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Tohru Honda

Voiced by: Hiroko Konishi (Drama CD), Yui Horie (2001 series), Manaka Iwami (2019 series) (JP), Laura Bailey (EN)

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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. Averted with the 2019 reboot where she has the same brown eyes as her manga incarnation.
  • Adorkable: She's a quirky & Cute Clumsy Girl, and she manages to endear almost everyone around her because of her kindness.
  • All-Loving Heroine: She loves everyone, even Akito, who is disliked by nearly the entire Sohma family. 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. The only person she shows any resentment towards is her father Katsuya, since his death made her mother neglect her for a time and almost commit suicide, though even then she recognizes it's wrong to feel that way.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    • As a young girl, she was frequently mocked by her kindergarten peers. In fact, the title of the series lampshades this trope: after the kids humiliate her during a game of Fruits Basket (essentially a version of "Duck Duck Goose" but with fruit names) by designating her as a rice ball instead of a fruit and never calling on her during the game, Tohru thinks "there's no place for me, a rice ball, in a fruits basket." Her experiences with being bullied are what later allow her to help Kisa through her own issues with school bullying.
    • She's also looked down upon and ostracized by most of her relatives on her father Katsuya's side, as they didn't approve of Katsuya's marriage to Former Teen Rebel Kyoko. Their disdain for her is so strong that they speculate that Tohru must have been born from an affair since Tohru didn't look much like Katsuya, and when she briefly moves back in with her grandfather her other relatives treat her rather harshly. Her grandfather is the only member of Katsuya's family to treat Tohru with any kindness.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Near the end of the manga, Kyo tries to push Tohru away by revealing that he "killed" her mother by choosing to not save her from a speeding car out of fear of transforming if he did so. Kyo fully expects Tohru to hate him as he believes the dying Kyoko did. Instead, Tohru proclaims with tears in her eyes that even if her mother wouldn't forgive him, the only person she loves is Kyo.
  • 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.
  • Be Yourself: A value that was instilled in her by Kyoko. She also encourages the Somas to embrace who they are. Becomes horribly ironic when it's revealed that she was always trying to act like her dad to prevent her mom from leaving her again.
  • 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.
  • Blithe Spirit: Tohru's kind heart and endless compassion is what changes the cursed Sohmas for the better. This is lampshaded by Hiro who questions how can Tohru be so special that she makes everyone who meets her feel better about themselves. At the end of the story, Tohru coming into the life of the Sohmas was what finally broke the curse.
  • Book Dumb: Though Tohru is quite emotionally intelligent and can be very insightful when it comes to people's feelings, she doesn't have very good grades and often needs help with studying.
  • 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: 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: She doesn't get scared of Kyo's aggressive behavior since she understands he's highly troubled. She approaches him with a lot of kindness and patience as he gradually opens up to her.
  • 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 due to her naivete, 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.
  • Cooldown Hug: She uses this move frequently to comfort the Sohmas when they're experiencing something traumatic.
  • 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 and 2019 anime, her hair and eyes are brown. This is subverted in the 2001 anime where she's given blue eyes instead.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Many of Kyo and Yuki's transformations are caused by Tohru falling into them.
  • 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: Tohru tries to be so nice all the time that she won't ever assert herself and never says a word of complaint even if others treat her badly.
  • 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.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She learned to cook from a young age to help her mother. This is one of the qualities that make others say Tohru would make a good wife.
  • First Kiss: With Kyo. Unfortunately she was unconscious and injured from falling down a cliff, so she doesn't remember when Kyo brings it up at their second kiss.
  • 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.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She sometimes wears her hair in pigtails or braids when she's not at school. Flashbacks show that she wore this hairstyle more often when she was in middle school.
  • Grew a Spine: Tohru has a bit of a problem with standing up for herself. Most of her Character Development focuses on Tohru learning to speak up and make self-serving requests once in a while.
  • 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.
  • Has Two Mommies: It's often joked that Uotani and Hanajima have been acting as Tohru's surrogate parents ever since Kyoko passed away.
  • Hates Their Parent: Deconstructed. Tohru has very troubled feelings towards her deceased father who she can't clearly remember. When Tohru was a toddler, Kyoko's Excessive Mourning after Katsuya's unexpected death caused her to neglect Tohru for some time. Unable to understand what was happening, the little Tohru interpreted this as her father "taking her mother away" and became terrified that Kyoko didn't love her because "she didn't resemble her father". Ever since, Tohru started using Keigo to remind Kyoko of Katsuya, but a part of her was always afraid that could be the only reason Kyoko became such a loving mother. Tohru admits a very dark side of her still wants to think of her father as a bad guy, but she feels terrible for having such a feeling towards her own father who really wasn't at fault for dying so suddenly.
  • The Heart: She becomes the moral center of the cursed Sohmas, listening to their problems and giving them emotional support to overcome their traumas.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: She falls in love with the Fiery Redhead Kyo.
  • Heroic BSoD: 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.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Towards the end of the series, it's revealed that she resented her father for dying and causing grief to her mother.
  • Human Hummingbird: She'll sometimes flail her arms around when flustered or panicking over something.
  • Idiot Hair: In the reboot, some of her more airheaded moments give her one of these.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: When Tohru finds herself falling in love with Kyo, she feels guilty about it because her mother had always been the person she held the dearest and she fears she's demeaning her memory by placing a new person in her heart. Eventually, Tohru accepts that is fine for her to fall in love since she understands her mother would have surely wanted her to find her own happiness.
  • The Ingenue: She has the pure innocence of a sweet child, never doubts people and any subtext or innuendo goes over her head. This is considered both charming and alarming since the wrong kind of people can take advantage of her naivete.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: In the first anime, her kindness and naivete are emphasized by her blue eyes.
  • It Was a Gift: She keeps an old baseball cap that was given to her by a boy who helped her find her way home at a time she was lost. The boy in question was Yuki, but the baseball cap originally belonged to Kyo.
  • Keigo: Tohru's most notable quirk is how she always speaks very politely, even to people she's close to or in situations where it's unnecessary. One brief scene in the manga even has her sigh and then add "desu" out of habit. She does this deliberately since her father also had polite speech patterns, and since he died when she was three, it's one of the few things she remembers about him. She also deliberately picked up these speech patterns as a way to keep Kyoko from leaving her, since she secretly resents Katsuya dying as Kyoko's grief made her neglect Tohru for a time and almost commit suicide.
  • 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.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Downplayed. Tohru is spacey and very naïve instead of outright stupid, even showing glimpses of wisdom from time to time. She makes up for what she lacks in smarts with her big heart and the wisdom she learned from her mother.
  • Like Parent, Like Child:
    • 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.
    • Tohru likes to fawn over Kisa, who she dotes on like a little sister. She likely got it from Kyoko, if flashbacks with her cuddling her daughter are anything to go by.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Her mother Kyoko was very similar to Tohru's Love Interest Kyo in her teenage years, being a Fiery Redhead who acted violently because of being raised by an abusive family. Like Kyo, Kyoko grew out of her angry ways by falling in love with a kindhearted person. They even have very similar-sounding names.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: It might not be evident at first, but Tohru was this to her mother. Because of the neglect of her parents, Kyoko always felt desperately lonely and feared that the world doesn't need her. The sudden death of her husband threw Kyoko into suicidal despair because he was the only person who alleviated her loneliness. Just before she took her own life, Kyoko realized that one person in the world did need her very much; her daughter Tohru. From then on, Kyoko made raising Tohru her entire reason for living.
  • Love Confessor: In chapter 114, she confesses to Rin that her real reason for wanting to break the Sohma curse is to stay together with Kyo because he has become the most important person to her. Kagura overhears this and hits Tohru, berating her that she should be saying that to Kyo instead of someone else.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Tohru's name (透) means "transparent" or "clear." Perfect for a character who sees the best in every person.
  • Momma's Boy: Female example. Tohru looks up to her deceased mother as the best person in the world and still holds on to her teachings as a devoted daughter. It later gets Played for Drama as clinging on to her mother's memory is keeping Tohru from moving on in several aspects of her life, particularly feeling guilty about making Kyo her new most important person. At the end, Tohru learns to live her life while still having a special place for her mother in her heart.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Tohru is sweet, naïve and idealistic to a fault. Her only notable flaws are that her low self-esteem makes her put everyone else's needs before her own, and that her overly-trusting nature can make her extremely gullible. Her pure-hearted kindness makes everyone love her, but they also worry about how she cares so little about her own wellbeing.
  • Nice Girl: Her defining characteristic. She sees good in everyone she meets and is willing to help them no matter what.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: To her mom, before she died. Tohru would almost always say goodbye to Kyouko before she left for work, but the morning Kyouko died, Tohru overslept since she had pulled an all-nighter to study for a test. Tohru even wonders if the reason her mother died was because she hadn't seen her off as usual.
  • 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.
  • Odd Friendship: Tohru's best friends are a former delinquent who's still a bit rough around the edges (Uotani) and a stoic Goth who has psychic powers (Hanajima). The three of them couldn't be more different, but they're all very close regardless.
  • 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.
  • Onee-sama: Kisa views Tohru as this; she adores Tohru and follows her like a duckling during her stay at Shigure's house.
  • 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: It's later 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 while dating Machi.
  • Pink Means Feminine: According to Hanajima, pink is the color that suits Tohru the best because of her girliness and gentleness. Also, it's the combination of the colors of Tohru's mother (red) and father (white).
  • 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.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Kyo tries to run away from Tohru after Kazuma forcibly removes his bracelet and he transforms into his 'true' form right in front of Tohru. Immediately after that, Tohru desperately runs after Kyo and despite him literally pushing her away, Tohru clings on to him and begs him to return home with her because she wouldn't stand it if he goes away. Turns out Tohru has a deep-rooted fear at being abandoned because it reminds her of the time Kyoko left her alone in the house to attempt suicide after Tohru's father died.
  • Plucky Girl: Eternally optimistic but never delusional. As for the bravery, see her entry on Badass Pacifist.
  • The Pollyanna: In the first anime, where nothing at all gets her down, unlike in the manga and second anime where it's deconstructed.
  • Prone to Tears: Tohru is prone to crying over after hearing a sad story or being treated nicely by one of her friends, even for something as simple as receiving a swimsuit as a gift.
  • Secret Keeper: She's allowed to stay in close contact with the Sohmas after she accidentally finds out about the Zodiac curse because of Kyo. This is taken further in the final stages of the story when Kureno lets Tohru in on the bigger secrets of the Sohma family: that Akito is a woman being forced to pose as a man by her jealous mother, and that the spirit of the Rooster is no longer possessing him.
  • Shading Colour Dissonance: Tohru's hair has no shading in the manga, which can give the impression that she's a blonde until you see her with brown hair in the coloured pictures and both animes.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Tohru adopted what she could remember of her father's speech patterns to remind Kyoko of Katsuya after Kyoko's psychological breakdown in the hopes it would keep her mother from leaving her again.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She falls in love with Kyo after seeing past his angry exterior and discovering the soft, caring and protective guy he really is.
  • Stepford Smiler: The Depressed type, since her perpetual positivity is hiding serious self-esteem issues and an unhealthy inability to move on from her mother's death. This isn't really explored in the 2001 anime where she comes off as more of The Pollyanna, but the 2019 anime hints at this early on by having her up her usual perkiness at points where it's clear she's not okay.
  • Stock Shoujo Heroine: Softspoken, emotional Tohru has no issue with helping anyone that needs help. She ends up deconstructing the archetype to a degree, since it's later shown that she tends to bottle up her insecurities and her being an Extreme Doormat can cause problems.
  • Super Gullible: Kyoko raised Tohru into someone who hardly doubts people. She easily falls for Shigure's joke that "Jason" is a newly-discovered species of bear, and when Ayame tells a story of a time he told a teacher he keeps his hair long because he's the son of foreign royalty, Tohru immediately believes it.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: 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.
  • Talking to the Dead: She often has inner monologues where she talks to her mother Kyoko. She also keeps a photo of Kyoko in her wallet and will sometimes treat it as though it really is her (like when Hiro takes her wallet and Tohru is incredibly shaken by this, reacting as though Kyoko herself just got kidnapped). As the story goes on, it becomes clear that this habit of hers is actually rather unhealthy; the fact that she almost never talks about her mother in the past tense (aside from quoting things she once said), and her over-attachment to photos of her, shows that she's still unable to move on from her death.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her big and round eyes go perfectly with her gentle and meek personality.
  • Tragic Keepsake: She keeps a picture of her deceased mother and never wants to go anywhere without it. On one occasion, she even takes a bath with it.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Gender-swapped example. Kyo believes that when Tohru sees his monstrous cursed form, she will be disgusted and scared of him like everyone else who has seen him in that state. Indeed, seeing Kyo in that form scares Tohru. But instead of leaving him, Tohru runs after him and begs him to return because she wants to be together with him. Near the end of the series, Tohru proclaims she loves Kyo despite him choosing to not save her mother from the car accident for his own self-preservation. Even Kyo finds it incredible that Tohru can accept everything bad and ugly about him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Unbeknownst to her, Shigure took Tohru in so she could be the key to his plan to break the Zodiac curse by having Tohru form new bonds with the cursed Sohmas and break them free from the bond tying them to their "God".
  • 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 bitchy and drag her (not unwillingly) back.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Tohru wanted to successfully graduate from high school because she hoped it would make her mother proud of her. Sadly, her mother died before she even finished her first year in high school, but Tohru still wants to fulfill her promise to her mother.
  • What Would X Do?: She always quotes Kyoko.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: When Kyo makes her face her feelings for her father Katsuya, Tohru admits that she can only think of her father as the villain who left her and her mother Kyoko behind and made Kyoko so depressed that she neglected and very nearly abandoned Tohru to join Katsuya in the afterlife. Adding to that, Katsuya's relatives accused her of being the child of an affair because they thought she doesn't look like him, which made it harder for Tohru to remember her father fondly. After spilling her heart out, Tohru tells Kyo that she feels awful for thinking of her father that way because she does remember he was a good father for the short time he lived and he made Kyoko very happy.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Downplayed; while she's clumsier and more naive than most examples, she still has all the politeness and domestic talent, and is very good at cooking Japanese style dishes. Also, while she has a tendency to be an Extreme Doormat due to her low self-esteem, she does show inner iron when it really counts, being able to overwhelm everyone she nicely confronts. At one point, she even has an Imagine Spot about being a Japanese princess.
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    Yuki Sohma (The Rat) 

Yuki Sohma (The Rat)

Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (2001 Series), Nobunaga Shimazaki (teen), Miyuri Shimabukuro (child) (2019 Series) (JP), Eric Vale (teen, both series), Kate Bristol (child, 2001 series), Amanda Lee (child, 2019 series) (EN)

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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.


  • 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.
  • Attractiveness Isolation: The girls of his fan club think Yuki is so perfect that none of them will ever be good enough for him and limit themselves to admiring him from afar. Tohru is the only girl who treats him like a regular boy instead of an idol, which makes him feel at ease. This also adds to Yuki's fangirls hating Tohru because they thought it was an unofficial rule that no girl at their school could get so close to Yuki.
  • Bad Dreams: Thanks to the Mind Rape he suffered under Akito.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • The main reason behind Yuki's fondness of Tohru is that she's the first person who has made him feel accepted and valued for who he truly is.
    • He finds himself falling for Machi because she's the only one who would run all over the school just to greet him.
  • 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.
  • Beta Couple: Starting from the second act of the series, Yuki develops a romantic relationship with his fellow student council member Machi. The smooth way their romance develops forms a nice contrast to the drama and obstacles Tohru and Kyo face as the main couple of the series.
  • Bishōnen: He's prettier than several girls in the series.
  • Broken Ace: He looks perfect, but due to his past Yuki is so terrified of rejection that he also is an enormous Stepford Smiler.
  • Caring Gardener: He has a private vegetable garden that's some distance away from Shigure's house, which he refers to as his "secret base". Revealing it to Tohru and letting her help him take care of it is a notable sign that he's opening up to her.
  • Chick Magnet: Enough that he has a fan club that started up almost as soon as he entered high school, and it's stated that over half of the school's female population are members.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Silver in the manga and the 2019 reboot (makes sense, considering he's the Rat), purple in the first 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.
  • Deuteragonist: Becomes one in the second half of the series as more focus is put on his student council activities and his growing relationship with Machi.
  • Dragged into Drag: His class puts him in a maid outfit to attract more students in the School Festival.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He has a bit of a complex about his girly face, has been mistaken for a woman and Kyo often mocks him by calling him "girly boy".
  • Emotionally Tongue-Tied: He's very smooth when he's in his charming prince persona, but he struggles to communicate his true feelings in a natural way.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Boys and girls alike swoon over him. Makoto Takei, the first Student Council President, has a very blatant crush on him.
  • Fatal Flaw: His tendency to hold grudges. He resents Ayame for often ignoring him as a child and refuses to let him in when he tries making amends, and he'll often antagonize Kyo completely unprovoked out of spite.
  • First Love:
    • Played for Laughs when Haru casually admits Yuki was his first crush.
    • In a more serious sense, he was Tohru's childhood crush who helped her find her way back home when she was lost.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: He was the boy who guided Tohru back to her house after she got lost one day when she was a child.
  • The Four Loves: Yuki loves Tohru a lot, but it's ambiguous what kind of love he feels for her until the final stages of the series. After a long time where it seems to be leaning towards Eros (romantic love), Yuki comes to the conclusion that his feelings for Tohru are much closer to Storge (familial love).
  • The Gadfly: Character Development has him start to become this as he interacts more with the other student council members (especially Kakeru), showing how he's more relaxed and not as worried about upholding his image as a Princely Young Man. He particularly likes doing this to his girlfriend Machi.
  • Harmful to Minors: Flashbacks are shown of Akito whipping him.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Might as well be asleep on his feet in the morning, and yet he defeats Kyo even quicker in this state. It's because he's too drowsy to hold back like he normally does.
  • 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.
  • Instant Fan Club: The Prince Yuki Fan Club, which formed within a few months of his first year of high school.
  • 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:
    • On the receiving end of this as plenty of girls in school like his "princely" image, but are unaware of how much of a Broken Ace and Stepford Smiler he really is.
    • His feelings for Tohru were later said to be him looking for the mother he never had.
  • Luminescent Blush: When Tohru calls him by name during Haru's visit, he gets one of these as he transforms out of shock.
  • Mutual Envy: He envies Kyo for being able to socialize more easily than he can, as well as not having as many restrictions placed on him by the Sohma clan since he isn't seen as a "true" member of the Zodiac due to his status as the Cat. Ironically, Kyo envies Yuki for being seemingly perfect and being accepted as one of the Zodiac.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Noble Male to Kyo's Roguish Male, being the charming prince of his high school.
  • 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, but despite that he's even stronger in this state since he's too sleepy to hold back. 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) and is briefly shown to be jealous when he sees Tohru acting motherly towards the younger Sohmas.
  • Odd Name Out: He and Kyo are the only cursed Sohmas whose names aren't part of the others' Temporal Theme Naming.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Shown Their Work: Rodents kept in captivity can commonly develop respiratory problems , explaining why Yuki suffers from something similar.
  • Sickly Child Grew Up Strong: He suffered from severe respiratory problems when he was young (and they occasionally come back when he's under emotional stress), but he's largely recovered from them and is an even stronger martial artist than Kyo despite being not as passionate about it.
  • Slave to PR: Yuki feels like he's trapped in the façade of the ideal prince everyone loves from afar, because Akito drilled into his head that no one would ever accept his real self. His Character Development is about learning to be himself thanks to Tohru's influence and his friendships within the student council.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: He has a complex about his pretty face and he very much dislikes the unwanted attention his beauty draws from both women and men.
  • Stepford Smiler: Depressed variety. 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: He takes up this position during his second year of high school.
  • 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.
  • Tears of Joy: In the sequel, Yuki's son tells him he's very happy to have him and Machi as his parents and loves their home for being such a fun and warm place. Yuki can't hold back the tears after confirming that he has created a family and home his son wants to always return to, which is the exact opposite of Yuki at his age.
  • 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.
    • Also seen when Ayame admits to not only have been in the red light district with Shigure in the past, he made a complete fool of himself when sticking up for his classmates. With Bishie Sparkles around him, Yuki calmly tells his brother to get out of the house. It doesn't last long — with Aya continuing, he's eventually yelling to shut up and leave until Hatori shows up.
  • Trophy Child: His parents basically sold him to Akito for wealth and status.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gets pissed off at Kyo for refusing to visit Tohru at the hospital after the landscape accident. When Kyo protests that he doesn't need to do that because Yuki is the one who make everything better and protect Tohru, Yuki makes Kyo understand that there's one thing only he can do; make Tohru happy as the man she loves.

    Kyo Sohma (The Cat) 

Kyo Sohma (The Cat)

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (teen), Kyousuke Ikeda (child) (2001 series), Yuuma Uchida (teen), Asuna Tomari (child) (2019 series) (JP), Jerry Jewell (teen, both series), Avery Rice Williams (child, 2001 series), Alison Viktorin (child, 2019 series) (EN)

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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.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Kyo's beads are red and white in the manga, but black and white in the first anime. Also, his eyes were originally orange to match his hair, but the first anime gives him red eyes. Averted with the 2019 reboot where both his eyes and beads share the same respective colors as his manga incarnation.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He develops a habit of lightly tapping Tohru's head with his fist. It's his peculiar way of showing he cares about her.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: He is 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, able to jump from very high places and land on his feet, and even his least favorite foods are all ones that are very bad for cats and can lead to renal failure. In the reboot's first ending sequence, he's seen sleeping in a tree in a catlike position.
  • Babies Ever After: With Tohru. They have three children and their oldest son, Hajime, becomes one of the main characters of Fruits Basket Another.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me:
    • His attachment and eventual love for Tohru starts from the moment she states she likes him for being the Cat of the Zodiac, something that caused everyone else to hate him until that point.
    • He also adores his adopted father Kazuma because he was the first member of the Sohma family who treated him like a human being and raised him with all the love no one else would give him.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Kyo has a lot of issues, to put it mildly. Tohru's gentleness calms him down and little by little, his heart heals by finding true love in Tohru.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is the go-to target for any form of physical comedy. Yuki frequently trounces him in fights (which Kyo usually brings upon himself) and also develops a habit of shoving leeks into Kyo's mouth whenever he's getting on his nerves. And this is nothing compared to the abuse Kagura puts him through, though fortunately he appears to be Made of Iron when it comes to this. However this is also Played for Drama, as his status as the Cat means that he's essentially treated as an outsider in his own family, and played a huge part in him developing the issues he has as a teenager.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He is not really good about voicing his feelings on anything, let alone romantic ones.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted because while he can be very rude and temperamental, he's ultimately not a bad person. Also, 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.
  • Competition Freak: He gets fired up for any challenge in which he can beat Yuki, even if it's a running race or a simple ping-pong game.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Even before he understands why, Kyo gets pissed when other guys hit on Tohru.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In the manga and the 2019 anime, he has orange eyes to match his hair.
  • Cute Kitten: He lures kittens to himself at one point because his classmates were calling his culture festival idea dumb. They end up nicknaming him "Kyon-Kyon" for the rest of high school because of it.
  • Cute Little Fangs: He has them during some comedic moments.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Kyo slowly opens up to Tohru and as they become closer, he starts treating her a lot better and falls in love with her.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Goes barefoot at nearly every possible moment, even during a footrace! In one case it works to his advantage, as he takes off his shoes when going inside the Hondas' house.
  • 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. This is justified since he's the Cat of the Zodiac, and all of those foods are known to be very bad for cats.
  • Don't Look at Me!: Kyo absolutely doesn't want anyone to see his "true form" because it's so hideous.
  • 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.
  • Failure-to-Save Murder: Kyo blames himself for Kyoko's death. He could have gotten her out of harm's way, but he would have transformed in the middle of a busy street, so he did nothing. Nobody else seems to know about it (except possibly Kazuma), but he heavily associates it with his mother's death, which many people do blame him for. It doesn't help that he (mistakenly) believes Kyoko died hating him for his inaction, either.
  • Fiery Redhead: He has naturally orange hair due to the curse, and he's usually shouting or breaking something.
  • First Kiss: With Tohru.
  • First-Name Basis: At the start of the manga, he called Tohru "you." By the end of volume six, he switches to "Tohru."
  • Freakiness Shame: Being the Cat is equivalent to being a monster in eyes of the Sohma family. Therefore, Kyo is baffled when Tohru tells him the Cat is her favorite sign of the Zodiac.
  • 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. Especially prominent at the start of his Painful Transformation in the 2019 anime
  • Grow Old with Me: With Tohru. The final pages show them walking together as elders.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets extremely angry very easily and usually deals with it by attacking his own family. This lessens over time as he learns to keep his anger under control, especially around Tohru.
  • Happily Adopted: He has something of a Cuteness Proximity-style change to his personality when his foster father Kazuma is mentioned. His biological father registers somewhere near the Gendo end of the Sliding Scale of Bastard Fathers, so no wonder.
  • Hellish Pupils: His pupils become slits like a cat's when he gets extremely angry and when he turns into the cat's True Form.
  • Heroic BSoD: Kyo didn't disappear to the mountains for four months to train. After he did nothing to save Kyoko from being hit by a car, Kyo completely shut down out of guilt. He only snapped out of it when he decided to cope with his guilt by blaming Kyoko's death on Yuki.
  • Hey, You!: Due to his brash personality, he rarely calls anyone by name. The fact that he starts addressing Tohru by her name after she accepts him in his true form is a big step in their relationship.
  • Hope Is Scary: When Kazuma comes back to visit, Kyo claims that he hates to stay at Shigure's house with Yuki and Tohru because it's like an uncomfortable hot bath for him. Kazuma correctly deduces that Kyo doesn't hate to live with Tohru; he loves it and that makes him terrified that Tohru will at some point come to hate and/or fear him like everyone in the Sohma clan.
  • Hot-Blooded: Gets riled up and angry real easy. Especially if Yuki is involved.
  • I Am a Monster: The Cat is viewed like a monster by the Sohma clan and Kyo's own father treats him like an abomination. Because of this and his repulsive cursed form, Kyo thinks of himself as nothing but a hideous thing.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: The more he falls in love with Tohru, the worst he feels about himself because he's falling for the daughter of the woman he left to die.
  • Insecure Love Interest: He believes Tohru would be better off falling in love with anyone but him because no good can come out of becoming the girlfriend of an outcast like him. He also believes himself responsible for the death of Tohru's mother, which he uses as proof that he has no right to be loved by 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: His angry and violent approach might give a bad impression of him, but he's just had a very difficult life. His protectiveness of Tohru is the major giveaway of how much of a good guy he really is.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He 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: He throws a few in Tohru's direction once he realizes his feelings for her.
  • Love Epiphany: During the summer vacation, Kyo realizes that he has fallen head over heels in love with Tohru.
  • Made of Iron: Despite constantly getting the crap kicked out of him by Yuki and especially Kagura whenever she's around, Kyo never actually gets seriously injured. This is even lampshaded when Haru trips him when he's racing Yuki, causing him to faceplant but only suffer a minor scrape. Haru then addresses the viewers and warns them to not try this at home, as anyone other than Kyo would receive much more than an Amusing Injury from this.
  • Magnetic Hero: An advantage to how hot-headed Kyo is is that his wearing his emotions on his sleeves allows him to socialize with his classmates with relative ease. This is something Yuki actually resents him for.
  • Meaningful Name: Unlike the rest of the Sohmas, Kyo's name isn't part of the Temporal Theme Naming. Instead, the kanji used (夾) means "to squeeze/wedge in between," representing his wish to find a place inside the Zodiac circle.
  • Mutual Envy: He envies Yuki for being seemingly perfect and being considered a "true" member of the Zodiac as the Rat; Kyo has been ostracized by the Sohma family his whole life for being the Cat, and believes that if he can defeat Yuki in a fight he'll finally be accepted. Ironically, Yuki envies Kyo for being able to socialize with others more easily, and through his own experience has learned that being accepted by the Sohma family isn't necessarily a good thing since his life has been tightly controlled by his parents and Akito.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: In the second anime, he's occasionally shown grooming himself in cat form.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: He constantly fights Yuki and loses.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: He tries to keep people at arm's length and even resorts to hurting them so they leave him alone because almost everyone in the Sohma clan has hurt him so much that he's tired of it.
  • Never My Fault: Kyo always wanted to blame Yuki for all his problems, particularly him being excluded from the Zodiac, his mother's suicide and Kyo choosing not to save Kyoko, because thinking of himself as the victim of a bad guy made him feel better about himself. Given he had been blamed by literally everyone for things completely beyond his control, like his own existence, it was more of a coping mechanism to keep from mentally falling apart. Towards the end of the series, Kyo acknowledges how unfair and self-serving this way of thinking was.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish Male to Yuki's Noble Male, being the Hot-Blooded Tsundere who wears his uniform improperly.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Kyo is very much put off by Kagura's overly aggressive advances and possessive behavior towards him. There's also that she extracted a Childhood Marriage Promise out of him at knifepoint. Kyo ends up falling in love with the demure and gentle Tohru who reaches out to him with patient understanding instead of force.
  • No Social Skills: At the start a lot of his rough actions and words come from his Hot-Blooded nature and various issues getting in the way. He's very aware he struggles in that regard and it often makes him think terribly of himself. As the manga goes on, he starts moving away from this trope.
  • Odd Name Out: He and Yuki are the only cursed Sohmas whose names aren't part of the others' Temporal Theme Naming. In Kyo's case it's more justified since as the Cat, who never became an official part of the zodiac, his animal isn't associated with a month on the Japanese calendar.
  • Opposites Attract: With Tohru. Kyo is a hot-headed, tough, no manners, always-wanting-to-fight boy, and Tohru is a girl who's very sweet and kind.
  • Painful Transformation: Unlike the other cursed Sohmas' transformations, which happen immediately in a puff of colorful smoke, Kyo's transformation into the cat's true form isn't pretty. This is made especially clear in the 2019 anime, where Kyo actually transforms onscreen and he sounds like he's in a lot of pain while it happens.
  • Picky Eater: He hates leeks and miso a lot and is very vocal about it, even though those vegetables are used very often in Japanese cooking. He still makes Tohru some leek porridge when she was sick, which shows how much he's starting to care for her. Justified since he's the Cat, and leeks and miso are very bad for cats.
  • 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 he wears on his left wrist, which prevent him from transforming into the hideous, foul-smelling beast that is the Cat's "true form". They also serve to block Power Incontinence.
  • Red-Headed Stepchild: The Cat has naturally orange hair and is treated as the pariah of the Sohma clan. People who don't know about the Sohma family's curse have also made fun of his orange hair since they think it's dyed.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The temperamental, loud, red-haired Red Oni to Yuki's calm, reserved, grey-haired Blue Oni.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: He embarrassingly denies there's anything going on between him and Tohru, as it slowly becomes more obvious that he has romantic feelings for her 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.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Due to being an aggressive teenager with a Hair-Trigger Temper, it's unsurprising that Kyo has a pretty colorful vocabulary to match at times. While the exact extent of it depends on the translation of the manga or format of the anime, he's pretty much always depicted as having the most foul mouth of the cast by a considerable margin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sprouting Ears: He's prone to sprouting cat ears and a tail when he's angry during more lighthearted moments, especially in the anime.
  • 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.
  • Tame His Anger: A big part of his Character Development is him learning to control his temper and stop resorting to violence for everything.
  • They Died Because of You: Many people, particularly his Jerkass father, blame him for his mother being Driven to Suicide since she must have wanted to die after giving birth to a disgusting thing like him. Eventually, Kyo understands it wasn't his fault after he realizes his father also emotionally abused his mother to the point of sending her into suicidal depression.
  • Through His Stomach: Cooks for Tohru when she's ill — despite teasing.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Thanks to the Tohru's influence, Kyo gradually grows into a gentler and emotionally mature person. By the ending of the series, many are surprised by how nice and laidback Kyo has become.
  • Tritagonist: Kyo is equal in importance to Tohru and Yuki, getting as much focus and Character Development as them.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He's rambunctious, but that doesn't stop female classmates from asking him out.
  • Tsundere: A male Harsh type and very justified. Kyo is abrasive, hotheaded and violent, but also very sensitive and vulnerable beneath that tough guy act. While it's clear how he feels about Tohru, he doesn't know how to express it aside from getting red-faced around her because he was constantly abused and shunned his entire life. Gradually, he lets Tohru see more of his softer side and by the end of the series, he can openly show his love for her.
  • Tsurime Eyes: His sharp eyes are just perfectly for a cat-like Tsundere.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Kagura's flashbacks indicate that Kyo was a lot nicer than he is as a young adult.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Uo. They bicker and fight, yet he always hangs with her when they're on break in school.
  • Voice of the Legion: He speaks with an echoing, scary voice when he turns into his monstrous 'true' form.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants to become someone his martial arts teacher and surrogate father Kazuma can be proud of. Kazuma already loves him as a son the way he is, though.
  • When He Smiles: Tohru's heart melts whenever Kyo shows her a genuine happy smile.
  • Would Hit a Girl: On his first day at Tohru's school, he puts a girl into an armbar to discourage her attention. 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.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: The Cat being treated like dirt by the Sohma clan has taken a big toll on Kyo's self-esteem. Tohru is the first person who has seen the true value in him and called him a wonderful person.
  • You're Not My Father: Subverted. He once denied that his guardian Kazuma is his father even though Kyo does think of him as that. He was just afraid that Kazuma would get in trouble for having a problematic son.

    Shigure Sohma (The Dog) 

Shigure Sohma (The Dog)

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (2001 Series), Yuuichi Nakamura (adult), Mari Hino (child) (2019 Series) (JP), John Burgmeier (adult, both series), Apphia Yu (child, 2019 series)(EN)

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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 first 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.
    • He also shows some degree of concern when Kazuma decides to show Kyo’s true form in front of Tohru in the 2019 anime; he’s unsure if Tohru should be the one to burden the gamble, and he’s shown to be clearly unhappy when it happens.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief: He tends to provide comic relief in the manga and 2019 anime, but he also has his shady moments and it's later made clear that his silly side is largely Obfuscating Stupidity. In the 2001 anime, the darker aspects of his personality are left out and he's pure comic relief.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ayame calls him "Gure-san", while Kagura calls him "Shi-chan".
  • 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, Tohru. 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool Big Bro: In his best moments, he acts like a fun-loving older brother figure to Tohru and Yuki who cares about them in his own way.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He wants Akito all to himself. He still bears a huge grudge against her and Kureno for starting a sexual relationship despite knowing how Shigure felt for Akito.
  • Ephebophile: Flirts openly with high school aged Tohru when he first meets her, is eager to meet her friends before Kyo 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. It's later heavily implied that this is all an act, since the one he truly loves is Akito; though Shigure is several years older than her, Akito is confirmed to be somewhere in her early twenties and thus not a teenager.
  • 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 slept with Ren to retaliate against Akito for sleeping with Kureno.
  • 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.
  • It's All About Me: Shigure only cares about himself and what he wants.
  • 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.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: He always wears kimono when at home, which relates to the Japanese stereotype of writers always wearing traditional clothing. In one manga omake, he reveals to Tohru that he invokes this since he's well aware of the stereotype.
  • Love Before First Sight: As Shigure himself puts it, he fell hopelessly in love with Akito ever since he saw her in a dream, at the night of her conception.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Shigure himself lampshades this, calling himself 'the dirtiest one of all,' because he is willing to use everyone to achieve his goals. 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 Akito.
  • 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 heck 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.
  • Operation: Jealousy: When he found out Akito had sex with Kureno, Shigure had sex with Ren, Akito's loathed mother, because he knew that was the best way to extraordinarily piss Akito off.
  • 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 first 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: 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".
  • Pen Name: He uses the pen name "Noa Kiritani" for his romance novels, while publishing his serious works under his real name.
  • 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.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Akito is the only woman he has ever wanted. He might flirt and play around with other women, but he feels no real attraction to them. He even admits that the only reason why he could have sex with Akito's mom is because she looks like an older, long-haired Akito.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He's shown smoking at some points when he's showing his actual personality in the manga. This isn't present in the 2019, where no characters are seen smoking.
  • True Companions: The Mabudachi Trio (with Hatori and Ayame)
  • Unflappable Guardian: Invites the girl who was unknowingly living on his property in a tent to live with them immediately because he's using her. To be fair, he does genuinely care for Tohru, but for Shigure, his plans and manipulations come first.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Reputedly sleeps around a lot, but the only proof this might hold some water is Mayu-Sensei and Ren.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: He was much gentler when he was younger, but his personality dramatically changed after Akito slept with Kureno. Akito is very disappointed that Shigure isn't kind to her as he was in the past, but refuses to accept that he changed because of her actions.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: One could argue that all his actions throughout the series amount to this: his ultimate goal is having Akito to himself, and if the curse is broken along the way, great!! However, his ideas and methods of how to get what he wants are more or less harmful to at least one person involved in his schemes.
    • This even extends to short term whims such as sending Hatori to Mayu's parents' bookstore in order to give the both of them another chance at romance.
  • Yandere: A non-violent one towards Akito. He has been obsessing over her since before she was even born and he torments her with mind games as payback for her having sex with another man. As he himself says, he loves Akito so damn much that he wants to spoil her rotten and crush her to a pulp.
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