Characters: Little Busters!
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, Little Busters! Ecstacy
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The Little Busters
- Ordinary Boy
- Riki Naoe
The protagonist of the visual novel and the fifth and last member of the original Little Busters. A sophomore in high school. His parents died when he was young, and it was Kyousuke and the others that pulled him out of his depression. He has a meek disposition and a frail body, and is generally considered the weakest of the group, but he's also the one with the most common sense.
Tropes associated with Riki:
- Amazon Chaser: Riki is initially attracted to Yuiko because he finds her awesome. Kengo, Masato and Kyousuke, on the other hand, are terrified.
- Attractive Bent-Gender
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: His tsukkomi are actually noted in-story. Being a more or less openly nice guy, though, he doesn't get as much chance to show it as Tomoya or even Yuichi.
- Character Development: As you complete more routes, you'll notice that after finishing two or three he'll grow more confident culminating in him taking over Kyousuke's position in Refrain in order to reform the Little Busters after they largely collapsed due to Rin 2 ending.
- Chick Magnet: Not quite as popular as Kyousuke or Kengo, but upon a second consideration it's agreed that he has his own charm. Six main heroines, three more in Ecstasy and then Suginami Mutsumi for a total of ten girls.
- Deadpan Snarker: Though less so than other Key protagonists.
- Determinator: Vows to fight against his narcoleptic condition in order to save Kyousuke and the others from the bus crash.
- Dragged into Drag: Tricked into wearing the school uniform for girls while sleeping over in the girls' dorm.
- First-Person Smartass: Unlike other Key leads Riki tends to keep his snark to himself. But when he doesn't he lands with then right in.
- Giver of Lame Names: He actually has no naming sense at all, so his names for losers in the battle rankings are literally two random words put together.
- The Heart: Until Refrain, where he tears apart the group dynamics when reforming the Little Busters.
- Heavy Sleeper: Suffers from narcolepsy.
- Hero-Worshipper: To the point where Kengo considers him "Kyousuke's Underling."
- Homoerotic Subtext: Lampshaded and not just by Mio. If you choose not to go with the girls to a slumber party, the game will more or less call you gay by saying Riki has a small crush on Kyousuke.
- If Riki loses against Kengo during battles, Kengo will sometimes gives him titles such as "Loves Kyousuke" or "In a three-way love triangle between Kyousuke and Masato".
- If It's You, It's Okay: Stated (perhaps as a joke, perhaps seriously) to be his feelings for Kyousuke:
Riki: Mutual love?! What should I do...? Kyousuke likes me too... We're both guys, but it's Kyousuke, so...
- Ill Boy: Not really a classical example, but narcolepsy is certainly crippling for a boy of this age, especially given the gameplay.
- Magikarp Power: His starting stats improve every time you reach a true ending. This is a plot point.
- Nice Guy: Despite his moments of sarcasm, he is willing to others in need whenever necessary.
- Oblivious to Love: Though to a believable extent. Apparently, he was completely unaware regarding Kud and for Mio she expressed the sentiment in a very roundabout manner. If Mio is currently rooming with Kud, though, Riki's obliviousness has to take it up a notch.
- Only Sane Man
- Ordinary High-School Student: Doesn't really stand out, unlike the rest of his childhood friends.
- Replacement Goldfish: To Komari, who begins to mistake Riki for her deceased older brother during her Heroic BSOD. In one Bad End, Riki accepts that it's just easier to be a replacement than to fix the problem.
- Surreal Horror: Instory example during Kurugaya route. Riki is gradually more and more horrified at the time loop and how things are slipping. First the days don't add up, he can't remember his lessons, then it's always raining and then it begins to snow. In June. And no one finds this strange. Eventually, the world begins to collapse and Riki still has no idea what's going on, only that there's nothing he can do.
- Talking To Yourself: In the visual novels, he shares his voice actress with Rin and Sasami.
- Thanks for the Mammary
Riki received the title "Boobs Demon!"
- Wistful Amnesia: Used as a railroading mechanic to make sure you don't simply keep replaying routes and move towards the end. After you complete routes, you lose the ability to make certain choices to move into the completed route. But Riki doesn't know why, except that (as in the case of Kurugaya) he feels that 'something sad' will happen if he goes there.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Amazingly, he pull this off in Saya's route when crossdressing. And a Grade A to boot.
- And when the girls crossdress him when they have the sleepover in Kud's room. Though we don't get a CG at that point with him, the official artwork always draw him with it.
- Prideful Kitten Who Doesn't Easily Take To Others
- Rin Natsume
The main heroine and the secondary protagonist of the visual novel. Kyousuke's younger sister. Despite having a fiery temper, she's very shy around strangers and is thus initially unable to make friends outside of the Little Busters. Very fond of cats, to the point where she's raising thirteen strays by herself.
Tropes associated with Rin:
- Animal Motifs: She's more catlike than the actual cats in the game! She even hisses!
- Bad Liar
- Berserk Button: If one of her cats is hurt... There'll be hell to pay. Taken Up to Eleven in the baseball practice when she learns the super fastball before she has enough control and pitches several Dead Balls straight at Riki.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: She is incapable of giving a proper tsukkomi. Instead, she merely hits people as hard as she can before you do her route. After that, she learns how to do it.
- The Chick
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Riki. She's the main heroine.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: Her cats in the battle rankings. She can have a ton of them attacking at any one time, but they inflict little damage and may be doing other things entirely since they're cats.
- Downer Ending: Rin 1 gets cut short, Rin 2 is a huge downer that breaks Rin and requires the first half of Refrain to fix. Refrain does not feature a Rin hookup if you declare you're going to fix the bus crash. Thus, Rin gets no true good end devoted to her, despite being the main heroine. However, a potential Rin hookup is hinted at in the 'fixed' world
- Dude Magnet
- Earn Your Fun: Due to the her Magikarp Power Sasami is too hard to beat on the first playthrough without cheats.
- Fiery Redhead: Actually more of a chestnut brown, but, close enough.
- Fridge Logic: Invoked. If it occurred to you that there's no way Rin can ever be self sufficient with her personality, well, you're not the only one: Refrain explicitly states that the point of the earlier routes was largely to prepare Rin for the real world since Kyousuke believes he and everyone but Riki and her are going to die and he won't be able to take care of her anymore. Given how she has behaved in previous routes, it is easy to see his point.
- Giver of Lame Names: She doesn't normally name the cats herself, but when she does, she proves that bad taste in names is apparently genetic.
- Grew a Spine: After the first playthrough of her route she is a lot more sociable, although still a little awkward. However, when Rin 2 comes around she actually breaks down because she is so bad with unfamiliar people and situations, making fixing her the first part of the final route.
- Hair Decorations: The bell in her hair.
- Heroic BSOD: The end of Rin 2 breaks her, forcing Riki to help heal her at the beginning of Refrain.
- Idiot Hair
- If It's You, It's Okay: Said almost word for word when Riki basically proposes to her in one ending of the Visual Novel.
- Indifferent Beauty: She's a Dude Magnet, but she's not interested.
- Japanese Sibling Terminology: Aniki. Refuses to use anything like onii-chan. But Anija is okay as well, apparently.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Keigo: She has basically no idea of how to speak it.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- The Lancer: Doubles as this by the end of the Refrain route.
- Magikarp Power: Same as Riki.
- Meaningful Name: Rin's name is supposed to mimic the "ring" sound a bell makes, just like the one she wears on her hair.
- Not Good with People: She has trouble talking to people, but she loves cats and they love her.
- Older Than She Looks
- One of the Boys: Went right along with the Little Busters' "adventures" as a child.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red oni to Saya's blue oni.
- Shrinking Violet: Well, except with the other Little Busters members. She's extremely shy around people she doesn't know. When anyone else tries to interact with her she tends to instantly hide behind Riki. Not only that, she can't use keigo, tends to be rather catty in personality and is too blunt. One wonders how she expects to get by in the world after school. Until the first playthrough of her route.
- Sprouting Ears: In the visual novel, one of her "angry" sprites has her sprout cat ears along with gaining Hellish Pupils.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: Only when she's around the other Little Busters members.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak
- Tsundere: Type A.
- Leader Who Turns Ordinary Days Into Missions
- Kyousuke Natsume
Rin's older brother and the leader of the Little Busters. Because he's the oldest and the most reliable out of the group, he is respected (for the most part) by the other members and looked up to, and as such, also acts as a mediator whenever a fight breaks out between two of the members. He's also the one who comes up with missions and things to do for the others, either to help them out or simply to kill time.
Tropes associated with Kyousuke:
- Lovable Straight Muscle Idiot
- Masato Inohara
The third member of the Little Busters and Riki's roommate. He's obsessed with working out and maintaining his muscles, but falls a bit short when it comes to flexing his mind. He's often found bickering with Kengo over something stupid, and even more often found receiving a high kick from Rin for saying
something stupid. Despite his tendency to often say things without thinking, he is considerate toward others and is very fond of Riki.
Tropes associated with Masato:
- Badass: Despite being named 2nd strongest next to Kengo, when the team fights the unknown life form and even Kengo loses to it, Masato is called in to fight in and he defeats it easily.note Face it, during his mental breakdown during Refrain, the fact that he's walking around with the school statue glued to his arm like it is a minor inconvenience is pretty sick, and then he even goes on to fight with it and using its weight to his advantage.
- Berserk Button: Not really Berserk, but he doesn't like having his idiocy pointed out, and he become visibly irritated around Haruka because she never puts any effort into anything other than causing problems in school.
- Big Eater: Is overjoyed to find that Kengo's katsu dinner, which Masato has been stealing from, appears to magically replenish.
- The Big Guy
- Bromantic Foil
- Butt Monkey
- Crippling Overspecialization: During a class inspection by the School Board, Masato provides the correct answer to the problem on the blackboard and then falls asleep when the inspection is over. Riki notes that he spent all night studying for that day in addition to his muscle training, and that if he just used half the time and energy he spends training he would do much better in school.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Recruited into the Little Busters after Kyousuke and Rin beat him in a fight. Recruited back into the Little Busters in the same way by Riki and Rin.
- Dumb Muscle: And how!
- Fearless Fool: His reaction when a skeleton pops out at him during a Haunted Mansion-style event? Punch it.
- Heroic BSOD: In Refrain, Kyousuke fiddles with the world to deliberately drive him mad by making every other person in the school look exactly like him, but only from his point of view. Masato loses it and starts beating up students randomly, forcing Riki and Rin to stop him. Of course, this was exactly what Kyousuke intended.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Shielded Riki with his body during the bus accident.
- Homoerotic Subtext: Often complains about being lonely whenever Riki starts spending less time with him to focus on a route heroine. When Riki and Rin start dating, Masato gets jealous... of Rin, because she'll be taking up even more of Riki's time now. Riki promptly stops thinking about the matter.
- Insult Backfire: Often confuses incredulity at his stupidity for compliments.
- Made of Iron: Thanks to his muscle training, probably.
- Mighty Glacier: Has the highest strength and stamina out of all the characters, but has average or below average values for everything else.
- Mr. Imagination: Often comes up with bizarre guesses as to what negative things the other person is thinking about him. Although sometimes he's spot-on.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In Refrain, the game's perspective will switch to Masato, and during the brief time we see his thoughts before Kyousuke makes him crazy, and we'll see that he is far more logical in his thinking than we thought possible. Kengo also states that he was only playing the fool because that was his job in the dream world.
- Running Gag: "Play with Masato."
- Those Two Guys: With Kengo.
- Wisdom from the Gutter: Riki even tells him that he says pretty insightful things from time to time.
- Worf Had the Flu: Played for laughs, ish, when Kurugaya and Masato have a battle. Kurugaya gets a sword, Masato gets a pop up pirate. Everyone around is strongly of the opinion that with a better weapon it would have been awesome battle.
- In his other two plot-fights with Rin, he also suffers this. In the first, she gets a 3-piece-staff while he gets an eel pie; in the second, she uses her cats while he's left with nail clippers.
- Masato's Strongest Rival
- Kengo Miyazawa
Voiced by: Yusei Oda, Yuu Kamonomiya (young) (Japanese), Leraldo Anzaldua (English)
The fourth member of the Little Busters, and the one with the most sense after Riki. He practices kendo, making him the only member of the group who actually participates in a club activity, and is the only member to refuse to play baseball as a team (at least on the first playthrough.) He has a cynical personality and often gets into a fight with Masato.
Tropes associated with Kengo:
- Chick Magnet: Or so we hear. The only one we see is Sasami. Kengo seems to be aware but indifferent.
- Custom Uniform: Absolutely hates wearing his school uniform, so he instead goes around in his kendo uniform.
- And after he joins the team, he makes his own Little Busters jumper and starts wearing it around.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Defeat Means Friendship: Rejoins the Little Busters after being defeated in a baseball match by Rin.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: We have no idea why, but Masato pisses him off really easily.
- Heir to the Dojo: His father runs a kendo dojo, and Kengo was always training before the Little Busters showed up.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Shielded Rin during the bus crash.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: Wants to keep the "Groundhog Day" Loop going forever, so Riki and Rin won't have to face the Awful Truth in the real world, and also so he can continue to play with everyone.
- The Lancer: Via contrast to Kyousuke, though if anyone is Kyousuke's second in command it's Riki.
- My Greatest Failure: Not being able to save Miyuki in the real world.
- Not So Above It All: After the first playthrough.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Early on, there's a scene where Masato sees him and Miyuki together and assumes she's his girlfriend. When Kengo mentions her name, everyone instantly understands that it's not the case and that he's trying to make her see that there's more to life than archery.
- Shipper on Deck: Refrain reveals that like Kyousuke, he also supports the idea of Riki/Rin.
- The Stoic: He's not very emotive but he´s not quite stone-faced either.
- Not So Stoic: In Refrain, as well as after the baseball game during Rin's second route.
- Stone Wall: Less base stamina than Masato, but makes up for it with kendo equipment that boosts his already high defense even higher.
- Those Two Guys: With Masato.
Additional Members of the Little Busters
- Peerlessly Cute Fairy Tale Girl
- Komari Kamikita
The first girl Riki recruits into Little Busters. Komari is very popular with people in general due to her friendliness and cuteness, but quick thinking isn't her forte and she is clumsy both in action and words (often embarrassing herself by talking too much). Loves sweets. It is revealed in Refrain that the reason she is the only one who does not disappear during the other girl's routes is because she has trouble letting go of her friendship with Rin.
Tropes associated with Komari:
- Butt Monkey: Not on the same level as Masato, but she still seems to attract a fair amount of trouble. It's all played for cuteness however.
- Charm Point: Komari fancies the star in her hair to be this.
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- The Ditz
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: During her Heroic BSOD.
- For Happiness: Komari really just wants to see everyone in the Little Busters! to be happy.
- Fragile Flower: When Komari gets happy, she gets happy relatively easily. However, when she gets sad, she gets sad really easily. This is actually the plot point in her story arch, as her older brother didn't want to see her sad. When he died, she was told by her older brother that it's just a dream, so she can continue living on happily. Thus, Komari seeing something that has died (such as a dead cat) will cause her to enter a Heroic BSOD, as a event of death is a sad event that is difficult for Komari to cope easily.
- Generation Xerox: Of her grandmother, who was also called Komari.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Goofy Print Underwear: A Running Gag, someone (usually Riki) will see her underwear, leading to That Didn't Happen.
- Hair Decorations: Komari's trademark star and super long ribbons.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Heroic BSOD: Right after seeing a dead kitten, she remembers everything about her dead brother. Later, you learn that this is triggered whenever she sees someone/thing die, or blood.
- Idiot Hair: Although a lot of characters sport this, hers is the most noticeable one.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Joke Character: If she wins a fight she's in, one of titles she can give the loser is even 'I actually lost to Komari-chan.'
- Loving a Shadow: During her Heroic BSOD, Komari begins to mistake Riki for her deceased older brother.
- Magikarp Power: Different from Riki and Rin, in that she starts with low stats and gains them 1.5x faster than most other characters. In an aversion to Gameplay and Story Segregation, there's a scene in one of the practice sessions that refers to it too.
- In most rare cases she tend to end up in the top of the battle ranking.
- Ms. Fanservice: She gets a lot of Panty Shots.
- Nice Girl: Cheerful, friendly, and optimistic. She just want to see everyone happy.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Wears a cream-colored sweater instead of the usual black blazer. Kanata once calls her out on this.
- Panty Shot
- The Pollyanna: Deconstructed. She always maintain her cheerful and optimistic personality mainly because her older brother doesn't want to see her sad. When her brother knows that he's going to die the next day, he told Komari and that once he's gone, it's just all a dream. This causes Komari to have a Trauma-Induced Amnesia and any indicators of death will cause her to enter a Heroic BSOD and temporary sees a close male friend (in this case, Riki Naoe) as her big brother. Note that it takes weeks to bring Komari back to normal and forget everything again.
- Recurring Dreams: Komari dreams of being with her older brother, an older brother she's never had. Later, we find out that her brother did exist, and she's forgotten about him as a form of Trauma-Induced Amnesia, making this an example of Dreaming The Truth.
- Sweet Tooth: Whenever Riki visits her on the roof, she offers various sweets. When they go out on a date, she enjoys a parfait.
- Tareme Eyes
- That Didn't Happen: Komari's preferred response to anything embarrassing. Subverted when Riki agrees to forget the whole thing, but comments on her Goofy Print Underwear in the next sentence.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Her brother, knowing he was dying, tried to comfort her by convincing her that she wouldn't let his death bother her. This leads to her forgetting he existed. When she remembers, she goes into a Heroic BSOD, tends to make someone she's close to into a Replacement Goldfish and then forgets about her brother again.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist
- Wistful Amnesia: As noted above, she can't quite remember her brother. But she feels like she should have an older brother. Occasionally in her normal behavior this can lead her to say some odd things or seem slightly depressed, but Riki and she herself don't seem to notice this.
- A Tad Mischievous Anego
- Yuiko Kurugaya
Kurugaya (who prefers people to refer to her by her last name) is in the same grade and age as Riki and most of the other characters, but she both acts and talks in a very mature fashion, pretty much cementing her image as an older sister to everyone. She is also extremely smart and agile, and have traumatized Masato, Kengo and Kyousuke by beating them in combat in the past. Likes cute things and teasing people (often sexually).
Tropes associated with Kurugaya:
- Easygoing Noisy Girl
- Haruka Saigusa
Haruka is the only main character (aside from Kyousuke) that's in a different class from most of the other Little Busters, but she pretty much hangs out all the time in Riki's class anyways. She active enjoys causing as much of a ruckus as she can in school (and in other situations too), and thus is the bitter opponent in the eyes of the school's disciplinary committee headed by Kanata Futaki. Left-handed.
- All Work vs. All Play: All Play to Kanata's All Work.
- Armour Piercing Question: In her route, when she destroys the supper and the brand new dishes and states that she's going home, her mother asks, "Where will you go home to?". Haruka's driving question this whole time has been "Where do I belong?", and with Kanata trying to bully her out of the school and her parents' home being full of awkward fake niceness, she has no real answer.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
- Attention Whore: Due to her always being treated like crap and being The Unfavorite, Haruka is always wanting attention, particularly from Riki.
- Bad Liar: As much as she likes to say she "always lies", when she's trying to pretend everything's fine is when you know she's making it up.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her casual outfit consists of this.
- Break the Cutie: Both in backstory by her family and in her own route by Futaki.
- Broken Bird
- Butt Monkey: Not so much as Masato, but, she tends to attract an unfair level of mockery from some of the other characters. She tends to invite it openly, however, with her hyperactive personality.
- Covert Pervert: At one point Riki slips on a magazine in her room and gets himself a handful. Haruka doesn't seem to mind that much.
- Cry Cute
- Desperately Craves Affection: To the point where near the end of her route she confides that she's not even really sure she truly loves Riki and that she hasn't just jumped at the first person to truly give her real affection.
- Genki Girl: Complete with Cat Smile.
- Girlish Pigtails: Both on the same side of her head, and one is much longer than the other.
- Hair Decorations: She has spherical hair bobbles on her ponytails and two clips on her fringe.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: In more ways than just anger. She gets easily happy, cries a lot and can anger at the drop of a hat.
- Idiot Hair: Quite fittingly.
- Improbable Weapon User: Marbles.
- No Indoor Voice
- One-Note Cook: Anything she cooks that doesn't involve eggs tastes terrible. It becomes a plot point later on her route since it's one of the only ways to tell her apart from her sister when the latter is pulling off the Twin Switch.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Kanata.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Reality Ensues: Turns out her behavior and personality aren't just because she's a genki girl troublemaker. No, her behavior actually contains several obvious markers of child abuse such as mood swings, behavioral issues, disrespect for authority and poor grades. She did not suffer sexual abuse, though, and doesn't carry any of the classic signs of it either.
- The Southpaw: As opposed to Kanata, who is right-handed. This is one of the hints to avoid the bad end.
- Stepford Smiler: Her happy-go-lucky personality conceals a bitter past and her perpetual victimhood.
- Surprisingly Good English: She tends to randomly place English into her lines, while a few are a tad engrishy, the majority of them are surprisingly well pronounced.
- Tareme Eyes
- Theme Naming: With her twin sister Kanata. Their names both mean "far away" or "distant". Their family branches' names are also similar, Futaki meaning two trees, and Saigusa meaning 3 branches
- Twin Switch: Not that Kanata told her.
- That kind of defeats the point. If you don't figure it out, you get a bad end. The story is nice enough to give you some obvious hints, though, so if you're paying attention you won't hit it.
- The Unfavorite: comes with being suspected of being a criminal's daughter. The family was so paranoid that Kanata couldn't escape suspicion either, despite her results.
- You Gotta Have Violet Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A
- Exotic Mascot
- Kudryavka Noumi
Kudryavka (whose name is generally shortened to "Kud") is one-quarter Japanese and three-quarter Russian
, and is born and raised in the fictional southern island state of Tebwa (formerly part of Soviet Union). She is studying abroad in Riki's school, but she is very knowledgeable in Japanese (both the language and its culture) due to the influence of her grandfather. However, Kud seems to have a much higher interest in learning English instead and tries to speak it whenever she can (usually failing horribly).
Tropes associated with Kudryavka:
- A-Cup Angst: She doesn't much like being the Token Mini-Moe. When Harukanote mentions to Kurugaya that she wishes she could be as busty as her, Kud has a comedic meltdown and jealousy of Haruka's already pretty decent figure.
- Adorkable: Seen as this inseries. However, it's explored a little in that it leads to people treating her sort of like a toy, though they don't appear to really have bad intentions. But it does bother her.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Gets treated a bit like a toy by a lot of students. They don't really seem to have much ill will for the most part and Kud only minds when it spills over to Riki.
- Animal Motif: Dogs.
- Animal Theme Naming / Family Theme Naming: Kudryavka and her mother's name, Chernushka were the name of the Soviet Space Dogs.
- The Atoner: The accident with the rocket already happened before the game, given that Kud owns some molten slag from it. The scene where she heads out to see her mother and gets captured and tortured obviously didn't happen in reality, but seems to be a way for Kud to punish herself for not being there.
- Babies Ever After: In spinoff Kud Wafter she and Riki have a daughter named Kaya, in the end.
- Bad Liar
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Boke. Though it's not really explicitly pointed out, when Riki realizes that the class is laughing at her when he tsukkomis her gratuitous English he stops doing it.
- Book Dumb: She isn't used to the Japanese examination system and isn't very good at multiple-choice tests while under pressures tends to consistently do pretty badly in tests.
- Breakout Character: The story can't really be rewritten to feature her more, but Kud was extremely popular for basically being a fuzzy little ball of cuteness and ended up getting a spinoff of sorts known as Kud Wafter not unlike that of the heroine Tomoyo in CLANNAD getting Tomoyo After.
- But Not Too Foreign: Three quarters Russian. In the end, this is actually the main point of her route. She's moved around her entire life and despite being very Japanese in her tastes and habits she is always seen as the funny foreigner girl.
- Counter Attack: Her special weapons (the dogs) only attack after Kud is hit. However, woe betide whoever actually gets hit by them, since Belka is decently powerful with lots of hits, and Strelka does a LOT of damage.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Deus ex Machina: Her true ending. Had some interesting symbolism, though.
- Funny Foreigner: One of the main themes of her route is deconstructing this: because her classmates only see her as a cute, exotic, amusing stereotype, they don't think to feel empathy for her and the poor girl ends up feeling like there's nowhere in the world she can call her home.
- Generation Xerox: Her mother's also looks younger than her real age.
- Gratuitous English: She loves trying to speak English, but is almost always horrible at it. Heck, Haruka is better at it than she is. The class likes to watch the Boke and Tsukkomi Routine that she and Riki have going on over it.
- Hair Decorations: Her little bat-shaped clip.
- Height Angst: Kud is a fair bit shorter than the rest of the cast, a full head shorter than the already short protagonist, and it's one of the things she often comments on in her occasional mumbled insecure rambles.
- Luminescent Blush: When Riki blurts out a suggestion of himself as a possible roommate. She starts stuttering, mumbling and alternating between blushing enthusiasm and just blushing.
- Meaningful Name: Her Russian's name Kudryavka Anatolyevna Strugatskaya. Kudryavka was the name of the first animal sent to the space, Anatolyevna was a Soviet partisan (and she was considered as one of the most revered heroines in the Soviet Union), while Strugatskaya was the name of Soviet-Russian science fiction authors.
- Multiethnic Name
- Nice Hat
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Playing straight in the original Japanese dub, but completely averted in the English dub where Tiffany Grant gave this character a really cute Russian accent.
- Older Than She Looks: Even moreso than Rin, Kud looks prepubescent. She is, however, about 16 years old. Needless to say, this is lampshaded repeatedly.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Mostly everyone refers to her as Kud.
- Overly Long Name: Her full Russian's name, Kudryavka Anatolyevna Strugatskaya.
- Pet the Dog: Seves as this to Sasami and Kanata in certain scenes both in and outside her route.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Rule of Symbolism: Her ending is quite obviously a Deus ex Machina , but the way it's done is used to tie up some of her earlier character points and how she's not going to let it break her. It is also a slight hint to the true nature of the story: Something impossible happened because it isn't the real world.
- Smarter Than You Look: Good grades in everything except English. And that's after her not being used to the Japanese test system as well. She actually skipped a grade, making her a year younger than the rest of the class.
- Sprouting Ears: In the visual novel, she sometimes sprouts a dog's ears and tail.
- Tareme Eyes
- Token Mini-Moe
- Verbal Tic: Wafuu! It's not added to the end of her sentences, though. Also overuses desu.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade B.
- Parasol Holding Calm-Natured Beauty
- Mio Nishizono
Mio is a calm, quiet girl who enjoys reading. She tends to not actively interact with others and thus has very little presence in general. She keeps a parasol around whenever outside due to her weak health and never takes part in any sports activities. Nevertheless, Riki was successful in recruiting her at least as the manager of the baseball team.
Tropes associated with Mio:
- Beware the Quiet Ones: On the surface she seems like a delicate, fragile Emotionless Girl. And indeed, her physical stats are quite low. But she's very intelligent and downright ruthless at times, such as when she takes advantage of every slight lapse in attention on Haruka's part during the newspaper fight and is able to hit her countless times, or when she performs an absolutely devastating take-down of Haruka's joke when they're only supposed to be performing a simple Boke and Tsukkomi Routine.
- Broken Bird
- Covert Pervert: Although only because nobody has any idea what she's talking about when she starts talking about how she views the male cast as yaoi pairings. Well, not quite nobody. Kurugaya gets it, but states that while Mio is a theorist, she herself is more of a practitioner.
- Apparently Riki has begun to understand what she's thinking, as a Drama CD taking place after the main story shows.
Kyousuke: I was just thinking… you’ve grown too, huh?
Riki: Uwah, don’t look there!
Komari: Uwaah, M-Mio-chan collapsed in the water with her nose bleeding!!
Riki (In his head): That just now was probably a bulls-eye for Nishizono-san…
- Cute Bookworm: She's almost always found sitting and quietly reading on her own at the back of the school before Riki comes across her.
- Deadpan Snarker: The absolute queen of snarkers in the game. She really has a venomous mouth sometimes, and she delivers most of her lines while using her normal or bored expression.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Claims that Riki doesn't love her, he pities her and uses this as an excuse to let Midori take her place.
- Emotionless Girl: The "emotionally repressed" type.
- The Gadfly: After awhile, it becomes clear that beneath her deadpan facade she's nearly as much a troll as Kurugaya.
- Hair Decorations: Her pink headband.
- Ill Girl: The excuse given for why she carries the parasol around everywhere and avoids physical activity. But to be specific, she's not actually sick, she simply has no shadow and without the parasol people will notice.
- Joke Character: All of her stats except Concentration are very low.
- Lethal Joke Character: Once you finish her route, she will gain several extremely powerful weapons from the next playthrough onwards, including a computer virus, a beam rifle and a lightsaber.
- Last Name Basis: Plot point starting a third or halfway through her route.
- Longing for Fictionland: She never had friends as a child because she was too busy playing make believe, wishing she lived in the world of stories. Eventually, she got lonely enough to invent an imaginary friend of sorts.
- Meaningful Name: Subverted. Ish. The name Mio is written as 'beautiful fish' and Midori as 'beautiful bird,' but this didn't actually reflect the sea and sky separation from Mio's poem. Rather, the poem reminded her of the connection. Basically a coincidence.
- Memento Macguffin: Her book. To her, it symbolizes the lost relationship between her and her possibly imaginary friend, Midori.
- Parasol of Pain: She can use her parasol as a weapon in the battle ranking mini-game. It's not strong, but Mio can potentially hit people a lot of times with it.
- She also uses her Parasol as a shield, both in the Baseball Practice and on the papersword fight scene.
- Parasol of Prettiness
- The Quiet One: She doesn't talk much.
- Rei Ayanami Expy: Short blue hair? Check. Initially comes off as an Emotionless Girl? Check. Eventually opens up and shows more emotions thanks to the main character? Check.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She's a very quiet, soft-spoken girl with blue hair and an emotionless personality.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Midori.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She comes off as very cold and distant, as when Riki initially finds her in a remote garden away from anyone else, reading books on her own. In their first meeting she's polite but quite dismissive - when he leaves, Riki notes that the meeting seems barely to have touched her at all and that as soon as he left she immediately returned to that distant world belonging only to her. However, as they become friends Mio begins to open up and shows a very sweet side to her.
- Tareme Eyes
- When She Smiles:
Mio: "I'm so glad."
Riki: "I am, too."
Riki: "Because I now know you can smile like that."
- Yaoi Fangirl: Tries to ship Riki/Kyousuke several times, though Riki/one of the Those Two Guys sometimes seem to satisfy her as well. Apparently, Kyousuke as the seme is too boring and predictable, so she switches around the pairings. Riki doesn't get it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Heroines in Ecstacy
- Self-Centered Cat Queen
- Sasami Sasasegawa
Captain of the softball club and self-styled rival of Rin. She's very popular with her club and generally has three fangirls following her everywhere, whom she sends in the ring first whenever a fight between her and Rin breaks out. She seems to harbor a crush on Kengo.
Tropes associated with Sasami:
- Accidental Misnaming: Rin treats her name as a tongue twister that Rin is horrible at, to Sasami's endless chagrin. Other people (and even herself) get it wrong occasionally, too.
- Animorphism: In her scenario, she turns into a cat and can only revert in Riki's room when no one other than her or Riki is (conscious) inside that room.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Instant Fanclub: Her trio of softball juniors.
- Hair Decorations: Her hair ribbons, which rather look like cat ears.
- Hopeless Suitor: For Kengo.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's rather arrogant and tends to pick fights with Rin, but she's actually simply both awkward and irritable, which compounds Rin's social cluelessness. She actually wants to be friends.
- Noblewoman's Laugh
- Ojou: Definitely has the speech patterns, hand gestures and mannerisms down.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Captain of the girl's softball team.
- Pet the Dog: In Rin's first route, Rin and Riki need to introduce an administrator to someone from the sports clubs, but can't use Kengo, so they have to go to Sasami. She has the perfect setup to point out the Little Busters have basically kicked out the softball team to practice, but instead gives a perfect summary of the state of the sports clubs. When asked why later, she says it's because Rin managed to get three strikes on her and basically respects that.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Repetitive Name: Guess what part of the name. No, really, guess.
- Tsundere: Non romantic, but the Sasami mini route paints her as being one for Rin. She can be very rude to Rin and appears quite jealous of her popularity, but deep down she respects her and actually kind of likes her. She would like to be friends, but is really bad at talking to her. While this interpretation is more or less clear by the normal content of the routes, the mini route confirms it with both Komari and Kurugaya's declarations.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Unknown Rival: To Rin.
- Worthy Opponent: Sees Rin as one. See Pet the Dog above.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S!
- Blunt, Unsociable And Tactless Prefect
- Kanata Futaki
Voiced by: Keiko Suzuki
The leader of the school's disciplinary committee, Kanata is extremely serious about her work and tends to be very cold with people in general, particularly with Haruka whom is a constant source of trouble for her. Kurugaya seems to be the only one who can intimidate her. She's good friends with "A-chan", the head of dormitory and sometimes help her out with paperwork. If Riki doesn't find Kud a roommate, the position defaults to her when she insists on staying with Kud.
Tropes associated with Kanata:
- All Work vs. All Play: All Work to Haruka's All Play.
- Broken Bird
- Cry Cute: In the anime, during her Villainous Breakdown, she tears up when she reveals a Dark and Troubled Past even worse than Haruka's.
- Hair Decorations: Her hair bobbles.
- Idiot Hair
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A real stickler for the rules and rather more aggressive about it than she needs to be, but there are several points where it's shown that she's really not that bad and okay with bending the rules occasionally, such as in Kud's route.
- Kick the Dog: In Haruka's route, she actively tries to break Haruka mentally until her Villainous Breakdown.
- Pet the Dog: Despite her insistence on protocol and following the rules, she is shown to have a soft spot for Kud. On several occasions when doing her job she simply chooses not to notice that people are doing things they are not supposed to.
- Polar Opposite Twins: With Haruka.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Scars Are Forever: She has scars all over her arms from being hit with a belt.
- Tsundere: Straightest example amongst all heroines, although you don't see it much outside her route. In Haruka's it really bites her in the ass because all Haruka ever sees is her cold, harsh attitude, leading to realistic consequences.
- Taking into account the occasional attraction she shows for Riki in Haruka's route and the fact that she has her own route in Ecstasy, it is not difficult to argue that the scenes where she hostilely interrupts him talking to girls like Kud or Komari are more tsundere attitude.
- Twin Switch: She does this a few times to Riki in Haruka's route without telling Haruka herself. If you don't catch on to the really obvious hints, you get a bad end.
- You Gotta Have Pinkish Purple Hair
- Invincible Airhead
- Saya Tokido
During day times she is simply an extremely popular girl in Riki's class, but at night Saya wanders the school seeking some sort of trouble hidden deep within the labyrinths below the school buildings and fights with shadowy figures whom she refers as "Darkness executives" who prevent her from seeking the treasure, as well as spies from other hostile factions.
Tropes associated with Saya:
- Badass Adorable
- But Now I Must Go: During the end of her route, she expresses this to Riki since she knows about the secret behind the world and that they will never truly be together for real.
- Dead All Along
- Death Is Cheap: In the Replay segment of her route, the dangers of the Labyrinth is actually fatal and capable of delivering Game Overs, but Saya can "replay" as much as she wants, all with knowledge of what happened in previous replays. In fact, a lot of Game Overs are mandatory for progression.
- The Ditz: Kind of unbecoming considering her job. She tends to go in a long-winded self-deprecating speech ending with an Evil Laugh afterwards.
- Friendless Background: In her past life, she used to travel a lot around different places with her father who is a doctor. Due to this, she wasn't able to make any close friends.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Guns Akimbo: When she's serious.
- Hair Decorations: Her three ribbons, two white, one black.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Rin's red oni.
- Spanner in the Works: To Kyousuke.
- The Stoic: Most of the time. Especially, when she's serious.
- Tsundere: Type A.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Kojiro Kamikita
Voiced by: Asahi Morishōji (Japanese), John Swasey
Kojiro is Komari's grandfather, who was married to a woman named Komari himself, though she is deceased. Kojiro remarks that Komari is remarkably similar to his late wife. He harbors some respect for Riki because of the way he stands up for himself.
- Midori Nishizono
Mio's younger sister.
- Evil Twin: Subverted. While she might appear as such at first due to her epic acts of trolling and taunting Riki, it's eventually revealed that she actually intended for him to bring Mio back all along - Alternate Character Interpretation suggests that it was all actually a Secret Test of Character of sorts.
- Hair Decorations: Her pink headband.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although at first you might hate her for the way she taunts Riki, she still cares deeply about Mio and actually wants Riki to bring her back.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Wears some kind of vest instead of the blazer.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: In a manner of speaking. It's a little complicated. She is actually Mio's imaginary friend of sorts invented when she was younger. Mio was eventually drugged into forgetting she'd ever had such a friend before being reminded by a line in a book of poetry.
- Satellite Character: Justified. There's no way she can have relationships with anyone apart from Mio, after all.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Mio.
- Tsurime Eyes: One of the main traits that separates her from Mio.
- Twin Switch: Sort of. In Mio's route, she disappears and Midori takes her place. Riki is the only one who is aware of this.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- Miyuki Koshiki
A beautiful girl who lost her sight in one eye, she now wears an eyepatch. Due to the loss of the eye, she can no longer practice archery and is both lost and depressed.
- Broken Bird
- Driven to Suicide: From the second route onward there's a small subplot involving her culminating in a suicide attempt. Kengo stops her and convinces her to live on. Except in the real world, where he failed.
- Eye Scream: Averted. She wears an eyepatch, but her sight was lost in an illness rather than an accident.
- Hair Decorations
- Interrupted Suicide: Kengo tackles her off the rooftop and breaks her fall when she makes a suicide attempt.
- Tragic Dream: She had to stop practicing archery after she lost her sight in one eye.
- Mutsumi Suginami
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
(anime) (Japanese), Cara Duncan (English)
A girl in Riki's class who has had a crush on him since her first year, she has been too shy to speak up about it. She apparently does not stand out much. She has two friends that appear to be punks or bullies.
- Chernushka I. Strugatskaya
Kud's mother. She is an astronaut.
Characters from Kud Wafter
- Yuuki Himuro
Voiced By: Kumiko Okukawa
Kud's previous roommate for a time in Kud's home country. She came to Japan to take part in cultural exchange program.
Voiced by: Riko Hirai (anime)
The girl's dorm manager and a third year, A-chan has a small non-voiced role in the original Little Busters
. She's one of Rin's few friends and appears to be an acquaintance of Kurugaya's.
- Shiina Arizuki
Voiced By: Nana Ayase
- Ui Arizuki
Voiced By: Asari
Shiina Arizuki's older sister.