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* LastNameBasis: He refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-sempai". They graduate to FirstNameBasis in episode 12, and Nitori calls Rin "Rin-sempai" from that point onward.


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* LastNameBasis: He refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-sempai". They graduate to FirstNameBasis in episode 12, and Nitori calls Rin "Rin-sempai" from that point onward.
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* PassingTheTorch: He graduates at the beginning of ''Eternal Summer'' and passes on his title as captain to Rin.

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* PassingTheTorch: He graduates at the beginning of ''Eternal Summer'' and passes on his the title as of team captain to Rin.



* SugarAndIcePersonality: He's extremely strict and serious when it comes to his team, but when interacting with Gou or the original Swim Club members he's extremely dorky.

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* SugarAndIcePersonality: He's extremely strict and serious when it comes to his team, but when interacting with Gou or the original Swim Club members he's extremely dorky.surprisingly {{Adorkable}}.



* AffectionateNickname: "Ai" Rin calls him this in episode 12, giving them a FirstNameBasis.
** Nagisa calls him "Ai-chan," as shown in the season 2 premiere.

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* AffectionateNickname: "Ai" "Ai". Rin calls him this in episode 12, giving them a FirstNameBasis.
12 (progressing to FirstNameBasis), and continues to do so in Eternal Summer.
** Nagisa calls him "Ai-chan," as shown "Ai-chan" in the season 2 premiere.Eternal Summer, about which he's less pleased because he feels that Nagisa is being too forward.



** Does it again in Episode 4, when praising Haruka and saying that success "all comes down to talent". He gets a particularly vicious Rin DeathGlare for that.

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** Does it again in Episode 4, when praising Haruka and saying that success "all comes down to talent". He gets a particularly vicious Rin DeathGlare from Rin for that.



* SenpaiKouhai: Refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-senpai" and [[FirstNameBasis later]] "Rin-senpai".

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* SenpaiKouhai: Refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-senpai" and [[FirstNameBasis later]] "Rin-senpai". In Eternal Summer, Momo calls him Nitori-senpai.



* BerserkButton: He's not too happy with Nitori after he unintentionally sprays Gou with his water gun.

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* BerserkButton: He's not too happy ''Do not'' threaten Rin or interfere with his swimming. He also scares the living hell out of Nitori after he the latter unintentionally sprays Gou with his water gun.



* NewTransferStudent

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* NewTransferStudentNewTransferStudent: He transfers into Rin's class at Samezuka at the end of Eternal Summer's first episode.



* TallDarkAndHandsome

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* TallDarkAndHandsomeTallDarkAndHandsome: Just look at the picture! He's the tallest in the cast and very attractive, though not particularly charming.



** He goes out and night and finds Nitori upset on the stairs. Sousuke grouches at him for self-pity, but follows it up with the advice that Nitori has potential and shouldn't crush it before he even tries.
** When he catches Nitori swimming at night, Sousuke walks up to the side of the pool and informs Nitori that fatigue is ruining his form. Nitori tries to argue, and Sousuke says he'll coach for the rest of Nitori's practice ''after'' he takes a break. [[spoiler:All the more touching with TheReveal that Sousuke caused permanent damage to himself by overtraining, and he's trying to stop Nitori from making the same mistakes]].

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** He goes out and at night and finds Nitori upset sitting on the stairs.stairs, upset about his lackluster times. Sousuke grouches at him for self-pity, but follows it up with the advice that Nitori has potential and shouldn't crush it before he even tries.
** When he catches Nitori swimming at night, Sousuke walks up to the side of the pool and informs Nitori that fatigue is ruining his form. When Nitori tries to argue, and Sousuke says he'll coach for the rest of Nitori's practice practice, but only ''after'' he takes a break. [[spoiler:All the more touching with TheReveal that Sousuke caused permanent damage to himself by overtraining, and he's trying to stop Nitori from making the same mistakes]].
16th Apr '17 6:42:43 AM Wilderstorm
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* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: By the start of ''Eternal Summer'', Mikoshiba's about to graduate, and as such gives the title of Captain of the Samezuka team to Rin.]]
** Also to his brother as Gou's HopelessSuitor.

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* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: By He graduates at the start beginning of ''Eternal Summer'', Mikoshiba's about to graduate, Summer'' and as such gives the passes on his title of Captain of as captain to Rin.
** He also passes
the Samezuka team to Rin.]]
** Also to his brother as
role of Gou's HopelessSuitor.HopelessSuitor to his younger brother (Momo).



* AffectionateNickname: "Ai" [[spoiler: Rin calls him this in episode 12, giving them a FirstNameBasis]].

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* AffectionateNickname: "Ai" [[spoiler: Rin calls him this in episode 12, giving them a FirstNameBasis]].FirstNameBasis.



* [[FirstNameBasis Last Name Basis]]: He refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-sempai" [[spoiler: in episode 12, they develop a FirstNameBasis and he then calls him "Rin-sempai"]].
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Seems to believe this. He says at one point that success all comes down to talent because he doesn't seem to be improving. This attitude does ''not'' go over well with Rin. [[spoiler: Averted in Eternal Summer as he ends up training himself at night to improve his times.]]

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* [[FirstNameBasis Last Name Basis]]: LastNameBasis: He refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-sempai" [[spoiler: "Matsuoka-sempai". They graduate to FirstNameBasis in episode 12, they develop a FirstNameBasis and he then Nitori calls him "Rin-sempai"]].
Rin "Rin-sempai" from that point onward.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Seems to believe this. He says at one point that success all comes down to talent because he doesn't seem to be improving. This attitude does ''not'' go over well with Rin. [[spoiler: Averted He changes his tune in Eternal Summer as he ends up and is shown training himself at night to improve his times.]]



** In episode 2, Iwatobi and Samezuka have a non-official relay against each other at the revival of the Iwatobi SC, he and Nagisa go against each other in the relay [[spoiler: Nagisa's stroke is shown to be faster and more refined than Nitori's, and Nagisa beats him in their leg of the relay]].

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** In episode 2, Iwatobi and Samezuka have a non-official relay against each other at the revival of the Iwatobi SC, he and Nagisa go against each other in the relay [[spoiler: Nagisa's stroke is shown to be faster and more refined than Nitori's, and Nagisa beats him in their leg of the relay]].relay.



* StalkerWithoutACrush: Rin accused Nitori of being one for him. He denies it, although his interactions with Rin make his feelings ambiguous of [[StalkerWithACrush being more.]]

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* StalkerWithoutACrush: Rin accused accuses Nitori of being stalking him at one for him. He denies it, although his interactions with Rin make his feelings ambiguous point in Season 1, and Nitori doesn't even deny it. His behavior also occasionally gives the impression of [[StalkerWithACrush being more.]]stronger feelings]].



* IneffectualLoner: The most aloof and solitary of the main cast, and also the one [[spoiler: hinted to have lost everything in the end]].

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* IneffectualLoner: The most aloof and solitary of the main cast, and also the one [[spoiler: hinted [[spoiler:hinted to have lost everything in the end]].end]]. It's also shown that being a loner since Rin left for Australia may have resulted in competitive success, but it also [[spoiler:drove him to a CareerEndingInjury]].



* TeamDad: Almost everything about his behaviors reflect this in him. From his overprotectiveness of Rin (especially when [[spoiler:confronting Haru in ES episode 2]]) to the way he acts around the other Samezuka swim team members. There are even long posts on tumblr about how he wears "dad outfits."

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* TeamDad: Almost everything about his behaviors reflect this in him. From his overprotectiveness of Rin (especially when [[spoiler:confronting confronting Haru in ES episode 2]]) 2) to the way he acts around the other Samezuka swim team members. There are even long posts on tumblr about how he wears "dad outfits."



* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:After parting ways with Rin in middle school, he went off to rigorously train himself so that one day he would compete with him. All that training, however, resulted in him damaging his right shoulder to the point that he'll never be able to swim professionally.]]

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* TrainingFromHell: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:After After parting ways with Rin in middle school, he went off to rigorously train himself so that one day he would compete with him. All that training, however, resulted in him damaging He ''did'' become a nationally-ranked Butterfly swimmer, [[spoiler:but he also damaged his right shoulder to the point that he'll never be able to swim professionally.]]
16th Apr '17 6:33:30 AM Wilderstorm
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Characters of ''Anime/{{Free}}''. Names are in western order. Characters and tropes specific to the movie should go [[Characters/HighSpeedFreeStartingDays here]]. '''Some major spoilers in trope names, proceed with caution'''

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Characters of ''Anime/{{Free}}''. Names are in western order. Characters and tropes specific to the movie should go [[Characters/HighSpeedFreeStartingDays here]]. '''Some

'''Spoilers for the events of Season 1 are unmarked. Some
major spoilers for ''Eternal Summer'' may appear in trope names, proceed names. Proceed with caution'''
caution.'''



* AmbiguouslyGay: Almost every single major male character show zero interest in women and have very, uh, intense friendships, to put it lightly. [[spoiler: Though the ambiguous part for Makoto and Haruka as well as Nitori is the most debatable.]]

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Almost every single major male character show zero interest in women and have very, uh, intense friendships, to put it lightly. [[spoiler: Though The "ambiguous" label is perhaps most questionable in the ambiguous part for cases of Makoto and Haruka as well as Nitori is the most debatable.]]Nitori.



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The whole point of [[spoiler: ''Eternal Summer''. While everyone seems to be moving forward with their lives, it seems that Haru is only wishing for time to stand still so he never has to step out of High School. Not because he wants to [[GrowingUpSucks stay a teenager forever]], but because he wants to have his friends around always and keep on swimming the way he wants to, being free from outside pressure. As he realizes that his friends are all following their own dreams while he obviously has none, as it appears each time more inevitable that they will soon have to part ways, he completely closes off and lashes out whenever asked about his plans for the future.]]

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The whole point of [[spoiler: His entire character arc during ''Eternal Summer''. While [[spoiler:While everyone seems to be moving forward with their lives, it seems that Haru is only wishing for time to stand still so he never has to step out of High School. Not because he wants to [[GrowingUpSucks stay a teenager forever]], but because he wants to have his friends around always and keep on swimming the way he wants to, being free from outside pressure. As he realizes that his friends are all following their own dreams while he obviously has none, as it appears each time more inevitable that they will soon have to part ways, he completely closes off and lashes out whenever asked about his plans for the future.]]



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:He had one in the end of Episode 7, when Rin won their qualifying relay and swore he wouldn't swim with Haru again. He got better after his team gave him a comforting pep-talk message on his phone. And Makoto [[HomoeroticSubtext asleep on the floor waiting for him]] helped as well.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:He had He has one in at the end of Episode 7, when after Rin won defeats him in their qualifying relay and swore claims he wouldn't will never swim with Haru again. He got gets better after his team gave gives him a comforting pep-talk message on his phone. And Makoto [[HomoeroticSubtext asleep on the floor waiting for him]] helped as well.]]



* NotSoAboveItAll: Stoic demeanor aside, he blushes and his eyes widen whenever Makoto mentions a cool new pool he can try out. [[spoiler: Also, the near-drowning incident shows us another side of him. See NotSoStoic.]]
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: Though mild at first he shows signs of being worried over Makoto's fear of the ocean in Episode 5. During the near-drowning incident we see him losing his cool and actually shaking with fear while Makoto is still unconscious. But pulls through it.]] It becomes more noticeable at the end of Episode 7. He looks so genuinely hurt when [[spoiler: Rin says he won't ever swim with him again, causing Haru to become troubled over his own motivations to swim. But by the end of it, Haru does get better thanks to Nagisa, Rei and Gou sending him a worried voicemail and finding Makoto waiting for him to come home. The whole latter half of Episode 9 even shows Haru with far more emotion when he admitted he felt happy to swim with the others.]] It gets to the point where calling him "stoic" is debatable.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Stoic demeanor aside, he blushes and his eyes widen whenever Makoto mentions a cool new pool he can try out. [[spoiler: Also, the near-drowning incident Makoto nearly drowning in Episode 5 shows us another side of him. See NotSoStoic.]]
him, too.
* NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: Though mild at first he shows signs of being worried over Makoto's fear of the ocean in Episode 5. During the near-drowning incident we see him losing his cool and actually shaking with fear while Makoto is still unconscious. But pulls Thankfully, he manages to work through it.]] it. It becomes even more noticeable at the end of Episode 7. He looks so genuinely hurt when [[spoiler: Rin says he won't ever swim with him again, causing Haru to become troubled over his own motivations to swim. But by the end of it, Haru does get better thanks to Nagisa, Rei and Gou sending him a worried voicemail and finding Makoto waiting for him to come home. The whole latter half of Episode 9 even shows Haru with far more emotion when he admitted he felt happy to swim with the others.]] others. It gets to the point where calling him "stoic" is debatable.



** Episode 9 of Eternal Summer [[spoiler: shows Haru actually angry enough to punch a locker and yell at Rin.]]

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** Episode 9 of Eternal Summer [[spoiler: shows [[spoiler:shows Haru actually angry enough to punch a locker and yell at Rin.]]



* SecurityBlanket: [[spoiler: In High Speed!, Haruka admits to himself that he keeps turning to water when feels uncomfortable or when he can't change anything. Like Rin moving to Australia when he was just warming up to him.]]

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* SecurityBlanket: [[spoiler: In High Speed!, Haruka admits to himself that he keeps turning to water comforts him when feels uncomfortable he is upset or when there is a distressing situation he can't change anything. Like do anything about (for instance, Rin moving to Australia when he Haru was just warming up to him.]]him).



* ShowerOfAngst: [[spoiler:Haru had this after he lost to Rin. With the trope, you know it's bad when Haru doesn't feel good with water. He got better after his teammates gave him a "we're here for you" call.]]
* TheStoic: He is first to be seen as this, but then episode 5 came along...

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* ShowerOfAngst: [[spoiler:Haru had this He takes one after he lost losing to Rin. With the trope, you Rin at prefecturals. You know it's bad when Haru doesn't feel good with water. He got better after his teammates gave him a "we're here for you" call.]]
is surrounded by water and still miserable.
* TheStoic: He is first to be seen as this, comes across like this at first, but then episode 5 came along...



* TheQuietOne: The least talkative of the group, his words are usually brief. [[spoiler:He talks more in later episodes, when he has opened up more.]]

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* TheQuietOne: The least talkative of the group, his words are usually brief. [[spoiler:He He talks more in later episodes, when he has opened up more.]]



* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He developed a fear of the ocean as a child, as a result of an old fisherman Makoto befriended and his crew drowning during a typhoon. Just some time before, the fisherman gave him the pet goldfishes he wanted to catch from a summer festival, but eventually died even with all the proper care Makoto did to ensure they lived long. However, he copes with that fear because he wanted to swim together with Haruka and the others.]]
* FaceYourFears: He's willing to hide his fear for the sake of the team. [[spoiler: When Rei needs saving in the ocean, Makoto hurries out to save him. He chokes up and also needs rescuing, but with the support of his friends he is more confident.]]

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He He developed a fear of the ocean as a child, as a result of an old fisherman Makoto befriended and his crew drowning during a typhoon. Just some time before, the fisherman gave him the pet goldfishes he wanted to catch from a summer festival, but eventually died even with all the proper care Makoto did to ensure they lived long. However, he copes with that fear because he wanted to swim together with Haruka and the others.]]
* FaceYourFears: He's willing to hide his fear for the sake of the team. [[spoiler: When Rei needs saving in the ocean, Makoto hurries out to save him. He chokes up goes under and also needs rescuing, to be rescued himself, but he grows more confident with the support of his friends he is more confident.]]friends.



* StaticCharacter: Nagisa remains the same throughout the series, he starts out bubbly and cute and is bubbly and cute consistently through the story, he's also the only one of the main characters as of episode 11 to not have an episode feature his CharacterDevelopment or past, aside from the brief moments he is seen as a kid in Haruka, Makoto, and Rin's memories. [[spoiler:Averted in the second season.]]

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* StaticCharacter: Nagisa remains the same throughout the series, he starts out bubbly and cute and is bubbly and cute consistently through the story, he's also the only one of the main characters as of episode 11 to not have an episode feature his CharacterDevelopment or past, aside from the brief moments he is seen as a kid in Haruka, Makoto, and Rin's memories. [[spoiler:Averted He gets more development in the second season.]]



* TearsOfJoy: During episode 12, he cries tears of happiness [[spoiler: when the team, with Rin, wins the relay]].

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* TearsOfJoy: During episode 12, he cries tears of happiness [[spoiler: when the team, with Rin, their team wins the relay]].relay with Rin.



* {{Expy}}: Blue hair, glasses, [[TheSmartGuy the smart one in group]] with dorky side, and [[spoiler:can't swim]] at first to lesser extent. Grown-up [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Kido Joe]]?

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* {{Expy}}: Blue hair, glasses, [[TheSmartGuy the smart one in group]] with dorky side, and [[spoiler:can't swim]] can't swim at first to lesser extent. Grown-up [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Kido Joe]]?



* HeroicSacrifice: Not the death kind, obviously. Instead, [[spoiler: he gives up his spot on the relay team so Rin can swim with his teammates again.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: Not the death kind, obviously. Instead, [[spoiler: In Episode 12, he gives up his spot on the relay team so Rin can swim with his teammates again.]]



* IdiotBall: Episode 5. [[spoiler: Despite being a raw beginner who's only ''just'' learned to swim, Rei decides to do some extra long-distance swim training alone, in the ocean, in the middle of the night when everyone else is in bed, and does not so much as bother to leave a note about where he's gone. Then a random storm rolls in...]]

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* IdiotBall: Episode 5. [[spoiler: Despite being a raw beginner who's only ''just'' learned to swim, Rei decides to do some extra long-distance swim training alone, in the ocean, in the middle of the night when everyone else is in bed, and does not so much as bother to leave a note about where he's gone. Then a random storm rolls in...]]



* KirkSummation: Gave a passionate one against Rin in Episode 11, questioning why he decided to do a relay against Iwatobi when Rin [[spoiler: swore not to swim with Haruka again.]]

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* KirkSummation: Gave a passionate one against Rin in Episode 11, questioning why he decided to do a relay against Iwatobi when Rin [[spoiler: swore not to swim with Haruka again.]]



** Because of this status he actually shares some different, oddly refreshing, views compared to his team mates. ''Especially'' with things related to Rin. [[spoiler: His thoughts on Rin aren't tinted with nostalgia, so he's a little harsher in his opinions on Rin after his more JerkAss moments. Also, he's the only one to notice and actually feel put out by the fact the team's original goal to do well in the nationals has become related to beating/keeping up with Rin, instead of just having a good time and being proud of what they can achieve.]]

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** Because of this status he actually shares some different, oddly refreshing, views compared to his team mates. ''Especially'' with things related to Rin. [[spoiler: His thoughts on Rin aren't tinted with nostalgia, so he's a little harsher in his opinions on Rin after his more JerkAss moments. Also, he's Rin's obnoxious {{Jerkass}} behavior. He's also the only one to notice and actually feel put out by the fact the team's original goal to do well in the nationals has become related to beating/keeping up with Rin, instead of just having a good time and being proud of what they can achieve.]]



** [[spoiler:He was thoroughly outclassed by nearly all of his fellow swimmers in Australia, which crippled his self-confidence and his desire to swim.]]

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** [[spoiler:He He was thoroughly outclassed by nearly all of his fellow swimmers in Australia, which crippled his self-confidence and his desire to swim.]]



* AnxietyDreams[=/=]DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: In Episode 7, he has one that begins with his younger self and Gou walking with their father's [[spoiler:funeral procession after he died in a typhoon]]. It proceeds from there with his fear that he'll always be [[AlwaysSecondBest second to Haru]], and that by extension he'll never be able to carry on his father's Olympic dreams.
* BenchedHero: [[spoiler:During TheStinger of Episode 11, Seijuurou removes him from the Samezuka relay because his mind is too focused on beating Haru instead of working with his own team.]]

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* AnxietyDreams[=/=]DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: In Episode 7, he has one that begins with his younger self and Gou walking with their father's [[spoiler:funeral funeral procession after he died in a typhoon]].typhoon. It proceeds from there with his fear that he'll always be [[AlwaysSecondBest second to Haru]], and that by extension he'll never be able to carry on his father's Olympic dreams.
* BenchedHero: [[spoiler:During During TheStinger of Episode 11, Seijuurou removes him from the Samezuka relay because his mind is too focused on beating Haru instead of working with his own team.]]



* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Rin finally does beat Haru and declares that he'll never swim with him again, but it's obvious that Rin is still miserable. Then he sees how the new Iwatobi team swims together, and is clearly [[GreenEyedMonster jealous and bitter]] about the fact that Rei has taken "his place" (butterfly) in the relay and that they can win without him. Rin spends most of Episode 9 breaking down as a result.]]
* CantCatchUp: [[spoiler:While in Australia, Rin had trouble competing again the other swimmers and couldn't even communicate well because of the language barrier. Rin came to the conclusion that he had to do everything alone, and that the relay with his friends was distracting him from his goal. His frustrations eventually led him to quit shortly before the events of the anime, but swimming against Haru in the first episode reignites his drive to swim.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Rin Rin finally does beat Haru and declares that he'll never swim with him again, but it's obvious that Rin is still miserable.this didn't actually solve any of Rin's issues. Then he sees how the new Iwatobi team swims together, and is clearly [[GreenEyedMonster jealous and bitter]] about the fact that Rei has taken "his place" (butterfly) in the relay and that they can win without him. Rin spends most of Episode 9 breaking down as a result.]]
In Episode 11, his unhealthy obsession with beating Iwatobi gets him kicked off Samezuka's relay team.
* CantCatchUp: [[spoiler:While While in Australia, Rin had trouble competing again the other swimmers and couldn't even communicate well because of the language barrier. Rin came to the conclusion that he had to do everything alone, and that the relay with his friends was distracting him from his goal. His frustrations eventually led him to quit shortly before the events of the anime, but swimming against Haru in the first episode reignites his drive to swim.]]



* CheerfulChild: Used to be, but his behavior changed when [[spoiler:he went abroad to Australia and became discouraged when most of his classmates were able to swim faster than him. Haruka beating him when he returned to Japan during a school vacation was his breaking point.]]

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* CheerfulChild: Used to be, but his behavior changed when [[spoiler:he he went abroad to Australia and became discouraged when most of his classmates were able to swim faster than him. Haruka beating him when he returned to Japan during a school vacation was his breaking point.]]



* DisappearedDad: It turns out that he [[spoiler:died in a typhoon during Rin and Gou's childhood.]]

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* DisappearedDad: It turns out that he [[spoiler:died died in a typhoon during Rin and Gou's childhood.]]



* EmbarrassingNickname: During Elementary School, Haruka and Nagisa called him "Rin-Rin", and he didn't like it at all. [[spoiler:When this comes up in High Speed!, Rin explains that he was bullied and called "Rin-Rin" at his old school, and he's scared of being bullied again]].
** [[spoiler:Nagisa calls him "Rin-Rin" once more in episode 12, and he doesn't seem to mind.]]

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* EmbarrassingNickname: During Elementary School, Haruka and Nagisa called him "Rin-Rin", and he didn't like it at all. [[spoiler:When When this comes up in High Speed!, Rin explains that he was bullied and called "Rin-Rin" at his old school, and he's scared of being bullied again]].
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** [[spoiler:Nagisa Nagisa calls him "Rin-Rin" once more in near the end of episode 12, and he doesn't seem to mind.]]



** [[spoiler: Though he gets over it by the end of the season. In the next season he teases Rei when he sees that they're both swimming butterfly, and when Rei asks spends quite a bit of time and effort teaching him to swim other styles.]]
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Travels all the way to ''Australia'' to get the necessary training to beat Haruka. When he comes back to Japan to start highschool and beats Haruka, he becomes upset—most likely because Haruka didn't seem to put in his utmost effort (or he just didn't even care that he lost, because he doesn't care about winning or losing). He doesn't fully accept this as a satisfying win because either Haruka went easy on him, or, because Haruka just wasn't devastated by the loss like Rin would have been. [[spoiler: Then it's revealed he sometimes returned to Japan every so often, and once challenged Haruka when they both went to see their old club. He lost to him ''again'' and then told Haruka he was quitting swimming.]]

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** [[spoiler: Though he He gets over it by the end of the season. In the next season season, he teases Rei when he sees that they're both swimming butterfly, and when Rei asks spends [[spoiler:spends quite a bit of time and effort teaching him Rei to swim other styles.]]
strokes when he asks]].
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Travels all the way to ''Australia'' to get the necessary training to beat Haruka. When he comes back to Japan to start highschool and beats Haruka, he becomes upset—most likely because Haruka didn't seem to put in his utmost effort (or he just didn't even care that he lost, because he doesn't care about winning or losing). He doesn't fully accept this as a satisfying win because either Haruka went easy on him, or, because Haruka just wasn't devastated by the loss like Rin would have been. [[spoiler: Then Later, it's revealed that he sometimes returned to Japan every so often, and once challenged Haruka when they both went to see their old club. He lost to him ''again'' and then [[SoreLoser told Haruka he was quitting swimming.]]swimming]].



** [[spoiler:Played with in the end of Episode 7, Haru trained to keep going on personal bests before the prefectural tournament, but Rin won in their seed and swore he wouldn't swim with him anymore. However, Haru hasn't been seriously training for years because of the incident in the past when he beat Rin and Rin told him he was quitting swimming. Thought note that Haruka only had a month or so to train, ultimately making this victory hollow.]]
** [[spoiler:In Episode 11, he reveals that he blames swimming in a relay for affecting his performance since no matter how hard he practiced, he couldn't get the results he wanted.]]

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** [[spoiler:Played Played with in at the end of Episode 7, Haru trained to keep going on personal bests before the prefectural tournament, but Rin won in their seed and swore he wouldn't swim with him anymore. However, Haru hasn't been seriously training for years because of the above-mentioned incident in the past when he beat Rin and Rin told him he was quitting swimming. Thought note that ended in Rin quitting. Haruka only had a month or so to train, ultimately making this ''this'' victory hollow.]]
hollow, too.
** [[spoiler:In In Episode 11, he reveals that he blames swimming in a relay for affecting his performance since no matter how hard he practiced, he couldn't get the results he wanted.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: After meeting his team mates for the first time in years, he insults Haruka for still hanging out with Makoto and Nagisa, the latter two he doesn't even acknowledge. After an unsuccessful attempt to race Haruka, [[spoiler: he takes the trophy they had worked so hard for as children and tosses it aside, saying he doesn't need it anymore.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: After meeting his team mates for the first time in years, he insults Haruka for still hanging out with Makoto and Nagisa, the latter two he doesn't even acknowledge. After an unsuccessful attempt to race Haruka, [[spoiler: he takes the trophy they had worked so hard for as children and tosses it aside, saying he doesn't need it anymore.]]



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As it turns out, he's really not that bad and is actually [[spoiler: just depressed that Haruka won't race him again in tip-top shape. And also shows genuine concern about Makoto facing the ocean.]]

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: As it turns out, he's really not that bad and is actually [[spoiler: just depressed dealing with some significant personal issues that Haruka won't race him again in tip-top shape. And he eventually works through. He also shows genuine concern about Makoto facing the ocean.]]ocean in Episode 5, and has a couple of PetTheDog moments with Nitori.



* LastNameBasis: He simply calls Nitori "Nitori", which is his family name [[spoiler:but they develop a FirstNameBasis in episode 12, where Rin calls Nitori the AffectionateNickname "Ai"]].

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* LastNameBasis: He simply calls refers to Nitori "Nitori", which is exclusively by his family name [[spoiler:but they develop a for most of Season 1. They graduate to FirstNameBasis in episode 12, where 12; Rin calls Nitori the AffectionateNickname "Ai"]]."Ai", and Nitori switches from "Matsuoka-senpai" to "Rin-senpai".



* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Calls Nitori by his first name in episode 12, to Nitori's delight.]]

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* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Calls Calls Nitori by his first name in episode 12, to Nitori's delight.]]delight. There are other moments in Eternal Summer.



* ReplacementGoldfish: Rin felt like the "replaced" part of this trope when Rei was the butterfly swimmer in Iwatobi's team relay.
** [[spoiler: Subverted when HE turns out to replace REI in the final relay.]]

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* ReplacementGoldfish: Rin felt feels like the "replaced" part of this trope when he watches Rei was the swim butterfly swimmer in Iwatobi's team relay.
relay team.
** [[spoiler: Subverted Played with when HE turns out to replace REI ''Rin'' replaces ''Rei'' in the final relay.]]



* TookALevelInJerkass: After coming back overseas. [[spoiler: It is hinted in his talk with Rei and the end card in Episode 11 that disappointment after disappointment of his swimming combined with being alone in a foreign country was enough to make the once idealistic, cheerful child the jaded teen we see today.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler:After the climax of episode 12. He still shows traces of grumpiness, but he's more like the child he once was.]]

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* TookALevelInJerkass: After coming back overseas. [[spoiler: It is hinted in his talk with Rei and the end card in Episode 11 that disappointment after disappointment of his swimming combined with being alone in a foreign country was enough to make the once idealistic, cheerful child the jaded teen we see today.]]
today.
* TookALevelInKindness: [[spoiler:After After the climax of episode 12. He still shows traces of grumpiness, but he's much friendlier and more like the child he once was.]]open with his emotions.



* {{Tsundere}}: Even after [[spoiler:episode 12, his sister and Nagisa both outright say he needs to be more honest with his feelings.]] Nitori even calls him one once.

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* {{Tsundere}}: {{Tsundere}}:
**
Even after [[spoiler:episode episode 12, his sister and Nagisa both outright say he needs to be more honest with his feelings.]] feelings. Nitori even calls him one once.



* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Rin began to swim competitively because he wanted to live out his father's missed out dream as an Olympic swimmer. His father decided to quit his dream when he married and be able to properly raise his son and daughter, but eventually he [[spoiler: died from a typhoon during his work as a fisherman to never live it at all.]]

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* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Rin began to swim competitively because he wanted to live out his father's missed out dream as an Olympic swimmer. His father decided to quit put off his dream when swimming career so he married and would be able to support his family and properly raise his son and daughter, but eventually he [[spoiler: died from a typhoon during when his work as fishing boat was caught in a fisherman typhoon. Rin feels like he has to never live it at all.]]be a great swimmer and make up for the opportunities his father lost.



** [[spoiler: He goes back to being their friend in episode 12.]]

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** [[spoiler: He goes back to being their friend in episode 12.]]
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* InnocentFanserviceGuy: He's not stripping to show off, he just ''really'' needs to be in the pool ''this instant''.



** [[spoiler: He was especially hit with this badly overseas, crippling his self-confidence and his desire to swim.]]
* AloofBigBrother: Gou worries about his well-being throughout Season 1, but he rarely interacts with her and is almost as dismissive of his sister as he is of his old friends.

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** [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He was especially hit with this badly overseas, crippling thoroughly outclassed by nearly all of his fellow swimmers in Australia, which crippled his self-confidence and his desire to swim.]]
* AloofBigBrother: Gou worries about his well-being throughout Season 1, but he rarely interacts with her and is almost as dismissive of his sister as he is of his old friends. He communicates more in Eternal Summer, but Sousuke does chide him and say he should pay more attention to her.



* AnxietyDreams[=/=]DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: In Episode 7, he had one of Haru being a symbolic representation of the level he needed to catch up, to reach his father's talent and efforts. This follows a memory of his younger self and Gou walking with their father's [[spoiler: last rites from dying in a typhoon.]]
* BenchedHero: [[spoiler:During TheStinger of Episode 11, Seijuurou removes him from the Samezuka relay because his mind is too focused on beating Haru instead of winning with his own team.]]

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* AnxietyDreams[=/=]DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: In Episode 7, he had has one of Haru being a symbolic representation of the level he needed to catch up, to reach his father's talent and efforts. This follows a memory of that begins with his younger self and Gou walking with their father's [[spoiler: last rites [[spoiler:funeral procession after he died in a typhoon]]. It proceeds from dying in a typhoon.]]
there with his fear that he'll always be [[AlwaysSecondBest second to Haru]], and that by extension he'll never be able to carry on his father's Olympic dreams.
* BenchedHero: [[spoiler:During TheStinger of Episode 11, Seijuurou removes him from the Samezuka relay because his mind is too focused on beating Haru instead of winning working with his own team.]]



* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler: After beating Haru and declaring he'll never swim with him again he sees how the team swim together and acts jealous and angry at how they replaced him with Rei, with Haruka being the one who wins the team the victory. He pretty much spends Episode 9 breaking down as a result.]]
* CantCatchUp: [[spoiler:While in Australia, Rin had trouble competing again the other swimmers and felt left out of their league. Rin concluded his efforts were clouded because the relay with his friends was distracting him from his goal. His frustrations made him want to quit, but swimming against Haru in the first episode reignites his drive to swim.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler: After beating [[spoiler:Rin finally does beat Haru and declaring declares that he'll never swim with him again again, but it's obvious that Rin is still miserable. Then he sees how the new Iwatobi team swim together swims together, and acts is clearly [[GreenEyedMonster jealous and angry at how bitter]] about the fact that Rei has taken "his place" (butterfly) in the relay and that they replaced him with Rei, with Haruka being the one who wins the team the victory. He pretty much can win without him. Rin spends most of Episode 9 breaking down as a result.]]
* CantCatchUp: [[spoiler:While in Australia, Rin had trouble competing again the other swimmers and felt left out of their league. Rin concluded his efforts were clouded couldn't even communicate well because of the language barrier. Rin came to the conclusion that he had to do everything alone, and that the relay with his friends was distracting him from his goal. His frustrations made eventually led him want to quit, quit shortly before the events of the anime, but swimming against Haru in the first episode reignites his drive to swim.]]



* CheerfulChild: Used to be, but his behavior changed when [[spoiler:he went abroad to Australia and became discouraged when most of his classmates were able to swim faster than him. Haruka beating him when he returned to Japan was his breaking point.]]

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* CheerfulChild: Used to be, but his behavior changed when [[spoiler:he went abroad to Australia and became discouraged when most of his classmates were able to swim faster than him. Haruka beating him when he returned to Japan during a school vacation was his breaking point.]]



* CuteLittleFangs: As a child.
* DeathGlare: Can give a nasty one.

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* CuteLittleFangs: As a child.
child. There are also moments during the current events of the anime where his [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily sharklike teeth]] are less pronounced and look more like cute fangs.
* DeathGlare: Can give He has a nasty one.one in the first season, but [[TookALevelInKindness not so much]] in Eternal Summer.



* DraggedIntoDrag: Rather than be forced to quit the team, he begrudgingly agrees to take part in the maid cafe. Mikoshiba, Nitori, and even his sister all think he wears it well.
* EmbarrassingNickname: During Elementary School, Haruka and Nagisa called him "Rin-Rin", and he didn't like it at all [[spoiler: when this comes up in High Speed! Rin explains to Haruka that at his old school, he was called "Rin-Rin" there as well and got bullied about it and is scared of being bullied again]].
** [[spoiler: Nagisa calls him "Rin-Rin" once more in episode 12, though he takes it quite well.]]
* EvilRedhead: Subverted in that he's not actually ''evil'', per se, just the rival.

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* DraggedIntoDrag: Rather than be forced to quit the team, he begrudgingly agrees to take part in the maid cafe. Mikoshiba, Nitori, and even his sister all think [[AttractiveBentGender he wears it well.
well]].
* EmbarrassingNickname: During Elementary School, Haruka and Nagisa called him "Rin-Rin", and he didn't like it at all [[spoiler: when all. [[spoiler:When this comes up in High Speed! Speed!, Rin explains to Haruka that at his old school, he was bullied and called "Rin-Rin" there as well at his old school, and got bullied about it and is he's scared of being bullied again]].
** [[spoiler: Nagisa [[spoiler:Nagisa calls him "Rin-Rin" once more in episode 12, though and he takes it quite well.doesn't seem to mind.]]
* EvilRedhead: Subverted in that he's He's not actually ''evil'', per se, just but he is Haruka's rival and quite the rival.{{Jerkass}} in the first season.
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Haruka's rival and former childhood friend, who went overseas for three years and returned with a different personality. Attends Iwatobi's rival school. He trained in [[JackOfAllStats all four swimming styles]] even as a kid, his best style being butterfly, but his preferred solo medley style is presumed to be free stroke to compete against [[TheRival Haruka]].

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Haruka's rival and former childhood friend, who went overseas for three years and returned with a different personality. Attends Iwatobi's rival school. He trained in [[JackOfAllStats all four swimming styles]] even as a kid, his best style being butterfly, but his preferred solo medley style is presumed to be specializing in butterfly. He focuses on free stroke to during the events of the anime so he can compete against [[TheRival Haruka]].Haruka]], but swims both freestyle and butterfly individually.



** He has a tendency to rub the back of his neck.

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** He has a tendency to rub rubs the back of his neck. neck when he's embarrassed or annoyed.
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* [[spoiler:[[EducationMama Education Mama and Papa]]: His parents are very demanding when it comes to academic success, often at the expense of Nagisa's happiness. They enrolled him in a very strict middle school where he did nothing but study, and they only allowed him to transfer to Iwatobi with his friends when they noticed how unmotivated and miserable Nagisa was feeling. When his grades in Iwatobi drop, they tell him to quit the swimming club and focus on his studies.]]

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* [[spoiler:[[EducationMama [[EducationMama Education Mama and Papa]]: His parents are very demanding when it comes to academic success, often [[spoiler:often at the expense of Nagisa's happiness. They enrolled him in a very strict middle school where he did nothing but study, and they only allowed him to transfer to Iwatobi with his friends when they noticed how unmotivated and miserable Nagisa was feeling. When his grades in Iwatobi drop, they tell him to quit the swimming club and focus on his studies.]]



* [[spoiler:TheRunaway: Runs away from home after his parents try to force him to quit the swim club.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheRunaway: Runs TheRunaway: [[spoiler:He briefly runs away from home after his parents try to force him to quit the swim club.]]



* [[spoiler:StepfordSmiler: In episode 5 of season 2. See Education Mama above.]]

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* [[spoiler:StepfordSmiler: In StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler:In episode 5 of season 2. See Education Mama above.]]



* EpicFail: His attempts to swim anything other than Butterfly in Season 1. ''Especially'' the "dive" (read: flop) into Samezuka's pool at their first joint practice.



%%* TheDitz

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%%* TheDitz* TheDitz: She's often a little spacey, and her [[IceCreamKoan literary references]] rarely make any sense.
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->'''Voiced by:''' Chihiro Suzuki, Creator/RinaSato (young) (Japanese), Creator/EricVale, Creator/TiaBallard (young) (English)

An old middle school friend to Haru and Makoto. He reunites with them in ''Eternal Summer'' when Makoto begins teaching his little brother how to swim. He has more focus in ''Starting Days'', where he is shown to be an avid basketball player.

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->'''Voiced by:''' Chihiro Suzuki, Creator/ChihiroSuzuki, Creator/RinaSato (young) (Japanese), Creator/EricVale, Creator/TiaBallard (young) (English)

An old middle school friend to Haru and Makoto. He reunites with them in ''Eternal Summer'' when Makoto begins teaching his little brother Hayato how to swim. He has more focus in ''Starting Days'', where he is shown to be an avid basketball player.
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* MaybeEverAfter / OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Heavily implied. He follows Makoto to to Tokyo and moves near him at the end of the second season.]]



* MaybeEverAfter / OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Heavily implied he's together with Haruka when they leave together to go to Tokyo at the end of the second season.]]
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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The whole point of [[spoiler: ''Eternal Summer''. While everyone seems to be moving foward with their lives, it seems that Haru is only wishing for time to stand still so he never has to step out of High School. Not because he wants to [[GrowingUpSucks stay a teenager forever]], but because he wants to have his friends around always and keep on swimming the way he wants to, being free from outside pressure. As he realizes that his friends are all following their own dreams while he obviously has none, as it appears each time more inevitable that they will soon have to part ways, he completely closes off and lashes out whenever asked about his plans for the future.]]

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The whole point of [[spoiler: ''Eternal Summer''. While everyone seems to be moving foward forward with their lives, it seems that Haru is only wishing for time to stand still so he never has to step out of High School. Not because he wants to [[GrowingUpSucks stay a teenager forever]], but because he wants to have his friends around always and keep on swimming the way he wants to, being free from outside pressure. As he realizes that his friends are all following their own dreams while he obviously has none, as it appears each time more inevitable that they will soon have to part ways, he completely closes off and lashes out whenever asked about his plans for the future.]]
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