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Japanese National Team
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Oliver Atton
Voiced by: Yoko Ogai (in Captain Tsubasa and the first half of Captain Tsubasa J), Nozomu Sasaki (second half of Captain Tsubasa J), Kikuko Inoue (as a child in Road to 2002, first half), Tomokazu Seki (Road to 2002, second half); Elsa Covián and Jorge Roig Jr. (Captain Tsubasa), Gustavo Melgarejo (Captain Tsubasa J), Benjamin Rivera (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Teresa Acaso (Captain Tsubasa), Jorge Saudinós (Captain Tsubasa J and Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]The protagonist of the story, his dream is to one day win the World Cup for Japan. As 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: He constantly walks the thin line between The Ace and Boring Invincible Hero (and The Minnesota Fats, within the story). His Ace qualities are slightly downplayed in World Youth Cup and Road to 2002, but not that much.
- 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. Is a more innocent, slightly less energetic but still idealistic and determined version.
- Catch Phrase: Tsubasa Oozora's motto is "The ball is my friend".
- Chaste Hero: He's so Married to the Job that his Oblivious to Love nature becomes the source of many a Running Gag, until Sanae finally gets to date and marry him.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Sanae. They have known each other since their Elementary days, which eventually grown into love when they are teenagers. They are currently married, and she's pregnant with their first child.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: Oblivious to his popularity with girls and even puzzled as to why girls like him that much.
- Determinator: Boy, is this guy ever. An example: in the final of the third National championship he plays despite numerous injuries.
- Disappeared Dad: His father is a ship captain, so he's usually absent.
- Expy: His personality has some shades of the legendary Japanese Team Captain, Hidetoshi Nakata.
- Happily Married: To Sanae.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: The semi-canon Endless Dream one-shot shows that he spent the days that follwed Nankatsu's first cup in a brief but intense depressive state, after Roberto goes back to Brazil alone and both Wakabayashi and Misaki move away from Shizuoka.
- The Hero: He is the main character of the manga and anime. A prodigious football player, Tsubasa dreams of one day winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. His position is midfielder and sometimes plays as forward, usually wearing jersey #10.
- Invincible Hero: He simply never loses. You wonder why people in the anime even think he can. At the very worst, it will be a draw.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: When off work.
- The Leader: Type IV (Charismatic). Of both the Nankatsu and the Japanese national team.
- Lovable Jock: Yes, he's handsome and popular. Yes, he's a Child Prodigy in regards to soccer. But he works very hard for his success, truly loves the sport, and cares very much for his teammates and his friends. He embodies this trope so much he's possibly the Trope Codifier in anime and manga.
- Oblivious to Love: He fails to see Sanae's interest in him for quite a while.
- Protagonist Title
- Red Baron: Soccer no houshigo (Heaven Sent Child of Soccer), Soccer Genius, Field Samurai.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Wakabayashi and Hyuuga'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".
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (in Captain Tsubasa), Nobuyuki Hiyama (in Captain Tsubasa J), Rica Matsumoto (as a child in Road to 2002, first half), Takehito Koyasu (Road to 2002, second half); Jorge Roig Jr. (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Road to 2002), Ricardo Mendoza (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Cholo Moratalla (Captain Tsubasa and Road to 2002), José María Carrero (Captain Tsubasa J) [European Spanish dub]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: To Tsubasa, specially at first.
- Animal Motifs: "The Tiger"
- Ambiguously Brown: Noticeably more tanned than others. Kind of a Justified Trope when one realises that some of his part-time jobs as a kid included heavy physical work that took place out in the sun, therefore it'd be stranger if he was not super tanned.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: More of the aggressive kind than the boastful one, but he knows his (high) place and even after his Character Development, he doesn't let anyone to dispute it.
- Can't Catch Up: 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
- Determinator: It's obvious from his backstory and his attitude in general. He never gives up.
- 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...
- Hero of Another Story: Kaigai Gekito Hen in Calcio - Hi Izuru Kuni no Giocatore is this for both him and Aoi, as they get ready for a match between their teams and it also offers an insight in Hyuuga's daily life in Italy.
- Hot-Blooded: Very impulsive but also very passionate, and one of the most determined Badass characters in the series.
- Jerk Jock: How he begins, though little by little he defrosts.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he starts off as a Jerkass before his Character Development.
- Kick the Dog:
- His treatment of Morisaki, in the beginning.
- Slapping Matsuyama across the face and to the floor, just for physically standing in his way.
- 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.
- Red Baron: Mouko (Fierce Tiger)
- The Rival: Tsubasa's original and arguably most iconic rival in Japan.
- Self-Made Man: He comes from a very impoverished family and then trains and works his way up.
- 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: A fairly tall guy with suntanned skin and a dry wit.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Or 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. 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.
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Benjamin/Thomas(Fr) Price, aka "Benji"
Voiced by: Koichi Hashimoto (Captain Tsubasa), Shinichiro Miki (Captain Tsubasa J), Kenichi Suzumura (Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002); Eduardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa), Benjamin Rivera and Roberto Mendiola (Captain Tsubasa J), and José Arenas (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Pepe Carabias (all the series) [European Spanish dub]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... 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 (like Schneider) 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.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: Sometimes his hat cover the eyes.
- Fatal Flaw: His massive pride.
- 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.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Strongly implied to be one in the first anime. He lives in a Big Fancy House but seems to be alone there aside of Mikami, and it's later revealed that his parents work and live in London.
- Nice Hat: He more often than not wears a red cap, and sometimes a white one, but when he plays for the National Team he switches to a black one that matches the official uniform.
- Pet the Dog: He's got a cute puppy named John, and he's very protective of Morisaki.
- Reality Ensues: In most recent manga chapters, he screws up badly in a match and ends up benched as punishment.
- Red Baron: "Super Great Goal Keeper"
- The Rival: To Tsubasa, initially. Later, to Schneider.
- Secondary Character Title: Even though the series is only Tsubasa-centric, in many European adaptations the anime is known with a Name and Name title that makes it look like that Tsubasa and Wakabayashi are both equally important protagonists (evidenced also by the theme songs). While still a major character, Wakabayashi is often kept Out of Focus (or even Put on a Bus) due to injuries or other reasons.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Tsubasa's Sensitive Guy.
Voiced by: Eiko Yamada (in Captain Tsubasa), Megumi Ogata (in Captain Tsubasa J as a child), Akira Ishida (in Captain Tsubasa J as an adult), Satsuki Yukino (as a child in Road to 2002, first half), Kosuke Toriumi (Road to 2002, second half); Sylvia Garcel and Javier Rivero (Captain Tsubasa), Ricardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa J), Jesus Barrero (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Sara Vivas (Captain Tsubasa and Road to 2002), Marta Sáinz (Captain Tsubasa J) [European Spanish dub]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 Yoshiko. 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 cute half-sister.
- 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, due to Sawada accidentally kicking his leg while aiming for the ball. 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.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Aside teaming with Tsubasa, he's mostly a balanced player with no specialization like most of the rest.
- 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. They make amends later.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest you'll find in the series.
Voiced by: Aya Mizoguchi (Captain Tsubasa), Yuko Kobayashi (Captain Tsubasa J, child), Shinichirou Ohta (Captain Tsubasa J, adult), Ai Orikasa (Road to 2002, child), Issei Miyazaki (Road to 2002, adult); Ricardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa), Roberto Mendiola (Captain Tsubasa J), Irwin Daayan (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Celia Ballester (Captain Tsubasa), Blanca Rada (Captain Tsubasa J and Road to 2002), [European Spanish dub]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, one can still see some traces of this every now and then.
- Chick Magnet: Girls loooooove him.
- Childhood Friend Romance: All but stated to have this going on with Yayoi.
- Determinator: Manages to come back to action after his illness, through the standard "operation" and very hard work.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Very extreme version, as he'd rather put his life in risk than lose a match. He loosens up later, though.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: His heart illness.
- Handicapped Badass: As seen below.
- Ill Boy: Due to his weak heart, making him prone to Hollywood Heart Attacks.
- Red Baron: Garasu no Ace (Glass Ace)
- The Strategist: His role, both in and outside the fields.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He's calm and not really prone to any emotional outbursts, but he's also very wise and kind to those close to him.
- Weak, but Skilled: He's crazily talented and skilled, to the point that his introduction has him outperforming Tsubasa of all people, but his stamina remains very low, so he can barely play half a match.
- European Dub Name Change: Terry (His family name is never mentioned, for some reason) / Rob Denton (Fr)Latin-American Dub Name Change: Aoi Shingo (the same, but wioth the order fully inverted)
Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (in Captain Tsubasa J), Showtaro Morikubo (in Road to 2002); Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Enrique Mederos (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Emilio García (Captain Tsubasa J), David Robles (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]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.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cheerful Child
- Fragile Speedster: Very fast, agile and technical, but his small size becomes a trouble when he faces the mighty Dutch defenders.
- Hero of Another Story: Kaigai Gekito Hen in Calcio - Hi Izuru Kuni no Giocatore is this for both Hyuuga and him, as they get ready for a match between their teams.
- The Polly Anna: Nothing brings him down for too long. At most he cries a little easily sometimes, but then he wipes his tears away and bounces back.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Odd Friendship: With Hyuuga, in WYC
- Red Baron: Principe del Sole (Prince of the Sun)
- Shorter Means Smarter: He is petite, but quite fast-thinking and a survivor on his own right.
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Bruce Harper
Voiced by: Hiroko Maruyama (in Captain Tsubasa), Kappei Yamaguchi (in Captain Tsubasa J), Urara Takano (in Road to 2002); Ricardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa), Roberto Mendiola (Captain Tsubasa J), Arturo Mercado Jr. (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Ana Sánchez (Captain Tsubasa), Álex Saudinós (Captain Tsubasa J), Javier Balas (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]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.
- Bald of Awesome: To a degree, since he keeps his hair very short.
- Boisterous Bruiser: With his cheerful attitude and his determination, he is probably the straightest example in the series.
- Butt Monkey: If anything funny or humiliating is about to happen in Nankatsu, he's the most likely candidate.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Book Dumb, childish, stubborn - but capable of marvelous things for his friends and team when he puts his heart to it.
- Deadpan Snarker: When not being himself that butt of the other's jokes, he has his snarky moments.
- Determinator: Has no world level skill, but definitely has world level willpower.
- The Dutiful Son: Shows some traces in WYC, since he knows he'll sooner or later have to take over the family business. Not helped by him being very aware that he Can't Catch Up. In his Love Confession to Yukari, he asks her if she'd be up for staying with him even then, and after a brief Tsundere moment she says that she will.
- 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 been warned about them repeteadly, yet he still pulls such moves.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: While Misaki is the closest to Tsubasa in regards to soccer, Ishizaki is very close to him in more personal matters.
- Hot-Blooded: Seen pretty well not just in the fields, but when he steps to defend Sanae from a certain Hopeless Suitor and ends up beaten for his trouble.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He's not completely useless, but most of the time he's used as a comical characater and a Butt Monkey more than anything else.
- Red Baron: "Funky Gutsman"
- Ship Tease: With Kumi in the first anime's rendition of the junior high arc, with Youko in the videogames, and with Yukari in the WYC manga. He and Yukari eventually have a Relationship Upgrade.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Urabe.
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Alan "Al" Crocker
- 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.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (in Captain Tsubasa), Daiki Nakamura (in Captain Tsubasa J as a child), Tomokazu Seki (in Captain Tsubasa J as an adult), Kentaro Ito (in Road to 2002); Ricardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J) and Luis Daniel Ramirez (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Iván Jara (Captain Tsubasa), Roberto Cuenca, Jr. (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]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.
- 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.
- Big Damn Heroes
- Chick Magnet: Very popular with the girls. It's quite cute.
- Diving Save: To rescue a puppy. The injuries he sustained would cause trouble later.
- The Dutiful Son: Torn between his love for soccer and his duty to his karate dojo.
- Enigmatic Minion: Before his introduction as the Meiwa keeper, he was often seen watching the matches with his cap over his eyes and smirking.
- Evil Counterpart: Lampshaded by himself towards Wakabayashi.
- Foil: To Wakabayashi. Their roles and even their names are similar, but while Genzo is quite hotheaded and uses a stationary goalkeeping style, Ken is much more collected and specializes in flips and acrobatic catches.
- Heir to the Dojo: Subverted - he loves the family dojo but does not want to inherit it.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: So very pretty-looking, and keeps his hair longer than any of the Japanese players.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: His gimmick: he uses karate strikes and blocks to stop shoots.
- Morality Pet: Downplayed. He and Sawada are the closest players to Hyuga, but despite being that Hyuga knew Wakashimazu much before their times in the team, it is Sawada the one who becomes his main emotional support, while Ken is in the sidelines.
- Red Baron: "Karate Keeper".
- The Red Mage: Usually loses the keeper contest with Wakabayashi, but Wakashimazu has been showed to be a strong field player aside from a keeper (with Hyuga even considering that he could be better than Sawada!), which is something that Genzo probably can't boast of.
- The Rival: To Wakabayashi, like Hyuuga to Tsubasa.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: As mentioned.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In WYC, after believing that he'd never have a chance to be the titular GK.
- You Have 48 Hours: Or better said, "You Have A Year To Prove Yourself As a Better GK Than Karate Practitioner".
Voiced by: Mie Suzuki (in Captain Tsubasa), Tsutomu Kashiwakura (in Captain Tsubasa J), Akira Ishida (in Road to 2002); Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa and Captain Tsubasa J), Rene Garcia (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Álex Saudinós (Captain Tsubasa), Amelia Jara (Captain Tsubasa J), Jesús Pinillos (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]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.
- Animal Motif: The eagle.
- A Father to His Men
- Determinator: Wind or snow over him, he never stops working hard.
- Hero Antagonist: His attributes which mirror Tsubasa's ones and expands them, namely being the soul of the team and a motivated player, to the point he could be the protagonist of his own soccer manga.
- Martial Arts Headband: Proud owner of a hand-sewn one, courtesy of Yoshiko; also qualifies as Iconic Outfit and Iconic Item.
- Number Two: In WYC, he becomes the vice-captain of the Japanese team.
- Red Baron: Hokkai no Arawashi (The Wild Eagle of the Northern See)
- The Smart Guy: Very good at indy ploying and capable of keeping his cool in harsh crisis.
- Team Dad: Not only to Furano, but also when several players get kicked out of the National Team (Hyuuga included) after they fail Gamo's Real Japan 7 test.
- Twice Shy: With his assistant Yoshiko.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Sometimes, with Hyuga.
Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (in Captain Tsubasa), Kiyoyuki Yanada (in Captain Tsubasa J), Masaya Takatsuka (in Road to 2002); Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza and Ricardo Mendoza (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J) and Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Eduardo Bosch (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]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.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed. In Road to 2002, he is still shown as a powerful player and a nasty threat, but his more technical feats (like his surprising Backspin Pass) are cut out, leaving him as a stylistically flatter character.
- Ambiguously Brown: Not as much as Hyuga, but still there. Justified since he's from a port city AND used to be in the rugby club before switching to soccer.
- The Big Guy: The largest player in the Japanese Team.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to Sano.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Very stubborn and spirited in the fields.
- Casanova Wannabe: Hilariously used in his first anime appearance.
- Genius Bruiser: He rarely shows it, but is a shockingly clever player, and he also knows a bit about dynamic shoots.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sano.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: Subverted. He practises amateur sumo, but he uses it relatively little compared to Wakashimazu when playing soccer.
- 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.
- Red Baron: "Power Defense"
- Volleying Insults: With his cousin Yukari.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He prefers ramming people out of his way rather than dribbling. However, as said above, he is far from being unskilled in other areas.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Almost. He commits a HUGE mistake in the WYC match vs. Uruguay, which puts the team in serious risk. He decides to make up for it by pulling a very risky move with Hyuuga's help, and it works.
Voiced by: Hisao Ohyama (in Captain Tsubasa); Ricardo Hill and Ricardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa), Rubén León and Ricardo Mendoza (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]Jito's best friend and the one who got him into soccer in the first place.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to Jito.
- Blinding Bangs: His eyes are sometimes covered by his hair.
- Fragile Speedster: He is extremely short and petite, and can fly through the field, but he is not suited for heavy work.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jito.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: A mini-version, but his hair can rival Wakashimazu's in length.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His eyes are seldom seen through his bangs
- Red Baron: Hengejizai no Karuwazashi (Phantasmagoric Actrobat)
- Shorter Means Smarter
Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (in Captain Tsubasa), Hideo Ishikawa (in Captain Tsubasa J); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa) [Latin American Spanish dub]A very, very aggressive and arrogant player from Osaka, whose temper will bring him trouble more than once.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He can take players out and he knows it.
- Blood Knight: Which cause trouble once he clashes with another (unfortunately for Soda, smarter) Blood Knight like Napoleon.
- The Berserker: His style is direct and forward, and he goes for the leg if he feels the need.
- Break the Haughty: His team and Nankatsu's match manages to knock him off his pedestal, and save for one or three moments he's noticeably more agreeable.
- 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 ankle sprain for Tsubasa becomes a massive injury after Soda targets him.
- Genius Bruiser: Could look like his aggression is his only trump card on the field, but none of it - he is skilled enough to cause trouble to more technical players, and his Razor Shoot can easily score against the third best goalie to that point, Nakanishi.
- Hot-Blooded: His Fatal Flaw, specially in the Shin 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.
- Red Baron: Kamisori Fighter ("Razor Fighter")
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Tears of Remorse: When expelled in the match against France
- Token Evil Teammate: Is the only dirty player in a national team otherwise composed by regular ones.
Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara (in Captain Tsubasa), Hiroyuki Satou (in Captain Tsubasa J); Luis Alfonso Mendoza (Captain Tsubasa), Rolando de la Fuente (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Mercedes Espinosa (Captain Tsubasa J) [European Spanish dub]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..
- Animal Motif: The falcon.
- Big Bad Wannabe: During his career in the Otomo, he tries to shape itself as the next big rival, complete with a team with black uniforms, overwhelming 4-on-1 tactics and another superb goalie. Unfortunately for him, he doesn't live it his expectatives.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Literal, as he is quite petite.
- Crippling Overspecialization: His Falcon Shoot is the fastest shoot of the series, but it actually lacks the aim necessary to become a gamebreaking skill like the main ones.
- Cute Little Fangs: To show his pettiness.
- Fragile Speedster: Crazy fast, even more than Sano, but with little skill in other fields of the game.
- Heel–Face Turn: Loses most of his arrogance after the Otomo is bested.
- 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: Young, small, rebellious and cocky.
- Red Baron: Hayabusa shooter (Peregrine Falcon Shooter)
- European Dub Name Change: Daniel "Danny" MelowLatin-American Dub Name Change: Ralph Mellows (original series and J), Ralph Sawada (Road to 2002)
Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (as a child in Road to 2002, first half), Kohei Kiyasu (Road to 2002, second half); Anabel Mendez and Ricardo Mendoza (Captain Tsubasa), Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa J), Enzo Fortuny (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]Hyuuga's best friend and surrogate little brother, one of the few people in the Meiwa team who can keep him in line.
- Evil Counterpart: Subverted in that he does not address the trope like Wakashimazu does, but in a sense, he is to Hyuuga what Misaki is to Tsubasa.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Had VERY short hair while in Meiwa Elementary, has let it grow a little longer by the time he goes to Toho.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Like Misaki, he has no discernible field of specialization, being just a good player who syncs well with Hyuga.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Unusually polite and emotional for the rest of Kid Appeal Characters in the series.
- The Lancer: To Hyuga.
- Morality Pet: Almost the only one in Meiwa, aside of Kira and perhaps Ken, that Hyuga regularly listens to.
- The Reliable One
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy to Hyuuga's Manly Man.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Hyuga. In the original series, he goes as far as asking Sanae if she can tell Tsubasa about Hyuga's problems with his coach so he will intervene.
- European and Latin American Dub Name Change: Paul Diamond
Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara (in Captain Tsubasa); Anabel Méndez and Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Moisés Iván Mora (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Conchita Núñez (Captain Tsubasa), Mercedes Espinosa (Captain Tsubasa J), Blanca Rada (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]An ex-Shutetsu player who joined the Nankatsu team, as well as an old friend of Wakabayashi.
- Chick Magnet: Seems to be pretty well-liked by girls.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Power Trio: With Taki and Kisugi.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (in Captain Tsubasa), Junko Takeuchi (in Road to 2002); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Carlos Enrique Bonilla (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Álex Saudinós (Captain Tsubasa) [European Spanish dub]Another of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. He and his friend Kisugi are dubbed the "Silver Duo".
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Johnny Mason
Voiced by: Yoshiko Kamei (Captain Tsubasa); Anabel Méndez and Ulises Maynardo Zavala (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Gabriel Ortiz (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]Third of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. Taki's best friend and partner.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Despite having the shortest hair of the trio. Probably it's because of his long, almost girlish eyelashes.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Taki.
- Power Trio: With Izawa and Taki.
Voiced by: Yuko Masuda (original series); Araceli De Leon and Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa), Paco Mauri (Captain Tsubasa J) [Latin American Spanish dub], Celia Ballester (Captain Tsubasa) [European Spanish dub]The fourth and last of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. Quiet, but very dependable when push comes to shove.
- The Big Guy: The largest of the four Shutetsu players. Noticeable in that he wasn't that big as a kid, but apparently hit a huge growth spurt as a teenager
- Lightning Bruiser: As proved by his goal against Souda's team, where Takasugi literally appeared out of nowhere on the rival side of the field... and right in the moment when Tsubasa needed help to get the decisive goal. Then Tsubasa makes a pass instead of shooting, Takasugi pulls a header, and the rest is done.
Tomeya AkaiA young boy who has developed his soccer career in Italy. Also the friendly rival of Aoi in the WYC manga.
- Anime Hair
- Determinator: As seen in the match against Sweden.
- 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".
Kazuo and Masao Tachibana
- European Dub Name Change: Jason and James DerrickLatin-American Dub Name Change: Kazuo and Masao Korioto
Voiced by: Reiko Suzuki (Kazuo), Miki Narahashi (Masao). (Original series); Armando Coria (Masao) and Sergio Gutiérrez Coto (Kazuo) (Captain Tsubasa), Ricardo Tejedo (Kazuo) and Armando Coria (Masao) (Captain Tsubasa J) [Latin American Spanish dub], Sara Vivas (Kazuo) and Álex Saudinós (Masao) (Captain Tsubasa), Amelia Jara (Kazuo) and Blanca Rada (Masao) (Captain Tsubasa J) [European Spanish dub]Twin brothers from the same team, whose combination is very hard to beat.
- Butt Monkeys: Not Played for Laughs, since the poor dudes almost always get injured in one way or another and almost never can finish a game.
- Deadpan Snarkers: Very much so, and their favorite "victim" is Ishizaki. Though that might be because he and Tsubasa are among the few able to counter their attacks.
- Fastball Special: Their signature Sky Hurricane.
- Glass Cannon: They can perform complex and surprising team moves to bypass the rival team's defenses, but the inherent complexity of their teamwork means they are constantly risking their bodies, so they are royally screwed whenever they botch it (see Unwitting Instigator of Doom) or after its abuse (see Reality Ensues).
- 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 get injured 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.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the junior high arc, Tsubasa gets his very serious shoulder injury when the Tachibanas fail to pull their Skylab Hurricane and he protects Masao, who got the worst part, with his own body. To be fair, had he not done that Masao would've probably gotten even more injured, and Masao is sincerely apologetic afterwards.
Gakuto IgawaThe newest addition to the National Olympic Team, he's from the newest manga series Rising Sun. His older brother, Hayato, is the captain of the adult Japanese Team. He's also led an extremely harsh life abroads.
- Breakthe Cutie: Not only his career failed to lift off the ground in Argentina, but his girlfriend fell victim to Death by Childbirth and he's had to raise their child alone.
- Good Parents: He has a really cute daughter, Risa. He clearly adores her and she loves him back.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: He's been described as such since he's got good power, speed, defense and even some potential for goalkeeping. If not for his insecurity, he'd be a borderline perfect player.
- Stage Fright: His Fatal Flaw: not only he's a quiet and shy person, but he tends to lose his confidence very easily.
Real Japan 7 Team
- The Psycho Rangers: Much less villainous than usual, since this is a sports manga without real evil characters. At most they're temporary Punch Clock Villains.
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Jack MorrisVoiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Captain Tsubasa J); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa and Captain Tsubasa J), Yamil Atala (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Rosa Sánchez (Captain Tsubasa), Mercedes Espinosa (Captain Tsubasa J) [European Spanish dub]
- Combat Pragmatist: During the Meiwa/Nankatsu final, he show his fare share of cheating and bumping opponents to get the ball.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very harsh around the edges, but his heart's usually in the right place.
- X Marksthe Hero: Subverted: not only he's not The Hero, but his x-shaped scar is located on his forehead.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ishizaki
- Well Doneson Guy: Seems to admire Tsubasa quite a bit.
Ryoma HinoSee "foreign rivals"
Other Japanese Players
- European Dub Name Change: Theo Sellers/SellecksVoiced by: Shigeru Nakahara
- Acrofatic: He is gigantic, yet capable of big jumps to reach the ball.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Smirks at the Nanakatsu team and boasts of being the best keeper around. However, he is proved wrong.
- Big Eater: Eats more than several guys of his team put together.
- Big Fun: After his Heel–Face Turn.
- Stout Strength: Breaks the soil around him with a double punch in rage of being scored.
- The Worf Effect: Courtesy of Soda.
- Voiced by: Satoshi Shimada
- Big Bad Wannabe: Very much like Nakanishi, he aspires to be a star goalkeeper like Wabayashi or Wakashimazu. Actually, he is rather around Nakanishi's level, that is, being better than the average unnamed keeper but not in the league of those two.
- The Brute: To Nitta, also being appropriately huge.
- Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are never seen.
- Lightning Bruiser: Very fast for a giant like him.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Is a pretty unknown character, but you will recognize him as the desperate looking keeper who catches Tsubasa's first shoot in Captain Tsubasa's first opening.
- Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (Shin Captain Tsubasa); Claudio Velásquez and Rafael Pacheco (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Ricardo Escobar (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]
- 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.
- Expy: Of Diego Maradona, obviously.
- Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (Shin Captain Tsubasa); Diana Pérez and Alan Fernando Velásquez (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- The Lancer: To Díaz, for pretty much all his life.
- Peeka Bangs
- Street Urchin
- Self-Made Man
Pierre "Elle Sid" Leblanc
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (original series and Shin); Ricardo Mendoza (Captain Tsubasa), Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], David Robles (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]
- The Ace: Handsome, charismatic, proud but kind-hearted...
- Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original TV series he has dark hair, whereas in the manga and Road to 2002 he is a blond.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Applied to Napoleon in the manga, but only when he seriously crossed the line.
- Bishōnen: Cracked Up to Eleven and to narm extents in Road to 2002.
- Chick Magnet: Very aware and pleased, he interacts directly with his fangirls.
- Cool Horse: In Road to 2002, has a scene where he rides to the stadium on one.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Was one as a child, and started playing soccer to solve it. According to Pierre himself, people either bullied him or sucked up to him for his wealth and prestige, but in soccer there are no distinctions and the rules are for everyone.
- Lovable Jock: Huge soccer star, super popular with girls, and rather nice to his fans and rivals. As well as not afraid to call out those who step outta line in the French team.
- Mr. Fanservice: With a Shower Scene and Instant Fanclub, to boot!
- Phenotype Stereotype: In Road to 2002.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Deals a HUGE one to Napoleon in the manga, after slapping him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His nickname "Elle Sid" probably comes from the Cid Campeador, but that doesn't stop people of translate it as "Elle Sire" or something with a similarly sound.
- Worthy Opponent: To Misaki.
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Shin Captain Tsubasa); Eduardo Curiel (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- 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.
- Blood Knight: No qualms about violence on the fields.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Break the Haughty: Gets massively bitchslapped by karma thrice. 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, then he violently fouls Izawa which invalidates a really nice goal from his team and allows Misugi to play, and later... see below.
- Evil Counterpart: To Soda.
- French Jerk: The straightest example in the team
- 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 not only Wakashimazu blocks his shot and France is eliminated because of that, but Pierre and his companions don't blame him for the loss, even telling him he did his best.
Karl Heinz "The Kaiser" Schneider
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Captain Tsubasa), Ryo Horikawa (Captain Tsubasa J), Hiroshi Shimozaki (Road to 2002); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa TV series), Ricardo Mendoza (Captain Tsubasa movies), Carlos Iñigo (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub); Pablo Sevilla (Captain Tsubasa) [European Spanish dub]
- The Ace: Maybe the biggest one in the seies, aside of Tsubasa.
- Bishōnen: Specially in Road to 2002, where his prettiness is emphatised.
- Big Brother Instinct: Adores his cute little sister Marie.
- Childhood Friends: He refers to Wakabayashi as such in Road to 2002, and some flashbacks in the Bayern Munchen vs. Hamburg game show that Genzo and Kaltz remember their shared past fondly. Ironically, that match ends up with them almost getting into a fight, which concludes with Kaltz getting kicked out of the game.
- Demoted to Extra: In WYC.
- Expy: Schneider evokes the image of Miroslav Klose in his youth.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Almost literally; he can shoot with both his legs, and he switches from one to another before the shoot to confuse the goalie.
- Identical Stranger: Karl is quite taller than Tsubasa, as well as a blue-eyed blond rather than dark-haired/eyed, 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, Karl angsts a LOT at the possibility of the Schneiders getting a divorce. They don't, thankfully.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Light blond hair, blue eyes, like a stereotypical German.
- Stage Dad: Subverted. While his father Rudi is also his coach and boss as well as an ex-player, they're very close and love each other very much.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: As said above, he's a kind-hearted guy who's also very proud and seemingly cold.
- Weak, but Skilled: Subverted - he is skilled and also strong, as seen in his Fire Shot.
- Worthy Opponent: To Wakabayashi. And HOW!
- You Don't Look Like You: Schneider's design is very, VERY different in the original anime series's flashbacks and the early movies. Probably because he normally looks like a blond Tsubasa.
- Voiced by: Rubén León (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Eyes Always Shut
- Hot-Blooded: Which backfires BADLY in the Road to 2002 series, when he starts shouting at Schneider in the Bayern vs. Hamburg match and almost beats him... so he gets a red card.
- Oral Fixation: Always has a toothpick between his teeth.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the shortest player in the German team, but damn he's very effective.
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Furuta (Shin), Yasuyuki Kase (in Road to 2002); Gabriel Gama (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The original manga and the games make him a blue-eyed blond. The new anime series gives him light brown hair and Purple Eyes instead, just like the character of Otto Heffner who was created to replace him in the first anime (making his anime self an aesthetic version of a Composite Character).
- Achilles' Heel: Literally. His only weak spots are his feet, so the best chance to score against him is aiming low shots.
- The Brute: Big, mean (at least in the fields, he isn't particularly jerkish otherwise) and absurdely good in his job.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: His feats as a keeper are unparalelled in the series. He stopped the entire Japanese team's individual techniques, managed to frustrate a combined shoot by Tsubasa and Kojiro of all people, and in general made both Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu look like total novices.
- Dub Name Change: Known as "Reinhardt Bauer" in Italy.
- Expy: He has shades of one of Germany's best goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn.
- Hero Killer: In a sport perspective.
- The Juggernaut: An interestingly reversed example: he can stop everything.
- Lightning Bruiser: The Japanese thought he was a Mighty Glacier. They were completely wrong. Cue the Oh Crap!.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's Dieter, people! That's the German spelling. A recurrent spelling is "Deuter". Same with "Müller" and "Mueller", though both spellings are actually correct (The "ue" combination is the closest to a "ü", so it can be used effectively as a replacement.)
- Training from Hell: Was mentioned to be going through this in the mountains before joining the team.
- The Worf Effect: By cortesy of Levin and the Brazilian national team.
- X Marks the Hero: In the Road to 2002 series has a odd X-shaped scar in his cheek.
Voiced by: Kazuki Yao
- Anime Hair: Has a cartoonishly prominent toupee which sticks up one feet long over his forehead.
- Canon Immigrant: His character was created for the first anime and the movies, replacing Dieter Mueller.
- Diabolus ex Nihilo: Unlike Schneider, who got introduced some episodes before his debut in the field, Heffner came out from nowhere and did not even receive a name until their encounter with the main cast.
- Dub Name Change: Known as "Gustav Heffner" in Germany and "Hugo Heffner" in Italy.
- Power Copying: He uses some of Wakashimazu's moves, like the famous Sankakugeri Defense, but his style otherwise does not look like his.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Dieter Mueller in Captain Tsubasa, having the same aura and role in history. Ironically enough, he was much easier to defeat than Muller, despite featuring a more technical playing style which actually did not have Dieter's Achilles' Heel.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Also spelled as "Hefner" or "Effner". The Spanish dub spelled it in a really odd way, sometimes sounding as "Henger" or at least "Henffer" (maybe another case of Dub Name Change).
- The Worf Effect: Despite having outperformed both Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu, Heffner is easily beaten by Diaz and Victorino in the fourth film to show their skill.
- Chick Magnet
- Green Eyes
- The Smart Guy: Nicknamed "The Computer" due to his smarts and his talent for Indy Ploying.
- Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (Captain Tsubasa J); Roberto Mendiola (Captain Tsubasa J), Roberto Molina (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- The Ace
- Big Brother Mentor: To Shingo.
- Diving Save: He first appears when he pulls one to save a little girl from being hit by a car. That girl is Marie, Schneider's younger sister.
- Nice Guy
- Break the Haughty
- Jerk Ass —> Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kick the Dog: Being extremely rude and racist to Shingo during the WYC opening gala, calling him "a monkey".
Shou Shuunko/Xiao Jung Guang
- The Ace
- Animal Motifs: The dragon
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: His legs can only withstand limited pressure coming from his playing style
- Keet: Always cheerful, friendly and energetic.
- Lightning Bruiser
- V Sign
- Worthy Opponent
Faran, Chana and Sakun Konsawatto
- Red Baron: The Sepak Takraw Brothers
- Power Trio
- 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.
- Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Captain Tsubasa J)
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Or better said, Arrogant Muay Thai guy.
- The Big Guy: He's just 18 and is already 7 feet tall?!
- Combat Pragmatist
- Cry Cute: Blames himself so much for the loss of the Thai team that he breaks down crying in the airport. In a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, Tsubasa cheerfully tells him to not give up.
- Emotional Bruiser
Prince Mark Owairan
- The Ace
- Nice Hat: Better said, nice white headscarf.
- Red Baron: "Desert Prince"
- Sheltered Aristocrat: Was like this until he started playing soccer. In fact, this happened the first time he managed to leave his family's palace as a child: he saw a bunch of kids playing soccer in the streets, was fascinated by the sport and started to practice, winning his place as the Saudi Arabia captain through his own effort
- Tall Darkand Handsome
- Worthy Opponent
- The Ace
- Bash Brothers: With Lee
- Game-Breaking Injury: He has a serious injury that keeps him from playing at full strength.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Lee's Blue
- Break the Haughty: And holy crap, HOW!
- Expy: Of Jorge Campos, down to the extravagant shirts.
- Fingore: At the receiving end, when he fails to catch Hyuuga's shot that seals the Japanese victory.
- Heel Realization: Has one in at the end of the match against Japan.
- Jerk Ass: Loud, arrogant, racist, bitter, etc., the whole nine yards. Until he faces Tsubasa and remembers how he used to be far less of a jerk in his past.
- Street Urchin: His and his teammates's collective Freudian Excuse. It still does not justify Espadas's prejudices and racism.
- Put on a Bus: After the Japan/Mexico match. He reappears in the Rising Sun manga, and is noticeably nicer and more mature.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As an urchin from the Mexico DS.'s slums, he used to sincerely love soccer and enjoy being with his friends nevermind how harsh their lives were. But with time, the hardships he faced left him totally embittered.
- Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Captain Tsubasa J); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa J) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Dyes his hair blond in the World Youth Cup
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very harsh and arrogant when playing, but a more or less decent guy otherwise. i.e, he gets a rather literal Pet the Dog moment when he's jogging and meets up with a little boy and his adorable puppy.
- Mixed Ancestry: 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.
- Worthy Opponent: To Hyuga
- The Ace: As The Captain to the Uruguayan team.
- Red Baron: "The Black Panther of Latinamerican Soccer"
- Broken Ace: A brilliant and well-respected player, but one that went through horrible heartbreak and is shattered on the inside by the time he appears.
- 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.
- Defrosting Ice King: Lampshaded by the Swedish Team's doctor: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".
- 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!
- 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.
- Kick the Dog: His treatment of Mueller, while off-screen, is quite bad. He was this close to treat Tomeya Akai that way as well, if not worse, but he realized that and stopped himself, kicking the ball out so Akai could get medical treatment.
- 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...
- Stuffed into the Fridge: The fate his beloved girlfriend Karen suffered in his Backstory, by being hit by a truck.)
- 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 via destroying the statue of the Maiden Goddess that Karen was praying to... few minutes before her death.
- Tragic Keepsake: A locket with a picture of Karen.
- Break the Cutie: As a child.
- Break the Haughty: As an adult.
- Broken Ace: He plays magnificently, is handsome and popular... but he cannot not enjoy soccer anymore thanks to his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Broken Bird
- Cry Cute: And how
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In the original movies.
- Defrosting Ice King: After his Break the Haughty incident, he learns his lesson and becomes a proud yet much kinder person. Which makes him an even better player since recovering his love of soccer lets him interact better with his companions, improving his playing style and the level of the Brazilian team as a whole.
- Doorstop Baby: Was abandoned by a teenaged mother in a soccer field.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In the WYC manga, after losing to Tsubasa again but taking it much better, he finds his long lost mother.
- Expy: If Rivaul is the Expy of Rivaldo, then Santana is one to Ze Roberto.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Has short hair in the beginning, later lets it grow and keeps it in little braids.
- Morality Pet: Luciano Leo plays this role for him.
- Parental Abandonment: Was abandoned by his mother as a baby. His kind adoptive parents died when he was around 10 years old. Reversed in WYC, where he meets his Missing Mom... and takes her in immediately, crying happy tears.. In the original movie, however, he did have his parents... but was raised in a favela.
- Power Copying: He copies Tsubasa's Dynamic Shoot right after seeing it.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Tyke Bomb
- Voiced by: Alfredo Leal and Eduardo Garza (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Alliterative Name
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Santana
- Morality Pet: Santana's. He's pretty much the only person he actually listens to.
- Nice Guy
- Only Friend: Because out of the friends Santana once had as a kid before being broken, Leo is the only one who has stayed with him through the years.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Undying Loyalty: To Santana.
- Voiced by: Carlos Hugo Hidalgo (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Bash Brothers: With Tsubasa
- Green-Eyed Monster: At first, to Tsubasa. After they both pass the tests to get into their team, they become fast friends.
- Nice Guy
- Self-Made Man: Comes from a poor village and aims to become this. Looks like it's working.
NaturezzaA player for Brazil at the World Youth Cup, he becomes Tsubasa's rival at the Road to 2002 Arc. Currently playing for Real Madrid.
- Child Prodigy: Naturezza was 11-12 years old tops when he was discovered teaching himself how to play soccer.
- Country Mouse: He and his brother come from from a small village in the Amazonas. In fact, when Roberto went to recruit him, Naturezza objected to this proposal since he wasn't super thrilled with the idea of living in the polluted, noisy cities. He changes his mind at the end of WYC, since his love of the sport itself is stronger.
- Expy: Of Coimbra from the Tecmo games. In a meta-sense, he is similar to Luis Nasario de Lima Ronaldo.
- Fatal Flaw:
- He's a very skilled player, but terrible in regards to team work. Hence why his coach Roberto Hongo got 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.
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- Skilled, but Naïve: 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.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: With his older brother, a currently unnamed Man in White who dresses like a Santeria believer.
- The Ace: Handsome, popular, and maybe the best goalie in the whole series
- Expy: of Cláudio Tafarrel, Brazilian legendary goalkeeper
- Hair Color Dissonance: Is he a blond, a light brunet...?
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- The Ace: He's hyped as the best player in the team and Wakabayashi has him in high regards.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- Expy: Johann Cruyff, who else?
- The Unfought: In the movie, apparently due to an injury. However, the Rising Sun miniseries puts him into the spotlight.
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Roberto Sedinho
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (in Captain Tsubasa), Hideyuki Hori (in Captain Tsubasa J), Mitsuru Miyamoto (in Road to 2002), Yuko Mita (as a child in Road to 2002); Ricardo Tejedo (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Gerardo Vásquez (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Daniel Sánchez (Captain Tsubasa), Eduardo del Hoyo (Road to 2002) [European Spanish dub]
- Beard of Sorrow: He was neatly shaved as an active player, and only started growing a beard when he went through his Heroic B.S.O.D..
- Break the Cutie: His backstory, specially his childhood, as told by the J and Road to 2002 series, and his eyesight problems, which forced him into retirement.
- Broken Ace: In the backstory, he was this through and through. The reader meets him when he has already gotten a hold of himself, however.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Tsubasa, and how.
- Career-Ending Injury: The reason why he retired was how his eyesight started failing after he got hit to the head in a match and the brain/eyesight damage never healed. That's the exact same injured that plagued Brazil's 1970 World Cup Champion Tostão.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Until he met Tsubasa, he was heavily drinking in order to drown his sorrow of losing his career.
- Interrupted Suicide: In the manga and original series, Roberto threw himself into the sea during an Heroic B.S.O.D. 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 , but both are Tear Jerkers.
- Mixed Ancestry: He's born and raised in Brazil, but has Japanese heritage. Truth in Television, as seen here.
- Perma-Stubble: After recovering from his ordeals, he kept the beard.
- Platonic Life Partners: He and Natsuko
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Used this in his first apparition. The Nankatsu kids had to pick up their jaws off the floor upon seeing him play.
- Self-Made Man: From the favelas to soccer stardom.
- Street Urchin: As a child.
- Team Dad: For the original Nankatsu team, and later to the Brazilian National Team.
Sanae "Anego" Nakazawa, later Sanae Ohzora
- European Dub Name Change: Patricia "Patty" SmithLatin-American Dub Name Change: Haydée Patricia "Patty" Amor
Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (in Captain Tsubasa), Fujiko Takimoto (in Captain Tsubasa J), Atsuko Enomoto (in Road to 2002); Elsa Covián (Captain Tsubasa), Maria Fernanda Morales (Captain Tsubasa J), Liliana Barba (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Carmen Cervantes (Captain Tsubasa and Captain Tsubasa J), Marta Sáinz (Captain Tsubasa J) [European Spanish dub]
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Tsubasa.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: As a little girl, the Sanae of the first anime series and the manga got very jealous of not only Yayoi but of almost any other girl who may like Tsubasa. (In fact, the Whole Episode Flashback shows that seeing Rika on the TV totally sets off her jealousy, and Natsuko had to take her and Manabu with her to France) She mostly grows out of it as a teenager, however, and as much she gets passive-aggressive.
- Cool Big Sis: To Kumi.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: Of Nankatsu, during the Junior High arc. She's the manga Ur-Example of this trope and most likely the Trope Codifier.
- 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, while her personality remains more or less the same as in the original sources, 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.
- Girliness Upgrade: Sanae ditches a good part of her tomboyish attitude as she grows up, in order to become more feminine and more mature. This process is seen in the Endless Dream one-shot manga, where the Nankatsu boys are shocked to see her in girlier clothes.
- Girl Next Door
- Go Through Me: In the first anime, against Hyuuga.
- Happily Married: To Tsubasa.
- Hello, Nurse!: Her beauty was praised more or less frequently in the anime series and the manga.
- Leaning Onthe Fourth Wall: In the first episode of the original TV series's junior high arcs, Sanae is introduced by talking to a bunch of girls that are off-screen, with her back towards the 'camera'. She then turns and directly addresses the viewers, identifying herself as Sanae to show the fans how much she's changed through the time skip.
- Long Distance Relationship: In the World Youth Cup manga and in the 2002 anime series.
- 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.
- One of the Boys: Especially as a little girl and frequently lampshaded.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: In the original, everyone refers to her as "Anego" ("Big Sis") and the fans 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.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: To Tsubasa, at first. Then she falls for him for real, and he comes to like her back.
- Platonic Life Partners: Sanae and Manabu are long-time best friends and pretty much a perfect example of a Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl duo... but they're not romantically involved at all.
- Plucky Girl: Girl never ever gives up when she needs or wants something.
- Secret Keeper: In the original TV series, she becomes an asymmetric one after she accidentally overhears Misugi and Yayoi talking about the first's illness.
- Shorttank: As a little girl and, to a lesser degree, as a teenager.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Kanda almost kidnaps her and says Tsubasa won't come to face him for her sake, Sanae immediately tells him it's not true. Right then, Tsubasa shows up.
- The Medic: Pretty efficient nurse. One of the most shippy Tsubasa/Sanae scenes in the original TV series has her and Manabu recalling how some time ago she bandaged Tsubasa's foot under a blooming cherry tree... while, in the present, she is doing exactly the same.
- Team Mom: As the Nankatsu assistant.
- 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.
- Played very straight and for the lulz in the elementary school arc, when Yayoi showed up. It's not helped by Yayoi obliviously revealing her past with Tsubasa and, well, by both of the being little girls back then. (They're hinted to be good friends as teenagers.)
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She grew into this in the manga. The three anime series make her a Type B Tsundere instead.
Louis van SaalDutch Manager of FC Barcelona. He is the one who saw Tsubasa's potential and invited him to play for the Catalan giants.
- Expy: of Louis van Gaal, Barcelona manager for 2002.
- The Chessmaster: As a football manger, this is a prerequisite. He decided to move Tsubasa to the reserve squad because he cannot use two playmakers in the pitch with Rivaul.
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Arthur Foster.noteVoiced by: Miki Narahashi (Captain Tsubasa); Elsa Covián and Jorge Roig Jr. (Captain Tsubasa), Benjamín Rivera (Captain Tsubasa J), Anna Lobo (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Beatriz Acaso (Captain Tsubasa), Amelia Jara (Captain Tsubasa J), Margarita Ponce (Road to 2002)
- Butt Monkey: As the best friend of a Tsundere, well...
- Platonic Life Partners: Him and Sanae.
- The Short Guy with Glasses: Specially as a child, since he's not THAT short as a teenager.
- The Strategist: Later in the series.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Subverted in the original series, where he's shown to be an excellent liar.
Voiced by: Waka Kanda (Captain Tsubasa); Ruth Toscano (Captain Tsubasa) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- A Day in the Limelight: She has quite the important role towards the end of the Shin manga, when her Love Confession helps trigger Sanae and Tsubasa's Relationship Upgrade.
- Ascended Fanboy: 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.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: She's one of Sanae's two assistants.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite appearing all through the original series, two of the non serial movies and the Holland Youth special, she has non-speaking cameos in the Shin OAV, and disappears altogether from J and Road to 2002. This includes her A Day in the Limelight episode being written out as well, though the anime series strongly implies that she does realise Sanae is Tsubasa's chosen girl and quietly concedes.
- Genki Girl: Very plucky, energetic and cheerful.
- Girlish Pigtails: Until the World Youth Cup.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She immediately concedes when it's obvious that Tsubasa has chosen Sanae.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: To Tsubasa.
- Pink Is Feminine: Often wore pink shirts, and her assistant uniform is pink rather than dark red like Sanae's and Yukari's.
- Plucky Girl: She has ups and downs, but never stays depressed.
- Shipper on Deck: Being a very Graceful Loser, she starts shipping Tsubasa/Sanae soon after he rejects her.
- Trying Not to Cry: After Tsubasa rejects her affections in the kindest, sweetest possible way.
- European Dub Name Change: EvelynLatin-American Dub Name Change: AnabelVoiced by: Anabel Méndez (Captain Tsubasa) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Yukari has brown hair, but in Holland Youth it's shown to be black-blue instead.
- Adapted Out - Demoted to Extra: Despite appearing all through the original series and the Holland Youth special, she has non-speaking cameos in the Shin OAV and disappears altogether from J and Road to 2002. As a bonus, she doesn't appear in the pre-Holland Youth movies while Kumi did' show up in two of them.
- Cool Big Sis: To Sanae and Kumi, as the more mature and levelheaded of the three girls.
- Cooldown Hug: In the anime, when Kumi is depressed and a bit tearful over Sanae and Tsubasa having a quite long Held Gaze moment in public, she tells Kumi to lean on her shoulder and then gives her a hug.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: The second of Sanae's assistants, and the more experienced and closest to Sanae of the two.
- Girlish Pigtails: Variation. She has them in the anime series, but has a single Tomboyish Ponytail in the manga. Oddly, she wears her hair loose in one panel of the series's second OP.
- Held Gaze: One of the first (and very subtle... maybe a bit too much) implications that she and Ishizaki had mutual feelings was them looking into each others's eyes and blushing heavily in WYC.
- Hospital Hottie: What she wants to become, according to the manga. In WYC, she has already been accepted in a nursing school.
- Plucky Girl: She is pretty sweet, but has no patience for fools and doesn't stray from her tasks.
- Shipper on Deck: Specially in the anime, where she's given a whole scene in which she tells Sanae to go for Tsubasa before graduation.
- Shipping Torpedo: Downplayed. She doesn't exactly encourage Kumi's crush for obvious reasons, but tends to keep her thoughts to herself aside of snarking a little at her.
- Team Mom: Even more so than Sanae.
- Tsundere: Shows slight signs to Ishizaki, right before their Relationship Upgrade.
- Latin-American Dub Name Change: Mary TanadaVoiced by: Tomiko Suzuki (Captain Tsubasa), Junko Iwao (Captain Tsubasa J); Anabel Méndez (Captain Tsubasa), Alma Wilhelme (both Captain Tsubasa J and Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a redhead in the original series, but has dark brown hair in the Road to 2002 series.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Unlucky to Tsubasa, but may be Victorious to Misugi.
- 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 stops that in Junior High. Unless the fans 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.
- Innocently Insensitive: She's completely oblivious to Sanae's Clingy Jealous Girl antics, and later in a well-intentioned but very misguided move she tells Tsubasa that Misugi's ill and begs him to let the Musashi team win, not realising the consequences it'd bring to both of them.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: She's initially this to Tsubasa, until she moves on and (probably) ends up with Misugi.
- Ship Tease: She and Misugi, so very much.
- Team Mom: Tries to be this, doesn't work very well with Misugi but it does like a charm when she helps take care of Hyuuga's siblings when their mom's hospitalized and Hyuuga cannot take a leave.
- European Dub Name Change: JennyLatin-American Dub Name Change: Cristina (one original series episode), María Fernanda (other series)
- Cute Sports Club Manager: Of the Furano Junior High team.
- Ill Girl: In WYC, she gets hit by a car and Matsuyama stays by her bedside. Which is vital in the Sweden/Japan match, as he's got pent-up energy whereas the others are exhausted.
- Long Distance Relationship: She and Matsuyama, in the end. Surprisingly, subverted in the manga: she manages to return to Japan after a semester away in the USA.
- Shrinking Violet: Slightly. She's more modest and quiet that super fragile.
- 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.
- Team Mom: And pretty good at it.
- Twice Shy: She and Matsuyama.
- Trying Not to Cry: When she's about to leave to the USA.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Very much so. She was very humble, sweet, hard-working (sometimes to her own detriment, which is not shown as a good thing due to her Stepford Smiler traits) and well-loved by everyone.
- European Dub Name Change: GraceLatin-American Dub Name Change: GiselaVoiced by: Gisela Casillas (Captain Tsubasa), Mariana Ortiz (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Alliterative Name: In the original, both parts of her name start with "Ma"
- Cute Sports Club Manager: She's Yoshiko's assistant.
- Meganekko: A very cute girl, whose specs make her even cuter.
- Plucky Girl: She keeps her poise and her support of her friends no matter what.
- Shipper on Deck: The most open Matsu/Yoshi shipper.
- Team Mom: As the second manager
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With Yoshiko, she's the Tomboy.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Contrasting with Yoshiko's short bob.
- Tsundere: Type B one, as she's sweet and kind until something/someone sets her off.
- Adapted Out: The mini-arc where she helps Hyuuga develop his new shot is taken out of Road to 2002.
- Boyish Short Hair: The most openly tomboyish girl of the series, and has a very boyish hairstyle.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: She denies more vehemently than Hyûga does when teased about this, but Everyone Can See It.
- 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.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Wants to have her own career in softball and is very serious about it. And now she's very much in her way to get it.
- Plucky Girl: She has her ups and downs like any teenage girl, but does her best whenever she can.
- 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.
- Voiced by: Adrián Fogarty (Captain Tsubasa), Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa J), Jorge Ornelas (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], Iván Jara (Captain Tsubasa) [European Spanish dub]
- Big Brother Mentor: To the team as a whole. In the Road to 2002 series he specially shows it by counseling Wakashimazu during his Achilles in His Tent phase and telling him about Shingo's story so he will realize that he shouldn't give up.
- The Consigliere: Is the one handling things behind the scenes so he can help the Japanese Team coaches.
- Retired Badass
- The Smart Guy
- Sunglasses at Night: Which cover a large scar on his left eye
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- ¡Three Amigos!: Was this with Gamo and Mikami.
- Unexplained Accent: In the original series's Latin-American Spanish dub, he had a rather ridiculous faux-German accent. Thankfully, it was dropped in the dub for Road to 2002.
- European and Latin-American Dub Name Change: Freddy MarshallVoiced by: Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa), Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa J), Salvador Delgado and Luis Alfonso Padilla (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Big Brother Mentor: To Genzo, and later he's implied to be his Parental Substitute.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: To Genzo, too.
- Stern Teacher: He does not take indiscipline lightly.
- Sunglasses at Night: Is he ever seen without his sunglasses?
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: Though he softens up a little as time passes.
- Team Dad
- Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Captain Tsubasa J); Marcos Patiño (Captain Tsubasa J) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Demoted to Extra: Not only he was introduced last compared to Katagiri and Mikami, but he appears the less compared to them
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He does care for the team and wants them to do his best, but his methods are seriously lacking.
- Pride Before a Fall
- Stern Teacher
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Team Dad
- Training from Hell: This quote from one of the RJ7 players perfectly sums up his coaching style: "Coach Gamo is again opening to us the gates of his Hell".
- European Dub Name Change: Jeff Turner/FlemingVoiced by: Armando Coria (Captain Tsubasa and Captain Tsubasa J), Carlos Iñigo (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub], [European Spanish dub]
- The Alcoholic: Played in a cartoonish way, rather a dramatical one like Roberto. However, his reasons to drink are not less dramatic.
- Alliterative Name: Kira Kouzou.
- Break the Cutie: The loss of the Japanese team (in which he played) before the British one.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He might look like the town drunk, but he knows a lot about training people to be the best, and he himself was in the past a badass on his own right.
- Evil Counterpart: To Roberto, being both world class players turned into alcoholics who train a manin character each.
- Drowning My Sorrows: His hard drinking is implied to be due to his personal demons.
- Fallen Hero: He was a Japanese national player, until a defeat to the hands (well, feet) of a violent playing team kicked him out of the stardom and instigated a strong cynism and love for hard playing on him.
- Foil: One to Roberto. Kira's style of training and playing is harsh and violent, as opposed to the good-natured and technical Roberto, and he himself is much more open about his personal bitterness than the Brazilian. Also, while Roberto is broken in a physical sense (due to his injury), Kozo is broken in the spiritual one (due to his defeat to the violent British team).
- Hidden Depths: He is initially introduced as a pathetic drunkard who happens to mentor Hyuga and his team, but it's later revealed his past as a former star and the reason of his fall from grace.
- Perma-Stubble: Revealed to be a Beard of Sorrow.
- Retired Badass: A former national player for Japan.
- Team Dad: For the Meiwa.
- Training from Hell: He often applies Corporal Punishment to keep Hyuga fom collapsing.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: His system of belief. He himself was at the receiving end when his fair game was trumpled by the British team's brutal tactics, which made him become convinced that strength and violence are the base of a strong player. By the time he's the National Team coach, however, he has pretty much abandoned this belief.
- Unwittinginstigator Of Doom: His ill-timed What the Hell, Hero? on Hyuga is what leads him to escape from Toho to train under him so he can recover his fighting spirit, which caused Hyuga and the Toho team serious trouble. He aknowledges his role in the first anime, to the point of writing a letter to Coach Kitazume in which he explains everything and lays the blame on himself rather than Hyuuga, then showing up and going in the Pose of Supplication in front of him and the Toho soccer team staff as an apology.
- Alliterative Name
- Adapted Out: Doesn't show up in any of the animated series
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Book Dumb
- Crazy Jealous Guy and Hopeless Suitor: To Sanae, though he doesn't reach Yandere extremes.
- Graceful Loser: Once Tsubasa shows him what he's made of, he immediately concedes.
- Jerk Ass: Later evolves into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and Tsubasa's success inspires him to keep up his boxing game.
- Platonic Life Partners: With Yukari.
- Rated M for Manly
Natsuko and Koudai Oozora
- Latin-American Dub Name Change: Maggie and Michael AttonVoiced by Shiho Niiyama (Natsuko) (Captain Tsubasa J) [original Japanese]; Anabel Méndez (Natsuko) and César Soto (Koudai) (Captain Tsubasa); Ruth Toscano (Natsuko) and Paco Mauri (Koudai) (Captain Tsubasa J); Elena Ramírez (Natsuko) and Jorge Santos (Koudai) (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Adult Fear: They experience this when they lose sight of a 2-year-old Tsubasa and he ends up wandering on the streets... and only his soccer ball saves him from being hit by a truck. Natsuko is in tears when this happens, and she cannot be blamed.
- Nice Guy: Koudai.
- Parents as People: Koudai works abroad as a ship captain, but does what he can to keep contact.
- Potty Emergency: Inverted: In the Shin manga, Koudai was once in the bathroom when Tsubasa scored a goal.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Tsubasa has Natsuko's features and Koudai's hair/eye/skin color scheme.
- Team Mom: Natsuko.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Natsuko, with emphasis on maturity.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Isn't he a cutie?!
- Cheerful Child
- Meaningful Name: "Daichi" means "Earth"
- Strong Family Resemblance: To his much older brother Tsubasa
- Latin-American Dub Name Change: Ruth (after her VA)Voiced by: Ruth Toscano (Captain Tsubasa) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Canon Foreigner: She was created solely for the original anime.
- Cool Teacher: Haruko was the homeroom teacher of Tsubasa and Co., plus a Cool Big Sis to them.
- Sempai Kouhai: A talk between her and the first Nankatsu coach, Takashi Soriyama, implies that she's new to her job and Soriyama is her sort-of "senior".
- Tomboy: A grown-up version, judging by her relaxed clothing style and her boyish haircut.
- Almighty Mom: Ishizaki is terrified of his loud, boisterous mother.
- Expy: She gets one in the kindly yet Hot-Blooded shopkeeper of Road to 2002
- Large Ham
- No Name Given
- Plucky Girl: A grown up version
- Tsundere: Non-romantic example
- Latin-American Dub Name Change: Daisy MatsumotoVoiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (Road to 2002); Ruth Toscano (Captain Tsubasa), Gisela Casillas (Road to 2002) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: When she's not dressed in white, she favor purple tones.
- The Ojou: Of the Ice Queen type.
- Plucky Girl: Another adult version
- The Smart Girl: Specially as Hyuga's personal manager
- Woman in White: In the primary school arc. Combined with a Nice Hat.
- Bait-and-Switch Credits: She's featured next to Sanae in the Shin anime credits. She never appears in the OAV's themselves.
- 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)
- Platonic Life Partners: With Misaki, as their relationship mirrored that of Tsubasa and Sanae but without real romantic undertones.
- Tomboy: Even more than Sanae.
- The Alcoholic: In the past. Fortunately didn't become an abusive father, but it still wasn't easy for Taro and his mom.
- Parents as People: He loves Taro dearly, but their life hasn't been the easiest and he feels pretty guilty.
- All Love Is Unrequited: For Levin, since she was Karen's best friend and respects how Levin's still in love with her.
- Girlish Pigtails: Subverted, she has them despite being in her late teens.
- Hospital Hottie: A medical student, and she and her older brother work for the Swedish team.
- Unrequited Tragic Maiden: Slightly. She does love Levin and knows he can't love her back, which is a pretty sucky situation, but she doesn't wangst about it.
- Friend to All Living Things: At some point, she stops Levin from accidentally stepping on an ant's nest. He recalls it while "shooting" Akai, and realizes how gone he's been.
- 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.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Had long blond hair and was the sweetest girl ever.
- Kill the Cutie
- Look Both Ways: Karen failed to do this since she was in a hurry to go to Levin's match, and got hit by a truck for her trouble.
- Rapunzel Hair: Takahashi likes his girls with short hair, but he made an exception with Karen's hip-length golden hair.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Was hit by a truck in her way to one of Levin's matches, which causes Levin's fall into despair and ruthlessness.
- Walking Spoiler: And how.
- Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Captain Tsubasa, TV series and movies); Anabel Méndez (Captain Tsubasa, TV series and movies) [Latin American Spanish dub]
- Canon Foreigner: Created only for the original anime series and the movies.
- Expy: She's a somewhat less Hot-Blooded Azumi
- Mixed Ancestry: Half-French, half-Japanese. It shows in her reddish hair.
- Nice Girl
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Inverted. She shows up in a cute dress at the beginning, but the rest of the time she wears rather tomboyish clothes.
- Tsundere: A small Type B to Pierre, since she playfully snarks at him when he flirts with her.
Yoshiko Yamaoka, aka Yoshiko-chan
- Break the Cutie: Almost. The poor little girl took her half-brother's accident hard, and even more so since he got hurt to save her, but Misaki managed to calm her down.
- 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.
- The Cutie