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  • When Izuku was little he thought of choosing a hero name similar to All Might's , who he always idolized, but when he grew older and had to choose a hero name he thought he is not worthy of it yet so he chose Deku with the meaning "Give it all.". Basically, in order to achieve all the might he can have he has to give it all.
  • Now that Monoma knows One for All is a power stockpiling Quirk rather than a power generating Quirk, Izuku has the perfect excuse as for why it didn't "develop" until so late in his life. After all, how much power could he have reasonably stockpiled at age 4? It makes sense that a Quirk wouldn't express itself until it became viable as an actual ability, and would lie dormant until that point.
  • Meta-wise, it makes sense that Horikoshi decided against making Izuku a straight out Quirkless hero and chose to make him the successor of All Might. Often, the powerset of the hero influences the style of stories one tells about him or her and the environment in which the story is set, two notable examples of this are Superman with Metropolis and Batman with Gotham. Had Horikoshi made Izuku a Quirkless hero, he would have been forced to compensate both in equipment and attitude to keep up with the other heroes, impacting the tone of the story and making it more cynical and less hopeful, which was not what Horikoshi wanted. This can be noticed in the prototype sketch of Izuku back when he was going to be a Badass Normal hero.
  • For much of the early part of the series; Midoriya struggles with using One For All, injures himself in spite of having All Might's guidance, but then rectifies these issues once he trains with Gran Torino. All Might calls his instructing inadequate, but it's likely more complicated than that. Gran Torino states that Midoriya and All Might have contrasting personalities, but he also acknowledges that All Might figured out the Quirk much quicker than Midoriya did. It wasn't that All Might was bad at instructing Midoriya, he simply didn't understand the hurdles that his pupil was going through.
  • The first person to pass on One For All had a latent Quirk that allowed him to pass it onto others. At first glance, it might seem like an incredibly convenient plot device, considering how weak and unnoticeable it is. However, it's not that far-fetched at all, and in fact, makes perfect sense. As shown in-story, Quirks are hereditary, meaning that parents can pass on their Quirks to their children. His brother has the power to steal Quirks, in addition to the power to grant them. Him getting the latter Quirk, but not the former, thus makes complete sense.
  • While Bakugo's horrified reaction to Todoroki's reason for existing is justified by how disturbing it is — another part of it could easily come from him seeing the kind of person he could turn into over his obsession with becoming Number 1.
    • Also, his own Quirk is the merging of his two parents' Quirk into one that is much more powerful and 'heroic'. It was probably unsettling to him on a 'that guy's me but played for sinister' way.
  • The name "One for All". At first, it might seem weird since it's actually a sum of many people's powers held by one person, suggesting that "All for One" might be a more appropriate name. However, taking into account All Might and Midoriya's personalities, it can be interpreted as "One person's power for the sake of All others". Also, it's a power that has been held by several people (with Midoriya being the ninth user).
  • Todoroki's costume completely covered his fireside with what looked like ice. Considering how he hates his father's fire powers, and vowed to never use that side of his in battle, this makes perfect sense; especially considering how he later gets another costume change, one more suitable, after having accepting his flame powers.
  • So far in the series, we have plenty of confirmation of Midoriya being worthy of One For All as All Might's successor, especially based on how he rushes into danger if it means helping people. But there's also the fact that several of his classmates are starting to be inspired by him as well. Todoroki is motivated to get over his anger toward his father to better himself as a hero, Bakugo is encouraged to start working with others if it means winning, and even Mineta is able to get over his perversion and cowardice in order to win against a much stronger opponent on his own. Just like All Might was an inspiration and a symbol of peace to others — Midoriya is starting to change a lot of people around him for the better.
    • This ability to inspire people to do better was even seen at the very beginning of the series; when his reckless attempt to rescue Bakugo convinced All Might to defy his time limit, despite the risk to himself, and save the day.
  • Aside from Super Speed and Super Strength, One For All also apparently grants the user Enhanced Durability. How does this happen? Simple. One For All's massive backlash punishes the user with extreme pain (broken bones being very common), but over time, this helps the user build resistance to massive amounts of pain. So, All Might being able to tank just about anything isn't inherently granted by the Quirk. In fact, it's a long-term by-product of his Quirk after years of wielding One For All.
  • Uraraka's weakness; namely that overusing her gravity-cancelling powers, or applying said powers to herself (which ends up causing her extreme nausea), actually makes a great deal of sense. Nausea is a common symptom if in zero-gravity conditions. There's a reason why the aircraft used to train astronauts for zero-gravity conditions, are collectively called the Vomit Comet, after all. When using this power of such a Quirk on herself, Uraraka is consequently then exposing her body to a zero-gravity environment.
  • Bakugo telling Todoroki before their match at the Sports Festival that he'll "hold down his flames from above", since Todoroki had just started using them at that point. It's sounds slightly out of place, because he could have just said "I'll hold you back even if you use your flames". Why "from above"? Until we get to the last few seconds of their fight, and Bakugo pulls out Howitzer Impact, where he comes at Todoroki from above. Not only that, but the vacuum he made from using the move would have put out Todoroki's flames, so Todoroki putting them out himself from a traumatic memory took away a chance for Bakugo to prove himself to everyone that he's as good as, or better than Deku.
  • Uraraka learning how to fight hand-to-hand seems like a suitable skill for her to learn to enhance her offensive capabilities. In what we've seen so far, though, this mostly seems to be limited to grappling and submissions. However, considering that Uraraka's Quirk allows her to reduce an enemy's weight to nothing, it's no wonder that grappling would be a fantastic fighting style for her.
  • Tsuyu's unusual face, namely her big wide eyes, solid oval pupils, and a V-shaped smile, is yet another frog reference: She resembles the Sanrio mascot Keroppi. This also ties in to her chosen hero name of "Froppy".
  • Shinso has Mind Control as a Quirk. On the surface, it certainly seems like a power only villains should have, but he'd be really good at beating whole hideouts full of villains by just kicking in the door and shouting pretty much any phrase that comes to mind. Whether he says "Your criminal days are over!" or "Did anyone order pizza?" doesn't matter; the instant everyone in the hideout yells, "Get 'im!" Shinso wins.
  • One thing that's pretty interesting about My Hero Academia compared to other shonen series is that the arcs are very fast-paced: as of this writing, eight volumes have been published with a ninth coming soon, and each one roughly covering one whole arc (cliffhangers notwithstanding). This isn't just Horikoshi being good at pacing arcs, it's a reference to Superhero comics usually being collected in trade paperbacks, with one roughly complete arc collected into a roughly standalone volume!
  • Todoroki is more like Endeavor than he realizes, in that in most of the competitions and exams he's ranked second. Second in Aizawa's Quirk evaluation exam, second in the sports festival, and second in his first term final exam. And with the introduction of Inasa, he's most likely ranked second among those who took the recommended student exam. He's even ranked second in the popularity poll!
  • When Kaminari describes Bakugo's personality as being like "crap steeped in sewage" it's not just a colorful simile. Soaking feces in urine is an old method to produce saltpeter, an ingredient in gunpowder.
    • Bakugo is also very likely to have intermittent explosive disorder, a behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger and violence, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand (e.g., impulsive screaming triggered by relatively inconsequential events).
  • Camie didn't get the usual square with her name and Quirk during the first License Exam Arc because we didn't meet Camie.
  • Overhaul keeps talking about illnesses and cures in his first appearance. It's quite befitting of his theme.
    • Almost a Genius Bonus: They are first shown burning the car of those they consider ill; it was common for the doctors to burn the bodies of bubonic plague victims.
  • In the first page of Chapter 117, as Midoriya and Bakugo leave the dorms at night, we see four students asleep in their rooms, Iida, Todoroki, Yaoyorozu, and Kirishima. Though it may appear to be simply a random group of students sleeping to demonstrate how late it is, they are also the group of students that went to save Bakugo during his kidnapping. Given the content of the chapter, it could serve to highlight Bakugo's character development throughout the series so far.
  • They say you subconsciously find romantic partners with similar traits to your mother. In Izuku's case, his mother happens to have gravity-related powers. Guess who the primary love interest's powers involve?
    • Adding to it is that Ochaco looks a little bit like Inko when she was young and thin, mostly with her haircut.
    • Same goes for the opposite with similar traits to the father. Izuku's father's related to fire, as is his rival.
  • Why doesn't All For One steal every single Quirk he can get his hands on? Because doing so would actually be detrimental to him. Quirks like Best Jeanist, Edge Shot, or Mirio's require intensive training to use at their full potential. Taking Quirks like theirs would just be a waste of time, seeing how long it would take to use the Quirk at its best. And then there's Quirks that either permanently mutate the user's body, like most animal-related Quirks, or are too dangerous to have, like Overhaul's Quirk. The best Quirks to steal, therefore, are simple yet incredibly useful Quirks like Ragdoll's or Quirks to later give to a Nomu.
  • Some of the teachers like Aizawa and Midnight seem somewhat out of place in a class setting teaching kids, but something to consider is that a lot of heroes are fairly active during the day. Aizawa is stated to do a lot of his hero work at night, and it's likely a similar story with Midnight. Thirteen is a rescue worker, who would mainly be active during disasters, so it's possible a lot of the teaching staff was hired from a pool of heroes who aren't active during school hours.
    • It also explains why Aizawa is perpetually exhausted looking and sleeps in his classes a lot. The guy probably doesn't get much rest considering how much of his fighting style emphasizes heavy martial arts mixed with his eye straining Quirk. Conversely, Midnight being generally better off can be easily explained by her Quirk enabling her to subdue criminals more easily without needing to resort to extreme movement and combat, and her preference for non-fatal/physical methods and friendlier disposition (as is shown in both the series and Illegals) likely means she tends to finish things pretty quickly and with the villains probably either surrendering non-violently, thus giving her more time for rest.
    • It's also likely to ensure that heroes in training get exposed to a lot more types of heroes than the flashiest on the street. Why have a kid who has the potential to operate at night or as a rescue hero get exposed to only street heroes after all.
    • Given that they are teachers at a school filled with super-powered teenagers, one of the most important considerations is the ability to control the students. Both Midnight and Eraserhead have powers that can immediately end potential conflicts between students or any other incidents painlessly. These two in particular are also skilled in restraining opponents also without direct harm (well, non-consensual harm in Midnight's case). Combined, their powers and talents make the two ideal for teaching classes and instilling discipline on young, sometimes-defiant, heroes-in-training even with their personalities.
    • Notably on the idea of controlling the students it is the teacher who can deactivate Quirks on sight who is put in charge of not only the most aggressive student (Bakugo), but also arguably the most powerful student when it comes to raw Quirk power (Todoroki). It's fairly likely that choice was deliberate. Most of the students with self-destructive Quirks, like Kaminari, Aoyama, Tokoyami, and Midoriya, are also in his class, which would make sense -– if they get out of control, like Midoriya with his early Quirk and Tokoyami in the Training Camp arc, he can manually shut them down.
    • Also note the other teachers: Present Mic can get everyone's attention in a hurry, Ectoplasm can have a clone instruct a student one-on-one, Cementoss can separate students quickly, and Vlad King can hold back students with his blood. EVERY teacher in the hero course has something their skillsets and Quirks can do to handle 20+ superpowered students at once.
  • Tiger stands out quite a bit from the the other Wild Wild Pussycats, who are quite girly. He's revealed to be transgender, implying he joined/founded the team before transitioning.
  • The second anime opening shows Todoroki stretching alone in a dark place, soon after, however, the clouds above the sun move and the place where he is becomes bright, this foreshadows the fact that the Sports Festival Arc is a turning point to a brighter time of his life, he manages to reconnect with his mother, start dealing with his trauma over his father and even befriends Midoriya.
  • Stain reducing Todoroki's ice to chunks with a battered katana and his ability to shake off a 5% Smash from Izuku's Full Cowl despite his Quirk having no apparent strength-enhancement might seem like a case of Charles Atlas Superpower, but given the nature of Quirks and how they can combine as they're passed down from parents to children, it's entirely possible that his Quirk could be a hybrid with some sort of physical enhancement from somewhere in his ancestry. This might also explain why some characters have odd appearances that seem unrelated to their Quirks — for example, Kouda of Class 1-A looks like a rock monster but his Quirk is talking to animals, and Tokoyami's bird head seems to have no connection to Dark Shadow other than the aesthetic. This could mean that their Quirks are technically hybrid Quirks that present secondary/vestigial characteristics from their ancestry.
    • This could be the same reason Aizawa seems to have a minor antigravity Quirk that makes his hair levitate when he's using his Quirk. It only works when he's activated it, and since his actual Quirk is centered around his eyes, so is this one.
  • Several of the locations in MHA have their names derived from planets in Star Wars. A lot of them have meaning when you look at the events that occur there:
    • Tatooin/Tatooine Station: A train station Midoriya and Bakugo's hometown, and one of the first named locations seen in the series. Tatooine was where Luke Skywalker's Hero's Journey began.
    • Orudera Junior High School: Named for Alderaan, Princess Leia's homeworld. Midoriya and Bakugo go to school here before being admitted into UA High. Destruction of something precious (Midoriya's Notebook) leads to a great change in the narrative.
    • Dagobah Municipal Beach Park: Named For Dagobah, where Luke Skywalker's Training from Hell with Yoda takes place. Midoriya undergoes similar training so he can inherit One For All.
    • Nabu Junior High: Named for Naboo. Hitoshi Shinso went to this school before attending UA. In Episode I, Naboo is blockaded by the Trade Federation, referencing the obstacles Shinso was unable to overcome, not being admitted to the Hero course due to his Quirk not being suited for direct combat.
    • Hosu, Tokyo: Named for Hoth. In Star Wars, the Battle of Hoth was the result of an ambush by the Imperial army, after discovering the Rebel Alliance base there, and the Rebels lost badly. In much the same way, Stain loses due to an ambush by Iida, Midoriya, and Todoroki, and the city is almost overrun by an attack from three Nomu.
    • Kamino Ward, Yokohama: Named for Kamino, where the Clone Troops were grown. Similarly, Kamino is where All For One was growing Nomu to use in attacks carried out by the League of Villains/Villain Alliance.
    • Mustafu: Named for Mustafar, the site of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi's last battle. Bakugo and Midoriya's hometown, as well as where UA is located; possibly a reference to the bitter rivalry between Bakugo and Midoriya.
  • Todoroki and Yaoyorozu were admitted by recommendation, meaning they didn't have to take the entrance exam. Both of them have Quirks that would make it difficult for the tests to function properly if they were participating. Yaoyorozu's cannons would be potentially lethal if another student got in her way, and Todoroki would makes whole streets inaccessible with sheets of ice. Had they been present, they would have been bigger hazards to other test-takers than the robots, so they were allowed to skip the exam.
    • This is also true of at least one of those from Class B who were admitted the same way. Honenuki's softening ability could render the entire battlefield, or at least parts of it, very hard to maneuver, and could lead to drowning or suffocation if anyone was caught under any wreckage and he didn't notice.
  • During the cavalry battle, Hatsume is eager to team up with Midoriya, who's huge point value scared everyone else away. We learn later in her fight with Iida that Hatsume isn't trying to win, and only cares about drawing attention to her inventions. No wonder she jumped at the opportunity to be on his team.
  • Iida in fact was the one to defeat Stain; Stain was knocked unconscious due to a broken rib puncturing his lung. This injury could only have been dealt by Iida's kick to the chest. So even though it seemed Stain was knocked out by a Combination Attack leaving him open to a finisher from Todoroki, Iida was the one that actually brought him down. Fitting since he has the most personal tie to Stain.
  • Mineta's attempt to spy on the girls in their locker room actually kind of worked. Jiro's earphones are shown to be extremely sensitive, and she plays with them constantly. Her stabbing Mineta in the eye was actually a moment of extremely intimate contact, just not in the way he was hoping for.
  • The Final Exam matchups were deliberately put together to force students to confront the Logical Weakness in both their Quirks and ways of thinking.
    • (This troper isn't sure if this is really Fridge Logic, considering that it's confirmed in canon with detailed explanations. This is more just a restatement of manga panels than actual analysis.)
    • Kaminari and Mina are put together at the End Of Term against Nedzu. The reason why they failed was simple: The two Book Dumb characters of Class 1-A were put together to fight against a character with an Intelligence Enhancing Quirk and from the looks of the battle, it's clear they weren't even able to understand that the point of the test was outsmarting Nedzu, rather than fighting him. It was obvious they wouldn't pass, because they didn't even get the assignment.
    • Kirishima and Satou both have Quirks that increase their physical strength and body but run on a timer of sorts, with Kirishima being more of a Stone Wall fighter, and Satou being a Lightning Bruiser who loses his intelligence due to the sugar he eats. Their opponent was Cementoss, whose Quirk allows him to manipulate concrete and cement. Cementoss used his power to create barriers that were easily replaceable, forcing Kirishima and Satou's frontal assault into a battle of attrition that neither could win due to their time limits. The idea behind their fight was to prod them into fighting tactically rather than going When All You Have Is a Hammer... and having Cementoss hard counter them. And while Satou has an excuse in that his power makes him think less clearly, Kirishima does not and could have at least tried to create a strategy for himself and his partner to follow.
    • Tsuyu has a Weak, but Skilled Quirk that gives her all the powers of a regular frog, just for a human to use. Tokoyami has a Unskilled, but Strong Quirk that has a lot of raw power to it, but very little control over. The entire point was to show Tokoyami that Quirk's are not always needed to fight and can be supportive, while Tsuyu is pushed to play the support role to someone whose Quirk doesn't have good synergy with her. Naturally their opponent is Ectoplasm, whose Quirk can create copies of himself that, while weak, can still close the gap and get into close combat with the Fragile Speedster and the Squishy Wizard, plus he can make larger copies that are more powerful than the others. His Quirk allows him to be both Weak, but Skilled, and Unskilled, but Strong at the same time, forcing both students to learn when offensive power is important, and also show when supportive power is needed.
    • Toru and Shouji both possess utility Quirks that are a great help with intelligence gathering and stealth, but don't give them much direct combat strength. Naturally they fight Snipe, a hero whose Quirk is the ability to manipulate the trajectory of his bullets, allowing him to both be strategic, and offensive at the same time. Since neither Toru or Shouji can hope to win in a fight against him, they both have to use their Quirk's ability to be strategic to outsmart Snipe. Notable their plan works because early on, Toru stayed close to Shouji, allowing Snipe to keep track of the two because Toru couldn't really well separated from Shouji, but because Shouji created a distraction, Toru was able to sneak around and nab him.
    • Iida and Ojiro both have Quirks that increase their physical mobility and strength, so naturally they fight Power Loader, whose tunneling Quirk negates the biggest strength both of them have. Iida is faster than Ojiro but his movement is more rigid and mostly in a straight line, which means he cannot run across the battlefield because he'd fall into a pit. Meanwhile, Ojiro isn't as fast as Iida, but he has better mobility when it comes to dodging and isn't limited by one direction. At the same time, he can't move fast enough to the exit since Power Loader is tunneling too fast for him. Naturally the strategy they use to win is to use Iida's speed advantage to move Ojiro in such a way where he gets enough of an advantage to move quicker to the exit, which works out in the end.
    • Kouda and Jiro is a bit more straightforward, as both are sound based Quirk users, so they fight Present Mic. Kouda's Quirk allows him to speak to animals while Jiro can use her headphone earlobes and heartbeat to create blasts of sound that are very powerful. The entire point of the test was not to see if Jiro was strong or weak, but more to see if Jiro could get Kouda to break out of his shell and use his Quirk without his shyness getting in the way of the situation. Present Mic could easily negate Jiro's Quirk and any of Kouda's weaker attempts at using his Quirk, so pushing him to be loud was the only way to win, and Jiro managing to do so is how they succeeded.
    • Uraraka and Aoyama are put against Thirteen, which seems weird at first, but their Quirks are easy for Thirteen to counter. Aoyama needs to stand still for a moment to fire his navel laser while Uraraka needs to physically touch something to manipulate its gravity. By trying to suck them up, Thirteen makes it too difficult for them to do either and pushes them to try and find ways to get around it. It's worth noting that Aizawa says in the next arc they barely passed, which makes sense as the only reason they passed was Aoyama bringing up Uraraka potentially crushing on Midoriya, causing her to let go in surprise and Thirteen to cut off her Quirk of fear for the students' safety, allowing Uraraka a completely accidental opening to get the cuffs on her. Another aspect that is not used in the story was that both have Quirks that cause them illness, so it's possible the goal was to have them somehow beat Thirteen before they overtaxed themselves.
    • Sero's Quirk allows him to make tape, while Mineta can make sticky balls. Since neither of them have Quirks outright designed for actual combat, Midnight, whose Quirk isn't suited for combat, makes logical sense. Furthermore personality wise, Mineta is a pervert who gets Distracted by the Sexy, while Sero is the Generic Guy who has on multiple occasions called out Mineta on his perverted behavior. Naturally Ms. Fanservice Midnight is the best opponent for the two since if the two can pass, it proves they have matured. Sero and Mineta also fight mostly by immobilizing their opponent, which won't mean much to Midnight because she doesn't have to move to activate her Quirk, and can just stay by the entrance and use her Knockout Gas against anyone who comes too close.
    • Todoroki and Yaoyorozu are matched against Aizawa because both of them have Quirks that are so powerful and versatile that both tend to depend on them above direct combat. Aizawa presents an opponent who can rob them of their greatest strengths and easily overcome them both in physical combat and mobility. To defeat or escape him, the two would have to use their Quirks in more creative manners and use each other's abilities to their fullest. In addition, because of the nature Yaoyorozu's Quirk, they just needed a moment to devise a counter to Aizawa and they would be able to win before the battle even began, as even if their Quirks were erased, Yaoyorozu's items would still be there for her to use.
    • Midoriya and Bakugo were paired against All Might to help fix their personal issues. Bakugo is Strong and Skilled with his only real flaws being his Pride uncontrollable temper. Midoriya's strong, but he also has a tendency to avoid direct confrontation and is a bit of an Extreme Doormat to Bakugo. All Might is strong enough that neither can defeat him on their own, and (as Bakugo points out) fast enough that they can't just escape without fighting him. If Bakugo continued to abuse Midoriya and refuse to work with him, and if Midoriya kept retreating and refused to stand up to Bakugo, then they would be easy prey for All Might. Their powers (which are actually fairly good all-around) were a bit of an afterthought, but considering that they're the two most well-rounded and powerful students in the class, it made sense to pair them with a very well-rounded and powerful hero, especially considering that All Might is likely the only teacher who could have stood up to a full-force attack from the two of them anyway (barring Aizawa erasing one of their Quirks, which would leave him open to the other).
  • At the end of Jiro and Kouda's exam after defeating Present Mic, Kouda is shown carrying Jiro through a gate. Why? Mic's screaming ruptured Jiro's eardrums, which would make her dizzy and affect her balance, so Kouda carried her so they could make it through the gate before the timer sounded.
  • The perfected Quirk-destroying bullets rewind peoples' bodies to a state from before humanity ever developed Quirks, removing their Quirks permanently. This probably means that the prototype bullets rewind peoples' bodies to a state from before they, personally, developed their Quirks, so it always comes back after a while.
  • A potential reason Izuku was born Quirkless: as a recessive trait it is likely it a trait carried on chromosomes. Many traits in real life life like that are present in non-affected people, but those who are carriers. They'd be noted as Qq, with the Q being the domina trait and q the recessive. Izuku's mom and dad likely were both carriers, and as a result Qq crossed with Qq. Thus 25% Quirk with non-carrier for Quirkless, 50% Quirk with carrier for Quirkless, and 25% Quirkless.
    • Quirklessness being so rare is also explained by this. While Quirks were originally shunned, nowadays a flashy Quirk can be attractive, so it chokes out the recessive q gene. Let's use Todoroki as an example (Bakugo would also work, as he has combination of his parents' Quirks): he's obviously a QQ carrier, carrying both of his parents' dual-dominant Quirks. If either Endeavor or Rei were Qq, either Fuyumi, Natsu, or Toya likely also ended up Qq, but Todoroki's parents kept pushing until they had a QQ child. Now, any child Todoroki has can't have the recessive qq, since Todoroki himself doesn't carry it. Now consider how common Quirk marriages used to be, and you realize that there's been an intentional flooding of QQ people into the world, which overpowers the odds against both qq and Qq people. Quirklessness may never be eradicated, but there's certainly been a concentrated effort at reducing it.
  • A minor one, but at the start of the Final Exams arc, we see Mina and Kaminari complain about Mineta being ranked 9th in the classes' grades since they thought he was "one of them" (a.k.a. they thought he was a slacker like them as well). That being said, he is actually a bit of a slacker; despite the fact that he has the highest intelligence stat in 1-A (tied with Yaoyorozu and ahead of Midoriya, Iida, and Bakugo), Mineta's grades are lower than those of Ojiro (Ranked 8th), Jiro (7th), and Tsuyu (6th)!
  • During Midoriya's battle with Chisaki, Nighteye's Quirk predicted that Izuku was going to die by the end of it, but that didn't happen. At first this seems to be a typical Shonen cliche about how The Hero is in charge of their destiny or some crap like that, but there's a perfectly rational explanation (as rational as the world of MHA will let it be): Eri. Her Quirk allows her to "rewind" people to a certain point, even erasing them from existence enterally! And Izuku was carrying her during the end of the fight. He likely knew that Eri's Quirk would prevent the future of him dying in that battle. It also helps that Eraserhead showed up when Eri's power was starting to overwhelm her.
  • It makes sense that Nighteye was going to die. since all his visions happen 100%, and only he saw the vision of him and Deku dying, while everyone still fought to save Eri, he gave up and stuck to the future he saw.
  • A possible reason why Mic and Aizawa are shown to be friends despite their conflicting personalities: both of them are shown to be very intelligent. It's possible they were able to appreciate each other simply for being people they do not have to talk down to.
  • Why is Recovery Girl one of the people who know All Might's secret? Well, who else could he go to for all those surgeries?
  • The reveal that Camie's Quirk makes her a Master of Illusion further serves to make her a perfect fit to be replaced by Toga, as she could have passed her shapeshifting off as illusion to Camie's classmates.
  • Why did Nomu block Izuku's smash against Tomura without being prompted, when every time prior he had to be ordered to do something? Because he was ordered by All for One before the villains came to protect Tomura from any attack made using One for All.
    • In addition to this, when All Might and Izuku talk before the Sports Festival, Izuku comes to the conclusion that the reason he didn't break his arm attacking Nomu was that it was his first time using One for All on a person, and he subconsciously put the brakes on. His original target for the punch being the much more frail looking Tomura gives another reason why the brakes were put on.
      • Also fridge brilliance in that Izuku notes that the reason his bones shatter from using One For All usually isn't the blast itself, but the shockwave that radiates through his body afterwards. That's why he can charge up OfA with no problem before releasing it, and it's why his braces and his iron soles are so useful — they also blast the kick back out for two separate attacks. If the Nomu absorbed the shockwave from OfA, there wouldn't have been anything left to radiate through his arm and destroy it.
      • Going further with that point, each time Deku is using Full Cowl is basically "sending the shockwave through his own body to power up". Which is actually why he feels pain when using higher percentages even while he is just standing in a place. The "focusing the power in one point" technique doesn't cause that unless you release the power upon impact since he is just reuniting energy. Using Full Cowl, however, it can be harmful, since he is not only channeling power but is also relaesing it at the same time.
    • Tomura does order the Nomu to block it, at least in the manga. In the anime we're focused on Midoriya too much during that moment to hear what Tomura may or may not have been saying at the time.
  • With the unsettling reveal that Aoyama is stalking Deku, we know something unpleasant is in the air. It means that a character obsessed with bright and shiny things... has a hidden dark side. Sneaky Horikoshi!
  • Aoyama struggled to place 42nd in the first event of the Sports Festival and we saw him in a lot of pain after the race, coming in last among the cutoff point. In Chapter 168, he explains ever since he was little his Navel Laser has been painful to use without a support belt because he suffers power leakage problems while using his Quirk. He really was at a disadvantage.
  • Izuku fighting against Gentle with the reveal of Gentle's Quirk is actually a very worthwhile test for Izuku. Gentle's Quirk allows him to make anything elastic and bouncy... including the ground below them and even the air in front of him. This means most brute force or offensive tactics will not work on him and push Izuku to do better, especially now that with the focus on long-range combat.
  • The collaboration between My Hero Academia and the Marvel Cinematic Universe to promote Avengers: Infinity War focuses on trailers which show that All Might and Class 1-A idolize (or in Bakugo's case, begrudgingly respect) the Marvel heroes, especially given certain parallels between some of the comparisons (Deku notes that Captain America was once powerless like him, but never gave up to fight for his heroic ideals, for example). This works on multiple levels:
    • The United States is credited in-universe as the birthplace of superheroes — obviously a Shout-Out to said country being the homes of Marvel and DC, the two companies which formed the foundation of superhero fiction, which My Hero Academia takes heavy inspiration from. Not to mention, many of their heroes obviously being American as well, barring exceptions like Black Panther, Thor, and Star-Lord's alien teammates from the Guardians of the Galaxy. All Might in particular is a very "golden age"-esque classic style American superhero, a blonde haired, blue eyed, musclebound stud with a chiseled smile blowing away every enemy in his path.
    • The Class 1-A Students are teenagers who grew up in a universe which reveres the hero profession, and are heroes in-training themselves who look to older pros for inspiration. Many of the Marvel heroes are adults or at the very least, in the case of heroes their age like Spider-Man, experienced crime-fighters themselves and have gone through a lot more than their U.A. counterpartsnote . There's also the massive difference in how long both franchises have been around: My Hero Academia began publishing in 2014, nearly 6 years after the MCU began with Iron Man and more than several decades after many of their heroes made their debuts in the comics proper.
    • One main source of conflict in My Hero Academia is whether a hero must choose whether To Be Lawful or Good; people like Izuku and Shoto recognize that doing the right thing at times means breaking their universe's pre-established rule that Quirk users must be licensed to use their powers in public, and vigilantes are frowned upon despite their intentions. Such a struggle formed the basis of Captain America: Civil War, which delivered good arguments for both sides of the conflict, and outlaw heroes in the Marvel universe tend to be treated a lot better than their Academia counterparts. Even the Avengers could be considered as a Hero Agency in the Academia universe, with Spider-Man outright calling his crime-fighting activities an internship akin to the ones done by U.A. students.
    • In something which overlaps with Fridge Horror, Shigaraki takes the place of Thanos in the MHA version of the poster. His Decay Quirk allows him to disintegrate everything with the touch of his fingers, much like how in the end of Infinity War, Thanos ends up disintegrating half of the universe with a snap of his fingers after completing the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Towards the end of the anime's 3rd OP, Sora ni Uteba, we see scenes of Class 1-A taking their exams. Several of these scenes serve as Foreshadowing to the circumstances of the exams.
    • Tokoyami and Asui are both in positions that suggest they've just landed from a great height (and we even see Tsuyu land on-screen). The majority of their exam involves them trying to escape from Ectoplasm by using their Quirks for their mobility.
    • Satou and Kirishima both have Quirks based on brute strength, but neither are fighting at full capacity — Satou's Quirk makes him dumber the more sugar he eats, and only Kirishima's arms are hardened, when he can cover his whole body. They're not using all of their resources in the face of a stronger opponent, so it's not going to end well.
    • Uraraka's face takes up several frames when she and Aoyama show up, indicating that the exam will focus mainly on her realizing she has feelings for Deku, while Aoyama takes a backseat.
    • Shouji is shown with several of his Dupli-arms turned into ears and eyes, indicating that he and Hagakure have no idea where Snipe is, and their exam is going to focus on avoiding, locating, and subduing him.
    • Kaminari and Ashido are the only duo to have a high-angle shot of themselves, implying that Nedzu is looking down on them; indeed he is, both literally and metaphorically. Not only is Nedzu in a crane destroying the city they're in, but they're the two lowest-scoring students in the class, and Nedzu's Quirk is literally Amplified Animal Aptitude. They're also looking away from one another, whereas all other groups have them moving and/or looking in the same direction or at each other, implying they're clueless as to how to beat Nedzu.
    • Yaoyorozu is alone, but looking resolute, preparing to use her Quirk; by this point in the exam, Todoroki had been captured and suspended over a bed of caltrops by Aizawa, and Yaoyorozu is finally getting over her self-confidence issues.
    • Sero's tape is seen blatantly across Mineta's face in their exam shot, before it retracts into his arm; Sero is incapacitated for most of the fight, but Mineta places his tape over his nose and mouth to avoid getting KO'd by Midnight. Also, Mineta takes a pose that implies he's going to grab onto something, and considering what Midnight's main identifying trait is, and Mineta's personality, you know what he's thinking about.
    • Iida and Ojiro's exam shows only the latter, flying above several holes in the dirt. To clear their exam, Iida uses his engines to "throw" Ojiro into the gate while getting buried himself, explaining why he's off-screen.
    • Jiro and Kouda are the easiest to spot — the wind blowing through the grass represents the volume of Present Mic's Quirk. However, Jiro also has one ear covered, possibly to stop the bleeding that results from Mic's Quirk damaging her eardrum. Kouda's bringing his hands towards his mouth either as a show of nervousness, or as he's preparing to speak to the bugs and beat the exam.
    • Bakugo, sans Izuku, flies through the air with his explosion Quirk, his red-hot hand coming into contact with the camera. This represents a point where he breaks away from Izuku to attack All-Might on his own.
      • The lack of Izuku, Todoroki, and Iida in their respective exam shots also serves to create suspense as to whether or not they make it out of the fight with Stain.
  • While he'd never admit it aloud, some part of Todoroki instinctively knew that he should stick to ice on Bakugo. After all, when your opponent's Quirk is sweating nitroglycerin, do you want to surround him with ice to lower the temperature or do you surround him with fire that logically should give him a power boost? Or, inversely, blow up Bakugo to bits with his own sweat set on fire, which Todoroki really don't want it to happen. For good reason.
  • Yaoyorozu (whose Quirk allows her to create any inanimate object that she knows the molecular composition of) mentions that it's against the rules for people to use their Quirks to manufacture products, especially money, as it would disrupt the economy. Being a Spoiled Sweet Ojou, it stands to reason that her family likely capitalized on the Creation Quirk in previous generations, before laws could be implemented to regulate such things!
  • While Yaoyorozu's costume may seem to be mostly for fanservice, the design and what it shows actually make sense given her Quirk. Her Quirk allows her to make inanimate objects from her body fat. Her costume is a leotard which exposes her arms, legs, and part of her stomach. The areas of the body which tend to have some of the largest fat deposits.
  • Class 1-B's School Festival idea is a play that manages to be a strange mash-up of The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Romeo and Juliet and Harry Potter. The idea is suggested to have come from Monoma, which makes sense when you think that the guy whose Quirk is all about copying other people's Quirks can't come up with anything original.
  • Endeavor's reverence for All Might's position seemed strange. It should be merely a slight increase in standing, but he treats it as an impossible gap to cross. When he gets it, it brings nothing but misery to him. Partially because he didn't technically earn it, but mostly because he knows he can't fill the position like All Might did. Why the obsession over a simple number? Because it's not just a number. The ranking system we see in the series is supposedly only used in Japan and not recognized by other nations, but All Might is repeatedly referred to as "the World's Symbol of Peace and Justice". All Might wasn't just Number 1 in Japan, he was an international phenomenon. He was so amazing that he transcended the rankings entirely. He became a global beacon of heroism, not just Japan's top rank. To Endeavor, being bumped up a number is worse than meaningless because despite the title, he's still just as far from All Might as ever, but now with the pressure of trying to live up to a role that no simple number could approximate. A role that he understand better than anyone that he could never really fill. No wonder he got so upset about it.
    • To put this into perspective, My Hero Academia: The Two Heroes expands on this: whereas the rest of the world have a 20% national crime rate on average, All Might's presence alone has suppressed Japan's crime rate down to the single digits. There's also the implication that the US, the birthplace of heroes itself, is not faring that well either, which is why All Might's retirement was a shock to the U.S. hero association as well.
  • Todoroki's Quirk splits his fire and ice down separate halves of his body, with the left side being his fire half. A Sinister Clue is a trope related to the fact that many people see left-handedness as a sign of being evil or demonic and tied to hell. The left side, the fire half, originates from Endeavor, whose Quirk is Hell Flame.
  • A reason that Tsuyu tends to come off as Mineta's minder/friend more than viewing him as a pest sometimes: Tsuyu is the primary caretaker of her younger brother (and sister), and Mineta is fairly small. It's possible, to some subconscious degree, that she mentally compares him to one of her brother's friends and treats him more like a disobedient Dirty Kid and seeks to parent him away from such behavior like she would a ten year old friend of her brother.
  • One might wonder why no one ever went around warning people publicly about All for One, for even if the idea of him shadow ruling Japan was a shameful past the possibility of him still being alive is a serious danger to people. However Izuku commented that the 'shadow ruler of Japan' was a internet story. Trying to warn people about him would basically be telling someone the Illuminati was after him, and very few if anyone takes such a warning as anything but delusional paranoia.
  • No one brought up the issues of Mina naming herself after Ridley, Alien, and the Xenomorph when it came to copyright, only that the name itself was weird. Failing to know legality wasn't probably in play though, as the series later suggested a lot of big franchises from the 20th century such as Star Wars and Harry Potter entered the Public Domain by the present day, meaning that they do not fall under copyright concerns.
    • As to why public domain wouldn't have been fought for tooth and nail (see Mickey Mouse laws), there are two likely reasons. One is that the emergence of Quirks means that stories with superpowers aren't as lucrative, which has flaws. The other argument is that Quirk management legislation was pressing enough lobbying to make extending the protections seem stupid (likely combined with a backlash against superpowered fictions when Quirks were still controversial making them less profitable to make movies and video games of to extend copyright). A third option is that it's just been long enough that even after extensions, the copyrights still expired, though less likely now that Disney is in charge of Star Wars and it's implied Disney's copyrights are doing just fine.
      • It's possible hero names aren't necessarily subject to as many copyright laws. Think Dove chocolate and Dove soap: very similar, but it's allowed because they're entirely different markets. Unless the movie studies are trying to send out branded superheroes of their own, it's entirely possible that a hero name referencing a movie or movie character just isn't worth the cease and desist, especially since it's extremely clear that it applies to Mina and not to anything within the movie, and shutting down a successful hero would just be bad publicity. Laws also could have made exceptions for hero names, since the original licensed heroes likely would have been dying to reference old superheroes of yore when picking their names.
    • Speaking of names, given Midnight's reactions to the names the students choose, it seems as if she is approving them based on her personal preferences. However, looking at how she gushed about "youth" multiple times during the Sports Festival, it makes much more sense. Namely, she's a fangirl, and as such her reactions to hero names are a good way to judge the reactions of the public as a whole.
      • Midnight is an expert on the court of public opinion. Public perception of her being a slut, for example, went so far as to change costume laws for superheroes against her, a move that she still protests and hasn't been able to undo. If there's anyone who knows the likely effect of a hero's name and appearance on their public perception, it's her.
    • Considering Disney already successfully managed to convince Congress to radically extend the length of copyright to an absurd 70 years AFTER the author's death when Mickey Mouse was on the verge of going into public domain under the old standards, it stands to reason that Disney, or some other corporate entity in the future, will have successfully lobbied to extended it even more.
      • To be fair, Disney still holds Mickey copyright because the "new" versions of Mickey (white gloves, anyone?) are still protected. It's not just a one-and-done.
  • A minor one from the School Festival arc, but one part of the Uraraka versus Bakugo fight that ties into Aizawa calling out the pro hero who was calling out Bakugo, is that not only was the pro hero saying Bakugo was basically using Uraraka as a punching bag, he was also inadvertently calling Uraraka weak. By calling out Bakugo for not finishing her already, the pro hero was insulting Uraraka by implying that there was no way she could beat him. In addition, not only was Bakugo taking the fight seriously, but the pro hero was not aware of Uraraka's plan she had made for her final attack, making it clear he had no faith in her. As seen shortly after Aizawa called him out, Uraraka's last-ditch attack could of worked on Bakugo, as he himself notes he nearly failed to stop it. Not only would Aizawa be pissed about the pro hero calling out Bakugo, he'd be pissed that someone was calling one of his students weak as well.
  • Why is Hawks helping Endeavor becoming a good Number One Hero after All Might's retirement? It's because he's a good wingman.
  • Vol. 0 gives an explanation for why All Might, a Japanese-born superhero, would name all his attacks after places in the United States: Gran Torino told him to go across seas after Nana Shimura's death, to avoid All for One's influence. The America-themed attacks exist because the United States is where All Might officially began his career as a Hero.
  • Another small one from the Sports Festival; During his match against Shiozaki, we briefly see Kaminari's hair float up around his head while he's charging up a big attack. It's not just a cool visual-his hair is standing up due to static electricity.
  • Jiro, who had low Quirk appreciation test scores, did a lot of physical training during her internship with Death Arms. A random choice perhaps, but think about how Izuku, Bakugo, and Ochaco's internships went, and how Fourth Kind wanted to teach Kirishima and Testsutetsu manners and how to hero outside of fighting and saving, one could take the interpretation that the internship she got was partially to work on a flaw of hers, namely her physical ability (she placed poorly on the Quirk test, which had a lot of physical fitness elements).
  • The round that each winner took in the sports festival was due to their strengths, and the other two's weaknesses.
    • The 4 kilometer race was won by Izuku Midoriya based on his forward planning and improvisation ability, which allowed him to surpass Shoto and Katsuki (who were only thinking on going forward and winning, and not much else.)
    • The cavalry battle was won by Shoto Todoroki, who had the most thought out plan and teammate choice. Katsuki had ideas, but he had to be reminded of what his classmates could do, and Izuku wasn't able to really make the choices he wanted because of how high-risk his actions were (sound familiar?).
    • Katsuki Bakugo won the battle tournament because he was solely focused on winning: Izuku was focusing on helping Shoto in their fight, while Shoto did not have his head in the game due to both Izuku's talk, and his father stress (if he didn't taken the result of such combined power into account).
  • Kirishima being able to bond with Bakugo makes sense beyond the former being just an all-around Nice Guy; Kirishima is also obsessed with things that are manly and is also not particularly smart at that. He likely sees the latter's No-Nonsense Jerkass behavior as manly.
  • It's noted on the YMMV Page that several characters, among them Tsuyu, invite Uncanny Valley reactions from some readers. These same feeling were likely in play during the emergence of Quirks when people were debating what was human. Those members of the audience are reacting just like in-story characters did back when All for One was young.
  • One of the reasons Uraraka wants to be a hero is because she wants to earn enough money so her parents can have a comfortable life. As Iida said there's nothing wrong with this, but why would she chose to be a hero when she could've picked some other high paying job like lawyer or doctor? Well, turns out she has similar or the exact same reasons as Midoriya. Guess they're more similar than they thought.
    • Both of those jobs take a lot more education and (presumably) cost. Uraraka is not among the top students grade-wise and is rather poor.
    • It's possible she was planning on going for that, had she not gotten into U.A. But since her Quirk was good enough to get her in, she just didn't need to take the harder options.
  • One For All being revealed as passing on the Quirks of its previous users makes sense when you remember the power of the original Quirk that later became One For All. It was a Quirk with the power to pass itself on to another. It either already had the power to pass on Quirks other than itself (much like All For One) or by transforming into One For All, it gained the power to imprint the user's Quirk onto itself, strengthening One For All.
  • After the first user until All Might, every user of One For All had a Quirk of their own before being given One For All. They were born with Quirks, born special, and yet none of them could defeat All For One. It was only when Nana passed on the Quirk to somebody who wasn't born to be a hero, the Quirkless All Might, did the world's greatest hero, one who could defeat All For One, appear.
  • Monoma's Phantom Thief code name makes sense when you consider his goal as an anti-hero, he's there to steal the spotlight from the more extravagant heroes. He also needs to be sneaky to make best use of his Quirk, as he has to touch someone to copy them and his powers work best when his opponent is unaware of what Quirks he currently has available.
  • There's a good reason Iida didn't vote for himself as class representative, even as he wanted the job himself: as he said, the election was about people getting their classmates' trust, and voting for himself could have been considered "cheating" on his part.
    • In the same vein, him eventually taking over as class representative with Momo being ignored in spite of being the deputy makes just as much sense: he earned the class' trust by showing he could do the job, while Momo didn't do anything in the same occasion.
  • I've been thinking. Why was Black Whip the very first secret power Deku activated beyond One For All' habitual physical enhancement powers? Until it hit me. Midoriya has been trying to cling and reach his dream to be a hero for years, even when he couldn't realistically achieve it. So Meta-wise, it makes senses why Black Whip was the first Quirk unlocked. Because Izuku is prone to try to reach and grab his goals impulsively. And the most fitted Quirk for that? The one that allows him to reach, grab and seize stuff far away from him with just a thought.
    • It's also somewhat similar to his mom's Quirk, which allows her to move small objects and pull them to herself. So the idea of 'pulling things to oneself' is somewhat familiar to him.
    • Alternately, it could be that the Black Whip Hero was the second wielder, though only time will tell if Izuku unlocks the Quirks in chronological order.
  • The main lesson Tsuyu learns in her A Day in the Limelight episode in the Field Training Arc is the importance of following orders and being a team player. This explains why she emphasizes the spirit of Aizawa's allowing the students to use their Quirks against the villains in the School Trip arc (to protect themselves, not take the fight to the enemy), and why she takes the harshest stance against the unauthorized rescue mission.
  • The third season's second opening begins with a scene of Class 1-A frozen in mid-air, with the exception of Bakugo and Todoroki, who are standing with their backs turned to the camera. At a first glance, it seems that the class is in pain or being attacked, and Aizawa looking away — as if he was just erasing their Quirks — gives that impression. But on closer look, the students aren't in distress, they're happy, jumping for joy, because they passed the exam. The last scene of the opening does similiar — the students are all looking at the camera, while Bakugo and Todoroki — the only ones who failed the exam — are looking away.
  • Toga's "love" for Stain takes on an interesting light after her backstory is revealed: both their Quirks involve drinking people's blood, something Toga's own family reviled her for, but something her Quirk compelled her to do. It's entirely possible, even extremely likely, that Stain had the same compulsions and issues she did growing up, and yet, in a twisted kind of way, he was accepted by a lot of people who embraced his ideology, like Spinner and Dabi. Did Toga, even subconsciously, hope to find some acceptance for "her normal" among Stain's followers?
  • While the localization of the manga erroneously has Endeavor refer to Shoto's "brothers" rather than "siblings" when saying that he shouldn't concern himself with them, it makes a surprising amount of sense. Not only is Fuyumi as much of a non-entity as Natsuo is, but when you consider how poorly Endeavor treated Rei, it's not too hard to imagine that he was misogynistic enough to consider her unworthy to be his successor simply due to being a girl.
  • A Central Theme in the series, to me, seems to be "Legacy." Midoriya recieves the legacy of All Might and One For All, trying to become the next great hero; Shigaraki recieved the Legacy of All For One, to become the next great villain. In recent arcs, this even reflects in how they grow stronger: Midoriya is gifted with the Quirks of great heroes who came before him, willingly. Shigaraki, on the other hand, is building his power base by effective high-jacking the legacies of villains who came before him, like Stain's philosophy, Overhaul's bullets, and Destro's followers, and twisting them to his own ends. One For All passes strength on-All For One steals it.
  • Weirdly, Midoriya is more similar to Endeavor than he is to All Might. Both of them have powerful Quirks that can seriously harm them if overused (One For All; Hellfire). Both have good analytical skills and good forethought. Endeavor is also one of the few who can understand Midoriya's Techno Babble mumble-thons without any confusion whatsoever. Arguably, and somewhat ironically, Endeavor teaching Midoriya could help him improve far better than training with All Might.
  • Ryukyu is portrayed as a very calm, collected and patient woman, a stark contrast with her intern Nejire. In fact, it makes perfect sense for her to be Nejire's mentor. Strong as she is, Nejire can also be exhausting to deal with because of her near-childish personality and short attention span (which may be even seen as a sign of ADHD); also, in a formal society like Japan, her touch-feely manners may be problematic for a lot of people. It takes someone not easily losing their patience to tutor her, and UA faculty may have specifically directed Nejire to Ryukyu because they knew the Pro Heroine was best suited for their promising but high-maintenance student. Ryukyu may also have picked her for this exact reason – her curiosity and constant examinations of the people around her may easily pick things up that Ryukyu is too reserved to catch, at the same time that Ryukyu's cool demeanor balances Nejire out.
  • When Magne sends Compress flying at Bakugo during his escape at Kamino, she does it by magnetizing both him and Spinner to have the latter repel the former. This trick only works if the "anchor"(Spinner) remains stationary for the "projectile"(Compress) to push off of — something that would be difficult given the apparent amount of force involved. Which is why Spinner is the "Anchor" — his Quirk lets him stick himself to the ground so he won't move.
  • Early on after the U.S.J incident, both Shigaraki and Kurogiri were determined to be using aliases. A minor detail that quite notably exploded in importance as we later learn more about their origins. Very long foreshadowed on the author's part.
  • Many of the heroes in the top 10 who have had quirks revealed don't have quirks that are traditionally easy to use or broken, such as Best Jeanist, Edgeshot, and Hawks. Someone like All Might or Endeavor is an exception to the rule it seems. There are a couple of ways to look at this, and one of them could be the idea that someone like Best Jeanist has to work a lot harder than someone who had a far easier quirk and that hard work translated to results. There are, however, fridge horror ways of doing so. See below.
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    Fridge Horror 
  • Because of how Quirks work in general, anyone at any time could be born with theoretically any power, ranging from seemingly harmless (like Mineta and his sticky balls) to terrifyingly broken (like All For One and his limitless ability to steal Quirks). This is easily Paranoia Fuel in itself considering the sheer range of Quirk users already introduced, like how one (who is thankfully a good guy) has the power to brainwash anyone who replies to him, and another (a genuine villain) has the power to disintegrate everything he touches.
    • The latter even applied his power to his whole family by accident, which also raises the question of how many accidents happened simply because a Quirk user was born with a power they couldn't control, or how often it's happened by now.
  • Just the fact that there are superpowers in a world that once did not have superpowers is frightening. Dictators, religious extremists, and anyone who has no regard for the lives of others may have gained the upper hand. The fact that the series focuses solely on Japan mitigates the global implications of the possibility that terrorists and tyrannical systems gained superpowers. Just what is the world like outside UA?
    • It is even worse to imagine what it was like when superpowers weren't in 80% of the population. Back when it wasn't even 10%, all it would take is one person with a powerful Quirk to have ambitions of personal conquest. All For One was subtle about it, but the odds that someone didn't try and take over a country openly with a powerful Quirk is highly unlikely.
    • While one hasn't been properly introduced yet and the other is only just being fleshed out as of June 2019, Gentle does mention two villains called Destro and Oji Harima, both of who are just as infamous, if not more so, than ALL FOR ONE! And Destro is said to be the leader of a group called the Quirk Liberation Army. Meaning this may well be a case of Ascended Fridge Horror (and it was).
    • It's possible that Destro's more interested in removing limits on Quirk usage, but the 'Liberation Army' part does bring to mind a terrorist or some such organization.
    • Both are true, as it turns out. The Liberation Army battled entire countries to reduce limits on Quirk/ meta ability usage.
  • While the observation that a lot of the heroes in the Top 10 have quirks that are Difficult, but Awesome can be a sign of good work, there is another possibility. All Might describes All For One going after strong quirks when talking about the comparative weakness of his predecessors's base quirks, and All For One would have been very active until very recently in canon. It is possible that the reason most of the Top 10 heroes either have really difficult quirks, or fairly mutant quirks, is that All for One would have stolen the powers of people with a lot more simple and powerful quirks quickly. Further evidence is that a lot of the heroes highly ranked with more traditionally simple and powerful quirks like Mirko, Kamui Woods, and Ryuku are 26 by around the time that All Might retires, putting their debuts at 20ish around the time All For One was presumed dead.
  • When explaining to Midoriya why he's going through such rigorous training by cleaning up a beach, All Might says that if an unprepared vessel inherits One for All, their limbs would fly off and their entire body would explode. Uh, how exactly does he know that?
    • Perhaps it happened to one one of his predecessors, who tried to pass it to a weak person. After that, the knowledge was passed on to avoid repeating the same mistake.
    • More likely than not, he was referring to when Midoriya used his powers for the first time. We see it breaks his bones, but if his body was any weaker, he probably would have completely lost the limb. Likely All Might is extrapolating from his own bone breaking injuries when he was in training.
      • Nope. All Might confirms later on that he could use Of A at 100% right off the bat, without any issues, and that he isn't really sure why Midoriya's having so much trouble.
  • Endeavor and his wife did not have a happy relationship — given how he only married her in order to produce a child strong enough to surpass All Might. She was absolutely aware of that. Knowing this, it doesn't take much to infer that he likely forced her into intercourse, just like he pushed her into a loveless marriage.
    • It gets worse when you realize how Todoroki has three older siblings — this means that Endeavor forced his wife to go through intercourse multiple times.
    • His indifferent expression when telling Todoroki how his mother is in mental care also sadly makes sense. After having finally gotten the heir that he'd always wanted, he couldn't care less about her.
    • A scary comparison to make: Endeavor basically sought out someone with a Quirk he wanted to mix with his own and had a kid who basically has both a Fire and an Ice Quirk. That isn't all that different from All for One putting a bunch of Quirks into someone to create a Nomu.
    • It gets even worse. With All Might retiring after his fight with All For One (promoting Endeavor to top hero by default in the process), it means that all the suffering that the family went through due to Endeavor and his obsession with producing a strong child ended up being All for Nothing.
    • However, much of what was assumed does not make sense given how the implications are they got married when Endeavor would only be likely twenty. Barring the far-fetched possibility that Endeavor was considering starting a family when he was just a rookie hero, this paints questions over a lot of this.
  • It's shown that Kaminari Denki's electricity Quirk, if overused, shorts out his brain and turns him into an idiot for a while. His Intelligence stat is at 1/5 and he has the worst grades in Class 1-A. What if each time he overloads, a little more of his brain is permanently damaged? What if eventually, one overload will permanently turn him into a vegetable? It certainly makes those times his friends forced him to overload much more cringe-worthy to look at.
  • In an Omake within the 7th Volume; a fan asked the author, Horikoshi, why the winged Nomu from the Stain Arc specifically picked out and took off with Midoriya. Horikoshi answered "I will do my best to explain about Nomu later on" — along with a drawing of a boy seen in the very first chapter, as one of Bakugo's friends (and thus by extension acquainted with Midoriya), during childhood. That boy's Quirk was having wings.
    • Adding to it was that he wasn't seen in middle school with Katsuki and his other friends, meaning that he either moved away or All For One took him when he was still in elementary school.
      • Fan theories make that one even worse when you consider that he was revealed to be the grandson of the doctor who told Midoriya he didn't have a Quirk. The same doctor a lot of people assume to be the same one we saw with All For One.
  • Due to the way Magne's Quirk works, the package with a magnetic bar she used in the invasion has some disturbing connotations... Looks like it would've had female and male parts from mutilated corpses mixed inside to work as a magnet. Unless it's just something more along the lines of a harmless hair sample, in which case, that's fine.
  • Toru is invisible, all the time, and said Quirk does not apply to her clothes. This has a couple of unsettling implications if you think about what could happen:
    • Since she has to be naked for her Quirk to be useful at all, this means she cannot be wearing any sort of armor or protective gear when she fights, and she's never implied to be physically stronger or tougher than a normal person. This puts her at very high risk for injury due to any villain who's capable of perceiving her via their Quirk or who has a wide area of attack. She's also at high risk for collateral damage since her allies can't see her any better than villains.
      • It could've happened very easily when UA was first invaded by Shiragaki. She had been teleported to the plateau with Todoroki, who was unaware of her presence. He used a wide range ice attack which she's lucky not to have been caught in since he implied prolonged exposure would harm the victims.
    • There's also no indication that her Quirk turns off if she's injured or unconscious, which means that if she is injured in battle, her allies aren't going to be able to protect her or give her treatment unless they're lucky enough to stumble onto her without hurting her further.
    • And even if they do find her, unless they have someone like Recovery Girl on hand, treating her injuries is going to be almost impossible since nobody would be able to see exactly what they're doing. Would Tooru even know how badly she's been hurt aside from knowing where the pain is or what isn't responding to her anymore?
    • And then there are the psychological effects of being invisible 24/7; remember The Invisible Man?
    • While the manga seems to imply Tooru's Quirk is light-manipulation based (as mentioned on her character page) and mean that things like her eyelids could be blocking out light like everyone else's from her own perspective Mirio's Quirk brings up an interesting point for other "invisibility" Quirk bearers: Light passing through a person's eyes without catching any light (which assumedly would make at least the pupils of the eyes visible) would mean that person is blind as long as they are invisible, and even if they weren't blind to start with eyelids that can't protect them would put them at higher risk of going blind anyway. Then remember either of these could be true for the other invisible student enlisted in UA (as the Sports Festival revealed that there's more than one invisible student on campus) and think about how dangerous the above situations become if the invisible person can't see in addition to not being seen.
  • Recovery Girl's Quirk is so rare and so useful in healing other people who are hurt by U.A.'s rigorous training and recently, villain encounters, that one must wonder how far back U.A. will be set if she dies.
    • Fortunately, most people with healing Quirks seem to go into medicine, and there seem to be specific laws allowing healers to heal people, so a school of U As prestige would likely find another.
  • The Reveal of Toga Himiko's Quirk is full of this:
    • First, the real Camie is either dead or has been kidnapped by the villains and possibly used to create a new Nomu.
    • If Toga has been impersonating Camie for three days straight, does that mean she has gone to her home and interacted with Camie's family without being discovered? Imagine those folk going about their lives as usual without noticing anything aside of their daughter/sister acting "a bit weird lately".
    • Toga can, as far as we know, impersonate Izuku and Ochaco with only people who know them really well being able to tell the difference. The things she could do with this advantage are pure Paranoia Fuel.
    • This is alleviated with the latest Hassaikai Arc giving an explanation. Toga can only maintain about a day with a cup of blood, meanwhile, the blood she got from Izuku doesn't fill a full cup. So she can't hold the transformation for long either way. Though still, the Paranoia Fuel is still there.
    • Also, how much blood would Toga have taken if she was able to impersonate Camie for three days straight?
    • A little alleviated that Camie is alive in Chapter 164.
  • Himiko's Blood Lust. We know that she has killed people before, so what was stopping her from violating their corpses afterwards?
  • The fact that One For All grows stronger with each user. Normally, this would be an unquestionable benefit, but in this case, it also puts a heavier strain on the user's body. While this can be overcome by learning to only use a fraction of the power, it can be hard without first getting used to the Quirk, meaning eventually the Quirk will become useless as its first use would just tear the user's body apart well before they can learn to control it.
    • This also highlights the benefit of passing One For All to a Quirkless successor, as Nana did with All Might and All Might did with Deku. Because that person doesn't have any extra power outside that of a normal human's to add to One For All, the power compiled into it for each new Quirkless user is greatly lessened when compared to passing it on to someone with their own Quirk. This, theoretically, helps delay that dangerous "using this power equals death" scenario that could happen many, many generations down the line.
      • Hopefully, they will take a lesson from All For One and pass it to someone with shock absorption, regeneration, or some other Quirk that could mitigate the damage.
  • Once the One for All's owner selects a successor and passes the power, the previous owner starts losing his/her power as the successor grows stronger. That means that, when Sensei went after Nana, who had already passed her Quirk to All Might, she wasn't even close to her prime while he was at his best; considering that it took All Might's full power to defeat him the first time, Nana was on the receiving end of a horrifying Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Kirishima has a minute scar in the upper corner of his right eye from the moment his Quirk activated for the first time without warning and he accidentally sliced himself while rubbing his eyes. What if he rubbed his eye a little lower?
    • Here's a fridge horror based on that: think of all the ways the class found out about their Quirks. Sato for example probably ate some sugar at some point and became a really strong, mentally slowed toddler. Think of how often little kids are offered cookies, juices, and other things with sugar in them, and imagine how that might turn your kid out of nowhere int the equivilent of a gorilla. That's not even getting into some other Quirks that could have been really unpleasant or Adult Fear inducing to discover at random....imagine baby Mt. Lady randomly growing massive one day and how that must have freaked her parents out.
    • We've seen how Tokoyami's quirk gets very uncontrollable and dangerous at night. And that's when he's a teenager. Now what about when he was just a small child who had only just found out about it and didn't understand? The Adult Fear scenarios are through the roof. Did his parents tuck him to bed and turn off the lights only to wake up seeing this unknown menacing shadow tearing up their son's room? What kind of psychological effects could have on him?
    • It gets even more horrifying with some of the Quirks we've seen that can't be turned off... like Shiguraki's "Decay" Quirk. It's implied that he inadvertently killed his own father with it as a very young child.
    • Try 'his entire family', per Chapter 222. Where do you think he got his hands?!
  • In Episode 28, a newspaper is seen with the pictures of five heroes killed by Stain. At least one of them was among the background extras in the Sports Festival Arc.
  • The fact that Sir Nighteye's death along with Mirio losing his Quirk could have been prevented if Midoriya and Mirio decided to save Eri when they first saw her makes this a Fridge Tearjerker than anything else. The full weight will certainly crush Izuku, assuming he hasn't figured it out yet.
    • It will be even worse for Mirio because he was the one who stopped them from saving her. Particularly since his Intangibility would have made it easy to defeat Overhaul at that time (Overhaul has to touch people to affect them which gave Mirio a considerable advantage against him as seen when they actually fought).
  • The sheer amount of Quirks that the Nomus, and by extension All for One, have, raises the question of just where they keep getting them. How many people are sought out and dragged away for power confiscation? More unnervingly the fact that this went unreported or untraced makes you wonder what happened to the people whose Quirks were removed, seeing as the process didn't kill Ragdoll.
    • A lot of unease can come about when one thinks about all of the possible Quirks he could have taken. One for All is terrifying enough, but if he had taken Quirks as potent as Present Mic's, Shoto's, or Aizawa's, that might have tipped the battles against All Might into a very bad direction.
  • How important Izuku/Deku is to the well being of the dramatis persona of the story at large:
    • If Izuku didn't exist or wasn't in the right place at the right time Katsuki Bakuguo would likely have died at the hands of the Sludge — unless he was absolutely essential for the villain's second escape.
    • Assuming that Izuku didn't inherit One For All and end up a UA, Mineta and Asui may well have been killed by the aquatic villains of the League during the attack on the USJ.
      • Without Izuku inheriting OfA, All Might would likely be teaching Mirio's third-year class. As the League attacked the USJ when they did because they had stolen a schedule stating that All Might would be present at that time, if All Might isn't one of 1-A's teachers, the League would not have attacked during 1-A's training.
    • Without Izuku at UA, his fight with Shoto Todoroki wouldn't have happened and Todoroki's realization — and subsequent character development — that his power was his, not his father's wouldn't have occurred — at least not at that time.
    • Without that development Shoto likely wouldn't have interned with his father and ended up in Hosu, absent as well would have been trainee hero Deku interning with Gran Torino — both ending up in Hosu.
    • Without Izuku and Shoto, Native and Tenya Ida would both have likely perished at the hands of Hero Killer Stain, who would likely still be at large.
    • Since he wouldn't be training Izuku/Deku as the successor to All Might, Gran Torino wouldn't have been in Hosu during the attack by the League of Villains and their Nomu, likely leading to the death of several more civilians and a more difficult fight over all.
    • With no Izuku, Kouta would have almost certainly been killed by Muscular during the School Trip fight with the league.
      • With no Izuku, the attack on the school trip would have been very different from canon, if it happened at all, as the villains involved in the attack joined the League because of Stain's big speech. Without Izuku, Stain would likely still be at large, resulting in the other villains not being inspired to join the League. Also, it was worried about the likely growing strength of the League that prompted UA to shift the school training trip to the woods, so avoiding that, Kouta would have been nowhere near the training trip and any potential villain attacks.
      • With no Izuku to fight Stain, the outcome would have been far worse. Iida went after Stain on his own, and Midoriya rescued him. With no Izuku, Iida and Native (the other hero Stain got a hold of) would most certainly have been killed. Think of how the death of a student during an internship would have affected UA.
    • How important Izuku was ultimately to rescuing Bakuguo is a matter of debate but anything from the attempted rescue not happening — potentially letting All For One carry on with his merry madness unmolested — to it failing — leading to several student deaths — or simply succeeding like usual are possible.
    • Assuming that Mirio Togata inherited One For All from All Might as was "originally" intended in the absence of Izuku, if everything stayed the same and he still jumped in front of that bullet to save Eri, One For All potentially would have been lost forever with nothing to counter All For One (Quirk) if either All For One (Villain) either escaped or passed his Quirk on to Tomura Shigaraki. This does assume that Mirio doesn't weight the importance of One For All — and all the lives it may potentially save — against Eri, and act differently, assuming that he's pretty much the same otherwise, it's doubtful he would choose himself over Eri.
      • This also assumes that the increased strength and speed boosts that Mirio would have thanks to OfA would not have allowed him to defeat Overhaul before the Quirk destroying bullets could be used. In the canon fight, Mirio landed punches on both Overhaul and Chronostasis, that they were able to recover from and continue fighting. If Mirio possessed OfA, those hits would have ended the fight then and there.
      • Not to mention that, thanks to One For All super speed, he would have probably been able to take Eri out of the bullet's way without being hit by it, not to mention that, thanks to the huge training he already had for his own Quirk, he probably would have way more than just 20% by that point, if not directly 100%, so he would most likely one-shot Overhaul anyway
  • From what can be seen on his character sheet/beneath his overall attire, roughly 80% of Dabi's body appears to be either rotting, slightly mummified, or severely burnt. We've no idea how he received those injuries, at least at this point in the series. Given Dabi's "Cremation" Quirk and overall character, it's not inconceivable to think he did that to himself; but it's just as likely he received those injuries in a fight... which must have been some fight. Either possibility seems equally horrific.
    • If Dabi's skin is burned that severely and he doesn't have some kind of pain resistance Quirk on top of it... this troper would hate to be him.
  • A bit on the light side here, but Gang Orca is only the THIRD most villainous seeming hero, meaning there are two more heroes each with a more passing resemblance to a villain than him. One can only shudder at the idea of the reasons for that.
  • A big one involving the Heights Alliance and the possibility of a traitor in U.A: now all of the students are in a single place. If the traitor was ordered to eliminate all of Class 1-A or decided that they were nearly exposed and needed to act immediately while they still could, they'd all be in one spot as opposed to being scattered all over Japan as they previously had been. In trying to protect the students, U.A. may have unintentionally made them all the more vulnerable to a single mass murder spree or event. For a rough example of how various traitors could do so...
    • A Toru traitor could slip around completely invisible and stab everyone in their sleep.
    • A Kaminari traitor could start an electrical fire and burn everyone alive in their sleep.
    • A Sero traitor could tape everyone's mouths and limbs down to suffocate them as they sleep.
    • A Jiro traitor could use her earphones to break the buildings support pillar, dropping the thing on everyone in their sleep.
    • A Kota traitor could command an army of ants to eat everyone alive, as they sleep.
    • A Mina traitor could burn everyone with acid as they sleep
    • A Mineta traitor could suffocate people with sticky balls as they sleep.
    • And if the traitor is a teacher, then he/she can easily go to the dorms without being suspected of anything.
  • There's another possibility for a UA traitor that makes it worse. Whoever the traitor is, they could be being blackmailed into it by means of a Hostage Situation and having no choice but to comply with their handler's commands. Think about it; they'd be forced to ruin relationships they probably cherish simply because some asshole decided to turn them into a pawn by threatening their loved one.
  • Eri's power highlights a terrifying Fridge Horror about Quirks in general: they aren't decided by someone's personality, and aren't some sort of mutant powers that follow standard comic book logic. You're either given them by an outside force, awakened to them by random factors from the spread of Quirks across humanity, or were born with one. Being born with a Quirk can be manipulated, passed on, and even combined in due time, as Todoroki is living proof of — but Quirks can completely disobey genealogy rules at random. And Eri was born with the Rewind Quirk when not a single person in her family line ever exhibited any traits of anything matching it. It's entirely possible that a friend, family member, or even your own children can just suddenly awaken to a new and extremely dangerous Quirk, and kill you, others, or even themselves with it in the process. And there's nothing you can do to prevent or know about it ahead of time.
    • That's not even getting into the potential problems this could cause in families. How many children like Eri or Tenko Shimura in such situations ended up being accused as not being random power mutants, but the results of affairs? After all, Quirks are generally inherited from parents. If your child has a Quirk very different from your own, it is easy to assume it isn't because of a rare mutation.
  • The Nomu, High-End, expands upon the Fridge Horror that Nomus were once people. His obsession with strength and finding new opponents, and not to mention the very similar Quirk that allows him to increase/expand his muscles, may remind some people of Muscular. While it's left unconfirmed if Muscular is still imprisoned, this implies that the League of Villains might have got him out and somehow turned him into High End. So not only are Nomus people, but the LoV can make them without All for One's assistance.
  • Remember back when everyone took Aizawa's fitness test and how Midoriya ended up dead last? Seems like a case of Informed Ability since some of the others have Quirks that wouldn't help in any of the tests, but what if it's not? We already know Aizawa would be gunning for Midoriya from the start (as stated by All Might). What if Aizawa deliberately rigged the test just to get an excuse to expel Midoriya? If it's true, then the only reason Midoriya wasn't expelled at all was that he showed his potential to Aizawa during the ball throw. Makes one wonder how many other students were expelled through the same means.
  • A lighter horror, but a lot, and I mean a lot of the Sports Festival matches would have been a lot less ideal if one side had lost instead of won.
    • Shinshou vs Todoroki: with how upset Todoroki was, it would not have been hard for him to provoke Todoroki to trigger Brainwashing.
    • Sero vs Midoriya: The move Sero used on Todoroki would have been hard for Izuku to get out of. Breaking his feet would not snap him out of tape, and any broken arms would have stopped him from moving his arms.
    • Kaminari vs Iida: Wide range electric attacks would have caught Iida no matter how fast he moved.
    • Hatsume vs Ibara: Even if she wanted to win, Ibara would be on to her antics, and her vines could tear her tech apart.
    • Yaorozu vs Mina: She could produce bases to counter her acid before it could get used.
    • Aoyama vs Tokoyami: His navel laser is one, big, bright light, and Dark Shadow doesn't like light.
    • Teststetsu vs Bakugo: If he could deal with Todoroki's fire, explosions would be much easier even with less training.
    • Uraraka vs Kirishima: Kirishima would not be as prone to hitting her, and even trying to get close would just get her to levitate him into helplessness.
    • Midoriya vs Iida: Plenty of notes, Midoriya has the speed to help handle Iida and the agility to not be directly caught up. He'd also want to get back at Iida for sneaking Recipro by him, giving him motivation.
    • Ibara vs Todoroki: A bit less, but her vines might be able to get past his ice by going underground and bypassing his strategies.
    • Ashido vs Bakugo: Also a bit less, bu she'd at least be at a better elemental match up than Tokoyami.
    • Kirishima vs Tokoyami: Actually fairly less beneficial, assuming Kirishima can't fisticuff through Dark Shadow.
    • Iida vs Bakugo: He could dodge Bakugo's explosions easier and would not have the resource/mental hangup problems Todoroki had.
    • Tokoyami vs Todoroki: Without the fire power in full use, Dark Shadow could sneak around and over the ice attacks with Tokoyami in tow. He'd be harder to lock down.
  • Just what Quirks and techniques did All Might and All for One do to each other to leave them with what injuries they left the fight with?
  • With the revelation that One for All contains the Quirks of its previous users inside of it comes the freakish reveal of the Black Whip, which nearly kills everyone around Midoriya. From the reader's perspective this is already horrifying up front, but think about it from a larger perspective: the community at large just witnessed Midoriya publicly unleash a Quirk he isn't documented for having at all, in a world where such info can spread like wildfire and just about everyone that wasn't an All for One ally or victim is restricted to solely one Quirk by genetic nature. Midoriya's life could become an absolute hell if villains or the wrong groups, in general, learn about him, and it might bring others closer to the truth of One for All without any control over it on his part, much less any way for him or All Might to even predict what might happen.
  • The fact that Chapter 220 not only made Ascended Fridge Horror the existence of racism against mutant-type Quirks like Spinners, but also that there is an analog to the Klan who pushes for it running around, and given Spinner's own personal history they aren't without supporters still. What of the heroic characters who don't look human, like Ojiro and Tokoyami? Did they ever deal with the C.R.C?
  • Toga's Personality Powers gives a whole new meaning of horrifying come Chapter 226. According to her backstory and Kizuki, her Quirk made her naturally attracted to blood. If this is true, then how many other Quirks are affecting the personalities of their owners? How many villains are just acting on instincts given to them by their Quirks?
    • On that note, does this mean All For One's obsession with stealing Quirks is a result of his Quirk? Or that Shigaraki's desire to destroy everything he hates is because of his Decay Quirk? Evidence for the latter's case is when, as a child, Shigaraki's Quirk didn't activate until he stated "he hates everything". Seems oddly coincidental.
    • Back to Toga, the parents reaction to her Quirk makes you wonder about their own Quirks. Either they had totally different Quirks and Toga was a shocking mutation a la Eri, or they had similar Quirks that were repressed in similar ways. The only difference being they hadn't mentally snapped like their daughter had: yet. It also has the darkly hilarious thought that if they do have similar Quirks that Toga would probably be mentally healthier if her parents were villains who fully embraced their Quirk and took said daughter off on blood 'hunts' (or kicked her out right right then and there with the first bird).
  • In Chapter 230, Geten states that, in the society envisioned by the Meta Liberation Army, one's standing in society is tied to how powerful their Quirk is. That's harsh enough already, but... what would that mean for the tiny percentage of Quirkless people still popping up out there? What would happen to a pre-One For All Izuku in that kind of society?
    • This is mitigated somewhat by the fact that the Social Darwinist society seems to be only his own vision. It's still unclear what the Re-Destro's vision (let along everyone else in the army) is.
  • Fridge Tearjearker. Shigaraki became a villain because nobody but All For One bothered to lend a hand to him at his Darkest Hour. How different would Shigaraki's life have went if instead of All for One, All Might saw the hurting child and lent him a hand?
  • Not much "horror" but still uncomfortable to think. It's been known since their establishment that the hidden purpose of the dorms is to monitor the students more closely by having them living in a single place. As of Chapter 242, set four months later, no conclusive evidence to pinpoint any suspect has been found. So while the question of whether the spy is one of 1-A's students or not still lingers, another can be raised: how much have they pried into their privacy? For all we know, the dorm may be full of hidden cameras and microphones.
  • Not as terrifying, more disturbing to consider: Ibara's Quirk turns the hair on her head into vines. Is it just her head though? Does it affect every body hair she has, even if artistic styling mean it isn't really visible? Is her entire body covered by fine thorns that make hugging her like hugging an abrasive sponge? If she was a guy, had brothers, or inherited the Quirk from her father, would said guy's chest be covered in a spiky version of a Carpet of Virility? Is her armpit housing a little nest of thorns she could shoot out as an emergency thorn (even if that is probably the least likely due to how her Quirk needs sunlight)? Does she have vines instead of pubic hair she could use in a pinch akin to the Lovecraftian Superpower or Vagina Dentata tropes? Heck if you really want to wonder about this trope, look at her casual clothing, you'd notice how much of her body it covers. Could just be her being a devout character, or it could be her trying to minimise sunlight contact with parts of the body she doesn't want it on...
    • Possible, but unlikely. Have a good look at an image of her, and you'll notice that she has very normal eyebrows, without so much as a tiny bit of green on them. If it really did affect all her hair, her eyebrows and eyelashes would likely be part of that. Her very modest clothing is likely just because she is a modest girl.
  • Quirks are explicitly mentioned as being a part of the person using them, something that they consciously control, to varying extents depending on the specific nature of the Quirk. So, what happens if someone with a Quirk has a seizure? Or, in a similar vein to Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex, they lose control of their Quirk during orgasm? Deku would be bad enough with just the super strength, but what about Bakugo? He sweats nitroglycerin, and has the ability to consciously ignite it, but the first part is an always on thing, so if he lost control during the moment, his entire body would be covered in nitro. Talk about Nightmare Fuel...
  • With the reveal that Kurogiri is a special breed of Nomu created using the body of Oboro Shirakumo, a classmate and close friend of Eraserhead and Present Mic during their UA days who died during an internship, it raises many disturbing possibilities about where all the other Nomu came from, as well as how long All For One and the Doctor were making them.

    Fridge Logic 
  • Mirio's hero costume is apparently made out of his hair, which is why it responds to his Quirk. So Mirio gets a costume, but Hagakure has to be naked just because it's less embarrassing? She even runs the risk of freezing to death while in her hero costume in the winter, so that's something that UA should have already offered to her if it's possible.
  • While Midnight explains the rules to the cavalry battle, she brings up a picture showing some of the teachers in formation. All Might is on top, being carried by Thirteen and Present Mic. All Might weighs 500+lbs.
    • Photoshop? It's a computer image, they probably edited it. Happens all the time in real life.
    • Snipe is also carrying him as well, so it's not just those two.
  • UA students are allowed to use their Quirks with pro heroes present. When Midoriya, Todoroki, and Iida defeat Stain, Native is there. Why didn't he stick up for the three of them? Maybe lie and let the police know they had his permission to use their Quirks in that fight? He's never mentioned again. You'd think a pro hero who survived an encounter with the Hero Killer would have something to say.
    • It can't be just any Pro Hero. It has to be a teacher from their school. Besides, even if Native did say something, then people will know that Iida and Midoriya disobeyed orders from the Pro's they were interning with, which would diminish their chances of joining any agency since not many Pros will be willing to work with a Sidekick who would regularly disobey orders.
  • Mirio explains that his Quirk makes even light phase through him, effectively making him blind. But if so, shouldn't he be invisible, as well?
    • And what about Toru? Supposing her Quirk is some form of light manipulation(as shown in the provisional license exam arc)then the fact that light (assumedly) passes through her in her normal state, shouldn't she be blind?
      • This troper thinks Tooru's Quirk isn't actually invisibility at all; instead, it's "mimetic skin". Not true invisibility, but skin that instantly adapts to the colors around and behind it. This would also explain how someone who's supposedly invisible can generate such a massive flash: it would be a matter of forcing your skin to change color into a highly reflective pastel (something accomplished by certain fish and octopi) for an instant.
    • Think about it, the process of reflecting light also refracts and deflects it, so some light rays hit people and reflect onto Hakagure's eyes, of course, she'll see them. As for Mirio, the light "phases" through him, he is not reflecting it completely.
    • Also, in Mirio's case, he explicitly almost never turns himself entirely intangible because then he'll fall through the floor and be blind/unable to breathe and such. And since you can't see something that's currently being intersected by another object anyway, it's likely that he's trained himself to instinctively keep himself solid in all places that aren't within a few microns of being touched. This also explains how he 'disappears' so quickly when going into/out of the ground. It's not just that he becomes intangible and falls quickly, it's that at the moment of full intangibility, he's also very briefly invisible.
  • All Might claims to have been 'Quirkless' before he received One For All, but he has black sclerae, irises that are not actually a humanly possible shade of blue, and a frankly impossible bone structure. And you can't even argue that the black sclerae came from having One For All because Midoriya didn't gain them. So... is he lying, or did he mean 'effectively Quirkless', or does the BnHA world categorize people whose Quirks have no actual effect other than extremely minor cosmetics as 'Quirkless' too?
    • All Might's eyes are just artistic in the way of showing how sunken they are in his current condition, as in the movie, it's revealed that he had normal white sclera back in his day. He's skin and bone due to the injuries on his stomach and the only really weird part about him is his "buff-mode" which no other hero with One For All shown, not even Izuku. So that is the only fridge logic about him, which may hint that he indeed has a Quirk, which is the "Buff-mode", that he still has even after transferring One for All to Izuku.
    • Actually, as All Might mentioned to Izuku, that "Buff Mode" is just him temporarily restoring his body to its prime. It's not a separate Quirk, just a side effect of One for All. He's still Quirkless, he just has said side effect remaining after losing OfA, even if he can only hold it for a few seconds now.
    • Bakugo, Kaminari, and Kirishima have unnatural eye colors and Tokoyami and Kouda have non-human heads that don't seem to be relevant to their Quirks. It's possible that humans in the MHA verse have a greater phenotype variety than in real life, which makes All Might's eyes and body shape more believable.
      • Considering that Midoriya has green hair despite being Quirkless further supports this.
  • All For One must either have some unexplained limitation to his Quirk-stealing power or else a poorly-timed total lack of imagination. In his big (second) battle with All Might, he tries to beat him at his own game — punching really hard — instead of using any of the countless utility powers he presumably has to make it a Curb-Stomp Battle. We already saw that Shinso's "Brainwashing" Quirk can almost completely incapacitate a One For All user on its own; surely All For One has collected many Quirks of that caliber by now, but he doesn't try to make use of any of them. Perhaps his weakened state from the first big showdown is the issue, but then we have to figure out how in the world All Might managed to beat him when he was at his strongest. Either the writer or All For One himself seems to have vastly underestimated how ridiculously overpowered a lone All Your Powers Combined character could become in a world where Everyone is a Super.
    • All For One is limited by how many Quirks he's got at the time and it's hinted that if he doesn't use a Quirk with regular intervals, it erodes and fades away from his arsenal once he gets new ones. That said, he's a sadist and just wanted to make All Might suffer for as much as possible by using his own means against him, which backfired spectacularly instead.
    • Given what we know about Quirks, we can assume that they don't just cease to exist if All For One doesn't use them. It's more likely that they still remain, but they become difficult for All For One to recognize them specifically enough to identify and use at all. That leaves them still existing, but overshadowed by everything else All For One has assimilated over the years. All For One is a genius, but he's still human: there's no way he could keep track of every Quirk he's stolen over the years since they all work differently and many of them are functionally identical. If not that, then it's likely that Quirks he's stolen merge and mutate with others in his collection, resulting in them becoming entirely new powers. Summoning them individually helps slow or prevent this process since All for One is exerting mental effort to actively keep at least part of his collection organized.
    • Also, All for One received massive head injuries during his first battle with All Might. It's not that much of a stretch to think that he lost access to some of his Quirks due to brain damage.
    • About how All For One tried to punch All Might instead of just using a ranged attack: it's all about the message he sends by doing that. Think about it; All Might's smashes have, in the eyes of the public, the ability to solve anything. If All For One manages to beat him at his own game, he doesn't just kill All Might, he destroys the image he spent years building.
    • All for One has also been giving Nomus his Quirks for quite some time now. It's possible he put some of the more drastic ones in there. He also specifically makes a point of not taking Quirks that are hard to master, or Quirks that are difficult to remember the rules for — so miracle Quirks like Shinso's would still work, but a seeming "miracle" Quirk like Mirio's would be out of the question.
  • Mt. Lady's costume is made of super stretchy material, so it changes sizes with her... but why do her horns (clearly part of the outfit, not her body) change size, too?
    • Mirio's costume changes with him, so it's probably something like that.
  • Uraraka gets nauseous when using her Quirk on herself; this is explained (right above in Fridge Brilliance section) as her experiencing a common symptom of zero-gravity conditions. Then why don't other people who she uses her Quirk on experience it too?
    • Different people have different levels of tolerance for unusual motion. Being levitated is probably pretty disorientating, but the short bursts that they'd experience from Uraraka's Quirk would probably be less so than a roller coaster ride. It's just that Ochaco herself is more susceptible to motion sickness than most.
    • Potentially, they do. But it's not really relevant in her Quirk training, since most of the actual people she levitates experience it just once or twice and move on, while trying to levitate herself would be a constant struggle and more relevant to her actual life.
  • When talking about Haya Yuyu's design, Horikoshi said that her dyed hair would be against the dress code in a real school, but that it's fine in the story...but why mention it specifically anyway when in this particular setting you can't throw a rock at a group of people without hitting at least three characters with Amazing Technicolor Hair?
    • Answering myself on this one: maybe it was to show that she has kind of a delinquent streak and that it's fine in-story precisely because of an abundance of technicolor-haired characters?
  • Since Endeavor would have been starting his hero career by the time his oldest, Toya, was born, Shoto's explanation that Endeavor used his connections and wealth to force Rei into a Quirk marriage in hopes of having a perfect heir that would surpass All Might makes no sense.
    • It does make sense if you know their ages. Endeavor himself stated in Chapter 165 that he was the Number 2 Hero ever since he was 20. Taking his current age (46) means he's been a hero for at least 26 years. Fuyumi, the second oldest of his children, is 23. Of course, Toya's age hasn't been confirmed, so this is just speculation, but if he's in his mid-20s it still lines up.

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