!!Yawara Inokuma
->Voiced by: Creator/YukoMinaguchi (Japanese)
* TheAce
* ActionGirl
* ACupAngst
* [[ArmorPiercingSlap Armor Piercing Ippon Seoi Nage]]
* BadassNormal
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BigEater
* CantStayNormal
* ChildProdigy:[[spoiler:She threw her father when she was five years old.]]
* DeterminedExpression: She does this whenever she thinks about her family and friends.
* [[ChickMagnet Dude Magnet]]: Kazamatsuri, Matsuda, Hanazono and Sudoh get interested to her.
* EasilyForgiven
* {{Fangirl}}
* FeminineWomenCanCook
* FirstLove: Towards Kazamatsuri.[[spoiler: It didn't work, though.]]
* GirlyBruiser
* GoodParents:[[spoiler: Even though, Yawara thinks she's the cause of having a broken family,]] Yawara's parents Tamao and Kojiro are shown to be loving and supportive.
* HeirToTheDojo
* HairDecorations
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: With Matsuda. [[spoiler: He eventually does become her boyfriend.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal
* InvincibleHero: Only seems to ever struggle during the finals of any tournament and never loses when she tries her best.
* TheLeader: Type II.
* MeaningfulName: Yawara's name is the first character of 'judo'. It also means 'gentle' or 'soft'.
* MsFanservice
* ObliviousToLove
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: With Matsuda.]]
* OfficeLady: After graduating college.
* PantyShot
* [[spoiler:{{Revenge}}]]:[[spoiler: She does this after she finds out that Teleshikova injured Jody's leg to win. Jigoro doesn't approve about it.]]
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Fujiko.
* SaveTheVillain:[[spoiler: In one of the major tournaments, she saves Sayaka by telling her about her opponent's weakness.]]
* SignatureMove: She uses Ippon Seoi Nage in every match. It's even lampshaded several times by announcers.
* SkilledButNaive
* StrongFamilyResemblance: She looks like her grandmother, according to Jigoro.
* TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:In Seoul Olympics, she wears a [[MartialArtsUniform judo uniform]] that belonged to her missing father.]]
* UnknownRival: She seems oblivious that her skill causes to attract a lot of opponent's attention from Japan and overseas.
* UnnecessaryRoughness
* WolverinePublicity: She is the only character who appears most in the manga series.

!!Jigoro Inokuma
->Voiced by: Creator/IchiroNagai (Japanese)
* AbusiveDad: His attitude and harsh training in judo causes his son to become distant.
* ADayInTheLimelight: There's a manga prequel called [[ExcitedShowTitle Jigoro!]], where he told some of his stories about his past.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: His skin is brown during his youth.
* AttentionWhore: He loves to tell his achievements as well as getting on national television.
* BerserkButton: Never insult or waste delicious food in front of him.
* BigEater: He is never seen without food.
* {{Determinator}}
* DirtyOldMan
* EccentricMentor
* FarmBoy: He worked as a farmer in Yamagata before he moved in Tokyo to train judo.
* FollowInMyFootsteps
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Yutenji.
* InstantBookDeal: His only book "The Road To Judo Cannot Build For A Day" becomes popular since it's publication. Many judo enthusiasts considered it as the bible of judo.
* InsufferableGenius: Often brags about his achievements much to the chagrin and annoyance of other characters (especially Yawara). However his bragging is not without ground, and he is a masterful teacher and a skilled Judoka. He taught a team without experience how to stand and in some cases win against the top national ranking college Judo team in a very short period of time.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He becomes this when he remembers his wife, or if somebody follows his advice.
* LargeHam
* ManipulativeBastard
* MeaningfulName: His first name was based on the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He's actually short since he was young.
* TheMourningAfter: He still never forgets his wife Kaneko whenever he tells his life story.
* MusclesAreMeaningless
* TheNicknamer
* OldMaster
* RetiredBadass: He worked as a soldier in WorldWarII, according to the prequel.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior
* ThroughHisStomach: He always brings his food in every tournament. He also appreciates Yawara's cooking.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Him and his wife.
* TrustMeImAnX
* UglyGuyHotWife: His wife is a gorgeous and strong YamatoNadeshiko.
* VSign

!!Kosaku Matsuda
->Voiced by: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (Japanese)
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]]
* ButtMonkey:[[spoiler: In episode 102, his leg was fractured after he managed to send Yawara on gym on time.]]
* TheConfidant
* CoolBike
* ComfortingComforter
* {{Determinator}}
* DeadpanSnarker: He has a few moments, especially to Yawara's rivals.
* DoggedNiceGuy
* GenerationXerox: As Matsudaira but they're not related.
* HeroStoleMyBike
* IntrepidReporter
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LongingLook
* ManlyTears
* [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: With Yawara.]]
* {{Paparazzi}}
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor
* [[spoiler: SecondLove]]: To Yawara.
* TagalongReporter
* TragicDream: He wanted to join in the big leagues. Unfortunately, he never managed it because he was rejected many times. When he got a job as a sports reporter, he becomes satisfied to create articles about his favourite players reaching their goals.
* TrashOfTheTitans: His apartment.
* UnresolvedSexualTension
* UseYourHead: [[spoiler: In the manga, he has used this to escape from two kidnappers.]]

!!Sayaka Honami
->Voiced by: Creator/YoshinoTakamori (Japanese)
* BadassNormal
* ArrangedMarriage: [[spoiler: With Kazamatsuri.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl
* {{Determinator}}
* FalseTeethTomfoolery
* GenerationXerox: As Saimonji's younger sister.
* GirlPosse
* LonelyRichKid
* LookWhatICanDoNow
* MakeWayForThePrincess
* NoblewomansLaugh
* {{Ojou}}
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* RichBitch
* TheRival
* ShipperOnDeck: She thinks that Matsuda is Yawara's boyfriend.
* SpoiledBrat
* TookALevelinBadass
* ToothyIssue
* WorthyOpponent: To Yawara.

!!Shinnosuke Kazamatsuri
->Voiced by: Creator/AkiraKamiya (Japanese)
* ArrangedMarriage:[[spoiler: With Sayaka.]]
* TheCasanova: Although he walks a fine line between this and HandsomeLech. Played for comedy in the anime, but he comes across as more dangerous in the manga.
* CoolCar
* TheConfidant
* DirtyCoward
* {{Fanboy}}: He admires Jigoro very much.
* GenerationXerox: As Saimonji, but they're not related.
* [[spoiler: HenpeckedHusband]]
* MrImagination
* OhCrap
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor
* TheRival: To Matsuda.
* {{Salaryman}}
* ShipperOnDeck: He once told Hanazono that [[spoiler: the only way to make Fujiko relax is to yell his feelings out of her.]]
* ThinkingOutLoud
* ToplessnessFromTheBack

!!Fujiko Ito
->Voiced by: Creator/ChiyokoKawashima (Japanese)
* BadassNormal
* BetaCouple:[[spoiler: With Hanazono.]]
* ClubPresident
* DanceBattler
* {{Determinator}}
* GracefulLoser
* HardWorkHardlyWorks
* HugeSchoolgirl
* TheLancer
* LookWhatICanDoNow
* NervousWreck
* OcularGushers
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: With Yawara.
* ShipperOnDeck: She's starting to be supportive of Yawara and Matsuda ever since she found out from Jody.
* [[spoiler:ShotgunWedding]]:[[spoiler:With Hanazono in manga only.]]
* SurvivalMantra: "Une, deux, trois...Une, deux, trois...UNE, DEUX, TROIS!"
* TearsOfJoy
* TrueCompanions

!!Kaoru Hanazono
->Voiced by: Masashi Sugawara (Japanese)
* BetaCouple:[[spoiler: With Fujiko.]]
* TheBigGuy
* BigEater
* TheConfidant: To Fujiko.
* ClubPresident: At Musashiyama High School.
* GentleGiant
* {{Gonk}}
* ManlyTears
* OcularGushers
* [[spoiler:ShotgunWedding]]:[[spoiler:With Fujiko in manga only.]]
* StalkerWithACrush: To Yawara.

!!Kuniko Kaga
->Voiced by: Runa Akiyama (Japanese)
* CryCute
* ClingyJealousGirl
* DamselInDistress:[[spoiler:She was kidnapped by two thugs to be a prostitute.]]
* FirstNameBasis: She refers Matsuda by his first name.
* IntrepidReporter
* [[spoiler:IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:]][[spoiler: In the final chapter of manga, she pushed Matsuda to get him closer to Yawara.]]
* NerdGlasses
* TheTease

!!Jody Rockwell
->Voiced by: Miyuki Ichijou (Japanese)
* AnimeAccentAbsence
* BigEater
* BoisterousBruiser
* DefeatMeansFriendship:[[spoiler:At the final match against Yawara in Barcelona Olympics.]]
* FriendlyEnemy
* FriendToAllChildren: During Yawara's visit in Canada, Jody creates a judo club for children [[spoiler:with her future husband.]]
* GameBreakingInjury: Suffers one of these against [[spoiler: Teleshikova.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried: To Lune.]]
* LookWhatICanDoNow
* ShipperOnDeck: She's the first character who thinks that Yawara and Matsuda are a couple.
* TookALevelInBadass

!!Kojiro Inokuma
->Voiced by: Masaaki Okabe (Japanese)
* AmbiguouslyBrown:
* BigEater: He is always seen eating while watching his daughter's tournaments.
* [[spoiler:TheChessmaster]]
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: [[spoiler: Kojiro left his family for training to prove that he's better than his daughter. During the tournament in Seoul, he admits to Matsuda that no matter how hard he trains, he thinks that his daughter is more talented than himself.]]
* DeathGlare: His glare is intimidating that even Sayaka loses her resist.
* DisappearedDad
* LikeFatherLikeSon: He and his father are both masters of judo and like to eat while watching tournaments.
* LineageComesFromTheFather
* IdenticalGrandson: In the anime, he looks like his grandfather Umanosuke Ushio, minus the moustache.
* [[spoiler:ManlyTears: He is proud that he saw her daughter in olympics.]]
* NiceHat
* PerpetualFrowner: He rarely smiles.
* [[spoiler: SoProudOfYou]]
* TheStoic
* ThroughHisStomach: He often praises the cook for making a good meal.

!!Anna Teleshikova
->Voiced by: Creator/YukoMizutani (Japanese)
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DeathGlare
* {{Determinator}}
* GeniusBruiser
* LadyLooksLikeADude
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou
* TheRival
* SignatureMove: Uses uranage.
* [[spoiler: SingleTear: She lost against Yawara for the second time.]]
* TheStoic

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