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Characters that appeared in Wataru Watari's My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, as I Expected. Currently under heavy construction.

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Service Club Members

    As a group 
  • Bookworms: Both Hachiman and Yukino, with the latter fitting this trope to a T. Yui, in contrast, almost always plays with her mobile phone while they're reading.
  • Breakfast Club: Or rather, "Service Club". The club's purpose is ostensibly to help the school's students solve their problems, but as Hachiman notes early on, it also doubles as an "isolation ward" for students Hiratsuka-sensei considers to be problematic with the intention of reforming them, i.e. Hachiman and Yukino.
  • The Confidant: Many characters find the Service Club trustworthy enough to share their troubles with, even when they wouldn't tell their closest friends.
  • Contemplation Location: When they've no cases to solve, the classroom used for the Service Club is this place for them to think and rest from the people.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: In the beginning, they're just three random people in one club. Come Culture Fair, they're partners and friends who trust and rely on each other.
  • Freudian Trio: While Yui is generally cemented as The McCoy due to her emotional focus, Hachiman and Yukino tend to take different roles depending on the request made. However, Yukino is more often The Kirk (while brutally honest, she's very good at understanding emotions), and Hachiman is more often The Spock, being the pragmatic, goal-oriented logical thinker.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Yui is always nice, while Hachiman and Yukino can switch the other two roles. Yukino is very good at emotional understanding, actually is a caring person, but also brutally blunt, and especially at the beginning she's rather mean towards Hachiman. Hachiman, as cynical as he is, is ultimately a Nice Guy too, but in some situations he lacks emotional understanding, and the methods he uses to solve problems can be quite questionable.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They all have issues, that's undeniable, but they're all good, well-intentioned guys and work well together.
  • Series Goal: To help the ones in need, but they have different ways of doing it. What they have in common is that they are selfless and benevolent people, only that they show it in different ways:
    • Yui is always kind and friendly, and has no problems interacting with anyone.
    • Hachiman is the one who has, besides his extreme pragmatism, his selflessness (also meant as his poor opinion of himself) as his Fatal Flaw. He thinks he's useless, and commits social suicide to maintain other ones happy.
    • Yukino is very prideful and idealistic. She wants other ones to come to her so she can help them, and can't stand when other ones are so damn lazy that they simply want to "run away" and do nothing to get better.
  • School Forced Us Together: Oregairu reunite three students: Hachiman, Yukino and Yui (a lesser member of the Girl Posse), to work together as a team in the Service Club. They eventually become Fire-Forged Friends with the time and ultimately, an unwanted Love Triangle.
  • Sliding Scale of Cynicism Versus Idealism:
    • Hachiman is The Cynic and a Knight in Sour Armour: he's a good person and has good intentions, but he really lacks positive outlook on life and firmly believes in the Status Quo.
    • Yui is idealistic, always sees the best in people and is always friendly to everyone. She's also an airhead at times, naturally.
    • Yukino is in-between. While she's sure not above misanthropic tendencies and a cynical outlook on life, she still has her idealism and thinks things can change. She analyses other ones' flaws to try to change them and turn them into better people.
  • True Companions: Well, we have a self-destructive, extremely pragmatic and disenchanted guy with no ideals, and two girls, one who is lonely and shielded and wants to change the false and petty society that surrounds her, and the other one who is outgoing, optimistic and happy-go-lucky, but has issues with being herself for real. They become really close to each other, and they're all kind-hearted and caring individuals overall.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: The trope is played in a uncommon way because the guy is the protagonist. On the romance side of things, one girl is interested in the guy. The other girl's interest is somewhere between ambiguous and non-existent depending on who you ask. Although the guy finds both physically attractive, he doesn't want a relationship with either.
  • We Help the Helpless: Not to the fantastic extent of most examples (even because Yukino wants other ones to come to the club), but their club mission is to offer a hand to anyone in need.
  • We Work Well Together: Although each member has their own skills and some prefer to use their own methods to solve the problem, whenever the trio works united, they always get the best results.

    Hachiman Hikigaya
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (Japanese), Adam Gibbs (English)

Hachiman is the story's main protagonist, an isolated, friendless boy who is pragmatic to a fault. His most prominent feature is his set of "dead fish-eyes". He firmly believes that "youth" is simply an illusion created by hypocrites, for hypocrites, born from the ashes of past failures. In this state of apparent corruption, he is coerced into joining the Service Club by his futures advisor in the hopes that exposing him to the world will change his personality, and ultimately make him a "better person". Despite his cynical views, Hachiman is a very selfless and kind-hearted person, though his methods to help others make him often look unsympathetic.

  • Accidental Pervert: In episode 3 he walks in on Yui and Yukino changing clothes and gets a tennis racket to the face. Hachiman notes how extremely rom-com cliche it was.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Even counts as this in between seasons. In the first, he looks more tired and homely, which befits his anti-social nature. Come the second season however, and his looks get kicked up a notch.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When he's on the losing end of a tennis match against Yumiko and Hayato, Hachiman considers groveling as a serious strategy.
  • All for Nothing: He realizes that his methods didn't work when, during the Christmas event planning, he notices that Rumi is just as alienated from her fellow grade-schoolers as she was during the Summer camp. This is one of the aspects that makes him go to Yui and Yukino to ask them for help, alongside being at an odd's end regarding the planning committee's lack of compromise, finally finding himself completely out of ideas.
  • Alliterative Name: Hachiman Hikigaya.
  • Always Save the Girl: Most people who come for help to the Service Club are girls. Although it's part of his role as a member of the Service Club, Hachiman is capable of going to extreme lengths to ensure that the problem is solved but always gives more priority to ensure that the girls are unharmed in any way. Even if it's someone he doesn't particularly like, such as Sagami, or even if it means putting Tobe's request secondly and give priority to Hina's.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Although he does indulge in Eating the Eye Candy when he blunders upon it (while getting knocked flat onto the floor as a female student is passing, for example), he seems more attracted to Totsuka than any of the girls.note 
  • Animal Motifs: He tends to get compared to less appealing animals, whether it be fish (due to his dead-eyes) or frogs (one of his childhood nicknames). He compares himself to a bear, however (and it quite fits his personality)...
  • Annoying Laugh: Yukino and Yui find Hachiman's laugh unpleasant.
  • Anti-Hero: While a good person at heart, he has traits of a Byronic Hero (being a cynical and introspective loner) and of a Pragmatic Hero (being goal-oriented and, obviously, extremely pragmatic). Not that he's morally ambiguous, but his methods to help others are not exactly nice.
  • Anti-Role Model: Hachiman's overall arc tends to fall in this territory. He's portrayed as overly cynical with harsh methods that are eventually shown to not work in contrast to Yukino who is portrayed as having the correct methods but little time to execute them.
  • Apathetic Student: Hachiman is shown to hate school due to being The Hermit and doesn't like human interaction. Though he's more Brilliant, but Lazy.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Hachiman's greatest strength is his ability to quickly analyse and come to a fairly accurate conclusion of a person's hidden motivations and personality traits. This is best shown when Hachiman managed to deduce where Sagami was hiding faster than anyone during the culture festival by figuring out her way of thinking.
  • Bad Liar: Not always, but when it comes to his romantic history he is. His difference from the usual practitioners is that he mixes lies with facts and tries to reinterpret them in a positive and heroic way. No one is fooled, including himself.
  • Beady-Eyed Loser: Subverted. While the novel illustrations portray his eyes normally (especially at his more emotionally open moments), the anime adaptation decided to depict his "dead fish eyes" as this— just look at his page picture.
  • Be Yourself: Despite having a horrible outlook on life and society, Hachiman initially has no intention to change anything, believing people are the way they are suppose to be and should stay true to themselves. This is in contrast to Yukino, who believes it is necessary for people to question themselves and change. He later reevaluates this outlook.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Very protective of his little sister, Komachi, who's initially the only person he treated with care. This later extends to Iroha, Rumi and Keika since Hachiman, due to being unable to turn off his "Onii-chan" mode, has a soft spot for younger girls.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Yukino, no matter how much they deny it. Both are sarcastic bookworms with a matching sense of humor and cynical view of the world, but, at the same time, they feel the obligation to help those they encounter due to a motivation born out of a truckload of painful social experience.
  • Bishōnen: Surprisingly, yes, though you have to ignore the eyes. The original novel even noted that he's relatively good-looking without his "dead-fish eyes". Some of the original light novel illustrations play down his eyes, making him look handsome overall. His appearance in the first season is unpleasant because the anime deliberately gave him a misshaped face, while his second season appearance has a sharper face, and some of the side shots to his face are reasonably handsome.
  • Book Dumb: Downplayed Trope. His grades are actually quite good, but as smart as he is, he could do much better academically.
  • Break the Cutie: He used to be an adorkable and socially awkward kid but constant rejections, bullying and fairly mocking treatment from his classmates and even his own teachers made him give up on people ever accepting him thus turning him into the loner he is. Komachi even points out that he used to be adorable during his childhood and his dead-fish eyes are never shown during his flashbacks prior the series.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Clearly very intelligent and observant but generally has to be dragged into acting by whatever request at hand or Shizuka. She also points out that his test scores alone are good, indicating he can score marks without proper content.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Yukino surprisingly, much like how she was one to him. She considered their mutual belief in always telling the truth and their dislike of false appearances to be the one thing that prevented them from completely hating each other. And when Hachiman does exactly that to preserve the Service Club when Yukino runs for Student Council President, their relationship starts to fall apart.
  • Butt-Monkey: Both in a comedic sense and and in a serious one. He's generally on the receiving end of snark and physical punishment from Yukinoshita and Shizuka respectively. Though in other examples it's not as Played for Laughs, such as his acts of social suicide.
  • Buxom Is Better: Hachiman faithfully takes notice of girls with large chests, but his first impression of Yukino was noting he wouldn't be interested in her for her flat chest.
  • Byronic Hero: Is he intensely introspective? Yes. Is he cynical and jaded and has he experienced a bargain bin of a dark and troubled past bundled with regrets? Yes. Does he see his own values, beliefs and passions as above everyone else's? Yes. Is he doggedly determined to follow them despite hurting others? Yes. Is he especially physically attractive?... No - well, good enough.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: One of his biggest flaws is the inability to admit what he really wants, both to himself and others and often only brings himself to act whenever he can find a suitable excuse to avoid addressing his own feelings (e.g. preserving the service club because his sister asked him to rather then admit it's because he doesn't want to lose his bond with Yui and Yukino). A large part of this is driven by a belief that people won't understand him even if he does try to talk to them, so he simply doesn't bother explaining himself at all.
  • Catchphrase:
  • Celibate Hero: Actively tries to avoid "Rom-Com" situations, and does not believe that he deserves love. Best shown when he rejects Yui's feelings for him because he believed they were driven by her guilt.
  • Character Development:
    • Consistently defied by Hachiman. He knows he's an antisocial loner and, despite hanging out and liking the company of two other people, refuses to change for them. Ironically, and tragically, this is the source of most of the conflict in the series.
    • Played straight in the Light Novels, where Hachiman's narration changes to match his changing mentality. In the later novels his Unreliable Narrator antics like his random rants, anime references, or sophistry slowly start to decline to the point where they rarely show up. By volume 10.5 he is willing to admit he is friendly with the other two club members, but his date with Iroha shows he is still incapable of believing that any girl could like him.
    • His driving arc eventually becomes one where he doesn't necessarily want to be popular, but to have a genuine bond with someone else.
  • Chick Magnet: Almost every time Hachiman gets involved with a female character, they eventually develop an interest in him. Yui's been interested since they first met, Yukino later becomes as obvious as Yui, Iroha is heavily implied later on, then there's the Ship Tease he has with Totsuka, Saki (especially in the light novels), Shizuka, and even Ebina has joked that she wouldn't have minded going out with Hachiman. Even Kaori now shows hints.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He can't abandon someone in distress if he can help, no matter how much he tries to convince himself of otherwise.
  • Comical Overreacting: Almost every interaction with Totsuka leads to this. When Totsuka offers to trade emails with him, Hachiman's joy is a bit overboard.
  • Contemplation Location: As the lone wolf he is in his school, Hachiman usually goes to the high school's backyard to lunch and to think, since is his "lonely place". That, until Yui and Iroha started to accompany him there (for his own disdain).
  • Covert Pervert: Never misses the chance to check up on girls (and Totsuka). Every time Yui approaches him, he notices her chest first and everything else later. Manages to appreciate being touched by Hiratsuka-sensei's breasts while she grabs him in Sumo grapple (for your info: hurts like hell). Derives sexual references out of thin air in the first 100 words of the very first chapter... well, you get the picture.
  • The Cynic: His outlook on love, hard work and social interactions are less than positive. Due to his past experiences, he hates having to deal with people and the fake fronts they put up, and consequently he stops caring.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Any verbal conversation he has with his more popular classmates tend to be dripping with snide remarks and sarcasm.
  • Deconstruction: Hachiman's answer to certain problems is to act as a scapegoat and resolve the situation while shouldering all the blame and burden. The series goes to great lengths of showing how this kind of mentality is not ideal and how it can affect Hachiman's friends as well.
    • Hachiman himself is a deconstruction of the romantic comedy protagonist as well. While still a good-hearted loner with two or more possible love interests, he isn't a typically naive Nice Guy or a comedy version of an All-Loving Hero: he's rather a comedy version of a Byronic Hero, being cynical, with misanthropic tendencies, and also pragmatic to a fault. While he's a good and altruistic person, and has good intentions towards others, his methods to help others tend to be harsh and unkind.
  • Defrosting Ice King: Shizuka wants Hachiman to be less cynical, pessimistic and pragmatic. While he still believes in the Status Quo, he turns out to be a really nice and caring person, as Yukino does too.
  • Dismotivation: Fits Hachiman to a T. Among the usual reasons, like not wanting to be hurt again, he has an uncommon but somewhat logical argument.
    Hachiman: "We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were?"
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Despite his rejection of romantic pursuits, he still gets distracted by girls from time to time. A humorous example where he lost a few points to Iroha during their table tennis match despite being a far better player than her due to her skirt.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He welcomes hatred, rejection, isolation, and disgust. But the one thing he cannot accept is being pitied for what he himself chose to do.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: His default portrayal has him with a half-lidded expression, which along with his small, dark irises (in contrast to everyone else's large, colorful irises), emphasizes his cynical, weary nature. In-universe, he is described as having "dead fish eyes".
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Members of the Service Club (plus Hayama) know that he willfully provides twisted solutions to club's cases, sometimes taking the heat in the process. Others just see a manipulative asshole.
    • Takes an interesting turn later on where Yukino of all people starts giving him too much credit, and starts having doubts about her ability to resolve other's problems.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Hachiman's are a minor variant, described as rotten, like "eyes of a dead fish."
  • Eating Lunch Alone: He always eats lunch by the tennis courts alone, and states he loves it because it's the one time during the day he can be alone and in peace.
  • Enemies List: Hachiman keeps a notepad filled with the names of his peers who he wishes were dead. Among the list is Yukino, whom he quickly added after meeting.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • We have his opening monologue where he rails against the hypocrisy of youth in his essay and his reasoning on why he doesn't change when he argues with Yukino. But at the end of the episode, he still helps Yui see a new perspective by noting the intent behind her cookies.
    • A more plot significant one comes in his backstory: He decides to save Yui's dog and gets hit by Yukino's car in the process, cementing himself as a self-sacrificing individual. This aspect of his character is significant for his development into someone who has others who care about him.
  • Everybody Hates Mathematics: He is good at certain subjects like Japanese (to the point of bragging about it in the introductory chapters). However, he is genuinely bad in Math and the biological sciences, once mistaking a hernia for herpes.
    • Explained in the novels: Being socially awkward, he is afraid to ask questions about the subject which lead to him being flunked at the subject. That's why he focuses on subjects that can be easily understood.
  • Family Man: Stated to be this as he takes care of his sister Komachi and the house because his parents are never in home, as well he wants to be a House Husband as his career after high school.
  • Fatal Flaw: Selflessness and pragmatism. Hachiman solves many issues through social suicide, helping others while disregarding what happens to his own reputation.
    • Belief in the Status Quo. Hachiman is firmly convinced that people don't change so he approaches problems by trying to eliminate them altogether rather than actually improving the people around him.
  • First-Person Smartass: While he certainly isn't afraid to voice his opinion, he tends to keep his most scathing remarks to himself.
    • Note he seems to be submissive when talking with people like Shizuka or Yukino. If his tongue could match his mind, perhaps he could go toe to toe with even Yukino.
  • Forgettable Character: Happens frequently due to the low profile he tries to maintain. Ironically he has the same attitude with Saki, constantly forgetting her name, only remembering it on occasions where her brother is involved, and even then he refers to her brother as "that thing."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The melancholic. Pessimistic, selfless and pragmatic to a fault.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Starts out this way in the service club, with even nicer characters like Yui commenting on how gross he is, let alone Yukino and Shizuka's opinions of him.
  • Genghis Gambit: Hachiman rather likes playing this card or a variation of it, with himself as the mutual threat or object of hatred. Unlike the standard gambit, however, he generally doesn't care whether this pulls the group together or shatters their bonds completely, if either end will stop the conflict.
  • Genre Savvy: Although his arbitrary pessimism might land him in Wrong Genre Savvy depending on who you ask.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: He tried to fit in but was turned down every single time until he gave up on society accepting him and became a loner instead.
  • Good Is Not Nice: He really is a nice person, but his methods of communicating and solving problems would say otherwise.
  • Grumpy Bear: Cynical, aloof, abrasive and pessimistic... And he even compares himself to a bear!
  • Guile Hero: Achieves his goals through words and schemes. Be it talking the Festival Chairman into humiliation or winning a toy for Yukino in the arcade (by buying it from the manager).
  • Hates Being Touched: Physical contact is a big no-no for Hachiman.
  • Hate Sink: He often deliberately invokes this on himself so that people will hate him instead of someone else. Despite the good it does, many characters like, Yui and Yukino, dislike when Hachiman does this.
  • Hates Small Talk: One of Hachiman's reasons for self-isolation. He genuinely hates frivolous stuff.
  • The Hermit: Of the series, a loner who doesn't want nor care interact with other people, or at least at the beginning of the story.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Hachiman's opinion of himself is so poor he never acknowledges when others are grateful to him, believing it is natural for the worthless to sacrifice themselves. His idea of a good ice breaking conversation is putting himself down. Played for Drama later on as his lack of self-esteem causes some friction for the people who do care about him.
  • Hidden Depths: Contrary to many characters assumptions Hachiman is a very intelligent and observant person. Best seen in his narrations in-series, where he analyzes the social psychology of those around him, makes numerous allusions to high level literature, and understands the classic anime and manga references Shizuka makes.
    • This aspect of him is actually a major plot point later on, with people lampshading how he is a "monster of logic" that searches for hidden meanings behind people's personalities and actions without understanding the emotions that may have driven them.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Because of how jaded he is, he is usually unable to recognize when sincere kindness is dispensed onto him and assumes that this "kindness" stems from a self-serving and insincere drive from the person who is dispensing it. This obstinate attitude keeps people that try to approach him at bay.
  • House Husband: What he aspires to be due to his hatred of the labour system.
  • Hurting Hero: Invoked. Given the battery of his experiences, it's apparent that Hachiman can take whatever is thrown at him with a stride. What starts chipping away his armor is the fact that by allowing himself to get hurt, he's hurting Yui and Yukino by extension; he fundamentally begins recognizing that he doesn't want to cause them any harm by his account if he can help it, so he mistakenly begins to put distance between them until it blows up in his face during the Christmas event planning.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: He ends up being one for Iroha while helping her with her student council duties.
  • Hypocrite: He dislikes when people lie, but he's not above doing it too.
  • I Am What I Am: Despite his self-image being overwhelmingly negative, Hachiman starts off mostly at peace and satisfied with being a cynical loner and does not wish to change himself. His adamant nature gradually shifts over the course of the series.
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: Initially tried to take on Iroha's request on his own given that he's directly responsible for her problems. However, he's unable to solve the problem and eventually turns to the rest of his club seeking help.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Hachiman is very goal-oriented and will do whatever is most effective to solve a problem, often hurting himself and others in the process.
  • Idiot Hair: The cowlick is serves as expressive hair, though he is not stupid, just lazy.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Hachiman is generally heterosexual despite not having the guts or motivation to do anything; however, he can't stop himself from leaning a little around Totsuka. Of course, few guys can, since Totsuka's the cutest girl in the school (or would be if he was a girl).
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: What he begrudgingly, and tearfully, admits to Yui and Yukino when he realizes that the problems of the joint Student Councils ballooned beyond his control during the Christmas event planning.
  • I'll Take That as a Compliment: Hachiman takes the response a step further.
    Shizuka Hiratsuka: "Your eyes are like a rotten fish's".
    Hachiman: "Do I look that much full of DHA? I must be pretty smart."
  • I'm Standing Right Here: He doesn't react to people talking smack about him right to his face, and he's so nonchalant about it that Yukino and Yui start defending him when people take it too far.
  • Indirect Kiss:
    • Subverted. He rejects Yui's offer to drink the mineral water at Kyoto because she had used the scoop before him. Yui is taken aback when she realizes what he could have taken from her actions.
    • Gets one from Iroha in volume 11/Season 2 Episode 12 when she shoves the spoon she was using to taste her chocolate into his mouth.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He prefers to be left alone, but refusing to interact with others prevents him from ever growing as a person. It is only after Hachiman joins the Service Club that he begins to change both himself and the world he seemingly hates.
  • Informed Loner: Within the series, more and more people care about his well-being and consider him a friend, yet he still takes pride in his status as a loner.
  • Insane Troll Logic: His excuses often involve this.
    "Heroes always arrive late. But no one ever criticizes them for their tardiness. In a way, tardiness can be considered justice."
  • Insecure Love Interest: His previously terrible relationships with girls have completely ruined his self-esteem to the point where he cannot even comprehend any girl liking him and as such, ignores the pretty obvious amounts of female attention he gets over the series.
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Yui refers to him exclusively as "Hikki."
    • Some characters can't seem to get his name right, such as Tobe calling him "Hikitani."note 
    • "Senpai" by Iroha. This could be normal being from a lower class than him, but later is revealed Iroha only refers Hachiman as "senpai".
  • Irony:
    • In spite of the pretty girls that surround him, his attraction towards Totsuka, a boy, is the most obvious and sincere (see Ambiguously Gay). As a matter of fact, Totsuka is one of the few people that Hachiman treats with sincere kindness and affection from the start. In time, though, Yukino and Yui get into his heart too.
    • Seeing himself as a romantic rejection guru of-sorts, he sees every approach by a girl as not romantic or affectionate even when they do mean it. As such, he misses numerous cues from Yui, Yukino and Iroha as a result, as he doesn't consider himself attractive enough to warrant those.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • While he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, despite his abrasiveness and pessimism his observations about the events going on around are him are valid. Hachiman tends to have some exceptionally harsh criticisms of other characters that are mixed in with his own biases. While the series often goes to show the consequences of his methods, the fundamental criticisms he makes aren't necessarily wrong.
    • This also applies to his methods of problem solving, which usually involve having himself or others act like complete Jerkasses or putting himself in a position that often leads to him running the risk of becoming more of a social pariah than he already is, such as when he confessed to Ebina in Tobe's stead so that he'd understand that she's not interested in dating anyone without actually having to get rejected himself and facing the social ramifications of it. While other characters often call him out on being inconsiderate to those who care about him and don't want to see him hurt himself with these methods, it doesn't change the fact that his reputation ruining gambits usually work like a charm, with Hiratsuka even pointing out that between himself, Yukino and Yui, he's the best among them when it comes to actually resolving the problem in a manner that satisfies the person who comes to the Service Club for help. Later Subverted in that while his solutions to problems do give the student what they requested, he realizes that they don't seem to focus on the bigger picture, like how his plan to prevent Isshki from getting elected as Student Council President like she asked, while likely to have worked, would have negatively affected her reputation among the student body, while his method of stopping Tsurumi from getting bullied by breaking up the friend group that was doing it didn't actually serve to eliminate the isolation she was going through.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yes, he's a cynical and pessimistic loner with misanthropic tendencies, and often extremely blunt, but he's a well-intentioned, helpful and good person underneath it all, and very selfless, even to a fault.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hachiman's rather brutal treatment of Minami Sagami near the end of the Cultural Festival counts as this. Minami, up to that point, decided to go missing due to both previously embarrassing herself and feeling upstaged by the far more competent Yukino. While her friends try to coax her into getting her to do her job, Hachiman loses his patience and calls her out for being an Attention Whore in her pity party. His Brutal Honesty does the trick, but at the same time it makes him widely hated at Sobu for how much of an asshole he was about it since that, as far as most people knew, he was just kicking the girl while she was already down.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: While he is antisocial and is pretty much disgusted by all human beings including himself, Hachiman also slips out surprisingly heroic actions.
  • Last-Name Basis: Prefers to be this with everyone, mostly because he does not see the point in using first names just to show how close you are with one another.
  • Logical Fallacies: Uses and abuses those to no end to justify his outlook on life in the arguments and essays. Gets called out on that repeatedly.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He purposely tries to avoid socializing as he finds small talk meaningless, and doesn't want to get hurt again, in the case of dating.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Initially refused to interact with anyone but being forced into helping people with their personal issues resulted in a lot of them being grateful to Hachiman thus becoming acquaintances with him.
  • Loophole Abuse: In a sense. While he does technically solve many of the requests given to the service club, his methods don't really improve the people around him, which causes some frustration among both Shizuka and the other club members.
  • Magnetic Hero: A somewhat unconventional example. Despite his personality, he gains the friendship and respect of a number of individuals over the course of the novels after helping them.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He has a firm understanding of human nature and psychology, and knows what to do to redirect focus and manipulate emotions as a way to solve problems.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: His modus operandi when it comes to solving problems. His strategies often involve destroying his own reputation, though he claims he doesn't care what others think of him so long as the main problem is settled.
  • Meaningful Name: His name clearly refers to his date of birth: "hachi" means "eight", and he was born on August 8th.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Has some shades of this while undergoing Character Development, where he begins toning down his anti-social tendencies.
  • Monster Brother, Cutie Sister: Downplayed. Hachiman isn't exactly ugly or feared by everyone else, but Komachi certainly is a cutie that has nothing to do with him. Still, Hachiman has a Big Brother Instinct over her, also inherited to Rumi and Iroha.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Very protective of his sister, and really does not appreciate the fact Kawasaki's brother calls him big brother.
  • Never Be Hurt Again: Was initially a primary motivator for Hachiman which he basically accomplished by rejecting others before they could reject him.
    Hachiman (after remembering a rejected confession of the past): "For me these kinds of romantic developments don't happen in real life. In order to prevent a tragedy (read: rejection) from occurring I just have to be hated."
  • Nice Guy: To the surprise of several characters, he's actually a very nice and considerate guy if you look beyond his cynical thoughts and methods to help others.
  • Non-Action Snarker: Prefers to use his wits, sarcasm, and brutal honesty to solve a problem. While he does have some athletic ability, it doesn't come into play to solve problems.
  • Nonuniform Uniform: Doesn't wear the tie.
  • No Social Skills: When he was a child, he was socially awkward and naive. Now he's an anti-social and very distrustful loner because of his Friendless Background, but once you get to know him he's a Nice Guy deep down. Yukino largely shares these qualities in common with Hachiman.
  • Not So Above It All: A major part of his character is the fact that even Hachiman isn't immune to his own cynical criticisms, and despite his experiences there's hints that he just wants to experience high school like everyone else.
  • Not So Different:
    • With Yukino and even Hayato. All of them are intelligent and thoughtful, but they all differ in their opinions of the best way to help others.
    • Another example being his underclassmen Iroha, while being on two completely different ends on the social food chain, they have surprisingly similar personalities. This is lampshaded to the point where Hachiman considers her the second most rotten person he knows (The first obviously being himself).
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: His sister Komachi describes her ideal man, and Hachiman doesn't seem to realize that she just described him perfectly.
  • Odd Friendship:
    • While by no means friends, he and Tobe manage to get along surprisingly well, Tobe being one of the few popular guys Hachiman actually tolerates.
    • Outside of the Service club, he mostly hangs out with both Totsuka (a popular tennis player) and Zaimokuza (a chuunibyou otaku).
  • Official Couple: With Yukino near the end of the series.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His fellow classmates in 2C refer to him as "Hikitani" though it is implied that only Tobe is ignorant of his actual name, the rest doing so deliberately.
    • Is called Senpai by Iroha, he theorizes that it is because she can't remember his name, but does have a hint of Ship Tease since he notes he is the only one she calls Senpai.
  • Perpetual Frowner: His default expression, which isn't too surprisingly considering his outlook on life.
  • The Philosopher: Prone to spiraling into deep internal monologues about the futility of social acceptance and society.
  • Platonic Declaration of Love: In volume 6, Invoked when Hachiman was tasked to find Sagami for the closing ceremony of the School Festival and Saki's helpful tip made him do this in gratitude. Cue Luminescent Blush from Saki. This scene is omitted in the anime, though later inserted as a flashback.
  • Poisonous Friend: Takes this role much of the time; he can be nasty, usually with good intentions but he cares enough about others to take the fall for others.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Besides his misanthropic tendencies, he also shows signs of indiscriminate misogyny early on.
  • Power Trio: Outside the Service Club, he made one with Totsuka and Zaimokuza, forming a Big, Thin, Short Trio, Hachiman being the thin leader.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Dear God, is he ever. Not that he does morally ambiguous deeds, but... He's really pragmatic to a fault, sacrificing his own reputation and behaving in an unkind way to solve others' problems. And sure, he firlmy believes in the Status Quo.
  • Progressively Prettier: It's mostly due to the second season of the Anime having a completely different studio to animate it, but he's significantly better-looking as the series goes on, even with his trademark "Dead-fish eyes".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one out to Sagami but it's ultimately to help her.
  • Refusal of the Call: Hachiman was against joining the Service Club and leaving his self-imposed solitude. Unfortunately, Shizuka threatens to hold him back a year if he refuses.
  • Rousseau Was Right: Is surprisingly enough a believer in this, as he shows when he quotes Sōseki Natsume
    Hachiman (Quoting Natsume): "You seem to be under the impression that there is a special breed of bad humans. There is no such thing as a stereotype bad man in this world. Under normal conditions, everybody is more or less good, or, at least, ordinary. But tempt them, and they may suddenly change. That is what is so frightening about men. Don't trust anyone - that was what Natsume Soseki was trying to tell us."
  • Selective Obliviousness: Unlike other protagonists in the genre, Hachiman is very observant of the way people act around him. He simply picks and chooses what is necessary to acknowledge.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Happens quite a bit in regards to his relationship with Yukino.
  • Ship Tease: Mostly with Yui, and a surprising amount with Saika. At first there doesn't appear to be much with Yukino, but there are a lot of subtle hints as the story progresses. Then there are the moments he shares with Shizuka...
    • The anime doesn't show much, but in the novels there is a decent amount with Saki.
    • Later novels have quite a bit with his underclassman Iroha Isshiki, and surprisingly enough Kaori Orimoto, the girl he asked out in middle-school.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Yui assumed that he also wasn't a good student due to his lazy attitude only for it to turn out that his grades in literature and history are quite good. Several characters have also noted that he's far more perceptive than the feeling he gives off
  • The Snark Knight: Hachiman is both defined by this trope and, in a way, also defies it.
  • The Social Expert: Ironically, being a loner has granted Hachiman a lot of understanding about social relationships.
  • The Spock: Throughout the series, Hachiman tends to think very logically when trying to deduce people's motivations. The downside is that he tends to not grasp the emotional motivations behind other characters.
  • Stepford Snarker: He snarks and speaks self-assuredly of himself in many instances, almost enjoying being a loner. Nevertheless, part of his attitude stems from harsh social experiences and a desire not to be hurt.
  • Stock Light-Novel Everyman: Regularly lampshades these qualities and actively defies them, though still ends up having more than a few of the stereotypical traits. Hachiman is a highly intelligent and competent protagonist who ends up being quite the Chick Magnet, but also loathes people with these traits, though his nature forces him into more idealistic roles regardless. He's more of a decoustruction of the trope, actually.
  • The Stoic: He is usually seen frowning and serious. He rarely lost his cool and is calm most of time.Though he does lose his cool on rare occasion.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Gets this almost every time he's with Totsuka. Hachiman even has a Fauxdian Slip once by muttering to Saika "I want to eat the miso soup you prepared every morning" which is tantamount to a(n indirect) proposal.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In relation to the Service Club; while his growth is just as important, the club was originally started for the purpose of helping Yukino.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Briefly considers this after Hayama and Totsuka eagerly ask him to form a group with him for the school trip. Later this becomes real with Totsuka and Zaimokuza being a group outside the Service Club.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: His identity and attitude as a loner are often derided but at the same time offers him some important insights to others characters. Yukino notes once that it's precisely because his eyes are rotten that he can see through rotten facades.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Though obviously not evil, he can be the most unsympathetic member at times, and is sure the most misanthropic and cynical teammate. He often plays this role in order to get things done, such as finding and bringing Sagami back when she runs off from the school festival. He does get called out on his seemingly harsh treatment of people when he does this however, even though some of them understand the intentions he has. He nearly does this again during the dual holiday festival with another school, but fortunately Yukino steps in for him and turns into the "bad guy" with her Brutal Honesty.
  • Trademark Favourite Drink: Cold coffee.
  • Trickster Mentor: His way of teaching people lessons usually involve making them look at the situation from a different perspective. While effective, Yukino notes that this way of teaching encourages avoiding or accepting the problem, not confronting or changing to overcome it.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Underneath his cynical and snarky attitudine there is actually a Nice Guy with a Friendless Background. He's also quite a Chick Magnet.
  • The Un-Favourite: Whenever the topic of his parents come up (either in his narration or by Komachi) it's typically mentioned that they tend to spoil and dote on Komachi while usually acting much more half-heatedly towards Hachiman (e.g. During birthdays Komachi would get taken out to go present shopping, eat out and get a cake while Hachiman is only given 1000 yen).
  • Unknown Rival: Tamanawa mistakenly believes he and Hachiman are competing for Orimoto's affection, while the other two know their relationship is acquaintanceship and just get confused by Tamanawa's competitive attitude about it.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The story is from his perspective and filtered through his viewpoint on life. Thus, the reader has to determine how much is true and how much is his own biases.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: When the series starts out, he's a very spiteful person who expresses some sexist attitudes towards girls. This is tempered by most of the characters being dismissive or mocking of him
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Most of his "friendships" qualify, but especially with Yukino. Hachiman cannot stand her superior attitude and wise remarks, but he also feels a sort of camaraderie with her.
    • The exception is Totsuka. They're true friends and always kind towards each other... Well, even bordering on Ho Yay.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Hachiman has twice, so far, wished to befriend Yukino. There is a good chance he hadn't wanted anyone specific to be his friend for years. Yukino, however, promptly crushes this wish.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Hachiman gradually becomes more reliant on social suicide to solve Service Club problems. This however, causes issues with other characters who have some kind of relationship with him, such as Yui, Yukino, and Hayato.
  • Worthy Opponent: Hayato views him as one, due to his ability to get results, even if his methods are a bit unorthodox at times.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Despite his constant self-deprecation, others around him occasionally remind him of this. Yukino and Yui are not fond of the fact that he's willing to throw himself under the bus with very little inconvenience, regardless of the fact that he knows that they definitely don't want him to be hurt anymore.
  • Your Favorite: Hachiman is very particular about his coffee, preferring the brand "Max Coffee." He drinks it so much both Yukino and Komachi know it's his favorite. Much like himself, the coffee is bitter to no end.
  • Zero-Approval Gambit: One of his methods of bringing people together is acting as the "bad guy", as shown during the Cultural Festival.
    • However this is downplayed later on, apparently his lack of standing in the school's society makes it so that people don't care enough about him to hate him.
    • While most people don't bother much either way, those that are actually close to him hate this side of him, and will frequently get angry when they see him playing the "bad guy" or taking the most embarrassing and unpleasant tasks to get a job done.

    Yukino Yukinoshita
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese), Melissa Molano (English)

Yukino is the leader of the Service Club, of which she is the sole member until Hachiman joins her. She is smart, beautiful, and is nicknamed the "Ice-cold Beauty" for her icy demeanor. She has a twisted sense of "noblesse oblige", and believes that it is the duty of the exceptional (in other words, herself) to help the "lost lambs" of the world. Her personality often leads her to be disgusted at the naivete and lack of understanding what life really is of others, particularly Yui's, and she does not hesitate to show it. Still, she's very selfless and even states she always helped everyone, even people she didn't know, despite the way others treated her. She becomes best friends with the latter, and even in her demeanor she becomes kinder and friendlier.

  • Academic Athlete: Excelling at sports and studies, holding the number 1 rank in her class.
  • A-Cup Angst: She doesn't react well when people compare her bust size with the likes of Yui, Yumiko, Shizuka or her sister, Haruno.
  • After Action Patch Up: After Hachiman hurts himself while trying to help Hayato, Yukino offers to clean and bandage his knee.
  • Alliterative Name: Yukino Yukinoshita.
  • All-Loving Hero: In her own way. While she despises others because of their pettiness and mediocrity, she's willing to do her best to help them and make better people out of them.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: She was ostracised because of her beauty and talents.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has black hair, is The Stoic (but not so much as she looks), and is repeatedly described as beautiful.
  • Always Someone Better: Take your pick: beauty, academics or sports and Yukino is this to everyone at school. However her sports position is a little nebulous because she has poor stamina in her words.
    • Ironically, she feels this way towards Hachiman in terms of progress in the service Club since strictly speaking he's slightly ahead of her in terms of results.
  • Animal Motifs: Her demeanor as well as her animal preference make her seem a bit catlike, in contrast to Yui's dog. And she's afraid of dogs, to boot.
  • Appeal to Consequences:
    Hachiman: "We only change to avoid the current situation. The true meaning of not running away is planting your feet firmly in the ground and doing the best you can with your present. Who's running away now? Why can't you just accept who you are and were?"
    Yukino: "If that's so, then there would be no way to relieve concerns and no way to redeem one self would there?"
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Seen as the most beautiful girl in her school, and, while with a cold and distant attitude, definitely on the heroic side (she's the Big Good).
  • Berserk Button: Strangely enough, insulting her favorite mascot Pan-san.
  • Betty and Veronica: The aloof, melancholic and shielded Veronica to Yui's down-to-earth and outgoing Betty for Hachiman's Archie.
  • Big Good: Shizuka states that Yukino is the member who has the best long-term vision for the club, in contrast to Hachiman who tends to solve more cases with no regard for the long-term consequences.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Hachiman. Both are sarcastic bookworms with a matching sense of humor. Both share their cynical view of the world, and, at the same time, feel the obligation to help those they encounter. Both have a truckload of painful social experience.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her beauty, social standing and familial expectations of her have done her very little favors throughout her life, and have only served for her to become increasingly isolated from her peers.
  • Bookworm: And how! She's practically always seen reading, and overall she has a huge interest in culture. After all, she's a top student.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Yukino starts using Hachiman's catch phrase "source: me" and its variants by episode 3.
  • Broken Ace: Outstanding beauty and academical achievements did nothing but make her classmates scorn her, leading to her current shielded personality.
  • Broken Bird: Her cold and distant personality is the result of a life of getting shunned, bullied and harassed because of her beauty and talents. She becomes kinder in the second series, where also her relationship with her family is revealed.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Hachiman, who initially admired her for being a strong-willed person and for always telling the truth. This illusion breaks when he realizes that Yukino knew that he was the one her car ran over and pretended to have never met him during their first meeting, and as a result the two grow more distant towards each other.
  • Brutal Honesty: One of her defining personality points, and also the reason Yui likes her so much. Though it is less about a need to be honest and more with the fact that she is a direct person by nature.
  • Byronic Heroine: Yukino is extremely intelligent and multitalented, very conflicted inside, has a Dark and Troubled Past and quite dislikes the society she lives in. She's also definitely melancholic, and doesn't like herself too much, even though she's well aware of her skills and starts out as haughty and aloof. Still, deep down, she's a really good person, kind and compassionate, and wants to help others.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She has developed feelings for Hachiman, but doesn't give him chocolate and doesn't confess to him because her best friend likes him too. However, things change in Season 3, and in this case she really has issues with Yui, even avoiding her.
  • Catchphrase: "I don't lie." Due to this catchphrase, it really hits Hachiman hard when he realizes she has lied to him before.
  • Character Development: She changes her behaviour even more than Hachiman. Besides becoming nicer, she finally reveals the fragility and the sadness she hid before; Yukino is a very insecure person, and has identity issues.
  • Childhood Friends: With Hayato, or at least their parents know one another and they went to grade school with each other.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: May be a consequence of her ambition of Utopia Justifies the Means; however, she tells she always helped everyone, even the ones She didn't know. Yukino does not actively go out helping people, preferring them to come to her, making this a rather twisted sense of Noblesse Oblige.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Though subtle, she doesn't seem too happy when she sees Hachiman on a double date with Kaori. And later when she finds out Yui went shopping with him alone note , her reaction strongly hints that she wouldn't be happy seeing him with another girl, despite her claims that he disgusts her. And in episode 12 of season 2, she frowns after overhearing Kaori mention she'll give Hachiman some chocolates that year.
    • Much more explicit in the light novel where she gets more outwardly jealous, often talking much colder to him. A good example being her trying to force Hachiman to eat extremely bitter chocolate after he tasted Iroha's chocolate. Also at volume 10.5, after the discovery of their supposed date with Iroha, she assigns almost all duties of writing a newspaper like writing, proofreading, coverage, photography etc. to Hachiman with a cold hearted look. Fortunately he was saved again courtesy of Yui.
  • Color Motif: Yukino tends to dress in quiet, subdued, black or white colors, which are occasionally accented with the formal purple. Many of her more emotional moments with Hachiman often take place at night time, where the atmosphere is dark and quiet.
  • Compliment Backfire
    Yukino (after knowing that Hachiman detected her sister's facade): "Despite your rotten eyes - or perhaps you can see because they're rotten."
    Hachiman: "Is that supposed to be a compliment?"
  • Cool Loser: Extremely smart, beautiful and talented... But an outcast at the start of the series.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Plant a cat nearby and see how cold stoic beauty turns into meowing lunatic. Not that she'd ever admit it aloud.
    • Has the same reaction to anything relating to Pan-San, with casual insults to it resulting in her becoming enraged instantly.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A family of Jerkasses and schoolmates who mistreated her. Yukino's past is shrouded in mystery and revealed to us in her moments of vulnerability, when the layers around her heart lose their strength and show the true nature of what this poor girl carries with her.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Near constantly.
  • Death Glare: Her favourite way of communicating with people... at first.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Yui, gradually warming up to her and becoming close friends. Also towards Hachiman to a much slower degree.
  • Deuteragonist: Yukino's backstory as well as her development alongside Hachiman is one of the main plot points of the series. Of the three main characters, Yukino's family issues are the most prominent which ties into her motivations.
  • Exact Words: At the end of the cultural festival, Yukino insists that she never lied to Hachiman: she didn't know him... but she does now.
  • Extreme Doormat: Haruno constantly hints that the reason Yukino will never surpass her is because she does not know how to be proactive or do what she wants. This is seen in the nature of the Service Club, which requires people to come and ask things of her and never the other way around. In addition, her need to be perfect is to please her family, not herself, and her reluctance to express her feelings to Hachiman is due to not wanting to hurt Yui.
  • Family Honor: Implied to be a value of Yukino's and one of the reasons why she wouldn't want anyone to think she and Hachiman are in a relationship.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. It prevents her from ever backing down from a challenge or openly admitting her faults, and while she wants to help others, the girl doesn't want to be helped by others. It is also the cause of great self-esteem issues when Yukino does not succeed as much as she believes she should.
    • Like Hachiman, she's a selfless person, but her fault in this case is different: when Hachiman is about to play the role of the "bad guy", she sometimes stops his social suicide playing the role herself instead of him.
  • Foil: While they share many similar qualities like their social rejection and Brutal Honesty, Yukino actually foils Hachiman in the sense that while Hachiman adamantly denies himself happiness out of the notion that society is terrible and cannot be changed, Yukino formed the Service Club to change the world and herself.
    • While both Yukino and Hachiman are social outcasts, their ostracization happened differently, which ends up informing their perspective on society; while Yukino was often bullied by jealous peers for being talented, Hachiman was naturally awkward and repeatedly failed at making friends.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Turns out Yukino did know of Hachiman before he joined the club; it was her car that hit him. She just pretended to forget about him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic, to a lesser extent than Hachiman, as she's more idealistic. But she's still an aloof Broken Bird, who is in truth very selfless and wants to help others.
  • Friendship Moment: Despite adamantly refusing to acknowledge him as a friend, she has a few moments with Hachiman, such as defending him when he is insulted by Tobe.
  • Genre Savvy: Anytime she dislikes an idea, she tries to deconstruct it, listing all the stereotypical things that will likely happen and why the idea will fail.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She is nice in truth, but her initially cold demeanor would rather say the opposite. She's more openly Brutally Honest than Hachiman, but like him, a really good person at heart. Her harshness had to do with several issues and insecurities.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Is surprisingly prone to jealousy late in the series. Hachiman's soft spot for Iroha being a particular annoyance for her, since she goes out of her way to make sure the two are not alone with each other.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: To Hachiman, with increasing frequency. Especially after anyone listens to their bickering for some time.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yui. Yui's friendship with Yukino is also a driving force for her as she tries to get Yukino to open up. This causes some angst for her as it's implied they like the same person.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Despite her stoic, snarky and quite cold and distant demeanor, she really has a noble heart, has empathy towards other people, and her goal is to help other ones to make better people of them. She's actually a deeply good and selfless person, who states she's always been helping others, even the ones she doesn't know.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: She ends up being this to Sagami during the culture festival. While vice-chairman in name, she's basically the chairman while Sagami is Authority in Name Only.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In a certain sense she can be seen as a hypocrite: totally sincere when she says to others what she thinks of them, but not really sincere with herself. She's extremely honest, but due to her Fatal Flaw (pride) she often calls out Hachiman for his arrogance, cynicism, and occasional naivety while being guilty of those very things herself (though less cynical than Hachiman). She also calls Hachiman's critique of Yoshiteru's light novel too harsh after having just torn into him herself. However, she gets better and becomes much more sincere with herself.
  • The Idealist: A more brutally honest example than most. In contrast to Hachiman who believes that people cannot change, Yukino tries to focus on bettering others rather than having them focus on dragging others down.
  • Indifferent Beauty: Yukino makes it clear while criticizing Hachiman's argument for his own self worth.
    Yukino: "Simply put, deriving self-confidence from the superficial, such as your grades or your looks, isn't flattering at all."
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Her initially cold, harsh and haughty personality had to do with the fact that she's a very insecure person.
  • Iconic Item: Has red ribbons tied to her hair for purely aesthetic reasons, which help recognize her from other similar girls from other series.
  • In-Series Nickname: Is called "Yukinon" by Yui.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Hiratsuka implies this is the case for Yukino.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: At the beginning, but she actually mellows out and becomes kinder and friendlier... Though, she demonstrates she's by no means as strong and tough as she looks.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She reveals her sweet side to cats — something she rarely does for people. However, she's afraid of dogs.
  • The Kirk: Because she is able to understand the emotions of others while also keeping the club's objectives in mind, Yukino strikes a balance between the goal-oriented Hachiman and the innately sympathetic Yui. As the club founder, most decisions ultimately come down to Yukino's discretion.
  • Knight in Sour Armour: A less straight version than Hachiman, as she still has her ideals and maintains them.
  • Last Lousy Point: She has beauty, intelligence and affluence, but has not really good social skills (though she gets better). Haruno's main gripe with her stems from the fact that Yukino also lacks initiative and is trying to follow her footsteps even when Yukino was given more freedom than Haruno in her endeavors by their parents.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The dark to Yui's light. She's serious, blunt, melancholic and thoughtful.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Yukino comes from a family more than wealthy enough to afford her an apartment suite to live in all by herself. Her mother pressured Yukino into making herself as perfect as possible, but her resulting superiority led to her being socially ostracized. Her bitterness for having to grow up with the pressure of perfection also caused Yukino to resent and distance herself from her family.
  • Meaningful Name: Her full name means "snow under snow," and just like her name suggests, she is cold and impossible to reach. She's in truth kind-hearted, but practically unable to trust anyone.
  • Messianic Archetype: Despite her Brutal Honesty, her intentions are really noble.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: More envied than misunderstood, but still qualifies. Underneath her stoic, quite cold demeanor, there's a noble heart, and she really has good intentions towards others.
  • Nice Girl: Like Hachiman, she's nice and good at heart despite her demeanor. Shizuka describes her as a very sweet girl.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: She is visibly offended at how Hachiman deliberately belittles himself to spare Kakeru from Hina's rejection and outright tells him that she hates how he handles things. Henceforth, things remain awkward between the two of them for the rest of the story.
  • No Sense of Direction: One of her rare "weaknesses" to the point where she walks in the direction of a blank wall at an animal show despite having a map with her and later whilst shopping with Hachiman at a shopping mall for a present for Yui. Hachiman narrates how she lost her way four times before finally finding the store she was looking for when they were following her lead.
  • No Social Skills: Or at least, not perfect ones, because of her straightforwardness. That's a thing she shares in common with Hachiman due to her Friendless Background. She gets better, though.
  • No Sympathy: While her goal of helping people is noble, she does not show sympathy to those who, in her eyes, simply wish to "run away."
  • Not So Above It All: Yukino, despite trying to be as perfect as it gets: she's easily coerced into doing things when accused of being afraid of something, lowers her shields around Service Club members (if ever so slightly), and can sincerely enjoy the sports festival Hachiman accidentally spoiling the victory with his schemes notwithstanding). Not to mention her relationships with cats.
  • Not So Stoic: As she opens herself to her friends, naturally she becomes more vulnerable to these moments.
    • She cracks after Hachiman pours his heart out when asking for her and Yui's help.
    • She is on the verge of tears when Yui confronts her about her reluctance to hurt others.
  • Odd Friendship: With Yui. Despite their vast differences, Yui suddenly likes Yukino, finding her very cool and sincere, and the two become friends. While Yukino initially sees Yui as a bit clingy, she develops a deep feeling of friendship for her. After all, Opposites Attract, and basically what they have in common is that they have a good heart.
  • Official Couple: Near the end of the series, Hachiman finally admits his feelings to her. Yukino says yes.
  • The Paragon: Yukino explains that the Service Club's purpose, rather than simply helping people, is to teach others to help themselves, which stems from her own beliefs.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When she started out, she was still a good person, but was an aloof and sometimes even unfriendly person, despite her noble goal. She defrosts and becomes kinder thanks to Yui (and to a lesser extent, also Hachiman).
  • Pet the Dog: Even if she doesn't see the purpose on a certain outing, she will come along simply because it would make Yui happy.
  • Proud Beauty: Her overall pride is mainly concerned with other traits, such as being extremely smart, but Yukino still qualifies.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair almost reaches her thighs.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yui's red. Where Yui is outgoing and emotional, Yukino is cool, calm and collected. Not that Yukino isn't emotional, it's simply hard for her to show her emotions.
  • Renaissance Man: Her skill range is very impressive, being at the top of her class in all subjects, skilled in sports such as tennis and other athletic competitions, possesses great leadership skills, is a competent cook, and can even sing and play the guitar expertly. This wide skill range is due to her strict upbringing and desire to compete with her older sister.
  • Repetitive Name: Yukino Yukinoshita.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Her sister mentions that she has been on the losing side of a Love Triangle in the past.
  • Running Gag: Yukino having very poor stamina and getting tired easily.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Has shades of this, displaying ignorance of certain common everyday things such as Hachiman having to explain to her how to play a claw crane game and how to get a drink at a self-serve bar, the latter of which she apparently considered novel enough to observe with "sparkling eyes."
  • She's Got Legs: The light novels dedicate plenty of paragraphs towards describing her pretty legs.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Completely one-sided on her part; her older sister sees the whole rivalry thing as cute.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Because she's so beautiful and famous, she attracted unwanted attention from people, suffered bullying from other girls that were jealous of her good looks and her upperclassmen harassed her frequently.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's very beautiful and quite tall, with a slim yet athletic figure.
  • Stepford Smiler: At the beginning. With the exception of her many smug smirks, at first most smiles that come from her are identified as fake by Hachiman. But when he understands they're genuine and true, he remains speechless.
  • The Stoic: She's usually aloof and serious when she's with other people, and expressing emotions in front of them is very hard for her. Does Yukino ever express powerful emotions, especially positive ones like genuine joy? With her Character Development, she will, but still in front of people she trusts, such as Hachiman or Yui.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Mainly icy at first, later in sugar mode most of the time. Yukino initially prefers to maintain an air of superiority and distance to hide her vulnerabilities and will only rarely lower her shields. Hachiman once jokingly called her cute and Yukino, having been caught off guard, launches into a long rambling to hide her embarrassment. Later on, she opens herself to Hachiman after he did the same for her.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: Was a victim of this in junior high.
  • Training from Hell: Her idea of whipping Totsuka into shape.
    "First, laps around the track until you die, then practice swings until you die, finishing with practice matches until you die. How's that?"
  • Trash Talk: In response to Yumiko saying she won't go easy on her in tennis, Yukino replies that she'll be going easy on her.
  • Troubled, but Cute: She grew up in a family of manipulative jerks, was bullied because of her beauty, intelligence and talents, and the result is that she's a sad and bitter loner, with an aloof and cold demeanor. Underneath her facade, there's a heart of gold, and a sweet and altruistic girl who in the end of the second season, after understanding what her best friend feels for Hachiman, avoids to make advances and wants them to be the True Companions they have become.
  • Tsundere: More of a type A in the first season, while she tends more towards type B in the second season (see Sugar-and-Ice Personality).
  • The Unfavorite: She grew up in the shadow of her older sister who won the attention of her mother. As a result, Yukino developed a need to be perfect, wanting to impress her family, but also holding a sort of bitterness towards them, too.
  • The Unfettered: Downplayed Trope. She actually has good intentions and a noble goal, and by no means she lacks morals. But, with the exception of Yui and Hachiman, Yukino does not allow the opinions of her peers to influence her in any way: she maintains her goal and her way of thinking. Subverted for her family, where Yukino will very much be The Fettered, going out of her way to impress them, and becoming frustrated if she fails to.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Yukino can be considered partially to blame for Hachiman's continued isolation in high school. By accidentally hitting him with her family car, he was put out of commission and could not socialize during the vital first few weeks of school.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Downplayed, but in her words she wants to change the world in order to avoid the downfalls of human nature. For example, the tendency of the talented to suffer for their gifts. Her means of doing so involves bluntly criticizing people.
  • Verbal Tic: Yukino always ends all her phrases with the "-kashira" suffix in the Japanese version.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She greatly dislikes Hachiman's ideals, stubbornness and rotten attitude, but she also cares for and trusts him, though she would never admit it.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She's morbidly afraid of dogs and thrill rides.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Even as they grow closer, snide banter remains the foundation of her relationship with Hachiman.
  • When She Smiles: Her true, genuine smiles leave Hachiman speechless.
  • Will Not Tell a Lie: Is known for telling the truth no matter how harsh it might be, though she is capable of half truths and clever semantics. However, Hachiman finds out Yukino did lie when she claimed she didn't know him before their initial meeting. This puts quite a bit of strain on their relationship. It veers to the better when she clarifies that she indeed did not know him back then, but rather knew of him, and that it's now that she knows him.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Hachiman this in terms of Snark-to-Snark Combat.

    Yui Yuigahama
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese), Cat Thomas (English)

Yui is a cheerful, outgoing girl who becomes the Service Club's first "customer", asking them to help her bake cookies for "a certain someone." Her problems lie not with her personality, but with her inability to deal with issues by herself. She believes that talent is inborn, and often aspired to be like others until Yukino changed her way of thinking. Following her experience with the Service Club, Yui begins to attend Service Club sessions after school as well, despite Yukino's objections early on. While she's kind, helpful and selfless like the other two main characters, she doesn't manage to be brutally honest as them, always trying to be as nice as possible and to befriend others. Though, she becomes more honest and brave, helped by Hachiman and Yukino, who may be harsh but helped her growing nonetheless.

  • Alliterative Name: Yui Yuigahama.
  • All-Loving Hero: Yui, in contrast with the other main two characters, especially Hachiman, is very optimistic, idealistic and totally above misanthropic tendencies and cynicism. Yui is naive and doesn't find it hard at all to trust others and express her emotions.
  • Ambiguously Bi: When asked by Yukino's big sister what she thinks of Yukino, Yui can't help but talk like a lovestruck highschool girl as she explains. This is while she's already hinted to have romantic feelings for Hachiman. Considering that Hachiman himself is also Ambiguously Bi...
  • Animal Motifs: Her choice of pet and overall personality likens her to a dog.
  • Audience Surrogate: In contrast to Hachiman and Yukino who espouse larger philosophical ideas, Yui is presented as more down to earth and more in-line with a normal high school student's behavior.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In the episode where she dresses as a devil.
  • Betty and Veronica: The down-to-earth and outgoing Betty to melancholic and shielded Yukino's Veronica for Hachiman's Archie.
  • Bokukko: Downplayed Trope. In the anime, she's greeted Hachiman with slang usually used by guys and will sometimes speak like one (using "ore" instead of "watashi/atashi") around Yukino and Hachiman, but she has more of a Plucky Girl persona than that of a traditional Tomboy's.
  • Call-Back: Yui's baking lesson from her first appearance finally gains relevance when she bakes cookies for Hachiman 9 volumes later, confirming he was the one she wanted to learn baking for.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It becomes a little obvious that she likes Hachiman, but she never states her feelings to him. Part of it is due to him stopping her before she gets a chance, and later she feels it would be unfair if she took advantage of various situations with him.
  • Catchphrase: "Ya-hello!"
  • Classical Anti-Hero: A bit airheaded and ditzy at times, and insecure at the beginning, but otherwise quite intelligent and perceptive and evolves into a stronger person.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: While it doesn't show up much, she doesn't seem to like it if another girl expresses interest or even just gets uncomfortably close to Hachiman, such as the student council president when she wanted help with the athletic festival in episode 13. She also gets a little upset when Hachiman shows a lot of interest in going to a maid cafe in episode 5 with Zaimokuza. And when she overhears Kaori mention she'll give Hachiman some chocolates, she frowns at him.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: A bit of this, as Yui is somewhat airheaded and quite naive, and doesn't think too much how other ones could react when she tends to be clingy towards them. She does not like to burden others, though, and just wants to be kind and supportive.
  • Color Motif: Yui is typically dressed in bright, feminine colors and, notably, her hair is a warm peach.
    • Played for Laughs when Hachiman accompanies Yukino to buy a present for Yui. He suggests that Yui would like something "colorful, fluffy and dumb-looking". Yukino expresses how the comment is harsh yet cannot disagree with him.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Yui holds the precarious position of being friends with both the popular students (Yumiko, Hayato) and the loners (Hachiman, Yukino). Unfortunately, Yumiko is not happy about Yui's intermingling and initially pressured her into picking a side.
  • Cuddle Bug: Yukino is her favorite person to cuddle with.
  • The Cutie: Yui doesn't have a mean bone in her body, consistently providing her friends with kind, sincere support.
  • The Ditz: Downplayed and subverted. While she is noted by the other club members to not be the most intelligent of the group, she's in truth quite smart, though not as Yukino or Hachiman, and also has quite good grades, but she's also quite naive, airheaded, and has issues with being herself at the beginning, although she gets better. While remaining optimistic, she actually reveals to be perceptive, becomes more realistic and grows a spine.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Came up with "Yui Yui" for herself when it was pointed out that nobody has given her a nickname. She got tired of it quickly though.
  • Endearingly Dorky: She can be a bit ditzy at times, but her antics are endearing to Hachiman and Yukino.
  • Expy: Downplayed, but she partially reminds of Minori Kushieda from Toradora!: airheaded, but actually smarter than she looks, very nice and friendly (but still hides some issues), and the "red headed" Genki Girl of the group, as well as "strong feelings" for the protagonist guy.
  • Fiery Redhead: Has peach-colored hair and is a happy-go-lucky, outgoing and quite Hot-Blooded Genki Girl.
  • First-Name Basis: It doesn't take long for her to refer to most people by their first names, regardless of how well she knows them.
  • Foil: Yui represents what Hachiman and Yukino generally are not: expressive, with a warm and extroverted behaviour, and inviting, but also naive and idealistic (though, in truth, Hachiman and Yukino are Not So Above It All, especially Yukino who has a very idealistic goal).
    • Unlike Yukino, Yui has a good relationship with her mother.
    • She also foils her clique. Along with Hayama, she stands out as more insightful than her peers in noting the politics of the class. However, she struggles to rectify many of the conflicts due to her kindness.
  • The Four Loves: Eros is arguably a prime motivator for her behavior concerning Hachiman.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The sanguine. Led by her emotions, very cheerful, bubbly, energetic and a bit airheaded.
  • Genki Girl: The most upbeat and outgoing of the Service Club members.
  • Grew a Spine: Yui always opts to do the nice thing, even if she doesn't necessarily always agree with it. However, her decision to finally confess to Hachiman, despite knowing Yukino also likes him, signals that she is developing into a more brave, honest person.
  • The Heart: Shizuka hints that even if she doesn't contribute as much as Hachiman or Yukino, Yui's presence is the glue that keeps the rest of the Service Club together.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Yukino. Despite their differences and the abrasiveness of the latter at the beginning, they become very close.
  • Hidden Depths: She's far more perceptive and intelligent than she looks.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Feels she's falling into this, particularly in season 2 after seeing how much closer Yukino and Hachiman seem to have gotten.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: The light novels go into greater detail over her role as Ebina's production assistant during the Cultural Festival storyline, namely, being the one rallying the class into making the latter's outlandish directions a reality. Even Ebina's moment of Hyper-Awareness in the anime was originally hers in the novels.
  • Hypocrite: Sadly, in a certain sense she's a hypocrite too. She has issues with being herself and always appears to be happy, even when she doesn't like a situation. She gets better, though.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: A motivator for her relationship with Yukino and maybe even Hachiman. Although it depends on how the viewer sees her relationship with Yumiko's clique.
  • Lethal Chef: Can't cook to save her life. Yoshiteru passes out after eating a little bit of food she made in the OVA. Hachiman then forces himself to eat the rest of it, and though Yui is touched by that, he really did it because he didn't want Saika to have to eat it and suffer the same consequences.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The light to Yukino's dark. She's naive, outgoing, kind and always happy.
  • Matchmaker Crush: This is one interpretation of her actions towards the end of Season 2/Volume 11. She is trying to get Yukino to admit her feelings towards Hachiman despite being attracted to Hachiman herself.
  • The McCoy: She tends to be the nicest and most easily emotional of the three, thinking primarily in terms of her emotional desires.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yui" can mean "bind," the same way she is often called the glue that keeps the Service Club together. When seated, Yui is always positioned between Hachiman and Yukino.
  • Morality Pet: Downplayed Trope. Yukino is definitely a good person, and not amoral at all, make no mistake. But Yui is Yukino's only friend, and Yukino tends to show unambiguous concern towards her while gently correcting her when she sees fit. It would be more correct to say that Yui doesn't change Yukino's morality, she just makes Yukino less brutally honest and snarky.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Despite being generally considered as a more traditional beauty than Yukino, she's the one who provides more Fanservice. This is largely due to her large breasts and her Bare Your Midriff scene during the first school trip.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Quite the typical happy-go-lucky, popular, pretty teenager, and while not stupid, she's naive and a bit ditzy.
  • Nice Girl: Very kind and sweet, and freely interacts with Yumiko's clique as well as the more independent (or lonely) Service Club without any problems. Is there anything dislikeable about her personality?
  • The Nicknamer: Strictly refers to Hachiman as "Hikki," and Yukino as "Yukinon."
    • It is noted by the others that they never actually accepted her nicknames, she just wouldn't stop saying them so they had begrudgingly got used to it.
    • In the "Birthday Song for You" drama CD, she refers to Zaimokuza as "Chuuni."
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: It's more unkempt than most; her shirt is untucked, and in the first season, she didn't wear the ribbon with the winter uniform.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Is extremely clingy towards Yukino, which greatly discomforted her at first.
  • Odd Friendship: She forges a friendship with Yukino despite — and in some ways because of — the great differences between them. Despite being different from each other, they're both kind-hearted, pure, and altruistic girls, after all, and that's essential for a real friendship.
  • Only Friend: The only person Yukino is shown to unambiguously and unhesitatingly allow herself to be friends with.
  • Only Sane Woman: Is sometimes given this role since she is the most "normal" and down to earth out of a cast of socially odd people. She tends to be the one lampshading the Hikigaya siblings weird relationship, or Hachiman's behavior towards Totsuka.
  • Perpetual Smiler: The most cheerful of the bunch, though she has her own insecurities to deal with as well.
  • Plucky Girl: Yui's cheerful disposition has proven to be quite resilient, never taking offense when she is mistreated. Few things can make her cry and even fewer things can keep her down for long. Still, she can be a bit of a tsundere when Hachiman annoys her.
  • The Pollyanna: Oh yes. Kind, compassionate, optimistic and by no means cynical.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Yukino's blue. Where Yui is outgoing and emotional, Yukino is cool, calm and collected. However, look above, Yukino is in truth Not So Stoic...
  • Repetitive Name: Yui Yuigahama.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: It's more of a peach color, but her personality fits the bill, though it should be noted that it is dyed.
  • Running Gag: Mishearing and confusing English words said by Hachiman and Yukino.
  • Smarter Than You Look: While she's naive and a bit airheaded, she's actually pretty smart (though not as much as Yukino or Hachiman) and perceptive, and even gets quite good grades.
  • Spanner in the Works: Called this by Hiratsuka because she suddenly thrust herself into the club dynamic when the teacher meant for the club to be solely for Hachiman and Yukino.
  • Stepford Smiler: Especially in Season 2, when the bond between the members of the Service Club begin breaking down due to Hachiman's actions, though signs do appear in Season One.
  • Straight Man: Often plays this role in response to Hachiman and Yukino's commentary.
  • Tsundere: Type B. She's easily one of the nicest characters in the series, but Hachiman tends to bring out her more annoyed and embarrassed side.
  • The Watson: Yui often requires Hachiman and Yukino to explain their more complicated ideas in a way that's convenient for both herself and the audience to understand. She's rarely the one who ultimately solves a problem, but she is considered vital to the process, nonetheless.
  • You Are Not Alone: Despite Hachiman and Yukino getting together in the end, they remain friends.


Class 2F

    Hayato Hayama
Voiced by: Takashi Kondo (Japanese), Scott Gibbs (English)

Hayato is a central figure in class 2F and the ace of the football club. Well-liked by his peers, he is extremely kind to other people, including Hachiman, and often selflessly offers his help to others. He is one of the few people who seems to understand Hachiman's intentions, though he knows their different positions and philosophies will never allow them to be friends. He is a former friend of Yukino's, and envies Hachiman's ability to help her.

  • Academic Athlete: Turns out he's not only the soccer ace but number two overall in their high school, right behind Yukino.
  • The Ace: One of the top students in the school, the best athlete, and just an overall talented individual.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In episode 4 of season 2, he bows and begs Hachiman to go on a double date with Orimoto and her friend. Hachiman initially refuses, until Haruno calls and tells him Hayato would normally never beg in that manner, then threatens him into going.
  • Alliterative Name: Hayato Hayama
  • The Atoner: He regrets because he wasn't able to help Yukino when she was bullied.
  • Bishōnen: A far more manly version, but he's still very handsome.
  • Broken Ace: He's far more cynical than he lets on, and due to his reluctance to hurt anyone, he's practically incapable of solving anything by himself — something that he's well aware of and hates. He repeatedly states to Hachiman that he's not the perfect Nice Guy everyone thinks he is.
    • In Episode 11 of Season 2, he admits that he feels inferior to Hachiman and hates him as a result.
  • Bros Before Hoes: Attempts this in episode 4 of season 2, after getting tired of hearing Orimoto and her friend constantly mocking Hachiman. However, this is downplayed as they're not actually bros.
  • Bystander Syndrome: He's thoughtful enough to understand when others like Hachiman are being mistreated, but he hates involving himself as it could lead to having to hurt others.
  • The Charmer: He has a lovable personality, with many girls commenting on how attractive and cool he is.
  • Chick Magnet: Popular among girls, attracting the affections of Yumiko, Iroha, and Orimoto's friend among others.
  • Failure Knight: It is implied he tried to help Rumi because something similar happened to a girl in elementary school and he never lifted a finger to help her (Implied to be Yukino). He later admits that he hates the frustration and inferiority he feels when having to rely on Hachiman because his own ideals and values prevent him from finding a way to help everyone when they most need it.
  • Foil:
    • He's Hachiman's perfect opposite; popular, sociable, and nice (though not without his faults). While he is superior to Hachiman in almost every area, however, he is constantly outshined whenever it comes to solving other people's problems. Both ultimately have good intentions, but use different methods. Nevertheless, he has a mostly amicable relationship with him.
      • While Hayato is openly nice but reluctant to help others if it means hurting them, Hachiman is willing to help, but often at the cost of hurting himself and looking like a "bad guy". They also both have a tendency to settle conflict without addressing the core issues, thereby putting off or brushing aside the true problems.
    • Both he and Yukino are not only popular, but have high social status, are highly intelligent and excellent students. However, while Yukino tries to change people through Brutal Honesty, Hayato for the most part tries to maintain the status quo with his niceness.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Flat out tells Hachiman that he hates him because he feels inferior to him.
  • Hero of Another Story: He's the central figure of his circle of friends with his own problems he has to deal with and would likely be the protagonist in a different story.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially seems like an overly nice but somewhat oblivious popular guy, but he's far more perceptive of Yukino and Hachiman's methods than most others.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Invoked. He snaps on Kaori Orimoto for her relentless teasing of Hachiman; however, he states that by doing so, he's been trying to mend what he neglected to do towards Yukino and it's further implied that he does it because he is aware that he'd allowed his friends to tease Hachiman in the same manner, making him not particularly better than Kaori.
    • Hayato has a habit of complaining about how he doesn't like Hachiman's method for conflict resolution as being needlessly cruel. Just the same, he ends up asking Hachiman to intervene on his behalf because he thinks that Kakeru confessing to Ebina will ruin the dynamics of their clique.
  • Lovable Jock: Unusually for a show about outcasts, the most popular guy in the school is actually really nice. Even his buddies are at worst Dumb Jock.
  • Magnetic Hero: He's popular and charismatic so he is able to attract the admiration of people from different classes and schools.
  • Morality Chain: The only one who Yumiko complies to. Hayama usually has to reign in her more abrasive tendencies.
  • My Greatest Failure: His failing to defend Yukino during her youth, allowing her to become isolated, drives most of his actions regarding the Service Club. As a matter of fact, he's more of aware of his own propensity towards inaction, which is an aspect that he wants to correct at all costs.
  • Nice Guy: Deconstructed: he's definitely a nice person in his behaviour, however he prefers to maintain his reputation while doing so.
    • He himself claims that he is not as nice as he appears to Hachiman on several occasions, saying that Hachiman is simply forcing that perception onto him.
    • By volume 10 it is pretty clear that his cool personality is mostly a facade, and his actual personality is more cynical and conflicted than he lets on. Hachiman more or less tells him to show his true self, but Hayato still isn't willing to show it.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He wears a bolo tie in place of the regular tie.
  • Not So Different: Heavily implied to share certain outlooks with Hachiman, as Hayato can actually match Hachiman in terms of cynicism at times. In addition, they apparently have a mutual outlook in regards to romance.
    Hayama: "So basically, you've never really actually liked someone, huh? ... Both you and me."
    • Despite Hayama and Hachiman's differing methods, both end up preserving the status quo, which puts them at odds with Yukino at times.
  • Not So Similar: Makes a Not So Different claim to Hachiman in regards to his friendships, believing he and his circle will still be close regardless of what path they take.
  • Repetitive Name: Hayato Hayama.
  • The Rival: He hates the fact that despite being superior to Hachiman at almost everything, he still loses to him at the most important things, like having the will to help others.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: At first, it's pretty much one-sided as Hachiman holds a rather general bias against him as part of the popular crowd. However, eventually Hayato states that he probably wouldn't have been able to befriend Hachiman if they had meet prior the events of the series. By the second season, Hachiman has essentially become a symbol of things Hayato despises about himself and openly admits to hate him.
  • Slave to PR: Hayama is obsessed on not rocking the boat, to the point where he won't directly intervene in any conflict that will potentially hurt the image he's cultivateed, or even pursue a relationship.
  • Status Quo Is God: A stern believer in this, he would much rather have relationships stay the way they are rather than resolve an issue that could potentially harm his friendships.
  • Stepford Smiler: As cheerful and easy-going as he seems with his friends, he lets his mask down around Hachiman, revealing a much more conflicted individual.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Hayato and Yukino's families are close, and as a result they spent most of their childhoods together. However, they had a falling out when Yukino suffered severe bullying in middle school and Hayato didn't lift a finger to help. As a result, Yukino has become more distant, while Hayato holds onto feelings of guilt for failing to help her.
  • Worthy Opponent: Hachiman views him as one, due to his popularity with the other students and his usual cool demeanor. In Hayama's case, it's played with, as he admits that if they were equals he could tolerate losing to him. Precisely because Hachiman is the way he is why he doesn't want to lose to him.

    Yumiko Miura
Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese), Christina Kelly (English)

Yumiko is a popular girl from class 2F with a pompous personality. She is the main female figure in Hayato's clique. Due to her popularity, she has no trouble making friends and thus has little to no understanding towards people who have social troubles. She brushes off anything she doesn't understand as "making no sense".

  • All Love Is Unrequited: She has a crush on Hayato. The latter hints that he is aware of her feelings but only considers her a friend.
  • Alpha Bitch: Most of the time she is this, insulting the Service Club and actively bullying Yui anytime she wants to hang out with Hachiman and Yukino.
  • Animal Motifs: The snake in episode 2 represents her mean streak.
  • Anti-Hero: She could be seen as an antagonist, but she's not a villain. She's self-centered and easily gets angry for personal reasons, but is a good person deep down.
  • The Beard: It's implied by Hachiman that Hayato does not return Yumiko's feelings, but doesn't reject her at least partially so that other girls do not approach him.
  • Buxom Is Better: Carries this belief. In episode eight, her first reaction to seeing Yukino refusing to show herself in a swimsuit, covering her body because of her A-Cup Angst is "I win".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When she spots Hayato on a date with Orimoto, she attempts to interrupt them, although she loses her balance due to trying on some boots. Hachiman gets Hayato out of there before Yumiko recovers from her fall. Later in the season when she hears the rumor that he might be dating Yukino, she doesn't take it very well and ends up confronting the latter about it.
  • Cry Cute: Does this in episode 11 of season 2 after admitting that she wants to stay close to Hayato and their other friends in college, which she talks about after realizing Hachiman and Yui understand her quite a bit.
  • Dumb Blonde: Downplayed. She lacks the capacity to think deeply like Yukino and Hachiman can and can get confused when speaking to them.
  • Foil: To Yukino; both characters are stubborn, somewhat haughty popular/former popular girls who are good friends with Yui. The major difference is probably the harsh social experience that Yukino faced to fuel her beliefs. Yumiko, on the other hand, cannot understand the struggles of a social outcast at all. Yumiko indeed is extroverted, easily approachable but self-centered, while Yukino is introverted and has a cold attitude, but is actually very selfless and wants to help others.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The choleric. While she may not be very goal-oriented, she's definitely extroverted, spontaneous, and even hammy, but also arrogant, self-centered and hostile towards loners.
  • Hidden Depths: While she dislikes the Service Club members, it's shown that she has learnt to know better rather than to antagonize them. This shows that she's aware that regarding Yukino and Hachiman, there are aspects of which she's effectively Locked Out of the Loop by virtue of who she is and her social position. It's also shown that in spite of her haughtiness, she looks after her friends.
  • It's All About Me: Yumiko's self-centeredness is one of her more prominent traits. Everything needs to be to her benefit, and she does not take sharing Yui with the Service Club well.
  • Jerkass: Comes off this way, as she acts really abrasive to those not within her clique.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's arrogant and mean-spirited, but Yumiko is also perceptive of the actions and feelings of her closest friends, and will attempt to make sure that they don't get hurt.
  • Large Ham: She's pompous, highly concerned with her personal popularity, and It's All About Me is her default attitude.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Fits this trope to a T. She has a big ego, is vain, arrogant and shallow, but she's actually a good person deep down, and very kind and considerate towards her friends.
  • No Sympathy: She has a hard time relating to the struggles of social outcasts, coldly stating its their own fault for not having better social skills.
  • Not So Stoic: Under her tough girl act hides a fragile but motherly figure. She can easily break in tears if confronted by people she can't deal with and takes care of Iroha when she needs it while completely ignoring the fact that she's also her love rival.
  • Ojou Ringlets: She's at the top of the social food chain and wears her ringlets proudly.
  • Pet the Dog: She's very thoughtful towards Hina.
  • Popular Is Dumb: While not exactly stupid, she is a bit ditzy and naiive. She often gets confused when talking with Yukino and Hachiman.
    • Most evident when they were trying to help Tsurumi during the summer camp. She was incredibly naiive about how to help her because of her popularity.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Yukino. The two never miss a chance to express how much they despise each other when they are together.
  • Smug Snake: During her tennis match against Yukino.

    Saika Totsuka
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese), Margaret McDonald (English)

Saika is a member of the Tennis Club who has a feminine appearance, but prefers others to not mistake his gender. He is called "The Prince" by his female classmates. On their first meeting, Saika asks Hachiman to join the tennis club, but was brushed off by Yukino. Saika then asked the Service Club to help him improve his tennis skills so that he may properly train others. He eventually became one of the few people in class 2F who enjoys talking to Hachiman, and often hangs out with him.

  • Ambiguously Gay: The amount of affection he shows to Hachiman may raise a few eyebrows.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Turns it into a weapon in episode 13 of the anime where Totsuka is actually so cute he incapacitates several other boys.
  • Bishōnen: So, so much. He's so beautiful and delicate that he really looks like a girl.
  • Birds of a Feather: In a certain sense, with Yui. They're very cute individuals, and the only ones who show unambiguous kindness and true friendship towards the main characters.
  • The Cutie: Unlike most of his classmates who use facades to gain acceptance, Totsuka seems to be genuinely sweet and innocent.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He's notably small, slender and cute, and often wears short-shorts to better accentuate this. Most characters initially assume he is a girl. But the narration has been sure to remind us that Saika is indeed 100% a guy.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Episode 13 has some of the guys fawn over him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The phlegmatic. Very kind, friendly, quiet and a bit shy.
  • Gay Option: Hachiman perceives him as the homosexual route in an imaginary Dating Sim. He has his own ending in the Playstation Vita game!
  • Hero-Worshipper: Admires Hachiman for his supposedly "cool" selfless personality.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Hachiman, despite knowing Totsuka is a guy, seems okay with doing some Ho Yay with him.
  • Irony: Even with several attractive girls surrounding him, Hachiman is initially more physically attracted to Saika from the moment they meet.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few people who befriends Hachiman without a few rough edges. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body and is kind, sincere and supportive towards Hachiman.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He always wears the P.E. uniform, even during class.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: A rare male example who excels in feminine beauty. He seems blissfully unaware of how cute he looks and the responses he gets from men and women alike. Dude's beautiful.
  • Only Friend: He is the first person in the story for whom Hachiman shows sincere affection, and whose friendship is reciprocal.
  • The Reliable One: Saika is one of the only few characters whom Hachiman trusts from the get-go, way before his clubmates Yukino and Yui. Saika would seldom, if ever, say no to Hachiman's requests and offers his help towards anything he needs from him.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He's the sensitive guy to every other boy in the series, especially in his very delicate appearance. He tries to be as manly as possibile, though.
  • Ship Tease: Consistently with Hachiman. Anytime the two interact, plenty of blushing occurs between them.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: He often murmurs Hachiman's name in his sleep.

    Saki Kawasaki
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Teresa Zimmermann (English)

Saki is Hachiman's classmate who looks like a delinquent but was formerly a model student in junior high. She cares deeply for her brother as she hid her name and age to work in night-shift part-time jobs in order to pay school fees and reduce her family's load.

  • Accidental Misnaming: A Running Gag in the light novels, which was unfortunately Adapted Out in the anime, involves Hachiman forgetting Saki's name and going through a list of possibilities in his head every time they meet.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Much of the Ship Tease between her and Hachiman is omitted in the anime, presumably to allow greater focus on Yukino, Yui, and Iroha.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Hachiman commented on her rare smile. The cause of her once in Hachiman's lifetime smile was her brother. Plus, if Hachiman so much as discomforts her brother, she usually glares at him.
  • Birds of a Feather: She develops a crush on fellow reclusive loner Hachiman, and only after witnessing what a caring older sibling he is, like Saki herself.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In the light novels, she clearly develops an attraction to Hachiman after getting to know him as he is fulfilling her brother's request. Unfortunately, she is too shy to admit it, and her interactions with him usually devolve into her stealing awkward glances at him. Hachiman finds this strange and becomes insecure over it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Tries to act like one for her younger siblings, such as taking on a night job to help pay for her brother's tuition, or helping her younger sister to make chocolates for Valentine's Day.
  • The Drag-Along: She never seems eager to interact with others and usually needs to be coerced into cooperating.
  • Face of a Thug: A female version, normally with a callous and annoyed expression on her face.
  • Foil: Saki's willingness to work hard contrasts Hachiman's desire to be a lazy House Husband. Despite this, both are loners who have siblings that they care deeply for.
    • Also foils Yukino as Saki comes from a family that struggles to support their children while the former comes from a family of privilege. Also, while Saki cares for her siblings and would do anything for them, Yukino has a bitter one-sided rivalry against her sister.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: During the school trip to Kyoto, she runs out of a haunted house in a panic and sobs uncontrollably.
  • Hates Small Talk: Shares this with Hachiman. She rarely speaks to others from her side, and dedicates very little time and effort to conversations that come her way.
  • Hidden Depths: As Hina reveals later, Saki makes her own clothes and accessories and is pretty good at it.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: She's tall and looks like a female delinquent, even due to her callous disposition.
  • Ice Queen: A milder case but still, she's rarely shown without a detached and callous disposition.
  • Japanese Delinquent: She isn't actually one, but with her disregard for proper dress code, poor attendance at school, tough attitude and loner status, Saki has a few typical delinquent traits. She's also tall and intimidating.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. She's normally rather cold towards others, but she's ultimately reserved and aloof instead of a jerk. However, she also cares very much for her family, and tries her best not to burden them, working very hard.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: A mild case where Saki still prefers being left to herself, but knows she can rely on Hachiman's group if need be and vice-versa.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: She looks like a delinquent, is a loner and can have an abrasive attitude, but she's actually a good person.
  • Monster Brother, Cutie Sister: Downplayed. Saki isn't ugly but certainly is feared because of her loneliness and looking at first sight as a Japanese Delinquent. But she's so protective of her little siblings as Hachiman is with Komachi.
  • Nice Girl: Played With. She Used to Be More Social at first but became quite cold because of her melancholy due to balancing work and school to help her family. This reveals that despite her attitude, she's a kind-hearted and compassionate person deep down.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: She forgoes the ribbon and blazer, which adds to her delinquent look.
  • Not So Different: She and Hachiman are both isolated despite sharing different beliefs (while Saki is diligent, Hachiman believes that "to work is to lose"), and care similarly for their siblings.
  • Rapunzel Hair: About thigh-length, which makes it even more impressive how she manages to put it up in a bun at work.
  • Really 17 Years Old: Saki lies about her age in order to work as a bartender.
  • Repetitive Name: Saki Kawasaki.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She is distinguished by her striking blue hair and asocial behavior. This is downplayed in that she is more aloof than shy, but whenever she interacts with Hachiman in the novels, well, see Cannot Spit It Out above.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Despite her cold and aloof attitude, she's definitely attractive, and she's one of the tallest girls in the series.
  • Tomboy: Has a lot of masculine habits, and greatly dislikes getting dressed up in girly attire.
  • Tsundere: Type A towards Hachiman in the novels, after the infamous rooftop incident but signs show even before that. She acts dismissive of Hachiman, but actually trusts him a great deal and always comes to his aid when he needs it.
  • Used to Be More Social: Was formerly a very kind sister, but trying to balance school and work has caused her to adopt a much colder, unsocial demeanor.

    Kakeru Tobe
Voiced by: Chado Horii (Japanese), Gareth West (English)

A member of Hayato's clique and classmate of Hachiman's. Tobe is a bombastic, foolhardy individual, well known for his cheerful demeanor but also for his quite poor grades. Like most of class 2F, Tobe regularly mistakes Hachiman's name as "Hikitani."

  • Accidental Misnaming: He never gets Hachiman's name right, referring to him constantly as "Hikitani."
  • All Love Is Unrequited: His crush on Hina is not reciprocated.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He disliked playing the role of the bad guy while helping some girls at summer camp.
  • Book Dumb: He's implied to be a poor student as his friends often tease him about his grades.
  • Class Clown: How Hayato describes him, but Yukino concludes he's more of an Attention Whore.
  • Face of a Thug: Due to his dyed hair and loud personality, he's noted to give off an unruly vibe, but he's actually harmless. Tobe can also invoke this trope and make himself look genuinely frightening when he wants to.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He always calls Hachiman by the wrong name, though Hachiman doesn't care enough to bother with correcting him.
  • Keet: Tobe is almost always in a jolly mood, and his motions are very dramatic and bombastic.
  • Large Ham: Not as hammy as Yoshiteru, but still counts.
  • Nice Guy: He's generally a good-natured guy and doesn't like hurting others. Zigzagged in that he would regularly tease and mildly bully Hachiman before eventually coming to respect him.
    • He's very kind towards Iroha, as she is the manager of Tobe's soccer team, and is often seen taking time to lend her a hand with her student council duties.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: He wears a pink sweater with his uniform.

    Hina Ebina
Voiced by: Nozomi Sasaki (Japanese), Natalie Rial (English)

A close friend of Yumiko and Yui's, and a member of Hayato's clique. Hina appears to be a rather unassuming character, but she is actually a proud fan of Yaoi and prone to passionate ravings about her interests.

  • Beneath the Mask: Her interest in boys love is genuine but it's heavily implied that she deliberately plays up the role both to put off boys from potentially asking her out and to preserve her place in her clique.
  • Empty Shell: Not literally, but Hina stated to Hachiman that she was rotten inside, one of the reasons why she's unable to be in a relationship.
  • Hidden Depths: She is actually a decent leader, and acted as director of her class's cultural festival. She is also keen enough to notice Tobe's crush on her, but rejected him because she felt she was not mature enough for a relationship.
  • Hyper-Awareness: She has an eye for detail and could immediately tell Saki's clothes and accessories were handmade.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: While assisting Hachiman with his dummy prom plan, Hina comments that he'd really be better off simply being honest to Yukino about his own feelings but admits that she doesn't really have a right to criticise him given that she herself went through extremely convoluted means of indirectly asking Hachiman to sabotage Tobe's confession just so she wouldn't have to reject him directly.
  • Large Ham: She can get very worked up over the possibility of boys getting intimate with other boys.
  • Meganekko: Distinguish her as a sweet character, but her glasses also tend to light up when she senses the possibility of a Slash Fic.
  • Nosebleed: She gets dribbles of blood while having boy-on-boy fantasies.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: When she gets riled up, all respect for personal space of others goes out the window.
  • Not So Different: From Hachiman in the sense both use their love of yaoi and cynicism respectively to avoid having to open up emotionally to others.
  • Proud to Be a Geek: She is a proud member of the Yaoi fandom and believes openly embracing your interests is the key to happiness and social satisfaction.
  • Ship Tease: With Hachiman. After helping her avoid Tobe's confession, Hina jokes that she wouldn't mind dating if it were with Hachiman, although it's ambiguous if she was actually being serious or not.
  • Slash Fic: She apparently imagines her own using her male classmates.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Likes to fantasize about Hachiman and Hayato together, or any pair of boys, really.

    Minami Sagami
Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English)

A seemingly sweet and unassuming girl who in actuality pretends to be so to gain attention. Her desire for recognition leads her to becoming chairman of the school's culture festival. She comes to the Service Club to request aid as her duties as chairman are more than she bargained for.

  • Attention Whore: Hachiman deduces she is this. Even her attempt at fleeing from her chairman obligation was implied to be a cry for attention.
  • Authority in Name Only: What she quickly turns into as Yukino ends up running the show, while Sagami basically does nothing. While initially glad to have someone else doing her work for her, this ends up damaging her ego as she realizes how useless she is.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be nice and innocent, but actually has a big ego and would rather depend on others to do her assigned work.
  • Break the Haughty: Played straight then subverted. She gets effortlessly upstaged by Yukino and when looking for reassurance, Hachiman gives her a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech instead. But in the end, she gets what she wants. Hayato comes to her defense and she's seen as a victim of Hachiman's abuse, thus salvaging her reputation.
  • Compliment Fishing: She milks compliments from others whenever possible, usually feigning Heroic Self-Deprecation.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: To contrast Yumiko and Hayato's circle of friends, Sagami embodies a more antagonistic popular character who actively foists responsibility onto other people.
  • Not So Different: Hachiman attempts to argue this in his Breaking Speech to Sagami, claiming that he only found her precisely because they thought in the same way as "the lowest stratum of society".
  • One-Shot Character: Sagami has had no other appearances outside the school culture festival.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Courtesy of Hachiman after she disappears before the closing ceremony for the school festival in episode 12. He gives a highly critical analysis of her hypocrisy that is so brutal that even Hayato, the residential Nice Guy, got physical because he thought it went too far.
  • Repetitive Name: Minami Sagami.
  • The Resenter: She is not at all happy when Yukino effortlessly upstages her as leader during the culture festival.

Other Recurring Characters

    Shizuka Hiratsuka
Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (Japanese), Heidi Hinkel (English)

Shizuka is Hachiman's teacher, a language teacher who serves as his futures advisor/counselor. She is aware of Hachiman's supposed "problems", and takes steps to ensure he is freed from them, her first move being to force him into joining the Service Club. However, she appears to have some quirks of her own: she is a young smoker, she is very sensitive about her age, and she is often prone to quoting or copying scenes from popular shounen manga. She also never remembers to knock before entering the Service Club's classroom, much to Yukino's chagrin.

  • Berserk Button: Mentioning her age or single status will either result in pain (in Hachiman's case) or just make her depressed.
  • Christmas Cake: It is mentioned that she is somewhere around her thirties, and several characters pray for someone to marry her already. In the OVA Hachiman states that if this takes too long, he'll have to be the one to do it.
  • Cool Car: Drives a sleek red 2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupé.
  • Cool Teacher: Although her students do not always show her respect, Shizuka genuinely cares for their growth and success, especially Hachiman's.
  • Corporal Punishment: Shizuka regularly uses it as a threat to keep Hachiman in line. She even strikes him from time to time to force him to do his club duties, and sometimes because he simply pushed her Berserk Button.
  • Death Glare: Used one on Komachi in the OVA when the latter claims that none of the three contestants in wedding dresses won. She was about to claim herself as the winner, until Shizuka does a prolonged glare at her, scaring her into declaring the latter as the winner.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The choleric (or sanguine when more relaxed). While she's caring and a good person, she's also very short-temperded and easily pissed off. It's no surprise she hasn't found a man yet.
  • Got Volunteered: She likes to do this to Hachiman a lot.
    • In the OVA she herself ended up getting volunteered to do a special article on marriage, but laments to the other characters that she doesn't have enough experience in those aspects to do it. Unfortunately none of the other students do either, as they're a little too young to be thinking about married life.
  • Hot Teacher: Her looks are great, but apparently her personality drives away men.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Despite her reprimanding of Hachiman for his cynical outlooks, Shizuka tends to hold a similar spiteful attitude towards people with successful social/love lives. In an extra section of the light novels, she reviews her class's future goals and scolds Hachiman for his rotten opinions, and then immediately, subtly looks down on Yui's desire to be friends with everyone after graduating.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not normally, but can be quite violent and brash towards Hachiman, as she's highly annoyed by his laziness and overly cynical view of world. However, she deeply cares for him and all her students, and always wants to do her best to help them.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Subverted. Shizuka inexplicably wears a lab coat despite actually being a Japanese language teacher.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Her romantic relationships never seem to work out because of her personality, thus leaving Shizuka worrying if she will ever find the right guy. Ironically, the guy who seems to appreciate and understand her best and can even fluster her on occasion is Hachiman.
  • Not So Different: Despite her desire to improve the personalities of the Service Club members, she seems to have some of her own interpersonal problems which parallel theirs (such as their mutual lack of love life).
  • Phrase Catcher: "Ms. Hiratsuka, please knock!"
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: She occasionally drops very old manga references, which Hachiman will take as a sign of her age.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Almost reaches down to her knees.
  • Running Gag: Never knocking before walking into the Service Club, to Yukino's annoyance.
  • Sensei-chan: She's attractive, relates well to her students, and her relationship with Hachiman strongly resembles what could be friendship.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: When she shows up in a wedding dress during the bridal contest in the OVA, the others are stunned at how beautiful she looks in it, even Hachiman.
  • Ship Tease: Has quite a bit with Hachiman, actually. Most notably in Episode 8 of the second season, when she laments that she can't get married because she misreads people. Hachiman states it's other people's fault for having bad taste, making Shizuka blush, and mentally admits if he were ten years older, he might have fallen in love with her.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She's a smoker, and especially likes to do so while giving Hachiman advice to look cool, which he lampshades.
  • Statuesque Stunner: A tall, very beautiful young woman.
  • Supreme Chef: Though her plate seems unusual in the bridal contest during the OVA, Hachiman states that it tastes really good.
  • Vague Age: Shizuka deliberately keeps her exact age a mystery. In the anime, she states that she's around 30 (but not specifically).
  • Yandere: Played for Laughs, her text messages are beyond scary to Hachiman, which get progressively more desperate-sounding the more he ignores them.

    Komachi Hikigaya
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)

Komachi is Hachiman's younger sister who, different from her brother, is cheerful and lively, and is a member of the student council in her school. She understands that her brother has a corrupted personality but still cares for and relies on him regardless.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Iroha refers Komachi as Rice-chan since she shares the same name with Akitakomachi cultivar.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: For Hachiman. In a nice way, however.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm sure that line scored me a few points."
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A bit of an airhead and a Third-Person Person. However, while she can be forgetful, she's also quite sly when she uses ways to make Hachiman come out of his shell.
  • The Confidant: For Hachiman. Komachi is the only person her older brother is comfortable sharing his problems with.
  • Cry Cute: When she graduates from middle school to high school.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Pops up whenever she is doing her cute little sister routine.
  • The Cutie: She's Hachiman's adorable little sister after all. She's nothing but a cute, kind and sweet young girl.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Tends to snark at her brother though usually to rile him up or simply to tease him.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Komachi is definitely adorable, and kind of an airhead at times.
  • Foil: Besides being the opposite of her brother, she's also one for Haruno. While both characters encourage their respective siblings in various ways, Komachi tends to be more supportive and helpful whereas Haruno is more willing to provoke to see what will happen.
  • Genki Girl: She's overall very lively, and even tends to be rather excited about things, especially when Hachiman is around. She's also very outgoing and easily emotional.
  • Genre Savvy: Interestingly she's considered the "expert" on marriage in the OVA. Though Yukino did claim the former has experience in taking care of a deadweight, referring to Hachiman. And for the most part her answers do seem to match what they were expecting on what to write about regarding marriage for an article.
  • Idiot Hair: Same as her mother and brother.
  • Incest Subtext: Lampshaded quite a bit due to the siblings close relationship, but mostly Played for Laughs. However when she was describing what type of man she would fall for, it sounded suspiciously similar to a certain fish-eyed protagonist...
  • Infectious Enthusiasm: Her Genki Girl behaviour sometimes rubs off on other characters such as Yui.
  • Innocent Fan Service Girl: She has no problem being in her underwear in front of Hachiman.
    • She also shows off her different attires in front of Hachiman to get a reaction from him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Towards her brother; this is another family trait she shares with him, in a sense. However, though at times she looks a bit self-centered and bratty, she's by no means a bastard, and just has good intentions towards her brother. The only difference, in fact, is her schemes are meant for the latter to come out of his shell, while Hachiman just wants people to throw away their emotions and helps them in the most cynical ways.
  • Morality Pet: She fits the trope, but Hachiman is definitely not amoral, just very snarky and Brutally Honest (if not a Jerkass). Despite their mutual snarkiness and banter, Hachiman clearly cares about his sister and dotes on her, showing her far more tenderness than anyone else. Komachi in turn tries to have him come out his shell more.
  • Nice Girl: She's a very kind, caring and friendly girl, who deeply loves her brother and tries to do her best for him. She also likes helping other people.
  • Parental Favoritism: According to Hachiman, she's the most important member of the family in terms of attention, losing only to the cat.
  • The Runaway: Tired of her parents never being home, Komachi once ran away from home when she was younger. Hachiman was the one to comfort and bring Komachi back home, and the two gained an unbreakable trust since then.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships her brother with Yukino. Or Yui. Or presumably just about anyone else she thinks is plausible. She probably just wants to help out his social life.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Personality-wise, she and her brother are almost nothing alike. Hachiman is an introverted, cynical Grumpy Bear, while Komachi is a lively, optimistic Genki Girl.
  • Thicker Than Water: Even though he annoys her sometimes, Komachi says she always forgives Hachiman because he is her brother.
  • Third-Person Person: Often refers to herself as "Komachi" when speaking about stuff she's doing, as opposed to "I" or "me".
  • Title Drop: Drops the title when her scheme to get her brother a girlfriend is ruined in one of the side-stories.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's cute and adorable, and the youngest among the most recurring characters.

    Yoshiteru Zaimokuza
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)

Yoshiteru is a student from class 2C who suffers from adolescent delusions. He sees Hachiman as a friend after being paired up with him during physical education lessons. While he is annoying, he has a group of otaku friends he's on good terms with. He aims to be a light novel writer.

  • Badass Longcoat: He is rarely seen without his signature trench coat, which he apparently wears to unsuccessfully invoke this trope.
  • Big Fun: The largest character in the series, and by far the silliest of the bunch.
  • Bromantic Foil: Considered more eccentric than Hachiman, and is unable to even talk to girls. His traits make Hachiman look almost normal in comparison.
  • Calling Your Attacks: While playing tennis, he gives ridiculous names to every move he and Hachiman make.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: He tries to avoid this problem by directing everything he has to say to Hachiman, unable to make eye contact with the girls.
  • Can't Take Criticism: He is terrified of his light novels receiving poor reviews and comes to Hachiman and Yukino for some friendly consultation. Not the best idea.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Is he ever. He really lives in his own world.
  • Eyes Always Averted: He cannot talk to women, so when he asked for help, he usually only talked to Hachiman, avoiding even eye-contact with Yukino who also asked things when he went to Service Club for critics about the light novel he's writing, going very nervous when Yukino confronted him about didn't get any attention from him, not even looked her.
  • Fat Best Friend: Type A/C. He's usually yelling his ideas and mixing everything with anime culture. He also can't talk to girls.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears them apparently because he believes they designate him as the "Chosen One."
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: One of the few characters who weirds out the Service Club more than Hachiman usually does. Nevertheless, Hachiman ends up hanging out and relying on him on a few occasions.
  • Geek Physique: He's the fat variant.
  • Gentle Giant: He's tall, chubby and a Nice Guy.
  • Large Ham: All the time. Seems kind of par for the course when you're being voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama.
  • Mr. Imagination: Yoshiteru is a full-blown Chuunibyou, and sees himself and Hachiman as historical feudal figures.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his hamminess and delusions, he's an honest and decent guy.
  • No Indoor Voice: Is almost always yelling, the only times he isn't is when someone beats down his self-esteem.
  • Not So Different: Hachiman notes to himself that Zaimokuza's behavior isn't that far from his own in middle school. Both characters are loners who seem to revel in their eccentricities but while Zaimokuza seems to be happy in his delusions, Hachiman comforts himself through his cynical lens of reality.
  • Out of Focus: His role is extremely limited after his arc. While he's seen from time to time, he doesn't play into the plot very much.
  • Serious Business: He's considered a "specialist" on maid cafes, and criticized that Yui doesn't put her spirit into it when she dressed up as a maid.
  • Shipper on Deck: Unlike most characters who ship Hikigaya with either Yui or Yukino, he ships Hikigaya with Totsuka.
  • Static Character: Since his first appearance, Yoshiteru is and always will be the same lovable, delusional otaku we met him as.
  • Stout Strength: In the tower toppling game, he was able to push several other boys at once.
  • True Companions: He considers Hachiman one, and the feeling is ultimately mutual. He's one of the very few friends Hachiman has.

    Haruno Yukinoshita
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Olivia Swasey (English)

Haruno is Yukino's older sister who is even more outstanding than Yukino: same talents, but better social skills. However, unlike Yukino, she shows a good attitude towards other people, even if she has to lie about her true feelings most of the time. While Yukino holds strong animosity towards her, Haruno sees her sister who's constantly trying to overtake her as cute.

  • The Ace: Intelligent, heir to the family business, a brilliant musician and conductor, extremely beautiful and a social butterfly. The hurdle she leaves for Yukino is very high.
    • Broken Ace: Heavily implied that she is not completely happy with her position in the family. Unlike Yukino, she has no choice in representing the family, and she often mixes in genuine hostility with her desire to improve her sister.
  • Always Someone Better: Is this to Yukino, being the person she aspires to surpass.
  • Big Sister Bully: Likes to provoke Yukino every chance she gets. She means well however, and actually likes her younger sister.
    • Yukino attributes her fear for roller coasters to her sister's schemes whenever they went to an amusement park.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Sotto of. Haruno is a Manipulative Bastard, a teasing Big Sister Bully and The Gadfly, but she's mostly harmless.
  • Brutal Honesty: Not her natural behaviour, but it amuses her. Her teasing of Yukino can veer in this direction, turning from light jabs into harsh criticisms, but all for the sake of trying to make a point with her.
  • Buxom Is Better: She's the most likely answer as to why Yukino has A-Cup Angst.
  • Cool Big Sis: Despite the resentment she gets from Yukino, Haruno still adores her.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs in season 2. Hayato tells Hachiman that if Haruno really doesn't like you, she would make it a point to destroy you, at least socially. She also gets Hachiman to go on the double date with Hayato and the two girls from his middle school, something he had refused to do when Hayato asked. From each of their encounters, it's clear that she's the one character who makes him consistently uncomfortable.
  • Foil: In a series about socially awkward characters, Haruno's flawless social skills are a bit jarring.
    • She's heavily implied to be similar to Yukino in terms of disposition. However, while Haruno freely puts up a facade as part of her responsibilities, Yukino remains cold and unapproachable (and obviously honest).
    • She's also one to Shizuka, being the second oldest character after her and outside the age range of the main cast. Like Shizuka, she also sees their problems and insecurities and attempts to help them sort. However, her methods are far more questionable; Shizuka guides her students and advises them, but ultimately lets them solve their own problems. Haruno however directly confronts them on their issues and calls them out for it, and basically chooses her words carefully to force a confrontation.
  • The Gadfly: She likes to poke fun at Hachiman and her sister any chance she gets, all for the sake of her own amusement. She really starts ratcheting this up in season 2.
  • It Amused Me: The way she acts and speaks towards Hachiman and Yukino, and Hayato at times. She'll often say provoking things or attempt some Brutal Honesty mostly because she finds it interesting.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she teases and manipulates, and sure, she can be quite callous, petty, mean and kind of a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, her intentions are not bad. Instead, she's the only one in her family who has good intentions towards Yukino.
  • Karma Houdini: Freely pokes at the wounds of the main characters without any repercussions or retorts. Though her comments are at least partly for the improvement of others.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She's popular, beautiful, manipulative and teasing... And a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Meaningful Name: Her first name contains "Haru" which means "Spring", a season of energy and possibilities. 'Haru' also represents the Sun in names, which also reflects her sunny disposition. Contrast with Yukino's name.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In all her glory. Very beautiful, with large breasts and also very teasing.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: She gets rather close to Hachiman in episode 6 when they first meet.
  • The Resenter: Haruno, having always been set as the inheritor of the family business, holds a bit of jealousy towards Yukino for being given the option to live freely by their mother, but wastes it by trying to chase after her.
  • Shadow Archetype: She's basically what Hachiman could've become if he never got any support from his friends and family.
  • Shipper on Deck: Wants Hachiman and Yukino to get together, or not. It's hard to tell with her sometimes.
  • The Social Expert: She's a master of reading others, which gives her the appearance of a social butterfly, but Hachiman deduces it is indeed a fabricated personality.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hachiman notices from their very first meeting that everything about her was just one big facade.
  • Trickster Mentor: As opposed to Shizuka who gently steers Hachiman in the right direction, Haruno will provoke and antagonize Yukino into action, though she has her sister's best interests in heart.

    Rumi Tsurumi
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (Japanese), Savanna Menzel (English)

A primary school student the Service Club meet while volunteering at a summer camp. Rumi is a quiet girl who struggles to fit in with her classmates after they senselessly ostracize her.

  • Alone in a Crowd: Everyone is enjoying their summer camp experience, and Rumi spends it isolated, bitter and unwanted.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She thwarts Hachiman's plan at giving her classmates A Taste of Their Own Medicine by saving everyone despite how poorly they've treated her.
  • Birds of a Feather: Rumi considers Hachiman, Yukino and herself "different" from the others because all three know what it feels like to be rejected.
  • The Bus Came Back: 5 volumes later and in season 2 of the anime, Rumi and her classmates return, and she's still being isolated.
  • Hair Intakes: Her hairdo has two of what look like cat ears.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: She's too proud to admit it, but Rumi desperately wants friends.
  • I Work Alone: Having been isolated for so long, Rumi has learned to be self-reliant, though she does not necessarily like it.
  • Repetitive Name: Rumi Tsurumi.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: She admits she used to join in and tease other kids because everyone else was doing it, but this time, she's the one who's suffering.
  • Tsundere: Although she insists she wants to be left on her own, in reality, she truly wants and enjoys the company of others. However, when Hachiman is the one coming to her side, she rejects him at first but it doesn't take her long to show that she wants him to stay with her.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Rumi is very mature and intelligent compared to her classmates, even looking down on them for being "kids."
  • You Remind Me of X: Hachiman notes that Rumi is basically a younger Yukino and could easily end up just like her.

    Iroha Isshiki
Voiced by: Ayane Sakura (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)

Iroha is a 1st year at Sobu high and the club manager of the soccer team; later taking on the job of student council president. Hachiman initially sees her as a "not cute Komachi" or a "better version of Sagami." She puts up a facade in front of others to create a cute appearance, and she only shows her honest self to Hachiman. Considered by Hachiman to be the second most rotten person in the world, only losing out to Hachiman himself.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Only refers to Hachiman as Senpai, which is notable since he is the only one she does this with, and she uses it endearingly so.
  • Alliterative Name: Iroha Isshiki.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Her confession to Hayama gets rejected.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: How Hachiman treats her, since he can't turn off his "Komachi training skills" when he's around her.
  • Ascended Extra: Was first introduced only as the manager of Hayama's club in a side volume. Later gets the spotlight with her request and even gets a side volume that's pretty much dedicated to her. At this point she might as well be a permanent member of the Service Club.
  • Beneath the Mask: Iroha acts childish and cutesy, but she's actually highly perceptive, self-centered, and manipulative.
  • Birds of a Feather: Iroha can be described as a female version of Hachiman without the loner aspect attached.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Hachiman's first impression of her, since he saw her as a more skilled version of Sagami. She grew on him though.
  • Blackmail: Uses the receipts from their date to force Hachiman to help her with the Student Council's newspaper.
  • Blatant Lies: When she's showing her honest side she tends to do this quite a bit. Usually with a forced correction at the end.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Is actually quite good at her job, she just lacks any motivation to do so; and is far more willing to get someone else to do the labour.
  • Catchphrase: She often states "Could it be that you were making passes at me just now?", followed by some reason why a relationship with Hachiman wouldn't work out after he says or does something that flusters her. She goes from saying "Huh? W-What are you doing? Are you making passes at me? I'm sorry, it won't work out. There's someone I like." to, "What are you doing? Are you making passes at me while I'm heartbroken? I'm sorry, it's still not possible just yet."
    • She and Hachiman also share the phrase "What do you take me for?" in their exchanges.
  • Caught the Heart on His Sleeve: Her favorite gesture towards Hachiman, usually gripping onto it to drag him off somewhere.
  • Cry Cute: Sheds some tears when Hachiman starts comforting her after Hayama rejects her confession.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: What she wants other people to see her as, so she can take advantage of them treating their cute Kouhai nicely. Notably Hayama and Hachiman are the only ones she doesn't use this facade for.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Is the manager of the soccer club.
  • The Determinator: How Hachiman views her, and states constantly how he admires her for it.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her way of searching through her clothing in front of Hachiman and the other two girls was described in a way that resembled a strip tease. The noises she made while rummaging through them certainly didn't help.
  • Double Meaning: Her conversation with Hachiman when she fed him some chocolate was full of this. Her question on whether or not he hated "this sort of sweet things" is implied to be about her personality rather than about the chocolate. His response is a bit ambiguous, but it ties nicely into his "sugar, spice, and all thing's nice" analogy in the previous side volume.
  • Dumb Blonde: The image she actively cultivates so people will offer to help her. Iroha is actually very clever and intelligent, though sometimes her younger age does show.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Is specifically noted to be a natural blond. And she's definitely cute.
  • Exact Words: Teaches Hachiman a lesson on underhanded tactics when she points out that the bet they made was only based around her winning, and that nobody mentioned her paying for lunch if he won.
  • Hidden Depths: While she appears lazy and manipulative, she is actually a hard worker and quite responsible when she actually puts the effort in. She is also surprisingly sentimental, while her habit of constantly taking photos can be seen as a habit of vanity, to her it is about storing memories.
  • House Wife: As another parallel to Hachiman, this is what she wants to be. She plans on retiring soon after to getting married for an easy life.
  • Indirect Kiss: Gives one to Hachiman in volume 11 while taste-testing chocolate.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. She can be manipulative and a bit bratty, but she's a good person at heart, and Hachiman even states it. Otherwise, she's a friendly Nice Girl.
  • Just Smile and Nod: Her response to the overly complicated and pretentious brainstorming of another student council is to smile and agree with everything.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Doesn't match the typical example of the trope, however her request coincided with a particularly troubled period for the Service Club.
  • Loophole Abuse: How she was eligible for the election. While the president is typically a second or third year student, the rules do not specifically prohibit a first year student from the position, nor does it specifically prohibit candidates that did not actually agree to run.
  • Love Confession: Gives one to Hayama, but is rejected.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Is considered "dangerous" by Hachiman because she knows how to use her cute appearance and status as an underclassman to her advantage.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Hachiman occasionally talks about her in this way, much to her irritation. Though to be fair, she also has a habit of doing the same to him.
  • Not a Date: Has one with Hachiman while using "research for spots to spend time with Hayama" as a pretense to do so.
    • Played for Laughs when her affections for Hayama are deliberately placed in parallel to Hachiman's obsession over Saika.
  • Not So Different: With Hachiman, despite first impressions their personalities are remarkably similar.
  • Odd Friendship: She is cute and popular, yet gets along swimmingly with a loner like Hachiman, and she doesn't really care if they are seen together.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a minor and comedic one when she accidentally shows Yukino and Yui the picture she took of her and Hachiman during their date.
  • Running Gag: Her constant rejections towards Hachiman, which also serve as a good indicator of her Character Development with him.
  • Sempai/Kohai: Is this to all the main cast since she is the only named first year. But special mention goes to her relationship with Hachiman, since he is the only one she refers to as solely "Senpai".
  • Shipper on Deck: Implied to be one for Miura and Hayama, judging by her nod of approval after she motivated Miura to cheer for him during the marathon.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a lot with Hachiman during, and notably after, her arc.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Is surprisingly perceptive on the emotional reasons why people take certain actions, which makes a nice contrast to Hachiman who can only understand the logical reasons.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: What her crush towards Hayama appears to be.
  • Student Council President: Goes to the Service Club to avoid becoming this. Ends up taking the job anyway after Hachiman convinces her.
  • The Tease: A less fanservice focused example, but she still fits. In-universe they refer to it as her "appeals", which is basically her using her cuteness to try to get something out of someone.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Considered by many people to be an actual contender, aside from Yui and Yukino, in winning Hachiman over.
  • Tranquil Fury: A humorous example, but this is how she displays her anger when she misinterprets one of Hachiman's statements as him saying she was unattractive.
  • Wham Line: Towards Hachiman at the very least, her exclamation that she wants something genuine too really throws him off.

    Kaori Orimoto
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)

Orimoto was Hachiman's former classmate in middle school who now attends a different high school. Her rejection of him emotionally scarred him, contributing to his present cynical self.

  • Alpha Bitch: Downplayed version. During middle school, she did exchange texts with Hachiman out of pity and gave the "let's be friends" speech line when he confessed to her. Played more straight when they meet again and she lacks any form of delicacy when talking to him.
  • Bad Date: Goes on a double date with Hachiman and Hayato, with her interests clearly directed towards Hayato and her mocking Hachiman the entire time. By the end, Hayato reveals that he orchestrated the date just to give her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has a tendency to freely speak her mind, without any consideration of Hachiman's feelings.
  • Character Development: Slightly. After Hayato tears into her, she learns to be a bit more sensitive when talking with Hachiman. For instance, when she sees Iroha and Hachiman together, she refrains from making her usual comments.
  • Deliberately Bad Example: Kaori as a whole represents the kind of person Hachiman and Yukino actively try not to be. She is foolhardy, careless about her interactions with others, and is an active participant of herd mentality.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's not really antagonistic, but she tends to be very callous when talking about details of Hachiman's past.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's not necessarily a bad person. Just inconsiderate and brutally blunt. She actually is (somewhat) nice to Hachiman when she's not mocking him and attempts to be friends with him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After an entire day of her mocking Hachiman, Hayato lays into her about how incorrect her opinions of Hachiman are and that he hangs around girls far better than her.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Doesn't have much screentime (doesn't appear on screen until Season 2). But her rejection of Hachiman played a big role in shaping his cynical, anti-social persona and severely damaged his self-esteem.
  • Yes-Man: Turns into one during the community festival committee. She just blindly agrees with anything and everything said by her classmates, despite how absurd some of those claims were. Likely due to lack of interest on her part.

Alternative Title(s): Yahari Ore No Seishun Love Come Wa Machigatteiru, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU


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