Characters / Toradora!

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

Ryuuji Takasu
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.

Taiga Aisaka
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.
  • Action Girl
  • A-Cup Angst: The focus of the Pool Episode. Ryuuji offers to help her by making breast pads to fill up her swimsuit.
  • 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: She unknowingly confesses her feelings for Ryuuji (thinking he is Kitamura) while she is semi-conscious due to falling off a cliff in the snow during the Class Trip.
  • Animal Motifs: The tiger.
  • Badass Adorable
  • 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: Towards Kitamura.
  • 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
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Cute Bruiser
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: The way she eventually warms up to Ryuuji makes her one of these.
  • Dude Magnet
  • 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: With Ryuuji.
  • Height Angst: She has a huge complex about her short stature.
  • 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.
  • 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: Especially later in the series.
  • Little Miss Badass
  • Lonely Rich Kid
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: Only starts developing feelings for Kitamura after he confesses to her.
  • 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.
  • No Social Skills
  • Odango Hair: When she wears a swimsuit or a qipao.
  • Official Couple: With Ryuuji.
  • Ojou
  • Older Than She Looks
  • 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.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Minorin.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ami.
  • Waif-Fu: See the short, cute doll-like girl beating the crap out of the much taller Student Council President!
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better
  • Zettai Ryouiki: The first opening even has a gratituous shot of her pulling on black thigh-high stockings.

Yuusaku Kitamura
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.

Minori Kushieda
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
  • 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.
  • Fiery Redhead: Well, close enough.
  • Genki Girl: Again, arguably a Deconstruction, because she uses this facade to hide a lot of issues.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: To both Ryuuji and Taiga.
  • Large Ham
  • 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
  • Passionate Sports Girl: She wants to get into a sports university and aim for the national softball league.
  • Plucky Girl
  • 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: To Ryuuji.
  • 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.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • 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."
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ami.
  • 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.
  • You Go, Girl!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has red-violet Hair.

Ami Kawashima
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.

Yasuko Takasu
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 (though in reality, he ran off with another woman). 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.

Yuri Koigakubo
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. 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.
  • Butt Monkey
  • 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
  • My Biological Clock Is Ticking
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Moreso in the novels, as she's subjected to the aforementioned Character Exaggeration in the anime. Even so, it's clear that when she's not worrying about being perpetually unmarried, she's a responsible teacher who cares about her students.
  • Sensei-chan
  • Shrinking Violet
  • 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).
  • Tareme Eyes

Sumire Kanou
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.

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.

Kouji Haruta

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

A male student in Ryuuji's class who is on good terms with him. He is regarded as a 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 Yuusaku.

Nanako Kashii

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

A female student in Ryuuji's class who often hangs out with Maya.

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.