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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 catalogue 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

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.
    Hidenori Tabata 

Hidenori Tabata

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, stoic appearance, he is actually a stubborn Large Ham with an odd sense of humor.
  • Badass Baritone: Naturally. Well, the badass part is debatable.
  • Chick Magnet: He's the only male character apart from Karasawa that females ever crush on, such as the Literature Girl and Emi.
  • 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.
  • Genre Savvy: Usually towards gaming tropes.
  • The Hero: In the pilot, how Hidenori potrait himself group and possible in all show, he wear Prince of Midenhall / Lorasia of "Dragon Quest II".
  • Hot-Blooded
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Hidden under a stoic shell.
  • The Leader: If we see the main trio as a Comic Trio, he would be this.
  • Non-Action Guy: At least he claims to be this in High School Boys and Killer Shoot.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: has 40/20 vision without.
  • Running Gag/Say My Name
    LITTLE SISTER/IMOUTOOO!
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Stoic Spectacles: Subverted as he just looks stoic. And he doesn't need them for vision purposes either.
  • 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.
    Yoshitake Tanaka 

Yoshitake Tanaka

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 he's an idiot who shares Hidenori's odd sense of humor.

Sanada North High Student Council

    Student Council President 

Student Council President

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.
    Student Council Vice-President 

Student Council Vice-President

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

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.
    Toshiyuki Karasawa 

Toshiyuki Karasawa

Voiced by: Yuki Ono

A quiet, stoic member of the Student Council who's always seen wearing a hat.

Other High School Boys

    Mitsuo 

Mitsuo

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto

A classmate of the main characters. He's also the biggest loser in class.
  • Butt Monkey: The biggest of them all. Not even Tadakuni's "Out of Focus" syndrome can't 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.
  • 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.
  • Genre Blind: In High School Boys and Annoyances, Hidenori considered him to have zero comprehension and is annoying to watch movies with.
  • Porn Stash: Keeps one in his house. His parents discovering it caused his Heroic BSOD in High School Boys and Mitsuo's Problem.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • The Trickster: His "killer shots" in High School Boys and Killer Shots all amounted to being a Combat Pragmatist.
    Takahiro Matsumoto 

Takahiro Matsumoto

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

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe

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

High School Girls Are Funky Protagonists

    Habara (Walking Spoiler Warning!) 

Habara/Archdemon

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.
    Yanagin 

Yanagin

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".
  • 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 ([[Unreliable Narrator 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
  • 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.
    "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".
  • 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.
  • Tomboy: A very mild case.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Unknown Rival: To NAGO.
    Ikushima 

Ikushima

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"

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"

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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.
  • The Faceless
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
  • 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?"
    Mino 

Mino

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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.
  • 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

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.
    Emi 

Emi

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
  • Actor Allusion: While she performs a dropkick to Hidenori, he screams "Tiro Finale!" — an obvious nod to one of her voice actress's most famous roles as Mami Tomoe.
  • 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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