Characters: Kare Kano

The characters from Kare Kano!

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The Miyazawa family

    Yukino Miyazawa 
Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto (JP), Veronica Taylor (EN)

The female protagonist of the series,15 years old, is a seemingly smart, attractive, athletic and talented person, who appears to be a model student. Both her male and female peers express their admiration for her, often asking her for help and commenting about her model features and characteristics. However, her "perfect" exterior is merely a fašade to hide the fact that everything she does is done solely to receive praise from others, and that she acts slovenly at home.

    Tsukino Miyazawa 
Voiced by: Yuki Watanabe (JP), Jessica Calvello (EN)

The middle daughter of the Miyazawa family who tends to tease Kano.

    Kano Miyazawa 
Voiced by: Maria Yamamoto (JP), Megan Hollingshead (EN)

The youngest of the three Miyazawa daughters, Kano is known for her shoujo manga and novel obsessions.

    Hiroyuki and Miyako Miyazawa 
Hiroyuki is voiced by: Takeshi Kusao (JP), Pete Zarustica (EN)
Miyako is voiced by: Yuka Koyama (JP), Rachael Lillis (EN)

Yukino, Tsukino and Kano's parents.

The Arima family

    Souichirou Arima 
Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (JP), Christopher Nicholas (EN)

The male protagonist of the series, starts out as Yukino's rival at school, and ends up as her boyfriend. A handsome and popular boy, Soichiro excels at kendo and becomes a national champion. He is at first smitten with Yukino, unaware that she secretly hates him and constantly tries to compete with him. After unwittingly discovering that Yukino is not the model student everyone thinks she is, Soichiro blackmails her into doing his school work so that he can spend more time with her. After resolving the issue and becoming each other's first true friend, they eventually fall in love. Yukino learns that Soichiro, like her, is making an effort to "be perfect" for a reason...
  • Academic Athlete
  • Always Someone Better: To Yukino at first.
  • Berserk Button: He punched a Jerkass for hitting Yukino. In front of his teacher.
  • Bishōnen
  • Broken Ace: Due to having been horribly abused as a child, and later gaining massive insecurities.
  • Broken Bird: A rare male example. The abuse he suffered as a child from his mother and the isolation from the rest of the Arima family (sans adoptive parents), gave Arima a dark side.
  • Chick Magnet: Received confession from his female classmates during his elementary and middle school years.
  • Child Prodigy: Arima could read and pronunciate a lot faster than most children his age.
  • Class Representative
  • Club President
  • Covert Pervert: Played for Drama. He is usually fighting against his dark side's perverted thoughts.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: The idea of Yukino spending time with another guy greatly disturbs and angers him. Goes into Yandere levels a few times.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Spent the first three years of his life being constantly abused and neglected by his mother Ryouko to horrifying levels. When found by Reiji, he was severely malnourished and emotionally damaged; then he was taken to his uncle's home and started to get better.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Stabs himself through the hand with a box cutter after he thinks he raped Yukino, an act which she did not consider as such at all.
  • Fair Cop: Becomes a police officer, later detective, in the Time Skip. In fact, his long life dream was to actually be an officer since he was little.
  • Happily Adopted: By his aunt and uncle, who he refer to as his mother and father, right in front of his birth father.
  • Hidden Depths: Very much so.
  • Nice Guy: He does have issues, but is still a good person.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: By the time Reiji found him, Soichiro had nearly starved to death and his body had almost no muscle or fat left. And to make it worse, he had spent most of his life up to that point like this already.
  • Official Couple: With Yukino.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Yukino's Red.
  • School Idol
  • Single-Target Sexuality: It was revealed in a flashback that Yukino was the only girl he met who could "make his heart race".
  • Stepford Smiler
  • Unknown Rival: To Yukino at first.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: When he was first adopted by his aunt and uncle, he truly didn't understand what love was, because up to that point he had never experienced anything from his birth mother but hatred and abuse. This carries into his teenage years, where he still has issues understanding his love for his girlfriend and how to act upon it.
  • Yandere: His dark side has very strong whiffs of this.

    Shouji and Shizune Arima 
Shouji is voiced by: Yuji Fujishiro (JP), Bill Rogers (EN)
Shizune is voiced by: Ai Satou (JP), Kristen Nelson (EN)

Soichirou's uncle and aunt and his adoptive parents.

    Eiko Arima 
Voiced by: Kazuko Yanaga (JP), Kristen Nelson (EN)

Soichiro's aunt, and Shouji's elder sister. As the eldest child of the Arima family, Eiko wanted to follow her family's profession and become a doctor, but her father told her girls should not become doctors. This turned her cold and distant.

    Reiji Arima 

Youngest and illegitimate son of the Arima family and Soichiro Arima's estranged father. He's a famous musician who lives in the USA.

    Kei Arima 

Soichiro's sadistic cousin, and the son of Eiko.

  • Bullying a Dragon: Jealously tries to bully Arima when the latter starts getting recognition from the rest of the family for his academic accomplishments. And when Arima's dark side has begun consuming him. This does not end well for Kei.
  • Jerk Ass: Learned it from his mother.
  • Smug Snake: Kei smugly notes to his and Soichirou's other jerkass cousins that they shouldn't harass Soichirou since he's already disliked by the family.]]

Yukino and Arima's school friends

     Hideaki Asaba 
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN)

Yukino and Soichiro's lazy and girl-crazy friend.
  • Bishōnen
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Would looove to get laid by the girls who adore him, but wouldn't force a girl to do anything she doesn't want to. And he also adores his friends, specially Arima. Who says that, had Asaba been a girl, he would've fallen in love with him.
  • Hidden Depths: His relationship with Arima. And his bad relationship with his parents.
  • May-December Romance: Arima and Yukino's daughter Sakura falls for him. Asaba at first refuses her, but she won't have anything of it.

     Tsubasa Shibahime 
Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani (JP), Lisa Ortiz (EN)

A petite, beautiful girl, who has loved Soichiro since they attended middle school together. She joins the cast later since she had a very serious accident in the first day of school, and is very jealous of Yukino. She mellows out a while later, and starts having doubts and heartaches of her own...
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When introduced.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Both her Japanese and English voices, in different ways.
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Flanderization: Her status as the unofficial 'mascot' as the group eventually leads to her becoming something of a wild animal. Compare her introduction and Miyazawa-hate phase, as well as her Romance Arc with Kazuma to later parts of the manga.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: She and Kazuma.
  • Heroic BSOD: Goes through a pretty severe one when Kazuma leaves her to join the band full time because he's too immature to stay with her after realising her feelings for her. She stops eating despite the pleas of her father (Toshiharu) and step-mother and she even refuses to listen to Yin and Yang's music, even when it's being blared out in public. It takes Kazuma coming back, telling her his feelings and begging her to look after herself again to partially recover.
  • Like Parent Like Child: Somewhat. During a discussion between Toshiharu and Kazuma's mother, the adults tell how each parent-child pair is alike. In this case, the need for extra emotional care and the need to depend on someone more than usual.
  • Luminescent Blush: Gets one hardcore once she reciprocates Kazuma's non-sibling feelings for her.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother fell victim to Death by Childbirth.
  • Older Than She Looks: So tiny and cute-looking that people think she's just a primary schooler.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Tsubasa's widowed father married the Hospital Hottie who took care of her when she was in the hospital. (And she's also Kazuma's mother). Tsubasa was VERY unhappy at first.

     Tsubaki Sakura 
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (JP), Lea Lane (EN)

One of Yukino's friends. A talented athlete, her tomboyish prankster attitude eventually catches up to her in the person of a person from her past, Tonami Takefumi.
  • Bi the Way: Flirts with girls and ends up having a boyfriend.
  • Chubby Chaser: Bought excessive amount of food for Takefumi after they started dating, because she really wanted him to become fat again.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Which is fine with her, since she wants them (albeit platonicaly,) too.
  • Petite Pride
  • Tomboy
  • Was It All a Lie?: Pulled this on Takefumi when she told him she only hung out with him because a teacher told her to.

     Aya Sawada 
Voiced by: Yukiko Motoya (JP), Rachael Lillis (EN)

A published writer at a very young age, Aya is obsessive compulsive when it comes to her writing.

     Rika Sena 
Voiced by: Yukari Fukui (JP), Debora Rabbai (EN)

A gifted seamstress and craftswoman. A self-effacing person, Rika considers her life as average, and the least distinguished among her friends, but she is happy to be behind the scenes.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: PLEASE don't bully her friends, okay?
  • The Conscience/The Heart: For both versions of her group of friends (middle school and high school). When she gets visibly upset at the antics of the original three she manages to get them to stop immediately with a few words and a look. The group as a whole doesn't hesitate to let her have her moments of enjoyment during the field trip.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her closest female friend is Aya.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Very girlish and very good at making clothes.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: One in training.

     Maho Izawa 
Voiced by: Junko Noda (JP), Carol Jacobanis (EN)

The star of her middle school, but she falls out of the limelight when she arrives at Hokuei High School because of Yukino. Maho becomes jealous of Yukino, which mirrors Yukino's jealousy of Soichirou...

     Takefumi Tonami 
Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP), Ed Paul (EN)

A fat, sickly, and spoiled child who was constantly picked on in elementary school. He was somewhat protected by the tomboy Tsubaki, who, while protecting him from other bullies, would bully Takefumi herself. Things turn out to be very, VERY different later...

Others

     Kazuma Ikeda 
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Buddy Woodward (EN)

A rough-looking young man, the son of a beautiful nurse who later marries the father of a young girl that she took care of in the hospital. Said guy is Tsubasa's father. Later, Kazuma starts looking at his stepsister with other eyes... and she likes him back.

     Kazuma's Mother 
Voiced by:

A stern but caring mother to her son, she works at the hospital where Tsubasa was being monitored and cared for after her accident. It was during that time when she and Tsubasa's father met and eventually fell in love. It took showing her rougher side (albeit accidentally) for Tsubasa to finally accept her and the relationship between Ms. Ikeda and her father.
  • Education Mama: Subverted. She knows Kazuma is pretty Book Dumb and accepts when he says he wants to leave school to concentrate on the rock band.
  • Happily Married: (Eventually) with Tsubasa's father.
  • Like Parent Like Child: Somewhat. During a discussion between her and Tsubasa's father (Toshiharu), they realise that each parent-child duo has similar traits. In this case, an ability to be take care of oneself and not be super dependent on others.
  • Not So Different: To Miyazawa, who also exhibited a goody-two-shoes demeanour which hid a more aggressive side. She roughs up her son when she finds out he revealed their comparably poor home to Tsubasa. This somewhat two-faced nature finally managed to soften up Tsubasa (who is reminded of Miyazawa) to the point that she accepts the relationship between her father and Kazuma's mother.

    Ryouko 

Soichiro's biological mother.
  • Abusive Mom: Ryoko became the tormentor of Soichiro's life for three years. Constantly beating him till he bled, bruising him till he was unrecognizable (labeling him as a monster to other children) and starving him to death where his body was greatly malnourished. One point she even stabbed her son with a pair of scissors, leaving a small scar. Ryoko hated her son because he was no longer a leverage, during those brutal beatings she would scream at her son for being the one to make her suffer for not giving her what she wanted.
  • The Baby Trap: All but stated that she did this to Reiji, not knowing that he was an Heroic Bastard.
  • Evil Matriarch: An abusive mother towards Soichirou.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's implied that her entire personality is because her stepfather sexually abused her and her own mother didn't believe her when she spoke about the abuse.
  • Jerkass: She was a woman without remose and didn't care what it took to get what she wanted.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Got pregnant by Reiji so she could get a lot of his money.
  • Rape as Backstory: Before meeting Reiji Arima, Ryoko suffered during her junior year of middle school when her stepfather sexually abused her.
  • Offing the Offspring: After finding out Reiji wasn't going to be able to provide her with easy money for life through Soichiro, she beats Soichiro bloody and leaves him to die from starvation in the snow. He only survived thanks to Reiji's sudden arrival.
  • Pet the Dog: While it's unknown if she has changed, Ryoko apologized to her son and disappeared sixteen years later.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Ryoko was mentioned by Soichiro sixteen years later after that and her whereabouts remain unknown.

     Yusuke Takeshi 

A kind dentist and a friend of Maho. Later, her husband.

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