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The characters of the light novel, manga, and anime series Ōkami-san.

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Otogi Bank

    Ryōko Ōkami
Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

The title character. Ryōko is a steadfast and stony-faced young woman, a member of the Otogi Bank, and our resident tsundere. She often works alongside Ringo. She is quick to deny her slowly reciprocating feelings for Ryoshi.

Fairy Tales: "Little Red Riding Hood"; "The Wolf and the Seven Kids"; "The Three Little Pigs"; "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", The Wolf

  • A-Cup Angst: Mentioning her flat chest got the narrator a punch, and Ryoshi had to hold her back after the Butler referenced her small chest.
  • Animal Motifs: She's constantly compared to a wolf, since she represents the bad wolf from "Little Red Riding Hood".
  • Badass Adorable: She fights with kitten boxing gloves and there's an incredibly cute side to her, no matter how much she tries to hide it.
  • Badass in Distress: Near the end of the anime, she gets kidnapped and captured by the Onigashima High School. Ryoshi has to directly face Shiro in order to save her.
  • Battle Couple: While she's punching out the bad guys, Ryoshi supports her from afar with his slingshot.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Ringo is Ryōko's close supporter who never abandons her, maintaining her full support and friendship in Ryōko after Shiro nearly assaults her in middle school.
  • Bokukko: She uses the aggressive-masculine pronoun of ore to refer to herself. Except when she is asleep; during which she uses the gender-neutral pronoun watashi like she did in her younger days.
  • Boxing Battler: Her fighting style consists of boxing techniques, and has a pair of electrified boxing gloves.
  • Broken Bird: As revealed later on, she was once a Shrinking Violet and well-respected junior high student, at least until Shiro's assault and betrayal led to her Heroic BSoD.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: She is a ferocious and tough boxer, yet she has a girly side and soft spot for animals that she tries to hide.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She absolutely refuses to admit any positive feeling she has for Ryoshi.
  • The Cassandra: Everyone at her middle school thought she went off the deep end and blew off her claims that Shiro assaulted her. She ultimately turns out to be right.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: While she vehemently denies this, Ryoko falls into this trope in Episode 12 when Machiko starts to make her moves on Ryoshi.
  • Contralto of Danger: As usual for Shizuka Ito, she voices the character with a low voice befitting of her Action Girl status.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Light brown hair and eyes that match.
  • Cute Bruiser: With her Neko Neko Knuckles, Ryoko will leave you cat-atonic.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Occasionally visible when she grinds her teeth in anger.
  • Cuteness Proximity: She loves cute animals and cannot resist to pet them whenever she sees them.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Shiro's assault and betrayal led to her disillusionment with love for years.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As a young teenager, she went into a relationship with Shiro. She didn't realize his deprived nature until it was too late, and all of her classmates turned their backs on her shortly afterwards.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Her clothing is black and red with her Animal Motif being a wolf and has a noble nature in contrast with Shiro Hitsujikai's lighter appearance and depraved nature.
  • Death Glare: She often gives one to the narrator when she mention Ryoko's and Ringo's poor fanservice.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Despite initially finding Ryoshi weird and annoying, she eventually falls in love with him.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Ryoko tends to beat up Ryoshi a lot, as well as other men who usually deserve their beating. No one comments on this.
  • Easy Amnesia: In Episode 7, she hits her head after falling on a pond and mentally reverts back to her 13 year old self.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone knows she does like Ryoshi back, no matter how much she denies it.
  • Fall Guy: A Gender Swapped example. She becomes one for Shiro, who fabricates a story to her fellow classmates that she was the one responsible for his sexual assault on her.
  • Fatal Flaw: She trusted Shiro a little too much while in junior high and, sadly, this flaw continues to haunt her later. As soon as Reiko presented herself as another one of Shiro's victims, Ryoko immediately hands over her full and complete trust, which gets her kidnapped.
  • Godiva Hair: In the Shower Scene, her hair covers anything important.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted with Ryoshi. Ryoko is a Boxing Battler, Ryoshi fires pachinko balls with a slingshot.
  • Has a Type: She says that she is only interested in guys who are "manly", and screw-ups who cower if someone stares at them too long are disqualified. Or so she claims, anyway. She deliberately omits that Ryoushi can be very many when he steps up.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Her attempts to frequently deny her relationship with Ryoshi are always futile.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She adores dogs, but doesn't like others to know.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: All of her supporters at junior high dropped her like a hot potato when Shiro manipulated them into thinking that she was responsible for the sexual assault.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Ringo. They've been best friends for a long time.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Ryoko tries to act like a total jerk to keep others away from her. Usually, it doesn't work out.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: She knows Shiro on a personal level ever since she went out with him. It only took Shiro to do an attempted rape for her to realize his evil nature.
  • Love Epiphany: In Episode 10, she dreams of kissing Ryoshi and, naturally, acts stranger than normal around him the rest of the week because she can't really deny her feelings any more (at least not to herself; everyone else is still fair game).
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Ryoshi's Feminine Boy. Ryoko is a violent and temperamental Tsundere while Ryoshi is a shy and quiet Nice Guy.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name can translate to "Traveling Wolf".
  • Modesty Shorts: Though her skirt is rather long in the front and back, the sides are split up to the hip, giving a slight view of her shorts.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Subverted. Despite her boxer training and apparent strength, Ryoko had a really hard time fighting the more muscular gang leader of Episode 2 (even with her upgraded boxing gloves that had a taser function.
  • Open Secret: She doesn't want anyone to find out about her love of romance novels. Ringo knows all about how she hides them behind another row of books and disguises herself to visit the bookstore in the next town to buy them, and casually mentions this fact to Ryoshi because she thinks it's cute.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She is usually seen with a scowl on her face, a symptom of being a broken bird. When she regressed to a 13 year old state, she smiled more often.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: She's a ferocious boxer who punches others at the slightest provocation while her Love Interest is a timid Shrinking Violet with an extreme phobia to be stared at.
  • Power Fist: She fights using special Neko Neko Knuckles, a pair of electrified boxing gloves.
  • Protectorate: Ryoshi's main motivation is to protect Ryoko from any danger.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is so long it goes all the way down to her knees. It could be part of her wolf motif and/or part of her mostly concealed girly side.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: Ryoko is rough and unfriendly while her partner Ringo is way nicer, although she's also quite the Manipulative Bitch.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She decides to bail from her previous school after being betrayed by Shiro and her fellow classmates.
  • She-Fu: She tends to use flips and cartwheels while fighting. Rinko even calls her normal get-up the "ninja-tramp" look.
  • She's Got Legs: Ryoshi finds her legs to be one of her attractive points.
  • Shrinking Violet: She was a very shy girl when she was a young teenager.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite trying to deny it, Ryoko develops feelings for Ryoshi because he's a kind, honest and faithful guy who would never abandon her.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Underneath the fierce and angry wolf, there's a sad and emotionally fragile girl who just doesn't want to be betrayed again.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Ringo's Girly Girl. Ryoko is a tough boxer with a remarkable masculine behaviour, Ringo is a cutesy girl in a pretty dress. It gets Played With because this is part of the facade both put up; Ryoko pretends to be tomboyish but actually loves girly stuff, while Ringo's girly personality is actually a method to manipulate others.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's very masculine, tough and a fierce boxer, yet she has a soft spot for cute animals and loves romance novels. She does her best to hide her girly side, but most people can see right through her.
  • Tomboyish Voice: She speaks with a husky voice which is fitting for a tough bokukko.
  • Tomboyness Upgrade: Once a demure Shrinking Violet who liked to wear cute clothes, she turned into a feisty boxer who acts and talks like a guy. She retained more of her girly interests than she would like to admit, though.
  • Trauma Button: Being in Shiro's presence triggers her PTSD of his betrayal at junior high.
  • Tsundere: An aggressive type and lampshaded constantly. She calls Ryoshi a hetare, or "good-for-nothing", punches him and denies that she likes him or anything. She's completely unable to be honest with herself.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Sharp and focused eyes for a typical Tsundere.
  • Woman Scorned: She suffered an Attempted Rape by Shiro, and boy is she mad at him for it.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: She tried to convince her fellow junior high classmates about Shirō's sexual assault. Unfortunately for Ryoko, they simply think she's wacko.

    Ryōshi Morino
Voiced by: Miyu Irino (JP), Joel McDonald (EN)

Ryōshi is a shy student who harbors a crush on Ryoko and has scopophobia, a fear of having people look at him. He is pulled into joining the Otogi Bank, but joins willingly in order to stay by Ryoko's side.

Fairy Tale: "Little Red Riding Hood", The Hunter

  • Amazon Chaser: He became interested in Ryoko because of her acting so strong and masculine. When pressed for details by Ringo, he said that he could sense that Ryoko was often afraid and trying very hard to be strong in spite of this, which he found admirable and could relate to.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In his very introduction, he works up the courage to confess his love for Ryoko and practically begs her to give him a chance when she rejects him.
  • Battle Couple: He backs Ryoko up in combat by shooting the opponents she doesn't have the time to hit, and hinders those trying to sneak up on her.
  • Beautiful All Along: With his hair out of his face, he's incredibly handsome.
  • Bishōnen: With his hair slicked back, Ryoshi is a stunner. Even without, when he gets serious and shows off both of his eyes he's still good looking.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: He is skilled enough with a slingshot to strike someone's palm and force them to drop whatever weapon their holding.
  • Brats with Slingshots: His main weapon is a wrist-mounted slingshot armed with pachinko balls.
  • Butt-Monkey: Between his scopophobia interfering with his missions and making him look pathetic, and his attempts at impressing Ryoko falling flat, things just don't go well for him most of the time.
  • The Champion: He wants to become a man strong and brave enough to protect Ryoko from anything.
  • Compliment Backfire: When Ryoko asks him what he likes about her, Ryoshi says it's because she's strong, brave, cool, wild and masculine. Ryoko responds by walking away from him.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's terrified of people staring at him and generally comes off as a coward, but when Ryoko is in danger, he becomes braver and does whatever he can to defend Ryoko.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a dorky Dogged Nice Guy most of the time, but if Ryoko or anyone is in danger, he gets in "manly mode" and doesn't stop at anything until he saves them.
  • Declaration of Protection: He swears that he will protect Ryoko. The problem is that Ryoko can typically protect herself, and doesn't (initially) trust him enough to let him protect her.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Even though Ryoko rejected him from the start, Ryoshi hasn't given up on her and patiently waits for her to reciprocate his feelings while staying by her side as her friend.
  • Everyone Can See It: It's very easy to tell he has a crush on Ryoko. Unlike Ryoko, this is because Ryoshi doesn't bother hiding it.
  • Fingerless Gloves: His wrist-mounted slingshot comes with a fingerless glove, presumably for the sake of dexterity.
  • Forgettable Character: Several of his classmates don't know who he is and treat him as if they've never met before despite seeing him daily; they not only don't know his name, but completely fail to recognize his face at all.
  • Friendly Sniper: Very, very shy, but still friendly. He provides coverfire for his boxer partner.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted with Ryoko. Ryoshi fights from afar using a slingshot while Ryoko punches out the bad guys.
  • Hates Being Touched:
    • In the manga, he says that in addition to freaking out when people stare at him, he also does not like them to get too close, but that he's okay with people he knows; it's only strangers he has a problem with. The anime doesn't mention this.
    • It does come up once in Episode 5, at least in the dub. Ryoshi doesn't handle Momoko's teasing very well.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When his friends are in danger, Ryoshi overcomes his phobia and becomes an unstoppable badass, signified by both of his eyes becoming visible.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Ryoko's Masculine Girl. Ryoshi is a shy and quiet Nice Guy, Ryoko is a violent and hotheaded Tsundere.
  • Meaningful Name: His name translates to "Hunter of the Forest".
  • Naïve Newcomer: He joins the Otogi Bank early in the story, which is why a lot of exposition has to be done for him.
  • Nice Guy: Not only is he genuine in wanting to fall in love with Ryoko, he is also a very fun and cool guy to be around.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Sometimes this, sometimes Blinding Bangs, sometimes neither. In general, the more serious he's being, the more visible eyes he has.
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: He's a timid Shrinking Violet with an extreme phobia to be stared at and he fell in love with a ferocious boxer whose fond of punching people (occasionally him included, during emotional pique).
  • Ridiculously Average Guy: The first time Ryoko sees him, she notes he's utterly unremarkable in appearance: not exceptionally ugly, neither fat nor thin; nothing about him sticks out at all. His scores on tests, both academic and physical, are exactly on the national average of male students. He apparently does this on purpose to avoid being noticed at all.
    • In the light novel, Ringo says he's so completely "normal" in every way that it isn't normal at all.
  • Running Gag:
    Ryoshi: Don't look, don't look!
  • Shrinking Violet: He usually hides behind stuff to avoid eye contact due to his scopophobia.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Male example. His bluish hair color emphasizes his mild and quiet nature.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Ryoko is the one and only girl he loves. When Ringo teased him about having a live-in maid (Ootsu) being a guy's dream come true, he shamelessly replies that his dreams only feature Ryoko.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Before he approached Ryoko to confess his love, Ryoshi was always following her around in secret and admiring her from afar. This is played for cute shyness instead of creepy obsession, though.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Episode 2 when he becomes a Friendly Sniper, and again in Episode 10 when he gets trained in fighting by Saburo.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is quick to leap to Ryoko's defense after learning about Shiro's betrayal of her in junior high.
  • Verbal Tic: Has a tendency to end his sentences with "~su".
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark green-blue hair.

    Ringo Akai
Voiced by: Kanae Ito (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

Ringo is Ryoko's partner and roommate.

Fairy Tales: "Little Red Riding Hood", Little Red Riding Hood; "Snow White", Poison Red Apple; Rose Red; possibly the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, with her as the fruit.

  • A-Cup Angst: Like Ryoko, Ringo hates to be reminded of her flat chest.
  • Ambiguously Gay: She says that she wouldn't mind if Ryōko learned to like girls more. She also writes a story which involves her kissing Ryōko, as a dare.
  • Best Friend: She's Ryoko's dearest and most trusted friend.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A genuinely nice person until you either (A) give her cause to hate you or (B) become a useful pawn in her schemes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. While not malicious, Ringo puts a front of being affable in order to make it easier for her to manipulate others. Her real self is far less pleasant, but she's still a good person at heart.
  • The Confidant: She's been Ryōko's confidante since they were young teenagers, and they tend to agree on a lot of things.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair to match her red eyes.
  • Death Glare: Along with Ryoko, she often gives one to the narrator whenever she mentions their poor fanservice.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Thanks to training from her mother, Ringo can act like an adorable little girl to make others do her bidding.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Described In-Universe as a "Little Red Riding Hood with cute red hair, but the heart of a coal-black poisonous apple".
  • The Fake Cutie: Ringo's mother taught her how to act like an absolute cutie and also raised her into an unscrupulous Manipulative Bitch.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: A platonic example with Ryoko. When they first met in middle school, Ryoko got sick with a cold and Ringo nursed her back to health. After seeing that Ryoko wasn't the bad girl she appeared to be, Ringo decided to become her friend and eventually got past Ryoko's tough exterior.
  • Foil: To Ryoko. Ryoko is an aggressive and quick-tempered Tsundere who hides away her cute and sensitive side, while Ringo is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who puts up a cute act to make others do whatever she wants. In fact, Ringo became friends with Ryoko because Ryoko also hides her true self from others, yet tries hard to become stronger.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ringo's Bitch in Sheep's Clothing tendencies are to be blamed on her mother who specifically raised her to be that way. It's played more for laughs than drama, though.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She's best friends with Ryoko and they have been inseparable ever since they became friends in middle school.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Back when Ringo was a child, she innocently asked her half-sister Himeno if she would come back to play with her before she left the house. Later after that, Ringo learned her mother had driven Himeno's family away when her father divorced Himeno's mother. Ringo felt awful about what she said to Himeno and has avoided her out of fear that Himeno hates her for it.
  • Little Red Fighting Hood: She's really more of a support member in a fight, but no one sane would cross her.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Ryoko. They met in the aftermath of Shiro's assault and betrayal. Ringo approached her and insistently befriended her, giving Ryoko someone she could rely on at the hardest time of her life.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Can play you like a violin and still be as cute as a button.
  • Meaningful Name: She's literally named "Red Apple".
  • Older Than She Looks: Looks like a child, but she is actually a high school student.
  • Only Friend: Ringo is the only person Ryoko is open to and trusts completely as a friend.
  • Overly Nervous Flop Sweat: In Episode 7, when observing Jizou's double date through her binoculars, she's distracted by Ryoko's voice, after which she turns around and sees an amnesiac Ryoko dragging Ryoshi around. Cue her face becoming livid with sweat.
    Ringo: "I must be getting tired."
  • Pragmatic Hero: She won't hesitate to take advantage of her Deliberately Cute Child antics.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Whenever, "everything is going according to plan", she becomes sinister
    Narrator: Ringo always gets an evil smile when she's on to something.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Despite her cute appearance, Ringo can be fairly dangerous when she wants to be.
  • Red Riding Hood Replica: In a series where all the characters are inspired by fairy tales, Ringo's design is obviously based on Red Riding Hood. Although, she's actually a parody because while the Red Riding Hood of the fairy tale was well-known for her naivety causing her to get fooled by the bad wolf, Ringo is cunning and manipulative. She's also best friends with the "wolf" who is a Tsundere girl with a truly good heart here.
  • Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick: A weird case. She acts as Ryoko's nicer partner and moral center, but she has a definite manipulative side.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She decided to bail from her home when her mother threw her half-siblings out of their house.
  • Shipper on Deck: She decides that Ryoshi is worthy of protecting her best friend, and so she actively tries to get Ryoko and Ryoshi together.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her eyes are noticeably droopy in contrast to Ryoko's Tsurime Eyes. They're also part of the "cute child" image she likes to give off to those she wants to manipulate.
  • Token Mini-Moe: She's the only member of the Otogi Bank who looks like a child. She likes to use this to her advantage.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Ryoko's Tomboy. Ringo is the adorable cutie friend to the tomboyish boxer Ryoko. It gets Played With because this is part of the facade both put up; Ryoko just pretends to be tough and actually loves girly stuff, while Ringo acts cutesy as a way to manipulate others.
  • Undying Loyalty: From the moment she saw Ryoko's true self, Ringo has never left her side and swore to be her close supporter.
  • Verbal Tic: Invoked by ending her sentences with -no to make herself sound more cute, suggested by her mother, no less.

    Liszt Kiriki
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (JP), Micah Solusod (EN)

The president of the Otogi Bank. He often doesn't do work and instead his cousin Alice does it for him.

Fairy Tale: "The Ant and the Grasshopper", The Grasshopper

  • Affectionate Nickname: Alice calls him "Likkun" when they're alone together.
  • The Alleged Boss: Though Liszt is nominally the president, it's Alice who does all the work.
  • All Work vs. All Play: All Play to Alice's All Work because he is the grasshopper of their fairy tale. The closest thing he does to work is cross-dress for intel-gathering, which comes across as more "playing that has a work-related benefit".
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He makes a damn good woman. He won a previous Miss Otogi beauty pageant.
  • Bishōnen: He can look very pretty when he opens his eyes. All the better for crossdressing.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's probably as smart as Alice or at the very least smart enough to do his own work for himself, he just prefers using his brain power to mess around.
  • Disguised in Drag: He sometimes crossdresses in order to gather information.
  • Eyes Always Shut: His default expression is when his eyes are closed, which minimizes his expressiveness and keeps him looking politely business-like, along with smiling.
  • Guile Hero: He doesn't fight, but is able to use his wit and impressive disguises to sneak behind his enemies.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Likes to mess with his teammates and only helps out people in return for favors, but is clearly shown to genuinely want to help them as well.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's an expert at manipulation, and only provides help for others if they repay him, but he's an overall good guy.
  • Master of Disguise: Thanks to Latex Perfection, Liszt can make himself look like a completely different person.
  • Non-Action Guy: The only male member of the bank who doesn't partake in missions. In fact, he probably does the least amount of work in the bank compared to everybody else. It's justified in that it goes with his fairy tale character. He's aware that he fits this trope, so he uses guile, Latex Perfection, and a taser to take out enemies without getting into open combat.
  • Perpetual Smiler: He always keeps the same friendly smile, in contrast to his cousin's non-sense neutral face.
  • Supporting Leader: He's the head of the Otogi Bank, but he never takes part in the missions and acts more as a support party.
  • Troll: Seems to enjoy screwing with his subordinates.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is absolutely useless in open combat, so he uses his superlative disguise skills to win without entering open combat.
  • Voice Changeling: When he disguises, he's able to somehow sound like a different person.

    Alice Kiriki
Voiced by: Yui Horie (JP), Terri Doty (EN)

Liszt's cousin and secretary. She often does Liszt's work for him.

Fairy Tale: "The Ant and the Grasshopper", The Ant

  • A-Cup Angst: In the Beach Episode, she's noticeably annoyed when it's pointed out that she's almost as flat as Ryoko and Ringo. She appears to be of an average size when wearing her normal clothing, however, so it's possible she borrows her cousin's chest padding.
  • All Work vs. All Play: All Work to Liszt's All Play because she is the Ant in their fairytale. She occasionally has to reign her cousin in when he goes too far.
  • Creepy Monotone: Rarely ever raises her voice above a monotone, which is a contrast with her cousin's pleasant vibes.
  • Hair Antennae: Very subtle, since they point down instead of up. She is the Ant, after all.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: When Shirayuki's sisters ask her if she is dating Liszt, her cousin, she has to correct them.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Her cousin is way too lazy to act like a responsible leader. Alice is the one doing all the work to keep the Otogi Bank going.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: She wears this as part of her secretary attire. She says the skirt and tights are fashionable.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Occasionally shines her reffectionless glasses on Liszt to make him behave.

    Otsu Tsurugaya
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (JP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (EN)

A maid working in the Otogi Bank who has a fetish for people who want to return the favor and repay other people who have been kind to them.

Fairy Tale: "The Grateful Crane"

  • The Chick: As Ryoko says, she's one of those "Friendship and happiness" types, and serves such a role in the Otogi bank.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Dark brown hair and eyes.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Her own "personal hell" is evidently being forced to wear a cosplay costume other than a maid's uniform, like a nurse's outfit or a school uniform (which Otogi academy doesn't have).
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The reason Otsu is so determined to repay people is because her neighbor who was like an older brother to her saved her from being hit by a truck when she was younger. When the doctors were trying to save him in the hospital, she prayed and promised that she would repay him if only he got better... but he died from his injuries, so she can never repay him.
  • Disproportionate Reward: True to her fairy tale, she tends to go overboard when repaying favors.
  • Dude Magnet: She's very popular among the boys at school. Huge crowds gather to watch her sweep the front of the bank; huge crowds.
  • Gainaxing: She has an ample chest which gets emphasizes by her breasts bouncing when she walks or sweeps back and forth.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She wears her hair in twin-tails to make her look even cuter.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In her focus episode, her friends try to get across to her that friends don't keep track of favors. They're all friends, not bank customers, after all. A little gratitude is enough. She then shows up at Ringo and Ryoko's place, saying that she is here to show gratitude to her friends.
  • Meido: Her position in the Otogi Bank is to be a maid. She always dresses adequately for it too.
  • Nice Girl: She's sweet, helpful and always makes sure to return a favour.
  • Odango Hair: She wears her hair in double buns in the Beach Episode.
  • Slippery Swimsuit: In the Beach Episode, she loses her bikini top when she dives into the pool.
  • Tareme Eyes: Her eyes are droppy to reflect her nice and grateful character.

    Taro Urashima
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (JP), Todd Haberkorn (EN)

A handsome ladies' man who is solely interested in women and has no interest in men. He is found in the company of his girlfriend Otohime, and what the two are often up to... is left to the imagination as to what they are doing.

Fairy Tale: "Urashima Taro", same name as hero

  • A Man Is Always Eager: Inverted; between him and Otohime, he is the one advocating for "moderation".
  • Ambiguously Brown: He's dark skinned yet lives in Japan and has a Japanese name.
  • Beta Couple: With Otohime. They're the only other main characters who are a couple and while their relationship isn't perfect, they're still more steady compared to Ryoko and Ryoshi.
  • The Big Guy: The only physically-oriented fighter besides Ryoko at the Otogi bank and the only one capable of matching her in terms of skill.
  • Bishōnen: He's a very good-looking young man, which other girls often notice.
  • Chick Magnet: Many ladies are drawn to him, though this is foiled by Otohime and her battle-aura jealousy.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He was classmates with Otohime in elementary school. Despite his womanizing and her Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies, Taro does really love Otohime back.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He loves flirting with women, but he really does care a lot about Otohime and will join a fight in order to defend his friends.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: White-haired variation. He has dark skin along with white hair.
  • Does Not Like Men: His disinterest in men is such that he reacts with disgust when fighting them because it means he has to touch one. He also has trouble remembering their names, when he never fails to remember a woman's name.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: His hairstyle looked the same back in elementary school, minus the loose side ponytail.
  • Handsome Lech: He shamelessly hits on any pretty girl he meets, even right in front of his girlfriend.
  • Held Back in School: Taro is one year behind in high school because he went on a journey for a year with Otohime.
  • Ladykiller in Love: He loves ladies more than anything, but Otohime will always be the only one he truly loves.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's a very good-looking man with pretty long hair he ties in a side ponytail.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Taro cares a lot about Otohime, but he's often scared of her constant pursuing of him. Probably because she gives him too much of a good thing when she catches him.
  • One Head Taller: He tops Otohime's height by a full head, and this has been the case ever since they met in elementary school. She likes gazing up at him in adoration.
  • Super Mode: "Gentleman Mode", which he enters after Otohime "extracts his essence" works like this. He becomes even more suave than he normally is and becomes significantly more badass.
  • Twinkle Smile: He shows one in Episode 5 when he's in "Gentleman Mode".

    Otohime Ryugu
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (JP), Caitlin Glass (EN)

Otohime is a pretty girl who has eyes only for her boyfriend Taro.

Fairy Tales: "Urashima Taro", same name as heroine; "The Tortoise and the Hare", the Tortoise

  • Animal Battle Aura: In the anime, she gets a sea turtle battle aura when confronting her rival Usami. Otherwise, her aura has no theme.
  • Animal Motifs: She represents the tortoise from "The Tortoise and the Hare" when competing against Usami.
  • Beauty Mark: She has a mole under her left eye.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: She fell in love with Taro because he was the only boy in her class who didn't make fun of her but compliment her instead, and he encouraged her to slim down so she could be even prettier than she already was.
  • Beta Couple: With Taro. They're the only other main characters who are a couple and while their relationship isn't perfect, they're still more steady compared to Ryoko and Ryoshi.
  • Bully Magnet: She was made fun of by other kids at elementary school because she was fat.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She has been in love with Taro since way back in elementary school, and believes they are meant to be together for ever.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She takes it very badly whenever Taro flirts with other girls. She often "extracts his essence" as punishment.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Whatever she does to "extract Urashima's essence" is left to the imagination, but you can get an idea from how she forcibly drags him away from everyone, how terrified he always is of what she's about to do and how worn out he looks afterwards. This is always Played for Laughs.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Her classmates called her "Turtle Girl" because she was fat and slow. Otohime really hated it.
  • Formerly Fat: She was kind of chubby when she was younger, earning her the "turtle girl" nickname. Taro's words of encouragement in elementary school led to Otohime eating healthily and exercising so that she would develop into a beautiful young woman that would be worthy of him.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties her hair in twintails for their cute appeal, though on her they appear more lady-like than her kawaiiko rival Mimi.
  • The Glomp: She is very good at intense hugging.
  • Held Back in School: She went on a journey for a year with Taro, which caused both to miss their first high school year.
  • Hime Cut: She's an Ojou with the right hair style, but she's too energetic and violently jealous to fit the other parts of the trope.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: She worked hard to change from a chubby child to a thin, beautiful young lady worthy of Taro's love. She later learns she doesn't have to push herself so hard to be pretty because Taro has always thought she's cute the way she is.
  • Insecure Love Interest: As much as she loves Taro, her past as "turtle girl" leads her to thinking she isn't pretty enough for him. Thus, the fear-powered jealousy. Taro makes his stance clear on this subject after the beauty pageant she entered, leading to Tears of Joy from her.
  • Ojou: She's the daughter of a large and powerful corporation.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her hips when tied up, fitting for a lovely ojou like herself.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Her entire character centers on her love for Taro. She's pretty much only in the group to hang around Taro, and thus only tags along on missions that he goes on.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Ever since she was a little girl, Taro has been the only man she has eyes for.
  • Yandere: In Episode 11, when she thinks she's lost Urashima she becomes suicidal, followed shortly by psychotically murderous against the girls who were draping themselves over him.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Taro tells her she is, and his opinion matters the most to her.

    Majolica le Fay
Voiced by: Kimiko Koyama (JP), Lindsay Seidel (EN)

A wacky inventor who is often in the company of Otsuu.

Fairy Tale: King Arthur, Morgan le Fay

  • Cat Smile: Her default expression, although it seems intended to be a Rabbit Smile.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Majolica is one special girl.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: She has violet eyes to go with her witch theme.[1]
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She's the one who makes Ryoko's various Kitten Boxing Gloves, as well as a few other tools for the members of Otogi Bank.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Her robe is too big for her and covers her hands. This highlights her cute eccentricity.
  • Hidden Buxom: Her chest doesn't look that big in her usual outfit. It's most noticeable in her bikini in Episode 9 and in her maid outfit.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: A Gadgeteer Genius who loves lollipops.

    Mimi Usami
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (JP), Jad Saxton (EN)

Otohime's chief rival for Urashima.

Fairy Tale: "The Tortoise and the Hare", The Hare

  • Animal Battle Aura: She gets a rabbit battle aura during her confrontation with Otohime.
  • Animal Motifs: She's clearly meant to represent the hare from "The Tortoise and the Hare", competing against the "tortoise" Otohime. Her Animal Battle Aura reflects this.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Usami likes to act cute to get attention, but her true self isn't the least nice. She's described In-Universe as a "white rabbit on the outside, black rabbit on the inside". She gets better later, growing into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Pink hair and pink eyes.
  • Everyone Has Standards: In Episode 10, she is initially happy to play a role in sabotaging the Otogi Bank by bringing Alice to a pre-arranged location. But when she realizes the kind of evil bastards she's working with, she decides to help out the bank's members.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She ties her long hair in twin-tails, most likely meant to resemble rabbit ears. They are styled in a way to look more childishly cute than her rival Otohime's more lady-like version.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Her excuse for saving Otohime from a thug in Episode 11 is that she's currently stuck with them, so nobody better get the wrong idea.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She starts out as a mean-spirited and manipulative girl who wants to prove she is more popular than Otohime, but later she shows she isn't that bad deep down.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name sounds similar to 'Usagi', the Japanese word for 'rabbit'. In addition to being a normal girl's name in the West, mimi is the Japanese word for "ears", something rabbits are rather famous for.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's a second-year high school student, but she looks like she's still in elementary school.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her knees, perfect for eye-catching twintails.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: While she pretends to be the pink-haired sweetie type, she's actually the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing variant. She does become genuinely nicer later on.
  • Shana Clone: She's a childlike high school student with long pink hair tied into twin-tails, wears a frilly dress and has Rie Kugimiya as her voice actress. Her first appearance has her act as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, but does show Tsundere traits after she mellows out.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She has had a bitter rivalry with Otohime since childhood. Her first appearance has them compete to prove who is more popular and ruin each other's reputation along the way. They appear to make peace once Usami apologizes for bullying her in the past, though.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Her prepubescent looks earn her popularity at school. The Narrator points out this causes Usami's character to overlap with Ringo's.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's introduced as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and Otohime's nasty Sitcom Arch-Nemesis. During the fight between the Otogi Bank and the Onigashima thugs, she's set up and almost sells Alice off to the thugs. When she realizes what's going on, Usami joins the Otogi Bank's side, coming to Alice's and Otohime's aid. After saving Ryōko, Usami apologizes to Otohime for the years of bad blood and both make peace.
  • Tsundere: She ends up helping out the Otogi Bank during their conflict with the Onigashima thugs, but don't get her wrong, she's just stuck with them for the moment. It's not like she likes to help them or anything.
  • Tsurime Eyes: The more she shows her nasty side, the narrower her eyes become.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She has light pink hair.


Secondary Characters

    Momoko Kibitsu
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (JP), Stephanie Young (EN)

Head of the Disciplinary Committee, notable for her ample bosom.

Fairy Tale: "Momotaro"

  • Buxom Is Better: Her "millet dumplings" are the reason she has so many fanboys at school.
  • Dressed Like a Dominatrix: Her school uniform consists of a midriff-baring top and a Dangerously Short Skirt, her hairdo is a high ponytail and her Weapon of Choice is a whip.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears an ankle-high stocking on her right leg and a thigh-high one on the left one.
  • Gainaxing: With every appearance as a Running Gag.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Men literally bow down at the sight of Momoko's "millet dumplings".
  • Incompatible Orientation: She's been attracted to Ryoko since middle school, but Ryoko is only into men. That doesn't stop Momoko from hitting on her for fun.
  • Instant Fan Club: Like her namesake, she has three followers, Inuzuka (the dog), Saruwatari (the monkey) and Kijino (the pheasant).
  • Meaningful Name: Momoko is the female naming equivalent of Momotarou.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a sexy young woman in an extremely skimpy outfit and sure likes to remind us of how well-endowed she is every time she appears.
  • No Dress Code: The school is somehow fine with the head of the disciplinary committee going around in a dominatrix-style Stripperiffic costume. Well, the principal is a Dirty Old Man, so that might explain it.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her ponytail is long enough to reach down her hips.
  • Stripperiffic: Her uniform sure exposes a lot of skin, yet she's happy to fight thugs with it.
  • The Tease: She flirts with both Ryoko and Ryoshi and is amused by their freaked out reactions.
  • Whip It Good: Her main weapon is a whip and she's quite good with it.

    Yukime Murano
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN)

Ryoshi's aunt and landlady, a romantic novel writer going by the pen name of Yuki. Ryoko is (not-so-secretly) a huge fan of her work.

Fairy Tale: "The Snow Woman"

  • Christmas Cake: Subversion, since this trope is for unmarried women. But Yukime makes enough of a deal of her age to make it clear she's referencing this trope.
  • Pen Name: As a book author, she uses the name "Yuki".

    Shiro Hitsujikai
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JP), Ian Sinclair (EN)

Onigashima's student council president who has a history with Ryoko. One of the few people who she's actually afraid of.

Fairy Tale: "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"

  • Big Bad: He is the president of the Onigashima Student Council, rules the school, and uses it to antagonize Otogi Bank; his desire to destroy it just to one-up Ryoko makes him the antagonist.
  • Bishōnen: He's really handsome, but that's the only good thing about him.
  • Blatant Lies: He tells Ryoshi that he "helped himself to Ryoko", but moments later says that was a lie. Considering what we learn from her side of the story, though, it was pretty close to the truth.
  • The Exile: By the end of the series, he gets exiled from Otogi City after being defeated by Ryoshi and his friends.
  • Fangs Are Evil: His fangs are noticeably sharp to show how much of A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing he is.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When speaking to Lizst, he's surprisingly polite and genial. Of course, this just makes him that much creepier.
  • For the Evulz: There's no specific reason for what he does other than he likes causing despair... and he certainly does.
  • Hellish Pupils: His pupils resemble that of a snake and his personality is as poisonous as one.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: The delinquents who kidnap Ryoko and drag her to a warehouse originally worked for Hakuba; he was Adapted Out in the anime, so Shiro fills the role of their boss instead.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a Bishōnen with his name, hair and clothes being associated with white and has some yellow trims, but his nature is more vile and depraved than what his appearance let on.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He's quite the Bishōnen and keeps his white hair long just to show it off even more.
  • Meaningful Name: The "Hitsuji" in his last name means "sheep". Also, the kanji 狼 (Rō) in his name translates as wolf. This is a reference to the Trope Namer of A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Shiro, meanwhile, means white, and he is a albino guy in white.
  • Minor Injury Over Reaction: When Ryoshi finally manages to punch him in the face and draw First Blood, he absolutely flips.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He goes from simple villain to complete asshole when it is revealed that he raped his ex-girlfriend, the heroine Ryoko.
  • Sadist: He enjoyed beating up Ryoshi way too much, tormenting both him and Ryoko, who was Forced to Watch.
  • Shame If Something Happened: He threatens Shirayuki's seven younger siblings in this manner, which really upsets Ringo, which itself is perfect to separate Ringo from Ryoko.
  • Slasher Smile: He sometimes smiles with a sinister look, given he's based off the Trope Namer.
  • The Sociopath: He has a cunning and sadistic personality who manipulates people like chesspieces, emitting shallow emotions, experiences rage and is uplifted when he's hurting enemies.
  • Student Council President: He's the leader of Onigashima's student council. Naturally, this basically gives him complete control of the school.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He has white hair and is the main antagonist.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: He may look handsome, but he's a monster on the inside.
  • Would Hit a Girl: In the backstory, he Had no problems attempting to rape and betray Ryoko.

    Aragami Ranpu aka Lamp 
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (JP), R. Bruce Elliott (EN)

The principal of Otogi Academy

Fairy Tale: "Aladdin", the Djinni

  • Dirty Old Man: Requests that Lizst send one of the female members of the bank to report to him with an "excited" grin on his face.
  • Genie in a Bottle: In Ringo's dream.
  • Make a Wish: He promises "three wishes" for anyone who works three years in the Otogi Bank.

    Himeno Shirayuki
Voiced by: Yukari Fukui (JP), Kara Edwards (EN)

Ringo's half sister. She has seven younger siblings that she lives with.

Fairy Tale: "Snow White", Snow White

  • Beauty Equals Goodness: She won first place of the Miss Otogi Academy Contest and she's easily the sweetest girl in the series.
  • Cool Big Sis: Her younger siblings adore her and her half-sister Ringo loves her a lot too.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: In a brilliant subversion of the tale of Snow White, instead of a bite (kiss) of a poison red apple putting the princess to sleep, it was CPR (a kiss) from the "blackhearted" Red Apple girl that woke her up.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Her heart is as pure as her hair is blonde.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: There had to be seven of them, of course...though when you include Ringo, it's eight.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name translates to Princess Snow White.
  • Nice Girl: She's sweet, caring and never holds a grudge.
  • Promotion to Parent: After Ringo's mother drove her family away from their house, Himeno alone was left to look after her seven younger siblings.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Sinks like a rock, with her lungs and heart stopping in less than 20 seconds. This girl shouldn't even be allowed to use drinking fountains unattended.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: She doesn't hold anything against Ringo or her family for driving her and her younger siblings away.

    Ami Jizou
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (JP), Tia Ballard (EN)

A senior. She is very shy and tends to stalk her boyfriend Jin as a result.

Fairy Tale: "Kasajizou", Jizou

  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Jin let her have his umbrella when she forgot her own in a rainy day. She developed a crush on him and decided help him out to thank him. The problem is that she did it by breaking into his house and cleaning it while he was gone.
  • Covert Pervert: Nobody would have thought the shy and reserved model student was sneaking into her crush's house and peeking at his adult magazines.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is incredibly shy.
  • Stalker with a Crush: After she fell in love with Jin, she started sneaking into his house to do chores and make dinner for him every day. Even after they start dating, she still spies on him behind bushes to "protect" him.
  • Supreme Chef: Her cooking is so good that Jin didn't mind to eat it even without knowing where it came from.
  • Tender Tears: She cries a river when watching a sad movie. The Narrator even compares her to a life-size doll.
  • Through His Stomach: She makes dinner for Jin as a way to express her affections, and he really likes it. After they start dating, she continues to cook for him.

    Saburou Nekomiya
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

A third-year at Otogi. He passed some of his knowledge along to Ryoshi Morino.

Fairy Tale: "Puss in Boots"

  • Bishōnen: He's described by the Narrator as a "Pretty Boy".
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First shows up as a boy being bullied by a group of thugs. Doesn't appear again for several episodes.
  • Extremity Extremist: Fights exclusively with kick attacks.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a cool cavalier's hat, in reference to his fairy tale character.
  • My Greatest Failure: He was saved years ago by a girl, Ryoko, but he ran away. He was so ashamed that he trained himself into a skilled fighter.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He helps saving Ryoko from the Onigashima High School in order to make up for the time he left her behind.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Only around at the end of the series, but hangs out with the group frequently during that time.
  • Training from Hell: Trains Ryoshi by repeatedly kicking him with steel-toed boots.
  • Verbal Tic: Occasionally ends his sentences with ~nya (cat meow), which he incessantly tries to correct.

    Machiko Himura
Voiced by: Satomi Sato (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

A girl who comes from a very poor family.

Fairy Tale: "The Little Match Girl"

  • Genre Savvy: She knows the anime rules for getting attention, deliberately invoking Late for School and a Panty Shot.
  • Girlish Pigtails: She keeps her hair in twin tails, and this is not an invocation of a trope since she wore them before trying to snag Ryoshi.
  • Gold Digger: Albeit, her reasons are a bit more justified than most. She tried to marry Ryoshi thinking he was rich and could get her out of her serious debt (which is actually her father's debt).
  • Hopeless Suitor: When she comes to really like Ryoshi, he gently rejects her because he already loves Ryoko.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Shortly after sincerely falling for Ryoshi, she tells Ryoko not to let "anyone else take him anyway" from her.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like many adults in this series, her doesn't make many appearances. It seems like he is busy at his job. He actually abandoned his daughter to the loan sharks.
  • Rescue Romance: She falls for Ryoshi for real after he saves her from a gang of thugs and helps gets her life back on track.

    The Narrator 
Voiced by: Satomi Arai (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

The narrator of the story.

  • The Gadfly: She certainly knows what buttons to press on our main characters.
  • Interactive Narrator: The characters tend to react to her teasing comments with glares.
  • Lemony Narrator: She mixes lots of jokes and snarks in her narration. She also likes to make fun of the characters whenever she gets a chance.


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