This is a list of characters for the manga series ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma''.

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!Tootsuki Students

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!! Soma Yukihira
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YukiOno (vomic) and Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka (anime)

Hailing from family-run local restaurant ''Yukihira'', Soma immediately antagonizes his fellow 92nd Generation freshmen by bragging about using them as his stepping-stones to glory. Widely dismissed as a braggart transferee from a no-name diner, Soma gradually climbs up the ranks of his batch with his work experience, a steely resolve, and a willingness to experiment, all of which he learned from his father Jouichirou, who he aspires to one day defeat to prove himself worthy of inheriting their restaurant.
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* AccidentalPervert: On his first night at the Polaris Dormitory he walks in on a naked Megumi.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Everyone assumed he's a small fry since he comes from a simple family restaurant. And this continues ''after'' his enrollment, as the BadassBoast speech he made for his introduction pisses everyone else present in the ceremony.
* {{Badass}}: Possesses uncanny culinary skills and techniques, backed by an indomitable aura, who knows how impress the audience, judges and opponents.
* BadassBoast: On his introduction Soma claims he will use his schoolmates as stepping-stones to glory, which obviously made him a marked man. When Erina confronts him with the fact that most of the batch-mates he offended received high-quality education in middle school, he counters that he already had work experience as early as ''three years old''.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Soma's creativity allows him to utilize some of the techniques of his opponents, whether it be against them in their own match or against new rivals.
** Against Ikumi, he managed to beat her special meat dish by complementing the rice and meat to create a more unified and addicting flavor.
** In the first Fall Classic match, he used a simple molecular gastronomy technique to beat Alice's more exquisite bento.
** Subverted in the Fall Classic Preliminary Round, where his curry dish almost won against curry specialist Akira Hayama, but although more of the panelists have preferred Soma's dish, his score still ended up losing by one point to Akira and tying with Ryou.
** To increase the level of the Shokugeki, Soma informed Subaru that he had planned to make "Beef Stew" as his entry for the Semifinals, also challenging himself, well aware that the latter ''will'' copy him anyway.
* {{Bishonen}}: Initially drawn no different from a standard shonen hero (to contrast with good-looking Akira, Takumi, Satoshi and Eishi), post-Stagiaire he is drawn with slightly longer hair, symbolizing his maturation as a student-chef.
* BookDumb: Played with. Soma lacks the knowledge of some of the finer aspects of cooking, but makes up for it with his willingness to experiment. It's emphasized that despite not having attended culinary school before, he's had enough hands-on experience in his family restaurant to be more than a match for his peers. On the other hand, later chapters reveal he actually knows a lot of foreign culinary styles, except he only manages to master them through his experiments.
* BrutalHonesty: Soma calls things exactly as he sees them. His father points out that this is what makes him such a skilled chef -- he's not naturally talented, just really honest with his current limitations. He will also go and say whatever he is thinking, mostly challenging any superior chef without hesitation.
* CaptainOblivious:
** Zigzagged with regards to his father, as he doesn't know Jouichirou is globally famous despite seeing photos of him with foreigners and taking phone calls from people who speak different languages.
** He also genuinely doesn't notice that the entire school hates him because of his presentation speech, such as when Kanachi asked him how did he get so many haters in less than a month, and when Ikumi notices how many glares he has been receiving from his batch-mates at the first night of training camp.
* CatchPhrase: "Happy to serve!"; turns into BorrowedCatchphrase as his father also uses it.
* ChallengeSeeker: If he encounters someone that can do what he wants to learn, Soma is ready to give them the fight in that field. This goes UpToEleven upon his return from Stagiaire Week, where he immediately accepts Shokugekis from second-years. And, to Megumi's horror, the first thing he does when he and his fellow top freshmen (including Erina) meet the Elite Ten for the Red Leaf Hunt is to request a Shokugeki against any member of their ranks (though they flatly refused).
* CharacterDevelopment: Though he doesn't realize the true significance of the change, after Akira defeats him in the Fall Classic, he tells Jouichirou over the phone that he wants to stay at Tootsuki to prove himself truly worthy of their family name. Before this, any loss was either against someone with vastly more experience, subjective or thanks to him feeling he hadn't done as well as he could have.
* CharacterTitle: The series is called ''Shokugeki no S'''o'''ma'', but his name is either [[SpellMyNameWithAnS written]] as "''S'''ō'''ma''" or "''S'''ou'''ma''". The word "soma" means "spirit", thus the title means "cooking spirit", a direct pun on his official localized name "Soma".
* ChasteHero: As he is ObliviousToLove, he also shows no interest at all in love. He thinks Ikumi and Mayumi's reactions to each other are just "they are not getting along", is amazed at the new concept of "cooking for the loved person" when Megumi tells this and treats everyone with the same friendly attitude regardless of the gender, not showing reaction to all the blatant MaleGaze around.
* CoolBike: There's an art of Soma with a delivery motorbike around the Fall Classic arc. Following the Red Leaf Hunt he is shown riding a scooter, with the narration explaining that he got himself a student driver's license because Tootsuki is too big to walk through.
* CoolLoser: While he is talented, good-natured and charismatic, the vast majority of the student body (especially [[AcademicAlphaBitch Erina]]) continuously dismiss his talent or try to get him expelled because recognizing his talent would also make them have to accept their own weaknesses. So far the only ones who treat Soma with the respect he deserves are his Polaris dormmates, Mitsuru, past rivals, and a handful of alumni (in particular, Gin, an old friend/rival of his father Jouichirou, and Koujirou, his Stagiaire Week mentor).
* CordonBleughChef: He likes to experiment with strange food combinations that would result in a horrible-tasting dish, such as his "squid with peanut butter".
* DeadpanSnarker: He has moments like this, such as when Takumi says they'll meet again, perhaps at a Shokugeki and leaves on a dramatic note. A few moments later, they're sitting right next to each other on the bus back to the hotel. Soma immediately cracks a joke about "meeting each other" again already.
* DelayedReaction: When he walks in on his dad in the Polaris kitchen, he just begins helping out without thinking, not reacting properly until a few seconds later.
* {{Determinator}}: Soma's greatest strength is his refusal to give up, even against a vastly superior opponent. It helps him keep calm and continue improving himself where everyone else will have simply given up. Despite his irritation at having lost to his father nearly five hundred times, he still takes every match completely seriously, always intending to win. He also keeps working right to the last minute for his match against Subaru and in the next match after that he manages to match two specialists through sheer trial-and-error testing. This also factors into his belief that all chefs must have the courage to withstand defeats until victory is achieved.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Subverted. Even when he did many awesome tasks, the average student body still looks down on him. Even when most of the school snubs him, Soma doesn't care at all about this. Furthering the subversion is the gradual change of heart of many of his schoolmates, more so after [[spoiler:he defeated Subaru and forced him to return all the knives he took from his past opponents]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Soma tries out one of his new dishes (squid tentacles with peanut butter) before feeding it to his classmate, which showcases his quirks as a chef. In a subsequent scene, he astutely notes his mistakes after his match with his father, which displays a bit of a quieter side. Not to mention his incredible improvised meat dish against realtors, which cements himself as an unorthodox but highly determined chef.
* TheEveryman: While he doesn't have a specialty like other characters, his signature style seems to revolve around common, homey dishes. It gets {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in later chapters when people start referring to his food as having "the flavor of the masses."
* FriendlyRivalry: It's almost impossible to make enemies with Soma, since he always ends up befriending or getting along with his opponents: he can hold a normal conversation with Erina despite her protests, has Ikumi falling for him, becomes buddies with Takumi, gets orientation from Akira, talks friendly with Alice during the match, compliments Subaru's motorcycle, and later hangs out with both Akira and Ryou after their Fall Classic match.
* FriendToAllChildren: He's surprisingly good with kids, knowing a lot of little visual tricks with cooking that help grab their attention.
** During the breakfast buffet trial at training camp, he calls a shy little girl to try his omelette breakfast by showcasing it as a "magic trick".
** At a community cooking school where Satoshi works part-time, he and Megumi get the children's attention by appealing to what they find cool, and later encourage them to do their assignments by various methods.
* GenerationXerox:
** Zigzagged, with regards to his father Jouichirou. On one hand he's exactly his dad when he was his age, and both share the same quirks, a fact not lost on Jouichirou's old classmate Gin. On the other hand, he has none of his father's brashness in his youth, instead bringing his mellowed-out personality (as a father) by the time he enters Tootsuki.
** He also shares not-blood-related similarities to Koujirou: both are highly competitive redheads with cocky attitudes, are rivals with {{Ice Queen}}s of their respective generation (Erina and Fuyumi), and are very willing to learn every culinary technique under the sun.
* GoodIsNotDumb: An establishing moment of this trait came from the Sumire District arc, where he pointed out the fact that customers (or people) are greedy in nature.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: He bears a diagonal one across his left eyebrow.
* GracefulLoser: He's a good sport, and at worst he vents his frustrations on his food (for example, on one occasion Satoshi noticed that he served his Polaris dorm-mates a combination of his latest "failure" dishes: the omelette from the training camp's buffet test which nearly cost him his school tenure, and the apple risotto from his latest loss to his dad).
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Averted. While a quick and flexible thinker, Soma clearly lacks the natural talent of Erina, the specialist knowledge of Alice, or even experience with cuisine outside of cheap Japanese foods. However, his twelve years' worth of hands-on experience proves to be a great asset from the beginning, making him a flexible thinker who copes well with pressure and works constantly to improve himself. This allows him to be one of the best chefs of his year, but precisely because he lacks the obvious natural gifts of someone like Akira, the other students resent and belittle him. [[TallPoppySyndrome They look forward to seeing him fail out]] because acknowledging his ability would be the same as admitting that they just don't work hard enough.
* TheHero: He's the protagonist, and his talents in cooking and his overall genial personality attracts no shortage of friends and rivals. Satoshi implies that his uniqueness may bring about larger changes in Tootsuki.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: As noted by Satoshi, almost every school publication spends time either criticizing or dismissing Soma's relevance (for example, by picking bad photos of him or giving more spotlight to the other contestants). The only journalist who genuinely likes him is Mitsuru. It's justified since the negative articles against Soma are the most requested by the student body in part due to him rubbing them off the wrong way with his introduction speech, and because [[TallPoppySyndrome acknowledging his strengths would also mean doing the same for their own weaknesses]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: This happens at one point during the training camp's breakfast buffet. His desire to create a surprising dish (based on his experience) also meant it wasn't suitable for a buffet. He narrowly passes using improvisation and showmanship.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: In the anime, as he would sing loudly the show tunes off-key while having a goofy face. Ironically, he is set to have a Character Single along with other characters[[note]]Erina, Megumi, Ikumi, Satoshi, Koujirou and Takumi[[/note]].
* HopeBringer: Soma is the kind of person that not only gets along with anyone, but also brings out the best of them.
** His victory over Ikumi made her a nicer person and allowed her to accept herself without having to be tough, and by the terms of the Shokugeki, her having to join Don RS has made her start being more adventurous in regards of creating new, more adventurous dishes.
** He gradually influenced Megumi into breaking out of her shyness and finding the courage to stand out on her own.
** Despite winning against Subaru, he nevertheless encouraged the latter to keep trying and that defeats are not the end, even as he influences him to give up his dishonest ways.
** After helping her survive their Stagiaire (OJT) at a struggling restaurant, he helps Hisako come to terms with her loss to Akira, as well as encourages her not only to not give up on her relationship to Erina, but also start seeing herself as more than just her NumberTwo.
** Satoshi perceived from the beginning that Soma was destined to bring change to Tootsuki and hopes the rest of the student body will step up their game, regardless of who he is fighting against. It's also implied Senzaemon has this opinion of him, particularly after his opening speech.
* InsufferableGenius: From the perspective of the average student, Soma is borderline arrogant and condescending to people without real work experience. They always want him to be shown to be nothing special, but he keeps performing admirably until they have to grudgingly admit that he really ''is'' good. Subverted, when it is pointed out that his greatest strength is that he can objectively look at himself, allowing him to see where his limits are and where there's still room for improvement.
* InsultBackfire: When the loan shark claims the ''Yukihira'' is nothing but a failure, Soma presents her with an extremely delicious dish, explaining it was inspired by an accident, i.e. ''from a failure''.
* IResembleThatRemark: Denies being a sore loser, then corrects his dad on how many times he’s lost to him because he doesn’t want him to think he's already won 500 times in a row.
* LastNameBasis: Soma calls almost everyone by their surname, except Takumi, Fumio (to whom he applies the suffix "-san"), Ikumi (whom he nicknames "Nikumi") and Alice (who he labels as "Nakiri's cousin").
* LogicalWeakness: Souma's experience in his father's restaurant serves him well, but only if the situation is similar to what he encountered while working there, otherwise it can work to his disadvantage by giving him false assumptions. During the buffet challenge he almost failed because he didn't consider whether his dish can keep on a heating plate, something largely irrelevant in Yukihira but absolutely crucial in a buffet. He's also unused to handling tasks as complicated and demanding as multiple course meals and really struggles during the Fall Classic semifinals because he's not used to making meals designed to have immediate, powerful impact rather than milder food meant to be eaten regularly.
* MacGyvering: Soma can make any dish taste incredible, even when the barest of ingredients are available. For example, in Fumio's entry test to the Polaris Dormitory, he makes a hamburger with canned mackerel, eggs, onions and panko, and also uses the liquid with the canned mackerel with ponzu to create a sauce for the hamburger.
* MissingMom: His mother, an indirect PlotPoint, as he took his mother's surname "Yukihira" instead of his father's "Saiba". Jouichirou later mentions that he now also goes by "Yukihira", though he's still known the world over as "Saiba".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: While his competitors will use financially expensive ingredients, yet rich in flavor, Soma can pull off the same result by buying affordable items from the local supermarket and any leftovers.
** In his Shokugeki against Ikumi, Soma uses a discounted beef from a supermarket to go against the grade A5 beef -- which is probably the best quality of beef that can be found -- the former uses.
** When Soma is paired against the showy Alice, Soma opts for a Nori bento, which is considered the most basic kind. Soma then makes this bento "evolve".
** He doesn't know how to pick out the best seafood, so instead he opts to try various styles of curing instead. His dish is judged as being by far the most creative and at least on par with the other dishes he was competing against though he stills fails to win.
* NaiveNewcomer: Subverted; he's impressed with every new fact he discovers from Tootsuki or his roommates, but he gets used to it in less than three panels.
* NakedFirstImpression: Downplayed, as they already met in class, but he was seen naked by Megumi when he walks in on her on the bath on his first night at the Polaris Dormitory.
* NervesOfSteel: His father taught him how to stay calm under pressure and, when combined with his experience in the kitchen, helps him keep his cool during high-profile matches. During the breakfast selection during the training camp he makes a mistake in his choice of menu, but quick thinking at the last minute allows him to come up with a new approach and attract nearly 200 customers in only half an hour. In the process, he managed to keep refining and improving his technique. All around him, other people had given up or were panicking, but he remained calm and focused, for which Gin praises him.
* NewTransferStudent: Soma transferred to Tootsuki at the beginning of his first-year in high school. It is not unusual, except Tootsuki also has a middle-school campus, and the majority of tenth-graders hail from there.
* NiceGuy: He's an easy-going and friendly guy at heart who gets along with other classmates. He even befriends his rivals in his cooking duels as well.
* NoFameNoWealthNoService: Most of the school looks down on him because of his humble origins, compared to the many heirs of wealthy restaurants.
* NomDeMom: His father's family name is "Saiba", but since he and his father took "Yukihira" from Jouichirou's wife, nobody realizes that Soma is his son.
* NonUniformUniform: Soma wears his shirts open with a navy blue T-shirt inside (long-sleeved when getting colder) and no tie.
* ObliviousToLove: As of the Fall Classic, at least two girls have a crush on him, yet he can't tell, since he's focused on two things: surviving school and surpassing his dad. '''That's it.'''
* PowerCopying: Not as blatant as Subaru, but he's pretty good at getting inspirations from other dishes and/or concepts. He used Alice's own molecular gastronomy technique against her (sodium alginate and calcium chloride), and against Subaru, he used Hisako's technique to thicken his own stew using collagen in beef tail. However, this trait eventually leads him to failing to win the Fall Classic. Nothing he makes is really unique to him, so even if he can make food on par with other cooks he still hasn't grown as much as they have.
* RedHeadedHero: Even though he is a ''shounen'' hero, he's not the typical FieryRedhead and is fairly cool-headed in every situation.
* RunningGag: Every time Erina tries to tell him how terrible he is, he just laughs it off or ignores it. When she keeps it up, he eventually [[OverusedRunningGag notes that having a normal conversation with her is pretty difficult.]]
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: He gets incredibly frustrated at any perceived loss, no matter who his opponent is. He takes it hard when he failed to help Megumi win against Koujirou during their unofficial Shokugeki, striking his hand against a wall hard enough to hurt himself once Megumi is out of sight. When he gets second place against Akira in the Fall Classic preliminaries he's angry that he didn't get perfect scores across the board, despite only losing by one point to a specialist on his home ground. Losing again in the final is a bit different, however. He's still bitter, but he also acknowledges that Akira's cooking has something he lacks.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: Played with; there are many opportunities for students to get expelled at Tootsuki, thus Soma has to put his cooking experience to the test and improvise when he can to win, yet there are a few moments where he doesn't "entirely succeed".
* SlasherSmile: Sports a vicious one as he brings out his food cart at the end of the second day of the Full Moon Banquet, apparently up to something to beat Terunori in his own game.
* TheSocialExpert: Souma prides himself on his social skills and for good reason. He easily makes friends with those like Ikumi and Alice and, even though she does dislike him, he's one of only a few people who can actually hold a conversation with Erina despite her [[NoSocialSkills notably terrible social skills]]. Going from there, he makes friends with Hisako easily despite her starting with the same opinion of him as her boss and ''then'' makes friends with Hisako's stalker, who likes him enough to decide she doesn't need to hold a grudge against him.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Phonetically, the "o" in his name is written as "''ō''", which equates to "''ou''". Both are correct, but the series' title uses the word "soma" for "spirit", a pun on his name. The English localization uses the latter.
* TaughtByExperience: The crux of his skills; however, even though he's worked in a kitchen for twelve years, he has much to learn, but Soma's a very quick learner and knows how to make his mistakes curb in his favor. After losing to Akira in the Fall Classic, Soma voluntarily subjects himself to intense training under Koujirou's guidance for his second Stagiaire Week shift, and upon returning to Shokugekis from second-years he sets his winning conditions such that his defeated opponents would have to teach him their techniques.
* TransferStudentUniforms: The jacket he wears seems to be the black ''gakuran'' from his previous school, while the Tootsuki high school jacket is navy blue with white borders on the collar, with pleaded brown pants and tie.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Zigzagged. Soma is constantly being labelled by other students for being the nobody from a small restaurant, yet consistently performed better than most of the other students in his year. He managed to beat Ikumi in a Shokugeki, ties with Takumi for their unofficial contest in the summer training camp, and later beats Alice and Subaru in the Fall Classic semifinals -- both of whom were considered to be leagues above him. However, he also lost in an unofficial Shokugeki against Koujirou, scored lower than Akira in the Fall Classic preliminaries and eventually lost out to him by ''one point'' in the finals.
* UndyingLoyalty: He will defend the name of ''Yukihira'' at any cost; this extends to his neighborhood and classmates from his old school.
* UnknownRival
** He sees Erina as a goal for his cooking. She sees him as an eyesore that stubbornly refuses to go away. When he makes it to the Fall Classic he proclaims that he's now only one step below her. She scoffs at his declaration while continuing to demand the shoujo manga that he promised as payment.
** The Elite Ten don't really take him seriously, especially Terunori, who believes it would be a waste of time taking him on. The others aren't as blunt in dismissing his challenges, but they don't really disagree with anything he's saying either.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: While his cooking is very versatile, Soma still comes from a "special-of-the-day" family restaurant, and he "specialize" in simple dishes that can be created and served on the spot.
** This briefly becomes a negative during the breakfast buffet trial, as he's used to serving food immediately. The solution? Put on a show to attract customers.
** The same aspect also bit him back for his Stagiaire shift at ''SHINO's''. He simply isn't used to the amount of forethought and planning needed to ensure that the dishes in multiple multi-course meals go out at precisely the right time.
* WildCard: According to Satoshi's appraisal, Soma's unorthodox methods and his sheer determination have the potential to rock Tootsuki's status quo by provoking his batch-mates into striving to become more than what they are in the present.
* WorthyOpponent: Koujirou respects his guts to challenge him into an unofficial Shokugeki to force him to change his mind regarding Megumi's expulsion at the training camp, and thus ([[SinkOrSwimMentor in his own way]]) takes him in as protege for Stagiaire Week. Likewise Alice is impressed with his ability to redesign his breakfast buffet and attract 192 customers in only half an hour to complete the minimum 200 servings required to pass, telling him that she looks forward to dueling him come Fall Classic.
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!! Megumi Tadokoro
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->'''Voiced by:''' Minami Takahashi

Clumsy and shy Megumi left Tohoku unprepared for life in Tootsuki, its competitive atmosphere totally at odds with her mellower approach to cooking, leaving her with a bad case of stage fright and poor grades, such that by the time she survives into tenth-grade (and even then she has the lowest passing score) she was only one failing grade away from expulsion. After surviving her first class upon being paired with Soma, however, she begins to look up to him as her greatest hope for helping her fulfill her dream of making her family and hometown proud.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Particularly during training camp, where she reaches nearly AccidentalPornomancer levels with Hinako and Donato. In the breakfast buffet trial, when a customer tries her dish, he asks if she would marry his grandson.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Initially looked down upon due to her poor grades and submissive attitude, she's considered a bit of a laughingstock. During training camp she makes a good impression with the instructors, allowing her to participate in the Fall Classic. Though her schoolmates are initially baffled at her inclusion, they eventually come around and respect her abilities after her match in the quarterfinals even though she's defeated soundly by Ryou.
* ApologizesALot: Seeing Megumi and Jun interact, Soma’s eyes glaze over as he realizes they’re stuck in an infinite loop of apologies.
* AudienceSurrogate: Initially, her role was to be the StraightMan to Soma's overconfident antics as well as an observer to his various habits.
* AnimalMotifs: She has been compared to a rabbit twice: her nickname as a table tennis player is the "Tohoku Hopping Hare", and after her match with Ryou, she was described as "a bunny going against a wolf".
* BadassAdorable: After she regained her confidence and lost her stage fright, she managed to give Ryou a good match while still being sweet, cute Megumi. She also made it through the preliminaries due to her skill at cutting hanging monkfish, something she mastered when she was very young despite the obvious difficulty in cutting up a fish larger than she was.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Soma -- both come from a humble background and suffer from bullying at school, yet are better cooks than the average lot. When given the opportunity, they can make friends easily.
* BookDumb: Megumi has had a poor academic performance simply because she cannot cope well under pressure and doesn't specialize in technical perfection to begin with.
* BoringButPractical: Her dishes tend to be simpler than many of the other students and she doesn't know how to prepare complex dishes like a suitable meat based ramen. However, she does a very good job with normal produce.
* CharacterDevelopment: She starts out with low self esteem and nervousness due to being a borderline failure. After being paired with Soma, she starts to gets back to her feet. After the training camp, she's earned the respect of several alumni, and by the Fall Classic, she can stand on her own without Soma's help, even managing to be able to go toe-to-toe with the incredibly aggressive Ryou.
* ComfortFood: Megumi's specialty. While dishes from other characters cause the well known orgasmic reactions and imagery in those who eat them, Megumi's dishes cause a different kind of reactions and imagery -- that being of simple, heartwarming happiness. The Fall Classic judges are even shown relaxing around a kotatsu after trying her curry dish, and just one bite of her dish during her Shokugeki against Koujirou gave the latter a flashback to his childhood with his mother.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: She was a borderline failure at the start, without self-confidence and with a lot of clumsiness. After getting through those issues and focusing more on her niche as a cook, she shows that she can actually go toe-to-toe with some the best of the 92nd Generation, even making it into the Fall Classic. She's also been able to prepare hanging monkfish since she was a child, which amazes everyone.
* CuteClumsyGirl: When she's under pressure she makes a lot of mistakes, mainly in classes. [[DeconstructedTrope This leads to her repeatedly failing her classes]] and being mocked by the other students who don't know her real skill such that, by the time she hits tenth-grade, she was one only one failing grade away from being expelled.
* TheCutie: While most chefs look {{Badass}} when they're cooking, she's the character who always looks more [[BadassAdorable adorable]] than badass, even in table tennis.
* {{Determinator}}: Despite her poor reputation in Tootsuki, Megumi wants to cook her best, primarily inspired by Soma. As seen in her flashbacks, she learned as a child to cut hanging goosefish (which is a very hard task, specially for a little girl) to keep up with the tradition of her ryokan once their chef had to retire. The fishermen admired her determination so much that to this day they place her in high regard.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Played with during Training Camp, where legendary alumna Hinako starts caressing her hand after meeting her.
* {{Fainting}}: PlayedForLaughs during her Stagiaire shift -- even after she GrewASpine, she still cannot help but pass out upon realizing that not only is she paired with Erina, but they also had to deal with a chef who absolutely refuses to be told around by students. She even imagines writing a letter to Soma asking of his own status.
* {{Foil}}: Two examples.
** To Soma -- where the former is the adaptive, cunning challenge seeker, Megumi is the underdog with a terminal case of shyness.
** To Miyako -- the former has been exposed to sexist male chefs in her family-run restaurant; in contrast, Megumi is surrounded by men who dearly appreciate her talents.
%%* GirlishPigtails[=/=]HairDecorations: Of the Girlish Twinbraids variety, and also has a small flower pin in her right side.
* GrewASpine: After going head-to-head with Koujirou during training camp and learning to focus on her cooking and not the stakes of her duels, she comes out of the experience with even more self confidence. She's still not exactly the boldest member of the cast, but she can now stick up for her own viewpoints and style as necessary. She also stops having to rely on Soma after the training camp, scoring good grades now that she no longer considers herself completely incompetent.
* HarshWordImpact: Twice by Soma, and once by a little girl who she was teaching cooking.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: As hospitality is key in her dishes, she also works under a mentality of "cook for someone you love, and it will be tastier". [[spoiler:This comes to a head with her budding affections for Soma, as she recalls the events of the preliminaries in the Fall Classic]].
* HiddenDepths: Before enrolling into Tootsuki, Megumi was a national-level table tennis player. A few chapters focuses on her playing when not cooking, and everyone else gets so worked up in the sport the narration has to remind the audience that ''Shokugeki no Soma'' is still a cooking manga.
* KnowYourVines: She can easily recognize and get herbs and other plants in the forest section of the training camp.
* TheLancer: She has served as Soma's cooking partner through a number of assignments as well as offering constructive feedback on his cooking.
* LetsGetDangerous: Anytime she's about to play table tennis and when she strategizes for the Fall Classic (though she relapses into NervousWreck occasionally).
* NakedFirstImpression: Soma walks in on her bathing on his first night at the Polaris Dormitory. They'd already met on their first tenth-grade class, but this was their first meeting outside of class.
* NervousWreck: In her earlier days at Tootsuki, she was constantly overwhelmed by the pressure of grades and stage fright, which prompted her to make a lot of mistakes and, therefore, failing her classes. Soma notes that she became more confident once she stopped staring at the pot while counting every minute, but she still panics whenever she's around more talented people or whenever Soma does something reckless.
* NiceGirl: Unlike the other students, she's not competitive at all and is more concerned about making people happy than doing well herself. She's eventually advised that she should probably focus on this hospitality aspect rather than obsessing over small details. While she may not be able to make a terrine nearly as good as Shinomiya's, her version ''does'' contain a thoughtfulness that his lacks, such as including allspice to help the judges' digestion after a full day of sampling hundreds of dishes.
* NormalFishInATinyPond: Megumi is the best cook in her hometown, but in Tootsuki she was on the verge of expulsion before Soma bailed her out. Tootsuki emphasizes technical perfection, calm under pressure, and a certain emotional distance in the preparation, but Megumi is easily intimidated and specializes in adapting her cooking to suit the particular needs of whoever she’s cooking for. She's still within the top ten of her year, but Tootsuki's competitive and demanding nature came as a shock to her.
* OnlySaneWoman: She's apparently the only normal resident the Polaris Dormitory, as most of the other students can, and frequently do, behave like rowdy party animals. {{Lampshaded}} when she says Soma will "fit right in" with the wacky residents.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: In Chapter 69, Megumi believes that she's gotten stronger because of the support of her friends.
* RedBaron: Aside from the nicknames some of the legendary alumni were proposing for her, Megumi is also known as "The Tohoku Hopping Hare" as a table tennis player.
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: She's trapped in a negative loop at the start of the story. Her grades are bad, which stress her out. When she's stressed, she loses confidence. Without confidence, she makes mistakes. When she makes mistakes, she gets bad grades. Simply hearing she's at risk of failing made her all the more likely to fail. She manages to break out of her loop when Soma gives her a chance to breathe and then helped her avoid thinking of the consequences of failure, allowing her to do her best without worrying.
* ShrinkingViolet: She has no confidence at the start of the story and is on the verge of failing out as a result. This has given her a very poor reputation. During the Fall Classic, when she shows that she's regained her confidence and really can cook, she starts earning the respect of the other students.
* ShutUpHannibal: To Ryou during their duel in the Fall Classic. Seeing that she's supported by her friends, he tells her that the kitchen is battlefield where cooks, regardless if they are working together, are fighting "eating" each other and that her cooking is a "trashy game" because she thinks that cooperation is important and that she doesn't fight with fellow cooks. Her response:
-->"At the very least the things I've seen aren't trash at all!" (''a short break to cook her dish'') "All the people who pushed me forward, don't speak badly of them!"
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: She has blue hair and is notable within Tootsuki for her incredible passiveness.
* SkilledButNaive: She's no doubt a skilled cook, but initially struggled with Tootsuki due to her lack of confidence.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Mayumi Kurase, Soma's old high-school classmate. Both share yellow eyes and love for his dishes.
* TenderTears: Being incredibly shy and weak-willed, she breaks down crying a few times, such as when she bottomed out after her and Soma's dish was sabotaged, and throughout her harrowing experience under Koujirou's boot camp (where she was nearly expelled and Soma had stand in her defense).
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Among the Polaris girls, she is the Wife to Yuuki's Child and Ryoko's Seductress, being the resident sweetie with a talent for home cooking.
* TookALevelInBadass: Begins the series with failing grades due to stage fright and was one mark away from expulsion. After partnering with Soma, her cooking skills improved, becoming more refined and brave. This culminates in the Fall Classic, where she makes it into the Final Eight.
%%* TaremeEyes
* UndyingLoyalty: She develops this towards Soma, as she would go out of her way to help him. In the Autumn Festival arc, she declines helping at the Polar Star and her Regional Cooking RS booths because she puts Soma's need as top priority.
* YamatoNadeshiko: The others often comment Megumi will be a great wife when they taste her cooking.
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!! Satoshi Isshiki
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakahiroSakurai

Oldest student in the Polaris Dormitory, eleventh-grade Satoshi, from the 91st Generation, is also the Seventh Seat of the Elite Ten, an assembly of Tootsuki's best student-chefs from all years and its highest policy board besides headmaster Senzaemon himself. Unlike most of his peers, however, he knows great talent and tells them like he sees it, in particular taking a keen interest in Soma and Megumi, encouraging them to hone their skills even further.
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* TheAce: During the training camp of his year, he was the first male student to complete the "50 meals"-challenge.
* AirVentEscape: Has a habit of visiting Soma by his ceiling panel.
* BishieSparkle: Happens every time he is shown working on the garden, since he gets sweaty and sparkly at the sunlight.
* {{Bishonen}}: Among the Polaris residents he's the most handsome of the boys.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He's the best cook in Polaris and is also an Elite Ten, but at the same time he's also known among his dorm-mates as a shameless nudist.
* ChickMagnet: One of judges at the Fall Classic offers him financial aid to support him forever if he would become hers. He's also very popular with older women at the DEF Kitchen.
* CombatPragmatist: PlayedForLaughs during a table tennis match against Megumi. Though he’s just barely managing to hold his own, he knows he’s going to lose eventually, so he distracts her during a serve by telling her that she’ll be in the Fall Classic. Everyone gets so wrapped up in the announcement they forgot about the match, allowing him to leave without losing.
* DreamSequence: Isshiki has this while worrying if the rest of the dormitory will come back complete from the Training Camp. He imagines Soma a lot more muscular, Megumi turned into a JapaneseDelinquent, and Shun completely scrawny; the only remains of Zenji were his glasses.
* TheFace: Later at the Maple Leaf meeting, Eishi tells that Isshiki was appointed host and spokesman of the Fall Classic because he is too shy to be in public.
* FemaleGaze: There are plenty of times when readers will see his naked ass.
* TheHost: He had this role for the Fall Classic's Round 2 and the Final.
* IcyBlueEyes: His eye color is light blue, which gives chills to Soma once Isshiki reveals himself as a member of the Council.
* HyperAwareness: Not only is he aware of the 92nd Generation's dormant talents, he also gauges Soma's potential to become a WildCard and deduces that his presence will likely shuffle the balance of power in the student body, as well as identifying [[TallPoppySyndrome the roots of the resentment of majority of the student body towards him]].
* LifeOfTheParty: Every time there's a party, Satoshi will appear wearing nothing but an apron or a speedo underneath that, prompting cheers from his roommates.
* ManlyTears: His reaction to Soma's dish, "Revamped Mackerel Onigiri Chazuke", following the welcoming party.
* MrFanservice: He's conventionally good-looking, and is often walks around with minimum clothing.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: His tendency to go around naked in the dorms are mostly PlayedForLaughs. Otherwise he can be seen wearing a NakedApron when cooking or a {{Fundoshi}} while tending the garden.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Satoshi freely uses the intercom and the air ducts to get into his roommates' bedrooms in the most unexpected moments. Don't even try to ignore him, because he will get persistent. He also wanders around almost naked without a care in the world.
* TheObiWan: Towards his Polar Stars juniors. In fact, he was entrusted by the legendary Joichirou, who is also Soma's father, to watch over Polar Star.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Unlike most of his Elite Ten peers seen so far, he's more professional in dealing with the rest of the student body and acknowledges great talent when he sees it, especially if it has the ability to shake the status quo at Tootsuki.
* SharpDressedMan: Soma and Megumi get shocked seeing him in a business suit, admitting he looked super-cool. Later they question if it was really necessary to get dressed for a ''community cooking school''.
* {{Stripperific}}: A male example. Most of the outfits he usually wears inside the dorms are {{Naked Apron}}s, {{Fundoshi}}s and Speedos, especially when entertaining his kouhais for the dorm parties (which would look like a stripper party in another context).
* TranquilFury: It's very easy to miss, but during Chapter 102, when he's talking with Eizan, Isshiki comes to the conclusion that the reason the rest of the school looks down on Soma is because most of the students don't want to acknowledge him, because it would also mean they would have to acknowledge their own lack of effort. Through the use of this series' particular variant of GlowingEyesOfDoom, you can see [[http://www.goodmanga.net/shokugeki-no-soma/chapter/102/13 just how much that pisses him off.]]
* WorthyOpponent: He's very sure of his dorm-mates' potential (especially Soma and Megumi's), backing their names in the Fall Classic list, hoping to face them once they're ready.
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!! Shun Ibusaki
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->'''Voiced by:''' Taishi Murata

Another freshman resident in the Polaris Dormitory, Shun's specialty is smoked food.
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* BlindingBangs: His eyes aren't shown for over a hundred chapters, helping to illustrate his quiet attitude. He's actually more fiery than he lets on, however, and gets so worked up during Stagiare that we finally get a glimpse of his eyes.
%%* BrutalHonesty
* CantCatchUp: In any other year he probably would have had the top score for the Fall Classic preliminaries, but he fails to make it in at all thanks to Subaru Mimasaka. As a result, during Stagiare week he's upset that Souma and Megumi seem to be pulling further and further ahead of him. This could be simply a matter of perspective, however, given that he actually scored as high as Megumi did.
* ChainsawGood: He uses a chainsaw to cut trees and woods.
* TheComicallySerious: Most of his funny moments come from how he keeps a straight face in front of his more crazy, loud-mouthed roommates.
* DeadpanSnarker: In the rare moments when he talks, he clearly tells what's on his mind in a condescending manner.
* MessyHair: Red and messy.
* NotSoStoic: On the other hand, his cold exterior is also very prone to breaking. For example, Yuuki notes that he was moping in the smoking room for not making it into the Fall Classic finals and thus drags him out to celebrate Soma, Megumi and Takumi's qualification. Other incidents include going along with Yuuki cheerleading for Megumi and reacting violently to Ryoko teasing him about how he also wanted to become like Soma.
* OnlySaneMan: The most low-key of the dorm residents, but still goes along with whatever the others are planning to do.
* TheQuietOne: Rarely speaks
* SoreLoser:
** As Yuuki notes, Shun was so upset at failing to enter the Fall Classic that he locked himself up in the smoking room while the rest celebrate. Yuuki eventually dragged him out to join the celebrations.
** Ryoko and Yuuki theorize Shun did research on Subaru out of spite for losing a Fall Classic slot to him. While he denies it and addresses it as a recorded fact, they still know that's true.
** Even though he cleared his Stagiaire Week and even saved a restaurant from bankruptcy, he feels he hasn't done enough yet, frustrated that Soma, Megumi and Isshiki are still ahead of him.
* TheStoic: Shun has only one expression; when [[spoiler:Jouichiro comes to visit the dorm]], he is the only one unfazed by the latter's strange dishes.
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!! Ryoko Sakaki
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AiKayano

One of the three first-year girls from the dorm, Ryoko's specialty is ''shiokouji'' (preservatives and fermented ingredients), and spends months preparing them in the dorm basement.
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* AudienceSurrogate: When Soma is researching for his strategy for the first round of the Fall Classic Finals, Ryoko helps him and also facilitates the exposition about what is a Nori Bento and how Soma plans to perfect it.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: She has reddish hair and red eyes.
* DudeMagnet: Has a secret fanbase in the student body.
* GagBoobs: She has the largest breasts of the Polaris girls, and it's been made fun of on occasion. Yuuki [[ACupAngst stares at her own chest self-conciously]] at the sight of her {{Gainaxing}} during her table tennis game against Soma, and also complained that her pair have been taking a lot of space in a kiddie pool they and Megumi shared. In one light novel illustration, where she, Yuuki and Shun were also at the DEF Kitchen, one of the kids is grabbing her by the boobs.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Her school fanbase included a number girls fawning over her.
* MilitaryMoonshiner: Played with; she has her own supply of homemade "rice juice" for parties.
* OneeSama: Not only does her fanbase call her this, but the judges in the Fall Classic admit her cooking evokes this.
* StraightMan: She is more patient, rational and calm than Yuuki, and also makes a more collected contrast to Megumi when she starts to panic.
* TheTease: She, along with Yuuki, started to tease Ikumi for her obvious crush on Soma. Also she was teasing Shun for secretly wanting to be as stubborn like Soma, although Shun denied it.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: She's the Seductress to Yuuki's Child and Megumi's Wife, being the sexiest and most provocative of the three.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Beautiful and graceful, with a secret fanbase in the school.
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!! Yuuki Yoshino
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MaayaUchida

Another of the three first-year girls at the Polaris Dormitory, Yuuki's forte is poultry and wild game (specifically special bred animals) and frequently uses a combination of different fat and meat.
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* AlliterativeName: Both her first and last names starts with Y.
* ACupAngst: She was shown looking at her chest self-conciously when she notices Ryoko {{Gainaxing}} during the table tennis match against Soma.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She breeds many types of farm animals, including deers. Subverted, since she uses them as ingredients.
* {{Fangirl}}: She is the first to organize a cheerleading group for Megumi's Shokugeki. When she made fans with Megumi's name, nobody could refuse, agreeing to use them with embarrassment, while a happy Yuuki was encouraging them.
* {{Foil}}: To Ikumi. Both are meat specialists (Ikumi works with A5 meat, while Yuuki raises special breeds and applies wild game) and are very supportive of their circle of friends. But where Ikumi has trouble expressing friendship towards others (even thought she ''does'' like them all), Yuuki is more outgoing and cheerful (to the point that ''even Ikumi herself'' can't refuse to join in her clique).
* GenkiGirl: Very cheerful and energetic by default. One of the judges bets this is how she manages to have such good ties with the hunters needed to get her all the wild game she has.
-->'''Andou''': "Birds and animals are hard to obtain as it is... in order to get some for the Classic, she must be well-connected with hunters. I guess her cheerfulness makes that possible..."
* MoodSwinger: Very energetic and emotionally volatile. She can easily go from worried to angry to depressed in just a few panels or go from cheering for Megumi to bawling her eyes out.
* {{Odango}}: Her usual hairstyle. We only see her with her hair down once.
* PluckyGirl: Even when the competition and the pressure is heavy, she will find a moment to be quirky and cheer the others.
* ShipperOnDeck: She, along with Ryoko, teases Ikumi for having a crush on Soma, even thought Ikumi is fiercely denying it. After the tournament, Yuuki is the only one in the audience that can feel the romantic subtext between Akira and Jun after the former hugged her upon winning the Fall Classic.
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: The Child to Megumi's Wife and Ryoko's Seductress, being the cheerful, energetic mood-maker of Polaris Dormitory.
%%* TightsUnderShorts
* TsurimeEyes: To emphasize her more aggressive nature, especially compared to Megumi and Ryoko.
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!! Zenji Marui
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->'''Voiced by:''' Yusuke Kobayashi

Another Polaris freshman who comes off as physically weak and pathetic, Zenji happens to be the most educated of his batch, coming up with unique yet unorthodox dishes thanks to his extensive research.
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* {{Adorkable}}: We can see signs of this whenever he gets embarrassed for not knowing some technique during a Shokugeki, as the others assume he should know everything because of his glasses.
* {{Bookworm}}: Frequently seen studying for the theory/written exams
** BadassBookworm: When he uses his knowledge in the Fall Classic, Zenji scores higher than Ikumi.
* ButtMonkey: Among the Polaris residents. Besides having his room commandeered by the other residents for parties, Zenji has bad luck with eating dishes - during the end of training camp, he swallows his food badly and is the first to try [[spoiler:Jouichirou's snake dish]].
* CharacterTic: He [[AdjustingYourGlasses constantly pushes his glasses up his nose with the fingers of his right hand]].
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Walked all over by even his dorm mates and only fails out during the training camp, but he's actually very knowledgeable about cooking. He just has terrible stamina. During the Fall Classic preliminaries he manages to get an 88, which is higher than or equal to anyone in the dorm apart from Souma.
* ExtremeDoormat: His roommates always pick his room to have hangouts, reunions and welcoming parties and leaves him to do the cleaning. And even after showing his roommates how skilled he is and they declare a newfound respect for him, [[LampshadeHanging Zenji notes they're still using his room without asking]].
* HollywoodNerd: Actually quite handsome when he's drawn nicely (i.e. when he's not in his nervous breakdowns).
* NervousWreck: During training camp, where he's constantly seen exhausted and on edge.
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Most of the time.
* TheSmartGuy: While he's physically weak, he is extremely knowledgeable in the science of flavours, and is considered a "walking flavour dictionary" by his classmates.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Downplayed. While Marui is very smart, he's not ''the'' smartest character, and there are some fields that are just beyond his knowledge. Alice's molecular gastronomy techniques, for instance, is not something he could explain to his peers when they are watching her match in the Fall Classic rounds.
--> '''Yuuki''': "Are those glasses just for show?!"
* TeenGenius: Is TheAce of the Miyazato Seminar, which specializes in research and analysis of classical literature about gourmet food, despite being only a freshman.
* TheStrategist: Nicknamed "The Walking Flavor Dictionary" by those in his club.
* WeakButSkilled: Zenji barely passed training camp, as it was a test of endurance and stamina. Having a month to prepare and research for a strategy in the Fall Classic granted him a score of 88 in the preliminaries with Shun. For reference, it's stated that many years nobody has a score above eighty thanks to the harsh judges. Later on, the Stagiaire period left him extremely drained and looking gaunt, even more than the training camp did, but he stated that his knowledge made it simple for him to give worthy contributions and good results.
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!! Daigo Aoki and Shoji Sato
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-->'''Voiced by:''' Junichi Yanagita (Daigo, left) and Kengo Kawanishi (Shoji, right)

The last two members of the Polaris Dormitory. Even though they appeared early in the series, their names were not mentioned in-story until the Stagiaire Arc's finale.
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* BashBrothers: Separated, they are as good as the other Polaris Dorm resident. Working together, they make an even better team, as demonstrated during their Internship week.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Both Daigo and Shouji were very protective of Megumi when other students were badmouthing her.
* HotBlooded: The two are often in fights with each other. Also during their Internship, their boss said aloud that initially he was going to give them minor chores, to which Daigo almost lost it.
* NoNameGiven: Their names, though, are later revealed in extra material, but still not mentioned in the main story. Their names are later revealed to be Daigo Aoki (the black haired guy) and Shoji Sato (the one with light colored hair). Averted in the Anime, where their names are given right away along with their roommates'.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They only appear together to cheer for their roommates in the tournament. Even during the Stagiaire Period, they got assigned to the same place.
* UndyingLoyalty: The two are very protective of their Dorms name and reputation. Even during their internship week, they both exclaimed to not subestimate the Polaris Dorms abilities.
* VitriolicBestBuds: They are often bickering with each other at the parties to compare who did the best dish.
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[[folder:Elite Ten]]

!! Erina Nakiri
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MaiNakahara (vomic) and Creator/RisaTaneda (anime)

Granddaughter of school headmaster Senzaemon, and currently a freshman at Tootsuki High. Despite her young age, she already holds the position of Tenth Seat in the Elite Ten, and is also known as "God's Tongue" for her incredibly refined palate. Proud, distant and somewhat petty, she doesn't take well to the fact that Soma, a commoner transferee, was able to cook up something that actually met her incredibly high standards, and thus tries to have him expelled or neglected whenever possible. In the meantime, she keeps mostly to herself, only interacting with her aide Hisako or squabbling with either Soma or her cousin Alice. She holds everyone, especially herself, to high standards due to her assumption that the chef she idolizes must be similarly obsessed with perfection. However, he's actually the one who taught Souma to be experimental.
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* AcademicAlphaBitch: What sets her apart from most of the student body, aside of her family name and reputation, is also her talent level, and she is very aware of this.
** Erina's perfectly fine with challenging rival clubs she doesn't like to a Shokugeki just to get rid of their building space to make way for ''another'' of her cooking labs.
** As a member of the Elite Ten, she's expected to take care of hopeful transfer students. She threatens most of the incoming students into fleeing without taking the test and when Souma both stays and ''does'' meet her high standards, she fails him anyway because he wounded her pride. It's also shown later that if there's any club she doesn't approve of, she'll come up with an excuse to destroy it. While Tootsuki policy does support her ability to do this and might even approve of getting rid of such clubs, it's still very close minded of her.
** She considers any dish more common than her absurdly high standards to be beneath notice and scorns those who cook them. Notably, this is seemingly hypocritical of her given that she helped organize the Autumn Election, where ''all'' the dishes prepared were either commoner foods such as hamburgers or evolved from them relatively recently, such as the bento.
** Likewise chides Soma after hearing that he learns from failure and trial and error, stating a proper chief shouldn't have such need to do so...apparently forgetting they're at ''a school'' which is suppose to teach chefs studies in cooking and indeed is one of the lessons your suppose to learn to get better.
* TheAce: An incredible cook with a godly palate when it comes to taste in Japan. Erina also has the distinction of being the only tenth-grader in the Elite Ten. Experts consider her as having potential that could make her perhaps the world's greatest chef.
* {{Adorkable}}: When she's with her OnlyFriend Hisako she gets to relax and turns into a dork. During the training camp she was really excited to play cards with Hisako until her pride gets in the way thanks to Souma. During the fall classic preliminaries she also keeps fluttering around trying to give advice. She's also a huge fan of shoujo manga, but hasn't the faintest idea of where it comes from because Hisako [[GirlFriday always takes care of everything for her]]. She's surprised to find it isn't in her grandfather's personal library.
* AdvertisedExtra: Erina is billed as the female lead. However, she has significantly less screentime than Megumi so far, much of which isn't even spent near Souma. She isn't even allowed to participate in the Fall Classic since she helped organize it.
* BadLiar: When she bumps into Soma during training camp, she’s humming and cheerful, which she finds embarrassing. She futilely tries to deny it, but not only does he not believe her, she can't even distract him.
* BerserkButton: After their encounter at the admission test, Erina can't stand to hear the name "Soma Yukihira". He also continues talking to her too casually and ignores all her attempts at intimidation. Even amidst a surprisingly friendly conversation with Megumi, the mood goes downhill the moment the latter credits her improvement to Soma.
* CantTakeCriticism: The pilot comic had this as the reason she becomes antagonistic to Soma as he was the first to criticizes her food. Something that's ''never'' happened before.
* ChasteHeroine: Erina really doesn’t get the appeal of romance. When Alice teases her about it, she talks about her admiration for Jouichirou instead. She’s almost confused by the idea that she should care about love at all.
* ComicallySmallBribe: She refuses to test Soma’s dish because there’s no way he could possibly afford her normal consultation fee, but after he offhandedly mentions he has access to the full set of a shoujo manga she’s reading, she leaps at the opportunity since she doesn’t know where to get them by herself.
* TheDreaded: New applicants to Tootsuki will quit rather than try to satisfy her and enter the school. Being branded as someone without talent by her is basically a death sentence for a cook.
* DudeMagnet: Her looks and status make her popular, but her fearsome reputation, bad temper and abuse of authority keep her isolated from those who may admire her.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Erina's first shot in the series is her tossing away a plate of food in disgust, effectively encapsulating her personality as a chef.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Nao is creepily obsessed with her and wants Erina to "scold her".
* FamilyBusiness: The Nakiris are a clan of high-class chefs, with Senzaemon as school principal, Erina a top consultant, and Alice having patents and degrees in molecular gastronomy just like her mother.
* {{Foil}}: As one of Soma's most prominent rivals she embodies the complete opposite of everything he stands for. While she is an exceptionally picky eater who values only the most regal cuisine, Soma bears a fascination with all flavors and styles, good or bad. She's also a noted perfectionist while the guy enjoys experimentation for its own sake, even when some combinations will obviously be terrible.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Erina rejects Soma partly because she deems his commoner-grade skills unbecoming of such an elite institution as Tootsuki. However, she is either unaware of or refuses to admit the fact that the origins of many of the dishes used throughout the story can be traced back to similar roots. At one point, she criticizes Soma for being unaware that the bento is becoming more popular worldwide, ignoring its origins as a simple low-class lunchbox. Such foods are actually something of a theme throughout the tournament assignments, leaving her disdain for him based primarily in either her pettiness or ignorance.
* IceQueen: Erina loathes showing any emotion besides anger or disdain, yet quietly expresses jealousy to Alice for her ability to freely cry after losing to Soma, and only in Megumi's presence was she able to show her distress over Hisako's sudden absence. During the festival she's shown to have [[DefrostingIceQueen mellowed out]] at least a little, showing concern over the poor showing of the fall classic competitors and backtracking when she accidentally depresses Megumi.
* ImprobableAge: She's paid enormous consultation fees just to test new dishes by various restaurants, something she's been doing for years. She's also already a culinary celebrity at age fifteen.
* InsufferableGenius: Erina really ''is'' a great cook. She’s just completely obnoxious to people she considers below her. Right after Soma gets done teasing her, he realizes that not only did she beat him to serving fifty meals, but she beat him by such a wide margin that she was completely finished cleaning up and getting out of the bath by the time he was just on his way to it.
* {{Irony}}: She judges all cooks against the standards set by Jouichirou the legend, and detests Soma's trial-and-error approach to cooking... which is the very philosophy Jouichirou the man lives by.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: On one hand she's openly hostile to Soma after the guy commits the double sin of making her eat something she considers beneath her and then taunting her while she enjoys it, spending much of her time getting him out of the picture as much as possible, and is also merciless to those she deems unworthy of Tootsuki. On the other hand, she can be perfectly friendly and caring to those she does recognize and doesn't hold everyone to quite the same standards that she does for herself -- for example, she's perfectly civil towards Megumi after her Fall Classic performance, and is obviously saddened over Hisako suddenly abandoning her after losing to Akira.
* JerkassHasAPoint
** When not targeting clubs she thinks are beneath her, she challenges those she deem unproductive or living off past glories, forcing them into losing Shokugekis, with the end result having her demolish their clubrooms to make way for another kitchen she doesn't need. As elitist, selfish and dismissive this may sound, such a policy is more or less in line with Tootsuki's mission, which demands brilliance from its student body and poses dire consequences to those who cannot catch up.
** Erina is able to make astute observations about some of the flaws of Soma's cooking (when not dismissing it altogether, that is). In the buffet challenge, she notes that he chose the worst possible dish due to its deciding factor being the dish's lasting effects. During the Fall Classic semifinal preparations, after some bargaining, Soma gets Erina to try his dish and give him a critique. While Erina didn't give him exact directions since she was part of the committee, her comment that he completely failed to understand the point of the assignment served as a clue to the fundamental flaw in his approach.
* JerkassRealization: It's not until the Fall Classic preliminaries that Erina understands what Souma meant about having the experience of failing. To her, it sounded like he wasn't taking things seriously enough when in truth he absolutely hates to lose. When she sees him combine two of his failures into a dish that scores him 93 points, she realizes that his previous failures only made him more determined to fix his prior mistakes, so he worked on them until they became a completed dish worthy of being served on a grand stage. When reflecting on their conversation before, it's implied that she's embarrassed at her immature and hasty opinion from the training camp. Of course, just realizing that she was wrong isn't the same as actually approving of Souma, so she stays quite antagonistic.
* LonelyRichKid: She doesn't have any friends, so when Hisako leaves her side out of shame after losing to Akira, she gets really depressed.
* NoSocialSkills: At one point, while complaining to Soma about his narrow-minded view of cooking, he completely ignores everything she has to say just to point out that she is really hard to talk to despite his own ability to get along with others. She doesn't have any friends, only an assistant that worships her and a cousin that likes making fun of her.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Despite being a prodigy in the Culinary World, Erina is far from being mature herself, as she loses her composure whenever Soma is mentioned, pouting, refusing to talk to him or even apply basic manners around him.
* {{Ojou}}: Beautiful, rich, arrogant, and worshipped by pretty much everyone (other than Soma and Alice). She is very new to lower-class medium like public pools or "casual dating" and doesn't even know how to shop for shoujo mangas by herself, leaving the "mundane" duties to Hisako to do for her.
* ThePerfectionist: She considers the idea of any kind of failure or struggle abhorrent. The idea that Soma actually learns from failure even if he doesn't like it repulses her. To her, a true master can never fail. However, it's rather telling that she seems to look up to Jouichirou because she believes him to be similarly obsessed with victory, unaware of how different he is in real life.
* PetTheDog: After her Stagiaire (OJT) with Megumi finishes up, she gives her a ride home, where they just chat together without a hint of condescension. Erina actually respects her abilities and tells her so, though when she hears her crediting her improvement to Soma she gets annoyed and they change the subject. During the same conversation she's also shown to be quite lonely without Hisako due to the latter's departure after losing to Akira. Erina apparently doesn't mind that her friend lost, contrary to her normal attitude.
* PickyEater: Accordingly, her first words when she was an infant were to ''criticize her mother's breast milk''. Naturally, this has led to her reputation as "God's Tongue". She's known to be so demanding that potential applicants will outright skip the entrance exam rather than having her scathing criticism follow them.
* {{Pride}}: She lives by pride and refuses to admit that she's wrong or ever back down from an opinion she arrived at without thinking. It's hinted that she doesn't really like being this way sometimes, envying Alice for her ability to openly cry.
* TheProudElite: Erina looks down on everyone she considers to have lower social status or cooking talent, which makes Soma the main target of her disdain. This is because of her family's name and her status as a member of the Council, which also gives her a reputation as unapproachable. Unknown to most, she secretly wants real friends (sees Hisako as her only true friend, despite her also looking up to Erina) and also does recognize talented people without being condescending (like giving proper praise to Megumi, ignoring her past bad grades).
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Erina tries to give one to Soma after he makes his BadassBoast at the opening ceremonies. It turns into an InsultBackfire when Soma counters her claim that most applicants received gifted middle-school education by the fact that he essentially grew up in a kitchen.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Even after she took over the management in ''Excellent'', she makes the head chef, who had a prejudice against students, listen to Megumi's suggestion, which turns to be a needed work improvement.
* RedBaron: "God’s Tongue," said to be the most refined palate in the entire world.
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: During the BeachEpisode, Erina's wearing a hoodie to cover the bikini Alice makes her wear to the pool. Outside of the "orgasmic eating" panels, Erina will dress properly.
* TheRival: Soma is determined to have a competition with her one day as well as make her admit that he makes good food. It has some [[ShipTease interesting implications]] when you consider that his father believes the secret to cooking is the desire to make food for one specific person, though this probably isn't exactly what he had in mind. For her part, Erina is more [[UnknownRival offended at his very existence]] than anything, although this is primarily due to her pride and not wanting to acknowledge Soma's skill.
-->'''Soma''': "Wait for it. I'll make you clearly say 'It's good' with that mouth of yours! I'll exhaust my cooking to its limits!"
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: Despite her talent, Erina has little social skills. Having never taken the time to enjoy her youth (Alice had to coax her to go to a public pool, a place she's never set foot in; case in point, she complains it doesn't have hair dryers), she also finds the concept of romance beneath her, which Alice calls her out on, considering she's now in high school.
* SchoolIdol: She has the biggest following over most of the school. Girls admire her, boys are afraid of admitting their attraction to her directly and she's currently the most talented of the freshmen.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: See AlphaBitch; averted when discussing names for the Fall Classic, since the rest of the Elite Ten outrule her choice.
* SoreLoser: Her pride keeps her from admitting that food of humble origins could possibly meet her high standards, having lived off the most expensive and elegant foods in the world her entire life. During Soma's entrance examination, she stated multiple times that his food was beneath her and could in no way satisfy her palate. When it does, she gives out an obvious lie rather than admit that she was wrong. Of course, Soma taunting her the entire time probably didn't help her mood either.
* {{Tsundere}}: Generally, she won't admit that she likes something if she considers it beneath her, hates being seen at ease, and is easily riled thanks to her pride if you know what buttons to press. Specifically, she's a vicious Type A towards Soma's ''cooking'', openly stating her dislike for his dishes even as she tries hard to deny that she actually liked them; at one time she even objectively observed that his preparations are the key to his culinary success.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Alice and Erina butt heads frequently, but they actually do get along.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Soma and Erina's dynamic.
** In the pilot, while everyone in school has put Erina on a pedestal, Soma is the only one unimpressed by her skills, as he deems her as "boring".
** For the actual series, Erina expects to intimidate Soma and treats him as a "commoner"; she instead ends up getting irritated with his relaxed view of Tootsuki or cooking in general. While Soma still admires her skills from the Breakfast Buffet trial, instead of feeling threatened, this excites him and motivates him to try and surpass her.
* WhenSheSmiles: When she opens the door of her house thinking Hisako has returned, she attends with a wide and cheerful smile, only to discover it was her arch-nemesis Soma and Mitsuru, who quickly gets a picture of her face, much to her embarrassment.

!! Etsuya Eizan
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TomokazuSugita

Ninth Seat of the Elite Ten and a 91st Generation (2nd year) student, Etsuya forms a grudge against Soma after his plan to take over the Sumire District through ''Mozuya'', a store based on karaage (food deep-fried in oil, similar to tempura), fails when Soma intervenes.
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* AlliterativeName
* TheChessmaster: As Satoshi deduced, he [[spoiler:manipulated the match pairs in order to try to eliminate Soma from the Fall Classic, since he was the one in charge of arranging the duel orders, so he first put Subaru against Takumi in order to provoke Soma into accepting a Shokugeki against him. However, the results in the finals didn't go according to his plan (Soma still lost, but only by a hairsbreadth)]].
* DeadpanSnarker: He would often retort with one of these. When Natsume Sendawara started to complaint how hard it was for her to open a slot in her agenda to be a judge of the Fall Classic, Eizan plainly replied that she should have donated the money instead (he later handwaved it). Also calls Kuga "midget" without cracking.
* EvilGenius: A ruthless gang leader who is intelligent enough to work as a food consultant when he was still in middle school. Isshiki describes as an "Intellectual-type Yakuza"
%%* FourEyesZeroSoul
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: During the Fall Classic [[spoiler:he rigs the matches such that Soma faces Subaru after the latter has defeated Takumi]], knowing how offended Soma would be at the outcome. [[spoiler:The guy bets his career as a cook on the match, but not only does he win, he also earns the respect of the entire student body that had been snubbing him up to that point, especially after his impressive showing in the finals.]]
* IgnoredExpert: Kinu, owner of ''Mozuya'', hired him to provide advice, but ignored his warnings and as a result gets completely overpowered by Soma’s new business model.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Shown to be this twice.
** He was behind ''Mozuya'''s expansion that almost leaves the Sumire District shops out of business. Without Eizan's advices, it quickly folded.
** It's also revealed that Eizan took Subaru under his wing and encouraged his bad behavior, letting him defeat almost a hundred students in Shokugekis.
* RedBaron: "Alquimista" ("Alchemist" in Spanish and Portuguese)
* TheStrategist: Eizan is the best food consultant in the market; in fact, ''Mozuya'' initially succeeds because of him. The minute Kinu decided not to notify him about Soma, business starts to derail.
* TeenGenius: Already a food consultant in middle school.
* WeCanRuleTogether: He offers Soma a spot on his marketing team, which the latter rejects after realizing he's the one who almost contributed to the economic crisis in his neighborhood.
* {{Yakuza}}[=/=]JapaneseDelinquents: Discussed InUniverse; it's rumored in Tootsuki Eizan is either or because of his influence as a food consultant. He also has the look of a Japanese yankee.

!! Terunori Kuga

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Eighth seat of the Elite Ten and a 91st Generation (2nd year) student, who was first introduced in the Autumn Leaf viewing event. He specializes in Chinese cooking, particularly spicy Szechuan dishes, and is the head of the Chinese Cuisine Research Society, which he tries to recruit Miyoko Hojo into.
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* AnimeHair: Sports a two-coloured hair that is exaggeratedly spiky in its style, at least compared to most of the other cast.
* BerserkButton: He appeared to take Eizan's insults quite well until the latter called him a "midget". He also gets really mad when Nene mentions others could beat him in "height".
* DeathGlare: Glares at Souma after he points out that he has far more expirience than him in running a restaurant.
* DrillSergeantNasty: He's very strict about training his club members to cook uniformly. This is also PlayedForLaughs when he makes them sing a military cadence while carrying a huge pillar.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: His boisterous, carefree personality is quickly made clear when, upon arriving to the leaf viewing event, he immediately suggested the first years to just call it a day and go home, and loudly wonders if the school can just cancel the event altogether.
* HotBlooded: Speaks out most of his dialogues by shouting them, and very quickly gets into fights with both Nene and Eizan.
* MoodSwinger: He is a roller coaster of emotions. While scolding one of his staff members, he started with a childish whine, and instantly changed into a more menacing tone when he assigned 30 more repetitions. And then changes to an excited mood when he invites Miyoko once again to join the club. He also blows up if anyone mentions how short he is.
* {{Jerkass}}: Very proud and arrogant, looks down on everyone in 1st year and enjoys mocking Souma and Megumi, while at the same time boasting about himself.
* MultiColoredHair: Has brown hair, and blond bangs.
* TheNapoleon: He is boisterous, loud, likes to berate his opponents and takes it very badly whenever others mock his height.
* NoIndoorVoice: Almost everything he says is in shouts.
* TheProudElite: He's very blatant in flaunting his position as a member of the Elite Ten, and would repeatedly remind Souma and the other first years how much they are above the rest of the Tootsuki students.
* {{Sadist}}: The main reason he prefers Szechuan Cuisine over all of the other styles in general Chinese Cuisine is because he enjoys when his customers sweat and get red because of his food, as the sting is so deep and yet they keep eating.
* SmugSnake: Being TheProudElite, he seem to enjoy gloating at Soma when observing the latter trying, and seemingly failing, to challenge him. During the first day of the Moon Banquet Festival, he went out of his way to taunt both Soma and Megumi's lack of sales, while bragging about ''his'' restaurant's vastly superior revenue, thus the look of surprise on his face when he discovers that Soma managed to make a big leap from 40th (last) to 35th place on the second day.

!! Satoshi Isshiki
-->''See Polaris Dormitory folder''
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!! Nene Kinokuni
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Sixth seat of the Elite Ten and a 91st Generation (2nd year) student, who was first introduced in the Autumn Leaf viewing event.
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* TheAce: Since all of the higher seats on the Elite Ten are her upperclassmen, that means that Nene is the best 2nd year in the entire academy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Very cold and blunt when putting down someone, particularly towards Kuga.
-->'''Kuga''': (To Soma) If you surpass me in anything related to cooking, I'll gladly accept your challenge.
-->'''Nene''': Height.
-->'''Kuga''': I SAID "RELATED TO COOKING", HAG!!
* EmotionlessGirl: It doesn't matter if she's trying to comfort Eishi or making fun of Kuga - Nene is totally deadpan.
%%* {{Meganekko}}: She wears rounded glasses.
* TheStoic: She doesn't raise her voice while having a verbal smackdown against Kuga, and responds to his shouts by coldly saying, "Die".

!! Soumei Saitou
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Fifth seat of the Elite Ten and a 90th Generation (3rd year) student, who was first introduced in the Autumn Leaf viewing event.
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* CoolSword: Carries what seems to be a big sword with him.

!! Momo Akanegakubo
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Fourth seat of the Elite Ten and a 90th Generation (3rd year) student, who was first introduced in the Autumn Leaf viewing event.
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* OlderThanTheyLook: She is small, has her hair like cat ears and carries a plushie toy with her, and despite this she's one of the oldest members of the current Elite Ten.

!! Tosuke Megishima
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Third seat of the Elite Ten and a 90th Generation (3rd year) student, who was first introduced in the Autumn Leaf viewing event.
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* CoolHat: Wears a grey wool hat.

!! Rindou Kobayashi
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Second seat of the Elite Ten and a 90th Generation (3rd year) student, who was first introduced in the Autumn Leaf viewing event.
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* CatSmile: She is introduced smiling and her eyes look feline. When Soma is insisting on having a cooking contest with anyone, she just smiles amused at him.


!! Eishi Tsukasa
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First seat of the Elite Ten and a 90th Generation (3rd year) student, who was first introduced in the Autumn Leaf viewing event. He is noted to be very different from the other former First Seats introduced so far, lacking the confidence and charisma that Gin and Shinomiya presents.
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* TheAce: He is currently the First Seat of the Elite Ten, which means that he is currently the best student at Tootsuki.
* {{Adorkable}}: Very shy, mopey, and socially awkward, but these quirks probably makes him a more unique and endearing character than he would be, if he was just a standard {{bishonen}}.
* {{Bishonen}}: Tall, slim and very pretty, and was labelled as "the handsome guy" before his name was revealed.
* TheComicallySerious: He first appeared collected, cool and cold, [[MoodWhiplash but then turns depressed and whiney, complaining about all the hard work he does as the Number One seat]], especially after Soma, Takumi and Subaru turned the Fall Classic into Shokugekis. All this, of course, is said without any trace of sarcasm or joke intention.
* ManInWhite: His appearance seem to invoke this. He has pale skin, white hair, and he leaves off his uniform jacket that his white shirt is much more prominent. This gives him an ethereal atmosphere whenever he's not in his ShrinkingViolet mode.
* ShrinkingViolet: For someone who holds the position of Tootsuki's top, he's surprisingly very timid. He gets intimidated by crowds of people (which is why he leaves most of the PR of the Fall Classics to Isshiki), and mopes about the pressure and responsibilities his position brings.
* TroubledButCute: Has a shy and pessimistic personality despite being a brilliant cook, and good-looking.

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[[folder: Fall Classic Finalists]]

!! Akira Hayama
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JunichiSuwabe (anime)

Assistant and adopted son of Jun, Akira is a foreign boy she met overseas as a kid, warning her of adultered spices. He specializes in curry dishes, with a wide knowledge in various spices and aroma.
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* TheAce: He has a high level of mastery when it comes to spices, seemingly greater than actual graduates. His sense of smell is also refined enough to make judges consider him a possible rival to Erina's "God's Tongue." However, his abilities don't stop there: He takes all his classes just as seriously, acing subjects that Jun failed as a student and quickly mastering Japanese. She's actually worried that he works too hard.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Has a Japanese name (given when he enrolled to Tootsuki, as is the custom with foreign students), with flashbacks detailing how he used to live in another country (it's unclear if the market he was nearby was India or Thailand), since he identified Jun as a Japanese tourist.
* BadassBoast: He declares to Hisako that he is going to dethrone Erina from her seat. After beating her, Akira once again reaffirms his intention to be TheAce of Tootsuki, telling her that her insistence on being Erina's NumberTwo became her undoing.
* BadassMindsThinkAlike: Soma and Akira make curry dishes for the Fall Classic preliminary using an aroma surprise factor. Also he, like Soma, aims for the top of the Elite Ten by using every last resource they have.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Even though Jun is a genius, she's still TheDitz and Akira is the mature one of the duo who takes care of her duties like attending guests, shopping, watering the plants or putting her TechnoBabble into practical use. He even carries her to the couch when she sleeps on the floor in the middle of research.
* BoundAndGagged: The first shot of Chapter 90. Turns out he trained by being subjected to this (except he was blindfolded instead of gagged). Jun then gets that he was tied up so he wouldn't be able to recognize the spices by touching them.
* CharacterTics: Touches his nose with his index finger and is constantly holding and smelling spices like cinnamon.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: His hair is ''white'' rather than blond, but it clearly defines his non-Japanese (presumably Indian) heritage.
* FirstNameBasis: He calls Jun by her first name, despite the latter's frequent protests.
* FriendlyRivalry: After winning the Fall Classic, he and Soma start getting along pretty well. Both he and Ryou often come over to his place so the three can compete in cooking, much to Akira's annoyance.
* {{Foil}}: To Jun -- both are experts in spices, but she uses theoretical knowledge, while he depends on his sense of smell. Unlike the naive, ditzy, easily angered and dependent Jun, Akira is mature, reliable, StreetSmart, cool and down-to-earth.
* TheGift: He has an extraordinary sense of smell, which people think might give him potential close to that of Erina. With just this, he has a mastery of spices apparently superior to the actual Tootsuki alumni and already has the same level of ability to pick out the best ingredients as Ryou, who has been working with seafood since he was a child.
* HappilyAdopted: Jun rescued him from the streets, gave him a home in Japan and the head of the Hayama Seminar gave him his new name and became his godfather. In exchange for all this, Akira is determined to be the very best for her. For her part, she's worried that he pushes himself too hard.
* IWorkAlone: He rarely is seen with any person of his age, since he is most of the time working by himself at the seminar. After the Fall Classic ends, Akira unwillingly has Soma and Ryou around him on regular basis, constantly trying to shoo them away or reminding them that they lost against him. It gets worse for him when Alice suddenly forces him to work with her and Ryou ''at his own Festival Stand''. Jun immediately gets excited when she thinks that Akira ''finally'' has friends his own age, despite his own complaints.
* InsufferableGenius: Played with -- on one hand, Akira keeps babbling about how awesome his sense of smell is, much to Ryou's irritation. On the other hand, turns out it was his way of putting pressure on himself. It may have been obnoxious, but his confidence in his own work was not as great as it first appeared.
* LetsGetDangerous: He ties his hair in a ponytail whenever he's about to cook.
* TheNoseKnows: His nose is very sharp when it comes to spices. He can identify ingredients and grade of cooking by the first smell. This ability equals to those of Erina's God's Tongue.
* NotSoStoic: Even thought he keeps relatively calm and cool most of the time, one passing student could note his TranquilFury aura, and also after he was declared winner of the Fall Classic [[spoiler:the audience were quick to note that Hayama's spontaneous hug to Jun was an odd moment coming from him]].
* OneHeadTaller: He is taller than [[OlderThanTheyLook Professor]] [[FunSize Jun]].
* OnlySaneMan: To both Alice and Ryou during the Full Moon Banquet, due to the former putting their Shiomi Seminar stall in the red with her capriciousness and the latter passively going along with her ideas.
* TheRival: He has been built up as one of Soma's major rivals, even surpassing Soma and Ryou in scores. Come the final, he developed an even more fierce rivalry towards Ryou.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: He's much more down-to-earth than the childishly excitable Jun.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Chides Hisako for being content with being Erina's second, meaning she'll never truly strive to reach the peak of her ability.
* StraightMan: For Jun, since he is more focused and down to earth compared to her. For the Moon Banquet Festival he also fills this role when Alice takes over his booth and actually makes it loose money, since he unsuccessfully tried to call out Ryou for not having a word against her.
* StreetSmart: He knows from early age how the spice market works and how the store owners scam tourists with low-grade spices.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Has dark skin and his chef uniform is black. Also add his mysterious aura and fierce competitive streak. When referring to him, a lady at the fish market described him as "The dark skinned ''handsome'' guy".
* TranquilFury: While Soma calls him out for trying to appear cool after [[spoiler:tying up in the semi-finals]] and Ryou calls him a [[CripplingOverspecialization "One-Trick Pony"]] for depending only on spices, a bystander perceives all his bottled up anger as he walks through the hallway.
* UndyingLoyalty: When Natsume Sendawara, one of the Fall Classic judges, offers him a high-paying position in her company, he declines, declaring his loyalty to no one but Jun.
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!! Alice Nakiri
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChinatsuAkasaki

Erina's half-Danish cousin, Alice is a first-year high school student at Tootsuki, with her specialty being able to create very elaborate dishes, both beautiful and complex, using molecular gastronomy techniques.
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* TheAce: Like Erina, she is a talented cook and scored the highest in the Fall Classic preliminaries, even above curry specialist Akira.
* AchillesHeel: Despite being an excellent cook, she gets so wrapped up in strange techniques and impact that she can easily lose track of what she's supposed to be doing. When tasked to create a bento in the first round of the Fall Classic, she technically fulfilled the criteria of the assignment, but failed to realize the point was to create a ''bento.'' What she made was simply sushi in a box that would stay cold for six hours, not the novel experience that Souma produced by simply sticking to the classics and improving from there.
* AlwaysSecondBest: She's never been able to beat Erina at cooking, something she wants to change. She has yet to manage it, so she taunts Erina about her lacking social skills instead.
* BreakTheHaughty: She had a very superior attitude from the beginning towards anyone, until Soma defeated her in the first round of the Fall Classic, to the point she started to cry on the floor, getting lectures from both Erina and Ryou.
* ButNotTooForeign: She's half-Danish by way of her mother Leonora.
* ChildProdigy: Alice already received awards in molecular gastronomy in Denmark when she was nine, with ''42 patents'' to her name by the time she was ten.
* SiblingRivalry: She is consistently trying to defeat her cousin Erina and establish herself as Tootsuki's number 1.
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose: She does one right before the judges try her curry dish, crowning the servings by mentioning "how much ''love'' she put into doing it".
* CrazyPrepared: During the preliminary round, she brought a gas mask in case there was a huge stench, like Nao's foul-smelling dish.
* CryCute: PlayedForLaughs -- after losing to Soma, she immediately throws a tantrum in the middle of an audience of hundreds. Though she quickly regains her composure, her mother Leonora later recounts how Alice whined to her for nine straight hours over international lines.
* EvilAlbino: Downplayed. Alice has silver hair and marble skin with [[RedEyesTakeWarning crimson eyes]], and can be quite arrogant, selfish and stubborn, but isn't actually "evil" or particularly malicious, just too smug for her own good.
* FailedDramaticExit: She first introduces herself to Soma by suddenly popping up in front of his cooking table out of nowhere, exchanging a few words with him, and then haughtily turning on her heel and walking away in confident fashion... only to crash right into Ryou.
* FashionableAsymmetry: Her hair is short and has a longer sidetail on her left.
* {{Foil}}: Three examples.
** To Erina -- while both are arrogant and haughty, Alice is a bit more social than her cousin, if only because she learned them from TV.
** To Soma -- she is a firm believer in culinary science, in contrast to Soma who prefers to experiment and is not afraid to be in the wrong.
** To Megumi -- Alice talks a good game about putting "love" into her dishes, but it's clearly all talk, whereas Megumi's strength lay in the thought she puts both into her cooking and her clients.
* FreudianExcuse: Her arrogance and drive to win stems from her long-seated desire to surpass Erina, as she always stood above her since they were children.
* FriendlyRivalry: In contrast to her relationship with Erina, there's little tension or hostility with Soma during their Fall Classic match. They were even chatting together amicably when they finished cooking. On the other hand, Ikumi knows Alice is really looking down on him, as she is confident in her superior skills. Even after being defeated, and snapping at Soma because of it, she quickly got over her loss quite quickly and even went over to talk with the Polaris tenants as they watched the match between Megumi and Ryou.
* FullNameBasis: On the receiving end. With the exception of her family Erina, Senzaemon and Ryou, almost everyone refer to her as "Nakiri Alice".
* TheGadfly: She's not nearly as aloof as Erina, but almost as arrogant in her own way. For Alice, though, that just means she endlessly teases people.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Erina was mean to her when they were growing up and she still looks down on Alice, preferring to stand as the superior chef. In exchange, Alice teases Erina where she knows her cousin is less experienced -- social life and behaving like a normal teenager.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** During their Fall Classic match, she complaints to Soma that staring at her while cooking is very rude, only for Soma to remind her that she did the exact same thing when they met at the Training Camp.
** After she loses to Soma and he makes a comment about getting closer to his goal, she takes it as a taunt to her and completely chides him for it. ''She'' who's done nothing but exactly that since they've first met. She won't even take others' comments with grace, seen with Erina and Ryou.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Basically how she got Ryou Kurokiba to be her assistant.
* InelegantBlubbering: After losing to Soma in the first round of the Fall Classic, she breaks down crying like a little child and throws a tantrum in the middle of an audience of hundreds.
* InsufferableGenius: Alice will make sure everyone knows she is the best student (after Erina, of course).
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Alice declares she made all her research about love and teases Erina for not knowing about it when her knowledge comes from watching rom-coms, yet she falls asleep in the middle of them.
* LovableAlphaBitch: She is introduced as another arrogant princess like Erina with her tendency to look down on others, a provocative attitude and her willingness to shut down a school club so she can take their room and equipment, the latter which she didn't even need. However, she's much more social than her IceQueen cousin, rather goofy and is willing to cook her dishes for people that ask.
* MistressAndServantBoy: Her type of relation with Ryou Kurokiba.
* MsFanservice: In a bonus chapter, where she visits a local swimming pool with Erina and quite proudly showed off her figure by wearing a skimpy bikini.
* NeverMyFault: She refuses to accept that their Shiomi Seminar stall placed dead-last among the 60 main street stalls on the first day of the Full Moon Banquet because she changed the menu at whim and ordered the wrong ingredients (also blaming it on Akira because, according to her, he had to revise all the orders). It doesn't help that Ryou is passively going along with her.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: No thanks to her meddling, Akira's Full Moon Banquet stall plunged into the red, losing so much money with her on-a-whim improvisations and last-minute changes.
* NoBadassToHisValet: After losing to Soma, Ryou chides her about being too weak.
* {{Ojou}}: Ryou treats her as "Milady Alice", she is accustomed to getting everything she wants (from expensive machines to the room of a Research Society Club) and sees going to a public pool like "an adventure". She is also perplexed from seeing "educational cheap candy" for the first time.
* PracticalTaunt: Approached Ikumi and Hisako in the middle of the contest to tease them.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: She has a unique eye design, and her red eyes along with her [[EvilAlbino white skin and silver hair]] look really intimidating.
* TheRival: To Erina since childhood, and to Soma as of the Fall Classic.
* RichBitch: Downplayed. She's proud, egoistic and frequently looks down on conventional cooking methods, but she's generally quite friendly and is not as stubborn as Erina is.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: With Ryou (when he's not wearing his bandanna). She's clearly the more outgoing, emotional and childish of the two.
* SoreLoser: Subverted. After Soma defeats her, she is clearly upset and proceeds to cry and throw a tantrum, but she still thanks him for the match and keeps the FriendlyRivalry with him.
* SpoiledBrat: As Ryou admits, Alice is very stubborn and will get what she wants no matter what, often pouting and whining whenever she gets upset (like Ryou "ruining her taunting atmosphere" or why he didn't slice her apples like bunnies). She even started throwing a tantrum after losing to Soma, then cried about it to her mother over the phone for ''nine hours straight''.
* TheTease: Most of her interactions with other characters involve gloating or seductive tones to get a reaction. In a flashback, Alice also did this when she first met Ryou, treating him like a pet[[note]]Which is funny considering she was a child, but is said with an expression that ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar feels wrong in another context]]''[[/note]].
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Even if she gets one of the highest scores, she will lecture her opponent about how their efforts weren't enough. Downplayed when Soma isn't the type of person to get frustrated from gloating.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Alice and Erina butt heads frequently, but they actually do get along, as Alice visits her frequently and tries to get her out to have lunch or hang out.
* WeCanRuleTogether: In a flashback, Alice offers Ryou companionship in exchange for helping him complete his training while on a trip in northern Europe.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Alice firmly believes in this trope, and thinks that Soma is trying to invoke HeartIsAnAwesomePower to defeat her in their Fall Classic match. She's wrong, though, because she actually failed to realize the point of the assignment. While both of their dishes were excellent, only one of them bothered to do more than technically meet the criteria of the match.
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!! Ryou Kurokiba
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-->Voiced by: Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto

Alice's laid-back assistant, the scraggily-looking Ryou follows her everywhere and does what she asks. On occasion, Ryou becomes an entirely different person when he wears his bandana. His speciality is seafood cooking.
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* TheAce: Alice recruited him because of his skills, which was demonstrated when he scored the same amount of points as Soma. He was a restaurant chef when he was just a ''kid'', and it's also implied that he is more skilled than Alice.
* AnimalMotifs: Alice compares Ryou to a "mad dog" and presents him to Erina saying "I picked him up in Northern Europe".
-->'''Erina''': "Don't say it like you picked up a dog!"
** Also he is compared with a feral tiger or a rabid dog because of his aggressive persona while cooking. Alice first calls him a Mad Dog before offering him to go with her to Tootsuki, and the judges have the feeling of being attacked by a feral animal when eating his food.
* BadassesWearBandanas: His personality changes radically once he puts the bandana on, giving him a fierce look and aggressive character.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Ryou is shown to be more reasonable and mature than Alice, but he still goes along with every whim from her, even when it transpired that he's a much better cook than his employer.
* BrilliantButLazy: According to Erina, he only did a passable effort at classes, which was why she was surprised by his performance in the Fall Classic.
* BrattyHalfPint: When he was kid, he was really bratty and disrespected even adults.
* TheComicallySerious: Most of his humorous moments involve pointing out Alice's childish antics with a straight face and handwaving away her equally childish reactions.
* ChildProdigy: He was the chef of a restaurant even when he was just a kid, and he commanded the adult sous chefs what they have to do. In his own words, the owner gave the whole responsibility to him.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He ends up becoming the dark horse of the Fall Classic, since nobody expected his mellow and quiet persona to cause so big an impact -- he's the first student to score high points in the preliminaries from the toughest judge in Block A, and ends up tying Soma in the final, only behind Akira.
* DefeatMeansRespect[=/=]DefeatMeansFriendship: In flashbacks it's revealed that Ryou didn't have any respect towards Alice when they met, calling her a SpoiledBrat to her face. After many defeats against her, Ryou started to treat Alice as "milady" and agreed to be his assistant, while Alice stopped treating him like a pet when he finally won. By their conversations it's also implied that their cooking contests are also part of their routines.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He appeared at the opening ceremonies and training camp, but isn't formally introduced until the Fall Classic.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Like Hisako's case, until the Fall Classic, Ryou was simply "Alice's assistant" and had NoNameGiven.
* {{Foil}}
** While Megumi focuses on heart and hospitality to soothe her guests, Ryou uses an overwhelming style based on sheer impact to incite craving for more. He scoffs at her weak style, saying she'll never reach true mastery like that. The difference lies in their upbringing: Megumi was raised in a warm, supportive environment surrounded by people who wanted what was best for her while Ryou grew up in a harsh seaside town among sailors with cooks who would have loved nothing more than to drive him out into the streets.
** Both he and Soma come from humble restaurants for the masses, but where Soma lives in a friendly neighborhood where he is free to learn from mistakes, Ryou came from a restaurant with a social Darwinist tinge; also, both have a habit of wearing pieces of cloth whenever they get serious.
* FreudianExcuse: A flashback shows the cooks in his restaurant used to bully him, to the point he had to toughen up.
* FriendlyRivalry: Even though he is so adamant to defeat them in the Fall Classic, Ryou is seen to be hanging out with both Soma and Akira, and is seemingly getting along with them just fine.
* HadToBeSharp: The restaurant he worked in as a child had a strict survival-of-the-fittest environment where "useless" chefs are immediately laid off, driving Ryou to rise up the ranks of so merciless a kitchen.
* HotBlooded: Even when ''talking to a judge'' he is rude and menacing, even to the point of screaming at Taki to eat his food and yelling at Sonoka to already decide for the winner of the match.
* HypercompetentSidekick: On one hand, he essentially acts as Alice's butler and valet; on the other hand he is also implied to be better at cooking than Alice, after he lectures her following her loss to Soma in the first round of the Fall Classic alone.
* IWorkAlone: He firmly believes every chef is on their own, as it's a constant competition of "eat or be eaten".
* ImStandingRightHere: Twice. First time when Alice was requesting him like a puppy, and the second time when Akira complains that Jun should serve him and Soma the cheap snacks instead of his good cookies.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Aggressive and confrontational as he is to the judges in the Fall Classic semifinals (in particular the submissive Sonoka), he’s right. It’s their duty to make the decision for a match and failure to do so makes their position worthless. Gin steps in with a solution that puts the problem off by declaring a tie between him and Akira, but the same thing happens in the finals.
* LetsGetDangerous[=/=]SlasherSmile: Whenever he puts on his bandanna.
* MistressAndServantBoy: Ryou treats Alice as "milady" and does many chores for her.
* NotSoDifferent: He has common upbringings similar to Soma, Megumi and Akira. Like Megumi, he grew up in a fishing town; like Soma, he managed to be the chef at a humble but popular restaurant; and like Akira, he came from a tough childhood before being introduced to Tootsuki by a complete stranger.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: This is accentuated in the anime. After Alice first tries to intimidate Soma (with no success), Soma notices Ryou behind her, who is glaring at him with his red eyes. Worth noticing that their eye contact lasted longer than his first impression of Alice.
* TheRival: Initially to Alice, [[MistressAndServantBoy also being his assistant]]. After the Fall Classic he becomes this to both Soma and Akira, at the same time also developing a VitriolicBestBuds dynamic with them.
* StraightMan: Next to Alice. Even thought he goes along with everything she wants (to the point that he stood by while Alice inadvertently put Akira's reputation in danger), he is not far from pointing out whenever Alice is being childish.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Without his bandana, he's the savvy guy to Alice.
* {{Sidekick}}: To Alice; also fills the role of a personal butler. He slices fruit for her (she complains to him for not shaping them like bunnies), carries her bags and keeps an eye on her stuff while she goes to the pool.
* SleevesAreForWimps: His cooking attire, revealing his muscular arms.
* SplitPersonality: By default, Ryou's mellow and TheStoic, until he puts on a bandana, of any type of headwear, as the BeachEpisode reveals, and turns "feral".
* SoreLoser: After Akira wins the Fall Classic, he gets enraged to the point he yelled at Alice for scolding him and, along with Soma, demanded a plate of Hayama's carpaccio to compare. While both of them kept saying they could have done better, their bickering went along like the three of them became VitriolicBestBuds.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: He is imposing, stern, mysterious, and very good looking.
* TranquilFury:
** When Alice defeated the president of the Edge-Cutting Research Society and [[KickTheDog insisted to keep their expensive equipment in a corner even thought she had even better machines]], Ryou grabbed him by the collar with a serious-menacing face and ''apologized to him for Alice's spoiled attitude''. The senior even lampshades this by pointing his actions don't match his body language.
** After tying with Hayama in the semifinals, Ryou was furious, but quickly mellowed out once Alice removed his bandana. However, Ryou (while still calm) requested a cooking contest with Alice to vent out his frustration.
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!! Takumi Aldini
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NatsukiHanae

First-year Takumi is the eldest son of a Japanese chef from Florence-based ''Trattoria Aldini''. He goes to Tootsuki with his younger twin brother Isami during middle school to demonstrate their skills, and when Soma declares his intentions at the opening ceremonies, Takumi becomes fired up to do even better than that upstart from a backwater restaurant.
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* TheAce: In terms of cooking, the clientele of ''Trattoria Aldini'' would ask for Takumi's specials instead of Isami's. His brother admits whenever Takumi puts on the chef's coat, he turns into a completely different person.
* {{Adorkable}}: When his BadassBoast turns into an EpicFail. [[RunningGag It happens a lot.]]
* AloofBigBrother: Subverted; Takumi is aware he's the more talented of the twins, but he's still proud of Isami's (considerable) skills. Isami, in turn, doesn't resent Takumi in the slightest, and supports his brother to the extent that Takumi refers to him as "my other half".
* {{Badass}}: Judges and professors praise his technique, use of a mezzaluna and creativity of ingredients (such as making a three-layered pasta and Italian-Japanese fusion dishes), to the point his skills are akin to a {{Samurai}}.
* BadassBoast: During his introduction to Soma as a defender of his family trattoria.
-->"Sorry for the tardiness. My name is Takumi Aldini. This is my twin brother Isami Aldini. We worked in a kitchen of a trattoria in our hometown. It's a word in Italian that refers to the so-called 'restaurant of the masses'. I am just like you, Yukihira. I, too, am a chef that's protected his shop from the kitchen. You said that you 'don't plan to lose to some bunch that has never stood in front of clients'? Say that after you have defeated me. Between Aldini and Yukihira, I'll show you which is better."
* BerserkButton: Don't dare to insult Isami by calling him "a second-rate cook".
* BigBrotherInstinct: Takumi, who could have rejected the Shokugeki, accepted Subaru's conditions to defend Isami's honor.
* {{Bishonen}}: His good looks have earned him a fan club.
* BreakTheBadass: [[spoiler:Subaru not only defeats him, but also hurt his pride by predicting all his actions (including improvised options), stained his Mezzaluna knife and took it away and insulted his brother. After said Shokugeki, Takumi spent the entire week depressed in his apartment with a broken look in his eyes.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: The Aldini twins are half-Japanese, but grew up in Italy. They've used their unique upbringing to make more flexible dishes such as using Japanese ingredients in an Italian style or vice versa.
* ButtMonkey: Every time he wants to boast, the moment turns awkward.
* ChallengeSeeker: He constantly wants to engage Soma in a competition, but they usually [[RunningGag fall flat]].
* ChickMagnet: He is said to have a fanclub in Tootsuki, and also older females are seen gushing over him as he enters the arena.
* CoolBigBro: Subverted. Isami doesn't hold back whenever Takumi embarrasses himself and even calls him "lame". Outside of that, he does admire Takumi's superior skills as a chef and declares to be proud of him, while Takumi himself makes sure to remind Isami that he is his other half.
* CryCute: He cries when he loses or gets embarrassed. It destroys whatever dignity he has.
* DontYouDarePityMe: After [[spoiler:Soma defeats Subaru and gets Takumi's Mezzaluna back, he rejects it, declaring that he will earn it back by his own merits]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Takumi is first introduced stomping on Soma's foot, marking himself as an intimidating opponent... before his brother Isami laughs at him.
* TheFashionista: In contrast to Soma (who wears hanten[[note]]informal yukata for home[[/note]]), Takumi's plain clothes are very stylish, since Italians are very wary of their appearance. After the Internships period, Takumi's first words to Soma are to comment on his hair being messy, while he had a new haircut on the time being.
* FriendlyRivalry: He tries competing with Soma, but the two of them seem to get along pretty well, though the latter finds it difficult to take their rivalry as seriously as Takumi does.
* HeroicBSOD: After Subaru beats him, Takumi is seen depressed in his apartment, while a worried Isami passes him a message from Soma. He snaps out of it after Soma defeats Subaru, promising that he will beat them someday.
* HonorBeforeReason: Takumi stated he would ''hate'' the idea of Soma getting expelled before they compete officially.
* HyperAwareness: Takumi reveals he was already aware that Subaru had been following him around for the past few days. Subverted, though, because Subaru had been following him for much longer than that.
* AGlassInTheHand: Soma gives Takumi a bag of kaki seeds to hold onto while he goes to search for ingredients during training camp. In frustration, Takumi crushes the bag with his grip, but it was what Soma wanted to do, anyway.
* GratuitousItalian: From the two, Takumi is the one who uses more Italian words, most commonly "grazie" ("thank you").
* GloveSlap: Right before their match and in front of the whole school, Takumi throws a glove to Subaru to make the duel official, asking in exchange for his win a public apology to Isami.
* InnocentBlueEyes: The only physical thing the twins have in common from their Italian heritage. They were straight up innocent when they were children.
* JerkassFacade: In his introduction, he trods on Soma's foot to show his confidence and acts like a jerk. Immediately into the first assignment at training camp, he dislikes the idea that Soma could be disqualified. Instead of throwing away the kaki seeds, he holds onto them; when he accidentally crushes the bag, he desperately apologizes for it (though Soma was intending to do it). An extra chapter also reveals Takumi ''planned'' to stomp on his foot long before as a challenge.
* NervesOfSteel: Despite how easily he normally gets embarrassed, before a match he's completely confident while the normally calm Isami runs around flustered. Despite a moment's panic he also recovers easily during his match with Subaru, managing to make a last minute improvement to his dessert [[spoiler:which still isn't enough to let him win. Subaru knew that Takumi would be able to keep his wits about him and improvise something, so he prepared accordingly.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Soma criticizes most of his peers for their high education without proper experience. However, Takumi comes from a similar background (working at a common diner for years) despite his seemingly arrogant demeanor. Both wear the pride of their respective family restaurants' names on their uniforms. He is also as resourceful as Soma, since his imagination and range of vision during a challenge is very wide, as seen during the training camp.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Unlike Erina who wants Soma to go away, Takumi isn't satisfied to have Soma expelled until he can defeat him in a Shokugeki. He gets jealous if Soma has another rival, since he considers himself the only one.
* TheRival: Self-proclaimed towards Soma. He also proclaims himself to be Soma's "only rival". However, he's not taken as seriously as he would like.
* SacrificialLion[=/=]TheWorfEffect: His first appearance showcases himself as Soma's equal in resourcefulness and experience. His loss against Subaru foreshadows the amount of planning Soma would need to overcome him.
* SexyManInstantHarem: Takumi has his own fan club, which consists of ''85'' club members who follow him a lot.
* WeWillMeetAgain: Parodied. After the first cooking match between Takumi and Soma ends in a draw, the former declares this after saying they will someday settle things in a Shokugeki. A couple of panels later, they are forced to sit next to each other on the bus.
* WeaponOfChoice: His Mezzaluna, which he uses along with Isami. However, he lost it in a Shokugeki against Subaru Mimasaka and hasn't got it back since, because he wants to defeat both him and Soma to earn it properly.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He tries to set himself up as Souma's rival, knowing the proper style a rival should have and the lines they should give out. Unfortunately, the manga is half comedy and doesn't stick to the shounen cliches he's basing his character on, meaning he ends up more of ButtMonkey than a rival, though Souma does acknowledge his skill.
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!! Hisako Arato
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->'''Voiced by:''' Saori Oonishi

Erina's secretary and close friend, Hisako specializes in medicinal-based dishes.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She wants to be Erina's NumberTwo on the Elite Ten and will crush anyone who dares to try and surpass Erina -- a fact not lost on Akira, who, after defeating her, chides her for being content with where she is.
* {{Badass}}: If having Erina's seal of approval isn't enough, Chapter 73 has her doing a special dish with a live turtle and ''beheading it in front of the shocked audience without even batting an eyelash''.
* BloodSplatteredWarrior: Blood is splattering on her face and cooking attire when she cold-heartly beheads a living turtle. It's not that much blood, but it still fits the trope and makes her look badass.
* BreakTheCutie[=/=]BreakTheHaughty: She's so confident of her skills and her place in Erina's inner circle that, when she lost to Akira during the Fall Classic quarterfinals, she was so heartbroken she distanced herself from Erina out of shame. Ironically, it took being paired with Soma -- Erina's walking BerserkButton -- for her to even start recovering.
* CharacterDevelopment: She started as nothing else than an overprotective assistant for Erina, who wanted nothing more than be her NumberTwo. Thanks to Soma, Hisako realized that she had to step up instead of being a servant, not only at her school performance, but also as Erina's friend. She genuinely grew to like Soma instead of holding grudges based on Erina's own issues with him, to the point Erina herself is shocked that Hisako talks friendly to him around her instead of overreacting at him like Hisako usually did.
* ChildhoodFriends: Played with. She's been with Erina since childhood, but was too much in awe of Erina to really be her friend. Soma later encourages her to be more a friend than a sidekick and cheers her up after her loss to Akira.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Initially cold and hostile towards Soma due to his flippant attitude around Erina, she eventually mellows out to him after their Stagiaire assignment, having not only seen him show some skills she doesn't have, but also advised to not give up on her relationship with Erina following her loss to Akira, for which she warmly thanks him. The next time they meet, she confuses Erina by giving him a friendly greeting.
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Hishoko" (literally, "secretary girl"), given to her by Alice, used as a RunningGag by the author before a CanonName was established. To her annoyance, the nickname spread throughout the student body.
* EpiphanyTherapy: For her Stagiaire assignment, she and Soma had to work for a restaurant located next to a bullet train station. Realizing that her experience with staged situations in cooking classes pale before the realities of a working restaurant, which require more flexibility, she is forced to swallow her pride and learn from Soma, who actually grew in such an environment. The whole experience, coupled with Soma's words of advice, helped her recover from her loss to Akira and see herself as more than just Erina's sidekick, for which she is incredibly grateful to Soma.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Until the Fall Classic, Hisako was simply "Erina's secretary" and had NoNameGiven.
* FamilyBusiness: For generations the Aratos served as personal medics to the Nakiris. To be able to serve Erina as well, Hisako oriented her family knowledge of medicinal herbs into her cooking.
* {{Fangirl}}: She practically worships Erina, at times almost looking like she's outright crushing on her. She's also quite jealous and overprotective of Erina (she makes ''a weapon search'' on Alice before tshe can even talk to her own cousin), including an aggressive attitude towards Soma without ever having spoken to him thanks to how casually he speaks to her boss.
* {{Foil}}: Two examples:
** To Megumi -- both are overshadowed by a friend in skill (Soma and Erina, respectively) and mild-mannered. Their cooking styles are also similar, with one focused on soothing mental and physical aspects, while the other uses medicinal properties from herbal ingredients. But where Megumi is sweet and loving, Hisako has some of Erina' haughtiness rubbed onto her.
** To Akira -- both specialize in herbs and spices, and are [[UndyingLoyalty very loyal]] to their "masters", but where Akira is inspired by Jun to push himself beyond his limits, Hisako is content with being Erina's NumberTwo.
* GirlFriday: Through the lens of a cooking manga, of course, meaning she cooks instead of fights. She's Erina's secretary and helps arrange all her affairs, provide emotional support and complete menial tasks like picking up Erina's manga. Her experience proves helpful during her Stagiaire shift with Soma, when she helps organize the reservation system at an overly busy restaurant, giving it a modern update to allow younger customers easier access.
* HeroWorshipper: When she and Erina were little, Erina wanted to be her friend, but Hisako was too respectful and decided to support her from behind. After she loses to Akira, she feels unworthy to be by Erina's side until Soma convinces her to see herself as more than just a sidekick.
* HumblePie: She has two separate incidents that make up a single part of her character arc from Erina's sidekick to her friend.
** Firmly convinced that she was second only to Erina, she didn't work as hard as she could have in the autumn festival and lost to Hayama, who chided her for [[SecondPlaceIsForLosers being content with second place.]] The next time she's in focus, she's clearly miserable because Erina's perfectionist attitude has rubbed off on her, causing her to consider herself worthless. Erina doesn't actually care if Hisako is perfect because the only one she won't accept failures from is herself, but the fundamental gap in how they view their relationship causes Hisako to separate herself from Erina out of a sense of inadequacy.
** After this, she gets an assignment with Souma during Stagiare week when they have to help a restaurant and then leave some kind of clear improvement in it before the end of the week. He warns her about the demands of actually working in a real restaurant, but she dismisses him by saying she's had enough experience at the school with staged situations. However, it's clear that she's in way over head in such a busy restaurant, forcing her to swallow her bitter comments towards him and actually start learning. He uses the opportunity to prod her into returning to Erina, pointing out that if she failed once she just needs to try again in a different way. Notably, while this experience was humiliating for her at first, she's actually very grateful for what Souma did for her.
* MeaningfulEcho: During Stagiaire week, she passionately tells the owner of ''Mitamura'' that if the situation has changed, they need to change their approach and emphasize what's important to them without worrying about appearances. In the next chapter, Soma tells her to stop worrying about losing to Akira and go back to Erina, repeating her own words right back at her.
* TheMedic: She comes from a line of specialists in Chinese medicine, incorporating her knowledge into her cooking; her quarterfinal dish for the Fall Classic "breaks the power of Nao's curse" on the judges.
* {{Meganekko}}: She wears glasses when doing computer work.
* NumberTwo: She is the secretary to Erina. This results in her defeat against Akira, since she lacked the ambition to be the very best, just wanting to live in Erina's shadow.
* OnlyFriend: She's the closest thing Erina has to an actual friend, but even she mostly just hero worships Erina and wants to serve her. Erina isn't quite happy about that, but, until Soma told her otherwise, Hisako doesn't find herself worthy to be anything more than Erina's secretary.
* {{Pride}}: Just like Erina, Hisako is as elitist and perfectionist as her, also looking down on Soma based on social status and academic records alone.
* PutOnABus: After Akira defeats her at the Fall Classic, Hisako gave to Erina a letter stating she was "leaving on a journey", since she can't face Erina because of her failure, without listening to what Erina had to say.
** TheBusCameBack: Then she reappears as Soma's partner in Stagiaire Week. Her experience working with Soma has helped her recover from her loss, and with Soma giving her not only useful words of advice, but the full set of Erina's favorite shoujo manga, Hisako now have both the courage and incentive to return to Erina not just as an assistant, but as a friend, for which she is grateful.
* SatelliteCharacter: She's not lacking in development, but her entire character is focused around Erina and their relationship. She even adopts Erina's viewpoints as her own, though she does warm up to Souma before her boss does.
* TookALevelInKindness: Towards Soma after their week together at the Stagiaire Period, even to the point of telling Erina to thank him for the mangas he got for her, which shocks Erina. Also she allowed Soma to request feedback from Erina, who is actually confused on why she didn't shoo Soma away like she would usually do with anyone.
* UndyingLoyalty: Very loyal to Erina, since it's also tradition in her family, as the Arato line are personal doctors of the Nakiri's.
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!! Subaru Mimasaka
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A heavy-built freshman and Soma's Fall Classic semifinals opponent. Despite his look, he's smarter than he appears and has a strong sense for details. Apparently Etsuya Eizan's aide. He has no "specialty", but copies the other chefs he faces.
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* AnimalMotif: Aside from his devil motif, during his match with Soma, he has a snake motif.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: One of his key strengths, despite having no specialties he can creates dishes that have surpassed chefs at their own specialties solely through analysing their abilities and creating a dish one step ahead of theirs.
* {{Badass}}: He's won 100 Shokugekis prior to his encounter with Soma, Takumi and his Mezzaluna being his latest victim.
* BadassBiker: The second time he appears, he's driving a motorbike. And he really loves it.
* BatmanGambit: How he defeats his opponents. He knows what they would do in any situation and he develops counter measures against them.
* BattleTrophy: He always bets on Shokugekis the opponent's precious tool, mostly to hurt the loser way beyond the defeat.
* BloodKnight: He loves intense cooking duels and is only interested in winning, that's why he challenges so many students he faces into ''Shokugeki''.
* ChekhovsGunman[=/=]ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:With the Full Moon Banquet drawing to a close, Soma hired him as an extra hand for his booth, since he was not only the only student-chef without a booth, but he also has the skill to perfectly mimic Soma's mapo tofu dish]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: He collects data of the rivals (even the most worthless details) and their tools as BattleTrophy.
* CombatPragmatist: In Eizan's words, though he certainly has the skill for cooking, he has no respect for ingredients or tools and only cares about winning. To do so [[StalkerWithoutACrush he spies on his opponents]], [[AwesomenessByAnalysis figures out what they plan on making as well as gathering information of their styles of cooking]], copy his opponents dishes to perfection and then making improvements to it until his dish is one step ahead of his opponents in every category [[CrazyPrepared whilst simultaneously making sure to take into account any other variables based on his information on his opponents skill and abilities to ensure he will remain ahead of them even if they try to improvise something]]. On top of that, during the match itself, he will also give {{Breaking Speech}}es on how utterly predictable they are and how pathetic it is for them to lose against their own specialties to put even more pressure on them. When one of the judges of the Fall Classic tries to call him out on his dirty strategies, he counters by stating that his particular style of cooking IS analysing his opponents to ensure the greatest chance of success.
* CoolBike: He has an impressive looking bike. But how he protects his bike is more impressive.
* CrazyPrepared: His motto is "Right down to a gnat's eyebrow", a phrase which means "going into the most minute of details". Not only he puts a high standard of security for his motorbike (breaks, chains, raincoat and GPS tracking in case of robbery), he knows a lot of details about other cooks, even if some of the details are random or casual. Seriously, who needs to know Soma's shoe size, how many pair of shoes has or what kind of pattern Takumi's underwear has?
* DelinquentHair: He has a mohawk of dreadlocks.
* DiabolusExMachina: At the end of the Fall Classic preliminaries, he appears out of nowhere and steals the fourth spot of Block A from Shun and Zenji.
* DidNotSeeThatComing: He's so used to studying opponents that [[spoiler:Soma improvising a dish right on the spot in their duel blindsides him completely since he was so sure Soma would cook a certain dish beforehand and just rushed ahead in making it.]]
* DreadlockRasta: He's a huge biker with a dreadlock mohawk.
* DittoFighter: Due to his analyzing and extensive stalking, he is able to copy dishes AND make them better.
* EasilyForgiven: Subverted. Only Soma seems to be on good terms with him. The others still can't get over him being a creepy stalker and Takumi still cannot forgive him for what happened with his Mezzaluna.
* EvilGloating: People say that in one Shokugeki, he [[EvilLaugh laughed loudly]] as he [[KickTheDog took away a knife which was a memento of his opponent's late mother]]. [[spoiler:Right before he's awarded the win, he gloats how he knew Takumi would try to one up in his dessert.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: When he lost against Soma, his dreads untied, letting his long hair flow (and causing some disgusted reactions from the girls in the audience), as a sign that he has given up his dishonest motivations. By the time of the Red Leaf Hunt, Subaru is still wearing his hair lose.
* TheFaceless: The first time he appears, his face wasn't shown and his name wasn't revealed. His second appearance reveals finally his face and his name.
* FanDisservice: He gives two moments:
** One of the judges gets disturbed when his dessert made them picture Mimasaka as a YamatoNadeshiko.
** After Soma wins against Subaru and gives him a plate of his stew, his dreads get loose and ''his hair starts to flow while he sparkles'', much to the disgust of the female judges.
* FatalFlaw: Same as being a CombatPragmatist which even Soma notices. He's good at duplication and observation, but is so obsessed with just winning he's practically just wasting his talent and thus doesn't bother trying to take his creations further then just slightly outshining the competition. Sure enough, this leads to his downfall as he only studied what Soma was planning on making, not considering the possibility that he may improvise ''right before he even started to cook during the competition''.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's a gracious host and not averse to having casual chat with future opponents. However, before and during a match he mocks, belittles and sets out to destroy someone by beating them with the exact thing they chose to make. Further, he makes people bet items precious to them in Shokugekis and then simply stockpiles his rewards.
* {{Foil}}: His copying of opponents seems to provide a dark mirror to Soma's experimenting and learning.
* FreudianExcuse: He has a distant father who continually denied his cooking skills because they lack originality. After he defeated his father in a cooking contest by modifying his father's special recipe, the latter sent him away to Tootsuki rather than giving him the praise he wanted (or, in his own words, his father ran away on him). He was then taken in by [[EvilGenius Eizan]], who encouraged him to be the BloodKnight we know.
* GeniusBruiser: He's very tall and muscular, but his knowledge of details is crazy. One of his greatest strength is predicting the moves of his opponents.
* {{Gonk}}: Especially next to most of the [[{{Bishonen}} male cast by comparison]], it's accentuated by his OverlyLongTongue, large build and creepy expressions.
* GracefulLoser: After a brief breakdown following his loss to Soma, Subaru tries his dish, and is so awestruck he calms down, concedes defeat, and even volunteers to quit cooking (the same losing condition Soma set upon himself for their playoff-turned-Shokugeki), though Soma dissuades him from doing so.
* HateSink: While there's no shortage of arrogant cooks in the series, Subaru's behavior is much darker to the point that even the judges comment on his tactics.
* InsufferableGenius: He really is a good cook. He has good aesthetic sense, a fine sense of taste, wide knowledge, inventiveness, attention to detail and analysis. He just has so a foul personality it is said that no sensible restaurant would ever want to hire him. He's referred to as an awful cook because all he cares about is winning, not preparing good food.
* JackOfAllTrades: Given that his special skill is to copy and upgrade other chefs styles, Subaru has a great set of skills, such as baking, decorating, garnishing and smoked ingredients, with many of the audience comparing his smoke techniques to Shun Ibusaki's, who is known as the "Smoke Prince".
* {{Jerkass}}: He provokes the opponents he has to face and challenges them to ''Shokugeki'' to get their precious cooking tools.
* MethodActing: Invoked. To be more effective [[spoiler:and help Soma faster at the Moon Banquet Festival, he needed to research Soma's style more deeply, so Soma gave him the keys to ''Yukihira'' so he can get more in character, by copying every mannerism.]]
* OverlyLongTongue: When taunting Takumi right before their duel.
* PracticalTaunt:
** Right before their match, Subaru pressed Takumi's BerserkButton by insulting Isami, so he can have a ''Shokugeki''.
** He tries this again with Soma, hoping [[spoiler: his win over Takumi]] would make him fly off the handle and accept his Shokugeki out of anger. While Soma does take the challenge, he's unimpressed by Subaru's verbal bullying. Not only does he keeps a cool head during their encounter, Soma, with no hesitation whatsoever, ''raises the stakes in their Shokugeki'', much to Subaru's shock.
* RealMenWearPink: He's an intimidatingly huge guy with the FaceOfAThug, but he's very skilled in embroidery and other delicate works. Megumi also gets surprised by seeing him in a frilly apron. And his precise handwork with desserts lets him look like a maiden, much to the horror of the audience.
* RedBaron: According to Eizan, he's called "King of Stalkers". His second nickname is "Perfect Tracer".
* TheSixthRanger: [[spoiler:To Soma and Megumi's Full Moon Banquet stall.]]
* SlasherSmile: Accompanied by his OverlyLongTongue whenever he is challenging his pray.
* SmarterThanYouLook: He looks like a {{Delinquent}} (he probably is), but he's very intelligent guy.
* SmugSnake: He's very good, but he's also overconfident. He begins gloating during his match with Souma, but [[spoiler:he assumed Souma had stopped preparing some time before whereas Souma was testing new improvements in his head right until the end.]] He has a VillainousBreakdown when he inevitably loses [[spoiler:but upon recognizing that Souma's dish ''was'' better, he tries to quit as a chef, but Souma tells him not to be stupid and to learn from the experience.]]
* StalkerWithoutACrush: It's stated that he's this; he knows details about people that any other shouldn't know.
* {{Troll}}: He intentionally upsets people, both to bait them into matches they don't need to enter and to keep them off balance during the match itself.
* WellDoneSonGuy: As a child, Subaru had tried to be the best in cooking to gain his father's praise and recognition.
* YoungerThanHeLooks: He's the same age as Soma and the other first year students, but he looks much older than he is.
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!! Ikumi Mito
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->'''Voiced by:''' Shizuka Ishigami

A freshman tasked by Erina with ridding of the Donmono Research Society (Don RS) Club to make room for another cooking lab, but is challenged and defeated by their guest chef Soma to a Shokugeki, with the match conditions forcing her to join said club. Ikumi's specialty is meat, but she slowly shifts her cooking into donburi (rice bowl) dishes and how meat complements other ingredients.
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: A RunningGag in the series has Ikumi trying to do something nice for Soma, only to either Soma not noticing her obvious crush on him, something else in the way (Ikumi finds out Soma didn't join the Don RS, leaving her with Kanachi; or when she found out that she wasn't going to be alone with him, as Mayumi was also there), or others teasing her about it.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Her name implies she's Japanese, but [[DarkSkinnedBlonde dark skin and blonde hair]] is natural (rather than the deliberate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganguro style]]), so it's not entirely clear.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Originally, Ikumi used expensive grade-A5 wagyu beef[[note]]A grade of "A5" in Japan is the near-equivalent of "prime"-grade beef in North America[[/note]]. Her first idea to use A5 meat for a local karaage business is discarded automatically because it costs too much for a middle-class shopping district. After some advice from Soma, she starts to learn how to use the whole dish as a unit, no matter what kind of meat she is using.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Although she technically isn't this in Don RS, Ikumi is far more skilled than Kanachi, who is the president (and the only other member left) of the club.
* BerserkButton:
** Don't call her "Nikumi". Unless you happen to be Souma.
** Never put sauce on wagyu beef, as one of ThoseTwoGuys found out in a painful way.
* BigBreastPride: Ikumi is certainly confident of her assets, and is constantly wearing clothing that reveals her cleavage.
* CharacterDevelopment: Originally an arrogant student-cook employed by Erina, after a humbling Shokugeki and being forced to join the same club she was tasked to destroy, Ikumi starts to realize her own desire for approval by simply being herself, turning her talents into donburi.
* CoolBigSis: The new members of the Don RS certainly treat her as this.
* CripplingOverspecialization: She loses the match against Soma because the only thing she bothers to focus on in cooking is meat. The dish isn't really balanced right, causing the flavors to conflict. The judges don't eat all of it as a result, leaving Soma the clear winner before the results are even announced. She has since remedied it come the Fall Classic preliminaries, as the judges who heard of her reputation beforehand were surprised at how better-balanced her dish has become.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: By Soma, as also she develops a crush to him. And by extension, she also befriends his roommates and the Aldini twins.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She starts to mellow out towards Soma, and integrates well into the Don RS as well as the circle of friends from the Polaris Dorms.
* EmbarrassingNickname: "Nikumi", where "niku" means "meat" in Japanese. [[{{Tsundere}} The only one allowed to call her that is Soma.]]
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Her charms have attracted quite a number of people into joining the Don RS. In Chapter 122, we see a couple of other girls being a part of her admirers.
* {{Foil}}: Two examples:
** To Mayumi -- both have unrequited crushes on Soma, but while Ikumi is more imposing, voluptuous and aggressive, Mayumi is shy, petite, humble and quiet.
** To Yuuki -- both specialize in meat are very supportive of their circle of friends, but in contrast to cheerful Yuuki, Ikumi has trouble expressing her feelings.
* TheFace: She eventually becomes this for the Don RS, as Kanachi noted that many students started to sign up for the club after Ikumi became more charismatic.
* FreudianExcuse: On her ninth birthday, her mother gave her a teddy bear as a gift. Unfortunately, her father destroyed it, telling his wife to never give their daughter another gift like that, and advising Ikumi to let go of any weaknesses to become worthy of the family business. This explains her appearance and attitude.
** This also explains her crush on Soma: Since her father prohibited her from showing her soft side, Soma was the first person ever to say openly that she was "cute" ''in a positive way'', just as she felt for the first time that she could be herself when trying his donburi.
* GagBoobs: Pronounced in the anime, as her pair is consistently shown {{Gainaxing}}, especially in her usual bikini-top getup.
* GracefulLoser: Implied. After being forced against her will to join the Don RS, she serves don in several friendly competitions and does it well, indicating that she takes her membership in the Don RS seriously in spite of being forced into it.
* HiddenDepths: Her attitude is bold and aggressive, but it's hinted that she would like to be more feminine. However, her father raised her to avoid associating with anything that could be considered weak.
* HumblePie: She was Erina's henchwoman who liked to bully the clubs she was going to close. Not only did she lose the shokugeki against Soma, but he defeated her A5 wagyu dish with ''a cheap steak from the market'', which made the judges finish their bowls while hers was barely touched. After the defeat, Erina ditched her and she had to join the Don RS.
* KnifeNut: Has a knife strapped to her right leg and her favorite is a butcher knife.
* TheLadette: Has BoyishShortHair, physically strong, HotBlooded, intimidating, loves meat and can beat guys up. She easily knocks out one of ThoseTwoGuys out from the Polaris Dormitory.
* MsFanservice: Almost always seen in {{Stripperific}} clothing, even when wearing her school uniform.
** Lampshaded in a bonus, where Soma asks her why she cooks in bikini when hot oil can reach her, to which Ikumi replies "a Chef mustn't be afraid of the kitchen".
* NonUniformUniform: Wears her shirt unbuttoned, revealing different bikini tops, and her tie is on her right leg. It's surprising to others when she shows up wearing her uniform properly.
* {{Ojou}}: Judging from appearance and personality, one wouldn't see this, but the Mito family founded it business by distributing and selling meat across Japan. A flashback reveals Ikumi lives in a BigFancyHouse and wore an elegant dress when she was a child.
* OralFixation: Has to the tendency to lick her lips. It's justified since her lips are the most sensitive part of her body in terms of rating meat temperature and taste.
* PunnyName: "Mito" is a [[FunWithHomophones pun on the English word "meat"]]. Her nickname "Nikumi" contains the Japanese word "niku" for "meat".
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: At one point, she offers a poor shopping district an amazing deal on A5 beef. It’s still far, far out of their realistic price range, but when Souma politely declines she gets puzzled at him apparently holding back out of politeness.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's the tomboy to Mayumi's girly girl
* {{Tsundere}}: Ikumi denies being attracted to Soma, and will often yell how she doesn't care about the Don RS, even though she's embracing the donburi style.
* SlasherSmile: Does this often, usually when cooking
* StarterVillain: The first opponent who requires extensive planning from Soma to defeat rather than his usual improvisation.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Tough and aloof to everyone, except when she [[{{Tsundere}} blushes notably every time she talks about Soma]].
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Her cooking uniform is a bikini top and mini-shorts.
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!! Isami Aldini
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YukiOno

Takumi's younger twin brother, Isami always stands alongside his brother to make Italian cuisine, with the same skill set learned from ''Trattoria Aldini''.
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* {{Acrofatic}}: When chubby, despite his large size, Isami is very quick at cleaning and cutting the ingredients, let alone synchronizing his movements perfectly with Takumi.
* AdrenalineMakeOver: More accurately "Under Pressure Slim Down".
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Isami sees his brother Takumi as the one to beat since they learned to cook. He learned to accept the fact, but he still hopes to surpass him someday.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: When they're not in the kitchen, Isami enjoys teasing Takumi by reminding him to not cry or how he is more mature than him. He also openly laughs at Takumi whenever his boasts fail.
-->'''Isami''': (pointing to Takumi, who is babbling alone) "You can just ignore him when he starts talking nonsense like that." \\
'''Yuuki''': (thinking) ''That's family for you... He doesn't go easy on him.''
* BigLittleBrother: Not only he is OneHeadTaller than Takumi, he also acts like the more down-to-earth of the twins whenever they're interacting with others.
* BigBrotherWorship: Subverted. Isami doesn't hold back when it comes to mock Takumi by calling him "lame". However, he does look up to him as a chef. As the series progresses, Isami trains to be stronger so he can support Takumi.
* {{Bishonen}}: When he loses weight during the summer, he looks much more attractive.
* ButNotTooForeign: The Aldini twins are half Japanese, but grew up in Italy. They've used the unique upbringing to make more flexible dishes such as using Japanese ingredients in an Italian style or vice versa.
* CultureClash: A minor one, as he is confused about Japanese custom of "cheering fans with names".
* EyesAlwaysShut: Mostly when he's chubby. Less often when he loses weight.
* FormerlyFat[=/=]FormerlyFit: Zigzagged, in that he slims down during summer due to fatigue from the heat, then regains weight around autumn and winter.
* GentleGiant: Unlike his ChallengeSeeker brother, Isami is always calm and polite to everyone despite his chubby and intimidating looks.
* InnocentBlueEyes: The only physical thing the twins have in common from their Italian heritage. They were straight up innocent when they were children.
* MessyHair: In contrast to his blonde twin, Isami's hair is black and spiky.
* SiblingRivalry: Although Takumi is the better chef, Isami expresses his desire to surpass his brother.
* StraightMan: He is this whenever Takumi ends up embarrassing himself with his Hot-Headed persona.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Only during the summer.
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!! Kanachi Konishi
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ShinjiKawada

A second-year student, president of the Donmono Research Society (Don RS) and, aside from Ikumi, the only member left.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Konishi is something of a fanboy for Ikumi, which just pisses her off or embarrasses her.
* AlliterativeName
* CovertPervert: Even though he is afraid of Ikumi, he can't help but peeking at her bikini or even noting her appeal.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Downplayed. The dude's definitely kind of a goof and while his skills probably aren't good enough to match Ikumi's or Souma's, he's still a second year student who's already gone through and survived all the challenges Souma and the others are dealing with as freshmen.
* ExpressiveHair: When he's excited his pompadour goes up, but when he's depressed, his pompadour goes down.
* FaceOfAThug: Has the looks of JapaneseDelinquents, but is a fairly good guy and believes in donburi as a biker's meal.
* AFatherToHisMen: Given that Ikumi is the only other Don RS member left (and only in it by way of a Shokugeki loss), he constantly fills the OverEnthusiasticParents role for her. Ikumi is far from amused by this.
* HellBentForLeather: He firmly believes in this. In a bonus, Ikumi tells Kanachi made her use leather jackets because, as a part of the Don RS, they all must look like bikers.
* HotBlooded: Whenever he talks about donburi.
* ImprobableHairstyle: In an {{Omake}}, Megumi is helping him tape the chunk of hair back after Ikumi angrily cuts it off. In the anime, it's still on his head in episode 7 during the Shokugeki after Ikumi chopped it off in the previous episode.
* MrExposition: He informs Soma on how Erina manages to close clubs she doesn't like and also explains the meaning of the meat rankings.
* SaveOurClub: One of Soma's first Shougeki involves saving the Don RS Club from becoming another of Erina's cooking labs. Soma not only succeeds, but also increased the club's budget and gets Ikumi to join it, after most of the members left Kanachi by himself.
* SupportingLeader: He is the president and was the only remaining member of the original club, until Ikumi was forced to join. While he is not technically the best cook at the RS, he is still the most experienced about donburi and provides accurate feedback regarding recipes and research.
* TearsOfJoy: Has this moment when Soma recognizes that the club did make many interesting recipes.
** Does this again during the school festival, after learning that the Don RS booth is one of the top sellers.
* TraumaticHaircut: Ikumi chopped off half of his hair after he called her "Nikumi". He is seen with a bandage around the portion that was cut off for a while afterwards.
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!! Miyoko Hojou
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AsamiSeto

Heiress to a Chinese restaurant in Yokohama, Miyoko's specialty are Chinese techniques and wok maneuvers.
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: Serious, tall, imposing and with a big fanbase, despite the fact she DoesNotLikeMen; all checked.
* CharacterDevelopment: She started as a cold and tough girl with trust issues on men, and was quick to dismiss Megumi when she revealed that she relied on Soma's help. After Megumi demonstrates her real talent at the Fall Classic preliminaries, Miyoko decides to change her attitude towards men and get closer to the staff members of her restaurant.
* DefrostingIceQueen: After seeing Megumi's performance in the preliminaries and the support she gets from ''men'', she starts to question if her StrawFeminist mindset will really take her anywhere. She eventually stated that she is aiming to be closer to her staff thanks to Megumi's influence.
* DoesNotLikeMen: The restaurant her father owns is full of {{Straw Misogynist}}s who looked down on her cooking skills because of her gender and had tried to drive her out of the kitchen, causing her to have a low opinion of men in general. Most of all to her senior Kuga, because he's too annoying for her. Although she respect Soma and the other student whose with him.
* DudeMagnet: Has a huge group of guys cheering for her.
* {{Foil}}: For Megumi -- where Miyoko is a stern, strong, and man-hating lone wolf, Megumi is shy, humble, trusting and surrounded by men who appreciate her work.
* FreudianExcuse: The head chef at her family's restaurant told all the other cooks in private that he intended to drive her out, meaning she had to both be better than him and to maintain a defensive attitude against him and the others to keep her place.
* GracefulLoser: After the preliminaries conclude, she approaches Megumi to give her support for the next round, indicating Megumi earned her respect as a chef.
* HeirClubForMen: Wants to graduate from Tootsuki to be able to manage her family's Chinese restaurant, where all the male cooks underestimate her because of her gender.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Mixed with StatuesqueStunner -- she's at least a head taller than Megumi, so much so that when she was reintroduced in the runoff to the Full Moon Banquet she was playing basketball.
* JerkassRealization: Admits that she misjudged Megumi when she sees that not only did Megumi outscore her in the preliminaries, but also had the full support of the men in her village. The way she is now, Miyoko simply can't really run a kitchen properly.
* OutOfFocus: Following her elimination from the Fall Classic preliminaries, she wasn't seen again until the Autumn Banquet, where she serves as a link between Soma (and, by extension, Megumi) and Terunori (who wanted her to join his stall).
* PerpetualFrowner: She rarely ever smiles
* {{Qipao}}: Wears one during the preliminary rounds of the Fall Classic, causing at least one judge to get {{Nosebleed}} and most of the guys to go excited.
* StrawFeminist: Miyoko starts defending Megumi against anyone questioning how she got into the Fall Classic, but withdraws her statement when she hears about Soma helping Megumi, assuming the latter is weak for apparently depending on a guy to help her when in truth Souma mostly just helped her regain her confidence. A flashback reveals most of the chefs she worked with at her family restaurant were {{Jerkass}}es, giving her this mindset. She eventually decides to change this.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her signature dishes are made with a special metal wok, and heavier than regular ones.
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!! Nao Sadatsuka
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SaoriGoto

Erina's first-year stalker, forced to watch her idol from a distance after losing a Shokugeki to Hisako and being handed a 50-meter restraining order. Her speciality is boiled dishes, and despite the food being horrifically pungent, they taste unusually phenomenal.
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Has a crush on Erina, constantly speaking about how much she wants Erina to taste her dish and ''[[DoubleEntendre scold her]]''. Later, she begins creeping on Hisako after being thoroughly defeated a second time.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: She stalks Erina. Hisako got an unofficial restraining order for her in middle school, so Nao just sends tons of letters to Erina every day. Later, she grows obsessed with Hisako, who is even more disturbed.
* BeautifulAllAlong: When she's drawn in a serious style instead of her cackling witch pose, she's shown to be gorgeous. It only lasts for a single panel, though.
* CordonBleughChef: Her dishes smell horrible and use unusual ingredients, but the quality of flavor is superior than the average Tootsuki student.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Inverted, then played straight, in a manner of speaking. Being beaten in a Shokugeki by Hisako during middle school made Nao hate her even more, but when she ate Hisako's curry dish in the Fall Classic, whereupon Nao develops a crush on Hisako, to her utter disgust.
* {{Expy}}: To [[Literature/TheRing Sadako Yamamura]] in terms of [[PeekABangs appearance]], as well as to [[Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular Tomoko Kuroki]] by way of her [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer creepy obsession with Erina (and later Hisako)]].
* EvilCounterpart: To Hisako, as she is her opposite in both appearance and cooking styles. While both specialize in boiled dishes, Nao is gloomy, socially awkward and cooks like a witch, while Hisako is refined, graceful and specializes in medicinal dishes. Also, while Hisako has a big admiration for Erina and is regarded as her only friend, Nao takes this to creepy levels of obsession and Erina barely knows she exists.
* GigglingVillain: When alone, Nao tends to do a "Hihihi!" laugh out of nowhere, creeping out anyone around her.
* HollywoodRestrainingOrder: Back in middle school, she lost to Hisako, and as per Shokugeki stipulation was forced to be no less than 50 meters away from Erina. Too bad it didn't include stalking with binoculars or sending more than 30 letters per day.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: When she sees Hisako behead a living turtle during her Fall Classic quarterfinal match with Akira, Nao grows even more creepily infatuated.
* MessOnAPlate: The curry dish she made for the Fall Classic prelims looks and smells terrible, but tastes so good the judges can't stop eating it. The reaction of the judges compares it to BDSM.
* OddFriendship: Althought she initially intended to harrass Soma for working with Hisako, she connected with him immediately because of their common interest in "repulsive food", which made her "forgive him" and be friendly with each other.
* OutOfFocus: Like Miyoko, she was seldom seen between the Fall Classic preliminaries and the Autumn Banquet.
* PeekABangs: Her long hair covers half of her face.
* RapunzelHair: Her hair reaches her waist and covers half of her face.
* RedBaron: "The Boiling Witch".
* SheCleansUpNicely: She's drawn in a slightly more comical style than the rest of the characters, generally hunched over and cackling with her hair a mess. When she gets cleaned up for a single panel imagine spot thanks to Hisako’s cooking, she looks incredibly beautiful. She instantly goes back to normal, however.
* StalkerWithACrush: She stalks Erina, but she has to keep to a distance of 50m. Later, she grows infatuated with Hisako, though the latter doesn't seem to have entirely caught on yet, despite being creeped out. Amusingly, the second ED is all about Nao's attempts to stalk Erina and observing her through binoculars.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Wants to take Hisako's spot as Erina's secretary that she challenges her to a Shokugeki; it doesn't work. Since then, Nao attempts to find a way to defeat Hisako. {{Irony}} abounds when she turns into a StalkerWithACrush on Hisako after being beat again at the Fall Classic.
* WickedWitch: When cooking, she looks more like a witch stirring a cauldron, leading to her title "Boiling Witch". This was even her attire for her Full Moon Banquet stall.
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!! Urara Kawashima
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RinaHidaka

Master of Ceremonies of Shokugekis and other competitions at Tootsuki.
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* AttentionWhore: She gets irritated if someone else steals her thunder.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Acts all cute and innocent, but curses at Ikumi in a bonus chapter for getting more attention. She also lies about her tastes to make herself look better.
* FeigningIntelligence: According to the {{Omake}} Chapter 14.5, she states her favorite book is ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'' (she never read it) and her favorite movie is ''Film/{{Amelie}}'' (it's really ''[[Film/DrunkenMaster Drunken Master 2]]'').
* {{Foil}}: To the other host Yua Sasaki in the Fall Classic, her polar opposite in personality.
* GenkiGirl: She's a very cheerful and energetic host and keeps the male audience very invested.
* GreenEyedMonster: As soon as Ikumi appeared on stage, she internally cursed Ikumi and called her a "Holstein cow". She also had the same reaction towards Miyoko Hojou and Alice Nakiri.
* TheHost: Was the MC for the Shokugeki between Soma and Ikumi, and for the Block B of the Fall Classic. She's also the one who announces the details for the Classic. It also seems to be her only role, as she is also a Tootsuki student but we never get to see her cooking level.
* InformedAbility: While her only role is to be the MC of the tournaments, her actual cooking skills are never shown, as she is also a student at Tootsuki (She must have some skills, since she survived the Training Camp). Also her comments on the Shokugekis have no useful notes, which are often provided by the contestants or even members of the audience.
* RunningGag: Her getting irritated whenever she loses the audience's attention. Also, if there's a shot of the crowd reacting to her, half of them will be boys cheering wildly, the other half will be girls growling in irritation that she's hogging all of the attention.
* SchoolIdol: Very popular among the guys due to her role as MC
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!! Mitsuru Soutsuda
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A ninth-grader from Tootsuki's middle-school division and member of its Newspaper Club, as well as the sole exception to the school's news reporters highly critical of Soma.
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* {{Adorkable}}: He is a cute middle-school student who worships Soma and follows him with all his reporter equipment. In Chapter 82, he even prepared lunch for Soma.
* AudienceSurrogate: As he is investigating Soma, he brings the point of view of someone new to his cooking style during the test runs.
* {{Fanboy}}: Of Soma. He was fascinated by him since the preliminary round of the Fall Classic. Later it's revealed he is the only member of the newspaper who is focused on Soma, since all his senpais are interviewing Subaru.
* FanOfUnderdog: He's one of the few students who actually likes Souma and for the same reason most of the other students don't: He's always at the disadvantage yet overcomes the odds, which he finds inspiring.
* {{Keet}}: He is cheerful and optimistic about everything Soma does, taking note and pictures of everything.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: He started crying in despair when he realized that he unintentionally leaked data about Soma to Subaru.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Subaru later points out that accessing his PC was the easiest part, because Mitsuru used ''his own birthday date'' as password.
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: He is one of the juniors of the Tootsuki Sports, the school's newspaper. He wants to be great reporter rather than a good cook.
* TagAlongKid: Soma doesn't consider him of much help, since he got full of his test dishes instead of giving him any constructive criticism. Still, Soma allows him to tag along to Erina's house.
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!! Tetsuji Kabutoyama
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An eleventh-grader and Soma's first Shokugeki opponent after Stagiaire Month.
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* {{Badass}}: Besides being one of the few 91st Generation students to survive into their second year, he also has a victory rate of 80% to boot.
* ChallengeSeeker: He is one of the many who looks forward to challenge Soma, so they can refine their skills.
* GracefulLoser: After Soma defeats him, he accepted the defeat with a smile and agreed to teach him his specialty.
* RedBaron: The "Iron Skewer".
* TheWorfEffect: He's the first of Soma's second-year challengers... which means he's also the first to be off-paneled. At the end of Chapter 117, the real focus of the arc comes up as challenges to the Elite Ten begin.
* WorthyOpponent: He considers Soma to be this, since he already passed the three main events (Training Camp, Fall Classic and Stagiaire Month) that sets him up as a contender. However, he's beaten off-panel in just a few pages, along with all the other challengers.
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!! Kiyoshi Godabayashi
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KenjiNomura

A second-year and president of the sumo-themed Chan RS Club specializing in chankonabe (stew traditionally part of a sumo wrestler diet), which was rendered defunct after losing a Shokugeki against Erina.
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* BigNo: His club was demolished and he could only scream as it went down.
* CurbStompBattle: His Shokugeki against Erina turns out to be this for him. Even if he was a year older than her, he still had no chance against "God's Tongue", landing her all the votes.
* SacrificialLamb: His Shokugeki against Erina serves only to showcase her power and authority to close any club she wants.
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!! Madoka Enomoto
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A first-year student and a member of the Miyazato Seminar.
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* EarlyBirdCameo: While the manga version doesn't give away her name or year, she appears at the Training Camp cooking next to Marui.
* {{Fangirl}}: Of Marui during the preliminaries of the Fall Classic, as she is seen cheering for him along with the club members.
* {{Meganekko}}: Like many of [[{{Bookworm}} the members of the Miyazato seminar]], she also wears glasses.

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[[folder: Legendary Tootsuki Academy Alumni]]

* TheAce: All of them are considered the best chefs from their respective generations. They're called the "Legendary Alumni" with all the merits since only a handful of students can graduate. Gin and Koujirou held the First Seat of the Elite Ten in their respective generations, while Jouichirou (who did not graduate), Hinako, Fuyumi, Taki and Sonoka were Second Seats.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: They all know each other as alumni. Gin and Jouichirou are from the 69th Generation, Hitoshi's year is unknown, Koujirou and Fuyumi are from the 79th, and Hinako and Donato are from the 80th, the latter four being good friends at school. Gin and Jouichirou are also acquaintances with Jun, who is from the 74th generation and then a middle-schooler. Also Taki (88th) and Sonoka (89th) seem to know each other as well.
* RedBaron:
** Koujirou: "The Légumes Magician" (Vegetarian Magician)
** Gin: "Living Legend"
** Hinako: "Mist Queen"
** Donato Gotouda: "The Lady Killer"
** Jouichirou: "The Demon"
* {{Supreme Chef}}s: Gin and Koujirou were First Seats in their their time, with Jouichirou and Fuyumi as their respective Second-Seat counterparts; the others hold a reputation of being Tootsuki's best students in a generation and are asked to be the judges during the training camp.
* TeenGenius: Aside of most having an Elite Ten seat, all of them have the distinction of opening successful restaurants not long after graduating Tootsuki. For example, Koujirou became the first Japanese winner of the Pluspol, France's highest culinary award, while Taki and Sonoka, only less than 4 years older the Soma, Erina, Megumi, etc., already own successful restaurants in their early 20s.
* ThrowTheDogABone: At the end of training camp, after suffering hard challenges every single day, the students who pass get a special dinner made by the alumni.
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!! Koujirou Shinomiya
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YuuichiNakamura (adult) and Creator/YumikoKobayashi (child)

Owner of French cuisine restaurant ''SHINO's'', Koujirou was a 79th Generation alumnus and First Seat of the Elite Ten back in his day, as well as the very first Japanese chef to win the Pluspol Award, France's most prestigious culinary achievement. Also infamous for his insufferable attitude and incredibly strict regimen.
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* BirdsOfAFeather: With Soma, almost to the point of being a non-related GenerationXerox in Tootsuki. Both are red-haired, love challenges, hate losing, hail from simple backgrounds, and pushed themselves beyond the limits to perfect their skills. Both also have developed intense rivalries between each other, and with stubborn IceQueen rivals (Erina and Fuyumi, respectively).
* {{Bishounen}}: Has very impressive looks and handsome features. However, his friends all agree that his crappy social skills cancel it out, meaning he still can't hold on to a girlfriend.
* BreakTheCutie: He left Japan with youthful hopes and dreams of making it big in France. He came home with a Pluspol medal, but a soul shattered by years of struggle and discrimination.
* TheBusCameBack: He reappears after the Fall Classic, having opened his first overseas SHINO's branch in Japan... which so happens to be Soma's second Stagiaire assignment.
* TheCynic: Considers himself the only reliable person in the kitchen, believing the staff will bring him down.
* CynicismCatalyst: Back in his youth Koujirou was determined to start a restaurant in France. While moderately successful, his staff began dismissing him for being a foreigner, sabotaging his recettes to the point he almost went out of business. This is what makes him the hardened, stern chef he is now.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* TheDutifulSon: He took an interest in French cuisine because his mother, after saving money to take him to a French restaurant to celebrate his admission to grade school, was so happy eating the food that he made his goal in life to excel at it.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Near the end of Soma's internship at Shinomiya's new Japanese location, Shinomiya helps Soma improve on an idea that Soma had come up with and submitted for a staff recipe contest. Soma is so appreciative of receiving Shinomiya's help that he begins to call him "Shinomiya-shishō," which roughly translates to "Master Shinomiya." Shinomiya finds this formal title incredibly embarrassing.
* TheFashionista: His casual clothes are very stylish, has an earring in his left ear and on his first day at the training camp he fired a student because of the smell of his shampoo.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Koujirou is the only examiner in the training camp who wears glasses, and he is considered the worst of the lot. He immediately expels a student ''before camp officially begins'' because he used a strong-smelling shampoo, gives Megumi a failing mark for altering his recipe even though her reasons are justified, and threatens to do the same to Soma for coming to her defense.
* FrenchCuisineIsHaughty: Already a French cuisine expert as a student, Koujirou was convinced he will make a name in France as the best French-Japanese chef. After a long struggle and BreakTheHaughty process, not only did he succeed, but he became more arrogant, as he refused any slight alterations to the recipes as he considered them already perfect.
* FreudianExcuse: Koujirou did his best to ensure SHINO's would thrive, but the other French chefs disliked him simply because he was Japanese and wouldn't follow his recipe to the letter. He barely managed to keep it afloat after emotionally hardening himself, getting rid of anyone who questioned his skills in the kitchen. Unfortunately, being stuck with this mindset meant he refused to make exceptions or try other methods to his dishes after reaching the top, allowing his skills and standards to stagnate.
* GoalInLife
** His primary motive was to be the first Japanese chef in France with the Pluspol medal. [[spoiler:After winning, he lacked a new motivation and kept cooking without improving]].
** [[spoiler:After his HeelRealization with Megumi's dish, Koujirou decides to be the first Japanese chef in France to achieve three stars (likely the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelin_Guide Michelin format]]) for his restaurant]].
* GratuitousFrench: Occasionally uses French phrases, such as saying "recette" instead of recipe, and sarcastically refers to Gin as ''Monsieur'' when accepting the unofficial Shokugeki.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: He is the main character of the SpinOff ''Etoile'', focusing on his earlier days struggling to survive in the French culinary world.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: When he realizes his own inadequacies as a cook, he actually votes against himself in a Shokugeki against Megumi and Soma.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: Discussed by Gin, who wonders why Koujirou didn't prepare one of his special dishes in the unsanctioned Shokugeki against Soma and Megumi. {{Lampshaded}} by the other Legendary Alumni.
-->'''Koujirou''': "My opponents are just students. Did you think I'd be so merciless?"\\
'''Hitoshi''': "He'd do it."\\
'''Donato''': "He'd defeat them so easily that they can't ever cook again."
** [[spoiler:Subverted when Gin deduces correctly it was a way for Koujirou to cover his stagnating culinary skills]].
* {{Jerkass}}: During his time at France he grew much harsher in order to control his chefs, who kept altering his recipes and bringing down the reputation of Shino's. His assignment during training camp is also set up so that not everyone can pass due to either poor ingredients or altering the recipe to account for the ingredients, and fails one student simply because his shampoo's citrus scent is too strong and might interfere with cooking.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** In his debut, he expels a student purely because he had strong hairspray. Seems overly harsh, but it was also to make a point about students who cared more about their appearance than their cooking.
** It was his responsibility to prepare a test for students and well within his rights to make it so that not everyone could pass the test due to picking or being stuck with damaged ingredients. It wasn't even an ambiguous assignment: Megumi's job was to follow a recipe and produce the dish in question, so altering the cooking steps results in something completely different. Notably, Doujima says outright that he has no problem with this test and only makes an exception because he wants to teach Shinomiya something and views the shokugeki as a good opportunity to fix Shinomiya's attitude towards his own cooking.
* JerkassRealization: During his match with Megumi, he does a technically perfect dish that is far better than Megumi's elegant and supportive dish, netting him all three votes. However, Gin gives a bonus vote for Megumi for thinking of the customer's needs and prompts Koujirou to try it himself. When he does, he judges that it's far below the quality of what he made, but is cooked using a more flexible style intended to suit the consumer's tastes. He gives a bonus vote of his own to his competitor and when the score ends up tied following Hinako's unofficial vote, he realizes he could both learn something from her and that failing her before really wasn't fair. He lets her pass and when he shows up again, he seems to be acting more like he was as a student which is still rather unsocial and demanding, but less aggressive. His staff members are quite surprised at how much less difficult he's become.
* ManlyTears: He is moved to tears after tasting Megumi's terrine, realizing that while it has none of the technical perfection of his chou farci, her dish is nonetheless suffused with the kind of love and dedication he had been lacking for years, as well as the fact that he was not only unfair to Megumi, but also vented out his frustrations over his lagging creativity onto her.
* MortonsFork: He sets up his assignment in the training camp such that it's impossible for everyone to pass. Produce a substandard dish because you are shoved away from the ingredients until only inferior ones are left? Fail for having a non-tasty dish. Change the recipe slightly to improve the taste to compensate for inferior ingredients? Fail, because changing the recipe isn't allowed, and therefore, forbidden (as opposed to most challenges being "anything not forbidden is allowed").
* NeckLift: More like a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1l-kp_QfERE/VTT4Qxklh8I/AAAAAAABB0Q/GkEPZ2BHn7Y/014.png?imgmax=3000 Face Lift]] once Hinako was about to refer to a particular NoodleIncident.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In ''Etoile'' Chapter 3, on his very first job after graduation he catches a sous chef cajoling a meat vendor into spiking up his prices (with said chef taking the extra cash). He lets the chef off the hook, warning him to never do that again. The next day, Koujirou is fired for apparently messing up a recette (which he senses was an inside job by that same chef).
* NoSocialSkills: He's not the easiest person to get along with, and he gets into plenty of brawls with other kids when he was younger. {{Lampshaded}} by his peers before he leaves for France after graduating from Tootsuki.
-->'''Hinako''': "Shinomiya-senpai isn't sociable so he definitely won't make any friends. I'm sure he'll also fight with the other staff!"\\
'''Fuyumi''': "I agree with that..."
* RichBoredom: After winning a Pluspol medal, he becomes a stern chef who wouldn't alter his mindset or recipes for anything in the world.
* SelfMadeMan: Unlike many rich students, Koujirou came from the countryside.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: During Soma's Stagiaire period at his restaurant, he refuses to give him any tips or advice and only tells him to step up and learn the ropes himself. This is because he genuinely believed that Soma could overcome this challenge by himself since he had the guts to challenge him to an unofficial Shokugeki.
* SternTeacher: He is very strict towards his interns, employees and the students, immediately firing the ones who don't meet his expectations. After the Training Camp and his own HeelRealization, he mellows a bit and starts rewarding his employees when he returns, but still {{dope slap}}s with no hesitation. His sous chef and interns, on the other hand, admire his skills and try to learn everything they can from him.
* TookALevelInKindness: According to his staffs, while still strict, Koujirou has somewhat become more approachable after returning from training camp. Particularly, his sous chef Abel notes the contrast between his past self, who threatened to fire him for voicing an opinion, to his current self, where he is now more open to suggestions and new recipes from anyone.
* {{Tsundere}}:
** When Soma asked him why he chose to follow French cuisine, he had a flashback to himself about the love for his mother and having her as an inspiration. Of course, Koujirou declined to answer with a frown.
** Happens again when Soma submitted his new dish for his first Shino's branch in Japan. Instead of complimenting his effort and offer him some advice, Koujirou claims it was low-level and he can show him how to make it better. Of course Hinako and Lucie were quick to notice this and tease him even more when Soma called him "Master" (earning them a face-lift). Days after Soma's Stagiaire shift, his dish has become a part of the menu.
** In ''Etoile'', it is shown that deep down he did care about Hinako being upset over him leaving to France on short notice, but he just kept the cocky façade in front of everyone.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With the rest of the Legendary Alumni, especially Hinako and Fuyumi. He and Hinako bicker a lot, while he enjoys provoking Fuyumi into Shokugekis. Nevertheless, when he refused Gin's offer to judge at the Fall Classic, he ends his call by having him send his regards to both women.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The first major arc of ''Etoile'' is focused on him protecting Herve's restaurant from closure (by encouraging him to reignite his culinary passion).
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Gin lampshades this to him during his time spending at France. This also worries Hinako, and Fuyumi before going to France due to having an unfriendly nature. Finally becomes subverted during training camp, when Soma and Megumi challenged him to a Shokugeki, and Gin forced him to confront his demons and return to the way he was.
* WorthyOpponent: After Soma screwed up on his first day at the trial shift, the others questioned why Kojirou didn't give him any feedback. Days laters, Koujirou is pleased that Soma managed to bounce back on his own, since ''he expected it from the only person who provoked him''.
* WouldHitAGirl: PlayedForLaughs as he shows no qualms in {{Dope Slap}}ping Hinako whenever she is being too goofy for him to handle (that or grabbing her by the face and lifting her into the air). The same with Lucie.
* YouRemindMeOfX: According to Rebecca, Herve must have taken him in because he looked so much like his deceased son, who would have been his age.
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!! Gin Doujima
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakehitoKoyasu

General Head Chef of Tootsuki Resort and a member of the board of directors, Gin supervises the freshmen training camp. A former roommate in the Polaris Dormitory with 69th Generation batch-mate Jouichirou and their middle-school underclassman Jun, he was also the First Seat of the Elite Ten in his time.
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* TheAce: Seems to be the head among the alumni. He was even Tootsuki's best student-chef, beating Jouichirou by one seat, who then became a ''god'' figure in the culinary world.
* TheBusCameBack: He returns as guest judge for the second round of the Fall Classic.
* CoolTeacher: He is capable of seeing how other people can be better chefs. Also, when asked why he still works for Tootsuki rather than opening his own restaurant, Gin always puts the students and his ''alma mater'' as his first priority.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Fully supports this way of thinking. He called Megumi's hospitality a powerful weapon, and encouraged her to polish it. Two months later, [[spoiler:Megumi is ''in the top eight of the first year cooks''.]] It's been hinted that Jouichirou himself now cooks with kindness, and did not when he was in school, which is likely where Gin got this belief from.
* HyperAwareness: A BigDamnHeroes example.
** He starts suspecting that Soma's last name is familiar when Takumi calls him "Yukihira". After he suddenly notices some of Soma's mannerisms, he later finds out that Jouchirou, his old peer/friend/rival, is his father.
** Gin is the first to notice that Koujirou is preparing one of his basic dishes instead of going full-force against Soma and Megumi in their unofficial Shokugeki, in the process realizing that he was trying to hide the fact that his skills hadn't improved much since graduating.
** He also notes later Akira's obsession with winning and the dependency on his nose at the Fall Classic, warning him to be careful against losing himself, but decides that as long as he has Ryou and Soma to keep him level-headed, he will be fine.
* MrFanservice: He's very well-built, and has been shown naked at least twice.
* NakedFirstImpression: How Soma meets Gin in the public bath.
* RatedMForManly: Has a really muscular body with a similar masculine aura like Jouichirou.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
** He forces Koujirou to accept a match with seemingly nothing in it for him because he feels the latter’s current thinking is flawed. However, he also points out that [[HelpingWouldBeKillStealing if Soma handles the match for Megumi then even if he wins, Megumi will have learned and proved nothing]], so she’s forced to handle the cooking herself with Soma as her silent assistant.
** In Chapter 92, he sees that putting a lot of pressure on Sonoka to break the tie between Akira and Ryou was unfair for her, so he convinced the Elite Ten to make the Finals a ''three-way'' match between them and Soma.
* TheRival: To Jouichirou back in their high school days. Even after so many years, Gin still sees Jouichirou's long shadow in the form of his son.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Koujirou; this comes to a head when Gin specifically orchestrated the Shokugeki between him and Megumi and Soma, to give the girl a second chance and to get his fellow alumnus out of his creative rut.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: During reaction shots at least. Gin shows up, dressed as a magical girl when reacting to Shinomiya's dish and later appears dressed as a schoolgirl in his reaction to Soma's beef stew.
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!! Hinako Inui
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MamikoNoto

80th Generation alumna, former Second Seat of the Elite Ten, and proprietor of the Japanese cuisine restaurant ''Kirinoya''.
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* AmbiguouslyBi: On one hand, Hinako enjoys flirting with her female underclassmen. She said Megumi is her "type", tells Taki how cute she is when she smiles, and loves to hold their hands. On the other hand, she also likes teasing Koujirou, bordering on a ShipTease.
* TheBusCameBack: Hinako, along with Fuyumi and Gin, are chosen to be judges for the second round of the Fall Classic.
* CannotKeepASecret: She almost blabbered about the unofficial Shokugeki between Shinomiya and Megumi/Soma ''in front of Roland''. The others are quick to distract him while both Fuyumi and Koujirou {{dope slap}}ped her.
* CutenessProximity:
** She gets easily distracted when Megumi is near, having to be reminded by the other Legendary Alumni to get back to supervising.
** Happens also when she notices Taki ''smiling'' [[spoiler:when tasting Soma's "Amusement Park Stew"]], and compliments with misty eyes how smooth her hands are.
* {{Fangirl}}: Of Megumi's following her unofficial Shokugeki against Koujirou. When training camp is over, she, Hitoshi and Donato offer Megumi to do internships in their respective restaurants.
* HypocriticalHumor: Seems to come to Megumi's rescue after Donato starts flirting with her, only to prove she's just as bad when she instantly starts flirting with Megumi herself (and Megumi finds her even more scary, because Hinako would go even further by stroking her cheeks, caressing her hands and say ''"[Megumi] is so sweet she could eat her"''). She also frequently gives rather unwanted compliments or stares lustfully at Megumi across the room.
* PluckyComicRelief: Her goofy personality keeps the Megumi/Soma vs. Koujirou match from getting too tense, such as complimenting a bad pun Soma made or constantly having to be tied up again to keep from annoying Koujirou while he's cooking.
* SempaiKohai: She is the kohai to Gin, Koujirou and Fuyumi back in their high-school days.
* TenderTears: Shown openly crying after Koujirou's graduation, upset that he's leaving for France on short notice. Not only that, she seems worried what will happen to Koujirou after spending time in France due to having an unfriendly nature, in which eventually {{Foreshadowing}} the first half of the present day.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Comes along as this towards Koujirou. Hinako frequently makes fun of him, and Shinomiya would DopeSlap her (or even grab her by the head and lift her) in response. However, they still get along really well, and she seems to be very eager to support his work.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Subverted. She may look gentle, but she's actually quite a tease -- she purposely dwindled when asked to judge between Soma and Takumi's dishes before hastily announcing a draw when her group was ordered to return to the HQ, and she seems to enjoy making fun of Shinomiya. She's also pretty excitable and enjoys flirting with high school girls.
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!! Donato Gotouda
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TakayukiKondo

Hinako's half-Italian batch-mate and owner of French auberge ''Tesoro''.
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* ButNotTooForeign: His name and appearance implies that he is part-European.
* TheCharmer: Immediately flirts with Megumi the moment he is introduced.
* FunnyForeigner: In the anime, his accent is even more thick and his reaction to Erina's food is even more of a LargeHam.
* GratuitousItalian: In a flashback-bonus, Donato is seen greeting Fuyumi with a "Ciao!"
* MrFanservice: In the anime his foodgasms are detailed, as Erina's cooking would also strip his clothes off.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Being batch-mates, he is often seen hanging around with Hinako without flirting with her, or either Fuyumi.
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!! Fuyumi Mizuhara
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyakoKawasumi

Hinako and Donato's upperclassman from the 79th Generation and owner of Italian ''Ristorante F'', as well as former Second Seat of the Elite Ten behind batch-mate and rival Koujirou.
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Back in their Tootsuki days, Kojirou beats her by one Seat, and while Fuyumi got an "A" in Italian cuisine (her speciality), Koujirou got an "A+" there, much to her frustration.
* BoyishShortHair: Definitely not as feminine or compassionate as Hinako. She's also the only female in the Fall Classic Judge panel to wear pants and a tie.
* TheBusCameBack: Fuyumi, along with Hinako and Gin, are chosen to be judges for the second round of the Fall Classic.
* DeadpanSnarker: Even though she enjoyed the chou farci Koujirou made for the unofficial Shokugeki, her comment about it is less than positive.
-->'''Fuyumi:''' "If it could only erase all memory of Shinomiya, it would've been perfect" \\
'''Koujirou:''' "Sucks to be you."
* NotSoStoic: A bonus flashback reveals that the only person who could make her snap and get flustered was Koujirou, as noted by Hinako and Donato.
* TheRival: Back in their high school days she was this with Koujirou, and has repeatedly challenged him to Shokugekis.
* TheStoic: Constantly shows an indifferent expression. The only time she lapses out of this is when she tastes Koujirou's dish during the unofficial Shokugeki.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She's often deadpan, sarcastic and serious most of the time. Although she and Shinomiya are often butting heads with each other, she wished him well as they left the academy, and recognized that she likes his serious face when cooking.
%%* TsurimeEyes
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Koujirou. Back in high-school, she often got irritated by his arrogant smirks, but at the same time respected him as a chef.
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!! Hitoshi Sekimori
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JunjiMajima

Owner of sushi restaurant ''Ginza Hinora'' and senpai of Koujirou, Hinako, Donato and Fuyumi.
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* EyesAlwaysShut
* TheGenericGuy: His presence doesn't affect much of the story, as he is there to serve as a commentator along with Donato and Fuyumi.
* StraightMan: He, along with Donato, tried to get along with Koujirou (though that didn't stop them from making observations about his attitude), unlike Hinako and Fuyumi, who were constantly exchanging insults with him. Back in their high-school days, he immediately knew Koujirou and Hinako were having a fight. Then Hitoshi threatened Koujirou to deny him more toppings unless he patch things up.
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!! Taki Tsunozaki
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88th Generation alumna and former Second Seat of the Elite Ten, Taki owns the Spanish restaurant ''Taki Amarillo''. She's invited to be guest judge for the Fall Classic semifinals.
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In her first appearance, she showed her HotBlooded persona when talking about Subaru, her bully qualities (by playing with Sonoka's boobs) and how [[MouthyKid she didn't respect Hinako as her senpai]] (but she does respect Fuyumi, though).
* EveryoneHasStandards: Even a hot-headed, disrespectful girl like her cannot help but be righteously infuriated at the sight of Subaru spitting chewing gum onto Takumi's Mezzaluna.
* HotBlooded: When she recalled how Subaru [[PracticalTaunt stained Takumi's Mezzaluna with gum]], she started ranting about how she would beat him up until he learned not to mess with her. Also she almost got into a fight with Ryou for yelling at her.
* {{Jerkass}}: She is constantly bullying Sonoka, disrespecting her senpais (mostly Hinako) and talking about beating up people she doesn't like. Also she started to berate Soma with only hearing his background as a cook from a special-of-the-day shop.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The dark to Sonoka's light. To contrast Sonoka's light clothing, light hair and mellow character, Taki is wearing black clothes, has dark hair and a brash and aggresive personality.
* PerpetualFrowner: Her introductory chapter shows her frowning most of the time while watching Soma and Subaru's showdown.
* TsurimeEyes: She has very sharp eyes, which denotes her aggressive attitude.
* WhenSheSmiles: It does happen once she [[spoiler:tries the first bite of Soma's Meat Amusement Park, to the point she hallucinates being a schoolgirl at the fair with the other judges. She, begrudgingly, gives her vote to Soma, in spite of having predicted that he was going to be defeated]]. Hinako is quick to notice how cute she got, to Taki's embarrassment.
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!! Sonoka Kikuchi
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89th Generation alumna and former Second Seat of the Elite Ten, demure Sonoka owns the Western restaurant ''Shunkatei''. She's invited to be guest judge for the Fall Classic semifinals.
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* ExtremeDoormat: For a former Second Seat, she's quite submissive. Taki bullies her by calling her "Tit Monster" and she got easily intimidated when Ryou yelled at her to already give her vote and the audience started to criticize her for not making a choice quickly, in both occasions being reduced to tears.
* {{Foil}}: To Taki. While Taki is severe looking and flat, she is more mild-mannered and more endowed.
* GagBoobs: Her breasts are noticeably larger than the rest of the cast (and that's saying something), hence Taki calling her "Tit Monster".
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The light to Taki's dark. To contrast Taki's black clothes, dark hair and brash and aggresive personality, Sonoka is more mellow, has light hair and her clothes are bright.
* NervousWreck: To decide the result of Akira and Ryou's match, Sonoka crumbles under the pressure of deciding who had to win, to the point the viewers and ''Ryou himself'' were pushing her around. It was only because of [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Gin's intervention]] that she didn't completely snap.
* ShrinkingViolet: She gets easily intimidated by Taki.
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[[/folder]]

!Tootsuki Personnel

[[folder: Director and Teachers]]

!! Senzaemon Nakiri
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BanjoGinga

Headmaster of Tootsuki and Erina and Alice's grandfather.
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* BadassGrandpa: Via his sheer appearance and intimidating aura.
* TheComicallySerious: He also has many unintentional funny moments. When he inhaled to give a big speech, he almost choked and proceeded like nothing happened. Also when presenting the staff board the new flyers for an upcoming event, he says proudly that he ''drew the chibis himself'' (also implying he did the same poster design for the Training Camp). Some of the members mention that the designs are [[MoodDissonance too friendly and casual for the event]].
* {{Fundoshi}}: Wears one of these. Cooks with limitless potential can make him subconsciously untie it rather than remove his shirt, [[spoiler:as Megumi did.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: ''Everything he does.'' The man could rival [[{{Naruto}} Gai]] in dramatics.
* RatedMForManly: For an old man he's pretty muscular and has a very intimidating presence. Also every time he tastes a good dish, he would strip and reveal his muscles as an approval sign.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Senzaemon accepts Soma's application and vetoes Erina's disqualification of him because the guy can cook.
** This is only reinforced further in later chapters, where he is shown to be a fairly nice fellow, giving Alice a smile when she waves at him during the Fall Classic and providing accurate commentary and assessment for the food he tastes without being overly critical to the losers. It's especially notable that there ''doesn't'' seem to be anything that he does to warrant the downright demonic reputation he has. He certainly doesn't share Erina's obsession with class and refinement, which makes one wonder where ''she'' got it from.
* RedBaron: "Gastric Godfather".
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He has the tendency to strip off his shirt when he eats a good dish.
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!! Roland Chapelle
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->'''Voiced by:''' Yuu Mizushima

A stern French chef and lecturer at Tootsuki, as well as head of its French Cuisine Division.
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* TheDreaded: PlayedForLaughs -- even now the legendary alumni still fear his wrath long after they've graduated, and they briefly panicked when he almost found out about the unofficial Shokugeki between Koujirou and Megumi/Soma.
* FrenchJerk: Nicknamed "[[RedBaron The Chef Who Doesn't Smile]]" because his standards are ridiculously high. To emphasize, he states any dish that doesn't reach a grade of "A" is an automatic "E".
* PerpetualFrowner: Almost always seen to be scowling or glaring at someone, hence his nickname "The Chef Who Doesn't Smile".
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Even though he's incredibly strict, he does recognize talent. For example, even when Soma and Megumi had the lowest chances in his class after some students sabotaged their dish, he complimented them for coming up with a creative solution to bounce back. Then he noticed Ikumi's growth as a meat chef during the Fall Classic. Later on, when he got invited to SHINO's last day of trials, he greeted Koujirou, who had been his best student, and complimented him noting that he didn't have any darkness in his cooking anymore, to which he expressed how proud he was.
* SternTeacher: Has very high standards and very few students can get a smile out of him.
* WhenHeSmiles: The other students are ''gobsmacked'' at the sight of the otherwise unsmiling Roland ecstatic over the dish Soma and Megumi prepared for their first class.
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!! Jun Shiomi
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74th Generation alumna and second-year professor, as well as Jouichirou and Gin's former roommate at the Polaris Dormitory.
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* ApologizesALot: Seeing Megumi and Jun interact, Souma’s eyes glaze over as he realizes they’re stuck in an infinite loop of apologies.
* BerserkButton: Never mention Jouichirou's name in front of her.
** DisproportionateRetribution: No sooner had Soma mentions he's Jouichirou's son than she punches him without warning. If that isn't enough, Jun flat-out refuses to help him in his spice studies simply because he is Jouichirou's son.
* CryCute: Played for Laughs twice. First when Akira won the Fall Classic, as she ran to him while comically crying, only to be surprised by a sudden hug from him. Then when Alice expressed how much she wanted to work with Akira, which made Jun have happy tears because ''Akira finally had friends his age''.
* CuteClumsyGirl: While she didn't admit it, back when she was Soma's age she was known as "The Consummate Klutz" because of the many mistakes she made during Stagiaire Week.
* FirstNameBasis: Akira uses her first name, much to her chagrin.
* {{Foil}}: To her protege Akira -- both know their spices, but Jun merely puts it into theory, while Akira takes a hands-on approach. Unlike the mature, reliable, street smart, cool and down-to-earth Akira, Jun is naive, ditzy, easily angered and dependent.
* FunSize: Even when Akira was a boy, he was OneHeadTaller than her.
* GeniusDitz: Jun discovered many formulas and scientific research on spices, but forgets everything else outside of her studies. This is why she relies on Akira to assist her.
%%* {{Meganekko}}
* MsExposition: She delivers scientific explanation about how spices work in base of chemistry, and also gives the guys explanation about the other school tradition of Stagiaire Week.
* NoodleIncident: Jouichirou used her for his experiments back in their high school days; whatever he did was something so traumatic it makes her hate him and anything to do with him in the present.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Despite being roughly the same age as Gin and Jouichirou, she still looks like a middle schooler. When Akira was a child, he thought she was a wandering minor alone in a dangerous market. Naturally, he's surprised when Jun tells him she's 26. [[HandWave Jun attributes her young appearance to all the spices she eats]], claiming they have medical benefits. [[LampshadeHanging Souma thinks it’s a terrible excuse.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Jun took Akira under her wing and served as both his mentor and mother figure.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: She's childish and excitable compared to the aloof and collected Akira.
* SenseiChan: [[OlderThanTheyLook 34 years old and looks like a middle schooler]], unmarried, her best student has a FirstNameBasis with her, and she's very HotBlooded and impulsive.
* TechnoBabble: Jun gets into this mode when explaining theories about spices. Akira is tasked with translating it into practical use.
%%* TomboyishPonytail
* TheUnapologetic: She doesn't apologize to Soma for decking him when he mentions his father; hell, she refuses to aid him because he's his father's son. Akira had to force her to do so, reminding her of her duties and manners as a teacher, but also because she accidentally hits Soma later in the stomach with the door knob.
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[[/folder]]

[[folder: Other Tootsuki Personnel]]

!! Fumio Daimidou
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->'''Voiced by:''' Mari Yokoo (elderly) and Creator/HitomiNabatame (teenager)

Housekeeper of the Polaris Dormitory.
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* CoolOldLady: Supports the residents and lets them have parties at night
* GloryDays: Fumio constantly talks of a generation of Polaris residents who were all part of the Elite Ten.
* IWasQuiteALooker: If her flashback (or at least her foodgasm) is any indication, she was quite beautiful in her youth.
* KindlyHousekeeper: Played with; Fumio allows anyone to stay, provided they make her a good dish. Supposedly, it took three months for Megumi to please her.
* ParentalSubstitute: She's the only adult in the dorm.
* RedBaron: "Polaris Maria" and "Polaris Grandma".
* TeamMom: Has a good relationship with the residents and roots for them to pass their challenges. She even keeps in touch with previous students like Gin and Jouichirou.
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!! Gin Doujima
->''See the "Legendary Tootsuki Academy Alumni" folder''

!! Hisanao Kageura
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The president of the Shokugeki Administration Bureau.
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* OpaqueLenses: His eyes haven't been shown yet.
* SharpDressedMan: He wears a suit with a card motif pattern. People are impressed by that pattern.
* StoicGlasses: He has always a serious expression and his OpaqueLenses reflects the part.
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!!Leonora Nakiri
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Alice's Danish-blooded mother, head of Tootsuki's Research Division ''Nakiri International'', and guest judge for the final round of the 43rd Annual Tootsuki Fall Classic.
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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: She mentions on the open that, right after Alice lost her match against Soma, she called her mother to cry and whine ''for straight nine hours over long-distance call''. Alice is notably annoyed by this.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Leonora is warm and friendly, but she holds an intimidating presence when telling Soma that his dish better be delicious, lest she becomes angry.
* DitzyGenius: Although she speaks in very basic and broken Japanese that sounds cute to many and Alice notes that her perception of Japan is romanticized[[note]]Leonora comments that Tootsuki's tradition of the Full Moon in the Finale is "very Japanese"[[/note]], she is the current Research Division Head of Tootsuki International in Denmark and part of the Nakiri Family.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: She openly comments how hot Soma, Ryou and Akira look while cooking, to which Alice jokingly calls her a "[[MrsRobinson cougar]]".
* ForeignFanservice: Aside for being stunningly beautiful with white air and skin, her other main charm is her broken Japanese, which many in the audience find cute.
* FunnyForeigner: After doing an elegant entrance, leaving breathless everyone by how beautiful she is, [[MoodWhiplash she suddenly starts talking with broken Japanese and a goofy face]]. Some of her other hilarious scenes involve the language barriers she encounters, like thinking Erina called her "grandma"[[note]]Erina calls her ''obasan'' (i.e. "aunty"), which she mishears as "obaasan" (i.e. "grandma")[[/note]] or how eating gloriously delicious dishes makes her speak fluently about it.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: She arrives wearing a purple dress.
* IntimidationDemonstration: When talking to [[spoiler: Soma, as she's interested in the person who defeated her daughter in the preliminarily round of Fall Classic. Even her weak Japanese suddenly got better.]]
* MsFanservice: The first comment from almost ''everyone in the audience'' when she enters the arena.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Just like Alice, as she glared with a menacing presence at Soma, warning him to make her an exciting dish.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Phoentically, the "o" in her name is written as "''ō''", which equates to "''ou''".
* StacysMom: Being Alice's mother doesn't stop the other Tootsuki students from drooling over her beauty.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: She is basically a grown-up Alice.
* WallOfBlather: Will break into them after eating and being driven to comment upon delicious food. When it happens, her broken Japanese gives way to nearly fluent speech.
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[[/folder]]

!Other Characters
[[folder: Sumire District]]
Soma's old hometown, where he grew all his life until his father moved to the United States, enrolling him at his old ''alma mater'' Tootsuki.

!!!The Town in General
[[hardline]]
* PowerOfFriendship: How the district store owners manage to revive business and defeat ''Mozuya'' by combining all their specialities into making the solution work.
* SaveOurTeam: When economy in the neighborhood starts decreasing, Soma lends a hand to revitalize it and provides a small business that also benefits the other stores around. The day is saved thanks to their collective work as a community.
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!! Jouichirou Yukihira[=/=]Saiba
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/RikiyaKoyama

Soma's father, head chef and proprietor of ''Yukihira'', Jouichirou travels overseas to cook and leaves his son to study and sharpen his skills at Tootsuki, where he was a 69th Generation alumnus and Second Seat of the Elite Ten prior to his sudden departure. Despite not completing his education, he holds a reputation for his incredible talents.
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* AlmightyJanitor: He's spent much of the the series either wandering or running a small special-of-the-day shop. Nevertheless, Jouichirou's an extremely talented world-class chef and former member of the Elite Ten.
* AnimalMotifs: He’s occasionally compared to a stray cat. Moody, whimsical, wild and a bit of a tsundere.
* '''{{Badass}}''': Easily one of the best chefs in the series, if not the best.
* TheBusCameBack: He briefly visited the Polaris dormitory some time before the Fall Classic tournament, though he stayed for just a few chapters.
* ChickMagnet: Seeing Jouichirou’s sex appeal, the Polaris Dormitory girls begin swooning a little, but since he’s too old for them they begin eying Souma with anticipation. In a Omake of his school days, he had girls begging him to let them try ''his failed experiments'', as they felt them to be like S&M.
* {{Irony}}: Erina judges all chefs by the standards of Jouichirou, the "Asura of the Cooking World," and despises Soma for his experimentalist, trial-and-error style -- which is exactly the culinary philosophy Jouichirou the man lives by.
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Jouichirou makes it obviously clear to the Polaris residents where Soma gets his personality quirks from, including how both of them are {{Cordon Bleugh Chef}}s. Later emphasized when Jouichirou tells his son the room he is using in the dormitory is the same one he used back in his day.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: He took the name of his wife, which explains why most people do not recognize Soma as his son.
* NoBadassToHisValet: Jouichirou is easily one of the best chefs in the series with incredibly desirable food, able to satisfy even Erina. To Soma and the rest of the Polaris Dormitory, his quirks and habits are more acknowledged.
* ThePowerOfLove: Invoked at the end of the first chapter, telling Soma "...the secret to becoming a good chef is meeting a woman that will make you want to give all the food you make her." Unfortunately, his son hangs up the phone call before hearing his advice.
* RatedMForManly: Due to his appearance, physique and incredibly masculine aura.
* RedBaron: "Asura of Cookery"[[note]]Asura has various roles in Asian religions. With the exception of a few, Asura is generally depicted as a god who thirsts for strife and violence.[[/note]] and "Wandering Chef"
* TheRival: According to Gin, they both used to be this back in their student years. It's implied that Jouchirou still had to beat Gin.
* SupremeChef: Jouichirou holds a distinction where doctors, politicians and a priest want a taste of his dishes. He was also the Second Seat of the Elite Ten in his generation. And Erina loves his dishes.
* TookALevelInKindness: According to Fumio, Jouichirou in the present is absolutely nothing like the brash youth during his Tootsuki days.
* {{Troll}}: Only towards his son if he lost many times on beating him 490 times without loosing or by someone who is close to one of his old friend, such Akira Hayama, who is Jun's disciple and adoptive ward.
* TricksterMentor: For Soma, who gives him a meager allowance once in a while (despite traveling and working around the world).
* WalkingTheEarth: He's constantly traveling around the world, hence his nickname the "Wandering Chef".
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!! Mayumi Kurase
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->'''Voiced by:''' Ai Kakuma

Soma's childhood friend and regular client of the ''Yukihira'', Mayumi appears in the pilot chapter, but lacks presence in the story.
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* AdvertisedExtra: Judging by her appearance on the Magazine/ShonenJump front cover with Soma and Erina, one would think she was meant to be a heroine.. However, Mayumi does not reappear until Soma returns to the ''Yukihira'', and disappears from the story again when Soma returns to Tootsuki. SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute is also in play when Megumi is essentially a replacement of her.
* ButtMonkey: Frequently a victim of Soma's experiments before he left for Tootsuki.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Her classmate Aki tries to encourage her to confess to Soma before he departs for Tootsuki. Even when Soma returns briefly, she still keeps quiet about her crush on him.
* CantCatchUp: The way she feels when Soma starts attending a super-chef academy, especially reinforced when Ikumi is brought on-board to help him with the district store owners, who is physically stunning and skilled in culinary. Mayumi, however, wants to help Soma in any way possible.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: She admits to herself that Soma's squid experiments taste a bit good. Since the reaction to his experiments are akin to being groped by tentacles, she states [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization she likes it happening to her]], which implies she may be a CovertPervert.
* {{Fangirl}}: Of Soma. Even after deciding that Jouichirou's dishes are better, she still says that Soma's cooking is almost as good.
* {{Foil}}: While both are the same age and share a crush for Soma, Mayumi is shy, small and petite compared to TheLadette Ikumi.
* NiceGirl: Mayumi is one of the few Sumire District residents who openly appreciates Soma and Jouichirou's cooking.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: How she feels when Soma returns to town and meets Ikumi, both coming from a "super-school of chefs".
* TheReliableOne: Soma tells her he always noticed how Mayumi takes care of everything back in elementary school, which is why he trusts her with helping the ''Sumire'' shop and their karaage business before he returns to Tootsuki.
* ShrinkingViolet: Much like Megumi, Mayumi is quite submissive.
* ThoseTwoGirls: With her classmate Aki, another regular costumer of ''Yukihira''.
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!!Yuuya Tomita
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/ShinjiKawada

One of Soma's neighbors, chairman of the Sumire Shopping District and the second-generation owner of the convenience store ''Tomitaya''.
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* TheBusCameBack: After not appearing at all once the Sumire mini-arc was done, Yuuya helps Soma's booth at the Full Moon Banquet to provide him some benches and taste Soma's new dish to counter Terunori's.
* ComfortFood: He and a few others lingered on in ''Yukihira'' during Soma's brief vacation, depressed over lagging sales; Soma lampshades and asks them why they're buying dinner when they should be having money troubles. [[HandWave Yuuya asks for seconds.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: In the anime, he appeared in Episode 1 as part of the clientele watching Soma and Jouichirou's cook-off. In the manga, he did not debut until Chapter 35.
* EurekaMoment: Even though he suggests adding rice to the fried chicken and dismisses his own idea immediately, this is what finally gives Soma the idea to make the karaage roll.
* NervousWreck: He is often seen crying and freaking out in most of his scenes. Justified, however, given the dire straits Sumire District suffered due to ''Mozuya'''s arrival.
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!! Aki Koganei
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->'''Voiced by:''' Yukio Fujii

Mayumi's best friend and an old schoolmate of Soma prior to his departure for Tootsuki.
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* SatelliteCharacter: Her main purpose is to be around Mayumi and constantly remind her over how she failed to express her unrequited feelings for Soma before he left for Tootsuki.
* ShipperOnDeck: She encourages Mayumi to confess her feelings for Soma. When he returns to Sumire, she manages to set Mayumi as Soma's "tester", so they can have quality time together.
* ThoseTwoGirls: With Mayumi.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Minor Characters]]

!! DEF Kitchen Children
The DEF Kitchen has classes to teach young children from grades Kindergarten to the 2nd grade how to cook. There is also a class for housewives and middle aged women. The vegetables used in the classroom are supplied by Satoshi Isshiki who sells the vegetables grown in the Polar Star Dormitory plantation. Satoshi helps the school, usually teaching the housewives class due to his popularity with them. Another woman teaches the children's class. Soma and Megumi act as substitute teachers for the children for a day and managed to get the kids interested in cooking by different methods.
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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Many of the kids tended to play with their toys or the instruments instead of doing the classes. Soma and Megumi managed to get their attention by carving the vegetables into cartoon figures. In the case of Shouta, the teacher gets impressed when Soma actually managed to make him focus on cutting vegetables himself.
* BrattyHalfPint: As noted quickly, Kanon is also the eldest kid in the class (12 years old). She took the longest to open to Soma.
* CheerfulChild: The class is full of them. Kanon has trouble admitting it, thought.
* ChekhovsGift: Although it isn't mentioned until Chapter 63, Soma tells Ryoko that the kids gave him a lot of candy, including [[http://www.weirdasianews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/popin1.jpg educational candy]], which [[spoiler:gives Soma an inspiration for his bento in the quarterfinals.]]
* FragileFlower: According to the teacher, Ai-chan is very prone to crying, until Megumi gives her more confidence to handle the knife.
* GirlishPigtails: Kanon, who also wears ProperTightsWithASkirt.
* MouthyKid: Kanon is more prominent, as she interrupted Megumi's intents to encourage her.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kanon is very cold and aloof until Soma manages to catch her interest in cooking.
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!! Yaeko Minegasaki
->'''Voiced by:''' Izumi Chiba

A ruthless businesswoman and land shark looking for land to develop at the expense of local businesses. Her latest target was Restaurant Yukihira until Soma's dish put an end to her endeavors.
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* AlphaBitch: She doesn't stop until she gets what she wants, has two mooks around her and doesn't hesitate to play dirty.
* InsultBackfire: Intending to offend Soma, she calls ''Yukihira's'' a "failure". Right after, Soma taunts her by telling that the addictive dish she liked so much originated by a "failure".
* MsFanservice: Aside from being very well endowed, she also bears the dubious honor of becoming Soma's first "foodgasm" victim.
* NoblewomansLaugh: She did this while gloating after destroying all of ''Yukihira's'' stock.
* StarterVillain: She and her team are the first task Soma faces to protect his restaurant.
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!! Yoshiaki Nikaido
->'''Voiced by:''' Makoto Furukawa

One of the students who attempted to enter Tootsuki alongside Soma. His family owns a French restaurant.
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* BullyingADragon: Kinda, Soma tries to be social with him. But upon kicking him off the bench and insulting him. Soma response by grabbing him by the collar, lifting him off his feet and stating he never ate any of the food from their restaurant, so who is he to judge?
* {{Jerkass}}: Once he hear hears Soma's restaurant is an Special-Of-The-Day, he kicked him off the bench and insulted him.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Instantly bails out upon realizing that Erina will be judging his cooking. Episode 2's EyeCatch even features him bawling his eyes out as he scampers out of Tootsuki.
* SpoiledBrat: Like many of the rich kids that intend to study at Tootsuki, Nikaido snubs Soma as soon as he learns his origins and starts crying to his parents over the phone once Erina was revealed as his examiner.
* UpperClassTwit: His first scene shows him drinking a cup of tea on a bench while waiting for his entrance examination. When meeting Soma, he immediately assumes Soma's restaurant must be a High-Class one like his, only to reject him immediately once he is told it's just a middle-class business.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Not only he is a OneShotCharacter, but he also fled from the entrance exam before showing some skills.
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!! Kinu Nakamozu
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyaHisakawa

Manager of of ''Mozuya'', a Kyoto-based karaage chain under Etsuya's consulting that threatens the Sumire District as part of its expansion plan in Kanto.
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* AnimalMotif: Fittingly a snake, one of the ImagineSpot even paint her with a fork tongue.
* ArcVillain: To the Sumire arc, who is also under the supervision of Etsuya Eizan, who seems to be the bigger bad.
* BerserkButton: Gets offended when Soma challenges to make a better karaage in her shop.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Unless she gets pissed, overly cocky or surprised.
* JustAKid: A mindset she had of both Soma and Etsuya (whom she also considers a brat, even planning on cutting ties with him). It winds up costing her dearly.
* OhCrap: When she notices less and less customers are coming to ''Mozuya''. She heads to Sumire and sees it packed to the brim with people waiting in line to try Soma's karaage.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Etsuya ordered her to call him if a business rival tried doing something. However, she was so confident that Soma was beneath her that she failed to do so. Without Etsuya's help, Soma trounces ''Mozuya'' easily.
* SuicidalOverconfidence: Had she done something from the beginning, ''Mozuya'' would still be in business, because she was so confident that Soma wouldn't have a chance. What she didn't count on was that the Sumire Karage Roll was possible because of the cooperation of all the businesses in that neighborhood.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Thinks Soma was just talking big when he challenges ''Mozuya'''s karaage. Few days later, the once thriving customers near her chain dwindle when they hear of Sumire's superior version.
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[[folder: Fall Classic Judges (Preliminary Round)]]
A selection of ten special guests divided into two blocks, they are the judges for the Fall Classic preliminaries. The most featured of the judging panel are the twin sisters Natsume and Orie Sendawara, former poster-children and current head-owners of the Haubii Foodstuff. They are accompanied by Osaji Kita, sponsor of the "Kita Gastronomy Club", Shingo Andou, essayist of fine cuisine and influential food critic, Makito Miyatozaka, executive producer of the food-based television Show "Is That A Kitchen?", gourmet Shigenoshin Kouda and [[SatelliteCharacter four other judges]] .
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!!!Tropes associated with the preliminary Fall Classic Judges:

* BrokenBase: In-universe, during the preliminaries, the judges are heavily divided over which curry dish is better: [[spoiler:Soma's or Akira Hayama's]]. While the latter "wins" by one point more than the former, the former has three judges awarding him higher individual scores.
* CausticCritic: Although the Classic participants are afraid of the Sendawara sisters as judges, the other judges are equally, if not, more stern than the twins.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Little by little, the judges start literally melting away because of how delicious the dishes are becoming from the top competitors.
** When the audience begins dishing out Megumi as a "dunce, uninteresting participant", Orie notices Megumi carving a hanging monkfish and tries to get to the arena at any cost for a closer look, a sign she is getting impressed with the competition.
** After a while of not giving high points, Natsume starts getting ''consecutive foodgasms'' from the skilled participants.
** When commenting about Yuuki's "Wild Game" curry, Osaji Kita invites Yuuki to visit his Gourmet Club any day, while [[TheStoic Shingo Andou]] lightly blushes, attributing the tasty dish to Yuuki's [[GenkiGirl perky personality]].
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: The Sendawara twins are supposed to be identical (as can be seen in their childhood picture), but they have different hairstyles and wears very different clothing, so their appearance are distinct from each other.
* [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe I'm Taking Him Home With Me]]: Orie offers Satoshi to ditch Tootsuki to work for her, with a salary bonus as an added incentive; he declines. Likewise, Natsume offers Akira a spot in her company, but his refusal makes her want him even more.
* LiteralMetaphor: Invoked by three of the judges' reaction after tasting [[spoiler:Soma's]] dish, which causes such an impact on them that they can feel it like punches.
* MsFanservice: The Sendawara twins, a pair of beautiful {{Ojou}}s who arrive in revealing dresses and is treated as celebrities by the student body.
* {{Nosebleed}}: One of the judges has this when watching Miyoko cook
* PickyEater
** The panel; while the twins are seen as the only difficult ones, competitors discover the other judges can be as critical as the sisters.
** Osaji Kita, after complimenting one competitor for his work, awards a very low score, reminding the student he cannot serve something meager when each judge expects a world-class gourmet. To that end, Natsume refuses to give a single point or take more than a bite unless it's visually spectacular.
** Even when the most talented first-years serve their dishes, the judges can still identity flaws and award a less-than-perfect score, which is scary as even a single point is the difference between making it to the next round of the Fall Classic or not.
* {{Ojou}}: The twins, Orie and Natsume Sendawara, are the [=CEOs=] of a famous curry brand and definitely very rich and important. They seem to view the competitors as pets they can purchase at whim, and have a very high standard for the curry dishes.
* OutOfFocus: The four unnamed judges. {{Lampshaded}} by Makito towards one of them, "Shut up, minor character!"
* PickyEater: Aside from Natsume (who didn't give a single point until Ryou's dish) and Orie, Osaji compliments the first competitor for his techniques, before awarding a meager total of 33 points, arguing while the dish is good, it ''comes from a mere student''.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Orie is selfish and spoiled, but she takes her duties as a judge seriously. When Osaji Kita wants to reject Nao’s dish without even trying it based on the smell, she gives it a fair chance even if she’s completely disgusted.
* SpoiledBrat[=/=]RichBitch: The twins; justified since they're the sponsors for the Fall Classic. This comes to a head when Orie starts asking for the profiles of all the best students in the competition akin to picking pets from the store.
* StunnedSilence: The reaction the judges of the B Group get from Alice's dish. Even renowned Food Critic and essayist Shingo Andou is left speechless, with no words to describe the experience.
* TheQuietOne: Shingo Andou, whom Osaji describes as "like a dead tree" and speaks mostly in whispers.

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[[folder: SHINO's Staff]]

!! Abel
SHINO's Sous Chef and recently appointed as the Head Chef of the Tokyo Branch.

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!!!Tropes associated with Abel:
* DeathGlare: He is often glaring at Soma for many reasons, first for his free-care relationship towards Shinomiya and became more frequent when Soma showed his inexperience at the kitchen.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He briefly appeared in Shinomiya's flashback during the Training Camp, almost 80 chapters before he makes an actual appearance during Soma's second intern challenge.
* {{Fanboy}}: Admires his boss Shinomiya very much, and is more than happy to be able to run errands for him, despite Shinomiya being a very SternTeacher and is rarely nice to him. This is reason why he gets jealous when he sees Soma getting along so casually with Shinomiya.
* NumberTwo: He was recently appointed as Head Chef of SHINO's Tokyo whenever Shinomiya would take charge in France.
* PetTheDog: He is at the receiving end by Shinomiya, when his boss, after months of hard work, finally invites him to get drinks after work. Although, according to the the light novels, Shinomiya invited '''all''' of his staff for drinks, not just Abel.
** He's also on the giving end when he recommends Soma's dish during the restaurant's grand opening.
* SternTeacher: Aside from Koujirou not giving Soma any feedback, Abel is the most strict towards him.
* UndyingLoyalty: He tries really hard to be in Shinomiya's good graces and works hard for the business.

!! Lucie Hugo
SHINO's Tokyo Head Boucher Chef.
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!!!Tropes associated with Lucie:
* GenkiGirl: She is very quick to be cheerful towards Soma.
* PrayerPose: Before their Trial Run, Lucy is seen praying God to watch over her during the shift.
* {{Tomboy}}: Has short hair and in her casual clothes is mostly in sneakers and shorts.
* YouthfulFreckles: Has a spunky and upbeat personality.

!! Gao Wei
SHINO's Tokyo Head Hostess. She is in charge of the attention and taking the orders.
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!!!Tropes associated with Wei:
* AlmightyJanitor: Soma is later told that Wei was originally the Head Botcher at SHINO's Paris. She chose to be Head Hostess because her entries were chosen once every two years and customer service gives her more empathy with the clients.
* TheFace: Her job is to attend the customers and take their orders.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She is Girly Girl next to Lucy's Tomboy.
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[[folder: L'Etoile characters]]

!! Grâce
Grâce is a tomato shop owner who meets Koujirou Shinomiya in Paris, France.
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!!!Tropes associated with Grâce:
* CuteClumsyGirl: To the point Koujirou compares her to Megumi.

!! Herve
owner and chef of a small bistro located in Paris, France. After Koujirou gets fired from the last restaurant he was working at, he offers him the job and place to crash.
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!!!Tropes associated with Herve:
* BrokenBird: As told by his wife, Herve got dismotivated from cooking, so him doing dinner that very night was a very rare thing.
* MayDecemberRomance: Koujirou initially thought Rebecca was his daughter.

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