My Hero Academia sets a new record for gender-changing characters

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My Hero Academia is now known to have a lot of female students at UA High, but some of those characters were originally meant to be male.

In the early planning stages of my hero academiaseries creator Kohei Horikoshi recognized that it was important to have gender diversity among the students in the hero class, but he ran into a small problem: he designed far more boys than girls .

As a series set in a school, Horikoshi knew it would have to design plenty of characters to fill classrooms – and that’s not even counting adult characters such as teachers and professional heroes. As the series continued, there was a need for other classes at UA High, students from other schools, villains, family members, etc., to the point where there is currently more than 300 characters. Needless to say, creating so many characters, most of which require special hero or villain costumes in addition to normal clothing, took a long time. Some characters, like Mount Lady, were originally designed for one purpose (she was meant to fill Ochako’s role as a student) but were later recycled for another.

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In my hero academiaIn the initial batch of Class 1-A characters, there are six girls (Momo, Ochako, Tsuyu, Toru, Mina, and Kyoka Jiro) and 14 boys, so the gender ratio is a bit uneven. Initially, it was even more unbalanced, and Horikoshi acknowledged that it was a problem in the making. Instead of starting from scratch and coming up with all new characters, he went with an easier solution: making some of those male characters female instead. According to character profiles in the second collected volume of my hero academia, Toru Hagakure and Tsuyu Asui were both originally sketched as male characters. It seems that the decision to flop the genders of these characters was largely down to the powers he had already created for them. In Toru’s case, the idea of ​​a self-aware girl who couldn’t even be seen offered more comedic opportunities. For Tsuyu, she started as a boy with a frog-like quirk, became more human and dark in the early female sketches, and then amplified some of those frog-like traits (long thin fingers, etc.) in the final design.



Having already changed the gender of two characters, Horikoshi seemed to keep this possibility in mind as he went on, as it happened once again with Mei Hatsume, in volume four. The inventor of the Support Course, Hatsume was also designed to be male, to serve as an example of what’s happening at UA beyond the Hero Courses, and to be a resource for Midoriya and other characters when it comes to character development. ‘equipment. Horikoshi thought it would be more interesting to make this character a gimmick girl, which was probably better since she’s been a prominent recurring character throughout the series. There doesn’t appear to have been any characters originally designed as female who became male, but some character roles were also swapped to change gender aspects. Class 1-A’s original teacher, for example, was supposed to be Midnight, not Aizawa.


It’s always interesting to imagine what my hero academia could have been as if there hadn’t been these changes, or if different characters had been cast to reverse genders instead. If nothing else, little facts like this are sure to provide my hero academia fan artists with plenty of material to work on.

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