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.
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.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Since Oikawa refused to teach him his killer serve, Kageyama mastered it by simply observing him. He also efficiently copies Kenma's feint after seeing it only once, since he was too awkward at the time to actually ask Kenma to teach him.
- 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.
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, particularly Tanaka and Asahi, is very aware of how scary Daichi can be when he’s mad.
- Brown Eyes: One of the many characters in the manga with these, although his fit his Theme Naming.
- The Captain
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially towards the more hot-blooded underclassmen and Asahi.
- I Can Still Fight: When he gets injured.
- Meaningful Name: The characters used for Daichi mean "good" and "earth" respectively. As the captain, he acts as the "ground" that supports his teammates.
- Supporting Leader
- Team Dad: He’s a strict leader who most of the team visibly try not to piss off (since he’s quite scary when he’s mad), but is also a reliable and friendly figure.
- The Leader: Type II
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.
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.
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.
Tropes associated with Ryūnosuke Tanaka:
- Affectionate Nickname: Nishinoya calls him "Ryuu".
- All Love Is Unrequited: Has a crush on Kiyoko.
- Big Brother Mentor: What he's trying to be to the first years, particularly Hinata.
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cannot Talk to Women: A mild case compared to Taketora and Nishinoya, though.
- Face of a Thug: Not as bad of a case as Asahi, and most of the time he puts on a thug-like face on purpose, in order to intimidate opponents — but then... just read his current concern again.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Birds of a Feather: With Nishinoya, as noted in his entry. The two are very physical with each other, with Tanaka often lifting Nishinoya up in the air when excited and complimenting each other somewhat excessively.
- Hot-Blooded: Easily provoked, and likes to cheer boisterously and loudly (sometimes too loudly) when scoring a point. However, compared to Hinata and Nishinoya, he does have a bit more of common sense.
- Meaningful Name: Ryuu means dragon which is a good contrast with Nekoma's Taketora who has "tora" (tiger) in his name.
- Sleep Cute: With Nishinoya on the bus ride back from Inter-High after the first day in episode 19.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Taketora.
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. Tsukishima possesses height and wits (two things Hinata wishes he had), but doesn't particularly enjoy playing volleyball; Hinata is short and relies basically on his jump and speed. Another parallel shows up in that while they share the same position, Tsukishima focuses on the block itself, while Hinata is more interested in spiking. Their names also contrast, as explained in Meaningful Name below.
- 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: He assumes that no matter how you hard you work and what you achieve, there'll always be a bigger, harder challenge ahead. He also tells Hinata something along the lines of this trope when first playing against him, saying that hard work won't compensate for Hinata's short stature.
- Interestingly, he seems to change his mind about this in relation to Hinata after seeing him jump. From that point on, Tsukishima actually puts himself as inferior to Hinata (likely foreshadowing his own brother's situation in the past, with a similar short yet talented player), as noticed by Kuroo. Tsukishima seems to consider talent a superior virtue to hard work, but doesn't consider himself gifted just for being tall, though he does use his height as an argument against others who don't even have that much.
- Have We Met?: Has this reaction when a younger Yamaguchi thanks 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.
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
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.
Tropes associated with Hisashi Kinnoshita:
Tropes associated with Kazuhito Narita:
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.
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.
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.
Tropes associated with Keishin Ukai:
Height/Weight: 159.3 cm/51.0 kg
Tropes associated with Yui Michimiya:
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.
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.
Tropes associated with Hajime Iwaizumi:
- Affectionate Nickname: Oikawa refers to him as "Iwa-chan".
- Deadpan Snarker: Almost exclusively towards Oikawa.
- Expy: A level headed snarky companion to a womanizing ace? 'Sup Kasamatsu.
- Identical Stranger: He looks incredibly similar to Hinata's friend Koji.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners/Childhood Friends: With Oikawa.
- Morality Chain: To Oikawa at times, most notably keeping him from hitting a young Kageyama out of frustration.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Oikawa. 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.
Tropes associated with Shinji Watari:
- I Am Not Left-Handed: He was formerly a setter and can set from his position as libero.
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.
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.
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."
- No Brows
- The Quiet One: He's clearly a man of few words.
- Stone Wall: Because of his height, he is his team's best blocker.
Tropes associated with Kenji Futakuchi:
- The Captain: Becomes this after his senpai graduate.
- 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.
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.
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".
Height/Weight: 165.2 cm/60.2 kg
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.
Tropes associated with Taketora Yamamoto:
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Cannot Talk to Women: Even worse than Tanaka or Nishinoya; he basically freezes up when he saw Kiyoko.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tanaka.
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.
Tropes associated with Sō Inuoka:
- Animal Motif: Dog. See Meaningful Name below.
- Birds of a Feather: Inuoka is one of the few characters who are able to talk with Hinata through the latter’s… peculiar form of communication. Since he also has a bright personality which is very similar to Hinata's, they get along very well.
- Meaningful Name: The "Inu" in his name means "dog".
Tropes associated with Kōtarō Bokuto:
- The Ace
- 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.
- Animal Motifs: Owls.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Tsukishima, again unwillingly on Tsukishima's part, and also to Hinata.
- The Captain
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He doesn’t look the part, and even his team admits he is a rather simple-minded guy, but he is one of the best spikers in the country.
- Hot-Blooded: Is very passionate, often trying to lift the team's morale and gets frustrated easily. If things don't go his way, though, he tends to go into a low-key mode, at least temporarily.
- Man Child: Is a third year and the captain, but soon it becomes obvious that he acts more like the baby of the team.
- Mood-Swinger: He has unpredictable highs and lows in his performance. His team's used to it.
- Multicolored Hair: A notable example, considering most characters in the series have normal hair colours.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Akaashi's blue in fact, he could be the red to his whole team's blue, but Akaashi stands out.
Tropes associated with Keiji Akaashi:
- Deadpan Snarker: If the right buttons are pushed (usually by Bokuto).Bokuto: We won't let you get even one point more!Akaashi: I don't think it's possible to prevent them from scoring even a single point, though.
- Grin of Audacity: Delivers one to Tsukishima after Bokuto scores the match point against his team in the training camp.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Bokuto's red.
- The Stoic: Likely in result of the way he's drawn. See those droopy eyelids in his character picture? They're almost always like this, thus making him look quite the deadpan.
- Not So Stoic: From time to time, mostly during matches.
Tropes associated with Wakatoshi Ushijima:
- The Ace: Ushijima is Shiratorizawa’s ace, and apparently has been so since middle school. He’s also recognized as the number one ace in the prefecture.
- Badass Baritone: His voice in the anime is... deep.
- The Captain
- In-Series Nickname: "Ushiwaka", an abbreviation of his full name.
- Innocently Insensitive: Is pretty blatant to the point of people thinking he's mocking them or using of Brutal Honesty, when he's actually just being honest about what he thinks.
- It's All About Me: Downplayed, but volleyball-wise, he seems to think his way. He outright says to Kageyama that Shiratorizawa has no need of a setter who can’t devote themselves to him.
- The Rival: To pretty much every other team in the series, but especially to Oikawa.
- The Stoic: Usually has a very serious expression on his face.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries to pull this on Oikawa attempting to get him to be Shiratorizawa's setter. He is quickly refused.
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.
- Drives Like Crazy: Tanaka implies this about her. Thankfully for Hinata and Kageyama, all we see is that she’s very fast.
- Stalker with a Crush: Had shades of this towards "The Small Giant" when she attended Karasuno.
Tropes associated with Akiteru Tsukishima:
- Always Someone Better: The Small Giant specifically was this to him at high school, for being a second-year who was the ace of the team and hogged all the attention. It's worth noting that it's implied that at that time the Karasuno team itself was too strong for Akiteru to ever become a regular.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: His current concern is that despite his age he still hasn't got used to drinking sake.
- Doting Brother: Although their relationship is not as close as it used to be, he's very interested in how Tsukishima does at the Karasuno team, disguises himself in order to watch him play and even complains about how he can't call Tsukishima "cute" anymore.
- First Name Basis: With Tsukishima, naturally.
- Little Big Brother: Is slightly shorter than his brother.
Tropes associated with Yukitaka Izumi:
- Put on a Bus: He and Kouji are not seen for a long time after Hinata enters high school.
- The Bus Came Back: Finally reappears in the manga to cheer Hinata and his team in their match against Shiratorizawa.
- Those Two Guys: With Kouji.