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Sohoku High School
The Sohoku Team
- All There in the Manual: Interviews with the mangaka have provided a lot of extra trivia about them. You can find a collection here.
- Five-Man Band: Year One Interhigh
- Year Two Interhigh
- The Leader: Teshima, in the sense he's The Captain, but Imaizumi is the real one, as he's taken over Kinjou's position as the ace essentially however, Tadokoro speculates that Naruko is the true ace and Imaizumi is the lancer.
- The Lancer: Naruko, as he is the ace's assistant however, it is lampshaded by Tadokoro that Naruko is the true ace and Imaizumi is the lancer.
- The Big Guy: Aoyagi
- The Smart Guy: Teshima
- The Chick: Onoda
- Sixth Ranger: Kaburagi
- Huddle Power: On bicycles!
- Team Fist Bump
- Played by: Daiki Yamashita (anime), Ryouta Murai (stage play)
Our main character who specializes in climbing. Onoda's claim to fame is his high cadence climb, honed by his years of riding his low-gear mommy bike.
- Accidental Athlete: Has said he's never gotten higher than a D in Physical Education, but shows natural prowess at cycling and improves and learns fast.
- All-Loving Hero: Looks for the good in everyone, even his opponents.
- Apologises a Lot
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Onoda's "mommy bike" forced him to bike at a higher cadence, which really helps climbing slopes on a bike.
- Determinator: Routinely rides 90km going to and from Akihabara, in order to save on train fare.
- He also manages to beat Imaizumi in the climbing stage from last place during the Sohoku welcome race due to this.
- Onoda AGAIN manages to catch up to Sohoku at the front of the pack after crashing and reaching last place on the first day of Interhigh. He has to pass over 100 riders to do this.
- He THEN does the same thing again for Tadokoro, who has fallen to the back of the pack at the start of the second day of Interhigh. Onoda drops back and pulls him along back to the rest of Sohoku.
- Determined Expression: His default expression while cycling other than smiling.
- Fist Bump: Does this with Naruko often, almost to the point it's customary they do it before races, they describe it as offering each other spirit.
- Friendless Background: Suffers from this while in middle school. It's the main reason why he's trying so hard to revive the anime club at the start of the series.
- Genki Guy: Is adorably upbeat when he focuses on something he likes. While this part of him can easily be overlooked at the start of the series, due to him tending to be very withdrawn, as time passes and he becomes more confident it becomes one of his most defining character traits.
- The Heart: Onoda is the glue that keeps this team together and in good spirits. Let us count the ways:
- Imaizumi manages to recover from his Heroic BSOD by remembering Onoda's determination on the second day of Interhigh.
- Brings Tadokoro from the back to the front of the pack using the power of optimism and anime openings on the second day of Interhigh.
- Onoda's climbing skill gives Makishima hope to have a final match with Toudou - something he couldn't do if there wasn't another climber on the team.
- Let's just say that if Onoda ever dropped out of the Interhigh race, things wouldn't go well for Sohoku. And in fact, they actively support him when Onoda feels like he can't go on and finish the race on the 2nd day.
- On the third day of Inter-High, when Kinjou's knee gives out right before the final stretch, Onoda's the one who snaps Kinjou out of his depression and reminds him that Sohoku's dream can still be fulfilled.
- He's Back: Goes through this after both his Heroic BSODs listed below. The one during the freshman race is both heartwarming and hilarious, as, rejuvenated, he pedals dramatically off into the distance...leaving behind all the supplies that the seniors gave to him. Cue the rest of the club's collective Face Fault.
- Heroic BSOD:
- Has one at the start of the Freshman Race, complete with Broken Tears, after he realizes he mommy bike simply can't keep up with the others' road racers. While this may seem a bit pathetic at first glance, keep in mind that if he doesn't catch up he'll wind up in last place, which means he won't be able to join the cycle club, which means that he'll very possibly lose the first two friends that he's ever made. With that much riding on the race, it's a little wonder that he's so torn up about being unable to compete.
- He gets another one during training camp, after he gets it into his head that he only likes climbing slopes because it's easy for him.
- Has a minor one when he crashes during Interhigh and falls to last place.
- I Gave My Word: Is incredibly determined to fulfill his orders during Interhigh, going to such crazy lengths as riding in a gutter to pass 100 riders or dropping to the back of the pack to get Tadokoro.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: His burning desire to have friends is the motivation behind most of his actions at the beginning of the series.
- Japanese Pronoun: Boku.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Onoda tends to get very impressed by other cyclists, even the ones of his age.
- The most prominent example is Makishima. Unlike Imaizumi and Naruko, who see respectively Kinjou and Tadokoro as friendly rivals who they want to surpass, Onoda just looks up to Makishima and thinks everything he does is cool.
- Although not the point of squee, he's also visibly amazed by Arakita after a very Badass moment of the latter. It comes to the point that Onoda seems to want to go after him, even though he's an opponent, after he gets left behind.
- The Load: Sometimes sees himself as this to the cycling club, especially when he compares his skill level to the likes of Imaizumi and Naruko. This self doubt is especially noticeable after the freshmen qualify for the interhigh, though it's quickly put to rest by the rest of the team's encouragement.
- Meaningful Name: His first name literally means "slope".
- Miracle Rally: Pretty much the only way he wins.
- NaÔve Newcomer: The world of competitive cycling is completely foreign to him. This is actually played for drama during the summer training camp, when he fails to realize that the seniors have modified his bike, and almost suffers from a major existential crisis after his performance drops.
- Nerd Glasses
- Nice Guy
- No One Gets Left Behind: His personal philosophy after Kinjou tells him to keep Sohoku together during Interhighs. Goes out of his way to fulfill this. See Determinator above. During the third day of Interhigh, he and Imaizumi hava to leave Naruko behind after he wears out all of his stamina and collapses.
- Otaku: At the start of the series, he's your stereotypical anime otaku.
- The Power of Friendship: Converts everyone to "Onoda-ism" very quickly. He does this to Imaizumi during their back gate race, Naruko during their meeting in Akihabara, and the seniors and coaches during the Freshman race.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Doesn't excel in social situations, but is an incredibly determined badass on the road.
- Tears of Joy: After catching up to Imaizumi and Naruko in the freshman race.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Onoda in a nutshell. Yes, he has an amazing cycling technique, but because of his lack of training he falls woefully short in both the stamina and overall fitness categories compared to the other club members. Since bicycle racing is mainly an endurance sport, this costs him more than a few races at the beginning of the series.
- The Watson: Onoda often asks Makishima and others about cycling and cycling strategy to help readers/viewers understand the sport.
- Wingding Eyes: His eyes briefly turn into spirals in episode 7.
- Worthy Opponent: To Imaizumi and Manami.
- Played by: Kosuke Toriumi (anime), Motohiro Oda (stage play)
A first-year and experienced cyclist who first notices Onoda's talent for climbing. He's an all-round cyclist whose main motivation is to defeat Midousuji in a race.
- Animal Motif: Word of God states that Imaizumi is like a rabbit. He does have a lot of rabbit shirts.
- Bishōnen: Considered to be this in-universe by many girls at his school.
- Butt Monkey: In the omakes, both in the physical and nonphysical sense.
- Childhood Friends: With Miki.
- Converted Fanboy: Imaizumi becomes a serious fan of Love Hime thanks to Onoda. He even goes with Onoda to the Love Hime movie and gets just as in to it as Onoda does.
- He even attended a Love Hime CONVENTION with Onoda, though he was somewhat confused by the whole thing.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: A non-romantic version. Opens up after befriending Onoda.
- Don't Think. Feel: Imaizumi, who in his previous races tries to act logically based on his biometrics, decides to ignore his heart rate and cadence monitor and go all-out during his race with Onoda.
- Heroic BSOD: Starts having one when he's unable to catch up to Midousuji on the last stretch of the first day of the Interhigh, and then on the second day he has a full blown one when Kyoto Fushimi passes him and Kinjou while Midousuji declares that he never even saw Sohoku as competition.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: Says this to Kinjou during the 2nd day during one of his Heroic BSODs.
- Inner Monologue: Most of his compliments for Onoda are not spoken.
- Jack of All Stats: As he is an All-Rounder.
- Japanese Pronoun: Ore.
- Jerk Jock: Averted. He's much nicer than his introduction makes him seem.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Often acts cold and uninterested, but he does genuinely care for people who get hurt - he helps Onoda when he crashes, and an old man when he trips. He also compliments Onoda on his skill and encourages him to better himself and become part of the cycling club.
- Lonely At The Front: Subverted, as Imaizumi's goal to be in first place is because it's quiet at the front of the pack.
- Lonely Rich Kid: As a child.
- Say My Name: Episode 20 of Grande Road, he lets out a loud Naruko.
- Second Place Is for Losers
- Sexy Man, Instant Harem: This trope is in very much in effect for him, and it's completely Played for Laughs.*Cut to fangirls*
- Sweet Tooth: Though it hasn't been mentioned in series, Word of God states that he loves sweet tamagoyaki thatís loaded with sugar.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: One of the prettiest looking among the main cast and is a good head taller than the rest of the cycle club freshmen. He also overlaps into Tall, Dark and Snarky territory too, especially in his interactions with Naruko.
- Unwanted Harem: Poor Imaizumi is downright horrified at all the female attention his races get.
- Played by: Jun Fukushima (anime), Yuuki Torigoe (stage play)
A first-year sprinter who transfers to Sohoku from Osaka.
- Affectionate Nickname: Was called "Shou-chan" by his childhood friends and elementary school classmates.
- Animal Motif: Tigers.
- Berserk Button: Disrespecting bicycles and their riders.
- Big Brother Instinct: Naruko has three younger brothers and is very caring towards them, to the point of spoiling them, as he carries candy on him to give to his brothers.
- Big Eater: Often has eating competitions with Aoyagi.
- Broken Tears: Gets this when Tadokoro pulls from the pack on the third day of Interhigh.
- Gets this again when he loses a race against Midousuji and as per a bet, had to give up being a Sprinter.
- Calling Your Attacks
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: To the point of it being a minor running gag.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Turns out Naruko makes this happen, as he has been dying his hair since he was very young as a way to stand out. Some people think that his red eyes may be caused by color contacts.
- Cute Little Fangs: Has one pronounced canine.
- Determinator: During the third day of Interhigh during his first year, he pushes his body beyond its limits in an effort for Imaizumi, Makishima, and Onoda to catch up to Hakone, the exhaustion sets in and he even loses his vision and needs Onoda to tell him directions.
- Fiery Redhead: Possesses a vibrant head of red hair, which fits in with the whole Hot-Blooded, red oni shtick he has going on.Naruko: A man has to be in red.
- Fist Bump: Does this often with Onoda, to the point where they do it customarily before races, describing it as offering each other spirit.
- Height Angst: Often lost races in the past due to his height.
- Hot-Blooded: Hands down the most passionate member of the freshmen trio.
- The Idiot from Osaka: Dear lord. If you somehow missed this from his whole attitude and the obvious accent, his biking gear has KANSAI scrawled across it in block caps.
- Irony: At the first day of Interhigh, he expresses that he wants himself, Onoda, and Imaizumi to cross the finish line and win together on the final day. On the final day, Naruko burns himself out and has to be left behind, being the only one of the three not to cross the finish line.
- It's Personal: In the current Interhigh, Naruko personally challenges Midousuji to a race to get revenge from an earlier encounter that resulted in Naruko losing and having to give up being a Sprinter. He plans on winning to regain his title as a Sprinter.
- Jack of All Stats: During the Welcome Race, Imaizumi was initially confused on what cyclist type Naruko was, as he excelled at sprinting and was pretty good at climbing; he at first believed him to be an All-Rounder, but after discovering his climbing technique was only effective on light inclines and not steep ones, Imaizumi realized Naruko was only a Sprinter. However, during their Second Year, Imaizumi has a similar thought on Naruko being an excellent Sprinter and has the potential to be a good Climber and suggests to him he becomes an All-Rounder, to which Naruko refuses. Later, Naruko makes a bet with Imaizumi, that if he beats Midosuji in a race, he stays a Sprinter, but if he loses, he has to become an All-Rounder. Naruko winds up losing the bet and goes home to Osaka for awhile to ponder on the soon to come changes, deciding he'll stick to his word and give it a shot; swapping to All-Rounder.
- Japanese Pronoun: Wai (Kansai slang for Washi).
- Large Ham
- Manly Tears: When he's frustrated that he lost to Imaizumi.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The second oldest of five.
- Misery Builds Character: Learns to accept that his losses when he was younger has made him a better sprinter.
- The Napoleon: He's the shortest member on the team, his official height is said to be 165cm, the same as Onoda and Aoyagi's, but he is actually slightly shorter than the two of them.
- The Nicknamer: Gives much of the cast a nickname.
- Aoyagi: Quiet Senpai
- Imaizumi: Hotshot
- Izumida: Eyelashes
- Kinjou: Captain Shades
- Tadokoro: Old man
- Teshima: Perm Sempai
- He calls one of the other racers in the inter-high "Gorilla".
- No One Gets Left Behind: Like Onoda, he hates having to leave his teammates behind and will often say they need to either go back or wait for them; especially during the first two days of Interhigh. Irony kicks in during day three of Interhigh when he overexerts himself catching Onoda, Makishima, and Imaizumi up to Hakone and winds up collapsing from exhaustion, dropping out of the race, and as a result, is left behind.
- Odd Friendship: With Aoyagi.
- Older Than They Look: Mistaken as a kindergartener while in 3rd grade.
- Real Men Hate Sugar: Subverted in an omake. Naruko pretends to enjoy black coffee when hanging out with Onoda, but immediately asks the server that milk be added the second Onoda goes to he bathroom.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Word of God says he knows how to cook and often cooks for his brothers.
- Signature Laugh: Has a distinctive "ka ka ka" laugh.
- Temporary Blindness: Is effected by this during the third day of Interhigh when he pushes himself too hard while drafting for Imaizumi, Makishima, and Onoda in an effort to catch up to Hakone. It doesn't stop him from catching them up.
- Tsundere: Type A towards Imaizumi, on the first day of Interhigh when he first proposes the idea that he, Imaizumi, and Onoda finish on the third day together, Imaizumi is surprised Naruko included him; Naruko's response was to say of course, turn away, and say he didn't want to see Imaizumi cry for leaving him out, while blushing.
- Played by: Hiroki Yasumoto (anime), Naoya Gomoto (stage play)
A senior all-rounder for the team. He's the captain for Sohoku.
- The Ace
- Badass Cyclist: Has insane control over his bicycle.
- Bishōnen: Considered this by girls at his school.
- The Captain
- Catch Phrase: "I never give up!"
- Cool Shades
- Determinator: Doggedly sees his second-year inter-high race to the end, even after suffering a crash at the hands of Fukutomi on the first day and losing the lead he had so desperately worked to win.
- He's even one when he's sewing. After accidentally sewing his lapel and shirt together:Kinjou: I never give up!
- He's even one when he's sewing. After accidentally sewing his lapel and shirt together:
- Game-Breaking Injury: His crash during his second year at Interhigh forces him to drop out of his third-year race.
- Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Averted. After he crosses the finish line on the second day of his second-year Inter-high, he's constantly holding his ribs, where he's bleeding through his jersey.
- I Can Still Fight: Insists on racing the day after his crash with Fukutomi.
- It's All My Fault: Kinjou blames himself for crashing for not being able to fulfill his expectations as The Ace on the second day of his second-year Interhigh, despite it not being his fault. It's only after Fukutomi's apology that the team realizes what happened.
- Jack of All Stats: As an "all-rounder" for the team.
- Manly Tears
- Rated M for Manly
- Real Men Wear Pink: Enjoys sewing and embroidery.
- Stage Magician: As a hobby.
- Pick a Card: Performs this trick for Onoda, Imaizumi and Naruko.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Played by: Showtaro Morikubo (anime), Tomoki Hirose (stage play)
Senior climbing specialist, and mentor to Onoda.
- Affectionate Nickname: Toudou calls him Maki-chan.
- Beauty Mark
- Berserk Button: Touching his stuff.Makishima: If you touch things without permission, I'll have you executed.Tadokoro: [rummages through fridge] Have anything to eat?Makishima: EXECUTED!
- Creepy Good
- Generic Cuteness: The mangaka said that he's supposed to be drawn as creepy and gross, but he's the most popular character in the series.
- Hates Small Talk
- Hidden Heart of Gold: While Makishima isn't very easy to talk to, he is nice and does help out Onoda during their joint practice and during the training camp (despite being told by Kinjou not to do so).
- Hide the Evidence: Cuts out part of the clubhouse's drywall that he used to mark his secret practices after some upperclassmen find out about it.
- Impossibly Tacky Clothes: His casual wear. The first time you see him out of his school uniform, Makishima is wearing a green and yellow stripes shirt with only one blue sleeve. Onoda thinks it's cool though.
- Kubrick Stare: When he sees that Onoda and Naruko have found the hole he made in the team clubhouse.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Mr. Exposition: Answers a lot of Onoda's questions about cycling as a way of informing the reader/viewer about the sport.
- Multicolored Hair: It's green with red streaks.
- Word of God has outed it as being a very good dye job.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: For Onoda and Naruko initially.
- Odd Friendship: He and Tadokoro seem to have a friendly bond despite being near polar opposites in both personality and appearance.
- Pick a Card: His hobby is playing card tricks.
- Rapid Hair Growth: In flashbacks note his hair is almost shoulder length. By the time the series starts, it's down to his back.
- Straight Man: With Toudou.
- Team Mom: Towards the 1st years, especially Onoda.
- Tears of Joy: When Sohoku manages to win in the last day of Interhigh, Makishima cries when going on the stage with the rest of the team.
- The Un-Smile
- Verbal Tic: Adds -sho to the end of his sentences.
- Weak, but Skilled: Like Onoda, he isn't very strong on flats or sprints but is very skilled at climbing.
- Worthy Opponent: Though he won't outright admit it, he does consider Toudou as this.
- You Gotta Have Green and Red Hair: Word of God states that it is dyed and that his natural hair color is brown.
- Played by: Kentarō Itō (anime), Masashi Oyama (stage play)
Senior sprinter for Sohoku.
- Affectionate Nickname: Makishima calls Tadokoro "Tadokorocchi".
- Battle Cry: Ox-y-gen!
- Big Brother Mentor: Is this toward the second years.
- Big Eater: And HOW!
- The Big Guy
- Calling Your Attacks
- Despair Event Horizon: Almost crosses it when he realizes he's too sick to catch up to the rest of the pack. Cue Onoda staying back to help him catch up.
- Fat and Proud
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Tadokoro is voiced by the same guy who performed the voice for another Hot-Blooded sports athlete — although this one was a shorter-than-average soccer player at a struggling professional Tokyo soccer club.
- Implausible Deniability: Tells Fukutomi when he visits that the pile of wheels totally fell on their own. On top of him. Makishima calls him out on it.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: At the end of the first day of his third-year Interhigh, he tells Makishima to leave him behind during Interhighs if he can't keep up.
- Large Ham
- Manly Tears: Sheds them quite a lot.
- One particular example is on the second day of the inter-high when Onoda stays back and helps him catch up with the team. While he is thanking Onoda and telling him how grateful he is, he starts crying.
- Misery Builds Character: Touji adopts this attitude with respect to Tadokoro. Though Tadokoro lost a lot of races as a freshman, Touji knew that they would drive him and make him a better sprinter.
- Obsessed with Food: It doesn't help that his parents own a bakery.
- Odd Friendship: He and Makishima seem to have become friends after meeting in the club, despite being complete opposites.
- Papa Bear: To the 2nd years.
- Team Dad: Towards the 1st and 2nd years.
- Tears of Joy: When he and Onoda catch up to the rest of the Sohoku team on the second day of Interhigh.
- Weight Woe: As a freshman, one of his reasons for handing in his resignation from cycling club was because he couldn't lose weight, meaning that he wouldn't be able to climb well. Even if he did he would lose power.
- Played by: Kouki Miyata (anime)
Another first-year who joined the bicycle club with Onoda and co.
- I Call It "Vera": Calls his bicycle "Col-chan".
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Subverted. Does give his advice and opinions on cycling in a smug way, but his advice is all correct.
- Little Big Brother: Turns out Sugimoto has a brother who is a year younger than him and is massively taller than him and he joins the cycling club in the main trio's Second Year.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Loves pointing out how experienced he is.
- Smug Snake: Downplayed. While he likes to flaunt his "experience", he is rather nice.
- Played by: Daisuke Kishio (anime)
A second-year bicycle club member at Sohoku
- Always Someone Better: He actually felt this way towards Imaizumi, during middle school, enough to make him consider stop cycling. Meeting and teaming up with Aoyagi is what gets him out of it.
- Brains and Brawn: The brains in his partnership with Aoyagi, creating plans to push the other to victory.
- The Captain: Becomes Sohoku's captain when Kinjou graduates.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Sprained his ankle during the 1000 kilometer race, forcing him to quit the race and any chance of going to the Interhigh.
- Gratuitous English: "It's tea time."
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Aoyagi.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Word of God states that he's proficient with cooking, sewing and knitting
- Stone Wall: Acts as a tank for Aoyagi, preventing other racers from getting past him so his partner can speed ahead.
- The Strategist: Works with Aoyagi to defeat their opponents with tactics.
- Tears of Joy: When, during Interhighs, Tadokoro wins the first checkpoint.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Chocolate.
- Undying Loyalty: To Aoyagi and Tadokoro.
- Played by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (anime)
A second-year bicycle club member at Sohoku. He doesn't talk much.
- Adaptational Dye Job: Both hair and eyes, within both the manga and anime. In the his second year during the manga, he was depicted as having light brown hair, similar to the color in the anime, in his third year, he starts being drawn with blonde hair. Additionally, he has been draw with either blue and gold eyes, it varies often so his "official" eye color isn't stated, in the anime, his eyes are black.
- Big Eater: In emulation of Tadokoro, he often gets in eating competitions with Naruko.
- Bishōnen: Not so much in his second year, but his appearance changes a bit by his third year.
- Brains and Brawn: The brawn in his partnership with Teshima, as the slightly better cyclist.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Only sometimes in the manga where the artist decides to color his eyes gold after he starts being drawn with blonde hair.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Teshima.
- Number Two: Teshima's, as he is named vice-captain in his third year.
- Odd Friendship: With Naruko.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Which covers his left-eye. In his third year, he parts his bangs so he has a strand running down the middle and fringe framing either side of his face, similar to the original hairstyle of Rukia from Bleach.
- The Quiet One: Rarely speaks.
- The Silent Bob
- Tears of Joy: When, during Interhighs, Tadokoro wins the first checkpoint.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cabbage.
- Undying Loyalty: To Teshima and Tadokoro.
- Played by: Ayaka Suwa (anime)
The club manager of Sohoku's bicycle club.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Didn't like when Naruko talked about her breasts and broke a broom over his head.
- Childhood Friends: With Imaizumi.
- Cute Sports Club Manager
- Genki Girl
- Ms. Exposition: In the early parts of the series.
- Otaku: A self-proclaimed cycling otaku.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to her tomboyish friend Aya.
- Played by: Junichi Suwabe (anime)
Miki's elder brother, who used to be the captain of the club. Now runs the local bike shop and helps out the team on the side (usually by driving everyone around in the shop's van).
- Big Brother Mentor: To Kinjou, Tadokoro and Makishima.
- The Captain: When he was a senior at Sohoku.
- Oral Fixation: Pretz or a toothpick. Word of God states that it's dried squid.
- Passing the Torch
- Played by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (anime)
The coach for the Sohoku bicycle team and an English teacher at Sohoku High.
- Cool Old Guy
- Cool Teacher: When the members of his team are in his class for a make-up lesson, he lets them go outside and practice riding instead.
- Eyes Always Shut: Though he often opens them in intense situations.
- Funny Foreigner: While watching Naruko and Imaizumi race:Mr. Pierre: [collapses] I just got so excited that I forgot to breathe!
- Gratuitous English: Justified, as he is a foreigner.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: In the beginning. He falls over during the race so that Naruko and Imaizumi would check on him and he would be able to talk to them.
- Perpetual Smiler
Issa KaburagiA first year that joins the team after Interhigh in the following school year.
- Animal Motif: Like Naruko, he's pretty closely associated with the tiger.
- Arrogant Cycling Guy: Is quite confident in his cycling abilities.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Imaizumi and Naruko both find him arrogant and as a result, find him annoying because of it.
- Butt Monkey: Imaizumi and Naruko find a way of bonding through making fun of Kaburagi.
- Childhood Friends: With Danchiku.
- Jack of All Stats: Claims to be an All-Rounder, everyone else says he's a Sprinter, and is shown to be more suited to being a Sprinter.
- Sempai/Kohai: The kohai to Onoda's sempai, he has also shown more respect and general adoration to Onoda in comparison to Imaizumi and Naruko.
Ryuuhou DanchikuAnother first year that joins the team following Interhigh.
- Childhood Friends: With Kaburagi.
- Multicolored Hair: Most of his hair is black, with the exception of his bangs, which are blue.
- The Stoic: Is generally serious showing little emotion.
- Not So Stoic: Gets very nervous before big events.
Sadatoki SugimotoAnother first year who joins the team following Interhigh and is Sugimoto's younger brother.
- Adorkable: Gives Onoda a run for his money, he once said "Thanks for the food," when entering the club room.
- Alliterative Name
- Big Little Brother: Utterly towers over his older brother, and the rest of the team for that matter, he even makes the above average Imaizumi look short.
- Gentle Giant: And how!
- Running Gag: Saying phrases that don't match the situation, see Adorkable above.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Is immensely sweet, not that his brother isn't, but he's a lot less sharp-tongued.
The Hakone Team
- All There in the Manual: Just like with Sohoku, interviews with the mangaka has generated a lot of trivia about them. View a collection here.
- Dream Team: Fukutomi describes Hakone as "a team of aces".
- Five-Man Band: Year One Interhigh, they are an interesting case where some of the roles swap around.
- The Leader: Fukutomi
- The Lancer: Arakita in Day One, Shinkai in Day Two
- The Big Guy: Shinkai and Izumida both, but mostly Shinkai; Izumida in Day One, Shinkai in Day Two
- The Smart Guy: Toudou and Shinkai in general, mostly Toudou
- The Chick: Toudou in Day One, Arakita in Day Three
- Sixth Ranger: Manami
- Year Two Interhigh
- Friendly Enemy: With Sohoku.
- Worthy Opponent: So far the second team to be given screen time and are shown to take sportsmanship seriously, and they seem to consider Sohoku the same.
- Played by: Tomoaki Maeno (anime), Eiji Takigawa (stage play)
The captain of Hakone's bike club.
- Arrogant Biker: He has a fixation on being the best.
- The Atoner: Wants to defeat Kinjou honorably after injuring him during their second-year Inter-High.
- Successfully atones when he and Kinjou complete the second day of Inter-High fairly during their third year.
- A Turtle Named Turtle: The trivia states that he has a turtle named Turtle.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are rather thick.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Seems this way at first.
- The Captain
- Catch Phrase: "I am strong." (Ore wa tsuyoi.)
- He says this so often in inappropriate situations that it's a Running Gag in the anime.
- Defeat Means Respect: He learns to respect Kinjou as a strong cyclist after Kinjou passes him in their second-year Interhigh and continued to compete even after his extensive injuries.
- Easily Forgiven: By Kinjou.
- Genius Bruiser
- Like Father, Like Son: Strives to be a successful cyclist just like his father and older brother.
- Manly Tears
- My God, What Have I Done?: Deeply regretted injuring Kinjou during their second year Inter-High race
- My Greatest Failure: Wants to make up for injuring Kinjou in their second-year Inter-High by competing with him fairly again during their last competition together.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Says this outright to Kinjou during his second interhigh, all while complaining that there are no Worthy Opponents to challenge him.
- Perpetual Frowner: Is almost always scowling.
- Pride Before a Fall: In Fukutomi and Kinjou's backstory, Fukutomi is only given about a half an episode to gloat about his training and heritage before he causes both him and Kinjou to crash.
- Privileged Rival: Comes from a background of successful cyclists, and has had much more instruction and training compared to Kinjou.
- Rated M for Manly
- Smug Snake: Was one until the events of his second Interhigh.
- Sweet Tooth: Well, if he likes apple pie then he must like sweet food.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Apples, apple pie.
- Played by: Satoshi Hino (anime), Shuuto Miyazaki (stage play)
A third-year sprinter for Hakogaku.
- Big Eater: Trivia mentions he eats as much as Tadokoro.
- Fatal Flaw: Can't pass riders on the left after running over a rabbit during a race. See My Greatest Failure.
- Removed Achilles Heel: Gets over his fear of passing when he decides he needs to let go of his past to help the team win.
- Finger Gun: His trademark pose.
- First Name Basis: Calls all the other third years by their given names.
- Multicolored Hair: Manga-only. He highlights his hair with blue streaks.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to running over a rabbit during a race and coming back to realize he also orphaned her child.
- My Greatest Failure: Ran over a rabbit during the race while her child looked on.
- Number Two: To Fukutomi, as his long time friend and the one who knows and understands him best.
- Overly Long Tongue: When in his "demon" mode.
- Red Ones Go Faster: More so in the manga. Shinkai is one of the fastest sprinters in the series, and according to trivia, the author is careful to add red to everything when coloring him, including his skin.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Powerbars.
- Played by: Tetsuya Kakihara (anime), Ryou Kitamura (stage play)
Third-year of Hakone's bicycle club. He's also a climber.
- Bishie Sparkle
- Bishōnen: And he loves to remind people of that.Toudou: Yes, I am Toudou! Hakone Academyís beautiful third-year climber... Toudou!
- Chick Magnet: He has a fanclub, and it's been stated that none of his fans are male. Trivia also says he gains a lot of chocolate on Valentine's Day, all from girls who want to date him.
- Curtains Match the Window: His hair and eyes are dark purple.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Hair Decorations: Wears a hairband. In which Makishima called him as such during their races together.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: In a flashback, he refused to accept Makishima being forced to quit due to flat tires as a win on his part.
- Number Two: To Fukutomi, though not like Shinkai. Toudou is the vice captain of the team and the most likely to take charge if Fukutomi isn't around.
- Real Men Cook: Cooks best among the Hakone third-years and is even good at food arrangements, thanks to being taught by his older sister.
- Red Baron: Gains the nickname "Sleeping Climber" or in his words "Sleeping Beauty", though most people call him the "Forest Ninja".
- He's also called the "God of the Mountains".
- The Rival: To Makishima.
- Speed Echoes: When pulling off his Sleeping Climb.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Poor Makishima can't catch a break from him. The anime takes it Up to Eleven in its stinger extras, where it's shown that Makishima receives several phone calls from Toudou a day.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair
- Played by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (anime), Hiroki Suzuki (stage play)
A third year all-round cyclist.
- Animal Motif: Wolf.
- Big Eater: Is the second biggest eater on the team after Shinkai.
- Brutal Honesty: Doesn't mince words complaining about how Shinkai lost a race to Midousuji during the Interhigh. It actually helps Shinkai getting over it. Trivia also mentions that Arakita is a character who "says what's wanting to be said".
- Bikes Like Crazy: When he's fired up.
- Career-Ending Injury: He was a promising baseball pitcher until he hurt his elbow.
- Day in the Limelight: A whole chapter in the manga and a couple of episodes in the second season of the anime are devoted to his backstory. One episode is even named after him.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Used to style his hair into a pompaudor typical of delinquents. He cuts it shortly after his run-in with Fukutomi, symbolizing his definitive advance towards the cycling world, and him moving on from the past.
- Friendless Background: In the beginning of high school, he had no friends, underlings, or anyone to count on other than his Vespa.
- Generic Cuteness: A meta example. Word of God is that Arakita is meant to be drawn ugly. Fangirls probably wouldn't agree to that.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: For all his rudeness, Arakita definitely has a soft side, even if he doesn't show it. In a special comic, he tries to give Pocari water bottles to his teammates as a gift for being in their care, but finds that too embarrassing. Trivia also states he'd be the first to text Toudou "Happy Birthday", because that's how he is.
- Japanese Delinquent: When he was younger.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- Mouth Screen: Gets quite a few shots of his mouth.
- The Nicknamer: Adds the suffix -chan onto the names of characters he acknowledges, such as Fukutomi, Manami and Onoda. Also coins the nickname "Wonder Boy" for Manami, and used to call Fukutomi "Stone Face".
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Only likes competing when he has someone to challenge, otherwise he won't try.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Speaks more rudely than anyone else on his team.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bepsi.
- Tsundere: Type A
- You Remind Me of X: He never says it out loud, but one of the reasons he helped Onoda to break away from the pack is because he reminded him of Fukutomi.
- Played by: Atsushi Abe (anime), Takuya Kawaharada (stage play)
A second-year sprinter for Hakogaku.
- Ambiguously Brown
- Battle Cry: ABS!
- The Captain: Becomes captain of Hakogaku after Fukutomi graduates.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The guy talks to his pecs as though they were real people.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Is depicted as comic relief at the end of the first stage play where he gets jealous of Shinkai "having taught" Onoda about his "Bang" pose; getting upset that Shinkai didn't teach him. It results in him screaming "Shinkai-san" several times before running off stage after him; his reaction causes both Naruko and Kinjou to say he's dangerous.
- Formerly Fat: Was rather heavy in one of his earliest flashbacks.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Wasn't able to defeat either Tadokoro or Naruko.
- Subverted, in that Tadokoro explains to him that his loss was due to lack of experience in racing, rather then anything to do with his abilities. Being able to move the fastest doesn't help you if you blink.
- Hero-Worshipper: Towards Shinkai, it's even more noticeable in the stage plays.
- Manly Tears: Ghibli style.
- Meet My Good Friends "Lefty" and "Righty": Exaggerated. Named his pecs Andy and Frank, but he talks to them and have their own personalities.
- His hobbies include naming his own muscles.
- Mr. Fanservice: And HOW!
- Pec Flex
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Frank and Andy, respectively.
- Shirtless Scene: Tons. Bikes in races with his jersey open as well as works out constantly while shirtless.
- Talking to Themself: His pecs do have their own personalities and they do communicate with Izumida, but not verbally. However, Izumida does talk back to them.
- Workout Fanservice: Poster boy for it.
- Played by: Tsubasa Yonaga (anime), Keisuke Ueda (stage play)
First-year member of Hakone's bike club and a friendly rival to Onoda.
- Affectionate Nickname: Arakita calls him "Wonder Boy". Given that it's Arakita, the "affectionate" part is kind of doubtful, but it does seems to be half sarcasm, half sincerity.
- Bishōnen: To the point that Toudou fears that he may steal some of his fangirls.
- Childhood Friends: With Miyahara.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Always late, falls sleeps right before a super important competition (when he's already on the top of his bike!) and is almost scarily easygoing.
- Creepy Child: When he was younger.Manami: I wonder what it feels like to be stabbed.
- Curtains Match the Window: Blue hair and eyes.
- Day in the Limelight: Episode 20. It's even named after him.
- Expy: Oddly good-natured, despite being on the rival sports team, bishounen of the highest degree, and has an oddly intimate relationship with the cowardly protagonist as well as an association with angels. Kaworu Nagisa, is that you?
- Idiot Hair: It's included in his height as well.
- Ill Boy: As a child, he spent most of his time sickly and bedridden.
- In Harmony with Nature: Uses the wind to his advantage in races.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Subverted in that he's not that innocent (at least not to Onoda's extent), but Played Straight in that it alludes to his apparent naivety and cements his angelic motifs.
- Japanese Pronouns: Ore, but when talking to Onoda he changes to boku because that's what the latter normally uses, and he picks it up.
- Meaningful Name: His first name literally means "mountain".
- No Sense of Personal Space: At one point, in the middle of the race, he grabs Onoda by the waist and starts talking to him really closely. Onoda is understandably quite startled at first.
- Oblivious to Love: Doesn't realize that his Childhood Friend has had a crush on him for quite some time. It's gotten to the point where she fears that he might be in love with his bicycle.
- Perpetual Smiler
- Second Place Is for Losers: Manami may not look like it, but he's obsessed with reaching the goal first so that it remains "untainted." He hates Onoda for beating him on the third day of the inter-high and throws away the bottle he gave back to him.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He's nice to Onoda during his first few meetings with him, but he's a completely different animal during a race.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
The Fushimi Team
- Played by: Koji Yusa (anime), Mitsu Murata (stage play)
A first year and ace of Kyoto Fushimi's bike club. He is also Imaizumi's rival.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range
- The Ace: As a first year.
- Ambiguous Disorder: More apparent after witnessing him as a child in his flashbacks. In the present day he could usually pass as just a weird jerk, but as a kid he was withdrawn, didn't seem to like talking and when he did he seemed to have difficulty articulating his meaning, prone to delayed physical reactions, and didn't like making eye contact. He also, to this day, thinks of emotions in very abstract terms, relating them to colors (happiness or contentment he describes as "yellow", for instance.)
- Attack Its Weak Point: Considers this an acceptable strategy during a race, using significant research on the other racers against them.
- Bad Boss: Isn't afraid to abuse his own team, with the excuse that he's The Ace.
- Break Them by Talking: Uses this often to try to beat the competition.
- Character Tic: A number of them. His weird hand and body movements when he chants "gross", his clacking his teeth, sliding his tongue out of his mouth, pulling down on the skin of his face to reveal the underside of his eyeball, and occasionally tilting his head to the side as he talks.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Midousuji discusses this trope in a Internal Monologue when he's bullied for not being good in anything aside from cycling. He decides that it's weirder to excel at everything (academics, popularity and athletics), rather than to just be incredibly competent in one thing.
- Crippling the Competition: In the backstory, he lied to Imaizumi during a race, saying the race personnel were looking for him because his mother had been hit by a car.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason Midousuji is so nasty while riding is that as a child he was ridiculed for wanting to be an athlete due to his poor physical ability, but was encouraged to pursue cycling by his sickly mother, who died before she could make it to one of his races. This drives Midousuji to keep moving forward and become the best at any cost.
- Also "explains" why he tricked Imaizumi into losing a past race by saying that Imaizumi's mother had just been hit by a car.
- Insistent Terminology: If youíre on his team, you better add -kun to the end of his name.
- Alternatively, some fansubs will have him demanding to have "Ace" added before his name.
- It's All About Me: He's really only in it for himself. Until we find out that he took up cycling because he wasn't good at anything else, and also because of his mother.
- Lean and Mean: He is very lanky and mean-spirited as they come.
- Loners Are Freaks: Midousuji was constantly bullied at school at a young age and made fun of because he wanted to be a sports star, yet wasn't good at sports.
- Missing Mom: Midousuji's own mother is dead. Part of why he took up cycling was to make her proud and he rode 20 km. to the hospital every day to visit her.
- Nightmare Face: See his mugshot.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His face wouldn't be out of place on a Titan, and the way he moves makes it look like he doesn't have any bones.
- Overly Long Tongue: Add it to the list of reasons why this guy is creepy.
- Perpetual Smiler
- Power Copying: Copies Manami's ability to use the wind for help during the 3rd day mountain race.
- Power Limiter: His taped fingers preventing him from using his outer gear during the second day of Interhigh. Also has bands on his legs.
- Second Place Is for Losers: Says this outright during his duel with Shinkai.
- Shadow Archetype: Is easily this to Onoda. As revealed in his flashback, like Onoda, he was never any good at athletics growing up with the sole exception of bicycling, which he had already gotten strong at for personal reasons and which he started pursuing as a serious sport with an outside nudge and plenty of determination. While Onoda has a family who doesn't seem to quite "get" it, has many supportive friends, and puts his all into cycling because it's something fun he can do with and "for" them, Midousuji had absolutely no friends, was encouraged to road race by his mother, and gets way less enjoyment from cycling itself than he does from succeeding, which he insists on doing by himself, "for" himself now that his mom's dead. Comes full circle when Onoda tells him that the difference in their reasons for smiling when they ride is that Onoda just enjoys riding with his team and Midousuji uses that to snap himself out of his post-Day 2 funk.
- Slasher Smile
- Small Name, Big Ego: For all his bluster, he's a first year. Doesn't stop him from barging onto the stage where the previous year's champions were gathered and declaring himself the best racer there. And to be fair, he has the power to back up his trash talking but is still unable to defeat the aces, at least as far as we've seen.
- The Strategist: Makes detailed plans on how to crush everyone at Interhigh, researching everyone to know their weaknesses and how (and when) to exploit them. He also studies the entire race course extensively and matches his strategies to specific areas.
- 10-Minute Retirement
- Troll: In spades. Once he gets going, he does not shut up.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating
- Verbal Tic: Kimoinote
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers a major breakdown during the second day when both Sohoku catch up as well as Fukutomi choosing Shinkai as his assistant, both things he didn't plan for.
- Has his ultimate breakdown at the end of the second day, when he hits his limit and both Fukutomi and Kinjou pass him while they're only a few meters in front of the goal.
- Played by: Hirofumi Nojima (anime), Toshiyuki Someya (stage play)
The previous ace for Kyoto Fushimi before Midousuji entered the club.
- Affectionate Nickname: His teammates of the same year call him Ishiyan.
- The Captain: Though any real authority belongs to Midousuji.
- Morality Pet: Seems to become this to Midousuji at some point during the last day of Interhigh. Ishigaki also begins to address him without honorifics, which is a big deal given Midousuji's Insistent Terminology.
- Nice Guy: He really is just... nice to everyone, for all that he's dragged along in his team's wake. He even seems to genuinely like and care about Midousuji of all people.
- Token Good Teammate: So far, the only Kyoto Fushimi member we've seen to be respectful/sportsmanlike.
- Played by: Yukitoshi Kikuchi (anime)
- The Load: Midousuji dubs him and the other Kyoto Fushimi sprinter this, as he breaks away with the rest of the team on a slope during the second day of Interhigh.
- Played by: Chihiro Suzuki (anime), Kento Masui (stage play)
- Yes-Man: He's this to whoever is in charge, to the point of imitating them. When Ishigaki was the captain, Mizuta tried to be just like him, including copying his hair style, but now that Midousuji is in charge, Mizuta acts like the most eager and obedient member of the team towards him and tries to imitate Midousuji with his attitude and Slasher Smile, which Arakita calls him out on in the manga.
Hiroshima Kureminami Technical School
- Played by: Seki Tomokazu (anime)
- Affectionate Nickname: Ibitani calls him Miya.
- Animal Motif: A fighting dog.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Machimiya's aggressive climbing style involves him repeatedly hitting his chest against his handlebars.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Machimiya is so insanely determined to get revenge on Hakogaku because Fukutomi refused to give Machimiya a water bottle during the last Interhigh.
- Though it did cost Machimiya that day's race, with his own unluckiness also playing a part, so it might be justified, to an extent.
- Foil: Is one to Arakita, which is even lampshaded by the latter himself. Like a young Arakita, Machimiya feels trapped and angered by his unsuccessful past, but while he's still stuck in his own failure, Arakita was able to move forward. Even their Animal Motifs are similar, both being dog-like.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He made a bet with members form Sohoku and Hakogaku that whichever group overtakes the other by 20 meters will be allowed to catch up with the aces, and the other group will have to let them go. He ends up losing that bet.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Uses this as a form of intimidation against his opponents on the 3rd day. He's incredibly grabby.
- The Power of Hate: Machimiya is hugely fueled by the desire for revenge.
- Unluckily Lucky: Machimiya claims to be Born Unlucky, which has some basis: he didnít manage to get on the podium in the second day of the previous Interhigh just because he didnít have a water bottle. However, his bad luck also seems to work on his favor, by becoming othersí misfortune: he did manage to place third at that same Interhigh thanks to other competitors having a flat tire, misjudging the course and such.