Heh heh heh... Failure is the mother of invention, Power Loader-sensei. Thomas Edison once said that. Just cuz a creation doesn't work as intended doesn't mean the effort is wasted...
Mei Hatsume to Power Loader in "Creating Ultimate Moves"

Mei Hatsume ( (はつ) () (めい) Hatsume Mei?) is a student of U.A. High School's Department of Support from Class 1-H.[1]


Mei is a reasonably short girl with quite a mature build. She has salmon pink hair, which is generally shoulder-length, although it does vary, which is styled into thick dreadlocks and sideswept to her right. Her eyes are wide and sloped upwards with some notably long upper eyelashes, their irises green-yellow with a cross in the centre, making them look somewhat like scope lenses.

In her first appearance, she wears the regular U.A. gym uniform (a dark blue tracksuit decorated with the letters “U” and “A”), but she also adds some of her own gadgets onto it, including red and gold steampunk goggles, a utility belt to hold the various tools she carries around, oversized speed-assisting boots, and what could possibly be a jet pack strung over her shoulders.

She’s later seen wearing a plain black tank top with workshop coveralls tied casually around her waist, with the same goggles on her head.


Mei's shameless and assertive personality.

Mei is a smart, off-setting, and assertive girl, often making those around her uncomfortable. She loves creating gadgets, which she refers to as her "super cute babies". Mei has a habit of "going straight to the point"[2] and is very shameless and opportunistic when it comes to advertising her inventions. While talking to people, she has a habit of getting awkwardly close to them, which usually causes them to back away from her but she still moves up to them. She is also manipulative, as she tricked Tenya Ida into using her support equipment to promote her inventions.

Mei shows no fear when it comes to failing, seeing it as an opportunity to learn and do better next time, which is why she does not mind when her inventions fail. Mei can be seen as self-centered due to putting her love of inventions and gadgets above others, but this selfishness is not a negative as it is out of motivation to improve herself. She does seem to be a little bit absent-minded as she is easily distracted and can sometimes be completely unaware of her surroundings, as shown by her inability to sense one of her inventions catch on fire as she was speaking with Izuku Midoriya. Furthermore, she seems inept at reading body language and social cues, apparently being oblivious to Izuku's discomfort with her proximity to him on several occasions.


Overall Abilities: Outside of her intellect, Mei mostly acts as a support rather than facing battles directly. However, she proves to be a capable combatant as seen in her match against Iida, where it lasted for ten minutes with Iida unable to do anything to her despite his speed advantage and only winning when she forfeited.

Expert Inventor: Mei is very smart and innovative, creating many different pieces of equipment on her own that can help her in many situations. She relies mostly on her inventions to traverse obstacles and tasks. Power Loader acknowledges Mei's talent in the field of inventing, calling her one of a kind.[3]

Skilled Manipulator: Mei is good at manipulating people, shown when she tricked Tenya into modeling her inventions during the Sports Festival final round Tournament. However, Tenya was already very gullible anyway.

Business Savvy: Mei has a good mind for business. She took full advantage of the Sports Festival, as the stands were full of scouts from major Hero Support Equipment Companies. She teamed up with Izuku during the Cavalry Battle, knowing that people would pay attention to him, since he finished first in the previous competition. She also spent the entirety of her match against Tenya (a full 10 minutes) demonstrating and explaining her inventions to the crowd.


Zoom (ズーム Zūmu?): Mei's Quirk allows her to make her vision zoom in on whatever is in her line of sight. If she really focuses, Mei can see things as far as five kilometers.[4]


1/5 E
1/5 E
3/5 C
5/5 A
2/5 D
Mei's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

1/6 E
1/6 E
4/6 B
5/6 A
Motivation for Inventions
6/6 S+
Mei's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book


Goggles: A pair of steampunk-looking goggles. It is unknown if they have any practical applications aside from those of regular goggles.

Hydraulic Bracers: A support item that detects an incoming enemy and extents a telescopic metal pole to push the wearer out of the way.

Capture Gun: A pistol that fires capture nets. It can be shot five times before one needs to reload it.

Electromagnetic Soles: A pair of boots that improve the wearers footwork.

Wire Arrow (ワイヤーアロウ Waiyā Arou?): This device is a combination of a wire with an arrow-like grappling hook attached to the end, which can be used to reach distant surfaces.[5]

Hover Soles (ホバーソール Hobā Sōru?): Two big metallic boots that have turbines implanted inside them, which allows the wearer to hover above the ground.[5]

Other Inventions

Mei and her inventions.

Auto Balancers: A support item that takes the form of leg braces an a backpack. The function of this device is to prevent the wearer from falling, unless they intend to.

Jet Pack: A creation of Mei's, this device is a metal backpack with two turbines on the bottom part of the backpack that will activate when the wearer presses the activation switch.[6]

High Density Weights (超圧縮おもり Chō Asshuku Omori?): A creation of Mei's, this device inhibits and drains speed and stamina of a user. This allows the user to fight on the same level as a weaker, less experienced opponent.[7]

Power Suit: A mechanical suit that senses muscle contraction and aids in movement. Mei's 49th invention.[3]

Electric Booster: A speed booster that generates minimum heat. Mei's 36th invention.[3]

My Adorable Baby: A robot suit with iron soles. Unintentionally explosive. Mei's 202nd invention.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events

Chapter Appearances

U.A. Sports Festival Arc
22. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
23. Roaring Sports Festival Absent
24. Mad Dash and Knockdown Absent
25. In Their Own Quirky Ways Debut
26. Chase Down the Leader Appears
27. Earth-Shatteringly Fateful Negotiations Appears
28. Strats, Strats, Strats Appears
29. Unaware Appears
30. Cavalry-Match Finale Appears
31. The Boy Born with Everything Appears
32. Smile, Prince of Nonsense Land! Appears
33. Shinso's Situation Absent
34. Victory or Defeat Absent
35. Battle On, Challengers! Appears
36. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
37. Midoriya and Endeavor Absent
38. Todoroki vs. Midoriya Absent
39. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
40. Emancipation Absent
41. Fight On, Ida Screen
42. Final-Match Time Absent
43. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
44. Relaxing Day Off Absent
Final Exams Arc
60. Gear Up for Final Exams Absent
61. The Worst Combo Pictured
62. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
63. Yaoyorozu Rising Absent
64. The Task at Hand Absent
65. Wall Absent
66. Midoriya's Observations Absent
67. Stripping the Varnish Absent
68. Encounter Absent
69. Interview with Midoriya Absent
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
98. Moving into Dorms Absent
99. Goodbye Two-Digit Chapters, Hello Three Digits Absent
100. Creating Ultimate Moves Appears
101. The Girl Called Mei Hatsume Appears
102. On Cloud Nine Flashback
103. The Test Absent
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Absent
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Absent
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Flashback
108. RUSH! Absent
109. Rescue Exercise Absent
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Absent
111. Smoldering Start Absent
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Results' Aftermath Absent
115. Unleashed Absent
116. Meeting in Tartarus Absent
117. A Talk About Your Quirk Absent
118. Meaningless Battle Absent
119. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
120. The Three Absent
121. Second Semester Opening Ceremony Absent
U.A. School Festival Arc
169. School Festival Pictured
170. With Eri Absent
171. Gentle and La Brava Absent
172. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 1) Absent
173. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part (Part 2) Appears
174. Golden Tips Imperial Appears
175. Morning, the Day Of Appears
176. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Flashback
177. At the Construction Site Flashback
178. The Woman Called La Brava Appears
179. School Festival Start!! Absent
180. Unbeknownst Absent
181. For Someone Else Absent
182. Let It Flow! School Festival! Absent
183. Festival All Day Long!! Appears
Joint Training Arc
194. Cold Skies over U.A. High! Flashback
195. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Absent
196. Make It Happen, Shinso!! Flashback
197. Quaotic Quirkstravaganza Absent
198. Known Where You Stand when It Counts!! Absent
199. Operation New Improv Moves! Absent
200. Clever Commander! Absent
201. Foresight Absent
202. Match 3 Absent
203. Flexible! Juzo Honenuki! Absent
204. Tuning Up Absent
205. Detour Absent
206. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
207. Early Bird! Absent
208. Match 4 Conclusion Absent
209. Match 5 Start Absent
210. The One For All Dream Absent
211. That Which Is Inherited Absent
212. That Which Is Inherited, Part 2 Absent
213. Realm of Souls Absent
214. Our Brawl Absent
215. Final Face-Off! Midoriya vs. Shinso! Absent
216. Class A vs. Class B: Conclusion! Absent
217. The New Power and All For One Absent


  • Mei's name comes "invention" (発明 hatsumei?) and "eyes" ( me?), but the second and third kanji have switched positions.
  • Mei was originally going to be a male.[8]
  • In the First Popularity Poll, Mei ranked 20th, which ties her with Toru Hagakure.
  • Mei's favorite food is chocolate.
  • Mei likes the steampunk style, as evidenced by her usual gadgetry.
  • Mei ranked in the Top 16 of the U.A. Sports Festival First-Year Stage.
  • Mei's Power Suit could be a reference to the prototype battle suit developed by Justin Hammer, shown near the beginning of the movie Iron Man 2. This suit accidentally twisted the torso section through 180 degrees, possibly killing the test pilot (although Hammer claims he was injured but recovered). Luckily for Izuku, Mei disabled her suit before it twisted too far.


  • (To Power Loader) "Heh heh heh... Failure is the mother of invention, Power Loader-sensei. Thomas Edison once said that. Just cuz a creation doesn't work as intended doesn't mean the effort is wasted..."[9]
  • (To Tenya Ida about using his arms instead of his legs) "If you want to cool your legs, all you have to do is just run with your arms!"[10]


  1. My Hero Academia: Ultra Archive: The Official Character Guide.
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 27 (p. 14).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 101.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 35.
  5. 5.0 5.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 25.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 27.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 61.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 4
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 100 (p. 17).
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 101 (p. 8).

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