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This page is for tropes relating to the three main characters of Yuri!!! on Ice: Yuri Katsuki, Victor Nikiforov and Yuri Plisetsky.


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  • Animal Motifs:
    • Pigs are a recurring theme with Yuri — he has trouble managing his weight, his Trademark Favorite Food is pork cutlet bowls, Victor occasionally calls him a piglet, and Yurio's insult of choice for him seems to be “pig”. There's also official art of him wearing a pig costume.
    • Dogs for Victor. Besides having a poodle as a pet, the way Victor can be affectionate towards Yuri can be puppy-like, and just like with Yuri with his respective Animal Motif, there's official art of Victor in a poodle costume.
    • For Yurio, it's cats, though it can also extend to felines in general. He has a cat at home and often wears clothes that either have leopard print or pictures of big cats on them. It's even acknowledged In-Universe, since Victor compares him to a kitten and his fans wear cat-eared headbands.
  • Color Motifs:
    • Blue for Yuri, and for the series as well. All of Yuri's skating outfits and almost everything else he owns and wears have the color blue in them. Needless to say, it's completely befitting for his character, since blue symbolizes serenity, alluding to the confidence he needs; sorrow, representing the anxiety he harbors; and devotion, referring to his admiration and eventual affection for Victor. Blue is also associated with both masculinity and femininity, as well as meditation, which identifies with Yuri's tendency to overthink things as well as him learning to better manage himself.
    • Victor has two: red and purple. Red and purple both symbolize love, as there is not one episode where he doesn't bring up love as a topic, what with most of his actions in the series being driven by his love for Yuri. Both colors also represent magic, due to his status as a Manic Pixie Dream Guy in Yuri's life by bringing him out of his slump and helping him skate on the rink one more time.
      • Red is also associated with strength and power, which symbolizes his prowess as an undefeated figure skating champion; impulsiveness, representing his whimsical attitude, and; enthusiasm and energy, perfectly encompassing his jovial (if somewhat silly) side.
      • Purple also stands for elegance, referring to his good looks and his public image as a skater and an idol in general; royalty and wealth, symbolizing his status as a Living Legend, along with the simple fact that he's as wealthy as a king, and; mystery, as he remains an enigma for almost three-fourth of the series' run. Most importantly, purple is a combination of the colors blue (which is Yuri's respective Color Motif) and red, making the color a subtle Foreshadowing to both Yuri and Victor eventually becoming an Official Couple.
    • Yurio tends to be associated with the color yellow, which is ironic since yellow represents happiness, friendliness, honor, caution, wisdom, and positivity — all the things Yurio severely lacks. On the other hand, yellow also represents confidence, impatience, impulsiveness, egotism, jealousy, instability, and emotional distance, which fits Yurio's character to a tee.
  • Foil: All three of them are one to each other.
    • Yuri and Yurio — You can contrast the two down to their body types: Yuri is a naturally diffident person whose self-confidence issues and broodiness keep him from performing at his technical best; Yurio is brash, belligerent, and cocky about his own abilities on the ice. Yuri is a skater in the twilight of his career contending with a less-than-stellar track record and competitors who don't necessarily view him as a threat; Yurio is an up-and-coming athlete entering the prime of his career who's already considered a formidable presence in the skating world based on the strength of his performance as a junior alone. Yuri is prone to comfort-eating and easy weight-gain, and has to make a concerted effort to keep the pounds off for the season; Yurio is lithe and slender, but is aware that it's likely he'll lose his trademark thinness and androgyny by the time he hits his twenties. The list goes on and on.
    • Yuri and Victor — Similar with Yurio, Victor's career is full of nothing but successes and is the one every other male skater strives to defeat, while Yuri is a skater whose career isn't exactly stellar and tends to be looked down on because of it. In terms of skating, Victor is a natural prodigy whose skills blossomed at a young age, while Yuri already knew how to skate since his childhood but only decided to skate professionally some time later, and had to train hard for a few more years to be as good as he is. Their personalities are also the opposite; Yuri is reclusive, anxious, physically aversive, and sees the glass as half-empty, while Victor has a quirky attitude, is confident in himself, physically clingy, and sees the glass as half-full; though they're both realistic about their respective pessimistic and optimistic viewpoints. There is also the issue with their skating professions; Yuri struggles with his career because his insecurities hold him back from improving and skating at his absolute best, negatively affecting him due to his desire to be Victor's equal. On the other hand, Victor struggles with his own career due to the pressure of maintaining his winning streak while making sure to impress the audience every season, leaving him no time for himself to the point that it's draining him emotionally.
    • Victor and Yurio — They’re both Russian skaters who are recognized as skating prodigies since their younger years, but they’re vastly different from the other. Victor owns a pet dog; Yurio owns a pet cat. Victor is confident in his skills as a skater but is never arrogant to his competitors and trains diligently; Yurio looks down on many skaters and got so arrogant that he ditches practice (until he got a slice of Humble Pie served to him). Victor has effeminate traits and is associated with the opposite gender a few times but is never peeved or ashamed about it; Yurio despises the fact the public sees him as fragile and sweet from his androgynous looks and wishes to be perceived as masculine and tough instead. Victor deals with things in a diplomatic manner; Yurio handles situations aggressively and immaturely.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Yuri is the Melancholic. On the bright side, Yuri is good-natured, deeply thoughtful, artistic, hard-working, eager to learn more, conscientious, loyal, and a perfectionist (almost to a fault). On the downside however, he's emotionally sensitive, self-deprecating, stubborn, introverted, and insecure.
    • Victor is both the Phlegmatic and the Sanguine, though because of this he could arguably qualify more as the Leukine; he's affable, confident, patient and understanding, kind and considerate (albeit with cases of Innocently Insensitive and Brutal Honesty), mysterious, almost always cheerful, and acts as a role model in Yuri's life to help him better himself.
    • Yurio is the Choleric; being competitive, confident, and pragmatic; but also domineering, confrontational, overachieving, disrespectful to his elders, temperamental, headstrong, arrogant, and doesn't think twice about what he says even if others are hurt by his words.
  • Freudian Trio:
    • The Ego: Yuri is a balance of reason and emotion, given that he follows his mind as much as he follows his heart, even if it isn't always for the better.
    • The Superego: While Victor can also qualify as The Kirk, he fits this trope more since as the most experienced skater, he can make decisions the other two can't, and even serves as their mentor.
    • The Id: Yurio, due to being the most expressive and temperamental, along with his tendency to act before thinking.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Yuri is the "Nice" to Yurio's "Mean" and Victor's "In-Between", although there are instances when he becomes the "In-Between" to Victor's "Nice" instead. And yes, Yurio is still the "Mean" even at his kinder moments and the other two's worst.

    Yuri Katsuki 

Yuri Katsuki

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)

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"I tried to ignore a lot of things by focusing on skating. I wonder what I need so I can keep skating on my own..."

A 23 (later 24)-year-old Japanese figure skater who, after monumental losses at the Sochi Grand Prix and all of the following major competitions, decides to move back to his hometown to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Everything changes for him when his childhood idol, Victor Nikiforov, follows him to Japan and offers to become his coach.


  • Accent Slip Up: He usually speaks standard Japanese, but he slips back into his native Saga dialect when he gets drunk.
  • The Ace: Although not to the same extent as Victor, he's still seen as this by both his fellow Japanese skaters and skating fans. He's even recognized as the "ace of Japan" or "Japan's ace" — whichever you prefer.
  • Achilles' Heel: Downplayed. Yuri excels in presentation, though he tends to fall short when it comes to getting a high technical score. As indicated in the official character databook, Yuri has a perfect score in both skating and step sequences, and a nearly-perfect score in his spins as well... though the score given for his jumps could be considered slightly above average at best. This is backed up by the fact that the only quads he knows are the quadruple toe loop and Salchow (the latter quad being a hit-and-miss move for him)... at least at first.
  • Adorkable: He's anxious and insecure, but he's still one of the most— if not the most adorable character in the entire series.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Somewhat; in Yurio's nicer moments, he calls Yuri "pork cutlet bowl" instead of the usual insults. To a lesser extent, Victor calls Yuri a piglet or "little piggy" a few times, but he drops it once Yuri loses weight.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: His anxiety disorder is ambiguous only in that the creators have yet to definitively label it.
  • Ambiguous Situation: In-universe, people are always wondering what kind of relationship he and Victor actually have. After the events of Episode 10 however, their situation is made pretty clear to the rest of the finalists, Yuri's ballet teacher and sister, and a crowd of restaurant patrons when Victor declares that they're engaged.
  • Ascended Fanboy: After looking up to Victor all his life, the man himself comes and offers to be his coach. Soon enough, they enter in a romantic relationship, and get engaged in Episode 10.
  • Audience Surrogate: One of the things that easily endears him to the viewer is how relatable he is in almost every aspect, especially to those who are dealing with anxiety in real life.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite his gentle personality, Yuri is not to be messed with; if pushed far enough, his outbursts can give even Victor pause... and that was when he was upset. Now imagine what would happen if he was angry instead, and we mean well and truly angry.
  • Big Beautiful Man: Granted, during the off-season he's not really that fat, but in the stage drama, Victor finds Yuri's chubby self to be adorable, and gushes about how squishy he is while playing with his baby fat.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Victor, in Episode 7.
  • Bishōnen: He's more Adorkable than outright handsome by default, but he easily becomes this with a bit of grooming.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Downplayed; he seems to be able to skate just fine without his glasses, but in Episode 6 he has to squint to see his scores on the leaderboard at the China Cup. Word of God stated that he's practically half-blind without his glasses.
  • Blue Is Heroic: In case you haven't noticed yet, his Color Motif is blue and he's the main protagonist of the story.
  • Break the Cutie: His comfort-eating after his dog's death by and large ruined his chances for winning a medal at the Grand Prix Final. Combined with a poor track record at previous competitions, his five-year-long career became a list of failures that ended unceremoniously with him terminating his contract with his coach, Celestino Cialdini, and going back to his hometown to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. You can imagine exactly how much all of this contributed to the depression and extremely low self-esteem we see at the beginning of the series.
  • Broken Ace: Yuri is a highly talented skater, but he deals with a lot of emotional baggage alongside his skating career, the latter being something he looks at with both pride and shame.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A same-gender example; Yuri's anxiety and shyness is a contrast to Victor's confidence and sunny attitude.
  • But Now I Must Go: Tries to invoke this by telling Victor that he'll be retiring after the Final. It backfires horribly.
  • Celebrity Crush: His admiration for Victor is treated like one, though it develops beyond that as he and Victor become closer and eventually become a couple.
  • Character Development: He gradually becomes more confident and self-assured after Victor enters his life, and even manages to land a spot in the Grand Prix Final in Episode 9 despite Victor's absence.
  • Character Title: Besides his name appearing on the title, one of the central themes of the series is his comeback as a figure skater and the Character Development that comes with said comeback.
  • Childhood Friends: He's been friends with Yuko and Takeshi since they were all children, though Takeshi initially bullied him.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: The closest thing to an antagonist in the series is Yuri's self-doubt and anxiety, and Yuri is an anti-hero in the sense that he is a contrast to most other main characters in works related to sports (see Foil below).
  • Covert Pervert: Michele accuses him of being this. One may think it's because of Sara's warm reaction to him, but it may also be that Michele was there to see Yuri's drunken antics at the Grand Prix banquet last year.
  • Cowardly Lion: His low self-esteem doesn't change the fact that he's a world-class figure skater, and Japan's leading skater at that.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Not really "moron" so much as "anxiety-riddled man whose nerves hold him back big time". He claims to be only an average or even less-than-average skater, and you might believe him at first; but official data shows that in terms of overall skill, Yuri is only behind Victor and Christophe, and that is before Victor started coaching him.
  • Cry Cute: Only if he's crying Tears of Joy.
  • Cuddle Bug: He's mostly on the receiving end of this trope from Victor, but he does become one when Victor isn’t around, if his hugging spree in Episode 9 is any indication. The end of the episode confirms this is because of his longing to hug Victor, indicating he may be this offscreen when they're alone.
  • Dark Is Evil: Played with in his eros program. He's not enacting a villain, although he plays as a Femme Fatale who pursues men and immediately casts them aside as soon as they are seduced, and there's his outfit for the program being all black.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Not as often as you would think, but he can be witty if he wants to.
  • Determinator: He learns to be one over the course of the series, despite his "glass heart" reputation. Once he finds something he's willing to fight for (namely, Victor), he'll take on hostile audiences, anxiety attacks, angry young Russian skaters and personal crises on top of his already demanding training regimen.
  • Dissonant Serenity: In probably the most unsettling scene in the show, when Victor bursts into tears after Yuri proclaims he's retiring during the Grand Prix Final, Yuri's reaction is to calmly reach out and pull back Victor's hair so he can watch him cry more closely, and basically say with with little tone or inflection, "I'm surprised to see you cry."
  • Don't Think, Feel: With Victor coaching him, Yuri eventually learns to not over-analyze his performance and to skate purely on his emotions, focusing on how he skates and not how he will score.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In spite of his anxiety, he tends to keep his troubles to himself and doesn't like it when others attempt to coddle him.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: A possible reason for him getting wasted in the previous Grand Prix banquet, besides the fact that he couldn't talk to anyone. After all, he wasn't having the best day: he lost his dog, gave an awful performance, and had no one to confide in about his turmoils. As he's aware of what could happen if he does, he ought to know better than to drink, but no one can blame him for choosing to down glass after glass of champagne.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Quite a few other male characters show some form of attraction to him, with Victor being the most prominent — an attraction Yuri eventually comes to reciprocate. There's also Christophe and Minami. Even his friend Takeshi, who's married, admits that he can be sexy.
  • Experienced Protagonist: He learned how to skate at a young age, and he participated in the Juniors with Christophe at least ten years ago.
  • Extreme Doormat: It's easy to think of him as this since he never calls Yurio out on his actions, let alone fight back, whenever the latter would be unreasonably cruel to him; though this is only because he simply doesn't care enough to argue and is only amused or indifferent to the other's tantrums.
  • Face Your Fears: Part of his Character Development. He suffers from Performance Anxiety and has difficulty moving on from his failures, and a portion of the plot is dedicated to him learning to conquer his stage fright and confidently perform at his best.
  • Family Theme Naming: The "ri" character (利) in his name comes from his father Toshiya's name (利也), and is also found in his sister Mari's name (真利).
  • Fanboy: To Victor, whom he's admired since he was young. The walls of his room are covered with posters and photos of Victor (before he takes them down so Victor can't see them) and he even got a poodle because Victor himself has one, and then named the dog after him.
  • Fatal Flaw:
  • Foil:
    • To Phichit. Yuri is introverted, has trouble making friends, over-analyzes his performances and gets frustrated over any slip-ups in said performances, whereas Phichit is outgoing, extremely sociable, performs with the sole intention to entertain the audience, and isn't bothered if he makes a few mistakes. According to Tadashi Hiramatsu, the lead character designer, Phichit was deliberately made to contrast with Yuri in personality.
    • To most other sports anime protagonists. Said protagonists are usually Unskilled, but Strong, Weak, but Skilled, have zero experience in the sport but hold limitless potential, or are talented in the sport but have zero motivation. Yuri, however, is someone who's talented in ice skating, continuously improves by practicing, and competes for both personal and competitive purposes. He's also a contrast to most other protagonists in that while they tend to be characterized with unbending will and the refusal to surrender to pressure and loss, one of Yuri's main characteristics is his Performance Anxiety and his will shifts between giving up and pulling through, and the anime is focused on his attempts to make one last grand performance, rather than his rise from a nobody to a revered athlete. There's also the fact that Yuri's an adult and has already graduated from college, whereas the others are still in their teens and in high school.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Victor, because he was insanely drunk at the time.
  • Formerly Fit: Played with in the first episode; he's still quite capable on the ice, but his months-long gap between losing the Grand Prix Final and going back to Hasetsu had him gain quite a bit of weight. He does tone up once he starts training with Victor though.
  • Friendly Rival: One-sided. Yurio sees him as a rival, but the feeling isn't mutual, and Yuri has no problems being friendly with him or even cheering him on during the Rostelecom Cup.
  • Graceful Loser: While Yuri is ambitious, fairly competitive, and almost endlessly beats himself up about his losses, he never once blames his failures on anyone else and he doesn't lash out at them when they try to either comfort or demean him.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: He tends to use Gratuitous English when speaking to Victor, which is meant to reflect how he and Victor actually communicate in English with each other (he already knows English since he went to college in Detroit). He also occasionally chirps a couple words of Gratuitous Thai and Gratuitous Russian to other people of those respective nationalities.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Compare how he looks during his performance of eros in Episode 3 to his usual look. With his hair combed back and without the glasses, he looks stunning enough to make Victor whistle at him.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Yuri does this a lot. He describes himself as a “dime-a-dozen” skater within the Japanese Skating Federation who managed to get to the Grand Prix Final only to flunk out spectacularly, and a good chunk of his narration and dialogue deal with his self-doubt. This is also a man who made it to the Final and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with five other skaters (including Living Legend Victor Nikiforov — who could rightfully be called the best the world has to offer), a man who's described as “Japan's ace” by the national press, and a man who is seen as an idol to other hopeful Japanese skaters like Minami who beg for his autograph after he takes them in competition. But none of that even registers on his radar.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: His hometown of Hasetsu, Kyushu, happily boasts about him. Posters of him line the train station walls, and many residents can recognize him on sight alone. Most know that he lost his major competitions though.
  • Hidden Depths: Yuri already knows ballet thanks to Minako, but it turns out that ice-skating and ballet hardly encompass the range of what he can do; in the credits sequence of Episode 10 he breakdances with Yurio, works a pole with Christophe, and tangos with Victor, and he does all of it stone cold drunk.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: The only real antagonist of the story is Yuri's insecurities and anxieties. To put it this way, if he didn't have them, he would have been a far more powerful presence in the figure skating world.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His decision to change some of the jumps in his short program at the Grand Prix Final in an attempt to get a higher score led him to score lower than in the China Cup and the Rostelecom Cup, since he neglected to invoke eros in favor of heightening the technical aspects of the program.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: An In-Universe example. The weight gain he underwent in Episode 1 is obvious, although other characters treat it as if he's gone obese, when he's only mildly chubby at best. Their reactions are justified by the fact that it's an absolute must for figure skaters to keep their bodies in tip-top shape as getting too careless with their eating habits will greatly hamper their ability to skate.
  • Hurting Hero: His meltdown at the previous Grand Prix Final didn't do any wonders to Yuri's already low self-esteem, and the incident continues to plague his thoughts for the rest of the series.
  • Hypocrite: In a rage, Victor calls him out on wanting to retire while telling Victor to return to the ice.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Given that Yuri idolized Victor for a long time, it's no surprise that Victor's arrival in his life is a huge shock to him. It's even because of this trope that Yuri believes that his time with Victor is short and he'll eventually leave once the season ends. Even when they become a couple, Yuri continues to hold a lot of doubt about their relationship and if he really is worthy of Victor's attention.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Yuri has cried a few times on screen, and it's never pretty.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Yuri easily caves in to pressure and doesn't think he amounts to much; yet when it comes to his goals in skating, he aims higher than high and will not forgive himself for making even a single mistake, which hints that he actually harbors some self-pride, which is unfortunately mangled by his Performance Anxiety.
  • Informed Attribute: His weight in the first two episodes. Now and then, he appears fat (mostly for Sight Gags), but for the most part he only appears to be mildly chubby. Though, given how much Sayo Yamamoto loves her sight gags and visual humor, it's probably just her exaggerating his out-of-form state to milk it for comedy.
    • It's also justified given that he is a professional figure skater. Even being a "little chubby" can be a big drawback when you're competing in a sport that values flexibility and dexterity.
  • Innocently Insensitive: His initial reaction to shattering Victor's heart is completely apathetic, reaching out to casually touch him while making an utterly inappropriate remark. He then proceeds to act confused and defensive when Victor snaps at him. Word of God also comments that he can be "quite cold-hearted", and is "someone who doesn't really try to get into people's hearts".
  • Insecure Love Interest: For almost the entire series' run, Yuri is incredibly anxious regarding his relationship with Victor (before and after it became a romantic one), given that once in almost every episode, a minute is dedicated to him dreading the day when Victor will lose interest in him and eventually leave. Even when that doesn’t turn out to be the case, he still fears that keeping Victor around as his coach will detriment the other’s skating career, which becomes the central conflict of Episodes 11 and 12.
  • Instant Humiliation Just Add Youtube: Played with; he's absolutely mortified over the video of him performing Victor's program that goes viral, despite the fact that he receives nothing but praise for it.
  • Instant Web Hit: The video of him performing Victor's free program becomes this, enough that it catches the attention of Victor himself. Although he had already caught Victor's notice long before the video ever existed.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He has a bright blue poodle-covered phone case, for goodness' sake. More seriously, his gender fluidity is explored (positively) in Episode 3 when he finds he connects to the female role in the eros program story better than that of the male playboy he was expected to play and chooses to interpret the program through her all the way up until Episode 6.
  • In Vino Veritas: Normally, Yuri is a wallflower in situations that require socializing. Give him enough drinks, however, and he'll become the Life of the Party, as shown in the credits for Episode 10, where it's revealed that he had a dance-off with Yurio, pole-danced with Chris, and then danced and flirted with Victor before begging him to be his coach while at the previous year's Grand Prix banquet. It seems he inherited this trait from his father.
  • It's All About Me: A complicated example. He's not intentionally selfish or entitled, but whenever he starts to have doubts about something, even if there's proof that there's actually no need to worry after all, he can only be appeased if his fears are resolved the way he thinks it should be resolved.
  • Lack of Empathy: An interesting, selective case. He has so little self-worth that he can't empathize with people that do value and support him, including his family and friends in Hasetsu, Minami, and Victor. He manages to upset Victor in Episode 12 while acting completely detached from the situation. He actually enters the rink after their fight calmer than in any other competition, despite Victor being clearly miserable and depressed.
  • The Last Dance: He understands that, because of his age and Victor potentially losing interest in him, this will very likely be his last season, even if he succeeds. Episode 10 puts his worries about Victor losing interest in him to rest, as the man is head-over-heels for him and they're engaged to be married, but whether or not this is going to be the final season of his career is still unclear. As of Episode 12, this is eventually subverted, as he decides to compete for another season.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: While he's not the most confident skater out there, when it's his turn to perform — given the right motivation and if at the right mindset — he easily demonstrates why he's the best skater in Japan.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: A Rare Male Example is invoked in his and Yurio's short programs, and he's the latter. Besides the color of their costumes in said programs (black for Yuri and white/silver for Yurio), while Yurio gets the more innocent and angelic agape program, Yuri gets the sensual and nearly-devilish eros program.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Victor, with Victor also being one to him, after they get to know each other. Word of God even stated that the two — now that they’re in a relationship and are engaged to add — can’t stand to be apart and basically can’t live without each other. Thankfully, this is explored in a healthy manner.
  • Loser Protagonist: He'd tell you so. He calls himself a "dime-a-dozen skater" and while it's true that he's never been able to win any of the major competitions he's competed in, anything presented outside of his point of view paints a completely different picture — he's a world-class skater who's A Hero to His Hometown and has been dubbed by the media, among other things, "Japan's ace" and "the pride of Japan". His paralyzingly low self-esteem just keeps him from seeing any of that, so really it's more like “a loser protagonist in his own eyes”.
  • Love Confession: To Victor, and on national TV, no less. Too bad Victor can't understand it. Then again, after the events of Episode 7, maybe he did understand a bit more than he let on...
  • Luminescent Blush: Generally often, but every thirty seconds around Victor.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Played an unwitting one to Victor when he drunkenly invited him to become his coach. Victor, feeling compelled to search for a new direction after twenty years of devotion to the rink, took him up on the offer and, according to Victor, Yuri showed him a new world filled with “life and love”.
  • Manly Tears: He's the most guilty of this, but then again, he has very good reasons to cry every time the waterworks come forth.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Due to The Reveal of Episode 10, he has been this to Victor, as Victor believed him to want him to be his coach and possibly to start a relationship, but as soon as they meet again, Yuri is bashful and shies away from his touching and flirting, which confuses Victor. It's made even worse as, after they get engaged, Yuri seems to want to end their relationship, though it's ambiguous whether he means it romantically or professionally. Episode 12 reveals that he was only referring to their professional relationship, but it still leads to a falling out between them.
  • Meaningful Name: His given name, Yuri (勇利), is written with the kanji for "courage"; while he doesn't have very much of that at first, he gradually becomes more confident over the course of the story. His family name, Katsuki (勝生), means "born to win", which complements Victor's name.
  • Meganekko: A male version of this trope. He doesn't wear his glasses when he's skating, though.
  • Momma's Boy: He and his mother are very close; she's the first person he talks to — besides his coach — after losing the Grand Prix Final. She seems to be supportive and loving towards him, and both share a physical resemblance, including having somewhat similar body types. He's also quite close to his dad, but his attachment to his mother is more apparent.
  • Motor Mouth: Yuri does this in Episode 5 when he tells Victor in-detail about how he didn't do so well in the previous skating season.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: To Yuri, Victor coaching him for the upcoming season is this, seeing it as the opportunity to make up for the mistakes he made in past competitions and allow his skating career to go out with a bang... although he changes his mind in the finale.
  • Nervous Wreck: A realistic example. Yuri feels tense before and during every competition, and in serious instances, can even break out into a panic.
  • Nice Guy: Played with. While far from a bad person, he's really only friendly and bright at times. On the other hand, he also has his fair share of less likable traits (i.e. Lack of Empathy, unstable moods, self-centeredness, etc.)
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Yuri seems to be a combination of various Japanese figure skaters.
    • Yuri's career and background are based almost verbatim off Tatsuki Machida. 23-year-old Machida, like Yuri, finished last during his first stint at the Grand Prix Final in Sochi (which was actually held at the Iceberg Skating Palace), proceeded to fail at Nationals, and didn't make it to the World Championships that year. Machida was also a college student at the time, had no idea what to do when he graduated, and struggled with low self-esteem. Both Machida and Yuri went overseas to America, and Yuri's home rink "Ice Castle Hasetsu" was most definitely inspired from California's "Ice Castle" where Machida trained.
    • Part of Yuri's personality and skating style draw inspiration from Daisuke Takahashi. Takahashi was known for having a "glass heart" from his fragile mentality during skates in his early days. This is reflected in Yuri's struggle with his anxiety and weak mentality on the ice throughout the entire series, as well as directly referenced in Victor's statement of "skaters' hearts are as fragile as glass" in Episode 7. However, Takahashi is a legend who has a sensual style of skating much like Yuri's eros persona. In addition, Yuri's strength is said to be step sequences, which is also Takahashi's specialty.
    • Visually, Yuri looks quite a bit like Yuzuru Hanyu and his idolization of Victor was directly inspired by Yuzuru's admiration of Victor's real-life counterpart, Evgeni Plushenko.
  • No Social Skills: Downplayed; it's not like he can't interact with other people, although Takeshi stated that Yuri has never been good at making friends. One of the reasons Yuri even got drunk in the previous Grand Prix banquet was because he couldn't mingle with anyone.
  • Odd Friendship: His relationship with Phichit, since Phichit is extroverted and enthusiastic while Yuri is introverted and often melancholic. Though this is downplayed, since despite their contrasting personalities they see eye-to-eye in many things and are both friendly with other people.
  • Official Couple: As of Episode 10, he's happily engaged to his coach, Victor Nikiforov.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Yuri was one of the finalists in the Sochi Grand Prix, although he bombed his performance and ended up at last place. Regardless, the fact remains that he defeated a fair number of other good skaters to make it to the Final.
  • Oh, Crap!: He does this thrice in Episode 1: first was when Minako caught on his weight gain, second was when he discovered that his reenactment of Victor's free skate was uploaded online and had gone viral, and finally the next day when, after being pounced on by a very familiar-looking poodle, his father tells him that they currently have a good-looking foreign guest and he realizes exactly who that guest might be.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe. He considers his Lohengrin program a part of his "dark past".
  • Older Than They Look: He turns 24 after Episode 9 and is the third oldest competing skater in the series after Christophe and Georgi, yet he looks a lot younger (with or without the glasses) than most of his competitors, nearly all of whom are still in their late teens.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Between Victor the Living Legend and Teen Genius Yurio, Yuri might not seem like much, but he still made it to the Grand Prix Final, which means he's a damn good skater. His self-deprecating attitude doesn't help.
  • Paralysis by Analysis: Played with. He doesn't freeze up in the middle of his performances, but he tends to overthink every move he does and has a hard time letting go of any mistakes he could make, which can cause him to panic or even mess up in the worst case scenario.
  • The Perfectionist: Despite thinking he's only a run-of-the-mill skater, he also sets very high standards for himself whenever it comes to skating, and doesn't forgive himself if he falls short of his own expectations.
  • Performance Anxiety: His Fatal Flaw. He's an excellent skater, but hasn't won a single major competition yet because of his tendency to overthink every little thing and second-guess himself.
  • Personality Blood Types: Type A.
  • Prone to Tears: Downplayed. While he's not so sensitive to the point that every ill-willed or misguided action immediately sends him into tears, there’s still a reason Yuri has a reputation of having a “glass heart”.
  • Pink Boy, Blue Girl: Another same-gender example; Yuri is the blue to Victor's pink (specifically red, since pink is a shade of red).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Yurio and Victor's red, but sometimes it's zig-zagged with the latter.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: A downplayed example, but he's quite sensitive in comparison to the short-tempered Yuri Plisetsky.
  • Ship Tease: With Victor, big time. And as of Episode 10, they're now happily engaged.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's a painfully shy, nervous person, especially around Victor when they first meet. The Nishigoris state outright that he doesn't make friends easily, and consequently prefers to deal with his problems by practicing at the skating rink or Minako's ballet studio instead of opening up to other people.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Becomes this with Victor after their Relationship Upgrade into an Official Couple, much to Yurio's chagrin.
  • Signature Move: It's been stated that Yuri's favorite move is the triple axel, though he's also well known for his signature skills — which a few characters have pointed out to be his step sequences, spins, and his high stamina.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: It's clear that once he sees Victor on TV as a kid that there's nobody else for him. This may also be the reason that Yuri hasn't dated much; no one else interests him like Victor does (although he gets flustered and is a Master of the Mixed Message even when Victor himself comes knocking).
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Not so much naive as much as emotionally vulnerable. While he's a talented skater, his Performance Anxiety keeps him from delivering a perfect performance, at times even botching said performances.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Downplayed, although Yuri doesn't seem to be Book Dumb by any means as he finished college while he was still living in Detroit.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Yuri" or "Yuuri"? Though in Japanese his name is pronounced and written as "Yuuri" note , it's romanized in merchandising and In-Universe as "Yuri".
  • Stepford Smiler: Painfully so. He's the depressed type, and desperately tries to hide how broken he actually feels from the people around him. It's Played for Laughs occasionally, most notably in the first episode where a chibi version of himself cheerfully explains how his skating career is going down the drain.
  • Straight Man: He has a few quirks of his own, but he's still more or less this among the main trio or even among all the other male skaters, as their own eccentricities make him look well-adjusted in comparison.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Yuri holds a strong resemblance to his parents. He especially looks a lot like his mother Hiroko when he's gained weight, as his father Toshiya points out.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: During his breakdown in Episode 7, when he calls out Victor on his insensitivity and inability to deal with the situation properly, he starts off with an anguished but somewhat-quiet tone, and his voice gradually gets louder until it reaches the point where he's screaming at Victor.
  • Talented, but Trained: In contrast to Victor and Yurio, who have already shown a natural aptitude in skating at a young age, Yuri got his skills because he works harder than hard to improve, and Minako points out that he was gifted with more time to practice than anyone else. It also helps that he learned dancing prior to pursuing a career in figure skating, which allowed him to be recognized for his peerless step sequences.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Even a bit of effort is needed to bring out his handsome side, he still fits the bill.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He and Victor started off as an ice skating student and teacher, respectively before becoming a couple and getting engaged.
  • Tears of Joy: He sheds these when he finally perfects his free program in the Barcelona Grand Prix Final.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Under Victor's tutelage, and through his own willpower, he becomes an even better skater. After a few months, he's now able to land jumps that he wasn't able to before, in particular, the quadruple Salchow, the quadruple flip (which is Victor's Signature Move), and by the credits in Episode 12, possibly the quadruple Lutz as well — meaning he likely now has a total of four quads in his repertoire. Both the crowd and the other skaters note how much he had changed from the previous season. Additionally, he has become more assertive and dauntless, not allowing anyone else's expectations or opinions get to him. In fact, he beats Victor's world record for the free program score in the Grand Prix Final.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pork cutlet bowls, so much so that they've become a trademark of the series itself.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Let's just say that life didn't take it easy on him after his self-destruction at the Sochi Grand Prix, to the point that he even nearly considered retirement. On the bright side, he slowly recovers after returning to his hometown.
  • Underestimating Badassery: His competitors and the figure-skating world at large think he has nothing compared to Victor, and his Heroic BSoD in the previous season doesn't exactly inspire confidence. But thanks to his Character Development, he's by and large exceeded their expectations with spectacular performance after spectacular performance.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Yuko, his childhood crush, ended up marrying their mutual friend Takeshi Nishigori and having triplets six years before the show begins. He's over it though, and is now a groom-to-be himself.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In a different way from most examples. It's not that he intentionally misleads the audience (in fact, to a degree, he's not even consciously aware he's doing so), but it's becoming more and more apparent how much his low self-esteem colors his narration. If you were to go by what he says alone, you would think he's an awkward, uninspired skater of middling talent who stumbled into the world of professional figure-skating almost by accident, instead of the sexy powerhouse performer he's shown us he can be, never mind the fact that Victor is properly smitten with him, and has been for longer than Yuri could ever assume. The audience has no idea about any of this until Episode 10 though, because Yuri was blackout drunk at the banquet where he and Victor met.
  • Victorious Loser: While he doesn't place last again in the Grand Prix, he fails to claim the gold medal. On the bright side, he was beaten by Yurio only by an extremely narrow margin, he won the silver medal, surpassed Victor's world record in the free skate, and gained the widespread acclaim and recognition of the public. He even looks happy and fulfilled when he's shown standing at the podium.
  • Virgin-Shaming: It's not exactly confirmed if Victor is the first person he's ever been in a relationship with, although Takeshi teases him for being inexperienced at dating, and he refuses to answer when Victor asks if he's gone out with someone before or when Lutz asks if it's true that he's never had a girlfriend. Nevertheless, he doesn't like it whenever his romantic history (or lack thereof) is brought up, given his reaction to Victor's prodding in Episode 2, and reflexively snapping in Episode 4 when Victor suggests thinking of a past lover as an inspiration for his free program.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: The wacky part is downplayed but when he and Victor exchange pair rings, Yuri calls them "good luck charms". While it's part of the meaning, his intention is evident, and it fools exactly no one — Victor makes it clear that they are engagement rings, and that they intend to get married once Yuri wins the gold medal at the Grand Prix Final.
  • Weight Woe: He gains weight quite easily, which is not helped by his love of pork cutlet bowls.
  • Worf Had the Flu: It's made clear that the reason he didn't do so good at the Sochi Grand Prix Final was because he wasn't at his best, both mentally and physically. There's no doubt that at his top form, he would have done far better.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • To Christophe, who considers him a valid substitute for Victor.
    • Episode 12 reveals that Yurio considers him to be this, and looks absolutely baffled when Victor tells him that Yuri intends to retire.
  • Yoko Oh No: While not as direct and violent as the usual examples, he's subjected to this by several skaters, most of the media, and especially almost the entirety of Russia; although interestingly enough, it isn't because he and Victor have become an item. Since Victor is the world's most renowned ice skater, fans and skaters alike resent Yuri because they see him as the reason why Victor retired from figure skating. Yuri even monologues about how he knows that almost no one wants to see him succeed at the Grand Prix.

    Victor Nikiforov 

Victor Nikiforov

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Jerry Jewell (English)

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"You have to do the opposite of what people will expect. How else will you surprise them?"

A famous figure skating champion from Russia. At 27-years-old, he's close to retirement, and after seeing Yuri's video he decides to go to Japan to become his coach.


  • The Ace: He's seen as the best of the best among the male figure skating community. After all, one doesn't get to be known as a Living Legend for nothing; he's even the only skater with a perfect score in all parameters (skating, jumps, spins, and step sequences).
  • Adorkable: He's the world's hottest bachelor and top male skater, but he's also a total goofball and a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander. His trademark heart-shaped smile cements this status further.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Like with "Yuratchka" for Yurio, Yakov would sometimes call him "Vitya", and in the English dub, Victor's fans call him that nickname too.
    • Hiroko calls him "Vicchan", after Yuri's deceased dog (who in turn was named after Victor).
  • Always Someone Better: He has this effect on the other skaters, and it's because of this that they're determined to beat him.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: There have been hints throughout the show, particularly in the later episodes, that Victor might be suffering from depression.
  • Badass Gay: He's the best skater living, capable of performing programs no one else can, and it's made absolutely clear that he's head-over-heels in love with Yuri.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He normally has a very casual attitude and can even be downright goofy at times, but it isn't a wise idea to get on his nerves.
  • Beyond the Impossible: His championship free program has at least four quads. Most skaters would only put one or two in their program tops note , but here he is, popping them all cleanly like pills.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: With Yuri, in Episode 7.
  • Bishōnen: He was definitely this when he was a teenager, especially with his long hair. Even as an adult, he hasn't lost his pretty looks, since his body is long and slender and his features are quite delicate for a man in his late twenties.
  • Broken Ace: Episode 10 implies that for the past twenty years, he's been sacrificing his personal life and relationships in order to focus solely on ice skating, not to mention that his ideal of constantly surprising everybody had also put an extra strain on him, due to not only having to give up things he likes, but also having to work extra hard in order to keep on surprising everyone. He managed to become a Living Legend by giving up on every other aspect of his life, something that living with Yuri makes him realize.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: A downplayed same-gender example, but Yuri's anxiety and shyness is a contrast to Victor's confidence and sunny attitude.
  • Brutal Honesty: He has no qualms over calling Yuri out on the fact that he is fat and has been eating his "reward food" non-stop even without winning anything at all lately. Later, when he is with both Yuris, he mentions that in the eyes of the public, they aren't much more than a kitten and a piglet.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He’s a very flirtatious oddball who has, apparently, no sense of shame in showing his naked body to Yuri, a man with whom he spent only one night dancing, even if said man was half-naked for much of the night and was hanging all over Victor, and declaring to Yuri that he will be his coach without even getting out of the bath. Nonetheless, he's one of the best ice skaters in the world, and basically a Living Legend.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Inverted. Episode 10 reveals that he's been infatuated with Yuri the entire time, making all the times he acted overly flirtatious and affectionate with Yuri (physically or otherwise) and all their innuendo-laden (both in the romantic and sexual context) exchanges make a lot more sense.
  • Character Tics: Whenever he’s contemplating about something, he puts a finger on his lips or his chin.
  • Chick Magnet: Played with. It's worth noting that Victor has a huge female and male fanbase (see Even the Guys Want Him below), though he's never seen being literally surrounded by them.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He has more than a few shades of this. He doesn't think anything of telling Yuri he'll be his coach while naked, in Episode 3 he dresses up in traditional Japanese clothes just so he can promote Hasetsu's hot springs instead of commenting on the "Hot Springs on Ice" event like he's supposed to, and also thinks it's a good idea to go out swimming during the winter.
  • Crowd Pleaser: As a skater, he lives to surprise his audience, and he enjoys hamming it up for an audience in Hasetsu. However, he's reached the point in his career where he's not happy with his performances, and the adulation of his fans isn't enough to keep him motivated. Subsequently, his public persona as a skater becomes more distant.
  • Crush Blush: He gets this during his Forgotten First Meeting with Yuri (the forgotten part from Yuri's side).
  • Cry Cute:
    • In Episode 12. More like Cry Beautiful, actually.
    • He gets one earlier in Episode 2, when he sleeps with tearful eyes after Yuri rejects his offer of them sleeping together. He's not actually seen crying, but it still counts.
  • Cuddle Bug: Simply put, there's rarely an episode where he isn't touchy-feely with Yuri. With everyone else though, he generally keeps a respectable distance.
  • Determinator: Curiously enough, not really with regard to his own skating, although he may have been this when he was younger. Instead, he meets the criteria when it comes to his love life. He became infatuated with a young man from another country (Yuri), risked his whole career to keep his promise to coach said man, upped the stakes and moved his whole life to Japan, and spent the next six months or so pursuing Yuri romantically while also getting him in shape for the Grand Prix. He's also very much a Determinator when it comes to Yuri's career.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: His younger self counts, especially since he was a Long-Haired Pretty Boy at the time. There's also the fact that one of his old costumes (which Yuri uses for his eros program) was designed to invoke both male and female genders.
  • Eccentric Mentor: To Yuri; though he has a lot of experience as a figure skater, the Adorkable Cloudcuckoolander aspects of his personality and his tendency to be a Cuddle Bug towards Yuri make him this.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Aside from Yuri's Celebrity Crush which eventually turns into a genuine romance, when he winks to the public, men and women alike look absolutely smitten.
  • Fan of the Underdog: Yuri spent the entirety of his career losing one competition after another, but Victor decides to stick with him anyway after seeing Yuri perform his gold-winning "Stay Close to Me" program.
  • Fatal Flaw: He's a skating prodigy, and as a coach, he does well in improving Yuri's skills. However, being at the top for many years caused him to have little knowledge on how to deal with people when they're feeling down, leaving him with no idea on what to say or do. This shows when he unintentionally drives Yuri to tears in Episode 7. It comes back at full force when Victor is silent for most of the time even after he sees Yuri being visibly disappointed with his performance, and cheers on the other figure skaters while completely forgetting what kind of person he's currently engaged to.
  • Female Gaze: The scene at the hot springs has a generous focus on his naked figure.
  • Fiction 500: If the accessories, clothes, and all the other things he's seen with in the anime and the official scans are anything to go by, almost everything he owns are extremely expensive — meaning he must have a hell of a fortune. It doesn't mean he has an endless supply of cash though, since he mentions the euro exchange value when he goes out shopping with Yuri in Episode 10.
  • Fool for Love: There are hints that Victor is this. The programs he had in mind for the upcoming seasons were centered around love, and the song he used for his free program in the previous season is basically a lover's serenade. Episode 10 eventually confirms this, given that he flew all the way from Russia to Japan to coach someone he didn't even personally know, just because that same person asked him to be his coach and because it was Love at First Sight for him when that person made said request.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Christophe. They have been fellow competitors for about ten years, although they are close friends off the ice.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: Actively known as a handsome man? Check. No Sense of Personal Space? Check. Has the bulk of the fanservice shots in the show? Check. Junichi Suwabe's smooth, deep vocals? Check and check. And take note that he's one of the very few among the foreign cast that gets treated like this. Face it — he's sex on skates.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: In two flavors: Gratuitous Russian (which makes sense, as he is Russian) and Gratuitous English (probably due to traveling a lot, as well as to reflect how he and Yuri speak to each other in English).
  • Hyper-Awareness: Downplayed, but he could immediately tell that Yurio taught Yuri the quadruple Salchow when he walked in on Yurio just as the latter was about to give Yuri another demonstration.
  • Hypocrite: Victor never listened to what his coach would tell him, though when he becomes Yuri's coach, he gets a little miffed himself when Yuri ignores some of his advice in Episode 5.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: He does this to Yuri at their reunion in the airport.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: A combination of this and Icy Blue Eyes. His eyes seem to be a case of purely the latter at first, given that Victor is introduced as mostly level-headed (if a bit eccentric) and serves as Yuri's mentor, although his true personality makes it a bit of both. He's not as scheming or manipulative by default, but he can be sneaky or asserting if needed, and keep in mind that he's already a fully-grown adult dealing with conflicts regarding his career and his relationship with Yuri.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • His lack of experience as a coach causes him to be this, which results in him making Yuri cry by telling him that he'll resign being his coach if he doesn't place on the podium, which he only said to scare Yuri out of his anxiety.
    • In Episode 11, when Yurio subtly mocks Yuri's performance by saying that Otabek will score higher than him, Victor doesn't defend Yuri or even give him some reassurance and simply expresses awe at Otabek's performance, which hurts Yuri even further. In fact, he says nothing to comfort Yuri even after seeing how he's upset with the results of his short program, though it's likely he's unaware that Yuri's mood is getting worse.
  • Insufferable Genius: Played with. He knows he's good, even smugly telling Yurio that he would definitely win the Grand Prix if he was the one skating the agape program. He's nowhere near the likes of either J.J. or Yurio however, as he doesn't rub his achievements in other's faces, let his successes get to his head, or look down on anyone.
  • In Vino Veritas: Like Yuri, he can get really wild if inebriated enough.
  • It's All About Me: Something of an endearing variation, as this is Played for Laughs; he literally threw everything in Russia away to go to Japan and coach Yuri. This is lampshaded by his coach, who mentions that Victor will always do what he wants anyway. Celestino even seems to dig into him for this in Episode 4, expressing some confusion at him "playing coach" now.
    • In Episode 12, he takes Yuri's decision to retire as a personal insult, rather than trying to find out Yuri's reasoning and talk it out. This is mitigated by the fact that Yuri's timing is atrocious — Victor finally caught up with the man who'd made such an impression on him at the banquet, succeeded in winning his heart, and got engaged to him the day before, only to be told "let's end this." It's understandable why he's absolutely heartbroken at this pronouncement and lashes out accordingly. In addition, Victor's belief that Yuri's decision involves Victor is not wrong — Yuri's decision to retire is all about Victor.
  • Large Ham: Even more so than Georgi, whose melodramatic tendencies are already something to behold. He doesn't speak from the top of his lungs, but he's flaunts himself in the strangest ways and is larger-than-life most of the time. There's also the fact that he's very expressive regarding his affection for Yuri, as can be seen from him showing up in Yuri's hot springs stark naked to standing on top of a historical building and stretching while stark naked in an attempt to impress Yuri.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Yuri, with Yuri also being one to him, after they get to know each other. Word of God even stated that the two — now that they’re in a relationship and are engaged to add — can’t stand to be apart and basically can’t live without each other, albeit this is explored in a healthy manner.
  • Living Legend: One of, if not the, best figure skaters in the world. Yuri even uses this exact phrase to describe him.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He wore his hair down to his waist as a teenager and in his early twenties. Now it's much shorter, but he's still quite pretty.
  • Love at First Sight: It's heavily implied that after spending a night dancing with a wildly drunk Yuri, Victor became absolutely smitten with him. When Yuri hugs him and asks him to be his coach, along with having a Crush Blush, his pupils dilate and he lets out an audible gasp.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: The series heavily sets him up to be this to Yuri's melancholic depressive at the beginning and then gradually tears it down as the story progresses.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's too sweet and basically decent to qualify as a "bastard", but he definitely has a manipulative streak — after all, he's a coach, and he has to know how to hit Yuri's buttons in order to ensure that he skates well (although it takes him a while to figure out what crosses the line — see the disaster in Episode 7, compared to his successful prompting in Episode 12). Outwith that, he's been Yakov's student so long that he clearly knows how to handle his coach when other skaters would be intimidated into behaving, he practices Stealth Mentor techniques on Yurio, reckoning that this will be more useful to the younger skater, and he manages to wind fans and reporters around his little finger.
  • Meaningful Name: Not only is Victor's given name an apt one for a Living Legend, his surname similarly comes from the Greek name "Nikephoros", which means "victory-bringer". Additionally, his whole name is a reference to the goddess of victory, who is aptly named Victoria in Roman mythology and Nike in Greek mythology.
  • The Mentor: To Yuri.
  • Motor Mouth: Victor sometimes slips into this whenever he lectures Yuri about his performances.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His body is given a lot of attention, especially in the first four episodes where he often uses Yu-Topia's hot springs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's horrified when he inadvertently makes Yuri cry, flinching back before hastily apologizing for his actions.
  • Naked First Impression: The first time he and Yuri really meet and talk (from Yuri's perspective, anyway), Victor is completely naked and is not afraid to show it.
  • Nobody Touches the Hair: Even though he's generally a very touchy-feely person, he gets upset when Yuri pokes at the crown of his head. His hair is a sensitive topic for him since he's worried about going bald, though Word of God has said that he's not actually balding at all. It makes the ending credits, where Yuri and Victor are shown playfully washing each other's hair, all the more heartwarming.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He's heavily based on Evgeni Plushenko in terms of career, though not so much visually — Victor's physical features are instead based on American actor John Cameron Mitchell; Mitsurou Kubo stated in an interview that when she went to see the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, she was inspired to base Victor's good looks on him, as well as his Peek-a-Bangs hairstyle.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Victor has been facing a dilemma regarding the future of his career because of this; not from being undefeatable, but as Yurio puts it:
    Yurio: Surprising the audience has always been his top priority. He had the whole world in his hands. But now, no matter what he does, no one’s surprised anymore. He knows that better than anyone. If you don’t have any inspiration left, you’re as good as dead.
    • This gets deconstructed later on, since always having to meet the audience's expectations ended up becoming a burden — and in return of staying at his prime, he neglected all chances of living for himself, which he lampshades in Episode 10.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Interestingly, only to Yuri; other than hugging Yakov and Yurio once or twice, he appears to avoid touching everyone else. In the official art, he's even seen clinging to Yuri while they both are in the baths. In general, the official art has him very close and/or touching Yuri, and Yuri eventually becomes comfortable with it later in the series. As it turns out, he's actually been flirting with Yuri for all the times he's been trying to get close to him.
  • Official Couple: As of Episode 10, he's now happily engaged to his protégé, Yuri Katsuki.
  • Omniglot: According to Word of God, he's fluent in Russian, English and French. While he's not proficient in Japanese at first, a few scenes in the anime and some of the bonus content implies that he's slowly learning.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • He's normally calm during most situations, albeit in Episode 7, while trying to keep Yuri from having a panic attack, he temporarily breaks away from his cool-headed demeanor when he tells Yuri to block out the noise of the audience.
    • Despite Yurio's bratty attitude and insulting remarks towards either him or Yuri, Victor is indifferent or amused at best... until in Episode 10, where he reacts with thinly-veiled rage after Yurio makes disparaging comments about his engagement to Yuri, showing that his patience does have its limits.
    • In Episode 12, after Yuri expresses his intention to terminate their coach-student relationship, Victor cries and angrily snaps at Yuri for making such a decision.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Even though he means well, Victor can often be tactless or unaware of the consequences his actions may bring. To be fair, if he knows he screwed up, he'll be careful to not commit the same mistake again.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His hairstyle covers his left eye. He seems to fit the "deception or concealment" type, since his hair fully covers his eye when he's being insincere, but it parts to reveal his eye when he's being honest. However, it turns out that he's not as deceptive as early episodes make him out to be, as he has no ulterior motives for being Yuri's coach other than becoming smitten with Yuri at last year's banquet, and to fulfill Yuri's drunken request for him to be his coach in the first place. He also fits the "seductive" type, given the emphasis on his good looks and his flirty behaviour towards Yuri.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: He was constantly expected to surprise the audience with his programs and lost his inspiration as a result, to the point he felt like it was choking the life out of him.
  • Pink Boy, Blue Girl: Another same-gender example; Victor is the pink (or red, since pink is a shade of red) to Yuri's blue.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Victor is mentioned to be close to retirement note , so he decides to try coaching Yuri, as coaching is a common career for retired athletes.
    • As noted above, unlike most anime men with particularly pretty hair, Victor has to contend with the fact that his hair is thinning in his late twenties. He's one of the few male anime characters who have to face the fact that they may go bald. In a medium where balding is shown as a post-Time Skip shock rather than a process that the character is aware of, it's unusual to see a character aware of — and worried about — this particular aspect of aging without it being a Running Gag (where the anxiety is usually unjustified). It has to be particularly galling for someone whose pretty looks were a major part of his persona and career, and who once had hair down to the middle of his back.
      • Word of God eventually mitigated this issue: Victor isn't balding at all, and his forehead was given a lot of emphasis simply for the kicks. Even then, it still isn't uncommon for men to have insecurities about losing their hair.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He's the red to Yuri's blue by fault, but oftentimes it can be zig-zagged, as Victor can be more rational than Yuri at some instances, but there are other times when Yuri handles a situation more maturely than him.
  • Running Gag:
    • Victor has a habit of forgetting the promises he makes.
    • He also has a habit of embarrassing Yuri... while naked.
  • Secretly Selfish: A little bit, but not for the reasons suspected. He takes on a failing skater as his first student, putting his entire career on the back burner to do so, leaving his fans and peers absolutely baffled by this bizarre act of whimsical altruism. Most people who know him believe that he's doing it to entertain himself, use as an excuse to take a season off, or to get material for his own programs. As it turns out, it's a mixture of keeping his word and self-interest: Yuri asked him to become his coach, and he's keeping his word... but he also became intrigued (if not instantly smitten) with Yuri himself, and coaching him became a way of getting close to the object of his affections.
  • Sex God: He has been described by his voice actor as "a natural sex bomb".
  • Sex Sells: No doubt, a part of his huge popularity comes from his Wink "Ding!", teasing people and his good looks. It is also a meta example, as he became an instant subject of fanart and fanfiction.
  • Sexy Mentor: He coaches Yuri through his presumed final season and gives him the confidence and sex appeal needed to start becoming a better skater, and he's very attractive himself. It's honestly not that hard to say he's this.
  • Ship Tease: With Yuri, naturally. As of Episode 7, they've now evolved out of that and into an Official Couple.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: He becomes this with Yuri after their Relationship Upgrade into an Official Couple, much to Yurio's chagrin.
  • Signature Move: According to the first episode, Victor's is a quadruple flip.
  • Significant Birth Date: Victor was born on December 25th. Episode 10 makes a point of noting that Russia doesn't make a fuss of Christmas Day, but it's an important date elsewhere in the world. Given Victor's often playful, occasionally childish nature and love of surprises, he fits the more "Western" ideas about Christmas, whereas taken from a Japanese perspective, he fits the more romantic connotations of the day, as love turns out to be one of his main motivations.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: While Victor dated other people before, it's obvious that Yuri became the only one for him after their encounter at the Sochi Grand Prix banquet. He didn't forget about Yuri even though he didn't see or hear from him again for the next few months, immediately flew to Japan after seeing a video of him, then continuously flirted with him until they got together in Episode 7.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": So is it Victor, or is it Viktor? The most culturally correct spelling for his name is "Viktor", but all official material and In-Universe has his name written "Victor".
  • Stealth Mentor: His approach to coaching Yurio in Episode 3. He tells him to do things to clear his head to find his motivation for his program, didn't see a need to give him a pep talk before his performance, and in general was aloof to him.
  • Stepford Smiler: The depressed type. He tends to smile through every situation, no matter how frustrated or miserable he is. It may have driven perception of him as the fickle and selfish emperor of the ice, when in actuality he felt like his skating career was a chain around his neck, strangling him.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike:
  • Strong, but Unskilled: As a coach. He knows how to create a great program, how to milk the best out of each skater and make Yuri shine on stage, but as Yakov mentions, he still has trouble helping Yuri off the ice and in Episode 7, Yuri is the one to has to console him, instead of the opposite.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: When Yuri tells Victor he plans to retire after the Grand Prix ends, Victor makes a morose remark in a calm, if shaken, tone... before abruptly raising his voice at Yuri when he expresses that he's also angry about it.
  • Take a Third Option: When Victor leaves for Japan to coach Yuri, Yurio follows him and reminds him that he promised to choreograph a program for him, and demands that he returns to Russia. Instead of rejecting him or acquiescing to his request, Victor holds a contest between the two Yuris and choreograph a different program for both of them, and agrees to become the coach of whoever wins. Yuri wins the competition, but Yurio got what he was promised.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: He and Yuri started off as an ice skating teacher and student, respectively before becoming a couple and getting engaged.
  • Tears of Joy: He sheds these when Yuri lands the quadruple flip in his free skate at the Grand Prix Final.
  • The Tease: A rare male example, but apparently he likes being this to Yuri. He is also described as having a very flirtatious personality. In fact, in the first day of being around Yuri, he wanted them to sleep in the same room and when alone, he says he wants to talk about Yuri while holding Yuri by the chin and placing his hand over his.
    • This is eventually subverted, with the revelation in Episode 10 that Yuri had actually drunkenly hit on Victor at a banquet after the Sochi Grand Prix Final, it's likely Victor was not just teasing, but was seriously flirting with Yuri. Not that Yuri remembers anything about that night.
  • Technically a Smile: Victor has quite a repertoire of these. The most commonly seen one is the tight-lipped smile with closed eyes that he gives when he's deeply annoyed or when he intends to take a verbal dig at someone else. In flashbacks, we see Victor on the podium showing off his medal... but the "smile" that he gives is empty and almost a grimace. It's a stark contrast to his Adorkable heart-shaped grin or his genuine smile, and one of the clues that Victor was deeply unhappy prior to the events of the show, and was just going through the motions of being a carefree, successful superstar.
  • Teen Genius: He was already an ice-skating prodigy when he was a junior.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: According to the official fanbook, Victor's weakness is cooperation; and to drive this point home, his score is a complete zero, whereas the other skaters at least having a score above zero in their respective weaknesses. This is exemplified with Yakov's exasperation at the fact that Victor never listens to his advice and always plays by his own rules.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: According to Word of God, it's sweet potato shōchū.
  • Tranquil Fury: In Episode 10, he grabs Yurio's face after the latter talks about him, and then Yuri, in a derisive manner. Even though his expression shows a calm smile, his eyes give an insanely cold look, meaning he's barely containing his anger. The director even confirmed that he was pissed because Yurio called Yuri a "pig" one time too many.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: Minako describes him as "worldly" and comments on his legions of fans, and Yuri certainly seems to have Victor in mind when he envisions a careless, selfish playboy for the eros program. However, we don't know if Victor lives up to this reputation, as Yuri cuts him off when he begins to talk about his love life, and from what the viewer sees Victor takes love and commitment very seriously indeed. His chronic loneliness also seems mismatched with the "player" image.
  • Vodka Drunkenski: Not vodka, but he often gets wasted on beer. Like any good Russian, he can hold his liquor.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: While they're already engaged, in Episode 12 Victor reiterates the proposal by saying that he wants to kiss Yuri's gold medal. As they promised each other to get married after Yuri wins a gold medal, the meaning doesn't escape him and they break down laughing and crying with joy, making up at the same time.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Many of Victor's fans suspect that he may be heading for this fate. He may be a Living Legend, but he's already 27 years old, and sooner or later he will have to leave figure skating for good. Word of God confirms that Victor has some worries about this long before he made his decision to coach Yuri.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted. Before his true motivations are revealed, because of Victor's status as a particularly cheerful Manipulative Bastard with Brutal Honesty, and his silver hair covering his eyes seemingly indicating duplicity, fandom ran amok with theories ranging from "he was secretly dying and wanted to coach a replacement", or "he's a Sabotutor". It was then revealed that he's just a dork prone to Poor Communication Kills and motivated by a Forgotten First Meeting.
  • Wink "Ding!": Not only prone to this, but is also quite the flirtatious and charming variation of it. A single wink was enough to send a bunch of male and female reporters alike swooning with Heart Eyes.
    • He also does this to Yuri when they meet.
  • Workaholic: His monologue on Episode 10 reveals that he never stopped to take vacations or to stop thinking about ice skating for the past twenty years. Deconstructed in which during his time off, he finally realizes what he is missing, especially after he met Yuri.

    Yuri "Yurio" Plisetsky 

Yuri "Yurio" Plisetsky

Voiced by: Kouki Uchiyama (Japanese), Micah Solusod (English)

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"I only have a short window until my body changes. I'm going to take advantage of everything I can right now to win."

A 15-year-old Russian skater who is getting ready for his debut in the senior division. He is talented, but also very short-tempered and irritable.


  • Adorkable: He can be this, as he is quite explosive in his reactions, but also quite dorky and exaggerated and is actually a fan of cats.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Yuratchka", which is an affectionate Russian diminutive of his name. His grandfather, the members of his fan club, and even Yakov call him this (in Yakov's case, when Yurio breaks Victor's world record in the short program at the Grand Prix Final in Episode 11).
  • Angrish: He verges onto this in Episode 8, growling through gritted teeth and heading for the rink in an huffy fit after Yuri and Victor cheer him on.
  • Beauty Is Bad: His gentle and fae-like appearance earned him the moniker of the "Russian Fairy", but it highly contrasts with his volatile temper and antagonistic attitude, earning him his other moniker of the "Russian Punk".
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: There is zero doubt about his arrogance and abrasiveness, but there's more to Yurio's character than just that.
  • Bishōnen: He's quite feminine in appearance, coupled with a lithe build and petite height.
  • Chick Magnet: He has an entire fan-club of girls enamored with him. It annoys rather than flatters him.
  • Cry Cute: After he performs his free skate in Episode 12.
  • Culture Clash: When he arrives in Japan, he has some difficulties adjusting to local customs: he refuses to use the hot springs because he can't bathe in front of other people, and eats pork cutlet bowls with a fork instead of chopsticks. He adapts quickly, though.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: According to the main screenwriter Mitsuro Kubo, Yurio's background and family weren't explored much because it would have clashed with the anime's positive and hopeful tone. In the audio commentary for the second Blu-ray volume, Kubo reveals that Yurio's mother was a former Russian idol who quit show business early and gave birth to him at a young age.
  • Death Glare: He gives a lot of these, with most of them directed at Yuri.
  • Determinator: His training regimen is brutal, and he's only fifteen. Nonetheless, he's prepared to do what it takes to win gold at the Grand Prix Final. When the Final itself rolls around, he finds even more determination to win, becoming hell-bent on getting the gold in order to prevent Yuri from retiring.
  • Diving Kick: Played for Laughs. He "greets" Yuri with this twice in the series, though the second time is more heartwarming than the first.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: He's known as the "Russian Fairy" due to his fair and androgynous appearance and build, which he uses to his advantage when he's on the ice. J.J. also jokingly calls him a lady at one point.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first scene is him following Yuri to the bathroom just to scream to him that he should give up.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: More plain jerk than an outright bad guy, but he's really close to his grandfather, and Yuri even mentions that his expression seems to soften when he thinks of him. When his grandfather shows up in Episode 8, Yurio cheerfully greets him with a flying glomp.
  • Fan of the Underdog: Episode 12 reveals that he was this for Yuri ever since the beginning.
  • Fatal Flaw: During his performance of On Love: Agape, despite having found what makes him vulnerable and feel unconditional love, incorporating the emotions into his program was his downfall. He found himself focusing more on landing his techniques, almost ignoring the emotions completely. He is aware of it, however, and apologizes to his grandfather, saying he knows he can do better; Yurio looked particularly pained during and after the performance, hinting maybe he couldn't bring himself to fully commit to the emotions.
    • It happens again in Episode 8, where after he becomes irritated with watching Victor and Yuri cheer him on and once again can't focus on his agape. This causes him to flub his first leap, but he makes up for it in the second half.
  • Foil: To Kenjiro. Both are seen as the stars among the younger skaters of their generation, and both see Yuri as an idol. However, that’s where their similarities end. Kenjiro is cheerful and excitable, friendly with his fellow skaters, and honest (but tactful) with his opinions of others, whereas Yurio is grouchy and oftentimes broody, isolated from his peers, and always hides his true feelings through a veneer of anger, along with being insensitive about his actions and words. Kenjiro is a Graceful Loser and treats his idol respectfully and adoringly, while Yurio is a Sore Loser and, for some reason, treats his idol in a rude and resentful manner.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Otabek, whom he met back when he was ten on Yakov's summer camp.
  • Friendly Rivalry:
    • Calling it friendly may be a stretch, but even though he and Georgi are competing in the Grand Prix, his attitude towards Georgi's performances is notably civil, in contrast to whenever he watches Yuri's programs.
    • He quickly forms one with Otabek, cheering for him before his performance and bragging about his friend's high score after it.
  • Get a Room!: He doesn't say it out loud, but his reactions whenever he sees Yuri and Victor get a little too affectionate with each other scream this trope, although there's probably another reason why he reacts as such.
  • Graceful Loser: In Episode 3, he already knew he lost to Yuri before he even finished his performance. Instead of throwing a fit as he had done prior, he silently slips away and heads back to Russia, telling Yuko he plans on winning the Grand Prix Final. He's still pretty bitter about it, however.
  • Gratuitous Russian: Not as bad as Victor, but he angrily calls Isabella a ведьма (witch) when she was commenting on the Angels' behavior.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • He deeply resents how Victor favors the other Yuri more. In fact, Yurio isn't amused when Victor left Russia to train Yuri, and he immediately flies to Japan afterwards to confront Victor about it. Part of it is that he wants Victor to honor his promise to choreograph a program for Yurio, and part of it is that he wants Victor to be his coach.
    • It's also possible that he's this in the romantic sense too, but not because he's in love with Victor, but with Yuri.
    • A much pettier example: one of the motives for his choreography in his exhibition skate is to steal Victor and Yuri's thunder after seeing their program for the gala.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Puberty can be a very a hard time for ice skaters, as their bodies change so drastically it affects their skating. It's even worse for Yuri because a great deal of his charm as a skater comes from his lithe, flexible body and androgynous looks, and he's very aware of the fact that he's going to lose them as he grows older.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: To not get on his nerves is easier said than done. It's one of the reasons why he's also known as the "Russian Punk".
  • Hopeless Suitor: If he does have a crush on Yuri, then Yurio never stood a chance from the start.
  • Hot-Blooded: He's very fierce, and also passionate, extremely competitive, and outspoken.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Replace "die" with "retire", and his reaction to Yuri's plans after the Grand Prix Final qualify.
  • Humble Pie:
    • Downplayed. At first, he ignores anything his coach would tell him, and slacks off from practice due to his arrogance of being undefeated in the junior division. However, his loss to Yuri in Episode 3 caused him to become more diligent in practice and more willing to listen to his coach's advice, since it reminded him that he's now in the senior division with completely different and more seasoned competitors to face against. Despite all of this, he's still determined to win gold at the Grand Prix Final.
    • Another case of this comes from the same loss. In the earlier episodes, his behavior towards Yuri is completely condescending, and he would smirk when Yuri's flaws and past slip-ups are mentioned or when he brought up the time when Yuri cried from his loss at the previous Grand Prix. However, seeing his performance in the "Hot Springs on Ice" event led Yurio to realize that he underestimated him big-time, to the point that Yuri became the one he strove to defeat the most for the rest of the series. While his treatment of him doesn't get any nicer, he no longer looks down on him. It gets a little more complicated after Episode 12 reveals what he really thinks of Yuri.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He has blue-green eyes that fit his cold attitude. Otabek likens them to "the eyes of a soldier."
  • Identical Stranger: According to Yuri's sister, he looks exactly like the blond in a Boy Band she follows; which is why she nicknames him "Yurio" as a portmanteau of his own name and the band member's.
  • In-Series Nickname: He has several:
    • In Episode 2, he gets the nickname of "Yurio" from Mari to avoid confusion between him and her brother. Victor and Yuri (along with Yuri's friends and family in Hasetsu) continually refer to him as this throughout the rest of the series.
    • He's known by his fans as the "Russian Fairy" for his graceful movements and androgynous looks, and by other skaters as the "Russian Punk" due to his brash and rude attitude.
    • In Episode 8, he calls himself the "Ice Tiger of Russia", though it isn't clear if other people call him that.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is a huge Jerk Jock whose jerkassery comes from, in no small part, his talent in ice skating.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He's developed a pretty close friendship with Yuko, who's ten years his senior.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Downplayed; Lilia trains him and choreographs his free program with the idea of channeling the image of a prima ballerina, and he's good at acting the part on the ice, but it's often implied that Yurio isn't actually happy with this image. His exhibition skate "Welcome to the Madness", with its heavy metal-style song and his outfit looking like something you'd wear to a rock concert, gives a better indication of what Yurio is really like as a person.
  • Irrational Hatred: He antagonized Yuri simply because they share the same first name, and it only gets worse from there. Although in Episode 12, it's revealed that he was interested in Yuri because they share the same name.
  • Japanese Delinquents: Despite being Russian, his fashion sense is described by Word of God as being similar to a yankii style of dress. He also has the personality fitting of a yankii (in fact, one of his nicknames, the "Russian Punk", is actually the "Russian Yankii" in Japanese).
  • Jerkass: At his worst, Yurio is surly, callous, and definitely the meanest character in the series, especially to Yuri.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and bratty, but he also helps Yuri improve his quadruple Salchow for the "Hot Springs on Ice" competition, even though they are rivals and he would have a bigger chance of winning if the latter messed up. He also cares a great deal about his grandfather, using his feelings of familial love for him as the basis of his agape program and greeting him enthusiastically in Episode 8.
  • Kick the Dog:
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: An awful habit of his; he doesn't seem to pick up, let alone care, when someone is in a situation in which any more of Kicking The Dog just crosses the line into plain and unnecessary cruelty:
    • In the very first episode, while Yuri is having a breakdown in the bathroom, he follows him there just to scream at him and break him some more, as if Yuri needed that to add to his self-loathing. Episode 12 reveals that it was more of an impulsive outburst and not his original intention, but it still wasn't helping Yuri.
    • Again in Episode 11, when Yuri cried on the ice over fumbling his final jump, even if he seems to have put himself together, Yurio still finds it appropriate to make comments over how he thinks Otabek will rank higher than him anyway. Though in Yurio's defense, it's likely he couldn't have known about Yuri breaking down after his performance as he was warming up in the backstage when it happened.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Gender Inverted and invoked in his and Yuri's short programs, with him being the former. Besides the color of their costumes in said programs (black for Yuri and white/silver for Yurio), Yurio gets the more innocent and angelic agape program while Yuri gets the sensual and nearly-devilish eros program.
  • Lost in Translation: The nicknames he gives Yuri are puns on his last name, for example "Katsudon" (pork cutlet bowl) or "Kachuki" (pig).
  • Master of the Mixed Message: To Yuri. At times Yurio acts if he has a venomous hatred towards Yuri, but then there are other times when he acts nice — or at least not as cruel — to him. Even after Episode 12 clears up a thing or two, it's still hard to pinpoint what Yurio really thinks about Yuri.
  • Moment Killer: He doesn't hide the fact that he does not like Yuri and Victor getting too emotional (or affectionate) when he's around, so this is probably deliberate. The most obvious example is in Episode 3, where he interrupts a particularly intense moment between Yuri and Victor to demand that Victor focus on him, but he also gatecrashes a quiet moment where Victor contemplates his new engagement ring. It's not certain whether it's because it simply makes him uncomfortable, or because he's envious of their relationship.
  • The Napoleon: His slightly-lower-than-average height is partially justified by his age, but even then he's extremely violent, hostile, competitive to a fault, and is one negative trait away from being a certified Jerk Jock.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In an unusual Gender Flip example, he's based off of female Russian figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya, and it shows. The anime's writer and original character designer Mitsurou Kubo thought Yulia looked quite fierce for someone so young and saw her covered in leopard print clothing after a skate, which resulted in Yuri's design.
  • No Social Skills: It's not surprising, given his personality. One has to be reminded that it took him until the age of fifteen to have his first genuine friend. And even then, it's because the other person voluntarily offered said friendship, not because Yurio made an effort to be more sociable.
  • Odd Friendship:
  • One Sided Rivalry: Towards Yuri, who is seemingly uninterested in having this kind of relationship.
  • One Steve Limit: Invoked; he tells Yuri to retire, so there won't be two Yuris on the next competition. Yuri's sister Mari later dubs him "Yurio" to avoid confusion, which he isn't too fond of at first.
  • Parental Abandonment: Implied. The only time his parents are brought up is during a flashback sequence, where a very tiny Yurio reassures his grandfather that he's alright "even if Mommy is not here". Word of God has also stated that Yurio is providing for himself and his family with the money he earns as a skater, and has been doing so since his junior days. In the audio commentary for the second Blu-ray volume, Word of God revealed that Yurio's mother quit show business early and gave birth to him at a young age.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His long hair tends to fall over his right eye. He fits the "solitary" type, with his rude and hot-tempered attitude keeping him from really becoming friends with anyone.
  • The Perfectionist: When it comes to competition, Yurio sets extremely high standards for himself and others. He can't be happy with his victory unless he has won by a landside, fair and square, against opponents who have done their best. Word of God states that the reason of his apparent disappointment with his victory at the Grand Prix Final is that, while he does have a higher overall score than Yuri's, Yuri's score in the free program still highly exceeds his, and there's the fact that he won by a very small margin of only 0.12 points.
  • Personality Blood Types: Type B.
  • Pet the Dog: In Episode 9, when he consoles Yuri over placing fourth in the Rostelecom Cup. He even gives him pirozhkis stuffed with his Trademark Favorite Food as an early birthday present.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's one of the shorter skaters in the cast, yet he can send people flying with a Diving Kick, even knocking two grown men off the bench with one kick as well.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: This is what Yurio thinks of placing first at the Grand Prix Final. Sure, he won the gold medal, but he won only by a technicality (questionable scores aside); he may have set a new record for the short program, Yuri did the same for the free program; and while he made an impact by winning the Grand Prix at his senior debut, Yuri is commended for making a great comeback after a previously terrible and nearly career-ending season. All in all, his victory is a pointless one.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: A possible case with Yuri. Episode 12 reveals that Yurio admires Yuri, although he seemed to have lost faith in him after hearing him cry, thinking of his Heroic Self-Deprecation as pathetic. However, Episode 3 hints that he still respects Yuri to an extent, and after seeing Yuri's performance in the "Hot Springs on Ice" event, he fully regained said respect for him, now that he sees Yuri as his ultimate rival and always watches his performances. It's also quite telling that in the Grand Prix Final, he pushed himself past his limit to make sure Yuri won't retire from ice skating — a far cry from when he told him off in Episode 1.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Yuri and Victor's blue.
  • The Resenter:
    • To both Yuri and Victor, since he acts a lot more bitter towards them than he usually is, though the reason as to why is unknown.
    • He also hates J.J., given that he lost to him in both Skate Canada and the Rostelecom Cup. Yurio himself even states that J.J. is the only one who's more annoying than Yuri and Victor.
  • Rubber Man: Downplayed; he has a high level of flexibility, especially for his age and gender. He's the only skater in the show who can pull off a Biellmann spin, a position that, in Real Life, is almost always performed by women due to the great flexibility it requires.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: He's visibly sad and disappointed with his silver medal in Skate Canada, and again at the Rostelecom Cup. What makes it worse is that he lost to the same person twice.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: A downplayed example, but he's the Manly Man to Yuri's Sensitive Guy.
  • Ship Tease: With Otabek, especially in Yurio's exhibition skate "Welcome to the Madness" in a bonus OVA, where Otabek bites off Yurio's glove. There are also implications that he has or had a one-sided crush on Yuri.
  • Signature Move: According to the announcer in Episode 3, his signature move is the combination spin.
  • Significant Birth Date: He's born on March 1, which is World Cat Day in Russia.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: He is described by Word of God to have a potty mouth. The official fanbook even reveals his weakness to be "language".
  • Social Media Before Reason: A case of this happens in Episode 2. When he arrives in Japan, he mentions knowing he can't post pictures or else his coach will find out where he is, but as soon as he finds a shirt he really likes, he takes a selfie with it and posts it anyway.
  • Spoiled Brat: While his grandfather and his coaches certainly give him their undivided attention, nobody really spoils him, but he certainly has the unpleasant attitude to qualify as he doesn't really respect his elders, has a bad temper and doesn't react well when he doesn't get what he wants nor when someone bests him at skating.
  • Static Character: Yurio doesn't get much development compared to Yuri or Victor. The only significant development he receives is him learning to take his competition more seriously... and that's it. While the audience gets to learn a bit more about him, he doesn't become any better or worse as a character, and his personality by the series' end is much like when he was first introduced.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He's not as bad as some other examples, but he's a savage to Yuri, has little respect for his respective fellow skaters, all of whom are adults and is the most abrasive, somewhat callous character in the series. However, he is the youngest skater in the competition and preparing for his senior debut, so it makes some sense that he acts cold and distant as a means to have the other skaters take him seriously regardless of his age. However, nothing about his backstory or personality will justify him being mean to Yuri, who receives the brunt of his harshness despite doing absolutely nothing to deserve it.
  • Teen Genius: At the beginning of the series, he's the 14-year-old gold medalist of both the Junior Grand Prix and the Junior Worlds Championship, and is preparing his debut in the senior division at the unlikely age of 15. During the course of the show, he goes on to get silver in both his Grand Prix qualifying events (securing himself a place in the Final), win the Golden Spin, and break a world record with his short program in his first senior Grand Prix Final — a world record set by Victor Nikiforov, before winning the gold medal.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He loves pirozhkis, and his grandfather always bakes some for him every time they meet.
  • Training from Hell: The tutelage of Lilia, a Russian ballet instructor who is not at all impressed by him and pushes him past his limits.
  • Trash of the Titans: What we see of his bedroom in Episode 2 is a mess of scattered clothes and half-eaten candy.
  • Troubled, but Cute: His Groupie Brigade doesn't seem to be bothered at all by his grumpy attitude. If anything, it only makes him cuter in their eyes.
  • Tsundere: Episode 12 shows that he admires Yuri, although nothing but insults and condescending remarks come out from his mouth whenever he's near the guy.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The few glimpses we get of Yuri's childhood with his grandfather show him to be an overall much nicer child than the short-tempered brat we know today.
  • What Does He See In Him?: Wonders about this regarding Victor's relationship with his now fiance, Yuri.
  • When He Smiles: Considering that he's usually in an unpleasant mood, his genuine smiles are a heartwarming sight. So far, said smiles have been given only to his grandfather, Yuri and Otabek.
  • You Are Fat: He tends to resort to this kind of insult when confronting Yuri, often calling him fat, a pig, or a fat pig. However, Yuri isn't at all affected by these insults and just shrugs them off, since by Episode 2 he's already gotten back in shape.

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