These are the main and secondary characters who appear in the CLANNAD Anime
and Visual Novel
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The Okazaki Family
The protagonist of the series. Due to his habit of always arriving late to school, skipping classes during the day, and staying out all night, he has been labeled as a delinquent
, or a young person who defies authority. Nevertheless, his actions end up changing everyone else's life for the better.
- Badass: He fought a gang leader to a draw.
- Beard of Sorrow: More like Stubble of Sorrow when we see first see him five years after Nagisa's death.
- Bishōnen: He's apparently completely unaware of how attractive he is.
- Book Dumb: He really doesn't give a crap about doing school work or attending classes.
- Break the Cutie
- Brilliant but Lazy: He appears to be rather smart, but doesn't pay any attention to his schoolwork.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Nagisa's Gentle Girl.
- Career-Ending Injury: He was a star basketball player in his junior high until an argument with his father ended with him suffering a permanent shoulder injury, leaving him unable to play.
- Chick Magnet: Just about every girl we meet is in love with him, whether actively pursuing him or quietly suffering or somewhere in between. Even though he's purportedly a delinquent, his ardent admirers include a Student Council President, two Class Representatives, and a Teen Genius / TV Genius.
- Chess Master: Repeatedly shows himself adept at being able to manipulate people when the need arises and has shown via inner monologues to be quite intuitive about how the world and people work. This is only limited by the fact that he's technically Book Dumb and also a Nice Guy underneath the delinquent exterior. God help us all if he wasn't either of these things.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Kotomi when he first befriends her.
- Cool Loser: The anime seems conflicted as to how much it wants him to fit the trope. For whatever reason, he's an astounding Chick Magnet, and for whatever reason, he seems to have an enormously positive impact on every girl he befriends. Nevertheless, people keep calling him a loser — especially in the Tomoyo Arc Alternate Universe.
- It's less that he's "uncool" so much that he's a delinquent constantly on the verge of failing high school (through lack of effort, not lack of intelligence). The other students have a low opinion of him because he's getting set up to waste his life. He does end up getting a respectable, albeit rather low-income, job in both endings that touch on his post-high school life.
- Covert Pervert: He is turned on by Youhei x Mei incest fantasies.
- Curtains Match the Window: Depending on the lighting, he often has blue eyes and blue hair.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Losing his mother at an early age and living with an abusive, alcoholic father.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death by Despair: Subverted in the Grand Finale.
- Declaration of Protection: He says he wants to protect Nagisa.
- Delinquents: He periodically attempts to reform, under the influence of Nagisa (in the main series) or Tomoyo (in the Tomoyo arc).
- Diabolus Ex Machina: In Clannad ~After Story~, he dies in the snow with his daughter in the Bad Ending. In Tomoyo After, he gets amnesia from a severe blow to the head, and the subsequent surgery fails and he dies too. Poor dude just can't catch a break.
- Double Meaning: After breaking up with Tomoyo he begins talking to Sunohara while rather depressed. Sunohara says something to the effect of "Man, I expected her to pick you over the cherry trees" and Tomoya agrees. That's why he took the decision out of her hands.
- Expy: In the manga....he looks suspiciously like Roy Mustang
- Everyone Has Standards: Given his penchant for playing jokes on his friends, he feels guilty about dropping the toy giant bengal lizard down Sanae's back.
- Faux Yay: Okazaki's intent when he tells Nagisa that Youhei Sunohara has a crush on him to obscure the real reason Sunohara is throwing himself into a basketball-related Zany Scheme.
- Felony Misdemeanor: His classmates see him as a delinquent, but all he does is cut class and show up late.
- Friend or Idol Decision: A very low key one occurs in Tomoyo's route. If he lets her continue on without help, she'll lose the Student Council President election like he wantsnote , but that would obviously hurt her even if she wouldn't blame him. He chooses to assist, picking friend. Later, he tries to do it again and breaks up with her and gets rid of his own happiness to do what he thinks is best for her, but this time she doesn't accept it and at the end they get back together.
- Friendzone: He worries that he's managed to put himself here in Yukine's route since she begins to treat him like she did her older brother.
- The Gadfly: Tomoya likes to pull pranks on people, especially Sunohara.
- Generation Xerox: As much as Tomoya hates his father for neglecting him to dull the pain of his mother's death, he does exactly the same to his own daughter Ushio in his attempt to forget that her birth killed Nagisa.
- As a bonus, Tomoya looks almost exactly like the younger version of his father, just without the glasses.
- Subverted almost immediately after, when Tomoya takes Ushio to the countryside and meets his grandmother, who has some revelations in store for him about his father.
- Genre Savvy: If you choose not to escort Ryou home, Kyou attacks Tomoya who points out quite correctly that the way Kyou is trying to force them together just isn't going to work and will cause people a lot of pain.
- Happily Married: With Nagisa.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Or whatever color Nagisa's hair is. Let's go with "red". Note that the other major character with let's-call-it-red hair is Sanae, Nagisa's mother — who just happens to be the only character in the entire series who can really bring out Nagisa's Clingy Jealous Girl side.
- Heroic BSOD: After Nagisa's death, Tomoya falls into such a deep and long-lasting depression that he essentially ignores his own daughter — for five years. Fortunately, Akio and especially Sanae were around to pick up the slack — and also to coax Tomoya back to life.
- Imagine Spot: Many and varied.
- Insecure Love Interest: Even after he and Nagisa become an Official Couple, Tomoya wholeheartedly still believes that he doesn't deserve to be with someone like Nagisa.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Described once or twice as a nice person with a bad mouth.
- He is not above pulling pranks on those same people he seriously cares about. This could be his way of making them feel comfortable amidst their problems.
- In the 2006 movie by Toei, Tomoya is a much bigger jerk than in the reboot by Kyoto Animation. (At least in the beginning of the movie. As the movie goes along, his personality tends to get overwhelmed as the movie struggles to cram as much plot into ninety minutes as it can.)
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Often seen playing with Misae's cat when hanging out in Youhei's room.
- Lemony Narrator: His narration and thought processes tend to be extremely playful, largely because he enjoys messing with people and snarking in general.
- Love Hurts: Takes up this mentality right after Nagisa's death, thinking he should never have met Nagisa because of the pain her death causes him. Gets over this in the finale and decides meeting and loving Nagisa makes all the pain worth it.
- Love-Obstructing Parents: With Akio at first.
- Married to the Job: He promises to attend the founder's festival with Nagisa in ~After Story~, but he discovers he made a major mistake at one of his jobs at the electric company. Yoshino covers for him and he even tells him to go on to the festival, but Tomoya helps him anyway. This prevents Tomoya from showing up until it's over, but Nagisa understands.
- Men Don't Cry: Completely and utterly averted, which speaks volumes for his kindhearted character. (This doesn't prevent him from continually calling Nagisa a crybaby, though. Which she is.) See also Manly Tears.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His earnest efforts to help others are usually overridden by the fact that the public sees him as a no-good delinquent. And in Tomoyo After, his efforts to build a school results in him suffering a blow to the head which causes amnesia and a failed surgery leading to death three years after.
- Oblivious to Love: Frequently, though he'll usually catch on to his love interest for the route and begin doing something about it.
- Only Sane Man: In a world of Cloudcuckoolanders, an Ordinary High-School Student counts as wise. (Even if he's often a wiseass.)
- Panicky Expectant Father: A justified example, given Nagisa's health and subsequent death giving birth to Ushio in the bad ending.
- Parental Neglect: Tomoya's father neglects him to forget the pain of losing his wife. Unfortunately, like father like son.
- Selective Obliviousness: Only applies to the anime. In the game he can only solve one girl's route during a single continuity and and is, for the most part, not oblivious to their affections. Most importantly though, in the game Nagisa isn't with him for just about everything.
- Soap Opera Disease: In Tomoyo After, after helping a village in building a school and giving the people hope to live again. And he dies from it in the True End.
- Stepford Smiler: The casual behavior might fool the watcher/reader for awhile, but it becomes clear over time that he's basically starting the story in despair.
- Team Dad: Has his moments, which isn't surprising, considering his status as a sane man in a flock of Cloudcuckoolanders.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Temporarily after Nagisa's death.
- Tragic Dream: Was a star of the Basketball team until a shoulder injury resulted in him losing the ability to play, which is what resulted in him becoming a Delinquent.
- Trickster Archetype
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sunohara.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, grey, brown — it changes somewhat, depending on the lighting. Officially, it's black.
emotionally troubled father. They had a falling out when Tomoya was in middle school, when he dislocated Tomoya's right shoulder. To stave off depression, he turned to heavy drinking (daily) and harder drugs (less daily).
The daughter of Nagisa and Tomoya present only in After Story.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Towards Tomoya when he first starts repairing their relationship, though she mellows out pretty quickly. Considering his behavior, it's hard to blame her.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: She has a habit of doing this, to the point of it becoming a Wham Line near the end of ~After Story~.
- Cheerful Child: Which doesn't, of course, preclude her from being a Woobie — not in this series.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She's the girl running through the field with yellow flowers in the first season's opening, and it's her legs you see skipping in the second season's ending. Also appears twice, with her face hidden, in the second season opening; once talked to by Kyou, once hugged by Fuko.
- Family Theme Naming: "Ushio" means "tide." "Nagisa," her mother's name, mean "shore". An Invoked Trope.
- Free-Range Children
- Generation Xerox: She has a more outgoing personality, but like her mother, is unusually well-mannered, loves the Big Dango Family, and unfortunately an Ill Girl.
- Ill Girl: She takes after her mother in this regard. At least in the reality where both she and Nagisa die. In the reality where everyone lives, Tomoya outright states that Ushio is quite healthy.
- Raised by Grandparents: Until Tomoya takes her in.
- Snow Means Death: In the reality where Nagisa dies, she dies in the snow from the same disease that took her mother's life.
- Soap Opera Disease: She suffers from the same disease her mother did. She dies from it in the bad ending.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She's nearly identical to her mother with the exception of the Furukawa-clan Hair Antennae. After all, technically she's an Okazaki.
- Talking To Herself: In the English version, she and Nagisa are both voiced by Luci Christian.
- Tender Tears: You'll want to give her a big hug whenever she cries.
- Tomboy: Observed to be a bit of one by Tomoya. She appears to like toys for boys, and plays baseball with her grandfather "Akki".
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Well, in at least one universe, anyway.
- Walking Spoiler
Voiced by: Miyoko Aso
(JP), Stephanie Wittels (EN)
Tomoya's grandmother, whom he meets when he and Ushio go on a road trip.
- Cool Old Lady
- Ms. Exposition: She tells Tomoya about his father's true intentions, about how he sacrificed his chances at a good life so he could properly raise Tomoya.
The Furukawa Family
Nagisa is the main heroine of CLANNAD
. A shy girl
lacking in confidence, she meets Tomoya when she pauses (amid a sea of Cherry Blossoms
) at the bottom of the hill, struggling to bring herself to continue on her way to school. Tomoya gives her some encouragement and eventually assists her in her dream of reestablishing the Drama Club.
In the anime, and in her route in the visual novel, she later becomes Tomoya's wife and mother to Ushio.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Any bets on whether she gets mistaken for Ushio's older sister?
- This official picture◊ of Nagisa, Sanae, and Ushio. It wouldn't be that hard for people not familiar with the series to mistake them for sisters.
- All Loving Heroine
- Apologises a Lot
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Judging by her dialogue in routes that aren't her own, she fell for Tomoya at their first meeting because of his pushing her forward.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Tomoya's Brooding Boy.
- Can't Hold Her Liquor: One cup and she's all but out. And clingy.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted except when she's drunk and the alleged "rival" is her own mother, Sanae.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A mild example by the standards of the franchise. But only by those standards.
- Curtains Match the Window: Her hair is auburn/red/amber, and her eyes are also amber.
- Death by Childbirth: Subverted in the Grand Finale of the anime and averted entirely in the Visual Novel's True End.
- The Determinator: She wants to finish high school, despite her illness, even though even her teachers urge her to drop out when she ends up having to repeat her senior year again.
- Expy: Plot-wise, she's one to Shiori.
- First Girl Wins: Especially in the anime, although the game leans that way as well. But taking Tomoya's childhood into account, it's actually subverted (the first girl would then be Kotomi, not to mention that Nagisa is the third girl he met after Kyou). She's pretty easy to pick out as being the main heroine with After Story and all.
- Genki Girl: In the 2006 movie by Toei, Nagisa is a Genki Girl — or at least, she is in comparison to the fretful Shrinking Violet version of her in the Kyoto Animation reboot.
- Hair Antennae
- Hair Decorations: Her two red hair barrettes. In the True Ending, she ties her hair up in a ponytail with a white ribbon.
- Happily Married: With Tomoya.
- Held Back In School: Due to illness. She ends up repeating her senior year twice.
- House Wife: Tomoya's.
- Ill Girl: She had to repeat her senior year due to illness twice.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: When meeting Kotomi, she mentions that cats are her favorite animal.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes one to Tomoya. Her death sent him into a downward spiral into depression.
- The Lost Lenore: To Tomoya after her Death by Childbirth. She gets better in the anime, and this is avoided entirely in the visual novel's True End.
- Naďve Everygirl
- Nice Girl: She's easily one of the nicest character, matched only by the likes of Yukine. She's even nice to Sunohara!
- Not So Weak: She won't let even Sunohara go undefended.
- Official Couple: Nagisa and Tomoya's first meeting is quite the important event in the anime and a much bigger deal of it is made than in the VN. However, don't be fooled into thinking she's only the primary heroine due to adaptation: The entire second half of the story follows her ending.
- Older Than She Looks: Mild example... for now. Her look and childish demeanor makes her seem like the youngest of the group, when in fact she is the oldest, having had to repeat her senior year. Twice. She is one year older than Tomoya, Kyou, Ryou, Kotomi and Sunohara, two years older than Tomoyo and Yukine. Of course, considering who her parents are, there's a very good chance she'll fully belong in this trope when she gets older.
- Really Dead Montage: Although ultimately subverted, the use of this trope in the anime and the finality it implies really sell the moment as the monumental Tear Jerker it's meant to be.
- Running Gag: Many. For starters, her obsession with food — especially odango. And that odango song, which is so poignant in the soundtrack and yet so hilarious whenever she sings it.
- Shrinking Violet: Tomoya tries to get her to open up more. During at least one other route, he knows she falls directly into this and reacts accordingly. For example, he knows she won't scare Kotomi.
- Significant Birth Date: Born on Christmas Eve.
- Soap Opera Disease: Suffers from an unspecified ailment that causes her to repeat her senior year twice and contributes to her Death by Childbirth.
- Technicolor Eyes: Amber eyes, to match her hair.
- Tender Tears: She does this quite a few times, especially during Episode 22.
- Trademark Favorite Food: "Anpan!"
- Verbal Tic: She has a habit of ending sentences with "-desu".
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Nagisa evolves into this in After Story. The biggest proof is how she gives Tomoya a Cooldown Hug when he's under the effects of a massive Heroic BSOD. This sickly and shy girl manages to pin her much healthier, taller and physically stronger boyfriend to a wall so he won't hurt himself further.
Nagisa's mother, an ex-teacher
who runs a bakery alongside her husband, Akio. Sanae is always trying to make new bread with unique properties (i.e. bread with rice crackers inside) although almost none of them turn out to be successful. She is very sensitive and cries easily especially when she is told her bread tastes bad.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Kind of a Justified Trope, as she married and had Nagisa when she was very young.
- All Loving Heroine: Even by the standards of this series, Sanae manages to stand out. This becomes more and more evident as Tomoya sinks deeper and deeper into gloom in the middle third of ~After Story~. See also Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult her bread, or she'll run out crying.
- Can't Take Criticism: Played for Laughs with her (lack of) bread making ability.
- Cat Girl: One of her outfits when she's trying out Paper Thin Disguises.
- Cool Teacher: During her very brief stint as a teacher. She has experience at it: she was also a teacher long before the series takes place.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Who on earth puts M&Ms and lobster in bread? Sanae, that's who. However, it's only her bread that's terrible, since every other dish she cooks is apparently delicious.
- First Name Basis: Generally, she's very formal. But her granddaughter calls her Sanae (well, Sanae-san).
- Friend to All Children: True to her Yamato Nadeshiko status, she's very friendly and motherly to the kids she teaches at her cram school. She also helps a couple of lost children when on her "date" with Youhei.
- Genki Girl: An exceptionally kind one, but still, she's very genki.
- Hair Antennae: She might even be the only example ever to have three antennas.
- Happily Married
- Hospital Hottie: One of her costumes in the montage of her trying on Paper Thin Disguises is one of a nurse.
- Hot Teacher: During her very brief stint as a teacher. (She was also a teacher long before the series takes place.)
- Kawaiiko: She's so cute!! Can I take her home with me... Wait...oh shit, Akio's right behind me, isn't he.
- Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Akio is torn between denial, happiness at becoming a grandfather, and wanting to strangle Tomoya when he finds out that his married daughter is pregnant. Sanae, however, is delighted.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The series plays with this trope, in a (mostly) non-romantic way. Not all that much in season one; far more in ~After Story~. Perhaps most intensely — and most cleverly — pulled off in the first half of episode 17, when a quasi-flirtatious Sanae attempts to coax a brutally depressed Tomoya out of his five-year-long Heroic BSOD. She play-acts the Manic Pixie Dream Girl role to perfection here. But in episode 18, through Ushio's comments, we see a more damaged side to Sanae, and at the beginning of episode 19, the facade shatters as Sanae finally lets down her guard and allows herself to cry in Akio's arms and mourn for her daughter Nagisa. She's no longer any sort of Manic Pixie Dream Girl; she's just a deeply loving and truly anguished mother.
- Meganekko: Part of her Paper-Thin Disguise for her "date" with Youhei.
- Mum Looks Like A Sister: She looks so young that people are far more likely to ask if she's Nagisa's sister than if she's her mother.
- Older Than She Looks: She looks about twenty-five, but her daughter Nagisa is eighteen or nineteen. In one episode, while in a Paper-Thin Disguise, she passes herself off as seventeen.
- One of the Kids: Is quite prone to crying if her bread is insulted. Which is all the time, usually by Akio. As Tomoya gradually realizes, at least some of this is play-acting on Akio's and Sanae's part, a long-time habit born of desperately trying to make a very sickly young Nagisa smile.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: When she dresses up as a seventeen year old, no one recognizes her. (Well, except for her husband Akio.)
- Rapunzel Hair
- Running Gag: Someone (usually Akio) insults her bread, with her standing right behind him. She'll get upset, muttering "My bread, my bread..." and run out crying, and the offender will run out after her with a whole bunch of bread stuffed in his mouth, screaming about how he actually loves it.
- Stepford Smiler: She keeps a cheerful exterior, even after her daughter's death, as seen below.
- Unable to Cry: It's not that she's unable to cry after Nagisa's death, but that Ushio needs her strength after having to look after her. The scene where she finally does cry for her dead daughter, five years after the fact, is truly heartwrenching.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of the Giant Bengal Lizard, so Akio talks Tomoya into dropping a toy one down her back as a prank. Hilarity Ensues.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Voiced, appropriately enough, by Kikuko Inoue.
Nagisa's dad. Although he often talks and plays rough, he is kind and sympathetic. His childish side makes it easy for people to befriend him. He used to be an actor
, now runs the Furukawa Bakery with his wife Sanae. In his spare time, Akio plays baseball with children in the small park next to the bakery, and indulges in the Gundam
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Chased Youhei with a baseball bat for being in love with his wife, Sanae
- First Name Basis: Adamantly decided that his grandchild would call him "Akki", and not "Grandpa" before she was even born. As per his wishes, Ushio does.
- Hair Antennae
- Happily Married
- Hot-Blooded: All he needs is a mecha. (Lampshaded in ~After Story~'s "One Year Earlier" omake episode, where one of his plans for Nagisa to become popular involves mecha).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Large Ham: Well, he was an actor before becoming a baker.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: (VN) He may be exaggerating this part of his personality somewhat in order to see Tomoya's reaction, but Akio does have a porn collection Sanae doesn't know about, and encourages Tomoya to have sex with Nagisa before they're married. Yeah...
- Older Than He Looks: Shares this with his wife, Sanae. He looks like a handsome thirty — possibly even younger — but given that his daughter Nagisa is eighteen or nineteen at the beginning of the series, that's hardly likely.
- Otaku: He's a huge fan of Gundam.
- Overprotective Dad: Played mostly for comedy. Just over halfway through ~After Story~, upon finding out that his daughter Nagisa is pregnant, Akio is torn between denial — "A stork brought it. Right?" — joy at becoming a grandfather, and desire to strangle Tomoya for sleeping with his innocent little girl — "You bastard! (manages to contort his grimace into a sort of smile) Congratulations!" (Worth noting: this scene represents rather extreme Selective Obliviousness, as it takes place several months after Tomoya and Nagisa have gotten married.)
- Papa Wolf: When the creeps in the family restaurant Nagisa works at try to make a move on her, he and Tomoya show them why it's a bad idea.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Definitely. Although not quite as paper thin (nor as successful) as his wife Sanae's disguise.
- Parental Substitute: He and Sanae act as guiding figures for Tomoya.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Attempts this as part of above-mentioned disguise. Also includes Triangle Shades to go with his Hot-Blooded mecha pilot personality.
- Running Gag: It's usually him who insults Sanae's bread, and, when she runs off crying, chases after her with the bread in his mouth screaming (to the best of his ability) that he loves them.
- Selective Obliviousness: All the time. A specific, extreme, and famous example is cited above under My Girl Is Not a Slut.
- Smoking Is Cool
- Tragic Dream: He spent his teen years (and beyond) dreaming of becoming a great actor. Life got in the way, as it's wont to do.
The Fujibayashi Sisters
Kyou FujibayashiClass Representative
of 3-E, Kyou has known both Tomoya and Sunohara since their junior year. As she is known for being overprotective of both Botan and her sister Ryou, she is known for literally throwing the book at Tomoya and Sunohara
. She proved to be a very popular character in the anime, resulting in a spinoff episode
that showed what would have happened if Tomoya had chosen her route instead of Nagisa's.
The younger and more timid of the Fujibayashi twins. Is the class representative of her room, but only won it through lottery rather then through actual voting. Is known for telling fortunes of anyone who asks her. Her fortunes are always complex and usually completely off the mark, though she can be eerily accurate at times. Though she is usually wrong, she believes that it would be better for the future not to be already set. She has a crush on Tomoya in the beginning and enlists Kyou's help, or rather, Kyou insists on helping her. Despite her crush, however, she is not one of the Love Interests
Tomoya can pursue in the visual novel.
- Apologises a Lot
- Bad Liar: She tried to lie about being pregnant so to pull a variation of The Baby Trap on Kappei. Unfortunately she forgot the prerequisite hadn't been met, to the confusion of everyone in the scene.
- Bi the Way: If this clip is anything to go on. (S1 04 11:32)
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her feelings toward Tomoya. Even with the abundant help of her twin sister Kyou, she never actually manages to make a confession in the anime. She does manage in an Alternate Universe OVA based off of her VN route, where it's also clear to Tomoya.
- Class Representative: Evidently she was assigned the job at random.
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: The Kyou epilogue notes that she started dating someone she met at the hospital who has a cute face, meaning that she likely hooked up with Kappei.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A mild example, especially compared with certain other characters in the series.
- Demoted to Extra: She's not an official haremette, and picking her over Kyou in the Visual Novel is a Bad End in terms of progression, since you don't obtain a Light Orb. It's not a bad bad end, it's just that you haven't really completed the story since it's really Kyou's route.
- Dogged Nice Girl
- Extreme Doormat
- Fortune Teller: Although her predictions are more hilariously precise than strictly accurate. Still, she's usually onto something. In her way.
- Hair Decorations
- Hair Intakes: She has a very distinctive hairstyle (and hair color). One feature her hair shares both with her twin sister Kyou and with "Katsuki Shima" when he's in his female disguise is a pair of what look almost like cat ears.
- Happily Married: To Kappei.
- Hospital Hottie: Hello, Nurse! Ryou!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: At least in the anime series. Not that she ever really seems to hold much hope for winning Tomoya's heart; she often seems to be going through the motions in order to appease her more forceful sister. In the Kyou route she gives up and sets up Tomoya and Kyou when it becomes obvious she can't hold on to him..
- Last Name Basis: Tomoya calls her Fujibayashi. She gets a little antsy about it since she refers to her sister with much more familiar terms.
- Lethal Chef: Her cooking is considered completely inedible. In Kyou's route, while Ryou starts out a horrible chef she does her best to get better so that she can be more like Kyou, whom Tomoya likes more. She gets close enough to her sister in skill that Tomoya is very much reminded of Kyou — but she never quite matches her.
- Otaku: Surprisingly enough. Heavily implied in the VN when Kotomi is messing around with the Magical girl wand. She states that she has a really high interest in these kinds of things.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With her twin sister Kyou. She's quiet and shy while Kyou is loud and aggressive, though it turns out both suck at talking to the guy they like.
- Shrinking Violet: Which makes her role as Class Representative more difficult.
- Sibling Triangle: With Kyou.
- Stepford Smiler: Realizes perfectly well that Kyou and Tomoya have a lot more chemistry and mutual attraction, but hides it. Then she tries to act as much like Kyou as she can, but can't quite do it as seen with the pork cutlets.
- Tareme Eyes
- Tarot Motifs: Tarot Cards drastically up her fortune accuracy, eerily so.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to her twin sister Kyou's tomboy.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, in this case.
- Zettai Ryouiki: But only as part of her winter uniform.
Kotomi is a strange girl: she has No Social Skills
and is fearful and asocial
. Generally she is silent
. She squirrels herself away in the school library
— she is always kneeling on the library floor, reading. Absorbing several pages of abstruse text per minute
. Kotomi also likes to go barefoot
in the library like it's her own home, almost instinctively removing her shoes and socks during her visits there. However, her footwear-doffing compulsion sometimes extends beyond the walls of the library- along with the urge to snip pages from books with scissors.
When Tomoya meets her, he manages to cut through some of her protective layers and socialize with her a bit, but each time he attempts to start up a conversation with her she won't notice him and respond unless he remembers to call her 'Kotomi-chan'. She has a habit of cutting pages from books and newspapers. The polar opposite of Book Dumb
, she is among the highest test scorers her year in all of Japan, and her classmates revere from afar as a genius
. She has a deep-seated fear of bullies and a mysterious man in a black suit.
As it turns out, Kotomi was Tomoya's childhood friend. He has forgotten her, although she has not forgotten him. Her parents, important academics, were always too busy to attend her birthday when she was a child. Before one fateful birthday, they made a promise to attend and give her a teddy bear, but they died in a plane crash before that could happen. The mysterious man in black is actually a friend of her father's, the one who informed her of her parents' death — an association that causes her fear of him years later.
Kotomi was too devastated to hear of their death and the prospect of them forgetting her by dying like that without her present and eventually she burnt a catalogue that she thought to be her father's scientific paper (which turns out to be a catalogue for the teddy bear they'd bought her), which started a fire that would likely have burnt down her house, with her in it, were it not for the quick action of that man in black. (Tomoya was there, too, although he forgets about it until near the end of the first season.)
After the fire, Kotomi vows to study hard and make amends for her destruction of (what she thinks was) this seminal scientific work, by becoming an important intellectual in her own right. Socializing simply isn't important to her — at least until she meets Tomoya again, when they're high school seniors.
Tomoya befriends her and helps her to open up and socialize. Later she discovers that her parents never forgot about her, and the last thing they preserved before their death was Kotomi's present, a teddy bear doll. After this, in the Visual Novel
, Kotomi resumes her relationship with Tomoya as his girlfriend. But in the anime
, she gets Demoted to Extra
- Adorkable: At first.
- All Loving Heroine: In almost any other series, she'd be this, hands down, no questions asked. Given this series' position on the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism, she's actually one of the more ambiguous examples. Still, once you put aside her (many and severe) phobias, she doesn't really seem to dislike anyone.
- Animal Motifs: Possibly. Butterflies were more common in her arc than anywhere else.
- The Atoner: Her guilt over (seemingly) burning her parents' research paper, as well as her Survivor Guilt in general, drives her to devote her life to studying so that she can replicate their theories.
- Brief Accent Imitation:
- "I can feel your boobs, your boobs?" "Stop talking like a Russian gymnast!"
- She also attempts a Kansai accent when trying to learn how to tell jokes.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Her pitiful attempts at tsukkomi only cause her to be labeled as exceedingly boke by Kyou.
- Book Worm: All her favorite friends are books. Well, at least until Tomoya begins helping her make real friends.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She constantly skips classes to read in the library, but is still the top scorer in every exam. She is also scouted for overseas study.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Cannot Make A Tsukkomi. She also makes terrible puns and her other attempts at gags also make no sense, including one where she points her right index finger at her left elbow, says 'it bends here!' and bends her elbow.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her and her parents' theory of multiple universes becomes important to the true ending.
- Cloudcuckoolander: When we first meet her, she's so much in her own dream-world that she doesn't even notice other people trying to talk to her — unless that person is Tomoya and he remembers to address her as Kotomi-chan. She gets better — somewhat — with a lot of help from Tomoya and the gang.
- Cool Car: She's seen driving one in After Story wearing Cool Shades.
- Cute Bookworm
- Demoted to Extra: In the movie, she has a couple of cameos directing the choir club.
- Ditzy Genius
- Does Not Like Shoes: Prefers to wander around barefoot, for no readily-apparent reason.
- Dreadful Musician: When playing her violin, she can level an entire wing of the school. Interestingly, she's depicted as holding the violin and the bow in the manner of a skilled violinist (something that takes most violinists years and years to accomplish), and in the flashbacks to her childhood, her playing does not seem to cause any particular problems. So maybe she sounds so terrible because she's very out of practice. Nagisa also claims that her violin playing has improved during her practice, but sounds awful during her recital. Stage fright, perhaps?
- Emotionless Girl
- Expy: To Minagi Tohno, both being smart, friendless and very calm. Especially their voices are very calm and smooth.
- Extreme Doormat: Possibly the smartest doormat you'll ever meet. But still. Doormat.
- First Girl Wins: Not in the anime, but a possible ending in the Visual Novel. (Note: even in the anime, she's the First Girl if you go by in-universe chronology.)
- Forgotten First Meeting: Tomoya met her years ago when they were just children. She remembers, as Tomoya was her Only Friend, but he doesn't until right at the very end.
- Fragile Flower: She frequently asks nervously if someone's a bully when first meeting them. It's also one of the few times she's really emotes strongly with a tearful voice and expression.
- Gag Boobs: Somewhat. Kotomi is not in any way oddly proportioned, but still has the largest bust size among the female cast, and Kyou teases her about them.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: She has shades of this, given her penchant for making homemade sweets.
- Giftedly Bad: She actually thinks she's good at the violin.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Gratuitous French: "Bo-nnnnnnn-jour?"
- Hair Decorations: Her trademark beads.
- Heroic BSOD: Experiences a serious one when she thinks Ryou was involved in a bus accident. It lasts at least a week, and several episodes/until almost the end of the route. It's because she's reminded of her parents' death.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She clearly loves Tomoya in the anime — in fact, of all the girls in the series, she's loved him by far longest — but she definitely doesn't fight to get him.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Lives in a Big Fancy House all by herself, and has had trouble making friends since childhood.
- Meaningful Name: She is named after the Japanese stringed instrument, the Koto. This is meaningful in two ways, one serious, one ironic. Serious: Her father named her that out of his belief that the world made up of millions of kotos, and when they combined their music together, do great things. Replace koto with person in that idea, and you get the main theme of Clannad, that individuals who come together to form a group; a family, a nakama or a commmunity; do things greater than the sum of their parts. And the ironic part? That a girl named after a stringed musical instrument would be so bad in playing another stringed musical instrument.
- Actually, she is named after both her parents: Ko(utarou) + to(="and") + Mi(zue). "Kotomi" is Japanese for "K&M". As her mother said, the most important things are always simple.
- Her name is also a reference to string theory in physics.
- Minor Living Alone: After her parents died.
- No Social Skills: A quiet and polite Book Worm version.
- The Ojou: She comes from a wealthy background, living in a big (at least by Japanese standards) house.
- Parting Words Regret: Her last words to her parents before they died in a plane crash were how she hated them for missing her birthday.
- The Quiet One
- Room Full of Crazy: The walls of one bedroom in her house are plastered with newspaper clippings about her parents's deaths in a plane crash.
- Running Gag: A few that are borderline catch phrases. 1) "Hello Tomoya-kun." 2) "Ijimekko?" ("(Is she a) bully?") In addition, several that are more situation-based, such as her terrible violin skills. "So pretty..."
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Spent her entire life since her parents' deaths studying, resulting in a Teen Genius who can't hold a conversation.
- Shrinking Violet: Especially at first.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Or in this case, Spell My Name With Three Hiragana.
- The Smart Girl: Brilliant in booksmarts, although lacking in common sense and social skills.
- Spoiled Sweet
- Sugar and Ice Personality: With the "sugar" being reserved for Tomoya (at first).
- Supreme Chef: She's also a good cook, as evidenced by her apple pie.
- Surprisingly Good English: Though she isn't seen speaking it, she can speed-read complex scientific English textbooks that would make most native speakers' brains melt. She also gets a scholarship to study in America, which requires having good English skills in real life.
- Teen Genius
- Through His Stomach: Attempts this by offering Tomoya some of her bento, then making him an apple pie.
- Troubled Fetal Position: She does this when she has her breakdown after seeing the bus accident.
- TV Genius: See The Wonka, below.
- Verbal Tic: She has a habit of ending her sentences with "-no".
- Vocal Evolution: When we first meet her, she speaks in a quiet almost-whisper. As she befriends the rest of the gang, she speaks in a more confident, albeit still quiet, tone.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her parents were always too busy with their research to celebrate her birthday, though she did have a happy home life when they were around, as seen in her flashbacks. Her parents' last act was to make sure she got the teddy bear they'd bought her, at the expense of their own research
- The Wonka: Despite her eccentricities, she is by far the most intelligent person in the school. Possibly the smartest high school student in Japan.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She seems to be evolving into one after coming out of her shell. For example, she shows up to the New Year's party in ~After Story~, in a kimono, the only girl to do so in the scene. Her cooking ability and her natural meekness would also make her qualify.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple-blue, in this case.
The Sakagami Siblings
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima
(JP-Clannad), Hikaru Isshiki (JP-Tomoyo After), Kaytha Coker (EN)
A beautiful delinquent
who has attained legendary status
as a fighter
. Tomoyo at first is a rough, cold-hearted girl
who delivers the frustration of her messed up family that almost considered divorcing by fighting and hurting other people. That changed when her little brother Takafumi, in a desperate attempt to fix things up, either threw himself to the river or gets himself into a car crash, ending up crippled and instantly mending the family and softens up Tomoyo. She later hears her brother's wish to see the sakura tree, and made it her mission to preserve those trees. She later attends at Tomoya's school and starts out by driving out some delinquents that threaten the school, and later spends her time not only to become the Student Council President
(the only position where she can issue orders to preserve the sakura tree), also kicking Sunohara's butt whenever he pisses her off (and repeatedly). After much hardships of winning the students' hearts and cleans up her delinquent status, she is elected as the Student Council President
, and continues to be friends with the ones who help her doing so: Tomoya.
Tomoyo proves to be wildly popular that she later gets selected as the protagonist of a special sequel which is the continuation of her visual novel story. Her route also gets animated in an Alternate Universe
episode based on her Visual Novel
route, whereas she dates Tomoya (whereas other girls don't seem to exist), but both became torn between their status and decided to move on to their own path, breaking up in result. When Tomoya finally graduates, Tomoyo waits for him and they tearfully reunite as lovers.
- Action Girl: If she had to, she'd kick Buffy's ass. She'd apologize afterward, of course. But she'd do it, and you damn well know it.
- Arch-Enemy: With Youhei. Except not.
- Badass: Seriously, singlehandedly taking out entire groups of gangsters?
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: When Sunohara and Tomoya fight then end up with bruises the very next. She on the other hand just curbstomps whatever comes her way.
- Boobs of Steel: Only second to Kotomi in bust size, and a fearsome brawler.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the visual novel when she kicks Sunohara, an image of him falling will pop up on the screen, and sometimes stay there while waiting for the reader to click. In one scene, she tells him to hurry and up and fall, because he's blocking the whole screen.
- Breakout Character: With the spinoff Tomoyo After. She also received a genuine adaptation of her route in the form of an OVA.
- Charles Atlas Superpower
- Combos: In the Visual Novel, she combos Sunohara with nearly the entire cast during the Founder's Festival.
- Common Mary Sue Traits: She's good at everything, beautiful, has a Dark and Troubled Past, everybody loves her and she never gets in trouble for beating up Sunohara. She's also Jun Maeda's favorite character. Despite these traits, she's still one of the most beloved characters in the franchise.
- Covert Pervert: (Visual Novel) Indirectly, as when Tomoya turns to dirty thoughts about Tomoyo, she's glad that he's able to think of her that way. And with a little needling, she'll freak and realize that she's thinking of the same things.
- Cry Cute: Absolutely cry-adorable in the Alternate Universe OVA.
- Cute Bruiser
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her past as a delinquent, her parents' marital problems and her brother's attempted suicide.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: By her own admission. She was a coldhearted delinquent who lashed out at others to deal with the stress of her home like until her brother's incident. Now she's one of the nicest people in the show.
- Delinquents: Trying to remake her image for her to be able to become the Student Council President.
- The Dreaded: The two local gangs are absolutely terrified of her. Even the gang affiliated with Yukine who are all nice and probably wouldn´t ever force her to fight them.
- Even the Girls Want Her: She has quite the devoted fan club.
- Expy: Somehow to Mai Kawasumi, both being Ladies of War and Badass.
- Shares a lot of similarities to Madoka Ayukawa. Both of them are moe, cold, extremely talented, intelligent, tsundere, reformed delinquents with feminine sides and romantic attachments to losers.
- Femininity Failure: She often tries to make herself look more feminine and gets worried when she thinks she's not being seen as a girl. While her results are rather lacking from Tomoya's point of view, he finds the attempts pretty funny. He makes it pretty clear that he doesn't expect her to be a girly girl anyway. It tends to get lost on anglophone fans, but her speech patterns are also coarse and masculine (reflecting her past as a delinquent), contrasting heavily with her image.
- Foe Romance Subtext: She seems genuinely disappointed when she finds out Sunohara is only pretending to flirt with her.
- Godiva Hair
- Hair Decorations: Subtler than most of the other girls in the series, but she does wear a headband that earns the occasional comment (usually from Youhei).
- Her Heart Will Go On: In the Gaiden Game sequel to her route Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life, in which Tomoya dies.
- Implausible Hair Color: Silver hair as a teenager, which does happen in real life but is very uncommon. Looks brown in certain lighting situations, though, so it could be Hair Color Dissonance instead.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "So you're why he's doing this." And later: "I'm so glad he chose you."
- Kick Chick/Extremity Extremist
- Lady of War: She fits the bill, just wrong genre, though unlike Kyou, she usually does give a warning before attacking.
- Magical Girlfriend: In the Alternate Universe Tomoyo Arc omake episode. Not a literally magical, but she goes beyond mere Manic Pixie Dream Girl-status: a Teen Genius Meganekko reformed delinquent Student Council President who's nevertheless completely and irrevocably devoted to the loser Tomoya.
- Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way
- Meganekko: By the end of the first season, and especially in the Alternate Universe Tomoyo Arc omake episode, in which she's not just the female romantic lead, but the only female character of significance.
- Precision F-Strike: It happens... And quite frequently, too.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; her name is very similar to Tomoya's, and in an Alternate Universe, the two of them wind up living together, along with her half-sister Tomo.
- Rapunzel Hair
- She's Got Legs: And boy does she know how to use them.
- Spam Attack: Used particularly on Sunohara. 64 point combo!
- Surprisingly Good English: In her OVA episode, she gives a speech in America in perfect, albeit heavily Japanese-accented, English.
- The Stoic: For most of the time. Although, she has her moments of being Not So Stoic.
- Student Council President
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Tough, distant and Kickass at times (but more cool-headed compared to Kyou), and then affectionate at other times.
- Teen Genius: At least in her Alternate Universe arc, in which she scores fourth in her year for all of Japan on her exams. Note that this is less than a year after she decided to clean up her image, after being something of a borderline delinquent for the previous few years.
- Tomboy: She has fairly masculine and blunt grammar patterns, enjoys the life of a delinquent and seems to find her more girly friends slightly boring at times. When she starts becoming attracted to Tomoya, she makes a rather lacking attempt to make herself seem more girly.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite his escapades and stupidity, she´s actually pretty good friends with Sunohara.
- What Does She See in Him?: A lot of people seem unclear as to why she's interested in Tomoya. A teacher is the one who says it most clearly.
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura
(JP-Clannad Drama CD), Keiko Suzuki (JP-Tomoyo After)
Tomoyo's little brother, Takafumi was the one who brought Tomoyo out her "delinquent" phase. Sometime in the past, the Sakagami family was in ruins because of their father's affair. In order to bring the family back together, Takafumi tries to drown himself (in the anime) or throws himself in front of a moving car (in the original materials)
. Predictably, this helps stop the family feud and Tomoyo begins to change her old ways
, but this leaves Takafumi temporarily crippled
His role and backstory is expanded in the Gaiden Game Tomoyo After
, as a freeloader in Tomoya's apartment where Takafumi's sister frequents. It is revealed here that before his "accident", Takafumi was the ace of their track team. He had deeply admired his coach, who had a daughter named Kanako. Takafumi and Kanako fell in love and became a couple — however, Takafumi betrayed his coach (who had high hopes for the boy's talent) by willingly throwing himself into an accident and ultimately crippling himself in the process. This leaves the coach distraught and the couple estranged. At the present, Takafumi is presented as a Lazy Bum Gadgeteer Genius
who freeloads at Tomoya's apartment and usually ends up roped into the occasional Zany Scheme
. Oh, and then his ex Kanako returns to town
- All Men Are Perverts: It's subtle, but it's there.
- Butt Monkey: In Tomoyo After, if you need anyone to be insulted or beat up, it's usually him. Or Tomoya. Or both.
- Expy: Presented as a more sensible and younger version of Sunohara in the Gaiden Game.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Given a choice between his family and social life, he chooses family, and loses his girlfriend, coach, and his running abilities in the process.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Learned to tinker with computers and create programs after his incident.
- Interrupted Intimacy: A frequent offender of this in Tomoyo After. Any attempt of Tomoya and Tomoyo to have a private moment is shattered by Takafumi's unannounced arrivals.
- Ill Boy: Used to be one in the past. Traces of it are still there in the present, though.
- It Runs in the Family: He's athletic (or used to be) and smart, and gets mad in the same way as Tomoyo.
- Lazy Bum: Brilliant but Lazy Takafumi became one after his incident. Helping him get over this is a vital part of Tomoyo After.
- Mistaken for Gay: His closeness to Tomoya in the sequel does not go unnoticed with the female characters. Frequently lampshaded by Tomoyo in Tomoyo After.
- Satellite Character: Being a minor character, his entire personality is basically summed up as "the kid who changed Tomoyo from a delinquent to a model student" in Clannad. Tomoyo After corrects this by giving Takafumi an extension to his role and backstory.
- Shipper on Deck: For Tomoyo x Tomoya.
- Surprisingly Good English: Knows a lot of foreign terms and could probably speak (heavily Japanese-accented) English.
- Teen Genius: The guy creates games and programs. Though he does admit that it would take him a long time to do so.
- Tsundere/Sitcom Archnemesis: Towards his ex-girlfriend, Kanako. The feeling is mutual. It doesn't take a genius to put two and two together to realize that they still have feelings for each other.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tomoya, Kanako, and his sister to an extent.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Shares the same case as Tomoya, differing between hair colors per medium. The official one is bluish-black.
The Ibuki Family
A rather strange, short girl, who never seems to take classes and is often to be found sitting somewhere quiet carving wooden star shapes. A rumor about her being a ghost is floating about the school, and she has a tendency to force her carvings on any student she meets, requesting that in return they attend her elder sister's wedding and congratulate her.In reality, Fuko is somehow projecting herself into the school from her comatose body, having been unconscious since she was hit by a car after her first day at the school. As the end of her storyline looms, everyone begins to forget about her, losing the ability to see or interact with her, until a last, massive effort allows her to reappear for a brief moment, and congratulate her elder sister herself. Not long beforehand, her sister had revealed to Tomoya that Fuko's body in the hospital had "stopped breathing".
In the anime, Kouko meant that Fuko had a low chance of waking up, as her condition had deteriorated.
But this has been officially Jossed
as of the Grand Finale
, where after Tomoya initiates the Reset Button Ending and saves the lives of both Ushio and Nagisa, a light orb is obtained by Fuko and as a result, she wakes up from her coma
- Animal Motifs: Fuko's mannerisms are rather doglike. When they first meet, Tomoya has her give him her "paw" like a dog. At the very end, she locates Ushio from the Illusionary World using her sense of smell, like a bloodhound. There's also her starfish obsession.
- Astral Projection
- Blatant Lies: She was not spacing out just now.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: A little bit, with Tomoya.
- Bratty Halfpint
- Children Are Innocent: She ought to be way too old to fit the trope. But she certainly looks and acts like a child.
- Class Representative: Though it's not even for a real class.
- Cloudcuckoolander: We lost you for a minute there. Are you back now? No? Time to get the drinkbox.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Her starfish-themed desserts she makes for Tomoya make Sanae's bread look edible by comparison.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Is mistaken for one. She's not far off.
- Cuteness Overload: Periodically goes into lapses of this when exposed to starfish and Ushio, prompting Tomoya to squirt fruit juice up her nose to snap her out of it and also because it's funny.
- Drop-In Character: In the anime, after her arc, she magically reappears in short cameos here and there to foreshadow what will happen at the end of the series, and the main page of this show explains that it's also All There in the Manual.
- Expy: Plot-wise, she is an Expy of Ayu Tsukimiya.
- Ill Girl: She's actually comatose, and the Fuko we meet is a sort-of astral projection.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Fuko says she wants to do this to little Ushio-chan, Tomoya's daughter, to be her little sister. She keeps trying to kidnap her too.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's definitely prickly and temperamental, but she still has a good heart.
- Hair Decorations: Her big purple hair ribbon.
- Hypocritical Humor: Her insistence that Tomoya is a weird person, despite being one of the cloudcuckcoolanderiest of cloudcuckoolanders.
- Line-of-Sight Name: Fuko pulls this when she needs a fake last name while staying with the Furukawas.
- Older Than She Looks: When she shows up in ~After Story~, she's as old as Tomoya (about twenty-five) but still looks like a grade schooler (and acts even younger).
- One of the Kids: When she shows up in ~After Story~. An extreme example: she's Tomoya's age (twenty-five) but connects better with Ushio (who is five).
- Properly Paranoid: When visiting Tomoya and Ushio, she worriedly asks if he's slipped any sleeping pills into the food he's made. Given that he's played pranks on her before, it's not an unfair question to ask.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Fuko vs. Fuuko. Although the former is used in the opening credits, some prefer to use the latter due to wanting to stick with one romanization system.
- Technicolor Eyes: Amber or gold.
- Third-Person Person
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Game only, depending on the path you take.
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to the final episode of ~After Story~, hamburger steak (Salisbury steak in the U.S.).
- What Is This Thing You Call Love?: In the Visual Novel. Apparently unaware that she has a crush on Tomoya, she describes a fairly graphic scene without having any idea what it means.
An art teacher until Nagisa's first senior year. She retired afterwards, and got married to Yuusuke Yoshino.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Her first appearance, when she walks into the bakery, has a generic character feel. It isn't until two episodes later, when Toyoma runs into her again, where we realize that brief scene introduced an important character.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Fuko.
- Happily Married
- Informed Attractiveness: She's very pretty, but since she's in a series utterly flooded with exceptionally moe characters, it seems odd when Tomoya (in his guise as the show's narrator) tells us how beautiful she is.
- Power Hair
- Teacher/Student Romance: Her fiancé (and later husband) Yusuke attended her high school at the time she taught there, but evidently they didn't start dating until some time after he had graduated.
A former rock star / singer / writer turned electrician.
The Sunohara Siblings
Tomoya's best buddy and fellow delinquent. Generally a dim but lovable fellow. Makes for a great punching bag. Well, it tends to be kicks, really.
Youhei Sunohara's little sister.
Landlady at the school's student dorm. Has her own mini-route in the game, wherein Tomoya falls in love with her after hanging out in her room whenever he has a chance.
- Action Girl: Probably. Not remotely in Tomoyo's league, though.
- Bi the Way: Not really — most likely — but a bit of a Running Gag in the flashback to her high school days.
- Boobs of Steel
- Brown Eyes: A rarity in this series. Then again, Kaname Chidori also has blue hair and Brown Eyes. See also Expy and Epileptic Trees.
- Cannot Spit It Out: A Subverted Trope, in that she likely would have no trouble expressing her feelings for the boy in question — except, as it turns out, the boy she likes already has a girlfriend, and he goes out of his way to cut off Misae's potential Love Confessions. The boy does this to spare Misae potential embarrassment — or at least, that's how he and his girlfriend choose to view his actions. Misae's friends have less generous opinions of his behavior.
- Class Representative: During the flashback to her high school days. Maybe or maybe not, in the literal sense — although she does become Student Council President, which suggests a bit of background and interest in student politics. But she definitely has the temperament.
- Cool Big Sis: She's awesome, especially when dealing with the troublemakers under her supervision in the boys' dorm, including not only the Rugby Club and but also Sunohara.
- Cute Little Fangs: Sometimes when she's angry, but also sometimes when playing happily with her cat.
- Expy: Of Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic!. (Her last name is also a Shout-Out to the same series: Sagara is Chidori's Love Interest.) She also looks and acts a LOT like Kaname, and they share a seiyuu (Satsuki Yukino).
- Thought it would be worth mentioning this. In Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Chidori does a Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex Hold on Sousuke in episode two. Misae does a toned-down version in in episode 5 of Clannad After Story.
- Genki Girl: When she was in high school. Liberally mixed with Tsundere.
- Hair Decorations: In the flashbacks to her high school days, she wears a ribbon that looks almost like cat ears. Which is completely appropriate, given who she winds up with at the festival. (Worth noting: that same basic ribbon, with those same implied cat ears, turns up on several other girls over the course of the series. But it never looks as thoroughly catlike as it does on her.)
- Interspecies Romance: With "Katsuki Shima", who she met and fell in love with in her freshman year. Yeah, apparently he forgot he was a cat that turned into a human to grant his dying master's wish. Woops!
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Shima's Feminine Boy.
- Second Love: In her mini route, Shima was this for her after a crush. If you don't believe the crush was really love, which is supported by the story, then her second love is instead Tomoya after he convinces her she can't just keep waiting for someone to come back when it's clear he isn't going to.
- Student Council President: Back when she was in high school. A legend to this day, evidently.
- Team Pet: Her cat.
- Tsundere: Very much so, in temperament — even though for the vast majority of the series she doesn't have any potential Love Interests with whom to play this tango. Unless you count her "Katsuki Shima". Which you won't, until you reach her high school flashback.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Tomoya advises her to use pro wrestling moves to punish the boys she oversees in the dorm, and she often demonstrates them on the unfortunate Sunohara. Eventually, a flashback reveals that she's been using these moves since her high school days.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Yukine is a second year student who hangs around in the library's reference room. The anime gives her out of school life an action packed Adaptation Expansion
, replacing the reference room romance that makes up her visual novel route.
- All-Loving Hero
- Beautiful Dreamer: Sleeping on Tomoya's lap, especially in the visual novel.
- Belated Backstory
- Book Worm: She comes off this way. In the visual novel, Tomoya learns that she's mostly reading manga that have been confiscated from students and stored in the reference room.
- Cool Big Sis: Okay, she more truthfully fills the Team Mom role (see below), but the gang members all refer to her, in a bit of a punny nickname, as Yuki-nee, or Big Sis Yuki.
- For Happiness
- Half Truth: Yukine being the unofficial librarian of the reference room. She's actually there because the reference room is secluded and easy to sneak into from outside the school, thus her friends won't get into any trouble.
- Idiot Hair: Quite distinctive. Which seems odd, since she's a kindly Book Worm who's also socially savvy and quite possibly the least Cloudcuckoolander-ish character we meet in the entire franchise. (That said, she does often get a slightly dopey blank look on her face when she's thinking.)
- Just Friends: In the Yukine route in the VN, Tomoya worries that he might have friendzoned himself by becoming Yukine's brother surrogate.
- He decides to cut that possibility off by kissing her at the end of her route, at great personal risk to himself (as her brother's gang were all there.) A short LN story set after the end of her route shows that they've decided to go steady.
- Love Potion: She is fond of love spells, using them liberally as friendship charms.
- Team Mom: To both of the city's rival gangs.
- Teen Genius: We don't know much about her academic abilities, but she's a Book Worm; she's entrusted with the maintainance of the school's second library (the main library being the provinence of indisputable Teen Genius Kotomi); she's skilled enough at healing to be to the go-to-"doctor" for both the rival gangs in town; she's able to broker truces between said groups without outside assistance (most of the time); and she's in some ways the wisest character in the whole series, especially when it comes to relationships. All at age sixteen.
- Through His Stomach: After Tomoya randomly ordered omelette rice during their first meeting, Yukine brings the ingredients every single day just in case he ever asked for it again.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Gray-yellow, depending on the light.
Button / Botan
Kyou's pet baby boar.
Senior teacher and one-time advisor of the Drama and Chorus Clubs. Booked the school for Kouko and Yuusuke's wedding. Officiated at Nagisa's "graduation" ceremony.
Voiced by: Romi Park
(JP), Shannon Emerick (EN)
A boy Misae fell in love with when she was in her freshman year.
A young man who is traveling around. His goal in life is to "live like a man."
- Brother Chuck: He doesn't appear at all in the anime, not even in ~After Story~, which spends the first third of the season to go into the side character stories. He does show up very briefly in the last episode's "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, and someone who might be him appears in the After Story credits, walking in front of Tomoyo.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He dramatizes the act of delivering pizza into being a life-saving career, and falls into a daze when describing graphically violent folk tales.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Confused the hell out of Tomoya for quite awhile, which wasn't helped by his rather strange name. Sunohara refused to accept it at all.
- Happily Married: To Ryou.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Quite a bit of this with Tomoya, making him rather uneasy. It mostly dissolves when Kappei starts going out with Ryou.
- Ill Boy: He has life-threatening cancer.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Used to be one at an orphanage until a musician he idolized (implied to be Yuusuke) inspired him to pursue his dreams.
- Salaryman: He goes about traveling to find a job — until he settles down in Hikarizaka, mainly because he meets Ryou.
- Tragic Dream: Wanted to become a track athlete but has leg cancer. He refuses to let go of his dream, even when the disease becomes life-threatening and there are no options other than amputation of his leg.
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal
- Walking the Earth: Starts out this way. Eventually he decides to settle down because of Ryou.
The Illusionary World
Girl from the Illusionary World
She is actually Ushio Okazaki after her death, having lost her memories of her brief life with her father Tomoya. She regains them as she dies in the Illusionary World and she releases the light orbs for Tomoya to use so that he could save Nagisa, herself, and himself from their cursed fate.
This is Lampshaded
by the first season's Spoiler Opening
, with the appearance of the doll, Ushio, and Fuko standing over her which is actually shown in the Grand Finale of After Story in the ending minutes.
The doll is actually Tomoya Okazaki after his death, and after losing his memories of his life. When his daughter Ushio — his sole reason for going to the Illusionary World — dies there, he returns to the real world, having released the light orbs. The light orbs allow him to initiate a Time Skip wherein Nagisa survives giving birth to Ushio. After that, they all live happily ever after.
Tropes associated with other characters:
- Godiva Hair: Rie Nishina and a few other girls at school.
- Ill Boy: The original Katsumi Shima.
- Jerkass / Jerk Jock: The members of the soccer team. On occasion, and to a much lesser extent, the members of the rugby team. And the previous Student Council.
- Averted with the basketball team, who come across as decent enough guys.
- Meganekko: Mitsui, the girl who Fuko befriended right before the accident.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tomoya's boss at the electric company. Also, Nagisa's boss at the restaurant. Really, most adults in the series are reasonable enough. A few exceptions exist, though.
- Those Three Girls: Rie Nishina, Sugisaka, and Harada from the chorus club.