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Characters: The Prince of Tennis
This includes the teams and characters that have appeared in the Prince of Tennis anime, and the tropes they embodied.

Naturally, this is chock-full of SPOILERS.

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

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

Echizen Ryoma

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

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

Tropes associated with Ryoma:

Tezuka Kunimitsu

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

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

Tropes associated with Tezuka:

  • Badass Bookworm: Excellent grades, to the point of being able to correct teachers.
  • Batman Gambit
  • Big Brother Mentor: For Ryoma and Miyuki Chitose.
  • 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: As mentioned above, Tezuka is very intelligent, 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.
  • 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.
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor: Ryōtarō Okiayu is very versatile, but lately he's been voicing just too many serious guys...
  • Put on a Bus: 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!!!!!" in Tenimyu. Also by players during matches, to vent out their frustration.
  • Signature Move: 'Tezuka Zone' and 'Zero-Shiki Drop Shot'.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Student Council President: Though his Council isn't exactly absurdly powerful.
  • Supporting Leader: Towards the team as a whole, and then towards pretty much everyone in the entire series.
  • Team Dad
  • Teen Genius
  • The Stoic: Almost never smiles, gets angry, anything. Lampshaded by himself, when Fuji notes he's smiling after the Seigaku wins the Nationals and he asks the other to keep it a secret.
  • The Worf Effect / Worf Had The Flu: He's consistently stated to be one of the best players in the series, if not the best. Yet against both Atobe and Sanada, he injures his arm which causes his losses to them. It's also averted since even while injured, he gives his rivals an extremely hard time.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: A very brief one. In Shin Prince Of Tennis, when Tezuka faces Yudai Yamato, his former captain (back when he was a freshman), who encourages Tezuka to free himself of the burden that has been to be Seigaku's "pillar of support". Tezuka listens Yamato, along with a little cheering from Atobe, stops using his Tezuka Phantom and finally acknowledges that he no longer has to be Seigaku's pillar of support and that now he can play tennis just for the fun of it, unlocking the third door of Muga no Kyochi (which according to Ryoma's father in the OVA, is the state of truly enjoying a tennis game).
  • Yaoi Guys: One of the most popular targets for yaoi doujinshi and fanfiction in the fandom. Specially with Fuji and Atobe.
  • Younger than They Look: Is he really just 14 going to 15? He's been mistaken for a teacher.

Oishi Shuichiro

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

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

Tropes associated with Oishi:

Fuji Shuusuke

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

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

Tropes associated with Fuji:
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Do NOT piss this guy off.
    • Berserk Button: The best way to upset him? Hurt either his friends or invoke his...
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Yuuta, his younger brother.
    • He has a hint of this towards Ryoma when he finds out that Kirihara injured him.
  • Bishounen
  • 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.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: He and Yukimura are the only two third year guys to be voiced by a woman. The others are all first years.
  • 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.
  • Red Baron: Considered "Seigaku's Genius" as well as the second best player in the team.
  • Signature Move: 'Tsubame Gaeshi', 'Higuma Otoshi', 'Hakugei', 'Kagerou Zutsumi', 'Hecatoncheires no Monban', and 'Hoshi Hanabi'
  • Spell My Name with an S: Spelled either Shuusuke, Syusuke or Syuusuke within the fandom.
  • Stepford Smiler: He has more issues than you'd think at first sight, but rarely lets his mask fall.
  • Teen Genius
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Especially towards Tezuka, who actually acknowledges him as this and encourages him in this direction.
  • Weak, but Skilled: His lack of physical strength has repeatedly been remarked upon, yet he makes up for it with his incredible techniques. It's quite telling when he's one of the top three players in Seigaku.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In the chibi episodes he's usually portrayed as a female, be it as the grandmother of the Tenipuri family or the pretty girl searching for the "Lone Gunman".
    • A lot of fanart has him in women's clothing as well, such as "Lady Fuji-ko" which is a non-chibi version of the "Lone Gunman" Fuji, and "Tennis Skirt" which is Fuji playing tennis... in a skirt.

Kikumaru Eiji

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

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

Tropes associated with Eiji:

Inui Sadaharu

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

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

Tropes associated with Inui:
  • 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.
  • 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'tCatchUp: 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.
  • 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.
  • Shipper on Deck: Another Ryo/Saku fan.
  • Signature Move: 'Waterfall Serve'.
  • Sugar And Ice Guy
  • Teen Genius
  • The Medic: Once in a while he's seen bandaging his friends' injuries.
  • The Smart Guy
  • The Strategist

Kawamura Takashi

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

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

Tropes associated with Kawamura:

Momoshiro Takeshi

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

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

Tropes associated with Momoshiro:

Kaidoh Kaoru

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

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

Tropes associated with Kaidoh:

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

When then second-year-student Tachibana arrived to Tokyo from Kyushuu and transferred to Fudomine, he was horrified to see that the tennis team was in very difficult predicaments: the coach was a Sadist Teacher and the seniors were massive Jerk Asses, bullying the first years relentlessly. Tachibana attempted to help the bullied juniors but was also punished with them, and in a moment of Unstoppable Rage he snapped and attacked the coach. Said coach resigned and so did the older members, while Tachibana and the others were punished buy not expelled and the team was taken off the National runner-ups; the remaining members dedicated themselves to train and get ready for the next year's 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.

Tachibana Kippei

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

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

Tropes associated with Tachibana:
  • Blood Knight: In his backstory.
  • 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.
    • 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
  • 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 Akira

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

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

Tropes associated with Kamio:

Ibu Shinji

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

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

Tropes associated with Ibu:

Ishida Tetsu

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

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

Tropes associated with Ishida:

Sakurai Masaya

Voiced by: Makoto Ueki (JP)

Tropes associated with Sakurai:

Uchimura Kyosuke

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

Tropes associated with Uchimura:

Mori Tatsunori

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

Tropes associated with Mori:

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

Mizuki Hajime

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

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

Tropes associated with Mizuki:

Fuji Yuuta

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

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

Tropes associated with Yuuta:

Akazawa Yoshirou

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

Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Akazawa:

Kaneda Ichirou

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

Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (JP)

Tropes associated with Kaneda:

Kisarazu Atsushi

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

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

Tropes associated with Atsushi:

Yanagisawa Shinya

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

Tropes associated with Yanagisawa:

Nomura Takuya

Voiced by: Takayuki Kondo (JP)

Tropes associated with Nomura:

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

Sengoku Kiyosumi

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

Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP)

Tropes associated with Sengoku:

Akutsu Jin

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

Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Akutsu:

Minami Kentarou

Voiced by: Masaki Ishikawa (JP)

Tropes associated with Minami:

Higashikata Masami

Voiced by: Yoshikazu Nagano (JP)

Tropes associated with Higashikata:

Dan Taichi

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

Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Dan:

Muromachi Touji

Voiced by: Takayuki Hirano (JP)

Tropes associated with Muromachi:

Nitobe Inakichi

Voiced by: Kei Watanabe (JP)

Tropes associated with Nitobe:

Kita Ichiuma

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu (JP)

Tropes associated with Kita:

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

Atobe Keigo

The only son and heir to one of the richer families in Japan, Atobe lived a good part of his life in England and only returned to Japan when it was his turn to attend junior high. Narcissistic, arrogant, self-centered and loud, Atobe isn't only 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 both the story and real life (some of them reaching ridiculous extremes in fandom), but once you see through the facade, you can expect an excellent match and a quite noble rival.

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

Tropes associated with Atobe:
  • The Ace
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the games and the manga, he's a blond; but, he's silver-haired in the anime.
  • Attention Whore
  • Big Fancy House: No doubt about that.
  • Bishie Sparkle: One of the biggest "offenders".
  • 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.
  • Fan Nickname: "Ore-sama", by the fandom. "Monkey King", in canon.
  • Gorgeous George: Fanfiction often flanderize him as one of these.
  • 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.
    • Also, what he spends his allowance on? Treating out his club members.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: He was sorta doing this to An in his first appearance.
  • Important Haircut: After losing to Ryoma in the Nationals. Subverted because he's later shown using a wig.
  • Insufferable Genius
  • Large Ham: So over the top.
  • 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.
  • Signature Move: 'Hametsu e no Rondo', 'Tannhauser Serve' and 'Koori no Sekai' in the original series. 'Atobe Kingdom' in the new series.
  • The Rival: Of all the players outside Seigaku, he is this to Tezuka.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky

Oshitari Yuushi

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

Voiced by: Hidenobu Kiuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Oshitari:

Mukahi Gakuto

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

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi (JP)

Tropes associated with Mukahi:

Shishido Ryou

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

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Kusuda (JP)

Tropes associated with Shishido:

Akutagawa Jirou

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

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP)

Tropes associated with Jirou:

Kabaji Munehiro

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

Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (JP)

Tropes associated with Kabaji:

Ohtori Choutarou

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

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP)

Tropes associated with Ohtori:

Hiyoshi Wakashi

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

Voiced by: Masami Iwasaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Hiyoshi:
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
  • Butt Monkey
  • Catchphrase: "Gekokujou!"
  • 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.
  • 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 Haginosuke

Voiced by: Kohei Kiyasu (JP)

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.

Tropes associated with Taki:
  • 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.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: He has to sacrifice his regular spot as he lost to Shishido.

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

Kajimoto Takahisa

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

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP)

Tropes associated with Kajimoto:

Shinjo Reiji

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

Voiced by: Ryuji Kasahara (JP)

Tropes associated with Shinjo:

Wakato Hiroshi

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

Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Wakato:

Tanaka Yohei

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

Voiced by: Chieko Higuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Yohei:

Tanaka Kohei

Voiced by: Kanako Mitsuhashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Kohei:

Kiriyama Daichi

Voiced by: Kenji Iwama (JP)

Tropes associated with Kiriyama:

Oota Shou

Voiced by: Ryo Naitou (JP)

Tropes associated with Oota:

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

Aoi Kentarou

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

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (JP)

Tropes associated with Aoi:

Saeki Koujirou

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

Voiced by: Yusei Oda and Katsuaki Arima (JP)

Tropes associated with Saeki:

Amane "Davide" Hikaru

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

Voiced by: Kosuke Takeuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Amane:

Kurobane "Bane" Harukaze

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

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Oguro (JP)

Tropes associated with Kurobane:

Itsuki Marehiko

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

Voiced by: Takehiro Hasu (JP)

Tropes associated with Itsuki:

Kisarazu Ryou

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

Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Ryou:

Shudou Satoshi

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

Tropes associated with Shudou:

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

Yukimura Seiichi

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

Voiced by: Sachiko Nagai (JP)

Tropes associated with Yukimura:

Sanada Genichirou

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

Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (JP)

Tropes associated with Sanada:

Yanagi Renji

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

Voiced by: Eiji Takemoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Yanagi:

Kirihara Akaya

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

Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP)

Tropes associated with Kirihara:
  • 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.
  • Cry Cute: In the anime.
  • 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'.
  • The Berserker

Yagyuu Hiroshi

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

Voiced by: Eisuke Tsuda (JP)

Tropes associated with Yagyuu:

Niou Masaharu

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

Voiced by: Yuuki Matsuda (JP)

Tropes associated with Niou:

Marui Bunta

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

Voiced by: Naozumi Takahashi (JP)

Tropes associated with Marui:

Jackal Kuwahara

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

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JP)

Tropes associated with Jackal:

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

Kevin Smith

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

Voiced by: Reiko Kiuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Kevin:

George Smith

Voiced by: Yoshiro Matsumoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Smith:

Billy Cassidy

Voiced by: Yuuto Kazama (JP)

Tropes associated with Billy:

Michael Lee

Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (JP)

Tropes associated with Lee:

Tom Griffey

Voiced by: Kazunari Kojima (JP)

Tropes associated with Tom:

Terry Griffey

Voiced by: Maiko Ito (JP)

Tropes associated with Terry:

Bobby Max

Voiced by: Hari Kaneko (JP)

Tropes associated with Bobby:

Arnold Ignashov

Voiced by: Yoshiaki Matsumoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Arnold:

  • East Germany: Was born there, then his parents left to the USA.

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

Toyama Kintarou

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

Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto (JP)

Tropes associated with Kintarou:

Shiraishi Kuranosuke

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

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP)

Tropes associated with Shiraishi:
  • Bandage Bishonen
  • Beetle Maniac: Listed in the fanbooks and has a whole song dedicated to his pet beetle.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: "Mmm, ecstasy".
  • Power Limiter: What's under the infamous bandages.

Chitose Senri

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

Voiced by: Jun Oosuka (JP)

Tropes associated with Chitose:

Ishida Gin

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

Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka (JP)

Tropes associated with Gin:

Oshitari Kenya

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

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (JP)

Tropes associated with Kenya:

Konjiki Koharu

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

Voiced by: Ryo Naitou (JP)

Tropes associated with Koharu:

Hitouji Yuuji

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

Voiced by: Suguru Kumabuchi (JP)

Tropes associated with Yuuji:

Zaizen Hikaru

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

Voiced by: Hirofumi Araki (JP)

Tropes associated with Zaizen:

  • Mouthy Kid: Calling your own sempai "gross"?
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • 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.

Koishikawa Kenjirou

Tropes associated with Koishikawa:

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

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

Kite Eishirou

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

Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Kite:

Kai Yuujirou

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

Voiced by: Daisuke Nakamura (JP)

Tropes associated with Kai:

Tanishi Kei

Tanishi Kei possesses a large body, which allows him to utilize his "Big Bang" serve that uses his weight and the gravity from falling in order to make a nearly 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.

Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (JP)

Tropes associated with Tanishi:

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

Hirakoba Rin

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

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP)

Tropes associated with Hirakoba:

Chinen Hiroshi

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

Voiced by: Kazuya Sueyoshi (JP)

Tropes associated with Chinen:

Shiranui Tomoya and Aragaki Koichi

Tropes associated with Shiranui and Aragaki:

    Other Characters 


Karupin is Echizen Ryoma's Himalayan cat.

Voiced by: Akira Nakagawa (JP)

Echizen Rinko (née Takeuchi)

Voiced by: Yuki Nakao (JP)

  • A-Cup Angst: She is not amused when Nanjirou mentions her lack of size. It doesn't help that he's got quite the Hands-On Approach.
  • Biker Babe: In her youth.
  • Love at First Punch: She was the first girl who didn't take Nanjirou's crap. Of course, they ended up married.
  • Plucky Girl
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: The first proof of her growing feelings for Nanjirou is how she switches from a T-Shirt and baggy pants into a cute tennis dress. He keeps teasing her, though.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: We barely get to see her face in the modern time stories.
  • 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

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

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

Meino Nanako

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

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

Yamato Yuudai

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

Voiced by: Masanori Ikeda (JP)

Tropes associated with Yamato:

Ryuuzaki Sumire

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

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

Tropes associated with Sumire:

Banda Mikiya

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

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Nishimatsu (JP)

Tropes associated with Banda:

Sakaki Tarou

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

Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (JP)

Tropes associated with Sakaki:

Hanamura Aoi

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

Voiced by: Kaori Yamagata (JP)

Tropes associated with Hanamura:


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

Voiced by: Bunmei Tobayama (JP)

Tropes associated with Ojii:

Richard Baker

Voiced by: Tadahisa Saizen (JP)

Tropes associated with Baker:

Hannah Essenheimer

Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto (JP)

Iijyuin Kurumi

Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (JP)

Iijyuin Narumi

Voiced by: Yuka Nanri (JP)

Chitose Miyuki

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

Voiced by: Rina Sato (JP)

Akutsu Yuki

Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP)

Fuji Yumiko

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

Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (JP)

Inoue Mamoru

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

Voiced by: Hozumi Gouda (JP)

Shiba Saori

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

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

Horio Satoshi

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

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

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Kato Kachirou

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

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

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Mizuno Katsuo

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

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

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Arai Masashi

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

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

Tropes associated with Arai:

Ikeda Masaya

Voiced by: Hiroshi Shimozaki (JP)

Tropes associated with Ikeda:

Hayashi Daisuke

Voiced by: Makoto Ueki (JP)

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Ryuuzaki Sakuno

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

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

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Osakada Tomoka

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

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

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Tachibana An

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

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

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