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The Wagnaria Crew
- Accidental Misnaming: Popura always calls him "Katanashi." At first he attempts to correct her, but it doesn't work. After that, he doesn't mind as long as it's Popura.
- The Ace: Souta is extremely proficient with housework, which allows him to become a highly proficient restaurant worker as well. He is also very studious, being able to help Inami with her studies despite the fact that she is a year older than him. Moreover, Souta is also fairly athletic, and is so proficient in martial arts that he can easily take down Kirio, who is the captain of a karate club.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Popura considers "Kotori" to be her ideal of feminine beauty. Several guys also hit on him.
- Berserk Button: Do not insult small things.
- Big Brother Instinct: Despite his constant annoyance with Yamada's ineptitude, Souta still takes care of her without even thinking about it. He goes so far as to put up with Yamada staying at his own home when her real family catches up to her.
- Blind Without 'Em: After Yamada accidentally breaks his glasses in episode 2 of season 3, he attempts to finish his shift without them. But he can't even recognize who's more than an arm's length in front of him, such as not recognizing Inami when he walks up to her.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Revealed to have strength comparable to Kirio or even Inami. For example, Kirio easily blocked Inami's Megaton Punch, but almost got his shoulder dislocated by Souta. He also states that Inami cannot land a punch on him, but he Wouldn't Hit a Girl.
- Compliment Backfire: Often compares Popura to a bug. He considers this lavish praise, but everybody else finds it insulting.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Invoked whenever he suspects Inami is being friendly to another male. However, he typically misconstrues it as something else. For example, when he suspects that Inami's constant staring at Satou means she must like him, Satou tells Souma that the feelings he's having are like training a dog not to bite the owner, but the dog does it anyway then shows affection towards another person. Souma knows what's actually going on, but plays along anyway because he finds the misunderstanding funny.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Constantly gets hit by Inami at work. However, when Kirio attacks him during their first encounter, Souta manages to block every single one of his attacks. He later mentions that aside from Aoi, he Wouldn't Hit a Girl, lest his sister/trainer Kozue hears about it, and gives him hell to pay for it as a result.
- Cuteness Proximity: His defining character trait. His reason for working at the restaurant to begin with was because Popura bumped into him and asked him if he wanted to work there. He simply found her cuteness and small size impossible to resist, despite the fact that he is younger than her.
- Distressed Dude: In Lord Of The Takanashi, he's kept prisoner by his mother and Inami must go and face his mother and sisters to save him.
- Dragged into Drag: He's forced to crossdress on multiple occasions thanks to Inami.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Kiriio ends up falling for the "fake Yamada", which is actually him dressed as a girl.
- The Everyman: Starts off as a seemingly normal high school teenager to highlight the weirdness of his coworkers, though this fades away as his unusual quirks come to light
- Fish out of Water: He is understandably confused at why his coworkers act the way they do on his very first shift, such as why Yachiyo carries a katana around, and what exactly Kyouko does as a manager. Their reactions to him is somewhat similar, however.
- Freudian Excuse: His sisters' personalities explain an awful lot of his quirks, from his love of small things to his supposed dislike of older women.
- Friend to Bugs: Souta loves everything small, including bugs. He compares the idea of squishing a bug to murdering Popura.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- When he sees Inami interacting with Kirio normally, he loses it (although he seems to misunderstand why). Not even a pile of cute toys could break him out of it.
- Suffers yet another one once he realizes Nazuna is close to edging him out in terms of height.
- Innocently Insensitive: In episode 1 alone, he asks Kyouko her age, then quips she's an "old woman". She retaliates by having him work on all working days. In another instance, he unconsciously insults Inami, and the result is not pretty.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Invoked.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While rude, when he says that Inami is only halfway competent as a waitress, he's right. She can't wait on around half of the customers of Wagnaria, causes property damage and is a threat to the restaurant staff. When he points out that she shouldn't go to a hot spring either, everyone calls him a jerk and ignores that she really is a danger to everyone. If he hadn't changed his mind about going, she would have punched a complete stranger almost as soon as she arrived.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He looks really nice, but he's snappish, irritable and disrespectful, especially to Popura. However, he also willingly puts up with Inami, wants the best for her and even tells off her father for screwing up her life. After Inami has made him crossdress, something he finds incredibly humiliating.
- Made of Iron: Willingly takes Inami's punishment (without lasting consequences) and even intercepts potential blows to others who might not sympathize with her fear of men.
- Megane: The only male member of the cast wearing glasses, of course.
- Mistaken for Pedophile: Many people assume he's a lolicon due his extreme love of small, cute things (Popura in particular). Even those who are close to him and thus know better still find his love of cute, small things uncomfortable. Even his sister Izumi is convinced that he's after an elementary student without realizing that Popura is both older than Souta and more developed than her height and face would indicate. Souta generally denies any impropriety by saying something that basically boils down to "Yeah, kids are cute, but so are kittens." Except Souta being Souta he would actually say water fleas instead of kittens, but it's the thought that counts, right?
- Not So Above It All: Despite assuming the role of the Only Sane Man, it is readily apparent that he has a similar, or even greater level of weirdness than the other employees.
- Oblivious to Love: Souta is unaware of Inami's crush on him despite the fact that every single person in his family and at his workplace knows about it. He's even oblivious to his own possible feelings in return, mistaking them for a form of masochism.
- His deep denial took a step further in Chapter 222, when he thinks that his crossdressing as Kotori was the trigger that caused Inami to act strangely with him, and decides to crossdress again to sort out her feelings!
- Odd Name Out: He's the only member of his family that does not have "zu" as the second character in their name.
- Official Couple: With Mahiru. He confesses his love at the end of the seires.
- Only Sane Employee: Souta believes he is the one normal employee in the restaurant and tends to react accordingly. After the first episode however, it's pretty clear that he is as weird as everyone else.
- Outnumbered Sibling: He's the only male child in his family, having four sisters.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: Souta frequently received his sisters' hand-me-downs as clothing and so spent much of his childhood dressed as a girl.
- Stoic Spectacles: Whenever Souta's patience gives out.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Souta looks a lot like his father, as seen in a Flash Back during episode 14 of season 3.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Claims to Kirio that normally Inami wouldn't be able to hit him, but he has to abide by this trope (including dodging or blocking her blows, apparently) not because of moral grounds but because of his upbringing. On the other hand, Aoi doesn't count, seeing that he has no problems (comically) hitting her.
- Adorkable: Popura is short, clumsy, but otherwise nice and well-meaning. Of course she'd be this.
- Berserk Button: Being called tiny. Nobody feels remotely threatened by it though.
- Butt Monkey: Whether it's Souma pranking her, Satou messing with her hair and shortness or Souta's comparing her to a bug, she just can't get a break.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She's not as bad as Yamada, though Popura still has her moments.
- Does Not Like Spam: Has an issue with green peppers, which obviously becomes a problem when Satou cooks fried rice with it.
- Gag Boobs: While Inami tries to calm her down after accidentally insulting her about her height, she shakes Popura while saying she has a large rack to try to calm her down... and one can see Popura gainaxing while shaking. Karino Takatsu sure seems to like big-breasted little girls.
- Genki Girl: Nothing gets Popura down for long, that's for sure.
- Height Angst: Is very sensitive about her height and tends to blow up.
- Idiot Hair: Her ponytail acts as this.
- Ironic Name: Her parents named her in hopes she'd be as tall as a Poplar Tree... it didn't work out.
- Kewpie Doll Surprise: Often does this when frustrated or surprised.
- The Napoleon: She has a complex about her short stature.
- Older Than She Looks: She's actually 17. However, due to her short height, everyone assumes she's just a young kid.
- Passing the Torch: Popura is designated as the new chief waitress once Yachiyo leaves Wagnaria to work elsewhere.
- Rapunzel Hair: If her ponytail was undone, Popura's hair would reach far beyond her waist.
- Sempai/Kohai: The sempai to Souta. Souta almost always refers to her as "Senpai," which is itself funny since Popura is generally mistaken for an elementary student.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Poplar/Popura.
- Super Gullible: She believes anything people tell her, particularly if it involves increasing her height. At one point Souma says that eating dried lizards will help one grow taller because they contain a lot of minerals and Satou backs him up. She immediately resolves to eat them as much as possible. On the way out the door, Satou finally admits that it was all a lie.
- Token Mini-Moe: Certainly the shortest and youngest-looking among the Wagnaria workers, which is even funnier when Nazuna (an actual 12 year old elementary student who towers over her) occasionally interns at the restuarant.
- A-Cup Angst: It certainly doesn't help that twelve-year old Nazuna is better-endowed than her.
- She even gets frustrated at the fake breasts in Kotori's costume.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Inami's reflex to hit males goes far beyond what a person diagnosed with androphobia would do.
- Apologetic Attacker: Inami's always sorry whenever she hits someone.
- Bifauxnen: In Lord Of The Takanashi, she's made wear a waiter uniform when she goes to rescue Souta from his mother.
- Brick Joke: Souta constantly thinks of her as a dog and when Kozue gives them cosplay outfits, guess what she gets...
- Character Development: Relatively minor, given the series' genre, but compared to her first appearances Inami is a lot less violent come Season 2. She still punches Souta on reflex when surprised, but these are getting increasingly uncommon, to the point where almost a month passed since she last decked him. She's really putting a lot of effort into changing, and it's showing results, thanks in part to Souta himself. Come Season 3 she hasn't hit any male at all... until she meets Minegishi and her Father (again). But to be fair, they both deserved it.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: She can shatter concrete on touch, her punches crack plaster walls, and at one point she nearly broke an electric tower just by hugging it.
- Does Not Like Men: Inami is afraid of men to the point that she violently attacks any men who come within a certain distance of her. This isn't because she doesn't "like" them, but because she is instinctively afraid of them. She isn't proud of it, either.
- Judging from Re:Order's second chapter, her androphobia is still there, even though she has stopped punching people over it.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Inami's called out a bit for hitting men, but otherwise little effort is made on stopping her or helping her get over that. Takanashi initially disliking her because of it is also portrayed as unfair.
- Freudian Excuse: Her Super Strength and androphobia are all her father's fault.
- Hair Decorations: Suffice to say that Inami has a lot of hairpins, and it's common for her to cycle through a few during an episode. Amazingly none of them are ever reused over the course of the series.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Souta touches her head and she wakes up. She also suffers one after Souta's glasses break and he ends up getting very close to her in episode 2 of season 3. So much so that she faints while standing up.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She definitely doesn't want to keep on hurting men all of the time.
- Luminescent Blush: Almost all the time.
- Megaton Punch: Is prone to giving these to guys who approach her too closely, usually Takanashi.
- Official Couple: With Souta. He confesses his love for her at the end of the series.
- Shrinking Violet: Whenever there's a guy involved.
- Training from Hell: Secretly trained by her father (such as stashing away weights onto her bag) since childhood.
- Waif-Fu: Again, it bears repeating that Inami is, at first blush, a slight teenaged girl. She can still put the hurt into grown men (not that she wants to though).
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is quite attractive, tall, dark-haired, and aloof.
- Asexual: Doesn't seem to be interested at all in relationships, with either gender.
- Big Eater: She probably eats up half of the restaurant's supply of sweets during any work shift.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: She wears a micro-mini as part of her manager's uniform.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Yachiyo is madly in love with her.
- Everyone Has Standards: No matter how much of a gluttonous jerk she is, she's still not going to take a little kid's cake, even if offered.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Averted. While Kyouko can still ask her ex-comrades for help, they're not particularly skilled.
- Innocently Insensitive: She doesn't seem to fully realize that there's anything wrong with her behavior. Sure, it irritates people, but it doesn't really seem to sink in that that's a bad thing. If there's something that would really obviously be wrong (like taking a little kid's cake) she acts like a decent person even if she's starving.
- Japanese Delinquent: Used to be one.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Every time she appears to care about someone or try to help it's because she has a personal agenda (usually food).
- Marshmallow Hell: Did this to Yachiyo while she was panicking after meeting Otoo's wife.
- Mask of Power: During her high school years.
- Oblivious to Love: Doesn't know about Yachiyo's feelings for her. Apparently she just expects this kind of treatment.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Pet the Dog: There are times she appears to genuinely care about her co-workers.
- She's Got Legs: Made more prominent thanks to her outfit.
- The Stoic: Kyouko's face seems to be locked permanently in "bored indifference".
- Sweet Tooth: Seems to favor desserts over all other types of food.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Parfaits.
- All of the Other Reindeer: She was bullied as a child because she was seen as weird for carrying a katana around everywhere she goes.
- Berserk Button: If she thinks you're interested in Kyouko, she'll come after you. Otoo knows this. Souma also got in a bit of trouble when he offered to tell Takanashi Kyouko's measurements. She practically teleported to him to hold her sword to his throat.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's very willing to used that sword on her belt if Kyouko is involved.
- Bi the Way: She has a huge crush on Kyouko, but she shows an attraction to Satou from time to time. Once he confesses his feelings, she starts dating Satou.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She hates Otoo because she thinks he is trying to seduce Kyouko with sweets.
- Cool Big Sis: Usually acts this way towards the girls working at the restaurant.
- The Ditz: Yachiyo is a competent worker, but outside of Wagnaria she's often out of her depth.
- Eyes Always Shut: Yachiyo displays none of the cunning traits usually associted with this though.
- Girly Run: And with a point, as it helps her avoid jostling her sword.
- Green-Eyed Epiphany: The closest she gets to realizing she might like Satou comes when she gets uncomfortable that he's getting along with other girls like Popura or Mitsuki.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: She gets awfully confused after overhearing Satou mention to Mizuki that he's interested in someone.
- Hero-Worshipper: She worships Kyouko and wants to serve her forever. Judging by her confusing conflicting feelings towards Satou, she might be mistaking her feelings towards Kyouko for love.
- Imaginary Love Triangle: Originally assumes one between her, Kyouko, and Otoo. A short while later she replaces Otoo with Satou, but he also quickly shoots down any romantic feelings for their manager.
- Innocently Insensitive: She usually talks to Jun about Kyouko, not noticing how deeply she's hurting his feelings.
- Oblivious to Love: Has no idea of Satou's feelings for her and is oblivious to the signs that she might be in love with him. When he finally confesses his feelings for her, she reciprocates.
- Official Couple: With Satou. They start dating after he finally confesses his feelings for her.
- Passing the Torch: She plans to leave Wagnaria soon to work elsewhere for more experience, and Popura is selected to replace her as senior waitress.
- Precocious Crush: She has been crushing on Kyouko since she was in elementary school.
- Psycho Lesbian: She has tried to kill Otoo when she thinks he is trying to take Kyouko away from her. She also once menaced Souma when he offered to share Kyouko's measurements with Takanashi.
- Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Kyouko after she saved her from some bullies.
- Shrinking Violet: Outside the store and away from Kyouko she'll act like this.
- Subordinate Excuse: For Kyouko.
- Team Mom: Yamada even wants her to be her mother.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Her katana is this to her coworkers save Takanashi, who (along with customers) finds it interesting and unnerving.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: The author wanted to intentionally have Yachiyo be a perfect Japanese woman (note the katana) apart from a lesbian crush.
- Yandere: Woe to he who tries to take Kyouko away from Yachiyo...
- Aloof Big Brother: Acts as this among the restaurant staff.
- Berserk Button: Don't remind him about his unrequited love for Yachiyo.
- Cannot Spit It Out: His feelings for Yachiyo, that is. Souma gets rather irritated by this come season 3.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: He tends to change Popura's hairstyle, much to her dismay.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Towards Yachiyo whenever she's fawning over Kyouko. However, he takes it out on Popura instead.
- Expy: Resembles Sanji from One Piece.
- Face Palm: A common reaction from him to the zaniness of his coworkers.
- Frying Pan of Doom: His instrument of choice whenever his patience is at an end.
- The Gadfly: He enjoys playing pranks on Popura and messing with her head, which is noted in-story as just being his way of coping with the stress of dealing with Yachiyo. He can get fairly mean spirited about it sometimes, though.
- Hopeless Suitor: The woman he loves is obsessed with someone else. However, despite indications otherwise, she actually does care about him and not just as a friend, though she doesn't realize it herself and only shows signs of it when he's not around. She finally accepts Jun after the latter's love confession to her in Chapter 219.
- Love Hurts: Hurts so much that it frequently triggers stomach pains.
- Official Couple: With Yachiyo. They start dating after he finally confesses his feelings for her.
- Only Sane Employee: He almost never falls to misunderstanding, unlike the remainder of the cast. Indeed, his only noticeable personality quirks are his brooding demeanor and bad temper.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair covers one of his eyes.
- Perpetual Frowner: His normally sour expression tends to make people think he's scary, but he's one of the more normal people in the staff and surprisingly nice, unless you're Popura.
- Second Love: In Chapter 219, Yachiyo finally gets over her long unrequited love for Kyouko and starts dating Jun.
- Smoking Is Cool: The only adult in the cast to do so too.
- The Stoic: He barely reacts to the antics of his coworkers, as long as it doesn't interfere with this work... However even his patience has its limits.
- Supreme Chef: Although he claims that he is simply following the manual, his cooking skill is highly regarded by the Wagnaria crew.
- Tranquil Fury: A comedic example.
- Would Hit a Girl: Teases Popura on a regular basis and is constantly taking out his frustrations on her.
- Bishie Sparkle: Black.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Is more than capable of selling his office-workers up a creek if he has something to gain from it.
- "Blackmail" is Such an Ugly Word: Has a remarkable amount of dirt on his co-workers. Just about the only people this doesn't work on are Inami (who can hurt him, bad) and Yamada (who's just too thick to care).
- His success with Satou is limited, as he can sometimes evoke a reaction that amuses him, but it's easy enough to push Satou too far, at which point, Souma has been kicked or assaulted with pans, ladles, or other kitchen utensils or appliances.
- In the crossover with Servant × Service, he also has info on the members of the Health and Welfare department.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Most of the time.
- Expy: Seems like a nicer version of Izaya from Durarara!!. They even share the voice actor.
- Eyes Always Shut: Zigzagged. Souma's eyes are open as much as he keeps them shut, which makes sense, since he doesn't want to miss any of the craziness happening in the restaurant.
- Guile Hero: Not really a heroic example, but boy, does Souma abuse his smarts to get out of a lot of work.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He accidentally does this to himself in episode 3 of season 3 when asked by Yachiyo for advice on what to do while going out drinking with friends. He doesn't want her to have any preconceived notions (by him at least), so he claims he doesn't know what to do because he doesn't have any friends. Yachiyo apologizes for asking him.
- It Amused Me: Almost everything he does is usually to humiliate the other characters.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's lazy and an open sadist who loves seeing people humiliated, but he really does care about his coworkers.
- Laser-Guided Karma: His evil blackmailing ways get punished rather quickly, often in the form of Satou making sure that karma strikes.
- The Nondescript: He was designed to look completely average rather than attractive, ugly or manipulative. That way, his true nature contrasts more with his image.
- Perpetual Smiler: Rarely seen without a smug smile on his mug.
- Pet the Dog: He seems rather tired of Yamada most of the time, but he goes out of his way to make sure she can continue working at Wagnaria by making sure that she and Kirio never meet.
- Shipper on Deck: He genuinely supports Satou and Yachiyo as well as Takanashi and Inami, though the fact that it's funny to push the two pairs together doesn't hurt at all.
- Softspoken Sadist: Let it not be said that Souma doesn't enjoy pushing his coworkers' buttons...
- Token Evil Teammate: While not openly disruptive, Souma takes abject glee in making the other Wagnaria employees uncomfortable.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Supposedly is black-haired, though.
- Attention Whore: Please spoil Yamada!
- Bad Liar: When Yamada first appears she glaringly forgets her own backstory and doesn't respond to her fabricated name. Unfortunately only Souta seems to be aware of this and attempts to call her out on it just fall flat with the other staff members, who can't see past her facade. Then in episode 6 of season 3, Kirio finally runs into her in the restaurant, and calls her by her name. Mahiru and Souta end up wondering if Aoi was simply lying about her name being a fake one.
- Butt Monkey: Often the butt of jokes due to her clumsiness and general incompetence.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Even by the standards of the restaurant's staff, her behavior comes across as very strange. Amusingly, this trait of hers makes her probably the only person in the entire series capable of tracking down Otoo's long lost wife Haruna.
- Comically Missing the Point: Stuff generally fly over Yamada's head at times.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: She's broken many dishes and glasses in the restaurant.
- Everyone Has Standards: Refused to ask Popura to spoil her like she did everyone else due to her size.
- Giftedly Bad: It takes talent to be as bad at chores as Yamada is.
- Hime Cut: It underlines the suspicion that she may have come from a high-class background.
- Implausible Deniability:"Yamada didn't do it."
- Innocently Insensitive: A lot of Yamada's jabs come out as genuinely hurtful, despite Yamada not actually meaning it to be so.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: If she looks like she's doing something nice or thoughtful, it's probably just because it'd be amusing. Or, in the case of Souma being forced to buy clothes, because she'd rather have lots of cheap clothes rather than a small amount of expensive clothes.
- Keigo: Speaks in a noticeably formal register, which is an obvious clue to her upbringing.
- The Klutz: It's kind of a wonder how she manages to walk five steps without tripping over herself.
- Like Brother and Sister: How she envisions her relationship with Souma, even moreso than her actual brother, Kirio.
- The Millstone: She constantly breaks things, uses up the food supplies and slacks off constantly, making her actually detrimental to the work of the restaurant.
- Mysterious Past: The manga dances around directly answering anything remotely close to Yamada's past until, that is, her mom is finally introduced into the manga.
- Ojou: It's implied that she's from quite a wealthy family. Her appearance and speech patterns are quite high class and she's completely unused to taking care of herself or anything like normal household activities.
- Parental Neglect: Kirio indicates that their mother is too busy working to actually care about Yamada much. He tries to put a positive spin on it, but by all indicates she's not even looking for Yamada.
- The Runaway: Obviously.
- Shipper on Deck: Really wants the two potential couples at Wagnaria (Takanashi/Inami and Satou/Todoroki) to just seal the deal and get together.
- The Slacker: Despite being an employee at the restaurant and even living there, she barely does any work. And most of the time she's breaking something.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Wants to be this. Renaming the anime to "YAMAKING!!" is one of her goals.
- Third-Person Person: Several people insist on calling her "Yamada", which she initially doesn't respond to, so she trained herself to respond to it and ended up using it herself.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She absolutely loves Natto and apparently ran away because her brother ate it.
- Tsurime Eyes: Severely. To the point where her eyes look like they are the bottom halves of a larger pair of eyes.
- Vague Age: When asked about how old she is, she points to Souta and asks how old he is then says she's the same age.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Wears a black pair.
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Pulled off against Yachiyo.
- Butt Monkey: Between looking for his lost wife, doing all of Kyouko's work for her and bringing her snacks, fending off Aoi's attempts to be adopted, and avoiding jealous murder at Yachiyo's hands, poor Otoo really cannot catch a break.
- Eyes Always Shut: Like Yachiyo, Otou displays none of the cunning usually associated with the trait however.
- Extreme Doormat: Poor guy is just too gentle and spineless to stand up for himself and act like a true manager.
- Happily Married: He's been searching for his wife ever since she went to the store a while back.
- Punny Name: A result of everyone in the restaurant calling each other by their surnames. His sounds like "otou-san" ("Dad").
- Team Dad: Quite literally, whenever he's at the restaurant.
Voiced by: Akiko KawaseAnother waitress sharing screentime with the floor crew, eighteen-year-old Maya deliberately avoids taking part in the daily antics her coworkers keep getting involved in. A perfectly normal working girl in her mind, she wants to make sure it stays that way... which makes her come off as rather weird to the rest of the cast.
- Alliterative Name: Maya Matsumoto.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Gets a brief one when, after hearing Souma say "normal", she starts hearing variations of it after every other word.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ironically, it's what makes her unique among her coworkers.
- Living Prop: She is seen working throughout the show, but doesn't have much screen time until the last episode of both seasons, particularly the second one.
- This is invoked by her desire to be "normal" and stay distant from the weirdness of the rest of the staff.
- Loners Are Freaks: It says a lot when Popura and Souma says that she's strange.
- Meganekko: Wears a thick-rimmed set.
- Not So Above It All: The last episode of Season 2 gives tantalizing hints that Maya isn't as normal as she thinks she is.
- Only Sane Employee: She thinks she is this.
- Out of Focus: She's in the credits from the very beginning and is often visible in the background serving customers, but anyone not paying close attention won't notice her until the last episode of both seasons, where she finally gets some dialogue.
- Single-Issue Psychology: As an omake reveals, Maya's hang-up about being normal stems from an incident in grade school where she got teased by her classmates for having an unusual bento during a school trip. Said bento happened to be made with kusaya, a very pungent type of fermented fish.
- Suddenly Voiced: Her only speaking roles come at the end of a season. In season 3 she has a minor speaking role in episode 3 when she tells Yachiyo to just "dress normally".
The Takanashi Sisters
Voiced by: Mabuki Andou (Drama CD) and Ryoko Shiraishi (Anime)The eldest of the Takanashi siblings, 31-year-old Kazue is a recently-returned divorcee taking up law to supplement her income. Despite her stern demeanor, she often worries over her younger siblings, particularly her reclusive immediate younger sister Izumi.
- Beauty Mark: A mole below her lip.
- Berserk Button: Any mention of her recent divorce. Izumi can't help but push it.
- And later on, any mention of her re-marriage to her ex-husband is enough to make her go Blue with Shock.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Not the most blatant example, but an actual lawyer who became one specifically so that she can throw huge law books at people.
- Cuteness Proximity: It runs in the family.
- Marshmallow Hell: Again to Popura.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Nazuna notes at just how serious meeting with Minegishi must be, when Kazue is humble and willing to freely grant favors rather than meet with him. In no small part, this is because he's her ex-husband - see Berserk Button above.
- Only Sane Woman: The most reasonable and responsible of Souta's elder sisters.
- Throw the Book at Them: Apparently she chose law specifically because it involves huge books — which she can throw at Souta. And her ex-husband as well.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: She looks like a female Souta.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Incapable of caring for herself, has issues going out of her room, and not good with people outside of her family.
- Bookworm: Given that she's a novelist whose room is full of literature and that her mother refers to her as the most "knowledgeable" of the Takanashi siblings, this seems to be implied.
- Cuteness Proximity: She shows the same reaction to Popura as her brother and older sisters do.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Due to spending most of her time indoors.
- The Eeyore: Generally has a highly negative outlook on the world.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: The various dresses that she wears are styled like this.
- Fragile Flower: She has shades of this.
- Hikikomori: Rarely leaves the safety of her room, and relies on her little brother to even function day-to-day.
- Ill Girl: It appears she suffers from a combination of extreme anemia and lack of exercise, as she tires out within five minutes of walking outside, loses strength after carrying kittens for several seconds, and suffers from constant motion sickness.
- It's All About Me: Downplayed, but still present. She knows just how dependent she is on her siblings, Souta in particular, and she fears that he'll stop caring for her if Souta gets a girlfriend.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: The one time she goes out, she's shown to be quite friendly to cats.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: She's easily the most feminine of Souta's sisters and she has long and dark (albeit somewhat messy) hair.
- Most Writers Are Writers: Exhibits most of the common stereotypes of novelists, being prone to writer's blocks, lack of inspiration, or tight deadlines.
- Nice Girl: Despite her gloomy nature, she's a kind, sensitive person who's always nice to (albeit dependent on) Souta, unlike Kozue and Kazue. She shows concern for her other siblings on several occasions as well, but due to her feeble disposition she can't really act on those concerns.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers one of her eyes.
- Perpetual Frowner: Her default facial expression looks like she's always on the verge of crying.
- The Quiet One: She has several moments where she goes whole scenes without talking and only has inner monologues even when there are other characters on-screen with her.
- Rapunzel Hair: She has waist-length hair.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When Inami encounters her during the first time she dresses up and leaves the house, Izumi is described as very beautiful. And when she goes outside to go shopping with Nazuna, she again looks fairly nice.
- She's Got Legs: In the rare moment her bare legs are shown, as seen here◊, she is shown to have a very long and slender pair of legs.
- Shipper on Deck: She wants Inami to date Souta.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She greatly resembles the Takanashi siblings' mother much more than the other siblings. Right down to the Peek-A-Bangs. The only differences are that their mom obviously looks older and has curly hair whereas Izumi's hair and straight (and messy).
- Trash of the Titans: Her room is often filled with lots of crumpled up pieces of paper.
- Unkempt Beauty: Very much so.
- Woman Child: She literally can't take care of herself despite being her age, relies on Souta to take care of her, is implied to be pretty inexperienced about the outside world due to being a Hikikomori, and is constantly seen crawling around on the ground in a manner similar to a baby. Plus her gloomy/feeble nature is pretty childlike and adorable. Besides the "exuberance" aspect, she fits this trope quite well.
- Woman in Black: Most of her closet is filled with black (and frilly) gowns).
- Writer's Block: A common problem for her.
- Christmas Cake: And isn't happy about this one bit. Ends up turning to alcohol and beating up Souta to relieve her frustrations.
- Comically Missing the Point: When she gets turned down by Youhei, she's thrilled because he didn't turn her down for the usual reasons her relationships end (namely, beating up her boyfriends), so she's convinced that he'll come around and settle down with her.
- Cuteness Proximity
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted in that her habit of beating up her boyfriends is cited as the reason she can't keep a relationship. Played straight in that nobody outside of Souta complains about her physical abuse of him (which is specifically said to increase when she's single).
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: As Kozue puts it herself, "I drink when I'm sad and I drink when I'm happy."
- Hidden Depths: Knows aikido and karate. Given her drunken ramblings, she knows some pro-wresting moves as well (her usual response to getting dumped is a German suplex after all). Not surprising though, given her line of work.
- Middle Child Syndrome: It turns out that this is a sore spot for her as their mother forgets her name in a flashback to outright ignoring her existence dur her visit.
- Pet the Dog: Kozue, unlike her older sisters, seems to realize at least some of the problems heaped on Souta by their family are pretty harsh. Consequently, she'll periodically show her more caring side towards Souta (she's the one who gives Souta the first toy that wasn't a hand-me-down from his sisters).
- Sensei for Scoundrels: A rare female example for Todoroki, when the latter is looking for advice on what to do when going drinking with Satou. Kozue's advice goes a bit over Todoroki's head, who never quite realizes that Kozue is giving advice on how to get laid when going on a date to a bar, but it does help Todoroki in a way.
- Shipper on Deck: For all the problems with her own love life, she likes the idea of Inami and her brother going out.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Focuses heavily on Youhei when she first meets him.
- Stalker with a Crush: A minor version, but boy does she latch on to poor Youhei and never let go.
- Woman Child
- Wrestler in All of Us: See her Hidden Depths trope for an example.
- Admiring the Abomination: Played for Laughs - Nazuna seems to be a bit more aware than she first lets on about just what her mother does to her elder siblings... and she wants to learn how to do it too. Souta is terrified at the prospect.
- Big Brother Worship: Unlike the rest of her sisters, Nazuna is quite open about looking up to her brother and thinking highly of him, to the point that nearly all of her Guile Heroine moments stem from wanting to make Souta's life easier.
- Cuteness Proximity
- Guile Heroine: Nazuna has been shown to be increasingly adept at making other people do her bidding, especially if it helps Souta. The guy is naturally worried about this.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Already tall for her age, come Season 2 she has caught up to Souta's height (171cm) and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Naturally, Souta does not take this development very well.
- Magnetic Hero: Can make anyone like her.
- Manipulative Bitch: She has her three older sisters figured out and wrapped around her finger. She's rather open about it too. Fortunately for her brother, she's intensely devoted to him and wants to make things easier for him. It also extends beyond the family: She has a pretty good grasp of what makes Souta's coworkers tick.
- Nice Girl: Compared to her elder sisters. she never hits Souta or treats him like a Butt Monkey. In fact, she's very kind and polite to most everyone in general (though this may simply be part of her above tropes).
- Only Sane Girl: Quite possibly the most calm, mature, and level-headed member of the entire cast, despite being the youngest.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: She is much more mature than the rest of her older sisters (and much of the cast in general), and often ends up being the voice of reason for them.
- Younger than She Looks: She's only twelve, but is about the same height as Souta, something he's not too fond of.
Voiced by: Yuuichi NakamuraOne of Kyouko's old henchmen from her delinquent days who started following her ever since she beat him to a bloody pulp. These days Youhei is still ready and willing to rush to fulfill whatever request she might have. In fact the main reason he hasn't started looking for work of his own was so that he could be free whenever Kyouko needs him.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Embarrassing Old Photo: His sister carries one, but it's not as embarrassing as the one he carries of her.
- Half-Identical Twins: Kozue claims the siblings have the same aura, and often runs into Mizuki when seeking out Youhei.
- Henpecked Husband: He's not married, or even dating Kozue yet. But all signs point to this trope if they get married. Or "when", if you ask Kozue.
- Japanese Delinquents: Not anymore, but still exhibits some traits of this.
- The Load: He's always on the verge of complete failure when it comes to working at the restaurant, making him nearly useless. However, he's still better than Yamada, much to her horror.
- No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Is largely put off by Kozue's rather aggressive moves on him.
Voiced by: Haruka TomatsuYouhei's fraternal twin sister and Kyouko's other high-school henchman. Unlike Yohei, Mizuki became Kyouko's follower... because she just loved how Kyouko beat her brother to a bloody pulp. Nowadays she's a productive member of society, unlike her brother, and works as an insurance lady. This still doesn't stop her from running to Kyouko's side whenever the latter needs help.
- Alliterative Name: Mizuki Mashiba.
- Christmas Cake: Kozue tells Mizuki to find a boyfriend so she can hit on Youhei some more, thinking that's why he doesn't want to pursue a relationship with her.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't like Jun trying to start a relationship with Yachiyo at all. She often tries to subvert his efforts, though he's not scared of her at all.
- Delinquent Hair: While her hair is a natural brown, she used to dye it blonde in high school.
- Embarrassing Old Photo: Her brother keeps one of her delinquent days, but what's even more surprising is that Souma, of all people, has a copy as well.
- Half-Identical Twins: Kozue claims the siblings have the same aura, and often runs into Mizuki when seeking out Youhei.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Averted. She isn't that good at kitchen work, and can be a bit of a klutz.
- Hypocritical Humor: Wants Yachiyo to stay away from Jun because she thinks he'll turn her into a delinquent.
- Japanese Delinquents: Used to be one.
- Loan Shark: Implied.
- Old Shame: In-Universe, she deeply regrets her days as a delinquent.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Views Kozue as one after she starts hitting on Youhei rather aggressively. Unfortunately Kozue doesn't share that sentiment, and in fact tries to be a little too friendly with her, which only angers Mizuki more.
Voiced by: Junko IwaoOtoo's long-lost wife, who he spends an inordinately large amount of time trying to find. Ironically she has been spotted recently close to the Wagnaria branch he works in.
- Escape Artist: Souma, Souta, and Yachiyo all board up and block the exits and windows in the break room while she is sitting in there. When they later remove it a few moments later, she's nowhere to be seen despite no evidence of tampering with the seals and boards. And in episode 9 of season, she somehow manages to escape her chains after distracting Souta and Souma to look just off screen.
- Happily Married: To the point that Otoo continuously goes out looking for her.
- Living MacGuffin: For her husband.
- No Sense of Direction: She got lost trying to buy milk at the supermarket, somehow ending up in a manhole. She's been lost for years, apparently.
- Offscreen Teleportation: When she finally appeared in the series, she is still prone to disappearing without a trace. Taken Up to Eleven in one occasion where she managed to leave a completely sealed room without anybody noticing it! Hilariously in episode 9 of season 3, she momentarily distracts Souma and Souta into looking at something off screen. The instant the camera and the two men return their gaze on Haruna, she's nowhere to be seen, having escaped her chains in that split second somehow. Aoi then somehow finds her right away shortly after going into another room.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: She manages to do this in front of Yachiyo and Kyouko, as well as the others in the restaurant during season 3.
Voiced by: Fumie MizusawaA friend and classmate of Mahiru, "Ricchan" worries about Mahiru's many personal issues. That said, she's not too bothered about putting Mahiru's androphobia to practical use.
- In-Series Nickname: "Ricchan"
- Those Two Girls: With Momoka.
- With Friends Like These...: She and Momoka encourage Mahiru to walk through the area she normally takes to get to work after telling her a pervert is stalking the area, with the intention of Mahiru punching the guy out.
Voiced by: Sayuri YahagiAnother of Mahiru's friends at school, Momoka also worries about her friend's problems. However unlike Ritsuko, Momoka is perfectly content to leave things as they are... since it's more fun that way.
- Catch Phrase: Of the Internal Monologue variety."I'm worried... but I won't tell her. Not because it's funny, but because I'm her friend."
- It Amused Me: Even more obvious in the Working!! Seishunhen manga.
- Those Two Girls: With Ritsuko.
- With Friends Like These...: Warns Mahiru about a pervert going around the route she normally takes to work, hoping she'd punch the guy out if she runs into him in the process.
Voiced by: Satoshi HinoA young man looking for his sister (two guesses who), Kirio's initial methodology in looking for her made everyone think that he was a molester, though an encounter with Inami cleared up that misunderstanding. A member of his school's karate club, Kirio is one of the few males capable of stopping Inami's concrete-destroying punches.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Seems like a buffoon at times, but manages to stop Inami's punches.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Much like his sister, and he has a tendency to go off track in his thoughts every now and then.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Can be just as ditzy as Aoi, but as mentioned above he's able to stop Inami's punches.
- Establishing Character Moment: Is first introduced sneaking up behind Mahiru. And much to her shock, he manages to block her punch. Fortunately he didn't have any bad intentions.
- Forgotten First Meeting: He reveals he met Souta when they were children and Souta was crossdressing as a girl. He admits Souta was his first crush, to the latter's dismay.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Insists that Souta is his best friend, despite him hating Kirio's guts. Souma isn't too fond of him either, mostly due to attempting to forcefully bring Aoi home. But also being annoying.
- Honor Before Reason: Determined to defend Inami's honor from Souta's declaration of her violent behavior despite the fact that it's her whole schtick. To the surprise of everyone present, it doesn't go well for him.
- Love at First Punch: Fell in love with Inami at first punch.
- Love Before First Sight: Falls for "Yamada" (actually Souta crossdressing) when Souma hands him a picture of her. Souta doesn't take this too well.
- Man in White: Is almost always seen in dressed in white.
- Schmuck Bait: Is quite easily duped, such as failing to recognize Aoi in episode 6 of season 3 after she puts on the wig Souta wears as Kotori a moment after seeing her. He then wonders if Souma is his big brother too after Aoi makes that claim.
- Shared Family Quirks: Like Aoi, he doesn't respond when called by their "family name" Yamada.
- Shipper on Deck: Seems to encourage Souta and Mahiru. Though he often says it in a snarky manner which ends up irritating Souta to the point he doesn't believe him.
- Translator Buddy: For his overthinking mother. Exaggerated to the point where he can understand a blank text message and properly decode it.
- Tsurime Eyes
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: He looks a lot like a male version of Aoi.
Voiced by: Koji YusaThe ex-husband of Kazue and assistant to the Takanashi siblings' mom. He's also shamelessly masochistic.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He is quite loathed by most of the Takanashi siblings.
- Romanticized Abuse: His relationship with Kazue is this and he thoroughly enjoys it, to the point that they got reengaged because he likes being abused by her the best.
- Too Kinky to Torture: He absolutely loves being yelled at and abused. He also quite shameless about it as well.
Voiced by: Kikuko InoueThe mother of Aoi and Kirio and also the executive assistant to Shizuka Takanashi. She is almost always quiet, due to her constant overthinking.
- Nervous Wreck: Her thoughts are so jumbled that her late husband had left a manual to understand her.
- Poor Communication Kills: Part of the reason Aoi ran away was because was nearly impossible to communicate with.
- The Quiet One: Tends to not talk because she thinks too hard.
Voiced by: Ai OrikasaThe Takanashi's mother. She is often too busy working to spend much time at home, but shows up in season 3, much to their dread.
- Big Bad: The closest thing the series has to one. The final episode of the series shows her in this role along with her daughters as part of a Five-Bad Band as a Secret Test of Character for Inami. Played for Laughs.
- Cuteness Proximity: We were led to believe this came from the Takanashi siblings' father. It turns out it came from both sides of the family.
- The Dreaded: Mostly Played for Laughs. None of the Takanashi siblings aside from Nazuna look forward to any of her visits. Nazuna even wonders why they're wearing black clothing as if attending a funeral, but Souta says he just gravitates towards this color whenever having to deal with their mother.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has black hair and pale skin, contributing to her creepy looks and highlighting her antagonistic role.
- Evil Matriarch: Played for Laughs. That's how her children, aside from Nazuna, see her as.
- Final Boss: Serves as one for Inami in her attempt to "rescue" Souta.
- Freudian Excuse: She seems incredibly cruel to Souta in season 3, such as preventing him from going to work, and later even attempting to force him to quit. However, she says she's doing this because she hates liars, such as when she asked out her future husband out, only to have him turn his gaze away and claim he didn't like short girls. She then references various points where Souta continually denied being in love with Inami, and says if he can't even be honest with his own feelings, she doesn't want him dating anyone.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: When she was first pursuing her future husband she used to be even shorter than Popura! And her husband was about the same height as Satou at the time they first met. But eventually averted, as she used pure willpower to increase her height.
- I Got Bigger: She was even shorter than Popura when she was younger, but she used pure willpower to grow taller.
- It Amused Me: She loves to tease her children, especially regarding love, such as Kazue's love/hate relationship with Minegishi, or overhearing that Souta was interested in a girl, and wanting to see the girl for herself to judge her. And then ignoring Kozue completely.
- Like Parent, Like Child: She shows characteristics of all her children. She has Kazue's hardworking personality, Izumi's looks, Kozue's playfulness, Nazuna's manipulative nature, Souta's quick temper, and of course, the Cuteness Proximity that all the Takanashi siblings have.
- Missing Mom: Due to her constantly working, she's rarely ever home. However, her children seem happier with this aside from Nazuna who's still young.
- My Beloved Smother: She is against Souta having any kind of relationship with Inami, but never seems to specify why. Episode 14 of season 3, Lord Of The Takanashi reveals that she doesn't like him not being honest with his feelings towards Inami, as his father was like that as well when she first asked him out. She feels that if he can't be honest with himself, he shouldn't be dating anyone, or working with them either.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Her hair covers her left eye.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her hips.
- Shared Family Quirks: Like Souta, she also has an obsession with all things small. She even tries to do I'm Taking Her Home with Me! to Popura as she heads back to work after leaving in Lord Of The Takanashi.
- So Proud of You: When it is revealed Souta chose to fall for Inami over Popura, she could not help but feel joy over Souta's newfound maturity.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Her daughters look a lot like her. Especially Izumi.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: She actually used to be a cute harmless little girl when she was a child.