Characters: Azumanga Daioh
A character sheet for the comedic slice-of-life anime and manga series, Azumanga Daioh
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Chiyo Mihama (Chiyo-chan)
The youngest and cutest of the girls, she's a 10 year old child prodigy who transfers to Yukari's class and almost always get the highest scores. While she excels in her studies, she fares poorly at sports.
To her friends amazement, she comes from a wealthy family, yet isn't spoiled because of it. Instead, her classmates think she turned out to be the perfect child
(from a parent's perspective) as she's kind, responsible, and mature for her age.
- Adorably Precocious Child: See The Cutie entry below.
- Art Evolution: Inverted. In the manga, her pigtails start off looking realistic but later become the infamous football-shaped ones.
- Big Fancy House: She lives in one, although it's a Simple Yet Opulent one.
- Big Friendly Dog: Mr. Tadakichi, a "man of character".
- Boyish Short Hair: In Osaka's fantasies, Chiyo-Chan has this whenever her pigtails are removed.
- Butt Monkey: You'd think someone as cute, sweet, and innocent, as she is would have Karmic Protection, right? WRONG. Chiyo gets abused on a regular basis; with much of it coming from Tomo and Yukari.
- Cheerful Child: Her picture's literally the first thing you'd think of (and see) when you see that trope.
- Child Prodigy: She did well enough academically that she was skipped straight into her sophomore year of highscool, at 10 years old, and consistently scores the highest grades at the school. She even tutors some of her classmates, like Chihiro. Guess who ends up being valedictorian?
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Plays this role for Osaka from time to time, usually in small, subtle ways (e.g. holding Osaka's shirt for fear that she may actually try to fly off of a roof).
- Cool Big Sis: She starts to look up to Sakaki this way, once she befriends her.
- The Cutie: Chiyo fully embodies this trope. In the very first episode, and for much of the series, everyone fawns over her and gushes about how cute and adorable she is. This is especially the case for Sakaki, who often suffers from Cuteness Overload anytime she's near her.
- Her teachers can't resist either. One of them has all his students who failed to turn in their homework line up at the front of the class to give each of them a whack with his teacher's manual. When he gets to Chiyo, she was so vulnerably adorable that he hesitates before finally giving her a soft tap on the head.
- Chiyo + Penguin Suit, cranks the trope Up to Eleven. Enough that, during their annual Culture Fest, it caused students from all over the school to swamp their Kitty Cafe with customers!
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Chiyo + Penguin Suit = Weapons-Grade Cute.
- Expressive Hair: Literally in Osaka's New Year's dream and not so literally in episode 10 where Chiyo tries her darnedest to reassure Osaka that they, Yomi, Tomo, and Sakaki will all be in the same class for their second year in high school.
- Fear of Thunder
- Girlish Pigtails: Osaka wonders if they're alive...
- Grade Skipper: Despite being only 10 years old, she was smart enough to skip several grades and go straight to high school.
- Lady And A Scholar: Bright for a young age, and a polite young girl to boot.
- Height Angst
- Heroic BSOD: Whenever she gets reminded of the time she rode in the car with Yukari driving.
- Human Mom Non Human Dad: Uhh...maybe...
- Image Song: FIVE of them.
- Implausible Hair Color: Was once the trope image. She is a red haired Japanese in a realistically-colored series.
- It is the same color as her dad's hair, who is a cat.
- Improbable Age: She's a sophomore at only 10 years old.
- Innocent Prodigy: She has the best test scores in the school, but most teenage issues go way over her head.
- Just a Kid: Chiyo hates the fact that no one takes her seriously, wishing she was older and more intimidating like Sakaki. This in itself is hilarious considering the fact that Sakaki wants to be just like her.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Nice Girl: She's polite and very helpful in class, such as tutoring classmates who need it, and organizing events for their school's annual Culture Fest. Chiyo even invites them to her family's summer home twice, during summer break.
- Oh, Crap: Examples include that time Yukari said the class trip was cancelled, and when Chiyo found out Iriomote cats can eat animals as large as her dog.
- Ojou: Chiyo lives in a large estate and her family is wealthy enough to afford a summer home on beachfront property. A fact which stuns Tomo and Yomi, when she first tells them about it.
- Pride: Not often presented, but Chiyo's biggest flaw is that she expects to be on top and treated as such. Most obviously shown when Tomo deliberately studied extra hard to best Chiyo on a written test. It didn't matter that it was in physical education, or that Chiyo was just barely behind Tomo; Chiyo was visibly angry that Tomo bested her. And when the two next got a test back (in a different subject) with the expected result, Chiyo glared at Tomo as if to gloat.
- The Protagonist: While not the main character, per se, she'll usually explain things to the viewer via monologue, or narration. She also has the most number of episodes dedicated to her, with Sakaki having the next highest number.
- Secretly Wealthy: Chiyo skipped some grades and attends High School despite being of grade school age. She's so excited about being a highschooler she decided to get a part-time job because highschoolers usually have that sort of job. Her employer hired her because he thinks she must be poor to be desperate enough to "forge" a high schooler card. Since he never told her what he thinks, she's oblivious to the misunderstanding. She's actually wealthy.
- Spoiled Sweet: As seen in the Nice Girl entry.
- Tareme Eyes
- Token Mini-Moe: For the third time, she's the trope image here as well.
- Why Did Yukari-sensei Have To Drive?: Poor Chiyo had the misfortune of having to ride with Yukari, during their first trip to her summer home. It's left her scarred, possibly for life.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: Not just in the sense of having the highest grades at the school, but some of her narration is pretty insightful for someone her age.
The tall, quiet girl who sits in the back of the class. Most students are intimidated by her height (174cm and still growing) and her appearance, but she's actually kind and too shy to make friends. Sakaki suffers extreme Cuteness Proximity
and often daydreams about cute things, like kittens
, or Chiyo. Sadly, her mother is allergic to cats. Sakaki is also an excellent student and an exceptional athlete.
She often wins her sports festival events through natural talent rather than training. Needless to say, this seems unfair to Kagura.
- Academic Athlete: The best athlete at the school, and also excels in her studies.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Subverted. She's tall, dark-haired and imposing, but her apparent aloofness is really because she's a Shrinking Violet, in spite of her physical appearance.
- Animals Hate Her: In episode 22, she looks at her scarred hand and comments that she "might not get off so lightly" if she encounters an Iriomote cat, instead of the more domestic variety. Mr. Tadakichi likes her though.
- Attractiveness Isolation: Other students are scared to talk to her either because they think she's too awesome or because she's intimidating. She winds up often wishing she'd get invited into club activities, since she's too timid to reach out for them herself.
- Badass: She'd rather be Badass Adorable but comes off as the intimidating type.
- Blue with Shock: She gets this either when she is thinking of something that's impossibly cute, or when any of her friends actions horrifies her. Like the time Osaka said Mayaa would be nice 'n boney, one day. Or when Yomi heard she liked bears and presented her with a can of bear stew as a souvenir!
- Boobs of Steel: Subverted. She has the largest bust, but not the strength that's supposed to come with it. See the Fragile Speedster entry below.
- Buxom Is Better: Also subverted, as Sakaki dislikes the amount of attention that's drawn to her breast size. Life's tough when your less endowed friends always talk about 'em.
- Character Development: She appears to open up more and more to her friends as the series progresses, mostly to Chiyo and Kagura.
- The Chew Toy: Life seems to love denying her the things she wants, whilst dangling them in front of her. Like how Chiyo gets to be cute and adorable, and can openly enjoy things like stickers and plushies, while Sakaki can't because everybody expects her to be cool and grown up because of her appearance.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Not on an Osaka level, but between her shyness and her strange daydreams, when Sakaki does say things they can be rather...odd. Chiyo-Dad, below? She's the one who sees him most often, and she seems to be thoroughly convinced that he really is Chiyo's father.
- The Comically Serious: She'll say some of the most bizarre things with a perfectly straight face and monotone... and mean it.
- Cool Big Sis: Towards Chiyo, once they become friends.
- Covert Pervert: When Tomo puts Yukari and Minamo on the spot about their love lives, Sakaki quickly re-enters the room and can be seen peeking from behind Yomi and Tomo, while trying to listen in. Then she inches forward to make sure she didn't miss anything (seen from 14:40-15:59 here).
- It gets hilariously subverted several episodes later, as she ends up hearing more than she would have liked and couldn't look Minamo in the eye the following morning. Though Yomi and the others were very appreciative.
- Curtains Match the Window - Black Hair. Dark Eyes.
- Cuteness Overload: Very, very prone to this, usually around cats and whenever she misinterprets something Chiyo says, which causes her to imagine Chiyo doing incredibly cute things.
- Daydream Believer: Really believes that Chiyo's father is a yellow cat because of her dreams.
- Death Glare: This is her default look early in the manga, much to the fright of Chiyo and the others. She means no harm though.
- Sakaki's intimidating appearance is clearer in the manga, where in her first scene with Chiyo she's drawn with a hostile-looking expression, making it clear why Chiyo would be quite afraid of her. She's drawn with a softer expression in the anime. This may prompt anime viewers to wonder what Chiyo is so afraid of. However, both the anime and manga mention Sakaki's bandages from Kamineko's bite being mistaken for an injury from a fight, so you can see where the other students get their impression of the character.
- Deuteragonist: Has the second most spotlight episodes, undergoes the most development, and many characters are defined by their interactions with her.
- Even the Girls Want Her: ...and not just Kaorin. In the 4th episode, one of Kaorin's friends says Sakaki is better than any of the boys at their school. A later episode shows her being followed by a group of girls, who gush about how cool and awesome she is, with little hearts over their heads. Then finally squee and have to hug themselves. Yeah.
- Face of a Thug: Sakaki looks like an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl, so everyone assumes she's a juvenile delinquent. In reality, she's a Shrinking Violet who loves everything cute and cuddly.
- Fear of Thunder: Earthquakes, mechanical guards at construction sites, and horseflies too.
- Flash Step: Goes hand in hand with her propensity for cute animals. When told that Chiyo is going to go visit Mr. Tadakichi, and asked if she would like to come along, Sakaki is waiting downstairs, outside, before the question is finished.
- Fragile Speedster: Despite what her appearance would lead you to believe, she's actually pretty soft.
- At the end of their school's 5K run, she tells Chiyo she only placed 6th, because she doesn't do well at endurance events. Which is made evident when she and her class lose soundly in a game of tug-of-war against Class-5, who had Kagura on their team. And a headbutt from Kamineko was enough to knock the wind out of her and make her double over in pain.
- But she's unmatched when it comes to speed. She consistently dusts the competition, during their school's annual Sports Fest. A fact which lead Kagura to want to compete with her. She's also agile, and dexterous enough that she could deflect an incoming snowball that was intended for Chiyo, by catching it without breaking it. Then switched hands in mid-turn and threw it back at Kagura (seen at 2:06-2:11)!
- Friend to All Living Things: Heartbreakingly subverted, as most of them would rather have her for a snack than be her friend.
- Gag Boobs: Her chest is the root of many jokes in both the anime and manga; usually to her chagrin.
- Gainaxing: Invoked whenever she's warming up, or anytime during a race.
- Gentle Giant: Enough that you'll want to give her a hug.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: The few times we see her room, she's shown to have stuffed animals and plushies on her bed, her couch, and her bookshelf.
- Hachimaki: Subverted in the last sports festival episode. She starts off wearing it as normal around her head then, after hearing a boy from another class make fun of Chiyo's running, she takes it off and uses it to tie her hair in a ponytail.
- Height Angst
- Huge Schoolgirl: See below.
- Image Song: Kokoro wa Shoujo de PARACHUTE and Mahou Neko ni aeru Hi wa. The second one features Chiyo.
- Internalized Categorism: Sakaki hates the fact that she's tall, popular, has big boobs, and is great at sports...and wishes she were short and cute like Chiyo.
- Japanese Delinquents: Her natural appearance and reticence leads the other girls to mistake her for one. Later, it's deliberately invoked during the second annual Sports Fest, when Yukari gives her a gakurannote to wear; causing Kaorin to fangasm.
- Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Even if they don't love her back.
- Kindly Vet: Will likely be this once she graduates from college.
- Laser-Guided Karma: In the form of Mayaa.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In a way. Everyone knows she's good at sports. Old news. Tease Chiyo because she can't run? She takes that personally and will proceed to demolish the competition in response. Also acts as an awesome bodyguard for Chiyo during the snowball fight.
- Luminescent Blush: Quite often, mostly in response to seeing kitty cats, or while imagining cute things.
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Because of her looks, people tend to avoid her when Sakaki is actually a Shrinking Violet who would like to have more friends.
- Nice Girl: Despite her intimidating size, she's doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
- Noble Wolf: Kagura calls Sakaki a "lone wolf", although Sakaki would rather imagine herself as a cute lil' puppy.
- Odd Couple: With Kagura, although it does not stand out as much as Yomi's and Tomo's friendship.
- In the Manga, she'll also often form one with Osaka. The two have some very interesting conversations.
- Only One Name: It's unknown whether it's her first name, or her family name.
- Pet Baby, Wild Animal: Mayaa.
- The Quiet One: Sakaki is painfully shy and withdrawn, for much of the series, but gradually opens up thanks to Chiyo and Kagura.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair extends well below her waist.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: In case it wasn't clear, she let out the shriek that notified the whole class of the cockroach that was scuttling around the room in episode 2.
- Shoo The Cat: Sakaki must do this to Mayaa before leaving Okinawa. He comes back to drive off Kamineko from the streets.
- Shrinking Violet: See The Quiet One entry above.
- Squee: Whenever cats or anything cute are involved. Especially when it comes to Mayaa.
- Statuesque Stunner: A rare case of also being a Huge Schoolgirl.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: When cute things are involved, she'll be out of the school before you can finish your sentences.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: So, so very compassionate and cute on the inside, but outside, she looks like a cold, tough Huge Schoolgirl. Unlike most examples, her coldness isn't a façade she's putting up to fool everyone, but something she does completely by accident.
- Tomboy and Girly-Girl Friendship: She's the girly one, to Kagura's tomboy.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: An in-universe example. She's believed to be a delinquent, due to frequently showing up with her hands or face bandaged, creating the impression she often gets into fights. Plus, she's the best athlete at the school. So Chiyo and Kagura are surprised when they eventually learn that Sakaki's actually shy and quite feminine; preferring cute things over being cool.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of earthquakes, thunder, horseflies and mechanical guards at construction sites.
Voiced by: Tomoe Hanba (JP web short), Chieko Higuchi (JP), Mandy Clark (EN)
The most energetic member of Yukari's class who likes to make everything into a competition. Failing that, her default behavior is to annoy others, or cause a commotion, in the name of fun. Problem is, her idea of "fun" isn't always the same as everyone else's. She's best friends with Yomi, though it's a wonder to their other friends how, or why, it ever happened.
Koyomi ("Yomi") Mizuhara
The most normal member of Yukari's class, and also the most focused. She's best friends with Tomo and has an amazingly high-tolerance level for her shenanigans (at least, until her tolerance reaches its limit
). In most cases, she plays the Straight Man
, though she can be just as juvenile as her friends, depending on the circumstances.
Yomi also enjoys eating and, as a result, is always trying to diet.
- Academic Athlete: An honors student, second only to Chiyo academically. She's also an outstanding athlete and usually does well during their school's annual sports fest.
- Badass Bookworm: OH. YES. Tomo can attest to this better than anybody, given the number of times she's been "double chopped" and Shoryuken'd by her.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her stupid, and never, ever, call her fat.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Has her moments. She's the Only Sane Man most of the time, but she does have a pretty mean sense of humour, like infamously feeding Osaka a super-spicy croquette and giving Sakaki a can of bear soup. She can also be pretty mean to Tomo, even when the latter has not provoked her.
- Brainy Brunette: She'd likely be the smartest student at the school, were it not for Chiyo.
- Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: Tomo may not be the extreme Cloud Cuckoolander that Osaka is, but she's enough of one that she still occasionally needs Yomi to fill this role for her. Though Yomi's just as likely to sit back and let karma run its course as she is to intervene.
- The Comically Serious:
- Cross-Popping Veins: Quite often, due to Tomo's antics.
- Deadpan Snarker: She may put up with Tomo's antics, but she won't hesitate to take digs at her. Yomi occasionally snarks on Osaka as well.
- Dreadful Musician: Considering her Seiyuu's musical skills, this is very ironic by itself.
- And an Actor Allusion considering most of the characters she voices can't sing.
- Girlish Pigtails: In the supplementary lessons.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Yeah, right...like Rie Tanaka can really sing that badly.
- Image Song: Sorezore no Oneway and Oishii Kimi-Tachi.
- Jack of All Stats: She's athletic, but not to the same extent as either Sakaki or Kagura. She's undeniably strong, but Kagura has her beat in that department. And, though she's an honors student, Chiyo consistently scores the highest marks at the school.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She does care about her friends despite her mean sense of humor.
- Meganekko: As seen in the image above.
- Nerds Are Sexy: She's second only to Sakaki, in terms of her looks and figure. Which is why it's baffling to Tomo (and the audience) that she seems to think she's overweight.
- "No. Just... No" Reaction: Her usual reaction to Tomo's antics is to stare either blankly, or incredulously, for a moment, then simply get up and walk away for the sake of her own sanity.
- Not So Above It All: Yomi can be just as bad as the others, depending on the circumstances. Like when she trolled Osaka by getting her to try one of her croquettes, after Osaka said she couldn't eat anything spicy. And she was just as engrossed in Minamo's "talk" as Tomo and the others were.
- There was also the time she said getting excited about a trip to the Magical Land amusement park was childish, yet bought the brochure the moment they were gone and spent all evening planning which rides she wanted to go on. Then wound up missing the trip because she'd caught a cold from staying out so late, with the chill in the air.
- Not So Different: To Minamo.
- Odd Friendship: With Tomo.
- Only Sane Woman: A role she shares with Chiyo, and Minamo whenever she's around.
- Ordinary High-School Student: She's the most normal one of the bunch, which is why she's usually The Straight Man.
- Out-of-Character Moment: Tricking Osaka into eating food doused in cayenne is a surprisingly Tomo-esque thing for Yomi to do.
- Rapunzel Hair: In the anime version, where her hair is almost as long as Sakaki's.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Usually played straight, but also double as her equivalent of Blank White Eyes.
- Smart People Wear Glasses
- Shoryuken: Tomo brings it on herself, by deliberately provoking her each time.
- Sick Episode: She misses out on the girls' trip to Magical Land because of a fever. She gets another one after playing in the snow by the end of the same episode. Poor Yomi...
- The Social Expert: Inverted. She just tolerates her classmates.
- Straight Man: She almost has to be, since hardly anyone takes Chiyo seriously, Sakaki's usually daydreaming half the time, and they damn sure can't depend on Yukari!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Curry. Heck, anything spicy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tomo.
- Weight Woe: Though fans will wonder why, since there's nothing wrong with her figure. Yet, she's always trying some sort of diet.
- Why Did It Have To Be Cicadas?
- Zettai Ryouiki: She's qualifies as a Grade B in the series proper, and gets bumped to an A◊ in the Supplemental Lessons chapters.
Ayumu ("Osaka") Kasuga
By far, the most unusual of Yukari's students and easily one of
, if not THE
, most popular member of the cast. As her nickname suggests, she's a transfer student from Osaka, though she only lived there for a year. She's known for her non-sequiturs when speaking, and her habit of daydreaming. Osaka isn't the brightest crayon in the box and is so hapless, that even Chiyo
can beat her at sports. But she has a knack for puns and riddles and can occasionally pick up on things the others miss.
- Accent Adaptation: In the Dubbed Anime and English Manga, Osaka is given a Southern Accent
- A-Cup Angst: When Yomi quips that Chiyo was only flat because of her age, and might become as well-endowed as Sakaki when she's older, Osaka and Tomo both call Chiyo a traitor. Mr. Kimura completely ignores Osaka because of this, which is ironic given she seems to be the only student who isn't freaked out by him.
- Ambiguous Disorder: She has an unusual way of thinking, compared to most people, and her her behavior can seem a bit strange, at times, making it easy to assume she might have some sort of mental disability, with someone people speculating she is on the Autism Spectrum. Despite this, she gets only slightly below average grades at a regular school and manages to socialize somewhat normally. With OK social functioning and academic achievement (key word "OK"), along with apparent good self-care skills (as her appearance is always neat and clean), she probably doesn't have a serious mental illness, at least not yet at this point in her life. Nevertheless, had she attempted to do what Chiyo-chan feared she might do here, then she would be considered to have developed a mental illness and be a danger to herself, requiring hospitalization.
- Asleep in Class: She is constantly falling asleep in class, to the point that she is the trope picture
- Berserk Button: If you value your health, do not break chopsticks in a different manner to the way Osaka prefers.
- Bird Run: Subverted; Osaka tries this during a relay race since she thinks it can keep other runners from passing her, but it only slows her down. Then again, Osaka isn't a very good runner to start with; she even loses to Chiyo.
- Book Dumb: Largely due to her inattentiveness and her habit of falling asleep, during class,
- Breakout Character: The fans absolutely love her and consider her to be one of the main draws of the series for reasons covered in the other entries of her section.
- Butt Monkey: Not that it bothers her. At least, not most of the time since she keeps her head in the clouds.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The Trope Codifier and trope picture for the Anime section. For. A. Reason.
- In Episode 13, a bird, possibly a cuckoo, actually lands on her head!
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: See the Suspiciously Specific Denial entry in Kaorin's section. Not that it came as any surprise to the readers.
- Does Not Like Spicy Foods: Yomi makes this work to her advantage.
- Dreadful Musician: The only time she's seen with an instrument, she handles it rather poorly. (It was because she had the hiccups at the time.)
- Engrish: "OH MY GAH!"
- Everyone Calls Her Osaka: Her name is Ayumu Kasuga, but everyone starts calling her "Osaka" by the start of Second Year. In the anime, she gets labeled as Osaka by the end of her first day in class, thanks to Tomo. Unfortunately, it sticks, as even the school addresses her by that name, when posting her test results.
- One moment in particular shows her looking at the class lists to see whose homeroom she was going to be in, by looking for "Ayumu Kasuga". She didn't see it, because her nickname had been posted instead.
- The Fool
- Genius Ditz: At first, one might think Osaka is stupid, or simply slow to grasp things. But while the latter may be closer to the truth, she's surprisingly sharp when it comes to riddles. She also notices things her classmates miss. For example, she was the only one to note that none of them had boyfriends, and was the only one who noticed Kaorin's crush on Sakaki and thought to ask if she was gay. Also, out of the three girls considered "dumb" (Osaka, Tomo, Kagura) she usually gets the highest grades.
- Hidden Depths: See Genius Ditz above. Also, she does understand topics related to sexuality.
- Hollywood Personality Disorders: She seems to have strong schizotypal traits, though likely falls short of and is a bit too young to have a personality disorder. She exhibits signs of unusual experiences (unusual thoughts and unusual perceptions), cognitive disorganization (tendency for thoughts to become derailed and to derail conversations), and impulsive nonconformity (somewhat poor impulse control and unstable mood). (All 3 traits are well-exemplified here.) The only trait she doesn't seem to really exhibit is introverted anhedonia (deficit of pleasure response in physical and social stimulation), and contrary to the stereotype of schizotypals she is actually quite extroverted (and extroversion doesn't exempt you from schizotypy). As noted in an article on schizophrenic autism (separate from the autism spectrum), which is also exhibited by people with high levels of schizotypal traits, the activity of people with such strong schizotypal traits tends to show itself through "friction with the situational context." I would say that Osaka produces quite a bit of "friction." Here's the article:  The article gives another example of that kind of friction: "A famous vignette of a schizoid father, who buys, as a Christmas present for his dying daughter, a coffin, illustrates this odd friction." Compare this to the friction Osaka produces.
- Derailment is related to knight's move thinking (also called lateral thinking), which is the kind of thinking that might enable Osaka to be so good at certain kinds of riddles (as seen in the Genius Ditz entry).
- The Idiot from Osaka: Subverted. At least Tomo is disappointed when she turns out not to fit the stereotype.
- Image Song: Shikkari! TRY La Lai, Time Pavement, and Hororin Confetti, which she shares with Chiyo.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Becomes a Texan accent in the English dub.
- Osaka mentions that she lived in Kobe when she was in elementary school and was born in Wakayama.
- Karakasa: When Osaka gets the idea of doing an obakeyashiki kisaten ("haunted cafe") for the School Festival, she imagines herself in a karakasa costume, struggling to serve tea while hopping on one leg.
- The Klutz: If you find yourself entering a three-legged race, find yourself another partner.
- Named by Democracy: Tomo gives her the name "Osaka" and the other girls outvote her before she can protest.
- Narrator All Along: Osaka's story about the girls being murdered on summer break.
- Nice Girl: Despite her spaciness, she's a kind and gentle girl.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She is the trope picture for this, and we love her for it!
- Only Known By Her Nickname: Starting in Second Year, even the official school roster calls her "Osaka". In the anime, she's known as Osaka from her first day.
- Petite Pride: Weakly claimed that "being Japanese is fine." Ten seconds later, she's yelling at Chiyo, because she might actually get boobs.
- Pungeon Master: Covered in the Genius Ditz entry.
- Serious Business: If she tells you to break your chopsticks correctly, you better break them correctly. Lampooned in this vid.
- Slasher Smile: One of the few hilarious examples of the trope, done while she's wielding a butcher knife!note
- Sleepy Head: She'll often nod off during class, or while she and her friends are having lunch on the school roof, or under a kotatsu, or... You get the idea.
- Tareme Eyes:
- Trademark Favorite Food: "Sataaa Andagiiii!"
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (JP web short), Houko Kuwashima (JP series), Allison Sumrall (EN)
A tanned girl who joins the main cast in the second yearnote
. She's very athletically inclined and the only member of the group who isn't in the 'Go Home Club', since she spends much of her free time training for the swim team (which makes Minamo her coach). She becomes close friends with Sakaki, first out of a desire to compete with her, then after finding out what she's really like.
Like Sakaki, her bust size is often the source of jokes, though she tends to be annoyed, rather than embarrassed by it.
- Ambiguously Brown: Averted. Kagura contantly sports a tan, due to the amount of time she spends outdoors between swimming and jogging, and it deepens during the summer. Which is why she has tanlines in the shape of her school swimsuit.
- Big Breast, Big Deal: She feels this way in regard to her breasts. To her, they're just there. Which is why it annoys her whenever Tomo draws attention to her chest.
- Big Eater: But doesn't gain weight, to Yomi's disgust.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She's as loud and rowdy as Tomo but, unlike the latter, Kagura has a lot more steam to work with. Which she usually burns off with swim practice and jogging, after school.
- Boobs of Steel: She's very close to Sakaki on an athletic scale, and she's quite powerful.
- Book Dumb: A fact which bothers her to no end. She wants to do well in her studies, but she can't seem to grasp the material... even when she has help from Chiyo and Sakaki.
- Boyish Short Hair: Along with Hot-Blooded Sideburns.
- Catch Phrase: "Moron!"
- Characterization Marches On: She used to be a quieter character in the earlier episodes.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She made several background appearances before becoming a main character.
- Dumb Jock/Lovable Jock
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's first seen in episode 6, when Yukari hears about the ringer Minamo has on her track team Kagura's shown doing warmups. She also appears in a few strips in the first volume of the Manga as a bit character before finally debuting into the cast proper.
- Go Nagai Hairlocks:
- Gratuitous English: Invoked when she runs into a foreigner at an airport and tries to help him with his luggage. But since she does poorly in English class, Hilarity Ensues.
- Gentle Giant: On her good days.
- Image Song: 'Ashita wa Makenai! Go! Friend!' where she sings about Sakaki, and 'Lazy Crazy Bonkuraazu', where she leads Tomo and Osaka.
- I Will Protect Her: In one of her crowning moments, Kagura tells Sakaki she'll keep cats in the area from biting her and shoos them away when they come after her. While Sakaki appreciated the thought, she tells Kagura she shouldn't run away from her problems.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can be an occasional Jerkass, but it's never intentional. When she knocks down the tent Yomi and Chiyo were putting up for the third Sports Fest, she feels so bad about it that she actually starts to cry and said she'd do it herself to make up for it. Chiyo and Yomi forgive her and they put the tent up together.
- Magic Skirt: Subeverted, since Kagura uses her hands to keep her skirt from flipping up, during the intro.
- Ms. Fanservice: A mild example, since she only does it twice. When Osaka asks about her tan, Kagura pulls back her shirt collar, allowing Osaka to see how far her tanlines go (though her back is turned so the viewer can't see what Osaka's seeing).
- Odd Couple: With Sakaki.
- Only Sane Man: She's much like a lowgrade Yukari and Tomo mixed with Yomi's sassiness and assertiveness, and After Yomi the most normal and well adjusted of the girls.
- Only One Name: Much like Sakaki.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She's a strong all-around athlete, second only to Sakaki in talent. In one of the later episodes, Chiyo and the others see her practicing out on the track, after school. Kagura also mentions wanting to try out for the All Japan Women's swim team.
- Sixth Ranger: She joins the group in Second Year.
- Tan Lines: Covered in the Ambiguously Brown and Ms. Fanservice entries.
- Tender Tears: Happens three times. The first was due to losing to Sakaki in the track race of the first Sports Fest, the second during the incident at the third Sports Fest (see the Jerk with a Heart of Gold entry), and the last one happens once they've graduated and are about to leave school, because she'd miss her friends and her teachers.
- Tomboy: A pretty straightforward example, from her appearance, attitude, and mannerisms.
- Tomboy and Girly-Girl Friendship: She's the to tomboy, to Sakaki's girly-girl.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Unknown Rival: Initially to Sakaki. Immediately becomes a regular rival to Tomo, due to constant arguing and the fact that they're both addicted to competition.
The girls' homeroom teacher and their English teacher but, unfortunately, she isn't the most responsible sort. Yukari is often late for work for various reasons, like oversleeping
, and has been known to cancel class to have P.E. instead. She's also fiercely competitive with her long-time friend, Minamo Kurosawa, due to her popularity with her students. Despite all this, Yukari still takes herself and her job seriously and takes offense whenever she thinks anyone's making light of her profession. Basically, she's like the crazy aunt — she even drives like it.
- Apathetic Teacher: She gets bored with her job easily. The show's opening even shows her sleeping at her desk. You know she's that apathetic when she comes back from summer vacation and one of her own students has to convince her to get motivated.
- Blah Blah Blah: Yukari tries speaking to a foreigner in English, which the viewer isn't supposed to understand anyway. In the English dub, this turns into French.
- But Now I Must Go: She invokes this, near the end of the final episode after a few parting words with her students.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: To say she's such a heavy drinker.
- Christmas Cake: And don't think it doesn't bother her. She once gave her class a pop quiz just because one of her friends got married. The next day, however, she seemed smug that her friend had apparently "rushed into things".
- Chuck Chalk: Once manages a double shot upside Osaka and Kagura's heads.
- Conspicuous Consumption: To the point where she'll aggressively attack anyone fortunate enough to have experienced anything of interest, before her.
- Drives Like Crazy: Yukari is, hands down, the queen of crazy driving. The "Yukarimobile" is a force to be reckoned with, and far more beat up than any less-than-seven-years-old car has the right to be. Her still being the Trope picture, even after it's been changed, should say something.
- Dual Wielding: With a pair of lunch trays, when she beat the hell out of Tomo for making the mistake of hitting her.
- Envy: Quite a few of her Berserk Buttons usually relate to someone having or experiencing something she hasn't, such as Minamo getting birthday presents from her students or finding out that someone has eaten expensive foods.
- Evil Laugh
- First Name Basis: The only teacher addressed by the students as such. note
- Genius Ditz: Possibly.
- Gratuitous English: Inconsistently Dubbed into Gratuitous Spanish. Justified slightly, because she is an English teacher.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to make her angry. She spends about half her screentime being pissed off about something or other.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl
- "Hero" Stole My Bike: Yukari in the premiere, while Tod is trying to fix hers.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nyamo. Maybe...
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Seen when she tries to cheer up Osaka, by letting her know she'd still be in her homeroom class for her senior year. And in the finale, where she shares a few parting words to Kagura and her class.
- Hypocritical Humor: Frequently mocks Nyamo's Christmas Cake status despite being one herself.
- Image Song: Otona wo Yasunde Dekakeyou and Tenshoku Equal Kaikan no Housoku, both of which are shared with Nyamo, with the latter also featuring Kimura.
- Jerkass: Picture Tomo as an adult.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though she's not incapable of being a good person.
- Keep It Foreign: In the English dub, Yukari changes from being an English teacher to a foreign language and grammar teacher. It's similar for the first issue of the translated manga; the second issue got a new localization team and switched to her being an English teacher, though some other English-language gags are inexplicably changed to French and German.
- Late for School: All the time.
- Maximum Fun Chamber: Yukari's car.
- Ms. Vice Girl: Hoo boy, let's see here:
- When she found out Minamo had a star athlete on her track team, she decided to nose around and find out who it was. Then she tried to slip her a sweet bun (possibly laced with... something). Though we'll never know, since Minamo caught her in the act.
- The following year, Yukari pulled strings to get Kagura in her class, effectively stealing Minamo's star athlete to stack the odds in her favor for the next Sports Fest, since she now had Kagura and Sakaki on her team.
- On one, of several, occasions she decided to teach PE, she split her class into teams and sided with Tomo and Yomi, vs Osaka, Kaorin, and Chiyo, two of whom she knew sucked at sports and had no chance against a teacher. Until Minamo evened the odds, by switiching in for Chiyo.
- And she frequently makes bets with Minamo, and makes promises to her students - like saying she'd buy them juice if they won the next Sports Fest - but finds ways to reneg each time it's time for her to pay up. Even if it means hightailing it!
- Noodle Incident: She's managed to buy Minamo's silence about her highschool days, with a mere mention of a love letter she once wrote.
- Not a Morning Person: Between drinking and laziness, in general. It's one of the main reasons she's usually late for work.
- Not So Different: From Tomo.
- Odd Friendship: With Minamo.
- One of the Kids
- Rapunzel Hair: Only in The Movie, where her hair went from waist length to freaking enormous.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Tomo tries to smack Yomi in the face with a dinner tray, complete with a slow-motion jumping attack, but misses, and whacks Yukari in the face. Cue scary music and a slow-motion reveal of Yukari's glowing red eyes, then cutting to her whapping the living hell out of Tomo with two trays.
- Sadist Teacher: She frequently abuses her students for such things as "going on vacation with his parents" or being shorter than the rest of the students.
- Sensei-chan: Quite possibly the Trope Codifier.
- Tareme Eyes
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Nyamo are the adult versions of this trope.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Nyamo.
- Wacky Homeroom
- Woman Child: This is often lampshaded by her students, and her fellow teacher, Minamo. Yukari has been known to ditch her own class on a whim, to go swimming, or goof off playing sports, depending on her mood. And, one occasion, was late for work because she'd been stuck in line to buy a Playstation game.
- Would Hurt a Child: Poor Chiyo...
Minamo ("Nyamo") Kurosawa
The school's phys-ed teacher and swim team coach. A very diligent and caring teacher (especially in contrast to Yukari), and many students look up to her. She's been friends with Yukari since at least college (high school in the manga). Given Yukari's personality, one wonders how they stayed friends so long
- Berserk Button: Don't mock her about being single and unmarried.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As cute and kind as she is, she can get scary when she's pissed off in the manga. This is best seen here.
- Book Dumb: Though not quite as bad as Tomo, Osaka or Kagura, it's still implied (see Corner of Woe below).
- Christmas Cake: Much to her dismay.
- Corner of Woe: During the third beach episode, she is unable to help the students with studying and is even shown up by Yukari.
- Heroic BSOD: Nyamo has a massive one the morning after she got totally drunk and gave some extracurricular education to the girls, and again when Yukari one-ups her with her mad Gratuitous English skills.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yukari. Fanon seems to think otherwise.
- Image Song: Otona wo Yasunde Dekakeyou and Tenshoku Equal Kaikan no Housoku, both of which are shared with Yukari, with the latter also featuring Kimura.
- In Vino Veritas: During the second beach episode, she drinks all the alcohol to avoid the disaster if Yukari gets drunk instead. She winds up giving the girls The Talk and then some.
- Noodle Incident: See previous entry and her Jerkass friend Yukari. Also, in one episode she has too much to drink and gathers the girls to impart some "serious-business" wisdom. Music drowns out anything she says, but the epic imagery, soundtrack, and the girl's rapt attention (plus her being drunk) suggests to the viewer she is telling them something inappropriate but awesome.
- Not So Different: To Yomi.
- Nice Girl
- Odd Friendship: With Yukari.
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- Passionate Sports Girl: The adult version of this trope.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The only one the show has.
- The Straight Man
- Tareme Eyes
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She and Yukari are the adult versions of this trope.
- Tomboyish Sidetails
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yukari.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Much like Sakaki. Not particularly noticeable, but still blue hair.
A girl who sits in the background most of the time. Her best friend is Chihiro, but she really admires
- Can Not Spit It Out: Kaorin has a major girl-crush on Sakaki, but never manages to tell her up front.
- Big "NO!": Invoked when she sees a picture of Tomo sleeping in the same bed as Sakaki. Since Tomo tosses and turns in her sleep, the picture makes it seem as if she's cuddling with her (at 0:47-1:03).
- Demoted to Extra: Despite numerous attempts to avoid it.
- Fangirl: Of Sakaki.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: "N-not that I am a lesbian!"
- Heroic BSOD: She has a minor one when she finds out she wouldn't be in Yukari's class for her senior year. She gets stuck being in Kimura's.
- Identical Daughter: Except for the differences in age and height, she looks exactly like her mother.
- Image Song: Two of them, surprisingly. Kaze no Mon-Ami and TeaRose de Nemurimashou.
- Loving a Shadow: She likes Sakaki because of her Aloof Dark-Haired Girl looks, thinking she's "cool". Sakaki is actually a completely different character.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: Kaorin occasionally joins the main cast of friends but normally because of Sakaki. Otherwise she has no strong friendship with any of the main girls and vise versa. Some fans consider her as a minor character instead as one of the main girls.
- Only One Name: Just like her crush.
- Single-Target Sexuality: "Wouldn't mind if Sakaki was a guy."
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: After correcting Osaka on the proper terminology, she tries to amend it by saying she isn't a lesbian. She goes on to say that wasn't what she was implying and plays it off as "a teenage thing". Then, after a moment's pause, she adds she wouldn't care even if Sakaki was a guy. Even Osaka is confused by that statement.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: The dance after the first Sports Fest, which is immediately yanked away. Also, the 3-legged race in the second Sports Fest.
- Transparent Closet: It's pretty obvious that Kaorin has the hots for Sakaki, although she tries to play it off. It gets a massive Lampshade Hanging from Osaka in the 10th anniversary comics.
- Wonder Twin Powers: She and Chihiro invoke this when they reveal that they were the ones who made Chiyo's Penguin Suit for their Kitty Cafe.
Yomi: "Penguin costume..?"
Kaorin: (slides onscreen, pointing at herself) "Yes. For I, Kaorin-"
Chihiro: (slides next to her, pointing to herself) "...and I, Chihiro-"
Kaorin and Chihiro: (in unison, doing high-five) "...have combined our abilities and made this special costume!"
Voiced by: Akane Omae (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)
Another girl who sits in the background most of the time. Little is known about her other than the fact she's Kaorin's best friend.
Chiyo's Dad (Chiyo-chichi)
A giant floating orange-yellow cat... thing that sometimes pops up in Sakaki's and Osaka's dreams. Believed to be Chiyo's father, but it's hard to understand why he's never at the house.
A grey cat that Sakaki often tries to pet, only for him to run away or, more often, end with her hand clenched in his bear trap teeth. Eventually, he goes out of his way to make Sakaki's life a living hell.
- Achilles' Heel: Mayaa is the one other cat that manages to scare him off. He was even about to bite Tomo's hand, but as she had just been scratched by Mayaa, he smells it, and runs off.
- Boisterous Weakling: He works entirely on intimidation. If you manage to scare him like Mayaa, or even just hit him on the head like Kagura, he'll run off.
- Cats Are Mean
- Cheshire Cat Grin.
- Dirty Coward
- Fragile Speedster: He shows how fast he is when Sakaki just tries to take a photo of him. He literally bounces off of the walls in an alley in order to ruin her photography attempts. He can't take a hit to the head before being scared off, though. Played straight in the fan-made fighting game.
- Gang Up on the Human: Kamineko's biggest jerkass moment is when he assembles a gang of all the other neighborhood cats to attack Sakaki, and possibly Chiyo by association. Luckily, Mayaa was able to put a stop to it.
- Jerkass: Probably the biggest in the show. Not that it stops Sakaki.
- During the last episode, Sakaki walks up and apologizes to him for trying to pet him when he didn't want her to. She walks off and he follows her. She notices him following her, and it looks like he'll finally let her pet him. CHOMP!
- Meaningful Name: Kamineko, meaning "Biting Cat" (噛み猫).
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: When he's sleeping or when he just has a normal Cat Smile.
- Slasher Smile: Especially when he's approaching Sakaki and Chiyo with his newly formed gang.
- Use Your Head: He once headbutted Sakaki straight in the gut, stunning her, before latching onto her hand.
A young male Iriomote cat (a small, highly endangered sub-species of leopard cat) that the girls encounter in the last third of the series. Due to his status as a very late arrival, he is a walking spoiler, so beware unmarked spoilers.
- Androcles' Lion: To Sakaki.
- Badass Adorable: He's a cute little mountain cat, who leaves Iriomote Island to find Sakaki all by himself and scares Kamineko's gang away.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Sakaki and Chiyo from an attack by a gang of cats led by Kamineko.
- Cute Kitten
- Death Glare: Gives Kamineko's entire gang a truly epic one in episode 24. Less cold expression and more "take-one-step-closer-and-I'll-kill-you" kind of glare.
- Gender-Blender Name
- Interspecies Adoption: Chiyo points out that his bond with Sakaki is similar to one between a son and his mother. Occurs as a result of his mother dying after meeting the girls.
- Laser-Guided Karma: For Sakaki...
- He's also one of the only characters to successfully put Tomo in her place for her behavior, by scratching her when she bothers him too much.
- Nightmare Fuel: In universe and personal example for Kamineko. As seen with Tomo, Mayaa scares him to the point that his mere scent is enough to make Kamineko run away.
- Reality Ensues: Despite being an example of All Animals Are Domesticated, Mayaa manages to scratch Tomo so badly that she has to go to the hospital, showing that no matter how cute he is and how well Sekaki can tame him, he's still a wild, carnivorous, bad-tempered animal.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Represents this trope for Sakaki.
Short for "That One Dude". You know, that one male student
that shows up, sometimes in the background? He's fixed Yukari's bike
and is seemingly thrown into the series whenever they need a male student
? Don't blink, or you might miss him!