This is a list of the absurdly awesome characters that make up the equally awesome series Hayate × Blade, by Hayashiya Shizuru.Please note that names have been listed with family names first.
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Hayate and Ayana
The titular protagonist, a simple-minded and reckless idiot. One of the most notable things about her fighting style is her incredible speed, and she claims to be a third dan in kendo. Many a Fan Nickname in the series actually began as, or sometimes are nicknames she gave to other characters. She has a heroic(?) alter ego(?) known as Family Mart Mask. She's responsible for the creation of the Shigeru Family, a bunch of cat-themed sword decorations that attach to the pommels of sword bearers' swords. She's given one to anybody she has significant screen-time with.Voiced by Kurumi Mamiya.
All-Loving Hero: There's nobody Hayate wouldn't mind befriending. In the epilogue, she even gave a tiger-themed pair of her shigeru sword-decorations to Ensuu and Mei.
Fearless Fool: While she mostly tends to be extremely confident in herself and Ayana, she averts this trope more often than not because the two of them are just that good. However, she fits squarely into this trope in the fight with Ensuu. She knew it would be a tough fight and she trained extensively, but in her determination to help Ayana bury her demons, she ignored the countless warnings everyone gave her that Ensuu wasn't just extremely skilled, she was extremely dangerous.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Maybe. Her schemes work much too often for it to be chance, so it's either that or author fiat.
Oblivious to Love: Does not seem to realize the extent of Chiharu's fondness for her.
OOC Is Serious Business: When Nagi comes to Tenchi, Hayate gets really subdued. Akira even directly lampshades it, telling Nagare that something is seriously wrong.
Or My Name Isn't...: Backfires spectacularly because shouting out your name when you're pretending to be someone else is generally a bad idea.
Paper-Thin Disguise: She seems to excel at these, although, somewhat subverted when Yuho didnt recognize her in her duck outfit.
Plucky Girl: Most conflicts Hayate comes across are resolved by her absolute refusal to give up. Nagi's arrival is the only time her spirits are significantly dampened, and within the next two chapters she's regained her enthusiasm in spades.
Snot Bubble: Being a cute idiot, she gets this whenever she sleeps.
Too Dumb to Fool: The A-Team tries to threaten her into leaving the school. This fails because of the assumption that Hayate understands how blackmail works well enough to respond "properly" to it.
Too Fast to Stop: Especially in early chapters, many attempts at spectacular feats of agility are thwarted by Hayate crashing into things. Such as the ground.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: A few of the characters, most notably Akira and Sae, have problems that can't be solved perfectly just by swinging swords around. Hayate wholeheartedly believes that they'll be fixed anyway.
Though seemingly unparalleled in ability, Ayana starts out unwilling to take part in hoshitori battles due to guilt from having caused her previous partner injury out of her own conceit. After entering the partnership with Hayate, however, she still spends a good part of her appearances playing video games (usually dating sims) and beating up people that annoy her.Voiced by Satsuki Yukino.
Berserk Button: She does not approve of some of Hayate and Jun's... antics.
Blind Without 'Em: Inverted. Ayana can see perfectly fine without her glasses, and can barely see with them. She purposefully wears them to make sure she can't see people very well. See Power Limiter for the reason why.
Then played straight when she admits that her eyesight deteriorated too severely from playing video games in poor lighting excessively.
Megaton Punch: Ayana is not thrilled at the idea of partnering up with Hayate and often reminds her in rather violent ways. As their partnership progresses, she becomes more accepting, but still hits as hard whenever Hayate (or Jun, for that matter) feels like being an idiot.
Pet the Dog: When Nagi reminds Hayate that she's just a placeholder and tells her that all her stars as well as her partner now belong to her, Hayate understandably feels rather down so Ayana delivers a nice Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! suplex.
Power Limiter: Her glasses serve as a form of this. Thanks to the extremely traumatic Training from Hell her grandfather put her through as a child, she can't look anybody in the eye unless she really trusts them. If she does look someone in the eye, she starts flashbacking, at which point she goes berserk.
Red Baron: Only the ridiculously gutsy or are ridiculously foolish dare mess with the "Raging Tiger of Tenchi".
Thousand-Yard Stare: Whenever she flashbacks to the incident with her grandfather, she gets this look in her eyes.
Tsundere: When she's surrounded by hyperactive and lecherous idiots, she gets a violent Hair-Trigger Temper. When there's nobody there to push her buttons, however, she's actually quite nice. The Momotaro-Gumi even lampshade it after she thanks them for helping her train and even offers to buy them lunch when they get back from their vacation.
And when Jun and Hayate finally feel the need to smarten up, Ayana is remarkably courteous to them.
Unknown Rival: Only those that have some kind of special looks, or hang around her long enough, stay in Ayana's memory. She might even remember their name properly someday.
Unstoppable Rage: This happens often, but most notably on two separate occasions: One, played for drama, was during the fight with Ensuu, where she went berserk, and the second, played for laughs, when she saw Hayate teaming up with Makoto:
Yukari: "I hope Kurogane-san makes it out of this alive..."
Ayana's best friend and roommate, who acts like an extremely lecherous Cool Big Sis, and often gets beaten up by Ayana for it (the lechery). Yet they are also very close, and she seems to know quite a bit about Ayana's past. Self-proclaimed oniwaban* Ninja Bodyguard to Yuho, her Protectorate.She becomes the hoshitori's only one-woman team after she and Yuho fight Ayana and Hayate, bearing Yuho's Heaven sword as well as her own Earth sword.Voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi.
Amusing Injuries: She gets these whenever Yuho or, much more often, Ayana get fed up with her antics.
Badass: She held off Sae and was even able to get the drop on her and toss her into a river. And in her fight with Ayana, she would have won if Yuho's illness hadn't distracted her.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: One of the more clearly nuts characters of the series. Also the only one participating in the hoshitori without a present partner. And winning.
Character Exaggeration: She was always a bit of a perv, but as time went on, it got worse and worse. It's hard to tell if she became more of a pervert, or if we're just seeing more of it.
Cool Big Sis: To Hayate and her friends in the Momotaro-Gumi, although they often take anything she says with a grain of salt on account of her shameless lechery. And as much as Ayana hates to admit it, Jun's advice has seriously helped her through a number of personal problems.
Corner of Woe: She goes into one of these whenever anybody calls her what she is: a disgusting lech.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: She's a major league dumbass who spends most of her time getting beaten by Ayana for all the stupid antics she pulls. She's also an extremely capable fighter who can give a White-Uniform a run for her money.
Defeat by Modesty: It's shown that, when fighting alone in the Hoshitori, she would often take down weaker opponents by flipping their skirts or something, flustering them enough until she could easily take their stars.
Dishing Out Dirt: She has this ability where she stabs the ground with her sword, causing a cluster of fist-sized rocks to burst up from the ground in the direction she wants them to (apparently by infusing her Ki into the ground to make it shoot these rocks). As flying rocks can be quite dangerous, Jun only uses this technique on people she knows are good enough to deal with it, and it mostly serves as a distraction or as a form of smokescreen.
Dual Wielding: She starts using Yuho's sword as of volume 4. It seems to be her prefered style, as she continues with it even after Yuho comes back.
Enter Stage Window: She does this once or twice when visiting Yuho in the hospital and when talking to Yukari, who is in the third story art club room.
Freudian Slip: She has dozens of these in which she accidentally says something blatantly sexual before correcting herself.
Happily Adopted: In a sense. Jun's the child of an extramarital affair her mother had, and after her parents divorced and her mother, overcome with guilt, left her family, there really wasn't anything tying her to Kuga Gen, her mother's husband. However, the man still raised her, and even though she knows who her biological father is, as far as she's concerned, Gen is her real father, and that's all there is too it.
Holding Hands: Yuho holds hers before their fight with Hayate and Ayana, prompting her to do the same for Ayana before the match with Ensuu.
Legacy of Service: The Kuga Clan had its start as the clan that supplied bodyguards for the Shizuma in feudal Japan. While it's not quite so master-servant these days, the Kugas, Jun included, still feel they have a responsibility to protect the Shizumas. However, Jun and Yuho still genuinely care about each other as Childhood Friends, and Yuho really wishes their families didn't have the history they did.
Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever something opposes her friends, especially Yuho, she suddenly becomes hyper-competent. She keeps the ditzy smile, but she shows everyone just how badass she really is.
Lipstick Lesbian: She's supposedly bisexual. Jun never actually puts a specific label on her preferences, though, and we only ever see her lusting after other girls.
Lovable Sex Maniac: Despite being a walking sexual harassment case, Jun is one of the nicest characters in the series, and pretty much whipped when it comes to Yuho.
Memetic Molester:invoked Oh god... she's such a lecherous sex-maniac that everybody knows it. One extra chapter has Benibachi looking through the student complaint box and finding that one out of three complaints was about Jun and her wandering eyes/hands. Hell, whenever there are reports of a Peeping Tom, all eyes turn to Jun, and it's generally agreed that the best way to punish her for anything is to keep her out of the girls' public bath.
In her rush to get to an exhausted Yuho and keep her from collapsing, she grabbed Yuho a moment before the latter took Hayate's star, which invalidated the strike. Yuho was not amused.
In an attempt to let Ayana sneak into the A-Rank area (which is, unlike the other areas, off-limits to anyone below A-Rank), she has Kiji create a fog to make sure nobody can see inside. This has the unfortunate side effect hiding the very dangerous bettle between Maki/Yukari and Ensuu/Mei from the Judges, which allowed Ensuu and Mei to run rampant for so long.
Ninja: Being the daughter of a long line of ninja, Jun recieved the training. While she may not be the most skilled fighter in the hoshitori, she has a number of ninja-ish techniques and she is capable of doing some frankly ridiculous things, such as jumping from a third story window and landing safely. Her abilities range from being a Mundane Utility, like her ability to do high-speed sewing, to making her an Unusually Uninteresting Sight, such as when she scaleswalls.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Make no mistake, she really is a perverted sex-maniac. However, there are times when this is nothing more than an act to hide the moments where Jun's sharp mind actually kicks into gear.
The Peeping Tom: We've never actually seen it, but given her personality and the countless times other characters complain about her doing this, it's not like we really need to see her do it.
Porn Stash: It's so large that she even forgot about the portion left in Yuho's room. In one extra, said roommate even wonders what to do with all of it.
Smarter Than You Look: Jun comes across as an immature lech who takes nothing seriously. However, she's a lot stronger, smarter, observant, and even mature than she lets on. She was also the only person to realize that Nagi wasn't Hayate; everyone else just thought that Hayate was acting weirdly when they saw Nagi.
(from a Yuri blog) "Jun comes face to face with Nagi, and looks her over in detail. You look the same, she says, but you’re not Hayate. (Thus proving that Jun is in fact the smartest person at Tenchi, which was a given, since she’s a lesbian.)"
Yuri Fan: Jun spends an awful lot of time teasing Ayana when Hayate insists on pairing up with her in volume 1. And that's just the tip of the iceberg...
Having a weak constitution, Yuho was sickly to the point of being in and out of hospitalization for a large part of her childhood, even up to a year for a stretch. Despite that, she is skillful enough to have come up with her own style, and has the odd behavioral tic of doing thumbs-downs when thumbs-ups are expected.Voiced by Yuki Matsuoka.
Affectionate Nickname: She likes to call Hayate "Shorty," but there's nothing malicious about the nickname.
Berserk Button: Calling her "princess" is asking to be responded with violence. Only one person does it, anyway.
Character Tic: She has a tendency to give people a thumbs-down instead of a thumbs-up when saying something positive.
Post-Dramatic Stress Disorder: After exerting herself for far longer than she should have in her fight with Hayate, she collapsed immediately after taking Hayate's star. She then collapsed again after whacking Jun over the head for invalidating Yuho's aforementioned victory.
Tsundere: Subverted. At first, she seems to have all the trappings of one, what with the rather vitriolic way she treats Jun. However, she is in fact extremely polite and kind to everybody, even Jun, and she only really gets abusive when Jun does something stupid.
Weak, but Skilled: She makes up for her frail body by using martial arts-based techniques to flip her opponents around with a minimum of exertion on her part.
Momo and Wanko
Hayate's Hot-Blooded roommate in the same year and the embodiment of what happens when a Childhood Marriage Promise goes into lololand. Having entered Tenchi expecting to be shinyuu with Riona, she challenges Ouka with the intention of breaking them up, only to, as Hitsugi put it, win the battle but lose the war. She ends up with Isuzu, whom she calls "Wanko", instead. They later form a Four Girl Ensemble with Kiji and Michi, a group affectionately known to fans as the Momotaro-gumi.Voiced by Makiko Ohmoto
Badass Normal: She has to be this to balance out her occult-powered partner.
The Berserker: Her fighting "style" is to keep on swinging until she hits something.
Demoted to Extra: She has concerns about becoming this. However, despite the new characters that are constantly being introduced, she's still a major supporting character.
Hot-Blooded: She's one of the more enthusiastic sword bearers.
The Southpaw: Momoka is left handed, which actually gave her an advantage in her duel with Kiriya, in which she used the fact that her sword was sheathed on her right hip to stop Kiriya from drawing her sword before getting a quick hit in.
Vitriolic Best Buds: While she and Kiji fight constantly, they are a lot closer then they would like to admit.
First shown as a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl who creeps the heck out of Momoka and those who see or hear about her because of her powerful supernatural abilities, which run in the family. Their eventual team-up comes with a forced makeover that shows her as being Beautiful All Along. She retains that interest in the occult though.Voiced by Mamiko Noto.
Insult Backfire: What it invariably looks like to others whenever Momoka talks about her, since Momoka is very blunt about how creepy and horrifying her partner's powers are. Wanko, however, takes this as high praise.
Necromancer: Her magic is strong enough for her to invoke the spirits of historical sword masters and have them take possession of her body to use their techniques. The downside to it is how doing so taxes her physically - her body can't keep up with demands meant for a far tougher build.
Nice Girl: Underneath her terrifying powers, she's an extremely kind and caring girl.
Isuzu's classmate who comes from a long line of shamans. She has a tendency to take herself too seriously. Drawn to Isuzu because of their similar backgrounds, she dissolved her pact with Michi to team up with Isuzu instead. They make up in a rather Slap-Slap-Kiss fashion.Voiced by Sanae Kobayashi.
Animal Theme Naming: The "pheasant" of the Momotaro-gumi. Sometimes used for insulting nicknames by Momoka.
Butt Monkey: Momoka and Michi, and indeed, the world in general, don't give her much respect.
Berserk Button: Seeing Michi get hurt during the hike sent her into an intense rage, unfortunately it also sent her powers wildly out of control and it wasn't until Michi woke up that she was able to calm down enough to bring them back under her control. To bad the damage was already done by that point.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: For the most part, she's a bit of a dunce who likes to rely on her unreliable powers. However, during the hike, she held her own before she met up with Michi.
Badass Unintentional: The entire mess at the end of the mountain hike was caused by her losing control over her powers and creating localized tremors.
Defeat Means Friendship: The story behind why she, Michi, Momoka, and Wanko hang out with each other most of the time.
Dowsing Device: She attempted to use one to locate Hayate's lost orphan. It was dismissed as not being especially useful before she even had the chance to use them.
Unskilled, but Strong: According to Isuzu, Kiji is extremely powerful, but she goes about using this power the wrong way and doesn't seem to really understand what she's doing sometimes.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Momoka. Momo likes to give her a hard time about everything, and never lets her forget that she messed with Isuzu, even though the whole thing was settled long ago. Don't be fooled, though, they're still quite close.
Badass Normal: Fans have pointed out that she is in fact much more useful in fights than Kiji, as the mass battle against the A-team showed.
Dual Tonfas: She begins to wield these late in the series
Michi: "Are nunchucks allowed as weapons, President!!?" Hitsugi: "Unfortunately, unlike the graduation event, we are not providing non-bladed weapons as options. It would destroy your identity as Sword Scholarship bearers, after all." [laughter from surrounding audience members] Hitsugi: "So, that means you can use tonfas." Kiji: "Sh-She just destroyed the gestalt of recognition to what is considered weaponry established earlier!!!"
Taught by Television: She's learning Jeet Kune Do through self training videos. While it gives her a big boost in overall fighting ability, she doesn't know any knife fighting moves, the most useful in this setting, because those videos cost extra.
Mizuchi and Sou
An upperclassman who is a good friend of Hayate's and, in modeling terms, on the same scale as the short protagonist. Her family has financial difficulties that she pays off with hoshitori earnings. Though she grudgingly took part in Mizuchi's schemes, she is still decent at heart.Voiced by Noriko Shitaya.
Baguette Beatdown: Funnily enough, she and her partner both provide public services in this fashion—on different occasions.
An admirer of Ayana whose offers of partnership were repeatedly rejected, embittering her so much she turned against Ayana instead. She also happens to be the daughter of the boss of Smiley Finance (the company Hayate's orphanage owes money to), and at the behest of her mother, she did everything in her power to prevent Hayate from rising in rank and gaining more money. After trying and failing to sabotage Hayate's money-making efforts, she undergoes a Heel-Face Turn and helps them out instead.Voiced by Houko Kuwashima.
Disproportionate Retribution: Ayana doesn't want to be her partner. Ayana also doesn't know her name. Both are considered serious transgressions worthy of revenge.
Heroes Love Dogs: Asakura absolutely loves them. Her family owns three and she apparently regularly takes care of neighbours' and relatives' dogs when they go traveling. She tries to dismiss it as responsibility or something like that, but she only really lets her guard down and drops her dignified demeanor around her dogs. Sou even comments that she'd never seen Mizuchi smile the way she did around them.
Former shinyuu of Ayana, who dissolved their pact after a watershed duel left Yukari severely wounded by her own partner. Shown rising up the ranks in earlier volumes with her new partner Maki, she is eventually promoted to A-rank. Although almost always snarky and cold towards Ayana when interacting with her, signs point to Yukari still caring. Probably.Seen promoted to the student council at the start of Hayate × Blade 2.Voiced by Ai Maeda.
The Atoner: Having failed to protect Ayana before, she got the chance to be placed in the same situation again when challenging Meiko and Ensuu after being promoted to A-Rank.
The Comically Serious: She likes to retain a calm, stoic bearing in everything she does, even when she gets angry. Her attempts at maintaining this calm around Hayate are rarely met with complete success and provide a great deal of humour.
Handicapped Badass: She has some serious problems with depth perception, yet she's still one of the strongest characters in the series.
Jerkass Façade: She only really treated Ayana like crap to try to get the latter out of her funk and back on her feet. When Ayana finally returns to the way she was before their fight with Ensuu, she warms up toward her considerably.
Peek-a-Bangs: It hides a prominent scar on the left side of her face and is markedly different from her longer hair in flashbacks.
Sugar and Ice Personality: She comes off as generally cold and aloof, and extremely rude in a passive-aggressive manner towards Ayana and Hayate in particular. However, she shows a consistent softer side in her interactions with Maki, she really does care about Ayana, and despite herself, she's grown fond of Hayate.
Yukari's current shinyuu and head of the art club. Called a genius because of her capability to paint and fight with the same hand, she was however torn between the two, unable to reach her full capacity in either. After the battle against Ensuu and Meiko, she has started to use a left-handed western fencing style.Seen promoted to the student council at the start of Hayate × Blade 2.Voiced by Naomi Shindo.
Badass: Very. During the free-for-all, she was the first person to get a point against a member of the student council (though she got curb-stomped immediately after). It wouldn't be an exaggeration to put her just below the likes of Ensuu, Akira, and Hitsugi.
Badass Bookworm: Or more accurately, badass artist. One art club member notes that her talent is the reason why she could be club president despite only being a first year in high school.
I Am Not Right Handed: After Ju Ensuu breaks her right wrist, apparently crippling her, Maki switches to her dominant sword hand: her left one. She also, given how she only had one hand to work with, switched to a western fencing style, which she had picked up from her mother and, though she had never used it thanks to the rules of the Hoshitori, she was extremely skilled in.
Lamarck Was Right: Her fencing abilities are mentioned in the same breath as her mother being a three-time world champion.
Let's Get Dangerous: After Ensuu snaps her right wrist, Maki switches to a fencing grip and significantly ups her game.
Love Epiphany: She has a major, if not necessarily romantic, one subsequent to much buildup to a realization that even as she tries to convince herself of how it would be good for Yukari and Ayana to make up with each other, she still wants to be Yukari's partner.
Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Hints of this are dropped during the school festival, with her fatalistic view of what would happen during the duel against Ensuu and Meiko. Later chapters give us even more instances...
Maki: "Whether my arm breaks," Yukari: "Wha..." Maki: "Or my leg breaks," Yukari: "Uh, Sempai," Maki: "Or whether I break all my bones and can't lift a finger..." Yukari: "Nonononono! Why are you so masochistic?"
Anime Chinese Girl: Averted to hell and back. Ensuu may be Chinese, and she may use a Chinese sword, but that's it: she's not cute, she doesn't wear stereotypical chinese clothing, even out of her Tenchi Academy uniform, and she doesn't wear her hair in Odango. Rather, she's a vicious Blood Knight, she tends to wear sweats, jeans, and hoodies, and her hair is a wild mess.
Ax-Crazy: Ensuu is not right in the head. Outside of battle, this manifests as quirky and sometimes even endearing Cloudcuckoolander tendencies. In battle, on the other hand... oh boy. She's so psycho that at times, it's hard to even call her a sadist, as that would imply she has the sanity to enjoy hurting people. Rather, she comes off more like a wild beast who exists to hunt down and painfully annihilate anything that shows its face to her.
Badass: Ensuu is one of the biggest badasses in the series, right up there with Akira and Hitsugi.
Beast: Though Ensuu is almost definitely completely human, she acts quite animalistic at times. When she fights, she resembles a relentless hunter going after its prey. She puts her ear to the ground when she hears something, and she was able to sniff out Yanagi Makoto's location with her nose more accurately than others could with a GPS system. Even the way she eats is utterly devoid of grace; she just tears her food apart and wolfs it down. Numerous people even call her a beast thanks to all this. It's like her title.
Berserk Button: In general, she doesn't like it when people try to make a fool out of her. She was also extremely pissed when Hayate snaps Ayana out of her berserk rage, robbing Ensuu of her Worthy Opponent.
Big Eater: She can put away a rather impressive amount of food, especially if that food is meat.
Blood Knight: Ensuu only really enjoys herself when she fights strong opponents. It's deconstructed somewhat, as it's hard to find friends when the only thing you enjoy— and indeed, the only way you really know how to interact with people— involves putting people through a lot of pain. Not having anybody like her in the entire school leaves her feeling extremely alone.
Blue and Orange Morality: At first, Ensuu appears to be just another sadist, but she slowly reveals that she doesn't really understand the concept of morality. She hurts people because she likes it, but even that seems to be because she likes fighting and the pain of an enemy is a sign that she's doing it right. Even the vicious way she brutalizes both Maki and Hayate is motivated by a desire to get them out of the way so that she can fight her Worthy Opponents—Yukari and especially Ayana—as opposed to any real malice. She also doesn't understand Mei's excessive sadism; when Mei went off on a short tangent about why she likes taking away the things people care about and urges Ensuu to take similar enjoyment in inflicting that sort of psychological pain, Ensuu just tells Mei that she's weird.
Cloudcuckoolander: Ensuu is weird. Most of her thought processes outside of fighting seem to involve food in some way. Take her thoughts from after the Randori, for example. Even Mei was confused:
Ensuu: Fish can wait. I've made my choice. The rivers will flow once more... Now is the time for meat, not fish...!!! That's right...! Mei: What exactly are you asking me to do right now, Ensuu?
Combat Pragmatist: Despite her desire to face strong opponents, she sees nothing wrong with using tactics that are questionable or even downright underhanded. Unlike most Combat Pragmatists, she doesn't use these tactics to make winning easier, nor does she even rely on these tactics. She merely thinks of them as just another part of a warrior's arsenal and she would have no problem with her opponents turning these tactics back on her.
Crippling the Competition: During her fight with Maki, Ensuu damaged her opponent's right wrist. This backfired, however, as it forced Maki to switch to a different style which, though she hadn't used it in a while, she was still better with than her previous style.
Dark and Troubled Past: Maybe. After her fight with Ayana, we're shown an image of a tiger that has been killed in an obviously brutal fashion, and a preteen Ensuu standing beside it, covered in its blood. However, it's left unclear if a traumatic childhood spent struggling for her life made her the psychotic animal she is now, or if she was always a psychotic animal who couldn't get enough of violence, even at that young age.
Death Glare: Whenever she has an opponent in front of her.
Defeat Means Friendship: In a roundabout way. After being defeated by Hayate and a normal Ayana, she gives up on trying to tear them apart, and by the Epilogue, Hayate saw fit to give Ensuu a Shigeru cat as well as another for Mei, and Ensuu accepted them. Hayate's still terrified of her, though.
The Dreaded: It's not an exaggeration to say that nobody wants to tangle with Ensuu. In fact, she isn't really known for being strong (though she definitely is), but for being dangerous. The only people who aren't afraid of her on some level are the best of the Student Council. Even Hayate, who is normally a Plucky Girl bordering on Fearless Fool territory. Even though she's one of the few people to have beaten Ensuu (albeit by attacking her together with Ayana and using extremely unorthodox tactics), Hayate is utterly terrified of her.
Eloquent In My Native Tongue: She's introspective and eloquent enough in her native Mandarin, but the only one who can understand a word she says is Mei.
Meiko once attempted to teach her to speak in Japanese. It... ended weirdly.
Hellish Pupils: There's just something off about her eyes whenever she's fighting.
Hoist by His Own Petard: The only reason she lost to Maki (who was injured and using a sword that was at odds with her fighting style) was because Yukari grabbed the tassel on her sword and kept her from striking with it.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Yes, really! It's not the only thing she cares about, but she has told Meiko that she is quite lonely. The problem is that the only types of people she can really feel a connection to are Blood Knights like her, and she's such a wild animal that everyone is terrified of her. This is actually the reason she's so fixated on Ayana: when Ayana went berserk, Ensuu thought she had finally found a kindred spirit, and she was both enraged and disappointed when she realized she was wrong.
Kaleidoscope Eyes: While Ensuu's eyes are typically given a dark colour, whenever she gets into a fight, they appear to turn pale. It's unclear whether they actually change colour or if it's just artistic shorthand, but given how we have a necromancer, a shaman, and a ninja in the cast, it could be either or.
Kubrick Stare: She almost always looks at the people she's fighting like this.
Lightning Bruiser: She's very, very fast, and more than capable of putting on the hurt.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: After she breaks Maki's right wrist, apparently crippling her, Maki switches to her dominant sword hand: her left one. She also, given how she only had one hand to work with, switched to a western fencing style, which she had picked up from her mother and, though she had never used it thanks to the rules of the Hoshitori, she was extremely skilled in. If Ensuu hadn't done this, she might have won long before Yukari defeated Mei and was able to intervene.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Her preferred method of fighting; if she gets serious, don't expect to walk out of the battle with only minor injuries.
Obliviously Evil: She's not evil so much as she is cruel, but she still doesn't seem to get why people are afraid of her. She understands that most people don't like beating someone up and being beaten in kind, but she doesn't understand why, because to her, the pain and violence is the best part of life. She also doesn't realize that the almost animalistic way she does everything, even something as simple as eating, unnerves people.
Obsessed with Food: Like you wouldn't believe. She loves food, specifically meat and fish, so much that she's willing to make decisions based on the likelihood of her receiving one or both of those.
Red Baron: It's even less official than most Red Baron titles, but she tends to be called "The Beast."
Red Eyes, Take Warning: It can't be coincidence that the only Tenchi Academy sword bearer with red eyes is also the most vicious and sadistic.
Slasher Smile: The only times her expression changes from a frown is right before two certain battles. Let's just say that she's very happy about fighting Yukari and Ayana again. Oddly enough, she just frowns as always during the actual fights.
Sleepy Head: Ensuu's life seems to consist of no more than four activities: training, fighting, eating, and sleeping.
Unstoppable Rage: When Hayate snaps Ayana out of her berserk rage, thereby robbing Ensuu of the Worthy Opponent she wanted to fight so much, Ensuu was pissed.
Villainous Friendship: With Mei. Though Ensuu doesn't really recognize their relationship as "friendship", per se, she does explicitly say that Mei is the only person she trusts to never punish or betray her, and that's why she sticks with her.
Worthy Opponent: She sees Ayana as this after the latter went berserk in their first fight. Specifically, she sees a berserk Ayana as this, and she wants nothing to do with the normal Ayana.
Ensuu's partner and the one who holds her leash. Like Ensuu, she doesn't care for rank, money, or Hitsugi's title, and when given the opportunity to return to the student council, she turns it down, choosing to fight those newly promoted to A-Rank with Ensuu at their current rank. She claims to enjoy "observing" people, and despite possessing much less skill than her partner, she is far more dangerous.Voiced by Mitsuki Saiga.
Amicable Exes: She appears to be on good enough terms with Takizawa Hideya, her former shinyuu.
Badass: Even though Ensuu is by far the better fighter, Mei is no slouch. Even on a purely physical level, she belongs in A-Rank, and when you add all the Manipulations and Breaking Speeches she dishes out in battle, she only becomes more dangerous.
Badass Bookworm: She's quite intelligent and can usually be found reading in her time off.
Blatant Lies: In an attempt to get Ayana to fight Ensuu as soon as possible, Mei told her that Ensuu was directly responsible for what happened to Yukari when she used Yukari as a shield, and that she enjoys nothing more than destroying what people care about most and watching their pain afterwards. Ayana could immediately tell that there was a lie in there somewhere, and any readers who read the fight between the Kamijo/Someya and the Ju/Himuro pairs could tell that Mei was really describing herself there, not Ensuu (though neither Ensuu nor Mei was directly responsible for what happened to Yukari, that was just a result of Ayana going berserk). Sure enough, when Mei tells Ensuu about the particular brand of sadism just described, Ensuu just tells her she's weird.
Break Them by Talking: Mei is very good at attacking her opponents' emotional weaknesses, and will often dish out brutal lectures that hit right where they hurt most.
Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Ensuu. However, she's less restricting than most, and will only stop a rampaging Ensuu when things really get out of hand. She does have to put up with Ensuu's odd quirks outside of battle, though.
The Corrupter: To Ensuu. It's downplayed, as Ensuu has always been a vicious Blood Knight, but Mei subtly encourages Ensuu's cruel side and manipulates her in order to direct her wrath where she wants it.
False Friend: To Kikkawa, the leader of the A-Team. Kikkawa thinks they're the best of friends, but Mei just enjoys manipulating her.
Faux Affably Evil: She's impeccably polite to everyone, even the people she manipulates and the people she sics Ensuu on.
For the Evulz: Mei likes tearing away the things that people care about because she loves seeing the look on people's faces when they lose those things.
Four Eyes, Zero Soul: She begins to fit this after Chapter 50 when she starts to wear glasses more and more.
Fun with Foreign Languages: She's the only one who understands anything that comes out of Ensuu's mouth, and she can and does use it to her own advantage.
She tries this with Tsubaki as well, but it fails when Tsubaki admits that she doesn't understand English.
Jerkass: She really is. While Ensuu doesn't seem to realize that she's a violent bitch, Mei absolutely revels in being cruel and manipulative.
Manipulative Bitch: Her partner Ensuu is clearly the better fighter, but Mei manipulates her opponents' emotions so well that that rarely matters.
Mei is also quite good at manipulating people outside of combat. For instance, she really likes manipulating Kikkawa, and even tricked her into sabotaging Sae's sword in the match-up against Sid and Nancy in order to get even with her.
A good example of this is when she lies to Ayana, telling her that Ensuu was solely and directly responsible for Yukari getting injured. Ayana and even Sae believed she was only doing this to direct Ayana's wrath at Ensuu and not her, but in reality, she was actually stoking the fires of Ayana's anger in preparation for the fight because that's exactly what Ensuu would want.
Passive-Aggressive Kombat: She and Sae have some problems with each other, but because they're both so unfailingly polite, they always clash like this, and neither seems to be better at it than the other.
Smart People Wear Glasses: While she tells Sae that she only wore glasses as part of a social experiment involving the A-Team, around Chapter 50, she takes to wearing glasses whenever she's reading, and by Chapter 75, they seem to have become a permanent fixture that she removes only for the Hoshitori. She is also one of the more intelligent characters in the series, if not the most intelligent.
Smug Smiler: Smug satisfaction pretty much comes off her in waves.
Soft-Spoken Sadist: Despite the brooding Ensuu being much more open with her cruelty, Mei is the real sadist. Ensuu is just a mindless animal, really, but Mei enjoys everything from toying with peoples' emotion to purposefully missing an opponent's target area so that she can continue hurting them without removing them from the match. All without raising her voice or dropping that smug half-smile.
Troll: She loves to wind people up just For the Evulz. Hell, the main reason she partnered up with Ensuu is because the latter's physical prowess and brutal sadism are tools she can easily use to mess with people.
Villainous Friendship: With Ensuu. Ensuu only sticks around Mei because she trusts her, and though Mei hangs around Ensuu because she'll always be entertaining, and often subtly manipulates her partner, she does look out for her; a fair number of her manipulations were for the purpose of giving Ensuu a fight she could enjoy, and she even spent the winter break at Tenchi so that Ensuu, who was confined to her room, wouldn't be lonely. She also looks distinctly put out when Ensuu implies they're not friends.
First making an appearance (in person) during the events of Volume 8, the older Nagi has been the subject of Twin Switch with her sister on occasion. After being in rehabilitation for an unknown condition, she later enrolls as a student holding the Sword Scholarship as well.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She initially gave off the impression of being this. In her first real chapter with extensive dialogue, she was nice and more or less out-going to Hayate and her friends, right up until she told Hayate that because the latter was only meant to be a stand-in, that Nagi would be taking her rank, all of her stars, and her partner. Subverted though when she reveals she was just trying to gage how serious Hayate was.
The Comically Serious: She's stoic and never changes her expression no matter what her surrounding situation may be. Be it surfing on a log in a land slide or being bowled over by an indy ball.
Feel No Pain: Likely as a result of her medical condition, Nagi can't feel pain. This is often advantageous in a fight, as she can easily ignore flesh wounds and the like. However, it's also quite dangerous: pain is a warning that your body can't take much more of what is being done to it, and because Nagi never gets these warnings, she can get really badly hurt without even knowing it.
Finish Dialogue in Unison: With Ensuu during the hike, despite the fact that neither one can understand one another and are talking about completely different things.
Twin Telepathy: Senses Hayate pulling out all the stops in the final minutes during the latter's duel with Maki.
Yanagi "Yagyuu" Makoto
A third year high school student and the only sword bearer in the graduating class of Tenchi Academy. She's a Lone Wolf who has held onto her last remaining star for years. On top of that, she's a huge fan of samurai and yakuza books and movies, from which she learned her entire sword style. She's also completely insane.After she graduates, she takes a job as Nagare's assistant in Tenchi Academy's kitchens.
Alternate Character Reading: He surname, Yanagi, contains the same kanji and can be read as the name of a famed clan of samurai, the Yagyu. In fact, when introducing herself ot Hayate, she even tells the latter that she'd appreciate it if she was addressed as Yagyu.
Anime Hair: Her hair is inexplicably swept to one side, as if it were constantly blown by a strong wind. Amusingly, which direction her hair is swept in alternates by panel. Given how she's the only one with hair like this, it seems she's a parody of this trope.
Ascended Fangirl: She was always a fan of samurai stories and she always dreamed of one day being able to fight like the characters in them. When the Hoshitori system was set up, she jumped at the chance to take part. Observing Wanko channel the spirits of famed swordsmen sent her into an excited fangirling frenzy.
Badass Bookworm: Played With. Once upon a time, she was extremely bookish, but she was pretty useless in battle. After losing it, she became decidedly less bookish and a lot more badass. However, she still learned all of her skills by reading books and watching movies about swordsmanship.
Break the Cutie: A downplayed example. For all her love of swordfighting, she was no good at it, and when she was down to one star and faced with the prospect of never fighting in the hoshitori again, she kinda snapped, fled into the mountains, and trained for years. While she's satisfied enough with her life by the time she graduates, and she's more or less well adjusted, the experience was pretty traumatic for her.
Caught in a Snare: She set up numerous snares and nets in the forest of the mountain in order to thin out the excessive numbers of sword bearers out to get her.
Cloudcuckoolander: Makoto is crazy. She thinks that people will slowly disappear after being "blade off" (Yeah. We're just as confused as you are), and she thought it would be a good idea to learn her sword style entirely from reading samurai novels and watching samurai movies.
Determinator: She was the only normal student taking part in the Hoshitori to never give up, even when she was down to one star.
Dumbass Has a Point: Despite the fact that she was still mostly in her own little samurai world at the time, Makoto was able to accurately guess what Hayate was trying to do by teaming up with her when not even Ayana could figure it out, and she did it by spouting some "heart of the warrior" crap (which she honestly believes, I might add).
Hard Work Hardly Works: Zig-Zagged. She may have gone about it the wrong way, but she never stopped training, and she went from being someone completely useless in a fight to being a skilled warrior. However, even after al that training, she's still nothing compared to Tenchi's strongest: she's never been able to beat Ensuu, and she got taken out by Akira in one hit.
Hot-Blooded: She doesn't seem to have a "low key" setting, especially when it comes to swords.
Keigo: Makoto speaks in a fashion not unlike that of period dramas or gang warfare. This is because she spent several years alone, watching these movies over and over again to learn sword techniques. After only hearing people talk like that, is it any surprise that she began to follow suit?
I Just Want to Be Badass: She had always loved samurai novels, and when Hitsugi set up the sword-bearer system, Makoto was overjoyed and signed up. The problem was that, in contrast to the students who came specifically to become sword bearers, she had so little skill that nobody wanted to partner up with her. All of the other older students who tried to take part dropped out, but Makoto never once gave up.
Took a Level in Badass: Once upon a time she was a pathetic fighter who couldn't even land a shinyuu. Flash forward a few years and though she isn't at the level of people like Hitsugi or Akira, she's still quite badass.
Trap Master: In preparation for the Randori, Makoto set up numerous traps to weed out as many sword-bearers as possible.
Wrong Genre Savvy: The vast number of samurai movies/books she's watched/read, coupled with her questionable sanity, have left her thinking she's in some kind of fantasy world where mystical things related to swords happen.
Kei and Mitsuyo
Yuho's roommate. Put bluntly, her luck sucks and she always seems to manage to find herself on the receiving end of Ayana's wrath.
Butt Monkey: Ever since her first appearance, she's done nothing but get the shit end of the stick. Let's take a look, shall we:
When Yuho gets sick, Kei and Jun switch beds for the night. This is just after Jun gave Ayana an Armor-Piercing Question, so by the time Kei got to Jun's room, Ayana was in a simmering rage and Kei was kept up all night in terror.
During the next day's Hoshitori, she and Mitsuyo accidentally go up against (a still enraged) Ayana, which ends about as well for them as you'd expect.
After Yuho is hospitalized, Jun often goes into Kei's room to sleep in Yuho's bed, which is fine in and of itself, but she tends to watch "weird videos" with Kei in the room.
During the Hike, she and Mitsuyo come face to face with Ayana immediately after the latter had gotten hit by the Indy ball, and was so enraged she looked like a demon. Once again, this did not end well for them.
Hidden Badass: Given how she's in B-Rank, it would seem that when Ayana and Jun aren't traumatizing her, she's pretty badass.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? She's absolutely terrified of Ayana and truly believes the latter is out to get her. She also runs into her far too often, and always at the wrong moment.
Butt Monkey: As Kei's shinyuu, she shares the results of her rotten luck.
Hidden Badass: As with Kei, she's definitely more badass than she seems if she's in Rank B.
The leader and founder of the A-Team, the unofficial 80-member-strong Mikado Akira Fanclub. She's not too bright and she spends a lot of her time being manipulated by her cousin Himuro Mei.
The A-Team Has Your Orphan: Kikkawa decides that the best way to get Hayate to stop spending time with Akira is to kidnap one of the orphans from Dandelion Garden and use her to force Hayate to leave Tenchi. Akira is less than amused. To be fair to the A-Team, though, they never planned on hurting the orphan or holding her hostage for long, gave her tons of candy, and what they threatened to do to her if Hayate didn't obey them (playing a recording of some horror stories) is a straight up Poke the Poodle.
Butt Monkey: She's pretty useless. She's only in D-Rank, she spends far too much of her time being manipulated by Mei, and you can be sure that if she turns up, it'll be for the sole purpose of being humiliated.
The Ditz: She's really none too intelligent. Mei even lampshades it by saying she inherited none of the family's intelligence.
Meganekko: Thanks to a little social experiment run by Mei,* Something along the lines of Mei putting on glasses and telling Kikkawa that with them, she can see Akira so much better, just to see if Kikkawa would take it seriously. Kikkawa has made the wearing of glasses mandatory for all members.
Smug Snake: Kikkawa fancies herself a schemer on the same level as Mei, but the fact is that she's so incompetent, she doesn't realize Mei even is a Manipulative Bitch, or that she's been dancing to Mei's tune for a long time.
Straw Loser: Her main purpose in the story seems to be sucking at everything and showing how even the lamest members of the main cast are cool in comparison.
Kikkawa's Shinyuu and co-leader of the A-Team. She's about as smart as Kikkawa is, and she mainly serves as her Yes-Man.
Butt Monkey: The only reason she doesn't have it as bad as Kikkawa is because she doesn't have as much focus or screen time.
Yes-Man: Her job in the A-Team is to pretty much agree with anything Kikkawa says.
Riona and Ouka
A budding comedian and victim of Domestic Abuse. Recent appearances have associated her with little else aside those two traits, which is either hilarious or sad, depending on who you ask. This is accentuated with the contrast between that and the way she was introduced, which made her seem more of an Onee-sama with elements of Distressed Damsel.
Riona's partner who smacks her around at least as violently as Ayana does to Hayate, a sign that there is a Double Standard and that All Girls Want Bad Boys, if only for (Riona's perceived) comedic purposes.
Beleaguered Assistant: Her forced assistance with some of Riona's comedy routines can almost make you feel sorry for her.
She got a bit more grateful when she realized Riona enjoyed the abuse, though.
The Student Council
Hitsugi and Miyamoto
The person behind the concept and implementation of hoshitori, and almost certainly the most powerful person in Tenchi Gakuen, both combat-wise and authority-wise. She has a strong fondness for the things that interest her. Her voice can become loud enough to make mics squeal horribly.Given how she created the Hoshitori System and owns Tenchi Academy, she can and will mess around with the rules for her own amusement, and despite being the dean of the academy, she does virtually no work.On top of that, she is completely insane.Voiced by Akiko Yajima.
Trickster Mentor: Pretty much for the entire sword-bearing student body, nobody is too beneath or above her notice. While half of her actions can chalked up to her entertaining herself, the other half can be chalked up to a true desire to see everyone perform at their very best.
Worthy Opponent: How she views her challengers. Even the ones who don't even come close to matching up to her in skill had the guts to challenge her, and she respects that. However, she considers Akira and Sae to be the most worthy by far, as they came extremely close to actually defeating her and taking her spot at the top of Tenchi.
Hitsugi's shinyuu, and thus the one standing beside her in the shared position of that above all in Tenchi. She is the one responsible for ringing the bell that signals the start and end of hoshitori battles. An extreme Determinator who has trained beyond the realms of common sense.Although she is not technically a dean, she plays a large part in running the academy, mostly by doing the things no one else wants to do, or that the Kaicho is too busy creating insane new laws to remember (filling out paperwork, signing documents, etc.)Voiced by Miki Nagasawa.
Bare-Handed Blade Block: Unlike Hayate, Shizuku can catch someone's sword without doing herself harm. Of course, the fact that none of the blades are sharp helps, but it still attests to her amazing hand and finger strength the the wielder can't even move the sword after Shizuku's trapped it between two of her fingers.
Beleaguered Assistant: Hitsugi doesn't do any work in her capacity as Student Council President/Chairwoman of the Board, and Shizuku (who is stuck doing it) is constantly begging her to do something. And as Hitsugi's assistant, Shizuku's generally the first one to feel the fallout of any of the President's ridiculous and often insane schemes. Hell, a good number of those schemes almost seem to exist to put her in embarrassing situations.
Butt Monkey: On top of all the stuff that happens to her as Hitsugi's assistant, nobody really gives her a break. Everyone makes fun of her just for being her Hot-Blooded and mostly dim-witted self, especially Akira and Tatewaki.
The Comically Serious: She's perpetually serious and rarely makes jokes. In fact, Hitsugi makes a big deal of the first pun she made deliberately. But given how she's the Straight Man to Hitsugi, this just makes her funnier.
Dual Wielding: She is shown using Hitsugi's sheath as a weapon in their official duels.
Later on, readers also get to see her using two swords on the hike.
Hot-Blooded: Sadly, the more cynical Akira (and the just plain douchey Tatewaki) just think she's taking it too far.
Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: Averted and possibly inverted. She's not the sharpest sword in the armoury, and her boneheaded attempts at working through the cold only make it worse.
Invulnerable Knuckles: Averted. She rings the hoshitori bell by punching it, but she wears a massive metal knuckle-duster while she does it, and even then, it still hurts.
Hitsugi: "I want you to ring the bell. Ring it as often as you can in this week we have left until the sports festival." Shizuku: "Yes, Miss." *to herself* "I can feel my knuckles hurting already... Sheesh."
Lightning Bruiser: She's just as fast as Hayate, and strong enough to easily ring the massive hoshitori bell by punching it. Tatewaki's attempt to do the same left her with a sprained wrist.
Ojou of the reputable Mikado family, with a fixation on defeating Hitsugi. Because of complicated and not-really-elaborated-on reasons, if/when she defeats Hitsugi and takes over as the chairwoman of Tenchi Academy, the hoshitori system will be abolished.Voiced by Junko Minagawa.
Actor Allusion: Some think of this because Akira is voiced by Junko Minagawa, otherwise well-known for her role as Akira.
Heroes Love Dogs: Right after she decides not to turn Tenchi over to her father, she is shown to have a dog.
Hidden Eyes: Near the end of her confrontation with her father. It's a good hint that she's conflicted and about to do something unexpected.
Hope Spot: During her fight with Hitsugi. Shizuku has been defeated and Sae has left the battlefield with Ryouichi, and both sides are pretty well drained. Akira has Hitsugi on her knees and strikes the final blow—but then, at the start of the next chapter, just as Akira is starting to appreciate her victory, her uniform turns black.
Iaijutsu Practitioner: Her ridiculous sword-drawing speed is the most distinctive feature of her fighting style.
In-Series Nickname: Hayate likes to call her "Shisho," which means "teacher" or "master." Specifically, it denotes the speaker's extreme respect for the one to whom they bestow the title, who the speaker recognizes as their first true master who they will always look up to, even if they someday surpass said master. It says a lot about how much Hayate looks up to her.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Akira might be one of the grouchiest characters in the whole series, but she'll always go out of her way to help anybody, even within a minute of meeting them (and she'll complain the whole time). She's also more likely than not to be the first person to get worried about people in danger.
Katanas Are Just Better: She's actually the only character who uses a sword shaped like a katana. All of the standard blades that other characters use have straight blades and look like the ninja-to that ninja supposedly used, but Akira's personal weapon has a curved blade. It's even kept in a cloth bag like traditional katanas were.
Malicious Misnaming: Her nickname for Hitsugi is "Taishou," referring to Hitsugi's position of leadership and often with no small amount of sarcasm, given their rivalry. While she still uses it from time to time, it becomes more of an Affectionate Nickname after the premiere battle.
Tsundere: Toward Hayate, and pretty much everyone else for that matter
The Unfavorite: Her father refuses to acknowledge her because she's a girl.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: She wants to conquer Tenchi largely for her father's approval. After her duel with Hitsugi, she realizes that he's not worth it.
When She Smiles: She's so grouchy all the time, she barely ever smiles. However, when she finds it in herself to lightne up and she finally cracks one, it lights up the whole room.
Akira's childhood friend and shinyuu, who apparently will be getting married to Akira's cousin Ryouichi after graduating from high school. A sharp character who calmly takes in and sees through the various intriguing affairs around the school.Voiced by Shizuka Ito.
Arranged Marriage: With Ryouichi. She's not too enthralled by the idea, and takes every available opportunity to blow him off.
Beware the Nice Ones: She's one of the nicest characters in the series and is always smiling. Nobody wants to piss her off, and all of Hayate's instincts tell her that even a sparring match with Sae would be extremely painful.
Case in point: When Akira asked Sae if she was behind the A-Team putting thumb-tacks in Hayate's gym shoes, Sae replied that if she wanted someone bullied, she'd do it herself instead of using intermediaries, and she would use kenzan, not thumb-tacks.
Defeating the Undefeatable: She beat Shizuku in a straight-up fight, which nobody had ever done before. Nobody, except maybe Akira, saw it coming.
Double Weapon: Her prefered weapon involves two blades on either end of a three-foot pole. She even uses a somewhat practical fighting-style in which she takes advantage of the fact that there are blades on both ends to keep the weapon perpetually moving, and for the most part, she keeps the hilt behind her back, which lets her quickly alternate between one blade and the other when attacking without letting the blade she isn't using get in the way. Holding her weapon behind her back also lets her spin it around her body any way she feels like, and the unpredictability of it can mess with opponents.
Bifurcated Weapon: The grip of her sword can split in half. Separating the two blades at just the right moment let her beat Shizuku.
Friendly Enemy: Fighting to undermine everything Hitsugi has created or not, she's on perfectly friendly terms with the top pair and Hayate.
The Gadfly: She loves to good-naturedly mess with people, especially Akira.
The Tease: Specifically, she loves to mess with Akira by acting like either a) her lover, or b) a highschool girl smitten with her.
Hyper Awareness: Akira's introduction highlights her draw speed. Sae's highlights her ability to follow it. Very few things escape her eyes.
Hyperspace Mallet: Though not as huge as those commonly associated with the trope, a hammer in her hand is a hammer not to be messed with. Just ask Akira, who would have been severely damaged if the hammer in question had really come into contact with her broken ribs.
A former S-ranker who had wanted to take Hitsugi's place, and is said to have bribed her shinyuu Minori with food. Brilliant, but Lazy, she lives to oppose things like hard work and determination, preferring to prepare far in advance and master the bare essentials instead.Appointed as Landlady of the Heaven Dormitory by Hitsugi, to even her own shock.Voiced by Yumi Kakazu.
Be Careful What You Wish For: After Kurea grumbled about how Shizuku wasn't taking her and Minori seriously during the Mountain Hike, Shizuku was impressed enough by the skills they had shown her to go all out. The following exchange occurs:
Shizuku: Well, here I come again. I'll give it 100%! Kurea: No, you can cut a few corners!! Really!! Please do!!
Brains and Brawn: She's the brains of the Hoshikawa/Tsukishima duo. She works out complex strategies that make up for her lack of skill while Minori implements the brawn aspects of these plans.
Book Dumb: Subverted. While at first, it seems like the intelligent but lazy Kurea wouldn't put the work into school and end up as this, but she seems to actually be quite conscientious about her studies and Sae even invited Kurea over to help her and Akira study.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Kurea really doesn't like to put too much effort into anything aside from her appearance or her studies. She's quite intelligent, having relied solely on her intellect and Minori's skill to rise to the top of the Hoshitori, but she lost to Hitsugi so easily because she took what she thought was a shortcut and didn't bother coming up with a backup plan in case that went tits up because she was sure she didn't need one.
Butt Monkey: She has become the go-to girl for when Hitsugi wants someone to run errands for her.
Hitsugi: "And also, as usual, we'd have to trouble Hoshikawa-san for her help again." Kurea: "Why can't you contact me about that sort of stuff afterward!?!"
The rest of the student council doesn't act much better towards her, but unlike Tatawaki this is more of the friendly variety as they still act as if she is one of them.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Her fight with Hitsugi was... one-sided, to put it politely. She never stood a chance. However, Hitsugi stated that she felt Kurea didn't use her full potential and looks forward to fighting her again.
Deadpan Snarker: In a similar vein to Akira, whenever weird or stupid things start happening around her, she snarks like hell. Conversations between her and Akira are always interesting.
Akira: "...just what the hell are you doing in my room?" Kurea: "You serious? You really can't tell? This is a textbook. I'm studying. This says 'Ma-the-ma-tics.' This one's 'En-glish.'"
Hard Work Hardly Works: She became part of the student council mostly because of her modified weapons and Minori, rather than because of any particular effort on her part. Subverted, however, in that while she managed to worm her way to the top on as little effort as possible, others, like Akira and Sae, who actually do train incessantly, are much, much, better than her.
Hidden Depths: For all her talk about only taking the easiest route to anything, she still completed the penalty game Hitsugi saddled her with after her defeat: run thirty laps around a field. Despite being less than athletic, and despite Hitsugi leaving after a while, Kurea still ran all thirty laps.
Honorary True Companion: Most of the student council, sans Sid and Nancy, still treat her as if she were one of them.
I Broke a Nail: Earlier appearances looked like they were paving the way for this trope to be invoked, as she is shown paying much attention to her nails, and was the one behind her class operating a nail salon in the school festival. Surprise! In the mountain hike arc, she is hardly troubled by her nails becoming dirty and ragged from roughing it out. Hell, she even dug her fingers into the ground to grab some dirt to throw in Shizuku's face. In fact she seems insulted when Shizuku expects her to make a big deal of it.
Informed Flaw: Her laziness. We see just a bit of it in her first major appearance, and after that, it's gone. She refused to duck out of running 30 laps as a penalty game, she starts training diligently, and she's apparently always worked hard at school. Hitsugi even mocks her for it during her penalty game, since Kurea just confirmed she would climb the rank ladder again, commenting she is awful hard working for some who claims to only take the easy route.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can come off as a bit of a bitch, and at first it appears she doesn't even really care for Minori, what with bribing her with candy to keep her as a partner. However, she really appreciates Minori's loyalty to her, and she even stayed in the Hoshitori so that Minori wouldn't quit.
Lovable Alpha Bitch: While she's not at the top of Tenchi's social ladder (though she was on the student council), she has the personality down pat. She's scheming and conniving (it's how she reached a place on the student council in the first place) and she can act pretty haughty, but she's a good friend to have, and she even helps out her less intellectually inclined classmates.
Mathematician's Answer: When Kurea pops into a conversation between Akira and Sae in Akira's room, Akira asks her what she's doing there.
Akira: "...I see. Incidentally, just what the hell are you doing in my room?" Kurea: "You serious? You really can't tell? This is a textbook. I'm studying." Akira: "I'm asking you why you're doing that in MY ROOM!!!"
Only Sane Man: She has to constantly deal with Minori, so this is a given. She's especially exasperated whenever Minori gets her hands on a large quantity of food and needs to be kept in check.
Overshadowed by Awesome: Though she mostly relies on her intelligence and cunning, Kurea is by no means weak. She's just nothing compared to the other Student Council members. Even Shizuku admits she's not someone to hold back against.
The Smart Girl: She's easily the smartest one in the four-girl clique that is her, Minori, Akira, and Sae. In fact, at one point, Sae invited Kurea over to help them study.
Taunt Backfire: Sae tries to goad her by bringing up the maid beauty salon her class would be doing for the culture festival and by telling her to enjoy dressing up as a maid. Kurea thanks Sae and tells her she will enjoy it, and Sae belatedly remembers that Kurea likes that sort of stuff, and was even the one who came up with the idea.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Akira. Thanks to their almost dyametrically opposite personalities, the two tend to argue a lot, but they're very good friends.
A sword bearer whose small size belies her great physical strength. She's simple-minded and has difficulty when it comes to thinking about complex matters. She aims to build a campus made of candy after she and Kurea take Hitsugi's position.Voiced by Fumiko Orikasa.
Almighty Janitor: Her fighting ability is certainly on the same level as the other student council members, but she is not as obvious about it as the others are.
Balloon Belly: She and Hayate both have a tendency to eat too much; putting them near each other during a barbeque was bound to end this way. Minori also spent most of the hike with one of these, which can't have helped in her fight with Shizuku.
Hidden Depths: She comes off as a bit of an idiot, much like an older (and only slightly larger) version of Hayate, but it was her and not Kurea who realized that even though Akira and Sae looked like they were on the defense in their fights with Sid and Nancy, they were in complete control of their matches (Akira moreso than Sae) and were simply waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
Never Gets Drunk: Not to the extent of Hitsugi's immunity to alcohol, but she downed seven cups of high-grade sake and was no worse for wear for it.
Sweet Tooth: All Minori seems to want out of the hoshitori is fun. And candy. Lots and lots of candy.
Sid and Nancy
Shidou "Sid" Misako
Promoted to S-rank after the position was turned down by Ensuu and Meiko. A self-proclaimed punk that sees the Sex Pistols as her role models and whose English vocabulary seems to consist of slang, swear words, and nothing else. She resents Akira for some inexplicable reason, though some theorize that it has to do with the latter's sorta-punkish image and their vastly differing tastes in music.
BFS: Played somewhat realistically, as Akira points out that as fast as Sid is, she could be a lot faster if she had a normal sword that weighs much less than her current one. It's also justified in that Sid isn't comfortable with a sword that weighs less than her bass guitar.
"The days before I got promoted to A-Rank were hell!"
Bifauxnen: Though not exactly charming due to her foul mouth.
Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: She tries to invoke this after her match with Akira. It annoys Akira because Sid was quite clearly not dead, and it annoyed Nancy because Sid asked to be buried besider her, and she was also quite clearly not dead.
The Ditz: It can't be overstated: Sid is an idiot. She somehow doesn't even seem to be aware of the fact that helicopters, or "iron goldfish" as she calls them, can fly. And let's not get to the incident described under Too Dumb to Live.
OOC Is Serious Business: Right before the fight between Akira and Hitsugi, Sid is unusually calm, and she even correctly, even eloquently, sums up why Hitsugi never fears losing. Of course, she ruins it immediately after by hoping Akira wins because she (Sid) doesn't want to have to fight Hitsugi.
Symbol Swearing: Some of her more creative uses of language are apparently impressive enough to warrant this. And by "impressive", we mean worse than things like "shit", "ass", and "fuck". God alone knows what she's saying.
Too Dumb to Live: Sid figures she needs to get Nancy some honey to help her get over her cold, so she rips down a hornet's nest with her bare hands and no protective gear, ignoring the danger presented by the dozens of hornets in her rush to get the honey and getting stung dozens of times in the process. It doesn't kill her, but she doesn't look too good afterwards, another character mentions they should call an ambulance, and even the narrative points out that what she did was downright suicidally stupid and warns readers not to try it at home.
Tonami "Nancy" Shuu
Sid's partner who has no idea where the nickname "Nancy" comes from. Born and raised in Yokosuka, where she learned to knife-fight from American soldiers.
Badass: She's pretty good with that knife of hers, and she's a better fighter than Sid. Really, she should have been the heaven sword.
Boring, but Practical: Sae remarks that Nancy's knife techniques are quite simple and easy to see through, but she tends to use a lot of unpredictable tricks that, while boring, were able to keep Sae on her toes and keep Maki completely dominated once she stopped playing around. It makes sense: she was trained by soldiers, who would forgo flashy techniques in favor of what gets the job done.
Combat Pragmatist: Downplayed. Nancy doesn't cheat, per se, but she uses a lot of kicks, trips & leg sweeps, and grapples to hinder her opponents and change her weapon's short range from a liability into an asset. In other words, she's a brawler fighting swordswomen, which means that nobody she faces is used to fighting people like her.
Curb-Stomp Battle: While her fight with Maki started out more or less evenly matched, it was obvious that Nancy was always on top, and after Maki took advantage of Nancy underestimating her and got a hit in, Nancy utterly dominated the rest of their "fight", getting hits in on two of Maki's three target areas in seconds. She would have gotten the third and final one if Yukari hadn't chosen just that moment to intervene.
Deadpan Snarker: Her reaction to most things involve scathing sarcasm. Roughly 90% of what she says to Sid is some form of snark because Sid is just that much of an idiot.
Friendly Enemy: With Sae. The two get along just fine, despite being rivals. Sae even came to visit her when she was sick.
Knife Nut: Complementing her partner's BFS. Interestingly enough, Sid manages to be the more elegant fighter, as Nancy tends to grapple with and manhandle her opponents to compliment her shorter weapon.
Military Brat: It's never explicitly stated, but she was trained in knife techniques by American soldiers, and there aren't many ways to get combat lessons from foreign soldiers. A parent in the U.S. Army wouldn't be too much of a stretch given how she was raised on or near an American Navy Base, and it would explain how she got access to training.
Only Sane Man: She plays this whenever she interracts with Sid... or anybody, really. Nancy, Kurea, Akira, Yukari, and, to a lesser extent, Sae are the only truly normal people at the academy.
Precision F-Strike: Nancy may not swear nearly as gratuitously as her partner, but she still drops one or two curses, and they're almost always well placed.
The Kurogane twins' adopted mother. She takes a job as Tenchi Academy's lunch-lady.
Almighty Lunch Lady: She's just Tenchi's lunch lady, but she's a skilled enough martial artist to be able to notice even the most well-hidden injury
Awesome by Analysis: She's seen so many martial artists and so many fights that she can notice even the most well hidden injuries and predict the outcomes of matches with a reasonable degree of accuracy.
Bifauxnen: Facially, especially with her hair down, she looks a lot like an extremely pretty Bishōnen— right between feminine and masculine. She also tends to wear masculine clothes, though her impressive chest makes her gender obvious.
Biker Babe: She's even introduced riding a motorbike.
Chef of Iron: She's Tenchi's lunch-lady, and an extremely skilled martial artist.
Gag Boobs: Being the most well endowed member of the cast, this was bound to happen. At one point, Sid even calls her "Boing-chan".
Gender Misdirection: For someone who is always refered to as the Kurogane twins' "father", she seems to have too many X-chromosomes and not enough Y-chromosomes.
Good Parents: Though she can be a little hands off at times, and she has her fair share of quirks, she's a good mother who looks out for her kids.
Happily Married: To Kurogane Taiyou. Even though he left on some sort of journey before the series began, she doesn't seem to bear him any ill will.
Insistent Terminology: She introduces herself as Hayate and Nagi's father, and tends to ignore people when they point out the fact that she's obviously female.
Hopeless Suitor: Chiharu has asked Hayate to marry her on numerous occasions.
Or at least, this is the impression one gets until she asks Ayana to marry her.
Lolicon: Hayate has received multiple marriage proposals from her. It seems to be a regular thing for both of them.
Jun's father and the patriarch of the Kuga Clan. Not actually Jun's biological father.
Covert Pervert: Implied. During the school festival, Yuho told Jun that he went to lie down somewhere because all the maids were giving him a headache
Good Parents: He was such a good father to Jun that even though there are technically no familial ties between the two of them, she considers him her true father.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: He's got an x-shaped scar between his eyes. This does two things: it tells us that at some point, he saw actual battle, likely in service to the Shizuma Clan, and it gives him a distinctive feature so that we can recognize him when he turns up at the school festival.
Legacy of Service: He's the patriarch of the Kuga Clan, which had its start as the clan that supplied bodyguards for the Shizuma in feudal Japan. While it's not quite so master-servant these days, the two families remain close and the Kugas, both Gen and Jun, still feel they have a responsibility to protect the Shizuma.
Nice Guy: Everything points to this. Jun loves him; he's close to Yuho, the daughter of the man who slept with his wife; he even forgave his wife for cheating on him, and when they eventually divorced, it was because she couldn't deal with her guilt, and not because he held anything against her.
Whatever, really.Ok, ok, if you want a little more than that, officially, she's the student council's secretary, but really, she just does all the bullshit jobs Hitsugi can think up and doesn't want Miyamoto to do. She's lame, she's boring, she's a bit of a jerk, and she's in love with Hitsugi.Voiced by Mayumi Asano.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Tatewaki's eyes are good enough to follow Hitsugi's impossibly fast movements, which puts her right up there with the likes of Sae and Akira... or it would, if she could actually fight.
Yes-Man: Not that Hitsugi cares that Tatewaki thinks everything she says or does is akin to holy testament.