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I was wrong. Ever since coming here... and practically dying... I finally get it! Being a hero doesn't make you cool... they're heroes because they're cool!
Minoru Mineta in "Stripping the Varnish"

Minoru Mineta ( (みね) () (みのる) Mineta Minoru?), also known as the Fresh-Picked Hero: Grape Juice (モギタテヒーロー グレープジュース Mogitate Hīrō Gurēpu Jūsu?), is a student in Class 1-A at U.A. High School, training to become a Pro Hero.

Appearance

Minoru is a very small young man with a large, round head, and rather large cheeks. His nose is small and stubby, and it sticks slightly upwards, and he has an unusually distinguishable philtrum, oval-shaped eyes with large, black pupils, and notably thin eyebrows. He has four large purple and black balls in something resembling a mohawk where his hair should be.

His hero costume is very simplistic, consisting only a purple shirt and mask with a yellow cape, boots and gloves. His pants are white with a lighter purple trim, and they stick out quite a lot around his waist. During the winter months, a stem-like detail is propped up on his hair, contributing to the grape theme of his costume.

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Personality

Pervert Minoru

Minoru ogling Momo from behind.

Minoru is timid, but perverted to the point of infamy, which makes him unpopular with the girls and even some of the boys, who consider his interests and mannerisms depraved. His mind frequently trails off to lewd thoughts, even in situations involving completely unrelated matters. When an opportunity to peep at the girls arises, Minoru becomes very determined to take it, although this often leads to painful results. Minoru's interest in women is one of his motivations to become a hero, alongside general popularity. He is quite unashamed of those traits, openly admitting them out loud.

Minoru can be very hypocritical, criticizing others for perceived perverted behavior, even if they turn out to be nothing more than misunderstandings. Minoru is also one who always speaks his mind, even when it comes off as harsh and insulting due to his comments being more on the cynical side.

Minoru is scared

Minoru freaking out.

Minoru easily freaks out in moments of great stress or fear, acting in an impulsive way, crying when the situation does not look favorable and abusing his Quirk recklessly, to the point of hurting himself in the process. Minoru is not a very confident fighter and may attempt to flee in highly disadvantageous situations.

Minoru is shown to be surprisingly intelligent, able to score very high on tests, and being in the top half of Class 1-A's grades, despite being considered a slacker by the majority of the class. Additionally, he is quite capable of coming up with creative and competent strategies in order to achieve victory, pushing through his own flaws when the need arises.

Abilities

Minoru stuck to Momo

Minoru can employ effective strategies, especially ones befitting his perverted nature.

Keen Intellect: Despite his lewd personality, Minoru is quite intelligent, scoring 9th place in the midterms, displaying his skill in academics. Even in battle, he can use unorthodox strategies, even ones befitting his perverted nature. At the U.A. Sports Festival, knowing how physically conditioned Momo Yaoyorozu is, Minoru used the pop-off balls from his Quirk to latch onto her back so he can pass the obstacle course. During the Cavalry Battle, he teamed up with Mezo Shoji and Tsuyu Asui, and devised an effective strategy that involved the two smaller students latching onto Mezo's back while shrouded by the latter's Dupli-Arms, and in tandem, Minoru traps his opponents with his Pop Off balls, while Tsuyu uses her Tongue to take the other contestants points.

Grape Rush anime

Minoru employs his "Grape Rush" strategy to blindside a Pro Hero like Midnight.

Minoru's ingenuity was also showcased when he and Hanta Sero were paired together against Midnight for the Final Exams. Minoru is knowledgeable of heroes with their own perverted nature, and knew of Midnight's sadistic side that arises when her opponent runs away from her. Taking advantage of this trait, Minoru pretended to flee and lured her into a trap using his Super Move "Grape Rush" to bind the Rated "R" Hero, and secure victory for both him and Hanta.

Quirk

Pop Off (もぎもぎ Mogimogi?): Minoru's Quirk allows him to produce and pluck ball-shaped objects from his head; the balls grow back just as fast as they're plucked. The balls are incredibly sticky and will stick to any surface; the sole exception being Minoru himself, he just bounces off. The duration of their adhesive quality is determined by his overall health. He can pull a large amount of these objects from his head; however, if he overuses it, it can cause bleeding from his head.

Super Moves

  • Grape Rush (グレープラッシュ Gurēpu Rasshu?): Minoru rushes towards the enemy and throws many of his sticky objects at the enemy while running toward them, sticking the enemy in place and allowing Minoru to rush past them.
  • Grape Buckler (グレープバックラー Gurēpu Bakkurā?): Minoru attaches a number of Pop Off Spheres to a shield, which he can use for defense while simultaneously trapping whatever hits the shield. He first used this technique to block projectiles launched by Twin Impact during the fifth round of the Joint Training Battle.[1]
  • Grape-Pinky Combo Mineta-Bounce (グレープピンキーコンボ跳峰田 Gurēpu Pinkī Konbo - Hane Mineta?): After Mina uses Acid Layback to spin on the spot and Minoru lays down a number of Pop Off Spheres on the ground and walls, Mina throws Minoru with great force so that he bounces from sphere to sphere. As he is flying through the air and bouncing off of each sphere, he can throw more Pop Off Spheres from his head onto his opponents while making it difficult to be hit back. They first displayed this technique during the fifth match of the Joint Training Battle.[1]

Stats

Power
 
1/5 E
Speed
 
1/5 E
Technique
 
4/5 B
Intelligence
 
5/5 A
Cooperativeness
 
4/5 B
Minoru's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
1/6 E
Speed
 
4/6 B+
Technique
 
5/6 A
Intelligence
 
5/6 A+
Common Sense
 
1/6 E
Minoru's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Equipment

Hero Outfit: Minoru's hero outfit was made with the purpose of letting him use his Quirk without his grapes sticking to it.

  • The Grape Face Mask (グレープフェイスマスク Gurēpu Feisu Masuku?):[2] This equipment is a simple face mask that covers almost all of Minoru's face and leaves the top of his head exposed so that he can grab his grape-like hairs.
  • The Gloves that Pluck (モギモギグローブ Mogi Mogi Gurōbu?):[2] This equipment were made using the special substance that exudes from Minoru's scalp, this was to prevent his grapes from sticking to them. However, this is only for the palms of the gloves.
  • The Grape Pants (グレープパンツ Gurēpu Pantsu?):[2] This equipment was designed to have nubs that look like a pattern were would modeled after his grape like hair and have almost the same stickiness as them. This was so that he could hold small objects on his person.
  • The Minoru Mantle (ミノルマント Minoru Manto?):[2] This equipment was originally desired to flutter in the wind. However, the designers decided to make it shorter so that it wouldn't get stuck on his hair.

Battles & Events

Battles & Events

Quirk Apprehension Test Arc

Battle Trial Arc

U.S.J. Arc

U.A. Sports Festival Arc

Vs. Hero Killer Arc

Final Exams Arc

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

Forest Training Camp Arc

Provisional Hero License Exam Arc

Shie Hassaikai Arc

U.A. School Festival Arc

Joint Training Arc

Endeavor Agency Arc


Trivia

Prototype Design Minoru

Early design concept for Minoru and his costume.

  • Minoru's preliminary design had him as slightly taller and wearing a more unique pair of shoes, resembling those that Izuku Midoriya usually wears. His costume also had additional details like a stem on the upper part of his mask, further referencing his grape theme.
  • Minoru's name contains the kanji for "great fertility" (?), "field" (?), and "berry" (?).
    • The name Minoru means "to bear fruit". It can also mean "great fertility" and "berry".
  • Minoru's favorite things are girls.
  • Minoru's known U.A data is as follows:
  • Minoru's rankings in the Popularity Polls are as follows:
    • Minoru ranked 18th in the First Popularity Poll.
    • Minoru ranked 31st in the Second Popularity Poll.
    • Minoru ranked 45th in the Third Popularity Poll.[4]
  • Not counting children, Minoru is the shortest human character in the series, at a measly 108 cm (or 3' 6½"). It's possible that Minoru suffers from an extreme case of dwarfism.

Quotes

  • (To himself) "I was wrong. Ever since coming here... and practically dying... I finally get it! Being a hero doesn't make you cool... they're heroes because they're cool!"[5]
  • (To Deku and Tsuyu) "I enjoyed a really smooth dump this morning, so my balls should stick on those guys for a whole day." [6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 214 (p. 8-9).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 8, Omake
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 18, Omake
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 67 (p. 13).
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 16 (p. 1).

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