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This is a partial character sheet for Haikyuu!!, containing characters affiliated with Karasuno High School.

Spoilers from Seasons 1-3 of the anime are unmarked.

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Boys' Volleyball Team Players

  • Animal Motifs: Crows for Karasuno. They are compared to baby birds breaking open their eggshells and spreading their wings. They are also highly resourceful players that are continuously adapting and evolving.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Besides Nishinoya and Daichi, their defenses are nothing to write home about, so they initially rely on their incredibly powerful offense to score points. Later on in the story, they become a more well-rounded team.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Downplayed during matches. On-court members of Karasuno will mentally yell out their synchronized attack whenever they plan to carry out this technique, which is justified because it needs everyone to work and if someone isn't on the same page the attack loses 1/4 of its effect.
  • David vs. Goliath: At first, Karasuno is the underdog in nearly every match they play due to their fallen status. This trope is especially prevalent in their first match against Datekou, which pits small, inexperienced Hinata up against giant blocker Aone. They get better, and as Shimizu notes, have nationals-level offensive skills by the time they're preparing for Spring High qualifiers.
  • Fallen Hero: The Karasuno team was considered to once be a remarkable volleyball team, having even gone to Nationals. However, with the departure of Coach Ukai Sr, they soon declined and were considered less than stellar by the start of the manga. Individuals in series would refer to the team as "The Flightless Birds" and "The Fallen Champions". The current Karasuno lineup work hard to overcome this so they can become powerhouses once more.
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • Good friends and rivals with Nekoma. Their teams have had a great relationship even before the events of the series thanks to Ukai Sr and Nekomata's friendly rivalry with one another. The relationship is maintained with the current lineups of each team.
    • Everyone in Karasuno has an amicable rivalry towards each other to some extent, and is actively encouraged by Ukai and Takeda because having a worthy rival prevents them from stagnating.
  • Foil: To Nekoma. Nekoma is more used to working together, while Karasuno spends some time finding its bearings because of its new freshman players. Nekoma's biggest strength is their steady receives, which are Karasuno's immediate weakness since only Nishinoya and Daichi are particularly good at them; Nekoma is a team that works together in order to support their setter, whereas the Karasuno team is essentially unified by their own talented setter.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Karasuno's skills and teamwork improve remarkably by the end of the Golden Week and summer vacation training camps.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Nekoma. The two teams bring out the best from each other and they both aspire to have their first official match aka the much aniticipated "Battle at the Garbage Dump". Other schools also began seeing them as noteworthy opponents after they Took a Level in Badass, including Aoba Johsai and Shiratorizawa.

    Shōyō Hinata 

Shōyō Hinata — #10

Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (JP), Bryson Baugus (EN), Jeong-hwa Yang (KR)

Played by: Kenta Suga
Position: Middle Blocker
Height/Weight: 162.8cm → 164.2cm/51.9kg
1st Year

"Even though I'm short, I can jump! I'll show you that I can become Karasuno's ace!"

The protagonist of the series, Hinata aspired to become the ace of a volleyball team after seeing "The Little Giant" in a match on television. His aspirations were challenged after facing a crushing defeat against Tobio Kageyama and the Kitagawa Daiichi team in his first and last match in middle school; and then after entering high school and learning that not only he did not have the power nor technique to become a wing spiker, the opponent he had sworn to defeat, Kageyama, was now his teammate.

However, his extraordinarily good jumping ability, along with Kageyama's tosses, gave him the potential to become "The Strongest Decoy", drawing away opposing teams’ focus from the other attackers with his various types of quick strikes.

Favourite food: Tamago Kake Gohan.
Current concern: He can't catch the ball one-handed.

  • Adorkable: His clumsy and The Ditz moments put him in an endearing light. This can be seen in the eyecatches whenever he messes up or is in some other fickle and reacts in a hilarious manner.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Sho-chan" by his friend Izumi, whom he calls "Izumin" in turn.
  • All-Loving Hero: Hinata is a naturally friendly person who tries to get along with everyone. His open and straightforward personality allows him to befriend even the quietest of people effortlessly, such as Kenma from Nekoma High and Aone from Date Tech High.
  • Anime Hair: Light orange and spiked in various directions.
  • Benched Hero: Since middle blockers are always switched with liberos when they move to the back row during rotation, Hinata is often switched with Nishinoya. Shares this role with Tsukishima.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Hinata is generally upbeat and friendly, but can be very scary when he gets serious.
  • Book Dumb: His academics are terrible to the point that he initially doesn't even know what counts as a failing mark. He tells Sugawara that he's never made a double digit score on a quiz or a test, and he complains ti the vice-principal that he's never gotten 90% in his life. When it comes to volleyball however, he takes a great deal to listen to people's advice and his observation skills, especially in split-second decisions, are on par with Tsukishima's.
  • Buffy Speak: Is prone to describing things with terms like "pwah!" or "gwah".
  • Butt-Monkey: In the beginning, when he has little skill in volleyball aside from spiking, he often receives the ball with his face. It's become something his teammates have gotten used to.
  • Character Development: Subtle but still there. He overcomes his nervousness in games and started surely but slowly his brain. He's still a Keet but relatively calmer.
  • Childhood Friends: Has been good friends with Koji and Izumi since they were young. They still talk to each other in high school and the two of them ever come to see him play against Shiratorizawa.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: You would never guess he'd be such a talented player just by looking at him.
  • Determinator: Hinata firmly believes that if a match isn’t yet lost, then there’s no reason to give up on it.
  • The Ditz: Hinata is Book Dumb and extremely childish.
  • Fiery Redhead: He has bright orange hair and has a loud, boisterous personality to match.
  • Fragile Speedster: Although he's incredibly fast, his attacks don't have as much power behind them compared to Tanaka's or Asahi's (the freak quick notwithstanding) and his defense is nothing to write home about. He gets better.
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • With Lev Haiba. Their relationship is both competitive and playful, as the two have similar personalities.
    • With Aone. Ever since the two faced off in Interhigh, Aone has formed an unlikely friendship and rivalry with Hinata.
  • Height Angst: Hinata occasionally feels insecure about his short height (especially in earlier chapters). Despite putting all his faith on his incredible jumping height in order to overcome this, he sometimes can’t help but feel jealous of taller players.
  • Hero-Worshipper: If someone is older, good at volleyball and is nice enough, Hinata probably thinks they're the coolest ever and will ask them to teach him their moves, with no hint of shyness.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kageyama. Their partnership on the court notwithstanding, they're usually seen training and studying together.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's terrifyingly passionate about volleyball.
  • Idiot Hero: Besides being Book Dumb, Hinata is usually clueless about the topic at hand.
  • Keet: He does not run out of energy. This isn't helped by the fact that he's frequently mistaken for a junior high-school student because of his height.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Hinata" (日向), can be translated to "place in the sun" or "to face the sun", while "Shouyou" (翔陽) can mean "flying heaven", where "shou" (翔) means "to fly", and "you" (陽) means "sun/heaven/male".
    • The flying imagery is taken up a notch when you combine the first kanji in Kageyama's and his given names: 飛翔 ("hishou") means "to soar" (as in 飛翔する; "hishou suru") or "flight". Guess whose freak quick is taking Karasuno to new heights?
  • The Napoleon: This is the biggest part of Hinata's story. He's very small for his age, only 162cm, but he tries to make up for his short stature with his incredible jumping abilities.
  • The Nicknamer: Prone to calling players outside of his team by nicknames he makes up, such as Oikawa "Great King" and Kindaichi "Shallot-head." He later calls Kageyama "Tiredyama-kun" (Bateyama-kun in Japanese) during the later stages of a match, and is prone to calling Tsukishima "Stingyshima" (Kechishima in Japanese) wheneverr the aforementioned character refuses to help him.
  • Nervous Wreck: Because of his lack of experience, Hinata is a terrible nervous wreck before matches. In his first practice match with Aoba Johsai, he's so nervous that he can't contentrate and keeps messing up until Kageyama straightens him out, partially by reminding him that he should be much more afraid of his own setter than of theirs.
  • Not So Different: Despite being complete and intended foils to each other at first, on closer look Hinata and Kageyama do have some similarities. Aside from their devotion to volleyball and (for different reasons) the lack of true teammates in middle school, they're both Book Dumb and very simple-minded kids who come to Karasuno solely because of a person who was once on the team (the Small Giant for Hinata, Coach Ukai Sr. for Kageyama). Both also take offense when someone doesn't give their all for even one point in-game (though this wasn't so much a true Berserk Button for Hinata until he believed Kageyama himself had done a shoddy job as setter), no matter if they're winning or set for a loss. These similarities allow for them to eventually become partners.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • With Kenma. They couldn't be any more different in personality, but they frequently text each other, hang out during training camp, are on a First-Name Basis and openly admire each other's playing.
    • He manages to befriend Aone, who otherwise appears stern and intimidating which contrasts Hinata's bright and friendly demeanour.
  • Older Than He Looks: People constantly mistake him for a middle-schooler, or even an elementary school student. Taken up a notch when you realize he's the oldest of the first-years on the team.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Hinata yells something along these lines to Kageyama, after the latter is subbed out during the Interhigh game against Aoba Johsai:
    Hinata: I already said I’m definitely going to be the one to defeat you! Until then, you’re not allowed to lose to anybody else!
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Will sometimes over-sweat in a comedic manner when faced with taller, burlier opponents.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the second-shortest on the team but his stamina and attacks are impressive, to the point that Karasuno's offense is initially built around his and Kageyama's freak quick.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Hinata is a very optimistic person who readily believes the best in people, resulting in this trope.
    • Hinata vows to be able to make Kenma, who's shown to be apathetic about most things, feel something in a match. Kenma is shown to be fairly comfortable with Hinata despite being a relatively recent acquaintance.
    • He also pushes Yachi, an insecure Nervous Wreck, to stand up to her mother and commit to the volleyball club for Yachi's own benefit, something she'd never done before.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Will tilt his head in confusion when someone says something he doesn't understand. Which is quite often. Shares this trait with Kageyama.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Fiery Red Head and keet Red Oni to Kageyama's Socially Awkward Hero and aloof (at a glance anyways) Blue Oni.
  • Signature Move: He's one of few people who can jump high and fast enough to hit the super-fast tosses that Kageyama wants to toss, so the two of them turn it into an incredibly fast quick that nets Karasuno many points in matches. The quick itself continues to evolve as the two of them improve as well.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: A tiny, energetic, Book Dumb volleyball enthusiast with Anime Hair who's at a disadvantage because of his height. Although inexperienced, he has incredible speed that allows him to become a team with Kageyama, is determined to get better at all costs, and learns The Power of Friendship through the series.
  • The Social Expert: Hinata is capable of reading social cues and be incredibly empathetic toward others' struggles. As such, he often says just what others need to hear to push themselves in the right direction.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: He clocks in at around 164cm/ 5'3'', so people frequently mistake him for someone younger.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: As several characters note, Hinata has incredible jumping power and speed, but initially lacks the training or experience to put these to good use.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Develops this type of friendship with Kageyama. They play off each other very well on and off the court, but they'll insult and snark at each other at the slightest provocation.
  • Worthy Opponent: Many volleyball players acknowledged his potential, often saying that he was a monster. This also included Ushiwaka, Oikawa, Coach Washijo, Tendou, Goshiki, Kindaichi, Aone.

    Tobio Kageyama 

Tobio Kageyama — #9

Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (JP), Scott Gibbs (EN), Gyu-hyuk Shim (KR)

Played by: Tatsunari Kimura (until Winners and Losers), Tatsuya Kageyama (Summer of Progress)
Position: Setter
Height/Weight: 180.6cm → 181.9cm/66.3kg
1st Year

"The last ones standing are the victors, only the strongest. If you want to be the last one standing, become strong."

The former ace of Kitagawa Daiichi that Hinata swore revenge upon. He is hailed "King of the Upper Court" by his junior high teammates due to his tyrannical attitude towards leading the team. Not too long after his match with Hinata, his teammates turned on him and Kageyama was benched for the rest of his tenure in junior high. Due to his actions, none of the top volleyball high schools would accept his application, leading him to attend Karasuno High School, where he must learn the value of teamwork.

Favourite food: Pork curry with an egg on top.
Current concern: He gets the feeling that animals dislike him.

  • The Ace: He's one of the best setters in his region, and certainly has potential to surpass Oikawa.
    • Kageyama's stats are killer, he literally maxes out in half of them and and gets 4/5 in everything else, better than Oikawa, who is a monster to go up against on court. Said player even acknowledges his junior's skill, saying that Kageyama would be the ideal setter if he would just think about his team instead of himself.
    • He also manages to avert a perhaps expected Crippling Overspecialization, as being an extraordinary setter doesn't stop him from being just as competent in spiking and receiving, much to the rest of the team's exasperation.
  • Adorkable: His social awkwardness can be quite endearing, especially when he tries to act more friendly around his teammates and fails because he isn't used to simple gestures like smiling, complementing, giving high fives etc. He often has no idea how he comes across which leads to some hilariously awkward situations. Whenever he's shown to be excited about volleyball he sometimes breaks out of his default stoic expression and the results are actually rather cute.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He actually begs Oikawa for advice at one point, much to the latter's delight.
  • Always Someone Better: Has this mindset towards Oikawa, who he considers a superior setter. Interestingly, the feeling is mutual, with Oikawa once refusing to mentor him because he didn't want Kageyama to surpass him just yet.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He has difficulty expressing his emotions in a healthy manner, and understanding the emotions of others. Outside of volleyball, he's a very literal thinker. Volleyball seems to be the only thing he's interested in.
  • Animals Hate Him: One of his concerns. At one point in the manga he picks up a cat, only to have it put its claws over his eyes.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Since Oikawa refused to teach him his killer serve, Kageyama mastered it by simply observing him. He also efficiently copies Kenma's feint after seeing it only once, since he was too awkward at the time to actually ask Kenma to teach him.
  • Book Dumb: An interesting example because he looks the part of the smart and diligent student. And he's a promising tactician where volleyball is concerned (the official databook has him tied with Tsukishima as most intelligent player on the team) to boot. It's just that Kageyama couldn't care less about academics.
  • Break the Haughty: Being abandoned by his team in the middle of a match during junior high had this kind of effect on him, and was the trigger for his character development, which really starts when he joins Karasuno.
  • Character Development: Kageyama during junior high used to order his teammates around and chastised them over every little mistake, even if he himself had blame. His tyrannical behavior even gave him the nickname "King of the Upper Court" (コート上の王様). Upon bonding with Karasuno, he makes an effort to not let his emotions get the better of him, takes responsibility for his mistakes, learns to treat everyone as teammates, and comes to genuinely care about everyone on the team.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Things tend to fly over his head, for example thinking about food when Ukai was making a jab at the simple-minded duos (ie. him/Hinata and Tanaka/Nishinoya). He's also surprised when he sees Tsukishima without glasses, thinking that his eyes would look like the number 3.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: The Drama CDs show that a couple of girls are attracted to him because of his aloof demeanor, much to Hinata's confusion and dismay. Kageyama doesn't seem to be aware of the fact.
  • The Comically Serious: A good part of Kageyama's humor comes from the fact that he's thinking of the strangest things with the same serious expression, or that he often has to interact with very... excited upperclassmen (such as Tanaka and Nishinoya), which is something he has no experience with.
  • Decoy Antagonist: In the beginning chapters, Kageyama is set up as The Rival. Flash forward a year, and we see both Hinata and Kageyama showing up for volleyball practice at their new high school, Karasuno.
  • Defrosting Ice King: After what happened at his last junior high tournament (his entire team abandoning him), he realizes he needs to trust in his teammates more and not just do everything himself. He is slowly starting to do this at Karasuno.
  • Death Glare: Has a extremely powerful glare, to the point that it tops Hinata's list of things that scare him the most.
  • Deuteragonist: No less important than Hinata in the story, and also a huge part of the latter's motivation (to keep winning) and improvement (when they team up).
  • Foil:
    • To Hinata, in nearly every way. Kageyama is a prodigy in volleyball born with good reflexes as well as the necessary height, which made him known as a fearfully good setter even when younger. Hinata on the other hand is short and can only count on his jump power to make him a noticeable figure in volleyball, and had trouble finding a team who'd play with him in junior high. Unlike Kageyama, who has a terrible temper, Hinata is extremely friendly and excitable. Also, their hair colors both contrast and complement each other, as they're also Karasuno's volleyball team's official colors.
    • He's a foil to Sugawara in terms of their type of play. Kageyama can only utilize Hinata and a few other players to score points while Sugawara is able to utilize all the members on the court due to his strategic style of playing. Also, Sugawara cannot score on his own, while Kageyama can.
    • He is a foil to Kenma because he lacks all the qualities Kenma has in terms of playing style.
  • The Gift: An extraordinarily talented volleyball player who's referred to as a genius several times. Oikawa resents him for it.
  • Gray Eyes: Has grey eyes, which highlight his antisocial nature and high level of competence. Notable since most characters have brown eyes.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Mainly in his junior high days, when little mistakes would tick him off, and he'd scream and put the blame on others. Hinata is still able to make him revert to this even after he gets better, though it's more obviously Played for Laughs.
  • Hot-Blooded: One of the characters who take volleyball more seriously in the series, and will snap at the slightest hint of someone slacking off. He's also very passionate about the setter position in particular.
  • In-Series Nickname: He was known as the King of the Upper Court during junior high school, and it still carries with him in the present until he shakes it off. He received this nickname because his junior high teammates compared him to a tyrannical King, and so used the title mockingly. He dislikes being referred to as such because of the implications.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He's a force of nature on the court, but is terrible at understanding and empathizing with others. Unfortunately for him, volleyball is a team sport, but it helps him to grow as a team player.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: His prodigious talent in volleyball translated to a Hair-Trigger Temper when others couldn't keep up with him and a Friendless Background as a result. He gets better after he joins Karasuno.
  • Ironic Nickname: Those who don't know him would be inclined to think he's called the "King of the Court" because he's a well-known badass setter, which is what Hinata assumes before getting to know him. That's... really not what it means, which is why Kageyama himself dislikes the title.
  • The Leader: Although not the captain, during his time with Kitagawa Daiichi he acted as the mastermind behind their plans.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: While his social skills are still terrible, his personality is a lot better after a season of interacting with the various characters on his new high school team, and by the second season he's even attempting high fives and dancing along with Tanaka, Nishinoya, and Hinata.
  • Master of All: He's got incredible volleyball statistics. His genius setter talents notwithstanding, he's also competent at receives and spikes.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Kage" (影) means "shadow" which is understandable since he's like a shadow to the sun (Hinata). The kanji of Kageyama (影山) literally translates to "shadow mountain".
    • His given name, Tobio (飛雄), means "flying hero", which serves him well with regards to his jump serve.
    • The flying imagery is taken up a notch when you combine the first kanji in his and Hinata's given names: 飛翔 ("hishou") means "to soar" (as in 飛翔する; "hishou suru") or "flight". Guess whose freak quick is taking Karasuno to new heights?
  • No Social Skills: To the point he can’t even recognize when others try to high five him. He’s also really bad at asking people things, usually approaching them on an awkward and (unknowingly) almost aggressive manner.
  • Not So Stoic: Despite appearing like The Stoic, he is actually quite emotive, especially during scenes involving food.
  • Not So Different: Although he and Hinata initially appear different as night and day in terms of personality, appearance, and skill level, they actually have a few similarities. They both are extremely passionate about volleyball, are Book Dumb, and joined the Karasuno team because of one specific person (The Little Giant in Hinata's case, and Coach Ukai Sr. in Kageyama's case).
  • Perpetual Frowner: Usually has a frown of some sort, which is lampshade a good number of times. Tanaka says he has this type of expression on his face even when picking yogurt.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Like Hinata, he will tilt his head in confusion when someone says something he doesn't understand.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Socially Awkward Hero and aloof (at a glance anyways) Blue Oni to Hinata's Fiery Red Head and keet Red Oni.
  • Signature Move: Becomes well-known for the freak quick he shares with Hinata.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: Off the court, he seemingly has very little idea how to properly interact with other people. He tries to improve in this area, with mixed results.
  • The Stoic: Subverted. He appears to be stoic due to his excellent strategic skills and cool-headedness. Then Hinata and the audience get to know and find out he's actually pretty hot-tempered.
  • Stock Shōnen Rival: Subverted. The beginning immediately sets him up as a typical rival one would expect for the protagonist Hinata — he is in every way a foil to him (taller, dark-haired, bad-tempered, asocial, a loner, a prodigy). After his team decimates Hinata's in the prologue the latter swears to defeat him one day... and then they wind up being high school teammates who are forced to work closely together.
  • Team Prima Donna: When he was in Kitagawa Daiichi, he used to order his teammates around and wanted everything his way.
  • Teen Genius: Is exceptionally talented at volleyball for his age. However, he usually doesn't bother applying himself to his academic studies.
  • Tranquil Fury: The angrier Kageyama gets, the quieter he becomes. Hinata lampshades it after he loses focus during the practice match against the Neighborhood Association and takes a spike to the face.
    Hinata: Crap... Kageyama isn't yelling at me. That means he's really angry.
  • Tsundere: One moment he'll be shouting insults, the next trying to encourage his teammates. His dere side tends to show mostly around Hinata.
  • The Un-Smile: The first time he tries to smile traumatizes Hinata and confuses the others.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: During his first year of junior high, he was a good-natured kid who once asked Oikawa for some mentoring. By the time Hinata played against him in their match, his personality had soured considerably.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Eventually with Hinata. They clash endlessly, but have each other's backs on and off the court.
  • Younger Than They Look: Kageyama's height and build makes him look slightly older, and he appears more like a second or third year than a first year. Hilariously enough, he's the youngest player on the team.

    Daichi Sawamura 

Daichi Sawamura — #1

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP), Justin Doran (EN), Ja-hyung Gu (KR)

Played by: Keita Tanaka (Hyper Projection Play "Haikyū!!"), Kentaro Akisawa (The View From Top)
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 176.8cm → 176.7cm/70.1kg
3rd Year

"Even if we're not confident that we'll win, even if others tell us we don't stand a chance, we must never tell ourselves that."

Daichi is the captain of the Karasuno boys’ volleyball team. He claims to have come to Karasuno High School because he saw a volleyball match he could never forget on TV — also it's close to his house. His biggest strength is his defensive abilities.

Favourite food: Shoyu Ramen.
Current concern: His incessant dreams about the vice-principal's flying wig.

  • Benched Hero: He knocks out a tooth after colliding with Tanaka during their match with Wakutani and is immediately pulled from the game. The team manages to win the match but clearly struggle without his presence.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite his friendly nature, his team (particularly Tanaka and Asahi) is very aware of how scary Daichi can be when he’s mad.
  • Boring, but Practical: His style of playing. He's not flashy and renowned like Nishinoya or Kageyama, nor is he the ace like Asahi or does any special attacks like Hinata, but he instead rounds these off with solid receives and decent all-around moves. It's noted that Karasuno would have a much weaker defence if it weren't for him. In fact, when he's injured in the team's match against Wakutani, the team has trouble finding its footing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Often snarks in a flat unimpressed manner, especially towards the more hot-blooded underclassmen and Asahi.
  • First-Name Basis: The second years call him "Daichi-san", while fellow third years Sugawara and Asahi drop the honorific.
  • Height Angst: Played for Laughs — although he's on the average/taller side, he's still horrified when his height is remeasured and he finds out he shrunk by 1mm.
  • I Can Still Fight!: When he gets injured during the match with Wakutani he insists he can still play. Reality Ensues however, and he is sent to the infirmary and stays out for the remainder of the match.
  • The Leader: The levelheaded captain of Karasuno. He's part of the third years and is one of the most mature characters of the team, and even his character design denotes his neutral part. Fittingly, his playing style is also supportive in nature: he's the best of the team at receives, the libero Nishinoya being the only exception.
  • Meaningful Name: The characters used for Daichi (大地) mean "good" and "earth" respectively. As the captain, he acts as the "ground" that supports his teammates.
  • Not So Above It All: His composure and maturiy for his age is often commented on, but he occasionally shows a more childish side. One such example Yachi mentions is when he got in trouble because set off the emergency bell by accident when he was fighting with the boys' basketball team captain during the lunchtime rush.
  • Supporting Leader: Not the protagonist, but the captain and leader of the volleyball club.
  • Team Dad: He’s a strict leader who most of the team visibly try not to piss off (since he’s quite scary when he’s mad), but is also a reliable and friendly figure.
  • Worthy Opponent: Other teams' captains often perceive him to be the player to watch out for, notably Oikawa, Kuroo and Terushima. Oikawa often goes out of his way to compliment Daichi, both in person (such as before Aoba Johsai's second match against Karasuno) and in Internal Monologue, and Terushima even attributes the reason of Johzenji's loss mostly to Daichi, rather than to Hinata.

    Kōshi Sugawara 

Kōshi Sugawara — #2

Voiced by: Miyu Irino (JP), Adam Gibbs (EN), Seung-gon Ryu (KR)

Played by: Hiroki Ino
Position: Setter
Height/Weight: 174.3cm → 174.6cm/63.5kg
3rd Year

"Every player feels the same pride about the fact that they're going to be on the court, no matter whether they're some genius or just a regular guy."

Sugawara is one of Karasuno’s setters and also the team's vice captain. Originally the primary setter, he steps down in favour of Kageyama when it's clear how much more potential the first year brings for the team's chances of success. Composed and courteous, his style of playing is more generic and he’s not a prodigy like Kageyama. He compensates this by being very reliable (and quite clever) when in court.

Favourite food: Super spicy mapo tofu.
Current concern: A lot of his kouhai are bigger than him.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is a much lighter shade of silvery-blond in the manga, most notably in one of the center color pages during the Karasuno vs. Aoba Johsai match.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Having developed a good relationship with the team, many of the second and third years call him "Suga" and "Suga-san" respectively (notable since the third years are called by their first names by the same people).
  • Always Someone Better: Subverted. Though he isn't all happy about it, he accepts that the prodigy Kageyama is better than him as a setter, and steps down from his place as regular setter in favor of Kageyama, since the latter is more likely to help Karasuno in going to Nationals than him. Interestingly, Kageyama also feels this way about Sugawara, due to Sugawara being far better at working with the team in general than Kageyama himself is.
  • Beauty Mark: Has a mole on the corner of his left eye.
  • Benched Hero: Sugawara was Karasuno's primary setter prior to the story. However when Kageyama joins, he gives up his spot as the main setter and assures Ukai to not assign the position to him out of pity. Eventually , Sugawara develops other techniques with the team and is put in games as a backup when needed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The nicest member of the team, but he's the only one who can get away with telling Sawamura off which scares the others. Also Played for Laughs when the usually calm and respectable Sugawara screams at the players on-court to get it together during the first few points of their match against Shiratorizawa, freaking the other members out and warranting a glare from the referee.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Acts as the older setter mentor to Kageyama. He's also labelled as the Kageyama handler whenever Kageyama gets out of control.
  • Foil:
    • To Oikawa. They're both third year setters outshined by Kageyama, but their treatment of Kageyama is very different. Since Oikawa resented Kageyama, he never gave him advice or helped him when they were teammates. Sugawara, on the other hand, is jealous of Kageyama but he holds no animosity towards him; he always treats him with the kindness Oikawa never gave him as an upperclassman and rival setter.
    • A foil to Kageyama in terms of their types of play. Kageyama can only fully utilize Hinata and a few other players to score points while Sugawara is able to utilize all the members on the court due to his strategic style of playing. Also, Sugawara cannot score on his own, while Kageyama can.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a few strands of hair pointing up, although he does not have any of the characteristics regarding this trope.
  • In-Series Nickname: Oikawa calls him "Mr. Refreshing" (Sawayaka-kun aka literally "Refreshing-kun" in the original Japanese) due to Sugawara's bright and gentle demeanour.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Sugawara's a good setter and is also decent at receives and at reading the other team. He's aware of the fact that he's not a particularly outstanding player compared to Kageyama, though.
  • Meaningful Name: Sugawara (菅原) means "sedge field".
  • Nice Guy: Sugawara is generally a supportive and considerate person. It’s one of the reasons everyone on the team gets along well with him, from the snarky Tsukishima to the aloof manager Shimizu.
  • Number Two: He is the vice captain of the team. Although he stops being a regular in favour of Kageyama, he still supports Sawamura and helps put plans together with the team.
  • The Strategist: Since he is no prodigy, his playing style is all about efficiently outwitting the opponent.
  • Team Mom: Sugawara has a calm, soothing personality, being a source of support for the team. He’s also the only one who can lecture Daichi, the resident Team Dad.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sugawara has silver-blonde hair in the manga and grey hair in the anime.

    Asahi Azumane 

Asahi Azumane — #3

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (JP), Orlanders Jones (EN), Young-jae Pyo (KR)

Played by: Justin Tomimori
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 184.7cm → 186.4cm/75.2kg
3rd Year

Karasuno's resident ace spiker. He is said to have a heart of glass, and occasionally gets poked fun at by the other third-years for it. Asahi briefly quit the volleyball team after the team got crushed by Datekou during their match the previous year, blaming himself for not being able to break down their defenses.

Favourite food: Tonkotsu Ramen.
Current concern: When he tells people he's a student nobody believes him, first years are afraid of him, girls in his class say things like "even though he looks the way he does, he's kinda weak" then go getting themselves all disappointed, future plans, the captain being scary... (cut for length)

  • Actually Pretty Funny: In one occasion Daichi calls him a dumbass in a tone that Asahi finds so amusingly like an impression of how Kageyama calls Hinata that he (along with Suga) asks Daichi to do it again.
  • Alliterative Name: Asahi Azumane.
  • Broken Ace: He was scared off from his place as ace after being crushed by Datekou's defenses.
  • Butt-Monkey: Among the third years, he is put on the short end of the stick the most. Daichi especially loves to crack a few jokes at his expense.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's extremely sensitive and timid, but he's the team's most powerful spiker.
  • Face of a Thug: People are often intimidated by how he looks, thinking he's a criminal. Ironically, in the team he surpasses even Team Mom Sugawara in softness.
  • Face Your Fears: In the team's match against Datekou, he gets over his fear and reluctance at spiking at their incredible defense.
  • Foil: To Nishinoya. Asahi is shy and insecure despite looking big and threatening, while Nishinoya is almost too loud and blunt for his short stature. They even play opposite positions on the team: Asahi is the ace, which means he gets most of the attack points, while Nishinoya being the libero is responsible for only the receives. Trivia takes it further: their names contrast, with Asahi's name translating to "Eastern Peaks Morning Sun" and Nishinoya's name being "Western Valley Evening". And finally, their mirrored birthdays (01/01 for Asahi and 10/10 for Nishinoya) also drive the point home.
  • First-Name Basis: Most of his teammates call him by his first name, or at least "Asahi-san", rather than by his surname.
  • Gentle Giant: Asahi is the second tallest of the team and the one with the most powerful physical build, and is also a sensible boy who gets intimidated easily.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: A fairly attractive guy whose hair is long enough to be tied back in a bun. Later, he holds it back with a headband after Shimizu notes that he might go bald.
  • Looks Like Jesus: His long hair and unshaven face has him resembling Jesus. The team even dresses him up as him during the Shonen Jump Christmas special. He's not exactly pleased about it.
  • Lovable Coward: Asahi readily admits that he's not the one you want watching your back in a tough situation, because he tends to freak out easily. Nevertheless, the entire team respects and admires him.
  • Meaningful Name: Asahi (旭) means “morning sun”.
  • Mighty Glacier: According to his stats, he maxes out in power but scores lowest in speed, another thing that contrasts him with Nishinoya.
  • My Greatest Failure: Their match against Datekou the year prior to the start of the series made him leave the club because he believed the team's loss was due to his failed spikes. He eventually gets over it after the team defeat them in the Inter-High preliminaries.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicest on the team. Asahi is tender-hearted and caring, and is always careful not to harm or offend anyone.
  • Perma-Stubble: He's growing a goatee, which may be part of why people always think he's older than 17.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Besides his sensitive nature, his gift for the team's Secret Santa in the Christmas drama CD is his favorite book of nature poetry.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: A bad loss to Datekou causes Asahi to start skipping club activities, having lost his confidence as the ace since Datekou's Iron Wall was too strong for him. It's only when he and Nishinoya are dragged into a practice match and fix their rough patches that he returns to the team.
  • Younger Than They Look: He is mistaken to be older than 17 due to his appearance. People often think he's held back, much to his embarrassment.

    Yū Nishinoya 

Yū Nishinoya — #4

Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP), Greg Ayres (EN), Seung-hoon Choi (KR)

Played by: Shōhei Hashimoto (until Winners and Losers), Yuuto Fuchino (Summer of Progress)
Position: Libero
Height/Weight: 159.3cm → 160.5cm/51.1kg
2nd Year

"My role is to strictly 'connect' everyone. I can't fight in the sky — that's the spikers' domain. But I will, without fail, get the ball to them at the highest point possible."

Nishinoya is the team's expert libero. Due playing for a powerful junior high team and being very skilled, he could have easily gone to any of the top volleyball high schools. Instead, he chose to go to Karasuno because he thought the uniforms looked cool. He was put under house arrest and banned from club activities for a period of time due to hitting the vice-principal during the uproar of a fight with Asahi after losing to Datekou the year prior to the series’ events.

Favourite food: Garigari-kun popsicles (soda flavour).
Current concern: None.

  • Accidental Pervert: Subverted. He trips in the middle of a crowd, and nearly lands face-first into Kanoka's chest, prompting an internal monologue about how he's about to get a once-in-a-lifetime miraculous experience. Naturally, she catches him before he hits her.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Tanaka (his closest second year friend) and Hinata (his closest underclassman on the team) call him "Noya-san".
  • Anime Hair: His hair is excessvely spiked up because he wants to make up for his short height. Hilariously, he looks so different with his hair down that even Hinata doesn't recognize him and mistakes him for a small child during their Golden Week training camp excursion.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • Gets along with Tanaka due to their similar personalities.
    • Is the closest to Hinata out of all the first years. They're both short Hot-Blooded Keets in a sport usually meant for taller people.
  • Book Dumb: An excellent libero with terrible school grades. Ennoshita is unimpressed when he checks one of his compehension tests and sees that he wrote "Live a manlier life, Norio!" as one of the answers, having blatantly ignored the question and the text.
  • Brutal Honesty: Very blunt when voicing his criticism, with Asahi as a common target.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Parodied during their training or pre-match warmups, when he does a flashy receive while shouting the name he's given it, "Rolling Thunder". Otherwise averted as he never actually does so in a match.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: An amusing example, since he’s very blunt about his crush on Shimizu, and doesn’t hesitate in saying he chose Karasuno High because he liked the girls’ uniforms. The first years are a bit surprised when he gets uncharacteristically shy upon meeting Yachi, who’s new to the team.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He's very obvious about his crush on Kiyoko, who is pretty much disinterested. They're friendly about it, however.
  • First-Name Basis: He calls the third years (minus Sugawara), fellow second years and his beloved kouhai Hinata by their first names. He also calls Cool Big Sis Saeko "Saeko-nee-san", who in return calls him Yū.
  • Foil: To Asahi. Asahi is shy and insecure despite looking big and threatening, while Nishinoya is almost too loud and blunt for his short stature. They even play opposite positions on the team: Asahi is the ace, which means he gets most of the attack points, while Nishinoya being the libero is responsible for only the receives. Trivia takes it further: their names contrast, with Asahi's name translating to "Eastern Peaks Morning Sun" and Nishinoya's name being "Western Valley Evening". And finally, their mirrored birthdays (01/01 for Asahi and 10/10 for Nishinoya) also drive the point home.
  • Fragile Speedster: As seen in his stats, he maxes out in speed and scores high in stamina and jumping but scores lowest in power. However, as a defensive player, power isn't needed much as long as he keeps the ball in play.
  • Hero-Worshipper: A really weird example. Nishinoya admires Asahi very much. Due to this Nishinoya feels the need to support Asahi in anyway he can, be it criticism or praise. He takes it hard on himself whenever he thinks he failed Asahi in being a libero. However, Nishinoya is able to hold his own, just not in the same way as the rest of the team; and needs other people to score points for him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Chummy and almost always seen with fellow second year Tanaka, due to their similar personalities.
  • Hot-Blooded: Nishinoya is incredibly passionate about volleyball, and has the attitude to match. He's blunt and loudmouthed, but is extremely skilled.
  • KEET: He does not run out of energy. Like Hinata, this isn't helped by his short height. In the manga character profiles, all his answers are listed with exclamation points and his current concern is listed as "None!!!"
  • Large Ham: He's ridiculously dramatic and flashy in everything he does.
  • The Napoleon: He's shorter than Hinata but isn't usually bothered by his height since he's a very skilled libero, which his height is useful for. Despite his height, he is very boisterous and hot-tempered.
  • Older Than They Look: He's been mistaken for an elementary-schooler thanks to his short height and childish demeanour.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's even shorter than Hinata, and yet is very strong for a defensive player. He also seems to cause a lot of damage when he delivers victory punches to Asahi and Tsukishima.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Nishinoya is a non-romantic example for Asahi. He tries to motivate him into becoming a confident ace.
  • Red Baron: Known as "Karasuno's Guardian Deity" due to his vital defensive receiving, much to his delight.
  • Skunk Stripe: He has blond streaks in his bangs. Flashbacks are inconsistent as to whether this is his natural hair or dyed; one flashback in his first year doesn't have it, but flashbacks from his childhood keeps t.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: A bad loss to Datekou causes Asahi to start skipping training, angering Nishinoya and leading him to accidentally break a vase which gets him briefly suspended from school and club activities. Even when his suspension is lifted, he still refuses to go back to volleyball unless Asahi also comes back. He reluctantly offers to help train Hinata and the other first years with their receives, but it's only when he and Asahi are dragged into a practice match and fix their rough patches that he properly returns to the team.
  • Tiny Schoolboy: The team's shortest player. Among the others on the team, only Yachi is shorter than he is.

    Ryūnosuke Tanaka 

Ryūnosuke Tanaka — #5

Voiced by: Yuu Hayashi (JP), Greg Cote (EN), Ho-san Lee (KR)

Played by: Kōhei Shiota
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 177.2cm → 178.2cm/68.8kg
2nd Year

"In volleyball... everyone on your team's side of the net are not your enemies!"

Tanaka is the team's boisterous wing spiker. He has budding potential to become the next ace spiker. He always manages to stay positive in bleak situations. Tanaka quickly took Hinata under his wing towards the beginning of the latter’s tenure on the team.

'''Favourite food: Melonpan.
Current concern: When he tried calling out to a lost-looking first year girl to tell her the way to her classroom, she started to cry.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Saeko and Nishinoya call him "Ryuu".
  • Bald of Awesome: He's frequently mockingly called "Baldy" or some other variant, but he's still a powerful spiker.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is quick to jump to the defense of his kohai, especially Hinata.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Does his best to be a great older brother figure the first years, particularly Hinata. He's desperate when begging his sister to drive Hinata and Kageyama to Tokyo because he doesn't want to let them down as their senpai.
  • Big Little Brother: Almost 180cm tall, whereas his 21 year old sister Saeko is 155cm tall.
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • He and Nishinoya get along great because of their very similar boisterous personalities.
    • Played with in his relationship with Nekoma's Yamamoto. The two initially dislike each other, but later on develop a Vitriolic Best Buds type of relationship... because they're pretty much the same person.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's brash, competitive, and one of the largest hams on the team. He's also one of their best offensive players.
  • Book Dumb: An excellent spiker and likely to become the next ace of the team, but has less than impressive school grades. Supposedly runs in the family, snarking that Saeko is just as dumb as him when she offers to help him study.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Is surprisingly shy when talking to girls, although a mild case compared to Taketora and Nishinoya.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He's very obvious about his crush on Kiyoko, who is pretty much disinterested. They're friendly about it, however.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When he first joined Karasuno, his hair was not shaven like it is in the present and he was even more unruly. After seeing how dignified the now-third years acted despite the club being treated unfairly, he decided to follow their ways and adopted his current buzz-cut as a fresh start.
  • Face of a Thug: Has a delinquent-like face, although he's not as bad as Asahi, and most of the time he puts on a thug-like face on purpose in order to intimidate opponents. His thug face was enough to scare a girl in her first year whe he was only trying to help her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Nishinoya. The two are very physical with each other, with Tanaka often lifting Nishinoya up in the air when excited and complimenting each other somewhat excessively.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his easygoing Hot-Blooded nature, his mental fortitude can be easily swayed in matches which opponents sometimes comment on or take adantage of. He does well to overcome this most of the time, and is considered to be the mental MVP of the team.
  • Hot-Blooded: Easily provoked, and likes to cheer boisterously and loudly (sometimes too loudly) when scoring a point. However, compared to Hinata and Nishinoya, he does have a bit more of common sense.
  • Meaningful Name: Ryuu (龍) means dragon, which is a good contrast with Nekoma's Taketora Yamamoto who has "tora" (tiger) in his name.
  • A Protagonist Is Ryu: While not the protagonist, he's still an important supporting character on the protagonist team. He's Hot-Blooded about volleyball, has the potential to become Karasuno's next ace spiker, is very protective over his teammates, and has a Played for Laughs rivalry with Yamamoto.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Often clashes with Yamamoto especially when girls are concerned, but they still get along and talk to each other the most out of the others on the opposing team.

    Kei Tsukishima 

Kei Tsukishima — #11

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (JP), Leraldo Anzaldua (EN), Yong-woo Shin (KR)

Played by: Ryōtarō Kosaka
Position: Middle Blocker
Height/Weight: 188.3cm → 190.1cm/68.4kg
1st Year

"This is just a club. Why do you put so much [effort] into it? It's because you put so much into it that you suffer later."

One of the other first years, who happens to be the tallest member of the team. Due to his height and intellect, he is an excellent blocker. However, he lacks a drive to improve, due to his disdain towards volleyball. Tsukishima loves to incriminate Hinata and Kageyama.

Favourite food: Shortcake.
Current concern: Since starting high school, he once again has to deal with the various people asking how you read the character for his first name.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Yamaguchi calls him "Tsukki". Eventually other characters, like Kuroo and Bokuto, catch this habit as well, much to Tsukishima's disdain.
  • Benched Hero:
    • He's often benched whenever he rotates to the back row to let the libero Nishinoya in the match. Shares this trait with Hinata.
    • During the final match of the preliminaries for the Spring Tournament against Shiratorizawa he's briefly pulled out after suffering an injury on the pinky finger. He comes back at a vital time after receiving first aid.
  • Big Brother Worship: Has an older brother who also plays volleyball, and who he used to admire a lot as a kid. Although it's downplayed in the present, he still respects him a lot.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Tsukishima is the tallest player on the team and his intellect in court matches prodigy Kageyama’s, but he's initially criticised for not putting in enough effort in his training and matches. It’s explicitly said that if he had the drive, he could be a much more impressive player. After being called out by Yamaguchi, Kuroo and Bokuto, he starts taking his training more seriously and invests more in his blocking.
  • Broken Pedestal: Towards his older brother Akiteru, who he thought was the ace of Karasuno's volleyball team. A young Tsukishima was shocked to find out Akiteru wasn't even in the bench and had been lying all the time to not disappoint him. Tsukishima however seems to bear no resentment towards him and still has a good relationship with them; in narration, he just laments that they felt they had to lie to him. However, it was enough to change his views about volleyball and hard work.
  • Collector of the Strange: One panel shows him having a wall of dinosaur memorabilia in his room.
  • Curtains Match the Window: His yellowish eyes match his blond hair, which (unlike Ukai or Kenma) isn't dyed.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: When he finds out that all the hard work put it by his brother to be part of the first string of Karasuno was for naught, his views concerning volleyball become more cynical and he starts believing Hard Work Hardly Works.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Frequently snarks with a stoic and slightly disgusted look his face. Not the good-natured variety.
  • Dismotivation: He does not like putting too much effort into things that seem like a lost cause. He eventually starts to grow out of it, as the team notices when he starts to ask questions to the coach about blocking and strategy, something he never did before.
  • Foil: To Hinata, though not in the same way Kageyama is. Tsukishima possesses height and wits (two things Hinata wishes he had), but doesn't particularly enjoy playing volleyball; Hinata is short and relies basically on his jump and speed. Another parallel shows up in that while they share the same position, Tsukishima focuses on the block itself, while Hinata is more interested in spiking. Their names also contrast, as explained in Meaningful Name below.
  • The Gadfly: Loves pushing Hinata and Kageyama's buttons.
  • The Generic Guy: Tendou taunts that Tsukishima is the boring member of Karasuno, since he's not as flashy as the others. Tendou's quickly proven wrong when Tsukishima starts working around Tendou's guess block.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: A major reason behind his cynicsm. He assumes that no matter how you hard you work and what you achieve, there'll always be a bigger, harder challenge ahead. He even later puts himself as inferior to Hinata, because he considers talent a superior virtue to hard work and doesn't consider himself gifted just for being tall.
  • Have We Met?: He saved a younger Yamaguchi from bullies but didn't remember him when the latter came to thank him.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: He's often seen with headphones when not playing volleyball, which highlight his aloof, standoffish personality.
  • I Can Still Fight!: After he returns from getting medical treatment for his injured finger during the Shiratorizawa match, he's very eager to inform Ukai that he's still in a good enough condition to play. This shocks Ukai, who notes that the old Tsukishima would had never been so hellbent on returning to a match. Despite still being in pain, he's allowed back in the match and helps Karasuno clutch the last couple of points needed to win.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Acts very smug towards Hinata and Kageyama upon meeting them, often mocking the latter for his old habits as the "King of the Court" as well as using the nickname just to mess with him. He is shown to have a kinder side to him, although though they're usually reserved for his close friend Yamaguchi and to his brother Akiteru. For all his bad attitude, to his credit he also does help Hinata and Kageyama study when they ask him to, and in the OVA he blatantly insults them in order to motivate them to study harder.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: He mellows down after spending time with the volleyball team, all of whom are significantly more amiable than he is (except Kageyama). In Season 2, Kuroo and Bokuto more or less shower him with support until he starts really loving volleyball again.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tsuki" (月) means "moon", a contrast to Hinata's "sun" (日). His given name, Kei, is an Alternate Character Reading for 蛍 ("firefly"), usually read as "hotaru".
  • Not So Stoic: He generally expresses very little other than snark, but will emote more expresively when the situation calls for it:
    • He lets out a victorious yell after managing to successfully block Ushijima, all while telling himself that its only one point, that it's only one game, and that it's only a sports club.
    • He loses it when Hinata sneaks into the Miyagi training camp that Tsukishima was invited to, baffled that Hinata would even dare to do something so outrageous. The others are impressed that Hinata's actions can leave even Tsukishima stuttering.
  • Only Sane Man: As part of being The Stoic, Tsukishima is always apathetic to anything his teammates does. For example, he's the only one who doesn't cry after Karasuno loses to Aoba Johsai in the Inter-High tournament, doesn't show off his jersey when Yachi becomes the official manager, and doesn't drool upon hearing about what's for dinner.
  • Safety in Indifference: Due to a past incident with his brother, he tries to detach himself from volleyball because he thinks that the more he cares about it, the more he will suffer if he isn't successful. He constantly tells himself (and others) that Karasuno is just a club and that anything that happens doesn't really affect him.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Tsukishima wears glasses and has 5/5 points in strategy on the official character profile. He has also mentions never getting failing marks at school, and helps tutor Kageyama and Hinata for their exams.
  • Stoic Spectacles: Wears glasses and shows less emotion than anyone else in the team. He's usually collected unless he's mocking someone or something shocking gets him out of his usual vague expression.
  • Stone Wall: Further contrasting him with Hinata. His spikes don't have much variety, but his tactical awareness and height makes him an excellent blocker.
  • Stopped Caring: He did not take it well as a child when he found out that his brother, whom he looked up to as a volleyball player, wasn't even a starter on the team and had been lying to him about being the ace the whole time.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Tsukishima was rather sweet as a child, at least towards his big brother, until his Broken Pedestal.

    Tadashi Yamaguchi 

Tadashi Yamaguchi — #12

Voiced by: Soma Saito (JP), Cameron Bautsch (EN), Do-hyung Nam (KR)

Played by: Kairi Miura
Position: Middle Blocker
Height/Weight: 179.5cm → 180cm/63.0kg
1st Year

"This line [of the volleyball court]... everything beyond this line is a different world."

Tsukishima's companion who is almost never seen without him. Yamaguchi has a strong desire to become one of the starting members, as he dislikes being the only first year who isn't one. He trains hard out of school to improve his serving technique, and eventually becomes the team's pinch server.

Favourite food: French fries that have gone soft and floppy.
Current concern: When he thinks a cute girl's come over to talk to him, all she'll ask about is Tsukki.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Yamaguchi was bullied when he was younger. Tsukishima told off his bullies and they've been good friends ever since.
  • Benched Hero: Yamaguchi is the only first year who is not a regular. He initially resents this, saying he doesn't want to be the only one benched, so he asks Shimada to teach him how to do a jump float serve. After a lot of practice and a few failed attempts, he finally perfects it in the Spring Tournament qualifier match against Aoba Johsai and from that moment onwards gets called in the match whenever the team needs to stop their opponent's momentum.
  • Break the Cutie: One of the more softer and timid members of Karasuno, and is left utterly heartbroken when he fails his float jump serve when being brought into the Interhigh match against Aoba Johsai.
  • Grew a Spine: Is usually timid and amicable but finds it in him to call Tsukishima out on his negative attitude. Notable as he's initially protrayed to be Tsukishima's Yes-Man.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He works hard throughout the series to stop being benched so he can be just as valuable as the other first years. During the Spring qualifier match again Seijoh, he scores five points for their team, and holds down the fort during the Shiratorizawa match while Tsukishima is in the infirmiry.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a few strands of hair sticking up, although he's a timid Nice Guy rather than an idiot.
  • Meaningful Name: His given name, Tadashi (忠), means "loyalty" or "devotion". He's certainly been a loyal friend to Tsukishima since childhood.
  • Nice Guy: Lacks Hinata and Kageyama's tempers and Tsukishima's sharp tongue. He's probably the nicest guy on the team next to Sugawara and Asahi.
  • Odd Friendship: Before witnessing Tsukishima's Broken Pedestal, Tsukishima's cold and uncaring personality seems to contrast heavily with Yamaguchi's much more gentle personality. As the series goes on however, they seem to get closer and have a much more genuine friendship.
  • Paralysis by Analysis: When called in as a pinch server against their Interhigh match against Aoba Johsai, he completely overthinks the serve, causing it to fall short.
  • Signature Move: The jump float serve is the main skill he's in charge of.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the Spring tournament qualifier match against Seijoh he's perfected the jump float serve, which causes him to score five consecutive points for his team. Oikawa is baffled by how much he's changed compared to their Interhigh match when he failed his serve.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Yamaguchi doesn't have physical advantages like Hinata, Tanaka, or Asahi, nor skill like Daichi and Tsukishima, but he practices his jump float serve until he can use it at will. He shows how much he's grown against Shiratorizawa, scoring multiple points and buying time for Tsukishima after the latter's injured.
  • Yes-Man: Initially seems to follow Tsukishima's every footstep. Growing out of it is what constitutes his character development.
  • Youthful Freckles: One of the younger members on the team and has freckles, which was the source of his bullying when he was younger.

    Chikara Ennoshita 

Chikara Ennoshita — #6

Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (JP), Adam Noble (EN), Seung-woo Min (KR)

Played by: Kazuma Kawahara
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 175.4cm → 176.1cm/66.4kg
2nd Year

One of the reserves.

Favourite food: Vinegared sea pineapple.
Current concern: Even when he's really fired up, people still tell him he looks sleepy.

  • All There in the Manual: Though the anime and main story of the manga never mention it, extra material reveals he's an aspiring film director. The light novels contain some of his scripts which are all spoofs of other works. Examples 
  • Brainy Brunette: Has dark brown hair and he mentions he's never had failing marks. He ends up having to tutor Tanaka and Nishinoya during the upcoming exams so they don't fail, and later helps out Kageyama and Hinata study for their supplementary exams.
  • Brutal Honesty: Just pay attention to whenever he opens his mouth. Ennoshita is often able to guess what other people, notably the first years, are thinking and say it out loud, leaving them bewildered. He also doesn’t hesitate in calling Nishinoya "obnoxious" during an extra comic, something even Tsukishima had the sense of not doing.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the early stages of the series, Ennoshita looks more like your traditional, generic Nice Guy. As the story goes on and by the time his Day in the Limelight arrives, he's gained a sharp tongue and acts more like the leader and handler of the second years, often openly annoyed at Tanaka and Noya's antics. He's still nice, but that niceness is more directed at the first years, while the "disconcerted by his more hammy teammates" part tends to fall more on Yamaguchi.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Ennoshita is subbed in when Sawamura gets injured mid-game against Wakutani, and even gets flashbacks about him. It's highlighted that he's more reliable than he looks and is the second year most likely to take over Sawamura's place as captain.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He doesn't believe in his potential to become a regular because of the period of time he spent avoiding volleyball practice when training got tough.
  • Meaningful Name: Chikara (力) means power, and he has the skills appropriate to potentially succeed Sawamura as the next captain. His full name in particular comes from "en no shita no chikara mochi" (縁の下の力持ち) meaning "unsung hero" or "person who performs a thankless task".
  • Supporting Leader: He's the most likely candidate for captaincy once Daichi graduates, since he's the most level-headed second-year. He's frequently puts second and first years in check when Daichi's not around, and Saeko explains that he's takes on the leading role when studying with the second years.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: He, alongside Narita and Kinoshita, started skipping club activities in their first year due to Coach Ukai's Sr strict training. He enjoyed getting to relax in the comfort of his home at first, but returns to the club after reminiscing over the time he felt proud for making a receive he made in a practice match. It's because of this period that he doesn't have much confidence in himself and also feels unworthy of potentially being the next captain of Karasuno.
  • Those Two Guys: Frequently appears alongside Kinoshita and Narita and initially has little significance other than being a back-up member. However, he starts to be fleshed out more than the other two.

    Hisashi Kinoshita 

Hisashi Kinoshita — #7

Voiced by: Nobuyori Sagara (JP), Blake Shepard (EN)
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 174.7cm → 175.8cm/65.5kg
2nd Year

One of the other second years and reserves.

Favourite food: Pickled ginger.

  • Adapted Out: He isn't present in the first few stage plays due to being a Bit Character. He finally makes his debut in the stage play covering Nationals.
  • Bit Character: Alongside Narita, he's mostly there to fill in the ranks, and initially gets little spotlight or development.
  • A Day in the Limelight: After the Spring High Prelimnaries more focus is put on him when he begins practising the jump float serve, allowing him to be another pinch server for Karasuno's run at Nationals. He helps Nishinoya with his overhead receives during practice, since it's something he's weak at. He's especially emphasised in the Inarizaki match when Nishinoya finally tackles Atsumu Miya's float serve; Nishinoya thinks back to all the practice the two of them did alongside his grandfather's advice to get help from people whenever he's scared, and he specifically thanks Kinoshita and acknowledges the pivotal role he played.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: He, alongside Ennoshita and Narita, started skipping club activities in their first year due to Coach Ukai's Sr strict training. Feeling guilty, all three of them came back (better than two other fellow first years who also left but never came back).
  • Those Two Guys: Frequently appears alongside Ennoshite and Narita and initially has little significance other than being a back-up member.

    Kazuhito Narita 

Kazuhito Narita — #8

Voiced by: Kōtarō Nishiyama (JP), Gabriel Regojo (EN)
Position: Middle Blocker
Height/Weight: 180.2cm → 180.9cm/70.2kg
2nd Year

One of the other second years and reserves.

Favourite food: Omelette sushi.

  • Adapted Out: He isn't present in the stage play due to being a Bit Character.
  • Bit Character: Alongside Kinoshita, he's mostly there to fill in the ranks, and gets little spotlight or development.
  • A Day in the Limelight: When Sugawara is put in their match agaist Johzenji so Kageyama can recover from a nosebleed, Ukai also replaces Hinata with Narita since he's had more practice with Sugawara, and he helps Sugawara pull off a couple of successful plays. He also gets subbed in when Tsukishima is injured from blocking Ushijima in the final set of the Shiratorizawa match. Despite the immense pressure at the time, he helps score and block for the team and holds his own until Tsukishima comes back.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: He, alongside Ennoshita and Kinoshita, started skipping club activities in their first year due to Coach Ukai's Sr strict training. Feeling guilty, all three of them came back (better than two other fellow first years who also left but never came back).
  • Those Two Guys: Frequently appears alongside Kinoshita and Ennoshita and initially has little significance other than being a back-up member.

Other Affiliates of the Boys' Volleyball Team

    Kiyoko Shimizu 

Kiyoko Shimizu

Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (JP), Rebekah Stevens (EN), Hyeon-ji Kim (KR)

Played by: Shizune Nagao (Summer of Progress)
Position: Head Manager
Height/Weight: 166.2cm/51.4kg
3rd Year

Karasuno team’s manager. Shimizu is a quiet girl who gives off a responsible vibe, and is noted as beautiful by many characters. The whole team is very fond of her.

Favourite food: Shrimp tempura onigiri.
Current concern: Whether to have Jarico or Jagabee for her snack.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Fits this trope to a T. Dark-haired, tall in comparison to the other girls of the series, by far the most composed and quiet of the team, and has had her beauty noted by several characters. Made even more evident with the arrival of Yachi, a blonde, and whose nervous, talkative and far from intimidating personality serves as a contrast to Shimizu's in almost every way.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Becomes a mentor figure to Yachi when she becomes the second manager.
  • Beauty Mark: Shimizu is known for her beauty and has a mole on the left side of her mouth. Many people comment on it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Towards Yachi. She's frequently seen given the younger girl advice, mentoring her in volleyball, and protecting her.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Her search for a successor is a subplot while Karasuno begin training for Spring High and study for exams. During Nationals she has a chapter dedicated to her past and her feelings about her journey as the manager.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She becomes more open and smiles more often after Yachi joins the team.
  • Dude Magnet: She always attracts the attention of other boys even from different schools.
  • Gray Eyes: She has grey eyes, and is quiet, strongwilled, and considered beautiful.
  • Hidden Depths: Appears to be nothing more than the beautiful stoic manager at a glance, but it's shown she puts a lot of pride in her job. She's hellbent on finding a successor and is thrilled when she recruits Yachi, and she considers Karasuno's matches to be her battles as much as the boys even if she's not the one on court. Although bittersweet about being with the club for only one more year, she's come to terms with it and is determined to face the team's future challenges head-on regardless of how much time she has left. This is a contrast to her days as a track and field athlete (specifically hurdles) in junior high, where she was dreading her final days and disliked how anticlimactic it ended despite her hard work.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Other female characters are as attractive as her, but characters frequently go out of their way to comment on her beauty.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark to Yachi's Light. Shimizu is often specifically described as having a "sexy" type of beauty, while Yachi is usually thought of as "cute".
  • Meganekko: A sweet, sensible girl whose glasses are noted as a Charm Point.
  • Oblivious to Love: It's a bit ambiguous regarding Tanaka and Nishinoya but one of Oikawa's concerns is that she ignored him when he tried to flirt with her.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't speak much early on in the series. However she is shown to pretty talkative, or at least more open to conversation, with Yachi.
  • The Stoic: As Sugawara puts it, Shimizu doesn't show her feelings often. The whole team is greatly touched when she puts together the banner for them, and like the rest of the third-years, she's reluctant to step down from her position.
  • When She Smiles: She's usually The Stoic, so people like Hinata get flustered whenever she genuinely smiles.

    Hitoka Yachi 

Hitoka Yachi

Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN)

Played by: Ami Saitou (Summer of Progress)
Position: Manager
Height/Weight: 149.7cm/42.5kg
1st Year

Karasuno's second manager. She is recruited by Kiyoko after the latter's search for a successor when she graduates.

Favourite food: Fugashi.
Current concern: What she'd do if she ended up in a situation where she died or was about to die.

  • A-Cup Angst: Yachi notices Saeko's Gainaxing chest during her enthusiastic cheering and then clutches at her own chest in shock. A manga omake has her embarrassed by being on the same movie poster as Saeko and Shimizu, complaining about how flat she is compared to them.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Yacchan" by some members of the team.
  • Apologizes a Lot: Early on, she's terrified of committing mistakes and apologizes at the drop of a hat.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: A clumsy girl, often due to her nerves. In one of the eyecatches, she tries to do an underhand serve, only to have it go wildly off-course and hit Hinata in the face.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: She's recruited by Shimizu (who is in her third year and is in need of a successor) and becomes the second manager of th Karasuno volleyball team. She fits this trope better than Shimizu, as she's a more cutesy girl and directly interacts with the boys more.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears hair ties with decorative stars to hold up her side ponytail.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, and has a cheerful, kind demeanor that matches Hinata's and contrasts Shimizu's.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She initially doesn't believe she's capable of becoming anyone particularly significant (referring to herself as a "Villager B"), but she proves to be a great help to the Karasuno team. Her confidence improves over the course of the series.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light to Shimizu's Dark. Shimizu is often specifically described as having a "sexy" type of beauty, while Yachi is usually thought of as "cute".
  • Meaningful Name: Her given name, Hitoka (仁花), is written with the kanji for "compassion" and "flower". Ties in well with her role on the team.
  • Nervous Wreck: Especially earlier on, thanks to her low self-esteem. Yachi’s first reaction to thinking she forgot Hinata and Kageyama’s names after meeting them once is to panic over the fact that she might not get a job because she isn’t good at memorizing names and consequently having to resort to organ trafficking.
  • Nice Girl: Neuroses aside, Yachi is genuinely kind and attentive towards everyone on the team.
  • Parental Neglect: While her mother provides for Yachi and is shown to love her, she's always busy (and rarely spends time with Yachi as a result) and is occasionally Innocently Insensitive regarding Yachi's activities, which contributes to her insecurities.
  • Shrinking Violet: Very timid. She’s more of a "nervous" variety (especially when surrounded by boys), than outright shy.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: All she can think about when being recruited by Shimizu is how pretty she is, and she winds up joining the volleyball team because she was distracted by said beauty.
  • Team Mom: She grows into the mother figure role especially among the first-years, as she goes out of her way to help Hinata and Kageyama with their studies and is actually quite good at reining them in. She's shown to be greatly affected by their fight in Season 2 and particularly looks out for them. She also helps Yamaguchi with his nerves.
  • The Watson: After Interhigh, as the newest member of the team, she gets some of the finer points of volleyball explained to her (and the audience).

    Ittetsu Takeda 

Ittetsu Takeda

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP), Gareth West (EN)

Played by: Shige Uchida
Position: Faculty Advisor
Height/Weight: 166.5cm/59.4kg

"When colors mix, they become muddy and messy. But when they all blend together, the final result is the color that wins against all others: black. Become a team of black, like the crows you represent."

The faculty adviser for the Karasuno boys' volleyball team. He doesn't actually know all too much about volleyball, but he catches on very fast when given information.

Favourite food: Meat and potato stew.
Current concern: He's been told by his students that "your glasses are totally uncool, sensei".

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He isn't above getting on his knees and begging if it's going to get the team a practice match.
  • Beware of the Nice Ones: Gentle by nature, but students and teachers are terrified whenever they seem him truly angry.
  • Determinator: He will get Karasuno matches with other teams even if he has to beg. When struggling to find funds for the bus hire to Tokyo, he's even willing to use his savings (thankfully Ukai quickly rejects the idea).
  • Older Than He Looks: He's three years older than Ukai yet he looks like one of the students, not to mention he's the same height as Kiyoko.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Downplayed and justified. He's officially listed as Karasuno's main coach (as seen in the final against Shiratorizawa when the starting lineup and coaches are announced); however he has no past experience with volleyball himself, leaving the strategy and training to Sawamura and then to Ukai. The team could not find a coach after Ukai Sr's retirement so a faculty adviser was the closest they could get prior to Ukai joining. Takeda nevertheless is essential to the team, helping organise their practice matches and boosting their morale with rousing speeches.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Goes out of his way to fulfill his duties as the club's liaison with the school.
  • Sensei-chan: Being the club's young faculty adviser, he's on friendly and informal terms with some students. Some even call him Take-chan.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive and more timid compared to the more boisterous and no-nonsense Ukai.
  • The Watson: He’s not very familiar with volleyball’s rules and positions at first, so his questions about the game are usually what helps the readers to understand the basics of the sport and what exactly is going on, especially in the beginning of the story. Eventually, he learns enough that having him asking questions all the time would no longer make much sense, so this role gets passed on to Saeko or Yachi.

    Keishin Ukai 

Keishin Ukai

Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka (until Season 3 - Episode 8), Hisao Egawa (Season 3, Episodes 9-10) (JP), David Wald (EN)

Played by: Tsuyoshi Hayashi
Position: Coach
Height/Weight: 178.2cm/72.2kg

"Victory goes to the team that connects."

Introduced as an irritable shopkeeper. As it turns out, he is the grandson of the legendary Coach Ukai, who helped propel Karasuno to victory under his instruction. Originally he's not very enthusiastic about taking his grandfather's place, but Takeda manages to convince him into taking the role by showing him Karasuno's current potential.

Favourite food: Konnyaku dumplings.
Current concern: He's not even 30 yet but his parents are telling him to "hurry up and get married already".

  • Chekhov's Gunman: First appears as the grumpy shopkeeper near Karasuno, with his place frequented by students including the volleyball team itself. Then the audience sees Takeda talk to him and Ukai's identity as the grandson of the famous Ukai Sr is revealed. Despite refusing at first, he eventually becomes Karasuno's coach and gives them the guidance and push needed to be a top-tier team.
  • Cigar Chomper: When he’s not exerting his duties as Karasuno's coach, he’s nearly always seen smoking.
  • Face of a Thug: Is a genuinely friendly guy even if a little irritable, however his menacing face alongside his pierced ears and dyed hair is enough to frighten Yachi and have her mistake him for a delinquent.
  • Legacy Character: After some initial reluctance, he takes up his grandfather's place as the next Coach Ukai of the Karasuno team.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is written to mean "crow nurture," which is exactly what he's doing coaching Karasuno.
  • Mr. Exposition: Answers most of Takeda's questions about strategy or players' abilities and styles.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The boisterous and no-nonsense man to Takeda’s sensitive and timid guy.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He strikingly resembles his grandfather (in a show that has a Cast of Snowflakes), which is why Nekomata picks on him.

    Ikkei Ukai
Position: Coach (Formerly)

Karasuno's retired coach, who was able to bring the team to Nationals some years ago.

  • Badass Grandpa: Still playing volleyball well into old age, and is still capable of flipping his grandson over.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Was known to be awfully strict in his training, to the point that Shimada, Takinoue, and Akiteru still instinctively react with fear when he shows up at Karasuno's match against Shiratorizawa.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He's longtime friends with Nekoma's coach, Nekomata; it was their dream that Nekoma and Karasuno would play an official match together. According to Kuroo, this is why Karasuno is welcome to join the Fukurodani group's training camp, as Nekomata's retiring soon and would like to see the so-called "Battle of the Garbage Dump" before he does so.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname is written to mean "crow nurture," which is exactly what did during his time as Karasuno's coach.
  • The Mentor: He currently teaches elementary schoolers volleyball. He briefly mentors Hinata during the summer before the spring competition and is one of the key people to establishing Hinata and Kageyama's new and improved quick attack.
  • The Nicknamer: Doesn't bother calling Hinata by his name despite the latter's complaints, initially calling him chibisuke and then settling on chibitaro (both variations of "shorty/shrimp"). His students wonder whether this nickname change counts as a "promotion" or not.
  • Super Coach: Was considered an excellent coach to Karasuno back in the day, as everyone extols his coaching abilities (although not his Training from Hell).
  • Training from Hell: He was notorious for putting Karasuno through strict training routines; during a training camp Tanaka comments that he hadn't run that much since Ukai was coaching, and Ennoshita, Narita and Kinoshita briefly quit because of his harsh regimen (and two others left permanently).

Girls' Volleyball Team

    Yui Michimiya 

Yui Michimiya — #1

Voiced by: Asami Seto (JP), Maggie Flecknoe (EN)
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 159.3cm/51.0kg
3rd Year

Captain of the girls' volleyball team. Has been friends with Daichi since junior high.

Favourite food: Natto with rice.
Current concern: She's been told her thighs are "sturdy".

  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair is very short, fitting her tomboy nature and role as the girls' volleyball team captain.
  • Crush Blush: Yui sometimes blushes around Daichi (such as the time when she gives him the good luck charm) whom she's hinted to have a crush on. Unfortunately for her, he has yet to even notice.
  • The Leader: She's the captain of the girls' volleyball team until their final match at Interhigh, and does her best to keep everyone in high spirits no matter how well or badly they're doing in their matches.
  • She's Got Legs: Her current concern is that someone told her that her thighs are sturdy.
  • Trying Not to Cry: She holds her tears after her team loses, as she is the captain and has to maintain her composure. She lets it out later, on her own.


    The Little Giant 

Tenma Udai — #10

Voiced by: N/A
Position: Ace
Height/Weight: 170cm/?kg

A particularly prodigious player on the Karasuno team that went to Nationals, known by the nickname "The Little Giant" because of his short height.

  • The Ace: His incredible abilities as the Ace were vital to Karasuno back in the day when they made Nationals.
  • Always Someone Better: A discussed trope. During the Karasuno vs Kamomedai match, he confesses to Akiteru that he thought he was a good player until he played at Nationals where he realized how "small and weak" he was compared to the better players who were "bigger, faster and smarter".
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: He's a frequent topic amongst the cast (especially his biggest fan Hinata), but for a long time he only appears in flashbacks while faceless and it's never mentioned what became of him after his run at Nationals. He finally makes a proper appearance during the Nationals arc when he goes to watch Karasuno play there once more. He has an unexpectedly chill first meeting with Hinata, showing his support for the "New Little Giant" but also revealing he quit volleyball after high school to pursue other interests (something Hinata surprisingly isn't bothered by). Afterward he sticks by Akiteru and Saeko during the quarterfinal against Kamomedai and provides his insight on the matchup.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Flashbacks of his days as The Little Giant show him with short black spiky hair similar to Hinata's. In the present day his hair's become wavy and grown to a lax shoulder length; he's now living a simple university life in Tokyo while no longer playing volleyball.
  • The Faceless: Aside from one shot of his eyes, he's shown either faceless or from the back whenever there's flashbacks of him. His face is only properly shown once he makes his official debut appearance in the series.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Prior to his proper debut appearance, only his nickname is known to the audience.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's called "The Little Giant" because despite his short height he was an invaluable asset in bringing Karasuno to Nationals.
  • Red Baron: Is famous amongst volleyball players and fans as "The Little Giant", thanks to his small height being a contrast to his tredemendous skills as the ace. This legacy is what continues to inspire shorter players like Hinata or Nakashima.

    Yūsuke Takinoue 

Yūsuke Takinoue

Voiced by: Shuuhei Sakaguchi (JP), Kyle Colby Jones (EN)
Position: Middle Blocker
Height/Weight: 185.6cm/?kg

A former schoolmate and teammate of Ukai's, currently a member of the Neighborhood Association Team. He works for Takinoue Electronics.

  • Combat Commentator: Takinoue has been playing volleyball since high school, and is thus in a position to comment on happenings during matches.
  • Mr. Exposition: He's in a position to explain volleyball-related things during matches to whoever's acting as The Watson at the moment.
  • Running Gag: Whenever he's introduced in the manga, instead of his full name the words "Takinoue Electronics" is shown alongside a good deal the store is currently offering.
  • Those Two Guys: Alongside Shimada. The two of them aren't significant characters but frequently show up to show their support to the Karasuno team; they attend matches whenever they can and frequently act as Combat Commentators.

    Makoto Shimada 

Makoto Shimada

Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (JP), Kregg Dailey (EN)
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 177.7cm/?kg

A former schoolmate and teammate of Ukai's, currently a member of the Neighborhood Association Team. He works for Shimada Mart.

  • Combat Commentator: Uses his experience as a volleyball player to comment on the matches from the sidelines alongside Takinoue.
  • The Mentor: To Yamaguchi. He understands the younger boy's feelings of inadequacy and teaches him how to do a jump float serve.
  • Mr. Exposition: He often explains volleyball details, tactics, and rules to whoever's acting as The Watson.
  • Those Two Guys: Alongside Takinoue. The two of them aren't significant characters but frequently show up to show their support to the Karasuno team; they attend matches whenever they can and frequently act as Combat Commentators.

    Saeko Tanaka 

Saeko Tanaka

Voiced by: Yuka Komatsu (JP), Carli Mosier (EN)

Played by: Momoko Sadachi (Summer of Progress)
Height/Weight: 155.2cm/48.8kg

Tanaka’s older sister. She was also once a student at Karasuno, in the same year as "The Little Giant". She does taiko drumming when she's not studying or working.

Favourite food: Home run ice cream bars.
Current concern: Not a single girl seems to get just how cool her lil bro is!

  • Chekhov's Hobby: It's casually mentioned that she practises taiko drums, something she takes a lot of pride and interest in. She and her crew arrive at a vital time during Karasuno's Nationals match against Inarizaki (who boast a very overwhelming cheer squad) and lead their own cheer with the help of their instruments, helping boost the team's morale.
  • Cool Big Sister: The spunky older sister to Tanaka, and also acts as the cool older sister figure to other members of the team like Nishinoya, Hinata and Yachi. Saeko seems to be quite fond of her little brother, as her main concern in her character profile is that girls don’t realize how cool he is. She also makes an appearance on a popularity poll wondering why Tanaka wasn’t in the Top 10.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Tanaka implies she's a reckless driver, but thankfully for Hinata and Kageyama, in the manga all we see is that she’s very fast. In the anime adaptation, however, it's played straight where she is indeed very reckless.
  • First-Name Basis: Is friendly and affectionate towards her brother's team, calling many of the members by their first names without honorifics. Nishinoya and Hinata return the favour as "Saeko-nee-san", taking a liking to her.
  • Gainaxing: Is the most endowed out of all the women in the series, with fairly noticeable cleavage that defies physics when she's cheering for the team in the anime. Notable, as this is a series that generally doesn't do fan service.
  • The Lad-ette: She has a boisterous personality close to that of her Hot-Blooded brother and is seen drinking with the other teams' coaches at the Tokyo training camp.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: She looks a lot like her brother, which Shimada and Takinoue comment on.
  • The Watson: As someone mostly unfamiliar with volleyball, she gets certain details explained to her.

    Akiteru Tsukishima 

Akiteru Tsukishima

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Clifford Chapin (EN)

Played by: Soichiro Yamakawa (Summer of Progress)
Position: Wing Spiker
Height/Weight: 185.2cm/79.5kg

Tsukishima's older brother. Also a volleyball player, and once a student at Karasuno.

Favourite food: Wasabi leaves in soy sauce.
Current concern: He's not used to drinking sake.

  • Always Someone Better: Despite his hard work, he was overlooked in favour of The Little Giant at high school since the latter was the ace of the team and hogged all the attention. It's worth noting that it's implied that at that time the Karasuno team itself was too strong for Akiteru to ever become a regular.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Starts going to Tsukishima's matches to cheer him on, tears up when he successfully blocks against Ushijima and gets pumped up, and is incredibly worried when he injures himself in the Shiratorizawa match. He's very proud of his achievements and boasts about him to other anyone nearby whenever he's done something cool.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: His current concern is that despite his age (he's 22 years old) he still hasn't got used to drinking sake.
  • Cool Big Bro: Although their relationship is not as close as it used to be, he's very interested in how Tsukishima does at the Karasuno team, disguises himself in order to watch him play and even complains about how he can't call Tsukishima "cute" anymore. Despite a dip in their relationship thanks to Akiteru's lying being found out, Tsukishima still holds him in high regard.
  • Little Big Brother: Is well over 180cm yet is still slightly shorter than his younger brother (who to be fair is very tall).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Akiteru is friendly and genial, in contrast to Kei's snarkiness and aloofness. This is even lampshaded by Takinoue.
  • So Proud of You: Is overwhelmed when Tsukishima shows how much he's grown (both in skills and in his demeanour) in the Shiratorizawa match. He will never miss an opportunity to boast about him regardless of who he's talking to.

    Hidemi Tashiro 

Hidemi Tashiro

Voiced by: Kouki Miyata

The captain of the Karasuno boys' volleyball team when the current third years were first years at the time.

  • Large Ham: Wears his heart on his sleeve.
  • The Leader: He was the captain of the Karasuno team when Sawamura, Asahi and Sugawara were first years. Despite the team's fallen status, he still did his best to motivate everyone and gave a lot of encouragement to the then-first years after his final match.
  • So Proud of You: When he goes see Karasuno playing their first match at Nationals, he cries when he sees the third years improving and doing so well.

    Hiroki Kurokawa 

Hiroki Kurokawa

Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Joel Mc Cray (EN)

The captain of the Karasuno boys' volleyball team when the current third and second years were a year younger at the time.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: He has unshaded hair in the manga but is a brunette in the anime adaptation.
  • The Leader: He was the captain of the Karasuno team when the current third years were second years and the second years were first years. Unlike Tashiro, he was more down-to-earth and strict with his team, as seen when he sharply told the first year Ennoshita to go get changed after the latter ended his boycott and returned to practice. The second years' energetic greeting to him during a brief reunion implies he was a respectable captain nevertheless.
  • So Proud of You: Although not as extravagent as Tashiro, he shows much pride when he sees his underclassmen finally take Karasuno to Nationals and tells them to win their next match.
  • The Stoic: Both in the present and in his flashbacks with Karasuno, he's shown to not emote much regardless of the situation.


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