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 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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 captain.Here are the most outstanding characters in Fudomine, as well as the tropes associated with them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unknown Rival: Formed this against Momoshiro when he "borrowed" his bike, and also because An seems to favor Momo more than him.
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.
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.
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)
The Unfavorite: A big part of his Character Development is his feelings of inadequacy and jealousy of his older brother Shuusuke, and learning how to handle them as well as to understand Shuusuke's point of view.
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.
Yamabuki isn't a school of huge tennis tradition, but the last year they had reasonably good results thanks to red-headed ace Kiyosumi Sengoku and their good doubles players. Their trump card, though, is the newest addition to their line-up: The utterly rebellious and EXTREMELY skilled Jin Akutsu. Their coach, Mikiya Banda aka Banji, is known and feared/respected for his Manipulative Bastard status.
Sengoku Kiyosumi, 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.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Off-court, he seems primarily concerned with flirting with women. On-court, he's one of the most skilled players in the series, shutting down Kamio's speed and giving Momoshiro a hard time.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Determinator: After getting kicked out of his regular spot, Shishido endured long hours of training by getting direct hits of Ohtori's Scud Serve to defeat Taki. When Sakaki still refused to let him play, he cut his hair to show how much he wanted his place on the team.
First Name Basis: He calls Ohtori by his given name without honorifics (Choutarou), while Ohtori still calls him "Shishido-san"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Hurricane of Puns: The 40.5 fanbook says that he makes 20 puns every morning when he wakes up, almost 80 in a single day or one every 12 minutes. Accordingly, he makes a whopping grand total of 28,775 puns in a year.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku, better known as Rikkai or Rikkaidai, is considered to be the best middle school tennis team, having won the Kanto Tournament for 15 years straight and the Japanese National Tournament for the last two years. They aim for perfect wins in the matches and attempt to win for the third year in a row, and to reach said goal they subject themselves to a borderline militaristic discipline as well as Training from Hell. The three leaders are Captain Yukimura, Vice-Captain Sanada, and Treasurer Yanagi and together, they're known as "The Three Demons". However, there's an unexpected factor to consider: Yukimura's health has taken a sudden nosedive, therefore there's extra pressure on them this time...
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).
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 off-screen. After that he is Demoted to Extra for the rest of the series.
Niou Masaharu known as "The Trickster", is able to completely copy the techniques and play style of other players creating the illusion his opponent is facing another person. It isn't perfect, as there are moves that he cannot copy and he is limited by his own physical abilities. He often copies his doubles partner, Yagyuu, to confuse their opponents. He can predict the moves of his opponents up to ten steps ahead.
Voiced by: Yuuki Matsuda (JP)
Tropes associated with Niou:
Beauty Mark: Has one under the right side of his mouth.
Ditto Fighter: Of the Tsungxpert kind. He can emulate Shiraishi's Bible and Tezuka's Zeroshiki Dropshot and Phantom at will.
By New Prince of Tennis, he is capable of performing the Synchro technique with Oishi by "transforming" into Eiji, and also he transformed into their oponents to disrupt their Synchro and turn the game in their favor. And he also is now able to copy the rest of Tezuka's techniques.
Word of God says that whenever he impersonates Yukimura, Niou gets the Yips.
During his doubles match with Atobe, Niou also copies Tezuka's determination, which made him push himself harder despite being at his limit.
Hyper Awareness: Niou has great observation skills, which allows him to exactly replicate any opponent by using his Illusion technique. He could also analyze Mori and Ochi while unable to play, so he could do the Synchro with Atobe and give him all their weak spots.
Not Too Dead to Save the Day: In the sequel, the match looks like it's all over when Atobe can't make it in time to return the cord ball Mori hits, but Niou makes the last second game winning shot by returning the ball while still lying on his stomach.
For the National Tournament, he revealed that he could easily transform into Tezuka and Shiraishi. Too bad Fuji saw right through him.
Played straight in New Prince of Tennis. After Yagyuu defeats him and he gets eliminated along half of the middleschoolers, they get a Training from Hell from Mifune. After his return, not only he perfected his illusions, but also adquired the abbility to perform Synchro with anyone he plays doubles with.
Trickster: According to the fanbooks, he is into practical jokes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Being Osakanites, all of the members of the team speak in the infamous Kansai Regional Accent; Shiraishi, Kenya Oshitari, and Kintaro have particularly strong accents.
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.
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.
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 Naive: 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 andUnskilled, but Strong. Yeah, he's super strong and all, but seriously lacks skill as well.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
New Transfer Student: It's revealed that he was still playing doubles with Tachibana at Shishigaku when both were in 2nd year of middle school. After the accident with Chitose's eye, both changed schools, with Chitose moving to Shitenhouji.
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:
Always Someone Better: A far stronger power player than his brother Tetsu (whose Hadoukyuu injured Kawamura's wrist), his weakest hadoukyuu is enough to overpower Kawamura's best move Dash Hadoukyuu. Kawamura eventually unleashes something even more powerful.
Anti-Magic: He is capable of countering any and all kinds of Hadoukyuus except Kawamura's final shot.
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.
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.
Run On Water: He's that fast, but he can only do this temporarily.
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.
Depraved Homosexual: Played for Laughs, as he would make gay-joke routines with his doubles partner and scare the opponents. It's taken Up to Eleven in the Pair Puri omakes, where he is seen fawning also over Kamio, Atobe, Tezuka, Saeki and Sengoku.
Ditzy Genius: By his goofy personality, is difficult to guess he has an IQ of 200.
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:
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is a very capable player, who also goofs aroud on court with his doubles partner Koharu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It gets exploited in New Prince of Tennis, since nobody knew if he was betraying Marui in favor of the opponents. Turns out he had to make it look convincing so they could take down Tohno.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Aerith and Bob: "Richard" really stands out between so many japanese names.
Ambiguously Brown: He has clearly african heritage, but it's not stated from where exactly.
Laser-Guided Karma: Right after he taunts Tezuka and insults Fudomine as a "No-Name School", his team gets crushed by Fudomine very easily.
Sore Loser: He tells Mizuki about Tezuka's injury.
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:
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Team Dad: He not only cares and trains his boys at Rokkaku, but also makes them their wooden racquets and inspires them.
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.
Tsundere: Type B. She's normally sweet and soft-spoken, but used to be rather violent to Nanjirou before they got together, and now she's hinted to be the main breadwinner.
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.
Goal in Life: He wanted to be the best player in the world. Then retired once his new dream became raising Ryoma.
Heart Is an Awesome Power: He reveals that the Teni Muhou no Kiwami (Pinnacle of Perfection) is in everyone, as it really is the "Pure joy of tennis", obtained by just playing for fun and forgetting about winning or losing.
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.
Mistaken For Romance: When they meet her, the Seigaku Regulars think she is Kawamura's girlfriend (they think Kawamura Likes Older Women). She was actually asking Kawamura to keep Akutsu out of trouble.
Yumiko Fuji is the older sister of Fuji Shuusuke and Fuji Yuuta.
Supreme Chef: Shuusuke mentions Yuuta loves her home made cakes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hyper Awareness: She is quick to notice that Ryoma wasn't playing at his best during a practice match because they both knew the girl who claimed to be his fangirl was actually a spy. Ryoma compliments her for this, which he rarely does to anyone.
I Feel Angry: She's softpoken and polite, but not incapable of anger.
Yamato Nadeshiko: In the manga she is less shy and more mature than in the anime.
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.
Tsundere: Type B. Sweet, energetic, kind, cheerful, kinda clingy... unless Horio is near or someone threatens her friends.
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).
The Tease: The most fashion-conscious of the girls.
Urayama Shiita is a freshman from the Rikkaidai Middle School tennis club and aspires to be a regular the following year. He goes with Horio Satoshi and Dan Taichi to the U-17 Camp to visit his senpais.
Voiced by: Takase Asaki (JP)
Tropes associated with Shiita:
Idiot Hair: The tip of his hair is shaped like a swirl. Even when many fans claim it looks like an ice cream... just see Punny Name below.
Keet: He is just like Taichi and serves as a Foil for Horio.
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.
Walking the Earth: According to his bio, he has been studying overseas during his whole childhood, having studied in France right before the U-17 camp.
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.
Friend to All Children: He volunteers for an Orphanage, where all the kids adore him. In Christmas, he dressed as Santa Claus and made wool toys for everyone, and gets touched when all the kids' stockings had as wishes to "have Oni as the Number 1 tennis player".
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.
Echizen Ryoga is a high school tennis player not mentioned in The Prince of Tennis, first appearing in The Prince of Tennis - The Two Samurai: The First Game, later appearing in an OVA in New York in which Ryoma spots him training. According to his bio, Ryoga is Ryoma's half-brother, who was living with the Echizens after his original mother died, and then moving with his aunt.In The New Prince of Tennis, Ryoga returns from America as Japan's No. 4-ranked U-17 representative.
Voiced by: Yuuta Yamazaki (JP, Movie), Mamoru Miyano (JP, The New Prince of Tennis OVA)
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.
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.
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.
Moori is a 1st year high school student, and a recent graduate and OB of the Rikkaidai tennis team that won the Nationals a year before the storyline. Introduced as the No.10 of the All-Japan Juniors, together with 3rd year former Hyotei Academy captain No. 9 Ochi Tsukimitsu, they are the Super High School Doubles Specialists.
Voiced by: Yuuta Yamazaki (JP)
Tropes associated with Moori:
Brilliant, but Lazy: As noted by Renji, he was one of the best players, but rarely went to train.
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.
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.
The Captain: Part of the Shitenhouji's Legendary Captains.
Catch Phrase: He yells "What the Hell!? Who the Hell!?" when annoyed.
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.
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.
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.
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.Tropes associated with Tohno:
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:
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.
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.
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.Tropes associated with Saitoh:
Kurobe Yukio is the strategic coach who manages the training camp as well as the camp's substitute supervisor. Analyzing each student's data and planning tactical matches is his main duty.Tropes associated with Kurobe:
Tsuge is U-17 Camp's Circuit Coach. He also seems to be the adviser for the dorms. He's in charge of training their physicality. He won't go easy on assigning them strict training. Standing together with the players on the court, he's the coach who directs their training.Tropes associated with Tsugi:
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.
The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: As the Pretty Sister. Narumi actually is depressed and shocked when she learns that Kurumi resents her; she truly had no idea about her sister's conflict, since she views her as both her other half and Worthy Opponent.