hololive Japan (Original Gen [Suisei Channel] | Gen 1 [Fubuki Ch. | Haato Ch.] | Gen 2 | GAMERS | Gen 3/Fantasy | Gen 4 | Gen 5) | holostars | China | Indonesia | English (Gen 1/-Myth- [Ninomae Ina'nis Ch.])
Hololive Japan, officially known as just hololive, is the original group of Japanese-speaking Virtual YouTubers founded by Cover Corporation.
hololive Japan generations/groups
- hololive Japan - Original Generation
- hololive Japan - Generation 1
- hololive Japan - Generation 2
- hololive Japan - GAMERS
- hololive Japan - Generation 3/Fantasy
- hololive Japan - Generation 4
- hololive Japan - Generation 5
Tanigo Motoaki; Motoaki "YAGOO" Tanigo; YAGOO [谷郷元昭]
The CEO and founder of Cover Corp and hololive as a whole.
- Alternate Character Reading: How he got his nickname, Subaru once mispronounced the kanji 谷 in his name as "ya" instead of supposedly "tani", coining the name "Yagoo".
- Beleaguered Boss: Many jokes made at his expense involve his idols acting in the exact opposite that would normally be expected of them, with only a few exceptions.
- Benevolent Boss: He garners a lot of respect for being an amicable person in his interactions with all the talent and trying to do his best by them in order to promote their works.
- Bullet Proof Human Shield: See Weirdness Magnet below. During her botched attempt to rescue YAGOO from terrorists, Botan picks up her CEO and uses him to shield her from bullets and grenades, with YAGOO looking no worse for wear.
- Bus Crash: In Sexy Boomer Marine's story of an alternate timeline, her explanation of his fate was this.
Marine: Ah, well, Yagoo... You know how these things are.
- Butt-Monkey: Most of the talent has cracked jokes at his expense, often engaging in Biting-the-Hand Humor whenever someone impersonates him to join into a multiplayer game. Haato in particular makes it a habit to build and then destroy replicas of his face in Minecraft. He also has a reputation as this among the fandom, as whenever a hololive idol does something completely against the type of a "pure and innocent" image that traditional idols try to exude, it is common to say that his idol dream is dead or he's currently in intensive care due to all the stress.
- Catchphrase: "Omedetou!" for when the talents celebrate a milestone. When he celebrates his birthday everyone naturally greets him back with this.
- Don't Call Me "Sir": Whenever the talent refers to him, it's straight up "YAGOO" without honorifics. According to Noel, he asks to be called that way.
- Has a Type: According to Matsuri, he prefers Joshikousei in the eromanga he reads. This led her to have a realization as to why so many of the vtuber models look like they're high school students.
- Never Live It Down: His statement "We run an idol group like AKB48" has been taken out of context and played for laughs by both the fandom and the talent.
- Not So Above It All: Incredibly notable for a Japanese CEO; he is not afraid of his talent or the fans making jokes at his expense and will actively go along with their more harmless gags. His nickname of "YAGOO," for example, was the result of Subaru misreading his name and instead of correcting her, just went along with it to the point where some of the subsequent talent didn't actually realize that it wasn't his name. He also has engaged with his talent as part of one-off gags, such as voicing "Hellshake YAGOO" for Kanata or congratulating Polka for her 3D(ays) anniversary.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: Seen by some in fan communities as a real-life version of Kyubey as a bit of dark comedy; many of the talent have gone through personal or professional hardship at some point, and in some cases, applied to hololive out of desperation to have a career at all. As a result, the draw to hololive to "become a virtual idol" can be seen as him making Faustian contracts with the talent. This is downplayed as many talent has spoken about how hololive is a dream career and one of the best things to have happened to them, at least professionally.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: As mentioned above, "YAGOO" is not his name, but rather a misreading of the kanji for his family name "Tanigo." It's so widely used that Coco apparently didn't know it wasn't his actual name until a few months after her debut, when Marine mentioned his real name, despite having met him in person.
- Rule 34: Lewd artwork of him exists at the request of Coco, something she really regrets saying.
- So Proud of You: Downplayed, but it is clear he values all the things the idols have done and will congratulate them on any milestone they make. He has also mentioned in interviews that his "idol dream" was less about replicating existing agencies but rather giving aspiring talent that may not have made it as a traditional idol the opportunity to fulfill their own dreams in a new medium, something he feels he has accomplished with the agency's worldwide recognition.
- The Unseen: In a way. While his Twitter profile is public and his face is well-known, he seldom makes any appearances at all aside from the odd interview, and his Twitter account is mainly used for promotional or congratulatory purposes.
- Weirdness Magnet: How he is depicted in the backstories of the talents. Which isn't a surprise when you have kemomimis, magicians, eldritch creatures, gods/goddesses, and beings from alternate dimensions working for you.
- YAGOO's first encounter with Coco involves her traveling from her home dimension and landing right on top of him, in her dragon form, sending him to the hospital with Coco working at hololive to pay off the bill.
- In Anya's backstory, YAGOO finds her collapsed outside the hololive agency building and takes her inside so she can recover. After learning about Anya's nature as an anthropomorphic sword, he offers her a place to stay in exchange for working as a Vtuber.
- During Botan's 3D debut, YAGOO gets kidnapped by terrorists.
Friend A; A-chan [友人A]
Height: 157.1 cm
- The Announcer: Sometimes plays this role for hololive's larger collab streams.
- Ascended Extra: Early on, she didn't have much of a presence, only mentioned in passing by Sora. Eventually, hololive made a 3D model for her (see You Gotta Have Blue Hair below), as well as her own twitter account, and she started showing up more in Sora's streams, as well as in collabs featuring other hololive members (even if Sora herself is absent) and even doing collabs outside of Hololive on her own. She's still an extra for the most part, though, given that she still doesn't have her own channel; searching for her name 友人A directs people to the official hololive channel instead.
- Beleaguered Assistant: She usually plays this role in the short Holo no Graffiti skits, where she's usually the Only Sane Woman who has to put up with the main talents' shenanigans.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Kind of; her model eschews fancy clothing for a simple black T-shirt bearing the hololive logo. Her first model didn't actually have the branding across her chest, however, that one was added later.
- Butt-Monkey: Is relegated to this role whenever she appears in the animated shorts, from being severely overworked, to melting in a flood of poison from Aki's hammerspace, to combusting after being reminded that tomorrow is Monday, to having her credit card maxed after the hololive members used it without her permission to buy a new TV.
- Contralto of Danger: A-chan's voice is a lot deeper and more mature than most of the talents she works with. Despite this, she's a lot younger than it might lead you to thinknote .
- *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": Played with. On one occasion, she felt a sudden strain on her back due to her heavy work load when trying to pick up her bag, and couldn't get back up. Instead of yelling out in pain like the typical examples of this trope, A-chan just decided to lie down on the office floor and take a nap.
- Deadpan Snarker: Given half a chance, she gets surprisingly blunt around her fellow members.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The really, really early days of Sora's channel had A-chan "appear" as a disembodied voice with no avatar or a crude monochrome sketch of what would eventually become her 3D model.
- The Generic Guy: Neither an Idol Singer, kemonomimi, Vegetarian Vampire, Horny Devil, Half-Human Hybrid, a character from another world, Eldritch Abomination, or any other supernatural entity. Nor does she wear any exotic outfits. She's just a staff member at hololive with a branded shirt.
- Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: She has admitted to not handling horror stuff very well, which doesn't sound good for her considering who she's usually associated with the most. In one of Sora's (now-privated) Ultimate Custom Night streams, most of the highlights were just A-chan screaming non-stop, sometimes at nothing in particular.
- Meganekko: The only hololive member who wears glasses by default. The clip in Deadpan Snarker even has Korone calling her "glasses" in an attempt to insult her, as if to say that's the only notable thing about her character.
- Not So Above It All: Despite her more subdued personality and her attempts to keep things orderly when she's around, A-chan is prone to her bouts of snark, and finds amusement in the idols' antics rather easily. Occasionally, she will also share clips of herself goofing off in the office and playing with various props, sometimes with even more gusto and childish glee than the actual talents themselves.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Downplayed. According to Kanata's powerpoint introduction to the 0th generation, A-chan's username was originally planned to be "Asuka". However, it was changed to "Friend A" before it was finalized and then used by Sora, and as a result she is mostly known to viewers as Friend A or A-chan. However, many hololive staff members (possibly including the livestreamers) apparently still call her Asuka off-stream.
- Only Sane Employee: Due to the seemingly unidol-like behavior of the main performers, she is frequently given this role in the comedy shorts featured on the main channel.
- Plain Jane: Type 2. Compared to every other member across the other branches of hololive, her avatar design is rather plain (even compared to fellow Ascended Extra, Anemachi, who isn't even an official member). But she makes up for it being Sora's technical go-to woman.
- Straight Man: She seems to prefer being the tsukkomi. In fact, her most favorite talents to be this to just so happen to fit the boke label perfectly, such as Aqua or Haachama, and Marine and Roboco to a lesser extent.
- Surprisingly Good English: Appropriately enough for a staff member, A-chan can speak English fairly fluently.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally blue, in the "stylized black" sense. Her first model actually had black hair, though.
Hitomi Chris [JP:人見クリス; CN: 人見克麗絲]
Retirement: June 25th, 2018
Fanbase name: n/a
Illustrator: Tomoyuki Arima
- Bus Crash: "Graduated" three weeks after her debut, having only streamed once.
- Shrouded in Myth: All of her content was removed from youtube and her twitter was either made private or deleted as well. The exact backstory for her firing remain unknown other than fan-theories and gossip. Only her debut, untranslated stream remains.
- Un-person: Hasn't been mentioned or referenced by any member of hololive or Cover Corp after her firing.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She only ever had one stream that remains untranslated to this day before being removed entirely. As a result, little is known about her.