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Seirin High School
Position: Power Forward
Birthday: August 2nd (Leo)
Blood Type: A
An extraordinary basketball player, he lived in the United States until partway through middle school. Upon returning, he finds himself disappointed at the level of basketball in Japan. After learning about the Generation of Miracles, he makes it his goal to take them down with the help of Kuroko.
Voiced by: Yuki Ono
- The Ace: He's the best Seirin player when it comes to scoring and one-on-one matches.
- Affectionate Nickname: Bakagami.
- Animal Motifs: "Taiga" = Japanese romanji for "Tiger".
- Awesome Mc Coolname: In Japanese, his name translates to "Fire God Tiger".
- Big Eater: Eats at least thirty hamburgers in one go. Multiple times. Finished X number of 4kg super prime steaks in thirty minutes, wherein X = the number of Seirin basketball players.
- Blood Knight: Or the sport equivalent, anyway. His primary motivation and one of the reasons he loves to play so much is so that he can fight strong players, whether he wins or loses.
- Book Dumb: Unbelievably so. Even his English grades are terrible, despite being a fluent speaker. (This is somehow Justified, as most kids in school don't even pay attention that much to learning proper grammar).
- Brutal Honesty: This often makes him come across as quite rude, especially at the beginning.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has reddish hair and eyes.
- Expy: Of Hanamichi Sakuragi. Just look at the tropes after Foil. Even his jersey number and special ability are similar.
- Though Kuroko gets all the fancy passes from Manu Ginobili, Taiga gets Manu's penchant for throwing passes between opposing players' legs.
- Fiery Redhead: He's a Hot-Blooded Lightning Bruiser with red hair.
- Foil: To Kuroko.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets somewhat better as the plot goes on, but it's still a continuing issue for him.
- The Hero: In regards to his place on the Seirin team. In terms of plot significance, he's more of a Deuteragonist.
- Hot-Blooded: Especially at the beginning, when he tends to throw himself at problems instead of listening to his more reasonable teammates.
- Hunk: He's powerfully built and is one of the few important characters drawn without a Bishōnen face.
- Idiot Hero: Very notable when his teammates discover his grades.
- In a Single Bound: His biggest selling point is that he has some crazy jumps. By the time the game with Rakuzan rolls around, Zone!Kagami almost has his feet at the same height as the basket when he Meteor Jams!
- Lightning Bruiser: He's both the fastest and the physically strongest of his team. He takes it Up to Eleven however when he enters the Zone, where he gets Aomine-like speed on top of the strength to block Murasakibara's dunks and the jumping power to easily dunk from the free-throw line.
- Meaningful Name: His name's kanji are literally "Fire God Big Ego"
- Minor Living Alone: The reason he can cook so well.
- Mr. Fanservice: There are a lot of scenes where he's shirtless or naked.
- Multicolored Hair: The crown of his head is dark red but everything beneath it is off-black.
- NaÔve Newcomer: Well not to the sport of basketball, but he is one to the Japanese high school basketball circuit. He doesn't know many of the players from the other teams that Kuroko and the rest know from playing basketball in middle school. More often than not, he's the one asking who's who, prompting someone else on the team to reply him and the audience.
- The Nose Knows: Claims that he can typically discern his opponents' strength based on their smell. Kuroko strikes him as odd, therefore, because he has no scent at all.Kagami (to Kuroko): I can guess the strength of an opponent to some extent. It's like strong guys have a peculiar smell about them. ...But you're weird. Even though you should reek of weakness... you don't smell like anything at all. Your strength is odorless.
- Odd Friendship: With Kuroko.
- Real Men Cook: The character bible says one of his hobbies is cooking and he taught Riko how to cook some simple dishes before their training camp.
- Real Men Wear Pink: The character bible mentions how he likes to shop as well.
- Fits this trope so well that in the 2015 "Top 20 Characters Otaku Want to Marry" poll, he tied for 16th in the "Ideal Wife" category.
- Red Is Heroic: He's The Hero of his team, and a Fiery Redhead.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- Him and Kuroko. If you can't tell who's who, it's Colour-Coded for Your Convenience.
- Also the Red to Himuro's Blue; again, the names are a clue (Kagami means "Fire God" while "Hi" in Himuro means "Ice Chamber")
- Tiger Versus Dragon: "Taiga" means "Tiger" while "Tatsu" means "Dragon".
- Unusual Eyebrows: Of the fiery and forked kind.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
- Doesn't turn out well for him when Kuroko decides to adopt a dog as a Team Pet, since he is terrified by dogs.
- In the light novel, it's revealed that he's also afraid of ghosts and he's scared out of his wits by the classic 'flashlight-from-below' trick by Kuroko.
Aida RikoA second year student at Seirin who's also the coach and manager of the Seirin basketball club. She managed to take the team to the Regionals in her first year of coaching.
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito
- A-Cup Angst: A mild case, mainly only when Momoi or Alex is around.
- Amicable Exes: Word of God says that Riko and Kiyoshi used to date. Even now they're still friends.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Riko does to the entire teams in the Episode 20 on Season 2. The next scene before the match begins, all of the team have their hand-prints on their cheek.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She knows a person's physical statistics just by looking at their bodies.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Her interactions with Hyuuga can be interpreted as this.
- Brainy Brunette: Riko not only had the best school test scores among the team, but she also ranked 2nd out of the whole school.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Vitamins and protein powder go into the meals she makes for the team. With Kagami's assistance, her meals look fine, but taste is a completely different matter...
- Cute Sports Club Manager: The guys trying out for the team thinks she's this. She's actually the coach.
- Cuteness Proximity: Has a picture of a kitten on her phone and instantly falls in love with Tetsuya#2.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She always wears these.
- Femininity Failure: Makes honey-soaked lemons to give to her team during the break of a tough match. But instead of slicing the lemons, which would allow for them to thoroughly soak in the honey, she leaves the lemons whole. She is outdone by her male teammate.
- Lethal Chef: She doesn't cut up any of the ingredients, preferring to simply dump everything together in a pot. And she sprinkles the rice she serves the basketball team with vitamin pills and protein powder.
- Shorttank: Her typical outfit.
- Supporting Leader: She's the one who trains the main characters and leads the team.
- Team Mom: Especially towards The Captain Hyuga and the injured Kiyoshi.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Momoi's Girly girl.
- Tranquil Fury: An opposing player from Josei makes the mistake of openly despairing over her lack of sex appeal. She smiles while drawing her thumb across her throat and then pointing it down, signalling to Seirin to destroy Josei.
Position: Shooting GuardThe captain of the Seirin basketball team. A reliable clutch-player, he is Seirin's primary pillar of mental support in games.
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: His interactions with Riko can be interpreted as this.
- The Captain: Other characters point out that he's the one who manages to bring the best out of his teammates with his passion and determination.
- Delinquent Hair: Was long and blonde in his first year. Everybody else think he was ridiculous.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Firmly believed this during his anger stage in his first year. His anger at Kiyoshi was because Kiyoshi was a prodigy (albeit still Overshadowed by Awesome) and he was just a regular person. In his words, "A regular person who works hard is just an idiot". Obviously, he outgrew this philosophy.
- Japanese Delinquents: What he attempted to be in his first year of highschool. Didn't last long.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: More so in the past, but still present.
- The Lancer: Team-wise, if Kiyoshi had become the captain as Hyuuga had initially intended, he would have been this.
- Megane: Subverted. Despite wearing glasses and being a shooter, he's one of the most Hot-Blooded of the team and has average grades. Kagami points it out.
- Split Personality: A very mild example. During important moments he actually becomes more confident and precise, but he also starts insulting more or less everybody who talks to him.
- Supporting Leader: Despite being The Captain of the team, he's not the main character.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cloud Cuckoo Lander Kiyoshi.
Position: Point GuardSeirin's primary point guard. He knew Hyuuga in middle school. He started playing basketball in 2nd grade, the earliest of anyone in the Seirin team.
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima
- Bishōnen: Papa Aida's nickname for him is "Pretty Boy".
- Chick Magnet: In Seirin. Though they always run away when he starts telling jokes.
- Only Sane Man: Despite his Pungeon Master tendencies, he's this for his team.
- Pungeon Master: He really likes horrible puns. Hyuga often threatens to hit him.
- The Smart Guy: Very notable during the game against Rakuzan, where he manages to outsmart his opponent when he can't defeat him with skill.
- Stealth Pun: Tries to put a couple of those everytime he can.
- Top-Down View: His Eagle's Eye allows him to "see" from this perspective, an ability he puts to good use in matches.
- Weak, but Skilled: He's not physically gifted or superhumanly skilled, but he uses his Eagle's Eye to make plays no-one else could.
Position: CenterA hook-shooter. He never speaks in-series, though the other 2nd years seem to be able to understand what he's saying through expression alone. Nevertheless, he gives off the impression of a Nice Guy.
- The Big Guy: Before being replaced by Kiyoshi, he's the starting center.
- Nice Guy: Despite never saying anything, he's shown to be caring and considerate. It's implied he developed this personality caring for his many younger siblings.
- The Reliable One: He's the one who keeps playing normally when his teammates are upset.
- The Stoic: When things get hard, he... keeps being silent and nice.
- Team Chef: The energy food he prepares for the team is absolutely way more effective than of Riko's.
- The Voiceless: Sometimes leads to being the Silent Bob. Especially notable that in the anime he has no voice actor.
Position: ForwardA Jack-of-All-Stats, he started playing basketball in high school because he thought it looked cool. He's been friends with Mitobe since middle school.
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi
- Butt-Monkey: He's often the one who comically misses a shot or says the wrong thing.
- Cat Smile: Constantly.
- Expy: At least physically, he looks very similar to an older Kaoru Koganei.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: And also Master of None. He doesn't specialize in any specific basketball technique but he isn't particularly weak in any either. Also presents itself in his grades, where he's slightly above average for all his subjects.
- The Nicknamer: He likes to give nicknames to his teammates, most prominently Tsuchida who is nicknamed "Tsucchi". He is also the one who named Kuroko's dog, Tetsuya #2.
- Those Two Guys: With Mitobe, due to the fact that Koganei is the only one who can understand him perfectly, and often translates for the rest of the team.
Position: Power ForwardThe Generic Guy of the Seirin 2nd years. He specializes in rebounds.
Voiced by: Go Inoue
- Demoted to Extra: Not that he was ever that important to begin with, but as the plot goes on, it's very easy to forget that he's one of the Seirin regulars.
- Eyes Always Shut: His only notable feature.
- The Generic Guy: He never gets a chance to actually show his character.
Position: CenterFounder of the Seirin basketball club. Seirin's former ace, and one of the Uncrowned Generals. His extremely large hands allow him to hold the basketball as a handball, allowing him to use skills such as the Right of Postponement, and later Vice Claw. While the main center for Seirin, he's also capable as a point guard, allowing him to combine both positions and create his own play style. He suffered a Game-Breaking Injury at the hands of Hanamiya, and the injury is bad enough to force him to have to retire after this year's Winter Cup.
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada
- The Ace: For Seirin, pre-Game-Breaking Injury.
- Ambiguous Innocence: He acts like a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but Hyuga is sure that he's always scheming something.
- Amicable Exes: In a Q & A session at the end of vol. 30, Word of God admits that the reason why Kiyoshi and Riko are on First-Name Basis with each other is because they dated at one point. Even now, they get along.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very good player, but he really doesn't like to take himself seriously.
- Career-Ending Injury: This Winter Cup will be his last.
- Catchphrase: "Let's have some fun~"
- Cloudcuckoolander: It may be partly Obfuscating Stupidity, as an act to make his teammates feel at home.
- Confusion Fu: His Right of Postponement. It's even said that it's meaningless to predict his moves, because he can change his movements at the last minute.
- Game-Breaking Injury: His knee is the reason why he doesn't appear until Volume 7.
- Keet: Very much during his first year, though he's toned it down in the present.
- Lightning Bruiser: Despite being a center, he's not noticeably slow.
- The Pollyanna: His injury hasn't affected his disposition. Also, this is the reason why he's known as "Iron-Hearted": every time he gets broken mentally, he quickly bounces back as if nothing's happened.
- Raised by Grandparents: Used to explain why he's attending a school that doesn't have a basketball club at first; his grandparents are getting old and it was close by.
- Red Baron: One of the five Uncrowned Generals, "Iron-Heart".
- Take a Third Option: Couldn't decide whether to become a center or a PG, and ended up doing both.
- Team Dad: Occasionally with elements of Papa Wolf, as demonstrated in the match against Kirisaki Daiichi. Has shades of The Lancer to Hyuuga too.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Hyuuga. Kiyoshi always acts friendly towards him, but he has to know that this only aggravates Hyuuga even more.
- Apparently, they're actually more in sync when the argue, which is demonstrated hilariously during the Serin vs. Kaijou rematch.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The light novel reveals that he's terrified of rats after watching a horror movie about mutant rats.
Tetsuya #2Kuroko's small pet husky pup and Seirin's mascot.
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima
- Canine Companion: to Kuroko.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: To some extent. When Momoi tried to pet him, he turned his head away from her hand in a huff.
- Precious Puppy: He's an adorable little pooch.
- Team Pet: After Kagami warms up to him, everybody on the team adores him.
- Twirl of Love: Riko does a sped-up version of this once she first sees him.
- Uncatty Resemblance: To his master, Kuroko.
Kaijou High School
Position: Point Guard
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi
- Badass Normal: Kasamatsu is pointed out as being one of the best non-prodigy players in the league, and it shows; Izuki (his opposite number at Serin) can't even keep up with him unless he relies on the Eagle Spear, and even then Kasamatsu is capable of outmaneuvering him one-on-one. His playstyle (driving against close opponents and shooting accurately against those farther back) is mentioned as being "one of the most orthodox, but powerful," and he's a point guard (read: passing specialist) on top of that. Further emphasized by his fairly average height and build compared to the rest of the known cast.
- He's also the only person to figure out how to stop Kuroko's Phantom Shot without the use of a unique ability; something even Himuro, who is a master of basketball form, was unable to do.
- Cannot Talk to Women: Mentioned in the -replace- light novel.
- The Captain: He puts a lot of emphasis on this, partly because he's the Only Sane Man of his team.
- Dope Slap: Frequently gives these to Kise.
- Flash Step: Izuki had to develop Eagle Spear to be able to steal the ball from him.
- Fragile Speedster: Izuki acknowledges him as the fastest player outside of the Generation of Miracles, despite not being particularly tall or well-built.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kise.
- The Leader: A levelheaded and headstrong example.
- My Greatest Failure: Has never forgiven himself for failing to catch a critical pass at Inter-High his second year.
- Only Sane Man: On the Kaijou team.
- Supporting Leader: He's a very good player and the pillar of his team, but he knows that Kise is the real star.
Position: Power Forward
Voiced by: Kazunori Nomata
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Hot-Blooded: This is very useful for him, as a rebound specialist.
- No Indoor Voice: He's constantly shouting about rebounds and how he wants to get them.
- The Unintelligible: He's damn near impossible to understand in the anime; even his teammates have trouble with it.
Position: Shooting Guard
Voiced by: Tomoyuki Higuchi
Voiced by: Sasaki Yoshihito
- Determinator: One of the more overlooked examples. Kobori is pretty average normally, but his intense determination in the Serin vs. Kaijo Semifinal match allows him to go toe-to-toe with the much bulkier, stronger, and more skillful Kiyoshi. Even Kiyoshi himself was impressed, which is saying something.
- Only Sane Man: To a slightly higher degree than Kasamatsu, as Kasamatsu is too busy keeping Kise in line to really bother too much with Moriyama and Hayakawa's unique brands of crazy.
- Stone Wall: His playstyle is mainly defensive, but he's capable of screening out Kiyoshi repeatedly, and forcing Wakamatsu (who is stated to be physically on par with Kagami, minus the insane jump height) to pass rather than attempt to score. Also manages to catch Kise's copied Ignite Pass Kai, which is impressive as only Kagami and Kiyoshi can catch Kuroko's version on Serin's team.
Shuutoku High School
Position: Point Guard
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
- Butt-Monkey: Frequently drives Midorima around on a rickshaw. Seems to not totally mind when Midorima pushes and orders him around.
- The Gadfly: When he and Midorima arrive at an restaurant and spot Kagami, Kuroko, Kise, and Kasamatsu at a table, he immediately lights up and tells Kasamatsu that he admires him and wishes to hear his stories. He then pulls him away, allowing for Midorima to take Kasamatsu's seat at what becomes the world's most awkward table setting.Kasamatsu: You wanted this to happen, didn't you?Takao (coyly): What? Of course not.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Midorima.
- Meaningful Name: One of the kanji in Takao is a homophone for the word for 'hawk', possibly in reference to his Hawk's Eye ability.
- Perpetual Smiler: He seems to really enjoy being The Gadfly, and is usually pretty amused by Midorima's antics.
- Top-Down View: His Hawk's Eye is even better than Izuki's Eagle's Eye.
Voiced by: Kensuke Satou
- Badass Normal: Goes head-to-head with both Kiyoshi and Nebuya on separate occasions, and manages to hold his own despite not having a way to match their unique skills.
- The Captain: Even if he's not the best player of the team anymore, the others respect his authority.
- Large and in Charge: Being a center, he's the largest and strongest player of the team.
- Supporting Leader: Playing as a strong and reliable center he supports Midorima and Takao, the real stars of the team.
Position: Small Forward
Voiced by: Masayuki Shouji
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Gets angry easily, especially at overly arrogant underclassmen. Midorima is his particular Berserk Button.
Position: Power Forward
Voiced by: Biichi Satou
- Rule of Cool: Lampshaded and subverted; when he scores a layup and Miyaji complains that he should've dunked, he points out that "not everybody can do that!"
- Stone Wall: Kimura's pretty average, but he has the highest number and success rate of offensive screens in the series. He even manages to screen opponents repeatedly, even though they should be expecting it. He also has a stamina rating of 10/10 in the databooks, which is something mainly given to indicate a strong defense.
Position: Point Guard
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He's extremely observant and uses this ability to guess his opponent's thoughts and predict their movements. Does it off the court, too. Hanamiya even calls him "practically psychic."
- The Captain: He's Touou's captain and mastermind.
- Eyes Always Shut: Together with Perpetual Smiler, they show his dangerous personality.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Fits this trope to a T as he likes to taunt, tease and otherwise Troll his opponents. Even Hanamiya thinks he has a terrible personality.
- The Leader: Definitely a mastermind-type leader.
- Manipulative Bastard: He loves playing mind games with his opponents.
- Perpetual Smiler: As appropriate for a Troll as big as this guy.
- Supporting Leader: He explicitely says that Aomine is The Ace of his team and can do whatever he wants as long as they win.
- Terrible Artist: As seen during his studying along with Susa, his art's a bit wonky to say the least. And Imayoshi himself takes a bit offense to that and changes the subject.
- Troll: Pointed out In-Universe as one of the reasons he's so good at marking Kuroko.
Position: Shooting Guard
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
- Apologises a Lot: Pretty much his main character trait.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Usually timid and apologetic...but he gets very competitive with other shooting guards, and then his personality will make a one-eighty and he'll start acting cocky and talking trash.
- Shrinking Violet: A Rare Male Example.
- Split Personality: Another mild example. He hates losing as much as the rest of Touou, particularly in shooting. He became very annoyed when Hyuuga started shooting very well in the match against Seirin, turning more or less into the complete opposite his usual Shrinking Violet personality.
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi
- Berserk Button: Pretty much everything Aomine does. Nobody really cares, though.
- Butt-Monkey: Often the victim of Aomine's antics.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Sure, Aomine is annoying, but Wakamatsu takes thing a little too personally, to the point where even Imayoshi tells him to be quiet.
- Hot-Blooded: He even has high blood pressure.
Position: Small Forward
Voiced by: Hiroya Murakami
- Only Sane Man: Doesn't have any particular highlighted quirks like the rest of the Touou team, and puts up with his teammates without ever complaining.
Yousen High School
Position: Shooting GuardHimuro was Kagamiís first friend in America, and also his big brother figure, who basically taught him basketball. However, Himuro decided that he could no longer be Kagamiís big brother if he were to ever lose to him, therefore shaking their relationship. Himuro comes back to Japan as one of Yosenís Aces.
Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama
- Animal Motifs: "Tatsu" means "Dragon".
- Awesome Mc Coolname: In Japanese, name means "Ice Chamber Dragon"
- Beauty Mark: Has one under his right eye.
- Berserker Tears: When yelling at Murasakibara for giving up during the Seirin vs. Yousen match, and also because he realized he could never reach the level of the Generation of Miracles or Kagami.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kagami, when they first met.
- Bishounen: Even more noticeable than other characters, partly because of his Peek-a-Bangs. Even Nijimura can't stop describing his beauty in Replace V.
- Can't Catch Up: He's almost on par with the Generation of Miracles, but he's aware that he'll never be able to reach their level.
- Chick Magnet: Up to Eleven! He's not just popular with high school girls, but with kindergartners and middle-aged women such as a cleaner from Yousen.
- First-Name Basis: Calls Kagami and Murasakibara by their first names, "Taiga" and "Atsushi". Possibly due to his long stay in America.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He always resented that Kagami was the most talented of the two and would have eventually surpassed him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kagami, pre-series.
- Meaningful Name: His name uses the kanji for ice (氷), the antithesis of fire (火), which is the kanji used in Kagami's name.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: His dark hair that frames a single eye and his fair skin imparts a mysterious aura. He is a huge Chick Magnet and is arguably the biggest bishounen in the series.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Kagami's Red. ("Himuro" means "Ice Chamber" while "Kagami" means "Fire God").
- Simple, yet Awesome: His playing style: highly refined orthodox moves. Noted to be the polar opposite of Aomine's.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The "Tatsu" in his name means "Dragon" compared to "Taiga" being a romanji pronunciation of "Tiger".
Position: Power Forward
Voiced by: Kouji Takeda
- Butt-Monkey: His teammates don't respect him at all. Calling him "gorilla" is just the start.
- The Captain: He's not very charismatic, but he is the captain.
- Large and in Charge: Or he would be if not for Murasakibara. (Wei Liu is taller by 3 cm, but he's much skinnier.) Kagami even notes that his movements are like a former center's (who's usually the largest guy in the team).
- The Leader: A levelheaded type.
- Supporting Leader: Even more pronounced than the other captains.
Position: Point Guard
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa
Position: Small Forward
Voiced by: Shigeyuki Susaki
Rakuzan High School
Position: Small ForwardOne of the Uncrowned Generals. His ability is to dribble extremely fast, making the ball hard to steal.
- Cute Little Fangs: Underline his Keet personality.
- Keet: He's happy and energetic, but he can also be a bit of a Jerk Ass.
- Red Baron: One of the five Uncrowned Generals, Raijuu.
Position: Shooting GuardOne of the Uncrowned Generals. He's implied to be good at drawing fouls, especially while shooting three-pointers, resulting in four-point plays. This is just one of his abilities, called chi (earth). He can also shoot fade-away three-pointers, called ten (heaven), as well as a three-pointer shot he rarely uses, where the opponent is unable to move, called kokuu (void/empty air).
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
- Ambiguously Gay:
- He sometimes makes passes at his teammates or Hyuga, but he could be simply Trolling them.
- In an omake, Mibuchi actually states he has a crush on someone from his own club, leaving Hayama and Nebuya bewildered. The Rakuzan basketball club has no females that readers can see; even the managers that appear are male. There's also the pretty glaring fact that in the fanbook, every male character describes their "Preferred Girl", while Mibuchi is the only one who has "Preferred Type". His sexuality is all but outright stated.
- No longer ambiguous. According to Character Bible Plus he came out in high school, thus making himÖ
- Badass Gay
- Only Sane Man: Is usually the one to keep the other team members in check when their antics get too wild.
- Red Baron: One of the five Uncrowned Generals, "Yaksha".
Position: Center (Formerly power forward)One of the Uncrowned Generals. While an extremely strong center, his main skill is currently unknown. It turns out he has none; all he has is strength. In addition, he used to play as a power forward.
- Big Eater: Said to be able to eat more than even Kagami.
- Hot-Blooded: His solution to any problems is "put some more strength into it".
- Insult Backfire: Takes 'Muscle Gorilla' to be a compliment. Justified because he believes strength to be everything.
- Mighty Glacier: Aside from maybe Mayuzumi, he's the slowest of his team, but he's ludicrously powerful and hard to move. He manages to beat Kiyoshi to a rebound, something even Murasakibara had to resort to copying Kiyoshi's Vice Claw to do. On top of that, Kiyoshi can't beat his screen directly even after he throws caution to the wind and pulls out all the stops at the price of weakening his leg even more.
- Perma-Stubble: Despite being an high-school student.
- Red Baron: One of the five Uncrowned Generals, "Herculean Strength".
- Stout Strength: At least according to him, the more he eats before a match, the stronger he is during the match.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He ditched skills for the sake of pure strength.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Kiyoshi to be this. He considers their faceoff in the finals to be "fate".
Position: Power forwardRakuzan's 5th man. A 3rd year. Has the same powers as Kuroko, but with enhanced base skills and strength as compared to Kuroko, so unlike the latter he can stay on the court for the entire game for two reasons: one is because he doesn't run out of stamina as easily, and two is because he doesn't overly rely on misdirection so it doesn't run out as fast.
- Confusion Fu: Just like Kuroko, he uses misdirection to slip past defenders.
- Hero of Another Story: His story at Rakuzan mirrors Kuroko's at Teikou.
- No Name Given: It's only in chapter 231 that we see his full name.
- The Nondescript: Just like Kuroko, this is part of his style.
- No Social Skills: Rarely talks and doesn't respond when spoken to.
- Otaku: Reads Light Novels, and are the only the things that get him excited.
- Out of Focus: Constantly, to Running Gag levels.
- Walking Spoiler: To some degree. His existence is not a spoiler, but his relevance is.
- Weak, but Skilled: He's a better all-around player than Kuroko, but he's still this compared to the other Rakuzan regulars.
Position: Point GuardThe captain and coach of the Kirisaki Daiichi team, and one of the Uncrowned Generals. Constantly uses underhanded methods and dirty tricks to win the game, but is also very skilled in his own right; his main skill is to steal the ball from his opponents. Was the cause of Kiyoshi's Game-Breaking Injury last year.
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Analysing the pass courses of his opponents allows him to steal virtually every ball from his opponents.
- The Captain: Also the coach.
- Catch-Phrase: "There's no way I'd say that, dumbass."
- Crippling the Competition: All the time. In fact, he was the one who caused Kiyoshi's Game-Breaking Injury.
- I Lied: Every time he seems to say something nice, he follows up with this.
- Jerk Jock: Together with the rest of his team.
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught/Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: His whole team. He doesn't deny it, though.
- Red Baron: One of the five Uncrowned Generals, "Bad Boy".
- The Smart Guy: His IQ is over 160. This doesn't stop Kuroko from outsmarting him, though.
- Underestimating Badassery: Due to his foul play, it's easy to forget that he's skilled enough to be considered one of the Uncrowned Generals.
- Worthy Opponent: Kiyoshi considers him one after their match after seeing his skills. Unlike most cases though, he doesn't take it well.
Position: Small ForwardA former regular of Teikou's first string who was supposedly kicked out for being too violent. Actually it was because Akashi predicted that Kise would eventually surpass him... or it could be both. Kise replaced him on the team.
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita
- Can't Catch Up: After Kise surpasses him with Perfect Copy by using the GOM's moves, which Haizaki can't steal.
- Crippling the Competition: Tries to do this to Kise after he realizes he can't win.
- Curtains Match the Window: Though not during his middle school years when his hair was grey instead of black.
- Evil Counterpart: Of Kise.
- First-Name Basis: To everyone on his former team except Akashi.
- Japanese Delinquents
- Jerkass: One of the biggest in the series, and even admits to Kuroko he is no nice guy. Taunts his opponents mercilessly, is violent even off-court, disrespectful towards his own teammates and is a Sore Loser to top it off.
- Meaningful Name : His surname literally means Grey Peninsula. The grey part is the Colourful Theme Naming as he's also from Teikou, when the peninsula part means he's different with the other Teikou alumnus, as he was kicked out and later dyes his hair, like a peninsula that is the only bit of land surrounded by the vast ocean. Still, he is a peninsula, not an island. He is still connected to the Generation of Miracles by the fact they all graduated from Teikou, and he is the player with power closests to them after Kagami. He admits it himself that he feels out of place in Teikou basketball team.
- Power Copying: He has this ability just like Kise, but with slight variations.
- Power Parasite: He copies other player's moves but slightly alters its rhythm, so that when his victim sees the move being used, they are unable to use it anymore.
- Sore Loser: After being defeated by Kise, he tries to beat him up outside the tournament gymnasium, though Aomine stops him.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While he was never a saint, he was slightly better (if lazy and petulant) in his earlier Teikou days; he even had shades of Comic Relief in his interactions with Nijimura. After Kise arrives and eventually replaces him, any trace of Jerk with a Heart of Gold Haizaki had goes off the window.
Position: Power ForwardTeikou's team captain when the Generation of Miracles first joined, and later its vice-captain with Akashi. He steps down in his second year because of familial problems, recommending Akashi take up the captain position fully.
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
- Big Brother Mentor: Not strictly a mentor, but older than the Miracles and definitely kept them in line, holding their respect (or fear) while he was around.
- Break the Badass: This is the guy Haizaki of all people fears enough that he prefers to deal with Akashi instead of with Nijimura directly.
- Can't Catch Up: Realizes this, and a partial reason as to why he cedes leadership to Akashi.
- The Captain: Of Teikou when the Miracles formed.
- Japanese Delinquents: In his youth. According to trivia, he even stole a motorcycle once. He still retains his fighting skills from those days.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has a short temper and shades of Japanese Delinquent in manner and speech, but usually means well with most of his actions.
- Meaningful Name: His surname can be interpreted as 'the gathering of the rainbow'. Literally it means "Rainbow Village" The first kanji (虹) means rainbow, the second kanji (村) means village.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: In the Replace novels, he apparently can't stop himself from mentioning how beautiful Himuro is.
- Supporting Leader: Until he cedes the leadership to Akashi, although even then he keeps careful watch over the first-string from the sidelines until his graduation.
Alexandra GarciaA former college basketball champion and WNBA player who is now a basketball coach. She was Himuro and Kagami's basketball mentor from the States.
Voiced by: Yuki Kaida
- Affectionate Nickname: Kagami and Himuro only call her "Alex".
- Buxom Is Better: G-cup. They're pretty darn huge, even extrapolated to American sizes and especially for a pro athlete.
- Cool Teacher: A basketball coach that also happens to have been a WNBA player is already pretty darn cool. Add to it that Alex has many Cool Big Sis traits and is also implied to be skilled in fighting and there you have it.
- Eccentric Mentor: Has no problem walking naked around her students and even greets them with kisses. And not just them, as Riko can attest.
- First-Name Basis: She refers to her students Kagami and Himuro with their first names, and vice versa.
- Foreign Fanservice: She's an American in a story set in Japan, and she seems to have no issue being underdressed or even naked while indoors, even when there are boys around.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Her eyesight deteriorated from an unspecified disease, enough to force her to early retirement.
- Gender-Blender Name: When Kagami said that he was going back to the USA to find his mentor "Alex" for dedicated training to prepare for the Winter Cup, everyone in Seirin thought said mentor was a guy since "Alex" sounded like a masculine name to them. It turns out that it's actually a nickname, shortened from the decidedly feminine "Alexandra"note .
- Gender Misdirection: Due to Kagami referring to his mentor with a gender-ambiguous nickname that is often used as a masculine name, the impressive reputation surrounding said mentor's basketball skills (since Kagami thinks he still has things to learn from said person), and only being shown as a sexually ambiguous silhouette before actually debuting on-panel/screen, both Seirin and the readers were left with the impression that "Alex" was a man. It's thus understandable for them to be mind-boggled that not only is Kagami's teacher a woman, but a sexy one at that (something that does not seem to trigger any reaction from Kagami, other than embarrassment at her shamelessness).
- Hello, Nurse!: The woman is hot, and the fact is definitely noticed by the young men of Team Seirin; about the only ones who don't react at all are Kagami and Kuroko.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Befitting the stereotypical American anime character, she's blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and (being female) big-breasted.
- Retired Badass: She is a WNBA retiree, and took on both Kagami and Himuro as pupils, and still had a few things to teach Kagami when he went back to America to train for the Winter Cup (helping him regain his "animal instinct") as well as before his match with Yosen (teaching him the Meteor Jam). Plus, she knows some self-defense, as shown in her scuffle with Haizaki when he wouldn't take "no" for an answer.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: She seems to not care at all about guys seeing her walking around her home (OK, it's Kagami's apartment, but she seems to treat it as home anyway) in her underwear or even practically naked, not even complete strangers like Kagami's Seirin teammates the first time they met her. Kagami actually has to yell at her to wear clothes, usually punctuated by him throwing said clothes at her.