Here is the page detailing the specific characters that inhabit the world of ''Manga/HanaYoriDango''.

!!Makino Tsukushi
--> Voiced by: Maki Mochida (JP), Creator/KellySheridan (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Barbie Hsu (''Meteor Garden'' as Shan Cai), Mao Inoue (JP)

The protagonist. A poor but extremely determined girl that wins a scholarship to Eitoku Academy. Originally, she tries not to stand out and ignores the bullying atmosphere despite her inclinations, but when her friends is threatened by the chief bully, she decides to dedicate herself to resisting it. The series focuses mostly on her romantic tribulations, first with the reserved Rui Hanazawa, then with the hot-blooded Tsukasa Domyoji [[spoiler: who she ends up marrying.]]

* AdrenalineMakeover
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: As a family that moves from middle class to extremely poor, she tends to get a lot of flack at a school where its normal for students to go on field trips to Hawaii.
* BreakTheCutie: She goes through this over the course of the series, but her PluckyGirl nature tends to win out over despair in the end.
* BrainyBrunette: She actually got into Eitoku due to her own book smarts.
* ButtMonkey
* CatchPhrase: Tsukushi's "Unbelievable!" ("''Arienai-tsu no!''")
* DeadpanSnarker: Although it's mostly wasted on the SarcasmBlind Tsukasa.
* FriendToAllChildren: She has a soft spot for them, and they like her since she has no problem getting down on their level.
* GoldDigger: Her parents wants her to be this.
* TheHero
* KnightInSourArmor: In her war against bullies.
* MeaningfulName: "Tsukushi" really is a stubborn weed (a type of horsetail, to be exact), and the character holds herself to it.
* ParentalNeglect: While they're generally flighty but loving, one chapter has her coming home from school to find them and her brother packing their things: they were moving out to the city, not taking Tsukushi, or planning to tell her until that very day. Keep in mind Tsukushi's is in school and has no job...Her parents promise to send money for her, but when she finally gets a letter from them, it says that they don't have money to send her yet, so here, have some strips of seaweed. Tsukushi honestly thought she'd starve, and probably would have if not for her friends. They are also incredibly stupid, want Tsukushi to be a gold digger and keep losing money on pointless things like pachinko resulting in their poverty...
* PerpetualPoverty
* PluckyGirl: ''Extremely'' so. She puts up with enough crap in the first few episodes alone that anyone without superhuman resources of moxie would just curl up and die.
* ScholarshipStudent
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules
* SheCleansUpNicely: First seen at Shizuka's party.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: At first, at least, and it's worth noting that she very emphatically likes Tsukasa ''despite'' his {{Jerkass}} tendencies, and doesn't even give him the time of day before he shows his [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]].
** AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Still ends up with Tsukasa in the end. (Though ''only'' when he grows past his worst traits.)
* {{Tomboy}}: Has definite traits of this (especially compared to most of the other girls in the series), from her outspoken personality to her daily pushup routine.
* TraumaticHaircut: Tsukushi gets her hair ruined by a bunch of bullies and has to get it cut, first by her mom and then by Rui.
* {{Tsundere}}: Rui (at least at first) gets most of the "dere-dere" where as Tsukasa gets the lion's share of the "tsun-tsun" (oddly enough, he seems to prefer it that way).
* WillNotBeAVictim: Utterly ''refuses'' to let bad luck and harassment get to her.
* WomenAreWiser: Especially when compared to Tsukasa, although Tsukushi is generally just more canny than the RichInDollarsPoorInSense people that surround her, regardless of gender.

!!Domyoji Tsukasa
--> Voiced by: Naoki Miyashita (JP), Michael Adamthwhaite (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Jerry Yan (''Meteor Garden'' as Dao Ming Si), Jun Matsumoto (JP)

Tsukushi's initial worst enemy. He starts out as [[DiscOneFinalBoss a brutish, malevolent bully who is Tsukushi's main obstacle to happiness]], [[VillainDecay then his attempts to harass her get less and less threatening and more and more amusing]], and finally he becomes the main LoveInterest. He's emotionally stunted, immature, and kind of an idiot, all of which get more sympathetic once you understand the [[AbusiveParents incredible neglect that typified his childhood]]. The richest and most aggressive member of the F4, and therefore the leader. He has a definite soft side, especially when it comes to Tsukushi, but has an ''extremely'' gruff exterior.

* AmbiguousDisorder: He displays clear symptoms of some sort of language processing disorder and his grasp of social skills is... immature, to put it lightly.
* BastardBoyfriend: His behaviour falls into this a lot of the time, especially in the original manga.
* TheBigGuy: Definitely this. When in bad mood ([[HairTriggerTemper and it happens often]]) he's willing to punch anyone in his path.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Since Tsukushi is his [[SingleTargetSexuality first and only love]], he's rather clingy.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He's such an enormous ditz that even the characters around him can forget how dangerous he can be when he gets serious.
* DisappearedDad. Mr. Doumyouji is pretty much nonexistant for all that we know.
* TheDitz: As his RunningGag involving [[TheMalaproper malapropisms]] would tell, he's utterly [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense ignorant as he is sheltered]].
* DumbMuscle: The strongest of the F4 and the most likely to do something boneheaded.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Tsukushi is enchanted listening him playing the piano.
** Subverted as he recalls that as a kid [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior he liked '''smashing''' instruments.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: He wouldn't have been one of the most terrifying bullies in a shoujo manga if he wasn't this.
* HeelFaceTurn
* HiddenDepths
* IdiotHero
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Becomes this for a while when Kaede cuts him off.
* InterclassRomance: With Tsukushi.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeFashionable
* {{Jerkass}} --> {{Jerk With A Heart Of Gold}}
* LonelyRichKid
* LoveAtFirstPunch: With Tsukushi. So much that they once provided the picture in the main page!
* LoveRedeems
* {{Malaproper}}: Very, very much. In the manga, other characters [[BreakingTheFourthWall have even broken the fifth wall]] to point out his inability to speak certain simple words in Kanji (as represented in his speech bubble).
* NoSocialSkills: Technically has a grasp of manners for formal social occasions, but faceplants whenever he has to interact with other people in a casual setting. He doesn't seem to grasp how and why other people react to emotional stimuli.
* ParentalNeglect: His main FreudianExcuse.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: AND HOW!
* LastGuyWins
* QuirkyCurls: A RunningGag is people notice how weird his hair is.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The Manly Man to Rui's Sensitive Guy.
* ShelteredAristocrat: Gradually changes in portrayal from a more snobby and superior type to a more silly and naive type.
* SingleTargetSexuality: The only woman he seems attracted to is Tsukushi, despite the beautiful girls who throw themselves at him.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Despite his weird hair manages to catch the chick's eye, and when he have it straightened he looks ''very'' handsome.
* WouldHitAGirl: The number of times he attacks Tsukishi and others is disturbing.
** MasochismTango: Still probably not as often as she beats him though (although in this case, it is clearly done for slapstick humour).

!!Rui Hanazawa
--> Voiced by: Kouji Yamamoto (JP), Stephen Park (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Vic Zhou (''Meteor Garden'' as Hua Ze Lei), Shun Oguri (JP)

The closest that Tsukasa has to a best friend, and a member of the F4 as well. Tsukushi has a crush on him, since he has helped her out more than once. He's revealed to be still hung up on Shizuka, his childhood friend.

* AmbiguousDisorder: Displays a lot of the symptoms of someone on the autistic spectrum. This is explicitly recognized in the manga, albeit with a HollywoodPsych approach to autism.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl]]: ''Twice''.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Gifted violin player.
* TheLancer
* LonelyRichKid
* NoSocialSkills: Blunt and aloof; he doesn't seem to understand many social cues, tying in with his AmbiguousDisorder.
* TheQuietOne
* SensitiveGuyandManlyMan: The Sensitive Guy to Tsukasa's Manly Man
* ShrinkingViolet: Used to have huge panic attacks as a kid. He got better thanks to Shizuka, but becomes emotionally dependent on her.
* [[TallDarkAndHandsome Tall, Blonde, and Handsome]]

!!Akira Mimasaka
--> Voiced by: Yuuta Mochizuki (JP), Alistair Abell (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Vanness Wu (''Meteor Garden'' as Mei Zuo), Tsuyoshi Abe (JP)

Third member of the F4, and a snarky playboy whose family belongs to the {{Yakuza}} in some continuities.

* TheChick
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Soujiro.
* LikesOlderWomen: He likes his ladies older, since his mother is OneOfTheKids.
* OnlySaneMan
* TeamDad: A rather sui-generis case. He doesn't particularly care about forcing morality on the group (and probably couldn't if he wanted to) but is the general mediator for conflicts and seems to take it upon his shoulders when the group isn't getting along, eventually leading to him getting in a fistfight with Tsukasa when the latter won't stop stirring up drama with Rui.
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Soujiro.
* [[YakuzaPrincess Yakuza Prince]]: Specifically, in the live action.

!!Soujiro Nichikado
--> Voiced by: Yoshihiko Akaida (JP), Creator/AndrewFrancis (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Ken Zhu (''Meteor Garden'' as Xi Men), Shota Matsuda (JP)

Fourth member of the F4, he comes from a very traditional family involved in the tea ceremony business.

* TheCasanova
* TheDutifulSon: He serves this purpose in his family; his oldest brother left to become a doctor and is considered the black sheep of the family, while Soujirou stayed behind to train to take charge of his family's tea ceremony enterprise. However, while he's not the protagonist, he's a far more important character than his never-seen brother, and is a flagrant hedonist and womanizer.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Akira.
* LonelyRichKid
* ShipTease: With Yuki, in some continuities.
* TheSmartGuy
* TallDarkAndSnarky
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Akira.

!!Yuuki Matsuoka
--> Voiced by: Kanako Tobimatsu (JP), Creator/TabithaStGermain (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Rainie Yang (''Meteor Garden'' as Xiao You), Aki Nishihara (JP)

Tsukushi's old friend, who works part-time with her in a dango shop.

* BetterAsFriends: With Soujiro.
* TheCutie
* GirlNextDoor
* ImportantHaircut
* ShipTease: Again, with Soujiro.

!!Makiko Endou
--> Voiced by: Fuuko Misaki (JP), Creator/NicoleBouma (EN)

The first friend that Tsukishi makes in Eitoku. It's thanks to Tsukushi standing up for her sake that she's at first targeted by the F4.

* BrokenBird: For such a shy and sweet girl, she's very cynical about Eitoku as a whole.
* LovableCoward
* ShrinkingViolet

!!Shizuka Todou
--> Voiced by: Keiko Imamura (JP), Creator/NicoleOliver (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Winnie Qian (''Meteor Garden'' as Teng Tang Qing), Mayumi Sada (JP)

Rui's girlfriend, a beautiful actress and teen idol.

* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* CoolBigSis
* [[spoiler: ImportantHaircut: To prove that she's serious into retiring from showbiz to become a lawyer, she cuts off her long dark hair.]]
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: For Rui.
* NiceGirl
* TheOjou
* TeamMom: She seems to have formerly filled this role for the F4, and her absence may have something to do [[MoralityChain with the extreme levels of jerkassery they've fallen to by the beginning of the series.]]

!!Kazuya Aoike
--> Voiced by: Yoji Ietomi (JP), Creator/BradSwaile (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Edward Ou (''Meteor Garden'' as Chen Qing He)

Tsukushi's old friend, who arrives to Eitoku after his parents make it to the top of their business.

* ButtMonkey
* TheChewToy
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Tsukushi
** UnluckyChildhoodFriend
* NouveauRiche
* UndyingLoyalty: Towards Tsukushi.

!!Sakurako Sanjou
--> Voiced by: Creator/RumiShishido (JP); Joecelyne Lowen (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Ye An Tin (''Meteor Garden'' as Li Zhen); Megumi Sato (JP)

A really pretty girl whom Tsukushi protects from some people harassing her. However, she has a far darker side...

* BitchInSheepsClothing:
** [[spoiler: GoodIsNotNice: After her CharacterDevelopment and HeelFaceTurn.]]
* [[spoiler: DisproportionateRetribution: And HOW. She does all kinds of horrible things to Tsukushi... to obtain her {{revenge}} on Tsukasa, who bullied her and called her ugly as a child.]]
* [[spoiler: FalseFriend]]
* FemmeFatale
* IAmNotPretty: To the extent of [[spoiler: getting plastic surgery because Tsukasa relentlessly bullied her due to being merely plain in looks. ''At age 16'', people.]]
* [[spoiler: IJustWantToBeBeautiful: ... Sorta.]]
* [[spoiler: LoveMakesYouEvil]]
* WomanScorned
* [[spoiler: {{Yandere}}]]

!!Kaede Domyouji
--> Voiced by: Creator/MikaDoi (JP)
--> Portrayed by: Zhen Xiu (''Meteor Garden'' as Dao Ming Feng), Mariko Kaga (JP)

Tsukasa's mother, as well as the leaderess of the Doumyouji family.

* AbusiveParents: To both Tsubaki and Tsukasa. It says a lot when we see that she's the ONLY person who terrifies the plucky Tsubaki into submission.
* ArrangedMarriage: Ropes Tsubaki into one, wants to do that to Tsukasa and Shigeru.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive
* EvilMatriarch: And holy goddamned shit HOW!
* HeelFaceTurn
* ParentalMarriageVeto
* RichBitch: ''And how''.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Yissssss.

!!Tsubaki Doumyouji
--> Voiced by: Chiho Ohkawa (JP); Willow Johnson (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Mary Hsu (''Meteor Garden'' as Dao Ming Zhuang), Nanako Matsushima (JP)

Tsukasa's older sister, and the one who was mostly in charge of his early upbringing due to ParentalAbandonment. A gorgeous and famous top model, she lives with her husband in the USA.

* ArrangedMarriage
* CoolBigSis
* TheOjou
* ParentalMarriageVeto: We learn she used to date a working-class boy and her mom put an end to their relationship.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A, to the core.

!!Shigeru Ookawahara
--> Voiced by: Emika Sato (JP); Rebecca Shoichet (EN)
--> Portrayed by: Ke Huan Ru (''Meteor Garden'' as He Yuan Zi)

Tsukasa's very cute, yet also ''very'' eccentric fiancée.

* ArrangedMarriage: With Tsukasa. She does sorta like him, but is aware that he loves Tsukushi.
* BoyishShortHair
* CloudCuckooLander
* GenderBlenderName
* GenkiGirl
* TheOjou
* ShipperOnDeck: For Tsukasa and Tsukushi.

!!Yuriko Asai, Minako Yamano, and Erika Ayuhara

Three girls who are INSANELY jealous of Tsukushi for the attention she gets from the F4.

* {{Alpha Bitch}}es: A whole GirlPosse of them.
* {{Clingy Jealous Girl}}s
* GreenEyedMonster
* {{Rich Bitch}}es
* {{Satellite Character}}s: Their whole gig is about them bullying Tsukushi due to jealousy over the F4.
* TerribleTrio


The head nurse from Eitoku.

* CanonForeigner: Only appears in the anime.
* CloudCuckooLander: Though, if you pay some attention to her rants, [[TheCloudCuckooLanderWasRight you may find some useful advice.]]