A list of the characters from Yandere Kanojo. Beware of potential spoilers.
- Voiced by: Ai Mayatoshi (Drama CD)
Our heroine and main character of our series, Reina's the feared leader of the school's female delinquents. She fell in love with Manabu at first sight (not that she'd readily admit it). Trying to keep up appearances as a delinquent, she forced Manabu to date in secret, though the level of secrecy becomes dubious as the series progresses.
- Adults Are Useless: This, mainly produced from Reina being framed for acts she didn't commit as a younger girl because other girls hated her, convinced her to go 'full-on' Yankee.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: As A-ko and B-ko's Undying Loyalty to her can attest to.
- Berserk Button: Never, under any circumstances lie or be disingenuous to her. It doesn't matter who you are, she'll be mad at you.
- Bifauxnen: Courtesy of a shorter wig, some make up, and a boy's uniform.... She gets some very appreciative looks from the student body. And then proceeds to Troll Shiratori hard by hitting on Hijiri.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Reina and Mayami do this so often that Reina eventually has Mayami playing tsukkomi in her head when she's not around.
- Cat Smile: Occasionally pulls this off from time to time, and it's adorable.
- Character Development: She was pretty serious about keeping the relationship a secret in the beginning, going as far to beat up Manabu in order to throw off suspicion of the two being together. She gradually became more honest about her feelings and less violent towards Manabu as the series went on.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Despite being a delinquent, one of Reina's defining character traits is that she always feels the need to help people solve their problems, whether they want to or not. Unresolved issues piss her off quite greatly, as many characters learn.
- Kuroko: You're always loud, violent, stupidly energetic, you're nosy, and you work so stupidly hard to help others...
- Cluster F-Bomb: She's pretty foul mouthed when she's angry, unsurprisingly. She's a delinquent after all.
- Covert Pervert: Reina has a tendency to warn Manabu not to do or think of perverted things that never occurred to him. To be fair, Manabu makes some strong hints that he's a closet pervert.
- Cry Cute: Ironically often.
- Determinator: Nothing will stop her from being together with Manabu. Not even if the heavens, earth or Manabu's own family tried to stop it.
- Dissonant Serenity: Pulled it off prior to delivering a fitting punishment to the Kuroboshi Girls when they framed her for vandalizing the school wall.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Being underage, Reina drowns her sorrows by eating pickled vegetables instead of drinking alcohol.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Mayami likes her. A lot. There's also the time where she was under possession and press-ganged the female student body into being her groupies, which was met with little resistance.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Originally met Manabu when she was 5.
- Fountain of Youth: Got changed into a child after receiving a strange candy from a clown. However, she looks different enough as a child that no-one recognized her.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: Initially with Manabu because she wants to preserve her tough image, but she pretty much stops caring after a while.
- Imagine Spot: She likes to imagine herself being girly or cutesy from time-to-time.
- It Runs in the Family: Gets her tsundere personality from a fusion of her mom's sweetness/violence and her dad's social awkwardness. Also, her mother's violent side is tempered with her father's kindness.
- Japanese Delinquent: Duh.
- Love at First Sight: Manabu and Reina mutually fall in love at first sight in the first chapter, allowing a convenient aversion of Will They or Won't They?. How they got to Official Couple status is expanded a bit in Chapter 1.5
- Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Completely inverted for the most part. Reina's a delinquent who gets into fights on a daily basis. Manabu's an honor student with pretty much no athletic tendencies whatsoever. The only time it's averted is during their "Freaky Friday" Flip, where Reina (in Manabu's body) has to hold back when she hits him to avoid seriously injuring Manabu (in Reina's body). Possibly justified or lampshaded in that getting hit by Reina whenever she gets surprised or flustered has gotten Manabu into much better shape.
- Not So Different: She and Shiratori have a lot more in common than they think, as the manga points out from time to time. They both have combative personalities, both are highly emotional and both have love interests that have a personality completely opposite to theirs.
- Odd Friendship: With Hijiri and Mayami. The former is an easygoing girl who's the class rep, the latter is a cutesy girl that's loved by people instead of feared like Reina.
- One-Note Cook: Originally thought to be a Lethal Chef at first, it just turned out that the problem was that Reina only knew how to make curry, and applied it everything else she tried to cook. With a lot of help from Hijiri, she managed to make cookies.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Hijiri's blue.
- Rule-Abiding Rebel: She and her gang definitely qualify. They're in school every day, don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, and the only gang fight seen in the series takes place with a felt-tip pen. Hell, when she was framed for vandalizing the school wall, Reina revealed that she was only pissed because she wasn't the one who did it: there were many times in middle school when she was asked to clean graffiti that she drew herself and she did it without complaints. Naturally enough, this gets lampshaded.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Manabu's Savvy Guy.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She and Manabu have a mutual moment of this when they meet up wearing yukata at the festival. It's downplayed as they thought the other was attractive beforehand and furthermore, it has been established through the comments of Manabu's grandfather that Reina is a naturally attractive girl and doesn't need to "clean up" for people to notice it.
- Slave to PR: She rejected Manabu initially because she really wanted to keep her image as a delinquent, and it's part of why they dated in secret at first.
- Super Drowning Skills: She swims like a rock.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Mayami's Girly Girl.
- Tsundere: She quickly gets shy and tsuntsun with her boyfriend, but wants to hide the whole relationship to preserve her reputation.
- After Manabu saves her and Chibita from cats, Reina worries about his injuries. Manabu says it's better than getting a lady's face injured. Her response to that is... interesting.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She's pretty protective of her friends as previously mentioned, but god help you if you mess with Manabu. Even if Manabu himself doesn't care.
- What Does She See in Him?: Manabu's a relatively ordinary-looking guy. Reina seems to think he's on the male supermodel/"legendary man-whore" end of the spectrum. It's lampshaded, of course.
- When She Smiles: Not to the extent of her father, but anytime that Reina smiles is treated as a very special thing. The one she gives after Hijiri tells her that she'd help her study is a good example.
- Voiced by: Junji Majima (Drama CD)
Our hero and the other half of the manga's power couple. Like Reina, Manabu fell in love with her at first sight, even working up the courage to immediately confess after school on the same day. Manabu's normally laid back — contrasting him comically with Reina's brash and violent personality.
As the series progressed, a lot of intrigue surrounds Manabu's interesting family dynamic: he lives with his grandfather instead of living with his parents like his sister does, and doesn't seem to go to any trouble to contact them, and does his best to dodge the question when it comes up. It's eventually revealed that His birth father impregnated his mother and then abandoned her once the Tanaka family found out through letters that he was seeing mail from another woman that loved him.
- Amazon Chaser: In essence, he is this with Reina. He fell in love with her at first sight, and she was carrying a bloody bat.
- Berserk Button: His father, once he finally meets him and sees what he is like. A couple of chapters later, just thinking of that sends Manabu into a rant in front of his bemused spectators.
- Big Damn Heroes: He saves Chibita and Reina from attacking cats after the former tries to scare them, using dried bonito as a diversion.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Tracks down his birth father, Mamoru, in order to do this for running out on his family. However, it's soon revealed that it's not that simple.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: It's hilariously revealed that Manabu's actually become quite durable, postulated to be the effect of Reina's constant abuse prior to her Character Development. As Reina found out hard, she (in Manabu's body) made her original body seemingly fragile in comparison.
- Covert Pervert: Even though Reina has an overactive imagination, the manga makes it clear that Manabu isn't squeaky clean, which catches a lot of people off guard due to his normally stoic behavior. During the sports festival he makes it pretty clear that he wants to see Reina in bloomers, Reina actually catches him in the act of getting strange thoughts when she talks about how much work it took to put on her kimono for New Year's Day and he's all too pleased when he gets to pick out cosplay outfits for her to try on when they go to the mall together.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When a delinquent from a rival school wanted to forcibly make Reina his girlfriend, he refused to back down, even after being beaten bloody.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Thanks to his father's abandonment he's essentially the product of a failed marriage that stained the Tanaka family's reputation. He was treated as an eyesore and a nuisance by everyone in his family. His own mother couldn't even bear to see him. Worst of all, for the first 15 years of his life nobody even bothered to tell him why.
- Disappeared Dad: Mamoru. Manabu went to see him directly in chapter 65.
- Dull Surprise: Gives one whenever Reina is dressed up.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Originally met Reina at a live performance when the two of them were 5 years old. He forgot in large part because Reina was in disguise at the time, and because she looked very different back then.
- Friendless Background: See above.
- Friend to All Children: He usually ends up befriending kids due to his easy-going nature and his patience, and the fact that he was lonely as a child..
- Generation Xerox: He's noted to look quite a bit like his grandfather Azuma. It's inverted personality-wise, as his serious personality comes from growing up as his grandfather's straight man.
- On a less happier note, he looks exactly like his father back when his mother Azami first met him. She tearfully admits to Reina during their confrontation that part of the reason she's so cold towards Manabu is she's afraid being reminded of Mamoru which may cause her old feelings for him re-awaken and try to seek him out.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: As part of his nice guy nature. Mostly Played for Laughs. Except things about his Parental Abandonment.
- Honor-Related Abuse: What his poor treatment by his mother boils down to. Given that through his entire life, she never even gave him a hug, or even smiled at him, there is no conceivable way for them to form any relationship, since they never had any. Made more egregious by the fact, that his existence that displeases her so much, is as a result of her own indiscretion, while she was engaged to a man that was not his father. As if he was supposed to be take responsibility for her actions. Shiratori seems to agree with that sentiment, given his choice of words: "I don't want to say anything bad about your family or your mom, but..."
- Nice Guy: Manabu's probably the nicest character in the series. There are times where it's not always a good thing, as later on it's shown that his nice tendencies cause him to suppress his feelings about things that make him upset so as not to bother Reina. It is heavily implied that he would have kept Reina in the dark about his Aoi's terrible plan to get him back in the family's good graces if he could, which angers Reina as that's the kind of things that people should tell one another when they're in a relationship.
- Not So Stoic: Manabu only ever loses his cool when his grandpa is involved, even noting that's probably the only time that happens. There's also the time Reina went overboard with dieting and nearly passed out.
- When he meets his father for the first time, his response to Mamoru's casualness is a hard punch to the face, the first punch he's thrown in his life.
- Odd Friendship: His friendship with Shiratori eventually became this, though not without a few struggles.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Manabu is usually calm, collected and answers questions without a second thought. So when he goes so far as to jump out of the boat that they were in during a date in order to dodge Reina's questions about his family, you know that the Tanaka family must be seriously screwed up.
- His angry tirade at his father when he meets him for the first time. His serious pissed-off level far exceed that of any other character at this point.
- Parental Abandonment: His father left the family after being outed as a womanizer, and his mother has all but disowned him in order to forget about his father.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Shiratori's red.
- The Stoic: Manabu's defining trait is his ability to take Reina's Megaton Punches, amazingly spicy cooking, Shiratori's persistent attempts to conduct some sort of rivalry, and pretty much everything else that happens to him in stride. Reina inwardly complains it makes him hard to read, but then again a less patient guy probably wouldn't put up with the abuse she dished out earlier in the series. Just like his niceness, it also contributes to a lot of the drama when his family situation comes to light as it's revealed that Manabu intentionally hides his feelings whenever he's around her in order not to bother her...which ends up bothering her anyways because she didn't want him pretending to be happy when he really wasn't.
- Tranquil Fury: In contrast to his girlfriend, Manabu very rarely gets angry at people so whenever he does it's always it's always serious, and it's always this kind of anger. There are only three instances where he does get angry at someone: When Wakako badmouths Reina behind her back, when Ugajin attempts to kiss Reina and when he finally meets his dad only for the latter to not even recognize him.
- Unfazed Everyman: Manabu reacts to almost everything with the same calm, stoic expression, with few exceptions as listed above.
- Unwanted Harem: Very mild example. Besides Reina, Kuroko and Nanami are both also attracted to Manabu. Of course, one of them's dead, and he sees the other one as a child despite them being the same age, so it's never going to happen.
- Becomes fully subverted over time when he politely but firmly rejects Nanami, and Kuroko passes on from the world.
- Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Drama CD)
A normal, sweet girl who becomes best friends with Reina. She's calm and modest, but she knows what to do in tough situations — often making her the perfect confidant for Reina, as well as making her the go-to mediator in whatever conflict Reina has with another person.
Hijiri's easygoing nature and rationality also allows her to see the hidden sides of antagonistic people. Seeing Reina's hidden heart of gold is what starts their good friendship and seeing Shiratori's personality beneath the bombast allows her to befriend him, and is also what starts her attraction to him, eventually resulting in the two officially getting together.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When they're locked in the gym storeroom together, she asks Shiratori if he actually just wants to be friends with Manabu rather than rivals. Shiratori denies it but his reaction gives it away.
- Ascended Extra: Originally, she was only supposed to be a background character (she didn't even have a name in her appearance at the athletic festival). After the series got the go-ahead for serialization, she got upgraded to the main cast.
- Beta Couple: She and Shiratori are essentially this to Manabu and Reina. This can be tricky in that sometimes their relationship takes center stage whenever it's explored (the Hijiri/Shiratori story got its own story arc in one of the two published titles), and Manabu and Reina swapped back into the Alpha couple role fairly handily with the Tanaka family arc.
- Beware the Nice Ones: A group of catty freshmen attacked her because they were jealous of her getting together with Shiratori. She didn't back down an inch.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Manabu note how similar they are to one another from time-to-time. They also point out how similar Reina and Shiratori are.
- Characterization Marches On: In her first appearance she was completely terrified of Reina(the latter's treatment of her during the athletic festival didn't make things any better), the very next chapter has her acting closer to her current personality despite being fully aware of Reina's reputation. Justified: see the Ascended Extra entry.
- Class Rep: Of Reina's class.
- Determinator: She's not strong and not usually stubborn, but when it came to getting Shiratori's attention, she would not give up.
- The Generic Guy: Everybody else in the group has some sort of quirky personality traits, but Hijiri doesn't have much going on besides Ship Tease with Shiratori, as well as playing the role of a "normal girl" to contrast Reina with. Lampshaded in her profile, with her taking offense to it.
- "I do too have a personality! Just you wait, I'll show you how much of a personality I have!"
- Girlish Pigtails: Sports these.
- Green-Eyed Monster: After Shiratori calls Manabu's sister "Mayami-kun," she goes into a minor Heroic BSoD that's serious enough for her to request that Reina punch her to snap her out of it. Mayami is sharp enough to notice it and assures her that she has no interest in Shiratori while teasing Hijiri about her jealousy.
- Important Haircut: Receives one from Shiratori after she got white paint in her hair, and he had to cut her hair to remove it. She retains it as a symbol of their love.
- It Amused Me: Of all people, she goes out of her way to tease Shiratori at one point for no reason other than it being hilarious.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Is the only one who doesn't know about Manabu's family situation before Shiratori fills her in on everything in Chapter 67.
- Love Epiphany: Although she realizes she has feelings for Shiratori since chapter 31, it's not until chapter 41 when the sight of him seeing her with paint in her hair unexpectedly caused her to shed tears, confirming to her that she was truly in love with him.
- Nice Girl: Oh so very much, the most genuinely and outwardly kind character, rivaled only by Manabu himself.
- Only Sane Woman: Compared to the rest of the cast, she's fairly level-headed and free of major eccentricities.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Shiratori's inability to listen to her when she tries to tell him about her appearance on TV actually causes her to yell at him. Later it's revealed that she was planning to confess to him on national television.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Reina's red.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: She gets shoved into a makeover show called "High School Cinderella" during Chapters 45 and 46. The results do not disappoint.
- Ship Tease: Loads of it with Shiratori. They finally become an official couple at the end of the High School Cinderella arc.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or in Hijiri's case, a very dark green that might be mistaken for blue.
- Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Drama CD)
Arrogant and narcissistic, Shiratori first appearance in the manga was him gloating that he got a higher test score than Manabu. After being beaten up by Reina, he makes a bet that he'd come first over Manabu and Reina in the next end of term test. If Shiratori won, Reina would have to go on a date with him, if Manabu won, Shiratori would have to eat spaghetti through his nose. Nobody wins it.
Since then, his next appearances involved him becoming an in Reina and Manabu's daily adventures, all while trying (and failing) to become Manabu's rival.
- The Ace: Subverted. He would be this if anybody treated him with any respect - he is good at sports and academics, good looking, and popular with the ladies...except the girls like his adorkability and Manabu and Reina treat him as an Unknown Rival and Butt-Monkey.
- Adorkable: He thinks he's popular with girls because he's so cool. In reality, he's popular with the girls because they find how easily-flustered he gets when they flirt with him adorable.
- Alliterative Family: All of the children in his family have names beginning with T (Tsubame, Tsubasa, and Tsugumi.)
- Cannot Spit It Out: As the manga goes on it's clear that he likes Hijiri but he just can't say it. He finally mans up and confesses to her at the end of her makeover.
- Captain Ersatz: He is one for the rival character in Tokimeki Memorial 3 (right down to having the same name). Unfortunately for Shiratori, the author really hated that rival character, which results in him getting beaten up by Reina a lot. The author mentions that he does like Shiratori as a character however...not that it makes the latter feel any better."You're awful! You piece of shit author!""You think you can make this all blow over just by saying that?!"
- Character Development:
- He eventually makes less of an effort to be obnoxious around the gang, though he still wants to be recognized by Manabu as a rival.
- He finally lets go of his rivalry after he realizes that he'd rather be Manabu's friend even though the latter beats him yet again in the second semester mid-terms.
- The Chew Toy: It's a good thing Hijiri's around because it seems like the entire universe is out to get him, and that fact is pretty much confirmed in the author's explanation of his character.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Gender-flipped: he has a hair clip in the front of his hair. He explains to Hijiri that it was his sisters that put it in his hair and because girls liked it, he kept wearing it.
- Freudian Excuse: Shiratori's arrogant, pretty-boy personality is the product of growing up in a house with only sisters and being excessively praised whenever he did well in school.
- HeelFace Turn: Once he finally gets to know Manabu, he realizes that he has no real reason to hate him, so he drops the rivalry.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He didn't readily accept Hijiri's confession, despite liking her, because he was unsure that he would able to eventually love her back.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath all the loud bombast and obnoxiousness he does when trying to pursue his "rivalry" with Manabu, he's actually a really nice person. Hijiri develops feelings for him after seeing said hidden depths.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: He was always used to being praised having the best grades in the class when he was growing up, and he felt that Manabu outdoing him would threaten that.
- Not So Different: Despite the fact that they clash so much, Reina and Shiratori are so alike that it's constantly lampshaded.
- Odd Friendship: Took a while for it to get there, but his friendship with Manabu is squarely this.
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: A kiss on the cheek from Drunk!Hijiri was enough to cause this in him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Manabu's blue.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Gender-flipped with him and Hijiri. In an interesting case, Shiratori is also savvy, but too savvy for his own good, to the point that Hijiri had to take a more active role in the relationship.
- Unknown Rival: No matter how much better his grades were than Manabu's, no matter how obnoxious and insulting he was, Manabu and eventually Reina would barely pay him any mind. Of course, this just annoyed him even more.
- Why Can't I Hate You?: He started to realize that he wanted to be friends with Manabu more than be his rival, even though he was beaten yet again in mid-terms. This gave him a bit of an existential crisis and causes a massive falling-out with Reina when he pretends not to be friends with the gang.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He wants people to be impressed with his good looks and talent at academics and sports, and Manabu to treat him as The Rival. That'd be great if he were in a regular shonen or shoujo manga....not so much in this one.
- Voiced by: Asami Shimoda (Drama CD)
Manabu's little sister. Originally mistaken for being another girl that Manabu's seeing, Reina's response was to punch her...only to discover to her horror that Mayami actually liked it. And the rest, is history...
- Brains and Bondage: Arguably the smartest character of the main cast, and the only one who is an unashamed masochist.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: There's no other way to describe her initial reaction to Hijiri being friends with Reina.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Chapter 59 shows that she has quite the potty mouth. She grew out of it, of course.
- Combat Sadomasochist: She likes to provoke Reina into hitting her so that she can get off on the pain.
- Establishing Character Moment: In her first appearance she is socked to high heaven by Reina, only to realize that she enjoyed the feeling. Reina then starts calling her a disgusting pervert...only for her to enjoy that too.
- Genki Girl: Cheerful, and never without a smile. Even when being punched in the face. Maybe because of it.
- Hidden Depths:
- She has shown that she can be pretty perceptive when she wants to be, occasionally being nicknamed "Professor Mayami" by the other characters. That's why it's such a shame that she uses it to try and find new ways to provoke Reina into beating the stuffing out of her.
- Despite being the youngest, she's ahead of the curve when it comes to love and relationships, making her an invaluable source of advice.
- Hypocrite: She's a masochist who wants to be beaten up by Reina, but thinks that men who beat up women are the lowest form of life. She'll also turn sadist on Shiratori from time to time and bully him for amusement.
- I Hate Past Me: She really doesn't like who she used to be, and Manabu seems to find remembering what she was like painful, but they deliberately avoid talking about it to avoid Mood Whiplash. For good reason.
- Incest Subtext: In an early chapter, Reina mistakes her and Manabu for being Not Blood Siblings, which she lampshades as sounding like something out of an eroge.
- Meaningful Name: Her name shares a kanji with the phrase 病が篤い, which means 'seriously ill': fitting for the type of character that she was originally going to be (see below). Depending on how you feel about her being a masochist that enjoys being beaten up by Reina, it might still apply.
- The Ojou: It turns out that she lives in a Big Fancy House with numerous servants. Since she's considered a part of the Tanaka family it's no surprise.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In chapter 26, Mayami hits Shiratori for bothering Manabu. She did it since, apparently, Shiratori reminds her of her past self. She also mentioned that she's unlucky "to be born in that kind of family".
- When Manager finally confesses that he loves her, she's not excited at all. In fact, she's pissed.
- Shipper on Deck: She's pretty supportive of Reina being together with her brother...if not for ulterior motives (She wants them to be married so she could have tons of chances to be abused by her new sister-in-law). She also pushes for Hijiri to get with Shiratori.
- Ship Tease: Receives quite a bit of it with the Manager in certain chapters. They become an Official Couple as of Chapter 68.1. Doubles as a MayDecember Romance, since she's around 14-15 while he's 26.
- The Smart One: Mayami proves several times to be the most clever, perceptive, and socially adept of the main cast, despite being a year younger than the others.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Physical retaliation by Reina to any of Mayami's antics doesn't work because it's exactly what she wants. She even calls Reina "Mistress".
- Tsundere: Can become an even bigger one than Reina, especially when dealing with Manabu or the Manager after his Love Confession to her. He even lampshades it!
- Yandere: What she was originally planned to be, but the author decided otherwise. An extra in the tankobon shows her original personality attempting to stab Reina for getting in the way of her love with big brother Manabu.
Akira KomachiA freshman girl from class 1-A. Akira originally begs Reina for help with the baseball team since all the other members quit due to harassment. Eventually, she starts to consider the latter as a friend.
Her boyish looks capture the hearts of many girls, which sometimes leads to trouble since she's not into that sort of thing.
- Bifauxnen: A variant on this, being a 'sporty' type rather than an 'elegant' one.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: She asks Reina to teach her how to be more feminine.
- Even the Girls Want Her: She is definitely this, albeit in a different way than Reina.
- Genki Girl: In the very enthusiastic and get-go kind of way. Nothing ever keeps Akira down, that's for sure.
- Hot-Blooded: She has flames in her eyes from as early as her introductory panel.
- No Indoor Voice: Says everything very loudly and bombastically. Reina of all people points out to her that it's a very unfeminine trait.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Very much so. Has the personality to back it up, and most of what she says or does tends to involve sports in some way.
- Perpetual Smiler: Almost always wears a large, enthusiastic smile on her face on any occasion.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's quite happy to wear the female school uniform when it becomes mandatory.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: When she says that Manabu can't join because she's the captain of the Girls' Baseball Team, Reina has this reaction.
Daikichi UgajinThe new student council president. Concocts various petty schemes for his own amusement, causing him to fall out with Reina and Manabu several times.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Reina.
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: It appears to be the case at first, but the Principal outright says that he's not going to just stand back and let Ugajin run wild with making up horrible rules.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Is quite clearly insane in carrying out his wacky schemes. And it's hilarious.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While not exactly evil, he's definitely malicious in his actions. However, he does truly care for his two underlings Rin and Megu, and his response to Manabu's hypothetical question in Chapter 56 (which the latter used as a way to get advice on how to handle his family's situation) is something that Manabu grudgingly respects.
- Large Ham: Big time.
- Poke the Poodle: Played With. While his abuse of his Student Council power is just so he can do things such as flipping up girls' skirts without the fear of retribution and taking all the male students' porn to make a porn room for public access, they're treated as very serious threats by Reina and her friends.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Manabu, due to his being an Abhorrent Admirer of Reina.
- Terrible Trio: With Rin and Megu. Except that their threats are taken quite seriously by the others.
- True Companions: Again, with Rin and Megu. Also doubles as Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers a mild one when the Principal outsmarts him.
Rinko Yokoshima and Kanade MeguroThe clerk and treasurer of the student council, respectively. Ugajin's underlings, who are both in love with him and serve him faithfully to a quite disturbing degree.
- Cute and Psycho: Megu, definitely. If words could kill, she'd also qualify as Ax-Crazy.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Quirks aside, they're pretty competent in helping to carry out Ugajin's schemes.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When the prince of the Monkey Kingdom's guards threaten to hurt Ugajin, they don't hesitate to protect him.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Or at least, it makes them loyal to someone as crazy as Ugajin.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Ugajin refers to them as "Rin" and "Megu", respectively.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite spending most of her appearances in the manga swearing like a sailor, it's revealed at the school dance that Megu does background checks on everyone that Ugajin works with.
- The Stoic: Rin's neutral expression rarely changes, if ever.
- Sycophantic Servant: Subverted. While their personalities and loyalty to Ugajin are quite disturbing, they're both actually fairly competent in their duties.
- Those Two Guys: Potentially become a Terrible Trio with Ugajin.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: To Ugajin. Rin is of the Deadpan Snarker variety, while Megu is more of a Cluster F-Bomb.
- Undying Loyalty: To Ugajin.
Principal Haruomi MisoraThe newly appointed principal of Morionaka High. Hates delinquents, and is on a one-man crusade to rid the school of them.
- Berserk Button:
- While he is genuinely nice to students that do well in school, do not think that means you can do whatever you want because you have good grades. He hates those people even more than delinquents, as Shiratori learns.
- Dark Is Not Evil: While he has a way of turning bad kids into good kids that can only be described as brainwashing and he isn't afraid to beat the crap out of his students (including girls) to enforce order, he doesn't seem to be all that evil and is genuinely nice to those who follow the rules.
- Face of a Thug: In contrast to Reina's dad, he is as terrifying as he looks.
- Happily Married: With his wife. In contrast to Reina's parents, they are much more subdued.
- Loophole Abuse: "All female students should wear spats," indeed.
- Pitbull Dates Puppy: Also with his wife, and it's the only example in the series where the trope is played straight instead of gender-flipped.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- He shows that he actually does care about the students well-being when he sees through Daikichi Ugajin's plan to see the panties of the female students and exploits a loophole to their benefit.
- He forgives Tsukihitsugi for breaking his vase (which is a present from his students) since she apologizes and the vase is fixed (though he still hits Reina for taking supplies from his desk without permission).
- And from his story, it seems that he also likes to help students who have constructive hobbies.
- Despite not understanding Tsukihitsugi's "ghost hunter" activities, or even remembering who Kuroko is, he still manages to help her snap out of a Heroic BSoD that she had over nobody remembering Kuroko.
- He was the first person outside of Reina's group to realize that Kouichiro was really a timid person and his terrifying reputation was a result of his poor communication skills. More importantly, he actually pushes Kouichiro to open up to his students rather than finding a way around it.
- Stern Teacher: Borderline Sadist Teacher if not for the fact that he treats students who follow rules, including "redeemed" delinquents, with utmost respect.
- Tough Love: A firm believer of this, especially toward delinquents. Not that he's totally unreasonable, mind you.
Garasu TsukihitsugiA self-proclaimed ghost hunter and new transfer student.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Kuroko's passing gives her a bit of a crisis. The fact that only she remembers that Kuroko existed doesn't help.
- The Chew Toy: She gets humiliated more than Shiratori does. That's saying something.
- Cloudcuckoolander:Everyone around her believes she's crazy and/or suffering from eight-grade syndrome.
- Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: Taken to exaggeration with her: she looks like she fell into a pile of hair decs.
- Heroic BSoD: She's less than happy when she finds out about his "daughter", and much less happy when she finds out that said "daughter" is his wife.
- Hopeless Suitor: To the Principal.
- Hot for Teacher: She develops a crush on the principal in later chapters.
- Informed Ability:
- She claims she has spiritual powers that allows her to see ghosts. While she does, it's nowhere near on the level that she'd like people to believe: The reader gets to see how Kuroko appears to her and it resembles that of a bedsheet ghost covered in mud.
- She also claims that she's a powerful ghost hunter. When she faces off against Kuroko the latter was clearly winning despite being a ghost that doesn't fight, and when she fights a ghost-possessed Reina she's beaten before she can even say 3 words.
- Meganekko: In 'civvies' (she normally wears colored contacts, but the school bans them).
- Obliviously Evil: Very mild example. She honestly believes that by exorcising spirits, she's allowing them to rest in peace and be reborn in the afterlife. Problem is, Kuroko doesn't really want to leave and has stated multiple times that she's being a pest. Her concern for Kuroko's well-being is further shown when Kuroko does pass on.
- Small Name, Big Ego: In her initial appearance she acts like if she's some famous ghost hunter, when in reality everyone around her thinks that she looks ridiculous.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her insistence on Kuroko existing to everyone after she passes on is the catalyst to Reina reconciling with Aoi, as well as Aoi finally getting over his pain of losing Misaki.
- Special Snowflake Syndrome: She goes out of her way to wear ghost hunter attire and speak in flowery prose. Unfortunately for her it made her a frequent target of the Principal's beatings because they broke uniforms. Even when she tones it down it doesn't help: out of all of the students on the bus, she's the one that gets used as a hostage when a hijacker comes on board during the school trip.Tsukihitsugi: AGH! Why did you pick me?!Author's comments: Because you stand out so much...
- Unfortunate Names: Her name sounds like something a weeaboo would come up with (Garasu means glass, and Tsukihitsugi means 'moon coffin'). Reina even thought the name was fake at first before Tsukihitsugi showed her birth certificate.
- Weirdness Magnet: What she really is, instead of a "ghost hunter". She runs into ghosts a lot, but the only reason why she encounters them is because her mere presence is incredibly annoying to spirits.
- Kuroko: You can think of her like a huge pile of shit that only spirits can smell.
Reina: That's a pretty harsh way to put it.
- We Want Our Jerk Back: As annoying as everyone considers her, after Kuroko finally passes on they are concerned when she starts acting different and do go out of their way to try to cheer her up, even though they don't know why she's acting so differently.
A-ko and B-koThe two girls that make up Reina's gang. A-ko wears a mouth mask and has white hair, while B-ko doesn't and has dark hair. They tend to act a bit more traditionally delinquent-like than Reina.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: A-ko's "fight" against Ran, given how utterly Ran demolished her.
- A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 37 focuses on A-ko. Specifically, her brief falling-in-love with Reina's father Kouichirou.
- Japanese Delinquents: Duh. Although they do tend to embrace the role a bit more than Reina.
- No Name Given: They're never referred to beyond their first name (assuming those ARE their first names.)
- Rescue Romance: A-ko has a very brief, one-sided one with Kouichirou in chapter 37. She drops it pretty quickly though, after being utterly obliterated by Ran.
- Those Two Guys: You'll never see one without the other. Except in bits of Chapter 37, see above.
- Undying Loyalty: To Reina.
Sadao "Sally" IgarashiA janitor at Morionaka with aspirations of being a big-shot beautician. Oh, and also happens to be transgender.
General tropes shared by them:
- Meaningful Name: Kuroboshi literally means "black star". Black stars are used in Japan to indicate failure. This should tell you how much success they have beating Reina.
- Poke the Poodle: Their method of "tormenting" Reina. Of course, Reina isn't afraid to retaliate.
- Remember the New Guy?: The Kuroboshi Girls were originally just a trio of unnamed girls, with a grey-haired one as a leader. Then, Nanami is introduced and is treated like she had always been their leader. Then Sumika is introduced with no prior indication (in-universe), yet is also treated like she had always been there.
- Unknown Rival: Reina sees all of them as mild annoyances.
Nanami WashibaneThe leader of the Kuroboshi Girls and Reina's self-proclaimed rival. This is partly due to her Unrequited Love for Manabu, who doesn't take it seriously due to Nanami's diminutive stature, making him treat her like a child.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Reina treats her more like a pest rather than a threat, and Nanami's schemes to get back at Reina are almost laughable. However, she's shown casually tossing her flunkies aside like ragdolls, who are much larger than she is. Then comes her flashback to her days in preschool, where she beat up boys that bothered Sumika, not to mention her own father.
- When properly motivated, she actually fought Reina to a draw, ending the fight with double KO.
- Bifauxnen: She had a very tomboyish look back in elementary school.
- Butt-Monkey: Her and her entire gang (minus Sumika) are this. To be fair, they bring it upon themselves.
- Disappeared Dad: Her dad left after she beat him up in pre-school. They reunited some years later.
- Harmless Villain: Subverted. She's not really harmless, she's just not really evil.
- Hopeless Suitor: Towards Manabu. Manabu treats her crush on him as a Precocious Crush, not to be taken seriously.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: One of her gang members outright states that Nanami likes to help people, and when she was younger she was described as 'strong, but kind', which she demonstrated many times throughout the flashback.
- Kansai Regional Accent: It's so strong that it's practically a character trait.
- Love at First Sight: She falls for Manabu the first time she manages to get a look at his face.
- Lower-Class Lout: She's from a rural area in Japan (hence her accent) and not particularly bright. Reina actually calls her a hick on one occasion.
- Not So Different: She's just as every bit as secretly caring and nice as Reina. They probably could be good friends if Nanami would stop being deliberately antagonistic.
- Older Than She Looks: She looks like a child, but she's actually in the same year as Manabu and Reina. Actually leads to heartbreak for her when Manabu finally learns that she's not some little kid with a precocious crush like he thought she was and has to turn her down.
- Token Mini-Moe: She usually has to point out that yes, she is a high school student.
- Took a Level in Badass: During Sumika telling Manabu about how she met Nanami, Reina and Nanami can be seen fighting. At the end of Sumika's story, both Reina and Nanami are knocked out — impressive considering how Reina would steamroll her whenever she tried to fight.
- When it looks like Reina has actually hit Sumika, she punches the former so hard that it knocks them off of their feet, something she had never done before.
- Villainous BSoD: when Manabu rejects her feelings.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: And it's a very light blue.
Sumika ArisugawaNanami's best friend from childhood, and more or less her right-hand man. She's introduced as the person who's been harassing Akira and the Morionaka Girls' baseball team before their match with Kuroboshi.
Sumika prefers to assault people verbally rather than physically, which makes it difficult for many delinquents to fight her since their kind don't usually possess the wit to come up with creative insults like she can.
- Becoming the Mask: Sumika originally hated Nanami when they first met in pre-school and initially just pretended to be her friend so that Nanami would protect her from the boys, but over time, it became the real thing. Nanami never caught on, even when Sumika confessed it - as far as she was concerned, they'd been friends all along.
- Child Hater: The reason why, however, is different from most examples.
- "I hate kids. They're all just so stupid, selfish, never listen to what people say and worst of all, they can't do anything. That's exactly why I've also found myself so repulsive."
- Deadpan Snarker: As part of her character.
- The Dragon: To Nanami. Played With, however, since she does not fight physically, but rather uses words and schemes. Given her intelligence and competence, Sumika could be Dragon-in-Chief if not for her Undying Loyalty to and Unrequited Love for Nanami.
- Even Evil Has Standards: While she is malicious in her actions, she plays fair and square when it comes to baseball. When one of her subordinates deliberately threw his bat to injure Akira she beat them up for pulling such a dirty trick.
- Graceful Loser: Takes her defeat in the baseball arc with modesty, and even congratulates Reina.
- Irony: She's incapable of fighting, yet she came far closer to beating Reina than any other Kuroboshi member.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Why she doesn't mind Nanami's crush on Manabu.
- Karma Houdini: She's too smart to be tricked or made to look bad by the main characters, and since she can't fight, there's no honor in Reina beating her up.
- Ms. Fanservice: Intended as such by the author. She has the biggest breasts of all the female characters, has long painted fingernails and is always seen wearing lipstick.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Sumika makes it very clear that just because she can't fight like Nanami and the others doesn't mean that you can treat her like an afterthought.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: After Nanami's big Heroic BSoD over Manabu rejecting her. The fact that she politely asks for help is a tell-tale sign that it's not something ordinary.
- Ojou: She's the daughter of a CEO.
- The Promise: She and Nanami promised to go to high school together when the latter had to move away. It's a minor heartwarming moment that they made good on the promise, even though some aspects of it (such as the fact that Nanami was exactly the same height as she was in grade school when they reunited) were played for laughs.
- Shadow Archetype: In many ways, she's very similar to Manabu. Both don't fight, both are in love with girls that do fight, and both were outcasts in their childhoods. The difference is that Manabu is genuinely nice, while Sumika is genuinely mean-spirited and will antagonize other people in different ways than fighting.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Only has eyes for Nanami.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's mostly cool, snarky and insulting, but can have reasonable conversations with her opponents, and absolutely gushes over Nanami.
- Tranquil Fury: When the boys in kindergarten framed her for destroying Nanami's Red Ranger doll.
The Kuroboshi GirlsThree goons who commonly work under Nanami and Sumika, though they occasionally operate of their own accord. Constantly try to pose a threat to Reina, and always end up failing miserably.
- Big Bad Wannabe: They want to be better than Reina, and they try their hardest, but sadly they're just not very good at it.
- Butt-Monkey: When you're lower in the pecking order than Nanami, you can't be anything other than this.
- Chew Toy: Lampshaded by themselves that they'd probably be dead by now if they weren't in a manga.
- Demoted to Extra: Started off early as Reina's main antagonists, then became Nanami's flunkies after they were beaten up so badly that their leader was traumatized.
- No Name Given: Say what you want about A-ko and B-ko but at least they have names. The tall girl of the trio is called Leader, but that's as close as they come to getting a name.
- Later on the other two are referred to as Shrimp and Glasses. By themselves.
Common tropes shared:
- Elephant in the Living Room: The dynamics of the Tanaka family. Manabu doesn't live with his parents, and doesn't seem to go to any trouble to contact them. He's told Reina that Mayami and his grandfather don't get along, but that seems to have been a lie. There's some kind of a secret there, that the author only sees fit to reveal in parts and pieces.
- Walking Spoiler: Just look at how much of the information below is covered in spoiler tags.
- The Ace: Played straighter than an arrow. He's actually so cool, both his grandchildren are acting out of character when he's present.
- Achilles in His Tent: Subverted. Azuma notes that as the head of the Tanaka family he could easily solve Manabu's dilemma, but chooses not to because he doesn't want to undermine Aoi's authority. He didn't however, have any objections with letting Reina hold him hostage.
- Badass Grandpa: At least until a decade ago, as of 42.5. He made a Domestic Abuser shed Tears of Remorse through Good Old Fisticuffs. Then there's what he does to Mamoru when his infidelity comes to light.
- The Charmer: In spades.
- Cool Old Guy: Manabu's grandfather literally puts him to shame - he has such a complex about his granddad being so much cooler than him that it's far and away the leading cause of any Not So Stoic moments he has.
- Only Sane Man: Big time, compared to the rest of the family.
- Parental Substitute: Walked away from his role as family head and company president in order to raise Manabu. Doesn't seem to regret it one bit. Bonus for being a very good one to Manabu.
- Tranquil Fury: His reaction to Mamoru's infidelity towards Azami...along with a hard punch to the face.
Aoi TanakaManabu and Mayami's uncle, and the current head of the Tanaka family.
- Always Second Best: Turns out that Aoi's been this his entire life: Azami pretty much outshined him when they were growing up despite him being the elder sibling and he tried joining the Student Council to become president to make up for it, only to end up being Vice President. No wonder why he's such a jerk.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: His relationship with Misaki.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His grieving over Misaki's death shows that he's at least not inhuman. And whatever you may think of his plan to get Manabu back in the family, there's still the point that he's only doing it because he cares about Manabu.
- Evil Uncle: Edges dangerously close to this.
- Freudian Excuse: As one of her final acts before she passes on, Kuroko gives the reason why Aoi acts the way he is before he even appears in the manga proper. His hatred for Azami is because it bothered Aoi deeply that she was so much better at him despite being the younger sibling, something not helped by him failing his entrance exam. Also, though he'd never let it show, he always felt very inferior to others.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: In almost every appearance he has, it's clear that he's very insecure about not being recognized as being more important than someone else. It's even part of the reason why Azuma doesn't step in when he's trying to be considered as part of the Tanaka family in such a terrible manner. Retroactively, his wife explained that its because he's forever felt inferior to others despite being the heir to the Tanaka family.
- Jerkass: Oh, yes.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Even still, he occasionally knows when he's in the wrong. Such as in chapter 69.5 when he apologises to Kibayashi.
- Knight of Cerebus: His proper appearance and motives causes the series to finally find out about the Tanaka family's odd dynamic.
- Oh, Crap!: He badmouths Reina one time too many in front of Azuma, who knows what a genuine person she is. The look on Aoi's face when he realises that his father won't accept his behaviour is telling.
- The Resenter: Hated Azami growing up simply because she got more praise from other people despite him being the older sibling. The fact that Azami was an absolute saint when they grew up together only further shows to how much of a vindictive and petty person he is.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: While his plan to get Manabu recognized as a true member of the Tanaka family would work, it's in a way that would clearly make Manabu's life miserable, something that he does not see because as far as he's concerned, only his way is the right way.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Reina points this out during their confrontation in chapter 72. Rather than hold that over him, she punches herself instead to convince him to listen to her.
Azami TanakaManabu and Mayami's mother, and Aoi's sister.
- The Ace: A flashback to when she and Aoi were high school students shows that many people looked up to her.
- Broken Pedestal: She is one to the entire Tanaka family. Mamoru's infidelity makes her the recipient of quite a bit of dirty looks and gossip among other relatives.
- Evil Matriarch: Edges very close to this. it's not until Reina confronts her and tells her that Manabu still loves her despite her awful treatment of him that she backs down.
- Freudian Excuse: She fell in love with Mamoru while she had an arranged marriage lined up for her. Tragically, she finds out that Mamoru was apparently in love with somebody else when she's already pregnant with Manabu.
- In turn, this can also explain her twisted treatment of Manabu: after her husband's infidelity comes to life, she is treated like garbage by the rest of the family. As poorly as its done, her pushing away of Manabu saved him from that awkward fate.
- Honor-Related Abuse: As explained before, this is what her treatment of Manabu boils down to. It's also inverted in a sense, in that this is treated more as a personal issue between Manabu and Azami, with the rest of the family seeming to stay out of it.
- Kick the Dog: Her first appearance in the manga is telling Manabu not to return to the Tanaka house because he's "an eyesore".
- Knight of Cerebus: The author had been constantly teasing that there's something strange about the Tanaka family, but her actions in her first appearance are more or less an outright confirmation that it's something serious.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In flashbacks, it's revealed that she used to be on Manabu's level in terms of niceness! Her whole ordeal with Mamoru was that traumatic''.
- Walking Spoiler: As her entry on this page can attest to.
Sousuke Tanaka (née Suzuki)Azami's husband who married into the Tanaka family, and father of Mayami.
- Good Parents: Very loving towards Mayami and even shows kindness to Manabu.
- Love at First Sight: Fell in love with Azami after seeing her taking care of drunks at a Tanaka household party.
- Nice Guy: Easily the nicest person living in the Tanaka household. Was very understanding and accepting of Azami and her past, and treats everyone with genuine kindness and cordiality, including Manabu. Naturally, this is lampshaded by Azuma.
- Only Sane Man: Aside from Azuma, he's the only one who seeks peace for the family, and to avoid hostilities.
Misaki TanakaA pianist and Aoi's wife who married into the Tanaka family. Beware of spoilers.
Revealed to be the true identity of Kuroko. Her spirit that haunts the school is actually her astral projection, which took the form of her high school self. Her real body is in a coma. For her tropes as a spirit, see Kuroko's entry below in the "Other Characters" folder."
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Her relationship with Aoi.
- Ill Girl: Was frequently sick, and got fevers whenever she performed at piano recitals. Her illness prevented her from attending school as well.
- She suspects this was what initially attracted Aoi to her.He felt compelled to protect her, since his own mother was also frail and died during childbirth.
- Killed Off for Real: Dies from illness while in a coma. As soon as she does, Kuroko's spirit also passes on from the world.
- Morality Pet: To Aoi. Her coma and eventual death are a part of Aoi's being a Jerkass.
- Nice Girl: Very nice and gentle. She also approved of Mamoru and Azami's relationship while it lasted.
- The Reveal: Is Kuroko's true identity. She is Aoi's wife, and Mayami and Manabu's aunt by marriage.
- Walking Spoiler: As is with much of the Tanaka family history.
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Drama CD)
Reina's father. Thought to be a cruel, evil teacher, the reality is that he's just a nice guy with an unfortunate face. Sadly, only his closest friends and family will understand that.
In contrast to what most people expect, he and Reina are on very good terms; if anything she's just embarrassed at his loving parent tendencies towards her and his milquetoast personality.
- Didn't Think This Through: He's terrified of social situations....yet he chose to be a teacher, a job that requires him to converse with other people. Lampshaded by Reina.
- Face of a Thug: He utterly terrifies most people around him because he looks like a gangster, acts gruff and makes sudden, very violent-seeming movements most of the time. The gag is that he's only terrifying because he's actually absolutely terrified of social situations.
- Nice Guy: Despite his looks and extreme lack of social skills, he's actually one of the nicest characters.
- Odd Friendship: With Azuma. They become friends and keep in touch regularly, despite being total opposites in terms of outgoingness.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Ran.
- Shrinking Violet: Gender-flipped. His withdrawnness makes him unapproachable by his students, so he's mistaken for a sadistic teacher when he's anything but that.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Ran. Justified; having the Face of a Thug is what attracted her to him in the first place.
- When He Smiles: During the high school days of Reina's parents, Ran fainted after he smiled at her. The effect of the smile was so profound it made her deredere side the dominant one. Note that Ran was one of the most feared delinquents in her neighborhood during her time. "That line short-circuited her" indeed. It's still something that surprises everyone.
- Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi(Drama CD)
Reina's mom. Nice and caring, but definitely someone you do not want to piss off. She was a feared delinquent (even worse than Reina), until she met Koichirou in high school. After agreeing to be his girlfriend, Koichirou's smile was enough to make her faint, subsequently causing her (at the time) very rarely seen deredere side become her dominant personality instead of her violent side, making her into the person she is today.
- All Amazons Want Hercules: Played with regarding how she and Kouichiro got together. Ran thinks she wants Hercules, and that Kouichiro fits the bill, but when he turns out to be a wimp, she's head over heels in love with him anyway.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Still looks like she's in her 20s.
- Berserk Button: Do not call her an old lady. Sumika did it and learned the very hard way.
- Eyes Always Shut: After her personalities switched as a result of her feelings for Kouichiro. You do not want her to open them.
- Happily Married: With Koichirou, especially on her part.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Played for Laughs when she suspects that her Kouichirou's odd behavior means he's having an affair note . The following exchange occurs:Reina: What was that? Dad is cheating on you!?
Ran: He's not cheating on me!! He fell in love with another woman besides me!!
Reina: Uhh, that's what you would call cheating, isn't it?
Ran: Kouichirou has the right to love whoever he wants, so I'm not going to call it something as bad as cheating!
Manabu: Whoa, that reasoning of yours is oozing with love...
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents disowned her.
- Pitbull Dates Puppy: With Koichirou.
- Retired Badass: The flashback chapters to how she and Reina's dad fell in love somehow make her out to be even more violent, feared, and hot-tempered than Reina. There's implications she may have even killed people.
- "Don't worry, if anyone were to badmouth you, I'd show them what it was like when your mom was feared as a human weapon!"
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: The hot wife of Koichirou.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: In one story, she crucifies a solicitor for wasting Kouichirou's time while they're on a date, while in another, she threatens his entire class if they cause him trouble. And then there's what she did to A-ko...
Soujirou "Soji" RyuuzakiKouichirou's younger brother and Reina's uncle. Is perfectly capable of functioning socially, unlike Kouichirou. As a result, he is a famous dancer, singer, comedian, and idol known as "Soji", although his job seems to have made him into a rather moody person. His visit to Morionaka kicks off the "High School Cinderella" arc.
- Big Brother Worship: Is very fond of and loving towards his older brother. In fact, he immediately approves of Manabu and Reina's relationship the instant he finds out Kouichirou gets along with Manabu and already knows.
- Big Little Brother: Sort of. While he lacks Kouichirou's No Social Skills and tries his best to look out for him, Soji definitely isn't squeaky-clean himself when it comes to eccentricities.
- Bishounen: Pretty ironic considering his older brother Kouichirou's appearance.
- Idol Singer: One part of his many facets of being a famous idol.
- Mood-Swinger: Lampshaded by Manabu, though Reina prefers describing him as "emotionally unstable".
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Well, not necessarily mean, per say, but his real personality is clearly not as cheerful or positive as his stage persona makes him out to be.
KurokoA ghost that appeared at Morinonaka High School. Originally known for playing the piano loudly (and terribly) in the school music room, Kuroko's soul was put to rest after Reina, Hijiri and Manabu helped her remember what song she was trying to play...
Or so they thought, until Reina saw her nuzzling Manabu's cheek.
She's revealed to actually be Misaki Tanaka, wife of Aoi Tanaka and Manabu and Mayami's aunt by marriage. Her physical body is in a coma, and Kuroko is her astral projection. See Misaki's entry in the "Tanaka Family" folder above for her tropes while she was still alive.
- An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: In a subversion to the way this normally gets used, however, when she finally gets her memories back, she dies shortly afterwards, her astral projection fading.
- Big Eater: She's always stealing and asking for food from others.
- Dreadful Musician: She can't move on to the next world till someone recognizes the music she's playing, but she plays so badly it's impossible. She apparently remembers what it was at the end of her introductory story, but sticks around.
- Elephant in the Living Room: None of the Tanaka family are able to see her, although everyone else can. Azuma asked Mayami about her condition in an earlier chapter, and Mayami's hair is the same screentone as Misaki's middle-aged husband.
- For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: She loves Halloween because she can go out and trick-or-treat as a Bedsheet Ghost.
- Incest Subtext: Strongly implied that her affection for Manabu might be this, which turns out to sort of be the case: she's his aunt by marriage.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Kuroko is Misaki, Manabu and Mayami's aunt by marriage.
- Also the reason why neither of them can see or hear her. She is subconsciously withholding her presence from them, to avoid reminding them of their family history while at school.
- Meaningful Name: Kuro means black and -ko is a feminine suffix.
- Ret Gone: After she passes on, everyone forgets that she existed except for Reina and Tsukihitsugi. Eventually, even Reina forgets about her.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Her passing in Chapter 54 serves as the beginning to finding out why the Tanaka family is so screwed up.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She is one to Tsukihitsugi, much to her annoyance.
- The Stool Pigeon: Her "job" at the school.
- He [the principal] gives me 10-100 yen each time I tell him about a student who was late, skipped class, cheated on a test, ate lunch in class, or broke any of the other school rules.
- Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: A comical version.
Hiromichi KibayashiThe manager of the cake shop that Mayami and (later) Reina both work at. A die-hard otaku with a particular obsession with masks, he commonly provides the main characters with costumes and cultural knowledge, and frequently gives them advice on various matters.
- Benevolent Boss: Eccentricities aside, he's a pretty understanding and generous manager to his employees, and frequently provides valuable aid.
- Bishounen: Revealed to be this underneath his mask. He was even approached to be a model, doing a few sample shots for a magazine that easily caused fangirls to come rushing to meet him.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A cake shop manager obsessed with Otaku culture and masks, and frequently wears one, even while working and in public.
- Disappeared Dad: The Manager's dad was an adventuring archaeologist who frequently wasn't home, and died during one of his adventures when the Manager was still a young boy.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Frequently referred to simply as "(the) Manager" by almost everyone.
- Guile Hero: Is quite adept at managing and persuading people, and handling tense situations in general.
- Shown when he deals with Otaku-hating fangirls that are after him only for his looks. He manages to kick them out of his store without resorting to anger or violence, instead merely playing up his Otaku-ness.
- And later, he manages to get on the good side of all members of the Tanaka family through words alone. Considering what Reina had to go through, that's pretty impressive.
- Otaku: Obviously.
- Perpetual Smiler: Reacts to almost everything in a cheerful manner. The times that he's seen without his mask, he's almost always smiling.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tends to be this to his employees.
- For example, in his introduction he shows understanding and displays leniency towards Reina's delinquent status (despite his own fear of delinquents), still hiring her to work at the shop.
- Ship Tease: Has some pretty significant moments with Mayami.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite being an Otaku who seems to constantly need Reina's help for some scheme or scenario, the Manager displays an acute amount of knowledge and awareness, especially in social situations. See Guile Hero above.
Shuuei MoriThe cook who works at the Manager's cake shop. Happens to be gay, which for him is slightly unfortunate since nearly every other guy is straight, and his good looks have fangirls crawling to meet and see him.
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: The first thing he says to most guys he meets involves asking them to have sex.
- Bishounen: Which garners the attention of many females. Given his orientation and dislike of women, this becomes Blessed with Suck.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Blames women for making men straight, therefore limiting his options. He constantly attempts to avoid contact with females, and cringes in frustration whenever he does.
- Shuu: We should just purify our world of all women.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Treats Reina and most girls in general pretty harshly, but he still remains fair in his interactions. He's also a very competent employee and completely loyal to the Manager. He also manages to avoid sulking (too much) when the Manager and Mayami begin dating, and even offers him assistance in meeting Mayami's family.
- Perpetual Frowner: Aside from a few moments, he always wears the same disdainful expression.
- The Stoic: His expression never changes, even when he bluntly states his blatant sexual desires with men.
- Straight Gay: Were it not for his outright admittance of it and his blunt requests of sexual favors with men coupled with his hatred of women, you probably couldn't tell.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Manager, who saved him from both homelessness and unemployment.
- Can also double as Unrequited Love, though Shuu gets over it quite quickly and it's not a major plot point.