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The following tropes can be applied to the characters of the manga and anime series Fruits Basket.

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Main Characters

     Tohru Honda
Voiced by: Hiroko Konishi (JP, drama CD), Yui Horie (JP, series), Laura Bailey (EN)

The heroine of the story, Tohru ends up in the Sohma household after her mother dies and she sets up tent on their property. She forges friendships with Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure, and eventually comes to befriend the rest of the Sohmas as well.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has blue eyes in the anime as opposed to the brown ones of the manga.
  • All-Loving Heroine: She loves everyone, even Akito, who is disliked by nearly the entire Sohma family, and does not hold grudges against anyone.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was ostracized as a little girl by her kindergarten peers. In fact, the title of the series lampshades this trope: after the kids humiliate her during recess, Tohru thinks "there's no place for me, a rice ball, in a fruits basket."
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: To Kyo, in the manga.
  • Babies Ever After: With Kyo. The epilogue shows their granddaughter.
  • Badass Pacifist: This non-Action Girl teenager manages to calm down Kyo when he reverts to his true form and then she also speaks gently to Akito even when she's screaming and swinging a knife around.
    • To add to the first point, Kyo's true form is not only hideous and reeking of dead human flesh but also super strong and super agile. Kyo, in blind fear of being rejected by her, slashes her arm, which noticeably hurts her a lot. She does vomit at some point from the stench of rotten flesh..
    • And to add to the second: Akito is the God(dess) of the Zodiac. A terrifying mix of Manipulative Bitch, Broken Bird and Yandere, who is in a state of complete terror and anger since the Jyuunishi are being released from the curse one by one, which she sees as them abandoning her... and it's her biggest fear coming true. So after stabbing Kureno, Akito is at the lowest point of her whole life, screaming and swinging the knife she used on him. And yet Tohru manages to not run away, and offer her kindness... which would eventually kickstart Akito's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Tohru may be nice and friendly, but she will not hesitate to protect her friends as Akito learned when she was pushed away from Yuki whom she threatened to lock up and torture for defying her.
  • Book Dumb: She's not the best student and can be rather naive at times, but she also has moments of rather deep insight throughout the series.
  • Broken Hero: Tohru lost her father at a very young age, her mother in her teens, and ended up living in a tent. Nevertheless, she is cheerful and bright — so much that other characters who want to help and provide moral support have to figure out on their own that she's in need of it.
  • Broken Messiah: In the manga. Tohru obsessively sidelines her own needs and problems- ostensibly because she wants to take care of her friends, but really because she can't face her trauma. It's eventually revealed she has severely low self-esteem and an unhealthy inability to move on from her mother's death.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Kyo's Brooding Boy.
  • Care-Bear Stare: Hiro thinks she can do this because she can love and tolerate the shit out of anyone.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She can be this on occasion but on the most part she's level headed.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Kisa; she encourages the younger girl to step out of her shell.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Kyo falls through the roof, shouts at Yuki, and then Tohru trips and falls on him.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the manga, her hair and eyes are brown. This is subverted in the anime where she's given blue eyes instead.
  • Determinator: One of Tohru's many mottos is to "never give up". As such, she continues to press on and on until she achieves the goals she has laid out for herself, including breaking the Sohma family's curse.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Invoked; Tohru is warned by Kagura not to claim she loves Kyo because she pities him.
  • Extreme Doormat: Tends to veer into this territory.
  • Face Fault: Truly, out of ALL the characters, she makes the MOST face faults out of ANYONE. Makes sense though, being the normal person among a family of people who can transform into talking animals.
  • Fan of Underdog: She's easily the cat of the zodiac's biggest fan, making her the first person ever to like Kyo for his animal. She's not so much oblivious of his faults as understanding that there are some serious underlying causes. When she heard the legend of the zodiac as it's usually told she explicitly declared the cat her favorite for exactly this reason before she even met him.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Tohru" is more commonly a boy's name, but her father gave it to her to emphasize her femininity — "like adding salt to something sweet to enhance the flavor", in his own words.
  • Grow Old with Me: With Kyo. The epilogue shows them as a senior couple with grandchildren and still very much in love.
  • Hair Decorations: Usually has ribbons in her hair.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: She falls in love with the Fiery Redhead Kyo.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Kureno tells her that he has no desire to see Arisa again as well as the truth about Akito, Tohru stays in the same spot for hours, until Hanajima comes to save her.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Has low self esteem hidden under her eternal smile.
  • The Heroine: The protagonist who is saving the Sohmas from themselves.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In the anime, her kindness and naivete are emphasized by her blue eyes.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Ever since her mother told her the fate of the cat in the Chinese Zodiac origin story, her favorite animals have been cats. She is so fond of them that if the Year of the Cat existed then she would want to be born in it. It makes sense that she falls in love with Kyo.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • Gender-inverted. Most of the Honda family believe Tohru will go the way of her mother because "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." They're wrong. Then again, Tohru adopted what she could remember of her father's speech patterns to remind Kyoko of Katsuya after Kyoko's psychological breakdown, and we later learn that her grandfather's occasional calling her "Kyoko-san" was to remind her that her mother was loved by others so she wouldn't fall into the same rut, so perhaps there are some similarities between them.
    • Through most of the series we're told Tohru strongly resembles her father. It's eventually revealed she's nothing like him; doesn't look like him, didn't inherit his personality. She only started talking like him hoping it would keep her mother from leaving her again.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Tohru falls in love with Kyo, who vaguely resembles Kyoko in that he is also a Fiery Redhead with a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Magic Skirt: Courtesy of her school uniform which is so absurdly short she would get arrested for it in other places which makes it all the weirder how it manages to stay in place.
  • Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: During Katsuya's funeral, Tohru's relatives openly speculate if Tohru was born from an affair. Their "evidence" was that Tohru didn't physically resemble Katsuya, and that Kyoko was a Former Teen Rebel.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Starts off acting as this for Yuki and Kyo. Later subverted as she has serious emotional problems of her own, which they eventually help her out with.
  • Nice Girl: Her defining characteristic. She sees good in everyone she meets and is willing to help them no matter what. She doesn't hold any grudges toward those who have wronged her, especially in regards to Akito who has made the Sohmas' lives a living nightmare. Towards the end of the manga, Tohru sympathizes with Akito who had a miserable childhood, thanks to her insane mother. She even offers friendship to the head of the family while she's in the midst of a Villainous Breakdown and waving a knife around.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To her mom, before she died.
  • Not So Different: In the manga's climax, parallels are drawn between how Tohru's devotion to her dead mother ties her down emotionally and the Sohma clan's curse. Specifically their 'bonds' to Akito, who does all of her evil and bitchy deals to not be abandoned by them.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Tohru living in Shigure's house is this for Kyo, as she's a living reminder that he let her mother die.
  • Oedipus Complex: Gender Flipped. Her love for her mother Kyouko reached near-worshipful levels, but she resents her father Katsuya, blaming him for her mother's near-suicidal depression after his death, even when she realizes this isn't exactly his fault.
  • Opposites Attract: With Kyo. Tohru is a very sweet, patient and kind girl, while Kyo is a hot-headed, tough, no manners, always wants to fight boy.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: She has a living grandfather and other relatives, but lived in a tent because she didn't want to burden them. Considering how badly her aunt and cousins treat her when she has to move back with the grandpa, she can't be blamed.
  • Parental Substitute: Yuki sees her as a mother figure.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: With Kyo. In the early chapters, Kyo was verbally aggressive to her and even accidentally hits her at one point, but he gets better and learns to control his temper around her.
  • Plucky Girl: Eternally optimistic but never delusional. As for the bravery, see her entry on Badass Pacifist.
  • The Pollyanna: In the anime, where nothing at all gets her down, unlike in the manga where it's deconstructed.
  • Stepford Smiler: In the manga, her perpetual positivity is hiding serious emotional issues. She gets better.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: Softspoken, emotional Tohru has no issue with helping anyone that needs help. She ends up deconstructing the archetype to a degree.
  • Talking to the Dead: Keeps a picture of her mom in her wallet.
  • Team Mom: Taking care of the Sohmas (the ones in Shigure's house at least) is technically payment for living there, but it goes deeper than that.
  • Tender Tears: Tohru is prone to crying.
  • We Really Do Care: Tohru briefly moves out of Shigure's house when her relatives come back to town, since that's what she'd promised to do. While they all make it clear that they don't want her around, the little Sohma outpost of Shigure, Yuki, and Kyo rediscover the fact that they fail at keeping their household running. In the end, Yuki and Kyo show up when Tohru's relatives are being especially witchy and drag her (not unwillingly) back.
  • What Would X Do?: She always quotes Kyoko.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A more child-like, clumsier version. All the politeness and domestic talent, and so much inner iron she overwhelms everyone she nicely confronts. Also good at cooking Japanese style dishes. In fact, she once had an Imagine Spot about being a Japanese princess.

     Kyo Sohma (The Cat)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

Kyo is cursed by the Cat, an animal who would have been part of the zodiac had the Rat not tricked him into missing the ceremony. He turns into a huge, foul-smelling beast if his beads are taken from him. As a result he is looked down on by the rest of the family save his foster father and does not get along with Yuki. Charismatic and hot-blooded, if a bit socially awkward, he gradually cools down thanks to Tohru's kindness.

  • Abusive Parents: His father hates him, refers to him as "it", and claims his mother committed suicide from shame and disgust at having him. Very late in the manga, it is heavily implied that she did love him in her own way, and was actually Driven to Suicide by her husband.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Kyo's beads are red and white in the manga, but black and white in the anime. Also, his eyes were originally orange to match his hair, but the anime gives him red eyes.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: develops a habit of lightly tapping Tohru's head with his fist later on in the manga.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Despised by more than one member of the Sohma clan since he's the cat. Specially by Akito, and to a smaller degree Yuki.
  • Always Someone Better: He begins the series trying to beat Yuki, but Kyo always loses. We later learn it was a bet with Akito that if Kyo could beat Yuki he wouldn't be confined and the Cat could join the zodiac. It's eventually stated that part of the curse is that the Cat can never beat the Rat.
  • Animal Motifs: While the other members of the zodiac all demonstrate motifs related to their animal, Kyo may be the one most blatant with it - aloof but loving once he gets close, listless in rainy weather, preferring to be active and running around, and even his least favorite foods are all ones that are very bad for cats and can lead to renal failure.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Tohru's Gentle Girl.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Not really good about voicing his feelings on anything, let alone romantic ones.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted because he's mean outside, but isn't exactly evil.
    • Also subverted in that as shown at the end of the manga, the spirit possessing him was a very kind cat, who loved God and only wanted his friend to live his next life surrounded by people.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Beads? A "cursed form?" Well, this certainly won't show up in a few dozen chapters.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the manga, he has orange eyes to match his hair.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has them during some comedic moments.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes barefoot at nearly every possible moment, even during a footrace!
  • Does Not Like Spam: Much is made of Kyo's dislike of onions, leeks, and miso. It's occasionally used as blackmail to get him to do something. And when he willingly cooks with leeks to make something for Tohru when she's sick, it's one of the earliest indications of how dear she is to him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He fears people getting close to him, since he has difficulty to know if they genuinely love him or just pity him for his curse.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Near the end of the manga, Tohru falls off a cliff. While she's lying on the ground unconscious, Kyo kisses her. To be fair, Tohru regained consciousness for a bit when she noticed Kyo was crying. She said some comforting words to him, then lost consciousness again, and then he kissed her. He also wasn't exactly sure whether she was fully conscious or not, as he even confirms that she wasn't after their second kiss when she acts completely shocked that it's their second and not their first.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone can tell Kyo's feelings for Tohru. In some cases even before Kyo himself realizes it.
  • Fiery Redhead: Usually shouting, or breaking something.
  • First Kiss: With Tohru.
  • First-Name Basis: At the start of the manga, he called Tohru "you." After The Climax of volume six, he switches to "Tohru."
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: During moments of high emotion Kyo's pupils become cat-like slits. When he gets extremely excited his eyes will start glowing, too.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The first evidence of his attraction to Tohru.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Aside from the 'cat if hugged' thing, he has a second one. Those beads? They keep him from transforming into a hideous, car-sized, stinking monstrosity.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: His asshole dad hated him so much that he called Kyo an "it."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He IS a jerk, but a nice jerk (especially later on).
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Gets teased for being this at school, after a herd of cats swarm him during a school fair. Since the alternative is telling everyone that cats are attracted to his zodiac spirit, he (grudgingly) lets them believe.
  • Longing Look: Throws a few in Tohru's direction once he realizes his feelings for her.
  • My Beloved Smother: His mom tended to keep him sheltered and away from other people. Implied later on to be his father's decree.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He constantly fights Yuki and loses.
  • Opposites Attract: With Tohru. Kyo is a hot-headed, tough, no manners, always wants to fight boy, and Tohru is a girl who's very sweet and kind.
  • Picky Eater: He hates leeks. A lot. Still made Tohru some leek soup when she was sick.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: With Tohru. In the early chapters, Kyo was verbally aggressive to her and even accidentally hits her at one point, but he gets better and learns to control his temper around her.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: To a naked Kagura, after she transforms back.
  • Power Limiter: The beads. They also serve to block Power Incontinence.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The temperamental, loud, red-haired Red Oni to Yuki's calm, reserved, grey-haired Blue Oni.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Shigure lampshades it. "Sulking on the roof is how he shows he cares." He also has a touching moment at that spot with Tohru where he talks about his adoptive father.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: With his cousin Kagura. Also with Tohru until the end.
  • Shown Their Work: Cats are deathly allergic to leeks, onions and miso, so it makes sense why Kyo (Spirit of the Cat) would hate them.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: His behavior is a defensive mechanism to hide the pain buried deep in his heart. At one point, he denied that Kazuma was his father because he didn't want Kazuma to get hurt.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With his father. Other than sharing the Sohma name, facial features and anger issues, there is no connection with Kyo and his father.
  • Super Reflexes: His insane reflexes are constantly brought up by his classmates and Takaya's occasional reminder to the reader of his reflexes actually make it very believable that he could have saved Kyoko before the accident, a fact that weighs heavily in Kyo's mind.
  • Through His Stomach: Cooks for Tohru when she's ill — despite teasing.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kagura's flashbacks indicate that Kyo was a lot nicer than he is as a young adult.
  • When He Smiles: Despite being a Grumpy Bear and Tsundere, he has a very cute smile. Tohru and Kagura are the first two to actually see it.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Subverted. He gives Tohru a harmless knock on the head as a 'Thank You' for easing him out of one of his moods Shigure put him in. However, he allows both Kagura and Uotani to assault him with no physical retaliation at all. He even worries that he roughed up a woman when he learns of Akito's true gender.
    • In the manga, on his first day at Tohru's school, he slams a girl's head into her desk to discourage her attentions. Granted, it was a panic reaction when he was in danger of being embraced, and she did grab him first, but it being Played for Laughs is a little disconcerting.

     Yuki Sohma (The Rat)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (JP), Eric Vale (EN)

The Rat of the Zodiac, younger brother to Ayame, and rival to Kyo. Despite being attractive, accomplished, and popular, Yuki is very reserved and possesses low self-esteem due to years of being controlled by Akito. Tohru helps him become more open with his feelings.

  • Abusive Parents: Like most of the Sohmas, his mother was mostly emotionally abusive (though not above smacking him around a little when she was upset with him). She's notable for the fact that after Yuki confronted her and told her that he wouldn't let her control him anymore, later chapters showed that she might be trying to turn over a new leaf. When she told him, "Try not to push yourself too hard," Yuki noted that it was an oddly motherly thing for her to say.
    • In the manga, it was "don't use it wastefully", in regards to a cell phone he needs her permission to get.
  • All Take and No Give: Has shades of this but it is never intentional on his part. He seeks Tohru's friendship, listening ear, and understanding quite often and has benefited from Hatsuharu's and Ayame's affection for him whenever he's in a tight spot he is unable to get himself out of. When this trait is pointed out to him he resolves to change himself into a person who can give back to the people who care for him.
  • Always Someone Better: Kyo has trained in martial arts longer than he has and is more dedicated but he can't reach Yuki's level no matter what.
  • Bad Dreams: Thanks to the Mind Rape he suffered under Akito.
  • Berserk Button: Reminders of his older brother's quirks, Kyo at his worst, being mistaken for a woman, being compared to a woman, or the mere thought of crossdressing sets him off. Being unpleasant to Tohru is a great way to piss him off, too.
  • Bishōnen: Enough to be mistaken for a girl. Multiple times.
  • Broken Ace: He looks perfect, but due to his past Yuki is so terrified of rejection that he also is an enormous Stepford Smiler.
  • Chick Magnet: Enough that he gets his own Unwanted Harem.
  • Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends: In the end, with his underclassman Machi.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Silver in the manga (makes sense, considering he's the Rat), purple in the anime.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a young child, he was plagued with severe asthma that inhibited him from doing most things. When he was still very young, his very selfish mother sold him to Akito, who then proceeds to torment him physically (is shown whipping him), verbally/emotionally, and especially psychologically (locking him in a windowless, dark room for days on end, and convincing him that no one will accept him for who he is). A little Yuki attempts to go to his brother, Ayame, for help, but he is instantly rebuked. Such experiences in his past has left him emotionally withdrawn and exhausted. After it all, however, he manages to empathize with and forgive Akito, and he is well on his way to forming a brotherly bond with Ayame.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Parodied with Kakeru telling his girlfriend Komaki that Yuki had to dress up as a boy for certain reasons. He also jokingly calls Yuki "Princess".
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Boys and girls swoon over him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Kyo and a little towards Manabe due to both of them being able to be natural and liked by their peers without having to try hard like he does.
  • Harmful to Minors: Flashbacks are shown of Akito whipping him.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Might as well be asleep on his feet in the morning.
  • Ill Boy: When he was younger he had pretty severe asthma and other unspecified health problems, but this improves as he gets older.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: He secretly longs to have friends of his own. Part of the reason why he hates Kyo so much is because of his ability to make friends easily.
  • Informed Flaw: Supposedly weak and prone to illness, but he can easily beat down Kyo — who's been training in martial arts all his life — any time he wants.
    • He was ill much more when he was a child being tormented by Akito, so it's possible that living away from the person emotionally abusing him caused him to get healthier. He does have bouts of sickness for at least two points when he remembers his past abuse (he vomits when being locked in a closet triggers a memory, and collapses after he tries to remember what he liked to do for fun as a child).
    • He's specifically mentioned to have had asthma as a child; most people grow out of this as they get older, so it would make sense for it not to be bothering him as much.
    • There's also the matter of the curse. The people possessed by the rat are supposed to be "special." Also, it's impossible for the cat to beat the rat, as even Kyo accepts after his confrontation with Akito in Chapter 62.
  • Instant Fan Club: The Yuki Fan Club.
  • Insulted Awake:
    • Kyo's voice alone is enough.
    • Kakeru calling him a "spoiled little rich girl" woke him up, too.
  • Lethal Chef: His cooking will literally make you ill.
  • Loving a Shadow: His feelings for Tohru were later said to be him looking for the mother he never had.
  • No-Sell: At one point Rin tries to get under his skin by calling him "Akito's toy." Little did she know he'd mostly grown past those issues, so her words didn't have the affect she'd hoped. She leaves in a huff.
  • Not a Morning Person: He's incredibly tired in the morning and is a lot stronger in his sleep. Kyo has tried attacking him, but was unsuccessful.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Used when he tells Akito that he forgives him. Although Akito still gets mad and injures Yuki, it's obvious that Yuki doesn't fear him anymore, and since Akito controls the Zodiac through fear, it becomes clear that his power is waning.
  • The Not-Love Interest: The series seems to set him up as Tohru's love interest, but ultimately there isn't any romance between them. Yuki loves Tohru in a familial way rather than romantic, because she acts like a motherly figure towards him. Foreshadowed in that, unlike Kyo, he doesn't get flustered around her (except once when she switched to First-Name Basis).
  • Parental Substitute: Later on, it's revealed that Yuki sees Tohru as the kind-hearted, gentle mother he wishes he could have had, which also explains why he's always exceptionally affectionate to her even after dating Machi.
  • Prince Charming: Parodied when his class put on a performance of Cinderella. He specifically asks that he not be cast as the prince, because he feels he doesn't fit the role. The entire female population of his class disagrees. This bites him in the rear when he is instead cast as the fairy godmother.
  • Princely Young Man: His fan club gives him the nickname "Prince Yuki."
  • Purple Eyes: In the anime.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The calm, reserved, grey-haired Blue Oni to Kyo's temperamental, loud, red-haired Red Oni.
  • Romantic False Lead: The series makes it look like Yuki will be Tohru's main love interest when it is actually Kyo.
  • School Idol: He's recognized as the most popular guy in school. He has his own fan club and student council members look to him to be student council president.
  • Stepford Smiler: Type A. Because of his Dark and Troubled Past and his desire to have friends, he tends to hide behind a smile. He even comes clean to Tohru about secretly being a greedy and selfish person, though it isn't established if this just Self-Deprecation or if he was being honest.
  • Student Council President: Later in the manga.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: At first, he's extremely sugarly kind and sweet toward Tohru, but a bit colder to other people and downright hostile to Kyo and Ayame. His Character Development involves him actually opening up to people other than Tohru.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Tohru's Jerkass cousin called her a tramp in front of him and Kyo, Yuki calmly got in the guy's face and stunned him and his equally dickish parents speechless with one sentence, said in a calm, but still clearly angry, tone:
    Yuki: Don't you ever talk about Miss Honda that way again, you lowlife.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Kakeru have a bit of this. Once when Yuki was depressed, Kakeru cheered him up... by throwing a soccer ball in his face. He and Kakeru also had an insult match that involved them choking each other and then walking off all happy and friendly a couple of panels later.
  • The Un Favourite: Played with. While he was technically favored by his parents because he was the Rat, they're so cold and selfish that they basically sold him for wealth and status. Meanwhile, while Ayame has technically been unfavored since Yuki was born, since the Snake is not as valuable they let him do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted growing up since they had no use for him.
  • Tongue-Tied: Especially around Tohru.

     Akito Sohma (God)
Voiced by: Wakaba Murasaki (JP), Chad Cline (EN), Junko Minagawa (JP, The Last Story voice comic)

The head of the Sohma family, representing the God who commands the Zodiac. Despite her frail health, Akito is short-tempered, controlling, and abusive as a result of her crippling abandonment issues, and is in some way responsible for many of the issues currently plaguing the family.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Most other members of the Sohma clan can't stand her. Considering the fact that she's abused them all physically and verbally at least once, one can't really blame them.
  • All That Glitters: Akito was told that a small black box contained her father's soul. It didn't.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She's such a textbook case of Borderline Personality Disorder watching a montage of her scenes can practically serve as an intro to it.
  • Animal Motifs: Subverted in the manga, kind of played with in the anime—early on, she's frequently shown with birds. Small birds perching on her hand/shoulder, fluttering over her estate, lying dead in her room with the strong implication that she killed them etc. Turns out these were actually Kureno's animal motif. Presumably, Akito kept them around because they reminded her of him. In the anime, Kureno isn't present at all, but it's made very clear that Akito is not the rooster...
  • Antagonistic Offspring: There are multiple occasions in the manga where she tries to harm/kill her mother, Ren. Considering that Ren's abuse is the reason why she's violently possessive of the Zodiac members, it's hard not to see why Akito hates her mother.
  • Anti-Villain: By the end of the manga, it's revealed that there's not really a villain to begin with in the story (except maybe Ren), Akito fills this role because she is definitely seen as a villain to the younger Sohma family members for how she treats them.
  • Attention Whore: A very creepy and self-destructive version. Not as much as Ren, though.
  • Ax-Crazy: While she usually manages to hide it, give her a Villainous Breakdown and a knife...
  • Beautiful All Along: When dressed up in a female kimono, she's very beautiful. Lampshaded by Ritsu's comment when he gets to see dolled-up!Akito and is shocked by how gorgeous she looks.
  • Berserk Button:
    • If you're a Sohma, do NOT tell Akito you're leaving the family in ANY way.
    • Whether you're an outsider or family member, don't get close to any of the Zodiac members. You will regret it.
  • Bifauxnen: So much so that the revelation that Akito is not in fact male qualified as a Shocking Swerve.
  • Big Bad: Essentially the main villain of the story. Although her mother might be willing to steal that title from her.
  • Bokukko: Aside of being a Bifauxnen, she uses "boku" to refer to herself. She keeps doing so after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She has short hair as a result of her masculine upbringing.
  • Break the Cutie: Attempts this on Kisa and Tohru. Has this inflicted on her as a little girl, via Ren.
  • Broken Bird: Manifested less as hypercompetency or great worldliness, but rather through wild mood swings and constant abuse to the family members. All of which springs from a really bad childhood with a loving Disappeared Dad who died when she was a little girl, a very cruel and arguably crazy Evil Matriarch of a mother, and being forcefully raised as a boy to avoid being seen as a threat by said mother, who poisoned her with hatred and insecurity.
  • Corporal Punishment: On top of being a Manipulative Bitch. Some examples are: slapping Kisa on-screen in the anime (and apparently beating her bloody in the manga), slapping Momiji (and apparently Shigure) at least once, beating Yuki and Kyo in the past, throwing ceramics at Yuki and Hatori's faces (Hatori is almost blind in one eye as a result), throwing Rin out a window and later forcibly cutting her long hair before locking her up in a dark room, stabbing Kureno etc.
  • Crashing Dreams: Akito has a flashback dream where she asks Shigure if he loves her. After Shigure responds, gives her a flower and kisses her, he says her name, at which point so does Kureno, causing Akito to wake up in the car.
  • Creepy Child: As a kid, she's seen painting her room black and claiming she hates everyone, after she snaps as a product of Ren's psychological abuse.
  • Daddy's Girl: Akito's father loved her as much as possible while her mother rarely looked at her.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!:
    • Tells that to Tohru in the middle of a Villainous Breakdown in the manga.
    • Several desperate variations of this are scattered throughout the last third of the manga where it's revealed that Kureno's curse had already been broken a long time ago. Though it's not explicitly stated, a young Akito realizes that Kureno is looking at her differently after he is released with distant eyes - i.e. eyes that no longer understand the bond that Akito tried to hold onto so tightly and pity Akito for doing so. Akito cries for Kureno to stop looking at her like that and begs him to stay by her side. A similar instance occurs with Momiji. Really, anyone looking at her with 'those eyes' sets off this feeling in her, though she reacts in various ways - at the New Years Banquet during which Yuki tells Akito he's not going to blame Akito anymore, Akito is reminded of Kureno's look and smashes what seems to be a small sake bottle into his face.
  • Easily Forgiven: The Sohma come to forgive, while Rin doesn't, and hates herself for it. This is because they were so over her by that point (especially with the power of Tohru's healing personality), that they didn't even hold a grudge against her (except Rin).
  • Electra Complex: She loved her father Akira but hated her mother Ren, although it's partly her Evil Matriarch Ren's fault.
  • Evil Plan: Originally it was to possess the Zodiac, then it became drive Tohru away and then possess the Zodiac.
  • Eye Scream: Performed on Hatori and very nearly on Yuki.
  • Fauxshadow: She does a Heel–Face Turn about 30 chapters later.
  • Female Misogynist: Akito hates women despite being a woman herself. More specifically, Akito hates women who try taking the Sohmas away (even if they're Sohmas themselves), due to Ren's abuse.
  • Flower Motifs: Associated with red camellias (benitsubaki), which are a symbol of love in the language of flowers. This is also the kind of flower Shigure gave her when she was little and he confessed his love.
  • Freudian Excuse: ...Except it really isn't an excuse. More like a "List of Grievances". After her father died, Ren made her life miserable, raised her as a boy, and constantly pounded it into her that she was alone and no one would ever love her.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Akito" is generally a male name. Combined with her masculine appearance, this managed to fool readers (and some other characters) into believing she was male right up until the Unsettling Gender Reveal.
  • Gender Flip: Because the anime stopped before Volume 17 was released, the animators made Akito biologically male. They make it very clear.
  • God in Human Form: Akito is the "God" of the Zodiac, who the other Zodiac members have a psychic link to. Aside from this, though, she doesn't have any kind of godlike power.
  • Hates Being Alone: She fears being alone/abandoned so much that she rules the Zodiac by fear to keep them from leaving. Her mother is responsible for this.
  • Heel–Face Turn: She eventually reforms in the manga, in part due to Tohru's kindness.
  • Homeschooled Kids: She was homeschooled during her high school years, due to her frail health.
  • I Control My Minions Through...: While not minions per se, Akito keeps the Sohma family under her thumb through fear. When Yuki forgives her and makes it clear he's no longer afraid of her, Akito flips out since it means her power over the Zodiac is waning.
  • Ill Girl: More in the anime than the manga. The manga implies that Akito gets sick or at least pretends to get sick when she throws fits. After learning that Kureno freed Rin from captivity, for example, Akito refuses to eat because "her heart is in pain".
  • Knight of Cerebus: Every time she makes a major appearance, the series gets irreversibly darker in tone and drama.
  • Let Me at Him!: The older Sohma members have had to hold Akito back from continuing to beat other members of the family on numerous occasions.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Almost always seen in a male kimono, but is seen in suits during functions out of the Sohma estate and a longsleeved turtleneck during the one instance at Tohru's high school. Towards the end of the manga, she wears a female kimono.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Can keep the Sohma under a tight leash with mood swings and abuse.
  • Mind Rape: Akito is both a perpetrator and a victim. Thank you, Ren.
  • Mood-Swinger: Can be calm one moment and having a screaming tantrum the next, though this is partly done on purpose in order to keep the members of the Zodiac in line.
  • Never My Fault: Akito cannot fathom being to blame for anything. Have sex with Kureno even though Shigure clearly loves her, and then kick Shigure off the Sohma estate when he sleeps with her mother as Revenge? It's her Zodiac to do with as she pleases. Lock somebody in isolation when they try to steal a "special" box that Akito knows is clearly empty? It's perfectly justified and what on earth is Kureno thinking betraying Akito and freeing said person from harm? And then Hatsuharu calls her out for almost killing Isuzu twice because she hates women for no good reason. Akito counters with telling him that it was really his fault that she was put in danger at all because he dated Isuzu anyway knowing that Akito hated her. Surprisingly, Hatsuharu agrees that he is partially to blame for Isuzu's suffering.
    • A particularly vicious example can also be found when Akito attacks Hatori with what looks like a vase, blinding him in one eye, and immediately starts asking the maimed doctor "Hatori, what's wrong?" before accusing Kana, Hatori's innocent would-be fiancee, of being responsible for Hatori's pain. Kana ends up agreeing, and the whole situation goes downhill from there.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had she not said yes to the presence of Tohru in Shigure's household, the curse would never have been broken.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Despite being a Domestic Abuser towards the Zodiac members, Akito loves getting close to them, especially the boys and men.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: This is said whenever a Zodiac member's curse is lifted. This is a result of her mother's abuse. When Kureno's curse is lifted, she went ballistic and started screaming hysterically. Momiji's curse breaking, however, is a little calmer and she asks him to stay with her and be taken care of by her. He didn't accept her offer, though. By the time she has a chance to talk to Hiro, she's already mellowed out and doesn't ask him to stay. Plus, the curse breaks completely shortly after.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She's essentially the same at age 19 as she was when she was little: a Spoiled Brat with a god complex and crippling fear of abandonment. All thanks to mental and emotional abuse from her mother, who's even worse in this regard.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: She has always known she's a girl and identifies as such too, but Ren demanded her to be raised as a boy before she was born because of her insane, petty jealousy, under the excuse that a "female leader" would make the Sohmas look bad.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Was veeeeeeeery close to doing this, and it's implied she would have totally done it without remorse if Hiro hadn't been released from the curse at that exact moment and distracted Akito from doing so.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Just one member of the Sohma family trying to leave is more than enough for Akito to flip her shit.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To her mother. Shigure notes Ren looks like Akito would've looked like, had she been raised as a woman.
  • Tomboyish Name: Akito is a masculine Japanese name. Her mother raised her as a boy under the excuse that a "female leader" would make the Sohmas look bad.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Her father's death, Kureno's curse breaking, and Ren's mental abuse did a real number on her as a child.
  • Troubled Abuser: Ren made Akito's life a living hell, for a reason as petty and stupid as being jealous of her husband's love towards their child. Between that, a somewhat justified god complex, and quite possibly a predisposition toward mental illness (also courtesy of Ren), it's not all that surprising Akito turned out the way she did.
  • Tsundere: She was on her way to become one, until Ren's abuse finally got to her head and she became a Yandere. Yuki recalls her yelling at him once, then stopping herself and gently picking up a bowl.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Everyone not in the know (except Uotani) reacts like this to The Reveal about Akito's gender and identification. Then there was the fanbase's reaction...
    • A good example is what happened to Tohru when she (and the fanbase) learned about it through Kureno. Apparently, she was so shocked that she stood in the snow for hours.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Various flashbacks reveal that Akito was very kind and gentle as a child. Yuki recalls that Akito was a nice playmate and never did anything worse than occasionally yell at Yuki when impatient (like during one his asthma coughing fits), but would quickly calm down and be nice again. Then one day Akito snapped due to Ren's abuse, painted her walls black, and tortured Yuki physically and psychologically from then on. It all went downhill from there.
  • Villainous Breakdown: An absolutely epic one.
  • What Have I Become?: Towards the end of the series, she realizes what she has become and is horrified by her actions.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: A good part of Akito's Manipulative Bastard strategy.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Whether or not one can excuse her actions, Akito counts. Despite beating the living daylights out of several Zodiac members for the majority of their childhood(s) and emotionally abusing everyone, Tohru can't help but feel sorry for her. One, she learned just how badly Akito herself was emotionally abused, and how her upbringing influenced her outlook on life. The psychological abuse heaped onto her by her mother and Evil Matriarch extraordinaire, Ren, led to a pathological fear of abandonment, driving her to do anything to make sure no one will leave her. Being told that no one loves you, everyone will abandon you, and no one even respects you, and having your boyfriend sleep with Ren to spite you for sleeping with another man (which you partly did to get back at said boyfriend, and partly to stop said man from abandoning you) will do that to you.
  • Yandere: Akito is very mentally unstable and is willing to do anything to keep members the Zodiac from leaving and being loved by other people. It certainly doesn't help that she's the daughter of another Yandere, one who was more than willing to abort her out of jealousy.

Other Zodiac Members

    General Zodiac Tropes 
The other cursed members of the Sohma family.
  • Abusive Parents: More often than not, the curse causes their parents to treat them badly, with indifference at best and physical, mental, and emotional abuse at worst. Hiro, Kisa, Haru, and Ritsu seem to be on good terms with their parents, but that doesn't preclude not getting mistreated by other members of the family.
  • Animorphism: They change into animals when hugged by a person of the opposite sex.
  • Eastern Zodiac: Thirteen individuals turn into the twelve animals of the Zodiac and the cat; they are then greatly associated with said animals in appearance, personality, and relationships.
  • Hereditary Curse: They are cursed to turn into animals of the Eastern Zodiac when they are hugged by someone of the opposite sex that is not also subject to the curse. It's later revealed that there's another part to the curse: each cursed member finds it impossible to act in any way that isn't subservient to the family member cursed to be the reincarnation of the God of the Zodiac when in their presence.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: They can't control the transition from animal to person and vice versa.
  • Kissing Cousins: Romantic relationships between them aren't frowned down upon despite all being related; it's implied that the Sohma family is just that big that it's probably inconsequential in terms of genetics.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: The curse greatly restricts the social freedom of the afflicted and binds them to the head of the Sohma family. Emphasized more in the events after the anime.

     Shigure Sohma (The Dog)
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)

The Dog of the Zodiac, and the owner of the house in which Kyo, Yuki, and Tohru live. Shigure is an author who writes both serious literature and trashy romance. While teasing and kind, he is much more manipulative than he lets on. He is good friends with Ayame and Hatori, and possesses complicated feelings for Akito.

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Comedic moments aside, Shigure of the anime seems a lot more tortured in regards to involving Tohru with the Sohma family's affairs (going so far as to actually stop Akito from verbally abusing Tohru in the woods and subsequently begging her to go after Kyo for everyone's sake) than the absolutely unrepentant Shigure of the manga.
  • Bishie Sparkle: When he sings about high school girls.
  • Bishōnen: When he goes to Tohru's school, several of her classmates mention how good looking he is, and one of Mitsu's coworkers stated that she was attracted to his good looks as well.
  • The Chessmaster: It's strongly implied that Shigure knew how to break the curse and started moving things into place once he found someone who could do it. He's not too proud of this, even though he did it to save them all and win Akito's love (well, it's mostly about getting Akito- the rest is a nice bonus, but it's not why he tries to break the curse). Said manipulations included sleeping with Ren (who he said looked like what Akito raised as a girl would look like) and being deliberately distant with her.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He often jokes about liking "high school girls!" (and, heck, he probably means it), but apart from some harmless flirting he never acts on it. Not even when Rin offers herself to him.
  • Ephebophile: Flirts openly with high school aged Tohru when he first meets her, is eager to meet her friends before Kyou describes how...colorful they are, buys her a blatantly Fanservice-y Meido outfit for White Day hoping she'll clean his house in it, and goes to Tohru's high school under the pretense of retrieving her belongings when he was really going to check out the high school girls (sings a little song about it, too). Averted with Isuzu when she offers her body if he tells her how to break the curse, but in full force when played for laughs, namely when he laments that Hatori didn't tell him he was going to give her a check up.
  • Foil: To Hatori. Both have been important figures to Akito's life since her birth, but Shigure finds it unforgivable that Akito slept with Kureno, and even exacts his own twisted sort of revenge by sleeping with the person Akito hated the most rather than forgiving her as Hatori does for everything. Shigure is unrepentant if he ends up putting people within Akito's line of fire as long as he gets his desired results, and seems downright callous and indifferent when he hears about other zodiac members' abuse at Akito's hands. Shigure also refuses to act as one of Akito's caretakers out of a sense of duty to her as the head of the family or the God of the zodiac.
  • Friends with Benefits: With Mayu, though it was a mutual arrangement from the start — Shigure said "You're lonely, I'm bored — let's date". It was never a genuine romantic relationship, they were aware of it, and in the end Mayu broke it off after a month because she just couldn't keep pretending it was.
  • The Gadfly: Shigure happens to push his editor's buttons to the point where she's about a hair away from committing suicide, but he never does so out of maliciousness, he just likes pushing other people's buttons.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He sleeps with Ren to retaliate against Akito for sleeping with Kureno. He and Akito were not in a romantic relationship at the time.
  • Harem Nanny: Takes care of Yuki, followed by Tohru and Kyo.
  • I Banged Your Mom: Turns out he once slept with Akito's mother, Ren. He claims this was only because she slept with Kureno (and because Ren looked like Akito would've looked like, had she been raised as a woman). Akito got so upset about this that she immediately kicked him out of the main Sohma estate.
  • It Amused Me: Flirts between this and For the Evulz when it comes to Akito, though Kureno and Hatori note that whatever Shigure says around Akito tends to hurt more than help anything. Played completely straight whenever he and Tohru's teacher Mayuko encounter each other - he ends up attending as Tohru's parent at her parent-teacher conference, and he's more than delighted when Mayu is completely disgusted seeing him in Hatori's suit.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the start of the series, when Shigure and Yuki discover Tohru camping in the wilderness behind their home, Shigure reacts by pointing and laughing uproariously. He quickly becomes protective of Tohru, to the point where Hanajima and Uotani liken him to a grandfather spoiling his granddaughter.
  • Karma Houdini: Arguably, his manipulations and mind screws (especially in regards to Akito, the girl he loves and yet still manipulates) never got him in real trouble.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In the manga, especially towards Rin and Akito. To his credit, he didn't take Rin's offer, but he still manipulated Akito. Shigure himself lampshades this, calling himself 'the dirtiest one of all,' because he is willing to use everyone to achieve his goals.
    • It may take more than one read-through to realize it, but almost everything Shigure does, from asking Akito to allow Tohru to live in his home to being decidedly 'cruel' towards Akito to telling Tohru to leave the house for an errand at exactly the same time Kureno would be out on the street waiting for her is actually completely planned. Seriously.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes, when conversations turn serious, he turns to this so he can keep up the facade that he knows more than he lets on. When he's not doing this, he's probably manipulating you.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Tohru knows nothing about his true nature and it scares the hell out of her to the point of driving her to tears when he honestly tells her the nature of the curse and what he (and the rest of the zodiac) really thinks about Kyo's place among them.
  • Papa Wolf: Shigure dotes on Tohru quite a bit, although whether or not it's for his own personal gain is another matter. It's a little more obvious in the anime, where he actually tells Akito to leave Tohru alone by the end and actually gets up to stop Akito from ripping Tohru's hair out.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Sorta, as Yuki's caretaker. Also present, to some extent, in his relationship with Tohru.
    • Completely averted in regards to Akito. When being questioned by Hatori and Kureno as to why Shigure's so cruel to Akito in the last parts of the manga, Shigure's response is that there are enough people being so 'gentle' with her and that he doesn't want to become yet another one of Akito's replacements for her "father".
  • The Plan: The driving plot of the manga is Shigure trying to use Tohru to break Akito's ties with the zodiac so he can have her to himself.
  • Shipper on Deck: He was a real jerk about it, but it's his actions that ultimately lead to Mayuko and Hatori dating.

     Kagura Sohma (The Boar)
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP, drama CD), Kotono Mitsuishi (JP, series), Meredith McCoy (EN)

The Boar of the Zodiac. A strong-willed, impulsive young woman who has deep feelings for Kyo; despite constantly beating him up and berating him she insists they're engaged.

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tohru.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Happens a lot in her first appearance, like when she beats the tar out of Kyo in a fit of passion, snaps out of it, sees him beat up, and cries "My love! Who could have done this to you?!" Also when she tells Kyo she would forgive him if he cheated on her, but when she believes Tohru loves him she instantly beats the stuffing out of him for being "unfaithful." Lampshaded frequently by Shigure and Yuki.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She eventually realizes that Kyo doesn't love her in the same way and openly accepts his relationship with Tohru.
  • It's All About Me: Took Kyo's beads against his protests when they were small children, then ran away when she saw his true form, which caused his mother to stop letting him out, till the pressure of hiding her "monstrous" son to drove her to commit suicide. Rather than acknowledge how much pain this caused Kyo, she instead focused on and tried to hide her own guilt by convincing herself that she loved him, and tried to force him to love her back. By the time we find this out, it's through a confession that reveals she's moved beyond that.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's a 20-year-old college student, and she both looks and acts like a high schooler.
  • Properly Paranoid: In her first appearance, she worries about Kyo living in a house with Tohru lest he eventually fall for her. She's right.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Receives a swift but brutal one from Rin, regarding her feelings toward Kyo. "How sad that you keep forcing yourself on him and calling it love." This eventually forces Kagura to acknowledge and correct this.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Knows martial arts and has violent outbursts, but has a very girly sense of style.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's uber sweet around her friends and family, but very aggressive when around Kyo.
  • Yandere: At worst, she's this when around Kyo. Unlike Akito, though, her violence is played more for laughs and she doesn't cause any physical damage.

     Momiji Sohma (The Rabbit)
Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (JP, drama CD), Kouki Miyata (JP, The Last Story voice comic), Ayaka Saitou (JP, series), Kimberly Grant (EN)

The Rabbit of the Zodiac, and the son of one of the richest members of the Sohma clan. His German mother was horrified by the Sohma curse and had all memories of him erased. Momiji is androgynous, childish, and likes dressing in women's clothing, but possesses great empathy and intuition about others. He is very fond of Tohru.

  • All Love Is Unrequited: He truly does love Tohru, but he never confesses because he knows she doesn't love him back, at least not in the relationship sense.
  • Big Brother Instinct: For his little sister, Momo. Even though she doesn't know about their relation, he still looks after her. In fact, she asks him to be her "big brother", which he happily accepts.
  • Bishōnen: Once he has a growth spurt in the manga.
  • Brought Down to Normal: He's freed from the curse in volume 20, with Hiro following shortly after.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half German.
  • Cuddle Bug: Loves hugging people, especially Tohru, even though it means he'll transform.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Loves Tohru, but knows full well that he isn't who Tohru wants, and he tells Kyo as much.
  • Dramatic Irony: His mother had her memory of him erased and only knows him as a random Sohma child, and his little sister Momo doesn't know he exists, but his mother expresses concern that "his mother" will worry, and his sister asks to act as her big brother.
  • Free-Range Children: Lives in a house all to himself since his dad had his mom's memories erased. While he has servants and the occasional babysitting relative (like Hatori), for the most part he's left free to go wherever he wants.
  • Gratuitous German: In the manga, he'll occasionally sprinkle words and phrases in his dialogue.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Nice, affectionate, helpful, a great kid.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Later in the manga. Also invoked when he first enrolled in school. Hatsuharu argued that it should be okay for Momiji to wear the girl's uniform when he starts high school, because once he grows up more, he'll look very nice in the boy's uniform. Evidently, he was correct.
  • Hollywood Genetics: Blonde German mother plus dark-haired Japanese father equals blonde son, apparently. Same for his sister Momo.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: His mother called him "that thing" in his flashbacks.
  • More Than Mind Control: His mama readily agreed to the memory wipe because she didn't want to remember him. Even after forgetting he's her boy she still distances herself from him; for example she never smiles when she sees him, and when her daughter points out the obvious resemblance between them she firmly denies that he looks anything like her.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Especially towards Tohru - his excitement at meeting a woman outside of the zodiac led him to hug Tohru in a public place, and he continues to glomp her as a greeting later in the manga.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Or rather immaturity. He displays seriousness at some points in the manga, which is usually quickly followed with childish antics. It's implied that he's more mature than he looks, and puts on a cheerful, childish facade.
  • Older Than He Looks: Looks and acts like a child, but is actually the same age as Hatsuharu.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of Momiji's parents decided to erase his mother's memories of him and cast him out of their house to hide his existence from her and his younger sister.
  • Precocious Crush: While he's really only a year younger than Tohru, his childish appearance and behavior makes his feelings for her come off as this.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Says something like this when Akito asks him to stay and be taken care of by her once his curse lifts. Akito doesn't take this well.
  • Stepford Smiler: His mother's reaction to his cursed form hurt him terribly, but he pretends it doesn't bother him.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: With his mother and little sister. Said little sister quickly latches onto him as a brother figure, despite not being told they're related, just based how strongly he looks like her and her mama.
  • Wham Line: [smiling] "Oh, Mama doesn't know I exist."
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Sometimes dresses up in female clothes.
  • Wild Child: Occasionally acts like this since he has no real adult supervision.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Occasionally displays this, like when he tells the story of the foolish traveler.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Rare male example due to cross-dressing.

     Hatori Sohma (The Dragon)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

The Dragon of the Zodiac (despite turning into a seahorse instead of a literal dragon), and the family doctor. Serious and reserved, Hatori is responsible for Akito's health as well as erasing all memories that may interfere with the Sohma family's affairs. Hatori is almost blind in one eye as a result of an incident involving Akito in the past. He is good friends with Shigure and Ayame.

  • The Atoner: Shigure's discussions with Hatori indicate that Hatori feels very guilty about his role in the family as the memory-wiper, especially as the one who had to erase the memories of all of Yuki's friends when they were younger. It's also implied that his closeness with Momiji is a result of his guilt from being the one to wipe his mother's memories.
  • Berserk Button:
    • A more emotionally subdued version but he's very self-conscious about his zodiac form.
    • A bit of a subtle one: compare him to Shigure at all and he may throw a bit of a fit. When Tohru notes that his hair is growing out so much that it reminds her of Shigure, his immediate reaction is to say he's gonna cut it soon. When Shigure borrows a suit from him for Tohru's parent-teacher conference and tries to return it after, Hatori's response is to tell him to burn it (and it's worth noting that it's a 300000 yen (~$2800) suit!)
  • Bilingual Bonus: Hatori turns into a seahorse instead of a dragon. A Japanese word for seahorse is 竜の落し子 ("tatsu no otoshigo"), which translates to "dragon's baby."
  • Bishōnen: Similar to the other members of the Zodiac and the Sohma in general. Kakeru asks if there's something he eats to be so good looking.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To balance out the over-the-top Ayame and Shigure.
  • Eye Scream: Akito nearly blinded him in one eye after he said he wished to marry Kana.
  • Foil: To Shigure. Both have been important figures in Akito's life, but Hatori holds nothing against Akito and he still takes care of Akito into adulthood regardless of what Akito has done to him. Hatori is also genuinely upset at his inability to protect the younger characters from Akito's wrath. One conversation with Shigure also indicates that despite his disapproval at how Shigure sets things in motion with regards to Akito and the rest of the family, he thinks that what Shigure is doing is better than his neutrality that keeps him from doing anything as someone that respects Akito's position as head of the family as well as her place as God.
  • Hospital Hottie: He's the family doctor.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: After Akito flipped out over Hatori's engagement to Kana and hurt his eye, Kana blamed herself for his injury and eventually became sick from the traumatic incident. To free Kana from her guilt and pain, Hatori erased her memories.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Akito to a certain extent - it seems like after her father died, Akito frequently turned to the older zodiac members for familial comfort and as an adult, Akito turns to Hatori for support on the rare occasion when Kureno isn't around. Unlike Shigure, Hatori doesn't abandon this duty in place of a grudge, and doesn't seem to genuinely hold a grudge for what happened to Kana or his eye.
  • Love Martyr: Hatori doesn't spend as much time with Akito as Kureno does, but the situation is similar in that he doesn't seek company outside of the Sohma family because caring for Akito takes up much of his time. That, and Akito didn't take it so well the first time Hatori put another woman before Akito in his life.
  • Manly Tears: He cried the first time Kana told him she loved him.
  • Memory-Wiping Crew: He's the one in charge of erasing the memories of the people who discover the Sohma family's curse.
  • Not So Above It All: Has a few of moments of not being completely mature and poised. He tricked Yuki and Kyo into taking a photo of them seemingly smiling together only to playfully give the camera to Tohru by putting on her head. He gave Shigure more injections than necessary because the latter was being annoying. He also threatened to tell Shigure's colleagues every embarrassing story he knew about him since he was four if he told Tohru the secret of his zodiac form.
  • Office Romance: With Kana. They fell in love while she was working as his assistant.
  • Only Sane Man: He's the serious, levelheaded foil to his best friends Shigure and Ayame.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His bangs completely cover his hurt left eye.
  • Seahorses Are Dragons: He's the Dragon of the zodiac. He actually transforms into a seahorse.

     Hatsuharu Sohma (The Ox)
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (JP), Justin Cook (EN)

The Ox of the Zodiac, who possesses something of a Split Personality. "White Haru" is a soft-spoken, spacey young man, but "Black Haru" is perverted and short-tempered. He is protective of the younger members of the Zodiac.

  • Berserk Button:
    • He does not like being called dumb, since while growing up a lot of people joked about his being "the dumb ox" of the zodiac.
    • His biggest button is abusing Rin. He told off her mother when they were little children because she didn't care that Rin had been hospitalised. It only got bigger as he and Rin grew up.
  • Big Brother Instinct: To Kisa. After she ran away from home, he ventured out into the rain looking for her, not caring if he got sick in the process. He also hangs around Shigure's house (where Kisa temporarily stays), making sure that she's doing alright. He even hugs her after she speaks for the first time in a while.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Hiro. He's hilariously unaware of it.
  • Bi the Way: Tells Tohru that Yuki was his first love, and he's currently in love with Rin.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Rin. They used to play together as kids, even before her parents disowned her.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Says odd, almost random things some times, and other times says things in such a way that people don't understand him.
    "A teacher said he didn't like my hair, so now I have to get my ears pierced."
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When he becomes Black Haru.
  • Duality Motif: He has hair that's white with black roots, making it look white on top and black toward the bottom. Hence, his Split Personalities are known as White Haru and Black Haru.
  • Establishing Character Moment: A couple of girls on the street gush about how handsome and badass he looks in all that biker leather, thinking he must be a bad boy off to a club. Just when they decide to go talk to him, he puts on his biker gloves and goggles and gets dramatically onto his bike... which turns out to be a common bicycle, complete with a dinging bell. The scene establishes how hardass he looks outside, but how young and spacey he is inside.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: A look he shares with Rin.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Hits one when he realized how much he contributed to Rin's pain.
  • Likes Older Women: In the manga, he's involved with Isuzu, who is two years older than him. There's also the implication that he (or at least Black Haru) is attracted to Tohru who is a year older than him.
  • A Load of Bull: He does transform into an ox.
  • Multicolored Hair: Part white, part black. Prompts a Crowning Moment of Funny when he drags the student council president into the men's room to "prove" it's natural.
  • No Sense of Direction: When they were kids, Kyo had to hold his hand and lead him to the bathroom. At his introduction he states he was 'lost in the dark heart of the urban jungle' for three days.
  • Split Personality: Black Haru. Normal (White) Haru is soft-spoken and relaxed. Black Haru is lecherous, violent, and very short-tempered.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: You guessed it, Black Haru.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Black Haru can express himself as a a teasing, provocative asshole most of the time, but the first moment he genuinely snaps out of rage rather than just petty irritation makes it clear that things can become dangerous if you're in a room with him when he does. In the manga, he destroys his classroom when Rin dumps him, unbeknownst to him, for his own safety.
    • Played straight and then averted when he confronts Akito over what happened to Rin. He's pretty close to wrecking Akito until Kureno manages to tell him where Rin is, which is the moment he turns around and seeks Rin out.

     Ayame Sohma (The Snake)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (JP, drama CD), Mitsuru Miyamoto (JP, series), Christopher Sabat (EN)

The Snake of the Zodiac, and older brother to Yuki. Gregarious, flirtatious, flamboyant, and self-centered, Ayame runs a shop that sells custom-made costumes. He has a complicated relationship with his younger brother, and is good friends with Shigure and Hatori.

  • Aloof Big Brother: In the Back Story. By the time the series starts, he's gotten over it.
  • The Atoner: Feels guilty for his treatment of Yuki when they were kids, and for how he treated a girl who loved him when he was in school.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Eventually develops this towards Yuki in an attempt to make up for his mistreatment of his brother during their younger days.
  • Big Damn Heroes: To Yuki during a parent/teacher conference. Yuki's emotionally abusive mother overrides his wishes for his future, coldly shuts down his objections to her steamrolling him, and starts to make him feel like a helpless child at her mercy again. Then Ayame busts in with his usual pomp and regalia, carelessly overrides his mother's objections to him being there, and cooly shuts her down when she tries to exert control over Yuki again. This causes her to Rage Quit and leave in a huff. It's also the first time Yuki is genuinely happy that Ayame is in his life.
  • Bishōnen: Considering he's Yuki's brother...
  • Bi the Way: He's unapologetically and indiscriminately flirtatious, doesn't think twice about snuggling close to Kyo while he sleeps, and in his student council president days, offered to let all the boys in his high school channel any scandalous desires towards him. He's also happily dating Mine.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Much more than Shigure. He always makes perverted comments towards Tohru, which always make Yuki and Kyo mad.
  • Determinator: He will mend bridges and bond with Yuki, no matter how many times the kid loses his temper with him and throws him out.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: It's the long hair and his effeminate behavior.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Ayame" is usually a girl's name.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Played for laughs with Shigure as a long-running joke between them.
  • It's All About Me: Played for Laughs a lot, but it's also a genuine character flaw that has caused him to be callous to Yuki and others. When he finds out a girl he had been cluelessly cruel to in high-school is in town, he's all in a tizzy to comfort her, thinking she must have been broken and mooning over him all these years. Then he finds out she'd simply moved on and is Happily Married.
  • Large Ham: It's refered to as "steamrolling people with his personality."
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Has long white hair and fine features.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Ayame eats his soba, with great confidence.
  • My Greatest Failure: While it took years to sink in, in the long run the day he callously brushed Yuki away when he literally reached out to him for help (while Yuki was being severely emotionally abused by Akito with their mother's consent) is not something he can forgive himself for. He also feels terrible for indifferently shrugging off the romantic confession of a girl he went to high school with.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Justified when he's in snake form, as he's extremely susceptible to the cold and needs to rely on another person's body heat. Not that this explains him from getting into bed with Kyo (fully clothed) in the middle of the night and snuggling close.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Down to his back.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems to support Yuki/Tohru and Kyo/Kagura judging by how he wants to embroider "I live for Kagura" on Kyo's clothing and "I live for Yuki" on Tohru's clothing. Then again, Yuki is his brother and Yuki has a crush on Tohru for most of the series, so it makes sense that Ayame would ship her with his little brother.
    • Later when Kakeru lets Ayame know about Yuki and Machi's growing relationship, he immediately supports them together showing that it doesn't matter who his brother ends up with, as long as he's with someone he loves.
  • True Companions: The Mabudachi Trio (with Shigure and Hatori)
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Not so much because he'll do anything to get what he wants, it's that he'll do what he wants - with all sorts of flowers, frill, and flair - that he thinks will help convey his point the best (his 'brotherly love' for Yuki being the best example).

     Kisa Sohma (The Tiger)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Kate Bristol (EN)

The Tiger of the Zodiac. Kisa is very shy, sensitive, and withdrawn, and suffers school bullying as a result of her curse. After Tohru helps her through it, she starts looking up to her as a big sister figure.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Her classmates hate her for her unusual looks.
  • Big Sister Worship: She adores Tohru and refers to her as "Nee-chan".
  • Break the Cutie: Courtesy of her classmates bullying her for her unusual hair and eye colors, laughing whenever she tried to speak and then ultimately ignoring her.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Hiro's Brooding Boy.
  • Cat Girl: Occasionally sprouts tiger ears and a tail in relation to her curse.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair and gold eyes. Since neither of these hair or eye colors are viewed as natural in this story, though, she ends up being bullied for it.
  • Cute Kitten: Her curse has her turn into an adorable tiger cub, and she's already cute as a button as a human girl.
  • Elective Mute: When she's first introduced, she refuses to speak since her classmates bullied her by laughing whenever she tried to say anything. After Tohru's kind treatment encourages her to come out of her shell, she starts talking more often.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: One of the most innocent characters in the series. Unfortunately, her golden hair is part of what causes her to be bullied.
  • Hero Worship: She completely adores Tohru.
  • Morality Chain: When it comes to Tohru, she plays this role for Hiro.
  • Onee-sama: Views Tohru as this; adores her and follows her like a duckling.
  • Puppy Love: With Hiro.
  • Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: A victim of the "ignoring" one. Her classmates would also laugh whenever she tried to speak up, which leads to her refusing to speak at all.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She has golden eyes as a side effect of the Sohma family curse. Her unnatural eye color (along with having naturally blonde hair) is what leads her to be bullied by her classmates.

     Hiro Sohma (The Sheep)
Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (JP), Aaron Dismuke (EN)

The Sheep of the Zodiac, and the youngest of the cursed Sohmas. Hiro was Kisa's best friend in elementary, but he withdrew from her after Akito reacted negatively to hearing that Hiro loved her. Hiro is prickly and easily riled up, and takes a bit longer to warm up to Tohru than everyone else does.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Invoked in the manga after the birth of his younger sister, Hinata. Present to an extent in his desire to protect Kisa and Rin, although he's younger than both of them.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Especially when he first appears. He thankfully gets better as the manga goes on.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Kisa's Gentle Girl.
  • Brought Down to Normal: His curse is broken in volume 20, shortly after Momiji's.
  • Failure Knight: Thinks he failed to protect Kisa from Akito's fury and that's why she was hurt; he fears staying close to Kisa will draw Akito's wrath to her again. Later, he blames himself for not being able to aid Rin, having witnessed how Akito threw her off the second story of a building from a window and being too paralyzed to react in time.
  • Good Parents: Notable in that it is almost unheard of in this series. Unlike most of the Zodiac, Hiro has kind parents who love him just as he is.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Lashes out against Tohru for her close friendship with Kisa that comforted Kisa when he couldn't. Realizes this was a dumb move when Kisa warns him to back off.
  • Secret Keeper: For most of the manga, the truth about Rin's injuries. It weighs heavily on him. And he breaks down in tears when he can't hold back anymore and explains the truth to Haru.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: One of the few people not immediately charmed by Tohru, he at first actively baits her. See Green-Eyed Monster.
  • Straight Man: Becomes this a few times in the Beach arc after he decides to cool his hostility towards Tohru compared to Cloud Cuckoo Lander Tohru and occasionally Kisa.
  • Too Clever by Half: Very smart for his age and knows it. This usually doesn't keep his mouth from getting him in trouble or give him the emotional maturity to handle difficult situations.
  • Tsundere: To Kisa. Eventually acts this way to a degree with Tohru as well; while Hiro is never as effusively affectionate toward Tohru as most of the other cursed Sohmas, he does show genuine concern for her and her well-being.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: His mother is a dangerous mix of Cute Clumsy Girl and The Ditz, which sometimes makes him panic.

     Ritsu Sohma (The Monkey)
Voiced by: Mina Tominaga (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)

The Monkey of the Zodiac, a beautiful but near-hysterical young man. Ritsu prefers dressing in women's clothing.

  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: The root of his problems. It was played for laughs initially, but then he explained it to Tohru...poor guy.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Hopes to one day be as confident as Ayame. At least the poor sucker has a goal...
  • Important Haircut: In the final chapter of the manga, now that the curse is broken, Ritsu has cut his hair short and doesn't dress like a girl anymore.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He tells Yuki that he's starting to look more like his brother, but Yuki views this more as an insult more than a compliment.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's very sensitive, wears female clothes, and has long brown hair.
  • Large Ham: Because he apologizes that loudly and repeatedly.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: You may be noticing a pattern in the Sohma family being good-looking.
  • Nervous Wreck: He's constantly on the verge of having a mental breakdown. Unlike the other Sohmas, this is actually played more for laughs than anything.
  • Pair the Spares: With Mitsuru. They bond over their shared status as Nervous Wrecks.
  • Shrinking Violet: Even more so than his mother.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: One of the solutions he tried to not remain quite so insecure.

     Isuzu "Rin" Sohma (The Horse)

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP, The Last Story voice comic)

The Horse of the Zodiac and a manga-only character. Cold, stubborn, and fiercely independent, Rin is very closed-off as a result of her very abusive and traumatic past.

  • Abusive Parents: Mom and Dad pretended to love her, until she noticed their love was fake. They became horribly abusive afterwards, until Kagura and her parents found out and took Rin into their custody; she was so badly damaged, though, that she simply couldn't bond with them despite their good intentions.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Often acts irritable with Tohru because she worries about her.
  • Bad Dreams: Thanks to her Abusive Parents and Akito.
  • Broken Bird: Her Abusive Parents damaged her so badly that she finds it incredibly difficult to open up and bond with people.
  • Brutal Honesty: Rin does not mince words.
  • Destination Defenestration: When Akito confronts her in regards to her and Haru, Rin says she's the one who started their relationship. An enraged Akito throws her out the second floor window. She survives, but is seriously injured.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: When she meets Tohru and is awed by her kindness and warmth, Isuzu hates herself for wanting to confide in her and cry on her shoulder.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Tohru's reaction after seeing her naked (post-transformation).
  • Hime Cut: This hairstyle (long length, even and straight bangs, and sidelocks) fits her Elegant Gothic Lolita theme. The personality traits are more of a mixed bag due to her parent's abuse.
  • Ill Girl:
    • Her traumatic past cause her health problems more than once. Specifically, she has stomach ulcerae and often is bed-ridden due to them.
    • She also has a few psychological problems, indicated by her hallucinating that Tohru is her mother whom she is begging not to be angry with her.
  • Loners Are Freaks: She never made many friends due to her parents' abuse, her health problems putting her in and out of the hospital, and her own distant personality. The only people she really bonds with are Hatsuharu, and later Tohru.
  • Ms. Fanservice: By Word of God, "she's the character in charge of sexiness." Thankfully, she has enough of a complex personality that this isn't all there is to her.
  • Morality Pet: To Black Haru, enough that when Akito throws her out of a window, he goes ballistic and tries to kill her.
  • Odd Friendship: Eventually develops this with Tohru, since she's still aloof and stand-offish, while Tohru is... well, Tohru.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: In-series she's called more often by her nickname "Rin" than by her given name "Isuzu". Her nickname is tied to her real name in two ways; "Rin" is an alternate reading of the second kanji of "Isuzu" (鈴) and the kanji in question means "bell", while "rin" would refer to a bell's "ring".
  • Picky Eater: Due to her stomach ulcer. She only really likes gelatin.
  • Please, I Will Do Anything!: She offers herself to Shigure to get him to tell her how to break the curse. Thankfully, Shigure declines.
  • Reality Ensues: Rin had hoped that ending the curse would also end her pain. It doesn't. She's upset to learn that ending the curse doesn't magically end a lifetime of horrific emotional scars.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a swift but brutal one to Kagura during her Establishing Character Moment.
    Rin: It's sad how you force yourself on him and call it love.
    Kagura: (stunned and hurt) ... How could you say that?
    Rin: Well, it's true, isn't it?
  • Scars Are Forever: Has heavy scars on her back, thanks to her evil parents.
  • Screw Destiny: She actively tries to break the curse.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: Defied. After the curse is finally broken, Rin reveals that she'd hoped all of her pain and emotional issues would go away, but they didn't. It turns out, a lifetime of horrific abuse that the curse brought her (her parents, Akito, etc) doesn't magically end with said curse.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Courtesy of Akito, as punishment for following Akito's evil mother, Ren's, orders.
  • Tsundere: Towards Tohru, after they become friends and towards Hatsuharu after she breaks up with him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers a shockingly direct one to Kagura, after the latter slaps Tohru across the face and yells at her that she needs to confess her feelings properly to Kyo. Despite all of Rin's aloof behavior towards Tohru, she flips her shit, physically grabs Kagura, and screams in her face that she has no right to raise a hand to Tohru. God only knows what she might have done if Kagura hadn't been shocked into realizing she'd crossed the line and given Rin a Cooldown Hug and a sincere "I'm sorry".

     Kureno Sohma (The Rooster)

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP, The Last Story voice comic)

The Rooster of the Zodiac, and a manga-only character. A polite and selfless young man whom Akito is very attached to.

  • The Atoner: Realizes how much abiding to Akito's wishes only contributed to her growing up as bad as she did and, realizing that his presence would only remind Akito of her mistakes and keep her from moving forward, leaves the Sohma estate near the conclusion of the manga.
  • Broken Pedestal: Inverted. Kureno thought the world of Shigure according to a couple of side-drawings by Takaya, and Kureno definitely still respects Shigure; but Shigure did not appreciate that Kureno slept with Akito and Shigure explicitly tells Kureno that he hates Kureno for his role in Shigure's exile from the estate.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Sort of, after Kureno's curse is broken.
  • But Now I Must Go: Kureno leaves the Sohma family after he is discharged from the hospital, realizing that Akito needs to find her own way in the world without him to remind her of her mistakes.
  • Cooldown Hug: Tried hugging Akito to calm her down at the climax of the manga. It didn't work.
  • Irony: He stays with Akito because she's desperately lonely, but staying with her leads to him being lonely in a different way since Akito doesn't allow anyone to see him. Supplemental materials state that the other zodiac members distrust him not only because he's close to Akito, but because their spirits subconsciously detect that he's no longer one of them.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: For Akito, starting from the moment his curse was broken. His release from the curse caused Akito to realize that the curse wasn't permanent, causing her to desperately plead with him to stay with her. He admits to Tohru that once he was freed from the curse, he no longer understood what was keeping him attached to Akito - but also knew that beyond that broken connection, he saw a crying little girl that was desperate for love. Shigure points out that Kureno fulfilling this role for Akito in her life has not helped her for the better, and tells him that he should leave for her sake.
  • Love Martyr: Was one for Akito - so much so that his staying with Akito kept him from pursuing a relationship with Arisa. We later find out that his being with Akito completely wrecked his relationship with Shigure, and Kureno intends to continue staying with Akito to keep her from being lonely despite knowing full well that who Akito really wants is Shigure, not him.
  • Maintain the Lie: Kureno's curse being broken is only known by him, Tohru, Akito and Shigure.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: We don't know exactly how badly he was injured, but he doesn't initially react to Akito's literally stabbing him in the back besides calling for someone to go after Akito, and he seems to need a cane after the fact.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: When he was much younger, he was actually freed from the zodiac curse. He agreed to pretend he was still a part of the Zodiac and stay by Akito's side at all times though, because he didn't want to abandon the poor kid. It's implied in present times that it would have been better for Akito's overall mental health if Kureno had instead broken away then and there, instead of feeding Akito's clingy dependency issues. When Kureno tries to make it better and gives Akito a very heartfelt talk about how it is better to live moving forward, Akito fully breaks down and stabs literally stabs him In the Back.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His cursed animal is called the Rooster, but he turns into a sparrow.
  • Second-Hand Storytelling: When he tells Tohru about Akito.
  • Secret Keeper: As a child, he was one of four members of the zodiac that knew Akito's real gender. He's also proof that the curse is weakening, and has been free from the Sohma curse for at least ten years before the events of the manga.
  • Walking Spoiler: His deep involvement with Akito pretty much makes it impossible to reveal much about him without revealing major spoilers.

Other Characters

Other Sohmas

     Kazuma Sohma 
Voiced by: Norihiro Inoue (JP), Dameon Clarke (EN)

  • The Atoner: As a teen, Kazuma treated the former Cat (his grandfather) quite badly. Upon meeting the new Cat, Kyo, he takes him in, having never been able to forgive himself for that.
  • Bishōnen: And he's 39.
  • Lethal Chef: He can't even prepare decent tea.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's 39 during his first appearance in Volume 6. At the end of the series, he should be about 41. You wouldn't guess any of this just by looking at him. Even Takaya admits she draws him very young looking.
  • Papa Wolf: He will not allow anyone to mistreat Kyo. He even calls out Kyo's biological father when the man tries to enlist Kazuma's support in locking Kyo up once he's out of school.
  • Parental Substitute: He's Kyo's foster father, and has been seen taking care of Rin in lieu of their terrible biological parents.

     Ren Sohma 

Akito's mother.

  • 0% Approval Rating: She has even fewer supporters in the Sohma family than Akito.
  • Abusive Mom: She raised Akito as a man and constantly told her that she was worthless and no one would ever love her.
  • Child Hater: She once said that she hated how then-tiny Ayame, Hatori, Kureno and Shigure swarmed to her and cried. Their tears were because they sensed she was pregnant with Akito, the future God of the Zodiac. She also notes that she has always hated Rin, and Akito remembers her as a cold mother.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She absolutely hated the idea that Akira could love another woman more than her, even if that woman was their own daughter.
  • Dramatic Irony: The reason Akira loved Akito so much was because he believed her being the God of the Zodiac was a sign that his love with Ren was special.
  • Electra Complex: Inverted. Rather than being the daughter who wants to kill the mother to have the father all to herself, Ren is a mother who wants to kill her own daughter to have her husband all to herself.
  • Evil Is Petty: She more or less singlehandledly screws up the family by abusing Akito to insanity, all because she was jealous that her husband would love their child more than her, and that her daughter would receive more male attention once she grew up (being beautiful, female, and the head of the family) than she did. At one point, she tries to kill Akito over a box, which she believes holds some treasure left behind by her husband. The reveal that the box was empty just emphasized how obsessively twisted Ren was.
  • Female Misogynist: She had Akito raised as a boy under the excuse that the Sohma family having a female head would look bad, but it was really because of her petty jealousy over Akira and Akito's close relationship, and her fear that her daughter would receive more male attention once she grew up than she did. Her misogynist tendencies eventually rubbed off on Akito.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Ren originally worked as a maid in the Sohma state, then she was the first person who took care of Ill Boy Akira and reached out to him.
  • Foil: For Kyoko Honda - both were young mothers who lost their husbands when their only daughter was a toddler. However, while Kyoko was able to move on, and the love she shared with Tohru ultimately proved to be the redeeming factor in the entire series, Ren was swallowed by her grief to the point that she fueled the angst of the main series.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: She's more or less responsible for shaping Akito's personality.
  • Hate Sink: Unlike her daughter, she has no tragic backstory or excuses for her actions and she's to be blamed for how horrible Akito is now. The most that can be said is that the rest of the Sohma family treated her poorly when Akira showed interest in her and she's clearly mentally ill to some degree.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: When discussing making Akito the head of the family, Ren outright referred to her as "that."
  • Jealous Parent: She couldn't stand the attention that her husband, Akira, gave to their child Akito. In fact, she was so jealous that she did her best to ruin Akito's life.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ren notes that the outside world will ultimately prove too attractive an alternative to Akito's presence for the Zodiac.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Her Face–Heel Turn came when she got pregnant and became obsessed with the idea that Akira would care more for their then-unborn child than for her... and you know what came next.
  • Madden Into Misanthropy: While Akira's death proved to be the tipping point, the rest of the Sohma clan and attendants did their best to marginalize Ren as soon as Akira started showing interest in her. It eventually got to the point where Akira's support for her was the only positive influence in her life. And when she lost that... well, see the other tropes for her.
  • Meddling Parents: To some degree. She doesn't believe in the bond but she doesn't do anything about it except trying to use it against Akito.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Not only is her reason for abusing Akito ultimately very bratty (being jealous of her just because Akira was happy to be a father, and because she couldn't stand the idea of her daughter growing up receiving more male attention than she did), she tries to outright murder Akito over an empty box that belonged to Akira, believing that all of Akira's belongings are hers by right.
  • Rapunzel Hair: It goes all the way down to her knees.
  • Smug Snake: Beautiful, evil, sly, manipulative, and not just despicable, but in the end, very incompetent. She has to manipulate her desperate niece Rin to get her late husband Akira's box (Rin then fails and is horrifyingly "punished" by Akito), is humiliated by Shigure when he tells her he only had sex with her because she looks like an older Akito, and once her plans crumble she's left as an Empty Shell of her former self.
  • Wanted A Son Instead: She wishes Akito was born a man. She claims it's because a female family head is unfitting, but it's actually because she was afraid that her husband could love another woman more than her (even if she's their daughter).
  • Yandere: Even more than Akito! She initially wanted to abort Akito because of her fear of losing her husband's love to their daughter. When Akira passed away, though, she turned into an Abusive Parent and got worse from there.

     Akira Sohma 

The former head of the Sohma family and Akito's father.

  • Bishōnen: He had an "unearthly beauty", according to people.
  • Disappeared Dad: He died when Akito was a child.
  • Doting Parent: He adored his child Akito, because he believed her being the God of the Zodiac proved that his love with his beloved wife Ren was special.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: As head of the Sohma family, people could seldom approach him. Not helped by his horrible health.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If he had TOLD Ren that the reason he adored their daughter was because he felt their child being "God" of the Zodiac was proof that their love was special, maybe she would have been... less destructively jealous and spiteful throughout the series. Maybe.
  • Posthumous Character: He died long before the start of the series and is only seen in flashbacks.
  • Uptown Guy: When they first met, Akira was the leader of the Sohma household while Ren worked as a maid in the Sohma state. They fell in love and got married.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: He was terminally ill for a very long time.

     Kana Sohma 
Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (JP), Libby Smith (EN)

  • Break the Cutie: She is the first of many examples of Akito's mental abuse.
  • Hospital Hottie: Was Hatori's assistant.
  • Mind Rape: Via Akito. She's left in such a huge Heroic B.S.O.D. that Hatori erases her memories of their romance so she can get better. She's now Happily Married to someone else, and only remembers Hatori as her never-confessed First Love.
  • Naïve Everygirl: As one of the 'outer' Sohmas, she had little awareness of the influence Akito held over the family and was so devastated after Hatori was nearly blinded that she has to have her memories erased to even begin to recover from the mental trauma that the incident caused.

     Satsuki Sohma 

Hiro Sohma's mother, she makes relatively few appearances late in the manga. Gives birth in the manga to a non-Zodiac daughter, Hinata, making Hiro a big brother.

  • Children Raise You: Hiro acts like a concerned but exasperated parent to her most of the time. She remarks in one panel how her son always scolds her. In another panel, Satsuki responds with a "Yes, sir!" when he tells her to be more careful while she's still pregnant. (Though her lighthearted tone of voice could mean she just humors him all of the time.)
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Such a klutz that Hiro is paranoid she's bound to trip down a flight of stairs. He's especially freaked out when she's pregnant.
  • Doting Parent: Aside from Kagura's mother, she's the only mother of a Zodiac child we see who neither rejected him nor became overprotective.

     Meshou Souma 
Voiced by: Junko Yamamoto (JP), Julie Mayfield (EN)

Ritsu's mother, and the manager of a hot springs owned by the clan.

  • Parents as People: For all of her faults, she adores Ritsu.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Not a ghost, and certainly not a young girl, but has the looks and she has been mistaken as a ghost.
  • Transplant: She apparently appeared in one of Natsuki Takaya's earlier stories.

Tohru's Friends

    In General 

     Arisa Uotani 
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (JP), Parisa Fakhri (EN)

  • Affectionate Nickname: Tohru calls her "Uo-chan".
  • Bokukko: Uses "boku," and has an aggressive, boyish personality.
  • Broken Pedestal: Zig-zagged. When she was in a gang Arisa idolized Kyoko as "the Red Butterfly," but when she went to meet her she was disgusted to learn she'd become a Doting Parent to a Nice Girl like Tohru. However, Kyoko eventually helped her see that her anger was misplaced and gang life isn't the answer, and helped her turn her life around. Then Arisa idolized her for real.
  • Cool Big Sis: After lecturing to three middle school aged yankii wannabes, they start respecting her and one starts calling her Onee-sama.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her parents divorced when she was little, her mother walked out on her with her new boyfriend and her father spent most of his time drinking. The absence of her parents' love resulted in her joining a gang.
  • Generation Xerox: To Kyoko, who isn't even her mother. Like Kyoko, she developed anger issues due to emotional Parental Abandonment from a young age and joined a gang by middle school, was healed by The Power of Love during middle school, and fell for a (seemingly) ordinary Nice Guy. The only difference is she's healed by friendly love first (from Tohru and Kyoko) and then fell for Kureno later. Then there's The Zodiac Curse.
  • Grumpy Bear: Until befriending Kyoko and Tohru she was grumpy and violent.
  • Japanese Delinquents: See Grumpy Bear. Even now, she still carries a metal pipe and wears a long skirt as part of her school uniform.
  • New Job Episode: Does various part time jobs.
  • Odd Friendship: Everyone, and I mean everyone, comments on how odd it is that a cool, tough, stand-offish former gang-banger is such close friends with Nice Girl Tohru and Goth Saki.
  • Parental Abandonment: When she was very young, her mother left her and her father to marry another man.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Shows how aloof and emotionally closed off she is to all but her closest friends and loved ones.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Kureno fell in love with each other over the course of two meetings. However, due to Kureno's obligation to Akito he decided to never see her again even after learning that she wanted to. They are reunited at the end of the series.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's warm and friendly towards her friends, but frigid and hostile towards anyone that gets on her nerves, primarily the Prince Yuki Fan Club.

     Saki Hanajima 
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (JP, drama CD), Reiko Yasuhara (JP, series), Daphne Gere (EN)

  • Affectionate Nickname: Tohru calls her "Hana-chan".
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Her infamy first brought her bullying at first, then almost complete isolation... until Tohru and Arisa break through her defenses.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Subverted. She seems aloof, but she really loves her little brother.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She fails school tests on purpose because the makeup tests are easier.
  • Book Dumb: She's not really, but she pretends to be because the make-up ones are easier.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: If her feelings for Tohru are romantic after all.
  • The Dreaded: To the Yuki Fan Club: while they're certainly intimidated by Arisa, it's Saki they're truly terrified of.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: When in casual clothes, she breaks out the black, the parasols and lace if possible. She seems to prefer long skirts rather than the classic Lolita bell silhouette. She always has an elegant mien about her.
  • Good Parents: Her parents and grandmother are endlessly loving and supportive of her, especially when she was being bullied and ostracized. They also aren't too bothered by her powers. Her little brother Megumi takes after them and is pretty protective of her sometimes.
  • Invisible to Normals: Hanajima's denpa waves.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: She's so guilt-ridden over putting a little boy who bullied her into a coma that she spent the rest of her childhood punishing herself, believing she deserved to be bullied and ostracized for what she did. She only forgave herself after meeting Tohru, Arisa, and Kyoko.
  • Odd Friendship: It escapes no one's notice, or puzzlement, that The Stoic Elegant Gothic Lolita is best friends with Nice Girl Tohru and former gangster Arisa.
  • Professional Slacker: To the point that her plan for life after high school is just to muster up the motivation to actually pass high school. her teacher is not amused.
  • Psychic Powers: She reads auras and can potentially kill with her "denpa waves". That almost happened in her backstory, where she loses it after being brutally bullied by a boy and wishing for his death... then her powers go haywire and he almost dies.
  • Ship Tease: She falls for Kyo's foster father, who finds her very charming. While there are some hints late in the manga that they're developing a relationship, it's ultimately left ambiguous.
  • The Stoic: Always monotone, rarely emotional.
  • When She Smiles: Only those closest to her get to see her smile.

     Megumi Hanajima 
Voiced by: Omi Minami (JP), Hollie Townson (EN)

  • Big Sister Worship: He's especially doting to Hana and wishes for her happiness with the knowledge of how much she suffered as a child.
  • Likes Older Women: He's pretty subtle about it, but he mentions once how "interesting" it is for him to be the only boy amongst three women (Saki, Tohru, and Arisa). Then there was his forward comment about visiting Arisa at work to see her in a miniskirt...
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks like a younger, male version of Hana. However, he and his sister deny it.
  • When He Smiles: Like his older sister, he has a charming smile, but he hides it.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Upon hearing the plan of the Prince Yuki Fan Club girls, he gives them a speech about how they're being selfish by forcing their one-sided affections on Yuki and that he would come to hate them for driving away the people he allows into his life. His words even reach Saki, who had been suffering from her own mild jealousy of Tohru's friendship with the Sohma family.
    • When he was even younger, he provided his older sister with comforting words.

Tohru's Parents

    In General 
  • Age-Gap Romance: Kyoko was just out of middle school (16) and Katsuya was in his early twenties when they met and got married. The age difference is commented on a lot.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Tohru quotes Kyoko's words quite a few times in the manga; also Kyoko helping Kyo and Arisa in the flashbacks.
    • Subverted in regards to Tohru's feelings for her father, as she has few memories of him and after Katsuya died, Kyoko became catatonic with grief to the point of ignoring Tohru. A young Tohru believed back then that in a way, Kyoko's grief meant that her father was taking her mother away also. Years later, the thought still haunts her because she knows Katsuya was a good person and Tohru can't believe she ever thought that way to begin with. It's also the reason why she adopted what few of his speech patterns she could remember - she was trying to remind Kyoko of Katsuya.
  • Opposites Attract: Kyoko was brash and excitable while Katsuya was calm and polite to a fault.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Pretty much no one but Katsuya's father approved of their marriage, due to Kyoko's age and gang history.
  • Posthumous Character: Both of them are dead by the beginning of the series, but their influence is felt through secondary and tertiary connections to other characters.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Katsuya was a student teacher and counselor when he met Kyoko (who in turn almost never showed up to school and never attended a class he helped teach), but he started working for a pharmaceutical company shortly before they got married. He was actually going to her house to ask her parents if he could marry her... and quite in time, since he did it right when the Katsunumas were kicking Kyoko out of the house. He gives them a What the Hell, Hero? speech and takes Kyoko in.

     Kyoko Honda, née Katsunuma 
Voiced by: Reiko Yasuhara (JP), Julie Mayfield (EN)

  • Adult Fear: A flashback reveals a pregnant Kyoko terrified that her relationship with Tohru would go the way of hers with her own mother.
    • Also, when little Tohru got lost, Kyouko went ballistic on the police because it was very hard to find her.
  • Alliterative Name: Prior to marrying Katsuya, her name was Kyoko Katsunuma.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Inverted — Katsuya makes fun of Kyoko because she doesn't have eyebrows. "Miss No-eyebrows" becomes his Affectionate Nickname for her.
  • Broken Bird: Until Katsuya offers her a helping hand.
  • Broken Pedestal: Arisa was not happy to discover that the "Red Butterfly" she'd admired had turned into a Doting Mother. However, after she slowly warmed up to her and when she helped Arisa quit her gang, she admired her again.
  • JapaneseDelinquents: In her teenage years.
  • Happily Failed Suicide: After Katsuya dies and the rest of her family abandons her, she decides to throw herself into the sea. Hearing a mother and child talking reminds her of Tohru and snaps her back from the brink, and after that she vows never to abandon Tohru again, considering the attempted suicide her greatest failure.
  • Love Redeems: Thanks to Katsuya, she became such a loving person.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother was emotionally distant with her, and after Katsuya died she was so suicidally depressed that she neglected Tohru for a long while, and almost left her to commit suicide.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She tries to leave the gang she was a part of and clean up her act; as a result, said gang puts her in the hospital, and when she gets out, she loses her chance of getting into high school and is disowned by her Abusive Parents.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Knowing she wanted her child to grow up happy was pretty much her mindset throughout her years as Tohru's mother.
  • Parental Neglect: Kyoko's Freudian Excuse when she was young, since the Katsunumas emotionally ignored her and were only worried about her giving them a bad rep.
    • When Katsuya died, Kyoko had an emotional breakdown and started neglecting Tohru for a while. Thankfully, she snapped out of it before any lasting harm could be done, but she regards it as My Greatest Failure.
  • Red Baron: Was known as "The Red Butterfly" during her delinquent days, since the image of the red taillight on her bicycle was said to resemble a flitting butterfly as she rode it.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: In her delinquent days, she acted out because she was so lonely and unhappy. Katsuya was the first person to recognize this, and helped her grow out of it.
  • Team Mom: An almost literal case with Tohru and her friends Arisa and Saki.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She was still in her teens when she gave birth to Tohru.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Although she dies still as a young woman, she has a great deal of kindness and patience with struggling people— most of it earned the hard way. After her death, Tohru relies on her mother's wisdom greatly.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: After marrying Katsuya, she is happy to be a loving mother and House Wife and finally experience living in a happy family... and then, in Uotani's backstory, we see that she beats the tar out of a group of delinquents to save Arisa. In Yuki's flashback to when little Tohru went missing, we also see her threaten to "rain death upon [the police's] miserable souls" if they don't find her baby. That's the kind of inner iron that separates the pushover Extreme Doormat House Wife from Yamato Nadeshiko.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Katsuya's belief that she was more than just a violent delinquent helped her become just that. Likewise, her assertion that he was much nicer than he gave himself credit for helped him open up too.

     Katsuya Honda 

  • Affectionate Nickname: Calls Kyoko "Ms. No-Eyebrows" because it was her "look" early on—even after she lets her brows grow out, he sticks with the name.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He was this to Kyoko, before they fell in love.
  • Birds of a Feather: It's eventually revealed that Katsuya was secretly lonely and unhappy with his life just like Kyoko was, and he also came from a cold and distant family, so they found solace together.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Flashbacks reveal that while he was an extremely polite speaker, Katsuya was very cold and distant with everyone before he met Kyoko. Falling in love with her helped defrost him.
  • Disappeared Dad: Died of a flu when Tohru was a toddler.
  • Hot Teacher: He was Kyoko's student teacher when they met, but he ultimately decided that it wasn't for him. It's implied that falling in love with Kyoko was part of the reason he decided not to become a teacher.
  • DeathByIrony: A pharmaceutical company employee died of a badly-treated cold.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Katsuya died of a badly-treated flu.
  • Keigo: He's said to have been an extremely polite speaker.
  • Let's Have Another Baby: His last conversation with Kyoko before he died.
  • Love Redeems: Twice. He and his father didn't start getting along until his mother died of an illness and they subsequently turned to each other for support. His father thanks Kyoko for the second time love changes Katsuya, noting that Katsuya hardly showed interest in anyone or anything in his daily life and he didn't think he'd see Katsuya living a genuinely happy life with the experience of having his own family.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a swift but fantastic one to Kyoko's Abusive Parents when they disowned her for daring to need help after she got beaten up badly enough to be hospitalized (because she was trying to quit her gang and turn her life around).
  • The Stoic: Flashbacks reveal that one of the reasons he fell for Kyoko was because she was able to express her emotions so openly and honestly, while he'd suppressed his emotions for so long he no longer knew how to express them. Falling for Kyoko and parenting Tohru helped bring out his warmer, loving side.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: When he first met Kyoko, he was polite but cold and reserved around everyone but her. Their marriage helped him grow past this, to the point that his father was delighted to see him so openly and honestly in love, and happy with his family.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Just narrowly averted. Katsuya was a student-teacher at Kyoko's middle school, and she showed up so rarely that she never even actually attended a class he helped teach. Their teacher/student interactions were limited to him tutoring her for her high school entrance exams. They also didn't get together until after she was out of school and he had quit student teaching, deciding it wasn't for him.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kyoko and Katsuya both had this opinion of each other. He saw her as more than just a violent delinquent, and she thought he was much nicer than he gave himself credit for. They both grew from each other's mutual love and support.
  • You're Insane!: Kyoko's father's reaction when he told him he wanted to marry Kyoko.

The Student Council

     Machi Kuragi 
Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (CD dramas)

  • Adorkable: The initial stages of Machi's attempt to communicate with Yuki normally definitely qualify.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Yuki, due to their Abusive Parents and being pushed towards perfection.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: To Yuki.
  • Irony: She was introduced as the girl who had the least interest in Yuki to falling in love with him, and the only girl he truely falls in love with.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: All Machi wanted to do was make sure her baby brother stayed warm while he slept. Her parents came in and assumed she was trying to smother him with a blanket.
  • Parental Neglect: Both Machi and Kakeru were forced by their parents into a bitter inheritance rivalry, the result being that she became quiet, removed from society, and despised anything she considered "perfect." Her mother then openly tells a friend that Machi is "dull" and that she prefers her new baby boy. Oh, and Machi is forced to live by herself, because her parents think she'll try to murder her little brother. Even though she was putting a blanket on him while he slept.
  • The Un-Favourite: Between her and half-brother Kakeru and her unnamed baby brother because she's a girl (despite being the first-born legitimate child of her parents).
  • Tsundere: A very mild shade of this - she chases Yuki all around the school one day just because she saw him. Why? Just to say hi, damnit!

     Kakeru Manabe 
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (CD dramas)

  • Abusive Parents: Look at Machi's section. He wasn't that abused in comparison, but it doesn't mean he wasn't affected and he worries quite a bit for poor Machi. Once he rebelled his mom had a change of heart.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Kakeru teases his girlfriend a lot, but they really do love each other.
  • Heroic Bastard: He's the son of his father's mistress.
  • Hey, You!: Claims this is one of his nicknames.
  • Hidden Depths: His headstrong approach to his daily life continually wears out Yuki and most everyone around him, but the quiet moments between him and Yuki show that he's capable of being empathetic as a friend to Yuki and brother to Machi. He also feels incredible guilt towards what he said to Tohru at her mother's funeral years ago, and it weighs on his mind until he and Tohru talk about it.
  • Jerkass Realization: He gets hit by this in response to the Kick the Dog moment below, especially after Komoki threatened to dump him in disgust, and it weighs on his mind for years afterwards.
  • Kick the Dog: He had the gall to tell Tohru to her face, right in the middle of her mother's funeral, that she wasn't the only one who lost a parent in the accident and that she was whiny and disgusting for openly grieving. Komoki was so furious with him when she found out that she nearly broke up with him.
  • Quit Your Whining: As established under Kick the Dog above, he told Tohru to her face that she wasn't the only one to lose a parent in the accident and she was whiny and disgusting for openly grieving over it.

     Kimi Todou 
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura (CD dramas)

     Naohito Sakuragi 
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (CD dramas)

     Prince Yuki's Fanclub (Minami Kinoshita, Mio Yamagichi, Mai Gotou, and Rika Aida) 

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: If you're a girl and you're anywhere near Yuki, then be ready to be jumped by these girls.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Motoko is about to graduate, Minami is all set to take over leadership of the fanclub next year, while Mio comments that she'll take over after her. The author notes in an aside that she still hasn't realized Yuki's going to be gone, too.
  • Harmless Villain: They constantly plot against Tohru, but they're never really able to carry out any of their harassment, since they're terrified of Arisa and Saki. They also try it on Kimi but she just blows them off. Machi has a little more trouble with them until Kakeru and Yuki intervene.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Their attitude towards whoever they perceive as a threat to Yuki: Tohru and later Kimi, specifically.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: All of them, for Yuki, who has zero interest in them.

     Motoko Minagawa 
Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (JP), Jamie Marchi (EN)
The president of the Prince Yuki Fan Club and Yuki's senpai.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Anything she does relates to Yuki. The presence of her daughter in Fruits Basket Another indicates that she does eventually move past this.
  • Something About a Rose: Often appear in the background when she's talking.
  • Tongue-Tied: Simply cannot tell Yuki how much she likes him.

     Makoto Takei 
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), Kyle Hebert (EN)
The former Student Council President.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Is head over heels for Yuki, much to the latter's dismay.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's obnoxious and full of himself, but he's not a bad guy by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Large Ham: It's incredibly rare to see him not bellowing dramatically about something.
  • Pride: Something Haru calls him out on—he's a bit too obsessed with enforcing the rules and generally has a "my way or the high way" attitude.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: His glasses are always like this, to the point that his eyes are almost never visible.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Toward Yuki. Somewhat creepily, this ends up extending to Yuki's son when he first meets him.
  • Straight Gay: He's as enamored with Yuki as the female students are, and even gets into a fight with Motoko about it, but he shows no "camp" or stereotypical qualities.
  • Student Council President: And a particularly obnoxious one too, considering how much strict and arrogant he is.

Other characters

     Komaki Nakao 

  • Disappeared Dad: Who died in a car crash. And he actually was the driver who killed Kyoko, by accidentally hitting her with his car before crashing and perishing. He might have had a heart attack at the steering wheel, even.

     Mine Kuramae 
Voiced by: Miki Takahashi (JP), Amber Cotton (EN)

  • Perpetual Smiler: Very few scenes show her not smiling.
  • Secret Keeper: Implied to have known about the curse, though not explicitly stated. During a somber conversation with Ayame, Yuki asks Ayame if Mine knows about the curse, and Ayame not-so-subtly (Yuki even lampshades it) changes the topic of conversation to something else. Yuki notes that he wouldn't be surprised if Mine did know - because he doesn't think that Ayame would have been capable of keeping it a secret from her for so long.
  • Tender Tears: She cries when the newly-released Ayame is finally able to hug her in the manga.

     Mayuko Shiraki 

  • A-Cup Angst: When Hatori suggests going to the beach together very late in the manga, she angsts briefly about wearing a swim suit.
  • Adapted Out: The anime version of the classroom teacher is male.
  • Christmas Cake: Assuming she is within a couple years of Hatori, she's just barely this. It doesn't seem to bother her all that much, until Shigure or her parents make mention of it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Sometimes she seems more like this to her students than their teacher.
  • He Will Not Cry, So I Cry for Him: For Hatori's sake.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She loved Hatori from the beginning, but she also was Kana's closest friend. She was a Shipper on Deck for him and Kana, and was genuinely grief-stricken when it went to hell.
  • Second Love: For Hatori. In fact, Mayu even felt guilty for "taking Kana's place" in his heart at first.
  • Sensei-chan: After some of her female students address her as Mayu-chan-sensei, she demands (jokingly) that they call her Great Teacher Mayuko (some translated it as Mayuko-daisensei-sama).
  • Stern Teacher: But also Cool Teacher.
  • The Stoic: In front of her students, which makes sense considering their antics, but...

Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (JP), Cynthia Cranz (EN)

  • Suicide as Comedy: When Tohru meets her, she's on the verge of killing herself with a box cutter because Shigure has run off without meeting his deadlines again. Later, we see her writing a suicide note to her parents for the exact same reason. Shigure thinks it's funny.

     Tohru's paternal grandfather 
Voiced by: Hiroshi Masuoka (JP), Brice Armstrong (EN)

  • Good Parents: To Katsuya and later Kyoko when she becomes a part of Katsuya's life. He later becomes the best grandparent he can be to Tohru, even if that means letting her live with another family since he knows his own family won't treat her well.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Subverted. He begins habitually calling Tohru "Kyoko-san" after Kyoko passes away, which everyone seems to write off as a result of his age, but Kyo points out that it's a bit insensitive for him to do so. Then Tohru's grandfather admits he's aware he does it, and says that he started doing it because after Kyoko's funeral, it looked like Tohru was going to fall apart if there wasn't some sort of reminder every so often that her mother was once alive and that other people think of her as well.
    • Played straight when he throws his back out and Tohru comes to visit him. He's reminiscing about Katsuya and Kyoko, telling Tohru that it would be nice to see them again, even as ghosts, before he died. What he doesn't know is that the phrase "I want to see them again," triggers a painful memory for Tohru - one where after Katsuya's death, Kyoko left her alone in the house to wander aimlessly without thinking of Tohru.
  • Love Redeems: When his son was alive, their relationship suffered from a strain. When his wife passed away, he changed and became the kind-hearted man Tohru knew.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens
  • Nice Guy: He was the only person in the Honda family who didn't ostracize Kyoko, and later he remains kind to Tohru even when all of her other relatives treat her like shit.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As Katsuya says in a flashback, "He's lost his edge." However, there are infrequent instances in the manga that suggest he's capable of being just as disagreeable as his son was, but doesn't act on it until he feels he needs to.
  • Papa Wolf: Do not make any crude comments about his granddaughter. Even if you're family, he will hit you.
  • Your Favorite: The food which he brings to Kyoko's grave.

     The Sohma's Head Maid 

  • All That Glitters and Magic Feather: She gave an empty box to a very young Akito and told her it had her recently deceased father Akira's soul, in an attempt to help her cope.
  • No Name Given: Her actual name is never mentioned.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: She's always seen wearing a kimono, as a sign of her being a member of a very old-fashioned environment.
  • Old Retainer: She has been working in the Sohma household for decades.
  • Parental Substitute: Sorta, towards Akito. She's pretty much the only woman Akito gets along with.
  • Shipping Torpedo: She opposed quite a bit to her then fellow maid Ren and Akira's relationship.