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My Hero Academia (Manga)

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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア Boku no Hero Academia) is a manga written and illustrated by Kohei Horikoshi, which began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump on July 7, 2014. It was reworked from a one-off story for Akamaru Jump before being expanded into its own series.Over the past century, the human race has been manifesting superpowers known as "Quirks". With 80% of humankind now possessing some kind of Quirk, crime has been amplified to superhuman levels; but in turn, those who seek to use their Quirk to save lives and uphold justice can train to become an officially-licensed hero.Izuku "Deku" Midoriya is a young and idealistic boy who dreamed of becoming just like his favorite hero, All Might. But his hopes seemed to be shattered when he discovered at the age of four that he's Quirkless, the unlucky one-in-five that would never develop a Quirk. Despite this, he continued to hold onto his dream of becoming a hero some other way, filling countless notebooks with study notes on Quirks and crimefighting.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Yet a chance encounter with All Might himself changes everything when the veteran chooses Midoriya to inherit his Quirk: "One For All". Now Midoriya has a genuine chance to become the kind of hero he always dreamed of and attend U.A. High School, the most prestigious Superhero School in the country. He swears to train his hardest no matter what obstacles try and stop him, and follow in All Might's footsteps as the Symbol of Peace, inspiring all with the belief that everyone can be a hero if they help those in need and never give up.It has been picked up by Viz Media and the English version of Shonen Jump. The manga serialization began its run in the English version by showcasing the first chapter before going into the middle of the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, which was where the series was at that point, with a recap explaining things up to get readers caught up. Volume collections were eventually released, covering the stories that were skipped over.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })An anime adaptation by Studio BONES began airing in April 2016 as part of the Spring 2016 Anime season. Funimation gained the license to the series and produces the English dub. Interestingly, the episodes of Funimation's simuldub were being made a week after the initial episodes aired. Season 2 premiered in April 2017 as part of the Spring 2017 Anime season. This time around, the first fourteen episodes of Funimation's simuldub premiered simultaneously with the Japanese release. A third season was soon announced after Season 2 ended, and began in April 2018, with Funimation once again airing their dub on the same day. Season 4 began airing in October 2019. When that ended in April 2020, Season 5 was likewise announced. Toonami licensed the anime adaptation, which began airing on May 5, 2018.For spinoff series and video games, see Franchise.My Hero Academia.This page has unmarked spoilers for Seasons 1 and 2 of the anime or up to Chapter 70 of the manga.
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Fat Flex: All Might describes his superpower to be similar to this. Just like a normal human can puff their chest to look stronger, he too can redistribute his body's energy output to turn from a skinny bloke to a superhuman form. However, doing so puts a heavy strain on his body, even more so after he got a lung ripped out in battle and so has had his transformational time halved.
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Heroic RRoD
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Played straight with the class's summer training camp, which was intended as this. One of the very first parts of it is using their Quirks near-constantly to increase how far they can go before their respective Heroic RRODs kick in.
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Badass Adorable
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Badass Adorable: The art style makes it quite easy for all characters to be seen as cute, and since basically everyone is a badass, a lot of characters can be seen as this. Midoriya, Tsuyu, and Uraraka deserve special mention.
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Yonkoma: My Hero Academia Smash!!, written and drawn by Neda Hirofumi, takes this format.
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Ripped from the Headlines: Gentle, a villain introduced in Chapter 170, commits crimes solely for online viewership and hits, acting as a commentary on outlandish YouTube behavior.
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Workout Fanservice: At the end of Midoriya's training to condition himself enough to handle One For All, there's a long shot of him sweaty and shirtless with his new lean musculature as evidence of his efforts to get into U.A. Particularly in the anime, during Season 2 episode 2, shows several of the characters working out, with Todoroki's being a particularly fanservicey one, since he wears only a muscle shirt to train. Bakugo in the Season 2 opening has been considered this.
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Villain Team-Up
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For the Forest Training Camp Arc, there's the Vanguard Action Squad of the League of Villains, though Muscular in particular due to his story with Kota's parents.
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All There in the Manual: The bonus pages for the manga volumes sometimes reveal interesting details about characters or the setting, especially in the character profile pages. One page also explains how the law against unlicensed Quirk usage is enforced, and says that people generally don't get in trouble unless they cause harm to others. For example, Inko Midoriya could use her telekinetic Quirk to retrieve her cell phone without too many people complaining.
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Unreliable Narrator
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In general, Midoriya's narration says at the very start that this is the story of how he became a great hero. So, assuming he isn't lying, we can assume he succeeds in the end.
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When Shigaraki and Kurogiri refer to the mysterious voice on the computer as "Sensei"; almost everyone assumed that this was meant as "Teacher" or "Master", a.k.a. towards their boss and the Man Behind the Man. Later, it's established that it was actually "Sensei", as in "Doctor".
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Little Bit Beastly: Some Quirks mutate their user to give them the appearance of a human-animal hybrid.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: A lot of the male characters appear with their shirts off revealing very fit bodies. They often undergo Clothing Damage in combat. Mirio Togata is frequently seen naked, as using his Quirk causes his clothes to fall off, sans his specially made hero costume, revealing his very muscular physique.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: Characters from Horikoshi's other work, Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, can be seen in various chapters. Chapter 36 has Shishido and Toytoy appear in the bleachers. Uwabami appears in Chapter 48 as the heroine Yaoyorozu and Kendo intern with for a week.
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Wrong Context Magic: One For All is unique among Quirks in the setting. Right from the start, it's the only Quirk known to be passed down to a chosen successor rather than inherited from a parent. It also grows stronger with each successive generation, which does not happen with normally inherited Quirks. It was created artificially when the villain All For One gave his brother a Quirk that stockpiles power and it combined with that brother's then-unknown ability to pass on his Quirk. One For All is the only Quirk immune to All For One's power. Midoriya is able to unlock secret abilities of One For All that are completely exclusive to him such as interacting with spirits of past wielders, accessing their memories as well as being able to use their Quirks which are drastically stronger than they originally were.
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The Rival
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Bakugo starts out as just The Rival, but after he miserably fails the Provisional Hero License Exam and after figuring out that Midoriya has All Might's Quirk, he starts to mellow out a little towards Midoriya.
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Reality Ensues
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Deconstructed in Todoroki, who was subjected to this at least since he was five years old, and it was shown to be a horrible experience for him that broke him mentally. It apparently turned out even worse for Toya, one of his elder brothers (his only sibling whom his father considered worth training at all).
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Papa Wolf
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Papa Wolf: Do not try to harm the students of U.A., because that will earn you the wrath of All Might. Aizawa is no slouch in this department, taking on pretty much the entire League of Villains by himself to protect Class 1-A until Shigaraki unleashes Nomu on him.
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Cruel and Unusual Death
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Cruel and Unusual Death: Implied. All For One claims that the way Nana Shimura died was "Just pathetic." He gave one of her hands to Shigaraki to replace one of the hands he destroyed, which was own father's.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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Breaking the Fourth Wall: In Chapter 124, Yaoyorozu offers the aside that Mirio succinctly explained the last week and a half of the manga in three panels. There are several other instances throughout the series such as Present Mic explaining to viewers that Gang Orca is actually forcing himself to talk harshly to the suppementary classes students.
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Stealth Pun: Despite the lack of Quirks, the fantasy universe seen in the popularity poll and ED3 still shows the cast as heroes.
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There are more than one Artificial Human Nomu, but the first one is the most refined of them all, as it is made for the goal of defeating All Might. Later ones are not as strong and can easily be taken down by the likes of Endeavor and Gran Torino.
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Bloodier and Gorier: The anime adaptation, as a whole, is much more prone to showcase the gruesomeness of injuries and battles than the manga. Whereas the manga often censors the worst and goriest injuries, the anime shows them fully, no matter how bad, and will also show the blood spread by them, which is something that very rarely happens in the manga. Midoriya's injuries are a common cause of this. In the manga, it usually shows his body bruising and darkening. The anime, however, showcases his body being outright maimed by said injuries.
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Villains Act, Heroes React
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Villains Act, Heroes React: In the setting, villains are proactive troublemakers whereas heroes react to keep them in check. Several arcs are kicked off through the actions of a villain.
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Ambiguously Human: Several characters, ranging from major to background ones, are this thanks to the diversity of Quirks. This was deconstructed in the past, as the definition of "human" became very loose and humanity in general devolved into chaos, halting progress considerably.
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Chekhov's Gun: Ragdoll's Search Quirk is taken by All For One between the Forest Training Camp Arc and the Hideout Raid Arc. In Chapter 275, the Quirk was given to Shigaraki during his enhancement, and he uses it to locate Midoriya and One For All.
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In the anime, there are moments here and there of Adaptation Expansion, such as getting to see the U.A. Sports Festival fights that are off-panel in the manga, with many confirmed canon such as Yaoyorozu's fight with Tokoyami. However, episode 19 of Season 2 is technically the first true filler episode that delves into some of the post-Sports Festival internships of the U.A. students while Midoriya recovers in the hospital following the fight against Stain. One noteworthy internship that's given the spotlight here is the one for Tsuyu, which shows the entirety of the mission she's on dealing with a group of villains on a naval ship. These events, at least in the case of Tsuyu, are a case of adaptation expansion/canon too, as they're all referred to as occurring in the manga, just offscreen. It's still technically filler, though, in that unlike the U.A. Sports Festival, no manga events take place in the episode with it.
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Brutal Honesty
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In the same episode, Tsuyu had a lot of regret when realizing her usual Brutal Honesty about the situation (going so far as to compare the students on the mission to villains) was too harsh, and doing nothing at all hurt even worse. She avoids them until she finds the courage to tearfully apologize and set things straight.
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Headbutting Heroes
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Headbutting Heroes: Heroism is a corporate affair, so there's an undercurrent of competition between various heroes and their agencies for the public eye and the business that provides; professional heroine Mt. Lady makes her debut by "kill stealing" from Kamui Woods in the very first chapter, for example.
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Kid Hero
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Kid Hero: Midoriya and his classmates are all aged 15-16, yet they get a lot more chances to be heroic than U.A. expected from the freshmen.
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Starstruck Speechless: Midoriya is starstruck when he meets his lifelong idol, All Might, for the first time. He's only able to gape and Squee! until All Might reveals that he signed Midoriya's notebook, snapping Midoriya out of his stupor as he repeatedly bows and thanks him for it.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To Naruto. Horikoshi himself stated that he was inspired by Naruto, which explains the similarities of certain aspects of this series. Although My Hero Academia was already very popular when Naruto was still in Weekly Shōnen Jump, this series' popularity increased even further after the latter ended. One fan even submitted Naruto's name in a popularity poll, in an obvious nod at this. It can be seen as one for Tiger & Bunny. Both cover similar themes, like the commercialization of superheroes and rankings, and both Wild Tiger and All Might gradually lose their powers over the course of the series.
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Hufflepuff House
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Class 1-B, the other hero class of U.A., is more or less a glorified Hufflepuff House, with only three or so prominent characters (Tetsutetsu, Kendo, and Monoma). Or, so it initially seems; the Joint Training Arc is largely dedicated to showing that the 1-B students are just as powerful, skilled, and driven as those in 1-A—they simply happen to be the hero class that doesn't include any of the main characters.
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Dragon Ascendant
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Conversely, Shigaraki and All For One are heavily associated with shadows and darkness. Their lair is a dim, secluded bar, they both dress in all black, and both of them are evocative of the unsavory underside of hero society. Even Kurogiri, their personal attendant who can create warp gates, has them step out of murky black fog as they're being transported.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: The motto of U.A. High School, "Plus Ultra", means "Further Beyond" in Latin. It comes from the phrase "Non Plus Ultra",note Nothing Further Beyond which is supposedly inscribed on the legendary Pillars of Hercules that marked the western edge of the known world in Europe for centuries. Plus Ultra is also the motto of Spain, especially the Spanish Crown. Bakugo's proposed hero name, "King Explosion Murder", just sounds overly violent in English. In Japanese, it's roughly pronounced "baku-satsu-ou", making it a pun on his name.
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Lampshade Hanging
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This is what happens to Midoriya in the Field Training Arc, with the retired hero Gran Torino as his mentor. From this point forward, Midoriya is actively tracking an exact percentage of how much true potential he has currently unlocked.
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The Dreaded
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Chapter 88: All For One finally makes his move.
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Bland-Name Product
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Bland-Name Product: As a child, Midoriya obsessively watched a "YoTube" video of All Might's debut as a hero, in which he saved over a hundred people from a bus crash. Midoriya's hero notebook is branded "Kukuyo Campos", rather than Kokuyo Campus. When Gran Torino's microwave breaks, the replacement he orders arrives in a box from "Omozan," rather than Amazon. While some of Class 1-A deliberate what to do for their class's activity in the cultural festival, Todoroki pulls up a video on Yap!Tube, a website that, aside from the spelling and color (blue) of the logo, is formatted exactly like YouTube.
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Hero Does Public Service
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Hero Does Public Service: Discussed. Most prominently with All Might's Wax On, Wax Off training approach with Midoriya, having him clean up a beach in addition to his physical training, and some other heroes believe that hero work involves more boring, unglamrous work, too (like Fourth Kind making Tetsutesu and Kirishima pick up trash on patrol).
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Warrior Therapist
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Warrior Therapist: Played realistically: One good pep talk while battling will hardly solve years of internalized issues, such as what happens between Midoriya and Todoroki. Although the former does help the latter overcome some issues with his Abusive Parents, he still has a long way to go to fully recover, he is still dealing with trauma, and comparing him to his father is still his Berserk Button. On the other hand, Todoroki grows to respect Midoriya deeply for what he tried to do, treating him as his first friend and a close ally to be called upon, which pays off during the Internship Arc when Midoriya calls him in for backup against Hero Killer: Stain. Midoriya attempts to help Bakugo by getting into a pointless brawl with him to let him vent his frustrations and sorrow over being indirectly responsible for All Might's retirement. Although it ultimately helps, the two are still having an unsanctioned fight on campus and Aizawa would technically have to expel them for it. Instead he places them under house arrest, making them fall behind in class as punishment.
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Hidden Depths
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Hidden Depths: Bakugo, of all people, took music lessons as a kid, and knows how to play the drums so well that it impresses Jiro, who grew up in a house of professional musicians.
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Nominal Hero
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Introduction Arc: Bakugo is a Nominal Hero in training, with a history with the protagonist and while loving All Might, he likes fighting and destroying his enemies. He's a Bully who takes pleasure in toying with and hurting Midoriya during their fight and is his most direct Foil.
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Frog Men
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Frog Men: Tsuyu and her family are all notably froglike.
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The Bad Guy Wins
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The Bad Guy Wins: The end of the Forest Training Camp Arc sees the League of Villains get what they wanted (Bakugo) and manage to get away even though a few are beaten and captured, including the villain who killed Kota's parents.
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¡Three Amigos!
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¡Three Amigos!: Midoriya makes fast friends with Iida and Uraraka when he enters U.A., and they remain his close friends even as his circle expands.
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Hero Academy
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Hero Academy: U.A. is a Superhero School for those in the Hero Course, but it's this for those in General Education, Management, and Support, as these courses don't teach kids how to be heroes but rather other skills that would help them survive in a superhero-filled setting.
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Post-Injury Desk Job
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Post-Injury Desk Job: Ragdoll goes from an active hero to someone who supports her team with desk work after she loses her Quirk to All For One. All Might also takes to teaching permanently after using up the last embers of One For All to take down All For One at Kamino.
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Deconstructor Fleet
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Deconstructor Fleet: Has its own page.
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: One possible weakness of Sir Nighteye's power is his pessimistic attitude clouding his foresight and making him see a Bad Future every time he uses it. It's only after Midoriya's Determinator attitude brings him around that he realizes that the future isn't set in stone. Unfortunately, he dies shortly afterward.
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Ashido: Pink.
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Hero with Bad Publicity
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Hero with Bad Publicity: Class 1-A are this to the other classes. Despite all the danger they got into, the fame that they get causes the other classes to look at them with disdain, believing the class to be cocky and to enjoy the fame of surviving against villains. This is especially true regarding their plan for the U.A. Culture Festival, where two general department students disparage their good intentions within earshot of Bakugo. The League of Villains wish to invoke this on U.A. by staging attacks to undermine confidence in the school and its most famous graduate, All Might. As Shigaraki remarks, every single media outlet quickly spins their attacks in the most damaging way possible.
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Impeded Communication: When they're attacked at USJ, 1-A's attempts to call for backup from U.A. are impeded by the machinations of the League of Villains, forcing 1-A to create an opportunity for Iida to run back to get The Cavalry.
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Memetic Mutation: The kid who shouts at the reporter during the live news coverage of High End's attack to stop broadcasting despair and asks if they can't see that Endeavor is struggling to protect the civilians becomes an In-Universe instant meme after the incident. He earns the nickname "Can't ya see-kun" in reference to what he said, that particular scene starts trending on social media, and merchandise of him like printed mugs and T-shirts starts going around.
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Anti-Regeneration
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Anti-Regeneration: Endeavor defeats a Nomu with a "Super Regeneration" Quirk by making his flames hot enough to turn blue and carbonize the head off.
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Masculine Lines, Feminine Curves: There is a trend of the male characters being drawn with more defined muscles, sharp lines, and squares (e.g., Iida, All Might) and the female characters being drawn with rounder features and curves (e.g., Uraraka, Midnight). However, this is not totally ubiquitous; there are male characters who fall somewhere in the middle (e.g., Midoriya, who has round features but a muscular body) or avert it outright (e.g., Mineta, whose most notable physical feature is the round growths on his head), as well as female characters who have more jagged, angular designs (e.g., Jiro).
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Kick the Son of a Bitch
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Kick the Son of a Bitch: Played straight when the sludge villain attempts to hijack Bakugo's body, but since Bakugo had already spent the entire chapter up to that point being an unlikable Jerkass, it's more satisfying then horrifying. Played for Laughs when Kota shoves resident pervert Mineta off the hot spring wall when he wanted to peek on the naked girls. Played gruesomely straight when Shigaraki subjects Overhaul to a Fate Worse than Death where he severs his arms and strips him of his Quirk.
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Black Market
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Black Market: Although never directly dealt with, the reality of a black market is constantly mentioned in the setting. Giran is mentioned to be an arms dealer for it, Overhaul's plans included going to the black market to sell a new kind of serum to villains and in Chapter 219, it's revealed Detnerat is releasing their support items in the black market, with them being used to collect data on heroes and villains while also self-destructing when the villains are defeated.
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Evolving Credits: In the closing credits of the first three episodes of the anime, Midoriya is seen running in his middle school uniform. Once he makes it into U.A., he wears his high school uniform instead.
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Out of Focus
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Played with. Though Midoriya is always the protagonist, the group with him seems to vary. The rest of the main cast, Iida, Uraraka, and Todoroki, are prone to fall in and Out of Focus depending on the situation, such as Iida being out of focus in the USJ and Forest Training Camp Arcs, while receiving the spotlight during the Field Training Arc, or Uraraka being out of focus during the Field Training and Hideout Raid Arcs. Bakugo is the only other character who is consistently prominent. The Tritagonist is All Might, who acts as Midoriya's mentor and plays a major role as a legacy character.
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Differently Powered Individual
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Differently Powered Individual: By the time the story takes place, these represent the majority of the population, with a whopping 80% possessing some type of Quirk. Most simply continue to live ordinary lives, though, with only a small number becoming full-on superheroes or supervillains. This is inverted with Quirkless people, individuals with no superpowers who make up only 20% of the population.
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Helmets Are Hardly Heroic
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Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: If a main character wears more covering headgear than a Domino Mask or goggles, the very first hit said character takes in a fight will blow it off. Always. Special mention to Midoriya himself, who takes over a hundred chapters to wear his mask again after it gets blown apart by Bakugo in their first training exercise, even after it's repaired. Sero actually does wear his helmet. However, you can see his face through the glass when his facial expressions need to be seen. Otherwise, it's completely black. Played with, with Iida. When in full uniform, he does wear his fully covering helmet, yet during the fight against Stain, which is his biggest battle yet in uniform, the helmet comes off. Mirio has to discard his helmet to make use of his Quirk. Normally, when he goes intangible, he'll drop right out of his clothes, but his hero costume has his own hair woven into it to avert this (his Quirk will treat it as part of his body, since some of it is). But, his helmet isn't made of cloth, so that can't work with it. One wonders why he bothers with the helmet at all, since he literally can't use it.
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Single-Power Superheroes
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Single-Power Superheroes: Most people only have one Quirk, so someone with more than one power like Todoroki is considered unusual.
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Mass Super-Empowering Event: There was such an event in the series' history, causing most of humanity to develop "Quirks" as a result. At the time of the story proper, about four out of every five people have a Quirk, and the percentage of people with Quirks is increasing with each generation. It's also possible for non-human animals to have Quirks, but this is seemingly much rarer. However, it's also a Superpower Lottery in that many Quirks aren't particularly useful, such as the ability to stretch one's eyes out of one's head really far. Most of the time, a person's Quirk is either a variation on one of their parents' Quirks or both of them mixed together in some way. Also, a person can only ever get one Quirk, so whatever you get, you're stuck with it. Except for two Quirks that break this rule: The Hero's Quirk One For All can be voluntarily transferred to others, and the Big Bad's Quirk All For One can involuntarily take away other people's Quirks and either keep them for himself or transfer them to his minions. What the actual event is that caused this empowering remains a mystery; as far as anybody knows a baby just happened to be born with a Quirk over a century ago in the backstory, followed by more and more other people being born with them.
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Fire/Ice Duo
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Fire/Ice Duo: Invoked by Endeavor, who wanted a child with a strong Quirk, and so sought out a woman with a strong ice Quirk to complement his fire Quirk and trapped her in marriage. She eventually gave birth to Shoto Todoroki, who can generate fire from his left side and ice from his right. However, rather than simply being a case of Combo Platter Powers, the fire and ice explicitly serve as Required Secondary Powers to each other, allowing Shoto to regulate his body temperature, and thus sidestep the drawbacks of overusing one power or the other.
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Lethal Chef
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Lethal Chef: According to the light novels, Yaoyorozu's mother. She means well, but she doesn't think about whether or not ingredients go together before adding them to the mix, resulting in food that is, in Yaoyorozu's own words, "unfit for human consumption". Fortunately, she can afford to pay other people to cook for her, and has the sense to do this most of the time.
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A
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A "True" Hero: This is the Central Theme of the entire series, centering around Midoriya, who idolizes All Might and is chosen to be his eventual successor. In their world, Everyone is a Super who has some sort of superpower and this has led to a social system where the most skilled and powerful of those people become known as "heroes". However, most of these heroes are only in it for wealth, fame, or glory and not all that interested in helping others or saving people. All Might and Midoriya are both held up as shining exceptions to this, and many people, even some villains, consider them to be the only "true" heroes.
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Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb
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Todoroki is a heroic Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb meant to surpass All Might as the #1 hero because his father, the #2 hero Endeavor, never could. The efforts involved in breeding Todoroki have left misery in their wake, with Todoroki heavily scarred over one eye and his mother in a mental hospital.
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Villainous Legacy
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Villainous Legacy: The relationship between All For One and Shigaraki.
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SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism
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Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Besides the series having pretty dark moments and tackling some serious issues, My Hero Academia is heavily idealistic, albeit not without acknowledging that the hero system does have flaws.
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Psychopathic Manchild
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USJ Arc: Shigaraki is a Psychopathic Manchild who uses video game metaphors all the time. He's an admitted villain who has big goals and despises All Might, unlike Bakugo. Furthermore, he isn't active in the forefront, as he prefers to let his minions do most of the fighting, and he knows that he's outmatched against All Might.
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Character Development
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Until Character Development starts to kick in, Bakugo is an abusive Jerkass with a bad temper. In particular, he looks down on and bullies Midoriya. This includes him telling Midoriya to kill himself and him trying to all but murder Midoriya during the Battle Trial Arc. After he receives several ego-shattering defeats, he starts to mellow out. Horikoshi has stated that he regrets making Bakugo so horrible early on.
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Crapsaccharine World
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Crapsaccharine World: Ultimately, the world of My Hero Academia boils down to this. The world population is 80% Quirk'd, meaning they have superpowers of some sort. These people can go to school to train to be heroes like All Might. As well, many of these heroes are revered for their acts to the point where there's a ratings system that places the popularity of these heroes. When you dig deeper, you find the darker side. The remaining 20% of humanity are Quirkless, are looked down on by those with Quirks and are denied a chance to be heroes because they would never "catch up". Even if you have powers, they may be pathetic or even "bad", meaning you could be looked down on for having undesirable powers. As well, many of the heroes out there aren't in it to make the world a better place, but for the fame and fortune. Not to mention that there are deranged people who're more then willing to use their Quirks to hurt people for any slight provocation. In fact, it's mentioned the present time of the manga is the stable society built decades after Quirks started appearing. The first few years were complete chaos from utter lawlessness as no one knew how to handle things at the time, allowing criminals to build their empires (one of which was All For One) and fighting in the streets with superpowers was a natural occurence.
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Degraded Boss
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Degraded Boss: The feared 0-point robots in the entrance exam are later reused as obstacles in the Sports Festival race, where several students are easily able to handle them. Discussed by the proctors, who point out that the robots not being treated as hazards to be avoided has a different psychological effect on the kids. There are more than one Artificial Human Nomu, but the first one is the most refined of them all, as it is made for the goal of defeating All Might. Later ones are not as strong and can easily be taken down by the likes of Endeavor and Gran Torino.
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Foregone Conclusion
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Foregone Conclusion: In general, Midoriya's narration says at the very start that this is the story of how he became a great hero. So, assuming he isn't lying, we can assume he succeeds in the end. Midoriya's narration in Chapter 46 indicates that something bad will happen to Iida. It does.
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Skewed Priorities
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Skewed Priorities: Aizawa accuses the upper management of U.A. as having this, as the test for acceptance into the hero department favors people with battle-oriented Quirks. This means that people with incredibly useful Quirks but who don't really have any way to battle robots will fall through the cracks and at best only be accepted into the General Studies course. That said, it is possible that if someone shows themselves to be useful, a General Studies student can get a transfer over to the heroics course. This is something that Aizawa himself would've needed to overcome back when he was a student since his own Quirk is completely useless against the robot opponents used for the entry exam. This is likely why Aizawa takes in the most recently noted victim of the test, Hitoshi Shinso, and trains him in his own fighting style to help with the attempt to get into the hero course.
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Elemental Motifs
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Elemental Motifs: Midoriya and All Might possess a light motif as holders of One For All. Each of the lights that appear in their mind while tapping into the Quirk represents a previous wielder. The anime frequently depicts All Might and Midoriya standing in front of blinding light with their back to the viewer, showing their roles as the current and future Hope Bringer. Sometimes they're even shown emitting light from their fists as they're punching someone. The future shown in the Batman Cold Open of Season 2 has Midoriya's punch coincide with the rising of the Sun, seemingly illuminating the world in the process. Conversely, Shigaraki and All For One are heavily associated with shadows and darkness. Their lair is a dim, secluded bar, they both dress in all black, and both of them are evocative of the unsavory underside of hero society. Even Kurogiri, their personal attendant who can create warp gates, has them step out of murky black fog as they're being transported.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Sero is subject to a Curb-Stomp Battle courtesy of Todoroki at the Sports Festival. Given the overwhelming difference in raw power, everyone in the audience tells him, "Don't worry about it!" He moans about this later, as people continued to tell him this even after the Sports Festival ended. His classmates sympathize with him before telling him, "Don't worry about it!"
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Invisible Streaker
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Hagakure has no qualms about running around naked, with her hero costume being two gloves and shoes (and no actual clothing). This makes sense, as she is permanently invisible. Amusingly, she does get embarrassed when seen "undressing" (taking her gloves off) but has no qualms about cheerleading without panties on or attending physical ed events topless.
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Cast of Snowflakes
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Cast of Snowflakes: Subtle, but every character has their own distinguishable facial features. For example, their eyes.
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The Greatest Story Never Told
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The Greatest Story Never Told: In Chapter 56, Midoriya, Todoroki, and Iida have survived Stain's onslaught and even rescued Native, but tales of their heroics can never be told since they committed a violation of performing superheroics without any license; If word got out, they would have to be punished. However, it's downplayed in that at least a few people know the truth, including the chief of police, who personally thanks them for capturing the Hero Killer. Much later, Midoriya gets in a fight with Gentle Criminal, a petty villain attempting to break into U.A. to gain attention, because even though he's not that dangerous and doesn't intend to harm anyone inside, the school is on high alert due to the resurgence in villain attacks and if any report of a possible threat was detected, they'd have to shut down the school and end the cultural festival going on at the time. When teachers arrive at the aftermath of the fight between them, Gentle says he just stumbled while Midoriya says they had a bit of a dispute. This is downplayed in that the staff realize quickly what really happened, but they decide to keep quiet so that the cultural festival doesn't have to be shut down.
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Super Hero Origin
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Super Hero Origin: The concept is referenced in Chapter 1, which is titled "Izuku Midoriya: The Origin". The title evokes American superhero comics, such as Batman: Year One. Interestingly, Chapter 39 is titled "Shoto Todoroki: The Origin". The character's history is shown in previous chapters, which suggests that the events of Chapter 39 cause the character to start becoming a true superhero. It occurs again in Chapter 62, titled "Katsuki Bakugo: The Origin". More than 150 chapters later, Shigaraki gets his own villainous origin story in "Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion".
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Climax Boss
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Climax Boss: Several over the course of the series, often tied in with someone's character arc: Midoriya's is the Sludge Villain, where he proves that he has the heart of a true hero despite being Quirkless. Todoroki's is Midoriya, who manages to put him on the road to embracing his fire powers as part of himself and overcoming his father's abuse. Iida's is Hero Killer Stain, who forces him to face the fact that he has put his selfish desire for revenge over the greater good. Bakugo's is All Might, forcing him to put his pride, anger, and rivalry with Midoriya aside in order to accomplish his goals. All Might's is All For One, who forces him to exhaust all of his remaining reserves of power in order to defeat him and forces him into retirement. Shigaraki's is Re-Destro, whose destruction of his family hands leads him to remember his lost past and let go of his attachment to it allowing him to embrace joy and rage in order to push his Quirk to never before seen heights.
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Secret Test of Character
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Secret Test of Character: Downplayed with the U.A. entrance exam. The stated purpose is for the applicants to show off their abilities by fighting giant robots. Though the examiners are indeed looking for those who have great strength or ability, they are also looking for those who put others before themselves. Midoriya passes despite having gotten no points in the combat portion of the exam for this reason, because he saves Uraraka from a rampaging robot. Iida seeing these everywhere even when there might be none is a Running Gag.
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Conveniently Empty Building
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Conveniently Empty Building: Discussed. During the Heroes vs. Villains training exercise, both Bakugo and Midoriya lose standing in the results for firing off massive blasts while indoors. The U.A. kids are taught from the very beginning to avoid property damage whenever possible because this isn't in play, and the series itself often shows civilians in buildings during times of crisis. In the Final Exams Arc, Midoriya and Bakugo even get points added for limiting damage from their own actions to the buildings that All Might has already destroyed rather than compromising the buildings that are still standing. During the climax of the Internship Arc, Overhaul goes on a rampage and damages many of the occupied houses around him and Midoriya, with one panel even showing a mother protecting her infant from falling debris. Midoriya uses a 100% kick to get Overhaul into the sky and away from the people.
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Superhero Speciation
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Superhero Speciation: The major characters all have unique Quirks. The only exceptions among the main cast are Kirishima and Tetsutetsu, who are so alike in terms of powerset, personality, and other traits that it's a Running Gag.
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Hair-Contrast Duo
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Hair-Contrast Duo: Wimpy nice guy protagonist Midoriya has dark, green-tinged Messy Hair, whereas his Foil, the hot-tempered, asocial Bakugo, has light blond Shonen Hair. The lazy, slovenly, black-haired Aizawa to the upbeat and energetic blond Present Mic, as well as the heroically blond All Might, with whom he forms a The Cowl / The Cape contrast. Deadpan Snarker Jiro has dark hair, whereas her Vitriolic Best Bud, the overall sillier Kaminari, has spiky blond hair.
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: Iida gives one to Stain when it looks like the latter is about to kill him. He doesn't care what Stain thinks of him or the heroes he's attacked. Stain is still just a criminal who hurt his brother. This is immediately followed by Midoriya rushing in and Smashing the Hero Killer in the face. All Might gives a seething one to All For One's lengthy, disingenuous tirade about how All Might ruined everything he was trying to cultivate and took down his comrades (whom he saw as only means to his end, by the way).
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Damsel in Distress
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Damsel in Distress: Zigzagged during the entrance exam. Uraraka is trapped beneath heavy rubble when a massive hazard-bot suddenly appears in the middle of U.A.'s practical exam. She manages to escape under her own power while Midoriya is busy demolishing the robot and gets to rescue him before he faceplants from fifty stories up. Invoked by the HUC (Help Us Company), who are professional damsels in distress. This is justified as their role is to judge an aspiring hero's ability to handle the situation during crises, and they have terrifying eyes for details in this case. During the Internship Arc, Eri is held captive within Overhaul's HQ. She did, in fact, find a way out on her own, but goes back because she feared Overhaul would kill the first people she met outside. Recusing her then becomes a driving force for Midoriya and Mirio.
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Story Arc
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For a Story Arc example, the 8 Bullets of the Shie Haissakai. The 8 are members of a Yakuza group that are specifically described as being expendable, and their job is to delay the heroes' just enough for their boss to flee. Unlike most examples, instead of the 8 members being taken down one by one, they're actually dealt with in small groups since they seem to organize themselves in units. Tamaki takes out three that work as a unit called Garbage Trio, Fatgum and Kirishima work together to take down the Shield and Spear duo, Rappa and Tengai, Mirio takes out a duo of Deidoro and Nemoto. Rikiya is the only one to work alone. The other three members of the Shie Haissakai, which are the leaders Mimic, Chronostasis and Overhaul are also taken down separately in order of their importance to the group.
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Power-Up Food
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Power-Up Food: Tamaki's "Manifest" Quirk makes any food he eats into this, as he can make aspects of that food (such as octopus tentacles from eating takoyaki, bird talons from poultry, and an entire swordfish) manifest on his body.
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Elemental Powers
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Todoroki can suffer frostbite from using his ice powers unless he uses his flame powers to regulate his body temperature. The reverse would happen if he overused his flame powers and didn't regulate his temperature with his ice powers; his father Endeavor's body begins to overheat from continuously using big attacks during a tough fight, and he muses that this is exactly why he strove to create a child with both fire and ice powers.
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Taking Up the Mantle
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Taking Up the Mantle: The premise of the series is Midoriya's mastering the Quirk "One For All", and thus becoming the new Symbol of Peace like All Might.
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Villainous Rescue
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Villainous Rescue: In Chapter 55, Stain rescues Midoriya from a Nomu that tries to fly off with him.
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Smart Jerk and Nice Moron
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Smart Jerk and Nice Moron: Bakugo and Kirishima have this dynamic. Bakugo is the irritable Genius Bruiser who constantly pushes others away with his desire to be the best at everything, whereas Kirishima is a Book Dumb Nice Guy who is one of the few people able to tolerate Bakugo's attitude. This becomes a plot point when Kirishima is the only one Bakugo will willingly accept help from when Midoriya and the others are trying to rescue Bakugo.
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Adult Fear: Quirkless kids, who comprise only about 20% of the population, are essentially disabled, lacking something everyone else in their society has naturally. Not only will they be part of an ever shrinking minority, but they are far less powerful than their Quirk-having peers, and are prone to being bullied by said peers because of this. Todoroki's backstory with his mother where despite her love for him, she still couldn't control her insanity and attacked him. This mirrors several stories in real life where parents become their child's abuser due to their own trauma. In the scene before this, she's even on the phone with her own mother, telling her that she thinks she needs to leave Endeavor because she's scared of the way she feels about her own children. Children like Kota whose parents die in the line of duty and leave them orphaned. It's for the exact reason above that Nana Shimura, All Might's predecessor, gave away her child for adoption to a civilian family, so as to spare him/her the heartbreak and keep him/her away from danger, having already lost her husband to a villain and then eventually meeting the same fate as he did. Midoriya's mother keeps seeing her son mutilating his body for his dream while villains attack him on a regular basis. Overhaul's horrendous treatment of his "daughter" Eri comes to mind, in a case of parents who use their children like tools instead of treating them like human beings with feelings and manipulate them into willful obedience. Plus, there's the fact that he subjects her to physical torture all the time by farming Quirk destroying bullets by digging the raw material for them out of her own flesh.
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In-Universe
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There's an In-Universe popular theory about the concept of this that is mentioned during the Remedial Course Arc, called the "Quirk Singularity". The idea is that Quirks will continue to mix together and deepen, gradually growing in complexity and strength with every successive generation, until they reach a point where nobody will be able to control them anymore. There are actually several examples of this in the series already, such as Todoroki's "Half-Cold Half-Hot", Bakugo's "Explosion", and, of course, "One For All".
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Butt-Monkey
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In the spin-off, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, the main character, Kouichi Haimawari, a.k.a. "The Crawler", takes this even further. His Quirk, Sliding, has him have to go on all fours and slide along the ground like a water bug and later in the series he finds out he can stick to objects as well. What's more, he's a college student, lives in a shanty-like dwelling where his partners freeload constantly, and usually is a Butt-Monkey as much as Peter Parker is.
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The Stinger
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The Stinger: After the end credits for Episode 88, the last episode of the fourth season, Midoriya has a dream in which he sees the previous users of One For All. He sees All For One forcibly giving his brother the Quirk, hears someone say "So you're the ninth," then accidentally destroys part of his room with one of his six hidden Quirks. It's followed by a title card reading, "to be continued 5th season."
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No Hugging, No Kissing
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No Hugging, No Kissing: Downplayed. The manga is not, strictly speaking, averse to romance, but it has so many characters and plot threads that overt and consistent Ship Tease is practically non-existent, with only a handful of relationships getting anything close to it. Midoriya/Uraraka is teased far more than any other potential couple, but even that pairing only asserts itself through blushing and Bishie Sparkles or Love Bubbles, never escalating to flirting or physical contact (it helps that they're both too shy to initiate such things).
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The Beastmaster
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Koda: Tan.
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Badass Teacher
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Badass Teacher: According to Midoriya, all of the teachers at U.A. are active or former pro heroes, including the #1 hero in the world, All Might.
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Hidden Purpose Test
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Hidden Purpose Test: The U.A. entrance exam is one. Midoriya assumes he's failed after scoring zero points on the practical exam portion. However, All Might reveals to him in a video that there is actually an additional scoring system, which the teachers give points based on how much they help others out. He scores sixty points in this system, which is more than enough to pass, because the teachers were impressed with how he rushed in to save Uraraka without any regard to his own safety when he saw her foot was pinned down by some debris, despite the robot he defeats being worth zero villain points. All Might tells Midoriya it'd be extremely hypocritical of them if they fail him after the heroism he shows off in the face of danger, something a bonafide hero has to deal with everyday on the job.
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Big Good
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Big Good: Deconstructed. All Might filled this role to the entire word, citizens felt safe with him, heroes looked up to him and villains feared him. Understandably, his retirement causes a general state of disturbance, insecurity, and rise in crime rates, even worse because the aforementioned Endeavor became the top hero.
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Always in Class One
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Always in Class One: With only two classes of new students in the Hero Department, it was roughly a 50-50 shot. Despite this, everyone important still ended up being placed in Class 1-A. Putting all the strong Quirked kids in the same class makes sense, since their teacher can erase them if they get out of hand, and Class 1-A is being targeted since Midoriya is in it, so everyone in the class ends up being roped into importance. However, this still stands for him, since there's no reason Aizawa's class couldn't have been Class 1-B instead.
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Long-Range Fighter
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Tsuyu and Tokoyami vs. Ectoplasm is to challenge Tokoyami's tendency to rely on Dark Shadow to do the fighting for him, since Ectoplasm's clones can get close with no problem, and to see how well Tsuyu can emotionally and physically support her partner.
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Personality Powers
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Personality Powers: Characters will frequently have personalities and interests that perfectly mirror their Quirks. For instance, Jiro's Quirk gives her a pair of earphone jacks on her ears that she can plug into speakers to project deafening amounts of noise, reflecting her parents' background as musicians.
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Shock and Awe
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Kaminari's charge reserves have a limit and if he uses too much, he'll be in a state of unparalleled stupidity.
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Heroic Fantasy
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Heroic Fantasy: Not the manga itself, but two pieces of manga bonus art depict the characters as heroes adventuring in a medieval fantasy setting. This is expanded on in the second anime season's second ending, as well as one chapter in the light novels.
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Kung-Fu Sonic Boom
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Kung-Fu Sonic Boom: The clash between All Might and Nomu results in gale-force wind that prevents anyone from getting within several meters of the fight.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: In Chapter 117:note For context, although many people notice that Midoriya's Quirk is very similar to All Might's, since Midoriya keeps the circumstances of his Quirk a secret, Bakugo is the first to figure out how Midoriya got it In Chapter 161: Chapter 209, not so much for what is being said but for who's saying it, and the implications it has: Chapter 213 has one that manages to turn the entire story on its head: Chapter 239 manages to shake the status quo for all future conflicts: Chapter 270 gives us two of them from the doctor:
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Wham Shot
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Wham Shot: In Chapter 210: Midoriya is about to launch an attack using his Delaware Smash finger flick, only for his arm to suddenly explode with black lightning, similar to the energy given off by All For One.
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Clark Kent Outfit
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Clark Kent Outfit: Many of the cast are curvier or more muscular than their civvies and school uniforms indicate; even some of the hero costumes are baggy enough to disguise what shape the heroes are in.
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Good Scars, Evil Scars
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Good Scars, Evil Scars: Scars of heroic characters tend to be out of the way or subtle — Kirishima and Aizawa have little nicks near their eyes, Nezu has a thin stripe that runs over one of his eyes, and Vlad King has a faint X-shaped scar over his cheek. Eri has faint scars along her arms and legs, but they're rarely seen. Midoriya's arms and hand are Covered in Scars, but they're slashes that are covered most of the time. The exceptions are Todoroki's prominent burn mark, which could qualify as an Evil Scar, but is still far less severe than Dabi's burns, and All Might's horrific scar courtesy of All For One, which, though covered most of the time, still wouldn't look out of place on a villain's body. Meanwhile, villainous characters often have larger and more grotesque scars — Dabi's body is nearly covered in horrific, dark burn scars, Muscular's got a giant slash over his missing eye, Twice has a very prominent, vertical, stitched-up scar that runs across his forehead, and All For One's face is entirely covered in scar tissue.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The early characterization of several characters is highly different than what becomes of them in later chapters: Midoriya is shown to be pretty resentful towards Bakugo at the outset of the story because of Bakugo's bullying in the first chapter, albeit not resentful enough that he wouldn't risk his life to save him from the Sludge Villain. This is a stark contrast to the later Midoriya, who still admires him and is optimistic that he can still be friends with him. In the first chapter, Bakugo always wears a smug grin on his face. Since then, he's a Perpetual Frowner whenever he's not in a fight. This is justified, because in the first chapter he is surrounded by his friends and practically revered, and every other chapter after that challenges his ego either directly or indirectly and puts him in a situation where he has to change in order to be accepted by most of the class. Bakugo also seems to be more concerned about his reputation early on, calling out his friends for smoking because doing so could damage his chances of enrolling at U.A. Later on, Bakugo largely doesn't give a crap about the opinions of others and frequently does stuff that would frankly embarrass any educational institution. A lesser example is with Iida. At the U.A. entrance exam, he is rather severe towards Midoriya and has a rather severe expression the entire time. Though he and Midoriya quickly become friends on the first day of school after the former apologizes for how he acted, Midoriya is initially unhappy to learn that they're in the same classroom. His hairstyle is different at first, initially being an undercut style. Shortly after school begins, it has grown out to a more generic hairstyle. Early chapters paint Todoroki with a rather Anti-Hero/Ambiguously Evil vibe that never appears again: he is unwilling to kill a villain less out of moral decency and more out of preservation for his reputation, and for that, doesn't even try to save the villain, just tells him to get out of the ice soon or else he would tarnish Todoroki's reputation. Then his Dark and Troubled Past comes to light and we are given an explanation for why he behaves so grimly, and Midoriya yanks him out of his grudging state. Also, at the beginning, his left half is always encased in ice. Following the USJ Arc, however, he stops doing this, and no one comments on it. Though it is partially because he is regularly Off-Model, Koda looks fairly different early in the manga. Early on, his looks emphasize his Rock Monster traits more heavily, but as the story goes on, he begins to look less ugly and more nervous, fitting his personality more. During the USJ Arc, Shigaraki is very fond of video game lingo and metaphors, such as calling All Might the "final boss" of the USJ invasion, or remarking that Bakugo's at "full health" after fighting the villains. This aspect shows up less as time goes on. Tsuyu and Mineta seem to be part of Midoriya's circle of friends, as they work together at USJ and they are the only ones apart from Uraraka and Iida to visit him while he is hospitalized during the U.A. Sports Festival. After that, they don't spend all that much time with Midoriya compared to his other classmates and are at best acquaintances; Tsuyu spends most of her time with Uraraka and the other girls, whereas Mineta is The Friend Nobody Likes. Tsuyu seems to get along with Mineta in spite of his perverted behavior, as she legitimately praises his skills during the USJ Arc, they work together during the Sports Festival, and they visit Midoriya during his aforementioned Sports Festival hospitalization. Now, she, like the rest of the girls in Class 1-A, can't stand Mineta due to his perverted behavior.
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World Limited to the Plot
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World Limited to the Plot: The story is set solely in the scope of Japan (extending to any villainous plot to Take Over the World, or vaguely similar plots really translating to "Take Over/Destroy Japan"), the outside world is only very rarely alluded to (almost entirely in backstories at that), it's never indicated how the rest of the world manages Quirks, and how the events of the story exist on a global scale is never mentioned at all. Excluding non-canonical material, everything outside of Japan only seems to exist tangentially, and otherwise is ignored for the purpose of the general story.
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Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: At the opening of the USJ Arc, All Might powers up to deal with a variety of relatively minor crimes on his commute in to U.A. Because of that, he ends up burning through most of his daily limit before even making it to work. This means that he doesn't have much power left to fight with when the League of Villains makes their debut and he has to fight the impact-absorbing Nomu. Forcing himself past his limits to win the fight accelerates the weakening of his powers considerably.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: Some Quirks alter their user in truly bizarre and disturbing ways, though thanks to how ubiquitous Quirks are, this isn't usually a problem for them. This leads to cases of Unusually Uninteresting Sight fairly often. For example, Seiji Shishikura has the Meatball Quirk, first seen in Chapter 106. This allows him to control raw human flesh, including his own. His main combat style is to detach his limbs into flying globs of flesh, and the moment they touch his enemy, he's free to warp and compress their body until they're a sentient globe of misshapen flesh that retains the ability to feel pain. Fortunately, dealing enough damage to Seiji would break the Meat Prison.
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Superhero Prevalence Stages
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Superhero Prevalence Stages: Since Everyone is a Super in the series, besides the rare Quirkless individual, this is a Late Stage by default.
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Double Knockout
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They get matched together in the tournament, which ends with a Double Knockout.
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All Your Powers Combined
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The Pro Hero Arc has the High-End Nomu, Hood.
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Book-Ends: All Might starts off the series by defeating a villain despite suffering from his debilitating injury, subtly staggering from his exhaustion as he raises his fist in victory to reassure the onlookers. His last act as a hero is to defeat All For One with the last dregs of his strength and force himself into his muscular state to again raise his fist as a symbol of victory, even though he can barely stand up straight by this point.
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Jumped at the Call
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Jumped at the Call: Upon being offered All Might's powerful Quirk, One For All, and a chance to become a Hero, Midoriya didn't hesitate to say "yes" with a determined look on his face.
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Bad Powers, Bad People
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Bad Powers, Bad People: The main recurring villain has Touch of Death powers, and the Hero Killer paralyzes people by licking their blood. And then there's The Man Behind the Man, who can just downright steal Quirks.
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Mathematician's Answer
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Mathematician's Answer: When Todoroki is asked how he somehow managed to transform his entire modern dorm room into a more traditional Japanese-style bedroom in less than a day, he replies, "I worked hard."
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Villain Respect
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Villain Respect: Many villains, most prominently Stain and those who share his ideals, admire All Might for being a hero for the right reasons while despising many other heroes they feel have sold out. Stain goes on to acknowledge Midoriya for the same reason.
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Broad Strokes
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Broad Strokes: In the manga, the Final Exams Arc has all of the students facing the teachers at the same time and Recovery Girl situated in a temporary first aid tent. In the anime, the adaptation messes around with the sequence of events to the advantage of its format. The final exams take place in order of one through ten, with the most climactic fight (with Midoriya and Bakugo vs. All Might) obviously at the end. Recovery Girl is also situated in a more upscale location to monitor the events and perform first aid, and instead of being out on the field, Midoriya and Uraraka are watching the tests to observe, learn, and strategize from what their classmates fail/succeed at doing, and are here together because their training partners won't communicate with them (allowing for some light Ship Tease). It's also a lot more like the Battle Trial Arc in this respect. Functionally, the story is still the same, just modified to be more convenient for a different format.
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This Is Unforgivable!
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Later on in the series, which again relates to Todoroki, there is a much more contentious and realistic one: when an abusive family member decides on their own to become a kinder person (whether the change is genuine or not), the people closest to them will have their own opinions on how they feel about the change, and it's important to acknowledge the validity of each of them. When Endeavor starts to mellow out and take steps towards being a better husband and father to his wife and children, each member has differing reactions, from This Is Unforgivable! (Natsuo), to Turn the Other Cheek (Fuyumi, and Rei to an extent), to Forgiven, but Not Forgotten (Shoto).
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I Work Alone
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I Work Alone: Some heroes have corporate identities and agencies all for themselves, which can be a problem when there's a limit to how much of the public eye each can have. During the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc, Todoroki, Bakugo, and Yoarashi attempt to do this. It results in all of them failing the exam, with the explanation that their inability to work together is damaging to the generation of heroes focused on unity and teamwork that the faculty are attempting to create to compensate for All Might's retirement. In particular, Yoarashi and Todoroki stopping to deal with their personal issues during the fight against Gang Orca almost gets Shindo killed. The Wild Wild Pussycats have been a team since they graduated over a decade ago, but they are even considered something of an anomaly in universe because very few hero teams last more then a few years at best.
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Power Incontinence
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Some Quirks require the body to be able to handle them, and if the body can't it often causes Power Incontinence for the user and needing special gear just to handle it. The Doctor speculates this is because Quirks are actually "software" whereas the human body is "hardware", and the hardware isn't evolving enough to keep up with the software.
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Super Speed
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Iida can overclock the engines in his legs for a single burst of incredible speed, after which he can't use his powers again for a while. In addition, his engines seem to be literal mechanical engines, with parts such as temperature regulators which can break.
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: When Quirks first began to emerge, people who developed them were ostracized by society à la X-Men, but now that the majority of people in the world have powers, it's the powerless who are at a disadvantage. Even those who have odd appearances as a result of their Quirks aren't notably discriminated against, save for a rare faction that discriminates against "mutant" type individuals. Chapter 171 reveals the existence of a villain known as Destro, who is or was the leader of the "Metahuman Liberation Army", suggesting that at some point, those with Quirks fought back against those who ostracized them in the early days of powers coming into existence.
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Hijacked Destiny
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Hijacked Destiny: Sir Nighteye accuses Midoriya of having done this, as All Might picked him instead of Mirio, a more experienced and powerful candidate whom Nighteye had been grooming to succeed All Might as the Symbol of Peace. Following Overhaul's defeat and Mirio sacrificing his Quirk to protect Eri, Midoriya is inclined to agree and tries to give One For All to Mirio as Nighteye wanted, but Mirio flatly refuses.
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Hero of Another Story
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Hero of Another Story: Following the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, it's implied that Shinso has been training, in the background, to become a hero in his own right; one appearance has him a fair bit more muscular than he was previously, and it's mentioned that he seems far more intense.
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Reforged into a Minion
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Reforged into a Minion: The Nomu are implied to be a species of Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb created by giving individuals Quirks too powerful for their bodies, then inflicting Body Horror and With Great Power Comes Great Insanity on them.
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Genius Loci
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Genius Loci: Played with. During the Work Study Arc, the main characters invade the base of operations of the Haissakai group. When they get to the group's underground base, a man using the name of Mimic uses his Quirk to fuse himself with the underground facility, turning it into a sentient maze and being able to control the place to separate and attack the heroes.
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The Idol's Blessing
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The Idol's Blessing: Midoriya has no Quirk of his own until his childhood hero just happens to swing by and bestow his own powers upon the boy.
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Organic Technology
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Organic Technology: Several Quirks give their bearer technological components that clearly should not naturally be on humans, but are seemingly organic. For instance: Tenya's (and presumably the rest of the Iida family) Engine Quirk possesses radiators, mufflers, and exhaust pipes, are fueled by orange juice and clogged by sugar, and require regular maintenance. Also, at least some parts of this engine, such as mufflers, can be removed and regrow. Jiro and her mother somehow have organic earphone jacks growing from their ears, which can be hardened for better sound quality but are already capable of penetrating solid concrete by the time the series begins. Pretty much anything created by Yaoyorozu qualifies as this— she's capable of creating everything from cannons to ropes to sound systems from her own lipids. There are several Quirks that allow for the manifestation or growth of metal on or from one's body— Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu's Steel, Moonfish's Bladetooth, and an unnamed criminal who injects himself with Trigger can generate metallic blades from his body. A Quirk simply called "Rivet", which causes Rivets to grow on one's skin, is possessed by All For One. A preschooler in the Remedial Course Arc has a Quirk called "Tongue Tank", which lets him grow a cannon from his mouth. Togaru Kamakiri of Class 1-B can protrude large razor blades from any part of his body.
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One Person, One Power
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One Person, One Power: Most people in the setting have only one Quirk; the exceptions are All For One, who can steal them, and any of the previous bearers of One For All who had their own natural Quirk as well. Most of the Nomus have multiple Quirks granted by the All For One bearer, but they're all mindless mutant clones, implying that it's dangerous or impossible to force several Quirks onto a normal human. Then there are the High-End Nomus which can hold more Quirks and retain some intelligence. Some associates of All For One can also wield multiple Quirks without being Nomus, which include Wolfram, Gigantomachia, and Nine. Midoriya possesses seven Quirks without undergoing body modification, but he is on the side of heroes.
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Poster-Gallery Bedroom
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Poster-Gallery Bedroom: We see several of these after the U.A. students are moved into on-campus dorms. Midoriya's is filled with All Might memorabilia as befits his fanboy nature, Kaminari's has games and fun stuff, and Ojiro's is very plain.
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Chest Blaster
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Aoyama's navel laser can't be overused or his stomach will crumple or be crushed.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: The League of Villains is not a fan of Overhaul and the yakuza, and during the Internship Arc, Toga and Twice openly sabotage the villains, helping the heroes' rescue operation.
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Police Are Useless
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Police Are Useless: Subverted. Heroes act as a rapid response to disasters and criminals with powerful Quirks whereas the regular police continue to have jurisdiction over day-to-day matters and the investigative side of crime fighting. Also, in Chapter 95, after All Might finally loses One For All for good, and with the League of Villains becoming stronger, the police chiefs realize they need to institute serious reforms to adapt to the emerging supervillain threat.
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Rubber Man
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Wild Wild Pussycats all wear matching cat-themed outfits in different colors as part of their team's theme. Notably, this is in spite of the fact that none of them have cat-related Quirks, such as Tiger's Pliabody, Mandalay's Telepath, or Pixie-Bob's Earth-flow.
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Required Secondary Powers
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Required Secondary Powers: Quirks don't work without the "Quirk Factor", which is the physical mechanism through which the Quirk functions; this can be anything from nerves being able to move a tail, to Bakugo's Nitro Sweat letting him spark explosions, to the pads on Uraraka's fingertips being the mechanism for her canceling gravity. Aizawa's Erasure Quirk functions by temporarily disabling the Quirk Factor of the person he's looking at. Eri's Quirk, meanwhile, seems to be that her blood and other tissue actively attacks the Quirk Factor of other Quirk bearers, with the possibility of destroying it completely if her blood is administered in high enough doses. Invoked in the case of One For All; Midoriya has immense power, but not the immense toughness required to properly handle it, so heavy blasts rip him apart like firecrackers going off inside his limbs. Some Quirks require the body to be able to handle them, and if the body can't it often causes Power Incontinence for the user and needing special gear just to handle it. The Doctor speculates this is because Quirks are actually "software" whereas the human body is "hardware", and the hardware isn't evolving enough to keep up with the software.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: Legacy. Almost every main character, hero and villain alike, is being influenced by the legacy of someone who came before them, which influences their characters. The series is largely about the transition from one generation of heroes and villains to the next, and how the legacy one generation leaves behind influences the generation that follows after: Midoriya and Bakugo are both trying to live up to the legacy of All Might, but have different ideas about what that means, leading to their rivalry. Shigaraki is doing the same by trying to become a successor worthy of All For One. Todoroki had his father's legacy unwillingly forced upon him, and is trying to create an identity of his own. Several members of the League of Villains, like Dabi and Spinner, were inspired to become villains by the legacy Stain left behind. The entire Meta Liberation Army is trying to carry on the Legacy of Destro. The manga explores themes of law and order on the one hand and freedom and license on the other. For example, you have occasions such as hero interns getting punished for getting into unlawful combat with a villain, even in self-defense, and the League of Villains attracting members in no small part with the promise of freedom to do whatever you want. There are even instances where the rules meant to create good heroes have caused certain forms of social stratification (U.A.'s hero exams are heavily geared towards those with Quirks directly capable of violence), and of course the allure of freedom and power and how it sometimes pulls in people who really shouldn't be heroes at all. The advantages someone is born with vs. what they earn through hard work, and the danger of confusing the two (and confusing what someone can be born with and can earn through hard work).
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Alternate Catchphrase Inflection
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Alternate Catchphrase Inflection: All Might always heralds his arrival with an uplifting and triumphant "I am here!". When he shows up at USJ to rescue 1-A from the League of Villains, he still says it, but in a low, intimidating tone because he's angry with the League for attacking his students.
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The Smurfette Principle
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Toga is a zigzagged case. On one hand, she's the only prominent female villain in the series and is regarded as a Shadow Archetype to Uraraka because her MO is centered around her twisted feelings of love. On the other hand, she's very much involved in the storyline as she gets to fight alongside her male colleagues as they battle the heroes head on. Her backstory is even given proper depth during the Meta Liberation Army Arc.
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Glasses Curiosity
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Glasses Curiosity: During the dorm room contest, it's revealed Iida has a shelf full of spare glasses. He considers this to be completely normal, much to Uraraka's amusement. It's not directly addressed, but attentive viewers may notice that for the rest of the competition, both Uraraka and Ashido now each wear a pair of Iida's glasses.
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Spam Attack
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All Might's fighting ability essentially amounts to punching things really, really hard. Even when the villains create the first Nomu with the abilities of shock-absorption and regeneration as a hard counter to his physical strength, All Might eventually figures that since Nomu's power is to absorb shocks, not nullify them, all he has to do is keep spamming punches, harder and harder, until he goes beyond the limits of Nomu's ability. Once he does, he promptly punts Nomu into the stratosphere.
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The Seven Mysteries
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The Seven Mysteries: Before inheriting One for All, Midoriya mentions that All Might's Quirk is one of the seven great mysteries of the world. What the other six are is yet unknown.
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
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Can't Get Away with Nuthin': While modern society has done its best to adapt to Quirks, it's done so by becoming strictly rule-bound. While for the most part things run smoothly, you have occasional hiccups like Midoriya and a few of his classmates getting penalized for getting into an unlawful fight with a villain.
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Golden Snitch
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Golden Snitch: In the second round of the U.A. Sports Festival, Midoriya is the snitch. His point value of ten million is greater than the rest of the students' points combined. Unlike most examples, the game didn't completely devolve into an all-out war for his 10,000,000 point headband, because there were openings for four teams to make it to the next round, and several teams decided it would be more worthwhile to go after other sources of points with less competition.
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Big Eater
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Yaoyorozu can create anything by manifesting it from her own body fat. As such, she becomes a Big Eater to compensate.
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Zombie Apocalypse
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Zombie Apocalypse: Parodied in the anime OVA Training of the Dead where Fujimi has a zombie virus Quirk and unleashes it on both his own teammates and a good portion of Class 1-A, causing all those who are infected to become mindless zombies.
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Hellhole Prison
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Hellhole Prison: Tartarus is a prison that's reserved for the most dangerous villains. From what has been seen, prisoners are locked in a cell, are extremely monitored, and have gun turrets (at least for All For One) ready to shoot them at any suspicious move without anything to do but stare at a wall.
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Transplant
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Transplant: A few characters from Oumagadoki Doubutsuen, Horikoshi's first work, show up as pro heroes (Uwabami, Sakamata) or make cameos in the series.
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Instant Armor
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Kirishima: Red.
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Freeze-Frame Bonus
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Freeze-Frame Bonus: Some of the poster scenery in Season 2 is directly ripped from the volume covers of the manga. The third opening has a shot of Iida looking towards the camera, and the smile of his brother reflected in the lens of his glasses.
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Kids Are Cruel
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Kids Are Cruel: Midoriya was relentlessly bullied by all of his classmates all the way through middle school for being Quirkless and wanting to be a hero. He was made the laughingstock of his entire class no matter what he did and his own teachers did nothing to stop them.
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Grievous Harm with a Body
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Grievous Harm with a Body: During the students vs. teacher final exam, All Might swings Midoriya down onto a charging Bakugo like bringing down a hammer on a nail.
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Hair-Trigger Temper
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In the first chapter, Bakugo gets attacked by the Sludge Villain and held hostage before being rescued by All Might. Most of the other students at U.A. know better than to anger him by bringing it up, but civil servants and upper authorities with the academy and Hero Association still refer to him as "That kid from the sludge incident." Someone brings it up at some point during the Sports Festival, when Bakugo gets kidnapped by the League of Villains, and during the provisional hero license exam.
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Shameless Fanservice Girl
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Shameless Fanservice Girl: Midnight's current costume is an extremely thin, extremely tight bodysuit with a dominatrix outfit on top of it. Her previous outfit was a braless corset-leotard with a weapon harness that doubled as a string bikini top, which caused a law to be passed regulating how much skin a costume can expose. She still argues against this law, citing the fact that certain Quirks work better with skin exposed. Hagakure has no qualms about running around naked, with her hero costume being two gloves and shoes (and no actual clothing). This makes sense, as she is permanently invisible. Amusingly, she does get embarrassed when seen "undressing" (taking her gloves off) but has no qualms about cheerleading without panties on or attending physical ed events topless.
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: Horikoshi really likes drawing hands— a lot of major characters have attention drawn to their hands either through their Quirks (such as Uraraka's hands having pads on their fingertips that are the catalyst for her anti-gravity Quirk, or Tsuyu's hands having odd proportions compared to the rest of her body) or their costumes (Hagakure's costume is literally a pair of hands, and Shigaraki's main defining trait is being covered in desiccated hands). His Author Avatar in Shonen Jump is even a pair of disembodied gloves.
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Hourglass Plot
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Hourglass Plot: Midoriya grew up being mocked and bullied for dreaming of becoming a hero despite his lack of a Quirk, whereas Bakugo was always showered in praise for his powerful Quirk. When they get into U.A., however, Midoriya quickly earns a lot of friends and respect thanks to him being a nice and friendly guy, whereas the rest of the class can barely stand Bakugo's mean and arrogant personality. At the beginning of the Work Study Arc, Shigaraki and the League of Villains are beaten and humiliated by the Shie Hassaikai, a much more organized and ambitious organization, whose leader Overhaul dismisses them as a complete non-threat. In response to this, the League steps up their game, proving themselves to be just as dangerous and capable, whereas the Shie Hassaikai begin to fall apart as their plans are foiled. Shigaraki and Mr. Compress put the exclamation point on this at the end of the arc, by each removing one of Overhaul's arms, permanently robbing him of the ability to activate his Quirk and getting revenge for his murder of Magne and taking of one of Mr. Compress's arms in the first chapter of the arc. The longer the Work Study Arc goes on, the clearer it becomes that Shigaraki and Overhaul are becoming similar to each other. Shigaraki shows that he actually can plan ahead, keep a cool head and be subtle by turning Overhaul's demands of using Twice and Toga into an opportunity to sow chaos. Meanwhile, Overhaul is forced to deviate from his plans by improvising, turns angry when things don't go his way, and ultimately has to rely on pure brute strength to fight Mirio and Midoriya.
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An Ice Person
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Todoroki effectively has two Quirks in one, with a Quirk that lets him control ice and fire. It's also deconstructed in that his father forced his mother to bear children specifically to breed lottery winners.
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Knight of Cerebus
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Knight of Cerebus: Many of the major Arc Villains are this: Stain: Not only is he literally the first villain that Midoriya and co. face in the "real world" outside the safety net of school, he is also the blood-stained wake-up call that forces the young heroes to confront the gray realities of hate, justice, and vengeance that simply cannot be quantified and defined by classical notions of "black and white" morality. All For One: The mastermind behind the League of Villains, mentoring the leader of said group, and the personal enemy of All Might. When he finally steps in to fight, he takes out several heroes in mere seconds. His actions continue to haunt the heroes of the world even in the present day. Though Stain makes the story much darker upon his entrance, All For One's arrival is the point where the series really goes from a somewhat light-hearted (but not without danger) Academy of Adventure series to constant life-or-death situations against people hell-bent on destroying society as we know it. Overhaul: He is the first villain to actually murder major characters in the series up front. He also nearly kills several others, and introduces the prospect of Character Death to the story and how sometimes a hero can pay the ultimate sacrifice. High-End: Before High-End shows up, Nomus are generally mindless muscle. Then this one brutally injures the new number one pro hero and rips apart a whole side of his face and an eye. Re-Destro: Brutally demonstrates from his first appearance not only how dangerous a villain can become when properly operating below radar but also just how far they are willing to go in pursuit of a higher goal.
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All Genes Are Codominant
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All Genes Are Codominant: Quirk inheritance sort of works this way. A child of parents with Quirks can get a Quirk that's a combination of both (such as Bakugo, whose mother secretes glycerin and whose father secretes nitric acid, thus, explosion powers for him, and Todoroki, whose father had fire powers and whose mother had ice powers, thus, he gets both). Other times, the child can get one or neither of the parents' Quirks. There are also rare mutations where a child has a completely different Quirk from their family.
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The Power of Lust
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The Power of Lust: Mineta's realization that he wants to be a hero so he can feel up a woman is what spurs him to beat Midnight and pass his final exam.
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The Power of Rock
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Eri is introduced as a quiet, traumatized little girl after accidentally killing her father and being tortured by Overhaul to make anti-Quirk bullets. Midoriya and Mirio make it their personal mission to make her smile again, and using friendship, treats, and The Power of Rock, finally help her to become the Cheerful Child she was meant to be.
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Jerkass Has a Point
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Jerkass Has a Point: Has its own page.
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The Reveal
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The Reveal: All For One reveals that Shigaraki is the grandchild of All Might's mentor, the previous holder of One For All.
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Serious Business
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Serious Business: Thanks to it serving as a staging ground for up-and-coming heroes to showcase their talents and attract sponsors, the U.A. Sports Festival has grown to have a larger national audience than the Olympics.
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Mentor Occupational Hazard
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Mentor Occupational Hazard: All Might's mentor, Nana, allegedly died fighting All For One. After the raid on the Shie Hassaikai's hideout, Sir Nighteye, Mirio's mentor, dies from wounds he suffered fighting Overhaul. All Might, himself, zigzags this. In the earlier chapters, Midoriya continuously sees him deteriorate as he is able to use his Hour of Power for less and less time, so when he goes up against All For One, the clash is played as All Might's final battle — because he uses up his last bit of power defeating the villain, not because he dies. But then in the Work Study Arc, it turns out that Sir Nighteye, whose prophecies have, to date, never been wrong, foresaw that All Might's days are numbered anyway... but the end of the arc proves that Nighteye's clairvoyance isn't as infallible as he believed.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: U.A. can be written as Yuuei, a reversal of the Japanese "Eiyuu" meaning hero.
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Everybody Is Single
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Everybody Is Single: The only characters who are confirmed to be in romantic relationships are parents. Not a single U.A. student has been confirmed to be in a relationship or has ever been in a relationship. With students in the hero course so focused on becoming heroes, the series places way more emphasis on friendships and teamwork than romance. During the rare times romance is brought up, it's usually thought of as a distraction to hero careers. That said, they are all high school freshmen at a new school, most of them not knowing each other before entering U.A., so it makes sense they haven't immediately hooked up with each other.
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Punny Name
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Punny Name: Many of the characters have a name that hints at the Quirk they have or their personality.
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Once Done, Never Forgotten
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Once Done, Never Forgotten: In the first chapter, Bakugo gets attacked by the Sludge Villain and held hostage before being rescued by All Might. Most of the other students at U.A. know better than to anger him by bringing it up, but civil servants and upper authorities with the academy and Hero Association still refer to him as "That kid from the sludge incident." Someone brings it up at some point during the Sports Festival, when Bakugo gets kidnapped by the League of Villains, and during the provisional hero license exam. Sero is subject to a Curb-Stomp Battle courtesy of Todoroki at the Sports Festival. Given the overwhelming difference in raw power, everyone in the audience tells him, "Don't worry about it!" He moans about this later, as people continued to tell him this even after the Sports Festival ended. His classmates sympathize with him before telling him, "Don't worry about it!"
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Casting Gag
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Casting Gag: Japanese version: Kouki Uchiyama voices a villain that is bred practically since birth to be an all-powerful ruler. Are we talking about Shigaraki or Meruem? Junichi Suwabe, once again, voices a stern and pragmatic hero that scoffs at idealism and early on outright tells the young protagonist that he's unsuited to be a hero. The A-Rank villain Muscular is sadistic, menacing and has a missing eye. Muscular's Japanese voice actor, Kosuke Takaguchi, voiced Wolf O'Donnell in Star Fox 64 and Star Fox Zero, who fits this description to a T. English version: This isn't the first time Justin Briner was cast as the teenage, Genius Bruiser protagonist of a shonen series meant to be a successor to the original World's Best Warrior. That said, his stint as the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version of Son Gohan was merely a Call-Forward until the Buu Saga was adapted, which unfortunately, never panned out due to DBZA's cancellation in February 2020. All Might tells Midoriya that One For All was a Quirk that could be "passed down for generations". David Wald once again voices a character who can turn his body into steel and consumes a steady diet of iron. Latin American Spanish dub: Orlando Noguera, All Might's Latin American voice actor, already had experience voicing mighty men, as he voiced Superman in Superman: The Animated Series.
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Ocular Gushers
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Midoriya and his mother tend to cry literal rivers.
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Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance
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Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: Sometimes, characters have distinguished features that aren't really effects of their Quirks. For example, somebody like Ashido having pink skin because of acid pigments counts as a Quirk side effect, so she's not an example of this, but somebody like Todoroki having red and white Multicolored Hair which is perfectly split in the middle is pretty much a big coincidence (not forgetting that there was a higher chance of him being born with only one of his parents' Quirks instead of both like he did, furthering the coincidence).
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Understatement
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Understatement: Sero's statement, "A little much, don't you think...?" to Todoroki who basically froze him with enough excess ice to be visibly seen from outside the stadium, as in covering roughly one half of the stadium's open roof, in Chapter 34. Not surprisingly, many of the spectators were shocked and none of them could blame Sero for losing to Todoroki's attack.
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Super Breeding Program
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Super Breeding Program: In Chapter 31, Todoroki explains the idea of Quirk marriages, marriages planned with the express purpose of maximizing a Quirk via the children of the couple. There is no guarantee that a child born this way will have the desired Quirk mixture, however; Todoroki himself is the product of such a marriage and has three elder siblings who didn't inherit the equal mixture of fire and ice Quirks that he has.
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Viewers Are Goldfish
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Viewers Are Goldfish: Starting with the second half of Season 2, a Boss Subtitles appears when a character with a Quirk appears onscreen for the first time in an episode.
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Calling Your Attacks
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Calling Your Attacks: Most pro heroes and even some villains do this. This is justified since, as pointed it by Mt. Lady in Chapter 241, in a world where heroes are both crime fighting vigilante and super stars adored by the population, representation is everything. Ultimate moves are the heroes' calling card that not only represent their brand but also show the public and their fellow heroes what they are capable of.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: Midoriya responding to Shinso during the U.A. Sports Festival despite knowing his Quirk. Everyone realizes how pointless this was. The only reason he wasn't completely screwed was because One For All turns the user into a Mind Hive, and the previous users decided to bail him out.
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Heroic Build
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Heroic Build: Most male heroes, including the teenagers of Class 1-A (except Mineta), are built like brickhouses. Midoriya's initial training is to develop this before applying to U.A.
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The Strategist
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Also in Season 3, a few segments are added for the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc that aren't in the manga. One showcases Todoroki vs. a class of ninja-themed students. The other pits a team of Yaoyorozu, Tsuyu, Jiro, and Shoji against an all-girl squad led by a hyper-intelligent strategist.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: Plus Ultra, U.A.'s motto. "[X]: the Origin", whenever the narrative focuses on a particular U.A. student and their starting point in becoming a true hero. So far, this has been the case for Midoriya, Todoroki, and Bakugo. Endeavor also eventually gets his own "Starting Line" in Chapter 167. A darker example of this is given to Shigaraki during the Meta Liberation Army Arc. In fact, he actually gets two "Origin" chapters, one for him as Tenko Shimura where it shows the horrific circumstances surrounding his childhood and subsequent grooming by All For One, and one for him as Tomura Shigaraki where he finally begins to come into his own as the heir to All For One's criminal legacy.
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Morality Kitchen Sink
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Morality Kitchen Sink: While the series has touched upon moral ambiguity in the past, the story has been increasingly become this; touching on morally complex themes of penance, Create Your Own Villain and To Be Lawful or Good among other things.
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All-American Face
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The lazy, slovenly, black-haired Aizawa to the upbeat and energetic blond Present Mic, as well as the heroically blond All Might, with whom he forms a The Cowl / The Cape contrast.
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Played for Laughs
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Played for Laughs when Kota shoves resident pervert Mineta off the hot spring wall when he wanted to peek on the naked girls.
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The Call Put Me on Hold
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The Call Put Me on Hold: This is the basic premise of the manga. Since Midoriya's future self is narrating the story, it's known that he becomes the world's greatest hero. He just got a Quirk ten years later than everyone else.
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Caffeine Bullet Time
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Sato: Goldenrod.
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Patchwork Kids
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Patchwork Kids: The Quirks in Todoroki Shoto's family seem to be tied to hair color. His mother is An Ice Person with white hair. His father is a literal Fiery Redhead. Shoto can produce each power from opposite sides of his body, and has Multicolored Hair: white on his ice-making right side, and red on his fire-making left side. Two of his siblings have white hair flecked with bits of red, implying that they got more ice than fire.
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Combat Tentacles
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Shoji: Sky Blue.
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Cathartic Chores
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Cathartic Chores: After his anticlimactic and unsatisfying win at the Sports Festival, Bakugo brushes his teeth extra vigorously while screaming at the germs in his mouth to die. Then again, it's implied that this isn't out of the ordinary for him. When Bakugo and Midoriya are assigned to clean the dorms, Bakugo screams at everyone to give him their trash and is incensed when he discovers that they all have huge bags of it to throw out. Mineta then teases Bakugo for leaving a windowsill dusty, prompting him to scream at Midoriya for not cleaning properly. Bakugo he is also pissed because Midoriya went around one day before asking for the others to give him the trash and nobody gave him anything.
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Passing the Torch
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Passing the Torch: Deconstructed: Midoriya inherits One For All from All Might, but it's an incredibly destructive power, All Might is a miserable teacher, and Midoriya doesn't have the natural aptitude for it, so the poor kid spends lengthy amounts of the time in the hospital and almost completely ruins his arms. Todoroki is a heroic Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb meant to surpass All Might as the #1 hero because his father, the #2 hero Endeavor, never could. The efforts involved in breeding Todoroki have left misery in their wake, with Todoroki heavily scarred over one eye and his mother in a mental hospital. Iida is asked to carry on the Ingenium name from his brother, but the circumstances of the original Ingenium's retirement are so traumatic that Iida nearly gets himself killed in a failed revenge attempt. Once All For One is locked away and All Might loses what's left of One For All, both pass on the torch to their juniors, Shigaraki and Midoriya, respectively.
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Casting a Shadow
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Tokoyami: Cool Grey.
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Super Empowering
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Super Empowering: The Quirk All For One, in addition to stealing Quirks, can also give these Quirks to other people, though it doesn't always end well for the recipient.
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Wacky Homeroom
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Wacky Homeroom: Class 1-A is definitely this. Superpowers aside, it has the typical cocky delinquent, the typical Class Representative who thinks everything is Serious Business, the typical pervert kid, etc. Besides that, some of the students don't even look human. The teachers can range from a Lazy Bum to a dominatrix to a radio announcer.
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Arrogant God vs. Raging Monster
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Arrogant God vs. Raging Monster: All Might is renowned as the most powerful and charismatic hero in Japan, if not the world, to the point that everyone is absolutely convinced that things will be alright with him around. Even as his power wanes from his injury and giving One For All to Midoriya, virtually nothing can truly stop him aside from his time limit. The first thing shown in the story to actually give him a challenge is the mindless Nomu, a monstrous being engineered to fight him through a combination of Super Strength and Super Speed to match him blow-for-blow as well as a Healing Factor and shock absorption to No-Sell his attacks. Even then, All Might manages to win a hard-fought brawl that ends with the Nomu being punted out of a massive training facility the size of an amusement park.
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For Want of a Nail
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For Want of a Nail: Midoryia feels that if hadn't chosen to fight Muscular, resulting in his arms being injured, he may have been able to stop Bakugo's abduction, which is what led to the Heroes raiding the League of Villains' hideout and All Might's confrontation with All For One, and resulted in All Might using up the last of his Quirk and retiring.
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Japanese Ranguage
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Detnerat is "Talented" backward and spelled with an "r" instead of an "l".
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Horrifying the Horror
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Daruma Ujiko reveals that this isn't an isolated case. As more and more Quirks mix together they become more complex and more powerful. However, the human body isn't evolving quickly enough to handle it, and the younger, up-and-coming generation of superhumans are already showing that control is becoming more and more difficult. This would eventually lead to a phenomenon known as the Quirk Singularity Point, the point where the human body can't handle Quirks, which will cause widespread problems. Even All For One doesn't want this to happen.
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Rocket Jump
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Rocket Jump: During the U.A. Sports Festival's first event, Midoriya launches himself into first place by stockpiling land mines and then detonating them all at once, using a fragment of robot armor as a blast shield and platform. He then does it a second time.
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Origins Episode
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Origins Episode: Chapter 59 explains the origin of One For All. Chapter 193 revisits the same story and fleshes it out.
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Hybrid Power
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Hybrid Power: Present given that Quirk inheritance is a thing, and sometimes children might inherit a mixture of both of the parents' Quirks. Endeavor invoked this directly; he had children with a woman with a strong Quirk in the hopes of siring a Superior Successor with a powerful combination of both of their Quirks, so as to negate his own weakness. With the youngest of his four children, he succeeded.
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Raised By Rival
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Raised by Rival: After he murdered the seventh wielder of One For All, All For One found her grandson and raised the boy to be his successor, knowing that the next wielder of One For All would be offended and hurt by the fate of the grandson of his beloved mentor.
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Animation Bump
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Animation Bump: Basically, if you see Yutaka Nakamura's name listed on an episode ahead of time, you can expect this to happen. Examples included: The finale of the fight between Midoriya and Todoroki gets a rather noticeable animation quality hike. It's rather breathtaking. Bakugo blasting off to escape the League of Villains and take Kirishima's hand has a large spike in quality – if not for the fact that such movements are impossible, it could be mistaken for Rotoscoping. Midoriya and Bakugo's fight in Season 3 really ramped up the animation to the same level as Midoriya vs. Todoroki. Perhaps not Nakamura, but most, if not all, of Mirio's fighting scenes. It's usually in the standard slow motion illustrated style, but even then the tiniest details are included, to the point that you can see Eri both flinch and widen her eyes in shock when he uses his Quirk to kick through her and she doesn't get hit. When Midoriya uses Eri's Quirk to his advantage to go One For All: Infinite 100% against Overhaul. The result is absolutely stunning to watch. Endeavor vs. Hood, especially the climax of the fight where Endeavor heads to the sky in order to use a Plus Ultra Prominence Burn.
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Ambiguous Time Period
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Ambiguous Time Period: It's hard to tell when exactly the series takes place, other than it being in the future. Though the level of technological advancement shown seems to place the setting 20 Minutes into the Future, it's been stated that most scientific research slowed down in order to focus more on the study of Quirks, meaning that the actual year could be centuries ahead of ours.
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Portmanteau
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Portmanteau: U.A.'s name is one, being a portmanteau between the words "Yuusha"" and "Eiyuu". In Japanese, both words can be used to refer to a hero.
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Mistaken for Undead
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Mistaken for Undead: In the second OVA, a Zombie Gas Quirk is released that turns most of the class into zombies. All Might rushes over to the scene, only to run out of time and return to his emaciated form. The girls who haven't been turned yet confuse him for a zombie and run away. When the real zombies pass by, one pats him on his shoulder reassuringly, having confused him for one of them as well.
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Fight Unscene
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A lot of the fights in the U.A. Sports Festival Arc amount to this in the manga because they're over very quickly. However, all examples of such are completely undone in the anime, where all of the fights happen onscreen.note Likely not included in the former medium due to time constraints; a manga may be pruned down to meet the demanding release schedule, but an anime has more time to work with and the removed content can help fill out the season's runtime.
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Sdrawkcab Name
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Sdrawkcab Name: A variation. The "U.A." in U.A. High School can be pronounced "Yuuei", which is an anagram of Eiyuu, the Japanese word for "hero". Detnerat is "Talented" backward and spelled with an "r" instead of an "l".
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Pro Hero Kamui Woods attempts to apprehend a villain for "assault, robbery, and illegal use of powers during rush hour traffic."
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Breather Episode
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Breather Episode: After the intense Hideout Raid Arc, we get a slice-of-life mini-arc beginning in Chapter 98, where the characters move into their dorms and decide to see each room and vote for the best one. In-universe, this is invoked, as the characters feel the tension in the air and are trying to disband it. The chapters following the end of the Internship Arc such as Nighteye's death and Mirio's loss of his Quirk focus on Bakugo, Todoroki and Yoarashi as they take supplementary classes, which are quite lighthearted and fun, with Gang Orca playing a comical Large Ham.
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Entertainingly Wrong
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Entertainingly Wrong: Todoroki, having recognized the similarity between Midoriya's powers and All Might's, but not knowing about the fact that All Might's power can be deliberately passed down, asks Midoriya if he's All Might's illegitimate child. In an anime-only episode, a group of students have to solve the mock murder of a villain, played by All Might, killed by one of his hostages. When Tsuyu checks All Might, he laughs because the movements tickle him. Tsuyu assumes All Might simply broke character. Everyone realizes too late, only after All Might has disappeared and escaped, that the villain was Playing Possum all along and All Might's moment of Corpsing was a deliberate clue they all missed.
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Superhero Team Uniform
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Superhero Team Uniform: Wild Wild Pussycats all wear matching cat-themed outfits in different colors as part of their team's theme. Notably, this is in spite of the fact that none of them have cat-related Quirks, such as Tiger's Pliabody, Mandalay's Telepath, or Pixie-Bob's Earth-flow. Kota Izumi's parents, known collectively as the superhero team Water Hose, wore identical outfits consisting of a red vest, white shoulder pads, and a visor with a snorkel.
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Large Ham
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The chapters following the end of the Internship Arc such as Nighteye's death and Mirio's loss of his Quirk focus on Bakugo, Todoroki and Yoarashi as they take supplementary classes, which are quite lighthearted and fun, with Gang Orca playing a comical Large Ham.
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Finger Poke of Doom
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Midoriya also suffers from this for a while, partly because he's still working out how to use his power after inheriting it from All Might, and partly because he's hung up on imitating All Might, whom he idolizes. For the first two-and-a-half series, his fighting style consists entirely of full-power punches and Finger Pokes of Doom that break his bones from recoil. By the time he develops a fighting style of his own that makes better use of his legs, it's practically out of necessity, because his arms are already heavily scarred and any further breaks could cripple him for life.
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Boarding School
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Boarding School: After Bakugo is kidnapped and rescued, U.A. becomes this in order to better keep an eye on its students.
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Mundane Fantastic
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Mundane Fantastic: Quirks are ubiquitous to the point where something like a newscaster with horns on his head isn't considered anything unusual.
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Conservation of Ninjutsu
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Conservation of Ninjutsu: Invoked by the League of Villains during their raid on the USJ; while the majority of villains are rough and tumble thugs, they've been saving Nomu specifically for All Might. This is invoked again during the Forest Training Camp Arc, when they send in a squad of specialists instead of the army of thugs they tried the first time.
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Artistic License – Law
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Artistic License – Law: When All For One is locked in Tartarus, it is mentioned he wasn't given a trial and will not be getting one in the future and is talked about like it's a good thing.
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging: During the fight against the Sludge Villain at the start of the series, a bystander wonders why All Might hasn't arrived yet to subdue the villain. Unbeknownst to him, All Might is standing right behind him, cursing his weakness that is preventing him from helping. Shortly after, Midoriya throws himself in harm's way to save Bakugo from the villain because he couldn't just stand there and watch him die. This statement hits All Might like a sledgehammer as that's what he's been doing and he immediately rushes in, powering through the pain of his injury to save both boys.
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Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors
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Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Quirk advantages are a concept that's been there since the first chapter. They're often basic like the wood manipulator being weak to fire, or the shadow beast user being weak to anything that can produce reasonable light. Some are more subtle though, like the Quirk eraser having a disadvantage against mutants, whose Quirks tend to be permanent alterations on their bodies (and thus can't be turned off).
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Right for the Wrong Reasons
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Right for the Wrong Reasons: When Bakugo and Uraraka are paired up to do battle in a tournament, Bakugo keeps a heavy hit in reserve in case Uraraka, whom he knows is friends with the ever-wily Midoriya, has some sneaky trick up her sleeve. He's right about the sneaky trick, though Uraraka actually declines Midoriya's help before the match and the idea is wholly her own. Midoriya sets him straight in the next chapter. Todoroki observes that there's a connection between All Might and Midoriya, and correctly deduces that their Quirks are the same. He then concludes that Midoriya is All Might's illegitimate son.
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Our Humans Are Different
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Our Humans Are Different: Prior to the beginning of the series, humanity began to develop "Quirks", natural superpowers that range from glowing to shooting fire to growing wings. Quite a few Quirks result in people having monstrous forms or animalistic traits. This radically changed the definition of what it meant to be "human", leading to a period of unrest and strife as people struggled to figure out what to do about Quirks. By the present day, 80% of humanity have a Quirk, whereas 20%, like Midoriya, are born Quirkless.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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Aside from the Heroics department, the main focus of the series, U.A. also offers General Education (i.e., regular high school education), Support (gadget engineering) and Hero Management (hero managers) classes. Shishou is the only prominent Gen Ed student, whereas Mei is the only prominent Support student.
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Alternate Universe
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Alternate Universe: The second popularity poll shows its participants in fantasy clothing, which was later expanded into an RPG-Mechanics Verse through merchandise. This scenario is given a better look in the third ED of the anime, which shows all the characters adventuring in that world.
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Super Mode
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When Midoriya uses Eri's Quirk to his advantage to go One For All: Infinite 100% against Overhaul. The result is absolutely stunning to watch.
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Love Is a Weakness
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Love Is a Weakness: Gran Torino points out that Midoriya's idolization of All Might has warped his expectations of his hero and of the power of One For All, hindering his combat ability by making him think of his Quirk as merely a Special or even a Finishing Move. Uraraka's feelings for Midoriya start developing in earnest after the first internship, but the topic terribly flusters her and even affects her field performance, so, not long after U.A. becomes a boarding school, she resolves to get a handle on them.
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Apathetic Teacher
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Apathetic Teacher: Even while Midoriya is being attacked by Bakugo and surrounded by a Circle of Shame, his middle school teacher did nothing to try and stop the bullying in the first chapter. This is implied to be specific discrimination and turning a blind eye because he's Quirkless.
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Psycho Serum
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Psycho Serum: The "Trigger" drug, first seen in Vigilantes and later ported over to the main series, massively enhances the power and potency of weak Quirks; in Vigilantes, it turns a man with a Quirk that gives him a lizard-like appearance into a Pterodactyl-like humanoid, and in the Internship Arc, it's capable of giving someone with a minor matter manipulation Quirk the ability to mold an entire building like it's putty. The "Psycho" part is downplayed in the main series, but in Vigilantes, it seems to drive people who have taken the drug berserk.
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Bad Powers, Good People
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Bad Powers, Good People: A good chunk of the hero population have Quirks that could be easily associated with villainy and have an appearance to match, but are firmly in the side of good: Class 1-A has a guy that controls a Living Shadow (Tokoyami) and a girl who can generate Hollywood Acid (Ashido). Neither of them are evil, and this is not even counting the teacher with black hole powers who works solely on disaster relief. Even their homeroom teacher, who is fairly antisocial and can erase Quirks by looking at their users, dedicates himself to stopping the more powerfully Quirked villains. Hitoshi Shinso has a Quirk, referred to as "Brainwashing," that lets him take total control over anyone who responds to him verbally. Nearly everyone he's ever known remarks how the power is perfect for a villain, but he desires above all else to be a hero.
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World of Ham
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World of Ham: The world of My Hero Academia is ridiculously intense in general: All Might very rarely acts not hammy, even when in his true form and vomiting blood all over the place. At least 80% of Bakugo's dialogue consists of angry screaming, Iida sometimes vibrates himself like a cellphone out of pure eagerness, and Aoyama manages to be so over-the-top flamboyant that even the class's girls can correctly guess how gaudy his room is. The Wild Wild Pussycats always employ an Ass Kicking Pose and In the Name of the Moon motto whenever they introduce themselves. Even the normally cool and rational Aizawa tends to start class by slamming open the classroom door. Uraraka's parents greet her by running towards her like ferocious beasts, literally scaring her eyeballs out. Midoriya and his mother tend to cry literal rivers. Ashido can stop bullying with the power of breakdancing. When asked about suggestions for what to for the upcoming cultural festival, Class 1-A replies with literally explosive enthusiasm.
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Create Your Own Hero
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Create Your Own Hero: All Might and Midoriya's Quirk "One For All" was created by a villain who could give and take Quirks. The villain gave a Quirk to someone who already had one, which led to One For All's formation. The users of One For All all opposed the villain, and the villain was eventually defeated by All Might.
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No Communities Were Harmed
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No Communities Were Harmed: Whereas Japan’s 47 prefectures appear to be the same as they are in the real world, the same is not true for the municipalities therein. Among the most glaring examples, “Esuha City” stands in for Osaka (despite still being in Osaka Prefecture), and there is a “Kamino Ward” in Kanagawa Prefecture (with no mention of Yokohama, Kawasaki or Sagamihara, which would logically contain such a ward if it existed). Tokyo is a borderline case, with more general areas mentioned in passing but specific locations being entirely fictional.
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Only in It for the Money
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Only in It for the Money: Uraraka seeks to be a heroine just because it's a well-paying job. Although this would usually be portrayed as selfish and/or unethical, and she, herself, acknowledges how unwholesome this mindset is, she only wants the money to support her family; Iida reconstructs this by mentioning that there isn't anything wrong in looking for a well-paying job to sustain herself and her parents. This is one of the many examples of "corruption" Hero Killer Stain wants to excise from the world of heroics, leaving only those who want to be heroes for the sake of saving people. Ironically enough, Stain's idol, All Might, freely merchandises his own image, as shown by the vast assortment of merchandise in Midoriya's room.
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Spell My Name with an
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Spell My Name with an "S": The school's name is frequently translated as Yuuei, but the students are often seen wearing school uniforms with letters U and A on them (which works as a sort of acronym for "Yuuei"). The Viz manga also uses "U.A." when naming the school. There's some confusion as to whether the name of All Might's former sidekick is "Sir Nighteye" or "Sir Knighteye".
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Perspective Flip
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Perspective Flip: In Chapters 88 to 90, it makes it appear that Sensei is a hero for the villains, stopping an all-powerful foe (All Might) so he could save his beloved pupil.
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Flaw Exploitation
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Flaw Exploitation: The final exams are redesigned into this after the incidents involving the League of Villains. The teachers pair up students against the teacher who can best force them to deal with their weak areas.
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Designated Girl Fight
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Designated Girl Fight: Subverted. All the girl-on-girl fights that happen throughout the series are largely incidental and have little to do with the fighters' sex. The U.A. Sports Festival tournament especially subverts this completely.
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Unsuspectingly Soused
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Unsuspectingly Soused: Sakaki Deidoro, one of Overhaul's henchmen, is able to induce this in people with his Quirk "Dead Drunk", causing a feeling of intense dizziness and disorientation akin to having consumed a large amount of alcohol. Unfortunately for them, Mirio's Permeation Quirk means that he's constantly experiencing vertigo, allowing him to No-Sell the effects of this Quirk.
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Creepy Good
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For the Provoisional Hero License Exam Arc, there's Gang Orca, who served as the main obstacle in the actual exam, and Inasa Yoarashi, the closest thing the arc had to an actual antagonist.
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Overshadowed by Awesome
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Overshadowed by Awesome: Shinso criticizes the entrance exam to the Hero courses at U.A. for being biased towards combat-oriented Quirks, making it difficult for Weak, but Skilled students like him to be recognized compared to the likes of Class 1-A, who get tons of attention. This is acknowledged by several characters, with Aizawa agreeing that the test is unfair, and some Pros seeing the potential in Shinso and his Quirk.
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Dualvertisement
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Dualvertisement: In the run-up to the anime's third season, a series of ads were produced to promote the Japanese release of Avengers: Infinity War, where All Might asks the members of Class 1-A which Avenger they admire the most. For the record: Midoriya admires Captain America, Bakugo admires Iron Man,note Well, he himself says it's less admiration and more respect Uraraka admires Black Widow, Iida admires Doctor Strange, Todoroki admires The Mighty Thor, and All Might himself admires The Incredible Hulk.
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The Flame Of Life
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The Flame of Life: The remnants of the quirk One For All still within All Might are described by Arch-Nemesis All For One as dying embers. Visually, they're represented by an image of a dying, sputtering flame which a weakened All Might is huddled over, struggling to keep it lit while he finishes his task of defeating All For One.
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Reference Overdosed
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Reference Overdosed: Horikoshi is a big fan of superheroes and Western movies, especially Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which causes the story to be filled with Shout Outs to these movies. Although much rarer, there are also quite a few shout outs to video games.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: Chapter 13, which starts as a regular lesson-of-the-day chapter, turns into a life-and-death situation at the end when the League of Villains reveal themselves to the students. Chapter 88: All For One finally makes his move. Chapter 92: All Might's true form is revealed to the world and Shigaraki is revealed to be the grandson of All Might's deceased mentor Nana. Chapter 161: Although the mission is successful, it ends on two bittersweet notes. Eri is quarantined due to her out-of-control Quirk and fever, so she won't be better or have full control of her Quirk soon. Sir Nighteye, whom Midoriya and Mirio went to for work study, dies from his injuries but not before seeing them changing their future and seeing All Might again one last time. Chapter 193: Midoriya has a dream where he witnesses the pasts of All For One and his brother, the first user of One For All. After he's seen getting his Quirk, the first user turns to Midoriya and acknowledges him, telling him that he'll learn more when he breaks his limits, revealing there's far more to One For All than All Might let on. Chapter 213 is by far the biggest plot twist: Midoriya will eventually manifest six extra Quirks that originally belonged to previous One For All users. Chapter 270: It's revealed that All For One had the Doctor duplicate his Quirk and already gave the original to Shigaraki, who's just woken up! And Midoriya can somehow sense this happening.
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The Killjoy
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The Killjoy: The series has a compassionate example in Aizawa. He has made it his mission to prepare his students for the rigors and cruel realities of hero work, even if it means crushing their dreams with scathing criticism, threatening them with expulsion for bending the rules, and literally dragging them off to remedial classes. There are times when his coworker, Present Mic, walks into Class 1-A to find the class reduced to lifeless zombies because of the sheer negativity Aizawa exudes. This is also deconstructed, as his Sink-or-Swim Mentor and Stern Teacher tendencies backfire at several points in the story, and he admits that his counterpart in Class 1-B, Vlad King, is a better teacher than he is.
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Superhero Sobriquets
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Superhero Sobriquets: Most of the heroes shown, in addition to their name, have a title in the form of "x Hero", such as "Flame Hero" for Endeavor or "Erasing Hero" for Eraser Head. Though All Might doesn't have one, he is also known as "Symbol of Peace". When choosing their names, most of Class 1-A gets in on this as well.
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Tournament Arc
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Tournament Arc: The U.A. Sports Festival, where classes compete to be noticed by sponsors. It even transitions into one-on-one battles for the top sixteen participants from the Human Cavalry event.
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Artistic License – Education
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Artistic License – Education: Aizawa's infamous (especially In-Universe) act of expelling an entire class because they weren't taking the Quirk Appreciation Test as seriously as he wanted them to, in their first day. While it's eventually revealed that he only got them officially expelled for a few days in order to Scare 'Em Straight and re-enlisted them right afterwards, the fact still stands that Aizawa performed this action with zero red tape getting in the way and even now by the "current day" of the series, the administration of U.A. has not put any measures in place to prevent him from doing it again. Vigilantes implies that Aizawa sought out specific permission to do this. It's because he watched a friend die while on an internship in school and now wants to forcefully remove any student who doesn't seem to understand that they aren't invincible before they get hurt. The fact that he's allowed to do this at all is still pretty strange.
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Superpower Lottery
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Not every Quirk is suited for heroic purposes. Despite the fact that most of the population have Quirks, heroes tend to be winners of the Superpower Lottery.
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Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism
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Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: Some people have animal-like attributes which may not be directly related to the nature of their Quirk. They may be a Little Bit Beastly, have a grafted-on animal part such as Tokoyami's bird head, or resemble a natural animal with human intelligence, such as U.A.'s principal Nezu or various members of the police force.
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Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life
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Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: Activating one's Quirk in public is considered a serious offense if it's not to protect oneself or other people. On the other hand, it's often treated as a very minor crime and offenders are usually just given a warning or long lecture if they happen to get caught. That said, should someone be arrested for it, that person is named a villain. In the Vigilantes spin-off, a police officer mentions she will have to write a letter of apology for using her Quirk to free hostages. When Class 1-A are under attack from the League of Villains, Aizawa has to give them express permission to use their Quirks to enter combat or else they'll face legal ramifications. Even using Quirks for non-combat purposes requires a license to be legal. There is also a fair bit of inequality here, as someone with a reletivly harmless quirk, or one not easily noticed might never have to worry about using thier quirk in public, while someone with a flashy quirk could face serious consequences just using it once.
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Evil Is Cool
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Evil Is Cool: Stain is seen as this In-Universe, but this is deconstructed. The manga shows how damaging the concept can be to society, especially to young people, since the attention Stain gets from the media encourages already troubled people such as Toga and Dabi to become full time villains and follow in his wake. This is also troublesome because even if these villains are cool, they are still evil, and his publicity resulted in people buying merchandise of him and Kaminari even praising him around Iida, whose brother Stain permanently crippled.
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Dynamic Entry
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Iida gives one to Stain when it looks like the latter is about to kill him. He doesn't care what Stain thinks of him or the heroes he's attacked. Stain is still just a criminal who hurt his brother. This is immediately followed by Midoriya rushing in and Smashing the Hero Killer in the face.
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Leeroy Jenkins
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Ashido and Kaminari vs. Nezu is because these students tend to act first and think later; this is challenged when they go up against an intelligent villain who can effectively take advantage of this and outsmart them.
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The Perils of Being the Best
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The Perils of Being the Best: The final hurdle in the U.A. Sports Festival obstacle race is a mine field, which means whoever is in the first place is at a disadvantage — they have the maximum chance of encountering one of the mines. The festival then punishes the winner of the obstacle race by declaring a cavalry battle; every team is assigned the total number of points earned by its members in the race, and the first place position is awarded a whopping ten million points,note Second place earns a measly 205 points, by comparison making it the biggest target of all. Midoriya, who holds this position, very briefly experiences the combined enmity of everyone in the competition, which All Might was hoping for as a taste of what being the #1 hero is like. U.A. is acknowledged as being one of the top hero schools in the country. As a result, it's apparently tradition during the provisional hero license exam that other schools will gang up to try to take down its examinees. In addition, the fact that the U.A. Sports Festival is nationally televised months before the exam means that the other schools will know far more about the U.A. students' abilities than the U.A. students will know about those other students. Of course, Aizawa doesn't tell his class this.
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Bathos
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Bathos: Invoked by Bakugo in Chapter 98 when he makes Kaminari short-circuit himself after the class found out that because of Midoriya and co.'s actions and the rest of the class knowing about but doing nothing to stop them, all but three of the class would have been expelled if the situation didn't look so dire.
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Big Bad
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Stain and Shigaraki's "competition" turns out to have been this, set up by the real Big Bad. No matter what happened, Stain would be seen as being part of the League of Villains. This would connect his actions to theirs and give them a kind of publicity and legitimacy.
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Floral Theme Naming
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Floral Theme Naming: In a separate case from the usual Meaningful Names of Quirk users, each of the manga-original Quirkless characters have names that reference trees/plants somehow.
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On the Next
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On the Next: In the Japanese release of the manga volumes, there would be a short little blurb and picture from whoever narrated on the back of the book (ex. All Might for Vol. 1, Midoriya for Vol. 2, Bakugo for Vol. 3, Uraraka for Vol. 4, Tsuyu for Vol. 6, etc.) detailing something that'd happen in the next volume.
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Jobless Parent Drama
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Jobless Parent Drama: Downplayed. Uraraka's parents run a construction company, but work has grown scarce and money tight in the current environment. This is what motivates Uraraka to become a become a hero so she can support the both of them with the fat paycheck that comes with success in the industry. However, both of her parents remain cheerful and supportive despite their financial situation, encouraging her to become a hero for her own sake rather than thinking about them.
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Big Bad Duumvirate
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Big Bad Duumvirate: At the end of the Meta Liberation Army Arc, Tomura Shigaraki, leader of the League of Villains, defeats Re-Destro the Grand Commander of the Meta Liberation Army, one-on-one and the latter surrenders to the League of Villains. Re-Destro abdicates in favor of Shigaraki being the new Grand Commander. The merger between the League of Villains and the Meta Liberation army is named the Paranormal Liberation Front, which seeks to declare war against the heroes.
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Arrested for Heroism
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Arrested for Heroism: Due to the highly-regulated nature of Quirk usage, it's entirely possible to be arrested for using your Quirk to save someone's life or even to defend yourself from an attacking villain. Even heroes in training aren't exempt from this rule, since their teachers have to give them express permission to do so lest they face the legal consequences. The only other exception is if the students earn a Provisional Hero License to act independently, as Class 1-A and 1-B attempt to do after the Hideout Raid Arc. This leads to The Greatest Story Never Told after the Field Training Arc, since the police would legally have to punish Midoriya, Todoroki, and Iida for stopping Stain, even after they stopped him from murdering a pro hero. They were safe because there were no witnesses and agreed to let Endeavor take credit. Then after the Hideout Raid Arc, Aizawa threatens his entire class with expulsion when Midoriya, Iida, Todoroki, Kirishima, and Yaoyorozu interfered in an official hero operation to rescue Bakugo from the League of Villains. They were all safe because everyone was focused on All Might's retirement following his battle against All For One (they had to rebuild trust with the faculty, though). It gets to the point that Aizawa knowingly allows Midoriya to participate in a dangerous investigation because otherwise he thinks Midoriya might go into the unofficial channels to be a Hero and eventually get himself arrested. If he's participating legally, at least he can do the right thing in the right way. Turns out this happened to the villain Gentle. As a student, he tried to help someone and ended up interfering, injuring the victim and the pro hero who was on the scene. His parents drowned in lawsuits and he would end up being kicked out after being expelled.
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The Power of Creation
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Yaoyorozu: Crimson.
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Mass
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Mass "Oh, Crap!": This is Midoriya, Iida, Todoroki, Yaoyorozu, and Kirishima's reaction when they see All For One for the first time.
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As You Know
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As You Know: The recap at the start of the the anime's second season is framed as a letter to Gran Torino, but includes details about the mechanics of One For All that are both closely guarded secrets and information Gran Torino is already well aware of. The Season 3 premiere has Aizawa and Vlad King recount the Quirks of Class 1-A, although this is information that both of them should already know, or at least be familiar with, given that they're both homeroom teachers. This is justified a bit since Vlad King is reviewing the Quirks for the class he doesn't teach to make sure he's got his info straight, and it's implied Aizawa did the same with Class 1-B beforehand.
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Inspirational Martyr
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The confrontation between All Might and All For One. If All For One kills All Might, that's fantastic, but even when he gets defeated and put in prison, All For One feels that he came out ahead because he knows that it will motivate Shigaraki to grow stronger and more capable as a villain. Even moreso, since All Might used up the last of One For All to defeat him, and the Symbol of Peace was forced to retire.
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Hour of Power
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All Might, himself, zigzags this. In the earlier chapters, Midoriya continuously sees him deteriorate as he is able to use his Hour of Power for less and less time, so when he goes up against All For One, the clash is played as All Might's final battle — because he uses up his last bit of power defeating the villain, not because he dies. But then in the Work Study Arc, it turns out that Sir Nighteye, whose prophecies have, to date, never been wrong, foresaw that All Might's days are numbered anyway... but the end of the arc proves that Nighteye's clairvoyance isn't as infallible as he believed.
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Cerebus Rollercoaster
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Cerebus Rollercoaster: The manga operates in this pattern, usually having a lighthearted arc followed by a darker arc. This becomes especially noticeable following the Hideout Raid Arc. This dark arc is followed by the more lighthearted Provisional Hero License Exam Arc, which is then followed by the even darker Internship Arc and the even lighter U.A. Cultural Festival Arc, with the lighter arcs all starting off with Breather Episodes.
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Look-Alike Lovers
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Lookalike Lovers: Some the parents both have the same sort of Quirk/appearance as their child, like Tsuyu's frog-like parents shown in the Bonus Chapter 1 and Hagakure's invisible parents shown in My Heroine Academia.
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Invisibility
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Hagakure: Light Blue.
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Caged Inside a Monster
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Caged Inside a Monster: The Sludge Villain trapped both Midoriya and Bakugo before attempting to enter and take control of their bodies, even using Bakugo as a Human Shield when confronted by heroes.
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Crippling Overspecialization
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Crippling Overspecialization: It's acknowledged a few times that the entrance exam to get in U.A.'s Hero Course is overly geared towards combat-oriented Quirks, leading to people like Shinso who have powerful Quirks that just happen to be useless in this particular test.
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Greater-Scope Villain
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All For One: The mastermind behind the League of Villains, mentoring the leader of said group, and the personal enemy of All Might. When he finally steps in to fight, he takes out several heroes in mere seconds. His actions continue to haunt the heroes of the world even in the present day. Though Stain makes the story much darker upon his entrance, All For One's arrival is the point where the series really goes from a somewhat light-hearted (but not without danger) Academy of Adventure series to constant life-or-death situations against people hell-bent on destroying society as we know it.
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Evolutionary Levels
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Evolutionary Levels: Apparently, people with Quirks lack a joint in their pinkie toe. It's explained that this joint is vestigial in humans, and therefore anyone without it is part of a new stage in evolution.
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Numerical Theme Naming
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Numerical Theme Naming: Each of the successors to One For All so far have this motif in their names (Daigoro Banjo = 5th, Nana Shimura = 7th, Toshinori Yagi [kanji containing the word "eight"] = 8th, Izuku Midoriya = 9th).
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Took a Level in Badass
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At the beginning of the Work Study Arc, Shigaraki and the League of Villains are beaten and humiliated by the Shie Hassaikai, a much more organized and ambitious organization, whose leader Overhaul dismisses them as a complete non-threat. In response to this, the League steps up their game, proving themselves to be just as dangerous and capable, whereas the Shie Hassaikai begin to fall apart as their plans are foiled. Shigaraki and Mr. Compress put the exclamation point on this at the end of the arc, by each removing one of Overhaul's arms, permanently robbing him of the ability to activate his Quirk and getting revenge for his murder of Magne and taking of one of Mr. Compress's arms in the first chapter of the arc.
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Power Parasite
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The biggest winner is All For One who can steal Quirks, which can then be granted to others or be combined to perform devastatingly powerful attacks which are impossible to perform with only one Quirk.
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Taking the Bullet
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Chapter 285, "Katsuki Bakugo Rising" appears at the end of the chapter, which concludes with Bakugo Taking the Bullet for Midoriya.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: While All Might explains the nature of "One For All" as a Quirk that is to be cultivated and inherited, there are eight balls of light which are interconnected, like a constellation. These hint to the eight previous holders of the Quirk, with Midoriya being the ninth successor. All Might explains that One For All cannot be stolen. Though it seems that this statement should be normal given that it is a Quirk that is transferred between people, this becomes an important clue later on when All For One shows up. All Might gives Midoriya a training regime to prepare him for U.A. Midoriya quickly starts going beyond the limits the plan called for, causing him problems with overwork. Not only does Midoriya hurting himself from pushing himself too far become a recurring element of the series, but the differences between his and All Might's personalities seriously hamper their teacher-student relationship. Early in the USJ Arc, Kirishima describes his Quirk as not at all "flashy" and thinks it would be easier for him to be a pro hero if he had a flashier moniker. Come the Work Study Arc, it's revealed that during middle school, around the time Bakugo and Midoriya fought the Sludge Villain, Kirishima was having self-doubts about his chances at being a hero, even giving up on going to U.A. at one point. In the opening shots of the second opening, Midoriya can clearly be seen. Note the sleeves on his arms, which seem to have been torn off. This is a hint to the permanent damage he'll do to his arms at the end of the arc. During the last thirty seconds of the third opening, one gets a decent shot at all the major members of the League of Villains, including its real leader, as the shadow behind them heavily resembles All For One. During the Remedial Course Arc, an In-Universe theory called the "Quirk Singularity" is introduced. Later on during the Joint Training Arc, it's revealed that One For All is a perfect example of this theory, having grown strong enough in power over the first eight generations to allow the ninth wielder, Midoriya, to not just interact with the "ghosts" of his predecessors, but also allow him access to their Quirks. Although that means Midoriya will be more powerful than all of his predecessors by far, it also means he'll have an even more difficult time mastering One For All than initially thought. In the climax of the first volume of the light novels, when a villain takes Class 1-A's parents hostage, who are visiting for Parents' Day, Inko Midoriya calms down a belligerent Mitsuki Bakugo by telling her, "We're hostages, remember?" This sounds like Inko's trying to remind Mitsuki of the danger they're in, but it turns out to be a warning not to break character, as the entire thing is just an exercise. All Might explains that One For All is passed down from each generation to the next while accumulating power with each generation adding to it. Later, when Midoriya starts to see the vestiges of the previous One For All users, they have a life of their own and aren't just memories or remnants. This is a major hint that not only does One For All gain power for each successive generation but also gains the Quirks of the holders of One For All. Now that One For All has become strong enough, not only can the vestiges communicate with the current wielder, but they can also lend them their powers.
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Made of Iron
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The most notable pair are Kirishima and Tetsutetsu. They're both at odds about having very similar Quirks, but soon become friends after they first tie in the Sports Festival's tournament.
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Filler: In the anime, there are moments here and there of Adaptation Expansion, such as getting to see the U.A. Sports Festival fights that are off-panel in the manga, with many confirmed canon such as Yaoyorozu's fight with Tokoyami. However, episode 19 of Season 2 is technically the first true filler episode that delves into some of the post-Sports Festival internships of the U.A. students while Midoriya recovers in the hospital following the fight against Stain. One noteworthy internship that's given the spotlight here is the one for Tsuyu, which shows the entirety of the mission she's on dealing with a group of villains on a naval ship. These events, at least in the case of Tsuyu, are a case of adaptation expansion/canon too, as they're all referred to as occurring in the manga, just offscreen. It's still technically filler, though, in that unlike the U.A. Sports Festival, no manga events take place in the episode with it. Season 3 opens with a swimming competition between Class 1-A that's never in the manga in a long Shout-Out to Free!. The episode, however, has comparatively less fanservice than what's usually seen in this situation, which is lampshaded when Kaminari and Mineta try to check out the girls in bikinis, only to find out that they're wearing full body swimsuits; if anything, the fanservice comes from the male characters who only wear shorts. Said episode also serves as a recap for the previous two seasons. Also in Season 3, a few segments are added for the Provisional Hero License Exam Arc that aren't in the manga. One showcases Todoroki vs. a class of ninja-themed students. The other pits a team of Yaoyorozu, Tsuyu, Jiro, and Shoji against an all-girl squad led by a hyper-intelligent strategist. Probably the straightest filler episode in the entire series thus far occurs in Episode 20 of Season 3 which serves partially as a backdrop to promote Two Heroes and partially just to have fun with six of the most significant/popular members of Class 1-A (the main five and Tsuyu) as they try to solve a hostage situation/Locked Room Mystery. The anime actually lampshades how blatant it is in the prologue when a confused Midoriya points out to All Might that they are supposed to be in the middle of getting their provisional hero licenses while All Might just tells him to ignore it for now and have some fun. Season 4 begins with a filler recap episode, this time involving a freelance journalist, Taneo Tokuda, coming to interview Class 1-A about their new dorm life. The recap aspect of the episode is heavily downplayed, however, as it focuses more on Taneo secretly serching for All Might's successor.
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Fridge Logic
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Fridge Logic: In-Universe. Midoriya belatedly realizes that since he can produce blasts of air at just 20% of One For All's power, then All Might wasn't using 100% of his power all the time while in his muscled form. If he was, he'd create a hurricane every time he moved.
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Accomplice by Inaction
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Accomplice by Inaction: In the aftermath of the Hideout Raid Arc, Aizawa states that were it not for All Might's retirement, he would not just have expelled Midoriya, Kirishima, Iida, Yaoyorozu, and Todoroki for their actions during said raid, but ''every single student in Class 1-A, save those who were Locked Out of the Loop, simply for knowing about it and doing nothing to stop it. In the same episode, Tsuyu had a lot of regret when realizing her usual Brutal Honesty about the situation (going so far as to compare the students on the mission to villains) was too harsh, and doing nothing at all hurt even worse. She avoids them until she finds the courage to tearfully apologize and set things straight. In the Internship Arc, Midoriya and Mirio, while out on patrol, happen upon Eri, a young girl in bandages, at which point Overhaul, the yakuza boss their hero agency is investigating, comes to retrieve her, saying that she's his daughter. Midoriya realizes that something's up, as does Mirio, but they follow Sir Nighteye's orders not to interfere, albeit reluctantly in Midoriya's case, letting Overhaul leave with Eri. It later turns out that Overhaul has been submitting Eri to horrific abuse, using her body to create bullets capable of destroying people's Quirks. Midoriya and Mirio are both horrified over what they allowed to happen and swear to save Eri.
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Leitmotif
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Leitmotif: Starting in Season 2, the anime starts to give out themes to certain characters: "Bombing King", Bakugo's theme. "Ingenum", Iida's theme. "Kimi no Chikara" ("Your Power"), Todoroki's theme. "Hero-goroshi" ("Hero Killer"), Stain's theme.
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Rogues Gallery
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Rogues Gallery: As a series about superpowered humans who can undergo official training to become superheroes, the series naturally has a list of recurring villains, most of whom are members or allies of the League of Villains. This list includes All For One, Kurogiri, Hero Killer: Stain, Shigaraki, Giran, Dabi, Toga, Mr. Compress, Magne, Spinner, and Twice.
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Odd Name Out
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Odd Name Out: With respect to the series installments. The manga and the anime usually feature the title of the installment at the start, but in situations where some really heavy or intense events transpire, the title will appear at the end of the installment, usually for added dramatic impact and in situations where knowing the title early spoils something important.note In the manga only, as the anime gives a preview of every following episode and takes note that some viewers already know the source material.
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Overly Long Hug
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Overly Long Hug: Endeavor pulls Bakugou and Natsuo into a long hug after rescuing the latter from a villain who wanted to be killed by the Flame Hero. Natsuo is stunned into silence by the gesture, while Bakugou is so annoyed that he wriggles his way out so he can start surveying the damage caused during the chase.
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MindControl
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Inverted in Shinso's case. His Quirk is Mind Control, which would have been a Story-Breaker Power in other stories, but given its lack of direct applicability to combat, he failed the entrance exam and got stuck in General Education, a fact that others have commented upon.
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Homage
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Homage: It is a distinctly Japanese take on Western-style superheroes. There are even color pages that resemble superhero comic covers, such as the one seen on this page. All Might is one to the Flying Bricks of the Golden and Silver Ages. Stain is very obviously based on the style of darker and edgier antihero that was popular in Western comics in the '90s.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: Midoriya shares this remorseful reaction with Mirio over their inability to rescue Eri from her horrible situation under the Hassaikai's control.
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Contrasting Sequel Antagonist
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Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Between arcs: Introduction Arc: Bakugo is a Nominal Hero in training, with a history with the protagonist and while loving All Might, he likes fighting and destroying his enemies. He's a Bully who takes pleasure in toying with and hurting Midoriya during their fight and is his most direct Foil. USJ Arc: Shigaraki is a Psychopathic Manchild who uses video game metaphors all the time. He's an admitted villain who has big goals and despises All Might, unlike Bakugo. Furthermore, he isn't active in the forefront, as he prefers to let his minions do most of the fighting, and he knows that he's outmatched against All Might. U.A. Sports Festival Arc: Todoroki is the main antagonist of the arc. He's a hero in training. Unlike Shigaraki, he's also much more stoic and composed than the previous antagonists. Also unlike them, he is outright shown as someone sad deep down and instantly befriends Midoriya once the arc is over. In contrast, Endeavor is the first hero to actually showcase how corrupt heroes can be. Field Training Arc: Stain is a villainous Well-Intentioned Extremist that kills heroes that don't befit his ideals. The difference between him and Shigaraki is basically spelled out by Midoriya at the end of the arc – unlike Shigaraki, Stain has an ideal and an objective to follow, while Shigaraki simply wants to see the world burn. Or, disintegrate. Final Exams Arc: The teachers play the antagonist of the arc. The difference here is that they don't mean any harm to the protagonists and are only trying to test them. Forest Training Camp Arc: The Vanguard Action Squad is a group of murderous criminals that get together under Shigaraki's command. They are very happy to murder people just for the fun of it and are much more competent than the original formation of many untrained thugs of the League of Villains. Hideout Raid Arc: All For One, the actual Big Bad of the story, steps down to take the center stage. Unlike those before him, he has no interest in anyone or anything but All Might and is much Older and Wiser than the teen/twenty-something villains of the League. He's also immensely more powerful and the fight against him is a Wham Episode in itself. Provisional Hero License Exam Arc: Yoarashi is The Ace of another school, with personal beef against Todoroki. Unlike the antagonists before him, he's genuinely nice to everyone else most of the time and is a loud and boisterous guy with a huge respect for heroes and heroes in training of all kinds. He's also capable of making amends to Todoroki — and later, Endeavor — after a while. Internship Arc: Overhaul is a Yakuza with intention of taking over All For One's spot as the head of the organized crime. He lampoons Shigaraki for not having any plans and ambitions to do the same, while showcasing he has an organized and long-term plan to achieve his own goals. He's also much more cruel than prior villains as he happily tortures and mentally abuses a little girl with the intention of creating his anti-Quirk serum. This isn't the part Shigaraki takes issue with. U.A. Cultural Festival Arc: Gentle and La Brava are a duo of quirky, lovable Anti Villains with tragic backstories and broken dreams. They commit non-lethal crimes with the intention of gathering a fanbase and showing the errors of the heroes while having a much nicer relationship with each other than the prior Bad Boss or lonely type antagonists before them.
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Award-Bait Song
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Award-Bait Song :Might+U from the 2nd movie, a vocal version of "You Say Run."
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Flying Brick
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All Might is one to the Flying Bricks of the Golden and Silver Ages.
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Jerkass Realization
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Jerkass Realization: After All Might cedes his place as #1 hero, Endeavor understands a bit too late that not only everything he did was All for Nothing but, after fighting the advanced Nomu called "High End", which leaves his face with a huge scar on the same side as Shoto, he realizes that he's indeed not as good as All Might and can't be as effective as his rival, despite his best efforts. He keeps on reflecting on his life and understands that his pursuit of "winning at all costs" was empty and one-sided and only got him to completely screw up his family. Afterwards, he tries his best to make amends for what he did, knowing full well that it's probably already too late for his family to forgive him.
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Ascended Extra
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Secondary characters sometimes get to receive some focus, such as Tsuyu and Mineta (besides others such as Yaoyorozu, Jiro and Kaminari) in the USJ Arc, Tokoyami and Hatsume during the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, Tsuyu, Mineta, Jiro and Koda in the Final Exams Arc, Shoji and Tokoyami in the Forest Training Camp Arc, and so on. Kirishima receives a lot of attention, such as in the USJ, Forest Training Camp, Hideout Raid, and Internship Arcs, bordering on being an Ascended Extra.
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The Friend Nobody Likes
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Tsuyu and Mineta seem to be part of Midoriya's circle of friends, as they work together at USJ and they are the only ones apart from Uraraka and Iida to visit him while he is hospitalized during the U.A. Sports Festival. After that, they don't spend all that much time with Midoriya compared to his other classmates and are at best acquaintances; Tsuyu spends most of her time with Uraraka and the other girls, whereas Mineta is The Friend Nobody Likes.
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Super Strength
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Midoriya can't control his power output, so his bones break every time he uses One For All. By Chapter 47, he's trying to find a way around this.
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To Be Lawful or Good
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To Be Lawful or Good: A major source of conflict in the story is the fact that only pro heroes are officially sanctioned to handle Quirk-related threats. As a result, people, even heroes in training, can be charged and severely punished for trying to save others or simply defend themselves using their Quirks without a proper license, as it would be legally described as vigilantism. This comes up on multiple occasions in the story, such as the USJ Arc where Aizawa has to give his class express permission to defend themselves in order to avoid the legal ramifications of fighting villains without a license.
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Red Eyes, Take Warning
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Red Eyes, Take Warning: Zig-zagged all around. There are several heroic figures that possess red eyes, and some of them are perfectly nice people, like Kirishima. Some, however, are depicted as being quite dangerous and scary in spite of their heroic status, either due to their appearance (Gang Orca), their attitudes (Bakugo and Mirko), or due to their Quirk's power (Tokoyami and Eri). Then, of course, there's Shigaraki, the series' Big Bad, who also possesses red eyes and longs to destroy everything he can.
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Hero Insurance
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Hero Insurance: It's present, but there is a limit, as enough property damage can cause hero offices to go bankrupt, so the destruction of property is discouraged.
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Superior Successor
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Superior Successor: There's an In-Universe popular theory about the concept of this that is mentioned during the Remedial Course Arc, called the "Quirk Singularity". The idea is that Quirks will continue to mix together and deepen, gradually growing in complexity and strength with every successive generation, until they reach a point where nobody will be able to control them anymore. There are actually several examples of this in the series already, such as Todoroki's "Half-Cold Half-Hot", Bakugo's "Explosion", and, of course, "One For All". The theory is actually mentioned by name in Midoriya's dream at the start of the Joint Training Arc, and by the First User no less, who states that "[they're] far past the Singularity now." Towards the end of the arc, the meaning of this statement is revealed: Midoirya's predecessors have stockpiled enough power to allow him to access and use their Quirks, all of which One For All has been stockpiling with each generation. While this implies that mastering One For All will be far more difficult than originally thought, and will have far-reaching consequences if he fails to do so, if he does, he'll be more powerful than all his predecessors, All Might included, could have ever hoped to be.
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Time to Unlock More True Potential
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Time to Unlock More True Potential: This is what happens to Midoriya in the Field Training Arc, with the retired hero Gran Torino as his mentor. From this point forward, Midoriya is actively tracking an exact percentage of how much true potential he has currently unlocked. All students from Class 1-A are later trained to develop new techniques and special moves.
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Given Name Reveal
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Given Name Reveal: Two notable ones, both involving Tomura Shigaraki: The first is that his real name is Tenko Shimura. As in, Nana Shimura, who was All Might's mentor and Tenko's grandmother. The second is that the name Shigaraki actually belongs to All For One, who gave it to him after taking him under his wing.
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Chronic Hero Syndrome
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Chronic Hero Syndrome: This is apparently quite common. All Might mentions that all the top heroes' stories include some iteration of "My body moved before I could think" when it came to their first acts of heroism. Midoriya doing the same in the beginning of the series is what wins him All Might's respect. Deconstructed a bit, in that the series recognizes how toxic this mindset can become, and actively chastises students for leaping in to help without considering the consequences of what they're doing. With Midoriya in particular, Aizawa stops him, reminding him that if he fails and gets hurt, he becomes one more problem for the pro heroes to worry about and another factor complicating the situation. "If you can't save yourself, you can't save anyone else" is a common theme.
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De-Power
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De-Power: A chilling threat in a society where nearly everyone is a Differently Powered Individual: Aizawa has the power to depower others for as long as he avoids blinking. All For One can steal Quirks, resulting in this happening to his victims. Overhaul and company are working on drugs that stop a person's Quirk factor. They've made bullets that stop it temporarily, but it's implied they're developing a permanent depowering version. They succeed, using the first batch to depower Mirio Togata, a student who was said to be the closest to taking the position of #1 hero.
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Rotoscoping
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Bakugo blasting off to escape the League of Villains and take Kirishima's hand has a large spike in quality – if not for the fact that such movements are impossible, it could be mistaken for Rotoscoping.
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Off-Model
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Though it is partially because he is regularly Off-Model, Koda looks fairly different early in the manga. Early on, his looks emphasize his Rock Monster traits more heavily, but as the story goes on, he begins to look less ugly and more nervous, fitting his personality more.
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Armor-Piercing Response
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Armor-Piercing Response: When Iida is consumed by vengeful rage and hunts down Stain for crippling his brother, he vows to exact retribution upon the Hero Killer. Stain's response? He points at the injured hero behind him and says:
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Sticky Situation
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Mineta can't rip out too many sticky balls or his scalp will bleed.
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Oh, Crap!
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Chapter 270: It's revealed that All For One had the Doctor duplicate his Quirk and already gave the original to Shigaraki, who's just woken up! And Midoriya can somehow sense this happening.
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Elaborate University High
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Elaborate University High: U.A. has buildings devoted to teaching and classes, dorms after it becomes a Boarding School, an Olympics-sized sports stadium, and several city-sized complexes that are used for hero training. This is partially justified by one of U.A.'s teachers literally manipulate cement as much as he wants,note given the Everyone is a Super setting, it stands to reason that construction got a lot easier but the school's incredibly large property is still highly unrealistic for a Japanese city.
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Master-Apprentice Chain
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Master-Apprentice Chain: Given One For All's unique nature as a Quirk that can be passed down to a chosen successor, such a chain is strongly implied with One For All's users, and is confirmed with its seventh, eighth, and ninth users Nana Shimura, All Might, and Midoriya.
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Living Shadow
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Class 1-A has a guy that controls a Living Shadow (Tokoyami) and a girl who can generate Hollywood Acid (Ashido). Neither of them are evil, and this is not even counting the teacher with black hole powers who works solely on disaster relief. Even their homeroom teacher, who is fairly antisocial and can erase Quirks by looking at their users, dedicates himself to stopping the more powerfully Quirked villains.
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Arc Villain
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Arc Villain: The Entrance Exam, Quirk Apprehension Test, and Battle Trial Arcs all share Bakugo as this, despite not exactly being a villain, while the Sludge Villain counts only for the first chapter. The USJ Arc gives us Tomura Shigaraki, the leader of the League of Villains, with the USJ Nomu as actting as The Heavy. The U.A. Sports Festival Arc has Shoto Todoroki, but only because of Endeavor being present to trigger him. The Hero Killer Arc gives us the titular Hero Killer: Stain. For the Final Exams Arc, it's technically U.A. and its teacher staff. Justified with this being a school setting, although some of them did go a bit too far. For the Forest Training Camp Arc, there's the Vanguard Action Squad of the League of Villains, though Muscular in particular due to his story with Kota's parents. For the Hideout Raid Arc, it's All For One, the mastermind behind the League of Villains. For the Provoisional Hero License Exam Arc, there's Gang Orca, who served as the main obstacle in the actual exam, and Inasa Yoarashi, the closest thing the arc had to an actual antagonist. The Internship Arc gives us Overhaul, leader of the Shie Hassaikai. The U.A. Cultural Festival Arc has Gentle Criminal and La Brava. The Pro Hero Arc has the High-End Nomu, Hood. The Joint Training Arc has Monoma, who isn't exactly a villain, but is the only one antagonistic towards Class 1-A. The Meta Liberation Army Arc has the titular Meta Liberation Army, lead by Re-Destro.
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Pyrrhic Victory
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Pyrrhic Victory: The first Heroes vs. Villains training exercise (Midoriya/Uraraka vs. Iida/Bakugo) ends up as this for Midoriya and Uraraka. Although they won by the conditions of the exercise, Iida and Bakugo were practically uninjured, whereas Uraraka ended up heavily nauseous and Midoriya was straight-up hospitalized. This is acknowledged in-universe. All Might's final battle against All For One. Even though All For One is defeated and put into prison, All Might permanently loses One For All and his true form is revealed to the public. The age of All Might is over. After All Might's retirement, Endeavor gains the #1 hero status. He is unhappy with it because he did not earn it. He never bested All Might, who went out in a blaze of glory, more popular than ever after defeating All For One, and their ultimate match will now never happen. Plus, he realizes that all he did to his family for the purpose of surpassing All Might is now completely pointless.
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For the Evulz
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Muscular, a villain who joins the League of Villains and helps them attack the training camp, endangering the lives of teenage heroes in training. If that isn't bad enough, he also murdered the Water Hose heroes (Kota's parents) For the Evulz, and tries to kill Kota before Midoriya intervenes. Where some of the other League of Villains members have sympathetic traits, Muscular is nothing more than a psychopathic murderer.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker Jiro has dark hair, whereas her Vitriolic Best Bud, the overall sillier Kaminari, has spiky blond hair.
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: A lot of the heroines wear either skintight bodysuits or skimpy, revealing outfits. Though these aren't exactly the most practical outfits for heroism, in a lot of cases, this is actually justified by the fact that several heroines, most notably Mt. Lady, are Punch Clock Heroes constantly competing with each other for media attention and sponsorships in order to make money, and several of the heroines actively use their sex appeal to achieve this. Plus, when the main characters get their first costumes, Uraraka discovers to her embarrassment that female hero costumes are by default made skintight unless the customer specifies otherwise...which she didn't.
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Abusive Parents
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One good pep talk while battling will hardly solve years of internalized issues, such as what happens between Midoriya and Todoroki. Although the former does help the latter overcome some issues with his Abusive Parents, he still has a long way to go to fully recover, he is still dealing with trauma, and comparing him to his father is still his Berserk Button. On the other hand, Todoroki grows to respect Midoriya deeply for what he tried to do, treating him as his first friend and a close ally to be called upon, which pays off during the Internship Arc when Midoriya calls him in for backup against Hero Killer: Stain.
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Fate Worse than Death
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Played gruesomely straight when Shigaraki subjects Overhaul to a Fate Worse than Death where he severs his arms and strips him of his Quirk.
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Tracking Device
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Tracking Device: During the Forest Training Camp Arc, Yaoyorozu manages to create one and have it implanted onto the Nomu that was chasing her and a schoolmate. This winds up crucial to the police's plans.
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Coming-of-Age Story
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Coming-of-Age Story: The manga as a whole plays as this to Midoriya, since he grows from a wimpy, shy kid to the world's greatest hero.
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Retool
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Retool: The series is based on a one-shot manga Horikoshi drew titled My Hero. The main character of the one-shot is named Jack Midoriya, and he's a salaryman selling gadgets to superheroes. The hero Snipe is from the one-shot.
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Tail Slap
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Ojiro: Silver.
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Heal the Cutie
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Heal the Cutie: Midoriya, as a Cheerful Child, was an ecstatic fanboy of All Might but was brokenhearted to find that he would probably never get a Quirk, dashing his dreams of becoming a hero. He is regularly mocked and bullied in his class for not having one, and when he meets his idol, he is told again that he should give up. When he acts to rescue his former bully, he is chastised by the public for rushing in without a Quirk and gives up on his dream. However, All Might, moved by his selflessness, decides to choose him as the next vessel for his Quirk, and Midoriya's journey to finally realizing his dream begins. Eri is introduced as a quiet, traumatized little girl after accidentally killing her father and being tortured by Overhaul to make anti-Quirk bullets. Midoriya and Mirio make it their personal mission to make her smile again, and using friendship, treats, and The Power of Rock, finally help her to become the Cheerful Child she was meant to be.
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Brains and Brawn
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Brains and Brawn: All Might's relationship his ex-sidekick, Sir Nighteye. All Might was the brawn while Nighteye, with his intellect, investigative skills, and precognition Quirk, made him effective as the brains. Which is all the more impressive given that All Might is no slouch in the brains department himself:
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Men Act, Women Are
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Men Act, Women Are: Although the girls do have moments of taking part in the action thanks to their careers as heroes, it should be noted that most of them barely have an impact on the major events of the storyline. A lot of their personalities fall under the bubbly, friendly, nice girl trope or the "Strong Female Character" stereotype, whereas their male colleagues are given deeper, more complex characterizations and are actively involved in the story. It also doesn't help that the girls are significantly outnumbered in the student, pro hero, and villain groups: Uraraka is the main female lead of the series, yet 95% of her screentime is spent being reminded by others and feeling embarrassed about her feelings for Midoriya. Although at one point she has a unique character arc of wanting to be a hero to financially support her family, that arc has been sidelined so that Uraraka is known primarily for her developing feelings for Midoriya. This is compounded by the fact that Midoriya, by virtue of being the male lead, has so many conflicts and character arcs which give him a more fleshed out identity that most fans can only recognize Uraraka as "Midoriya's love interest". Nejire is the only female member of the Big Three at U.A. Apart from being bubbly and constantly curious, she doesn't have a lot of character depth compared to Mirio and Tamaki. It's made apparent in the Work Study Arc where Nejire stays behind with the other girls while both boys get their own spotlight fights that show them holding their own in battle along with receiving more backstory on their Quirks and personal conflicts. But don't worry, Nejire gets her own spotlight battle a few arcs later: a beauty pageant. Toga is a zigzagged case. On one hand, she's the only prominent female villain in the series and is regarded as a Shadow Archetype to Uraraka because her MO is centered around her twisted feelings of love. On the other hand, she's very much involved in the storyline as she gets to fight alongside her male colleagues as they battle the heroes head on. Her backstory is even given proper depth during the Meta Liberation Army Arc. The majority of the adult heroines suffer from this, too. Midnight and Mt. Lady are the two most prominent pro heroines in the series, but are only recognized as being there for fanservice. Future heroines such as Ryukyu and Mirko end up falling under the "Strong Female Character" stereotype as they both look cool and have powerful Quirks, but are stuck on the sidelines as their male colleagues, Fat Gum, Sir Nighteye, Rock Lock and Hawks, are given more agency and direct action scenes in the arcs they were introduced in.
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Touch of Death
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Chisaki/Overhaul's power is Touch of Death and Healing Hands in one package. He can simply touch his target and blow them up, or touch his underling and heal them in an instant. It also works on nonliving matter, allowing him to fight à la Edward Elric. To top it off, he can even deconstruct both his underling and his own body, then become a fusion of the two.
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Terrified of Germs
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Terrified of Germs: This seems to be part of Overhaul's motivation for erasing Quirks, as one of the leading theories for how Quirks came to develop In-Universe is that it's through some kind of virus.
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Tanuki
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Tanuki: A flashback to Kirishima's middle school days features a student who resembles a tanuki and has a Quirk that can temporarily turn leaves into money, referencing various folktales where tanuki turn leaves into money in order to trick people. Some bullies try to force him to turn leaves into money for them until Kirishima steps in to defend him.
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The Ace
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Do not try to harm the students of U.A., because that will earn you the wrath of All Might.
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Everyone is a Super
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Everyone is a Super: By the time the series begins, 80% of humanity has some kind of Quirk, and it's noted that Quirklessness becomes less common with each generation; it was relatively common when All Might was young, but Midoriya is the only student in his middle school without a Quirk. That said, most humans aren't superheroes. Inverted with animals, with only a rare few obtaining Quirks and fewer having the kind of intelligence it takes to refine them. The principal of U.A. is one such animal.
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Fictional Disability
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Fictional Disability: 20 percent of the population is born Quirkless, having no superpowers to call their own. While they can still go about a mundane life without a problem, Quirkless people like Midoriya are magnets for bullying and scorn and are heavily discouraged from trying to become heroes. In Chapter 168, it's revealed that some people have Quirks that aren't compatible with their biology. For example, Aoyama's Navel Laser can seriously injure him from overuse, due to a birth defect. This also explains why nobody really batted an eye when Midoriya kept severely injuring himself in the earlier story arcs.
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Double Standard: During Bakugo and Uraraka's fight, many spectators start booing the former for not going easier on a girl. Aizawa immediately calls them out for this; this is the same audience who were fine with the three other male vs. female matches, including a boy who could shoot lasers against a female opponent. The only difference is that Bakugo is an unlikable jerk, therefore the audience assume everything he does is to bully his opponent. Not only that, but he calls out the crowd for assuming that Uraraka needs going easy on, and reminds everyone that for Bakugo to underestimate her would be a severe mistake and insult.
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Hypocritical Humor
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Hypocritical Humor: After Kota decides that he doesn't want to hang around the U.A. kids, acting rude and like he's above their "cheesiness", Bakugo, of all people, is the one to comment on his specific brand of trying to act mature.
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Lost in Translation
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Lost in Translation: Although they do align for the most part, various translations have diverging interpretations of several key lines. The most egregious examples include: When he first meets All Might, Midoriya asks if it was the villain Venomous Chainsaw who crippled him. All Might's response in the fan translation is, "Yeah, he wounded me but I wouldn't let that stop me." When Viz translated it, it came out as, "That lowlife? He could never do this to me." Viz refers to the Number Two of the League of Villains by his original Japanese name, "Kurogiri", whereas fans have been translating his name literally as "Black Mist". Uraraka's recognition of her feelings for Midoriya is handled differently. In the fan translations, she apparently resolves to push her feelings aside entirely, whereas in the official translation, she wants to merely get them under control. Hero Killer Stain has different motivations depending on the translator. According to the fan translators, it's "The word 'hero' must be restored!" or "If heroes aren't restored...!". However, when Viz translated it, it was "If I don't reclaim my hero status...!" While discussing why All Might no longer works with Sir Nighteye, fan translations had All Might explain it as, "We broke up, so it's kind of awkward", whereas the Viz translation is, "For certain reasons, it's awkward." Regarding Endeavor's use of niisanra; both Viz and the scanlators made the mistake of assuming that he meant Todoroki had "older brothers" when in reality Endeavor was simply saying the latter had "older siblings."note In Japanese, it's typical to group people together under one category/majority regardless of gender. A clue-in to this a few chapters later is during a flashback wherein Todoroki watches children playing outside, assumed to be his siblings, and one of them is wearing a skirt. Several chapters later, that sibling turns out to be Fuyumi, his sister. In the dub for the anime and fan and official translations of the manga, both meanings of Deku are lost, since they both involve readings of Japanese characters, which they presumably couldn't explain for non-Japanese viewers in the timeframe given. The dub fixes this by having Bakugo call Midoriya "Deku" as a shorthand for "Defenseless Izuku", while making Uraraka like the name "Deku" just because it sounds heroic and cute. Bakugo's two prospective hero names, King Explosion Murder and Lord Explosion Murder, are actually examples of Steven Ulysses Perhero (being Bakusatsuou and Bakusatsuga, respectively, in the sub). Since the puns were untranslatable, the names were just literally translated. When Shigaraki and Kurogiri refer to the mysterious voice on the computer as "Sensei"; almost everyone assumed that this was meant as "Teacher" or "Master", a.k.a. towards their boss and the Man Behind the Man. Later, it's established that it was actually "Sensei", as in "Doctor". The official localization of the manga has to explain why "Naito" comes immediately before a couple names that start with "T" on the provisional exam results, as well as the point of the panel- Todoroki didn't pass the exam. The English dub uses "Quirk genes" instead of "Quirk factor." In the episode the term is introduced, this isn't a big deal, but it later becomes apparent that the term refers to the physical factors that make Quirks work (such as Bakugo's sweat glands) rather than any genetic cause.
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Power Nullifier
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Power Nullifier: Aizawa's "Erasure" Quirk, which temporarily disables the Quirks of people he looks at. Eri's unnamed Quirk, which "rewinds" humans in some unclear capacity, including the ability to completely destroy the Quirk Factor of any person her tissue comes into contact with by reverting their genetic evolution to a point before humans had Quirks. Tamaki gets hit by a bullet infused with her DNA which makes him lose his Quirk for about a day, whereas poor Mirio gets hit head-on by a perfected bullet meant for Eri, completely destroying his ability to use his Quirk.
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Color-Coded Characters
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Color-Coded Characters: Impressively, the anime's website manages to give an unique associated color to each member of the quite large cast. From the students alone: Midoriya: Mint. Bakugo: Coral. Uraraka: Hot Pink. Iida: Indigo. Todoroki: Cyan. Tsuyu: Green. Mineta: Purple. Kirishima: Red. Yaoyorozu: Crimson. Tokoyami: Cool Grey. Kaminari: Yellow. Aoyama: Metallic Gold. Jiro: Warm Grey. Ashido: Pink. Shoji: Sky Blue. Ojiro: Silver. Sero: Orange. Hagakure: Light Blue. Sato: Goldenrod. Koda: Tan. Other notable examples include All Might with Gold and Aizawa with Dark Grey.
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Cast from Calories
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Cast from Calories: Yaoyorozu can create anything by manifesting it from her own body fat. As such, she becomes a Big Eater to compensate. Sato's Quirk, "Sugar Rush", gives him super strength from eating sugar. However, when he crashes from his sugar rush, he not only de-powers, his intelligence also temporarily decreases.
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Hard Truth Aesop
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Hard Truth Aesop: The manga starts off with one: Not all men are born equal, and inherently, some are born with an advantage or disadvantage over others. The rest of the manga runs along these lines and makes it clear that from birth, there are those who were born with the deck stacked against them and those who were born with the deck in their favor, and sometimes, people have privilege in some things and not in others. The harsh truth dealt to Midoriya throughout the first chapter is that sometimes dreams don't come true no matter how much you yearn for it. Without a Quirk, resources, or training, he had practically no hope of becoming a hero, and everyone from his teachers to All Might told him in no uncertain terms to give up on his dream and go find more realistic employment. Of the unconventional but real variety, and more of a message than an proper Aesop. When Uraraka mentions feeling shame of her unwholesome reason for being a hero, since she is Only in It for the Money, Iida, however, mentions that there is nothing wrong with it, since she is just looking for a way to sustain herself and her parents, and it's okay to look for a job just because it pays well. In fact, Midoriya suggests that Uraraka's motives are more grounded in reality than his own desire to become a hero. The plotline about Endeavor's relationships to his family ends with one: There is no right answer to whether you should forgive your abuser. Fuyumi decides to forgive her father and attempts to bring her family together. Natsuo blows up at his father and refuses to listen to him. Shoto reserves his judgment, stating that he is not forgiving him, but he is acknowledging that Endeavor is trying to change and that people do change. Even Rei acknowledges that, although she does not want to see him again, that he is making an effort. None of the characters are portrayed as in the wrong and Endeavor acknowledges that all of them are entitled to the reactions they had. He even tells Natsuo that it's fine not to forgive him, and has a new home built for his wife and children, partly for their safety and partly because he believes they would be better off without him.
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Yakuza
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Overhaul: He is the first villain to actually murder major characters in the series up front. He also nearly kills several others, and introduces the prospect of Character Death to the story and how sometimes a hero can pay the ultimate sacrifice.
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Anti-Hero
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Early chapters paint Todoroki with a rather Anti-Hero/Ambiguously Evil vibe that never appears again: he is unwilling to kill a villain less out of moral decency and more out of preservation for his reputation, and for that, doesn't even try to save the villain, just tells him to get out of the ice soon or else he would tarnish Todoroki's reputation. Then his Dark and Troubled Past comes to light and we are given an explanation for why he behaves so grimly, and Midoriya yanks him out of his grudging state. Also, at the beginning, his left half is always encased in ice. Following the USJ Arc, however, he stops doing this, and no one comments on it.
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Blunt
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Blunt "Yes": Blunt No, in this case. In Chapter 162, Midoriya offers a recently Quirkless Mirio One For All, feeling he deserves it more than him, but Mirio bluntly refuses before Midoriya is able to finish talking.
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Circle of Shame
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Circle of Shame: Midoriya is repeatedly subject to this in his backstory, as everyone considered him a loser or weirdo for not being born with a Quirk and laughing in his face whenever his dream of becoming a hero gets brought up.
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Crisis Catch-and-Carry
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Crisis Catch And Carry: Happens on several different occasions during the Forest Training Camp Arc: Mustard's gas attack renders many of the students unconscious, leaving their peers to carry them to safety. Of particular note is Todoroki, who spends the entire arc with Tsuburaba on his back, even while fighting against Moonfish. Even though he himself is injured from his fight with Muscular, Midoriya still tells Kouta to get on his back, so that he can take him to safety. Then the two of them meet up with Aizawa, and Aizawa carries Kouta back to camp. After saving Midoriya from Tokoyami, Shoji comments that Midoriya shouldn't be moving around in the state he is in, and spends the rest of the arc carrying him.
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When All You Have Is a Hammer...
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When All You Have Is a Hammer...: All Might's fighting ability essentially amounts to punching things really, really hard. Even when the villains create the first Nomu with the abilities of shock-absorption and regeneration as a hard counter to his physical strength, All Might eventually figures that since Nomu's power is to absorb shocks, not nullify them, all he has to do is keep spamming punches, harder and harder, until he goes beyond the limits of Nomu's ability. Once he does, he promptly punts Nomu into the stratosphere. Midoriya also suffers from this for a while, partly because he's still working out how to use his power after inheriting it from All Might, and partly because he's hung up on imitating All Might, whom he idolizes. For the first two-and-a-half series, his fighting style consists entirely of full-power punches and Finger Pokes of Doom that break his bones from recoil. By the time he develops a fighting style of his own that makes better use of his legs, it's practically out of necessity, because his arms are already heavily scarred and any further breaks could cripple him for life. This is a recurring theme in the series. Students with powerful, combat-oriented powers tend to develop very narrow combat strategies, which characters like Stain and Aizawa take advantage of by getting in close/nullifying their powers and taking them down with regular martial arts. It's for this reason that U.A. High School's teachers emphasize creativity with powers and taking Boxing Lessons for Superman.
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Suicide Dare
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Suicide Dare: In the first chapter, a particularly cruel Bakugo suggests that Midoriya should kill himself and hope to be reborn with a Quirk. Midoriya is rather upset, wondering what would have happened to Bakugo if he had taken him seriously. This action never ends up being mentioned again, and Horikoshi has said that Bakugo wasn't intended to be that terrible of a person.
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Keeping the Handicap
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Keeping the Handicap: Iida receives a scar and residual damage to his arm after his fight with Stain. Although he could have had it removed with surgery, he decides to keep it as a reminder of his past mistakes until he feels he has learned his lesson.
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Character Focus
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Character Focus continually jumps around, from Todoroki to Iida to Kirishima, with major characters All Might, Bakugo, and Uraraka flitting in and out along the way. Horikoshi very much wants to give all the characters what focus he can and repeatedly laments all the characters he hasn't yet been able to focus on.
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Xanatos Gambit
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Xanatos Gambit: Stain and Shigaraki's "competition" turns out to have been this, set up by the real Big Bad. No matter what happened, Stain would be seen as being part of the League of Villains. This would connect his actions to theirs and give them a kind of publicity and legitimacy. The confrontation between All Might and All For One. If All For One kills All Might, that's fantastic, but even when he gets defeated and put in prison, All For One feels that he came out ahead because he knows that it will motivate Shigaraki to grow stronger and more capable as a villain. Even moreso, since All Might used up the last of One For All to defeat him, and the Symbol of Peace was forced to retire.
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Informed Attribute
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Informed Attribute: In the physical tests Class 1-A take on their first day of school, all the students are able to outperform Midoriya due to being able to use their Quirks effectively, whereas he can't. This is despite the fact that he has undergone intensive muscle training in the preceding year and that they are physical tests, like long jump and softball throwing, which several of his classmates' Quirks wouldn't be helpful with. Though Midoriya doesn't finish in first place in any of the tests (since the one test he uses his Quirk for, throwing a baseball for distance, is the one where Uraraka has already scored infinity by making her ball weightless and throwing it into outer space), some of his classmates have Quirks that would be useless in all eight of the tests. The manga includes a line trying to justify this (Midoriya muses that he did poorly in the last two tests, especially the endurance run, because he was in so much pain from his broken finger), but that particular scene gets skipped in the anime.
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Mooks
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Midoriya suffers from self-confidence issues due to the pressure of having to succeed All Might and his own lack of experience. By contrast, Shigaraki is overconfident at the start due to having a small army of Mooks and the Nomu tailor-made to kill All Might at his disposal. Midoriya's confidence grows as he continues to master One For All and learn from his peers, while Shigaraki is humbled by his first defeat at USJ and soon becomes more level-headed and calculating, downplaying this as the story goes on.
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Scars of heroic characters tend to be out of the way or subtle — Kirishima and Aizawa have little nicks near their eyes, Nezu has a thin stripe that runs over one of his eyes, and Vlad King has a faint X-shaped scar over his cheek. Eri has faint scars along her arms and legs, but they're rarely seen. Midoriya's arms and hand are Covered in Scars, but they're slashes that are covered most of the time. The exceptions are Todoroki's prominent burn mark, which could qualify as an Evil Scar, but is still far less severe than Dabi's burns, and All Might's horrific scar courtesy of All For One, which, though covered most of the time, still wouldn't look out of place on a villain's body.
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Academy of Adventure
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Academy of Adventure: U.A., a school that trains those who wish to be superheroes. Not only that, but they have a Hero Support course for Gadgeteer Geniuses, a Hero Management course for those who work behind the scenes managing and advertising heroes, and a General Education course for those who don't make it into the hero course or are expelled from it.
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Yank the Dog's Chain
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Yank the Dog's Chain: After a pitched battle between Endeavor and the strongest Nomu yet, Endeavor finally manages to defeat it at a horrific cost to himself: his left eye is nearly torn out, he's very badly injured, and his stamina has been completely burnt out through torching the Nomu with Prominence Burn. Yet, he wins. And then Dabi shows up.
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: A lot of the fights in the U.A. Sports Festival Arc amount to this in the manga because they're over very quickly. However, all examples of such are completely undone in the anime, where all of the fights happen onscreen.note Likely not included in the former medium due to time constraints; a manga may be pruned down to meet the demanding release schedule, but an anime has more time to work with and the removed content can help fill out the season's runtime. Iida and Ojiro's fight against Power Loader in the Final Exams Arc. All we see of the fight is the very end, right after Ojiro makes it past the gate. The same goes for Shoji and Hagakure against Snipe.
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From Zero to Hero
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From Zero to Hero: Izuku Midoriya starts off as a Quirkless teen who can only dream of becoming a hero in a world full of them. After being recognized by his lifelong idol, All Might, he gains the powerful quirk One For All, giving him a chance at becoming the number one hero. Although he has to keep training his newfound power, he gets plenty of opportunities to fight villains and save others.
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Having a Blast
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Bakugo needs sweat to generate his explosions. If he can't sweat, he can't make an explosion. He discusses this in Chapter 38, pointing out that every Quirk has some kind of limit. Bakugo designed his own costume specifically to help him collect sweat to amplify his explosions. His wrists also aren't immune to the kickback from the explosions he makes, so if he overdoes it, he could also injure himself by straining his wrists.
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Modern Stasis
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Modern Stasis: The setting seems only slightly more futuristic than the present day despite being at least a good four or five generations ahead (maybe). What advancements do exist seem to be linked to the training and equipping of heroes. In-Universe it's theorized that the societal upheaval caused by the sudden appearance of Quirks delayed the development of new technologies for a while until things settled down. There are some who believe that, had Quirks not appeared, humanity would already be in space.
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Pretentious Latin Motto
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Pretentious Latin Motto: U.A. is one of the top educational institutions in Japan, and their motto is "Plus Ultra", Latin for "Further Beyond."
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Has its own page.
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Bait-and-Switch Credits
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Bait-and-Switch Credits: If you were to just watch the two ending themes for Season 2 of the anime, you would get a pretty inaccurate picture of what the series is about: The first ending simply shows all the girls in Class 1-A hanging out together, making you think it's a slice of life story instead of an action adventure story about superheroes. The second ending shows all the characters in a Heroic Fantasy setting, fighting monsters with swords and magic. At face value, it has nothing to do with a story about superpowered heroes in a modern day setting. The designs came from the art for the second popularity poll and a second piece of side art drawing all the characters in fantasy outfits.
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Bystander Syndrome
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Bystander Syndrome: This is legally enforced. Someone with the perfect Quirk for a situation will be unable to help if they lack a hero license. Apparently Good Samaritan laws do not exist in this world. After disintegrating his entire family, Tenko/Tomura runs through the streets of his hometown, and nobody is willing to help him because they're under the assumption a hero will come and help him. All For One appears instead.
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Magic Pants
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Magic Pants: Zigzagged. Quirks involving transformation don't generally affect the character's clothes, as seen with Mt. Lady's supersizing power, or All Might's hero costume, which seems to magically appear and disappear as appropriate. This is justified in some cases because of Support Companies, which create high-tech hero costumes that can handle their users' Quirks. Though, for some reason, this is subverted for other characters, such as Yaoyorozu, whose "generate objects out of her body" Quirk frequently leads to Clothing Damage and/or partial undressing, and Mirio, whose phasing ability frequently causes his gym uniform, but not his hero costume, to fall off.
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Playing Possum
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In an anime-only episode, a group of students have to solve the mock murder of a villain, played by All Might, killed by one of his hostages. When Tsuyu checks All Might, he laughs because the movements tickle him. Tsuyu assumes All Might simply broke character. Everyone realizes too late, only after All Might has disappeared and escaped, that the villain was Playing Possum all along and All Might's moment of Corpsing was a deliberate clue they all missed.
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Legacy Character
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Legacy Character: Three variants of this are present in the series: The first is the passing down of a "title" from one person to another even if the characters are unrelated. Most noticeably, Midoriya becomes the ninth user of "One For All" after All Might, the eighth user, passes it on to him. In this case, however, it's the passing down of a specific superpower as well, much like the example of Ant-Man. The second is a heroic legacy in a family, most prominently displayed in the Iida family. Tenya Iida's brother Tensei, in particular, is the much-beloved engine hero Ingenium, and Tenya inherits the name when Tensei is forced into retirement after being paralyzed by Stain, though Tenya has some issues getting to the point where he feels he can actually accept it. The third is similar to comic book legacy titles. Kirishima wishes to become a hero like the similarly powered Crimson Riot, and so has his hero name modeled after him. He even gets a couple of spotlight chapters showing how he came to understand Crimson Riot's mentality, and near the end of them a pro hero accepts him as worthy of the name after the courage and tenacity Kirishima has displayed.
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Boxing Lessons for Superman
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This is a recurring theme in the series. Students with powerful, combat-oriented powers tend to develop very narrow combat strategies, which characters like Stain and Aizawa take advantage of by getting in close/nullifying their powers and taking them down with regular martial arts. It's for this reason that U.A. High School's teachers emphasize creativity with powers and taking Boxing Lessons for Superman.
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Troubled Abuser
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Todoroki's backstory with his mother where despite her love for him, she still couldn't control her insanity and attacked him. This mirrors several stories in real life where parents become their child's abuser due to their own trauma. In the scene before this, she's even on the phone with her own mother, telling her that she thinks she needs to leave Endeavor because she's scared of the way she feels about her own children.
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Power Trio
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Nejire is the only female member of the Big Three at U.A. Apart from being bubbly and constantly curious, she doesn't have a lot of character depth compared to Mirio and Tamaki. It's made apparent in the Work Study Arc where Nejire stays behind with the other girls while both boys get their own spotlight fights that show them holding their own in battle along with receiving more backstory on their Quirks and personal conflicts. But don't worry, Nejire gets her own spotlight battle a few arcs later: a beauty pageant.
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I Just Want to Be Special
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I Just Want to Be Special: Midoriya wanted to be a hero badly, but being Quirkless, it only made him the butt of jokes for not being able to let go of his dreams. He even suffers a Broken Pedestal moment when his idol, All Might, tells him he can never be a hero without a Quirk. It isn't until he attempts to rescue his former best friend from a creature he caused All Might to lose that All Might has a change of heart and allows him to inherit his Quirk.
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This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman
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This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: Inverted early on. All of the first pro heroes shown off are rendered utterly unable to help in the second battle against the Sludge Villain because the situation is a perfect storm of conditions that render all of the otherwise well-rounded heroes completely useless or otherwise too occupied to fight, forcing them to wait until All Might arrives. This gives Midoriya an opportunity to demonstrate he has the heart of a hero.
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Genre Mashup
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Genre Mashup: A Shōnen story in a Superhero setting.
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Past-Life Memories
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Past-Life Memories: Of a sort. Starting in Chapter 192, Midoriya has a dream about the previous users of One For All, including Nana Shimura, and the first-ever user confronting his brother, All For One.
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Super Registration Act
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Super Registration Act: A fully functional type D, with the government funding the heroes.
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Most Common Super Power
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Most Common Super Power: Many of the heroines are well-endowed.
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Superhero School
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Superhero School: U.A. is the most prestigious of these, but there are others out there.
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Screw Destiny
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Screw Destiny: Played with. Throughout the Work Study Arc, Nighteye predicts the deaths of All Might, Midoriya, and even himself. When Nighteye gets wounded during his battle with Overhaul, there's a Hope Spot that Midoriya prevented his death, but Nighteye later dies from his wounds in the hospital. However, Midoriya successfully changes the future predicted by Nighteye wherein Midoriya dies and Overhaul escapes with Eri.
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Heroic Wannabe
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Heroic Wannabe: Many pro heroes treat their profession as a way to achieve fame and celebrity status, often forgetting the meaning of the word "hero". Midoriya, despite initially being Quirkless, is probably more of a hero than most of them, which is why All Might chooses him as his successor in the first place. This type of person is also the main target of Stain's attacks.
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Anti-Villain
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U.A. Cultural Festival Arc: Gentle and La Brava are a duo of quirky, lovable Anti Villains with tragic backstories and broken dreams. They commit non-lethal crimes with the intention of gathering a fanbase and showing the errors of the heroes while having a much nicer relationship with each other than the prior Bad Boss or lonely type antagonists before them.
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Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence
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Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: This is pretty much the mentality of how a lot of the villains operate. They don't like living in a time where you can be arrested for simply using your Quirk or have a much harder time committing all the havoc and villainous acts they want to accomplish. As such, they wish to change the system to suit their own means.
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Mundane Made Awesome
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Mundane Made Awesome: Sir Nighteye's Clairvoyance Quirk can only do so much in combat, and has a once-per-day limit. So, he fights his opponents with "hypermass seals". They look like regular office stamps, but they weigh five kilograms each. That's about the weight of a large cat, and he throws them around like they're shuriken.
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Spider-Man Send-Up
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Spider-Man Send-Up: Naturally has a few influences: For the main series this is actually split into two characters: Tsuyu Asui, a.k.a. Froppy, whose Quirk allows her to "do whatever a frog can" and who, indeed, can stick to surfaces and crawl along with them like a spider, and Hanta Sero, a.k.a. Cellophane, who uses his tape power to swing around and stick people to things. In the spin-off, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, the main character, Kouichi Haimawari, a.k.a. "The Crawler", takes this even further. His Quirk, Sliding, has him have to go on all fours and slide along the ground like a water bug and later in the series he finds out he can stick to objects as well. What's more, he's a college student, lives in a shanty-like dwelling where his partners freeload constantly, and usually is a Butt-Monkey as much as Peter Parker is.
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Domino Mask
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If a main character wears more covering headgear than a Domino Mask or goggles, the very first hit said character takes in a fight will blow it off. Always. Special mention to Midoriya himself, who takes over a hundred chapters to wear his mask again after it gets blown apart by Bakugo in their first training exercise, even after it's repaired.
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Hair Color Dissonance
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Wimpy nice guy protagonist Midoriya has dark, green-tinged Messy Hair, whereas his Foil, the hot-tempered, asocial Bakugo, has light blond Shonen Hair.
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Clothing-Concealed Injury
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Clothing-Concealed Injury: Five years prior to the main story, All Might suffered an injury that destroyed one of his lungs and most of his stomach, which left behind a scar. His clothing is designed to hide the scar from the public's eyes.
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Loads and Loads of Characters
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Loads and Loads of Characters: There are at least twenty regular characters (the twenty students of 1-A, plus their teachers and other supporting characters) and many more introduced in later arcs. Horikoshi, himself, often laments in character bios that he isn't able to fully introduce many of them yet.
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Medal of Dishonor
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Medal of Dishonor: A rare Played for Laughs example; Bakugo's furious that he wins the U.A. Sports Festival because Todoroki didn't give his all in the final fight. He's so enraged, in fact, that he has to be bound and gagged in order to make him stay on the podium during the award ceremony. When All Might tries to put the medal around his neck, however, Bakugo resists by budging his nose against and then biting into the medal ribbon so it won't go around his neck.
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Hoist by His Own Petard
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Hoist by His Own Petard: The user of All For One ultimately created his own opposition when he forced a Quirk that could stockpile power upon his brother, the original owner of One For All. This combination of power means that each successor of One For All becomes more powerful than the one prior, with the ultimate goal of defeating All For One.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: In Chapter 38, Midoriya tears into Todoroki when he realizes the latter is shivering because of his own ice and is still refusing to use his flame powers in order to defy his father, Endeavor. Midoriya points out that all of the other students are trying their best and giving everything they've got to win; Todoroki deliberately holding back like that is an insult. The chapter ends with Midoriya challenging Todoroki to unleash his full power. Iida gets one from Stain for being more concerned with avenging his brother than with saving the pro hero Stain was about to kill. As a result, Iida is forced to come to terms with his own selfish and unheroic behavior. Chapter 112 is called "What the Hell Are You Doing", and the title is quoted verbatim by Midoriya when Todoroki and Yoarashi can't stop arguing long enough to defeat Gang Orca during the provisional exam, and have managed to put another examinee in danger. They snap out of it.
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Close on Title
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Close on Title: Episode 88, "His Start," has the title card come up after Endeavor's victory over the High-End Nomu, which truly establishes him as the #1 Hero, just before the end credits. Chapter 285, "Katsuki Bakugo Rising" appears at the end of the chapter, which concludes with Bakugo Taking the Bullet for Midoriya.
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Moment of Weakness
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Subverted with Rei Todoroki. She was a kind woman who encouraged Shoto to pursue his own dreams, but snapped due to a combination of the frustration for being used and the fact her children were beginning to look like Endeavor, which resulted in her dumping boiling water on Shoto's face in a Moment of Weakness. It's implied that she was physically and/or mentally abused by Endeavor as well, given his intense treatment of Shoto and her fear of her own husband. She gets better later on after being hospitalized and isolated from Endeavor, and Shoto reconciles with her after the Sports Festival when he begins to realize that he wasn't the cause of her mental break.
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Cheerful Child
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Midoriya, as a Cheerful Child, was an ecstatic fanboy of All Might but was brokenhearted to find that he would probably never get a Quirk, dashing his dreams of becoming a hero. He is regularly mocked and bullied in his class for not having one, and when he meets his idol, he is told again that he should give up. When he acts to rescue his former bully, he is chastised by the public for rushing in without a Quirk and gives up on his dream. However, All Might, moved by his selflessness, decides to choose him as the next vessel for his Quirk, and Midoriya's journey to finally realizing his dream begins.
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Training from Hell
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Training from Hell: Deconstructed in Todoroki, who was subjected to this at least since he was five years old, and it was shown to be a horrible experience for him that broke him mentally. It apparently turned out even worse for Toya, one of his elder brothers (his only sibling whom his father considered worth training at all). Played straight with the class's summer training camp, which was intended as this. One of the very first parts of it is using their Quirks near-constantly to increase how far they can go before their respective Heroic RRODs kick in.
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Cape Snag
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Cape Snag: In the English dub, Aizawa, getting away from a group of reporters, wonders how All Might managed to get anything done with the media "stepping on his cape".
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Capepunk
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Capepunk: The story takes place in a world 20 Minutes into the Future where roughly 80% of the world's population has some kind of superpower referred to as a "Quirk". Being a superhero is a legitimate career option that requires a special education course. Hero jobs also vary depending on what area a person decides to specialize in, such as crime-fighting, disaster relief, team support, etc. The entire business is heavily regulated and up and coming heroes typically seek employment at agencies run by senior heroes in an attempt to make a name for themselves. The series focuses heavily on themes such as what it takes to be a superhero, the importance of society having a positive view of them, and why anyone would want to be a hero in the first place. Although (almost) Everyone is a Super, most people are not superheroes or supervillains, because most Quirks aren't particularly useful for crime or the fighting thereof; even the Superpower Lottery winners still require intensive training to reach their full strength. It also takes a hard look at what it would take for a someone to be the Big Good in a world of superheroes, the dangers of having a single person be the symbol of hope and heroism, and just what would happen if that person were suddenly unable to continue to fill that role with no suitable replacement. It also looks fairly closely at the consequences of limiting peoples' freedom to maintain social order in the advent of superpowers and the various ways that might cause people to rebel and become either villains or vigilantes, and the social prejudices inherent in people being born with powers that are unsightly, inhuman, or have historically been used for "evil."
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Rotating Protagonist
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Rotating Protagonist: Played with. Though Midoriya is always the protagonist, the group with him seems to vary. The rest of the main cast, Iida, Uraraka, and Todoroki, are prone to fall in and Out of Focus depending on the situation, such as Iida being out of focus in the USJ and Forest Training Camp Arcs, while receiving the spotlight during the Field Training Arc, or Uraraka being out of focus during the Field Training and Hideout Raid Arcs. Bakugo is the only other character who is consistently prominent. The Tritagonist is All Might, who acts as Midoriya's mentor and plays a major role as a legacy character. Secondary characters sometimes get to receive some focus, such as Tsuyu and Mineta (besides others such as Yaoyorozu, Jiro and Kaminari) in the USJ Arc, Tokoyami and Hatsume during the U.A. Sports Festival Arc, Tsuyu, Mineta, Jiro and Koda in the Final Exams Arc, Shoji and Tokoyami in the Forest Training Camp Arc, and so on. Kirishima receives a lot of attention, such as in the USJ, Forest Training Camp, Hideout Raid, and Internship Arcs, bordering on being an Ascended Extra.
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Gravity Master
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Uraraka can't overuse her gravity power or she'll get violently nauseous or dizzy, as she has a weight limit.
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Spin-Off
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Spin-Off: My Hero Academia Smash!! is a Yonkoma parody of the main series. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes is about a trio of unlicensed do-gooders trying to end the trade of a Psycho Serum drug while operating outside the law, and takes place a few years before the main series. My Heroine Academia,note Watashi no Hero Academia, with "watashi" being a feminine pronoun vs. "boku" which focuses on Class 1-A's female students. Team-Up Mission is a series of episodic side-stories where the hero students get to team up with one pro hero agency for a mission to help them gain more experience in the field in addition to their internships.
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Writers Cannot Do Math
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Writers Cannot Do Math: Being Quirkless is treated as rare enough that it has to be explained to people. As it's repeatedly stated that 80% of humanity now has some form of Quirk, however, the actual ratio of Quirkless individuals should be about one out of every five people - a minority, but hardly as rare as the series would otherwise seem to indicate. Justified a little bit by the fact that Quirklessness is getting rarer every generation, and the 80% statistic includes the whole population, so it's extremely unusual that someone Midoriya's age would be Quirkless. It's implied he's the only one in his whole school who is, so it's fair that people would be confused and need to get a little more explanation or take a few seconds to process it. Even All Might mentions that his own Quirklessness wasn't nearly as big of a social issue as Midoriya's, just because it was way more common in his generation than it is in the new one. According to the teacher roster All Might reads at the end of Chapter 5, Aizawa is said to have expelled 154 students in his time as a U.A. teacher. According to Vigilantes, Aizawa has not been a teacher for more than four or five years, so with 40 students per year in the Hero Course, leading to about a total of 160-200, he probably would have expelled the vast majority of his students. Then it turns out that this is only "technically" true. Chapter 254 reveals that although Aizawa did expel his students, it was only on paper as they later re-enrolled. At least one of his former students is even thankful to him because it helped them grow.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: Heroines are not uncommon.
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Animesque
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Animesque: Inverted. This is an anime that emulates Western superhero tropes.
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Lightning Bruiser
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One For All, which ironically is derived from the above-mentioned lottery winner, is your standard Lightning Bruiser powerset at first glance. But considering it was capable of defeating said lottery winner, albeit with a hefty dose of Heroic Willpower, it's a strong contender for the top spot. Additionally, it can stockpile other Quirks of previous wielders and significantly augment them. Midoriya is the first user to inherit all six Quirks.
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Famed in Story
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Famed in Story: Most pro heroes are famous to varying degrees, with All Might being the most famous of them all (in Japan, at least). In fact, within the system that ranks heroes, public approval ratings are even directly taken into account. Because of its large national audience, students of U.A. have the chance of making their name known across the whole nation at the U.A. Sports Festival. Even compared to other U.A. students, Midoriya's class became famous after they were able to repel a villain ambush during one of their lessons. It actually caused them to overshadow the other U.A. students at the above-mentioned Sports Festival as the media and audience paid more attention to them.
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Red Herring
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Red Herring: Chapter 88 reveals that Shigaraki's real name is Tenko Shimura, which carries the implication that he's a relative of All Might's mentor, the previous One For All user. Given Shigaraki's obsession with the hand that he calls "Father", that means that Shigaraki's father was All Might's mentor, right? Not quite. Chapter 91 reveals that the name of All Might's mentor was Nana Shimura, and the following chapter clarifies that she was Shigaraki's grandmother.
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Superpowerful Genetics
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Superpowerful Genetics: Children of superpowered individuals will inherit the Quirk of either of the parents. Sometimes, the child may even inherit both the father's and mother's Quirks. There is also the possibility of the child not inheriting anything and ending up Quirkless.
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Grouped for Your Convenience
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Grouped for Your Convenience: U.A.'s students are grouped based on their field of study. Hero course students are kept in classes A and B, general course students in classes C, D, and E, support classes in F, G, and H, and management classes in I, J, and K. Given the nature of the story, Class 1-A tends to get the lion's share of the focus whereas the general, support, and management course students tend to fall to the wayside.
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Quality over Quantity
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Quality over Quantity: During the Forest Training Camp Arc, to show how much the League of Villains have become a more serious threat than they were in the attack on USJ, they send a team of 10 skilled and experienced villains instead of the mobs of random thugs that were used previously. During the provisional hero license exam, over a thousand entrants are whittled down to about one hundred in the space of the first round alone. This is invoked by the proctors, who are trying to bolster the number of effective heroes against the recently surging League of Villains.
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Legion of Doom
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Legion of Doom: The League of Villains, a group of villains who team up to kill All Might.
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Chekhov's Gunman
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Chekhov's Gunman: While the #2 hero Endeavor makes his official debut in Chapter 28, he appears in Chapter 1, where he's shown on a jumbotron/advertisement billboard in the background, as unsuspecting scenery. He makes another cameo in Chapter 3 during All Might's reflection on U.A. High. Yaoyorozu got the second place in the class representative elections by having two votes: one of her own and other from someone who's never revealed. At the time, it was irrelevant, but after she goes into Heroic Self-Deprecation and becomes a Broken Ace, finding out that the person to vote for her was Todoroki revitalizes her confidence in herself enough for her to get them to pass on the end of terms test. Kirishima shows up several times in Chapter 3, though he's impossible to find unless you've read Chapter 144 and learned what he looked like before getting into U.A.
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Cat Fight
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Cat Fight: In one omake, Mt. Lady and Midnight get into one on a televised panel after the former snipes at the latter's age.
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What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?
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What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Not every Quirk is suited for heroic purposes. Despite the fact that most of the population have Quirks, heroes tend to be winners of the Superpower Lottery. The legendary One For All itself used to be a spectacular case. When it first appeared, being able to be passed to someone else was its only effect; it didn't actually do anything, and its wielder was thought to be Quirkless. Inverted in Shinso's case. His Quirk is Mind Control, which would have been a Story-Breaker Power in other stories, but given its lack of direct applicability to combat, he failed the entrance exam and got stuck in General Education, a fact that others have commented upon.
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You Wanna Get Sued?
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During the USJ Arc, it's joked that Class 1-A thought the "Unforeseen Simulated Joint" stood for "Universal Studios Japan". In Episode 52, the joke is repeated when Aizawa leads Class 1-A to the school's TDL, the "Training Delicatessen Land", which Midoriya, Uraraka, and Ashido mistake with "Tokyo Disney Land" and wonder if a mouse is angry at them.
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Alone with the Psycho
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Alone with the Psycho: Happens with Midoriya just before the training camp kicks off, when he encounters Shigaraki at the mall. He's only saved due to the timely arrival of Uraraka.
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Decon-Recon Switch
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Decon-Recon Switch: The story deconstructs several tropes normally used in the action shonen genre, to the point of becoming a Deconstructor Fleet at a point, but it overall reconstructs the genre.
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Sink-or-Swim Mentor
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U.A. is acknowledged as being one of the top hero schools in the country. As a result, it's apparently tradition during the provisional hero license exam that other schools will gang up to try to take down its examinees. In addition, the fact that the U.A. Sports Festival is nationally televised months before the exam means that the other schools will know far more about the U.A. students' abilities than the U.A. students will know about those other students. Of course, Aizawa doesn't tell his class this.
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Bad-Guy Bar
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Bad-Guy Bar: The original base of the League of Villains is one of those, with Kurogiri acting as the bartender.
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Hero Killer
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This is one of the many examples of "corruption" Hero Killer Stain wants to excise from the world of heroics, leaving only those who want to be heroes for the sake of saving people. Ironically enough, Stain's idol, All Might, freely merchandises his own image, as shown by the vast assortment of merchandise in Midoriya's room.
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Voice Changeling
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Voice Changeling: Shinso's costume has "artificial vocal chords" in it, allowing them to mimic the voices of others, which lets him easily use his Compelling Voice Quirk.
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The Cape
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Other notable examples include All Might with Gold and Aizawa with Dark Grey.
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The Power of Glass
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The Power of Glass: Starservant, a minor villain during the Endeavor Internship Arc, has the ability to manipulate glass. He can also change its consistency from solid to liquid. He hatches a plot to "destroy the darkness" he sees plaguing society by creating a giant glass orb, but Endeavor handles him fairly easily.
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Ass-Kicking Pose
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The Wild Wild Pussycats always employ an Ass Kicking Pose and In the Name of the Moon motto whenever they introduce themselves.
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The Real Heroes
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The Real Heroes: Downplayed. Although he doesn't deny that the heroes are the ones who make the biggest difference, after initially telling Midoriya that he can't become a hero without a Quirk, All Might says there's still plenty he can do if he wants to dedicate his life to saving people. He advises Midoriya to join the police force, saying that it's a fine profession that doesn't get the credit it deserves due to heroes overshadowing them. He also describes his costume designer as his hero, for constantly supporting his heroics.
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Art Evolution
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Art Evolution: Season 1 has rather noticeably thin outlines around characters that leave them looking papery at times. By Season 2, however, the outlines are thicker and more on par with what is seen in the manga.
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The Hero
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Midoriya and All Might possess a light motif as holders of One For All. Each of the lights that appear in their mind while tapping into the Quirk represents a previous wielder. The anime frequently depicts All Might and Midoriya standing in front of blinding light with their back to the viewer, showing their roles as the current and future Hope Bringer. Sometimes they're even shown emitting light from their fists as they're punching someone. The future shown in the Batman Cold Open of Season 2 has Midoriya's punch coincide with the rising of the Sun, seemingly illuminating the world in the process.
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Greek Chorus
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Greek Chorus: During the U.A. Sports Festival, commentary on the matches for the benefit of the audience switches between the official commentators (Present Mic and Aizawa), the other students, and the visiting heroes. Bakugo and Midoriya are the second pair to finish their final in the manga; afterward, Midoriya commentates on the rationale and strategies of the remaining matches alongside Recovery Girl. Since the anime changes things so that the pairs go one at a time, Midoriya still watches the matches but is joined by some of his classmates after they finish their finals and before he takes his.
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Reconstruction
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Reconstruction: The series basically is one of battle shōnen. Where the titles in that genre tended to get darker and/or weirder in the last two decades, My Hero Academia goes back to the basics of the formula, with simple but well-defined characters and stakes, and a healthy dose of brightness and optimism, while still addressing the issues of the characters and the world it's set in in a fairly nuanced manner.
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Determinator
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Determinator: The "You can accomplish anything if you try hard enough and never give up, no matter the personal cost" mindset is played as destructive, as the main characters suffer great injury because of it. For example, Iida sustains nerve damage in his arm, whereas Midoriya suffers permanent damage to his arms as a result of going all out against Muscular. On the other hand, it's played straight depending on the situation - Uraraka goes all out during her fight with Bakugo at the Sports Festival, which impresses the audience and lands her many internship offers, and Bakugo considers her a Worthy Opponent, while Mirio devotes his life to mastering his Difficult, but Awesome Intangibility Quirk. He ends up as one of the Big Three at U.A, and is considered good enough to be a pro hero already.
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Hate Sink
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Hate Sink: Until Character Development starts to kick in, Bakugo is an abusive Jerkass with a bad temper. In particular, he looks down on and bullies Midoriya. This includes him telling Midoriya to kill himself and him trying to all but murder Midoriya during the Battle Trial Arc. After he receives several ego-shattering defeats, he starts to mellow out. Horikoshi has stated that he regrets making Bakugo so horrible early on. At first, there is almost nothing redeemable about Endeavor. He dedicated his life to a petty One Sided Rivalry against the #1 hero, All Might, destroyed the family life he had with his wife and children, cared more about winning than being a hero, and has been putting Shoto through cruel, physically and emotionally abusive training ever since the boy was four or five. The closest thing he has to a redeeming quality is his concern for Shoto holding back in battle, but even that is for his own personal gain. Even Horikoshi calls him a shitty dad. Outside of that, he's shown to be an asshole on the job, being a hero in the most technical of terms. He's very cold to fellow heroes and the people he's trying to save. This is subverted, however, when he has a Jerkass Realization and begins changing. Muscular, a villain who joins the League of Villains and helps them attack the training camp, endangering the lives of teenage heroes in training. If that isn't bad enough, he also murdered the Water Hose heroes (Kota's parents) For the Evulz, and tries to kill Kota before Midoriya intervenes. Where some of the other League of Villains members have sympathetic traits, Muscular is nothing more than a psychopathic murderer. Overhaul is a ruthless Yakuza boss who abuses his young ward, Eri, draining her blood to make Quirk destroying bullets, reassembling her body when she runs out of blood to give, and calling her a cursed being born to destroy people. The ordeal has traumatized her so much that even after his defeat, she doesn't know how to smile. He treats his subordinates no better, using one as a meat shield against Shigaraki, killing another for failure, and forcing two to become part of his One-Winged Angel forms. He has Nemoto use a Quirk-destroying bullet on Mirio, destroying the Nice Guy's promising career as a hero. Later chapters somewhat downplay this, as they reveal that he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist who wants his syndicate back to power in hopes of repaying his old boss, but even then, he put his boss in a coma in order to do so because his boss was against his methods. The Laser-Guided Karma hits him when Shigaraki and Mr. Compress destroy his arms to avenge Magne's death and the loss of Mr. Compress's left arm.
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Restricted Rescue Operation
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Restricted Rescue Operation: Because only licensed heroes are allowed to use Quirks to take down criminals, Class 1-A struggle with rescue missions for the very real fear that they'll be expelled or arrested, and so will never become pro heroes. This severely limits the mission to rescue Bakugo, as a majority of the class don't even want to go, and the ones who go have to do whatever it takes to stay within the law.
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Plot Tailored to the Party
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Plot Tailored to the Party: Invoked by the faculty during the Final Exams Arc; the students vs. teachers matchups are explicitly designed to address some of the students' weaknesses and help them grow as heroes: Midoriya and Bakugo vs. All Might is to see whether they can set aside their differences in the face of overwhelming adversity. Todoroki and Yaoyorozu vs. Aizawa is for Yaoyorozu to improve her split-second thinking and action (and by extension her self-confidence) and to challenge Todoroki's tendency to use brute force by having them go against the Power Nullifier close-combat fighter Aizawa. Jiro and Koda vs. Present Mic is because although all their Quirks revolve around sound, Present Mic is powerful enough to cancel out direct usage of Jiro and Koda's Quirks. Thus, the students have to find creative ways to use theirs. Tsuyu and Tokoyami vs. Ectoplasm is to challenge Tokoyami's tendency to rely on Dark Shadow to do the fighting for him, since Ectoplasm's clones can get close with no problem, and to see how well Tsuyu can emotionally and physically support her partner. Ashido and Kaminari vs. Nezu is because these students tend to act first and think later; this is challenged when they go up against an intelligent villain who can effectively take advantage of this and outsmart them. Sato and Kirishima vs. Cementoss is meant to test how the students will react to a battle of attrition, pitting their powerful yet time-limited Quirks against a villain able to produce an endless number of defenses. Iida and Ojiro vs. Power Loader pits two heroes who rely on firm footing (for movement and combat) against a villain who can disrupt the terrain. In light of Iida's confrontation with Stain, it's also a test of his judgment as to whether to fight or flee, considering the parameters of the scenario, and whether he can achieve his objective with minimal loss or sacrifice. Also deliberately invoked in the raid against the Paranormal Liberation Front. Since the main characters are all technically still just students, the heroes are only willing to bring ones with a specific purpose to the front lines, and immediately pull them back when that purpose is fulfilled. Kaminari is there to counter a villain with an electrical Quirk, Tokoyami destroys a hidden passage out of the mansion, and Komori and Honenuki neutralize the crowds of lower-level mooks.
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Inherently Attractive Profession
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Inherently Attractive Profession: Mineta entered hero school with this mind. He believes that since heroes are cool and popular, girls will flock to him once he becomes a pro. He only learns later on that people don't admire heroes just for being heroes, but for their actions that make them heroes.
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Powered by a Forsaken Child
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Powered by a Forsaken Child: Overhaul's Quirk cancelling drug operation is powered by Eri's blood/tissue, and that he harvests the material until she dies. Then he uses his Quirk to bring her back to life and start the process all over again.
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Scooby Stack
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Scooby Stack: Season 3's "special episode" has Iida, Uraraka, Tsuyu, and Midoriya stacked up like this while looking around a corner at a mock crime scene. Unusually, there's also a shot of the stack from behind, showing how it's possible—Iida, who's much taller than the others, is on top, with Midoriya crouching at the bottom, and the other two squeezed in between them.
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Steven Ulysses Perhero
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Steven Ulysses Perhero: Played with, but not exactly straight. Characters are named after the powers they have, but because Superpowerful Genetics is in play, it ends up being more of a case of Family Theme Naming on the part of the parents, although it's worth noting that a child has the chance of inheriting only one of the parents' powers, meaning there's a 40% or so chance of this being the case and another 40% of it being a subversion. The remaining 20% is when the child inherits both powers, so the name can be varying degrees of meaningful. This is without considering Quirkless people. That said, there are two legitimate examples in Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi (All Might), whose names follow a Numerical Theme Naming that coincides with their One For All (a power that they earn instead of being born with) successor numbers.
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Four Lines, All Waiting
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Four Lines, All Waiting: There's the main plot, which is society attempting to raise a new generation of heroes. Midoriya is struggling desperately to become All Might's replacement as the Symbol of Peace without dying along the way. The League of Villains is trying to remake society in its own image while grooming a new leader to answer the Symbol of Peace. Character Focus continually jumps around, from Todoroki to Iida to Kirishima, with major characters All Might, Bakugo, and Uraraka flitting in and out along the way. Horikoshi very much wants to give all the characters what focus he can and repeatedly laments all the characters he hasn't yet been able to focus on. Minor plotlines are mentioned or brought up every now and then within the latter parts in the manga, this includes the Traitor Theory, the Quirk-erasing bullets, the Todoroki family drama, Mirio's lost Quirk and the attempts to retrieve it and so on.
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Exact Words
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According to the teacher roster All Might reads at the end of Chapter 5, Aizawa is said to have expelled 154 students in his time as a U.A. teacher. According to Vigilantes, Aizawa has not been a teacher for more than four or five years, so with 40 students per year in the Hero Course, leading to about a total of 160-200, he probably would have expelled the vast majority of his students. Then it turns out that this is only "technically" true. Chapter 254 reveals that although Aizawa did expel his students, it was only on paper as they later re-enrolled. At least one of his former students is even thankful to him because it helped them grow.
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Biting-the-Hand Humor
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Biting-the-Hand Humor: Chitose Kizuki, a high-ranking member of the villainous Meta Liberation Army, is also shown to be the executive director of Shueisha, Inc.
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Jerkass
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Played straight when the sludge villain attempts to hijack Bakugo's body, but since Bakugo had already spent the entire chapter up to that point being an unlikable Jerkass, it's more satisfying then horrifying.
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
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Midoriya attempts to help Bakugo by getting into a pointless brawl with him to let him vent his frustrations and sorrow over being indirectly responsible for All Might's retirement. Although it ultimately helps, the two are still having an unsanctioned fight on campus and Aizawa would technically have to expel them for it. Instead he places them under house arrest, making them fall behind in class as punishment.
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Kidnapped from Behind
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Kidnapped from Behind: During the Forest Training Camp Arc, Midoriya learns that the villains are attempting to kidnap Bakugo. He and several other students respond by forming a group with Bakugo at the center and remaining on high alert as they walk back to the lodge. Despite this, the villains manage to kidnap both Bakugo and Tokoyami without anyone noticing.
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Duct Tape for Everything
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Sero: Orange.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Played with. Although there are occasionally characters with similarly pronounced names, they all have different spellings: There are a villain and a police chief who both have names pronounced "Kenji", but the first uses the kanji for "health" and "magnet", whereas the second's name is written from the kanji for "dog" and "heir". The series has Shota (Aizawa) and Shoto (Todoroki) and two distinct characters called Koda and Kota. There are two "Kens" in the series: Takagi (Rock Lock) and Ishiyama (Cementoss). Both are coincidentally pro heroes. There are two "Ryukos", Tatsuma (Ryukyu) and Tsuchikawa (Pixie-Bob). Again, both are pro heroes. Izuku's father "Hisashi" and U.A.'s own Present Mic, whose given name is "Hizashi". There are two "Rikiyas", the first being the Shie Hassaikai's giant bruiser (Katsukame) and the second being the Meta Liberation Army's leader (Yotsubashi), both villains. There are two "Toyas" in the series, the first being one of the Eight Bullets (Setsuno) and the second being Shoto's eldest brother (Todoroki).
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Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?
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Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: In Kirishima's backstory, he witnesses Ashido talking down a destructive villain by lying to his face, and the villain leaves peacefully after thanking her. The "Cthulhu" part is later taken Up to Eleven when it's revealed that said villain is actually Gigantomachia, All For One's bodyguard and most powerful lieutenant.
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Heroic Self-Deprecation
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Yaoyorozu got the second place in the class representative elections by having two votes: one of her own and other from someone who's never revealed. At the time, it was irrelevant, but after she goes into Heroic Self-Deprecation and becomes a Broken Ace, finding out that the person to vote for her was Todoroki revitalizes her confidence in herself enough for her to get them to pass on the end of terms test.
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Mundane Utility
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Mundane Utility: For a story swarming with superhumans, use of Quirks for everyday purposes usually tends to be for straightforward things—like Present Mic using his Make Me Wanna Shout ability as a loudspeaker at the U.A. Sports Festival, Todoroki using his flame powers to light a stove, or Kaminari using his electricity powers to charge a phone. They rarely tend towards the humorously dull.
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Early-Bird Cameo
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Early-Bird Cameo: The second opening and ending of Season 4 both serve as early showcases for a number of characters way before any of them will show up. In the opening, Hawks, Gentle and La Brava all show up before being properly introduced. In the ending, this includes a young Mirko playing volleyball in gym class, younger versions of Gentle and La Brava in school, as well as Takeshita side by side with Gentle, a young Hawks being trained by the government and Natsuo in a picture together with Fuyumi.
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Locked Out of the Loop
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In the aftermath of the Hideout Raid Arc, Aizawa states that were it not for All Might's retirement, he would not just have expelled Midoriya, Kirishima, Iida, Yaoyorozu, and Todoroki for their actions during said raid, but ''every single student in Class 1-A, save those who were Locked Out of the Loop, simply for knowing about it and doing nothing to stop it.
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CurtainsMatchTheWindows
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Curtains Match the Windows: There are many characters in this series whose hair color is identical to their eye color, especially among Class 1-A.
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Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters
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The Meta Liberation Army Arc has the titular Meta Liberation Army, lead by Re-Destro.
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Surprise Party
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Surprise Party: In the Light Novel side story, School Briefs, Class 1-A throws a surprise party for Iida. He's so dutiful and uptight that he completely forgets that it is his birthday and fails to see through his classmates' obvious attempts at hiding the party from him, believing that he instead must have done something wrong to get them all to avoid him all day.
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20 Minutes into the Future
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20 Minutes into the Future: Technology in this world is a bit more advanced than our own; hologram projectors are small and cheap enough to be handed out with magazines à la CD-ROM demos and in an omake, Mt. Lady mentions 8K television.note 8K TVs do exist, but are very, very expensive. The most powerful TVs affordable for consumers are 4K. This is eventually subverted as culturally, it's played straight, but only because Midoriya notes at one point that when Quirks first appeared, human culture was thrown into such an uproar that culture and technology regressed. He says that if Quirks hadn't appeared, humans would be taking interstellar holidays at that point in history. It's also confirmed to have been at least eight or nine generations since Quirks first developed, which is an unspecified amount of time in the future from present day.
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Wake-Up Call Boss
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High-End: Before High-End shows up, Nomus are generally mindless muscle. Then this one brutally injures the new number one pro hero and rips apart a whole side of his face and an eye.
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Trick Bullet
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Overhaul and company are working on drugs that stop a person's Quirk factor. They've made bullets that stop it temporarily, but it's implied they're developing a permanent depowering version. They succeed, using the first batch to depower Mirio Togata, a student who was said to be the closest to taking the position of #1 hero.
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Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
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The Joint Training Arc has Monoma, who isn't exactly a villain, but is the only one antagonistic towards Class 1-A.
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Hard-Work Montage
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Before the summer training camp, Aizawa says that everyone must pass their final exams to come. Cue a Hard-Work Montage of the students studying. Although some people eventually failed, Aizawa clarifies that everyone gets to attend the training camp, but the ones who flunked have to attend additional classes during the camp.
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Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
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Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Nobody ever remarks nor seems to mind the fact mention herebelow, that is that some mutates look like Funny Animals.
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Downer Beginning
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Downer Beginning: The story opens with a scene of a four-year-old Midoriya getting the crap kicked out of him by Bakugo before being left, beaten and bruised while noting that "All men are not created equal." The story then jumps to his last year of middle school, where he's mocked by his entire class, has one of his prized notebooks scorched and thrown out a window, and is nearly murdered by a villain in the span of a few hours. After that, things seem like they'll get better when Midoriya meets his idol, All Might, only to be told that it's impossible for him to become a hero without a Quirk, grinding all of Midoriya's hopes and dreams into fine powder. Even after he rushes in to help Bakugo (to no avail, mind), Midoriya still gets chewed out by the heroes and is ready to resign himself to a life of mediocrity. After all of this, this is finally subverted when All Might chases him down to apologize and tell him the five words he wanted to hear his entire life: "You can become a hero."
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Running Gag
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Iida seeing these everywhere even when there might be none is a Running Gag.
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Number Two
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Viz refers to the Number Two of the League of Villains by his original Japanese name, "Kurogiri", whereas fans have been translating his name literally as "Black Mist".
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Friendly Rivalry
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Friendly Rivalry: The most notable pair are Kirishima and Tetsutetsu. They're both at odds about having very similar Quirks, but soon become friends after they first tie in the Sports Festival's tournament. Bakugo starts out as just The Rival, but after he miserably fails the Provisional Hero License Exam and after figuring out that Midoriya has All Might's Quirk, he starts to mellow out a little towards Midoriya.
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Intangibility
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Intangibility: Deconstructed. As shown by Mirio, this power, which is often a Story-Breaker Power, is one of the hardest powers to use. Becoming intangible, Mirio becomes unable to breathe, hear, or see, since he is intangible to air, sound, and light. He even falls through the floor if his feet become intangible. Aside from the clear emotional scarring and how fatally dangerous this can be, this power is only useful because Mirio dedicated his life to training with it.
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Sidekick Graduations Stick
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Sidekick Graduations Stick: Becoming a sidekick is supposed to be a stepping stone towards eventually running one's own hero office.
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Cherry Blossoms
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Cherry Blossoms: There's an incredible amount of cherry blossom symbolism in this series. When All Might announces Midoriya can be a hero, cherry blossoms fall to represent the blooming of a new hero. Notice the cherry blossom trees in in the background of the first opening between Midoriya and Bakugo representing the blossoming of rivals that will spur each other to greater heights.
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We Will Not Have Appendixes in the Future
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We Will Not Have Appendixes in the Future: People with Quirks apparently don't have an extra toe joint. Those who do, like Midoriya, are born Quirkless.
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Well-Intentioned Extremist
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Field Training Arc: Stain is a villainous Well-Intentioned Extremist that kills heroes that don't befit his ideals. The difference between him and Shigaraki is basically spelled out by Midoriya at the end of the arc – unlike Shigaraki, Stain has an ideal and an objective to follow, while Shigaraki simply wants to see the world burn. Or, disintegrate.
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Skyward Scream: Midoriya lets out a couple of epic, war-like ones at the end of his ten months of Training from Hell, standing atop the pile of rubbish after having it all cleaned from the Dagoba beach.
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Theme Naming: Horikoshi loves to give his locations the names of planets from Star Wars.
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Brick Joke: During Kirishima and Tetsutetsu's match, the viewers made a remark how it would be great to have them both as sidekicks. Sure enough, they became sidekicks of the same hero in the internship period.
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Beauty Is Never Tarnished: While there are exceptions to this throughout the series, most of the female characters and heroines only end up with either scratches or minor injuries, or otherwise unscathed, while the males suffer near-fatal injuries or are outright killed. The Internship Arc is the biggest example of this. While all of the male heroes go up against enemies that leave them bloody and severely injured, the heroines all go up against an enemy that simply drains their energy, and don't sustain any serious harm.
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Not So Similar: It becomes a plot point that despite their similarities, All Might and Midoriya are pretty different. The latter starts to really make headway in his training when he stops just trying to copy All Might instead of doing what he's good at.
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Situational Hand Switch: Midoriya had a habit of breaking the bones in his limbs because of the volatile nature of One For All in the early parts of the story. He's forced to eat and write with his other hand while the bones in one arm heal (with a lot of thanks given to Recovery Girl's Healing Hands).
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