Shōyō Hinata — #10
Position: Middle Blocker
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase
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.
Tropes associated with Shōyō Hinata:
- Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Sho-chan" by his friend Izumi, he himself used to call Izumi "Izumin," but seemed to stop in their third year of Junior High.
- Anime Hair
- Benched Hero: Since middle blockers are always switched with liberos when they move to the back row during rotation, Hinata is often switched with Nishinoya. Shares this role with Tsukishima.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Hinata is generally upbeat and friendly, but can be very scary when he gets serious.
- Book Dumb: To the point that he didn't even know what number is the failing mark for a test. He also told Sugawara that he's never made a double digit score on a quiz or a test.
- Butt Monkey: In the beginning, when he had little skill in volleyball aside from spiking, he often received the ball with his face. It's become something his teammates have gotten used to.
- Childhood Friends: With Koji and Izumi.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: You would never guess he'd be such a talented player just by looking at him.
- Determinator: Hinata firmly believes that if a match isn’t yet lost, then there’s no reason to give up on it.
- The Ditz
- Fiery Redhead
- 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.
- Idiot Hero
- Meaningful Name: "Hinata" (日向), can be translated to "place in the sun" or "to face the sun", while "Shouyou" (翔陽) can mean "flying heaven", where "Shou" (翔) means "to fly", and "You" (陽) means "sun/heaven/male".
- The Napoleon: This is the biggest part of Hinata's story, he's very small for his age, only 162cm, he tries to make up for his short stature with his incredible jumping abilities.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Oikawa "Great King" and Kindaichi "Shallot-head."
- Nervous Wreck: Because of his lack of experience, Hinata is this before matches.
- Older Than He Looks: People constantly mistake him for a middle-schooler, taken up a notch when you realize he's the oldest of the first-years on the team.
- Pintsized Powerhouse
- Quizzical Tilt: Sometimes, when someone says something he doesn't understand. Which is quite often. Shares this trait with Kageyama.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Kageyama's blue.
- Sleep Cute: With Kageyama on the bus ride back to school from the first day of Inter-High; only in the manga.
- Unskilled, but Strong
- Vitriolic Best Buds/Heterosexual Life-Partners: Develops this type of friendship with Kageyama.
Tobio Kageyama — #9
Position: Setter "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.
- He also manages to avert a perhaps expected Crippling Overspecialization, as being an extraordinary setter doesn't stop him from being just as competent in spiking and receiving, much to the rest of the team's exasperation.
- 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.
- Animals Hate Him: One of his concerns.
- Berserk Button:
- He doesn't really like his In-Series Nickname, understandably.
- People not taking a match seriously is also a secondary button for him, as his former teammates and Hinata can attest.
- 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.
- The Comically Serious: A good part of Kageyama's humor comes from the fact that he's thinking of the strangest things with the same serious expression, or that he often has to interact with very... excited upperclassmen (such as Tanaka and Nishinoya), which is something he has no experience with.
- 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.
- Death Glare: It's Hinata's scariest memory.
- Deuteragonist: No less important than Hinata in the story, and also a huge part of the latter's motivation (to keep winning) and improvement (when they team up).
- Foil: To Hinata.
- Also a foil to Sugawara in terms of their type of play. Kageyama can only utilize Hinata and a few other players to score points while Sugawara is able to utilize all the members on the court due to his strategic style of playing. Also, Sugawara cannot score on his own, while Kageyama can.
- He is also a foil to Kenma because he lacks all the qualities Kenma has in terms of how they play.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Mainly in his Junior High days, when little mistakes would tick him off, and he'd scream and put the blame on others. Hinata is still able to make him revert to this even after he gets better, though it's more obviously Played for Laughs.
- Hot-Blooded: One of the characters who take volleyball more seriously in the series, and will snap at the slightest hint of someone slacking off. He's also very passionate about the setter position in particular.
- The Leader: Used to be Type I for Kitagawa Daiichi, despite not being the captain.
- Icy Blue Eyes: More like Icy Gray Eyes, but they are definitely the cold and calculating type. Really stands out as he is one of the few characters not to have Brown Eyes.
- 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hinata's red.
- The Stoic: He seems like this. He isn't.
- Quizzical Tilt: Ditto as with Hinata.
- Sleep Cute: With Hinata on the bus ride back to school after the first day of Inter-High; only in the manga.
- Team Prima Donna: When he was in Kitagawa Daiichi, he used to order his teammates around and wanted everything his way.
- Teen Genius: At volleyball. However, he usually doesn't bother applying himself to his academic studies.
- Tsundere: One moment he'll be shouting insults, the next trying to encourage his teammates. His dere side tends to show mostly around Hinata.
- The Un-Smile: The first time he tried to smile traumatized Hinata.
- Vitriolic Best Buds/Heterosexual Life-Partners: Eventually with Hinata.
- 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
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:
Kōshi Sugawara — #2
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:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is a much lighter shade of silvery-blond in the manga, most notably in one of the center color pages during the Karasuno vs. Aobajosai match.
- Always Someone Better: An averted example due to his being benched when Kageyama takes his place as primary setter.
- Beauty Mark: On the corner of his left eye.
- 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.
- Foil: To Oikawa. They're both third year setters outshined by Kageyama, but their treatment of Kageyama is very different. Since Oikawa resented Kageyama, he never gave him advice or helped him when they were teammates. Sugawara, on the other hand, is jealous of Kageyama but he holds no animosity towards him; he always treats him with the kindness Oikawa never gave him as an upperclassman and rival setter.
- Also a foil to Kageyama in terms of their type of play. Kageyama can only utilize Hinata and a few other players to score points while Sugawara is able to utilize all the members on the court due to his strategic style of playing. Also, Sugawara cannot score on his own, while Kageyama can.
- Idiot Hair: However, he does not have any of the characteristics regarding this trope.
- Meaningful Name: Sugawara means "sedge field".
- Nice Guy: Sugawara 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.
- Number Two: He is the vice captain.
- Perpetual Smiler
- The Strategist: Since he is no prodigy, his playing style is all about efficiently outwitting the opponent.
- Team Mom: Sugawara has a calm, soothing personality, being a source of support for the team. He’s also the only one who can lecture Daichi, the resident Team Dad.
- You Gotta Have Gray Hair
- White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. While not exactly white per se, he has the lightest hair color on the team, even more so in the manga. He's also considered by most to be Karasuno's nicest player.
Asahi Azumane — #3
Position: Wing Spiker
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.
- Alliterative Name: Asahi Azumane.
- Butt Monkey: Among the third years.
- Face of a Thug: People are often intimidated by how he looks, thinking he's a criminal.
- Foil: To Nishinoya, Asahi is shy and insecure, while Nishinoya is loud and blunt. They even play opposite positions on the team.
- Their names contrast with Asahi's name translating to "Eastern Peaks Morning Sun" and Nishinoya's name being "Western Valley Evening".
- First Name Basis: Most of his teammates call him by his first name, or at least "Asahi-san", rather than by his surname.
- Fragile Flower: A male example. There is a reason, after all, why the whole team says he has a heart of glass.
- Gentle Giant: Asahi is the second tallest of the team, and also the one with the most powerful physical build, and is also a sensible boy who gets intimidated easily.
- Looks Like Jesus: The team even dresses him up as Jesus during the Shonen Jump Christmas special. He's not exactly pleased about it.
- Meaningful Name: Asahi means Morning sun.
- My Greatest Failure: The first Datekou match. He eventually gets over it after the team defeat them in the preliminaries.
- Younger Than They Look: He is also mistaken to be older than 17 due to his appearance. People often think he's always held back.
Yū Nishinoya — #4
Position: Libero "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.
Favourite food: Garigari-kun popsicles (soda flavour).
Current concern: None.
Tropes associated with Yū Nishinoya:
- Affectionate Nickname: Tanaka and Hinata call him "Noya-san".
- All Love Is Unrequited: Has an obvious crush on Kiyoko.
- 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.
- Brutal Honesty: With Asahi as a common target of it.
- 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.
- Foil: To Asahi, as noted in his section.
- 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.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Birds of a Feather: With Tanaka, due to their similar personalities they get along very well.
- In-Series Nickname/Red Baron: "Karasuno's Guardian Deity", much to his delight.
- Large Ham
- Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Nishinoya is a non-romantic example for Asahi. He is trying to motivate him into becoming a confident ace.
- The Napoleon: He's shorter than Hinata but he doesn't seem to be bothered by his height since he's a very skilled libero which his height is useful for.
- Older Than They Look: He's been mistaken for an elementary-schooler.
- Pint Size Power House: He's even shorter than Hinata yet very strong for a defensive player.
- Skunk Stripe: He has blond streaks in his bangs.
- 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
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.
Tropes associated with Ryūnosuke Tanaka:
Kei Tsukishima — #11
Position: Middle Blocker
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.
Tropes associated with Kei Tsukishima:
- Affectionate Nickname: Yamaguchi calls him "Tsukki".
- Benched Hero: Well, he's not the hero but he is often benched whenever he rotates to the back row. Shares this trait with Hinata.
- Big Brother Worship: Has an older brother that also plays volleyball, and who he used to admire a lot as a kid.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Not really evil, though; he's on the "jerk" side of the trope.
- 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.
- Broken Pedestal: Tsukishima towards his older brother.
- Collector of the Strange: One panel shows him having a wall of dinosaur memorabilia in his room.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: And not always of the good-natured variety.
- Dismotivation: He does not like putting too much effort into things that seem like a lost cause. He starts to grow out of it eventually.
- Foil: To Hinata, though not in the same way Kageyama is.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: At least until we learn about his Broken Pedestal.
- The Gadfly: Loves pushing Hinata and Kageyama's buttons.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Probably the least motivated player in Karasuno.
- Have We Met?: Had this reaction when a younger Yamaguchi thanked him for talking off his bullies.
- 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: Has his moments, though they're usually reserved to Yamaguchi, who is an old friend, and to his brother.
- 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.
- Stoic Spectacles
- 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.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Tsukishima was rather sweet as a child, at least towards his big brother, until his Broken Pedestal.
Tadashi Yamaguchi — #12
Position: Middle Blocker
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.
- Grew a Spine: During his confrontation with Tsukishima.
- Idiot Hair
- Nice Guy: Lacks Hinata and Kageyama's tempers and Tsukishima's sharp tongue. He's probably the nicest guy on the team next to Sugawara.
- Took a Level in Badass: In recent chapters, namely chapters 137-138, he has perfected the Jump Float Serve, which causes him to score five points for his team.
- Yes-Man: Initially has some shades of this towards Tsukishima. Growing out of it is what constitutes his character development.
- Youthful Freckles
Chikara Ennoshita — #6
Position: Wing Spiker
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda
One of the reserves.
Favourite food: Vinegared sea pineapple.
Current concern: Even when he's really fired up, people still tell him he looks sleepy.
Tropes associated with Chikara Ennoshita:
- A Day in the Limelight: Ennoshita gets to sub in when Daichi gets injured mid-game.
- 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.
- Characterization Marches On: In the early stages of the series, Ennoshita looks more like your traditional, generic Nice Guy. As the story goes on and by the time his Day in the Limelight arrives, he's gained a sharp tongue and acts more like the leader and handler of the second years, often openly annoyed at Tanaka and Noya's antics. He's still nice, but that niceness is more directed at the first years, while the "disconcerted by his more hammy teammates" part tends to falls more on Yamaguchi.
- Meaningful Name: Chikara means power.
- 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 him 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
Voiced by: Nobuyori Sagara
One of the other second-years in the Volleyball club.
Favourite food: Pickled ginger.
Tropes associated with Hisashi Kinnoshita:
Kazuhito Narita — #8
Position: Middle Blocker
Voiced by: Kotarou Nishiyama
One of the other second-years in the volleyball club.
Favourite food: Omelette sushi.
Tropes associated with Kazuhito Narita:
Position: Head Manager
Karasuno team’s manager. Shimizu is a quiet girl who gives off a responsible vibe, and is noted as beautiful by many characters. The whole team seems very fond of her.
Favourite food: Shrimp tempura onigiri.
Current concern: Whether to have Jarico or Jagabee for her snack.
Tropes associated with Kyoko Shimizu:
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Big Sister Mentor: To Yachi when she comes the second manager.
- Beauty Mark: Many people comment on hers.
- Brainy Brunette
- Cool Big Sis: Towards Yachi.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She becomes more open and smiles more often after Yachi joins the team.
- Dude Magnet: She always attracts the attention of other boys even from different schools.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Yachi's Light. Shimizu is often specifically described as having a "sexy" type of beauty, while Yachi is usually thought of as "cute".
- Oblivious to Love: It's a bit ambiguous regarding Tanaka and Nishinoya but one of Oikawa's concerns is that she ignored him when he tried to flirt with her.
- The Quiet One: Barely spoke earlier in the series. It might be that she just doesn't try very hard to mix in with the boys: she is shown to pretty talkative, or at least more open to conversation, with Yachi.
Voiced by: TBA
Karasuno's second manager. She is recruited by Kiyoko after the latter's search for a successor when she graduates.
Favourite food: Fugashi.
Current concern: What she'd do if she ended up in a situation where she died or was about to die.
Tropes associated with Hitoka Yachi:
- Affectionate Nickname: "Yacchan", which some members of the team have taken to call her.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: She fits this trope better than Kiyoko.
- Hair Decorations
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Shimizu's Dark. Shimizu is often specifically described as having a "sexy" type of beauty, while Yachi is usually thought of as "cute".
- Meaningful Name: The kanji for the "ka" in her name means flower.
- 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.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Has this for Kiyoko when she first saw her.
Position: Faculty Advisor
The faculty adviser for the Karasuno Boy's Volleybal Team. He doesn't actually know all too much about Volleyball, but he catches on very fast when given information.
Favourite food: Meat and potato stew.
Current concern: He's been told by his students that "your glasses are totally uncool, sensei".
Tropes associated with Ittetsu Takeda:
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He isn't above getting on his knees and begging if it's going to get the team a practice match.
- Determinator: He will get Karasuno matches with other teams.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Sensei-chan: Some of the students call him Take-chan.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Ukai’s Manly Man.
- 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.
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 Keishin Ukai:
Tooru Oikawa — #1
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.
Tropes associated with Tooru Oikawa:
- Always Someone Better: What Ushijima and Kageyama are to him.
- 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.
- Chick Magnet: They even follow him to his games, much to other characters' chagrin.
- 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.
- 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. He also admits that it's probably going to happen anyway, since Kageyama evolves very fast.
- The Captain
- Determinator: Defeating Shiratorizawa and going to Nationals is his main goal. He has been at it for years, and would've overworked himself during Junior High in order to achieve it, had Iwaizumi not intervened. Also note that his personal motto is "If you're going to attack, keep it until your opponent breaks."
- Foil: To Sugawara. They're both third year setters outshined by Kageyama, but their treatment of Kageyama is very different. Since Oikawa resented Kageyama, he never gave him advice or helped him when they were teammates. Sugawara, on the other hand, is jealous of Kageyama but he holds no animosity towards him; he always treats him with the kindness Oikawa never gave him as an upperclassman and rival setter.
- Genre Savvy: Deduced correctly that Kageyama would toss to Hinata in the last moments of the Karasuno vs Aobajousai match, because of Kageyama’s Character Development.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Childhood Friends: With Iwaizumi.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: The only character outright stated to be attractive, and also the one with the most antagonistic personality.
- Jerkass: Likes to openly razz people, especially opponents, has a very childish side and is fiercely competitive. It's all mostly in result of his bitterness toward always losing in the end.
- The Nicknamer: A subtle example, but he usually addresses people by nicknames, be it the suffix -chan (e.g., Iwaizumi, Kageyama, Kunimi) or something he came up with himself ("Mad Dog" for Kyoutani and "Mr. Refreshing" for Sugawara). He also has yet to call Hinata anything but "Shorty".
- The Resenter: Oikawa, being someone who has bloomed mostly through hard work rather than innate talent, seems to resent geniuses in general and Kageyama in special. Doesn’t help that he used to perceive 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.
- Signature Move: His killer serve is dreaded by the teams he plays against.
- Terms of Endangerment: Calls Kageyama "Tobio-chan", which is quite overly familiar even for him. Given Oikawa's nature and the fact that he sees Kageyama as a rival, it’s very likely that this is a form of provocation on his part.
- Trickster Mentor: Was a variation of this toward Kageyama.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Iwaizumi. Oikawa is often pushing Iwaizumi’s buttons on purpose, and Iwaizumi returns it... usually physically. Despite that, they still have what Oikawa describes as a "perfect trust" in each other.
- Worthy Opponent: Ushijima respects his skills enough to consider him this, and even goes as far as saying that Oikawa should've attended Shiratorizawa.
Yuutarou Kindaichi — #9
Position: Middle Blocker
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.
Tropes associated with Yuutarou Kindaichi:
- In-Series Nickname: Hinata refers to him as "Shallot Head".
- Rejected Apology: Immediately rejects Kageyama's implied attempt of apologizing for his former behavior, claiming that they were never friends in the first place. This however seems to settle, rather than worsen, things between the two of them.
- Those Two Guys: With Kunimi.
Hajime Iwaizumi— #4
Position: Wing Spiker
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.
Tropes associated with Hajime Iwaizumi:
Shinji Watari— #5
Voiced by: Arthur Lounsbery
Tropes associated with Shinji Watari:
Akira Kunimi — #10
Position: Wing Spiker
Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru
One of Kageyama's teammates back in Kitagawa Daiichi.
Tropes associated with Akira Kunimi:
- The Stoic: He has a tired or unimpressed expression on his face most of the time.
- Not So Stoic: Kageyama is astonished when Kunimi smiles normally during the match against Aobajousai, something that he, as a former teammate, had never seen Kunimi do.
- Those Two Guys: They are probably only known as those two teammates of Kageyama's. Shares this trope with Kindaichi.
Kentaro Kyoutani — #16
Voiced by: TBA
A player from Aobajousai, nicknamed "Mad Dog" by Oikawa. He was rather famous in Junior High, and has the best skills of his grade, but is a very difficult person to deal with.
Tropes associated with Kentaro Kyoutani:
- Alliterative Name: Kentaro Kyoutani.
- 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.
- In-Series Nickname: Kyouken, literally "Mad Dog", derived from his name's initials (though with different kanji).
- 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.
Kenma Kozume — #5
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.
Favourite food: Apple Pie
Current concern: Summer is hot. Winter is cold
Tropes associated with Kenma Kozume:
- Alliterative Name: Kenma Kozume.
- 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.
- Curtains Match the Window: His hair is actually a dyed blonde (since his roots are showing) but it matches his golden eyes.
- Foil: To Kageyama. He lacks all the qualities Kageyama has but he manages to be the first character to outsmart Kageyama during their practice match. It's also noted by Ukai that while Kageyama essentially unifies Karasuno, Kenma is the one supported by his own team, Nekoma.
- Also a foil to Hinata. Both play in positions people with their height and body type normally wouldn't and are vital to their own teams, but while Hinata loves and is enthusiastic about volleyball, Kenma just plays it because he did it in middle school by Kuroo's suggestion.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Childhood Friends: With Kuroo.
- In-Series Nickname: He is called "The setter with pudding hair".
- No Social Skills: He's admittedly bad at dealing with others.
- Shorter Means Smarter: He's actually the second shortest member in Nekoma (with Yaku being the shortest) but one of the smartest players strategically. He actually gave Karasuno a very hard time during the Karasuno-Nekoma practice match due to his keen observation.
Tetsurou Kuroo— #1
Position: Middle Blocker
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.
Favourite food: Grille salted mackerel pike.
Current concern: Can't get rid of his bedhead hair.
Tropes associated with Tetsurou Kuroo:
- Affectionate Nickname: Kenma calls him "Kuro".
- 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 Captain
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially around energetic types such as Lev, Hinata and to a lesser extent Bokuto.
- The Gadfly: Mainly towards Tsukishima.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Childhood Friends: With Kenma.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Played with. He is a bit of a trickster and can be an ass (though not as much of an ass like Oikawa) but has a kinder side mainly shown towards his childhood friend Kenma and towards Tsukishima, one of the many people Kuroo loves pushing their buttons at. He also did explain that he's always a nice person during the Training Camp arc, but Hinata and Tsukishima gave him looks of disbelief.
- Only Friend: Kuroo was Kenma's only playmate when both were children. This seems to be in the past now, since Kenma gets along well with the rest of Nekoma.
- Perpetual Smiler: Usually a Cheshire Cat Grin.
- 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
Height/Weight: 165.2 cm/60.2 kg
Nekoma's libero. A voice of reason and upfront person as opposed to Kuroo's. Recognized as a reliable player, he supports his team both in and off court with a smile, unless you mention his height.
Tropes associated with Morisuke Yaku:
- Berserk Button: He's remarkably sensitive about his height.
- Height Angst
- The Napoleon: People generally acknowledge and respect Yaku more than Kuroo, the actual team captain.
- Perpetual Smiler: Unless you hit his Berserk Button.
- Team Mom: Supportive and manages to subdue the team's antics before they get too out of control. He gets along well with Sugawara who is also the Team Mom of Karasuno.
Taketora Yamamoto— #4
Position: Wing Spiker
Voiced by: Seigo Yokota
Taketora is one of Nekoma's wing spikers. He has a personality somewhat similar to Tanaka’s, being a boisterous and energetic presence in and out of court.
Tropes associated with Taketora Yamamoto:
Lev Haiba — #11
Position: Middle Blocker
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.
Tropes associated with Lev Haiba:
- Animal Motifs: Lion. See Meaningful Name below.
- Butt Monkey: Ever since his debut, he has been seen either working with Kuroo or Yaku with his volleyball skills and most of the time, they yell at him either for missing the ball or for skipping practice in a comical manner. Everyone else on his team likes to tease him too. Even Kenma thinks his serving is crappier than Hinata's.
- But Not Too Foreign: Lev is half-Japanese, half-Russian.
- Foil: Can be perceived as one to Hinata. Both are energetic first-years who play as middle blockers and intend to become the ace of their own teams. The crucial difference is that Lev possesses the height that Hinata always wanted so badly.
- Innocently Insensitive: He’s often pushing peoples buttons, especially in regards to their height, with no actual harmful intentions. Even Kenma mentions that he's a little too honest sometimes.
- Meaningful Name: "Lev" is Russian for "lion", which is also a perfect fit for Nekoma since the team is often represented by cats.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Calls himself Nekoma’s ace, but is still very inexperienced. He definitely has the potential, though.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Has both impressive height and reflexes, but lacks in experience, and therefore in strategy.
Sō Inuoka — #7
Position: Middle Blocker
Voiced by: Kyousuke Ikeda
A middle blocker from Nekoma. Notably the only known player on the team whose Animal Motif
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