Mineta isn’t My Hero Academia’s first LGBTQ character
A member of Class 1-A may have gone LGBTQ + in the manga, but he wouldn’t be the first in My Hero Academia history.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for My Hero Academia # 321 âFrom Class A to One for Allâ by Kohei Horikoshi, Caleb Cook and John Hunt, available now in English from Viz Media.
The jury is still out on whether Minoru Mineta was indeed confirmed as LGBTQ in My hero university Chapter # 321. Although he is a very unpopular character, Mineta’s possible bisexuality as a canon would be a big step for him and for the series, but it would hardly be the first. MHA has already featured a few LGBTQ characters that you might have missed – the first being Tiger of the Wild Wild Pussycats.
Tiger is MHA’s first confirmed LGBTQ character
Tiger’s real name is Yawara Chotaro and he was a member of the team responsible for training UA’s early years over the summer. A lesser known fact about Tiger is that he is a transgender male. While it hasn’t been mentioned in the anime yet, Kohei Horikoshi, MHA‘s mangaka, made sure to include this fact in Tiger’s character profile in the manga. Since Tiger was introduced in chapter # 72 of the manga, manner ahead of Mineta’s controversial confession, that would make him the show’s first confirmed LGBTQ character.
Tiger’s alter is Pliabody. He can stretch and contort his body in a way that would be impossible for someone else. It is not only very convenient for catching and detaining bad guys, but also for rescuing civilians in tight spaces. While Tiger isn’t on par with heroes who have traditional strength Quirks, he’s still quite strong physically. By training with Deku, for example, who was using One For All at five percent, Tiger was able to easily fend him off.
According to Horikoshi, Tiger was assigned to a female at birth and transitioned after a visit to Thailand, as pictured above. There hasn’t been any further expansion on this topic, but her gender identity so unequivocally confirmed is better than she’s endlessly teased and suggested but never really confirmed.
Magne is MHA’s second trans character
The tiger is not MHAis the only transgender character. He finds company in Kenji Hishiki of the League of Villains, better known as Magne. Unlike Tiger, Magne’s gender identity is never downright confirmed but it’s pretty obvious from the clues left in the series.
Magne presents men, regularly dressed in traditionally masculine clothes. Despite this, his teammates called him “Big Sis Mag”. League members also made a point of correcting anyone who cheated on her. While correcting Overhaul, Toga asked him not to repeat this mistake again, implying that Magne may be wrong as a regular occurrence.
Magne also had a gender-based Quirk. Her magnetism affected opponents differently depending on their gender, causing men to become south magnetic poles and women to become north poles. Magne had a lot of potential as she played a very important role in every battle she participated in. Sadly, she was prematurely killed by Overhaul in a move that can only be described as “Bury Your Gays” lifting her head again. Hopefully, since Mineta is a hero, that could mean he’s not destined to meet the same ending.
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