Characters: The Prince of Tennis

This includes the teams and characters that have appeared in the Prince Of Tennis anime, and the tropes they embodied.

Naturally, this is chock-full of SPOILERS.

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    Seishun Gakuen aka Seigaku 
Seigaku is a school which once knew glory as, 25 years ago, young Nanjiroh Echizen became its star and led a formerly mediocre team into a fearsome one. However, after Nanjiroh's graduation, the school slowly slipped back into the background, unable to make it into the Nationals until the arrival of talented young people like Kunimitsu Tezuka, Shuusuke Fuji and others. The strongest push comes from Nanjiroh's son, the also insanely talented Ryoma Echizen, whose presence finally gave Seigaku the strength to come back with a vengeance and reach Nationals, taking the Kanto Regionals by storm.

Here are the most outstanding characters in Seigaku, as well as the tropes associated with them.

The Team as a whole

  • Affectionate Nickname: Momoshiro lets the First years to call him "Momo-chan-senpai". Ryoma only calls him "Momo-senpai". Eiji also calls Ryoma "Ochibi" (or "Little Guy").
  • Fake Band: In Meta-example. The anime released several singles, which also served as Openings and Endings, performed by "Aozu" (Ryoma, Tezuka, Fuji and Oishi) and "Cap-to-Bin" (Momoshiro, Kaidoh, Eiji, Kawamura and Inui), all performed by the seiyuus singing in character. This is also depicted and played with in the special MV of Birthday ~Aruki Hajimeta hi~ and Rock 54!? ~Rock na Hito wo Sagashitemiyou~, where Tezuka returns and the nine of them form a big Boy Band.
  • First Name Basis: The First years towards Ryoma, Oishi and Fuji towards Eiji, and Fuji and Momo call Kawamura "Taka-san".
  • Friendly Rivalry: As much as they are very close to each other, they're still very competitive inside the team.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Many of them seem particularly close: Oishi and Eiji as a doubles pair, Fuji and Eiji being classmates, Tezuka and Fuji having a long-term rivalry, Oishi and Tezuka as leaders of the team, Momoshiro and Ryoma hanging out frequently.
  • Last Name Basis: Most of the team call each other by last names.
  • True Companions: Despite all their differences, the nine of them have shown to be very close, especially in the anime fillers. Before Tezuka left to his rehab in Germany (only in the anime), Oishi gathered the team to go and see the sunrise from the mountain.
    • In the anime fillers, it's shown that all the 3rd years became tightly close to each other when they were freshmen. All of them supported Kawamura to improve his tennis and Fuji told in a special that the "Seigaku's Seven Mysteries" incident was what made them closer.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Kaidoh and Momoshiro, despite bickering most of the time, work incredibly well in doubles. In extra material, Konomi did a picture of the two of them hanging out in a sushi bar ten years into the future.

Echizen Ryoma

The child of Nanjiroh Echizen (former star of Seigaku, now a somewhat perverted and always cheerful monk who retired from tennis to further his child's career) and Rinko Takeuchi (a sweet-tempered, calm attorney who used to be quite the tomboy in her younger years). Bratty, cocky, somewhat dense in anything not related to tennis, sometimes bordering on Jerkass due to some of his actions—still, he's got some kind of charm that attracts almost everyone in his surroundings. Liking him or not might depend on the canon you're watching, though.

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP), David Neil Black (EN)

Tropes associated with Ryoma:

Tezuka Kunimitsu

Raised in a very traditional Japanese household (having an ex-police officer as his grandfather and role model pays off), Tezuka is a handsome, serious, no-nonsense leader whose biggest wish is to win the Nationals, ever since as a first-year his Bunny-Ears Lawyer captain made him promise to be the "Pillar Of Seigaku". He's the first one to notice Ryoma, despite his great skills, still had a long way to go, and since then he wants to shape the kid into the future leader of the team. Lots of players admire him and see him as a great rival, especially Fuji, Atobe from Hyoutei and his childhood friend Sanada from Rikkaidai. Has also the misfortune of having a chronic injury plaguing him from his first year...

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

Tropes associated with Tezuka:

  • Batman Gambit
  • Big Brother Mentor: For Ryoma and Miyuki Chitose.
  • The Captain
  • Catchphrase: "Yuudan senzou ni ikou!", aka "Let's not get careless!" or "Don't let your guard down!".
  • The Comically Serious: Almost as much as Shino.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • The Captain
  • Deadly Upgrade: Zero-Shiki Drop Shot.
    • And later on, Tezuka Phantom and Zero-Shiki Serve. Especially the latter.
  • Determinator: He has destroyed his arm twice because he just won't give up playing.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tezuka is very intelligent, to the point of being able to correct teachers, and his rivals such as Fuji and Atobe initially assumed that he was the calculating type on the court. He is also one of the tallest on the team, second to Inui with an intimidating presence. Plus, one of his signature techniques allows him to double the power of an opponent's shot.
  • Hot-Blooded: When it comes to tennis, this is his true personality, as Atobe noted. He, unlike Fuji, goes for the win no matter what.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is this with Fuji, where they share many of their thoughts.
    • Also with his sub-captain, Oishi, whom he confides in quite a bit.
  • Megane: Looks-wise, he's more of a Four Eyes, Zero Soul type, but his personality is far too Team Dad-ish for that.
  • Not So Different: Ryoma has often been compared to a younger Tezuka due to their similar backgrounds(both were/are extremely skilled as freshman) and desire to win
  • The Obi-Wan: To Ryoma: "Become Seigaku's pillar of support"
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: To several characters. He is considered the one to beat, period.
  • Passing the Torch: In the epilogue, it's revealed that Tezuka chose Kaidoh as the new captain. New Prince of Tennis it's expanded that he chose to have his U-17 match against Kaidoh to see if he will be worthy of leading the team.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles, which is noted by the others.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Ryōtarō Okiayu is very versatile, but lately he's been voicing just too many serious guys...
  • Put on a Bus:
    • After the Prefecture Tournament match against Hyotei, Tezuka leaves until the National Tournament.
    • Again in Shin Tenipuri.
  • The Rival: While many characters see him as this, he's most notable as one of Ryoma's two acknowledged rivals(the other being his father).
  • Say My Name: "TEZUKAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!" by Atobe, Kite and Sanada.
  • Signature Move: 'Tezuka Zone' and 'Zero-Shiki Drop Shot'.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Student Council President: Though his Council isn't exactly absurdly powerful.
  • Supporting Leader: Towards the team as a whole, and then towards pretty much everyone in the entire series.
  • Team Dad
  • Teen Genius
  • The Stoic: Almost never smiles, gets angry, anything. Lampshaded by himself, when Fuji notes he's smiling after the Seigaku wins the Nationals and he asks the other to keep it a secret.
  • The Worf Effect / Worf Had the Flu: He's consistently stated to be one of the best players in the series, if not the best. Yet against both Atobe and Sanada, he injures his arm which causes his losses to them. It's also averted since even while injured, he gives his rivals an extremely hard time.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: A very brief one. In Shin Prince Of Tennis, when Tezuka faces Yudai Yamato, his former captain (back when he was a freshman), who encourages Tezuka to free himself of the burden that has been to be Seigaku's "pillar of support". Tezuka listens Yamato, along with a little cheering from Atobe, stops using his Tezuka Phantom and finally acknowledges that he no longer has to be Seigaku's pillar of support and that now he can play tennis just for the fun of it, unlocking the third door of Muga no Kyochi (which according to Ryoma's father in the OVA, is the state of truly enjoying a tennis game).
  • Yaoi Guys: One of the most popular targets for yaoi doujinshi and fanfiction in the fandom. Specially with Fuji and Atobe.
  • Younger Than They Look: Is he really just 14 going to 15? He's been mistaken for a teacher.

Oishi Shuichiro

A soft-spoken, kindhearted boy who is Tezuka's closest friend in the team alongside Fuji. He often ends up taking care of the team due to his almost motherly nature. He's also an excellent defensive player alongside the only one in Seigaku who specializes in playing doubles. His most usual partner is Eiji Kikumaru.

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondō (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)

Tropes associated with Oishi:

Fuji Shuusuke

A cheerful, slightly feminine-looking, always cool young man, Fuji is regarded as possibly the only one, apart of Ryoma, who can surpass Tezuka in terms of skill inside of Seigaku, especially for his use of counters (he has SEVERAL of those and all of them have impossibly cool names). However, he seems to play more for the thrill of the game, rather than to truly win against an opponent; it's not until later that Fuji comes to take tennis as more than a fun, exhilarating way to pass time, learning to truly love the sport. Meanwhile, he helps out his friends and companions as much as he can, with an almost perpetual smile that disappears completely if someone he cares for is in risk...

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (JP), Adam Lawson (EN, Episodes 1–30), Johnny Yong Bosch (EN, Episodes 31–50)

Tropes associated with Fuji:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do NOT piss this guy off.
    • Berserk Button: The best way to upset him? Hurt either his friends or invoke his...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Yuuta, his younger brother.
    • He has a hint of this towards Ryoma when he finds out that Kirihara injured him.
  • Bishounen
  • Bromantic Foil: To Tezuka. While Tezuka is aloof, stoic and a Perpetual Frowner, Fuji is the total opposite in personality. Both of them are The Aces of the team, almost unbeatable, big brother figures for Ryoma and very insightful.
  • Can't Catch Up: It was believed that he had finally surpassed Tezuka towards the end of the original series. Tezuka disproves him of the notion in the Shin Tenipuri series.
  • Counter Attack: Probably the best example of a counter puncher in the series, as all his techniques are counters.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Extreme Omnivore: Eats extremely spicy food without flinching, and finds Inui's horrendous juices (with the sole exception of the Aozu) more than palatable.
  • Eyes Always Shut: He is only shown with his eyes open when he gets serious or shocked.
  • Foil: To Tezuka, Ryoma and Shiraishi. Like the former two, he's an exceptionally skilled player but unlike Tezuka he rarely uses his true strength. Both he and Ryoma are seen as the regulars with the most potential on the team. With Shiraishi, he embodies the exceptionally creative player who rarely goes for the win, in contrast to Shiraishi who uses "boring"(by his own admission) tennis to win his matches.
  • Nice Guy: While he can be scary at times, Fuji is always cordial and social with everyone, except for Mizuki, who he treats as the Unperson.
  • Red Baron: Considered "Seigaku's Genius" as well as the second best player in the team.
  • Signature Move: 'Tsubame Gaeshi', 'Higuma Otoshi', 'Hakugei', 'Kagerou Zutsumi', 'Hecatoncheires no Monban', and 'Hoshi Hanabi'
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Spelled either Shuusuke, Syusuke or Syuusuke within the fandom.
  • Stepford Smiler: He has more issues than you'd think at first sight, but rarely lets his mask fall.
  • Teen Genius
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Especially towards Tezuka, who actually acknowledges him as this and encourages him in this direction.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His lack of physical strength has repeatedly been remarked upon, yet he makes up for it with his incredible techniques. It's quite telling when he's one of the top three players in Seigaku.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In the chibi episodes he's usually portrayed as a female, be it as the grandmother of the Tenipuri family or the pretty girl searching for the "Lone Gunman".
    • A lot of fanart has him in women's clothing as well, such as "Lady Fuji-ko" which is a non-chibi version of the "Lone Gunman" Fuji, and "Tennis Skirt" which is Fuji playing tennis... in a skirt.

Kikumaru Eiji

The epitome of bubbly and cheery is this bouncy, cheerful, slightly spoiled boy whose abilities rely on his sharp eyes, his flexibility and his ability to jump high and quick from here to there. He may look ditzy and act like a child sometimes, but if you underestimate him, you will regret it: Not just because Eiji is very skillful, but can also have as much willpower and strength as the other players. Is often seen with his close friend Fuji or his partner Oishi, the other half of the "Golden Pair", and to whom he's fiercely devoted.

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

Tropes associated with Eiji:

Inui Sadaharu

The tallest member of the team, as well as very eccentric. His specialty is analyzing data on the players and their techniques and using them to his advantage, as well as having an extremely powerful service. Other than that, the guy is extremely quirky, in a way that almost gets him labeled as a Strange Dude.

Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Jack Bauer (EN)

Tropes associated with Inui:
  • Affectionate Nickname: Only between him and Yanagi. While he would name Inui "Doctor", Inui called Renji "Professor".
  • Awesomeness by Analysis
  • Badass Normal: While the majority of the Seigaku regulars (and a good amount of characters) rely on fancy techniques and physics-defying moves, Inui relies on good ol' data, athleticism, and determination.
  • Batman Gambit: Really good at these.
  • Better to Die Than Be Killed / Death by Pragmatism: Downplayed a lot (since you can basically replace "Death" with "Juice").
    • In the Bowling mini-arc, Inui preferred to fail his shot on purpose to take the little cup of Aozu instead of the big jug (because he was still going to be the team with the lowest score).
    • Taken Up to Eleven for the Beach Volley and Yakiniku mini-arcs, when he also prefers to throw the challenge rather than loose. In both occations, his teammates ended up pulling down his pants by accident.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Kaidoh.
  • Birds of a Feather: Played with in his relationship to Yanagi.
  • Blind Without 'Em: A whole episode was dedicated to people trying to see his eyes. They're green.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially in the OVA's.
  • Catchphrase: "Ii data".
  • Can't Catch Up: While he's certainly an intelligent and skilled tennis player, his Data Tennis just isn't effective enough against Tezuka, Echizen, or Fuji. Luckily, his doubles pairing with Kaido ends up being one of the more reliable Doubles Pairs.
  • Gargle Blaster: His infamous juices.
  • Genius Bruiser: Although his Data Tennis uses mathematic calculations to predict his opponent's shots, he still trains very hard (in fact, 2.25 times harder than Kaidoh, who already trains 3 times harder than the others) to regain his place as a regular and to keep up with his teammates, and in the match with his old friend and rival, Yanagi, Inui pretends to abandon his Data Tennis, temporarily resorting to a more primal-like style of tennis that relies on very strong shots. He also further improves his "Sonic Serve" into his "Waterfall Serve" through his hard training.
  • Lethal Chef: His juices, and he makes them lethal on purpose (they're so caustic that even himself is determined to not getting them as penalty).
    • They even have unusual ingredients including sardines, vinegar and even a bug.
  • Mr. Exposition: Given that he makes a lot of research on other players, he is the one who explains most of it to his teammates during the games.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses
    • Scary Shiny Glasses: Inui's the one with the most moments of this; typically when he's about to give a penal-tea to one of his teammates.
  • Passing the Torch: Only in the anime and the musical, Inui gives his data book to Kachiro.
  • Shipper on Deck: Another Ryo/Saku fan.
  • Signature Move: 'Waterfall Serve'.
  • Sugar And Ice Guy
  • Teen Genius
  • The Medic: Once in a while he's seen bandaging his friends' injuries.
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Strategist

Kawamura Takashi

The humble, shy son of a local Sushi chef, Kawamura only became a regular in his last year. He goes under a COMPLETE 180º flip once he's given a racquet, though, changing into a Boisterous Bruiser who uses his hard-earned Super Strength with total efficiency and confidence.

Voiced by: Naru Kawamoto (JP), Richard Cansino (EN)

Tropes associated with Kawamura:

Momoshiro Takeshi

The first friend that Ryoma makes in the Seigaku team, as well as a second year student. He's always cheerful and boisterous, and gets along with everyone—save for his rival in the team, Kaidoh.

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)

Tropes associated with Momoshiro:
  • Anime Hair
  • Badass Normal
  • Big Eater
  • Bromantic Foil: To Ryoma.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Catch Phrase: DON~!
    • Verbal Tic: He repeats the last phrase in different conjugation, like "This is troublesome. Quite troublesome..."
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Somewhat. He's initially one of the team's two boisterous power players along with Kawamura. After his loss to Inui, he becomes much more insightful in his tennis and becomes more known as "Seigaku's Sneaky Guy".
  • Fun Personified
  • The Heart: His jovial personality allows him to have connections with everyone on the team, from the 3rd years to the freshmen. His disappearance after his Heroic BSOD causes a bit of a rift.
  • Heroic BSOD: A brief one, after losing his regular spot to Inui. He gets better with some prodding from An Tachibana.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Can Still Fight: During his match with Oshitari in OVA 8 he runs into a fence and he gets temporarily knocked unconscious, with his head bleeding.
  • Jack of All Stats: Significantly capable in the areas of power, speed, technique, and mind games, but is not the best in either of these areas. Can also play both singles and doubles.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's damn fast and persistent, with enough power to rival Kawamura. Unlike him, he focuses on skill as well.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Kaidoh's and Ryoma's Blue.
  • The Rival: To Kaidoh.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Sakuno/Ryoma fervently, and may dabble a little in Eiji/Oishi.
  • Signature Move: 'Dunk Smash' and 'Jack Knife'.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Tezuka notes that he has a great deal of potential, which he tries to bring out when they play each other.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: He really hates it when a girl gets threatened.

Kaidoh Kaoru

The other second year among the regulars, he's "gifted" with a massive case of Face of a Thug. Beneath it however, is a kind person with next to nothing in social skills and a tenacious nature, as well as comical bad luck outside of the field.

Voiced by: Kohei Kiyasu (JP), David Lodge (EN)

Tropes associated with Kaidoh:

    Fudomine Chuu 
Fudomine is the only public school among the ones featured in the early series. They're also the only team pretty much made of second-year students, with captain Kippei Tachibana as the only senior. And this is for a very, very good reason.

When then second-year-student Tachibana arrived to Tokyo from Kyushuu and transferred to Fudomine, he was horrified to see that the tennis team was in very difficult predicaments: the coach was a Sadist Teacher and the seniors were massive Jerk Asses, bullying the first years relentlessly. Tachibana attempted to help the bullied juniors but was also punished with them, and in a moment of Unstoppable Rage he snapped and attacked the coach. Said coach resigned and so did the older members, while Tachibana and the others were punished buy not expelled and the team was taken off the National runner-ups; the remaining members dedicated themselves to train and get ready for the next year's tournament which would also be the last ones for Tachibana as he would go to high school. This explains their strong True Companions bond as well as the players's Undying Loyalty to "Tachibana-san", their coach and captain.

Here are the most outstanding characters in Fudomine, as well as the tropes associated with them.

The Team as a whole

  • Five-Man Band: Putting aside Sakurai, Mori and Uchimura, the others fit in the structure.
  • Foil: As a whole, Fudoumine is an interesting contrast to Seigaku; their colors make them seem like the stock Opposing Sports Team, yet their backstory makes them more the underdog compared to Seigaku which has a fairly decent reputation.
  • True Companions: The whole team bonded when Tachibana was the only one to defend the freshmen, reconstructing the team from the ground. All the teammates have Tachibana in high regard.
  • Underdogs Never Lose: Subverted. Although Fudomine doesn't win the Nationals, they still managed to take their team to the Tournament and were very close to make it into the Semifinals, which is impressive considering their team started from scratch that same year.

Tachibana Kippei

Kippei Tachibana is Fudomine's charismatic captain and coach. He was the one who rebuilt the tennis team together with the younger players. During the later part of the series, it was discovered that he is 'the legendary' Tachibana Kippei who was considered one of the strongest players in Kyushuu region and is known as one of the Two Wings of Kyushuu along with best friend Chitose Senri.

Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (JP), Doug Erholtz (EN)

Tropes associated with Tachibana:

Kamio Akira

Kamio is the 'speed ace' of Fudomine and the team's vice-captain.

Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (JP), David Neil Black (EN)

Tropes associated with Kamio:

Ibu Shinji

Shinji is the renowned genius of Fudomine. He was able to defeat the star players of Tokyo-based schools which helped Fudomine reach the district finals. Ibu has the habit of mumbling and talking to himself, much to his teammates' annoyance.

Voiced by: Eiji Moriyama (JP), Kirk Thornton (EN)

Tropes associated with Ibu:

Ishida Tetsu

Ishida is the tallest member of Fudomine, and also one of the strongest. His special move is the Hadoukyuu which he learned from his older brother, Gin.

Voiced by: Takeshi Maeda (JP), Devon Bowman (EN)

Tropes associated with Ishida:

Sakurai Masaya

Voiced by: Makoto Ueki (JP)

Tropes associated with Sakurai:

Uchimura Kyosuke

Voiced by: Kohei Kiyasu (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

Tropes associated with Uchimura:

Mori Tatsunori

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondō (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

Tropes associated with Mori:

    St. Rudolph Gakuin 
As the name says, St. Rudolph is a Catholic school. It's also a Boarding School, and though its tennis team has only been around for five years, it's extremely powerful and well known. Five of the regulars are transfer students; they belong to a "Reinforcement" program that emphasizes on their training regiment and provides them with flexibility on their academics. Despite not being the captain, third-year student and team manager/coach Hajime Mizuki is pretty much the biggest authority in the group.

Mizuki Hajime

Mizuki Hajime is the manager of the team who transfers from another school. He scouts talented players from around the country to join the tennis team in hopes of creating an elite team. He observes other team's and their tendencies, allowing him to not only pick out the opposing player's weak points, but to anticipate the team's line up and predict the ending scores. Mizuki is also shown to be very ruthless, teaching Fuji Yuuta the Twist Spin Shot, despite the fact that it could cause severe damage to Yuta's underdeveloped arm. His arrogance also comes back to bite him when he believes that he has collected all the data on Fuji Shuusuke, only to be humiliated by him.

Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JP), Steve Staley (EN)

Tropes associated with Mizuki:

Fuji Yuuta

Fuji Yuuta is the younger brother of Fuji Shuusuke who constantly overshadows him. Originally a student at Seigaku, he declines to join the tennis team and is eventually scouted by Mizuki. He hits at difficult angles for left-handed players, causing him to be known as the "Lefty-Killer." He uses the Rising Shot, which hits the ball on the rise, giving the opponents less time to react. Mizuki teaches him the Twist Spin Shot, which puts a topspin on the ball, causing it to bounce upwards, though it puts a heavy strain on undeveloped shoulders.

Voiced by: Makoto Tomita (JP), Noriko Namiki (JP, as a child), Tom Gibis (EN)

Tropes associated with Yuuta:

Akazawa Yoshirou

Akazawa Yoshirou is known to be a powerful and talented singles player. Despite being St. Rudolph's team captain, he does not exert a lot of influence over the team and usually leaves the decision making skills to the team's manager, Mizuki.

Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Akazawa:

Kaneda Ichirou

Kaneda Ichirou is a regular in the St. Rudolph Team. Of the current regulars, Kaneda and his captain Akazawa Yoshirou are the only original St. Rudolph students.

Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (JP)

Tropes associated with Kaneda:

Kisarazu Atsushi

Kisarazu Atsushi is the twin brother of Rokkaku's Ryou. Mizuki mistakenly scouts Atsushi instead of his brother, so he forces Atsushi to distinguish himself by cutting his hair and wearing a headband.

Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (JP), Peter Doyle (EN)

Tropes associated with Atsushi:

Yanagisawa Shinya

Voiced by: Norihisa Mori (JP), Darrel Guilbeau (EN)

Tropes associated with Yanagisawa:

Nomura Takuya

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondō (JP)

Tropes associated with Nomura:

    Yamabuki Chuu 
Yamabuki isn't a school of huge tennis tradition, but the last year they had reasonably good results thanks to red-headed ace Kiyosumi Sengoku and their good doubles players. Their trump card, though, is the newest addition to their line-up: The utterly rebellious and EXTREMELY skilled Jin Akutsu. Their coach, Mikiya Banda aka Banji, is known and feared/respected for his Manipulative Bastard status.

Sengoku Kiyosumi

Sengoku Kiyosumi, also known as "Lucky Sengoku", is a third year student, and is one of the keys to Yamabuki's strategy of finishing opposing teams off quickly. He is a happy-go-lucky guy with a strong tennis sense and extremely sharp eyes able to discern fast moving balls. He is known as a National level player, and was invited to the Junior Senbatsu (Junior Selection) training camp in his second year after Tezuka declined. Despite those honors, he suffered losses to both Momoshiro in the Prefectural tournament and Kamio in the Kanto tournament. After a certain point, he throws away his old style of tennis, trains in boxing, and forms "Boxing Tennis", which focuses on the three-minute limit in a boxing round.

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP)

Tropes associated with Sengoku:

Akutsu Jin

Jin Akutsu is something of a punk, who was called a "once-per-decade" tennis player and known as a monster. A very cynical person, he hates to be bossed around and punishes those who order him to do something. He is very violent, attempts to cause conflict constantly. He uses an unusual flexibility of his body to put high speeds on his shots and hit balls in unnatural positions allowing him to hit his opponents if he desires. He was trained in tennis at young age, but gave up after finding it boring, until being recruited by Mikiya Banda under the promise of being able to hurt others. After hurting Ryoma and his friends at Seigaku retaliating for the fact Ryoma spoiled his conflict attempts with Ginka, he suffers his first ever loss in a match against Ryoma in the Prefectural Tournament. He gives up tennis, encourages Dan to look up to Ryoma becoming more content with people. He returns during the National Semifinals, catching Kawamura when he is sent flying into the stadium, and gives him advice to carry on.

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Akutsu:
  • Badass and Child Duo: Downplayed Trope. Dan is Older Than They Look and the age difference ain't huge (Dan's 12-to-13, Akutsu is 15). But if you looked at them without knowing it, you'd swear they play it straight.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Kawamura almost falls victim to the elder Ishida's powerful shots and ends launched towards the seats, Akutsu catches him.
  • Break the Haughty
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT defy him or give him anything similar to an order. Only Dan can do that, and that's because he's Dan.
  • Catchphrase: "Don't order me."
  • Delinquents: Is big, violent, intimidating, skips classes, smokes and beats up people for no reason.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: As a pre-teen, he had a brown bob. As an older teen, he's got spiky white hair.
  • Foil: He's just like Ryoma as an arrogant newcomer wild card who joins the team. But while Ryoma is generally aloof, Akutsu is more unrestrained and violent.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Kawamura's. Akutsu lived near the Kawamura Sushi and Kawamura was one of the few people who could approach him without getting punched.
  • Jerkass
  • Licked by the Dog: It's clear that having sweetie little Dan around has somewhat influenced him.
  • Odd Couple: In New Prince of Tennis, Sanada requested him as his doubles partner, since he believed his wild and unpredictable style would contrast well enough with his methodic and disciplined game.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Both his regular jacket uniform and his tennis team t-shirt are sleeveless.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Sorta. While he ''does' have good skills, his forte are his borderline animalistic speed and reflexes.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: To Ryoma in the anime, after his humiliating defeat against Sanada.

Minami Kentarou

Minami Kentarou is the captain of the Yamabuki tennis club. He is a doubles player who typically plays with the vice-captain, Higashikata Masami. Together, they are known as the Jimmies, referring to jimi (地味), the Japanese word for plain or dull.
Voiced by: Masaki Ishikawa (JP)

Tropes associated with Minami:
  • Anime Hair
  • The Captain
  • Embarrassing Nickname: 'Jimmies' (dull/plain). He gets called this along with his doubles partner, Higashikata.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He is the only captain who doesn't have a special aura or technique. Also, despite being the captain, the most prominent players on Yamabuki are Sengoku and Akutsu.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Lampshaded In-Universe, where others label him, along with Higashikata, as "Jimmies" or "The Plain Guys".
    • In New Prince of Tennis, he and Higashikata are specifically asigned to Atobe and Kadowaki's room, with the explanation that the room is composed by "Two arrogant personalities and two plain personalities".
  • Supporting Leader: He is the captain, yet not the best player in the team. Also his speciality is Doubles games, working well along Higashikata.
  • Those Two Guys: With his doubles partner Higashikata.

Higashikata Masami

Voiced by: Yoshikazu Nagano (JP)

Tropes associated with Higashikata:
  • Embarrassing Nickname: 'Jimmies'. He gets called this along with his doubles partner, Minami.
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: Lampshaded In-Universe, where others label him, along with Minami, as "Jimmies" or "The Plain Guys".
    • In New Prince of Tennis, he and Minami are specifically assigned to Atobe and Kadowaki's room, with the explanation that the room is composed by "Two arrogant personalities and two plain personalities".
  • Those Two Guys: With captain Minami.

Dan Taichi

Dan Taichi is a 1st year student and the manager of the team. He believes he is worthless because of his size and looks up to Akutsu because of his strength. Akutsu tells him to become stronger, which leads to him joining the team as a player. He is also inspired by seeing Ryoma play, realizing that even someone who is short can excel in tennis. He wears a headband that was given to him by Akutsu.

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Dan:
  • Catchphrase: "Dadadadaan!" and "Ussodaan!".
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Male example. He initially settles as just manager since he believes his skills aren't enough to make it to the team. Later he trains hard to get on the regulars.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Hachi Maki: Given to him by Akutsu.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He is this towards Akutsu. He even keeps Akutsu's headband.
  • Keet: Cheerful, enthusiastic and positive.
  • Morality Pet: To Akutsu.
  • Older Than They Look: That kid's not nine or ten. He's at least twelve.
  • Plucky Guy: Even though Akutsu is mean and rude to him and scares other people, Taichi is the only one who isn't intimidated by Akutsu and keeps following him around.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Only in Shinpuri he takes Kachiro's role (while Shiita essentially replaces Katsuo) in the new "Freshmen Trio" with Horio.
  • Tagalong Kid: He is the only 1st year who follows closely the regular team as the manager. He's later seen tagging along with Akutsu everywhere.
  • Verbal Tic: "-desu".

Muromachi Touji

Voiced by: Takayuki Hirano (JP)

Tropes associated with Muromachi:

Nitobe Inakichi

Voiced by: Kei Watanabe (JP)

Tropes associated with Nitobe:

Kita Ichiuma

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP)

Tropes associated with Kita:

    Hyoutei Gakuen 
The biggest Ensemble Darkhorse among the fandom is this private school majorly attended by kids from rich families, which offers education from kindergarten to university level. Hyotei's strength lies in its strict stratification and merit system, which prioritizes ability only rather than emotion; the tennis club has 200 members selected through very strict methods devised by the coach and music teacher Taro Sakaki. Its captain is Atobe Keigo, whose wealth, charisma, and skills are only comparable with the Draco in Leather Pants treatment he sometimes gets in fanfiction.

The Team as a whole

  • Breakout Rival: Their popularity eventually had them evolve into Seigaku's most prominent rivals, to the point where they were faced a second time in the Nationals(over Shishigaku which was Tachibana's former team).
  • Evil Counterpart: Initially intended to be this to Seigaku, until their portrayals evolved into Foils of Seigaku instead. Their teams have Polar Opposite Captains (Atobe-Tezuka), Teen Geniuses (Oshitari-Fuji), an acrobatic player (Mukahi-Eiji), The Big Guy Gentle Giants (Kabaji-Kawamura).
  • Foil: Many of their team and personality dynamics contrast Seigaku's in any way.
    • Atobe-Tezuka: While both are natural leaders determined to take their teams into the Nationals, Atobe is arrogant, egocentric, calculating and flamboyant, in contrast to Tezuka's calm, stoic and serious persona.
      • Atobe and Ryoma share a number of similarities as well. In terms of demeanor, the two of them are almost equally cocky and impulsive. The difference is that Atobe has been established as Hyotei's leader for some time whereas Ryoma is still developing as Seigaku's pillar of support.
    • The Silver Pair (Ohtori-Shishido) has two:
      • To Inui-Kaidoh pair: Both are teams recently put together before the match and work surprisingly well together (Inui realized he and Kaidoh had to step up as the other doubles pair on the team, while Shishido only had the spot as Ohtori's partner when he was back into the team), Kaidoh and Shishido are Hot-Blooded in contrast to Inui and Ohtori respectively.
      • To the Golden Pair: By that point, both doubles pair have developed deep bonds as doubles partners, to the point that both Ohtori and Eiji have difficulty playing against their respective doubles partners in New Prince of Tennis.
    • Gakuto-Eiji: Both are redheads, Volley and Acrobatic Play specialists with Stamina weakness (Eiji trains to correct this, however). While Eiji is boisterous and playful, Mukahi is more assertive and rude.
    • Kaidoh-Hiyoshi: Both are appointed as future captains of their teams, with quiet personalities and methodic training routines, Kaidoh being more Hot-Blooded.
  • Last Name Basis: While common in Japan, the only exceptions are:
    • First Name Basis: While Oshitari and Gakuto are the only double pairs with this mutual dynamic, Shishido also calls Ohtori by his given name without honorifics. Gakuto and Shishido also have this, as they also were Childhood Friends.
    • Sempai/Kohai: Hiyoshi and Ohtori towards all the other regulars.
  • Rich Kids: Implied this about all the students at Hyotei. More notably Atobe, who is revealed in a special that his family was the one who upgraded all the services at the school (Five-Stars meals, Gym equipment, computers and library expansions and the tennis courts).

Atobe Keigo

The only son and heir to one of the richer families in Japan, Atobe lived a good part of his life in England and only returned to Japan when it was his turn to attend junior high. Narcissistic, arrogant, self-centered and loud, Atobe isn't only brawn and no brains though—he's also an excellent leader, multi-talented, as well as quite more noble than one would expect from a rich kid who seems to be just the male version of a Rich Bitch in his first appearance. Atobe might have a pretty face, hordes of fangirls in the story, but once you see through the facade, you can expect an excellent match and a quite noble rival.

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

Tropes associated with Atobe:
  • The Ace: The most obvious example in the series. He's the Student Council President, The Captain of the tennis club as well as its best player, is a good student who also happens to be insanely rich and multilingual, has a horde of fangirls and his own cheering section, knows how to pilot an helicopter (in the anime, at least. In the musical he had a pilot), and is an extremely Large Ham. Atobe also loves the limelight.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the games and the manga, he's a blond; but, he's purple-silver-haired in the anime.
  • Attention Whore: He needs to have big acclaim wherever he goes. He even brought Hyotei's chant recorded to the U-17 camp.
  • Big Fancy House: No doubt about that.
  • Bishie Sparkle: One of the biggest "offenders".
  • The Captain
  • Catchphrase: "Ore-sama no bigi no yoi na!" ("Be awed at the sight of my prowess") and its variations.
  • Charm Point. His mole. There's even a song dedicated to it.
  • Childhood Friend: With Kabaji. Their bios state they went to the same kindergarten, and even while still at Elementary School, Kabaji still followed Atobe's directions.
  • Fan Nickname: In-Universe. Ryoma calls him "Monkey King" in when they meet.
  • Gorgeous George: Fanfiction often flanderizes him as one of these.
    • Also, what he spends his allowance on? Treating out his club members.
  • Hyper Awareness: His biggest strength lies in his "Insight", which allows him to spot his rival's weak spots and blindspots ("World of Ice").
    • Later, his "Insight" evolves into "Atobe Kingdom", which literally allows him to see in X-Ray Vision.
  • I Gave My Word:
    • In the anime, he grabs the shaving machine from Ryoma and cuts his own hair, like they bet. In the manga, however, Ryoma shaved him while he was still unconscious.
    • In The New Prince of Tennis, he's intent on following through on his promise to Tezuka to carry the load as The Leader of the middle schoolers.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He was sorta doing this to An in his first appearance.
  • Idle Rich: He is insanely rich (to the point of arriving on private jet and parachute to school), and is often confused by the middle-class lifestyle (In Oshitari's section of the fanbook, he expressed confusion at why people has to do mundane chores without a servant).
  • Important Haircut: After losing to Ryoma in the Nationals. Subverted because he's later shown using a wig.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is constantly boasting about his beautiful skills and how everyone should approach and worship him.
  • It's All About Me: He directs and does an entire show before entering the court, with all the Hyotei school cheering his name. He even brought the Hyotei chant recorded and had it played at the U-17 training camp.
  • Japanese Pronouns, Japanese Honorifics: Atobe calls himself "Ore-sama", highlighting his massive ego.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: So much. The biggest example is "Atobe Kara no Okurimono", in which he organizes a whole festival to cheer up Kabaji after his beloved older sister gets engaged.
  • Large Ham: So over the top.
  • The Leader: Not only of the tennis club, but from the whole Hyotei school as well.
    • In The New Prince of Tennis, he volunteers to take on this role for all the middle schoolers after Tezuka leaves the U-17 camp.
  • Omniglot: He knows how to speak English, German, Latin and Greek.
  • Passing the Torch: It's been stated that Hiyoshi will be the new Hyotei captain. In New Prince of Tennis, just like Tezuka played against Kaidoh as a rite, Atobe also did the same with Hiyoshi at the U-17 camp.
  • Pet the Dog: There's no doubt that he's a Magnificent Bastard, but has shown a soft spot for his companion Kabaji and supported Shishido's plight without hesitation or second thoughts. And after he defeats Tezuka, he acknowledges his determination and instead of lifting his hand to celebrate, he takes Tezuka's hand and they both lift their clasped hands together.
  • Princely Young Man: Undoubtedly this, but he's far and away more of a Large Ham than Prince Charming and Spoiled Brat combined.
  • Renaissance Man: Omniglot, perfect grades, The Ace of the Tennis team, great singer, good at piano and violin and knows how to pilot an helicopter.
  • The Rival: Of all the players outside Seigaku, he is this to Tezuka.
  • Signature Move: 'Hametsu e no Rondo', 'Tannhauser Serve' and 'Koori no Sekai' in the original series. 'Atobe Kingdom' in the new series.
  • Spoiled Brat: He is very rich, treated like a King by his servants and the student body, and often refers to himself as "Ore-sama".
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky

Oshitari Yuushi

Oshitari Yuushi is the genius of Hyoutei Academy. Originally from Osaka, he is called "Oshitari of the 1000 Skills" due to his ability to copy moves such as Fuji Shuusuke's Bear Drop and Atobe's Tannhauser Serve. He also has several of his own unique shots, which he refers to by acronyms such as "FAS" and "SSAS".

Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Oshitari:

Mukahi Gakuto

Mukahi Gakuto is Hyoutei's acrobatic player. He considers himself better than Seigaku's Kikumaru and also considers him to be his rival.

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (JP)

Tropes associated with Mukahi:

Shishido Ryou

Shishido Ryou is known as Hyoutei's "dash specialist" due to his speed and ability to return almost any ball. He is initially dropped from the regulars after being humiliated 6–0 by Kippei Tachibana, but he soon cuts his precious long hair and, with some help from Atobe, makes a return to the team.

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Kusuda (JP)

Tropes associated with Shishido:

Akutagawa Jiroh

Jiroh is called the "magic volleyer" of Hyoutei Academy. His play style, which focuses on returning balls directly from the net using his very flexible wrists, is inspired by Rikkai's Marui Bunta, who defeated him in a match two years earlier. He constantly sleeps, and he is very excitable.

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP)

Tropes associated with Jiroh:
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Blond in the manga, but a honey brown in the anime.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Even thought he skips morning training and naps in the middle of club activities, Jiroh still keeps his spot in the regulars because of his volley skills.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even though he always looks sleepy, he has the distinction of defeating Fuji Yuuta in only 15 minutes.
  • Childhood Friends: He has been this with Gakuto and Shishido since elementary school.
  • Fan Boy: Towards Fuji and Bunta.
  • Genius Ditz: While he is regarded as the volley genius (inspired by Marui's style), Ohtori once mentioned that Jiroh always plays in his boxers because he pulls out his shorts along with the sweatpants.
  • Keet: Whenever he is not sleeping, he gets highly enthusiastic if the match is interesting. It says a lot given that he was awake the entire re-match against Seigaku.
    • Whenever the opponent gets a point from him, instead of getting upset he starts to Squee.
  • Sleepyhead
  • Stalker with a Crush: It's stated that once Jiroh stalked Marui and got one of his wristbands as souvenir. Also one of his customs after school is to commute to Rikkaidai and watch Marui practice.

Kabaji Munehiro

Kabaji is Atobe's faithful follower. But despite his appearance Kabaji is also a very powerful player. His simplemindedness proves to be to his advantage because he can imitate his opponent's play style by just observing them. However, the techniques often are too much for him to use, which can lead him to strain his body. Kabaji rarely talks, and he is often heard saying "usu" ("yes" or "yup") to Atobe.

Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (JP)

Tropes associated with Kabaji:
  • Big Brother Instinct: He adores his older sister, and was very distraught when she got engaged.
  • Big Eater
  • Catchphrase: "Usu!"
  • Childhood Friend: With Atobe. Their bios state they went to the same kindergarten, and even while still at Elementary School, Kabaji still followed Atobe's directions.
  • Ditto Fighter: Capable of copying the moves of nearly any opponent he faces, but does not keep them. The only thing constant seems to be his sheer power.
  • The Dragon: Easily one of the most formidable players on the team (possibly second to Atobe), he's often posed one of the biggest challenges to Seigaku to the point of matching Tezuka.
  • Gentle Giant: As kind and humble as he's strong.
  • Important Haircut: Since Atobe had to fulfill his bet with Ryoma, Kabaji willingly cut his hair as well to accompany him until it grows out again. Even though Atobe uses extensions...
  • The Quiet One: He rarely talks aside from nodding to Atobe with an "Usu". When he does talk, it's short and to the point.
    • The longest line he has is in the "Atobe Kara no Okurimono" special, where he thanks him for doing a lot to cheer him up.
    • Another notable moment where he talks more than usual is in the Pair Puri, as he handled Ohtori a water bottle and said some friendly words when he noticed Ohtori was upset.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The fanbooks say that he loves knitting and his favorite school subject is Home Economics.
  • Sidekick: To Atobe. He is mainly his personal assistant.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Even though he's capable of copying extremely complex moves, he often lacks the experience to utilize them in certain situations (such as using Tezuka's Pinnacle of Hard Work in the rain), which proves to be his undoing.
  • The Stoic: He is always deadpan and servile.
    • Not So Stoic: Even though he never makes other facial expression, he is highly sensitive and takes action, especially regarding Atobe.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Atobe. His impulse to protect Atobe from a threatening shot in the middle of a game gets him expelled from the U-17 camp.
  • Yes-Man: Subverted. He nods at any of Atobe's orders out of pure loyalty.

Ohtori Choutarou

Ohtori Choutarou is Shishido Ryou's doubles partner and close friend. He helps Shishido get back on the team, which makes the two very close. Chotaro has a very fast serve called the Scud Serve, which can go up to 200 km/h, though it is limited in accuracy until he masters it. He later renames it the Neo Scud Serve, which goes up to 215 km/h.

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP)

Tropes associated with Ohtori:
  • Bromantic Foil: To Shishido. While Shishido is tough, manly and blunt, Ohtori is more docile, likes delicate hobbies and has a sensitive nature. On top of that, their relationship is very close.
  • Catchphrase: "Ikkyunyukon!"
  • Childhood Friends: He is seen to be this with Hiyoshi since elementary school.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the second tallest player of Hyoutei Gakuen but his daily activities include going to the gardens to feed the birds. Also his worst subject at school is "Experiments with living things".
  • First Name Basis: He's on the receiving end, as Shishido calls Ohtori by his given name without honorifics (Choutarou), while Ohtori still calls him "Shishido-san".
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Subverted. He has a pretty singing voice in all the singles released as part of the show's merchandise, but in one of the Chibi-Omakes, Oshitari discovers that Ohtori is a great musician, but a terrible singer when alone.
  • Nice Guy: To the point others get surprised if he ever gets angry.
  • Princely Young Man: He is charming, nice, soft-spoken, his hobbies include tennis, violin and piano and according to his bio, his family is also wealthy.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Shishido's Red Oni.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Shishido's manly man.
  • Signature Move: 'Scud Serve'.
  • Spell My Name with an "S" Ohtori/Ootori/Otori... and then Choutarou/Choutaroh/Chohtarou.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Shishido. He considered giving up his spot on the regulars for Shishido, and is constantly looking up to him.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A Rare Male Example in the anime. Polite? Check. Wise Beyond Their Years? Check. Focused on his goals? Check. Very competent in his "mission"? Check. Very devoted to his partner Shishido? Check...

Hiyoshi Wakashi

Hiyoshi Wakashi is the latest addition to the regular team. Despite being a sophomore, Hiyoshi is a very promising player, and has been confirmed by Atobe to be the next captain of Hyoutei after he graduates. He uses an unorthodox style of tennis he dubs Enbu Tennis, which combines martial arts with standard tennis.

Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Hiyoshi:
  • Always Someone Better: His catchphrase means "Surpass the one on top", which he firmly believes if he wants to be worthy of Atobe's seat as Team Captain.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
  • Badass Bookworm: His bio states he spends his allowance on books. And he also practices martial arts.
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catchphrase: "Gekokujou!", which he says every time he encounters a new challenge.
  • Childhood Friends: He is seen to be this with Ohtori since elementary school.
  • Heir Tothe Dojo: Comes from a martial arts-centered clan. His ending in Gakuensai no Oujisama game has him actually inviting the lead girl, now his girlfriend, to the dojo so she can watch him practice and then meet his family.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: He bases his tennis style on martial arts.
  • Megane: Though wears contact lenses when he's not at home.
  • Odd Couple: For the Nationals, he gets paired with Gakuto, who also serves as a Foil too. Both are very skilled tennis players that base their styles in other skills (Hiyoshi uses his martial arts and Gakuto has a very high jump and flexibility) and both have short endurance in long games. While Hiyoshi is calm and quiet, Gakuto is loud and boisterous. This even gets lampshaded when both of them are planning their game strategy... in a date spot cafe.
  • School Newspaper News Hound: Part of the school newspaper committee. He also seems to always be on the look out for strange phenomena such as UFO's.
  • Tender Tears: He cried when Hyotei loses a second time against Seigaku.

Taki Haginosuke

Taki was a regular on Hyoutei's tennis team until he lost horribly to Shishido Ryou and was replaced by Hiyoshi Wakashi. He was a former doubles partner from Ohtori Choutarou.
Voiced by: Kohei Kiyasu (JP)

Tropes associated with Taki:
  • Catch Phrase: "Yaru ne".
  • Demoted to Extra <—-> Ascended Extra: He appears along the Hyotei regulars at the street courts. Later he looses his spot against Shishido and isn't seen again until the Nationals, where his only role is to hold a machine and tell the speed of the balls (how fast are Inui's Waterfall and Ohtori's Scud Serve). In the anime, his role is expanded when Taki tries to offer himself to cut his hair instead of Atobe.
    • Also played with in the Musicals. In the 1st Season, Taki is only mentioned and/or alluded to been replaced by Shishido, while in the 2nd Season, Taki is included in the Hyotei cast with song parts.
    • The All-Stars Hyotei characters album features Taki having a song for himself for the first time.
  • Important Haircut: Invoked. In the anime, when Ryoma is going to cut Atobe's hair to fill in their bet, Taki tries to stop him and offers to have his own beautiful hair cut instead. Ryoma looks like he's considering the offer, but then Atobe grabs the electric razor and cuts his own hair instead.
  • Ludicrous Precision: His special skill is measuring time and he's able to stop the stopwatch at exactly one minute.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He has to sacrifice his regular spot as he lost to Shishido.

    Jousei Shonan 
This team from Kanagawa is only mentioned in the manga, but it becomes a group of Ascended Extras in the anime, even though the team members are all Canon Foreigners. In a sense, they're an Expy of Hyotei, with arrogance, players with similar play-styles, etc. There's a big difference, however: Their eccentric and beautiful coach, Aoi Hanamura, has a borderline scientific approach to tennis, and thus she gives her pupils very personalized training regimes.

Kajimoto Takahisa

Kajimoto Takahisa is the serious and soft-spoken captain. His flexibility is used in his serve, the L-drive Serve, where he bends his entire body back and releases it like a catapult.

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP)

Tropes associated with Kajimoto:

Shinjo Reiji

Shinjo Reiji is known as Hanamura's greatest "masterpiece", with his techniques involving very powerful shots known as Mirage. The powerful shots are indistinguishable from a regular return or serve, leaving opponents confused. Another technique he has is the Deep Impulse, which is a powerful shot that also can be used as a serve that will injure the opponent, and consecutive attempts to return the Deep Impulse may injure the player to the point of unable to play tennis anymore.

Voiced by: Ryuji Kasahara (JP)

Tropes associated with Shinjo:

Wakato Hiroshi

Wakato Hiroshi is the vice-captain, who can copy any famous professional tennis player's playing style using his Change Over technique, even copying their smallest habits. With this move, he can change his play style easily and when his opponent finally gets used to his style, he changes over again. Though he passes it off as just copying, he spends countless hours practicing. He is very popular, even having his own fanclub, which follows him to his official matches.

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Wakato:

Tanaka Yohei and Kohei

Tanaka Yohei plays doubles with his younger, twin brother, Kohei Tanaka. He is often mistaken for a girl due to his short, dark pink hair. Kouhei is often in the same situation due to his long blue hair. He has very good hearing, which, together with his brother's good eyesight, allows them to predict their opponents moves.

Voiced by: Yohei: Chieko Higuchi (JP) Kohei: Kanako Mitsuhashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Yohei and Kouhei:

Kiriyama Daichi

Voiced by: Kenji Iwama (JP)

Tropes associated with Kiriyama:

Oota Shou

Voiced by: Ryo Naitou (JP)

Tropes associated with Oota:

    Rokkaku Chuu 
Rokkaku Chuu is a school from Chiba, known as "The Veterans from Chiba" since they have qualified for 35 years straight to the Nationals. The team's regular line-up consists of players who learned the sport when they were kids and have been using wooden racquets tailored by their advisor ever since. Said advisor, Ojii, has been the coach even from before Nanjiro Echizen was the star from Seigaku.

Aoi Kentarou

Aoi Kentarou is the jolly, talkative and energetic captain of Rokkaku tennis team. What makes him stand out is that he is only a freshman, and some teams are doubtful of his capabilities as a team captain. However, despite being a rookie, Aoi is a high-caliber player, who were able to match up with Kaidou Kaoru (manga) and Echizen Ryoma (anime).

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (JP)

Tropes associated with Aoi:

  • Ascended Extra: In the manga, Kentarou plays against Kaidoh, while Ryoma is away watching Kirihara's game. In the anime, however, he gets to be Ryoma's other rival and they actually play against each other. Because of this change in the anime, he is also included in the OVAs to play against the amnesiac Ryoma (In the manga, the only two schools that didn't have any input in recovering Ryoma's memory were Rokkaku and Midoriyama).
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Butt Monkey: In the Anime only, since Shudou is Adapted Out for the Volley and Yakiniku mini-arcs.
  • The Captain: He was picked by the coach (if it was coincidence or a deliberate choice is still a mystery), instead of the more mature and reliable Saeki. The team, however, is fine with this anyway.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He wants to attract as many girls as Saeki and Sengoku together, while Koharu tells him it won't work if he is that desperated.
  • Composite Character: He ends up getting Shudou's fate in the gag-miniarcs (In the manga, Shudou is the first victim of Inui's juices, while Kentarou is the one still in competition).
  • Genki Guy
  • Foil: It's even more pronounced in the anime, as he is very much like Kintaro towards Ryoma. They both are first years with a regular spot.
  • Fun Personified
  • Large Ham

Saeki Koujirou

Saeki Koujirou is Rokkaku's stern and confident vice-captain. He is a childhood friend of the Fuji brothers. Saeki excels in doubles with his outstanding game reading capabilities, being able to read where an opponent is going to run or hit the ball by watching the contractions of their muscles prior to their action.

Voiced by: Yusei Oda and Katsuaki Arima (JP)

Tropes associated with Saeki:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: While in the manga he has honey-brown hair, in the anime his hair is grey on the top and black near the nape.
  • Claustrophobia: Mentioned in one of the fanbooks.
  • Chick Magnet: He is a natural and girls are attracted to him even when he's not trying at all.
  • Childhood Friends: To the Fuji brothers.
  • Nice Guy: Part of his natural charm, as he is generous and friendly to everyone.
  • Number Two: Although he is more mature and has better leadership skills, he still is chosen by the coach as Vice-Captain, while Kentarou (a first year) is made Captain. Not that Saeki minds, though.
  • Team Mom

Amane "Davide" Hikaru

Amane Hikaru is well-known for single-handedly beating Hyoutei Gakuen's pre-regular players during a practice match. It is no doubt that he is one of the strongest players in the team, despite being a sophomore. While he is very serious on court, he still tends to crack puns in between hits. When he is off court makes even more lame puns and jokes.

Voiced by: Kosuke Takeuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Amane:

Kurobane "Bane" Harukaze

Kurobane Harukaze is a very strong player with deep responsibility in everything that he does. Despite being a rough-looking player, he is very close to the kids who play around Rokkaku's playground and look after each in a brotherly fashion.

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Oguro (JP)

Tropes associated with Kurobane:

Itsuki Marehiko

Itsuki is a very curious player who never stops asking about everything that happens around him, sometimes going to the extreme of chasing a person around if he doesn't satisfy his curiosity. He often deeply breathes through his nose, which seems bull-like. He is skilled in hitting balls without a spin and reaching balls close to the ground, due to his experience with clam digging.

Voiced by: Takehiro Hasu (JP)

Tropes associated with Itsuki:

Kisarazu Ryou

Kisarazu Ryou is well-known as St. Rudolph's Kisarazu Atsushi's older twin brother, and the one that Mizuki wanted to recruit for St. Rudolph. He was never able to play in the manga nor in the anime, however, it is concluded that he is a very powerful player.

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Ryou:
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: He is Kisarazu Atsushi's twin brother, with the difference that he has long hair and a cap, while Atsushi cut his hair short and wears a bandana (after Mizuki confused them and took the "wrong brother" with him).
  • Nice Cap
  • Signature Move: 'Sky High Volley'.

Shudou Satoshi

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondō (JP), Toshiyuki Kusuda (JP, OVA)

Tropes associated with Shudou:

    Rikkaidai Fuzoku Chuu 
Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku, better known as Rikkai or Rikkaidai, is considered to be the best middle school tennis team, having won the Kanto Tournament for 15 years straight and the Japanese National Tournament for the last two years. They aim for perfect wins in the matches and attempt to win for the third year in a row, and to reach said goal they subject themselves to a borderline militaristic discipline as well as Training from Hell. The three leaders are Captain Yukimura, Vice-Captain Sanada, and Treasurer Yanagi and together, they're known as "The Three Demons". However, there's an unexpected factor to consider: Yukimura's health has taken a sudden nosedive, therefore there's extra pressure on them this time...

The Team as a whole

  • Breakout Rival: Along with Hyotei, they were popular enough to be faced a second time-the final match of the National Tournament even.
  • Foil: The Team in General to both Seigaku and Hyotei.
    • Both Seigaku and Rikkai had their Captains hospitalized, Prodigy Rookies (Ryoma-Kirihara), Data experts (Inui-Yanagi) and fragile-looking but skilled players (Fuji-Yukimura).
    • While both Rikkai and Hyotei have been stablished as Seigaku's most prominent rival teams and both teams have in high regard their team captains, they handle different their defeats: In Hyotei the losing player is removed from the Regulars and replaced, while in Rikkai, Sanada slaps the loser.
  • Last Name Basis: While common in Japan, the only exceptions are:
    • First Name Basis: Most of the team towards Kirihara. Also Renji towards Sanada and Yukimura.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Everyone is their own flavor of different.
    • Yukimura is the Nice Guy gentle captain, who turns into a fierce and competitive tennis player.
    • Sanada is the Stern and honorable Number Two of Yukimura.
    • Renji is The Stoic Data Specialist.
    • Kirihara is the young rookie with violent game style.
    • Niou is the unpredictable trickster.
    • Yagyuu is "The Gentleman" of the team, but equally as mischievous as Niou.
    • Marui is the Genius Sweet Tooth.
    • Jackal is the Token Minority.
  • True Companions: The whole team respect and care for Yukimura. In the anime, the relationship between them is expanded explaining that they wanted to win the Kantou Tournament as quick as possible to go see Yukimura before his surgery.

Yukimura Seiichi

Yukimura Seiichi is the captain of Rikkaidai. He is called "The Child of God" due to his strength on the tennis court. Despite his strength, he has a very frail and feminine appearance, and he is very friendly to others outside of the court. However, he is very strict with his team when he is acting as their Captain, and while he is playing, he refuses to lose. However, in the final of the National Tournament, he is defeated by Echizen Ryoma after activating the last door of the Muga no Kyouchi/State of Self-Actualization. He is hospitalized for much of the series due a neurological disease, which leaves him with a fifty percent rate of living, but undergoes a successful surgery and rehabilitation during the Kanto Tournament and was able to participate in the National Tournament.

Voiced by: Sachiko Nagai (JP)

Tropes associated with Yukimura:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He seems rather friendly off-court and popular with the ladies. He only shows his scary side when playing tennis.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Fuji and Shiraishi. The three of them are among the best players of their teams, are always smiling and are very approachable and friendly towards others, and the three of them bond instantly after being set as roommates and discovering their mutual passion for gardening (the room is filled with various pots right after).
  • The Captain
  • Child Prodigy: Yukimura holds the distinction of being virtually undefeatable and the only middle schooler selected as an overseas representative.
  • Childhood Friends: He and Sanada know each other since they were four years old.
  • Color Motif: Aside from his yellow uniform, he is mostly seen with light green pieces, the most frequent being his headband. Maybe it's a coincidence that it's also "green hospital".
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Determinator: His obsession with winning made him overcome his illness and recover very fast in time for the National Tournament, even against the doctor's predictions.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Even more so than Fuji.
  • Graceful Loser: Even though he is Victory-obsessed and very full of anger because of his illness, he took very well his defeat against Ryoma, learning to have fun while playing tennis and happily agrees to shake hands with him after the match.
  • Hachi Maki: A nice green one.
  • Heroic BSOD: He gets this in the hospital, when he hears the doctors whisper that he might never play tennis again, which made him cry in anger and frustration and snap at Sanada.
  • Ill Boy: It's a rather... complicated issue. See the main page.
  • Informed Flaw: He's stated to have relative stamina issues due to his disease.
  • The McCoy: He is sensitive yet rational in the Freudian Trio with Sanada and Yanagi.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Even though he is the almost undefeatable tennis captain, he is very fond of art and cultural activities, his hobby includes gardening and was in the beautification committee member that suggested the "Lots of Flowers Movement".
  • Red Baron: even nicknamed "Child of God".
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Don't let his appearance fool you. He is delicate looking, is very fond of plants and gardening, speaks with a soft voice and is an Ill Boy, but he's also the best player of the Tennis Champions Rikkaidai.
  • Stepford Smiler: According to his stats, with his smiling poker face, the opponent can never read his expressions. Because he has quite the skills to back it up, his Mental strength is strong.
  • Stone Wall: One of the most formidable examples in the series, he's capable of returning practically any shot which causes the opponent to gradually lose all their senses.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: His winning obsession is what makes him loose against Ryoma, who just discovered the Teni Muhō no Kiwami: Having fun with Tennis. Yukimura is incapable of understanding this as his only drive in life is victory.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Genderflipped. He looks and acts the part eerily well with his long-ish and wavy black hair, pale skin, polite speech patterns (complete with his soft voice) and gentle off-courts behavior... and then he shows the Silk Hiding Steel part upon becoming a Determinator Magnificent Bastard in regards to tennis. Then there's his very stern and masculine-looking sub-captain, Genichirou Sanada, who defers to him actually.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Sanada Genichirou

Sanada Genichirou is the vice captain of Rikkaidai, known as the "Emperor", who fills for Yukimura in Singles 1 during his hospitalization. He comes from a very traditional family, is stern and noble, plays with honor, and expects the best from himself and his teammates. When his teammates don't live up to his expectations, or act in a way that brings shame to their team, Sanada will hit them. Sanada practices kendo and combines it with his tennis techniques. His main rival is Tezuka, who he lost to despite being the runner-up to Yukimura in the Junior Tournament, and vows to train and defeat him.

Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (JP)

Tropes associated with Sanada:

Yanagi Renji

Yanagi Renji is known as the Data Master. Yanagi usually plays in singles, but sometimes in doubles. He is the friend and former doubles partner of Sadaharu Inui, having been known as the "Professor." He keeps his eyes perpetually half-closed just as Inui hides his eyes behind his thick glasses. He is Inui's rival in using Data Tennis, having taught Inui in the first place.

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Yanagi:
  • Affectionate Nickname: Only between him and Inui. While he would name Inui "Doctor", Inui called Renji "Professor".
  • Badass Bookworm: He enjoys reading and is the 3rd best of the tennis team.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He, Sanada, and Yukimura are this to Kirihara, but he fills in the most. To the point of willingly giving up his spot in Shin Tenipuri to make sure Kirihara will be able to continue.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Inui. Both of them collect data and base their games in strategy and hard training. While Inui uses a lot of science and maths, Renji is more inclined to literature. After rekindling their friendship, both Inui and Renji start developing horrible juices together to feed to their teammates. According to the books, their joint work has made the final products twice as horrible.
  • Childhood Friends: Him and Inui. In fanon, he's often made into Inui's Unlucky Childhood Friend.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: His bob was longer when he was younger.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Finishing Eachothers Sentences: What sets him apart from Inui is that Renji is capable of guessing correctly what his opponent is about to say.
  • First Name Basis: With Inui. Also with Sanada and Yukimura.
  • Jerkass Façade: Especially in the manga.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To Inui.
  • Not So Stoic: In the OVA, when Inui is injured by Kirihara and refusing to forfeit, his mask cracks and he begs Inui to do so for his own sake. "Please forfeit, Sadaharu! It's not like I'm enjoying this!"
  • The Spock: He is deadpan, calmer and completely rational in the Freudian Trio with Sanada and Yukimura.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Especially in the anime.

Kirihara Akaya

Kirihara Akaya is the youngest and only second year student in the Rikkaidai line-up, thus earning him the title "Second Year Ace." He joined Rikkai because he heard the school had a very strong tennis team, but his hopes were quickly crushed by the Three Demons. He usually acts childish and friendly, though he is actually very violent on the court, often causing serious injuries that require hospitalization. He reforms in the anime after being beaten by Fuji, (though he retains his nature in the manga) but in the nationals, he returns to his violent playing style, severely injuring Inui. While under high pressure or after sustaining injury, the whites of his eyes turn red, becoming bloodshot, and his power, skill, and speed increase. He becomes much more violent while in this state. Later, he develops a Devil Mode, which turns his skin red and his hair white. His bloodlust and destructive power are greatly enhanced, and he solely focuses on crushing the opposing players using violent means.

Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP)

Tropes associated with Kirihara:
  • All There in the Manual: In one of the fanbooks, he wants a Wii U.
  • Ax-Crazy: His Devil Mode.
  • The Berserker: When he enters the "Bloodshot Eyes" mode.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Despite being already 13 years old.
  • Blood Knight
  • Catchphrase: "Tsubusu yo" (I'll crush you), and "I'll defeat the three demons and become Number 1!"
  • Can't Catch Up: Though widely considered to be the Ace of the team, he still holds insecurities about being unable to defeat "The Three Demons".
  • Character Exaggeration: His Blood Knight tendencies get exaggerated to ridiculous degrees in the manga. Made even worse in the anime, where he actually was given Character Development and sought to not fall into this... but the Aesop Amnesia kicked in and that was lost.
  • Color Motif: Kirihara's main motif is Red, since he is often associated with a demon. His style is violent and bloody, his eyes turn red whenever he gets upset, Rikkai's original uniform was red (until it was recolored to yellow for the next chapters). As a side note, his favorite color is also red and he enjoys fighting video games (the gorier, the better).
  • Cry Cute: In the anime.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Only in the anime filler episode, where he sleeps on the bus to his school and ends up in Seigaku, causing havoc at the tennis club.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Ryoma, though not explicitly stated. They're both the young, childish, arrogant aces of their teams with exceptional skills. While Ryoma may aim for people with his Twist Serve and Drive A, this is a key part of Kirihara's play style. Ryoma's been trained from a young age, while Akaya's a prodigy.
  • Green Eyes
  • Heavy Sleeper: He once fell asleep on the bus while on his way to school... and crossed all the way from Kanagawa to Tokyo. In his Sanroku no Mystic route he actually falls aleep on Tsugumi more than once.
  • I Can Still Fight: In the anime, during his match with Kevin Smith he injures his shoulder by colliding with the net pole. After carrying on for so long, he's forced to forfeit the match as the pain becomes too unbearable to bear.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His violent and cocky behavior in courts contrasts with his child-like naïveté.
  • Signature Move: 'Knuckle Serve'.
  • Tykebomb: Rikkai actually encourages his Devil Mode to win matches (the Nagoya Seitoku match being a prime example). It's not until The New Prince of Tennis that Renji believes it's detrimental to his health.
  • Yes Virginia: According to the fanbooks, he still believes in Santa Claus.

Yagyuu Hiroshi

Yagyuu Hiroshi is known as "The Gentleman" for his polite demeanor. He is a very tenacious player, because despite of his calm and composed appearance, lies a strong desire to win at any game.

Voiced by: Eisuke Tsuda (JP)

Tropes associated with Yagyuu:

Niou Masaharu

Niou Masaharu known as "The Trickster", is able to completely copy the techniques and play style of other players creating the illusion his opponent is facing another person. It isn't perfect, as there are moves that he cannot copy and he is limited by his own physical abilities. He often copies his doubles partner, Yagyuu, to confuse their opponents. He can predict the moves of his opponents up to ten steps ahead.

Voiced by: Yuuki Matsuda (JP)

Tropes associated with Niou:
  • Beauty Mark: Has one under the right side of his mouth.
  • Catchphrase: "Puri."
  • Ditto Fighter: Of the Tsungxpert kind. He can emulate Shiraishi's Bible and Tezuka's Zero Shiki Drop Shot and Phantom at will.
    • By New Prince of Tennis, he is capable of performing the Synchro technique with Oishi by "transforming" into Eiji, and also he transformed into their opponents to disrupt their Synchro and turn the game in their favor. He also is now able to copy the rest of Tezuka's techniques, and also can transform into Atobe so he can synchro with himself.
  • Empathic Shapeshifter: He can easily adapt to any of his Illusions.
    • Word of God says that whenever he impersonates Yukimura, Niou gets the Yips.
    • During his doubles match with Atobe, Niou also copies Tezuka's determination, which made him push himself harder despite being at his limit.
  • Hyper Awareness: Niou has great observation skills, which allows him to exactly replicate any opponent by using his Illusion technique. He could also analyze Mori and Ochi while unable to play, so he could do the Synchro with Atobe and give him all their weak spots.
  • Informed Flaw: Stated to have poor power yet imitates the physically monstrous Kabaji fairly well.
  • Master of Disguise and Master of Illusion.
  • Not Too Dead to Save the Day: In the sequel, the match looks like it's all over when Atobe can't make it in time to return the cord ball Mori hits, but Niou makes the last second game winning shot by returning the ball while still lying on his stomach.
    Niou: This is...doubles...after...all.
  • Odd Couple: With Yagyuu.
  • Short Hairwith Tail: Has spiky white hair and a rat-tail.
  • The Southpaw: When impersonating Yagyuu, who is right-handed.
    • Also when he made his illusions of Tezuka (left-handed) and Shiraishi (right-handed) in the game against Fuji..
  • Took a Level in Badass: Twice:
    • For the National Tournament, he revealed that he could easily transform into Tezuka and Shiraishi. Too bad Fuji saw right through him.
    • Played straight in New Prince of Tennis. After Yagyuu defeats him and he gets eliminated along half of the middle schoolers, they get a Training from Hell from Mifune. After his return, not only he perfected his illusions, but also acquired the ability to perform Synchro with anyone he plays doubles with.
  • Trickster: According to the fanbooks, he is into practical jokes.

Marui Bunta

Marui Bunta is a volley specialist and plays doubles with his friend Jackal Kuwahara. Despite wearing arm weights during matches, he has stamina issues, so he overdoses on sugar by always eating cake before matches and chewing gum, even when he plays tennis. Jiroh Akutagawa of Hyoutei idolizes Marui and bases his style off of Marui's style, following a game they played in the Newcomers Tournament when they were both first years.

Voiced by: Naozumi Takahashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Marui:
  • Big Eater: He eats an entire cake before matches. He eats a lot in general, though, not just sweets.
  • Bubblegum Popping: He is often chewing gum during plays, replacing it everytime it starts to loose flavor.
  • Catch Phrase: "Dou, tensai teki?" translation 
    Marui: "It'll be done. ...By Jackal!"
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: In the sequel series, he uses his Perfect Fortress/Wonder Castle technique to full effect when he's betrayed by Kite during their doubles match. Prior to this, it was still imperfect.
  • Eye Scream: In The New Prince of Tennis, Tohno, in accidentally-on-purpose fashion, throws his racquet at Marui, hitting him in the right eye.
  • Do You Trust Me?: Inverted. In the sequel, Marui asks Kite if he can trust him after the latter had apparently betrayed him, before ultimately canceling the agreement Kite had with their opponent.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • Heroic Spirit: In The New Prince of Tennis. After being betrayed by his doubles partner and getting smacked by tennis balls from both in front of and behind him, he refuses to give up and brings out his new defensive volley technique — which was, until then, yet to be perfected — to return every single ball on his own and not let a single one get behind him. For someone who's usually rather easygoing, Marui's hair color isn't just for show, apparently.
  • Insufferable Genius: Likes to taunt his opponents about his "genius" finesse.
  • It's All About Me: Instead of freaking out about Jiroh apparently stalking him at tennis practices, he is amused by the fact that Jiroh is his fanboy and considers him a friend after this.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his cocksure attitude and habit of making a fool of others, he also watches over his underclassmen in the tennis club.
    • This is most prominent in the fifth OVA special of The New Prince of Tennis. After witnessing Ohtori suffer a rather one-sided loss during the team shuffle, Marui offers him advice so that he has the confidence to participate in a rematch.
  • The Nicknamer: In The New Prince of Tennis, he calls Kite "Kiteretsu."
  • Odd Friendship: With Kite, to the point the others start treating Jackal like he was cheated on.
  • Oral Fixation: Always chewing bubble gum during his matches.
  • Signature Move: 'Tightrope Walking' and 'Iron Pole Strike.'
  • Those Two Guys: With Jackal.
  • Verbal Tic: "Daroi?" He even has a song titled this.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Despite his looks, his voice and manner of speech are decidedly masculine.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Marui's special volleys are more about skill and execution than power. He's mastered hard-to-return drop shots, but lobs and baseline shots tend to get behind him. He also has stamina issues (which he tries to remedy by eating lots of sugar before matches).
  • Will Not Be A Victim: In the sequel series, he's betrayed by Kite during their doubles match. With his partner apparently siding with their opponents, the match becomes 3-on-1 against him, but he refuses to back down and attempts to return every ball himself.

Jackal Kuwahara

Jackal Kuwahara is half-Brazilian and is known as the "Iron Wall of Defense". He also typically acts as a look out and chaperone-of-sorts for Rikkai's ace player, Kirihara Akaya, and at times takes responsibility for the sophomore's actions.

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP)

Tropes associated with Jackal:

    Shitenhouji Chuu 
Shitenhouji is shown to be the strongest team from Kansai as they are winners of the Kansai Tournament, having defeated Makinofuji in the final this year. They were runner-ups to the Japanese National Tournament, losing to Rikkaidai under the leadership of then second-year student Kuranosuke Shiraishi, who remains this year as captain. They also have two new additions: Senri Chitose and Kintaro Tooyama.

The Team as a whole

  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: The entire school is into comedy routines. Former captains, Hara Tetsuya and Taira Yoshiyuki, are well known to be this, and also, Zaizen is the Tsukkomi for most of his team.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Most of the team (for that matter most of the entire school, except for Zaizen). Everyone isn't above making fun of themselves, and the more notable examples are Koharu, Yuuji and Kintaro.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Being Osakans, all of the members of the team speak in the infamous accent. Shiraishi, Kenya Oshitari, and Kintaro have particularly strong accents.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The team mostly consisted of Class Clowns (which isn't uncommon with an entire school made of them). Shiraishi realizes during his second year that they needed Zaizen to balance their variety.

Toyama Kintarou

Tooyama Kintarou is the youngest member of Shitenhouji and the team's strongest player. He is very carefree and naive, and has trouble speaking, often messing up names and sayings. He forms a rivalry with Ryoma, though they only get to play a single point. He uses a "Wild" tennis style (and acrobatic play) that takes advantage of his natural stamina and strength, being able to lift a scooter over his head and throw it with ease. Kintaro is extremely afraid of Shiraishi, after reading a manga about monsters with poison claws, and as such, his unbound imagination comes up with the peculiar idea of Kuranosuke having poison claws under the bandages that he always wears around his hands and arms. This fear is used to keep him in line.

Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Kintarou:

Shiraishi Kuranosuke

Shiraishi Kuranosuke is the captain of Shitenhouji. He is heralded as having "Perfect Tennis", and is referred to as "The Bible of Shitenhouji." Due to Shiraishi's hard work, he masters the basic forms of tennis and gradually obtains the skill where he can perform strokes without mannerisms or habitual actions that can lessen the use of stamina, which has a great effect. Shiraishi himself believes that perfect tennis is silly notion and finds his own style boring, but he realized that only winning matters, so he continues to employ his style. He is also the first person to ever beat Fuji in an official singles match, as well as defeating all of Fuji's counters. Shiraishi is often shown sporting white bandages on his left arm, for some reason unknown. There are several instances where he attempts to take them off, but never really finishes the process and winds them back up. In the manga it is revealed that a gold gauntlet or arm guard like material is found under the bandages. When the gauntlet is removed the speed of his left arm sky-rockets.

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP)

Tropes associated with Shiraishi:
  • Beetle Maniac: Listed in the fanbooks and has a whole song dedicated to his pet beetle.
  • Big Eater: Mentioned in the fanbooks. He eats an extravagant meal during lunch and finished 2nd in Shitenhouji's "It's New Years! Eat Until You Drop Complete Swimsuit Competition!" behind Kenya during his second year.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Fuji and Yukimura. Aside from being The Aces from their teams, they also are cordial, nice outside the courts and love plants (Fuji has cacti, Yukimura plants flowers and Shiraishi breeds poison grass).
  • Bishōnen
  • Boring but Practical: His 'Bible' tennis is not as flashy some of the other characters, but he has refined it to the point where he easily crushes fancy techniques such as Fuji's counters.
  • The Captain
  • Catchphrase: "Mmm, ecstasy."
  • Chick Magnet: In Pair Puri he also is shown to be as unintentionally successful as Saeki, and this is further confirmed by Kenya in one of the fanbooks.
    • Clueless Chick Magnet: He's also completely at a loss when it comes to dealing with assertive girls. Hilariously, his profile in the fanbooks all say that he doesn't like or is bad at dealing with girls that hit on guys.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He wears a one bandage mummy costume to avoid having waste.
  • Jack of All Stats
    • Master of All: While he doesn't have an area of specialization, he also doesn't have any weaknesses and is a very well-rounded player overall. His 'Bible' tennis is capable of rendering special techniques like Fuji's counters and even Gin's Hadoukyuu ineffective.
  • Nice Guy: He's fairly polite and amicable, even as an opponent. During the National semifinals, when Zaizen calls Kawamura Seigaku's weakest link, Shiraishi chides him for it.
    • And in The New Prince of Tennis, Yanagi asks him to keep Kirihara from going into Devil Mode. Though reluctant at first, he still ends up keeping his promise.
  • Poisonous Person: His knowledge of poisonus herbs is insane. He also likes to plant them and keeps Kintarou controlled by telling him his bandaged arm is poisoned.
  • Power Limiter: What's under the infamous bandages.

Chitose Senri

Chitose Senri is a regular of the Shitenhouji tennis club. He originally played on the Shishigaku team with his close friend, Kippei Tachibana where the two guided Shishigaku to the National semi-finals in the previous season. This ended after the Nationals when Tachibana injures Chitose's eye during a practice match. They both leave tennis for a time, and Chitose eventually transfers to Shitenhouji, though at a lesser level due to blind spots in injured eye. Chitose and Tachibana eventually get reunited in the National Quarterfinals, where Chitose defeats his old friend in a close match. Although he intended to quit tennis after that match, he gets drawn back in to play Tezuka in the semi-finals, where he loses.

Voiced by: Jun Oosuka (JP)

Tropes associated with Chitose:

Ishida Gin

Ishida Gin is a very serious, honorable, and stern player who is the older brother of Fudomine's Ishida Tetsu. Gin is the inventor of the powerful shot, the Hadoukyuu, which is composed of 108 progressively stronger techniques. He can also nullify other people's use of the Hadoukyuu. He is thought to be the strongest power player in Japan, until he loses his match against Takashi Kawamura in the Nationals after an extremely strong smash.

Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (JP)

Tropes associated with Gin:

Oshitari Kenya

Oshitari Kenya is famously known as the "Speed Star of Naniwa". Kenya is even faster than Shiraishi Kuranosuke and Kamio Akira. He is Hyoutei's Yuushi Oshitari's cousin.

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP)

Tropes associated with Kenya:

Konjiki Koharu

Konjiki Koharu uses data tennis and is said to have more data than Seigaku's Inui Sadaharu. With an IQ of 200, he stores all of the information inside his head. Konjiki and his doubles partner Hitouji Yuuji are known as Naniwa's Baka Couple.

Voiced by: Ryo Naitou (JP)

Tropes associated with Koharu:

Hitouji Yuuji

Hitouji Yuuji appears to be the star of this doubles team, attracting all the attention with his genius and his hilarious antics. While Konjiki is entertaining the crowd (and his opponents), Hitouji is actually studying his opponents. He can then imitate their mannerisms, voices, and techniques.

Voiced by: Suguru Kumabuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Yuuji:

Zaizen Hikaru

Zaizen Hikaru is considered to be a genius. He is also the doubles partner of Oshitari Kenya. Zaizen is rather disrespectful, calling Kawamura Takashi Seigaku's "extra baggage" and insulting Chitose Senri after his loss to Kunimitsu Tezuka.

Voiced by: Hirofumi Araki (JP)

Tropes associated with Zaizen:

  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: He is Tsukkomi for his entire school (where even the principal is goofy). He is the only student who doesn't laugh at any of the jokes there.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Mouthy Kid: Calling your own sempai "gross"?
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Perpetual Frowner: He never laughs at any of the jokes at school.
    • He even says that he would have chosen another school if he had known it was going to be like this. When Shiraishi asks him then why he enrolled at Shitenhouji, he replies, "It's closer to home".
  • Straight Man: After all the tennis club attempts to make him laugh, Zaizen simply says "If you wanted me to join, then you should have asked to begin with". All the others are perplexed, since they never thought about that.
  • Teen Genius: Subverted. Gets mentioned as one, though we never see him play a match.
    • Played straight when the 2nd lot of the 'Another Story' OVAs came out. We see him team up with Koishikawa and he does pretty well.
  • When He Smiles: The only time he slightly chuckled at a joke, Shiraishi is quick to point it out, which Zaizen completely denies.

Koishikawa Kenjirou

Tropes associated with Koishikawa:

  • Demoted to Extra: Was supposed to have a larger role, but Chitose's appearance shot that to hell.

    Higa Chuu 
For the past 26 years, no team from Okinawa has made it past the Kyushuu Tournament. The run of misfortune finally ended this year with the surge of a new powerhouse, Higa. Under the leadership of Kite Eishirou, Higa dominated its Regional Tournament, dethroning Shishigaku, last year's National semifinalist. They have quite the unorthodox techniques, based in Okinawan martial arts, as well as very... unconventional ways to treat their rivals, making them a sort of Black Sheep among the present teams.

The Team as a whole

  • The Fashionista: After Kite concludes that the key to be a successful tennis team is stylish hair, most of them went under makeovers: Chinen had a Skunk Stripe, Rin dyed his black hair blonde and Kite dyed his hair purple and got his trademark hairstyle (in which he spends 1 hour and 15 minutes every day).
  • Five-Bad Band: Not counting Aragaki and Shiranui, they fit into this role against Seigaku.
  • True Companions: It's shown in flashbacks how they suffered the Training from Hell with the goal of going together to the Nationals. As much of a Smug Snake as Kite is, all his team respects him and go into his direction. In New Prince of Tennis, all the five Higa teammates get to share the room instead of being assigned into separated ones.

Kite Eishirou

Kite Eishirou is the captain of Higa, whose nicknames are "Killer" and "The Hitman", as well as receiving a reputation for defeating the aces of many other teams. He has an aggressive play style and can quickly figure out and target the opponent's weaknesses. He scouts various players and teaches them "Shukuchihou", a technique based on martial arts that gives the opponent the impression that the user is able to approach the net or baseline in one step from anywhere on the court. He is the only member that is able to use the "Shukuchihou" in any direction due to his balance. He also teaches them their signature techniques. Kite remains composed and polite in front of other teams, yet extremely condescending towards them, and if physically attacked, won't hesitate to strike back. His tennis style combines the "Shukuchihou" with other techniques such as his powerful "Big Bang" serve, and his "Habu", a shot that curves randomly, making it extremely difficult to return.

Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Kite:
  • The Captain
  • Catchphrase: "Goya kuwasuyo."
  • Childhood Friends: According to the fanbook "Perfect Edition Season 2 Volume 8", he and Kai knew each other since they were 5 years old.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's not above cheating if he can.
  • Evil Counterpart: He resembles Tezuka and even has some of the same seriousness but has the completely opposite approach on the court. While Tezuka is honorable and completely against on-court violence, Kite relishes in it.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He explains that the entire team is immune to Inui's juice because they're accustomed to eating goya (bitter melon).
  • The Fashionista: According to extras, Kite was the one who suggested the team to have trendy haircuts after seeing a magazine photo of Chitose and Tachibana (back when he had long bleached hair), reason why the teammates all have signature hairstyles. Also his bio says he spends his money on Glasses care, Hair dressing place and fashion magazines. He also spends 1 hour and 15 minutes setting his hair.
  • A Father to His Men: All his teammates respect and obey him.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • In the Back: He hits a ball at Marui in this way in The New Prince of Tennis during their doubles match against Kimijima and Tohno.
  • Just in Time: In the sequel, when Tohno hits a ball aimed at Mori and Ochi after losing their doubles match, Kite deflects it away from them in the nick of time.
  • Megane
  • Odd Friendship: With Marui.
  • Pet the Dog: He's quite the asshole to his rivals, but cares for his teammates. He can also be very kind to Ayaka from Umibe no Secret if he's the chosen love interest.
  • Redemption Equals Affliction: He takes the brunt of Tohno's "executions" in place of Marui, whose eye was already injured because he felt guilty about the suffering he caused Marui when he pretended to betray him earlier in their match.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Played Straight when he accepts Kimijima's offer to pretend to betray Marui in order to create a chance to injure Tohno, with the promise that he would be recommended into the First String. Later, it gets inverted, because Kite, moved by Marui's determination to continue the match despite being betrayed, ditches Kimijima's offer and teams up with Marui for good.
  • Signature Move: 'Shukuchihou'. Unlike the others, he can move in any direction, rather than just back and forth.
  • Smug Snake: Though not as bad as Saotome.
  • Stealth Expert: All the team is trained in Okinawa Martial arts. An example of his abilities is during the Yakiniku mini-arc, where he slips hot sauce in Ishida Gin's plate without anyone noticing.

Kai Yuujirou

Kai Yuujirou is the vice-captain who has a tendency to be brash and impulsive despite being the oldest member. He normally plays with his right hand, though he switches to his natural left-handed style while using a racquet with a reverse grip to use his "Viking Horn" shot, which curves before reaching the opponent's side. he utilizes this attack by waiting for his opponents reaction and at the last second, strikes back to the opposite side of the reaction.

Voiced by: Daisuke Nakamura (JP)

Tropes associated with Kai:

Tanishi Kei

Tanishi Kei possesses a large body, which allows him to utilize his "Big Bang" serve that uses his weight and the gravity from falling in order to make a nearly unreturnable serve. It takes a lot of stamina, which decreases its power over time, allowing it to be returned, which was taken advantage of by Ryoma.

Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (JP)

Tropes associated with Tanishi:

  • Acrofatic: He's rather fast for a big guy.
  • Big Eater: In the yakiniku episode, he actually eats with tongs. The sight grosses out everyone around.
    • Extreme Omnivore: In the same episode, he can also withstand Inui's juices, which Eishirou says are mild to what he's accustomed to in Okinawa.
  • Catchphrase: "Shimiti ichundo!" ("I'm gonna attack!").
  • Fat Bastard: He's pretty much built like a sumo wrestler.
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Signature Move: 'Shukuchihou' and 'Big Bang'.

Hirakoba Rin

Hirakoba Rin is the only member of the team who likes fair play. He uses "Habu", which has the stance of a smash, except that it curves wildly and unpredictable while in the air and bouncing, and "Giant Habu", which curves immediately after leaving the racquet, though it causes his hand to go numb, limiting it to one use per match. Hirakoba is a very formidable player, being able to take out Fuji's triple counter and Takashi's Hadoukyuu. He is one of the few players to stand up to Coach Saotome, refusing an order to attack Seigaku's coach feeling the match was too interesting.

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP)

Tropes associated with Hirakoba:

Chinen Hiroshi

Chinen Hiroshi is the tallest player in Higa Chuu, who uses his size and looks to mock and intimidate his opponents.

Voiced by: Kazuya Sueyoshi (JP)

Tropes associated with Chinen:

Shiranui Tomoya and Aragaki Koichi

Tropes associated with Shiranui and Aragaki:

    Minor Schools Characters 

Liliadent Krauser

Liliadent Krauser is a 1st year exchange student from Nagoya Seitoku.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (JP)

Tropes associated with Krauser:

Sakata Richard

Sakata Richard is a 3rd year student from St. Icarus and captain of the school's tennis club. He captained his team to the Nationals, only to lose against Sengoku Kiyosumi of Yamabuki. In New Prince of Tennis, he is described as a western foreigner by Dan Taichi, Urayama Shiita, and Horio Satoshi.
Voiced by: Eisuke Tsuda (JP)

Tropes associated with Sakata:

Kuki Kiichi

Kiichi Kuki is a third year student Kakinoki Middle School and the captain of the school tennis club.
Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Kuki:

Ginka Junior High

Despite their tournament record, Ginka Middle School is a weak school; Echizen Ryoma inadvertently defeats their entire team during their practice match. Their records were only good due to winning against weak schools. When they played against Seigaku, they forfeited due to being scared of their regulars. When it came time to play against Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku during the Kantō Tournament, they stole Sadaharu Inui's special juice, as they thought it was what made Seigaku strong, and mixed it with their own ingredients to create "The Three Flavors of Ginka". As a result, they ended up having to forfeit the match due to food poisoning.

Tropes associated with Ginka Tennis Club:
  • Butt Monkeys
  • Dirty Cowards: They purposely forfeit their match against Seigaku. And also the whole team didn't have any constraints with bullying Sakuno.
  • Jerkasses: They purposely bullied Sakuno by hiding her tennis ball and make her look for it between all their balls. That's until Ryoma kicked their collective asses.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Twice.
    • During the Prefecture Tournament, they try so hard to not get Seigaku, that they end up getting paired against Rikkaidai.
    • Trying to spy on Seigaku, they steal a big bottle of Inui's juice believing it's the key of their performance. The whole team gets sick right before their match against Rikkaidai (they would have been crushed anyway).

Midoriyama Junior High

In the anime, Midoriyama was defeated by Josei Shonan so it was only mentioned once in the anime, while in the manga, it was the other way around. All of the regulars are second-years, and the team has 3 specialist coaches. However, their arrogance caused them to take Seigaku too lightly, which caused them to lose 3 sets in a row.

Fortunately, they gained a spot in the Nationals. However, Midoriyama is probably the weakest team compared to the other 5 teams from the Kanto region. They were easily eliminated in the first round of the nationals.

Tropes associated with Midoriyama Tennis Club:
  • Demoted to Extra, Adapted Out: The anime replaces them with Jousei Shounan. The Musicals only mentions them in a brief recount song. In the manga, however, their miniarc is, if not, very forgettable.
  • Pushover Parents: The coach Kiraku pressures his son into playing tennis, also because he was an Unknown Rival to Echizen Nanjiroh.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The Captain, Kiraku Yasuyuki, plays on the team only because his father wants him to, to the point he started to get tired of tennis until he faced against Ryoma.

    Team Coaches 

Ryuuzaki Sumire

Ryuuzaki Sumire is the coach of Seigaku's tennis club and one of the school's math teachers. She helped Echizen Nanjirou develop his skills and become a professional tennis player. She has a granddaughter named Sakuno with a crush on Ryoma. Ryuuzaki has a rivalry with her ex-mentor, Banda Mikiya a.k.a. Banji, who is the coach for Yamabuki Chuu. She constantly yells, but she is considered to be a great and reliable coach. She has a good relationship with her regulars and participates in their recreational group activities: The bowling reunion and the beach-volley mini-tournament with Rokkaku Chuu.

Voiced by: Shizuka Okohira (JP), Barbara Goodson (EN)

Tropes associated with Sumire:

Banda Mikiya

Banda Mikiya or "Banji" for short, is Yamabuki's coach.

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Nishimatsu (JP)

Tropes associated with Banda:

Sakaki Tarou

Sakaki Tarou is the of Hyoutei's team. Sakaki is also a music teacher for the school and has complete confidence in Atobe Keigo, trusting that he is capable of defeating any opponent.

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP)

Tropes associated with Sakaki:
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Very efficient coach and music teacher. Just as quirky as his own pupils.
  • The Dandy
  • Catchphrase: "Itte yosh!"
  • Stern Teacher: He is very strict, to the point of changing regulars if they loose a match even once. He only made the exception with Shishido because it involved an Important Haircut from Shishido, Ohtori's pleas and Atobe asking him personally. He later keeps the same regular team for the National Tournament.

Hanamura Aoi

Hanamura Aoi is the coach of Jousei Shonan, who refers to her students as masterpieces and constantly tries to recruit new students, especially Ryoma. She is often proud of her own prowess and of her pupils', but is otherwise very calm and professional.

Voiced by: Kaori Yamagata (JP)

Tropes associated with Hanamura:
  • Ascended Extra: In the manga, she doesn't appear at all, where the only we see about her is her name in the Jousei Shounan list. She gets design and characterization in the anime.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Fawns over her pupils almost like a teenage girl, when she's not coolly supervising their training menus.
  • Hot Teacher
  • Meganekko
  • Ms. Fanservice: Big breasts? Check. A pretty face with a Beauty Mark? Check. Nice red hair? Check. A melodious mezzo-soprano voice? Check. Tight clothes when not at work? Oh baby, Check Please.
  • Not So Different: To Sumire Ryuzaki. While Ryuzaki sensei doesn't agree with her view of students as "masterpieces", they both care very much about their boys. Even Hanamura looks a lot like Sumire when she was young.
  • Shotacon: She is very attached to her students, and even seems to give a lot of attention to Ryoma.


Ojii is the coach of Rokkaku Chuu. He is an elderly man who manufactures creates special wooden racquets for his players, taking into consideration their skills and personality.

Voiced by: Bunmei Tobayama (JP)

Tropes associated with Ojii:

Watanabe Osamu

Osamu Watanabe is the coach of the Shitenhouji tennis club. Watanabe reminds us of a younger (and hipper) version of Yamabuki's Banda Mikiya. Like the latter, the former's interaction with his students is very laid-back, often shown joking around with them. Watanabe is also pretty sly. When the team first learned of Chitose Senri's resignation, Watanabe appeared ambivalent about the issue.

During the match against Seigaku, knowing how much the team needed Chitose and how much Chitose wanted to play Tezuka Kunimitsu, Watanabe "dragged" Chitose back onto the team. This and other incidents show that despite his appearance, Watanabe knows what he is doing. Osamu gave Shiraishi a gold gauntlet to wear until graduation.

Watanabe is shown to be either cheap or poor, telling his team that he'll treat them to somen noodles if they win against Seigaku (as opposed to Ryuuzaki Sumire, who told her team she'll treat them to yakiniku).

Voiced by: Yusa Kooji (JP)

Tropes associated with Osamu:

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite the fact he looks like a bum and is in general a very relaxed guy, he is actually a very capable coach who knows how to handle the tennis club different personalities.
  • First Name Basis: All his students always call him "Osamu" rather than "Watanabe-sensei". Not that he minds.
  • Foil: To Hyotei's coach Sakaki Taro. While both are very competent coaches who care and know how to work with the students, their overall personalities are opposites. Sakaki is more stern, The Stoic, The Dandy, while Osamu is more carefree, relaxed, and looks like a hippie.
  • Nice Hat
  • Oral Fixation: He always has a toothpick on his mouth.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His left eye is usually covered by hair.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Team Dad
  • Trickster Mentor: He would do anything to motivate his students, even if that implies fooling them.
    • Instead of accepting Chitose's form to resign the club, he just went ahead and registered Chitose for Doubles 1 anyway. This ended up motivating Chitose since he got to challenge Tezuka.
    • In Another Story II, he purposely lied to the team telling them they needed to recruit Zaizen, so Shiraishi could figure out that they needed to diversify the team.
  • X Meets Y: He is pretty much a younger version of Yamabuki's coach Banjii and Nanjiroh mashed up together.

Saotome Harumi

Saotome Harumi is the ruthless Higa Chuu tennis coach. He isn't above dirty play and won't hesitate to instruct his players to aim balls to the rival team's coach.

Tropes associated with Saotome:

  • Bald of Evil
  • Jerkass: He would instruct his players to hit rival coaches with the ball.
  • Sadist Teacher: He is the only known teacher to be mean and tough to his students.
  • Smug Snake: He doesn't care about anyone as long as his team wins.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He didn't hesitate to instruct Hirakoba to aim at Ryuuzaki Sumire in the middle of a game.

    Other Characters 


Karupin is Echizen Ryoma's Himalayan cat.

Voiced by: Akira Nakagawa (JP)

Echizen Rinko (née Takeuchi)

Voiced by: Yuki Nakao (JP)

Echizen Nanjirou

Echizen Nanjirou is the father of the series' protagonist Echizen Ryoma. Nanjirou is very outspoken, eccentric, a shameless flirt, brash, perverted, and almost childish at times. He is known as "Samurai Nanjirou" for his invincible tennis skills during his earlier years as a professional tennis player. Other than Ryoma, he is the only player to have reached the "Pinnacle of Perfection". He was trained by Ryuuzaki during middle school and eventually became a professional after leaving Japan. He remains undefeated and was only one opponent away to earning a Grand Slam title before he unexpectedly decided to retire in order to teach Ryoma tennis.

Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama (JP), Liam O Brien (EN)

Meino Nanako

Meino Nanako is Ryoma's cousin; she is a student at a local Tokyo college, who currently lives with her relatives, the Echizen family. She plays the role of an elder sibling figure to Ryoma, who is an only child and helps him and the other Echizens with their daily lives. She is sweet-tempered, very polite, loyal, and devoted.

Voiced by: Risa Mizuno (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

Yamato Yuudai

See U-17 Highschoolers

Chitose Miyuki

Chitose Miyuki is the younger sister of Shitenhouji's Chitose Senri. She plays tennis as well and interestingly, is a lefty just like her brother.

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)

Akutsu Yuki

Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP)

Fuji Yumiko

Yumiko Fuji is the older sister of Fuji Shuusuke and Fuji Yuuta.

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (JP)

Inoue Mamoru

Inoue Mamoru is a journalist for the Monthly Tennis Pro magazine. Inoue takes a special interest in the progress of Seigaku. He is also an amateur tennis player, as well as being a big fan of Echizen Nanjirou.

Voiced by: Hozumi Gouda (JP)

Shiba Saori

Shiba Saori is the new photographer for the Monthly Tennis Pro magazine. Along with Inoue, she takes a special interest in Seigaku.

Voiced by: Noriko Namiki (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

Horio Satoshi

Horio Satoshi is a first year student, who claims to know everything about tennis. He constantly brags about his "two years of tennis experience", but he is, in fact, a less than average player. He often explains or tries to explain to his first year friends key words, rules, and techniques. He has an older cousin named Junpei, who has "two years of biking experience" and helps Kintarou Tooyama from Shitenhouji reach Tokyo.

Voiced by: Shigenori Yamazaki (JP), Adam Lawson (EN)

Tropes associated with Horio:

Kato Kachirou

Kato Kachirou hangs around a lot with Horio Satoshi and Mizuno Katsuo. Although he is not very good at tennis, he thoroughly supports the team. He has a father who coaches at an expensive tennis club. Though he is normally polite and meek, Kachirou believes strongly in justice and fights to the end to defend his beliefs. As such, he has proven to be brave and stubborn when a situation calls for it.

Voiced by: Akira Nakagawa (JP), Wendee Lee (EN)

Tropes associated with Kachirou:

Mizuno Katsuo

Mizuno Katsuo is the third of the "Freshman Three". He is a kind and soft-spoken person, but lacks confidence. Often when he does something good he would just consider it to be good luck or a coincidence. He respects his senior club members a lot and would never lose hope in them. Therefore when something is amiss within the club Katsuo would often get very worried, despite the fact that it does not concern him.

Voiced by: Kei Watanabe (JP), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

Tropes associated with Katsuo:
  • Ascended Extra: In the manga he is a Flat Character. He appears along with the other freshmen more prominently in the anime and the musicals.
  • Audience Surrogate, The Watson: He, along with the Freshmen Trio, are there to get explanations about certain techniques or game rules.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In the last chapter of the series, Mizuno let his hair grow when they passed to 2nd year.
  • Flat Character: Compared to Kachiro and Horio, who at least they got some moments in the anime, Katsuo is the one of the Freshmen Trio with the less characterization.
  • Satellite Character: He is never seen without Kachiro, and his only role in the story, aside from acompany Kachiro and Horio, is to cheer on the Regulars.
  • Supreme Chef: Really good at making curry.
  • Those Two Guys: With Kachiro.

Arai Masashi

Arai Masashi is a second year student and the best reserve player on the team, who is the closest to becoming a regular, almost getting a shot to play in Kanto Tournament finals in the anime when Momoshiro and Kaidou were nowhere to be seen. He is known for his hotheadedness and hazing of weaker players. He is as hard on himself as he is on the others during training. Although he had a very bitter relationship with Ryoma at first, he cheered him on during his match with Akutsu.

Voiced by: Norihisa Mori (JP), Liam O Brien (EN)

Tropes associated with Arai:

  • A Day in the Limelight: He receives more focus along with Kachiro in a filler episode of the anime, where he is revealed to be pushing himself to reach the Regulars and gains a newfound respect for Kachiro's determination.
  • Butt Monkey: He lost games against Ryoma, doesn't make it into the Regulars during the series run and then gets beaten up by Akutsu.
  • Hachi Maki
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerkass: Especially at the beginning.
  • Odd Friendship: In the anime only, he develops one with Kachiro.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Arguably the best non-regular player and fairly hardworking, but he's still far outclassed.

Ikeda Masaya

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shimozaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Ikeda:

Hayashi Daisuke

Voiced by: Makoto Ueki (JP)

Tropes associated with Hayashi:

Ryuuzaki Sakuno

Ryuuzaki Sakuno is the granddaughter of Ryuuzaki Sumire. She is a kind, nice, and quiet girl with very long hair kept in twin braids, and often worries about Ryoma and the others. She starts playing tennis after watching Ryoma helps support the Seigaku team. Sakuno is attracted towards Ryoma and has feelings for him, she has not had a chance to tell him due to her own shy nature, a degree of bad luck, and the meddling of other people. In the manga, she is shown to be more intuitive, mature and a good tennis player. Out of all the girls in the story, she is the only one whom Ryoma shows his kind personality.

Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Cindy Robinson (EN)

Tropes associated with Sakuno:

Osakada Tomoka

Osakada Tomoka is Sakuno's best friend and classmate. Unlike her best friend, Tomoka is very outgoing and assertive. She is the self-proclaimed and very enthusiastic president of the Echizen Ryoma fanclub. She supports Ryoma along with Sakuno at the team's matches. She and Sakuno cheer together and are very good friends. Tomoka is attached to Ryoma, and she shows this more than Sakuno. Although her obvious crush on the boy, she stated that the only one she considers her love rival is Sakuno. She also can be seen arguing with Horio at times.

Voiced by: Fuyuka Ōura (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

Tropes associated with Tomoka:

Tachibana An

Tachibana An the cute younger sister of Kippei. She is a member of the girls tennis club, and often supports her brother's team. An cares very much for her brother and her friends from both the Seigaku and Fudomine teams and tries to help them as much as possible. On the other hand, she has a rather explosive and even downright vicious temper that leads her to either get in trouble for the sake of others (as proved by Sakuno and Atobe) or become physically violent (as proved by Kirihara).

Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (JP), Stephanie Sheh (EN)

Tropes associated with An:

Urayama Shiita

Urayama Shiita is a freshman from the Rikkaidai Middle School tennis club and aspires to be a regular the following year. He goes with Horio Satoshi and Dan Taichi to the U-17 Camp to visit his senpais.

Voiced by: Takase Asaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Shiita:

Kitazono Kotoha

Kotoha is the manager of Tsubakikawa Gakuen's Boys' Tennis Club, which represents Hokkaido in the national tournament.

Tropes associated with Kotoha:

New Prince of Tennis Characters

    U- 17 High Schoolers 

Tokugawa Kazuya

Kazuya Tokugawa is a High School 2nd year participating in the U-17 camp. One year ago, he was beaten by Byoudouin and has had to crawl his way back up from the Loser. Even though he's quite taciturn, he is unexpectedly quite caring of his upperclassmen.

Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP)

Tropes associated with Tokugawa:

Irie Kanata

Kanata Irie is introduced as a 3rd year High School Student. He was originally the leader of the 3rd Court. The rest of the camp acknowledge him to be amongst the strongest in the camp despite not being in the 1st Court or a 1st Stringer as it is revealed it is his own choice to stay in a lower court, similar to how Oni Juujiro is much stronger than the court he stays in.

Voiced by: Hiroki Aiba (JP)

Tropes associated with Kanata:

Oni Juujiro

Oni is a High Schooler first shown in New Prince Of Tennis and amongst the best Japanese school tennis players shown in the series. He is known as The Gatekeeper from Hell.
Voiced by: Daichi Endou(JP)

Tropes associated with Oni:

Yamato Yuudai

Yamato Yuudai was the captain during Tezuka's freshman year. He talks Tezuka into staying in the tennis club as Seigaku's pillar of support, calming him down when he was on the verge of quitting after being injured. Eccentric, insightful, and gentle, Yamato has a unique way of explaining things that even Sumire Ryuuzaki has trouble understanding. He continued to help the tennis club after graduation; in the anime, coach Ryuuzaki asks him for his guidance when they go to a training camp to prepare for the Kantō conference final against Rikkaidai.

Voiced by: Masanori Ikeda (JP)

Tropes associated with Yamato:

Echizen Ryoga

Echizen Ryoga is a high school tennis player not mentioned in The Prince of Tennis, first appearing in The Prince of Tennis - The Two Samurai: The First Game, later appearing in an OVA in New York in which Ryoma spots him training. According to his bio, Ryoga is Ryoma's half-brother, who was living with the Echizens after his original mother died, and then moving with his aunt.

In The New Prince of Tennis, Ryoga returns from America as Japan's No. 4-ranked U-17 representative.

Voiced by: Yuuta Yamazaki (JP, Movie), Mamoru Miyano (JP, The New Prince of Tennis OVA)

Tropes associated with Ryoga:

  • Aloof Big Brother: He is the only one who can get away with pissing off Ryoma.
    • Subverted. In New Prince of Tennis it's shown that Ryoga and Ryoma used to be very close when they were kids. Ryoma forgot about it since he was still very young.
  • Big Brother Mentor: In New Prince of Tennis, he teaches Ryoma the Glowing Shot.
  • Canon Immigrant: His original debut was in the first movie "The Prince of Tennis - The Two Samurai: The First Game". After fan acclaim, Konomi decided to include Ryoga as a canon character as well.
  • Continuity Snarl: Since the Anime Movie didn't have anything to do with the manga storyline, he is introduced as Ryoma's older brother, who Ryoma didn't even remember at first. In the movie Ryoma is said to be his adoptive brother, while in the manga Word of God has stated he is his ''half''-brother.
  • In the Hood: In the sequel series, he wears a hood that conceals his face until his proper introduction. ...But most readers probably already figured out that it was him, despite having never shown up in the manga up to that point.
  • Just in Time: His proper introduction in The New Prince of Tennis happens after he deflects a glowing shot from Byoudouin in the nick of time to save Ryoma and Tokugawa.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Ryoma "Chibisuke".
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Subverted since they're not twins, but they look alike a lot. Unlike Ryoma, Ryoga is more expressive and outgoing, loves oranges (Ryoma hates Orange Ponta) and hates speaking english despite living in America.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: After all, he is Ryoma's older brother.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Oranges. Unlike his little brother, Ryoga loves Orange Ponta (Ryoma only drinks grape Ponta).

Nakagauchi Sotomichi

Sotomichi Nakagauchi is a 3rd year High Schooler known as The Robot participating in the U-17 camp.

Voiced by: Takuto Dojoh (JP)

Tropes associated with Nakagauchi:

Byoudouin Houou

Byoudouin Houou is introduced at the U-17 Camp in Shin Prince of Tennis ranked as the Number 1 ranked Youth Representative of Japan, which marks him as Japan's best U-17 player. He is the leader of the First Returning 1st Stringers, who have just returned from an Overseas Expedition. They get back to the camp to be welcomed back by the news that middle schoolers have joined the camp and witnessed them defeat a number of the Top 20. He decides to allow the inclusion of middle schoolers on the list of challengers for their places. It is also known that he utterly defeated Kazuya Tokugawa in the previous year.

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Byoudouin:

Moori Juzaburou

Moori is a 1st year high school student, and a recent graduate and OB of the Rikkaidai tennis team that won the Nationals a year before the storyline. Introduced as the No.10 of the All-Japan Juniors, together with 3rd year former Hyotei Academy captain No. 9 Ochi Tsukimitsu, they are the Super High School Doubles Specialists.
Voiced by: Yuuta Yamazaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Moori:

Ochi Tsukimitsu

Ochi is a 3rd Year High Schooler introduced in the New Prince of Tennis Series. He is introduced as the No.9 of the All-Japan Juniors being known as the High School Doubles specialists along with Doubles partner Moori Juzaburou;, together as the Super High School Doubles Specialists. He was the Captain of Hyotei Academy and took them to the Nationals three years prior to the storyline, one year before current Hyotei 3rd years Atobe Keigo, Shishido Ryou, Mukahi Gakuto, Akutagawa Jiroh; and Oshitari Yuushi began attending their 1st year at Hyotei.

Tropes associated with Ochi:
  • Anime Hair, Dye Hard: He has dyed white hair with color streaks. He is stated to change the color periodically.
  • The Captain: He was Hyotei's captain before Atobe and the others started going to middle school.
  • Odd Friendship: With his doubles partner Rikkaidai's Moori Juzaburou
  • Red Baron: "The Mental Assassin"
  • The Stoic: He is always calm during games, which is also how his "Pressure" ability works.

Hara Tetsuya

Hara was Shitenhouji's captain during Shiraishi Kuranosuke's 2nd year. He is known as one of Shitenhoji's Legendary Captains along with Taira Yoshiyuki, who was the captain the year before him when Shiraishi and Oshitari Kenya were in their freshman year.

He is the captain that led Shitenhoji to the Nationals the year before Seigaku won. However for unknown reasons, Hara decided to retire from club tennis in the Spring of last year, meaning he didn't captain his team to that Nationals. He is currently a high school 1st year.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Yanagihara (JP)

Tropes associated with Hara:

Taira Yoshiyuki

Taira Yoshiyuki is a 2nd Year High Schooler and also an U-17 Camp Representative Candidate for Japan. He went to middle school at Shitenhoji and was the Captain of the Tennis Club during Shiraishi Kuranosuke and Hitoji Yuuji 's freshman year. He always plays tennis while wearing a cap. He is somewhat unserious on the court as he as a habit of pulling funny faces on the court while playing hence the nickname. He along with Hara Tetsuya are known as the Legendary Captains of Shitenhoji. He tends to also make jokes while playing.

He is the captain that led Shitenhoji to the Nationals the year before Seigaku won. However for unknown reasons, Hara decided to retire from club tennis in the Spring of last year, meaning he didn't captain his team to that Nationals. He is currently a high school 1st year.
Voiced by: Hirai Yoshiyuki (JP)

Tropes associated with Taira:

Washio Issa and Suzuki Shun

Issa Washio and Suzuki Shun are introduced as the most capable doubles pair of the 2nd Stringers in the U-17. Together are among the very few doubles pairs that can achieve the renowned doubles technique Synchro.
Voiced by: Washio: Toru Akiyoshi (JP) Suzuki: Kentaroh Araki

Tropes associated with Washio and Suzuki:

Tanegashima Shuuji

Tanegashima Shuuji was first believed to be just another strong 2nd Stringer in the U-17 Training Camp. However, it is revealed that he was a member of the 1st Stringers and the No.2 of the All-Japan Junior Representatives upon the rest of the Genius 10's arrival. He did not go with the team on their foreign expedition due to his hatred of airplanes.
Voiced by: Ryuji Kamiyama (JP)

Tropes associated with Tanegashima:

Migihashi Itarou

Migihashi is introduced in the New Prince of Tennis as a 2nd Stringer High Schooler in the U-17 Camp as the strongest member and leader of the 2nd Court in the anime. In the manga, he is only listed as a player who is initially selected to go against the 1st Stringer's Top 10. It is said that players are unable to get points from him on his right side of the court.
Voiced by: Syoma Yamamoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Migihashi:
  • Ascended Extra: While his only appearance in the manga is a cover cameo, his role is expanded in the anime.
  • Fanboy: According to his bio, he likes a girlband named "The Chocolates" (who Eiji, Momoshiro and Kaidoh are also fans of)

Tohno Atsukyoh

Tohno is a character first shown in the series in Shin Prince of Tennis as No. 8 of the All-Japan Juniors as they return from the Overseas Expedition and arrive at the main courts. His Doubles Partner and close friend is Kimijima Ikuto who appeared with him as the No.7.

Tropes associated with Tohno:

Kimijima Ikuto

Kimijima holds the title of "The Negotiator of the Court". He is currently cultivating a new path called Intellitennis. He is introduced as amongst the best School U-17 players of Japan in New Prince of Tennis and ranked as the No.7 U-17 player as a member of the Genius 10. Kimijima is also the star of a TV commercial for "Cola Vita".

Tropes associated with Kimijima:
  • Bishōnen: See Teen Idol below.
  • Dye Hard: In-Universe, as he has blond hair and dark sideburns.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is well known for doing negotiations in or out of the court. He offered deals to both Marui and Kite in exchange of destroying Tohno's knee because he has had it with him as his doubles partner.
  • Red Baron: "The Negotiator of the Court".
  • Megane
  • Team Killer: Incredibly he did it for both sides. He arranged with Kite to pretend to betray Marui and deflect to their side, so Tohno wouldn't have a clue that they were actually planning to aim for his knee and eliminate Tohno from the camp.
  • The Strategist: He plans ahead for any possible deals with the opponents.
  • Teen Idol: Kimijima is famous for being an idol and has appeared in many TV spots as a model.

Mitsuya Akuto

Mitsuya Akuto is the Former No. 17. His special technique was Data Tennis. With his distinct intellect, he analyzes his opponents to determine the very best method of defeating them.

Tropes associated with Akuto:

    U- 17 Staff 

Saitoh Itaru

Saitoh Itaru is the specialist who plans how the players can improve their play and train their mental mask. He devises who will compete against each other in a match.

Tropes associated with Saitoh:

Kurobe Yukio

Kurobe Yukio is the strategic coach who manages the training camp as well as the camp's substitute supervisor. Analyzing each student's data and planning tactical matches is his main duty.

Tropes associated with Kurobe:

Tsuge Ryuuji

Tsuge is U-17 Camp's Circuit Coach. He also seems to be the adviser for the dorms. He's in charge of training their physicality. He won't go easy on assigning them strict training. Standing together with the players on the court, he's the coach who directs their training.

Tropes associated with Tsuge:

Mifune Nyudoh

Mifune Nyudoh is the behind-the-scene coach who guides players with unconventional tennis. He is as tame as a ferocious pet. He is known as the Drunken Coach.
Voiced by: (JP)

Tropes associated with Mifune:
  • The Alcoholic
  • Badass: Afterall, he is the guardian of the mountain.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He is capable of taking Inui's juice without even flinching.
  • Jerkass: In addition to the Training from Hell, he made the guys dig a hole in the ground and bury their team jerseys and pees on them.
  • King Incognito: Turns out he was the Head Coach of the U-17 all along.
  • Red Baron: "Drunken Coach", "Warden of Hell" and "Hidden Coach"
  • Stern Teacher: Even though his training methods are extreme, he roots for the boys to make a revolution and prove their true strength.
  • Training from Hell: He is in charge of taking the expelled players and train them again so they can regain their spots on the camp.

Anime Characters

    American Team 
This is an anime-only team that was gathered for a series of exhibition games held in Tokyo. This triggers a (rather... infamous) filler arc in which a training camp is held to select the best eight players and gather a team for such a tournament. Some members of this American Team, however, have more to them than meets the eye...

Kevin Smith

Kevin is the Captain of the American team participating in the US/Japan Goodwill Games in the anime. His wish was to play Ryoma in order to settle a rival/feud between his father, George Smith, and Ryoma's father, Nanjiro Echizen.

Voiced by: Reiko Kiuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Kevin:

George Smith

Voiced by: Yoshiro Matsumoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Smith:

Billy Cassidy

Voiced by: Yuuto Kazama (JP)

Tropes associated with Billy:

Michael Lee

Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (JP)

Tropes associated with Lee:

Tom Griffey

Voiced by: Kazunari Kojima (JP)

Tropes associated with Tom:

Terry Griffey

Voiced by: Maiko Ito (JP)

Tropes associated with Terry:

Bobby Max

Voiced by: Hari Kaneko (JP)

Tropes associated with Bobby:

Arnold Ignashov

Voiced by: Yoshiaki Matsumoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Arnold:

    Anime Other Characters 

Richard Baker

Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen (JP)

Tropes associated with Baker:

Hannah Essenheimer

Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP)

Iijyuin Kurumi

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (JP)

Iijyuin Narumi

Voiced by: Yuka Nanri (JP)