“I have to work harder than anyone else to make it! I’ll never catch up otherwise…! I want to be like you…! Like you. The strongest hero!” (๑و•̀ω•́)و ✩
Midoriya Izuku | Aka Deku | Birthday gift for mylovely Olivia~ （*’∀’人）♥
I had promised a KiriBaku kid something like months ago, and tbh most of the reason why it took me this long is because I couldn’t pick between these two so?? In the end just have them both I guess - some info about them under cut, in case you wanna know more!!
Amajiki is so important. Having a heroic character with anxiety is so important. Having a heroic character who voices his concerns and gets overwhelmingly anxious during hero activity is so important. Having a heroic character who is terrified of dying is so important. Having a heroic character cope with all of this and then show their immense bravery by putting themselves first to take the brunt of an attack is so important.
You do not need to be born a certain way to be able to show strength. You do not need to be a specific person to be able to conquer challenges. You have everything that you need with in you, right at this very moment, regardless of who you are.
Hero flirting with an experienced but easily flustered villain...?
1) “You do know that when you wipe my memories it doesn’t actually
work, right? One of the perks of being me.”
The villain froze at the hero’s words. They’d just attempted their grand
entrance four times in a row, trying to anticipate the hero’s response,
blanking their brain when they didn’t quite get it perfect. First impressions
were important. PR won battles as
much as soldiers did. “Don’t worry,” the hero grinned,
looking the villain up and down slowly. “You’re doing great. Very
Now they definitely had to die.
2) The villain prowled closer, gaze intent.
“Mm. The last time someone looked at me like that we didn’t get out of bed all
weekend, good times.” “Cute bravado, it won’t save you.”
3) “You could be so brilliant if you only turned your mind to
creating things instead of destroying them,” the hero murmured. They paused to
tighten the villain’s restraints, before glancing up to catch their
eyes. “I’ve never seen anything like you. You’re stunning.” It was so
earnest that, for once, the villain didn’t quite know what to say. The hero wet
their lips, practically on their knees. “Just let me help you, please. You’d be a
terrible waste to the world rotting.”
4) “Are you going
to put me in handcuffs? Tell me how bad I’ve been? Punish me to the full extent
of the law?”
“Do you want me to?” The hero shoved them up against the wall, breath hot
against their ear. “You do seem to spend rather a lot of time making me
chase you. All those clever schemes, your convoluted games. I mean, I’m flattered, but you could just ask
me for a coffee.”
“Ah, but how would you know it was really me then.” A shiver ran down their spine
for all the flippancy of tone.
5) “Oh, I could just take you apart. See how long that cold,
untouchable reputation of yours lasts then. You’re trying so hard to pretend you’re not even human, but look at that…” the hero pressed a hand above the villain’s heart. They both felt it pounding far too clearly. This was not supposed to happen. There was a reason nobody was supposed to get close.
i love how much jim respects women and deconstructs gender stereotypes and the hyper-masculine hero trope in general
he loves cooking and cleaning and taking care of his household, a typically feminine role, not because his mom made him do it–she in fact sucks at cooking and rarely has time to clean–but because Jim just genuinely enjoys doing it.
he’s nurturing and compassionate. he enjoys taking care of his mom and best friend. he enjoys getting up early to pack his mom and best friend lunches. jim is shamelessly the Mom FriendTM.
his hardworking, single mother is literally his hero and he would do anything for her
“i am james lake, son of barbara”
the only time he’s ever willingly gotten into a fight with the school bully was when said bully insulted his mom. jim literally knocked him out and delivered the most iconic line: “she’s a doctor actually.”
he calls his best friend, toby, out when he mistakenly thinks toby’s insulting another woman, “okay so she’s not your type, you don’t have to be rude about it”
also gets fed up with toby when toby tries using ‘winning older girls’ as a reason jim should run for spring fling king
the gender roles are reversed between him and his crush, claire
she’s bold and confident. she takes the initiative, she asks him out, and its not until he’s sure she’s comfortable that he makes any real advances toward her.
claire’s also “the popular girl” but jim doesn’t care about her status. he doesn’t care about popularity. she’s not a prize to be won. he admires her as a person, and an equal.
claire’s also sorta “the smart girl” but she’s never just “the info dump” and jim doesn’t view her as such either. he doesn’t depend on her to tell him whats going on, like a lot of other male heroes i can think of.
between the two of them claire is more likely to be charging headfirst into the fray while jim is losing hair watching her. claire and toby both probably give jim gray hair by the time he’s 20.
jim is not brash and bold. he values safety. he’s constantly thinking about the danger around him. he’s patient. he works hard in training to be prepared for fights ahead of time. he takes his job seriously.
he actually reads the book. a lot of male heroes dismiss what the book has to offer, preferring to rely solely on their brawn (or, again, a “smart girl” to tell him what’s up), but jim doesn’t. he actually uses the book along with his combat training.
jim’s sensitive too. he literally cries.
he’s just really well-balanced?? he doesn’t lean extremely traditionally masculine or traditionally feminine. he likes cooking and taking care of his home, but he’s also into bikes and scooters and baseball. he’s an actual, well rounded person.
i can’t think of any one label you could pin him under except maybe “stressed”