Characters: Kuroko no Basuke
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Seirin High School
Position: ?The protagonist of the manga - pretty obvious given his name is in the title - he was a member of the Generation of Miracles team in his middle school days. Together with Kagami, he now aims to bring all of them down.
Voiced by: Kensho Ono
- Affectionate Nickname: Aomine calls him "Tetsu" and Momoi calls him "Tetsu-kun".
- Author Appeal: Fujimaki has stated in the most recent Kuro Fes interview that Kuroko is his "other self".
- Badass Bookworm: Reading is his favorite hobby.
- Benched Hero:
- Due to the nature of his misdirection (it weakens the longer he stays on the court) and his stamina, he constantly has to be benched some time into the game.
- In the match against Seihou. The secondary reason is so that he can save his energy for the next match against Shuutoku, the primary reason is that the seniors want to avenge their loss against Seihou themselves.
- Averted against Touou though, as the weakening of his misdirection was required for Misdirection Overflow.
- Berserk Button: Yeah, he's apathetic most of time but insult or injure his sempais or friends... and you'd better watch out.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: The fact that he's always soft-spoken and polite does not mean that he never gets angry.Aomine: You're going to lose this game. The reason is simple: you made Tetsu angry.
- Bishōnen: To a lesser degree than other players, as In-Universe his appearance is unremarkable, but he still shows signs of this.
- Character Tics: Playing with his wristband which is actually a memento of Ogiwara.
- Character Title: The manga is about him and his basketball style.
- The Chessmaster: Very subtly shown in the Kaijou and Kirisaki Daiichi Winter Cup match.
- Confusion Fu: His whole playstyle is based on confusing his opponents and disappearing from their view when they're looking at something else.
- Curtains Match the Window: He has both blue eyes and blue hair.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique:
- His Misdirection Overflow is a non-lethal example. Every time he uses this mode, Kuroko's misdirection (his main weapon) becomes less effective on everyone who's wacthing and completely uneffective on the team he's playing against.
- During the game against Rakuzan it turns out Vanishing Drive and Phantom Shot also took a toll on Kuroko's misdirection.
- David Versus Goliath: When Kagami is in trouble, Kuroko often takes the burden of facing other members of the Generation of Miracles himself. Special mention goes to when he defends man-to-man against Murasakibara, the center of the Generation of Miracles and the largest basketball player in the manga.
- Deadpan Snarker: He likes to provoke Kagami while not losing his Stoic appearance.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: He got Quasi-Emperor Eye, which can only predict his teammate's movement, but in terms of how far into the future, he can see further than Emperor Eye from Akashi and Kise.
- Expy: Arguably of Manu Ginobili, minus the hair and the Euro step.
- Fantastically Indifferent: While he certainly does have emotions, he rarely lashes out and is considerably more reserved and expressionless than his friends. You wouldn't be able to notice a change to anger or surprise just based on expression alone.
- Foil: To Hot-Blooded Kagami.
- The Gadfly: He claims to not have a sense of humor, but there are times when he messes with other people just for the hell of it. In one hilarious example, he lies during his portion of the "How long have you been there"/"I've been here the whole time" Running Gag, as it's obvious that this time he only just arrived.
- Has a Type: Of the platonic variant. Ogiwara, Aomine, and now Kagami... Ogiwara and Kagami have quite similar facial features/colorings. Aomine and Kagami are almost identical in build.
- High Hopes, Zero Talent: Kuroko was initially this when he was at Teikou, where despite being terrible at the game, he continued playing because of his love for basketball. Subverted later on when he gains his skill of misdirection.
- Hurting Hero: Due to his experiences in his last year at Teiko.
- Hyper Awareness:
- His misdirection skill requires him to observe his opponent's body language and habits in order to make it effective. This also becomes crucial in winning the second Kaijou match, where he completely predicts all of Kise's moves.
- This is even more notable when it's about Kuroko's teammates. Having played with them for a long while, he can predict their moves better than Akashi.
- It Only Works Once: If Kuroko uses his Misdirection Overflow on a team, he'll never be able to use misdirection again on that particular team, as they'll be able to see right through him.
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses boku, in keeping with his manner.
- Meaningful Echo: One that goes back about two hundred or more chapters. One of the first things Kuroko tells Kagami when they first meet is his famous self-description, "I am a shadow". While the concept and even the words shows up at other points during the manga, the line itself truly comes back in full force and meaning during the last play of the last match in the manga, when he repeats it to Akashi (who believes Kuroko is going to shoot) before passing to Kagami.
- Meaningful Name: His name is also the name of stagehands in Japanese theater (kabuki) who dress in black and are supposed to be perceived as invisible by the audience.
- Mundane Made Awesome: All of his abilities rely upon his "Misdirection", which is treated as almost like a supernatural resource instead of a social phenomenon.
- The Nicknamer: Only one instance, but very notable.Riko: His name is Papa Mbaye Siki.Hyuuga: That Papa Nbai ... what was it?Kagami: Papa Nba...Riko: Kuroko! Find a nickname for this guy!Kuroko: *thinks* 'Papa.' .... Dad.
- The Nondescript: His ability is a weaponized version of "being ignored": his misdirection skills gives him an advantage in steals, and his assists become nigh unpredictable. But even off-court, his teammates tend to forget he's there.
- No Sense of Humor: Claims so, but that might actually be a part of his brand of humor.
- Now Let Me Carry You: Part of the reason why he wants to help Aomine so much is that back in middle school Aomine was the one to convince him not to quit the club when he was told he didn't have the skills to become a team regular.
- Odd Friendship: With his Foil Kagami, and with Aomine in the past.
- Odd Name Out: He's the only member of the Generation of Miracles whose hair and eyes aren't the same color as his name.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Kagami. If you can't tell who's who, it's... Colour-Coded for Your Convenience
- Sixth Ranger: Because of the nature of his basketball, he tends to be this.
- The Smart Guy: However, he's actually more of this at Serin, given how integral he is to their strategies... not to mention that he's in nearly every game for a sizable length of time.
- Spock Speak: He tends to speak very calmly and politely. When he breaks out of it...
- Stealth Hi/Bye: People tend not to notice when he enters a room, or even when he's been there for hours.
- The Stoic: Part of his basketball style, as he needs to mantain his Nondescript appearance.
- Not So Stoic: From time to time, mostly during crucial matches.
- Supporting Protagonist: In every sense of the word.
- Team Spirit: His personal philosophy when it comes to basketball.
- Token Good Teammate: To the Generation of Miracles.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- In the beginning, he really was the "shadow" of the group. He is crucial to the game but doomed to remain in the background. With his development of the Vanishing Drive and the Phantom Shot, he has played an even bigger part in gameplay rather than just circulating passes. In one of the recent chapters, he managed to score a buzzer beater, something he never thought he would be able to do.
- Subverted during the Rakuzan game: it turns out all the Levels in Badass he has taken have made him stand out, thus weakening his only real weapon, his misdirection.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Tetsuya #2, the Team Pet.
- Weak, but Skilled: He doesn't have the talent or the build for basketball, but because of his highly refined and practiced skill at misdirection, he was able to achieve the status of the "Phantom Sixth Player" of the legendary Generation of Miracles. The other genius members of the team also acknowledge his skills, which is definitely saying something considering how arrogant all of them are.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A particularly explicit example, considering he manages to have light blue hair and yet go completely unnoticed, not only in everyday life, but during basketball games, when there are only nine other people besides him on the court. Word of God states that he inherited his odd hair color and weak presence from his mother. His father appropriately has black hair.
Position: Power ForwardAn 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fiery Redhead: He's a Hot-Blooded Lightning Bruiser with red hair.
- Hot-Blooded: Especially at the beginning, when he tends to throw himself at problems instead of listening to his more reasonable teammates.
- Idiot Hero: Very notable when his teammates discover his grades.
- In a Single Bound: His biggest talent.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's both the fastest and the physically strongest (or second strongest) of his team.
- Mr. Fanservice: There are a lot of scenes where he's shirtless or naked.
- Meaningful Name: His name's kanji are literally "Fire God Big Ego"
- Minor Living Alone: The reason he can cook so well.
- Multicolored Hair: The crown of his head is dark red but everything beneath it is off-black.
- Naïve 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-Headed Hero: 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 shirtless by the classic 'flashlight-from-below' trick by Kuroko.
Riko AidaA 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.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She knows a person's physical statistics just by looking at their bodies.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Bad Ass: He has never been subbed for another player throughout the whole manga. He also has the most number of shots via manga footage.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Voulme 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: Small ForwardA former member of the Teikou Middle School Basketball Team, another member of the Generation of Miracles. He was the last to join the GOM, and acknowledged to be the weakest among the main five (at least, prior to his Perfect Copy). That said, being the weakest member of the GOM doesn't mean he can't curb-stomp everyone else. He was the first of the GOM to be introduced.
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura
- The Ace: For Kaijou High.
- Adaptation Personality Change: In the official fanbook, the author himself says he believes Anime!Kise is a little "too soft" compared to his manga counterpart, who according to Fujimaki is more cold-hearted and only affable to those he acknowledges.
- Affectionate Nickname: Momoi calls him "Ki-chan".
- All Your Powers Combined: His Perfect Copy copies all the GOM's abilities, the abilities which he couldn't copy before, including Kuroko's.
- Antagonist Abilities: By copying Akashi's Emperor Eye, he can basically steal the ball from anyone at any time as long as he is in Perfect Copy mode.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: The true source of his copying abilities.
- Beat Them at Their Own Game: Kise has a tendency to do this by combining his Power Copying skill with his outstanding physical abilities.
- Benched Hero: Has to sit out much of the rematch against Seirin due to his Game-Breaking Injury.
- Bishōnen: Acknowledged In-Universe, where he even works as a model and flocks of fangirls follow him wherever he goes.
- Butt Monkey: His teammates seem to love mistreating him, at least partly due to envy for his popularity and Chick Magnet status. But most of the time, it's because he seems to be a bit eccentric.
- Color Failure: After being pulled into the top tier of Teikou's basketball club, Kise reacts in this manner upon seeing Kuroko, his mentor, completely miss an unguarded layup.
- Chick Magnet: He's acknowledged as extremely good looking In-Universe, and he's also casually good at everything he does.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dope Slap: Frequently a recipient of this, courtesy of Kasamatsu.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Kise has a more effeminate face in comparison to others, with his Bishounen good looks, thinner frame, piercing, and long eyelashes; it's possible the only reason he hasn't been mistaken for a girl is due to how tall he is.
- Dumb Blonde: Sometimes has shades of this. He's not really stupid, though, just extremely Keet.
- Eleventh Hour Super Power: Awakens The Zone in Chapter 5 of Extra Game close to the end of the third quarter, uses it in tandem with Perfect Copy, and closes the gap between Vorpal Swords and Jabberwock to almost single digits by himself. And Midorima notes that although it will vastly amplify the drain on his stamina, combining the Perfect Copy with the Zone unambiguously makes Kise the strongest player on the court (at a time where such super-talented people like Aomine [who's already in the Zone], Akashi, Murasakibara, Kagami, Nash Gold Jr., and Jason Silver are playing).
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Despite his Butt Monkey status, he's probably the Generation of Miracles member that goes along the best with his new teammates. His light-hearted personality helps.
- Evil Counterpart: He has one in Haizaki and notably replaced him as a Teikou first-string regular.
- Face Palm: When he first gets to know the Generation of Miracles, this is his general reaction.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Suffers one inflicted by Haizaki, which affects him in his next match against Seirin. Doesn't stop his Perfect Copy though.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- He's very close to the captain of his team, Kasamatsu.
- During his Teikou years, he and Aomine were exceptionally close and after Aomine's Character Development in the Winter Cup, they're building it back up.
- Thought he was this with Kuroko when they were in Teikou, only for Kuroko to firmly deny this.
- Hour of Power: His Perfect Copy is said to last only 5 minutes due to the strain it puts on his body. He manages to stretch it for an extra 2 minutes in the rematch against Seirin, probably because he spent most of the match on the bench because of his injury.
- Manly Tears: Due to his emotional nature, he often cries during dramatic moments. Like when Kaijo lost their Interhigh match against Tōō.
- Mr. Fanservice: He usually has an energetic and positive personality.
- The Nicknamer: He adds "cchi" to the end of the names of people he's acknowledged, whether they want him to or not.
- Power Copying :
- He has the ability to copy any basketball move he sees and make it his own.
- His ability works with skills outside of basketball, too, as the light novels showed us him copying a kid playing DDR. In fact, this is deconstructed as he quickly gets bored of whatever he does, because he learns things so quickly. Reconstructed when he joins the basketball team and finally finds someone whose ability he can't copy easily (Aomine).
- Terrible Artist: Word of God states that he's terrible at drawing.
- Only Sane Man: Kise is this upon befriending the ...eccentric group known as the Generation of Miracles. (He soon grows into their antics, of course.)
- Sixth Ranger: The last to join the Teikou basketball team's Generation of Miracles.
- Verbal Tic: Ends several of his sentences with "-ssu".
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: Shooting GuardFormerly the shooting guard (and vice-captain) of the Teikou Middle School Basketball Team, he's also a member of the Generation of Miracles. He was the second member of the GOM to appear.
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
- The Ace: For Shuutoku.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Adjusts his glasses by the bridge in many of his appearances.
- Affectionate Nickname: Takao calls him "Shin-chan."
- Always Accurate Attack: His shooting accuracy is 100%. His range is the entire court.
- Antagonist Abilities: He doesn't need to out-play his opponents most of the time. He can fire a three-pointer from anywhere on the court, meaning that even if you go basket-for-basket with him, as long as you're scoring from the inside, he can still out score you.
- Badass: Shoots full-court shots and is confident enough to turn around before it even reaches the net? Definitely a badass.
- Because Destiny Says So:
- Played With. On one hand, he diligently follows horoscopes and often talks about how a victory or a loss was predetermined. On the other hand, his philosophy is that destiny will help you only after you have done everything you possibly can.
- He also distances himself from Kuroko, saying that they naturally do not get along due to their conflicting bloodtypes.
- Born Lucky:
- Or it could just be due to his devotion to horoscopes. Outside of his claims that it helps his Improbable Aiming Skills a lot, he always wins at games of chance such as jan-ken-pon (rock-paper-scissors) and coin flips, and his lucky pencil die? He lent it to Kagami and Kagami proceeds to score 98% in a multiple choice test in a subject he was failing!
- In the novels he gets an unlucky day when he's rendered unable to follow his usual procedures to keep his luck high, so it could very well be the latter.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The whole horoscope bit. He checks his horoscope everyday, buys and carries his daily lucky item around him without fail and makes sure no one messes with it. But he's this trope because he's a phenomenally good shooter, and even does things like tape his fingers off the court to protect them, believing even the slightest injury can throw his shots off.Ootsubo: I guess it's fine since the coach asked me to forgive three of your whims everyday.
- Butt Monkey: While verbally smacking down Kagami, an okonomiyaki lands on his head. He is visibly mortified.
- Bystander Syndrome: Word of God states Midorima acted like this during the Teikou arc. While he didn't have as many Kick the Dog moments as his GOM teammates and his moral values never changed, he basically did nothing to stop the obvious Darkest Hour going on during those days. Fujimaki compares him to a kid who stands by and watches while others are being bullied, though he does note that no one was good during the Teikou arc.
- "Since I have my daily lucky item, I cannot possibly lose."
- "Man proposes, God disposes."
- Kise remarks that he has a funny accent, as he ends many of his sentences with the phrase "Nanodayo". A close English counterpart could be "As it should be perfectly obvious."
- Cloudcuckoolander: Despite being comically serious and snarky, Midorima is very... eccentric, to say the least. He religiously listens to his daily horoscope and carries around every lucky item of the day, no matter how ridiculous. Case in point: one of the daily lucky items is a frog hand-puppet. ...With his back turned to Kise, he wears the hand-puppet, and while the frog puppet 'dances', he continues his conversation in his normal, serious tone (despite talking about zodiac signs, of all things).
- The Comically Serious: He's always completely and utterly serious, especially when he's doing something that other people find ridiculous.
- Cryptic Conversation: Diverts conversation topics and rarely gives direct answers.Kise: Akashi? Who's that?Midorima: You'll know in due time.
- Curtains Match the Window:
- Determinator: After losing to Serin, Midorima's attitude adjustment includes a massive boost in determination to win. In their rematch, he manages to surpass his shooting limit, continuously throwing high-arcing threes throughout the entire game, and playing such a hard defense that he manages to block both Kiyoshi's attempt to dunk and win, and Kagami's attempt at a buzzer-beater. And that doesn't even count the Shuutoku vs. Rakuzan semi-final, wherein he hurls himself up from where he'd fallen to the ground, into the air, and completely above Akashi's jump to block his attempt at a layup. It doesn't work directly, but it forces him to pass, giving Otsubo time to block Nebuya's attempt at a dunk. His voice actor's recitation and his Say My Name moment shortly following really sell the moment in the anime.
- Midorima: "More! Don't give up! There is no shame in falling! The only shame... is in not getting up!"
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Takao. He won't admit it, though.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- His shots always go in. And they have a ridiculously high arc, which takes a lot of calculation.
- Brings this trope to an insane extreme with his ability to hit objects in motion—while in middle school, he shot a box of popsicle sticks at a purse-snatcher who was riding away on a scooter.
- Insufferable Genius: Has unbelievable long-distance shooting skills, in the eyes of his past and current teammates, marginally compensate for his rather grating personality.
- Lethal Chef: Word of God states that Midorima is terrible at cooking.
- Likes Older Women: The character bible mentions this.
- Long-Range Fighter: His speciality is long range three-point shooting.
- Manly Tears: After Shuutoku loses to Rakuzan.
- Oblivious to Love: Not a case in which he is the recipient, but he is completely unaware of Momoi's completely obvious crush on Kuroko until Kise informs him.Kise: What? You didn't know? It was obvious! She was all over him every day! You'd have to be a monkey to see them and not realize!
- Only Sane Man: In spite of his own quirks, he sometimes plays this role in the Generation of Miracles group.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Part of his Tsundere schtick. He shows up to watch his friends' games while donning a pair of sunglasses. Each time he is hilariously under the impression that his disguise works, so when people recognize him, he is genuinely surprised.
- Personality Blood Types: A firm believer in blood type personalities. Claims that he, a blood type B, does not get along with Kuroko, a blood type A.
- The Southpaw: He shoots with his left hand.
- Stoic Spectacles: Except for his quirks, he's the typical "smart and stoic guy with glasses".
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: He's very snarky, especially towards people he likes.
- Tsundere: Takao even says as much.Kise: You told everyone that you didn't want to see the game, but you came anyway?Midorima: Don't say that! I just happened to be in the area!Kise: ...Your house isn't anywhere near here.
- Unblockable Attack: You can't block his shots unless you have an insane jumping ability or a reaction that's fast enough to stop his shots even before they start.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has unrealistic green hair.
- Verbal Tic: He adds "-nanodayo" to the end of his sentences. Several characters point out that it's pretty strange.
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: Power ForwardThe former ace of the Teikou Middle School Basketball Team, he's a member of the Generation of Miracles. Acknowledged to be the best one-on-one basketball player among the six. He was close to Kuroko even before Kuroko became a member of the GOM, taking the time to train Kuroko despite Kuroko being only a third-string basketball player then. He was the third GOM member to be introduced.
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
- The Ace: He was considered the Ace of the Generation of Miracles, making him the Ace of Aces.
- Affectionate Nickname: Momoi calls him "Dai-chan".
- Not so affectionately: Ahomine.
- Ambiguously Brown: His skin is noticeably darker than other characters'.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Subverted. At the beginning he prefers to sleep on the rooftop than go to basketball practice and often shows up for matches at the halfway mark... if he bothers to show up at all. However, he was originally passionate about basketball and worked hard at it because he loved it. But as he got better and better, his opponents starting giving up more and more easily. Eventually, he gave up on being serious about basketball, because there was no one who could equal him at it.
- Broken Ace: He started liking basketball less and less as his talent growed to the point that nobody could oppose him. At the beginning of the story he just goes through the motion, hoping he'll find a Worthy Opponent that can make him enjoy the sport again.
- Catch Phrase: "The only one who can win against me ... is me!"
- The Comically Serious: He may seem like a dreaded guy, but even he has his share of awkward moments.
- Covert Pervert: Not an outright lech, but in the Character Bible, he lists his type of woman as 'big-breasted', and his hobby is 'looking at gravure idols'.
- His team also uses this against him to drag him into watching a preliminary game, by using a magazine as bait to catch him in a trap.
- Childhood Friends: With Momoi, the only person who can stand him in his Jerk Ass moments.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Most games he participates in become this in short order. During middle school, he actually yelled at his opponents to try harder and defeat him.
- The Dreaded: Going against his team is considered a death sentence, especially after Seirin's first defeat at his hands.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners:
- During his Teikou years, he was Kuroko's original "light" and they were very close even outside the court.
- He also became this with Kise. It was noted that during the Touo vs Kaijou match, Aomine didn't go all out against Kise because he seems to still have a soft spot for him and during Winter Cup, he punches and knocks out Haizaki in order to protect Kise.
- Hot Guys Are Bastards: He's pretty good looking and extremely good at what he does, but he's also an Insufferable Genius and A Jerk Jock.
- Insufferable Genius: Is lazy and rarely shows up for practice, irritating some of his teammates. His captain consistently excuses his lackadaisical behavior because he is The Ace, and whatever helps the team win is a good thing.Aomine: The only one who can defeat me is me.
- Jerk Jock: He often casually bullies his teammates and likes to humiliate his opponents, especially at the beginning.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He shows shades of this from the beginning, but firmly becomes this after his second game against Seirin.
- Lightning Bruiser: His speed and reflexes are his greatest weapons, but he's also strong enough that he can oppose Kagami.
- Lonely at the Top: Being so good at basketball that he can't enjoy playing it anymore caused his Start of Darkness.
- Meaningful Name: His surname literally means "Blue Peak". The "blue" part follows the Colourful Theme Naming of Teikou, when the "peak" part is his status as he's The Ace even back in Teikou.
- Platonic Life Partners: If you don't interpret their interactions as Belligerent Sexual Tension, then he and Momoi are probably this.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni:
- Rule of Cool:
- His style of basketball revolves around doing things that should not be possible, but are crazy cool.
- The anime depicts him as being capable of gymnastic flips on a normal day.
- Sitting on the Roof: Where he can usually be found by Momoi when he skips basketball training.
- Slasher Smile: He's rather fond of these, especially when he finally finds a Worthy Opponent.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Both his skin, his hair and his uniform are dark, and he's pretty handsome.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: He really likes to Troll his opponent, especially Kagami.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: During the flashback, he's shown as the friendliest and happiest member of the Generation of Miracles.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: When he first met Kuroko, his reaction mirrored Kagami's in regards to dogs. For Aonime, it seems to be ghosts.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Satsuki MomoiManager of the Touou High Basketball Club. The former manager of the Generation of Miracles, she is also a childhood friend of Aomine's. She has a crush on Kuroko.
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa
- Awesomeness by Analysis: As the manager, she's in charge of checking out rival teams, and she has the ability to accurately predict what each player would focus on in their training next, allowing her to warn her team what new skills from their opponents they should look out for.
- Bad Ass Decay: Starts off just as good, maybe even better than Riko at noticing the skills and hidden potential of players just by looking at them. But overtime, as she and Aomine watch games together, she seems to completely lose this, resulting in Aomine explaining everything to her (and the audience).
- The Chick: She's the only girl in the Generation of Miracles. Since the manga revolves around boys' basketball, she helps them from outside the court.
- Childhood Friends: With Aomine.
- Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: When she's around her crush Kuroko, she is coy and flirty◊, and rarely aggressive.
- Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and eyes.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: At Teikou and Touou.
- Male Gaze: During her Ms. Fanservice scenes, the camera takes care to focus on her assets.
- Marshmallow Hell: When she gives Kuroko a hug.Kuroko: I can't breathe, Momoi-san.Seirin Basketball Club: I don't know what's going on, but I'm unbelievably jealous! Kuroko, you lucky bastard, I hope you die!
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is a combination of the words 'pink' and 'management'.
- Ms. Fanservice: Especially in her first appearance, where she shows up from nowhere in a swimsuit.
- Femininity Failure: Like Riko, she makes honey-soaked lemons to give to her team during the break of the match against Seirin. However, 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 a male member on her team.
- Lethal Chef: Pointed out just up above, just like Riko...Momoi's not very good at making food either. There's a reason why Aomine and her go out to eat nowadays.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Part of her Tomboy and Girly Girl relationship with Riko.
- Love Bubbles: When Kuroko gives her a prize-winning ice-cream stick.
- Pink Means Feminine: It's even part of her Meaningful Name.
- Platonic Life Partners: If you don't interpret their interactions as Belligerent Sexual Tension, then she and Aomine are probably this.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: Some bonus points for her crush on the blue-haired Kuroko, and her childhood friendship relationship with Aomine.
- The Smart Guy: Played this role in the Generation of Miracles and keeps playing it at Touou, helping player devise strategies for every opponent.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly girl to Aida's Tomboy.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: Her first appearance, when she shows up from nowhere while Seirin is training at the pool.
- What Does She See in Him?: The other Seirin members are puzzled by what she sees in the dull and boring Kuroko.
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.
- 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.
- Eyes Always Shut: Together with Perpetual Smiler, they show his dangerous 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: CenterThe former center of the Teikou Middle School Basketball Team and a member of the Generation of Miracles. He listens to no one but Akashi and still does even though they are currently in different schools. He didn't play for Yousen in the National High School Basketball Tournament finals simply because Akashi told him not to. He was the fourth GOM member to appear.
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura
- The Ace: He and Himuro are considered Yousen's two aces.
- Berserk Button: The opposition not giving up basketball despite not being good at it, or just implying that basketball is fun.
- Big Eater: He's almost always seen with some sort of snack in hand.
- The Big Guy: He's the center of the Generation of Miracles.
- Brilliant, but Lazy:
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His dunk bent the basketball hoop in two. The match even had to be posponed to fix the damage!
- Cloudcuckoolander: He usually thinks more about the snacks he's eating than about what he's doing while eating them.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Which are really emphasized when he gets annoyed.
- Curtains Match the Window: Purple eyes and purple hair.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: He actually enters the Zone in the last few seconds of the Seirin vs. Yousen match. It was still too late though.
- Face Framed in Shadow: Happens often when he gets pissed, mainly because he enjoys looming over the people who have annoyed him.
- Foil: To Kuroko, the pint-sized Weak, but Skilled Determinator.
- Genius Ditz: With his personality and build, no one would expect that he's not only talented in basketball, but academically too. This CD drama and this Q&A session explain it in ways you would't expect from him, like correcting Midorima and claims his most mastered subject is physics. And scored 6th from top in his grade by barely reading Fukui's last year exam once.
- The Giant: He's noticeably taller than anyone else.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: He's firm believer of this, and actively tries to break the will of whoever thinks otherwise.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Normally looks rather dishevelled, so it's quite a difference when he ties his hair back into a short ponytail.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Prefers to lounge about in defense where he's pretty good, but he is a monster when he decides to go offensive - his scoring record is 100 points in a single match.
- Lightning Bruiser: With empashis on the "bruiser" part, as his height and strenght are his best weapons. He's still way faster than you would expect.
- Man Child: When he's not on court. Even lampshaded by Kuroko, who says that “when Murasakibara’s not playing basketball, he’s basically a kid with a screw loose”.
- Manly Tears: After losing to Seirin.
- The Nicknamer: Shortens characters' names and adds "-chin" to the end of them. (e.g. Kuro-chin, Aka-chin, etc.)
- Purple Is Powerful
- Sweet Tooth: People often bribe him with sweets when he doesn't want to do something.
- Victory Is Boring: Due to his height advantage and talent, and his Brilliant, but Lazy side, he normally thinks this way unless he's pushed over the edge and his actual will to win is invoked.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Invoked this trope in Replace novel, where he played a princess with a◊ Pimped-Out Dress for his class in school festival. Also, the sentence he said to show his acting (which he purposefully raised his pitch to say so), and a pose to imply he's playing a tyrannical princess , seems to be a Shout-Out to Marie Antoinette.Murasakibara: If there is no rice, then go eat pastries!!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His signature color is purple.
Position: Shooting GuardHimuro was Kagami’s first friend in America, and also his big brother figure, who basically taught him basketball. However, Himuro decided that he could no longer be Kagami’s big brother if he were to ever lose to him, therefore shaking their relationship. Himuro comes back to Japan as one of Yosen’s Aces.
Voiced by: Kissho Taniyama
- Animal Motifs: "Tatsu" means "Dragon".
- Awesome Mc Coolname: In Japanese, name means "Ice Chamber Dragon"
- 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.
- Beauty Mark: Has one under his right eye.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kagami, when they first met.
- Bishounen: Even more noticeable than other characters, partly because of his Peek-a-Bangs.
- 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: Point GuardFormerly the captain and point guard of the Teikou Middle School Basketball Team, he's the leader of the Generation of Miracles. He was the one who discovered Kuroko's ability of misdirection, and despite the fact that his team is filled with egocentric geniuses, they all listen to him. Evidenced by how the entire Generation of Miracles team turned up when he summoned them, and how Midorima lent him his scissors while he refused to lend it to Murasakibara. He was the final GOM member to be introduced.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
- The Ace: For Rakuzan High. Also, he states he has never lost at anything in his entire life.
- All or Nothing: How he normally thinks when it comes to being the best, especially with his Crazy People Play Chess example seen below. And regarding his split personality, his other personality manifested due to the desire to achieve pure excellence out of pressure throughout his life via his original personality. His near-loss with Murasakibara during their Teikou days was what caused him to snap and end up this way even more than ever. The Can't Catch Up example seen below also ties into this.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: His Emperor Eye lets him "see" what his opponents will do by instantly analyzing their small subconscious movements.
- Ax-Crazy: The first time he meets Kagami, he attacks him with scissors. He later states he knew Kagami would have been able to dodge, but he still left a cut on Kagami's face.
- Badass Arm-Fold: His default pose in official art, usually with his jacket over his shoulders. Also does it in-universe, like right before the match against Shutoku.
- Badass Boast:"I am absolute. I can see the entirety of the future. It is but a simple matter to change it."
- Broken Streak: Eventually happens to him during his game against Seirin, where Kuroko and Kagami break through his Emperor's Eye and cause him to mentally break before Rakuzan's time out.
- Can't Catch Up: Turns out the reason for his split personality taking over was due to him realizing that the other Generation of Miracles were developing their talents and blooming into notable prodigies. This caused Akashi to question himself about his right to still be with them, feeling as though he was getting left behind. All it took was one game with Murasakibara to make him ponder about the meaning of defeat for the first time, and give him that push in snapping.
- The Captain: He managed to become the captain of Teikou's club during his second year, and he's the captain at Rakuzan during his first year. And none of the older and more experienced players seem to mind.
- The Chessmaster: Naturally. Also, while we mainly see him playing shougi when he's not playing basketball, he's also mentioned to play chess.
- Combat Clairvoyance: This is his special talent.
- Curtains Match the Window:
- Crazy People Play Chess: The character book mentions that he also plays chess, though in-series we only see shougi. And he definitely is not the sanest person around, especially after he declares that he would gouge out both his eyes if Rakuzan lost to Shuutoku.
- Death Glare: Is so good at this that his own teammates immediately become submissive at the very sight of one of Akashi's glares.
- Establishing Character Moment: He tries to stab Kagami with a pair of scissors for interrupting him.
- Evil Redhead: Being a sport manga he can't be truly evil, but he's very arrogant and ruthless.
- Expecting Someone Taller: He is 173 cm which makes him the second shortest GOM member after Kuroko. When Furihata meets him, he is surprised that they're about the same height.
- The Faceless: He's always shown from the back or the neck down. Even when he's face-to-face with the main characters, he has a Face Framed in Shadow. His face is finally revealed at the end of chapter 113.
- First Name Basis: After the other side of his Split Personality took over permanently, he started calling his teammates at Teikou with their first names. They kept calling him by his last name, though. His true self as an inverse foil uses Last Name Basis.
- Hellish Pupils: His Emperor Eyes could easily be mistaken for the eyes of a demon.
- Hero Killer: Well, not actually kill them but dominating and completely crushing their morale.
- After he was insulted by Murasakibara during practice, he awakened his Emperor Eye and scored 5 straight baskets to win the game leading to Murasakibara to leave the gym in rage.
- In his last game in Teiko, he orchestrated a plan to humiliate and demoralize Ogiwara and his teammates. This also led to Ogiwara quitting basketball.
- He single-handedly dominated the entire Shutoku team, most notably Midorima. He made every player who marked him to fall down and let him score. Shutoku's defeat made Midorima and Takao shed some Manly Tears.
- During the Winter Cup finals, everytime Kagami marks him, he either gets left behind or falls down. After entering the Zone, he made Izuki and Hyuga kneel before him and also blocked Teppei's dunk. In the end, Seirin still managed to win because of Kagami and his Lancer Kuroko which helped him to unleash the true power of the Zone.
- I Am Not Left-Handed:
- Takao is suitably horrified to realize Akashi's been moving imperceptibly slower than he's actually capable of for the entire first half of the Rakuzan-Shuutoku match, simply to fool Takao's Hawk Eye.
- At the end of his match with Seirin, his original personality returns and he develops his second special talent.
- Important Haircut: In his first appearance, and by his own hand no less. At first, it serves to illustrate just how absolute Akashi is willing to be, although after Teikou arc it could also show just how different Akashi had become.
- Japanese Pronouns: Akashi's usage is especially worth noting: in the first years of Teikou, before "blooming" he used ore, as most other middle school boys do. After his blooming and the subsequent emergence of his Split Personality, he switches to boku.
- The Leader: A levelheaded mastermind. He somehow shows traces of the charismatic type, such as when he shoots in his own basket to shock his teammates out of their rut.
- Meaningful Name: Most characters have meaningful names because of theme naming but Akashi takes the cake. His name emphasizes his absolute rule and control of the situation and people surrounding him. His family name uses the kanji '司', denoting ruler, and his first name uses the kanji '征' meaning conquer. '十郎' means 10 men, which is the total number of basketball players on the court. His full name basically means 'Red Ruler, Conqueror of Ten Men'.
- No Sense of Humor: According to trivia.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When he first uses First Name Basis on Kuroko.
- Red-Headed Hero: While in Teikou.
- The Reveal: His face in chapter 113.
- Smart People Play Chess: With shougi onscreen, but he's mentioned to play chess too. Might also be Crazy People Play Shougi.
- Split Personality: Midorima suspected Akashi of having this. Akashi himself admits to Kuroko that he has this.
- Split Personality Takeover: Happened to him in the past during a game against Murasakibara where the possibility of losing was presented to him, causing him to snap. But it happens again in a long time during the last game when his original personality gets back at the wheel.
- Superpower Lottery: His Emperor Eye is generally regarded to be the most game-breaking ability of the GOM. And if that wasn't enough, Midorima deduces that Akashi's original personality also has its own awakened ability, making Akashi the only member of the GOM to have two abilities.
- The Social Darwinist: Shows shades of this, mostly because of his education as heir of a noble house.
- The Stoic: To some extent, less so during his Teikou years. In high school this trace is more noticeable: aside from a few grins (usually triggered by an opponent challenging him) and some looks of mild surprise, Akashi rarely changes expression in-court.
- Super Reflexes: Thanks to his Emperor Eye and his intellect, he could single-handedly predict and destroy Shuutoku's team plays.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: The side of him that isn't clearly crazy, anyway.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The personality that showed traces of itself before he awakened his Emperor Eye and fully took over him after that, is noticeably crazier than the personality it took over.
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.
- 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.
- 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: Ryōtarō Okiayu
- Badass: This is the guy Haizaki of all people fears enough that he prefers to deal with Akashi instead of with Nijimura directly.
- 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.
- 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"
- 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: With Kagami and Himuro, her students.
- Foreign Fanservice
- Game-Breaking Injury: Her eyesight deteriorated from an unspecified disease, enough to force her to early retirement.
- Phenotype Stereotype
- Retired Badass: She is a WNBA retiree, after all. Plus she knows some self-defense.
- 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.