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"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 Hakamata to Katsuki Bakugo in "Getting the Knack"


Tsunagu Hakamata (袴田 (はかまだ) (つなぐ) Hakamata Tsunagu?)[1] better known as Best Jeanist (ベストジー二スト Besuto Jīnisuto?), is the No. 4 Pro Hero and recipient of the "Best Jeanist" award for eight consecutive years.[2]

Appearance

Tsunagu is a tall man with dark eyes and blonde hair combed into a side-part. In his hero costume, the majority of Tsunagu's body is clad in denim. He has the waist of jeans shaped into a cylinder to covers his mouth and a jean jacket with sleeves. He finishes his outfit with a pair of jeans and brown boots.


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Personality

Tsunagu is an elegant man with flamboyant tendencies. He believes very strongly that people with influence maintain a positive appearance both physically and socially. He admits to being unfond of brutish individuals like Katsuki, and took him on to try to fix his attitude.

He's also very selfless and brave, as he did not hesitate to take the full brunt of All For One's attack to save his allies, something the latter praised him with.

History

Some time ago, Best Jeanist was called into a meeting with Eraserhead, Manual, Death Arms, Snipe, Thirteen, Endeavor, Air Jet, Midnight, Ingenium, Gunhead and a member of the police force to speak about the unwilling civilians injected with Trigger.

Synopsis

Entrance Exam Arc

Best Jeanist is first mentioned among other U.A. High alumni: All Might and Endeavor.[2][3]

Vs. Hero Killer Arc

Best Jeanist style Katsukis hair

Best Jeanist teaches Katsuki the value of appearances

Tsunagu first appears when Katsuki Bakugo chooses him for an internship. Tsunagu introduces himself by admitting he doesn't like Katsuki very much. Irritated, Katsuki replies that Best Jeanist sent the offer to him. Tsunagu says all his other recruits were well behaved unlike him.[4] Although Tsunagu admits that Katsuki is an outstanding talent, he says the young man still needs to be taught how to display himself as a hero. Irritated Katsuki approaches Tsunagu, forcing him to discipline Katsuki by using his Quirk to wrap him in denim.[5]

The next day, Tsunagu tries to teach Katsuki the value of maintaining an elegant outward appearance. Best Jeanist styles Katsuki's hair similarly to his own, but it returns to its messy form shortly after. [6] After Hero Killer: Stain's defeat is published, Best Jeanist reminds Katsuki and all his sidekicks to remain calm and operate as they normally would.[7] Later on, Tsunagu takes Katsuki on patrol. He asks Katsuki why patrols are important, to which his intern answers is because they can beat up criminals on sight. Tsunagu says this answer is wrong, and that patrols help heroes maintain a strong public image. Katsuki ends up getting into a spat with young children, making Tsunagu about Katsuki's pride.[8]

Hideout Raid Arc

Top Heroes Prepare(anime)

Top heroes prepare to rescue Katsuki Bakugo

After Katsuki is captured by the League of Villains' Vanguard Action Squad, Tsunagu is enlisted to help in the rescue operation to save Katsuki. Best Jeanist, Endeavor, Edgeshot, and All Might are present and ready to begin the strategy meeting.[9] Before the infiltration begins, Best Jeanist mulls over his inability to help change Katsuki's attitude and attributes it to his pride.[10]

Heroes in Action

Mt. Lady destroys the front of the warehouse and she, Tora, Best Jeanist, and Gang Orca infiltrate the partially destroyed warehouse and apprehend all the Nomus while Tora rescues Ragdoll. Best Jeanist notes that the warehouse has been cleared.[11] Best Jeanist orders the Police Force to come in and hold position in case there are more Nomus around. Suddenly, All For One appears and reveals that he stole Ragdoll's Quirk. Best Jeanist restrains the villain with his Quirk, but before he can act further, the warehouse is completely destroyed and the surrounding area suffers damage.[12]

Best Jeanist managed to react quickly and used his Quirk to manipulate the clothes of his fellow pro heroes and reeled them backwards, which allowed them to survive All For One's attack. However, Mt. Lady, Tora, and Gang Orca are heavily injured while Best Jeanist himself is also heavily injured but conscious. All For One praises Best Jeanist for his quick thinking; Best Jeanist attempts to use his Quirk to attack All For One, but All For One impales him from afar which knocks out Best Jeanist.[13]

Kamui Woods rescues Best Jeanist.[14]

The Hero Billboard Chart JP, a chart that tabulates the rankings of pro heroes in Japan twice per year, announces the headlines; Best Jeanist, the No. 4 Hero, survived the Kamino Ward incident and is taking a rest from his duties as a Hero for an extended amount of time.[15]

Quirk and Abilities

Fiber Master (ファイバーマスター Faibā Masutā?): Tsunagu can manipulate fibers at will as long as the person is wearing clothes. He can unravel a part of his clothes into fabric strings and can use them to restrain targets, as shown when he apprehends the League of Villains' Nomus. This Quirk works better on denim rather than sweats.[16] This is a powerful ability that catches most off guard. He can manipulate his threads to move very fast, far, thin enough to be nearly invisible, and strong enough to easily bind even Nomus. It is a prime example of a restraint type ability.

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

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 Official Character Book


Trivia

  • His name contains the kanji for "hakama" (?), "field" (?), and a component of the word "fiber" (?).
    • His given name is homophonous with the verb "to tie or fasten".
  • Best Jeanist's favorite animal is the wolf.
  • In series, Best Jeanist leads the fashion world with huge popularity among both young and middle-aged men.[1]

Quotes

  • (To Katsuki Bakugo) "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?"[17]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Vol. 6 (p. 86).
  2. 2.0 2.1 My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 3.
  3. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 4.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 48.
  5. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 27.
  6. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 28.
  7. My Hero Academia Manga and Anime: Chapter 57 and Episode 31.
  8. My Hero Academia Anime: Episode 32.
  9. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 84.
  10. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 86.
  11. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 86.
  12. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 88.
  13. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 89.
  14. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 93.
  15. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 96.
  16. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 88 (p. 12).
  17. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 48 (p. 2).

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