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Characters of Free!. Names are in western order.

Tropes applicable to the main five

  • Ambiguously Gay or Ambiguously Bi: Yes, all of them. Actually the only male characters exempt from this are Seijuurou Mikoshiba and the Iwatobi coach.
  • Animal Motifs: Each swimmer is associated with a different swimming-style-related animal.
    • Haruka — Dolphin
    • Makoto — Orca
    • Nagisa — Penguin
    • Rin — Shark
    • Rei — Butterfly
  • Childhood Friends: All of them, excluding Rei, used to be elementary school friends until they went their separate ways (though Haruka and Makoto still went to school together).
  • Color-Coded Characters
    • Haruka = Bluenote 
    • Makoto = Green
    • Nagisa = Yellow
    • Rin = Red
    • Rei = Purplenote 
  • Female Gaze: One of the main themes of the anime is 'upper bodies'.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Gender-Blender Name: All of them have gender neutral names that are popular for girls. Incidentally, their female manager Gou inverts this by having a name usually given to boys.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Being swimmers, this is of course expected.

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    Iwatobi Swim Club 

Haruka Nanase

The strong, quiet protagonist of the series. A second-year student with a strong fixation to water. Was childhood friends with Makoto, Nagisa, and Rin. Has a natural talent for swimming, but does not swim forms other than freestyle.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Haru" by Makoto and Rin and "Haru-chan" by Nagisa, when they were kids, Rin and Nagisa referred to him as "Nanase-kun" before they became close enough to him to call him "Haru/Haru-chan".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His obsession with swimming and water would be rather unsettling were it not clearly meant for comedy and constant shirtless scenes. He will even strip down to his swimsuit in public in order to step into a fish tank.
  • Animal Motifs: Dolphins. He even has a dolphin as a bath toy and Nagisa compares him to one.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Others don't share his interest in mackerel pineapple pizza.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He may spend his time slacking around, but he is a profoundly gifted swimmer, an excellent artist, and a talented cook.
  • Brutal Honesty: Unafraid to contradict or correct other characters.
  • Character Development: Haruka begins the series depressed and closed-off, essentially relying on Makoto to to make sure he actually goes to school and to communicate on his behalf, but gradually he starts to involve himself in things more and more without having to be coaxed, such as personally helping Rei learn to swim (when at first he was ready to reject Rei over his dislike of water), and since opening up to his team in episode 9, Haru's been much more openly emotional, smiling often and being direct in showing concern or appreciation for his friends.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He likes to swim so much that he spends most of his free time in the bathtub when it's too cold to swim outside.
  • The Comically Serious: Very much so.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He apparently wears his jammers at all times instead of underwear, so he can swim at the drop of a hat (read: If he is not stopped, he will strip down to his jammers no matter where he is or who is watching).
  • Expy: Though probably unintentional, looks and acts very similar to Naru of Ghost Hunt, with the only exceptions being that Naru is not a swimming nut and not The Comically Serious.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The melancholic of the group of five.
  • The Gift: Haruka has not only passion, but also natural talent in swimming.
  • Hair Flip: Complete with a good helping of sparkles.
  • Heroic BSOD: He had one in the end of Episode 7, when Rin won their qualifying relay and swore he wouldn't swim with Haru again. He got better after his team gave him a comforting pep-talk message on his phone. And Makoto asleep on the floor waiting for him helped as well.
  • Hidden Depths: He is a surprisingly good artist; the art club try to steal him away after witnessing his rather impressive poster advertising the swimming club. His detailed sketch of Iwatobi-chan isn't half-bad either.*
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Makoto. It's even stated by the creator that they think of them as being "one set".
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fits with his character color. Also goes to show his 'cool' personality.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Says he can't wait to be ordinary in the first scene of him as a teenager. However, when Rin shows up, he thinks being ordinary can wait a while.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Haruka uses ore ("I, a tough young person"; used primarily by adult males) when referring to himself.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Though not as openly kind, Haruka has been seen playing with the neighborhood's cat and feeding strays with extra mackerel.
  • Minor Living Alone: Haruka lives alone in his late grandmother's house, although Makoto does live right down the street. Haruka's parents moved away for work, and his grandmother died sometime later.
  • No Social Skills: Haruka is nice enough on the inside, but doesn't converse much and usually needs Makoto to speak his mind for him. That and his intense obsession with water sets him apart from others. As the series goes on, he becomes less socially awkward.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: He has a habit of sitting in the bathtub with his swimsuit on when it isn't warm enough to swim outside.
  • Not so Above It All: Stoic demeanor aside, he blushes and his eyes widen whenever Makoto mentions a cool new pool he can try out. Also, the near-drowning incident shows us another side of him. See Not So Stoic.
  • Not So Stoic: Though mild at first he shows signs of being worried over Makoto's fear of the ocean in Episode 5. During the near-drowning incident we see him losing his cool and actually shaking with fear while Makoto is still unconscious. But pulls through it. It becomes more noticeable at the end of Episode 7. He looks so genuinely hurt when Rin says he won't ever swim with him again, causing Haru to become troubled over his own motivations to swim. But by the end of it, Haru does get better thanks to Nagisa, Rei and Gou sending him a worried voicemail and finding Makoto waiting for him to come home. The whole latter half of Episode 9 even shows Haru with far more emotion when he admitted he felt happy to swim with the others. It gets to the point where calling him "stoic" is debatable.
    • By the last episode he's gone from this to this.
  • Parental Abandonment: A relatively mild case, but he's alone in his house because his father left for business and his mother decided to go with him.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He rarely smiles most of the time.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Rin's red.
  • Second Year Protagonist: When we first meet him, he's already in his second year in Iwatobi. He becomes a third-year in the second season.
  • Security Blanket: In High Speed!, Haruka admits to himself that he keeps turning to water when feels uncomfortable or when he can't change anything. Like Rin moving to Australia when he was just warming up to him.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: All he wants to do is swim, but at each opportunity, his clothes just so happen to be in the way and he doesn't care where he is when he takes them off.
  • Shower of Angst: Haru had this after he lost to Rin. With the trope, you know it's bad when Haru doesn't feel good with water. He got better after his teammates gave him a "we're here for you" call.
  • The Stoic: He is first to be seen as this, but then episode 5 came along...
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He's very quiet and distant, but deep down he's a big old ball of sensitive fluff.
  • Supreme Chef: Haru is an excellent cook, and always has been, according to Nagisa. One of the audio dramas follows Haru teaching Makoto how to make mackerel braised in miso sauce; all the while, Makoto continually remarks on Haru's cool competence and air of professionalism as he works. The finished dish (which Haru turns into mackerel fried rice, in the end, as Makoto is a dedicated but somewhat hapless culinary student) is apparently delicious, judging by Makoto's rave review of it.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Performer to Rei (and to a lesser extent Rin)'s Technician; he doesn't care about entry angles or initial velocity or even improving his time, he just wants to swim. And he's good at it.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: More of case of being blunt than snarky, but still there.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mackerel. So much that if Haruka was stuck in a deserted island, and he could only bring one thing, it'd be canned mackerel.
  • The Quiet One: The least talkative of the group, his words are usually brief. He talks more in later episodes, when he has opened up more.
  • When He Smiles: In Episode 9.
    • In one of the "FrFr!" short movies included on the DVD releases of the series, Rei notes that he has never heard Haru laugh out loud; only Makoto recalls ever hearing Haru laugh, back when they were children. This revelation prompts Rei, Rin, Makoto, and Nagisa to tackle Haru and begin tickling him relentlessly in a Must Make Him Laugh ploy. Haru struggles against their efforts, but eventually bursts out laughing — cue the other swimmers' stunned, blushing expressions, as it turns out that Haru's laugh is heartrendingly sweet and adorable.

Makoto Tachibana

Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Satsuki Yukino (young)

Haruka's best friend. Caring, considerate, but easily frightened. Elementary school buddies with Haruka, Nagisa, and Rin. His medley style is the backstroke.

  • Adorkable: At all times.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Mako-chan" by Nagisa.
  • Animal Motifs: Orcas. It becomes more meaningful in Episode 6 when his feelings about swimming reflect the nature of orcas conquering the largest distances as a pod.
  • Bromantic Foil: Makoto, as the stoic Haruka's understanding best friend, apparently has to speak for him when Haruka refuses or acts too distant for anyone else to figure out his intentions.
  • Character Tics: He often complements his trademark smile by way of shutting his eyes and tipping his head forward or to the side. He seems to have picked the habit up from his mother.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: He's generally the one to try and stop Haruka from stripping. Established in one of the first scenes, in which he shows up at Haruka's house to see why he's not going to school.
    • He also knows how to get Haruka to cooperate with their plans when the latter is being stubborn (generally by mentioning an opportunity to swim).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He developed a fear of the ocean as a child, as a result of an old fisherman Makoto befriended and his crew drowning during a typhoon. Just some time before, the fisherman gave him the pet goldfishes he wanted to catch from a summer festival, but eventually died even with all the proper care Makoto did to ensure they lived long. However, he copes with that fear because he wanted to swim together with Haruka and the others.
  • Face Your Fears: He's willing to hide his fear for the sake of the team. When Rei needs saving in the ocean, Makoto hurries out to save him. He chokes up and also needs rescuing, but with the support of his friends he is more confident.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The phlegmatic of the group of five.
  • Gentle Giant: Easily the biggest and tallest of the main cast, but definitely gentle.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Makoto uses ore ("I, a young tough person"; used primarily adult males) when referring to himself.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: During the first scene with Makoto, he greets and pets a kitten. He's later on seen playing with it.
  • Lethal Chef: The poor guy can't cook at all; the lunches he brings to school each day come courtesy of his mother. In one of the audio dramas, he asks Haru to teach him to cook something so that he can feed the twins while his parents are out celebrating their wedding anniversary. The lesson doesn't exactly go smoothly, and Makoto's rather unappetizing first foray into cuisine (a very salty variation on mackerel braised in miso sauce) only proves salvageable after all on account of Haru's own Supreme Chef skills and quick thinking.
  • Lovable Coward: Makoto for sure. It's not difficult to scare him, as Nagisa knows, but he's easily the most caring member of the cast.
  • Nice Guy: Easily the kindest and gentlest of the main cast and the person who holds his swimming team together.
  • Not a Morning Person: His younger siblings have to come wake him up in the mornings due to his tendency to oversleep.
  • Only Sane Man: It's easy to see him as this when you see what kinds of shenanigans his friends go on.
    • Not so Above It All: Makoto manages to maintain an air of maturity and steadfastness most of the time, but underneath his peaceful, nurturing surface, he's an outgoing, goofy nerd at heart. When he begins to enthuse over "Super Fusion Doppelganger" (most likely a "Super Sentai" Stance their elementary school swim club did together, by the sound of it) and launches into a demonstration thereof in the first episode, even Nagisa moans that he's being embarrassing.
  • Perpetual Smiler: His default expression is a good-natured smile, befitting his sweet and friendly personality.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Senpai to Rei's kouhai.
  • Sexy Back: This trope is all over the series to begin with, what with everyone being swimmers and walking shirtless scenes, but Makoto deserves special mention because wow.
  • Sleep Cute: Well, more like "Wake Up Cute". He probably gives his younger siblings, the twins Ren and Ran, a run for their money with this.
  • Sweet Tooth: He seems to have a pronounced weakness for chocolate.
  • Tareme Eyes: A little subtle, but still there.
  • Team Mom: A gender flipped example. He's much more nurturing and always looking after the emotional welfare of his teammates. Arguably, Gou plays more of the Team Dad role than he does.

Nagisa Hazuki

Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga, Satomi Sato (young)

A cheerful, direct first-year student. Childhood friend of Haruka, Makoto, and Rin. His medley style is the breaststroke.

  • Adorkable: Practically oozes this.
  • Agent Peacock: Look at his jammers!
    • He's dressed incredibly flamboyantly (more so than the rest) in the ED, in colorful gauze and bangles.
  • Animal Motifs: Penguins. They're even on his underwear!
  • Big Eater: Watch as he makes almost half a pizza disappear in less than a minute!
  • Cheerful Child: A male version of this when he was young. Turns out he wasn't always so cheerful; he said himself in the drama CD that he used to be a crybaby and was bullied often due to his Gender-Blender Name. If that wasn't bad enough, his sisters forced him into dressing up in girls' clothes and he was often teased to the point of tears. He became cheerful after meeting Haruka.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: For example, one of the main reasons he tries to recruit Rei is because he, too, has a Gender-Blender Name.
  • Cuddle Bug: The most physically affectionate of the cast, he tends to suddenly snuggle up to others. Especially Haruka or Rei.
  • The Cutie: His mannerisms is seen as this.
  • Dragged into Drag: He has three older sisters and when he was younger, they'd often dress him up in girl clothes and have him wear makeup, even packing one of their swimsuits into his swim bag. It's entirely possible that they still do dress him up since they put another one of their swimsuits in his swim bag when he was in high school.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Somewhat, his keetness makes him as bubbly as a girl, he's very short in stature for a boy his age, he has a bit more of a feminine face than the others, mainly due to his eyes, and was even dressed up as a girl by his older sisters when he was younger. His Gender-Blender Name doesn't help much either.
  • Dumb Blonde: Appears to be this based on personality, but demonstrates a more cunning side.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The sanguine of the group of five.
  • Fun Personified: One of his character songs is about having a fun time. His adventurous attitude is what gets the plot going.
  • The Gadfly: Often plays around with Makoto and Rei. He's also fond of poking fun at Gou's name.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Nagisa has penguins on all his underwear.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: His room is... girly, to say the least and he owns a pink cell-phone, apparently being forced to dress up like a girl and wear make-up by his older sisters helped him awaken his feminine side.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Nagisa refers to everyone with the honorific "-chan", which is used to express closeness, fondness, and affection. "-chan" is typically added to the end of a girl's name, but can be added to a boy's name. Ironically, Nagisa is the only one of his inner circle of friends not to be referred with the honorific "-chan", instead, he is the only one to be given the honorific "-kun" which is basically the same as "-chan" but is typically given to boys, and Rei is the only one to refer to him as "Nagisa-kun".
  • Japanese Pronouns: Nagisa uses boku ("I, a non-threatening male"; used informally and by children) to refer to himself.
  • Keet: He is generally energetic, cheerful and bubbly.
  • Moe Stare
  • Nice Guy: He acts kindly towards everyone and gets along with a lot of people.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Nagisa gets pretty touchy-feely with his friends, Rei receiving the brunt of it.
  • The Nicknamer: Haruka = "Haru-chan", Makoto = "Mako-chan", Rin = "Rin-chan/Rin-Rin", Rei = "Rei-chan", Gou = "Gou-chan".
    • He calls Nitori "Ai-chan," as shown in the premiere of season 2.
  • Older than They Look: Downplayed. Appears younger than the other four, but is actually older than Rei.
  • Outnumbered Sibling: Has three older sisters.
  • The Pollyanna: Quite the cheerful one.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a fair amount of pink for a boy.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: He has no problem with getting naked to play around in the pool.
  • Skinny Dipping: He does this in the first episode.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Can be very manic and dreamy, but shows good planning and interpersonal skills. Despite how childish he seems, he can be very mature.
  • Sleep Cute: He falls asleep on a train and his head rests on Haruka's shoulder.
    • The picture at the end of Episode 3 has him doing this with Rei.
  • Something Only They Would Say: After not seeing him for 3 years, Haruka and Makoto recognize him when he addresses them as "Haru-chan" and "Mako-chan".
  • Static Character: Nagisa remains the same throughout the series, he starts out bubbly and cute and is bubbly and cute consistently through the story, he's also the only one of the main characters as of episode 11 to not have an episode feature his Character Development or past, aside from the brief moments he is seen as a kid in Haruka, Makoto, and Rin's memories.
  • Sweet Tooth: He is extremely fond of sweets, especially anything that includes strawberries or is strawberry-flavoured.
  • Tears of Joy: During episode 12, he cries tears of happiness when the team, with Rin, wins the relay.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Pink.

Rei Ryugazaki

Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa, Yoko Hikasa (young)

An intelligent, serious first-year, originally part of the track and field team, but eventually pulled into the swim team by Nagisa. His medley style is the butterfly stoke.

  • Adorkable: The trailers made him look like a sort of reserved megane archetype. Not so. Dude goes on hilariously passionate rants about only performing beautiful sports, belly-flops into a pool, and occasionally pole vaults like this. Perhaps outclasses everyone else in this aspect.
  • Academic Athlete: Both a bookworm and a sports star.
  • Agent Peacock: In the ED, with his bright red feather cap and a rifle. In the show itself, he wears a brightly-colored speedo at first, and in one scene a body suit covered in purple butterflies (his animal theme). He's also even more muscular than the others, and an excellent pole-vaulter (too bad he can't swim.)
  • Animal Motifs: Butterfly. It's also the only stroke he can do.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He uses Physics to get ahead in Track. However, it's shown that doing this doesn't always help him, especially when he tries to apply it to swimming.
  • Badass: He's the only one on the team with no swimming experience and chooses to take up butterfly? Butterfly is notorious for being the hardest stroke to learn and master. It's always the last stroke taught to new swimmers, and it's insanely exhausting and requires very precise timing. Turns out it is the only way he can swim due to its highly technical aspect.
  • Bookworm: Shown in more than one scene to be reading a book.
  • Character Tics: Nudging his glasses. Even if he isn't wearing them.
  • Cool Shades: Wears orange wraparounds with his track uniform.
  • The Dandy: A variation; he's not afraid to work out, but he's obsessed with looking beautiful as he does so, which is the reason for his initial rejection of swimming, since in his mind the sport involves a lot of unsightly body undulation and desperately gasping for air. Another reason his choosing butterfly is baffling—along with being ridiculously difficult for a beginner, it's probably the hardest to make look pretty.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: In the preview for episode 11, Rin refers to him as "Speedo Megane", the "Speedo" part referencing the fact he was wearing a speedo when he first met Rin and "Megane" is the Japanese word for "glasses", so it's a reference to his glasses; Rei was embarrassed hearing this to say the least.
  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: He tries to hide that he doesn't know how to swim and attempts to compensate by analyzing how it's done. It doesn't work.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The choleric of the group of ffive.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Not the death kind, obviously. Instead, he gives up his spot on the relay team so Rin can swim with his teammates again.
  • Idiot Ball: Episode 5. Goes long-distance swimming alone, in the ocean, in the middle of the night when everyone else is in bed. A random storm rolls in...
  • Japanese Pronouns: Rei uses boku ("I, a non-threatening male"; used informal contexts and by children) to refer to himself.
  • Keigo: He uses very polite language, even when he's angry.
  • Kirk Summation: Gave a passionate one against Rin in Episode 11, questioning why he decided to do a relay against Iwatobi when Rin swore not to swim with Haruka again.
  • Large Ham: He tends to be this when he's particularly worked up about something, namely sports.
  • Opaque Lenses: Whenever he gets flustered.
  • Purple Eyes: Averted. Despite having purple eyes, it seems like the only purpose of having them is to correspond with his character color.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: While tailing Rin at the festival, he goes Sasasasa!. A clear master of stealth.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Kouhai to Makoto's senpai.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: he was not in the original PV, only showing up in the second ad. This means he missed out on most of the giant "SWIMMING ANIME!!!" pre-release hype, and has had much less advertisement than the other characters so far. People who aren't watching the anime probably only heard about the original four boys.
  • Sixth Ranger: An odd case. According to the cast biography, not only did he recently switch from track to swim team, he's the only person not a part of the original Childhood Friends ensemble, and thus likely to have the perspective of an outsider. It's possible that Rin could fill in the role instead, though, as the same biography points out that his former childhood friends feel as if they don't understand him anymore.
    • Because of this status he actually shares some different, oddly refreshing, views compared to his team mates. Especially with things related to Rin. His thoughts on Rin aren't tinted with nostalgia, so he's a little harsher in his opinions on Rin after his more Jerk Ass moments. Also, he's the only one to notice and actually feel put out by the fact the team's original goal to do well in the nationals has become related to beating/keeping up with Rin, instead of just having a good time and being proud of what they can achieve.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Played with. He is excellent at deduction, math, and applying formulas, but often acts like an enormous dork at times.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Subverted by being a Tsundere, as well as a Large Ham.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Cannot seem to even float, despite the others' best efforts.
    • Actually, he can float; he compares himself to a submarine.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Other characters (including his track coach) point out that he pays too much attention to form, theory, and calculation, and it won't help him improve in either track or swimming. He gets inspired to join the swim club upon watching Haru, who is a performer through and through.
  • Technicolor Eyes: His are purple.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Yeah, like you really would want to risk your life by swimming late at night to train in the middle of a storm.
  • Tsundere: Appears to be a Type A.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Plays it straight.
  • Younger than They Look: Downplayed. Around the same height as Rin, but younger than Nagisa.

Gou "Kou" Matsuoka

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe

Rin's younger sister, a first-year student. She's attending the same school as Haruka and the others and the Swim Club's manager.

  • Audience Surrogate: Her immediate reaction to Haruka being shirtless is to avert her eyes and insist that good girls don't stare at half-naked guys, but within seconds she's gushing with starry-eyes over his muscles, and has reacted similarly to all other shirtless swimming guys she's seen since. Considering that the main point of the show is Female Gaze-y half-naked boys, clearly she's acting as the audience here.
  • Big Brother Worship: It's subtle, but she highly looks up to Rin and frequently displays concern for his well-being.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Just like her brother.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: The manager of the Swim Club; a cute girl among muscular but lean young men.
  • Disappeared Dad: See Rin's note below.
  • Do Not Call Me Paul: Gou dislikes being called by her first name, as it's a unisex name.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Being the swimming club manager, this happens quite often. And she doesn't necessarily react only in Shirtless Scenes. Just seeing well defined muscles makes her eyes to go into full Bishie Sparkle mode. See Audience Surrogate above and Fetish and Otaku below.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Considers being called Gou this, because it's a boys name.
  • Fetish: Has a fetish for muscles.
  • Fiery Redhead: Outspoken and tends to be passionate about things, particularly muscles.
  • Hair Decorations: The light blue decorations at the base of her ponytail, which are actually two little fish.
  • Insistent Terminology: She prefers to be called Kou, which is a more feminine pronunciation, but no one does.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Gou is generally a masculine name, yes, but she's specifically named for a female historical figure.
  • Otaku: A muscle otaku.
  • Team Dad: Despite being female and their manager, she is much more into getting results from the team, like improving their time and following a strict regime, and wants the team to be more ambitious.
  • Tranquil Fury: There's one occasion where Nagisa calls her "Gou" in the middle of a discussion on club business where she sharply cuts him off with "It's Kou", accompanied by a plastic smile and awkward silence for a couple seconds before she simply resumes the discussion.
  • Tsurime Eyes: In contrast to Miho's Tareme.

Miho Amakata

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino

Haruka and Makoto's homeroom teacher, who they later convince to become the Swim Club Supervisor.

  • Ice-Cream Koan: Being a literature teacher, she frequently dispenses these.
  • Mysterious Past: She was a swimsuit model named "Marin-chan" at one point and quite dismissive whenever its mentioned.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Shows up behind Nagisa whenever he mentions her wearing a swimsuit.
  • Older than They Look: If you saw her standing next to her students while they were all wearing civilian clothes, you would think she was another teenager. Justified, since the first episode we learn that she recently graduated college, so she probably isn't that much older than them.
  • Porn Names: She went by the name "Marin Nishikujo" during her swimsuit model days.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: For example, she sees no problem with the boys sneaking into abandoned buildings, since you're supposed to adventurous and a little reckless at that age.
  • Sensei-chan: Her students even call her "Ama-chan-sensei".
  • Tareme Eyes: In contrast to Gou's Tsurime.
  • Tranquil Fury: Displays this when Nagisa suggests that they get more members for the swim club by having her wear a swimsuit. She even threatens to quit supervising.

    Samezuka 

Rin Matsuoka

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano, Akeno Watanabe (young)

Haruka's rival and former childhood friend, who went overseas for three years and returned with a different personality. Attends Iwatobi's rival school. He trained in all four swimming styles even as a kid, his best style being butterfly, but his preferred solo medley style is presumed to be free stroke to compete against Haruka.

  • Always Second Best: Since childhood, he is regarded as second in skill after Haruka, a point that drives him to travel overseas to swim.
    • He was especially hit with this badly overseas, crippling his self-confidence and his desire to swim.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Although Gou does worry about his well-being, he's never shown to be at all close to her.
    • Big Brother Instinct: In the drama CD, however, he does mention that Seijuurou shouldn't call other people's little sisters by their first name without first asking permission. He's talking about Gou, of course. When Seijuurou asks permission to call Gou by her first name (jokingly), Rin cuts him off with "NO."
      • Another drama CD scene reveals that he's paranoid over Gou going out every Sunday, thinking she has a boyfriend. When Nitori suggests that Seijuurou likes Gou, Rin immediately confronts the captain, who, says he went to see a movie with "the little sister". Turns out, Seijuurou meant he went to the movie with his own sister.
      • In the anime itself he does occasionally demonstrate concern/affection for Gou, such as walking her back to the hotel she's staying in after it turns out both their schools were training on the same island.
  • Animal Motifs: Occasionally referred to as a shark due to his competitive nature; also resembles one via his teeth.
  • Anxiety Dreams/Dreaming of Times Gone By: In Episode 7, he had one of Haru being a symbolic representation of the level he needed to catch up, to reach his father's talent and efforts. This follows a memory of his younger self and Gou walking with their father's last rites from dying in a typhoon.
  • Benched Hero: During The Stinger of Episode 11, Seijuurou removed him from the Samezuka relay because his mind wasn't clear on winning with his team.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He may be a huge jerk, but it's later shown that there is more to him than he lets on.
  • Blood Knight: When it comes to swimming anyway. He really just wants some good competition.
  • Break the Haughty: After beating Haru and declaring he'll never swim with him again he sees how the team swim together and acts jealous and angry at how they replaced him with Rei, with Haruka being the one who wins the team the victory. He pretty much spends Episode 9 breaking down as a result.
  • Character Tics:
    • Snapping his goggles strap. The others recognize him after not seeing him for three years when he does something similar with the strap on the back of his baseball cap. This tic is also an homage to his father.
    • He has a tendency to rub the back of his neck.
  • Cheerful Child: Used to be, but his behavior changed when he went abroad to Australia and became discouraged when most of his classmates were able to swim faster than him. Haruka beating him when he returned to Japan was his breaking point.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: He tends to do this, to go with his shark-like teeth.
  • Cry Cute: All over the place in episode 12.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: His eyes and hair are both red.
  • Cute Little Fangs: As a child.
  • Can't Catch Up: While in Australia, Rin had trouble competing again the other swimmers and felt left out of their league. Rin concluded his efforts were clouded because the relay with his friends was distracting him from his goal. His frustrations were what made him want to quit, but swimming against Haru in the first episode was what reignited his drive to swim.
  • Dragged into Drag: Rather than be forced to quit the team, he begrudgingly agrees to take part in the maid cafe. Mikoshiba, Nitori, and even his sister all think he wears it well.
  • Death Glare: Can give a nasty one.
  • Disappeared Dad: It turns out that he died in a typhoon during Rin and Gou's childhood.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: During Elementary School, Haruka and Nagisa called him "Rin-Rin", and he didn't like it at all when this comes up in High Speed! Rin explains to Haruka that at his old school, he was called "Rin-Rin" there as well and got bullied about it and is scared of being bullied again.
    • Nagisa calls him "Rin-Rin" once more in episode 12, though he takes it quite well.
  • Evil Redhead: Subverted in that he's not actually evil, per se, just the rival.
  • Fair Cop: During the second Ending Theme, he wears a policeman's uniform. Needless to say, he looks pretty good in it.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Choleric of the group of five.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Despite the fact that he initially ignored Nagisa and Makoto in favour of challenging Haruka, he is not happy when he realises that "his" place in the relay team (the butterfly stroke) has been taken by Rei. When he watches the relay, he admires his old friends' trademark swimming styles...but snarls all the way through Rei's leg of the race, considering him unworthy of being in the same team as the other three. Rin seems genuinely taken aback at how much this upsets him, having thought that beating Haruka would solve everything.
    • Though he gets over it by the end of the series.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Travels all the way to Australia to get the necessary training to beat Haruka. When he comes back to Japan to start highschool and beats Haruka, he becomes upset—most likely because Haruka didn't seem to put in his utmost effort (or he just didn't even care that he lost, because he doesn't care about winning or losing). He doesn't fully accept this as a satisfying win because either Haruka went easy on him, or, because Haruka just wasn't devastated by the loss like Rin would have been. Then it's revealed he sometimes returned to Japan every so often, and once challenged Haruka when they both went to see their old club. He lost to him again and then told Haruka he was quitting swimming.
    • It's also addressed in Episode 4 that Rin has been training much harder and is in better physical condition than Haruka, which in Rin's opinion, makes his win pointless.
    • Played with in the end of Episode 7, Haru trained to keep going on personal bests before the prefectural tournament, but Rin won in their seed and swore he wouldn't swim with him anymore. However, Haru hasn't been seriously training for years because of the incident in the past when he beat Rin and Rin told him he was quitting swimming. Thought note that Haruka only had a month or so to train, ultimately making this victory hollow.
    • In Episode 11, he reveals that he blames swimming in a relay for affecting his performance since no matter how hard he practiced, he couldn't get the results he wanted.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Uses ore.
  • Jerkass: After meeting his team mates for the first time in years, he insults Haruka for still hanging out with Makoto and Nagisa, the latter two he doesn't even acknowledge. After an unsuccessful attempt to race Haruka, he takes the trophy they had worked so hard for as children and tosses it aside, saying he doesn't need it anymore.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As it turns out, he's really not that bad and is actually just depressed that Haruka won't race him again in tip-top shape. And also shows genuine concern about Makoto facing the ocean.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Nitori observes Rin taking in a stray cat from the rain and feeding it mackerel in the old swim club building. Kindhearted... deep down.
  • Last Name Basis: He simply calls Nitori "Nitori", which is his family name but they develop a First Name Basis in episode 12, where Rin calls Nitori the Affectionate Nickname "Ai".
  • My Sister Is Off Limits: Comes up more than once in the drama CDs during interactions with his captain.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: As a teenager.
  • Pet the Dog: Calls Nitori by his first name in episode 12, to Nitori's delight.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Haruka's blue.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Rin felt like the "replaced" part of this trope when Rei was the butterfly swimmer in Iwatobi's team relay.
    • Subverted when HE turns out to replace REI in the final relay.
  • The Rival: Pre-air material really wants to drive it home that he fills this role for Haruka—not only is it the introductory line of his profile, but in a chart mapping cast relations, Rin has an isolated red box (being from a rival school and all) surrounding him with an arrow pointing only toward Haruka (and vice versa) with the words "RIVAL" written above it, and glaringly, he seems to have no interest in anyone else, and they in kind have no arrow relating to him.
  • Security Blanket: The after ending, next episode character commentary reveals Rin can't sleep without his pillow.
  • Sempai Kouhai: The senpai to Nitori.
  • Slasher Smile: Oh yes.
  • Technician Versus Performer: A mild example of a technician in contrast to Haruka's intuitive performer. He consistently weight trains in order to supplement his swimming skills (and even chastises Haruka about not focusing enough on gaining a stronger build). He also frequently reads books about improving swimming techniques.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After coming back overseas. It is hinted in his talk with Rei and the end card in Episode 11 that disappointment after disappointment of his swimming combined with being alone in a foreign country was enough to make the once idealistic, cheerful child the jaded teen we see today.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After the climax of episode 12. He still shows traces of grumpiness, but he's more like the child he once was.
  • Troubled, but Cute: His attractiveness is commented on in-universe, and most of the anime he can't hide his frustration about his swimming ability.
  • Tsundere: Even after episode 12, his sister and Nagisa both outright say he needs to be more honest with his feelings. Nitori even calls him one once.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Rin began to swim competitively because he wanted to live out his father's missed out dream as an Olympic swimmer. His father decided to quit his dream when he married and be able to properly raise his son and daughter, but eventually he died from a typhoon during his work as a fisherman to never live it at all.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Prior to his three years overseas.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was once good friends with Haruka, Makoto, and Nagisa before going overseas and coming back completely changed.
    • He goes back to being their friend in episode 12.

Seijuurou Mikoshiba

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda

The Samezuka swim team captain.

  • Adorkable: Strict captain tendencies aside, he's actually a friendly, dorky guy, especially around Gou.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Episode 8 reveals he makes good on his boisterous nature by being a very competent swimmer, setting a new tournament record in his prelim.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: He has the darkest complexion of all the named characters, with red-orange hair.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He has a crush on Gou and even tries to ask her out a couple of times. She doesn't seem interested, though.
  • Large and in Charge: The tallest and most muscular of the Samezuka team and also their leader.
  • Love at First Sight: It is implied that he falls in love with Gou when she came to look for Rin before he joined the swim team.
  • Passing the Torch: By the start of Eternal Summer, Mikoshiba's about to graduate, and as such gives the title of Captain of the Samezuka team to Rin.
  • Put on a Bus: At the beginning of the second season, justified since he's graduating.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: He's extremely strict and serious when it comes to his team, but when interacting with Gou or the original Swim Club members he's extremely dorky.
  • Sweet Tooth: Nitori mentions all the sweets he eats at the squid festival.

Aiichirou Nitori

Voiced by: Kouki Miyata

A first-year on the Samezuka swim team and Rin's roommate.

  • Affectionate Nickname: "Ai" Rin calls him this in episode 12, giving them a First Name Basis.
    • Nagisa calls him "Ai-chan," as shown in the season 2 premiere.
  • Animal Motifs: Either a seal or a pilot fish.
  • Beauty Mark: He has one under his right eye.
  • Covert Pervert: The second FrFr! shows that he has a porn magazine lying around his books.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: Tends to say parts of what he's writing in his diary out loud with Rin nearby. Given that most of what Nitori writes is about Rin, he's left to stammering denials.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: When Rin is annoyed about the joint practice with Iwatobi, Nitori says that the Iwatobi boys all have girly names. Rin, who just happens to also have a girly name, is not pleased.
    • Does it again in Episode 4, when praising Haruka and saying that success "all comes down to talent". He gets a particularly vicious Rin Death Glare for that.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Extremely dogged.
  • Expy: Looks very similar to Masato from Uta No Prince Sama: both have the same hairstyle and have beauty marks under their right eyes.
  • Last Name Basis: He refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-sempai" in episode 12, they develop a First Name Basis and he then calls him "Rin-sempai".
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Seems to believe this. He says at one point that success all comes down to talent because he doesn't seem to be improving. This attitude does not go over well with Rin.
  • Jack of All Stats: His usual event is the Individual Medley.
  • The Rival: Nagisa's in season 2, as Nitori is beginning to specialize in two strokes like Rin, the second being the breaststroke, and in the opening the two are seen competing against each other in the relay.
    • In episode 2, Iwatobi and Samezuka have a non-official relay against each other at the revival of the Iwatobi SC, he and Nagisa go against each other in the relay Nagisa's stroke is shown to be faster and more refined than Nitori's, and Nagisa beats him in their leg of the relay.
  • Senpai Kouhai: Refers to Rin as "Matsuoka-senpai".
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Rin accused Nitori of being one for him. He denies it, although his interactions with Rin make his feelings ambiguous of being more.

Sousuke Yamazaki

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya

An old friend of Rin's who transfers to Samezuka in the second season.

Momotarou Mikoshiba

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura

Seijuurou's younger brother. He is the "fearsome new face" his brother referred to.

  • Adorkable: He was an instant favorite before he even made an appearance in the anime.
  • Animal Motifs: An otter.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Probably, since during his first appearance he mentions wanting to see cute girls which was the only way Rin could convince him to come to the Splash Fest. And since he does things like this, he probably doesn't get many admirers.
  • Love at First Sight: Like his brother, with Gou.

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