I have seen some comments and speculations about the robot having an off switch or whatever. But I want to know if there is any source material or comment from the author on how they managed to pass the exam.

I have only seen the actual author's comment on Mineta:

author's comment on Mineta

But I was wondering if there are author notes for the other characters.

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    Related : anime.stackexchange.com/questions/40612/…
    – Arcane
    Nov 26 '17 at 11:33
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    Possible duplicate of How did Mineta Minoru get into UA?
    – kit
    Sep 6 '19 at 0:49
  • @kit That's about Mineta. It does not address the other students who do not aggressively strong quirks.
    – Flair
    Sep 6 '19 at 18:17
  • but even mineta has no strong quirks but his quirk have fullfil a hero capability right? For me it was just like the question~
    – kit
    Sep 7 '19 at 0:46
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    @kit I understand that, but I already addressed it in my question. I posted a picture of the answer from the "duplicate" question, but I was wondering if there were author notes for the other characters. In tournament arc, Shino is brought up as a character whose heroic, strong quirk failed to pass the standardized test. Yet other characters who share the same problem are in Class A, and it has yet to be addressed. I feel like this is a cop-out for the author to include such an interesting characters when other side characters' existence undermine his literary purpose and character arc.
    – Flair
    Sep 12 '19 at 22:37

A partial answer for Toru Hagakure and an unsupported thought for Koji Koda. Bottom line is we don't know, but we can make some pretty good guesses.

As with Mineta's case, it is pretty straightforward to score points. As mentioned in the author notes you've provided,

And remember that the rules of the Entrance Exam was to immobilize or render the villain-bots unable to function anymore, not necessarily destroy them.

IIRC, there was a switch off button on the Villain Bots, which Hagakure used to disable them and hence pass the entrance exam. Will try to find the source.

Also, her quirk is more than transparency/invisibility and is some sort of light manipulation as seen in the Provisional Hero Licences Arc, where she

blinded a group of participants using the light from Aoyama's Laser.

Toru using concentrated refraction

Now, Koji can talk to animals and order/request them to help. In a city setting, while it may be tough, I think he would communicate with animals such as rats/birds to help him immobilize the Villain Bots. Birds attacking sensors or rats eating through the wires.

Another thing that we may be missing is Rescue Points. Each individual's overall score is unknown, but we do know that everyone but Bakuro (Only Destroyed) and Midoriya (Only Rescue Points) scored a combination of both points. Since both these individuals are shown to be very "nice", I'd assume they got their fair number of rescue points.


This is all guesswork, but another thing we could consider is the fact that some of the students could steal some points, such as something like Bakugo blasts one, and Koji, who can control small animals, could have them deactivate the robot in its slowed/weakened state, instead of destroying them with brute force of their quirk or strength.

We can see that some of the characters, while having powerful quirks, aren't as used to using them. Eraser Head did a lot of training with them that first class, so some of the stronger characters might not be as adept to using them, such as Froppy. If they're not as adept in using them, it makes it easier for weaker quirk users to take some points, unless you're Deku, and you take rescue points.

This is all really just me guessing, so don't take it to heart.

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