Tropes for characters of Aoharu × Machinegun.
Tropes for all of them:
- Finger Gun: In the anime ED sequence.
- The Gunslinger: Users of survival game guns, but gunslingers nonetheless.
- True Companions: Eventually.
A Bifauxnen Student Council President who gets dragged into survival games by two of the other residents of Tsukishiro Apartments. Tachibana constantly refers to herself in Third-Person Person, and is a cheerful girl who's very friendly to people she meets, provided that they do not break Tachibana's Code of Justice. Uses a Heckler and Koch G3 SAS High Cycle in combat. She lives in Apartment 202.
Tropes associated with her:
- Accidental Pervert: Was seen leaving out of the girls' washroom by Tohru. Still thinking she is a he, Tohru approves, much to Hotaru's horror.
- A-Cup Angst: Downplayed. In the first episode she mentions that she doesn't need a bra after Kanae nags her for not wearing one and immediately falls to her knees when she realizes what she just said. Zig-zagged in the manga, where Hotaru usually isn't bothered by her lack of feminine features unless someone else points it out.
- All-Loving Hero: Has an open personality that always believes the best of everyone, even when told otherwise, and is apparently willing to consider Midori a friend, even after everything he's done, given her actions at the hot spring.
- A-Team Firing: Has very poor accuracy.
- Bifauxnen: To the point that only her friend Kanae knows her real gender. The rest of the cast finds out eventually, unfortunately starting with Midori before becoming known to Haruki, then Masamune and Tohru.
- Boyish Short Hair: As part of the above.
- Bully Hunter: Has shades of this as due to her strong morals, as she's introduced defending a student at her school from a shake-down and initially goes after Masamune because she thinks he's taken advantage of her friend. Displaying bully-like traits in survival games will get Hotaru particularly fired up to defeat you.
- Cassandra Truth: She actually tries to tell her teammates about her gender before it actually comes out; they just think "he's" joking.
- Catchphrase: "I, Tachibana Hotaru, will not condone such evil actions. I will condemn X."
- Chaste Hero: She hasn't shown any sign of being attracted to either males or females, she reacts poorly to "inappropriate" actions like openly displaying ero-manga, and her main concern when Midori asked for a kiss was what it would look like because she looks like a boy.
- Ditzy Genius: Hotaru is extremely speedy and athletic and is even Student Council President. When she has a goal in mind, her instincts and reflexes tend to outdo even respected veterans. However, her lack of experience with survival games tends to get in her way, resulting in Hotaru charging in without a plan or forgetting to remove the safety before the battle.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Happens when Hotaru gets worked up, like the way she effortlessly punched a crater in a door the first time she met Masamune. Played for Drama in the manga flashback where a beaming first-grade Hotaru "defeats evil" by rendering a group of older bullies unconscious and breaking her own arm in the process.
- Expy: A Bifauxnen associated with a host who causes a lot of property damage and has to pay for it. Sound familiar? Most of the similarities end there, though they both have a visually gender-ambiguous parent.
- Feels No Pain: Hotaru seems remarkably resilient, but this trope doesn't really come into play until the Flashback where a first-grade Hotaru breaks her arm fighting bullies and apparently didn't notice.
- For Great Justice: Hotaru takes great offense to anything she deems unfair or "evil," and is easily swayed by arguments that doing X is a good deed. Her worldview is largely due to her mother, who's a police officer.
- Gender-Blender Name: Part of the gender confusion is caused by her unisex name.
- Good Is Not Soft / Knight Templar: On the dividing line between them. While she is genuinely nice and friendly, it has been noted that she will look for fights for the sake of proving her justice, pulling her into confrontations that she could have otherwise avoided.
- I Call It "Vera": "Goemon" for her G3. It comes from the English word "god" and a Wiki Walk, according to the manga.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Her tendency to charge heedlessly into battle can be a weakness.
- Nightmare Face: Hotaru is a cute kid, regardless of whether you see her as a girl or a boy, but she can pull off the Death Glare + Slasher Smile combo with the best of them when her bloodlust is up. This is also Played for Laughs in Chapter 37, when she claims to forgive Masamune and Tohru for thinking she was a boy due to her flat chest while her face tells a very different story.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Blue to Kanae's Pink. Subverted in that Hotaru is a girl but looks like a boy, not that anyone who doesn't know her can tell.
- Samurai: Hotaru has shades of this, hewing strongly to the ideal: She has a somewhat archaic speech-pattern resembling that of an archetypal "samurai" and has a personal code which includes never attacking from behind or using underhanded tricks.
- Shared Family Quirks: Hotaru refers to herself in the third person, by her last name, and has a strong sense of justice. These, along with her Catchphrase, were apparently inherited from her mother.
- Smurfette Principle: Out of Toy ☆ Gun Gun. Midori knows about it after assessing her body for the type of gun she might use, and ends up using it to make Toy ☆ Gun Gun drop out early on in the Top Gun Combat tournament.
- Student Council President: One that can safely stick the landing after leaping from a third-floor window, to boot.
- The Gift: Though it manifests most strongly in her "bloodlust mode," Hotaru is noted early on to have unusually powerful physical abilities, displaying strength, speed and combat skills far beyond that of normal teenagers, plus a killer instinct that gives her a natural edge. The manga hints that it may be inherited once we meet her mother, who notes that Hotaru was terrifyingly strong even as a child.
- Third-Person Person: Usually coupled with Last-Name Basis, ex. "Tachibana will..."
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Kanae's Girly girl.
A host, and a very good one at that, who recruits Hotaru for Toy ☆ Gun Gun. The leader of Toy ☆ Gun Gun, Masamune is a Keet who's been playing Survival Games since he was a highschooler. An all-rounder and the group's tactician, he dual-wields two Desert Eagles. He lives in apartment 203.
Tropes associated with him:
- Affectionate Nickname: Tohru calls him "Mattsun".
- Alliterative Name: The only one of Toy ☆ Gun Gun to have this trope.
- Backstory: Chapters 30 - 31 talk about how Masamune grew up and joined survival games, including the following spoiler-heavy tropes:
- Driven to Suicide: After waiting for his mom's promise to return, only to learn she left without him, he tries to take his life on the school roof. However, Midori interfered and took him to an airsoft event, giving Masamune a renewed will to live. It's for this reason Masamune's so hung up on Midori - he effectively gave his life to the man that saved it only for Midori to throw it away later on.
- False Friend: Midori was one to Masamune, back in their high school days.
- Parental Abandonment: His dad was a gambling addict and rarely home. After his dad accumulates a large debt and disappears for good, his mom loses custody of Masamune but promises to return for him once the debt is clear. He sees his mother again in high school, where she seems to be living a successful life and has another son; she can only apologize before leaving for good.
- Orphan's Ordeal: After his mother loses custody, he's taken in by relatives. His presence creates a financial burden that they try to hide from him, but he overhears and starts doing part-time work to ease costs.
- Rags to Riches: He's at least well-off enough to live decently and pay for his airsoft hobby.
- Bishōnen: A given, since it's in his job description.
- Bishie Sparkle: Noticeable when he talks to girls, because of the above trope.
- Broken Ace: Masamune seems to have his life together, being a successful host and a talented airsoft player, but he's emotionally fragile due to experiencing a lot of abandonment in the past. This includes the team's first female player, Haru-Haru, Midori and his mother. He hasn't completely gotten over Midori, which as Tohru points out is the reason why Toy ☆ Gun Gun hasn't moved forward.
- Broken Pedestal: Views Midori as this, though the pedestal's not completely broken: Masamune still looks up to him in some ways and this is partly why he can't move past their relationship.
- Broken Tears: Masamune's younger self cries these a lot in flashbacks; he doesn't cry quite so often in the present but is noticeably fighting them back on several occasions, usually when he's in conflict with his teammates or confronting Midori.
- Childhood Friend: With Yukki. They split during middle school, but reunited sometime during high school and have been close ever since.
- Counting Bullets: It allows him to recruit Hotaru for Toy ☆ Gun Gun.
- Dodge the Bullet: Masamune is capable of this, explained by a host needing to be sensitive to small movements and body-language in order to effectively do their job.
- Does This Remind You of Anything??: Masamune's first meeting with Midori in chapter 6 (see Heroic BSoD below for more details) comes uncomfortably close to resembling a victim meeting their abuser, after the relationship has fallen apart. And in chapter 14, the way Midori shoots Masamune is framed is disturbingly similar to a rape scene...
- Dragged into Drag: In the anime special, Masamune is forced to wear a female flight attendant cosplay for an airsoft-cosplay event Tohru signed them up for. Masamune is incredibly unhappy with this, to say the least.
- Dual Wielding: His favored weapons are a pair of airsoft guns modeled on Desert Eagles, and he was inspired to try dual-wielding by Midori.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After he loses to Midori in the TGC.
- Even the Guys Want Him: He's popular with both girls and guys. Out of the main cast, Yukki has an extreme emotional attachment to him, Midori loves to bully him and as of chapter 50 is implied to be obsessed with him, and Ran-chan, aka Ranmaru loves hugging him and taking photos of him.
- Heroic BSoD: His encounter with Midori a year after their last TGC match. Masamune could only stutter when talking to him before completely freezing up when forced to look him in the eye. He only gets out when Yukki intervenes. Judging by Tohru's comments, this is Masamune's usual response to being confronted by Midori.
- Hyper-Awareness: 'Eyes of Providence", allowing him to gather and analyse vast amounts of information to decide the best route to take. Unfortunately, he can only use it three times a day and gets a nosebleed and massive headaches each time he uses it.
- I Call It "Vera": "Tsubuan" (red bean paste) for his Desert Eagle. The problem is, tsubuan is a dessert, not a desert.
- Innocently Insensitive: While Masamune is always repentant after he causes trouble he rarely seems to notice when it's happening, especially when it comes to Midori. Tohru calls him out on this, pointing out that he's been supporting Masamune for years and Masamune has been taking their friendship for granted.
- It's All About Me: Tohru accuses Masamune of this after Masamune tells Hotaru she's off the team, telling Masamune that he's always playing the victim even when he's not the one being hurt. Masamune clearly wasn't doing this intentionally, but there's some truth to it.
- Mistaken for Gay: When trying to find out why Toy ☆ Gun Gun doesn't allow girls on their team, Tachibana asks Tohru if Matsuoka "doesn't like girls" and Tohru jumps to this conclusion.
- Stepford Smiler: Masamune plays a suave lady-killer at the host club and puts on an energetic front for his friends, but he's emotionally fragile due to his past. He does get better, though.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Midori.
A hentai Mangaka who took up survival games to support Masamune. He lives in apartment 204.
Tropes associated with him:
- Affectionate Nickname: Masamune calls him "Yukki."
- All Men Are Perverts: Tries to bond with Hotaru on this premise, bringing "him" adult comics and games.
- Ambiguous Disorder: May display signs of some social disorder, given that he has a hard time making friends, often over- or under-reacts inappropriately and has No Sense of Personal Space. He might also be suffering from depression given his general disinterest in anything besides airsoft and Masamune, his over-reliance on hentai and his low self-esteem.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Everything Tohru's done for Masamune can be traced back to an incident when they were kids and Masamune rescued Tohru from bullies.
- Berserk Button: Midori. Tohru is usually a thoughtful and laconic Non-Action Guy, but Midori provokes him to impulsive and usually violent action, like trying to punch Midori in the airsoft store and intervening with death threats when Masamune freezes in front of Midori.
- Broken Tears: While asking Hotaru to return to the team after she was kicked off, for Masamune's sake, because "... I am no longer able to save him..."
- Career-Ending Injury: In the original oneshot, Tohru wanted to play pro soccer before the car accident that ruined his legs.
- Childhood Friend: With Mattsun.
- Clingy Jealous Guy: Initially appears to be this to Masamune, especially considering his initial reaction to hearing that Masamune had recruited a third teammate, but later events show that this is Tohru's way of trying to prevent a repeat of Toy ☆ Gun Gun's history with other teammates.
- Cold Sniper / Friendly Sniper: Tohru is usually the latter, as his legs were severely injured in an accident which relegated him to this position, though he tends to become the former when they're up against Hoshishiro.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: While this initially seems to be a characterization trope due to how harsh he initially is to Hotaru, it's implied to be the result of staying up late playing ero-games.
- Cry Cute: After Masamune apologizes for not appreciating him and in the flashback to when he first started airsoft.
- Death Glare: His default reaction to Midori.
- Food Slap: Throws the contents of his mug at Midori after Midori rejects Masamune as a 'comrade' and accuses Tohru of wanting it to turn out that way.
- Friendless Background: We don't get near as much backstory on Tohru as we do for Masamune, but Masamune apparently saved Tohru from being bullied by his supposed friends, he admits that he's never been good with people, and Masamune's his only friend (and probably the only person he associates with outside of work) until they meet Hotaru.
- The Gadfly: Tends to tease his friends in a mock-suggestive fashion, especially the guys.
- Guilt Complex: It may be implied that Tohru feels guilty over "abandoning" Masamune when the former had to move away, which might be part of why he's so focused on helping Masamune now.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Tends to do this with cardigans and jumpers.
- Hikikomori: Implied to have become this before being reunited with Masamune, and he still seems to leave his apartment only rarely outside of airsoft-related events.
- I'll Kill You!: He's said it more than once to Midori, though given the nature of the series it's hard to tell if he means it literally, if he means it in the context of the survival game, or if it's just a symptom of the way that Midori mashes on Tohru's Berserk Button.
- Looks Like Cesare: Tohru is fairly tall but noticeably skinny, with messy black hair, shadows under his eyes and predominantly dark clothing, and he's apparently pale due to spending his non-airsoft time indoors. Usually, however, this just makes him seem indifferent rather than threatening.
- Mangaka: Writes and draws popular hentai manga under the name Kotori Piyoko, the interiors of which are censored for comedy. His most well-known work is apparently titled My Little Sister is a Predator.
- Messy Hair: Tohru has chronic bedhead, matching his generally unkempt appearance.
- The Musketeer: Has a dagger that he uses for close combat, though he's not particularly proficient, relying on it as a surprise weapon.
- Nerd Glasses: Of the "thick black frames" type, though not as exaggerated as some examples. Tohru wears contacts during survival games, though his safety goggles resemble his normal glasses.
- Precious Photo: Tohru has a box of these, which he shows Hotaru while telling her the truth about Toy ☆ Gun Gun's history. Some of the ones we see date back to his and Masamune's junior high years, but a lot of them are just of Masamune.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Tohru frequently hangs off of Masamune and later remarks that he's had a hard time making friends due to this tendency, among other reasons.
- Sadist: Played for Laughs, as he writes/draws femdom ero-manga for a living, describing himself as an "S" and treating his fans as an "M" (and labeling Masamune an "M" as well). Contrast with Midori, who plays this trope totally straight.
- Sarcastic Devotee: Plays this role to Masamune, objecting to his training ideas and insulting Masamune's terrible naming choices, but it's just to mask his Undying Loyalty.
- Shower of Angst: Implied to have been taking one after a rather emotional team-up with Hoshishiro, though it's immediately followed by Mood Whiplash.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Frequently seen eating pre-packaged convenience-store bread, as Tohru either can't cook or is too lazy to do so.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Masamune, although he's not afraid to call him out when they don't agree with each other.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Has this dynamic with Haruki, frequently needling him and just smiling when Haruki snaps back.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Wears a maid costume for a airsoft-cosplay event in the anime special and doesn't seemed fazed by it at all. He later suggests the team adopt sailor fuku as their team uniform and specifies that they'd all have to wear girls' uniforms.
Tropes associated with entire team:
- Custom Uniform: The team sports matching white naval uniforms.
- The Gunslinger: Well, they are five-time national champs.
- The Rival: To Toy ☆ Gun Gun.
- Power Trio:
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Fujimoto's Big, Midori's Thin, and Ichi's Short.
- Terrible Trio: Midori is the Villain with Fujimoto and Ichi as his Henchmen.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Takatora Fujimoto, Ichi Akabane and Midori Nagamasa, wherein the girl (Ichi) and one of the guys (Fujimoto) 'compete' over the remaining guy (Midori).
Nicknamed the "Assault Destroyer" for the minigun he carries and his reputation for destroying enemy attackers before they can fire.
Tropes associated with him:
- Adorkable: A lot of his antics put him firmly into this trope, like trying to build a bike-attachable cart so he can pull Midori around and trying (and failing) to be nice to the children at the hospital.
- Affectionate Nickname: Midori calls him "Fujimon."
- The Big Guy: He's tall, well-built and strong, allowing him to run at top speed while toting a minigun.
- Blind Obedience: He'll happily follow any and all orders Midori gives him, and it never crosses his mind that Midori's actions are anything but kind and admirable.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Fujimoto likes competing against strong opponents, but he bears them no ill will and is perfectly happy talking with them normally regardless of the outcome.
- Expressive Hair: His ahoge waves happily after he recounts his loss against Hotaru and whenever Midori's praising and/or punishing him, and it forms a question-mark shape when he's puzzled or confused.
- Glass Cannon: His minigun sends out a barrage of bullets, effectively taking down anything in its line-of-sight without losing speed. However, it's useless up-close.
- Face of a Thug: A minor in-universe example - He has a tendency to scare patients at the hospital.
- Cute Little Fangs: Has them.
- Gentle Giant: Despite his size and strength, he's a complete Nice Guy whose main flaw is his unquestioning obedience to Midori.
- Good Is Dumb: Fujimoto is both the nicest member of Hoshishiro and far from the brightest, though he may be less dumb, per se, and just more naive.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Misinterprets Midori's sadism as kindness, especially in regards to opponents.
- Idiot Hair: Has a curl that sticks out near the top of his head.
- Nice Guy: The only genuinely kind person on the team, he gave Hotaru a chance to forfeit when he noticed she was a beginner because going up against a minigun so soon might ruin her enjoyment of airsoft. When Hotaru knocks out his gun but fails to shoot him due to leaving her safety on, he admits defeat and happily converses with her. Later in the manga, he cheerfully engages in a coup-counting match with Tohru when Toy ☆ Gun Gun and Hoshishiro team up against 11Dogs and offers Tohru his number so he can help the latter get in shape for TGC, actually carrying through on his promise to do so.
- Too Kinky to Torture: He loves being abused by Midori.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: As seen at the summer festival, all of his male siblings look like younger versions of him. His female sibling looks more distinct, but she still has the ahoge.
Nicknamed "Eagle's Eye" for her skill as a sniper.
Tropes associated with her:
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Implied to be the reason behind her feelings for Midori, as her flashbacks of him feature Midori helping her up and saying that they can rely on each other because they're "comrades."
- Boobs of Steel: Ichi is a dangerous combatant and, as Tohru notes, she's rather well-endowed despite her petite frame.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Midori, always trying to get his approval and objecting to anyone who seems to be close to him; she takes it especially hard when she finds a photo that Midori kept of him and Masamune when they were in high school, noting that she's never seen Midori smile like that before.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: One of her hobbies. She is the one who tailored their uniforms.
- Dark Action Girl: Not only is she an excellent sniper, she is good at close combat, managing to knock out Tohru's gun at point blank. Unfortunately, her love for the game is not so innocent.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has her moments, particularly with Fujimon but sometimes with Midori; her later one-on-one interaction with Hotaru has Ichi snarking at "him," though much of it goes over Hotaru's head.
- Cute and Psycho: Cute in more her looks than actions but very trigger-happy on the field. She can, however, be very cute when it comes to Midori.
- Encyclopaedic Knowledge: She knows facts to the exact details when needed. For example, when Fujimon built an attachable cart to pull Midori to the TGC, she pointed out the exact maximum weight it is legally allowed to carry and that humans are not allowed to be counted.
- Not So Above It All: Although she speaks dismissively of almost everyone else and prides herself on her professionalism, Ichi has her own quirks: For example, she signs Hoshishiro up for a cosplay event and casts herself as the princess, Midori as the handsome prince and Fujimoto as the horse. It doesn't turn out as planned and Ichi spends the rest of the episode sulking like a child.
- Sadist: Not to Midori's extent, but Ichi's enjoyment of airsoft has as much to do with seeing her opponent's despair through her scope as it does with making Midori happy.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Is generally cold and harsh at work, a little gentler when it comes to Midori. However, she is noticeably expressive during the TGC, teasing Fujimoto more often and becoming more competitive and protective of Midori. She also seems to enjoy the face people make when they get shot.
- Ichi displays a bit of her softer side to Hotaru during the teamup against 11Dogs, giving advice about hitting targets after something Hotaru says reminds Ichi of Midori.
- Token Mini-Moe: Ichi is an adult but her small frame means she's older than she looks; Tohru even dubs her "the big-breasted loli."
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Indicates her Dark Action Girl status, though it's combined with Hime Cut bangs to retain a feminine look.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Lots of stuff about Midori that happened before she joined the team, such as the fact that he and Masumune were teammates and Haruka had been her predecessor. She becomes distraught when she finds this out through others and not from Midori himself.
- Love Makes You Evil: Potentially implied, as she looks considerably more innocent in the flashback to when she first met Midori.
- Waif-Fu: She's very petite, even compared to high school student Hotaru, yet she's a highly skilled sniper and an equally-skilled melee combatant.
- Zettai Ryouiki: With boots in her TGC uniform and with socks in her casual wear.
Leader of Hoshishiro. He has a history with Masamune and Tohru, though he seems to enjoy teasing Hotaru in usually-less-damaging ways.
- The Ace: A feared Gunslinger even when dual-wielding, just as good at melee combat, a successful and well-loved doctor, and a Chessmaster to boot.
- Armor-Piercing Question: He likes to end a good Breaking Speech with one.
- Breaking Speech: Midori likes handing these out whenever possible, though he can inflict maximum devastation in something as brief as a few lines.
- Dissonant Serenity: Although he's usually friendly and smiling, he takes a hard right into this during airsoft matches, especially when he's allowed to go all-out during TGC matches; Midori never seems happier and more at peace than when he's physically and psychologically ripping people to shreds.
- Dual Wielding: Although half the time it seems like he doesn't even need to draw either of his guns.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Inverted. He doesn't reveal Hotaru's secret even after he learns she's a girl and "encourages" her to continue airsoft by threatening Masamune and Tohru, but it's clear he's only doing it to make things more interesting for himself. Played straight, albeit in a minor way, when he blackmails Hotaru for a kiss and we learn he didn't actually expect her to go through with it.
- Faux Affably Evil: While he's well-mannered and gentlemanly, helping Hotaru pick a gun when they first meet, it's heavily implied that this is just his public face; Midori's an unrepentant sadist who admits that he only plays airsoft to get to the anything-goes TGC, which allows him to hurt and torment his opponents without consequence.
- For the Evulz: Why Midori does what he does.
- Friend to All Children: Or at least, the children he sees at the hospital seem to love him.
- The Gadfly: Even when he's not dealing out physical and mental torment for kicks, Midori finds ways to mess with people, whether it's distracting children at the hospital with Fujimoto when he knows that Fujimoto gets depressed when kids get scared of him or adding insult to injury when he mocks Masamune and Tohru for not realizing Hotaru was a girl.
- Hospital Hottie: The nurses at his hospital comment on how attractive he is, as do the mothers of his patients.
- Hypocrite: Repeatedly remarks that he "hates pain" and mock-chides others for 'playing rough,' but he's all too happy to inflict pain on others.
- It Amused Me: His reply when Tohru asks him why he delights in tormenting Masamune and Tohru.
- Jerkass: He's usually this whenever he's off-the-clock.
- Kick the Dog: During the TGC tournament match against Toy ☆ Gun Gun, he takes his time brutally tormenting Masamune both physically and mentally by shooting him with his own Desert Eagle at point-blank range, ensuring that the kickback recoil would hit Masamune hard enough to hurt. He also covered Masamune's mouth to prevent him from calling "hit", emptying the gun into him. He later takes down Tohru without much fanfare but seems to be enjoying hurting him a bit too much, shades of his pinning Tohru to the counter at the airsoft shop in "self-defense." Hotaru actually manages to gain the upper hand until Midori reveals that he knows she's a girl, which shocks her and gives Ichi enough time to hit her. Then he gloats over how he instilled a sense of defeat in her, much as he had done to her teammates.
- It's apparently the way he treats all of his airsoft opponents, as we see him mocking and belittling other teams he's defeated and earned the hatred of Team 11Dogs by taunting them for not being "real" brothers both before and after he defeats them.
- The Leader: Of Hoshishiro.
- Manipulative Bastard: Capable of predicting the thoughts and actions of others by manipulating them into acting according to his plan, often creating a Hope Spot or two just to hurt his victims more when he brings the hammer down.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Midori knows perfectly well what he's doing, so when he invades someone's personal space it's with the intention of getting under their skin.
- Not So Different: Implies this to Tohru in a flashback when the latter tried to call him out for hurting Masamune, claiming that he likes Tohru's "twisted" personality. Tohru's response is to throw the contents of his mug at him and this supposed similarity might be one reason why Tohru hates Midori so much.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his Jerkass behavior in and out of survival games, he's quite a professional pediatrician at the hospital.
- Psychotic Smirk: The expression Midori wears when playing with his 'toys' is somewhere between this and sexual arousal.
- Sadist: Played completely straight. Midori actively enjoys peoples' suffering and toying with people who react to his baiting, which is implied to be why he likes messing with Masamune and Tohru: He can count on the latter to go uncharacteristically berserk, especially if Masamune's involved, and when targeting Masamune Midori is disappointed when Masamune doesn't cry.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Unbeknownst to Hotaru, he figured out Hotaru that was a girl when he body-checked her. While he has hinted to her that he knew, Hotaru didn't pick up on it, leading to Toy ☆ Gun Gun's defeat at TGC again.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Most notably around Masamune and Tohru, though we learn that this is how he deals with most of his opponents in survival games. His way of repaying Toy ☆ Gun Gun's hard work over the past year is through crushing any hope they have for the Nationals.
- Troll: An offline variant, Midori aims for the weak spots just because he knows it'll hurt the most, whether or not the victim's done anything to Midori himself (which they usually haven't).
Tropes associated with both:
- Abusive Parents: The Hosakawa's father is... not a nice man. A stern and intimidating man who believes in results rather than effort in terms of worth, he constantly compared Haruki to Haruka due to the differences in their accomplishments, which had massive impacts on both their psyches. Besides from the verbal and emotional abuse inflicted from calling them 'useless' and 'failures' and forbidding them for playing TCG matches as its 'useless', it's been implied that he was also physically abusive ever since they were young, as seen by his quick resort to violence whenever the twins spoke up or rebelled against him.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Related to Abusive Parents as seen above, as their father's treatment of them has caused huge scars.
- The Gunslinger: Like practically everyone else in this series. They both use a Scar Heavy equipped with an M320A1 attachment, which can be separated for Dual Wielding.
- Identical Twins: Hotaru got them mixed up at first. Downplayed in that Haruka is slightly taller than Haruki and Haruka has a mole by his left eye while Haruki does not.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Haruki is more cynical and quick-tempered while Haruka is composed and obsessive.
- Sibling Rivalry: They played on opposing teams.
- Theme Twin Naming: "Haruki" translates to "spring tree" and "Haruka" translates to "spring flower".
A former member of Toy ☆ Gun Gun. Was close to Masamune before he left the team and has hated survival games ever since. He still plays survival games, unbeknownst to everyone except Hotaru and Usagi. He lives in apartment 201 and rejoins Toy ☆ Gun Gun in chapter 23.
Tropes associated with him:
- Adorkable: Haruki frequently falls into this despite his cynicism and attempts to stay above the antics of the others, usually when he's been caught getting flustered or, for example, when explaining why he wears a suit into airsoft matches.
- Affectionate Nickname: Haru Haru. Tachibana uses Haruharuki-san after they meet.
- Always Someone Better: Be it studying, gaming, physical abilities etc, His younger brother Haruka always does better than Haruki. No matter how hard he studied or tried, Haruka surpassed him easily. Their father constantly compared them, and as a result Haruki gained an inferiority complex towards Haruka, becoming one of the main reasons for the distance between the two.
- Bad Dreams: In chapter 20, of his defeat in TGC by Haruka that lead him to leave the team.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a black one during airsoft matches. Hilariously, it's because he wants the enemy to feel as if he's attending their funeral.
- Big Brother Instinct: Haruki might not act like it thanks to his inability to deal with Haruka's personality, but he gets worried when he notices Haruka being down during the TCG match, and when their dad tries to hit Haruka with his cane for speaking against him Haruki's first reaction is TakingTheBullet to throw himself in front of Haruka.
- Blackmail: Played for laughs. He makes Hotaru his "slave" and has her do random chores and errands, threatening to tell Toy ☆ Gun Gun about her true gender if she does not comply.
- Cheerful Child: Was this as a kid, as seen in flashbacks.
- Cool Mask: He wears a gasmask during airsoft, and occasionally outside of the field. It's implied that it functions as a Security Blanket after his previous traumas and he puts it on during the TGC to hide his nerves from his father.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Haruki has always been compared to his younger twin brother Haruka by their father, who was constantly frustrated by Haruki's lack of similar accomplishments. This resulted in his inferiority complex towards Haruka, as no matter how hard he tried Haruka always surpassed him. This eventually lead to his father calling him 'useless' and a 'failure', resulting in Haruki running away from home. He joined Toy ☆ Gun Gun after their female member left, but after facing his brother in TCG and losing Haruki left the team, growing more cynical as a result. He also mentions being scolded and hit for not being good enough when he was young and being locked in a dark room whenever he did something "bad," and his reaction when his dad threatened to 'reteach' him◊ further cements the implications that his father has been physically abusive towards him.
- Encyclopaedic Knowledge: Though it seems to be limited to firearms and the military, he's more than happy to explain his knowledge in excruciating detail.
- Hikikomori: Implied that he became a shut-in after leaving Toy ☆ Gun Gun, avoiding his family and leaving only to participate in airsoft matches.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: He seems to have been cheerful and pretty normal in flashbacks, but subsequent events have made him cynical even after he returns to Toy ☆ Gun Gun.
- NEET: As Tohru points out, Haruki doesn't have a job and isn't attending school, although he's apparently studying to re-apply to medical school.
- Only Sane Man: Sometimes winds up playing this role, especially when the others get carried away.
- Otaku: For the military in general and its firepower in particular. It's also what led him to get involved with airsoft.
- Secret Keeper: After getting to know her better, he agrees to not tell Toy ☆ Gun Gun about her real gender.
- Successful Sibling Syndrome: The source of quite a lot of Haruki's problems. Their father might have been the root of it, but Haruka's constant successes didn't help.
- Tender Tears: All things considered, Haruki's surprisingly prone to these, getting emotional to the point of somewhat comical tears when on the recieving end of some kindness from his friends. This is especially frequent soon after he rejoins the team and might be the aftereffects of the traumas that made him leave in the first place.
- Tsundere: Haruki often pretends to be indifferent to the group's decisions, but he's actually an earnest and rather shy person who's easily flustered when people call him on it.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Has this vibe with Tohru, with Haruki loudly responding to Tohru's frequent needling.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: His father was always pressuring him to succeed, denigrating Haruki's airsoft hobby and considering him a failure, which led Haruki to leave home. However, even after all that, Haruki still wants to meet his expectations and get his approval.
A doctor-in-training who is an ex-member of Team Hoshishiro. He works in the same branch as them. He is implied to be the reason why Haruki quit playing survival games. As of chapter 23, he has rejoined Team Hoshishiro. Is known as the 'Wild Icy Sword'.
Tropes associated with him:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Is a (probably) non-romantic version to his twin brother Haruki; even when Haruki tries to mend fences, Haruka's overly-aggressive attitude results in Haruki running away.
- Always Someone Better: Is this to Haruki. Ironically, he sees Haruki as this as well. Even if he scored well and is currently successful, Haruka has always envied Haruki's social skills, and his ability to make friends.
- Big Damn Heroes: When he went to rescue Haruki from their father and getting him out of the childhood locked punishment room, allowing him to go to the TGC instead of missing the entire tournament.
- Big Brother Instinct: In spades, despite being the younger brother. A very good method of getting on Haruka's bad side is to be mean to Haruki. Not even their father is exempted from this - in the past, when his dad mentioned not wanting to acknowledge Haruki due to 'being a failure of a son', Haruka stood up to him and called him stupid despite knowing that he'd get hit. Upon meeting their father in the present, Haruka stands in front of Haruki during most of the conversation, shielding him, and implores their father to give Haruki a chance.
- Big Brother Worship: Haruka firmly believes that his Nii-san is the best at everything; this pedestal is part of the reason that Haruki can't stand to be around him. Haruka thinks of Haruki as his hero, and whenever they meet he gets very excited and happy.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Their father was someone who associated results as worth. While Haruka had it easier than Haruki thanks to meeting their father's standards, it's implied that he is used to physical threats as seen by his lack of response when Ichi threw water in his face and surprise when Fujimoto shielded him, and he's been hit at least once by their father. His brother shoves him away despite (and because of) Haruka's attempts to show affection for him, and no matter what he tries he isn't able to help Haruki with his problems, much to Haruka's bitterness and regret. It's also been stated that ever since he was young, despite all his accomplishments, Haruka has always been lonely and longed for friends.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Haruka has a mole under his left eye which Haruki lacks.
- Incest Subtext: A one-sided variant. His obsession with his older twin brother combined with the way he constantly attempts to communicate with Haruki (hugging him from the back, whispering in his ear, constantly spying on him) can be easily misconstrued as having romantic intentions behind them.
- Innocently Insensitive: Haruka sincerely believes that the only reason he keeps surpassing Haruki is because Haruki's not really trying. Haruki is trying but even his best can't beat Haruka, whose well-intentioned encouragement only makes things worse.
- Madness Mantra: "Nii-san Nii-san Nii-san Nii-san Nii-san Nii-san..."
- No Sense of Personal Space: Has no problems getting up close and personal with his older brother, although Haruki very much has problems with it.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Not to Haruki , as only their appearance is alike; rather, Haruka strongly resembles their father in the way he carries himself and his cold, aloof personality. This is made plain when Haruki sees them watching his first TGC match and Haruka and their father are shown side by side.
- Terms Of Endearment: Haruka used to call Haruki by name when they were young, but in high school started to use the term 'Nii-san'. While 'Nii-san' is used to denote respect to an older brother, it serves as this as Haruka states that he uses the term as he sees his older brother as an idiot, making it gain a negative association.
- Yandere: He is quite obsessed with his older brother and only shows any interest or emotion when Haruki's involved.
Team Nine-TailsA team of 20 in the TGC that mainly uses knives. They have a practice match with Toy ☆ Gun Gun. Their three main players are Nishi Nobunaga, Minami Nouhide and "Ran" Ranmaru.
- Camp Gay: Ran has shades of this; when Ran appears in a male uniform, he sees Masamune and melodramatically flees back behind the curtain because "[Masamune] can't see me like this!"
- Cosplay: They have a self-proclaimed fetish for traditional school uniforms and wear modified kitsune masks.
- Comically Serious: A Downplayed version, but Nishi Nobunaga does everything with taciturn seriousness, be it explaining the rules while running away from Ranmaru or serving sushi.
- Graceful Loser: The entire team, especially Nishi Nobunaga. When they lose to Toy ☆ Gun Gun in chapter 23 they take their loss well, and when Nishi Nobunaga is defeated by Team Hoshishiro in the second TGC (with their speciality, close combat), Nobunaga takes his defeat gracefully, wishing Team Toy Gun Gun good luck.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Minami Nouhide wields one.
- Knife Nut: They specialize in knives and are really good at it. Special mentions goes to Ran.
- Martial Arts and Crafts: The team's day-job is running a sushi restaurant, potentially explaining their skill with knives.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: They're not exactly a boss of any kind, but they're probably the quirkiest team TGG has met.
- The Stoic: Minami Nouhide, who doubles as the Only Sane Man.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Ranmaru, though he would prefer to be called by the female "Ran-chan".
- Weakness Turns Him On: Ranmaru, towards Masamune. Yukimura is not pleased.
Team 11DogsA large team who fought with Toy ☆ Gun Gun for practice grounds. Their leader holds a grudge against Midori from the last tournament.
Tropes associated with Team Wage Slave:
- Animal Motif: Dogs, specifically Huskies and related Northern dogs.
- Blood Knight: All but Jin comes off as this, especially Taku.
- Cool Hat: Each wears a hat with two side tails resembling paws.
- Freudian Trio: Taku, the youngest Mouri brother, is the impulsive Id; Jin, the middle brother, is the stoic Superego; Kiyo, the oldest brother, is the Ego that mediates between them and serves as Team Leader.
- Friendly Enemies: They seem to have resolved their issues with Masamune by the end of their match, since the next time the Mouri brothers see Toy ☆ Gun Gun Taku takes note of their arrival in a cheerful way, though he still notes that 11Dogs will be the ones to defeat Hoshishiro.
- More Dakka: The ability to fling great quantities of lead - well, BBs - at their opponents seems to be the main strategy for the 11Dogs rank-and-file.
- Sibling Team: The leaders of 11Dogs are three brothers who aren't technically brothers.
- The Rival: Sees Hoshishiro as this because when they last met in the TGC, Midori not only beat them but mocked them as "fakes" because they're not blood-related. They seem to lump Masamune in with Midori, at least initially, because Masamune was on Midori's team when it happened.
- Zerg Rush: While not unskilled, they rely heavily on their larger numbers.
Team Wage SlaveCaptained by Sagara Hanako, who led the Red Team in one of Hotaru's earliest events and unintentionally told Hotaru about Toy ☆ Gun Gun's no-female-players policy. She and her male teammates, Yukawa and Mikisaburou, are TGG's second-round match during their second TCG.
Tropes associated with Team Wage Slave:
- Always Someone Better: Played for Drama with Mikisaburou, who secretly feels this way about Yukawa.
- Betty and Veronica: Yukawa and Mikisaburou are this gender-inverted trope for Hanako, though it's difficult to say which is which... Not that she's noticed.
- Bottle Fairy: Implied when Hanako and her team meets Toy ☆ Gun Gun at Team Ninetails' sushi restaurant: When the teams reaffirm their resolve to do their best at the upcoming TGC, Hanako immediately suggests drinking and her teammates immediately try to stop her. This is confirmed in a later flashback.
- Boyish Short Hair: Hanako initially appears to have this, but she apparently just tucks her long hair under a cap during airsoft games.
- Finger Gun: Hanako playfully does this to T☆GG when she says she'll go all-out against them.
- Genki Girl: Hanako is cheerful and upbeat and seems to take things in stride, though she gets serious during the TGC.
- In Love with Your Carnage: A lighthearted downplayed example: After Masamune and Tohru show off their airsoft skills, Hanako squees over them and comments that they're "so attractive~"
- In Vino Veritas: Stoic, no-nonsense Yukawa Can't Hold His Liquor, which once led him to drunkenly confess his feelings for Hanako to Mikisaburou... as well as Yukawa's belief that Mikisaburou could make her happy where he himself couldn't.
- Love Confession: Yukawa and Mikisaburou ultimately wind up confessing to Hanako after thei TGC match, or rather Yukawa does it for both of them. Turns out Hanako's into Cute Shotaro Boy types like Hotaru, and even after everything's sorted out she just sees them as friends.
- Office Lady: Hanako's day-job, as we see her and her male teammates working in an office; when they meet Toy ☆ Gun Gun in the sushi restaurant they're dressed professionally and Hanako comments that they just got off work.
- The Strategist: Yukawa's role on the team, something Sagara and Mikisaburou apparently expect because he's their department head at work.
- Those Two Guys / Vitriolic Best Buds: Yukawa and Mikisaburou have this dynamic, even when competing for the right to confess to their captain.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Hanako is the Girl and Yukawa and Mikisaburou are the Guys. They not only fight each other over her (though it appears to be restricted to survival games), but their reintroduction has them glaring threateningly at the (apparently) all-male Toy ☆ Gun Gun.Yukawa: I will kill whoever flirts with Hana-chan.Mikisaburou: Don't try to get close to Hana-chan, bastard.
A pink-haired girl who's Hotaru's friend. She knows Hotaru is a girl and tries to get her to be more feminine.
Tropes associated with her:
- The Determinator: Does this against Hotaru in repeated racing matches to help her out of a brief Heroic BSoD.
- Green Rooming: She disappears and isn't relevant to the plot for quite a while after her initial introduction.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: With her gray school cardigan.
- Hidden Depths: She has expressed great disapproval in Hotaru's participation in survival games because it's dangerous and unlady-like. Despite this, she would rather have Hotaru be happy while playing than unhappy and not playing. She even does a lot of out-of-character things to get Hotaru back in the game.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Pink to Hotaru's Blue. Subverted in that Hotaru is a girl who just looks like a boy.
- Rose-Haired Girl: Of the cheery sort, although she wasn't very cheery after Masamune wouldn't let her into the host club.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Hotaru's tomboy, though she tries to make Hotaru less of one.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pink hair.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade S with her school uniform.
The store owner of Echizen, an airsoft store. Was once a mercenary and fought on the same team as Souji Kamenashi. He has a daughter named Ran note . Sometimes referred to as "Usagi".
Tropes associated with him:
- Affectionate Nickname: "Usagi".
- Expy: He's a homage to Big Boss, visually as well as his past as a mercenary.
- Retired Badass: Was once a mercenary.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Wears a red apron with a cute bunny pin.
- The Stoic: He has an intimidating look that scared Hotaru when they first met. It becomes a point of interest when he does laugh/smile.
- Twerp Sweating: Downplayed, since Ran is still a child, but when Ran tells Usagi that she wants to marry Kamenashi, her father expresses disapproval and dares Kamenashi to try.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Subverted. He and Ran look nothing alike, which made Tachibana struggle about admitting a resemblance.
An occasional judge for survival games, most notably the TGC. Was once a mercenary and fought on the same team as Usagi. He is also a famous cram school teacher.
Tropes associated with him:
- Badass Teacher: Was once part of the mercenary with Usagi.
- Friend to All Children: Despite his stoic appearance, Usanagi's young daughter Ran not only likes him but declares she wants to marry him.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Does this frequently.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Usanagi. It seems that Souji wants to mend fences, but Usagi has no interest in doing so.
Tachibana Kane and Souichi
Hotaru's mother and father, respectively, currently in America so that Souichi can receive medical treatment. Spoiler tropes for Chapters 39 on below.
Tropes associated with them:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Kane has only ever been seen wearing a suit, except for her child-self in a flashback. Kane is also extremely badass.
- Bifauxnen: Kane, to an even greater degree than Hotaru herself. When the rest of Toy ☆ Gun Gun first see her they spend a frantic few panels wondering if she's Hotaru's mother or father and freaking out at the thought of getting it wrong.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl / Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The former trope being a subversion, as Kane is almost perpetually expressionless and a gifted martial artist while Souichi is gentle and physically frail.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Kane and Souichi grew up together and eventually married.
- The Clan: The Tachibana family is implied to be this, as flashbacks show a traditionally Japanese Big Fancy House.
- Doting Parent: Both Souichi and Kane clearly love Hotaru very much, with Souichi reading to Hotaru even while he's in the hospital.
- Establishing Character Moment: Kane is first seen effortlessly judo-throwing a purse-snatcher so hard he's knocked unconscious, then declaring that "I, Tachibana, will not condone such evil deeds."
- For Great Justice: Kane is a police officer and has very strong morals; it's clear where Hotaru gets it from.
- Gender-Blender Name: Kane is usually a male name, but Tachibana Kane is female.
- Generation Xerox: Played with, as Hotaru physically resembles her father but is otherwise eerily like her mother in her mannerisms, dress and skill. It's even pointed out by Toy ☆ Gun Gun when they see mother and daughter standing opposite each other, saying it's like there are "two Hotarus."
- Good Is Not Soft: Kane deals with crime by applying crushing force to subdue criminals, but she knows her limits and that keeps her from verging into Knight Templar territory.
- Head Desk: Kane smashes her head into a wall to the point of cracking it, essentially punishing herself for unintentionally awakening Hotaru's terrifying sense of justice.
- If You Ever Hurt Her: Kane gives a parental one to the guys of Toy ☆ Gun Gun after she agrees to let Hotaru stay for the TGC.
- Ill Boy: Souchi has been physically weak since childhood and Hotaru is living on her own so her father can receive medical treatment in America; it's revealed that he's expected to die soon, which is why Kane wants Hotaru to come to the US as well.
- Insistent Terminology: Hotaru refers to Kane as "Mom" or "Mother" (Okaasan in Japanese), but Kane has been trying to get Hotaru to call her "Mama" since Hotaru was very young.
- She also insists that others call her "Kane-chan".
- Marry for Love: What Kane and Souichi did, against the wishes of the Tachibana family due to Souchi's poor health. It's implied that this resulted in Kane and subsequently Hotaru being disowned by the rest of the family.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Big time. When Souichi kisses Kane on the cheek, it looks like a cute girl kissing a handsome guy instead of the other way around.
- Shared Family Quirks: Kane is an extremely moral Bifauxnen martial artist who refers to herself by her last name, just like Hotaru.
- Stepford Smiler: Implied to be the case for Souichi, who's only seen smiling gently around others but who admits to having wanted to kill his "weak" self because his body's too frail to protect his family.
- The Stoic: Kane, although she has a Not So Stoic moment when she sees how Hotaru beat up those bullies.
- Third-Person Person: Like Hotaru, Kane refers to herself on a Last-Name Basis, ex. "Tachibana has said..."
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Kane tells a young Hotaru that those who hurt others or lie are "evil" and that those who protect others "defeat evil," unintentionally awakening Hotaru's blood-lust mode when Hotaru "defeats evil" by beating a group of older children unconscious after they bully one of her friends.
- When She Smiles: Kane does so very rarely, but it's the only time her features soften enough to make it clear that she's a woman instead of a Bishounen.