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The Okazaki Family

    Tomoya Okazaki
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura & Fuyuka Oura (JP - anime), Kenji Nojima (JP - movie), David Matranga (EN)

The protagonist of the series. Due to his habit of always arriving late to school, skipping classes during the day, and staying out all night, he has been labeled as a delinquent, or a young person who defies authority. Nevertheless, his actions end up changing everyone else's life for the better.

  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Tomoya's pranks on Sunohara involve him just telling Sunohara to do stupid things. Sunohara invariably obeys without question.
  • Beard of Sorrow: More like Stubble of Sorrow when we see first see him five years after Nagisa's death.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is always protective and caring of his friends, especially Nagisa. However, when provoked, he’ll become violent and pick fights.
  • Bishōnen: He's apparently completely unaware of how attractive he is.
  • Book Dumb: He really doesn't give a crap about doing school work or attending classes.
  • Break the Cutie: Notably, Nagisa's death crushed him so hard, just when his life was going to be better, that he ended up becoming just like his own father, if not worse.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's smart but doesn't pay any attention to his schoolwork.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Nagisa's Gentle Girl.
  • Career-Ending Injury: He was a star basketball player in his junior high until an argument with his father ended with him suffering a permanent shoulder injury, leaving him unable to play, which is what resulted in him becoming a bit of a Delinquent.
  • Character Development: Tomoya becomes more open to his feelings.
  • Chastity Couple: In the anime, his physical relationship with Nagisa never goes beyond hugging or holding hands on-screen. Even after they get married, they don't share the same futon and simply push two futons together. It's more downplayed in the visual novel, where it's often implied that they do get more intimate off-screen and they do share a futon after marriage.
  • Chick Magnet: Just about every girl we meet is in love with him, whether actively pursuing him or quietly suffering or somewhere in between. Even though he's purportedly a delinquent, his ardent admirers include a Student Council President, two Class Representatives, and a Teen Genius / TV Genius.
  • Chess Master: Repeatedly shows himself adept at being able to manipulate people when the need arises and has shown via inner monologues to be quite intuitive about how the world and people work. This is only limited by the fact that he's technically Book Dumb and also a Nice Guy underneath the delinquent exterior. God help us all if he wasn't either of these things.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Kotomi when he first befriends her.
  • Cool Down Hug: He does this to Kyou in the anime when she refuses to tell him what's wrong and was fighting him.
  • Cool Loser: The anime seems conflicted as to how much it wants him to fit the trope. For whatever reason, he's an astounding Chick Magnet, and for whatever reason, he seems to have an enormously positive impact on every girl he befriends. Nevertheless, people keep calling him a loser — especially in the Tomoyo Arc Alternate Universe.
    • It's less that he's "uncool" so much that he's a delinquent constantly on the verge of failing high school (through lack of effort, not lack of intelligence). The other students have a low opinion of him because he's getting set up to waste his life. He does end up getting a respectable, albeit rather low-income, job in both endings that touch on his post-high school life.
  • Conveniently Seated: Tomoya sits second from the back next to the window, with Sunohara next to him. This allows him to spot Botan from time to time.
  • Covert Pervert: He is turned on by Sunohara x Mei incest fantasies.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Towards Nagisa, during the tennis match.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Depending on the lighting, he often has blue eyes and blue hair.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Losing his mother at an early age and living with an abusive, alcoholic father.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like previous protagonists, he gives off snarky remarks most of the time and he's more cynical than the previous two.
  • Death by Despair: Subverted in the Grand Finale.
  • Declaration of Protection: He says he wants to protect Nagisa.
  • Delinquents: Downplayed: Tomoya doesn't look for trouble, but he usually comes late to class, sleeps in class or skips them entirely. Occasionally, he may have a brawl, but that doesn't happen often. He periodically attempts to reform, under the influence of Nagisa (in the main series), Tomoyo (in the Tomoyo arc) or Ryou (in the Kyou arc.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In Clannad ~After Story~, he dies in the snow with his daughter in the Bad Ending. In Tomoyo After, he gets amnesia from a severe blow to the head, and the subsequent surgery fails and he dies too. Poor dude just can't catch a break.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Keeps pursuing Misae even when she makes it clear she's not interested. His persistence eventually gets to her... maybe.
  • Double Meaning: After breaking up with Tomoyo he begins talking to Sunohara while rather depressed. Sunohara says something to the effect of "Man, I expected her to pick you over the cherry trees" and Tomoya agrees. That's why he took the decision out of her hands.
  • Driven to Suicide: Played for Laughs. In Sunohara's route, when Mei tells Tomoya that he's like her brother, Tomoya wants to kill himself. And when she says that Tomoya and Sunohara are buddies, Tomoya picks up a lexicon, looks up for the meaning of buddy, and then decides to kill himself.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Given his penchant for playing jokes on his friends, he feels guilty about dropping the toy giant bengal lizard down Sanae's back.
  • Faux Yay: Okazaki's intent when he tells Nagisa that Youhei Sunohara has a crush on him to obscure the real reason Sunohara is throwing himself into a basketball-related Zany Scheme.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: His classmates see him as a delinquent, but all he does is cut class and show up late. He does have a bit of a bad temper, and is prone to violence when provoked, but unlike Sunohara, he does not go around picking fights unprovoked.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: A very low key one occurs in Tomoyo's route. If he lets her continue on without help, she'll lose the Student Council President election like he wantsnote , but that would obviously hurt her even if she wouldn't blame him. He chooses to assist, picking friend. Later, he tries to do it again and breaks up with her and gets rid of his own happiness to do what he thinks is best for her, but this time she doesn't accept it and at the end they get back together.
  • Friendzone: He worries that he's managed to put himself here in Yukine's route since she begins to treat him like she did her older brother.
  • Foil: He is the silent Tall, Dark, and Handsome Straight Man to the boisterous Dumb Blonde Sunohara.
  • The Gadfly: Tomoya likes to pull pranks on people, especially Sunohara.
  • Generation Xerox: As much as Tomoya hates his father for neglecting him to dull the pain of his mother's death, he does exactly the same to his own daughter Ushio in his attempt to forget that her birth killed Nagisa.
    • As a bonus, Tomoya looks almost exactly like the younger version of his father, just without the glasses.
    • Subverted almost immediately after, when Tomoya takes Ushio to the countryside and meets his grandmother, who has some revelations in store for him about his father.
  • Happily Married: With Nagisa in the anime and the Visual Novel's True Ending.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Or whatever color Nagisa's hair is. Let's go with "red". Note that the other major character with let's-call-it-red hair is Sanae, Nagisa's mother — who just happens to be the only character in the entire series who can really bring out Nagisa's Clingy Jealous Girl side.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Nagisa's death, Tomoya falls into such a deep and long-lasting depression that he essentially ignores his own daughter — for five years. Fortunately, Akio and especially Sanae were around to pick up the slack — and also to coax Tomoya back to life.
  • Hikkikomori: In the movie, he falls even deeper into the Despair Event Horizon after Nagisa's death. He doesn't leave his apartment for five years except for work or gambling.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Got into Hikarizaka Private High School on a sports scholarship due to his basketball skills. An altercation with his father ended up with him dislocating his shoulder permanently and losing the only good thing in his life up to that point.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: After Nagisa dies, he regrets ever meeting her in the first place. Getting over this forms the bulk of his Character Development in the second half of ~After Story~.
  • Imagine Spot: Many and varied.
  • Insecure Love Interest: His delinquent status makes him seldom feel like he's worth the time of many of the girls. Even after he and Nagisa become an Official Couple, Tomoya wholeheartedly still believes that he doesn't deserve to be with someone like Nagisa.
  • Japanese Delinquent: Downplayed, but he does have the reputation. He can certainly hold his own in a fight, and can be something of a Jerkass at times, but this is mostly a misunderstanding due to his apathy and lack of ambition.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Described once or twice as a nice person with a bad mouth. His Character Development focuses on him going from "jerk" to "heart of gold."
    • He is not above pulling pranks on those same people he seriously cares about. This could be his way of making them feel comfortable amidst their problems.
    • In the 2006 movie by Toei, Tomoya is a much bigger jerk than in the reboot by Kyoto Animation. (At least in the beginning of the movie. As the movie goes along, his personality tends to get overwhelmed as the movie struggles to cram as much plot into ninety minutes as it can.)
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Often seen playing with Misae's cat when hanging out in Sunohara's room.
  • Lemony Narrator: His narration and thought processes tend to be extremely playful, largely because he enjoys messing with people and snarking in general.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: At the start of the story, he's shaping up to be one until he meets Nagisa...
  • Love Hurts: Takes up this mentality right after Nagisa's death, thinking he should never have met Nagisa because of the pain her death causes him. Gets over this in the finale and decides meeting and loving Nagisa makes all the pain worth it.
  • Married to the Job: He promises to attend the founder's festival with Nagisa in ~After Story~, but he discovers he made a major mistake at one of his jobs at the electric company. Yoshino covers for him and he even tells him to go on to the festival, but Tomoya helps him anyway. This prevents Tomoya from showing up until it's over, but Nagisa understands.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child!: He ignored Ushio for 5 years after Nagisa's demise in the bad ending and continued to be a bad father to her until his grandmother pointed this out to him.
    • In the movie, his own father points this out.
  • Men Don't Cry: Completely and utterly averted, which speaks volumes for his kindhearted character. (This doesn't prevent him from continually calling Nagisa a crybaby, though. Which she is.)
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tomoya is responsible for most of the troubles that happen in Sunohara's route. The idea of having a fake girlfriend for Sunohara comes from Tomoya, but he does not suggest that Sunohara could simply just spend time with his sister and be honest with her, something that Nagisa (who is one of the possible fake girlfriend candidates) persuades Sunohara to do so twice. But every time that would happen, Tomoya simply ignores Nagisa's advice and pushes Sunohara to not be honest since he has no faith in Sunohara. When Sunohara has a serious crush on his fake girlfriend, Tomoya doesn't bother to tell him the truth about the fake girlfriend being a married mother, which would most probably not lead to Sunohara's egoistic and foolish behaviour for the rest of route. But once Sunohara has already started to act like a love-crazy fool, Tomoya only realizes what a big of mistake he has made when he sympathizes with Mei. Prior to not meeting Mei, Tomoya could not believe that she would be a cute and normal girl since he has a very strange image of Sunohara and therefore his family in his mind. Later on, when Tomoya reveals to Sunohara that he's Mei's "secret boyfriend", he doesn't realize that Sunohara, albeit he's upset of Mei having a older boyfriend, actually trusts Tomoya to take care of her. But since he's not really her boyfriend, Tomoya merely watches Mei's painful efforts until the line is crossed.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: His earnest efforts to help others are usually overridden by the fact that the public sees him as a no-good delinquent. And in Tomoyo After, his efforts to build a school results in him suffering a blow to the head which causes amnesia and a failed surgery leading to death three years after.
  • Oblivious to Love: Frequently, though he'll usually catch on to his love interest for the route and begin doing something about it.
  • Only Sane Man: In a world of Cloudcuckoolanders, a sensible student like him counts as wise. (Even if he's often a wiseass.)
  • Opposites Attract: With Nagisa. Also Tomoyo. In different ways.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: The Gay Option Bad Ending. If Tomoya rejects all five girls, he suddenly falls in love with Sunohara with no hints of foreshadowing whatsoever and his personality changes to an eccentric gay dude who expresses his love in extreme ways. He even forces Sunohara in an ultimatum: either Sunohara goes out with Tomoya or Tomoya will cut him off completely from his life. This is especially jarring considering how little Tomoya thinks of him in the visual novel.
  • Panicky Expectant Father: A justified example, given Nagisa's health and subsequent death giving birth to Ushio in the bad ending.
  • Papa Wolf: After Nagisa is announced pregnant, Tomoya promises to protect her and their unborn child.
  • Parental Neglect: Tomoya's father neglects him to forget the pain of losing his wife. Unfortunately, like father like son.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: He’s the snarky and smartass bad boy who is physically strong while Nagisa is a kind, shy girl with a weak constitution.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Gets highlighted in Tomoyo's route that Tomoya's late efforts to turn his Delinquent image around falls flat and ends up getting rumors spread about Tomoyo due to her association with him.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: To Kyou. Also to Nagisa in the 2006 movie.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Only applies to the anime. In the game he can only solve one girl's route during a single continuity and is, for the most part, not oblivious to their affections. Most importantly though, in the game Nagisa isn't with him for just about everything.
  • Small Town Boredom: He feels this way at the beginning of the story, mostly because his own experiences in life led him to dislike his hometown.
  • Soap Opera Disease: In Tomoyo After, after helping a village in building a school and giving the people hope to live again. And he dies from it in the True End.
  • Stepford Smiler: The casual behavior might fool the watcher/reader for awhile, but it becomes clear over time that he's basically starting the story in despair.
  • Team Dad: Has his moments, which isn't surprising, considering his status as a sane man in a flock of Cloudcuckoolanders.
  • Together in Death:
    • Dies in the After Story alongside Ushio. Both were later revived by the Reset Button.
    • In Tomoyo After: Memorial Edition. Depending on certain fan's interpretation, he died first after the operation's failure. Some time later, he is joined by Tomoyo (his wife) in the afterlife when she died of old age and have a heartfelt reunion. Others believed that he simply passed out before regaining consciousness and reunite with Tomoyo.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Temporarily after Nagisa's death. For five years.
  • Troll: Despite his dispassionate attitude, he revels in playing tricks on people and screwing with their heads.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Him and Sunohara with Nagisa or Tomoyo
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Sunohara. Tomoya trolls him whenever he can, doesn't treat him with respect and he refuses to view him as his friend.
  • Workaholic: Nagisa's death made him directionless. If he's not gambling, Tomoya would just go to work. After the time-skip, Tomoya hasn't taken a vacation for a long time, and his boss has to tell him that he would be legally in trouble if Tomoya doesn't take one.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Blue, grey, brown — it changes somewhat, depending on the lighting. Officially, it's black.

    Naoyuki Okazaki
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (JP), Chris Hutchison (EN)

Tomoya's very emotionally troubled father. They had a falling out when Tomoya was in middle school, when he dislocated Tomoya's right shoulder. To stave off depression, he turned to heavy drinking (daily) and harder drugs (less daily).

  • Abusive Parents: Before his Parental Abandonment he was this. Tomoya is actually more upset about the current situation since it seems as though his father simply doesn't care anymore.
  • Beard of Sorrow: In the VN, he has a Stubble of Sorrow.
  • Easily Forgiven: Tomoya doesn't seem to hold a grudge about the career ending injury his father gave him and while he's initially upset at his father ruining his chance to get a good job, he eventually forgives him anyway even though Naoyuki hasn't actually done anything to earn it.
  • Expansion Pack Past: A fan-made visual novel called Clannad the Past Path centers around him, from his school years - especially meeting Tomoya's mother - to his taking care of Tomoya. It's a great VN in its own right, and a worthy prequel to Key's work. Expect plenty of Character Development and Tear Jerkers.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Although they do open on occasion.
  • The Gambling Addict: It's mentioned that he's taken to gambling in the first episode of the series, and by episode 19 of After Story, he has finally become a full-on addict. He gets Character Development though by the end of the episode.
  • My Greatest Failure: His time as an abusive parent that culminated in him giving his son a life-altering injury. His shame over this is so great that he puts himself on a downward spiral of drugs, alchohol and gambling.
  • Parental Abandonment: Only after his fight with Tomoya.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Despite being very emotionally troubled and abusive towards his son, he's always seen smiling. This makes his past actions and current downwards spiral even more depressing.
  • Stepford Smiler: The depressed type; he smiles constantly, and yet he was an abusive parent and is currently wallowing in alcohol and drugs.

    Ushio Okazaki
Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The daughter of Nagisa and Tomoya present only in After Story.

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Towards Tomoya when he first starts repairing their relationship, though she mellows out pretty quickly. Considering his behavior, it's hard to blame her.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: She has a habit of doing this, to the point of it becoming a Wham Line near the end of ~After Story~.
  • Cheerful Child: Which doesn't, of course, preclude her from being a Woobie — not in this series.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She's the girl running through the field with yellow flowers in the first season's opening, and it's her legs you see skipping in the second season's ending. Also appears twice, with her face hidden, in the second season opening; once talked to by Kyou, once hugged by Fuko.
  • Expy: Tomo in Tomoyo After is clearly an expy of Ushio, right down to the sailor suit.
  • Family Theme Naming: "Ushio" means "tide." "Nagisa," her mother's name, mean "shore". An Invoked Trope, since Tomoya and Nagisa decided that they wanted their daughter's name to connect to Nagisa's in some way.
  • Free-Range Children
  • Generation Xerox: She has a more outgoing personality, but like her mother, is unusually well-mannered, loves the Big Dango Family, and unfortunately an Ill Girl.
  • Genki Girl: Energetic and outgoing, compared to her mother.
  • Ill Girl: She takes after her mother in this regard. At least in the reality where both she and Nagisa die. In the reality where everyone lives, Tomoya outright states that Ushio is quite healthy.
  • Missing Mom: Nagisa died giving birth to her, so Ushio never knows her mother, for all five years of her life. Averted in the good ending, where both daughter and mother survived.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Primarily raised by Sanae and Akio since Tomoya was emotionally unavailable. This changes when Tomoya takes her in.
  • Snow Means Death: In the reality where Nagisa dies, Ushio dies in the snow from the same disease that took her mother's life.
  • Soap Opera Disease: She suffers from the same disease her mother did. She dies from it in the bad ending.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She's nearly identical to her mother with the exception of the Furukawa‎-clan Hair Antennae.
  • Tender Tears: You'll want to give her a big hug whenever she cries.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She plays with toys oriented for boys and baseball, while wearing dresses and inherited her mother's interest in The Big Dango Family.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Well, in at least one universe, anyway.
  • Walking Spoiler: Talking about her reveals some major plot points in Clannad, as she plays a very critical role in the last parts.

    Shino Okazaki 
Voiced by: Miyoko Aso (JP), Stephanie Wittels (EN)

Tomoya's grandmother, whom he meets when he and Ushio go on a road trip.


The Furukawa Family

    Nagisa Furukawa
Voiced by: Mai Aizawa (JP - CD drama), Mai Nakahara (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

Nagisa is the main heroine of CLANNAD. A shy girl lacking in confidence, she meets Tomoya when she pauses (amid a sea of Cherry Blossoms) at the bottom of the hill, struggling to bring herself to continue on her way to school. Tomoya gives her some encouragement and eventually assists her in her dream of reestablishing the Drama Club.

In the anime, and in her route in the visual novel, she later becomes Tomoya's wife and mother to Ushio.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the 2006 movie by Toei, Nagisa is more of a Genki Girl / Manic Pixie Dream Girl in comparison to the fretful Shrinking Violet version of her in the original visual novel and the Kyoto Animation anime series, essentially being a Generation Xerox of her mother.
  • All-Loving Heroine
  • Apologises a Lot
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Judging by her dialogue in routes that aren't her own, she fell for Tomoya at their first meeting because of how he pushed her forward.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Tomoya's Brooding Boy.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: One cup and she's all but out. And clingy.
  • Character Development: Nagisa shows more confidence in herself at the end of Clannad.
  • Chastity Couple: In the anime, her physical relationship with Tomoya never goes beyond hugging or holding hands on-screen. Even after they get married, they don't share the same futon and simply push two futons together. It's more downplayed in the visual novel, where it's often implied that they do get more intimate off-screen and they do share a futon after marriage.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted except when she's drunk and the alleged "rival" is her own mother, Sanae.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A mild example which isn't a big part of her personality.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair is auburn/amber, and her eyes are also amber.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Death by Childbirth: Subverted in the Grand Finale of the anime and averted entirely in the Visual Novel's True End.
  • Determinator:
    • She wants to finish high school, despite her illness, even though even her teachers urge her to drop out when she ends up having to repeat her senior year again.
    • After she marries Tomoya and gets pregnant, she's dead set on giving birth at home because she wants to be able to hold her baby right away, and that usually doesn't happen in hospitals. She's still very insistent on a home birth even when others tell her how risky it is, especially with her illness. Eventually she relents to giving birth at a hospital, but when she goes into labor during a heavy snowfall she's forced to give birth at home. While she does successfully give birth, the process is too much for her body and it kills her.
  • Dude Magnet: Besides Tomoya falling in love with her, Sunohara finds her cute. And when she had a job as a waitress, many of the male customers only came to see her.
  • Expy: To Shiori from Kanon, another Ill Girl who would die due to her weak body.
  • First Girl Wins: Especially in the anime, although the game leans that way as well. But taking Tomoya's childhood into account, it's actually subverted (the first girl would then be Kotomi, not to mention that Nagisa is the third girl he met after Kyou). She's pretty easy to pick out as being the main heroine with After Story and all.
  • Foil: With Tomoyo, despite not interacting much. She is a physically weak Shrinking Violet, while Tomoyo is confident and physically strong. In addition, Nagisa speaks politely to everyone, even Tomoya, while Tomoyo almost always speaks informally. Interestingly, both Nagisa and Tomoyo seek to invert this relationship; Nagisa wants to become stronger and more confident, while Tomoyo wants to become calmer and more feminine.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Contrasting Tomoyo or her daughter, she tends to prefer a stereotypically feminine lifestyle, yet can be a Big Eater when it comes to her favorite foods and doesn't mind learning about Tomoya's interests.
  • Hair Antennae: She has two very long strands of hair that stick up to resemble antennae. They clearly run in the family, since her parents both have hair antennae themselves.
  • Happily Married: With Tomoya in the anime.
  • Held Back in School: She's repeating her senior year due to her illness. She ends up having to repeat it again after most of the other characters graduate.
  • Housewife: Downplayed; she actually looks for work after marrying Tomoya and takes up a job as a waitress at a family restaurant. However, she quits after becoming pregnant, and in the True End it's never made clear if she ever started working again after Ushio was born.
  • Ill Girl: She had to repeat her senior year due to illness twice.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: When meeting Kotomi, she mentions that cats are her favorite animal.
  • Leitmotif: Nagisa, a quite piano piece reflecting her reserved nature.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Becomes one to Tomoya. Her death sent him into a downward spiral into depression.
  • The Load: She thinks she's this to Tomoya.
  • The Lost Lenore: To Tomoya after her Death by Childbirth. She gets better in the anime, and this is avoided entirely in the visual novel's True End.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: In the movie adaptation, in stark contrast to the viuasl novel and anime series.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Any bets on whether she gets mistaken for Ushio's older sister?
  • Naïve Everygirl
  • Nice Girl: She's easily one of the nicest character, matched only by the likes of Yukine. She's even nice to Sunohara!
  • Not So Weak: She won't let even Sunohara go undefended.
  • Official Couple: Nagisa and Tomoya's first meeting is quite the important event in the anime and a much bigger deal of it is made than in the VN. However, don't be fooled into thinking she's only the primary heroine due to adaptation: The entire second half of the story follows her ending.
  • Older Than She Looks: The most childish character next to Fuko. Her look and childish demeanor makes her seem like the youngest of the group, when in fact she is the oldest, having had to repeat her senior year. Twice. She is one year older than Tomoya, Kyou, Ryou, Kotomi and Sunohara, two years older than Tomoyo and Yukine. Of course, considering who her parents are, there's a very good chance she'll fully belong in this trope when she gets older.
  • Opposites Attract
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: She is a kind, shy girl with a weak constitution while her boyfriend is a snarky bad boy who is physically strong.
  • Plucky Girl: The shy and idealistic girl is determined to bring back the Drama club.
  • Prone to Tears: A sensitive crybaby with a fragile body.
  • Really Dead Montage: Although ultimately subverted, the use of this trope in the anime and the finality it implies really sell the moment as the monumental Tear Jerker it's meant to be.
  • Running Gag: Many. For starters, her obsession with food — especially odango. And that odango song, which is so poignant in the soundtrack and yet so hilarious whenever she sings it.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: To Tomoya in the 2006 movie.
  • Shrinking Violet: Tomoya tries to get her to open up more. During at least one other route, he knows she falls directly into this and reacts accordingly. For example, he knows she won't scare Kotomi.
  • Significant Birth Date: Born on Christmas Eve.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite what Tomoya might think, Nagisa fell in love with his kind heart.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Suffers from an unspecified ailment that causes her to repeat her senior year twice and contributes to her Death by Childbirth.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: While far from being as quirky as Kotomi she's immediatly able to adapt to Kotomi's lack of social skills and way of conversing, doing a conversation about their names and tastes without asking questions much to Tomoya's confusion.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Amber eyes, to match her hair.
  • Tender Tears: She does this quite a few times, especially during Episode 22.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When she stops Tomoya from punching a wall.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: "Anpan!"
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Tomoya and Sunohara who both find her cute.
  • Verbal Tic: She has a habit of ending sentences with "-desu".
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Nagisa evolves into this in After Story. The biggest proof is how she gives Tomoya a Cooldown Hug when he's under the effects of a massive Heroic BSoD. This sickly and shy girl manages to pin her much healthier, taller and physically stronger boyfriend to a wall so he won't hurt himself further.

    Sanae Furukawa
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Kara Greenberg (EN)

Nagisa's mother, who runs a bakery alongside her husband, Akio. Sanae is always trying to make new bread with unique properties (e.g. bread with rice crackers inside) although almost none of them turn out to be successful. She is very sensitive and cries easily especially when she is told her bread tastes bad.

  • All-Loving Heroine: Even by the standards of this series, Sanae manages to stand out. This becomes more and more evident as Tomoya sinks deeper and deeper into gloom in the middle third of ~After Story~. See also Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult her bread, or she'll run out crying.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Played for Laughs with her (lack of) bread making ability.
  • Cat Girl: One of her outfits when she's trying out Paper Thin Disguises.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cool Teacher: During her very brief stint as a teacher. She has experience at it: she was also a teacher long before the series takes place.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Who on earth puts M&Ms and lobster in bread? Sanae, that's who. However, it's only her bread that's terrible, since every other dish she cooks is apparently delicious.
  • Cry Cute: Whenever her bread is insulted, though this is at least partly an act, which stems from she and Akio desperately trying to make Nagisa smile when she was younger and very ill. When she cries for her daughter for the first time in five years after her death, it's just heartbreaking.
  • First-Name Basis: Generally, she's very formal. But her granddaughter calls her Sanae (well, Sanae-san).
  • Friend to All Children: True to her Yamato Nadeshiko status, she's very friendly and motherly to the kids she teaches at her cram school. She also helps a couple of lost children when on her "date" with Sunohara. She likes children so much, she even willingly bathes with Fuko and Mei.
  • Genki Girl: An exceptionally kind one, but still, she's very genki.
  • Hair Antennae: She might even be the only example ever to have three antennas.
  • Happily Married: With Akio.
  • Hospital Hottie: One of her costumes in the montage of her trying on Paper Thin Disguises is one of a nurse.
  • Hot Teacher: During her very brief stint as a teacher. (She was also a teacher long before the series takes place.)
  • Kawaiiko: She's so cute!! Can I take her home with me... Wait...oh shit, Akio's right behind me, isn't he.
  • Let Her Grow Up, Dear: Akio is torn between denial, happiness at becoming a grandfather, and wanting to strangle Tomoya when he finds out that his married daughter is pregnant. Sanae, however, is delighted.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The series plays with this trope, in a (mostly) non-romantic way. Not all that much in season one; far more in ~After Story~. Perhaps most intensely — and most cleverly — pulled off in the first half of episode 17, when a quasi-flirtatious Sanae attempts to coax a brutally depressed Tomoya out of his five-year-long Heroic BSoD. She play-acts the Manic Pixie Dream Girl role to perfection here. But in episode 18, through Ushio's comments, we see a more damaged side to Sanae, and at the beginning of episode 19, the facade shatters as Sanae finally lets down her guard and allows herself to cry in Akio's arms and mourn for her daughter Nagisa. She's no longer any sort of Manic Pixie Dream Girl; she's just a deeply loving and truly anguished mother.
  • Meganekko: Part of her Paper-Thin Disguise for her "date" with Sunohara in the anime.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She looks so young that people are far more likely to ask if she's Nagisa's sister than if she's her mother.
  • Older Than She Looks: She looks about twenty-five, but her daughter Nagisa is eighteen or nineteen. In one episode, while in a Paper-Thin Disguise, she passes herself off as seventeen.
  • One of the Kids: Is quite prone to crying if her bread is insulted. Which is all the time, usually by Akio. As Tomoya gradually realizes, at least some of this is play-acting on Akio's and Sanae's part, a long-time habit born of desperately trying to make a very sickly young Nagisa smile.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When she dresses up as a seventeen year old, no one recognizes her. (Well, except for her husband Akio.) She has no disguise in the visual novel, since Mei wouldn't know her in Sunohara's route.
  • Parental Substitute: She and Akio act as guiding figures for Tomoya.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Running Gag: Someone (usually Akio) insults her bread, with her standing right behind him. She'll get upset, muttering "My bread, my bread..." and run out crying, and the offender (usually Akio) will run out after her with a whole bunch of bread stuffed in his mouth, screaming about how he actually loves it. It's implied that at least some of this is an act that she and Akio would do when Nagisa was younger as a way to make her smile.
  • Stepford Smiler: She keeps a cheerful exterior, even after her daughter's death, as seen below.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She married and had Nagisa when she was fairly young, which partly explains why she doesn't look much older than her daughter.
  • Unable to Cry: It's not that she's unable to cry after Nagisa's death, but that Ushio needs her strength after having to look after her. The scene where she finally does cry for her dead daughter, five years after the fact, is truly heartwrenching.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She's afraid of the Giant Bengal Lizard, so Akio talks Tomoya into dropping a toy one down her back as a prank. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Voiced, appropriately enough, by Kikuko Inoue. She's very motherly, devoted to her family to the point of becoming a Stepford Smiler after Nagisa's Death by Childbirth since she tries to focus on raising her granddaughter Ushio, and a good cook, though she's a Cordon Bleugh Chef when it comes to making bread.

    Akio Furukawa
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), Andrew Love (EN)

Nagisa's dad. Although he often talks and plays rough, he is kind and sympathetic. His childish side makes it easy for people to befriend him. He runs the Furukawa Bakery with his wife Sanae. In his spare time, Akio plays baseball with children in the small park next to the bakery, and indulges in the Gundam fandom.

  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Chased Sunohara with a baseball bat for being in love with his wife, Sanae.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • First-Name Basis: Adamantly decided that his grandchild would call him "Akki", and not "Grandpa" before she was even born. As per his wishes, Ushio does.
  • Game of Nerds: He's an otaku and a baseball nut.
  • Hair Antennae: Shorter and thicker than his wife's.
  • Happily Married: Has a close and devoted marriage with Sanae.
  • Hot-Blooded: All he needs is a mecha. (Lampshaded in ~After Story~'s "One Year Earlier" omake episode, where one of his plans for Nagisa to become popular involves mecha).
  • Identical Stranger: His overall appearance and mannerisms are very similar to Tomoya's, and it's probably one of the reasons why Nagisa likes in the latter.
  • Japanese Delinquent: Downplayed. He's a former athlete and actor turned small business owner and dad, and he's a nerdy goof who fawns over his family, but a lot of his behavior and speech patterns mimic this. He's brash, loud and physically violent, and has a glare that can pierce through steel.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Large Ham: Well, he was an actor before becoming a baker.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: With Tomoya at first.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: (VN) He may be exaggerating this part of his personality somewhat in order to see Tomoya's reaction, but Akio does have a porn collection Sanae doesn't know about, and encourages Tomoya to have sex with Nagisa before they're married. Yeah...
  • Older Than He Looks: Shares this with his wife, Sanae. He looks like a handsome thirty — possibly even younger — but given that his daughter Nagisa is eighteen or nineteen at the beginning of the series, that's hardly likely. Even after he and Sanae become grandparents, they still look youthful.
  • Oral Fixation: He almost always has a cigarette in his mouth, whether or not he's actually smoking it.
  • Otaku: He's a huge fan of Gundam.
  • Overprotective Dad: Played mostly for comedy. Just over halfway through ~After Story~, upon finding out that his daughter Nagisa is pregnant, Akio is torn between denial — "A stork brought it. Right?" — joy at becoming a grandfather, and desire to strangle Tomoya for sleeping with his innocent little girl — "You bastard! (manages to contort his grimace into a sort of smile) Congratulations!" (Worth noting: this scene represents rather extreme Selective Obliviousness, as it takes place several months after Tomoya and Nagisa have gotten married.)
  • Papa Wolf: When the creeps in the family restaurant Nagisa works at try to make a move on her, he and Tomoya show them why it's a bad idea.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Definitely. Although not quite as paper thin (nor as successful) as his wife Sanae's disguise.
  • Parental Substitute: He and Sanae act as guiding figures for Tomoya.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Attempts this as part of above-mentioned disguise. Also includes Triangle Shades to go with his Hot-Blooded mecha pilot personality.
  • Running Gag: It's usually him who insults Sanae's bread, and, when she runs off crying, chases after her with the bread in his mouth screaming (to the best of his ability) that he loves them.
  • Selective Obliviousness: All the time. A specific, extreme, and famous example is cited above under My Girl Is Not a Slut.
  • Tragic Dream: He spent his teen years (and beyond) dreaming of becoming a great actor. Life got in the way, as it's wont to do.


The Fujibayashi Family

    Kyou Fujibayashi
Voiced by: Ryo Hirohashi (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN)

The loud and aggressive Class Representative of 3-E, Kyou has known both Tomoya and Sunohara since their junior year, when she was their classmate and class representative. As she is known for being overprotective of both Botan and her sister Ryou, she is known for literally throwing the book at Tomoya and Sunohara. She proved to be a very popular character in the anime, resulting in a spinoff episode that showed what would have happened if Tomoya had chosen her route instead of Nagisa's.

  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: During Yukine's route you can take a small branching where you keep trying magic spells from her little book. In one of them, Tomoya and Kyou get locked in a shed with no way to get free unless Tomoya pulls his pants down. Yes. When he does, she's clearly flustered but not against what she thinks he's proposing and is disappointed when she finds out that's not what he meant. Sadly, you can't see this scene if you're actually in Kyou's route.
  • Badass Adorable: While she isn't quite on Tomoyo's level, she can throw books pretty hard, got some killer kick, and can play basketball as much as Tomoya and Sunohara.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's very friendly and outgoing, always helpful towards others, but also extremely aggressive in both speech and actions.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of Ryou.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Tomoya share similar interests or and they both love trolling Sunohara.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Very loud and violent, always punching Tomoya or Sunohara.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Tsukkomi to Kotomi's Boke.
  • Bowdlerize: Her violence is toned down in the anime.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Bold Action Girl-Genki Girl-Just Friends combo though she is, she loses courage when it comes to admitting her feelings for Tomoya. She does her best to hide them even from her sister Ryou, and instead channels them into Playing Cyrano. She gets angry when the superficially similar Tomoyo does make a move and gets Tomoya with little apparent fuss.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: At one point in After Story a book she throws hits a wall. It cracks.
  • Class Representative: Her junior year and again her senior year. Not just a literal example, but also fits the temperament for the trope.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets very jealous when Tomoya interacts more with other girls. In Tomoyo's route, she's clearly thinking something like 'Why did you pick her when I'm not that different' before picking a fight with her. Tomoyo's indirect answer boils down to "It's because I didn't get too scared to make a move."
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Kotomi after befriending her.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Ryou, even though they're twins and who's older is a bit ambiguous. Ryou officially refers to Kyou as her big sister, but Kyou certainly fulfills the archetype nonetheless. She also plays this role to Kotomi after befriending her.
  • Covert Pervert: A couple examples, but we don't get to see what she was thinking. One where Kyou is trying to think of why Ryou is embarrassed and immediately concluding they must have done something inappropriate in public. A second example is her blush and disappointment that Tomoya didn't enter the laser tag game in Kappei's route. The winner would get to order the other to do whatever they wanted for a week. She's also secretly a Yaoi Fangirl.
  • Cry Cute: Several times throughout the series.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Her hair is purple, to match her purple eyes.
  • Date Peepers: Repeatedly on her own route when Tomoya is going out with Ryou, but also in Kotomi's route.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At least in the flashback to junior year. Also, over the course of the series, she mellows out, although she's never an Ice Queen so much as a rather abrasive Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: In the Visual Novel, she's endlessly embarrassed by the love letters she gets from girls.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: A Tomboy who's a far better cook than her Girly Girl sister.
  • First-Name Basis: With everyone except Sanae. The only member of the cast to refer to Sunohara by his first name, Youhei.
  • Friendzone: She's liked Tomoya for about a year, back from when they were in the same class together. She's too afraid to step out of the friend zone and try to pursue him, which comes back to bite her. Either her sister plucks up the nerve first and asks Kyou to help her, or someone else makes a move on him first. Worse, if you fail to enter any route, Tomoya will express depression at how his relationship with her hadn't changed since he had known her, indicating that despite her fears of rejection he was never averse to the idea.
  • Genki Girl: Probably the purest example in the franchise.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes glow firepoker red when she's irate. Which is a lot of the time. Sometimes she gets Hidden Eyes instead.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She doesn't tend to get in the way of Tomoya's relationships too much even if she gets a little jealous, but when he starts showing interest in Tomoyo she gets upset and tries picking a fight, though she calms down quickly when Tomoyo refuses to rise to the bait. Reading between the lines, she seems to be upset that another girl successfully jumped the friendship barrier and that the other girl isn't even that different from her.
  • Hair Intakes: She has a very distinctive hairstyle (and hair color -- purple). Among the odd features she shares with her twin sister Ryou (and one they also share with "Katsuki Shima" when he's in his female disguise) is a pair of what look like cat ears. It's just part of their hairstyles, but it still lends her a faint hint of Cat Girl, which is a common feature for Key VA heroines.
  • Hartman Hips: Kyou has quite a large bottom compared to the other female students.
  • Hidden Eyes: Similar to Glowing Eyes of Doom, above. Except sometimes her Hidden Eyes instead indicate embarrassment, shame, or even — in at least one memorable instance — abject supplication.
  • Hot Teacher: In After Story, she works as a Kindergarten teacher and teaches Nagisa and Tomoya's child Ushio.
  • Important Hair Cut: At the end of her arc, she cuts her hair short, like Ryou's, as part of a desperate attempt to be more like Ryou.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the anime, once Kyou finally admits to herself that she and Ryou have both lost any hope of winning Tomoya's heart she goes back to normal after a good cry and remains friends not just with Tomoya but with Nagisa. In her route, she has this attitude towards her sister, though that's also because she doesn't have the nerve to make a move herself.
  • Kick Chick: Very loud and violent, always punching Tomoya or Sunohara.
  • Leitmotif: Like the Wind, an upbeat song befitting her plucky attitude.
  • Mama Bear: She's very protective of Botan, as well as Ryou.
  • Matchmaker Crush: She's trying to push Tomoya towards her sister Ryou. Unfortunately, she's had a crush on Tomoya for a year or so, but was too scared of ruining the friendship to act on it. Ryou went to her for help on trying to get along with Tomoya. What this develops into is hardly a surprise.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As can be seen the gym storage scene (see Aren't You Going to Ravish Me? above) and the OP.
  • Nice Girl: Even for a Tsundere Type A.
  • Only Has Same-Sex Admirers: Due to her brash attitude, guys think she's scary, but girls think she's both beautiful and cool, so she gets tons of love letters from other girls. This leaves her rather embarassed and frustrated, however.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: She’s a very outgoing aggressive Tsundere who isn’t afraid to speak her mind while her twin always stays in the background, is timid and more polite. How both of them became Class Representatives illustrates the difference between the two: Ryou was assigned the position randomly, but Kyou volunteered for the job. Though it turns out both suck at talking to the guy they like.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has very long waist-length hair. This is significant since if Tomoya says he prefers this kind of hairstyle, then the route will be set on Kyou rather than Ryou.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: She is an aggressive and very expressive girl who is loud and outgoing. On the other hand, Tomoya is a calm and reclusive guy who keeps a straight face most of the time.
  • School Sport Uniform: She wears various versions and always has her white thigh-highs on, even during a highly competitive basketball match where wearing the whole ensemble would be quite restricting yet she still manages things very well. She also provides the page image.
  • She's Got Legs: Further accentuated by her Grade A Zettai Ryouiki. And she knows how to use 'em.
  • Shipper on Deck: When she's not going full-on The Matchmaker, she instead settles for giving other girls plenty of Ship Tease moments.
  • Ship Tease: With plenty of characters — and a few animals — but most of all with Tomoya.
    Kyou: (coyly) We're alone now. So ... what do you want to do?
    Kyou: You are really rude.
  • Sibling Triangle: Kyou and Ryou are both in love with Tomoya. While Ryou has feelings for Tomoya from the beginning, Kyou doesn't have those feelings until she starts to help Ryou in her efforts to get together with him.
  • Stepford Smiler: Made abundantly clear in the visual novel (less so in the anime), whenever Kyou is talking about how Tomoya needs to pay attention to Ryou more she's crying inside.
  • Team Mom: Sometimes, especially in episode 10 and 11.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Her Weapon of Choice is a dictionary. Usually aimed at Sunohara, but sometimes at Tomoya, especially when she thinks (or pretends to think) he's plotting to eat her pet baby boar Botan. (See Team Pet, above.) (She usually hits Sunohara, whereas she usually misses Tomoya. Presumably this is at least in part intentional on Kyou's part.)
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to her twin sister Ryou's girly girl.
  • Tomboyish Name: 'Kyou/Kyo' is mostly a boy's name, but it is her name all right, since she's a violent tomboy.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's athletic and violent yet is a very good cook and is proud of her long hair.
  • Triang Relations: Type 13 with Kyou at A, Ryou at B and Tomoya at C. It gets complicated from there because while the basics are simple (Kyou and Ryou like Tomoya, who is friends with one and barely knows the other and Kyou is supporting Ryou) new factors enter the equation when Tomoya begins dating Ryou on the theory that he might come to like her eventually, but ends up liking Kyou.
  • Tsundere: Rough and badmouthed, but also has a soft spot when it comes to love.
  • Tsurime Eyes
  • Yaoi Fangirl: According to Ryou, in Kappei's route of the Visual Novel, where Kyou is revealed to read yaoi or BL manga.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Identical in its purple color (although not in cut) to the hair of her Polar Opposite Twin twin sister Ryou.

    Ryou Fujibayashi
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

The younger and timid one of the Fujibayashi twins. Is the class representative of her room, but only won it through lottery rather then through actual voting. Is known for telling fortunes of anyone who asks her. Her fortunes are always complex and usually completely off the mark, though she can be eerily accurate at times. Though she is usually wrong, she believes that it would be better for the future not to be already set. She has a crush on Tomoya in the beginning and enlists Kyou's help, or rather, Kyou insists on helping her.

  • Ambiguously Bi: When Ryou and Nagisa meet (S1 04 11:32), Ryou thinks it's a love confession — a misunderstanding that Tomoya and Sunohara were deliberately cultivating as a prank. She accepts before noticing it wasn't that.
  • Apologises a Lot
  • Bad Liar: She tried to lie about being pregnant so to pull a variation of The Baby Trap on Kappei. Unfortunately she forgot the prerequisite hadn't been met, to the confusion of everyone in the scene.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She tries to confess to Tomoya, but can't even get him to pay attention to her most of the time, so she asks her sister for help, knowing that Kyou also likes him.
  • Class Representative: Evidently she was assigned the job at random.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: The Kyou epilogue notes that she started dating someone she met at the hospital who has a cute face, meaning that she likely hooked up with Kappei.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ryou draws something of the short end of the stick when it comes to the anime adaptation. Kyou, Tomoyo, and Kotomi all get some aspects of their respective routes adapted into the anime, with Kyou and Tomoyo even getting OVAs dedicated to telling what if they ended up with Tomoya. Ryou, meanwhile, is something of a Satellite Character in the anime adaptation, appearing frequently enough to be considered significant, but gets nowhere near the amount of focus the other girls get.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: She likes Tomoya who doesn't acknowledge her most of the time.
  • Extreme Doormat
  • First-Name Basis: Her Visual Novel route ends with Tomoya and her adopting this.
  • Fortune Teller: Although her predictions are more hilariously precise than strictly accurate. Still, she's usually onto something. In her way.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ryou is a common male name in Japan.
  • Got Volunteered: How she ended up as the Class Representative in the first place.
  • Hair Intakes: She has a very distinctive hairstyle (and hair color). One feature her hair shares both with her twin sister Kyou and with "Katsuki Shima" when he's in his female disguise is a pair of what look almost like cat ears.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Tomoya just isn't that into her. Every time their relationship comes up there are always hints that he'd prefer Kyou instead. Naturally, the relationship doesn't work out. This can get subverted in the VN, as she does have her own route and ending. In Kyou's epilogue she's moved on, though, and she's also firmly paired off with Kappei in his route.
  • Hospital Hottie: In ~After Story~, Ryou becomes a nurse.
  • Insecure Love Interest: A recurring aspect to her during her dates with Tomoya in her and her sister's route. Whether their well-founded or not depends on the route chosen.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: At least in the anime series. Not that she ever really seems to hold much hope for winning Tomoya's heart; she often seems to be going through the motions in order to appease her more forceful sister. In the Kyou route she gives up and sets up Tomoya and Kyou when it becomes obvious she can't hold on to him.
  • Last-Name Basis: Tomoya calls her Fujibayashi. She gets a little antsy about it since she refers to her sister with much more familiar terms.
  • Lethal Chef: Her cooking is considered completely inedible. According to Kappei, her bento boxes are powerful enough to knock birds out of the sky. In Kyou's route, while Ryou starts out a horrible chef she does her best to get better so that she can be more like Kyou, whom Tomoya likes more. She gets close enough to her sister in skill that Tomoya is very much reminded of Kyou — but she never quite matches her.
  • Otaku: Heavily implied in the VN when Kotomi is messing around with the Magical girl wand. She states that she has a really high interest in these kinds of things.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Kyou. She's timid and not very talkative while Kyou is a bold Tsundere.
  • Shrinking Violet: Which makes her role as Class Representative more difficult.
  • Sibling Triangle: With Kyou; while Ryou is established to have a crush on Tomoya from the very beginning, in Kyou's route it becomes more complicated when Kyou starts to have feelings for Tomoya as well after trying to help Ryou get together with him.
  • Stepford Smiler: Realizes perfectly well that Kyou and Tomoya have a lot more chemistry and mutual attraction, but hides it. Then she tries to act as much like Kyou as she can, but can't quite do it as seen with the pork cutlets.
  • Tarot Motifs: Tarot Cards drastically up her fortune accuracy, eerily so.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to her twin sister Kyou's tomboy.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple, in this case.

    Botan (Button) 
Voiced by: Machiko Kawanai (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)

Kyou's pet baby boar.

  • Friend to All Children: In ~After Story~, she's the pet for Ushio's kindergarten class and is very gentle with the children.
  • Gender Flip: Male in the VN, female in the anime.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The one time Botan appears truly distressed is on Kyou's route when Kyou is standing alone in the rain, heartbroken over Tomoya and Ryou's relationship. Botan clearly can't understand why she's like this and tries to get Tomoya to help, sounding piteously upset.
  • Pet Baby Wild Animal: A boar, not exactly a common pet, especially for a teenage girl.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Botan almost never appears in serious scenes. When she does appear, it's generally for cuteness or humor.
  • Pokémon Speak: Puhi~
  • Punny Name: Kyou presumably intends the name to mean "button" — perhaps as in "cute as a button," which she is — but Tomoya jokes that the name refers to botan nabe, a Japanese pork soup.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: When she first appears, both Tomoya and Sunohara agree that she's adorable. Even as a full grown boar, she hasn't lost this quality.
  • She's All Grown Up: Played for laughs in ~After Story~, when it's revealed that she's become a full-grown boar.
  • Team Pet: Along with Misae's cat, she helps easing the mood and Kyou is quite happy with her.

Kotomi Ichinose

    Kotomi Ichinose
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Emily Neves (EN)

Kotomi is a very silent and strange girl: she has No Social Skills and is fearful and asocial. She squirrels herself away in the school library — she is always kneeling on the library floor, reading. Absorbing several pages of abstruse text per minute. Kotomi also likes to go barefoot in the library like it's her own home, almost instinctively removing her shoes and socks during her visits there. However, her footwear-doffing compulsion sometimes extends beyond the walls of the library- along with the urge to snip pages from books with scissors...

When Tomoya meets her, he manages to cut through some of her protective layers and socialize with her a bit, but each time he attempts to start up a conversation with her she won't notice him and respond unless he remembers to call her "Kotomi-chan". She has a deep-seated fear of bullies and a mysterious man in a black suit.

  • All-Loving Heroine: In almost any other series, she'd be this, hands down, no questions asked. Given this series' position on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, she's actually one of the more ambiguous examples. Still, once you put aside her (many and severe) phobias, she doesn't really seem to dislike anyone.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She might be somewhere on the high-functioning end of the Autism spectrum, but given the Japanese attitude toward mental health care, it's unlikely she'd be diagnosed with anything. Indeed, Kotomi's precocious intelligence and difficulty relating to her peers since childhood are common symptoms of Asperger Syndrome. She also shows signs of PTSD and social anxiety disorder.
  • Animal Motifs: Possibly. Butterflies were more common in her arc than anywhere else.
  • The Atoner: Her guilt over (seemingly) burning her parents' research paper, as well as her Survivor Guilt in general, drives her to devote her life to studying so that she can replicate their theories.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: Her parents died in a plane crash on her birthday.
  • Brief Accent Imitation:
    • "I can feel your boobs, your boobs?" "Stop talking like a Russian gymnast!"
    • She also attempts a Kansai accent when trying to learn how to tell jokes.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Her pitiful attempts at tsukkomi only cause her to be labeled as exceedingly boke by Kyou.
  • Book Worm: All her favorite friends are books. Well, at least until Tomoya begins helping her make real friends.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She constantly skips classes to read in the library and generally acts rather odd, but she's still the top scorer in every exam and is known throughout the school as a genius. She is also scouted for overseas study.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Cannot Make A Tsukkomi. She also makes terrible puns and her other attempts at gags also make no sense, including one where she points her right index finger at her left elbow, says 'it bends here!' and bends her elbow.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her and her parents' theory of multiple universes becomes important to the true ending.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: In her route in the VN. In the anime, she loses to Nagisa. Not that she put up much of a fight to begin with. She's notably in the only one of the five main heroines to be Childhood Friends with Tomoya, in contrast to the five heroines of Kanon of which four of them have met the protagonist in the past.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: When we first meet her, she's so much in her own dream-world that she doesn't even notice other people trying to talk to her — unless that person is Tomoya and he remembers to address her as Kotomi-chan. She gets better — somewhat — with a lot of help from Tomoya and the gang.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Tomoya introduces her to Kyou and Ryou, she introduces herself to Tomoya instead. Twice.
  • Cool Car: She's seen driving a Volkswagen Cabriolet in After Story wearing Cool Shades.
  • Cute Bookworm
  • Death by Origin Story: Her parents.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the movie, she has a couple of cameos directing the choir club.
  • Ditzy Genius: She's a genius who regularly gets high scores on the national exams, but she has No Social Skills and is oblivious to how bad her violin playing is.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Prefers to wander around barefoot, for no readily-apparent reason.
  • Dreadful Musician: When playing her violin, she can level an entire wing of the school. Interestingly, she's depicted as holding the violin and the bow in the manner of a skilled violinist (something that takes most violinists years and years to accomplish), and in the flashbacks to her childhood, her playing does not seem to cause any particular problems. So maybe she sounds so terrible because she's very out of practice. Nagisa also claims that her violin playing has improved during her practice, but sounds awful during her recital. Stage fright, perhaps?
  • Elegant Classical Musician: She certainly looks the part with her violin, but her playing is powerfully bad enough to burst flourescent lights.
  • Emotionless Girl
  • Expy: To Minagi Tohno, both being smart, friendless and very calm. Especially their voices are very calm and smooth.
  • Extreme Doormat: Possibly the smartest doormat you'll ever meet. But still. Doormat.
  • First Girl Wins: Not in the anime, but a possible ending in the Visual Novel. (Note: even in the anime, she's the First Girl if you go by in-universe chronology.)
  • Five Stages of Grief: Her past, though she switches Denial with Anger:
    • Anger: Lashed out at her parents for 'lying' at not attending her birthday party.
    • Denial: The strange man informing about her parents death, thus Kotomi instead considered him a bully.
    • Bargaining: Begging for God to return her parents, in exchange, she will study hard and be a good girl from now on.
    • Depression: After confirming her parents' death via TV News, she accidentally tried to burn a catalogue of research by her parents (or so she thought, it's actually a catalogue of Teddy Bears) and then cried all the way, not even caring that she accidentally burned the house. What's worse, Tomoya, her only friend, forgets about her, leaving her lonely.
    • Acceptance: Long phase here, at first she decided to make up for the house burning and indulges herself in studying to honor her parents, but she really never get over all those (still thinking that strange man as a bully), until she got befriended by Tomoya and friends, got him to confront her past together, and that man revealing everything and realizing her parents still loved her. That's the time she got out of all that for good.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Tomoya met her years ago when they were just children. She remembers (the smile on her face when Tomoya tries to recruit her for the theater club giving it away on repeat viewings), as Tomoya was her Only Friend, but he doesn't until right at the very end.
  • Gag Boobs: Somewhat. Kotomi is not in any way oddly proportioned, but still has the largest bust size among the female cast, and Kyou teases her about them.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: She shows particular interest in the sweet breads that Tomoya buys, and she makes a really good apple pie.
  • Giftedly Bad: She actually thinks she's good at the violin, despite the obvious pain her music puts people in whenever she plays. She does improve in the visual novel, and flashbacks reveal that she could play violin without causing others to pass out, so it's likely due to lack of practice.
  • Girlish Pigtails: To pronounce her childish and sweet side visually.
  • Gratuitous French: "Bo-nnnnnnn-jour?"
  • Heroic BSoD: Experiences a serious one when she thinks Ryou was involved in a bus accident. It lasts at least a week, and several episodes/until almost the end of the route. It's because she's reminded of her parents' death.
  • Hot Librarian: Not officially a librarian, but in the VN she's an honorary library assistant with her own key to the library. She has a habit of leaving it unlocked, thus allowing Tomoya to meet her.
  • Hypocrite: In the VN, she insists that books must be treated with care, but has no problem cutting pages out if they mention her parents.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She clearly loves Tomoya in the anime — in fact, of all the girls in the series, she's loved him by far longest — but she definitely doesn't fight to get him.
  • Leitmotif: Etude Pour les Petites Supercordes, A violin piece that captures her higher class yet mysterious personality.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Lives in a Big Fancy House all by herself, and has had trouble making friends since childhood.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She wears one to the New Year's party in ~After Story~, the only girl to do so.
  • Meaningful Name: She is named after the Japanese stringed instrument, the Koto. This is meaningful in two ways, one serious, one ironic. Serious: Her father named her that out of his belief that the world made up of millions of kotos, and when they combined their music together, do great things. Replace koto with person in that idea, and you get the main theme of Clannad, that individuals who come together to form a group; a family, a nakama or a commmunity; do things greater than the sum of their parts. And the ironic part? That a girl named after a stringed musical instrument would be so bad in playing another stringed musical instrument.
    • Actually, she is named after both her parents: Ko(utarou) + to(="and") + Mi(zue). "Kotomi" is Japanese for "K&M". As her mother said, the most important things are always simple.
    • Her name is also a reference to string theory in physics
  • Minor Living Alone: After her parents died.
  • Nice Girl: Silent but sweet and kindhearted.
  • No Social Skills: A quiet and polite Book Worm version.
  • Not So Stoic: Seems emotionless at first, but is a sweet timid girl.
  • The Ojou: She comes from a wealthy background, living in a big (at least by Japanese standards) house. She doesn't really show it that much, but she is well-dressed when she's not wearing her school uniform.
  • Parting Words Regret: Her last words to her parents before they died in a plane crash were how she hated them for missing her birthday.
  • Prone to Tears: She frequently asks nervously if someone's a bully when first meeting them. It's also one of the few times she's really emotes strongly with a tearful voice and expression.
  • Put on a Bus: So, Kotomi, you finally got over your parents' death? Well, it's off to college in America for you, then.
  • The Quiet One
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Somewhat.
  • Room Full of Crazy: The walls of one bedroom in her house are plastered with newspaper clippings about her parents's deaths in a plane crash.
  • Running Gag: A few that are borderline catch phrases. 1) "Hello Tomoya-kun." 2) "Ijimekko?" ("(Is she a) bully?") In addition, several that are more situation-based, such as her terrible violin skills. "So pretty..."
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Spent her entire life since her parents' deaths studying, resulting in a Teen Genius who can't hold a conversation.
  • Shrinking Violet: Especially at first.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Or in this case, Spell My Name With Three Hiragana.
  • The Smart Girl: Brilliant in booksmarts, although lacking in common sense and social skills.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: With the "sugar" being reserved for Tomoya (at first).
  • Supreme Chef: She's also a good cook, as evidenced by her apple pie and the New Year's Feast (in April) she makes in the VN.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Though she isn't seen speaking it, she can speed-read complex scientific English textbooks that would make most native speakers' brains melt. She also gets a scholarship to study in America, which requires having good English skills in real life.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: The first thing she does when she meets Tomoya is offer him part of her bento.
  • Teen Genius
  • Through His Stomach: Attempts this by offering Tomoya some of her bento, then making him an apple pie. And if you're going for her route in the VN...
    • Episode 18 sees her in a four-way battle with Kyou/Ryou, Tomoyo, and even Fuko. The victor is never revealed, as Tomoya was too paralyzed with shock over the brewing harem battle.
  • Trauma Button: Seeing a bus accident causes her to have a massive Freak Out, even though no one was actually hurt. This is because it reminds her of her own parents' deaths in a plane crash.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: She does this when she has her breakdown after seeing the bus accident.
  • TV Genius: See The Wonka, below.
  • Verbal Tic: She has a habit of ending her sentences with "-no".
  • Vocal Evolution: When we first meet her, she speaks in a quiet almost-whisper. As she befriends the rest of the gang, she speaks in a more confident, albeit still quiet, tone. Her voice is also noticeably higher-pitched in the anime than the VN.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Her parents were always too busy with their research to celebrate her birthday, though she did have a happy home life when they were around, as seen in her flashbacks. Her parents' last act was to make sure she got the teddy bear they'd bought her, at the expense of their own research.
  • The Wonka: Despite her eccentricities, she is by far the most intelligent person in the school. Possibly the smartest high school student in Japan, enough to rival Miyuki Takara. Heck, she may even make Yuki Nagato uneasy!
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She seems to be evolving into one after coming out of her shell. She shows up to the New Year's party in ~After Story~, in a kimono, the only girl to do so in the scene. Her cooking ability and her natural meekness would also make her qualify.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple-blue, in this case.

The Sakagami Siblings

    Tomoyo Sakagami
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP-Clannad), Ryouko Tanaka (credited as Hikaru Isshiki) (JP-Tomoyo After), Kaytha Coker (EN)

A beautiful strong-silent-type (sort of) delinquent who has attained legendary status as a fighter. Tomoyo at first is a rough, cold-hearted girl who delivers the frustration of her messed up family that almost considered divorcing by fighting and hurting other people. That changed when her little brother Takafumi, in a desperate attempt to fix things up, either threw himself to the river or got himself into a car crash, ending up crippled and instantly mending the family and softening up Tomoyo. She later hears her brother's wish to see the sakura trees, and made it her mission to preserve those trees. She later attends Tomoya's school and starts out by driving out some delinquents threatening the school, and later spends her time trying to become the Student Council President (the only position where she can issue orders to preserve the sakura trees), while kicking Sunohara's butt whenever he pisses her off (and repeatedly). After much hardships and trials in winning the students' hearts and cleaning up her delinquent status, she is elected as the Student Council President, and continues to be friends with the one who helped her reach that status: Tomoya.

Tomoyo proves to be so wildly popular that she later gets selected as the protagonist of a special sequel which is the continuation of her visual novel story. Her route also gets animated in an Alternate Universe episode based on her Visual Novel route, where she dates Tomoya (whereas other girls don't seem to exist), but both became torn apart between their status and decided to move on to their own path, breaking up in result. When Tomoya finally graduates, Tomoyo waits for him and they tearfully reunite as lovers.

  • The Ace: Beautiful, intelligent and popular. This becomes a problem in its own right when Tomoya begins to feel that he's holding her back.
  • Action Girl: If she had to, she'd kick Buffy's ass. She'd apologize afterwards, of course. But she'd do it, and you damn well know it.
  • Arch-Enemy: With Sunohara. Except not.
  • Badass Adorable: While still maintaining a sexy and cute appearance?
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: When Sunohara and Tomoya fight, they end up covered with bruises the next moment you see them. She on the other hand just curbstomps whatever comes her way.
  • Boobs of Steel: Only second to Kotomi in bust size, and a fearsome brawler.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the visual novel when she kicks Sunohara, an image of him falling will pop up on the screen, and sometimes stay there while waiting for the reader to click. In one scene, she tells him to hurry and up and fall, because he's blocking the whole screen.
  • Breakout Character: Tomoyo's route proved so popular that Key ended up creating a sequel/spinoff, Tomoyo After. She also received a genuine adaptation of her route in the form of an OVA.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower
  • Combos: In the Visual Novel, she combos Sunohara with nearly the entire cast during the Founder's Festival.
  • Covert Pervert: (Visual Novel) Indirectly, as when Tomoya turns to dirty thoughts about Tomoyo, she's glad that he's able to think of her that way. And with a little needling, she'll freak and realize that she's thinking of the same things.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The outcome of every battle with Sunohara, in her favor.
  • Cry Cute: Absolutely cry-adorable in the Alternate Universe OVA.
  • Cute Bruiser: Can easily beat up male delinquents, and this caused her bad reputation.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her past as sort of a delinquent, her parents' marital problems and her brother's attempted suicide.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: By her own admission. She was a cold-hearted delinquent who lashed out at others to deal with the stress of her home, until the incident with her brother. Now she's one of the nicest people in the show.
  • Delinquents: Trying to remake her image for her to be able to become the Student Council President. Although, to be fair, more than a delinquent herself she was one who beated up ill-intentioned guys.
  • The Dreaded: The two local gangs are absolutely terrified of her. Even the gang affiliated with Yukine who are all nice and probably wouldn´t ever force her to fight them.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: She has quite the devoted fan club.
  • Femininity Failure: She often tries to make herself look more feminine and gets worried when she thinks she's not being seen as a girl. While her results are rather lacking from Tomoya's point of view, he finds the attempts pretty funny. He makes it pretty clear that he doesn't expect her to be a girly girl anyway. It tends to get lost on anglophone fans, but her speech patterns are coarse and masculine and she's much pushier and aggressive than you'd expect a feminine Japanese woman to act.
  • Foe Romance Subtext: She seems genuinely disappointed when she finds out Sunohara is only pretending to flirt with her.
  • Foil: In Tomoyo After, she becomes one to Tomoya from After Story. The two lost their spouse from an incurable disease but while Tomoyo manages to move on, it took five years for Tomoya to do the same.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: In the Gaiden Game sequel to her route Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life, in which Tomoya dies.
  • I Have No Son!: Played for Laughs. In Tomoyo After: Memorial Edition, seeing how Takafumi spied her and Tomoya in her cosplay ( in the original, it was their Primal Scene), Tomoyo quickly dismisses him as her little brother.
    Tomoyo: Takafumi, forget everything... You're going to forget about everything now. OK, good boy... There, start.
    Takafumi: I can't...
    Tomoyo: Well then, I don't know you anymore. Who are you? I don't know who you are.
    Takafumi: Eeeh!?
  • Implausible Hair Color: Silver hair as a teenager, which does happen in real life but is very uncommon. Looks brown in certain lighting situations, though, so it could be Hair Color Dissonance instead.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: "So you're why he's doing this." And later: "I'm so glad he chose you."
  • Kick Chick
  • Lady of War: She fits the bill, just wrong genre, though unlike Kyou, she usually does give a warning before attacking.
  • Leitmotif: Her Determination, a rock piece that conveys her strength both physically and in determination.
  • Magical Girlfriend: In the Alternate Universe Tomoyo Arc omake episode. Not a literally magical, but she goes beyond mere Manic Pixie Dream Girl-status: a Teen Genius Meganekko reformed delinquent Student Council President who's nevertheless completely and irrevocably devoted to the loser Tomoya.
  • Meganekko: By the end of the first season, and especially in the Alternate Universe Tomoyo Arc omake episode, in which she's not just the female romantic lead, but the only female character of significance.
  • Precision F-Strike: It happens... And quite frequently, too.
  • Oneof The Boys: Tries to be feminine though.
  • Opposites Attract
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • She's Got Legs: And boy does she know how to use them.
  • Significant Name Overlap: her name is very similar to Tomoya's, and she's one of his potential Love Interest; in an Alternate Universe, the two of them wind up living together, along with her half-sister Tomo.
  • Spam Attack: Used particularly on Sunohara. 64 point combo!
  • Surprisingly Good English: In her OVA episode, she gives a speech in America in perfect, albeit heavily Japanese-accented, English.
  • The Stoic: For most of the time. Although, she has her moments of being Not So Stoic.
  • Student Council President
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Tough, distant and kickass at times (but more cool-headed compared to Kyou), and then affectionate at other times.
  • Teen Genius: At least in her Alternate Universe arc, in which she scores fourth in her year for all of Japan on her exams. Note that this is less than a year after she decided to clean up her image, after being something of a borderline delinquent for the previous few years.
  • Together in Death: In Tomoyo After: Memorial Edition Visual Novel. Depending on certain fan's interpretation, after continuing to live ever since Tomoya's death, Tomoyo finally passes on to afterlife sometime later (implied to be from old age) and had a heartfelt reunion with Tomoya. Of course, others believe that Tomoya is still alive, only the operation failed and still reunited with her.
  • Tomboy: She has fairly masculine and blunt grammar patterns, enjoys the life of a delinquent and seems to find her more girly friends slightly boring at times. When she starts becoming attracted to Tomoya, she makes a rather lacking attempt to make herself seem more girly.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite his escapades and stupidity, she´s actually pretty good friends with Sunohara.
  • What Does She See in Him?: A lot of people seem unclear as to why she's interested in Tomoya. A teacher is the one who says it most clearly.
  • Women Are Wiser: In Tomoyo's route, she forms a Two Guys and a Girl dynamic between herself, Tomoya and Sunohara. Tomoyo finds herself in this role, forcing the latter to start attending school on a regular basis and take their studies seriously. This also ends up putting a strain on her and Tomoya's romantic relationship because the rest of the student body sees Tomoya as dragging her down to his level.

    Takafumi Sakagami 
Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (JP-Clannad Drama CD), Keiko Suzuki (JP-Tomoyo After)

Tomoyo's little brother, Takafumi was the one who brought Tomoyo out her "delinquent" phase. Sometime in the past, the Sakagami family was in ruins because of their father's affair. In order to bring the family back together, Takafumi tries to drown himself (in the anime) or throws himself in front of a moving car (in the original materials). Predictably, this helps stop the family feud and Tomoyo begins to change her old ways, but this leaves Takafumi temporarily crippled.

His role and backstory is expanded in the Gaiden Game Tomoyo After, as a freeloader in Tomoya's apartment where Takafumi's sister frequents. It is revealed here that before his "accident", Takafumi was the ace of their track team. He had deeply admired his coach, who had a daughter named Kanako. Takafumi and Kanako fell in love and became a couple — however, Takafumi betrayed his coach (who had high hopes for the boy's talent) by willingly throwing himself into an accident and ultimately crippling himself in the process. This leaves the coach distraught and the couple estranged. At the present, Takafumi is presented as a Lazy Bum Gadgeteer Genius who freeloads at Tomoya's apartment and usually ends up roped into the occasional Zany Scheme. Oh, and then his ex Kanako returns to town.

The Ibuki Family

    Fuuko Ibuki
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

A rather strange, short girl, who never seems to take classes and is often to be found sitting somewhere quiet carving wooden star shapes. A rumor about her being a ghost is floating about the school, and she has a tendency to force her carvings on any student she meets, requesting that in return they attend her elder sister's wedding and congratulate her.

  • Animal Motifs: Fuko's mannerisms are rather doglike. When they first meet, Tomoya has her give him her "paw" like a dog. At the very end, she locates Ushio from the Illusionary World using her sense of smell, like a bloodhound. There's also her starfish obsession.
  • Astral Projection: The Fuuko we get to know is actually an astral projection; the real Fuuko is in a coma from getting hit by a car on her first day of high school.
  • Blatant Lies: She was not spacing out just now.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: A little bit, with Tomoya.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Despite being a teenager, she's the shortest of the main girls and is often rather prickly and temperamental towards other people.
  • Children Are Innocent: She ought to be way too old to fit the trope. But she certainly looks and acts like a child.
  • Class Representative: Though it's not even for a real class.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She tends to be strange in general, but the most prominent example of her strangeness is her fixation on starfish. She also suffers from so much Cuteness Overload when exposed to starfish or Ushio that she'll go into a trance-like state where she won't respond to anything unless Tomoya squirts fruit juice up her nose.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Her starfish-themed desserts she makes for Tomoya make Sanae's bread look edible by comparison. She's the only one of the five main heroines to fall under this trope.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: There are rumors that Fuuko is really a ghost since she never seems to actually attend classes. She's not far off, as it turns out she's An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost.
  • Cuteness Overload: Periodically goes into lapses of this when exposed to starfish and Ushio, prompting Tomoya to squirt fruit juice up her nose to snap her out of it and also because it's funny.
  • Drop-In Character: In the first season of the anime, after her arc ends, she magically reappears in short cameos here and there to foreshadow what will happen at the end of the series, and the main page of this show explains that it's also All There in the Manual.
  • Expy: Of Ayu Tsukimiya from Kanon, another visual novel by Key/Visual Arts. Both of them are Genki Girls, Cloudcuckoolanders and Older Than They Look. They're also both revealed to be comatose, and they use Astral Projection to interact with the other characters.
  • Ill Girl: She's actually comatose, and the Fuko we meet is a sort-of astral projection.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Fuko says she wants to do this to little Ushio-chan, Tomoya's daughter, to be her little sister. She keeps trying to kidnap her too. It's telling when Fuko is in the page image of this trope.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's definitely prickly and temperamental, but she still has a good heart.
  • Genki Girl: STARFISH!
  • Hypocrite:
    • Her insistence that Tomoya is a weird person, despite being one of the cloudcuckcoolanderiest of cloudcuckoolanders.
    • She also tends to accuse people (especially Tomoya) of being rude, even though her outspoken nature can make her seem rude by Japanese standards.
  • Leitmotif: Hurry Starfish, a whimsical piece that matches her silly nature.
  • Line-of-Sight Alias: Fuko pulls this when she needs a fake last name while staying with the Furukawas. She pulls it off the neighbor's house, to be specific.
  • Mood-Swinger
  • Older Than She Looks: When she shows up in ~After Story~, she's as old as Tomoya (about twenty-five) but still looks like a grade schooler (and acts even younger).
  • One of the Kids: When she shows up in ~After Story~. An extreme example: she's Tomoya's age (twenty-five) but connects better with Ushio (who is five).
  • Properly Paranoid: When visiting Tomoya and Ushio, she worriedly asks if he's slipped any sleeping pills into the food he's made. Given that he's played pranks on her before, it's not an unfair question to ask.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Fuko vs. Fuuko. Although the former is used in the opening credits, some prefer to use the latter due to wanting to stick with one romanization system.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Amber or gold.
  • Third-Person Person: This habit comes and goes. In one episode, she'll be speaking in the third person, and next, she'll be speaking normally.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Game only, depending on the path you take.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to the final episode of ~After Story~, hamburger steak (Salisbury steak in the U.S.).
  • Womanchild: As an adult in ~After Story~, she still acts rather childish and is more willing to play with children than interact with adults. Justified since she had been in a coma for a number of years, so she wouldn't have aged much mentally.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: In the Visual Novel. Apparently unaware that she has a crush on Tomoya, she describes a fairly graphic scene without having any idea what it means.

    Kouko Ibuki
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (JP), Stephanie Wittels (EN)

An art teacher until Nagisa's first senior year. She retired afterwards, and got married to Yuusuke Yoshino.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: Her first appearance, when she walks into the bakery, has a generic character feel. It isn't until two episodes later, when Toyoma runs into her again, where we realize that brief scene introduced an important character.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To Fuko.
  • Happily Married: With Yuusuke Yoshino.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She's very pretty, but since she's in a series utterly flooded with exceptionally moe characters, it seems odd when Tomoya (in his guise as the show's narrator) tells us how beautiful she is.
  • Power Hair
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Her fiancé (and later husband) Yusuke attended her high school at the time she taught there, but evidently they didn't start dating until some time after he had graduated.

    Yuusuke Yoshino
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN)

A former rock star / singer / writer turned electrician.

The Sunohara Siblings

    Youhei Sunohara
Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)

Tomoya's best buddy and fellow delinquent. Generally a loud Jerkass but dimwitted fellow. Makes for a great punching bag. Well, it tends to be kicks, really.

  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the middle of a comedic scene in the middle of Fujibayashi sister's route, Sunohara pulls out this question and kills off not only the conversation, but also the BGM. The answer, of course, is 'no.' Or to be more accurate 'No, and I've been trying not to think about that.'
    "So, you like [Ryou]?"
    "I'm asking if you like Fujibayashi Ryou, since, well, you're going out with her right?"
  • Affably Evil: Shows shades of this when he casually suggests flaying the dorm kitten to sell its fur. Misae sets him straight with some divine punishment.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Do NOT wrong poor little Mei. Though since he genuinely trusts Tomoya, his attempts to press this button fail to the point that he ends up thinking Sunohara doesn't care.
  • Bishōnen: He is definitely a Dude Looks Like a Lady, that's why he is pretty but a idiot.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: This is his whole life. Or maybe it's more of a Butt-Monkey-And-Tsukkomi-Routine. Either way, he continually says or does something stupid, and Tomoya, Kyou, Tomoyo, or some other character is on hand to hit him (or worse).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Many of his gags push him into a lot of meta gags such as reacting to Tomoya's thoughts or having him be called out as nothing but comedic relief.
  • Bromantic Foil: A textbook example.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pretty much every time Sunohara shows up, you can be guaranteed that someone is going to give him a Megaton Punch or kick him across the room by the end of the scene. Lampshaded by Tomoyo at one point in the Visual Novel.
    Tomoyo: You exist solely for gags.
  • Casanova Wannabe: try is hardest to be one.
  • Cat Smile: One of his default expressions.
  • Chew Toy: More of a Butt-Monkey, but he has elements of both.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: One of many in the series, but one of the very few who seems to be genuinely stupid.
  • Delinquent Hair
  • Delinquents: He's similar to Tomoya in this respect as he usually just avoids work, skips class and gets involved in several hijinks. Unlike Tomoya he isn't seen as a Cool Loser in any way.
  • The Ditz: Correct.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While it might seem insane to listen to Sunohara's relationship advice, he does, on occasion, come up with something reasonable.
    • In Tomoyo's route, he figured out that Tomoya and Tomoyo were secretly dating before their relationship became public.
    • In Kyou's route, he was able to tell that Tomoya and Kyou actually liked each other, despite their mutual denial and the fact that Tomoya was dating Ryou at that time.
  • Dumb Blonde: Blonde hair AND not very bright. (It isn't actually blonde, but he often isn't seen without his hair dyed)
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Though to be fair people tend to give him no slack at all.
  • Gay Option: In the form of a hilarious Bad End in the Visual Novel. He's not happy about it.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Of the pink boxers with heart prints variety.
  • Gratuitous English: His English is so bad he says "Rezombie" instead of "Revenge".
    • I am pretty dog. Thank you, my friend from New York!
    • Lampshaded in an ~After Story~ episode, when an exasperated Kyou asks him how he ever managed to graduate high school.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Seems to have been this with Tomoya — until Nagisa and the Half-wanted Harem appear on the scene.
  • Honorary Uncle: Ushio refers to him as "Uncle Youhei" in the last OVA episode summing up the entire series.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: It is quite a wonder how he could take over the top physical abuses (Mostly by Kyou, Tomoyo, Misae, and Akio) and walk away like nothing happened when you would expected him to be carried away on a stretcher. He shouldn't be alive, actually considering that the rest of the cast is much more fragile. When they played baseball against another town, Tomoya made him the team's catcher specifically because he's the only one who could endure the sheer power behind Akio's throws.
  • Jerkass: At times. The closest thing the series has, among all the major characters.
  • Jerk Jock: Used to be one. Now gets beaten up by them.
    • His on screen beatings are only for comic relief purposes, the only serious one was during a flashback with him quitting the soccer club, aside from all that he's hardly the wimp puching bag, it's quite the contrary back when he and Tomoya weren't such good friends they were actually feared, when they became partners they also became more of a pranksters duo than real delinquents. This change of habits still didn't turn him into a target of other Jocks.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Borders on Jerkass at times in the Visual Novel, but he almost immediately pays for his actions, either by one of Tomoya's pranks, or by Tomoyo or Kyou.
  • Large Ham: He can be when he's being ridiculous (which is almost always)
  • Last-Name Basis: With most everybody, except Kyou and Nagisa, and even then he starts calling them by their first names once he gets to know them (Kotomi, Tomoyo).
  • Likes Older Women: Still in love with Sanae (Nagisa's mom) even after her husband Akio chased him off with a baseball bat.
  • Mistaken for Gay
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His main purpose in the show.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Quite often, especially in the Visual Novel.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Mei.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He has a rather high opinion of himself, despite the fact that he's considered a delinquent and is the biggest Butt-Monkey in the cast.
  • Super Gullible: He always believes Tomoya's constant lies, even being convinced once that he was dreaming simply because he didn’t believe Tomoya would remember the capital of Australia. Or being woken up after class and being told that they were living in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and that Tomoya was a robot duplicate of the original Tomoya.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: In the form of managing to maintain his dignity for a scene or give genuinely good advice, such as stopping Tomoya from being a coward in Kyou's route.
  • Tragic Dream: Wanted to be a soccer player. Bad things happened. For the most part, played for laughs.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Him and Tomoya with Nagisa or Tomoyo.
  • Unknown Rival: To Tomoyo in the beginning.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tomoya. Tomoya trolls him almost every time possible, yet Sunohara still sticks around with him and views him as his best friend, even if Tomoya does not want to admit that.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Being the protagonist's best friend wasn't enough for him to play a major role or even appear more than just a few seconds in the later years of After Story, too bad for Tomoya his friend wasn't visible enough to help him face all those family problems.
    • His only known feature during these harsh times is him working at some kind of a driving company.
    • Justified in that he moved to Tokyo to work at aforementioned company. He even told Tomoya over the phone that he just doesn't have the time to come out whenever he wants.

    Mei Sunohara
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (JP), Serena Varghese (EN)

Youhei Sunohara's little sister.

Minor Characters

    Misae Sagara
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Elizabeth Bunch (EN)

Landlady at the school's student dorm. Has her own mini-route in the game, wherein Tomoya falls in love with her after hanging out in her room whenever he has a chance.

  • Action Girl: She would often put the dormmates down by using physical force.
  • Boobs of Steel
  • Cannot Spit It Out: A Subverted Trope, in that she likely would have no trouble expressing her feelings for the boy in question — except, as it turns out, the boy she likes already has a girlfriend, and he goes out of his way to cut off Misae's potential Love Confessions. The boy does this to spare Misae potential embarrassment — or at least, that's how he and his girlfriend choose to view his actions. Misae's friends have less generous opinions of his behavior.
  • Class Representative: During the flashback to her high school days. Maybe or maybe not, in the literal sense — although she does become Student Council President, which suggests a bit of background and interest in student politics. But she definitely has the temperament.
  • Cool Big Sis: She's awesome, especially when dealing with the troublemakers under her supervision in the boys' dorm, including not only the Rugby Club and but also Sunohara.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Sometimes when she's angry, but also sometimes when playing happily with her cat.
  • Drop-In Landlord: She's the supervisor for Sunohara's dorm. Apparently, it's very easy to influence her into violence against the immature rugby team members, such as practicing wrestling moves for peeking in the girl's dorm or drop kicks to people who don't clean their plates at dinner. And it's always awesome when she does.
  • Expy: Of Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic!. She looks and acts a lot like Kaname, and they share a voice actress (Satsuki Yukino). Her last name is also a Shout-Out to the same series: Sagara is Chidori's Love Interest. In episode 5 of Clannad After Story, Misae also does a toned-down version of the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex Hold that Chidori does on Sousuke in episode two of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu.
  • Genki Girl: When she was in high school. Liberally mixed with Tsundere.
  • Interspecies Romance: With "Katsuki Shima", who she met and fell in love with in her freshman year. Yeah, apparently he forgot he was a cat that turned into a human to grant his dying master's wish. Woops!
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Shima's Feminine Boy.
  • Second Love: In her mini route, Shima was this for her after a crush. If you don't believe the crush was really love, which is supported by the story, then her second love is instead Tomoya after he convinces her she can't just keep waiting for someone to come back when it's clear he isn't going to.
  • Student Council President: Back when she was in high school. A legend to this day, evidently.
  • Team Pet: Her cat.
  • Tsundere: Very much so, in temperament — even though for the vast majority of the series she doesn't have any potential Love Interests with whom to play this tango. Unless you count her "Katsuki Shima". Which you won't, until you reach her high school flashback.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Tomoya advises her to use pro wrestling moves to punish the boys she oversees in the dorm, and she often demonstrates them on the unfortunate Sunohara. Eventually, a flashback reveals that she's been using these moves since her high school days.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dark blue.

    Yukine Miyazawa
Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto (JP), Maggie Flecknoe (EN)

Yukine is a second year student who hangs around in the library's reference room. The anime gives her out of school life an action packed Adaptation Expansion, replacing the reference room romance that makes up her visual novel route.

  • All-Loving Heroine: She clearly loves everyone, which includes two rival gangs whom she wants to stop fighting.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Sleeping on Tomoya's lap, especially in the visual novel.
  • Belated Backstory: In the anime, Yukine was a semi-regular since the beginning, but only in ~After Story~ do we learn her family circumstances and her involvement in a gang war.
  • Book Worm: She comes off this way. In the visual novel, Tomoya learns that she's mostly reading manga that have been confiscated from students and stored in the reference room.
  • Cool Big Sis: Okay, she more truthfully fills the Team Mom role (see below), but the gang members all refer to her, in a bit of a punny nickname, as Yuki-nee, or Big Sis Yuki.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Not quite shut, but her eyes are generally only half open, giving her a slightly sleepy look.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Yukine is one of the most gentle, kind and girly characters, and she makes an apparently excellent pilaf.
  • For Happiness: She selflessly runs into the proverbial line of fire during a gang war to stop the people involved from fighting, because she loves everyone.
  • Half-Truth: Yukine being the unofficial librarian of the reference room. She's actually there because the reference room is secluded and easy to sneak into from outside the school, thus her friends won't get into any trouble.
  • Idiot Hair: Quite distinctive. Which seems odd, since she's a kind-hearted Book Worm who's also socially savvy and quite possibly the least Cloudcuckoolander-ish character we meet in the entire franchise (That said, she does often get a slightly dopey blank look on her face when she's thinking.)
  • Just Friends: In the Yukine route in the VN, Tomoya worries that he might have friendzoned himself by becoming Yukine's brother surrogate.
    • He decides to cut that possibility off by kissing her at the end of her route, at great personal risk to himself (as her brother's gang were all there.) A short LN story set after the end of her route shows that they've decided to go steady.
  • Leitmotif: Tea Party in the Reference Room, a soothing piece that conveys her mellow, caring nature.
  • Love Potion: She is fond of love spells, using them liberally as friendship charms.
  • Mellow Fellow: She remains very relaxed all throughout the story, which in turn makes her popular amongst delinquents and gangsters.
  • Nice Girl: Possibly the kindest character of the franchise.
  • Only Sane Woman: The only person besides Tomoya who isn't a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Team Mom: To both of the city's rival gangs.
  • Teen Genius: We don't know much about her academic abilities, but she's a Book Worm; she's entrusted with the maintainance of the school's second library (the main library being the provinence of indisputable Teen Genius Kotomi); she's skilled enough at healing to be to the go-to-"doctor" for both the rival gangs in town; she's able to broker truces between said groups without outside assistance (most of the time); and she's in some ways the wisest character in the whole series, especially when it comes to relationships. All at age sixteen.
  • Through His Stomach: After Tomoya randomly ordered omelette rice during their first meeting, Yukine brings the ingredients every single day just in case he ever asked for it again.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Grayish-yellow, depending on the light.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Polite, motherly, and great cook.

    Toshio Koumura
Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (JP), Todd Waite (EN)

Senior teacher and one-time advisor of the Drama and Chorus Clubs. Booked the school for Kouko and Yuusuke's wedding. Officiated at Nagisa's "graduation" ceremony.

  • Cool Old Guy: Implied in the Visual Novel, when he effortlessly smacks Sunohara back into the air when Tomoyo sends him flying at him. Also responsible for introducing Sunohara and Tomoya.

    Katsuki Shima 
Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Shannon Emerick (EN)

A boy Misae fell in love with when she was in her freshman year.

  • Apologizes a Lot: It's like every third sentence coming out of his mouth is an apology. Doesn't help that he does embarass Misae a lot.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He looks really cute when dressed in girl's clothes. Misae's friends were actually a bit pissed that a crossdressing guy could be so cute.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He says Misae met him while he was in a wheelchair in the hospital. Her kind words encouraged him to recover and he searches for her with the hopes of paying her back.
  • Bishōnen: He's adorable! It helps him with cross-dressing, too.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: He's not human, but a tomcat given the form of his former owner so he can fulfill his owner's wish of saying thanks to Misae. He then forgets who he really is and falls in love with Misae due to this.
  • Disguised in Drag: Misae's friends put him in a girl's uniform and long-haired wig so he can sneak in the school.
  • Easy Amnesia: Temporarily forgets he isn't a human and during that time falls in love with Misae.
  • Hair Intakes: When Misae's friends dress him up as a girl, his wig has the same cat ears that Kyou and Ryou have.
  • Impersonation-Exclusive Character: The real Shima's dying wish was to grant a wish for Misae, and because of this, his cat was able to take on his form for a while. We never get to meet the real Shima.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Misae because he is actually a cat.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Misae's Masculine Girl.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a yellow-ish cap.
  • Non Human Lover Reveal: He's a cat, not a human. Misae comments that this somewhat complicates things.
  • Punny Name: He turns out to be a cat.

    Kappei Hiiragi
Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (game only)

A young man who is traveling around. His goal in life is to "live like a man."

  • Brother Chuck: He doesn't appear at all in the anime, not even in ~After Story~, which spends the first third of the season to go into the side character stories. He does show up very briefly in the last episode's "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He dramatizes the act of delivering pizza into being a life-saving career, and falls into a daze when describing graphically violent folk tales.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Confused the hell out of Tomoya for quite awhile, which wasn't helped by his rather strange name. Sunohara refused to accept it at all.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Fell for Ryou because she gave him her handkerchief to stop the bleeding after Kyou hit him with her bike.
  • Happily Married: To Ryou.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Quite a bit of this with Tomoya, making him rather uneasy. It mostly dissolves when Kappei starts going out with Ryou.
  • Ill Boy: He has life-threatening cancer.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Used to be one at an orphanage until a musician he idolized (implied to be Yuusuke) inspired him to pursue his dreams.
  • Salaryman: He goes about traveling to find a job — until he settles down in Hikarizaka, mainly because he meets Ryou.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Tomoya finds him attractive, as well as Sunohara, who still tries to get in a relationship with Kappei even after finding out he's a guy.
  • Tragic Dream: Wanted to become a track athlete but has leg cancer. He refuses to let go of his dream, even when the disease becomes life-threatening and there are no options other than amputation of his leg.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal
  • Walking the Earth: Starts out this way. Eventually he decides to settle down because of Ryou.

The Illusionary World (Walking Spoiler Warning)

    Girl from the Illusionary World
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (JP), Melissa Davis (EN)

A young girl who lives along in the Illusionary World. She ends up building a doll that somehow becomes "alive" and lives as her companion.

She is actually Ushio Okazaki after her death, having lost her memories of her brief life with her father Tomoya. She regains them as she dies in the Illusionary World and she releases the light orbs for Tomoya to use so that he could save Nagisa, herself, and himself from their cursed fate.

  • Cheerful Child: She's rather quiet about it, but she seems pretty cheerful under the grim circumstances.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Always seen barefoot. She likely doesn't even own any shoes.
  • Ethereal White Dress: Always seen wearing a white dress and she's pretty mystical.
  • Heavy Sleeper: As winter approaches the Illusionary World, she becomes more and more lethargic.
  • Identity Amnesia: She doesn't remember that she used to be Ushio in the real world.

    Garbage Doll
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (JP), Shannon Emerick (EN)

A doll built out of garbage by the girl in the Illusionary World. For reasons even he doesn't understand, he gains life and intelligence. He tries to help the girl out in her endeavors.

The doll is actually Tomoya Okazaki after his death, and after losing his memories of his life. When his daughter Ushio — his sole reason for going to the Illusionary World — dies there, he returns to the real world, having released the light orbs. The light orbs allow him to initiate a Time Skip wherein Nagisa survives giving birth to Ushio. After that, they all live happily ever after.


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