!!Yawara Inokuma
->Voiced by: Creator/YukoMinaguchi (Japanese)
* TheAce
* ActionGirl
* ACupAngst
* [[ArmorPiercingSlap Armor Piercing Ippon Seoi Nage]]
* BadassNormal
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigEater
* CantStayNormal
* ChildProdigy:[[spoiler:She threw her father when she was five years old.]]
* DeterminedExpression: She does this whenever she thinks about her family and friends.
* [[ChickMagnet Dude Magnet]]: Kazamatsuri, Matsuda, Hanazono and Sudoh get interested to her.
* EasilyForgiven
* {{Fangirl}}
* FirstLove: Towards Kazamatsuri.[[spoiler: It didn't work, though.]]
* GirlyBruiser
* GoodParents:[[spoiler: Even though, Yawara thinks she's the cause of having a broken family,]] Yawara's parents Tamao and Kojiro are shown to be loving and supportive.
* HeirToTheDojo
* HairDecorations
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: With Matsuda.
* IJustWantToBeNormal
* TheLeader: Type II.
* MeaningfulName: Yawara's name is the first character of 'judo'. It also means 'gentle' or 'soft'.
* MsFanservice
* ObliviousToLove
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: With Matsuda.]]
* OfficeLady: After graduating college.
* PantyShot
* [[spoiler:{{Revenge}}]]:[[spoiler: She does this after she finds out that Teleshikova injured Jody's leg to win. Jigoro doesn't approve about it.]]
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Fujiko.
* SaveTheVillain:[[spoiler: In one of the major tournaments, she saves Sayaka by telling her about her opponent's weakness.]]
* SkilledButNaive
* StrongFamilyResemblance: She looks like her grandmother, according to Jigoro.
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:In Seoul Olympics, she wears a [[MartialArtsUniform judo uniform]] that belonged to her missing father.]]
* UnnecessaryRoughness

!!Jigoro Inokuma
->Voiced by: Creator/IchiroNagai (Japanese)
* ADayInTheLimelight: There's a manga prequel called [[ExcitedShowTitle Jigoro!]], where he told some of his stories about his past.
* AttentionWhore: He loves to tell his achievements as well as getting on national television.
* BigEater
* DirtyOldMan
* EccentricMentor
* FollowInMyFootsteps
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Yutenji.
* InstantBookDeal: His only book "The Road To Judo Cannot Build For A Day" becomes popular since it's publication. Many judo enthusiasts considered it as the bible of judo.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He becomes this when he remembers his wife, or if somebody follows his advice.
* ManipulativeBastard
* MeaningfulName: His first name was based on the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He's actually short since he was young.
* MusclesAreMeaningless
* OldMaster
* RetiredBadass: He worked as a soldier in WorldWarII, according to the prequel.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Him and his wife.
* TrustMeImAnX
* VSign

!!Kosaku Matsuda
->Voiced by: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (Japanese)
* [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]]
* ButtMonkey:[[spoiler: In episode 102, his leg was fractured after he managed to send Yawara on gym on time.]]
* TheConfidant
* CoolBike
* ComfortingComforter
* {{Determinator}}
* DeadpanSnarker: He has a few moments, especially to Yawara's rivals.
* DoggedNiceGuy
* GenerationXerox: As Matsudaira but they're not related.
* HeroStoleMyBike
* IntrepidReporter
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LongingLook
* ManlyTears
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: With Yawara.]]
* {{Paparazzi}}
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor
* [[spoiler: SecondLove]]: To Yawara.
* TagalongReporter
* TragicDream: He wanted to join in the big leagues. Unfortunately, he never managed it because he was rejected many times. When he got a job as a sports reporter, he becomes satisfied to create articles about his favourite players reaching their goals.
* TrashOfTheTitans: His apartment.
* UnresolvedSexualTension
* UseYourHead: [[spoiler: In the manga, he has used this to escape from two kidnappers.]]

!!Sayaka Honami
->Voiced by: Creator/YoshinoTakamori (Japanese)
* BadassNormal
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler: With Kazamatsuri.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl
* {{Determinator}}
* FalseTeethTomfoolery
* GenerationXerox: As Saimonji's younger sister.
* GirlPosse
* LonelyRichKid
* LookWhatICanDoNow
* MakeWayForThePrincess
* NoblewomansLaugh
* {{Ojou}}
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
* RichBitch
* TheRival
* ShipperOnDeck: She thinks that Matsuda is Yawara's boyfriend.
* SpoiledBrat
* TookALevelinBadass
* WorthyOpponent: To Yawara.

!!Shinnosuke Kazamatsuri
->Voiced by: Creator/AkiraKamiya (Japanese)
* ArrangedMarriage:[[spoiler: With Sayaka.]]
* TheCasanova: Although he walks a fine line between this and HandsomeLech. Played for comedy in the anime, but he comes across as more dangerous in the manga.
* CoolCar
* TheConfidant
* DirtyCoward
* {{Fanboy}}: He admires Jigoro very much.
* GenerationXerox: As Saimonji, but they're not related.
* [[spoiler: HenpeckedHusband]]
* OhCrap
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor
* TheRival: To Matsuda.
* {{Salaryman}}
* ShipperOnDeck: He once told Hanazono that [[spoiler: the only way to make Fujiko relax is to yell his feelings out of her.]]
* ThinkingOutLoud
* ToplessnessFromTheBack

!!Fujiko Ito
->Voiced by: ChiyokoKawashima (Japanese)
* BadassNormal
* BetaCouple:[[spoiler: With Hanazono.]]
* ClubPresident
* DanceBattler
* GracefulLoser
* HardWorkHardlyWorks
* HugeSchoolgirl
* TheLancer
* LookWhatICanDoNow
* NervousWreck
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Yawara.
* ShipperOnDeck: She's starting to be supportive of Yawara and Matsuda ever since she found out from Jody.
* [[spoiler:ShotgunWedding]]:[[spoiler:With Hanazono in manga only.]]
* SurvivalMantra: "Une, deux, trois...Une, deux, trois...UNE, DEUX, TROIS!"
* TearsOfJoy
* TrueCompanions

!!Kaoru Hanazono
->Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara (Japanese)
* BetaCouple:[[spoiler: With Fujiko.]]
* TheBigGuy
* BigEater
* TheConfidant: To Fujiko.
* ClubPresident: At Musashiyama High School.
* GentleGiant
* {{Gonk}}
* ManlyTears
* [[spoiler:ShotgunWedding]]:[[spoiler:With Fujiko in manga only.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: To Yawara.

!!Kuniko Kaga
->Voiced by: Runa Akiyama (Japanese)
* CryCute
* ClingyJealousGirl
* DamselInDistress:[[spoiler:She was kidnapped by two thugs to be a prostitute.]]
* FirstNameBasis: She refers Matsuda by his first name.
* IntrepidReporter
* [[spoiler:IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:]][[spoiler: In the final chapter of manga, she pushed Matsuda to get him closer to Yawara.]]
* NerdGlasses
* TheTease

!!Jody Rockwell
->Voiced by: Miyuki Ichijou (Japanese)
* AnimeAccentAbsence
* BigEater
* BoisterousBruiser
* DefeatMeansFriendship:[[spoiler:At the final match against Yawara in Barcelona Olympics.]]
* FriendlyEnemy
* GameBreakingInjury: Suffers one of these against [[spoiler: Teleshikova.]]
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried: To Lune.]]
* LookWhatICanDoNow
* ShipperOnDeck: She's the first character who thinks that Yawara and Matsuda are a couple.
* TookALevelInBadass

!!Kojiro Inokuma
->Voiced by: Masaaki Okabe (Japanese)
* BigEater
* [[spoiler:TheChessmaster]]
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou
* DisappearedDad
* LineageComesFromTheFather
* IdenticalGrandson: In the anime, he looks like his grandfather Umanosuke Ushio, except with the moustache.
* [[spoiler:ManlyTears: He is proud that he saw her daughter in olympics.]]
* NiceHat
* PerpetualFrowner
* [[spoiler: SoProudOfYou]]
* TheStoic

!!Anna Teleshikova
->Voiced by: Creator/YukoMizutani (Japanese)
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DeathGlare
* {{Determinator}}
* GeniusBruiser
* LadyLooksLikeADude
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
* TheRival
* SignatureMove: Uses uranage.
* [[spoiler: SingleTear: She lost against Yawara for the second time.]]
* TheStoic

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