|Kanji||雪ノ下 雪乃 (ゆきのした ゆきの)|
|Occupation||1.High school student 2.President of Service club|
|Affiliation||Sobu High School|
|Light Novel Debut||Volume 1, Chapter 1|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 1|
|Anime Debut||Episode 1|
|Seiyu/Voice Actor||Saori Hayami (Japanese)|
Jeong Hwa Yang (Korean)
Yukino is quite popular even for her cold personality. Because of her look and skills in various field, even Hachiman, who doesn't talk to anyone and doesn't even know his own classmate (Yui), recognize Yukino at the very instant he met her in the club room.
Yukino is a beautiful girl with waist-length black hair which is tied with two red ribbons by each shoulder, and angular blue eyes. She changed her hairstyle into twin tails when she went out with Hachiman and Komachi (but ended up with just Yukino and Hachiman) to buy a birthday present for Yui. She is seen as flat chested compared to most of the other female characters, but remains just as beautiful.
Yukino is mostly seen wearing her school uniform, which consists of a black blazer with a white shirt underneath it, a red ribbon tie, a plaid skirt, and black stockings up to her knees.
PersonalityYukino is smart, beautiful, and comes from a wealthy family, but she has a tendency to be blunt and often points out faults in other people where normally it would be very hard to do so. Yukino believes that it is the duty of the "exceptional" (a.k.a. herself) to help the less fortunate, which Hachiman refers to as her twisted nobility. She also has a very cold and unfriendly demeanor for which Hachiman nicknames her the "Ice Queen".
Her personality can be seen as exceedingly haughty to some people, including Hachiman. Despite this she is still capable of understanding other people and being kind and compassionate in her own way. According to Hachiman she is peerless in skills and personality.On a more personal level, she hates to be pointed out to have a smaller chest than other female characters. She always tries to maintain an elegant and dignified appearance, which is strongly evident when she covered her laughter after Hachiman had presented his cultural festival slogan containing heavy criticism of the committee members for slacking off on their duties.
She is a competitive person willing to win any competition officially and unofficially to prove herself and refuses to lose. There is a number of examples for this in the series, such as when she accepted Shizuka's challenge when asked if she was afraid of losing. Her main driving force is her wish to surpass her sister, going as far as doing what her sister had done in order to show that she could do it just as well.Despite all this, she sometimes shows her girly side and clumsiness as well, mostly to Hachiman when they are alone. She seems to like Pan-san, a stuffed panda brand. She even has the real manuscript of the story and its stuffed toy, which Hachiman finds surprising. She sometimes blushes in front of Hachiman, who occasionally sees her excited over little things like going to Destiny Land etc.
Yukino is also fond of cats and anything cat-related. This is shown through out the anime series and was focused greatly in the Light novels. She even meowed with Hachiman's cat, Kamakura, causing him to ask her about it in a tone that suggested that he was dubious of her sanity.
According to Hachiman she attracts airheads (Yui and Komachi) and almost all normal boys. Even though she doesn't lie, she sometime beat around the bush of the topics.
Despite her calm and reserved demeanor, she has a frighteningly darker side. Hachiman describes that she emits an evil aura when she is seriously angry and expressing her loathing about a certain individual. This can be seen when she told her opinion on chain messages senders and the belief they should be eliminated. It should be noted that she made certain individuals like Sagawa and Shimoda expelled from during her middle school due to chain messages harassment directed to her. She even claimed that she will crush her enemies face-to-face. Another incident was when Hachiman asked her of her meowing with Kamakura session, she admonished Hachiman in a way that made Hachiman felt if he speaks another word, she would kill him on the spot. At Chiba Village summer camp, she had a serious argument with Yumiko which reduced the latter to tears, according to Yui.
In spite of all this she is incredibly bad in directions as mentioned many times in Light novel.
She is also good at sports but has no confidence in her stamina (refer to episode 3 of the anime). She also can see through people's personality (refer to episode 4 of the anime) and is always honest with her words, though they are often harsh. In addition, she is a good leader as seen when she successfully handled the festival committee in Sagami's stead.
Her athletic skills are showcased in episode 13. She is also good in academics and extracurriculars. Volume 4 mentions that she stands first in all subjects throughout the school. She secured first place in Japanese language followed by Hayama in second place and Hachiman in third place, to which Hachiman referred to as unchanging positions. She also won a single match in judo competition as a substitute for Hayama Hayato in Hachiman team using her acrobatics skills. She can also sing and play guitar which is shown in episode 12.
She is good in cooking which was shown when she was teaching Yui how to make cookies, as well as cooking paella as shown in the OVA
Yukino's father is a member of prefectural diet. Her family is on good terms with the Hayato's family.Their families' relationship is not known by many in the school. In the past, Haruno would watch over both Hayama and Yukino, when both of their families were in business.
She studied with Hayama in an elementary school overseas (U.S.A in the Light novel). It was mentioned that in elementary school her indoor shoes was stolen from her about sixty times, but fifty of those times were done by girls in her class. Her upperclassmen harassed her frequently.
It was around the time during middle school when Yukino came back to Japan from overseas. She had to transfer into a random school, but all the girls in her class, or rather, all the girls of her school were desperate to drive her out. But none of them tried to prove themselves better than her, to whom Yukino refers as imbeciles. Boys who approached her, generally did so because of their harbored-feelings for her which began from the final year of her middle school.
It is hinted that Yukino once experienced chain messages harassment, due to her fierce hatred towards those who perpetrated it. She even believes that those kind of people need to be eliminated, which she claimed she did to the two perpetrators, Sagawa-san and Shimoda-san. Due to her actions, those two were expelled from school.
Yukino was constantly bullied for her excellence which is mentioned throughout the series and also pointed out by Haruno at firework festival. Hayama who was her classmate all the way from elementary school to the present was unable to solve her bullying problem. Hayama believes that if Hachiman was in the same school as them, things would have been different. In middle school, false rumors about Hayama and Yukino being a couple spread throughout the school causing a strain in their friendly relationship.
Furthermore, it was Yukino's car that had hit Hachiman, from which he saved Yui's dog, on the first day of school. It was mentioned by Haruno that Yukino was in the back seat at the time of accident, but Yukino never speak of the incident to any others.
It was mentioned that Yukino is as popular as Hayama and Yumiko in Sobu High School.
Whatever the reason which is not shown to the audience, Yukino lives alone in an apartment bought by her father against her mother's disapproval
She started preparing tea, cookies, cakes and purchase snacks for her club mates and distribute to them as well.
RelationshipsHer mother was introduced in Light novel Volume 10 Chapter 2, Haruno mentions that her mother is scarier than herself and takes all decision of the family enforce the others to follow while the rest have no choice but to compromise with the decision and follow
Her father seems to be lenient than her mother as he let Yukino to live alone in an apartment
Although she still does not recognize him as a friend, she starts to see Hachiman for who he is and has somewhat started to develop a possible crush on him but this is somehow restrained as in the novel, it is strongly hinted that she realizes about Yui's feelings toward Hachiman.Hachiman and Yukino along with Komachi went out shopping for Yuighama's birthday, in which Komachi slid away creating a date-like situation. Sensing the suspicion of the shop assistant and the surrounding customers, Yukino told Hachiman to pretend to be her boyfriend. In Chapter 4 of Volume 3, Hachiman won a Pan-san stuffed toy for Yukino from a crane game using his underhanded technique. Chapter 6 of Volume 9 of the Light novel shows how Yukino's icy behavior is melting. She was about to burst into tears when Hachiman came for a request in helping Isshiki and said that he wanted "something genuine (implying relationships and feelings)". For the first time in her life, Yukino feels very emotional. It is hinted that she has started to lose her "ice queen" personality especially to Hachiman but only when they are alone. She smiles and chuckles often in their conversation lately.
In Volume 9, in Disneyland, they got separated from the group due to the crowd and went on a ride together, where she asked Hachiman to help her some day without any other words in succession. There she opened up a little about her past to Hachiman and said she wants something that both her sister and Hachiman don't. In Volume 10, Hachiman bought PC glasses for her birthday and when Hachiman volunteered to carry Iroha's boxes, Both Yui and Yukino stayed silent. This vaguely hints that they were jealous.
They get along well, to the extent of eating lunch together in the club room, sleeping over at Yukino's house, exchanging clothes, and regular emailing each other.
Yui is the first best friend of Yukino. She considers Yukino's straightforward personality and harsh honesty as 'cool'. They played together in Chiba Summer camp at the river bank and also with fire crackers at the end of the camp. Yukino brought Yui an apron as a birthday present.
Yui seems to understand that Yukino is trying her best to get- along with her and decides to wait for her.They seems to enjoy hanging out together. Yukino slyly took the birthday party in a way to comprise Yui to rejoin the club as she doesn't want to lose her best friend. On the third day of the school field trip, they spent time shopping together.
Komachi slyly set up a date-like situation between her and Hachiman. Yukino along with Yui and Hachiman selected Christmas present for Komachi. There are a lot of outing to which Yukino personally invites Komachi.
In Light novel, it is later revealed that most of Yukino's fearful and unsociable behavior are due to her sister's meddlesome behavior towards her.
Hayama is the son of the legal adviser of Yukino's father and a former grade school classmate as well. There is speculation that they are childhood friends. In the past, Hayato failed to protect Yukino when she was bullied/ostracized. But all the attempts made by Hayama to mend the relation failed.It was mentioned in Light novel that Hayama used to call Yukino by her first name in the past just like he addresses all girls in school by their first name, but now he addresses her by her last name.
OthersYukino, despite being a loner has a good reputation among her classmate. In light novel it was mentioned that in case of grouping for any events, Usually girls from the group ask her to join them and she used to choose which group she goes along with.Yui points out the reason for this as Yukino tends to give cool vibe and her class contains 90% girls.
Shizuka is the adviser of the service club in which Yukino is the president. Shizuka seems to be genuinely care for Yukino's well-being. Shizuka describes Yukino as quiet talented, kind and correct. She also see the flaws of her way, just like she can see Hachiman's way. Shizuka worries and cares about Yukino to a great extent. Shizuka also understand Yukino as she was able to provoke Yukino to take the battle royale challenge.
In the Light Novel, it was mentioned that Shizuka made Yukino become the member of the service club using Yukino's twisted sense of "noblesse oblige". Shizuka also sometimes teases Yukino with Hachiman as a pair. Shizuka also knows Yukino's ambition and wishes Yukino not to be a second Haruno and wanted her to work on her strong points.
Meguri recognized Yukino as Haruno's sister and requested her to take the role of committee chairperson which she turned down . Meguri and Hayama Hayato have shown concern for Yukino's well-being when she attempts to take on the majority of the work for the cultural festival. She also has expectations for Yukino to succeed her as Student Council President, but it is in vain.
The little girl from the summer camp, a character similar to Yukino.
She had hints of jealousy towards Iroha's closeness with Hachiman. When Hachiman volunteered himself to carry Iroha's belongings, she and Yui went speechless.
- "People who don't work hard don't have the right to be envious of the people with talent. People fail because they don't understand the hard work necessary to be successful.”
- "I think it's important to challenge yourself. It helps make you a better person."
- “Must I spell it out? That if you’re only capable of inhaling air and spitting it back out, then that air con over there is superior to you? In other words, I’m allowing you to pretend to be my boyfriend, just for today.”
- "You simply feel you're being looked down upon because you're aware that you're inferior."
- "As always, no one can beat you when it comes to underhanded methods.”
- "Nya~ Nya~ Nya~ Nya~"
- Yukino's given name is also in present in her family name. Four other characters share this characteristic: Yui, Saki, Rumi, and Meguri.
- Yukino is the first and only person in the series to whom Hachiman officially tried to befriend, twice.
- Part of her name "Yuki" in Japanese means "snow" probably in reference to her cold personality.
- Her full name literally translates into 'the snow beneath the snow'.
- She is scared of dogs.
- She is a cat-lover.
- She is often seen reading a book with a black cat on its cover.
- She loves the character Pan-san to the extent of having an in-depth knowledge of the item and a year passport for the place where the item is usually bought.
- She drinks tea in the volunteers club in a fancy porcelain cup with its own dish.