Even though I'm short, I can jump! I'll show you that I can become Karasuno's ace!
The protagonist of the series, Hinata aspired to become the ace of a volleyball team after seeing "The Small Giant" in a match on television. His aspirations were challenged after facing a crushing defeat against Kageyama Tobio, known as "The King of The Court" in his first and last match in middle school, and then after entering high school and learning that not only he did not have the power nor technique to become a wing spiker, the opponent he had sworn to defeat, Kageyama, was now his teammate.However, his extraordinarily good jumping ability, along with Kageyama's tosses, gave him the potential to become "The Strongest Decoy", drawing away opposing teams focus from the other attackers with his various types of quick strikes.
Favourite food: Tamago Kake Gohan.
Current concern: He can't catch the ball one-handed.
Height Angst: Hinata occasionally feels insecure about his short height (especially in earlier chapters). Despite putting all his faith on his incredible jumping height in order to overcome this, he sometimes can’t help but feel jealous of taller players.
Hero-Worshipper: If someone is older, good at volleyball and is nice enough, Hinata probably thinks they're the coolest ever and will ask them to teach him their moves, with no hint of shyness.
"The King of the Court"The former ace of Kitagawa Daiichi that Hinata swore revenge upon. He is hailed "King of the Court" by his teammates due to his tyrannical attitude towards leading the team. Not long too after his match with Hinata his teammates turned on him and Kageyama was benched for the rest of his tenure in Junior High. Due to his actions, none of the top Volleyball high schools would accept his application, leading him to attend Karasuno High School where he must learn the value of teamwork.
Favourite food: Pork curry with an egg on top.
Current concern: He gets the feeling that animals dislike him.
Tropes associated with Tobio Kageyama:
The Ace: He's probably the best setter in his region.
Kageyama's stats are killer, he literally maxes out in half of them and and gets 4/5 in everything else, better than Oikawa, who is a monster to go up against on court. Said player even acknowledges his junior's skill, saying that Kageyama would be the ideal setter if he would just think about his team instead of himself.
Always Someone Better: Is a mild version of this to Sugawara. He has this mindset towards Oikawa but it's actually the opposite since Oikawa finds himself inferior to him.
Ambiguous Disorder: He has difficulty expressing his emotions in a healthy manner, and understanding the emotions of others. Outside of volleyball he's a very literal thinker. Volleyball seems to be the only thing he's interested in.
Book Dumb: An interesting example because he looks the part of the smart and diligent student. And he's a promising tactician where volleyball is concerned (the official databook has him tied with Tsukishima as most intelligent player on the team) to boot. It's just that Kageyama couldn't care less about academics.
Break the Haughty: Being abandoned by his team in the middle of a match during Junior High had this kind of effect on him, and was the trigger for his character development, which really starts when he joins Karasuno.
Character Development: Kageyama during Junior High used to order his teammates around and chastised them over every little mistake, even if he himself had blame, his tyrannical behavior gave him the nickname "King of the Court," upon bonding with Karasuno, he makes an effort to not let his emotions get the better of him, takes responsibility for his mistakes, learns to treat everyone as teammates, and comes to genuinely care about everyone on the team.
Cloudcuckoolander: He once thought that Tsukishima's eyes would took like a 3 once he takes off his glasses. And also, this. Among many others.
Defrosting the Ice King: A male example. After what happened at his last Junior High Tournament; namely his entire team abandoning him, he realizes he needs to trust in his teammates more and not just do everything himself. He is slowly starting to do this with Karasuno.
The Leader: Used to be Type I for Kitagawa Daiichi, despite not being the captain.
In-Series Nickname: He's known as The King of the Court. He receives this nickname because his junior high teammates compared him to a tyrannical King. They used the title mockingly. He dislikes being referred to as such because of the implications.
Meaningful Name: "Kage" means "shadow" which is understandable since he's like a shadow to the sun (Hinata). The kanji of Kageyama literally translates to "shadow mountain".
No Social Skills: To the point he can’t even recognize when others try to high five him. He’s also really bad at asking people things, usually approaching them on an awkward and (unknowingly) almost aggressive manner.
Perpetual Frowner: And it's been lampshaded a good number of times. Tanaka says he has this type of expression on his face even when picking yogurt.
When He Smiles: Zig Zagged. Kageyama rarely smiles and when he does, Hinata and the other members of the team find it disturbing and traumatizing. However, Kageyama is shown to give legitimately nice smiles, as shown in the second ending of the anime.
The thing is, Kageyama's smile looks sinister when he's actually plotting something, or when he's trying to mimic Sugawara's (which is a characteristic, open smile). His sincere smiles, like the ones he gives when excited or confident, are visibly quite nicer.
Younger Than They Look: Kageyama's height and build makes him look slightly older, and he appears more like a second or third year than a first year. Hilariously enough, he's the youngest player on the team.
Daichi Sawamura — #1
Position: Wing Spiker Height/Weight: 176.8cm/70.1kg 3rd Year
Daichi is the Captain of the Karasuno Boys Volleyball team. He claims to have come to Karasuno High School because he saw a Volleyball match he could never forget on TV — also it's close to his house. His biggest strength is his defensive abilities.
Favourite food: Shoyu Ramen.
Current concern: His incessant dreams about the vice principal's flying wig.
Tropes associated with Daichi Sawamura:
Benched Hero: He knocks out a tooth after colliding with Tanaka during a match and is immediately pulled from the game..
Beware the Nice Ones: His team (especially Tanaka) is very aware of how scary Daichi can be when he’s mad.
Sugawara is one of Karasuno’s setters (he's no longer a starter after Kageyama’s arrival) and also the team's vice captain. Composed and courteous, he’s not a prodigy like Kageyama; his style of playing is more generic. He compensates this by being very reliable (and quite clever) when in court.
Favourite food: Super spicy Mapo Tofu.
Current concern: A lot of his kouhai are bigger than him.
Tropes associated with Kōshi Sugawara:
Always Someone Better: An averted example due to his being benched when Kageyama takes his place as primary setter.
Benched Hero: Sugawara used to be Karasuno's primary setter. However when Kageyama joins, he gives up his spot as a setter to him. Eventually though, they become a sort of team and Sugawara is put in games as a backup for when they need him.
Big Brother Mentor: To Kageyama. He's also labelled as the Kageyama handler whenever Kageyama gets out of control.
Idiot Hair: However, he does not have any of the characteristics regarding this trope.
Nice Guy: Sugawara has a very characteristic smile, a reliable nature, and is generally a supportive and considerate person. It’s one of the reasons everyone on the team gets along well with him, from the snarky Tsukishima to the aloof manager Shimizu.
Karasuno's resident ace spiker. He is said to have a heart of glass, and occasionally gets poked fun at by the other third years for it. Asahi briefly quit the volleyball team after the team got crushed by Datekou during their first match, blaming himself for not being able to break down their defenses.
Favourite food: Tonkotsu Ramen
Current concern: When he tells people he's a student nobody believes him, first years are afraid of him, girls in his class say things like "even though he looks the way he does, he's kinda weak" then go getting themselves all disappointed, future plans, the captain being scary... (cut for length)
Tropes associated with Asahi Azumane:
The Ace/Broken Ace: He was scared off from his place as Ace after being crushed by Datekou's defenses.
"Karasuno's Guardian Deity"Nishinoya is the team's expert libero. Due to going to an affluent Junior High and being very skilled, he could have easily gone to any of the top Volleyball high schools. Instead he chose to go to Karasuno because he thought the uniforms looked cool. He was put under house arrest and banned from club activities for a period of time due to hitting the Vice Principal during the uproar of a fight with Asahi after the first Datekou match.
Anime Hair: His hair is like that because he wants to make up for his short height. Hilariously, he looks really different with his hair down that even Hinata couldn't recognize him and mistook him for a small child when they were in their training camp excursion.
Book Dumb: He wrote "Live a manlier life, Norio!" for an answer on one of his comprehension tests.
Cannot Talk to Women: An amusing example, since he’s very blunt about his crush on Shimizu, and doesn’t hesitate in saying he chose Karasuno High because he liked the girls’ uniforms. The first years are a bit surprised when he gets uncharacteristically shy upon meeting Yachi, who’s new to the team.
First Name Basis: He calls some people by their first names and not their last names. Some examples are Tanaka, Hinata and Ennoshita.
Hero-Worshipper: A really weird example. Nishinoya admires Asahi very much. Due to this Nishinoya feels the need to support Asahi in anyway he can be it criticism or praise. Noya takes it hard on himself whenever he thinks he failed Asahi in being a libero. However, Nishinoya is able to hold his own, just not in the same way as the rest of the team; and needs other people to score points for him.
Sleep Cute: With Tanaka on the bus ride back to school after the first day of Inter-High in episode 19.
Ryūnosuke Tanaka — #5
Position: Wing Spiker Height/Weight: 177.2cm/68.8kg 2nd Year
Voiced by: Yuu Hayashi
Tanaka is the teams boisterous wing spiker. He has budding potential to become the next ace spiker. He always manages to stay positive in bleak situations. Tanaka quickly took Hinata under his wing towards the beginning of his tenure on the team.
Favourite food: Melonpan
Current concern: When he tried calling out to a lost-looking first year girl to tell her the way to her classroom, she started to cry.
One of the other first years, who happens to be the tallest member of the team. Due to his height and intellect, he is an excellent blocker. However he lacks a drive to improve, due to his disdain towards Volleyball. Tsukishima loves to incriminate Hinata and Kageyama.
Favourite food: Shortcake.
Current concern: Since starting high school, he once again has to deal with the various people asking how you read the character for his first name.
Brilliant but Lazy: Comes off as this, at least initially. Tsukishima is the tallest player on the team and his intellect in court matches prodigy Kageyama’s; it’s explicitly said in the manga that if he had the drive, he could be a much more impressive player.
Cynicism Catalyst: When he finds out that all the hard work put it by his brother to be part of the first string of Karasuno was for naught, he changes into this. He starts believing Hard Work Hardly Works.
Jerkass: Then again, it's a bit understandable with what he views of volleyball after the incident with his brother.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tries to calm Yamaguchi down when he was nervous during the second time he tries to use the jump float serve in an official match.
Meaningful Name: "Tsuki" means "moon". It's a good contrast to Hinata's "sun".
Smart People Wear Glasses: Tsukishima had 5/5 points in strategy on the official character profile. He has also mentioned never getting failing marks at school, and tutored Kageyama and Hinata for a while during the school exams.
Stopped Caring: He does not take it well when he finds out that his brother, whom he looked up to as a volleyball player, isn't even a starter on the team and has been lying to him about being the ace the whole time.
Position: Middle Blocker Height/Weight: 179.5cm/63.0kg 1st Year
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō
Tsukishima's companion who is almost never seen without him in the beginning anyway. Yamaguchi has a strong desire to become one of the starting members, as he dislikes being the only first year who isn't one. He trains hard out of school to improve his setting technique, and eventually becomes the team's pinch server.
Favourite food: French fries that have gone soft and floppy.
Current concern: When he thinks a cute girl's come over to talk to him, all she'll ask about is Tsukki.
Tropes associated with Tadashi Yamaguchi:
Because You Were Nice to Me: Yamaguchi was bullied when he was younger. Tsukishima told off his bullies and they've been good friends ever since.
Benched Hero: Yamaguchi is only non-regularly played first-year, and he has said he doesn't want to be the only one benched so he asks an alumni of Karasuno to teach him how to do a Jump Floater serve.
Brainy Brunette: He said that he never had failing marks. Also tutors Tanaka and Nishinoya during the upcoming exams.
Brutal Honesty: Just pay attention to whenever he opens his mouth. Ennoshita is often able to guess what other people, notably the first years, are thinking and say it out loud, leaving them bewildered. He also doesn’t hesitate in calling Nishinoya "obnoxious" during an extra comic, something even Tsukishima had the sense of not doing.
Supporting Leader: He's the most likely candidate for this once Daichi graduates, since he's the most level-headed second-year.
He actually shows shades of this even now. Despite not playing in many official matches, Tanaka’s sister Saeko says Ennoshita seems to be the leader of the second-years, including the Action Duo Tanaka and Nishinoya.
Those Three Guys: With Kinoshita and Narita. However, he is shown more often than those two.
Hisashi Kinoshita — #7
Position: Wing Spiker Height/Weight: 174.7cm/65.5kg 2nd Year
Voiced by: Nobuyori Sagara
One of the other second-years in the Volleyball club.
Nervous Wreck: Especially earlier on, thanks to her low self-esteem. Yachi’s first reaction to understandably not remembering Hinata and Kageyama’s names after meeting them once is to panic over the fact that she might not get a job because she isn’t good at memorizing names and consequently having to resort to organ trafficking.
Shrinking Violet: Though she’s more of a "nervous" variety (especially when surrounded by boys), than outright shy.
The Watson: He’s not very familiar with volleyball’s rules and positions, so his questions (often directed to Coach Ukai) about the game are usually what helps the readers to understand what exactly is going on.
Older Than He Looks: He's three years older than Ukai yet he looks like one of the students. Not to mention that he's the same height as Kiyoko.
Position: Coach Height/Weight: 178.2cm/72.2kg
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka
Introduced as an irritable shop keeper. As it turns out, he is the grandson of the legendary Coach Ukai, who helped propel Karasuno victory under his instruction. Originally he wasn't very enthusiastic about taking his grandfather's place, but Takeda managed to convince him into taking the role by showing him Karasuno's current potential.
Favourite food: Konnyaku dumplings.
Current concern: He's not even 30 yet but his parents are telling him to "hurry up and get married already".
Tropes associated with Kenshin Ukai:
Cigar Chomper: When he’s not exerting his duties as Karasuno's coach, he’s nearly always seen smoking.
Legacy Character: He took up his grandfather's place as coach of the Karasuno team.
Oikawa is the captain of Aobajousai's volleyball team and is widely regarded as the ace setter. A former member and setter of Kitagawa Daiichi, he won the "Best Setter Award" in his prefecture during his 3rd year in Junior High.
Bishōnen: The most outstanding example in the manga. He even has fangirls cheering for him during his games.
Butt Monkey: Mainly among his teammates of the same year, who even threaten to make him pay their food if he misses a serve. They do respect him as the captain and as a player and trust him during the game, though.
The Dreaded: He's able to induce an Oh, Crap face in Kageyama of all people right on his introduction, which immediately puts Karasuno on their guard. Also, whenever it’s his turn to serve, everyone’s tension on the other side of the court builds up.
In-Series Nickname: Hinata calls him the Grand King, as a reference to him being a senior on Kageyama's junior high team.
Can't Catch Up: He worries that if he teaches Kageyama what he knows, he would become this to him.
Jerkass: It's mostly in result of his bitterness toward always losing in the end.
The Resenter: Oikawa seems to resent geniuses in general and Kageyama in special, being someone who has bloomed mostly through hard work, rather than innate talent. Doesn’t help that he perceived Kageyama as a direct threat to his position as setter during Junior High. It’s not as bad as it used to be, but it doesn't seem like he completely grew out of it.
Position: Middle Blocker Height/Weight: 189.2cm/74.3kg 1st Year
Voiced by: Makoto Furukuwa
Kindaichi is a middle blocker from Aobajousai. He is also one of Kageyama’s former teammates from Kitagawa Daiichi. Because of Kageyama’s difficult temper during middle school, Kindaichi used to clash with him a lot and still thinks poorly of him.
The ace spiker for Aobajousai. Iwaizumi is a close friend of Oikawa, the two seem to have a deep sense of trust in eachother. However Iwaizumi does not approve of Oikawa's more childish antics and often prevents him from doing petty acts.
The Friend Nobody Likes: His bad attitude was enough to make his fellow first years avoid him like the plague. It seems that the only reason he hasn’t been kicked out of the club is because he is a very good player.
Jerkass: Doesn’t seem to have much respect for anyone, save for Iwaizumi.
Remember the New Guy: Has been in Aobajousai since his first year, apparently, but we’re only introduced to him around the hundredth chapter of the manga. Justified in that despite technically being in the team, he wasn’t attending club activities. It’s implied that he was waiting for the third years to graduate before coming back.
Takanobu Aone — #7
Position: Middle Blocker Height/Weight: 191.8cm/88.2kg 2nd Year
Voiced by: Hiroki Matsukawa
A middle blocker from Datekou. Aone is a vital part of the "Iron Wall" — Datekou’s impressive “wall” of defense.
Tropes associated with Takanobu Aone:
Gentle Giant: Despite his intimidating appearance and serious demeanor, he's quick to greet Hinata after Karasuno defeats his team. Character book also says his current concern is that "nobody will sit next to him when he's riding the train."
The Chains of Commanding: Futakuchi is a lot less laid-back once he becomes the captain, and comes to understand just how much his relaxed attitude used to trouble his sempai.
Friendship Moment: Or perhaps Teamwork Moment. When Moniwa, the team's captain, says that Futakuchi and Aone had overpowered Karasuno up to that point, Futakuchi asks him to say we instead, as in, they had all done it together. Given his personality, his senpai are very much surprised (and touched) at this.
Stone Wall: Whenever someone mentions the Iron Wall, they’re usually referring to Aone and Futakuchi. Futakuchi might not be as tall as Aone, but is just as skilled in blocking.
Kenma Kozume — #5
Position: Setter Height/Weight: 169.2cm/58.3kg 2nd Year
Nekoma’s setter. Hinata meets him not long before Nekoma’s first encounter with Karasuno. Kenma is not very good with people, so he specialized in observing them. Because of that, he became skilled at reading his opponents and uses this to predict their moves during a match.
Brilliant but Lazy: Kenma is so good at reading the opposite team’s players’ personalities and game styles that Kuroo calls him Nekoma team's "brain." That said, he is also constantly slacking off training and thinks volleyball is tiring.
Kuroo is Nekoma’s captain. He’s usually a level-headed guy, if with a somewhat trickster vibe — upon meeting him, Daichi quickly perceives him as a “cunning type”. He’s also Childhood Friends with Nekoma’s setter, Kenma.
Tropes associated with Tetsurou Kuroo:
Anime Hair: Apparently his hairstyle is due to having unmanageable bedhead.
Big Brother Mentor: To Tsukishima (a bit unwillingly on Tsukishima's side at first), since they play in the same position.
The Trickster: Noted by Daichi to have a cunning personality. He does seem to have a way with getting people to do what he wants, as he is able to get Tsukishima into training with him and Bokuto with just a few calculated words. Bokuto even calls him "provocation expert Kuroo".
Morisuke Yaku— #3
Position: Libero Height/Weight: 165.2 cm/60.2 kg 3rd Year
Position: Middle Blocker Height/Weight: 194.3cm/79.7kg 1st Year
Voiced by: Mark Ishii
One of Nekoma’s middle blockers. Lev is still relatively new to volleyball, because he only started playing in high school. Despite being a novice and not properly knowing volleyball’s rules yet, he possesses a natural physical ability.
Always Second Best: A mild example. It’s a bit of a Running Gag that despite being one of the top five spikers in the country, Bokuto couldn’t make it to the top three. He gets annoyed when people mention it.
We Can Rule Together: Tries to pull this on Oikawa attempting to get him to be Shiratorizawa's setter. He is quickly refused.
Wakutani South (N/A)
Height/Weight: 155.2 cm/48.8 kg
Voiced by: TBA
Tanaka’s older sister. She was also once a student at Karasuno.
Tropes associated with Saeko Tanaka:
Cool Big Sister: Literally one to her brother Ryūnosuke Tanaka, but also to Nishinoya, who even calls her "Sis". Hinata also seems to view her like this.
Doting Sister: Saeko seems to be quite fond of her little brother, as her main concern in her character profile is that girls don’t realize how cool he is. She also made an appearance on a popularity poll wondering why Ryūnosuke wasn’t in the top 10.