My Hero Academia's Class 1-A is full of superpowered individuals, each one unique and incredible. Perhaps most unusual of all, however, is the one hiding in plain sight: Toru Hagakure, the Stealth Hero Invisible Girl. Toru is noteworthy upon first glance for being absolutely invisible. She's perky, energetic, but could she also be a traitor hiding in the midst of a group of otherwise good and sweet kids?
Probably not. But that's one of the many theories that have cropped up about Toru over the years. This is in part because, of all the characters, Toru is the most enigmatic. Now, CBR is going to break down what makes Toru unique and why are some fans convinced she's secretly My Hero Academia's biggest bad guy.
What Are Toru's Powers?
As her appearance suggests, Toru is invisible. Her skin allows light to permeate through it, which means you can see straight through her, though she does have mass -- even though he's fairly short and pretty thin. Toru typically can use her stealth abilities to sneak around, which makes her ideal for espionage and stealth missions.
However, Toru can fight. She can take advantage of her invisibility to unleash a sneak attack on her opponents. A punch to the head? A kick to the throat? While her strength is fairly below average and she isn't particularly quick, a few surprise strikes can knock any villain prone.
But when in a bind, she can unleash her Light Refraction technique. During this, Toru bends light passing through her body, creating a blinding light that can stun nearby opponents. This allows her to run away and hide, once more, in plain sight.
While Toru does partake in fights, such as in the Final Exams arc and Joint Training Arc, most often she works in a supportive role.
However, it should be said that Toru often doesn't see to understand what it means to be invisible. She expresses awkwardness taking her clothes off, doesn't want people to look at her, and often talks about how she might look in certain outfits. This has led many to believe she either doesn't understand her own invisibility 100% or that she might be playing a role to lure everyone into a false sense of security.
Who Is Toru?
Toru is clearly inspired by the Fantastic Four's Sue Storm. Toru's name Invisible Girl is remarkably similar to the name of Marvel's Invisible Woman, who also used to be called the Invisible Girl. But the name suits Toru far better as, naturally, she's a teenage girl.
Interestingly, Kohei Horikoshi, the manga-ka behind My Hero Academia, planned on making Toru a man, but changed it because of the imbalance between male and female characters. Also, he thought that a girl being invisible would be far funnier.
However, Horikoshi could have a different path set out for Toru. One popular fan theory suggests that Toru could be luring everyone around her into a false sense of security.
Is Toru the My Hero Academia Traitor?
My Hero Academia's Class 1-A is full of richly developed characters. All of them come alive over the course of the plot, with their own arcs and problems, except for Toru.
Toru has no confirmed backstory. Often times, she performs supportive roles but never takes command of any situation. She's a silly comic relief character.
Yet she's presented as surprisingly effective when she does fight. Most notably, during the Final Exam arc, where she manages to single-handedly pass her exam by catching a trained hero unguarded. Many have theorized that Toru is only acting like comic relief, and, instead, using her stealth powers the whole while to stealthily gather information for the League of Villains.
After all, there are spies in U.A. High School, gathering information for the villains, maybe even more than one. Toru could be in every shot of the anime, and you'd never know it because she's invisible.
However, this is not very likely. Toru is typically presented as being a good team player but absolutely useless on her own. In addition, the League of Villains have actually put Toru in the hospital due to gas poisoning. If Toru were their spy, they'd probably be way more careful not to cause such incredible harm to her.
Furthermore, it must be said that Toru is still a young girl learning how to be a hero. She works great on a team, but she has never proven herself as a solo talent. She hasn't even mastered her stealth abilities yet. Additionally, if she were spying long term, someone would've noticed her missing. After all, she is often seen in the company of her friends. While it's unlikely that Toru is secretly a villain, she does have a ton of potential as one of U.A.'s most-overlooked heroes.