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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]

Appearance

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 side-swept 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 center, 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.

Personality

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.

Abilities

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 Tenya, where it lasted for ten minutes with Tenya 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.

Quirk

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]

Stats

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

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

Equipment

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 wearer's 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]

Inventions

Mei and her inventions.

Mei is a prolific inventor, who is always creating new mechanisms that can be used by others. Many of her inventions simply don't work properly or are even dangerous, but others are really useful support items.

Air Force Gloves: Special gloves that Mei created specifically for Izuku, which allow him to more efficiently create powerful air blasts with One For All while limiting the damage done.

Auto Balancers: A support item that takes the form of leg braces and a backpack. The function of this device is to prevent the wearer from falling, unless they intend to. Used by Tenya during their battle at the U.A. Sports Festival.

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. Used by teachers during the First Term Final Exam to give students an advantage.[6]

Iron Soles (アイアンソール Aiansōru?): Support items she invented for Izuku. They serve both to enhance his kicks and to deal with the recoil, lessening the force that rebounds on him.

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. Used by Izuku during the Cavalry Battle.[2]

Sharpshooting Gear: Support items she created with Power Loader for Denki Kaminari. Allows Denki to use his electricity more efficiently without endangering his allies.

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

Electric Booster: A speed booster that generates minimum heat. Mei's thirty-sixth invention.[3]

My Adorable Baby: A robot suit with iron soles. Unintentionally explosive. Mei's two hundred second invention.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events


Chapter Appearances

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 Fantasy
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
Tartarus Escapees Arc
307. Been a While!! Absent
308. Full Power!! Absent
309. Can't Be a Child Anymore Absent
310. Masters and Pupil Absent
311. Here We Go!! Absent
312. Hired Gun Absent
313. High-Speed Long-Range Mobile Cannon Absent
314. The Lovely Lady Nagant Absent
315. Platitudes Absent
316. Your Turn Absent
317. Scars, Blood, Filth Absent
318. Reckless Absent
319. Friend Absent
320. Deku vs. Class A Flashback
321. From Class A to One For All Absent
322. Great Explosion Murder God Dynamight Absent
323. That Single Step Absent
324. A Young Woman's Declaration Absent
325. The Bonds of One For All Absent
326. Who Are You Really? Absent

Anime Appearances

Appearances
Season 2
14. That's the Idea, Ochaco Absent
15. Roaring Sports Festival Debut
16. In Their Own Quirky Ways Appears
17. Strategy, Strategy, Strategy Appears
18. Cavalry Battle Finale Appears
19. The Boy Born with Everything Appears
20. Victory or Defeat Absent
21. Battle on, Challengers! Appears
22. Bakugo vs. Uraraka Absent
23. Shoto Todoroki: Origin Absent
24. Fight on, Ida Absent
25. Todoroki vs. Bakugo Absent
26. Time to Pick Some Names Screen
27. Bizarre! Gran Torino Appears Flashback
28. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
29. Hero Killer: Stain vs U.A. Students Absent
30. Climax Absent
31. The Aftermath of Hero Killer: Stain Absent
32. Everyone's Internships Absent
33. Listen Up!! A Tale from the Past Absent
34. Gear up for Final Exams Fantasy
35. Yaoyorozu: Rising Flashback
36. Stripping the Varnish Absent
37. Katsuki Bakugo: Origin Absent
38. Encounter Absent
Season 3
39. Game Start Flashback
40. Wild, Wild Pussycats Absent
41. Kota Absent
42. My Hero Absent
43. Drive It Home, Iron Fist!!! Absent
44. Roaring Upheaval Absent
45. What a Twist! Absent
46. From Ida to Midoriya Absent
47. All For One Absent
48. Symbol of Peace Absent
49. One For All Absent
50. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
51. Moving into Dorms Absent
52. Create Those Ultimate Moves Appears
53. The Test Appears
54. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
55. Class 1-A Absent
56. RUSH! Flashback
57. Rescue Exercises Absent
58. Special Episode: Save the World with Love! Absent
59. What's the Big Idea? Absent
60. A Talk about Your Quirk Absent
61. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
62. A Season for Encounters Absent
63. Unrivaled Absent
Season 4
64. The Scoop on U.A. Class 1-A Absent
65. Overhaul Absent
66. Boy Meets... Absent
67. Fighting Fate Absent
68. Let's Go, Gutsy Red Riot Absent
69. An Unpleasant Talk Absent
70. GO!! Absent
71. Suneater of the Big Three Absent
72. Red Riot Absent
73. Temp Squad Absent
74. Lemillion Absent
75. Unforeseen Hope Absent
76. Infinite 100% Absent
77. Bright Future Absent
78. Smoldering Flames Absent
79. Win Those Kids' Hearts Absent
80. Relief for License Trainees Absent
81. School Festival Pictured
82. Prepping for the School Festival Is the Funnest Part Absent
83. Gold Tips Imperial Appears
84. Deku vs. Gentle Criminal Appears
85. School Festival Start!! Appears
86. Let It Flow! School Festival! Appears
87. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Absent
88. His Start Absent
Season 5
89. All Hands on Deck! Class 1-A Absent
90. Vestiges Absent
91. Clash! Class A vs. Class B! Flashback
92. Make It Happen, Shinso! Fantasy
93. Operation New Improv Moves Flashback
94. Foresight Absent
95. Match 3 Absent
96. Match 3 Conclusion Absent
97. Early Bird! Absent
98. That Which Is Inherited Absent
99. Our Brawl Absent
100. The New Power and All For One Absent
101. Have a Merry Christmas! Absent
102. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
103. One Thing at a Time Absent
104. Long Time No See, Selkie Absent
105. The Hellish Todoroki Family Absent
106. The Unforgiven Absent
107. More of a Hero Than Anyone Absent
108. My Villain Academia Absent
109. Revival Party Absent
110. Sad Man's Parade Absent
111. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
112. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
113. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent

Trivia

  • 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.[7]
  • In the first Popularity Poll, Mei ranked twentieth, 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 sixteen 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 one hundred eighty 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.

Quotes

  • (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..."[8]
  • (To Tenya 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!"[9]

References

  1. My Hero Academia: Ultra Archive: The Official Character Guide.
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 27 and Episode 17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 101 and Episode 52.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 35 and Episode 21.
  5. 5.0 5.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 25 and Episode 16.
  6. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 61 and Episode 34.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 4.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 100 (p. 17).
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 101 (p. 8).

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