Heroes and villains are two sides of the same coin... I can see it in that glare of yours. So what is it that really makes someone a hero?
Tsunagu Hakamada to Katsuki Bakugo in "Getting the Knack"

Tsunagu Hakamada ( (はかま) () (つなぐ) Hakamada Tsunagu?),[1] also known as Fiber Hero: Best Jeanist (ファイバーヒーロー ベストジー二スト Faibā Hīrō Besuto Jīnisuto?), was the former No. 4, current No. 3 Pro Hero and recipient of the "Best Jeanist" award for eight consecutive years.[2]

Appearance

Tsunagu was a tall, slim man with an unnaturally long and flexible neck, as shown on several occasions, and dark, heavily-lashed eyes which appeared to tilt slightly inwards. He has rather long blond hair which he wears combed drastically to the left, covering his left eye.

His hero costume consists of a pair of jeans, a denim waistcoat with two large breast pockets, and a denim dress shirt with a very high collar which covers his face up to just below his nose. He wears two belts, one around his collar and one around his waist, and short dark brown boots with thick gray shafts and soles.

Gallery

Personality

Best Jeanist was an elegant man with flamboyant tendencies. He believed very strongly that people with influence must maintain a positive appearance both physically and socially. Best Jeanist often used metaphors referencing jeans, denim, and various other sewing and fabric based phrases, often inspiring his recruits with speeches, telling them to keep their life straight like their jeans. [3]

Best Jeanist admits to being unfond of brutish individuals like Katsuki Bakugo.[4] He took Katsuki on to try to fix his attitude only to be frustrated by the young man's stubbornness.[5] 

Best Jeanist took the role of being a hero very seriously. He was selfless, brave, and charismatic, and aimed to spread a sense of a peace to all people and believed heroes don't make excuses. He did not hesitate to take the full brunt of All For One's attack to save his allies, something the latter later praised him for.[6]

Best Jeanist believed that no matter how dire a situation may be, a real hero doesn't believe in excuses.[6]

Abilities

Best Jeanist's proficiency with his Quirk, Fiber Master, is so great, he can restrain an immensely powerful villain such as All For One.

Overall Abilities: Best Jeanist was ranked 4th of Japan's heroes, before taking the spot of Number 3 after All Might's retirement. He also possesses a proficient handle on his powerful Quirk, Fiber Master. Tsunagu can unravel part of his clothes into fabric strings and manipulate them in order to restrain targets.[7] Since his hero costume is covered from head to toe with denim, his Quirk specialty, he always has a source of easily controllable fibers for him to weaponize at his disposal. Another known application includes manipulating fibers of clothes worn by allies for forced evasive maneuvers.

As he is ranked very highly, Best Jeanist is an immensely powerful hero, which has been proven in his fight against the League of Villains. Best Jeanist was not only successful at restraining multiple low-end and mid-end Nomu, some of which were defeated by his comrades Mt. Lady and Gang Orca, but he was capable of swiftly immobilizing the incredibly powerful All For One. However, the latter case was temporary, as the Symbol of Evil broke free from Best Jeanist's restraints and defeated the Hideout Raid Team.

  • Enhanced Durability: Tsunagu was able to take a direct hit from All For One's attack and remain conscious, albeit taking heavy injuries and eventually losing one lung.

Skilled Youth Counselor: Gang Orca was surprised to find out that Tsunagu was unable to reform Katsuki's brutish behavior. This implies that he has a good record of reforming troubled youths.

Quirk

Fiber Master (ファイバーマスター Faibā Masutā?): Tsunagu's Quirk allows him to freely manipulate the threads in any nearby piece of fabric. His Quirk works best with denim, and is least effective on sweats.

He can unravel a part of his own clothing into strings and use them to restrain targets, as well as use the targets own clothing against them.

Stats

Power
 
2/5 D
Speed
 
3/5 C
Technique
 
5/5 A
Intelligence
 
3/5 C
Cooperativeness
 
3/5 C
Tsunagu's stats, according to the Ultra Archive Book

Power
 
4/6 B
Speed
 
3/6 C
Technique
 
5/6 A+
Intelligence
 
5/6 A
Fashion Sense
 
6/6 S+
Tsunagu's stats, according to the Ultra Analysis Book

Battles and Events

Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Entrance Exam Arc
1. Izuku Midoriya: Origin Absent
2. Roaring Muscles Absent
3. Entrance Exam Fantasy
4. Starting Line Absent
Vs. Hero Killer Arc
45. Time to Pick Some Names Absent
46. Bizzarre! Gran Torino Appears Absent
47. Struggling Absent
48. Getting the Knack Debut
49. Midoriya and Shigaraki Absent
50. Kill 'Em Dead Absent
51. No, Knock it Off, Ida! Absent
52. Hero Killer Stain vs. U.A. Students Absent
53. From Todoroki to Ida Absent
54. Re: Ingenium Absent
55. Conclusion?! Absent
56. Conclusion Absent
57. The Aftermath of Hero Killer Stain Appears
58. Internship's End Absent
59. Listen Up! A Tale From the Past Absent
Hideout Raid Arc
84. From Iida to Midoriya Appears
85. Nothing but Fools Absent
86. Before the Storm Appears
87. Clash Appears
88. All For One Appears
89. All for a Certain One Appears
90. Reach Out Absent
91. Symbol of Peace Absent
92. One For All Absent
93. One For All's Ember Appears
94. From Teacher to Disciple Absent
95. End of the Beginning, Beginning of the End Absent
96. Home Visits Mentioned
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Appears
185. Wing Hero: Hawks Mentioned
186. Endeavor and Hawks Absent
187. Flaming Roar! vs. Nomu: High-End Absent
188. Your Father, the Number One Hero Absent
189. Why He Gets Back Up Absent
190. His Start Absent
191. Dabi, Hawks, Endeavor Absent
192. The Todoroki Family Absent
193. Vestiges Absent
Meta Liberation Army Arc
218. The Meta Liberation Army Absent
219. Go! Slidin' Go! Absent
220. My Villain Academia Absent
221. Memento from All For One Absent
222. Tomura Shigaraki: Distortion Absent
223. Cockroaches Absent
224. Revival Party Absent
225. Interview with a Vampire Absent
226. Bloody Love Absent
227. Sleepy Absent
228. Wounded Soul Absent
229. All It Takes Is One Bad Day Absent
230. Sad Man's Parade Absent
231. Path Flashback
232. Meta Abilities and Quirks Absent
233. Bright Future Absent
234. Sense Destruction Absent
235. Tenko Shimura: Origin Absent
236. Tenko Shimura: Origin, Part 2 Absent
237. Tomura Shigaraki: Origin Absent
238. Liberation Absent
239. Successor Absent
240. Power Flashback
Endeavor Agency Arc
241. Do That Interview! Absent
242. Have a Merry Christmas! Flashback
243. Off to Endeavor's Agency! Absent
244. Recommended Reading Absent
245. Rise to Action Absent
246. Message Absent
247. Status Report! Absent
248. One Thing at a Time Absent
249. The Hellish Todoroki Family Absent
250. Ending Absent
251. Just One Week Absent
252. The Unforgiven Mentioned

Trivia

  • Tsunagu’s name contains the kanji for "Hakama" (?), "field" (?), and a component of the word "fiber" (?).
    • His given name is homophones with the verb "to tie or fasten".
  • Tsunagu’s favorite animal is the wolf.
  • In series, Tsunagu leads the fashion world with huge popularity among both young and middle-aged men.[1]
  • Tsunagu lost one of his lungs in the fight against All For One.[8]

Quotes

  • (To Katsuki) "Heroes and villains are two sides of the same coin... I can see it in that glare of yours. So what is it that really makes someone a hero?"[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 6 (p. 86).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 3 and Episode 4.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 57 and Episode 31.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 48 and Episode 27.
  5. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 47, chap-86
  6. 6.0 6.1 My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 89 and Episode 48.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 87 (p. 17-18) and Episode 47.
  8. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 231.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 48 (p. 2).

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