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  • Family of Choice: The household being this is a major theme of the series (especially the anime adaptation), with Kobayashi serving as the parent figure, Kanna (and later Ilulu) being the kids, and Tohru (who is the wife/mother of the family, but is also seen as Kanna as more of an older sister) having elements of both. None of them are related to one another, driving home the point that they were very- fortunate to have met each other.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Kobayashi (Realist), Tohru (Cynic), Kanna (Optimist), Ilulu (Apathetic)
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Kobayashi (Melancholic), Tohru (Sanguine), Kanna (Phlegmatic), Ilulu (Choleric)
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Kobayashi is sufficiently androgynous that she is often mistaken for a man, Tohru has a large bust and wears conventionally feminine clothes. Kobayashi goes to work, Tohru stays home and keeps house.
  • Power Trio: Kobayashi, Tohru and Kanna form the core trio of the household.
  • Town Girls: Tohru (Femme), Kanna (Neither), Kobayashi (Butch).
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    Kobayashi 

Kobayashi

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Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese), Leah Clark (English), Lourdes Arruti (Latin American Spanish)

A tomboyish otaku computer programmer for Jigokumeguri.note  Due to a hilarious chance meeting, she ends up getting herself a dragon for a maid, opening up for more dragons to begin to move into her life.


  • A-Cup Angst: Kobayashi is flat-chested to the point where a Running Gag is her being mistaken for a man, and she is intensely jealous over Tohru's, Elma's, Lucoa's, and Ilulu's enormous bust sizes.
  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Legally, she's about 16 years older than Kanna, though in reality she's probably several-hundred years younger.
  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: A Flashback in episode 12/chapter 32, shows a drunk Kobayashi ignoring a watch out for bears sign, then running into an extremely deadly dragon, then climbing on the dragon's back, and finally pulling an extremely dangerous sword out of the dragon's back.
  • The Alcoholic: Frequently drinking beer or sake, or suffering from a hangover as a result. She even met Tohru after a night of hard drinking.
  • Alcoholic Parent: She's a Parental Substitute to Kanna and likes to get drunk after work, but her drinking doesn't negatively impact her parenting because of how high-functioning she is.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Where Kobayashi's maid obsession ends and interest in girls begins is anyone's guess:
    • The only times Kobayashi is shown having sexual interest in Tohru are when Kobayashi first saw Tohru transform from dragon into dragon-girl during their first drunk encounter in manga chapter 32/anime episode 12, where she was amazed how big Tohru's boobs were and wanted to fondle them, and after Ilulu switches her genitals against her will in the manga.
    • In chapter 48, she's shown to feel a slight loneliness when she sees Tohru establishing better connections with other humans. During their walk, Tohru jokingly remarked that Kobayashi probably fell for her charms and the latter replied with a blunt yes. While all of these happened, Kobayashi is seen blushing too. This may or may not be a sign that Kobayashi has mutual feelings with Tohru.
    • Besides Tohru, the only other people who are romantically interested in her are all female; and her male friend, Takiya, is just her platonic best friend, nothing more.
  • Badass on Paper: Over the course of the series she has safely handled a weapon that Mind Rapes anyone that touches it, made a violent dragon her personal servant who works for no pay, talked down beings infinitely more powerful than her, and aced a high ranking mage exam. Despite this, she is a completely ordinary computer programmer with no special abilities or magical power to speak of.
  • Badass Pacifist: In the anime, she manages to drive Tohru's father away by giving him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech for not respecting his daughter's wishes. Does this again in chapter 69 with Kanna’s father for seeing his daughter as nothing but a potential weapon.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: She's an alcoholic loner with a Friendless Background and a (relatively speaking) frumpy appearance. She also has beady eyes.
  • Benevolent Boss: As much as she gets annoyed with Tohru, Kobayashi treats her very nicely and views her as one of her greatest friends.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She got her boss fired for abuse of power by secretly recording him foisting his work on everyone and sending it to the company president.
  • Boss's Unfavorite Employee: Kobayashi's boss would often hoist all his work on her and yell at her for the slightest mistake despite her being the most competent person in their department due to his outdated views about women in the workplace. She got him fired by recording his rants and sending them to the company president.
  • Brought Down to Normal: She used her own magic potential to channel all of Kanna's stored power into a new dragon ball to defeat Azad in battle, something that he notes would forever remove her ability to perform magic. Given that she had only ever used one spell beforehand and didn't have any use for it in her daily life, she didn't consider it to be much of a loss.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: She gets drunk very easily, which often results in maid-related rants. Her tolerance for alcohol is so low any magical potion containing alcohol will have its effects nullified since Kobayashi will be too drunk for it to work. In Elma's Office Lady Diary, Tohru mentions that it's taking a toll on her health... girl's just not built for liquor.
  • Cat Girl: Due to some special medicine that Tohru got for her when she had a fever, she ends up sprouting cat ears and whiskers. They go away after about half a day.
  • Celibate Hero: She isn't really interested in romance, at least towards any of the characters shown thus far.
  • Character Title: "Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid".
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Her inability to reject the promise she made to Tohru after seeing her misery ultimately kicks off the plot. In general, she seems to always go out of her way to help those around her when they need it, even at her own inconvenience.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Inverted - when she finds Tohru for the first time, she's been pierced by a holy sword which will destroy the mind of a mortal who touches it. However, Kobayashi's lack of faith (and maybe helped by her drunk mindset) allows her to draw the huge sword with no harm.
  • Closet Otaku:
    • Especially over maids. She's got firm ideas on the Tsundere archetype, a good amount of manga on her bookshelf, and a ton of video games to play.
    • In the manga Tohru offers to play outside with Kanna since she's a kid. Kobayashi notes to herself in response to this that when she was a kid she just sat around and played Harvest Moon all the time. The anime repeats the same line in spirit, albeit without the Harvest Moon reference.
  • Covert Pervert: When drunk, Kobayashi will often make Tohru strip. In their first meeting, she even asked if she could fondle Tohru's breast.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Kobayashi has matching reddish-pink hair and eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The deadpan part is prominent all the time, though she will snark from time to time (usually in regards to Tohru).
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: She taunts Tohru's father with the fact that he can't kill her when she tries to stop him from taking Tohru home. It nearly turns into a case of Do Not Taunt Cthulhu, but Tohru intervenes when her father tries to attack. She would later repeat this with Kanna's father, cursing him out for how horrible of a parent he was.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: She ends up knocking out Kanna's father with a massive engergy ball attack in chapter 77.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She normally averts this trope, but getting genderbent suddenly makes Kobayashi ultra sensitive to the overt displays of freedom her roommates take for granted. Returns with a vengeance when Tohru takes the maid uniform off when trying to take advantage of Kobayashi's thingy.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Kobayashi has a bad habit of antagonizing powerful dragons like Tohru's father and Clemene, assuming that they won't retaliate because there's a law forbidding them from interfering with humans on Earth. She's been proven wrong both times, and would have been killed both times had Tohru not intervened.
  • Dope Slap: She flicks Elma on the forehead for becoming competitive with her at work, as a misguided attempt to save her due to misinterpreting the meaning of "pillar of the office" (Elma thought pillar as in hitobashira ("human-pillar"), rather than support as Takiya meant).note 
  • Dragon Rider: She rides Tohru on several occasions (and has ridden on Kanna in the anime when she confronts Tohru's father), though she refuses to use her to commute to work (because it's uncomfortable).
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Tohru is obviously in love with her, but Elma is completely open to a relationship with her, and even Ilulu begins to fall for her as well.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: She doesn't even blink when Elma comes bursting through the wall of her apartment since she's fully adapted to the whole "dragons from another world" thing by that point.
  • Fiery Redhead: Zigzagged. When she's sober, Kobayashi is a sane, emotionally reserved, but friendly person. Once she's drunk, she shows her true personality, where she becomes very passionate about maids, talks very loudly and about nerd things, and has a tendency to strip Tohru naked.
  • Friendless Background: She grew up staying at home playing video games, while her parents were always busy working. As an adult, she used to live alone with only one friend she spent evenings getting drunk with. While she never resents her life, it took Tohru's arrival for her to realize how empty it was before.
  • Functional Addict: She might drink a lot, but she still manages to be a highly competent programmer and act as Kanna's Parental Substitute.
  • Gamer Chick: She owns several game consoles (though she's never shown playing any of them). She also mentioned that she spent most of her childhood playing video games.
  • Gender Bender: Ilulu swaps her genitals in chapter 36 of the manga. She changes back at the end of the next chapter. note 
  • Good Parents: Actually a parental figure, but she is certainly this to Kanna.
  • Grin of Audacity: Gives one right before she verbally flips off Tohru's father. Doubles as O.O.C. Is Serious Business since she's normally The Stoic.
  • Hidden Depths: In spite of her stoic behavior, she cannot bear to see someone in need if she can do anything about it and she'll put in every effort she can possibly muster to help.
  • Horrifying the Horror: A Downplayed For Laughs example, but Tohru seeing how Kobayashi acts drunk prompted her to call humans "terrifying".
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: When she first met Tohru, in a drunken stupor, she wonders to Tohru why she lives alone.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Tohru, Elma, and Ilulu are in love with Kobayashi. That said, Kobayashi herself has indicated she doesn't swing that way. That said, in the dub, she explicitly says she's not into girls, but only tells Tohru that she's a girl in the subs, so the jury's still out on how accurate this one is.
  • Ineffectual Loner: While she isn't any ineffectual (in fact, it's quite the opposite as it's her workforce that's reliant on her as she's the most capable one), her meeting Tohru made her realize how empty her life was before she met her. Played straight in the household when Tohru was taken back to the other world, forcing her to take care of the household by herself on top of working full time, leading to the house becoming messier, making her realize that she does need Tohru.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: She's twenty-five and Georgie is in her teens, yet the two of them are "comrades" due to their shared love of maids.
  • In Vino Veritas: Reveals her true personality when drunk (which happens rather easily). Her maid otaku nature comes out, she becomes very loud, often strips Tohru naked, and argues about nerd things.
  • It Began with a Twist of Fate: Her life changed forever, when she (while drunk) came across a female dragon that had been impaled with a sword that was still sticking out of her back, and pulled the sword out of the dragon's back.
  • The Lad-ette: She not only looks that way physically, but her personality and interests are much more stereotypical of Japanese males.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Both Tohru and Ilulu mistook her for a man when they first meet. Her lack of noticeable breasts and androgynous style of dress, not to mention her attitude and (in the sub) a rather deep-sounding voice, are the reasons for this.
  • Last-Name Basis: She is only ever referred to by her last name. Her first name hasn't even been mentioned yet.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: She develops this kind of relationship with Kanna in spite of being centuries younger than the diminutive girl dragon. In formal terms, she's Kanna's legal guardian, and to simplify things, she's Kanna's mom to their friends and acquaintances.
  • Ma'am Shock: She doesn't like being referred to as Kanna's mother since it makes her feel old.
  • Magitek: Jigokumeguri's programming runs on a magical syntax, meaning she regularly works with this.
  • Mama Bear: Having come to view Kanna as her own child, she's furious when she finds out that Kimun merely views her as a war asset instead of a daughter.
  • Meganekko: Altough the lens are hard to see at times, she's almost always seen wearing glasses.
  • Mistaken for Badass: All the mages at Shouta's exam end up mistaking her for being some kind of archmage due to the fact that she got first place in both the written and practical parts of the test (the former part because the coding language she uses at work is based off of the series' magic system, and the latter because she had Tohru pretending to be her familiar). And when they tried to sense her magical powers, they ended up sensing Tohru instead, furthering the misconception.
  • Morality Pet: For Tohru. While not much is seen of what Tohru was like prior to them meeting, it's clear that she was nowhere near as nice as she is in the present.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: For Kanna, as she's the human Parental Substitute for a dragon child.
  • Muggle with a Degree in Magic: While she never personally studied magic, Kobayashi demonstrated herself to be a master of magical theory in chapter 65 when she got first place on a high ranking magic exam. This is due to the fact that the magic system is almost identical to the programming languages she uses at her job (the former having been used as the basis for the latter In-Universe).
  • Nice Girl: She's a freakin' treasure. One of the nicest, even-minded and friendliest people you'll find in an anime... when she's sober; when she's not, her voice goes a couple of decibels up and she gets aggressively talkative and pushy about maids in particular.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: She has much smaller irises than the rest of the cast.
  • Oblivious to Love: Invoked. She argues that she doesn't quite know how to respond to being loved or wanted, as she'd never experienced such a thing before Tohru came into her life; still, she reassures Tohru that she's both willing and receptive to the maid dragon's affections.
  • Oh, Crap!: This happens a few times with Kobayashi:
    • Upon realizing that the chocolate that Kanna offered her a piece of is the Valentine's chocolate that Tohru laced with a Love Potion.
    • After discovering that the big guy that shared a drink with her is actually Kanna's father.
    • Her reaction to seeing Tohru in dragon form staring back at her, while baring her teeth in the first episode, before Tohru transforms into a human form.
  • One of the Boys: According to Takiya, she's just one of the guys around the office.
  • Only One Name: Her given name is unknown.
  • Only Sane Man: By virtue of being a human living with two and later three dragons in her house.
  • Otaku Surrogate: An androgynous one at that.
  • Parental Substitute: She acts as Kanna's legal guardian despite Kanna being far older than her. Chapter 34/Episode 9 goes into this relationship in depth, explaining that Kanna fully views her as a mother. Later on, she also takes in Ilulu.
  • Parents as People: In the weeks leading up Kanna's Sports Festival, Kobayashi tells Kanna that work wouldn't allow her to make it, something she has experience in. However, when she remembers that the reason Kanna is in her world in the first place was due to her acting up in a bid for attention, she pulls off consecutive all-nighters in order to be ahead of her work so that she can make it.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Her relationship with Takiya is that of a co-worker, drinking buddy, way to vent her Closet Geek tendencies, and, for a long time, Only Friend. Their relationship ends there, no fraternization.
  • Protectorate: Kobayashi is probably the single safest person on Earth, given that she has high ranking dragons from both factions that value her safety (primarily Tohru and Elma). This even gets played for laughs in Elma's Office Lady Diary when Elma "protects" her during a mixer she didn't want to be at by preventing any of the guys from interacting with her directly.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The fact that Kobayashi is female has little incidence on the plot other than for gags or preference. When Ilulu switches her sex, the only thing that accompanies the genital change is that her hip measurements get smaller. Literally nothing else changes physically, and no one else, aside from Tohru eventually, notices anything is off. Her mind is a different matter, but Kobayashi has enough self control to outlast the spell.
  • Reality Ensues: As stated in Elma's Office Lady Diary, Kobayashi has some levels of hepatic compromise apparently due to her drinking, so Tohru tells Elma that she'll not cook anything that goes with sake for Kobayashi. That means that on top of being bad at drinking, it's actually doing damage on her.
  • The Reliable One: Pretty much her entire department at work relies on her, whether it be helping them with their projects or covering for the work they're unable to do. She even bears the weight of covering for and training the newcomer Elma all on her own.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: A Nice Girl with reddish pink hair.
  • Salaryman: Rare Female Example, where she works as a computer programmer.
  • Sempai/Kohai: She's Elma's sempai at work.
  • Serious Business:
    • Maids. It comes out in full when she's drunk, and she gets very forceful on the topic with Tohru. It's originally what brought her and Takiya together. In fact, it's so serious that Tohru discarding her uniform completely kills Kobayashi's hard on when the former slips her an aphrodisiac.
    • She also feels this way about the food service industry, having previously worked in a restaurant before becoming a programmer.
  • Ship Tease: She has this with Tohru in the anime, though it's downplayed considerably in the manga.
  • Shipper on Deck: Chapter 63 implies that she supports Ilulu's feelings for Taketo.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: After Azad says that there's nothing wrong with forcing a brainwashed Kimun to attack Kanna since dragons don't understand affection, she points out the obvious: that he's in denial since his plan hinged on Kanna's desire for affection from her father.
  • The Spock: To Tohru's McCoy and Kanna's Kirk.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: Kobayashi does this in both the anime and the manga, though they are under vastly different circumstances. In the anime's finale, she gets between Tohru and her father when they come to blows over whether the latter can stay on Earth. In the manga, she and Tohru arrive in between the Chaos and Harmony factions to reveal the fact that Azad was manipulating them into killing each other.
  • The Stoic: She tends to keep her emotions to herself (as long as she's not drunk). Though she smiles more often as the series progresses.
  • Struggling Single Mother: She was shown to be emotionally drained after Tohru being taken back to the other world forced her to have to take care of Kanna by herself on top of working full time. The apartment also gets progressively messier during the accompanying montage.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Downplayed. Kobayashi isn't cold, just emotionally stoic. She's actually an incredibly sweet and reliable person.
  • Talking the Monster to Death: She delivers two really good speeches to Damocles in the season 1 finale, with her finally getting through to him with the second speech.
  • Team Dad: Despite being a woman, she's this to her household.
  • That Was Not a Dream: Chapter 2/episode 1 has Kobayashi recounting a dream, where she climbs a mountain, only to meet and start talking to a dragon, while Tohru reveals that the events really did happen, as she was the dragon.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: When Elma begins trying to get competitive with her at work, Kobayashi quickly kicks her off her high-horse by arguing that first, by doing so, Elma's being disrespectful towards Kobayashi, who is her senior at work and is miles more experienced at their job; second, that Kobayashi has been covering Elma's share of work while she catches up, and by trying to stir competition, Elma is being ungrateful towards Kobayashi's efforts to help her; third, Elma is supposed to do her job and not try to show off at the expense of Kobayashi, who has been nothing but kind towards her. Plus the whole thing only began when Elma wrongfully assumed Kobayashi was going to end up as a Human Sacrifice if she kept working, despite being in a modern environment where none of that is practiced, as explained by Kobayashi. After being told, Elma profusely apologizes to Kobayashi and begins treating her with her due respect.
  • Token Human: She's this for her household.
  • Tomboy: When she was growing up, according to her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Tohru's girly girl, as she looks and sounds androgynous, has much more "guy" interests than girl interests, behaves more like a guy than a girl, likes drinking beer, and is rarely, if at all, seen in feminine clothing.
  • Tomboyish Voice: In the anime, she has a rather low voice, fitting for someone with a boyish, mature and stoic personality with no time for childish-nonsense.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She became more open with her emotions and started smiling more often once she became accustomed to having Tohru around. It's also shown that she used to be more frustrated at her job; to boot, she argues that she can barely remember how she used to be before Tohru.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Discussed. After getting a promotion at work, Mr. Magatsuchi tries to convince her to take on the role as the area's guardian. Part of the reason she doesn't want the job (aside from the increased work load) is because then her title would be Jigokumeguri Company Cheif and Oborozuka Area Guardian • Kobayashi.
  • Unfazed Everyman: She takes the mystical dragons wandering around in her life with stride and doesn't really change up her demeanor in response.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Her company's use of magical programming turns out to be this. She gets tricked into joining a testing to advance to the fourth highest rank of magicians under the pretense of escorting Shouta to the test and ends up easily placing first in both written and practical portions (though the latter was mostly Tohru's doing).
  • Weight Woe: Tohru cooking foods that are high in fat for the cold weather in chapter 51 of Kanna's Daily Life cause her to put on a bit of weight and leave her unable to fit into her pants. Fortunately, a single day of playing with Kanna in the park proves to be a strenuous enough workout to help her lose all the weight.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Both an Inversion and Played for Laughs. Tohru is enamored with her "dead-fish eyes". And if Takiya's comment in the preview for episode 8 is to be believed, so is a good chunk of the internet.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: How the series starts, with her encountering a mortally-wounded Tohru while drunkenly walking around a mountainside.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: In Chapter 42, it's mentioned that she has no interest in living beyond a normal human lifespan, even though Tohru has offered her (on multiple occasions) the opportunity.
  • Workaholic: She gets restless if she hasn't done eight hours of work each day.
  • Words Do Not Make The Magic: Magic requires mana, so Kobayashi is unable to cast spells even though she has a deep understanding of magical theory from her programming background. Of course, this changes when she goes to the other world, which has a Background Magic Field.
  • Workplace-Acquired Abilities: She is able to ace the written portion of a high ranking mage exam thanks to her experiences as a systems engineer (the programming language her company uses is modeled off of the magic system in question).
  • Worthless Foreign Degree: She passes a mage ranking exam with flying colors in chapter 66, but she points out that it isn't something she can put on a resume.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is reddish pink.

    Tohru 

Tohru (Tohru Kobayashi)

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Voiced by: Yuki Kuwahara (Japanese), Sarah Wiedenheft (English), Monserrat Aguilar (Latin American Spanish)

The titular dragon maid. After Kobayashi pulled a holy sword out of her and invited her to come stay at her place, she shows up at Kobayashi's apartment the next day and declares that she'll be Kobayashi's maid from now on. She's very much in love with Kobayashi and is somewhat ditzy, but she's a lot more dangerous and destructive than her ditzy demeanor indicates. Back on her home world, Tohru was aligned with the Chaos Faction, being one of their champions.


  • Absurd Phobia: She's afraid of the local shopping mall due to it resembling a castle to her. The white color in particular reminds her of the fortresses of the crusaders who'd try to kill her on a regular basis.
  • The Ace: Tohru is considered one of the most powerful dragons in existence, whose presence tips the balance of the conflict in her world. This is one of the reasons her father, Elma, and Ilulu come to the human world to seek quarrel with her.
  • Aesop Enforcer: She takes this role for Elma, in the Flashback in Chapter 44, by destroying a palace that was meant to be a symbol of peace, the aesop here being not letting yourself be used by people, which Elma later forgets, and Tohru forgets this aesop as well.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Begs for this treatment from Kobayashi in Chapter 26/Episode 8.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Although Tohru is extremely high up in the dragon power scale, it is established early on that she's not the most powerful being in her world... if only because the Gods are even mightier than she is.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She is ecstatic to discover Kobayashi's being briefly cursed with a "thingy".
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Lampshaded by Kobayashi, who compares Tohru's former archaic manner of speaking to that of an old man's.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • In the manga, her father asks a series of these when trying to convince her to return to the Other World: What would happen if the humans she's befriended were to find out she was a dragon? What if her bloodlust were to overpower her? What happens when Kobayashi — whose human lifespan is infinitesimally small compared to Tohru's — dies, leaving her alone? After some reassurance from Kobayashi, Tohru admits that while she knows Kobayashi won't be around forever, she wants to enjoy the time that she has with her and their friends.
    • In the anime a hallucination of her dragon form, the embodiment of her doubts and fears, poses the same questions to her after she sees a documentary about the lifespan of a mouse compared to a human's. Her father reiterates them, but as in the manga Tohru decides she wants to enjoy the time she does have with Kobayashi to the fullest.
  • Attention Whore: She really wants Kobayashi to notice her and give her praise, though it usually ends up with Kobayashi being annoyed or humoring her.
  • Autocannibalism: Played for Laughs. The first time she severs and cooks her tail for Kobayashi, she eats it herself when the latter refuses. When Kobayashi asks what it tastes like, Tohru declares it's "sweet and creamy".
  • Badass Adorable: A powerful dragon that can turn into a cute human girl (albeit still with horns and a tail) in a maid outfit.
  • Badass Lesbian: She's a dragon that's fully capable of starting Armageddon as well as one of the most powerful characters in the series, period. She's also in love with Kobayashi.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: She can go into orbit (or at the very least into the upper layers of the atmosphere) on her own and doesn't need any protective gear to survive there.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Tohru's intense love for Kobayashi stems from not only the Rescue Romance (see below), but also from Kobayashi selflessly offering a home after Tohru sullenly commented on how lonely she is.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Chaos Dragons hate the divine on principle alone, so don't say the "G" word if there's even the slightest chance that Tohru might hear.
    • Kobayashi "cheating" on her is another one. She nearly went medieval on both Kobayashi and Kanna (although to be fair, she didn't know it was Kanna at the time) when she returns from shopping.
  • Black Sheep: She mentions during the Beach Episode that her falling in love with a human makes her abnormal by dragon standards (let alone within her own family).
  • Blood Knight: As a Chaos Dragon, Tohru greatly enjoys combat and often sings cheerful songs about raining death and destruction upon her enemies while cleaning.
  • Boobs of Steel: Tohru claims to have a D-cup — although that's only by dragon standards, making her bust size even bigger by human standards — and is one of the most-powerful characters in the series. Only Elma — who's slightly more buxom — is a match for her, but as a Harmony Dragon she tends to avoid conflict whereas Tohru — as a Chaos Dragon — tends to seek it out.
  • Breath Weapon: Her flame breath is extremely powerful and something of a Signature Move for her.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Before the series started, she lead a solo assault on the gods in order to end the war between humans and dragons. It only ended with her getting mortally wounded, and in the position Kobayashi found her in.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Tohru doesn't like it when Kobayashi spends any time with guys or too much with other dragons besides Kanna. She's not happy with Kobayashi mentoring her rival, Elma.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Comes with being a dragon living in a modern human world. In some instances, she thought fictional works actually happened in reality, and once fell for a conspiracy theory which she read from the internet.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't like fair fights and will use sneak attacks when needed to win. She defeats Lucoa in an arm wrestling match, despite the latter being stronger than Tohru, by bribing Shouta to root for her, distracting Lucoa long enough to have her hand pinned to the ground.
  • Combo Platter Powers: She has several powers that she can use in and out of battle including; Breath Weapon, Energy Donation, Flight, Invisibility, Sizeshifter, Super Speed, Super Strength, Thinking Up Portals, X-Ray Vision, Weather Manipulation and probably other powers beyond those.
  • Cool Big Sis: Partially Tohru's role for Kanna, but it's complicated. (See Promotion to Parent below.)
  • Curtains Match the Window: Only in the anime, where she has blonde hair with red tips to go with her red-gold eyes.
  • Cute Little Fangs: She is a dragon after all.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father wasn't pleased to find out that she had fallen in love with a human.
  • Death Glare: Gives one to her father when he tries to hurt Kobayashi.
  • Defeat Means Respect: She earns the respect of the Dragon Busters after delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle to the entire gang (thoug this doesn't stop several of them from trying to bribe Kanna to find out her weaknesses).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Before she became Kobayashi's maid, she was harsh towards anyone she encountered. Even after defrosting she still retains her harsh attitude towards virtually everyone who isn't in her close circle.
  • Deicide: She lead a solo assault against the gods, thinking that killing them would end the perpetual war between humans and dragons. She failed, and it only ended with her getting mortally wounded and in the shape that Kobayashi found her in.
  • Devoted to You: Towards Kobayashi. Episode 13 of the anime even assigns her the Flower Motif of a Shepherd's Purse, which means "I offer you my all".
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: She has been on both the Giving and Receiving end of this trope.
    • Whenever anyone underestimates her, especially humans who just see her human-form and think she is small and weak, she invariably crushes them with her enormous power level.
    • In her backstory, she mistakenly believed that her status as one of the most powerful dragons meant she had the power to defeat the gods of her world, and tried to take them on single-handedly. She was proven very wrong, as she was beaten to the brink of death by a single god and barely managed to escape with her life — and even then, she was slowly dying from the divine sword her opponent had skewered her with. If Kobayashi hadn't pulled the sword from her body, she admits she would have died, which is why she fell so hard for her human savior.
  • Dragons Prefer Princesses: Averted. She's actually rather annoyed by the stereotype.
  • The Dreaded: She apparently has something of a reputation among harmony dragons since Clemene tries to call for reinforcements the second she shows up.
  • The Drifter: As a dragon, Tohru would rarely stay in one place for too long prior to moving into Kobayashi's apartment. Otherwise, humans would try to hunt her down.
  • Eaten Alive: When they first meet she threatens to do this to Kobayashi, for trying to hug her while she's in dragon form. She doesn't follow through with her threat though.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: She's a fire breathing dragon and her eyes are red with yellow highlights, which give the illusion of flames.
  • Enemy Within: The anime alters the scene in the manga where she jumps into orbit, wherein instead Tohru is confronted by a hallucination of her dragon form, manifesting her doubts and fears.
  • Evil Laugh: She gives a rather impressive one in the OVA when she's spiking the Valentines chocolate she's making for Kobayashi with a love potion.
  • Exact Words: When Kobayashi tells her to make good omurice, she takes the statement literally and is adamant about it being exceptional restaurant quality omurice. After making one she felt was only average she tries shopping for top ingredients, but since that passed the budget she instead goes back to the other world to fetch some more exotic ingredients from there to make them exceptional. Kobayashi isn't too happy at the result.
  • Faking the Dead: She hid the fact that she survived the battle with the gods from most of the dragon community (with only Lucoa and Fafnir initially being aware that she wasn't dead) out of a desire to drop off the radar and be free of her responsibilities. This is part of the reason why there's so much friction between her and Elma for a good chunk of the series.
  • Fantastic Racism: Her experiences with humans in her world weren't the best, and she tends to think they'll all be alike no matter the dimension (with the exception of Kobayashi, though the irony there was that Kobayashi had saved her in a drunken state). She does start easing up a bit when she realizes the modern day dimension is nothing like the world she comes from and that nobody's perfect, including her own kind.
  • Feigning Intelligence: While she's a bit more familiar with the human world than Kanna is, there are still many things she doesn't know and when asked tends to make up explanations. She tells Kanna that cars are operated by magic and that a see-saw was a catapult used to train children in warfare.
  • Female Monster Surprise: Happens when she transforms from dragon form to human form in Kobayashi's flashback in chapter 32/episode 12. She even says "Yes, I am female" to Kobayashi in the FUNimation translation of the anime.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: She knocked out a delinquent taller than her (in her human form) by poking him in the gut with her pinkie.
  • Fire/Water Juxtaposition: The fire dragon to Elma's water dragon.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Chapter 60 has her trying to pick up a new hobby and asking everyone around her for advice (her previous hobby was traveling, but she can't exactly indulge her wanderlust as a live in maid). It ends with her fueling her Kobayashi obsession into creating various works of art, much to Kanna and Ilulu's annoyance.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: She has them in dragon form, her human form has the regular five fingers.
  • Gag Boobs: While not as big as Lucoa's or Elma's, her chest is still large, and the hot spring chapter reveals her "D for Dragon" bust size estimate was in dragon standards, making her even more buxom in human standards.
  • Game Face: When pissed off her teeth will turn into huge fangs, her eyes will change to be more bestial, her fingers will turn into claws, and she will become surrounded by a Battle Aura.
  • Genki Girl: She can be incredibly high energy at times (usually in regards to her affection for Kobayashi), especially in contrast to the more stoic Kobayashi and Kanna.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Tohru in dragon form, delivers one to the Bandit, missing her by separating her claws at the last second.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Two very long ones.
  • Good Parents: To Kanna after her Promotion to Parent, though Kanna sees her as more of an elder sister (it seems that this was the case even before Tohru came to the human world because her own parents didn't gave a shit about her).
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: With Elma, having long blonde hair in contrast to Elma's short black hair.
  • Happiness in Slavery: While she insists she's Kobayashi's maid, she's more like a slave in function (since she's not married to Kobayashi, and does it all for free in exchange for room and board). She's willing though, and happy to serve the woman she loves.
  • Healing Factor: Cuts off her own tail repeatedly to cook and feed to Kobayashi and Kanna. (Kobayashi always refuses.) It grows back rather quickly. She also can heal from a near-mortal wound at the beginning of the series in a night and heals from other battle wounds in seconds to minutes.
  • Healing Hands: She uses healing magic on Ilulu after she got roughed up in a fight against Azad. She also claims that her saliva is a coagulant, but Ilulu suggests that she was just looking for an excuse to lick Kobayashi.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite her childish personality, Tohru can be surprisingly mature at times, best seen during her discussion with Fafnir about her relationship with Kobayashi.
    • Though somber in the time before she met Kobayashi, Tohru was shown to have been loved and cherished by her friends, who followed her to the human world eventually; this shows that she was kind and charismatic even when she wasn't as sociable.
  • Hypocrite: On some occasions she thinks that humans will never learn from their mistakes (at one point even nearly killing three neighbors for having a argument over noise), yet she seems to keep overlooking her own faults. Can sometimes lead to Hypocritical Humor.
  • I Choose to Stay: Downplayed. She has stated several times that she has no interest in ever returning to her world, but since she can easily create inter-dimensional portals, it's more of a change of address than anything.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Flashbacks show that Tohru felt constricted as a member of the chaos faction, only really fighting on their behalf out of filial piety. The battle that led to her meeting Kobayashi was out of a desire to be free of her responsibilities.
  • I Never Told You My Name: In Chapter 80 of the main manga, after knocking out a trio of thugs in a grocery store, Tohru meets up with a teenage girl who calls her by her name. The girl is actually Georgie, but Tohru doesn't recognize her until she imitates Girlish Pigtails with her hands.
  • I Owe You My Life: The original reason Tohru started serving Kobayashi as a maid. Tohru also developed her crush via this Rescue Romance.
  • Image Song: "Omurice to Love no Teigi", "Ouchi Kaero", and "Shiro Kuro Tsukema Show?!". She shares the second one with Kanna and the third with Elma.
  • Implied Love Interest: For Kobayashi — While it's obvious that Tohru is in love with Kobayashi, the latter has been rather mysterious about the exact nature of her feelings for the former. As stated in Kobayashi's Ambiguously Gay section, she admits to having falling for Tohru, blushes when she sees Tohru wearing something cute, and Kobayashi has shown zero interest in men or in any of the other women who romantically like her.
  • In a Single Bound: Her leg strength is such that in the manga it's implied that she can jump from the ground to Earth's orbit.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl:
    • The first time she shows her human form to Kobayashi, she covers her body with nothing but a cloak.
    • She doesn't hesitate to take off her clothes when a drunk Kobayashi and Makoto demand her to strip and gets confused when Kobayashi berates her for not trying to cover up.
    • When she confuses a stamp as a branding iron, she slips off her dress to expose her bare back and asks Kobayashi to brand her.
  • Insistent Terminology: She's commonly mistaken for a cosplayer, although she insists that she is a real maid.
  • Instant Expert: Chapter 58 of the main manga, shows her mastering the spell, to turn from dragon form into human form on the first try, surprising Dragonewt in the process.
  • Instant Runes: Whenever Tohru uses one of her powers in the anime it is accompanied by a magic circle appearing in front of her (appearing either in front of her face or hand depending on whether or not the spell was self-targeting). They occasionally show up in the manga, but not to the same degree.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's a dragon who falls in love with a human.
  • Invisibility: She has a spell that allows her to be invisible to people. She can also cast it on others, such as Kanna when they both spy on Kobayashi at work from outside in their dragon forms.
  • Irony:
    • She's a dragon whose nature is inclined towards destruction and chaos, yet her job is to keep things clean and orderly.
    • She hates divinity in any form, yet one of her closest friends is a former goddess.
  • Irrational Hatred: Toward Makoto, one of Kobayahshi's co-workers, despite the guy clearly having no romantic interest in Kobayashi and being very nice with her when they first met. Even after he befriends Fafnir and it's clear he and Kobayashi are Just Friends, the awkwardness is still there.
  • Jagged Mouth: Tohru manifests one when she is using her Breath Weapon or showing off her feral side in human form.
  • Japanese Politeness: Before Kobayashi saved her life, Tohru addressed others condescendingly.note 
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her and Elma's falling out boiled down to her becoming disgusted with Elma having traded in her ideals for delicious food (not to mention turning the humans that she was trying to help into a violent cult) and burning the palace built in her honor to the ground in retaliation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tohru is pretty amicable towards her friends and especially Kobayashi. But if you're neither, she probably hates you.
  • Kill All Humans: She occasionally threatens to do this for "flaws" she sees in humans, e.g., Kobayashi's neighbors arguing over who is making the most noise, and honestly believes that Kobayashi would be the only human worth not killing. If her father is to be believed, she was more gung ho about this than most other Chaos faction dragons when she was younger.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's the one who does the housework, and is clearly much more feminine in appearance and mannerisms than Kobayashi.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Whenever she's dusting, Tohru sings a song about annihilating all the dust and bringing death to the world.
    Kobayashi: What a dangerous song.
  • The McCoy: To Kobayashi's Spock and Kanna's Kirk.
  • Magical Girlfriend: For Kobayashi in a rare female-female example, being a dragon in human form.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: On several occasions, Kobayashi lampshades how much her life has changed since Tohru came along.
  • Meido: It's right there in the title.
  • Missing Mom: The only times her mother is ever mentioned is when she refers to her parents as a set.
  • Mundane Utility: She uses her magic powers for pretty mundane purposes:
    • Her saliva contains an enzyme that can be used to remove stains.
    • She shoots massive beams of fire from her mouth to disperse rain clouds so the laundry could dry.
    • Casts clairvoyance spells before washing clothes to check the pockets for lost items and loose change.
    • Uses her Perception Filter power to sneak around and into Kobayashi's workplace and watch her work without anyone (Kobayashi included) noticing her presence.
    • Uses her invisibility to trip Kobayashi's jerkass boss for abusing his authority to harass Kobayashi, foisting his own workload on her, and viciously reprimanding her for the most trivial of mistakes.
    • Deconstructed when she attempts cooking with her fire breath and burns the food to cinders. She claims the stove "lacks firepower".
    • She can make a spectacular fireworks show from her dragon breath.
    • She invokes the name of evil gods in order to make food taste delicious while working at a maid cafe.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A minor moment for Tohru when she is thankful Kobayashi calls out to her during the fight with Ilulu. Before then, Tohru had become so annoyed with the other dragon's attacks, she was considering it fine to allow anyone to die so long as Ilulu was defeated and Kobayashi was not harmed. She knows she can never allow herself to think like that.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her father named her after an author from Earth. The identity of the author isn't specified, but it's implied to be J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • Nature vs. Nurture: She belongs or belonged to a faction of dragons dedicated to spreading chaos and destruction, but hasn't done anything really bad on-screen, being nice and polite to everyone she comes across and proves to be more sociable than Kobayashi. Though she occasionally lapses into Fantastic Racism towards humans in private moments, and is prone to considering violence as an acceptable solution to life's problems.
  • Ninja Maid: Tohru might be the strongest example ever. Most maids don't have the power to warp reality and blow up cities.
  • No-Sell: When Kanna fires a beam of lightning at her, Tohru effortlessly blocks it with one hand and returns fire with her Breath Weapon.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While the events leading up to it and the immediate aftermath have been detailed, Tohru's failed one-man raid against the gods has never been shown apart from some stills during a Flashback Nightmare in the anime.
  • One-Track-Minded Artist: Played for Laughs. After spending all of chapter 60 trying to figure out a new hobby, she decides to paint, sculpt, and write songs exclusively about Kobayashi.
  • Original Generation: Word of God states that she doesn't have any mythological origin, in contrast to the rest of the dragons.
  • Partial Transformation: Tohru usually lets her horns and tail out when in human form, but can hide them to appear fully human. She can also manifest her wings to fly without fully transforming, and transform her arms to amplify her punches and claw swipes.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: She can generate her own mana, unlike other dragons who have to convert it from other sources (like with Kanna plugging her tail into a power socket). Other dragons are capable of using the mana that she radiates, but Ilulu states that it tastes awful.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: It's unknown how powerful she is, but she once caused a massive amount of damage to a field in a fight with Kanna, which Tohru states afterwords was just the two of them playing. Tohru also claims she could cause the end of the world.
  • Perverted Sniffing: Tohru loves to sniff or lick Kobayashi's clothing, which understandably freaks Kobayashi out massively. She'd also like to lick Kobayashi herself, but she wouldn't allow that.
  • Power Echoes: When in her powerful dragon form, her voice is slightly distorted.
  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: It's never specified if her father's title of "Emperor of Demise" is an actual royal title he holds or merely an epithet. If the former, it would mean that the cute and feminine girl that wears a maid outfit is a princess with a lot more than political power.
  • Promotion to Parent: For a long time, Tohru has acted as Kanna's Cool Big Sis. However, as Kanna was exiled to Earth, Tohru joins Kobayashi as Kanna's Parental Substitute. It's complicated.
  • Property of Love: She claims she's this, even going so far to refer to herself as Kobayashi's sex slave during Comiket.
  • Puny Earthlings: While she admits humans can accomplish many things, she still considers them weak and inferior to dragons.
    Tohru: Humans may gather together, help each other, and accomplish many things, but their civilization could be easily destroyed by dragons. So I think dragons are better.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's many millennia old.
  • Red/Green Contrast: She has green scales while her father's scales are red.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Subverted. Her name is pronounced the same as Thor in Japanese, but she states that it comes from a different source In-Universe.
  • Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Kobayashi after Kobayashi saved her life. When they first met, Tohru had lost a fight with some gods and been impaled by a giant holy sword, which Kobayashi — in a drunken stupor — easily removed.
  • Reused Character Design: Her character design (minus the horns) is based off of Fuyu from Cool-Kyou Shinsha's previous one-shot, RaButa, right down to their choice of dress. This gets lampshaded in chapter 3 when she's shown using the exact same "Finish Quickly Pose" that Fuyu performed to speed up the washing machine.
  • Running Gag: Tohru trying to serve pieces of meat from her tail to Kobayashi.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Has eyes only for Kobayashi and no one else. In fact it's left vague if she's actually lesbian or just Kobayashi-sexual, as she doesn't seem to mind if Kobayashi was male.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Single woman seeks good woman, in this case. Ultimately, Tohru's attraction to Kobayashi stems from how the latter is a good person who, despite her seemingly apathetic stance on life, will always do everything she can to help those in need around her.
  • Sizeshifter: Tohru's dragon form ranges in size from "a small house" to "a single claw is bigger than a car", with her default form being 20 feet tall. Possibly justified by the fact that shapeshifting has been established as one of her powers from the very beginning.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: She's the dragon equivalent of a sixteen-year-old, which would explain her near obsessive love for Kobayashi.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The fan translations use "Tooru" while Seven Seas Entertainment, Crunchyroll, and Funimation use "Tohru".
  • Spock Speak: Well-spoken at all times.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Her dragon form is near identical in terms of build to her father, the only noticeable differences being wing shape, horns, and scale color. Averted with their human forms, which don't look alike at all.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's rude and dismissive towards virtually everyone (especially towards Makoto and Elma). The only time she's nice and friendly is when she's with her friends and Kobayashi.
  • Superior Successor: In the manga, she's powerful enough to frighten her own father — himself a powerful Chaos Dragon — when he shows up to bring her home and makes the mistake of attacking Kobayashi. In the anime, they're more evenly matched.
  • Supreme Chef: Her food is constantly described as being delicious. She even ends up becoming the head chef when she gets a job at a maid cafe.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Red-gold eyes with slitted pupils.
  • Telepathy: Judging by how the mouth resp. snout of Tohru's dragon form sometimes doesn't move when she talks, it can be assumed that she can project her voice into the minds of others through telepathy.
  • Thinking Up Portals: Tohru can make portals that lead anywhere, even between worlds, without any apparent limit. It doesn't seem to be a power that all dragons have, since Elma can't make them (she gets stranded on Earth as a result).
  • Through His Stomach: One of Tohru's reasons for putting so much effort into her cooking, so she can make something that thoroughly impresses Kobayashi and wins her heart over. One point it's taken literally when she laces a chocolate with love potion, before Kobayashi guilts hers into refraining from it.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Kobayashi's tomboy.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: According to Lucoa, Tohru didn't smile that often when she was younger. Now she's a borderline Genki Girl, thanks to Kobayashi.
  • Translator Buddy: She translates for Kobayashi during a trip to England due to Kobayashi not being fluent in English.
  • Uptown Girl: Implied. Given that her father is called "The Emperor of Demise", it's possible that she's a princess, though it's never made clear if this is actually the case.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Do not ever insult or attack Kobayashi if you don't have a death wish.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Her voice stays the same regardless of what form she's in, meaning she still sounds like a young woman even while in the form of a two-story tall dragon.
  • Walking the Earth: She used to travel a lot when she was younger, though she doesn't do so anymore for obvious reasons.
  • Weather Manipulation: She can use her Breath Weapon on its own to clear away storms and she can also combine it with Kanna's Breath Weapon (which she can only use in dragon form) to create storms.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Elma were friends prior to the start of the series but due to a difference in world views the two fought and went their seperate ways. As of Chapter 64, they've seemed to have patched things up.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Elma berates her for dissing on humans and convincing her to do the same (when Elma was initially trying to befriend humans), only for Tohru to be at first presumed dead, and ending up lovey-dovey with a human and treating Elma with great hostility. This brings Elma to the point of tears as to how little consideration she gave her as a result.
  • World's Best Warrior: Tohru has the reputation of being one of the strongest dragons seen thus far, with only Elma being a match for her. When she cuts loose, she is capable of easily defeating any opponent, including ones as powerful as Ilulu and Clemene, and even her own father is intimidated by her. The anime tweaks it a little — she doesn't intimidate her father, but she can fight him on an equal footing.
  • Written Sound Effect: A Phwoo/Pwoo sound effect occasionally appears when Tohru uses one of her powers in the manga.
  • Yandere: Early in the manga and anime, Tohru was extremely possessive towards Kobayashi, reacting violently to anyone she perceived as a romantic rival: She swore to kill Makoto after seeing him talking to Kobayashi; furiously demanded to know if Kobayashi was cheating on her when Kanna first showed up; intimidated her own father when he attacked Kobayashi; fireballed Elma through a door and across the city — narrowly missing Kobayashi — when the Harmony Dragon tried to give Kobayashi a protective charm; and beat Clemene to the brink of death for striking Kobayashi, who was protecting Ilulu. She's mellowed slightly due to her Character Development, but is still fiercely protective of the one she's chosen as her mate.
  • You Keep Telling Yourself That: If we go by her friendship with Elma from even before she escaped to the human world, it's more apparent that Tohru is not firmly aligned with the Chaos Faction in spite of both her own claims, and the fact that she is considered extremely valuable and a standard bearer for their cause. This, added to her experiences with The Bandit, hint that Tohru indeed used to be totally partial for the Chaos cause, but not anymore, now gravitating more towards a position of a conscientious object.

    Kanna Kamui 

Kanna Kamui (Kanna Kobayashi)

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Voiced by: Maria Naganawa (Japanese), Jad Saxton (English), Susana Moreno (Latin American Spanish)

A young unaligned dragon who was banished to Earth for pulling pranks on her parents. Kobayashi takes her in as a surrogate daughter of sorts. She is also the main character of the Spin-Off Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life.


  • The Ace: Regarded as this in school by her peers, excelling in both academics and sports. Being a powerful centuries-old dragon in disguise probably helps.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Gets this treatment from Kobayashi quite a fair bit, moreso than Tohru.
  • Alliterative Name: Kanna Kamui. Still applies after she takes Kobayashi's surname.
  • Animals Hate Her: Her class' pet rabbit is terrified of her due to being able to sense her draconic nature.
  • Baby Talk:
    • The official English version of the manga has her pronouncing the letter "R" as a "W" when she appears in Tohru's flashback in Chapter 58.
    • The Latin American Spanish dub, on the other hand, makes her speak with a lower tone compared with the rest of the cast
  • Badass Adorable: Kanna holds back more and she's still a child, but she is still a powerful dragon (as demonstrated during her roughhousing with Tohru). It even extends to her dragon form, which despite being huge is quite fluffy.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: When they first are properly introduced to one another, Kanna disliked Kobayashi because she thought Kobayashi "stole" Tohru away. After Kobayashi was able to see that Kanna couldn't go home because she was exiled and needed Tohru, Kobayashi offers Kanna a place in her home to stay. This gesture of kindness had Kanna view Kobayashi as a mother figure.
  • Big Eater: For such a young girl (in dragon years), Kanna does have a huge appetite.
    • When asked to collect bugs as part of a school assignment, she eats all of the bugs she finds.
    • She spends the entire Beach Episode eating progressively larger sea creatures, starting with a crab and working up to a fish that's half as big as her.
    • In the anime, she eats a whole apple in one episode and an enormous pile of rice in another, both in one bite.
    • In a chapter of Kanna's Daily Life where she and Saikawa visit the maid cafe that Tohru works at, Kanna is able to finish off half of an extra-large parfait that the cafe challenges customers to eat in 30 minutes in just a matter of seconds, and that's after she just ate a plate of omelette rice.
  • Blood Knight: Kanna's idea of playing with Tohru is a no-holds-barred brawl, and she happily throws herself into a super-powered dodgeball game.
  • Breakout Character: By far the most popular character on the show to the point of being the Series Mascot. She managed to get a spin-off manga all to herself.
  • But Now I Must Go: Chapter 74 of the main manga has her tell Saikawa that she won't be on Earth anymore, but of course it doesn't stick as she returns after Azad is defeated in Chapter 78.
  • Catchphrase: She takes to saying "maji yabakune"note  in the anime after Tohru tells her that they are magic words to get through most conversations.
  • Children Are Innocent: Regardless of how old she actually is, she is still in every other regard a child, with everyone else being protective towards her.
  • Compulsory School Age: Played with. Kanna is a dragon, but besides taking the form of an elementary school-age girl, it's also said that she's a child by dragon standards. So she goes to school both to get a better grasp of the human world and because she wants friends.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Her first attempt at using makeup doesn't go very well, and she applies so much that she ends up looking like a kabuki actor.
  • Creepy Monotone: Her default manner of speaking. She speaks in a constant low tone, except when she's angered.
  • Crocodile Tears: She pretended to cry when Saikawa challenged her, saying that she just wanted to be friends. She dropped the act when Saikawa offered her candy.
  • Cry Cute: She normally has a rather stoic visage, making the times that she does cry (or pretends to cry) all the more adorable.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Saikawa and Koboyashi herself are often overcome with how cute Kanna is.
  • The Cutie: Although she's much more stoic than most examples, she is one of the most absolutely adorable girls ever to exist in anime.
  • Daddy's Girl: Played with, given that the father in question is an androgynous woman instead of a man, but her relationship with Kobayashi definitely fits the trope in spirit. Averted with her actual father, with whom she has an all but nonexistent relationship though he improves significantly after he's defeated by Kobayashi.
  • Dad's Off Fighting in the War: Both of Kanna's parents are chaos aligned dragons that take part in the war against the harmony faction. As a result, they usually left her to her own devices and are incredibly neglectful. Her father Kimun doesn't even seem to be able to grasp the concept of a father-daughter bond, instead referring to her as a comrade (note that Kanna isn't even aligned with the chaos faction, or any faction for that matter).
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: The hemline of her dress is short enough that the manga often relies on Scenery Censors to avoid exposing her butt. The anime uses Saikawa's head during the game of Twister.
  • Dragons Are Dinosaurs: Played with. Her dragon form appears to be partially based on modern information on dinosaurs, namely being covered in fuzz and having feathers. That form is also shown to have some sort of beak, similar to those of certain dinosaurs like Stegosaurus and modern birds.
  • Dull Surprise: Kanna rarely changes her facial expressions and almost always uses a flat and monotone voice. To put it this way, Kobayashi, who is generally The Stoic, has more facial expressions and inflections in her voice than her, and that's even when she's not drunk. The Latin American Spanish dub, oddly enough, downplays this a bit and she is somewhat more aggressive and emotional at times, albeit she still speaks with a flat voice at times.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She shows up near the end of episode 1 when Tohru fires off her Wave Motion Gun to clear away the clouds. Doubles as Adaptation Expansion, since she mentioned having seen it during her first appearance.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Her horns were a lot longer in her first appearance.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her main outfit is Gothic Lolita with Ainu influences.
  • Erotic Eating: Sucking on Saikawa's fingers to eat chocolate in the OVA. Cue Saikawa suffering a Cuteness Overload.
  • The Exile: Kanna was banished for breaking a "dragon ball" and absorbing its energy and, up until the Chaos faction felt that they might possibly need to use the ball's energy in a battle against the Harmony faction, she wasn't supposed to return until she'd reflected on her actions. Given that this led to her meeting Kobayashi, it's probably the best thing her parents ever did for her.
  • Extreme Omnivore: In the anime, when she decides to collect bugs for her summer homework, she noms the bugs and then writes down what they tasted like. On the whole, her first thoughts for meeting new creatures seems to be to eat them, as she also does with a butterfly and crab. This even gets carried over into the manga, with her requesting bee brood and grasshoppers in tsukidani as a possible inclusion to the dinner menu in the main manga, while a good number of jokes in the chapter of Kanna's Daily Life where she attends a firefly viewing event being based around this.
  • Family Theme Naming: Both she and her father are named after Ainu deities.
  • Farts on Fire: The result of her passing gas in order to cheer up an embarrassed Saikawa after she farted in Kanna's Daily Life.
  • Feathered Dragons: Her dragon form is covered in white feathers that are noted to be rather comfortable. At one point in her spin-off, she uses her partially transformed wings as a makeshift down blanket when Saikawa comes down with a fever.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: During her adventure in New York City, she takes out a number of thugs just with a simple finger poke.
  • Flash Step: When she sees a dodgeball about to hit Saikawa in the head, she moves so quickly to intercept it that it looks like she's teleporting.
  • Gamer Chick: She's incredibly knowledgeable of 80's and 90's arcade games due to spending time with Takiya and Fafnir, and she pulled off a 19 chain in Puyo Puyo.
  • Gender Flip: Subverted. The original Kanna Kamuy was male, but it's stated later on that Kanna is merely named after him.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Like Tohru, she also has two very long ones. However Kanna's pigtails have three beads on them, and are actually the ends of her wings, when she is in dragon form.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: A Panty Shot in chapter 62 reveals that she has underwear with a silhouette of Cool-Kyou Shinsha's Author Avatar on them.
  • Guile Heroine: She has been known to use her wits when dealing with some conflicts, in particular how she befriended Saikawa and how she managed to thwart Azad's plans to instigate her father into fighting a group of Harmony dragons as part of getting his hands on the Dragon Stone.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: White hair to contrast Saikawa's brown hair.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a hairband with a bow, and has part of her hair threaded through two sets of three big beads, with her using one to remake the Dragon Ball that she destroyed.
  • Happy Rain: She loves when it rains. She's named after a storm god after all, and lightning would also be the only way she could recharge her powers in the other world.
  • Has Two Mommies: For all intents and purposes, Kobayashi and Tohru act as her parents (though she views the latter as more of a sister). The "mother vs. older sister" aspect of Tohru is eventually brought up in one chapter of Kanna's Daily Life when Tohru is asked if Kanna is her daughter, with her trying to trying to say "yes" to the question in hopes that she'll get closer to Kobayashi, only for Kanna to refer to her as an older sister.
  • Hates Being Alone:
    • This is the main reason Kanna used to pull the pranks on her parents, as they purportedly have a hands-off approach to parenting and believed in leaving Kanna to her own devices. Thing is, she went too far and they banished her from their presence. When her only means of companionship in their world, Tohru, supposedly died, she was elated when she found out that she had indeed survived and followed her to the human world to try to bring her back. Unsuccessful in this endeavor, powerless and effectively homeless, Kobayashi invites her into her home to live together. This earns Kobayashi a place in her heart.
    • One chapter in Kanna's Daily Life focuses on her fears of being home alone when she wakes up from a nap to discover that Kobayashi and Tohru have not yet returned home.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Kanna is already the shortest character in the series, and her father is positively massive (being twice as tall as Kobayashi).
  • I Choose to Stay: Even after making amends with her father, she ultimately decides to stay with Kobayashi since she and Saikawa, as humans, won't last as long as her dragon parents (with her father encouraging her to do so).
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her entire motivation for wanting to go to school. Her classmates come to love her almost immediately (especially Saikawa) due to a combination of being The Ace and absolutely adorable. This, coupled with Crocodile Tears, is how she breaks Saikawa out of her Tsundere attitude and earns her friendship.
  • Image Song: "Maigo no Kaiju" and "Ouchi Kaero" (the latter being shared with Tohru).
  • In-Series Nickname: She's called "Tribal Goth-Loli" more than once.
  • Informed Attribute: When she first showed up, Kanna was said to love pulling pranks but, outside of the her discussing her plans to do one in a Flashback in Chapter 58 and the makeup job she and Saikawa gives Fafnir in Chapter 11 of Kanna's Daily Life, she's never shown doing so. A justification for this is later given when it's revealed that she did so to get attention from her parents. She doesn't have any reason to prank people any more because Kobayashi pays attention to her (while the makeup prank was basically the result of her and Saikawa playing with it).
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Downplayed. She isn't exactly innocent (as her play date with Saikawa showed), but she's far more innocent than the rest of the dragons.
  • Interclass Friendship: With Chloe, who's the daughter of a wealthy CEO.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: While "playing" with Tohru, she charges a sphere of lightning between her hands and fires it as a beam of energy.
  • The Kirk: To Kobayashi's Spock and Tohru's McCoy.
  • Lecherous Licking: She licks Saikawa's cheek following her team's victory, startling and embarrassing her, though the gesture has different connotations among dragons than it does humans.
  • Like a Daughter to Me: Kanna comes to see Kobayashi in this light in spite of Kanna's considerably longer lifetime. Kobayashi is legally Kana's guardian, and she becomes a much needed parental figure for the young dragon girl.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Kanna is pretty much the exact opposite of her father. She's a tiny, white haired, unaligned dragon who is quiet. He's a large, black haired, chaos aligned dragon who often acts rather affable. Even their names have a Sky/Earth contrast, being named after a storm and mountain deity respectively.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Witnessing Saikawa coming apart from the distress of her leaving, makes Kanna realize that the feeling is mutual. Kanna can never abandon her friends, and she especially cannot ever abandon Saikawa, stating to Azad that she has no intention of leaving the human world behind for her dad's petty war or Azad's manipulations.
  • Love Confession: Kanna mentions that she wants to have the same kind of relationship that Kobayashi and Tohru have with Saikawa, who interprets the statement as this.
  • Meaningful Name: She's named after the Ainu god Kanna Kamuy.
  • Metal Scream: While at Yana's recording studio and trying out death metal for the first time, she gives a scream so epic that it blasts Yana and Saikawa off their feet.
    Yana: She has such a soul shaking scream. It's just like a dragon's roar!
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: The cover page for the first chapter of Kanna's Daily Life shows her dragon form reflected in a puddle.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother is (presumably) alive, but she never shows up on screen and is only referred to in tandem with her father.
  • Morality Pet: To Saikawa, as Kanna always brings out the best from her. Before she met Kanna, Saikawa was unapproachable and confrontational towards others, and had no friends whatsoever.
  • Mundane Utility: She used her electric powers to charge Saikawa's cellphone and used her horns as poles for a clothes line in Kanna's Daily Life.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In her introduction, Kanna attempts to force Kobayashi to break up from Tohru, and when that doesn't work she tries to kill her... with hilarious results.
  • Mystical White Hair: In her humanoid forms. In the anime, it shades to purple at the tips.
  • Mysterious Past: Her past is not really elaborated on, apart from being exiled from her world, and her only friend being dead, or so Kanna thought.
  • New Transfer Student: Kanna starts attending elementary school in Chapter 13/Episode 4. The fact that she's a dragon from another world with no legal identity gets solved by Tohru using magic to create the necessary paperwork. While the school setting rarely shows up afterwards in the main series, her new (girl?)friend Saikawa ends up becoming a recurring character.
  • No Mouth: Her mouth is often drawn invisible in the manga, especially in her spin-off.
  • Noodle Incident: Outside of one incident that led to her becoming The Exile, and another incident involving bugs, Kanna's pranks towards her parents have been not been explictly revealed as of yet.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Kanna is easily the weakest of the dragons seen in the series, but by human standards she's a Person of Mass Destruction who has probably been alive for centuries. Her classmates all consider her to be The Ace.
  • The Noseless: While characters in general have noses that are hard to see, Kanna goes the whole way and doesn't have a nose at all.
  • Not So Stoic: While she usually carries the same default blank expression, in her debut episode she showed visible shock when Kobayashi guessed she was stuck in the human world.
  • Oblivious to Love: She doesn't appear to have a clue of the enormous crush Saikawa harbors for her, seeing her only as a friend.
  • Only Friend: According to the dodgeball chapter, Saikawa doesn't have any friends other than her.
    • Before she met Kobayashi, Kanna's only friend was Tohru, who was rumored to have died in battle until she revealed that she was still alive, by using her powers to change the weather.
  • Parental Neglect: Kanna's parents took a very hands off approach to raising her, under the logic of "dragons grow stronger by themselves". As a result, she started pulling pranks to get attention (which got her exiled). This is why she clings to Kobayashi as a Parental Substitute.
  • Partial Transformation: Like Tohru, she assumes a Little Bit Beastly form (though she hides her horns in public), and can manifest her wings to fly without fully transforming. Also, in the first chapter of Kanna's Daily Life, her hand accidentally turns into a dragon claw after hearing that the students were going to be playing dodgeball in PE class.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Her default expression. Even when she's happy she virtually never smiles.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: After finding out that Kobayashi would be attending the sports festival (Parents' Day in the manga), she gives her a hug and tells her she loves her while clearly on the verge of Tears of Joy.
  • Post-Stress Overeating: An angry Kanna is seen scarfing down on cream bread following her father's visit.
  • Power Cord Tail: Her tail can transform into a wall socket plug for recharging.
  • The Prankster: Others state that she pulled a lot of pranks, and it ultimately got her banished from the other world. It was mostly to get attention from her parents, as they felt that a dragon needed to learn for herself to grow strong, and thus had a pretty hands-off approach to parenting. Since Kobayashi doesn't share the same strict standard, not much is seen during her stay on Earth. We do get to see her and Saikawa pull a makeup prank on Fafnir in Chapter 11 of Kanna's Daily Life.
  • Protectorate: Saikawa is very protective of her. Of course, being a dragon, there isn't really anything on Earth that could threaten her anyways (and even if there was, Saikawa wouldn't be much help).
  • Really 700 Years Old: She's at least been around for the better part of a millennium. However, in dragon time she's really just a child.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Unlike the other dragons, she is explicitly named after a character from mythology rather than being said character.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: For a good chunk of the series, she has a large amount of mana from a 'dragon ball' that she broke as a prank sealed inside her. She can't actually use it though, due to it being compressed (Kobayashi compares it to an unopened zip file).
  • Shock and Awe: Draws power from electricity, which she can also generate and shoot out. Her tail can transform into a wall socket plug for recharging. This is a reference to the Ainu god she's named after, who rules over thunder and lightning.
  • Sir Swearsalot:
    • When upset, she can have a rather dirty mouth, as seen when introduced to her.
      "I know you've seduced her with your body... you cuckold! You slut-in-glasses!"
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, this was edited to Kanna calling Kobayashi "a pervert" instead. To be fair, there's no valid Spanish translation for "cuckold" anyway.
  • Sleepyhead: Since she's a young child (by dragon standards anyways), she can often be seen taking naps in the background.
  • Sore Loser: In Chapter 12 of Kanna's Daily Life, she does not take losing Game of Life to Elma well, when she moves from second place, to first place (via last place), Kanna responds by first accusing Elma of cheating. Then punching her in the stomach, followed by calling her a brat and finally accusing Elma of starting fights with Tohru.
  • Start My Own: Kanna has very little interest in joining any of the established dragon factions due to the war being responsible for her parents' neglect. Instead, she started the "Kanna Faction".
  • The Stoic: Subverted; she is actually very emotive but this can be hard to notice at first since she rarely changes her facial expression and almost always uses a flat and monotone voice.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's the only child among the dragon characters.
  • Unishment: Her parents banished her for pulling pranks, which led to her meeting Kobayashi. Given the fact that the only reason she was pulling pranks was so they'd actually pay attention to her, it's probably the nicest thing they ever did.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like Tohru, her voice stays the same regardless of what form she's in, meaning she still sounds like a child even while in the form of a two-story tall dragon.
  • Weather Manipulation: Chapter 41 of Kanna's Daily Life shows her combining her Breath Weapon (which she can only use in dragon form) with Tohru's Breath Weapon to create a storm.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Tohru mentions to Kobayashi that Kanna would often pull pranks to get her parents' attention, going so far as to angrily agree to help the Chaos faction (of which her father is part of) make a "dragon ball" as part of their battle against the Harmony faction in hopes that her father will finally give her some sort of praise.
  • When She Smiles: The rare times she genuinely smiles are a true sight to behold.
  • Willfully Weak: Kanna could have easily won several of the events during the sports festival by herself (most notably in tug of war), but held herself back to the abilities of a normal 8 year old girl since she was more interested in competing alongside her classmates than actually winning. The only time she went even a fraction above that was in the relay race because she didn't want Saikawa to feel like she cost their class victory.
  • Wimp Fight: Kanna's attempt to kill Kobayashi amounts to ineffectually pounding on her chest due to being low on power. She does this again to Kobayashi in Chapter 25 of Kanna's Daily Life for telling her that she has white skin when she failed in getting a tan (the human way; she forgot that, as a dragon, she could just change her skin color willingly).
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • Her attempt at killing Kobayashi failed miserably, and hilariously, thanks to her lack of power. When she regained it, she shows that she could have killed her easily if she were fresh.
    • Chapter 16 in Kanna's Daily Life has her in this situation, with her taking part in a PE class despite not getting any sleep/oversleeping the previous nightnote , not having any breakfast, and not being able to recharge her mana due to her not wanting to be late for school.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Her lightning is colored yellow in the anime.
  • You Are Too Late: The season 1 finale has her noticing Damocles appearing to take Tohru back home and tries to rush to Tohru's aide. However, by the time she gets to his location, they have already left for the dragon world.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is whitish-pink.

    Ilulu 

Ilulu

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An extremist Chaos-aligned dragon who loves destruction. She has poor control over her shapeshifting, resulting in a petite body with disproportionate measurements and draconic features. Eventually moves into Kobayashi's household after having a Heel–Face Turn.


  • Absentee Actor: There are chapters taking place in Kobayashi's apartment in Kanna's Daily Life where she is completely absent, even when she should logically be present (or at least mentioned). This is lampshaded during her first appearance, with a caption that says "sometimes she's here, sometimes she isn't."
  • Adaptational Late Appearance: She never shows up in the first season of the anime despite it covering several chapters that featured her. This gets lampshaded in the afterwords for volume 8, where she's shown badgering the author about whether or not she'll get to show up in the second season (for the record, the answer is yes).
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Kobayashi pets her head to comfort her when she gets worried about starting her part-time job. Taketo also does twice, once when he hears why she's so adamant about finding the owner of an abandoned doll, and again when she comes into work after having been out sick (read: in heat).
  • Always Someone Better: Tohru is basically this to her. The best example is when she fights Tohru but despite inflicting what should be lethal damage, can't actually get more than an "Ouch" from her, before getting stomped in one hit once Tohru starts fighting back. Then when she moves in with Kobayashi, it becomes clear Tohru also has the advantage in fitting in with humans.
  • Arc Villain: For volume 4 of the manga.
  • Ax-Crazy: Elma describes her as an extremist chaos dragon who loves to destroy things. She's actually a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
  • Bi the Way: Initially, she shows interest in Kobayashi, and she later gains feelings for Taketo. She also has no reservations about forcing herself onto Tohru when she goes into heat.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Zig-zagged, but while she does tease Taketo, soon after going into heat she meets up with Taketo and finds herself both going to into a similar feeling but able to control herself. This shows her growing affection for Taketo blooming into full-blown love.
  • Character Development: Ilulu probably goes through the most change out of any character in the entire series, becoming far friendlier and calmer. Combined with her improved transformation skills and change in wardrobe, it makes her current self almost unrecognizable in comparison to her first appearance.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed. Elma and Lucoa's spin-off's each have a chapter where they meet Taketo. On both occasions, Ilulu is visably annoyed when he seems to be showing interest in their breasts.
  • Compulsory School Age: Subverted. Saikawa briefly wonders why she doesn't go to school, and she shows a passing interest in going to elementary school with Kanna (not understanding the concept of grade levels), but she never actually enrolls. When she gets her job, Ilulu claims she's sixteen "apparently", which sidesteps the issue as high school is not required in Japan.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Reddish-pink hair and eyes.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: After nearly getting killed by Azad, she tells Kobayashi that the source of her wounds and ripped clothing were from playing with a stray cat.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Mostly after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She starts off with a more monstrous appearance than the other dragons and seems to prefer black clothing, but she's a sweet girl (post-Heel–Face Turn anyways).
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Ilulu was very close to her parents and was devastated by their deaths. They also showed a surprising level of tolerance towards humans, enough to consider the possibility of peaceful coexistence.
  • Delightful Dragon: Ilulu, both before her Start of Darkness and after her Heel–Face Turn, has an established love of humanity, particularly when it comes to young children.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Starts brainstorming for one once she begins accepting humans, to Tohru's reluctant approval, since her staying with Kobayashi hinges on making herself useful. She eventually decides that she wants to work as Kobayashi's wife. This, Tohru does not approve.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Accidentally broke Makoto's wrist during an arm wrestling competition.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Combined with I Hate Past Me. She was genuinely disturbed when Tohru reminded her how she used to act pre-Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Redhead: Colored illustrations show she had red hair, and she originally was an antagonist.
  • Fingerless Hands: Ilulu wasn't very good at turning into human form when she first came over, and her attempts at forming hands appeared as stubby balls on the end of her arms. However, she could still hold things with them because they were made up of thousands of smaller hands. She manages to form proper hands by chapter 45.
  • Fingore: Gets her claws chopped off during a fight against Azad in chapter 71. Fortunately, it's not permanent.
  • Foil: To Kanna. Kanna is stoic child, wears white, was banished by her neglectful parents, and has a female Implied Love Interest. Ilulu is an emotional teenager (that looks like a child), wears black, lost her Good Parents to humans, and has a male Implied Love Interest.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ilulu was originally friends with humans as a child, but she came to hate them due to the fact that humans killed her parents.
  • Friend to All Children: She gets along very well with children, both prior to her Start of Darkness and after her Heel–Face Turn. This was the main reason why she got a job at a candy store, since it would allow her to be useful to Kobayashi and see children having fun at the same time.
  • Funbag Airbag: Taketo ends up face first in her flame bags when he tries to correct her on an inappropriate comment.
  • Gag Boobs: Her breasts make up approximately half of her body. According to Tohru, if she relaxed what control she has over her shape, they would get even bigger.
  • Gender Bender: She can switch other people's sexes at will, which she uses to turn Kobayashi into a man.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Two long spirally ones that resemble giant corkscrews.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Ilulu used to have a doll made in her likeness that was made by one of her human friends which she deeply treasured. She ended up getting rid of it after her Start of Darkness and clearly regretted it ever since her Heel–Face Turn, to the point that she spent an entire chapter trying to find the owner of another doll that had been abandoned at the candy store she worked at just so the owner wouldn't have to go through the same regret.
  • Glamour Failure: She's not as good as shapeshifting as the other dragons, forcing her to wear regular human clothes as she can't change her scales properly.
  • Good Costume Switch: She starts wearing loose t-shirts and dresses after her Heel–Face Turn since they're the only things that fit and she isn't skilled enough to morph her scales. Justified, since she wanted to better fit in with humans and Tohru's notes said that wearing similar clothing was a good way to do so.
  • Graceful Loser: She acknowledges that despite Kobayashi being the "Person she wants to breed with", she knows that ultimately Kobayashi is more interested in Tohru. She then mentions she should find a new person, and immediately shifts her focus to Taketo right after this.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Becomes part of the group eventually once she starts accepting humans again.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: She once ate a bunch of chocolate and chocolate-shelled ice cream as a late-night snack, only to learn they were actually handmade candles made by Kanna for school. She admitted they were delicious (and tasted a little like wax) while apologizing.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Ilulu is physically around 16 years old, though a ridiculously buxom one at that. She's thousands of years old, though mentally as "16", she has more sexual awareness and interests than someone like Kanna, a child by dragon standards.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: When she was given her uniform on her first day of work, she started getting changed right there in the store. It was only after Taketo freaked out that she remembered that "this is supposed to be embarrassing, right?". She's also very prone to going topless at the flip of a coin.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Saikawa (who -discounting the lifespan difference- is around half her age).
  • Interspecies Romance: She develops a crush on Taketo, though her lack of familiarity with human emotions mean that she doesn't realize it.
  • Irony: She's the only dragon who has openly admitted to love humans, yet she's the only one that never mastered the ability to look like one.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Before getting a part-time job, she spent her free time playing with stray cats.
  • Love Redeems: Highly implied to be part of the reason for her Heel–Face Turn, towards Kobayashi.
  • Loving a Shadow: Discussed. When she first talks to Taketo, she mentions how she thought that she was in love with Kobayashi due to her desire to breed with her, but now realizes that she views her as more of a friend and mother figure. Given that she was emotionally stunted from the loss of her parents and raised as a Tyke Bomb afterwards (plus the fact that dragons in general have a loose grasp of interpersonal relationships due to being a solitary species), it's understandable that she'd get her feelings mixed up.
  • Manchild: She's around the same age as Tohru, but the death of her parents left her emotionally stunted. She also prefers hanging out with children instead of adults, which tied into her decision to get a job at a candy store.
  • Mating Season Mayhem: Chapter 81 deals with Ilulu going into heat and trying to force herself onto Kobayashi. Tohru's attempts to tire her out with a sparring match fail, as Ilulu simply goes onto her instead.
  • Neutral No Longer: Inverted. She's expressed interest in leaving the Chaos Faction.
  • Older Than They Look: Dragons are all Time Abysses, but the only indications Ilulu is any older than Kanna are her Gag Boobs. This is due to Ilulu having poorer shapeshifting abilities than the other dragons, resulting in her unbalanced appearance. She's actually around the same age as Tohru.
  • One of the Kids: Ilulu is stated to be the same age as Tohru, roughly the dragon equivalent of a sixteen year old. However, due to past childhood traumas, she's emotionally stunted and she's shown to vastly prefer the company of younger children such as Kanna and her elementary school friends. She can be mature, but even then her preference for the company of kids comes through. Her choice of job, part-timing at a candy store, allows her to contribute to the household, as Tohru insisted she do, but also means she can work in a place children often visit.
    Ilulu: Kids... you know... I like them... I like playing with kids... but when you have a job you can't play... so at least I want to be in a place where kids look like they're having fun... is what I thought.
  • Only One Name: Unlike Tohru and Kanna, she didn't adopt Kobayashi's surname as part of her legal identity.
  • Parental Abandonment: Both of her parents were killed by humans.
  • Pointed Ears: Probably due to her lack of skill in transforming since all of the other dragons have regular human ears.
  • Poison Is Evil: Naturally, the Ax-Crazy dragon is the one with poison breath. Subverted after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Poisonous Person: Her Breath Weapon consists of corrosive poison, in contrast to Tohru's flames and Kanna's lightning.
  • Pretty Freeloader: For 12 chapters, she lives at Kobayashi's apartment without doing anything productive. Then she gets a part-time job at a candy store. It's subverted later in the story, as she's willing to go to school, but Kobayashi decides against it, as Ilulu doesn't fit in any high school uniform.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: With slitted pupils, fitting her pseudo-demonic appearance and her antagonistic role.
  • Rescue Romance: Similar to Tohru, she falls in love with a human who saves her life. Also like Tohru, said human is Kobayashi.
  • Right Behind Me: A variation happens in Chapter 12 of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life, when she lands on the newborn child square in Game of Life, she begins talking about how she will have children with Kobayashi (despite both of them are female), not realizing that Tohru is right there. Since she doesn't like anybody thinking about, looking at or even talking about dating Kobayashi, Tohru responds by destroying the spinner on the game board with her Breath Weapon.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: She's probably one of the nicest characters in the series post-Heel–Face Turn.
  • Second Love: She is initially in love with Kobayashi after she saves her, but later on she falls in love with Taketo.
  • Serious Business: She takes her part-time job very seriously and hates having to call out sick, even when it would be better to do so (like when she went into heat or was injured in a battle with Azad). This is at least partially motivated by the fact that it gives her an excuse to hang out with Taketo.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Downplayed. Ilulu is fully capable of assuming her true form as well as changing her human guise, but she isn't very good at finer control of her shapeshifting, so she ends up looking like a petite girl with ridiculous breasts and either dragon claws or fingerless spheres for hands (although she improves enough to have normal hands at least from chapter 45 onward). Tohru states that if she relaxes her control her Gag Boobs would get bigger, but would presumably end up with more inhuman features in turn. Thus, Ilulu basically has to stay the way she is now to fit in until she can get better control of her shape.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: Dragons are normally Technically Naked Shapeshifters, but Ilulu has very poor transformation skills and has to rely on regular clothing if she wants to wear anything other than her cloak (not that she really wants to wear anything). Of course, since her transformation skills are so poor, she has trouble finding anything that fits her properly given that her human form is really short and has Gag Boobs.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The fan translation of the manga spells her name as "Iruru".
  • Stripperiffic: Her initial clothes consist of a tattered robe that barely covers her chest and low-riding panties.
  • The Tease: During the events of Chapter 60, she admits that she sometimes subjects herself to Gainaxing just to see Taketo's reaction, calling him cute in the process.
  • Technically Naked Shapeshifter: Averted. Unlike all the other dragons, she isn't skilled enough to morph her scales into multiple outfits. If she wants to change her appearance to anything other than her cloak, she has to actually wear it.
  • Technicolor Fire: Her dragon form appears to be composed of black flames, though the fact that it's never appeared on any colored pages makes it difficult to tell.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After moving into the Kobayashi household, she loses her Ax-Crazy tendencies — to the extent that she's disturbed by how much of a Blood Knight she once was — and becomes calmer. That said, the afterword of Chapter 39 notes that if Kobayashi was a man Ilulu would have happily forced herself on her.
  • Tragic Bigot: She never wanted to hate humans (in fact, a flashback shows that she was friends with several human children when she was younger), but the death of her parents at the hands of humans and being raised on an anti-human rhetoric afterwards turned her into a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds. She gets better thanks to Kobayashi.
  • Tyke Bomb: The Chaos faction raised her as a weapon against humans following the death of her parents, resulting in her being far more violent than the average dragon.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before she was bent on destruction, she wanted to befriend humans.
  • Vapor Wear: She wears band-aids over her nipples in lieu of a bra. Then again, her massive breasts would make it impossible for her to find a bra that fits.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Her work outfit is actually for adult men since her Gag Boobs would make wearing anything meant for a girl of her height impossible. She also runs into the same problem when she goes with Kanna and Saikawa to try on school uniforms, and the only thing she finds comfortable are the ones meant for boys.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A flashback shows that she Used to Be a Sweet Kid who (in something of a rarity among dragons) actually wanted to be friends with humans. But then the death of her parents (combined with being raised on anti-human rhetoric afterwards) turned her into an Ax-Crazy maniac who loves destruction. She gets better after Kobayashi protected her from a Knight Templar harmony dragon.
  • Worf Had the Flu: She notes that the main reason she lost against Azad (aside from being caught off guard by him having a holy sword) was because she still hadn't recovered from the wounds she got from her fight with Tohru.
  • Wreathed in Flames: On the rare occasions that her full dragon form is seen, it appears to be composed of black flames.
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