When you think of Shōnen anime, what stands out to you? Is it the characters? If so, what is it about the characters that actually stands out? You could say it’s their personality, but these characters have been pretty similar across different shows for a long time now. In which case, how can they stand out if they’re all just clones of each other? This is where Izuku ‘Deku’ Midoriya comes in. It’s really refreshing that he’s so different in an anime that is supposed to be the perfect shōnen show.
Izuku is a great character to really get down and have a look at for any writer who wants to use cliches without just becoming like any other story in their genre. Deku breaks away from other protagonists like him in a lot of really subtle ways. He also has a lot in common with them, too. That’s what makes Deku so unique! He really feels natural without going overboard with his differences. It just goes to show that you don’t need to change every detail about them to make your character stand out!
Let’s be honest: we can never make something truly original, but you can change up the tropes that are already there. ShanniiWrites has mentioned the ‘unique selling point’ in her post about writing for Episode Deku is a great example of a unique selling point. Sit back, relax, and I’ll tell you why!