This is a list of the characters featured in HajimeNoIppo. Very incomplete, so please help?

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!!'''Ippo Makunouchi'''
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->Voiced by: KoheiKiyasu (JP), Creator/SteveStaley (EN)

A shy, humble boy, Ippo lost his father Kazuo at a very young age and now spends his free time helping his mother run their fishing boat business. His introverted nature naturally attracts bullies who like to beat him up.

During one of those beating-up sessions, he is saved by Mamoru Takamura, who takes him to the Kamogawa boxing gym where he also discovers his powerful punch. Turns out working your life long lifting extremely heavy stuff builds a muscle or two. Ippo joins the Kamogawa gym and begins his boxing career to find out the meaning of strength.

Ippo is truly an unwritten paper of a student, closely following what he is taught to the best of his ability. He is famous for his ridiculously powerful punching power and endurance, often giving him spectacular comeback K.O.s. His defense isn't bad either, as he uses the peek-a-boo style of Mike Tyson. Despite his shy behaviour outside the ring, he shows remarkable courage and determination inside it. He is the current Japanese featherweight champion and ranked 7th in the WBC rankings.
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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Was bullied at school because of his sort-of part time work as a fisherman.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Due to his attitude towards Kumi and Miyata.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' insult his FireForgedFriends. Never ''ever''!
** [[spoiler: To put this into perspective, this is what Ippo did to a guy (Kojima Hisato) that did exactly that and took it WAY too far! [[http://z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/231/93-921.0/compressed/i921.14.jpg?v=11294842205 The]] [[http://z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/231/93-921.0/compressed/i921.15.jpg?v=11294842205 Beginning]]. [[http://z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/231/93-935.0/compressed/g935.08.jpg?v=11305366270 Middle]]. [[http://z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/231/93-939.0/compressed/s939.09.jpg?v=11307773588 End]]. And the [[http://z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/231/93-945.0/compressed/d945.16.jpg?v=11312070548 Aftermath.]] To be more precise, Ippo punched a man so hard, he doesn't even remember '''FIGHTING''' him, so yeah. Again. Do. Not. Fuck. With Ippo's FireForgedFriends!]]
** He also ''does not'' like boxers that cheat in boxing.
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Dog]]: Eventually becomes the owner of a dog, Wanpo.
* ButtMonkey
* ChickMagnet: Has three girls fighting over him.
* CovertPervert: Was caught peeking at Takamura's porno magazines and was okay with the idea of Takamura lending him porno videos. Secretly, of course. He also jumped at Dr.Yamaguchi's "invitation". Oddly enough he rarely has any these thoughts around the girl he likes, Kumi. It's mainly just modest male urges, and even then nothing too perverted.
** Special mention goes to when a popular reporter came to visit the gym, asked to spar with him, and he allowed her to hit him for a better *cough*view*cough*.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* {{Determinator}}
* DisappearedDad: His father Kazuo died when he was a child, and we don't know about his relatives aside of his mother Hiroko.
* TheDutifulSon
* ExtremeDoormat. At first.
* GagPenis: He is ''very'' well endowed.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Wanpo.
* HeyItsThatVoice: ''The'' other role by KoheiKiyasu, aside of [[ThePrinceOfTennis Kaoru Kaidoh]]. In the Latin-American dub he sounds like an OlderAndWiser [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} Ash Ketchum]], and MUCH [[{{Narm}} lulz]] have been had at expense of this.
* HumbleHero
* IJustWantToBeBadass
* InvincibleHero: He wins almost all of his fights. And ''always'' by KO. Somewhat justified as he ''literally'' can't win in any other way, due to his boxing style.
* MagneticHero: Earns the respect of many boxers he met.
* MightyGlacier -> LightningBruiser: At the beginning, he only has his strength and endurance. He later gains incredible dashing speed, weaving ability (is able to dodge completely Shigeta's rapid fire "Shotgun" punch and Mashiba's flicker) and the SpamAttack Dempsey Roll. His nickname ''God of Wind'' derives from his ability to deal very powerful blows quite rapidly.
* {{Otaku}}: This guy probably knows more about Miyata's matches than Miyata's own father, to the point of being able to reenact the whole thing. [[spoiler:Actually, ''he'' was the first one to figure out the reason behind Miyata cancelling his match against Ippo. ]]
* ShrinkingViolet
* SignatureMove: Gazelle Punch, Liver Blow, Dempsey Roll, and the Tekken.
* SubmissiveBadass: Might as well be the king of this trope. He comes off as very threatening to his enemies and is able to put considerable pressure on them - that doesn't stop him from being a meek and shy person outside the ring. It's also why he ''never'' goes into the ring with the mentality of defending his title, because he dislikes thinking of himself as stronger than his opponents.
* PowerOfTrust: Has this going on with coach Kamogawa and his training. ''Much'' of his determination comes from the fact that he refuses to give up unless he has put ''everything'' he was taught to use. He comes back from the brink of a K.O. multiple times simply because he felt like hadn't used everything he learned yet.
* RedBaron: God of Wind.
* TookALevelInBadass
* TwiceShy: With Kumi.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: His Dempsey Roll.


!!'''Mamoru Takamura'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/RikiyaKoyama (JP), Eddie Frierson (EN)

Big, loud-mouthed, perverted and mean, Takamura is a jerk. He is also undefeated two-time world champion and the idol of everyone at the Kamogawa gym. Because despite his bullying behaviour, he is something of a big brother to the other boxers: he is the one that got all of them into boxing and occasionally uses his vast knowledge to give them advice. Due to his status as the golden champion, he's also their idol. As much as he looks like someone with a giant ego and nothing to back it up, Takamura is something of a GuileHero, rarely being defeated in anything even unrelated to boxing. He used to be a delinquent feared by everyone on the streets, until coach Kamogawa discovered him and got him into boxing, for which Takamura is very thankful. And despite his normally dirty behaviour, he is honest and serious about boxing. Despite being a natural genius, he is also a hard worker.

We first meet Takamura as he saves Ippo from bullies and takes him to the boxing gym. He has a troubled (due to his jerkass personality) but nontheless close relationship to coach Kamogawa. Kamogawa notes that he loves to see Takamura fight in the ring. Takamura is actually the disinherited middle son of the Takamura Development company. He was kicked out after starting a huge fight during one of his older brother Suguru's rugby matches. (Despite that, his sister and little brother still support him.)

Takamura gains his first title in an epic fight against Bryan Hawk, WBC Junior Middleweight Champion. He later climbs up a weight class and fights against David Eagle for the next title. Another one of his most notable feats is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny beating a bear in a fight]]. The story even made it into the local news, which resulted in the temporary nickname ''Bearslayer''. It also gave him three huge scars on his chest, but those only make him look even manlier.

WordOfGod has it that he's the best boxer in the series. He's described in-story as the ideal boxer, combining athleticism and skill as well as intelligence and instincts. His strength and stamina are almost superhuman and his instincts border on the supernatural. Upon their first meeting, Kamogawa described him as a "diamond that didn't need to be polished", easily able to take the Japanese title at that point already. Kamogawa also believes that Takamura has completely surpassed his teachings and thus often lets him fight however he wants in the ring. He's only had real trouble in two fights so far (his two matches for the world title) and often knocks out his opponent in the first round [[ShowyInvincibleHero in showy fashion]]. Due to his boxing insight, he often serves as the MrExposition during matches of other people.

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* TheAce: Takamura is one of the most invincible characters in the series along with Ricardo Martinez. Not only is he undefeated with every win a KO (despite his weight management handicap), he has accomplished feats such as [=KOing=] a bear, lifting a truck and defeating a troupe of wild monkeys.
* AnimalMotifs: Multiple, actually. The hawk, the bear and the rhinoceros beetle. Every fighter he has fought since winning the WBC Jr. Middleweight Championship has been named after an animal (Rickey Mouse, David "Golden" Eagle, Ronald Duck)
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: He's good. And he knows it. And he'll make sure everyone around him knows it.
* {{Badass}}: And HOW.
* BadassBoast: Pulls one on Hawk, although he only ''thinks'' it.
--> "That cocky little mug. I bet you never lost a fight before, have you...? But ''that's because''...'''''I've never been...TO AMERICA!!!'''''"
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: It's Takamura going berserk that ultimately and finally turns the tides against the unorthodox Hawk at the darkest moment of the fight. Against the by-the-books Eagle, it's remembering his boxing training with Kamogawa to guide his hands when he couldn't see any more.
* BearsAreBadNews: [[spoiler: He has to box with a MamaBear. He lives to tell. [[GoodScarsEvilScars And gains the scars to prove it]].]]
* BigBrotherMentor: In an, uhm, ''special'' way.
* BoisterousBruiser
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Absolutely BadAss as a boxer. Almost absolutely JerkAss when not at work or at training.
* CasanovaWannabe
* CherryTapping: Beating an opponent with just his left.
* CombatCommentator
* {{Determinator}}
* {{Deuteragonist}}
* [[FallenPrincess Fallen Prince]]
* FinishingMove: Averted. Takamura does ''not'' have a Sunday Punch.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His are good. And very ''Badass''.
* GuileHero: A master of the IndyPloy when in the ring.
* JapaneseDelinquents: What he used to be in the past.
* {{Jerkass}}: oh, boooooy.
** [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerk With A]] HiddenHeartOfGold: He certainly is a jerkass without remorse in every circumstance but ''one'': Boxing. He not only swore that he would never be dishonest about boxing, it is the only time he will act genuinely helpful to his gym mates, adopting a kind of big brother relationship with Ippo. He was even protective of ''[[ButtMonkey Aoki]]'' despite bullying him almost daily otherwise, simply because he felt that the sport itself was tainted by Aoki's opponent and his coach.
*** His introduction, significantly, is a major PetTheDog moment--saving Ippo from the bullies and [[DareToBeBadass challenging him to become strong.]]
* LightningBruiser
* MeaningfulName: ''Taka'' means hawk. Thus, his nickname in the ring is ''The Japanese Hawk''.
* MrExposition: Usually serves as this during the matches of other people
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: His skills and fighting style as well as attitude were based on Sugar Ray Robinson, the man who has been cited as ''the greatest boxer who ever lived''.
* PowerLimiter: In a way, his weight management. Because Japan lacks boxers in higher weight classes, Takamura needs to lose a lot of weight in order to fight in the lighter weight classes. Because of that he never really fought a boxing match being at Full Power.
* RatedMForManly
* RedBaron: Japanese Hawk, Bear Slayer.
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: "I've won against ''a bear''! I'll tear you to to shreds!"
* ScarsAreForever: Three scars on his chest from a fight with a bear.
* SempaiKohai
* ShowyInvincibleHero
* SirSwearsalot
* SmallNameBigEgo: In everything BUT Boxing.
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* TestosteronePoisoning
* TrainingFromHell: He subjects others ''and'' himself to this. In his case, he has to forcibly keep himself '''five''' classes underweight for a title match since there's a general lack of credibility in the Pacific Heavyweight scene.
* TraumaticHaircut: Minor but still significant, he loses his trademark hairstyle after a severe beating by Hawk. [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] occurs as every fan will tell you [[http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu328/Smokie1/takamura8.jpg he looks downright]] ''[[EvenTheGuysWantHim beautiful]]'' that way.
* TricksterArchetype
* TheUnfavourite: He was disinherited for crying out loud!
* UnstoppableRage: Against Hawk. ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Big fucking time.]]''
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* VolleyingInsults: With Date.
* WhatTheHellHero: Deals these to Ippo ''twice'': once when he thinks he's not serious enough as a boxer, later [[spoiler: when he almost falls victim to Kobashi's tactics]].
** OTOH, he's also often in the receiving end. His {{Jerkass}} behavior is often brought up by many others, and TeamDad Kamogawa [[AmusingInjuries beats him up with his cane]] when he goes too far.
* WorldsBestWarrior: WordOfGod calls him the best fighter in the series.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs


!!'''Masaru Aoki'''

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->Voiced by: Creator/WataruTakagi (JP), Jim Taggert (EN)

Ippo's senpai and Kimura's best friend. Aoki provides much of the gym's comic relief and exercises one of the world's most unusual fighting styles. A few of his signature techniques include the fan-favorite Frog Punch, double punch, an untorqued (ineffective) corkscrew punch, and the utterly ridiculous Lookaway (which has also been adopted by Takamura). In the past, he and Kimura were the toughest high-school thugs around, but now Aoki's real job is at a ramen restaurant. Due to the numerous times being dumped by the pretty girls in high school, he's developed a taste for women with unattractive faces. He has fought for the Japanese lightweight championship, losing in a draw, and shares an apartment with his girlfriend, Tomiko, a friend of Kumi Mashiba whose nice personality and good body more than compensate for her less-than-stellar face. Aoki seems to be based on either former world champion Jorge Páez, or hardcore fight fan hero Emanuel Augustus for their offbeat fighting styles and records. His current record stands at 20 Matches 11-6-4 (W-L-D), with 6 [=KOs=], and the best rank he reached is 1st in Lightweight. His signature "Look Away" technique is based on a skill former World Middleweight Champion Jake [=LaMotta=] had used in his career and his signature move the "Frog Punch" is based on real-life former world champion Koichi Wajima whose signature move was called the "Frog Jump".

Aoki is ranked 7th in JBC Lightweight rankings.

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* AnimalMotifs: The frog.
* AwesomeButImpractical: His Frog Punch. It is an upper thrown with his entire body in order to amplify its power. It is a high-risk, high-reward move suitable for someone who lacks raw brute strenght.
* TheAce: Subverted with Boxing, but played straight with everything else. Aoki is good at baseball (people from his high school team say that if he and Kimura kept playing, they would have went to Koshien), bowling, and his ramen shop is extremely successful.
* TheChewToy: Even more unlucky than Ippo, and that's ''something''.
* ConfusionFu: His fighting style is ''rather'' unorthodox.
* {{Delinquents}}: He and Kimura, in their BackStory.
* SignatureMove: Frog Punch and Look Away.
* TeamChef: Justified, he has a part-time work in a ramen restaurant.
** ChefOfIron: Well, he can kick ass, so..
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Kimura.
** PortmanteauCoupleName: Aokimura.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Played it straight in his backstory, then inverted it when he became the only Kamogawa boxer with a girlfriend - and Tomiko is a GenkiGirl as well as a a borderline female {{Gonk}}.
* WeakButSkilled: Aoki lacks the brute strenght that most of the series' boxers posses, and his stamina isn't particularly great either. He makes up for this by employing a very unorthodox fighting style, and making use of intricate tactics and mind-games during his matches. Most who see it end up thinking he's just a clown fooling around, but there's much more to it than that.


!!'''Tatsuya Kimura'''

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->Voiced by: Creator/KeijiFujiwara (JP), Grant George (EN)

Ippo's senpai and Aoki's best friend. He is the smooth, collected type and a romantic at heart, but trains as hard as anyone. His style incorporates a fast left and faster footwork and is considered by Miyata to have "no weaknesses" yet, it also doesn't have strengths either which creates Kimura's weakness. In the OVA, which was dedicated to Kimura, he is in training for his bid for the Japanese junior lightweight championship against Ryo Mashiba, he developed a devastating vertical combination known as the Dragon Fish Blow, which Kimura learned while watching his pet fish jump up and eat his meal in front of him. Another interesting fact is that, out of all the opponents that had fought Ryo Mashiba, Kimura is the only one Ryo had feared during a match. In the past, he and Aoki were the toughest high-school thugs around, but now Tatsuya's real job is at his family's flower shop. His current record stands at 24 Matches 17-5-3 (W-L-D), with 8 [=KOs=], and the best rank he reach is 3rd in Jr. Lightweight. However, this rank was enough for him to get a title match, because the 1st & 2nd resigned from fear of Mashiba.

Kimura is ranked 7th in the JBC Jr. Lightweight rankings. After losing to Ryo Mashiba, he announced his retirement from boxing. Shortly after, unable to stay away from boxing, he returned saying he'd spell his name in katakana (タツヤ, Tatsuya) instead of kanji (達也,, Tatsuya). Kimura's character seems to be at least partially based on former world champion "Fearless" Freddie Pendleton, who had been a journeyman fighter his entire career, yet was still able to fight on even terms with some of the best in the world with his high level of skill.
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* BigBrotherMentor. Has his moments, being more down to Earth than Aoki and Takamura.
* {{Delinquents}}: He and Aoki, in their BackStory.
* JackOfAllStats: During Kimura's spar against Miyata in preparation for his match against Mashiba, Miyata tells Kimura that he has no weaknesses, but he doesn't have any strengths either. This comment is what led to Kimura developing a Sunday punch.
* OnlySaneMan: Sometimes.
* SignatureMove: Dragon Fish Blow
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Aoki.
** PortmanteauCoupleName: Aokimura.


!!'''Manabu Itagaki'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/DaisukeNamikawa (JP)

The most recent addition to the roster, the charming Manabu has a prodigy's talent and was the captain of his high school's boxing team. Cheerful and a lover of bad puns (as are the rest of his family), Manabu is a fierce outboxer with extremely high speed and reflexes and whose fighting style is uncanny in its resemblance to Miyata's. His most powerful technique is a furious hail of mid-power blows known as the Hedgehog or Porcupine, which was employed in an East Japan Rookie Kings showdown with his longtime nemesis, Kyosuke Imai. Outside of boxing, Manabu is employed as an assistant at the Makounouchi family's fishing business. He has a big crush on Kumi but prefers to keep his feelings for himself because of his respect for his Idol Ippo. Itagaki's character is based on retired world champion Oscar de La Hoya for his prodigy-like natural ability and good looks, whom Itagaki has admitted to idolizing in the manga. His current record as the Rookie King of his class stands at 14 Matches 12-2-0 (W-L-D), with 10 [=KOs=].

Itagaki is currently listed as 1st in JBC Featherweight rankings and 4th in the OPBF after winning the Class A Tournament. Itagaki is one of the speed square which consists of 3rd Saeki, 5th Karasawa, 7th Fukui.

Recently, It's been shown that Itagaki has become quite smitten for Kumi, but realizes feeling is not mutual.
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* BigEntrance: Runs and jumps into the ring, then poses on top of the corner post while shouting "Ita-Gakiin!".
* CannotKeepASecret: Using Kumi's date information to trick Mashiba into sparring him.
* ChickMagnet: In his debut match, he managed to have a crowd of girls cheering for him despite being a rookie.
* ConfusionFu: How he starts taking the advantage in his match with Saeki.
* DanceBattler: His boxing moves list includes shuffling and moon-walking.
* FragileSpeedster
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: He attempts to hide his interest in Kumi in order to not get in Ippo's way, and sometimes even helps their relationship progress such as giving Kumi his ticket which was seated next to Ippo.
* LikesOlderWomen: Not only with Kumi but also invited Mari on a "date".
* NaiveNewcomer
* {{Pride}}: Underneath his humorous personality, the guy is ''very'' cocky. The only thing that keeps him from being a SmugSnake is the fact that he's genuine friends with everyone at the gym. That doesn't stop [[TheScrappy fans from hating him]] for it, however.
* PowerCopying: Is able to effortlessly copy the various signature quirks and sunday punches of other boxers.
* PungeonMaster: Apparently InTheBlood, ''[[his entire family]]'' is like this.
* RedBaron: Chronos
* SignatureMove: Hedgehog
* SkilledButNaive
* SuperMode: When he focuses.
* TimeStandsStill: Time appears to move differently for him and his opponent.


!!'''Genji Kamogawa'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/KenjiUtsumi (JP), Creator/RichardEpcar (EN)

Head coach and founder of the Kamogawa gym. He fought as a prizefighter in Japan shortly after the end of the Second World War. Along with his friends, Ginpachi Nekota and Dankichi Hama, Kamogawa developed a style of fighting that both presumably became the forerunner of boxing in Japan and emphasized scientific theory in its techniques. In his prime, Kamogawa's talents included the fearsome, yet self-destructive, Tekken (Iron Fist) blow which is a left hook body blow enough to knock someone down and an unyielding spirit which has been passed onto his students. As a coach, Kamogawa's wealth of knowledge and experience has been tapped into on multiple occasions during training as well as in matches. He may seem to be a bit gruff towards his boxers, but maintains very strong relationships based on trust and spirit; i.e., he rescued Takamura from his life as a thug by introducing him to boxing. Although he rarely admits it aloud, he is extremely proud of his two best reliable straight-forward boxers, Takamura and Ippo.

During Ippo's comeback fight, Coach Kamogoawa was hospitalized due to over fatigue. Therefore not being able to teach Ippo a technique that would utilize both attacking and defending simultaneously. He was shocked during Ippo's match with Ponchai when, during the timeout after the first round, Ippo declares a Knock Out within the Second Round. Coach Kamogawa's pride was lifted up, however, when Ippo did the Dempsey Roll for the first time, not even knowing what it was called.

Ippo's matches with Volg and Sanada proved how tight the bond between the Coach and his athlete is. During Ippo's fight with Volg, Ippo made a remark to Kamogawa: "Amazing". Kamogawa thought that Ippo was referring to Volg's Power. Ippo stated "I followed everything you taught me during training and it's working.". During the end of the fight with Sanada, Ippo was sitting on the neutral corner due to the damage he sustained from the fight. Kamogawa reached out a hand to Ippo to let him up and Ippo stared in amazement at his Coach's hand, referring to it as "The hand that pushed me to exceed my limit".
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* BadassGrandpa: Much physically and mentally stronger than you'd think.
** He's able to hit ''[[TheAce Takamura]] with a counter. Granted, Takamura got pissed off and KOed him with a single punch, but remember '''he's a 80-something year old.'''
* [[spoiler: DangerousForbiddenTechnique: He developed the Tekken Punch.]]
* {{Determinator}}: In his past. Big time. And he's still very strongwilled.
* AFatherToHisMen
* GrumpyOldMan
* IWasQuiteALooker: The flashbacks reveal that he was ''very'' TallDarkAndHandsome
* ParentalSubstitute: To Takamura, after he's disinherited by his rich family. Also towards Ippo, who grew up without his dad.
* SignatureMove: Tekken
* SternTeacher
* TeamDad: Oh so much.


!!'''Haruhiko Yagi'''
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->Voiced by: Toshihiko Nakajima (JP), Creator/PaulStPeter (EN)

Manager and Assistant Trainer of Kamogawa Boxing Gym, he also acts as a cutman during matches. Called "Yagi-chan" by his pupils, he is the one responsible for the gym's finances, equipment maintenance, promoting matches and acquiring and selling tickets. He knows a great deal about boxing himself, having been a boxer at Kamogawa Gym once.
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* InformedAbility: He is a good fisherman. So good that he's banned from a local fishing hole.
* MrExposition
* TeamMom
* ScaryShinyGlasses: In episode 15 of ''Rising''.


!!'''Tomoyuki Shinoda'''
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->Voiced by: SeijiSasaki (JP)

Best known as the primary trainer of Aokimura and Itagaki.
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* EyesAlwaysShut

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[[folder: Rivals]]

!!'''Ichirou Miyata'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSeki (JP), Jason Palmer (EN)

Miyata is a very skilled outboxer specializing in counters. As a rookie, he was recognized as a genius, although his great abilities stem more from hard work than one might initially believe. He's a very cool-headed and intelligent person. Despite his somewhat cold demeanor, he has a great fighting spirit and is nicer than one might think at first.

He's Ippo's main rival but also idol, as the two constantly try to top each other and grow as boxer with the other one as their goal. He's the current reigning OPBF Featherweight Champion, which he won from Arnie Gregory. Miyata has a deep relationship with his father and trainer, who was the reason Miyata got into boxing in the first place, to prove that his fathers way of boxing isn't wrong. This is why he got into boxing much earlier than any of the other boxers, long before he could even become pro boxer.

Miyata is a FragileSpeedster and very skilled counter-puncher. He loves high-risk, high-reward counters. He has very low punching power and a "glass jaw", which are significant weaknesses. He attempts to overcome these with technique and speed. He has a remarkably great fighting spirit, probably on par with Ippo's. Somewhat surprisingly, WordOfGod says he's the third best pound-for-pound boxer in the series.

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* TheAce: To a slight degree.
* AchillesHeel: His lack of physical strength and his "glass jaw" [[spoiler: the second is inherited from his dad]].
* {{Bishonen}}: And ''how''.
* ChickMagnet
* CounterAttack: His main boxing philosophy passed down from his father and to make up for his weak punches. This is why his fights often start with him using his speed to run around the opponent or alternatively get pounded one-sidedly until he lands a OneHitKill counter.
* CrossCounter: The main user of this type of counter in the series, but usually connects as a full on counter rather than an exchange of hits.
* DramaticWind: His tie loves flapping.
* {{Determinator}}: Yeah, really. In fact, the "green eyes of determination" that are sometimes seen first appeared in ''him''.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: [[{{Otaku}} Ippo]]
* FragileSpeedster -> GlassCannon: He later gains excellent counters that make his attack power much more fearsome on top of his speed, but he remains fragile, due to his weight control. To quote Kamogawa, "A blade with an incredible cutting edge is easily broken."
* GenerationXerox
* ItsPersonal: Towards Randy Boy Jr.
* LikeFatherLikeSon
* MissingMom: His parents are divorced.
* NervesOfSteel
* RedBaron: God of Lightning.
* SignatureMove: Jolt Counter.
** FinishingMove: [[spoiler: The [[http://static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130902051738/ippo/images/thumb/4/4b/RedLightning.jpg/333px-RedLightning.jpg Corkscrew Counter]] affably named [[OneHitKill "Red Lightning"]].]]
* TheStoic: The closest it gets in the series.
* WeakButSkilled: His physical strength and durability are pathetic. He makes up for it by being one of the most skilled boxers in the story, with excellent counters that compensate for his lack of strength.
* WellDoneSonGuy: He took up boxing to fulfill his father's shattered dreams. In a subversion, his dad and coach isn't a [[StageMom stage father]] and they get along quite well.
* WhenHeSmiles


!!'''Takeshi Sendo'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/MasayaOnosaka (JP), Creator/DougErholtz (EN)

Nicknamed the Naniwa Tiger in his hometown where he is quite a popular figure, Takeshi Sendo is a brash and hotblooded boxer. He has an elaborate backstory, so much that he had is own ''gaiden'' chapter focusing on his past. His mother died few after he was born, his dad was a firefighter who died while rescuing a boy during a blaze when Sendo was very little. Sendo continued to follow his father's advice by trying to help others. One day he and his friends got beaten up by bullies. Frustrated of being unable to protect them, he swore to do it by any means - and the next day, he grabbed his baseball bat and ambushed said bullies, beating them up as punishment. By high-school Sendo had become very extreme with his protection - he was leader of a gang of delinquents and quite possibly the most feared street fighter in Osaka. Despite that, he never attacked people but rather defended the weak. His absolute refusal to turn a blind eye or a deaf ear on such injustice got him into trouble quite often.

Because he's such an excellent fighter, he got rather bored since nobody could satisfy his hunger for an equal. That is when Yanaoka met him and introduced him to boxing, after resisting one of Sendo's attacks. Easily becoming East Japan Rookie King, he saw Ippo Makunouchi which made him very excited, to say the least.

Sendo has an extremely aggressive boxing style, barely ever using a proper defense and preferring to take hits if he can dish out something in return. His punching power is spectacular and on par with Ippo's. He also has excellent natural fighting insincts but lacks a bit in technique.

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* AnimalMotifs: The tiger.
* {{Badass}}: So damn much.
* TheBerserker
* BoisterousBruiser
* BloodKnight: Hilariously, he tries to explain to Ippo that he's this trope ''without'' sounding like a dumb brute.
* BullyHunter: Ever since he was a kid. So much that he became a {{Delinquent}}... to protect people from other gangsters.
* {{Delinquent}}: For righteous reasons.
* {{Determinator}}: Quite possibly the ''greatest'' one in the series. He took the [[FinishingMove Dempsey Roll]] twice in a match and got back to his feet both times.
* DeterminedDefeatist: At the end of his second match against Ippo, absolutely ''refuses'' to fall to the ground or go unconcious, despite knowing full well that he's lost and can't continue.
* GagPenis: ''[[GroinAttack Hilariously]]'' [[GroinAttack used]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice in his]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny introduction]].
* GracefulLoser
* HotBlooded
* TheIdiotFromOsaka
* IntergenerationalFriendship: He is usually seen with his {{Tag Along Kid}}s.
* KindHeartedCatLover: Apparently that's how he got his [[AnimalMotifs animal motif]]. He always ends up with a large following of cats in whichever town he goes.
* LargeHam
* LightningBruiser
** MightyGlacier: Formerly.
* OddFriendship: With Sawamura, of all people, stemming from their first meeting as delinquents where they fought to a stalemate.
* ParentalAbandonment
* [[RaisedByGrandparents Raised By His Grandmother]]
* RatedMForManly
* RedBaron: Naniwa Tiger, Rocky of Naniwa.
* SignatureMove: Smash
* TestosteronePoisoning
* UnskilledButStrong: Relies on natural strength and his fighting instincts, but lacks technical skill.
* UnstoppableRage: Seriously. You do '''not''' want to make Sendo angry in the ring. Shigeta and Ippo can assure you.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: His motivation for becoming a delinquent.


!!'''Eiji Date'''
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->Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (JP), Creator/TonyOliver (EN)

A retired Featherweight boxer and now trainer, Date was the two time Japanese Featherweight Champion and even fought on the world stage. He has been the only fighter to [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable defeat Ippo]]. He lost to Ricardo Martinez twice, once in the past[[spoiler: which is how he got his scar]] and the second time in an epic fight that showed his great determination.

He's a smart, technically skilled boxer with great experience. Despite the contrast to that, his boxing style is very aggressive. He is good friends with Takamura. After his second loss against Martinez, he passes on the baton to Ippo.

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* TheAce
* AcheyScars. The one on his nose bridge [[spoiler: given to him by Ricardo Martinez]].
* BadassBeard
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: This guy handed Ippo his first and only loss. Subverted [[spoiler:in his second fight against Ricardo Martinez]]
* HesBack and MyGreatestSecondChance: Pretty much his leitmotiv.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: His wife Aiko was TheOjou and the eldest daughter, so her family was quite worried since they weren't sure if he could provide for her. [[spoiler: He sort of wins them over after he retires from boxing after his disastrous fight with Marti­nez and becomes a well-respected SalaryMan]].
* PermaStubble
* RetiredBadass
* SignatureMove: [[GameBreaker Heartbreak Shot]]
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler: To Ricardo Martinez, he has been the only one who has put up a challenge against him.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Is only 29 years old. Takamura, JerkAss as he is, calls him ''old man''.


!!'''Ryou Mashiba'''
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->Voiced by: MasakiTerasoma (JP)

In front of the grave of his parents, then-highschool student Ryo Mashiba made two promises. First, he wouldn't rely on or believe in anyone else. Second, that he'd protect his little sister Kumi at all costs. Due to his tough life, Mashiba is unsociable and cynical, rarely seems to care about anyone other than his sister and has no concern for his opponents.

A highly intimidating character, Mashiba is former Japanese Junior Lightweight champion and current OPBF Lightweight champion. He's a vicious outboxer who's most notable for his use of the Flicker Jab. He has exceptional reach and is quite skilled, and not to mention he will do anything it takes to win, even cheating if necessary.
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* BerserkButton: DO. NOT. TOUCH. HIS. SISTER!
* BigBrotherInstinct: Follows his sister and Ippo's dates, much to Ippo's horror [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and general hilarity]].
* BloodKnight
* CryForTheDevil: Has one of the saddest backstories.
* CombatPragmatist: Him [[spoiler: stepping on Miyata's foot]] was genuinely accidental, but it didn't stop him from using it to his advantage. He's GenreSavvy enough to believe that, even if he explained the circumstances, no one would believe it anyway.
* {{Determinator}}: In his fight against Ippo, [[spoiler: his left arm, which is his main weapon due to his flicker jabs, sustained severe damage to the point he couldn't move, plus he had broken at least a few ribs from all the body blows he took. He not only refused to go down, he managed to use his left arm again despite all the pain. The anime draws even more attention to this because of [[HellIsThatNoise the dreadful crunching noises]] heard when he moves the arm]].
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: You hurt Kumi, you go to HELL. [[spoiler:This caused Mashiba to pound Sawamura to a pulp in a match and consequently disqualified because the latter barely scratched the former's little sis.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* OddFriendship: With Itagaki. They even went clothes shopping and eating together.
* ParentalAbandonment: His parents died when he was in highschool.
** PromotionToParent: Raised himself ''and'' his sister.
* RedBaron: Grim Reaper.
* SiblingYinYang: Mashiba is a BloodKnight. Kumi is a YamatoNadeshiko.
* SignatureMove: Flicker Jab, Chopping Right
* SlasherSmile: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/156px-ippo_v74_c693_p022_5674.jpg And how]]
* SociopathicHero
* TheComicallySerious

!!'''Ryuuhei Sawamura'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/ShinichiroMiki (JP)

A dark, remorseless boxer from Nagoya. Albeit quiet and cold, he is extremely violent and cruel when he fights, going as far as blatantly cheating even when he's at the advantage. He is a lonely individual and his only friends are his old teacher and Takeshi Sendo, though he treats neither with any respect or kindness. Despite his outwardly cold and stoic personality, he can lapse into fits of madness when he's at his worst. One of the most notable traits of his is that he doesn't box for success, but rather to torture and destroy his opponent. He will often prolong matches to continue beating his opponent instead of simply ending it. He experiences defeat at the hand of a very angry Ippo for his bad attitude towards boxing. Despite the hopes of his old teacher, his personality doesn't get better, though he does learn the value of hard work and develops an actual will for success. He later fights Mashiba for the Japanese Junior Lightweight title. Despite being brutally knocked out of the ring by Mashiba, he wins the title as Mashiba is disqualified. Due to the damage he suffered from the fight, he has a traffic accident, which forces him to retire from boxing. After that, his sociopathic tendencies seem to have calmed down, even showing a sense of sarcastic humour. Sawamura has a great eye for boxing, possibly equal to that of Takamura.

He has quite possibly the darkest past of all characters in the story. He stabbed his abusive father as a kid and his mother abandoned him when she first noticed his sociopathic tendencies. He was alone for pretty much his entire life, which is the reason why he shut himself off from other human contact to such a degree. This is made worse by the fact that he was extremely hated in his town and was constantly attacked by others. He already met Sendo in the past. Both renowed street fighters that never lost, Sendo fought him until Sawamuras old teacher intervened. The teacher later begs Sendo to become Sawamuras friend, as it is the loneliness that makes him so bad. Because of this, Sendo and Sawamura share a somewhat odd 'friendship'.

As bad as his personality is, he is an absolute genius as a boxer. His natural instincts are great and he's a gifted counter puncher. In fact, his sense for counters is mentioned to be even higher than that of Miyata. His athletic abilities are fairly average, but his high skill, analytical ability and talent more than makes up for it. It's easily possible that he could have won against Ippo, had he been serious about defeating him.
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* AbusiveParents
* AmbitionisEvil: Not in the traditional sense; he gains ambition ''while'' he's still evil.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis
* AxCrazy: Not on the level of Bryan Hawk, but still.
* BloodKnight
* BloodLust
* CombatPragmatist
* CombatSadomasochist: He seriously only fights to torture others, not to win.
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeadpanSnarker
* {{Delinquents}}
* DrivenToVillainy
* EvilTastesGood
* FreudianExcuse
* FriendlessBackground
* FromNobodyToNightmare
* [[spoiler: GoodScarsEvilScars: Gets terrible burns after an accident.]]
* [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn: He seems to have dropped the whole psychopathic aspect of his character after the motorcycle accident which forced him to retire.]]
* LonersAreFreaks
* MoralityPet: Kawabe-sensei tries to be this, but more often than not, it doesn't work.
* MrExposition: During Miyata's match with RBJ.
* OddFriendship: With Sendo.
* ParentalAbandonment: His mother abandoned him after becoming terrified by him.
* RealMenEatMeat: Oh boy does he love meat.
* RedBaron: Owari Dragon
* SelfMadeOrphan: Stabbed his stepfather.
* SignatureMove: Bullet, Flash


!!'''Dr. Kazuki Sanada'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KoichiYamadera (JP)

* ChickMagnet
* HospitalHottie
* GeniusBruiser (An excellent doctor ''and'' a fearsome fighter)
* GracefulLoser
* SignatureMove: Hien, Tsubame Gaeshi(Returning Swallow)
* WorthyOpponent

!!'''Iwao Shimabukuro'''

Iwao is a Japanese Featherweight boxer who challenged Ippo for the belt. Like Ippo, he is a fisherman, possesses incredible strength, and has monstrous stamina. Iwao has the distinction of being the first opponent to discover the Dempsey Roll's weakness. While Iwao ultimately lost the fight, later opponents would use the knowledge gained from the fight to produce a much more solid counter to the Dempsey Roll with much less risk to the defender.

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* {{Determinator}}
* EyesAlwaysShut
* MightyGlacier
* NotSoDifferent: To Ippo.
* PintsizedPowerhouse

!!'''Naomichi Yamada/[[spoiler:Hammer Nao]]'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/DaisukeSakaguchi (JP), Creator/TonyOliver (EN)

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* [[spoiler: BaldOfAwesome: See ImportantHaircut below.]]
* ButtMonkey
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass
* DisappearedDad: We only see his mom, but no word on his father.
* FragileFlower
* {{Gonk}}
* [[spoiler: ImportantHaircut: Shaves himself bald in the manga.]]
* [[spoiler:JerkassFacade]]
* SignatureMove: Solar Plexus Blow
* [[spoiler: TookALevelInBadass]]
* VomitDiscretionShot: He throws up so often that he's nicknamed "Geromichi", which comes from the Japanese word for puking.


!!'''Kenta Kobashi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/TaikiMatsuno (JP), Edward Villa (EN)

* AlliterativeName
* GenreSavvy
* HeroicSelfDeprecation
* WeakButSkilled


!!'''Ryuichi Hayami'''
->Voiced by: KoujiTsujitani (JP), Nathan Smythe (EN)

* {{Bishonen}}
* ChickMagnet (AND HOW)
* GlassCannon: He has a weak chin, and this turned out to be his downfall during [[spoiler:his match against Kenta Kobashi]].
* IdolSinger [[spoiler: after he has to retire because of injuries dealed to him by Kobashi, during their match]]
* SignatureMove: Shotgun

!!'''Takuma Saeki'''
->Voiced by: Creator/KiyoyukiYanada (JP)

* BunnyEarsLawyer
* [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Better to lose than to in-fight]]: Decides he'd rather take the chance of losing by fighting at middle range than resort to the in-fighting tactics his coach recommends for surviving the round. Even Itagaki is surprised.
* BoisterousBruiser
* {{Determinator}}: Forces himself to see through Itagaki's feint through sheer force of will rather than turn to in-fighting. Also pushes himself off the mat after his first down in their fight despite his legs being all but dead. [[spoiler:Too bad it wasn't enough to fight a man with all your powers combined.]]
* FunPersonified
* LightningBruiser: Maybe one of the best examples in this manga. Even ''Date'' has problems with his speed.
* SlipknotPonytail. Keeps his long hair tied up when he fights, it goes loose [[spoiler: when he loses to Ippo and Itagaki]].

!!'''Kyousuke Imai'''
->Voiced by: YuuichiNakamura (JP)

The longtime rival of Itagaki Manabu, Imai was the one boxer who managed to thwart Itagaki in his high-school days. They fought a total of three times in the amateur ring; each time Imai was victorious. His build, KO pattern, and even hairstyle are remarkably similar to those of Itagaki's senpai, Makunouchi Ippo. Imai is ordinarily cool and composed, bearing a poker face even in the heat of battle. Eventually, Itagaki defeats Imai in a heated battle. It seems the only people who can rouse him out of this perpetual calm are Ippo, Itagaki, and Itagaki's sister Nanako -- with whom Imai is very much smitten. [[spoiler:Imai defeated Itagaki for the vacant Japanese featherweight title.]]
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* TheComicallySerious
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Has a huge crush on Manabu's sister Nanako.
* TheRival: To Itagaki
* TheStoic

!!'''Keigo Okita'''
->Voiced by: HiroakiHirata (JP)

* TheStoic
** NotSoStoic
* GenerationXerox: Copies his boxing technique from Date
* SignatureMove: Corkscrew Blow

!!'''Yusuke Oda'''
->Voiced by: Creator/NobutoshiCanna (JP)

* {{Bishonen}} / [[spoiler:--> {{Gonk}}]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Said to have been this at the beginning.
* [[spoiler: BigEater: Once he stopped with the weight control, he really let go.]]
* [[spoiler: GameBreakingInjury: Being KO'd Ippo had some serious complications, so he had to retire.]]
* LastSecondChance: He fights Ippo to not lose the support of his gym ''and'' the love of his girlfriend Reiko, who is the daughter of the owner [[spoiler: He loses, but manages to stay in and recovers Reiko's love and respect.]])

!!'''Kojima Hisato'''

The opponent for Ippo's eight domestic championship title defense. Dropped two weight classes for the chance to challenge Ippo, and has a tremendous deal of confidence in the power of his punches. Is constantly trying to anger Ippo, first by calling every opponent he's fought before trash, and then by telling him his coach is a hack. Also claims to know an, as of yet undisclosed, "weakness" in Ippo's boxing, that he claims makes it impossible for him to lose their match.
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* AscendedFanboy: Quite possibly the biggest fan of Makunochi Ippo in the manga's universe (also, probably the ONLY fan of Aoki in the manga universe.) Doesn't stop him from being a complete dick to him for mysterious reasons.
** No, the reasons he's a dick to Ippo are obvious by the ens of the arc. He intends to retire from boxing after that match, regardless of the outcome, and he wants to face his idol fighting at the absolute peak of ability before retiring.
* BodyHorror: His skin and bones look during the weigh-in before the fight can be considered this. Only Takamura has ever looked worse after a struggle of weight management.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a pair of scars running between the knuckles of his right hand. According to Ippo, they don't look like boxing wounds.
* JerkassFacade: Shown to be a lighthearted guy who deeply cares about his kouhai, loves his wife and unborn child, and respects Makunochi Ippo from the bottom of his heart. Every time he crosses paths with Ippo, though, all he ever says are cutting and condescending things.
* TemptingFate: you may have your reasons... but are you SURE you know what you're getting into by pushing all the [[BerserkButton berserk buttons]] of the hardest punching featherweight in all of Asia?
** [[spoiler: Fate tempted as of chapter 939 when Ippo one shot flips him onto the floor, twice. Word of advice.... Don't push Ippo's buttons.]]
* WorthyOpponent: What he says when they're together aside, he considers Ippo to be this: expecting their bout to be the hardest fought he's ever had... the kind of fight he'll "have battle scars when he walks away from." Of course, he still plans on winning.

!!'''Keiichi Take'''
Japanese featherweight boxer. Notable for his lengthy boxing career, yet he has never been a champion. Right before his title match against then-champion Eiji Date, his son fell ill which resulted in Take halting his boxing career. This incident caused his son to be bullied because the father was a "coward" for not facing Date. Take returned to the ring to prove to his son that he's no coward...by facing ''Ippo''.

Take's fighting style is unorthodox. He fights by getting into his opponents' heads and by using techniques that limit their abilities. Take is able to figure out an opponent's weakness quickly and exploit it to the fullest. Date ''fears'' Take, which is saying something considering how broken (read: insanely powerful) Date is. Take's appearance is that of an older man, yet he's 31 years old. His appearance--notably his half-opened eyes--is the result of a long career of taking hits to the face.

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* ConfusionFu: Against Ippo, he uses tactics to disrupt his normal way of boxing.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Averted, they're half-open.
* {{The Strategist}}
* WorthyOpponent: To Date if they had actually fought. Date is ''scared'' of this man.

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[[folder:Foreign Boxers]]

!!'''Jason Ozma'''
->Voiced by: Masahiro Kobayashi (JP)

One of Ippo's first opponents, he is an American soldier stationed in the Okinawa base. He looks huge and scary, but is a great guy at heart.
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* FaceOfAThug
* EagleLand: Averted. He is American, but is black, has an African surname, and his personality is a great departure of either of the trope's types.
* GentleGiant
* NiceGuy
* ScaryBlackMan: Subverted: he ''looks'' like one, but is an absolute sweetheart.

!!'''Alexander Volg Zangief'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (JP), Creator/DaveWittenberg (EN)

Volg is a Russian boxer and was Amateur World Champion, born and raised by a single mother near to Leningrad/St. Petersburg. Subverting pretty much every common cliche associated with Russians, Volg is an extremely kind-hearted and soft-spoken person who initially got into pro boxing in order to pay for the medical assistance of his IllGirl mother, after his trainer discovered his amazing talent.

Volg quickly becomes friends with Ippo, but after a loss by decision against Sendo, he is forced to leave boxing and return to Russia. Much later, his mother dies of her illness and his life is filled with an emptiness he decides to fill with boxing once again. And so he makes a comeback and decides to do so in America.

Volg is an extremely talented boxer with superb skill. While he excels at outboxing and taking points, he is forced to adopt a more aggressive infighting style in Japan, in order to attract attention as a foreigner. It is heavily implied that he could be much better than he already is, if he fought in his natural style, which we have yet to see.

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* AnimalMotifs: The wolf.
* {{Bishonen}}
* EarnYourHappyEnding: His ''entire'' life was akin to being a CosmicPlaything so much that even Ippo lampshades the unfairness. He loses his beloved mother, constantly has to deal with racism in the ring, had to fight outside his natural fighting style against Ippo and Sendou leading to losses, [[spoiler:is the victim of ''blatant'' cheating in his world title match]] but [[{{Determinator}} endures]] through ''all'' of it without ever whining. Now? [[spoiler:He's the goddamn junior lightweight ''world champion''.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim:The male journalists admit they could almost fall for him in a recent chapter.
* EvilRedhead: Subverted, he's a genuinely NiceGuy.
* TheDutifulSon
* HuskyRusskie: Subverted again. See EvilRedhead.
* JackOfAllStats: Flirting with LightningBruiser.
* {{Lzherusskie}}
* MissingMom: Mrs. Volg was an IllGirl. Guess what happened.
* NamesTheSame: This [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Zangief]]'s special move is the White Fang, not the SpinningPiledriver.
** No, it has nothing to do with [[MobileSuitGundamWing THAT White Fang...]]
* NoSenseOfDirection: JustifiedTrope, as his Japanese is very rusty and he can't read the kanji on the subway signs.
* RedBaron: White Fang.
* ShrinkingViolet: Mild case.
* SignatureMove: White Fang
** Also adopts the Hien as well, using it to help even the playing field during his title match in America.
*** And soon, the Tsubame Gaeshi.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's either Volg or Vorg, depending on the translation.
* WorthyOpponent
* XanatosSpeedChess: [[spoiler: Vorg had a lot of trouble breaking Mike Elliot's guard, so he purposely trained Mike to keep guarding body shots to set up a White Fang to the head. When that didn't work, Vorg stuck with the plan and kept aiming at the body. After doing this for a bit, Vorg finally went for the Tsubame Gaeshi. But when even ''that'' failed, Vorg followed up with a White Fang, finally hitting home!]]

!!'''Arnie Gregory'''
->Voiced by: Creator/TakayaKuroda

Arnie is a Featherweight boxer from Australia and was the reigning OPBF champion before losing the title to Ichirou Miyata. His manager was Mr. Sakaguchi, whom he fired halfway
through his match with Miyata because Arine thought of boxing as more than a means to make money. Arnie is an infighter with powerful hooks; his trademark technique, Bloody Cross, is designed to deal with counter punchers.

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* ActorAllusion: After his fight with Miyata he puts on a white suit with a magenta shirt and no tie; exactly the suit that [[VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} Kazuma Kiryu]] wears. Arnie and Kiryu share a voice actor.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Averted. You might have thought this since he was allied with Sakaguchi.
* CoolHat
* GracefulLoser
* KurodaTakaya
* RedBaron: Crocodile.
* SignatureMove: Bloody Cross
* VillainBall: He's hardly a villain, but he could have ended the fight between him and Miyata many times but didn't jump on the opportunity, which eventually costs him the match.

!!'''Ponchai Chuwatana'''

* TheComicallySerious
* JerkAss
* SacrificialLion


!!'''Woli'''
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Woli is a 17 year old Indonesian man who lives on a remote island... Together with wild monkeys. He is discovered by Miguel Zail, former trainer of Bryan Hawk. Woli is a true boxing genius, and very talented. Very, ''very'' talented. His natural instincts are comparable to those of ''Takamura'' of all people. And it shows, since Woli became Indonesian Featherweight Champion after only ''three fights''. To compare, Ippo wasn't even finished with the Japanese Rookie Tournament by then. Despite his innate talent, he has a cheerful, fun-loving and naive personality. His trainer Miguel makes it clear the he's his "last son" and that he plans to pour all of his knowledge into him and unlike with Hawk, won't rely solely on his natural abilities. Due to his one-in-a-billion talent, almost every character who has seen him predicts a great future for him.

He fights Ippo as his fourth match. It quickly seems as if Ippo is no match for him, despite Wolis inexperience. However, Ippo manages to eventually beat him due to built up damage on Woli's ribs. Neither Woli nor his trainer see the loss as something dramatic, merely a great experience for Woli, which is the only thing he lacks yet. Kamogawa makes it clear that he won't make Ippo fight Woli again, because he knows it was only his inexperience that let Ippo win the fight, and believes that Ippo won't stand a chance against a more experienced Woli.

As a prodigy of prodigies, Woli can be said to have the most potential of all Featherweight boxers. His innate fighting insticts allow him to naturally use high-level techniques without having properly trained them. For example, he throws Sendo's Smash and Mashiba's Flicker Jab simply because it was an appropriate move in the situation. His agility is top-notch as well, comparable to that of Miyata and Itagaki. He can use both outboxing and infighting and is especially dangerous in the corner, where he can easily set up counters.

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* TheAce
* AllYourPowersCombined: Uses flicker jabs, the smash, and Bryan Hawk's swayback dodge. And it isn't mere copying like Itagaki does, either. He has never met any of those boxers, he is simply so talented that he instinctively uses said techniques simply because they were appropriate moves in the given situation.
* AnimalMotifs: [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys The monkey]].
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* {{Keet}}
* NatureHero
* SkilledButNaive: He is ''made'' of this trope
* WildChild

!!'''Ricardo Martinez'''
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->Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara

The living legend, Ricardo Martinez is the undefeated, seemingly invincible Featherweight World Champion. He's a Mexican who enjoys such popularity that there's a higher chance Mexicans know him than their own president. Stoic and quiet, Martinez is rarely surprised by anything. He gave Date Eiji his first loss in a brutal T.K.O. In a sparring match against Ippo, Martinez knocks him unconcious in the first round with jabs alone and also easily counters the dempsey roll.

He has a revenge match against Date Eiji which he also wins without visible injuries. However, Date is the boxer Martinez respects the most, for his unbreakable spirit and willpower.

His boxing style is pretty much perfect. In his natural style, he combines intelligence and skill with instincts and violent power. His athletic abilities and reflexes are top-notch and he rarely if ever falls for someones trap. He has over 60 wins, almost all by K.O., and not a single loss or draw in his career. WordOfGod states that he is the second best boxer in the story, only behind good old Takamura.

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* TheAce
* BadassMustache
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Averted.
* LightningBruiser: It's presented in the series that Ippo's Dempsey Roll can be defeated by either pushing into him to stop his windups, or by pulling back and countering the hooks. Only Martinez is fast and strong enough with his left that he jabs Ippo's face through ALL of the roll's rotations, effectively knocking poor Ippo out while he's standing.
* LivingLegend
* TheQuietOne
* TheStoic
* WorldsBestWarrior: Of the Featherweight division, certainly.
* WorthyOpponent: To Eiji Date


!!'''Bryan Hawk'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/AkioOhtsuka (JP)

Easily the most detestable boxer in the story, Bryan Hawk was WBC Middleweight Champion until his defeat at the hands of Takamura. He loves to provoke and humiliate his opponents, has a contemptuous attitude towards boxing and is extremely arrogant, as well as too lazy to properly train. Despite that, he's even worse in the ring. Hawk is the epitome of the word 'wild', being almost uncontrollable even by his trainer and extremely violent in the ring, easily approaching AxCrazy levels. He is beaten by Takamura in a match of epic proportions.

Hawk grew up in the slums of New York, where he survived by beating his threats with bare hands, whether they were armed or not. His trainer Miguel stumbles upon him while he's beating an already unconcious man. Shocked by the insanity in Hawks eyes, but also noticing the potential he had, Miguel invited him to a place where he could fight all he wanted and be payed for it. And a license to kill...

Like Takamura, he has unbelievable natural talent and power. He is so strong that despite rarely training, he seems invincible in the ring. Because of his violently insane personality, he is extremely dangerous and has no consideration for his opponent. Hawk is perhaps the most unorthodox boxer in the series, throwing odd punches and swaying backwards to dodge. His trainer calls his style not boxing, but simply violence. But it's the lack of skillfull boxing that makes him so dangerous, as he becomes a highly unpredictable opponent.

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* ALadyOnEachArm: He loves this trope.
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* AxCrazy: Extreme emphasis on '''crazy'''.
* BloodKnight
* BoisterousBruiser
* BrilliantButLazy: Brilliant in boxing, not in terms of intelligence, of course.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: A villainous example.
* DarkSkinnedBlond [[BlondGuysAreEvil Guys Are Evil]]
* DepravedBisexual: Not stated directly, but considering he gets sexual pleasure from violence...
* {{Determinator}}: Averted. He never had to fight from equal footing or worse before Takamura, and the ego shattering leads to his VillainousBreakdown.
* {{Dismotivation}}: Hawk and training? No way.
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 2
* EvilLaugh
* GoodOldFisticuffs: His style is less "boxing" and more "punching like you're still on the street."
* GratuitousEnglish: '''"GOOO TOOO HEEEEEELLLL!!"'''
** Technically, he's American. But AkioOhtsuka's English is... not very good.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Initially played straight as he admittedly rarely goes into a fight with any significant training and still is a World Champion.
* HumiliationConga: Which leads to a VillainousBreakdown
* IndyPloy
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence
* InsaneEqualsViolent
* '''JerkAss'''
* LargeHam
* LightningBruiser
* NotSoDifferent: With Takamura
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He's blatantly racist against Japanese and makes it a point to humiliate them.
* PsychoForHire: Extreme emphasis on psycho.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: ''MAJOR'' example here.
* SatisfiedStreetRat
* SignatureMove: Pure Violence (a series of techniques that allow Bryan to throw punches with considerable power at weird angles, and at the same time avoid the opponent's attacks completely).
* TheScrappy: In universe case.
* SexIsViolence: Hawk needs sex to compensate for a ''lack'' of violence. He also seems to become sexually aroused by violence.
* SlasherSmile
* SmugSnake: A bit.
* StreetUrchin: His backstory
* UnskilledButStrong: Subverted in that his lack of formal boxing training gave him a different, rather than lack of, skill set which made him unpredictable.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating
* VillainousBreakdown: Takamura broke his spirit, ''big time''. We get to see how "well" he is when David Eagle meets him long after Hawk's loss to Takamura.


!!'''David Eagle'''
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The complete opposite of Bryan Hawk in both personality and boxing style, David Eagle is the WBC Middleweight Champion. Eagle is an honorable and friendly man, always looking for a greater challenge. He used to be olympic gold medalist until he went into boxing. Because of his shining attitude, Ippo says he looks like a classic super hero. He is defeated by Takamura.

Eagle is a highly orthodox fighter, best at the very basics of boxing. His technique and concentration are top-notch and his best weapon is a simple one-two. He's also rather intelligent in the ring and uses mind games against his opponent.

Another trait is his great fighting spirit, which Takamura compares to that of Ippo, even mentioning he's just like him.

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* TheAce
* CavalierCompetitor
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Takamura sure did.
* {{Determinator}}: "Just like Ippo."
* {{Eagleland}}: Type 1
* {{Foil}}: He is the complete opposite of Brian Hawk in almost every imaginable way.
* GracefulLoser
* HonorBeforeReason: He is unwilling to exploit [[spoiler:Takamura's bleeding wound]], which is something anyone would have done in that situation. The reason he didn't? He cared more about having a fight that would require him to give 100% than he did about simply winning, and a doctor stop wouldn't give him that.
* KnightInShiningArmor
* LonelyAtTheTop: He accepted Takamura's challenge, flew to Japan, and fought on enemy turf because he had never faced an opponent against whom he had to fight with everything he had, and he hoped Takamura would be the rival he'd always hoped for. His inner monologue even implies that the reason he lost their neck-and-neck fight was because he was satisfied to finally have a [[WorthyOpponent worthy opponent]], and cared more about this than the outcome of the match, whereas Takamura never lost sight of his goal of taking Eagle's championship belt.
* RedBaron: Golden Eagle
* TheStrategist
* WorthyOpponent


!!'''Randy Boy Jr.'''
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The son of Randy Boy, the boxer who fought Miyata's dad and inflicted him a GameBreakingInjury that destroyed his career. [[spoiler: Ironically, the brain damage that Randy Sr. sustained in the same fight actually ''killed'' him some time later.]] More than a decade has passed, and now Randy Jr. is a boxer in his own right. He became OPBF interim champion during Miyatas absence and naturally has a 'unison' match against him for the belt. Despite the fact that [[spoiler: Miyata's father is indirectly responsible for his father's death]], he makes it clear that he doesn't have a grudge against Miyata.

His fighting style resembles that of his father, which he claims to be a coincidence since he rarely ever saw his father. His most distinguishing feature is the fact that he's a genius switch-hitter, able to change between normal stance and southpaw very fluidly. This creates a 'satic' that disrupts the opponents rythym, especially that of counter punchers. Because of this, he's the worst possible match-up for Miyata. He has gained the ring-name "Asura" for his ability to 'go' and 'see' everywhere in the ring.

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* GenerationXerox
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Somewhat subverted, as he is equally skilled fighting both southpaw and orthodox.
* LikeFatherLikeSon
* [[spoiler: YouKilledMyFather: Averted, he doesn't blame Miyata-san for the death of Randy Boy.]]
* RedBaron: Ashura.


!!'''Malcolm Gedoh'''
The reigning Philippines Featherweight national champion, a crooked fighter who offers to [[MoneyDearBoy fix his fights in exchange for prize money]]. Prior to becoming a boxer, Malcolm stole money on the streets and it led to him getting shot and scarred on the shoulder. He's known as "The Magician" for his the tricks he uses inside of the ring, such as the use his long arms to block one's vision while using good his footwork to get away from his opponent. Another trick is how he throws off an opponent's depth perception by loosening the strings on his left glove so that it flings off his unclenched fist, making his reach seem even longer. After losing the fight with Ippo, Malcolm later confessed that his loss to Randy Boy, Jr. led him to give up his world aspirations and box only for the money rather than competition.
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* MoneyDearBoy: His motivation for boxing.
* MyGreatestFailure: He uses it as FreudianExcuse for his actions.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* StreetUrchin: His backstory
* {{Trickster}}: He's nicknamed "The Magician" for using many visual tricks

!!'''Ralph Anderson'''
Ralph is an American Army sergeant and boxer from the [[spoiler:Kamogawa flashback arc]]. His skill as a world-class boxer was undermined by his view towards the Japanese people. He's pretty much Bryan Hawk in this regard. Ralph's second is [[spoiler: Miguel Zail]], which is notable because he's not the bad guy readers might have expected considering he's the same second who trained [[spoiler:Bryan]]. Ralph's first challenge came during [[spoiler:his match against Nekota]], where he resorted to using a Rabbit Punch, an illegal move. It's this move that ended [[spoiler:Nekota's prizefighting career]], and caused [[spoiler:Kamogawa to challenge Ralph]]. In their eventual match, Ralph fell victim to [[spoiler:the Tekken]], but it's unknown whether he [[spoiler:died from his injuries. The punch fractured his ribs, so it's possible some vital organs were punctured]]. In the end, Ralph changed his ways, and viewed the Japanese people in a more positive light thanks to [[spoiler: Nekota]].

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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Subverted after [[spoiler:his match with Nekota]].
** Even though he has yet to be shown in the anime, we know he's blond because he is shown to be such in the video games.
* CombatPragmatist: Uses a Rabbit Punch to end his match against [[spoiler:Nekota]].
* EagleLand: Type 2.
* {{Jerkass}}
* MightyGlacier
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Subverted later.
* SmugSnake
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating

!!'''Mike Elliot'''
American boxer who won a silver medal in the Olympics. Mike is the current junior lightweight world champion. Contrary to what readers may have believed, his intentions for his match against [[spoiler: Vorg Zangief]] are completely noble. He simply wants a clean boxing match where the winner is determined by a battle of wits, and he would get his wish through [[spoiler: Vorg]]. He is friends with David Eagle.

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* CavalierCompetitor: He loves matches that play out like puzzles (or chess, as the manga shows).
* EagleLand: Type 1.
* {{TheStrategist}}
* {{Worthy Opponent}}

!!'''Jimmy Sisfa/Scratch J'''
->Voiced by: Ohkura Masaaki (JP)

Jimmy is the former Thai Featherweight champion. He fell victim to Ichirou Miyata's Jolt Counter, which Miyata needed to use because Jimmy wouldn't have went down otherwise. After Jimmy lost the match, he turned into a somewhat destructive boxer. In all subsequent matches, he used a more aggressive style to the point where he ended up with scars all over his face, and slurred speech. This earned him the nickname "Scratch J." Jimmy retired from boxing after his match with Ippo.

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* TheBerserker: How he got his scars.
* CaptainErsatz: Of real-life former boxer [[AwesomeMcCoolName Khaosai Galaxy.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars
* MightyGlacier: His experience as a kickboxer gave him a higher resistance to punches. It took a full-body counter to take him down.

!!'''Alfredo Gonzales'''

"The man ranked second in the world", Alfredo Gonzales is a Mexican boxer at the world level. Like Date Eiji, his only two losses have been against Ricardo Martinez. Despite having suffered those losses, deafeating Martinez still remains his goal and inspiration. He is the first truly international world stage opponent that Ippo faces. He appears quiet and calm, but hides a ferocious and bloodthirsty personality. His boxing style is very similar to Ricardo Martinez, in that he is a well-rounded, orthodox boxer with a high level of skill and technique, yet possessing a wilder side that focuses on brawling. Him relinquishing his orthodox style and letting go of his ferocious inner self is dubbed "Metztli Mode".

* DeadlyUpgrade: His "Metztli Mode" is actually not as much of a SuperMode as one would expect, as it can easily backfire. His trainer knows this and merely refers to it as "bad habits".
* JackOfAllStats: Possibly even a LightningBruiser
* RedBaron: Known as "Metztli", an aztec deity.
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!!'''Hiroko Makunouchi'''
->Voiced by: Yorie Terauchi (JP)

Hiroko is Ippo's widowed mother. She is a very kind and strong willed woman who cares for her son a great deal. She started running the fishing business after her husband, Kazuo, [[HeroicSacrifice died after saving his friend Sakuma]]. Though she refuses to attend any of Ippo's matches because she doesn't want to watch him get hurt, she supports his boxing wholeheartedly because she knows how much joy it has brought to his life and how it has helped him with his self-esteem. Since Kazuo's death, Ippo and Hiroko have been more or less alone in the world; so the strength of their family bond is no surprise.
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* [[spoiler: IllGirl: She ''collapses'' out of fatigue and illness at one point. She gets better, though.]]
* OpenMindedParent
* ThePollyanna: Adult version, as she's almost unfailingly cheerful despite how hard her life has been.
* SilkHidingSteel: Repeat: kind and strong willed lady.

!!'''Kazuo Makunouchi'''

[[DisappearedDad Ippo's deceased father]]. Not much is known about his past other than he was a fisherman who [[BoisterousBruiser loved to get into fights]], and that he had a powerful punch. He died when Ippo was much younger, saving his friend Sakuma in a storm. Ippo's mother said that Kazuo was more suited to be a boxer than Ippo was. In a flashback in volume 56, Kazuo said Ippo was weak and he was going to "train" him. It is unknown what training he was planning to put Ippo through. It is through his strategy that Ippo beat Miyata (When Kazuo was to fight a stronger opponent, he would picture his opponent as a fish and all the tension would go away). He also won his match against Iwao Shimabukuro with the same strategy
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* BoisterousBruiser
* BunnyEarsLawyer: To not get nervous, whenever he got into fights he pictured his opponent as. . . a fish. Yeah, really. Ippo does the same against Miyata [[spoiler: and Shimabukuro.]]
* DeathByOriginStory
* DisappearedDad
* GenerationXerox: Looked like an OlderAndWiser Ippo.
* HeroicSacrifice: How he died, saving a friend during a storm


!!'''Masahiko Umezawa'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/MitsuakiMadono (JP)

We first meet Umezawa as a bully in Ippo's school who is constantly tormenting and eploiting him. However, as Ippo begins to get into boxing and grow more as a fighter, Umezawa notices the changes in him and discovers a newfound admiration for the guy he used to push around. He started to watch all of Ippo's fights and invite other delinquents to do so, as they were all boxing fans. After graduation, Umezawa decides to help Ippo by working at the Makunoichis' Fishing Shop so he could focus on his training. Currently he is easily Ippo's 1# fan and one of his best friends.
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* CharacterDevelopment: Easily one of the best cases in the series.
* {{Delinquents}}
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Stops slicking his hair back after graduation.
* {{Jerkass}}: He got better.
** HeelFaceTurn and HeelRealization
* HiddenDepths: He dreams of becoming a succesful mangaka and is actually a pretty good artist.


!!'''Kumi Mashiba'''
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->Voiced by: Creator/SanaeKobayashi (JP), Yuka Hirata (JP, New Challenger), Creator/StephanieSheh (EN)

Kumi is Ryo Mashiba's sweet-natured, but hard-working and willful younger sister, and as such understands him better than anyone else. She will do almost anything to support her brother and make him happy, including going to his matches even though she doesn't like to see him get hurt. Ippo becomes infatuated with her early on, but didn't have a chance to tell her until more than a year later, when they met in an hospital as patient and nurse some months after the Ippo/Mashiba ring. They become friends and Kumi comes to like Ippo back, but their relationship tends to suffer from their friends' and relatives' constant interference, and also was somewhat strained after Ippo thought she was smitten with Dr. Sanada, until Kumi herself clarified the mistake after their match but didn't get a chance to say that Ippo was the one she really loved. Kumi tends to be modest and shy, but she will stand up for her brother and friends at a moment's notice.
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* HospitalHottie
* MoralityChain: If she wasn't around, Mashiba would be ''even more'' of a jerk.
* CuteBruiser: Shows a little of this when [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ryo demanded to know who she was talking to on the phone.]]
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Sociopathic Boxer's Beautiful Little Sister]]
* TwiceShy: with Ippo.
* DeadpanSnarker: She has her moments

!!'''Tomiko'''
->Voiced by: Shoko Tsuda (JP), Helen Storm (EN)

* {{Butterface}}
* GenkiGirl
* {{Gonk}}
* HeyItsThatVoice: Shouko Tsuda aka [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Izumi Curtis.]]
* UglyGuyHotWife: Inverted, she is who is the ugly one while Aoki is the better looking of the two.

!!'''Aiko Date'''
->Voiced by: Creator/SakikoTamagawa (JP)

* HappilyMarried
* IllGirl
* TheOjou
* PluckyGirl
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: Dealed to her husband when she notices that he's frustrated and depressed after spending years as a SalaryMan to provide for her and their son Yuushi, despite being a born fighter.]]

!!'''Minoru Fujii'''
->Voiced by: KenichiOno (JP)

A reporter for a boxing magazine that has been following Ippo's career since his second spar with Miyata. Occasionally he drops by with information concerning opposing fighters in upcoming matches for the Kamogawa gym members.
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* IntrepidReporter
* MrExposition: If there's someone in the local boxing corner with good contacts and handy info, it's him.
* PermaStubble
* SharpDressedMan
* SmokingIsCool


!!'''Mari Iimura'''
->Voiced by: Creator/EmiShinohara (JP)

A 23-year-old sportswriter who works alongside Fujii at Boxing Fan Monthly. Iimura's calm indifference and sharp wit serve often to put off those who would judge her only for beauty, but she is an avid boxing fan and, though less experienced than some, an outstanding journalist. Has an interest in Ippo, but as with most of the love in the series, [[AllLoveIsUnrequited her love is unrequited]]
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* CoolBigSis
* HotScoop
* {{Meganekko}}
* [[LoveTriangle Love Rectangle]]: With Ippo, Kumi, and Nanako

!!'''Dr. Yamaguchi'''
->Voiced by: Creator/YukoKobayashi (JP)

* CoolBigSis
* HelloNurse
* TheMedic
* {{Meganekko}}

!!'''Miyata Sr.'''
->Voiced by: Creator/UnshoIshizuka (JP)

Miyata Sr. is the trainer of his son, Ichiro Miyata. He was a former OPBF champion who was headed for the World stage [[GameBreakingInjury before having his jaw broken by Randy Boy Sr]], ending his career. Broken, as both a fighter and a man, Miyata Sr. began drinking heavily, causing his wife to leave him. However, he finds hope in his son, who has [[GenerationXerox picked up his boxing style without having been formally trained]] and becomes his trainer.
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* AlcoholicParent: Was this before training his son.
* LikeFatherLikeSon
* NoNameGiven
* [[StageMom Stage Dad]]: Subverted, Miyata took up boxing because ''he'' chose to.
* SignatureMove: Jolt Counter

!!'''Jinpachi Nekota'''
->Voiced by: Creator/IchiroNagai (JP)

Nekota Ginpachi is a long time friend and eternal rival of Kamogawa Genji. In the past he was a natual boxer with wild instincts that even Kamogawa and Dankichi said were better than theirs but never admitting to Nekota. With fast reflexes and superb agility, Nekota was as powerful as Kamogawa and Dankichi. However, after a match with Kamogawa, Nekota found himself suffering from [[spoiler: Punch Drunk Syndrome]]. Knowing this, he still took on American soldier Ralph Anderson, who was a Welterweight world ranker before WWII. He was beating Anderson before getting hit by a rabbit punch, causing a GameBreakingInjury which allowed Anderson to win. Now, Nekota is a freelance boxing trainer on par or better than Kamogawa. He frequently shows up to big fights in the Japanese boxing scene as well as to support the Kamogawa gang in their biggest of fights.
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* BadassGrandpa
* BaldOfAwesome
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* CoolOldGuy
* EyesAlwaysShut
* IWasQuiteALooker
* TeamDad
* [[spoiler: TragicDream: A GameBreakingInjury left him with brain damage.]]
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: In the backstory, with Kamogawa and [[spoiler: Yuki]].
* VerbalTic: Usually ends his sentences with "-dani" or "-daniyo".

!!'''Yuki-san'''
A beautiful young woman who adored sunflowers. Yuki met Kamogawa and Nekota at a boxing match in the 1950s. Smitten, they offered to put her up at Kamogawa's house to protect her from American soldiers. It was soon revealed, however, that Yuki was a victim of radiation poisoning from the [[WorldWarII American bombing of Hiroshima]], and that she had come to Tokyo in hopes of living out her last days in happiness. When Nekota left Tokyo to live in the mountains, Yuki went with him; Kamogawa asked her to take care of his now-impaired best friend. Although—or perhaps because—Yuki had fallen in love with Kamogawa, she spent the rest of her life in the mountains with Nekota as per his request, [[spoiler:dying peacefully some time later.]]
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* BodyguardCrush: On [[spoiler: Kamogawa]].
* [[spoiler: DeathByOriginStory]]
* FlowerMotifs: Sunflowers.
* [[spoiler: IllGirl: She was a Hiroshima survivor and died of radiation poisoning some time later.]]
* SunnySunflowerDisposition
* YamatoNadeshiko

!!'''Sakaguchi-san'''
->Voiced by: Creator/MinoruInaba (JP)

* {{Expy}}: Of Don King, and '''how'''
* {{Jerkass}}
* LargeHam

!!'''Dankichi Hama'''
->Voiced by: Creator/SeizoKato (JP)

* BadassGrandpa
* GlassCannon: He was a brilliant fighter with the use of the Hien, a jab which is quickly changed into a hook or an uppercut. His problem: a glass jaw.
* TheRival: To Kamogawa
* SternTeacher: To Sanada, and later to [[spoiler: Volg]].

!!'''Reiko Mikami'''
->Voiced by: Creator/AkemiOkamura (JP)

* {{Meganekko}}
* NamesTheSame: With a certain [[Anime/GhostSweeperMikami exorcist]].
* PluckyGirl
* WhatTheHellHero: Threatens Yusuke with dumping him for becoming lazy and greedy. [[spoiler: When he gets better, she stays by him.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko

!!'''Miguel Zail'''
->Voiced by: Iizuka Shouzou (JP)

Miguel is a renowned American boxing trainer with experience dating back as far as World War II. Any boxers he trains soon become champions. What separates Miguel from other trainers is that he develops...unique styles within his boxers. It's this uniqueness that allows the likes of Bryan Hawk and Woli to become champions without much effort or experience. Miguel has a history with Kamogawa, but neither men recognized each other until Woli and Ippo met at the weigh-in.

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* AFatherToHisMen: To Woli.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: He saw Bryan Hawk for what he was, but his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to train Bryan to become a boxer, thus granting him a "licence to kill."
** He's been shown to have a {{Slasher Smile}} during the Hawk vs. Takamura match.
** Subverted when he's shown again in the [[spoiler:Kamogawa/Nekota flashback]], and again with Woli.
* DelinquentHair: It's kind of unusual for an old man to be sporting a mohawk.
* GenreSavvy: When Takamura snaps and proceeds to beat the living daylights out of Hawk, Miguel realizes that Hawk himself, being so very similar to Takamura, must have a "hidden reserve" as well.


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