The character sheet for ''Franchise/LoveLive''.

For characters in the sequel, ''[[Anime/LoveLiveSunshine Sunshine!!]]'', visit their character page [[Characters/LoveLiveSunshine here]].

For characters exclusive to the mobile game, ''[[VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival School idol festival]]'', including Perfect Dream Project, visit their character page [[Characters/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival here]].

%%Who each member of μ's plays in The Guided Fate Paradox and The Awakened Fate Ultimatum was noted because they're credited in-character.dec

'''Beware of spoilers'''

'''NOTE''': Additional supporting characters pretty much in progress!!!

!μ's ("Muse")
[[folder: In General]]
[[caption-width-right:350:"Making dreams come true with everyone!"]]

The protagonist idol group hailing from Otonokizaka Academy. Initially starting with three members, they grow in number throughout the first season, finally hitting its final roster of nine members. μ's original purpose was [[SavingTheOrphanage to attract prospective students to enroll at Otonokizaka to prevent it from closing down]] by taking advantage of the recent trend and popularity of school idols. Pretty soon, they become one of the most popular school idol groups in the series.

!!!Music Start!!
* BreakingTheFellowship: [[spoiler:In the latter episodes of the second season, they decide to disband after the third years graduate. They officially announce this in the movie, with their performance for the third Love Live! event at the Akiba Dome being implied as their final performance.]]
* CastHerd: μ's members form their own groups of three whenever they are not together. Specifically, there's the first years (Hanayo, Rin, Maki), the second years, (Honoka, Umi, Kotori), and the third years (Eli, Nozomi, Nico). Aside from this, they also are divided into "sub units" of three members during performances: Printemps (Honoka, Kotori, Hanayo), [=BiBi=] (Eli, Maki, Nico), and Lily White (Umi, Nozomi, Rin).
** ''School Idol Festival'' complicates things further, by having each of the girls assigned an "attribute": Smile (Rin, Honoka, Nico), Pure (Hanayo, Kotori, Nozomi), or Cool (Maki, Umi, Eli).
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Generally, there are aspects to them that remain the same no matter what continuity, such as Honoka starting the group or Maki being born to a family of doctors, but it took a few years for their characters to really solidify; for example, Nozomi was more of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and Nico's cuteness was more genuine. Since old content is often a separate continuity from newer content, it's common for people to just mix it up to some degree, with the anime interpretations being the most widely accepted.
* CharacterMagneticTeam: μ's typically starts with the three-member group of Honoka, Kotori and Umi, then grow from there until they hit 9. [[spoiler:Then in the movie, they manage to recruit damn near every school idol group in Japan ''and then some'' for their performance of Sunny Day Song.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: You can see their image colors in each character's individual sections below. Subverted somewhat in that many of them are VERY inconsistent with their colors.
* FamedInStory: The anime is about μ's rise to fame. By the second season, their popularity has equalled [[spoiler: and at one point surpassed]] their rival, and alreadly established school idol group, A-RISE. Also, as noted in the LegendaryInTheSequel trope below, they have become a legendary idol group.
* ImageSong: While the subject of nearly every song is vaguely-defined, each of them have at least one solo song that fits their character particularly.
* LegendaryInTheSequel: They achieve this status in ''Sunshine!!'', with people such as Chika and Dia holding great admiration for them.
* NamesTheSame: An in-universe example in that they share the same name with a [[ soap brand]] (in the dub, Honoka just mistakes their name for hair mousse). It comes up several times throughout the series, whenever μ's achieves something big, they ask whether its their group being referred to or the soap brand.
-->'''Honoka''': A catchphrase huh? Oh! "Not a soap brand!"
* SavingTheOrphanage: μ's original goal was to prevent their school from closing due to lack of enrolling students.
* SchoolIdol: The trope means 'someone idolized in school'. At the beginning, it's just Eli and/or Umi who barely qualify, but by the end of the anime series, [[spoiler:μ's turns into ''the'' number one idol group, qualifying everyone by a landslide.]]

[[folder: Honoka Kōsaka]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Orange (Red or pink in [=PVs=])
-->'''Age:''' 16
-->'''Birthday:''' August 3 (Leo)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' O
-->'''Height:''' 157cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B78/W58/H82
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Strawberries and lunch bread
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Green peppers, azuki beans
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her energetic smile
-->'''Symbol:''' ほ[[labelnote:*]]Hiragana for "ho", as in "Honoka"[[/labelnote]]
-->'''Units:''' Printemps
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EmiNitta (Japanese), Creator/MarieveHerington (English)

Leader and founder 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.

Honoka plays the tomboy angel Kuroiel in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox'' and reprises the role for ''VideoGame/TheAwakenedFateUltimatum''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★
-->Reflexes: ★★★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★★★★
-->Conformity: ★★★
-->Special Trait: Clumsiness (★★★★★)
* BigEater: She can keep up with Hanayo, to say the least. She's also been shown to ask for tea in her sleep and convinces Hanayo to ditch their workout routine to eat rice when the two were supposed to be dieting.
* BookDumb:
** She and math cannot understand each other.
** [[spoiler: She also gets easily overwhelmed by paperwork for the student council in the second season.]]
* BoundAndGagged: Happens to her in the movie at the hands of Hideko, Mika and Fumiko, who try to persuade her to [[spoiler:not disband]] μ's and [[spoiler:hold another concert]].
* BrilliantButLazy: 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 [[spoiler:she can do the student council work just fine if she stops procrastinating.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Kotori and Umi. Eli as well in the manga.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: She tends to do this. Hell, this is her EstablishingCharacterMoment in the first episode, when she thinks the school closure is effective ''immediately'', and she'll have to re-take her entrance exams to transfer to a new school.
* CompellingVoice: One of the reasons why she's considered the leader of the group. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* CuteClumsyGirl: More so in the audio dramas than in the anime.
* DareToBeBadass: In the manga, Honoka delivers one to Umi in response to the latter's desire to give up on participating in the Love Live.
--->'''Honoka:''' I know that our goal wasn't to win the Love Live, but if we want to do everything in our power to save the school, didn't we agree that the best way to do that would be to win the Love Live!?
--->'''Umi:''' But in our region, Japan's biggest school idols, A-RISE, stand in our way. They're the champs, and the scale of equipment, and everything else about their school totally outclasses ours.
--->'''Honoka:''' Then all eyes will be on us! '''I'll bet you couldn't find a better situation than that!'''
* TheDeterminator: Subverted at first, but then invoked. Honoka is initially described as someone who tends to get overly excited over a prospect, dragging everyone around her into achieving said prospect only to [[spoiler:lose confidence in the end and quit]] (causing trouble for everyone involved). When she initially tries to form a school idol group, she doesn't have much luck in it, and it seemed like [[spoiler:history would repeat itself towards the end of Season 1]], but Honoka ends defying expectations by never truly giving up. She puts everything she has into become a school idol and against all odds (and despite numerous setbacks) she succeeds.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Honoka dislikes azuki beans, since she lives in a wagashi (Japanese-style sweets) shop and she's eaten them so often that she's sick of them.
* FamilyThemeNaming: Shares the "穂" (ho) character with her sister, notable in that the sweet shop her family manages is called "Homura", phonetically mirroring this.
* GenkiGirl: She gets excited pretty easily, especially when talking about school idols.
* HairDecorations: A yellow ribbon that holds up her side ponytail.
* HeroicRROD: Has one near the end of season 1 of the anime when [[spoiler:she collapses during the concert at the school festival after a HeroicSecondWind because she had been undergoing excessive training for the past few days, getting a fever in the process.]]
* IdiotHero: As other noted, she's not very bright.
* InfectiousEnthusiasm: This is the only reason why the group even ended up getting together to start with. [[spoiler:It backfires on her in episode 11 of the anime.]]
* TheLeader: As the founder and undisputed center of the μ's, she definitely factors as this. When the group decides to seriously establish a leader, despite lots of protest and discussions, everyone (barring Nico) secretly agrees that Honoka is most fit to be the leader. In the end, her sheer charisma and ability to raise everyone's spirits was a key in μ's success. Though she's good at making important decisions, she also has a habit of proposing wild ideas for the group, with questionably legitimacy at best. She's a Type III mixed with Type IV.
* RunningGag: Tends to bring up a soap brand that sounds similar to "μ's".
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:She quits the group in season 1 episode 11 due to mounting tensions coming from the group's entry into the Love Live being revoked after her on-stage HeroicRROD, Kotori declaring that she's going to leave the country to study fashion abroad, and the realization that her goal of keeping the school from shutting down is complete. Fortunately, it doesn't stick for long.]]
* SecondYearProtagonist: A second-year student of Otonokizaka, along with Kotori and Umi.
* ShipTease: With Umi, though it's pretty much exclusive to the [[ manga]] and School Idol Diaries. It's apparently so evident, that Nico outright urges Umi to step in during Honoka's [[ moment]] with Eli.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Lying down anywhere for more than a couple of seconds and she can fall asleep. She can even sleep [[spoiler: at the edge of a cliff]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her last name is romanized as "Kosaka" in ''School Idol Festival'' and official art, although "Kousaka" is a common way of romanizing it as well.
* StudentCouncilPresident: In season 2 of the anime, she [[spoiler:replaces Eli as this since Eli is graduating soon.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: She refers herself in third person from time to time.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Bread, to the point that her love for it is what Nozomi parodies when she had to act as her.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: She has this with Umi in the [[ manga.]]
* WeightWoe: 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.

[[folder: Eli Ayase]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Light Blue
-->'''Age:''' 17
-->'''Birthday:''' October 21 (Libra)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' B
-->'''Height:''' 162cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B88/W60/H84
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Chocolate
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Dried plums and seaweed
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her sharp style
-->'''Symbol:''' [[UsefulNotes/CyrillicAlphabet Я]]
-->'''Units:''' [=BiBi=]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YoshinoNanjo (Japanese), Creator/EricaLindbeck (English)

A third-year student and president of the Student Council. She's the last girl to join μ's and serves as the group's choreographer.

Eli plays the delusional angel Lanael in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox'' and reprises the role for ''VideoGame/TheAwakenedFateUltimatum''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★★★
-->Reflexes: ★★★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★★★
-->Conformity: ★★★★
-->Special Trait: Internationality (★★★★)
* TheAce: Smart, athletic, popular, has good figure, and gorgeous to boot. [[ Nico agrees completely.]]
* [[AnimeCatholicism Anime]] [[UsefulNotes/OrthodoxChristianity Orthodoxism]]: According to her School Idol Diary, Eli's an Orthodox Christian, and goes to church on Sundays.
* TheBackwardsR: "Я" appears on her practice clothes about as much as "ほ" appears on Honoka's. However, the only place in her name where it might be written is the 'ya' in 'Ayase'.[[note]]On the other side, "Я" is also a Russian first-person pronoun...[[/note]]
* BigBreastPride: Downplayed but present. Eli is fairly annoyed when Nico bluntly states that large breasts make people uncomfortable during the swimsuit contest.
* BrokenBird: It's downplayed a bit, but she used to be on the path to becoming a professional ballerina when she was younger, but kept failing audition after audition until she finally gave up. This is the source of her resentment towards μ's in the beginning (from her perspective, she sees their dancing as sloppy and amateurish).
* ButNotTooForeign: She is a quarter Russian.
* BuxomIsBetter: Second largest next to Nozomi, and as pointed by Nico, one of her charm points.
* {{Catchphrase}}: хорошо![[note]]Transliterated as 'harasho' into Japanese and as 'horosho' into English, due to Russian spelling not being fully reflective of pronunciation (English transliterations generally prioritize the former, while the Japanese ones follow the latter).[[/note]]
* ChildhoodFriends: In the manga, she's childhood friends with Honoka, Kotori and Umi.
* CoolBigSis: Like Nozomi, she often has good advice for the other girls, even if she seems antagonistic at the time about it. Even moreso in the manga.
* DefrostingIceQueen: In [[spoiler:episode 8]]. Until then, she's a [[spoiler:full-on IceQueen, reserved and sometimes hostile, only showing her softer side to Nozomi]]. After her defrosting, despite still being one of the most level-headed girls, she's even more relaxed and approachable than Maki or Umi.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Honoka mentions that she's popular with girls because of her beauty and [[ShesGotLegs long legs.]]
** One of the School Idol Diary chapters focuses entirely on this. She tends to receive a ton of love letters... in an all-girl school.
** Humorously displayed in the [[ manga]], in which Nico and Maki are scouting for members to join μ's.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: In one of the [[ animated shorts]] for μ's 2014 concert, Nico attempts to [[FlawExploitation exploit]] her fear of haunted houses for amusement.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Some of her artworks have her wearing glasses, but she doesn't wear them in the anime.
* HairDecorations: Wears a scrunchie to hold up her ponytail.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** She tries to prove that μ's dancing and singing was amateurish by uploading their first performance onto the internet, but it instead winds up contributing to the group's first surge of popularity.
** Her attempt to stop [[spoiler:Honoka's group from officially forming a club, by saying that there already is an Idol Research Club at the school, backfires when her comments prompt Nozomi to recommend that Honoka approach the club's president, Nico. This results in both Nico joining μ's and Honoka's group attaining official club status by merging itself into]] the Idol Research Club.
* HugeSchoolGirl: The tallest of the group (and also pretty busty) and admittedly a bit socially awkward at first.
* TheLeader: Subverted. She's a textbook leader (ie: calm, pragmatic and mature), but she always defers to Honoka on decisions that affect μ's.
* TheMole: PlayedForLaughs. In Episode 8 of Season 2, when Eli keeps insisting for the group to write a love song, even though their performance would be better with a song that already exists, Rin speculates that she might be spy for A-RISE, trying to get μ's to screw up so A-RISE would get to Love Live.
** Complete with a mental image of Eli in an A-RISE outfit.
---> '''Eli:''' (imagined by Rin) Sorry guys, but I'm actually a spy!
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: 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. Eventually she stops antagonizing the group and is convinced to join them.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:She passes the position of StudentCouncilPresident to Honoka]] in season 2.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Blond with light blue eyes.
* PrimalFear: While it is hinted at in Episode 2 of the second season, it is confirmed that she has a fear of the dark, ten episodes later.
* ShesGotLegs: Honoka mentions this as one of the reasons why she's [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer so popular with girls.]]
* ShipTease: With Nozomi.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Official subs for the anime use Eli instead of the more literal reading "Eri". Some translations even use "Ellie".
** However, [[ this video]] uses Eri.
** The Filipino dub takes the confusion even further by changing her name between seasons 1 and 2, where she is "Eri-chi" in the former and "Erich" in the latter.
* SpockSpeak: Very well-spoken with her grandmother, who she holds in high regard.
* StudentCouncilPresident: During the first season of the anime, [[spoiler:until she passes the position to Honoka, as she would be graduating soon.]]
* TrueBlueFemininity: At least her image color.

[[folder: Kotori Minami]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Grey (Green or turquoise in [=PVs=])
-->'''Age:''' 16
-->'''Birthday:''' September 12 (Virgo)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' O
-->'''Height:''' 159cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B80/W58/H80
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Cheesecake
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Garlic
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her soft droopy eyes
-->'''Symbol:''' Bird
-->'''Units:''' Printemps
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyaUchida (Japanese), Creator/CristinaValenzuela (English)

Honoka's and Umi's best friend, and the daughter of the headmaster. She designs the group's costumes.

Kotori plays recurring Creator/NipponIchi character Asagi in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★★★
-->Reflexes: ★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★
-->Conformity: ★★★★★
-->Special Trait: Delusional capability (★★★★★)
* AnimalMotifs: Fans tend to associate her with birds a lot, mainly because "Kotori" means "little bird". And it doesn't help at all that afterwards, when Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon came, the fans quickly noticed the similarities between her and [[ the new bird starter, Rowlet.]] This has developed into AscendedFanon as of late, since the bird motif has made its way into the phone game.
* BuxomIsBetter: As noted by Nico in one of the chapters of Nico's School Idol Diary.
* TheCharmer: [[GenderInverted Gender-inverted]] and downplayed, but Kotori is aware of her natural charisma and does make use of it for the good of both herself and μ's, such as convincing Umi to write a song, [[spoiler:working as Minalinsky or negotiating with a group of schoolgirls for their support.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Honoka and Umi. Eli as well outside of the anime.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She really likes alpacas, and the SID says that she feeds the birds that sometimes visit outside her window.
* HairDecorations: A green bow on her side ponytail.
* IllGirl: She was born with poor leg health which made her unable to run when she was younger. A surgery at Nishikino fixes this (which would explain how her mother and Maki's mother know each other). However, unfortunately it leaves her with a scar that becomes her complex. She did get better though, as the wound becomes less noticeable as she grew up.
* ImageSong:
** "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.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Her looped side ponytail isn't impossible to pull off in real life (many videos show how it's basically a side ponytail with a piece that's looped into a bun and sits on top of the head), but the way it always manages to stay in place despite the training that she goes through daily falls into this trope.
* {{Meido}}: She works as one at a maid cafe in Akiba, and she is even famous for it.
* NiceGirl: 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.
* PuppyDogEyes: Employs this in Episode 2 of the anime to coax Umi into writing μ's first song. Needless to say, it's super effective.
* SurpriseCreepy: Supplementary materials reveal a few [[ sadistic undertones on her relationship with Umi]].
--->'''Kotori:''' "... compared to a dashingly dressed Umi who clenches her fists and proclaims victory, a dejected Umi who is on her knees with both hands on the floor and tearfully admits 'I lost…' is so much more attractive, so much more outstanding, so much prettier."
* SecondYearProtagonist: A second-year student of Otonokizaka, along with Honoka and Umi.
* SecretIdentity: She's works part-time as [[spoiler: Minalinsky, Akiba's legendary maid,]] when the girls decide to make a school idol group. [[spoiler:However, Tsubasa refers to her as the "ex-Charismatic Maid of Akiba" in episode 3 of season 2, suggesting that she either stopped working at the maid cafe or lost the position to someone else.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: She looks a lot like her mother.
* TemptingFate: She receives [[spoiler: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.]]
* TwoFirstNames: Her surname is also a fairly common given name.
* YesMan: Kotori seems to almost always agree with Honoka's opinion when she says something other than what the rest of the group thinks.
* ZettaiRyouiki: On her practice clothes.

[[folder: Umi Sonoda]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Blue
-->'''Age:''' 16
-->'''Birthday:''' March 15 (Pisces)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' A
-->'''Height:''' 159cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B76/W58/H80
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Honoka's family's manjuu
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Carbonated drinks
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her long black hair since childhood
-->'''Symbol:''' Bow and arrow
-->'''Units:''' lily white
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SuzukoMimori (Japanese), Creator/KiraBuckland (English)

Honoka's and Kotori's best friend. She's a member of the Archery Club in the anime. 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. She's the group's lyricist.

Umi plays the mascot Misery in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★★★★
-->Reflexes: ★★★★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★
-->Conformity: ★★
-->Special Trait: Modesty (★★★★★)
* AcademicAthlete: She's one of the best archers in her school's kyudo club (and the kendo club captain in the manga) and has excellent grades, to the point that when the group splits into tutoring teams to help prepare for exams, she helps tutor Nico, who's a year ''ahead'' of her.
* {{Adorkable}}:
** She tries to be the group's StraightMan but can't help but imagine and practice cutesy idol routines in private.
** Don't forget her "poker" faces when playing cards with Kotori.
* AmbiguouslyGay: While not as nearly as much as Nozomi, she certainly has a lot of moments on her own in the expanded materials.
** In the manga, she [[ outright kisses Honoka.]] [[AnywhereButTheirLips Though she does it on the cheek.]]
** In her School Idol Diary, she has a swim race with Eli and ends up thinking Eli would be a good girlfriend.
--->"I refused to be married into a family. By any chance, Eli might be a good girlfriend. Eli and I, hmm... there's not much of an age difference between us. Even now, why do I always feel like I should silently surrender? If I don't think about it I can't find an explanation for this."
** As mentioned below in CovertPervert, she fantasized Nozomi and Rin together when they fool around and ends up getting a nosebleed and passes out.
** Her Secret Short Cut with Kotori has this excerpt from her internal monologue.
--->"Hugging me, Kotori looks up and peers into my eyes. I feel like my heart is about to jump out of my chest from the sight. Is the coldness of the water getting to me? Kotori's smile is so white and dazzling."
** She's also canonically the writer for most of the songs, which may include the LesYay filled songs including [[ "Garasu No Hanazono"]], [[ "Zurui Yo magnetic today"]], [[ "Anemone Heart"]], and [[ "Storm in Lover"]]. If she was the writer for the mentioned songs, then this may bring up [[ShipperOnDeck some implications about Umi as well.]]
* ArcherArchetype: Umi is one of the calmest and most down-to-earth of the girls, and is in the archery club.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Umi slept through [[spoiler: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 OhCrap 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.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Honoka and Kotori. Eli as well in the manga. She claims to be ''super childhood friends'' with Honoka because their mothers were childhood friends too.
* ContraltoOfDanger: Has the deepest voice out of the nine girls courtesy of Creator/SuzukoMimori and Creator/KiraBuckland, and is a skilled archer in the anime and is the [[KendoTeamCaptain Kendo Club Captain]] in the manga, along with the fact that she can [[spoiler: knock people unconscious with supersonic pillows.]]
* CovertPervert: In one of the audio dramas, she gets incredibly aroused after witnessing Nozomi and Rin fool around, and she actually passes out from a nosebleed after her imagination runs wild. You can see it play out [[ here]].
* DeathGlare:
** Gives a scathing one to Nico in the fourth episode of season two.
** And again to Honoka in the seventh episode.
* DeadpanSnarker: Not often, but as expected of the OnlySaneMan of the group who also happens to be [[IdiotHero Honoka's]] best friend, she has her moments.
-->'''Rin:''' (about the others leaving early without practicing) You guys are making us [Honoka and I] look stupid!
-->'''Umi''': You ''are'' stupid.
* DrillSergeantNasty: She takes ''everything'' seriously, be it her studies, student council work, the group's practice sessions, and even her fellow members' diets, something that [[BigEater Honoka and Hanayo]] learned the hard way. Nico was even initially worried during episode 2 of season 2 that Umi may implement yet another [[TrainingFromHell hellish training course]] when she shows a bit too much [[SeriousBusiness enthusiasm]] in hiking the nearby mountain.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: One of the School Idol Diary chapters reveals that she receives love letters (in all-girl school), and has her asking Eli for advice on how to deal with them.
* HeirToTheDojo: 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.
* JapanesePoliteness: Always speaks formally, casual settings not excepted.
* KendoTeamCaptain: In the manga, she is the captain, and recognized for it, but the distinction of being the best member belonged to Honoka before she dropped kendo for idol activities.
* LoveLetterLunacy: The love letters mentioned above? She replied to each and every one of the literal dozens she received as if she accepted the feelings of the sender, which she thought were along the lines of sisterly admiration. Eventually, they all came up to her in a crowd one day and swarmed her with questions about who she ''really'' liked. Since then, she stopped replying, not knowing how to handle the situation delicately.
* NiceHat: Early artwork and some of the performance costumes liked to show Umi in different berets. While it's toned down over time, they do occasionally pop back up in her SIF cards.
* NotAMorningPerson: Inverted, she ''hates'' [[spoiler:[[BerserkButton being woken up after she's just gone to sleep.]]]]
* OnlySaneWoman: Probably the one with most common sense of the group. She even lampshades this when getting relieved over the fact that once Eli joins, she's not longer the only one taking things seriously. However, since Eli has some CoolBigSis tendencies and sometimes goes along with the other girls' antics, Umi still plays this role anyway.
* PerformanceAnxiety: She has some early on, but gradually overcomes it.
* PetitePride: As shown in Nico's School Idol Diary, she doesn't mind that she's among the less endowed.
* TheReliableOne: 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.
* SecondYearProtagonist: A second-year student of Otonokizaka, along with Honoka and Kotori.
* SeriousBusiness: 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.
* ShipTease: With Honoka, though it's pretty much exclusive to the [[ manga]] and School Idol Diaries. It's apparently so evident, that Nico outright urges Umi to step in during Honoka's [[ moment]] with Eli.
* ShrinkingViolet: She was one before meeting Honoka. She's also insecure about showing off her body too much.
* ShyBlueHairedGirl: She used to be a ShrinkingViolet when she was young.
* SpockSpeak: She's always well-spoken no matter who she's addressing.
* TrainingFromHell: Attempts to invoke this on the others during a [[spoiler:two-day training trip to Maki's beach house]]. Her plan training plan involved a swimming for total of 25 kilometers over two days. It's unknown whether or not even Umi herself could've completed the training, but seeing as she could [[spoiler:throw supersonic pillows [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower to render someone unconcious...]]]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Goodness, she definitely has for this Honoka in the [[ manga.]]
* YamatoNadeshiko: 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.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair / HairColorDissonance: Depending on who you ask or what continuity you're talking about, Umi's hair is either black colored as blue or straight-up blue.

[[folder: Rin Hoshizora]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Yellow (Light green in [=PVs=])
-->'''Age:''' 15
-->'''Birthday:''' November 1 (Scorpio)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' A
-->'''Height:''' 155cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B75/W58/H80
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Ramen
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Fish
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her cute and shapely [[ butt]]
-->'''Symbol:''' Cat
-->'''Units:''' lily white, [=NicoRinPana=]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Riho Iida (Japanese), Creator/FayeMata (English)

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

Rin plays the protagonist's younger sister Minamo in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★
-->Reflexes: ★★★★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★★★★
-->Conformity: ★★
-->Special Trait: Courage (★★★★★)
* ActionGirl: 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.
* ACupAngst: Subverted.
** In the novel, she outright states that she doesn't mind about her chest at all, but she also says that she'd prefer to have better assets because it 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.
* AndYourRewardIsEdible: As seen in her comments in the 7th chapter of the School Idol Diary, [[spoiler:Rin's father rewarded her a cheesy hamburg steak even though she had 68 points for her exam score]].
* AnimalMotifs: Cats. She's prone to making {{Cat Smile}}s, [[VerbalTic ends many of her sentences with]] "nya" (the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat meowing) and even wears [[CatGirl cat ears and a tail]] during one of the music videos they shoot in the anime. [[{{Irony}} Despite that]], she dislikes fish and is actually allergic to cats.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: In the Drama CD's, she's the boke to Nozomi's tsukkomi.
* BookDumb: Her grades are generally pretty poor (with English being her worst subject by far) and in Maki's School Idol Diary, she claims that getting a 68 on a test is cause for celebration.
-->'''Rin:''' Still, why did Maki and her parents make such a fuss about getting 68!? When I get 68, [[spoiler:we go out and get cheesy hamburg steak to celebrate☆]]
* BoyishShortHair: Uses this at first as a reason she doesn't fit the idol image.
* CatSmile: She sports one from time to time.
* CharacterFocus: Gets one in Season 2 Episode 5, when she's chosen to be the temporary leader of "µ's" since Honoka, Umi, and Kotori are stuck in Okinawa due to a typhoon during their school trip and focuses on her complex regarding her {{Tomboy}} looks.
* ChildhoodFriends: She is one with Hanayo, as flashbacks show them being close as far back as elementary school.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She's this way towards Hanayo, if [[ this]] questionnaire is of any indication
--->'''Q:''' What would you do if Hanayo-chan brought over a boyfriend?
--->'''Rin:''' I'd be surprised! I'm pretty sure I'd cry too—don't know why though. Umm… But I don't think I can even imagine it; just thinking about it gives my chest a weird flickering kind of feeling… I'm going out for a run!
* FieryRedhead: Although less fiery tempered and more energetic.
** SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Though her eyes tend to appear more yellow as of late.
* GenkiGirl: Generally the most energetic of the group, and is quite evident in the closing credits when the girls are rehearsing.
* IAmNotPretty: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* TheNicknamer: Tends to add the non-honorific "-chin" to people's names and calls Hanayo "Kayo," an AlternateCharacterReading of her first name.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Often refers to herself by name.
* ThoseTwoGirls: She has this relationship with ''Nozomi'' of all people in the audio dramas.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The tomboy to Hanayo's girly girl.
* TomboyAngst: Her insecurities about not being cute stem from how she feels she's too tomboyish to be an idol.
* TomboyishBaseballCap: She wears one during the PV for the group's third single, which is fitting for the most tomboyish of the girls.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ramen, though she's not as blatant about it as Hanayo's love for rice or even Honoka's love for bread.
* VerbalTic: Sometimes adds a ''-nya'' in the ends of her words.
* ZettaiRyouiki: At the end of [[ADayInTheLimelight episode five of season two]], Rin wears feminine clothes to practice, including this. She keeps this outfit for the following episodes to show her CharacterDevelopment, since she's now more confident about wearing girlier clothing.

[[folder: Maki Nishikino]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Red (Purple or maroon in [=PVs=])
-->'''Age:''' 15
-->'''Birthday:''' April 19 (Aries)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' AB
-->'''Height:''' 161cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B78/W56/H83
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Tomatoes
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Tangerines
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her beauty and overflowing intelligence
-->'''Symbol:''' Star
-->'''Units:''' [=BiBi=]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Pile (Japanese), Creator/CaitlinGlass (English)

An aloof first-year student aiming to be a physician like her parents, and the main composer for μ's.

Maki plays the major villain Frunetti in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★★★★
-->Reflexes: ★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★★
-->Conformity: ★★★
-->Special Trait: Self-confidence (Skyrocketing)
* BrokenAce: Smart and born to a wealthy family of doctors, beautiful, the group's main composer, and the most popular in-series and out. [[spoiler:And if the 6th PV is to be taken seriously, possesses supernatural powers.]] However, despite her good fortune, she has her fair share of personal demons to deal with. Her status as the daughter of famous doctors has left her isolated from her peers, she has to contend with parents who have abnormally high expectations of her (all the while being practically forced into becoming a doctor like them) and worst of all, her love for music isn't at all respected by said parents (who only see it as a temporary entertainment at best). The School Diary Idol novel that centers around her goes into more detail.
* CharacterTics: Has a habit of curling her hair around her finger when bored or embarrassed.
* DeadpanSnarker: She can have snappy comebacks at times, usually whenever it's directed at Nico.
* DefrostingIceQueen: 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.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Plays piano and acts as the group's composer in the anime.
* FieryRedhead: Downplayed. Maki can occasionally get frustrated easily, such as not wanting to be video-taped in Episode 6, but she's usually detached and impassive.
* FountainOfYouth: In the ''Music S.T.A.R.T!!'' [=OVA=] that was made in between Seasons 1 and 2, she temporarily takes on the form of herself as a little girl. She goes back to her normal age before the music video starts.
* GirlishPigtails: With her practice outfit in season two. They're small, so it's a bit hard to tell.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Outright stated in the School Idol Diary entry that centers around her:
---> '''Maki:''' Organized, smart, beautiful, always dressed for success and super ­rich. That’s what everyone says about me. Well, that’s just the truth, so it didn't bother me much. But, the truth is… I wanted to be like everyone else, to be the other side of me. To be the Maki who just likes to play piano.
* LonerTurnedFriend: One of the few girls in the group who talked to [[spoiler: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.
* MeaningfulName: The second kanji in her name can mean 'princess', befitting her affluent background and icy nature.
* NiceHat: Wears a ballcap with her practice clothes and often gets one in costume.
* NotSoAboveItAll: 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.
** It's even more apparent in the manga/School Idol Diary. She has a tendency of getting [[ wrapped up]] in Nico's [[ antics.]]
* NotSoDifferent: An odd example. In one episode in season 1, Nozomi can see how Maki has trouble [[spoiler:opening up to people when she can't drop the "-senpai" use, and helps her with that while noting that Maki "reminds her of someone," or, "is just like her."]] Next season, Maki detects that Nozomi is hiding something from the group when Eli's suggestion to write a love song as a group gives them trouble. After Maki confronts them, Nozomi talks about how μ's meeting was miraculous to her, but in particular she describes [[spoiler: how she and Eli were similarly distant to people]]. Putting that together, Maki is NotSoDifferent from [[spoiler:either Eli, or Nozomi, or both of them]].
** When the rest of the group discusses Nico's [[spoiler:odd behavior]] in episode 4 of season 2, Maki describes her as stubborn, not opening up to others, and conceited. Rin comments that they're exactly the same, to which Maki responds in an annoyed manner.
* NotSoStoic: She has her moments, such as in Episode 6.
-->'''Maki''': Stop filming me!
* TheOjou: Comes from a pretty wealthy family, but subverts this personality-wise. She's relatively polite, but often standoffish and blunt.
* RefusalOfTheCall: 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 [[spoiler:Hanayo makes her vice-president of the idol research club]], but then reluctantly agrees to it.
* ShipTease: With Nico.
* SpoiledSweet: Not directly shown, but she is clearly doted on to the point where she still believes in Santa Claus.
* TheStoic: She's usually detached and impassive, especially in comparison to [[ everyone else.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: She is the member least likely to get overly emotional, except for when she is angry or frustrated.
* {{Tsundere}}: She has shades of this, but is better described as a SugarAndIcePersonality.
** The anime even recognizes her status as this. When the girls are [[MakesSenseInContext recording videos of themselves giving Valentine's Day chocolate to a crush]], Maki's is the standard "I-It's not as though I want to give it to you!" that everyone who has seen a {{Tsundere}} anime character knows about. [[LampshadeHanging Rin even comments that she's seen this type of scene on manga]].
** On Chapter 14 of the game story, Nico outright calls her Mrs. Tsundere, though in the english version it's translated as "Hot-and-Cold".
* TsurimeEyes: Nico even refers to her as "you, with the slanted eyes!" during practice. Which probably got a snicker from Western audiences.
* VitriolicBestFriends: 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.

[[folder: Nozomi Tōjō]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Violet
-->'''Age:''' 17
-->'''Birthday:''' June 9 (Gemini)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' O
-->'''Height:''' 159cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B90/W60/H82
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Yakiniku
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Caramel
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her bust
-->'''Symbol:''' Crescent moon
-->'''Units:''' lily white
-->'''Voiced by:''' Aina Kusuda (Japanese), Creator/LauraPost (English)

Eli's best friend, a third year and the vice-president of the Student Council in the anime and School Idol Diary series.

Nozomi is [[TypeCasting type-cast]] as the impish angel Cheriel in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox'' and reprises the role for ''VideoGame/TheAwakenedFateUltimatum''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★
-->Reflexes: ★★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★★
-->Conformity: ★★
-->Special Trait: Luck (∞)
* AmbiguouslyGay: Though all the main characters [[LesYay have their moments]], Nozomi is the most blatant example of this trope. It's more downplayed in the anime, but very much the case in the expanded material. To wit:
** In the manga, she [[ blatantly]] flirts with Eli, and has outright stated that she won't let anyone have her. Her flirting isn't just limited to just Eli [[ either.]]
** She lists [[ looking at cute girls]] as one of her likes.
** One of her side stories in the School Idol Festival game has her fantasizing over cute girls in swimsuits:
---> '''Nozomi:''' The blazing sun, the glittering splashes of water, and of course the cute girls in swimsuits! ♪
---> '''Nozomi:''' And... I can rub as many breasts as I want!
** Pushed to its absolute limit in one of the School Idol Diaries. After helping Honoka at her store, Nozomi and Honoka decide to take a break in Honoka's room. Honoka notices that there's a piece of mochi stuck on Nozomi's nose and then decides to remove it by... [[ eating it off her face.]] Nozomi is [[ understandably]] [[ flustered]] by this. Her reaction should speak for itself:
---> '''Nozomi:''' Oh no, oh no, oh no!
---> '''Nozomi:''' I might actually be—
---> '''Nozomi:''' I was this close to entering into that other world…
** Just when you thought they couldn't possibly make it more obvious, [[ this]] School Idol Festival event makes her sexuality downright EXPLICIT.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: In the Drama CD's, she likes to play the tsukkomi to Rin's boke.
* BookDumb: She might not look like it, but in the novel it's revealed that she isn't much better than Honoka, Rin or Nico when it comes to study, much to Eli's concern.
* BornLucky: By her own admission, she's always been lucky (ie: drawing "Great" fortunes and being eternally undefeated in Rock Paper Scissors). She uses that luck to help her with fortune telling.
* BuxomIsBetter: Not hard to see why it's her charm point.
* CameraFiend: Of the filming variety more than photography. Nozomi jumps at any excuse to record her friends doing anything interesting.
* CharacterFocus: Gets more focus in Season 2 Episode 8, which details quite a bit about her past.
* TheChessmaster: She is a mild example. Episode 8 reveals that [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:getting Nico, Maki and Eli to join,]] and getting [[spoiler:Maki]] to want to join also indirectly helped prod [[spoiler:Hanayo,]] which also resulted in [[spoiler:Rin joining.]] After this, she [[spoiler:joined as the ninth member]]. This means that she is directly or indirectly [[spoiler:responsible for every member aside from the initial trio joining.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: She tends to punish the other girls for various slights by [[ThanksForTheMammaries rubbing their breasts]].
* CoolBigSis: She often gives the other girls decent advice for their problems.
* FortuneTeller: Through her tarot readings, she even predicts [[spoiler:the line up of μ's.]]
* FriendlessBackground: [[spoiler: As episode eight of season two expands, she constantly moved around and thus never had any chances to make friends until she met Eli.]]
* TheGadfly: A friendly example. She sure likes to tease some of the girls, namely Nico, Maki and sometimes even Eli.
* GagBoobs: She has the largest bust out of all the girls, but they're only played up whenever [[ACupAngst Nico's]] around.
* GirlishPigtails: Less so compared to Nico, since they're low-tied and thus make her look more mature.
* GratuitousEnglish: In the movie, after the group [[spoiler:attracts some attention from some English-speaking locals, she manages to defuse the awkwardness with a decent understanding of the language.]]
-->'''Nozomi''': "Yes, we are school idols! We are called μ's."
* KansaiRegionalAccent: She is from Tokyo, but picked up some of the dialect when she lived in the Kansai region. Notably, while some of the grammar and vocabulary she uses is from Kansai, her actual ''accent'' (as in the pronunciation of most sounds, and especially [[ the pitch accent]]) is mostly from Tokyo-based Standard Japanese.
* {{Miko}}: She works as one at the Kanda Shrine where Honoka, Umi and Kotori first start their fitness training to become an idol group.
* MoralityPet: To Eli, before they both join the group.
* TheNicknamer: Not as much as Rin, but she does sometimes add "chi" to the end of people's names, most noticeably Eli and Nico; perhaps because they are in the same year as her.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: The reason why she approached Eli in the first place was this -- because she reminded her of herself in how she pushed people away.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In-character example. Nozomi stops using the Kansai dialect when [[spoiler: she's flustered, as the rest of μ's learns when they confront her in her room.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As vice president of student council, she suggests ways for μ's to bypass obstacles set by [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Eli]].
* ShipTease: With Eli.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Her last name is romanized as "Tojo" in ''School Idol Festival'' and official art, although "Toujou" is a common way of romanizing it as well.
* TaremeEyes
* {{Tarot Motifs}}: Uses tarot cards to explain the motivations of her actions when [[spoiler:assembling μ's.]]
* TeamMom: The more calm and collected of the third years and the first one to [[spoiler:lend a hand to the underclassmen, even before actually being involved in μ's.]]
* ThanksForTheMammaries: 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.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Girls]]: She has this relationship with ''Rin'' of all people in the audio dramas.
* TricksterMentor: Other than her... [[ThanksForTheMammaries 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.
* VerbalTic: Sometimes adds a "''-ya''" in the ends of her sentences.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: 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.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Her school uniform and her practice outfit from the second season.

[[folder: Hanayo Koizumi]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Green (Orange in [=PVs=])
-->'''Age:''' 15
-->'''Birthday:''' January 17 (Capricorn)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' B
-->'''Height:''' 156cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B82/W60/H83
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' White Rice
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' None
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her soft cheeks
-->'''Symbol:''' Rice bowl
-->'''Units:''' Printemps, [=NicoRinPana=]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YurikaKubo (Japanese), Creator/XantheHuynh (English)

A first-year student who secretly knows a lot regarding School Idols and idols in general. She and Rin are best friends. In the manga, they were friends with Honoka before even entering the school.

Hanayo plays the shut-in angel Neliel in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox'' and reprises the role for ''VideoGame/TheAwakenedFateUltimatum''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★★★
-->Reflexes: ★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★
-->Conformity: ★★★★★
-->Special Trait: Extended eating of rice (★★★★★)
* AscendedFangirl: She went from being a fan of Honoka's school idol group to becoming one of the members of it. In her diary novel, it's also revealed that her mother used to be an idol.
* BigEater: 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 loves eating in general. The fact that she's afraid of getting fat is the only reason that stop her from going rampant with eating. Although Nico implies that she won't get any fatter but her bust will get even more "perfect".
*** In an attempt to cheer her up, Eli points out that her adoring fans know about her penchant for eating, and that they love for her for it.
* BuxomIsBetter: As Nico comments, and fairly noticeable for a first year, with B82.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Hinted to be this towards Nico as, despite their pretty contrasting personalities, the two actually get along fairly well with their shared love for idols. Hanayo is the first to stand up for Nico's behavior in the fourth episode of the second season, since she can [[NotSoDifferent understand Nico's strong will to become an idol]]. [[spoiler: Nico PassingTheTorch off to Hanayo to become the new Idol Research Club president is something of an acknowledgement of this.]]
* CatchPhrase: "ダレカタスケテ!" "Dareka Tasukete"! or "Somebody save me!" in English. This is immediately followed by チョットマッテテ "Chotto Mattete" or "Wait a minute".
* ChildhoodFriends: She's attended the same schools as Rin since elementary school.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Takes care of the school's alpacas.
* TheGlassesGottaGo: Note that she just never wears glasses outside of the anime.
* HairColorDissonance: In early media, her hair appears to be of a medium brown colour, and has a greenish tinge in the anime. But in her cards in SIF, Hanayo's hair appears more as a dark blonde.
* InSeriesNickname: "Kayo", an AlternateCharacterReading of her name. In the anime, only Rin calls her this, in the mobile game, all of the other μ's members use it as well.
* LighterAndSofter: Not her actual character but her songs. The earlier days of franchise have a lot of songs where she sings in a more "serious" tone compared to most of the recent songs, where they lean towards more cute sounding.
* {{Meganekko}}: She wears glasses prior to joining μ's, fitting with her shy and somewhat [[{{Otaku}} nerdy]] nature, but after joining she switches to contact lenses. She still wears her glasses when she's at home, though.
* {{Otaku}}: Her love of idols tends to border on her being this.
* PassingTheTorch: She's [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:the vice-president of the club,]] who also initially objects to it.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt: The only character who wears tights under her uniform.
* SeriousBusiness: Anytime she runs into idol-related materials, she takes her love of idols and their merchandise ''very'' seriously.
* ShrinkingViolet: She gradually overcomes this.
* TaremeEyes: Highlighting her shyness.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The girly girl to Rin's tomboy.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: She really seems to love rice. For example, rather than settling for a plate of curry rice, she has a whole bowl of rice to go with her curry.
* WeightWoe: She tends to wrestle with the fact that she's [[HollywoodPudgy (supposedly)]] chubbier than the rest of μ's, and being a BigEater doesn't help. Her insistence on going on diets is born from this, though with a little help from her friends, she manages to accept this.

[[folder: Nico Yazawa]]
-->'''[[ColourCodedForYourConvenience Image Color]]:''' Pink
-->'''Age:''' 17
-->'''Birthday:''' July 22 (Cancer)
-->'''[[PersonalityBloodTypes Blood Type]]:''' A
-->'''Height:''' 154cm
-->'''Three Sizes:''' B74(71)/W57/H79
-->'''TrademarkFavoriteFood:''' Sweets
-->'''[[DoesNotLikeSpam Least Favorite Food]]:''' Spicy food
-->'''CharmPoint:''' Her light skin
-->'''Symbol:''' Smiley face
-->'''Units:''' [=BiBi=], [=NicoRinPana=]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SoraTokui (Japanese), Creator/EricaMendez (English)

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

Nico plays female lead Liliel in ''VideoGame/TheGuidedFateParadox'' and reprises the role for ''VideoGame/TheAwakenedFateUltimatum''.

** '''Character Statistics''':
-->Studies: ★★★
-->Reflexes: ★★★
-->Aggressiveness: ★★★
-->Conformity: ★
-->Special Trait: "Nico-nii♪" (Immeasurable)
* ACupAngst: At least when the more developed Eli, Nozomi, and Hanayo are around.
** Maki, as well, as seen in the album cover of the second [=BiBi=] single (''Cutie Panther'' / ''Natsu, Owaranaide'') and Shangri-la Shower.
** Kotori too, as seen in one of the chapters of her School Idol Diary.
** In one of her diary novels (''Nico-nii no Himitsu Sokutei''), this drives half of the chapter's plot as she tries to find a way to increase her bust size (which was revealed to be 71cm - she admits to adding 3 centimeters to account for her bust growing during senior high, but it didn't).
* AttentionWhore: Subverted. She seems to be this whenever she has the chance to show off her skills, though it always results in her getting ignored. She even tries to [[TheStarscream be the center of the group (which most of the time fails)]]. However, it's later revealed that she makes an impression on her siblings that she's a 'super idol' and continues to brag about it. She does this because she doesn't want to break their hearts.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She usually makes no effort to hide her irritable nature, but she occasionally plays up her character as an idol as incredibly {{Moe}} and incredibly sweet. (It should be noted that Nico [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold is not a bad person by any means]].)
* BookDumb: Like Honoka, she doesn't like doing her schoolwork, and it doesn't look like she has good test scores either.
** While not exactly brilliant like Umi or Maki, the supplementary materials state that she actually can make an [[spoiler: above-average grade]] if she decides to put her mind to it. She also has a... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint strange way of answering some of the test questions.]]
* BrokenBird: She started out as one, when she was [[spoiler:unable to form a school idol group]]. She eventually became disenchanted with it as a result, that is until Honoka shows up.
* ButtMonkey: So damn much. She's often ignored by the group, Nozomi loves to take cracks at her expense and threatens ''four times within one episode'' to give her the [[ThanksForTheMammary "washi washi"]], succeeding three times, and Maki never hesitates to take potshots at her. When A-RISE compliment's μ's in episode 3 of season 2, they specifically mention [[spoiler:traits that make each particular girl unique to the group]. But then when they get to Nico, they simply thank her for the flowers she sent before]].
** [[ This gif sums it up perfectly.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Purposefully invokes this with her self-made catch phrase "Nico-Nico-nii!", which is meant to make her cutesy idol persona even cuter. She even makes the rest of the club practice it, ''and'' she taught it to her younger siblings. According to the School Idol diary novels, she got the phrase from her DisappearedDad.
** In the audio dramas she also has "Pyon-pyon-pyon!!"
* CharacterFocus: Gets one in Season 2 Episode 4, when her two sisters and one brother are revealed to the other girls, in the process focusing on her emotionally traumatic history of trying to start an idol group.
* CoolBigSis: To her younger siblings.
* TheDeterminator: She's been working seriously towards being an idol the longest and is the most stubborn about it. [[spoiler: Even when μ's temporarily disbands, she tries to keep going by forming a separate unit with Rin and Hanayo.]]
** [[spoiler: 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.]]
** [[spoiler: 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, all of her group members resign, 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.]]
* DisappearedDad: Nico mentions him in her School Idol Diary novel, and states that he "isn't here" anymore. The way she talks about him heavily implies that he's deceased.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Periodically invoked. Part of her "Super Idol Nico-Nii" persona involves her twintail hairstyle triggering the energetic, cutesy Nico to surface, while letting her hair hang loose shows her "truer", more demure side. No one buys it.
* TheFakeCutie: She acts cute and sweet on stage and when acting out her idol persona, but in reality she's rather irritable and sometimes duplicitous.
* FreudianExcuse: In season 1 she was very [[spoiler:antagonistic towards Honoka attempting to start an idol group until they invited her into the group]]. Nozomi explains to the other girls about how [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:solo it also failed miserably, causing her to grow bitter and resentful]]. This is why she attempted to sabotage Honoka's attempts at first. This is given more attention in episode 4 of season 2.
** When giving the position of [[spoiler: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, calling back to when she [[spoiler:ran the club earlier and how she had no one to help her prior to running into Honoka and the others.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Due to her self absorbed personality and awkward suggestions, she often gets ignored. Though it's subverted, as it's made exceedingly clear that everyone in μ's genuinely appreciates her presence. A-RISE plays this tropes straight, as they deliver a StealthInsult to her by claiming [[spoiler:she's the imp in the group.]] Nico misunderstands it and takes that as a compliment.
* GirlishPigtails: They add to her childish appearance. Knowing Nico, she likely invokes this to make herself look cuter.
* GreenEyedMonster: She tries to tell Honoka to [[spoiler:disband her idol group early on.]] Nozomi tells them that Nico [[spoiler:originally tried to form an idol group]] in her first year, but [[spoiler: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. 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.
* HairDecorations: Red ribbons to hold up her GirlishPigtails.
* HiddenDepths: She usually comes across as an attention seeker, but is actually a rather private person. She actively avoids letting anyone know about her home life (and where she even lives for that matter), and she tends to keep her problems to herself. It all comes full circle in one of the School Idol Diary chapters in which Nico gets sick. Her friends visit and take care of her, and she realizes that they know where she lives now. Nico then comes to the conclusion that she should stop putting up a front. Eli outright points this out in her chapter comments.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: This is arguably the concept behind her entire character. Nico is hopelessly average in comparison to everyone else. She comes from a poor family, and she lacks a noteworthy talent that sets her apart from the rest of μ's). She's always had a strong desire to shine bright as an idol, and she's worked harder than anyone else to fulfill her goals. The School Idol Diary chapters that center around her further drive this point home, though her friends insist that she has her own good points as well. In the end, her desire to be special and the (sometimes questionable) things she does to make herself stand out makes her special in her own way.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Big time. The main reason she antagonizes Honoka at first by trying to get her to[[spoiler: disband the school idol group]] is because of [[spoiler:her own failures to start an idol group herself, since out of all the characters she's the one who wants to be an idol the most.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Nico, [[HiddenDepths surprisingly]], has varieties of the skills and traits that other members have, such as sewing clothes, cooking and athletics. She doesn't really excel at anything but cooking, however, unlike the others.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She can be downright nasty sometimes, but she is more caring than one would first think. She cares a lot about her friends and takes care of her younger siblings the best she can.
* KidAppealCharacter: Sort of.
* TheLeader: On paper, as the chairman of the Idol Research Club.
* LettingHerHairDown: In episode 6, to show show her "truer", more demure side. No one buys it and leaves the room.
-->"Hey! Where the hell'd they go?!"
* MotorMouth: Not when speaking, but any song featuring her tends to be pretty fast-paced, and she has some surprisingly fast ''rap'' pieces, of all things (to the point where she is the designated rapper of the group).
* TheNapoleon: Both the shortest and the most irritable of the group. She even states that she has somewhat of a complex about her height.
* NonUniformUniform: Wears a long-sleeved pink cardigan with her school uniform as opposed to the cream-colored vest that everyone else wears. She even wears it during the summer.
* OlderThanTheyLook: 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 looks like she stopped growing since first-year, much to her dismay.
* {{Otaku}}: She has a huge collection of idol-related material.
* PromotionToParent: With her dad gone and her mother working so often to be the main breadwinner of the household, Nico ends up as this to her younger siblings.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Of the less evil and more {{Jerkass}} variety.
* ShesGotLegs: As shown in the movie. [[ See for yourself.]]
* ShipTease: With Maki.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Official subs for the anime use Nico instead of the more literal reading "Niko".
* TheStarscream: Constantly plots (unsuccessfully) to become the center of the group, although it's always played for laughs.
* SupremeChef: 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.
** This was proven in Season 2 Episode 4 when the girls visit her house.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: InUniverse, her "Nico-Nico-Ni!" CatchPhrase is considered this. Maki even outright calls it disgusting.
* TheTeamWannabe: 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.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Calls herself Nico whenever she tries to act cute.
* {{Tsundere}}: In School Idol Festival, she shows this mainly towards the Helper. She also behaves this way towards her friends at times.
* {{Troll}}: Prior to joining the group, she would post hateful comments on μ's' website and videos, among other things.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Implied in the novel.
** She's experienced several setbacks that have gotten in the way of her dream when she was younger. Even though [[TheDeterminator she doesn't give up]], this is most likely reason that she became quite bitter as she grew up.
* VitriolicBestFriends: With Maki. The two are often seen together, and when Nico makes snarky comments, it is sometimes directed at Maki.
* WhatTheHellHero: 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 (badly) photoshopping and pasting her head on the posters and pictures taken throughout the series.
** Although once Hanayo understands why she's doing all this after learning more about Nico's past failures from Eli, they felt sorry for her as she couldn't break her siblings' heart. Honoka comes up with the idea and they decide to help her out without having to tell her [[ChildrenAreInnocent siblings the real truth]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: On her practice clothes.

[[folder: In General]]

An idol group from UTX High School. Consisting of three members, they are presented as μ's main rival throughout the series. However, they only get to officially meet μ's during episode 3 of the second season. It was seeing them perform that inspired Honoka to become a school idol and ultimately form μ's. A-RISE, on the other hand, saw μ's as their biggest competition and kept their eye on their progress.

As an already popular group prior to the start of the story, they are the favorites when it comes to winning the Love Live! competition in both seasons.

!!!Tropes Shared by All Members
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: 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.
* EarlyBirdCameo[=/=]AscendedExtra: 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, they openly challenge them.
* FamedInStory: A-RISE has been a a popular idol group even before the start of the anime as they already have a nationwide fanbase which gives them a major advantage over the other school idols during the Love Live competition. μ's challenge in season 2 is how to match A-RISE's massive popularity.
* {{Foil}}: They are one to the second years of μ's if you think about it. An energetic leader, the serious one who works on the music, and the reserve one who makes the costumes (the movie and the game both confirm Anju is A-RISE's costume maker).
* FriendlyRival: They provide some pointers for μ's and even allow them to perform on the same stage for [[spoiler:round 1 of the Love Live preliminaries]] because Honoka's group didn't have any other place to perform.
* GracefulLoser:[[spoiler: They lose the final round of the Love Live preliminaries to μ's. According to Tsubasa during her conversion with Honoka, they have taken it well, even stating that they knew they had lost after seeing μ's performance.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: 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.
* LegendaryInTheSequel: As of ''Sunshine'' they are considered a legendary school idol group alongside μ's.
* OlderThanTheyLook: It's easy to miss due to their comparison to the μ's second years (see {{Foil}} above) but official profiles list all of them as third years.
* TheRival: To μ's, even specifically stating that they are the group that they have been keeping an eye on the most.
** PrivilegedRival: Subverted. While UTX is an affluent school with facilities that are not found in Otonokizaka Academy, this does not give A-RISE a real advantage over μ's. They became one of the country's most popular idol groups simply by being dedicated to what they do.
* ZettaiRyouiki: In both of their concert outfits.

[[folder: Tsubasa Kira]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MeguSakuragawa (Japanese), Creator/CassandraLee (English)

The leader and center of A-RISE.
* CharacterTic: Possibly. During A-RISE's performance in Season 2 Episode 3 she winks in practically every close-up shot of her. However this doesn't seem to happen much anywhere else.
* EnemyMine: Seems to have this attitude towards μ's and Honoka (in a friendly way). [[spoiler: 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.
* GenkiGirl: 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.
* GracefulLoser:[[spoiler: Fully admits her loss in the preliminaries, even mentioning that she knew A-RISE had lost during μ's' performance.]]
* HeroicBSOD:[[spoiler: During her conversation with Honoka in episode 10, she states that while A-RISE has taken their loss in the preliminaries well, she herself cannot fully understand why they lost to μ's'. She says like μ's', A-RISE has put their best effort in their performance and they also have the team chemistry and audience appeal that μ's' has, so why they lost was not a question of effort or talent. She seemed to have found a satisfactory answer to her question after seeing μ's' slogan at the end of the episode.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: Almost definitely unintentional, but it's a little amusing how Tsubasa tells Nico that every group needs a little imp when she's noticeably shorter than Erena and Anju herself. In the Japanese version, however, she calls Nico a "小悪魔 (Koakuma)" meaning "little devil" and referring to her devilishly cute, alluring charm.
* TheLeader: Of A-RISE.
* NiceHat: In both of her concert outfits.
* ShesGotLegs: Her outfit she wears in Season 2, Episode 3 has it. In [[ this gif ]] she wears the outfit and the camera is zoomed in on her hips/thighs.
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Seems to be pretty calculating, if not the most GenreSavvy of her group, as well as incredibly charismatic.
* TwoFirstNames: "Tsubasa" and "Kira" are usually used as first names.
* TsurimeEyes

[[folder: Erena Toudou]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MahoMatsunaga (Japanese), Creator/ErikaHarlacher (English)

The tallest and more mature-looking member of the group.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* BeautyMark: Under her left eye.
* TheStoic: She certainly gives off that vibe, even more so compared to Tsubasa and Anju.
* TsurimeEyes
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]

[[folder: Anju Yuuki]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyuruOhashi (Japanese), Corina Boettger (English)

The third member of the group.
* CharacterTic: She fiddles with her hair [[ frequently]]. The majority of the scenes she's in [[ she does this.]] Its always on the same side too.
* HimeCut: Albeit sort of wavy.
* TheOjou: Is described as being "princess-like" and is more soft-spoken than her other two group members.
* TaremeEyes: The only member of the group with them.

[[folder:Supporting Characters]]
!Hideko, Mika and Fumiko
[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Fumiko, Mika, Hideko]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MarieMiyake (Hideko), Creator/SayuriHara (Mika), Creator/NozomiYamamoto (Fumiko) (Japanese), Creator/MelaLee (Hideko), Ryan Bartley (Mika), Creator/NatalieHoover (Fumiko) (English)

Three of Honoka's classmates who appear throughout the anime to help μ's in any way they can.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: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.]]
* CrazyPrepared: [[spoiler:They were carrying the costumes for "Bokura wa Ima no Naka de" in case μ's needed to do an encore at Love Live.]]
* EleventhHourRanger: After showing no interest in actually joining in for the entire series, they take part in the school idol dance at the end of the movie.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys 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 [[spoiler:look after Honoka when she's feeling depressed]]. However, they always appear together and their names are barely even mentioned.

!Director Minami
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NorikoHidaka (Japanese), Creator/KarenStrassman (English)

The mother of Kotori and director of the Otonokizaka Academy.
* GoodParents: She's an understanding mother to Kotori through and through, giving her daughter time to think about her study-abroad opportunity instead of just forcing her to do it. [[spoiler:Mrs. Minami doesn't even seem to express any issue with Kotori deciding to stay in Japan with her friends at the last minute.]]
* HimeCut
* MumLooksLikeASister: She looks like she's in her mid-late 20's, or very early 30's, and could probably be mistaken for Kotori's older sister.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: She lets μ's perform on the opening campus as long as they pass their final exams.

!Yukiho Kōsaka
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NaoTouyama (Japanese), Creator/ChristineMarieCabanos (English)

Honoka's younger sister.
* ACupAngst: When Hanayo accidentally visits Honoka's home and her family sweet shop, Hanayo sees her in her bathing towel ranting in the mirror to have bigger boobs.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling
* FamilyThemeNaming: Shares the "穂" (ho) character with her sister, notable in that the sweet shop her family manages is called "Homura", phonetically mirroring this.
* {{Fangirl}}: Of A-RISE, although she later starts taking a liking to μ's.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The {{Tomboy}} to Arisa's Girly Girl.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: When wearing casual clothing.

!Alisa Ayase
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/AyaneSakura (Japanese), Creator/BriannaKnickerbocker (English)

Eli's younger sister.
* AscendedFangirl: A huge fan of μ's (especially Umi), who aims to join as soon as she gets into high school. [[spoiler: Subverted though, since she and Yukiho decide that it would better for them to form their own group, rather than to join μ's.]]
* ButNotTooForeign: She's 1/4 Russian, like her sister.
* {{Fangirl}}: Like Yukiho, she loves μ's. Eli wasn't too happy about this at first.
* FishOutOfWater: She grew up in Russia, so she has all kinds of wrong ideas about Japanese food and drinks.
* GenderFlip[=\=]CompositeCharacter[=\=]RetCon: Eli has two younger brothers in earlier source materials.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Blond with light blue eyes.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Official subs use Arisa, ''School Idol Festival'' uses Alisa.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girl to Yukiho's {{Tomboy}}.

!Cocoro, Cocoa, and Cotaro Yazawa
[[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Cotaro, Cocoro and Cocoa in the anime.]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/SoraTokui (all) (Japanese), Creator/StephanieSheh (Cocoro), Creator/JaniceKawaye (credited as Janice Roman Roku) (Cocoa), Creator/JulieAnnTaylor (Cotaro) (English)

Nico's siblings. Cocoro and Cocoa originally debuted in Nico's School Idol Diary novel as a pair of twins. In the anime adaption, however, Nico also has a younger brother, Cotaro.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Cocoa originally had dark hair just like her siblings in the novel, but it was lightened a bit in the anime.
* AlliterativeFamily: 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.
* AlternateContinuity: Cororo and Cocoa are originally twins and only about 5 years old in the novel.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Cotaro's tendency to stare blankly into the distance, coupled with his tendency to speak in a slow and unemotional drawl implies some form of Autism or intellectual/emotional development disorder.
* [[BigBrotherWorship Big Sister Worship]]: All three firmly believe that Nico is a "super idol".
* CanonForeigner: From all of the Yazawa siblings, Cotaro is the only brother seen in the Anime.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: 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 NotSoDifferent 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.
* GirlishPigtails: 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.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag: In the novel, Cocoa has twintails just like Nico while Cocoro has one ponytail.
** CallBack: In the novel, Cocoa's twintails are more similar to Nico's twintails in her earlier design.
* IdiotHair: Cotaro has one.
* TheOneGuy: Cotaro is the only (human) male character in the series shown on-screen. And he's [[CanonForeigner only in the anime]] on top of being a TokenMiniMoe. Although Eli has two younger brothers instead of a sister in earlier versions.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: They all look a lot like Nico. Hanayo even mistakes Cocoro (a grade schooler) for her older sister at first. Even moreso in the novel where both are twins and represented both early and current design of their big sisters.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Or, rather, a C. Cocoro, not Kokoro. Cotaro, not Kotaro. Cocoa, not Kokoa. This is according to official subs.
** However, if we go by ThemeNaming, Kokoro means 'heart', while Kokoa means 'love heart' which also fit with Nico's character theme. While Kotaro literally just means "first son."
* TalkingToHerself: All three share the same voice actress in the Japanese version, Tokui Sora, who also voices Nico.
* TokenMiniMoe: They're ''small'' compared to already-small Nico.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Cocoa and Cocoro respectively in anime.
* VerbalTic: In the novel, the twins will sometimes end their sentence with "Nico!". Their sister has taught them well.
** Cotaro has a tendency to drag out his words with a long, dopey unemotional drawl, such as ''"Gakooouuuu" ("Schooooll"), "Deeekiiitaaa" ("Fiiiniissshed")'' and of course the ever infamously hilarious ''"Aaah... Baaack Daaanceeer."''


A pair of alpacas kept at Otonokizaka High School.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: The alpaca with fluffy white fur is actually male.
* JokeCharacter: In ''School Idol Festival'', you could get them on AprilFoolsDay 2015 as cards, though they can't actually be put in teams. Their only purpose is to be used to boost other members' EXP in Practice. On April 1st, 2016 the chimes used when tapping a note was replaced by alpaca sounds.
* LadyLooksLikeADude: The alpaca with rough brown fur is actually female, as confirmed when it's revealed to be pregnant in Season 2.
* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The male alpaca is very amicable, but gods help you if you anger the female one, as Eli and a few other girls have learned the hard way.
* NiceGuy: The male alpaca is very easy to get along with.
* PerpetualSmiler: The male alpaca is always smiling.

!Kousaka Honoka's Mother
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MasumiAsano (Japanese), Creator/JulieAnnTaylor (English)

Kousaka Honoka's mother. She works in a wagashi shop which is also her home.

!Kousaka Honoka's father
Kousaka Honoka's father. Works in a sweets shop along with her wife.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: [[spoiler:In ''School Idol Diary'', Honoka reveals that her father is pissed off to Honoka's actions on being a School Idol.]]
* TheFaceless: His face is always offscreen or hidden.
* TheVoiceless: In the Anime, he doesn't speak much. [[spoiler:But in School Idol Diary, he does speak, albeit mentioned by Honoka.]]


* CanonForeigner

!Maki Nishikino's mother
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KikukoInoue (Japanese), ??? (English)

Maki's mother.
* EyelessFace: Along with her husband in the original manga adaptation of ''School Idol Project''.

!Maki Nishikino's father
[[caption-width-right:200:[[labelnote:click here]][[/labelnote]] to see his appearance in the ''School Idol Project'' manga]]
Maki's father, who is also a doctor on the Nishikino Infirmary.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the original ''School Idol Project'' manga, he possesses a darker hair color. In the manga adaptation of ''School Idol Diary'', he possesses a lighter hair color.
* BerserkButton: As mentioned by Maki in her chapter in the ''School Idol Diary'' novels: [[spoiler:Her father went angry when he found out that her daughter became a school idol. Even Maki witnessed his outraged expression being similar with a demon trembling with rage.]]
* EyelessFace: Along with his wife in the original manga adaptation of ''School Idol Project''.
* FantasyForbiddingFather: [[spoiler:Like Honoka's father in the ''School Idol Diary'' novel, Maki's father is pretty much against Maki for becoming a school idol. In his case, he only wants Maki to focus on her studies & higher exam scores.]]
* OpaqueNerdGlasses: Usually seen in his physical appearance, but close-ups of him sees his eye.
* TheMedic: Given that he's the head of the infirmary.

!Rin Hoshizora's mother

Rin's Mother, who made a physical appearance in ''The School Idol Movie''.
* TheCameo

!Hanayo Koizumi's mother
Hanayo's Mother, who made a physical appearance in ''The School Idol Movie''.
* TheCameo
* QuittingToGetMarried: [[spoiler:In ''School Idol Diary'', Hanayo's mother used to be an idol before she started a family life.]]