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  • Abandon Shipping: Not as drastic as expected, but some Inko Midoriya/All Might shippers jumped ship when the former's character bio revealed that she was still married, and the reason why her husband, Hisashi, hasn't appeared yet is that he works abroad. The same applied for those who pictured All For One as Izuku's father. Of course, Hisashi still gets Die for Our Ship to make Inko/All Might happen in fics.
  • Acceptable Professional Targets: The news media is not shown in a very good light in this series. Not only do their reports often unwittingly help the villains, but they're also shown to have it in for U.A. It's also suggested that the news media is partly to blame for many heroes being more concerned with fame than actual heroism. The fact that one of the leaders of the Meta Liberation Army is the head of a publishing company and former reporter doesn't help. The only media character portrayed in a positive light, Taneo Tokuda, appears exclusively in the anime, and the best thing he does during that episode is not doing his job by withholding the scoop he discovers and lying to his boss about it.
  • Accidental Aesop:
    • Bakugo and Endeavor's Character Development can be seen as a story not about rejecting anger, but learning to focus it. Both characters develop into more heroic figures, but they are only slightly less angry than before, they just learned to focus it on their hero work, instead of misdirecting their anger and frustration towards other people who have nothing to do with it (in Bakugo's case, Midoriya, and in Endeavor's case, his family).
    • A recurring takeaway from multiple villains backstories is "marginalization leads to criminality". Spinner was victim of prejudice for being a mutant, it's implied the same thing happened with Magne for being transgender, Twice was dealt a bad hand and had to live on the fringe of society alone and in poverty for years, and something similar happened to Gentle and La Brava.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Aoyama's Quirk. While it's been stated that the blast comes from his belly button, when seen at the wrong angle, it looks like it's coming from his crotch. It gets even more equivocal in Chapter 256. Aoyama can now concentrate it in a "saber" poking out. Then Hagakure, using a new ability of hers, manipulates it.
    • Mineta's not only a source of loads of intentional innuendo, he's a source for some that seem to be accidental as well:
      • His Quirk lets him make sticky balls.
      • "Mineta" is Polish for "cunnilingus". This is the reason why most Polish fans prefer referring to him by his first name.
      • When everyone is coming up with their super move, we see Mineta connecting several of his balls together to use as a rope or whip, but it also looks suspiciously like anal beads. This is probably intentional though, for reasons that should be obvious.
    • Kirishima's Quirk is referred to as "Hardening", which is what it sounds like in the most literal sense. While Tetsutetsu's similar Quirk, "Steel", is slightly better, they're still guys who have getting hard, as in being extremely durable, as a superpower. Additionally, Tetsutetsu suffers from metal fatigue.
    • Chapter 193 ends with Aoyama hearing a loud noise coming from Midoriya's bedroom and waking up. He rushes over to learn what's going on and finds Midoriya's Quirk went off in his sleep, shredding his bed covers and pillow to pieces. Midoriya is frantically clutching his right hand as it throbs with energy. Someone had a nocturnal Quirk emission, and boy, it was a doozy.
    • Kojiro Bondo's Quirk, Cemedine, lets him spray a sticky white substance all over the place. Some fans have christened it "Gluekakke".
    • Chapter 217 has Tetsutetsu and Kirishima training together a bit. The former then mentions that the latter is getting harder every time he gets hit, referring to his Quirk.
  • Adorkable:
    • A solid chunk of Class 1-A elicits this reaction in fans, whether it's due to overt wide-eyed enthusiasm (Midoriya, Uraraka, Yaoyorozu, Kirishima, Kaminari), social awkwardness or shyness (Todoroki, Koda, Sato, Jiro, Midoriya again), exaggerated seriousness (Iida, Tokoyami), or endearing clumsiness (Sero, Kaminari again, Midoriya again).
    • Inko Midoriya, who is just as lovably clumsy, timid and prone to overreacting as her son.
    • All Might has his moments, mostly due to retaining his enthusiastic bombast even in mundane situations. The guy just loves being a hero.
    • Inasa Yoarashi, who shares Midoriya's over-the-top enthusiasm towards heroics but is much louder and less shy about it.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Bakugo's reaction to finding out about Endeavor's actions. Was he just horrified at what he learned on the surface about Todoroki's home life? Or was he horrified at the possibility of becoming like Endeavor with his own desire for being number 1? Or is it a combination of both?
    • Whether All For One's relationship with Shigaraki is genuine or just manipulative (or even both) is still debated. The Reveal in Chapter 92 that Shigaraki is in fact the grandson of All Might's mentor doesn't help matters. Also, in-universe, All Might still wonders if All For One gave his younger brother a power-storing Quirk either out of pity or to make him submit to his will.
    • Did All For One really find Tenko/Tomura by chance, or did have instigate the events that led to it? Considering that All For One has the power to bestow Quirks on people, it's possible that he somehow found out about Tenko being Nana Shimura's grandson, then gave the previously Quirkless Tenko the Decay Quirk, thereby causing the tragedy that killed the Shimura family.
    • Bakugo refusing to let Midoriya rescue him during the Forest Training Camp Arc. Was that Bakugo prioritizing his ego even in such a dire situation and refusing his rival's help or was it him realizing that Midoriya would probably die in the process and trying to stop him from doing it?
    • Was Best Jeanist's mentoring of Bakugo an attempt to correct the flaws in a talented but troubled young hero, or was he simply pushing his values on Bakugo? Or perhaps some combination of the two?
    • When you consider that Aizawa re-enrolled the students he expelled, what does that say about his claim that he'd have expelled both the students who went to save Bakugo and the students who didn't do anything about the first group if not for All Might's retirement? Did he honestly mean it, or was this another rational deception to get the students to behave themselves and apply themselves to their studies in order to become model heroes?
    • Was a young Gentle's ill-fated attempt to help the falling worker more motivated by a desire to be a hero or to get attention? More specifically, there's his decision in the manga to use his Quirk to create a trampoline to reach the man, rather than to cushion his fall. Was that a mistake made in the heat of the moment, not to mention possibly due to inexperience with his Quirk, or was it because Gentle wanted to be seen saving the man? It's worth noting that in the anime, he tries to cushion the man's fall, but the outcome remains the same.
  • Americans Hate Tingle:
    • On a ship related note, there's Tsuyu/Aizawa, a popular couple in Japan that has almost no fans in the West and is mostly considered Squick. This is related to Values Dissonance, partially due to teacher/student relationships and an age gap within a couple being much less taboo subjects, and also due to perceived ship tease between the two. The same also applies to the Aizawa/Midoriya and All Might/Midoriya ships, that are far more well received in Japan than in the West.
    • Endeavor is a far more controversial character in the West than he is in Japan. In the West, he is generally seen as a despicable patriarch and Domestic Abuser with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. In Japan, however, people are more neutral about his behavior. This only got worse after Endeavor has a Heel Realization and actually tries to be a better hero and father. The West feels like he doesn't deserve any type of redemption and that Kohei Horikoshi shouldn't even be attempting to do so, with fans going so far as to post death threats and wishes on social media to try and dissuade him from doing so. Japanese fans actually like how he is trying to change his ways, enough so where he made it to 8th place on the 4th popularity poll, surpassing All Might himself.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: When he first released the first chapter of his third manga series, Horikoshi felt it might not stay popular, but carried on with it because he enjoyed it. The series ended up becoming one of the most popular mangas of the modern age.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Setsuna in the Joint Training Arc was built up as one of the strongest members of Class 1-B, and Monoma predicted she had the best chance of defeating Bakugo. Her team lost in the shortest match of the arc, without capturing or defeating a single member of Bakugo's team.
  • Applicability: Destro's philosophy where a belief on a basic human right or a way to benefit society turns into violence and terrorism has been discussed between fans that can be applied to many political views through history, including Communism, Nazism and so on. Fans are heavily debating on whether Destro's group and his views are meant to represent any real-life counterpart philosophy or political view or not and even then, which view is exactly being represented.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • A good amount of fans feel that while the Internship Arc is good, it dragged out for too long compared to previous arcs. For comparison, the arc finally reached its end in Chapter 162, for a total of 41 chapters, making it nearly twice the size of the previous longest arc, the U.A. Sports Festival. Among the chapters, it takes a while to actually get to the important parts and several battles are chapters long due to flashbacks being placed in the middle of said fights to explain Tamaki, Kirishima, Mirio and Overhaul's backstories. Even Horikoshi himself noted near the end of the arc that it had dragged on for an unreasonable amount of time. The anime inherited this problem, though to a lesser extent as multiple chapters are adapted in each episode, so an arc that is 41 chapters in the manga is around 17 episodes in the anime. Still, you'll find plenty of fans, particularly anime-only fans, complaining that Season 4 is weaker than the previous three.
    • Rather than a single arc being the blame, some fans call the entirety of the arcs of 2018 to be at fault of this, due to the year being far too heavy on school and Slice of Life themed arcs that do little to drive the plot forward, such as the U.A. Cultural Festival Arc essentially just wrapping up plot points introduced at the end of the Internship Arc and the Joint Training Arc showcasing the skills of various students and giving Shinso and Class 1-B a long deserved focus, but having almost no stakes and connect very little with the ongoing plot. A very big complaint is that the arc that most moved the story forward, the Pro Hero Arc, was an arc focused on Endeavor and Hawks that lasted only about 10 chapters.
  • Ass Pull: How some feel about the Midoriya vs. Shinso match during the U.A. Sports Festival Arc. The only reason Midoriya was able to break out of Shinso's brainwashing Quirk is due to Midoriya's Quirk suddenly activating on its own, which allowed Midoriya to hurt himself and thus break free of Shinso's control. There's no explanation given for why this happens during the arc proper, with All Might even lampshading that fact ("Don't get too hung up about it!"). While the reason behind this strange event, the fact that One For All has the vestiges of past users embedded into it, does get explained later in the series, that only happens 160 chapters after the battle had already occurred.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • In the end-of-chapter notes for Chapter 11, Horikoshi mentions how many were wondering about the discrepancy in terms of the total amount of students in the class. He explains that the number of students mentioned in Chapter 5 was referring to those who passed the entrance exam. The final two students, Todoroki and Yaoyorozu, got in via special recommendations, which is why they weren't counted in the group.
    • The anime's adaptation of the U.A. Sports Festival Arc basically did this for Yaoyorozu by actually showing off her overwhelming loss to Tokoyami, which was only a single uninformative panel in the manga. This was due to Horikoshi discovering that the length of the arc was ballooning from what he originally intended and cut out some things intentionally because they were one-stroke battles and having them all chew up pages in weekly chapter format would let down the readers. However, while nearly all of the fights Horikoshi cut out are inconsequential, Yaoyorozu's defeat has lasting consequences. Originally, many readers of the manga felt that her broken confidence in the Final Exams Arc came out of nowhere since they never got to see what it was that turned her into a Broken Ace.
    • For the Bakugo vs. Uraraka fight in the manga, many fans didn't understand why the crowd suddenly turned on the former for full-on attacking the latter despite there being four mixed-sex battles beforehand. This was because the manga didn't show enough to justify this reaction. In the anime, it's shown that the previous fights were a lot more even and in two of them, the girls won pretty easily.note  In the Tokoyami vs. Yaoyorozu fight, it's shown that the former deliberately attacked in a way that would get the latter out of the ring without hurting her. In Bakugo's case, it appears that he has a significant advantage over Uraraka. However, since he doesn't go for a quick ring out, the crowd assumes that he's just taking pleasure in hurting someone who is weaker than him.
    • In the collected volumes, Horikoshi mentions that some fans were confused about Midoriya using One For All at 1,000,000% in the form of a Delaware Detroit Smash during the Forest Training Camp Arc; he explains that this was just a Battle Cry and wasn't meant to be a literal measure of power.
    • The Internship Arc collected several complaints about it being "not very MHA-like" and Overhaul for being a bland boring villain, with Horikoshi admitting that it had a very experimental structure and he was trying an arc more like a typical shōnen than his usual Western-inspired structure. The U.A. Cultural Festival Arc has since been labeled as a return to form for the manga, with a nice focus on the Slice of Life aspect of U.A., more comic moments, better paced and a far more interesting villain than the Hate Sink Overhaul in the form of the Affably Evil Gentle and his Genki Girl sidekick La Brava.
    • A common complaint is that Horikoshi introduces many interesting characters, only to ignore them, instead preferring to add more new characters. Notable examples of this include Shinso, who became a major Ensemble Dark Horse but was relegated to infrequent cameos after the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, and all of Class 1-B, who are mostly forgotten about in favor of Class 1-A. The Joint Training Arc gives both Shinso and all of Class 1-B A Day in the Limelight, with Shinso, in particular, being given a chance to join the Hero Course if he performs well enough (a popular Fandom-Specific Plot). This was later expanded to give time even for less important Class 1-A characters to shine, which include Kaminari showing he is smarter than what people give him credit for, flashbacks of Tokoyami's time working under Hawks and Yaoyorozu's newfound rivalry with Kendo.
    • Many complained that Midoriya beating Shinso in the U.A. Sports Festival Arc was an Ass Pull since there was no explanation given as to why One For All activated on its own and broke him out Shinso's mind control. The Joint Training Arc would later explain that vestiges of past One For All users still inhabit the Qurik, which is why One For All seemingly activated on its own. Though this explanation isn't satisfactory for everyone.
    • At the end of the Joint Training Arc, many feared Midoriya would become extremely overpowered, resulting in the loss of tension for the rest of the story. This was due to the revelation that Midoriya inherited six additional Quirks thanks to One For All. However, the following arc showcases the Big Bad, Shigaraki, evolving his own Quirk, which has enough power to turn an entire city block into a deserted crater, gathering an army, and recruiting Gigantomachia. Due to these factors, many fans fear that Midoriya might be too underpowered now. Likewise, in Chapter 257, Bakugo and All Might conclude that none of the One For All users' original Quirks were all that powerful on their own, which was why none of them could defeat All For One.
    • When news dropped that Season 4 of the anime would start off with a recap-filler episode like Season 3, the fandom was predictably frustrated. However, when the episode actually aired, many were pleasantly surprised with it. The recap aspect of the episode is fairly understated, and the plot has some nice worldbuilding and fun slice of life moments that the fanbase enjoys. Adding to this, the anime original character introduced in the episode, Taneo Tokuda, is incredibly likable and interesting, with many hoping that he will be brought back in the future.
    • A significant portion of the fans dislike Aizawa for expelling dozens of students simply for failing his Quirk test, giving them black marks on their records, and leading to some Fridge Logic. Chapter 254 reveals that while Aizawa did actually expel those students, he also re-enrolled them, and the last class he expelled is still at U.A., making the entire exercise a harsh but fair "rational deception" that Aizawa is known for.
    • As detailed in Unfortunate Implications, the original name for the Doctor, Maruta Shiga, was very controversial, particularly in China and South Korea, due to its unintended connection to an experiment done by Imperial Japan towards those from those two regions during World War II. Horikoshi swiftly apologized for this and changed the name to Kyudai Garaki, a name that retains the original's similarity to Shigaraki (as in, All For One's surname) without the problematic "Maruta" reference.
    • A long-lasting complaint in the fandom was the fact that Bakugo would not acknowledge that his bullying and mistreatment of Midoriya was wrong or apologize for it. Chapter 284 has him admitting to All Might, though not to Midoriya, that in some way, taking part in Midoriya's training of the One For All is his way to atone, and that he realizes his bullying of Midoriya came from a place of fear that Midoriya was better than him.
  • Awesome Art: Applies to both the manga and the anime:
    • The series is praised for its detailed art. A notable aspect being how Horikoshi gives even background characters detailed, individual designs. Fans that are artists themselves always point out how absolutely floored they are by Horikoshi's unique skill at drawing hands, mentioning his hands are heavily expressive and realistic and use him as reference for their own art. Funnily enough, the author's note of volume two actually had him discussing drawing hands and how important he feels they are for "showing expression and character."
    • The anime is done by Studio BONES, well-known for their beautiful animation, and unlike many anime adapted from Weekly Shōnen Jump is released in seasons (or cours) rather than weekly, meaning the studio has far more time to plan and animate each episode. And while it looked good from the start, it has improved considerably since Season 1. The action scenes, in particular, always look amazing, with All Might vs. Nomu, Todoroki vs. Midoriya, the Stain fight, and All Might vs. All For One being stand-outs.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Better on DVD: Or tankobon, in this case. A major complaint about the divisive Internship Arc is the fact that it took an entire year to end, with more than once a delay between chapters due to the health issues of both Horikoshi and his assistants. Defenders of the arc claim that the plot can be better appreciated on a second reading now that the entirety of the arc is available, and that in this second reading, a lot of the problems the readers have are alleviated. In fact, a good portion of the defenders of the arc weren't accompanying it from the start and caught up with the manga midway through the arc.
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  • Canon Defilement:
    • Generally speaking, this is how many of his fans feel about how Bakugo is portrayed when he receives Ron the Death Eater treatment. Not only because some fics go extremely heavy with it to him downright raping either Midoriya or Uraraka, but also because it is a gruesome oversimplification of his character.
    • Midoriya's portrayal as a helpless, wimpy kid also receives this reaction from his fans, since he goes out of his way to evolve past this and it often ignores his Character Development.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: In Chapter 290, Dabi is revealed to be Toya Todoroki. It had long been considered very obvious to a large section of the fanbase that Dabi and Toya were one and the same due to overwhelming evidence (his fire Quirk, his self burns and poor battle endurance being consistent with Endeavor's descriptions of Toya's weaknesses, his cryptic remarks to Endeavor and Shoto, his generally similar face & hair to both Shoto and a young Endeavor, etc).
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Midoriya punching Bakugo during the Final Exams Arc. Up until that point, Bakugo has been an obnoxious jerk with full intention of failing both himself and Midoriya merely because he refuses to accept his rival's help. The punch not only saves Bakugo from All Might, but knocks some sense into him.
    • Chapter 152 gives us the pleasant visuals of Mirio pounding the living shit out of Overhaul. After just losing his Quirk. There's also a bit of catharsis seeing 100% Full Cowl Midoriya, aided by Eri, beating the shit out of Overhaul soon after.
    • Endeavor getting beaten down by the High-End Nomu and getting a nasty scar on the left side of his face, similar to the one he indirectly inflicted on Shoto. The latter even makes a snarky remark about it. And to top it off, he gets a scathing Calling the Old Man Out from another one of his children about his shitty behavior, even if he is trying to become a better person.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Midoriya has been shipped with a delicious pork cutlet bowl. It's also popular to ship him with a hospital bed.
    • It's not uncommon for fans to ship Todoroki with zaru soba.
    • For some reason, Mineta has been shipped with LSD. Yes, the drug.
  • Cliché Storm: Some have pointed out that the manga's overall plot and format matches up pretty cleanly with the rest of Shōnen Jump's repertoire. However, Tropes Are Tools, and it may make My Hero Academia all the better for it. For examples, look at this page.
  • Crack Ship:
    • Fans have shipped Midoriya with Mitsuki Bakugo, considering how attractive she is, due to the easy interpretation that she could be a cougar, and for the sheer hilarity of imagining Bakugo's reaction.
    • Due to some various theories about Midoriya's father, specifically that he is the son of a villain, some people started shipping Inko/All For One and Inko/Dabi, following the theory that Midoriya is the son of one of them.
    • Despite the fact that the mere existence of the idea is pure No Yay for most of the fandom, there are a number of fans that legitimately ship Mineta with some of the female characters. The most popular characters shipped with him being Yaoyorozu, as she's the most attractive student in the class and near-constantly shows off skin, and Tsuyu, as early on the two had a decent number of interactions between them.
  • Crazy Awesome:
    • Midoriya earned the title of "The Absolute Madman" for his capacity of withholding inhuman amounts of pain to come up with insane plans and moves in order to defeat his opponent. In-universe, there have been times where characters question his sanity based on his crazy plans that always end up working, especially considering he is willing to destroy himself in order to help others. A special mention goes to using Eri's uncontrollable rewind Quirk to use One For All at 100% and hurt himself in the same speed she is rewinding him, therefore suffering no injuries while neither being erased from existence.
    • Hatsume is a borderline Mad Scientist who dedicates every waking moment to the creation of machines that would be better fitting on a giant robot series than this one. This is amazingly shown in her fight against Iida, where she manipulates him into using her inventions and drags the fight to show everything off while making him dash around the area like a puppet.
  • Creator Worship: Horikoshi has received high amounts of praise for his outstanding writing, to the point that some fans consider him the author that is going to set the ground for or completely eliminate the clichés that several fans disdain in shonen.
  • Creepy Awesome:
  • Crossover Ship:
    • As per the Friendly Fandoms bit below, it's not uncommon to find people who ship Akko and Midoriya together given the similarities between them and their series.
    • Due to a particularly popular crossover fic with RWBY, My Huntsman Academia, Midoriya/Yang became one.
    • After a Twitter user made a crossover with Attack on Titan, where Midoriya and Eren befriend each other, the two became one.
  • Designated Hero:
    • To some of the fandom, the fact that Bakugo doesn't seem to actually realize that bullying someone and using violence to solve problems is bad, consistently shows little to no interest in actually helping civilians, and only wants to be a hero because he sees heroes like All-Might as "winners" and villains as "losers" and only wants to fight for the winning side really paints him at best as a gray moral character, at worst like bully who just wants to pick socially acceptable targets to beat up on. Even more importantly, people in-universe believe he is this, which is why the fact he decided to tell the League of Villains to shove their invitation up their ass and didn't go the "Rival Turned Evil" route that looked all but actually written on the wall took many characters by surprise.
    • Mineta, while a hero-in-training and treated as one of the good guys, showcases no heroic traits whatsoever, even less than Bakugo. He only wants to be a hero so he can be seen as being cool and get girls, is inappropriate to his peers, especially the female ones, he isn't courageous, altruistic, smart, charismatic, kind, or any of the traits that the rest of the class is praised as great heroes to be for having, even though he keeps being lumped together with others in this category. Many fans wonder how he got into Class 1-A and why no one has kicked him out yet. The fact that his 5/5 Intelligence stat, higher than Genius Bruiser Bakugo and Badass Bookworm Midoriya, and second only to Yaoyorozu's 6/5 Intelligence has been of no use whatsoever (or even showcased past Informed Attribute) does not help his case.
    • Aizawa is seen as this by his detractors. He's a deconstruction of the Sink-or-Swim Mentor, but a lot of people see his methods as either ineffective or downright cruel. He is willing to expel entire classes, and has done so before, should they not meet his standards, and would have done the same to Midoriya had he not impressed Aizawa at the last minute. While it's later revealed that the expulsions were temporary, they still go into the student's permanent record. He repeatedly uses "rational falsehoods" to get the students to work harder, but it in turn just scares the crap out of them. He's so incredibly militant about stomping down on all hope or love for the job for the sake of trying to adapt his class to the harshness of Hero life (read: it may get them killed and "sometimes you can't save them all") that when other teachers arrive the kids look like zombies, so dour he's made them. He tends to miss important details regarding the behavior of his students or punish them when he does notice.note  He also perpetuates the controversial aspect of hero society by threatening to punish the students for acting without licenses, namely by saying he'd have expelled the entire class outside of Bakugo, Jiro, and Hagakure for either attempting to rescue Bakugo themselves or for knowing about the attempt and not stopping them. Many end up seeing him as both a horrible teacher and a Knight Templar Rules Lawyer in the process. He even mentions that Vlad King, the homeroom teacher for Class 1-B, is a far better teacher than him, as Class 1-B's teamwork is on par with Class 1-A's despite the former's relative lack of life-or-death experience.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Bakugo gets this the most. If Uraraka, Midoriya, or Kirishima aren't being shipped with him, then he is often an abusive jerk who can even take pleasure in their misery and constantly push them towards Midoriya, Todoroki or Kaminari's arms, respectively. At worst, there is plenty of rape-related material of him, particularly with Midoriya. This treatment and especially the rape fics are a bit of a sore point to Bakugo/Midoriya shippers.
    • Although far rarer, Midoriya can get this from those who ship Bakugo with other characters (particularly Todoroki, Uraraka and Kirishima). He is either an annoying Gary Stu that Bakugo is justifiably pissed at, a possessive and aggressive Yandere for Bakugo seeking to end all competition, or just a past relationship that severely messed up either Bakugo or whoever he is trying to date.
    • Todoroki gets this from Bakugo/Midoriya. Though he isn't portrayed as an outright jerk as much as someone so protective of Midoriya, he gets in Bakugo's way. Particularly, he is prone to believing Bakugo is abusing Midoriya in one way or another and get in fights with him because of it.
    • Hisashi gets this a lot from All Might/Inko shippers. He is often a man who abandoned Inko and his own son rather than just working overseas, leaving a depressed Inko behind to care for their Quirkless son, and All Might comes up to pick up the pieces and become the father the family needs.
    • Kaminari got a bit of this from Jiro/Yaoyorozu shippers in the leadup to the war against the Paranormal Liberation Front. After Midnight tells him that if the thought of protecting everyone is too difficult for him to wrap his head around, he should instead think about protecting the person dearest to him, and Jiro immediately comes to his mind. While the Kaminari/Jiro pairing had existed before then, it wasn't seen as that much a threat to the Jiro/Yaoyorozu pairing due to Kaminari often only being teased by Jiro. After this bit of obvious Ship Tease, however, many fans of the former pairing began subjecting Kaminari to this thinking that the series was heading towards the latter pairing.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Stain. In-Universe, even. His Motive Rant made its way onto the Internet, where it rapidly gained popularity. In addition to inspiring multiple villainous figures, several heroic characters admit to admiring his conviction. There's even merchandise fashioned after him that's available to the public. Out of universe, while he has valid points about the shortcomings of the current hero system, he ends up attacking or even murdering heroes who fall short of his standards, like when he ends the genuinely heroic Ingenium's career, and nearly kills Ingenium's younger brother (who, while blinded by revenge, came to his senses with Midoriya and Todoroki's help).
    • Shigaraki has his fair share of fangirls, especially after his woobie traits have been revealed. A lot of his fans went on to forgive his murderous rage against a bunch of fifteen year olds because of this.
    • Toga is a wanted serial killer, but she's also an adorable Yandere high schooler, so naturally she has tons of fans. She, however, generally averts this, as no one expects her to become good. The only difference from her portrayal in the manga to the portrayal in fanworks is that her yandere-ish behavior is played for fanservice rather than horror.
    • Bakugo gets this treatment from some fans, particularly those who ship him with other characters (Midoriya in particular, but to a lesser extent when he's shipped with others as well). Midoriya seems to be guilty of giving this treatment to Bakugo as well if you consider he always goes out of his way to excuse Bakugo's behaviour towards him. It's also common for some fanfics to portray his relationship with Midoriya, when not romantic, infinitely more amicable than what it really is, sometimes even as Vitriolic Best Buds, and both of them often recurring to each other as an advisor or confidant. A particularly odd little trend that's especially popular on Tumblr is claiming that Bakugo's anger at Midoriya is completely understandable, if not justified, as Bakugo spent years training with his Quirk and becoming stronger so he could reach the top only to be usurped and ultimately end up in the shadow of his rival who was once powerless. This completely ignores the fact that Bakugo bullied Midoriya viciously before Midoriya inherited One For All and also comes with the rather disturbing side-effect of making it sound as though the continued bullying afterward is Midoriya's fault.
    • Dabi has his fans if only due to Evil Is Cool and his interesting design. The theory that he's related to Todoroki and/or Midoriya has also helped somewhat. His fans somewhat expect him to get revenge against Endeavor and get away with it.
    • Gentle and La Brava got this a lot. While both of their stories are tragic and sympathetic, people often ignore the fact that they are still criminals. Some even go as far as say that Midoriya is the one being the jerk in that situation for not letting Gentle go on with his dream and that he is the true hero there. However, Gentle's selfishness has also been pointed out, as he admits to be willing to destroy Eri's chance at learning how to smile, as well as all of the work that the heroes-in-training put into the U.A. Cultural Festival, simply just to get some sort of attention.
    • Endeavor. Since the start of his redemption arc, many fans have taken to glorifying him and generally demonizing all of his family.
    • On the other side of that fence, Rei Todoroki also gets some of this. While she's undeniably a victim of Endeavor's abuse, some fans act as though she's purely a victim and ignore or gloss over her dumping boiling water on her five year old son's face. Some go so far as to claim that she shouldn't have experienced any consequences from said action.
    • To a minor extent, but though he does care about them, Aizawa can be a real jerk to his students at times, but his more diehard fans tend to excuse every single thing he does/says towards them, even when he's being way harsher than he needs to or messing with them for his own amusement.
  • Dry Docked Ship: Endeavor/All Might, in no small part due to some beliefs that they studied together, and Endeavor had an obsession with him starting there.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Has its own page.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • There's almost no clues over who the U.A. traitor is, and no arc has particularly focused in figuring out who would it be, even though a traitor is mentioned periodically, leading to this. At this point, there are theories pointing towards any teacher at U.A. except All Might and a good chunk of the students, particularly Kaminarinote , Shoji, Hagakure, and Uraraka. The Wild Mass Guess page even lists the potential candidates among the tropers. That's not even getting into the theories that the traitor plot is a Red Herring concept being used to drive the heroes into paranoia.
    • Another popular theory is that Dabi is one of Shoto's brothers, specifically the unseen yet mentioned Toya Todoroki. The first hint is his Playing with Fire Quirk. The second hint is that he shares the same haircut as one of his siblings seen in the flashback from his childhood, though a different color. The third hint is that he's rather adamant about not using his real name, and that it would make sense that somebody from a family as prestigious as the Todorokis would hide his identity. The fourth hint is that during the Forest Training Camp Arc, he had a rather specific interaction with Shoto, almost like as if they've met before. The fifth hint is him sharing the same greenish-blue eyes as Shoto's fire side. Some speculate the reason he worships Stain is because having Endeavor for a father would twist his view on heroes, and that the reason Shoto didn't recognize him is because he dyed his hair and his patches made him harder to recognize. Finally, it's revealed that Toya had a fire Quirk even stronger than Endeavor's, but was too physically frail to use it to its full potential; Dabi's Quirk uses blue flames, indicating they burn hotter than Endeavor's, and Dabi's biggest weakness is his physical frailty and lack of resistance to his own fire.
    • Another prominent theory is that Midoriya wasn't actually Quirkless. Instead, his Quirk was stolen by All For One. All For One's back alley doctor's silhouette highly resembles Dr. Tsubasa, the doctor who told Midoriya that he was Quirkless, and it was later revealed that Dr. Tsubasa is actually the grandfather of the winged boy, Tsubasa, in Bakugo's Gang of Bullies, who was heavily implied by Horikoshi to be the Winged Nomu that grabbed Midoriya during the Field Training Arc. This creates a huge degree of Fridge Horror, since it effectively insinuates that Dr. Tsubasa either lent a helping hand to All For One in having Tsubasa's Quirk stolen, or he allowed Tsubasa, his own grandson, to be turned into a Nomu. The anime further fuels this theory due to Dr. Tsubasa and All For One's shadowy doctor having the same voice actor in both the Japanese and English versions. Revelations later in the manga made this theory stand out much more heavily, with it being revealed that Ujiko, said shadowy doctor, did manage to steal Quirks before All For One helped him out, meaning it's entirely possible that this theory is more likely true than before.
    • Virtually everything about Hisashi Midoriya, due to his absence from both Izuku and Inko's lives and the narrative leaving many things open about him:
      • Some believe that Hisashi is the reason why Izuku doesn't have a Quirk, due to some unexplained issue with him, and wonder if his distant relationship with his family is connected to that. The very disturbing idea that he might actually be Dabi is also brought up, too, considering that Dabi has not revealed his true name and possesses a strange fire Quirk, while Hisashi is said to be a fire-breather by his wife, though this theory has slowly died down as the "Dabi is a Todoroki" theory increased in popularity.
      • There are theories suggesting that Hisashi is All For One himself, based on small oddities, the inspiration that All For One visibly takes from famous Big Bad Dad Darth Vader, and the one partial shot of his intact face in profile - the only view of his pre-injury face we are ever given - which reveals facial features eerily to Izuku's and similarly messy hair, in an otherwise Cast of Snowflakes series. Some have taken this theory and ran with it in regards to fanfics, such as the Conversations with a Cryptid series.
  • Estrogen Brigade:
    • Quite a few male characters have strong female fanbases. Todoroki and Bakugo are the most prominent in Japan, but according to Horikoshi, Sero also has a lot of lady fans. In the West, All Might, Aizawa and Endeavor are a very popular subject of self-insert ships.
    • Kirishima's adorable "manliness" also nets him this. Iida also got one after the Swimming Pool episode reveals that he's jacked like a bodybuilder, sporting a full 8-pack.
    • Hawks - he's a relatively new character but the fans have pretty much fallen in love with him ever since he first appeared, and he even placed fourth in the latest popularity poll over other fan favorites like All Might and main characters like Iida. While part of it is due to his role in a very well received plot, a lot is also about from his really good looks and being comparatively much younger than the other pro-heroes (who tend to be in their late twenties if not much older).
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Everything about "Hero Killer" Stain is basically the embodiment of a '90s Anti-Hero, except he's a villain. He's a vicious Knight Templar who's convinced that none of the current group of Heroes barring All Might (and later, the main character Deku) are "real heroes" and need to be purged. He's also a complete psychopath with a warped view on what being a hero is and has no compunctions against murdering children. However, because of his design, weapons and powers as well as the ludicrous degree, he'll keep on fighting (after being defeated, he still continues trying to fight against the other heroes with a punctured lung and scared them enough to make them flinch before he passed out, while standing up) earned him admires in-universe and out. The League of Villains take advantage of this and recruit a plethora of new members who wished to follow in Stain's footsteps.
    • Stain in this case did a lot to help the League of Villains more than he realized, as the League of Villains truly got some really badass fighters like Spinner, Dabi, and Toga, who all agreed with his ideals to purge Japan from the 'fake heroes' festering the hero society, gaining them a lot of fans.
    • Shigaraki has gotten this in spades after his talk with Midoriya and realizing his own convictions which kickstarted his development from a Psychopathic Manchild into a genuinely cunning and dangerous villain. For any that still had doubts about him, his focus in the Meta Liberation Army Arc seems to have done the job of truly establishing him as a terrifying villain to rival All For One.
    • All For One, as the opposite of All Might, also has his own fan following, as he was the only one who could devastate All Might so much that All Might actually became the Handicapped Badass in the start of the series, and he lost his Quirk during his second fight, even though it ended on All For One's defeat. His Establishing Character Moment where he appeared as a synonym of Death itself also didn't hurt.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Toga is a crazy, bisexual Yandere who has a fetish for blood and seeing people getting beaten to a pulp. To many Nightmare Fetishist fans, she comes across as being extremely attractive because of this.
    • Overhaul is a Yakuza boss and the Arc Villain of the Internship Arc. He has fine features with dark hair, wears stylish suits (under his bomber jacket in the present), and gets to reveal his muscular build in a Shirtless Scene.
    • Chronostasis is a Long-Haired Pretty Boy who outclasses his boss, the aforementioned Overhaul, in sheer androgyny.
    • A lot of fans have this opinion about the Villain Midoriya AU fanfics, in which he is often portrayed as a suave, suit-wearing and smooth-talking serial killer and strategist for the League of Villains.
    • From her debut in Chapter 223, Chitose Kizuki of the Meta Liberation Army has received this. People have taken note of her beauty, along with her Black Eyes of Crazy.
    • To many fangirls, Shigaraki, Twice, Dabi and even Stain.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • All Might/Inko became a popular pairing after Chapter 97 after the former admitted he admired her, not only for her resemblance to his deceased mentor, but her personality too. Despite Inko being canonically still married to Izuku's father, several fans prefer to simply ignore this fact either by portraying All Might as Izuku's father or Inko as being divorced (helped by said father being The Ghost).
    • Despite Endeavor being married to Rei, although this is not played for romance, All Might/Endeavor started sparking in some circle after Season 2 of the anime. Fans of the ship tend to believe that Endeavor's obsession for All Might has romantic and Armored Closet Gay undertones.note  Also helping matters is the fact that Endeavor's marriage to Rei had nothing to do with sexual or romantic attraction, and in-universe was for the purpose of conceiving an heir, meaning Endeavor's marital status is not necessarily representative of his sexual identity. Since the Pro Hero Arc, however, Hawks/Endeavor became this.
  • Fandom Heresy:
    • Debates regarding the sexualization of the Class 1-A girls, specially, Yaoyorozu's outfit, which in the West, caused large fights on whether the in-universe explanation of the need of exposed skin for her Quirk holds water and whether or not that characterizes as ephebophilia or even pedophilia.
    • Endeavor's redemption arc in terms of its approach. Due to his base breaker status in the West, there are debates as to whether or not he deserves redemption thanks to his past actions.
    • Calling out Inko for having gained weight since Izuku's childhood. A lot of fans don't take kindly to people saying she has become ugly or unattractive due to gaining weight and put down those who say it by pointing out that it would be perfectly normal for a (technically) single mom to do such a thing.
    • For Bakugo/Uraraka shippers, one thing that can infuriate them is to call the ship Netorare, since it follows someone's childhood bully hooking up with his victim's crush, which is prime NTR storytelling, even though the fans rarely, if ever, portray the pairing as this. Bakugo/Midoriya shippers on the other hand can be easily angered when the ship is called abusive, due to depicting two people who had a bully/victim relationship entering a romantic relationship.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • An interesting case happened with the fandoms that were rivals to the Naruto fandom. Because of the manga's status as the Spiritual Successor to Naruto, fans who disliked the manga tend to associate both way too much and believe that My Hero Academia has the same problems Naruto had despite never reading it. Additionally, there are some former Naruto fans who feel that this series executes the tropes the former tried to pull off much better.
    • As the two works competing for being the post-Naruto new apple of Shōnen Jump's eyes, Black Clover fans tend to have a bone to pick with My Hero Academia fans, generally accusing the latter work of having just as many clichés. This was intensified when the former work got an anime that started being heavily pushed by Crunchyroll to become the next Naruto, while said anime also got a lot of nasty commentary and was criticized for its unhinged use of shonen clichés and Asta's voice. Black Clover has gradually come to be seen as "the new Bleach", which has only furthered the rivalry.
    • A really unusual case with Boruto: Naruto Next Generations which, much like its protagonist, has gone to painstaking efforts to make it clear that while it is a successor to Naruto, it is a distinct entity with its own way of doing things. While most people were perfectly content with this, a number of Naruto fans within the My Hero Academia community began taking shots at Boruto for being inferior to My Hero Academia, which they view as a more faithful successor. This has since instigated a larger mutual rivalry between fans of both series.
    • Crunchyroll's Anime Awards would cause many fandoms to turn against the My Hero Academia fandom, believing the series to have an overblown and unearned popularity that doesn't reflect its quality, which causes the series to earn many awards despite other shows deserving it more. In 2018, Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai's fandom was particularly angered at My Hero Academia for feeling that their protagonist, Sakuta, was infinitely more deserving of the Best Boy Award that ended up going to Midoriya. Some of My Hero Academia fans argue that at least this series has more staying power than others, and dismisses them, as well as their fandoms and complaints, as passing fads that are forgotten by the next popular anime of the following year.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Has its own page.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • The universe of the series is a rich and fertile soil to create OCs of both pro heroes and students.
    • As of Chapter 96, all students are being asked to move in to the school dorms. Essentially, this opens a huge space for slice-of-life and ship related fanfics as the students from Class 1-A are now dormmates.
    • For the second popularity poll, Horikoshi drew the top 10 characters in a fantasy theme across a large two page spread. The image quickly caught on with the fandom, and gained even more popularity after it was used as a basis for the third ED of the anime. As a result, numerous amounts of fan art and fanfics were created of the characters in an RPG-esque fantasy setting. Subsequently, the AU became a sort of recurring thing in the official material, it was the setting for a chapter of the spin-off light novels and the theme again for the fourth popularity pool drawing, as well as getting a shout out to it in the anime itself.
    • A few promotional images in the Halloween showcased several characters in costume outfitsnote . This has become a source of fanart and fanfics of the characters wearing these outfits in halloween or a alternate universe where they're all these kinds of monsters. Sometimes this even happens together with the fantasy-themed fics above.
    • How is the rest of the world handling Quirks? You tell us!
    • It's mentioned that Aizawa's been teaching at U.A. for five years and expels any student he doesn't think has potential, including an entire class the year before the current Class 1-A. What happened to those students? Do they resent Aizawa and/or U.A. in general for not giving them a chance? Could Aizawa have unwittingly created a villain by telling a kid they didn't have what it takes to be a hero?
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The fact that Inko is still married to Izuku's father is a fact known, but mostly ignored, due to a large preference for Inko to be with All Might. Others also add in their theories about Izuku's father being a villain, possibly even All For One himself, to explain why she wouldn't be with him.
  • Foe Yay Shipping:
    • Bakugo/Midoriya is this since Bakugo played the Arc Villain early on and was his rival, though this no longer applies. The same logic can be used on Todoroki/Midoriya, for Todoroki's part as the rival in the U.A. Sports Festival Arc.
    • Bakugo/Todoroki, who are shipped in spite of Bakugo being constantly angry and outright hating Todoroki, while the latter more or less considers him an everyday annoyance.
    • Midoriya's status as Launcher of a Thousand Ships, besides the popular Alternate Universe of him as a villain makes ships of him with members of the League of Villains, including Shigaraki, Dabi, Toga and even Stain and All For One.
    • Fans have taken up shipping Bakugo/Toga, though it doubles as a Crack Ship due to the fact that they haven't directly interacted during his kidnapping. They most likely do this due to Bakugo's Japanese voice actor saying he considers Toga to be attractive.
    • All Might/Endeavor is sometimes shipped, despite the fact Endeavor despises All Might.
    • Midnight/Mt. Lady, who are known to have gotten into a Cat Fight on TV, are shipped together due to their fiery dynamics.
    • Hawks/Dabi, which was surprisingly popular even before their actual interaction in Chapter 190/191, was only furthered when they actually showcase a very antagonistic relationship.
  • Franchise Original Sin:
    • At the beginning of the manga, a lot of praise was given to the manga's pacing, with villain-centered arc driving the plot forward interlaced with school-centered arcs that drove the characters and the addition of a multitude of vibrant, interesting characters in each arc. Eventually, some fans started to complain about these exact elements. These fans believe the amount of school-centered arcs has led to the plot advancing at a snail's pace and leaving enough unresolved plot threads to weave a blanket, while the sizeable cast has become sizeable enough that most characters will never get any focus, no matter how much fans want.
    • Some of the more contentious points of the Internship Arc, such as most of the cast being pushed aside in favor of new characters, were present in the Field Training Arc. Back then, however, it wasn't as much of a problem because that arc was much shorter, most of the cast who wasn't shown came back having learned new things in their absence, and there were fewer new characters.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With One-Punch Man because of how both series are Japanese takes on the Western superhero genre. This has created a significant overlap in the fandoms rather than a rivalry. The fact that One-Punch Man is a seinen with a much older target demographic and more adult humor than My Hero Academia helps. Heck, it's to the point where some jokingly suggest that One-Punch Man is a Distant Finale for My Hero Academia, with Saitama being the final/current user of One For All.
    • The fandom is also on friendly terms with ONE's other series Mob Psycho 100 due to both shows featuring socially-awkward but powerful kid protagonist. There are many fanarts and fanfic where both protagonists befriend each other or Mob himself being depicted attending U.A.to train his telekinetic powers.
    • There's one with Naruto. Horikoshi has cited Naruto as one of the inspirations for the series, and it started around the same time Naruto ended, so the timing was good for fans to find a new series to fill the void. Exemplified by this fan-made comic. Now with an updated version in color.
    • Many fans of American Comic Books actually like the series, due to the fact that the manga also embraces many Comic Book Tropes and remains upbeat and positive about superheroics. In particular, some have called All Might a truer version of Superman than most actual Superman adaptations.
    • Both My Hero Academia and Sailor Moon have a great friendship. Additionally, there are some fans who wished to have Midoriya and Usagi show up in some crossover fighting games like BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
    • In a minor case of Big Name Fan, Linkara has mentioned being a fan of the series.
    • Fans of Katekyō Hitman Reborn! were attracted to this fandom due to the very similar methods of shipping. Both have a Badass Adorable Launcher of a Thousand Ships main character, surrounded by a group that might as well be a harem for him, similar Gotta Ship 'Em All principles and very little Ship-to-Ship Combat.
    • A small one with the Disney cult movie Sky High, since the manga is basically a Japanese version of it.
    • It has one with Tiger & Bunny, due to both being anime series about Western-style superheroes.
    • It has a pretty big one with Little Witch Academia, largely due to similar ideas behind the plot, youngster with a dream and a natural lack of skill for what they want to do (Midoriya and Akko) gets to follow in their hero's footsteps (All Might giving Midoriya One For All, while Akko receiving guidance and the Shiny Rod from Ursula) at an academia of adventure where said hero teaches. A lot of crossover fan art of Akko in U.A. and Midoriya in Luna Nova was prompted soon after Little Witch Academia's airing ended.
    • Fans of Bungou Stray Dogs are friendly with My Hero Academia fans and/or have watched My Hero Academia as well due to the similar setting of powers though the former are more in line with the supernatural. It is another common fandom for crossovers in fan works.
    • There seems to be one with Dragon Ball, as indicated by the fact that the majority of "You Say Run Goes With Everything" videos are Dragon Ball-related.
    • There's one with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, due to how many references and similarities there are. Like with Dragon Ball, a lot of the "You Say Run Goes With Everything" videos are synced to moments from JoJo.
    • With Haikyuu!!. There are actually several voice actors who voice significant (whether they're main or popular) characters on both shows.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Aoyama's defeat at the U.A. Sports Festival, which comes after his belt gets destroyed. It's a lot harder to laugh at after it's revealed that he suffers from a condition where his body can't handle his own Quirk without it, and said condition also causes occasional Power Incontinence.

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  • Genius Bonus:
    • In Chapter 172, Tokoyami briefly mentions with sadness about his failure to master the F Chord. The F Chord is a very difficult chord to be played by people who are just learning to play guitar, as anyone who has tried to can say.
    • The types of mushrooms Komori grows during her fight in Joint Training Arc:
      • Ionomidotis Frondosa and Coprinopsis Atramentaria are mushrooms which are completely black and partially black, respectively, which makes them a perfect hiding place for Kuroiro.
      • Schizophyllum Commune is known to cause diseases affecting respiratory system, and it's what Komori grows in Tokoyami's throat.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • While the manga is already popular in its native Japan, it's much more popular in North America, thanks to being a perfect mix between Japanese battle shonen and American superhero comic books, where it's one of the few mangas to have reached mainstream popularity.
    • In regards to characters, both Gran Torino and Stain placed noticeably higher in the American popularity poll than in the Japanese one.
    • Hatsume is an example of this. In the Japanese popularity poll, she ranked lower than Kendo, a character who at the time had less screentime than her. In America, however, she's a favorite among fan artists.
    • An example with a character that is already popular with both sides of the fanbase in Tsuyu. In Japan, Tsuyu ranked in 6th place in the first popularity poll and dropped done to 9th place in the second. In the U.S. poll, she was 2nd place for the first and 5th in the second.
    • There's Toga, who placed 19th in the second Japanese poll, but 3rd in the U.S. poll.
    • Shoji's reception in the West is far better than in the East, largely related to fans thinking that he's a bizarre version of sexy and Freaky Is Cool.
    • Mirio is way more popular in the West than he is in Japan. In the 3rd and 4th popularity polls, he ranked 41st and 26th, respectively, whereas many Western fans have him on their list of favorite characters of the whole series. The latest Western popularity pool ranks him on the 9th place, 17 positions above his ranking in Japan.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Due to Loads and Loads of Characters, and them all frequently being paired up with each other in various battles and activities, shipping has run pretty rampant in the fandom with sexuality rarely being a consideration.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The series starts to pick up steam with the USJ Arc. For others, the U.A. Sports Festival Arc is where it started because of the Character Development that occurred. For how the villains were written, the Forest Training Camp Arc helped with that.
    • Season 2 is definitely when the anime started to get more popular. While Season 1's ratings were good, Season 2's ratings for the most part kept landing it in the top ten spot, with a recap episode actually having better ratings than the final episode of Naruto: Shippuden. On top of that, the series' burgeoning popularity was so strong that Season 2 was doubled to a 26 episode run as opposed to a fleeting 13 for Season 1, appeasing viewers who got annoyed with the idea that they were waiting a year for only 13 more episodes to come out. And the announcement of Season 2 immediately followed the end of the Season 1 finale to keep viewers invested and assure them the series was not going to be dropped. Moreso, it coincided with the return of the equally wildly popular Attack on Titan, which had the opposite fate- shaved down to a half-length season (though with the other half airing next year as a guaranteed third season to get a rhythm going again after a four-year deep freeze on production). Viewers of that series were consoled by the fact My Hero Academia would fill the void and flocked to it.
    • While the series hasn't shied away from portraying its antagonists in a sympathetic light, the Meta Liberation Army Arc completely eschewed whatever was left of its original Black-and-White Morality in favor of a more mature, nuanced worldview. In the process, the League of Villains have developed into protagonists in their own right.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • When Midoriya's attempt to attack the Sludge Villain proves ineffective by itself, and he only escapes because he shamed All Might into acting, he ends up getting chewed out by the heroes after the incident is resolved. Gentle, as Midoriya's Evil Counterpart, was similar in that he tried to save someone, only to fail and inadvertently make things worse. If Midoriya hadn't been as lucky as he'd been, his life and reputation might have been ruined if he'd been judged to have interfered with a hero's work.
    • When Twice was introduced, his goofy antics and odd mannerisms quickly made him an Ensemble Dark Horse, with many fans pointing to Deadpool as an obvious comparison and inspiration. Come Chapter 115, we get to see him without the mask, and we find out that his antics are a side effect of having been mentally broken through suffering an Ambiguous Clone Ending... of his own doing, due to misuse of his Quirk. Behind the mask is a terribly conflicted and self-loathing man suffering from a split-personality who doesn't even know if he's the original.
    • Less than a week after the anime gets to where All Might loses his powers and his position as #1 hero, we get Chapter 188, which ends with his successor, Endeavor, suffering a really bad injury. It really makes his "You're next" line unfortunate.
    • In Chapter 160, Dabi refers to Spinner as "Lizard," which Spinner takes offense to. In Chapter 220, it's revealed that for most of his life, Spinner has been discriminated against due to his appearance and labeled as "Dumb Lizard Man" by people with antiquated values. The same information also puts some details about Tsuyu and Shoji's past into a much harsher light, such as Shoji having to hide his face to not scare others, seemingly never removing his mask, and Tsuyu having a hard time making friends because she was ostracized from the other girls' circle of friends.
    • Jokes about Shigaraki's hand-themed design, calling him "Handyman", "Handjob" or "Facepalm", get a lot darker when Chapter 222 reveals that those hands are all that are left of the family he accidentally killed with his Quirk.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • The flashback of Inko and Izuku playing together when Izuku was a little kid was considered one of the cutest scenes in the manga and in the anime, but it reached new levels of heartwarming when Horikoshi admitted that the scene was inspired by his own time playing with his mom as a little kid and that he cried while making that scene.
    • Two things from All Might's speech to Midoriya at the start of the series became this after Two Heroes:
      • All Might made an offhand statement that the man who designed his costumes is his hero. In Two Heroes, it turns out to be David Shield, an old friend of All Might's.
      • Telling Midoriya to give up on heroism and focus on a job he can do without a Quirk was harsh, but it worked out very well for Melissa.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In a karmic sort of way if you think about it: Aizawa expelled his entire class last year just because they didn't live up to his standards, even if it was only to make a point, and he soon re-enrolled them. He got a little more than he bargained for the next year when his class includes the apprentice of the #1 hero and the son of the #2 hero and, overall, his entire class is quite possibly the strongest U.A.'s ever seen.
    • All of the comparisons to One-Punch Man became this when Iida's Japanese voice actor, Kaito Ishikawa, provided the voice of Genos in the anime adaptation.
    • Like any other series out there, My Hero Academia has plenty of gender flip art. Then comes Mitsuki Bakugo, who looks just like a female version of her son. When Horikoshi drew a picture of what he'd thought some of the characters would look like as the opposite gender, Bakugo's genderbend looks almost exactly like his mother as well.
    • Todoroki's first interaction with Midoriya is stating that I'm Not Here to Make Friends and that he will beat Midoriya on the U.A. Sports Festival. The hilarious part comes from the fact that, by the end of that arc, Midoriya would become his Only Friend and he would also open up to people in Class 1-A and even befriend Yaoyorozu after a while.
    • Prior to the airing of the anime's third season, there were videos that cut footage in order to mimic the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War. And then an actual, official collaboration between the anime and the movie was announced on April 11, 2018.
    • The Midoriya/Bakugo ship became this when in Cardcaptor Sakura's new season has their English voice actors playing Touya and Yukito, the poster boys for the Yaoi Boys tropenote  and an Official Couple of Childhood Friends.
    • Texas Smash is the first Smash All Might uses in the series. The license of the anime would be picked up by Funimation, a company that's based out of Texas.
    • This isn't the only time Christopher Sabat voiced a powerful muscular blonde with something that has been passed down for generations. Or a character that put a young protagonist through Training from Hell.
    • A kid, whose name starts with "E", with low self esteem issues, takes a level in badass, dyes his hair and changes his hairstyle to distance himself from his past self, becomes close friends with the main characters in the same place where he learns to be a badass. Are we talking about Eijiro Kirishima/Red Riot or Eli Mostowitz/Hawk?
    • In the english dub, All Might is voiced by Christopher Sabat and one of his pupils, Bakugo, who hero worships him is voiced by Clifford Chapin. This becomes hilarious when Chapin was cast as Cabba in Dragon Ball Super, who also forms a mentor-student relationship with Sabat's character Vegeta, except, the personalities of the characters voiced by each actor are polar opposite of each other.
  • Hollywood Homely: Midoriya is described in-universe as very plain looking and someone who people wouldn't look at twice. However, to many fans, he's at worst quite cute, and some fans think he is pretty attractive or even downright hot, specially as he keeps getting more muscular and collecting rugged scars.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • With many proclaiming it the "perfect shonen" and praising it as an amazing anime, many come in with high expectations of it. While many are satisfied, others don't see the appeal and consider it another Cliché Storm at worst, So Okay, It's Average at best. Not helping matters is that for many, the start of the series' Growing the Beard is the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, which doesn't occur until Season 2, meaning some drop it before they get to where the anime's praise genuinely comes from.
    • Character-wise, Tsuyu has been criticized due to how much hype and attention she receives. While not outright disliked, there are those who don't consider her any better than the other side characters.
    • Thanks to the series winning a large glut of awards during the 2017 and 2018 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, many fans of other series were not amused. It got to the point where detractors accused the awards of rewarding popularity over quality.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
    • Midnight/Mt. Lady is referred to on Tumblr as "M'Lady".
    • "Mighty Family" for Inko/All Might.
    • Kaminari/Ashido is known as "Battery Acid".
    • Bakugo/Kirishima is "Pop Rocks"
    • Kaminari/Jiro is known as "Lightning Cable/Lightning Jack".
    • Bakugo/Ashido is "Acid Bomb".
    • Deku/Uraraka is "Green Tea". Explanation 
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!:
    • This is the general consensus of the series' detractors due to Hype Backlash.
    • How some (especially his haters) feel about Bakugo. For them, watching him constantly winning the Popularity Polls is just irritating.
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Despite Bakugo being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in his best days (and even then, mostly with Kirishima), his fans like to portray him as a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold, a Tsundere or someone with a Sugar-and-Ice Personality. While his behavior is later given an explanation, it's never justified, he still doesn't feel remorse for bullying Midoriya for years on end, nor has his behavior in general gotten better towards anyone but Kirishima and Midoriya. Despite that, he has a large amount of fans for a variety of reason, Evil Is Sexy, Draco in Leather Pants and Jerkass Woobie being some of them. Some of his fans though do admit that he is not a nice person or someone they would like to meet in real life, but like him for being a complex, well-written take of the Stock Shōnen Rival trope.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
  • LGBT Fanbase:
    • Unsurprisingly, there's a good amount of Bara Genre fans that like the manga, since every male character is built like a brick wall with Midoriya, Bakugo, Iida, Kirishima, and All Might being among the favorites. Endeavor deserves special mention for being the subject of most bara fanart of the series and have become somewhat of a Bara icon for artists.
    • Trans fans have really shown approval of Tiger, a trans man and member of the Wild Wild Pussycats. Magne being a trans woman was also well received, especially in regards to how her voice actor is supportive of her and Twice angrily calling Overhaul out for using the wrong pronoun for her.
    • There are a good portion of fans from the LGBT community that interpret that characters such as Kirishima and Jiro are actually gay, with some fans believing and cheering for them to come out, as a result, both have gotten a considerable following of gay fans.
  • Love to Hate:

    M-R 
  • Magnificent Bastard: "Sensei", better known as All For One, is a incredibly powerful villain, the arch-nemesis of the heroic All Might. Secretly ruling the country from the shadows for generations, All For One was seemingly killed by his enemy, but survived and rebuilt a group of villains in secret. Wanting to hurt All Might, All For One tracked down All Might's mentor's long-lost grandson, and raised him as the villain Tomura Shigaraki, knowing this revelation would be the one thing to crush All Might's heroic spirit. Even in his final battle with All Might, All For One is pleased even if he loses, knowing his loss will inspire Shigaraki to become the greatest villain in history to oppose All Might's own successor.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Any character with a very cartoony Nonstandard Character Design is typically turned into this by the fanbase. Wash, for example, has gathered quite a few readers that joke abut them being super powerful, despite their little screen time.note  Slidin' Go has goteen a similar reaction due to his Seth MacFarlane-like design.
    • Thanks to My Hero Academia Abridged, Backdraft has become a small source of hype in the fandom despite his very limited screen time.
    • X-Less, originally a unnamed background hero who participated in the Hideout Raid, had a brief but glorious stint as this after his proper introduction much later in the series. He takes part in the Hospital Raid during the Paranormal Liberation War Arc with several other heroes and ends up in the unenviable position of securing Shigaraki's comatose body, making him an obvious Red Shirt who would be the first killed the moment Shigaraki wakes up. However, several chapters go by without him waking and X-Less quickly gained a reputation in some online communities as the man who refused to stop living despite already being dead. With every chapter his legend grew, to the point that some jokingly speculated that his true quirk was to cheat certain death. Sadly, he is dusted the moment Shigaraki does wake, but his legacy continues to live on after Shigaraki claims his cape for his own and starts wearing it as he begins to cause untold destruction.
  • Memetic Molester:
  • Mentor Ship:
    • In spite of the moral questions it raises and the Squick some fans feel towards it, All Might/Midoriya has a certain following, especially in Japan.
    • There are some fans who believe All Might had a crush on his own mentor, Nana.
  • Mind Game Ship:
    • Most of the Villain!Midoriya ships have shades of this, especially if it is with other villains.
    • Shinso/Midoriya gets this quite a bit, particularly due to how Shinso's power basically allows him to force others to do whatever he wants and Midoriya being naive enough to never avoid an opportunity for Shinso to use it on him.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Stain seems to be a parody of this, as he's an in-universe example of Evil Is Cool (as Kaminari once said and merchandise of him being sold), Draco in Leather Pants (Toga being his fangirl), and Strawman Has a Point (Midoriya saying that he had understandable goals).
    • Some fans seem to think that Midoriya uses the hero name Deku because of Bakugo, when actually, he states in the manga to use the name because Uraraka changed the meaning of it for him ("Deku" can be read both as "Useless", which was what Bakugo meant by it, and "Never give up", which is what Uraraka means by it). Deku was a name Midoriya was embarrassed of because it was a way for Bakugo to bully him, he gladly accepted the name after Uraraka started using it more respectfully.
    • Some of Rei Todoroki's Ron the Death Eater status came from the fact that people accuse her of being a mentally unstable person to become a mom, completely ignoring that her worst moment in her mental health came as direct result of the abuse she suffered at her husband's hands.
  • Mis-blamed: In the anime, the last parts of Mirio's fight against Overhaul are shown via a slideshow with very little movement. This led to some criticism that the anime was skimping out on the animation during a very important scene, including some accusations that My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising was eating into the budget. However, the manga also used only a handful of text-only panels for this scene, meaning that the anime actually showed the fight in even more detail than what would have been necessary.
  • Moe:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Shigaraki crossed the horizon during the USJ Arc when he tried to kill the U.A. students in an attempt to lure All Might out.
    • Stain crosses it in his introduction when he attacks Tensei Iida and permanently cripples him. Despite Stain's claims that he only went after heroes that don't adhere to All Might's ideals, several scenes reveal that Tensei was a Nice Guy.
    • Muscular already crossed it when he beat the hero team Water Hose, Kota's parents, to death for fun. And Muscular wants to do that to everybody he beats up. It's also implied that the villain tortured Water Hose before he killed them For the Evulz.
    • All For One crossed it when he killed Nana Shimura, All Might's predecessor, and then took her grandson to train him to be his successor.
    • Overhaul's horrifying treatment of Eri cements him as true evil: in order to produce his Quirk erasing bullets, he repeatedly used his Quirk to disintegrate her, extract her blood, then reassemble her, a process which is described as extremely painful and left Eri traumatized.
    • Skeptic of the Meta Liberation Army's attempt to "recruit" Twice, by to using his puppet-making Quirk to psychologically torture him over his severe issues from an incident where his own doubling powers went horribly wrong. His attempt comes down to creating puppets that look like Twice, having some of them hold him down and have others try to kill Toga in front of him, and breaking Twice's arms when he tries to stop them.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • Whenever you hear "You Say Run" start up, expect epicness.
    • SMAAAAAAAAAAASH!
  • Narm:
    • Some of the hero names the students chose. Imagine being saved by a hero named "Grape Juice" or "Cellophane".
    • Endeavor is constantly on fire. His beard and mustache are made of fire. No explanation is ever given for why he insists on being constantly on fire, even when it really doesn't demand it; in his house, in public, in a totally isolated hallway. Later scenes, such as flashbacks or him being around his family, tend to downplay the flames to a simple mustache or omit them entirely.
    • In episode 33 of the anime, Todoroki has a brief flashback to episode 31, when he, Midoriya, and Iida were visited by the police chief, who is an anthropomorphic dog. The problem is that this flashback is not accompanied by any dialogue, so if you didn't see episode 31, it appears to just be a still image of a dog wearing a suit that pops up for no reason. Even knowing the context, this scene can still be funny just for how sudden, silent, and short the flashback is.
    • The scene where Midoriya learns about the circumstances behind Kota becoming an orphan can lose a bit of its emotional punch given the fact that Midoriya's dressed in nothing but the Modesty Towel he'd been wearing at the hot spring, while Mandalay and Pixie-Bob are both fully-clothed.
    • All Might screaming a Big "NO!", in English, after failing to rescue Bakugo from Shigaraki's bar. However, for obvious reasons, this isn't really a problem in the dub.
    • The revelation that Yoarashi harbors a serious grudge with Todoroki because he and Endeavor were each rude to him once. That prompted him to move another school halfway across the country to get away from him and drives him to pick a fight in the middle of their provisional hero license exam.
    • Eri trying to smile, and then saying that she doesn't know how to during Mirio and Midoriya's visit in the hospital. It's supposed to be a tragic scene to highlight the lasting effects of her trauma, but it's so over the top melodramatic that it's hard to take seriously.
    • The Finnish translation ends up feeling like a different story at times, far more lighthearted and often dissonant, as a result of a single translation choice: on account of a dearth of good-sounding equivalents for "villain", they were forced to go with "pahis", which would at best mean "bad guy", and at worst "baddie". Now imagine the serious and collected Kurogiri calmly introduce the villains as "We are the Baddie League. We are here to kill All Might", and you will see the extent of the problem.
  • Narm Charm:
    • Shigaraki's design. In any other situation, a villain with a severed hand over his face would be pretty unintentionally hilarious. However, Shigaraki's design manages to make it look creepy, and the fact that the hands came from Shigaraki's dead family also helps.
    • All Might's finishing blow attack announcements, usually "[random American state] Smash!", are pretty ridiculous, but they're delivered with such seriousness, and in such climactic moments, that, at least after the first couple of times, it's hard not to like them. Especially once Midoriya starts imitating them, and in the especially dramatic case of All Might's final One For All powered punch, "United States of Smash," used to take down All For One. More goofy Gratuitous English, but it also makes perfect sense as the culmination of everything he's fought for, bringing together the strength of all his predecessors and supporters.
    • Midoriya fighting Gentle so that the U.A. Cultural Festival won't get shut down would seem like it's narm because it sounds like Skewed Priorities, but it reaches this when you remember it's because he wanted to let Eri have fun after the hell she went through. It also comes after several arcs of the class struggling to survive and progress in their education, making it one of the few moments of an In-Universe breather arc that would justify his drive to ensure the class succeeds.
  • Nausea Fuel: Seiji Shishikura's Meatball Quirk, as seen in Chapters 106 and 107. Lovecraftian Superpower doesn't even begin to describe it. It transforms the victim into an immobile, yet still conscious lump of flesh.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Way later in the manga and after a lot of Character Development, the fact that Bakugo was Midoriya's bully, and that he never faced direct consequences from it. The breaking point being how Bakugo casually told Midoriya to kill himself so he can get a Quirk in the next life. This scene in particular comes up a lot whenever his character is a subject of debate, though mainly because it comes across as a case of Early Installment Weirdness that never gets referenced again.
    • Mineta's perverted antics have crossed so far over the line at times that a good amount of fans find his actions to be completely unforgivable, even if he's done something heroic since then. His declaration of Jail Bait Wait to a six-year-old was the last straw for a lot of people.
    • Todoroki's mistaken belief that Midoriya is All Might's secret love child was never let go. Fancomics and fan art have Todoroki comment about it constantly whenever Midoriya and All Might are together even though it's never brought up again in the manga. It sometimes gets extrapolated into Todoroki believing that Mirio is also All Might's secret love child and that Shinso is Aizawa's illegitimate son.
    • The first thing mentioned about Rei Todoroki is the fact that she was the one who caused Shoto's scar by pouring boiling water on his face. While this happened during a moment of temporary insanity caused by the stress of being in an abusive relationship with Endeavor, Shoto quickly forgave her, and it's later revealed that she had tried to protect Shoto from Endeavor, and later helped give him the epiphany that he doesn't have to be like his father (remembering this helps Shoto use his fire against Midoriya), some fans have never forgiven her for this.
  • Not-So-Cheap Imitation: My Hero Academia was primarily influenced by Naruto. However, many critics prefer My Hero Academia to Naruto for deconstructing some cliches the latter played straight.
  • No Yay:
    • The first villain Midoriya and Bakugo encounter has rather uncomfortable subtext with them. It comes from being a slime villain with a habit of trying to take teenage boys' bodies.
    • Toga has intense Foe Yay with anyone she fights against, particularly Midoriya, Tsuyu and Uraraka, all of whom she appears to be crushing on. However, she has full intention of murdering everyone she got a crush on, even Stain, take their blood and ultimately, take over their life by using her Quirk to take their appearance.
    • Some people think that Shigaraki and Stain's interest, bordering on obsession in Shigaraki's case, towards Midoriya has strong undertones of this.
    • Mineta with anybody is seen as this, likely owing to his Scrappy status.
  • Older Than They Think: The motto "Plus Ultra" is the actual national motto of Spain since the 16th century. It even appears on the coat of arms of its national flag.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Winged Nomu from the Hosu attack, due to the implications that he might be one of Midoriya's companions from childhood. The author provided a "hint" image of the boy in question in the manga volume.
    • Mitsuki Bakugo only shows up for one scene in the aftermath of the Hideout Raid arc (apart from yelling at Bakugo off-panel after the Sports Festival arc) but has gained memetic infamy as Katsuki's surprisingly hot mom. It probably helps that she looks exactly like Katsuki as a woman.
    • One nameless hero who shows up in the Paranormal Liberation War arc catches Mr. Compress and Himiko Toga in his Quirk, all while delivering a short but effective statement of how the villains' troubled pasts don't justify their crimes. He's only thwarted by Twice's final clone stabbing him in the head.
  • One True Threesome:
    • Due to Midoriya being the Launcher of a Thousand Ships and a Gotta Ship 'Em All situation in the fandom, you can basically pick two characters and throw them on Midoriya and it would work. The most popular are Todoroki/Midoriya/Bakugo, Iida/Midoriya/Todoroki, Uraraka/Midoriya/Tsuyu, and Iida/Midoriya/Uraraka. Bakugo/Midoriya/Kirishima and Bakugo/Midoriya/Uraraka became popular soon after. To a less popular degree, Kaminari/Midoriya/Kirishima and Yaoyorozu/Midoriya/Todoroki also exist.
    • Dabi/Shigaraki/Toga is not unheard of. Specially since they are three of the most popular villains and their introduction shows some tensions between the three of them.
    • Kaminari/Kirishima/Bakugo has a surprising amount of fans, both due to Kirishima/Bakugo already large fanbase and Kaminari's popularity and proximity to the both of them.
    • Todoroki/Yaoyorozu/Jiro is another surprisingly popular ship, due in part to the popularity of both Todoroki/Yaoyorozu and Jiro/Yaoyorozu and as a means to combine them so as to solve shipping issues.
    • Mirio/Tamaki/Nejire has sparked in some circles. They are shown to be really close friends, Mirio and Nejire have served a bit of fanservice and the trio's general popularity as characters.
    • Among the adult characters All Might/Aizawa/Present Mic has a certain following.
    • There's also Aizawa/Midnight/Present Mic, since the three are friends and Midnight is the one that recommended Aizawa become a teacher in the first place.
    • Above the value of three, there are OT4s and so on. Midoriya/Bakugo/Todoroki/Shinso, Midoriya/Bakugo/Kaminari/Kirishima, Midoriya/Todoroki/Iida/Uraraka, etc.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Toga. She is capable of taking the place of anyone she takes the blood from. She was able to pose as Camie for a few days, meaning she was around the latter's friends and family without no one realizing the real Camie was somewhere, with god knows what was happening to her during this time period. Even worse, Toga can now turn into Uraraka and Midoriya, two people she made sure to know they were trusted and loved by their peers before taking their blood, therefore, she is now capable of infiltrating Class 1-A. During the Meta Liberation Army Arc, she got a power-up allowing her to replicate the Quirk of whoever she impersonates, which transformed her from a medium threat in the League to one of its strongest members.
  • Periphery Demographic: Women felt really attracted to the manga, due to its highly respectful portrayal of women for shonen manga standards. Not only are all girls of Class 1-A confirmedly badasses, but none of them ever get the Faux Action Girl treatment or gets reduced to a source of fanservice. Yaoyorozu, the resident Ms. Fanservice, not only has the fanservice justified, but also is a fully fleshed out character, even getting Character Focus on her self-worth issues during the Final Exams Arc. The other source of fanservice, Mt. Lady and Midnight, both have it fairly downplayed or even Played for Laughs, such as Mt. Lady using her sex appeal in order to get free food. Another point that women love about the manga is that the bodies are realistic and don't have the absurd waist-to-chest ratio that puts most women off in other manga. For those that don't mind a bit of manservice, it helps that a lot of the male heroes have that classic superhero definition built into their suits (or lack thereof in some cases).
  • Popular with Furries: The series is quite popular with furry fans due to characters such as Tsuyu, Tokoyami, Selkie, and Gang Orca, whose Quirks give them animal-like traits or make them outright anthropomorphic animals.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Deku/Uraraka: Dekuraraka, Dekuravity, Izukuraraka, Midoraka
    • Todoroki/Yaoyorozu: Momoroki, Todorozu
    • Izuku/Bakugo: Izukugou
    • Ashido/Kirishima: Kirishido
    • Uraraka/Asui: Tsuraraka, Urarasui
    • Ojiro/Hagakure: Tojiro
  • Ashido/Uraraka: Minaraka
  • Asui/Midoriya: Midoriyasui
  • Jiro/Momo: Jiromo
  • Aoyama/Midoriya: Midoriyama
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Mineta. Since a lot of fans hate him he often gets portrayed as even more unlikable, idiotic, incompetent and perverted than what he actually is. He is indeed one of the characters from Class 1-A that needs the most Character Development and training, but fanworks tend to make him a lost cause. Fanfics with Ho Yay pairings have gone as far as to portray him as a homophobe.
    • Hisashi Midoriya, Izuku's father, is frequently portrayed as being as abusive and neglectful as Endeavor if not an outright villain despite not having a single onscreen appearance, usually as part of a Die for Our Ship to push All Might or Aizawa towards Inko.
    • Bakugo gets this, to a certain degree, given how cruel he was earlier in the series, but sometimes his cruelty is overamplified, despite the character development he has been put through as the manga progressed and his haters tend to pretend he has no redeeming qualities.
    • Endeavor's Draco in Leather Pants status has caused some fans to demonize his family.
    • As mentioned in the Fandom-Specific Plot page, it's common for Midoriya to be a villain, generally under All For One, though this is less of a hate towards the character and more due to the very concept being interesting, as well as his origin story being a tragic one, almost to the point of bordering on Tragic Villain.
    • Bakugo's parents, Mitsuki and Masaru, are sometimes portrayed as abusive to Endeavor's degree, with Mitsuki being actively abusive and Masaru being a Useless Bystander Parent. This is due to some fans not taking lightly how Mitsuki has taken to physically disciplining her son after his kidnapping. Some of Bakugo's fans also believe that it is this supposed abuse that made Bakugo such an angered and hateful person to begin with (e.g. when he proposes forcing the Masegaki kids into submission, he remarks that was how he was raised), even though the manga went to lengths to explain that it had nothing to do with his parents, aside from the fact that they failed to notice their kid was becoming a Jerkass.
    • Monoma is a Jerkass in-universe, but many fan works take this Up to Eleven, making him more cruel than he actually is. In some cases, he’s simply portrayed as a one-dimensional Butt-Monkey, but other works go as far as to turn him into a Complete Monster, having him do extreme things like mocking people for mourning another person’s death. His Hidden Depths are rarely shown, and most of the time, he is portrayed as the villain of the story, bullying either Midoriya or Bakugo or anyone in Class 1-A without an ounce of sympathy.
    • Even Inko isn't safe from this trope, despite being a loving mother and a complete sweetheart. It doesn't seem to be out of dislike for her character personally, but some fanfics will turn her into an abusive parent to make Izuku's life more depressing for whatever reason.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Gentle and La Brava became such likable villains, there was a fraction of fans hoping they would win the battle against Midoriya, or thought that he was being an asshole for not letting them get away scot-free. After the fight, Midoriya does have enough sympathy for the two to downplay the fight as much as possible, and the aftermath of the arc seems to imply they'll both get off very lightly.
    • While not villains, Class 1-B are something of a Friendly Rival Opposing Sports Team and anytime they a pitted against Class 1-A, you can find more then a few fans hoping to see Class 1-B come out on top. This is helped by Class 1-B seeming more like the underdog in face-offs compared to the heavily praised and battle tested Class 1-A.
    • Everything the League of Villains has done since All For One's arrest counts as this. They're regularly losing members to the law and other villains, basically public enemy number one, and only seem to have each other, yet there's something just extremely compelling about seeing them struggle against these odds, take these licks, and survive. In their focus arc, they're pitted against the Well-Intentioned Extremist liberation front, slaughtering them in droves, and one can't help but cheer for them all the way as they try to rescue their captured Giran. Shigaraki, especially, people are really looking forward to the much foreshadowed day he finally truly succeeds his master.

    S 
  • The Scrappy: Mineta has a sizable hatedom and tends to rank low on popularity polls. This seems to be attributed to his perverted antics, which to a lot of fans comes across as annoying and/or gross rather than funny, and his arrogant attitude and looking down on others (like Todoroki or Bakugo) despite bringing nothing substantial to anything himself. There's also the fact that his character is painfully underdeveloped compared to others, yet, Horikoshi confessed that he is one of his favorite characters, due to being easy and fun to draw, so he tends to get a lot of screentime and page-time compared to other "side characters" in the class. It doesn't help that he's had virtually zero plot relevance at all since his introduction and has very little character development or exploration in the class. Many fans desperately wish for him to leave Class 1-A, usually to be replaced by Shinso (which often happens in Fix Fics).
  • Self-Fanservice:
    • Midoriya's body is up to interpretation depending on who is making the fanwork. He looks skinnier in typical Eastern yaoi, but can also look even more muscular than normal if he is intended to look more like a top in a Ho Yay pairing. In the typical Western fandom, there's a considerable amount of care in making him look both lean and muscular. Similarly, the fandom also tends to believe he has freckles all over his body, even though he had a Shirtless Scene early on the manga that proves his freckles are only on his face. In addition, the Bara fandom often speculates whether or not Midoriya is going to be able to hulk out like All Might does when he activates One For All, leading to fan art of him being absolutely shredded and bulky as a more experienced hero. In the Western fandom, there's a lot of fans who like to portray Midoriya as having sun-kissed, or at least naturally tanned, skin. It's also popular to depict him with tons of scars running up and down both of his arms, when all of his scars are restricted to his right arm in canon.
    • Yaoyorozu's hero costume get a lot of fan redesigns as a segment of her fanbase, mostly her non-Japanese fans, doesn't feel that her actual outfit is age and/or character appropriate. Her fan designed outfits tend to cover her up more or provide as much coverage as her actual outfit but in a way that are less sexualized. Some fans contribute outfits that are even more revealing, and thus more practical for her powerset, but which reveal skin in a less sexualized manner. Many of these designs amount to a stylized sports bra with shorts, or a sports bra with her existing skirt design, which was actually how her original design, as shown by Horikoshi's early concept sketches, would look like.
    • Uraraka is often shown as chubbier than what she actually is.note 
    • Shigaraki is subjected to this, especially after the Shigaraki/Dabi ship started attracting fans. He has a lot of marks on his face, from his cracked lips to his wrinkly eyebags which give him the appearance of a shut-in who doesn't get a lot of sleep, and a disturbing smile which is overall far from a pleasant sight. His deformities are often toned down to dark circles around his eyes, some random marks, and scratched lips, keeping a kind of dark alternative to the Bishōnen style.
    • Tsuyu is often drawn to be more human-looking in fan art with sometimes her figure getting a bit more emphasis.
    • While Aizawa doesn't look bad by any means, fan art tends to clean him up to make him look less of a groggy mess and more put together.
    • Hatsume gets this sometimes, mainly wearing more flattering/less clothes and her face being drawn in a more standard style.
    • Some depictions of Fat Gum combine elements of both his fat and skinny forms (and make his design less cartoony) to make him a more handsome Big Beautiful Man.
  • Ship Mates:
    • One of the reasons for Todoroki/Midoriya and Kirishima/Bakugo's amazing popularity is the fact that they are this. Besides them, Jiro/Yaoyorozu and Tsuyu/Uraraka ships are also this.
    • On the other hand, Todoroki/Bakugo and Kirishima/Midoriya shippers are always close by, though neither ship is exceeding popular.
    • Iida/Uraraka is a popular shipmate for Bakugo/Midoriya or Todoroki/Midoriya.
    • The most popular het ships on the fandom are this which includes Midoriya/Uraraka, Midoriya/Tsuyu, Bakugo/Uraraka, Todoroki/Yaoyorozu, and Kaminari/Jiro.
    • In the event Bakugo is paired off with anyone else or is just flat-out left alone, then Kirishima is often paired with Ashido.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • There is a large group of shippers and even fans who don't ship any couple at all that dislike and often openly attack, Bakugo/Midoriya. The groups accuse fanworks of that ship of Romanticized Abuse since it depicts a victim falling in love with his bully and the fans have the general belief that there is no possible healthy outcome for a romantic involvement between Midoriya and Bakugo. Some shippers are particularly fond of giving Bakugo the Ron the Death Eater treatment in their works. These shippers in particular point out how difficult their current relationship is and how hard would it be to create something healthy out of it. Midoriya/Bakugo shippers, on their part, defend the ship by claiming Bakugo has indeed improved and that it seems that their relationship has improved as well, also stating that Bakugo/Midoriya revolves around Character Development, on both sides. Many often try to work the issue in their fan works, use and abuse of Alternate Character Interpretation to explain the character's actions and often just create and entire Alternate Universe Fic to create a romance in a situation where the bullying never existed.
    • Another popular ship that rivals the hatedom of the Bakugo/Midoriya ship is Bakugo/Uraraka. Disliked by Bakugo/Kirishima shippers, Midoriya/Uraraka shippers, and the above mentioned Bakugo/Midoriya shippers alike, many have claimed that Uraraka dislikes, if not outright hates Bakugo, and it seems to be the same on Bakugo's part. Also, Bakugo and Uraraka haven't had a major moment between each other since their Sports Festival fight, if zero at all, which was also the first time onscreen they've encountered face-to-face, and it wasn't even by choice; the fights were selected at random. Fans of the ship says that during their fight, which seems to be the only source defense for defenders of Bakugo/Uraraka shippers, Bakugo sees something in Uraraka, that she isn't a frail schoolgirl and he acknowledged her determination. While the shipping has somewhat died down, the only popular ship that doesn't outright attack them is Midoriya/Todoroki, causing them to be Ship Mates.
    • Hawks/Endavor vs. Hawks/Dabi shippers. The latter thinks that the former are forgiving Endeavor too easy and shipping Hawks with an certified Domestic Abuser (and Endeavor being in his late forties while Hawks is the same age as his second eldest child), while the former point out that the latter are shipping Hawks with a certified Serial Killer and Hero Killer and accuse them of hypocrisy for it, claiming neither ship is perfectly functional, but at least in canon Hawks hates Dabi and likes Endeavor and between the two, Endeavor hasn't tried to and nearly succeed in murdering Hawks unlike Dabi.
  • Shipping Goggles: Shipping runs wild in the fandom, even though the manga itself is pretty much No Hugging, No Kissing, so otherwise friendly interactions are interpreted as possible romance.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • The rise of popularity to Bakugo post-Character Development caused him to be shipped with several characters, many of which he has little to no interactions with, Bakugo/Tsuyu and Bakugo/Toga being the most prominent among them, especially for the fact these characters rarely, if ever, appeared even in the same page on the comic, let alone having had any relevant interactions.
    • Midoriya's great status as a Launcher of a Thousand Ships causes him to be very much prone to take part in these. Being the protagonist, he gets the bulk of being shipped with the resident Ms. Fanservices Midnight and Mt. Lady in erotic works. While he showed interest in them, with him commenting on the latter's sexiness, it was entirely out of curiosity for their hero status and he has little interactions with either.
    • Midoriya/Ashido which gathered a following in Reddit, in spite of the fact they had about two conversations in the manga. This might be because they both share similar heroic ideals.
    • Midoriya/Dabi is a particularly rare case in which not only have neither of those characters ever interacted with each other, but Female Midoriya/Dabi is more popular than regular male Midoriya among shippers.
    • Despite not having appeared together yet, being aquatic mammal themed heroes, Selkie and Gang Orca are shipped sometimes.
    • Kaminari/Shinso can be seen as this. Having a following on Tumblr and Instagram, this ship was given birth during the Joint Training Arc, despite Kaminari only talking to him to befriend him twice, never mind the fact that Kaminari is canonically heterosexual. It can also be a case of Pair the Spares by Yaoyorouzu/Jiro shippers.
    • Doubling with Toy Ship, Eri/Kota, who have never met, but are shipped due to being in the same age group, and look up to Midoriya.
    • Bakugo/Yaoyorozu have rarely interacted, but they have a noticeable, if small, fandom with considerable amounts of fanart. Some people like the idea of a Bad Boy/Ojou ship. To the ship's credit, their interaction in Smash!! was laced with Ship Tease when Bakugo held Yaoyorozu hostage and under the effects of a Bishōnen Quirk, hits on her. And they were drawn in an outfit swap together.
    • There are some fans who ship Hawks/Fuyumi, if only to watch Endeavor’s reaction, even if they've never actually met face-to-face. Comparisons to the infamous scene in 22 Jump Street are often raised.
    • Iida/Camie has amassed a small, but devoted fanbase despite having no interaction at all. Their contrasting personalities and styles of speaking may have contributed towards it.
  • Shocking Moments:
    • The Forest Training Camp Arc has moments of these. The villains sent to deal with U.A.'s students manage to do more damage than the League of Villains before, and Chapter 75 ends with Midoriya using One For All at 1,000,000% on a villain.
    • The Hideout Raid Arc where All For One finally takes matters into his own hands. And when All For One moves, that means All Might himself gets personally involved as well. The results? Half an entire city gets itself wiped out from their clash alone. Note that both of them are severely weakened from their last fight, which really begs the question of just what the hell was their last fight like. If that's not all, All Might even goes way past his time limit (which reveals his true form for the whole world to see as well) and just keeps going by using One For All on his arms only. Between all of that, Nana Shimura, All Might's predecessor, is also revealed to be Shigaraki's grandmother.
    • Chapter 125, where we get our first look at Overhaul's power. Poor Magne.
    • The battle against Overhaul includes mind-blowing twists, such as Mirio losing his Quirk, Midoriya breaking through the wall to enter the fight and activating Full Cowl 20%, Team Ryukyu falling through the roof to barge in the fight with the last one of the Eight Bullets, Eri's power being awakened and being able to return things to a previous state, with her and Midoriya's powers combined they are able to use Full Cowl 100%.
  • Shocking Swerve: In Chapter 210, a new piece of information is learned about One For All. While the fact that something was wrong with Midoriya's Quirk was mentioned before, nobody was expecting that development in an otherwise so straightforward and streamlined arc. The fact that the development was, instead of more strength, Venom-like black death tendrils and some degree of psychological connection to All For One was not foreshadowed at all and everyone, both in and out of universe, was caught off guard. Theorists had a field day believing that this supports the theory that All For One is Midoriya's father.
  • Signature Line:
    • "I am here!"
    • "You can be a hero."
    • "SMMMMAAAAAAASSSHHHHHH!!"
    • "Go beyond! Plus Ultra!"
    • "UNITED STATES OF SMASH!"
  • Signature Scene:
    • A young Midoriya, having just learned that he's Quirkless, tearfully asking his mother if it's still possible for him to become a hero, and receiving only an apologetic hug in response.
    • All Might telling Midoriya "You can be a hero".
    • Midoriya using One For All to destroy the Zero Point Robot.
    • All Might's battle with Nomu at USJ, especially the anime version, which expanded the fight from a mere slugfest into a brawl that sent them crashing all throughout the complex and had "You Say Run" blaring the whole time.
    • Midoriya and Todoroki's battle in the U.A. Sports Festival.
    • The first close up of Shigaraki's Nightmare Face when he met Midoriya.
    • The finale to the fight between Midoriya and Muscular, particularly the "My Hero" capping it off.
    • All Might's "United States of Smash!!!" Followed by "You're next."
  • Signature Song: "You Say Run" and its variations.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • It's a pretty good manga adaptation of Sky High. Both deal with a world where superhumans are commonplace, with the main character starting off as a Badass Normal who eventually gains superpowers, and taking place in a superhero magnet school that has the world's equivalent to Superman as an alumnus.
    • It's a softer and brighter manga adaption of the Wild Cards series. Both take place in worlds where the vast majority of the human population possess a superpower with the majority of them worthless (Deuces), some of them turning people into physical mutants (Jokers), a selected few into winners with a actually useful power who can become "heroes" (Aces) and a small percentage of the population without a power altogether (Nats/Quirkless). The only difference between them is the absence of "Black Queens" (aka the mortality rate) in My Hero Academia.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: Of Naruto. Examples include:
    • Both are about underdog students with some relation to the resident World's Best Warrior, and their ongoing quest To Be a Master. That said, while Naruto has themes based around The Power of Friendship, and how you don't have to bear your cross by yourself, My Hero Academia is more based around individual success, and having the power to achieve your goals with your own two hands.
    • The Hideout Raid Arc is a perfect example of this, being one for the Sasuke Retrieval Arc: while the Naruto arc ends with Sasuke Uchiha deciding once and for all to become the Rival Turned Evil in his constant quest for power so he can fight his brother and turn-coats from Konoha to Orochimaru's side (even nearly killing Naruto along the way), the My Hero Academia arc has Bakugo deciding to defy the League of Villains' proposal and fights them, showcasing that while he's a jackass so colossal that people in the Academy actually EXPECTED him to turn villain if given a proper chance, he's still a stalwart supporter of the ideals people like All Might follow.
  • Squick:
    • Consuming a One For All user's DNA in order to inherit their powers.
    • Midoriya constantly destroying his arms and legs is bad enough in the manga, but it takes a whole new level in the anime watching them sickeningly flop around like empty gloves. He didn't just break his bones, he pulverized them. And that gets taken Up to Eleven in the tournament, where he does the "breaking their limbs" things with his wounded fingers over and over again.
    • The effects of Shigaraki's Quirk on Aizawa's elbow in the USJ Arc. In the manga, it seemed bearable, but compared to the anime, it's much worse.
    • Mineta saying that he can't wait to meet Eri in ten years. Besides sounding gross, it was beyond inappropriate.
    • It's been known since the Field Training Arc that the Iida family's engines are Organic Technology, possessing parts such as radiators and exhaust pipes. In the Joint Training Arc, Tenya and Tensei are also seen having mufflers, which the former tears out of his legs so that new ones will grow back in order to make his Quirk stronger. This is roughly equivalent to cutting out a piece of bone in the hopes that you can run faster when it heals. And again: they grow back.
    • One villain Kirishima fights has a Quirk that lets him spawn blades from his body. That might already be squicky to some people it gets amped up a notch when after the villain boosts his power with the trigger drug he spawns blades through his eyes.
  • Starboarding: Considering Midoriya's status of Launcher of a Thousand Ships, it's common to make fanfics of several people competing for him, but ultimately, only one of them winning, leaving all the others heartbroken. Particularly, Bakugo is the one most often portrayed as being in love with Midoriya, but due to his bullying, their relationship is forever screwed up. Shinso is another favorite to have feelings for Midoriya that won't be returned, if they are even acknowledged, being a common Romantic Runner-Up in fanfic.
  • Strawman Has a Point: While the crowd booing Bakugo at the Sports Festival does him and Uraraka a disservice by assuming that he'll perform a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on her, it's not hard to see where they're coming from, given Bakugo's violent and aggressive nature. It doesn't help that Bakugo ends up winning somewhat easily after he thwarts Uraraka's desperate gambit (proving that Bakugo was at an advantage), or that Midnight later has to sedate him with her powers to prevent him from attacking an unconscious Todoroki.
  • Superlative Dubbing: The dub is universally praised, particularly for the performances of Christopher Sabat as All Might and Justin Briner as Midoriya. Many consider All Might to be Sabat's best performance of his career (the above mentioned Big "NO!" is much less Narmy in the dub), while Briner's performance as Midoriya is considered by many to be better than his Japanese voice actor, Daiki Yamashita.note  Sabat himself considers All Might to be his greatest role.

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  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Those that still dislike Bakugo due to his horrible Establishing Character Moment consider his humiliating defeat by the Sludge Villain as this; it's even brought up by certain people in-universe who best know him as "that one hero-in-training who got embarrassed by that one villain". His haters also enjoy seeing how he was one of the only two Class 1-A students who failed the provisional hero license exam.
    • Nearly all of Mineta's perverted antics end with him on the receiving end of some sweet justice:
      • During the USJ incident, Mineta takes advantage of being rescued by Tsuyu to grope her breasts. She responds by violently dropping him into the boat, instead of putting him down gently like she did to Midoriya.
      • Mineta notices a peephole in the locker room, which would allow him to spy on the girls while they're changing. It turns out to be a trap set by Jiro, who uses her headphone jack to poke him in the eye.
      • One particular moment where Mineta gets punished for trying to peep on the girls in the hot springs helped propel Kota to minor Ensemble Dark Horse status. Even better, it turns out that Mandalay had Kota stand guard on the wall because she'd gotten a tip from Aizawa that one of his students was a pervert, meaning that Mineta's reputation is catching up to him.
        Kota: Before you become a hero, you should learn how to be a good human. [shoves Mineta off the dividing wall]
      • During the final fight of the joint training exercise, Mineta comes up with a strategy that has him bounce around using his sticky balls as springboards. He specifically calculated the trajectory so he would also end up bouncing into Ashido's breasts. Not only does she call him out for this, accusing him of being the worst member on the team, she is also later seen subjecting him to the Ludovico Procedure.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • When the anime was first announced, fans were skeptical since at the time, the manga wasn't even two years old and many thought that it was too soon for an anime adaptation. There were worries that it would overtake the manga and have a lot of filler. However, this was quelled when the anime took a seasonal approach.
    • Some weren't happy about the announcement of the live-action movie adaptation. And then there's the reveal of a stage play titled The Ultra Stage. They weren't happy due to how other live action adaptations of popular manga/anime series have been poorly received.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Something that Horikoshi laments is the fact he can't explore as much characters as he wants, showing interest in developing and talking more about all of Class 1-A and stating that at least for a while, all he can show is the character profiles. This sentiment becomes more pronounced as the series goes on, as Horikoshi keeps adding characters to his already large cast and doesn't expand them beyond their focus arcs:
    • The most complained about character in terms of lacking focus is Uraraka, a very notable one since she's supposed to be one of the main characters. She's one of the first fans that Midoriya ever had, is responsible for turning "Deku" from an insult to something Midoriya uses as his hero name, her original goal for becoming a hero is to gain money to support her family, and is one of the first people to get praise from Bakugo of all people (he only says in whisper that he doesn't think she's frail, but since this is Bakugo, that's still noteworthy). You'd expect someone who's done this much to have a larger role in the plot, but she hasn't had any relevance to the story since the sports festival. Most appearances following the U.A. Sports Festival Arc have simply revolved around her crush on Midoriya. Whenever discussions are brought up over what characters really need an arc to not fall to the wayside, expect her to be the first one mentioned.
    • Although Iida did receive a character arc during the Field Training Arc, a lot of fans believe that his character peaked too soon, as he has only received occasional plot relevancy in subsequent arcs.
    • An interesting variation of this is that some fans feel that Mineta, the resident Scrappy, had potential to be an interesting character due to his unique Quirk, distinct design, and self-esteem issues, and are disappointed that Horikoshi only put more emphasis on his perversion and jerkass behavior, but has yet to expand upon his non-perverted traits. His own character bio says that he's the second smartest person in Class 1-A, but we rarely see any hints of this or why he wants to become a hero in the first place when his two biggest character traits are "pervert" and "coward."
    • Ashido is one of the more visually striking members of Class 1-A, has a Quirk that is decidedly more villainous than would be expected from a hero in-training (Tokoyami's Quirk is similar, but it's effectively neutral until darkness comes into play) and she and Kirishima are the only members of Class 1-A besides Midoriya and Bakugo who knew each other prior to coming to U.A. Horikoshi has even said he's interested in doing more with her character. And yet, she's one of the very few Class 1-A students to not have had any sort of relevance to the main plot, or even a significant interaction with the main group besides Kirishima.
    • Nejire, despite being a part of The Big Three, hasn't gotten a backstory, a badass fight, or exploration of her issues and motivations like Mirio and Tamaki did during the Internship Arc, leaving her unexplored, despite being something the fans were very much expecting. This was lightly alleviated in the U.A. Cultural Festival Arc, where she received a sub-plot about her competition on the beauty pageant, though most fans agree that it's too little too late, not to mention it's annoying how the girl of the Big Three gets a beauty pageant instead of cool fight scenes.
    • A common complaint about the Internship Arc is how the girls never got to do much. While there were several chapters dedicated to the male characters Kirishima, Fat Gum, Rock Lock, Mirio, Sir Nighteye and Tamaki, the female characters such as Ryukyu, Tsuyu, Uraraka and especially Nejire all had to share a single chapter and only one fight under the spotlight, a fight in which none of their characters are explored.
    • Bakugo is a variant. Because his Character Arc is much more relying on gaining self-awareness and personal growth, rather than any kind of fighting or training, most of his focus is in character-driven plotlines. As a result, Bakugo's fans are often saddened about how little he gets to actually fight despite being one of the most powerful students. This is quite noticeable in the sense he is the only main character so far to not have defeated any major/relevant villain.note 
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: More than a few fans have stated they wished that Midoriya had never gained powers and that the series was about him becoming a hero despite his lack of a Quirk. Horikoshi stated that this was indeed the original plan for the manga, but it was scrapped because it would be too unrealistic for him to keep fighting enemies with increasingly outlandish and overpowered Quirks, which All Might explains to him at the beginning of the manga.
  • Toy Ship: In response to the Fanon of Eri being rescued after the Internship Arc, Eri is often paired with Kota though they have yet to interact. This is likely due to both being roughly at the same age group.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Often how Todoroki's scars are interpreted, especially since the manga never really draws his scar in a particularly detailed manner.
    • How some view Tsuyu's mother and Inko, if they don't find them just plain cute.
    • All Might's extremely emaciated true form has glimpses of this, whenever he puts on a brave smile, or embraces Midoriya.
    • Shoji has been considered by his fans some sort of ugly sexy. Despite his tentacle motifs, with his tentacles becoming mouths, ears and eyes, he has a quite nice musculature and a very fit body, so some fans think his weird looks actually add up to his charm. These fans are particularly fond of shipping him with Tokoyami.
    • Koda is surprisingly adorable for someone with a Rock Monster-like face. It helps that he is often surrounded by adorable animals and is clearly stated to have a liking for cute animals, even having a small rabbit in his room and that he is a Shrinking Violet.
    • John-chan is weirdly as close as a Nomu can get to a Ridiculously Cute Critter. He has odd proportions and an exposed brain, but his big eyes, cutesy name, duck bill, and a pair of tiny sneakers combined with being tiny enough to sit on Ujiko's lap like a cat made a lot of fans declare him oddly endearing. There's also the similarly designed Mocha, which appears to be a Distaff Counterpart to John-chan.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • When she's not considered adorable, Tsuyu gets this reaction from some fans.
    • Any character with a hyper-realistic animal head (like Tsuyu's best friend Habuko) can end up as this, because the style clashes so much with the rest of the art.
    • At one point, before their rematch, a focus on Bakugo's face shows him with an emotionless, blank and eerily peaceful expression. To someone who is always with either a comical scowl or a creepy angry face, that face can be quite off-putting. The fact he is making that face because he is an emotional turmoil doesn't help.
    • While it's not an uniform reaction, the poster for the movie showcases a young All Might without Hidden Eyes. While he doesn't look bad, his face not being drawn in the old comic style is offputting to some fans.
    • Quirks from the body may look that way, like Iida/Ingenium legs being exposed with thrusters on the back or Sero/Cellophane's arms having weirdly shaped elbows shooting out tape.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Chapter 259 revealed the Doctor's name to be Maruta Shiga, with many people noting that the name "Maruta" was likely a reference to project Maruta, a project done by Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II that involved inhumane experimentation on various people which included live vivisection, weapon testing, and forced pregnancies. While this name fits Horikoshi's tendency to give his characters punny/meaningful names, the "unfortunate" part comes in when you realize that "Maruta", meaning "logs" in Japanese, was the name given to the test subjects as the official cover story for the facility was that it was a lumber mill. Fans were very upset with the idea of a character as vile as the Doctor being named after the victims of a horrible experiment instead of the perpetrators, especially the ones from Chinanote  and South Korea where the scars are still prominent. Horikoshi later apologized for this on his Twitter account, where he clarified that the reference was unintentional and that he would change the Doctor's name in future chapters.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Part of the reason Bakugo is a Base-Breaking Character outside of Japan lies with this. From the moment we first meet him as a child, he's picking on Midoriya simply because he can, and then when he meet him when he's grown up more, he's still a huge jerk who threatens Midoriya and even tells him to commit suicide because Midoriya dared to try and get into U.A. alongside him. From there, Bakugo is an aggressive Jerkass who threatens and yells at people for petty reasons while acting as if the world owes him everything. Thus, whenever the series tries to make him look sympathetic, a number of fans get critical of the writing because he has never earned people's sympathy or trust to warrant being portrayed as sympathetic. It doesn't help that the series keeps trying to push the idea that Midoriya and Bakugo are friends and rivals, when Bakugo has yet to even consider acting better towards Midoriya, the most improvement he has being that he grows to respect Midoriya's power more. Many of Bakugo's detractors often argue that if the story actually addressed Bakugo's bully behavior and used it to develop more, he'd be likeable, but point out that Bakugo's character development seems to be just him learning how to make friends.
    • How some fans view Rei Todoroki. While there's no excusing what Endeavor did to her, there's also no excusing her taking her frustrations out on her five-year-old son, with some even saying that her action makes her worse than Endeavor. It doesn't help that her taking out said frustrations on Shoto was basically the first thing revealed about her, giving her a hell of an uphill slope to climb into being likeable, despite it later being revealed that she'd tried to protect Shoto from Endeavor. And with her largely divorced from the plot, there's few chances for her to demonstrate her redeeming qualities.
    • Monoma is an acknowledged case by Horikoshi, who in author notes during the U.A. Sports Festival Arc admits that he meant for Monoma to be antagonistic but not despicable. Since then, he seems to have just run with it, amping up Monoma's negative traits into a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis character for Class 1-A, which ironically made him into an Ensemble Dark Horse for the fandom who sees his exaggerated taunts as quite comical.
    • The police force in the Field Training Arc. While they are meant to be seen as people just doing their job and keeping the law, fans feel that they are ungrateful for Todoroki, Midoriya and Iida catching the Serial Killer that they have not managed to, and have to leave with none of the glory for their job.
    • Some fans didn't take kindly to Aizawa scolding Midoriya for using his Quirk against Muscular in the Forest Training Camp Arc. Not only was Midoriya simply protecting Kota at the time, but if Midoriya hadn't gone as far as he did, Muscular would have killed both Midoriya and Kota. This, combined with him threatening to not only expel the five students who went to rescue Bakugo, but also the twelve who didn't report it, can make it seem like Aizawa is less of a tough but fair Reasonable Authority Figure and more like someone who perpetuates rules that keep people's hands tied in dangerous situations.
    • After Endeavor started getting a redemption arc, it was not well received by many fans. At that point, he has been a neglectful parent to most his children and abusive in every level towards Shoto and has nothing but his competence as a hero to have gained a redemption arc. Many feel like Horikoshi expects fans to forgive him easily after an entire arc dedicated to how despicable and awful of a human being he was to his family. The attempt at a heartwarming scene of him stating that he wants to become a hero Shoto can be proud of fell on deaf ears when compared to everything he has done. Many fans went on to state that, if he is not arrested by what he has done, then it's the same as nothing for them.
    • Fuyumi, in the aftermath of Endeavor's battle against Hood. She tries to get the family together for a conversation and make Natsuo and Shoto interact with him and maybe put the family back together. When Natsuo blows up at Endeavor, calling him out on the fact that he is the cause for the weak bond between siblings, he knows next to nothing about Shoto and mentions a strange event related to Touya, Fuyumi sides with Endeavor and tells Natsuo to calm down, being disappointed at him for leaving. While some fans understand her desire to rebuild her family, some also think that she is glossing over Endeavor's abuse and neglect of her siblings and expect them to forgive Endeavor easily so she can get the family she wants, while disregarding her brothers' feelings. The situation aggravates later when she gives Shoto's contact information to his former abuser without his consent.
    • Kotaro Shimura. Sure, his reason for hating his mother isn't totally irrational, but the way he treats his son for wanting to be a hero is utterly monstrous. Even before resorting to beating him, he coldly leaves Tenko outside where his allergies act up, refusing to let him in for meals until he apologizes to him. And as a reminder, Tenko is five years old, and it's all but stated outright that Kotaro has been doing this to him for a long time. Tenko would end up murdering him when his Quirk activated for the first time.
  • Unpopular Popular Character:
    • Bakugo is by far the biggest one. Outside of Kirishima, Uraraka (and Midoriya, to a degree), nobody seems to like him, yet, he's won three popularity polls in a row. This is lessened later in the manga, in which while not many characters seem to particularly like him, nobody pushes him away either, and he manages to live together with others (though it's more because they don't take his anger and brashness seriously than him being civil with them), plus he's starting to show he does care for is classmates, like being angry at the way the rest of the U.A. students are treating them after the League of Villains attacks and agreeing to participate in the band with Jiro.
    • The League of Villains has many fans, but in-universe they obviously don't, and not even they seem to be quite able to deal with each other without wanting to cut throats at first. They do eventually get closer by the Internship Arc, as Overhaul pissed off the entire group by killing Magne and led to Shigaraki offering to Toga and Twice they avenge her death by sabotaging his plans, but since they are still villains this doesn't help them much here.
    • Gentle and La Brava are comical villains who consistently see a combination of universal dislike and disinterest from viewers when they attempt to unload their crimes online. Out-of-universe, they're very beloved and are considered to be a breath of fresh air following the Internship Arc.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The way bullying is treated in the manga makes sense to Japanese readers. In Japan, bullying is an issue rarely brought up with teachers and where the bully will rarely face consequences. Although there are initiatives to deal with the issue, it's still a large problem in Japanese schools, with the manga showing that Bakugo really does gets away scot free with his bullying, but it's shown he faces other consequences because of his bully-like attitude in high school. To Western readers, however, Bakugo seems like too much of a Karma Houdini, exactly because of how subtle the narrative is in punishing him and how they never caused him to question his heinous actions towards Midoriya in the past, with the Western fandom believing that this is a situation where Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
    • Twice, who is revealed to be 31 in the Volume 24 extras, developing a crush on the teenage Toga would be considered Squick for American readers. This is especially true to a piece of teasing official art featuring him measuring her naked body. While she makes a duckface.
    • Similar to the age issue above, Yaoyorozu being the main source of Fanservice is a bit of a hot topic of debate among Western fans due to her being still a first year in high school, while Japanese fans are mostly accepting of it.
    • Also related to sexuality issues, Mineta's perverted antics are much less warmly received by Western fans, due to a culture where sexual harrassment is no longer Played for Laughs. Western viewers tend to view him as less of a harmless nuisance and more of a sex offender in the making who deserves official punishment for his perversion.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Magne is a trans woman, but apart from her long hair, she lacks general feminine features. The facial hair doesn't help matters.
  • Vocal Minority: Midoriya's haters compose a minority, but a vocal amount of that minority think he's among the worst protagonists ever put to manga, as they believe he is a Vanilla Protagonist (at least, compared to Bakugo and Todoroki) with a boring Character Arc since he's barely changed since the start of the show aside from having better control of his Quirk and crying less.
  • What an Idiot!
    • In the anime, Todoroki is the single target of a huge number of ninja-themed students. It seems rather stupid of them, since in order to get to the next stage of the exam, each of them need to eliminate two people, and Todoroki's defeat can only be awarded to one of them, meaning that their team-up against a single strong opponent is high risk for a little reward. This is especially notable because, a few minutes before that battle happens, Midoriya lampshades that a team-up like that is not useful in the exam when he stops Sero and Uraraka from going after Camie.note 
    • In another anime-only part from the same arc, a group of at least seven students pull off an incredibly elaborate and time-consuming plan to trap and subdue Yaoyorozu, Jiro, Shoji and Tsuyu. Although the plan is solid enough, it still means that at best two of them would pass, and they would then have to go into the waiting room and be unable to help further. The leader of the group then acts surprised that Jiro, Shoji and Tsuyu would waste their time saving Yaoyorozu instead of focusing on themselves, even though it took them a few seconds and they had already guaranteed their spots.
  • The Woobie: Has its own page.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The usage of the term "Quirk" as a way to refer to the series' superpowers, the equivalent name in Japan is closer to "Individuality", came up from earlier scanlations. It caught on so much that the official Viz release, Funimation dub, and even other scanlators had to follow on it, making the term universal among the Western fandom. The French version went for "Alter", which keeps the meaning, is easy to remember and actually sounds pretty cool.
    • When All Might sees the fruits of Midoriya's toil on the beach, in the Japanese version, he says "Ohh my goodness!" in Engrish. This is meant to be a comedic moment, but it doesn't come off as such to an English speaking ear. Thus, to preserve the hilarity, and to avoid Lip Lock, it was localized as him saying, "Holy, stinking... SUPER CRAP!"
    • Tsuyu's insistence on being referred to on a First-Name Basis may fly over some heads due to how it's more formal in Japan to use Last-Name Basis. In the English dub, she asks that she be called "Tsu" as an Affectionate Nickname. While the dub does have most characters on a Last-Name Basis, the insistence on the use of a nickname also covers how "-chan" is an informal and affectionate honorific, compared to how the most acceptable alternative, "Asui-san," is roughly equivalent to "Miss Asui." In the localization of the manga, however, Tsuyu just asks to be called by her first name.
    • In the Japanese version, the reason why Midoriya goes by Deku is because Uraraka points out that it could mean "never giving up." In the English dub, it was changed to her thinking it sounded like the name of a hero (and that it was cute).
    • When everybody in Class 1-A selects their hero names, Aoyama and Ashido go right after each other with the names "I Can Not Stop Twinkling" and "Alien Queen", respectively. In Japanese, both of these were considered to be somewhat cringy instances of Gratuitous English, and the class' silent reaction to both was negative. In English, however, "I Can Not Stop Twinkling" sounds utterly idiotic, while "Alien Queen" actually sounds pretty cool, and so for an English speaking audience, seeing both names treated with an equal amount of disdain from the students wasn’t going to fly. As such, in the English dub, the moment was turned into a joke about Midnight having hilariously inconsistent taste in hero names, and the class' reaction was changed to flabbergasted incredulity that Midnight accepted Aoyama's hero name with some minor alterations, while Ashido's hero name was rejected.
    • Bakugo's choices for his hero name are "King Explosion Murder" and "Lord Explosion Murder." Originally, Midnight rejected them without providing a reason as to why. In the English dub, they're rejected because they sound too violent.
    • When Best Jeanist is giving Bakugo a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about being too aggressive, he uses the metaphor of heroes and villains being "two sides of the same coin". In the English dub, he says that they're "cut from the same cloth", which is the same basic metaphor, but reworded to reflect Best Jeanist's Clothing Combat power.
    • Class 1-A's Rikido Sato has the Quirk "Sugar Dope", which lets him become stronger by eating sugar. The English translation renames his power "Sugar Rush", which describes the ability much better while also removing the drug reference.
    • In the scene where Bakugo pays Kirishima back following the Hideout Raid Arc, he has Kaminari go into dimwit mode to distract everybody. However, due to how it's structured, it looks like Bakugo mugged him. The dub throws in an extra line that makes it clear that the money is from Bakugo's own pocket.
    • When Mineta first met Eri, he made an incredibly squicky Jail Bait Wait comment by saying he couldn't wait to meet her in ten years, which many considered to be low even for him. In the dub, it was changed to him noting that Eri will become a looker in ten years, which is far less creepy.
  • Writer Copout: The latter half of Mirio's fight against Overhaul, due to how lopsided the matchup seems for a Quirkless Mirio. Overhaul's ability to heal himself, pop anyone he touches like a zit, and reshape an entire battlefield already makes him a Superpower Lottery winner. Adding in that mortally wounding Eri would be an Instant-Win Condition for Overhaul, and Mirio continuing the fight for even five minutes becomes outright miraculous. Many fans felt more than a bit cheated that what was sure to be an impressive battle, showing Mirio's potential to become a hero without his Quirk, was almost entirely skipped over outside a handful of panels. This was especially underwhelming in the anime, as the climax of Mirio's character arc became a slideshow of stills essentially cut right from the manga.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • Mineta's hero outfit includes what looks like a diaper in its design. Given his status as The Scrappy, you can expect to often see his detractors use this as part of their insults towards him.
    • Slidin'-Go's hero costume, as at first glance, his costume looks just fine, but once you start looking below the belt...
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