Characters / Daily Lives of High School Boys

While the anime reminded the viewers "you don't really need to remember the characters' names or anything," we tropers still have the obligation to catalog the cast of the manga and anime series Daily Lives of High School Boys.

(Note: Unless otherwise stated, all boys in this series attend Sanada North Prefectural High School, an all-boys' school.)

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The Main Protagonists

    Tadakuni 

Tadakuni

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Voiced by: Miyu Irino

"My name is Tadakuni. I live a normal life, attending a normal school, in a normal town."

A completely normal eleventh-grade schoolboy (so he describes himself) living a completely normal life in a completely ordinary town and studying in an all boys' High School.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Looks surprisingly good in a skirt, a fact that many many artists at Pixiv seem to agree with. This was being lampshaded In-Universe; Yoshitake commented he has no signs of the male hormone when crossdressed.
  • Bishōnen: He can pull off drag pretty well.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: With him as the tsukkomi and Hidenori and Yoshitake as a pair of bokes.
  • Book Dumb: Judging the way he did the test papers, he is this in The Movie.
  • Butt Monkey: Forced to play along with a love simulation, tricked into crossdressing, got punched out by the Literature Girl, went Out of Focus for several episodes, has yet to be given a surname... poor boy.
  • Covert Pervert: Yoshitake is stunned when he notices that, like Hidenori, Tadakuni is wearing his sister's underwear under his uniform.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Shows off a surprising amount of parkour and stealth skill when spying on (who he thinks are) Hidenori and Yoshitake. Compared to his usual blandness this is quite surprising. He was also Rubber Shooter at one point.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he isn't screaming at his friends, he's snarking at them.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He leads the opening segment but starts to fall seriously Out of Focus after the first volume of the manga and the fifth episode of the anime. It gets so bad that he occasionally doesn't even appear at all.
  • The Gadfly: While he's generally the one getting egged on, he takes on this role towards Nago while working at the pizza parlor.
  • The Generic Guy: Compared to his two friends, he's quite plain. It reaches a point where even his Distaff Counterpart has more character than he does. Played With a bit as he occasionally worries that his friends will lose interest in him since he's not as wacky as they are.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hidenori and Yoshitake, but to a lesser degree than they are with each other.
  • Iconic Outfit: His one off stunt at putting on a skirt during "High School Boys and Skirts" has become his most memorable outfit (and not without reason, of course).
  • The Klutz: At least in the unanimated High School Boys and Classroom Cleaning, he broke anything he put his hand on.
  • Not So Above It All: Try as hard as he may to resist, he's just as perverted and bumbling as his buddies.
  • Only One Name: Unlike Hidenori and Yoshitake, he (and Mei) has yet to be given a surname. The final chapter implies that Tadakuni may be his surname and that we don't actually know his first name.
  • Only Sane Man: It seems almost as if his whole life is a Boke and Tsukkomi Routine.
    ''"My everyday life with my idiotic, hopeless and self-conscious friends still continues!"
    Tadakuni, in the anime's Book Ends skit
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Compared to the rest of the cast, Tadakuni doesn't have much in the way of quirks. He's a bit of a slacker and has a perverted streak, but both of those are pretty typical high school boy attributes.
  • Out of Focus: He slipped out from presence in the latter half of the anime—he had zero presence in episode 9, one scene when he choked on mochi in episode 10 (outside of his Chewing the Scenery), and one eyecatch in episode 11. Episode 10's intro suggested that was because he is a Ridiculously Average Guy, but can also be justified by his part-time job at the pizzeria.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Both of his friends seem to have almost savant-like intelligence along with larger than life personalities, while Tadakuni is painfully average and uninteresting.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Lampshaded in the intro to Episode 10, where the other boys conclude that he doesn't get much time on the screen because he's too normal and uninteresting. In the following sponsor message and next episode preview, Tadakuni tries really hard to be interesting, by talking in as loud a voice as he can. It's reached a point where it's gone full circle and his complete lack of interesting traits has become an interesting trait in and of itself and has made him quite popular with the fandom.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Straight Man: To Hidenori and Yoshitake.
  • Tsundere: Spends most of his time hanging out with Hidenori and Yoshitake yelling at them but becomes incredibly distressed whenever he thinks they've moved past him.
  • Unlucky Everydude
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: While the first few occasions he dressed in drag were due to Hidenori's meddling, he willingly wears his sister's underwear.

    Hidenori Tabata 

Hidenori Tabata

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Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (teenager) and Yuko Sanpei (Grade 5)

"That's it, Tadakuni! Run! Run, Tadakuni! Leave behind your Tsundere childhood friend! Throw out your little sister who's unrelated by blood! Run past that beautiful, mysterious transfer student until she fades into the distance! Hold on to that hand, and just, just... keep running!"

Tadakuni's classmate who looks stoic and emotionless. Despite his calm appearance, he is actually a stubborn Large Ham with an odd sense of humor.
  • The Ace: To a degree. He is the only guy who ever manages to attract any ladies, is shown to be an incredible athlete, impressively intelligent and shockingly perceptive. At the same time, he's a spastic weirdo who suffers from severe social anxiety.
  • Badass Baritone: Naturally. Well, the badass part is debatable.
  • Breakout Character: Tadakuni is supposedly the main character, but Hidenori quickly took the center stage.
  • Chick Magnet: He's the only male character apart from Karasawa that females ever crush on, such as the Literature Girl and Emi.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He likes to start conversations about girls. Subverted in that he shows outright annoyance whenever an actual girl shows interest in him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Usually he just looks like a relatively normal, fun-loving teen, but sometimes he can be very weird. Two examples from episode 8:
    • High School Boys and Balconies: After getting jealous over a conversation he saw over opposing balconies, he attempted to reenact it that night, by climbing to his neighbour's balcony...
    • High School Boys and Cakes: On his birthday Yoshitake asks him what does he wanted to do for the day. He not only forgot it was his birthday, but his answer also squicked Tadakuni In-Universe: Piss in his pants.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Shows a combination of terror, confusion and annoyance whenever a girl actually expresses interest in him, mostly because he never did anything to attract them in the first place.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's surprisingly capable physically.
  • The Gadfly: A lot of his antics are simply done to get a reaction out of people, generally Tadakuni. The occasions where we get to hear his Internal Monologue show him to be a relatively normal, if very socially-conscious, teen.
  • Genre Savvy: Very aware of anime, manga and gaming tropes.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Becomes incredibly jealous whenever he sees someone with a life like a manga character. Just seeing a guy getting yelled at by his Tsundere Childhood Friend is enough to send him into a rage.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Not nearly to the extent of Yanagin's hatred of men, but he generally comes off as moderately annoyed whenever interacting with girls.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yoshitake and to a lesser extent Tadakuni.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very. Though he seems to save it for his Internal Monologue or when he's around close friends. When in front of strangers he dials it back considerably.
  • Inner Monologue: If he is the focus of a skit, expect extensive examples of this, especially his scenes with the Literature Girl.
  • In-Series Nickname: His father calls him "Megane"—despite his brother Yuusuke wearing glasses as well.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Implied by his fantasies, his tendency to become extremely jealous whenever he sees anyone with a life similar to a cliched manga character and his fixation on his encounter with Rubber Shooter as a kid. At one point he even admits to Yoshitake that he feels anxious because almost all manga protagonists are around his age and yet nothing interesting ever happens to him. When asked by his dad what he wants to do with his life, he says he wants to "go overseas and help people.".
  • Jerkass: A mild case. He likes to give Tadakuni a hard time and can be outright cruel to other people, but a lot of this stems from his social ineptness rather than outright malice.
  • Large Ham: Despite what first impressions may suggest, he's hands down the hammiest character in the series. He tends to keep it in his head when he's not around friends though.
  • The Leader: If we see the main trio as a Comic Trio, he would be this. He also tends to lead the male students whenever the Student Council President isn't around or is too lazy to do it himself.
  • Mr. Imagination: Most "plots" are kicked off by him fantasizing while bored.
  • Non-Action Guy: At least he claims to be this in High School Boys and Killer Shoot. This is quickly subverted, as he proceeds to effortlessly block every shot kicked at him, including the ones with Dragon Ball Z level powers.
  • No Social Skills: He likes to talk to himself, says some very strange things and frequently finds himself in uncomfortable social situations that he only makes worse.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: has 40/20 vision without.
  • Running Gag/Say My Name
    LITTLE SISTER/IMOUTOOO!
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Serious Business: Hidenori tends to take things way more seriously than he needs to.
  • Small Town Boredom: Implied to be dissatisfied with his adolescence due to a lifetime of reading manga and anime featuring high schoolers going on fantastical adventures, and pulls the majority of his stunts as a way of compensating for the resulting emptiness. The occasions where he actually vocalizes these thoughts are actually fairly depressing.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Subverted as he just looks stoic. And he doesn't need them for vision purposes either.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Several skits have Tadakuni trying to kick him and Yoshitake out of his house while the two completely ignore him and continue to do whatever weird thing they're doing.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The mochi skit begins with him but while Yoshitake and Tadakuni are saved by their siblings at the end Hidenori isn't mentioned again...
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: At least once. In Episode 1's intro, he believed Square Enix and Sunrise's involvement in their show would suddenly infuse it with mecha and/or RPG elements. And in a way, he's right — in High School Boys and Indoor Adventure the trio took to roleplaying after playing Dragon Quest, and he is the most excited about it, impersonating various stock RPG characters.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Spends an entire segment detailing every single thing about Yoshitake that annoys him. It goes on for so long that he ends up listing all of Yoshitake's defining character traits, but ends with him tearing up after remembering all of the times Yoshitake has been an amazing friend to him.

    Yoshitake Tanaka 

Yoshitake Tanaka

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Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura

"A friend is... someone who walks with them even if they follow a different path! Someone who can bear the burden of their sins! Isn't that what it means to be a true friend!?"

Tadakuni's other friend, who looks more friendly and easygoing than Hidenori is... yet is an idiot who shares Hidenori's odd sense of humor.
  • Art Shift: His face has a tendency to become hyper realistic and detailed when he's being The Comically Serious. While this happens to other characters, Yoshitake is the most frequent offender.
  • Butt Monkey: Back in his childhood, but any memory of his mishaps are now attributed to Mitsuo.
  • Catch Phrase: "It's surreal."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: To a similar degree as Hidenori, though his tendency to be The Quiet One makes him even more of this.
  • The Comically Serious: High School Boys and Annoyances shows more than a few examples of this.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He was Rubber Shooter at one point, and is suggested to have been the one who saved Hidenori and fought Habara.
  • Custom Uniform: While all of the guys tend to be pretty lax with their dress code, Yoshitake never wears a tie with his uniform and always has the top buttons of his shirt down.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Except he was shaving his nipple hair. The audience doesn't get to see, but apparently the accident left him with only one nipple.
  • Delinquent Hair: Similar to Hidenori's glasses, his (presumably) bleached blonde spiky hair stands out quite a bit, though it isn't really indicative of his personality.
  • The Ditz: To a degree. He certainly comes off as the dumbest of the three, and while he's definitely slow on the uptake, his Internal Monologue shows him to be smarter than he looks but bad at expressing himself.
  • Dumb Blonde: See The Ditz. He's more of a goofball than outright dumb though.
  • The Fool: If we see the main trio as a Comic Trio, he'd be in this position.
  • The Gadfly: Towards Tadakuni, though he tends to only follow Hidenori's example. He also occasionally turns the tables and plays one to Hidenori as well, such as when he deliberately responds to his banter as bluntly as possible to make the situation more awkward than funny.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Fits to a T in all senses of the trope.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Hidenori. And Tadakuni, to a lesser extent.
  • Hidden Depths: He's surprisingly noble and rather heroic. He's also more socially aware than Hidenori is, and has a large social circle outside of the regular cast, but generally prefers playing the fool for laughs.
  • Hidden Eyes: His equivalent of Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Very subtly implied. His relationship with his sister is by far the worst of the main three with their siblings (for reference, Tadakuni only speaks with his sister once a month) to the point where he refuses to even call her by name or address her as his sister, and the occasions where he references his parents always have him speak of them disdainfully in a tone dripping with contempt. This, combined with his odd fixation on friendship and the concept of True Companions, suggests that his home life isn't very good.
  • Honor Before Reason: Yoshitake is a surprisingly loyal friend, which comes back to bite him more often than not.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Motoharu asked him a bunch of Internet neologisms in High School Boys and Lies, and he made up the answer for every one except MMORPG.
  • The Lancer: Essentially serves as lancer to both Tadakuni and Hidenori, being (usually) the more bizarre and reckless of the three, but also providing back up whenever they need it. He also rarely instigates the plot, and instead follows along with whatever is currently happening.
  • Nice Guy: Compared to the more unpredictable Hidenori, Yoshitake is both a very good friend and polite to strangers.
  • The Quiet One: The least verbal of the three, often making his sudden bizarre actions all the weirder.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • The Stoic: While he's hardly emotionless, he's much less loud than Hidenori is which, combined with his status as The Quiet One, gives him quite the poker face.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Several skits have Tadakuni trying to kick him and Hidenori out of his house while the two completely ignore him and continue to do whatever weird thing they're doing.
  • True Companions: Amongst the trio, he subscribes to this philosophy the most.
  • Wild Card: While he generally follows along with whatever stunt Hidenori is currently pulling, he's known to go off script and throw things completely off the rails.
  • With Friends Like These...: After a touching monologue about how he'll walk down the same path as his friends, even as panty thieves, he immediately gets sold out to Mei by Tadakuni and Hidenori, and rats them out in return.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Certainly not above getting into all out fist fights with Hidenori should he piss him off enough, but puts friendship above his own happiness.
  • Yes-Man: To Hidenori, for the most part.

Sanada North High Student Council

    Student Council President 

Student Council President

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Voiced by: Akira Ishida

The handsome President of Sanada North High's Student Council, who does little actual work and is often absent from the Student Council room.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Ringo.
  • Bishōnen: Unlike the rest of the rough-looking Student Council, the President is quite good-looking.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He starts a fight against Ringo only to get his ass kicked without landing a single punch.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: His brief and far-between speeches are impressive, but aside from that, he's a Lazy Bum incompetent who still somehow holds onto his title as president.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Which hint at his true Lazy Bum Jerkass nature hidden beneath his good looks.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
  • Handsome Lech: Tends to be flirty with every girl he meets.
  • Hidden Depths: The one time we hear his Internal Monologue he complains about feeling unnecessary, suggesting that he's more invested in the student council than he lets on.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's not too bad of a guy, but he's a lazy jerk most of the time, especially in comparison to the rest of the student council, who are all reliable nice guys.
  • Lazy Bum: He spends most of his time playing video games meanwhile the rest of the Student Council handle actual agendas.
  • The Load: Pretty much completely useless and generally acts like a jerk as well. Thankfully all of the other members of the student council are Hyper Competent Sidekicks. At one point he even outright says "There's no reason for me to be here!".
  • Mr. Fanservice: During Episode 4, where Ringo caught him wearing his underwear inside the horror house.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's a terrible fighter.
  • Paper Tiger: Looking cool is pretty much the only thing he's good at.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: Completely incompetent at pretty much everything and is more interested in goofing off than doing any work.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Almost always reveals himself to have been in the room the whole time without anyone noticing whenever he appears.
  • Student Council President
  • Team Dad: This is why he's still seen with respect despite doing none of the work.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The last member of the student council to be introduced and the only one who doesn't follow the Face of a Thug trope, in fact, he inverts it by being a jerk with a princely face.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Parodied in his fight with Ringo. He says he doesn't hit girls... after he misses a punch and gets locked in a chokehold.

    Student Council Vice-President 

Student Council Vice-President

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Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto

The Vice-President of the Student Council. Despite his scary appearance, he's well-mannered and polite.

    Motoharu the Delinquent 

Motoharu the Delinquent

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Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa

Tadakuni's classmate and a member of the Student Council. Despite his notoriety as a delinquent, he only really looks the part, and is one of the main group's friends.
  • Badass Decay: Invoked A weird example of this happening from the very first time he appears. He's introduced as a fearsome delinquent only to come off as an oblivious loser only a minute later. All of his following appearances tend to feature him getting humiliated by Hidenori or his sister and her friends.
  • Big Little Brother: He's one head taller than his older sister.
  • Brick Joke: In High School Boys and Seniority some girls shave off his Perma Stubble. For the rest of the episode, his chin remains shaved with some bandages on it.
  • Butt Monkey: To his sister Mino and her friends who walk all over him.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Viewed as a pillar of romantic guidance by all of the other guys at Sanada North High, despite being equally as clueless as they are. Girls actually turn away at the sight of him at the beach.
  • Custom Uniform: Fitting his image, he never buttons up his shirt, let alone wear the tie.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When he's introduced, he's portrayed as a feared and respected delinquent. When he's revealed to be as big of a Butt Monkey as everyone else, and the show stops playing up his status as a delinquent, however, he stops slicking his hair back and looks more like a normal student.
  • Extreme Doormat: Loses any backbone when dealing with his sister. Justified somewhat in that the one time we see him try to stand up to her ends with him getting his beard forcibly shaved off.
  • Face of a Thug: Though he actually puts a sort of token effort in to act tough.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Motoharu will occasionally appear with his hair slicked back, giving him a more thuggish look.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: He and Karasawa appear to be this.
  • In-Series Nickname: "The Delinquent."
  • Ironic Nickname: Despite his nickname being "The Delinquent", he's a dedicated member of the student council who is always at school and is never shown doing anything that could be called delinquent behavior.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Subverted.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a lot more brash than the other two delinquent-looking student council members, but he's still a nice guy.
  • Not So Above It All: Like Tadakuni, while he's usually the straight man, he's certainly not above goofing around with the rest of the cast.
  • Only Sane Man: Frequently takes on this role when dealing with Hidenori or his older sister.
  • Parental Abandonment: He's pretty much living with Mino.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Real Men Cook: To the surprise (and distress) of Mino.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: While both he and Karasawa are shining examples of the Face of a Thug trope, he's considerably more short-tempered and edgy than Karasawa is.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Sixth Ranger: Frequently serves as a fourth member of the main trio, to the point of eclipsing Tadakuni in the role of the Straight Man.
  • Supreme Chef: Even after Mino sabotages his food, it still tastes amazing.
  • Straight Man: To whoever he's currently with.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky

    Toshiyuki Karasawa 

Toshiyuki Karasawa

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Voiced by: Yuki Ono

A quiet, stoic member of the Student Council who's always seen wearing a hat. Is occasionally reeled into the main group's antics, especially when Motoharu is around as well.
  • Ascended Extra: Generally a sort of redundant character who doesn't do much due to sharing much in common with Motoharu as a character, he gets more focus in the High School Girls are Funky skits where he actually gets a bit of backstory. This also makes him one of the only characters to regularly interact with both the male and female casts.
  • Badass: Effortlessly blocks all of Yanagin's attacks and even manages to turn the tables on her without his hands. His idea of revenge is to preform a Kinniku Buster on her.
  • Chick Magnet: Both Tadakuni's little sister and Habara like him.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome
  • Custom Uniform: Inverted, oddly enough: Karasawa is the only one of his peers who can be counted to be wearing his school uniform's necktie, even during the summer.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Face of a Thug
  • First-Name Basis: Among the cast of High School Girls are Funky.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Appears to be this with Motoharu.
  • Hidden Eyes: His hat obscures his eyes most of the time.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick
  • Japanese Delinquents: Subverted as a matter of course.
  • Last Name Basis: Among his peers in Sanada North; it stands out as other of his classmates were all in First-Name Basis.
  • Never Bareheaded: Though you do get to see him without it a handful of times.
  • Nice Guy: Generally very kind and helpful, though he can be pretty snarky if you act stupid.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He has a very sharp and prominent nose in comparison to other characters.
  • Not So Stoic: Asked Yanagin to allow herself to get a dose of his Kinniku Buster as payback for beating him up back in Grudge.
  • Only Sane Man: Particularly when alongside the cast of High School Girls are Funky.
  • Please Keep Your Hat On: His hat hides a horrendous scar from his youth.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's more stoic and reserved than Motoharu.
  • Scars Are Forever: Keeps an ugly scar on his forehead as a reminder of an injury inflicted to him by Habara back when she was the "Archdemon". Volume 5 of the manga reveals that this is not the only one he has — he has prominent ones on his chest, his arm, and a long one down his back.
  • The Stoic: He rarely ever yells or loses his cool, as opposed to everyone else in this series.
  • Stress Vomit: He had one during High School Girls are Funky: Archdemon when he was reminded of Habara. Fanon takes it to be a persistent trait.
  • Trigger: Habara.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Habara?: He is extremely Habara-phobic, ever since giving him a nasty wound that left several ugly scars across his body. Shown in extreme detail in High School Girls are Funky—Demon.
  • Zen Survivor: He came out the worst of it out of the Archdemon's victims, and he has the scars to prove it.

Other High School Boys

    Mitsuo 

Mitsuo

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Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto

A classmate of the main characters. He's also the biggest loser in class.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: His default expression is a tired-looking squint and he's the designated loser in-universe.
  • Butt Monkey: The biggest of them all. Not even Tadakuni's "Out of Focus" syndrome can match up to all the crap that happens to him, so much so even many of Yoshitake's past mishaps ended up being attributed to him.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Other boys spent whole chapters discussing his misfortunes — even misattributing others' mishaps to him.
    • In High School Boys and Kick the Can, Hidenori, Yoshitake and Motoharu played a rather physical game of kick-the-can... with his Zaku Gunpla as the can. Turns out they bought him a new Gunpla for his birthday present, but decided to destroy the older one because they're identical. Of course, the replacement is actually a bootleg, and come the next Eye Catch Mitsuo drops it off a trash bin.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He was Rubber Shooter at one point.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 10's High School Boys and Consequences is essentially one long string of Mitsuo going from one blunder to another. To top it all off, he ends up completely missing a Crash-Into Hello encounter with a girl running Late for School when he stops to tie his shoelaces (and even thought he actually got lucky there)... and then he steps in dog shit.
  • The Ditz: Falls for the same trick twice in a row without any sort of hesitation, and doesn't understand why Yoshitake starts crying during a sad movie. Hidenori openly expresses how annoyed he is with his inability to understand what's going on without someone telling him to.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The other guys have no problem making fun of him to his face and are generally very vocal about how stupid and annoying they find him.
  • Genre Blind: In High School Boys and Annoyances, Hidenori briefly steps away from his rant about everything he hates about Yoshitake to call Mitsuo out for his inability to read situations and saying that he's annoying to go to movies with as a result.
  • Informed Flaw: While he does come off as fairly annoying and a bit dim, the way the other guys talk about him you'd think he'd be some sort of lumbering idiot.
  • Man Child: Is a notoriously picky eater and only sings children's songs during karaoke.
  • Pet the Dog: High School Boys and Kick the Can has Hidenori, Yoshitake and Motoharu all pitch their money together to buy him a new Gundam model. It turns out to be a knock off, but Mitsuo seems to be happy that they even cared about him enough to do it.
  • Porn Stash: Keeps one in his house. His parents discovering it caused his Heroic B.S.O.D. in High School Boys and Mitsuo's Problem.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Straw Loser: He pretty much exists to be humiliated.
  • The Trickster: His "killer shots" in High School Boys and Killer Shots all amounted to being a Combat Pragmatist.

    Takahiro Matsumoto 

Takahiro Matsumoto

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A student from Sanada West High and a classmate of the Literature Girl, who lives across the street from Karasawa and Habara.

    Takahiro's Friend 

Takahiro's Friend

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Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe

A student from Sanada West High who hangs around with Takahiro.

High School Girls Are Funky Protagonists

    Habara 

Habara/Archdemon

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Voiced by: Yukana

A girl from Sanada West High who lives next to Karasawa. Like her Distaff Counterpart Tadakuni, Yanagin and Ikushima frequently hangs out at her house. Eight years ago, however, she was the "Archdemon," the most dreaded kid in town. After a joint effort to "pacify" her by other kids, amongst which were Yanagin and "Rubber Shooter", she has completely changed for the good.
  • A-Cup Angst: Becomes distressed when she hears Karasawa say he prefers big breasts. The typical interaction for this trope doesn't happen because Karasawa quickly tells her to please go away.
  • Ax-Crazy: As a child.
  • Badass: Suggested to be far stronger than the rest of the cast.
  • The Bully: She used to be.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She has absolutely no understanding of the concept of fair play. She doesn't punch, she gouges. She was even ready to bash Yanagin and Ikushima's heads with a large rock when they prepared to fight each other. Cue a a look of horror from both girls.
  • Dark Action Girl: A very young one as the Archdemon.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Tadakuni.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Deconstructed — her social life with any male in town has been completely ruined by her days as the "Archdemon".
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe — her reaction to Yanagin's account of the fight against her during her "Archdemon" days.
  • Enfant Terrible: Was once this.
  • The Generic Girl: Completely generic and unremarkable aside from all the spoiler bits.
  • Girl Next Door: Literally, too, as she lives right next to Karasawa.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: As Archdemon.
  • Heel Realization: She would fall into Heroic B.S.O.D. whenever any reminder of her history as the Archdemon is raised.
  • Informed Ability: Despite her extensive backstory detailing her as a Enfant Terrible One-Man Army that the rest of the cast is terrified of, her actual character is more or less a female Tadakuni. This makes any and all references to her past inherently hilarious.
  • Kawaiiko: According to Yanagin's senpai.
  • Last Name Basis: With pretty much everyone.
  • Loving Bully: To Karasawa. Unfortunately for her, his experience with her has left him traumatized and scared shitless of her.
  • Nice Girl: Now a days, at least.
  • One-Man Army: Ten kids, amongst which were Yanagin and the "Rubber Shooter", can barely make a draw with the "Archdemon".
  • Only One Name: Habara is her surname.
  • Red Baron: "Archdemon"
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Everyone in town still remembers her as the "Archdemon" rather than the sweet, generic Girl Next Door she is now. Yes, she has kissed her romantic life and larger-scale friendships goodbye since third grade.
    Takahiro: "Perhaps it's better for her to leave this town."
  • Red Filter of Doom: During her flashbacks.
  • Retired Outlaw: Unfortunately for her, almost every male teenager in Sanada City is still very wary of her.
  • Sailor Fuku
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Karasawa. She'd be an incredibly mild version of this if it weren't for the fact that Karasawa is absolutely terrified of her.
  • Straight Man: Towards the more oddball Yanagin and Ikushima.
  • Super Strength: Unanimated chapters show that she still has her powers from her "Archdemon" days, and is largely unaware of that.
    • In High School Girls are Funky — Superficially, she incidentally bursted a volleyball.
    • In High School Girls are Funky — Megaton Poke, Yanagin had Habara try out the"punch machine" in the arcade in which the former just broke the new record. While Habara didn't get as many points as Yanagin by far... close inspections revealed a hole on the punching pad after Habara played with it, and upon asking Habara said she didn't know she has to clench his fist in the first place...
  • Tears of Remorse: Played for Laughs — frequently cries these whenever other people bring up her past as the "Archdemon".
  • Town Girls: With Yanagin and Ikushima. She's the femme.
  • Walking Spoiler: Almost a subversion. Despite the extensive amount of time devoted to her backstory, her past has no impact or even immediate connection to her character, making it irrelevant. This is of course Played for Laughs.

    Yanagin 

Yanagin

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Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi

Habara's oddball friend from Sanada Central High, who, like her Distaff Counterpart Hidenori, often has something to say (translate: scream) about high school boys.
  • Action Girl: Downplayed — she knows karate but has discontinued since middle school. This is still plot relevant as for this reason (among others) she was part of the team that barely "pacified" Habara in the past.
  • Always Second Best: To NAGO in their school.
  • Berserk Button: The idea of dating — see "Celibate Hero".
  • Boisterous Weakling: She has some amount of skill at karate, but she hardly measures up to the terrifying level of threats she constantly makes.
  • The Bully: Somewhat ironically, while Habara has left her bullying ways almost completely behind her, Yanagin still seems to get most of her kicks out of insulting, deriding, hitting and otherwise inflicting abuse upon other people. Also, like a stereotypical bully, she much prefers to do so from a position of strength or to people who can't or won't defend themselves: the only two times she tries to overpower people with actual martial arts skills outside of the flashback she gets her ass humiliatingly handed over to her.
  • Celibate Hero: She hates the idea of dating in general, and has reacted violently at Ikushima when the latter wondered how can she get a boyfriend (punched her face in), or suggested that she wears glasses to look cute (threatened to rape her and eventually beat her up with a wrench).
  • Comedic Sociopathy: She engages in (and even more often, threatens people with) some pretty horrific acts of physical violence, but the show always treats it with humor.
  • Does Not Like Men: Played with — while she claims boys are pathetic puddles of mess, she can actually get along well with them, especially Karasawa and Takahiro, not to mention that she was one of the kids assembled to fight the "Archdemon" with intent to avenge Karasawa's terrible wound.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Hidenori.
  • Genius Bruiser: Despite her brutish nature and love of fighting, it turns out that she routinely gets the second highest test average in their grade. She (claims that she) would've been able to do even better, but any more studying would cut into her "beating people up" time.
  • Genre Savvy: She's at least aware of gender perceptions as portrayed during the previous decade's fiction.
  • Hair Decorations: A small hairclip.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It really doesn't take much. Just talking about dating is enough to warrant a punch to the face from her.
  • Heel–Face Turn: As a kid she was originally a part of Habara's gang, but turned to the alliance because...
  • Heel Realization: ...of what happened to Karasawa.
  • Hot-Blooded: Even moreso than Hidenori, if that's possible.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Like "Action Girl," it was downplayed — while she's now no different from any other girls in this series, at the time she fought with the Archdemon, she was considered big.
  • Jerkass: She loves to abuse her karate skills on others and is generally bossy and ill-tempered.
  • "Just Joking" Justification: Uses it frequently, when she noticed what she said or done has rubbed Habara the wrong way.
  • Large Ham: Unlike Hidenori, she is very public about it.
  • Meganekko: She subverts the "sweet glasses girl" archetype usually associated with the trope by being a loud-mouthed hothead. When Ikushima asked about that, she claims she only wears them not so much as a cuteness factor than as a remedy for her poor eyesight — and threatened to rape her. This trope is completely averted in The Movie, where she didn't wear glasses at all.
    "I'm not wearing them to fit in character stereotypes! I wore them because my eyes are bad!"
  • Morality Pet: A self-imposed one for Habara, always keeping an eye on her in case she relapses back into being the "Archdemon".
  • No Indoor Voice: You'll want to turn the volume down whenever she talks. It's brutal.
  • One of the Boys: Or at least, she thinks she is. Karasawa, however, informs her that the boys she hangs out with think that she is too vulgar and hard to get along with.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Downplayed. Yanagin, the name her neighbours call her, is actually a diminutive of "Yanagi," a name her classmates in Central Perfectual would more likely use.
  • Straw Feminist: Hates boys and considers girls superior in every way. Pretty much subverted though, as she actually has no problem hanging out with them.
  • Tomboy: A very mild case.
  • Town Girls: With Habara and Ikushima. She's the butch.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unknown Rival: To NAGO.
  • The Worf Effect: Besides sucker punching Ikushima, we've never actually seen her win a fight.

    Ikushima 

Ikushima

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Voiced by: Chiwa Saito

Habara's other friend from Sanada East High, who always goes along with whatever Yanagin's up to.

Other High School Girls

    Literature Girl/"Yassan" 

Literature Girl/"Yassan"

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Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa

"She's probably hoping for an unrealistically romantic "Boy Meets Girl" encounter...! Can her mind shake off gravity or what? See, she's already got a distant look in her eyes. I can already tell that her romantic maiden gauge is reading full!"
(Hidenori's Internal Monologue, High School Boy and the Literature Girl 3)

A girl from Sanada West High who wrote a Romance Novel about an encounter between a girl who can control wind and a geeky, solitary boy, and then tried to reenact it in the series' Real Life. Hilarity Ensues, especially when she projects the "boy" to Hidenori, who is well-aware of what she's trying to invoke...

    "Ringo" 

"Ringo"

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Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki

Student Council President of the all-girls Sanada East High, who's determined to prove the superiority of girls over boys.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With the Student Council President.
  • Big Eater: In High School Boys and Getting Hit On, she ate a whole plate of takoyaki and two taiyaki in short succession — and she wants more.
  • Blush Sticker
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: How did a complete airhead like her even managed to become the Student Council President of Sanada East High?
  • Custom Uniform: Anime only. The longer she hangs around the Sanada North High School student council, the more she gains their dress sense. It comes to the point where she's not even wearing her necktie, sweater vest, or even tucking in her uniform blouse into her skirt anymore.
  • The Ditz: She's not the brightest bulb in town. For example, on a visit to Sanada North High in High School Girls and Panties, it took her an hour to find out the reason for a lost internet connection: the cable was never plugged on. Then she unwittingly flaunts her panties to Motoharu, the President and the Vice-President; fortunately for her she doesn't get to see them in the act, much less their horrified reaction.
  • Does Not Like Men
  • Dude Magnet: Gets hit on in short order by three different groups of guys, the last of whom was the Student Council President.
  • Genre Blind: During High School Boys and the Savior, she clearly couldn't read the mood, even though Motoharu, Karasawa and the Vice-President were trying to set up a Rescue Romance scenario for her.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Heavy Sleeper: In the unanimated High School Boys and Napping, after falling asleep in a meeting with North High's student council... The boys put more than a dozen books on her head and she didn't wake for the slightest.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: downplayed as she already has superiority undercurrents before her first visit to Sanada North, but was only fired up because she found Sanada North's Student Council a more well-managed institution than her school's.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Karasawa was able to distract her by meowing.
  • Leitmotif: While not as noticeable as Literature Girl's, Ringo also has a goofy one, which can be heard during her visits to the Sanada North Student Council.
  • Older Than They Look: She says that she's older than the Vice-President, who's 17, but her height and mannerisms make her look younger than she is.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: to ridiculous extents such that North High's student council sometimes calls her "Ringo-chan-san," treating "Ringo-chan" as if it was a proper first name.
  • Straw Feminist: A very mild example.
  • Student Council President
  • Tsundere: Type B — she actually gets along fine with other people, like the members of the Sanada North student council, but she reacts violently to the antics of their pretty-boy Student Council President.

    Mei 

Mei

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Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki

"Shut up! If you don't die right now, I'll kill you! If you don't wanna get killed, then die!"

Tadakuni's younger sister and a freshman at Sanada Central High. Despite talking with Tadakuni only once a month, she often ends up getting involved in her brother and his friends' hijinks.
  • Badass: Appears to have superhuman strength and effortlessly curbstomps the boys whenever she fights them. Even pre-established badass Karasawa can barely hold her at a standstill.
  • The Dreaded: All high school boys fear her wrath. She could honestly be considered the second generation of the Archdemon.
  • The Faceless
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • Hero Antagonist: Compared to the other female students, who generally just come off as jerkasses, Mei only ever attacks the guys when they provoke her, which happens to be almost constantly.
  • Hidden Depths: While she's almost exclusively seen in full Tranquil Fury mode beating the boys to a pulp, there are occasional glimpses of her outside of this that show her to be surprisingly shy and unsure of herself.
  • Not So Above It All: She sometimes eavesdrops on the boys' conversations and becomes just as engrossed in them as they are.
  • The Quiet One: Rarely gets more than one line a skit and is very selective with her words.
  • Running Gag: Her brother and his friends keep stealing her lingerie.
    • Both in the manga and in the anime her eyes are always blocked from the camera when they should be visible unlike the other faceless girls who just don't have them. The manga takes advantage of strategically placed sound effects and dialogue bubbles but the anime has the characters she interacts with casually obstructing her face using hands and fingers.
  • Super Strength: In High School Boys and Tower she can lift both Hidenori and Motoharu on her shoulders, and in High School Boys and UFO Catchers she can shake a UFO Catcher at the arcades which the main trio together couldn't even move.
    Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake, in unison: "Just what IS she?"
  • The Stoic: Doesn't speak much and almost always is in a state of Tranquil Fury.
  • Tranquil Fury: Almost never raises her voice but is almost always shown in a simmering rage.

    Mino 

Mino

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Voiced by: Risa Hayamizu

"It's pretty rare, what we have. Not many siblings get along, you know?"

Motoharu's older sister and a third-year from Sanada West High. Because their parents aren't around much, they're close, relatively speaking.

    Yoshitake's Older Sister 

Yoshitake's Older Sister

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Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu

"Did you know? Most entertainers get plastic surgery."

Yoshitake's older sister, third-year schoolgirl at Sanada Central High, and a compulsive liar. She's desperate for a boyfriend, and gets highly upset when others bring this fact to light.

    Nago (奈古) 

Nago (奈古)

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Voiced by: Junko Minagawa

"These guys are pissing me off."

A third-year from Sanada Central High and a senior staff in a pizzeria where Tadakuni and Yasunori work part-time.

    NAGO (名護) 

NAGO (名護)

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Voiced by: Junko Minagawa

Yanagin's "rival" at Sanada Central High. Her relation to that Nago, if there is any, is unknown.
Note: Due to name similarities with the Nago above, she is referred to in capitals.

    Yanagin's Sempai 

Yanagin's Sempai

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Voiced by: Shizuka Ito

Student Council President of Sanada Central High, who mentors Yanagin, Habara and Ikushima on how to be "better" high school girls. Apparently has a past with Karasawa as well.

    Overly Self-Conscious Girl 

Overly Self-Conscious Girl

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Voiced by: Haruna Ikezawa

A student at Sanada Central High who gets bothered by every little thing that happens around her.

Other Characters

    Yuusuke Tabata 

Yuusuke Tabata

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Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

Hidenori's older brother and a college freshman.
  • All Men Are Perverts: He's a pervert (stealing Mei's panties and bringing it around with him), and apparently so do all his friends and acquaintances, and that's not to mention his younger brother and his friends.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To the main trio, as their former leader. He taught them everything he knows about being a pervert.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Due to living away from home, he only occasionally shows up.
  • Idiot Hair
  • Megane
  • Not So Different: He's as perverted (see "All Men Are Perverts") and sees Yoshitake's older sister's Berserk Button with contempt as the main trio. It also helps that he used to be the ringleader of their group before he left for college.

    Rubber Shooter 

Rubber Shooter

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Voiced by: Romi Park

A mysterious kid whose true identity remains unknown. He saved Hidenori from bullies when he was young—and continued to be Hidenori's role model. He was also part of the team that "pacified" Habara.
  • Atrocious Alias: Due to Separated by a Common Language, while "rubber" would only mean rubber bands in Japan, most other English speakers would be confused about what he shoots, especially the Americans.
  • Badass: Has a reputation of taking down bullies much larger than him, and was one of the only kids lefts standing after the battle against the Archdemon. Subverted in that he was actually several people of varying ability, as Yoshitake and Tadakuni laugh about how one of the former Rubber Shooters was really weak and always lost.
  • Broken Pedestal: The possibility that he was Yoshitake freaks Hidenori out considerably, and things only get worse when he learns he could've also been Tadakuni, Mitsuo or someone he's never even met.
  • Bully Hunter
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Tadakuni and Yoshitake only vaguely remember their time as him and look back on it with mild amusement. In comparison, Hidenori considers his one meeting with him to be the most important moment of his life.
  • Cool Mask: It's Kamen Rider.
  • Collective Identity: As it turns out, Rubber Shooter wasn't just a single kid, it was an identity that belonged to a group of kids who would go around saving other kids in trouble.
  • Just Whistle: Defied — although he tells Hidenori to call him with the whistle when he needs help, later he tells him not to rely on the strong to always help him.
  • Kid Hero: He's a middle schooler.
  • Leitmotif: Pachelbel's Canon.
  • The Reveal: "He" was actually several kids at different times. The final chapter of the manga reveals that Tadakuni, Yoshitake and Mitsuo were a few of the people behind the mask, but not the only ones.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Only appears twice but is the most influential person Hidenori ever met and is the one who led the charge to bring down the Archdemon, making him responsible for Hidenori and Habara's current personalities.
  • The Unreveal: We never find out which of his secret identities was the one who saved Hidenori. It was probably Yoshitake, but may have even been Mitsuo, Tadakuni or even someone Hidenori has never met. The same goes for the one who took on the Archdemon.

    Emi 

Emi

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Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi

A girl who lives in Hidenori's maternal hometown.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Episode 9's High School Boys and Dropkicks and High School Boys and the End of Summer.
  • Action Girl
  • Ambiguously Brown
  • Can Not Spit It Out: Spent many days during summer break with Hidenori trying (to no avail) to confess to him.
  • Dynamic Entry: How she was introduced.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: She finally finds the chance to confess her love to Hidenori on a festival, which coincides with his last day in town. But just when she thinks she finally found her chance (after several days without much success)...
  • Surprise Incest: ...Hidenori makes a most surprising revelation to her: they are cousins.
    "And so, I ended my summer break without being able to do a thing."
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