirk "Telekinesis." All Might even considered giving "One For All" to Izuku in this continuity also, but decided that Izuku would make a great enough hero without it.
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    • In canon, Masaru Bakugou had the power to secrete nitric acid which resulted in Katsuki when combined with Mitsuki's glycerin sweat. Here, Masaru's power is the seperate Truth seeking quirk and Mitsuki has explosion powers which Katsuki inherited from her.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Your children are out playing in the park and one of them gets into a near-fatal accident that permanently cripples them for life and traumatizes the other. This is something Inko and the Bakugou parents have to live through.
    • Izuku is the target of supervillains due to his powerful Quirk, whom many want to exploit and enslave him. Inko and later, Toshinori have to live with this fear everyday while trying to give Izuku a normal childhood.
    • As much as Toshinori loves his new family, he can never go public with them as All Might as supervillains and bitter superhero colleagues might go after the Midoriyas.
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  • Affectionate Nickname: Inko and the Bakugous call Izuku "Izuchan."
  • Affluent Ascetic: Toshinori is very wealthy due to being No.1 hero and the massive amount of royalties he gets from merchandise. He chooses to live modestly in a middle-class neighborhood with Inko and Izuku.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: After accidentally crippling Izuku, Katsuki is very aware how dangerous his explosions can be. While Katsuki will still attack people or play fight with Izuku, he is very careful on the strength of his explosions.
  • Already Met Everyone: Turns out Inko already knew Eraserhead from when he volunteered to nullify Izuku’s quirk when surgery was done on him.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Katsuki is angry when Izuku is told to meet someone on the roof as he knows from experience that protective railings don't prevent falls. In fact, when Katsuki is worried he defaults to frustration.
  • The Atoner: The reason why Katsuki stays friends with Izuku in this continuity is because he feels horrible guilt for putting Izuku in his wheelchair, becoming overprotective to the point where people think that he has a crush on Izuku. Whether he does or not depends on who’s reading.
  • Awful Truth: No one knows that Katsuki attacked Izuku when they were playing on the bridge and the attack caused Izuku's crippling. Despite being burdened by the truth, Katsuki never tells anyone the truth fearing the consequences it could have on his relationships, especially his friendship with Izuku.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Due to Izuku's naviete and kindness, the rest of Class 1-A is very protective of him with Kirishima outright referring him as the baby of the class.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • When Izuku was very young, he would gave anything to have a quirk and resent people having them. After a crippling accident awoke his telekinetic powers, Izuku admits that he would have rather to be able to walk.
    • Katsuki wanted a fight where he and Izuku could go all out. As a result, he accidentally outs the extent of Izuku's telekinesis on live broadcast, destroying everyone's efforts to keep Izuku out of negative attention and nearly destroys a stadium.
  • Blatant Lies: Katsuki puts flowers in Izuku's hair because he likes how stupid Izuku looks in them. Even without his quirk, Naomosa can tell Katsuki is lying.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Toshinori/ All Might volunteered to act as protection for the Midoriya family when villains started targeting Izuku for his powerful quirk. Over time he and Izuku's mother Inko began dating and they would eventually marry.
  • Bully Hunter: Katsuki frequently gets into fights with other kids for picking on Izuku or talking bad about him behind their backs.
  • Cassandra Truth: Katsuki tells his parents that it's his fault that Izuku was crippled. His parents believe that he's saying it out of guilt due to witnessing Izuku's accident. Katsuki is too afraid to tell them otherwise.
  • Chastity Couple: Due to Toshinori's chronic illness, Inko and Toshinori's affection is initially platonic until marriage assures Toshinori that Inko doesn't mind his illness.
  • Chick Magnet/Even the Guys Want Him: Due to his kind and optimistic personality and cool powers, Izuku had suitors confessing to him in junior high. Although the only confession seen onscreen is a guy, who Izuku turns down gently due to not reciprocating his feelings.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Katsuki and Izuku's middle school classmate attempts to get Katsuki's attention but does so by attempting to mock Izuku which causes Katsuki to dislike her.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Bakugou calls out Class 1-A for focusing on Izuku's freckles as a marker for foreign ancestry when Izuku has green hair and Bakogou is a natural blond.
  • Cool Loser: Both Izuku and Katsuki have powerful quirks which would alone put them on top of their quirk obsessed society. They are also the top scorers of their school which would usually make them popular in a Japanese middle school. But Izuku and Katsuki are outcasted due to Izuku's disability and childish nature while Katsuki is a massive jerk that prevents the rest of school of taking advantage of Izuku.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: When Izuku was in elementary school, Katsuki had to make lunch for the two of them due to their parents being away at work. One day, Izuku thought he'd try to do something nice for Katsuki by making a lunch with his telekinesis, coating himself with soot, filling the room with smoke, and blackening one of the pots. Since he knew Katsuki liked spicy things, Izuku also used hot sauce on everything and turned the rice "fucking flaming hot red". Despite all of this, Katsuki is bewildered when the food actually tastes good. Lampshaded of course.
    Katsuku: How the fuck is this mutated piece of shit tasty?!
  • Cruel to Be Kind: There were plans for Aizawa with Inko's permission to cancel Izuku's telekinesis if his surgeries successfully restored his motor functions to push him into relearning how to walk unassisted. Ultimately Inko doesn't go through with it.
  • Declaration of Protection: When told that Izuku will need someone to protect him and help him due to his powers and disability, Katsuki swears that he will protect Izuku.
  • Deer in the Headlights: When Izuku finally recognizes Aizawa, he becomes paralyzed with terror. He knows that Aizawa's quirk is to be able to rob others of their quirks, and as someone who relies on his quirk to maintain a slim facade of normalcy (like going anywhere without his wheelchair or telekinetically cooking and cleaning around the house), this horrifying possibility nearly reduces Izuku to tears.
  • Disabled Means Helpless:
    • A mentality that both Izuku and Katsuki struggle with. As a child, Izuku struggled with the idea that he could still be independent despite the loss of his mobility. As teenagers, Izuku resents when Katsuki acts as if he needs constant protection.
    • Subverted in Yuuei. When Izuku's disability is outed, he's still treated as any other student by his classmates.
  • Disability Superpower: With his quirk, Izuku is able to float around without needing his wheelchair. Thankfully, he has the proper permit so that he could do this in public without getting arrested due to quirk regulations.
  • Domestic Abuse: Implied as Inko was terrified of her ex-husband's loss of control over his powers.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Izuku hates being pitied and looked down upon, especially by Katsuki and wants to be seen as self-reliant.
  • Downer Beginning: The story begins with a five-year old Izuku falling off a railing and breaking his back. Katsuki is overcome with remorse and trying to keep Izuku warm while Izuku's power activates for the first time.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Izuku cheerfully explains to Katsuki that Izuku's mother is having lunch with a friend. This confuses Katsuki as his parents, Inko's best friends, are still home. Izuku explains that Inko met a guy and he's now her new friend. Katsuki has to break it to Izuku that Inko's on a date.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Shinsou establishes himself as a good kid when he uses his mind-controlling quirk on a rude adult so Izuku could get his wheelchair pushed to the front of a crowd safely.
  • Eureka Moment: The Bakugou family figured out that Izuku’s step-father Toshinori was All Might on their own simply from observation.
  • Failsafe Failure: Despite the bridge's protective railings, a five-year Izuku was small enough to slip through them when pushed off by Katsuki's explosions.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Katsuki calls out his elementary school class for collectively being this. The class isolated and bullied Katsuki when rumors spread of him attacking a girl. Then the class turned their backs on the girl when it came out that she lied about the attack.
  • Falling into His Arms: Young Katsuki grabs an unconscious and severely injured Izuku when Izuku's Traumatic Superpower Awakening causes him to float back up to the bridge.
  • Fee Fi Faux Pas: A nosy woman tries to make a seemingly lazy child walk by forcing him out of his stroller only to realize too late that Izuku was handicapped.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Inko and the Bakugous grow close due to bonding over Izuku's traumatic accident.
  • Flashback Echo: Type 4. During Bakugo and Izuku's fight in the Tournament Arc, Bakugo accidentally kits Izuku in the head too hard. This leads to Izuku losing partial consciousness and briefly cancels out the gravity in the entire stadium. This reminds Bakugo of the first time he saw this - when they were kids at the moment when Izuku's quirk first manifests and when he became disabled - and has a minor freakout, trying to comfort Izuku and get him to regain control. He then spends the awards ceremony chained to a post, not because he had an easy victory like in the source material, but because he feels like he needs to be there for Izuku.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • Katsuki's accidental crippling of Izuku gives Katsuki a hard reality check on how dangerous his powers are and his own unheroic nature. As a result, Katsuki's ego never grows to the extent it did in canon and he's more empathetic and humble when he needs to be.
    • Due to Izuku's quirk, the Midoriyas meet Detective Naomosa and All-Might a lot earlier due to Naomosa being the first responder in Izuku's accident and All-Might volunteering to protect Izuku from human traffickers on his own time.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Justified as Izuku had to get used to having powers and being disabled at the same time.
  • Forgot the Disability: In Chapter 14, Izuku's classmates commend his win over Tenya when he used his quirk to telekinetically tie his shoelaces together. He explains to them that he learned how to do that with his own shoelaces because he could not reach them himself. This creates an awkward pause with the others.
    Ochako: Sometimes we forget that you are paralyzed.
  • A Friend in Need: When Izuku was crippled and Inko was abandoned by her husband, the Bakugous stepped up to help them. As a result the families are very close.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Implied as Inko is able to raise a disabled Izuku by herself and have a job. Although Izuku states that she got a lot of her money from alimony and child support payments.
  • Goo Goo Godlike: Katsuki is literally explosive while Izuku is a powerful telekinetic and they were both four when they got their powers. Their parents did not have fun having to deal with the both of them. Sometimes Inko would get scared when Izuku would lose control of himself (though mostly out of fear of Izuku taking after his father).
  • Guilt Complex: Katsuki has a big one caused by his accidental crippling of Izuku.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Katsuki is not sure whether Izuku's hair is green or an odd shade of black.
  • Heel Realization: Katsuki realizes for all his desire to be a hero, he acts nothing like one with his bullying and endangerment of Izuku.
  • Hiding the Handicap: Before Izuku got into Yuuei, his telekinesis developed fine enough control that with leg braces, Izuku can simulate walking. Izuku fears the ableist discrimination that attempted to discourage his dream of being a hero would continue in Yuuei and in the general public so he takes great pains to hide it.
    • A golden age superhero, implied to be Daredevil, was blind and was only outed when he retired which gave Izuku inspiration to his own hiding.
  • He Was Right There All Along: Izuku's (and later Katsuki's) reactions to finding out that Toshinori - the man who has been dating and later marries Izuku's mother - was in fact their idol and No. 1 hero All Might defies proper description ("amazed and freaked out" come to mind, though).
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Katsuki's overprotectiveness over Izuku and Izuku’s emotional dependence on Bakugo in-turn has led to a lot of people - from Izuku's mother to Uraraka - to assume that the two are together. Katsuki denies it of course, and Izuku has no idea what they’re talking about.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Katsuki's middle school classmate had a crush on him since kindergarten but Katsuki doesn't even care to know her name.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Toshinori compared to his wife Inko since he always has to bend down in order to for them to kiss.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Izuku is weirded out by Toshinori's daisy yellow hair since it looks too bright to be natural, but then realizes he can't throw stones since he has green hair.
  • I Hate Past Me: Katsuki despises the horrific hellion he used to been.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Izuku just wants to be a normal able person which is why he stuck with physical therapy despite not being able to remember a time he could walk unassisted.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Uchako is astounded when she first finds out Izuku's quirk because she could never find other gravitational quirk users like herself since they were so rare. Izuku never sought others out like Uchako did because he and his mother have similar powers.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Masaru promises to punch Toshinori if he hurts Inko and will not save him from the wrath Mitsuki and Katsuki.
  • Internalized Categorism: When Izuku was first paralyzed, he had to deal with the feeling of being helpless and uselessness due to the loss of his mobility and many people discriminating against him. While he overcome them, its still something he struggles with.
  • Irony: When Toshinori first hears of Naomosa's friendship with Inko, he jokes about Naomosa having a crush on Inko. Toshinori then playfully warns him about having a relationship with a woman with a child. Inko and Naomosa's relationship stays platonic while Toshinori marries Inko and becomes stepfather to Izuku after falling in love with Inko.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • Katsuki has to live with the fact that his bullying crippled his best friend.
    • A girl attempted to spread rumors of Katsuki attacking her in order to have him ostracized. The girl is ostracized herself when everyone found out that she was lying.
    • A rude barista deliberately puts dairy in Toshinori's order, which causes Toshinori to have a violent and bloody vomiting fit in a crowded cafe and results in the cafe being sued by Inko.
  • Lawful Stupid: Despite the fact many other children flout the law, Izuku refused to break the law by using his telekinesis even though he needs his telekinesis to be relatively independent. Katsuki early on breaks him out of this thinking by pressuring him to use his powers.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Masaru Bakugou is essentially Inko's protective older brother in all but in blood.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: According to Inko, the only thing Izuku inherited from his biological father is his freckles and Messy Hair.
  • Living Lie Detector: Naomosa's quirk is to sense when people are lying and how truthful they are being which he uses for his investigative work.
  • Maiden Name Debate: Izuku wanted to change his last name to Yagi when his mother marries Toshinori Yagi but Inko and Toshinori refuse. Inko and Izuku still use Midoriya as their family as added protection from Toshinori's enemies.
  • Mind over Matter: The crux of Izuku and Inko's Quirks.
  • Mistaken for Terrorist: When Izuku’s quirk first manifest (everything in the park not bolted down lifting several feet off of the ground) it is briefly mistaken for a villain attack by random park-goers.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Class 1-A point to Izuku's freckles as a sign of European ancestry since freckles are rare for Asians. When pressed, Izuku does admit that his biological father had European ancestry.
  • Morton's Fork: Inko realizes when people eventually find out about Izuku's powers, they could find out that Izuku has a rare Source Quirk or believe that Izuku is the product of Toshinori's One-For-All mixing with Inko's Telekinesis. Both put Izuku at risk of kidnapping or enslavement but in different ways.
  • Mukokuseki: Class 1-A discuss this when Izuku's foreign heritage comes up. Tsuyu looks Japanese despite her frog-like appearance. Izuku has green hair from his mother and freckles from his foreign father. Katsuki explains that his blonde hair came with the Explosive Quirk gene from his mother's side of the family.
  • Must Make Amends: Katsuki is determined to help and protect Izuku to make up for what he done. Which colors their relationship to this very day.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Masaru Bakugou has the power to force people to tell the truth. Which he uses to force his clients to tell the truth for his insurance company doing damage claims.
    • Izuku slowly learns and is encouraged to use his telekinetic powers to mundane things like cook food without assistance, do house chores and walk since he can't do them otherwise with his paraplegic legs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Katsuki is horrified with himself after he nearly kills Izuku with a mistimed explosion and cripples Izuku for life.
  • My Own Private "I Do": Toshinori and Inko get married in a courthouse when they sign their marriage papers with a small wedding planned in the future.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Katsuki got the epic final battle he wanted with Izuku which damaged the stadium, caused a huge panic and brought a lot of attention to Izuku, good and bad.
  • No Infantile Amnesia:
    • Since he became paraplegic at a young age, Izuku can barely remember being capable of walking unassisted. To him, he had been paraplegic and attending physical therapy to re-learn how to walk for most of his life than those nearly forgotten five years.
    • Played straight with Katsuki who still remembers his early childhood with clarity but mostly due how traumatizing it was to him.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Katsuki gets it throughly rubbed in his face that he ruined Izuku's life when Inko comments there's many physical activities that Izuku can't do anymore.
  • Papa Wolf: Toshinori/All Might is horrified when he hears of Endeavor's actions toward his family, and threatens to kill Endeavor should something happen to the Midoriyas after Endeavor learns the secret that they're his family.
  • Parental Abandonment: Izuku’s father left his son and wife when the doctor tells them that Izuku was quirkless and refused to come back when Izuku was paralyzed.
  • Parental Neglect: Hisashi Midoriya only gives child support but is never there for Izuku.
  • Path of Most Resistance: Izuku is given the option to get into UA on Toshinori's recommendation, allowing him to skip the entrance exam all together. Feeling like this would be unfair to all of the other applicants, he decides to forgo this and take the exam instead. Not only does he get in anyway, but this allows him to show off his raw power.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Inko Midoriya and Masaru Bakugou have since middle school are so close that Misaki, Masaru's wife, was jealous and thought he was in love with Inko. Which wasn't helped that Masaru deliberatley moved closer to Inko to so he could watch out for her until he explained to Misaki that he sees her as a sister.
  • Plot Allergy: Toshinori is violently lactose intolerant due after losing a fraction of his stomach. After a barista deliberately messed up his order and put dairy in his coffee, Toshinori suffers a violent vomiting fit and has to hospitalized for it.
  • Power Incontinence: When Izuku is highly emotional, he makes things float against his will. It gets better as he gets older but extreme emotion can trigger it.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: After Izuku was able to obliterate the giant robot in the entrance exam, he tries using his quirk to float himself to safety when he starts falling, only to be met with a sharp pain in his head. Later on, Izuku's battle with Shoto in the Sport's Festival causes blood to leak out of his nose and mouth.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: A furious and devastated Inko lets one out when a wrong latte order hospitalizes Toshinori. She points out Izuku and Toshinori's dietary limitations mean certain foods are catastrophic or outright fatal to them.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Katsuki's elementary school teacher. When Katsuki ends up with a fight due his classmates mocking Izuku and his disability. He punishes the bullies and lets Katsuki with a warning that he won't go into a good school if he gets into fights. Katsuki takes the warning to heart since he wants to get into the prestigious Yuuei.
  • Required Secondary Powers:
    • The aversion is a plot point as several superheroes such as Eraserhead and Present Mic develop disabilities due to their quirks not having the built-in protection.
    • Lampshaded as Izuku wonders if Katsuki's hair is naturally fire-proof since it's never harmed by Katsuki's explosions.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Nope! Izuku ends up paralyzed from the waist down due to Katsuki's bullying. Katsuki has to live with the fact that he unintentionally maimed an innocent kid for the rest of his life.
  • Shared Family Quirks:
    • All the Bakugous have explosive tempers, use foul language and clingy with their friends. They all even figure out Toshinori's superhero identity the same way.
    • Toshinori and his stepson Izuku have cheerful dispositions and worrying tendency to cough up blood.
    • Masaru Bakugou and Inko Midoriya are essentially brother and sister, the former sees Izuku as a surrogate nephew. All three of three have/had close relationships with pyromancers: Masaru is Happily Married to literally explosive Mitsuki, Inko divorced her fire-breathing husband and Izuku with Katsuki.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Masaru encourages Toshinori "to get into Inko's panties" despite his dislike of Toshinori because he wants his surrogate sister to be happy. He advises Toshinori on Inko's likes and dislikes.
    • Ochako likes to tease Bakugou about his "true love" with Izuku.
  • Spoon Bending: A five-year old Izuku has a huge crying fit when his new powers keep bending his spoons and prevent him from eating. Katsuki snaps it out of it by simply bending the spoons back.
  • Squishy Wizard: Izuku is a powerful telekinetic but his stamina and physical strength is nonexistent. Growing up in a wheelchair and never being able to participate in P.E. took its toll on Izuku. If it wasn't for his medical excuse, he would have flunked the physical exam.
  • Superhuman Trafficking: Due to winning the Superpower Lottery, many supervillains and slavers attempted to kidnap or indoctrinate Izuku as a human weapon. Not to mention the huge bounty on Izuku in supervillain underground if he's brought alive.
  • Superpower Lottery: Izuku's quirk "Telekinesis" is a source quirk (a super powerful quirk mostly seen when quirks first manifested that all other similar quirks are just watered down variations of) capable of causing mass devastation if mishandled. Because of this, proper authorities have gone out of their way to keep it a secret for fear of villains who would kidnap him and use his powers for evil.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: A police officer calls Inko Mrs. Midoriya which she corrects as Miss since she's divorced.
  • Throwing Off the Disability:
    • It takes years of physical therapy and surgery to allow Izuku to walk with the assistance of braces and crutches. Although he would use his telekinetic powers to act as crutches to give the appearance of mobility.
    • While Recovery Girl presents the possibility of her quirk healing Todoroki's burned eye, she tells Izuku point blank that his injury is too severe for her to heal.
    • Recovery Girl managed to help Eraserhead to regain his eyesight in one eye and give Present Mic his hearing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Naomosa loves fish to the point of cooking it every day much to Toshinori's disgust.
    • Katsuki loves Izuku's super spicy mutant rice and has him make it when they have the chance.
  • Truth Serum: Masaru Bakugou's power is to pressure people to tell him the truth. The limit of his power is that Masaru has to be interested in finding the truth or it won't work.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Izuku's quirk awakens when he falls and breaks his back, crippling himself for life which causes him to tear up an entire park.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Izuku has no memory of the accident outside of a vague memory of walking behind Katsuki. Izuku begins to remember when accidentally injured by Katsuki's explosions in the Sports Festival.
  • True Companions: Inko and the Bakogous are close friends to the point of being a family unit as they spend time together and raise their children together.
  • Twice Shy: It becomes obvious to their friends and family that Toshinori and Inko have a thing for each other. It takes them years to make a move . Toshinori is afraid of burdening Inko with his chronic illness and Inko is afraid of opening up after her terrible first marriage.
  • Undisclosed Funds: Inko is a working-class single mother but is able to afford Izuku's care due to Hisashi's child support. Which is presumably a lot of money since she's able to afford rehabilitation, Izuku's surgeries and handicap-friendly furniture which don't come cheap.
  • The Unmasking: When Izuku accidentally losing full control of his quirk in the Tournament Arc, gravity is cancelled out in the entire stadium. This brings up various concerns, as not only did everyone in the stadium witness first hand Izuku's raw power, but by extension the rest of the world through broadcasting. This is seen as a problem, as Izuku's mother, All Might, UA and by extension the entire Japanese government has been trying to keep Izuku's power a secret for fear of any villain wanting to use his powers despite having grown up to defend himself. At best, he would be seen as nothing more than an asset like all other celebrities, at worst other governments would see him as a weapon of mass destruction.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Izuku feels really unpleasant when he overhears Kirishima gushing over Katsuki's masculinity without realizing he's jealous.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Downplayed. While Endeavour has always loathed All Might for beating him as the No. 1 hero, All Might has always tried being civil with the flame hero as a fellow hero and colleague. It was not until he found out how abusive a father he is to his son does All Might drop all pretense and acknowledge him as the heartless man that he truly is, having just become a father to Izuku himself.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Uchako compared to Izuku, only has the ability to make things and herself float when she touches them while Izuku has flat out Telekinesis. That said, Uchako has a lot better control and precision than Izuku does.
  • Willfully Weak:
    • Izuku had to downplay the strength of his telekinetic powers to protect himself from scrutiny until he get into Yuuei Academy.
    • Inko theorizes Hisashi did this as well since he displayed more than his fire-breathing powers but never showed anything more in public.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: When Izuku calls Toshinori "dad" for the first time, he is so surprised by this that he suddenly spits up blood onto the windshield and almost crashes the car. Thankfully Izuku's quirk prevents any serious damage or injuries.

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