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How did My Hero Academia’s goofy Mineta manage to get into U.A.?

The fact that Mineta Minoru was able to get into U.A.’s Hero program drastically decreases U.A.’s credibility.

U.A. is considered to be the top Hero Academy in the world of MHA, so much that it was Midoriya’s dream to get into it. With extremely low acceptance rates and high standards, it proved difficult, but he still managed to succeed.

However, that part is not surprising. What is surprising is that even someone like Mineta Minoru passed the entrance exam alongside Deku.

How Did Mineta Get into U.A.?
Izuku , Tsuyu and Mineta | Source: Fandom

When we look at the students of class 1-A, there is at least one thing that justifies them being there, be it their Quirk, skills, or intelligence.

However, one person sticks out like a sore thumb. The one question that most fans have is how Mineta was able to defeat enough machines to pass the U.A. High entrance exam? Did he cheat?

1. How Did Mineta Get into UA?

To get admitted into the U.A., the examinees had to appear for two tests.

After passing the first one, they were allowed to continue forth to the practical test, where they were given ten minutes to use their Quirks to immobilize robots and score points.

The more points one earned, the higher their chances were to get accepted into the school.

We saw Bakugou blasting the robots left and right, Midoriya injuring himself to do the same, and even Kirishima making use of his Quirk.

While it was interesting to watch, there wasn’t any real need as everyone already had faith in their strength. The one who fans wanted to watch clear the exam was Mineta Minoru.

Throughout the series, his progress has been the slowest, if at all. Due to this, it is not surprising seeing fans wonder how Mineta got accepted at all.

While we did not get to see him clear the exam, thankfully, the creator of the series has an answer for us.

Mineta got into U.A. because the examination only required him to immobilize the robots.

His quirk Pop-Off allowed him to trap them, stick them, or even plug up their muzzles to stop them from functioning and thus racking up enough points to pass.

2. Does Mineta Have What It Takes to Be a Pro Hero?

In a world where everyone is born with powers and the potential to become a hero, there are two main criteria to become a Pro-Hero. The desire to help the needy is the most important one, closely followed by having the ability to do so.

Mineta does not have what it takes to be a Pro-Hero. Despite having a great quirk and high intelligence, he squanders away his own potential with his laziness, pervertedness, and cowardly attitude.

I. Abilities

How Did Mineta Get into U.A.?
Mineta Minoru | Source: Fandom

Mineta’s pervertedness, laziness, and cowardly behavior often overshadow his true capabilities.

His scores, databook, and actions all prove that he is extremely intelligent and excels in using his Quirk in a versatile manner.

Furthermore, despite all the bashing, Mineta’s Quirk is quite useful. With Pop-Off, he is able to immobilize his enemies by trapping them, and can even easily escape by bouncing himself off of them.

When he puts his mind to it, he even manages to win against Midnight during the First Term Final Exam with just a piece of tape as a backup.

While not the next All Might, it is within the realm of reason for Mineta to join an agency and become a Hero.

However, his abilities are not the only criteria for him to become a Pro-Hero. His attitude and personality play a huge role.

II. Personality

Mineta is the only character in My Hero Academia with no redeeming qualities. From his perverted behavior to his lack of work ethic, it is not far-fetched to say that his Quirk is wasted on him.

While he has high intelligence and a useful quirk, he never actually utilizes them for the right reasons.

Despite his competency, he squanders away his own potential with his laziness, pervertedness, and cowardly attitude towards everything.

Even after entering U.A., all he does is study enough to get by and does not care about improving himself. Seeing Mineta coast by and not putting forth his best shows that he does not have the right mindset to become a Hero.

3. Why Is Mineta One of the Most Hated Characters?

I absolutely detest Mineta, and thankfully, the majority of the fans do too. Without sugarcoating it, Mineta is one of the most hated characters in the series, and with good reason.

He is the only character in My Hero Academia whose entire personality revolves around his obsession with women and his need to harass them.

Mineta being a perv for 8 minutes and 34 seconds (re-upload)
Mineta being a perv for 8 minutes and 34 seconds (re-upload)

Furthermore, that is not even the only disgusting quality of his. Throughout the show, his cowardly behavior and laziness have often been put on display countless times.

While many hoped for him to get some redeeming qualities, the series has been going on long enough that it feels like he has already reached his peak.

Even when considering all of the anime and manga content, Mineta only a handful of appearances where he’s not sexually harassing someone or acting like a coward.

While many argue that there have always been characters who are perverse in anime, in the end, even if we undersell Mineta’s creepy behavior, My Hero Academia isn’t a series where that level of perversion can be tolerated.

4. About My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia is a Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, with its chapters additionally collected in 24 tankōbon volumes as of August 2019.

It follows a quirkless boy Izuku Midoriya and how he backed the greatest HeroHero alive.

Midoriya, a boy who has been admiring heroes and their ventures since the day he was born, came into this world without a quirk.

On one fateful day, he meets All Might, the greatest HeroHero of all time, and discovers that he was quirkless as well.

With his diligent attitude and unwavering spirit about being a hero, Midoriya manages to impress All Might. He is chosen to be the heir to the power of One for All.

Originally Written By Epic Dope

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