Characters / Toradora!

This is the character page for the romantic comedy Toradora!. Enjoy!

Ryuuji Takasu

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Voiced by: Junji Majima (Japanese), Erik Kimerer (English)

Ryuuji is a seventeen-year-old high school student in Class 2-C. Due to biological inheritance, his face makes him look like an intimidating delinquent and causes many misunderstandings. Since he lives in a fatherless family with just his mother and their pet parakeet "Inko-chan" (''inko'' literally means parakeet in Japanese), Ryuuji learned to be a good cook, tailor and overall house husband. He holds a crush on Minori, a girl his age in his class, and has made a pact with his neighbor, Minori's best friend Taiga, to help him win her over, even as he also helps Taiga with domestic chores.
  • Face of a Thug: He is a really Nice Guy, but inherited his Yakuza father's looks. His classmates soon realize that he is a whole lot nicer than he looks.
  • First Kiss: He kisses Taiga at the end of Toradora.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Once he's all dressed up and groomed at the Christmas Party, everyone notices how good he looks in a suit.
  • Heroic Bastard: He is the illegitimate son of a bar hostess and a Yakuza.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: He is extremely dense when it comes to relationships, considering how he trusted Taiga's father regardless of what everyone (including his mother) thinks.
  • House Husband: Already one in the making, what with having to take care of his frequently-drunken mother and a cute but socially inept neighbor.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Taiga's Tiny Girl.
  • I Am Not My Father: Even though he looks like him, he pledged to never be like his father.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Delinquent Takasu" at the beginning because of his face.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: He and Taiga are neighbors, with her living in an apartment next door to his house. They start becoming close when Ryuuji basically becomes her housemaid after seeing the clear troubles she has living on her own and they slowly fall in love over time.
  • Love at First Punch: Taiga punches him in the face upon meeting him for the first time, but it took more than this for him to fall for her.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: He doesn't begin to realize he has feelings for Taiga until she accidentally confesses to him.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Feminine Boy to Taiga's Masculine Girl. Ryuuji has the Face of a Thug, but is generally gentle, quiet and enjoys housework (especially cleaning but also cooking), while Taiga is small and doll-like, but has a brash, loud and angry personality.
  • Matchmaker Crush: At first, he tries to hook up Taiga and Kitamura. Eventually, he develops feelings for Taiga without even realizing it.
  • Meaningful Name: "Ryuu" means dragon in Japanese.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: How Taiga sees their relationship. More exactly, she says Ryuuji's her dog.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold
  • Mundane Made Awesome: He takes cleaning very, very seriously.
  • Neat Freak: And how! Hits absurd extremes in the last novel when his punishment for leaving school is commuted from expulsion to cleaning the faculty restroom every day and writing weekly reports about it. Teachers start to freak out when he begins indexing the hairs he finds on the floor.
  • Nice Guy: Don't let his mean looks fool you.
  • Oblivious to Love: Naturally. He never really figures out that Ami also likes him, because he thinks she only plays with him without knowing Ami is really in love with him. Taiga and Minori have to spell it out for him.
  • Official Couple: He gets together with Taiga.
  • Opposites Attract: He's a guy with a Face of a Thug but generally kind, quiet and enjoys housework (especially cleaning but also cooking) who falls in love with a cute, small girl with a brash, loud and angry personality and unable to properly take care of herself.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: A variation. Ryuuji has the Face of a Thug, but he's actually a very nice guy, as well as a major Neat Freak. Contrast with Taiga, who's a short, very cute girl... and known around school as the "Palmtop Tiger" for her angry demeanor and occasional violent outbursts. In fact, their first meeting concludes with Taiga punching out Ryuuji when he accidentally bumps into her.
  • A Protagonist Is Ryu: He's the protagonist and his name contains the character "Ryu" that means "dragon" in Japanese. He lacks pretty much all the personality traits you would expect with someone with such a name, though.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Cooks, sews, cleans, etc. This especially helps Taiga, who recently moved away from home with nary a knowledge of basic home skills.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Minori's Energetic Girl.
  • Second Year Protagonist: He's the main character of the series and a second year high school student.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Yuusaku's manly man.
  • Slasher Smile: His default smile but subverted in that it's his bone structure that give him this type of smile, not his intent. He is able to pull a non-Slasher Smile when he does a non-toothy half-smile though.
  • Son of a Whore: Subverted. His mother is not a whore, just a late-night bar hostess, but, in some aspects, it's perceived as pretty much the same in Japan. The fact that his parents never married doesn't help.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To his father, to his dismay.
  • Supreme Chef: There's no doubt by anyone that he's an excellent cook.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: He is the dragon and Taiga is the tiger.

Taiga Aisaka

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Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Cassandra Lee (English)

Taiga is a childlike 17-year-old schoolgirl who has trouble engaging with others. Due to her ridiculously short stature at 145cm (4'7.5") and her tendency to snap at others brutally, she is given the nickname "Palmtop Tiger", giving her a Napoleon complex and a frequently sour face. Essentially, Taiga gets upset easily and is considerably clumsy. She also hails from a rich family, but due to its recent troubles, she has taken to living on her own. However, being a child of privilege barely prepared her for dealing with domestic chores. When she meets Ryuuji and learns of his talents, she begins to depend on him for them. Aside from sleeping in her own house and going to school, she spends most of her time at Ryuuji's house; so much so that she is almost considered a member of his family, and many classmates think they are dating.
  • A-Cup Angst: As you would expect, she has quite a complex about her flat chest. The focus of the Pool Episode is her not wanting to put on a swimsuit because then everyone will see her lack of assets. Ryuuji offers to help her by making breast pads to fill up her swimsuit.
  • Accidental Pervert: In a very memorable funny scene, she happens to walk in on Ami taking a shower. Taiga then returns with a red slap mark on her cheek and stunned at Ami's well-developed physique.
  • Action Girl: It doesn't show often because this isn't an action-oriented series, but her fight with Sumire shows what she's made of.
  • Adaptational Badass: Appears as a playable character in the crossover Fighting Game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, where she can really go all out.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: While she is semi-conscious due to falling off a cliff in the snow during the Class Trip, Taiga accidentally confesses to Ryuuji (thinking he is Kitamura) that she is in love with him and trying to give up on him to let him be with Minori is breaking her up from the inside.
  • Animal Motifs: Due to her name and her aggressive personality, everyone compares her to a tiger and give her the nickname "Palmtop Tiger".
  • Badass Adorable: She's a short, cute doll-like girl and she can beat the crap out of you if you mess with her.
  • Berserk Button: Any reference to her small stature or her nickname will likely result in her punching you in the face.
  • Big Ball of Violence: When she attacks the Student Council President, she catches him in one of these. This is later referenced in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, for her "Tiger & Dragon Beatdown!" Ranbu move, which is a recreation of this scene.
  • Broken Bird: She comes from a broken family, she has to live on her own because her father is a jackass and she can't get along with her mother and her new husband and to top it off, her underdeveloped body screws up her self-esteem. With all this in mind, her bad temper and aggressiveness makes a lot of sense.
  • But Now I Must Go: After returning home with Ryuuji in the final episode, she leaves again to try and reconcile with her family as part of her new resolve not to run away from her problems. She and Ryuuji are reunited in the epilogue.
  • Character Development: Learns to tone down her wrath as the series goes on, be more upfront with her love for Ryuuji, and try to mend her broken family (which is the reason she initially comes off as unpleasant in the first place). She also learns to be more social, since at first she wasn't interested in having any friends besides Minori, but starting in the school festival arc she becomes more and more proactive in school activities.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates to see Kitamura getting too friendly with other girls, mainly Sumire.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Taiga decides to take action, she'll use any advantage she can think of. A light-hearted example would be the swim race against Ami. Certainly no reason she couldn't bring practically every flotation device that she could carry with her to help her stay afloat. Or even better, to throw at Ami to distract her while Taiga uses a boogie board to build a lead.
  • Cry Cute: She's normally very tough and harsh, so watching cry is always a tender sight.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes.
  • Cute Bruiser: She's small and cute like a doll and she can knock you out with a single punch.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: She's such a klutz that when she attempts to give her crush a Love Letter she forgets to put it into the envelope! She also falls from a bike she's merely pushing around.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: The way she eventually warms up to Ryuuji makes her one of these.
  • Dude Magnet: She's said to be popular with boys and gets a lot of love confessions often.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: She does NOT like being called the "Palmtop Tiger".
  • Fake Boobs: Ryuuji creates padded inserts for her swimsuit, which would otherwise make her lack way too obvious.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: On Christmas Eve, after sending Ryuuji off to see Minori, she tearfully realizes that she has been in love with Ryuuji for a long time, but with him getting a good chance to finally win Minori's heart, she runs outside her house for Ryuuji, and upon not finding him anywhere, she breaks down crying, calling out for Ryuuji.
  • Groin Attack: Against her Jerkass father.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She keeps insisting Ryuuji isn't her boyfriend, going as far as to crash a class to stop their classmates from spreading rumors about them. While it's initially true, they eventually end up falling for each other and become a couple.
  • Height Angst: She has a huge complex about her short stature.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Minori.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiny Girl to Ryuuji's Huge Guy.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: In Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, she attacks with swords, baseball bats, chairs, trash cans, and is even able to pummel her opponent against a lamp post..
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After finally realizing she loves Ryuuji, Taiga tries to suppress her feelings so he can get together with Minori, even if she's clearly breaking up from the inside. At the end however, Minori doesn't let her do this.
  • Ignored Confession: After her Anguished Declaration of Love, Ryuuji tries to pretend nothing happened and tells her Kitamura saved her and she didn't say anything. Minori is not happy when she learns about this.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Palmtop Tiger".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: She's very aggressive, bossy and haughty, but she actually has a really low self-esteem from her childlike body and broken family.
  • Instant Expert: Goes from having Super Drowning Skills to swimming amazingly fast (though with the aid of a boogie board) in the course of one practice session.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's ill-tempered, rude and violent, but she's a good person at heart and is shown to be very caring and loyal to people she trusts such as Ryuuji and Minori.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: She lives in an apartment next door to Ryuuji's house. After seeing the clear troubles she has living on her own, Ryuuji basically becomes her housemaid, which allows them to become close and slowly fall in love.
  • Little Miss Badass: She's small, cute and doll-like. She's also known by the nickname "Palmtop Tiger", a name that means "Small, but vicious". Like Ryuuji says, it fits her perfectly.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: She's the daughter of a wealthy family, but due to some serious family issues she has to live alone and her parents never bother to check on her, only sending her the money she needs to feed herself. Before Ryuuji started helping her, she was pretty much on her own and her only friend was Minori.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Only started developing feelings for Kitamura after he confessed to her. Too bad he had already lost interest in her by then.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Ryuuji's Feminine Boy. Taiga is small and doll-like, but has a brash, loud and angry personality. Ryuuji, on the other hand, has the Face of a Thug, but is generally gentle, quiet and enjoys housework (especially cleaning but also cooking).
  • Matchmaker Crush: She starts out helping Ryuuji get together with Minori, but ends up falling for him.
  • Minor Living Alone: Deconstructed. Taiga lives alone because she can’t get along with anyone in her family, but her parents never taught her any domestic skills before they (effectively) threw her out of the house, and they don't bother checking up on her once she's gone. Until she meets Ryuuji, she’s living in filth and squalor, subsisting on a diet of convenience store food and suffering from chronic allergies due to her terrible living conditions. The series emphasizes the fact that even though she’s technically living on her own, she’s actually completely dependent on Ryuuji's care and the monthly cash deposits she gets from her father. Part of her character growth arc involves her learning to acknowledge that she can't do everything on her own and start to address the issues that led to her isolation in the first place.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Like Louise, she says Ryuuji isn't just her servant; he's her dog.
  • The Napoleon: Her shortness and temperament has earned her the nickname of "Palmtop Tiger". Do not speak this nickname in front of her.
  • Odango Hair: When she wears a swimsuit or a qipao.
  • Official Couple: She gets together with Ryuuji.
  • Ojou: Played with. She comes from a well-off family, but she doesn't have any of the personality traits related to the trope. She also lives in a very nice apartment, but she has no one to take care of her, which results in her living in filth and squalor and only eating convenience store food with the money her parents give her.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's a 17-year-old high school student with a preteen body. Her childlike appearance is one of the many issues behind her bad attitude.
  • Opposites Attract: She's a cute small girl with a brash, loud and angry personality and unable to properly take care of herself who falls in love with a guy with a Face of a Thug but who is generally kind, quiet and enjoys housework (especially cleaning but also cooking).
  • Perpetual Frowner: At first, she always has the same angry look on her face. She mellows out later.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: A variation. Taiga is a short, very cute girl... and known around school as the "Palmtop Tiger" for her angry demeanor and occasional violent outbursts. Contrast with Ryuuji, who has the Face of a Thug, but he's actually a very nice guy, as well as a major Neat Freak.
  • Property of Love: Taiga claims Ryuuji is hers in front of her entire class after she saves him from drowning in the pool. She then says she only meant it as if he is her dog and she is his owner.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It reaches her waist.
  • Say My Name: Kanou... SUMIRE!!
  • Shana Clone: A deconstructed one. She's an Older Than She Looks childlike Tsundere, has Rapunzel Hair and Grade A Zettai Ryouiki, comes from a wealthy family, is voiced by Rie Kugimiya, pretty much quotes Shana and Louise by shouting "Urusai!" or referring to Ryuuji a dog.... However, part of the roots of her short temper, besides issues with her small body, flat chest and childlike appearance, stems from lack of social skills and having to deal with a broken family. Also, her body issues due to her looks are portrayed in a more realistic way (i.e. she uses her temper as a cover for deep-seated insecurities over her lack of height and curves).
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She is already cute but everyone commented on how stunning she can be when she made the effort to dress up at the Christmas Party.
  • Shorttank: While not tomboyish, Taiga is very loud and brash. She also has one hell of a punch.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's generally attracted to nice men. First, she has a crush on the nice and friendly Kitamura and later she falls for Ryuuji who, despite his appearance, is really kind and always takes care of her.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She's short-tempered and violent because her family issues and underdeveloped body mess with her emotional stability and self-esteem.
  • Through Her Stomach: Taiga is at her most content when she eats good food. Ryuuji is an excellent cook. Do the math.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: She is the tiger and Ryuuji is the dragon.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: A deconstruction of the trope. The fact that she's tiny screws up badly with her self-worth, therefore a good part of her aggression is an attempt to compensate and defend herself from others. So under the facade of the feared and doll-like Palmtop Tiger, there's a girl who has deep emotional wounds.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's the youngest-looking girl in the cast. Deconstructed since her childlike appearance screws up her self-esteem.
  • Town Girls: The Butch to Ami's Femme and Minori's Neither. Taiga is brash, loud and quick to punch you if you annoy her, in contrast with the friendly, but athletic Minori and the fashionable and vain Ami.
  • Trash of the Titans: Her apartment is such a mess, including a sickening stench emanating from the kitchen sink which was polluted so heavily that its contents were censored on screen, that Ryuuji's first reaction to seeing said apartment is to beg her to be allowed to clean it.
  • Tsundere: A deconstructed Type A. Her mood swings and anger seem to stem more from familial than romantic issues, not to mention that to get and keep Ryuuji's affection, Taiga has to tone down her attitude and rebuild her family. This aspect of hers is also much less prevalent in both the novels and the manga adaptation.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her eyes have the sharp and strong look typical from a Tsundere.

Yuusaku Kitamura

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Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), Johnny Yong Bosch (English)

Yuusaku is Ryuuji's best friend and the Student Council Vice-President, Class Representative to Ryuuji, Taiga, and Minori, and captain of the men's softball team. Yuusaku wears glasses, and has a diligent personality. He thinks he is poor at talking to girls, though Ryuuji observes otherwise; Yuusaku likes the student council president Sumire Kanou. Despite being on the Student Council, he is in violation of riding a motorcycle to school.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Gives one to Sumire right in front of the whole school, only for her to coldly reject him (although she has her reasons).
  • Childhood Friends: He has been friends with Ami since childhood.
  • Class Representative: He's the representative of 2-C class.
  • Delinquent Hair: He briefly dyes his hair blond to get himself in trouble at school and lower his chances to become the next student council president.
  • Demoted to Extra: Got noticeably less prominent in the last act of the series.
  • Large Ham: Possesses a very jolly and energetic personality, tending to get really fired up about whatever he's doing and make larger-than-life statements.
  • Last Name Basis: Everyone calls him by his last name. Only his Childhood Friend Ami calls him Yuusaku.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: He had a crush on Taiga one year prior to the series, but she turned him down. By the time she realized she did like him, Kitamura had already moved on and fallen for Sumire.
  • Yes-Man: To Sumire, when he's still the Student Council Vice President. Justified that he's also in love with her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Possibly just Hair Color Dissonance, since while he does have dark bluish-green hair, he later bleaches it, turning it blonde. People react to this, but that's probably because he is the student council president.

Minori Kushieda

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Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Christine Marie Cabanos (English)

"Just as much as I'll want to doubt them, thinking 'Do they really see ghosts?', I'll end up thinking 'Are they really in love?'. I just don't see it. As much as I believe, it continuously eludes me. I've never experienced any of it for myself, y'know. These things that other people speak of as simply natural, they've never happened to me. And so that's why, I just can't believe in such things. I'm left on the outside... I want to believe, but I've kind of given up. The most I can do is enviously watch 'the ones who can see' with my finger in my mouth, cheering them on from the sidelines. Just that, is a connection, I guess... What a bunch of lies! It's all a delusion! A figment of your imagination! is what I want to shout because I still can't shake my doubt."

Minori is Taiga's best friend as well as her, Ryuuji and Yuusaku's classmate. In contrast to the negative Taiga, Minori is always smiling and cheerful, but is also a natural airhead. She is very athletic and is the captain of the girl's softball club at school, though at the same time she holds many part time jobs. She is a glutton when it comes to food, but is also constantly combating with dieting.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Taiga calls her "Minorin".
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's definitely in love with Ryuuji, but her affection for Taiga is so suspect that Minori herself isn't quite sure if it's platonic or not.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Her oddness does not keep her from performing admirably at her jobs or being an excellent softball player.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Her hilarious antics are known to admirably steal the scene.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Though she is shown to be unusually perceptive at times, being able to deduce that Taiga was wearing pads under her swimsuit, among other things (like Ami being two-faced).
  • Club President: The captain of the girl's softball club.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red-violet hair and eyes.
  • Expy: Looks and acts in a way that is reminiscent of Tsukihime's Kohaku, likewise, Minori also has some issues she covers up with her energetic attitude.
  • Genki Girl: Again, arguably a Deconstruction, because she uses this facade to hide a lot of issues.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Taiga.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She does like Ryuuji, but realizes Taiga needs him more than she does and decides to let the two of them be happy together, even if it breaks her heart.
  • Nice Girl: Very kind and supportive towards her friends, and rarely gets mad at anyone. She also doesn't mind Ryuuji and Taiga being together as long both of them are happy together.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She is fascinated by ghosts and hopes to meet one someday.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She wants to get into a sports university and aim for the national softball league.
  • The Pollyanna: She never gets sad, nor cries until when she accidentally broke the Christmas star the rest of her classmates set up for their Christmas tree, and continued having a period of depression up until after Taiga and Ryuuji got together.
  • Romantic False Lead: She's set up as Ryuuji's love interest and he spends most of the series trying to get together with her with Taiga's help. However, from the title alone you know the series is about Ryuuji and Taiga's relationship.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Ryuuji has a crush on her at the start of the story and she has plenty of chances to get together with him. She also likes him back, but she's hesitant to confess her feelings because she can see how close he and Taiga are. At the end, pretty much the only reason she lost was that she didn't make her move before Ryuuji got closer to Taiga and Minori willingly gave up on Ryuuji to let Taiga have him.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Taiga and Ami in the end.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Ryuuji's Savvy Guy.
  • Stepford Smiler: There's a lot of issues hidden behind her genki-ness.
  • Tender Tears: In Episode 24. After sending Ryuuji and Taiga off, the normally cheerful Minori finally breaks down in front of Ami, wondering if she lost Ryuuji to Taiga, Taiga to Ryuuji, or both Taiga and Ryuuji to each other.
    "Crying is a nosebleed of the heart... If you trip while running down a hallway, you'll get a nosebleed. If you trip in life, you'll cry."
  • Town Girls: The Neither to Taiga's Butch and Ami's Femme. While Taiga is brash and violent and Ami is fashionable and vain, Minori is nice, cheerful and cute, but also very athletic and is the captain of the girl's softball club.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Ryuuji out after she discovers he lied to Taiga about her rescue at the Class Trip and ignored her confession. She also gets angry with Taiga for repressing her feelings so she and Ryuuji could be together, saying that her happiness is something she must choose and gain herself.

Ami Kawashima

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Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese), Erika Harlacher (English)

"I’m not the Palmtop Tiger who’s always sticking around with you; neither am I Minori-chan, who’s your sparkling sun. I, Kawashima Ami, am standing in the same land as you, walking on the same path as you. It's just that I’m a few steps ahead of you."

Ami is Yuusaku's childhood friend who transfers into his class midway through their second year of high school. She is very beautiful and even works as a model, and although she has temporarily stopped upon her transfer, she still tries to maintain her figure. She is always kind and generous towards others, though this is merely a deception. In truth, she is arrogant and will not hesitate to use others for her own benefit.
  • Animal Motifs: The chihuahua (Taiga calls her "baka-chi" ["stupid chihuahua"]).
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When she's introduced, she's a mean and arrogant Alpha Bitch who pretends to be an air-headed ditz to manipulate others. She gets better thanks to Character Development.
  • Broken Bird: As a School Idol she faced many unpleasant experiences, which no doubt hardened her into the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing she has become when she was introduced.
  • Character Development: Possibly the best example in the show. She goes from an arrogant and manipulative Bitch in Sheep's Clothing to a sympathetic Jerk with a Heart of Gold who really cares about her friends and is ready to do anything she can to help them.
  • Childhood Friends: She has been friends with Yuusaku since childhood.
  • Cry Cute: In the final volume of the light novels, she breaks down crying after she realizes that Taiga has gone with her mother, confessing that she wanted to keep her friends close to her. This served as the climax of her Character Development in the novel.
  • Fashion Model: She works as a fashion model and is very famous. We see her featured in magazines.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Thanks to Yuusaku, Ryuuji sees past Ami's facade early on (when she was in full Bitch in Sheep's Clothing/Alpha Bitch mode), when Ami tries to taunt Taiga by saying that Ami will take Ryuuji from Taiga, even though she thinks very little of him. This convinces Ryuuji that Ami just likes to play around about liking him... which bites Ami in the ass later when she does grow to like him, but Ryuuji won't take her seriously.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Unlike Taiga and Minori, Ami clearly never had a chance to win Ryuuji's affections. It's partly her own fault for her character as initial Manipulative Bitch and The Tease, which convinced Ryuuji she just wanted to play around with him.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Her main objective, arguably.
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Basically the reason why Ami has a crush on Ryuuji. At first, she was trying to manipulate him as she did with everyone else, but later fell for him for real when he discovered her true self.
  • School Idol: She quickly becomes popular at school thanks to her beauty and successful modeling career.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In the novels, at least, where she's described as being the same height as Ryuuji.
  • Shipping Torpedo: About Taiga and Ryuuji's relationship before they became a couple, mostly because she doesn't like Taiga and wants Ryuuji for herself.
  • The Tease: She enjoys putting Ryuuji in situations where she can get him aroused, such as making him think she was taking a shower and asking him to join her when she was just cleaning the bathroom.
  • Third-Person Person: Sometimes refers to herself in third person as part of her Kawaiiko act.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She eventually grows out of being a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and actually becomes a valuable and helpful member to the group, giving her friends advice in their romantic problems.
  • Town Girls: The Femme to Taiga's Butch and Minori's Neither. Ami is flirty, vain and works as a Fashion Model, in contrast with the friendly, but athletic Minori and the brash and violent Taiga.

Yasuko Takasu

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Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

Yasuko is Ryuuji's 33-year-old mother, though she refers to herself as eternally 23. Soon after Ryuuji was born, her husband died, leaving her to raise him by herself. She works at the "Bishamonten Kuni" bar, where she goes by the name "Mirano" and singlehandily supports her family financially. However, she is also childish and, due to her job, entrusts household chores to Ryuuji. She instantly takes a liking to Taiga and already regards her as a member of her family.
  • Berserk Button: Although she's very sweet and friendly, don't wake her up, as Kitamura and Taiga find out.
  • Children Raise You: Since Ryuuji's father died when he was young and she works late at night and sleeps most of the day, Yasuko leaves him to do the household chores.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She was about 16 or 17 when she had Ryuuji. Comes heavily into play near the climax of the series.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: With Ryuuji.
  • Woman Child: She acts this way most of the time. However, she can also be highly perceptive at times (almost superhumanly so). For example, she could accurately guess that Taiga's father was pretty much a self-centered jerk from what Ryuuji told her (note that Ryuuji was, at that point, still under the impression that he was decent), when she had never even met the guy before.

Yuri Koigakubo

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Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English; credited as Elizabeth Thomas)

Yuri is the 29-year-old homeroom teacher of Ryuuji's class. She likes to do things at her own pace and is timid towards Taiga's way of speaking out.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: In the light novels, she can act as a Reasonable Authority Figure and while her Christmas Cake is referred to, it isn't played up as her main character trait. In the anime, she's a complete Butt Monkey who gets little to no respect from her students and she talks about being a Christmas Cake to herself constantly.
  • Butt Monkey: Her students have little respect for her and enjoy mocking her Christmas Cake status to no end. They even go so far as to write a play in which her Red String of Fate was to be cut, causing her to go berserk.
  • Character Exaggeration: In the anime, her status as a Reasonable Authority Figure got toned way down and her status as a Butt Monkey and Christmas Cake way up. Consider some of the things in the novels that were changed or dropped outright:
    • Her freakout during the wrestling show is scripted. The students are so impressed by her performance that they vote her MVP and invite her to the after-party.
    • When Kitamura announces he's quitting the Student Council and storms out the class, she cancels a date and spends the night trying to contact his family. When he tries to leave school the next day, she physically restrains him and has a substitute teacher cover for her so she can spend the day talking to him.
    • In the last volume, she tells off Taiga's mother for expecting her daughter to abandon the people who've taken care of her for the last year in favor of a mother who abandoned her. Then when Ryuuji returns to school, she puts her career on the line to prevent him from getting expelled.
  • Christmas Cake: Since her twenties are almost over, Yuri is in a hurry to get married soon and she even tries to dress well so as to be able to get into a relationship quicker. After she becomes thirty without getting married, she develops a twisted and depressed personality, which does not help that when Taiga talks about her, she emphases her single status.
  • Slasher Smile: When wrestling is approved as the theme of the festival.
  • Stern Teacher: Sometimes. She does cower when threatened, though (at least in the anime).

Sumire Kanou

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Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Sumire is the Student Council President and always manages to get the top grades in school; she is in fact a Scholarship Student and has horrible eyesight. She has a strong-minded personality which she depends on to be a figure those will follow. Her younger sister is Sakura and her parents own a supermarket. Sumire likes Yuusaku and as a result is the object of an one-sided hostility from Taiga.
  • Jerkass Façade: Acts pretty nasty to Yuusaku because she doesn't want him to risk his future chasing after her.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She's Yuusaku's superior.
  • Student Council President: She's the strong-willed student council president who inspires fellow students to follow her.

Hisamitsu Noto

Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English; credited as Jason Baker)

A male student in Ryuuji's class who wears glasses. He was also in Ryuuji's class the previous year and is on good terms with him.
  • The Love Slap of Epiphany: He begins to develop feelings for Maya following an argument they had during the class winter ski trip.

Kouji Haruta

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese), Brian Beacock (English)

A male student in Ryuuji's class who is on good terms with him.
  • Class Clown: He is regarded as the 'class idiot' and that opinion is deepened by his poor school marks and overly energetic behavior.

Maya Kihara

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)

A female student in Ryuuji's class who often hangs out with Nanako. She is a kogal and has a crush on Kitamura.
  • Gyaru Girl: She's a kogal.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She likes Kitamura, but he's completely oblivious to her feelings and he is already in love with Sumire.

Nanako Kashii

Voiced by: Momoko Ishikawa (Japanese), Karen Strassman (English)

A female student in Ryuuji's class who often hangs out with Maya.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a mole under the left side of her lips.

Sakura Kanou

Voiced by: Kana Asumi (Japanese)

Sumire's younger sister who attends the same high school as Sumire though her grades are horrible. She later starts going to out with Kouta.

Kouta Tomiie

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese)

A first-year student who is the main character to Toradora Spin-off!. He works on the student council in general affairs, and gets good grades. He always had a crush on Sakura, and later he succeeds in starting a romantic relationship with her.
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