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What percentage of the population has a quirk?

Quirks are special abilities that some people in the world possess. They give people superhuman capabilities that set them apart from others. With the rise of superheroes and supervillains with powerful quirks, many wonder just how common quirks really are. What percentage of the population actually has access to these extraordinary powers? Let’s take a look at the data and statistics to find out.

How Quirks Are Classified

Not all quirks are equal in power and ability. Some quirks give people simple enhancements like minor telekinesis or having a tail. Others provide incredible control over elements like fire or ice. There are even quirks that transform the user’s entire body into something new. To categorize this wide range of superpowers, quirks are placed into classes based on their rarity and potential impact.

The classes are as follows:

  • Common – These quirks are possessed by 40% of the quirked population. Examples include minor telekinesis, enhanced senses, and animal features like tails.
  • Uncommon – 30% of the quirked population have these less common quirks like elemental control over things like fire, ice, or electricity.
  • Rare – 20% of quirk users have rare and very powerful quirks like regeneration, multiple quirks, or body transformation.
  • Legendary – Only the remaining 10% have extraordinarily strong or multiple quirks that set them clearly apart even among other powered people.

This classification scale helps gauge just how powerful and remarkable an ability is compared to other quirks. Only the rarest quirks truly make someone superhuman.

Quirk Population Percentages

Research data estimates that worldwide, approximately 60% of the population has some kind of quirk. That equates to over 4 billion people on Earth with access to supernatural abilities!

But even among those with quirks, the distribution favors weaker powers. Here is a breakdown of the estimated quirk distribution among the global quirked population:

  • 40% have common tier quirks
  • 30% have uncommon tier quirks
  • 20% have rare tier quirks
  • 10% have legendary tier quirks

As you can see, the vast majority of quirks are on the common or uncommon tiers. Truly remarkable quirks are confined to the 20% classified as rare or legendary.

Quirk Population Percentages by Country

The distribution of quirk wielders can vary dramatically depending on the country. Areas with higher concentrations of rare and powerful quirks produce more heroes, villains, and overall chaos. Regions with mostly common quirks see less radicalized quirk use.

Here are the quirk population percentages in some notable countries:

Country % With Quirk % Common Tier % Uncommon Tier % Rare Tier % Legendary Tier
United States 65% 45% 25% 20% 10%
Japan 70% 30% 35% 25% 10%
China 40% 55% 30% 10% 5%
Russia 55% 45% 30% 15% 10%
India 50% 60% 25% 10% 5%

Japan in particular stands out for having much more powerful quirks among its population compared to other major countries. This helps explain the prominence of Japanese heroes and villains on the global stage.

Quirkless Population Percentages

While a majority of the population has quirks, there is still a sizable quirkless minority without powers. The percentage of quirkless people varies by region but roughly equates to:

  • United States – 35% quirkless
  • Japan – 30% quirkless
  • China – 60% quirkless
  • Russia – 45% quirkless
  • India – 50% quirkless

Being quirkless in a world of superpowers certainly comes with its own challenges. However, advances in support gear and technology have helped close the gap somewhat for those without supernatural abilities.

Changes Over Time

The emergence of quirks is still relatively recent in human history. Quirks only began manifesting with the glowing baby born in China back in the early 21st century. From there, the population of quirk users rapidly grew over just a few generations.

Now the quirked population seems to have stabilized around 60% worldwide. However, small fluctuations in the strength distribution still occur over time. Periodically, clusters of new powerful quirks will emerge in certain areas, shifting the local balance.

For example, Brazil saw a surge of strong fire and plant-based quirks pop up in the last decade. This gave rise to the famous Hero Academia program for training superheroes. Such clusters of new quirks forming can rapidly alter the quirk distribution percentages regionally.

Limitations of Data

Collecting accurate quirk data across wide populations does have its limitations. Some key drawbacks include:

  • Unregistered quirks – Many people never officially register their abilities.
  • Late onset quirks – Some quirks manifest later in life and evade early detection.
  • Misjudged power levels – Determining exact quirk strength is challenging.
  • Uncooperative regions – Certain areas lack data transparency.

Efforts by international Quirk Research Commissions aim to continually improve global quirk statistics. But there remains large margins of error in some categories and regions. The field requires constant re-evaluation as new data emerges.


Estimates place the global quirked population at around 60%, with the distribution skewed heavily towards weaker common abilities. Only the top 10% possess the most extraordinary powers. This elite top tier has an outsized influence on the societal landscape.

The regional variability in quirk strength also shapes local culture and institutions dramatically. Areas like Japan with more powerful quirks see fierce clashes between heroes and villains, as well as recruitment into training programs.

As quirk research continues, the global percentages and distributions will come into clearer focus. But it’s clear already that quirks have forever changed the human experience for the majority of people on Earth. Their emergence will continue impacting societies and cultures for generations to come across the entire population.