Characters / Katekyō Hitman Reborn! - Protagonists

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This is a listing of the protagonists of Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. YMMV items and subjectives go in the YMMV page for the series. Contains unmarked spoilers.

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Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Sawada
Vongola Decimo
Voiced by: Yukari Kokubun (Present), Daisuke Namikawa (Future)

Tsuna was a useless kid who wasn't good at sports and couldn't talk to girls to save his life. Well, that's before he met a particular infant hitman named Reborn, who turned his life around forever. It just so happens that 'No Good' Tsuna is the future boss of the Vongola, the greatest mafia family in Italy. He's far from no-good these days though, beating down anyone who threatens the people he loves with the power of his Dying Will Flame. But the villains always seem to be cynical about his height.
His brow ever furrowed, he holds his fists up as in prayer... That is the Vongola Decimo.
  • Tranquil Fury: Hyper Dying Will Mode.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Tsuna is very forgiving, to the point that many of his allies besides Kyoko, Yamamoto, and Chrome had all once tried to attack or kill him.
  • Uke: Probably the most badass one ever created.
  • Unexpected Successor: Tsuna is a random Japanese kid who got dumped with being heir to the most powerful mafia family in Italy (if not the world), just because his ancestor happened to be its first boss and the other prospective heirs died bloody deaths on their own.
  • Unlucky Everydude
  • Unstoppable Rage: Normal Dying Will Mode.


Hayato Gokudera
10th Vongola Storm Guardian
Voiced by: Hidekazu Ichinose (Present), Asako Yoshida (Child)

At first, it seemed as if Gokudera was just your average, foreign delinquent. He even came equipped with you standard-issue cigarettes and the crowd of admiring classmates. But then he was beat by Tsuna, and of course, Defeat Means Friendship, so he started his pursuit of being the "Tenth's" right hand man. This didn't mean that he would be nice to other people, though. But when it really comes down to it, his aggressive tendencies have somewhat pacified due to his interactions with those other people.

  • Action Bomb: His Vongola Gear turns Uri into this, who then shrinks afterwards.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He has considerable Ho Yay towards Tsuna (though its not clear if its really love or just Undying Loyalty). He also blushed and had a nosebleed upon seeing Lal Mirch (a beautiful woman) naked.
  • Anti-Hero: He's a pretty big jerk towards anyone who isn't Tsuna. But he's not so bad after all.
  • Arm Cannon
  • Bandage Dude: Ring Conflict Outfit. Full Stop.
  • Battle Butler: May not actually be a butler, but the trope fits him to a T.
  • Berserk Button: Even the slightest interactions that strangers have with Tsuna is enough to make him angry.
  • Big Brother Bully: Though not Lambo's brother by blood, they have this dynamic as members of the Vongola Family.
  • Bishounen
  • Bodyguard Crush
  • Brilliant, but Lazy
  • But Not Too Foreign
  • Canine Companion: Actually a feline companion.
  • Cats Are Mean: And leopards are just jerkasses.
  • Chick Magnet: Many girls in his class are infatuated with him, because all girls want bad boys. He doesn't appreciate the attention.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy
  • Defeat Means Friendship
  • Determinator: Deconstructed. Gokudera will do anything to assure Tsuna's victory up to and including giving up his own life, and that is the problem. Tsuna calls him out on it.
  • Devoted to You: To Tsuna.
  • Face Palm: When he realized that he was once again in that familiar circle, yelling, "VONGOLA... FIGHT!!!"
  • Fan of Underdog: Which is actually an understatement.
  • Green Eyes
  • Grenade Spam
  • Hates Being Touched: In direct conflict with Yamamoto's No Sense of Personal Space.
  • Hidden Eyes
  • It's All My Fault: Has a habit of blaming himself whenever Tsuna is in trouble.
  • I Owe You My Life: Although this isn't the sole reason for his devotion to Tsuna, it was the trigger that made him see Tsuna as the boss he would like to follow.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: It's difficult spotting Hayato without some "bad boy" accessories, like chains, fingerless gloves, flashy belts, spikes, studs, earrings (in his TYL appearance). He and Mukuro seem to have similar tastes in clothing, ironically enough.
  • Improbable Weapon User: If there isn't much people out there using flying dynamite as a weapon...
  • In Love With Tsuna's Carnage
  • Japanese Delinquent
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • The Lancer
  • Loony Fan
  • Mad Bomber
  • Major Injury Underreaction
  • Married to the Job: It's easy to mistake his Undying Loyalty for a Bodyguard Crush, but it could also easily be this, complete with romantic attachment to the job.
  • Martyr With Out A Cause: Shows some signs of this in the Varia arc. Tsuna calls him out on it.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • New Transfer Student
  • The Nicknamer: He gives almost everyone he meets somewhat derogatory nicknames ("Baseball Freak" for Yamamoto, "Stupid Cow" for Lambo...).
  • No Smoking: In the anime, where his bombs suffer from spontaneous combustion.
  • The Paranoiac: Present Gokudera meets the requirements for this trope as Tsuna's self-proclaimed right hand- he tends to hold grudges (particularly against Yamamoto and their former enemies regardless of how much they've proven themselves), is constantly suspicious of everyone they meet (and spends a lot of the early arcs convinced Yamamoto wants his place as Tsuna's right hand man), is a jerk to just about anyone who isn't Tsuna, fulfils the "clingy" aspect of the fifth point and expects others to listen to him because he's Tsuna's right-hand, and holds self-importance, again as Tsuna's right hand, something Yamamoto calls him out on. That's criteria points 2-6 that he meets. He's also got the Hair-Trigger Temper and recklessness associated with the trope, as well as being the quickest to resort to violence. In fact, part of his Inheritence Test was G calling him out on most of these points.
    • TYL!Gokudera, who is considerably more mellow and has learned the difference between being paranoid and being cautious, subverts it.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Whenever he's doing something particularly smart, he pulls them out of nowhere. Oh, and a chalkboard to go with it.
    • May actually need them to read things up close.
  • Red Baron: "Smoking Bomb" Hayato in the manga, "Hurricane Bomb" Hayato in the anime.
  • Saying Too Much: Gokudera's habit of calling Tsuna nothing except "Jyuudaime", talking about him a lot, and talking about being his right hand, has frequently compromised Tsuna's safety. Notably, it's entirely Gokudera's fault Gamma (and thus, the Millefiore) learned very quickly about Tsuna being alive, because he gets into an argument with Yamamoto regarding Tsuna. It's also his fault the Varia learned almost immediately who Xanxus would have to eliminate to become the Tenth.
  • Say My Name: One of the worst perpetrators of this. "JUUUDAIMEEE!!" There are even compilations of him saying this on Youtube that can go on forever.
  • Shirtless Scene
  • Smart Guy: You wouldn't know looking at him, but he is ridiculously smart. Hell, no one else would teach a kid how to swim with MIT-level arithmetic.
  • Smoking Is Cool: In the manga, where he is a chain smoker and uses cigarettes to light up his bombs. Lately there haven't been many chapters where Gokudera used a cigarette, or his original dynamite sticks. His Vongola Gear later upgrades to include an igniter that looks like a cigarette at least.
    • Fridge Logic: he stops smoking during the Ten Year Later arc, when he and the others were stuck underground in a bunker for long stretches of time. Probably had to give it up out of necessity.
  • Sprouting Ears: Whenever he's really happy (usually because of praise from Tsuna) he grows doggy ears and a tail. His werecat counterpart from the "Monster Tamer Tsuna" skits does this, too.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Albeit, a much nicer one than the standard.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Tsundere
  • Undying Loyalty: Hell, his entire character song is dedicated to his undying loyalty for Tsuna.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His strengths lie mainly in his intelligence and his use of techniques.
  • Weaponized Animal: The Uri Bomb. See Action Bomb above.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Because of being forced to eat her poison cooking as a child, Gokudera instinctively suffers from a stomachache in Bianchi's presence (though they eventually realise they can work around that by making Bianchi wear goggles).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has natural grey hair.


Takeshi Yamamoto
10th Vongola Rain Guardian
Voiced by: Suguru Inoue

You're a baseball star. The jock. Everyone loves and admires you. How could your life get any better? Give the kid a sword, and make that sword a katana, then teach him an awesome way to use it! And with that, you get the Badass known as Yamamoto. You wouldn't tell how badass he is by looking, because it's always sunny in Yamamotoville. The kid's been a constant, and welcome presence in Tsuna's family. And with a little help, he's taken more levels in badass than anyone else. Gokudera hates him.

  • A Friend in Need: At the beginning of the story he almost commited suicide when he thought he'd never be able to play baseball again. But the moment a friend is in danger he's happy to sacrifice whatever it takes in order to save them, be it his arm or his entire baseball career.
  • The Ace: Star athlete, swordsman prodigy, natural-born assassin, incredibly Nice Guy, and generally just great enough at everything he does that even the likes of Squalo and Hibari acknowledge his talent.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When this guy gives even the smallest of frowns, get the fuck out.
  • BFS
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter 325, Yamamoto comes back from a near death experience that took him out roughly 30 chapters ago to save the ass of the dude who put him in the hospital in the first place. And it was awesome.
  • Bishounen
  • Book Dumb: Subverted; he tends to get low test scores like Tsuna, but it's because he's so busy with baseball that he sleeps in class and doesn't bother to crack open his books.
  • Chick Magnet: A lot of the girls in his class are smitten with him. He doesn't understand why they like to give him free lunches though.
  • Cool Bike: Cool Airbike? No!
  • Cool Pet: Two of them!
  • Cool Sword
  • Driven to Suicide: In his debut, he attempts to commit suicide by jumping off the school building after breaking his arm and believing that he would never be able to play baseball again, luckily Tsuna interfered and stopped him. Though this was taken out the anime.
  • Dual Wielding: And triple wielding, and quadruple wielding.
  • Easily Forgiven: Has a habit of doing this; his friends' list include two guys who attempted to murder him, and he regards Byakuran as 'an old acquaintance'.
  • Fan of Underdog
  • Friend to All Children: He's very nice to Lambo and I-Pin, gets along well with Colonello when they're paired together in the anime, and has a noticeably close relationship with Reborn (who usually gets around by perching on Yamamoto's shoulder). Though the latter two might count as subversions given that they're adults in kid's bodies.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • With Squalo. He tried to get to know Squalo better during their first fight, was distressed when it seemed Squalo had been eaten, was delighted to see him alive and well after the timeskip and seemed genuinely devastated when Squalo was rumored to be killed. On Squalo's side, he seems to act like a Tsundere towards Yamamoto, often calling him names and even at one point knocking him unconscious. However, when he heard that the Yamamoto of the future stopped his swordsmanship in order to pursue baseball, Squalo went out of his way to create Dvds of one hundred battles in hopes of getting Yamamoto interested in the sword again. He also become Yamamoto's teacher later on.
    • With Kaoru as well. He befriends him right off the bat despite his appearance, and continues to regard him as a friend even after Kaoru attempted to (literally) tear him in half and nearly crippled him for life. On Kaoru's part he sacrificed himself to take a blow for Yamamoto, betraying his own Famiglia by doing so.
  • Future Badass: Took out a Strau Mosca without batting an eye.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one on his chin in the future.
  • Hard Work Fallacy: He nearly tried to kill himself over it early in the manga, but Tsuna talked him out of it.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Thank you, Tsuna. You stopped him from killing himself over a broken arm. Well, in the manga.
  • Katanas Are Just Better
  • Kicking Your Sword Always Works: Shigure Soen Ryu 3rd Stance: Yarazu no Ame (Last Minute Rain).
  • The Lancer
  • Like Father, Like Son: Both father and son are very nice and a little spacey, with a hidden core of badass.
  • Making a Splash: Uses the water around him in most fights to boost his Shigure Soen Ryu techniques. Makes sense since he is the rain attribute.
  • Missing Mom
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Shigure Soen Ryu, all the way.
  • Nice Guy: Try insanely nice guy.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: In direct conflict with Gokudera's Hates Being Touched.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In the anime, losing the game of Choice leads to him becoming impatient and outright ruthless in battle. It ends with him being the only person to lose their Guardian trial, though he gets himself together when Agetsu lets him retake it.
  • One Head Taller: Than most of the cast.
  • The Pollyanna: An eternal optimist, he's incredibly laid back, especially for a shounen character, and is usually cheerful and smiling, even when he's fighting for his life.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Gokudera while they're battling Gamma, regarding how little Gokudera seems to care for the other Guardians, despite being Tsuna's right hand nominally making him the leader of the Guardians. He regrets it later, though.
  • Razor Wind: His Vongola Gear allows him to use the 12th Stance of Shigure Soen Ryu which uses two attacks, one of which happens to be this type of attack that can also "sniff people out" (Sadachi: Kirisame (Brazen Left Blade: Drizzle)).
  • Secret Keeper: Reborn told him the secret of the Arcobaleno roughly 150 chapters before it became public knowledge. Ironic since he's usually one of the ones who knows the least about what's going on.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He spends the entire series believing he's actually a part of one big LARP. "Oh, are you playing Mafia again? This looks fun, let me join in!"
  • Signature Move: All of the Shigure Soen Ryu styles, but particularly the 8th Stance Shinotsuku Ame (Pelting Rain).
  • Sorry I'm Late: Said those very words. Twice.
  • Spam Attack: His Vongola Gear allows him to use the 12th Stance of Shigure Soen Ryu that uses two attacks, one of which is this type of attack (Udachi: Kirisame (Brazen Right Blade: Drizzle)). It involves multiple swallows made up of Dying Will Flames of the Rain flying up and piercing an opponent.
  • Stepford Smiler: Shows signs of being this at times. Fanon usually takes such subtleties and runs with 'em for all they're worth.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Like Tsuna; he deliberately uses the blunt side of his sword to avoid fatal blows. It's a sign of how furious he is with Daemon Spade's manipulations that he doesn't hesitate to say he'll kill him.
  • Time Stands Still: Not really, but his Aggregate Art: Jiunoka's (Rainy Metamorphosis) tranquil power is so intense anyone caught in it stands completely still.


10th Vongola Thunder Guardian
Voiced by: Junko Takeuchi (Young), Kenjiro Tsuda (Adult)

Lambo is a Five Year Old Assassin that came from Italy. He has a habit of pulling weapons out of his hair, most notably when he's either trying to blow himself, or someone else up. He was really out to get Reborn, but every conflict ends up in a Nonchalant Dodge and Non-Fatal Explosions. In spite of the constant defeat, it doesn't equal friendship. Just a visit from Mr. Future Self.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Is this within the Vongola X Family Guardians, if that is counted. Has this dynamic especially with Gokudera.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: As pointed out in-story, his 'Elettrico Cornata' looks cool but has never hit an opponent due to its very short range. Until 20YL Lambo works around the fault by projecting the lightning forwards.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He's the youngest guardian in the series, so he's often left out of many major events.


Ryohei Sasagawa
10th Vongola Sun Guardian
Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi

Ryohei is Extreme. His (empty) club is extreme. His mentor is extreme. Everything he does is extreme. The guy is always training, extremely hard, and he gets even more extreme when he doesn't train. He may seem like something of an extreme virtual airhead sometimes, but there seems to be some kind of extreme logic to his madness. He seems to always be trying to recruit Tsuna into his extreme boxing club. He's just not taking no for an answer.

  • Dumbass Has a Point: A couple of the manga splash pages have him point out oddities like Hibari's catch phrase or Chrome's name.
  • Elemental Punch/Kame Hame Hadoken: The "Sunshine Counter" attack that comes with his new Vongola Gear lets his punches shoot concentrated blasts of Sun Flames.


Kyouya Hibari
10th Vongola Cloud Guardian
Voiced by: Takashi Kondo

Congratulations. You're the Student Council President of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council. You can get away with ''anything''. You even have that Red Armband Of Leadership. Hey, Wait!, that's not you. That's Hibari. The Curb-Stomp Battle personified. He will be In Love with Your Carnage, so don't fight anywhere near him and his Automatically Violent self. Violent to anything and everything other than his Cute Critters, whom he won't attack even if they pierce his hand. Remember, don't piss him off or he will "bite you to death."

  • Aloof Ally
  • Animal Theme Naming: Hibari can mean skylark. Explains why he's so fond of animals, particularly birds.
  • Anti-Hero: Type IV.
  • Asexuality: Married to his school.
  • Axe-Crazy: He's definitely one of the most Axe-Crazy characters in the series. Yes, even more than pretty much all of the Big Bads so far.
  • Badass in Distress: Thanks to being curb stomped by cherry blossoms, Mukuro, and Enma.
  • Badass Longcoat: His Vongola Gear release.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In a helicopter.
  • Bishounen
  • Blood Knight: Fighting is pretty much Kyoya's sole motivation to be a Guardian.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Gola Mosca barely saw what hit him. But then again, it was intentional.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • "I'll bite you to death." An odd catch phrase that was made fun of in a splash page of the manga. After Hibari says this to Gola Mosca, Ryohei imagines him actually biting Mosca's head off.
    • In the case of Chibi Vampire Hibarin, "I'll suck you to death".
  • Determinator
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Though it's more that everyone is too terrified to take notice.
  • Dual Tonfas
  • Future Badass: If that's even possible.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Has a grappling hook hidden in his tonfa.
  • Hates Being Touched: He will bite you to death if you crowd.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Handcuffs, anyone?
  • In Love with Your Carnage
  • It's All About Me: It is indeed.
  • Japanese Delinquent
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Half carrying Gokudera to find Tsuna in Kokuyo Land, how nice of him. Not! He literally throws Gokudera aside afterwards, and it turns out he only helped the latter so they could be "even". Let's not even get started on the countless times he turned up to kick enemy butt and then says "They were crowding".
    • Hidden Heart of Gold: It happens, and not just to his Loyal Animal Companion trio. Possibly the most direct one is that Hibari, had absolutely no reason to save Kyoko, Haru, I-Pin, and Lambo from one of Skull's stray missiles. One would think he was paying Ryohei back for saving Nami Middle, but Hibari says otherwise (stating that he'd pay Ryohei back by taking Alaude's test). Notable because Hibari himself says multiple times he doesn't actively try to save anyone, and the missile was the opposite direction of the fight, so he couldn't even pass it off as indirect action like he usually does.
  • Loyal Animal Companion: Hibird and his hedgehogs.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: His song, Horizon, sounds a bit too upbeat to have lines like "I'll bite you to death."
  • Major Injury Underreaction
  • Married To The School
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Nonchalant Dodge: When Bel was throwing knives at him.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ryohei (though calling it 'friendship' is a stretch). Emphasised in the anime when they work together to protect Namimori.
  • One-Man Army
  • Pet the Dog:
    • His pets. Also, his future self's efforts to save a dying Chrome.
    • He did accept the chocolate I-Pin gave him without so much as a frown. In the anime he doesn't take the group's hard-earned summer festival cash because he sees that she's upset.
    • When Tsuna was suffering from a Heroic BSOD, Hibari tells Tsuna that his face is boring and for Tsuna to watch Hibari's fight closely. For Hibari, this can be seen as his own way of attempting to cheer Tsuna up.
    • During his battle with Adelheid, he says that Tsuna will "bite the sky, one day". Meaning that he knows that Tsuna will grow up to become very powerful. Considering that TYL!Tsuna is one of the only people that TYL!Hibari respects due to losing to him, this means he's looking forward to the day when Tsuna is that strong.
    • Anytime Hibari even minutely acknowledges the other protagonists as being strong at all counts.
  • Red Armband of Leadership: Wherever he goes. It practically defines him.
  • Satellite Love Interest: I-Pin only seems to be infatuated with Hibari because he looks like an older version of her master.
  • Sidekick Ex Machina
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: His Ten Years into the Future Self is this for Tsuna.
  • Smug Super: Let's face it. He's not humble. At all. And he's incredibly proud. The only thing is... he really does have the fighting genius and strength to back up his huge ego.
  • Spoiled Brat: He expects everything he wants to go his way. And no one seems to discourage this attitude of his. It doesn't help that he pretty much has a hold on all the authority figures in charge.
  • Student Council President: He not only rules the school, he rules the whole town!
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Token Evil Teammate: He comes very close to being one. Really, his sole redeeming factors are his dedication to Namimori and his weak spot for cute animals.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Badass as he is, this guy can be taken down by cherry blossoms. Even after he receives medication for it he doesn't like to talk about or be around sakura trees.
  • Whip It Good: His Vongola X Gear.
  • Wild Card: It's part of being the Cloud Guardian.


Mukuro Rokudo
10th Vongola Mist Guardian (shared with Chrome)
Voiced by: Toshinobu Iida

He's the trident wielding guy with a Dark Past that you don't want to know about. In some completely lucky way, Mukuro has been reborn in all stages of hell, and remembers all of it. Due to that, he's gained Magical Eye powers and has been dead set on taking over Tsuna's body. But after the dirty tactics failed, he ended up being employed in the job of being the guardian of the person who beat him. Nowadays, he spends his time in the head of a girl who looks just like him, occasionally dropping by to save the day... Or something.


Chrome Dokuro
10th Vongola Mist Guardian (shared with Mukuro)
Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka

She's the only girl in the group, equipped with an infamous spear and an ambiguous eyepatch. She reminds you of someone, right? Oh yeah, that guy with the blue hair who tried to possess Tsuna. Well, Chrome and Mukuro are pretty much one in the same; a packaged deal. Gokudera mistrusts her, especially after she stole away Tsuna's First Kiss. She gets the sympathy for having imaginary organs. Though she hasn't been given much of a chance, she's managed to prove herself competent in battle (her first appearence and her fight with Glo Xinia) and seems to be gaining confidence as the series progresses.