Characters: Ouran High School Host Club
A list of characters from the Ouran High School Host Club
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The Host Club as a Whole
Tropes applicable to the entire club:
- The Beautiful Elite: Their presence, understandably, turns quite a few heads in-universe. This was the point of the club.
- Bishōnen: The girl is a Bifauxnen.
- Chick Magnets: Their customers are the entire female population of Ouran.
- Costume Porn: Furthered by the fact that Hikaru and Kaoru's mom actually is a fashion designer.
- Fetish Fuel Station Club: Invoked, that's what it's made for.
- Fiction 500: With the exception of Haruhi each club member is stinky rich.
- Mr. Fanservice: Again, kinda the entire point.
- Sharp Dressed Men Plus Girl: The Ouran high school boys' uniform is a rather stylish suit, and they wear other types of formal wear for special events.
- Something about a Rose: Tamaki is the worst offender, but the whole club frequently employs rose motifs.
- True Companions: All of them grow really tight over the series, exemplified by both the anime and manga's finales.
of the series. A transfer student to Ouran High School who winds up working with the Host Club to help pay off her debt after accidentally breaking a really expensive vase.
- A-Cup Angst: The subject rarely comes up, but she doesn't seem too happy with her bust. She gets mad when a swimsuit is picked for her that hides a flat chest and after she realizes she likes Tamaki she laments her boyish face and figure.
- Allergic to Love: After she realizes she is in love with Tamaki. She gets better later.
- Ambiguously Bi: States that she doesn't care about genders and blushes in the anime when she accidentally kisses Kanako, which would imply that she's open to fall for girls. Her being Oblivious to Love however keeps this from being further explored.
- Animal Motifs: Often compared to a raccoon for her cute face and homely nature.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: See Sweet Polly Oliver.
- Audience Surrogate: Generally, whenever somebody is needed to act as the peanut gallery for the weirdness going on, Haruhi fills the role.
- Bad Bad Acting:
- In the anime, when helping the Zuka club with their play. There was no emoting involved whatsoever.
- Averted when dealing with the club's customers, but it's made fairly clear that she doesn't think of it as playing any kind of role. When she's a host, she's mostly just being herself; the guys identify her immediately as the "natural type".
- Bokukko: Uses "boku" and occasionally "ore" to refer to herself.
- Boyish Short Hair: This is why she was mistaken for a boy. Pre-story she had much longer hair in a sterotypically feminine style, but she cut it all off when a kid stuck some gum in it. In the post-story omake she starts letting it grow it out again.
- Brainy Brunette: Scholarship Student and more focused on studying than anyone else in the series, likely because without her academic scholarship she isn't rich enough to be employed at Ouran.
- Brutal Honesty: She doesn't mince her words.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her feelings for Tamaki until Chapter 80 (although she acually does the chapter after)
- Catch Phrase: Something along the lines of "I hate these damn rich people."
- Character Development: She goes through a lot, from disliking the Host Club and not having an once of curiosity for anything in the world, to slowly warming up to them and participating more and more in the activities until she ends up loving them and even stays with them after her debt is paid. Through this she grows more outgoing and determined, and also learns to appreciate Tamaki, seeing him for the immensely kind person he is until she falls for him. Even with this revelation she goes through quite a bit; she initially freaks out and tries her best to deny it, until she eventually calms down, but decides that she still "has so much to learn" before she can tell him, and hides her feelings for a while, returning more or less to her old self. Being more and more confronted with her feelings however, through sharing an Accidental Kiss with him and actively helping him get reunited with his mother, she ultimately can't keep it in anymore and confesses to him. After two years of dating, the two happily gets married.
- The Chick: The only girl and the Only Sane Woman.
- Clueless Chick Magnet: More like Clueless Bishōnen Magnet, initially (Until the latter part of her Character Development kicked in). She used to get confessions at least once a month, usually more. However, when people like Arai or Hikaru confess to her, she assumes they mean something like 'I want to go to Ouran as well' or 'want to go outside with me?'
- Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes.
- Cute Bookworm: Although we rarely see her read, it's often mentioned it's her favorite leisure time activity.
- Daddy's Girl: She doesn't think he's embarassing and takes care of him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Usually around Tamaki (oh, say, 95% of the time?)
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Haruhi may not have been a full-blown Ice Queen, but she initially cared little for the Host Club and solely cared about fulfilling her debt until she gradually befriended all the Host Club members and grew to love the Host Club.
- Even the Girls Want Her: As a girl, she got confessions regularly (at least once a month, during middle school). As a 'boy' she gets as many or more fangirls than anyone in the host club short of Tamaki. Well... Except they don't know the fact that she's a girl.
- Fear of Thunder: One of the few things Haruhi is genuinely afraid of.
- Friend to Bugs: Implied in Episode 8 when she finds a centipede on a crab and, instead of killing it, she simply picks it up and throws it aside. When asked if she could have been easier on it, she said, "It takes a lot more than that to kill a bug."
- Gender-Blender Name: Haruhi is a valid boy's name and since she's working class nobody knows about her family or history. Thus, she can use it to her advantage and pretend to be a guy, though it wasn't her original intention.
- Generation Xerox: Looks and acts a lot like her deceased mother. Like said mother, she becomes a lawyer and falls in love with and marries an idiotic Nice Guy.
- The Glasses Gotta Go: When Tamaki first removes Haruhi's glasses, revealing her large, bishonen-style eyes. The host club insists she wear contacts from then on, as her eyes are apparently a draw for female customers.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Reveals to have felt this way towards Kanoya, a transfer student who crushed over Tamaki and continuously sticked by his side after he saved her from getting kicked by a horse.
- Happy Holidays Dress: A bonus art picture has her wearing an old-fashioned red holiday dress with white frills, a bonnet, and a short white fur cape.
- Hime Cut: Before she cut her hair short. A inversion as she lacks every single trait normally associated with it.
- I Can't Dance: In the ball before she goes to America Haruhi ends up stepping on Tamaki's feet when they dance since it's her first time dancing the girl's part.
- I Choose to Stay: Remains with the Host Club after her debt is paid (in both anime and manga).
- Imagine Spot: Subverted. That distant, unfocused look? It means she's mentally reviewing this week's store specials as she plans her grocery shopping list.
- Informed Attractiveness: Most of the Host Club members and especially Tamaki will continuously fawn over how "cute!!!" she is, even though they're surrounded by equally, if not more, cute girls on a daily basis. The same goes for the Zuka club, and in the past, Haruhi had apparently received love confessions from guys once a month. Though it might be her boyish and "natural" look that makes her stand out.
- Innocently Insensitive: While she can be intentionally rude, most of the jerky statements she makes are said without any malice. Coupled with her emotional density and popularity you have a social disaster waiting to happen.
- Insistent Terminology: She always refers to Tamaki with the honorific of sempai, even after they've been dating for 2 years.
- Inter-Class Romance: With Tamaki; he's ultra rich and she's a working class girl with middle class aspirations.
- Invisible Subtle Difference: The only one who can note the subtle differences between the twins is Haruhi, implying that she judges people more by inner character than surface appearance.
- The Kirk: More levelheaded than most of the club members, able to judge situations and respond accordingly. She rounds out Tamaki's passion and Kyouya's shrewdness.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Very early on, Haruhi is assumed to be male because of her very unflattering appearance.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: It's constantly lampshaded how similar Tamaki is to her father (minus the fact that her father is a bisexual professional crossdresser). They get married at the end of the final bonus chapter.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: Grows her hair long again after becoming Tamaki's girlfriend.
- Love Epiphany: In Chapter 57, she realizes that she's in love with Tamaki.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl (Bifauxnen, stoic, etc) to Tamaki's Feminine Boy (roses, effeminate behavior, etc).
- Missing Mom: Hers has been dead for several years.
- Mistaken for Gay: Before Haruhi goes to America, the Host Club arrange a ball in honor of her decision, and eventually have her show up with a wig and dress to show their customers that she's really a girl, a revelation they happily accept, admitting they knew already. However as it turns out, they thought she was just fond of cross-dressing, and that they were supporting a "forbidden love" between her and Tamaki.
- Obliviously Beautiful: She doesn't seem to realize how her looks gain people's attention.
- Oblivious to Love: Painfully oblivious; see Clueless Person Magnet and outer tropes. At first.
- Official Couple: Fell in love with Tamaki and, according to Word of God, ends up marrying him.
- Only Sane Woman: Regularly snarks at the silly antics of the club before being dragged along.
- Opposites Attract: With Tamaki; she's a low energy snarker while he's a high energy ham.
- Out-of-Character Moment: When she goes to Karuizawa, the narration describes her Inner Monologue in a cheerful, bubbling tone with a note that it was 'freshened up' to match the atmosphere.
- Penny Among Diamonds: A commoner who manages to make it into an elite private school for the very rich.
- Precision F-Strike: Played for Laughs; she occasionally refers to herself as "ore", which isn't necessarily as bad as the F-word would be in the English language, but Tamaki treats it as such and the word is almost always bleeped out when she uses it.
- Protectorate: Mess with her and the whole Host Club will be after your blood.
- Scholarship Student: The only reason she can afford Ouran.
- Sexy Man, Instant Harem: She's got three of the four down and she does a pretty good job of faking the 'man' part as well.
- Sexy Santa Dress: It's in the Side Story Bonus Art, but she still wears one◊.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Everyone in-universe agrees that she looks amazing in formal dress, it's just that cleaning up is such a drag for her because of all of the time she has to spend on housekeeping. If it were up to her, she would be going around school in her infamous Haruhi Potter wear every day.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Does not show an ounce of interest in any guy or even romance in general before she falls for Tamaki.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She realizes she fell in love with Tamaki because of his kindness.
- Sixth Ranger: The newest member of the Host Club, long after their founding.
- Sloth: Apart from being something of a jerk occasionally, this is her main flaw. Though she's certainly not lazy at school or at home, she never wants to do anything new or even slightly troublesome. Justified in that she doesn't want anything to distract her from achieving her goals.
- Supporting Protagonist: She's the view point character but she's dragged along by debt into the host club activities.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only girl in the Host Club.
- The Snark Knight: "You rich bastards..."
- Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her late mother, and even has a similar aloof, no-nonsense personality.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: While she isn't exactly cold, she is usually detached and lazy but also very caring towards her friends.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Not that she cares if anyone knows she's a girl or not, but the rest of the Host Club persists in maintaining the charade in order to keep her in the club.
- Tareme Eyes: Strong willed but possibly because it's more a quiet sloth than a aggressive thing.
- Tomboy: Less of a 'likes traditional boy activities' than a 'doesn't care about traditional girl activities'.
- Tomboyish Name: She is mistaken by most people to be male partially because "Haruhi" is an unisex name.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She dresses like a boy at school and doesn't care if people mistake her for one. While she doesn't mind dressing up in feminine clothing when the occasion calls for it, her everyday clothes are obviously chosen primarily for practicality. On the girly side her hobbies include cooking, cleaning and sewing. The anime gave her a distinctive dress over jeans weekend outfit to underline the two sides of her character.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ootoro (fatty tuna, very expensive and fancy). It's turned into a Running Gag.
- Unwanted Harem: Tamaki, Hikaru, Kaoru (shown more so in the manga), Renge, Kasanoda, and her middle school classmate Arai all like Haruhi. She was even confessed to by her old schoolmates an average of once per month prior to transferring to Ouran. Not that Haruhi noticed any of that.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: While she's reliable and level-headed, her father is a flaming transvestite with emotional issues.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Played straight with Haruhi herself, but zig-zagged with the club guests/fangirls. At first, they invoke this trope when they remark that they'd love to see how Haruhi would look dressed as a woman, and later, when they claim to have figured out Haruhi's "secret", they agree that "he" DOES look good as a woman. It's not until later that they realize that Haruhi is, in fact, female, and that the "closeted gay boy" they've been championing this whole time was not.
- Women Are Wiser: She seems like this as she is much more sensible then her clubmates, but it's more like Commoners Are Wiser as the club's customers are just as silly as they are. Both live in awe of "commoner wisdom."
- Work Off the Debt: The only reason Haruhi joined the club in the first place.
- You Didn't Ask: Essentially the reason why she didn't tell the Host Club that she was a girl when they first met; they'd just assumed she was male from her hairstyle and manner of dress, and she points out that she never said she wasn't a girl.
Tamaki Suoh (Renč Tamaki Richard de Grantaine)
The founder and president of the Host Club and quite the charmer (even though he comes off as a well-meaning idiot half the time). Tamaki likes to think of himself as the "daddy" of the Host Club, and thinks of Haruhi as his "daughter".
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Has dirty blonde hair in the manga.
- Adorkable: Repeat 'charming well meaning idiot'.
- All-Loving Hero: This guy will help anybody, anytime. It is explicitly this which brought the host club together in the first place, and it makes the other club members highly loyal to and protective of him.
- Animal Motifs: A dog, for his energized, lovable and loyal personality.
- Anger Born of Worry: He yells at Haruhi for trying to take on a group of bullies by herself and nearly getting killed in the process.
- Beware The Nice/Silly Ones: It's pretty scary to see him angry. He will snap at anyone who puts Haruhi's life in danger (including Haruhi herself), and in general; don't mess with any of his Host Club members or their guests. You will be sorry.
- Bishie Sparkle: He has this background half the time.
- But Not Too Foreign: He's half-Japanese and half-French.
- Camp Straight: He's effeminate, carries roses everywhere, volunteered to wear a pimped out dress and yet he only has eyes for Haruhi.
- Character Development: He eventually realizes his feelings for Haruhi and also learns that the Host Club bonds are so strong that they won't break apart even if he should pursue her. Later Haruhi teaches him to quit hiding his feelings (when he pretends he doesn't want to see his mother) and that it's much better for a family if he, his father and his grandmother would just be honest with each other.
- The Charmer: He has his dad's talent at sweet-talking people.
- Chick Magnet: He's the Club's king for a reason; 70 percent of the club's customers chose him.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He's surprisingly conservative even when he tries to get with Haruhi.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The way his mind gets from idea to hypothesis to conclusion would baffle the greatest psychologist.
- Corner of Woe: Comes with its own mushrooms!
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Can sometimes fall into this in regards to Haruhi. He's mostly harmless and a lovable idiot though.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He can shift from "simpering fop" to "forceful leader" instantly if the situation is sufficiently serious. He's also more athletic than one would think, and he can pull off a damn good Dynamic Entry.
- Determinator: Perhaps the flakiest and flightiest character to ever earn the distinction, but Tamaki resolutely refuses to be forced to choose between any of the people he cares about. Which comes to a big shock to his father when Tamaki makes it quite clear he wants good relationships with both his mom and his Evil Matriarch grandmother, and puts him in agony when his grandmother forbids him from having any contact with Haruhi.
- Deuteragonist The main plot of the show and its action is caused by him.
- Drama King: He zig-zags this trope as shallow or immediate issues at hand will greatly upset him, making sure everyone else sees his problems as well. When it comes to real, psychological issues regarding himself or his family however, he will keep it hidden and pretend like, or convince himself that everything's fine.
- Dumb Blond: He acts like a ditz, but he effortlessly gets the second best grades in the second year classes behind only Kyoya.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Or in his case half-French.
- First Guy Wins: He's the first Host Club member to reach out to Haruhi while she doesn't familiarize herself with the twins until a while later.
- Genius Ditz: He gets excellent grades, he's amazingly insightful when it comes to analyzing other people's feelings and motivations... and yet, still undeniably an Idiot Hero.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Honest, chivalrous and not acting when he charms customers. He also has a general naivety when it comes to the world having grown up fairly sheltered.
- Heroic Bastard: He was born as the result of an affair between his dad and a French woman. His father later dissolved his first marriage and married his paramour.
- Heroic BSOD:
- Most of Episode 23's plot, Tamaki's Unwitting Depression, revolves him lamenting about Kasanoda knows that Haruhi is a girl, and realizing that he's not Haruhi's father. Of course, it's played for laughs.. To an extent.
- In Episode 25, Eclair More Than Mind Controls him into shutting down the host club, which is aided by the notion that he and that the host club are becoming burdens to the others. His presence has diminished like a snuffed out candle.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kyouya; they started the club together and have the closest relationship of the hosts.
- Hollywood Genetics: Inherited lilac eyes and blonde hair from his mother when realistically he should have brown eyes and hair like his father.
- Idiot Hero: He'll help anyone but often blunders it.
- Imagine Spot: He's had so many of these that it's been named "Tamaki's Inner Mind Theatre".
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: As most clearly shown during the manga's Darkest Hour.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Haruhi doesn't think he has a dark side.
- Inter-Class Romance: With Haruhi; see her example.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: Tamaki is downright girly sometimes, and in generally has the heart of an artist.
- It's All About Me: Downplayed. For all that Tamaki certainly makes a lot of noise about how awesome he is, it all drops away in an instant if anyone seems to seriously need help.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: Tamaki constantly attempts to get Haruhi into pretty dresses.
- Keet: Super energy and cheer.
- Ladykiller in Love: 70 percent of the school's female students swoon over him, but he only has eyes for Haruhi.
- Large Ham: All that posing and charming and loud declarations? They're not acting. That's how he really is.
- The Leader: Type Charismatic; He leads by charisma when he's not being a moron. To be specific, it's 'King'.
- Love Epiphany: He finally realizes his feelings for Haruhi in Chapter 64 (and reveals it in Chapter 68)... before this having misinterpreted his feelings in a way only he could.
- Love Martyr: Falls head over heels for Haruhi even though she 80% of the time treats him like a huge pain in her butt. Then again, he kind of asks for it.
- Manic Pixie Dream Guy: More energetic and spontaneous than Haruhi and encourages her out of her shell.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Haruhi's Masculine Girl; see her example.
- The McCoy: The most passionately driven member of the club, quick to let his emotions guide him and throw him into all kinds of trouble.
- Meaningful Name: In Chapter 77, he points this out to his grandmother, that his father had chosen his name which means "a circle overcoming everything" or more spesifically "ring", no doubt complimenting his personality.
- Missing Mom: Tamaki's Evil Matriarch grandmother sent her to the French countryside and forbade any kind of contact between them.
- Mistaken for Gay: His clients realize that he and Haruhi are together and are accepting of it, thinking that Haruhi is a guy and that they're having a "forbidden relationship" with each other.
- Mood-Swinger: Part of the Cloud Cuckoolander jumps of logic and his general emotional extremes lead to this.
- Mundane Object Amazement: So, so much. For example, he's amazed by 'commoner coffee'.
- Nice Guy: Seriously just wants everyone to get along, the poor guy.
- Oblivious to Love: Tamaki is convinced that he thinks of Haruhi as a "daughter" when in reality he is actually in love with her.
- Official Couple: Ends up marrying Haruhi.
- Opposites Attract: With Haruhi; she's a low energy snarker while he's a high energy ham.
- Overly Long Name: His full name while he was a kid in France (See folder label). Gets a word longer with his current surname.
- The Pollyanna: Especially in later chapters of the manga; there is no getting his spirit down.
- Princely Young Man: The Prince Charming type with some light shades of Rebel Prince.
- Purple Eyes: Do a CTRL+F search on this page and you'll find princely desciptions a dozen times. He's the Club King after all.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Kyouya's blue.
- The Reveal: In Chapter 55 he reveals his full (french) name to be Renč Tamaki Richard de Grantaine. Though it's not treated like a big deal.
- Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Ridiculously wealthy but well... see Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He only has eyes for Haruhi.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Or so he often states...
- Something about a Rose: Often has one, in his hand or in his screen frame.
- Spoiled Sweet: For being so rich he's always sweet.
- Taking the Bullet: In a downplayed version of the trope: he saves a transfer student from getting kicked by a horse, shielding her with his body which ends with him getting kicked instead. He's not badly injured however, but still has a hurting shoulder for a while afterwards.
- Tareme Eyes: Can cross with Tsurime Eyes when he's feeling particulary cocky.
- Team Dad: He claims the role, but he's actually the emotional and nurturing Team Mom.
The vice-president of the Host Club, and one of Tamaki's closest friends. Kyouya tends to take a more responsible approach to the club's activities, and tries to make sure that Tamaki and the others don't go overboard.
- The Chessmaster: This is why he is the "Shadow King".
- Chessmaster Sidekick: He's more than content to let Tamaki run the host club and serve as the group's "front man."
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: During the crossdressing escapade, he's the only one who even remotely resembles an actual woman◊. Though that might have been because his face wasn't splattered with make up like those of the other boys.
- Fiction 500: He's independently wealthy, being able to buy his family's failing company in the Anime.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: "He's like some evil tax collector!" Though this lessens as time goes on.
- Guile Hero: Cunning, devious; the chancellor to Tamaki's charismatic king.
- Harem Nanny: It's up to him to herd the host club, though he did have a day in the limelight with Haruhi.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tamaki who is his only friend instead of 'business associate''.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Yes, he's stingy, sneaky, and puts up the air of a heartless know-it-all, but his loyalty to Tamaki and the host club is unwavering and he'd risk his own reputation to help them.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Tamaki. He's the one making the host club practical.
- In-Series Nickname: "Shadow King".
- The Lancer: The cold tactician to Tamaki's Idiot Hero.
- Miser Advisor: Of a more proactive variety; he's the only reason the club still has money.
- Not a Morning Person: It's very hard to wake him up. In one of his day-in-the-limelight episodes, Tamaki and the rest of the Host Club descend upon Kyouya in the morning, stuff him into his clothes, and drag him all the way out to a shopping mall before he finally comes around into consciousness.
- Not So Stoic: Episode 24 of the anime; in the manga, his blow up at Tamaki's father.
- Number Two: If Tamaki is the King then he is the Prime Minister, or Evil Chancellor.
- Odd Friendship: With Kaoru, of all people, in later manga chapters.
- Poisonous Friend: A relatively mild example given the idealistic tone of the series, but definitely in effect between Kyouya and Tamaki. Tamaki, All-Loving Hero, wants to help everyone and seems oblivious to any signs that anyone might have it out for him; Kyouya is entirely okay with going behind Tamaki's back to protect his interests and make it very clear that anyone who messes with him will be made to regret it. The newspaper club episode provides a particularly vivid example.
- Princely Young Man: The Ice King type to further contrast with Tamaki's Prince Charming.
- The Proud Elite: He is the brain behind the Host Club. He acts as though he cares only about the bottom line and what will benefit himself, as he feels befits the third son of the Otori family, but he has been shown to have a well-hidden altruistic streak.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: The visual and his demeanor make him a colder beauty for customers than Tamaki's golden charm.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Tamaki's red as the straightest example of this trope.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Regardless of his disdain for Tamaki's fobbery, he goes along with it.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Complete with their own scary backdrops!
- The Smart Guy: He does the club's finances.
- The Snark Knight: Not to the same extent as Haruhi (because he joins the activities she snarks at) but he has his moments.
- The Social Expert: He's good at identifying people's desires and handles. Tamaki frustrated the hell out of him until Kyouya finally realized he desired nothing more than his friendship.
- The Spock: Cold, calculating but not always.
- Stoic Spectacles: Once again, for contrast with Tamaki.
- Team Mom: According to Tamaki, but he's really the stern and disciplining Team Dad.
- Token Evil Teammate: Kyouya is considered by everyone in the club to be more or less evil, especially compared to everyone else. Even the twins are afraid of him, but he's still mostly a good guy.
- Tsurime Eyes: Another visual contrast with Tamaki; there's nothing soft about him.
- Unkempt Beauty: As shown in Episode 17, Kyouya still looks good even when he's literally dragged out of bed in frumpy clothes and bed hair.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: As the third son to his family's line of work, he's pressured himself to surpass his older brothers' considerable achievements in order to have any chance of impressing his father and earning the right to inherit leadership of their company. It's when Tamaki enters his life that he starts to loosen up and care for other people for something other than business benefits.
- In the anime this ultimately leads to a Crowning Moment of Awesome in which he buys his dad's company (or at least the majority stock) from a competitor who was blackmailing his dad with it. Then he gives the whole thing right back to his dad like it's nothing at all.
Hikaru & Kaoru Hitachiin
Kaoru & Hikaru
A set of cunning and mischievous twins in the same class as Haruhi. Joining the Host Club helped them open up to others, as they previously believed that they could only depend on one another.
- Alliterative Name: Hikaru.
- Animal Motifs: Often compared to cats for their mischievous or at times indifferent nature.
- Bros Before Hoes: Kaoru gives up on his own feelings for Haruhi, "because Hikaru is more important to me", and he also wants Hikaru to develop further as a person.
- Character Development: Both of them go through quite a bit.
- Cheshire Cat Grins: Their default expressions. Heck, in the Alice in Wonderland parody they were the ones who played the Cheshire Cat!
- Creepy Twins: Lampshaded with a Shout-Out to The Shining.
- Defrosting Ice Kings: After meeting Tamaki they gained friends beyond each other; after befriending Haruhi they experienced romantic love.
- Dye Hard: In-Universe. Episode 5. In the manga, Hikaru dyes his hair in Chapter 53 as a result of their Divergent Character Evolution.
- Expy: They're like flirtier, more sociopathic versions of Fred and George, though it's probably a coincidence.
- Fake Defector: After Kaoru's made both of their feelings for Haruhi clear, he yells at Hikaru for still being too naive and he'll never let him have Haruhi if he'd really be okay with sharing her. The following days he then proceeds to flirt with Haruhi in front of Hikaru, telling Haruhi not to bother with him, asking her on a date and so forth. It then turns out he was intentionally trying to make Hikaru hate him so that Hikaru would "break free" from him, feeling he was in the way for his happiness for the way they were so codependent on each other. Luckily however, Hikaru sees through this and eventually convinces Kaoru he's wrong, and they will still always be together even if they start embracing their differences more, and for the sake of being distinguished, simply dying their hair will be enough.
- Fiery Redhead: Hikaru is, but Kaoru is better at keeping his feelings in control. Defied later on when Hikaru dyes his hair a darker shade.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Invoked to play up their twinness; customers love it.
- The Gadfly: Pointing out harsh spots is a joy.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: Hikaru had been developing feelings for Haruhi for quite some time but kept mum about them. However, when an old school mate who was in love with Haruhi, Arai shows up and spends some time with her, Hikaru immediately becomes very possessive of Haruhi, making his feelings much more conspicuous.
- In the manga, Haruhi at some point talks very fondly of Tamaki to the point Hikaru gets pissed off and walks away, followed by Kaoru. Still being oblivious to why he feels like that however, Kaoru tells him how it's because he's in love with Haruhi.
- It Amused Us: They often explain their actions with "we were bored". Their actions were much harsher before joining the Host Club. In the main story they're merely mischievous.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Deconstructed: their bond was so close they couldn't form relationships with anyone else. Then they joined the host club. The "Heterosexual" part is in question, too.
- I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: These kids really like their "Commoner" coffee.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Invoked. Haruhi is the only one who isn't phased by their antics and who they can't seem to fool by a Twin Switch. This is what piqued their interest in the first place and the more Haruhi can tell them apart and shrugs off their pranks, the more they want her to themselves. Being in the same class only increases the effect in the matter.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Both twins towards Haruhi — though in Kaoru's case, it was more towards Hikaru.
- Ineffectual Loners: Up until they joined the Host Club they scorned the company of others.
- Jerks With Hearts Of Gold: They can be downright harsh at times, particulary in the flashbacks, stemmming from their past self-isolation and condescending outlook on other people who couldn't tell them apart (which is why Haruhi interests them so much). However, they've had plenty of Pet the Dog moments to counter this, especially Hikaru.
- Not So Different: From Tamaki. Especially in their backstory, where they dismiss Tamaki as an idiot, but whenever there's a bit of Tamaki goofiness going on, chances are, the twins are right behind. Sure, maybe it's For the Lulz, but deep down, they can be just as silly as he is. Likely due to Tamaki being the first person to break them out of their insular shells.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hikaru starts a lot of trouble and is impulsive if separated from Kaoru, while Kaoru is the colder brother and is usually more calm and collected if separated from Hikaru.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Both of them towards Haruhi.
- Screwy Squirrel: Nothing satisfies them more then messing with people's heads.
- Seme: Hikaru, though it was probably a joke.
- Shared Family Quirks: Their love of playing with people's minds (as well as a taste in fashion and make-up) comes from their mother and maternal grandmother. Their little sister in the bonus chapters is exactly the same as them when they were her age.
- Shonen Hair: Mostly in the anime.
- Sibling Triangle: Hikaru and Kaoru both develop feelings for Haruhi. Kaoru gives up on Haruhi because he cares about Hikaru more than his feelings for Haruhi and steps down, instead rooting for Hikaru to win Haruhi. However, after realizing Haruhi's and Tamaki's growing feelings for each other, Hikaru eventually decides to step down as well.
- Significant Birth Date: They were born on June 9 (6/9), showing that they're alike, but different. It's even more significant when you realize people born on that day are Gemini.
- Single-Minded Twins: They start like this. Haruhi says that she can tell them apart because Hikaru is '1 level meaner'. Eventually develop differing personalities as the series goes on.
- Slasher Smiles: When not Cheshire Cat Grins, their smiles usually turn into a borderline example of this.
- A Threesome Is Hot/Twin Threesome Fantasy: Exploited. That's what they use to elicit desire in their female guests.
- Trickster Archetype: Devious and trickery; their 'which one is Hikaru game' was a harsh way to force people to realize that they treated the twins as interchangable.
- Trickster Twins: Fond of pranks and Twin Switch.
- Tsundere: Hikaru is a male example towards Haruhi. He's a rather brusque and proud but when he's alone with Haruhi, he's usually much more considerate, even tender sometimes.
- Tsurime Eyes: Clues in on their devious, witty, and (mostly in Hikaru's case) prideful nature.
- Twincest: The boys play up their "brotherly affection" for their clients. It's ambiguous as to how much of it is an act.
- Twin Switch: Haruhi is the only person who can tell who is who, even when they are extra cunning. It was later revealed that their mother had long since developed the ability to differentiate them, but pretended to be clueless for the fun of it.
- What Is This Feeling?: Hikaru starts getting upset and jealous regarding Haruhi without knowing why as the story goes on. It's not until Kaoru points out the obvious that he realizes he loves her.
Mitsukuni "Hani (Honey)" Haninozuka
Honey is the youngest-looking member of the Host Club, yet actually the oldest one. He's a cousin to Mori, and his family owns a prestigious martial arts dojo.
- Badass: He's a black belt, not to mention he took down a squad of armed soldiers once.
- Badass Adorable: He's so gosh darn cute, even when he's slinging a Simple Staff.
- Berserk Button: Don't mess with Mori, Haruhi, or his stuffed bunny Usa-chan, and do not take his sweets away.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's tiny and huggable but he can wipe out elite bodyguards.
- Be Yourself: What Tamaki taught him during Hani's time of self-denial before joining the Host Club.
- Big Brother Instinct: He loves his little brother dearly, but the feeling isn't mutual. He also cares deeply about his fellow Host Club members. They serve as a Berserk Button if any of them are threatened.
- Big Brother Mentor: In the manga though even there his relationship with his brother Chika is a little wacky. In later chapters he occasionally plays this role for Kaoru.
- Big Eater: He eats three whole cakes every night for dessert.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Hani has a rabbit motiff to help establish him as the cute character of the Host Club. He carries around a pink stuffed bunny with him almost all the time. He can also make bunny shuriken, has a martial arts move called a "bunny kick", and in the manga a bunny-patterned background is sometimes used for panels featuring him.
- Creepy Child: How his brother thought of him; it was like Nekozawa.
- Cute Bruiser: Looks can be so, so deceiving.
- Cutesy Dwarf: Likely the cause of his shota appeal. It is revealed in an extra one-shot that Kyouya had been giving him vitamins in order to stunt his growth, as they already had a "Dumb blond character" (Tamaki) and didn't need another one. Once he stopped getting the vitamins he grew 32 centimeters in two months. It's a dream Haruhi had, but still.
- Deliberately Cute Child: He plays his child-like appearance to the hilt.
- Expy: He's frequently compared to Fruits Basket's Momiji Sohma, the "rabbit" of the zodiac (they also have the same seiyuu).
- First Name Basis: He's the only one that ever calls Mori by his first name, Takashi. In the same vein, Mori is the only one who reffers to him as Mitsukuni.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Chika's responsible.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: As proven by Renge, he has no 'angst side'. He really is that cute and sweet; inside and out. When told to bully Haruhi for a movie, he can't keep up the act and breaks down crying and apologizing.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mori; they're always together and on First Name Basis.
- I Know Karate: He will kick your ass if you mess with his friends or his bunny.
- In-Series Nickname: Honey.
- I Want to Be a Real Man: You can tell how that worked out for him; 'ore' and acting tough was too much of a contrast with his cutesy look. Tamaki convinced him of this.
- Keet: Like Tamaki he is full of cheer.
- Lost Food Grievance: The duel with his younger brother was over cake.
- Man Child: Keeps up with his cutesy personality even into university. It took a duel for Mori to convince him to restrain his childish behavior.
- The Nicknamer: Gives the club members (save Mori) nicknames that are shortened versions of their first names attached with the affectionate "-chan."
- Not a Morning Person: "I'M. STILL. SLEEPY!"
- Older Than He Looks: Despite having the appearance of a young boy (due to his Leap Day birthday), he's really the second oldest Host Club member.
- Opposites Attract: Perky little Hani-sempai is later Happily Married to Perky Goth Reiko in the manga.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Shortest and strongest.
- Person of Mass Destruction:
- Remember the bunny shaped mushroom cloud of explosion!
- His father forbid him from ever fighting at full strength. If he did, other countries might think that Japan was making a WMD.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Before he met Tamaki he was convinced to act like a manly man but then he joined the club and carried around Usa-chan. His father said he'd only allow him to go back to his cutesy ways if he beat him in a duel. Honey sent him to the hospital, covered in casts and bandages.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red, red, red. What's with these pairs and their conflicting personalities?
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his younger brother Chika who is much more serious and lacks a Sweet Tooth.
- Significant Birth Date: He was born on February 29; the joke being that he ages only every four years.
- Spoiled Sweet: Also like Tamaki he is extremely rich and extrememly friendly.
- Sweet Tooth: Both his first and last name make reference to this.
- Tareme Eyes: For the cuteness!
- Token Mini-Moe: He is the youngest looking of all the Host Club members, and looks and acts like a cute elementary school student. In fact, he is the oldest of the group.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cake. He values it above his relationship with his brother.
Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka
Mori is tall and intimidating, but very soft-spoken. As his family is sworn to protect the Haninozuka family, Mori shares a very special kinship with Honey and his friends.
- He can slice through a falling flower pot with his bare hand without so much as a flinch.
- He is the only person who can keep Honey under control.
- Badass Baritone: His voice is deep, especially in the English version.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- To Honey, who ironically is his older cousin.
- To Haruhi, almost from the very first time they meet - in the first episode of the anime, she calls out to him for help and he runs to her aid without a second thought.
- This could easily go with Mori's real little brother.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Honey again. While normally very supportive, he's the one to tell Honey when he can't do something, and is the only one who can really stop him. In the manga, he occasionally acts as one to Hikaru as well.
- The Big Guy: Biggest, strongest, etc.
- The Comically Serious: More stoic than Kyouya and still funny.
- First Name Basis: Mori calls Honey by his first name, and vice versa (they're the only ones who do this).
- Friend to All Living Things: In the manga he has a habit of befriending animals, including a tanuki and a chick.
- Gentle Giant: Tamaki explains that this is his biggest charm: he looks intimidating but cute adoring Honey is a visual cue that he's friendly and gentle. It's also explained that Mori's fans among the host club's patrons tend to be shy, quiet girls who find his quiet, steady stoicism reassuring.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Honey; they have first name basis.
- Hunk: Compared to the other Host Club members, he's incredibly tall and muscular, making him the most distinctly masculine of the group.
- Legacy of Service: Mori comes from a family with a long line of serving the Haninozuka clan. The master-servant bond was dispelled when the families were joined by marriage, but Mori still watches over and protects Honey like a big brother would.
- Master Swordsman: Though never seen, he is a kendo champion, and on occasion swings a sword around.
- The Quiet One: Mori does occasionally speak, but it's usually in short sentences. When he is very tired he becomes flirtatious and chatty. Weird.
- Rated M for Manly: He's really tall, really strong, great at martial arts and has a deep booming voice (in the rare events that he talks). To drive the point home, he was the only member of the Host Club who didn't crossdress during the whole Zuka Club fiasco.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yet another pair, yet another blue oni.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With his younger, more outspoken brother Satoshi.
- The Stoic: As high as Hani's energy is, his is the opposite. When he's really tired, his personality does a complete 180.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Cold and silent but caring.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: His attraction for customers.
- Tsurime Eyes: Again, to contrast Honey.
- Undying Loyalty: To Honey, though in a more brotherly manner. It's even reflected in his image song (which is entitled "Always By Your Side", for those not well versed in Japanese).
- Unkempt Beauty: He's called the "Wild Type" for a reason, you know.
An occasional visitor and self-proclaimed "advisor" to the Host Club. She used to live in France for a time before coming to Ouran at her father's behest. She has a one-sided infatuation with Kyouya, due to his resemblance to a character in one of her favorite dating sims.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: She loves joining the host club in cosplay.
- Drop-In Character: Actually more of a "rise out of the floor on a pedestal" character.
- Dynamic Entry: when you see the high powered motor brace for Incoming Ham.
- Fangirl: Ascended Fangirl. She played dating sims and now she's the manager of the host club.
- Genre Savvy: She starts out as Wrong Genre Savvy, but becomes this after joining up as the Host Club's "manager". Being a fangirl herself, she knows what fangirls want and, when Tamaki and Kyoya run out of ideas, she usually comes up with some for them. However, this largely applies to the anime as a lot of her roles in the manga were given to Tamaki.
- Hair Decorations: Always has a giant hair ribbon.
- Incoming Ham: If you see a close-up of the insides of a mechanical podium, particularly one with the tag "High-powered Motor", brace for hamminess!
- Large Ham: She rivals Tamaki in large presence and dramatic flair and defeated him in Ham-to-Ham Combat.
- Loving a Shadow: Crushed on Kyouya — who is, amusingly, nicknamed "the Shadow King" — because he looked like her favorite Dating Sim guy.
- Meta Girl: Naturally points out story telling conventions in her quest for moe.
- Moe: An in-universe expert on the subject.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: "Ooooooh! Ho-ho-ho-ho!"
- Otaku: Renge simply loves dating sims and cosplay.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's rich enough to travel to Japan and enroll in Ouran just to meet Kyouya, yet she's a Nice Girl, at least when her temper isn't triggered.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Haruhi Fujioka's Tomboy.
- Yaoi Fangirl: She approves of the common misconception of Honey and Mori's relationship and adores Kasanoda's crush on Haruhi.
Nekozawa (almost always referred to by his family name
) is the president of the Black Magic Club, identifiable by his black cloak and Beelzenef hand puppet. Despite his creepy demeanor, he's actually a nice (and incredibly cute
) guy under the hood.
- Beautiful All Along: Under the black cloak, the greasy wig, the creepy smile and the deep voice, Nekozawa is MORE BISHONEN THAN TAMAKI.
- Big Brother Instinct: Wants to serve this role for little sister Kirimi but she's scared of him because of the cloak and such.
- Black Cloak: He wears one because he's extremely sensitive to light. The manga gives him matching Speech Bubbles.
- Companion Cube: Beelzenef, his cat puppet.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Appears to be this because of his outfit and dark arts club persona. In actuality, he's blond, covers his hair with a wig and an adoring older brother.
- Meaningful Name: Neko, meaning "cat" — his family reveres them.
- Perky Goth: After patching up his relationship with his sister he becomes less sour and more happy.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He's the president of dark arts club, wears black, hates going out in the light, and has a cat-like puppet while Kirimi hates everything related to darkness, wears bright clothing, and bursts into tears if she's within close proximity of a cat.
- Weakened by the Light: Nekozawa is very photosensitive. Direct sunlight will cause him to pass out.
Ryoji "Ranka" Fujioka
Haruhi's father, who seems to share the same relaxed views on gender as she does. He works in an okama
bar, which is why he more often than not cross-dresses.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: When Haruhi was a kid, he didn't look a day over 20. Even now he looks much younger than one would expect from someone with a teenage daughter. Since Ranka got married to Kotoko when he was 19 and was barely out of his twenties when Haruhi was a kid he's still somewhat young and he's also an expert user of beauty supplies and cosmetics.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Averted. He seems this way, but Haruhi isn't embarrassed by him.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Even Kousaka admits that he looks prettier than her in make-up.
- Bi the Way: If labelled as 'gay', he will be quick to explains that he swings both ways, although he adds that he could never love another woman after Haruhi's mother.
- But Not Too Bi: While he's never actually seen romancing another man, he did say that the only reason he let the Host Club follow him while he tailed Haruhi at the super market was because he "wants to be seen around a bunch of cute boys" and told Tamaki that he won't win him over just because he's handsome.
- Children Raise You: Because of Kotoko's death and his long work hours, Haruhi does most of the work at home; cleaning and cooking for Ryoji and otherwise trying to take care of him, even telling him not to overwork himself for her.
- A Day in the Limelight: A bonus chapter tells the story of how he and Haruhi's mother met and fell in love.
- Doting Parent /Good Parents: A close relationship with Haruhi.
- Fourth Date Marriage: He proposed to Haruhi's mother on a whim after only knowing her for about two months.
- Genre Savvy: He seems to realize early on that Haruhi might end up falling for Tamaki, when watching them interact similarily to how he and Kotoko did.
- Happily Married: He was so in love with Haruhi's mother that he can't be attracted to other women.
- In-Series Nickname: His name is Ryouji, but he goes by his working name "Ranka".
- Inter-Class Romance: Haruhi's mother was a lawyer, he's a bartender who either started out in the working class or fell into it due to his proclivities.
- It's Okay If It's You: Inversion of the usual trope. He renounced his attraction to women because he could never love another woman like he did Kotoko, so basically "It's Not Okay If It's Not Her".
- Keet: So full of cheer and energy in spite of his beloved wife's death and long hours at work. It's another trait he shares in common with Tamaki.
- Likes Older Women: His wife was six years older than him.
- Mistaken for Gay: Variation. Ryouji IS genuinely attracted to men, and he would rattle off so often about guys he liked to her that Kotoko couldn't understand why he kept inviting her to have meals with him. Ryouji was a bit disgruntled to learn that the idea he was bi and actively trying to pursue a relationship with her hadn't crossed her mind.
- Mr. Fanservice and Ms. Fanservice: Manages to be both at the same time.
- Over-Enthusiastic Parents: Namely, when it comes to Haruhi dressing like a girl. When the Host Club went on a vacation, he switched out her pajamas for something feminine.
- Overprotective Dad: Causes conflict with Tamaki, who thinks he has that right.
- Parents as People: Loves Haruhi dearly, but overworks himself a lot for her sake, and Haruhi sometimes has to tell him to take some time off.
- Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: He walks into his apartment to find Tamaki (who slipped and fell) on top of Haruhi. Just imagine what he was thinking at that moment.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: With Haruhi; see her example.
Voiced by: Ami Suzuki (JP) Jennifer Seman (EN)
Haruhi's late mother. She was a lawyer, and it's from her Haruhi inherited most of her personality.
- Always Someone Better: She was this to Yuko Kosaka, a lawyer student who envied her skills and also the fact that she married Ryouji, whom Yuko had a crush on.
- Characterization Marches On: Early flashbacks shows her as a mature, level headed woman who nearly always smiled and openly showed affection. In the extra, it turns out she (at least was) a bit of a Tsundere, and it took some work from Ryouji to make her smile at him.
- A Day in the Limelight: An extra with her and Ryouji; see his example.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Towards the end of the extra she narrates how she surprised her coworkers with marrying a man she'd only known for two months, next to him being six years younger than her. Despite all that they still ended up Happily Married.
- Interclass Romance: She was a lawyer while Ryouji was a bartender.
- It Runs in the Family: Everything from being serious and analyctical to falling in love with idiots seems to have passed down to Haruhi from her.
- Love at First Sight: Narrates that she had this with Ryouji, though she would never let him know that.
- Missing Mom: It's merely mentioned that she died from an illness.
- Posthumous Character: She died while Haruhi was just a child.
- Surprise Pregnancy: It's implied that her pregnancy with Haruhi wasn't planned, as she and Ryouji had a shotgun marriage upon finding out.
Kasanoda is the successor to one of the most powerful yakuza groups in Japan. He is one of the first members outside of the Host Club to learn of Haruhi's secret. She calls him "Casanova", while the twins jokingly refer to him as "Bossa Nova".
An anime-only character. She's a young girl from France who is in love with Tamaki and ropes him into an Arranged Marriage
with an offer he really
can't refuse... the chance to see his Missing Mom again.
A manga only character, Mei is the daughter of Ranka's co-worker and friend Misuzu, and is one of the first non Host Club members to realize Haruhi's feelings for Tamaki. She admires the twins' mother and enjoys designing fashions. She is Haruhi's only female friend.
- Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: Ends up with Kasanoda.
- Ko-Gal: She looks to be the ganguro type - with her tanned skin and lots of makeup. She gives Haruhi a Gal magazine to help her realize that she loves Tamaki.
- Love at First Sight: Falls for Tamaki upon seeing him and asks a somewhat reluctant Haruhi for her assistance.
- Parental Abandonment: Her father's crossdressing is the reason for her parents divorce and her estrangement from him. They might be starting to get better by the end.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Haruhi's Tomboy.
Benio (or "Benibara", as she's known to her peers) is a student from the all-female St. Lobelia academy. She believes that all females are meant to be pure, and dislikes the flirtatious nature of the men of the Ouran host club.
- Bifauxnen: She plays male roles in the play.
- Bokukko: Uses the boyish pronoun "boku" for herself.
- Distaff Counterpart: Except her Straw Feminist tendencies, she's basically Tamaki with brown hair and occasionally in a sailor fuku.
- Even the Girls Want Her: More than half of St. Lobelia is deeply in love with her and formed a fan club.
- Large Ham: Another similary she shares with Tamaki.
- Nice Girl: At the end of Chapter 31, she reveals that she merely wanted to borrow Haruhi for the sole purpose of helping out with walking Zuka Club newbies through playing boys onstage, and makes up for the trouble she might've caused the Host Club in the process by inviting EVERYONE in the Host Club (Haruhi included) to the latest Zuka Club production.
- The Rival: To Tamaki, too. It's usually over Haruhi's attention.
- Schoolgirl Lesbians: Her, and presumably everyone in her school.
- Straw Feminist: Played more for laughs than drama; they dress up like Nazis, with the characters for "woman" in place of the swastika.
Yasuchika "Chika" Haninozuka
Chika is Honey's younger brother. Like Honey, he is an expert martial artist, and is also the captain of the judo and karate clubs. He takes his work very seriously, and is disappointed that Honey doesn't.
Tamaki's father, the Chairman of the School Board over Ouran Academy as well as the head in charge for the Suoh company. He had Tamaki through an affair with a French woman while on a business trip, a woman he later tried to marry. However, his mother
refused, and had them separated.
Anne Sophie de Grantaine
Tamaki's mother, whom he lived with in France until he was 14. After letting Tamaki go to Japan and being forbidden from ever seeing her son again, she was rumored to have gone into hiding. Eventually she appears in the manga, being found by Kyouya secretly looking for her while on a school trip to France.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She's got a 17 year old son, yet barely looks like she's hit 30.
- Anime Accent Absence: Speaks fluent Japanese despite being French, though unlike Tamaki, she does add some French words or sentences into her vocabulary.
- The Faceless: In the anime, as well as for a while in the manga. Pictures and flashbacks of her are shown, but her face is always covered. It's not until Kyouya finds her that the readers finally gets to see what she looks like.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Just like Tamaki, she seems to bear no ill thoughts or feelings whatsoever, not even against Shizue.
- Ill Woman: Her fragile, ill body as well as her family's financial issues is what kept her from coming to Japan, and it's what Suoh Shizue took advantage of in order to blackmail her into exchanging her son for money.
- It Runs in the Family: Tamakis' blonde hair and beauty as well as love for Japanese culture (especially kotatsu!) and fast recoveries from distressed emotions apparently all came from her.
- Missing Mom: Quite literally throughout a good portion of the manga; until she is introduced it's simply stated that no one knows where she is.
- The Mistress: She and Yuzuru fell in love when he was married to someone else. It's why Tamaki's position in the Souh family is precarious.
- The Pollyanna: When Kyouya finds her, he's shocked to see how good spirits she's in, as well as not looking particularily ill (apparently it's a come-and-go illness). Although, it turns out it's genuine happiness as she still loves Yuzuru and knows Tamaki is leading a happy life (as Kyouya discovers, she recieves photographs of him from even recent revents).
- Starcrossed Lovers: With Yuzuru because of class differences and his evil mother. Averted at the end.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Apparently Tamaki's dog is a sibling of Anne Sophie's own Golden Retriever, "Hachibee", who also seems to compliment her personality.
Tamaki's Evil Matriarch
grandmother who offered to pay for his mother's financial issues in return for letting him come to Japan and being forbidden from ever seeing her again. Despite this trade, she doesn't accept Tamaki as an heir and refers to him as "filthy" for being the child of a mistress. She becomes better in the manga however, being revealed to have obtained a mask, and is a kind person underneath, something Tamaki eventually discovers as he gets the chance to be close to and befriend her.
- Arranged Marriage:
- In the anime, she arranges for Tamaki to be engaged to Eclair Tonnerre.
- In both anime and manga, she arranged a marriage for Yuzuru, a marriage he left when he fell in love with a French woman on a business trip.
- Beneath the Mask: Turns out she was never really evil, but wanted to "keep up appearances" in order to maintain her business that her late husband left behind from people who wanted to take it, which ultimately led to her cold demeanor.
- Big Bad: In both versions, she is the primary antagonist and posses the greatest threat to the Host Club. In the anime, she's the one behind Eclair's attempts to marry Tamaki and take him way to France. In the manga, she makes a demand that leads to Tamaki leaving the Host Club. She eventually defrosts.
- Break Up Demand: Upon letting Tamaki move in to the main mansion where she lives and having him study to work at her company (while she still hasn't accepted him as an heir), she demands that he cut his ties with Haruhi, pointing out what an offensive notion it is to have a student, particularly a transferred one, deceive the entire school by pretending to be a guy, and that Tamaki’s club being the reason for it puts the Suoh name in a bad light. As a result, Tamaki also quits the Host Club to further follow her ideology, however, it later turns out that while he indeed thought he had been irresponsible towards Haruhi, he also wants to find a way to show his grandmother that having relationships with people of different social statuses (his friends and servants as well as Haruhi) isn't a weakness.
- Epiphany Therapy: Tamaki gives her one as he reveals to her how his father is the one who had taught him about all the things she herself loved, when she had thought he'd never cared for them. It's what coaxes her to realize Yuzuru still loves and cares for her.
- Evil Matriarch: Starts out as this with the Break Up Demand and controlling and nastiness. She reconciles with her family at the end.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Courtesy of Tamaki playing the piano outside her room for many days, including one that has special meaning to her.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Her reaction to her son taking over her company and firing her behind her back leads to her secluding herself inside her room for days, with Tamaki the only one feeling sorry for her.
- It Runs in the Family: Getting his mother and father's traits out of the way, turns out Tamaki's love for Japanese movies and dramas as well as miscellanious soundtracks from those works came from his grandmother. It's through this (Tamaki playing the piano everyday while she's secluded herself) that she eventually comes out from her room, when he coincidentally plays a piece from a movie she and her late husband used to watch often.
- Karma Houdini: In the anime only. In the manga she is outgambitted, fired, and made to reconcile with her family.
- Villainous BSOD: Played with. It's initially this when she goes into depression after Tamaki's father had her fired, until Tamaki manages to reveal her hidden kindness.