This sub-division of the Tokimeki Memorial Character Sheet is dedicated to characters having appeared in the Hibikino Saga of the franchise, i.e. Tokimeki Memorial 2 and its spin-off games, drama CDs, and novels.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (Kouichi Watase in the Drama CDs)
The Player Avatar of the Hibikino Saga.
An Ordinary High-School Student who lived his childhood days in Hibikino Town until he was 8. His family then suddenly moved away. Seven years later, he comes back to Hibikino for his High School time. He then meets again his childhood friend and crush Hikari Hinomoto, and soon becomes best friends with Takumi Sakaki and Junichiro Hokari.
Like his predecessor of Tokimeki Memorial 1, Naoto Takami, he doesn't have a fixed name in the main games. However, he has two different (non-canon) names in other medias: in the Drama CDs, his name is Kouichi Watase, and in the novel Kimi no Ushiro Sugata, he's called Takeru Iwase.
Tropes associated with Main Protagonist / Kouichi Watase / Takeru Iwase:
- AFGNCAAP: Little subversion in that he has brown hair, instead of black.
- Blinding Bangs: In the games. However, just like Naoto, his Kouichi Watase persona has rare arts with full eyes in the Drama CDs.
- Diagonal Cut: The result of his Limit Break if he's a member of the Kendo Club and becomes one of its Masters.
- Heroic Mime: Just like Naoto: it's a variation of this trope, as he does speaks a lot with others characters, but he's the only one of the characters who's not voiced, as part of the Player Avatar thing.
- Nice Guy: He's the kind of guy who will always selflessly help the others, without taking care of his own feelings. This is what gets him all the girls to fall in love with him in the Substories and Drama CD storylines, and conversly hurt them a lot, as this trait is combined with...
- Oblivious to Love: He is absolutely horrible in that aspect, even worse than Naoto of the first game. His obliviousness is mercilessly lampshaded by every single character in the saga at one point or the other; you know it's that bad when even the owner of the restaurant Akane works part-time at, a minor character whose face is hidden just like the protagonist, lampshades it as well.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Very likely to become Hikari's, unlike Naoto with Shiori. He can also become this to other characters depending on if he met them in his childhood days, and scores them in the end. Among those characters are Akane, Homura, Mei, Miho, and Miyuki.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Likely to happen with Kasumi if you don't play well enough, as her standards are very high.
Voiced by: Junko Noda
The heroine of the Hibikino Saga. A sweet Genki Girl who was quite the crybaby in her childhood, she loves sports and is a member of the Track & Field Club. She is childhood friends with the protagonist, but they were separated in their younger days. 8 years after this event, on School Enterance Day, they meet again. She's the main love interest of the protagonist at the start of the game. Her best friend is Kotoko Minaduki, and they know each other since Junior High.
Tropes associated with Hikari Hinomoto:
- Alliterative Name
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Her Happy Ending, as she feels she and the protagonist will be separated from each other like when they were young after Graduation, and she doesn't want to live that ever again.
- Beautiful Dreamer: in the Snowed-In Event told below, the protagonist, seeing Hikari tired, tells her to sleep, while he stays awake and waits for the train back to service announcement, promising her to wake her up at the announcement. As she sleeps on his shoulder, the protagonist will remember he forgot to give her his Christmas present, and if you chose to give her glass earrings (her favourite item), in order to let her rest and to give her a surprise, he'll put them on her all while she sleeps.
- Beauty Mark
- Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: Her standard pose, when she's in Tokimeki Status.
- Crash-Into Hello: When she and the protagonist meet again on first day of High School.
- Easier Than Easy: Shes the easiest character in Tokimeki Memorial 2 to get the ending of, in stark contrast to the previous games heroine, Shiori.
- Genki Girl: If her hobbies and overall personnality didn't get you the hint on this, remember that the flower associated with her in numerous official artworks is the Sunflower.
- Girl Next Door: She and the main protagonist live in the houses right next to each other, which is especially obvious during the Childhood Event.
- Green-Eyed Monster: the whole point of her Childhood Mode event "Jealousy~".
- Some gamers have reported that because she tends to reach "tokimeki" state so easily, she makes it difficult for the player to go after other girls (i.e. she bombs the player on a dime).
- Holding Hands: One of her special events. She and the protagonist are on a date at a shopping mall; she gets lost, then gets found by the protagonist, who proceeds to hold her hand the rest of the date to make sure she doesn't get lost again. A similar event in the Childhood Event must occur for this to happen.
- Important Haircut: She cut her hair just before the start of the main game thinking she'd never see her childhood friend again though she grows it long again in her ending of Memories Ringing On.
- Image Song: Too many of them to name them all: Hikari, as the game's heroine, got the most of those among all characters. Her main Image Song, though, is "Egao no Kesshin" (="Determined to Smile").
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Shes just as bad as Kotoko on this matter, and it'll land you a bad ending if you decide to chase after Hikari instead of Kotoko, in Kotokos ending wher both of them are in love with the protagonist.
- Meaningful Name: Her name litterally means "the light under the sun" in Japanese.
- Sand In My Eyes: Uses this excuse in her Memories Ringing On route to cover her tears of relief, after the protagonist clears the misunderstanding caused by the Not What It Looks Like moment between him and Kotoko (Homura was running in the hallway and bumped into him while he was discussing with Kotoko, causing him to fall over Kotoko).
- Snowed-In: Happens in one of her last major events before her love confession, during a date at the ski slopes in the winter season. A sudden blizzard occurs, stopping the train service between the mountain and Hibikino City, and forcing Hikari and the protagonist to take shelter in the ski resort's train station and wait until the lines work again for a whole night.
- Taking the Bullet: Her Limit Break. It activates when the enemy uses a Limit Break of his own: she'll jump between it and the protagonist to take it. This knocks her out of battle, but she'll tell him she's glad he's safe. Seeing this, the protagonist shouts "This Is Unforgivable!!", and enters in an Unstoppable Rage that dramatically ups his Attack Power.
- Trying Not to Cry: Played utterly straight in her Ending, as part of her Anguished Declaration of Love. The scene is emotionally powerful thanks to Junko Noda's superb performance, and that you can see Hikari's eyes progressively welling up with tears as she speaks.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Very likely to become one in the main game, and becomes one in both the Drama CDs and the novel Kimi no Ushiro Sugata.
- With This Ring: The toy ring the protagonist bought her in their childhood days; she cherishes it so much, it's an integral part of her storyline. See the trope's page for more details.
Voiced by: Mami Kosuge
Best friend of Hikari Hinomoto. A very traditional Japanese girl who's averse to anything foreign, to the point that the smell of curry will make her sneeze; as such, she's a member of the Tea Ceremony Club. She cares very deeply for Hikari's well being, to the point of making sure the protagonist is being good to Hikari.
Kotoko holds a long history of Scrappiness in the fandom, having always been voted the weakest character of this game in both Japan and online Western polls.
Tropes associated with Kotoko Minaduki:
- Armor-Piercing Slap: She loves to delivers these to the protagonist every time she feels he neglected her best friend Hikari. It culminates to Slap-Slap-Kiss territory (although the slap slap is delivered by her alone, and she hugs you instead of kissing), complete with Baka callings, in her Ending where both her and Hikari are in love with the protagonist, and you ultimately choose Kotoko.
- She even go as far as slapping her own teacher, Kasumi, in Memories Ringing On, although for a radically different reason: She was suspected of having punctured one of the tyres of Kasumi's car, with whom she was in bad terms, out of spite, when in fact it was Bakuretsuzan and Homura who accidentally did it by playing with Pachinko balls nearby.
- Berserk Button: Anything foreign related, but especially curry. Also, hurting Hikari's feelings.
- Culture Clash: She is averse to anything foreign, to the point that the smell of curry makes her sneeze. Too much exposure from curry and coffee smell even make her faint.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: During one of her story paths in Memories Ringing On, she shows the protagonist a picture of her and Hikari from middleschool where she had short hair while Hikari had long hair. Quite interesting that their hair lengths are switched in the present.
- Image Song: Seven of them, plus a duet one with Hikari. Her main song is "Suki to Ienakute" (= "Unable To Say 'I love You'").
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Woo boy, shes the poster girl for this trope in the whole series!
- The Matchmaker: She actively wants her best friend Hikari to hook with the protagonist, but...
- Matchmaker Crush: ...If the protagonist successfully pursues Kotoko, it'll fall into this trope, despite how much Kotoko resists this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Nihon-shiki "Minaduki" vs. Hepburn "Minazuki"; official guidebooks and merchandise systematically use "Minaduki", but the name's pronunciation is "Minazuki".
- Possibly a case of Fridge Brilliance: Given Kotoko's personality, she would have supported wholeheartedly the "Minaduki" romanization, as the Nihon-Shiki system was created by Japanese, for Japanese, as an answer to the western Hepburn system.
- Tsundere: A shining example of Type A.
Voiced by: Misa Torii
Childhood friend of both the protagonist and Hikari, she's their big sister figure. Being a few years older than the main cast, she's also their homeroom teacher in the main game.
Tropes associated with Kasumi Asou:
- Cool Big Sis
- Hot for Student
- Image Song: 8 of them, the main one being "Arashi Ga Hajimaru Toki" (= "The Moment The Storm Begins")
- MayDecember Romance
- Not a Morning Person: She has an unusual habit of falling asleep - in her own homeroom class!
Voiced by: Hikari Tachibana
A wistful, bookwormish girl who loves fairy tales and who believes in her destined "Prince Charming". She's a member of the Drama Club.
Tropes associated with Miho Shirayuki:
- Fortune Teller: Her big hobby.
- The Ingenue
- Meaningful Name: Shirayuki, as in Shirayuki-hime (the Japanese name for Snow White).
- Our Fairies Are Different: She believes in fairies.
- Prince Charming: She dreams to meet hers.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Maho.
Voiced by: Hikari Tachibana
Miho's younger twin sister. She studies at Kirameki High, and is friends with Yuko Asahina. Unlike her sister, she's a down-to-earth, wild and playful character. One of the most-liked characters of the game in the fandom.
Tropes associated with Maho Shirayuki:
- Buxom Is Better: Reaching 90 cm in 3rd year, she has the fifth (ex aequo with Tokimeki Memorial 3's Emi Tachibana) biggest cup size in the series , behind fellow model Mira, as well as Akane, Patricia and Mari. Her breast size is one of the few ways to see who is Miho and who is Maho in their Twin Switch game (Maho has the biggest cup size), and she makes good use of them in two special Events, wearing a bold bikini at the beach and a sexy Fortune Teller outfit at the School Festival to please the protagonist, and this works so well it also attracts all male attention around her in the process. Plus, she becomes a model after graduating.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: At the end of the third year, if Maho likes you enough, she will start to dress in her own fashion style and change her hairstyle to reflect it, making the secret between the twins all the more obvious to everyone but the in-game player himself.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Should anyone, including the protagonist, stumble upon the twins' game of switcheroo, she'll mercilessly beat the hell out of the poor slob to Laser-Guided Amnesia with a golf club, as demonstrated in Dancing Summer Vacation.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: As a secret character, the fact she was Miho's twin sister was back then a big surprise, but nowadays it's known fact and even the official Konami site lists her along the regular characters.
- Magic Misfire: She tries to mimic Miho's magic Limit Breaks in battle, but because fortune-telling isn't her hobby, all three of them backfire in spectaculary funny ways, damaging herself in one, you in another, and all fighters on the field in the last one.
- Secret Character: Notably, with the Emotional Voice System having data for almost every girl, Maho is impossible to do voice data for individually, since, being Miho's twin sister, they share E.V.S. data.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Miho.
- Theme Twin Naming
- Twin Switch
Voiced by: Naoko Takano
A ditzy, clumsy girl who seems to have been born under an unlucky star. Despite this, she tries to stay upbeat and does her best in whatever she does. She's best friends with Miho Shirayuki, and calls her "Miho-pyon" (an affectionate Miyuki-like Japanese Honorific). She's also a member of the Tennis Club.
Tropes associated with Miyuki Kotobuki:
- Amusing Injuries: Which are always accompanied with Instant Bandages.
- Born Unlucky
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: And it runs in the family, as her mother is an even bigger one, talking casually and friendly to the main protagonist all while failing to realize he has fallen a whole floor through the ceiling, in Dancing Summer Vacation.
- Cosmic Plaything
- Cute Clumsy Girl
- Genki Girl
- Hair Antennae
- Image Song: 6 of them, plus a duet with Akane and Homura. She's notable for being the only character with two Image Songs using the same music base, with different lyrics: "Happy Choudai!" and "Uehre~ Aare~ Uwie~ Goinn~?" (Horribly mangled Gratuitous English for "Where are we going?").
- I'm Okay!!: "Daijoubi~, daijoubi~!"
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- Made of Iron: Even the most disasterous situations seem to do no more injury to her than to leave her dazed and her hair frazzled, such as during the protagonist's first encounter with her when she gets run over by a truck! And this will happen two more times before he can get his first date with her!
- Odd Friendship: With her cheerful and genuine personnality, she has a knack at creating those. She's best friends with the calm and gentle Miho, becomes friends with the emotionally closed-to-others Kaori in Dancing Summer Vacation, and even more surprisingly, forms a deep friendship with Kotoko of all people in the Drama CDs, to the point she lets Miyuki get away with calling her Mina-pon!
- Sleep Cute: One of her Events, with Lap Pillow variety to boot.
- The Chew Toy
- Third-Person Person
- Verbal Tic: "Han-ya!"
Voiced by: Motoko Kumai
A lazy, tomboyish girl who somehow gets appointed to be the student council president, much to her chargin.
Tropes associated with Homura Akai:
- Arch-Enemy: Of Mei Ijuin, and this is mutual.
- Berserk Button: Do not call the school headmaster "Kazumi-chan" in front of her. Otherwise, face the wrath of her Kaichou Kick.
- Bragging Theme Tune: Her Music Video Clip in Tokimeki Memorial 2 Music Video Clips: Circus de Aimashou.
- Bully Hunter: She will not hesitate fighting and curbstomping delinquents, even if they're twice her size, if she sees them bully people.
- Calling Your Attacks: Does this with her "Dragon Kick" and "Kaichou Kick".
- Dark-Skinned Redhead
- Everything's Better with Penguins: She loves penguins, to the point of wearing a penguin suit at one point of the game.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Used to have really short hair as a kid and has grown it past her waist by the time the main game begins.
- Fiery Redhead
- Kick Chick
- Identical Granddaughter: In Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Leaping School Festival, we get to discover that she's the spitting image of her grandmother. It also explains why Headmaster Bakuretsuzan is so friendly with Homura, as he was in love with her grandmother and Homura reminds him of her, AND had a friendly rivalry over her with her grandfather, who also was (and still is, which says a lot of how a Nice Guy he is!) his best friend.
- Image Song: 5 of them. She's also the character with the most duet songs (ex-aequo with Akane), having one with Akane, another one with Akane and Mei, and another one with Akane and Miyuki. Her main Image Song, "Yuke! Akai Homura!" (= "Go! Homura Akai!") is also her Bragging Theme Tune.
- Late for School: How the protagonist meets her. Homura, as the Student Council President, guards the school's gates, and she catches him being late. The event also counts as Incoming Ham, as Homura delivers a Super Sentai In the Name of the Moon speech when she sees him in fault.
- Otaku Surrogate: Her idea of a date at the movies is watching Mecha Anime.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Red Armband of Leadership
- She Cleans Up Nicely: In her Christmas special Event.
- Student Council President: She's made one by the school headmaster against her will, supposedly to make her a better student.
- This Is a Drill: Her Weapon of Choice, coming from her favourite Mecha anime, Go-Driller.
- Tomboy: She rarely wears girl's clothes. Also, during her Childhood Event, she's mistaken for a boy by the protagonist.
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura
Rei Ijuin's little sister. A computer nut with a haughty attitude, she's a year younger than the rest of the cast and thus will join the game in 2nd year as the protagonist's kohai, even though she ignores completely this convention and will order him and everyone else around, calling them with the rude pronoun "Kisama". She actually has a cute side, but she doesn't like to show it. Shes Homura's sworn enemy.
Tropes associated with Mei Ijuin:
- Arch-Enemy: of Homura Akai, and HOW!
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Mei demands total devotion to her if she falls in love with you. Best proof is the "You are my only 'slave'" Event :Mei: "You lowly girls other there! That guy is MY thing, don't use it as you like !!!"
- Custom Uniform
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Not that dark-skinned, but her skin tone is still the darkest of the cast along with Homura's; there's also further subversion of the trope in that she's a full-blooded Japanese girl.
- Got the Whole World in My Hand: Does a variant of this in her Music Video Clip of the PS2 game Circus de Aimashou: in a sequence, the Earth is floating in front of her outstretched arms.
- Image Song: 8 of them, as well as two duet ones, one with Akane and Homura, and one with Kasumi. Strangely, one of her two main songs (the other being "Super Special Day") and adaptation of her Leitmotif in the game, "The Most Electric Girl in the World", never got neither a full version, nor a proper CD release, being only available in Circus de Aimashou, as Mei's short Music Video Clip. Also of note, is the fact that all of her songs' name are written in English, save for "Black Dahlia" (written in katakana) and "Rakuen".
- Lady Incognito: She liked to do this in her childhood, and this is how she meets the protagonist in the Childhood part of the game.
- Lethal Chef: See Sakunoshin's Supreme Chef entry below for more details.
- Lonely Rich Kid: In her childhood.
- More specifically, during her childhood years, the protagonist was one of the only kids whom she got to play with, and only once. He promised to meet her again, not knowing that his family was moving out of town the very next day and he wouldn't have time to say goodbye. This is presented as the reason for her contempt towards "untrustworthy" common people.
- Luminescent Blush: Her whole face becomes red when in Tsundere mode.
- Mad Scientist: She's Yuinas disciple for crying out loud!
- Onion Tears: In one of the Drama tracks of her Blooming Stories CD, she uses this as an excuse for covering how the thought of the protagonist's selflessness towards her moved her.
- Picky Eater: She hates onions.
- Private Military Contractors: The Ijuin Family Army.
- Student Council President: She takes up the mantle after Homura graduates from Hibikino High, promising, in a snide way towards Homura, that under her presidency, she'll give a fun school life to the students.
- Third-Person Person
- Tsundere: Being a very prideful girl, she has memorable moments of this when in Tokimeki State, such as Valentine's Day, or the Event "You are my only 'slave'".
- Verbal Tic: She ends all her sentences with "no da" and "na no da". In her childhood days, it was just "no" and "na no".
Voiced by: Chiaki Maeda
Manager of the Baseball Club. Partway during the game, she transfers to Hokkaido. She's also conscious about her figure, thinking she's very chubby.
Tropes associated with Kaedeko Sakura:
- Cannot Spit It Out: Her feelings of love for the protagonist in general (until her Happy Ending that is), and more specifically, during her mandatory event at the 2nd Year's Fireworks Festival, that she would move away with her family the next day.
- Crash-Into Hello: One of the two possible ways of meeting her is this.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: To the point it's the crux of her Limit Break.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: of both Hibikino, and later Daimon High's Base-Ball Clubs.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Particulary in Memories Ringing On, as Kaedeko's father is firmly opposed to the idea that Kaedeko goes at Hibikino University after her High School time at Daimon High is over, thus needing her to take a lodging at Hibikino and live alone. It'll take much convincing from Kaedeko and one of her relatives, and much patience and determination from the protagonist to make him relent.
- Holding Hands: In the last shot of her Ending.
- Image Song: Seven of them, plus a trio one with Kaori and Miho. Of those, the two main ones are "Keep on keeping on" and "Twilight Express".
- Informed Ability: She's touted as what can be considered as Kaori's closest friend, yet they have about zero interaction in the games. Averted however in the novel Anata o Shinjiteru, where they have a real close friendship that plays a vital role in getting Kaori better. Kaedeko even goes as far as taking a 3-hours train trip immediately after she called Kaori, who was at the time horribly depressed due to a misunderstanding with her love interest Shunta and thus didn't want to talk with her, so she can confort and help Kaori.
- I Will Wait for You: The choice you have to pick in the last set of choices, to get her Ending in Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Memories Ringing On
- Permanently Missable Content: If you fail to put Kaedeko in Tokimeki Status by the time she moves away, you won't get her ending, no matter how many phone calls you'll give her afterwards.
- Shrinking Violet
- Tears of Joy: In several Events, and most notably in her Ending.
- Train-Station Goodbye: Her ending in Tokimeki Memorial 2 Substories: Memories Ringing On, but it's actually a subversion: after the Events in the game, she manages to convince her father to let do her studies at Hibikino University instead of Hokkaido (so she can be near the protagonist she loves). The Ending shows her going to visit and take possesion of her future lodging, but she has forgot its keys back at her home in Hokkaido, so she needs to take the train and back to pick them up.
Voiced by: Kazusa Murai
A silent girl with no friends. She's often alone at the school roof. Deeply wounded in her heart by a painful event in her past, this once-Genki Girl now avoids contact with other people, fearing to be betrayed and hurt again. It's now up to the protagonist, should he meet her and want to score her, to patiently heal her through The Power of Love.
Her scenario and personnality led her to become Tokimeki Memorial 2's favourite character in the fandom, to the point of getting her own novel (out of two released for this game, the first having Hikari as its heroine), Anata o Shinjiteru ("I Believe In You"), as well as a lot of merchandise centered around her.
Tropes associated with Kaori Yae:
- Alone in a Crowd: One of her key Events in Dancing Summer Vacation.
- Apologetic Attacker: Her counter-attack quote in Tokimeki Memorial 2 Taisen Puzzle Dama.
- Broken Ace: Best character of the game academics and sports-wise, has a natural talent at DanceDanceRevolution, and very pretty. But she's also...
- Broken Bird: An emotionally broken girl totally closed up to others due a traumatic past event...
- Cherry Blossom Girl: She's not named Sakura per se, but part of her name has its Kanji, and she's heavily cherry flowers-themed. See the trope page for more details.
- The Cynic: Of the Jade-Colored Glasses kind. She grows out of it thanks to the protagonist and Kaedeko.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: The name of the second variation of her Image BGM (which activates after she recovers from her Heroic BSoD) drives this trope's point home: "Waiting impatiently for Spring '2nd Movement' ~The Thaw's Flow~".
- Fanservice with a Smile: If the Event where Kaori overcomes her wounds has occured, if she's in Tokimeki Status with the protagonist, and if you choose to do a Café Shop for the 3rd Year School Festival, she'll wear a maid outfit while serving as the Café's waitress. This Event is another proof that She's Back, as she's smiling happily and is visibly having a fun time doing this.
- Friend to All Living Things: Except of dogs. She hates dogs. Actually, her favourite animals are cats and fishes.
- Genki Girl: As part of the She's Back trope, during the third year, when her backstory has been revealed and she decides to join the Volley-Ball Club, she literally embodies this trope. She is one of the few girls that you will constantly meet in the third year once they are in love with you (possibly as a way to make up for the lack of Kaori in the first two years). Incidentally on another note her leitmotif theme tune also changes from the somber, quiet tune to a more peppy, cheerful tune in the third year.
- Hope Is Scary: She experiences this in the first stages of her bonding with the protagonist, as exemplified by the Events "Farewell..." and "The person I can believe in". The protagonist ultimately convinces her not to give herself to this.
- Huge Schoolgirl
- Image Song: 8 of them like most of the girls, but they have an interesting pattern specific to her character: half of them are slow, heartwrenching themes fitting her Heroic BSoD period ("Ouju no Sasayaki", "Tsukiyo no Koneko", "Aoi Tori", and "Hikaru Nami"), and the other half are upbeat, cheerful, and heartwarming themes representative of her She's Back period ("Hoshizora no Yoru ni", "Haru no Frill", "Steppin' to Love", and "Kocchi o Muite").
- Leave Me Alone!: "Watashi no koto o kamawanaide" (="Don't mind about me") is pretty much her Catchphrase during her Heroic BSoD period.
- Official Couple: In the novel Anata o Shinjiteru, with main protagonist Shunta Torigoe.
- Onee-sama: Her appearance near the very end of the game, when wearing her special Winter street clothes, exudes of this feeling. Justified since she's actually one year older than the protagonist, and has matured after recovering from her Heroic BSoD. Lampshaded by the protagonist on New Year's day of 3rd Year.
- Passionate Sports Girl: She was this before the event that made her a Broken Bird, and was so passionate it's part of the reason why things spiralled down like that for her. She turns back to a slightly more reserved one after her She's Back event.
- The Power of Trust: The defining trope of Kaori's storyline.
- She's Back: Pulls this after the mandatory Event to get her Ending, where, thanks to The Power of Love, she finds the courage to overcome her wounds, and decides to enter the Volley-Ball Club again. Lampshaded by one of the Official Guidebooks about this Event: "The original Yae-san has come back".
- Sitting on the Roof: The school roof is Kaori's favourite place in Hibikino High's campus, as people rarely go there, so she can find the solitude she wishes for and can relax there. It's the place where the Main Protagonist will meet her for the first time, and as a Bookends, where she'll give him her Love Confession at the end of the game if they become sweethearts.
- Supreme Chef: Not of Saki's level, but still a good cook.
- Talking the Monster to Death: The concept of her Limit Break. Her words make the enemy reflect on himself and take heavy damage as they realize they're doing a bad action.
- Taking the Heat / Et Tu, Brute?: The tropes which started Kaori's Backstory. When she was in her former school, she was a cheerful member of the Volley-Ball club, and she was great friends with the other members; but one day, one of them committed a burglary in the Club, stealing the club's cash budget. Everyone knew who was the culprit, but if he was to be exposed, the Club would then suffer grave consequences. In order to save the Club, Kaori took the heat by posing as the culprit, thinking that even if she was to be temporary expelled, even if she would be looked down by teachers and classmates, she wouldn't lose her position at the Club once she would come back and her friends at the club would understand her and be grateful towards her. Unfortunately, her "friends" instead betrayed her by cowardly abandoning and ostracizing her afterwards, explaining how she became a Broken Bird, why she transferred to Hibikino High, and why she's repeating a class.
- There Are No Therapists: The Novelization of Kaori's storyline, Anata o Shinjiteru, gives a Parental Abandonment explanation to the otherwise Fridge Logic pondering as to why they haven't took her visibly deeply depressed daughter to a psychatrist already : her father is assigned to an overseas post, and her mother is an editor at a magazine who's so busy with her work, she doesn't come back to house until late night (and even often sleeps at the publishing company), as well as sometimes going on data-gathering trips for several days, leaving Kaori on her own with only her cell phone number in case of emergency.
- Trauma Swing: One of her key Events in Dancing Summer Vacation.
- You Must Be Cold: In her 3rd year Christmas Event. She even invokes the coat-sharing trope in the dialogue.
Voiced by: Mayumi Nomura
A hardworking girl from a poor family such that she only has one type of school uniform (the summer uniform). She has to work part time jobs to pay for school, and as such can't join any club.
Tropes associated with Akane Ichimonji:
- Boobs of Steel: Reaching 92 cm in 3rd year, she has the biggest bust size amongst the Hibikino Saga characters; and she's definitely the strongest female in the game.
- Death Glare: You DO NOT WANT to mess with Akane when she does it. ABSOLUTELY NOT. Homura, her best friend, knows it better, and actually advises her Arch-Enemy Mei that they stop quarrelling, at the beginning of Leaping School Festival.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: as the protagonist discovers in her Happy Ending, when she hugs him.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns
- Make a Wish: In Leaping School Festival, she makes one under a shooting star, in an Event of her storyline.
- Megaton Punch: Her brother is regulary on the recieving end of it. Not like he doesn't deserve it for his overprotective attitude towards her in her relationship with the protagonist.
- Plank Gag: In Leaping School Festival, she accidentally inflicts it on the protagonist in one Event of her storyline.
- Playing House: One of Akane's Childhood Events.
- Qipao: In her 3rd year Christmas Event, one of those attracts her eye. The protagonist, noticing this, promptly encourages her to try it on, and seeing how it pleases her, he buys it as her Christmas present from him. She tries to protest at first due to the cost, but he convinces her by saying he was saving money for this moment and purpose.
- Shy Finger-Twiddling: Her standard pose when she's in Tokimeki Status.
- Supreme Chef: Per virtue of her job at her restaurant.
Voiced by: Miho Yamada
Kasumi's close friend. She has a very long list of part time jobs she's been to.
Tropes associated with Maeka Kudanshita:
- Japanese Delinquents: She's one of the thugs (in a disguise) the protagonist will have to fight against, the "Baito Banchou"; fortunately she gives up during the fight, as she has to go for a part-time job.
- Punch-Clock Villain: It's in her title!
Voiced by: Emi Motoi
A girl who works in a traveling circus run by her father. The circus doesn't do so well in terms of profits, thus she can't go to school, and instead helps her father run the circus.
Tropes associated with Sumire Nozaki:
- A Day in the Limelight: The PS2 "game" Tokimeki Memorial 2 Music Video Clip: Circus de Aimashou, of which she's the protagonist.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Her pet monkey, Daisy.
- Friend to All Living Things: Her second Event sees her singing in such a beautiful voice, it soothes Daisy, and alights a bird on her hand.
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima
One of the boys who becomes good friends with the protagonist. An expert in kendo. He's a bit gruff at the beginning, but is actually a very straight, honest, reliable and lovable Nice Guy. Like the protagonist, he's looking for love, and if the girl he likes is in "enraptured" state towards the protagonist, will challenge the latter to a fight (which the protagonist must win to get his girl).
Tropes associated with Junichiro Hokari:
- Bonus Boss: Of the That One Boss variety. He's considered one of the hardest battles in the whole franchise, even harder than the local Japanese Delinquents' boss of this game, who's already no slouch. It's not uncommon to see players restart their playthrough when Jun tells the protagonist he loves a specific girl in the cast, at around mid-game: if this girl is the same you're targeting, you'll have to fight him near the end of the game to determine who will have the right to pursue the relationship with the girl.
- Diagonal Cut: The result of his Kendo Club Limit Break.
- In-Series Nickname: His best friend Takumi calls him "Jun". And Junichiro rudely makes clear to the protagonist on the day they meet that this nickname can only be used by his friends.
- Luminescent Blush: He's so shy regarding love matters, when one of his friends tease him about it, and particulary after he finds a love interest, his whole face become bright red.
- Matchmaker Quest: In May of 2nd year, Jun will phone you to confess he loves a girl. You can help him get close to her by scheduling a double date between you, him, his love interest, and Hikari. And if his target girl isn't the same as yours, he'll get Shipper on Deck 'd to the max by the protagonist.
- Training from Hell: If you ask him to help you training for a contest requiring high physical stamina, he will put you through this. Just ask the Main Protagonist in Dancing Summer Vacation.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Memories Ringing On, if you choose the "Hikari & Kotoko" route, at one moment he will punch the Main Protagonist in the face and scold him sharply for putting Hikari, Jun's love interest in this game, through emotional hell, as the Main Protagonist can't decide between her and Kotoko.
Voiced by: Yuki Masuda
The protagonist's best friend in school, and the third member of the circle of friends formed with Junichiro Hokari. Serves the same function as Yoshio Saotome from the first game as the "info man". But like Junichiro, he's looking for love, and will become a rival if he's after the same girl as the protagonist, challenging the latter to a fight if said girl is in "enraptured" state. He looks cute and all, but actually is a cunning and calculating fellow who loves teasing his friends.
Tropes associated with Takumi Sakaki:
- Attractive Bent-Gender / Wholesome Crossdresser: During one event in the game involving a school play, the lead actress ends up sick, and he somehow stands in for her and does the job well!
- Also happens during a bonus ending, when he, dressed in a girl's uniform, confesses his feelings to the protagonist, who to his horror, answers! Turns out it was just a nightmare. This event is of course a Shout-Out to Rei's secret from Tokimemo 1.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Cross-Dressing Voice
- Older Than He Looks
Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono
Mei Ijuin's personal butler. He also serves as a bodyguard to Mei and always carries a handgun with him for self defense. As he is Mei's bodyguard he always accompanies Mei on the player's dates with her until she is in love with the player (after which she will stop Sakunoshin from following her). He also serves as a bouncer to the family's Big Fancy House. Much like Sotoi he is gay and also a narcissist. Should the player raise their fashion sense high enough then, again like Sotoi, Mihara will fall in love with the player. He will also try to confess his feelings to the player at the end of the game, complete with roses intended for the player, but he will always be interrupted by Mei and then dismissed before he gets a chance.
Despite having the same family name, down to the same kanji combination, hes not related to Shiki Mihara of Tokimeki Memorial Girls Side.
Tropes associated with Sakunoshin Mihara:
- Battle Butler: As he is Mei's butler, he will always follow her in your dates with her in the first stage of your relationship, and will not hesitate pointing his gun at you at the slightest detail. When shell be enough in love with you, shell forbid him to follow her.
- Cultured Badass: Considering he is both butler and bodyguard to the Ijuin family this goes without saying.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He somewhat has connections to this trope in that he is vain and doesn't acknowledge other's beauty unless they rival or are greater than his own. However he doesn't actually seek out fights because of it.
- He is also part of Mei's special attack in battle in which he wears a cloak and proceeds to flash himself at the enemy as the screen goes white.
- Actually, it's implied he's totally naked under his cape, as, when pulling the move in battle, the camera shows him from behind, but the bottom of his legs are visible, and are naked (while normally, he wears a full tuxedo); also explains the disgusted and uneasy look the enemies make when seeing this.
- He is also part of Mei's special attack in battle in which he wears a cloak and proceeds to flash himself at the enemy as the screen goes white.
- Naked People Are Funny: See above.
- Supreme Chef: Mei's first Club Training Camp Special Event involves Sakunoshin cooking a delicious meal for the whole club. On the next year's Training Camp, Mei, wanting to please the protagonist she now likes a lot and inspired by Sakunoshin's example, tries to cook a meal herself... With hilarious results.
Voiced by: Gorō Naya
The principal of Hibikino High School. He is actually very kind and gentle towards his students despite the fact that he has a stern look and that his name might give the wrong impression. He gets on very well with Homura and considers her a good friend, and is on good terms with Akane and Takumi too.
Tropes associated with Kazumi Bakuretsuzan:
- Cool Old Guy
- *Crack!* "Oh, My Back!": In the Kotoko Route of Memories Ringing On, he carries on one arm a fainted protagonist to the infirmary. The next day, Kasumi and the protagonist discuss about it, impressed by such a feat for his age... Only to meet Bakuretsuzan, strongly smelling of compress' chemicals and trying hard to hide his pain. Then they hear him scream like a baby in his room as Homura gives him a massage.
- Deathbringer the Adorable: His surname combined with his appearance gives students the impression that he might have a temper but in actuality he is far from it.
- Gentle Giant
- Incoming Ham: His Entrance Ceremony speech. Nothing like spelling your name on a flaming background all while shouting it Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Subverted.
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto
The boss of the delinquents. He will challenge you if the player beats all of his subordinates. If, however, you are trying to win with Akane then you will have to face him as he is revealed to be her brother.
Tropes associated with Sou-Banchou:
- Ascended Extra: Compared to his appearance in the first game, Sou-Banchou, plays a far bigger role in the second game and is involved in Akane's storyline. He even has a character profile and a lot of dialogue which he did not have at all in the first game.
- Continuity Nod: He is actually the same Banchou that the player could fight in the first game.
- Everyone Calls Him Sou-Bancho: His actual name is Kaoru Ichimonji (the brother of Akane) but everyone addresses him by his title.
- Japanese Delinquents
- Knight Templar Big Brother: To Akane.
- Megaton Punch: He is often on the receiving end of his younger sister Akane's punch for interfering in her private life.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He is very protective of his younger sister Akane.
- This is explained after the player goes through the "Playing House" event with Akane in Childhood mode. Turns out Akane became broken hearted after the protagonist moved away, and since then her brother swore to punish any boy who hurts her.
- Put In A Sack And Gagged: In the Funny Background Event of the last shot of Akane's Happy Ending.
- Quirky Miniboss Squad: The "Four Heaven Kings", of which he's the leader.
- Relationship Sabotage: He constantly tries to do this between Akane and the protagonist, but fails each time.
- The Four Gods: Among the Four Heaven Kings, he's Seiryû. The back of his Badass Longcoat is decorated with a dragon.
Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono
One of the members of Sou-Banchou's "Four Heaven Kings". Real name Chouta Sakuradamon. A 2 meters-tall giant, he's a force of nature who relies on his brute strength. Unfortunately, his intelligence is not on par with his strength, but he's still a nice and friendly guy who knows when to admit defeat.
Tropes associated with Kinniku-Banchou:
- Giant Mook
- Graceful Loser
- Japanese Delinquents
- Meaningful Name: "Kinniku" means "Muscle" in Japanese.
- Nice Hat: Wears a cap with its top cut-off, revealing his bald
- The Four Gods: Among the Four Heaven Kings, he's Genbu. He wears a iron turtle shell on his back at all times, and a picture in the Tokimeki Memorial 2 Illustrations book parodies the Genbu legend, with him carrying on his back the whole cast of the game.
Voiced by: Miho Yamada
The youngest member of Sou-Banchou's "Four Heaven Kings". Real name Kouji Yotsuya. A base-ball club member, he's a nice, but earnest, hot-blooded and careless youth. He's also, unlike Kinniku-Banchou and Kogarashi-Banchou, a sore loser when defeated.
Tropes associated with Hi no Tama-Banchou:
- Anime Hair: Which symbolizes his Four Gods alignment in the Four Heaven Kings, Suzaku, along with the flaming bird decorating the back of his jacket.
- Japanese Delinquents
- Meaningful Name: "Hi no Tama" means "Fireball" in Japanese.
- Playing with Fire: His "Hi no Tama Punch" (Fireball Punch).
- Squashed Flat: The result of his steamroller-based Limit Break.
Voiced by: Takehiro Murozono
A member of the "Four Heaven Kings", and Sou-Banchou's right-hand man. Real name Akiba Kanda. A Kendo Club member, he carries with him and fight with a wooden sword. A cool-headed and virtuous fellow, his loyalty to Sou-Banchou is unmatched, and he has secret feelings for Akane.
Tropes associated with Kogarashi-Banchou:
- Diagonal Cut: He's a Kendo Club Master like Junichiro, and thus has the same Limit Break as him.
- Graceful Loser
- Japanese Delinquents
- Meaningful Name: "Kogarashi" means "Cold wind" in Japanese.
- Nice Hat: His badass cap.
- Oral Fixation: He has a blade of grass in his mouth at all times.
- The Dragon
- The Four Gods: Among the Four Heaven Kings, he's Byakko. The back of his Badass Longcoat is decorated with a tiger.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better
Voiced by: Miyo Yamada
A mysterious and elusive member of the "Four Heaven Kings". Little is known about that delinquent. Fights with yo-yos.
Tropes associated with Baito-Banchou:
- Hopeless Boss Fight: This Nigh-Invulnerable opponent can't be defeated, and you won't receive any damage either; the only way to win is to wait until Baito-Banchou suddenly interrupts the fight to go to a part-time job.
- Japanese Delinquents
- Martial Arts Headband
- The Reveal: Or not. The game never officially reveals Baito-Banchou's identity, but seeing her hair color and hair-do, her voice actor, and the part-time job thing, it's heavily implied she's Maeka Kudanshita in disguise.
- The Sixth Ranger: The only one of the Four Heaven Kings not to have a Four Gods theme.
Voiced by: Akio Nojima
Sumire's father, also known as "Sumire-papa". He's the owner and ringmaster of Takehiro Circus. A kind man, he cares a lot about his daughter and, worried about the consequences of their nomadic life on her, he does his best encouraging her to make friends with people of her age during their travels, and asks the protagonist, shall he meets them, to become a good one to her. He's a hard worker who cares for his business, but his ailing health and the growing number of other circus members' resignations have a toll on his and the circus' well-being.
Tropes associated with Strelitzia Nozaki:
- Cool Moustache
- Good Parent
- Ill Man
- Nice Hat: His ringmaster top hat.
- Theme Naming / Flower Motifs: Just like in Sumire's entry. Strelitzia is a South Africa flower, better known under the name of "Bird of Paradise Flower".
Voiced by: Masaaki Ookura
Ace of Daimon High's Baseball Club, the main rival school of Hibikino High in the road towards the Koshien (i.e. the National Inter-High Baseball Championship). A flamboyant and somewhat arrogant young man, he has a crush on the club's manager Kaedeko when she transfers there. In Memories Ringing On, it's mentioned that after his High School time, he's tackling on the challenge of entering the Major League and become a professional player. He also gets a quick mention in the novel Anata o Shinjiteru, revealing he regulary phones Kaedeko.
Tropes associated with Mitsuru Iizuka:
- Romantic False Lead: Plays this role in Kaedeko's storyline. He however comes off as a Graceful Loser once the main protagonist and his club beats Daimon High in the Koshien, and he realizes Kaedeko is in love with the protagonist.
Voiced by: Reiko Takagi
A track runner from Kirameki Highschool in Memories Ringing On, and self proclamed rival to Hikari Hinomoto. She is frustrated that Hikari doesn't take her challenges to a sprint race seriously because of her history of injuries in turn complicated by Hikari's belief in handicapping, as well as Hikari not going to a college recommended for track runners.
She also happens to be Takumi Sakaki's childhood friend, to the surprise of Jun Hokari and the protagonist, who then speculate whether or not she is also Takumi's Love Interest.
Tropes associated with Rumi Kanbe:
Voiced by: None
A novel-only character, he's the main male protagonist of Anata o Shinjiteru, and Kaori's love interest in that novel. He's not a novel-representation of the game's Main Protagonist though, Takeru Iwase of the same continuity taking that role, and also having a completely different circle of friends (he doesn't know Junichiro and Takumi, isn't Hikari's childhood friend, and is not in the same class as them -he's a student of the 2-F class, like Kaori and Sayo- for example).
A cheerful and hard-working member of Hibikino's Volley-Ball Club, extremely open and friendly to others, he actually was an Ill Boy forced to stay at his home most of the time until the start of his High School time. He's now healthy enough to have a normal school life and practice sports, but he still is a bit fragile, and is also prone to volley-ball accidents: it's how he progressively gets closer to Kaori, who's sometimes on call at the infirmary. He's childhood friends with Sayo Tsukimura, but they bicker often and he considers her more as a big sister.
Tropes associated with Shunta Torigoe:
- Bad Liar: He tries to ask Kaori for a date under the excuse of asking her to teach him a volley-ball receive, but immediately takes it back and confesses to Kaori he invites her simply because he wants to be with her.
- Ill Boy
- Official Couple: With Kaori.
- The Power of Trust: Invokes this in the infamous moment where, to prove Kaori his sincerity towards her after a messy misunderstanding between them, he climbs on one of the rooftop's outdoors units and tells Kaori he will let himself fall off the building after a count of three, and that he places all his trust that she would take his hand and take him back to the rooftop before. And he was dead serious, as he had begun to let himself fall after the count, only to be barely caught by Kaori. As over-the-top, forced, and poor in taste this is (both Sayo and Homura make sure to chew him a new one after that), it tremendously works on Kaori.
Voiced by: None
A novel-only character appearing in Anata o Shinjiteru, she's the captain of Hibikino's female Volley-Ball club team, the 2-F Class Representative, and Shunta's childhood friend. She always took care of him in his younger ill days. She's protective of him, and treats him a bit like a child, leading to much bickering between them. She's however secretly deeply in love with him, but doesn't know how to tell him; and seeing Kaori gradually getting closer from him is a great source of pain for her.
Tropes associated with Sayo Tsukimura:
- Believing Their Own Lies: Upon inadvertently learning what happened at Kaori's former school via two students of that school who visited Hibikino's School Festival and recognized Kaori, she decided to tell this to Shunta. She desperately claims to herself she does this to protect him from emotional harm and because Kaori is not worthy of him with that scandal, but deep down, she's devoured by the Green-Eyed Monster, unable to stand seeing herself becoming the Unlucky Childhood Friend.
- Class Representative
- My God, What Have I Done?: She comes to sincerly regret her borderline-Moral Event Horizon moment where, after informing Shunta of the bad rumors about Kaori's past (who dismiss them and tells Sayo he trusts Kaori), she then meets Kaori and lies to her, by saying that Shunta told her she was disappointed of Kaori; to the point she feels dirty. She largely makes it up by mustering the courage to talk to Shunta and Kaori, going I Want My Beloved to Be Happy to the former and Graceful Loser to the latter.
- Shipper on Deck: The members of the female volley-ball team are big Sayo/Shunta fans at first, believing they're like an loving old couple with their bickering. They later realize how close Shunta and Kaori are, and accept it.
- Tsundere: A Type-B one, who only goes tsun towards Shunta.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: Pretty much a Foregone Conclusion with the How We Got Here-type Prologue of the novel.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She justly Armor Piercing Slaps and chews out a new one on Shunta after his dangerous rooftop stunt:Sayo: Don't you get it?! If it went wrong, Yae-san could have fallen too!!