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The characters of the manga and anime series Honey and Clover:

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    Main Characters 

Yuuta Takemoto

Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP), Kenji Nojima (JP, Season 2, last episode), Yuri Lowenthal (EN)
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Overcome by his fears about the future, he runs away from his own house on a bicycle and just keeps going, hoping he'll realize "something" along the way. Other characters Lampshade this, even mentioning the trope by name.
  • Love at First Sight: He falls in love with Hagu as soon as he sees her for the first time.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The youngest of the three main guys and the latest to join their shared house.
  • Nice Guy: He's extremely nice to everybody, to the point of sometimes being an Extreme Doormat.
  • Race for Your Love: He races on a bicycle against Morita in a car!
  • Unlucky Everydude: Especially during the first part, when he still hasn't found anything he's really good at.

Shinobu Morita

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda (JP), Sam Riegel (EN)
  • The Ace: While other characters are busy with graduating and/or their jobs, he wins an Oscar award.
  • Always Someone Better: To his older brother Kaoru, and to Takemoto.
  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Takemoto's Betty.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He falls in love with Hagu just like Takemoto. He takes quite a while to realize it and even more to state it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He just doesn't care about social customs. This sometimes makes him a bit of a jerk, but he's usually very likeable.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Morita may have gotten Haru's affections, but Haru ultimately decides to stay with Shuuji because she knows he can take care of her after her accident.
  • Genius Ditz: He's The Ace in everything that has to do with art, and... not very good at anything else.
  • Last Girl Wins: Subverted. Hagu does indeed fall in love with "last guy" Morita, but in the end she chooses her art career over both her suitors, in spite of her feelings for him.
  • The Lancer: He and Takemoto have an Odd Friendship, despite being total opposites.
  • Mysterious Past: Behind his Cloudcuckoolander attitude he hides a pretty dark history, which gets unveiled only towards the end of the story.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: He manages to be three years behind in college despite his skill because he just can't help but miss deadlines.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Shinobu would like to be as carefree as he tries to appear, but he can't bring himself to stop helping his brother, who's obsessed with getting revenge on their father's enemies.

Hagumi "Hagu" Hanamoto

Voiced by: Haruka Kudou (JP), Heather Halley (EN)
  • A-Cup Angst: Mostly when she's around Ayumi, who is said to have a perfect figure.
  • Break the Cutie: During the first part she manages to make some friends and starts to very slowly overcome her social anxieties... then she suffers an horrifying glass shard accident that leaves her dominant hand almost completely numb.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: As a genius artist, it's not surprising that she's often lost in her inner world.
  • Country Mouse: She used to live alone with her grandmother in a small village.
  • Cry into Chest: Happens a lot with her and her protector figure, Shuuji. Due to her height, she usually doesn't reach his chest.
  • Cutesy Dwarf: She's not a teenager anymore, but she looks like she's not a teenager yet.
  • Dude Magnet: By the end of the series, three men have fell in love with her.
  • Friendless Background: Before she moved to the Art college. Partly due to Intelligence Equals Isolation, intelligence in this case being her unbelievable artistic skill.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's a pure and nice young girl, both in appearance and personality.
  • The Ingenue: She hasn't had much of a social life, so she's often this.
  • Lethal Chef: When Hagu and Ayumi start cooking, other characters start finding excuses to be somewhere else.
  • Manchild: Subverted. At the beginning it may seem Hagu is one of these, as she is eighteen years old but looks like a child and is The Ingenue. As time goes on, though, other character realize she's actually pretty mature in her own way and is probably the one in the main cast who's best at tackling her problems head on.
  • Older Than They Look: Most people mistake her for a middle-school student or even an elementary student.
  • One-Track-Minded Artist: Being shy and raised in a sheltered environment, Hagu learned art by drawing sketches of her porch everyday up until her grandmother's death.
  • Sensei-chan: When she teaches a summer art class to elementary students, despite looking barely older than them.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Non-romantic version at the very end with Takemoto: it's not romantic love, but she loves him very much and does her best to show him.
  • Wife Husbandry: One possible interpretation towards Hagu staying with Shuuji, who she knows she can depend on, rather than with Morita, who she is in love with.

Takumi Mayama

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP), Cam Clarke (EN)
  • The Cameo: In Umino's later work, 3-gatsu no Lion. Along with Nomiya, he participates in a work team shogi tournament, eventually addressing what some of the characters have been up to after their series ended.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Pretty notable in that he's the most confident and well adjusted of the main cast... except when the woman he loves is involved.
  • Hopeless Suitor: For a long time, he's this to Rika. In the end, she eventually starts returning his love.
  • Megane: As per stereotype, he's the most well-grounded and rational of the main characters.
  • Nice Guy: He's a pretty good guy towards everyone, without taking it to Takemoto's extremes.
  • Office Romance: He fell for Rika while working with her. It eventually becomes a full romance, since they keep working together after she reciprocates.
  • Rejection Affection: After the first rejection he tries to get over her and fails, so he decides to just keep trying.
  • Romancing the Widow: One of the biggest problems with his unrequited love for Rika is that she's still not over her deceased husband.
  • Second Love: He eventually manages to become this to Rika.
  • The Smart Guy: The main characters consider him this (despite his Stalker with a Crush moments).
  • Stalker with a Crush: He tries to deny it, but he can't do it for long. It's always Played for Laughs, as he never does anything really bad.
    Mayama: "I'm not a stalker! I just somehow always pass by her apartment while going home, so I stop to buy a soda from the vending machine there and I sit on the bench for a couple of minutes, looking at her window and wondering what she's doing... Wait, that's what stalkers do!"
  • There Is Only One Bed: On the train to Hokkaido with Rika. He plays the Chaste Hero role and goes for sleeping in a chair, though. On the return journey, things get a little different.

Ayumi Yamada

Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Julie Ann Taylor (EN)
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Nomiya watches her sleep twice. Luckily, fantasy unicorns are there to protect the maiden's chastity with threats of violence.
  • Betty and Veronica: She's the Betty to Rika's Veronica.
  • Ferris Wheel Date Moment:
    • Morita decides to be a Shipper on Deck and pushes her into Mayama's car. After he just refused her. He does manage to give them a chance to talk about it, at least.
    • Later, she has one with Nomiya, which seems more significant.
  • Hopeless Suitor: She's in love with Mayama, basically the only guy she knows who is not an Hopeless Suitor for her.
  • Kick Chick: She likes to kick people when they make her angry or in her Tsundere moments, but it's Played for Laughs.
  • Lethal Chef: When she or Hagu start cooking, other characters start hiding.
  • Maybe Ever After: In the end, with Nomiya: she seems to be slowly opening to him and getting over Mayama, but we see nothing definite.
  • Second Love: In the end it's implied that Nomiya will be this for her.
  • She's Got Legs: Long, beautiful ones. They are rarely shown though. Also a source of sadness to Hagu.
  • Tomboy: When it's not about romance she's confident, often takes charge and kicks the ass of whoever annoys her.
  • Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: For the first part of the series she feels that moving on from Mayama would somehow demean her love. Towards the end, she starts breaking out of this.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: When she's not studying she's usually helping her family run a liquor store. Offical art often depicts her in kimono.

    Secondary Characters 

Shuuji Hanamoto

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP), Christopher Corey Smith (EN, credited as "Chris Kent")
  • The Caretaker: Of Rika in the past and presently of Hagu.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: What happened to Rika and Harada was very traumatizing for him, though he tries not to show it.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In the backstory, it is implied he was in love with Rika, who was married to his best friend Harada.
  • Sensei-chan: Even if he isn't a perfect example, his students do take unusual liberties around him and act more like friends than students.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: In the very end, he reveals that Takemoto and Morita weren't the only ones who had fallen in love with Hagu.
  • Wife Husbandry: One possible interpretation towards Hagu staying with Shuuji, who she knows she can depend on, rather than with Morita, who she is in love with.

Rika Harada

Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (JP), Lara Cody (EN)
  • Broken Bird: She never completely recovered from her accident, neither physically nor emotionally.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Rika and her husband Harada got into a car accident that left burn scars on Rika's back and took Harada's life.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She very slowly starts defrosting to Mayama.
  • Determined Widow: Atleast at an office work level, she insists on doing things on her own.
  • Happily Married: She was this to Harada before his death.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: She works extremely hard to complete all of Harada's projects.
  • Ill Girl: She hasn't completely recovered from her accident.
  • It's All My Fault: She blames herself for Harada'a death for a long time.
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep: She says she wishes to finish all the works her and Harada had promised to do before killing herself in order to join him.
  • Office Romance: At the very end, with Mayama.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She keeps her distance from everybody, but she's always nice.
  • Survivor Guilt: One of the things that keep her from moving on.
  • The Mourning After: After Harada's death she refuses to be broken from this, until Mayama's tireless efforts and passionate outbursts of love.
  • There Is Only One Bed: On the way to Hokkaido with Mayama. Even though she doesn't care much, he goes for sleeping in the chair.
  • Betty and Veronica: Veronica to Yamada's Betty.

Takumi Nomiya

Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP), Tom Gibis (EN)
  • The Gadfly: His main strategy for courting Yamada seems to be taunting her as much as he can.
  • Ladykiller in Love: In one of his first scenes, he's shown casually dumping a girl who asks him to choose between her and his work. After meeting Yamada, his priorities start to change.
  • Maybe Ever After: At the end, it seems Yamada is starting to return his love but it's neither confirmed nor denied. Later addressed in his cameo in Umino's later work, 3-gatsu no Lion when Mayama casually refers to her as "[Nomiya's] wife".
  • Megane: As per stereotype, he's very smart and confident at work and very less so when it comes to his feelings.
  • Workaholic: Before meeting Yamada, his work seems his only real love.

Kaoru Morita

Voiced by: Takuma Takewaka (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Shinobu. Although this is subverted in some ways, like in terms of art skill.
  • Always Someone Better: Despite being fairly talented in other fields himself, having been remarked to have brilliant memory and great creativity, he always feels like his brother Kaoru is this to him.
  • Laughing Mad: Does this during below said breakdown, before coming back to normal and regretting not seeing "the light".
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: After everything including buying back his father's company, Kaoru breaks down, unable to cope with the fact that he didn't see "the light" his father used to speak of.


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