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. Currently under heavy construction.


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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".
  • The Confidant: Many characters find the Service Club trustworthy enough to share their troubles with, even when they wouldn't tell their closest friends.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Trio: While Yui is generally cemented as The McCoy due to her emotional focus, Hachiman and Yukino tend to take different roles depending on the request made.
    • The Spock: Hachiman tends to value results and the logical motivations of others above all else. Yukino tends to have some traits as well as she often has to view all the logical pitfalls of the people who make requests (Yui's lack of confidence about cooking skills, Zaimokuza's lack of ability as a writer).
    • The Kirk: As the leader of the Service Club, she's generally the one who has to weigh the long-term consequences and vision. But for some of the earlier requests, Hachiman often had to balance Yukino's brute force improvement with Yui's emotional understanding.
  • Nice, Mean and In-Between: Yui, Hachiman, and Yukino respectively.
    • Nice: Yui is naturally the nicest and most sociable one, though a bit air-headed at times
    • Mean: Hachiman isn't a bad person but tends to be rather bitter and snarky
    • In Between: Yukino is serious and brutally honest but generally is polite enough to get along with others (though she is at times considered scary).
  • 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.
  • We Work Well Together: Although each person has their own skills and some are particularly better at solving problems than the other, whenever the trio works united, they always get the best results.

Hachiman "Hikki" Hikigaya

Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi

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".
  • Accidental Pervert: In episode 3 he walks in on Yui and Yukino changing clothes and gets a tennis racket to the face. Hachiman notes how extremely rom-com cliche it was.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he's on the losing end of a tennis match against Yumiko and Hayato, Hachiman considers groveling as a serious strategy.
  • Always Save the Girl: Most people who come for help to the Service Club are girls. Although it's part of his role as a member of the Service Club, Hachiman is capable of going to extreme lengths to ensure that the problem is solved but always gives more priority to ensure that the girls are unharmed in any way. Even if it's someone he doesn't particularly like, such as Sagami, or even if it means putting Tobe's request secondly and give priority to Hina's.
  • 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.note 
  • Annoying Laugh: Yukino and Yui find Hachiman's laugh unpleasant.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Hachiman's greatest strength is his ability to quickly analyse and come to a fairly accurate conclusion of a person's hidden motivations and personality traits. This is best shown when Hachiman managed to deduce where Sagami was hiding faster than anyone during the culture festival by figuring out her way of thinking.
  • 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.
  • Be Yourself: Despite having a horrible outlook on life and society, Hachiman initially has no intention to change anything, believing people are the way they are suppose to be and should stay true to themselves. This is in contrast to Yukino, who believes it is necessary for people to question themselves and change. He later reevaluates this outlook.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Very protective of Komachi, and he gives her a lot of special treatment compared to how he acts with the other characters.
    • Amusingly enough, this also extends to Iroha, and he laments the fact that he can't turn off his "Onii-chan" mode with her.
    • He also shows shades of this towards Rumi.
  • 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.
  • Buxom Is Better: Hachiman faithfully takes notice of girls with large chests, but his first impression of Yukino was noting he wouldn't be interested in her for her flat chest.
  • 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."
    • Also: "Source: me," which he says when speaking from personal experience. Yukino later adopts it.
  • 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.
  • Character Development: Consistently defied by Hachiman. He knows he's an antisocial loner and, despite hanging out and liking the company of two other people, refuses to change for them. Ironically, and tragically, this is the source of most of the conflict in the series.
    • It should be noted that this trope is played straight in the Light Novels, where Hachiman's narration changes to match his changing mentality. In the later novels his Unreliable Narrator antics like his random rants, anime references, or sophistry slowly start to decline to the point where they rarely show up. By volume 10.5 he is willing to admit he is friendly with the other two club members, but his date with Iroha shows he is still incapable of believing that any girl could like him.
  • Chick Magnet: Not at all a focus, but if you pay attention, Hachiman is ironically quite popular that even Hayama claimed that he befriended girls who are far more lovelier. Yui is obvious, Yukino and Iroha are heavily implied later, then there's the Ship Tease he has with Totsuka, Saki (especially in the light novels), Shizuka, and even Ebina has joked that she wouldn't have minded the idea of going out with Hachiman.
  • 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.
  • Comical Overreacting: Almost every interaction with Totsuka leads to this. When Totsuka offers to trade emails with him, Hachiman's joy is a bit overboard.
  • 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: His outlook on love, hard work and social interactions are less than positive. Due to his past experiences, he hates having to deal with people and the fake fronts they put up, and consequently he stops caring.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Any verbal conversation he has with his more popular classmates tend to be dripping with snide remarks and sarcasm.
  • Deconstruction: Hachiman's answer to certain problems with social complications is to put a scapegoat who doesn't mind getting all this bad publicity. But, the series investigates what effect it would have on this person's friends and how it affects them as well.
  • 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?"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Despite his rejection of romantic pursuits, he still gets distracted by girls from time to time. A humorous example where he lost a few points to Iroha during their table tennis match despite being a far better player than her due to her skirt.
  • 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 Yukino 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 rotten, like "eyes of a dead fish."
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: He is good at certain subjects like Japanese (to the point of bragging about it in the introductory chapters). However, he is genuinely bad in Math and the biological sciences, once mistaking a hernia for herpes.
  • Fatal Flaw: Selflessness. Hachiman solves many issues through social suicide, helping others while disregarding what happens to his own reputation.
  • First-Person Smartass: 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.
  • Genghis Gambit: Hachiman rather likes playing this card or a variation of it, with himself as the mutual threat or object of hatred. Unlike the standard gambit, however, he generally doesn't care whether this pulls the group together or shatters their bonds completely, if either end will stop the conflict.
  • 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.
  • Guile Hero: Achieves his goals through words and schemes. Be it talking the Festival Chairman into humiliation or winning a toy for Yukino in the arcade (by buying it from the manager).
  • Hates Being Touched: Physical contact is a big no-no for Hachiman.
  • Hate Sink: He often deliberately invokes this on himself so that people will hate him instead of someone else. Despite the good it does, many characters like, Yui and Yukino, dislike when Hachiman does this.
  • Hates Small Talk: One of Hachiman's reasons for self-isolation.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Hachiman's opinion of himself is so poor he never acknowledges when others are grateful to him, believing it is natural for the worthless to sacrifice themselves.
  • 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.
  • House Husband: What he aspires to be due to his hatred of the labour system.
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: He ends up being one for Iroha while helping her with her student council duties.
  • I Am What I Am: Despite his self-image being overwhelmingly negative, Hachiman starts off mostly at peace and satisfied with being a cynical loner and does not wish to change himself.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Hachiman is very goal-oriented and will do whatever is most effective to solve a problem, often hurting himself and others in the process.
  • Idiot Hair: The cowlick is serves as expressive hair, though he is not stupid, just lazy.
  • If Its You Its OK: Hachiman is generally heterosexual despite not having the guts or motivation to do anything; however, he can't stop himself from leaning a little around Totsuka. Of course, few guys can, since Totsuka's the cutest girl in the school (or would be if he was a girl).
  • 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."
  • Informed Loner: Within the series, more and more people care about his well-being and consider him a friend, yet he still takes pride in his status as a loner.
  • Insane Troll Logic: His excuses often involve this.
    "Heroes always arrive late. But no one ever criticizes them for their tardiness. In a way, tardiness can be considered justice."
  • In-Series Nickname: Yui refers to him exclusively as "Hikki."
    • Some characters can't seem to get his name right, such as Tobe calling him "Hikitani."note 
  • Knight in Sour Armor: While he is antisocial and is pretty much disgusted by all human beings including himself, Hachiman also slips out surprisingly heroic actions.
  • 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: He has a firm understanding of human nature and psychology, and knows what to do to redirect focus and manipulate emotions as a way to solve problems.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: His modus operandi when it comes to solving problems. His strategies often involve destroying his own reputation, though he claims he doesn't care what others think of him so long as the main problem is settled.
  • 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: Was initially a primary motivator for Hachiman which he basically accomplished by rejecting others before they could reject him.
    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."
  • Nice Guy: To the surprise of several characters, he's actually a very nice and considerate guy if you look beyond his cynical thoughts.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Doesn't wear the tie.
  • Not So Above It All: A major part of his character is the fact that even Hachiman isn't immune to his own cynical criticisms, and despite his experiences there's hints that he just wants to experience high school like everyone else.
  • Not So Different:
    • With Yukino and even Hayato. All of them are intelligent and thoughtful, but they all differ in their opinions of the best way to help others.
    • 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 manage to get along surprisingly well, Tobe being one of the few popular kids Hachiman actually tolerates.
    • Outside of the Service club, he mostly hangs out with both Totsuka (a popular tennis player) and Zaimokuza (a chuunibyou otaku).
  • Opposites Attract: Inverted in his relationship with Yukino. The two have contrary philosophies which strain their relationship, and what draws them together are their similar experiences, which allow them to understand one another.
  • 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.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His default expression, which isn't too surprisingly considering his outlook on life.
  • The Philosopher: Prone to spiraling into deep internal monologues about the futility of social acceptance and society.
  • 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 indiscriminate misogyny early on.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one out and making himself look like a huge jerk as part of one of his social suicide strategies.
  • Refusal of the Call: Hachiman was against joining the Service Club and leaving his self-imposed solitude. Unfortunately, Shizuka threatens to hold him back a year if he refuses.
  • 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: His idea of a good ice breaking conversation is putting himself down.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Happens quite a bit in regards to his relationship with Yukino.
  • Ship Tease: Mostly with Yui, and a surprising amount with 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...
    • The anime doesn't show much, but in the novels there is a decent amount with Saki.
    • Later novels have quite a bit with his underclassman Iroha Isshiki, and surprisingly enough Kaori Orimoto, the girl he asked out in middle-school.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Yui assumed that he also wasn't a good student due to his lazy attitude only for it to turn out that his grades in literature and history are quite good. Several characters have also noted that he's far more perceptive than the feeling he gives off
  • The Snark Knight: Hachiman is both defined by this trope and, in a way, also defies it.
  • The Spock: Throughout the series, Hachiman tends to think very logically when trying to deduce people's motivations. The downside is that he tends to not grasp the emotional motivations behind other characters.
  • Stepford Snarker: He snarks and speaks self-assuredly of himself in many instances, almost enjoying being a loner. Nevertheless, part of his attitude stems from harsh social experiences and a desire not to be hurt.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In relation to the Service Club; while his growth is just as important, the club was originally started for the purpose of helping Yukino.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: His identity and attitude as a loner are often derided but at the same time offers him some important insights to others characters. Yukino notes once that it's precisely because his eyes are rotten that he can see through rotten facades.
  • 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. He nearly does this again during the dual holiday festival with another school, but fortunately Yukino steps in for him and turns into the bad guy with her Brutal Honesty.
  • Trickster Mentor: His way of teaching people lessons usually involve making them look at the situation from a different perspective. While effective, Yukino notes that this way of teaching encourages avoiding or accepting the problem, not confronting or changing to overcome it.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: When the series starts out, he's a very spiteful person who expresses some sexist attitudes towards girls. This is tempered by most of the characters being dismissive or mocking of him
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Most of his "friendships" qualify, but especially with Yukino. Hachiman cannot stand her superior attitude and wise remarks, but he also feels a sort of camaraderie with her.
  • 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. Yukino, however, promptly crushes this wish.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: Hachiman gradually becomes more reliant on social suicide to solve Service Club problems. This however, causes issues with other characters who have some kind of relationship with him, such as Yui, Yukino, and Hayato.
  • 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."
  • Worthy Opponent: Hayato views him as one, due to his ability to get results, even if his methods are a bit unorthodox at times.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Despite his constant self-deprecation, others around him occasionally remind him of this.
  • 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.
    • While most people don't bother much either way, those that are actually close to him hate this side of him, and will frequently get angry when they see him playing the bad guy or taking the most embarrassing and unpleasant tasks to get a job done.


Yukino "Yukinon" Yukinoshita

Voiced by: Saori Hayami

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.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Haruno implies Yukino has suffered rejection in the past when she noticed Hachiman and Yui hanging out with each other.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has black hair, is The Stoic, and is repeatedly described as beautiful.
  • 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.
    • Ironically, she feels this way towards Hachiman in terms of progress in the service Club since strictly speaking he's slightly ahead of her in terms of results.
  • 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.
  • Big Good: Shizuka states that Yukino is the member who has the best long-term vision for the club, in contrast to Hachiman who tends to solve more cases with no regard for the long-term consequences
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Yukino starts using Hachiman's catch phrase "source: me" and its variants by episode 3.
  • Broken Ace / Broken Bird: Outstanding beauty and academical achievements did nothing but make her classmates scorn her, leading to her current shielded personality.
  • 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: 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.
  • Catch Phrase: "I don't lie." Due to this catchphrase, it really hits Hachiman hard when he realizes she has lied to him before.
  • Childhood Friend: Of Hayato, or at least their parents know one another and they went to grade school with each other.
  • 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.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Though subtle, she doesn't seem too happy when she sees Hachiman on a double date with Kaori. And later when she finds out Yui went shopping with him alone note , her reaction strongly hints that she wouldn't be happy seeing him with another girl, despite her claims that he disgusts her. And in episode 12 of season 2, she frowns after overhearing Kaori mention she'll give Hachiman some chocolates that year.
  • 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?"
  • 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.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Yui, gradually warming up to her and becoming close friends. Also towards Hachiman to a much slower degree.
  • Deuteragonist: Yukino's backstory as well as her development alongside Hachiman is one of the main plot points of the series. Of the three main characters, Yukino's family issues are the most prominent which ties into her motivations
  • Exact Words: At the end of the cultural festival, Yukino insists that she never lied to Hachiman: she didn't know him... but she does now.
  • Extreme Doormat: Haruno constantly hints that the reason Yukino will never surpass her is because she does not know how to be proactive or do what she wants. This is seen in the nature of the Service Club, which requires people to come and ask things of her and never the other way around. In addition, her need to be perfect is to please her family, not herself, and her reluctance to express her feelings to Hachiman is due to not wanting to hurt Yui.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. It prevents her from ever backing down from a challenge or allowing herself to show weakness. It is also the cause of great self-esteem issues when Yukino does not succeed as much as she believes she should.
  • Foil: While they share many similar qualities like their social rejection and Brutal Honesty, Yukino actually foils Hachiman in the sense that while Hachiman adamantly denies himself happiness out of the notion that society is terrible and cannot be changed, Yukino formed the Service Club to change the world and herself.
    • While both Yukino and Hachiman are social outcasts, their ostracization happened differently, which ends up informing their perspective on society; while Yukino was often bullied by jealous peers for being talented, Hachiman was naturally awkward and repeatedly failed at making friends.
  • 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.
  • Friendship Moment: Despite adamantly refusing to acknowledge him as a friend, she has a few moments with Hachiman, such as defending him when he is insulted by Tobe.
  • Genre Savvy: Anytime she dislikes an idea, she tries to deconstruct it, listing all the stereotypical things that will likely happen and why the idea will fail.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is surprisingly prone to jealousy late in the series. Hachiman's soft spot for Iroha being a particularly annoyance for her, since she goes out of her way to make sure the two are not alone with each other.
  • 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.
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: She ends up being this to Sagami during the culture festival. While vice-chairman in name, she's basically the chairman while Sagami is Authority in Name Only.
  • Hypocritical Humor: She calls Hachiman's critique of Yoshiteru's light novel too harsh after having just torn into him herself.
  • The Idealist: A more brutally honest example than most. In contrast to Hachiman who believes that people cannot change, Yukino tries to focusing on bettering others rather than having them focus on dragging others down.
  • 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.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She reveals her sweet side to cats — something she rarely does for people.
  • Kuudere: Yukino prefers to maintain an air of superiority and distance to hide her vulnerabilities and will only rarely lower her shields. Hachiman once jokingly called her cute and Yukino, having been caught off guard, launches into a long rambling to hide her embarrassment. Later on, she opens herself to Hachiman after he did the same for her.
  • The Kirk: Because she is able to understand the emotions of others while also keeping the club's objectives in mind, Yukino strikes a balance between the goal-oriented Hachiman and the innately sympathetic Yui. As the club founder, most decisions ultimately come down to Yukino's discretion.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Yukino comes from a family more than wealthy enough to afford her an apartment suite to live in all by herself. Her mother pressured Yukino into making herself as perfect as possible, but her resulting superiority led to her being socially ostracized.
  • Meaningful Name: Her full name means "snow under snow," and just like her name suggests, she is cold and impossible to reach.
  • No Sense of Direction: One of her rare "weaknesses" to the point where she walks in the direction of a blank wall at an animal show despite having a map with her and later whilst shopping with Hachiman at a shopping mall for a present for Yui. Hachiman narrates how she lost her way four times before finally finding the store she was looking for when they were following her lead.
  • No Social Skills: One thing she shares in common with Hachiman due to her Friendless Background.
  • No Sympathy: While her goal of helping people is noble, she does not show sympathy to those who, in her eyes, simply wish to "run away."
  • The Not-Love Interest: Hachiman's developing relationship with Yukino is one of the main arcs of the series. However, their bond is more so about mutual respect and a desire for friendship on Hachiman's part rather than romance specifically.
    • Yui's friendship with Yukino is also a driving force for her as she tries to get Yukino to open up. This causes some angst for her as it's implied they like the same person.
  • 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.
  • Not So Stoic: As she opens herself to her friends, naturally she becomes more vulnerable to these moments.
    • She cracks after Hachiman pours his heart out when asking for her and Yui's help.
    • She is on the verge of tears when Yui confronts her about her reluctance to hurt others.
  • Opposites Attract: Inverted with Hachiman. Yukino says she doesn't like Hachiman, for one, because his ideals are opposite to hers.
    • Played straight with Yui. Despite their vast differences, Yui likes Yukino and the two become friends.
  • The Paragon: Yukino explains that the Service Club's purpose, rather than simply helping people, is to teach others to help themselves, which stems from her own beliefs.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair almost reaches her thighs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yui's red. Where Yui is outgoing and emotional, Yukino is cool, calm and collected.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Her sister mentions that she has been on the losing side of a Love Triangle in the past.
  • Running Gag: Yukino having very poor stamina and getting tired easily.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Has shades of this, displaying ignorance of certain common everyday things such as Hachiman having to explain to her how to play a claw crane game and how to get a drink at a self-serve bar, the latter of which she apparently considered novel enough to observe with "sparkling eyes."
  • She's Got Legs: The light novels dedicate plenty of paragraphs towards describing her pretty legs.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Completely one-sided on her part; her older sister sees the whole rivalry thing as cute.
  • Stepford Smiler: With the exception of her many smug smirks, most smiles that come from her are identified as fake by Hachiman.
  • The Stoic: She's usually aloof and serious. Only rarely does Yukino ever express powerful emotions, especially positive ones like genuine joy.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Was a victim of this in junior high.
  • Training from Hell: Her idea of whipping Totsuka into shape.
    "First, laps around the track until you die, then practice swings until you die, finishing with practice matches until you die. How's that?"
  • Trash Talk: In response to Yumiko saying she won't go easy on her in tennis, Yukino replies that she'll be going easy on her.
  • The Unfavorite: She grew up in the shadow of her older sister who won the attention of her mother. As a result, Yukino developed a need to be perfect, wanting to impress her family, but also holding a sort of bitterness towards them, too.
  • The Unfettered: With the exception of Yui and Hachiman, Yukino does not allow the opinions of others to influence her in any way.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Yukino can be considered partially to blame for Hachiman's continued isolation in high school. By accidentally hitting him with her family car, he was put out of commission and could not socialize during the vital first few weeks of school.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Downplayed, but 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 so involves bluntly criticizing people.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She greatly dislikes Hachiman's ideals, stubbornness and rotten attitude, but she also cares for and trusts him, though she would never admit it.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She's morbidly afraid of dogs and thrill rides.
  • When She Smiles: Her true, genuine smiles leave Hachiman speechless.
  • 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 Yuigahama

Voiced by: Nao Touyama

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.


  • Adorkable: She can be ditzy at times, but her antics are endearing to Hachiman and Yukino.
  • 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.
  • Audience Surrogate: In contrast to Hachiman and Yukino who espouse larger philosophical ideas, Yui is presented as more down to earth and more in-line with a normal high school student's behavior.
  • 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 Yukino and Hachiman, though she has more of a Plucky Girl persona than that of a traditional Tomboy's.
  • Call Back: Yui's baking lesson from her first appearance finally gains relevance when she bakes cookies for Hachiman 9 volumes later, confirming he was the one she wanted to learn baking for.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It becomes a little obvious that she likes Hachiman, but she never states her feelings to him. Part of it is due to him stopping her before she gets a chance, and later she feels it would be unfair if she took advantage of various situations with him.
  • Catch Phrase: "Ya-hello!"
  • 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 student council president when she 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. And when she overhears Kaori mention she'll give Hachiman some chocolates, she frowns at him.
  • Color Motif: Yui is typically dressed in bright, feminine colors and, notably, her hair is a warm peach.
    • Played for Laughs when Hachiman accompanies Yukino to buy a present for Yui. He suggests that Yui would like something "colorful, fluffy and dumb-looking". Yukino expresses how the comment is harsh yet cannot disagree with him.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Yui holds the precarious position of being friends with both the popular students (Yumiko, Hayato) and the loners (Hachiman, Yukino). Unfortunately, Yumiko is not happy about Yui's intermingling and initially pressured her into picking a side.
  • Cuddle Bug: Yukino is her favorite person to cuddle with.
  • The Cutie: Yui doesn't have a mean bone in her body, consistently providing her friends with kind, sincere support.
  • The Ditz: Is noted by the other club members to not be the most intelligent of the group.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Came up with "Yui Yui" for herself when it was pointed out that nobody has given her a nickname. She got tired of it quickly though.
  • 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.
    • Unlike Yukino, Yui has a good relationship with her mother.
    • She also foils her clique. Along with Hayama, she stands out as more insightful than her peers in noting the politics of the class. However, she struggles to rectify many of the conflicts due to her kindness.
  • The Four Loves: Eros is arguably a prime motivator for her behavior concerning Hachiman.
  • Genki Girl: The most upbeat and outgoing of the Service Club members.
  • The Heart: Shizuka hints that even if she doesn't contribute as much as Hachiman or Yukino, Yui's presence is the glue that keeps the rest of the Service Club together.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Feels she's falling into this, particularly in season 2 after seeing how much closer Yukino and Hachiman seem to have gotten.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: A motivator for her relationship with Yukino and maybe even Hachiman. 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.
  • The McCoy: She tends to be the nicest and most emotional of the three, thinking primarily in terms of her emotional desires
  • Morality Pet: As Yukino's only friend, Yukino tends to show unambiguous concern towards her while gently correcting her when she sees fit.
  • 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."
    • It is noted by the others that they never actually accepted her nicknames, she just wouldn't stop saying them so they had begrudgingly got used to it.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: It's more unkempt than most; her shirt is untucked, and in the first season, she didn't wear the ribbon with the winter uniform.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Is extremely clingy towards Yukino, which greatly discomforted her at first.
  • Only Friend: The only person Yukino is shown to unambiguously and unhesitantly allow herself to be friends with.
  • Only Sane Man: Is sometimes given this role since she is the most "normal" out of a cast of socially odd people. She tends to be the one lampshading the Hikigaya siblings weird relationship, or Hachiman's behavior towards Totsuka.
  • Opposites Attract: She forges a friendship with Yukino despite — and in some ways because of — the great differences between them.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The most cheerful of the bunch, though she has her own insecurities to deal with as well.
  • Plucky Girl: Yui's cheerful disposition has proven to be quite resilient, never taking offense when she is mistreated. Few things can make her cry and even fewer things can keep her down for long.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Yukino's blue. Where Yui is outgoing and emotional, Yukino is cool, calm and collected.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: It's more of a peach color, but her personality fits the bill, though it should be noted that it is dyed.
  • Running Gag: Mishearing and confusing English words said by Hachiman and Yukino.
  • 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.
  • Stepford Smiler: Especially in Season 2, when the bond between the members of the Service Club begin breaking down due to Hachiman's actions, though signs do appear in Season One.
  • Straight Man: Often plays this role in response to Hachiman and Yukino's commentary.
  • 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.
  • The Watson: Yui often requires Hachiman and Yukino to explain their more complicated ideas in a way that's convenient for both herself and the audience to understand. She's rarely the one who ultimately solves a problem, but she is considered vital to the process, nonetheless.

    Class 2 F 

Hayato Hayama

Voiced by: Takashi Kondo

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.
  • Academic Athlete: Turns out he's not only the soccer ace but number two overall in their high school.
  • The Ace: One of the top students in the school, the best athlete, and just an overall talented individual.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In episode 4 of season 2, he bows and begs Hachiman to go on a double date with Orimoto and her friend. Hachiman initially refuses, until Haruno calls and tells him Hayato would normally never beg in that manner, then threatens him into going.
  • Big Man on Campus/Lovable Jock: Unusually for a show about outcasts, the most popular guy in the school is actually really nice. Even his buddies are at worst Dumb Jock.
  • Broken Ace: He's far more cynical than he lets on, and due to his reluctance to hurt anyone, he's practically incapable of solving anything by himself — something that he's well aware of and hates. He repeatedly states to Hachiman that he's not the perfect Nice Guy everyone thinks he is.
    • In Episode 11 of Season 2, he admits that he feels inferior to Hachiman and hates him as a result.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Attempts this in episode 4 of season 2, after getting tired of hearing Orimoto and her friend constantly mocking Hachiman. The latter tries to act in his usual uncaring mood afterwards.
  • Bystander Syndrome: He's thoughtful enough to understand when others like Hachiman are being mistreated, but he hates involving himself as it could lead to having to hurt others.
  • The Charmer: He has a lovable personality, with many girls commenting on how attractive and cool he is.
  • Chick Magnet: Popular among girls, attracting the affections of Yumiko, Iroha, and Orimoto's friend among others.
  • Failure Knight: It is implied he tried to help Rumi because something similar happened to a girl in elementary school and he never lifted a finger to help her (Implied to be Yukino). He later admits that he hates the frustration and inferiority he feels when having to rely on Hachiman because his own ideals and values prevent him from finding a way to help everyone when they most need it.
  • Foil:
    • He's Hachiman's perfect opposite; popular, sociable, and nice (though not without his faults). While he is superior to Hachiman in almost every area, however, he is constantly outshined whenever it comes to solving other people's problems (which has caused him to feel inferior). Both ultimately have good intentions, but use different methods. Nevertheless, he has a mostly amicable relationship with him.
      • While Hayato is openly nice but reluctant to help others if it means hurting them, Hachiman is openly bitter but won't hesitate to assist someone in need.
    • Both he and Yukino are not only popular, but have high social status. However, while Yukino tries to change people through Brutal Honesty, Hayato for the most part tries to maintain the status quo with his niceness.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Flat out tells Hachiman that he hates him because he feels inferior to him.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's the central figure of his circle of friends with his own problems he has to deal with and would likely be the protagonist in a different story.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially seems like an overly nice but somewhat oblivious popular guy, but he's far more perceptive of Yukino and Hachiman's methods than most others.
  • Morality Chain: The only one who Yumiko complies to. Hayama usually has to reign in her more abrasive tendencies.
  • Nice Guy: Definitely a nice person, however he prefers to maintain his reputation while doing so.
    • However, he himself claims that he is not one to Hachiman on several occasions, saying that Hachiman is simply forcing that perception onto him.
    • By volume 10 it is pretty clear that his cool personality is mostly a facade and his actual personality is more cynical than he lets on. Hachiman more or less tells him to show his true self, but Hayato still isn't willing to show it.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He wears a bolo tie in place of the regular tie.
  • Not So Different: Heavily implied to share certain outlooks with Hachiman, as Hayato can actually match Hachiman in terms of cynicism at times. In addition, they apparently have a mutual outlook in regards to romance.
    Hayama: “So basically, you’ve never really actually liked someone, huh? ... Both you and me.”
    • Despite Hayama and Hachiman's differing methods, both end up preserving the status quo, which puts them at odds with Yukino at times.
      • Not So Similar: Makes this claim to Hachiman in regards to his friendships, believing he and his circle will still be close regardless of what path they take.
  • The Rival: He hates the fact that despite being superior to Hachiman at almost everything, he still loses to him at the most important things.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: At first, it's pretty much one-sided as Hachiman holds a rather general bias against him as part of the popular crowd. However, eventually Hayato states that he probably wouldn't have been able to befriend Hachiman if they had meet prior the events of the series. By the second season, Hachiman has essentially become a symbol of things Hayato despises about himself and openly admits to hate him.
  • Status Quo Is God: A stern believer in this, he would much rather have relationships stay the way they are rather than resolve an issue that could potentially harm his friendships.
  • Stepford Smiler: As cheerful and easy-going as he seems with his friends, he lets his mask down around Hachiman, revealing a much more conflicted individual.
  • Worthy Opponent: Hachiman views him as one, due to his popularity with the other students and his usual cool demeanor. In Hayama's case, it's played with, as he admits that if they were equals he could tolerate losing to him. Precisely because Hachiman is the way he is why he doesn't want to lose to him.

Yumiko Miura

Voiced by: Marina Inoue

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: Most of the time she is this, insulting the Service Club and actively bullying Yui anytime she wants to hang out with Hachiman and Yukino.
  • Buxom Is Better: Carries this belief. In episode eight, her first reaction to seeing Yukino in a swimsuit is "I win".
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. She lacks the capacity to think deeply like Yukino and Hachiman can and can get confused when speaking to them.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When she spots Hayato on a date with Orimoto, she attempts to interrupt them, although she loses her balance due to trying on some boots. Hachiman gets Hayato out of there before Yumiko recovers from her fall. Later in the season when she hears the rumor that he might be dating Yukino, she doesn't take it very well and ends up confronting the latter about it.
  • Cry Cute: Does this in episode 11 of season 2 after admitting that she wants to stay close to Hayato and their other friends in college, which she talks about after realizing Hachiman and Yui understand her quite a bit.
  • 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. Yumiko, on the other hand, cannot understand the struggles of a social outcast at all.
  • It's All About Me: Yumio's self-centeredness is one of her more prominent traits. Everything needs to be to her benefit, and she does not take sharing Yui with the Service Club well.
  • Jerkass: Comes off this way, as she's acts really abrasive to those not within her clique.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant and mean-spirited, but Yumiko is also perceptive of the actions and feelings of her closest friends, and will attempt to make sure that they don't get hurt.
  • No Sympathy: She has a hard time relating to the struggles of social outcasts, coldly stating its their own fault for not having better social skills.
  • Not So Stoic: Under her tough girl act hides a fragile but motherly figure. She can easily break in tears if confronted by people she can't deal with and takes care of Iroha when she needs it while completely ignoring the fact that she's also her love rival.
  • Ojou Ringlets: She's at the top of the social food chain and wears her ringlets proudly.
  • Pet the Dog: She's very thoughtful towards Hina.
  • Popular Is Dumb: While not exactly stupid, she is a bit ditzy and naiive. She often gets confused when talking with Yukino and Hachiman.
    • Most evident when they were trying to help Tsurumi during the summer camp. She was incredibly naiive about how to help her because of her popularity.
  • Ship Tease: With Hayato, whom she holds affections for.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Yukino. The two never miss a chance to express how much they despise each other when they are together.
  • Smug Snake: During her tennis match against Yukino.

Saika Totsuka

Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu

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 Hachiman to join the tennis club, but was brushed off by Yukino. Saika then asked the Service Club to help him improve his tennis skills so that he may properly train others. He eventually became one of the few people in class 2F who enjoys talking to Hachiman, and often hangs out with him.
  • 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 of the anime where Totsuka is actually so cute he incapacitates several other boys.
  • Bishōnen: He's notably small, slender and cute, and often wears short-shorts to better accentuate this.
  • The Cutie: Unlike most of his classmates who use facades to gain acceptance, Totsuka seems to be genuinely sweet and innocent.
  • 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 for his supposedly "cool" selfless personality.
  • 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.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He always wears the P.E. uniform, even during class.
  • Ship Tease: Consistently with Hachiman. Anytime the two interact, plenty of blushing occurs between them.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Hachiman gets this almost every time he's with Totsuka. Hachiman 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.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: He often murmurs Hachiman's name in his sleep.

Saki Kawasaki

Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu

Saki is Hachiman's classmate who seems like a delinquent but was formerly a model student in junior high. 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.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tries to act like one for her younger siblings, such as taking on a night job to help pay for her brother's tuition, or helping her younger sister to make chocolates for Valentine's Day.
  • The Drag-Along: She never seems eager to interact with others and usually needs to be coerced into cooperating.
  • Foil: Saki's willingness to work hard contrasts Hachiman's desire to be a lazy House Husband. Despite this, both are loners who have siblings that they care deeply for.
    • Also foils Yukino as Saki comes from a family that struggles to support their children while the former comes from a family of privilege. Also, while Saki cares for her siblings and would do anything for them, Yukino has a bitter one-sided rivalry against her sister.
  • Hates Small Talk: Shares this with Hachiman. She rarely speaks to others from her side, and dedicates very little time and effort to conversations that come her way.
  • Hidden Depths: As Hina reveals later, Saki makes her own clothes and accessories and is pretty good at it.
  • 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.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: A mild case where Saki still prefers being left to herself, but knows she can rely on Hachiman's group if need be and vice-versa.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She forgoes the ribbon and blazer, which adds to her delinquent look.
  • 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.
  • Tomboy: Has a lot of masculine habits, and greatly dislikes getting dressed up in girly attire.
  • Used to Be More Social: Was formerly a very kind sister, but trying to balance school and work has caused her to adopt a much colder, unsocial demeanor.

Kakeru Tobe

Voiced by: Chado Horii

A member of Hayato's clique and classmate of Hachiman's. Tobe is a bombastic, foolhardy individual, well known for his cheerful demeanor but lackluster intelligence. Like most of class 2F, Tobe regularly mistakes Hachiman's name as "Hikitani."
  • Accidental Misnaming: He never gets Hachiman's name right, referring to him constantly as "Hikitani."
  • All Love Is Unrequited: His crush on Hina is not reciprocated.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He disliked playing the role of the bad guy while helping some girls at summer camp.
  • Book Dumb: He's implied to be a poor student as his friends often tease him about his grades.
  • Class Clown: How Hayato describes him, but Yukino concludes he's more of an Attention Whore.
  • Face of a Thug: Due to his dyed hair and loud personality, he's noted to give off an unruly vibe, but he's actually harmless. Tobe can also invoke this trope and make himself look genuinely frightening when he wants to.
  • Keet: Tobe is almost always in a jolly mood, and his motions are very dramatic and bombastic.
  • Nice Guy: He's generally an good-natured guy and doesn't like hurting others. Zigzagged in that he would regularly tease and mildly bully Hachiman before eventually coming to respect him.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He wears a pink sweater with his uniform.

Hina Ebina

Voiced by: Nozomi Sasaki

A close friend of Yumiko and Yui's, and a member of Hayato's clique. Hina appears to be a rather unassuming character, but she is actually a proud fan of Yaoi and prone to passionate ravings about her interests.
  • Hidden Depths: She is actually a decent leader, and acted as director of her class's cultural festival. She is also keen enough to notice Tobe's crush on her, but rejected him because she felt she was not mature enough for a relationship.
  • Hyper Awareness: She has an eye for detail and could immediately tell Saki's clothes and accessories were handmade.
  • Large Ham: She can get very worked up over the possibility of boys getting intimate with other boys.
  • Meganekko: Distinguish her as a sweet character, but her glasses also tend to light up when she senses the possibility of a Slash Fic.
  • Nosebleed: She gets dribbles of blood while having boy-on-boy fantasies.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When she gets riled up, all respect for personal space of others goes out the window.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: She is a proud member of the Yaoi fandom and believes openly embracing your interests is the key to happiness and social satisfaction.
  • Slash Fic: She apparently imagines her own using her male classmates.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Likes to fantasize about Hachiman and Hayato together, or any pair of boys, really.

Minami Sagami

Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki

A seemingly sweet and unassuming girl who in actuality pretends to be so to gain attention. Her desire for recognition leads her to becoming chairman of the school's culture festival. She comes to the Service Club to request aid as her duties as chairman are more than she bargained for.
  • Attention Whore: Hachiman deduces she is this. Even her attempt at fleeing from her chairman obligation was implied to be a cry for attention.
  • Authority in Name Only: What she quickly turns into as Yukino ends up running the show, while Sagami basically does nothing. While initially glad to have someone else doing her work for her, this ends up damaging her ego as she realizes how useless she is.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: Played straight then subverted. She gets effortlessly upstaged by Yukino and when looking for reassurance, Hachiman gives her a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech instead. But in the end, she gets what she wants. Hayato comes to her defense and she's seen as a victim of Hachiman's abuse, thus salvaging her reputation.
  • Compliment Fishing: She milks compliments from others whenever possible, usually feigning Heroic Self-Deprecation.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: To contrast Yumiko and Hayato's circle of friends, Sagami embodies a more antagonistic popular character who actively foists responsibility onto other people.
  • Not So Different: Hachiman attempts to argue this in his Breaking Speech to Sagami, claiming that he only found her precisely because they thought in the same way as "the lowest stratum of society".
  • One-Shot Character: Sagami has had no other appearances outside the school culture festival.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Courtesy of Hachiman 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 Hayato, the residential Nice Guy, got physical because he thought it went too far.
  • The Resenter: She is not at all happy when Yukino effortlessly upstages her as leader during the culture festival.


    Other Recurring Characters 

Shizuka Hiratsuka

Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki

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.
  • Cool Teacher: Although her students do not always show her respect, Shizuka genuinely cares for their growth and success, especially Hachiman's.
  • Corporal Punishment: Shizuka regularly uses it as a threat to keep Hachiman in line. She even strikes him from time to time to force him to do his club duties, and sometimes because he simply 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 herself 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: Her looks are great, but apparently her personality drives away men.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Subverted. Shizuka inexplicably wears a lab coat despite actually being a Japanese language 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).
  • Phrase Catcher: "Ms. Hiratsuka, please knock!"
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: She occasionally drops very old manga references, which Hachiman will take as a sign of her age.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Almost reaches down to her knees.
  • Running Gag: Never knocking before walking into the Service Club, to Yukino's annoyance.
  • Sensei-chan: She's attractive, relates well to her students, and her relationship with Hachiman strongly resembles what could be friendship.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: Has quite a bit with Hachiman, actually. Most notably in Episode 8 of the second season, when she laments that she can't get married because she misreads people. Hachiman's response is that she's single because nobody has any taste in women, and mentally notes that if he were ten years older, he would have fallen in love with her.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She likes to act cool and smoke while giving Hachiman advice, which he lampshades.
  • Supreme Chef: Though her plate seems unusual in the bridal contest during the OVA, Hachiman states that it tastes really good.
  • Vague Age: Shizuka deliberately keeps her exact age a mystery.
  • Yandere: Played for Laughs, her text messages are beyond scary to Hachiman, which get progressively more desperate-sounding the more he ignores them.

Komachi Hikigaya

Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki

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.
  • Catch Phrase: "I'm sure that line scored me a few points."
  • The Confidant: For Hachiman. Komachi is the only person her older brother is comfortable sharing his problems with.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Pops up whenever she is doing her cute little sister routine.
  • Foil: Besides being the opposite of her brother, she's also one for Haruno. While both characters encourage their respective siblings in various ways, Komachi tends to be more supportive and helpful whereas Haruno is more willing to provoke to see what will happen.
  • 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 mother and brother.
  • Infectious Enthusiasm: Her 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.
    • She also shows off her different attires in front of Hachiman to get a reaction from him.
  • Incest Subtext: Lampshaded quite a bit due to the siblings close relationship, but mostly Played for Laughs. However when she was describing what type of man she would fall for, 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, showing her far more tenderness than anyone else. Komachi in turn tries to have him come out his shell more.
  • The Runaway: Tired of her parents never being home, Komachi once ran away from home when she was younger.
  • 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.
  • Thicker Than Water: Even though he annoys her sometimes, Komachi says she always forgives Hachiman because he is her brother.
  • Third-Person Person: Often refers to herself as "Komachi" when speaking about stuff she's doing, as opposed to "I" or "me".
  • Title Drop: Drops the title when her scheme to get her brother a girlfriend is ruined in one of the side-stories.

Yoshiteru Zaimokuza

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama

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.
  • Badass Longcoat: He is rarely seen without his signature trench coat, which he apparently wears to invoke this trope.
  • Big Fun: The largest character in the series, and by far the silliest of the bunch.
  • Bromantic Foil: Considered more eccentric than Hachiman, and is unable to even talk to girls. All of these traits make Hachiman look not as bad as he could be.
  • Calling Your Attacks: While playing tennis, he gives ridiculous names to every move he and Hachiman make.
  • 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.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears them apparently because he believes they designate him as the "Chosen One."
  • 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.
  • Geek Physique: He's the fat variant.
  • Large Ham: All the time. Seems kind of par for the course when you're being voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama.
  • Mr. Imagination: Yoshiteru is a full-blown Chuunibyou, and sees himself and Hachiman as historical feudal figures.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his hamminess and delusions, he's an honest and decent 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: Is almost always yelling, the only times he isn't is when someone beats down his self-esteem.
  • Out of Focus: His role is extremely limited after his arc. While he's seen from time to time, he doesn't play into the plot very much.
  • Serious Business: He's considered a "specialist" on maid cafes, and criticized that Yui doesn't put her spirit into it when she dressed up as a maid.
  • Shipper on Deck: Unlike most characters who ship Hikigaya with either Yui or Yukino, he ships Hikigaya with Totsuka.
  • Static Character: Since his first appearance, Yoshiteru is and always will be the same lovable, delusional otaku we met him as.
  • Stout Strength: In the tower toppling game, he was able to push several other boys at once.
  • True Companions: He considers Hachiman one, and the feeling is ultimately mutual.

Haruno Yukinoshita

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara

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.
    • Broken Ace: Heavily implied that she is not completely happy with her position in the family. Unlike Yukino, she has no choice in representing the family, and she often mixes in genuine hostility with her desire to improve her sister.
  • 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.
    • Yukino attributes her fear for roller coasters to her sister's schemes whenever they went to an amusement park.
  • Brutal Honesty: Her teasing of Yukino can veer in this direction, turning from light jabs into harsh criticisms, but all for the sake of trying to make a point with her.
  • Buxom Is Better: She's the most likely answer as to why Yukino has A-Cup Angst.
  • Cool Big Sis: Despite the resentment she gets from Yukino, Haruno still adores her.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs in season 2. Hayato tells Hachiman that if Haruno really doesn't like you, she would make it a point to destroy you, at least socially. She also gets Hachiman to go on the double date with Hayato and the two girls from his middle school, something he had refused to do when Hayato asked. From each of their encounters, it's clear that she's the one character makes him consistently uncomfortable.
  • Foil: In a series about socially awkward characters, Haruno's flawless social skills are a bit jarring.
    • She's heavily implied to be similar to Yukino in terms of disposition. However, while Haruno freely puts up a facade as part of her responsibilities, Yukino remains cold and unapproachable(but no less honest).
  • The Gadfly: She likes to poke fun at Hachiman and her sister any chance she gets, all for the sake of her own amusement. She really starts ratcheting this up in season 2.
  • It Amused Me: The way she acts and speaks towards Hachiman and Yukino, and Hayato at times. She'll often say provoking things or attempt some Brutal Honesty mostly because she finds it interesting.
  • Karma Houdini: Freely pokes at the wounds of the main characters without any repercussions or retorts. Though her comments are at least partly for the improvement of others.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name 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.
  • The Resenter: Haruno, having always been set as the inheritor of the family business, holds a bit of jealousy towards Yukino for being given the option to live freely by their mother, but wastes it by trying to chase after her.
  • Shipper on Deck: Wants Hikki and Yukino to get together, or not. It's hard to tell with her sometimes.
  • The Social Expert: She's a master of reading others, which gives her the appearance of a social butterfly, but Hachiman deduces it is indeed a fabricated personality.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hachiman notices from their very first meeting that everything about her was just one big facade.

Rumi Tsurumi

Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi

A primary school student the Service Club meet while volunteering at a summer camp. Rumi is a quiet girl who struggles to fit in with her classmates after they senselessly ostracize her.
  • Alone in a Crowd: Everyone is enjoying their summer camp experience, and Rumi spends it isolated, bitter and unwanted.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She thwarts Hachiman's plan at giving her classmates A Taste of Their Own Medicine by saving everyone despite how poorly they've treated her.
  • Birds of a Feather: Rumi considers Hachiman, Yukino and herself "different" from the others because all three know what it feels like to be rejected.
  • The Bus Came Back: 5 volumes later and in season 2 of the anime, Rumi and her classmates return, and she's still being isolated.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She's too proud to admit it, but Rumi desperately wants friends.
  • I Work Alone: Having been isolated for so long, Rumi has learned to be self-reliant, though she does not necessarily like it.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: She admits she used to join in and tease other kids because everyone else was doing it, but this time, she's the one who's suffering.
  • Tsundere: Although she insists she wants to be left on her own, in reality, she truly wants and enjoys the company of others. However, when Hachiman is the one coming to her side, she rejects him at first but it doesn't take her long to show that she wants him to stay with her.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Rumi is very mature and intelligent compared to her classmates, even looking down on them for being "kids."
  • You Remind Me of X: Hachiman notes that Rumi is basically a younger Yukino and could easily end up just like her.


Iroha Isshiki

Voiced by: Ayane Sakura

Iroha is a 1st year at Sobu high and the club manager of the soccer team; later taking on the job of student council president. Hachiman initially sees her as a "not cute Komachi" or a "better version of Sagami." She puts up a facade in front of others to create a cute appearance, and she only shows her honest self to Hayama, and later Hachiman. Considered by Hachiman to be the second most rotten person in the world, only losing out to Hachiman himself.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Only refers to Hachiman as Senpai, which is notable since he is the only one she does this with, and she uses it endearingly so.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Her confession to Hayama gets rejected.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: How Hachiman treats her, since he can't turn off his "Komachi training skills" when he's around her.
  • Ascended Extra: Was first introduced only as the manager of Hayama's club in a side volume. Later gets the spotlight with her request and even get's a side volume that's pretty much dedicated to her. At this point she might as well be a permanent member of the Service Club.
  • Behind the Mask: Iroha acts childish and cutesy, but she's actually highly perceptive, selfish, and manipulative.
  • Birds of a Feather: Iroha can be described as a female version of Hachiman without the loner aspect attached.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Hachiman's first impression of her, since he saw her as a more skilled version of Sagami. She grew on him though.
  • Blackmail: Uses the receipts from their date to force Hachiman to help her with the Student Council's newspaper.
  • Blatant Lies: When she's showing her honest side she tends to do this quite a bit. Usually with a forced correction at the end.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Is actually quite good at her job, she just lacks any motivation to do so; and is far more willing to get someone else to do the labour.
  • Catch Phrase: She often states "Could it be that you were making passes at me just now?", followed by some reason why a relationship with Hachiman wouldn't work out after he says or does something that flusters her. She goes from saying “Huh? W-What are you doing? Are you making passes at me? I'm sorry, it won’t work out. There’s someone I like.” to, “What are you doing? Are you making passes at me while I'm heartbroken? I’m sorry, it’s still not possible just yet.”
    • She and Hachiman also share the phrase "What do you take me for?" in their exchanges.
  • Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: Her favorite gesture towards Hachiman, usually gripping onto it to drag him off somewhere.
  • Cry Cute: Sheds some tears when Hachiman starts comforting her after Hayama rejects her confession.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: What she wants other people to see her as, so she can take advantage of them treating their cute Kouhai nicely. Notably Hayama and Hachiman are the only ones she doesn't use this facade for.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Is the manager of the soccer club.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her way of searching through her clothing in front of Hachiman and the other two girls was described in a way that resembled a strip tease. The noises she made while rummaging through them certainly didn't help.
  • Dumb Blonde: Not the smartest person in Hachiman's circle of acquaintances.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Is specifically noted to be a natural blond.
  • Exact Words: Teaches Hachiman a lesson on underhanded tactics when she points out that the bet they made was only based around her winning, and that nobody mentioned her paying for lunch if he won.
  • Hidden Depths: While she appears lazy and manipulative, she is actually a hard worker and quite responsible when she actually puts the effort in. She is also surprisingly sentimental, while her habit of constantly taking photos can be seen as a habit of vanity, to her it is about storing memories.
  • House Wife: As another parallel to Hachiman, this is what she wants to be. She plans on retiring soon after to getting married for an easy life.
  • Just Smile and Nod: Her response to the overly complicated and pretentious brainstorming of another student council is to smile and agree with everything.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Doesn't match the typical example of the trope, however her request coincided with a particularly troubled period for the Service Club.
  • Loophole Abuse: How she was eligible for the election. While the president is typically a second or third year student, the rules do not specifically prohibit a first year student from the position, nor do it specifically prohibit candidates that did not actually agree to run.
  • Love Confession: Gives one to Hayama, but is rejected.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Is considered "dangerous" by Hachiman because she knows how to use her cute appearance and status as an underclassman to her advantage.
  • Not So Different: With Hachiman, despite first impressions their personalities are remarkably similar.
  • Not a Date: Has one with Hachiman while using "research for spots to spend time with Hayama" as a pretense to do so.
    • Played for Laughs when her affections for Hayama are deliberately placed in parallel to Hachiman's obsession over Saika.
  • Odd Friendship: She is cute and popular, yet gets along swimmingly with a loner like Hachiman, and she doesn't really care if they are seen together.
  • Oh Crap!: Has a minor and comedic one when she accidentally shows Yukino and Yui the picture she took of her and Hachiman during their date.
  • Running Gag: Her constant rejections towards Hachiman, which also serve as a good indicator of her Character Development with him.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Is this to all the main cast since she is the only named first year. But special mention goes to her relationship with Hachiman, since he is the only one she refers to as solely "Senpai".
  • Shipper on Deck: Implied to be one for Miura and Hayama, judging by her nod of approval after she motivated Miura to cheer for him during the marathon.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a lot with Hachiman during, and notably after, her arc.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Is surprisingly perceptive on the emotional reasons why people take certain actions, which makes a nice contrast to Hachiman who can only understand the logical reasons.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: What her crush towards Hayama appears to be.
  • Student Council President: Goes to the Service Club to avoid becoming this. Ends up taking the job anyway after Hachiman convinces her.
  • The Tease: A less fanservice focused example, but she still fits. In-universe they refer to it as her "appeals", which is basically her using her cuteness to try to get something out of someone.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Considered by many people to be an actual contender, aside from Yui and Yukino, in winning Hachiman over.
  • Tranquil Fury: A humorous example, but this is how she displays her anger when she misinterprets one of Hachiman's statements as him saying she was unattractive.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Played for Laughs during a table tennis match with Hachiman.
  • Wham Line: Towards Hachiman at the very least, her exclamation that she wants something genuine too really throws him off.


Kaori Orimoto

Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu

Orimoto was Hachiman's former classmate in middle school. Her rejection of him emotionally scarred him, contributing to his present cynical self.

  • Alpha Bitch: Downplayed version. During middle school, she did exchange texts with Hachiman out of pity and gave the "let's be friends" speech line when he confessed to her. Played more straight when they meet again and she lacks any form of delicacy when talking to him.
  • Bad Date: Goes on a double date with Hachiman and Hayato, with her interests clearly directed towards Hayato and her mocking Hachiman the entire time. By the end, Hayato reveals that he orchestrated the date just to give her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has a tendency to freely speak her mind, without any consideration of Hachiman's feelings.
  • Character Development: Slightly. After Hayato tears into her, she learns to be a bit more sensitive when talking with Hachiman. For instance, when she sees Iroha and Hachiman together, she refrains from making her usual comments.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: Kaori as a whole represents the kind of person Hachiman and Yukino actively try not to be. She is foolhardy, careless about her interactions with others, and is an active participant of herd mentality.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's not really antagonistic, but she tends to be very callous when talking about details of Hachiman's past.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's not necessarily a bad person. Just inconsiderate and brutally blunt. She actually is (somewhat) nice to Hachiman when she's not mocking him and attempts to be friends with him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After an entire day of her mocking Hachiman, Hayato lays into her about how incorrect her opinions of Hachiman are and that he hangs around girls far better than her.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Doesn't have much screentime (doesn't appear on screen until Season 2). But her rejection of Hachiman played a big role in shaping his cynical, anti-social persona and severely damaged his self-esteem.
  • Yes-Man: Turns into one during the community festival committee. She just blindly agrees with anything and everything said by her classmates, despite how absurd some of those claims were. Likely due to lack of interest on her part.

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