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A High School Stock Character
, the Cute Sports Club Manager is the equivalent of the Team Mom
for the high school sports club of which she's part. She holds important various roles for the cohesion of the club: cleaning and buying equipment, preparing energy food, keeping tabs on the players' data, and providing moral support to said players.
Usually a pretty and good-hearted girl, she's loved and respected by the club's members. She may be seconded by one or two female assistants (more often than not her underclassmen
) who act as her Lancer(s)
, or as either her girly girl or her tomboy
, depending on the girl's own personality traits
There are two common variations of this character:
She's the official team manager who is actually part of the school system. There, the Cute Sports Club Manager has a good chance of becoming an Official Couple
with the story's club player main protagonist, even more so if he's the team's captain, such as the Kendo Team Captain
. Her assistant(s) and the other club players will then usually go Shipper on Deck
for the two.
She's the coach's daughter, acting as the unofficial manager of the team. This variation tends to have her be a Tomboy
and a sports nut, and either too young to be a viable love interest, or off limits because the coach would kill you (though this has the possibility of romance drama too).
It's not rare for both variations of this character to, at a point, make lucky charms such as hachimaki
for every member of the team. The one she'll design specifically for her love interest will usually have an extra feature or be better made than the others.
A Stock Character
in High School sports-themed manga
and Dating Sims
(usually seen in works of The Eighties
In the West, this fits as a Discredited Trope
. It was popular in The Fifties
, with such girls functioning as The Chick
(or a mix of Chick and The Smart Guy
) in an all male squad. She usally took the form of team managers, water girls, cheerleaders and fraternity sweethearts. Nowadays such characters are much less sympathetic, usually the Alpha Bitch
An Always Female
trope. Since most sports teams are for a single gender, this is often the only way to bring a female lead into a male team, thus another reason why she's so shippable.
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- Sanae Nakazawa, in the Junior High arc of Captain Tsubasa, is the manga Ur Example and Trope Codifier. She's a cute-looking, popular Shorttank in love with the Soccer Club captain of Nankatsu Junior High Tsubasa Ohzora, and her assistants are her best friend Yukari Nishimoto (who, along with the rest of the team, ships Sanae and Tsubasa), and her kohai Kumi Sugimoto (who loves Tsubasa). Several years and arcs later, Sanae and Tsubasa marry, and she's pregnant with their child.
- Yoshiko Fujisawa is Sanae's counterpart in the Furano Junior High Soccer Club. In love with captain Hikaru Matsuyama, and her assistant Machiko Machida is her best friend (who, along with the other members, ship Yoshiko and Matsuyama). She makes hachimaki for everyone, and gives Matsuyama a special one with her confession of love for him sewn on it (which will help them getting out of their Twice Shy issues). This hachimaki will become in later arcs Matsuyama's iconic item, wearing it in crucial matches.
- In Musashi Junior High, Sanae's counterpart is her and Tsubasa's friend Yayoi Aoba, who is also very close to captain Jun Misugi. There's a buttload of Ship Tease among them, but not a definitive confirmation about them being either an Official Couple or Platonic Life Partners.
- The videogames add Youko Katagiri, who is actually the assistant for the National Team and the younger sister of counselor Munemasa Katagiri. She has a slap stick relationship of sorts with Ryo Ishizaki, of all persons.
- In the WYC manga, the manager of the National Swedish team is a cute-looking nurse named Shirley Marks, the little sister of the team doctor and the best friend of Stefan Levin's dead girlfriend Karin.
- Hiromi / Hilary in Beyblade.
- From Harlem Beat, Johnanís opponents usually thought that Kiriko was this. They have NO IDEA (although she's more of a benevolent one).
- Ayako in Slam Dunk, but as a subversion: while pretty and good-natured, she's much more assertive and tomboyish, practically a Tsundere.
- Mamori, Juri, and Wakana from Eyeshield 21, to name a few.
- In general, Eyeshield 21 loves this trope, as it's just about the only way to feature a female prominently on each team, as the cheerleaders are mostly stuck with the role of Chorus Girls.
- Maruko "Maria" Himuro of the Hakushuu Dinosaurs subverts this trope to hell and gone. She's cute and she's the manager. She's also the object of team captain Marco's affections, and the reason for his slide into Love Makes You Evil. This leads to the poor girl becoming an Emotionless Girl until his eventual defeat.
- Discussed/invoked in the Scorebook manga, where the two remaining members of the boys' baseball club dream about getting a manager like this.
- Princess Nine has one of these, but the romance element is left out, presumably because the writers didn't want to do the Schoolgirl Lesbians thing. Also Lampshaded: the individual in question wanted to become one of these like in the manga she reads, but was disappointed to find that her all-girl's academy she attends didn't actually have a baseball team. When she heard they were putting together a team, she promptly recruited herself to the surprise of everyone else.
- In the Full Metal Panic!? Fumoffu episode "The War Cry of Excessiveness", Sousuke and Kaname (of all people) are roped into coaching Jindai High School's failing rugby team. Student Council President Hayashimizu has Kaname fill this role, insisting that she wear a sailor suit, style her hair in twin braids, and carry a large brass kettle in order to specifically evoke this image. However, she doesn't do a very good job because the rugby team's wimpiness annoys her so much that when the Opposing Sports Team trash-talks them, Kaname says "You've got that right!" and starts laughing along with them.
- Ako Izumi of Mahou Sensei Negima! is this, nominally; it never really comes up and we never see the team. Presumably added in just for the sake of completing the series' authoritative catalog of otaku fetishes.
- Word of God says she joined because she liked the team captain but was turned down after she confessed. Pushing her Butt Monkey status even even higher.
- She even manages to demonstrate some soccer skills during the Dodge Ball match.
- Ookiku Furikabutte has two — Chiyo Shino'oka for the principal Nishiura team, and Suzune Miyashita for Musashino.
- Shion Sonozaki in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni plays this role for the Hinamizawa Fighters, although the team is tangential to the main plot and only shows up a couple of times.
- Asami Uchida of Detective Conan, who was the soccer club manager when Shinichi was in middle school. She fancied him, but he politely rejected her as he was already in love with Ran. And when she reappeared... it was in a case when she was the victim and barely survived a human-caused fire.
- Yumi Horikoshi and Noriko Kimoto were the CSCM's for Kogoro's judo club from college, and several years later they're very pretty ladies. But Yumi is murdered in their last college reunion.
- In Ojamajo Doremi's first episode, the Nice Girl Maki Takahashi is the soccer club manager and has a crush on her sempai and the top scorer of the team, Igarashi, but is too shy to tell him (And coincidentally, so is he). She has a magical pendant purchased in Majo Rika's shop, and when Igarashi gets seriously hurt, Maki wishes that she can help him even if she hurts herself. Inadvertently, this activates the pendant's magic: Igarashi is healed but Maki is injured... yet as a plus, this lets them act on their feelings. Too bad Doremi also had a crush on him and thus couldn't say anything.
- In some of the anime-only training arcs from The Prince of Tennis, Sakuno Ryuzaki, An Tachibana and Tomoka Osakada got upgraded from Tag Along Kids and Chorus Girls to this.
- Kotoha is supposed to be this for the Tsubakikawa team, but we don't see her doing work aside of taking peeks at other teams to gather info and failing to get it.
- Minami who's taking over from her equally cute friend Yuki in Moshidora specially after Ill Girl Yuki's death.
- To a smaller degree, there's also the score keeper Ayano Hojou. Later in the anime, Yunosuke's childhood friend Hanae joins them to make something of herself.
- 14 Juicy is a Slice of Life about a trio of these.
- Several of the girls from After School Sex Slave Club are these. In a way.
- Gender Flip in Cross Manage: The male protagonist is dragooned into being one of these for a girls' lacrosse team.
- Satsuki Momoi and Riko Aida in Kuroko no Basuke, though Riko is a slightly unusual example because she is also the coach of her team.
- Kurogane features one for its three major Kendo clubs with Tsubame Shiratori being the main one shown.
- Gou Matsuoka, manager of the Iwatobi Swim Club in Free!
- Mio Nishizono, manager of the Little Busters Baseball team in Little Busters!
- Miki, self-proclaimed cycling otaku, is one for the Sohoku team in Yowamushi Pedal.
- At the beginning of Nozomu Nozomi aspiring shortstop Nozomu has a crush on baseball team manager Ide; by the end he's become her assistant after a pair of inexplicable gender benders force him to trade identities with his sister.
- Rui Megawa from Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE! is a Rare Male Example of the first variety, since the setting is an all-boys school. He's the manager of the baseball club, does all the usual manager duties and is outwardly friendly and sweet, but secretly he takes great pride in the "cute" part. When Yumoto undergoes a sudden personality change and becomes so dutiful and cute that all the sports teams ask him to be their manager, Rui becomes jealous enough to be turned into the Monster of the Week by the villains.
- In Remember the Titans, the daughter of the assistant coach is an example of the second variety.
- The 1986 film The Wildcats has an example of the first variety.
- Saki Nijino, in the Kirameki Saga of the Tokimeki Memorial series, is the Dating Sim Ur Example. In the original game, being one of the easiest girls to win the heart of, she's highly likely to become the main protagonist's love interest; and in the Nijiiro no Seishun canon, they become an Official Couple.
- Minori Akiho is at first Saki's kohai and assistant, and will oppose their relationship because she's in love with Saki; she'll let it go in the end, though. She then becomes a Cute Sports Club Manager herself in Tabidachi no Uta, once Saki graduates and once she takes under her wing her kohai Tomomi.
- It's not her main gimmick, but Shiori Fujisaki can become one if the calculations of her starting parameters set her as a member of the Soccer or Baseball Clubs.
- In the Radio Dramas of the first game, Megumi Juuichiya is the manager of the Basketball Club.
- In Tokimeki Memorial 2, Kaedeko Sakura is the Cute Sports Club Manager of the Baseball Club of Hibikino High, and later, after she transfers, of Daimon High.
- In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, Konno Tamami is the Cute Sports Club Manager of the Basketball Club and is your rival for Suzuka Kazuma. The Player Character can become the Cute Sports Club Manager of the Baseball Club and be the love interest of Hibiya Wataru. In Girl's Side 2, the player character can again be the manager of the baseball club, this time in order to romance Shiba Katsumi.
- The Persona series:
- Yuko Nishiwaki in Persona 3.
- Ai Ebihara in Persona 4. Unusually for this trope, she did not become the manager by choice. Her attendance was low, so she was forced to become the manager in order to pass. We don't really see her doing any "manager" work at all.
- There are four of them in Inazuma Eleven: Aki Kino, Haruna Otonashi, Natsumi Raimon, and Fuyuka Ono. They're not highschoolers, but rather junior high students, which is not very different. In Inazuma Eleven GO, set 10 years after the events of the first three games, they are replaced by Aoi, Akane and Midori.