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The multiple applications of super-resolution microscopy have prompted the need for minimally invasive labeling strategies for peptide-guided fluorescence imaging. Many fluorescent reporters display limitations (e.g., large and charged scaffolds, non-specific binding) as building blocks for the construction of fluorogenic peptides. Herein we have built a library of benzodiazole amino acids and systematically examined them as reporters for background-free fluorescence microscopy. We have identified amine-derivatized benzoselenadiazoles as scalable and photostable amino acids for the straightforward solid-phase synthesis of fluorescent peptides. Benzodiazole amino acids retain the binding capabilities of bioactive peptides and display excellent signal-to-background ratios. Furthermore, we have demonstrated their application in peptide-PAINT imaging of postsynaptic density protein-95 nanoclusters in the synaptosomes from mouse brain tissues.