Heroes with a light blue background are heroes that you have merged. This thread explains why/how the feather cost to unlock potential is decreased.
I was recently poking around on the unlock potential screen, and I noticed that my Gunter needed 19,700 feathers rather than the usual 20,000. While I thought it was unusual, I wrote it off thinking it has perhapd because he was inherently weaker than others... A second ago, however, I realized he had been merged with another 4* Gunter, and I had a thought.
After confirming with the few other units I have merged, I can say thay merging units--of the same rarity--decreases the number of feathers needed to unlock potential. From what I have, I can say:
- 4* +1: 19,700
- 4* +2: 19,400
Another user explained what determines the amount of feathers the cost is decreased by:
It lowers the cost the same amount as you would get if you sent them home.
The reason your Beruka will cost 19,100 feathers to unlock her potential from 4* to 5* is that she must be a +3 merged unit. It's important to note that if you unlock a merged unit's potential, they will lose all of their merge bonuses. It's not recommended to merge non-5* units unless you plan to just make a +10 4* unit, as this would be significantly cheaper than unlocking 11 units' potential to 5* to get a 5*+10 unit.