Here's a list of characters and related tropes for the series ''Manga/WanderingSon''.
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!!Shuuichi Nitori
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-->Voiced by: Kousuke Hatakeyama
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* AttractiveBentGender: When she went to her elementary school reunion dressed in mostly masculine clothes with a short haircut she got a lot of attention from the girls. One of the girls from her elementary class even had a crush on her.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Shuuichi never becomes violent, but when she finally stands up for herself, she gets to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome tremendously]] [[BreakThemByTalking break verbally]] her former bully, Doi, almost making him cry. [[YamatoNadeshiko She's]] [[SilkHidingSteel actually incredibly tough, emotionally.]]
* {{Bokukko}}: Due to being raised as a boy, but she never changes her pronouns
* ChickMagnet: She attracts a lot of girls. Apparently even in her original elementary school she was this.
* TheCutie
* DelinquentHair: Right before high school began she dyed her hair bright red, and this was how others reacted. Alas it only lasted one chapter.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: Her hair was a lighter brown in elementary but darkened within a few volumes. The manga handwaves it by implying it's puberty related.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer
* ExpositoryHairStyleChange: Grew her hair out after hitting a depression, cut it even shorter than before due to the stigma of a boy having long hair.
* FashionModel: She briefly was a model in elementary but quit for unspecified reasons.
* FeminineWomenCanCook: She is shown in early chapters to like baking,
* {{Expy}}: In terms of design she's this to the protagonist of an earlier manga by the mangaka.
* FragileFlower: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] ([[LackOfEmpathy rather cruelly]]) by Maho:
-->'''Anna''': ...I made your little brother cry.\\
'''Maho''': Huh? Shu always cries.
* HeightAngst: Becomes dysphoric over her height once she begins hitting growth spurts.
* InSeriesNickname: "Nitorin".
* JapanesePronouns: "Boku".
* MeaningfulEcho: Throughout the story, whenever she talks or confesses about her transgenderism, she always says, "I want to be a girl." [[spoiler:But in the final line of the manga - the title of her book - she instead simply says, "I am a girl."]]
* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:After finally deciding to transition at the end of the manga, she asks Yuki to give her a feminine name. She calls her "Lily".]]
* OfficialCouple: With Anna.
* SupremeChef: When it comes to baking at least.
* {{Transsexual}}: Of the female-transitioning-from-male variety.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: With Maho.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Sorta. She's a soft-spoken, docile child who's good at baking and is quite feminine. She says what she feels and has spoken up for her friends at times. In later chapters she's begun to break more out of this trope but still fits.

!!Yoshino Takatsuki
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-->Voiced by: Creator/AsamiSeto
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* AdaptationDyeJob: His eyes are black (stylized brown) in the manga but golden in the anime.
* AmbiguousGenderIdentity: [[spoiler:Most of the manga presents Takatsuki as a counterpart to trans girl Nitori and depicts them as a transgender boy. In high school, the line starts to blur and ultimately they come to the conclusion they would rather live as a girl, though they're still depicted as confused over their gender. Considering the situations surrounding the revelation and the bittersweet way it's presented, fans are stumped. WordOfGod is that it's up to the reader on whether they see them as trans or not.]]
* AttractiveBentGender: He looks very pretty during his runway walk during the cultural festival with Shuuichi. The judges for the modeling audition thought so too, and praised his good posture.
* BerserkButton: Bullying Shuuichi. Also, his period and, to a lesser extent, other physical or social aspects of femininity coming from his biologically being female. Teasing him about it made some boys in his elementary school seriously beaten. He's generally only tough in situations he feels pressured in.
* DCupDistress: He hates it when his breasts begin to grow. He even goes to buy a binder to flatten his chest so that he does not have to wear a bra.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: His hair was brown in the first two volumes instead of black. His eyes were originally brown before turning black.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim
* FashionModel: In high school Takatsuki decides to become a model after others suggest it. [[spoiler:Originally he presented as an androgynous {{bifauxnen}} but later underwent a GirlinessUpgrade]].
* GirlinessUpgrade: [[spoiler:Takatsuki was treated as a transgender boy for most of the run and showed general dysphoria and a disdain for feminine things. Part way during high school, Takatsuki became a model but started androgynous. Eventually Takatsuki grows their hair out, begins wearing girl's clothes, decides not to transition and leans more toward GirlyGirl than {{Bifauxnen}} {{tomboy}}.]]
* HeightAngst: He's tall for a girl but wishes he was taller.
* HotForTeacher: He seems a bit confused about whether it was a crush or not. He felt pressured by everyone else to have a crush on somebody, but other people thought he fell for a teacher in middle school.
* JapanesePronouns: "Watashi".
* KickTheDog: Telling Saori that her beloved Nitori-kun now dates Anna, and thus completely crushing the girl? Not cool, Takatsuki. He regrets it almost immediately, though
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted, and his BerserkButton.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Seems to be this with Shuuichi. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end. She's grown distant from Nitori and has a crush on her]].
* RealMenWearPink: If the colored art is to be believed Takatsuki has a thing for pastel colors. His hoodies are apparently ''pink''. Could be his parents buying the clothes though.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: No, Shuuichi really isn't his girlfriend. And Chiba isn't his girlfriend either.
* {{Transsexual}}: Of the male-transitioning-from-female type. [[spoiler:Eventually subverted.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Shuuichi. The legion of [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers On Deck]] doesn't help. And then the FoeYay tension with Chiba.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: At his first day in the high school to a girl named Kayoko Masuda. To be fair he is a boy, but no one can know that yet.

!!Chiba Saori
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-->Voiced by: Creator/YukaNanri
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Her eyes are black [[ArtEvolution past-elementary]] but the anime still has her with brown eyes
* CannotTellAJoke: She only tries once in the manga but her "joke" didn't come off as one and just created awkward silence.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: A {{Justified|Trope}} case. In early volumes her personality was very different, but then, again - it ''is'' a story partially about how adolescence and circumstances in it can form child's character.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DefrostingIceQueen: Though the series arguably shows ''both'' of the processes, frosting and defrosting, with the IceQueen period during her middle school years.
* DudeMagnet
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: Her character design was originally presented as younger looking but when her characterization changed she switched from TaremeEyes to TsurimeEyes and became more mature looking. Her eyes also were originally brown but later became a more stylized black.
* FriendlessBackground: She can't get along neither with girls (except for Sasa) nor boys. When [[LoveHurts love problems appear and cause a rift between her and her two transgender friends]], Saori ends pretty much alone, excluding her only cis girl friend and another trans girl. Some other people still keep trying to get close to her, but she isn't too willing to cooperate.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes
* GirlishPigtails: Wore them in middle school, and oddly only while at school; she had her usual cut when in casual clothes.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: Her eye style changed early on. Originally she had the more wide-eyed expression everyone else does, though she eventually permanently changed. She essentially went from TaremeEyes to TsurimeEyes.
* GreenEyedMonster: Toward Takatsuki.
* InSeriesNickname: At least Sasa calls her "Saorin".
* JapaneseChristian: She becomes a Christian early in the series.
* {{Jerkass}}: Skirting a JerkassWoobie line, but she certainly doesn't hesitate to throw tantrums all around her.
** JerkassHasAPoint: More often than not.
* LonersAreFreaks: During her middle school years especially, though even in elementary she had no friends until Nitori transferred in fifth grade. Though it's her will and difficult personality what makes her isolated. It seems Saori doesn't make bonds much.
* LoveHurts: Arguably the biggest victim of this. She even can't stay as close to Shuuichi as she gets to be to Takatsuki and poor girl seems to be slightly afraid of her extreme personality.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: {{Averted}}.
* NoSocialSkills: Atypically, not PlayedForLaughs and not supposed to be cute.
* OfficialCouple: With [[spoiler:Fumiya]].
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* SingleTargetSexuality: For most of the manga she only has eyes for Nitorin.
* TheSnarkKnight
* StepfordSnarker
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: Acts this way towards Shuuichi occasionally. Oka can tell a tale on that subject.
* {{Yandere}}: She doesn't go AxCrazy or outright psycho over her unrequited love, but sometimes loses it, and is the most realistic example available.

!!Makoto Ariga
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-->Voiced by: Creator/YuichiIguchi
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Her eyes went from brown to black
* {{Adorkable}}: Dear God, yes.
* AmbiguousGenderIdentity: Introduced as a {{foil}} to Nitori but never got the same amount of transgender-related focus as Nitori, most fans thought Mako was a CampGay WholesomeCrossdresser. In high school, it's shown otherwise [[spoiler:and she even comes out to her mom]]. The anime didn't seem to think she was female either as she's dressed as a boy in an ImagineSpot, while the manga parallel has her in a girls uniform.
* BigOlEyebrows: Not incredibly big but still larger than most of the other characters.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: Mako originally had NerdGlasses however within a few chapters it was changed so that her eyes could be seen constantly.
* {{Foil}}: To Nitori, being much more self-anxious and nervous about presenting as a girl.
* HopelessSuitor: To Oka and a couple of [[HotForTeacher male teachers]].
* HotForTeacher: Incurable case.
* {{Meganekko}}
* NerdGlasses: Originally her eyes were hidden behind her glasses.
* OddFriendship: She gets along surprisingly well with Saori.
* SeriousBusiness: Hair clippers and dressing up as girls.
* TheSmartGirl: Perceptive and sometimes more self-confident than Shuuichi, she frequently supports and defends her from others' inadequate aggression, even cutting Maho's bullying of her sister and shutting her up once.
* SobriquetSexSwitch: Makoto requests for Nitori to refer to her as "Mako-chan" not soon after they begin being friends.
* {{Transsexual}}: Like Nitori, Makoto is a trans girl.
* YouthfulFreckles

!!Anna Suehiro
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-->Voiced by: Creator/YuiHorie
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Anna's eyes are brown in the manga, violet in the anime
* BiTheWay: Originally fell for Nitori as a boy but isn't against the idea of being seen as lesbian.
* FashionModel: She's a popular model. She meets Mako and Nitori through the modeling agency, though she originally doesn't get along with them.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: For Shuichi in the last chapter, declaring that she's a lesbian since Shuichi is a girl.
* NightmareFetishist: Mild. She finds some unusual things to be cute.
* OfficialCouple: With Shuichi.
* ShrinkingViolet: Though you wouldn't guess at first glance.
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* {{Tsundere}}: It seems like she was this with Nitori but it's just her SugarAndIcePersonality showing.
* TsurimeEyes

!!Maho Nitori
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-->Voiced by: Creator/NanaMizuki
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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Seya.
* AscendedFangirl: When makes it to the same model agency where Maiko-chan works.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: With Shuuichi and Seya, occasionally.
* BigSisterBully
* BigSisterInstinct: She abuses Shuuichi constantly, but [[HypocriticalHeartwarming NOBODY (else) MESSES WITH HER SISTER]]!
* BrattyTeenageDaughter
* FanGirl: THE fangirl of Maiko.
* FashionModel: She was such a huge fan of Maiko tha she got into modeling to meet her. She originally only got in due to Nitori but eventually became a worthwhile model in her own right.
* HairTriggerTemper
* HotForTeacher: In her first year of middle school she fell for an off-screen teacher; however, it matches the description of the teacher both Mako and [[spoiler:Takatsuki]] seemed to like.
* {{Jerkass}}: Aside of {{Transgender}} problems and the lack of understanding from her environment, having this sister alone would gain Shuuichi status of TheWoobie.
* KickTheDog: About 90% of her treatment of Shuuichi. Though slightly justified in cases when her transitioning complicates her life, or when she tries her underwear on...
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted. First {{Foreshadow|ing}}ed in Chapter 7, and it finally arrives in Chapter 30.
* OfficialCouple: With Seya (after some complications [[LoveTriangle involving]] younger sister).
* PetTheDog: Anytime she's nice to Shuuichi.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Shuuichi and Anna.
* {{Tsundere}}
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: With Shuuichi. She even lampshades it, saying after the audition that they could've said that're twins.
* WhatTheHellHero: Makoto gives Maho one of these, when witnessing her mistreatment of Shuuichi. Interestingly, having to deal with an assertive and self-confident girl so different from her sister, Maho cannot really tell him off.

!!Yuki Yoshida
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-->Voiced by: Creator/TakakoHonda
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Brown eyes to red eyes.
* AlliterativeName: '''Y'''uki '''Y'''oshida
* CoolBigSis
* GenkiGirl
* {{Hikikomori}}: She was one throughout most of middle school and high school.
* {{Meganekko}}: As a child she wore glasses but as an adult she doesn't.
* MistakenForCheating: When Shiina was first introduced he believed Yuki was cheating with Takatsuki, who couldn't have been older than 10 at the time.
* MistakenForPedophile: Though she ''is'' rather touchy with Takatsuki and often teases him but it doesn't seem to be serious.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Yuki's full name is "Hiroyuki", and its implied she hasn't changed it yet.
* ShipperOnDeck: Toward Shuuichi and Takatsuki.
* SobriquetSexSwitch: Yuki's birth name is "Hiroyuki".
* TheTease
* TechnicolorEyes: In the anime.
* {{Transsexual}}
* UnkemptBeauty: She used to be very dressed up but has become more casual ever since meeting Takatsuki's and Nitori's 6th grade teacher.

!!Shinpei Doi
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-->Voiced by: Creator/HiroyukiYoshino
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* TheBully
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: At the time of getting into high school (when he stops being TheBully and gets slightly picked on by upperclassmen).
* HiddenDepths: He turns out to have quite a comical talent and generally to be not so awful person, after he gains some respect for Nitori.
* {{Jerkass}}
* LikesOlderWomen: He felt attracted to Yuki to the point of forcing Nitori to let him visit her.
* TsurimeEyes

!!Riku Seya
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-->Voiced by: Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka
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* AdaptationDyeJob: His eyes went from brown to golden.
* AttractiveBentGender: He doesn't look so bad in a maid costume, even the girls thought he looked cute.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Seya's history of becoming Maho's boyfriend wasn't very easy.
* NiceGuy: Despite their, well, awkward encounters in the past, he cares for Shuuichi's emotional well-being and treats her far better than Shuuichi's own sister does.
* TsurimeEyes: To the point where they're often drawn almost like cat eyes
* UnderstandingBoyfriend

!!Kanako Sasa
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-->Voiced by: Creator/YoshinoNanjo
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* TheDitz
* ExpositoryHairStyleChange: She stopped wearing her signature pigtails in high school.
* GenkiGirl: Less so than Chizuru though.
* GirlishPigtails: Until high school.
* TheHeart: She just wishes for everyone to stay friends.
* InSeriesNickname: 'Sasa-chan' and 'Kanabun'.
* MoralityPet: To Saori.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: {{Averted}}, which shocks some of her friends.

!!Chizuru Sarashina
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-->Voiced by: Creator/SaekoChiba
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Her eyes have a golden hue in the anime.
* {{Bifauxnen}}
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* {{Crossdresser}}: She seems to prefer female or androgynous styles in casual wear outside of school but she doesn't think twice about dressing in her male middle school uniform. She even wore it on the first day of school.
* GenkiGirl
* GirlishPigtails: Wore them occasionally in middle school. In high school it was her default style, which contrasts with Kanako and Saori who stopped wearing theirs at the same time.
* LargeHam: Often coupled with her ThirdPersonPerson
* NoIndoorVoice
* ThirdPersonPerson
* TsurimeEyes
* WholesomeCrossdresser

!!Momoko Shirai
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-->Voiced by: Creator/AkiToyosaki
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* AmbiguouslyGay: She doesn't seem to really like boys, she just cares about Chi.
* ClingyJealousGirl: To Chizuru.
* FlatCharacter
* SatelliteCharacter: She revolves around Chizuru.
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!!Fumiya Ninomiya
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-->Voiced by: Creator/KaoruMizuhara
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* DoggedNiceGuy: To Chiba. He can be bit cocky and a liar though, so the "nice" part is somewhat debatable.
* ExpositoryHairStyleChange: He grew his hair out after Saori [[spoiler:started dating him]].
* JapaneseChristian: He meets Saori at church. He ''smokes'' at church apparently though.
* {{Megane}}
* SmokingIsCool: Averted, since him smoking is probably supposed to be seen as a negative thing.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour: He smokes, and when he was first shown doing this he couldn't have been older then twelve.
* VillainousCrossdresser: Not really villainous, but his reasons for crossdressing are rather petty.
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!!Oka Takanori
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-->Voiced by: Creator/MutsumiTamura
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* TheBully: He was this to Nitori since elementary but eventually became friends with Mako in late middle school
* ObliviousToLove: Makoto likes him.
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!!Shiina
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-->Voiced by: Creator/KeijiFujiwara
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* OnlyOneName: He's only ever called "Shiina" or "Shii-chan"
* SmokingIsCool
* UnderstandingBoyfriend
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!!Nitori Satomi
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-->Voiced by: Creator/SayakaOhara
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* AdaptationDyeJob: In the manga her eyes are black but they're a dark shade of blue in the anime.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: In early chapters her hair was brown but it was eventually changed to black.
* {{Meganekko}}
* ParentsAsPeople
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!!Taichirou Ebina
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* {{Transsexual}}: The male-transitioning to-female type.
* WidowWoman
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!!Saisho Manabu
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-->Voiced by: Creator/KazuyaNakai
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* ChristmasCake: A male version.
* {{Megane}}
* SenseiChan: More realistic and level-headed than other examples but still there.
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!!Kaneda Kentaro
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-->Voiced by: Creator/TakayukiKondo
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* AlliterativeName: '''K'''aneda '''K'''entaro
* HotTeacher: A large sum of the girls that go to the middle school are said to have a crush on him at one time another. Makoto, Chizuru, Maho, [[spoiler:and possibly Takatsuki]] all have had a crushes on him.
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!!Maiko
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-->Voiced by: Ai Takabe
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* GirlishPigtails: Her main style, though late in the manga she cuts it into a pixie.
* FashionModel: She's a popular teenage model.
* IdolSinger: On top of being a model she's a singer.
* {{Meganekko}}: Maiko wears glasses.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her name was once spelled "Maico".