Our youth spent together.
Fried chicken is my love."
The eligible hot wings are:
- Atomic: A brooding outsider and delinquent who has been suspended a total of 174 times. He doesn't take to the player character and believes they don't believe to be at the academy.
- Cajun: An aspiring doctor and a driven scholar who, alongside his brother Louisiana Rub, has beaten the odds to attend the prestigious academy from humble backgrounds. He's a little odd, to say the least.
- Citrus Piri Piri: An overworked graduate student at the Academy struggling to strike a healthy work-life balance. Despite his place in the hierarchy, he is close to several students and has a band with Garlic.
- Garlic Parmesan: The popular, handsome, and intelligent older brother that seems to have the perfect life. He's not as happy as he lets on.
- Hickory Smoked BBQ: A fictional character that you shouldn't romance because he doesn't have a story.
- Honey Pineapple: A totally generic Wing who is living his fantasy of being in a bad teen romance movie.
- Lemon Pepper: The younger brother of Garlic with quite a chip on his shoulder about always being in his shadow.
- Louisiana Rub: The twin of Cajun who is perhaps the most studious Wing in the Academy. He's an aspiring pharmacist.
- Mango Habanero: A hardcore theory nerd with a bit of an odd way of viewing things, he finds the deeper philosophical implications in everything around him.
- Mild: A shy loner who mostly gets pushed around by the other Wings. He's really into his art.
- Original Hot: A foreign exchange student who speaks entirely in a different language that the other Wings may or may not understand.
- Smoke0: A cool hip guy who has been held back in the academy several years in a row.
- Spicy Kochukaru: A friend from before Wing Academy whom you've lost contact with over the years. Attempting to reconnect with you dredges up some bad memories.
- Teriyaki: A quiet and brooding student who's maybe a bit too serious for the setting.
Not to be confused with Hatoful Boyfriend.
The game contains examples of following tropes:
- Affectionate Parody: Of the visual novel and dating simulator genres.
- Author Appeal: The credits attributes the game idea to the author's love of wings.
- Bad End: If none of the Wings are attached enough to you to go to the dance, you get one of these. Several of the endings in the routes proper may also count.
- Bait-and-Switch: You're allowed to name your Player Character anything you want, but most of the characters reject this name and refer to you as Balyssa anyway.
- Bedroom Adultery Scene: Not shown, but described by Spicy Kochukaru over his former Soulmouth Steve.
- Big "NO!": In a comedic example, one of Spicy's voicelines is this.
- Bilingual Bonus: More like quadrilingual if that was a term that was used. Original Hot speaks a total of five languages in the game, including French, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese. The end credits are also sung in Mandarin Chinese with no subtitles. That most of the non-English is illegible to many players is the point.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Several characters could apply, including Mango, Original, and Hickory.
- Deconstructor Fleet: Of both the visual novel and dating simulator genres and also several romcom and teen movie tropes.
- Dysfunction Junction: Each of the Wings have some personal problem they're working through.
- Fantastic Racism: Lemon mentions that the term "chicken wings" is a slur if non-wings say it. Mr. Fry suggests fear of this as the reason why he hid Balyssa's heritage from them.
- Foreign Exchange Student: Original Hot is one.
- Foreshadowing: Quite a bit for several of the routes and major twists.
- Garlic marries a fry in Honey's ending and mentions feeling oddly close to you despite not being attracted to humans. This sets up his attraction to fries.
- Garlic being drawn to you even though he's not attracted to humans foreshadows that the player character may not be fully human.
- Honey straight up mentions he thinks Cajun is trying to kill him.
- Teriyaki and Smoke0 both attempt to drop some hints about the true nature of the school, hoping to convince you to help them.
- Cajun hints at having a more nefarious goal and is disappointed if you seem to disapprove or misunderstand him.
- Gay Option: The player character's gender is never revealed, so it's possible for any of the routes to be gay, assuming hot wings have analogous genders. The human portrait version makes this more explicit.
- Hidden Depths: Despite the off-the-wall premise, each of the Wings actually has a storyline that extends beyond them being hot wings.
- I'm a Humanitarian: In one scene, Atomic tricks Spicy into eating fried chicken. It strains their relationship.
- Lost in Translation: The name of the credits song requires an understanding of Mandarin Chinese to get the pun.
- Medium Awareness: In spades, particularly from Hickory.
- Multiple Endings: As is expected of the genre.
- Pair the Spares: Deconstructed and subverted in Honey's route.
- Pun-Based Title: Wingman is both a dating term for someone who helps you get a date, and also a reference to literal Wing-men.
- Self-Deprecation: There are periodic jabs at both the game's medium (visual novel) and the game itself. Louisiana Rub's entire ending revolves around this for the game.
- Shout-Out: In spades.
Smoke0: You have a buffalo wild night?
- The game references several hot wings restaurants, including Wingstop, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Smoke Eaters.
- Legally Blonde: Atomic has been suspended 174 times (and will be kicked out the 175th time) and there are multiple references to the lyrics of "Chip on My Shoulder".
- High School Musical: Honey's reference to falling in love of cookies references the end of the first film.
- Friday: Which seat will you take?
- Surprise Creepy: Some of the routes in particular Cajun's, Teriyaki's, and Smoke0's may count as this.
- You All Look Familiar: The player character mentions having difficulty telling Wings apart and instantly feeling bad for it.