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
- 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.
- Last Name Basis: Most of the team call each other by last names. The only exceptions are:
- 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").
- First Name Basis: The First years towards Ryoma, Oishi and Fuji towards Eiji, and Fuji and Momo call Kawamura "Taka-san".
- The Squad: Sports team example. Their roles match.
- 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 "Siegaku's Seven Mysteries" incident was what made them closer.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Ryoma:
- All There in the Manual: Apparently wants a Nintendo 3DS.
- Always Someone Better: Ryoma's primary goal in the first part of the series was to defeat his father. Eventually, Tezuka fills this role as well.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: A rare subversion, as he plays this role to Ryoga.
- Attention Whore
- Big Damn Heroes: Either by winning a decisive match that allows Seigaku to win the current tennis round, or by protecting his friends from being bullied.
- Big Eater: Do NOT have him tag along for burgers.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Can be stubborn and childish... well, he's only 12, what do you expect?
- Bully Hunter: He will not let someone be bullied if he can help it.
- Catchphrase: "Mada mada dane.", aka "You still have lots to work on." (In one episode, he deliberately translates this into English as "No, not yet; you still have a long way to go.")
- Chaste Hero: He is very Oblivious to Love, only thinks in tennis and his cat and doesn't have any tact whenever Sakuno makes something nice for him. Even lampshaded by his teammates.
- Deadpan Snarker: Delivers his more snarky words either with a straight face or a sarcastic smirk.
- Gratuitous English: "You have lots more to work on."
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. While characters often think he's a prodigy, he actually learned most his skills through his father's training.
- Heavy Sleeper: He loves taking naps, and is hard to wake up up in the morning.
- Heroic Second Wind: His shots get even faster as the match goes on. This is noted to be a result of his father's training.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Actually, he is not right handed. He switches to the left when he decides to get serious.
- Insufferable Genius: He never really gets seriously chewed out for his arrogance, probably because he DOES have every right to be arrogant with that level of tennis-fu.
- Invincible Hero: Throughout the entire run, in both the anime and manga, Ryoma has lost matches to less than five people, in spite of the fact that drama preserving handicaps are very frequently employed to make his matches more interesting.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He shows quiet a bit of love toward his cat Karupin.
- Like Father, Like Son
- Mouthy Kid: Shown to have quite the attitude and usually provokes his opponents.
- Nice Cap
- Not a Morning Person: He is regularly late to practices and tournaments that take place in the early morning—or any time before 10 am.
- Power Copying: Even before achieving Muga no Kyouchi or The State of Self-Actualization one of Ryoma's skills was copying shots after seeing them only a few times.
- Signature Move: 'Twist Serve'.
- The Southpaw.
- Sugar And Ice Guy: As a consequence of his care for Karupin and, to a degree, for his friends and teammates, moreso in the anime than the manga.
- Teen Genius: Of course.
- Troubled, but Cute: Sakuno and Tomoka are crazy for him despite his antisocial tendencies.
- Weak, but Skilled: As a freshman, his small physique means he's not the most physically powerful of the regulars. Regardless, his skill as a tennis player more than makes up for it.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Some of his actions leave you and his friends all "...wut?!". A huge example comes from the anime, in which he first acts apathetic about Senbatsu and then demands to play against Kevin Smith, which upsets Tezuka to the point of actually slapping him in public. Ryoma doesn't earn his forgiveness until he goes into Pose of Supplication.
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...
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.
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.
Tropes associated with Oishi:
- Berserk Button: He has three. First, don't make fun of him in public. Two, don't push/ignore the limits of his authority as Vice-Captain. Three, don't cook things in a way that contradicts his favorite recipes.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Boring but Practical: Despite Eiji being the flashy one, he's the one who really leads the Golden Pair with his plans and formations.
- The Chains of Commanding: Experiences this while Tezuka is away and he's substitute captain.
- Fear of Thunder: Mentioned in one of the fanbooks.
- Green Eyes
- Expository Hairstyle Change: He changes his haircut every year.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kikumaru.
- Instant Fanclub: Which embarrasses him A LOT.
- Number Two: Even though he is not among the best 3 players on the team, he is the Vice-Captain.
- Out-of-Character Moment: During the time Momoshiro started to skip training, Oishi became more irritable, to the point of snapping at Kikumaru only because he pointed out Oishi's shirt was inside out. He only went back to normal and apologized to Kikumaru once Momoshiro returned to the club.
- Signature Move: 'Moon Volley'.. Later gets 'Oishi's Territory'.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Shuichiro, Syuichiro or Syuuichiro. Which one is it? Not even the merchandising agrees.
- The Strategist: He is the brains of any doubles pair, as he can plan all his formations to compliment Eiji's acrobatics.
- In New Prince of Tennis Oishi is the one who comes up with Niou using his illusions to disrupt their opponents' Synchro. This grants him an spot for the representatives.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Team Mom
- Yamato Nadeshiko: A Rare Male Example. His friends consider him a sort-of mom figure to them, he's Tall, Dark and Handsome as well as THE Nice Guy, prefers to support his friends even if it brings him trouble, and gives up his regular spot so Tezuka (manga) or Ryoma (anime) can play without trouble in the Nationals.
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...
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.
- Bromantic Foil: To Tezuka. While Tezuka is aloof, stoic and a Perpetual Frowner, Fuji is the total oposite 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".
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.
Tropes associated with Eiji:
- Boisterous Bruiser
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Might act like a kid, but is really skilled in tennis.
- Cat Boy: In the Chibi episodes he's portrayed as the cat of the family.
- Catchphrase: "Zannen Munnen Mata Raishu!" (Too bad, see you next week!), or "Hoi hoi!".
- Character Development: Compare the Eiji from the beginning of the Hyoutei arc to the one from the Higa matches. BIG difference.
- Fragile Speedster: He's got sharp eyes and reflexes, but the downside is his lack of stamina. He later goes under Training from Hell to become a genuine Lightning Bruiser.
- Fiery Redhead
- First Name Basis: People rarely call him by his surname, something very rare in Japan.
- Fun Personified: Loves attention and is always cheerful.
- Genki Guy
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Oishi, namely.
- Keet: Cheery, cute, sometimes squealing. Still, thanks to Character Development, he gradually loses some of the shallow traits.
- Pointless Bandaid: Has one on his right cheek.
- Shipper on Deck: Along with Momo, he ships Sakuno/Ryoma.
- Signature Move: 'Kikumaru Beam' and 'Kikumaru Bazooka'.
- Verbal Tic "-nya!"
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.
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 miniarc, 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 miniarcs, 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
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.
Tropes associated with Kawamura:
- Badass Normal
- The Big Guy
- Boisterous Bruiser: When in "Burning" mode.
- Catchphrase: "BURNING!".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
- Curtains Match the Window
- Determinator: Mostly as Burning Taka, but he's got his moments when normal.
- The Dutiful Son: Eldest son of a sushi chef, he's expected to inherit the family restaurant someday.
- Gratuitous English: Whenever he picks up a racquet, he starts shouting phrases like "Burning!" or "Come On, Baby!", or other things in ENGRISH.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Believes he's The Load, even when people tell him that he's not.
- Mighty Glacier
- Nice Guy: His default mode, unless you give him a racquet...
- Signature Move: 'Hadokyuu' and 'Dash Hadokyuu'.
- Split Personality
- Super Strength: Actually a Deconstructed Trope. He has lots of strength due to his hard work at the family restaurant but it took him years to control it, and the sempai looked down on him for that. Calling him "Homerun Guy", telling him to give up or to switch to the baseball team... It really, really didn't mix well with his borderline Shrinking Violet personality.
- Team Chef: Well, he was raised by a sushi chef and is expected to take over Kawamura Sushi.
- Unskilled, but Strong
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.
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
- Heroic BSOD: A brief one, after losing his regular spot to Inui. He gets better with some prodding from An Tachibana.
- 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Kaidoh:
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 torunament which would also be the last ones for Tachibana as he would go to highschool.
This explains their strong True Companions
bond as well as the players's Undying Loyalty
to "Tachibana-san", their coach and
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. Althought 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Tachibana:
- Big Brother Mentor: To both his sister An and the rest of the Fudomine team.
- Blood Knight: In his backstory.
- The Captain: He is the only senior student in the team, as well as the captain and the coach.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: First, he had long hair that he dyed blond. After the incident described, he cut it short and dyed it back to black. In the Nationals, he keeps his hair short... and dyes it blond again.
- Facial Markings: A mole on his forehead.
- Foil: The parallel between him and Tezuka is established early on, with the two being around the same level but with Tachibana being more wild and more noticeably close with his team.
- New Transfer Student: It's revealed that he was still playing doubles with Chitose at Shishigaku when both were in 2nd year of middle school. After the accident with Chitose's eye, both changed schools, with Tachibana arriving to Fudomine in the middle of his 2nd year.
- Not So Different: With Fuji. Both are older siblings who look up to them and can be very fierce if provoked.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: According to one of the fanbooks, hates sweets.
- Signature Move: Abare-dama.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He appears cold and secretive, but is actually a sweetheart.
- Supreme Chef: According to one of the fanbooks, knows 125 recipes, and cooks dinner every night.
- Which kinda contradicts a scene in "Atobe Kara no Okurimono", in which Kamio looks kinda grossed out when he sees his cooking. Oh, well.
- Team Dad
- The Worf Effect After being stated to be a national-level player on par with Tezuka, he loses very badly against Kirihara (although to be fair, he wasn't using his full strength as Kirihara was in full Blood Knight mode, which brought very unpleasant memories to him). He also loses to his friend Chitose, who goes on to lose to Tezuka. Could be considered Worf Had the Flu.
- It could be argued that this trope applies to Fudomine as a whole. After their arc, a lot of the other rival teams are shown intially defeating Fudomine and thus proving how dangerous they are.
Kamio is the 'speed ace' of Fudomine and the team's vice-captain.
Tropes associated with Kamio:
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.
Tropes associated with Ibu:
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:
Voiced by: Makoto Ueki (JP)
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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 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.
Tropes associated with Mizuki:
- Always Camp
- Break the Haughty: The entire match against Seigaku was this for him. On top of this, there's also his match against Fuji.
- Camp Straight or Camp Bi: Has a lot of mannerisms, and also showed to have a crush on Yuuta's older sister.
- Character Tics: He has the habit of twirling his hair, which also is a sign to his status as Dastardly Whiplash.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Dragon-in-Chief: Even though Akazawa is the captain, Mizuki is the one who makes all the important decisions on the team, including training, formations and even scoop outs.
- Humble Pie: Not only his strategy for the match against Seigaku fails, but Fuji also humilliates him by letting him win 5 games, for then turn the table and squash him by winning 7 straight games.
- Kick the Dog: His treatment of Yuuta.
- Outnumbered Sibling: According to the fanbooks, he has two older sisters.
- Smug Snake: He doesn't care if Yuuta injures himself, as long as they win.
- Stalker with a Crush: To Yuuta, at least in fanon. Considering his behavior to him and his sister Yumiko, it's not that hard to see where it comes from.
- The Smart Guy: He collects data on stronger rivals and is in charge of managing St. Rudolph's team.
- The Strategist: Like Inui, Mizuki also bases his game in data from the oponents, designing the game alignments and how to counter.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After the tournament, he decides to train Yuuta properly.
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 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.
Tropes associated with Akazawa:
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.
Tropes associated with Kaneda:
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)
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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
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.
Tropes associated with Sengoku:
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.
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.
- 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 umpredictable 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 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.
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 asigned 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 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.
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".
Voiced by: Takayuki Hirano (JP)
Tropes associated with Muromachi:
Voiced by: Kei Watanabe (JP)
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Tropes associated with Kita:
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 Keigo Atobe, whose wealth, charisma and skills are only compared 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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 brawns 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.
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 flanderize him as one of these.
- Also, what he spends his allowance on? Treating out his club members.
- Hyper Awareness: His biggest strenght 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
- 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.
- 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 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".
Tropes associated with Oshitari:
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: In the anime, Davide wants to take the chance when they are asigned as a doubles team (since Oshitari is from Kansai, the Kansai-ben puns at his expense wrote themselves) so Oshitari is made the Tsukkomi in the duo.
- Chivalrous Pervert: In the dating sims games. If you choose his routes, he'll equally tease and flirt with the protagonist and help her out when she needs it. The databooks also say that he likes reading romance novels, which would explain a bit.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Embarrassing Nickname: His sister calls him "Yuu-chan" according to Kenya. He hates it.
- First Name Basis: He and Gakuto are the only ones who use first names with each other.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gakuto. They're the only doubles pair who are on First Name Basis and hang out out of school very often.
- Hyper Awareness: One of his strong points is his ability to analyze his opponent's skills. Also he is very quick to notice small details about his teammates.
- Kansai Regional Accent
- My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: With Kenya, but they argue about the super rookies of the East and West instead.
- Number Two: Serves as this for Atobe along with Shishido. Shishido is the Hot-Blooded version, Yuushi is the calm one.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He is very fond of romantic novels and "chick-flicks".
- Red Baron: "Oshitari of the 1000 Skills" and "Hyotei's Genius".
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Gakuto's Red.
- Is this for Atobe as well, as the latter is often much more flamboyant.
- Blue to Kenya's Red, too, as Kenya is the more expressive and outgoing of the two. The lines start to blur when they're put together, though...
- Signature Move: 'Higuma Otoshi'.
- Tall, Dark, Handsome AND Snarky
- Teen Genius: He is often referred as "Hyoutei's Genius", is the second best at the tennis club, plays piano and violin. And also remember he is only 15 years old.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Mukahi Gakuto is Hyoutei's acrobatic player. He considers himself better than Seigaku's Kikumaru and also considers him to be his rival.
Tropes associated with Mukahi:
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.
Tropes associated with Shishido:
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.
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.
- 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 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 acompany 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 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.
Tropes associated with Ohtori:
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.
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.
- Cry Cute
- 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Tropes associated with Kajimoto:
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 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Yohei and Kouhei:
Voiced by: Kenji Iwama (JP)
Tropes associated with Kiriyama:
Tropes associated with Oota:
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 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).
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 miniarcs.
- 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 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 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 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.
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'.
Tropes associated with Shudou:
Rikkaidai Fuzoku Chuu
Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku, better known as Rikkai
, 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 umpredictable 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 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 roomates 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 frquent being his headband. It maybe a coicidence that it's also "green hospital".
- Curtains Match the Window
- Determinator: His obsession with winning made him overcome his illnes 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 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.
Tropes associated with Sanada:
- Aloof Big Brother: To the team, and specially Kirihara.
- Always Someone Better: He hasn't win a single match against Yukimura.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: So much that he names his tennis moves after quotes from The Art of War.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the Vice-Captain, replacing captain Yukimura, Sanada reaffirms his authority in the team by bitchslapping whoever looses a game or fails to obey an order. He slapped Kirihara for challenging Ryoma to a match and losing, and Jackal (and also along with Marui in the Musical) for letting Kirihara do this.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kin-chan in Shin Prince of Tennis.
- Badass: As he is an expert in tennis, he is also highly skilled with the katana, which he uses to slice dummies at his dojo.
- Brown Eyes
- Born in the Wrong Century: He acts like an old man in a teenager's body. Or as a samurai stuck in the modern times.
- Catchphrase: "Tarundoru."
- Childhood Friends: He and Yukimura know each other since they were four years old.
- Corporal Punishment: In the manga he slaps his companions around, instead of assigning laps or lectures. So far he has slapped Jackal, Marui and Kirihara for different transgressions, and tried to slap Yanagi but Kirihara stood up for him.
- Eye Patch Of Power: In New Prince of Tennis he returns to camp with this, paired with his Took a Level in Badass from his Training from Hell.
- Generation Xerox: His grandfather is exactly like him, and he also happens to be The Rival to Tezuka's grandfather (both react by screaming "Tezukaaaa!!" with only hearing the name).
- Heir to the Dojo: Of a famous kendo one. His endings in the dating sims often involve bringing the lead female to the Sanada dojo.
- Hit Me, Dammit!: Since he also lost against Ryoma, Sanada wanted to get a bigger penalty to honor his broken promise to Yukimura of defending their champion title.
- In New Prince of Tennis, it happens when Sanada accidentally hits Akutsu with his racquet. Sanada not only apologized with embarrasment, but also requested for a slap from him. In response, Akutsu kicks him in the stomach, to Sanada's surprise.
- Honor Before Reason: While he could have let Yukimura win by forfeit against an amnesiac Ryoma at the Nationals, he also decided to help him to recover his memory, reminding Yukimura that they have to win "The Rikkaidai way".
- Kendo Team Captain: Subverted. He has the looks, attitude and skills, but prefers tennis rather than kendo.
- The Kirk: He is tough and more Hot-Blooded in the Freudian Trio with Yukimura and Yanagi.
- Large Ham: "Yukimuraaaaaaa!!" (both in the Anime Chibi Omakes and the Musicals)
- Nice Black Cap
- Not So Stoic: Tries to be The Stoic, but is far too Hot-Blooded.
- Number Two: He is the vice-captain of the team and Yukimura's right hand.
- Odd Couple: Or more accurately "Odd Doubles Partnership". Happens twice:
- In the anime filler, Sanada is paired with Atobe. Not only their personalities contrast (he is The Stoic, disciplined and strict, while Atobe is a diva with Awesome Ego), but get along well at the court because both of them went to the same tango concert.
- In New Prince of Tennis, Sanada purposely requested to play doubles with Akutsu, since their personalities and play styles were complete oposites (While Sanada has a lot of techniques and calculates all his moves, Akutsu is more Hot-Blooded than him and his tennis is very instinctive and umpredictably violent).
- Older Than They Look
- Rescue Romance: In both dating sims. In Gakuensai, he rescues Shizuka from thugs trying to make moves on her. In Sanroku he and Tsugumi almost fall off a cliff and he actually manages to throw her upwards in the air to a safer spot above them before climbing his way up. With one arm.
- The Rival: To Tezuka since both of them were kids. Also their grandfathers seem to be this as well.
- Signature Move: 'Fuu Rin Ka Zan'. Later the Black Aura.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Since the anime doesn't have his penchant of slapping people, he comes off as less arrogant but still serious. He also seems to care more for his teammates rather than punishing them for losing.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Yukimura. In a whole other level.
- Younger Than They Look: Actually 15 years old, he's been mistaken for a teacher in the Gakuensai dating sim game. And he was right behind the main girl when she said so.
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.
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 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.
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 tendences 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 videogames (the more gory, 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 naivete.
- 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 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:
- Adaptation Dye-Job/Anime Hair: In the anime, it's purple. In the manga and video games, it's brown.
- Adaptation Expansion: The anime adds that Yagyuu used to be in the Golf Club, until Niou dragged him into playing tennis.
- Badass Bookworm
- Beware the Quiet Ones: While he is polite and stoic, Yagyuu has also proven many times he can be as devious as Niou.
- He could pull a great impersonation of both Niou and Kaidoh and fool everyone.
- To provoke Akaya and get him into Devil Mode, he purposely made Akaya think that his oponent insulted him in english by calling him "The Stupid Seaweed Head".
- Catchphrase: 'Adieu'.
- Family Honor: Towards his team. He helps Kaidoh in a match against some jerkasses because they were badmouthing Yukimura's condition and Kaidoh beated them up for the comments.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Has the looks, but isn't a bad person outside the fields.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Again, not as much as Inui, though that might be because he isn't featured as much as Inui is to begin with.
- Genre Savvy: He on purpose translated Liliadent's taunt, adding a "The Seaweed Idiot", so Kirihara would snap into Devil Mode.
- Master of Disguise: He can pass himself off as Niou and Kaidou
- Odd Couple: With Niou.
- Out of Focus: During the Final Tournament, he is benched, so he isn't seen playing again until New Prince of Tennis, where he defeats Niou. After that he is Demoted to Extra for the rest of the series.
- Signature Move: Frickin' Laser Beams. In the anime, it's explained that it originated as "Golf Laser Beam".
- The Southpaw: When impersonating Niou, who is left-handed. His Laser Beam is said to be weaker this way.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
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:
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.
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
- 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 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.
Tropes associated with Jackal:
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 Osakanites, 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Kintarou:
- Badass Adorable
- Boisterous Bruiser: Always smiling, laughing, and cracking jokes.
- Challenge Seeker: If he hears the opponent is strong, he is quick to ask for a match.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Ditzy Genius
- Fiery Redhead: Coupled with leopard t-shirts, which complete his "Wild Child" theme.
- Foil: Ryoma's most prominent rival of the same age, he's in many ways his complete opposite in personality (cheerful, friendly, unrestrained).
- Malaproper: Apparently, he got off the wrong train due to being unable to read kanji well. He also always refers to Ryoma as "Koshimae", using the Alternate Character Reading of his name, despite Ryoma openly correcting him.
- No Sense of Direction: Getting off the train in the wrong city?
- Odd Friendship: Him and Sakuno.
- Also with Horio's older cousin, who joined him in his wacky trip to Tokyo.
- The Rival: He is very enthusiastic about being this to Ryoma.
- Skilled, but Naïve: He's the best player on the team, even stronger than the club captain, Shiraishi. Literally everyone on the team is scared of his power. Even his signature move, 'Super Ultra Great Delicious Giant Swing Mountain Storm' is stronger than Gin's 108th level Hadokyuu.
- He's one of the few who can mix this and Unskilled, but Strong. Yeah, he's super strong and all, but seriously lacks skill as well.
- Signature Move: "Super Ultra Great Delicious Giant Swing Mountain Storm".
- Super Strength: He can lift a motor scooter over his head.
- The Idiot from Osaka
- Trademark Favorite Food: Takoyaki.
- Wild Child
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
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).
- 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 succesful 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 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 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 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.
Tropes associated with Kenya:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: He's a blond in the manga, but the anime makes him more of a brunette.
- Big Eater: Stated in the fanbooks. He eats three meals in 16 minutes at lunch and was crowned the Eat-Until-You-Drop King in his second year after winning Shitenhouji's "It's New Years! Eat Until You Drop Complete Swimsuit Championship!" He beat out Shiraishi.
- Catch Phrase: "No speed, no life!"
- Cool Pet: Has a pet iguana.
- Country Cousin: Subverted. While he and Yuushi used to live in the same town when they were kids, Yuushi eventually moved to Tokyo. Also by personalities, Yuushi is more refined and calm, while Kenya is more relaxed and goofs around with his teammates.
- Counter Attack: He's a counter puncher who relies on his speed to return shots.
- Dye Hard: In-Universe. His hair used to be rather dark when he was younger.
- A Friend in Need: During the National semifinals, he volunteers to give up his spot in Doubles 1 to Chitose so that the latter can play against Tezuka.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Averted. He's fairly intelligent.
- Lightning Bruiser: The best example in the series.
- My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: A common argument between him and Yuushi is which of the two super rookies is better, with Kenya bragging about Kintarou and Yuushi bragging about Ryoma. When this argument breaks out in their dorm room at the U-17 camp, Kamio tells them to shut up.
- Speed Echoes: Shown to be so fast that he creates afterimages of himself when he runs.
- Thicker Than Water: He and Yuushi argue a lot, but in Pair Puri, they band together quickly after finding out their respective teammates (Zaizen and Gakuto) have been insulting them behind their backs.
- Walk on Water: Both exaggerated and played for laughs in the sequel series. Kenya's so fast that he can actually run on water, but he can only hold out for so long.
Kenya: I might be faster than you, but my balance is terrible!
- Weaksauce Weakness: Waiting time and slowness in general. Exaggerated and Played for Laughs in a Pair Puri omake, Yuushi exploits this by showing Kenya pictures of things that require long wait times and uttering the dreaded Arc Words:
Kenya: D-Don't tell me it's that destructive magic word. Stop it! That's as far as you'll go!
- Taken a step further when he tries to counter Yuushi by sending him a picture of a caterpillar (which Yuushi hates)... Except he gets done in by its slowness.
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.
Tropes associated with Koharu:
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 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 enroled 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.
Tropes associated with Koishikawa:
- Demoted to Extra: Was supposed to have a larger role, but Chitose's appearance shot that to hell.
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 succesfull 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 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 customed 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.
- 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 miniarc, where he slips hot sauce in Ishida Gin's plate without anyone noticing.
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:
- Childhood Friends: According to the fanbook "Perfect Edition Season 2 Volume 8", he and Kite knew each other since they were 5 years old.
- Characterization Marches On: Is quite kinder in Umibe no Secret, though like Kite he isn't above behaving not so nicely towards other players.
- Kick the Dog: See Saotome's section, as he was the one who injured poor Ojii under his orders.
- Nice Cap
- Number Two: He's the sub-captain, but Rin seems to have a very strong in-team presence as well.
- Signature Move: 'Shukuchihou' and 'Viking Horn'.
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 unreternable 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.
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 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
Tropes associated with Hirakoba:
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 is a 1st year exchange student from Nagoya Seitoku.
Tropes associated with Krauser:
- Aerith and Bob: His name makes him stand out as a foreigner.
- Biblical Motifs: His Signature Move.
- Blood Knight
- Blondes Are Evil: Ruthless, deadpan and crucifies opponents against the fence.
- Bullying a Dragon: Didn't go well for him with either Kirihara or Nakagauchi
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu? - Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: He got it badly when playing against Kirihara.
- He receives this again in New Prince of Tennis against Nakagauchi.
- Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Like many of the Nagoya foreign players, he starts berating Rikkai as a "team from a little island". Yagyuu, however, translates this for Kirihara as "The Seaweed idiot", so Kirihara goes on Devil Mode.
- Foreign Exchange Student
- Gratuitous English: Most of his lines, given his status as a foreign student, which also makes him one of the few characters that talks to Ryoma in English. His accent, however, also accentuates that it's not his native language.
- Gray Eyes
- Real Men Wear Pink: His hobby is Flower Arrangement.
- Signature Move: Haritsuku Gomen (Dismissal by Crucification) and Southern Cross
- Token Minority: So far the only canon caucassian character at U-17.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In New Prince of Tennis, as he is assigned as one of Ryoma's roomates, he is the only one to notice that Ryoma is distraught and asks him in English of he's OK.
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:
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 believeing 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.
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.
Tropes associated with Sumire:
Banda Mikiya or "Banji" for short, is Yamabuki's coach.
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Nishimatsu (JP)
Tropes associated with Banda:
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.
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 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
- Ms. Fanservice: Big breasts? Check. A pretty face with a Beauty Mark? Check. Nice red hair? Check. A melodious mezzosoprano 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:
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 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.
Karupin is Echizen Ryoma's Himalayan cat.
Voiced by: Akira Nakagawa (JP)
Echizen Rinko (née Takeuchi)
Voiced by: Yuki Nakao (JP)
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.
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.
See U-17 Highschoolers
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.
Yumiko Fuji is the older sister of Fuji Shuusuke and Fuji Yuuta.
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.
Shiba Saori is the new photographer for the Monthly Tennis Pro
magazine. Along with Inoue, she takes a special interest in Seigaku.
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.
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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.
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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.
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 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.
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
- 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.
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Voiced by: Makoto Ueki (JP)
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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.
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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.
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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
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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)
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Kotoha is the manager of Tsubakikawa Gakuen's Boys' Tennis Club, which represents Hokkaido in the national tournament.
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New Prince of Tennis Characters
U- 17 High Schoolers
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.
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Kanata Irie is introduced as a 3rd year High School Student. He was originaly 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)
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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)
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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)
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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
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 expresive 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).
Sotomichi Nakagauchi is a 3rd year High Schooler known as The Robot participating in the U-17 camp.
Voiced by: Takuto Dojoh (JP)
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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.
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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)
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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 middleschool.
- 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 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 didnt captain his team to that Nationals. He is currently a high school 1st year.
Voiced by: Tetsuya Yanagihara (JP)
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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 didnt captain his team to that Nationals. He is currently a high school 1st year.
Voiced by: Hirai Yoshiyuki (JP)
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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
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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)
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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 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.
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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".
- 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 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.
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U- 17 Staff
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 tought his training methods are extreme, he roots for the boys to make a revolution and proof their true strenght.
- 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.
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 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.
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Voiced by: Maiko Ito (JP)
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Voiced by: Hari Kaneko (JP)
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Voiced by: Yoshiaki Matsumoto (JP)
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Anime Other Characters
Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen (JP)
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