Random Theory Time! UA Traitor + Experiments.
Disclaimer: this might be the absolutely most stupid thing I ever said on this site (and I said a lot of bs), so proceed with caution. Also tw for death, murder, experiments on animal AND humans, violence.
As the DfO theory reclaims more and more attention, and with each passing chapter it becomes more and more plausible - another thing which has somehow not being paid attention to, has been brought to life (always thanks to my enlightening conversations with @purplemys, that is).
Nezu, as we know him, is the current Principal of UA; but how did he get there? We know that Nezu has been experimented on, and that thought birthed the possibility that maybe, since we know nearly nothing about him or his creature-like potential, might it have actually been AfO experimenting on him, through the doctor-like abilities of Ujiko?
After all, we do not know a lot about the Noumus (or rather, the process they are formed through, save for the modification on their brain and the fact that the idea has been taken from Machia), but I think it is clear that the process which the corpses/former humans have been through, should have started been started by something (the idea of Noumus did not originate from a blank note of AfO saying 'let's experiment on corpses just for the sake of it', but as I mentioned before, Machia is the inspiration). However, It is common practice, or It was in human history, to experiment on animals before humans. So, in this sense, it would make sense that before starting their trial on human corpses, AfO and Ujiko might have messed with animals (which would also explain not only Nezu’s Quirk, but as well why it is not exactly possible to understand what type of animal Nezu is). Further than that, AfO always said that he likes predicting what other people will do, and as far as we know that’s exactly the Quirk that Nezu has (well, more or less).
Now, if this hypothesis holds true, and Nezu IS the product of Ujiko and AfO’s experimentation trials, it might also make sense that AfO has conditioned and basically directed the play as we know it: he put Nezu in such a condition to become the trusted President of UA, then recruit AM, and once he is in dire need of a successor, strike (right when he is at his weakest)(ofc not taking into consideration the existences of the vestiges, or the particular circumstances which lead to Izuku being the last OfA holder). This matter would make it pretty clear that Nezu, behind the scenes, has always been the Traitor (he said it himself that he cannot prove that he IS NOT the one, and the fact that the UA dorms have been built, might have just been an excuse to monitor the people he needed to, more closely). An episode that might confirm this hypothesis, is the innocent interaction AM and Nezu have during the time the USJ attack is happening. AM has been doing hero work during the morning, so he cannot maintain his form for a long time anymore, but he knows that something might have happened, as he cannot contact both Aizawa and Thirteen. But guess who shows up to keep him there for longer? (It can be argued that he does not want AM to confront the Noumu, but in the other sense, he is also putting the students in danger and obstructing AM from saving them).
However, if you notice, there is a missing step in this theory, which might be the connecting bit - but also the one letting this theory fall into crumbs. (Yes, it is the Dad for One theory). As much as I personally do not enjoy it, and it would add just more chaos to the narrative as it is now, I think that it might make sense for AfO to have had a son, which he then let Ujiko diagnose as ‘Quirkless’, and whose path crossed AM when he was the more in need of it (or rather, their encounter was ‘lucky’ and needed for both - after all, AM has been already recruited to be a teacher at UA at that time, but he still had not met Mirio, so it was the only possible moment, a chance of sorts, for AM to meet Izuku and for him to inherit OfA).
However, this would entail an absurdly high planning level (of which I am sure, AfO is more than capable).
Considered from this perspective, the birth of Izuku was functional: another experiment made in order for him to take over his body, reformed and more apt to take on his Quirk than anyone else (especially if AfO’s goal was always to take ahold of OfA. Therefore, creating a situation in which he himself spawned a child, which not only was fit to receive his Quirk, but would also be able to contain OfA - reuniting it into its original power, and with Izuku’s ‘new and fresh’ body, would make the perfect basis for his perfect plan to become basically invincible)(an argument that can be made forward this hypo is that Izuku’s body has taken little to no damage from handling multiple quirks).
Of course, in addition to this, we’d have to take into consideration Shigaraki. Much as I stated here (which was also one of the starting point for this absolutely digressing stream of thoughts), Shigaraki has been kidnapped right around the time of Izuku’s birth (in terms of age, Izuku and Tomura pass each other around 5 years, which is the age at which Tenko has been kidnapped) - and he himself, might have been since the beginning, a pin in the Grand Plan of AfO to take over not only OfA, but to realise his selfish dream to be the New Demon Lord (notice the wording of Greatest Demon Lord as opposed to Greatest Hero... which is Izuku's introduction)(and this has been, more or less confirmed by AfO himself).
Shigaraki might indeed represent a potential patient 0, or even a plan B in case AfO’s end goal to overtake Izuku’s body fails, as well as trial run. We see AfO convincing Shigaraki so hard to rage and hate, in order to develop feelings which are strong enough to overtake OfA, and then force him into submitting his own body to him - but it has not been working well, whether it is because his level of completion of the experiment has been suspended, or whether Shigaraki’s will is just that strong.
So, is Shigaraki not only a way for AfO to get back at Nana and OfA (which has been the main assumption of why exactly he has been kidnapped and groomed), but is it also because he had to serve as an experiment (much like everyone else) in order to gain his ultimate access to power? After the birth of Izuku, if that is the case, AfO might have had all the time to predict what was going to happen, hidden, and formulate a plan which would kill two birds with a stone: generate a potential threat from a moral point of view for OfA, because AfO still probably did not know that AM would surrender his power - and also to have a body to fall onto in case the worst case scenario happened.
Further than that, the ‘You’re Next’ that AfO says to Izuku in chapter 316, could very well be interpreted as him being the next one to be taken over (after Shigaraki, that is).
In conclusion, if we take as a fact that Nezu is after all, the creation of an experiment by Ujiko and AfO, that became the President of UA and made it so that AM and a successor could meet, before the creation of Noumus, and that in order to create the perfect person in which body AfO could possibly become the New Demon Lord, he first had a hand in creating his own flesh and blood, which then he diagnosed as Quirkless in order to put away any suspect, kidnapped a kid which would pull at AM’s strings and which would also be an experiment and a plan B to which fall to in case plan A (overtaking Izuku’s body) failed, this would all make sense. A Grand Plan, starting with experimenting on an animal, and ending up influencing the potential to inherit in one body, both OfA and AfO together - jumping from one experiment to the other, and basically influencing and directing every single piece of fact that we know of the narrative so far.
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