This is a character sheet for the famous sports anime/manga series Captain Tsubasa.Be warned: since football/soccer is played 11's side, expect Loads and Loads of Characters. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Momand gets along real well with his kind stepfather and Moe half-sister.
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.
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.
Broken Ace: When young, because his illness gave him a near suicidal obsession with leading his team to victory before he has to go through treatment. As he grows up, you can still see some traces of this every now and then.
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.
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.
Heroic Sacrifice: At least twice, each time by blocking a critical opponent shoot with his face, leaving him KO for the count and sent in the stadium's infirmary. Counts as this as he's fully aware of the risks and has bêen warned about the repetradly, yet he still pulls it when it's needed.
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.
A close friend of Hyuuga, and the goalie for their team. A Tall, Dark and HandsomeHeir to the Dojo who is caught between what his heart desires and his duty as heir, and later with severe self-esteem problems.
Always Someone Better: He feels that he'll never have a chance to be the titular if Wakabayashi's around. Which causes everyone trouble when this belief becomes strong enough of a motivation to leave the team in WYC.
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.
Obfuscating Stupidity: His main character trait and strength during the National Junior Interhigh arc. Hadn't Tsubasa responded with a Let's Get Dangerous of his own, his team would have won against Nankatsu.
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.
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.
Reality Ensues: Skylab Hurricane is a fearsome technique: one guy kicks the other guy to jump way above enemy defenders. Later on, however, the Olympic series revealed that as the Tachibanas grow older, and therefore heavier, they can only pull this technique once in a match. Afterward, their legs will break and they will have to be substituted.
Single-Minded Twins: Weaponized, even. If they weren't twins and didn't know each other as well as they do, their partnership wouldn't be as succesful as it is.
Bash Brothers - Heterosexual Life-Partners: With his childhood friend Alan Pascal. To the point that when he got the chance to join a big team, the only condition he put on the table was having Pascal as his teammate.
Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Is infamous in-story for being an extremely talented, but arrogant player prone to explosive bouts of anger and violence that brought him many red cards. In the France vs. England match, in which the coach put him on the side for much of the game so he can get to know better the team and adapt himself to it, Napoleon instead never ceases to belittle his teammates and to boast that he alone would be enough to secure France's victory.
Break the Haughty: Gets massively bitchslapped by karma twice. First he gets slapped across the face for bragging about how he provoked Souda into fouling him and doomed him to get kicked out the fieds, and later... see below.
I Work Alone: He thinks he's the best, and that working together with his teammates is beneath him. However, he's actually excellent at playing in combinations with other players when he wants to, as shown with his near-symbiotic teamworks with Misaki and Pierre.
Manly Tears: In the manga, after Wakashimazu blocks his shot and France is eliminated because of that.
Identical Stranger: Look at Tsubasa's design. Then look at Schneider's. Karl is quite taller, blond and with blue eyes, but otherwise, they're very physically similar.
Parents as People: His parents are very kind people, but their relationship hasn't the best for a while already. In Shin CT, Schneider angsts considerably at the possibility of the Schneiders getting a divorce. They don't, thankfully.
Power Copying: He uses some of Wakashimazu's moves, like the famous Sankakugeri Defense.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Muller, in Captain Tsubasa. It's subverted, however: they have the same color scheme and a similar in-story role... but the similarities end there, as Heffner has a different body shape and a completely different playing style (more technical and less Juggernaut-esque, and thus he does not have his Achilles' Heel).
You Have 48 Hours: Similarly to Wakashimazu, they'd rather play soccer than continue the familiar tradition. Their dad and coach promises he'll let them free if they win the WYC. They're eliminated mid-way, but Mr. Konsawatto still lets them go.
But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half Uruguayan. He first plays in the Real Japan 7, then refuses an offer to stay in the Japanese team to both honor his Uruguayan side and to keep his budding rivalry with Hyuga.
Broken Bird: A Rare Male Example, lampshaded by a scene where he's thinking of Karen's death and refers to himself as "[a bird with] only one wing". Complete with a panel that shows him as a winged humanoid with a single wing.
Diabolus ex Machina: A year before the WYC, Levin told his teammates that he had planned to propose to Karen, marry her and take her to live with him in Germany where he was about to land himself a great contract. Right after that, in the same day when he became the Swedish champion? Karen was hit by a truck and killed.O U C H!
Dr. Mikhael: "His data never changes. The brainwaves don't look like they belong to a sports player... It's like they come from someone who has been deeply wounded in his heart. Like someone who has completely lost the feeling of joy".
It's All My Fault: The guilt he feels upon Karen's horrible death (she was hit by a truck while on her way to his last match in Sweden) has totally corrupted Levin's mind and soul. And it's the "fuel" behind his best shot, the "Levin Shot" that he uses to harm his rivals — including people like Wakabayashi, Müller, and Akai.
Love Makes You Crazy: He promised his girlfriend Karin to be the best player ever as she lay dying. Little did she know what he would do to fulfill his word...
Super Strength: A very dark example. He has developed his "Levin Shoot" specifically to priorize impact over speed, has toughened himself up via Training from Hell to inhuman levels to get the strength he needs to do so, and proves it viadestroying the statue of the Maiden Goddess that Karen was praying to... few minutes before her death.
Doorstop Baby: Was abandoned by a teenaged mother in a soccer field.
Earn Your Happy Ending: After his Break the Haughty incident, he learns his lesson and becomes a proud yet much kinder person. And in the WYC manga, after losing to Tsubasa but taking it much better, he finds his long lost mother.
Fatal Flaw: He's a very skilled player, but terrible in regards to team work. Hence why his coach Roberto Hongogot him benched until the end of the WYC.
His teamwork was certainly improved for the time of the Road to 2002 manga, where his individual playing, plus his teamwork along with the Real Madrid FC, caused a lot of problems to Tsubasa and the other players in Barcelona FC in the Spanish Derby.
Skilled, but Naive: One of the most talented players in the story, but up until few ago he had no formal training. He actually taught himself how to play with broken balls, and was discovered training like this near a river.
Drowning My Sorrows: Until he met Tsubasa, he was heavily drinking in order to drown his sorrow of losing his career.
Heroic RROD: The reason why he retired was how his eyesight started failing after he got hit to the head in a match and the brain damage never healed.
Interrupted Suicide: In the manga and original series, Roberto threw himself into the sea during an Heroic BSOD caused by the loss of his career, but Tsubasa's father Koudai saved him and helped him get back to his feet. It should be noticed that the Road to 2002 TV series removes his suicidal episode.
I Owe You My Life: To Koudai for saving him when he tried to kill himself, and to Tsubasa for giving him a new reason to live.
Missing Mom: The J and Road series dwell a little on this. Both series change the circumstances in which he lost his mom note (in J she abandoned him in a convent to work in the capital and died of illness before she could return to him; in 2002 she was a humble factory worker and single mom who died in a terrible work accident), but both are Tear Jerkers.
Demoted to Extra: In the Road to 2002 anime, as it skips through all romantic developments between her and Tsubasa, Sanae's teenage and adult years were drastically changed; as a result a good part of her Character Development is handwaved and later she isn't following her boyfriend, and later husband, as it never happened in this continuity.
Expy: Of Aki Yamazaki, the CSCM from the CT pilot story.
Fangirl: Not only of Tsubasa, but of the whole team.
Love at First Sight: Actually subverted. Sanae was reluctant to accept Tsubasa at first, until she got to witness his skills first-hand; even moreso in the first anime, where she was downright hostile to him since he accidentally hit Manabu with his soccer ball.
Only Known by Their Nickname: In the original, everyone refers to her as "Anego" ("Big Sis") and we only learn her actual name midway through the elementary school arc. Hyuuga and Wakabayashi still call her as such sometimes when they're young adults, but she doesn't like it.
Territorial Smurfette: Downplayed. She showed jealousy when Kumi arrived, but this was mostly because she openly said she joined due to Tsubasa and soon they become friends. Also, she's the one who brought Yukari to the team.
Ascended Fangirl: Invoked; she was a Tsubasa fan who enrolled as an assistant specifically to be closer to him.
Character Development: Joined the team only because she was a Tsubasa fangirl, ended up loving the sport for real and caring for the team boys as her older "siblings". Lampshaded in canon more than once.
Genre Savvy: She apparently guessed that, in stories like this, the Cute Sports Club Manager has a big chance to end up with the team captain. Therefore she applied to the team in hopes to be close to her crush Tsubasa.
Wrong Genre Savvy: However, when the friendly rival is a CSCM who doubles as the childhood friend? Uhm, things will be very different.
Cute Sports Club Manager: Not as much as the other girls, as she hangs around quite a bit with the Musashi Elementary team but apparently entstops that in Junior High. Unless we count the Road to 2002 series, which removed her friendship with Tsubasa but put much more emphasis on her manager role due to having the Musashi JHS out cut outta the story after their Nankatsu match.
Snow Means Love: One of her and Matsuyama's most shippy scenes happens when they're working on cleaning off the snow in the Furano fields. Matsuyama notices that Yoshiko's hands are injured due to hard work and attempts to warm them up with his own, then they both realize the implications and jerk away while heavily blushing.
Stepford Smiler: She hides her inner turmoil very well from Matsuyama and the team, only letting her mother and Machiko see how she's unhappy and depressed at the prospect of leaving Japan.
Boyish Short Hair: The most openly tomboyish girl of the series, and has a very boyish hairstyle.
Indirect Kiss: By sharing with Hyûga a Coca-cola can (his favourite drink) in the World Youth Saga, after he has completed his Training from Hell in Okinawa and is about to go get back his place in the national team.
Tsundere: Type B. She's cute and cheerful and happy, but don't press her buttons.
The Power of Love: She is an excellent softball player in her own right, but her Power Level in matches go Up to Eleven each time Hyûga cheers her. Conversely, the one time Hyûga didn't come to her match to support her, she lost.
Expy: Of Sanae. Since she was both Older and Wiser and more feminine, Azumi was created to bring back a tomboy for the Shin CT part. (See Rurouni Kenshin, where Misao was created in similar circumstances)
Gory Discretion Shot: Sorta. When the players explain her death to Dr. Mikhael, there's an image of Karen's legs and lower body as she's hit by the truck that killed her as well as her blood being spilled, but nothing else.
Chekhov's Gunman: Remember the I'm Misaki Tarou mini-story? And the little girl who appeared at the end? Yup, that's her. And she's the one who, by her own initiative, contacted Tarou and begged him to meet up with their mother.