Been seeing some people say Deku was a lazy fanboi in some threads. Makes me 99% sure the people saying this either forgot the first five episodes or have not read / watched My Hero Academia at all. I'm just waiting for somebody to say the screeching protag from Black Clover did more than Deku. But anyway. This is a small essay of what Deku actually did to try and achieve his goal before ever meeting All Might or getting a quirk. Just to prove he wasn't entirely just a fanboy waiting to get superpowers. What Deku did was: Research. One of the core things that set Izuku aside from his classmates is the fact he understands quirks from a superior mental perspective. Before he got a quirk, our small protag was keeping a detailed book that listed Hero's, their quirks, and how they worked. This gave Deku a prior knowledge into the hero world before even entering U.A; though from a fanboy outlook. But what makes this actually a decent effort that paid off for Deku is the fact that he developed an analytical mind when it came to studying quirks. He is able to decipher their strengths, weaknesses, and some applications sooner and better than any of his classmates due to this. We learn that Izuku did this in order to help himself in the only way he couldn't due to his quirklessness. Mentally instead of physically. This is because unlike Black Clover's main, doing tons of exercise won't give you the power to smash brick walls and floors apart. Inevitably. Izuku focused on increasing his book smarts over physical strength since that was all he could do without a quirk to what was drilled into him. So. I propose that Izuku is a closer to home character this way. Cause not everybody has a chance of being great through athletics. Just look at how many people make it to the NBA or MLB. But what everybody can be; is intelligent.