This is a character sheet for the famous sports anime/manga series
. And that's without going outside the touchlines.
The protagonist of the story, his dream is to one day win the World Cup for Japan. A Child Prodigy
he was captain of his school Nankatsu's varsity team, and became the youngest captain of Japan's U-17 in the Youth World Cup. After graduation, he turned professional and played for both Sao Paulo in Brazil and Barcelona in Spain's La Liga. He is now the captain of Japan's Senior Men's Football Team.
- The Ace
- Animal Motif: He's usually represented by a peregrin falcon, specially in the anime.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Shingo.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Milder case when compared to others.
- Chaste Hero: He's so Married to the Job it becomes a Running Gag, until Sanae finally gets to date and marry him.
- Chick Magnet
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Sanae.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Often voiced by female seiyuu... one of them being Yōko Ogai, Youichi Takahashi's ex-wife. Avoided in the latter half of the Road to 2002 TV series, where his child self is voiced by Kikuko Inoue... and his adult one, by Tomokazu Seki.
- Determinator: Boy, is this guy ever.
- Disappeared Dad: Partially. His father is a ship captain, so he's usually absent, but is otherwise a pretty nice guy.
- Happily Married: To Sanae.
- The Hero
- Invincible Hero
- Kind Hearted Simpleton: When off work.
- The Leader: Type IV (Charismatic). Of both the Nankatsu and the Japanese national team.
- Nice Guy
- Red Baron: Heaven Sent Child of Soccer, Soccer Genius, Field Samurai.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Wakabayashi's Manly Man.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist:
- His dream is to win the World Cup, in a time when Japan hadn't ever even classified for participating in the tournament.
- His celebration speech after having won the World Youth tournament also reflects this. In it, he reminds about the civil war in the World Youth tournament's initial host country, the Burundi; he wishes war would never exist and that fights should be settled with a fair-and-square soccer match, and calls for "world peace through soccer".
Started as The Rival
, became The Lancer
with time. Having lost his dad at an early age, he became hateful and rude towards the world as a whole, but very loving and hardworking to his mother and siblings. Hot-Blooded
to the max and one of the best scorers in the Japanese Team, but with serious problems towards authority that hav brought him trouble more than once. After working on some of such issues and graduating from school, he now plays for Juventus in Italy's Serie A.
- The Ace: In Road to 2002.
- Always Second Best
- Animal Motifs and Red Baron: "The Tiger"
- Ambiguously Brown: Noticeably more tanned than others. Kind of a Justified Trope when you realize that some of his part-time jobs as a kid invluded heavy physical work that took place out in the sun, therefore it'd be stranger if he was not super tanned.
- Badass: Arguably the biggest one in the entire series.
- Can't Catch Up / Badass Decay: In a strange way. Hyuga felt this was about himself for losing to Tsubasa 3 years in a row during the National Tournament. His old Coach Kira is the one who made him realise that. Thus he went to Okinawa to train leaving his Team. And then he was punished by his current coach because he did it without permission, thus he caused problems to the team as a whole.
- Break the Haughty: At least twice.
- The Comically Serious: Starting from the World Youth saga, and scenes of this pop up from time to time with increased frequency as the series goes on.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disappeared Dad: Who either died of illness (anime series) or in an accident (manga). To be fair the accident deal wasn't revealed until WYC, so the anime series had to make up something out of scratch.
- Mr. Fanservice: Tall, Dark and Handsome, also snarky and somewhat of a bad boy (but kind underneath), has several Shirtless Scenes...
- Jerkass --> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kick the Dog: His treatment of Morisaki, in the beginning.
- Morality Pet: His family, and later Takeshi and Maki.
- Pose of Supplication: Does this to his Stern Teacher when begging him to let him re-enter the team for the finale of the third Junior High National Championship.
- Promotion to Parent: Partially. His mom does not want him to work outside of school, but he insists on doing so.
- The Rival
- Self-Made Man
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Takeshi's Sensitive Guy.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Pulls off a weak one each time his friends tease him regarding his relationship with his sweetheart Maki Akamine.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Tries to tell that to Tsubasa during their first match. It does NOT work ("Soccer is my DREAM!").
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: He always rolls up his shirt's sleeves.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Trademark Favourite Drink: He loves Coca-Cola. And this gets him remarks from other athletes such as Maki and Gozza, about sodas being not good for sportsmen. This doesn't faze him a single bit.
- Fridge Brilliance: That's because Hyuga was VERY poor as a kid so he couldn't afford to drink Coca-Cola regularly. (And one of his part-time jobs was carrying around empty bottles); now that he has a regular income and a good part of his goals are secured, he feels that he can allow himself that little pleasure. You can say it's a bit of Comfort Food effect.
- Troubled, but Cute: Very popular among fangirls, both in-story and in the fandom.
- Tsundere: Arguably, in regards to Maki Akamine.
Goalkeeper for Shutetsu and Tsubasa's main rival
before he transferred to Nankatsu. Also played for Japan's U-17. After turning professional, he played for the German Bundesliga's Hamburger SV, and was constantly on the talks to transfer to Bayern Munich, to his refusal.
- The Ace: As a Goalkeeper, he's one of the best, if not the best. It's to the point that the author had to put him on a bus to keep matches interesting. There are not a lot of players able to score to Wakabayashi, and those who can are pretty much heroes to the crowd.
- Broken Ace: Had some shades of this as a kid, due to his massive arrogance and entitlement. It's not fully gone as he grows up.
- Big Brother Mentor: For Morisaki.
- Game-Breaking Injury: AT LEAST two.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: First is given one by Mikami, then gives another to Tsubasa.
- Hot-Blooded: To the MAX.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Heavy on the jerk at first, then gearing more to the heart of gold.
- Nice Hat: Or rather, Nice Cap.
- Pet the Dog: He's got a cute puppy named John, and he's very protective of Morisaki.
- Red Baron: "Super Great Goal Keeper"
- The Rival: To Tsubasa, initially.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Tsubasa's Sensitive Guy.
Played in several teams due to his father traveeling through Japan all the time. Settled in Nankatsu for a semester and became Tsubasa's closest companion, but right after the championship was over, he moved away again. Later he went to France, where he joined the Japanese Team in the Youth Cup, and returned to Nankatsu to finish his education. Currently in France, where he developed a friendly rivalry with El Sire Pierre.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Most of the time, he's very peaceful and nice. But don't push him too far, as he's quite capable of standing on his own when needed. Notably when he destroys a table to prove his Game-Breaking Injury is no more.
- Beyond the Impossible: Misaki scores the second goal in the Japan-Brazil WYC finals by performing a Raiju shoot alongside Tsubasa and Hyuuga. Let's keep in mind the fact that Hyuuga learned the Raiju shoot through Training from Hell and Tsubasa took months to learn it after seeing Roberto do it. Misaki learned it on the spot and kicks it harder than Tsubasa with his injured leg, which proves to be a crucial move as it changes the path of the ball so that the keeper can't catch it. True, his leg gives out immediately afterward, but damn.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards his younger half sister. Most notable when he saves her from being hit by a bus at the cost of his opportunity to play in the World Youth Tournament.
- Break the Cutie: His familiar problems make him suffer more than once, but he's not completely broken. By WYC, he retakes contact with his Missing Mom and gets along real well with his kind stepfather and Moe half-sister.
- Cross-Dressing Voices: Like Tsubasa, he almost always voiced by women except for the second half of Road to 2002, where Kosuke Toriumi takes over Satsuki Yukino's work.
- Determinator During the WYC, everyone believes that Misaki won't be able to play due to his leg injury from being hit by a truck. He manages to come back for the last match against Brazil right when things look hopeless for Japan,and his arrival marks the turning point for Japan's comeback as the team now has a second game maker aside from Tsubasa.
- Game-Breaking Injury: In the first arc, accidentally due to Sawada. Later, in the WYC by pulling a Diving Save to save his sister from being hit by a bus.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: In the Holland Youth movie, his self-esteem takes a massive nosedive when he becomes the temporary captain of the Japanese team but doesn't perform well, since he's too used to be a follower in the fields. Misugi has to talk him out of it.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is referred to in universe as Tsubasa's greatest partner when on the field and one of his best friends overall. Their combined play is so in sync with each other that they're called the "Golden Pair" and can understand each others intentions with a single glance.
- The Lancer: To Tsubasa. Misaki is the only one who completely understands Tsubasa's motives and can continue following him even when the other players are too tired to keep going.
- Missing Mom: Parents are divorced, mother remarried again. They make amends later.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest you'll find in the series.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Or better said, Why Do You Keep Moving Away.
Voiced by: Yuko Kobayashi
(Captain Tsubasa J
, child), Shinichirou Ohta (Captain Tsubasa J
, adult), Ai Orikasa
(as a child in Road to 2002
, first half), Issei Miyazaki
(Road to 2002
, second half)
Captain of the Musashi school team, an excellent player... with a fatal flaw: his very weak heart. Not even an operation and treatment are fully able to let him overcome it: whie his skill is intact, his stamina is severely limited. His analytical mind, however, gives him a sort-of solution: becoming The Smart Guy
and The Strategist
, alongside a reserve player who comes out in crucial moments.Shingo Aoi
European Dub Name Change: Terry (His family name is never mentioned, for some reason) / Rob Denton (Fr)
A Japanese boy who admires Tsubasa so very much. He tired to make his own way in Italy but things were EXTREMELY hard for him there, since he was subjected to a huge Break the Cutie
process. Shingo managed to work through it, however, and becomes a good addition to the Japanese team.Ryo Ishizaki
One of Tsubasa's closest friends, and the first Nankatsu captain. He lacks Tsubasa and others's natural skills, but replaces it with his will of iron and his cheerful disposition. His family owns a popular bath house in Shizuoka.Yuuzo Morisaki
A sweet young boy who has a big responsability on his shoulder: covers up for Genzo when he's injured in the Nankatsu team. For a Naïve Newcomer
like Morisaki, this is NOT easy, and he has to struggle very hard to get his work done.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Associated with his Body Block skill, and he once catches Soda's Razor Shoot.
- Determinator: He is, he keeps getting better, and puts himself in front of powerful shoots if he can stop them. See Red Baron.
- Hero-Worshipper: To Morisaki, Wakabayashi is his "goal"
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Mainly by Ken and Genzo, and most of the aces' shoots are far beyond his abilities, and he's supposed to be the third best goalie of Japan.
- Red Baron: "Super Brave Goal Keeper" '(Given by Wakabayashi, to supports him). This is due to him clearly knowing he can't out-perform the Waka goalkeepers but still pressing on.
- Shrinking Violet: At the beginning. More or less understandable, considering how he has to live up to super goalkeepers like Ken and Genzo.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He can be paralyzed if there's a chance of him being hit in the face. Thank you, Hyuga. It takes him a long time to get over it.
A close friend of Hyuuga, and the goalie for their team. A Tall, Dark and Handsome Heir to the Dojo
who is caught between what his heart desires and his duty as heir, and later with severe self-esteem problems.Hikaru Matsuyama
The captain of the Furano team, which is from Hokkaido. Serious, dependable and responsible, as well as with a bittersweet emotional baggage in his highschool years.Hiroshi Jito
An eager player from Nagasaki who appears in the second half of the original series. He turns out to be less of a Dumb Muscle
than everyone thinks he is, and specially when he and his partner Mitsuru Sano work together.Mitsuru Sano
Voiced by: Hisao Ohyama (in Captain Tsubasa)
Jito's best friend and the one who got him into soccer in the first place.Makoto Soda
A very, very aggressive and arrogant player from Osaka, whose temper will bring him trouble more than once.
- Break the Haughty: His team and Nankatsu's match manages to knock him off his pedestal.
- Combat Pragmatist: does NOT hesitate to go for the kill and hurt his rivals if he can get away with it. In fact, what was supposed to be a simply sprain for Tsubasa becomes a massive injury after Soda targets him.
- Fatal Flaw: Specially in the WYC match against France, when Napoleon exploits this and gets him kicked out.
- The Idiot from Osaka: While not stupid, he plays up another Osaka stereotype: being Hot-Blooded and arrogant.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara
(in Captain Tsubasa
), Hiroyuki Satou (in Captain Tsubasa J
Younger than Tsubasa and Co. for two years, Nitta succeeded them after they left Nanaktsu Elementary. Then he goes to another school (Otomo) and gets the chance to be their rival..
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With giant goalkeeper Isamu Ichijo. They became the hope of the Nankatsu after Tsubasa and Wakabayashi left the team, and kept their status in the Otomo. After that, Nitta went to the Japanese National Team and Ichijo disappeared.
- Kid-Appeal Character
Hyuuga's best friend and surrogate little brother, one of the few people in the Meiwa team who can keep him in line.Mamoru Izawa
An ex-Shutetsu player who joined the Nankatsu team, as well as an old friend of Wakabayashi.Hajime Taki
Another of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. He and his friend Kisugi are dubbed the "Silver Duo".Teppei Kisugi
Voiced by: Yoshiko Kamei
Third of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. Taki's best friend and partner.Shingo Takasugi
Voiced by: Yuko Masuda (original series)
The fourth and last of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. Quiet and dependable when push comes to shove.
- The Big Guy
- Lightning Bruiser: As proved by his goal against Souda's team, where Takasugi literally appeared out of nowhere in the rival side of the field... and right in the moment when Tsubasa needed help to get the decisive goal.
- Name's the Same: Absolutely no relation with Green Two.
A young boy who has developed his soccer career in Italy. Also the friendly rival of Aoi in the WYC manga.
Kazuo and Masao Tachibana
- Anime Hair
- Determinator: See the match against Sweden and you'll know why.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sorta. He takes several point-blank soccer shots from Levin until he can't move. His companions and specially Tsubasa refer to this as a the trope.
- Red Baron: "The Red Stopper".
Voiced by: Reiko Suzuki (Kazuo), Miki Narahashi (Masao). (Original series)
Twin brothers from the same team, whose combination is very hard to beat.