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    Phichit Chulanont 

Phichit Chulanont

Voiced by: Kensho Ono (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)

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A 20-year-old figure skater from Thailand who was both Yuri's college roommate and rinkmate in Detroit. He is currently training in Bangkok, where he hails from. He won bronze at the Four Continents Championships the previous season.


  • Adorkable: Particularly due to his Shipper on Deck tendencies and perpetually happy attitude, and along with Guang-Hong and Minami, he's seen as one of the "Three Most Adorable Figure Skaters in Asia" in social media.
  • Animal Motifs: He tends to be associated with hamsters. He carries a hamster plushie during competitions, has three hamsters as pets, his phone case has a picture of a hamster on it, and his Imagine Spot in Episode 12 of skating in his own ice show has the other skaters wearing hamster hats.
  • Audience Surrogate: How he comes off to the audience due to his reaction to seeing Victor and Yuri's engagement rings.
  • Camera Fiend: He loves sharing photos and videos of his daily life in Instagram and other SNS, and he especially loves to take selfies. Victor even mentions that Phichit can take selfies better than anyone he ever met.
  • Covert Pervert: When Christophe shows him pictures of a drunk Yuri going wild in the previous Grand Prix banquet, Phichit remarks how "dirty" they are, yet keeps on looking at them anyway while smirking.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He has a brief appearance in the first episode, watching Yuri's viral video while walking through the streets of Bangkok.
  • Foil: To Yuri. 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.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Yuri, whom he is more than happy to help in Episode 4 when Yuri needs a song for his free program. They both compete in the China Cup and in the Grand Prix Final. Phichit even warns Yuri at the end of Episode 6 that he's going to fight like hell to surpass him, but is still obviously very happy for him as he says it. According to Victor, Phichit is the only one of the foreign skaters that Yuri truly considers a friend.
  • Guyliner: He seems to be wearing winged eyeliner in Episode 10.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: To his entire country, as he is the first Thai skater to make it to the Grand Prix Final.
  • Keet: A happy upbeat guy who is always in a cheery mood and taking selfies with everybody.
  • Nervous Wreck: In Episode 8, he's in this state. Justified, as the results of the Rostelecom Cup might kick him out of the Grand Prix Final. Lucky for him, that doesn't happen.
  • Nice Guy: Phichit has a humble, friendly, and genial personality and is supportive of his fellow skaters, though he can sometimes get carried away with his love of social media and post embarrassing photos of people without their consent.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls his coach Celestino "Ciao Ciao".
  • Odd Friendship: His relationship with Yuri, since he's 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.
  • Older Than They Look: He's pretty youthful-looking for a 20-year-old.
  • Only Friend: Downplayed. Yuri does have friends and gets along with some of the other skaters, but among said skaters, Phichit is the only one Yuri really sees as his friend. See Friendly Rivalry above.
  • Patriotic Fervor: To a lesser degree than J.J., but one of Phichit's greatest motivations while skating his programs is proudly representing his home country of Thailand through his skills. He's the first Thai skater to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, and his determination to win is only that much stronger as a result.
  • Shipper on Deck: This is made clear by his reaction to Victor and Yuri's engagement.
  • Social Media Before Reason: Played for Laughs twice in Episode 6:
    • When Celestino can't keep up with Victor's drinking at the restaurant and has passed out while foaming at the mouth, Phichit's immediate reaction is to tell him to get a grip while taking a picture of him.
    • When Victor gets drunk and gets a lot more physically clingy with Yuri than he already is, Phichit snaps a picture of himself with a rather steamy image of both of them... and uploads it a few hours later even though he knows that this would upset Yuri, since he claims that he couldn't help himself. It doesn't help that he's a bit of a selfie nut.
  • Tears of Joy: He sheds this after skating his short program in the Grand Prix Final.
  • Troll: Hinted at, when he apologizes to Yuri about posting a rather scandalous photo of Victor and Yuri online, his expression and tone clearly say, "Sorry but I'm not sorry."
  • Victorious Loser: He places last in the Barcelona Grand Prix Final, although he doesn't seem to be sad about it. Instead, he seems to be overjoyed that he made it to the Final, and accomplished his dreams of skating to his favorite music and competing with Yuri.
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    Kenjiro Minami 

Kenjiro Minami

Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)

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A 17-year-old Japanese figure skater who Yuri must face in a local competition in Kyushu so he can qualify for the Japanese Nationals, due to his devastating loss the previous year. Described as a "Yuri-otaku."


  • Adorkable: He's a ball of energy who's very enthusiastic about showing his admiration for Yuri. He's also been voted one of the "Three Most Adorable Figure Skaters in Asia" on social media sites.
  • Cute Little Fangs: He has a prominent one which is usually visible even when his mouth is closed. It adds to his youthful and excitable personality.
  • Fanboy: As Yuri is Japan's top male singles skater, he is the personal hero and idol of all the young skaters in Kenjiro's generation. Kenjiro even travels to Yu-topia in Episode 10 to lead everyone in cheering Yuri on for the Grand Prix Final. The feelings Kenjiro holds for Yuri are described in the same way as the feelings Yuri held for Victor in Episode 1.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: According to the costume designer of the show, Kenjiro's outfit for the short program is supposed to be mismatched. The tie is too, and it's supposed to be deliberate asymmetrical, but he manages to tie it correctly.
  • Foil: To Yurio. 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.
  • Friendly Rivalry: He also wants to defeat Yuri in the Grand Prix someday, despite his admiration for him.
  • Graceful Loser: The first thing Kenjiro does after Yuri wins the Kyushu Championship is to congratulate him for his victory, before asking for an autograph.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He's a huge fan of Yuri, as seen when he gushes over his performances, tries to give him motivation, and squeals in delight when the latter cheers him on in his free program.
  • Keet: He's young, full of energy, has Multicolored Hair and is a figure skater, so he definitely fits.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is mostly blond with a red streak in the front.
  • Older Than They Look: Kenjiro is 17, making him two years Yurio's senior. However, he's very baby-faced and is even smaller than the petite and lithe Yurio.
  • Personality Blood Types: Type O. Confident, friendly, and a huge fan of Yuri's.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Victor and Yuri, judging by his reaction when he saw Victor putting chapstick on Yuri.
  • Unknown Rival: Word of God stated that Kenjiro sees Yurio as a rival, though the latter isn't even aware of him.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Yuri tries to downplay his performances as a "dark past", he shoots back that none of them are bad at all.

    Leo de la Iglesia 

Leo de la Iglesia

Voiced by: Shunichi Toki (Japanese), Ricco Fajardo (English)

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A 19-year-old American skater who won gold at Skate America. He is also competing in the China Cup.


  • Ambiguously Christian: The song he chose for his short program is about seeing God in the world around him.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are rather thick.
  • Camera Fiend: Together with Phichit and Guang-Hong, he's noted for his love of uploading photos and videos to social media.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-Universe, the main reason he skates is to express his love of music. He also choreographs all of his programs himself, and his coach even calls him an "artist".
  • Eagleland: Downplayed, but he is the sole character to dance to a song with rap, a typically American genre, in it. Aside from that, he's more down-to-earth than the stereotypical anime American. J.J. on the other hand...
  • Everyone Has Standards: Played for Laughs. Even though he can't help but take a few steamy pictures of Victor and Yuri, Leo has enough self-restraint to not post anything online (and he also tells Guang-Hong not to post anything either), unlike Phichit.
  • Graceful Loser: After getting the last place in the China Cup he swears to get better and try again, but he is still clearly sad about it.
  • Latino Is Brown: His skin is a bit darker than other North American characters', showing his Mexican ancestry.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's Mexican-American.
  • Spexico: A minor one. The surname "de la Iglesia" is common enough in Spain, but it can sound odd to Mexican audiences.

    Otabek Altin 

Otabek Altin

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese), Mike McFarland (English)

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An 18-year-old Kazakh skater who won the silver medal at the Skate America competition and was the previous season's bronze medalist at the Worlds. He's known for disliking social media, and is a hero in his native country, Kazakhstan.


  • Badass Biker: In Episode 10, when he swoops in with his bike and saves Yurio from his fangirls.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • When Victor announces his engagement to Yuri, he applauds while still having a completely straight face.
    • Also when Yurio wishes him good luck, he just looks back at him and gives him a thumbs up coupled again with the same straight face.
    • During Phichit's Imagine Spot in Episode 12, he can also be seen wearing a colorful costume that includes a hamster hat... once again, with the same straight face.
  • Connected All Along: With Yurio, whom he shared a rink with five years prior during Yakov's summer camp.
  • Cool Bike: He saves Yurio from his fangirls with it.
  • Death Glare: He sports a rather impressive one at the end of his short program that seemed to be directed at J.J..
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He briefly appears on the image of the winners of Skate America and as the bronze medalist during the previous year's World Championships.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A hilarious example. Despite Otabek's admiration for Yurio, even he refuses to bring him along to a club where he works as a DJ, since Yurio is still underage.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: With Yurio; they met at Yakov's summer training camp five years ago. Yurio left an impression on Otabek, but didn't remember him.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: In this case, to his entire country.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • He is a DJ as a hobby.
    • He also doesn't see his relationship with Yurio in terms of being older/more experienced and younger/less experienced, instead seeing Yurio as an equal, something that makes Yurio trust and bond with Otabek better than with the others.
  • Home Sweet Home: At the age of twelve he went to Yakov's summer camp to train, where he met Yurio, but from there, he went to various other countries before being finally able to go back to his country and hometown's rink one year prior to the events of the anime.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: A platonic variant (maybe). Otabek is stated to not really care about making friends with anyone, with Yurio as an exception.
  • Morality Pet: To Yurio, as his first friend and the sole person he treats nicely in the Grand Prix Final.
  • Odd Friendship: He willingly seeks out a friendship with the short-tempered and irritable Yurio, and actually succeeds in becoming friends with him.
  • Only Friend: To Yurio; he is described as Yurio's first friend.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: He's the only one who flawlessly executed both his programs in the Grand Prix Final, but it wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the podium.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: While nearly every single figure skater appearing in the series draws some inspiration from a real figure skater or two, Otabek is explicitly acknowledged by the creator to be modeled off of the Kazakhstanian Olympic bronze medalist, Denis Ten.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Like Phichit, part of his reason for skating is to represent his home country. The official fanbook even states that his costume for his short program is meant to represent the fact that he hails from Kazakhstan, and his free program symbolizes him leading Kazakhstan to victory.
  • Red Baron: Often called by news as "The Hero of Kazakhstan".
  • Shipper on Deck: He claps quite enthusiastically (while keeping a straight face) when Phichit loudly reveals Victor and Yuri's engagement during their dinner.
  • Ship Tease: His apparent role in the show is to be this for Yurio. Taken Up to Eleven in the "Welcome to the Madness" OVA, where Otabek participates in Yurio's exhibition skate and even bites his glove off.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: If indeed his intentions toward Yurio are romantic, he would seem to be a case of this, never forgetting their first meeting where he was struck by Yurio's eyes, and then seeking him down years later to tell him this and befriend him.
  • The Stoic: He almost never shows any emotion.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: While he's more often than not The Stoic and a bit distant with the rest of the competitors, he has also shown a softer side. This is more evident with Yurio, looking more at ease and relaxed around the younger skater than when we first see him.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's 18, but his stern-looking and angular face makes him look older than that.

    Guang-Hong Ji 

Guang-Hong Ji

Voiced by: Yutaro Honjo (Japanese), Howard Wang (English)

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A 17-year-old Chinese skater, competing in the China Cup and the winner of the bronze medal at Skate America.


  • Adorkable: His shy personality combined with his admiration of Victor and his love of social media makes him this.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: The youngest character among the competitors in the China Cup. Although he's two years Yurio's senior, he seems younger than the latter due to his more pliable personality.
  • Camera Fiend: Together with Leo and Phichit, he posts a whole lot of photos on social media.
  • The Cutie: He's considered this In-Universe; according to Word of God, he's rated as one of the "Three Most Adorable Figure Skaters in Asia" on social media sites.
  • Fanboy: To Victor. In Episode 6, when Leo mentions that Victor will be at the restaurant he's going to, Guang-Hong immediately wants to go.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite coming across as a Shrinking Violet most of the time, his Imagine Spots during his free program show a tougher side to him, since he envisions himself as an assassin infiltrating an enemy organization. Word of God says he also dreams of being a Hollywood celebrity.
  • Informed Attribute: On the anime's official website, Guang-Hong's profile says that he admires and looks up to Phichit (with the English version of the site even saying he yearns for Phichit). However, there's no evidence of this shown in the anime itself, especially since he spends much more time with Leo and seems to admire him instead.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: His phone cover has a bright pink color, and the curtains in his room have the same color with a rather feminine pattern.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's shy and soft-spoken, unlike his friends Phichit and Leo.
  • Youthful Freckles: Promotional pictures and key visuals show him with freckles. In the show proper, they look more like a slight blush over his nose and cheeks.

    Jean-Jacques "J.J." Leroy 

Jean-Jacques "J.J." Leroy

Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (Japanese), Jeremy Inman (English)

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A 19-year-old Canadian skater. He won the gold medal at Skate Canada and is the bronze medalist of the previous season's Grand Prix Final. He comes from a family of figure skaters.


  • Always Second Best: Much like Christophe, while he's a good skater, he's eclipsed by Victor and also aspires to defeat him.
  • Ambiguously Brown: He has slightly darker skin tone than many of the other characters present in the anime, which likely means he is of a visible minority or of mixed descent background (his mother has a lighter skin tone compared to his father and the rest of the family).
  • Badass Bookworm: He's a world-renowned skater who excels in many other things, including academics. Word of God confirmed that he's ranked first among his class in the university he studies in.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He's just as arrogant as Yurio when it comes to his skills as a figure skater (albeit nowhere near as mean about it), and his skills are legitimate. However, he's also genuinely grateful to his family, his girlfriend and his fans for supporting him, and it turns out that he's not immune to Performance Anxiety, since he suffers from a panic attack in Episode 11 that makes him score so low in the short program that he no longer has any chance of winning gold. Even then, he still puts on a brave face for the sake of his fans after his score is announced, giving them his usual Catchphrase and trademark pose even though he's clearly shaken by the results.
  • Broken Ace: He's the winner of Skate Canada and was the bronze medalist of the previous season's Grand Prix Final. Although they don't mention it, his short program score in Russia, 113.56, would be a real-life world record. In fact, he is also the winner of the Rostelecom Cup. Aside from figure skating, he's also talented in other areas, such as singing in a rock band, designing his own fashion line, and doing charity work in the off-season. However, in Episode 11, he has an anxiety attack from the pressure to win. It causes him to mess up so badly he gets the worst score of his entire senior division career, though he smiles through it for the sake of his fans.
  • Canada, Eh?: Played with. J.J. is pretty much the antithesis/inversion of the stereotypical apologetic Canadian with his bombastic actions and It's All About Me attitude. He's in fact closer to the stereotypical hammy American. Though within Canada, he does fit the obnoxious Montréal stereotype.
  • Catchphrase: "It's J.J. Style!", which is usually accompanied by a specific pose where he crosses his arms and forms two Js with his thumbs and index fingers.
  • Chastity Couple: Word of God said that J.J. and Isabella haven't slept together yet due to being devout Christians, and pre-marital sex is frowned upon in said religion.
  • Chick Magnet: Implied given how Isabella mentioned his club of fangirls, the "J.J. Girls".
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: InUniverse; his short program music, "Theme of King J.J.", which he is seen singing, was a collaboration between him and a rock band.
  • Fashion Designer: He designs his own fashion line, which is named J.J Style after his Catchphrase. His practice clothes are from this line.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's rather unapproachable compared to everyone else, and it's pretty clear he isn't popular with the other skaters. While there's a get together of skaters that even Otabek and Yurio were invited to, he wasn't. As soon as he appears, the group announces that the party is over, though he does seem to try to apologize and be friends with them. He's rather popular back in his home country, however.
  • The Gadfly: He loves picking on Yurio, much to the latter's chagrin. According to Word of God, J.J. doesn't mean to be malicious when he does it and views it as a sort of friendly hazing since Yurio has just entered the senior division.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • While he is visibly upset over the results of his short program, he doesn't throw a fit and accepts it all with a smile instead, bowing to his fans with his trademark pose and Catchphrase.
    • In Episode 12, he knows that his screw-up at his short program ruined his chances of winning the gold medal, which is why he's more than satisfied with winning the bronze medal for a second time.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • It's highly possible that his arrogant and overconfident personality is just a front he puts up to keep himself from succumbing to pressure, which is what happens to him in Episode 11.
    • Word of God reveals that he's a Christian, and devout enough to abstain from premarital sex, which isn't even hinted at in the show proper.
  • High-School Sweethearts: J.J. and Isabella have known each other since high school, and now they're engaged.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Word of God stated that J.J. is truly unaware if he's annoying others, and has trouble picking up on social cues. One good example is his teasing of Yurio, which might seem condescending or implicitly spiteful at first, but J.J. actually means to cheer up the younger skater and give him some encouragement. Yurio being Yurio however, he takes all of them as insults instead.
  • In-Series Nickname: J.J. Almost all the other characters (aside from the commentators) call him this instead of his full name, even his parents and girlfriend.
  • Insufferable Genius: He is as good as they get, even getting gold in both Skate Canada and the Rostelecom Cup, and he is very aware of how much better he is than most competitors. It is most likely due to his attitude that he is the least liked of the skaters that reached the Grand Prix Final; in Episode 10, all the other skaters were having a get-together before the event, but when J.J. showed up, they all got up and left.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be really narcissistic and a bit of The Gadfly, but he's far from a Jerk Jock, and the fact that he participates in charity work during the off-season does say something. He also genuinely cares about his girlfriend and his fans, and feels grateful towards them when they continue to cheer for him even after he flubs his short program the Grand Prix Final.
  • Large Ham: Given his arrogant and boisterous personality, what else did you expect? Whether he's speaking or internally monologuing, he's loud.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Figure skating runs in his family; his parents (who are also his coaches) were Olympic ice dancing champions and he has a younger brother and sister who are both in the junior division.
  • Meaningful Name: His family name, Leroy, is an old spelling of "le roi", which is French for "the king". J.J. often refers to himself as "the king", and his short program music is titled "Theme of King J.J.".
  • Mr. Fanservice: Not as much as Victor or Christophe, but we were still given a clear view of his extremely toned body during one of his monologues.
  • Narcissist: Everything about him is about nothing else than himself. His song for the short program was made by a band, it's a song called "Theme of King J.J." in which he describes himself as a king in the top of the world and invites others to follow him. He also spends his entire inner monologue speaking about how amazing he is. He's a nicer example than most, though, since he cares about his girlfriend and is grateful to his fans and his home country for supporting him.
  • No Social Skills: A possible interpretation of his relationship with the other skaters is that he genuinely isn't very good at making friends. He was truly joking when he arrived at their get-together in Episode 10 and ended up making them leave early — to which he tried to apologize for, and it's likely he really does want to be friends with them. Word of God has said that he isn't good at picking up on social cues, which supports this idea.
  • Not So Different: With Yuri. Personality-wise, they couldn't be any more different. What they do have in common is that they're both skilled skaters, they're susceptible to Performance Anxiety, and can be intimidated by other skaters, which bites J.J. in the ass during his short program in the Grand Prix Final and causes him to place dead last.
  • Official Couple: With his fiancée Isabella.
  • Patriotic Fervor: He has a tattoo of the Canadian Maple Leaf on his right arm, with the last three lines of the Canadian national anthem written below it.
  • Performance Anxiety: Even he can suffer from this; he has a bad anxiety attack due to the pressure of the Grand Prix Final during his short program, leading to him messing up so bad he comes in last.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: He's a favorite to win the Grand Prix and has won gold in both Skate Canada and the Rostelecom Cup but as a result the pressure of winning finally gets to him and leads to an anxiety attack.
  • Raised Catholic: Word of God has confirmed that he's Catholic, and that he and Isabella haven't had premarital sex because of it. He also crosses himself before his short program both times, though this may or may not be religious.
  • Renaissance Man: World-class figure skater, singer and composer, fashion designer, charity worker...
  • The Rival: To Yurio, who he has defeated twice, though it seems to be one-sided on Yurio's part.
  • The Rockstar: He also plays in a rock band, that helped him compose a song to skate.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Isabella and J.J. often flirt in each other's presence, much to the annoyance of anyone else who's around.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Yurio. J.J. is mostly harmless in his teasing, but Yurio hates him to a hilarious extent because J.J. keeps defeating him.
  • Shirtless Scene: He can be seen shirtless playing with a band.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name was initially written as "Jean-Jack" in promotional materials from before the anime aired (and some of his fans hold up posters that still say "Jean-Jack"), but it was later corrected to "Jean-Jacques".
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Want to know how J.J. will look in 25 years? Just take a look at his father.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: He has three tattoos; one on his lower back and the other two on each of his arms. The tattoos on his left arm and lower back are of his initials, which show his narcissism and self-confidence, while the Canadian maple leaf tattoo on his right arm shows his love for his country.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In a brief flashback in Episode 12, J.J. didn't seem to get along well with his previous coaches since they wouldn't let him express his own style of skating, which is why his parents decided to coach him themselves. The fanbook even reveals that his weakness is cooperation.
  • Unknown Rival: To Victor, to the point of delusion. Victor isn't actually sure what's J.J.'s name even stands for, while J.J. thinks Victor left the competition because he was afraid of facing him.
  • Whole Costume Reference: In a flashback in Episode 12 to when he was younger, he's shown wearing Eric Cartman's iconic coat and hat.
  • Younger Than They Look: Due to his height and build, he looks older than 23 year-old Yuri or 20 year-old Phichit, who can still pass off as teenagers.
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    Emil Nekola 

Emil Nekola

Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Justin Briner (English)

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An 18-year-old skater from the Czech Republic. He won the bronze medal at Skate Canada. He does extreme sports in the off season and is noted for his quads.


  • Ambiguously Bi: It seems that he is hitting on both Michele and Sara simultaneously in some of his interactions with them.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Besides Victor, Yuri, and J.J., he's the only other skater who dared to put four quads in his free program. While it strained him as he made mistakes after landing the last quad, the fact he could do a total of four quads is not to be overlooked.
  • The Cameo: He briefly appears on the image of the winners of Skate Canada.
  • Cuddle Bug: Implied, seeing as he's the only one who's okay with Yuri randomly hugging him after the latter goes around glomping everyone after being starved for affection due to Victor's absence. In fact, he's the only one who hugs him back.
  • Cyberpunk: Invoked, his theme is "Cyberpunk: I am No Longer Human".
  • Fan of the Underdog: In the Grand Prix Final, he loudly cheers Yuri on during the latter's short program, and does the same after Yuri's free program.
  • Graceful Loser: Even though he doesn't qualify for the Grand Prix Final, he isn't upset about it.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He has blond hair, and he's one of the nicest characters in the anime.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: A victim of it, as Michele is always protecting Sara. He seems to later ask Michele to go with them as well.
  • Nice Guy: He has a very cheerful and friendly disposition, and doesn't antagonize anyone.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Emil was a finalist in the previous World Championships.
  • Out of Focus: In the Rostelecom Cup, we don't even get to see his short program.
  • Thrill Seeker: He does extreme sports in his free time, which drives his coach nuts.
  • Tron Lines: His costume for his free program incorporates these, fitting the Cyberpunk theme of the program. The "glow" effect is replaced by tiny crystals that reflect the light from the rink.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite Michele's tendency to bicker with Emil, they've actually known each other for a long time and are even described by Word of God to be like brothers.
  • Younger Than They Look: Does he look 18 to you?

    Georgi Popovich 

Georgi Popovich

Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese), David Trosko (English)

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A 27-year-old skater from Russia with an intense personality. After being dumped by his girlfriend, he focused his anger on his theme for skating: "Heartbreak". With Victor out of the picture, he is now the current top Russian skater.


  • Always Second Best: He was second to Victor during their time in Russia.
  • Broken Tears: He cries in the middle of his short program while thinking of his ex.
  • Character Development: In Episode 10, he is shown in a date with another girl, implying he is finally over Anya and ready to date again.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His break up and subsequently, his ex-girlfriend's engagement to her new boyfriend leads him to stop believing in love. However, by Episode 10 he seems to have gotten over it, since he's seen on a date with another girl.
  • Dark Is Evil: Invoked; his short program is based on him playing as the witch of The Sleeping Beauty, Carabosse. Fittingly, his costume for his short program is a very dark outfit.
  • Designated Villain: In-Universe, Guang-Hong uses him to represent the villain during his mental image of his free program.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He makes several brief appearances in the first few episodes, but he isn't formally introduced until Episode 6.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has quite the deep voice, which comes handy during his short program as he is taking the role of a Wicked Witch.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He relishes in the fact that Victor's career switch to coaching means that he is now the best skater on the Russian team.
  • Guyliner: The only skater to have this in the China Cup. He uses quite a lot of it for his short program getup, and he even has matching lipstick.
  • Heartbroken Badass: His excellent performance in the China Cup comes from the fact that his girlfriend had recently dumped him. Taken even further when in Episode 7, it's revealed the girl is engaged to her new boyfriend. As of Episode 10, however, he seems to have moved on after he is seen on a date with a blonde woman near the end of the episode.
  • In-Series Nickname: In Japan, he's known as "the pigeon" due to his flashy skating outfits.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: His short program has him playing the female witch Carabosse.
  • Large Ham: He's known for his flashy performances and outfits, and his inner monologues during both his programs are very melodramatic.
  • Light Is Good: Invoked as well. In his free program, he wears light blue colors, since he's no longer playing the witch, but the prince.
  • Not Good with Rejection: He hasn't taken being dumped by his ex-girlfriend well at all, to the point that his theme for the season is "heartbreak" and he channels all of his rage about the breakup into his short program in Episode 6. Then in Episode 7, he skates his free program while convinced that he can win her back... only for her to publicly reject him from the stands since she's now engaged to someone else, causing him to mess up.
  • Significant Birth Date: His is December 26th, trailing behind the noise and excitement of Christmas Day... which is Victor's birthday. Even Georgi's birthday symbolizes how he's always behind Victor's shadow.

    Christophe Giacometti 

Christophe Giacometti

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)

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A 25-year-old figure skater from Switzerland, and a longtime friend/rival of Victor's. His presence on stage is marked by his sex appeal.


  • Always Second Best: He's a really good skater, although not as good as Victor, whom he wishes to beat. The announcers even state that while he is always one of the finalists in any tournament, he never once won any competition due to Victor's presence.
  • Ambiguously Gay: His introduction has him grab Yuri's ass with absolutely no shame which likely has something to do with how Yuri pole danced with him while drunk at last year's banquet, and in Episode 11 he's implied to be in a relationship with an unnamed man.
  • Camp Gay: Besides being Ambiguously Gay, he's rather flamboyant, especially in the English dub (whereas it's downplayed in the original dub).
  • Carpet of Virility: If you look closely during the scenes where he's shirtless or his torso is exposed, you can see that he has a bit of chest hair.
  • Challenge Seeker: Downplayed, but he only gets fired up once he has someone to compete against. This used to be Victor; now it's Yuri.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: He seems to be actually climaxing in the end of his short program in Episode 6, even moaning. It happens again during his free program in the very next episode!
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He makes two brief cameos in Episode 1, as the silver medalist at the Sochi Grand Prix Final and at a conference with Victor and Otabek after the World Championship. A photo of him is also seen on Victor's phone in Episode 2.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His first appearance has him smoothly grabbing Yuri's ass and whispering in his ear about Victor.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: After his free program in Episode 12, it can be seen that even men are enamored by his charms when he winks and says "Merci," to Minako.
  • Female Gaze: There are at least three moments when the camera focuses on his ass during his short program.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Victor, whom he has a Strange Minds Think Alike situation. They get along well, and Christophe says he's motivated to do better because of Victor.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • He's not upset in the slightest when Phichit and Yuri score higher than him in the China Cup, with him winning only the bronze medal.
    • Even though he doesn't score high enough to secure a spot on the podium in the Grand Prix Final, he doesn't throw a fit about it.
  • Hidden Depths: Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly), Christophe can pole-dance like nobody's business, and is able to perform some moves that are very difficult to pull off in Real Life.
  • In-Series Nickname: Other characters shorten his name to Chris.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: He's seen in an Instagram photo with a cat in the ending, and the same cat turns out to be his in Episode 11, which he seems to be very fond of. He is also quite the Mellow Fellow and is pretty nice.
  • Megane: He uses glasses at home, as shown in Episode 11. Word of God says that Chris is near-sighted and he uses contacts when he skates.
  • Mellow Fellow: Always happy, calm and friendly, although sometimes he does get a bit too friendly.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's quite good looking, has a pleasantly deep voice, and there's almost as much attention given to his body as Victor's, with a lot of shots during his performances being focused on his ass. He milks this for all it's worth In-Universe, with his style of skating being the most sexual in nature compared to the other skaters. He also pole danced while only in his underwear along with a very drunk Yuri at the previous year's Grand Prix Final banquet.
  • Multicolored Hair: His hair is blond on top and brown on the sides. Since his eyebrows are brown, the blond part of his hair is probably dyed.
  • Nice Guy: He's actually quite friendly, even to his rivals. Maybe too friendly.
  • Only Friend: There are implications that he is this to Victor, from the way Victor talks about him. They've been competing together for ten years, and Victor admits that he can't imagine being in a competition without Chris.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: How Christophe feels after watching Yuri's performance.
    Christophe: (internally monologuing) Yuri, your innocent sex appeal is a violent force. I'm the only one in the world who can win against that.
  • Perma-Stubble: He has some facial air around his mouth and on his chin.
  • Proud Beauty: Oh, yeah. He's sexy and he knows it.
  • The Rival: To Victor, previously, but now he is going after Yuri.
  • Sex Sells: He oozes sex appeal on the ice, and he's well aware of how much his sex appeal adds to his programs.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: He isn't at all ashamed about skating in a highly sexual manner in front of a huge audience, nor is he embarrassed about revealing that he pole danced while almost naked at the previous year's Grand Prix Final banquet.
  • Shipper on Deck: Like with Phichit, he seems to be one for Victor and Yuri, given his amused reactions when their engagement is publicly revealed, and when Yuri drunkenly flirted with Victor in the Grand Prix banquet last year.
  • Signature Move: The announcers state that his is the quadruple Lutz.
  • Significant Birth Date: As the most overtly sexual and flirtatious member of the cast, it's appropriate that Christophe's birthday is on February 14th (Valentine's Day).
  • Speech Impediment: In the English dub, he has a rather noticeable lisp.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: With Victor, with whom he shares a lot of moments in Episode 10. The fact that both are oddballs and are very open about their sexuality makes them get along very well.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Lampshaded by Victor that when they first met; Christophe looked sweet and cute, but developed into a sexy beast. He's still a Nice Guy, however.

    Seung-Gil Lee 

Seung-Gil Lee

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Oscar Seung (English)

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A 20-year-old figure skater hailing from South Korea. He is notable for not including fanservice in his skating, and has no sense of fashion off the ice.


  • Ambiguously Gay: Aside from stereotypical things (such as his Almavivo costume), he is described in the webpage as " 女嫌い" (onnagirai or woman-hater/misogynist) but the term also has a different connotation. There's also how he kissed Takeshi while drunk in the Yuri!!! on Stage script event.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Seung-Gil might be on the autism spectrum. He doesn't seem to like socializing with other skaters and is brutally honest in pointing out that he doesn't have to be nice to Sara (probably since she's not competing against him). He spends his inner monologue during his short program constantly calculating his scores, and has a default dispassionate/cold expression and an almost-monotone voice with either a flat or blunted affect.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Downplayed. According to Word of God, Seung-Gil is an expert in mathematics, and this is hinted at when he effortlessly calculates his score in his head while performing his short program.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: While skating, he can calculate in his head how much points he would be receiving from landing or missing jumps and the like.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are rather thick.
  • Bishōnen: There's a good reason why he's popular with women. Even Minako and the Nishigori triplets state that he also holds some sex appeal.
  • Brutal Honesty: He has a very sharp tongue, exemplified by him directly telling Sara that he finds no benefit in being friendly to her, although he's far from malicious.
  • Chick Magnet: He's stated to have a large female fanbase, though ironically enough, he doesn't seem to be fond of women.
  • The Comically Serious: A more subdued example than Otabek, but he comes across as this in the Yuri!!! on Stage event with his deadpan reactions to the other characters' antics and his attempts to make puns based on his own name.
  • Cry Cute: He acts like nothing ever fazes him, but he cries when he fails to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, showing that he is not as cold as he seems.
  • The Ditz: Off the ice, he is noted for being prone to zoning out and being a general airhead.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Downplayed; he's noted for having an extreme aversion to women.
  • Innocently Insensitive: His cold attitude can make him come across as downright cruel, but Word of God stated that he doesn't harbor any ill intentions towards the other skaters at all; he simply doesn't care.
  • In Vino Veritas: He's normally very anti-social, but the stage event reveals that when he gets drunk he becomes affectionate to the point that he kisses anyone he sees.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: One of the sub-plots in the official stage event reveals that he smooches anyone he sees when he's drunk.
  • Momma's Boy: Implied, and even then, downplayed. The official fanbook stated that he uncomplainingly wears all the clothes his mother would buy him, which could explain why he's known to have "poor fashion sense".
  • No Social Skills: It comes with his Brutal Honesty.
  • Not So Stoic: Though he hardly shows any emotions most of the time, he cries after losing the chance to go to the Grand Prix Final and he looks rather uncomfortable when Yuri hugs him later on.
  • Personality Blood Types: Type AB. He's unemotional, intelligent, and aloof.
  • Signature Move: The quadruple loop, which only he, Emil, and J.J. had succeeded in pulling off.
  • The Stoic: His facial expression hardly ever changes, even during his programs.

    Michele Crispino 

Michele Crispino

Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)

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A 22-year-old Italian figure skater with a highly uptight, straight-laced personality. He was fifth at the previous season's Grand Prix Final. He's very close to, and protective of, his twin sister Sara.


  • Aesop Amnesia: He has a character arc during the Rostelecom Cup where he comes to realize that he shouldn't be so overprotective of Sara and they need to spend time apart. By the time the Grand Prix Final start, though, he's gone right back to being overprotective of her.
  • Berserk Button: If you're a man who even so much as looks at Sara, expect him to immediately become hostile.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of his younger twin sister, stemming from when boys used to bully her when they were younger. They're almost always together. However, the trope is deconstructed since over time, his protective instincts have become possessive and overly dependent.
  • Child Hater: It's not really certain whether he dislikes children in general or not, but he's clearly not fond of Yurio in particular; although it's most likely because Michele can't stand his aggressive and borderline-bratty personality, given his exasperated attitude towards him in the bonus manga.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His very first scene shows him yelling at Emil for trying to hit on Sara.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Since he and Sara are fraternal twins, they don't look much alike aside from having the same purple eyes.
  • Fan of the Underdog: He supports Yuri just as much as the other figure skaters do (though he's initially distrustful of Yuri since Sara acts friendly towards him), even shedding tears after Yuri's free skate.
  • Foil: To Yuri. Both emotionally depend on and are motivated by other people to skate — Victor in Yuri's case, Sara in Michele's case. However, Yuri's relationship with Victor allows him to draw strength from himself and grow, while Michele's relationship with Sara is possessive and limiting.
  • Funny Foreigner: Particularly in the English dub, where he has a rather strong Italian accent, making his interactions with Emil even more hilarious. In the Japanese version, he speaks in Hiroshima dialect.
  • In-Series Nickname: Sara and Emil both call him "Mickey".
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He invokes this image during his short program, with his outfit resembling medieval armor. This is due to how he views himself as his sister's "knight in shining armor", since he would always chase away boys who bullied her when they were younger.
  • Latin Lover: Subverted. As long as he keeps his mouth shut, he looks like your stereotypical Tall, Dark, and Handsome Italian man, but he has an uptight personality and is a virgin with no interest in sex or romance.
  • Manly Tears: Downplayed; he becomes tearful after Yuri's free program in the Grand Prix Final.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He's extremely hostile towards any man who tries to get close to Sara, which stems from how boys used to bully Sara when they were younger. However, Sara resents this since she wants to be able to date and finds Michele's behavior possessive and overbearing.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While he fails to qualify for the Grand Prix Final in the current season, he was one of the finalists in the previous Grand Prix.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Sara, being more uptight and short-tempered than his sister.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite Michele's tendency to bicker with Emil, they've actually known each other for a long time and are even described by Word of God to be like brothers.
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    Milla Babicheva 

Milla Babicheva

Voiced by: Mari Doi (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)

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An 18-year-old Russian skater who trains with Yurio and Georgi under Yakov. She is ranked third in the world in ladies' singles skating.


  • Bare Your Midriff: Her practice outfit has this going for her.
  • Bilingual Bonus: While she and Yurio are presumably speaking Russian to each other, Translation Convention renders his nickname for her as "baba", roughly meaning "old hag", making it a pun on her last name. "Baba" also essentially means the same thing in both Russian and Japanese.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She makes several brief appearances in the first two episodes before finally having a speaking role in Episode 4.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: She's able to pick up Yurio and hold him over her head like it's nothing.
  • Fan of the Underdog: She supports Yuri just as much as the other figure skaters do, cheering for him alongside Sara and the others during Rostelecom Cup and the Grand Prix Final.
  • Fiery Redhead: When provoked, as Yuri mentioned about what happened to her ex-boyfriend.
  • Friendly Rivalry: She gets along well with Sara, even though they're competing against each other in the ladies's singles division of Grand Prix Final.
  • The Gadfly: She seems happy to pick on Yurio.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Yurio; she loves to pick on him, but she still shows him her support and her teasing is out of being The Gadfly rather than anything romantic.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Downplayed, due to Yurio's skinny body, but she is capable of lifting him over her head without breaking a sweat.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She got to participate in the ladies' singles division of the Grand Prix Final along with Sara, but we never saw her skating.
  • Pink Is Feminine: A small example. In the previous Grand Prix banquet, she was seen wearing a pink dress. She also wears pink gloves with her practice outfit.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Crunchyroll subs spell her name as "Mila", but Mitsurou Kubo has also spelled her name as "Milla" and the Funimation subs use "Mira".
  • Woman Scorned: According to Yurio, Milla gave her then-boyfriend the beating of a lifetime when she found out he was cheating on her with another girl.

    Sara Crispino 

Sara Crispino

Voiced by: Marika Minase (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)

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A 22-year-old figure skater from Italy, ranked fourth globally in ladies' singles skating. She's Michele's younger twin sister.


  • Cruel to Be Kind: Before Michele's free program, Sara coldly tells her brother that she doesn't need him to succeed, and he shouldn't need her either. She does this because she believes their codependent relationship is holding both of them back, and she wants Michele to become stronger without her. Michele proves her right by delivering a phenomenal performance without her support.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Her hair color was changed from brown to black late into production, so early merchandising, magazine spreads, and even the closing credits show her with chestnut hair.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Since she and Michele are fraternal twins, they don't look much alike aside from having the same purple eyes (though she was initially designed with the same hair color as Michele before they changed her hair from brown to black).
  • Fan of the Underdog: While she supports her brother first and foremost, she also unconditionally supports Yuri during the Rostelecom Cup, and is the only one to do so considering almost nobody else pays Yuri any attention. She also cheers for Yuri alongside the other skaters during the Grand Prix Final.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Milla, who she seems on good terms with; they commentate on the Rostelecom Cup and the Final together.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Michele isn't really sure how to function without her around. She is well-aware of this, and wishes to change it.
  • Nice Girl: She is the only skater who doesn't snub Yuri in the Rostelecom Cup, properly greeting him with a smile when they encounter each other in the hotel. She even congratulates him for qualifying for the Grand Prix Finals.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: She, along with Milla, got to participate in the Women's Grand Prix Final, but we never saw her skating.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: With Michele, being friendlier and more down-to-earth than her brother.
  • Signature Move: A combination jump consisting of a triple Lutz followed by a triple loop. She and her brother are the only active skaters capable of pulling it off in competition.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Crunchyroll subs write her name as "Sala", although the correct spelling is "Sara", and her name is pronounced as the latter in the English dub.
  • Women Are Wiser: She seems more down-to-earth than Michele and is aware that even as brother and sister, they need some distance, and he needs to be able to perform without her around.

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