Pro Heroes and Hero Course students alike often don specific battle wear to fight and strengthen their Quirks. Hero costumes are often equipped gear to help Pro Heroes do their jobs most effectively, reducing risk to themselves while increasing their efficiency.
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.
For student heroes at U.A. High School, the 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. Minor alterations and support items are added by Power Loader in U.A.'s Development Studio, whereas bigger modifications require formal applications and are outsourced to a support company.
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 hair. This is just one specific way costumes help student heroes deal with their weaknesses.
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 Transform Quirk. Other costumes, like Dabi's, seem to be completely cosmetic.
Known Costume Developers
- Mei Hatsume: U.A.'s Support Department student. An energetic inventor who has come up with countless ideas for hero support items.
- Power Loader: U.A.'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.
- Detnerat: A company that specializes in developing support items for civilian lifestyle. Recently entered the hero costume market. It has ties with the black market, providing villains with equipment that collects their battle data and self-destructs to avoid being traced back to them.
- Following the debut of the R-Rated Hero: Midnight, the government passed a law limiting the amount of skin that could be exposed on a hero costume, due to Midnight wearing an inappropriate costume.
- Many in Class 1-A share costume designers:
- Tsuyu Asui, Momo Yaoyorozu, Minoru Mineta, and Mina Ashido all share the same costume designer.
- Ochaco Uraraka and Katsuki Bakugo share the same costume designer.
- Kyoka Jiro and Denki Kaminari share the same costume designer.
- Izuku Midoriya's later costumes share the same designer as Shoto Todoroki's.
- Hanta Sero and Eijiro Kirishima share the same costume designer.
- The following students currently have no listed connections between costume designers amongst each other: Yuga Aoyama, Toru Hagakure, Tenya, Rikido Sato, Mezo Shoji, Koji Koda, and Fumikage Tokoyami.
|Technology and Other Objects|
|Support Equipment||Air Force Gloves • Amplifier Jack • Artificial Vocal Cords • Capture Tapes • Costume • Electromagnetic Soles • Full Gauntlet • Hydraulic Bracers • High Density Weights • Hover Soles • Iron Soles • Jet Pack • Mid-Gauntlet • Quirk Amplification Device • Sevens Loud • Sharpshooting Gear • Wire Arrow|
|Weapons||Capturing Weapon • Capture Gun • Cement Gun • Claustro • Curious Flattener • Grenadier Bracers • Hyper-Density Seals • Taser Knuckle|
|Robots||Camera-Bots • Mini Transport Robots • I-Island Security Bots • Villain Bots • Kanidoge's Mechs|
|Substances||Quirk-Destroying Drug • Trigger|
|Vehicles||Allmobile • Hercules|
|Literature||Hero Analysis for the Future • Meta Liberation War|
|Miscellanous Objects||Provisional Hero License • Targets|