I think that last ask is really what adores me to Izuku so much like he is no means perfect and he's learning but at the same time he's so king and caring for everyone even for people who don't deserve his kindness. His experiences with the way the world works and having experienced abuse and hate, makes him just want to work harder to make it better. His first line of dialogue is that "All men aren't created equal" and he means it but that doesn't mean he doesn't stop fighting (part one)
I agree with what you said Anon. Izuku’s whole life experience has been very different from his comrades’ one in a way that just can’t compare. Not that long ago, I wrote that being Quirkless in BNHA’s world was like being disabled. Only 20% of the population is quirkless, and it is considered as a handicap. I checked to be sure, but that’s how Izuku himself considers it at the very beginning. So I think it’s safe to assume that being quirkless can compare with being disabled, at least in the stigma it represents in society.
That being said, Izuku’s life has been very different because of that stigma ; as someone who was mocked since his childhood, he knows just how painful it is to be made fun of and considered as a failure. He deeply understands that, and even if it was in his nature to begin with, Izuku can shows a great deal of empathy for everyone, while not being easily forgiving as he has strong convictions, and be kind and caring. His character and selfless nature totally make sense ; when you experienced it, you know how it goes for others. I love his character because he looks plain and normal while not being plain at all if you pay attention to him. Everyone made fun of Izuku back in kindergarten and middle school days, and nobody tried to talk to him and befriend him because they knew he was quirkless and that was all they could see. As soon as he entered UA where people didn’t know he was quirkless, he made friends, because he wasn’t defined by his stigma but by his abilities he could finally demonstrate, that were not just due to his new quirk. Izuku is just full of qualities ; he’s very rational and down-to-earth, he’s compassionate, kind and respectful, he’s very thoughtful and earnest, and he’s really, really brave. Once people gave him a chance, he grown up spectacularly, because he’s full of potential nobody tried to see before.
While being ostracized, Izuku developed his own conception of the world and how things should be done. He spent his young life observing others, analyzing things, and looking for roundabouts ways to deal with villains and a lot of life related things in general, so his way of thinking is very free and refreshing. He made something out of his position as a quirkless individual and became very independent, as he had to come with new ways of dealing with problematic situations, and people, as he can’t help but butt in everyone’s issues. It made him very inventive and full of resources ; that’s how he keeps surprising us all, All Might being the more impressed about him because he saw where Izuku came from and what he’s slowly becoming. One of the first thing he ever said was that he knew his situation was a first, but still wanted to give it a try.
Can you tell he’s one of my favorite characters of all times ? Izuku is one of the first character I actually ever felt proud of. Here, take one of my favorite unnoticed panel of him as a thanks for this ask.
I’ve been really busy these last days and I’m sort of tired, so I’m sure this post about Izuku isn’t coming out like I’d want it to come out, and I apologize because while I like it this way, I don’t think it’s a very satisfying answer. But I just really felt like writing about how great he is. I can’t wait to see what kind of super hero he’ll eventually become.