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Characters: Love Live!
The character sheet for Love Live!. Help will be much appreciated.

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Honoka Kōsaka

Image Color: Red (Orange in pvs)
Age: 16
Birthday: August 3 (Leo)
Blood Type: O
Height: 157cm
Three Sizes: B78/W58/H82
Favorite Food: Strawberries
Least Favorite Food: Green peppers, azuki beans
Voiced by: Emi Nitta

De facto leader of μ's, and all-around average student. In the manga, she was a star member of the kendo club, but quit to become an idol after seeing an A-RISE concert, but she isn't in the kendo club to begin with in the anime. In the second season of the anime, she becomes the Student Council president, replacing the graduating Eli.

Honoka plays the tomboy angel Kuroiel in The Guided Fate Paradox and reprises the role for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum.

  • Book Dumb: She especially has trouble with math.
    • She also gets easily overwhelmed by paperwork for the student council in the second season.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: A compelling leader and actually pretty good at motivating and organizing people, but is often too laid-back to do so. Umi even mentions that she can do the student council work just fine if she stops procrastinating.
  • Childhood Friends: Kotori and Umi. Eli as well outside of the anime.
  • Comically Missing the Point: She tends to do this.
  • Compelling Voice: One of the reasons why she's considered the leader of the group. Almost parodied in the second season where she "stops" rain by yelling at it. She tries it again in episode 5, first at Umi's phone while it has a weather app running on it, then at the sky. It doesn't work either time.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: More so in the audio dramas than in the anime.
  • The Determinator: When she initially tries to form a school idol group, she doesn't have much luck in it, as evidenced by the nearly empty seats in the theater during their first show. Despite numerous setbacks however, she tries what she can to form the group and help save her school from shutting down.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Honoka dislikes azuki beans. Despite living in a Japanese-style sweet shop.
  • Expy: To Yui. They're both energetic and a little ditzy semi-protagonists. The brownish hair ties it closer.
  • Family Theme Naming: Shares the "穂" (ho) character with her sister, notable in that the sweet shop her family manages is called "Homura", phonetically mirroring this.
  • Genki Girl: She gets excited pretty easily, especially when talking about school idols.
  • Hair Decorations: A yellow ribbon.
  • Infectious Enthusiasm: This is the only reason why the group even ended up getting together to start with.
    • Backfires on her in episode 11 of the anime.
  • The Leader: Type III mixed with Type IV, although on paper Nico is.
  • Red-Headed Hero
  • Red Is Heroic
  • Running Gag: Tends to bring up a soap brand that sounds similar to "μ's".
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Sleepyhead: Lying down anywhere for more than a couple of seconds and she can fall asleep. She can even sleep at the edge of a cliff.
  • Student Council President: In season 2 of the anime.
  • Third-Person Person: She refers herself in third person from time to time.
  • Weight Woe: In the seventh episode of the second season. Naturally this is also when a lot of other girls are eating lots of things, which Umi won't let her touch due to having to go on a diet.

Eli Ayase

Image Color: Light Blue
Age: 17
Birthday: October 21 (Libra)
Blood Type: B
Height: 162cm
Three Sizes: B88/W60/H84
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Least Favorite Food: Dried plums and seaweed
Voiced by: Yoshino Nanjo

A third-year student and president of the Student Council.

Eli plays the delusional angel Lanael in The Guided Fate Paradox and reprises the role for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She is a quarter Russian.
  • Broken Bird: It's downplayed a bit, but she used to be on the path to becoming a professional ballerina when she was younger, but just kept failing audition after audition until she finally gave up. This is the source of a lot of her resentment for μ's in the beginning of the series (since their dancing looks amateur to her) and is hinted to be why she can be so distant at first.
  • Childhood Friends: Honoka, Kotori and Umi. This isn't the case in the anime.
  • Cool Big Sis: Like Nozomi, she often has good advice for the other girls, even if she seems antagonistic at the time about it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: In episode 8.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Honoka mentions that she's popular with girls because of her beauty and long legs.
  • Expy: She looks like a more mature Kokoro Akechi, with the same voice actress.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a ribbon in her ponytail.
  • Huge School Girl: The tallest of the group (and also pretty busty) and admittedly a bit socially awkward at first.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Blond with light blue eyes.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Early on, she constantly tries to stop Honoka's attempts to form a club, usually while utilizing school rules or loopholes, such as saying there was already an idol group at their school, or that they would need at least 5 members to form a group.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Official subs for the anime use Eli instead of the more literal reading "Eri". Some translations even use "Ellie".
  • Student Council President
  • True Blue Femininity: At least her image color.
  • Verbal Tic: хорошо!note 

Kotori Minami

Image Color: Green (Grey or turquoise in pvs)
Age: 16
Birthday: September 12 (Virgo)
Blood Type: O
Height: 159cm
Three Sizes: B80/W58/H80
Favorite Food: Cheesecake
Least Favorite Food: Garlic
Voiced by: Aya Uchida

Honoka's and Umi's best friend, and the daughter of the headmaster. She designs the group's costumes. In the second season of the anime, she joins the student council with Honoka and Umi.

Kotori plays recurring Nippon Ichi character Asagi in The Guided Fate Paradox.
  • Childhood Friends: Honoka and Umi. Eli as well outside of the anime.
  • Detached Sleeves: With her practice clothes in the second season.
  • Fan Nickname: (・8・) (shaped like a bird)
  • Friend to All Living Things: She really likes alpacas.
  • Hair Decorations: A green scrunchie on her ponytail.
  • Image Song: "Wonder Zone" is an in-universe example in the anime, where the others ask her to write a song about her feelings.
    • There's also "Wonderful Rush," the pv that she centered.
  • Meido: She wears one in a cafe she works in, and she is even famous for it.
  • Nice Girl: Sweet, quiet, and generally goes along with whatever her friends are doing. Umi even complains that she can be too nice, at least towards Honoka.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her mother.
  • Tempting Fate: She receives a letter that offers her the opportunity to study fashion overseas right after a conversation where she, Honoka and Umi agree that they want to be together forever.
  • Yes-Man: Kotori seems to almost always agree with Honoka's opinion when she says something other than what the rest of the group thinks.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: On her practice clothes.

Umi Sonoda

Image Color: Blue
Age: 16
Birthday: March 15 (Pisces)
Blood Type: A
Height: 159cm
Three Sizes: B76/W58/H80
Favorite Food: Honoka's family's manju
Least Favorite Food: Carbonated drinks
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori

Honoka's and Kotori's best friend. She's member of the Archery Club in the anime, and becomes the vice-president of the student council in the second season, replacing the graduating Nozomi. In the manga, she's the president of the Kendo Club instead, and is quite annoyed when Honoka suddenly resigns from the club to become an idol.

Umi plays the mascot Misery in The Guided Fate Paradox.
  • Adorkable: Umi, who tries to be the group's Straight Man but can't help but imagine and practice cutesy idol routines in private.
  • Archer Archetype: Umi is one of the calmest and most down-to-earth of the girls, and is in the archery club.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Umi slept through episode 10's pillow fight, until some of the girls accidentally hit her. When she gets up, all of the girls, even the more calm and collected Eli and Nozomi have an Oh Crap look in their face, and when Umi throws the pillows, they seem to hit rather hard. It takes Maki and Nozomi throwing at the same time to knock her back out.
  • Childhood Friends: Honoka and Kotori. Eli as well outside of the anime.
    • She claims to be super childhood friends with Honoka because their mothers were childhood friends too.
  • Death Glare: Gives a scathing one to Nico in the fourth episode of season two.
    • And again to Honoka in the seventh episode.
  • Expy: Character-wise, she is an expy of Mio. Both have Performance Anxiety, are the songwriters of the group, and believe their best friend is bossy and pushy. Visually, she shares similarities to Chihaya with her long blue hair, Brown Eyes, and slender build; their voice can also be considered similar.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Her father is a martial artist, and her mother is a practitioner of traditional Japanese dance. She is expected to inherit the combined dojo of both.
  • Not a Morning Person: Inverted, she hates being woken up after she's just gone to sleep.
  • Performance Anxiety: She has some early on, but gradually overcomes it.
  • The Reliable One: She's the one that tries to keep the girls focused on the task at hand, such as making sure they get enough practice time in. And making sure Honoka isn't goofing off too much.
  • Second Year Protagonist
  • Serious Business: She tends to treat things she's doing this way, such as making sure the girls know the song and dance routines, not goofing off too much at the beach during a training session, getting her sleep interrupted, or climbing a mountain.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was one before meeting Honoka. She's also insecure about showing off her body too much.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's somewhat of a budding one; she comes from a very traditional family, is modest, calm, rational, and has a stubbornness to her regarding the people she cares about. The only thing keeping her from playing this completely straight is how she does get worked up rather often.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Rin Hoshizora

Image Color: Light Green (Light green or yellow in pvs)
Age: 15
Birthday: November 1 (Scorpio)
Blood Type: A
Height: 155cm
Three Sizes: B75/W58/H80
Favorite Food: Ramen
Least Favorite Food: Fish
Voiced by: Riho Iida

Hanayo's best friend, she is the tomboy of the group. In the manga, she and Hanayo were friends with Honoka before even entering the school.

In season 2, the group briefly makes her substitute leader while Honoka, Umi and Kotori are away and Eli and Nozomi are too busy to do so themselves. At the end of the season, Hanayo states that Rin will continue to act as a de facto leader as Honoka once did.

Rin plays the protagonist's younger sister Minamo in The Guided Fate Paradox.
  • Action Girl: The most athletic of the group, originally wanted to try out for the track team, and showcased a rather impressive series of flips in the fifth episode.
    • A-RISE even cites her athletic ability as her greatest asset to the group.
  • A-Cup Angst: Subverted, In novel she outright state that she doesn't mind about her chest at all but she also say that she prefer to have better assets because it's could help her look more feminine.
    • However she is not thrilled when Nozomi uses this to her advantage to get her to slip through a narrow space between two cars that Nico had escaped through while they were chasing her in episode four of season two.
  • Animal Motifs: A cat. She even wears cat ears and a tail during one of the music videos they shoot in the anime.
  • Book Dumb: English is her weakest subject.
    Rin: Me and English just don't get along!
  • Cat Smile: She sports one from time to time.
  • Childhood Friends: She is one with Hanayo, as flashbacks show them being close as far back as elementary school.
  • Fiery Redhead: Although less fiery tempered and more energetic.
  • Genki Girl: Generally the most energetic of the group, and is quite evident in the closing credits when the girls are rehearsing.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Turns out that she has quite the complex about her Tomboy image, to the point where she legitimately cannot see herself as cute. Hanayo and the others help her get over this.
  • The Nicknamer: Tends to add the non-honorific "-chin" to people's names and calls Hanayo "Kayo," an Alternate Character Reading of her first name.
  • Third-Person Person
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: the tomboy to Hanayo's girly girl.
    • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: More tomboyish than the rest of the girls, and is noticeably worried about being too tomboyish to wear frilly skirts, but still loves the idea of being an idol.
  • Verbal Tic: Sometimes adds a -nya in the ends of her words.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: At the end of episode five of season two, Rin wears feminine clothes to practice, including this.

Maki Nishikino

Image Color: Purple (Red or maroon in pvs)
Age: 15
Birthday: April 19 (Aries)
Blood Type: B
Height: 161cm
Three Sizes: B78/W56/H83
Favorite Food: Tomatoes
Least Favorite Food: Tangerines
Voiced by: Pile

A first-year student aiming to be a physician like her parents, and the main composer for μ's. She becomes the vice-president of the Idol Research Club at the end of season 2.

Maki plays the major villain Frunetti in The Guided Fate Paradox.
  • The Ace: Smart and born to a wealthy family of doctors, beautiful, the group's main composer, and the most popular in-series and out. And if the 6th PV is to be taken seriously, possesses supernatural ability to boot.
  • Character Tics: Has a habit of curling her hair around her finger when bored or embarrassed.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Although Eli was one too, it takes Maki longer to warm up to the group, and she doesn't take part in too many of the non-idol activities. However, Nozomi tries to help bring her into the group more, and she ends up joining them in the pillow fight during episode 10.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Plays piano and acts as the group's composer in the anime.
  • Girlish Pigtails: With her practice outfit in season two. They're small, so it's a bit hard to tell.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She can have snappy comebacks at times, usually whenever it's directed at Nico.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: One of the few girls in the group who talked to no one before getting involved with Honoka and the others. In the second season, it's mentioned that, before becoming a school idol, it was rare for her to even speak with other people in her class.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a ballcap with her practice clothes and often gets one in costume.
  • Not so Above It All: Often the first to point out how the others' antics are silly or childish, but still believes in Santa and joins in with the others in using puppets to have a conversation.
  • The Ojou: Comes from a pretty wealthy family, but subverts this personality-wise. She's relatively polite, but often standoffish and blunt.
  • Refusal of the Call: While she hovered around Honoka's group early on, she always claimed she wasn't interested in joining. However, around the time Hanayo and Rin join, she feels compelled to as well, and ultimately relents. She also attempts this when Hanayo makes her vice-president of the idol research club, but then reluctantly agrees to it.
  • Ship Tease: With Niko.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Not directly shown, but she is clearly doted on to where she still believes in Santa Claus.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She is better defined as this, being the least likely member to get overly emotional.
  • Tsundere: She has shades of this, but see above.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Nico even refers to her as "You, with the slanted eyes!" during practice. Which probably got a snicker from Western audiences.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: With Nico. Though they often argue, they're seen together quite a bit as well. And sometimes when she speaks, she'll turn towards Nico, implying something about her, usually negative.

Nozomi Tōjō

Image Color: Violet
Age: 17
Birthday: June 19 (Gemini)
Blood Type: O
Height: 159cm
Three Sizes: B90/W60/H82
Favorite Food: Yakiniku
Least Favorite Food: Caramel
Voiced by: Aina Kusuda

Eli's best friend, a third year and the vice-president of the Student Council in the anime. She is none of those things outside of the anime.

Nozomi is type-cast as the impish angel Cheriel in The Guided Fate Paradox and reprises the role for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum.
  • The Chessmaster: She is a mild example. Episode 8 reveals that she had been prodding them along with fortune-telling, from as early as when they were asking for name suggestions, so they would reach nine members. She played a significant role in getting Nico, Maki and Eli to join, and getting Maki to want to join also indirectly helped prod Hanayo, which also resulted in Rin joining. After this, she joined as the ninth member. This means that she is directly or indirectly responsible for every member aside from the initial trio joining.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment/Thanks For The Mammaries: Her preferred way to punish or cheer people up.
    • Hilariously, Nico's lack of a bust enables her to escape this attack in episode 4 of season 2. She also purposely slips in between two closely parked vans which Nozomi is unable to follow because of her larger breasts.
  • Cool Big Sis: She often gives the other girls decent advice for their problems.
  • Fortune Teller: Through her tarot readings, she even predicts the line up of μ's.
  • Friendless Background: As episode eight of season two expands, she constantly moved around and thus never had any chances to make friends until she met Eli.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Less so compared to Nico, since they're low-tied and thus make her look more mature.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: She is from Tokyo, but picked up the accent when she lived in the Kansai region.
  • Miko: Seen as this several times prior to joining the group proper.
  • Not So Different: The reason why she approached Eli in the first place was this— because she reminded her of herself in how she pushed people away.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: As vice president of student council, she suggests ways for μ's to bypass obstacles set by Eli.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Outside of the anime.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tarot Motifs: Uses tarot cards to explain the motivations of her actions when assembling the Muses.
  • Team Mom: The more calm and collected of the third years and the first one to lend a hand to the underclassmen, even before actually being involved in μ's.
  • The Nicknamer: Not as much as Rin, but she does sometimes add "chi" to the end of people's names, most noticeably being Nico.
  • Trickster Mentor: Other than her... interesting methods of punishment, it's hinted that some of the signs that she uses to prompt the other girls on are made up so that they will take action.
  • Verbal Tic: Sometimes adds a -ya in the ends of her sentences.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: She seems to know quite a bit and often shares her knowledge with the other girls. Sometimes they wonder why she knows so much, or how much she travels.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: With her school uniform.

Hanayo Koizumi

Image Color: Orange (Green in pvs)
Age: 15
Birthday: January 17 (Capricorn)
Blood Type: B
Height: 156cm
Three Sizes: B82/W60/H83
Favorite Food: White Rice
Least Favorite Food: None
Voiced by: Yurika Kubo

A first-year student who secretly knows a lot regarding School Idols and idols in general. In the manga, she and Rin were friends with Honoka before even entering the school. She becomes the president of the Idol Research Club at the end of season 2, since Honoka's too busy being student council president.

Hanayo plays the shut-in angel Neliel in The Guided Fate Paradox and reprises the role for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum.
  • Ascended Fangirl: She went from being a fan of Honoka's school idol group to becoming one of the members of it.
  • Big Eater: She has to eat an extra set of rice balls after school, or she would not have enough stamina for practice.
    • Not just rice, She love eating in general. The fact that she's afraid of getting fat is the only reason that stop her from going rampant with eating.
  • Catchphrase: "ダレカタスケテ!" (Please help me anyone!). This is immediately followed by チョットマッテテ.
  • Childhood Friends: She's attended the same schools as Rin since elementary school.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Takes care of the school's alpacas.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Note that she just never wears glasses outside of the anime.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Kayo", an Alternate Character Reading of her name. In the anime, only Rin calls her this, in the smart phone game, all of the other μ's members use it as well.
  • Megane: Prior to when she joins μ's.
    • She still wears them when she's at home, though.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: The only character who wears tights under her uniform.
  • Serious Business: Anytime she runs into idol-related materials.
    • Otaku: Of idols.
      • In her diary novel, it's revealed that her mother used to be an idol. Which influenced her to become one as well.
  • Passing the Torch: She's made the president of the idol research club at the end of season 2. While she naturally objects to it, Nico tells her she can't have Honoka do it as she's the student council president. On top of that, Hanayo is also the most knowledgeable person regarding idols, so she's naturally the best choice. Hanayo accepts, but then makes Maki the vice-president of the club, who also initially objects to it.
  • Shrinking Violet: She gradually overcomes this.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Rin's tomboy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She really seems to love rice.
  • Weight Woe: Her constant need to go on diet is a natural consequence of being a Big Eater.

Nico Yazawa

Image Color: Pink
Age: 17
Birthday: July 22 (Cancer)
Blood Type: A
Height: 154cm
Three Sizes: B74/W57/H79
Favorite Food: Sweets
Least Favorite Food: Spicy food
Voiced by: Sora Tokui

The de jure leader of μ's, as she is the chairman of the Idol Research Club. A third year student.

Nico plays female lead Lilliel in The Guided Fate Paradox and reprises the role for The Awakened Fate Ultimatum.
  • A-Cup Angst: At least when the more developed Eli and Nozomi are around.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She usually makes no effort to be anything but ornery or even Jerkassish, but plays up her character as an idol as incredibly Moe Moe and incredibly sweet.(It should be noted that Niko is not a bad person by any means.)
  • Book Dumb: Like Honoka, she doesn't like doing her schoolwork either, and doesn't seem to have very good test scores.
  • Broken Bird: She started out as one, when she was unable to form a school idol group, and became disenchanted with it as a result until Honoka shows up.
  • Butt Monkey: She's often ignored when she tries suggesting things for the group. And when A-RISE is complimenting μ's in episode 3 of season 2, they specifically mention traits that make the particular girl unique to the group. But then when they get to Nico, they simply thank her for the flowers she sent before.
  • Catchphrase: Purposefully invokes this with her idol persona with the phrase "Nico-Nico-ni!". She even makes the rest of the club practice it.
    • And she taught it to her younger siblings.
  • Cool Big Sis: To her younger siblings.
  • Custom Uniform: Wears a pink cardigan with her school uniform as opposed to the cream-colored one that everyone else wears.
  • The Determinator: Technically the character who has been working seriously towards being an idol the longest and is the most stubborn about it. Even when μ's temporarily disbands, she tries to keep going by forming a separate unit with Rin and Hanayo.
    • And in the second season when faced with the possibility that her last chance at participating in the Love Live might not happen because Honoka would rather have the group stay out of the competition, she challenges her.
    • Episode four of season two highlights this with flashbacks to when she started up the Idol Research Club as a first year with no one really showing much interest, her group leaving her, and her audience dwindling as she still tried to do it alone. Despite all of these setbacks, she still desperately wants to be an idol.
  • Disappeared Dad: Nico did mention about him in the novel but with "Even though he isn't here anymore" line, it's currently unknown if her dad just work far away or already decreased before the main story took place.
  • Freudian Excuse: In season 1 she was very antagonistic towards Honoka attempting to start an idol group until they invited her into the group. Nozomi explains to the other girls about how Nico tried to start a school idol group, but failed to garner much interest like Honoka's first attempt. Her two clubmates also resigned shortly afterwards, and attempting to solo it also failed miserably, causing her to grow bitter over the experience. Hence why she was attempting to sabotage Honoka's attempts at first. This is given more attention in episode 4 of season 2.
    • When giving the position of club president of the Idol Research Club to Hanayo in the last episode of season 2, while Hanayo objects, Nico says she'll do a much better job because she's very knowledgeable about idols. She then also mentions having friends who will help her, hinting at when she ran the club earlier and had no one to help her prior to running into Honoka and the others. She also has a sad look on her face as she mentions this, but tries to hide it by looking away from Hanayo.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Due to her usually awkward suggestions, she often gets ignored. A-RISE even does a Stealth Insult on her by claiming she's the imp in the group. Fortunately Nico misunderstands it and takes that as a compliment, probably not realizing they meant this trope.
  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She tries to tell Honoka to disband her idol group early on. Nozomi tells them that Nico originally tried to form an idol in her first year, but her standards were set too high for the other members, and they gradually quit one by one. Honoka gets around this by including her in the group, and getting her advice, however unusual it may be. She noticed that while Nico was criticizing them, it also meant she was paying close attention, and probably wanted them to succeed secretly. It seems to work, as once they start genuinely asking for Nico's advice, she mellows out and starts taking part in their group.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Sort of.
  • The Leader: On paper, as the chairman of the Idol Research Club.
  • The Napoleon: Both the shortest and the most irritable of the group. She even states that she has somewhat of a complex about her height.
  • Older than They Look: Due to her pigtails, childish antics, and less developed body (even in comparison to the first-years), it's easy to forget that Nico's actually a third-year.
    • In her diary novel, It's look like she somewhat stop growing since first-year, much to her dismay.
  • Otaku: She has a huge collection of idol-related material.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Of the less evil and more Jerkass variety.
  • Ship Tease: With Maki.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Official subs for the anime use Nico instead of the more literal reading "Niko".
  • The Starscream: Constantly plots (unsuccessfully) to become the center of the group, although it's played more for laughs.
  • Supreme Chef: She tries to lie about it in episode 10, claiming she has a personal chef. But later that night, she ends up cooking curry for the group, and while it was good, several of the other girls ask about what she said earlier about not cooking. Nico tries to play it off by saying idols should at least know how to cook, but no one buys it.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: In-Universe, her "Nico Nico Nii" Catch Phrase is considered this. Maki even outright calls it disgusting.
  • The Team Wannabe: While she was overly critical of Honoka's group early on, the latter noticed she was always watching them as well. Once they include her in the group, Nico starts being much more friendly.
  • Third-Person Person: Calls herself Nico whenever she tries to act cute.
  • Troll: Prior to joining the group, she would post hateful comments on μ's' website and videos, among other things.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: With Maki. The two are often seen together, and when Nico makes snarky comments, it sometimes seems directed at Maki.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: What the other girls essentially ask in episode 4 of season 2 when they find out Nico was telling her siblings she was the main idol, while the other girls were merely backup dancers. This also included pasting her head on the posters and pictures taken throughout the series. After they learn more about Nico's past failures however, they decide to help her out without having to tell her siblings the real truth.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Both on her school uniform and practice clothes.

    Supporting Characters 

Hideko, Mika and Fumika

Left to right: Fumika, Mika, Hideko
Voiced by: Marie Miyake (Hideko), Sayuri Hara (Mika), Nozomi Yamamoto (Fumika)

Three of Honoka's classmates who appear throughout the anime to help μ's in any way they can.
  • Big Damn Heroes: They call out the entire student body to shovel a path in the snow for Honoka, Umi and Kotori to get to the final Love Live preliminaries on time.
  • Crazy-Prepared: They were carrying the costumes for "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de" in case μ's needed to do an encore at Love Live.
  • Those Three Girls: They're in the background, helping out with everything from the camera work in μ's' first performance to student council work to more pressing concerns, and also look after Honoka when she's feeling depressed. However, they always appear together and their names are barely even mentioned.

Chairman Minami

Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka

The headmaster of the Otonokizaka Academy.

Yukiho Kōsaka

Voiced by: Nao Touyama

Honoka's younger sister.

Arisa Ayase

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

Eli's younger sister.

Cocoro, Cocoa and Cotaro Yazawa

Voiced by: Sora Tokui

Nico's siblings. Cocoro and Cocoa are original debut in Nico's School Idol Diary novel as a pair of twins. In the anime adaption however Nico has three siblings including her youngest brother, Cotaro.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Cocoa originally had dark hair just like their siblings in the novel, but it was lightened a bit in the anime.
  • Alliterative Family: They all share the "Ko/Co" at the beginning of their names. Nico is the only one to break this theme, but instead has it at the end of her name.
  • Big Sister Worship: All three firmly believe that Nico is a "super idol"
  • Children Are Innocent: Nico essentially lied to her siblings about being a "super idol", as the other girls find out in episode 4 of season 2. However, after Hanayo explains they're Not So Different due to her also dreaming of becoming an idol, the girls realize Nico was just trying to hide her bitterness and frustrations from her siblings. So they come up with a plan to help her gracefully step down without having to reveal the actual truth to them so as to avoid causing strife and disillusionment in her household.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Cocoa has low twintails in the novel, but in the anime, both Cocoro and Cocoa have one side ponytail on opposite sides of their heads.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: In the novel, Cocoa has twintails just like Nico while Cocoro has one ponytail.
    • Call Back: In the novel, Cocoa's twintails is more similar to Nico's twintails in her earlier design.
  • Idiot Hair: Cotaro has one.
  • Retcon: Cocoro and Cocoa are originally twins and only about 5 years old in the novel.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: They all look a lot like Nico. Hanayo even mistakes Cocoro (a grade schooler) for her older sister at first.
  • Spell My Name with an S: Or, rather, a C. Cocoro, not Kokoro. Cotaro, not Kotaro. Cocoa, not Kokoa. This is according to official subs.
    • However if we go by Theme Naming, Kokoro mean 'heart', while Kokoa mean 'love heart' which also fit with Nico's character theme. While Kotaro literally just means "first son."
  • Talking To Herself: All three share the same voice actress, who also voices Nico.
  • Token Mini-Moe
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Cocoa and Cocoro respectively in anime.
  • Verbal Tic: In the novel, the twins will sometimes end their sentence with "Nico!". Their sister has taught them well.

    A-RISE 

Tropes Shared by All Members


  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: While the individual girls don't seem to have their own colors, the main color of the entire group seems to be yellow, with their main costumes and their ratings bar in the Love Live being yellow.
  • Early-Bird Cameo/Ascended Extra: They only had a handful of lines in the first season and were more of an untouchable rival to μ's, but in the second season, openly challenge them.
  • Friendly Enemy: They provide some pointers for μ's and even allow them to perform on the same stage for round 1 of the Love Live preliminaries because Honoka's group didn't have any other place to perform.
  • Hero of Another Story: They were just as dedicated to their school idol group as Honoka and the other girls were to μ's. No doubt the trio have their own interesting lives which they could be the main characters in were they not direct rivals to the latter's group in the Love Live contest.
  • Genre Savvy/Dangerously Genre Savvy: They are able to pick out each of μ's' talents and figure out why they are a group to watch out for and why they should consider them rivals.
  • The Rival: To μ's, even specifically stating that they are the group that they have been keeping an eye on the most.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: In both of their concert outfits.

Tsubasa Kira

Voiced by: Megu Sakuragawa

The leader and center of A-RISE.
  • Enemy Mine: Seems to have this attitude towards μ's and Honoka (in a friendly way). Especially after μ's beats A-RISE in the preliminaries.
  • Foil: Seems to be shaping up to be one to Honoka, as a fellow leader and direct rival, but much calmer and knowledgable about being an idol.
  • Genki Girl: Played with in contrast with Honoka. She's somewhat excitable (grabbing Honoka and dragging her off without an explanation when they first meet, being very enthusiastic about being an idol), but is more rational about it and seems to keep her excitement under control.
  • Graceful Loser: Fully admits her loss in the preliminaries, even mentioning that she knew A-RISE had lost during μ's' performance.
  • The Leader
  • Nice Hat: In both of her concert outfits.
  • The Smart Girl: Seems to be pretty calculating, if not the most Genre Savvy of her group, as well as incredibly charismatic.
  • Tsurime Eyes

Erena Toudou

Voiced by: Maho Matsunaga

The tallest and more mature-looking member of the group.

Anju Yuuki

Voiced by: Ayuru Ohashi

The third member of the group.
  • Hime Cut: Albeit sort of wavy.
  • The Ojou: Is described as being "princess-like" and is more soft-spoken than her other two group members.
  • Tareme Eyes: The only member of the group with them.

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