Maid Sama!, known in Japan as Kaichō wa Maid-sama!(会長はメイド様!?), literally The Student Council President is a Maid! is a shōjomanga series by Hiro Fujiwara. The story centers around Misaki Ayuzawa, the student council president of the previously all-boys high school who is particularly strict on the boys, and her relationship with Takumi Usui who after he discovers that Misaki works at a maid café to support her family.
The titular character of the story, 16-year-old Misaki Ayuzawa (鮎沢 美咲,Ayuzawa Misaki?) is the first female student council president at Seika High. She is known for her extremely bossy and strict attitude towards boys, and relentlessly attempts to reform them to live up to what she considers are acceptable standards of behavior. Though many of the male students fear and hate her, the ones who get to know her come to see that she's actually very fair and willing to help anyone who needs it.
She eventually becomes widely respected for her good grades, her great athletic skill, and her many accomplishments as president. Her negative attitude towards males is mostly attributed to her father amassing a huge debt and then disappearing. Misaki became determined to make sure her sickly and helpless mother, Minako (美奈子?) would not have to work so hard to support both Misaki and her younger sister, Suzuna (紗奈?). After her father left, she studied hard and learned martial arts and became Seika's president. To this extent, she secretly, and at first reluctantly, works as a maid-waitress at Café Maid Latte. Misaki is always driven to do her best regardless of the endeavor, and has a strong sense of justice, though she also has a tendency to be too selfles for her own good.
At Café Maid Latte, Misaki is called "Misa-chan" by her coworkers and customers. Misaki was shown being the most passionate with her job when she was dressed as a male and appealing to woman, saying she would like a guy like herself.
Despite her initial annoyance towards Usui and her belief that his interest in her stems from being the only one who knows she works as a maid-waitress, she is in love with him. However, Misaki always denies her feelings for him and becomes awkward whenever a potentially intimate moment arises between them. She eventually confesses her feelings for him and they become a couple, though secretly at Misaki's insistence to preserve her reputation as the Student Council President. When Usui reveals that he is to transfer to Miyabigaoka, she openly reveals their relationship to the students at Seika High, despite the potential damage it may cause to her appearance. When told that Usui would be going to England, Misaki was shocked but kept her composure and openly accepted his choice. After Usui stops texting her from England she seeks the help of the Miyabigaoka High School President for a way to travel to him. The deal between the two is for Misaki to travel to see Usui, but in return she must tell Usui to not cut all ties between himself and the Walker Family; benefiting the Miyabigaoka High school President in him being in contact of a person of royal blood such as Usui. Usui and Misaki reunite in England and return home to Japan to finish out their high school years. In chapter 81, Misaki and Usui get engaged, and in chapter 85, Misaki becomes a diplomat/lawyer while Usui becomes a respected doctor and they get married.
Is the most popular boy at Seika High. Takumi Usui (碓氷 拓海,Usui Takumi?) is a 17 year old boy who appears to take little interest in anything and prefers to observe things as they unfold. He proves to be extraordinarily talented in a number of different fields, including cooking, the violin, chess, and table etiquette. He also gets excellent grades and is an excellent athlete. However, he reveals very few details about his past willingly. He has taken an interest in Misaki because she stands from everyone else and her hard work makes her unique. He expresses his feelings mainly by teasing her and passing perverted comments to see her funny expressions, and she nicknames him "perverted outer-space alien". Usui was also the first Seika student to discover Misaki's maid secret and even though he is concerned about her risky work habits, she brushes it off as him wanting to blackmail her.
At Misaki's insistence, he reveals that he is an illegitimate child. His mother, a Japanese-English woman from the wealthy Walker family, had an affair with an unknown Japanese man (later revealed to be a butler of the Walker family); his mother died in childbirth. To conceal his origins, his maternal English grandfather sent Usui to live with his mother's Japanese grandmother's family, resulting in little contact with his older half-brother. Adopted by his mother's cousin, Usui's education was primarily through tutors, partially explaining his academic excellence (as shown when he mates the president of the Miyabigaoka high school chess club in very few moves). However, he became bored of the isolation and randomly selected a standard high school to attend; after enrolling in Seika High, he moved into a high-rise condo where he lives alone. During his first year at Seika, he quickly became popular among the girls, but not being interested in them, he systematically rejected them whenever they confessed to him, thus earning Misaki's resentment of him. Within his class, even his classmates respect him and he is called "Usui-san"; "-san" being a Japanese honorific.
Usui eventually begins dating Misaki once she confesses, yet he is forced to transfer to Miyabigaoka High School for his third year of high school. However, he still makes an effort to go out of his way to see Misaki every day. When in England, Usui texts Misaki everyday and asks for the color of her underwear; (a form of sexual harassment, but is seen as more of a playful jab to annoy Misaki) until his brother takes his phone away. And in the Manga he got angry at Tora for forcefully Kissing Misaki on their way back to Japan. In chapter 81, Usui (with permission from Misaki's father) proposes to Misaki, and she accepts. In chapter 85, Usui became the royal doctor of his royal family, even though his grandfather still hasn't accepted Usui as his grandson, he was accepted by the whole town; and he finally married Misaki in this chapter.
Misaki's childhood friend who came to Seika High in search of his first love. His first appearance was in chapter 21, where it was also revealed that Misaki was in fact his first love; however, his feelings are unrequited. When they were children, he was an overweight boy who Misaki helped back to his feet after he fell from a tree. He fell in love with her, but soon moved away to live with his grandfather in the countryside when his parents died. When he returned, his appearance changed considerably from losing so much weight (supposedly from eating nothing but vegetables), though he remains a glutton and loves to eat anything. He is also one of the few people who know about Misaki's part time job. He loves Misaki very much, and dislikes Usui as a rival for Misaki's affections. While Misaki does like him, her feelings toward him are platonic. Recently, Hinata seems to have begun to show romantic interest towards Suzuna, although he insists that he thinks of her like a sister.
Though he admires Usui's strength and talent, Usui seems indifferent to Shintani and frequently mocks him, repetitively calling him 下役君 (pronounced as sanshita-kun, meaning "underling"). However, Usui regards him as a rival for Misaki, particularly when Misaki and Shintani's childhood friendship is made apparent. He refuses to give up on Misaki despite being fully aware of her and Usui's feelings for each other, having resolved prior to moving that he would not let Misaki having a boyfriend deter him. Misaki's mother and sister both note that he physically resembles Misaki's father. Reacting to this, he claims that he would never abandon the people he cares about. Later, Hinata notes Usui does just that when he leaves Misaki for England.
He married Suzuna 3 years after Suzuna reveals her feeling for him in chapter 82. Even though he became brothers-in-law with Usui, because of Usui and Misaki's marriage in chapter 85, he still fought with Usui.
The Vice President of the Student Council, Shouichirou Yukimura (幸村 祥一郎,Yukimura Shōichirō?) tries to help Misaki where he can, and enjoys office routine. At first, he, like the rest of the student council, is fearful of Misaki, but he eventually comes to be on fairly close terms with her and Usui. He's both terrified and awed of Usui after Usui kisses him as a "reward for his hardwork", though in truth Usui had only done so to restore Misaki's confidence.
Yukimura is hard-working, earnest, and capable of doing most administrative work, but is not athletic to any extent, especially in comparison to Misaki and Usui. His gentle, almost feminine demeanor and slight stature make him appear somewhat weak, a fact he is sensitive about. As a result, a running joke in the series is that he is frequently forced to dress up as a girl. Yukimura has a younger sister named Ruri, whom he cares greatly for and becomes distressed when she rejects him for not acting prince-like. He becomes close friends with Soutarou throughout high school. He later becomes roommates with Soutarou and considers him family.
A male student at Seika High School who initially dislikes Misaki because of her forceful methods of reforming Seika. He and his friends discover that she works at a maid café early on in the story, but after she is defended by Usui, they quickly become her biggest fans, as well as regulars at Cafe Maid Latte, often referred to as the "idiot trio." His nickname is “Shiroyan.” He also used to be a delinquent in middle school known as White Tornado Beast. Years later, he is married with three children.
The second of the “idiot trio,” which includes Shirakawa Naoya and Ryuunosuke Kurosaki. A closet otaku, he is actually good at drawing manga illustrations and enjoys writing. He drew cards and pictures of the Maids for Maid Latte. His friends call him “Ikkun.” He later works as a doujin illustrator.
The third member of the “idiot trio” who frequently visit Cafe Maid Latte, nicknamed “Kurotatsu.” Known for being the perverted one and likes "erotic things". Also used to be a delinquent in middle school with Shiroyan. He is dating Erika years later and lives through various part-time jobs.
A good friend of Misaki's and one of the few female students at Seika High, Sakura is friendly and cheerful and, like the rest of the girls, relies on Misaki for protection from the wild behaviour of the boys. She is quite popular amongst the boys, but frequently rejects their confessions; in particular, she’s rejected ex-rugby captain Masaru Gouda (剛田将,Gōda Masaru?) two hundred times. According to Shizuko, Sakura falls in love without carefully considering what the person is really like, as exampled by her persistent feelings for Kuuga, the two-faced, womanizing singer of the popular rock band UxMishi from a nearby high school. Her persistence pays off when Kuuga finally returns his feelings for her. They later get married with a child and another one on the way by the time of Misaki's marriage.
One of Misaki and Sakura’s friends, a sensible and intelligent girl who often spends lunchtime with them. She is quite the opposite of Sakura. Shizuko is a member of the flower arranging club and is good at math, but isn’t very good at physical activities. She has an older brother in university and a younger sister in junior high school; according to Sakura, the three of them look very alike. She doesn't like it when people insult glasses in general. She becomes an office worker in the future.
A withdrawn male student who is initially against Misaki as the student council president because of her aspirations of increasing the female population of Seika High. In order to sabotage her presidency, Kanou tries to hypnotize Misaki, Usui, and the student council into ruining Misaki’s reputation. It is revealed that his gynophobic attitude comes from his mother abandoning his family when he was young (ironically the very opposite of what Misaki experienced) and his father warning him to be wary of women, and after failing to hypnotize Misaki, she punishes him by assigning him to work closely with his female classmates during the school's Open House, in hopes of forcing him to get over his fear. The punishment is ultimately successful, and he slowly becomes friendlier with Misaki and the rest of his female peers, as well as with Yukimura (who gives off the aura of a female, as Kanou states).
Though he runs against Misaki during her re-election as President, he opposes using underhanded means to gain victory, remaining on good terms with her. He is the first to understand the relationship between Usui and Misaki (Knowing about it before Misaki knew herself) and often wonders why they won't admit that they like each other. Later, him and Yukimura live together as roommates.
A young and attractive English teacher at Seika High. She may have non-Japanese ancestry because of her name and the comments on her looks. She's an acquaintance of Tora Igarashi who made her join Seika High, in order to make Usui quit. Wearing revealing clothes as well as having a large bust and being very short, she attracts the attention of male teachers and students. Misaki instinctively protects her from them, causing Maria to fall in love with her. Initially thought of by Misaki as a potential rival for Usui (Which is when Misaki began to understand her feelings for him), Maria confesses her love to Misaki.
Usui is in fact a former student of Maria's mother. She has a 'habit' of falling in love with girls. She has a fiance, Shinji, but she only considers him as a mere childhood friend. She also knows about Misaki's part time job. She's Igarashi's right hand person to make Usui move to Miyabigaoka High School.
Misaki's mother. Misaki shares a strong bond with her and loves her deeply. She appears to be somewhat sickly, but does her best to support Misaki and Suzuna by working as a nurse at the hospital. Although she is grateful that Misaki is helping her with their financial problems, she also wants nothing more than for Misaki to have more fun and go out more often as a high school teenager. She becomes acquainted with Usui at the train station in chapter 35 and sees him as a very gentle person and the exact opposite of her husband. Usui has stated that she is open minded.
Misaki's younger sister. She is very apathetic and shows little to no emotion, though is actually rather perceptive and known for her deadpan humour. She does not work at any part time jobs and appears to be in middle school. Suzuna has a friendly relationship with Shintani, whom she recalls from when he and Misaki were childhood friends. In the anime, she often enters magazine contests and always seems to win food prizes. Her first appearance occurs late in the manga, while she is a frequent recurring character in the anime. From Chapter 65 onwards, Suzuna attends Seika High as a freshman student. While she is instantly popular with the male population, most of the boys are wary of her being Misaki's sister and they fear that her easy-going personality is a ruse. It is also shown in later chapters (particularly during her first few days at Seika High) that Suzuna has a deepening affection towards Hinata. During the events of the final chapter, she marries Shintani Hinata.
Misaki and Suzuna's absentee father. He left his wife and daughters with tremendous debt, which is the primary source of Misaki's initially deep resentment towards men. Little is known about him at first, though Misaki's mother notes that Hinata's personality reminds her of her husband, despite Hinata's vehement denial of the comparison. He later appears as a new cook at Maid Cafe and proves to be an excellent chef with a bright and cheery personality reminiscent of Hinata. His circumstances before being hired are unknown, aside from the fact that he apparently had been abroad. However, he takes pains to avoid Misaki and Suzuna until Suzuna recognizes his cooking and he forces himself to reveal his identity as their father. It's revealed that Minako lied about the lazy gambling father they imprinted in her daughter's minds and in reality, Sakuya shouldered his friend's debt and left to go find him. But when he found him, he found out that he started his own family and couldn't return to Japan. In attempting to try to make up to his daughters, he spent many nights wandering and sleeping in the streets before making it to the Maid Cafe. Since he returned, Misaki and Suzuna welcome him back but don't forgive him completely, forcing him to continue living in the streets and working part time at the Maid Cafe.
The manager of Café Latte and Misaki’s boss; a 30-year-old woman who has a tendency to voice out her fantasies. She is a cheerful woman who enjoys her job because it allows her to make others happy. She is very understanding of Misaki’s circumstances, knowing that Misaki does not particularly enjoy working at a maid café, and is perceptive of other people’s feelings. Satsuki also ends up hiring Usui as a part-time cook, much to Misaki’s chagrin.
An employee at Café Latte. She can become somewhat maniacal about getting in character for her job and criticizes Misaki for her initial resistance to acting parts outside of her comfort range, as well as for being ashamed of working at Maid Latte and hiding it from her peers. Also when Honoka was asked to describe what she feels and thinks about Misaki, she says "hate, because her good work is making her look bad." She also has a habit of turning evil, which the Maid Latte members call 'black Honoka' (which is possibly a reference to Fruits Basket's Hatsuharu Sohma, who turns into 'Black Haru' when he is mad). Honoka is 20 years old. Later she becomes the manager of a maid cocktail bar. She is also dating Aoi.
A college student working at Maid Latte. She notes that Misaki is strong and picks up work quickly, and claims that it doesn't feel like Misaki is younger than her. She has a tendency to eavesdrop and is described as having a “voice fetish.” Among all of the Maid Latte maids, she is often described as the "sexy" one and has the largest breasts. Erika is 19 years old. Years later, she is working under Honoka at her cocktail bar and is dating Kurotatsu.
An employee at Maid Latte. Like Honoka, she does not have a full-time job and makes a living from part-time work. She considers Misaki to be hard working. Subaru can be distinguished by her glasses. Subaru is 22 years old. She becomes an office worker and frequently visits Honoka and Erika's cocktail bar.
Satsuki’s nephew, the son of Satsuki's older brother, and a middle school student who enjoys dressing like a girl. He likes "cute things", and being the center of attention, not unlike a young girl. His androgynous features allow him to pass off as a girl and his female persona is well known as a cute Internet idol. Aoi enjoys toying with the feelings of men (trying to do so to Usui but failing because Usui apparently knew he was male from the beginning), but is eventually exposed as a boy by Misaki. He is generally short-tempered and has little patience. He becomes embarrassed after doing something kind or showing affection for someone, then suddenly becomes angry (he can't show his true feelings very well). Misaki is under the impression that he hates her; he frequently scolds her for her poor fashion sense and unfeminine strength. He later yells at Misaki for not being more decisive about her relationship with Usui, and for leading Shintani on, even if she was doing it unintentionally. It's this scolding that eventually pushes her admit to Shintani (and probably for the first time, clearly, to herself) that she does in fact have feelings for Usui. Even so, Aoi develops a crush on Misaki, though he did not confess because he could see she loves Usui. It is also revealed in episode 17 of the anime when Aoi pulls Misaki towards him, indeed proving his hidden affections. However, in the manga, it is in a different way that Aoi is put in the same situation as Misaki towards Usui. Aoi enjoys making Misaki dresses, and puts much more effort into her outfits than others, prompting the manager to tell him that he likes Misaki.
Aoi became UxMishi's clothing designer later on and works in Europe. He also started dating Honoka.
Satsuki’s younger sister and Aoi's aunt. Nagisa is the manager of a beach house known as “Ocean House.” Nagisa is deeply tanned and is said to be an amazing beach volleyball player. She asks for Satsuki and her employees to come and work at her beach house during the summer since her shop is not as popular as she would like. Nagisa is somewhat tough on Aoi for trying to dress like a girl because her older brother sent Aoi to her beach house to become more masculine.
Vocalist of the rock band UxMishi. While he seems sweet and kind to his fans, in reality he is very arrogant, rude and insensitive to others' feelings. It is due to his attitude that Misaki dislikes him, as he was very insensitive to Sakura's feelings while hitting on Misaki herself. He appears to develop some genuine feelings towards Sakura because she is the only one who earnestly cares for him, expressing jealousy towards Usui and becoming annoyed by the fact that Sakura seems happy being with Usui and Misaki during a day trip to hot springs on his birthday. He didn't understand why Misaki was fine with Usui being alone with Sakura having thinking Misaki and Usui were a couple.
Sakura and Kuuga later got married and 2 children and UxMishi continued as a very popular band around the world.
The Student Council President at Miyabigaoka High School, he initially appears as a gentleman who marvels at Misaki and the changes she has brought to Seika High, offering her a chance to come to Miyabigaoka with an exceptional loan. He is quickly revealed to be a lecherous young man who has become bored with the women surrounding him, who are easily submissive because of his wealth. He tries to bribe Misaki. He enjoys causing drama around him and he thinks that money can buy anything. Misaki's strong will and outright rejection of his monetary bribe to have her join the Miyabigaoka Student Council captures his interest. It is later revealed that Tora has some ties to or knowledge of Usui's past or background, which he may be exploiting to some yet-unknown end. Aware of the nature of Usui and Misaki's relationship, he continues to surprise Misaki and express an interest in how she will react to the confusing and manipulative way he speaks to her. Throughout Misaki's training to go to Britain, Tora begins to have feelings for her and in the Manga it seems he forcefully kisses Misaki, while on their way back to Japan.
The Vice President of the Student Council at Miyabigaoka High, he and Igarashi attempt to buy out Maid Latte and change it into a butler café. Misaki and Usui are able to prevent him from realizing his plans through a competition. In the end, he realizes that Maid Latte is different from other cafés. In the latest chapters of the manga, he visits Maid Latte again, saying that he wanted to observe how the business is going and how the employees serve their customers. However, he secretly tried to warn Misaki about a new obstacle that she will soon encounter.
A bespectacled student at Miyabigaoka High School who looks down upon Seika students. After insulting two students for taking an interest in chess, they hit him and Misaki forces them to go with her to apologize to him. When she discovers the reason why they attacked Koganei, she demands that Koganei apologize to her students as well. He agrees, only on the condition that they defeat him in chess, which Usui does with no trouble despite Koganei ranking fourth in the nation as a chess player. He was originally intended to be the president of Miyabigaoka High School Council by the author, but rejected by the editor.
A girl who carries around a large teddy bear made by her mother. Though Kaon expresses an arrogant and cruelly playful streak towards though she looks down on. However, her attempt to upset Misaki by lying about being Usui's fiancee abruptly grows awry when Misaki dismisses it and mockingly pities her by listing all of Usui's negative traits.
The daughter of a Hong Kong billionaire, Li Yi-Hua is a beautiful young woman who does some work as a model. She actually wasn't very beautiful when she was younger, but after being engaged to Arashiyama, he transformed her into the stunning young woman she is now and she enjoys telling others that she exemplifies the peak of Arashiyama's abilities.
Li's fiance, a young man who is obsessed with beauty. When he was engaged to Li, he was so upset by her appearance that he transformed her into a beautiful girl. She takes his obsession in stride, and does not express any jealousy when he sees other girls and insists on trying to make them beautiful as well, since Li considers herself the finest transformation Arashiyama has achieved.
The strongest delinquent in Seisen Middle School, he is an old friend and kohai of Shirokawa and Kurosaki. He used to be a pushover and a bit of a crybaby. He was saved by Shirokawa and Kurosaki once when he was being bullied, and immediately started looking up to them after that. Constantly seeking to become stronger, he kept his delinquent ways even after the two have graduated and retired from delinquency. He later kidnapped Yukimura, who was dressed like a girl and who he mistook as Shirokawa's girlfriend, and challenged the idiot trio to a fight elsewhere. Coincidentally, he and Aoi happen to attend the same middle school.
Gerald is Takumi's older half-brother, a successful businessman who bears a resemblance to Takumi, save the difference in their hair color and eye shape. He despises Takumi not only because Takumi is an illegitimate child but because Gerald blames him for their mother's death, and also because Gerald believes their mother loved Takumi more than him. However, he expresses an interest in Takumi's activities in Japan and arranges for his bodyguard Cedric to spy on his brother. His talents appear to be the polar opposite of Takumi's, which includes being unskilled at cooking. Though he appears devious and calculating, he is strangely jovial and enjoys teasing Cedric, similar to how Takumi makes fun of his acquaintances. It is hinted that Gerald is extremely sick with an unknown illness.
Takumi and Gerard's mother. It seems that both her sons inherited her personality. Takumi resembles her and has her hair color. She has a weak body, which Gerard inherited from her. Her marriage to Edward was arranged, and although she grew to love him, she fell in love with Yuu. When she became ill, she began an affair with Yuu, which ended when she became pregnant. She died giving birth to Takumi.
Gerard's father. He is a naive and cheerful man. His marriage to Patricia was arranged, but he loves her dearly. He still loves her despite her affair with Yuu and Takumi's birth. Unlike other members of the Walker family, he seems to hold no grudge towards Takumi.
Takumi's father. Takumi resembles him more than his mother. A former butler who arrived in Britain from Japan to personally serve Patricia. He eventually fell in love with her, but tried to suppress his feelings after her marriage to Edward. After she became ill, he comforted her and they began an affair. Before Takumi was born, the Walker family forced him to leave.
He had secretly showed up in Usui and Misaki's wedding in the last chapter.
Gerard's bodyguard, an attractive man with skills on par with Usui or better (Proven when he chases Misaki and Usui at full sprint and doesn't sweat a drop) who is extremely persistent and devoted to fulfilling Gerard's orders, no matter how ridiculous (he wore a ninja outfit and only said "Nin-Nin" to Gerard's request). Despite being assigned to spy on Usui, he is not very inconspicuous and frequently called out of hiding when Usui or others point out where he is. He openly dislikes and threatens Misaki, in part because he does not want her to associate with Usui and the Walker family and because he believes that maids and butlers are dedicated servants to the distinguished, unlike the pseudo-maids at Maid Latte. Though he understands Misaki's situation, Cedric feels that someone like Misaki is not suited for someone like Usui. However, he was taken aback by the resemblance on how Gerard treats him as Usui treats Misaki.
Cedric's father and Gerald's grandfather's butler. He is also the head butler of the Walker family. Gilbert knew Takumi's father (though not by name) and revealed his secret to Takumi that he was a butler, also giving him his mother's diary to read.