The heroine of the story, Tohru ends up in the Sohma household after her mother dies and she sets up tent on their property. She forges friendships with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure, and eventually comes to befriend the rest of the Sohmas as well.
Badass Pacifist: This non-Action Girl teenager manages to calm down Kyo when he reverts to his true form and then she also speaks gently to Akito even when she's screaming and swinging a knife around.
To add to the first point, Kyo's true form is not only hideous and reeking of dead human flesh but also super strong and super agile. Kyo, in blind fear of being rejected by her, slashes her arm, which noticeably hurts her a lot. She doespuke at some point due to the rotten-flesh stink.
Determinator: One of Tohru's many mottos is to "never give up". As such, she continues to press on and on until she achieves the goals she has laid out for herself, including breaking the Sohma family's curse.
Kindhearted Cat Lover: Ever since her mother told her the fate of the cat in the Chinese Zodiac origin story, her favourite animals have been cats. She is so fond of them that if the Year of the Cat existed then she would want to be born in it. It makes sense that she falls in love with Kyo.
Magic Skirt: Courtesy of her school uniform which is so absurdly short she would get arrested for it in other places which makes it all the weirder how it manages to stay in place.
Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: During Katsuya's funeral, Tohru's relatives openly speculate if Tohru was born from an affair. Their "evidence" was that Tohru didn't physically resemble Katsuya, and that Kyoko was a Former Teen Rebel.
Not So Different: In the manga's climax, parallels are drawn between how Tohru's devotion to her dead mother ties her down emotionally and the Sohma clan's curse. Specifically their 'bonds' to Akito, who does all of her evil and bitchy deals to not be abandoned by them.
Orphan's Ordeal: She has a living grandfather and other relatives, but lived in a tent because she didn't want to burden them. Considering how badly her aunt and cousins treat her when she has to move back with the grandpa, she can't be blamed.
Yamato Nadeshiko: A more child-like, clumsier version. All the politeness and domestic talent, and so much inner iron she overwhelms everyone she nicely confronts. Also good at cooking Japanese style dishes. In fact, she once had an Imagine Spot about being a Japanese princess.
Abusive Parents: Like most of the Sohmas, his mother was mostly emotionally abusive (though not above smacking him around a little when she was upset with him). She's notable for the fact that after Yuki confronted her and told her that he wouldn't let her control him anymore, later chapters showed that she might be trying to turn over a new leaf. When she told him, "Try not to push yourself too hard," Yuki noted that it was an oddly motherly thing for her to say.
In the manga, it was "don't use it wastefully", in regards to a cell phone he needs her permission to get.
Berserk Button: Reminders of his older brother's quirks, Kyo at his worst, being mistaken for a woman, being compared to a woman, or the mere thought of crossdressing sets him off. Being unpleasant to Tohru is a great way to piss him off, too.
Bishōnen: Enough to be mistaken for a girl. Multiple times.
Dark and Troubled Past: As a young child, he was plagued with severe asthma that inhibited him from doing most things. When he was still very young, his very selfish mother sold him to Akito, who then proceeds to torment him physically (is shown whipping him), verbally/emotionally, and especially psychologically (locking him in a windowless, dark room for days on end, and convincing him that no one will accept him for who he is). A little Yuki attempts to go to his brother, Ayame, for help, but he is instantly rebuked. Such experiences in his past has left him emotionally withdrawn and exhausted. After it all, however, he manages to empathize with and forgive Akito, and he is well on his way to forming a brotherly bond with Ayame.
Dude Looks Like a Lady: Parodied with Kakeru telling his girlfriend Komaki that Yuki had to dress up as a boy for certain reasons. He also jokingly calls Yuki "Princess".
Heavy Sleeper: Might as well be asleep on his feet in the morning.
Ill Boy: When he was younger he had pretty severe asthma and other unspecified health problems, but this improves as he gets older.
Informed Flaw: Supposedly weak and prone to illness, but he can easily beat down Kyo — who's been training in martial arts all his life — any time he wants.
He was ill much more when he was a child being tormented by Akito, so it's possible that living away from the person emotionally abusing him caused him to get healthier. He does have bouts of sickness for at least two points when he remembers his past abuse (he vomits when being locked in a closet triggers a memory, and collapses after he tries to remember what he liked to do for fun as a child).
He's specifically mentioned to have had asthma as a child; most people grow out of this as they get older, so it would make sense for it not to be bothering him as much.
There's also the matter of the curse. The people possessed by the rat are supposed to be "special." Also, it's impossible for the cat to beat the rat, as even Kyo accepts after his confrontation with Akito in Chapter 62.
Parodied when his class put on a performance of Cinderella. He specifically asks that he not be cast as the prince, because he feels he doesn't fit the role. The entire female population of his class disagrees. This bites him in the rear when he is instead cast as the fairy godmother.
Romantic False Lead: The series makes it look like Yuki will be Tohru's main love interest when it is actually Kyo. Yuki loves Tohru in a familial way rather than romantic, because she acts like a motherly figure towards him.
Abusive Parents: His father hates him, refers to him as "it", and claims his mother committed suicide from shame and disgust at having him. Very late in the manga, it is heavily implied that she did love him in her own way, and was actually Driven to Suicide by her husband.
All of the Other Reindeer: Despised by more than one member of the Sohma clan since he's the cat. Specially by Akito, and to a smaller degree Yuki.
Does Not Like Spam: Much is made of Kyo's dislike of onions, leeks, and miso. It's occasionally used as blackmail to get him to do something. And when he willingly cooks with leeks to make something for Tohru when she's sick, it's one of the earliest indications of how dear she is to him.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He fears people getting close to him, since he has difficulty to know if they genuinely love him or just pity him for his curse.
Dude, She's Like in a Coma: Near the end of the manga, Tohru falls off a cliff. While she's lying on the ground unconscious, Kyo kisses her. To be fair, Tohru regained consciousness for a bit when she noticed Kyo was crying. She said some comforting words to him, then lost consciousness again, and then he kissed her. He also wasn't exactly sure whether she was fully conscious or not, as he even confirms that she wasn't after their second kiss when she acts completely shocked that it's their second and not their first.
Happily Adopted: He has something of a Cuteness Proximity-style change to his personality when his foster father Kazuma is mentioned. His biological father registers somewhere near the Gendo end of the Sliding Scale of Bastard Fathers, so no wonder.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Subverted. He gives Tohru a harmless knock on the head as a 'Thank You' for easing him out of one of his moods Shigure put him in. However, he allows both Kagura and Uotani to assault him with no physical retaliation at all. He even worries that he roughed up a woman when he learns of Akito's true gender.
In the manga, on his first day at Tohru's school, he slams a girl's head into her desk to discourage her attentions. Granted, it was a panic reaction when he was in danger of being embraced, but its being Played for Laughs is a little disconcerting.
Akito Sohma (God)
Voiced by: Wakaba Murasaki (JP), Chad Cline (EN)
The head of the Sohma family and God of the Zodiac. Akito is arguably the Big Bad of the series.
Broken Bird: Manifested less as hypercompetency or great worldliness, but rather through wild mood swings, from crying at the fear of abandonment, to physically abusing family members, including blinding Hatori in one eye, pushing Rin out a window, repeatedly thrashing Kisa, and stabbing Kureno (one of her lovers). All of which springs from a really bad childhood with a loving Disappeared Dad who died when she was a little girl, a very cruel and arguably crazy Evil Matriarch of a mother, and being forcefully raised as a boy to avoid being seen as a threat by said mother, who poisoned her with hatred and insecurity.
Crashing Dreams: Akito has a flashback dream where she asks Shigure if he loves her. After Shigure responds, gives her a flower and kisses her, he says her name, at which point so does Kureno, causing Akito to wake up in the car.
Creepy Child: As a kid, she's seen painting her room black and claiming she hates everyone, after she snaps as a product of Ren's psychological abuse.
Corporal Punishment: On top of being a Manipulative Bastard. Some examples are: slapping Kisa on-screen in the anime (and apparently beating her bloody in the manga), slapping Momiji (and apparently Shigure) at least once, beating Yuki and Kyo in the past, throwing ceramics at Yuki and Hatori's faces (Hatori is almost blind in one eye as a result), throwing Rin off a window and later forcibly cutting her long hair before locking her up in a dark room, stabbing Kureno etc.
Does Not Like Men: Inverted; Akito hates women. Despite being one in the manga. Or, more than hating women as a whole, Akito hates those who try taking the Sohmas away (even if they're Sohmas themselves), due to Ren's abuse.
Several desperate variations of this are scattered throughout the last third of the manga where it's revealed that Kureno's curse had already been broken a long time ago. Though it's not explicitly stated, a young Akito realizes that Kureno is looking at her differently after he is released with distant eyes - i.e. eyes that no longer understand the bond that Akito tried to hold onto so tightly and pity Akito for doing so. Akito cries for Kureno to stop looking at her like that and begs him to stay by her side. A similar instance occurs with Momiji. Really, anyone looking at her with 'those eyes' sets off this feeling in her, though she reacts in various ways - at the New Years Banquet during which Yuki tells Akito he's not going to blame Akito for anymore, Akito is reminded of Kureno's look and smashes what seems to be asmall sake bottle into his face.
Easily Forgiven: The Sohma come to forgive, while Rin doesn't, and hates herself for it. This is because they were so over her by that point (especially with the power of Tohru's healing personality), that they didn't even hold a grudge against her (except Rin).
Flower Motifs: Associated with red camellias (benitsubaki), which are a symbol of love in the language of flowers. This is also the kind of flower Shigure gave her when she was little and he confessed his love.
The manga implies that Akito gets sick or at least pretends to get sick when she throws fits. After learning that Kureno freed Rin from captivity, for example, Akito refuses to eat because "her heart is in pain".
Let Me at Him!: The older Sohma members have had to hold Akito back from continuing to beat other members of the family on numerous occasions.
Limited Wardrobe: Almost always seen in a male kimono, but is seen in suits during functions out of the Sohma estate and a longsleeved turtleneck during the one instance at Tohru's high school. Towards the end of the manga, she wears a female kimono.
Mood-Swinger: Can be calm one moment and having a screaming tantrum the next, though this is partly done on purpose in order to keep the members of the Zodiac in line.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Though by the end of the manga it's revealed that there's not really a villain to begin with in the story (except maybe Ren), Akito fills this role because she is definitely seen as a villain to the younger Sohma family members for how she treats them and had she not said yes to the presence of Tohru in Shigure's household, the curse would never have been broken.
Please Don't Leave Me: This is said whenever a Zodiac member's curse is lifted. This is a result of her mother's abuse. When Kureno's curse is lifted, she went ballistic and started screaming hysterically. Momiji's curse breaking, however, is a little calmer and she asks him to stay with her and be taken care of by her. He didn't accept her offer, though.
Raised as the Opposite Gender: She has always known she's a girl and identifies as such too, but Ren demanded her to be raised as a guy before she was born because of her insane, petty jealousy, under the excuse that a "female leader" would make the Sohmas look bad.
Tsundere: She was in her way to become one, until Ren's abuse finally got to her head and she became a Yandere. Yuki recalls her yelling at him once, then stopping herself and gently picking up a bowl.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: whether or not one can excuse his or her actions, Akito counts. Despite beating the living daylights out of several Zodiac members for the majority of their childhood(s) and emotionally abusing everyone, Tohru can't help but feel sorry for him or her. One, she learned just how badly Akito herself was emotionally abused, and how her upbringing influenced her outlook on life. The psychological abuse heaped onto her by her mother and Evil Matriarch extraordinaire, Ren, led to a pathological fear of abandonment, driving her to do anything to make sure no one will leave her. Being told that no one loves you, everyone will abandon you, and no one even respects you, and having your boyfriend sleep with Ren to spite you for sleeping with another man (which you partly did to get back at said boyfriend, and partly to stop said man from abandoning you) will do that to you.
Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Comedic moments aside, Shigure of the anime seems a lot more tortured in regards to involving Tohru with the Sohma family's affairs (going so far as to actually stop Akito from verbally abusing Tohru in the woods and subsequently begging her to go after Kyo for everyone's sake) than the absolutely unrepentant Shigure of the manga.
Bishōnen: When he goes to Tohru's school, several of her classmates mention how good looking he is, and one of Mitsu's coworkers stated that she was attracted to his good looks as well.
The Chessmaster: It's strongly implied that Shigure knew how to break the curse and started moving things into place once he found someone who could do it. He's not too proud of this, even though he did it to save them all and win Akito's love. Said manipulations included sleeping with Ren (who he said looked like what Akito raised as a girl would look like) and being deliberately distant with her.
Actually, Shigure explicitly states in the manga that he mostly cares about getting Akito- the rest is a nice bonus, but it's not why he tries to break the curse.:
Ephebophile: Flirts openly with high school aged Tohru when he first meets her, is eager to meet her friends before Kyou describes how...colorful they are, buys her a blatantly Fanservice-yMeido outfit for White Day hoping she'll clean his house in it, and goes to Tohru's high school under the pretense of retrieving her belongings when he was really going to check out the high school girls (sings a little song about it, too). Averted with Isuzu when she offers her body if he tells her how to break the curse, but in full force when played for laughs, namely when he laments that Hatori didn't tell him he was going to give her a check up.
Friends with Benefits: With Mayu, though it was a mutual arrangement from the start — Shigure said "You're lonely, I'm bored — let's date". It was never a genuine romantic relationship, they were aware of it, and in the end Mayu broke it off because she just couldn't keep pretending it was.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the start of the series, when Shigure and Yuki discover Tohru camping in the wilderness behind their home, Shigure reacts by pointing and laughing uproariously. He quickly becomes protective of Tohru, to the point where Hanajima and Uotani liken him to a grandfather spoiling his granddaughter. Shigure also happens to push his editor's buttons to the point where she's about a hair away from committing suicide, but he never does so out of maliciousness, he just likes pushing other people's buttons.
Manipulative Bastard: In the manga, especially towards Rin and Akito. To his credit, he didn't take Rin's offer, but he still manipulated Akito.
Shigure himself lampshades this, alling himself 'the dirtiest one of all,' because he is willing to use everyone to achieve his goals.
It may take more than one read-through to realize it, but almost everything Shigure does, from asking Akito to allow Tohru to live in his home to being decidedly 'cruel' towards Akito to telling Tohru to leave the house for an errand at exactly the same time Kureno would be out on the street waiting for her is actually completely planned. Seriously.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes, when conversations turn serious, he turns to this so he can keep up the facade that he knows more than he lets on. When he's not doing this, he's probably manipulating you.
Papa Wolf: Shigure dotes on Tohru quite a bit, although whether or not it's for his ownpersonal gain is another matter. It's a little more obvious in the anime, where he actually tells Akito to leave Tohru alone by the end and actually gets up to stop Akito from ripping Tohru's hair out.
Parental Substitute: Sorta, as Yuki's caretaker. Also present, to some extent, in his relationship with Tohru.
Completely averted in regards to Akito. When being questioned by Hatori and Kureno as to why Shigure's so cruel to Akito in the last parts of the manga, Shigure's response is that there are enough people being so 'gentle' with her and that he doesn't want to become yet another one of Akito's replacements for her "father".
The Plan: The driving plot of the manga is Shigure trying to use Tohru to break Akito's ties with the zodiac so he can have her to himself.
Romance Genre Heroes: Of The Charmer variety. He's a bit of a subversion in that while he is quick to claim and project the air of the charmer, he's downright cruel in the way he manipulates and emotionally abuses the one he actually loves and the others around her to get what he wants.
Shipper on Deck: He was a real jerk about it, but it's his actions that ultimately lead to Mayuko and Hatori dating.
Your Cheating Heart: Turns out he once slept with Akito's mother, Ren. He claims this was only because she slept with Kureno (and because Ren looked like Akito would've looked like, had she been raised as a woman). Akito got so upset about this that she immediately kicked him out of the main Sohma estate.
Cuddle Bug: Loves hugging people, especially Tohru, even though it means he'll transform.
Dramatic Irony: His mother had her memory of him erased and only knows him as a random Sohma child, and his little sister Momo doesn't know he exists, but his mother expresses concern that "his mother" will worry, and his sister asks to act as her big brother.
Also displays seriousness at some points in the manga, which is usually quickly followed with childish antics. It's implied that he's more mature than he looks, and puts on a cheerful, childish facade.
The Atoner: Shigure's discussions with Hatori indicate that Hatori feels very guilty about his role in the family as the memory-wiper, especially as the one who had to erase the memories of all of Yuki's friends when they were younger.
Berserk Button: A more emotionally subdued version but he's very self-conscious about his zodiac form.
Bilingual Bonus: Hatori turns into a seahorse instead of a dragon. A Japanese word for seahorse is 竜の落し子 (tatsu no otoshigo), which translates to "dragon's baby."
Bishōnen: Similar to the other members of the Zodiac and the Sohma in general. Kakeru asks if there's something he eats to be so good looking.
Not so Above It All: Has a few of moments of not being completely mature and poised. He tricked Yuki and Kyo into taking a photo of them seemingly smiling together only to playfully give the camera to Tohru by putting on her head. He gave Shigure more injections than necessary because the latter was being annoying. He also threatened to tell Shigure's colleagues every embarrassing story he knew about him since he was four if he told Tohru the secret of his zodiac form.
It's All About Me: Played for Laughs a lot, but it's also a genuine character flaw that has caused him to be callous to Yuki and others. When he finds out a girl he had been cluelessly cruel to in high-school is in town, he's all in a tizzy to comfort her, thinking she must have been broken and mooning over him all these years. Then he finds out she'd simply moved on and is Happily Married.
Large Ham: It's refered to as "steamrolling people with his personality."
No Sense of Personal Space: Justified when he's in snake form, as he's extremely susceptible to the cold and needs to rely on another person's body heat. Not that this explains him from getting into bed with Kyo (fully clothed) in the middle of the night and snuggling close.
Failure Knight: Thinks he failed to protect Kisa from Akito's fury and that's why she was hurt; he fears staying close to Kisa will draw Akito's wrath to her again. Later, he blames himself for not being able to aid Rin, having witnessed how Akito threw her off a window and being paralyzed at that.
Good Parents: Notable in that it is almost unheard of in this series. Unlike most of the Zodiac, Hiro has kind parents who love him just as he is.
Straight Man: Becomes this a few times in the Beach arc after he decides to cool his hostility towards Tohru compared to Cloud Cuckoo Lander Tohru and occasionally Kisa.
Too Clever by Half: Very smart for his age and knows it. This usually doesn't keep his mouth from getting him in trouble or give him the emotional maturity to handle difficult situations.
Tsundere: To Kisa. Eventually acts this way to a degree with Tohru as well; while Hiro is never as effusively affectionate toward Tohru as most of the other cursed Sohmas, he does show genuine concern for her and her well-being.
Abusive Parents: Mom and Dad pretended to love her, until she noticed their love was fake. They became horribly abusive afterwards, until Kagura and her parents found out and took Rin into their custody; she was so badly damaged, though, that she simply couldn't bond with them despite their good intentions.
Destination Defenestration: When Akito confronts her in regards to her and Haru, Rin says she's the one who started their relationship. An enraged Akito throws her out the second floor window. She survives, but is seriously injured.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When she meets Tohru and is awed by her kindness and warmth, Isuzu hates herself for wanting to confide in her and cry on her shoulder.
Ms. Fanservice: By Word of God, "she's the character in charge of sexiness." Thankfully, she has enough of a complex personality that this isn't all there is to her.
Only Known by Their Nickname: In-series she's called more often by her nickname "Rin" than by her given name "Isuzu". Her nickname is tied to her real name in two ways; "Rin" is an alternate reading of the second kanji of "Isuzu" (鈴) and the kanji in question means "bell", while "rin" would refer to a bell's "ring".
Traumatic Haircut: Courtesy of Akito, as punishment for following Akito's evil mother Ren's orders.
Tsundere: Towards Tohru, after they become friends and towards Hatsuharu after she breaks up with him.
What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a shockingly direct one to Kagura, after the latter slaps Tohru across the face and yells at her that she needs to confess her feelings properly to Kyo. Despite all of Rin's aloof behavior towards Tohru, she flips her shit, physically grabs Kagura, and screams in her face that she has no right to raise a hand to Tohru. God only knows what she might have done if Kagura hadn't been shocked into realizing she'd crossed the line and given Rin a Cooldown Hug and a sincere "I'm sorry".
Broken Pedestal: Inverted. Kureno thought the world of Shigure according to a couple of side-drawings by Takaya, and Kureno definitely still respects Shigure; but Shigure did not appreciate that Kureno slept with Akito and Shigure explicitly tells Kureno that he hates Kureno for his role in Shigure's exile from the estate.
Child Hater: She once said that she hated how the then-tiny Ayame, Hatori, Kureno and Shigure swarmed to her and cried. She didn't know it, but their tears were because they sensed she was pregnant with Akito, the future God of the Zodiac. She also notes that she has always hated Rin, and Akito remembers her as a cold mother.
Dramatic Irony: The reason Akira loved Akito so much was because he believed her being the God of the Zodiac was a sign that his love with her was special.
Evil Is Petty: She more or less singlehandledly screws up the family by abusing the head of the Sohmas to insanity, all because she was jealous that her husband would love their child more than her. At one point, she tries to kill Akito over a box, which she believes holds some treasure left behind by her husband. The reveal that the box was empty just emphasized how obsessively twisted Ren was.
Female Misogynist: She had Akito raised as a boy under the excuse that the Sohma family having a female head would look bad, but it was really because of her petty jealousy over Akira and Akito's close relationship. Her misogynist tendencies eventually rubbed off on Akito.
Jerkass Has a Point: Ren notes that the outside world will ultimately prove too attractive an alternative to Akito's presence for the Zodiac.
Love Makes You Evil: Ren originally worked as a maid in the Sohma state, then she was the first person who took care of Ill BoyAkira and reached out to him. Her Face-Heel Turn came when she got pregnant and became obsessed with the idea that Akira would care more for their then-unborn child than for her... and you know what came next.
Meddling Parents: To some degree. She doesn't believe in the bond but she doesn't do anything about it except trying to use it against Akito.
Nervous Wreck: She suffers much more than Akito. She initially wanted to abort Akito because of her fear of losing her husband's love to their daughter. When Akira passed away, though, she turned into an Abusive Parent and got worse from there.
Smug Snake: Beautiful, evil, sly, manipulative, and not just despicable, but in the end, very incompetent. She has to manipulate her desperate niece Rin to get her late husband Akira's box (Rin then fails and is horrifyingly "punished" by Akito), is humiliated by Shigure when he tells her he only had sex with her because she looks like an older Akito, and once her plans crumble she's left as an Empty Shell of her former self.
Mind Rape: Via Akito. She's left in such a hugeHeroic BSOD that Hatori erases her memories of their romance so she can get better. She's now Happily Married to someone else, and only remembers Hatori as her never-confessed First Love.
Children Raise You: Hiro acts like a concerned but exasperated parent to her most of the time. She remarks in one panel how her son always scolds her. In another panel, Satsuki responds with a "Yes, sir!" when he tells her to be more careful while she's still pregnant. (Though her lighthearted tone of voice could mean she just humors him all of the time.)
Cute Clumsy Girl: Such a klutz that Hiro is paranoid she's bound to trip down a flight of stairs. He's especially freaked out when she's pregnant.
Doting Parent: Aside from Kagura's mother, she's the only mother of a Zodiac child we see who neither rejected him nor became overprotective.
Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Kureno fell in love with each other over the course of two meetings. However, due to Kureno's obligation to Akito he decided to never see her again even after learning that she wanted to. They are reunited at the end of the series.
Good Parents: Her parents and grandmother are endlessly loving and supportive of her, especially when she was being bullied and ostracized. They also aren't too bothered by her powers. Her little brother Megumi takes after them and is pretty protective of her sometimes.
May-December Romance:It's hinted that she and Kazuma, Kyo's adoptive father, start dating at the end of the series.
Psychic Powers: She reads auras and can potentially kill with her "denpa waves". That almost happened in her backstory, where she loses it after being brutally bullied by a boy and wishing for his death... then her powers go haywire and he almost dies.
Likes Older Women: He's pretty subtle about it but he mentions once how "interesting" it is for him to be the only boy amongst three women (Saki, Tohru, and Arisa). Then there was his forward comment about visiting Arisa at work to see her in a miniskirt...
When He Smiles: Like his older sister, he has a charming smile, but hides it.
Wise Beyond His Years: Upon hearing the plan of the Prince Yuki Fan Club girls, he gives them a speech about how they're being selfish by forcing their one-sided affections on Yuki and that he would come to hate them for driving away the people he allows into his life. His words even reach Saki, who had been suffering from her own mild jealousy of Tohru's friendship with the Sohma family.
Subverted in regards to Tohru's feelings for her father, as she has few memories of him and after Katsuya died, Kyoko became catatonic with grief to the point of ignoring Tohru. A young Tohru believed back then that in a way, Kyoko's grief meant that her father was taking her mother away also. Years later, the thought still haunts her because she knows Katsuya was a good person and Tohru can't believe she ever thought that way to begin with. It's also the reason why she adopted what few of his speech patterns she could remember - she was trying to remind Kyoko of Katsuya.
May-December Romance: They had an eight-year age difference with Katsuya being 21 and Kyoko being 13, and they still fell in love.
Happily Failed Suicide: After Katsuya dies and the rest of her family abandons her, she decides to throw herself into the sea. Hearing a mother and child talking reminds her of Tohru and snaps her back from the brink, and after that she vows never to abandon Tohru again, considering the attempted suicide her greatest failure.
Love Redeems: Thanks to Katsuya, she became such a loving person.
Parental Neglect: Kyoko's Freudian Excuse when she was young, since the Katsunumas emotionally ignored her and were only worried about her giving them a bad rep.
When Katsuya died, Kyoko had an emotional breakdown and started neglecting Tohru for a while. Thankfully, she snapped out of it before any lasting harm could be done, but she regards it as My Greatest Failure.
Red Baron: Was known as "The Red Butterfly" during her delinquent days, since the image of the red taillight on her bicycle was said to resemble a flitting butterfly as she rode it.
We Have No Daughter: Her father says this to her face when Kazuma asks them if he has their permission to marry her. Kazuya then takes Kyoko in, and they're soon married.
Yamato Nadeshiko: After marrying Katsuya, she is happy to be a loving mother and House Wife and finally experience living in a happy family... and then, in Uotani's backstory, we see that she beats the tar out of a group of delinquents to save Arisa. In Yuki's flashback to when little Tohru went missing, we also see her threaten to "rain death upon [the police's] miserable souls" if they don't find her baby. That's the kind of inner iron that separates the pushover Extreme DoormatHouse Wife from Yamato Nadeshiko.
Hot for Student: Katsuya was Kyoko's student teacher and counselor before they got married. He was actually going to her house to ask her parents if he could marry her... and quite in time, since he did it right when the Katsunumas were kicking Kyoko out of the house. He gives them a What the Hell, Hero? speech and takes Kyoko in.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: All Machi wanted to do was make sure her baby brother stayed warm while he slept. Her parents came in and assumed she was trying to smother him with a blanket.
Parental Neglect: Both Machi and Kakeru were forced by their parents into a bitter inheritance rivalry, the result being that she became quiet, removed from society, and despised anything she considered "perfect." Her mother then openly tells a friend that Machi is "dull" and that she prefers her new baby boy. Oh, and Machi is forced to live by herself, because her parents think she'll try to murder her little brother. Even though she was putting a blanket on him while he slept.
Abusive Parents: Look at Machi's section. He wasn't that abused in comparison, but it doesn't mean he wasn't affected and he worries quite a bit for poor Machi. Once he rebelled his mom had a change of heart.
Prince Yuki's Fanclub (Minami Kinoshita, Mio Yamagichi, Mai Gotou and Rika Aida, with Motoko Minagawa as Alpha Bitch)
Clingy Jealous Girl: If you're a girl and you're anywhere near Yuki, then be ready to be jumped by these girls.
Didn't Think This Through: When Motoko is about to graduate, her second-in-command is all set to take over leadership of the fanclub next year. The author notes in an aside that she still hasn't realized Yuki's going to be gone, too.
Harmless Villain: They constantly plot against Tohru, but they're never really able to carry out any of their harassment, since they're terrified of Arisa and Saki. They also try it on Kimi but she just blows them off. Machi has a little more trouble with them until Kakeru and Yuki intervene.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Their attitude towards whoever they perceive as a threat to Yuki: Tohru and later Kimi, specifically.
Inferiority Superiority Complex: The anime shows in her A Day in the Limelight episode that, beneath her haughty attitude, she doesn't view herself as special or interesting and focuses all her energy on Yuki. She tearfully breaks down when she shows Yuki her "ugly" side, mentioning that she hates herself.
Tongue Tied: Simply cannot tell Yuki how much she likes him.
Disappeared Dad: Who died in a car crash. And he actually was the driver who killed Kyoko, by accidentally hitting her with his car before crashing and perishing. He might have had a heart attack at the steering wheel, even.
Suicide as Comedy: When Tohru meets her, she's on the verge of killing herself with a box cutter because Shigure has run off without meeting his deadlines again. Later, we see her writing a suicide note to her parents for the exact same reason. Shigure thinks it's funny.