This page contains the characters for Yuri Is My Job. Names are in Western order- first the given name, then the family name, with the assumed name for the salon in parentheses.
Hime Shiraki (Shirasagi)
The protagonist of the series, an incredibly cute girl who makes full use of her charm to endear herself to others.
- A-Cup Angst: She admits that she's jealous of Mitsuki's breasts, which have grown significantly since elementary school.
- Armor-Piercing Response: When Mitsuki asks her why she decided to quit the recital.Mitsuki: You just quit... because you wanted to, right...?
Hime: I did it for you!
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's a talented liar who puts up the façade of a cute girl in order to be liked. She isn't necessarily a bad person, but she's not the person she presents herself as.
- Celibate Hero: According to Kanoko, Hime has not fallen in love with any of her admirers, just like she doesn't view anyone besides Kanoko or Mitsuki as her friends.
- Comically Missing the Point: She wants to become Lady Blume so that everyone will like her. As the others point out, Lady Blume is elected through popular vote, so most people would already have to like her first.
- Consummate Liar: Hime is extremely good at lying, albeit partly because of the reputation she built up. She manages to convince her middle school classmates that Kanoko didn't destroy the sign, even after Kanoko had already confessed.
- The Ditz: Sometimes gives off this impression as part of her façade. While it is Obfuscating Stupidity, she noticeably struggles with some aspects of her job.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: After her friendship with Mitsuki breaks up, resulting in the rest of the class seeing her as a liar and ostracizing her, Hime concludes that this is all the more reason why she has to keep up the façade and prevent anyone from seeing her true self, not realizing that this happened because she didn't tell Mitsuki why she quit the recital.
- First-Name Basis: Virtually everyone calls her "Hime" or "Hime-chan."
- First-Person Smartass: Her thoughts are a lot more snarky and cynical than her dialogue is, at least while she's keeping up her façade.
- Foil: To Mitsuki. She lies all the time, whether to stay popular with her peers or to help someone she cares about, whereas Mitsuki is brutally honest. Hime sees her façade as a means to an end, while Mitsuki's façade is the person she wants to be. Ironically, Hime's façade doesn't work well for her at the salon, whereas Mitsuki proves quite talented at playing the kind senpai.
- Gold Digger: Her goal is to become the trophy wife of a billionaire.
- I Lied: Does this from time to time.
- Shortly after meeting Mitsuki, Hime asks to play on the piano, and does so surprisingly well. Mitsuki remarks that Hime told her classmates that she couldn't play. Hime replies with "Oh! so you were listening. That was a lie," before explaining that she kept it secret so that her classmates wouldn't try to have Hime replace Mitsuki for the piano accompaniment.
- Some time later, Hime offers to hang out with her classmates, but instead ditches them to spend time with Mitsuki. While in the room with Mitsuki, Hime then calls her classmates to let them know that has to look after the house, then tells Mitsuki that she lied to her classmates earlier.
- The Klutz: She's fairly clumsy and prone to making mistakes at the salon, much to Mitsuki's displeasure.
- Last Lousy Point: Hime is unable to accept it whenever people dislike her, believing that such people are a threat to her, and can potentially ruin her façade.
- Never My Fault: She initially believes that Mitsuki was the only one who betrayed her, and doesn't seem to realize how her lying had left Mitsuki unable to believe her.
- New Transfer Student: She transferred to Mitsuki's school in fifth grade.
- Nice Girl: Despite her self-serving reasons for putting up a façade to get everyone to love her, Hime is a remarkably caring person, at least when it comes to those she cares about. Despite being bitter about Mitsuki's betrayal, Hime is determined to quash the rumors of Mitsuki bullying her, and also helps Kanoko avoid getting into trouble even before they became friends.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a V-neck sweater instead of a blazer, as well as a sweater vest in the summer.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: She quits the recital in order to protect Mitsuki from being labeled the "bad guy." Unfortunately, her attempts to keep up her façade end up eroding Mitsuki's trust in her.
- Obfuscating Stupidity:
- Hime tends to act a bit more ditzy than usual when putting on a facade.
- Subverted when Mitsuki initially thinks Hime is playing dumb when she doesn't recognize her, but Hime really doesn't recognize Mitsuki.
- Oh, Crap!: She panics after she accidentally lets slip information about her façade with Mitsuki listening, and is on edge for some time afterward.
- Older Than They Look: Her shortness and cuteness makes her look a lot younger than she actually is. She even points out that her appearance hasn't changed much since middle school.
- Only Friend: On both sides of this. Not only was she Mitsuki's only friend in elementary school, but Mitsuki was the only friend Hime seemed to actually be close to. In high school, Kanoko appears to be Hime's only real friend.
- Shrinking Violet: She acts shy in order to endear herself to others. That said, it doesn't work very well for her in her job at the salon.
- Tragic Mistake: Her decision to quit the piano accompaniment to spare Mitsuki from ending up as "the bad guy." Since her previous lies had already eroded her credibility, and she didn't tell Mitsuki, Mitsuki loses trust in her.
- With Friends Like These...: The rest of Hime's friends from elementary school don't come off as very good people or friends. They don't hesitate to badmouth or spread rumors about Mitsuki, and after Mitsuki exposes Hime as a liar, they're quick to abandon Hime.
Mitsuki Yano (Ayanokouji)
A beautiful and graceful girl who plays the role of a kind senpai at the salon. She very quickly comes to dislike Hime, since unbeknownst to Hime, the two are old friends who parted on bad terms.
- All of the Other Reindeer: It's indicated that few people like her because of her overly serious personality.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Mitsuki's bluntness, difficulty considering other's perspectives, and inability to pick up on subtle social cues suggest that she might be on the autism spectrum.
- Becoming the Mask: While she plays a "kind senpai" at the salon, Sumika believes that is also part of her."Mitsuki Ayanokouji is my kinder self. She would never hurt the people close to her. She would never ruin an important bond. I want to become that kinder self. For the sake of the day when I once again find something precious to me."
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Played with. She acts like the "kind senpai" to Hime, but in reality, can't stand her. However, her "kind senpai" is a character she plays, whereas out of character, Mitsuki makes no secret of her dislike for Hime.
- Brutal Honesty: Mitsuki isn't one to mince words, so if someone does something wrong, she'll tell them.
- Dislikes the New Guy: She's the only one who takes an instant dislike to Hime, although in a variation on this trope, she's actually known Hime longer than anyone else at the salon has. By comparison, she gets along reasonably well with Mai, Sumika and Kanoko (the latter of whom joins after Hime), even if she isn't exactly friends with them.
- Establishing Character Moment: Immediately after her shift ends, she harshly tells Hime not to act as though she knows her, showing how different Mitsuki Ayanokouji and Mitsuki Yano are.
- Fatal Flaw: Her lack of social skills and inability to read the room result in Mitsuki alienating herself from her peers by being brutally honest and tactless. She makes a Love Confession without considering how Hime will take it, leading to Hime quitting the salon in Volume 7.
- First Love: Volume 6 reveals that Mitsuki had a crush on Hime since they were in elementary school.
- To Hime. As mentioned above, Mitsuki is brutally honest, in contrast to Hime being a liar.
- To Kanoko. Both of them are loners and outcasts who become Hime's Only Friend, but while Mitsuki was disliked for being standoffish, people tended to walk all over Kanoko. The two contrast in their relations with Hime in the present day, since while Mitsuki wanted to start over with Hime despite having parted on bad terms, Kanoko fears losing the friendship she has with Hime.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's jealous of Kanoko's closeness to Hime, and admits that it's painful for her to see Kanoko have a closer bond with Hime than she does.
- Hidden Buxom: Her Liebe summer uniform shows off her large chest, something that the rest of the cast takes notice of.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As harsh as it is to say that Hime shouldn't get close to her friends, or lie to make them like her, she's ultimately proven right when they turn on Hime. Hime even admits that she "shouldn't have relied on lies," and seems less bothered by her "friends" abandoning her than she is about Mitsuki exposing her out of spite.
- Jerkass Realization: After learning that Hime was lying for her sake, she realizes how cruel her decision to betray her best friend was.
- Jerkass to One: While she's at least civil to most people, Hime is the only target of her hostility, due to Mitsuki's bitterness over the incident that ended their friendship and Hime's failure to recognize her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Apart from her harsh treatment of Hime, Mitsuki is not the friendliest person, but she nevertheless is a good person at heart.
- Last-Name Basis: Most of the cast calls her by her last name.
- Lonely Rich Kid: While she was in elementary school, her family had a Big Fancy House, employed a maid, and owned a piano, but Mitsuki is a social outcast without any friends.
- Master Actor: Despite being as blunt as she was in her childhood, Mitsuki is a natural fit to her role in the salon.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: While she plays the "kind senpai" to Hime's character, she can't stand her. That said, she seems to get along at least reasonably well with Mai and Sumika, even if neither of them are her friends. It turns out to be a bit more complicated than this, especially when Sumika claims that the Mitsuki seen in the salon is actually the real Mitsuki.
- No Social Skills: Somewhat downplayed, but Mitsuki has trouble reading between the lines in social interactions, and as a result of that, tends to unwittingly offend people.
- Not So Similar: Mitsuki realizes that she and Kanoko are Not So Different as two people who value their close friendships with Hime, but believes that Kanoko inherently understands Hime in a way Mitsuki cannot.
- Oblivious to Hatred: Downplayed. She doesn't think she and Kanoko are friends, but doesn't seem to be aware that Kanoko is jealous of her closeness to Hime. Kanoko only shows overt hostility toward Mitsuki after Mitsuki makes a Love Confession to Hime.
- One Head Taller: As a high schooler, she's noticeably taller than Hime.
- Only Friend: Back in elementary school, Hime was the only one who wanted anything to do with her, and whom Mitsuki was willing to spend time with.
- Onee-sama: She fulfills this role at the salon, playing the part of a kind and graceful senpai.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Mitsuki is usually someone who's quick to take others to task for slacking off. As such, when Hime ditches her "friends" to spend time with Mitsuki instead, Mitsuki's so touched that she doesn't mind that they spend the entire afternoon chatting instead of practicing for the recital.
- Out of Focus: For much of Volumes 3 and 4, Mitsuki fades into the background. She still has a significant presence as the runner-up in the Blume election, but doesn't play as active of a role as in the first two volumes, since the focus is mainly on Sumika and Kanoko.
- Riches to Rags: Implied. Mitsuki lived in a Big Fancy House in elementary school but moved to a small apartment by high school. Hime notices the change but doesn't ask about it.
- Sailor Fuku: She wears one outside the salon, showing that she goes to a different high school from Hime and the others.
- She Is All Grown Up: Hime's amazed at how much Mitsuki has grown in height and breast size since elementary school.
- Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Before Hime realizes who Mitsuki is, Mitsuki's hostility disturbs her, since Hime can't stand to have anyone dislike her.
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She comes off as overly serious and aloof at first glance, but inwardly, she suffers from self-loathing over her ruining her most precious relationship.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She's cold and aloof at first glance, but actually cares for people once she opens up to them.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After realizing that she was the one who betrayed Hime, Mitsuki strives to become a better person, a process that is somewhat hampered by her difficulties socializing.
- Tragic Mistake: In a fit of anger, Mitsuki exposes Hime as a liar in front of the latter's friends, ending their friendship and causing Hime to become a pariah.
- Tsundere: Mitsuki settles into this personality once she stops hating Hime, often becoming very embarrassed and defensive when Hime shows affection for her or asks if she cares about Hime.
The manager of the salon, as well as a schoolmate of Hime's. After Hime accidentally injures Mai, she ends up having to work at the salon.
- Manipulative Bastard: She's talented at manipulation, particularly in strong-arming Hime into working at the salon. It turns out that she actually was able to take off the cast at the end of April, and only kept up the deception to guilt-trip Hime into sticking around until she becomes good enough to enjoy herself enough to want to stay.
- Ms. Exposition: She's the one who explains the various traditions of the salon. That said, Hime doesn't find her exposition very easy to follow, and complains about her "confusing exposition crap."
- Older Than They Look: She's a third-year in high school, but she looks even younger than Hime does. Because of that, she plays a first-year in the salon, and Mitsuki is surprised to learn that she's the manager of the salon.
- Passive-Aggressive Kombat: She has a knack for making somewhat passive-aggressive remarks."Oh, it's just you, Hime-chan. I almost panicked and hid my cast... even though you're the reason I'm wearing it."
Mai's friend and a worker at the salon. She's a third-year at Hime and the others' school.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Asks one of Kanoko after learning about her secret crush on Hime, as well as not telling Hime about her plan to support Sumika."Can you really continue to love someone while always hiding things from them?"
- Armor-Piercing Response: After Kanoko insists that she's Hime's Only Friend, Sumika gives a reply that reduces Kanoko to tears."Kanoko-chan. I know what it means to worry about a friend, but if you try to monopolize her like that, Hime-chan's just going to end up hating you."
- Bookworm: Her character is an avid reader, but the real Sumika has no interest in books whatsoever.
- Brutal Honesty: After hearing Kanoko say that she wants to abolish the schwestern system to make Hime go back to normal, Sumika bluntly tells Kanoko to "Give up on Hime-chan."
- Cool Big Sis: She serves as this role to Kanoko after learning of her crush on Hime, eventually becoming Kanoko's schwester.
- First-Name Basis: Outside of the salon, most people call her by her first name.
- Gyaru Girl: She comes off this way when at school, since she's fashionable and doesn't wear the uniform properly.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A variant when it comes to schwestership. She was willing to accept the possibility that Goeida might be a better schwester to Saionji than Sumika had been, until Goeida cruelly abandoned Saionji.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She comes off as a bit pushy, but she's nevertheless a kind person who cares about Nene and Kanoko.
- Non-Uniform Uniform: She wears a cardigan instead of a blazer and a neck ribbon instead of a necktie, as part of her gyaru look.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses while in the salon.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: She wears glasses in the salon to make herself seem like an intellectual.
- Secret Keeper: She doesn't tell Hime about what she saw on Kanoko's phone, and eventually becomes the first person Kanoko tells about her love for Hime.
- Selfless Wish: After winning the Blume election, she decides to make her decree that everyone at the salon get along and make sure no one gets excluded.
- Shipping Torpedo: Concerned about what implications Kanoko's unrequited love for Hime might have for the salon, especially considering that Kanoko is willing to go so far as to ask Sumika to abolish the schwester system to make Hime go back to her old self, Sumika tries to get Kanoko to give up on Hime.
- The Slacker: She gives off this image while in character, often prompting Mitsuki to chide her for neglecting her duties.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She criticizes Kanoko's request to end the schwester system, saying that she'd jeopardize the salon's continued existence just because she's in love with Hime, and tells Kanoko to give up on Hime.
Hime's friend since middle school, who comes to work at the salon.
- Armor-Piercing Response: After hearing that Mitsuki has always hated Hime, Kanoko responds as follows."Well then, you don't have to worry about her liking you. She already knows about your facade, so you don't have to keep up the act to try to get her to like you, do you?"
- Cannot Spit It Out: Whenever she tries to say that Hime is "cute," she becomes as tongue-tied as she is around other people.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: An interesting case. She doesn't mind her love for Hime remaining unrequited but is fiercely protective of her status as Hime's Only Friend, which is why she's jealous of Mitsuki.
- Eating Lunch Alone: She ate lunch on the roof alone before meeting Hime.
- Foil: To Mitsuki. Like her, she was a social outcast who became Hime's Only Friend, but unlike Mitsuki, Kanoko is shy and reserved, as opposed to blunt and outspoken. While Mitsuki gradually repairs her relationship with Hime over the course of the second volume, Kanoko feels as though Hime's slipping away from her.
- Got Volunteered: She's chosen to make the sign for their teacher's wedding video, because she hasn't been assigned any tasks yet, and she isn't the type to say no.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Because Kanoko's in love with Hime, she's jealous of Hime and Mitsuki's bond as schwestern, and ultimately hopes that the system will be dissolved.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath Kanoko's crippling shyness is a girl who's in love with Hime, and, at least in the past, had disdain for people who acted like "good girls."
- Jerkass Has a Point: She's hostile to Mitsuki out of jealousy toward her closeness with Hime, but she's not wrong when she says that Mitsuki should have considered how Hime would respond to her Love Confession. Mitsuki even admits as much herself.
- Jerkass to One: She holds a special contempt for Mitsuki, largely out of jealousy, and ends up slapping her during one conversation in Volume 7.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses at school, but not at the salon.
- Only Friend: Not only was Kanoko Hime's only friend since Mitsuki's friendship with Hime ended, but Hime is also Kanoko's only friend, at least until Kanoko befriends Sumika in Volume 4.
- Personal Effects Reveal: Her smartphone has many pictures of Hime on it, proof of her crush on Hime.
- Secret Keeper: She's the first person since Mitsuki to be aware that Hime's putting on a façade.
- Shrinking Violet: She's so shy she apparently forgets how to talk when Hime isn't around.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl: She's incredibly shy and, as revealed in the color spread, has blue hair.
- Sitting on the Roof: She ate lunch here before meeting Hime, and afterward, the two of them ate lunch there together. The fact that it's against the rules is acknowledged, since Kanoko worried that Hime would report her; the two weren't friends back then.
- Unrequited Love: She's in love with Hime, a feeling that Hime does not seem to know about or reciprocate. Surprisingly enough, Kanoko is fine with it, as long as she remains Hime's only "special" person.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She's furious with Mitsuki over Mitsuki's Love Confession to Hime to the point of slapping her, since Hime was apparently troubled enough by her confession to the point of quitting Liebe.
- You Remind Me of X: Hime tells Kanoko that she reminds her of Mitsuki, as relative outcasts who see through her façade.
A cook for the salon who used to be a server.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Nene's first introduced in Volume 3, and the following volume reveals that she had her heart broken by Goeida
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Even after everything that happened to her, she says she doesn't need Sumika "micromanaging" her, since "Crying because you've been left behind is just another part of love."
- Walking Spoiler: The fact that a seemingly innocuous cook is actually a character from Sumika's backstory is a significant twist.
A former member of the salon. She'd been schwestern with Nene Saionji, which eventually developed into a romantic relationship. When she had to quit, she showed that she cared nothing for Nene.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She puts on a nice façade and avoids doing anything that people could disapprove of. Despite being wary of her, Sumika doesn't learn her true nature until it's too late.
- Hate Sink: She appears to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
- Manipulative Bitch: She worms her way into Nene's heart and eventually discards her without a thought.