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The 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 who isn't cursed, or when they're very physically weak. Ayame is a special case since he also transforms when he gets too cold, due to being the Snake (since snakes are reptiles and thus cold-blooded).
  • The Beastmaster: They have the ability to speak to, and control to some degree, whichever animal they're possessed by. However, Yuki is the only one who's actually shown to take advantage of this (by summoning an army of rats to help him recover Tohru's belongings from the landslide that buried her tent), and Kyo's ability to attract cats often happens without him meaning to. This ability is pretty much forgotten as the story goes on.
  • Blessed with Suck: Being able to turn into an animal may seem fun on paper, and those who are cursed have a minor Beastmaster ability. However, it's eventually made clear that the curse has a lot of drawbacks; the cursed Zodiac members can't control their transformations and have to be very careful about it, many of them deal with parents who either reject them or are overprotective of them, and as members of the Zodiac, they're all bound to be subservient to their "God" no matter how much the "God" abuses them.
  • Brought Down to Normal: They are all freed from the curse by the end of the story.
  • 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. There is also another individual who hosts the spirit of the "God" or Jade Emperor who summoned all the animals to a banquet in the origins of the Eastern zodiac; that person serves as the head of the Sohma family.
  • 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.
    • Another part of the curse is that they’re compelled to look down on Kyo as the “traitorous” cat spirit and silently consent to have him locked up for his entire life. While they don’t always get along with Kyo, due to his abrasive nature, rejecting and imprisoning him are the last things they want and they hate themselves for it, but the curse forces them to agree.
  • Honor Thy Abuser: At the end of the story, all the members of the Zodiac minus Rin decide to not bear grudges against Akito for all the emotional and physical abuse she inflicted on them for years. While they recognize how Akito treated them was very wrong, they can see Akito is set on being a better person from now on and they also wish to move on with their lives.
  • Implausible Hair Color: Some of the cursed Sohmas have hair and eye colors that aren't considered normal In-Universe by Japanese standards, as a side effect of the animals they're possessed by. Some of them are even suspected to dye their hair by those outside the family, even though their hair colors are completely natural. Kisa in particular is bullied by her classmates for having blonde hair and golden eyes.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: 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.
    • It's a given that the Sohmas are a clan, not simply one big family, so the current generation of cursed Sohmas aren't necessarily cousins by blood and merely refer to each other as such out of formality and kinship.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Whenever a Sohma gets inadvertently transformed into animal in front of a person, they resort to erasing the victim's memories. This is currently done by Hatori, whose family line has had this ability for generations.
  • Mistaken for Dyed: Most of them have rare or unusual hair colors by Japanese standards, which has them subjected to being bullied over their hair. Kisa is shown to get the worst of it.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: All the Zodiac members feel compelled to be subservient to Akito because she's their God. Because of this, none of them ever tries to fight back her abuse nor comes to hate her no matter how much she wrongs them and other people.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: The curse greatly restricts the social freedom of the afflicted and binds them to the head of the Sohma family. This is emphasized more later on in the story, which the 2001 anime doesn't cover.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Their clothes don't change with them when they transform, so they're always naked whenever they change back, which is often played for comedy.
  • Temporal Theme Naming: Their names (excluding Yuki and Kyo) are derived from archaic Japanese names for the months based off the lunisolar calendar. Each member (besides Momiji and Kureno) is named for the month associated with their animal.
    • Shigure is from the tenth month "Shigurezuki"note , the month of the Dog.
    • Kagura is from the eleventh month "Kagurazuki" note , the month of the Boar.
    • Momiji was mistakenly mixed up with Kureno and named after the ninth month "Momijizuki"note , the month of the Rooster.
    • Hatori is from the fourth month "Konohatorizuki"note , the month of the Dragon.
    • Hatsuharu is from the first month "Hatsuharu"note , the month of the Ox.
    • Ayame is from the fifth month "Ayamezuki"note , the month of the Snake.
    • Kisa is from the second month "Kisaragi"note , the month of the Tiger.
    • Hiro is from the seventh month "Fumihirogetsuki"note , the month of the Sheep.
    • Ritsu is from the eighth month "Odakaritsuki"note , the month of the monkey.
    • Isuzu is from the sixth month "Isuzukuretsuki"note , the month of the Horse.
    • Kureno was mistakenly mixed up with Momiji and named after the third month "Kurenoharu"note , the month of the Rabbit.
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    Yuki Sohma (The Rat) 
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    Kyo Sohma (The Cat) 
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    Shigure Sohma (The Dog) 
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    Akito Sohma (God) 

Akito Sohma (God)

Voiced by: Murasaki Wakaba (adult), Yuka Imai (child) (2001 series), Junko Minagawa (The Last Story Voice Comic), Maaya Sakamoto (2019 Series) (JP), Chad Cline (adult), Aaron Dismuke (child) (2001 series), Colleen Clinkenbeard (adult), Trina Nishimura (child) (2019 series) (EN)

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The head of the Sohma family, representing the God who commands the Zodiac (known as the Jade Emperor in Chinese culture). 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. However, it's never confirmed if she really does have any mental illnesses.
  • 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 first 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: Akito will never accept that the Zodiac members even consider giving some attention to anyone other than her. This is, unfortunately, yet another of the personality problems she picked up from her awful mother.
  • Ax-Crazy: Someone who beats the crap out of a child and pushes a woman out of a window for having a boyfriend is definitely not the epitome of mental health.
  • 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: Akito is a woman, but due to being Raised as the Opposite Gender, she's seen in suits during functions out of the Sohma estate. She looks androgynous enough that no one suspects that she's a woman and most people are shocked by the Gender Reveal.
  • Big Bad: Essentially the main villain of the story. Although her mother might be willing to steal that title from her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The first time Akito speaks with Tohru, she acts all nice and says she's happy Yuki and Kyo are being taken care of by such a cute girl. Afterwards, Akito tells Shigure Tohru is an ugly, pathetic girl and she's convinced Yuki and Kyo will be disappointed by Tohru in no time.
  • Bokukko: Aside of being a Bifauxnen, she uses "boku" to refer to herself. She keeps doing so even after she stops posing as a boy.
  • 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.
  • Break the Haughty: Begins to experience this as the curse gets broken and each member goes free.
  • 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.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Due to the incredibly antagonistic relationship she has with her mother, Akito either refers to her by her name or just calls her "that woman".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Taken to the extreme. Akito has zero tolerance to the male Zodiac members favoring other women. When she found out Hatori, Hiro and Haru had girlfriends, Akito went nuts. Poor Kana, Kisa and Rin had more than their share of pain because of Akito's jealous wrath. Akito's insane Jealous Parent of a mother is to blame for this behavior.
  • 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.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Because of her father spoiling her and her mother treating her like garbage, Akito is desperate for displays of affection and clings on to the family curse because she believes it keeps her bonded to the Zodiac. Even when she was a child, she would go around the household asking everyone if they loved her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • What does Akito think is a fitting punishment for Rin daring to "touching her things" by starting a relationship with Haru? Throw her out of an upper floor window and send her to the hospital!
    • On Ren's orders, Rin sneaks into Akito's room to steal a little box and gets caught in the act. Akito is so furious that she locks Rin inside the Cat's Room for weeks, subjects her to Traumatic Haircut and pretty much leaves her to starve to death. Thank goodness Kureno intervened before Rin's condition got critical.
  • Domestic Abuse: Akito is both a physical and emotional abuser of the worst kind to the Zodiac. Nearly all the cursed Sohmas were deeply scarred by Akito's intimidation and violence against them, particularly Yuki and Rin.
  • 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:
    • Deconstructed. One of the aspects of the family curse is that the Zodiac members have to forgive Akito no matter what she does to them or other people, even if they clearly don't approve of her misdeeds. This has added to many of their emotional issues and Akito continues to abuse the Zodiac's inability to blame her to the extreme.
      • Akito is very reliant on this as its one of her primary ways of controlling the Zodiac, instilling fear and sadness in them, but they’re forced to forgive through the curse and love her unconditionally. But, when Yuki gains the strength to move on from the past thanks to Tohru’s healing, he willingly forgives Akito on his own without the curse forcing him. This causes Akito to freak out since it shows that the curse is starting to break.
    • Played straight at the end of the manga. With the curse completely broken, the Zodiac members now have the option of hating Akito for how she treated them, but they choose not to because Tohru's influence allow them to let go of any bad feelings they might have for Akito. The only one who still doesn't want to forgive Akito is Rin, who was the biggest victim of her abuse, and yet Rin feels more awful about this than Akito does.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Akito is black-haired and pale-skinned because of her sickly condition. She also throws out negative vibes like no tomorrow.
  • Electra Complex: Akito loved her father very much and was torn up by his death while she despises her Evil Matriarch of a mother enough to want her dead. Considering that Ren's abuse is the reason why Akito is violently possessive of the Zodiac members, it's hard not to see why Akito hates her mother.
  • Entitled to Have You: Akito insists the male Zodiac members are obligated to only love her because she believes the Zodiac animals should direct all their affection to their God. Akito strictly forbids the Zodiac from forming romantic relationships with other women and when they start dating someone anyway, Akito throws a tantrum and puts the girlfriend in the hospital.
    • This stems from her hatred towards her mother and the loss of her father, the latter because she wants to feel the fatherly love she dearly misses, and the former out of a mixture of “proving” Ren’s abuse wrong and because of the Psychological Projection mentioned below.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Akito feels betrayed by Kureno and Haru when they jump to Rin's defense even though Rin tried to steal a possession of hers. Take into account this is after Akito already punished Rin by trapping her in the Cat's Room and leaving her to starve for weeks. Of course, Kureno and Haru would berate Akito for that, yet Akito doesn't understand why her Zodiac would be mad at her for whatever reason.
  • 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.
  • Family Theme Naming: Her father was named Akira, which is very similar to Akito.
  • 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.
  • Foil: With Tohru Honda. Aside from their commonly boyish names, and deceased fathers; the two are said to strongly resemble a parent they resent. Played with in how Tohru is very little like Katsuya, aside from copying his very polite speech habits. It can be said much of Akito's personality was shaped by Ren's even worse one, they look so much alike Shigure only saw Ren as an older, feminine Akito when he slept with her, and since Akito was Raised as the Opposite Gender, speaks masculinely. They both realize they have to let go of the memories of a parent they adored in order to move on, while reconciling with the other one. They aren't able to make verbal amends, however Katsuya's dead. Ren just refuses to talk. At the end, like Tohru, Akito tries reaching out to someone that spent their entire life wanting things to stay the same. However, this time they walk away instead.
  • Freak Out!: Has one whenever she thinks a Zodiac member is leaving her or someone is taking them away from her.
  • Freudian Excuse: Akito horribly abuses the Zodiac members to take out her anger over the death of her father and the complete rejection of her crazy mother. Whenever one of the Zodiac members directs their attention to anyone other than her, Akito is overcome with fear that she's going to be abandoned like her mother said she would. Akito resorts to physical and mental torture to make everyone too afraid of her to leave 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 first anime stopped before Volume 17 was released, the animators made Akito biologically male. They make it very clear.
  • Girl of My Dreams: The night of her conception, Akito appeared in the dreams of the oldest Zodiac members, making them shed Tears of Joy. Shigure fell madly in love with Akito after seeing that dream.
  • Girliness Upgrade: At the end of the series, after the curse is finally broken, Akito stops posing as a man and begins dressing like a woman. This symbolizes her first step into living as herself instead of the person the Sohma adults want her to be.
  • A God Am I: She let her position as the God of the Zodiac go to her head, to put it mildly. Primarily, Akito justifies her controlling and abusive treatment of the Zodiac members by claiming that a God can do whatever they please and no one can punish them for it.
  • God in Human Form: Akito is the "God" of the Zodiac, who the other Zodiac members feel compelled to be subservient to no matter how much she abuses them. Aside from this, though, she doesn't have any kind of godlike power.
  • Good Girl Gone Bad: Akito was a good little girl until the day her father died and she let her crazy mother's cruel words screw with her head. Ever since then, she become terribly abusive and controlling of the Zodiac members.
  • 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: At the end of the series, Akito finally understands her mistreatment of the Zodiac only made them want to leave her. Taking Tohru's endless forgiveness as an example, Akito vows to never hurt anyone again and aims to become a better person, even though she knows no good she does will undo the damage she caused for the cursed Sohmas.
  • Hidden Buxom: She's been accustomed to flattening her chest to conceal her female gender. She often looks perfectly androgynous when wearing masculine clothing, but she has a very feminine figure when she finally puts on girl's clothes.
  • 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: Akito is said to have been sickly since childhood, although she's physically healthier than her father was.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: For her entire life, Akito has convinced herself that she's special and important because she's a "god" as a desperate way to cope with nonexistent self-esteem, loneliness and a crippling fear of the world.
  • In the Blood: Akito picked up the Yandere tendencies of her mother after her father died. If it hasn't been for Akito having a change of heart because of Tohru offering her friendship, Akito would have ended up as a solitary crazy lady like Ren.
  • Jerkass: Akito is incredibly selfish, immature and cruel. She causes much more pain and trauma for some of the Zodiac members than the curse.
  • Karma Houdini: Akito gets a happy ending with Shigure and goes off without receiving any comeuppance for the years she spent inflicting very cruel physical and emotional abuse on the Zodiac members. Then again, part of the themes of the manga is forgiveness and moving forward; it wouldn't have fit the story if she wasn't given a second chance, especially considering she herself was a victim of a horrific cycle of abuse and the curse.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: To fit her position of the family head of an exaggeratedly traditional clan, Akito is almost always seen in a male kimono. Towards the end of the manga, she changes it for a female kimono since she's still going to lead the Sohma clan, but she's not going to hide her gender anymore.
  • 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.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Deconstructed. When she was a child, Akito developed a crush on Shigure because the gentle way he treated her reminded her of her father. She's greatly displeased by how his attitude towards her drastically changed after she slept with Kureno because her father would have never been so cold to her. Also, Shigure knew Akito has one big Electra Complex and he refused to be a replacement for her deceased father in her eyes.
  • 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.
  • Lonely at the Top: Because of her status as both the head of the Sohma clan and the Zodiac God, nobody corrected her unstable behavior growing up nor treated her as an equal rather than someone feared by all or pitied by few. This prevented her from ever learning right from wrong and isolating her from interpersonal development and understanding healthy relationships. The only people who could try to help her either catered to her whims, ignored her, or abused her; Tohru was the very first person to try to empathize with her and talk her through her issues, as well as offer the “God” the chance to genuinely befriend someone outside the Zodiac. It worked.
  • Love Hungry: Everyone in the Zodiac must love Akito only. If anyone tries to leave her or comes to love someone other than her, Akito flips her shit and resorts to abusing them cruelly so they have no choice but to love her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She can keep the Sohma under a tight leash with mood swings and abuse.
  • Matricide: There are multiple occasions in the manga where Akito tries to kill her mother Ren. The one thing holding her back from going through with it is that Ren wants to join Akira in death.
  • Mind Rape: Akito is both a perpetrator and a victim. Thank you, Ren.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Hiro tells Akito that he has a crush on Kisa and wants to make her his girlfriend. What does Akito do? Beat the living daylights out of Kisa, who is still a middle school student, resulting in poor Kisa being hospitalized for two weeks. That should teach Hiro a lesson on why none of the Zodiacs can direct their affections to anyone but Akito.
  • Mood-Swinger: She 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. This has been ingrained in her mind since she was a child, to the point she breaks down when she realizes she’s at fault for pretty much everything, but desperately tries to pin the blame of the curse breaking and the Zodiac deserting her on Tohru. Subverted towards the end when she and Tohru have their fateful confrontation and realizes just how badly her clinging to the past and abusive behavior has destroyed the livelihoods of the other Zodiac members.
  • 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. But by then, Akito had realized her mistakes and had accepted it.
  • 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.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Her mother emotionally abused her to the point that Akito can't stand the mere prospect of being rejected and unloved by the people in the outside world. She clings on to the Zodiac curse because it's impossible for the cursed Sohmas to ever hate their "God". Possibly the biggest part of Akito's Character Development is accepting that there's people who won't like her, but she mustn't think that will be the case with everyone.
  • Not So Different: Though neither seem to realize it, and they both hate each other's guts, she's more like her mother, Ren, than either would care to admit. If it wasn't for Akito's Heel–Face Turn from Tohru's offer of friendship, it would've been her mother's story.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Whenever one of the Zodiac members leaves her as her intimidation loses effect, Akito is reduced to pathetically begging them to not leave her alone and asking why everyone keeps betraying her. 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.
  • Psychological Projection: Akito treats other women like her worst enemy because she's projecting her demented Abusive Mom unto them. This is especially true in her cruelty towards poor Rin because the latter's black Rapunzel Hair heavily reminds Akito of Ren, to the point Akito first gave her the nickname "Rin" because it sounds like Ren.
  • 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.
  • Psychotic Smirk: She's shown to have done this often while Yuki was her prisoner.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: When she found out her child would be a girl, Ren demanded Akito to be raised as a boy and that no one should even be allowed to know her true gender after her birth. Ren used the excuse that a female family head would look bad, but her true motive was to make Akito less desirable because she hated the mere idea that her daughter could be more popular with men than her.
  • Red Herring: When Tohru has met twelve of the thirteen cursed Sohmas, she (and the reader) assume that Akito is the Rooster by process of elimination.
  • 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.
  • Shadow Archetype: Akito ultimately embodies the unstable and abusive woman Tohru could have become if she had been raised by an insane Abusive Mom instead of the loving and nurturing Kyoko.
  • 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. A big part of Akito's Character Development is learning to accept that not everyone will like her.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Akito shows herself as an intimidating, cruel and abusive family head, but she's really a crybaby who is terrified of being abandoned and unloved.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her father and the members of the Sohma household spoiled her rotten, giving a pass to her increasingly bad temper tantrums and encouraging the A God Am I mindset that causes Akito to believe everyone must do as she says.
    • As a child, Akito was more of a Spoiled Sweet girl, as evidenced by her genuine kindness when she played with Yuki. But once Ren’s psychological abuse broke her, her kindness warped into insanity and cruelty and began to really act like an entitled brat.
  • 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 was given a boy's name because her spiteful mother only accepted to give birth to her if her daughter was never allowed to live like a woman.
  • Tomboyish Voice: In the 2019 anime, Maaya Sakamoto's voice makes Akito sound like a young boy in an attempt to conceal that Akito is a woman Raised as the Opposite Gender.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After her Heel–Face Turn, Akito starts acting like the gentle child she once was and now wants to become the sort of person who can help others like Tohru does.
  • 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. Combine that with the A God I Am complex instilled in her by the curse, lofty expectations as both Sohma Head and “God”, and being given a pass on every wrong thing she did, you get the Psychopathic Man Child Akito became.
  • Troubled Abuser: Ren made Akito's life a living hell, for just 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 a straightforward one in her childhood. Yuki recalls that Akito was a nice playmate and never did anything worse than occasionally yell at Yuki when impatient (like during one of his asthma coughing fits), but would quickly calm down and be nice again. Ren's abuse made her into a Yandere. She still shows shades of tsun-tsun around Shigure; it's obvious Akito has feelings for him, but she cannot forgive him for having slept with her hated mother just to get back at her for sleeping with Kureno. During a heated argument, she goes from yelling at Shigure for hurting her to abruptly seducing him.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Everyone not in the know (except Uotani) reacts like this to The Reveal about Akito's gender and identification. A good example is what happened to Tohru when she learned about it through Kureno. Apparently, she was so shocked that she stood in the snow for hours.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Akito becomes violent when she thinks that a Zodiac member is leaving her or taking attention away from her. She blinded Hatori in one eye for trying to marry Kana, shoved Rin out of a second story window for being romantically involved with Hatsuharu, and later stabs Kureno for trying to leave her.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Various flashbacks reveal that Akito was very kind and gentle as a child. 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.
  • Walking Spoiler: No one can go into too much detail when discussing about Akito without revealing that she's the God of the Zodiac and that she's a woman being forced to pose as a man by her Abusive Mom, both facts which are big revelations in the later part of the story.
  • 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 Bitch strategy.
    • When Hatori asked permission to marry Kana, Akito attacked Hatori, blinding him in one eye. Akito immediately accused Kana, Hatori's innocent would-be fiancée, of being responsible for Hatori losing an eye. Kana ends up agreeing while Hatori, being unable to hate Akito because of the curse, blames himself for Kana's following depression.
    • She beat the crap out of poor little Kisa, who needed to be hospitalized for two weeks to recover. Why? Because Hiro admitted to having a crush on Kisa. Again, because the Zodiac animals can't hate Akito, Hiro could only blame himself for Kisa's injuries.
    • Taken to even worse extremes in her abuse of Rin. First, she nearly killed Rin by throwing her off a window while claiming Rin only got what was coming for her after she started dating Haru, who can only belong to Akito like the other Zodiac males. Later, she locks Rin in isolation for weeks and cuts nearly all her hair after Rin tried to steal a "special" box that Akito knows is clearly empty. When confronted about it by Haru and Kureno, Akito insists it's perfectly justified and what on Earth is Kureno thinking betraying Akito and freeing Rin from harm? And then Haru calls Akito out for almost killing Isuzu twice because she hates women for no good reason (although he doesn't know how Akito's mother is like). Akito counters with telling him that it was really his fault that Rin was put in danger at all because he dated Rin despite knowing how much of a {Yandere Akito is for the Zodiac males. Surprisingly, Haru agrees that he is partially to blame for poor Rin's suffering.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: She took Kisa, one of the two Zodiac members still in middle school, and beat her to a pulp, which resulted in her being hospitalized for weeks, only because Hiro told Akito that he has a crush on Kisa.
  • 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.
  • You Are What You Hate: Despite hating her mother's guts, Akito is really the same as her: a Psychopathic Womanchild who is obsessed with proving that only she deserves to be loved by the Sohma men and gets insanely jealous over other women who "steal" their attention.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: What the curse burdens Akito with in the 2001 anime adaptation only. Henote  has a shortened lifespan due to bearing what Shigure explains to Tohru as the "core" of the curse. It also serves as his Freudian Excuse in said adaptation as well.

    Kagura Sohma (The Boar) 

Kagura Sohma (The Boar)

Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Drama CD), Kotono Mitsuishi (2001 Series), Rie Kugimiya (2019 Series) (JP), Meredith McCoy (2001 Series), Tia Ballard (2019 Series) (EN)

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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.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The 2001 anime gave her gray eyes. This also goes for the dress she usually wears; in the manga and 2019 anime her dress is yellow, but in the 2001 anime it's green.
  • Anger Born of Worry: In her introduction, she beats the crap out of Kyo after he went to train at the mountains for four months and didn't call her even once.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Just after she gives up on Kyo, she has a Love Epiphany that is followed by this.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She wants this with Kyo, considering they've known each other since they were children.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Kagura claims Kyo promised to marry her when they were children. Actually, Kagura forced him to. She eventually stops holding him to it.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: At first, she loses it when she thinks Tohru might be a love rival for Kyo's affections. She quickly mellows out around her and even accepts Tohru and Kyo's relationship.
  • Cool Big Sis: Was described as one by Natsuki Takaya herself.
  • Constantly Curious: In the Back Story, during her first meeting with Kyo.
  • Contralto of Danger: Most notably in the 2019 anime, her voice turns deeper when she goes on a rampage.
  • Crocodile Tears: If Kyo won't do as she says and resists her violence, Kagura will start crying to make Kyo feel guilty enough to give in.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Brown hair and eyes in the manga and the 2019 reboot. The Adaptation Dye-Job gives her gray eyes in the first anime.
  • Cute and Psycho: She's usually a demure and sweet Shrinking Violet, but around Kyo, her cuteness abruptly switches to a crazy, destructive fury.
  • The Cutie: She tries to invoke this trope, but fails because she can't resist beating up Kyo.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: She kept forcing herself on Kyo, even though he clearly doesn't like her and is terrified of her.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Due to being possessed by the volatile Boar, Kagura easily resorts to violence and often doesn't realize how badly she's beating up poor Kyo until she sees him bruised on the floor. She also once unintentionally knocked Tohru out on the floor with a single slap, and apparently destroys parts of her house in fits of anger on a regular basis (and she's damaged the sliding doors of Shigure's house more than once while visiting).
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: After being rejected by Kyo definitely, when her mom asks her what's wrong, she says she's just realized how self-centered she was and rejects her pity.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Her beating the tar out of Kyo nearly every scene they're in is entirely Played for Laughs. The only time Kagura is even scolded for hitting someone is in the case of Tohru, another woman, who ends up knocked out on the floor after receiving a single slap from Kagura.
  • The Dreaded: Is this to Kyo. His gut reaction when he realizes that she's coming for a visit is to attempt to run for the hills.
  • Full-Boar Action: As the boar of the Zodiac. In the beginning she is quite aggressive as well.
  • Genki Girl: Extremely energetic about her feelings for Kyo.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's very girly for the most part, but she knows martial arts and is prone to violent outbursts.
  • The Glomp: Tries to do this to Kyo at one point when he opens the front door, but he immediately slams it shut.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: If Kyo does something that upsets her even just a bit, she flips out and uses him as a punching bag.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tohru.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Even if Kyo haven't fallen in love with Tohru, there were little chances he would have agreed to marry Kagura (unless she had literally forced him into it).
  • 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's overly self-centered, intense, violent and hates it when things don't go her way, but her behavior is mainly caused by emotional immaturity instead of malice. She does care about Kyo, but has no patience for his stubbornness like Tohru does and this results in her reacting with violence whenever Kyo refuses her romantic gestures. She also becomes good friends with Tohru despite viewing her as a romantic rival at first, and willingly gives up on Kyo when it's made clear that Tohru is the one he truly loves.
  • Loving Bully: Shigure compares the way Kagura beats the living daylights out of Kyo while yelling that she loves him to a little kid teasing their crush.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She is very clingy with Kyo, but she's also been shown to hug other members like Yuki. Her clinginess with Kyo is because of her belief that since they're both members of the Zodiac and thus don't transform when they hug, it means they're meant for each other.
  • Oblivious to Hatred: Kyo makes it clear multiple times that he hates her, but she can't seem to take the hint.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's 18 at the beginning of the story and a 20-year-old college student by the end, but 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.
  • Prone to Tears: She very easily cries when she feels upset or worried.
  • "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.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: She claims that she and Kyo are engaged due to a Childhood Marriage Promise, but it's only because she threatened him to agree when they were kids.
  • Through His Stomach: She tries to win affection points with Kyo by cooking a lot of food for him, even leaving the fridge empty. Too bad Kyo doesn't want to try her food and Kagura ends up wasting it by throwing Kyo at the table.
  • Tsundere: Sweet type and a very rare case of doubling as a Yandere. Kagura is super affectionate and very honest about her feelings for Kyo. Whenever Kyo expresses he doesn't like her back, Kagura beats the poor guy to a pulp. This is even more emphasized in the 2019 anime where she's voiced by the Queen of Tsundere Rie Kugimiya.
  • Yandere: Kagura loves Kyo so much that she beats him half to death if he runs away from her or refuses to go on a date with her. She also made Kyo promise to marry her at knifepoint. Unlike Akito, though, her violence is played more for laughs and she doesn't cause any serious physical damage.
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    Momiji Sohma (The Rabbit) 

Momiji Sohma (The Rabbit)

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (Drama CD), Kouki Miyata (The Last Story Voice Comic), Ayaka Saitou (2001 Series), Megumi Han (2019 Series) (JP), Kimberly Grant (2001 Series), Mikaela Krantz (2019 Series) (EN)

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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 feminine clothing, but possesses great empathy and intuition about others. He is very fond of Tohru.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: He's introduced in Episode 3 of the 2019 anime, a good deal earlier than he first appeared in the manga and 2001 anime.
  • 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: He becomes as pretty as Yuki when he finally grows taller.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: He's the Rabbit of the Zodiac, and there's a lot of emphasis on how cute he is in both his human form and his rabbit form.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Half Japanese, half German. This detail isn't addressed at all in the 2001 anime.
  • Cuddle Bug: Loves hugging people, especially Tohru, even though it means he'll transform.
  • 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.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: He practices the violin.
  • 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 and 2019 anime, he'll occasionally sprinkle German words and phrases in his dialogue due to being half German. When he first meets Tohru in both versions, he speaks to her entirely in German, causing Tohru to assume he's a foreigner.
  • 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. Justified because the curse causes his hair to resemble a rabbit’s fur color, and Momo’s hair is a little darker than his.
  • Hopeless Suitor: 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: He accuses Kyo of having inappropriate thoughts towards Tohru before attempting to get in a hot spring with her himself.
  • I Got Bigger: He undergoes a growing spurt in later stages of the story.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: His mother called him "that thing" in his flashbacks.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He's in love with Tohru, but accepts that she loves Kyo.
  • Keet: The embodiment of this trope and seems to be in love with Tohru. He's less of a Keet when he grows up, though he's still rather genki.
  • Love Hurts: He goes through a painful heartbreak after he finally understands Tohru won't ever be his girlfriend.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: When he starts going to high school, he wears the girl's uniform with shorts instead of a skirt. He later switches to the standard boy's uniform.
  • 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 and only a year younger than Tohru, Yuki and Kyo.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Team: If Another is anything to go by, he and Momo constantly work together, since she is his assistant.
  • Sprouting Ears: In the 2019 anime's first ending, one scene has him run by with bunny ears. The reboot itself has its moments as 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 that they're related, she is basing it on how strongly he looks like her and her mama.
  • The Un-Favourite: His mother was so disgusted by him that she willingly asked to have him erased from her memory and his father pretty much chose his wife's mental health over his son, leaving Momiji abandoned by both parents. Momiji's parents went on to have a curse-free daughter who they dote on while Momiji is not even allowed to be part of the family and can only watch his mother and little sister from afar.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: The "crossdresser" part is downplayed; while his casual outfits tend to skew feminine (often with feminine patterns, cute accessories, and the occasional frills), he doesn't wear skirts or dresses, often preferring to wear shorts. When he enters high school he starts out wearing the girl's uniform, but with shorts instead of a skirt, and he eventually switches to the boy's uniform after he has a growth spurt. He's also very cheerful and friendly, and becomes especially fond of Tohru.
  • 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: He sometimes wears thigh-high socks paired with shorts.

    Hatori Sohma (The Dragon) 

Hatori Sohma (The Dragon)

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (2001 Series), Kazuyuki Okitsu (2019 Series) (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

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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.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Momiji calls him "Ha'ri", while Shigure calls him "Haa-san" and Ayame calls him "Tori-san".
  • 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. When Shigure is about to tell Tohru what his zodiac form looks like, Hatori threatens to reveal all of Shigure's embarrassing secrets to his publishers.
    • 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.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Shigure mentions that Hatori is just about the only person Ayame listens to. The reason is that Aya admires the qualities in him he lacks.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has black hair and black eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: To balance out the over-the-top Ayame and Shigure.
  • Eye Scream: Akito nearly blinded him in one eye in a fit of anger after he and Kana asked for permission to marry. The manga doesn't clearly show how it happened, but in the 2001 anime Akito threw a vase at Hatori's face and in the 2019 anime Akito shoved Hatori so that he crashed into a nearby mirror.
  • Fatal Flaw: According to Ayame, it's his kindness as much as it is his best virtue.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: He's honestly glad that Kana could find happiness with another man after forgetting him, but Hatori still refuses to seek his own happiness because his curse and Akito make him afraid that he will only go through another depressing break up if he ever gets a new girlfriend.
  • 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 a doctor and has a reputation among the Sohma clan for being cool and very handsome, though he technically doesn't work at a hospital since he's strictly the Sohma 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. He overhears Kana has been able to find a new love after forgetting about Hatori and he congratulates her with a smile.
  • 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 anyone who discovers the Sohma family's curse. This ability is a form of hypnosis that's been passed down through his line of the family for generations.
  • 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, but he actually transforms into a seahorse. According to Shigure, this is a sign that the curse is weakening.
  • Second Love: After his first relationship failed, Shigure helps him find a second chance at love with Mayuko.
  • Secret Relationship: With Kana, until he told Akito about it. Akito did not respond well.
  • Smoking Is Cool: He's shown to smoke whenever he and Shigure meet up in the manga and 2001 anime, but not in the 2019 anime where none of the characters smoke.
  • The Stoic: He's cool and composed at all times.
  • Straight Man: He acts as the punchline deliverer whenever he's hanging out Shigure and Ayame, since he's used to their quirky personalities.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He appears cold and collected in the surface. It only takes knowing him a bit better to realize Hatori is a very gentle man at heart.
  • True Companions: The Mabudachi Trio (with Shigure and Ayame), as much as it pains him to be around them...

    Hatsuharu Sohma (The Ox) 

Hatsuharu Sohma (The Ox)

Voiced by: Akio Suyama (teen), Akemi Okamura (child) (2001 Series), Makoto Furukawa (teen), Mariko Higashiuchi (child) (2019 Series) (JP), Justin Cook (teen, both series), Joshua Huber (child, 2001 series), Morgan Berry (child, 2019 series) (EN)

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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.


  • Anger Born of Worry: Downplayed when he sternly lectures Kisa for running away and not telling anyone she was being bullied, a rarity for White Haru.
  • 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.
  • Bishōnen: He's handsome like the rest of his family members.
  • Bi the Way: Tells Tohru that Yuki was his first love, and he's currently in love with Rin.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He has been attracted to Rin ever since they were little kids and seeing how cruelly she was treated by her Abusive Parents made him want to protect her and stay by her side more.
  • 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.
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Played with. At first glance he looks like a delinquent, with his tendency to dress in a punk-inspired style along with having piercings and Multicolored Hair, but his hair colors are actually natural and his default personality is rather soft-spoken and somewhat odd. However, as Black Haru he has a violent and perverted personality that's much more fitting of a delinquent.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: A look he shares with Rin.
  • Heroic BSoD: Hits one when he realized how much he contributed to Rin's pain.
  • In-Series Nickname: Many of the other Sohmas shorten his name to "Haru".
  • It's All My Fault: As mad as he is at Akito for hurting Rin, he also admits to himself that he's also at fault for her pain. Deep down, he knew how Akito would hurt the girls who came between her and the male Zodiac members. But he wanted Rin so badly, that he pushed away those worries and pursued her anyway.
  • Likes Older Women: 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.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: He was Rin's emotional support after her Abusive Parents threw her away like garbage. Rin believes that if Haru haven't been there for her, she would have fallen apart.
  • A Load of Bull: He does transform into an ox.
  • Multicolored Hair: Part white, part black, representing both his Split Personality and a cow's typical black-and-white-patterned hide. Since it's a side effect of the curse, it's actually natural despite most people thinking it's dyed. This prompts a memorable moment when he drags the student council president into the men's room to prove it's natural, and it's heavily implied that Hatsuharu's "proof" was showing the president his pubic hair.
  • My Greatest Failure: After he learns Akito has been torturing Rin, Haru feels guilty for failing to protect the girl he loves, especially when he should have known how Akito would react to his relationship with Rin and he still didn't consider it because he didn't want to think Rin would suffer because he fell in love with her.
  • 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.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He did have a hunch that Rin didn't end up so badly injured from falling from the stairs, but he deliberately didn't try to confirm whether Akito had done something to Rin because he didn't want to feel at fault for Rin being hurt.
  • Slasher Smile: Black Haru delivers these often, specifically when he wants to fight Kyo.
  • Split Personality: Black Haru. Normal (White) Haru is soft-spoken and relaxed. Black Haru is lecherous, violent, and very short-tempered.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He can give the impression of being serious and detached, but he's just spacey. Haru is a really sweet guy to those he cares about.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: You guessed it, Black Haru.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Black Haru can express himself as a a teasing, provocative bastard 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Black Haru isn't just Played for Laughs. He called out Rin's parents when they put her in the hospital and abandoned her, and later calls out Akito for what she did to Rin.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He looks like he's in college, but he's actually 15.

    Ayame Sohma (The Snake) 

Ayame Sohma (The Snake)

Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Drama CD), Mitsuru Miyamoto (2001 Series), Takahiro Sakurai (2019 Series) (JP), Christopher Sabat (EN)

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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.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Shigure calls him "Aaya".
  • Aloof Big Brother: He used to be rather aloof towards Yuki. By the time the series starts, he's gotten over it, but unfortunately his over-the-top behavior tends to annoy Yuki more than anything.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted since he's the older brother, but he fits perfectly otherwise. His loud and flamboyant behavior as well as his clumsy attempts to bond with Yuki only serve to annoy and embarrass his brother.
  • 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: He's as beautiful and feminine-looking as his brother Yuki.
  • 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. However, he never actually acts on these comments and is in a happily committed relationship with his assistant Mine.
  • 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.
  • Fashion Designer: He runs a shop that sells custom-made "romantic costumes" such as Elegant Gothic Lolita dresses and Meido outfits.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Played for Laughs between him and 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 referred to as "steamrolling people with his personality."
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Has long white hair and fine features. His long hair once got him into trouble back in high school when a teacher ordered him to cut it, but Ayame made up an excuse for why he had to have long hair that was so ridiculous and long-winded that the teacher ended up relenting.
  • Lust Object: Played for Laughs. When he was Student Council President, his proposed solution for the students controlling their sexual urges was to have them direct all their lust to him who is more than happy to satisfy the "needs" of both genders.
  • 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.
  • The Nicknamer: Gives nicknames to nearly all his friends, whether they're okay with it or not.
  • 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: His hair reaches down to about his hips.
  • 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.
    • Later when Kakeru lets Ayame know about Yuki and Machi's growing relationship, he immediately supports them together showing that Ayame wholeheartedly hopes Yuki is with someone he loves and makes him happy.
    • He was also a strong supporter of Hatori's relationship with Kana, and is surprisingly upset that Hatori didn't at least go to her wedding.
  • Shown Their Work: Reptiles like snakes are cold-blooded, and thus, get easily influenced by the temperature of their surroundings. It explains why Ayame transforms so easily during the cold weather.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Ayame is basically Yuki if he had longer, lighter hair.
  • True Companions: The Mabudachi Trio (with Shigure and Hatori)
  • Uke: A self-proclaimed one. His effeminate appearance and flamboyant personality support this.
  • 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).
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out Hatori for giving up on Kana. He's wrong in one respect (the lesson she taught him never faded), but you still can't deny he had a point.
    Ayame: I cannot accept that. Yes, I'm biased in your favor, but that doesn't change how wrong all of this is. It's not fair to you. Kana has it easy. She's forgotten everything and found her chance at happiness. And you're stuck shouldering the burden of those memories all alone. I can't help but feel that she's left you behind with nothing!

    Kisa Sohma (The Tiger) 

Kisa Sohma (The Tiger)

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (2001 Series), Reina Ueda (2019 Series) (JP), Kate Bristol (EN)

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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.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Shigure and Hiro's mother Satsuki both call her "Sacchan".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: When she's first introduced in tiger form, she willingly bites Tohru twice and Haru once. It's not quite played for laughs, since she'd likely developed trust issues after being bullied at school.
  • Big Sister Worship: She adores Tohru and refers to her as "Onee-chan" ("Sissy" in the English dub).
  • 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. She was also badly beaten by Akito after Hiro confessed that he loved her.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Hiro's Brooding Boy.
  • Bully Magnet: Her classmates bully her for her unusual hair and eye colors, which are a side effect of being the Tiger of the Zodiac.
  • Cassandra Truth: According to Haru, Kisa tried to tell her classmates that her hair and eye colors were natural, but none of them believed her and they just bullied her even more.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Blonde hair and gold eyes. Since neither of these hair or eye colors are viewed as normal for a Japanese girl 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. When Tohru first meets Kisa in her tiger form, she mistakes Kisa for a cat while proclaiming how cute she is.
  • 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. Yuki also emphasizes with her due to his own experiences with bullying, so both resolve to be better.
  • 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, since her classmates don't believe that it's natural.
  • Hero Worship: She completely adores Tohru.
  • Morality Chain: When it comes to Tohru, she plays this role for Hiro.
  • Puppy Love: She and Hiro are the youngest Zodiac members and they obviously like each other as more than friends.
  • The Runaway: When she's first introduced, she's run away from home due to being bullied at school and being too ashamed to tell her mother about it, with Hatsuharu having found her in her tiger form. After staying at Shigure's house for a few days, she goes back to live with her mother.
  • Shrinking Violet: Played for Drama. Being a victim of bullying at school and physical abuse from Akito caused Kisa to become withdrawn and her self-esteem was seriously damaged. She only opens up because of Tohru boosting her confidence.
  • Skipping School: As a result of being bullied, she briefly stopped going to school. Because of Tohru's emotional support, Kisa starts attending class again.
  • Sprouting Ears: Occasionally sprouts tiger ears and a tail in relation to her curse.
  • Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: A victim of the "ignoring" one. Her classmates would eventually just laugh whenever she tried to speak up after standing up for herself, 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 unusual eye color (along with having naturally blonde hair) is what leads her to be bullied by her classmates.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: She wears thigh-high socks and a short skirt in her school uniform.
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    Hiro Sohma (The Sheep) 

Hiro Sohma (The Sheep)

Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (2001 Series), Yo Taichi (2019 Series) (JP), Aaron Dismuke (2001 series), Luci Christian (2019 series) (EN)

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The Sheep of the Zodiac, and the youngest of the cursed Sohmas. Hiro was Kisa's best friend in elementary school, 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.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Both anime adaptations move his introduction chapter a bit earlier.
  • 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: During his introduction, Hiro acts like a self-important kid who badmouths everyone around him and takes his frustrations out on Tohru for petty reasons like Tohru getting along with his crush. His behavior does improve later on.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Kisa's Gentle Girl.
  • Bystander Syndrome: He witnessed how Akito threw Rin off the second story of a building from a window, but he was too paralyzed by fear to do anything.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He lashes out against Tohru for her close friendship with Kisa because she comforted her when he couldn't. He realizes this was a dumb move when Kisa warns him to back off.
  • Defrosting Ice King: One of the few people not immediately charmed by Tohru, he at first actively baits her. While he never truly warms up to Tohru in the same way the other cursed Sohmas do, he does eventually come to respect her.
  • Hypocrite: "I can't stand people who complain all the time." He also points out that Tohru's a mama's girl when it turns out he's just as fond of his own mom.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He acts like he's above everyone else because he feels horrible about not being able to help Kisa and Rin when they needed help the most.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Kisa thought that Hiro suddenly grew to hate her because he began to avoid her for no apparent reason. Turns out Hiro stopped talking to Kisa because he told Akito he has a crush on Kisa, which caused Akito to beat Kisa so badly that Kisa ended up in the hospital. Hiro fears staying close to Kisa will draw Akito's wrath to her again.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hiro is a good boy, but also very rude and smart-mouthed. His protectiveness of Kisa is the greatest proof that his heart is in the right place.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he can be rather rude towards Tohru, a lot of his putdowns about Tohru's weaknesses (like her being an Extreme Doormat and being too attached to her mother) do have some truth to them.
  • Love Confessor: All his problems started when he personally went to Akito to announce that he has a crush on Kisa. Akito reacted as expected and Kisa ended up hospitalized for two weeks.
  • Momma's Boy: Even if he can be exasperated with his mother's antics, he is very fond of her.
  • Mouthy Kid: He's very prone to insulting people and delivering snarky remarks. However, despite how abrasive he can be, his insults do have some truth behind them.
  • My Greatest Failure: He thinks he failed to protect Kisa from Akito's fury and that's why she was hurt. Tohru gives him a pep talk that motivates him to become a man who can be Kisa's prince.
  • Pet the Dog: His real love and concern for Kisa and Rin shows his Hidden Heart of Gold more.
  • Puppy Love: Hiro has a crush on Kisa, who is the youngest Zodiac member next to him. He asked Akito permission to date Kisa, but that obviously didn't turn out well.
  • Secret Keeper: He knows Rin wasn't hospitalized because of an accident; Hiro saw Akito pushing Rin off an upper floor window. Akito makes him stay silent about it for most of the series and it weighs heavily on him. Eventually, he breaks down in tears when he can't hold back anymore and explains the truth to Haru.
  • Straight Man: Becomes this a few times in the Beach arc after he decides to cool his hostility towards Tohru because of how spacey she can be, and often times is this to 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:
    • Justified in his crush on Kisa. First, as much as he likes Kisa, Hiro is still a smart-mouthed kid and he has a hard time expressing his feelings properly. Second, Akito beat Kisa to a pulp just because Hiro admitted he has a crush on Kisa, which left Hiro hesitant of openly showing affection for Kisa out of fear of how Akito will react.
    • 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.
  • Tsurime Eyes: His sharp eyes suit perfectly his arrogant Tsundere attitude.
  • 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) 

Ritsu Sohma (The Monkey)

Voiced by: Mina Tominaga (2001 Series), Kengo Kawanishi (2019 Series) (JP), Mike McFarland (adult, both series), Sarah Hussey (child, 2001 series), Katelyn Barr (child, 2019 series)(EN)

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


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is a peach color in the manga illustrations, but light brown in both 2001 and 2019 anime. Also, his kimono is green in the manga and 2019 reboot, while the first anime made it violet.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: The two anime series moved his introduction to happen a bit earlier than in the manga.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Most of the other Sohmas call him "Ricchan". This nickname is used for him more often than his real name, to the point that Tohru refers to him as "Ricchan-san".
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He acts like a textbook example of someone with a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Of course, nothing is ever confirmed.
  • Apologizes a Lot: He apologizes constantly for anything he thinks he did wrong, due to his many insecurities. Taken to an extreme in the manga and 2001 anime when he apologizes for eating breakfast, and he'll sometimes even apologize simply for being born.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He looks way too convincing when dressed like a woman.
  • Birds of a Feather: He starts dating Mitsuru, who also screams and freaks out over trivial things and lacks self-confidence because of it. They bond over their shared status as Nervous Wrecks.
  • Bishōnen: He's a very beautiful man.
  • Camp Straight: He dresses and acts like a demure woman, yet he finds himself a girlfriend in Shigure's editor.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ritsu is a unisex name in Japan, which is part of why no one suspects he's a guy when he crossdresses.
  • Hair Decorations: He ties his long hair back with ribbons that match his outfits.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: The root of his problems. It was played for laughs initially, but then he explained it to Tohru that he believed he had no redeeming qualities, because his parents kept apologizing for him...poor guy.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Hopes to one day be as confident as Ayame. At least the poor sucker has a goal...
  • Hysterical Woman: Rare Male Example. Ritsu goes into a major Freak Out! whenever he makes a little mistake or displeases people. Just trying to hold a casual conversation makes him overly anxious and this makes him slip into apologizing over nothing.
  • 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. He also wrongly assumes that Kyo is getting along better with Yuki since they started living together, and this only pisses off both Kyo and Yuki.
  • Interrupted Suicide: In his introduction, he almost jumps off the roof of Shigure's house after he blames himself for Tohru hurting her hand when he transformed (in the 2019 reboot he accidentally ruins a few pages of Shigure's story draft and causes his editor Mitsuru to faint from the shock). Thankfully, Tohru manages to convince him to not jump.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He's very sensitive, wears female clothes, and has long brown hair.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Ritsu is almost always seen in a kimono.
  • Like Parent, Like Child: His hysteria is inherited from his mother.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has straight hair falling down his back and a face so feminine that no one would think he's a guy in girl's clothes until they're told.
  • No Social Skills: Due to being a Nervous Wreck who feels the need to constantly apologize for everything he does, he's not the best at interacting with people. When he visits Shigure's house, he decides to bring books about fruit as gifts since he originally wanted to bring actual fruit but didn't know what kinds of fruit Shigure and the others liked. He tries to improve himself by complimenting Yuki and Kyo instead of apologizing to them, but he ends up accidentally insulting them instead.
  • 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.
  • No Indoor Voice: Because he apologizes that loudly and repeatedly. The Title Card for episode 19 of the 2019 anime (entitled "I'm Sorry!", of course) has Ritsu shrieking the title at the top of his lungs.
  • Out of Focus: Out of the Zodiac members, Ritsu gets by far the least character focus and development. The number of chapters in which he appears, including his introduction, can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
  • Prone to Tears: Nearly anything can set off his tears and frantic apologies.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's timid and plagued with countless insecurities.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Tohru was sure Ritsu was a woman until she bumped into Ritsu, causing him to transform. It took Tohru a minute to understand what that meant.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The 2019 anime got a male seiyuu for him, which sort of gives away that he's a Wholesome Crossdresser before the Gender Reveal. This was averted in the first anime where Ritsu was voiced by a woman to match his feminine appearance.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He's worn girl's clothes ever since he was a kid because it makes him feel more at ease. This is acknowledged as a bit of a problem because he will soon have to get a job and his crossdressing hobby won't be seen as acceptable for that.

    Isuzu "Rin" Sohma (The Horse) 

Isuzu "Rin" Sohma (The Horse)

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (The Last Story Voice Comic), Aki Toyosaki (2019 Series) (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

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The Horse of the Zodiac. Cold, stubborn, and fiercely independent, Rin is very closed-off as a result of her very abusive and traumatic past. She is determined to find a way to break the Sohma family curse.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She fits this trope to a T. She's tall, has hip-length black hair (at least until Akito cuts off most of her hair out of spite) and a very cold personality that resulted from severe trauma, courtesy of her Abusive Parents and Akito.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Often acts irritable with Tohru because she worries about her.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: She unintentionally made one to her parents when she was a little girl. Since her parents seemed so perfect all the time, Rin one day asked them if they really were always happy and bad things never happened for them. This made her parents snap because they had been forcing themselves to pretend loving Rin. From that day on, her parents took their frustration out on her until Haru and Kazuma found out they were abusing her.
  • Bad Dreams: Thanks to her Abusive Parents and Akito.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Haru understand each other's volatility.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: She dumps Haru by saying that she was "tired" of him, because Akito had beaten her up for dating him and she wanted to find a way to free him from the Zodiac curse.
  • 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.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She was very close to Haru since their childhood and when they entered their teenage years, they started dating. Because of Akito, Rin broke up with Haru, but they still love each other. By the end of the series, they go back together.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: She won't rest until the Zodiac curse is broken and Haru is finally free from Akito's clutches.
  • 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.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The contrast between her long jet-black hair and pure white skin befits her somber personality and taste for gothic fashion.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Tohru's reaction after seeing her naked (post-transformation).
  • Friendless Background: 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.
  • Goth: Not as blatant as Hanajima, but Rin has notable elements of the Gloomy Goth stereotype. She's an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette who habitually wears dark casual clothes with heavy gothic fashion influence. Her attitude is very sardonic and moody because of a terrible childhood that left her with traumas she might never fully get over.
  • Hime Cut: Her hairstyle denotes her status as a member of a very rich and influential clan. However, her personality doesn't fit the attributes related to the trope, as she's a melancholic and embittered Broken Bird who prefers gothic fashion instead of a graceful Yamato Nadeshiko. Akito later gives her a Traumatic Haircut out of spite, making her hair much shorter and more uneven. Ironically, this new haircut actually suits her jaded, sardonic personality more than her Hime Cut did.
  • Ill Girl: Her traumatic past causes her health problems more than once. Specifically, she has stomach ulcerae and often is bed-ridden due to them.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Instead of asking help from Haru or anyone, Rin resolved to find a way to break the Zodiac curse by herself. Her efforts only end in her being tricked by Ren into stealing a box from Akito and Akito tortures Rin when she catches her in the act. Afterwards, Haru makes Rin promise him that she won't ever try to do everything alone again.
  • Insecure Love Interest: While she and Haru love each other very much, the trauma with her Abusive Parents left Rin terrified that anyone she loves will come to hate and abandon her again. It got worse after Akito told her nobody wants her and critically injured her just for being Haru's girlfriend. Rin then broke up with Haru, thinking that she would be nothing but a burden for him.
  • Irony: Her favorite food is gelatin, which is famously made by boiling animal products like horse hooves.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: She displays signs of PTSD as a victim of child abuse, indicated by her hallucinating that Tohru is her mother whom she is begging not to be angry with her.
  • 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.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears black tights with her school uniform.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is initially hip-length. Akito hates it because Ren has long black hair too, and she cuts Rin's hair out of spite, making it much shorter.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Her straight, black hair and very pale skin are part of what makes her possibly the most beautiful woman in the series.
  • 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?
  • Rescue Romance: Her relationship with Haru kickstarted when he saved her from almost dying after she collapsed on the street because of her parents' abuse.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has heavy scars on her back, thanks to her evil parents.
  • Screw Destiny: She actively tries to break the curse.
  • Sex for Services: She offers herself to Shigure to get him to tell her how to break the curse. Thankfully, Shigure declines.
  • She's Got Legs: As expected from the Horse, Rin has very long and slender legs. Many of her outfits emphasize how good her legs look.
  • 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.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She fell in love with Haru because he was gentle with her, demanded her evil parents to apologize for abusing her and helped her forget about all pain and sadness.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She acts grumpy and unfriendly as a way to keep people away out of fear of being hurt again.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Courtesy of Akito, as punishment for following Akito's evil mother, Ren's, orders.
  • Tsundere: It's very obvious Rin is still completely in love with Haru and she grows fond of Tohru as a friend, but she tries to hide it behind an aloof front. It's justified because a past full of physical and emotional abuse made Rin reluctant to show herself as emotionally open and vulnerable.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Her sharp eyes represent her emotionally distant personality. They are also fitting because of her Tsundere tendencies towards Haru and Tohru.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ren manages to turn her into one twice. After remarking on how lucky Rin was to have such a happy home, she tricked Rin into curiously asking her parents if they were truly as happy as it appeared. The next time was her taking advantage of Rin's desperation in finding a way to break the curse, saying she'd trade the answer (which she didn't know), in return for retrieving an item in Akito's room. The first time was seemingly for her own amusement because she's always hated Rin, the second in order to obtain something of her husband's without the risk to herself.
  • 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".
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A lot of her casual outfits include thigh-high socks, combined with either shorts or short skirts.

    Kureno Sohma (The Rooster) 

Kureno Sohma (The Rooster)

Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (JP, The Last Story Voice Comic)

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The Rooster of the Zodiac. 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.
  • 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.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: It's a Freeze-Frame Bonus, but he's in the car with Akito in episode 7 of the reboot.
  • Extreme Doormat: He has let Akito dominate his life more than anyone in the Zodiac because he's way too nice to reprimand her abusive behavior or leave her alone.
  • Foreshadowing: 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.
  • 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.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His cursed animal is called the Rooster, but he turns into a sparrow. Judging from Shigure's comments about Hatori, this is likely a sign that the curse is weakening, since Kureno himself has been free of the curse for at least ten years.
  • Not Quite the Right Thing: 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.
  • 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.
  • Shading Colour Dissonance: Kureno's reddish brown hair has no shading in the manga, which can lead readers to think his hair color is much lighter until they see him in color.
  • Spear Counterpart: He's basically a male Tohru. The best way to show it is that his first meeting with Arisa mirrors perfectly her first meeting with Tohru.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: He's in love with Arisa, but is unable to be with her or see her anymore because of Akito. At the end, they're finally able to be together.
  • Walking Spoiler: His deep involvement with Akito pretty much makes it impossible to reveal much about him without revealing major spoilers.
  • You Remind Me of X: Arisa says that Kureno reminds her of Tohru in that he is unfailingly kind like she was.

Other Sohmas

    Kazuma Sohma 

Kazuma Sohma

Voiced by: Norihiro Inoue (adult), Miki Machii (child) (2001 series), Toshiyuki Morikawa (2019 series) (JP), Dameon Clarke (adult, both series), Heaven Tubbs (child, 2001 series), Emily Fajardo (child, 2019 series) (EN)

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Kyo's martial arts teacher and foster father. His grandfather was the previous Cat, and Kazuma regrets his cruel words towards his grandfather during the one time they met. After Kyo's mother died, he took Kyo in as a way to atone, but over time he came to love Kyo like his own son.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga and 2019 anime he has brown hair, but the 2001 anime gives him grey hair.
  • The Atoner: As a child, 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.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: The martial arts instructor of Kyo, Yuki, Haru, and Kagura.
  • Bishōnen: He's very good-looking for being 39.
  • For Your Own Good: When he first appears in the manga and 2019 anime he purposefully removes Kyo's beads in front of Tohru, revealing his true form to her, because he wanted Kyo to confront the possibility that someone wouldn't reject him for it.
  • Lethal Chef: He can't even prepare decent tea.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's 39 during his first appearance. 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.
  • Shading Colour Dissonance: Kazuma's hair is dark brown, but it lacks any sort of shading in the manga. As a result, the first anime adaptation gave him grey hair.
  • Shipper on Deck: He actively encourages the growing romance of Kyo and Tohru from the moment he first sees them together because of how happy Kyo looks around Tohru. He even forced Kyo to reveal his monstrous cursed form to Tohru so they could become much closer by having Tohru accept all of Kyo.

    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.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: There's clearly something up with her, especially with her intense fixation on her deceased husband Akira that goes beyond regular devotion and into co-dependency. The most anyone says about her is that she's "a little sick, both mentally and physically", and no specifics are given.
  • Attention Whore: This sums up her entire character. Ren is nothing but an overgrown brat who won't stop whining when someone else is getting even a bit of attention. The whole reason why she's so awful to her daughter is because her husband and the rest of the Sohma family began showering Akito with attention from her birth, making Ren feel that she was being ignored in favor of Akito.
  • Ax-Crazy: She's the embodiment of a mentally deranged person in a series full of people with mental issues. At one point, she tries to stab Akito just to steal a box.
  • 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. Akito remembers her as a cold mother and as noted by Ren herself, has always hated Rin; up to the point that she tricked a young Rin into questioning her parents's love, knowing what the horrible outcome would be.
  • 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.
  • Death Seeker: She would be happy if Akito killed her because she would go to where Akira is and finally not have to see her hated daughter anymore.
  • Dramatic Irony: Her destined deep connection with Akira is Not So Different than the eternal bond Akito says she has with the Zodiac that Ren always ridicules. It's revealed that neither are true; the Zodiac curse is waning and Ren slept with Shigure in the past.
    • Ren unknowingly despises what Akira believed truly symbolized how special their love was together: Akito being born as God of the Zodiac. She obsesses over whatever's in a box of his as evidence of his love that she says is hers by right, that was left to Akito but, in truth, prepared by the Sohma's Head Maid in order to console her over her father's death. It did very little to once she opened it. It's empty. After what Shigure said to her beforehand, Ren's left an Empty Shell of a mess once she sees what's inside.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Her debut was more than 20 chapters before her proper introduction, when Tohru, who was sneaking around the Sohma compound trying to find Kureno, ended up hiding outside her room. Ren's relationship with Akito was strongly foreshadowed with Tohru accidentally mistaking her voice and the small amount of body language shown for Akito's.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her daughter inherited her looks, and she's very unstable.
  • 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.
  • Entitled to Have You: Ren is convinced that Akira's love and all his mementos are rightfully hers. She treats her own daughter like a thief because she was also loved by Akira and obsessively tries to steal a box from Akito because she believes it contains Akira's final treasure. Eventually, Ren even tries to stab Akito with a knife just to get the box.
  • 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.
  • Evil Matriarch: She is above Akito and arguably the Bigger Bad of the series.
  • Excessive Mourning: The death of her husband destroyed any semblance of sanity she had. She stays locked inside an isolated room in the Sohma main house and has never even wanted to look at her daughter because she hates her for having been beside Akira in his deathbed when she couldn't.
  • Female Misogynist: Taken to absurd levels. She wanted to abort Akito after knowing that she was pregnant with a girl. She only agreed to give birth after she made her husband agree that their daughter would be raised as a boy. She claimed Akito had to live as a man because a female family head would be unacceptable, which was only an excuse to prevent Akito from being more attractive to men than she was.
  • 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 - Ren lived at the Sohma estate as a proper maid, while Kyoko was a part of a gang and had a rough upbringing. Kyoko was disowned by her family, the Sohma's being unable to dismiss Ren due to her position. When their husbands made their marriage proposals, both families were in shocked due to their belief one partner unfit for the other; the Katsunuma wondering why such a respectable person would want to marry their daughter, while Ren was apparently an unsuitable choice. Both were young mothers who lost their husbands when their only daughter was a toddler. However, while Kyoko was able to move on with just the memory of Katsuya, and the love she shared with Tohru ultimately proved to be the redeeming factor in the entire series; Ren stayed fixated about Akira's love for her, yet needing a box of Akira's for proof of it, and was swallowed by her grief to the point that she fueled the angst of the main series.
    • Their relationship with their husbands and daughters. Ren cared for Akira who was terminally ill and reached out to him when she saw how lonely he was. Katsuya was a student teacher who worried about a troubled Kyoko and his death from a flu was very sudden. Ren threatened to abort Akito unless she was raised as a boy out of fear Akira could love her more. They went irreconcilable over their child until very the end. Kyoko was happy to have Katsuya’s baby but worried that their child's life would be miserable because of her, but they were still a happy family upon Katsuya's death.
    • The opinions they have about children in general. Kyoko forms a few Intergenerational Friendships and was even thinking of having another baby with Katsuya. Unless she's able to use a child for her schemes, Ren believes them to be useless and refused to even hold her own child after they were born.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Just to show how much of a repugnant woman she is, she was all for aborting Akito if her husband hasn't consented to raising their child as a boy.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: After all her talk of how a man is destined for one woman and that Akira loved no one else but her, she brushes off any authenticity to the relationship between Shigure and Akito and easily starts one up with him herself. It's possibly due to the similarities she sees he has with Akira: belief he's suffering from the Zodiac Bond and only she can ease his pain, falling in love with him as she believes he secretly desires her. She snaps when Shigure tells her how he only slept with her as she looked like Akito if she'd raised female, and mocks her over how ''only'' she would need a box to prove Akira's love for her.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: When discussing making Akito the head of the family, Ren outright referred to her as "that."
  • Jealous Parent: Exaggerated. Ren never once thought of Akito as her daughter, even before she was born. She only sees her as the woman who "stole" Akito's love and attention from her, even though Akira never stopped loving Ren. In fact, Ren hates the mere idea that Akito gets any sort of positive male attention to the extreme that she raised her as a boy and emotionally abused her so that no man would find Akito desirable.
  • Jerkass: She's as vile and abhorrent as her daughter, if not worse given that Akito is ultimately able to correct her personality while Ren stays being despicable.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ren notes that the outside world will ultimately prove too attractive an alternative to Akito's presence for the Zodiac.
  • Karma Houdini: She never receives any punishment for the way she treated her daughter and indirectly driving her to make the Zodiac members miserable. In the sequel, Ren is still living in the Sohma estate and trying to inflict physical and emotional harm on the new Sohma generation, including her own grandson.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: If it hadn't been for Akito's Heel–Face Turn, it would've been a complete Book-Ends to the story. Ren's constant mental abuse of Akito that she'd be abandoned led to Akito ruling mostly through fear to keep the Zodiac from leaving her. There are two bets running throughout the series; Akito with Kyo that he'd be allowed to join the Zodiac if he could beat Yuki within the year to prove himself, otherwise he'd be confined; Ren with Akito that if the Zodiac didn't return to her side after being allowed into the outside world with a stranger among them, Akito would admit defeat, and leave the Sohma house.
    • They hit their lowest about the same time when they realize the bond they believed in so much was a lie. However, Ren broke hers by her own hands sleeping with Shigure; while there's no real explanation why the curse started breaking, Tohru's healing personality definitely helped. Ren is completely willing to kill Akito over a box Akira left to her (that was actually given to Akito by the Head Sohma Maid) she believes is hers by right and does receive, Akito stopped herself from becoming a Self-Made Orphan when she feels Hiro's bond break. She's able to calmly let it go.
    • Ren's pregnancy with the next God of the Zodiac and threat to abort Akito if she wasn't Raised as the Opposite Gender was start of her Face–Heel Turn. Akito's Heel–Face Turn is when she's about to kill Tohru over the curse breaking, though Tohru convinces her they should start over; however the cliff crumbled out from under her before they can. Luckily, she wasn't seriously injuried.
  • 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.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Kyoko in the same way Akito is to Tohru. Like Kyoko, Ren craves attention and affection, her husband married her against the wishes of his family and then, he untimely died from illness, leaving Ren grief-stricken. What they significantly differ is that Kyoko found the will to carry on and took very good care of the daughter her husband left with her. On the other hand, Ren never gets over her husband's death and the only feelings she gave her daughter Akito were abhorrence and petty jealousy. While Kyoko lovingly raised Tohru into a gentle and selfless young girl, Ren's emotional abuse is the main reason why Akito grew up into a possessive and unstable Yandere.
  • 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. After her Villainous Breakdown, she stumbles deliriously into Akito's room with a knife to demand the box Akira gave to Akito (that's not even his) as Ren needs his possessions to reassure herself of their love together. Especially after Ren's mortified realization that her deep connection with Akira was little more than talk on her part.

    Akira Sohma 

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


  • Bishōnen: He had an "unearthly beauty", according to people.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Akira was a loving father who Akito still adores even so long after he died, in sharp contrast to her still living mother Ren who is outright evil.
  • 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.
  • Ill Boy: It was said that he was born with a weak body and succumbed to illness before the story started.
  • Innocently Insensitive: His final words to Akito were lamentation that Ren was never happy about giving birth to Akito, even though the God of the Zodiac being their child was proof their love was "special". This added to Akito's many issues, since she became afraid that not even her father loved her, at least not as much as he loved Ren.
  • 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.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: He never did much about Ren outright refusing to be a mother to Akito. The most we see him do is asking why she refuses to hold Akito and doesn't seem to react to her referring to their child simply as "that baby" and implying that everyone fusses over Akito enough that she doesn't need to bother. That's not even going into how Ren bullied Akira into agreeing to raise Akito as a boy regardless of her sex at birth, threatening to get an abortion if he refused.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: He was terminally ill for a very long time.

    Kyo's parents 

Kyo's father is voiced by: Shinobu Matsumoto (2019 series) (JP), E. Bailey (2001 series), Aaron Roberts (2019 series) (EN)

Kyo's mother is voiced by: Miki Nagasawa (2001 series), Atsuko Yuya (2019 series) (JP), Wendy Powell (EN)

Kyo's biological parents who are the root of many of his issues.
  • Abusive Dad: Kyo's father hates him, refers to him as "it", claims his mother committed suicide from shame and disgust at having him and insists Kyo should already be locked up in the Cat's Room and be left to rot away there.
  • Dirty Coward: When Kyo simply touches him, the father starts pathetically yelling for help and claiming that Kyo will kill him.
  • Domestic Abuse: Kyo's father treated his mother as badly as he treats him, blaming her for making him fall into disgrace by giving birth to the boy cursed by the Cat, even though that was in no way her fault. It's very likely that this was what really pushed her into committing suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: Kyo's mother committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a train and poor Kyo got blamed for it.
  • The Faceless: The face of Kyo's mother is obscured in flashbacks.
  • Hate Sink: The father is one of the most despicable parents in the entire series, which is saying something.
  • It's All About Me: Kyo's father never shuts up about how hard his life has been ever since he became the father of the Cat and his wife committed suicide as if he was the only one with problems because of Kyo's curse.
  • Jerkass: The father is a spiteful and petty man who treated his wife and son like garbage for things that weren't their fault.
  • Manchild: To put it simply, Kyo's father is nothing but an annoying and whiny brat in the body of an adult man.
  • Missing Mom: Kyo lost his mother at a very young age.
  • My Beloved Smother: Kyo's mother tended to keep him sheltered and away from other people. This is implied later on to be his father's decree.
  • Never My Fault: The father insists that everything even slightly wrong with his life has to be Kyo's fault. He even refuses to acknowledge his emotional abuse towards his wife might have been a factor in her suicide because Kyo must be the one to blame.
  • Parents as People: Kyo's mother did try to make him feel loved and support him, but she failed to do it in a healthy way. Though she often told Kyo she loved him, Kyo believes she was lying and suspects that she was overcompensating to hide how she was deeply afraid and paranoid of his true form. He remembers how she would constantly check to make sure he was wearing his beads, and she prevented him from leaving the house by claiming he was so adorable that she needed to keep him all to herself. Eventually, the stress of raising the Cat and the emotional abuse of her husband were too much for her, resulting in her taking her own life.
  • Posthumous Character: Kyo's mother has been dead for years by the beginning of the series and we only know about her through Kyo's memories.
  • Shadow Archetype: Kyo's father represents the worst possible version of Kyo without the positive influence and love Kyo received from Kazuma and Tohru.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: Kyo's father calls him a monster and absolutely refuses to acknowledge him not only as his son, but as a human being. He sees and treats Kyo as an abominable beast that needs to be locked up for his safety.
  • Unnamed Parent: Neither of them is ever called by name.

    Yuki and Ayame's mother 
Yuki and Ayame's cold and selfish mother.
  • Abusive Mom: Like most of the Sohmas, she was mostly emotionally abusive towards her son (though not above smacking him around a little when she was upset with him).
  • Jerkass: She's extremely callous and self-centered.
  • Character Development: Hinted at. After being told off by Ayame for completely disregarding Yuki's own wishes during a parent/teacher conference and confronted by Yuki afterwards, while not entirely her blessings, she grudgingly advises him to put her permission on forms that required her approval to good use.
  • Parental Favoritism: Played With. She only gives more attention to Yuki because him being the Rat is beneficial for her, but she doesn't care about him as a person. Meanwhile, she doesn't even acknowledge her older son Ayame since she can't get anything out of the Snake.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her given name is never revealed.

    Momiji's parents 

Momiji's father is voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (2001 series), Junichi Yanagita (2019 series) (JP), E. Bailey (2001 series), Ben Bryant (2019 series) (EN)

Momiji's mother is voiced by: Azusa Nakao (2001 series), Takako Honda (2019 series) (JP), Elise Baughman (EN)

Momiji's father is a businessman who owns a big company. He met his German wife in college and she came to live in Japan after marrying him. After Momiji was born, Momiji's mother entered a serious depression because she couldn't accept that her son transformed into a rabbit when she hugged him. Ultimately, Momiji's father took the decision, with Momiji's "consent", to erase him for his mother's memories. Shortly after the mother forgot about Momiji, they had a daughter named Momo. Momiji was forced to live within the Sohma House with other people because his father doesn't want him to get close to his mother and sister in fear that the former could remember him.
  • Always Save the Girl: Deconstructed. Because the mother became suicidally depressed as a result of giving birth to the Rabbit and only got better after willingly forgetting about her own son, Momiji's father basically kicked Momiji out of the family and deliberately limits any contact Momiji has with his own mother and sister so his wife isn't in danger of remembering him even though Momo wants to bond with her brother despite not knowing they're blood related. In the end, the father prioritizes his wife's sanity instead of his kids' happiness.
  • Bungled Suicide: In her madness over having given birth to the Rabbit, Momiji's mother stabbed herself with scissors. She was saved on time and Hatori erased Momiji from her memory at her own request so her emotional health could improve.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Played With. Momiji got his blond hair from his mother. While she's shown to be a gentle woman in the present, that's only because Momiji was erased from her memory. She originally was extremely depressed because of the stress that being the mother of a cursed Sohma put in her mind. She finally broke down and asked to have Momiji erased from her memory, going as far as saying that her biggest regret was giving birth to that "creature".
  • Hysterical Woman: According to Momiji, his mother panicked and started screaming whenever she saw him until Hatori made her forget about her own son.
  • I Have No Son!: They all but officially disowned Momiji because they didn't want to endure the complications of having a Zodiac member as their son. The mother went as far as to ask Hatori to make her forget Momiji because she regretted the mere fact of giving birth to such a "creature". Even though the father had promised to love him even more to compensate, he apparently changed his mind after Momiji's sister was born and seems to ignore Momiji in favor of his wife and daughter, even having him live in another house so his wife doesn't see him.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Since she willingly forgot about Momiji being her son, the mother has been made believe that Momiji is the son of another Sohma family. Each time she runs into Momiji, she asks him to not make his mother worry by staying out late and tells him to have fun in family vacation. You can see how Momiji is struggling to not cry as he hears his own mother saying such things while treating him like a stranger.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: A rare familial variation. The father wants to keep Momiji as far away from his wife and Momo as possible in fear that his wife might remember him. All of Momo's actions (taking violin lessons from Momiji's instructor and wanting to attend Momiji's high school) are to see her brother and get closer to him despite not knowing they're related. Every time their father takes Momiji out of the equation, he's denying Momo her greatest wish: her brother.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: The mother is a blonde German woman with green eyes.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: Momiji's mother only saw him as an abomination just because he transforms into a cute rabbit if a woman hugs him. She got so sick of him that she allowed Hatori to erase Momiji from her memory so she could feel better.
  • Unnamed Parent: Their given names are never mentioned.
  • Useless Bystander Parent: Momiji's father chose his wife over his son, asking Hatori to wipe his wife's memory of Momiji to prevent her from confronting the oh-so-horrible fact that, through no fault of his own, Momiji turns into a cute bunny when hugged. He promised Momiji that he'll love him twice as much to make up for his mother rejecting him. Yet, all we see him do is constantly run interference to make sure Momiji sees as little of his mother and sister as possible, out of fear that Momiji getting too close to them will trigger his wife's memories. Momiji is even expected to apologize if he runs into them accidentally.
  • When She Smiles: Near the end of the series, Momiji's mother finally shows Momiji a true genuine smile once his curse is broken.
  • Wistful Amnesia: Momiji's mother readily agreed to the memory wipe because she didn't want to remember him. Even after forgetting he's her son, 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.

    Momo Sohma 

Momo Sohma

Voiced by: Saya Tanaka (JP), Megan Shipman (EN)

Momiji's kid sister. She was born after Momiji's mother requested to forget all about her son. Although Momo herself is unaware that she has a brother, she is very attached to Momiji and wants to get to know him, despite her father constantly interfering with her progress.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She has dirty blonde hair in the 2019 anime, but the 2001 anime depicted her with a lighter blonde hair color much more similar to Momiji's.
  • Alliterative Family: Both her and Momiji's names begin with "M".
  • Big Brother Worship: Even though she doesn't know they are blood related, Momo adores Momiji and wants to make him her big brother even though her father tries to keep their interaction to the minimum.
  • But Not Too Foreign: She's half Japanese and half German, like Momiji. Unlike Momiji, Japanese isn't her first language and she prefers to speak German.
  • Determinator: This girl does not stop until she gets to see Momiji; she tries to speak with him whenever she can, signs up for violin lessons to get closer, and even talks about attending his high school in the future. No amount of her father’s interference (unknown to her) deters her from her goal.
  • Dramatic Irony: She wants Momiji to adopt her as his little sister, when in fact he already is her sibling and her father keeps their relation a secret from her because their mother chose to forget about Momiji and their father tries to keep Momiji away from them as much as possible.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: In contrast to her brother, she doesn't know Japanese very well and sticks to German instead, to the point her words sound like she’s muttering softly.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears ribbons to decorate her hair.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Just like her brother, although she is very shy and it's hard to express it sometimes.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Her pursuit of Momiji and aspiration to be like him leads her to following him and taking violin lessons like him, but their father removes Momiji from the activities he loves to keep Momo in the dark. While this frustrates Momiji, he doesn't once blame Momo, instead it strains his patience with his parents' actions.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's kept in the dark about everything related to Momiji and the curse despite being a part of the "inner family", because her father doesn't want her mother to have another breakdown.
  • Parental Favoritism: She’s unknowingly on the end of this. Her parents dote on her while neglecting Momiji for his curse (his Mom doesn’t even remember him). She even got into the violin lessons she wanted at the cost of Momiji being forced to quit by their father. Downplayed for Momo though because she’s only doing it to be like Momiji, and she cares way more about being close to him than being spoiled by her parents.
  • Sibling Team: In Another, Momo is now aware that she and Momiji are blood siblings and are now working together; her working as his assistant.

    Isuzu's parents 
Isuzu's parents abandoned her after they subjected her to terrible abuse. They are responsible for most of Isuzu's emotional issues.
  • Abusive Parents: One of the worst ones in the entire series. Once they got tired of pretending to love their cursed daughter, they became horribly abusive towards Isuzu, until Kagura and her parents found out and took Isuzu into their custody. The aftereffects of their abuse are still strong in Isuzu to this day.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When Isuzu was a little girl, they acted like ideal parents, as Isuzu puts it, like putting on a play. But then, Isuzu innocently asked them if they always were as happy as they seemed to be. With just that, her parents got sick of acting and started abusing her terribly until Haru found her collapsed on the street and Kagura's family took Isuzu in.
  • The Faceless: Their faces are never fully drawn.
  • Hate Sink: They're loathsome Abusive Parents even by the standards of the Big, Screwed-Up Family that are the Sohmas. They're the main reason why Isuzu is the most emotionally broken and traumatized out of the Zodiac members.
  • I Have No Daughter!: They told Isuzu to her face that they didn't want her at their house anymore because they could never love her. Damn.

    Kana Sohma 

Voiced by: Haruhi Terada (2001 anime), Minami Tsuda (2019 anime) (JP), Libby Smith (2001 anime), Kara Edwards (2019 anime) (EN)

Hatori's ex-fiancée.


  • Amnesiac Lover: Hatori erased her memories of their romance after Kana became depressed out of guilt over Akito hurting Hatori's eye. Kana goes on to marry another man, and only remembers Hatori as her never-confessed First Love.
  • Break the Cutie: Kana was a very sweet and optimistic young woman who loved Hatori and wanted to live happily with him. However, Akito would never allow that and injured Hatori in one eye in her fury at hearing that Hatori wanted to marry Kana. This broke Kana badly. The poor woman was left in such a serious state of depression that Hatori erased her memories of their time as a couple so she could get better.
  • First Love: She was the first woman Hatori ever fell in love with. Their romance ending so badly for both of them is what convinces Hatori that the cursed Sohmas aren't meant to find happiness.
  • Hospital Hottie: She was Hatori's assistant.
  • It's All My Fault: She blamed herself for Akito blinding Hatori in one eye. Her guilt ended up making her so depressed that Hatori made her forget about their romance so Kana could feel better.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: 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.
  • Nice Girl: Gentle, sweet and cheerful.
  • Office Romance: She met and fell in love with Hatori when working as his assistant.
  • The One That Got Away: Kana was Hatori's girlfriend and their time together was the happiest of his life. That was until Akito half-blinded Hatori because he asked permission to marry Kana and Kana felt so guilty about it that she fell into deep depression. Not wanting to see his beloved suffer anymore, Hatori erased Kana's memories of their time as a couple and exited her life forever. Hatori will never forget Kana, but he's sure her forgetting him was the best for her.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She receives little characterization of her own and her only purpose in the story is providing Hatori with a sad backstory.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: Gender-swapped example. When she first learnt about Hatori's seahorse cursed form, she immediately accepted him and told him she loved him despite of it. This made Hatori cry Tears of Joy.

    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 Sohma 

Voiced by: Junko Yamamoto (2001 series), Sachiko Kojima (2019 series) (JP), Julie Mayfield (EN)

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


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