Okay, but a Villain!Deku headcanon
Right, so, I’d noticed a lot of people like the thought of Deku as a villain, and let’s be honest, I do too, but the insane shtick is getting kinda redundant. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I personally don’t like seeing Deku so…broken, y’know? I always pegged his constitution and his ability to grasp his sanity to be fairly high, so I doubt he’d break. Sure, he’d suffer a bit of a negative personality change, but not to the point where he’d be all…off-kilter.
Now, what I had in mind for a Villain-style Deku, or what his personality would be, I’d imagine Deku less psychopathic and more of a…sociopath, or apathetic really. He’d have no qualms against killing after a certain time of being around the LoV, but he wouldn’t actively seek out to kill every quirk-user there was.
He wouldn’t specifically hate heroes, but be disillusioned by the goals and aspirations of a hero, once he realized that you don’t have to be necessarily a good person to be a hero, you only need to make a positive impact on the media. Of course, he’d acknowledge that there were well-meaning heroes out there with noble causes, but in the end he would probably care less.
I also wanna add this in, but I like the idea of a Quirkless Villain Deku. Do you know how badass Deku would be? His dreams could be crushed at a meager age of, what, eight? Then he’s just trying to get by, and because he’s such a smart cookie thinks it better to learn and master self-defense just in case. Because in-manga!Deku seems to be a magnet for trouble, somehow he’d (to-be-villain!deku) be able to learn under one of the greatest masters of martial arts. And other masters of various talents, really, giving him tips before disappearing for good. When he’s finally told that he needs to improve on his own, Deku gives one better and makes his own special moves that are unique only to his fighting style. I play around with the notion of Deku carrying knives and guns, but ultimately those are just for very very bad situations and mostly relies on his hands and acrobatics. Acrobatics could be Deku’s substitute for being quirklesss, as an attack quirk is useless if it can’t touch you in the first place.
Agh, this is getting long…
But back to headcanon, after a few years, around a year before the manga’s timeline starts, Deku is recruited into the LoV for no other reason than a good source of income (seriously why would villains be villains if no money? They at least steal some money, right? good lord…) and to observe more heroes up close. Let’s face it, Deku’s still a fanboy over quirks, and though he can cover up his excitement it doesn’t really stop him from mumbling and analyzing a quirk while in use. (Though, in my idea for a crossover, yes it’s Hitman Reborn stfu, I’d imagine Deku doing it as a favor from a very powerful family™ who he’s known for years. Yes, I have a problem. No, I don’t think it is detrimental to my health.)
And. Y’know. The rest of the events you can imagine happening yourselves. I’m fine with this for now.