Characters: Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
Characters that appeared in Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As I Expected
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Service Club Members
Tropes Applying to The Trio
- Betty and Veronica: Respectively, Yui and Yukino for Hachiman.
- Birds of a Feather: Yukino and Hachiman, no matter how much they deny it. Both are sarcastic bookworms with a matching sense of humor. Both share their cynical view of the world, and, at the same time, feel the obligation to help those they encounter. Both have a truckload of painful social experience.
- Breakfast Club: Or rather, "Service Club".
- Fire-Forged Friends: In the beginning, they're just three random people in one club. Come Culture Fair, they're partners and friends who trust and rely on each other.
- Two Girls and a Guy: The trope is played in a uncommon way because the guy is the protagonist. On the romance side of things, one girl is interested in the guy. The other girl's interest is somewhere between ambiguous and non-existent depending on who you ask. Although the guy finds both physically attractive, he doesn't want a relationship with either.
- We Help the Helpless: Not to the fantastic extent of most examples, but their club mission is to offer a hand to anyone in need.
Hachiman "Hikki" Hikigaya
Hachiman is the story's main protagonist, an isolated, friendless boy who is pragmatic to a fault. His most prominent feature is his set of "dead fish-eyes". He firmly believes that "youth" is simply an illusion created by hypocrites, for hypocrites, born from the ashes of past failures. In this state of apparent corruption, he is coerced into joining the Service Club by his futures advisor in the hopes that exposing him to the world will change his personality, and ultimately make him a "better person".
- Ambiguously Bi: Although he does indulge in Eating the Eye Candy when he blunders upon it (while getting knocked flat onto the floor as a female student is passing, for example), he seems more attracted to Totsuka than any of the girls.
- Annoying Laugh: Yukino and Yui find Hikigaya's laugh unpleasant.
- Bad Liar: Not always, but when it comes to his romantic history he is. His difference from the usual practitioners is that he mixes lies with facts and tries to reinterpret them in a positive and heroic way. No one is fooled, including himself.
- Beady-Eyed Loser: Subverted. While the novel illustrations portray◊ his◊ eyes◊ normally (especially at his more emotionally open moments◊), anime adaptation decided to depict his "dead fish eyes" as this— just look at his page picture.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Clearly quite intelligent and observant but generally has to be dragged into acting by whatever request at hand or Shizuka.
- Broken Pedestal: To Yukino surprisingly, much like how she was one to him. She considered their mutual belief in always telling the truth. and their dislike of false appearances to be the one thing that prevented them from completely hating each other. And when Hachiman does exactly that to preserve the Service Club when Yukino runs for Student Council President, their relationship starts to fall apart.
- Butt Monkey: Both in a comedic sense and and in a serious one. He's generally on the receiving end of snark and physical punishment from Yukinoshita and Shizuka respectively. Though in other examples it's not as Played for Laughs, such as his acts of social suicide.
- Byronic Hero: Is he intensely introspective? Yes. Is he cynical and jaded and has he experienced a bargain bin of a dark and troubled past bundled with regrets? Yes. Does he see his own values or passions as above everyone else's? Yes. Is he doggedly determined to follow his values and passions despite trampling over others? Yes. Is he especially physically attractive?...No - well, good enough.
- Catch Phrase: "As I expected, my youth romantic comedy is wrong."
- Celibate Hero: Actively tries to avoid "Rom-Com" situations, and does not believe that he deserves love. Best shown when he rejects Yui's feelings for him because he believed they were driven by her guilt.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Rather downplayed. But if he sees someone in need, he'll often help them no matter the toll it takes on himself.
- Covert Pervert: Never misses the chance to check up on girls (and Totsuka). Every time Yui approaches him, he notices her chest first and everything else later. Manages to appreciate being touched by Hiratsuka-sensei's breasts while she grabs him in Sumo grapple(for your info: hurts like hell). Derives sexual references out of thin air in the first 100 words of the very first chapter... well, you get the picture.
- The Cynic
- Deadpan Snarker
- Dismotivation: fits Hachiman to a T. Among the usual reasons, like not wanting to be hurt again, he has an uncommon but somewhat logical argument.
Hachiman: "We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were?"
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He welcomes hatred, rejection, isolation, and disgust. But the one thing he cannot accept is being pitied for what he himself chose to do.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Members of the Service Club (plus Hayama) know that he willfully provides twisted solutions to club's cases, sometimes taking the heat in the process. Others just see a manipulative asshole.
- Takes an interesting turn later on where Yukinoshita of all people starts giving him too much credit, and starts having doubts about her ability to resolve other's problems.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Hachiman's are a minor variant, described as "eyes of a dead fish".
- Fatal Flaw: Selflessness. Hachiman solves many issues through social suicide, helping others while disregarding what happens to his own reputation.
- First Person Smart Ass: While he certainly isn't afraid to voice his opinion, he tends to keep his most scathing remarks to himself.
- Note he seems to be submissive when talking with people like Shizuka or Yukino. If his tongue could match his mind, perhaps he could go toe to toe with even Yukino.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Starts out this way in the service club, with even nicer characters like Yui commenting on how gross he is, let alone Yukino and Shizuka's opinions of him.
- Guile Hero: Achieves his goals through words and schemes. Be it talking the Festival Chairman into humilitation or winning a toy for Yukino in the arcade(by buying it from the manager).
- Genre Savvy: Although his arbitrary pessimism might land him in Wrong Genre Savvy depending on who you ask.
- Good Is Not Nice: He really is a nice person, but his methods of communicating and solving problems would say otherwise.
- Hates Being Touched: Physical contact is a big no-no for Hachiman.
- Hates Small Talk: One of Hachiman's reasons for self-isolation.
- Hidden Depths: Contrary to many characters assumptions Hachiman is a very intelligent and observent person. Best seen in his narrations in-series, where he analyzes the social psychology of those around him, makes numerous allusions to high level literature, and understands the classic anime and manga references Shizuka makes.
- This aspect of him is actually a major plot point later on, with people lampshading how he is a "monster of logic" that searches for hidden meanings behind people's personalities and actions without understanding the emotions that may have driven them.
- Idiot Hair: The cowlick is serves as expressive hair, though he is not stupid, just lazy.
- I'll Take That as a Compliment: Hachiman takes the response a step further.
Shizuka Hiratsuka: "Your eyes are like a rotten fish's".
Hachiman: "Do I look that much full of DHA? I must be pretty smart."
- Last Name Basis: Prefers to be this with everyone, mostly because he does not see the point in using first names just to show how close you are with one another.
- Logical Fallacies: Uses and abuses those to no end to justify his outlook on life in the arguments and essays. Gets called out on that repeatedly.
- Loners Are Freaks: He purposely tries to avoid socializing as he finds small talk meaningless, and doesn't want to get hurt again, in the case of dating.
- Loophole Abuse: In a sense. While he does technically solve many of the requests given to the service club, his methods don't really improve the people around him, which causes some frustration among both Shizuka and the other club members.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Has some shades of this while undergoing Character Development, where he begins toning down his anti-social tendencies.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Very protective of his sister, and really does not appreciate the fact Kawasaki's brother calls him big brother.
- Never Be Hurt Again: Initially it was a primary motivator for Hachiman .
Hachiman (after remembering a rejected confession of the past): "For me these kinds of romantic developments don't happen in real life. In order to prevent a tragedy (read: rejection) from occurring I just have to be hated."
- Not So Above It All: A major part of his character is the fact that even he isn't immune to his own cynical criticisms. And even despite his experiences there's hints that he just wants to experience high school like everyone else.
- Not So Different:
- With Yukino and Hayato, but they also differ in many other ways which leads to the theme of the story.
- Another example being his underclassmen Iroha, while being on two completely different ends on the social food chain, they have surprisingly similar personalities. This is lampshaded to the point where Hachiman considers her the second most rotten person he knows (The first obviously being himself).
- Odd Friendship: While by no means friends, he and Tobe get along surprisingly well, Tobe being one of the few popular kids Hachiman actually tolerates.
- In the novels, he's shown hanging out with both Totsuka(a popular tennis player) and Zaimokuza(a chuunibyou otaku).
- Opposites Attract: May or may not have this kind of chemistry with Yukino. There is no denying that one of the main plot points of the series is how they interact with one another despite their contrary philosophies; whether or not there is romance involved has yet to be seen.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His fellow classmates in 2C refer to him as "Hikitani" though it is implied that only Tobe is ignorant of his actual name, the rest doing so deliberately.
- Is called Senpai by Iroha, he theorizes that it is because she can't remember his name, but does have a hint of Ship Tease since he notes he is the only one she calls Senpai.
- Though it must be noted that Hachiman admits that he finds her physically attractive, but claims that everything else is rotten.
- Perpetual Frowner: His default expression, which isn't too surprisingly considering his outlook on life.
- Poisonous Friend: Takes this role much of the time; he may be twisted but he cares enough about others to take the fall for others.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: Shows signs of it towards girls early on.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one out as another one of his social suicide methods.
- Refused The Call: Hachiman is adverse to joining the service club and leaving his self-imposed solitude. Good or bad, the call can make sure he doesn't graduate in only 3 years.
- Rousseau Was Right: Is surprisingly enough a believer in this, as he shows when he quotes Sōseki Natsume
Hachiman (Quoting Natsume)
: “You seem to be under the impression that there is a special breed of bad humans. There is no such thing as a stereotype bad man in this world. Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change. That is what is so frightening about men. Don't trust anyone - that was what Natsume Soseki was trying to tell us.
- Selective Obliviousness: Unlike other protagonists in the genre, Hachiman is very observant of the way people act around him. He simply picks and chooses what is necessary to acknowledge.
- Serious Business: When Totsuka offers to trade emails with him, his reaction is a bit overboard.
- She's Not My Girlfriend: Happens quite a bit in regards to his relationship with Yukino.
- Ship Tease: Mostly with Yui, and surprisingly enough Saika. At first there doesn't appear to be much with Yukino, but there are a lot of subtle hints as the story progresses. Then there are the moments he shares with Shizuka...
- And in the later novels has quite a bit with his underclassman Iroha Isshiki, and surprisingly enough Kaori Orimoto, the girl he asked out in middle-school.
- The Snark Knight: Hachiman is both defined by this trope and, in a way, also defies it:
- Knight in Sour Armor: More of the second type. While he is antisocial and is pretty much disgusted by all human beings including himself, Hachiman also slips out strangely heroic actions, suggesting a part of him still wants to believe there is good in others, and himself.
- Stepford Snarker: He snarks and speaks self-assuredly of himself in many instances, almost enjoying being a loner. Nevertheless, part of his ideas come from harsh social experience and a desire not to be hurt.
- Token Evil Teammate: He often fills this role in order to get things done, such as finding and bringing Sagami back when she runs off from the school festival. He does get called out on his seemingly harsh treatment of people when he does this however, even though some of them understand the intentions he has.
- What Is This Feeling?: Hachiman has twice, so far, wished to befriend Yukino. There is a good chance he hadn't wanted anyone specific to be his friend for years. However his feelings were promptly crushed - courtesy of Yukino.
- When All You Have Is a Hammer: Hachiman gradually becomes more reliant on social suicide to solve Service Club problems
- Who Is This Guy Again?: Happens frequently due to the low profile he tries to maintain.
- Ironically he has the same attitude with Saki, constantly forgetting her name, only remembering it on occasions where her brother is involved, and even then he refers to her brother as "that thing".
- Zero-Approval Gambit: One of his methods of bringing people together is acting as the bad guy, as shown during the Cultural Festival.
- However this is somewhat subverted later on, apparently his lack of standing in the school's society makes it so that people don't care enough about him to hate him.
Yukino "Yukinon" Yukinoshita
Yukino is the leader of the Service Club, of which she is the sole member until Hachiman joins her. She is smart, beautiful, and is nicknamed the "Ice-cold Beauty" for her icy demeanor. She has a twisted sense of "noblesse oblige", and believes that it is the duty of the exceptional (in other words, herself) to help the "lost lambs" of the world. Her personality often leads her to be disgusted at the naivete of others, particularly Yui's, and she does not hesitate to show it.
- A-Cup Angst: While she certainly isn't small, she doesn't react well when people compare hers with Yui, Yumiko, Shizuka or her sister Haruno.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's dark haired girl and is The Stoic.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Haruno implies Yukino has suffered rejection in the past when she noticed Hachiman and Yui hanging out with each other.
- Always Someone Better: Take your pick: beauty, academics or sports and Yukino is this to everyone at school. However her sports position is a little nebulous because she has poor stamina in her words.
- Animal Motifs: Her demeanor as well as her animal preference make her seem a bit catlike, in contrast to Yui's dog.
- Appeal to Consequences:
Hachiman:"We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were?"
Yukino:"If that's so, then there would be no way to relieve concerns and no way to redeem one self would there?"
- Berserk Button: Strangely enough, insulting her favorite mascot Pan-san.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: Yukino starts using Hachiman's catch phrase "source: me" or it's variants by episode 3.
- Broken Ace / Broken Bird: Outstanding beauty and academical achievements didn't do her any good.
- Broken Pedestal: To Hachiman, who initially admired her for being a strong-willed person and for always telling the truth. This illusion breaks when he realizes that Yukino knew that he was the one her car ran over and pretended to have never met him during their first meeting, and as a result the two grow more distant towards each other.
- And this is twisted back with Hachiman becoming one to Yukino, because she thought they both shared a common hatred of false pretenses, that dissolves when he tries to maintain the status quo much like Hayama's group does.
- Brutal Honesty: It's one of her defining personality points, and also the reason Yui likes her so much. Though it is less about a need to be honest and more with the fact that she is a direct person by nature.
- Childhood Friend: Of Hayato, or at least their parents know one another and they went to grade school with each other.
- Catch Phrase: "I don't lie." Due to this catchphrase, it really hits Hachiman hard when he realizes she has lied to him before.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Mostly a coincidentally positive consequence of her ambition of Utopia Justifies the Means. Yukino does not actively go out helping people, preferring them to come to her, making this a rather twisted sense of Noblesse Oblige.
- Color Motif: Yukino tends to dress in quiet, subdued, black or white colors, which are occasionally accented with the formal purple.
- Compliment Backfire
Yukino (after knowing that Hachiman detected her sister's facade): "Despite your rotten eyes - or perhaps you can see because they're rotten."
Hachiman: "Is that supposed to be a compliment?"
- Although whether it was intended as just a compliment is left up to interpretation.
- Cuteness Proximity: Plant a cat nearby and see how cold stoic beauty turns into meowing lunatic. Not that she'd ever admit it aloud.
- Has the same reaction to anything relating to Pan-San, with casual insults to it resulting in her becoming enraged instantly.
- Deadpan Snarker: Near constantly.
- Death Glare: Her favourite way of communicating with people...at first.
- Deuteragonist: Yukino's backstory as well as her development alongside Hachiman is one of the main plot points of the series.
- Exact Words: By the end of the anime, Yukino insists that she never lied to Hachiman: she didn't know him... but she does now.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Turns out Yukino did know of Hachiman before he joined the club; it was her car that hit him. She just pretended to forget about him.
- Family Honor: Implied to be a value of Yukino's and one of the reasons why she wouldn't want anyone to think she and Hachiman are in a relationship.
- Friendship Moment: Has a few with Hachiman, but refuses to acknowledge him as a friend, though she does later consider him an acquaintance.
- Genre Savvy: Anytime she finds an idea stupid, she tries to deconstruct it, listing all the stereotypical things that will likely happen and why the idea will fail.
- Hair Decorations: Has ribbons tied to her hair for purely aesthetic reasons.
- He's Not My Boyfriend: To Hachiman, with increasing frequency. Especially after anyone listens to their bickering for some time.
- Indifferent Beauty: Yukino makes it clear while criticizing Hachiman's argument for his own self worth.
Yukino: "Simply put, deriving self-confidence from the superficial, such as your grades or your looks, isn't flattering at all."
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Hiratsuka implies this is the case for Yukino.
- Lack of Empathy: While her goal of helping people is noble, she does not show sympathy to those who, in her eyes, simply wish to "run away".
- Meaningful Name: Her first and last names contain "Yuki" which means "Snow", which is cold and also has melancholic connotations.
- No Social Skills: One thing she shares in common with Hachiman due to her Friendless Background.
- Not So Above It All: Yukino, despite trying to be as perfect as it gets: she's easily coerced into doing things when accused of being afraid of something, lowers her shields around Service Club members(if ever so slightly), and can sincerely enjoy the sports festival(Hachiman spoiling the victory with his schemes notwithstanding). Not to mention her relationships with cats.
- Opposites Attract: Inverted, maybe. Yukino says she doesn't like Hachiman, for one, because his ideals are opposite to hers.
- Rapunzel Hair: Her hair almost reaches her thighs.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Her sister mentions that she has been on the losing side of a Love Triangle in the past.
- Sibling Rivalry: Completely one-sided on her part; her older sister sees the whole rivalry thing as cute.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Was victim of this in junior high.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: This trope is downplayed. In her words she wants to change the world in order to avoid the downfalls of human nature. For example the tendency of the talented to suffer for their gifts. Her means of doing that involves bluntly criticizing people.
- Weaksauce Weakness: She's afraid of dogs, and thrill rides.
- Will Not Tell a Lie: Is known for telling the truth no matter how harsh it might be, though she is capable of half truths and clever semantics. However, Hachiman finds out Yukino did lie when she claimed she didn't know him before their initial meeting. This puts quite a bit of strain on their relationship.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Hachiman this in terms of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
Yui is a cheerful, outgoing girl who becomes the Service Club's first "customer", asking them to help her bake cookies for "a certain someone". Her problems lie not with her personality, but with her inability to deal with issues by herself. She believes that talent is inborn, and often aspired to be like others until Yukino changed her way of thinking. Following her experience with the Service Club, Yui begins to attend Service Club sessions after school as well, despite Yukino's objections early on.
- Ambiguously Bi: When asked by Yukino's big sister what she thinks of Yukino, Yui can't help but talk like a lovestruck highschool girl as she explains. This is while she's already hinted to have romantic feelings for Hachiman. Considering that Hachiman himself is also Ambiguously Bi...
- Animal Motifs: Her choice of pet and overall personality likens her to dog.
- Bokukko: In the anime she's greeted Hachiman with slang usually used by guys and will sometimes speak like one (using "ore" instead of "watashi/atashi") around Yukinon and Hachiman, though she has more of a Plucky Girl persona than that of a traditional Tomboy's.
- Catch Phrase: "Yo, hello!"
- Cannot Spit It Out: It becomes a little obvious that she begins to like Hachiman, but never states her feelings to him.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: While it doesn't show up much, she doesn't seem to like it if another girl expresses interest or even just gets uncomfortably close to Hachiman, such as the girl who wanted help with the athletic festival in episode 13. She also gets a little upset when Hachiman shows a lot of interest in going to a maid cafe in episode 5 with Zaimokuza.
- Color Motif: Yui is typically dressed in bright, feminine colors and, notably, her hair is a warm peach.
- Cuddle Bug: Yukino is her favorite person to cuddle with.
- The Ditz
- First Name Basis: It doesn't take long for her to refer to most people by their first names, regardless of how well she knows them.
- Foil: Yui represents what Hachiman and Yukino are not: expressive, warm, and inviting, but also naive, innocent, and a bit idealistic.
- She seems to serve as this to her clique. Along with Hayama she's more insightful than her peers in noting the politics of the class. However, she struggles to rectify many of the conflicts due to her niceness.
- The Four Loves: Eros is arguably a prime motivator for her behaviour concerning Hachiman.
- Genki Girl
- I Just Want to Have Friends: A motivator for her relationship with Yukino and maybe Hachiman even. Although it depends on how the viewer sees her relationship with Yumiko's clique.
- Lethal Chef: Can't cook to save her life. Yoshiteru passes out after eating a little bit of food she made in the OVA. Hachiman then forces himself to eat the rest of it, and though Yui is touched by that, he really did it because he didn't want Saika to have to eat it and suffer the same consequences.
- Nice Girl: Freely interacts with Yumiko's clique as well as the more independent (or lonely) Service Club without any problems
- The Nicknamer: Strictly refers to Hachiman as "Hikki", and Yukino as "Yukinon".
- Perpetual Smiler
- Plucky Girl: Yui's cheerful disposition has proven to be quite resilient, never taking offense when mistreated. Hachiman has been the only one who managed to make her cry to date.
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: It's more of a peach color, but her personality fits the bill.
- Spanner in the Works: Called this by Hiratsuka because she suddenly thrust herself into the club dynamic when the teacher meant for the club to be solely for Hachiman and Yukino.
- Tsundere: A downplayed example. She's easily one of the nicest characters in the series, but Hachiman tends to bring out her more annoyed and embarrassed side
Class 2 F
Hayato is a central figure in class 2F and the ace of the football club. He is extremely kind to other people, including Hachiman, and often offers his help to others. However, he claims that he can never forge a good relationship with Hachiman. He thinks that Yukino is close to Hachiman, and believes that this is due to Hachiman's twisted personality. He seemingly understands Hachiman's acts of social suicide to protect everyone.
Yumiko is a popular girl from class 2F with a pompous personality. She is the main female figure in Hayato's clique. Due to her popularity, she has no trouble making friends and thus has little to no understanding towards people who have social troubles. She brushes off anything she doesn't understand as "making no sense".
- Alpha Bitch: Seems this way at first.
- Buxom Is Better: In episode eight, her first reaction to seeing Yukino in a swimsuit is "I win".
- Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. She's not outright stupid, but she's not the sharpest spoon in the shed either.
- Foil: To Yukino; both characters are stubborn, somewhat haughty popular/former popular girls who are good friends with Yui. The major difference is probably the harsh social experience that Yukino faced to fuel her beliefs.
- Smug Snake: During the tennis game.
Saika is a member of the tennis club who has a feminine appearance, but prefers others to not mistake his gender. He is called "The Prince" by his female classmates. On their first meeting, Saika asks help from Hachiman to join the tennis club, which was brushed off by Yukino. Saika then asked the service club to help him improve his tennis skills. He eventually became one of the few people in class 2F who would talk to Hachiman, and often hangs out with Hachiman.
- Ambiguously Gay: The amount of affection he shows to Hachiman may raise a few eyebrows.
- Bishie Sparkle: Turns it into a weapon in episode 13.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Most characters initially assume he is a girl. But the narration has been sure to remind us that Saika is indeed, 100% a guy.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Episode 13 has some of the guys fawn over him.
- Gay Option: Hachiman perceives him as the homosexual route in an imaginary Dating Sim.
- He has his own ending in the Playstation Vita game!
- Hero-Worshipper: Admires Hachiman quite a bit, for reasons not really explained besides "good at tennis".
- If It's You, It's Okay: Hachiman, despite knowing Totsuka is a guy, seems okay with doing some Ho Yay with him.
- Nice Guy: One of the few people who befriends Hachiman without a few rough edges.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Hachiman gets this almost everytime he's with Totsuka.
- Hikigaya even has a Fauxdian Slip once by muttering to Saika "I want to eat the miso soup you prepared every morning" which is tantamount to a(n indirect) proposal.
Saki is Hachiman's classmate who seems like a delinquent, but wants to make friends deep down. She cares deeply for her brother as she hid her name and age to work in night-shift part-time jobs in order to pay school fees and reduce her family's load.
- Big Sister Instinct: Hachiman commented on her rare smile. The cause of her once in Hachiman's lifetime smile was her brother. Plus if Hachiman so much as discomforts her brother, she usually glares at him.
- Ice Queen: A milder case but still, she's rarely shown without a detached and callous disposition.
- Japanese Delinquent: With her disregard for proper dress code, tough attitude and loner status, Saki has a few typical delinquent traits.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's rather cold, but she also cares very much for her family and tries her best not to burden them.
- Not So Different: She and Hachiman are both isolated despite sharing different beliefs (while Saki is diligent, Hachiman believes that "to work is to lose"), and care similarly for their siblings.
- Rapunzel Hair: About thigh-length, which makes it even more impressive how she manages to put it up in a bun at work.
- Really Seventeen Years Old: Saki lies about her age in order to work as a bartender.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be nice and innocent, but actually has a big ego and would rather dependent on others to do her assigned work.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Courtesy of Hikigaya after she disappears before the closing ceremony for the school festival in episode 12. He gives a highly critical analysis of her hypocrisy that is so brutal that even Hayama, the residential Nice Guy, thought it went too far.
Other Recurring Characters
Shizuka is Hachiman's teacher, a language teacher who serves as his futures advisor/counselor. She is aware of Hachiman's supposed "problems", and takes steps to ensure he is freed from them, her first move being to force him into joining the Service Club. However, she appears to have some quirks of her own: she is a young smoker, she is very sensitive about her age, and she is often prone to quoting or copying scenes from popular shounen manga. She also never remembers to knock before entering the Service Club's classroom, much to Yukino's chagrin.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning her age or single status will either result in pain (in Hachiman's case) or just make her depressed.
- Christmas Cake: It is mentioned that she is somewhere around her thirties, and several characters pray for someone to marry her already. In the OVA Hachiman states that if this takes too long, he'll have to be the one to do it.
- Corporal Punishment: Shizuka has used it as a threat to keep Hachiman in line. The only times she has actually hit him, however, was simply because he pushed her Berserk Button.
- Death Glare: Used one on Komachi in the OVA when the latter claims that none of the three contestants in wedding dresses won. She was about to claim herself as the winner, until Shizuka does a prolonged glare at her, scaring her into declaring the latter as the winner.
- Got Volunteered: She likes to do this to Hachiman a lot. In the OVA she also ended up getting volunteered to do a special article on marriage, but laments to the other characters that she doesn't have enough experience in those aspects to do it. Unfortunately none of the other students do either, as they're a little too young to be thinking about married life.
- Hot Teacher
- Not So Different: Despite her desire to improve the personalities of the service club members, she seems to have some of her own interpersonal problems which parallel theirs(such as their mutual lack of love life).
- Rapunzel Hair: Almost reaches down to her knees.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: When she shows up in a wedding dress during the bridal contest in the OVA, the others are stunned at how beautiful she looks in it, even Hachiman.
- Supreme Chef: Though her plate seems unusual in the bridal contest during the OVA, Hachiman states that it tastes really good.
- Yandere: Played for Laughs, her text messages are beyond scary to Hachiman.
Komachi is Hachiman's younger sister who, different from her brother, is cheerful and lively, and is a member of the student council in her school. She understands that her brother has a corrupted personality but still cares for and relies on him regardless.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: For Hachiman.
- Cute Little Fangs
- Foil: Besides being the opposite of her brother, she's also one for Haruno. While both characters encourage their respective siblings in various ways, the motivations are slightly more ambiguous in Haruno's case.
- Genki Girl: She tends to be a bit excited about things, especially when Hachiman is around.
- Genre Savvy: Interestingly she's considered the "expert" on marriage in the OVA. Though Yukino did claim the former has experience in taking care of a deadweight, referring to Hachiman. And for the most part her answers do seem to match what they were expecting on what to write about regarding marriage for an article.
- Idiot Hair: Same as her brother's
- Infectious Enthusiasm: She Genki Girl facade sometimes rubs off on other characters such as Yui.
- Innocent Fan Service Girl: She has no problem being in her underwear in front of Hachiman.
- Incest Subtext: Lampshaded quite a bit due to the siblings close relationship, but mostly Played for Laughs. However when she was describing the guy she liked it sounded suspiciously similar to a certain fish-eyed protagonist...
- Manipulative Bastard: Another family trait she shares with Hachiman. The only difference is her schemes are meant for the latter to come out of his shell.
- Morality Pet: Despite their mutual snarkiness and banter, Hachiman clearly cares about his sister and dotes on her. Komachi in turn tries to have him come out his shell more.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships her brother with Yukino. Or Yui. Or presumably just about anyone else she thinks is plausible. She probably just wants to help out his social life.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Personality-wise, she and her brother are almost nothing alike.
- Title Drop: Drops the title when her scheme to get her brother a girlfriend is ruined in one of the side-stories.
- Third-Person Person: Often refers to herself as "Komachi" when speaking about stuff she's doing, as opposed to "I" or "me".
Yoshiteru is a student from class 2C who suffers from adolescent delusions. He sees Hachiman as a friend after being paired up with him during physical education lessons. While he is annoying, he has a group of otaku friends he's on good terms with. He aims to be a light novel writer.
- Big Fun
- Bromantic Foil: Considered more eccentric than Hachiman, and is unable to even talk to girls.
- Cannot Talk to Women: He tries to avoid this problem by directing everything he has to say to Hachiman, unable to make eye contact with the girls.
- Can't Take Criticism: He is terrified of his light novels receiving poor reviews and comes to Hachiman and Yukino for some friendly consultation. Not the best idea.
- Chuunibyou: He sees himself and Hachiman as historical feudal figures.
- Expy: Think Kouta Hirano if he weren't in a zombie apocalypse, right down to the same voice actor.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: One of the few characters who weirds out the Service Club more than Hachiman usually does. Nevertheless, Hachiman ends up hanging out and relying on him on a few occasions.
- Large Ham: All the time. Seems kind of par for the course when you're being voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama.
- Nice Guy: Despite his hamminess and delusions, he´s a pretty good guy.
- Not So Different: Hachiman notes to himself that Zaimokuza's behavior isn't that far from his own in middle school. Both characters are loners who seem to revel in their eccentricities but while Zaimokuza seems to be happy in his delusions, Hachiman comforts himself through his cynical lens of reality.
- No Indoor Voice
- Stout Strength: In the tower toppling game, he was able to push several other boys at once.
Haruno is Yukino's elder sister who is even more outstanding than Yukino. However, unlike Yukino, she shows a good attitude towards other people, even if she has to lie about her true feelings most of the time. While Yukino holds strong animosity towards her, Haruno sees her sister who's constantly trying to overtake her as cute.
- The Ace: Intelligent, heir to the family business, a brilliant musician and conductor, extremely beautiful and a social butterfly. The hurdle she leaves for Yukino is very high.
- Always Someone Better: Is this to Yukino, being the person she aspires to surpass.
- Big Sister Bully: Likes to provoke Yukino every chance she gets. She means well however, and actually likes her younger sister.
- Buxom Is Better: She's the most likely answer as to why Yukino has A-Cup Angst.
- Cool Big Sis: Despite the resent she gets from Yukino, Haruno still adores her.
- Meaningful Name: Haruno contains "Haru" which means "Spring," a season of energy and possibilities. Contrast with Yukino's name.
- No Sense of Personal Space: She gets rather close to Hachiman in episode 6 when they first meet.
- Shadow Archetype: It's implied that Yukino and Haruno are actually quite similar, but that Haruno is much better at hiding her personality and gets along with others better
- Shipper on Deck: Wants Hikki and Yukino to get together, or not. It's hard to tell with her sometimes.
- Stepford Smiler: Hachiman notices from their very first meeting that everything about her was just one big facade.