Characters: WORKING!!

These are some of the characters from WORKING!! and tropes that are associated with them.

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    The Wagnaria Crew 

Souta Takanashi

Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Drama CD) and Jun Fukuyama (Anime)
The fourth (and only male) of the five Takanashi siblings, sixteen-year-old Souta never ever intended to work part-time, let alone in a family restaurant (his home life is busy enough). This all changed one winter day when he encountered a petite girl asking for part-timers on the street. Charmed into helping her out, Souta soon found himself in the middle of a workplace full of... colorful co-workers. Ironically, due to his own issues he fits right in.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Popura keeps calling Souta "Katanashi". He doesn't mind as long as it's Popura.
  • 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Revealed to have strength comparable to Kirio or even Inami. For example, Yamada easily blocked Inami's Megaton Punch, but almost got his shoulder dislocated by him. He also said that Inami cannot land a punch on him, but he Wouldn't Hit a Girl.
  • Compliment Backfire: Often compares Popura to a bug. To him this is a compliment, to everybody else, not so much.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Invoked in episode 4 of Season 2 when he suspects Inami's constant staring at Satou means she must like him. However, he 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 affections towards another owner. Souma, however, knows it's not true, but plays along anyway because he finds the misunderstanding funny.
  • Cuteness Proximity: His reason for working at the restaurant was because Popura bumped into him and asked him if he wanted to work there. He just found her small size too hard to resist, despite being younger than her.
    • His sisters state that all members of the Takanashi family share this trait.
  • Dragged into Drag: He's forced to crossdress on multiple occasions thanks to Inami.
  • 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.
  • Four Is Death: In a way.
  • Freudian Excuse: Look at his older sisters.
  • Friend to Bugs: Souta loves everything small, including bugs. He compares the idea of squishing a bug to murdering Popura.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • When he realizes that he just might have feelings towards Inami besides that of a dog owner, he loses it. 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.
  • 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
  • Megane
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Because he likes small, cute things people tend to assume he's a lolicon. Thanks to a long series of misunderstandings, 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. For his part, he pretty flatly denies anything of the sort with a statement 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: He acts as the Only Sane Man, until they start talking about tiny things.
  • Oblivious to Love: He even mistakes jealousy for 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!
  • Only Sane Man/Only Sane Employee: He thinks he's the one normal employee in the restaurant and tends to react accordingly, but he tends to be really blunt and rude and has an obsession with small, cute things. During the second ending where all the employees are singing, in the background Yamada, Souma and Poplar are happily shaking tambourines while he's staring at his in distress, clearly unwilling to play along.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Claims to Yamada that normally Mahiru wouldn't be able to hit him, but he has to abide by this trope not because of moral grounds but because of his upbringing. On the other hand, apparently Yamada herself doesn't count, seeing that he has no problems hitting her.

Popura Taneshima

Voiced by: Mai Kadowaki (Drama CD) and Kana Asumi (Anime)
Cute and extremely petite, seventeen-year-old Popura is Souta's sempai both at school and at work. Indeed, she's the main reason why he is even working at Wagnaria to begin with, having "recruited" him off the street one day. Earnest and hardworking, Popura would like it better if some of her coworkers took her more seriously; unfortunately due to her cuteness and her diminutive height, this won't happen any time soon.

Mahiru Inami

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Drama CD) and Saki Fujita (Anime)
At first glance, Inami looks like a shy seventeen-year-old who wouldn't hurt a soul. However, as Souta found out (the hard way), Inami has extreme androphobia, and her first impulse when faced with someone of the opposite gender is to send the poor sod flying with one of her punches. Hard. Inami herself isn't happy about this, and wishes that she could talk to guys normally.
  • 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
  • Apologetic Attacker
  • 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.
  • 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: She isn't proud of it, either.
  • 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 BSOD: After Souta touches her head and she wakes up.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal
  • Informed Attractiveness: Popura like to tell us how cute she is, which is helpful considering that otherwise she's probably the plainest girl working at Wagnaria.
  • Luminescent Blush: Almost all the time.
  • Megaton Punch: Is prone to giving these to guys who approach her too closely, usually Takanashi.
  • Shrinking Violet
    • Judging from Re:Order's second chapter, her androphobia is still there, even though she has stopped punching people over it.
  • Training from Hell: Secretly trained by her father (such as stashing away weights onto her bag) since childhood.
  • Waif-Fu

Kyouko Shirafuji

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Drama CD) and Kumiko Watanabe (Anime)
Ostensibly the floor manager of Wagnaria, Kyouko doesn't seem to actually do much work. Indeed she is usually seen eating either her usual parfaits (care of Yachiyo) or whatever food is in reach, much to Satou's annoyance. A delinquent in her youth, Kyouko can still call on members of her old crew whenever the restaurant is in need of extra help.

Yachiyo Todoroki

Voiced by: Shiho Kawaragi (Drama CD) and Eri Kitamura (Anime)
The daughter of a family of blacksmiths (explaining the katana she always carries around), twenty-year-old Yachiyo is the senior waitress of Wagnaria. Souta, Popura and Inami all work under her, while Yachiyo in turn reports directly to Kyouko. Responsible and hardworking, Yachiyo absolutely dotes on Kyouko ever since the latter saved her from bullies, and is always happy to prepare for her manager her favorite parfaits. Yachiyo's adoration of Kyouko annoys Satou to no end, partly because it eats through their supplies, and partly because of... other things.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • 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
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Girly Run
  • 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. She also gets upset when he tells her he's not going to work at Wagnaria forever, though the issue there is just parting with him rather than someone else having him.
  • Heroic BSOD: 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.
  • 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.
    • Relationship Upgrade: She finally accepts Jun after the latter's love confession to her in Chapter 219.
  • Precocious Crush: Her feelings for Kyouko started from here.
  • Psycho Lesbian: She has tried to kill Otoo when she thinks he is trying to take Kyouko away from her.
  • 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...

Jun Satou

Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Drama CD) and Daisuke Ono (Anime)
One of the two cooks usually on duty, chain-smoking twenty-year-old Satou seems mostly unaffected by the eccentricities of his coworkers. With stress on "mostly". He and Yachiyo started working at Wagnaria at the same time, and as much as he hates to admit it, he's taken a shine to his katana-wielding peer. Unfortunately for him, she only has eyes for Kyouko, though if it's of any consolation Yachiyo does see him as a close confidant.

Hiroomi Souma

Voiced by: Yoshinori Fujita (Drama CD) and Hiroshi Kamiya (Anime)
The other cook normally seen on duty, Souma's personal life is a mystery to his coworkers. Unfortunately, the opposite could not be said for him, who happens to be very well-versed of their backgrounds, which he often uses to his advantage. He enjoys watching the weirdness that goes on between the folk in Wagnaria, though that's not to say he doesn't mind helping to get things moving — so long as it suits him, of course.

Aoi Yamada

Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Drama CD) and Ryo Hirohashi (Anime)
A girl of indeterminate age Otoo brought back with him one day, Aoi has been living in the restaurant's attic ever since. She works as a day "trainee", though her contribution to the actual workload is dubious at best. Her main goal at the moment is to get Otoo to formally adopt her, something he seems to be set on delaying for as long as humanly possible.
  • 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.
  • Butt Monkey
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hime Cut: It underlines the suspicion that she may have come from a high-class background.
  • I Just Want to Have a Family
  • Implausible Deniability:
    "Yamada didn't do it."
  • Innocently Insensitive
  • 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
  • The Klutz
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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

Hyougo Otoo

Voiced by: Daiki Nakamura (Drama CD) and Joji Nakata (Anime)
Senior manager in charge of the Wagnaria branch everyone is working in, Otoo-san (as he is called by his employees) doesn't spend as much time at the restaurant as he should. This is because he spends his time looking for his wife, who wandered out of the house one day to buy milk and never returned. His search led him all over Japan, which means he always brings some treats whenever he does drop by the restaurant.

Maya Matsumoto

Voiced by: Akiko Kawase
Another 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
  • Heroic BSOD: 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.
  • Last Episode New Character: Sort of. 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.
  • Living Prop: She is seen working throughout the show, but doesn't have much screentime 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
  • Meganekko
  • 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 Woman/Only Sane Employee: She thinks she is this.
  • 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.

    The Takanashi Sisters 

Kazue Takanashi

Voiced by: Mabuki Andou (Drama CD) and Ryōko 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.

Izumi Takanashi

Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Drama CD) and Yōko Hikasa (Anime)
The second of the Takanashi siblings, 28-year-old Izumi is a romance novelist, though often struggling to meet her deadlines due to lack of inspiration. Gloomy and extremely frail, Izumi almost completely depends on Souta to even function at home. Except for one exception, her wardrobe seems to consist mostly of black gothic-style dresses.

Kozue Takanashi

Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (Drama CD) and Shizuka Ito (Anime)
The middle child of the Takanashi siblings, 26-year-old Kozue is a women's self-defense instructor and a regular at Wagnaria... much to Souta's chagrin. Despite being very attractive, she seems to have awful luck at keeping boyfriends, which leads to her drowning her sorrows through copious amounts of alcohol.
  • Christmas Cake
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Shipper on Deck: For all the problems with her own love life, she likes the idea of Inami and her brother going out.
  • 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.

Nazuna Takanashi

Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Drama CD) and Momoko Saito (Anime)
The youngest of the Takanashi siblings, twelve-year-old Nazuna seems to be happiest helping out Souta, and would do anything, up to and including manipulating her older sisters, just to help ease the pressure from him. She helps out at Wagnaria sometimes under the excuse of doing a school "project".
  • 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
  • Wise Beyond Her Years
  • Younger than She Looks


Youhei Mashiba

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura
One 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.

Mizuki Mashiba

Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
Youhei'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.

Haruna Otoo

Voiced by: Junko Iwao
Otoo'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.

Ritsuko Kitahara

Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa
A 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.

Momoka Suzutani

Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi
Another 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.

Kirio "Yamada"

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino
A 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.