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    Tomoko Kuroki
Voiced by: Izumi Kitta (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

The main character of the series, who struggles with becoming "popular", making friends and coping with adolescence. Unfortunately, this is not helped by her social ineptitude and unpleasant personality.

Despite being incredibly anti-social, she craves the companionship and attention of others. She suffers from a raging superiority complex, vivid delusions of grandeur, intense self-loathing, and social anxiety so severe that she can barely get out a sentence when talking to someone she is not intimately acquainted with.

The dark circles under her eyes are genetic (and shared by her brother).

  • Accidental Hero: Tomoko manages to help some people now and then, but only by happenstance. She gives Shizuku some half-hearted advice on how to handle the entrance exams (with the intention of discouraging the girl from attending her school at all), only to end up encouraging her to pass and apply to the school in full. Tomoko also gets Hina and Akane to patch things up. How? By showing the latter a clip from an eroge game while explaining to her the likely reasons Hina was so secretive about her dream to become a voice actress, which horrifies Akane so much that she outright confronts Hina about it, allowing them to talk things out.
  • Accidental Pervert: Only towards Yoshida, whom she always gropes by complete accident, which more often than not gets her smacked. Anyone else she pervs on is very intentional. For what it's worth though, Tomoko does like how the delinquent feels.
  • A-Cup Angst: It's not as apparent as most examples of this trope, but it's there.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: One particularly infamous chapter/episode has Tomoko buy both a BL visual novel and a personal body massager. Tomoko even notes that if anyone saw her with both, they'd get the wrong idea. Or rather the right idea, since that's exactly what she had planned.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Although she doesn't actually hook up with a "bad boy", she seems to be fond of Bastard Boyfriend characters, as evidenced by her enjoyment of a drama CD about Yandere boys.
  • Ambiguously Bi: While her Perverse Sexual Lust for Otome Game characters and early fixation on getting a boyfriend make her attraction to men obvious, her constant sexual harassment of Yuu raises a few eyebrows. What keeps Tomoko's sexuality ambiguous is that it's made clear at multiple points that Tomoko's lack of social awareness and reliance on anime tropes to navigate real life situations cause her to assume that Les Yay in female friendships is not only common, but expected, leading her to enforce it. Even as she develops more real life relationships and her pervertedness dies down, however, being caught in several Not What It Looks Like moments have led to Ucchi becoming absolutely certain that Tomoko is not only a lesbian, but a sexual deviant who surrounds herself with a harem of girls at all times. As Tomoko matures and becomes explicitly more aware of the concept of homosexuality (she even correctly defines "LGBT" in class), she still can't help but fall for Yuu's or Asuka's charms. She's also shown blatant sexual attraction to Miho, one of Asuka's friends, and Shizuku, her own kohai. In the latter's case she's outright said that if she were a guy she'd want to NTR Shizuku's boyfriend.
  • Beautiful All Along: It's been brought up that Tomoko actually has good looks, but the problem is that she doesn't try grooming and looking after herself that much. When she actually does, many of her friends do say how cute she is. This aspect can actually be seen in some of the later chapters where Tomoko decides to wear more flattering clothes and cleans herself more.
    • Her official profile shows that she has a Charisma score of five, the maximum possible score, shared only with super-model-esque Katou Asuka. This means that Tomoko always had the potential to be popular, if her crippling self-doubt hadn't dragged down her confidence.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: As time goes on and Tomoko finds herself on the receiving end of more Pet the Dog moments, she feels the need to repay the people who show her kindness even if she doesn't really know them.
    • She makes a batch of chocolates for everyone who gave her some for Valentine's Day, like Mako, Yuri, and Ucchi. She even gives some to Yoshida, despite their dysfunctional relationship.
    • Because Megumi came to her aid a few times in the past, Tomoko congratulates her for graduating high school and even asks the former Student Council President if there's anything she can do for her. She feels rather crushed when she realizes she won't be able to give anything back to Megumi.
  • Berserk Button: When Yuu makes a joke about Kotomi marrying Tomoki this is one of the few times that we see Tomoko get legitimately angry at Yuu, making no attempts at hiding her anger at all.
  • Betty and Veronica: Tomoko possibly serves as the Archie to Asuka's Betty and Ucchi's Veronica.
  • Big Brother Bully: Tomoko tries to pass herself off as a Cool Big Sis to Tomoki, and was indeed like that at one point, but in actuality she's extremely negative and manipulative whenever she's around him. It's also implied that this is the reason why Tomoki stopped being friendly with her to begin with.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Oh yes. For the longest time, Tomoko was only ever interested in her popularity at school, all the while being loathe to do any work around the house, eager to annoy her brother, and quick to snap at her mother. This got her a good share of slaps from the latter, who was often irritated at how irresponsible Tomoko was despite being the older child.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: She has made a huge impact on Ucchi's life, to the point where the girl is utterly obsessed with her. However, Tomoko never intended to do such, their first real interaction was on the last night of their field trip, and Tomoko was just being her normal self. Later "interactions" were mostly Tomoko doing something else and it just so happened Ucchi was the target or a witness.
  • Butt-Monkey: Any of her attempts to become popular always come out wrong for her.
  • Cannot Talk To Men: Nothing frays Tomoko's nerves more than attractive boys. Even after her social skills improve enough that she can communicate with strangers without tripping over her words too much, she still turns into a nervous, stuttering puddle of goo in the presence of hot guys.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Tomoko has been walked in on playing her Hentai games, multiple times.
  • Character Development: Slowly but surely, Tomoko matures a good deal over the course of the manga, particularly in her second year. She dials back on her ill-thought schemes to become popular to the point where she eventually gives up on them entirely, doesn't stutter nearly as often as before, is more comfortable in public places like cafes, lets go of a lot of the resentment she felt towards her peers, shows occasional bouts of consideration for others, and is more studious and responsible in general. By the end of the year, she even manages to get herself a small circle of friends and acquaintances to regularly socialize with.
  • Child Hater: Played with. In chapter 138 she admits that she hates middle schoolers, but she also mentions that she doesn't have strong feelings about grade schoolers, and in the past she used to play card games with kids in a candy store. In any case, she states that her dislike of kids is the reason why she would never want to be a teacher.
  • Chronic Villainy: She's never managed to break her bad habit of doing Jerkass things.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: When it comes to Yuu or her brother, the latter of which she declared if he ever brought home a girl, she would take responsibility and kill her.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Somehow, against all logic or reason, she's managed to become this in her 3rd year. To wit, Yuri has grown quite attached to her and is prone to jealously whenever Tomoko gets close to someone else. Nemo is similarly quite attached to Tomoko, and while they're also vitriolic best buds, it's clear that Nemo values their "honest" friendship a great deal. Asuka is extremely fond of her, and her affectionate gestures border on outright flirting. Ucchi is outright infatuated by her, having become increasingly more obsessive about Tomoko over the course of the manga. Shizuku hero-worships her, looking at Tomoko as a kind and thoughtful sempai. While her friendships with some of the other girls aren't as pronounced, she's still amassed a huge following of female friends and acquaintances. It's ironic that the usually self-aware Tomoko often seems to be completely unaware of this.
  • Consummate Liar: "How do I bullshit my way out of this?"
  • Conveniently Seated: At first, she seats in the back row seat by the window. When the second semester starts and Tomoko loses her seat, she lampshades it by commenting about how lucky she was getting "the seat main characters always get in anime and light-novels" in the first semester, lamenting that she now has to dwell in an awkward spot, surrounded by people. Tomoko regains her original seating arrangement come her second year, and keeps it for her third year, now surrounded by people she's either friends or friendly with.
  • Cosmic Plaything: She doesn't realize it, which might be a good thing as the truth might plunge her into the pit of despair or worse, since she can't realize why her attempts to make friends are massive failures. The moment she gains some self-awareness of her faults and tries to not be so judgmental anymore, the universe seems to ease up on her ...and decides to spread the weirdness around to her new friends.
  • Covert Pervert: Played with; since the viewers are always privy to her thoughts, it's easy for us to see that she's very perverted, but most other characters (aside from Tomoki) are unaware of how perverted she really is. This becomes subverted over time; though Tomoko tries to keep her lewd side under wraps, she either proves to be really bad at hiding her lecherous habits, or has a number of accidents that leave people with the impression that she's a massive pervert anyway. Before her third year is even halfway done, pretty much everyone familiar with Tomoko knows what a huge sex-obsessed perv she is.
  • Creepy Loner Girl: Tomoko is an unattractive, friendless Otaku with absolutely No Social Skills who stays up all night playing dating sims to compensate for her nonexistent social and love life. She daydreams about becoming popular, but her social awkwardness ruins her attempts at it every time.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Seems to be a family trait; however, Tomoko's habit of staying up late at night probably doesn't help, as she notes before trying on glasses to hide them.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: This is her her single strongest desire for most of the series. It's likely why she's overly attached to her brother (much to his chagrin) and also part of why she's so attached to her only real friend, Yuu. This ends up becoming subverted pretty later on in the series, once Tomoko actually gets a circle of friends.
  • Determinator: Despite the universe doing everything it can to make her give up.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: She has a bad habit of voicing her more lewd thoughts out loud. Initially this was only toward Yuu, but eventually spread to anyone Tomoko felt mildy attracted to, like Asuka.
    Tomoko: (Thinking) A cute girl, wearing such cute underwear and such a short skirt must flash a bit from time to time...just imagine, if I were her boyfriend...
    Tomoko: (Out loud) Bet those'd really give ya a stiffy.
    Yuu: MOKOCCHI!!?
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Despite being the older sibling, Tomoki thinks she's an annoying loser. According to the volume 5 omake, it was her obnoxiousness that caused their once-loving relationship to turn sour. On the other hand, one What If? omake shows that he would end up disliking her even if she were to remain kind to him.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: As shown in chapters 33 and 42, she doesn't like it when others take pity on her, as she feels patronized by this.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: In addition to being very large and roughly-sketched, her eyes lack a notable sheen that's present in most other characters, illustrating her perpetually dour mood.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The bags under her eyes only serve to further emphasize this aspect of hers.
  • The Eeyore: She falls into bouts of self-loathing and has a lot of negative thoughts in social situations. Even when she acknowledges that her life got better than how it used to be, such as in chapter 115, she doesn't expect the good times to last.
  • Expressive Hair: You can often tell how exasperated she is just by seeing how much her hair is flaring out.
  • Failure Hero: In the early chapters she can't do anything right. Every time she has a goal, it's bound to fail or backfire horribly. The few Throw the Dog a Bone moments she gets are usually down to luck and the kindness of others, or when she's not actually trying so hard to become popular. This part of her characterization is largely dropped as the story progresses and Tomoko starts setting more realistic goals for her social life, which she eventually starts achieving.
  • Female Misogynist: Her jealousy leads to a general resentment of other girls aside from Yuu, often viewing girls who are more socially adept than her as "bitches" or "sluts". However, this doesn't appear to apply to Yuri, probably because she recognizes that Yuri is almost as socially inept as she is.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to Tomoki's Responsible.
  • Gamer Chick: Effortlessly plays a Pop'N Music knockoff with only a blank stare on her face, not to mention her constant playing of otome games.
  • Gonk: Often pulls ugly faces when emotional.
    • There's also the time where she tries to change her appearance, which works out well until she decides to mess with her face.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Bonus points for the Visual Pun. She enjoys the misfortune of others and frequently wishes for horrible things to happen to people that she perceives as having happy, carefree lives. Her internal monologues frequently call girls more socially successful than herself, including her best friend Yuu, "bitches", "sluts", etc.
    Tomoko: If you're not a worthless god, I'd like to see you try and make me happy... If you can't manage that, at least make everyone as unhappy as me. If you can't, it's fine I guess... But I'll despise you forever...
    • Also why she couldn't get along with Kotomi in middle school despite being much alike, as she wanted to keep Yuu to herself.
    • As of chapter 97 she seems to have realized that her former classmates who are more sociable than her don't act sociable to spite her, and she doesn't hate them for this anymore.
  • Has a Type: An inversion, when she's finally able to hold a real conversation with a male classmate (Wada), she dismisses it as much of a step forward since she doesn't find him all that attractive, believing that "shota doesn't go with chibi".
  • Hey, You!: In general, she is very bad at remembering names, or just doesn't care to learn them in the first place, leading her to often refer to the people around her by (often derisive) descriptors in her mind. In Chapter 124, Tomoko even notes that she's never once actually called Yuri by name, even though Yuri's ostensibly the best friend she has in her high school. This comes to a head in 126, when she tries to get Yuri's attention by just repeatedly calling out "Hey", resulting in a frustrated Yuri telling her that her name is not "Hey".
  • Hollywood Nerd: Greatly downplayed. She's an introverted Otaku shut-in, and she has the disheveled appearance and complete lack of social skills to highlight it, though she does gradually develop a social life as she interacts with people more often. In a departure from the archetype, she's also not a particularly good student.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Tomoko implicitly Used to Be a Sweet Kid, but as she entered adolescence, she became a more self-centered Jerkass who only ever thought about sex.
  • Hypocrite: She angrily denounces anyone more popular than her as shallow, vapid and selfish, and refers to any girls more sociable than her as "sluts". She's the real shallow and selfish one, who seeks popularity above all else, and proclaims: "Without doing anything, I can get into the pants of the boys for three years!" in the very first chapter. At the same time, she looks down on anyone as unpopular as she is as being losers, freaks and weirdos who are somehow beneath her despite them generally having the same interests that she does.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: ...and get laid, apparently.
    • As the series progresses, there's a subtle development in that Tomoko's goal moves down from "getting popular" to just "making a friend", and at the very least "talking to people". These get fulfilled during the middle of her second year, as she became close to Yuri, Mako, and Masaki.
  • Ineffectual Death Threat: Frequently wishes death and worse on her classmates for the smallest of offences, like someone apparently taking her umbrella.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: While she's rather self-centered and looks down on a lot of people for petty reasons, it's still clear that her self-esteem is actually very, very low.
  • Inner Monologue: Keeps her thoughts to herself more often than actually speaking.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Towards Yuri. Yuri is bothered by how aloof Tomoko seems to act towards her despite spending most of their time at school together, but Tomoko has no idea there's even a problem in the first place. She's also oblivious to the effect she's had on Ucchi, disturbing the girl with her mere presence at first, and going on to making her jealous at the drop of a hat.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Mokocchi." Only Yuu gets to call her that, though. In chapter 126 Hina Nemoto comes up with another nickname for her, "Kuro".
  • Irony: After spending her first year desperately trying to be popular with one Zany Scheme after another Tomoko eventually resigns herself to being a loner ...and then she actually ends up making an increasingly larger social circle of friends and acquaintances to hang out with.
  • Ironic Name: Her given name roughly means "wise child". Considering how often she makes bad decisions, it's safe to say "wise" isn't a good way to describe her.
  • It Amused Me: Some of her antics aren't done to improve her popularity, but just to stave off boredom or amuse herself, which can include things like trolling her brother or hanging wishes laced with dirty jokes up for Tanabata. She also decides to become Shizuku's sempai largely because she hopes the younger girl will give her some kinky stories, though to Tomoko's credit, she does build up some sympathy for her over time.
  • It's All About Me: She's a very self-centered person who doesn't have any particular empathy for anyone around her. Thankfully, Tomoko's been growing out of it, acknowledging that even more social people have problems of their own, and is willing to show genuine consideration for others every now and then.
  • Jerkass: Downplayed. In the main series, she can come off as a condescending jackass who can occasionally show humility and self-esteem, although she most often keeps her negativity to herself. However, Tomoki and Komiyama tend to see and feel the more unpleasant side of Tomoko.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As maladjusted, unpleasant, and warped as she is, Tomoko does raise valid points every now and then.
    • When Akari's friend, Sayaka, confronts her over the former's feelings for Tomoki and her eagerness to see his genitals, Tomoko is correct when she points out it's perverse and inappropriate to say such things in front of his older sister.
    • She accuses Akari and Kotomi of being perverts. While her poor treatment of them is usually uncalled for, she's not wrong, and the latter in particular takes her attraction towards Tomoki to very creepy levels.
    • Related to the above, by accusing Kotomi and Akari of only liking Tomoki for his dick, Tomoko implies that their feelings for him are shallow. Considering how taciturn Tomoki is, and how they have never held a real conversation with him, neither girl can claim to actually know him, meaning they really are only interested in him for his good looks.
    • While it evolves into a nonsensical rant about how all baseball players are smokers and delinquents, Tomoko is correct when she notes that the baseball club gets preferential treatment in how it forces the whole student body to come cheer for its games when other clubs work just as hard for less recognition.
    • In Universe. When Tomoko mocks Yoshida behind her back as the type to go way overboard during her coming of age debut, Yuri is about to admonish her only to realise she can indeed picture Yoshida that way too.
  • Jerkass Realization: In Chapter 97, she admits that she was a horribly judgmental person in her first year of high school, and lets go of a lot of the resentment she feels toward her more social peers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Thanks to character development, Tomoko grows from her warped and selfish self, to a more thoughtful and pleasant individual. While she's still a pervert who sees the world through a cynical lens, she's willing to show consideration for both her friends and the occasional stranger.
  • Kick the Dog: Her treatment of her brother when he fell ill was pretty appalling. She tried to lower his temperature and poured hot porridge on his face out of spite, and otherwise annoyed him at every opportunity. This went on to bite Tomoko in the ass when she caught his disease at the beginning of a three-day weekend.
  • Lazy Bum: When left to her own devices, Tomoko would rather just laze around her room, playing video games, watching anime, and surfing the web. When called out on her unwillingness to help around the house by her mother as opposed to her younger but more responsible brother, Tomoko's first instinct is to blame Tomoki for making her look bad.
  • Little Big Sister: She's considerably shorter than her younger brother. Not very unusual given he's only a year younger, but it still highlights her immaturity.
  • Lonely Doll Girl: On occasion, Tomoko will use her plushies to act out her fantasies of a better social life, from envisioning what her time in a school club could be like, to...imagining how sex with Yuu would go.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Her mindset, which she desperately wants to avoid.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: After the Kyoto field trip, her previously almost non-existent social circle slowly starts to expand.
  • Loser Protagonist: Though, she tries hard to not be this.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: While Tomoko never gets to have much in the way of sex, her mind is nevertheless always in the gutter, and she gets a lot of enjoyment out of sexually harassing her female friends.
    • As the series delves further, her friends sees her as this. They are all aware of her perverted side, but they make it clear they don't mind it and actually find it as a part of her charm.
  • Magnetic Hero: As the series has continued, she has consistently shown to be able to attract the interest and attention of pretty much anyone who spends even a small amount of time with her. Even characters who initially display complete indifference to her become obsessed with learning more about her after witnessing her bizarre behavior firsthand.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She acts as a downplayed version for Yuri. While their relationship is purely platonic, she tends to encourage Yuri to try things she wouldn't do otherwise, like make Valentine's Day chocolate for her friends. She's even caused the normally stoic girl to laugh, which Mako has noted she's never seen Yuri do before.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She tries. Dear lord, she tries.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kuroki" can literally mean "black mood". It sums up her character pretty well.
  • Messy Hair: Her long hair is rarely combed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As the manga goes on, Tomoko has gradually gotten increasing numbers of genuine fanservice involving her, including occasionally being shown completely nude. She even has a Shower Scene in Chapter 178.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Tomohiro Kuroki.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: Several storylines are about Tomoko's lack of experience and sexual frustration.
  • Never My Fault: Zigzagged. She often derides herself and finds faults with her social skills and appearance, but never dwells on it and immediately finds something else to blame for her social failings.
  • Nice Hat: As part of her casual wear, she'll frequently don a newsboy hat.
  • No Social Skills: Pretty much the entire conflict of the plot is based around the fact that Tomoko's skills leave a lot to be desired. As she begins to socialize more, her complete lack of social awareness causes her to regularly put her foot in her mouth and unintentionally piss off others. Subverted over time, as she undergoes Character Development; Tomoko turns out to be actually pretty socially perceptive and adept when not overcome by social anxiety, trying to become popular or invoking anime tropes.
  • Not So Different: From her brother, Tomoki, especially in later chapters. The initial assumptions both have after meeting the same person for the first time are often identical. Even more recently, Tomoko and Tomoki barely acknowledge that people have crushes on them, though Tomoko's case is more downplayed than her brother's: while two girls have admitted to Tomoki's face they want to see his dick, Ucchi has been less direct in her crush on Tomoko, simply trying to find some excuse to be near Tomoko during some activity while she herself is thinking more about the activity itself, or the strange behavior of the other girls she knows.
  • Oblivious to Love: Tomoko is completely unaware of Ucchi's growing fixation with her and is confused whenever Ucchi does something nice for her. Unfortunately for Ucchi, Tomoko has few opportunities to directly notice Ucchi's advances.
  • Odd Friendship: Is more or less the facilitator of an entire group of odd friends by the time she becomes a third year. Shown most prominently at the end of the suspension arc where she goes to eat with the group that had been waiting for her to get out: an introverted loner (Yuri), an outgoing nice girl (Mako), popular girls of varying degrees of normalcy (Nemo, Asuka, Akane and Ucchi) and a group of delinquents (Yoshida, Anna and Reina).
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Pretty much every time Tomoko's latest plan blows up in her face and leaves her thoroughly humiliated in front of everyone, it's all but guaranteed this is the face she's going to put on. It's one of her most common expressions.
  • Older Than They Look: She's 15 when the manga and anime begin, but she's so short, thin, and physically undeveloped that you'd be forgiven if you thought she was 10.
  • Only Has Same-Sex Admirers: No guys have taken any interest in Tomoko, but eventually Asuka develops a mutual infatuation, Ucchi becomes her Stalker with a Crush, and a few other girls have gotten at least a platonic desire for her attention.
  • Otaku: Of Otome games. So much that she attempts to socialize in real life with tactics from the games.
  • Otaku Surrogate: Downplayed; while she does have interests in anime and video games that male otaku in real life would have, she's also into things that are aimed specifically at girls, such as otome games. Unfortunately, her interests in all the perverted media aimed at otaku only make her more unapproachable and unable to function in social situations.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Although both of her eyes can occasionally be seen, her hair hides her right eye through much of the series.
  • Person as Verb: In Chapter 39, she tries to stand out more in her class by performing a wacky introduction during the first day of second year. For her efforts, among her classmates, her name becomes a synonym for doing something exceptionally poorly. Fortunately, it seems to have gone out of fashion by Chapter 42.
  • Pet the Dog: Originally Tomoko only agreed to start hanging out with Shizuku because she seemed like a slut who might have entertaining stories. Eventually however she decides to follow Imae's example and starts acting as more of a proper senpai despite getting no real benefit out of it.
  • Playboy Bunny: Dresses as one in a fantasy sequence that's a Shout-Out to Haruhi Suzumiya. She somehow manages to make it look ugly and unappealing.
  • Pretty in Mink: Wears a faux mink stole during cold weather.
  • The Quiet One: She once went a month and a half without talking to anyone outside her family — her streak was broken when she managed to tell her teacher "goodbye". In contrast, she tends to be very chatty in her Inner Monologues.
  • Sanity Ball: Tomoko gets to enjoy being the Only Sane Girl whenever she interacts with Akari. The girl's crush on Tomoki, her easily flustered demeanor, and her terrible habit of misreading the situation all combine to turn her into a sobbing, stammering mess. This goes double whenever Kotomi gets involved, whose infatuation for Tomoki leads her to commit all sorts of craziness as well that leaves her in the same position. Either way, Tomoko is left equally bemused and annoyed by their antics.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Whenever Tomoko tries to guilt Tomoki into hanging out with her, she frequently brings up how he used to look up to her when they were kids. She conveniently ignores the fact that the reason why Tomoki is currently so distant from her is because she started bullying him.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Averted most of the time. Whenever Tomoko or someone else tried to fix her appearance by dressing her up nicely or putting makeup on her, she would always end up looking even worse than before. Played straight during her meet-up with Katou in Chapter 140; Tomoko's appearance was much nicer and more attractive than usual.
    • One of the Christmas chapters has a subversion. Tomoko manages to indeed improve her appearance greatly for the class Christmas party-but she's so shy and quiet that nobody notices.
    • As pointed out by Katou and Yuu, Tomoko can actually be very cute when she tries to groom herself more. When she dyes her hair silver, they point out how it looks good on her.
    • Thanks to her Character Development, this has become even more frequent with later chapters. Compared to her old outfits where she seemed to make a half-hearted attempt to groom herself, now Tomoko is actually putting effort into how she dresses, including fixing her hair, making sure her clothes match, and even wearing accessories and slight make-up.
    • The cover of Volume 18 teases what a stylish Tomoko could look like, and many readers agree that the silver-haired, cardigan-wearing Tomoko is very cute.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: A platonic variant with Kotomi. When asked about her by characters other than Yuu, she denies that she's friends with Kotomi, and in chapter 112 even claims not to know her when asked by Yuri. In chapter 133 Tomoko and Kotomi simultaneously claim that they aren't friends, leaving their classmates unconvinced; even Tomoko herself realized that she's acting like a stereotypical tsundere.
  • She's All Grown Up: A page in the anthology reveals that she could grow up to be quite pretty.
  • Shrinking Violet: Combined with No Social Skills, this is the reason she can barely put together a full sentence with anyone she doesn't know.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Tomoki.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Komiyama, whom Tomoko dislikes because she feels that she has to compete with her over Yuu's attention, as well as because Komiyama is romantically and sexually interested in Tomoki, causing Tomoko to be disgusted with her, and, as of chapter 47 of the main story, also because Komiyama admitted that she didn't like Tomoko back in middle school.
    • During the third year this fades away to an extent likely due both to Tomoko's ongoing development and because Tomoko gains a new nemesis in Fuuka.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: As we see in Chapter 121, she gets her particular brand of Creepy Shadowed Undereyes from her father. Later on, a What If? chapter featuring Tomoko with short hair shows that she's a near dead-ringer for her mother.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Overall Tomoko's second year in high school became a lot better and she was actually able to make sort of friends with people. Her third year became even better since now most of the friends she made in high school are all in her homeroom class and she has amassed quite a large social circle that she can hang out with.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Chapter 1: After 5 months trying to convince herself that she's popular, Tomoko literally sees herself at the mirror and admits the horrible truth:
    Now that I look in the mirror after a few years, I see that I turned into some creepy entity!
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Part of her character development. While she remains a cynical pervert, she's become a lot more pleasant and thoughtful.
  • Transparent Closet: She's either unaware or in deep denial of her attraction to girls, but is very bad about hiding it, particularly when around Asuka. Yuri, Hina and Ucchi are well aware at how easily swayed Tomoko is toward her.
  • Troll: She enjoys pranking, insulting, or otherwise getting under the skin of people she knows purely for lulz. Tomoki and Kotomi are her favorite targets.
  • Twice Shy: Tomoko has a blatant infatuation with Asuka, but her self-esteem is too low for her to accept Asuka's increasingly obvious hints that she feels the same—up to groping Tomoko's breasts during a walk on the beach.
  • The Unsmile: Pretty much every attempt she makes at smiling ends up coming off as looking more like a Slasher Smile. Combined with her Creepy Shadowed Undereyes, the effect is... rather unsettling.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Her portrayal switches between this, Cosmic Plaything and some combination of both depending on the chapter. She can be very pitiable, but at the same time rather self-centered, condescending (especially to her classmates, though this is restricted to her Inner Monologues and never expressed outwardly) and, in Chapter 33, is shown to be a devotee of schadenfreude. In the spinoff, she's portrayed much more unsympathetically than in the main story.
  • Visual Pun: Her big green eyes.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Tomoko seems to have developed a knack for attracting a lot of oddballs to her, or at least in making people develop their own idiosyncrasies. Yoshida is a short-tempered but oddly innocent teen who's often mistaken for a delinquent, Ucchi has grown progressively more obsessive over Tomoko to the point of stalking her, Kii-chan has gone from a normal girl to a borderline Creepy Child, and both Kotomi and Akari have become incredibly perverse (and unlucky) in pursuing their mutual crush on Tomoki. Lampshaded in Chapter 116, where Tomoki notes that all of his sister's friends appear to be a bunch of weirdos.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: She has this expression a lot.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: One of the major factors behind her inability to adapt to society is the fact that she tends to "learn" social skills through anime and video games, and mistakes many character interactions therein (including those that are, from an objective viewpoint, downright outlandish) for actual practice, and tries to emulate them in real life, which more often than not only serves to further humiliate her.
  • You Are What You Hate: The reason she despises Kotomi. Both are antisocial and their Only Friend is Yuu. Each one of them believes the other is below her.


Tomoko's Family

    Tomoki Kuroki
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura (Japanese), David Matranga (English)

Tomoko's younger and more responsible brother. He is a fairly average and well-adjusted person for his age and treats his sister with the usual level of sibling-related intolerance. Despite this, he does care for his sister and tries to support her when she needs it.

  • Academic Athlete: He's a considerably more motivated student than his sister is and is skilled enough at soccer to have an active spot on his school's team in his freshman year, along with the respect of his upperclassman teammates.
  • The Ace: In comparison to Tomoko, at least. He's mature, reliable, athletic, has a large social circle, and multiple girls that are interested in him. During the sports festival, it's revealed that even the attractive and popular third-year students on the soccer team respect Tomoki, despite him only being a first year.
  • Accidental Pervert:
    • In chapter 134, when he tries to prevent Masaki from attacking Kotomi and ends up groping Masaki by accident, much to his own horror.
    • He follows it up in chapter 168 by accidentally walking in on her showering.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Played with. He does tend to get on Tomoko's nerves, though not so much due to obnoxiousness as due to the fact that he's guilty of such "crimes" as staying home sick while Tomoko has to go to school, having friends who care enough to visit him while he's sick, or cleaning his own room and making his lunch himself (much to their mother's praise - and unlike his sister, thus making her look bad in comparison). Also inverted, Tomoki definitely sees Tomoko as his annoying older sibling.
  • Berserk Button: While he always braces himself whenever his sister approaches him, he gets particularly angry at her when she barges into his room unannounced, which she does frequently.
  • Big Little Brother: He's considerably taller and older-looking than his older sister. While it's not particularly strange, as they're only one year apart and both teenagers, it emphasizes how down-to-earth and mature he is in comparison to her.
  • Chaste Hero: While his sister is a raging pervert, Tomoki is completely unfazed by two girls telling him that they want to see his dick, to the point of failing to pick up that either is interested in him at all. Chapter 169 reveals that he owns no pornography whatsoever and that he reacts to accidentally walking in on a girl naked with annoyance rather than embarrassment or arousal. His chasteness is so notable that Akari's friend, Sayaka, suspects he may not be heterosexual at all, but soccersexual.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Both Kotomi and Akari pine for him, but he remains oblivious to their feelings even after they both blurt out in his presence that they would like to see his dick, and shows no interest in romance in general. In later chapters, he seems to catch on to Kotomi's crush on him (mostly as a result of Kotomi repeatedly embarrassing herself in his presence because of said crush), but at this point, he is too weirded out by her to reciprocate.
  • Covert Pervert: Subverted. Tomoko constantly accuses him of being Caught With His Pants Down whenever she enters his room, but he's always shown to simply be listening to music, reading a book or sleeping. Likewise, whenever Tomoko accuses him of being attracted to her, he expresses disgust and confusion about why she would even suggest it. Later, when forced to sit down and have lunch with Kotomi and Akari by Tomoko, it's made pretty clear that he simply isn't interested in having a girlfriend.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Like his mother and sister, although their mother's are less pronounced.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In response to Tomoko's antics.
  • Face Palm Of Doom: When ticked off, he simply grips his sister's head really hard.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: In a home video their mom found in episode 7, he said like a little kid he wanted to marry Tomoko. He was notably disturbed when he saw this video (also because of how much more affectionate he was towards her).
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Tomoko's Foolish.
  • Get Out!: Practically his Catchphrase, as he says it whenever his sister enters his room without permission.
  • Hidden Depths: Generally comes off as a grouchy loner, though this is almost entirely because we nearly only ever get to see him when he's forced to put up with Tomoko's obnoxious antics. On the occasions where we get to see his life outside of his sister, he is shown to be a surprisingly popular guy with a large friend group, multiple female admirers and an active spot on his school's soccer team.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: Nothing about the female form interests this guy. When he and the rest of the soccer team run by Tomoko and Asuka, the guys comment on how gorgeous they think Asuka is, while Tomoki can only grouse about seeing a shrimp (his sister). When Akari is stuck playing Twister all by herself in his room, he only looks on bored and wanting nothing to do with the game. Then there are his numerous Accidental Pervert moments with Masaki, which he only ever reacts to with annoyance.
  • I Have No Son!: Sibling variation. He exclusively refers to Tomoko as "that girl", even in his own thoughts. This is in stark contrast to when he was young, where he affectionately called her "nee-chan".
  • Jerkass to One: Tends to physically rein in his sister if needed. That said, deep down he is a generally good-natured guy who is shown to be perfectly nice and friendly when dealing with people who aren't Tomoko.
  • Not So Different:
    • This is subverted at first. Tomoko grows concerned about her brother when she catches him sitting alone at his desk, and starts to think he's a loner like her ...only to later see him happily chatting some guys up and find out he's garnered some attention from girls too. She doesn't take the revelation well at all.
    • Later chapters start to play it straight. Tomoki shows that he has his own moments where he makes an ass of himself. He also makes the exact same assumptions of Masaki's delinquent nature and even gropes her boob by accident, just like Tomoko did during the Kyoto trip.
  • The One Guy: Currently the only major male character. Justified due to Tomoko having problems working up the courage to talk to other girls, let alone guys. This is briefly lampshaded when, after realizing that she has begun interacting with other girls more frequently, Tomoko vows to try to talk to a guy, only to awkwardly barge into Tomoki's room, wave at him and then leave.
  • Only Sane Man: The only major character who is able to completely shut down Tomoko's antics before they escalate even further. It helps that he's willing to get violent with her. He maintains this role even as the cast expands; responding to the increasingly bizarre antics of the people around his sister with the same exasperation he has when dealing with her.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: All evidence points to him having a perfectly normal and fulfilling school life, in contrast to his sister.
  • Out of Focus: As one of the few people Tomoko was comfortable talking to for the longest time, he used to be a very prominent character in the manga. Once Tomoko finally started forming some close bonds at school, Tomoki's appearances were reduced to the occasional day in the limelight chapter.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's always wearing a grumpy expression of some sort, at least when around his sister.
  • Pet the Dog: Sometimes he takes pity on Tomoko. Notably, he expresses relief during her second-year graduation that she has managed to make some friends by the end of the year. Of course, he also makes a point of noting how all of her new friends seem to be a bunch of weirdos.
  • The Power of Hate: Thinking about various occasions when Tomoko has pissed him off causes him to tap into an Unstoppable Rage that has allowed him to become the star player of his soccer team. In comparison, thinking about the few occasions when the two of them have actually gotten along causes him to be thrown off his game and miss scoring the winning goal.
  • The Quiet One: Even when talking to people that he doesn't hate (as in, anyone other than Tomoko), he still rarely says more than a few words at a time.
  • The Reliable One: Viewed as this by his parents. While Tomoko's laziness and rude personality results in her frequently screwing up, their parents can always count on Tomoki to meet, or even occasionally exceed their expectations.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: One of his most frequent responses to his sister's wacky antics is staring at her for a few moments and then promptly walking away without even so much as asking what she's doing.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Tomoko.
  • The Stoic: His only emotion is seemingly a perpetually-annoyed calm. Even when he isn't particularly agitated, his expressions remain dour and his speech remains curt.
  • Straight Man: Serves as this whenever he shares a scene with his sister.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Invoked in chapter 106. Ucchi claims that his eyes and mouth are very similar to Tomoko's, which is how she is instantly able to tell that the two are siblings. Hina also comments on their similarity in chapter 134.
  • Tranquil Fury: While he's frequently pissed off at his sister, he only explodes at her when she's being particularly obnoxious. Otherwise, he remains fairly stoic when dealing with her.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Despite sharing his sister's Creepy Shadowed Undereyes while also being a Perpetual Frowner, giving him a fairly disheveled and unfriendly appearance at all times, he is seen as attractive by girls. This may be because All Girls Want Bad Boys.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: While he's suggested to be a decent guy when not around his sister at his present age, old home videos of him as a kid show that he used to be much more chipper.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's not above lashing out when Tomoko's getting on his nerves (giving her a kick, grabbing her face, etc.). He invoked the other trope one time Tomoko was annoying him. Then when her antics went too far, he had no choice but to strike her into calming down.

    The Kuroki Parents 
Mrs. Kuroki voiced by: Risa Hayamizu (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Mr. Kuroki voiced by: Ryō Iwasaki (Japanese), David Wald (English)

Tomoko's and Tomoki's parents.

  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Like both of her children, Mrs. Kuroki sports a pair of these. Though unlike theirs, hers are substantially less visible. Also, judging from a bonus drawing by Nico Tanigawa, she got her eye bags at a later age than her kids did. Mr. Kuroki is also revealed to have these in the single panel where we get to see one of his eyes reflected in a rearview mirror.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Well, "limelight" isn't exactly right, but the chapter "Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Spend Time With My Dad" marks the first time Mr. Kuroki has ever had a significant amount of screen time and focuses on Tomoko going on a fishing trip with him.
  • The Faceless: During the few occasions where he actually appears, Mr. Kuroki's face is never completely shown. We've been shown, at various different points, his hair, mouth, and eyes, though, so we have a decent idea of what he looks like.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Mrs. Kuroki has no idea that Tomoko is a loner with no friends until chapter 90, when Ogino mentions this during their parent-teacher conference. In fact, Tomoko actively tried to hide this from her mother, e.g. by lying to her about having fun with her classmates in one of the Christmas specials. Mr. Kuroki has it even worse, getting almost all of his information about his children secondhand from his wife.
  • No Name Given: The only reason we even know their last name is because we know their children's. They're exclusively called "mom" and "dad" in-universe.
  • Parental Favoritism: Played with. Mrs. Kuroki loves both Tomoko and Tomoki equally but is often exasperated at her daughter for being lazy and irresponsible. This causes Tomoko to become slightly resentful whenever her mom praises Tomoki for his maturity and self-reliance.
  • Salaryman: Judging from his usual clothing of a suit and the fact that he's almost never around the house due to being too busy working, Mr. Kuroki is one of these.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Mrs. Kuroki was shown to resemble a tidier-looking Tomoko when she was younger, and, from what we've seen of his face, Mr. Kuroki resembles an older Tomoki.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After Tomoko complains about having to help with housework, Mrs. Kuroki calls her out on the fact that Tomoki not only helps out without complaint, but he does so on top of also having Club Activities and studying for his High School Entrance Exam.
    • When Tomoko forgets to mail Tomoki's application to the entrance exams for a school in Saitama, the furious mother subjects her daughter to a very harsh lecture about how she ruined her brother's future.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Mr. Kuroki's appearances can be counted on one hand and are extremely brief. At all other times, it can be easy to forget that Tomoko even has a dad.

    Kiko "Kii-chan" Satozaki
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Juliet Simmons (English)

Tomoko and Tomoki's thirteen-year-old cousin and a seventh-grade schoolgirl. Having been fed a steady stream of face-saving lies by Tomoko, she idolizes her older cousin.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ever since she lost Kii's respect, Tomoko has come to see her cousin as this and always dreads their meetings.
  • Audience Surrogate: Her reaction to Tomoko's card game.
  • Broken Pedestal: How she sees Tomoko after all her attempts to look cool backfires spectacularly on her. Unlike other examples though, she takes the revelation well, and the next time they meet her admiration is replaced not with utter disdain, but with pity and appreciation that at least she tried her best.
  • Creepy Child: When she gets in a bad mood, Kii becomes very...unsettling. It's bad enough that Tomoko regards her as The Dreaded and she's always painted in a sinister light in Tomoko's dreams. To say nothing of the nightmare she had where Kii-chan implicitly raped her with an eggplant. As Tomoko woke up from that nightmare it turned out that Kii was actually in her room, watching her sleep.
  • Death Glare: Pulled one mixed with a Thousand-Yard Stare when she was angry with Tomoko, also...
    "No! Just take it."
    • This has become a regular expression for her when she is angry, with an added Stepford Smile.
  • Incest Subtext: When asked about what kind of boy she likes, Kii-chan responds with "like Onee-chan!", specifying that as someone who makes her heart skip a beat, "like [Tomoko]". Tomoko is understandably unnerved by this.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She means well when she tries to take care of Tomoko after finding out the truth about her, but so far her actions just drive it home to Tomoko how pathetic she has gotten.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Tomoya Satozaki.
  • Nice Girl: An unusual role for a Type-A Tsundere specialist like Rie Kugimiya. She's so nice she doesn't harbor any grudge against Tomoko for unwittingly breaking her good impression of her.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Until chapter 60, where it's revealed that her given name is Kiko. Her full name is revealed in chapter 141.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Is almost never seen without a smile, especially when around Tomoko.
  • Replacement Goldfish: In chapter 60 Tomoko speculates that Kii tries to take care of her because she treats her as a replacement for her deceased dog. At the end of that chapter Kii even gives Tomoko that dog's hairpin (the one she is always wearing).
  • Slasher Smile: A lot of her smiles look decidedly empty and sinister, particularly when combined with Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Her response to a rather sad story Tomoko tells her is more verbal than actually emotional.
    Kii: [while smiling brightly] You're so kind, Onee-chan. I'm tearing up.
    Tomoko: [thinking] Like hell you are!
  • Token Mini-Moe: She has a very cutesy design that stands out from the rest of the cast. It makes sense while she's 12 years old, but it becomes even more notable when she retains it even as she approaches her mid-teens.
  • Unwanted Assistance: She wants to help Tomoko become a better person, but Tomoko, who knows she's driven by pity and finds Kii's efforts demeaning, wants nothing to do with it.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Whenever she gets unpleasantly surprised, aggravated, disapproving, or devious, her eyes take on this look, which never fails to unnerve Tomoko. This is practically her default look in Tomoko's mind since Kii always has these eyes whenever Tomoko thinks or dreams about her.


Tomoko's Middle School Friends

    Yuu Naruse
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)

Tomoko's best friend from middle school, who managed the transition to adolescence far more gracefully than Tomoko. She was originally very quiet and nerdy; however, after moving to high school she dyed her hair, improved her fashion sense and personal appearance, became more outgoing and eventually got a steady boyfriend. Despite changing so much, she remains a kind friend to Tomoko, though she remains blissfully oblivious to how different their social lives are and is unaware of the more unpleasant aspects of Tomoko's personality.

She is the protagonist of the spin-off manga It's Your Fault My Friend's Not Popular, which details her middle school life with Tomoko from her perspective.

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In the final episode of the anime, she starts to chase after a distraught Tomoko out of concern for her but ends up being distracted by a cat.
  • Beautiful All Along: An interesting case where she's introduced after having this already happen to her. Back in middle school she wore thick glasses and unflattering clothing but was still beautiful underneath them.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After embarrassingly winning a bet in the Christmas special of 2016, Yuu makes Tomoko and Komiyama sing Christmas carols together for an hour.
  • Brainless Beauty: Despite her beauty and kindness, she's oblivious to Tomoko's unsavory nature and has below-average grades. In the second Christmas special Tomoko opines that even using Twitter or keeping a blog would be too complicated for Yuu to handle. She also remains oblivious to the animosity between Tomoko and Kotomi until chapter 54 of the main story. In chapter 124 she also does not pick on Yuri's jealousy of her friendship with Tomoko, and is just happy that Tomoko's new friends like her so much.
  • Character Development: Probably one of the rare occasions where Out of Focus actually helped. As the third year rolls on and she learns of Tomoko's desire to get into the more academically prestigious Aoyama University and Tomoko's now large group of friends, Yuu starts to show insecurity at the possibility of being left behind by Tomoko while not wanting her lack of intelligence to drag her friend down and stop her from achieving her dream.
  • Closet Geek: She's currently this, due to her popularity having soared at her high school after she cleaned up her appearance. At one point she says that she's happy that she can still hang out with Tomoko since she doesn't have anyone else to talk to about anime-related things.
  • Cool Pet: In chapter 64, while catching bugs with Tomoko and Kotomi, she manages to catch a rhinoceros beetle. Tomoko and Kotomi comment on its coolness and rarity, and Tomoko convinces Yuu to keep it as a pet.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: She's completely unaware of the effect she had on Tomoko and Kotomi in middle school, and even in high school, she still hasn't caught on to Tomoko's blatantly obvious lust for her.
  • Covert Pervert: One thing she isn't oblivious about is innuendo.
  • Decoy Protagonist: In the spin-off, she is set up as the protagonist at first, but the narrative focus eventually moves from her to Tomoko and Komiyama, and the story is mostly about the two's "friendship."
  • Dude Magnet: She draws guys to her without even trying, much to Tomoko's eternal chagrin.
  • Dumb Blonde: Her hair is dyed, but otherwise applies.
  • Dumb Is Good: She's the ditziest of the three middle school friends, but also by far the sweetest.
  • Erotic Dream: Implied in chapter 7 of the spin-off. Tomoko and Kotomi are pretty delighted by it.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Tomoko and Kotomi both have pretty obvious crushes on her in middle school and separate high schools have done little to ebb their lust.
  • Foil: To Tomoko, also to Kotomi. She had been, initially, shy like her two friends but was able to overcome it and build a social life, unlike Tomoko. In middle school, she already had a hidden natural beauty that drew attention. Most importantly, she has shown negative feelings towards other people the least, unlike her friends.
  • Friend to Bugs: Played with. She doesn't particularly deal well with insects, but when she goes bug-catching with her friends, she insists on letting the critters go when Tomoko wanted to watch them eat each other. She also keeps a rhinoceros beetle she catches as a pet.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: After taking her glasses off, her popularity soared.
  • Good Bad Girl: Mostly implied, but she's suggested to have attended Wild Teen Parties before and may have already lost her virginity, both things that the much sleazier Tomoko could only dream of doing.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Surprisingly, in chapter 57! She deals with it in a completely different way than Tomoko, though.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Everyone who sees her is astounded by her looks, she has no problem drawing attention from guys, and even girls like Tomoko and Kotomi express attraction to her.
  • The Heart: She is pretty much the only reason Tomoko and Kotomi even talk to each other, and also the only reason they are willing to be civil when they do talk. In chapter 54 she takes an active role to the trope.
  • Hidden Depths: It's implied that while she may not be as academically smart as the rest of the cast, she's much sharper than she lets on. Yuu's fully aware that her two best friends don't like each other but is able to get them to at least tolerate one another by steering them to an arcade, where they can hone their rivalry into playing fun games together. One Christmas special shows she does indeed have her own devilish side that can embarrass them For the Lulz.
  • Important Haircut: In Chapter 100, Yuu cuts her hair to shoulder length, due in part to breaking up with her boyfriend.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Everyone who sees Yuu always makes a note on how cute and attractive she is. While the manga has plenty of attractive and fashionable girls, she stands out as the only one who is consistently given this treatment.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Her casual remarks indicating that she has a much more fulfilling social life than Tomoko can hope for, including having a boyfriend, cause Tomoko a lot of distress.
    • Komiyama was also hit with this, in chapter 6 of the spin-off.
    • During Tomoko's, Yuu's and Kotomi's Christmas party in the 2016 Christmas special Tomoko come up with the idea for the trio to buy one another funny gifts that would be completely useless to the recipient rather than ordinary Christmas gifts. In response, Yuu buys Tomoko a pack of condoms. Yuu claims to have thought about it simply as a funny gift, and is embarrassed when Tomoko points out what such a gift implies about what Yuu thinks of Tomoko.
    • In chapter 124 Yuu says that she would love to meet Kotomi's friends, and claims that they have to be kind if they are friends with her; Kotomi notes in her Inner Monologue that the way Yuu phrased that is a bit hurtful for her.
  • Meganekko: Wore glasses in middle school. She still wears them at home.
  • Morality Pet: She was the only person for whom Tomoko displayed any kind of empathy for in the early parts of the manga.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Or at least this is how Tomoko sees her. While her clothing is occasionally somewhat risque, she herself is quite modest and buttoned-down.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Yoshihisa Naruse.
  • Nice Girl: Overall, a pretty nice and sweet (if somewhat airheaded) person.
  • Oblivious to Love: Doesn't notice Tomoko's crush on her.
  • Only Friend: To Tomoko (who even admits this in one of her Inner Monologues in chapter 29) in the early chapters, and also to Kotomi in the prequel. Not so much in later chapters, as Tomoko makes a few more friends, while Kotomi befriends a girl named Itou and has a somewhat Odd Friendship with her romantic rival Akari. Even then, Yuu seems to remain the closest friend to Tomoko and Kotomi.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: In anime flashbacks, though her eyes are visible in both manga.
  • Otaku: She was this during middle school. Now that she's in high school and has a better social life, she's more of a Closet Otaku around everyone except Tomoko and Kotomi, whom she feels she can be more open about otaku-related things with.
  • Out of Focus: Yuu has had fewer appearances in the story since Tomoko managed to get some semblance of social life at her school.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: Used to clue the reader in to the frequent discomfort or awkwardness beneath her perpetual smile.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In middle school.
  • She's All Grown Up: She was a mousy, nerdy and shy girl in middle school who became a trendy, beautiful and outgoing girl in high school.
  • Stepford Smiler: Has a tendency to put up a cheerful front, even when she's going through bouts of depression, often from the trouble she has with her boyfriend.
  • Stupid Good: Her niceness can be very high when it comes to her friends. For example, when they were in the pool:
    Tomoko: "If I peed in here, would you pull away from me?"
    Yuu: "I wouldn't. Because we're friends."
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: A minor running gag whenever she becomes overwhelmed by academia, displaying a vacant look on her face complete with an empty smile that displays no happiness whatsoever. Tomoko thinks she looks like a rape victim this way.
  • Token Good Teammate: Tomoko and Kotomi are both rather self-absorbed and prone to seeking out flaws in people, while Yuu is sweet and rarely criticizes others.

    Kotomi Komiyama
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi

One of Yuu's old middle school friends. She immediately takes a dislike to Tomoko, who sees Kotomi as a rival for Yuu's attention. Unfortunately, Kotomi proves to be just as passive-aggressive and anti-social as Tomoko.

Kotomi is formally introduced in the spin-off manga It's Your Fault My Friend's Not Popular, and later on she is re-introduced in the main series. Kotomi does not appear in the anime as it only adapts stories from before her first appearance. However, she appears in a special OVA, bundled with the Japanese release of the main series's seventh volume.

  • A-Cup Angst: Just like Tomoko.
  • Alliterative Name: Both her first and last name begin with "K".
  • Ascended Extra: She first appeared in Tomoko's flashback to her middle school years in Chapter 30 of the main series as the third, unnamed girl running the marathon with Tomoko and Yuu; she's only seen in three frames and has no speaking lines. In the spin-off series, starting with Chapter 2, she is one of the main characters. She then makes her formal debut in the main manga in Chapter 46.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Badmouthing her crush Tomoki, as Tomoko found out in chapter 54.
    • Any girl getting close to Tomoki is enough to invoke her hostility.
  • Bookworm: Always shown reading a book during her job as the school librarian.
  • Butt-Monkey: Not only is her crush on Tomoki unrequited, as he barely knows she even exists, but the plots revolving around said crush tend to end with her in some embarrassing situation or otherwise miserable.
  • The Cameo: She makes a short appearance in the OVA that's about a minute long, which constitutes the only time she's ever been animated (and voiced).
  • Covert Pervert: Revealed to be one in Chapter 7 of the spin-off, though she is in denial about it. Also, in chapter 91 of the main series she blurts out that she is interested in Tomoki's dick... in Tomoki's presence, no less. As of chapter 101, she seems to have accepted that this is a part of her personality.
  • Cross-Popping Veins: When Tomoko pisses her off. Which is often.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: During periods of extensive relaxation, she has a habit of mumbling some of her inner thoughts out loud. Normally, this isn't a problem as it usually happens in private, but she also does it while studying with her friends over Skype, which leads to much awkwardness. Particularly when her inner thoughts are about Tomoki.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: If there's one thing Kotomi hates more than Tomoko being a Jerkass to her, it's the rare times when Tomoko actually expresses pity for her.
  • Flanderization: Kotomi in Tomomote and the first few chapters after her Watamote debut was a shy and awkward girl with an interest in baseball and the Chiba Lotte Marines and a crush on Tomoki. As Watamote progressed, however, Kotomi's interest in the Marines became an obsession, to the point where Ogino had to stop her introduction at the start of the third year because she wouldn't shut up about it, and she took charge of the softball team during the sports meet. Kotomi's crush on Tomoki, originally innocent, became more creepy and perverted over time, and eventually reached the point where she was open about wanting to see his dick, stalked him at sports events to take photos, and even blurted out that she wanted to lick his eye bags.
  • Foil: To Tomoko. She's basically her but more proper looking and with more common sense.
  • Forgettable Character: Tomoko completely forgot that she existed as soon as she graduated from middle school. To be fair to Kotomi, this may have more to do with Tomoko not liking her enough to bother remembering her than it does with her flat out being a forgettable person.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: A comedic example. She and Tomoko had a friendship that was tenuous at best in middle school and immediately split apart as soon as Yuu was taken out of the picture. By the time they reunite in high school, their relationship is entirely hostile and only becomes slightly more civil on the occasions where they both hang out with Yuu at the same time.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Akari. They both pine for Tomoki, and in an omake set after events of chapter 91 Akari even declares herself to be Kotomi's rival. However, so far there seems to be little animosity between the two, and Kotomi actually seems to care about Akari's well-being a bit. Kotomi encourages Akari to be honest about her feelings for Tomoki in chapter 101, and later, in chapter 108, she hesitates whether to tell Akari that Tomoki greeted her, because she didn't want to rub it in Akari's face. Akari, in turn, wanted to badmouth Kotomi when asked about her by Tomoki but backed off when she realized that Kotomi's feelings for Tomoki are the same as her own. In chapters 112 and 113 Akari is even shown helping Kotomi prepare the Valentine's Day chocolates for Tomoki and it turns out it was Akari who convinced Kotomi to give the Valentine's Day chocolates to Tomoki.
  • Game of Nerds: She's a massive baseball enthusiast who follows the Chiba Lotte Marines with almost religious zeal. Of note is that she knows the make, model, and plate number of every player's car on the team. Chapter 117 reveals that she was once a member of the baseball cheer squad.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She does not take kindly to other girls showing romantic interest with Tomoki, or interacting with him in any way, or even talking about him. Even finding out about the existence of Kii in chapter 141 triggers her jealousy.
  • I Am What I Am: While Tomoko's accusations on her fixation with Tomoki's genitals used to be a source of angst, Kotomi has made peace with that perverse side of her and freely admits that she would in fact love to see his dick. As of chapter 101, Tomoko's accusations no longer bother her.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In a clothes store she hinted an interest in cosplaying. In chapter 79 she looks like the protagonist of a Final Fantasy game.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Komi-something". Also: "Glasses". Both given by Tomoko.
    • Her friend, Itou, refers to her as "Koto."
  • Kick the Dog: Calling Shizuku a pig to her face. In the past, if Kotomi wasn't able to bottle up her hostile feelings towards anyone she perceived as a rival for Tomoki's affections, then she was at least able to catch herself and make an effort to retain some civility, but this was the first time she was very open and unapologetic about it.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Tends to lose her common sense and act irrationally whenever the plot involves her crush Tomoki in some way.
  • Meganekko: Is actually a cute girl with glasses.
  • My Parents Are Dead: Has revealed that her father died from an illness when she was five. Yuu gets awkward, Tomoko... not much.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Fittingly, she shares the surname of Satoru Komiyama.
  • Not Helping Your Case:
    • Like Tomoko, she insists that they are by absolutely no means friends. But when she gets into an angry confrontation with Masaki over the latter's apparent closeness to Tomoki, she tries to play it off as just Big Sister Instinct for her "best friend's" little brother, which only reinforces everyone's beliefs that they are friends.
    • Furthermore, the above incident happens while Kotomi is trying to apologize to Masaki for lashing out at her. She does this in the hope of not looking like a terrible person in front of Tomoki while also downplaying her jealousy...only to immediately lose her temper again once Masaki starts getting friendly with Tomoki once more.
  • Not So Different: Apparently neither she nor Tomoko had any friends in their class before befriending Yuu. She and Tomoko both like the same anime, got the same type of hairstyle in Chapter 3 of the spin-off, got insecure with Yuu's beauty in Chapter 4, found themselves unable to talk to guys and ended up in the same high school. Chapters 47 and 48 of the main manga show her walking home from school alone and eating her lunch in the bathroom, implying that she doesn't have many friends in high school either. Notably, this does not make them less hostile towards each other at all.
    • Their Not So Different nature is even lampshaded by the title of one of the 4-Komas from Chapter 7 of the spin-off, "Cut from the same cloth".
    • They appear to be showing some small progress when it comes to getting along. They accept having to hang together to be with Yuu during summer break, and chapter 71 shows them taking a picture together (though it was played off as awkward).
    • According to chapter 83 their similarity even extends to their appearance (at least whenever Kotomi is distraught and without glasses) as they get mistaken for each other (albeit by someone who had little prior contact with either of them.
    • One could think that chapter's 83 titles ("Because I'm Not Popular, I'll Tell Lies") was referring to Tomoko. While Tomoko does tell an obvious troll to lie in the chapter, it is Komiyama who says the more significant lies.
  • Only Sane Woman: Has more common sense than her two friends, at least in matters not related to her crush Tomoki or potential romantic rivals.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Sometimes she is presented like this depending on the situation. Her glasses are a little variant of this trope because they are not so big.
  • Otaku: She shares the same interests in anime that Tomoko does, but to nowhere near the same extent. It's the subject of baseball where her obsessions really skyrocket into otaku territory, especially when it comes to the Chiba Lotte Marines.
  • Out of Focus: Not to the same extent as Yuu, but her screentime has been reduced considerably since the cast has grown in size.
  • Precision F-Strike:
  • Right in Front of Me: In Chapter 2 of the spin-off she tried to break the ice with Tomoko by telling her a story about having a laugh in the previous year when she heard that some middle schooler was still riding a bike with training wheels. Guess who that middle schooler was?
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: While she may seem plain and mousy at school, Kotomi is shown to have a keen fashion sense that gives her a more showy appearance. Most notably, she managed to turn a bathing suit that Tomoko suggested to her as a joke into something very stylish at the beach, and dialogue implies she even got some boys' attention with it.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: With Tomoko. She dislikes Tomoko because the latter tends to act like a Jerkass towards her for reasons she can't fathom, and only ever strikes back at her when provoked. This is eventually downplayed massively in third year as Tomoko doesn't have as much reason to be jealous of her with her own expanded friend group and the two are now able to much better tolerate each other as a result.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Acts like this towards Tomoki in some chapters, though this is Played for Laughs. In chapter 88 she is shown taking photos of him during the athletics meet, getting turned on when he is made to wear baseball uniform and hoping he would be wearing the kind of uniform where the understocking is showing. In the very next chapter, when let into Tomoki's room by Tomoko, she considers looking through his drawers or his trash before deciding to lie in his bed instead.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Even though they mutually dislike one another, she and Tomoko are frequently on the same wavelength, coming to the same conclusions independently, and even acting as they can communicate without even speaking.
  • The Strategist: Appoints herself as the strategist of her softball team during the sports tournament in her third year of high school. It seems not to be very successful, as Minami doesn't even understand her directions, and other girls are weirded out by her.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In spite of their mutual dislike, she and Tomoko are at least willing to cooperate to keep Yuu happy.
  • Unknown Rival: When they reunite in Chapter 46 of the main story, Tomoko has forgotten about Kotomi. On the other hand, Kotomi bears a grudge against Tomoko. (The next chapter reveals that they didn't spend all of their middle school years in the same class.) Now both are aware of the other's dislike.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Tomoko on their best of days, particularly past Chapter 57. On their worst, it's a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis relationship. Even their classmates, Yuu and Kii seem to think they've got this kind of relationship going with how in-sync they act despite their affirmations to the contrary.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: When she is surprised and/or angry.
  • With Friends Like These...: Yuu is the only link that makes her and Tomoko tolerate each other.
  • You Are What You Hate: The reason she despises Tomoko. Both are antisocial and their Only Friend is Yuu. Each one of them believes the other is below her.


Tomoko's School and Teachers

    Megumi Imae
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (Japanese), Juliet Simmons (English)

President of Tomoko's (and later Tomoki's) student council.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In the anime, when she replaces the random girl holding the stack of papers that Tomoko accidentally runs into. Downplayed because this first appearance is in an earlier part of the chapter/episode she would appear in.
  • Covert Pervert: Anna and Reina suspect she is due to her dog sticking its head under Masaki's skirt seemingly on command and apparently giving her cunnilingus. Megumi denies having anything to do with this of course, and insists that everything she knows about sex she learned from a friend.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: While she was in elementary school, she found a dog who had been abandoned and took it home with her. Unlike most examples, it was adopted and is still the family pet to this day. It's heavily implied that this mindset is also what led her to take notice of, and make it a point to look out for, Tomoko.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Toshiaki Imae.
  • Nice Girl: Some female students mention that she's popular with both boys and girls at the school due to her helpfulness. She is noticeably kind and even protective toward Tomoko and regularly goes out of her way to watch over the latter.
  • Put on a Bus: Since she's a year older than Tomoko, she graduates at the end of Tomoko's second year of high school. An omake from volume 14 of the manga reveals that she went to Aoyama University after graduating and she makes a proper return at the end of summer where she winds up spending a day at the beach with Tomoko and Yoshida's group.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only makes a handful of appearances before graduating but the impression she leaves on Tomoko is considerable which plays a major role in the latter's growth. Even after her graduation, she serves as a model for Tomoko's relationship with her own kouhai, Shizuku.
  • Student Council President
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: She does this frequently for Tomoko.
    • Chapter 21/Episode 12: Seeing Tomoko down after Yuu leaves at the end of the school festival, Megumi borrows a mascot costume and gives her a hug and a balloon. In Episode 12, she also mentions having to keep an eye on that "cute girl" after Tomoko ends up getting flustered out of trying to strike up a conversation with her after a gust of wind gave her a good view of Megumi's panties.
    • Chapter 42: Steps in once she sees Ogino browbeating Tomoko at the school gate for being such a loner, going so far as to say that she's her friend.
    • Chapter 51: She helps Tomoko after the latter slips in the hall, and accompanies the latter to the infirmary to have her nosebleed looked at.
    • Chapter 98: Despite her home being in the opposite direction, she joins Yoshida in walking Tomoko to the train station, after Tomoko gets stuck at school due to the rain.

Voiced by: Sanae Nakata (Japanese), Beth Lazarou (English)

Tomoko's P.E. teacher. During Tomoko's second year she becomes Tomoko's homeroom teacher and becomes so again once she reaches her third year.

  • Adults Are Useless: Zig-zagged. She is one of the few people who actually noticed how isolated Tomoko was in her class, questioned her about it and tried to help her. Unfortunately, her initial efforts to help Tomoko make friends failed due to her bluntness and mostly just put Tomoko in more awkward situations. However, Ogino grouping Tomoko with Yoshida, Yuri, and Ucchi for a school trip did result in Tomoko's social circle expanding a bit, as after the school trip Tomoko started regularly hanging out with Yuri (who ended up viewing Tomoko as a friend) and occasionally interacting with Yoshida (though this turned out to be at best a mixed blessing for Tomoko).
  • Ascended Extra: Made her first, brief appearances in chapters 10 and 25 of the manga. Once she became Tomoko's homeroom teacher she was also given a larger role in the story.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Makes her look androgynous as a result.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Zig-zagged. She likes to spill out her students' secrets as long as she doesn't mention their names.
  • Cool Teacher: Attempts to be one, at least. She frequently tries to help Tomoko come out of her shell and socialize, and generally acts like a relatively lenient Reasonable Authority Figure when around her. Unfortunately, all of her efforts end up being seen as Unwanted Assistance by Tomoko, causing her to develop something of a grudge against her.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Cool Teacher trope. Her efforts to connect with her students on a personal level end up making them view her with contempt as an invasive annoyance rather than as a mentor that they can confide in.
  • Last-Name Basis: Justified due to her being a teacher that Tomoko isn't particularly close to.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Takashi Ogino.
  • Out of Focus: She loses a lot of importance during the third year given that Tomoko's managed to make more friends and so she has no real reason to butt into things anymore.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While Ogino can be very stern and authoritative, she is willing to let things slide in extenuating circumstances. For instance, when Tomoko's field trip group tried sneaking out at night to get some food, she allowed them to go to a nearby convenience store since they slept past dinner, provided she accompany them.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Tomoko's opinion on her attempts to help her make friends. Hina didn't seem thrilled about Ogino helping her prepare for her future career as a voice actress, either.

Voiced by: Jun Fukushima (Japanese), Johnny DeLaCerda (English)

A friendly older student who lent a sleeping Tomoko his umbrella during a rainy day. Since then, she's developed a crush on him.

  • Anime Hair: Complete with a little tuft of hair across his face
  • Bishōnen: He's drawn with a noticeably more feminine face than most other male characters, and is seen as very attractive by Tomoko.
  • Boyfriend Bluff: Tomoko attempts to pretend that she's dating him in an effort to impress Kii-chan. It works at first, but she's eventually forced to tell the truth after Kii-chan mistakes him tutoring another girl for him cheating on Tomoko and confronts him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a brief reappearance in chapter 163, which establishes that he's now in college and that Tomoko is still awkward around him.
  • Last-Name Basis: He only told Tomoko his last name when introducing himself to her, further demonstrating how nonexistent their "relationship" actually is.
  • Love Interest: A one-sided and very minor example. Tomoko has a crush on him, but she also barely knows him. While he's pleasant towards her whenever they meet, he also pretty clearly doesn't harbor any particularly strong feelings for her.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Makoto Kosaka.
  • Nice Guy: Seems to be generally pleasant and kind, giving Tomoko his umbrella during a rainy day and acting patiently towards her usual awkwardness. The second time we see him, he's tutoring a girl, once again showing that he's a helpful individual.
  • Old-School Chivalry: Appears to be a rather classic gentleman, as seen by his polite and courteous treatment of even the strange and awkward Tomoko.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Mostly because his status as a potential love interest is entirely in Tomoko's head. Tomoko has only spoken to him a few times, and outside of being a Nice Guy, not much can be seen of his personality from their exchanges.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: He first meets Tomoko when he lends her an umbrella during a rainy day, and she later becomes smitten with him.
  • The Unsmile: While generally an overall Nice Guy, Tomoko's Boyfriend Bluff stunt and getting confronted by Kii for "cheating" on Tomoko kind of strains Kosaka's ability to be nice. When he tries to smile off Tomoko's apology, it's shown that he is struggling to.

    Akari Iguchi
Voiced by: Kanami Satō (Japanese)

Tomoki's classmate from middle school, and later also from high school. Revealed to have a crush on Tomoki, much to Kotomi's distress.

  • A-Cup Angst: In Tomoko's words, she's "an A-cup...B-cup at best." Akari is devastated when Tomoko reveals this information to her crush, Tomoki.
  • Ascended Extra: She made her first, brief appearances in chapter 25/episode 3 of the anime (as one of the girls who brought Tomoki printouts from school when he was sick) and in chapter 41 (where she was revealed to have a crush on Tomoki). After chapter 83 she becomes a recurring character.
  • Beneath the Mask: While she presents herself as friendly and polite girl on the outside, Akari's inner monologue tends to be full of snark and frustration whenever she converses with people who try her patience, such as Kotomi and Sayaka. While she's eventually able to make peace with Kotomi and all her weirdness, Sayaka continues to annoy her until Akari has enough and just slaps her.
  • Broken Pedestal: Eventually when she figures out that Kotomi isn't Tomoki's sister. She's willing to admit, at least in her Inner Monologue, that the girl is a huge pervert.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pretty much every chapter featuring Akari will just end with her flustered and humiliated.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She turns into a Shrinking Violet in Tomoki's presence and is paralyzed by fear of embarrassing herself in front of him, which prevents her from confessing her feelings. It doesn't help that the one time she mustered the courage to try to act on her crush did result in her embarrassing herself in front of Tomoki in chapter 91.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: For a few chapters she was convinced that Tomoko is her romantic rival. Neither Tomoko nor Tomoki had any idea she felt that way.
  • In-Series Nickname: After the events of chapter 91, Tomoko coins "Dicky-chan" for her.
  • Love Hurts: So far her crush on Tomoki has only caused misery and embarrassment for her.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Tadahito Iguchi.
  • Nice Girl: When straight out asked about Kotomi by Tomoki, she thinks for a moment of admitting that she thinks Kotomi is perverted but sympathizes too much with her affection for Tomoki to actually do so. She instead tells him that Kotomi is a really innocent girl.
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Later chapters show that Akari believes having sexual desires is something that makes one "impure"; as a result, she spends the first chapters after becoming a recurring character insisting that her crush on Tomoki has no sexual element whatsoever. In chapter 101 she finally acknowledges that she is also sexually interested in Tomoki, but this realization makes her loathe herself; in chapter 108 she calls both Kotomi and herself "vulgar perverts" in her thoughts.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Feeling some measure of animosity for Tomoko during the sports meet due to the latter seeming to have some kind of relationship with her crush, Akari soundly beats her in a cavalry battle. However, not only does the victory feel shallow to her, but it gave Tomoko a chance to grope her, figure out her bra size, and report it to Tomoki. Akari gets nothing but thorough humiliation.
  • Unknown Rival: For the longest time, Tomoko had no idea that Akari considered her to be her chief rival for Tomoki's affections.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Gets some from her friend, Sayaka, in chapter 95 when the latter attempts to debate Akari's so-called perverted tendencies with Tomoko. All she ends up doing is embarrassing poor Akari and further solidifying Tomoko's impression of her.
    Sayaka: Akari's been in love with Tomoki-kun since middle school! She's just a pure-hearted girl who wants to see Tomoki-kun's dick!
    Akari: Please just stop!
  • What You Are in the Dark: When her crush, Tomoki, asks her what she knows about Kotomi, Akari realizes she has an opportunity to completely sabotage her rival for his affections. However, before she can voice it out loud, she remembers how happy Kotomi was about previously being able to converse with him, and decides instead to say that she is "a very pure-hearted girl," painting her in as positive a light as possible and knowing no one will ever find out what she did either way.
  • Wrong Assumption: She makes two in chapter 83, when she manages to both mistake Kotomi for Tomoki's sisternote  and mistake Tomoko for Tomoki's suitor.

    Shizuku Hirasawa

A first year student at Tomoko's school and Tomoko's kouhai. Tomoko originally met her when she was taking the school's entrance exam and later reconnected with her when she entered high school. Her popularity with boys leaves her greatly unpopular with other girls and so she greatly looks up to Tomoko both as her senpai and as her first real female friend.

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Pretty much the reason why she's so attached to Tomoko. Tomoko gave her some encouraging words and advice when she fell ill during the entrance exam, and Shizuku latched onto her ever since. Played With in that Tomoko never meant to be nice to her; she intended her advice to steer Shizuku away from going to the same school as her, and didn't think much of the younger student when she got in. However, Tomoko over time did soften up and started to treat Shizuku with more genuine kindness.
  • Bully Magnet: Girls just have it out for Shizuku and subject her to all sorts of Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics. Even Tomoko's friends and acquaintances have a tendency to grab the Jerkass Ball around her.
  • Covert Pervert: Possibly. She acts innocent and has even admitted to being too scared to have sexual intercourse with her boyfriend, but Shizuku seems to know how to perform a handjob, which she demonstrates on a clay penis that she even models to look anatomically correct.
  • Dude Magnet: Shizuku doesn't seem to have any problems attracting boys to her side. On the flip side, she's disliked by all her female classmates as a result, hence why she doesn't have any female friends.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Or at least Tomoko does because in her words Shizuku might be sly and try to butter up the boys but she looks hot doing it so she's okay in Tomoko's book. It should be noted that this does not apply to anyone else; other girls hate her.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Adores Tomoko, her first real senpai and female friend. During tanabata her only wish is to have Tomoko call her by her first name with no honorifics and when Tomoko does she's completely over the moon.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Was under the impression that Tomoko, of all people, was a kind and thoughtful senior looking out for her when in reality, the older girl was apathetic to Shizuku at best and was only hanging out with her to hear some spicy stories about her sex life. Though she's eventually proven somewhat correct as Tomoko does try to give her advice and spend time with her even though Tomoko stands to gain nothing from it.
  • The Ingenue: She's sweet, naive and attractive so she has no problem attracting boys. Although she seems to think they just want to be friends with her and is seemingly unaware of their attraction.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She's not a mean person intentionally, but she's woefully unaware of her Butt-Monkey boyfriend's obvious misery, doesn't seem all too keen on giving him emotional support when he needs it, and even blurts out his failings to others without even attempting to sugarcoat them. Tomoko suspects this might be why Shizuku doesn't have any real friends.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Taiga Hirasawa.
  • Only Six Faces: Shizuku is almost a dead-ringer for a younger Megumi Imae, which is why for the longest time people have been theorizing that they're somehow related.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Seems to have latched on to this role, with Tomoko as her (unwilling) "sempai".
  • Squee!: To say she is positively elated when Tomoko calls her by her given name is putting it mildly.
    Tomoko: Shizuku...
    Shizuku: KYAAAH! Senpai called me by my name! My [Tanabata] wish came true right away!
  • Stock Shoujo Bullying Tactics: A recurring victim of this. Chapter 132 reveals that she's ignored by her girl classmates, who are jealous of her popularity with boys. This also happened to her back in middle school, as her friends abandoned her when she started getting along with the boys. Likewise, Tomoko's friends do not welcome Shizuku with open arms when they find out that she tries to befriend Tomoko; Yuri ignores her, Hina creeps her out, and Ucchi intimidates her. In chapter 142 Kotomi openly badmouths Shizuku after the latter showed some interest in Tomoki.
  • The Vamp: Other girls (including Tomoko) see her actions as an intentional ploy to seduce and entrance the boys around her. In reality, she seems to be unaware of the effect she has on the school's male population.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Tomoko.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: She seems to be operating under the impression that she's the protagonist of a shoujo manga, viewing Tomoko as her kind sempai and even seeing her under an idealized shoujo filter.

    Reina and Anna

Delinquents from another class who happen to be Yoshida's friends. In contrast to their friend, they're much more worldly.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: After seeing Tomoko on the receiving end of Yoshida's fury Anna finds her hilarious and invites Tomoko to sit with them at lunch sometimes.
  • Brutal Honesty: Anna calls Masaki a moron to her face in chapter 106. Later, seeing Tomoko and Shiki relaxing in an arcade rather than studying for midterms, she directly asks them whether they are both stupid in chapter 147.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: Reina's shadowed face is caused by one during the amusement park trip. Normally however there's no particular reason for it.
  • The Gadfly: Reina seems to enjoy trying to get a rise out of other people.
  • Hidden Eyes: Reina's eyes, and the entire top half of her face, is so far covered in permanent shadow.
  • Japanese Delinquents: A pair of them.
  • No Name Given: For a long time, they had no names. Reina's name was revealed during the amusement park field trip while Anna's was revealed when Tomoko showed Kii-chan around her school.
  • Odd Friendship: With Futaki, a geeky Gamer Chick.
  • Only Sane Man: Seems to be Anna's role in the trio.
  • Rule-Abiding Rebel: Though they style themselves as delinquents, they don't really engage in any criminal or antisocial behavior. About the worst things they do include talking a little bluntly, riding motorized vehicles around town when their school prohibits it, and getting into fistfights with each other.
  • Tareme Eyes: Anna's eyes are droopy giving her a laid back and sleepy expression.
  • Team Mom: As the most levelheaded member of their group Anna falls into this by default.
  • Those Two Guys: At the moment they fulfill this role for Yoshida. It's only fairly recently that they've even received names.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Reina's blunt, cynical nature can clash with Yoshida's innocent and temperamental one which has, on a couple of occasions, led to them coming to blows. They seem to quickly make up, however.

    The Emoji Gang
L-R: Kaede, Natsu, Nagi, Kayo, Miyazaki

A group of girls who are close friends with Ucchi. They were part of Tomoko's 2nd-year class, but along with Ucchi were transferred to a different class for their third year, much to the latter's dismay. Their friendship with Ucchi is the source of Tomoko's somewhat derisive nickname for them.

  • Foil: To Minami's cadre of friends. While Minami's friends are faceless their designs are unique. Minami's friends get a kick out of gossiping and badmouthing others, even making fun of Minami behind her back for coming to their class to eat lunch all the time. Ucchi's friends, on the other hand, are much friendlier even towards someone like Tomoko and their friendship with Ucchi is solid as a rock.
    • They also serve as one to Asuka's group. Whereas the Ucchi gang is incredibly close to each other and supports Ucchi on her attempts to get close to Tomoko, Asuka only seems close to Kaho and none of them understands Asuka's attachment to Tomoko.
  • In-Universe Nickname: Ucchi calls Miyazaki "Miya-chan".
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Miyazaki shares the surname of Atsushi Miyazaki.
  • Nice Girls: All of them come off this way, Nagi especially who's quick to warm up to Tomoko during the sports meet and invite Yuri to hang out during the study camp.
  • No Name Given: Initially anyway. They all have unique designs but their names are only revealed over a long period of time. It's not until chapter 172, nearly 100 chapters after their debut, that the last of them is given a name.
  • Odd Friendship: It seems to be the group's M.O. as they like going out of their way to try and be friendly with a wide variety of people. According to Nagi they originally only stuck to their small group but found that not caring about social distinctions was more fun.
  • Shipper on Deck: In chapter 152 they figure out that Ucchi's strange actions are caused by her fixation with Tomoko and actually try to help the two get closer, not that it works out.
  • Those Two Guys: In a sense the group as a whole falls into this as they're largely satellite characters for Ucchi. However among the group itself Miyazaki, Kayo and Nagi receive far more attention than Natsu and Kaede leaving the two of them to fall under this for the rest of the group.

    Asuka's Friends
L-R: Miho Narita, Fuuka Sasaki, Kaho Kusunoki

A group of girls from class 3-6 who are Asuka's friends. Their first meeting with Tomoko, a group study session involving her and Asuka, leaves a large impression on them.

  • Academic Athlete: Subverted. Fuuka appears to be one at first as she's athletic and also aiming to get into Aoyama University. However, later chapters show that while she is indeed athletic, she's also incredibly dumb.
  • Accidental Pervert: Fuuka walks into the bathroom without knowing Tomoko is in there and sees her sitting on the toilet without any pants on. Fuuka, however, refuses to admit that it was just an honest mishap on her part and is of the opinion that Tomoko arranged for it to happen on purpose.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Kaho has one in the light novel anthology, which focuses on her first year, and how she befriends Asuka and Fuuka.
  • Ascended Extra: As has become common in the series. Fuuka and Miho both appeared during the sports festival in second year as cheerleaders and wouldn't reappear again until the sports meet in third year and have become regular characters since then. Kaho appeared a little more frequently though always as a minor character.
  • Big Eater: In Tomoko's words, Fuuka appears to have the appetite of a gorilla. At the study camp's breakfast buffet, she overloads her tray with a ton of food, which includes hard boiled eggs, curry, bananas, rolls, a mountain of salad, a pile of sausages and potatoes, and a glass of milk. It's likely thanks to her athleticism that she's able to stay slim.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Miho's hair is this.
  • Butt-Monkey: Fuuka in spades. Her fixation on sexual topics and figuring out the weird stuff with Asuka and Tomoko leads her to be publicly embarrassed and seems to have affected her studies and it only gets worse for her from there. By the end of the summer study camp even her own friends have labeled her as "worthless".
  • The Cheerleader: Both Fuuka and Miho are cheerleaders.
  • Covert Pervert: If she wasn't before then Fuuka seems to be turning into one. After the incident where Asuka offered to let Tomoko grab her breasts, she became obsessed with finding out whether or not it happened. After finally learning the answer Fuuka is surprised to find herself disappointed that it didn't.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: As Fuuka obsesses more and more about Tomoko and Asuka's relationship, she starts coming up with some out-there theories about them, from thinking Tomoko had Asuka and Yuu dye her pubic hair, to Tomoko intentionally tricking Fuuka into walking in on her in the bathroom.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Unless she's surprised Miho's eyes are like this to go along with her more mischievous personality.
  • Feigning Intelligence: When it comes to the subject of sex, Fuuka tries to act like she is an experienced expert on the subject, spinning lies and reciting whatever her friend tells her just to troll Tomoko, who she knows is sensitive about her virginity. Emphasis on "tries;" Fuuka doesn't even know what any of the slang terms mean, let alone what a sex act like a handjob actually looks like.
  • Fun Personified: Seems to be Miho's shtick. She's constantly upbeat, prone to making jokes and is rarely ever seen without a smile. She even finds Tomoko's pervertedness hilarious and quickly takes to calling her Kuro-chan.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Both Fuuka and Miho are explicitly asked to cheer on the baseball team during third year because they're very popular with the underclassmen boys, especially Miho. If Tomoko's fantasies are anything to go by then she herself seems to consider Miho to be on the same level as Asuka and Yuu in terms of attractiveness.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Fuuka is a frequent victim of this as part of her Butt-Monkey role. She sees or overhears other characters bringing up sexual topics only to get told that's not the kind of subject to talk about in public when she brings it up to those same people.
  • The Nicknamer: Miho seems to liberally hand these out as she very quickly takes to calling Tomoko "Kuro-chan" and Yuu "Naru-chan".
  • Not So Different: As time goes on it becomes apparent that Fuuka, aside from being popular and better looking, isn't all that different from Tomoko right down to lying about her own dating and sexual experience in order to make herself look better and get one over on Tomoko.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her leeriness towards Tomoko, Fuuka does give Asuka an honest, if perverted, suggestion in how she can get closer to the introverted girl.
  • Satellite Character: They all serve as this for Asuka intially. However the summer study camp gives all of them, especially Miho, some spotlight.
  • School Idol: Due to her looks and being good at sports Fuuka is very popular with the other students. Even Miyazaki seems to think highly of her... at least initially.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Miho isn't put off at all by Tomoko's perverted antics, and reacts to the latter's ogling of her shaved crotch with outright amusement. Because of this Tomoko pretty quickly develops a liking for her.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Fuuka and Tomoko are this for each other though only internally. In their thoughts Fuuka thinks that Tomoko is a weird, gross pervert while Tomoko thinks that Fuuka is also a weird, gross pervert and a slut on top of it. After the third year summer break the antagonism is out in the open to the point where Fuuka tells an unnamed friend to spread a rumor that Fuuka herself is a slut solely so she can look like she knows more about sex than Tomoko.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Fuuka sports one due to being an athlete.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Kaho seems to be largely unbothered by all of the weirdos that surround her. Notably in chapter 173 she seems to take all of Komiyama's weird behavior, like bringing her phone into the sauna to watch baseball, in stride and makes an effort to talk to her about it.
  • Youthful Freckles: Kaho has them.


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A friend of Minami from another class. Like her friend she loves to gossip and badmouth others.

  • Alpha Bitch: She is definitely a bitch and seems to be the leading figure among Minami's group. Until she intentionally destroys it.
  • Arson, Murder, and Admiration: She likes to make fun of Minami and readily admits that her friend's openly negative and annoying qualities are why nobody likes her. That said she also seems to adore those same qualities about her since it means having another person willing to shit talk others.
  • Ascended Extra: Started out as a literally faceless mob extra before becoming the most prominent of Minami's friends and a notable character in her own right.
  • Can't Take Criticism: It's implied that for all that she dishes out she doesn't like having it flung back at her.
  • The Corruptor: Mako believes that her influence is why Minami turned out so bad.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Realizing that Minami's grown apart from her and doesn't put as much stock in badmouthing others which causes her to intentionally destroy their group by revealing that Nori had been making fun of Maki's boyfriend.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: When her full face is revealed in chapter 188 her eyes are like this.
  • Eyeless Face: Her face is notably lacking in ocular organs, a trait she shares with the rest of her clique and numerous other background characters. At least until chapter 188.
  • Hellish Pupils: When we finally do see her eyes, they're shown to be very dull, very dark, and very unnerving. They give the impression that she's shooting you with a Death Glare even while she's still smiling.
  • Gossipy Hens: Along with Minami and the rest of their group. It seems to be one of the few things that unites them.
  • Jerkass: Is easily the biggest one in the series. She even has zero qualms talking bad about her own friends either.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Lacks eyes like most unimportant background characters. Even after she starts to gain more prominence however her design doesn't change.
  • No Sympathy: She's never all that sympathetic to Koharu Minami's plight of being stuck in a classroom all alone with no friends (save Mako), waving off her distress at best, and using it as a source of ridicule at worst.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite how much she seems to revel in being an unrepentant bitch she does seem to genuinely like Minami even when she intends to make fun of her, likely because Minami's the one most willing to openly badmouth others. Even Nori and Maki note that she seems to like Minami a little too much. After their group breaks up she tells Minami that she's always hated Maki and Nori but she had a blast with her in the end.
  • Tranquil Fury: In a What If? omake her response to Tomoko insulting her is to cheerily laugh along and ask if that's what she thinks of her while Tomoko notes that she is definitely pissed. When she confronts Minami after spotting her at an arcade she never lets her calm demeanor drop though she's clearly unhappy.

The Kyoto Group

A trio of girls that Tomoko was forced to group with during the school trip to Kyoto on her second year, they have since then become more than passing acquaintances, interacting with Tomoko regularly after the trip. Yuri now openly considers Tomoko a friend, while Yoshida seems to flip flop between aggravated at Tomoko, and begrudgingly accepting her presence. As for Ucchi... It's complicated.

    Masaki Yoshida

A girl with blonde hair and a bad temper that Tomoko has a habit of pissing off.

  • Asleep in Class: If she's attending class, chances are good she's sleeping at her desk.
  • Berserk Button: When first introduced she has two: 1) perverted acts in general, especially being groped, and 2) being called a delinquent. Tomoko being Tomoko, she manages to repeatedly push both these buttons, and it seems she is becoming yet another Berserk Button for Yoshida. During the trip to Disneyland, it is also shown that she hates it when people criticize cute things that she likes which causes her to start a fight with one of her yankii friends.
  • Characterization Marches On: Early chapters portrayed her as being an ordinary girl with a Face of a Thug who Tomoko was exceptionally good at pissing off. Later chapters show that she genuinely is a delinquent with a Hair-Trigger Temper, but also portray her as being a Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold.
  • Delinquent Hair: She's a bleached blonde.
  • Face of a Thug: Certainly looks like a standard delinquent girl, but is heavily suggested to simply be an ordinary girl who is into punk fashion that Tomoko just assumes is a delinquent.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Turns out she and Tomoko (and Kotomi for that matter) actually first met while they were still middle school students. Tomoko tried to demonstrate to Yuu how to safely walk past a delinquent without incurring their wrath, only to accidentally kick Masaki's bottle of soda away and incur her wrath anyway. By all appearances, no one seems to recall the incident or who was involved.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Unlike the names of the other girls, "Masaki" is a unisex name in Japan which fits for a tomboy like her.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: She seems to have an affinity for cute things in general.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Tomoko mentions that she wears Hello Kitty-print panties. A later chapter suggests that all of her underwear features cute mascot characters on them, to the point where Tomoko claims that the fact that she wears them is an Open Secret.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: She is always quick to threaten or even hit Tomoko, sometimes with little provocation. On the other hand, she doesn't act like this when interacting with other characters, so maybe it's just that Tomoko is really good at hitting her Berserk Buttons. Notably, in chapter 106 she does not lash out at Anna who called her a moron to her face. Later chapters, especially those covering the trip to Disneyland during her third year of high school, show that she can be quite friendly when in a good mood though these chapters also show that even her yankii friends aren't safe from her wrath.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite what Tomoko thinks of her, she is shown to like cute things, couldn't recognize a love hotel when every other character could and apparently plans to celebrate her Coming of Age Day in Disneyland. She also notices that Hina and Akane have a falling out in chapter 129, and tries to bond with Akane over the problems they both have with their friends though she quickly changes her mind and attacks Akane when the latter pushes one of her Berserk Buttons.
    • There are enough hints that Masaki is actually much more well-off than her being a yankii implies. The brand of pudding she bought as a gift is somewhat pricy in the real world, she's shown to have both a scooter and managed to rent a van for her friends, but not even once mentions working part-time to fund them. Finally, when we're introduced to her mother, she doesn't look like a housewife at all (unlike Tomoko's mom), and instead looks like a longtime career woman.
  • Hot-Blooded: The angry type. She also gets extremely fired up when she's excited about something, such as when talking about how cool Disneyland is.
  • Huge School Girl: Standing at 165 cm, the only non-adult taller than her is Asuka. As such she's the tallest among Tomoko's original circle of acquaintances.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Invoked in-universe, as Tomoko is completely convinced Yoshida is a delinquent. As Tomoko is repeatedly shown to be Wrong Genre Savvy, this may or may not be correct.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While she's generally angry and annoyed, this is mostly because she is justifiably pissed off at Tomoko for saying or doing something insensitive to her. Otherwise, she is shown to be a relatively pleasant person who seems to actually like Tomoko to some degree.
  • Last-Name Basis: Mostly because Tomoko hasn't bothered to learn her first name. It isn't until she introduces herself to her third-year class several chapters after her debut that we learn her full name.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Her intimidating appearance and short temper cause others to overlook her softer side. In a sort of twist on this trope, Tomoko also completely overlooks her softer side when interacting with her, but interacts with her much more openly than others do, allowing Yuri (and the reader) to see that there's more to her than her tough looks.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Yuta Yoshida.
  • Never My Fault: She's completely unapologetic about her outbursts. If Masaki's violent anger causes any problems, it's the fault of whoever provoked her, not Masaki for losing her temper.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She gives Tomoko a ride home on her friend's scooter for no reason other than to be a chum. Doing so gets them both suspended for a week.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Beating up Tomoko for calling her a delinquent only further convinces Tomoko that Yoshida is a delinquent.
  • Odd Friendship: She and Tomoko couldn't be any more different, and going off of most of their interactions, you'd think they'd hate each other's guts. As later chapters show, however, Yoshida has no problem letting Tomoko hang around with her, despite Tomoko pressing her buttons sometimes.
    • It's telling that that nowadays Tomoko simply can't imagine Yoshida not being around with her and Yuri. Ironically, Masaki seems to be the only person among her friends that she has absolutely no issue with introducing to the rest of her family.
    • Yoshida seems to have become good friends with Mako during the Disneyland field trip, to the point where Mako is helping her with her future career choices and texting her during Yoshida's suspension.
    • She takes a surprising shine to Tomoki as they continue bumping into each other, and responds to his Accidental Pervert moments much less violently than she does with Tomoko's.
  • Perpetual Frowner: There's seldom a moment when she isn't scowling, which only fuels how intimidated Tomoko is by her.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Her preferred response to Tomoko's antics.
  • Pet the Dog: She does occasionally do nice things for Tomoko, like offer to share an umbrella as they walk home on a rainy day. It's just that Tomoko always runs her mouth off at the wrong time and gets punched in the face. In chapter 116 she actually drags Tomoko over to Megumi, who was graduating, so that Tomoko, who was too nervous to approach, could say good-bye.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: A tough-talking and thuggish girl who likes all things cute and is generally pretty naive and innocent.
  • Tsundere: A platonic example. She's almost always (justifiably) pissed off at Tomoko but still seems to like and care about her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The vast majority of her interactions with Tomoko consist of Tomoko saying or doing something insensitive or perverted to her and Yoshida responding with anger and violence. To onlookers, Yoshida appears to be bullying her. Gradually turns into grudging tolerance, especially after their trip to Disneyland, to the point that Masaki herself proactively invites Tomoko to hang out after school.

    Yuri Tamura

A fairly stoic girl from Tomoko's class who ends up in her group for their class trip after a falling out with her friend.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Post-Characterization Marches On, Yuri displays many symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome: Little to no social ability and awareness, speaks bluntly and straightforwardly without a thought for how others will react, poor emotional display, is clumsy and uncoordinated, has issues controlling her temper and occasionally focuses on some oddly childish interests.
  • Audience Surrogate: She's more or less taken up the role of the audience's representative within the story in recent chapters. She's a bit of a loner herself, but not nearly to the same degree as Tomoko, and while she is constantly bewildered by the other girl's behavior, she is also both amused enough by it to develop a fondness for her and empathetic enough to it to develop a sense of kinship with her.
  • Berserk Button: While Yuri is not fond of Minami, to say the least, most of the time she is able to stay calm even in Minami's presence. However, in chapter 124 when Mako calls her out on barging into Tomoko's meeting with Yuu and points out that she is acting like Minami would, Yuri actually punches Mako's arm in anger.
  • Big Eater: Yuri has a habit of eating large amounts of food during group meetings, perhaps as a way of avoiding conversation.
  • Brutal Honesty: When she does talk to people Yuri is incredibly blunt and straightforward.
  • Characterization Marches On: Yuri's personality takes a dramatic turn towards the end of the second year, to the point where she practically became a different character. Initially, Yuri had been the Only Sane Man of the Kyoto trio. She was socially adept enough to mediate conflicts in the group and see through Tomoko attempting reverse psychology while Yoshida fell for it. While she was reserved at times during the Kyoto field trip, she was generally expressive, smiling regularly, being shocked by Tomoko's antics and even being introduced screaming angrily at Mako. From Valentine's Day onward, she became socially inept and unaware to the point of entering Ambiguous Disorder territory, and the end of year party showed her being even worse off socially than Tomoko.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: A platonic version. Yuri can be very clingy towards her close friends and doesn't like it when they're involved with others she isn't close to. This is seen in her fight with Mako over joining what was implied to be Minami's group for Kyoto and barging into Tomoko's meet-ups with Yuu and Nemo to engage in Passive-Aggressive Kombat.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In chapter 106, she prevented Tomoko from saying something to Yoshida that would get her punched. Overall, she has a better grasp of what kind of person Tomoko is than the rest of the school. Yuri herself invokes this trope in an omake set during the events of chapter 119, telling Masaki that they should look after Tomoko during the class farewell party because she might do something weird otherwise.
  • Covert Pervert: Invoked in chapter 145. Tomoko accuses Yuri of being this when she catches her reading an ecchi manga. Yuri on her part insists that she doesn't like this sort of manga and that she checked this particular one for a different reason. Her willingness to watch porn with Tomoko at an internet café in Chapter 151 kind of gives the game away, though...
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: It's very slow but as third year goes along she starts to occasionally show more emotion. Most notably, laughing during a study trip to the beach with Tomoko, Nemo and Akane and smiling while talking to Miyazaki during the study camp.
  • Flanderization: In a couple of ways:
    • When she was first introduced Yuri was occasionally reserved and stand-offish (which was largely because she was separated from Mako for the Kyoto trip) but was generally sociable and expressive, and after the Kyoto field trip she was even cheerful and friendly. Later chapters played up her reserved nature to the point where she was The Stoic, only barely displaying emotion in moments of genuine joy, shock or anger. Likewise, Yuri went from being somewhat stand-offish to either ignoring or passive-aggressively sniping at people she didn't care for.
    • The first time Yuri hit someone (Mako in chapter 124) was actually a Wham Shot moment, and she only did so out of brief but serious anger over Mako pressing her Berserk Button. Later chapters would have her hit people casually when mildly irritated.
  • Foil: Like many of Tomoko's friends, she can be seen as one to her. Both are introverted, have poor self-esteem, and lack much of a social circle, but while Tomoko is profoundly weird and histrionic, Yuri is one of the most reserved characters. Also, while Tomoko is generally mean but shows increasing moments of kindness and empathy, Yuri is generally kind but has something of a dark side.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: Minami's story arc shows that she used to be part of the same friend group as Minami and Sachi in first year but eventually fell out with them.
  • The Heart: Since Tomoko, Mako, and Yoshida are more friends with her than they are with each other, Yuri is pretty much the glue that holds them together. Despite being an introvert, she convinces them to attend the class end-of-the-year party with her just so they can all have one last chance to hang together.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Yuri values the few friends she's managed to make, and as such is very attached to them. Seeing them interact in a familiar manner with other people outside her group of four (which includes Mako, Tomoko, and Masaki) causes intense feelings of jealousy to bubble up, as chapter 124 and 126 show.
  • Hidden Depths: Initially introduced as a normal, if a somewhat reserved and stoic girl. Later chapters show that she's not that great at social interactions, and places a lot of value on the very few friendships she's managed to make. She also gets jealous if any of her friends seem to be getting closer to people outside the group than with her.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Due to her lack of social awareness, Yuri tends to say or do things that annoy people around her and not pick up on their irritation. Lampshaded by Ucchi, who remarks it's the reason why Yuri has such a small social circle.
  • In-Series Nickname: In Chapter 124, Tomoko considers calling her by a nickname after knowing her for so long, indicating that she conceivably might receive one of these in the near future. Chapter 126 shows that the fact that Tomoko did not come up with a nickname for her is a sore spot for Yuri.
  • It's All About Me: Yuri can be selfish, and easily becomes a Green-Eyed Monster whenever Tomoko is with her other friends. Downplayed in that Yuri is more unaware than truly malicious, she'll back off when she realizes that she's being hurtful, and she can be empathetic and helpful outside of her jealous fits.
  • Loony Friends Improve Your Personality: Zig-zagged. Yuri's friendship with Tomoko and Yoshida seems to make Yuri more expressive and openly affectionate to her friends, but eventually, it also brought her issues with jealousy to light.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: A Running Gag with Yuri is that she packs a lot of strength in her hands and arms despite her slender build, which makes the punches and squeezes that she doles out whenever she gets annoyed really painful.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Tatsuhiro Tamura.
  • Nice Girl: Played with. While she thinks Tomoko is a bit of an idiot, she treats her with respect and kindness, invites her to eat lunch with her, and becomes the loner's first real friend in high school. However, Yuri has issues when it comes to "sharing" her friends, which makes her act standoffish, passive-aggressive, and prone to lashing out. She's even guiltily admitted that she doesn't think she's a nice person.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: She seems to have a taste for the macabre. Tear-jerking, sentimental manga do nothing for her, but something more gory and horrific like Goth is more up her alley. Furthermore, while Yuri says she likes musicals, her favorite is the darkly depressing Dancer in the Dark.
  • Noodle Incident: She spends most of the Class Trip thinking about how to make up with her friend Mako, but it's never said what caused the falling out, and they seem to have made up by the end. Later chapters heavily imply that it was because Mako accepted Minami's invite to join the latter's group for the class trip without considering Yuri's feelings about it.
  • No Social Skills: She's very low key about it compared to Tomoko, but Yuri is still very awkward and inept socially. She consistently fails to notice social cues or engage in niceties (as seen in chapter 145 when she simply eats the lunch Mako made without thanking her). Yuri is also very blunt, tactless and even rude when not being reserved or uninterested. From the Disneyland field trip onwards, Yuri actually was shown to be even less socially capable than Tomoko.
  • Not So Different: Her social life isn't actually that much better than Tomoko's. Both girls are shown to only have one person they consider a true friend (who in both cases is a girl who is more popular and sociable than themselves - Yuu in Tomoko's case, Mako in Yuri's) and aren't shown to be socializing much with other students (though eventually Tomoko and Yoshida become Yuri's friends). Before the second-year class trip, when Yuri found out that she couldn't be in the same group as Mako, she did not join any other group of her own will. The main difference is that Yuri's Only Friend is in the same school and class as Yuri, unlike Yuu. During the class farewell party in chapter 120, when Yuri gets separated from Mako, Tomoko and Yoshida, she is actually the only one who completely fails to socialize with the rest of her classmates. Furthermore, when she first meets Yuu in chapter 124, her behavior towards Yuu resembles a toned-down version of Tomoko's middle school behavior toward Kotomi, exhibiting the same sort of paranoia about losing Tomoko to someone better than Tomoko displayed about losing Yuu to Kotomi. After she is called out for her behavior, she implicitly invokes this trope herself, saying that neither she nor Tomoko were truly nice people like Yuu.
  • Odd Friendship: Arguably her main group counts but she also winds up developing one with Ucchi's friends during the study camp after they invite her to hang out with them at a hot spring noting that they're surprisingly easy to talk to.
  • Only Sane Woman: She notices how much of an idiot Tomoko is, but still makes an effort to befriend her. She does the same for Yoshida. She's by far the most normal of the three and usually takes it upon herself to try and keep them civil with each other.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Originally presented like this, but subverted over time as she became more and more of a Foil to Tomoko.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: In later chapters, whenever she gets jealous of other characters getting friendly with Tomoko, she either ostentatiously ignores them, or tries to one-up them by bringing up inside stories to prove that she's Tomoko's closest friend. Yuu was her first target in chapter 124, followed by Hina during and after the Disneyland trip, and Shizuku in chapter 132.
  • The Stoic: Downplayed. She's not emotionless, but she maintains a pretty firm poker face no matter what happens around her.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Her reactions to her new kind-of-friends' behaviors are much more subdued than you'd expect.
  • When She Smiles: She very rarely smiles, and when she does, she'll always be quick to hide it. She almost never laughs either, so when a biting remark from Tomoko gets a small chortle out of Yuri, Mako reacts with visible happiness that someone could actually make Yuri do that.

    Emiri "Ucchi" Uchi

A popular girl from Tomoko's class who has strange eyes and similar hair to Yuu. After spending most of her time with her friends in a different group during the class trip, the short time she actually spends with Tomoko leaves a very huge impression on her.

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Bad girls in this case. In Ucchi's mind, Tomoko is a sexually promiscuous creeper who peeped on her in the shower, stole her panties, watched her while she slept, stalked her relentlessly, and makes a pass at just about every attractive girl she encounters. While it scared her at first, it also got Ucchi interested.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She thinks Tomoko is stalking her to sexually harass her, maybe more, which of course frightens her, but when it looks like Tomoko isn't interested in her, Ucchi becomes noticeably miffed.
    • In later chapters it starts to look like she might actually have a crush on Tomoko, going by her reaction to Tomoko giving her a secret "Thank You" note or how she was able to instantly tell Tomoki was Tomoko's brother just by looking at his face.
    • Chapter 127 pretty much puts an end to any lingering ambiguity, as Ucchi admits that there's someone she likes. While she doesn't mention who that is, all the clues point in one direction.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Due to Tomoko's mannerisms, comments and actions when interacting with her, she's convinced Tomoko is stalking her and is obviously creeped out when Tomoko is trying to peek under her skirt. However, when she notes her also peeking under the skirts of other girls, her reaction shows this:
    "So long as you've got a girl to stare at, you don't care who it is?!"
    • She later has the same reaction again when she sees Tomoko going shopping with Yuu, who looks similar to herself. Ucchi is convinced that Tomoko is trying to replace her with Yuu.
  • Ascended Extra: Made a brief appearance in chapter 59 (as the girl sitting next to Tomoko in a bus and ignoring her to chat with her friends instead) before becoming a recurring character. This appears to be the origin of her Nonstandard Character Design; her face is drawn only once in her first appearance and it seems to be simply an indication that she isn't important.
  • Betty and Veronica: Tomoko possibly serves as the Archie to Asuka's Betty and Ucchi's Veronica.
  • Butt-Monkey: After becoming Tomoko's Stalker with a Crush, every chapter featuring her is practically guaranteed to feature her getting humiliated in some way.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She'll do everything she can around Tomoko. Everything, that is, except outright says that she likes her.
  • Catchphrase: キモイ (kimoi), which is usually translated as "disgusting".
  • Characterization Marches On: In her first few appearances, Ucchi seemed to be something of a Stepford Smiler who would maintain a steady grin on her face even while dealing with things she didn't like or approve of. Starting with chapter 80, she became more expressive in general, no longer does anything to maintain her cool, and very seldom ever smiles.
  • Crush Blush: She does this more and more around Tomoko.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Her belief that Tomoko is lusting after her is borne out of a lot of situations where Tomoko did seem to be acting in a sexual manner. She just doesn't know Tomoko well enough to recognize that Tomoko didn't mean anything by it and was too nervous to try and clear anything up.
  • Flanderization: In the chapters that followed the second-year school trip she was at first portrayed as legitimately creeped out by Tomoko, but with hints that her interest in Tomoko might go beyond that. She gradually turns into a Smitten Teenage Girl who is completely obsessed with Tomoko, actively looks for opportunities to meet her and seems to be disgusted with Tomoko only when she thinks that Tomoko is flirting with other girls.
  • Foil:
    • To Yuu. They both have active social lives, fairly similar appearances, and a connection of sorts to Tomoko. However, while Tomoko bears an obvious lust for Yuu, who knows absolutely nothing about it, Ucchi misinterprets everything Tomoko does as being in relation to a perverse lust towards her. That and Ucchi appears to be well on her way to developing a lust for Tomoko, who has no clue about it.
    • Ucchi can also be seen as an embodiment of Tomoko's early-days habit of making wildly imaginative and Entertainingly Wrong appraisals of the situation, her highly sexual mindset, and her weekly Zany Scheme for attention. The difference is that Tomoko wanted to be beloved by everyone and generally had little commitment, while Ucchi cares only about Tomoko and sticks to her guns.
  • The Generic Girl: Implied by her official profile. To whit, Ucchi is the only member of the cast with all her stats listed as three.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Whenever Tomoko shows or receives attention from someone who isn't Ucchi, Ucchi always reacts with visible jealousy. In one of the panels in chapter 115, she can be seen in the background angrily clenching her teeth as she watches a graduating upperclassman patting Tomoko's head.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Her beliefs that Tomoko is a creepy stalker who's utterly obsessed with her are so strong that Ucchi has in turn taken to obsessing over Tomoko and effectively stalking her.
  • Hidden Depths: During her trip to Aoyama in chapter 140 she apparently wanted to check the university's school of business (until she noticed Tomoko and got sidetracked); Tomoko even wonders whether Ucchi is planning on opening up an Emoji Mart.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Even though Ucchi repeatedly tells her friends and acquaintances that Tomoko is a disgusting creep, she does not tolerate anyone else badmouthing Tomoko, as Minami found out in chapter 156.
  • Hypocritical Humor: By all accounts, she's guilty of everything she accuses Tomoko of being. For instance, when Tomoko leaves some chocolates for Ucchi in her locker, Ucchi calls her a creep for not giving them to her in person, even though she did the exact same thing the day before.
  • Identical Stranger: Somewhat resembles (a highly-simplified) Yuu. This actually gets lampshaded in one chapter, where, after seeing them together, Ucchi assumes Tomoko is using Yuu as a proxy for her.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Ucchi is supposedly pretty, enough to be part of her second-year class' cheerleading team. You would never know this though due to how her face is normally drawn.
    • According to her official profile, Ucchi has the body of a fashion model. Though Tomoko acknowledges this in chapter 176, you'd be hard-pressed to notice this due to the way Ucchi is drawn.
  • Insult of Endearment: Seems to be what "kimoinote " has become, at least when it's applied to Tomoko. She's even outright said she uses it to simultaneously praise and insult her.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Ucchi's growing obsession with Tomoko has made her act increasingly more erratic. She stares at her intensely from a distance, actively stalks her, tries to contrive meetings and encounters with her through incredibly roundabout ways, and throws childish tantrums every time something gets between her and Tomoko. It ends up seriously straining Ucchi's relationship with her usual group of friends, though they cut her some slack when they notice why she's acting that way.
  • Meaningful Background Event: She doesn't say or do anything every chapter, but she can often be seen in the background. Always watching Tomoko. Crosses over with Funny Background Event with some of the humorous expressions she makes, particularly whenever she starts angrily gritting her teeth every time Tomoko pays any sort of attention to someone else.
    • In chapter 132, there are several blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments where she can be seen peering at Tomoko from behind a tree.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Tatsuya Uchi.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Always has Black Bead Eyes. It's so unusual, that even in-universe, Tomoko compared her to an emoji. The outlines of her eyelids are drawn only in some of her emotional moments, most notably in chapters 80, 131, 152 and 156.
  • Not So Different: She has more similarities to Tomoko than she realizes or would care to admit.
    • Both tend to make negative snap judgments about other people, and in particular, take the most innocuous things as proof of perversion.
    • Both have feigned sleep in order to silently observe the other.
    • Both have tried to wake Yoshida up by tickling her (and got punched in the process).
    • Both get flustered around people that interest them (Tomoko to attractive boys, and Ucchi to Tomoko).
    • Both display Ambiguously Gay and/or Bisexual tendencies while being in complete denial about it. Tomoko insists that she's straight even though she lusts after Yuu, makes a habit of looking up girls' skirts, and enjoys close physical contact with females, while Ucchi constantly rails against Tomoko in her head even as she offers gifts to her.
    • Both have a Non-Standard Character Design that makes them stand out from everyone else. Tomoko has incredibly large, roughly-drawn eyes, while Ucchi's are small and beady.
    • Ucchi's plan to get herself invited into Tomoko's group during the trip to Disneyland in chapter 125 (lamenting her bad luck and wishing for someone to help her within Tomoko's and her friends' earshot) is very similar to Tomoko's plan to make her schoolmate invite her to watch fireworks together back in chapter 12. Though the big difference is that Ucchi did not give up when her plan failed.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Until chapter 114, where her surname (内, Uchi) can be seen on her locker when Tomoko is looking for her locker to leave the Valentine's Day chocolates there, and chapter 127, which reveals her given name. "Ucchi" is just what her friends call her. Tomoko doesn't even know her actual nickname due to how little time they actually spend directly interacting, and instead just calls her "emoji girl".
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She's one of the few people who see Tomoko for the perverted creeper she is, but only because she comically misunderstands everything Tomoko does, no matter how innocuous, as having perverted intentions.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The official English translation writes her given name "Emily". Foreign words/names are typically written in katakana, but her name is written in kanji, so it's more likely supposed to be romanized "Emiri".
  • Stalker with a Crush: Thinks Tomoko is hers. In her paranoia, she has become Tomoko's.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: As much as she loves to talk about how creepy and weird Tomoko is, she sure doesn't seem to mind her. Chapter 114 shows her to be somewhat pleased that Tomoko gave her chocolate for Valentine's Day, and as she's inwardly berating the fact that it looks like poop, she's still eating it.
  • Through His Stomach: She's making a habit of trying to attract Tomoko's attention via food, first by making chocolates for her on Valentine's Day, and later by grilling and seasoning a strip of meat at a Korean BBQ restaurant - and then sneaking it onto Tomoko's plate.
  • Transparent Closet: The only person who knows Ucchi and hasn't figured out that she has romantic feelings for Tomoko is... well, Ucchi. This creates some problems when her friends try to coax her into confession, only for Ucchi to then do her usual thing of calling Tomoko a disgusting creep.
  • Tsundere: A quiet, long-distance variation. Whenever she thinks about Tomoko, her thoughts are always full of unmitigated disgust, but she frequently goes out of her way to do nice things for her (complete with extensive rationalization that it's not because she likes her or anything), and blushes whenever Tomoko returns the favor. It's gradually become a lot more direct as she's started to outright call Tomoko a disgusting creep right in front of her, claiming that it's meant to be both an insult and a compliment.

Other Classmates and Acquaintances

    Hina Nemoto
Voiced by: Yūko Kurose (Japanese), Margaret McDonald (English)

Tomoko's classmate and the first person in Tomoko's class that Tomoko is able to talk to on a semi-regular basis.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Subverted. She seems to have light-colored hair in the manga, and the cover of volume 11 (published after the anime concluded) shows her with red or pink hair, while she has brown hair in the anime. However, in the manga, she dyes her hair, and the flashback in chapter 110 shows her natural hair color is indeed brown or black.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Due to winning a poll, she got a special chapter devoted to her that went into detail in her middle school years, and explained why she became a Closet Geek in high school.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: As Tomoko gets to know her better, it becomes increasingly harder to tell apart when she's genuinely trying to be nice to her from when she's passive-aggressively antagonizing her. That aside, chapter 139 makes it abundantly clear that she's more innocent than she thinks when it comes to sex, as she finds hardcore uncensored eroge very uncomfortable to watch.
  • Ascended Extra: Appears as a background character as early as chapter 4 of the manga/the first episode of the anime. She becomes a recurring character starting with chapter 39. By the third year, she moves from recurring to part of the main cast as a member of Tomoko's group of friends.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While she typically acts cheerful and friendly, as Hina gets to know Tomoko more, she starts to display more of a blunt side that she previously didn't show anyone. It's downplayed though, in that Hina doesn't want to be mean, she just wants to be more honest, and she enjoys the pushback Tomoko gives her when her buttons get pressed.
  • Brutal Honesty: When that topic comes up, she trashes the anime that Tomoko's watching, much to Tomoko's annoyance. In chapter 139 Hina also tells Tomoko that she doesn't think that Tomoko would be able to get a job regardless of what club she joins at the university.
  • Characterization Marches On: More of a case where this largely applies to the way she was depicted in an adaptation. Hina was little more than a prop for the first few volumes of the manga, so the anime portrayed her as a pretty normal girl who was capable of frowning, looking serious, or scowling visibly if she got angry. As her character was expanded upon in later volumes of the manga, it became more firmly established that she almost never stops smiling no matter how aggravated she gets.
  • Closet Geek: Likes Slice of Life anime and wishes to be a voice actress, which she hides from her friends. Tomoko accidentally discovers her secret in Chapter 97, and in Chapter 122 she finally comes out of the closet about it. A special chapter published in 2018 suggests that the reason why she stayed in the closet was the memory of the two otaku girls who were her friends in middle school, who were mocked by their classmates because of their interests. This eventually led to the end of their friendship with Hina, as they wrongly assumed that she mocked them just as the rest of their classmates did.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Her eyes darken considerably and lose their shine whenever she starts to feel aggravated. Since Hina never stops smiling, it's really the only way to gauge her mood.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's not above being blunt and teasing towards Tomoko, but an omake showed she doesn't approve of Minami's mean-spirited gossip.
  • Foil: She is pretty much what Tomoko would be like if she had better social skills and cared about fitting in with the popular crowd — while privately keeping her geeky hobbies and abrasive attitude.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Chapter 110 reveals that she and Tomoko took their high school entrance exam together, and afterward even talked briefly and fist-bumped. However, Tomoko ignored Hina when she was trying to introduce herself. Zig-zagged, as Tomoko, remembers the meeting itself, but not that the girl she met was Hina. Even in chapter 117, after Hina made an impersonation of Tomoko that directly referenced the event, Tomoko still has trouble connecting the dots.
    • Seemingly because of this (and Tomoko still being unable to remember her), subsequent chapters have shown that even the mere mention of an entrance exam has become a sort of Berserk Button for Hina, as her passive-aggressiveness just ramps up as a result.
  • The Gadfly: In later chapters, she seems to like to make Tomoko uncomfortable just for the fun of it. And in chapter 129 she decides that, if she ever has to dub a H-Game, she will tell Akane just to watch her reaction. In chapter 139 she actually starts a contest with Tomoko to see who can freak out Akane the most.
  • I Am What I Am: Zigzagged in chapter 122. Tomoko boldly proclaiming that she is looking for a boyfriend during her introduction at the beginning of the third year of high school inspires Hina to stop being a Closet Geek and admit that she wants to be a voice actress in her own introduction. However, Tomoko notices that her hands are shaking afterward, and Hina asks Tomoko to teach her how to live as a loner if the worst comes to the worst, showing that Hina isn't sure that she did the right thing. Later chapters keep it ambiguous whether Hina made peace with this; in chapter 124 she goes so far as to skip out on hanging out with Okada to watch anime, but on the other hand, she gets angry in chapter 135 when Tomoko claims that she acts like an otaku and a chuuni.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tomoko comes up with a nickname "Nemo" for Hina, but she only uses it in her inner monologues until chapter 126, when she says it out loud, and Hina demands her to use it when talking to her from now on.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While her prediction about Tomoko having a hard time finding a job due to her poor social skills is insulting, Nemo is right that a lot of the time employment comes down to who you know and not what you know.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Chapter 139, she decides to freak out her friend, Akane, purely For the Lulz, only for Tomoko to freak her out in that same chapter, and again later in her own special chapter, without even trying.
  • Living Prop: Started out like this. In the early chapters and in the anime she was simply yet another popular kid in the background, and she had even less presence than Okada and Kiyota. Hina's line in chapter 39, when she notes that her presence is usually forgotten, seems to refer to this more than to anything shown in the story itself. Her importance in the story gradually increases starting with that very chapter, where she and Tomoko talk for the first time.
  • Longing for Fictionland: In a special chapter published in 2018 Hina mentions that she wants her life to be like a Slice of Life anime, with no conflicts and everyone getting along, and wants to invoke and experience anime cliches in her life. Downplayed, as the life she wishes for actually isn't much different from the life she's leading already, as noted by Tomoko.
  • Mistaken for Gay: After Hina lends her some chapstick, Tomoko interprets it as an Indirect Kiss and starts to believe her classmate must be a lesbian who has a crush on her. Tomoko seems quite open to the idea of swinging the other way, despite her insistence that she is completely straight...until Hina shares her chapstick with another girl, leading Tomoko to assume she just got two-timed.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Shunichi Nemoto.
  • Not So Different: The way she looks down on Tomoko is quite similar to how Tomoko herself looks down on most of the otakus she encounters as losers.
    • Like Tomoko, Hina is also someone who hoped to have a fulfilling high school life based on the otaku-related media she consumed in middle school (in her case, Slice of Life anime), and who became something she was not in order to accomplish that, albeit with more success. Once she drops the facade in her third year, she even begins to invoke anime tropes just like Tomoko used to further fulfill her fantasy...and embarrasses herself in the process.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Whenever her smile drops, her chipper demeanor disappears, and/or she actually gets angry, even slightly, it means a line has been crossed. Notable is how cold and serious Hina gets when Tomoko says Hina might need to sleep her way to the top if she wants to make it as a voice actor. Even Hina is shocked by her reaction, noting how in the past, she would let anything that annoyed her just roll off her back.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Almost never seen without a smile on her face, even when she's acting abrasive and hostile towards someone. Tomoko finds it very unsettling. It takes Tomoko talking about how Hina's panties, pubic hair, and genitals looked for her to finally drop the smile and smack her in a state of mad panic.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: For Yuri. There's some tension between the two, with Yuri often getting jealous of the attention Hina garners from Tomoko. This manifests in Yuri going out of her way to passive-aggressively brag about her greater familiarity of Tomoko to Hina, often to the latter's confusion and annoyance.
  • Stepford Smiler: Hina almost never stops smiling. She keeps smiling even when she's angry or annoyed, and Tomoko finds those particular expressions of hers very unnerving.
  • Unwanted Assistance: On two occasions her well-meaning attempts to reach out to Tomoko ended rather poorly for Tomoko:
    • In chapter 39, when the time comes for Tomoko to introduce herself at the first day of her second year, it turns out that Hina not only thought that Tomoko's introduction at the beginning of the first year was great, but also told everyone about it, and thus everyone in the class is looking forward to another great introduction. This causes Tomoko to panic and publicly embarrass herself.
    • In chapter 43, Hina gets curious about what Tomoko is searching the Internet for on her phone (during class) and asks Tomoko about this. This startles Tomoko so much that she drops her phone and it ends up in their teacher's hands with some NSFW images still onscreen.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with Tomoko is this. The Comiket trip arc shows that despite their willingness to trade barbs and be competitive they do care about one another and Nemo is usually the first person to offer Tomoko support or encouragement when she needs it.

    Akane Okada
Voiced by: Ayaka Asai (Japanese), Ashley Miller (English)

A popular girl in Tomoko's class who is friends with Hina.

  • A Day In The Lime Light: She gets a very short 5 page one in Chapter 118, where she grudgingly saves Tomoko from Yoshida but gives her back once she learns why she Yoshida was angry at her in the first place.
  • Ascended Extra: She's been part of the series since the earliest chapters but spent most of it as a background character with the odd speaking line. After the trip at the start of the third year, she's become part of Tomoko's circle of friends and acquaintances and thus part of the main cast.
  • Break the Cutie: A rare instance where this trope is Played for Laughs. Tomoko systematically breaks the poor girl down when she explains all the reasons why her friend, Hina, likely didn't tell her about her dream to be a voice actress. First, Tomoko tells Akane that voice actors typically do voices for eroge games. She follows up by informing Akane that even the entire cast of Crayon Shin-chan has landed some dirty roles in the past. Then, just to remove all doubt as to what these roles really entail, Tomoko shows the girl a scene featuring some very explicit sex acts between a brother and a sister. Akane looks downright traumatized.
    • This happens to her again in chapter 139, after Hina convinces her to visit a shop selling sex toys, and also later in that chapter when Hina buys a H-Game in spite of Akane's protest.
  • Brutal Honesty: Does not mince words at all, most notably asking Minami why she was hanging around with her and Asuka considering neither of them invited her, which was enough to send Minami running off upset, and telling Masaki that it wasn't right of her to start a fight with her friends just because they insulted Disneyland mascots.
  • Bully Hunter: Despite her usual indifference to Tomoko, she immediately steps in to defend her from (what appears to be) Yoshida bullying her.
  • Butt-Monkey: She's a so-called normie surrounded by otaku, outcasts and other weirdos and has no real knowledge of broader otaku culture with usually traumatic results when she learns about it. Not helped by having a best friend now obsessed with giving her a crash course just to see the results.
  • Forehead of Doom: She has a pretty sizable dome, which her choice of hairstyle further emphasizes. Tomoko even refers to her as "Forehead Girl."
  • Hidden Depths: There's a strong implication that she isn't completely happy with school when Tomoko questioned why she would really want a break considering she seemed the type to like going to school. It's suggested it has to do with the stress of keeping her social bonds, considering the only person she seems to really show a deeper side of herself is Nemo and Kiyota.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She means well and is one of the nicer characters in the series but because she's just a normal girl she doesn't quite "get" the more introverted outcasts like Tomoko and Yuri. This is especially highlighted in chapter 165 when she's genuinely happy to see Yuri being more social but doesn't see that pointing it out only causes her to start withdrawing again.
  • In-Series Nickname: Hina calls her "A-chan". Tomoko comes up with a nickname "Forehead girl" for her, but she only uses it in her inner monologues.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: A very soft version. She doesn't tolerate bullying and if she sees someone doing it or badmouthing others she's quick to call them out. At the same time if she feels that the "victim" brought it on themselves she's far more willing to hang back unless things get out of control.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: To a degree. She has a large social circle and appears to be quite popular, but also always acts pleasantly towards Tomoko whenever they interact. Despite this, she is generally shown to be disinterested in or even put off by Tomoko, showing that, while friendly, she still isn't exactly clamoring to spend time with unpopular kids. This changes as the third year go on and after Tomoko's suspension it's clear that she sees the other girls in the group, Tomoko included, as her friends.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Yoshifumi Okada.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Seemingly an entirely ordinary teenager with a fulfilling school life. Tomoko at one point even refers to her as a "normie".
  • Only Sane Man: By virtue of being the biggest "normie" of the group of people that hangs around Tomoko she's by far the most grounded one of all.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Kiyota appears to be her best friend, but their relationship seems to be completely platonic, with Okada even teasing Kiyota about his love life.
  • Satellite Character: Exists mostly to serve as a "popular kid" for Tomoko to grumble at. This is highlighted multiple times to be entirely the result of Tomoko's Protagonist-Centered Morality preventing her from seeing her as anything more. Even as she's gotten more focus, her character is still largely defined as "Hina's normie friend".
  • Those Two Guys: Used to have this dynamic going with Kiyota, as they would often appear together as close, platonic confidantes. However, this stopped being the case toward the end of the second year, as Akane's character was expanded upon while Kiyota was shoved even deeper into the background.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She doesn't hesitate to call Yuri out for just standing back and passively watching what appears to be a bullying incident. Of course, this is before she learns what was really going on.

    Yoshinori Kiyota
Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)

A popular boy in Tomoko's class who is friends with Hina.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has brown hair in the anime, while the cover of volume 11 of the manga (published after the anime concluded) shows him with blond hair.
  • Butt-Monkey: Seems to be something of this within his friend group, as he regularly gets teased for his romantic failings. It's all shown to be good-natured ribbing, though, and he frequently instigates it by making self-deprecating jokes about himself.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Generally appears to be well-intentioned in his interactions with Tomoko, but only ever ends up making her more self-conscious when doing so. Even when he isn't interacting with Tomoko, he still manages to make her feel bad about herself by bringing up his fulfilling teenage life when around her.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Ikuhiro Kiyota.
  • The One Guy: While the popular clique does include multiple guys, they are reserved entirely for group shots. Outside of these instances, Kiyota is the only popular male student we ever see, making all of his close friendships seemingly be with girls.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Seemingly an entirely ordinary teenager with a fulfilling school life. Tomoko at one point even refers to him as a "normie".
  • Out of Focus: A bizarre case of this happening to someone who was already a Satellite Character, to begin with. As both Hina and Okada have gotten more screen time and characterization, he has begun appearing less and less.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Okada appears to be his best friend, but their relationship seems to be completely platonic, with Okada even teasing Kiyota about his love life.
  • Satellite Character: Exists mostly to serve as a "popular kid" for Tomoko to grumble at. Becomes even more notable later on, as while Hina has evolved into a major supporting character and Okada has received two focus chapters of her own, he has yet to do anything of particular note.
  • Those Two Guys: Almost always appears with Okada in the early chapters. As Okada has become an Ascended Extra, however, she has appeared without him several times.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: He can be seen dressed as a maid during the first year cultural festival, and if his cheerful expression is anything to go by, he has no problems with it at all.

    Asuka Katou
Tomoko's classmate with an interest in make-up. Implied to be very attractive in-universe.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Initially it seemed that she simply felt like doting on Tomoko due seeing her as a younger sister of sorts but as the series progressed and she continued to strengthen her friendship with Tomoko it became clear her interest in Tomoko went deeper than that. To wit, she has become focused on her and Tomoko going to the same college together, she's continuously by Tomoko's side regardless of the circumstances, offered Tomoko the chance to grope her breasts and took really hard Tomoko's absence after the latter was suspended a week by riding a scooter in school uniform.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Ever since Tomoko admitted to sexually harassing her friends, Asuka's interest in her only grew, getting to the point where she even offered to let Tomoko grope her own breasts since that's what she expected Tomoko to do to her friends. When Tomoko turns her down, Asuka seems oddly melancholy about it.
  • Ascended Extra: Made brief appearances in chapters 71 (sitting next to Tomoko on the train) and 90 before becoming a recurring character. Even earlier she was Tomoko's classmate who called her home in chapter 58 (as confirmed in chapter 164). Much like Akane, after the amusement park trip, she became part of Tomoko's group of friends and thus part of the main cast. Chapter 166 confirms she was the cheerleader Tomoko was ogling in chapter 87.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She manages to keep up her poise even while suffering a nosebleed.
  • Betty and Veronica: Tomoko possibly serves as the Archie to Asuka's Betty and Ucchi's Veronica.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: Asuka is among the prettiest and most popular girls in school yet is genuinely interested in having an honest and open friendship with Tomoko, her complete opposite. Even Tomoko doesn't get it.
  • Cosmetic Catastrophe: Although Asuka's well-meaning, she's subjected Tomoko to this twice already: first in chapter 106, and again in chapter 135. On both occasions, it's a struggle for Hina to not laugh outright, though it's unclear if it's because of Katou's incompetence as a beautician or to Tomoko getting a makeover in general.
  • Covert Pervert: She shows shades of this the longer she interacts with Tomoko. It starts with her being unfazed by Tomoko's admission of her knack to sexual harass her friends, to offer Tomoko the chance to grope her breasts to help Tomoko to unwind and as of chapter 156, taking Tomoko's innocent suggestion of touching her hair as Tomoko wanting to touch her pubes, with her only reaction being getting flustered at the idea. Chapter 166 reveals she was perfectly aware of Tomoko ogling her during the second year's athletic meet, before they talked for the first time.
    • In chapter 157 she refuses to tell Fuuka what happened between her and Tomoko, arguing that isn't the kind of topic that can be talked in the open, proving she's perfectly aware of how unusual her actions are.
    • She's one of only four students in the school to get a perfect score on the health and phys ed exam (a test with mostly sex-related questions) along with Mako, Komiyama, and Hatsushiba.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Inadvertently does this to Tomoko without ever realizing there was an ice queen to defrost in the first place. Tomoko starts off leery towards Asuka, interpreting her (well-meaning) words in the worst way and finding her doting tendencies patronizing. One surprise churro in the mouth later, and Tomoko is instantly lovestruck by Asuka.
  • Foil: To Ucchi. Both are among the more stereotypically popular and pretty crowd of girls at school and both share an odd fascination with Tomoko and a desire to get closer to her and know her better. But whereas Ucchi's attempts are much more comedic, frantic and roundabout, Asuka's are generally treated with more seriousness and sweetness, much more laid back, and much more direct.
  • Endearingly Dorky: When she realizes that Tomoko tends to be on edge around her because of how high up on the social ladder Asuka is compared to her, she tries to bridge the gap between them by cultivating this image, making corny jokes to look a lot less idyllic to the green-eyed girl. It only ends up confusing Tomoko.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: It becomes very apparent that she wants to be the main, if not only, recipient of Tomoko's attention. Most notably when Tomoko was suspended she fretted over only getting a simple response from her but was relieved when she found that Nemo and Yuri never got responses... then showed irritation when she heard Tomoko also talked to Yuu leading to clear jealousy on her part in subsequent chapters.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Asuka is very pretty, with even Tomoki's classmate commenting on how hot she was. Her official profile lists her Charisma as five (shared only with, ironicaly, Tomoko), the max possible score, while the same profile states that she has the figure of a fashion model (shared with Ucchi).
  • The Heart: In chapter 128 she convinces Akane to try to make up with Hina.
  • Hellish Pupils: Her pupils get very small and very thin when she's upset.
  • Hidden Depths: There's a lot more to Asuka aside from being a pretty face.
    • While not outright stated, Asuka's apparently one of the most academically-capable girls of her class. Among the girls in the summer cram school, she's the only one to be part of Class A; for comparison Tomoko starts at Class C.
    • She also has a bit of a dreamy side to her as well — for example, the reason why she's applying for Aoyama? It's not because of its academics (that's just a bonus); instead it's because of the annual Christmas festivities.
    • As mentioned in previous entries, Asuka's been very possessive with regards to Tomoko's attention. This seems to come as a surprise even to herself.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: At 167 cm, Asuka is easily the tallest of Tomoko's close acquaintances. This also makes her One Head Taller than Tomoko's petite 148 cm.
  • My Beloved Smother: Show shades of this after convincing Tomoko to take the exam for the same college as her. Since then she continuously pushes Tomoko to study together. In chapter 164 she even admits to Tomoko that it worries her being too pushy with Tomoko.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Shōhei Katō.
  • Nice Girl: Shown to be kind and helpful to her classmates, even unpopular ones such as Tomoko or one of Kakinuma's nerdy friends in chapter 120. She remains kind and friendly to Tomoko even after the latter confesses to being a huge pervert in chapter 140.
  • One Degree of Separation: It turns out she and Yuu share a mutual friend named Sawa who goes to the same school as the latter.
  • Positive Friend Influence: In chapter 164 Tomoko outright acknowledges that without Asuka's friendship she would've not made an effort to pick a college or work in improving herself. While Asuka, on the other hand, realizes that Tomoko is the kind of person that needs to be pushed to do something.
  • Team Mom: Her eagerness to help out and accommodate her fellow students prompts Tomoko to wonder if Katou thinks of herself as the class mom. Tomoko used to find her attempts to be nice patronizing, but has since come to enjoy them.
  • Troll: She's shown to intentionally be ambiguous while talking with Fuuka about her relationship with Tomoko for no other reason than getting a rise out of Fuuka's flustered reactions. As she tells Yuu she also enjoys teasing Tomoko since she thinks Tomoko's cute.
  • Twice Shy: She's of the opinion that Tomoko doesn't really have any interest in her due to the latter appearing to be more comfortable around girls like Yuri, Hina, and Ucchi. She's unaware that the reason Tomoko is so uncomfortable around Asuka is that Tomoko is crushing furiously on her. In chapter 170, Yuu finally explains to her the reason for Tomoko's actions. From then on, she can get astoundingly forward, but Tomoko still doesn't quite seem to get it.

    Mako Tanaka
A friend of Yuri's who becomes acquainted with Tomoko through their mutual relationship with her.
  • The Atoner: She and Yuri implicitly got into a fight that resulted in the latter not being grouped up with her. While they have made up since then, Mako still feels guilty about it. She similarly feels guilty when she doesn't have lunch with Tomoko and decides to befriend her to make up for it.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Every time she sees someone who looks upset (e.g. Tomoko in chapter 99, Yuri at the end of chapter 120, Minami in chapter 129), she tries to help or at least comfort them.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: In Chapter 124, she serves as this trope to Yuri, who out of jealousy inserted herself into Tomoko's meetup with Yuu and Kotomi and made the conversation all about field trip inside stories she shared with Tomoko. Mako had to pull her away from the table and call her out on her behavior before she realized how immaturely she was acting
  • Covert Pervert: She's one of only four students in the school to get a perfect score on the health and phys ed exam along with Asuka, Komiyama, and Hatsushiba. It's a test with mostly sex-related questions and Mako's embarrassed reaction seems to mean she knows what it implies.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She's convinced that Tomoko is a selfless, kind, and misunderstood soul. If only she knew what dark thoughts lurked in that girl's head.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Her often emotional and touchy-feely behavior around Tomoko has convinced the latter that she's a lesbian.
  • Morality Pet: Could be considered this for Minami. The fact that they're friends would imply the fanged girl has some redeeming qualities, and Mako for her part wants to steer Minami into being a better person.
  • Nice Girl: Aside from a fight she got into with Yuri (which is implied to be pretty one-sided), she's impeccably sweet.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: The incident in chapter 99 that made Tomoko think that Mako might be a lesbian involved Mako following Tomoko to the bathroom stall, covering Tomoko's ears so she wouldn't hear her classmates badmouthing her, then holding Tomoko's hands and asking Tomoko to be her friend (with her face very close to Tomoko's) - while they were still in the bathroom stall.
  • Odd Friendship: She seems to have become good friends with Yoshida during the Disneyland field trip, to the point where she's helping her with her future career choices and texting her during Yoshida's suspension.
    • She actually gets upset that Masaki isn't putting as much thought into her future as Mako thinks she should be doing.
  • Only Friend: For Yuri before Tomoko and Yoshida entered the scene. She's also suggested to be the only person who seems to genuinely care about Minami at all.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: She's normally the picture person of niceness. However, Mako gets frustrated trying to figure out a seating arrangement that will group her up with Koharu, Yuri, Masaki, and Tomoko while keeping the former two as far apart as possible and snaps, getting a stunned reaction out of everyone present.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Chapter 124, after noting how Yuri inserted herself into Tomoko's meetup with Yuu and took over the conversation out of jealousy for the closeness the two displayed to one another, Mako takes her friend aside and lambasts her for her behavior, going so far as to say she's acting Not So Different from Minami, whom Yuri really doesn't like.

    Koharu Minami

A popular girl in Tomoko's class. Minami is the reason for Yuri's and Mako's falling out before and during the school trip, as she invited Mako to join her group for the trip, which meant that Yuri and Mako could not be in the same group. She takes an interest in Mako in general and wants her to join her group of friends. On the other hand, she does not get along with Yuri, and neither of them tries to befriend the other.

  • A Day in the Limelight: She gets her own story arc starting in chapter 187 detailing her own loneliness since starting third year, a burgeoning friendship with Futaki and her increasing alienation from her old friends.
  • Alone in a Crowd: While she has a very large social circle, she's suggested to not be particularly close to any of them, with Akane outright disliking her. This seems to explain her fixation on her friendship with Mako, who, while being of only middling popularity, is the only person who seems to genuinely like her.
  • Alpha Bitch: She's fashionable, social, enjoys being a part of the in-crowd, and is not a nice person by any stretch of the imagination. Minami has been shown outright laughing at other people's misfortunes, badmouthing them behind their backs, mocking otaku, and implicitly getting a kick out of spiting Yuri. It's played with to a degree, as she's suggested to not actually be particularly well-liked by her peers despite her apparent popularity.
  • Butt-Monkey: Her luck takes a turn for the worse when she enters her third year. Minami gets separated from her friends, repeatedly fails to connect with anyone, and even suffers some hilarious mishaps that are not so dissimilar from what Tomoko put up with.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has an enlarged left fang, which is visible when she's talking. Tomoko making a quip about it in chapter 117 almost made Yuri burst out laughing for the first time.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: In chapter 128, during the trip to Disneyland. When she notices that Akane and Asuka aren't thrilled by her badmouthing of Tomoko, she starts badmouthing Hina instead. At this point Akane essentially tells her to get lost.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She's way too prideful to accept the charity or sympathy of others. She even turns down her own friends' invitation to join their group at Disneyland after things with her previous group failed to work out.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In the third year due to being separated from her normal group of friends and more or less alienating herself from everyone in 3-5. Even her own friend Sachi admits that she's a jerk and it's because of her personality and lack of humility that nobody likes her.
  • Gossipy Hens: Minami's favorite activity seems to be to bad-talk people behind their backs, and it's often her go-to tactic when it comes to trying to make new friends. Unfortunately for her, it doesn't work on anyone outside her usual clique. Even her own friends, in turn, talk about her behind her back seemingly out of a sense that she's getting what she deserves.
  • Hate Sink: In contrast to the other popular kids, who are all generally shown to be reasonably nice, she more or less serves as the designated villain every time she appears, and is largely portrayed as being unsympathetic. However, this gets subverted over time; her antics start looking more pitiful than anything, and she eventually admits that neither she nor her friends are good people.
  • Heel Realization: The entire point of her story arc is her coming to realize that she's been a pretty awful person.
  • Hidden Depths: She's actually suggested to be quite lonely, explaining why she's so fixated on her friendship with Mako, who is shown to genuinely care about her, unlike nearly all of her other friends.
  • Hypocrite: Whenever a conversation or social situation she's involved with doesn't go the way she likes, Minami has a tendency to accuse everyone else of failing to read the room. However, it's always Minami who fails to read the room and properly gauge what's bothering the people she's with, which is why things turn sour for her.
  • Jerkass: An overall unpleasant bully.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After splitting Yuri up from her Only Friend and leaving her isolated for the field trip, Minami finds herself separated from her own friends in her third year of high school.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Masaki Minami.
  • Never Bareheaded: She's always got a pair of matching ornaments in her hair. They're usually triangular in shape, but she occasionally mixes things up.
  • Not So Different: For all that she likes to badmouth Tomoko, Minami is pretty much what Tomoko would have been if she was willing to voice her hateful thoughts about everyone out loud during her first year. She's also finding herself in the awkward position of being all alone in class with no way to connect with people, a position Tomoko was trapped in for the longest time.
  • Oblivious to His Own Description: She's particularly derisive of Tomoko, saying that "she acts all high and mighty even though she's a loser loner." A description that honestly applies more to Minami than Tomoko, especially since the latter has no shortage of people to hang out with now while the former struggles to fit in with anyone outside her clique. She even has the gall to mock Tomoko for rolling up her skirt, even though Minami wears hers even shorter.
  • Odd Friendship: Goes out of her way to start one with Futaki just to have someone else to eat lunch with which leads to her Heel Realization.
  • Smug Smiler: It's pretty much her default expression.
  • Trauma Button: Akane's very presence after being told off by her during the field trip. The mere act of Akane sitting next to her is enough to make her move somewhere else while looking very uncomfortable.
  • Unknown Rival: Tomoko seems to be a favorite target for Minami, who views her as a never-ending source of juicy gossip. However, Tomoko seldom ever hears what Minami has to say about her, and as such doesn't even have the fanged girl on her radar. It's implied that Koharu is secretly envious of her.
  • Villain of Another Story: For a given value of "villain," but she has this vibe. There's some animosity between her and Yuri that's strongly implied, but not outright shown. However, while Minami doesn't have a good opinion of Tomoko, and Tomoko doesn't think much of her either, the two rarely cross paths and their insults toward one another usually go unheard.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When she sees an old woman get aboard a train, Koharu admits she would only have given up her seat for her if Mako was around to appreciate her generosity. When Kaho ends up giving her seat to the elder, Koharu then imagines badmouthing her with her other friends. Either way, she shows herself to be a scummy person deep down.

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Corey Hartzog (English)

An overweight student in the manga club who Tomoko is partnered with in order to complete a portrait-drawing assignment for her art class. While Tomoko believes that the cute-looking portrait he drew of her meant that he found her attractive, it is later revealed that he draws all female characters with the same face.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Tomoko is immensely grossed out by the idea of him being into her at first. After she sees the picture he drew of her, though, she becomes more keen on it. Of course, it's later made clear that he has no interest in her at all, and his attraction to her was all in her head. It also counts as Hypocritical Humor on Tomoko's part, as she's a huge loser and geek herself who constantly pervs on people who barely know her.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The anime downplays his lips, making him less weird-looking overall.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 131 actually gives some insight into his character.
  • The Bus Came Back: Makes a surprise reappearance five volumes after his debut as a person checking out books from the library while Komiyama was on duty. Not only does Tomoko still think that he has a thing for her, but Komiyama mistakes Tomoko as having a thing for him. Even later, in chapter 122, he becomes Tomoko's classmate.
  • Covert Pervert: Possibly, if his perfect score on his health exam is anything to go off of.
  • Geek Physiques: He's fat and a member of the manga club.
  • Gonk: He's fat, has a strange and unattractive face, and acts in an unappealing manner.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Despite his apathetic front, he admits to being insecure about his drawing skills, which is why he rushed through his portrait of Tomoko in their first year.
    • He was one of only four students in his grade to get a perfect score in his health exams, implying that he may actually be as much of a pervert as Tomoko assumed him to be.
  • Jerkass: Downplayed. He's not outwardly hostile, but he's so apathetic that considering the needs of other people is just something he can't be bothered with. For instance, he rushes through his portrait assignment with Tomoko and leaves, not caring at all that she still needed to use him as a reference.
  • Last-Name Basis: Mostly because Tomoko doesn't know him very well.
  • Nerd: Certainly seems like one, at least. He's fat, wears glasses and is in the manga club. Tomoko even guesses that he has no friends at all just by looking at him. Since we don't actually get to see what his social life is like though, this is entirely an assumption.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: His lips and nose look nothing like any other character's.
  • Only Six Faces: He draws all of his female characters with the same stock Moe face. His portrait of Tomoko in this style convinces her that he has a crush on her. However, chapter 131 shows that he can draw proper portraits as well.
  • Pet the Dog: When he catches Tomoko at the theme park, he draws a more accurate picture of her along with her friends to make up for the rushed portrait he made of her in his first year. Hatsushiba later gives it to her when they meet again at Comiket.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't say much at all.
  • The Stoic: Maintains the same expression throughout all of his screen time.
  • Terrible Artist: Played with. He's actually quite good at drawing but was originally incapable of giving his characters different-looking faces. After a few years, he improves significantly.
  • Took a Level in Badass: His drawing skills improve substantially between his first and third years of high school; beginning as decent but bland and lacking in diversity and expressiveness before growing to be genuinely impressive to look at.
  • Tranquil Fury: He doesn't visibly react to Minami's snide comments toward him, choosing instead to vent his anger at her in his art by drawing an unflattering image of her as Mako's bondage pet.


A nerdy boy who sits next to Tomoko in class.

    Shiki Futaki

A girl with pigtails and an emoji-shaped face who joins Tomoko's class at the start of the third year.

  • Academic Athlete: She's both an accomplished athlete and one of the highest-scoring students in her class.
  • The Ace: She pretty much excels at everything she does. Shiki singlehandedly takes at least five headbands in a cavalry battle during a sports festival, shoots every target in a theme park game, wins every tabletop tennis match in another sports festival, plays soccer incredibly well despite having not played it since elementary school, can effortlessly pull off splits, and dominates every video game she plays. She's also ranked 99 in her class. That said, her skills don't extend to more luck-based games like mahjong.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: First shows up in the second year during the sports festival when Tomoko's friends were unable to find her during the cavalry battle before becoming part of Tomoko's class during the third year.
  • Gamer Chick: Is often seen playing, and is very good at, video games and dreams of being a pro gamer. It's later revealed that she's become a popular streamer during the third year summer break.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Her Youtube channel became much more popular when she started uploading more titillating videos.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Kota Futaki
  • No Name Given: Went nameless in her brief appearances until chapter 128 revealed her name to be Futaki. Her given name is revealed to be Shiki in chapter 147.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: To the point where she makes Ucchi look ordinary in comparison. Her blank dot eyes and triangular mouth are already strange enough, but unlike Ucchi, they almost never change expression.
  • Odd Friendship: Develops one with Yoshida's delinquent group when they and Tomoko hang out at the arcade. It's later heavily implied that Anna and Reina help film her gaming streams. She later begins to develop one with Minami.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: All of her supposed feats happen entirely offscreen.
  • One of the Boys: Implied. Her group during the Disneyland trip seems to be made up entirely of boys, all of whom treat her like a platonic friend.
  • The Stoic: Even past her blank, unmoving expression, she doesn't really express herself through body language either. In the brief moments where she speaks, she comes off as rather dry and unemotive.
  • Tomboy: Quite possibly. She's athletically gifted, seems to be a master of most games she plays and her group during the Disneyland trip seems to be made up exclusively of boys.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Judging by chapter 154, focaccia. The perspective of eating it is one of the few things that make her change expression.

    Hikari Itou

Tomoko's schoolmate who is friends with Kotomi. In their third year of high school, she becomes Tomoko's classmate.

  • Black Bead Eyes: Overall her eyes are quite similar to Ucchi's, though unlike Ucchi Itou also has an outline of her upper eyelids drawn.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Acts like Kotomi's sometimes, most notably in chapter 134 when she tries to prevent Kotomi and Masaki from fighting.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 153 focuses on the beginning of her friendship with Kotomi and confirms that in spite of occasionally being weirded out by Kotomi, she actually likes her.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Flashback in chapter 110 shows that she, Tomoko and Hina took their high school entrance exam together; afterward she and Tomoko talked briefly and Tomoko tried to fist bump with her. Tomoko remembers the meeting itself, but not that the girl she met was Itou and gets embarrassed in chapter 122 when the two meet again and Itou brings the incident up.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Shares the surname of Yoshihiro Ito.
  • Not So Above It All: She thinks of herself as Kotomi's minder and often inwardly rants about her friend's antics, but Itou has shown she's not really all there herself. She's done things like base a locker passcode off the syllable of Kotomi's name (and accidentally saying it out loud), and describing her friend in an overly long, detailed, and encyclopedic manner when Tomoki asks about her. The latter incident has Tomoki conclude that even Itou is a weirdo.
  • Only Friend: Seems to be this to Kotomi in their high school, as she is the only person that Kotomi is regularly shown hanging out with at school and during the school trips. Itou herself is not shown to have any friends other than Kotomi.
  • The Stoic: Tends to keep a poker face no matter what she is thinking and what happens around her.
  • The Straight Man: She is frequently shown confused or even grossed out by Kotomi's antics, but the two stick together anyway.


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