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My Hero Academia: Vigilantes (ヴィジランテ -僕のヒーローアカデミア ILLEGALS (イリーガルズ) - Vijirante -Boku no Hīrō Akademia Irīgaruzu-?) is a spin-off manga written by Hideyuki Furuhashi, and illustrated by Betten Court and was published in Shonen Jump GIGA before moving to the Shonen Jump+ app.


The manga is about Koichi Haimawari, a young man who despite not being a licensed hero, uses his Quirk to help others. After he and a street performer, Kazuho Haneyama, are harassed by a group of thugs, they are saved thanks to the vigilante, Knuckleduster, who recruits Koichi to become a vigilante himself.


The manga has a slightly darker tone compared to the original manga. The manga was also designed as a prequel to the main series, with some of the events occurring within the vigilantes' line of duties having ties to the main series.



Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court and Tetsuya Sato

Hideyuki Furuhashi (first left), Betten Court (second left), and Tetsuya Sato (first right).

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes was conceived by Tetsuya Sato, an editor for My Hero Academia, who wanted to make a spin-off of the main series. He first contacted Betten Court to be the illustrator, and then Hideyuki Furuhashi as the writer. When both accepted, he informed Horikoshi of the idea, who accepted, since he is also a fan of Betten Court and has been for a long time.

To make a chapter, Furuhashi first makes the script and sketches the storyboard with frames and speech bubbles. After that, he sends it to Sato who notes down some corrections and opinions before approving it. The storyboards then go to Betten Court, who finishes the artwork. Every chapter is supervised and approved by Horikoshi, who also adds ideas and sometimes tells them what to remove.


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Series Impact[]

  • Vigilantes are introduced.
  • It is revealed that Stain briefly tarried as a vigilante named "Stendhal" before becoming the Hero Killer. It is also revealed how he lost his nose: cutting it off after Knuckleduster smashed it in.
  • Some of the Pro Heroes and their activities before the events of the main series are featured.
  • More details about the Hero System are introduced that later on become the root of the major problems within Hero Society in the main series.
  • A Quirk-enhancing drug, Trigger, which becomes a major part of the Shie Hassaikai Arc and later World Heroes' Mission, is introduced.
  • Details about Shota Aizawa's past are shown.
    • It is revealed that Shota didn't intend to become a teacher and that Nemuri Kayama signed him up for the job.
    • Shota did not know the truth about All Might's identity during the events of the manga.
    • Oboro Shirakumo, who was a former classmate of his, gave him the idea to wear goggles in his hero costume.
    • The reason Shota takes the Hero Work-Studies so cautiously is revealed.
  • Details behind All For One's plans prior to the start of the series, and the eventual creation of the Nomu is revealed.


  • Hideyuki Furuhashi reveals that Alan Moore's Watchmen and Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns from DC are his main influences to the setting of Vigilantes, and Koichi is inspired from Spider-Man from Marvel. Betten Court, on the other hand, said that he is inspired by the aesthetics of the films based on superhero comics.
  • It was revealed in Weekly Shonen Jump 17, 2022 that the series was reaching its climax.[1]
    • After the release of Chapter 125, it was announced that the following chapter would be the last.


The manga has had a positive reception for being unique and telling its story from another angle within the My Hero Academia universe. At San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Viz Media announced they would release the manga in English weekly until they catch up to the monthly release.



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Vigilantes Chapters and Volumes
Volume 1 12345
Volume 2 677.5899.51011
Volume 3 12131415161718Hero ConferenceHero Visit
Volume 4 1920212223242526Episode Zero
Volume 5 272829303132333435
Volume 6 363738394041424344
Volume 7 454647484950515253
Volume 8 545556575859606162
Volume 9 63646566676869707172
Volume 10 737475767778798081
Volume 11 82838485868788899091
Volume 12 9293949596979894.5
Volume 13 99100101102103104105106107
Volume 14 108109110111112113114115116Trailer Marketing 2
Volume 15 117118119120121122123124125126