Characters appearing in Silver Spoon. Currently under construction.
A city boy from Sapporo who enrolled in Yezo after failing to pass the entrance exams for his preferred high school. Though he believed he'd have more time to relax and study more for college, he underestimates the physical effort he has to put into just to get through a day of school.
- Accidental Misnaming: Ayame can't seem to remember his name, replacing the "hachi" (Japanese for "8") with various other numbers("roku"/"6", etc).
- Animals Hate Him: Zigzagged. Some animals like him, such as Pork Bowl (Butadon), largely due to Hachiken feeding him. Others usually treat him with contempt, such as Chestnut (Maron) the horse.
- The B Grade: He achieves the best overall grades in his entire high school - but he isn't the #1 top student in any one class or subject, so he still feels like he hasn't reached his full potential.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Shares a very sweet one with Mikage after his Love Confession is reciprocated. Bonus points for being out in the snow.
- Butt-Monkey: People love him. Animals, the universe, and cosmic laws of probability
- An important distinction: People tend to like him because he can't say no, so most of them see him as easy labor. That said, they do appreciate all the effort and thought he puts into his work, so when he asks for help, they rarely refuse him.
- Celibate Hero: Hasn't had a girlfriend before, despite what Tokiwa thought happened with Yoshino; but he's slowly starting to subvert this with Mikage.
- Character Filibuster: Hachiken finds the need to do this whenever he has to ask for help from someone else, possibly due to his inferiority complex.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: While he doesn't get faced with desperate life-or-death situations or anything like that, he becomes known as "the guy who won't refuse you" for his consistent willingness to help anybody who feeds him a sob story.
- City Mouse: He's from Sapporo (the biggest city in Hokkaido) and he enrolls at Yezo thinking it'll be easy...only to realize that going to an agricultural school isn't as easy as it sounds. Hilarity Ensues, though he gets used to it.
- Damned by Faint Praise: You are very nice Yugo, but telling Aki her grades are better than Tokiwa's is hardly a compliment.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: The whole reason why he chose to come to Yezo, on the recommendation from his middle school homeroom teacher.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He is most definitely the Responsible to Shingo's Foolish.
- Heroic BSoD: After his hospitalization and a visit from dear old dad.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation. He is the best student in the school by a mile; is able to adapt quickly to the hard life of modern day farming and agriculture; is the go-to guy for managing projects and events among his peers; is the Equestrian Club's Vice President even though he has never ridden a horse before coming to the school; voluntarily tutors several school subjects to a few of his friends; and is, by far, the nicest, most compassionate, most selfless guy in school. Yet, from time to time, Hachiken still feels that he is a useless person with no personal ambition, and unworthy of being friends with the other students in the school.
- Hit Me, Dammit!: Asks this of Tamako when she gives him some Brutal Honesty. She immediately obliges. He also asks Aki. The horse she's attending to obliges in her place.
- Imagine Spot: His very vivid imagination leads to many of the Large Ham expressions he wears.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: Thanks to his wonderful friends.
- Large Ham:
- He gets some of the most exaggerated facial expressions ever seen in manga.
- Magnetic Hero: BIG TIME. It's repeatedly stated and shown that he excels at bringing the school community together. Best demonstrated by the pizza arc.
- Manly Tears: Practically every time he accomplishes something.
- Tears of Blood: Nearly every time something bad happens to him.
- Naïve Newcomer: Starts off this way when he first arrives at Yezo High.
- Nice Guy: Taken to absurd (and hilarious) levels. This guy seems physically unable to say no to a request.
- The Nicknamer: He has a tendency to give livestock names.
- Love Confession: After hearing from Mikage that she passes her college entrance exam, he finally gives her an official one over the phone.
- Official Couple: Finally seals the deal with Mikage in chapter 120.
- Only Sane Man: Often curses his classmates for what he considers to be unreal stamina and screwed-up points of view. His teachers also regularly comment that his unique perspective as the only non-farmer in the school forces others to discuss and reevaluate things they took for granted.
- Perpetual Frowner: Rarely smiles, and when he does, it's usually because he's going into Oh, Crap! mode. He gets better as the series progresses though, as chapter 72 demonstrates. Oddly enough, the cover page for an early chapter shows him with a genuine smile so it was just a matter of time.
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: Is frequently on the "being taken advantage of" end, due to his Chronic Hero Syndrome and being a Nice Guy. It even gets Lampshaded by his classmates, who refer to him as "The Man Who Can't Say No."
- Tempting Fate: At the end of a special flashback chapter, a young Yugo finishes a school presentation with "I know a life of agriculture would be impossible for someone like me." You never know Yugo, you never know.
- Thank Your Prey: Has a tendency to do this before butchering an animal or while eating its meat later, as a way of dealing with his qualms on the whole carnivore issue.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He went to the agricultural school partially to get away from his parents, who have high standards for his education. He prefers to avoid going home as much as possible.
A first year of Yezo and the object of Yugo's affections, she attends Yezo to prepare herself for taking over her family's farm, although her real love is working with horses.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Played with. If you replace "ponies" with "absolutely massive draught horses", you're there. And, she's not the standard kind of girl generally expected to like the ponies, either. See Book Dumb. Funnily enough, the only way to get her to study? Link it to horses somehow. Otherwise, it just doesn't go in.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Shares one with Hachiken, by the woods where they first met and while it's snowing.
- Book Dumb: To an extent. She's not very good at studying. Apparently, the best that can be said is she is better than Tokiwa. Her grades are between 60-70% on most subjects. Not failing, but definitely not good enough for her to go to her university of choice.
- Childhood Friends: She is good friends with Ichiro, who she has known since childhood.
- Heroic BSoD: Played for laughs whenever Yugo is is rumoured to be involved with another girl.
- Insecure Love Interest: Doesn't consider herself a suitable companion for Hachiken due to the situation with her family's farm, and because she's Book Dumb while he's good at academics. It's made obvious that she thinks he should go for someone smarter and with a guaranteed future. Even after they start dating her instant thought when Hachiken said he wanted to discuss their future together in Chapter 122 was that he wanted to break up, and he had to hurriedly assure her it wasn't that.
- Love Confession: Takes Hachiken out to the woods where they first met, and reciprocates his earlier confession.
- Nice Girl: Very much.
- Official Couple: Finally gets together with Hachiken in chapter 120.
- Oblivious to Love: Even after Yugo asks her on a freaking date she still doesn't catch on his feelings. She believes there to be so much baggage involved with dating her (her parents want her and her future husband to inherit the farm and care for the family) that she can't see anyone going there. She has the other girls notice for her though. It's also hinted it might be Selective Obliviousness.
- In chapter 89, when Hachiken makes an unsubtle suggestion that he'd love chocolates from her on Valentine's; she thinks that he's making a suggestion for farming cacao to set up chocolate production for the school. It only hits her after an annoyed Mika outright points it out.
- Tohoku Regional Accent: A rural Hokkaido regional accent, to be specific. She (and perhaps the rest of the gang) tries her best to hide it. Supposedly hers is more pronounced than anyone else, since her family farm was more isolated from others.
- Stepford Smiler: She's less-than-enthusiastic about the prospect of taking over the family farm, but covers this by always hiding her problems and misgivings under forced smiles and cheerfulness that most of her friends and acquaintances see through, prompting them to regard her with some skepticism and caution. This was the reason why her seniors gave the Vice Presidency of the Equestrian Club to Hachiken instead of Aki, despite her being the best rider in the club.
- Has softened considerably after her she confessed to her parents that she is not interested in taking over the running of the family farm; and has since been noted by many of how her smiles now are more sincere, and that her general disposition has become more optimistic.
Yugo's classmate and a childhood friend of Aki's, as his family owns a dairy farm not far from her home. He's also a skilled baseball player looking to go professional.
- Childhood Friends: He has been friends with Aki since they were kids.
- Dumb Jock: True enough with the traditional subjects, though subverted in other ways, since most subjects at Yezo Agricultural are not of the 'traditional' variety.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Goal-oriented, abrasive and bad at displaying emotions, but also cares deeply for his family.
- Mistaken for Romance: Hachiken suspects he and Aki are dating when they start keeping secrets from him. It's revealed Aki just knew about his family's situation, and even more so when we learn her family was a co-signer on the farm.
- Numerical Theme Naming: His name shares a numerical theme with his younger sisters, with his name containing the kanji for "one".
- The Stoic: He rarely shows more than a little frown on his face, and often refuses to talk about himself.
- Not So Stoic: Chapter 108 is an exception when he gets a text message from Hachiken showing that Yezo qualified for the equestrian Nationals. He yells out in joy to the surprise of his work colleagues.
- Tragic Dropout:
- Drops out of school after the big baseball game to help out his family's farm, which had gone bankrupt.
- Recent chapters seems to be averting this, as Komaba has started taking online tutoring from Hachiken's brother in order to enroll into night school.
An outspoken member of the 1st Year Dairy Farming Program, her family owns a large industrial farm that she wishes to take over in the future by herself.
- Acrofatic: Tamako's surprisingly agile, as shown in her Table Tennis skills. She is also quite the skilled judo practitioner, seen when she gave Tokiwa an impressive tackle and held him down in an arm-lock.
- Appearance Angst: Downplayed and Justified. While losing her characteristic obesity doesn't cause her any actual emotional distress, she openly dislikes it as she becomes weak and anemic when she loses weight, so she vastly prefers to remain her usual egg-shaped self whenever possible.
- Beautiful All Along: She was completely unrecognizable after she lost a substantial amount of weight over the summer. Lasted for a couple of chapters only though.
- Turns out this is a back and forth thing as she works during the summer and loses weight pretty easily. She comments she doesn't like it however and promptly eats to regain her weight. She also agrees to slim down and act as eye-candy for the cow event at the school festival.
- Big Beautiful Woman: One who prefers being such. Every time she slims down she complains about feeling light-headed from not eating enough.
- Brutal Honesty: Even though she cares for her friends, Tamako still lays out the facts that Yugo was pressuring Aki to succeed where he didn't.
- First-Name Basis: Almost always referred to as such.
- Meaningful Name: As stated by Tokiwa, she looks like a giant egg. The Japanese word for egg is "tamago".
- Money Fetish: Really loves money and jumps at the chance to make any.
- Perpetual Frowner: Almost never smiles, and when she does it's because money's involved.
- Temporary Bulk Change: Is on the verge of becoming a running gag, but never sticks.
- Shipper on Deck: Shipmates with the other girls on the Yugo x Aki ship.
Part of Yugo's work group. Wants to be a veterinarian.
- Afraid of Blood: Gets lightheaded whenever he witnesses an animal dying, being dissected or otherwise butchered. In the very first episode, he even turns blue and faints after a chicken is decapitated in front of him.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When the gang encounters a watermelon thief in the fields during the Area 51 "dorm escape" story, he brutally dropkicks him in the back.
- Determinator: He really wants to become a veterinarian, and has worked all his life to get over his aversion to harming animals to do so.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Fainting: Whenever animal harm or death is discussed.
- Ironic Fear: Despite his desire to become a licensed veterinarian, he is deathly afraid of the mere sight of blood and dying animals. He struggles to get over it during the course of the plot.
- Nice Guy: Very kind and and the first to quickly befriend Yugo on the first day of class.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Subverted; he resorts to watching slasher flicks to help him get over his hemophobia, resulting in him being unfazed by onscreen gore. It still doesn't work out well when one of the students replaces the horror DVD he was watching with a video of an animal dissection.
- The Smart Guy: His Establishing Character Moment is when he casually discusses college-level agricultural genetics, biotechnology and animal cloning during class break—leading to an internal Freak Out on the part of Hachiken, who was assuming his classmates were all Book Dumb hillbillies at the time.
Part of Yugo's work group. His family owns a chicken farm.
- Amusing Injuries: Frequently finds himself on the receiving end.
- Book Dumb: With Hachiken's help studying, Tokiwa got the best grade on a math test that he'd ever managed in his life — 10%. His midterm results were perfect in Animal Husbandry and decent in Produce — just terrible on everything else.
- Butt-Monkey: Sometimes he brings it upon himself, though.
- Delinquent Hair: He shows up to school after summer break sporting a mohawk. One class period later, he's been slapped with detention and his head's been buzzed almost bald.
- Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: Comes up with various levels of these practically all the time, not always just for himself (he helped mastermind Vice President's food fund, after all). Because of this he's actually pretty spot on about obvious financial solutions.
- Gossipy Hens: Tokiwa ends up spreading rumors around the school of Hachiken and Yoshino dating after mistaking her complaining about getting a bump on her head as Hachiken knocking her up.
- Ms. Red Ink: When he has money, he spends it on the weirdest, most useless things (see Delinquent Hair, which came with a total wardrobe makeover, the works) without a second thought. Almost constantly broke thanks to not managing the dosh.
- Odd Friendship: He seems to be the only student, including Yugo Hachiken himself, to not be scared of Kazumasa Hachiken, Yugo's father. At first maybe, but once he is invited by Keiji to his family's home for lunch, he and his family really hit it off with him just by being casual, and Kazumasa in turn loved their recipes with eggs.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: He is able to read Shingo's notoriously bad handwriting.
Part of the Dairy Farming Program. Wants to start a cheese-making factory.
- Ascended Extra: While more of a minor character rather than a throwaway extra, her role has gradually expanded, becoming part of Hachiken's inner circle and one of his closest and most trusted friend.
- Amicable Exes: Hilariously, the other girls refer to her as Hachiken's ex when asking for advice to help out Aki's obliviousness about her relationship with him, even though they all fully acknowledge that Mayumi's "relationship" was only a rumor. She shares her thoughts on him as if she really was his ex-girlfriend anyway.
- Blackmail: Applied ruthlessly to Nakajima-sensei with regards to his illicit cheese stash.
- Mistaken for Pregnant: While passing through the school pigpens, Tokiwa overhears Hachiken and Yoshino having a solemn discussion about Hachiken needing to be a man and take responsibility for the mess he's caused. Only after Tokiwa has spread the news of Yoshino's Teen Pregnancy all over the school do the "happy couple" get to explain that they were discussing a piglet destined for slaughter that Hachiken had named and half-adopted as a pet. And hilarity ensued.
- Shipper on Deck: Shipmates with the other girls on the Yugo x Aki ship.
Yugo's roommate, 1st Year Agriculture Program student. His family owns a potato farm.
- Berserk Button: Interrupting him while he is playing his games is a good way to piss him off.
- Best Served Cold: Okawa accidentally shuts off the power in the dorm, causing him to lose his progress in a dating sim. What transpires next is a long series of small hits to Okawa's self esteem, and then finish him off with posthypnotic suggestion to make him be attracted to an anime character.
- Clear My Name: Was wrongfully accused of viewing porn on the internet, which resulted in having one of the dorm computers being infected with a virus. He ends up getting most people off his back by pointing he plays dating sims loaded off discs, not anything he got from the internet.
- Love Confession: Offers one to Ikeda in Chapter 117. She turns him down because his family raises chickens for eggs and not meat.
- Otaku: Though you wouldn't know it just by looking at him.
- The Engineer: Aside from being a mech (and anime) otaku, he's also good with the hands-on stuff such as refurbishing the Ban'ei sleds (to his own taste).
- Proud to Be a Geek: So proud that the other students can't keep him from decorating stuff like it's the cover of a Dating Sim.
Yugo's roommate, 1st Year Food Sciences Program student.
- Meaningful Name: His given name, 太郎, means 'thick son' or 'big son'.
- Nice Guy: He helps Hachiken out from time to time, such as doing cleaning duty Hachiken was assigned to but forgot about for one reason or another.
1st Year female Food Science Program student.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Played with. Everyone, Hachiken included, thought the reason she acted so hesitant when meeting Hachiken was because she wanted to confess her love for him. Turns out she only wanted to buy some of Hachiken's bacon to make pizza.
- Twice after that as well. Once, also with Hachiken, when she wanted to chip in some money into the Pork Fund scheme and again, this time with Nishikawa and his hot dogs, at the Pork Fund investors party. By then, both boys were prepared to react accordingly.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Subverted. Ikeda is the smallest, shyest, cutest girl in a cast full of burly Big Eaters, and the biggest meat enthusiast.
- Shrinking Violet: She's a very shy, very cute and very small girl. Possibly the shyest girl on campus.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ikeda's love of all forms of meat products is something of a Running Gag. She apparently materializes from thin air when someone mentions the hamburgers at the school festival are all meat, no filler or binder.
3rd Year Member of the Equestrian Club. In the Agricultural Engineering Program.
- Ascended Extra: Has ascended from a rarely seen character to a more supporting role, becoming the Plucky Comic Relief of the Equestrian Club.
- Ascended further after his graduation by becoming Hachiken's partner of sorts in their fledgling business venture with him acting as the "Company President" to Hachiken's "Chairman" role, cementing his role as a major character.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When it comes to job-hunting, he easily gets distracted by things such as taking care of Yugo's dog, etc.
- Club President: Recently 'retired'.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Don't say or suggest you have a girlfriend in his presence. Or that your girlfriend just dumped you.
- Jerkass: Expresses his envy of Hachiken's relationship with Aki by hampering him. And inciting a nearby horse to kick his phone broken.
- Moment Killer: His pastime as of late. Accidentally expanded and invoked this trope into the realm of 2-D by tripping the dorm's circuit breaker, thus ruining Nishikawa's progress in his dating sim game.
- Master of None: Part of the reason why he can't find a job is because he's accumulated too many useless skills to put on a resume.
- NEET: On the verge of becoming one.
- Nightmare Face: Good god, his smile in chapter 90 is terrifying. Hilarious, but terrifying.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Often subverted in that what doom he brings is not always unwitting. However, nobody wittingly goes into having stuff literally blow up in their face in a way that would be downright deadly if played for drama just to score get-back points, either. When it comes to electrical goods, ovens or anything with a heating element, whatever doom he's caused... is very likely unwitting.
- With Friends Like These...: His relationship with Hachiken most of the time.
3rd year member of the Equestrian Club.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: She offered up Nakajima-sensei's illicit stash of cheese as prize for winning the human horse race during the school festival.
- Shipper on Deck: For Yugo × Aki
- Voice of Reason: Usually the only one in the club to state the obvious, such as Hachiken being too chicken to ask Aki out, and suggesting that Okawa concentrate on looking for a job instead of lounging around in the club.
2nd year member of the Equestrian Club.
- Club President: Of the Equestrian Club.
1st year member of the Equestrian Club.
- Beginner's Luck: Won the gymkhana in her first competition. (Note that the gymkhana was specifically for beginners.)
- Noob: Along with Hachiken, Maruyama, and Kino.
- Pair the Spares: Gets one in chapter 122 with Maruyama after the two gripe that they had expected to find a significant other with their programs having plenty of people of the opposite sex, and Maruyama suggests that they should perhaps go out together. Since this conversation happened while they were cleaning up horse crap, Sakae was initially quite displeased, but they go through with it.
- Shipper on Deck: Another one for Hachiken and Mikage. After she learns that Mikage had been avoiding Hachiken after he confessed to her, she practically tries to force her to give him a proper response.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: More of the third-person type, in which she's more interested in other people's romantic life than her own.
1st year member of the Equestrian Club.
- Noob: Along with Hachiken, Sakae, and Kino.
- Moment Killer: Along with Kino, they pulled Yugo into an early-morning snow-wrestling horseplay before Yugo can get any further progress with Aki.
- Pair the Spares: Gets with Sakae in chapter 122 once they both realize they were hoping to find a significant other during their schooling but didn't got anywhere yet.
1st year member of the Equestrian Club.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Parodied Trope, like Ookawa, Kino is humorously very verbally jealous when Sakae and Maruyama get together while he's still single.
- Noob: Along with Hachiken, Sakae, and Maruyama.
- Moment Killer: Along with Maruyama, they pulled Yugo into an early-morning snow-wrestling horseplay before Yugo can get any further progress with Aki.
The newest member of the Equestrian Club who joins during Hachiken's second year.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Something that she's embarrassed to admit, but Miha applied to the school twice all so she could get the opportunity to join the Equestrian Club and ride the horses.
- Birds of a Feather: Miha is another city-kid who is the child of a Salary Man who is undergoing a Culture Clash in a new environment. Hachiken even mentions that she reminds him of himself during his first year.
- Chekhov's Gunman: It's implied that Miha is the person who wrote the thank you note to the Equestrian Club during the Cultural Festival for cheering her up from her depression.
The very small and friendly principal of the school.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: So small Hachiken didn't even notice him when he was giving a speech during the opening ceremony.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He responds to everything with his characteristic smile and a cheerful curiosity about the ultimate outcome, often trying to make even the biggest mishap into a learning opportunity for his students even if it's just about themselves.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Perhaps it's because of his stature and very friendly and laid back nature, he looks like he's constantly clueless, but it has been shown many times he is very much aware what happens in his school and that he cares very much for his students. He is also a very competent and practical person to have around, being able to do many things almost effortlessly like relieving the absent Nakajima-sensei at the equestrian club, assisting in the birth of calves and making homemade soba noodles, to name a few.
The 1st Year Dairy Program's Homeroom Teacher.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Example includes letting Yugo's adopted stray on campus...since adding one more animal in the farm won't matter in the grand scheme of things.
- Also, when he heard the rumor about Hachiken and Yoshino's "illicit sexual relationship", he calmly heard their side of the story in private first, listened to their arguments against the rumor in entirety, and punished Tokiwa for the rumor once everybody else pinpointed him as the one who started it. If it were some other manga, there would be freakouts, discussions between teachers before talking to the students involved, talk about the school's reputation, whether or not they should be suspended regardless of innocence or guilt.
Equestrian Club Advisor.
- Blackmail: Is on the receiving end for illicit use of the cheese-making facilities.
- Corner of Woe: Happened both times draft horse racing was held in the manga.
- Expy: Of the Buddha... sort of.
- Gender-Blender Name: Episode 4 of the anime reveals his first name is Miyuki.
- Mr. Vice Guy: A kindly figure who dispenses sage advice and looks out for his students... and will become an asura for anything that involves cheese or gambling.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As long as it doesn't involve gambling or cheese.
Teacher in charge of the pigpen.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: During the summer festival, a shooting booth owner expresses his relief that he choose not to open a food booth, which are always hectic because of Yezo High's students. He's wrong. Dead wrong.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: Even she seems to like the equestrian club's dog.
- At least she keeps a stoic façade when bringing in a keg of beer to a party!
The P.E. teacher.
- Expy: Of Fullmetal Alchemist's Alex Louis Armstrong, right down to having the same seiyuu.
- Heroic Build: Again, he's an Expy of Armstrong from FMA. The man is built... but then he rides in his truck while making the students run a marathon around the school grounds, which Armstrong likely would have run himself.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: He was able to singlehandedly defeat a draft horse when racing it. More impressive considering he dragged the sleigh, Tamako, and the other contestants who were supposed to drag the sleigh with him.
The manager of the male dorms at the school, and a frequent obstacle for the boys to overcome.
- Moment Killer: Likely part of his job description.
- Noble Top Enforcer: Though he is a chill man, one must still deal with the consequences of breaking a rule without reasonable cause.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: When Aki and Yugo talked about skipping school to witness the Komaba's cows being taken away to market, he conveniently suggested "helping out in the farm" as an excuse.
- The Quiet One: Though appearing more often than Todoroki-sensei, his presence is far less prominent.
Aki's mother, who spends most of her time trying to rein in her husband.
- Shipper on Deck: Loves the idea of having Hachiken as a son-in-law.
- Unnamed Parent: Only known as "Aki's mother".
Aki's overprotective dad.
- Establishing Character Moment: Takes one look at Hachiken and shouts, "I DO NOT APPROVE!"
- Overprotective Dad: Doesn't love the idea of having Hachiken as a son-in-law.
- Papa Wolf: Played for Laughs with regards to how views Hachiken's relationship to his daughter.
- Perpetual Frowner: Is almost always scowling.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Hachiken-hating aside, he's the first to concede to Aki's desire to study and work with horses instead of take over the farm.
Aki's slightly odd grandfather.
- Drives Like Crazy: Victims include a deer and a bear. Yugo's luggage was almost a victim of this too.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Though 'reasonable' may include some loopholes to be freely taken advantage of.
Aki's Grandmother. She shows up less than the other family members, but gets along quite well with her daughter-in-law (Aki's mother).
- Shipper on Deck: Likewise thinks Hachiken would do good as a son-in-law.
The very small head of Aki's household, who used to be so dirt poor that she can even eat Shingo's cooking, since she's had worse.
- Miniature Senior Citizen: Even tinier than the Principal. Always shown kneeling on a little cushion in her kimono, always looks like you could stick her in a backpack and wander off with her.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Her reminiscing about the old days can be rather disturbing, to say the least.
A farm wife who was forced to take over when her husband died.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Gives one to her son Ichiro, when he states that he can't go back to Yezo High as he has to work to support the family. She angrily rebukes him, saying that she has worked herself hard to support the family for years, and asks him what he truly wants to do with his life.
- Determined Widow: She runs the Komaba farm all on her own, after her husband passed on just after they had taken out money to expand.
Ichiro's twin little sisters.
- Always Identical Twins: Good luck telling them apart. They mirror each other exactly in every appearance.
- Cheerful Child: In sharp contrast to Ichiro's role as The Stoic.
- Numerical Theme Naming: Their names share a numerical theme with their brother, with their names containing the kanji for "two" and "three". It also doubles as Theme Twin Naming in their case.
- Plucky Girls: After they were forced to sell-off their cows, the girls are determined to study hard, get into good colleges, graduate and get good jobs without Ichiro's help, so that they could look after both their mom and brother, instead of the other way around.
- Single-Minded Twins: They effortlessly finish each other's sentences.
- The Pollyannas: Somehow they fit hours of farm chores into their elementary-school lives and seem to wholeheartedly enjoy helping their mommy and brother.
A third year student in the Food Sciences Program, and Tamako's brother.
- Bishōnen: To a degree.
- Granola Girl: Studies mostly improving the production and delivery of food without using chemical additives and preservatives.
A shrewd businessman who is proud of his children... when he's not scared of them.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Although, like his daughter Tamako, he'd probably be a real looker if he lost enough weight.
- Unnamed Parent
Almost as shrewd as her husband, she works to support the rest of her family.
Yugo's reckless older brother, he was a student at Tokyo University before he decided to drop out to look for his path in life. He meets Yugo after he was sent on a "journey" by his mentor in ramen-making, though in reality he was fired.
- The Ace: Excels at pretty much anything he puts his mind to, from academics to motorcycling... except for cooking.
- Ditzy Genius: He acts rather spacey and selfish a lot of the time, but he was smart enough to get into Tokyo University. He's also shown to be smarter than he lets on around his father, whom he seems to detest.
- And like Yugo, he's very good at studying and note-taking (even if his handwriting is chicken-scratch), his studying methods noticeably increasing the average grade of Yugo's entire class.
- Cool Bike: Rides one most of the time.
- Crash-Into Hello: Basically how he first met his Russian wife, Alexandra.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He is most definitely the Foolish to Yugo's Responsible.
- Lethal Chef: His horrible food is the only reason the food stalls at a festival "defeat" the ravenous Yezo High students - because they're all on the ground groaning in pain after eating.
- By the end of the manga, it is explained that while Shingo's cooking skills are utterly horrid, he comes up with superb recipes that allow Beppu to open a highly successful ramen shop in Russia.
- Likes Older Women: Outright stated that his new wife is older than him, though not by how much.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: A running gag with him; at times he pops up doing odd jobs at Yezo High, working at the Mikage Farm, or even tutoring people hoping to get to Tokyo University themselves.
- Sibling Rivalry: It's quite clear that this is pretty one-sided. Shingo can be an obnoxious brat, but when he chips are down he cares for his brother.
- Tragic Dropout: Subverted. He actually chose to leave Tokyo University willingly just after getting in, effectively as a "screw you" to his Education Papa father; who had attempted to control and dictate his education when he was younger. Now he's much happier in fact, even if he is living as a NEET most of the time.
- Walking the Earth: Due to being Kicked Upstairs.
Yugo's mother who tries to understand her sons the best she can.
- Only Sane Man: Had much of the same reactions her son did when she visited the school.
- Shipper on Deck: Is excited by the idea Yugo has Aki's attention on him.
Yugo's father, a well-off salary man whose high expectations and strict personality cause both of his sons to detest living under him.
- Brutal Honesty: It seems he doesn't really have much consideration for his son's feelings.
- Doting Grandparent: At first it doesn't really hit him that he is a grandfather, but as soon as his granddaughter says Santa Claus only comes down a Chimney and that their house doesn't have one, he immediately starts researching to build one, later when she mispelled Santa as Satan, he already begins searching up Satan Costume to please her.
- Education Papa: To the point where both boys have had strongly allergic reactions. They've both managed to drop out of his attempts at Railroading their educational lives. If in different ways.
- Face of a Thug: When he visits the school, the martial arts club greet him in fear because they thought he was a Yakuza. Even the animals refuse to look at him, even Chestnut was internally terrified of him, but couldn't look away in fear of his life. It was the same when Aki had to confront him, and no sooner then he left she nearly collapsed in fear.
- Hidden Depths: He really wants what's best for his sons, but is bad at getting that point across in a kind manner. He, in fact supports Hachiken's business endeavour, if in a Stern Teacher sort of way, and it's later implied that he is actually quite proud of how far Hachiken's come along in life, from being a goal-less overworked student, to someone who now has a clear vision of what he wants to do in life. In chapter 109, after Mikage's run ensures Yezo makes the equestrian Nationals, he decides not to meet with his son. He tells Nakajima-sensei that he knew he would only discourage his son with his perfectionist attitude.
- Jerkass: He belittles Yugo's efforts, despite the fact Yugo had overworked himself so hard that he had to be hospitalized. And not only that, he's upset that he was hospitalized over something as trivial as overworking on a school festival, instead of overworking on his studies. He cruelly points out that his "so-called" friends didn't visit him during his hospitalization (which happened during a school festival, so they obviously couldn't skip work to visit). And he didn't even try the homemade bacon that Yugo sent to him, as proof of Yugo's hard work.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- He was giving some valid advice when Yugo didn't have a concrete plan for his business while asking money from his parents. He just says it in blunt harshness. He has another one when he tells Yugo that Yugo has already overworked himself into hospital once, and that he's headed that way again if he insists on trying to study, ride, tutor Aki and work on his start-up at the same time.
- Yugo eventually comes to the realization that while he doesn't like his father very much he doesn't have to like him to do business with him, and his advice (especially when it comes to money) is usually very good.
- Kubrick Stare: His default expression. Egads, but that thing can drill through walls...
- Memetic Badass: In universe Yugo's schoolmates find him so terrifying that his picture is being circulated around school as a warding charm.
- Mysterious Parent: Arguably the biggest mystery of the series.
- Slasher Smile: When the Tokiwa Family treat him to some delicious egg recipes, he gives off this sinister smile that can only be described as a monster finding a worthy meal. Remember, this is one of the few times you will ever see a smile on that man's face.
- Smile of Approval: When he hears that Yugo wasn't using his allowance his family was giving him, but that the account has been increasing in funds thanks to his multiple side jobs in order to help with his business venture, Kazumasa can't help but smile in pride over his son's convictions.
- Tough Love: He does want Yugo to succeed, but uses this method to toughen him up.
- Workaholic: At least implied.
The horse Yugo's responsible for in the Equestrian Club. Former racehorse.
- Cool Horse: Even if Yugo finds him ugly...
- Meaningful Name: Its appearance and personality are as ugly, spiky, and abrasive as a chestnut.
- Narcissist: Once lost a race because when it was apparent a photo finish would be needed to see who won, he turned to the camera to smile.
- It even goes beyond to a meta-level, in any panel that'll even show him he instantly looks at the reader as if taking a photo.
- Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick: Though less on the sidekick part and more on the "you're not the boss of me" part.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He treats Hachiken this way. With the others he's quite docile, but is quite violent with Hachiken even though Hachiken is the one who looks after him the most.
A pig Yugo got attached to.
- Cuteness Proximity: During its early days. Became a fat pig later on, to Yugo's dismay.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It indeed ended up in a pork bowl, among other dishes.
- Let's Meet the Meat: Pork Bowl and his siblings are being raised to turn into food. This causes Yugo no small distress when he becomes attached to the pig.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": And eating its delicious remains will be the memorial service!
A stray dog that Yugo adopted.
- Cuteness Proximity: Exploited by the Equestrian Club to its full advantage - they gave him a small container on his collar to accept donations.
- No Name Given: Was originally referred to as 'The Vice President's Dog'. That appellation was soon shortened to 'Vice President' to Yugo's dismay.
- Team Pet: At least that's the plan so far.
A pig unwittingly owned by Okawa-senpai.
- Extreme Omnivore: The reason why Okawa doesn't want to eat it.
- Moment Killer: Trained well in this trope by its owner.
The granddaughter of a president of the local agricultural union. She is Aki's childhood friend — and, according to herself, rival.
- Attention Whore: Obsessed with having the spotlight on her. She enters riding competitions and has her horse walk them placidly like a show animal, bragging about her and her horse's loveliness, and runs out of time each time.
- Book Dumb: She was not able to get into Yezo Agricultural High. Especially considering how Tokiwa managed to get in, despite his deficiencies.
- It's to the point that even with extensive tutoring from Shingo, she only manages to get 2s across all her subjects. That said, the improvement alone moved her homeroom teacher to tears.
- Childhood Friends: With Aki. They went to elementary school together. By consequence, she has also known Ichiro for many years.
- Dumb Blonde: She's blonde and certainly not the smartest person around.
- Full-Name Basis: Towards Mikage Aki, Komaba Ichiro, and Hachiken Whatever.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She appears to be spoiled, arrogant and cocky, but in truth she's quite honest and loyal, if a bit dumb.
- Large Ham: Even Hachiken finds her nearly insane.
- Mock Millionaire: Ayame is from a perfectly ordinary family who just got rich by some circumstances, but she acts like an arrogant Ojou, with all the associated tropes. She acts normally with her parents, though.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Hohohoho!
- Ojou: Subverted and parodied: she acts like one, but her family just got rich when the government decided to build a freeway on their farm. Seeing as how her family isn't even Nouveau Riche, her parents at least don't let said money particularly affect how they act.
- Ojou Ringlets: Her hair is styled in long Victorian ringlets. The two in the front are behind her ears and fall in front of her shoulders. This is part of her acting like an Ojou, even though her family is totally normal. Aki wonders where she goes to get her hair done like that.
- Rich Bitch: Played with. She always boasts about her high status and looks down on people whom are not within her status. However, her family isn't really THAT well off.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Thinks herself an accomplished star of the local equestrian circuit, despite having been disqualified in every competition she been shown to enter.
- Also thinks (and proclaims loudly) that she is superior to everyone, especially the Ezonoo High School students, in every way, even though her many failings and weaknesses are thrown right back at her by her objects of supposed ridicule.
- Upper-Class Twit: Her riches and over the top behavior glaringly showcases her lack of brains, although most of the other characters are more amused than annoyed by her ditzy-ness.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Aki, although Aki doesn't realize the vitriol. She IS still Aki's friend, though, going so far as to call her father to bring her horse and riding gear to Yezo High so she can take Hachiken's place in the school festival when she saw how distressed Aki was at Hachiken's hospitalization.
One of Yugo's ancestors, and an agricultural soldier in Hokkaido during the Meiji period.
- Beautiful All Along: Once she puts on Hachi's glasses, her perpetually squinted eyes finally relax. Hachi falls head-over-heels the second after. Essentially an inversion of The Glasses Gotta Go.
- Clint Squint: Purely as a result of trying to compensate for poor eyesight.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: The impression Hachi has of her at first.
- Identical Grandson: Her looks seems similar to Mr. Hachiken. Eventually revealed that she just squinted really hard, thanks to her poor eyesight.
Yugo's great-great-grandfather. He was an escaped prisoner and ended up in Hokkaido, where he met and eventually married Toku.
- Call to Agriculture: More like "call to anywhere he won't be arrested as a runaway prisoner."
- Hidden Badass: Seems like a weak guy at first, but he came from Soma, a region known for their wild horse handling. It comes in handy when the village horses run loose from their pen.
- Only Known By His Nickname: "Hachi" is just a name he decided on the spot.
- Wrongfully Accused: He and a friend of his were sent to prison for complaining too much about his lord.
A friendly Russian woman who Hachiken meets through her new husband.
- Citizenship Marriage: Implied to be the case.
- Cossacks: She is partly descended from them.
- Fourth Date Marriage: Shingo married her quite soon after they met.
- Marshmallow Hell: How Yugo and Fukubuchou (Vice President) first met her in person.
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Implied with the mention that she's part-Cossack and that she found a -20 centigrade winter "a bit warm." When met with the titular silver spoon, she comes to the "obvious" conclusion that it must be a warning about the dangers of assassination and poisoning.
- Nice Girl: Yugo's impression of her when they first talked on the phone, and to Misako as well.
- Older Than She Looks: She looks about twenty, thirty at the most, but she makes comments about the economy during the fall of the Soviet Union, her tone implying she witnessed it personally at an age old enough to understand it.