Top Ten Haikyuu!! Characters

The Top Ten
1 Kageyama Tobio

Kageyama Tobio's story is definitely the most unique one in the show. From the start his struggles have been different. Growing up alone is not easy. And being abandoned by everyone affected his relationship with others too. A rare talent alone is not enough for you to shine. you need love and support to grow. And Tobio did not have anyone at first before coming to Karasuno. I don't know about other characters but I really understand him the most. That's why he is my most favorite on the show. <3

Geniuses are built different. That's why Kageyama is so different from other players. Being an asocial person can be really hard. Haikyuu isn't just about volleyball it showed what players go through and their everyday struggles to be better. Despite being a genius in volleyball he kind of lost the spotlight after middle school incident which hurt him deeply tho he never showed it. Luckily Karasuno understood him and his character development throughout the show is the best thing in the whole series. He might seem like a cold indifferent selfish kinda type but he actually means well. He just doesn't know how to express his thoughts properly. But he is working on it. Not to mention he is a volleyball monster and the best player in Haikyuu. The only thing he is lacking is communication. Tho I think he will eventually get better at that too. After being called "King of the court" by his previous schoolmates and Oikawa and "Goody two shoes" by Atsumu he got really confused. But Hinata ...more

I can understand Kageyama he's my favorite character and I love the guy. He loves the game and he focuses how to improve like everyone else who loves sports. I get how he has a strong temper, but we kind of need it sometimes. He is him for a reason, even though his team is 50 or 100 points ahead you still can't just assume your going to win or its basically over. Youll never know whats gonna happen in a game, because it is a game. People might say "its just a game he needs to chill" or , "game isn't a life" that's true but if you love the game like kageyama
youll do anything to improve. Yes, sure he has made some mistakes but that's what being an athlete is, you learn from your mistakes so you can improve.

My cousins say that he is very scary but that's not true. His character just hasn't developed that much in the first few episodes. Not only that but he is just so miss understood from the first episode. I love him because he always challenges himself and tries to adjust to people around him. Being scary just makes him even better. Kageyama is just someone who isn't good with words but deep down, he actually cares about his teammates.

2 Nishinoya Yuu

I really love Noya's character. The writers did an awesome job creating this amazing quirky guy. He is depicted as someone who just goes with the flow and enjoys life the best he can. Moreover the fact that he knows what he lacks in and doesn't shy away from exposing it and betters himself every opportunity he gets is damn admirable. Noya has also been the biggest emotional support to his team throughout the entire series and has also been the biggest source of comedy for us viewers. However, what made his character so endearing for me was definitely the fact (warning: huge spoilers ahead) that he by the end of the manga, did not chose volleyball but stayed true to his biggest character trait that is independence and it's sheer joy. It might not have settled well with a few readers but I must say that it was definitely a genius idea of the author. He showed it clearly through this character that, being confined to what you are good at and what is expected of you isn't necessary. If ...more

Noya is easily one of the most memorable anime characters I have came across. As part of a sports anime, he has absolute skill and mental fortitude to be a strong character yet he has such a beautifully modest and humble disposition that it makes you want to cheer for him and remind him persistently of his greatness. He has never once mentioned of his own capabilities but has always pointed out other's and openly showed his respect for them, he only ever seeked to improve. Moreover, he knows his faults and actively tries to overcome them, the same goes for those in his circle of friends for whom he remains a strong sense of support and motivation. He is funny and cute and has some of the most iconic and memorable lines in the anime. I mean, who isn't remainded of 'rolling thunder!?!' when thinking about haikyuu!
Jokes aside, apart from being such a loving and supportive character, he is also a such an independent and free person. His talent never held him down to be forced to be a ...more

I love Noya's character. He is the best comic releif in any anime in my opinion. He has a lot of inspiring quotes that make me feel better about myself Didn't really like him at first, I kept forgetting his name lol But now he's just my favorite and an overall perfect comfort character for me too have! (sorry if I have bad grammer english isn't my first language)

I love Noya for so many reasons, but since all the comments have really just talked about his cuteness and skill, I'm going to talk about something a lot of people don't really talk about:
do you realize how much he puts himself down? like, if someone compliments him, he returns the compliment with something he did bad. He's always searching to improve himself.
Really, he's one of the reasons why I love Haikyuu so much. He manages to be an adorable ball of energy, has amazing skills, be protective over his teammates, and still has flaws too.

3 Oikawa Touru

Oikawa Tooru is in my opinion by far the best-written character on this show.
On the first eye he looks like an annoying, arrogant antagonist. But his flashback is actually really important. Oikawa worked very very hard only to easily get surpassed by a new student. And he does everything to get by to the point of overtraining. But he fakes to be okay with his stupid remarks and non-genuine smiles. The only one who understands him is his best friend. Plus he's really cute. I mean, he teaches volleyball to little kids? I honestly love him so much. I relate to his idea of never being good enough and I'll always root for his team.

He is a hard worker who didn't have immense talent right from the get go. He works harder than most people because he loves volleyball. He is very smart and observant, which helps his team when they are in a tight spot. He is able to draw out 100% from every player in his team, and he has had to play with some challenging characters like Mad Dog and Kunimi. He seems like an immature jerk, but then we find out that he is hiding his fear of not being good enough. The trust he has in Iwaizumi really humanizes him because we see that even "the Great King" is capable of not thinking things through and going with his gut reaction. The scene where he was running for the ball and pointed at iwaizumi from across the court, then set to him was really touching because we got to see that they really do have a bond of unbreakable trust despite what iwaizumi says.

Oikawa Toru truly is an incredibly well-written character- maybe even the best in Haikyuu. Many people see him as rude, arrogant and even a narcissist, but in truth he's just trying his hardest to be the best player he can be and bring out everyone's abilities. All his smiles and laughs are usually to cover up his pain and sadness, and he even has a knee brace from working too hard. He was simply trying to not get overshadowed by someone younger who was a genius, which can be pretty relatable. He even goes to Lil Tykes to teach his cousin and young kids the joy of volleyball. he's super hardworking and my idol!

Oikawa Tooru is my favorite in 'Haikyuu!' for a reason. Though he may have perfect brown hair, shining brown eyes, and that picture-perfect smile, don't get fooled by his looks. That smile is non-genuine. He seems to be the perfect boy everyone chases for, but he has flaws. He was not born with this talent. He was just so passionate about volleyball, he worked to achieve his goal, aiming for the top. He got 'The Best Setter' in the Prefecture award from his hard work. He also overworked himself in that brace on his right knee. He acts cocky, high and mighty for a reason, to hide the scars in him. He laughs off those nasty remarks of him, for all we know, he must be crumbling inside! But he also has his strengths. He knows how to lift his team, pull out all the effort of his team and accept defeat. He lost to his enemy, Ushijima Wakatoshi, and his Kohai, Kageyama Tobio. And don't forget his fangirls. His fangirls admire 'the Oikawa Tooru' they built, 'who's cute, who has good looks, ...more

4 Tsukishima Kei

I feel like a lot of people misunderstood him as a "salty/mean character" where in reality he's just a sarcastic dude. I love him since he first appeared, yes, he's sarcastic and tease his teamate a lot but I've never thought him as a bad guy and I never find him annoying at all. He's just chilling in the corner and doing his best. Best boy

I immediately liked him from the very start. I always feel like those who are often viewed as an antagonist always have a back story somehow like the protagonist does have. He doesn't try hard on volleyball when he first appeared because he saw what happen to Akiteru who had given his everything- and even lied to Kei for the sake of volleyball. He still likes it somewhat 'cause as Yamaguchi said he wouldn't have went to Karasuno nor join the volleyball club.
I love how he appears to be sarcastic, and salty but he always knew what to say to pump Kageyama and Hinata up-- due to anger though.
Though he come as prideful, he doesn't hesitate to ask help when needed. I love how he watched Kuroo and listen to him even Kuroo was talking to Lev that time.
He's rational, and doesn't do anything instinctively. He consider everything during the game which a bit hard considering they're always moving around.
Overall, if people would look past his saltiness - and sarcasm, they would see ...more

Right from his first appearance, I fell for him instantly. His sarcastic side, his rationality, I love everything about him. He's handsome too. And I enjoy his flashback and seeing him becoming more serious in volleyball just make me like him a lot more. He has great character development.

I have a lot of friends who for some reason don't like tsukki which pisses me off. His blocking is amazing and he's smart and systematic. He's not like ugly either. When I found out about why he hates passionate people my love for him like increased. He's an amazing character.

5 Bokuto Koutarou

Bokuto is my favorite character. He is awesome because he is very encouraging to other teams. It's very easy for him to make friends. Plus, Bokuto's sad face is awesome because his hair goes down as well. He is a lot calmer version of Hinata, Noya, and Tanaka. Bokuto is my favorite Captain and 3rd year ever.

He's so bipolar it's funny! Like he'll mess up a spike and he'll cry for 5 minutes yelling at Akaashi to not set to him and then gets upset when he doesn't. He's also really crazy and funny which makes things pretty interesting.

This guy is just on fire and is such a help to the team! I love his energy and how enthusiastic he is, and unlike Kuroo I didn't find him annoying at the training camp. He's just got such an awesome spirit and I admire how much he helped the others.

His design looks weird and absolutely out of place at first, but he's actually a very funny character that fits right in to the crowd. He looks like he doesn't take things seriously, which makes people underestimate him, but he's actually a really good player.

6 Yamaguchi Tadashi

He worked so hard to try to get his jump float right. He is adorably timid but works very hard, even when he just sits in the sidelines. He also cares a lot about his best friend (Tsukishima Kei) and I couldn't stop smiling when I saw him getting those five points with his jump floats. (Wow. I suddenly want to learn the jump float) His personality is very interesting because he is at first, pretty shy, but gets social once you get to know him. He was bullied and picked on when he was younger, which pretty much explains his nervousness and lack of self-esteem. (Yamaguchi Defense Squad! Join us, it's gucci )

Tadashi was a truly interesting and beautiful character. At first, he was a guy who we hardly saw playing in matches, and when he was called for a pinch serve for the first time, he was basically a nervous wreck. Even though he screws up a lot with his serves, it just adds to our happiness when we finally see his efforts give the team glorious results in the match against Aoba Jousai in the second season. His past explains why he doubts himself and why he thinks Tsukishima is so cool. I loved the scene when he picks up the courage to tell his best friend and the person he admires the most that he's uncool lately and wants him to improve. I can't even explain how nervous he would have been about doing that.

When I first saw Tadashi, my first reaction was so funny. I thought Tadashi was super cute and funny. Tadashi is really close with Tsukki. Who wouldn't love this cinna roll

He is driven by that fact that he is the only 1st year not on the starting line up. That drives him to work on his serves. When he fails his first serve in his first official game, he uses the helplessness he feels to become stronger. All his work pays off in season 2 when he scores 5 points against Seijoh. His shy and sweet personality is so charming and endearing. Every time he comes on screen I audibly go "awwwwwww".

7 Tendou Satori

Tendou's personality is just perfect, and the fact that he was able to befriend Ushijima is also amazing. I truly love Tendou, his energy on AND off court, and how kind he actually is, though it may not seem like it during their match against karasuno. I think his backstory also adds to his character, really giving him more depth than the others. Not to mention he is really cute and has a unique character design.

He's just fun to be around. You always need a funny person on your team especially when things get tough. Also he is good at reading his opponents which is a really good skill to have in sports and in general.

He's a complete dork, a monster on the court, and the only person I've seen who seems to be friend level with Ushijima. The little bit of backstory we got really added to his character and his overall attitude is like 'you're not on my level. Get out of my face.' which really seems to work with him without making him seem like a douche. His blocking skills are on point and he is the human embodiment of 'expect the unexpected.'

Plus, the little dance he does to his mocking song is adorable. Case closed.

This boy is my number one, forever and always. I loved him since the day I met him. He's too funny, really, really, talented, and is himself all the time. He couldn't give two craps about what people think of him. Also has really cute moments like when he was dancing (I love that made up song), or when he went to talk to Ushiwaka in his room. I love him.

8 Kozume Kenma

Beautiful cat. He is our blonde. Kenma is our very chill character in this who likes to play video games. We can tell he doesn't have very many friends. Besides all that, he is a very good setter and knows his opponents really well.

I LOVE Kenma he is so cute. Like he is the whole reason why I call my cat pudding my cat now loves that name .just yesterday I was looking for more Kenma stuff.

SMOL BEAN! He's probably the reason I decided to start watching haikyuu. I started liking anime due to My hero academia. On social media I was let into a rp group as uraraka. Someone's username had 'kenma' in it. I did some reasearch and decided to watch haikyuu. :>

Kenma is a LITERAL reprensantstion of Gen -z lazy,always on a device, want to be left alone, doesn't want to eat bc of phone, and can be mean and ADORABLE at times.

9 Sugawara Koushi

Suga? For sure the mom friend of the team. He will never give up but gets down sometimes. He is very sweet and a really good setter. People depend on him and you feel like he is someone you can talk to about your problems. Suga is a very sweet person. He also is a really good server as well.

He is literally so amazing. He's done so much for Hinata and Kageyama to make them better players. Like he literally stayed up all night making hand signs for them. Also the fact that he's so supportive of his teammates even if he's getting "replaced."

He is such an angel. First of all, he treats all the first years as if he's their mom, and he's always so caring. Second of all, even though he is in third year and it's going to be his last year in Karasuno, he immediately gives up his position to Kageyama so that the team can benefit. He is one of the most selfless people I can think of in this anime. Third of all, he's there for people when they need him, but he also knows when to be strict to his teammates. Conclusion- Suga is awesome.

He's just a great sport and team mate. He is always there for his team and rly makes me smile whenever he plays or is on screen. He's the embodiment of a good friend. My personal favorite character, he needs more screentime.

10 Hinata Shouyou

Why is Kageyama at Top? Hello? He stole the show, Of course I do like Kageyama and he's really trying to change, but I think Hinata's personality just outshines him

Yo, people he's the main character for a reason. Listen up. Especially girls. I don't get what you see in Kageyama, he has such a terrible personality. Have you seen his smile? Straight-out creepy! Unlike Hinata who has a better personality and can actually smile. He's the star of the show. I honestly think he deserves at least second place. Also, girls don't even THINK you belong with Kageyama he's an anime character. He's not real (even if I wished characters were! ) I'm not insulting people who for some reason likes Kageyama, but seriously stop focusing on how good looking the person is, and go for their personality. Because there's nothing good, in *dramatic pause* "mysterious personality" and it doesn't make them look "hot" either. It's just straight out annoying.

Hinata is my spirit. He is short like me and is teased about it. Everyone gets shocked when they see Hinata jump up in the air I laugh my head off.f

Tangerine is awesome. His jump is very high. Shouyou is a very good at making people his friends. Over the seasons he has become the tiny Giant and I love him for that.

The Contenders
11 Kuroo Tetsurou

The fandom of Haikyuu may represent Kuroo as a literal sex god, but in reality this nekoma captain is a absolute dork. He's also very determined and a great captain, and it is obvious on how much he cares for Kenma. He can be serious when he needs to be, and I love the friendship between him and Bokuto. Overall, he's my favorite! His design is unique as well, and I love how his hair looks like he had just rolled out of bed, most likely because he sleeps with two pillows over his head. The captain of Nekoma cannot be beat!

Kuroo is just SO HOT. I turn red when I look at him. His face expressions I can't take it. in that one episode got me so good. He said, "I like girls with long hair. I love him so much

I love Kuroo. He's so chill and laid back. His smile and his hair is so cute. I mean I get him and Kenma are best friends but dang. Kuroo is hot as heck.

Why is this Man not the top one? I mean just look at him! He's such an adorable kitty! I love him! For me he is the best boi in the series when it comes to looks, Oikawa coming after him

12 Tanaka Ryuunosuke

I feel like most people forget that out of all the second years he was the only one to stay on the team, even when Karasuno was at their worst he stayed and tried his hardest, he keeps the team alive, not only with his personality but also with his gameplay, he tries his hardest to keep the ball in play and he is also really good at spiking

He is the mental MVP. His mental and physical strength is admirable and is very important to the team's moral. Even when other teams try to silence him, he is able to come out on top. His friendship with Tanaka is so hilarious and fun. He is honest and kind, and his energy always puts a smile on his face. He is a big enough person to admit his mistakes and apologize. and when we find out that in the future he is married to KIYOKO?! and is a personal trainer. couldn't have asked for a more perfect path for him! I just love him aghhh 😁

The most outspoken and abrasive member of the Karasuno Team. He's the wing spiker of the team and also sort of a comedic relief. He's in second year.

Best hype man EVER! When he flings his shirt in the air is the best. Tanaka is awesome and shall stay awesome.

13 Sawamura Daichi

Also one of the most underrated characters in the series. He rounds everyone up and gets the monkey circle in order when needed. Him and Suga are the glue of the team, and he is a great strategist and is experienced in many fields so he makes up for the teams flaws in spots that they struggle in and helps them keep a healthy mindset and encourages them like Suga. I like his simple backstory too. He's strict, but fair and human. Good character.

My favorite scary captain. He's nice in general but when any of his teammates get annoying or act up he really be yelling ready to pull that belt off. He really would of Ukai wasn't there. For real though, he is a good captain.

Best character in haikyuu. Bedt dad in Haikyuu. RIP Daichi he was a good guy I really liked his personality he was a good leader and a nice character.

He is the anchor for the team. He keeps them from flying off the rails and panicking. He can effortlessly change the mood with one sentence, calming his teammates down. Daichi isn't a pushover though, and he knows when to put his foot down. It's amazing how he can keep everyone on check, which is almost impossible with Tanaka, nishinoya, hinata, and kageyama on the team. He is strong, and even though he isn't very flashy and is often overlooked by spectators, he doesn't let that get to him, and just keeps playing the game he loves. AND HIM BECOMING A COP IS THE MOST PERFECT THING AHHH.

14 Akaashi Keiji

He is a very professional setter that uses perfect logic. He uses very respectful words toward people who are higher in grades than him. Considered to be one of the youngest in the team, he is the main player of his team and is able to pull up Bokuto when he is in a bad mood and even the entire team.

Literally, this boy is beautiful. Besides, I admire him a lot for being able to put up with Bokuto and his emotional waves. To add onto that, he's pretty smart and he's humble. He just needs love.

Like seriously if yall read the manga, he was willing to change and correct his mistakes and I think that's really good sportsmanship

This beautiful owl prince needs more love. He's calm, humble and cares a lot about Bokuto. I just really like him.

15 Azumane Asahi

The way people think he's scary but he's literally the most kindhearted shy person there besides Yamaguchi. He's of course a good ace and a good teammate. I'm still mad at him for wearing that tight bun in season 4 like we didn't just go over how his hairline would recede if he keeps doing that. Like his hair is cute let it breathe!

Asahi is a relatable, adorable character. Despite his appearance, he has a timid and delicate personality and tends to feel a very strong sense of responsibility. We see this when he temporarily stops going to the volleyball club after his attacks were blocked by the "Iron Wall" of Datekou. I know how he must have felt when he lost the match, all of his efforts not being able to give him good results. He blamed himself and quit the club for a while, but came back and became even stronger, fulfilling his role as Karasuno's ace.

He looks scary, but is actually a big softy. He takes his role as ace very seriously. His strength is awe inspiring. He is such a sensitive soul and such a good sport. and I love that he changes his mind about going to college and ends up attending fashion school which is surprising and oddly perfect. I'm so glad that he has kept in touch with everyone and is still the sensitive cutie that everyone counts on.

I love Asahi. Asahi is known to all his fans as jesus, Savior, Man bun, Holyboi, and anime jesus. I want to call him Cutie roll. I fell in love with this 18 year old third year on the first episode

16 Hajime Iwaizumi

Someone has to keep Oikawa in check and I'm glad it's him. Enough about him since this is supposed to be about Iwa. He literally doesn't know how to show affection so he would literally give you a concussion before he would give you a hug. He's lowkey like me so that's a plus but he really is a great character.

Iwa-chan seriously doesn't get enough love, like, he's such a good best friend to Oikawa and looks out for him so much, not to mention his version of 'tough love' when Oikawa overworks himself again. And let's not even talk about that scene when Seijou *spoiler* lost in the final battle against Karasuno in the second season and Iwaizumi says 'What kind of ace am I? ' Because that hurts me so much even now. It baffled me that he's only 14th place!

It takes both a genius and a man with an immense strength of will to be able to control Oikawa and tolerate being his friend. Iwaizumi is strong enough to bear with the wild captain of Aoba Johsai, and this makes me respect him a lot more. He's also a really awesome spiker.

It takes a lot to tolerate Oikawa everyday and earn his trust. He is harsh and angry, which is so relatable. He balances oikawa and is a key player for seijoh. I wonder where he ended up after high school. I think he is great!

17 Kentaro Kyotani (Mad Dog)

He kinds of reminds me of blueberry head and gives off that kind of vibe, but the only difference is he warmed up to his acquaintances within one game.

okay at first I didn't really care for him but he made his way into my top ten characters. he's too crazy and I really like how different his personality is from the rest.

Just a crazy character

Best spiker ever

18 Kiyoko Shimizu

I love Kiyoko so much she Is a character who is very likable for me personally. I mean this girl had so many cute guys crushing on her but she brushed them off like it was nothing.

Kiyoko? Last? THIS IS...Understandable. She isn't anything quite special in my opinion. Her role is only to be the "Hot Lady Manager".
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I don't see flaws in her so she fits as a mary sue in my opinion.

Kiyoko best girl

19 Ushijima

My quite king! Mans has the best vocabulary on the show even though he spoke 10 words the whole show. He is so cool I don't know how anyone could dislike him. Anyways Oikawa should've went to Shiritorizawa.

He doesn't look like a team player, but he actually encourages his teammates and tries to keep them as upbeat as possible. He's a really great player, and a rare lefty-spiker, which is really interesting to see in this series, as there aren't that many lefties.

Don't let his bulky body and serious face fool you! He is also a honey-bean! I love how he's scared of sea cucumbers, which is relatable. He is such an outstanding player, as one of the few left handed spiker.

A lefty menace, spiker, chosen to represent Japan.

20 Takanobu Aone
21 Lev Haiba

This guy has got a fine character, kinda lot like mine.

Toll bean. Do I need to say more?

Precious, love him

22 Atsumu Miya

He's just so adorable! I know he gives off the vibe that he's a playboy (and he probably is) but I just love his goofy personality, especially when he argues with Osamu! Plus, he's so dedicated to volleyball, which I really admire.

He is honest and one of the best pretty setters. He has 2 serves and is crazy talented+hard working. Has amazing hair. Loyal to Hinata later in the manga and a fortune teller,

He's probably the guy who would casually call his besties 'babe' and get away with it. Everyone should love walmart sangwoo

He is so cute and smart

23 Osuma Miya

Hot just like his twin, although I really like his calmer personality. Also, he loves food just like me. If he were real, I'd have a hard time not drooling over him.

The better twin. Boyfriend material. Sweet home Alabama.

His voice is so deep and soothing and I really like his looks honestly

He is the best twin

24 Morisuke Yaku

He is probably one of my favorite characters because the moms of the teams are always the one of the best.

He's so cute and adorable. I felt bad for him when he hurt his ankle in Riku vs Luu.

25 Keishin Ukai

I loved Keishin when I looked at his fanart and when I first heard of him. I laughed at the episode when he was being spyed on by Takeda. It was the most funniest thing I ever saw. Keishin has the most fascinating eyes that I ever seen.

I love Keishin. He looks too young to be a coach for Karasuno. But he looks so hot when he shows up. I mean look at him. His fanart is amazing

Just genuinely a hilarious character that also has many sides

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