Dude, I love your Quirkless Izuku stuff, but it also makes me said because from Izuku's point of view Todoroki is just another person who is telling him he can't be a hero.
Aa that is so very very true and actually a huge part of the reason I chose to do Shouto’s perspective.
Most of the time in quirkless!Izuku or nonOFAquirk!Izuku fics it’s from Izuku’s POV and we get to see his struggles, his thought process, his determination, and that’s good. There’s nothing wrong with that, but when I started brainstorming for how I wanted to do the first Quirkless!Izuku ficlet I couldn’t help but think that we know Izuku already. We know that he won’t give up, that he will save people or die trying because that is who he is, and we know that everyone will tell him that he cant and that his resolve will be tested. He will slowly earn people’s respect while being quirkless just like he did with All Might in canon, assuming you follow the canon timeline.
With this Quirkless!Izuku au I wanted to show that respect being earned from the other side. Shouto, who comes off as cold and unfeeling and yet is anything but, is protective of this reckless boy who he sees as defenseless and as things move forward he will learn to trust in Izuku’s ability to think his way out of a situation a little more.
For Izuku… well, he’s been told he’s useless all his life so this does nothing to his resolve, no matter how pretty this stranger is. If/when I do more Quirkless!Izuku au we may be seeing Izuku start to change Shouto’s mind a little bit and prove himself. Everyone tells Izuku he can’t, Shouto is just another pretty face with a lot of power who doesn’t believe in Izuku and that’s fine. It’s normal and Izuku refuses to let that get him down. It’s what happens between him and Shouto during the rest of the sports festival that changes things for Izuku. He might even start to catch… feelings. >.>