Why ARMYs Are Praising BTS And LINE FRIENDS’ Transformation Of J-Hope-Created Character MANG

MANG finally took off their mask.

ARMYs are praising BTS and LINE FRIENDS‘ transformation of J-Hope-created character MANG.


MANG is described as a masked dancing pony. Although MANG appears to be a horse, the characteristics are based on the horse-like mask. So, BT21 fans do not really know what MANG looks like.

MANG is a purple creature-alike wearing a light-blue horse mask. Their horse mask has a pink heart-shape nose, an indigo hair, and long string with a short indigo tail attached to the bottom of the hair. Mang is evidently identified as non-binary or gender neutral as they had chosen to go in between the male and female toilet doors during the BT21 discussion video. Mang can also be genderfluid, as they shift between the pronouns ‘she’ and ‘he’ in various descriptions.

— BT21 Wiki

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In BT21 UNIVERSE 2 ANIMATION Episode 8, MANG’s idol and mentor, CONN, encouraged them since they suffered from performance anxiety.

CONN told MANG to overcome their fears so that they could become a dancer. He also gave MANG the mask to help them get on stage comfortably in front of others, so they would be less concerned with how people perceive them.

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Yet, CONN hoped that MANG would not rely on the mask forever. He wished for MANG to ultimately remove the mask to reach their full potential.


It seems that that day has come.

BT21 uploaded a picture of MANG dressed up in an RJ-designed outfit via their members’ shared Instagram account.

The post could remind ARMYs of a few different things.

In Run BTS! Episode 29, Jin, who created RJ, styled J-Hope. The elaborate design of the outfit worn by MANG puts us in mind of Jin’s design in Run BTS! Episodes 104 and 105, though.

Jin (left) and J-Hope (right) in “Run BTS!” Episode 29 | BTS/VLIVE

The post could also be a reference to J-Hope’s recent appearances at Louis Vuitton and DIOR‘s fashion shows in Paris, France, for Fashion Week.

But ARMYs believe it has even greater symbolization as they noticed that MANG is holding their mask, meaning they took it off for the first time.

ARMYs believe that MANG has finally become confident in their identity, which might parallel J-Hope. The fandom agrees that he has recently appeared happier and freer to be himself.


you don’t understand how much I am happy now, mang finally realized how pretty he is and he doesn’t need to hide his face from anyone for any reasons…. #mang#jhope#junghoseok #hoseok #jhopemang#bts #army #btsarmy #fyp #foryou

♬ original sound – can’t.you.see.me?

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