What Does Deku Mean?

Deku means a useless person, a Japanese word that refers to someone who is considered a useless person. Deku was popularized outside of Japan because of the anime Boku No Hero Academia where the main character is nicknamed “Deku”.

Boku No Hero Academia (BNHA) released its first episode in April of 2016. The anime became an instant success right after it aired. Although the manga was already released in July 2014, “Deku” only became a popular term after the anime was released. 

  • Deku means a useless person.
  • It lets people know that you’re referring to someone who’s useless. This can mean the person you’re talking to or the person you’re talking about. 

If you’re talking to or referring to someone useless, you can call them a Deku. However, the term is more commonly used to simply refer to BNHA’s main character.

How To Use Deku 

Deku means useless person, the Japanese term became well-known because of the anime Boku No Hero Academia. Although the word does translate to “useless person”, Deku is more commonly used to refer to BNHA’s main protagonist, Midoriya Izuku. You can use Deku as a nickname or substitute for the longer real name of Midoriya.


So Midoriya’s nickname is Deku?

Midoriya is often called as “Deku” because he grew up quirkless/superpowerless and was different from society. 

Deku got his powers from All Might, the strongest superhero in the BNHA universe.

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