Hatsuharu Sohma is one of the supporting of the Fruits Basket series and and cursed by the spirit of the ox/cow of the zodiac.
In the 2001 anime series, he is voiced by Akio Suyama in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Justin Cook in the English version of the anime.
In the 2019 anime series, he is voiced by Makoto Furukawa in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Justin Cook in the English version of the anime.
He has white with black roots for hair. He is usually shown wearing various jewelry and leather accessories, which, according to an author's note, he makes himself.
As zodiac form, he is a black-and-white spotted Ox.
Hatsuharu is depicted as having a Yin and Yang personality, which mirrors the Ox's traditional personality characteristics in the zodiac. The Sohmas call these two sides of his personality his "white" and "black" sides.
He is an older-brother figure to the younger zodiac members, and is usually calm and placid, but, if provoked, can become enraged.
He has a reputation in the family for being somewhat stupid, and when he was a child he blamed Yuki Sohma, the current Rat, for it because of the story of how the Rat tricked the Ox to become first in the zodiac. After Yuki asked Hatsuharu whether he believes he is stupid, he realized the mental trap and has since loved Yuki. Hatsuharu is in love with Rin Sohma and has an on-again/off-again secret relationship with her. He is protective of those he cares about, especially Rin, Yuki, Kisa and Hiro, and once confronts and almost punches Akito for confining Rin, and looked for Kisa when she ran away from home. Hiro admires Hatsuharu as a brother figure, even calling him Haru-nii ("big brother Haru"), but also believes that Haru is too nice to everybody for his own good.
Hatsuharu has a bad sense of direction, and once becomes lost for three days in another town while looking for Kyo in order to challenge him. He likes to tease Kyo in a deadpan way; Kyo in turn calls him "downright lewd" for saying Momiji should keep wearing the girls' uniform until he gets bigger.
- He is around 15–17 years old.
- He is the tenth of the cursed Sohmas to have his curse broken.
- His First Japanese Voice Actor, Akio Suyama is best known for voicing as Hige from Wolf's Rain.
- His First Child Japanese Voice Actress, Akemi Okamura, who also voiced Nami and Vinsmoke Yonji in One Piece, Bearmon in Digimon Frontier, Fio Piccolo in Porco Rosso, Makiko in Tamagotchi, Akemi Hinazuki in Erased, Hoshiwa and Bomber Girls Pretty Cure in Happiness Charge Pretty Cure!, Fievel Mousekewitz in An American Tail, Cindy Vortex in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Florinda Showers in Pokémon, Fio Piccolo in Porco Rosso, Foop in Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star and Vinsmoke Yonji (child) in the same series.
- His Second Japanese Voice Actor, Makoto Furukawa, who also voiced Yūjin Ōzora in Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, Ares in Warriors Orochi, Seiji Shishikura in My Hero Academia, Saitama in One Punch Man, Taiju Oki in Dr. Stone, Yoshitora Tokugawa in Samurai Shodown V, Miyuki Shirogane in Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Benimaru in That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime, Diodora Astaroth in Highschool DXD, Animus in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Rainer Layer in Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor, Achilles in Fate/Apocrypha and Creek in Trolls.
- His Second Child Japanese Voice Actress, Mariko Higashiuchi, who also voiced Killer B as Child in Naruto Shippuden and Ruby in Steven Universe.
- His English Voice Actor, Justin Cook, who also voiced Baldorias S. Fanghini in Black Cat, Leon Kuwata in Danganronpa: The Animation, Raditz, Good Buu, Super Buu, Cell Jr. and Dende in Dragon Ball Z series, Yusuke Urameshi and Seiryu in YuYu Hakusho, Eustass Kid and Bellamy in One Piece, Eijiro Kirishima and Nomu in My Hero Academia, Marchosias in Shakugan no Shana, Akira Takaoka in Assassination Classroom, Jack the Ripper in Black Clover and Totmaru in Fairy Tail.
- His Second Child English Voice Actress, Morgan Berry, who also voiced Yoshiko Tsushima in Love Live! Sunshine!!, Moroha in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Miyabi in Senran Kagura, Goro (young) in Darling in the Franxx, Silver Sable in Marvel Avengers Academy, Tokaku Azuma in Akuma no Riddle, Nishiki Nishio (Young) in Tokyo Ghoul, Tokaku Azuma in Riddle Story of Devil, Hisui E. Fiore in Fairy Tail and Linda in Hyperdimension Neptunia.
- Natsuki Takaya derived his name from the first month, hatsuharu meaning "new year" or "early spring," which is the month of the Ox, of the traditional Japanese calendar, though his name is written with different kanji than the month.