Characters: Captain Tsubasa

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.
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    Japanese National Team 

Tsubasa Ohzora
European Dub Name Change: Oliver Atton

Voiced by: Yōko 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)

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.

Koujirou Hyuuga
European Dub Name Change: Mark Lenders

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)

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.

Genzou Wakabayashi
European 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)

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.
  • Badass
  • Big Brother Mentor: For Morisaki.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: AT LEAST two.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself Man: First is given one by Mikami, then gives another to Tsubasa.
  • Hot-Blooded: To the MAX.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Heavy on the jerk at first, then gearing more to the heart of gold.
  • Nice Hat: Or rather, Nice Cap.
  • Pet the Dog: He's got a cute puppy named John, and he's very protective of Morisaki.
  • Red Baron: "Super Great Goal Keeper"
  • The Rival: To Tsubasa, initially.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man to Tsubasa's Sensitive Guy.

Taro Misaki
European Dub Name Change: Tom/Ben(Fr) Baker

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)

Played in several teams due to his father traveeling through Japan all the time. Settled in Nankatsu for a semester and became Tsubasa's closest companion, but right after the championship was over, he moved away again. Later he went to France, where he joined the Japanese Team in the Youth Cup, and returned to Nankatsu to finish his education. Currently in France, where he developed a friendly rivalry with El Sire Pierre.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Most of the time, he's very peaceful and nice. But don't push him too far, as he's quite capable of standing on his own when needed. Notably when he destroys a table to prove his Game-Breaking Injury is no more.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Misaki scores the second goal in the Japan-Brazil WYC finals by performing a Raiju shoot alongside Tsubasa and Hyuuga. Let's keep in mind the fact that Hyuuga learned the Raiju shoot through Training from Hell and Tsubasa took months to learn it after seeing Roberto do it. Misaki learned it on the spot and kicks it harder than Tsubasa with his injured leg, which proves to be a crucial move as it changes the path of the ball so that the keeper can't catch it. True, his leg gives out immediately afterward, but damn.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards his younger half sister. Most notable when he saves her from being hit by a bus at the cost of his opportunity to play in the World Youth Tournament.
  • Break the Cutie: His familiar problems make him suffer more than once, but he's not completely broken. By WYC, he retakes contact with his Missing Mom and gets along real well with his kind stepfather and Moe half-sister.
  • Determinator During the WYC, everyone believes that Misaki won't be able to play due to his leg injury from being hit by a truck. He manages to come back for the last match against Brazil right when things look hopeless for Japan,and his arrival marks the turning point for Japan's comeback as the team now has a second game maker aside from Tsubasa.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: In the first arc, accidentally due to Sawada. Later, in the WYC by pulling a Diving Save to save his sister from being hit by a bus.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: In the Holland Youth movie, his self-esteem takes a massive nosedive when he becomes the temporary captain of the Japanese team but doesn't perform well, since he's too used to be a follower in the fields. Misugi has to talk him out of it.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He is referred to in universe as Tsubasa's greatest partner when on the field and one of his best friends overall. Their combined play is so in sync with each other that they're called the "Golden Pair" and can understand each others intentions with a single glance.
  • The Lancer: To Tsubasa. Misaki is the only one who completely understands Tsubasa's motives and can continue following him even when the other players are too tired to keep going.
  • Missing Mom: Parents are divorced, mother remarried again. They make amends later.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest you'll find in the series.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Or better said, Why Do You Keep Moving Away.

Jun Misugi
European Dub Name Change: Julian Ross

Voiced by: Yuko Kobayashi (Captain Tsubasa J, child), Shinichirou Ohta (Captain Tsubasa J, adult), Ai Orikasa (as a child in Road to 2002, first half), Issei Miyazaki (Road to 2002, second half)

Captain of the Musashi school team, an excellent player... with a fatal flaw: his very weak heart. Not even an operation and treatment are fully able to let him overcome it: whie his skill is intact, his stamina is severely limited. His analytical mind, however, gives him a sort-of solution: becoming The Smart Guy and The Strategist, alongside a reserve player who comes out in crucial moments.

Shingo Aoi
European Dub Name Change: Terry (His family name is never mentioned, for some reason) / Rob Denton (Fr)

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (in Captain Tsubasa J), Showtaro Morikubo (in Road to 2002)

A Japanese boy who admires Tsubasa so very much. He tired to make his own way in Italy but things were EXTREMELY hard for him there, since he was subjected to a huge Break the Cutie process. Shingo managed to work through it, however, and becomes a good addition to the Japanese team.

Ryo Ishizaki
European Dub Name Change: Bruce Harper

Voiced by: Hiroko Maruyama (in Captain Tsubasa), Kappei Yamaguchi (in Captain Tsubasa J), Urara Takano (in Road to 2002)

One of Tsubasa's closest friends, and the first Nankatsu captain. He lacks Tsubasa and others's natural skills, but replaces it with his will of iron and his cheerful disposition. His family owns a popular bath house in Shizuoka.

Yuuzo Morisaki
European Dub Name Change: Alan Crocker

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 Nave Newcomer like Morisaki, this is NOT easy, and he has to struggle very hard to get his work done.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Associated with his Body Block skill, and he once catches Soda's Razor Shoot.
  • Determinator: He is, he keeps getting better, and puts himself in front of powerful shoots if he can stop them. See Red Baron.
  • Hero-Worshipper: To Morisaki, Wakabayashi is his "goal"
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Mainly by Ken and Genzo, and most of the aces' shoots are far beyond his abilities, and he's supposed to be the third best goalie of Japan.
  • Red Baron: "Super Brave Goal Keeper" '(Given by Wakabayashi, to supports him). This is due to him clearly knowing he can't out-perform the Waka goalkeepers but still pressing on.
  • Shrinking Violet: At the beginning. More or less understandable, considering how he has to live up to super goalkeepers like Ken and Genzo.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He can be paralyzed if there's a chance of him being hit in the face. Thank you, Hyuga. It takes him a long time to get over it.

Ken Wakashimazu
European Dub Name Change: Edward "Ed" Warner

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), Kentarō Itō (in Road to 2002)

A close friend of Hyuuga, and the goalie for their team. A Tall, Dark and Handsome Heir to the Dojo who is caught between what his heart desires and his duty as heir, and later with severe self-esteem problems.

Hikaru Matsuyama
European Dub Name Change: Philip Callahan

Voiced by: Mie Suzuki (in Captain Tsubasa), Tsutomu Kashiwakura (in Captain Tsubasa J), Akira Ishida (in Road to 2002)

The captain of the Furano team, which is from Hokkaido. Serious, dependable and responsible, as well as with a bittersweet emotional baggage in his highschool years.

Hiroshi Jito
European Dub Name Change: Clifford Yuma

Voiced by: Ryo Horikawa (in Captain Tsubasa), Kiyoyuki Yanada (in Captain Tsubasa J), Masaya Takatsuka (in Road to 2002)

An eager player from Nagasaki who appears in the second half of the original series. He turns out to be less of a Dumb Muscle than everyone thinks he is, and specially when he and his partner Mitsuru Sano work together.

Mitsuru Sano
European Dub Name Change: Sandy Winters

Voiced by: Hisao Ohyama (in Captain Tsubasa)

Jito's best friend and the one who got him into soccer in the first place.

Makoto Soda
European Dub Name Change: Ralph Peterson

Voiced by: Hochu Otsuka (in Captain Tsubasa), Hideo Ishikawa (in Captain Tsubasa J)

A very, very aggressive and arrogant player from Osaka, whose temper will bring him trouble more than once.

  • Break the Haughty: His team and Nankatsu's match manages to knock him off his pedestal.
  • Combat Pragmatist: does NOT hesitate to go for the kill and hurt his rivals if he can get away with it. In fact, what was supposed to be a simply sprain for Tsubasa becomes a massive injury after Soda targets him.
  • Hot-Blooded
    • Fatal Flaw: Specially in the WYC match against France, when Napoleon exploits this and gets him kicked out.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: While not stupid, he plays up another Osaka stereotype: being Hot-Blooded and arrogant.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky

Shun Nitta
European Dub Name Change: Patrick Everett

Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara (in Captain Tsubasa), Hiroyuki Satou (in Captain Tsubasa J)

Younger than Tsubasa and Co. for two years, Nitta succeeded them after they left Nanaktsu Elementary. Then he goes to another school (Otomo) and gets the chance to be their rival..

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With giant goalkeeper Isamu Ichijo. They became the hope of the Nankatsu after Tsubasa and Wakabayashi left the team, and kept their status in the Otomo. After that, Nitta went to the Japanese National Team and Ichijo disappeared.
  • Kid-Appeal Character

Takeshi Sawada
European Dub Name Change: Daniel "Danny" Melow

Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (as a child in Road to 2002, first half), Kohei Kiyasu (Road to 2002, second half)

Hyuuga's best friend and surrogate little brother, one of the few people in the Meiwa team who can keep him in line.

Mamoru Izawa
European Dub Name Change: Paul Diamond

Voiced by: Shigeru Nakahara (in Captain Tsubasa)

An ex-Shutetsu player who joined the Nankatsu team, as well as an old friend of Wakabayashi.

Hajime Taki
European Dub Name Change: Ted Carter

Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (in Captain Tsubasa), Junko Takeuchi (in Road to 2002)

Another of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. He and his friend Kisugi are dubbed the "Silver Duo".

Teppei Kisugi
European Dub Name Change: Johnny Mason

Voiced by: Yoshiko Kamei

Third of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. Taki's best friend and partner.

Shingo Takasugi
European Dub Name Change: Bob Denver

Voiced by: Yuko Masuda (original series)

The fourth and last of the four ex-Shutetsus that got into Nankatsu. Quiet and dependable when push comes to shove.

  • The Big Guy
  • Lightning Bruiser: As proved by his goal against Souda's team, where Takasugi literally appeared out of nowhere in the rival side of the field... and right in the moment when Tsubasa needed help to get the decisive goal.

Tomeya Akai

A young boy who has developed his soccer career in Italy. Also the friendly rival of Aoi in the WYC manga.

  • Anime Hair
  • Determinator: See the match against Sweden and you'll know why.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sorta. He takes several point-blank soccer shots from Levin until he can't move. His companions and specially Tsubasa refer to this as a the trope.
  • Red Baron: "The Red Stopper".

Kazuo and Masao Tachibana
European Dub Name Change: Jason and James Derrick

Voiced by: Reiko Suzuki (Kazuo), Miki Narahashi (Masao). (Original series)

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.
  • Twin Brothers Team
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Real Japan 7 Team 

Hanji Urabe

European Dub Name Change: Jack Morris

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Captain Tsubasa J)

Youji Sakaki

Kouji Yoshikawa

Nobuaki Yumikura

Mitsuteru Yamada

Ryoma Hino

See "foreign rivals"

    Foreign Rivals 


Juan Diaz
  • 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.

Alan Pascal

Gabriel Galvan


Pierre "Elle Sid" Leblanc
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi

Louis Napoleon

  • 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.
  • Blond Guys Are Jerkasses
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Soda.
  • French Jerk
  • 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.


Karl Heinz "The Kaiser" Schneider
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (in Captain Tsubasa), Ryo Horikawa (in Captain Tsubasa J), Hiroshi Shimozaki (in Road to 2002)

Hermann Kaltz

Dieter Mueller
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Furuta, Yasuyuki Kase (in Road to 2002)

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The original manga and the games make him a blue-eyed blond. The anime series gives him light brown hair and Purple Eyes instead.
  • 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 and absurdely good in his job.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: His feats as a keeper in the series's universe are inequaled. 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 Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu look like total novices.
  • Dub Name Change: Known as "Reinhardt Bauer" in Italy.
  • Hero Killer: In a sport perspective.
  • The Juggernaut: An interestingly reversed example.
  • Lightning Bruiser: The Japanese thought he was a Mighty Glacier. They were 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 "Mller" and "Mueller", though both spelling are actually correct (The "ue" combination is the closest to a "", 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.
  • X Marks the Hero: In the Road to 2002 series.
  • The Worf Effect: By cortesy of Levin and the Brazilian national team.

Otto Heffner
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 received a name until the match.
  • 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.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Dieter Mueller in Captain Tsubasa, having exactly the same color scheme and role in history. Ironically enough, he was much easier to defeat than Muller despite featuring a more technical playing style which 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 "Henffer" (maybe another case of Dub Name Change).
  • The Worf Effect: Despite having outworked both Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu in the past, Heffner is easily beaten by Diaz and Victorino in the fourth film to show their skill.

Franz Schester
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi


Gino Fernandez

Salvatore Gentile


Shou Shuunko/Xiao Jung Guang


Faran, Chana and Sakun Konsawatto

Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (Sakun, Captain Tsubasa J), Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Faran, Captain Tsubasa J), Yusuke Numata (Chana, Captain Tsubasa J)

  • 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)

Saudi Arabia

Prince Mark Owairan


South Korea

Cha Inchon

Lee Young-Woon


Ricardo Espadas


Ryoma Hino

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (Captain Tsubasa J)


Stefan Levin

  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Or at least, emotionless.
  • Broken Ace
  • 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!
  • Emotionless Guy --> Defrosting Ice Lord 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".
  • 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 he could get medical treatment.
  • 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, Mller, 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...
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • 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.


Carlos Santana

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (old movies), Tomokazu Seki (Captain Tsubasa J), Jin Nishimura (Road to 2002)

Brazil's Captain for the World Youth Cup and Tsubasa's rival. Turned Professional and played for Flamengo before a transfer to Spain's CF Valencia.

Luciano Leo



A player for Brazil at the World Youth Cup, he becomes Tsubasa's rival at the Road to 2002 Arc. Currently playing for Real Madrid.

  • Country Mouse: He and his brother come from the Amazonas. No, really! They're from a small village set there.
  • Expy: From Coimbra from the Tecmo games.
  • 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 Nave: 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.

Julio Salinas


Bryan Cruyfford

Luther Kleinstmeif

Caesar Guilt

    Other characters 

Roberto Hongo
European 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)

  • Beard of Sorrow —> Perma Stubble
  • 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
  • Broken Bird: In the backstory, he was this through and through. We meet him when he has already gotten a hold of himself, however.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Tsubasa, and how.
  • 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 , but both are Tear Jerkers.
  • 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

Sanae "Anego" Nakazawa
European Dub Name Change: Patricia "Patty" Smith

Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (in Captain Tsubasa), Fujiko Takimoto (in Captain Tsubasa J), Atsuko Enomoto (in Road to 2002)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She grew into this in the manga. The three anime series make her a very mild Type B Tsundere instead.

Louis van Saal

Dutch 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.

Manabu Okazaki
European Dub Name Change: Arthur Foster

Kumi Sugimoto
Voiced by: Waka Kanda

Yukari Nishimoto

Yayoi Aoba

Voiced by: Tomiko Suzuki (Captain Tsubasa), Junko Iwao (Captain Tsubasa J)

  • 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 Jwalous Girl antics, and later in a well-intentioned but very misguided move she tells Tsubasa that Misugi's ill and begs him to let him 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.

Yoshiko Fujisawa

Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto (Road to 2002).

Machiko Machida

Maki Akamine

Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (J series.)

  • 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.
  • Indirect Kiss: By sharing with Hyga 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.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She denies more vehemently than Hyga does when teased about this, but Everyone Can See It.
  • 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.
  • Shorttank
  • 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 Hyga cheers her. Conversely, the one time Hyga didn't come to her match to support her, she lost.

Munemasa Katagiri

Tatsuo Mikami

Gamo Minato

Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Captain Tsubasa J)

Kouji Kanda

Natsuko and Koudai Oozora

Daichi Ohzora

Ishizaki's mother

Kaori Matsumoto

Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka: (Road to 2002)

Kira Kouzou

Azumi Hayakawa

  • 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)
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Platonic Life Partners: With Misaki, as their relationship mirrored that of Tsubasa and Sanae but without real romantic undertones.
  • Tomboy: Even more than Sanae.

Ichiro Misaki

Shirley Marks

  • 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 Love: For Levin, since she was Karen's best friend and respects how Levin's still in love with her.
    • 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.


Rika Oosawa

Voiced by: Naoko Matsui (Captain Tsubasa, TV series and movies)


  • 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