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1%%Do not spoiler tag trope names.²%%No Administrivia/ZeroContextExample entries.²²This is a list of characters for the anime/manga series ''Manga/InitialD''. Unless stated otherwise, all tropes apply to the AnimatedAdaptation of the series.²²'''WARNING''': This page contains unmarked spoilers.²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Fujiwara Tofu Shop]]²[[quoteright:350:]] ²²Located in the town of Ikaho of the expanded city of Shibukawa of the Gunma Prefecture, the father-son pair live in a small tofu house-shop. Common tropes between the two are:²----²* DrivesLikeCrazy: Anyone seated next to Takumi will not only witness his skills firsthand, but will likely faint. Poor Koichiro Iketani passes out after ''three turns'' on Mount Akina. Bunta, on the other hand, takes this UpToEleven. What can you say about a driver who [[spoiler:''lights up a cigarette in the middle of a drift]]''?²* InfiniteSupplies: For a single parent lower middle class family who try to be stingy with money, Fujiwaras seem to have very little trouble with acquiring new sets of tires for the [=AE86=] which Takumi would, no doubt, burn through on a daily basis with his aggressive driving.²** Bunta also seems to have very little trouble finding, much less ''paying for'', a prototype Group A fourth generation 4A-GE Silver Top motor.²** Justified with the modifications that [=AE86=] receives beginning with Fourth Stage since they are financed by Takahashi Ryosuke and Project D.²** The Second Stage seems to offer some justification with the introduction of Bunta's other old friend Masashi Suzuki, who is a mechanic with an incredible list of connections with other motor companies, racing teams, professional sponsorships, and the like. Not too much to believe that he be willing to hookup his old buddy with discount, or even ''free'', car parts and modifications. ²* LikeFatherLikeSon: According to Yuichi Tachibana, both are equally stubborn - Takumi refuses to turn down a challenge from an opponent, while Bunta won't admit his son is slowly becoming a better racer, with the possibility of surpassing him years from now.²²!! Takumi Fujiwara²²-> Voiced by: Creator/ShinichiroMiki (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/MamoruMiyano (2014 film), Creator/DaveWittenberg (Creator/{{Tokyopop}}), Creator/JoelMcDonald (Creator/{{Funimation}}), Jay Chou (Live-action)²-> Car: 1983 [[ Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX (AE86)]]²²Protagonist of the series, 18 year-old Takumi is the son of Bunta and over the course of ''Initial D'', ascends to be one of the fastest racers in the Kanto region of Japan. While he appears to be an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent, the truth is for the past five years (since the start of 7th grade), Bunta had his son deliver tofu every early morning to a hotel lake resort at the top of Mount Akina, yet subtly instilled advanced driving techniques, honing Takumi with skills he wasn't aware of. Once news about an [=AE86=] defeating Keisuke Takahashi in his RX-7 reaches the street racing underground, Takumi is thrust into its subculture, winning race after race against the most skilled drivers in the Gunma Prefecture. After graduating from high school, he joins Ryosuke Takahashi's newly created team called "Project D" to further hone his skills and challenge new racers beyond Gunma.²²Before joining Project D, Takumi works part-time at a gas station managed by Bunta's old friend Yuichi, alongside his best friend Itsuki Takeuchi. At the beginning of the series, Takumi has little to no knowledge of cars, claiming disinterest in the subject, but slowly learns more about how cars operate and their different drivetrains. As a racer, Takumi depends on instinct rather than intellect: he's able to visualize the road and take the fastest line and point of entry at turns in any condition, provided he has driven it enough times. His mild-mannerisms and focused nature behind the wheel of the [=AE86=] makes him unpredictable against new opponents, who fall prey to his unorthodox methods and driving techniques.²----²* {{Adorkable}}: When he's not a focused driver, he's this.²* BadassNormal: While he appears to be an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent driving an old Trueno, he is not your typical driver.²* BerserkButton²** Takumi absolutely '''HATES''' it when another driver bumps his car: Shingo Shoji from the Night Kids, Tomoyuki Tachi from the Todo School, and Shinji Inui from Sidewinder all did this to him in their races in ''First Stage'', ''Fourth Stage'', and ''Final Stage'', respectively.²** He also loses it in ''Second Stage'' when he finds out Natsuki Mogi has a SugarDaddy.²** Disrespect his friends (and/or their cars) and/or abuse/badmouth his girlfriend, and Takumi will give the offender hell for it, be it punching their lights out (Miki) or walloping them with his [=AE86=] (or Itsuki's [=AE85=]) in an improptu race (Two Guys From Tokyo).²* BeyondTheImpossible: [[spoiler:With Natsuki sitting in the [=AE86=]'s passenger seat, she witnesses first-hand one of Takumi's downhill runs; it turns out to be the fastest unrecorded downhill run on Mount Akina, shattering Bunta's previous recorded run]].²* BlindDriving: a DangerousForbiddenTechnique of his. It's achieved by turning off his headlights during a night race, and is referred to as "blind attack". Takumi only gets away with it because he has the course memorized from his practice runs.²* BornLucky: He has been saved a ridiculous amount of times during a race by pure luck. [[LampshadeHanging Ryosuke speculates]] that he was blessed with "special something" during his birth as he gets so many lucky breaks that no mathematical theory could explain it.²** During his race with Shingo, when he plans to crash into the [=AE86=] onto the cliffside's guardrail, Takumi starts drifting just in time to avoid an impact.²** When racing against Ryousuke, his RX-7's tires give in during the last turn, allowing Takumi a chance to overtake him and win.²** In his first race against Kai Kogashiwa at Irohazaka, Kai's [=MR2=] lands on a pile of dry leaves on the inside of the course that makes him lose control of his car during the last stretch. To be fair, however, Bunta ''did'' subtly tell his son about the leaves before the race, suggesting Takumi takes his advice and the outside to avoid it.²** Takumi is able to pass Tomoyuki during their race after the latter is distracted by a squirrel crossing the road by swerving to the side (in the manga, it's a crow that nearly hits his windshield).²** His [=AE86=]'s suspension breaks down during his race against Toshiya Joshima, slowing him to a crawl, but Toshiya becomes so fatigued for the duration of the race he is forced to stop and vomit on the side of the road, instantly disqualifying him.²* ButForMeItWasTuesday: How he views his driving especially in contrast to the perspectives of other drivers. This is best exemplified in the two times where Iketani goes for a ride with him down Mount Akina: Iketani screams and outright ''faints'' from Takumi's riskier-looking technique, while Takumi pretty much thinks nothing of it.²* ChickMagnet: In a series where AllLoveIsUnrequited, Takumi is the sole exception with a bunch of attractive women basically throwing themselves at him. Natsuki asks him out in the very first episode and eventually becomes his first girlfriend. Sayuki develops a crush on Takumi after winning the race against her and Mako. Later, he starts dating Mika. With all the pretty women throwing themselves at him, this makes him a common target of jealousy by the Akina Speed Stars, most commonly Iketani and Itsuki who have loved and lost.²* DangerousForbiddenTechnique²** Takumi's "[[BlindDriving blind attack]]" involves turning off his headlights in the middle of a race, which are almost always at night. The only reason Takumi can get away with it is because he has the course memorized from his practice runs.²** The "gutter drop" technique is this outside of Mount Akina: although Takumi can maintain higher speeds than normally possible through a turn, few other mountain passes has gutters of the same style as those on Mount Akina. While it can be done with passes that have raised curb stones, performing the technique there puts extreme stress on the car's suspension and a mistimed entry will break it. And, as Toru Suetsugu found out the hard way, doing it without proper knowledge ''can flip the car''.²** In ''Final Stage'', the rev limiter is taken off of the [=AE86=]'s engine: this means that [[OverDrive Takumi can push its RPMs over 11,000]], but it puts a heavy strain on the engine. Combining this with the "blind attack" is doubly dangerous, as Takumi can't see the tachometer with the headlights off.²* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Beating the undefeated Ryosuke cemented Takumi's reputation as one of the best drivers in the Gunma Prefecture.²* {{Determinator}}: Takumi will '''NEVER''' give up in a race, especially when he's behind.²* DiscOneFinalBoss: Traditionally the final opponent in "Legend of the Streets" mode in ''VideoGame/InitialDArcadeStage''.²* DrivesLikeCrazy: Zigzagged. When he's driving like he's delivering tofu or racing and he has a passenger, the passenger will almost always have freakouts on how ridiculous his speeds and technique are compared to their own, sometimes even ''fainting''. However, he is shown to be capable of driving safely outside of racing; Natsuki notes that her parents' driving makes her carsick but Takumi's driving doesn't.²* ExperiencedProtagonist: He's already an expert behind the wheel when the series begins, as demonstrated when he beats Keisuke twice in a row (once in an improptu race, again in a proper organized race). His CharacterDevelopment comes from him adjusting to a racing environment rather than the tofu delivery runs that Bunta assigns him every day.²* HeroicBSOD: Three times in the series - first when he finds out that [[spoiler:Natsuki engages in ''EnjoKosai'']], second when [[spoiler:the [=AE86=]'s engine breaks down in the middle of a race against Kyouichi Sudo]] and third when [[spoiler:Bunta driving an Impreza beats him in an impromptu race]].²* InstantExpert: {{Zigzagged}}; Takumi learned to drift by driving deliveries down the same stretch of road repeatedly for years, but it's theorized by his opponents he simply has a "natural talent" for driving.²* LivingLegend: [[spoiler:Following Takumi's win over Shinji, his [=AE86=] goes down as the undefeated vehicle that has an official perfect win ratio]].²** [[spoiler:In ''Manga/MFGhost'', Takumi has a reputation much similar to his father, he is legendary among the generation who witnessed Project D's conquest of Saitama, Ibaraki and Kanakawa prefectures, but not all that well known to modern generations due to the CareerEndingInjury that ended his WRC career early on.]]²* MidSeasonUpgrade: [[spoiler:A new engine intended for race cars is installed in the [=AE86=] shortly after the original breaks down, [[TricksterMentor which Bunta purposely allows to happen]]. A small upgrade in the form of a roll cage is also installed after the race against Team 246 in ''Fifth Stage'']].²* NervesOfSteel: Takumi seems to have absolutely no sense of pressure or stress before his races, which stuns all the other members of Project D.²* RecurringBoss: Players battle him several times in Legend of the Streets mode for ''Arcade Stage''. The increase in difficulty is basically him [[IAmNotLeftHanded holding back less and less]].²* SignatureMove²** The gutter drop technique, where Takumi drops the inside tires of the [=AE86=] into the rain gutters to offset the heavy centrifugal force when drifting at tight hairpins on Mount Akina, allowing him to enter corners at higher speeds.²** Takumi replaces the above with the blind overtake by shutting off the [=AE86=]'s headlights. This has the effect of making the car more aerodynamic (since it has pop-up headlights) and confusing his opponents, who are unable to see his car in their rearview mirror. It's explained that Takumi can pull this off only because he memorizes the course on the [[TrainingFromHell many, many practice runs]] Project D performs before every away race.²* StepIntoTheBlindingFight: In a mild and rare example of this being used by the protagonist, Takumi during his Project D tenure will occasionally turn off the [=AE86=]'s headlights to blend in the darkness and pressure his opponent, understandably shocking the majority of them given how dangerous ''touge'' passes can be at nighttime.²** There's also a practical reason for doing this: Takumi's [=AE86=] Trueno is a car that has pop-up headlights, so by turning off his headlights he is able to reduce the drag on his car, giving it some extra speed.²* SugarAndIcePersonality: When around his friends Takumi is more open and sometimes even {{Adorkable}}. Whenever he's in a race against an opponent he's cold and focused.²* TookALevelInBadass: Takumi's driving skills were already impressive at the beginning of ''First Stage''. What made everyone so amazed is the fact that despite having this godlike skill in driving, Takumi didn't really know anything about cars, car mechanics, or the street racing scene in general. His experiences of racing tough opponents as well as joining Project D shaped Takumi into someone who not only drives well, but also understands the inner workings of cars as well as driving techniques.²** Back in ''First Stage'', Takumi didn't even know what his own car was ''called''. Fast forward to episode 7 of ''Fourth Stage'' and he can point out the flaws of the newly installed turbo on Itsuki's [=AE85=]. Itsuki, Iketani, and Kenji are all stunned and amazed after hearing such precise statements coming from him. '''That''' is how far he has come.²* WaxOnWaxOff: All Takumi does (or so he thinks) is to drive as fast as possible to have time to deliver the tofu, return home and have a little more sleep before school starts. He's taught to believe that drifting is done so as to prevent the tofu from rolling and tumbling around the trunk.²* WeakButSkilled: Personified, as underestimating Takumi and the outdated Trueno is a quick way to get thrown off-guard when a opponent is racing him.²* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Throughout ''First Stage'' and half of ''Second Stage'', the [=AE86=] is essentially this, running on the stock engine. [[spoiler:Averted post-MidSeasonUpgrade.]] ²** The majority of Takumi's opponents continue to question and comment on his choice of car throughout the series, and it is often considered a major factor in the obligatory declarations that "this is the toughest opponent yet" which precede each race.²²!! Bunta Fujiwara²²-> Voiced by: Creator/UnshoIshizuka (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/HiroakiHirata (2014 film), Kerrigan Mahan (Tokyopop), Creator/KentWilliams (Funimation), Anthony Wong (Live-action)²-> Car: 1998 [[ Subaru Impreza WRX STI Coupe Type R Version V (GC8)]]²²The 43 year-old father to Takumi and proprietor of the Fujiwara Tofu Shop, Bunta makes his living by selling tofu to a hotel resort at Lake Akina at the top of Mount Akina. Unknown to his son, Bunta is actually a street racer and holds the fastest, recorded downhill run on Mount Akina. Though he no longer races, he secretly guides Takumi and molds him into an exceptionally skilled driver. At the same time, he occasionally tweaks the settings of the [=AE86=] to not only suit Takumi's style, but give him an edge against his challengers. After he hands ownership of the Trueno to his son upon joining Project D, Bunta purchases an Impreza for his own use.²²Bunta's method of training is surreal: placing a cup of water in the cupholder of the [=AE86=], he advises Takumi not to spill a drop to prevent the tofu from breaking apart, but is actually a means to learn advanced drift techniques. After he buys the Impreza, he has Takumi alternate between the Trueno and his car for deliveries. Doing this will show Takumi the strength of modern vehicles and the advantages of an all-wheel drive ([=AWD=]), another strategy to improve his skills.²----²* AllThereInTheManual: Supplemental manga pages states that he hates Tofu. Which is a subtle {{Irony}} in itself since he owns a Tofu shop.²* TheAlcoholic: Although the manga and anime made no attempt to hide this, the live-action movie [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] this aspect of Bunta, making him a frequent drunkard.²* BatmanGambit: Knowing that [[spoiler:the Trueno's original engine is about to go out]], Bunta intentionally hides this fact from Takumi so that Takumi can better appreciate [[spoiler:the new engine that Bunta has lined up for it and be glad his old Trueno is up and running again]]. Bunta explains that if he just went ahead and [[spoiler:swapped in the new engine while the old was still intact]], Takumi would complain about it.²* BonusBoss: In ''Arcade Stage'', ''only'' after defeating Takumi in the last encounter with him in Legend of the Streets mode will Bunta challenge players. It's unlikely players will win, as his RubberBandAI will snap if he makes a pass. Regardless of a win or loss, the credits will roll.²* CoolOldGuy: He's almost in his 50's but still qualifies as one of the best, if not the best driver in the entire series. The fact that his definition of a "practical, easy-to-drive" car is a ''280-horsepower, all-wheel-drive, 2-door [=GC8=] Impreza'' really says something.²* EyesAlwaysShut: Not once are Bunta's eyes ever open in the {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}; averted in the live-action movie.²* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:While taking the Impreza for a test run, Bunta easily drives by and passes Takumi's upgraded [=AE86=]. This is before deciding to purchase it as his personal vehicle]].²* LivingLegend: Arguably the best racer in the franchise, to wit in ''Arcade Stage'', an entire mode called "Bunta Challenge" is dedicated to him. Oddly enough, only those InUniverse from Bunta's generation know of his legendary reputation.²* SmokingIsCool: Almost always seen with a cigarette in his mouth and in one particular scene, he is seen grabbing and lighting a cigarette while drifting.²* TricksterMentor²** His idea of secretly training Takumi into becoming a seasoned street racer is to send him on tofu delivery runs up Mount Akina every day, regardless of weather conditions. Which pays off, as Takumi's rain experience allows him to [[CurbStompBattle smoke]] Kenta, [[TheWorfEffect the RedSuns' rain specialist]], as well as Miki during a snowy day.²** He allows the Trueno's [[spoiler:engine to break down ''on purpose'' before installing the new engine, in order to get Takumi to appreciate the engine swap - the idea being that if he offered the swap to Takumi while the original engine was still intact, Takumi would protest against it. Furthermore, not telling his son about the engine swap after repairing the car is so Takumi can deduce by himself how powerful the new engine is through trial-and-error runs]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Project D]]²[[quoteright:350:]] ²²A racing team largely comprised of former Akagi [=RedSuns=] members, Project D is formed by Ryosuke after Takumi graduates from high school. The explicit goal of Project D is to challenge other racing teams from prefectures outside of Gunma, while setting new records on the opposing team's home course, using the best drivers from Gunma. According to Ryosuke, the expedition will develop their drivers' skills to new and further heights than ever before. Unlike other racing teams (largely hobbyist in nature), Project D is fundamentally technical: a convoy of support vans with mechanics and tuners are assigned to its racing vehicles, while the support staff will scout the next course and record it for its drivers to study before tackling it.²²Led by Ryosuke, Project D is comprised of Takumi and Keisuke, the respective downhill and uphill drivers, Kenta Nakamura, Hiroshi Fumihiro, Shuichi Matsumoto and Tomiguchi. Tropes common to all team members are:²----²* DreamTeam: InUniverse to the whole of Gunma, being touted as the best non-professional drivers the prefecture has to offer.²* RedOniBlueOni: Keisuke is the red, Ryosuke is the blue - the younger Takahashi brother being a hot-headed, impulsive, still-in-training street racer, while the elder is deeply analytical, precise and well-thought.²* ThoseTwoGuys: Shuichi and Tomiguchi, Takumi and Keisuke's respective mechanics.²²!! Ryosuke Takahashi²²-> Voiced by: Creator/TakehitoKoyasu (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/DaisukeOno (2014 film), Creator/LexLang (Tokyopop), Creator/JMichaelTatum (Funimation), Edison Chan (Live-action)²-> Car: 1990 [[ Mazda Savanna RX-7 Infini III (FC3S)]]²²One of the most skilled and technical drivers in the series, 23 year-old Ryosuke is the older brother of Keisuke. The eldest son of the wealthy Takahashi family, who operate a hospital in the Gunma Prefecture, he is studying to become a doctor, currently enrolled in medicine at university, but considers street racing as his greatest passion. Having been featured on the cover of racing magazines, Ryosuke is called the "White Comet of Akagi", due to his white FC. Before forming the [=RedSuns=], he was also dubbed the "Lone White Comet", as he refused to join local racing teams. After being defeated in a race against Takumi, Ryosuke considers retirement from the street racing scene and estimates he has about a year left before starting his vocation as a doctor full-time. Instead, he forms Project D, coaching and leading the team during their journey to defeat new opponents outside of Gunma.²²Like a professional racer, Ryosuke considers technical data as important as practical information, and is one of the few drivers with equally matching skills to that of a mechanic. For example, he can deduce the kind of modifications made to a car simply by hearing its performance on the road. Always calm and composed, Ryosuke never breaks into anger, with his deductions and strategies against competing drivers being the most insightful and well-sought by his peers. He holds street racing in the highest regard, claiming it has its merits, like its professional circuit counterpart, something his [[TheRival rival]] Kyouichi Sudo is against.²----²* TheAce: Not only is he an extremely skilled racer who only Takumi has been able to beat, he's touted as a genius who is simultaneously working on a doctor's degree, with equal, up-to-date knowledge and skills to a car mechanic.²* AdaptationDyeJob: The animators can't seem to decide what hair color they want Ryosuke to have - he has black hair during ''First Stage'', becomes a redhead during ''Second Stage'', given light brown during ''Third Stage'', [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair dark blue]] for ''Fourth Stage'' and back to black for ''Fifth Stage'' and ''Final Stage''. While it's possible Ryosuke simply colored his hair from time-to-time, this is directly contradicted by the fact his hair color stays the same during flashbacks to previous seasons ''where it was a different color''.²* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Ryosuke is said to be the only driver who trains on the computer, not through simulations, but by ''mathematical analysis of the performance of different cars''[[note]]This is ''technically'' possible: all cars have performance limits created by their characteristics that dictates how they can attack a course, but one would have to be ''really'' imaginative to create all of that data from the readout of an early '90s computer[[/note]].²* ADayInTheLimelight: Ryosuke gets an arc dedicated to him in ''Fifth Stage'' when he secretly goes off by himself to confront "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Shinigami]]" Rin Hojo.²* BigBrotherMentor: For the [=RedSuns=] and Project D.²* TheChessmaster: Ryosuke's most dangerous asset as a racer is his brain. His careful planning before races allows him to go up against almost any kind of opponent.²* DidntThinkThisThrough: His only loss in the series, against Takumi, is a result of this. [[spoiler: During the final corner of their race, he forces Takumi to take the outside by taking the inside, theoretically giving him the advantage in racing line. However, he failed to consider his tire wear and his tires, over-stressed by the strain of racing downhill, give out while he is drifting, making him slip outside and allowing Takumi to take the inside and overtake Ryosuke. Since it was already the final stretch of the race, it was too late for Ryosuke to recover]]. ²* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler:At the end of the series, Ryosuke goes to Kaori's grave to pay his respects to her after not having done so years following her death]].²* MidSeasonUpgrade: For his final race in the series, his FC was given numerous upgrades. The ones visible include the switch to more aerodynamic embedded headlights, a carbon fiber hood and a rear wing.²* RedBaron: "White Comet of Akagi" (''Akagi no Shiroi Suisei'') due to his white FC RX-7. Meanwhile, the "Lone White Comet" epitaph is due to his weariness around girls (except [[LoveInterest Kaori]]) and his refusal to join race teams.²* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: After his loss in ''First Stage'' to Takumi, Ryosuke no longer participates in street races, so when he goes out to battle ''alone'' in ''Fifth Stage'', Ryuji Ikeda notices something is off.²* ShoutOut: WordOfGod states Ryosuke is modeled after retired race car driver Kunimitsu Takahashi - the forefather of drifting and Keiichi Tsuchiya's mentor.²* TheStoic: He almost never breaks his facade, and speaks in a calm tone; not once does he ever raise his voice.²* TricksterMentor: Not as much as Bunta, but it's still there whenever he hands advice to Project D's racers - for instance, he reminds Keisuke that Kyoko's RX-7 uses a single-turbo system that gets Keisuke confused until he deduces her car has larger lag compared to his RX-7, while he hands no advice to Takumi before racing against Tomoyuki, knowing he will create an exclusive strategy of his own to use - the blind attack.²²!! Keisuke Takahashi²²-> Voiced by: Creator/TomokazuSeki (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/YuuichiNakamura (2014 film), Creator/SteveBlum (Tokyopop), Creator/ToddHaberkorn (Funimation)²-> Car: 1997 [[ Mazda Éfini RX-7 Type R (FD3S)]]²²The 21 year-old younger brother of Ryosuke, the hot-headed Keisuke is largely driven by his emotions, making him a formidable driver. According to him, he was a bad seed in the family and was overly rebellious when he was younger, but after taking a seat next to his brother in the FC, he awoke to the new passion of street racing, and began dedicating his time to it. He is the first racer to challenge Takumi and is soundly defeated, something which still irks Keisuke to the core. Because of this, Keisuke desires to have a rematch with him one day.²----²* AdaptedOut: Keisuke doesn't appear in the live-action movie; instead, his rivalry and first race against Takumi are folded onto Takeshi Nakazato.²* BigBrotherMentor: Subverted - although Kenta will usually turn to Keisuke with questions about car mechanics, even Keisuke doesn't know that much compared to his brother, thus both default to Ryosuke for his in-depth knowledge.²* BadassNormal: As Takumi's first opponent and later teammate, Keisuke is initially indicated to be far less skilled than Takumi. Over time, his intensive training closes the gap, even as Takumi likewise improves, [[spoiler:leading Takumi to comment that some day Keisuke will likely defeat him]].²* {{Deuteragonist}}: He essentially becomes the second protagonist of ''Initial D'' after Project D is founded and he and Takumi become its double aces.²* JapaneseDelinquents: Early in the series, it's implied Keisuke was involved with ''[[UsefulNotes/SubculturesInJapan bosozoku]]'' gangs. This becomes a ChekhovsSkill when [[spoiler:the Tsuchisaka Lan Evo Team threatens Project D with a ''bosozoku'' gang after their loss. The gang leader happens to be Keisuke's subordinate from way back]].²* MidSeasonUpgrade²** The FD gets major handling upgrades after [[spoiler:its "accident" during its practice run at Tsuchisaka]].²** Subverted in ''Fifth Stage'' [[spoiler:when his car is supposedly upgraded, but this is actually a distraction for the Sidewinder members who are spying on him. The only change made to the FD is adding a carbon hood to it]].²* ObliviousToLove: {{Subverted}}; Keisuke is aware of Kyoko's affections for him and admits he does like her, but his tendency of being able to focus on only one thing at a time prevents him from establishing a relationship with a girl and racing at his best simultaneously. Keisuke internally [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] how he has no time for girls when Takumi is practicing day-after-day from his deliveries on Mount Akina, which he believes is widening the gap between them.²* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Keisuke tells Takumi not to lose to anybody else during ''First Stage'' because he wants to be the first to beat Takumi for real.²* RedBaron: Played with - because the majority of Keisuke's opponents drove [=AWDs=] during their Project D expedition, Hiroshi suggests he be called the "AWD Killer".²* TheRival: Played with - Keisuke insists he's Takumi's rival. By the end of the series, he asks if anyone in Project D wants to see the two of them settle once and for all who's the better racer; no one wants to because they've been teammates for so long they expected the animosity to have fizzled away already.²* ShutUpHannibal: Following their race on Tsuchisaka, Aikawa accuses Keisuke of attempting to cause a car accident on the course when his FD is adjacent to Aikawa's Lancer Evolution V just before hitting a construction barricade, but Keisuke reminds Aikawa he had more than enough space on his side of the road to ensure both their vehicles would pass the barricade safely, since Keisuke already gave up space to allow Aikawa in (according to Keisuke, the FD was ''two centimeters away'' from hitting the barricade).²* WouldHitAGirl: Not physically, but in his race against Kyoko, he deliberately rams her car with his in the middle of a corner to knock it off balance. [[CombatPragmatist There is a pragmatic reason for it though]] - Kyoko's RX-7 has a single-turbo system, which means that knocking it off-balance creates a large amount of lag time from its turbo. Keisuke takes advantage of his RX-7's less laggy twin-turbo system and makes the pass.²²!! Kenta Nakamura²²-> Voiced by: Kousuke Okano (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Yoshiya Naruke (2014 film), David Rasner (Tokyopop), Creator/GregAyres (Funimation)²-> Car: 1995 [[ Nissan Silvia Q's Aero (S14)]]²²A former Akagi [=RedSuns=] member, Kenta joins Project D when the team is formed, primarily as their errand boy for supplies and time keeper when their drivers tackle their opponents' home course records, but also as the one who films the roads used for the upcoming races so the drivers can have a closer look at the course in full detail.²----²* AmbiguouslyBrown: He has a tanned appearance that isn't explained for a while in the series. It's later revealed Kenta just likes to tan his skin regularly under the sun.²* NaiveNewcomer: He's not nearly as knowledged about racing as other Project D members and often fails to understand developments during a race.²* TagalongKid: There's really no reason for Kenta to be part of Project D, other than to follow Keisuke around.²* TheWorfEffect: Is the [=RedSuns=]' rain specialist, yet gets completely [[CurbStompBattle smoked by Takumi]] in their sole rain match on Mount Myogi, proving weather conditions don't hinder the Akina driver at all.²* TheWatson: His role in the story after Project D is founded is to ask questions about an on-going race so other characters can explain it to him and the audience.²²!! Hiroshi Fumihiro²²-> Voiced by: Osamu Hosoi (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Kenji Fukuda (2014 film), Chris Cason (Funimation)²²A close associate of Ryosuke since the [=RedSuns=] was formed, Hiroshi serves as his NumberTwo, handling Project D's logistics, setting up their races with opponents and maintaining a website of the team's accomplishments and records broken on away courses.²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Racing Teams]]²²! Akina [=SpeedStars=]²[[quoteright:350:]]²²A team of amateur drifting enthusiasts based around Mount Akina, the Akina [=SpeedStars=] are considered to be the worst team in Gunma, recruiting Takumi to defend their territory against the [=RedSuns=] during their attempted conquest in Gunma during ''First Stage''.²----²* AdaptedOut: Iketani and Kenji don't appear in the live-action movie, thus Itsuki winds up becoming leader of the Speed Stars.²* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The words "[[ThisLoserIsYou lonely driver]]" fits them so much, it's one of the [[RunningGag recurring comedic points for the series]]. Iketani and Itsuki particularly have tragic love stories - the former never getting his "angel" (Mako Sato) and the latter gets dumped by Kazumi Akiyama for an older man. It comes as no surprise the team becomes really jealous of Takumi, who has a much steadier love life.²* ButtMonkey: The entire team, in the sense they will never beat anyone in a race. Justified because the team is a group of friends who simply race for leisure, lack proper training and use improper techniques. Takumi comes around to help them out for a bit, but upon joining Project D, they are back to being the weakest team in Gunma.²-->'''Iketani''': "It sounds like our little Takumi is getting better all the time. And compared to him..."²-->''*The [=SpeedStars=] look at each other*''²-->'''Kenji''': "[[SelfDeprecation You were gonna say that we're not getting better all the time, right]]? Man, what is your problem?"²-->''*Iketani and Itsuki sigh in shame*''²* FunWithAcronyms: The team name is abbreviated A.S.S. WordOfGod says that was intentional.²* SempaiKohai: Iketani and Kenji are the seniors, with Takumi and Itsuki their juniors.²* ShoutOut: The team is named after "Speed Star Racing", a Japanese wheel brand.²²!! Koichiro Iketani²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KazukiYao (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/HiroshiTsuchida (2014 film), Creator/CrispinFreeman (Tokyopop), Creator/EricVale (Funimation)²-> Car: 1988 [[ Nissan Silvia K's (S13)]]²----²* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Near the end of ''Extra Stage 2'', Iketani decides not to confess his true feelings toward Mako so she can pursue her dream as a professional racer. Sadly, the ending implies that they never meet again.²* OvershadowedByAwesome: He's not a bad racer, but Takumi is simply much better at getting girls and racing than he is.²²!! Itsuki Takeuchi²²-> Voiced by: Creator/MitsuoIwata (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/MinoruShiraishi (2014 film), Creator/RobbieRist (Tokyopop), Creator/JoshGrelle (Funimation), Chapman To (Live-action)²-> Car: 1984 [[ Toyota Corolla Levin SR (AE85)]]²----²* TheAllegedCar: Wanting to be like Takumi, he seeks out to buy an [=AE86=] Levin, but accidentally buys a ''[=AE85=]'' Levin instead[[note]]The [=AE85=] is the lesser cousin of the [=AE86=]: this is similar to how certain cars in the American market have economy and performance models. As for the differences, the [=AE86=] has an LSD, 4-wheel disc brakes and a ''direct fuel-injected'' DOHC 4-cylinder engine, whereas the [=AE85=] lacks all of the above and has a SOHC ''carbureted'' 4-cylinder SOHC engine[[/note]]. The [=SpeedStars=] make fun of this, but Itsuki is convinced by Takumi to stick with it, regardless. ²* BromanticFoil: Whereas Takumi is aloof and occasionally empty-headed, Itsuki is boisterous, loud and clearly has too much on his mind.²* LargeHam: He says everything in the most over-the-top and dramatic way imaginable, ''even when he's thinking''.²* MidSeasonUpgrade: Played with - his car turns from a "complete joke" to "somewhat-less-of-a-joke" after he installs a turbo in it.²* PluckyComicRelief: Most of the time, he tends to provide some silly reaction to deflate the tension of a situation.²* ThisLoserIsYou: While the entire [=SpeedStars=] team fall under this trope, Itsuki and his car take this to a whole other level. He tries to mimic Takumi like a street racer enthusiast, buying a variant of the same car and all while imagining himself becoming a top notch driver, while in reality it's clear that his driving skills won't even reach levels needed to compete against other [=Akina SpeedStars=] members, and he is so stupid that he ''bought the wrong car'' in his efforts to mimic Takumi. This is before getting into his love life regarding Kazumi.²* RelatedInTheAdaptation: The live-action film turns him into Itsuki Tachibana, the son of Yuichi Tachibana.²* WhatAPieceOfJunk: Whenever Takumi is behind the wheel of Itsuki's [=AE85=], he becomes just as dangerous as he would normally be in his [=AE86=].²²!! Kenji²²-> Voiced by: Creator/WataruTakagi (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/AnriKatsu (2014 film), Creator/JasonSpisak (Tokyopop), Christopher Bevins (Funimation), Tsuyoshi Abe (Live-action)²-> Car: 1996 [[ Nissan 180SX Type X (RPS13)]]²----²* RunningGag: After Iketani and Itsuki's past experiences with women, they tend to poke fun at Kenji on whether there's a reason women are not attracted to him in particular, since he always hangs out with his teammates. At one point, he started [[SuddenlyShouting shouting]] the moment he sensed an implication.²* OnlyOneName: He doesn't have a last name.²* OnlySaneMan: Between himself, Iketani and Itsuki, Kenji's the most level-headed and reasonable of the three.²²! Akagi [=RedSuns=]²[[quoteright:286:]] ²->See the Project D folder²²Claiming Mount Akagi as their home course, the Akagi [=RedSuns=] is the strongest racing team from the Gunma Prefecture (until the formation of Project D). According to the team, it's their policy not to conduct races against any opponent on Mount Akagi, claiming they "can't get excited about it" (the exception is when Team Emperor begins their conquest of Gunma).²²! Myogi [=NightKids=]²[[quoteright:196:]] ²²Based around Mount Myogi in the Gunma Prefecture, the [=NightKids=] are a team of average skilled drivers, suffering from an on-going power struggle between its two leading members, Takeshi and Shingo.²\²\²\²\²²!! Takeshi Nakazato²²-> Voiced by: Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/JunichiSuwabe (2014 film), Creator/WallyWingert (Tokyopop), Chris Burnett (Funimation; ''First Stage'' & ''Second Stage''), Creator/JohnBurgmeier (Funimation; ''Third Stage''), Shawn Yu (Live-action)²-> Car: 1994 [[ Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II (BNR32)]]²----²* BoringButPractical: His grip-driving may not be as flashy or crowd-pleasing as the drift cornering the series is known for, but he's able to go toe-to-toe with his opponents while doing it. He even {{Lampshades}} how AwesomeButImpractical drifting is[[note]]Somewhat TruthInTelevision: drifting will eat a car's tires very quickly; grip-driving, while not exactly conserving on the tires, is nowhere near as fast at eating away at tires as drifting. This is why drift contests like Japan's "D1 Grand Prix" and US "Formula D" series are only held over a short section of the course[[/note]].²* BreakTheHaughty: Had full confidence in his [=R32=]'s ability to wipe the floor with Takumi's [=AE86=] (and Ryosuke's FC to an extent). His loss against Takumi makes him realize how out of his league he is in terms of skill. His defeat at the hands of Keisuke later on in ''First Stage'' on his home course makes it worse.²* CompositeCharacter: The live-action version of Takeshi keeps his personality, but he takes over Keisuke's initial rivalry with Takumi, being the one who first races against him on Mount Akina.²* RunningGag: Every time he or Shingo realize they're getting too close, they immediately put distance between each other to prevent people thinking that they are friends.²* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Favors the technician, preferring grip driving techniques over "showy and weak" (in his own words) drift maneuvers.²²!! Shingo Shoji²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KeijiFujiwara (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Shuhei Sakaguchi (2014 film), Creator/QuintonFlynn (Tokyopop), Creator/VicMignogna (Funimation)²-> Car: 1995 [[ Honda Civic SiR II (EG6)]]²----²* AdaptedOut: He's not seen on the live-action movie, but part of his role was transferred to Seiji.²* DirtyCoward: The whole "gum tape deathmatch" ensures Shingo gets the bead against FR (front engine, rear wheel) drivers since having a hand permanently duct taped to the steering wheel is what gives FF (front engine, front wheel) drivers an advantage. Furthermore, Shingo won't hesistate to bump his opponents off the road if it means he can win.²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Attempting to ram Takumi off the mountain pass backfires badly on him]].²* {{Jerkass}}: Until he loses to Takumi, where he tones it down considerably, especially in ''Extra Stage''.²* KickTheDog: To goad Takumi into a race, [[spoiler:Shingo wrecks Itsuki's day with his blind date by smashing his [=AE85=] onto Mount Akina's guard rails]].²* NotSoDifferent: Although Shingo despises Takeshi, both characters share the same philosophy for mountain racing and analytical skills when observing other races in the series.²²! Impact Blue²[[quoteright:273:]] ²²Impact Blue is a team composed of two female racers, Mako Sato and [[OnlyOneName Sayuki]]. Unlike other racers in the series, the two are sole members of Impact Blue, with Mako acting as the driver, while Sayuki works as a navigator - a similar fashion seen in {{UsefulNotes/World Rally Championship}}s. They specialize in high-speed pursuit racing, thanks to the narrow roads on their home course of Usui.²\²\²\²\²²!! Mako Sato and Sayuki²²-> Voiced by: Creator/MichikoNeya (Mako) (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/YumiKakazu (Sayuki) (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/YumiHara (Mako) (2014 film), Kaya Okuno (Sayuki) (2014 film), Creator/BridgetHoffman (Mako; Tokyopop), Creator/KateHiggins (Sayuki; Tokyopop), Creator/ColleenClinkenbeard (Mako; Funimation), Creator/MonicaRial (Sayuki; Funimation)²-> Car: 1996 [[ Sileighty (RPS13)]]²----²* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Extra Stage'' is dedicated to the duo.²* {{Expy}}: Of French female rally driver [[ Michèle Mouton]] and her Italian co-driver [[ Fabrizia Pons]].²* {{Ms Fanservice}}s: Aside from a BeachEpisode with the girls wearing bikinis during ''First Stage'', Mako gets a ShowerScene in ''Extra Stage''.²* RareVehicles: Subverted; the Sileighty is pretty common among drifters, but most of them, like Mako's, aren't genuine units, but were actually user-modified cars created from 180SXs with S13 Silvia front ends[[note]]This was an attempt to reduce repair costs, since the 180SX and the S13 Silvia share the same chassis, but S13 front panels and lights are cheaper than the equivalent 180SX replacement parts[[/note]].²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Sayuki is the the sassy FemmeFatale GenkiGirl, while Mako is the CuteBruiser NiceGirl.²* TranquilFury: They make it no secret that they're pissed off at the unnamed Emperor for [[HeManWomanHater belittling them over the fact that they're women]], but nonetheless they stay cool and collected enough during the subsequent race to make him eat their exhaust. ²²! Emperor²[[quoteright:331:]] ²²A highly skilled team of racing vehicles that exclusively use Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions, Team Emperor are the self-proclaimed king of the mountains. Hailing from Tochigi, the Emperor's home course is the one-way road of Irohazaka. In ''Second Stage'', they plan to take over the Gunma Prefecture in a similar fashion to what Ryosuke initially planned to do with the [=RedSuns=], though team leader Kyouichi Sudo's goal is simply to defeat his rival in a race.²----²* CurbStompBattle: They're shown defeating several teams with relatively little effort as an introduction, with the Myogi [=NightKids=] amongst their victims.²* TheDreaded: Their appearance in Gumna and their effortless victories over several teams there causes every team in the prefecture to crap their pants.²* JapaneseDelinquents: How the team is portrayed in the live-action movie - a bunch of BadassesWearBandanas with theatrics.²* MercyLead: One of the team's local rules, allowing the car with lower horsepower to start first.²²!! Kyoichi Sudo²²-> Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka, Creator/RichardCansino (Tokyopop), Creator/ChristopherSabat (Funimation), Jordan Chan (Live-action)²-> Car: 1995 [[ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III GSR (CE9A)]]²²A former student and graduate of the Todo School, Kyoichi is TheAce of Team Emperor and TheRival to Ryosuke. His Lancer Evolution III has been upgraded to 350 horsepower with a World Rally Championship-style "misfiring system" built into it. According to him, techniques acquired on the race circuit trumps all other forms of racing, especially ''touge'', which Kyoichi believes is inferior to professionally trained drivers.²----²* ArmorPiercingSlap: In a rare male-to-male example, Kyouichi slaps Seiji Iwaki for [[spoiler:refusing to follow his "Simulation 3" tactic that would've secured his victory against Takumi]].²* BoringButPractical: He always prefers to use the most simple, straight-forward techniques when racing. This means that he almost never makes any errors or fatal mistakes while racing, but on the flip side, makes him an extremely predictable driver, something Ryosuke easily exploits during their race on Mount Akagi.²* FatalFlaw: Emphasized by Ryosuke [[spoiler:after he beats Kyoichi at Mount Akagi - because he became too comfortable on one-way professional circuits and Irohazaka, Kyoichi has a slight fear of taking the right lane of public roads (for oncoming cars going uphill). This allows Ryosuke to circumvent Kyouichi's error, take the lead and win]].²* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler:He concedes defeat to Takumi during their rematch in Irohazaka; while they did tie, he calls it a win for Takumi since he's the visitor and was able to keep up on Emperor's home course.]]²* WeWinBecauseYouDidnt: Inverted - [[spoiler: Takumi ties with Kyoichi in their second race in Irohazaka, but Kyoichi declares Takumi the winner. While Takumi does not believe that this was his win, Kyoichi reasons that Takumi, a visiting driver, is able to keep up with a driver at his home course]].²* WorthyOpponent: Sees Takumi as this after [[spoiler:Takumi beats him on Irohazaka. Or more specifically, ties with him, but Kyouichi considers anyone who can keep up with him on his home course the winner.]]²²!! Seiji Iwaki²²-> Voiced by: Kazuhisa Kawahara, Creator/GrantGeorge (Tokyopop), Creator/JasonDouglas (Funimation), Will Liu (Live-action)²-> Car: 1996 [[ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV RS (CN9A)]]²----²* ArrogantKungFuGuy: An excellent but arrogant racer; gloating against Takeshi after beating him only cemented this reputation.²* CompositeCharacter: He takes up Shingo Shoji's role of ramming cars behind them in the live-action movie.²* {{Pride}}: Is angered when Kyouichi instructs him to tail Takumi for most of the race to understand Takumi's technique, believing he shouldn't have to in what he perceives to be an inferior vehicle. [[spoiler:He impatiently discards that plan and overtakes Takumi early during their race on Mount Akina, only to lose the lead he gained later because there's only so much he can learn from watching the Trueno in his rearview mirror, thanks to Takumi's gutter drop technique]]. Seiji earns a slap and a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "Reason You Suck" Speech]] from Kyouichi for his efforts.²* ShoutOut: He collects stickers from racing teams he beats, slashes them in half, and sticks them to the wing of his Lancer Evolution IV, reminiscent of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII fighter pilots who liked to tally kills somewhere on their plane's chassis.²²!! Satake²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KiyoyukiYanada (Japanese), Creator/RichardCansino (Funimation)²-> Car: 1996 [[ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV RS (CN9A)]] (''Extra Stage'') 1996 [[ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV GSR (CN9A)]] (Manga)²----²* AdaptationDyeJob: His Evo IV was colored red in the manga, but in ''Extra Stage'', it's silver, likely due to it being a different version.²* AdaptedOut: Was shown only in ''Extra Stage''.²* HeManWomanHater: He declares that he won't lose to Mako and Sayuki because they're women. He ends up losing when his tires go bad on the most difficult corner of the Usui course, and he's so ashamed that he tells his teammates not to tell Kyoichi.²* LaserGuidedKarma: Challenges a pair of women to a race, [[HeManWomanHater believing he'll win based on gender alone]]. Not only does he lose, but that loss is caused by him crashing.²* NamedByTheAdaptation: Was left unnamed in the manga.²²! Seven Star Leaf²²Similar to the [=SpeedStars=], this group of amateur, average-skilled racers are based in Tochigi, with their home course being the Nichien-Momiji Line.²----²* DubNameChange: The team name was changed to ''Seven Star Racers'' in the English versions of ''Arcade Stage'', likely to make it fit in better with the acronym SSR.²* JapaneseRanguage: Despite the full name, their team name is acronymed as SS''R''.²* ShoutOut: Like the Akina Speed Stars, this team is also named after the wheel manufacturer "Speed Star Racing" (SSR).²²!! Toru Suetsugu²²-> Voiced by: Creator/DaikiNakamura, Creator/ChrisPatton (Funimation)²-> Car: 1989 [[ Eunos Roadster NA Package (NA6C)]]²----²* RedBaron: Referred to as "Kamikaze Toru" among his teammates, this is due to his reckless driving style going downhill. Ryosuke, however, points out how reckless driving alone does not equate to being faster.²* SchmuckBait: After witnessing Takumi's shortcut technique that goes over the deep gutters, Toru attempts to follow suit, but without the knowledge behind said technique (by reducing pressure on the inner front tire), he ends up falling in and rolling his car.²²!! Atsuro Kawai²²-> Voiced by: Seiji Sasaki, Creator/ScottFreeman (Funimation)²-> Car: 1998 [[ Nissan Skyline GT-T 2.5L Turbo Coupe (ER34)]]²----²* AchillesHeel: His R34 has the power to pull away on the straightaways, but its cornering ability is a major weakness. Since cornering emphasizes recovery speed, Keisuke is able to overtake him and end the race.²* AdaptedOut: His race against Keisuke in ''Fourth Stage'' is not shown. It was relegated to ''Battle Stage 2''.²* ItOnlyWorksOnce: Invoked; heeding Toru's warnings, Atsuro goes on the defensive, believing Keisuke will do the same shortcut technique Takumi used against Toru. Unfortunately, Keisuke has other ideas (see above).²²! Northern Saitama Alliance²²Centered in the Saitama Prefecture, this "team" is actually a group of unnamed racing teams in the prefecture banding together in order to face Project D.²----²* FiveManBand: Subverted; it's actually four members, though one of them fulfills a dual role on the team.²** TheLeader: Doubling as TheSmartGuy, Nobuhiko is Wataru's cousin and the one who decides on using a Cappuccino for Sakamoto in the Alliance's rematch against Project D.²** TheLancer: Wataru, TheAce driver for the team.²** TheChick: Kyoko, the only female racer in the Alliance.²** TheBigGuy: Sakamoto, a professional rally driver brought in because of his experience.²²!! Wataru Akiyama²²-> Voiced by: Creator/YasunoriMatsumoto, Creator/MichaelLindsay (Tokyopop), Creator/RobertMcCollum (Funimation)²-> Car: 1985 [[ Toyota Corolla Levin GT APEX (AE86)]]²----²* BigBrotherInstinct: Towards Takumi; he even plays a major hand in exposing the Imposter Project D duo during ''Fifth Stage''. Fittingly, Wataru drives the same car as Takumi.²* BigBrotherMentor: Played with in ''Second Stage'' - since he and Takumi drive an [=AE86=], he offers as much advice regarding the limitations of their vehicles, [[spoiler:but is appalled when Takumi doesn't know how great his car is with the new engine installed]]. As an [=AE86=] enthusiast, this makes Wataru bitter and he challenges Takumi to a race at the Shomaru Pass. By ''Fourth Stage'', this is played straight when Takumi is still having trouble adjusting to the Impreza.²* MirrorMatch: Has one with Takumi at the end of ''Second Stage'', in an [=AE86=] vs. [=AE86=] battle.²* SlobsVsSnobs: Wataru treats his battle with Keisuke as this; Keisuke, who hails from a rich family, is able to obtain the parts he needs to modify his FD. Wataru, on the other hand, picks up what he can afford for his Levin and makes due with what he has, thus he deduces [[VictoryByEndurance the driver with the most endurance is the winner]], suggesting he will win based on his background. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Wataru does not pay attention to the rainstorm-soaked road and spins out due to a drainage grating, causing him to lose the race]].²²!! Nobuhiko Akiyama²²-> Voiced by: Creator/JinHorikawa, Justin Pale (Funimation)²-> 2000 [[ Toyota Altezza RS200 Z-Edition (SXE10)]]²----²* DidntThinkThisThrough: Despite being TheStrategist for the Alliance, Nobuhiko doesn't take into account the [=AE86=]'s full specifications into consideration, thinking his Altezza is enough to catch up with Takumi in the downhill. [[spoiler:Like Takumi's race against Daiki, [[WillfullyWeak he holds off using his car's engine capabilities until the first turn]], then revs up to 11,000 [=RPMs=], speeding ahead of Nobuhiko by such a wide margin he CantCatchUp]]. As a result, Nobuhiko reluctantly forfeits the race. Played with, however, because Nobuhiko gathers enough information on the [=AE86=] to challenge Project D a second time by recruiting Sakamoto and purchasing a Cappuccino for his use.²²!! Kyoko Iwase²²-> Voiced by: Creator/MegumiToyoguchi, Creator/CaitlinGlass (Funimation)²-> Car: 1993 [[ Mazda Efini RX-7 Type R (FD3S)]]²----²* ActionGirl: The only other named female racer in the franchise after Mako and Sayuki.²* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Subverted when Keisuke reveals he ''does'' return her affections, but he can't focus on having a relationship with Kyoko while simultaneously racing for Project D; he ultimately chooses the latter.²* BigDamnHeroes: Played with - [[spoiler:by chance, Kyoko comes to see the race between Project D and the Tsuchizaka Lan Evo Team. Since Keisuke's FD was still under repairs from an accident during practice, she allows him to borrow her FD for his race against Aikawa. However, Ryosuke prepared a back-up vehicle for his brother to use, but opted for Kyoko's FD on the reason Keisuke has raced against her car before, thus knows what its advantages are]].²* CuteBruiser: Being super-adorable doesn't make her any slower as a driver; in fact, she comes closest to beating Keisuke had he not figured out her RX-7's single-turbo weakness at the last second.²²!! Sakamoto²²-> Voiced by: Hiroyuki Hoshino, Orion Pitts (Funimation)²-> Car: 1991 [[ Suzuki Cappuccino (EA11R)]]²----²* BoringButPractical: How he gets defeated - the lightweight Suzuki Cappucino can easily match Takumi's [=AE86=] in cornering, but thanks to his car's MidSeasonUpgrade, Takumi just resorts to outright accelerating on the straightaway to beat Sakamoto.²* LogicalWeakness: Due to its small size, the Cappuccino can't effectively block a two-lane road and always leaves just enough space for Takumi to attempt an overtake.²* WhatAPieceOfJunk: {{Zigzagged}}; in RealLife, the Cappuccino is extremely under-powered in terms of engine output compared to other cars in the series[[note]]It's a "Kei car", and the law for Kei cars in Japan dictates that the engine displacement not exceed 660cc. Keep in mind that Itsuki's [=AE85=], not a vehicle built for performance/racing similar to the Cappuccino, has ''1500cc''[[/note]], but it has extremely low weight[[note]]The Cappuccino weighs only 725kg; the [=AE86=] weighs 940kg[[/note]], which gives it a tremendous advantage in downhill races.²²! Todo School²²A racing school that becomes one of Project D's opponents in ''Fourth Stage'', they specialize in front-wheel-drive Honda vehicles.²----²* {{The Ace}}s: The school's graduates either go semi-pro or full professional. Of the ones who are facing Project D, Tomoyuki Tachi is an actual professional racer, with the largest chance of defeating the team.²²!! Daiki Ninomiya²²-> Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa, Creator/IanSinclair (Funimation)²-> Car: 1998 [[ Honda Civic Type R (EK9)]]²----²* BerserkButton: [[ItsAllAboutMe Drivers who are full of themselves]]; Daiki assumes Project D is nothing but weak drivers that brag about their accomplishments. When he meets them in person, however...²* HonorBeforeReason: Mr. Todo offers Daiki to drive his shop's Civic Type R demonstration car for his race against Takumi. He declines saying it wouldn't be much of a win (on the idea that Takumi isn't such a tough opponent). Todo [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this, calling him naive; as expected, Daiki doesn't realize Takumi barely pushes his [=AE86=] to its potential throughout their race, [[WillfullyWeak holding back its 11,000 [=RPMs=] to 9,000 for much of the match]].²²!! "Smiley" Sakai²²-> Voiced by: Akimitsu Takase, Anthony Bowling (Funimation)²-> Car: 1997 [[ Honda Integra Type R (DC2)]]²----²* AdaptedOut: Much like the previous race with Atsuro Kawai, Keisuke's race against Smiley is relegated to Battle Stage 2.²* InSeriesNickname: "Smiley", due to his face tensing up whenever he races, which makes him look like he's smiling.²* SignatureMove: A variant of the DefensiveFeintTrap, a tactic taught by the school - after goading Keisuke into following his rhythm, he uses his brake lights to force him into letting go of the accelerator. Attempting to catch up causes him to have too much speed at the next corner, which could've cost him the race.²²!! Tomoyuki Tachi²²-> Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata, Daichi Endo (Final Stage, Arcade Stage 8 Infinity), Jeff Johnson (Funimation)²-> Car: 1998 [[ Todo School Spoon Civic Type R Demo Car (EK9)]]²----²* DavidVersusGoliath: {{Lampshaded}} by Kyoichi, who personally contacts Ryosuke to dissuade him from accepting the Todo School's rematch against one of their graduates - a professional racer, even suggesting Ryosuke be the one to race Tomoyuki.²* DidntSeeThatComing: The first victim of Takumi's blind attack, something no professional racer would dare do for ''touge''.²* GracefulLoser: Even though he loses by outside means (dodging an animal crossing the road), he takes the loss well, blaming it on bad luck, something even professional racers have to experience.²* HeroicBSOD: {{Discussed}} InUniverse - Tomoyuki tells Mr. Todo he's been in a racing rut in the professional scene. His former mentor suggests he return to ''touge'' racing temporarily to find out what it is he's missing ever since he became a pro. Following his race against Takumi, Tomoyuki finds what he's been looking for.²* NothingPersonal: Said word-for-word internally before Tomoyuki gives Takumi a small nudge to throw him off his rhythm and make a pass, citing this is what happens on professional circuits.²* ShoutOut: Tomoyuki's racing outfit is reminiscent to the same outfit worn by Keiichi "Drift King" Tsuchiya during his professional career.²²! Tsuchisaka Lan Evo Team²²Group of racing criminals who are Project D's final opponent in Saitama Prefecture. Unlike other street racers, they are primarily motivated by monetary gain and are known to use underhanded tactics such as sabotage and threats to ensure victory, something that has earned them a bad reputation in Saitama.²----²* {{Dirty Coward}}s: Not only do they sabotage the race for Project D, [[spoiler:they are such {{Sore Loser}}s that [[DisproportionateRetribution they call in a bosozoku gang to beat up Project D members just because they lose]]. After it turns out the same gang is on Project D's side, they immediately begin begging for mercy]].²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:In addition to getting beaten to a pulp by the hired muscle they tried to sic on Project D (see TooDumbToLive), they also sabotage Keisuke's practice run on Tsuchisaka with an oil slick, causing him to crash and cripple his FD. During Takumi's race against him, Ichijo's Lancer Evolution VI's front wheel catches some leftover oil on the road (since Project D couldn't get rid of it all), causing him to lose traction on the outside, giving Takumi a window to pass him on the inside before the final turn]].²* '''{{Jerkass}}''': They make pre-CharacterDevelopment Shingo look like an outright fair NiceGuy by comparison.²* OnlyInItForTheMoney: The only reason they accept Project D's challenge is because there's betting money on the line to see them lose.²* OnlyOneName: Neither of its racers have full names.²* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Their reaction upon finding out the gang they contacted is led by a former subordinate of Keisuke]].²* RedOniBlueOni: The cocky, foul-mouthed Aikawa is the red to Ichijo's cunning, scheming blue²* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:They threaten Project D with a ''bosozoku'' gang after their loss. However, the gang they contact happens to be from the same prefecture as Project D (therefore, highly likely/certainly fans of them, too) and led by a former subordinate of Keisuke. Needless to say, the current gang leader is '''not''' amused at being made to look bad in front of his former boss]].²* UnskilledButStrong: While their driving skills are far below average, their cars are extremely high performance [=AWD=] vehicles, even by Project D's standards. {{Lampshaded}} by Takumi, who comments to Shuichi during Keisuke's race against Aikawa he should have already won after the start, [[spoiler:but the match up is balanced because he's using Kyoko's RX-7 rather than his own due to the crash and Keisuke hasn't had enough ample time to practice the course]].²²!! Aikawa²²-> Voiced by: Matsuo Amada, Creator/BryanMassey (Funimation)²-> Car: 1998 [[ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V GSR (CP9A)]]²----²* VillainousBreakdown: Starts losing it as Keisuke stays on his rear for the majority of their race, [[spoiler:disbelieving he can maintain a close follow-up while driving a "new car" (Kyoko's FD) for the first time]].²* WhatTheHellHero: Post-race, Aikawa attempts to accuse Keisuke of trying to crash into his car when there's little road on the course due to a construction barricade, since two cars wouldn't fit side-by-side to pass it. Subverted when Keisuke explains in full detail Aikawa had more than enough space on his side of the road (next to the guardrail) to give his FD room, since his car was roughly two centimeters away from hitting the barricade, whereas Aikawa's Lancer Evolution V was at least five centimeters from touching the guardrail.²²!! Ichijo²²-> Voiced by: Creator/MitsuakiMadono, Jonathan Brooks (Funimation)²-> Car: 2000 [[ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR Tommi Makinen Edition (CP9A)]]²----²* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler:Ichijo goads Takumi into throwing their race on the threat of an incoming ''bosozoku'' gang to beat up Project D; he even states he'll let Takumi off from the beatings so long as he loses]].²* RareVehicles: His car is basically a limited edition version of the Lancer Evolution VI, named after Finnish rally champion Tommi Mäkinen.²²! Purple Shadow²²A team based in Ibaraki, Purple Shadow is led by a pair of exceptionally skilled middle-aged street racers.²----²* CoolOldGuy: Toshiya and Kozo are at least in their 40s, well above the age of an average street racer, yet they are some of the toughest opponents Takumi and Keisuke has ever come across.²* {{Red Baron}}s: Toshiya "God Arm" Joshima and Kozo "God Foot" Hoshino - the former due to his excellent one-handed handling/steering, the latter due to his superb accelerator control.²* WeakButSkilled: They have way more experience in street racing than any other opponent Project D has faced, yet their age also means their bodies can't take as much gravitional forces compared to Takumi and Keisuke who are still in their prime.²²!! Dr. Toshiya Joshima²²-> Voiced by: Creator/MasashiEbara, Creator/RBruceElliott (Funimation)²-> Car: 2000 [[ Honda S2000 (AP1)]]²----²* ConfusionFu: He changes his racing lines every lap, yet he is able to keep his lap times exactly the same every time. This confuses Takumi, who is used to winning by either copying or observing the weaknesses of his opponents' lines to no end. ²* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:Toshiya is so confident throughout the seven rounds of the race against Takumi that he gets ''completely'' blindsided when Takumi manages to surprise him by using his {{Signature Move}}s, causing Toshiya, for the first time in the race, to grab the steering wheel with both hands]].²* DifficultButAwesome: Ryosuke states that an S2000 is a good, but difficult-to-handle car very few people on the planet can truly master; however, Toshiya falls into that category.²* MarathonBoss: The race between him and Takumi takes ''8 rounds'', longer than any other race in the series (the closest being five rotations [[spoiler:at the Shomaru Pass between Takumi and Wataru]]).²* VictoryByEndurance: [[spoiler: An inversion as this is how he lost to Takumi; although Takumi manages to break his [=AE86=]'s suspension during the last round, Toshiya got sick due to the G-forces involved and he has to stop the car to vomit on the side of the road, losing by default]].²²!! Kozo Hoshino²²-> Voiced by: Creator/RyuzaburoOtomo, Creator/JohnSwasey (Funimation)²-> Car: 2002 [[ Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nür (BNR34)]]²----²* {{Acrofatic}}: Keisuke is surprised that Kozo can drive at such high speeds, considering how fat he is, due to the gravitational forces. Also applies to his [=R34=] GT-R, being considerably heftier than the RX-7.²* AwesomeButImpractical: His Skyline R34 GT-R is this, according to Keisuke - it's undeniably powerful and armed with a superior [=4WD=] system, but its heavy weight compromises handling.²* BeyondTheImpossible: Normally, a [=4WD=] Skyline GT-R shouldn't be able to drift because the built-in "ATTESA" system in the car cancels out any attempts at tail-sliding by increasing front-side traction. But somehow Kozo is just ''so good'' at handling the GT-R that he can effortlessly drift it despite the said system. Nobody is able to figure out any explanation on how he can do it.²* BoisterousBruiser: Kozo's a very relaxed, talkative person and even applies this to his driving technique by constantly talking to himself to relief the building pressure.²* ChallengeSeeker: He deliberately gives Keisuke the most favorable set of rules he can for their race [[SelfImposedChallenge just to make it more challenging for himself]].²* {{Kiai}}: He does this every time he tackles corners to make sure he doesn't strain his concentration.²* MotorMouth: Like the {{Kiai}} mentioned before, he will constantly talk to himself to keep himself relaxed.²²! Team 246²²The first team to face Project D in the Kanagawa Prefecture - its first line of defense is their job.²²!! Satoshi Omiya²²-> Voiced by: Creator/HirokiTochi²-> Car: 1999 [[ Mazda Roadster RS (NB8C)]]²----²* NoSell: Subverted; halfway through his race against Takumi, Satoshi no longer looks back into his rearview mirror and instead concentrates on the course, seemingly rendering Takumi's blind attack useless. However, the slight speed boost Takumi gains from improved aerodynamics by using the blind attack is still enough to give Takumi the advantage he needs to win the race.²* ShoutOut: He could be named after [[ Satoshi Motoyama]], a Super GT and a Formula Nippon racer.²²!! Kobayakawa²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KenjiHamada²-> Car: 2001 [[ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR (CT9A)]]²----²²²! Racing Team Katagiri Street Version²²The second line of defense against Project D's conquest of Kanagawa, its members are all professional racers of some sort.²²!! Kai Kogashiwa²²-> Voiced by: Creator/NobutoshiCanna, Will Short (Funimation)²-> Car: 1994 [[ Toyota MR2 G-Limited (SW20)]], 2001 [[ Toyota MR-S S-Edition (ZZW30)]]²----²* GenerationXerox: Enforced by his father, Ken Kogashiwa - he was TheRival to Bunta during their generation, and makes it so that his own son will challenge Takumi to a race in ''Third Stage'' to see which father-son duo will come out on top.²* NotSoDifferent: Kai and Takumi are raised by their respective fathers to be exceptionally skilled drivers; although Kai is the one who is a professional kart racer when he appears in the series, Takumi is being groomed to eventually go professional post-Project D. Kai also subtly {{Lampshades}} how the [=MR2=] is precious to him, just as Takumi loves his [=AE86=].²²!! Hideo Minagawa²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi²-> Car: 1998 [[ Toyota Supra RZ-S (JZA80)]]²----²²! Team Spiral²²The third line of Defense of Kanagawa against Project D, their home course is Hakone.²----²* RedOniBlueOni: Ryuji is the blue to Hiroya's red - Ryuji's hell-bent on using his Zero Theory to win races, whereas Hiroya doesn't bother to greet Project D before the official races. {{Irony}} ensues when the color of their respective vehicles is red for Ryuji's Z and blue for Hiroya's Silvia.²²!! Ryuji Ikeda²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KazuyaNakai²-> Car: 2003 [[ Nissan Fairlady Z Version ST (Z33)]]²²Leader of Team Spiral, Ryuji is the son of a wealthy Buddhist head priest who has designed a driving technique based around Buddhist teachings called "Zero Theory" that focuses around emptying all unnecessary thoughts and emotions while driving. [[spoiler: he later becomes the "following car" of the race between Ryosuke and Shinigami, during which he witnesses the former's skill firsthand and names him the perfect personification of his Zero Theory]].²----²* AchillesHeel: Zero Theory focuses around eliminating all emotions, including fear and fighting spirit, by encouraging the driver to avoid deliberate risky behavior. While this isn't a problem in a relatively safe circuit environment that the theory is designed for, in the extremely dangerous ''touge'' racing, Ryuji hesitates at the face of imminent danger and doesn't dare to follow Keisuke who floors the pedal when an extremely thick fog sets in during their race.²* BerserkButton: He does not appreciate people who break the rules of ''touge'' racing, especially not in Hakone.²* BadassDriver: One of the few to survive an encounter with Shinigami, [[spoiler:and could have beaten Keisuke had he not hesitated]].²* OhCrap: This exemplifies his reaction at multiple points during the race between Shinigami and Ryosuke - everytime the former attempts to ram Ryosuke off the road and when he notices brake trouble on Shinigami's R32.²* YouFool: When Shinigami ''intentionally'' misses the last chance to stop his R32 (with shot brakes) on Hakone's downhill, this is his reaction.²²!! Hiroya Okuyama²²-> Voiced by: Shuhei Sakaguchi²-> Car: 2000 [[ Nissan Silvia Spec R Aero (S15)]]²²! Sidewinder²²The final line of defense of Kanagawa against Project D, and touted as the best in the prefecture.²²!! Go Hojo²²-> Voiced by: Creator/HidenobuKiuchi²-> Car: 1991 [[ Honda NSX (NA1)]]²----²* SeriousBusiness: His primary weakness as a driver, according to Rin, is he takes racing too seriously, thus fails to enjoy the sport enough to race to his full potential.²²!! Shinji Inui²²-> Voiced by: Creator/AtsushiAbe²-> Car: 1986 [[ Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX 2-Door (AE86)]]²----²* AmbiguousDisorder: There are implications Shinji has some form of autism spectrum disorder - for example, he seems to be lacking in social skills and understanding of societal norms, while taking an interest in memorizing every little detail of the Tsubaki Line in what is deemed unusual behavior or interest by most people.²* TheAce: Sidewinder's best driver, and by extension, the best in all of Kanagawa.²* BadassDriver: Rivals Takumi in sheer driving prowess, to the point their battle takes up ''all four episodes of Final Stage'' while most only take two.²* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Shinji races by his own rules and fails to understand why people would find actions, such as giving someone else the lead and ramming other cars during a race, insulting.²* BookDumb: Despite having high IQ and incredible spacial intelligence, he doesn't have good grades in school, according to his mother.²* FatalFlaw: Due to only driving on his local pass, Shinji only drives on the fastest line he knows. While this is normally enough, as very few people can keep up with him and even if he's behind, Shinji will bump the other car to get them out of his way to stay on his line, against those who can keep up and can disrupt his line, he can't respond or improvise very well. This allows Takumi to overtake him with the Blind Attack to force Shinji to panic and get him off his ideal line and [[spoiler: when Takumi's engine blows and makes him swerve, Shinji can only skid out to avoid being hit]].²* FinalBoss: He is the final opponent of the series, as well as the last opponent standing in the way of Project D's conquest of Kanagawa.²* {{Foil}}: He and Takumi drive the same car and have learned to drive in a similar way, but whereas Takumi is careful, reserved and driven by his instincts and experience during a race, Shinji is impulsive and tends to be driven by his emotions.²* MirrorMatch: Has one with Takumi in an 86 Trueno vs. 86 Trueno battle, although Shinji's Trueno is a notchback while Takumi's is a hatchback. ²* StrongButUnskilled²** Compared to Takumi, Shinji drives all-out at full-speed down the mountain, while the more experienced and skilled Takumi is meticulous and reserved.²** Illustrated in a spectator's comment: Shinji uses heel-and-toe braking just for fun, while Takumi uses it sparingly and strategically. Shinji's line of sight is also looser, according to the same person.²²!! Rin Hojo²²-> Voiced by: Creator/YuuichiNakamura²-> Car: 1994 [[ Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II (BNR32)]]²²Go's older brother, Rin is a highly skilled driver famous throughout Kanagawa. Originally arranged to be Kaori's fiance by their respective fathers, she rejected his proposal for marriage due to her own affections for Ryosuke, despite Rin genuinely falling in love with her. After threatening Kaori's father with the prospect of a miserable life at work by his family because of her choice, Kaori commits suicide, turning Rin into a recluse and causing him to withdraw from the street racing scene. He has grown to despise Ryosuke, who on the outside, appeared to have moved on from Kaori's death.²----²* DarkIsEvil: His R32 is dark gray with powerful specifications. Combined with Rin's deadly driving, he becomes ''very'' deserving of his RedBaron status.²* TheDreaded: Everyone in Kanagawa knows who he is and are utterly afraid of him, though others merely consider him an urban legend.²* DrivesLikeCrazy: He's still a BadassDriver all the same, but Rin seems to enjoy ramming people and causing them to crash or spin out in the process, and his powerful R32 allows him to keep up with anyone no matter how good their car and/or driving is. So far, only Ikeda and Ryosuke has survived being rammed by him on-screen.²* FourIsDeath: His car's license plate ends with 4, befitting his deadly driving style.²** GoroawaseNumber: The full license plate of his car is "37-564", meaning "kill everyone"[[note]]3=Mi, 7=Na, 5=Go, 6=Ro, 4=Shi[[/note]].²* {{Hikikomori}}: After Kaori's death, Rin quit his job and isolated himself from everyone else, including his family.²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Attempts to ram Ryosuke off the road ''multiple times'' during their race on Hakone. Not only does he fail (Ryosuke counters his every move skillfully), his aggressive driving destroys his R32's brakes and tires. Since it's a downhill race on the steep-sloped Hakone, this would have been fatal had Ryosuke and Ikeda not been there.²* RedBaron: Rin gained the nickname "{{Shinigami}}" for his dangerously powerful [[DarkIsEvil dark gray]] R32 and deadly driving style.²* RedemptionEqualsLife: After Ryosuke and Ryuji stop Rin from slamming himself and Ryosuke into a toll booth, Rin realizes Ryosuke had actually shared Rin's pain over Kaori's death, curing his depression and resentment of Ryosuke. He later reunites with his brother Go to discuss the race between Takumi and Shinji.²* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Rin races Ryosuke out of resentment for Ryosuke moving on from Kaori's death, believing he's indifferent about her passing. Rin is so intent on ramming Ryosuke off the road and killing him it borders on MurderSuicide. He even makes a promise to Kaori before the race that he will send either himself or Ryosuke to her side.²* RevengeBeforeReason: He continuously tries to ram Ryosuke off the ''touge'', forgoing conserving his tires and brakes. This comes back to bite him hard when his brakes stop working and his tires wear out, resulting in severe under-steering and no brakes on the steep, twisting Hakone downhill.²* TheResenter: Played with - Rin's resenting motive isn't jealousy towards Ryosuke that Kaori fell in love with him rather than Rin, but rather anger over Ryosuke no longer dwelling on Kaori's death. In Rin's eyes, this is disrespectful to her.²²!! Eiji Kubo²²-> Voiced by: Creator/YasuyukiKase²²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Other Characters]]²²!! Natsuki Mogi²²-> Voiced by: Creator/AyakoKawasumi (1998-2013 TV series, OVA, and Game), Creator/MaayaUchida (2014 film), Kat Cressida (Tokyopop), Creator/BrinaPalencia (Funimation), Anne Suzuki (Live-action)²----²* EnjoKosai: She engages in this; her giving up the practice and facing the consequences of such a decision is a good part of her CharacterDevelopment.²* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Before the start of the series, Takumi got into a fight with Miki when he accuses her of being one. Subverted when he finds out about it in ''Second Stage'' thanks to a mysterious letter addressed to him at school.²* StarCrossedLovers: Ultimately, she and Takumi are separated after he encourages her to chase her dreams and move to Tokyo, studying at Tokyo University post-''Third Stage''.²²!! Yuichi Tachibana²²-> Voiced by: Creator/TomomichiNishimura, Creator/MichaelMcConnohie (Tokyopop), Creator/ChuckHuber (Funimation), Kenny Bee (Live-action)²----²* BenevolentBoss: To the Speed Stars and Takumi who worked at his gas station - he'll even look the other way for Koichiro to head out with Kenji in ''Second Stage'' to catch a glimpse of [[spoiler:Takumi's race against Wataru at the Shomaru Pass]].²* DareToBeBadass: {{Discussed}} - he knows Takumi is just as stubborn as his father and trying to convince him to race against Takeshi upon being challenged in ''First Stage'' would be impossible, since that will simply fall to deaf ears. Instead, Yuichi opts to tell Takumi how impossible it is for an [=AE86=] to beat a [=GT-R=] in a race - how he won't be considered a coward if he backed down. This riles Takumi enough to prove he can best Takeshi.²* RelatedInTheAdaptation: The live-action film turns him into Itsuki's father.²* SpitTake: Pulls this when Bunta tells him his son has been delivering tofu to the Lake Akina hotel resort for years since he was in 7th grade.²²!! Masashi Suzuki²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KoujiIshii, Creator/KirkThornton (Tokyopop), Bob Carter (Funimation)²----²* TheBlacksmith: [[spoiler:Masashi is the one who discovers the new race car engine and opts to install it for the [=AE86=] after the car's old engine breaks down]].²²!! Kazumi Akiyama²²-> Voiced by: Creator/RyokaYuzuki, Creator/MelissaFahn (Tokyopop), Creator/CheramiLeigh (Funimation)²²!! Ken Kogashiwa²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KinryuArimoto, Bruce Carey (Tokoypop)²-> Car: 1994 [[ Toyota MR2 G-Limited (SW20)]]²----²* TheRival: Was this to Bunta back in their younger days.²²!! Miki²²-> Voiced by: Creator/WataruTakagi (''First Stage''), Creator/TakumiYamazaki (''Third Stage''), Creator/ChrisAyres (Tokyopop)²-> Car: 1998 [[ Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST205)]]²----²* AttemptedRape: He pulls this on [[spoiler:Natsuki]] after she refuses him; after all, [[spoiler:Natsuki is a former "patron" of his father]].²* MookHorrorShow: ''Third Stage'' shows his transition from pride to terror as he pushes his clearly superior car as fast as he can through the snow...only for Takumi to keep up with him.²* OnlyOneName: It's unknown what his last name is.²* StrongButUnskilled: Your all-wheel-drive 250-horsepower Celica might be a good car (and indeed, good on snow, being a famed rally car), but it won't make a difference if you're an awful driver, Miki.²²!! Two Guys From Tokyo²²-> Voiced by: Creator/KoujiIshii and Makoto Higo, Creator/SonnyStrait and Craig Dvorak (Funimation)²-> Car: 1999 [[ Nissan Silvia Spec R (S15)]]²----²* {{Gonk}}: They aren't exactly the most handsome in ''Initial D''.²* {{Otaku}}: Are explicitly named as such. Even the ''Arcade Stage'' games name them specifically as "Otaku 1" and "Otaku 2".²* SmugSnake: The driver of the pair confidently believes his experience on an actual circuit gives him enough skill for ''touge'' racing, and wants to prove it to the Speed Stars by deliberately waiting and goading them into an impromptu downhill race on Mount Akina.²* ThoseTwoGuys: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, due to NoNameGiven, of which ''Arcade Stage'' uses this moniker.²²!! Impostor Project D²²--> Voiced by: Creator/AnriKatsu and Hirokazu Miura²--> Car: 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-Apex ([=AE86=]) and 1997 Mazda Éfini RX-7 Type R ([=FD3S=])²----²* AdaptationDyeJob: For some reason, in the ''Arcade Stage'' games, imposter Keisuke's hair is colored black.²* CostumeCopycat: They have similar looking cars and hairstyles to Takumi and Keisuke, with T-shirts saying "Project D" written on them in marker. That's all it takes to impersonate Project D, apparently, despite the fact that "Takumi" is really chubby with major acne problems and "Keisuke" is much shorter than the real deal.²* {{Gonk}}: They aren't exactly the prettiest drawn characters in ''Initial D''; {{Lampshaded}} by Keisuke, who finds it more insulting his impostor is so ugly compared to them besmerching Project D's reputation.²* LegendaryImpostor: For Takumi and Keisuke, right down to copying their vehicles.²* ThoseTwoGuys: In spite of being Project D imposters, they didn't seem to learn about the rest of their crew, and thus only steal the identifies of Takumi and Keisuke.²²!! Mika Uehara²²-> Voiced by: Creator/SaoriHayami²----²* ArmorPiercingSlap: Gives one to Takumi in a case of MistakenIdentity after her friend Tomoko was previously approached by his Imposter Project D doppleganger.²* TheAce: Implied to be one of the best golfers in Japan, or at least in the Gunma Prefecture.²* LoveAtFirstPunch: According to Takumi, he falls for her right after she slaps him in the face.²* NotSoDifferent: Her skill in golf is implied to be comparable to Takumi's skill in driving, thanks to her being driven by her father into pursue a golfing career. Takumi even describes her as having a "golfing aura", in much the same way many of Takumi's opponents have noticed he has a racing aura.²²!! Kaori²²-> Voiced by: Creator/AyaEndo²----²* DrivenToSuicide: Due to the pressure of bringing possible shame from having rejected the ArrangedMarriage between herself and Rin, alongside Rin's threat of potentially making her father's work life hell.²* OnlyOneName Her last name is unknown to the point where even her gravestone doesn't display it [[spoiler:as Ryosuke is visiting it]].²* PosthumousCharacter: She's already died three years before the start of ''Initial D''.²* SmallRoleBigImpact: Despite being long deceased at the start of the series, the flashbacks in the Fifth Stage and corresponging manga chapters showed that Kaori was the one to push Ryosuke to truly make something of his passion (street racing) rather than just concentrate on his career of becoming a doctor. This inspiration led to Ryosuke forming the Red Suns and later Project D.²* StarCrossedLovers: {{Zigzagged}}; while Kaori did fall in love with Ryosuke, whether he ever returned his affections for her is unknown. [[spoiler:It's implied from his visit to her grave in order to pay his respects at the end of the series he did]].²[[/folder]]


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