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?), is the former No. 4, and the current No. 3 Pro Hero, as well as the recipient of the "Best Jeanist" award for eight consecutive years.[2]

Appearance

Tsunagu is 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.

During the Paranormal Liberation War Arc, after making his return to duty he now wears a darker toned version of his previous costume. In addition he wears a new belt with his hero name initials and new boots.

Gallery

Personality

Tsunagu is an elegant man with flamboyant tendencies. He believes very strongly that people with influence must maintain a positive appearance both physically and socially. Tsunagu often uses 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]

Tsunagu 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]

Tsunagu takes the role of being a hero very seriously. He is selfless, brave, and charismatic, and aims to spread a sense of a peace to all people and believes that no matter how dire a situation may be, a real hero doesn't believe in making excuses. He did not hesitate to take the full brunt of All For One's attack to save his allies, something the latter praised him for.[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: Tsunagu was ranked 4th of Japan's heroes, before taking the spot of No. 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 highly, Tsunagu is a very powerful hero, which has been proven in his fight against the League of Villains. During the Kamino Incident, Tsunagu was not only successful at restraining multiple 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 Tsunagu's restraints and defeated the trio of Hideout Raid Team members, although denim-clad hero got his comrades to safety, leaving three Pro Heroes with moderate injuries. Despite being overpowered, Tsunagu had the mettle to continue fighting, and attempted to constrain All For One again, but the masked villain swiftly dealt a grievous injury to the fabrikinetic, taking the hero out of the battle entirely.

A recuperated Best Jeanist returns to the fold, and single-handedly subdues six top-grade members of the Paranormal Liberation Front.

After months of convalescence, Tsunagu finally resumed his hero work and made his surprise comeback during the climax of the Paranormal Liberation War. Immediately upon arriving on the battlefield in Jaku City, Tsunagu used additional fiber wire support items to detain Tomura Shigaraki, Dabi, Mr. Compress, Spinner, Skeptic, and Gigantomachia, all of which are powerful villains. Being able to restrict Gigantomachia is an exceptionally impressive feat on Tsunagu's part, as the behemoth possesses immeasurable strength, and thus is virtually impossible to subdue. Whilst binding the six Paranormal Liberation Front members, Tsunagu displayed nigh-severe coughing, and told himself not to falter. This is revealed to be because he was put in a death-like state with a medical procedure for several months in order to fool Dabi into thinking he'd been killed; because of the procedure and the months spent in a comatose state, his body was severely weakened.

  • Enhanced Durability: Tsunagu has a high amount of durability, as was able to take a direct hit from All For One's attack and remain conscious, before 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 the denim-wearing hero 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 his targets, as well as use the targets own clothing against them.

Super Moves

  • Blackout Bind: Best Jeanist wraps threads around his opponents neck and attempts to suffocate them into unconsciousness.
  • Catching Cradle: Using the fibers of his clothing, Best Jeanist creates a web of fibers to act as a safety net.
  • Thread of Hope: Using multiple fibers at once, Best Jeanist manipulates them all at the same time to either restrain or secure everything into place.

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

Equipment

Denim Hero Costume: Best Jeanist wears a Costume made completely out of denim, giving him ready access to the material his Quirk works best with.

Industrial Strength Fiber Cables: Best Jeanist can use such cables to restrain incredibly strong enemies who cannot be restrained be regular threads. So far, he has only been seen using these cables against Gigantomachia.

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 Ida 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 Pictured
97. Tell It Like It Is, Mom Absent
Provisional Hero License Exam Arc
98. Moving into Dorms Absent
99. Goodbye Two-Digit Chapters, Hello Three Digits Absent
100. Creating Ultimate Moves Absent
101. The Girl Called Mei Hatsume Absent
102. On Cloud Nine Absent
103. The Test Absent
104. White-Hot Battle! To Each Their Own Strengths! Absent
105. Shiketsu High Lurking Absent
106. Class 1-A Absent
107. Denki Kaminari's Thoughts Absent
108. RUSH! Absent
109. Rescue Exercise Absent
110. Rescue Exercise Continued Flashback
111. Smoldering Start Absent
112. What's the Big Idea? Absent
113. Test's Aftermath Absent
114. Result's Aftermath Absent
115. Unleashed Absent
116. Meeting in Tartarus Absent
117. A Talk About Your Quirk Absent
118. Meaningless Battle Absent
119. Deku vs. Kacchan, Part 2 Absent
120. The Three Absent
121. Second Semester Opening Ceremony Absent
Pro Hero Arc
184. Japanese Hero Billboard Chart Pictured
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
Paranormal Liberation War Arc
253. Shirakumo Absent
254. You Could Be More of a Hero than Anyone Absent
255. Hero Hopeful Absent
256. The High, Deep Blue Sky Absent
257. Pass It Forward, to Whomever Absent
258. Friends Absent
259. A Quiet Beginning Absent
260. Life's Work Absent
261. High-Ends Absent
262. Mirko, the No. 5 Hero Absent
263. I Wanna Be With You Guys!! Absent
264. One's Justice Absent
265. Villains and Heroes Absent
266. Happy Life Absent
267. Flames Absent
268. Scramble! Absent
269. The Three of Us Absent
270. Inheritance Absent
271. Dark Cloud Absent
272. Good Morning! Absent
273. The Thrill of Destruction Absent
274. Search Absent
275. Encounter, Part 2 Absent
276. You Cheated...! Absent
277. Who...? Absent
278. Disaster Walker Absent
279. League of Villains vs. U.A. Students Absent
280. Red Riot, Part 3 Absent
281. Plus Ultra Absent
282. Footfall of Destruction Absent
283. 75 Absent
284. Deep Blue Battle Absent
285. Katsuki Bakugo Rising Absent
286. The Ones Within Us Absent
287. Mistake Absent
288. Save Takeo!! Appears
289. Miss Candid and Miss Shut-Away Absent
290. Dabi's Dance Absent
291. Thanks For Going Strong Appears
292. Threads of Hope Appears
293. Hero-Saturated Society Appears
294. Final Performance Appears
295. Tenacious Appears
296. Hellish Hell Absent
297. Tartarus Absent
298. Sounds of Collapse Absent
299. Like Those Tragic Tales Appears
300. The Hellish Todoroki Family, Part 2 Mentioned
301. The Wrong Way To Put Out A Fire, Part 1 Absent
302. The Wrong Way To Put Out A Fire, Part 2 Appears
303. Top Three Appears
304. Izuku Midoriya and Toshinori Yagi Absent
305. Izuku Midoriya and Tomura Shigaraki Absent
306. The Final Act Begins Appears

Vigilantes Chapter Appearances

Appearances
Vigilantes Beginnings Arc
1. "I'm Here" Fantasy
2. Takeoff Absent
3. Nice Guy Reborn Appears
4. Honesty Absent
5. Bee Appears
6. No Need to Hold Back Absent
6+ Alpha. Hero Conference Appears
6+ Beta. Hero Visit Flashback
7. Top Runner Absent
7.5. Appearance Matters Fantasy
8. Him Absent
Vs. Queen Bee Arc
12. Senpai Absent
13. Makoto/Truth Fantasy
14. Major Absent
15. Playboy Absent
16. Mom Descends Absent
17. Tag Team! Absent
18. Force of Will Acceleration! Absent
19. Family Absent
20. Event Announcement! Absent
21. Ensemble, Assemble! Absent
22. The Day Of Appears
23. Daughter Appears
24. A Father-Daughter Talk Absent
25. Goodbye to Dad Absent
26. Tamao Absent
27. Business as Usual Absent
28. What a Man Takes with Him Absent
Sky Egg Arc
36. Must-Have Merchandise Absent
37. Public and Private Absent
38. High-Speed Absent
39. A Rational Man Absent
40. A Rational Team-Up Absent
41. Ultimate Move! Absent
42. Mixer Absent
43. Casanova Absent
44. One Outrageous Traveler Absent
45. The Man Returns Absent
46. Christmas Eve Hero Absent
47. Farewell Party! Appears
48. Investigation Start! Steamy Romance Spotted?! Absent
49. Zero Hour Appears
50. Defend the Tower! Appears
51. I Do What I Can Appears
52. Balloon Soul Appears
53. Limits and Catastrophe Appears
54. Hotline Appears
55. This Is a Hero!! Absent
56. I'm No Hero Absent
57. Explosive Man Absent
58. International Flight Home Flashback
Final Performance Arc
66. Graduation and Career Path Absent
67. Professional / International / Spicy Curry Absent
68. I'd Better Not Lose Absent
69. Hero on the Scene Absent
70. True Self Absent
71. Thanks for the Guidance Absent
72. Searching for You Absent
73. The Queen Descends Absent
74. After The Storm Absent
75. Letter Fantasy
76. Weapon Absent
77. Strategy Absent
78. Dispatch Absent
79. Inferno Number 2 Absent
80. Who Is It? Absent
81. Bee My Pop Absent
82. High-Speed Hero II Absent
83. Criminal in the Midst Absent
84. Hero's Dreams Absent
85. Cross-Examination Absent
Naruhata Lockdown Arc
95. Moon Absent
96. Negotiations Absent
97. Pursuers Appears
98. A Rational Persuasion Method Appears
99. Phases Appears
100. Anonymous Appears
101. Where I Should Be Absent

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 the 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]
  • (To the League of Villains) "You’ve overreached and are now coming apart at the seams...like cheap, inferior denim!"[10]
  • (To the Heroes) "Little by little, so many of us...wore down that giant until he was weak enough for the drug to take hold. Even the thinnest threads...can come together to braid a mighty rope. But had even a single thread frayed and come loose, all would have been lost! That, I do believe!"[11]

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 Manga and Anime: Chapter 86 and Episode 47.
  6. 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).
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 292.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 294.

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