My Hero Academia Fun Facts You May Not Know About

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Anime fans and superhero enthusiasts are thrilled this October, because this month marks the release of the much anticipated 6th season of My Hero Academia. For the past few years, this hit anime series has been capturing the hearts and minds of kids, anime enthusiasts, and fans of the superhero-action genre. Each season of My Hero Academia takes the viewer into a different level of storytelling and brilliant character development, making the series so enthralling even for first time viewers.

In the world of My Hero Academia, 80% of the world’s population has special powers which are called “Quirks.” Several “superhero” schools have sprung up to encourage and train young people with Quirks to use their powers for the good of society and become professional superheroes. The story centres on Izuku Midoriya, a Quirkless boy who aspires to be a superhero. His dream will eventually be fulfilled when Earth’s number 1 hero, All Might, chooses him to be the next heir of the “One for All,” a Quirk that can be transferred from person to person.

Have you been following the My Hero Academia series? Can you identify or relate yourself with one of the heroes (or villains perhaps)? So which My Hero Academia character are you?

Before you show us your Quirk, let’s get awestruck with some fun facts about My Hero Academia that even fans and followers may not know about. Read on!

What Does U.A. in My Hero Academia Mean?

U.A. is the prominent hero school in My Hero Academia, where the main character Izuku Midoriya and his classmates are studying. But what does U.A. really stand for? People think it’s an acronym for 2 English words. The surprising thing is – U.A. does not mean anything in English, but more of a play of Japanese words. The word hero in Japanese is translated as 英雄 pronounced as ei-yu, which becomes yu-ei if you invert it. Therefore, U.A. is an inverted pun for the word hero in Japanese.

UA High School, My Hero Academia

Midoriya’s First Name Would Have Been Jack

Izuko Midoriya is inspired by a character in a one-shot manga series entitled “My Hero.” The character’s name is Jack Midoriya, a feeble salaryman (the term used in Japan for an office worker) who just like Izuku dreams of becoming a superhero.

Most Character Names in My Hero Academia Have Meanings

Kohei Horikoshi, creator of My Hero Academia, almost made sure that every character’s name in the series has a meaning which relates to the character’s Quirk or personality. Take these names for example:

  • Bakugo = baku (bomb) + go (power)
  • Denki Kaminari = denki (electric) + kaminari (thunder)
  • Tenya Iida – taken from Idaten, a Buddhist hero who is known to be “fast on his feet”
  • Ochaco Uraraka – uraraka in Japanese means “fine day” which certainly relates to Ochaco’s cheerful personality.

Katsuki Bakugo Was Originally a Kind-Hearted Character

Followers of My Hero Academia may find this unbelievable, but Bakugo’s character was supposed to be kind and well-mannered. The series creator, Kohei Horikoshi, initially wanted Katsuki Bakugo to be a kind and gentle hero. However, he later thought that such idea might make the character boring, gutless, and uninteresting to fans since the main character, Midoriya, already has such traits.

True enough, Bakugo can be very rough and aggressive – but that’s practically why we all love his persona so much.

Midoriya’s Superhero Alias, “Deku,” Has a Double Meaning

The name Deku has an interesting evolution of meaning. It started as an insult to Midoriya when he and Bakugo were young kids, given that Midoriya was still Quirkless back then and Bakugo used to bully him all the time. Deku is a Japanese word for “puppet” and also used as a derogatory remark for someone who is useless.

Ochaco Uraraka, being twinkly and optimistic, gave it a new meaning. Deku reminds her of "dekiru," which translates to someone who is able to do. That encouraged Midoriya to take Deku as his superhero name! From a disparaging term, the name Deku now symbolises one of the most promising hero students of UA Academy.

Tsuyu Asui and Toru Hagakure Were Supposed to Be Boys

Two of the best girl characters in My Hero Academia are Toru Hagakure and Tsuyu Asui. Interestingly, creator Kohei Horikoshi originally conceptualised them to be male characters. However, he realised that Class 1-A already has too many boys; so to balance the theme, he decided to change their genders. Thanks to Horikoshi’s decision, fans have Asui and Hagakuri to adore as lovable heroines in UA Academy. GIRL POWER is very much alive in My Hero Academia!

Ochaco Uraraka Was Initially the Mt Lady

Another favourite girl character is ON for a fun fact! Ochaco Uraraka, the bubbly and cheerful close friend of Midoriya was originally envisioned to be the Mt Lady. Her name would have been Yu Takeyama, with a superpower that allows her to grow monoliths on the ground – instead of having the Zero Gravity Quirk.

The idea was eventually dropped. Mt Lady was later revived but as a different person with the power to grow into a giant, and who is much older than Ochaco.

Where Did Quirks Come From?

Some may notice that My Hero Academia has a similar concept as Marvel Comic’s X-Men, where superpowered humans are called mutants and are born with their unique abilities. There may be similarities, but what’s interesting in My Hero Academia is that 80% (that’s a great majority) of Earth’s populace has powers a.k.a. Quirks. People discover their Quirks when they turn 5. If a Quirk doesn’t show up by the age of 5, a person can be considered Quirkless for the rest of his or her life.

In many superhero narratives, the main hero character often has an origin story in which it tells how the hero got his or her powers. That goes the same with the villains. However, in My Hero Academia, Quirks are given by nature randomly. Similarly, the series’ creator had purely random inspiration when creating a character’s Quirk.

In an interview with, Horikoshi said when asked about where he got inspiration for each Quirk…

“It has been more of a ‘light bulb’ or ‘Ah-ha’ moment — by being inspired by the things around me. For example, with Gran Torino, I came up with his Quirk when I was taking a shower. I looked at the shower head and was like, ‘Oh, that would be cool… for something to come out of his feet.’ Like have propellant coming out of them (sic). So, that is how his Quirk was inspired.”

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