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The Most Iconic Quote From Every Major Shonen Protagonist

Updated August 31, 2020 12.2k votes 1.9k voters 70.9k views25 items

One of the best ways to get to know an anime character is through the words that they say - particularly through their memorable quotes.

Today we're going to be looking at some of the most iconic shonen protagonist quotes from characters like Naruto Uzumaki, Izuku Midoriya, Tanjiro Kamado, Goku, and more. Some of these quotes are inspiring, while others reveal an aspect of the protagonists' personalities. Either way, they make an impact. Vote up the quotes that stick with you!

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    Izuku Midoriya Won't Let Anything Stop Him In 'My Hero Academia'

    "All men are not created equal. This was the reality I learned about society at the young age of four. And that was my first and last setback."

    Because he was born without a quirk, most people think that Izuku Midoriya can't possibly be a hero. Once he gets a quirk, he plans to never let anything else stand in his way again.

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    "If you win, you live. If you lose, you die. If you don't fight, you can't win!"

    In a world where it's possible to be devoured by man eating monsters, Eren Jaeger isn't afraid to fight them - and he's determined to win when he does. Not fighting isn't an option because it means continuing to live in terror and misery. 

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    “If you want to get to know someone, find out what makes them angry.”

    Gon has an offbeat way of looking at the world, and this quote is an example of that. He wants to get to know people on a deeper level than most people do - for example, he feels like he understands Kurapika better when his reaction to anything involving spiders is revealed. 

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  • "I may just be a pebble, but I'm a pebble that shatters diamonds!"

    If there's one thing that sets Asta apart from the rest, it's his strong determination and willpower. Despite not having any magical abilities at the start of the series, Asta still dreams of becoming the Wizard King. And through hard work, Asta has come a long way with his friends in the Black Bull squad. Even when Mars mocks him by calling him a pebble, Asta proves that nothing can stop him.

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