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.


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.


Pervert Minoru

Minoru ogling Momo from behind.

Minoru is 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. When an opportunity to peep at the girls arises, Minoru becomes very determined to take it, although this often leads to painful results. Minoru can also be very hypocritical, criticizing others for perceived perverted behavior even if they turn out to be misunderstandings. Minoru's interest in women is one of his motivations to become a hero, alongside general popularity.

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. He is quite unashamed of those traits, openly admitting them out loud. Minoru has a habit of rubbing salt in people's wounds, both accidentally and intentionally.

Despite all of this, Minoru is shown to actually 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, as seen when he fought against Midnight. He is capable of growing from his previous experiences and becoming braver. He also seems capable of deceiving even a Pro Hero like Midnight to help succeed with his plans. He is capable of pushing through his flaws when the need arises.

Minoru has demonstrated loyalty to his classmates. To complete final exams, either he or Hanta could escape from Midnight and both would pass as a team, but after incapacitating her, Minoru took the time to drag his unconscious partner with him to escape together.



Pop Off (もぎもぎ Mogimogi?): Minoru's Quirk allows him to produce and pull ball shaped objects from his head. The duration of its 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?): [1]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 Exercise.
  • Grape-Pinky Combo Mineta-Bounce (グレープピンキーコンボ跳峰田 Gurēpu Pinkī Konbo - Hane Mineta?): [1] 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 Exercise.




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

Unforeseen Simulation Joint Arc

Final Exams Arc

Joint Training Arc


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 word "Minoru" means "to bear fruit", and is written with the same kanji in his name.
  • 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.


  • (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]


  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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