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 (
Minoru is a very short teenage boy with a large, round head, and rather puffy cheeks. His nose is small, stubby and points 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 of 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. Prior to the Joint Training Battle, he added a stem-like detail that is propped up on his hair, contributing to the grape theme of his costume.
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 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 whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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. This was best seen when he outsmarts Midnight.
Another one of Minoru's ambitions is to be popular, trying everything in his power to be loved by everyone, oblivious of his perverted behavior being the reason for him being not. His attempts usually fail, as everything he does gets him nowhere in popularity, only being good friends with Denki Kaminari and Izuku Midoriya and having an on and off friendship with Tsuyu Asui, while the rest of the class doesn't talk to him often. This shows Mineta just wants to be cool or popular, but due to his personality, he is frowned upon by many girls and even some boys.
Overall Abilities: Minoru may not be the direct-combat type, but he does have a very good handle on his Quirk, Pop Off. Minoru primarily uses his spheres as projectiles, binding opponents and their weapons to objects, or even themselves. Minoru can take advantage of the fact that his spheres bounce off his body to use them as small trampolines, allowing him to bypass obstacles found on the ground. He also has impressive camaraderie, using his Pop Off spheres to bind opponents, enabling his allies to successfully defeat them, and vice versa. Shortly before the Provisional Hero License Exam, Minoru was able to come up with a makeshift bead weapon composed of his Pop Off spheres, which aids him in defending against projectile attacks. His abilities eventually garnered the attention of The Lurkers (consisting of Edgeshot, Kamui Woods, and Mt. Lady), giving Minoru the opportunity to intern under the trio of powerful heroes, and improve on close and efficient team maneuvers.
Keen Intellect: Despite his lewd personality, Minoru is quite intelligent, scoring 9th place in the midterms, displaying his skill in academics, something made more impressive by the fact he is never seen studying. Minoru is also very clever in battle, such as using his Pop Off Quirk to create effective traps, something for which his spheres are very suitable. Pop Off tends to be a fairly underestimated ability, which allows Minoru to surprise those that let their guard down. He can also employ unorthodox strategies, even ones befitting his perverted nature. At the U.A. Sports Festival, knowing how physically conditioned Momo Yaoyorozu is, Minoru used his Pop Off balls to latch onto her back so he can pass the Obstacle Course portion of the festival.
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. Minoru's ingenuity was also showcased when he and Hanta Sero were paired together against Midnight for the First Term Final Exam. Minoru is knowledgeable of heroes with their own lascivious personlities 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 "Grape Rush" Super Move to bind the R-Rated Hero and secure victory for both him and Hanta.
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, as he just bounces off them. 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 plucks too many, it will cause him to start bleeding from his scalp.
As part of his training, Minoru continuously pulled off the balls on his head, to increase their adhesiveness, strengthen his scalp, and reduce the risk of bleeding from his head, despite suffering from the said injury during his training.
- 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.
- 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 Ashido uses Acid Layback to spin on the spot and Minoru lays down multiple 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 round of the Joint Training Battle.
- Pop Off: Vineyard (モギモギグレープ畑作戦 Mogimogigurēpu hata sakusen?): Minoru performs this move by creating a vineyard with his Pop Off Spheres which acts as a snare. He first used this technique to immobilize Team 5-B during Round 5 before being interrupted by Reiko Yanagi's Poltergeist.
- Super Grape Rush (スーパーグレープラッシュ Sūpā Gurēpu Rasshu?): From an elevated position, Minoru launches a large number of his sticky spheres to trap the enemy between objects.
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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?): 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?): This equipment was 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?): This equipment was designed to have nubs that look like a pattern that were 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?): 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
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- 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.
- He would later implement this stem detail some time before the Joint Training Battle.
- According to Minoru's Volume 2 profile:
- Minoru's favorite things are girls.
- Minoru's character concept was conceived early.
- Kohei Horikoshi has trouble balancing Minoru's likeability with his perversion.
- Horikoshi enjoys drawing Minoru, viewing a bit of himself on him.
- Horikoshi details how Minoru was able to pass the U.A. Entrance Exam, noting that binding the Villain Bots to walls or blocking their cannons with Pop Off were both viable strategies.
- Minoru's surname contains the kanji for "summit" (峰 mine?) and "rice field" (田 ta?), and his first name contains "to bear fruit, great fertility, berry" (実 minoru?).
- 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.
- Not counting children, Minoru is the shortest human character in the series, at a measly 108 cm (or 3' 6½").
- Minoru, Momo Yaoyorozu, Mina Ashido, and Tsuyu Asui all share the same costume designer.
- (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!"
- (To Izuku and Tsuyu) "I enjoyed a really smooth dump this morning, so my balls should stick on those guys for a whole day." 
- My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 214 (p. 8-9).
- My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 210.
- My Hero Academia: Heroes: Rising.
- My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 8, Omake
- My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 60.
- My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 18, Omake
- My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 13.
- My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 67 (p. 13).
- My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 16 (p. 1).
|U.A. High School|
|Class 1-A Students||Denki Kaminari • Eijiro Kirishima • Fumikage Tokoyami • Hanta Sero • Izuku Midoriya • Katsuki Bakugo • Koji Koda • Kyoka Jiro • Mashirao Ojiro • Mezo Shoji • Mina Ashido • Minoru Mineta • Momo Yaoyorozu • Ochaco Uraraka • Rikido Sato • Shoto Todoroki • Tenya Ida • Toru Hagakure • Tsuyu Asui • Yuga Aoyama|
|Class 1-B Students||Hiryu Rin • Ibara Shiozaki • Itsuka Kendo • Juzo Honenuki • Jurota Shishida • Kinoko Komori • Kojiro Bondo • Kosei Tsuburaba • Manga Fukidashi • Neito Monoma • Nirengeki Shoda • Pony Tsunotori • Reiko Yanagi • Sen Kaibara • Setsuna Tokage • Shihai Kuroiro • Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu • Togaru Kamakiri • Yosetsu Awase • Yui Kodai|
|Department of Support||Mei Hatsume • Bibimi Kenranzaki|
|General Department||Hitoshi Shinso • Chikuchi Togeike • Tsutsutaka Agoyamato|
|Second Year Students||Mawata Fuwa|
|Third Year Students||Mirio Togata • Nejire Hado • Tamaki Amajiki • Bibimi Kenranzaki • Yuyu Haya|
|Staff||All Might • Cementoss • Ectoplasm • Eraser Head • Hound Dog • Lunch Rush • Midnight • Nezu • Power Loader • Present Mic • Recovery Girl • Snipe • Thirteen • Vlad King • Gran Torino (Retired)|
|Former Students||All Might • Endeavor • Best Jeanist • Midnight • Eraser Head • Loud Cloud • Present Mic • Mister Blaster|
|Locations||Class 1-A • Class 1-B • Conference Room • Ground Beta • Ground Gamma • Ground Omega • Gym Gamma • Heights Alliance • Lunch Rush Cafeteria • P.E. Grounds • Recovery Girl's Nurse's Office • Sports Festival Stadium • Teachers Lounge • U.A.'s Development Studio • Unforeseen Simulation Joint|