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The Meaning of J-Hope’s BT21 Character, Mang

BTS’s J-Hope is your hope and you are his hope. When this rapper created his BT21 persona, he incorporated heart-shaped lips and his love for dancing. Here’s what we know about the meaning of J-Hope’s BT21 character, Mang.

BTS Members Created Line Friends Merchandise — BT21

BTS are seen backstage at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena | Emma McIntyre/BBMA2019/Getty Images for dcp

BTS is one of the biggest boy bands in the world, selling stadiums and creating original merchandise. This includes a line of BTS-themed merchandise available from Line Friends called BT21.

At BTS concerts, some ARMYs sport BT21 merchandise from their favorite members. Even during an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonthe host modeled a BT21 headband of his “BTS bias” – it’s Jimin’s character, Chimmy.

What makes these characters even more special is that they were actually drawn by BTS. The idols gave their cartoons original stories and names, with later merchandise available to fans around the world.

The BTS members have each created a BT21 character, in addition to Van, the BT21 figure that represents ARMY. This includes RJ (Jin), Chimmy (Jimin), Cooky (Jungkook), Tata (V), Shooky (Suga), and Koya (RM). J-Hope created a blue and purple horse character he named Mang.

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What is the meaning of J-Hope’s BT21 character, Mang?

There’s a lot of meaning behind this adorable cartoon character – even the name Mang. According to Metro, the word “Mang” has different meanings in Korean. The website reports that “it can be translated as ‘a pony’, ‘fail’, and it’s the last part of the word ‘hope’ (huimang).”

When drawing this character, J-Hope was sure to include heart-shaped lips, noting that his own mouth turns into a heart when he laughs. (J-Hope even thought about doing the heart-shaped ears but decided against it, saying it would be too “distracting” in a video.)

“I tried to represent a horse,” J-Hope explained with his final drawing, according to a translation on another BT21 video. “So horses are kind of hated as a character, you know. I wanted to break that stereotype. He’s a cute horse. It’s very cute, and I hope you like it.

According to BTS Fandom, just like its creator, Mang likes to dance. Even though Mang is actually “melancholy” in real life, this character is cheerful in appearance.

Besides starring in YouTube cartoon episodes, Mang is the star of several BT21 products. This includes a birthday cake-flavored lip balm, cordless phone holder, and bubble tea-themed bag charm, all available from the Line Friends website.

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BTS has partnered with brands like Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, and McDonald’s

Besides their collaboration with Line Friends, BTS has teamed up with other brands. They created the BTS Meal at McDonald’s, even selling original clothing in collaboration with the brand.

The K-pop group has worked with The Coca-Cola Company and Starbucks. They created a “Map of the Soul” pop-up store in Seoul. Recently, BTS became the brand ambassador for fashion house Louis Vuitton.

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