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Costumes (コスチューム Kosuchūmu?) is a term used to refer to distinguishing outfits worn by Heroes and Villains.

Overview

Heroes

Pro Heroes and Student Heroes alike often requite specific battle wear to fight and properly use their Quirks. Hero costumes are necessary gear to help Pro Heroes do their jobs most effectively, reducing risk to themselves while increasing their efficiency.

Tenya Iida costume design

Specifications for Tenya's costume.

Costumes are generally tailored specifically to the hero in order to amplify their abilities and weaken their drawbacks. They also help the public recognize them and distinguish themselves from other heroes. Women often wear bodysuits. Support companies and genius scientists are the masterminds behind creating costumes for heroes.

Class 1-A Winter Costumes

Class 1-A Winter Costumes

For student heroes at U.A. High, costumes are developed at the school's expense. Costumes receive alterations throughout a student's career as they learn more about themselves and their Quirks.[1] Minor alterations and support items are added by Power Loader in his development studio, whereas bigger modifications require formal applications and are outsourced to a support company.[2]

Mirio Togata's costume was designed to help him use his Quirk without losing his clothes. His costume is lined with fibers created from his hairs. This is just one specific way costumes help student heroes deal with their weaknesses. [3]

Villains

While Heroes are welcome to proudly don their costumes, Villains do not have access to support items via legal channels. Villains generally use costumes as a way to hide their identity rather than distinguish themselves like Pro Heroes.

Support items and villain costumes are sold through the black market using brokers like Giran. He provided the Vanguard Action Squad with the proper gear to help support their Quirks. Himiko Toga received the most dramatic change in costume; her equipment functions to help her gather blood for her Transformation Quirk. Other costumes, like Dabi's, seem to be completely cosmetic.

Known Costume Developers

  • Mei Hatsume: U.A. High School's Support Department student. An energetic inventor who has come up with countless ideas for hero support items.
  • Power Loader: U.A. High School's teacher and head of U.A.'s Development Studio. Responsible for overseeing and developing minor alterations in costumes for U.A.'s hero students.
  • David Shield: One of the most well-known costume designers in the world. He designed all four of All Might's costumes during his run as the No. 1 Hero. It’s the support of these costumes that allows All Might to fight at full power without risking damage to himself or his clothing.[4]
  • Detnerat: A company that specializes in developing support items for civilian lifestyle. Recently entered the hero costume market. Has ties with the black market, providing villains with equipment that collects their battle data and self-destructs to avoid being tracked back.

Trivia

  • Following the debut of the +18-Rated Hero: Midnight, the government passed a law limiting the amount skin that could be exposed on a hero costume, due to Midnight wearing an inappropriate costume.

References

  1. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 7 and Episode 6.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 101 and Episode 52.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 139.
  4. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes.

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