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

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     Bad Luck 

Shuichi Shindou

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Rich McNanna (English)

Yuki: Quiet! I haven't cried in six years and my head is really killing me.
Shuichi: Six years? You're just too cool! As for me, I cry at least once a day. Man, that's just mega-cool! It's like you have a dark past or something! Oh, right. You really do. Hahahaha!

  • Adorkable
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: The anime adaptation ran with an interpretation of the color schemes Murakami likes to use in his color illustrations, and also changed his brown eyes to green.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The stage outfit he wears in the TV series is the most prominent example, but Murakami didn’t start favoring this look until she veered away from his original design basis (Koshi Inaba of B’z) and T.M.Revolution became a more dominant influence in Shuichi’s look.
  • Camp Gay: To a slight degree.
  • Closet Key: For his own Closet Key, even. Shuichi’s influence is what forces Yuki to accept and extricate his sexuality from his past trauma.
  • Crossdresser: Not quite unwholesome enough to be considered creepy, but it’s nearly always for reasons that involve trying to seduce Yuki. He thinks it’s a much better look on him than it actually is.
  • Disguised in Drag: When he pretends to be Ayaka so he can get Yuki’s Arranged Marriage called off.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Even the Guys Want Him
  • Flanderization: His Keet tendencies overtake his characterization from about the third volume on.
  • Gayngst: When it seems Yuki is rejecting him (at several points), his default question is "Is it because I'm a guy?"
  • Hair Color Dissonance: In the manga, his hair is black and generally reads that way in the actual text, but Murakami renders this in various shades of pink and red in her color illustrations. This seems to be an artifact left over from recycling the character designs from her B’z Yaoi Doujinshi for Bad Luck- Koshi’s hair (which in real life varies between black and shades of brown) is usually rendered in the same shade of pink as early color illustrations of Shuichi. Oddly, during the period when he bleaches it blonde, the color illustrations accurately represent his hair color.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: So much so that probably the only person he actually judges correctly upon first meeting is Reiji. This is also what gets him trouble with Taki.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: The outfits that Reiji puts him in.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He was willing to give Yuki up when he thought Ayaka would make him happier; it backfired on him because she was actually testing how hard he would fight for Yuki.
  • Keet: He's the page image for a reason.
  • Love Martyr
  • Mood Whiplash: He's pretty much the personification of this trope.
  • Older Than They Look
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes
  • Sailor Fuku: Wears one once in a futile attempt to be sexy for Yuki.
  • Stripperiffic: His performance outfits are sometimes this. Murakami also really likes to put him this type of outfit for the book and chapter covers of the manga. Some are meant to be stage costumes, though not all.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders
  • Super-Deformed: He falls into this at several points, sometimes with Little Bit Beastly mixed in.
  • There Was a Door: You can't help but wonder how he's not in debt after all the walls he's had to pay for.
  • Uke
  • Wimpification: Canon example
  • Wholesome Crossdresser
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Shuichi wears short shorts.

Hiroshi Nakano aka Hiro

Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (Japanese), Daniel Kevin Harrison (English)

Suguru Fujisaki

Voiced by: Fujiko Takimoto (Japanese), Luke Novak (English)


     Nittle Grasper 

Tohma Seguchi

Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Bill Rogers (English)
  • Affably Evil: When at his worst. Granted, "evil" isn't really the right word for it, but then again, neither is "sane".
  • Always Camp
  • Berserk Button: Do ‘’not’’ even think about so much as looking at Yuki funny if you value your safety. Especially don’t think about dressing up as the man who attempted to rape Eiri in order to "heal him psychologically". He goes from Stepford Smiler to an Ax-Crazy Yandere in just a few short panels. Afterward? He's smiling again and brushing his rampage off like it was nothing.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy
  • Crossdresser: Dons a nurse costume while taking care of a sick and not very cooperative Yuki in EX.
  • Dissonant Serenity: And if it breaks, well…
  • It's All My Fault: Two words: New York.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • My God, What Have I Done? When a pregnant Mika gets sick due to stress and has to be hospitalized.
    • To really put it into perspective Tohma was so wrapped up in his business with Yuki that he neglected his pregnant wife, who just happens to be Yuki's older sister. The stress of worrying about Yuki, and the lengths that Tohma would go to in order to do what he perceived to be in Yuki's best interests—including threatening Shuichi's life—put Mika in the hospital. At least Tohma toned it down a bit when he realized he could lose his wife and child if he kept up his antics.
  • Older Than They Look
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The way he deals with Taki.
  • Record Producer
  • Stepford Smiler: And when he isn't smiling? Be afraid.
  • The Atoner: Only in regards to Eiri. Otherwise, he doesn't give a crap, generally.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Tohma who, while initially appearing to be an amiable person, is shown to have a ruthless streak when his brother-in-law's safety or health is threatened.
  • Yandere: At one point attempts to go after Yoshiki dressed up as her brother with an axe for giving Yuki trauma. Sakano manages to hold him back, but the way Tohma looks in that panel is probably one of the most terrifying images in the entire manga.

Ryuichi Sakuma
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Kenneth Robert Marlo (English)

Noriko Ukai

Voiced by: Haruna Ikezawa (Japanese), Megan Hollingshead (English)

     Uesugi Clan 

Eiri Yuki

Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue (Japanese), Rome Elliot (English)

(to Shuichi) "Because I'm a good guy, I have one more piece of advice. If you don't want to kill yourself, you should probably stay away from Mercedes SLEs, and SAAB Cabriolets. Because if you get in front of me again, I'll hit you and then back up over you for good measure."

Tatsuha Uesugi

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), Jason Griffith (English)

Mika Seguchi

Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese), Angora Deb (English)


Taki Aizawa

Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Tim Breese (English)

  • Armoured Closet Gay: When he’s telling Shuichi how disgusting and unnatural his relationship with Yuki is, it becomes pretty obvious that no small part of his rage and irrational hatred towards Shuichi is a result of his own self-loathing and repression.
  • Asshole Victim: It’s hard to feel much sympathy for him when Tohma has him run over by a car.
  • Driven by Envy: Becomes obsessed with destroying Shuichi, because he believes Bad Luck is being favored over Ask by NG and Tohma.
  • Irrational Hatred: For Shuichi.
  • It's All About Me: Initially decides Shuichi is his rival because he wants 100% of Tohma’s and NG’s attention and can’t stand having to share it with Bad Luck. It spirals out of control from there.
  • Jerkass
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Courtesy of Tohma.
  • Smug Snake: His official character profile describes him with such terms as "arrogant" and "has a tendency to smirk".
  • Unknown Rival: To Shuuichi.

Ken-chan and Ma-kun

     Eagleland Characters 

Mister K

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese), Brian Maillard (English)

Yuki Kitazawa

Voiced by: Toshikatsu Izaki (Japanese)

Yoshiki Kitazawa

  • But Not Too Foreign: Yoshiki is American, but of Japanese decent and generally lacks all the typical Eagleland attributes shared by the other American characters.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Drives Like Crazy
  • Everyone Has Standards: Yoshiki can't bring herself to hate Yuki for murdering her older brother because she recognizes her brother's actions as having crossed the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Retains her masculine birth name despite identifying as a woman.
  • Parental Substitute: For Riku.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Briefly, when she dresses up as her dead brother as part of a plan to help Yuki get over him.
  • Trans Equals Gay: Mostly due to Murakami being Japanese and Japanese culture having a poor grasp on gender identity issues. She uses the term okama to describe herself at one point and Tokyopop chose to translate this as "gay". The terminology used by both Yoshiki herself and the characters to describe her is especially jarring since Yoshiki behaves more or less like a straight woman and not like a gay man at all.
  • Transgender
  • Transvestite: Yoshiki started dressing like a girl to get more attention, which somehow evolved into becoming actually transgender.

Reiji aka Rage

Voiced by: Miki Nagasawa


Riku Kitakazwa

     Everyone else 


Ayaka Usami

Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Rachael Lillis (English)

Maiko Shindou

  • Adapted Out: Of both anime adaptations.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Shuichi.
  • Out of Focus: In the manga. She features prominently in the beginning, while Shuichi and Hiro are still in high school, but disappears almost entirely once he graduates and the setting changes.

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