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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: When Heino Okata/Most Excellent Wonder Bat bought Mount Fuji for Big Science Action, was he just trying to show off how rich he is, or was Tsukauchi right about it being a means of protecting people from the bombs that the Ultra-Humanite left in there?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Neither Tsuyu nor Ashido appear to be particularly upset about their bodies transforming into their present states. Tsuyu's case is justified, since it happened when she was a child and was something considered to be normal, but Ashido's transformation happened when she was 12-13 and because she was attacked by a Villain, yet she and the other characters brush it off as not being that big of a deal.
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  • Arc Fatigue: Thanks to delays in writing and the author devoting time to a few side stories, "Deku's Pal, Katsuki Bakugou" ends up taking about half a year to finish, despite only being one chapter longer than previous arcs. This is actually lampshaded in chapter 13 when Izuku remarks that the lecture version of Hero Training didn't feel as long as the practical version.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • The Ultra-Humanite is incredibly egoistical and petty, threatening to destroy the Tokyo National Museum for daring to house an exhibit of Endeavor. But at the same time, he's a Genius Bruiser powerful and prepared enough to take on Izuku, All Might, and Firestorm at the same time, only losing due to Izuku's alien heritage making him immune to the Villain's Quirk.
    • Lexi Luthor is just as self-centered as her grandfather Lex and just as brilliant too. She's constantly looking down on men four times her age because she knows she's five steps ahead of them and generally struts around as if she owns the place (and in many cases she does). She can also terrify Izuku more than any run-of-the-mill Villain, making him pass out in the snow from sheer fright and unease.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Izuku is this for some people, mostly because of the Angst he feels over being an alien. Some people think it's justified by the way the setting has been setup and distinguishes him from his canon counterpart in an interesting way. Others think he's a baby who has no reason to be as upset as he is. It should also be noted that a lot of it stems from how Bakugou, a highly divisive character in both stories, is the main cause for his troubles.
    • Bakugou is still this. While many people appreciate the Adaptational Heroism he's been subjected to, others hate how he still acts like a jerk despite everything that's happened to him. Even more people simply dislike him for how they feel about him in canon.
  • Bizarro Episode: The first chapter of the sidestory collection to be canon is the Christmas special, and it chronicles Santa Claus visiting various characters around the world before concluding with a fight between Santa and All for One. According to the author, this is an annual affair and Santa is Just Toying with Them.
  • Broken Base:
    • Thanks to him being The Scrappy, the author deciding NOT to follow the Fandom-Specific Plot of getting rid of Mineta was met with a bit of arguing on both sides.
    • Izuku's first costume-as shown on the main page-also caused this. While many people like the design, other people think it looks too cheesy, especially the bunny ear hoodie. This is acknowledged in the story, as his peers tease him for his obvious fanboying for All Might and his costume's cheesy aesthetics.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Eri of the spinoff story Be Humble. The author taking an already popular character and combining her with Shazam was an instant hit that inspired other writers to start contributing their own stories to the wider multiverse, as seen with The Infamous Man's The Times They Are A-Changin'.
    • Hisashi is also very popular, both for being a loving father, an actual character and for being this story's Firestorm.
    • Of all the members of Izuku's supporting cast, Alexis Luthor is the most popular thanks to how she alternates between being incredibly goofy and incredibly threatening and how much her dynamic with Izuku is a changeup from the usual dynamic between a Super and a Luthor.
    • While she has yet to make any physical appearances, Mordred the Shining Knight quickly became popular for being described as an Expy of the Mordred from Fate/Apocrypha.
  • Fanon: Despite author assurances to the contrary, much of the readerbase expects Izuku to have a "World of Cardboard" Speech like his DC Animated Universe counterpart before engaging the Noumu at USJ single-handedly to show just how powerful he really is.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Bakugou/Alexis is incredibly popular with fans because of the funy dynamic the two have with each other.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Many fans of this story are also fans of other popular crossover stories Thieves Can Be Heroes! and Amazing Fantasy. The authors of those stories even gave their approval when the author of this story decided to integrate them into his story's own Multiverse.
  • Genius Bonus: Chapters 5 and 6 are titled "The Übermenschen", literally meaning "The Supermen". This obviously refers to Izuku himself as his world's version of Superman. But the original use of the term (as explained under the Übermensch page) was to describe someone who is not constrained by human morality and reason in pursuit of their own goals, which perfectly describes the Ultra-Humanite, who feels constrained by human society and believes himself to be a victim of Tall Poppy Syndrome, hence his numerous criminal acts. It could also be translated as Over Man, the name of the Ultra-Humanite's Quirk, which puts him over other human beings by weakening them until they can't put up much of a fight against him physically. Even All Might struggles to fight him while under the effects of this Quirk.
  • Growing the Beard: While the story didn't start off poorly, for a lot of people, it really started to come together after the "The Übermenschen" arc when the story started to break away from canon and establish more world building.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Some readers are irked by the fact that the early chapters open almost exactly like the beginning of the canon story despite Izuku's completely different powers, origin, and mindset. This complaint has pretty much died down after the "The Übermenschen" arc.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Just like in canon, Izuku is this, with fans shipping him with Uraraka, Yaoyorozu, Kendou, Lexi - basically every girl he's come in contact with.
  • Les Yay:
    • In Chapter 9, it's briefly mentioned that Uraraka can't stop staring at Katana's midriff.
    • In Chapter 10, Jirou gets flustered when she thinks Hagakure stripped naked, and Hagakure, herself, doesn't have a problem teasing her about it.
      • She later gets flustered when Hagakure reveals that she voted for her for class president.
    • In the Christmas Omake, it's mentioned in the party at Wayne Manor that Stephanie and Cassandra (the two Batgirls before Barbara Gordon took the position back) are making out with each other. Chapter 13 later confirmed that they're dating.
  • The prequel series Zero Year has Uraraka and Saiko Intelli quickly develop a Romantic Two Girls Friendship with each other.
  • My Real Daddy: The Infamous Man's take on this story's version of The Shadow is generally seen as being superior than the one the author wrote to the point that they ended up making it canon to the story.
  • Nausea Fuel: The full extent of Bakugou's injuries is revealed in a flashback right before he and Izuku are set to square off during the Heroes vs. Villains exercise. Bakugou's chest was completely torn open from end to end, his ribs were poking out of his skin and his arm was shattered so thoroughly that they needed screws to hold the pieces together. There was blood dripping everywhere. All of this happened to a four-year-old. It's little wonder that Izuku is traumatized by what he'd done.
  • Painful Rhyme: The Christmas chapter, "Jingle My Bells, Baby", is chock full of this to add to its childish and silly appeal: rhyming words like "judgment" and "regiment" and "grassland" and "meadowland".
  • Paranoia Fuel:
    • Just imagine yourself in Izuku's shoes. You're an alien on a world that hates aliens. Everyone from small children to fully mature adults would like nothing more than to watch you get beaten into a bloody pulp solely because you're an alien. Your Super-Hearing means that you hear this practically everywhere you go and you're constantly surrounded by merchandise that only encourages violence against aliens. Your only saving grace is that you look human enough to pass for one of them, but that protection only works for as long as you can keep it a secret. So you have to keep this secret every day, minding everything you say or do to prevent others from finding out, lest your adoptive parents (whom you love dearly) get taken away by shady government agents and turned into Unpersons as you'll likely be strapped to a table to be dissected. You have to worry about this possibility every. Single. Day. This is Izuku's life.
    • Then add in the knowledge there are people who know your identity and are willing to hang this information over your head to taunt you like Lexi Luthor. Even your own teachers meant to guide you towards your dreams may be prejudiced against you for what you are rather than who you are.
  • Shocking Swerve: Thanks to the nature of the crossover, a lot of changes to the characters and the world come off as completely unexpected and out there. Some of these include Yaoyorozu having two mothers, Uraraka being a Metahuman, Dark Shadow being a Fifth Dimensional being, and Hisashi being Firestorm.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: For people who don't like Bakugou, him only getting tenth place in the entrance exam was definitely this.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: This story's version of The Shadow is given, to the displeasure of some readers, a Lighter and Softer portrayal compared to the dark Anti-Hero he's usually depicted as. The author said that that part of his character was still in tact and that he simply didn't have time to show it, but that wasn't good enough for some people to the point that another person's interpretation of the character was received better.
  • Unexpected Character: Chapter 11 unexpectedly has a cameo from Death of the Endless. Not only had the story hardly even alluded to the cosmic and metaphysical aspects of the DC Universe up to that point, but even in the comics, characters from The Sandman are rarely ever used.
  • Wangst: Izuku's problems in this story can come across as this, with some people thinking he's too moody to be an interesting character (not to mention how a lot of stems from Bakugou). He's mostly grown out of this by Chapter 7, but sometimes has brief relapses.

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