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|“||Wow, Kyo, that's amazing! The way you make rice balls, you're really talented. Incredible! I have no idea.||„|
|~ Tohru Honda flattering Kyo's rice ball making.|
Tohru Sohma (née Honda) is the main protagonist of the Fruits Basket series. She is the love interest of Kyo Sohma. She is mother of Hajime Sohma & two unnamed children.
In Japanese version, she was voiced by Yui Horie from the original 2001 version of Fruits Basket and later Manaka Iwami from the new 2019 version of Fruits Basket.
In the English version, she is voiced by Laura Bailey (who also voiced Chun-Li, Sana Kurata and would later voice Platinum the Trinity) and returned to reprise her role in remake/reboot of Fruits Basket.
She had brown hair and blue (2001 Anime) and brown (Manga & 2019 Anime) eyes colors.
When not in her school uniform or work suit for her janitor job, Tohru tends to dress is sweaters and short skirts. Though in warmer weather, she switches to light long sleeved shirts and shorts sleeved ones in summer.
She is noted for her cheerful optimism, altruistic nature, and great sympathy for others. Takaya created her with an unusual perspective on the world, to balance her empathy. She is depicted as polite, optimistic, extremely kind, and selfless. On the flipside, Tohru is also very spacy whenever she's not preoccupied with something; two boys at school noticed and nearly tried to ask her out before Kyo scared them off.
Several other characters, including her friends Kyo, Rin, and Hanajima tell her she needs to look out for her own interests and not shoulder everyone else's burdens. At the start of the series, she is living in a tent rather than staying with her friends, Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima, to avoid being a burden to them and she has an after-school job as an office janitor to pay her tuition fees so that her grandfather does not have to. Yuki once describes her as not the sort who sees her life as a "glass half-empty." Tohru is so kind-hearted that she cannot make herself say mean things while playing a wicked stepsister in a class production of Cinderella, and when her mother told her the bedtime story of how the cat was excluded from the Chinese zodiac, in sympathy she declared she wished to be born in the year of the cat.
Tohru describes herself as an excellent artist who loves cooking and cleaning. In the original Japanese, Tohru habitually speaks formally, but not always correctly. She picked up this habit from her dead father, Katsuya, after he died when she was three, as a way of replacing him in her mother's eyes and from her father's family's statements that she was probably the daughter of a man her mother had an affair with. Tohru tends to be especially concerned for people with minor illnesses. This comes from the circumstances of her father's death, when Katsuya was originally diagnosed with a fever but eventually died of pneumonia.
She was raised by her mother, Kyoko, until she died in a car accident shortly after Tohru entered high school, a few months before the series starts. Tohru treasures her mother's photograph and vowed at her death to keep Kyoko the most important person in her life. Tohru is distressed whenever she feels she is being "unfaithful" to her mother, for example, when she gets failing marks on end-of-term exams, thus endangering her promise to graduate high school or when she falls in love with Kyo. Tohru eventually realizes that her vow is an attempt to cling to the past, and that Kyoko would have wanted her to move on and fall in love with someone else.
She moves into the house with Shigure Sohma, Yuki Sohma, and later Kyo Sohma after Yuki and Shigure discovered her living in a tent on their property. She worked part-time to support herself when she was living on her own, and continues to despite moving to Shigure's house. Her two best friends are Arisa Uotani and Saki Hanajima. Tohru is very grateful to the Sohmas and loves every bit of time she spends with them.
- Takaya gave Tohru a name normally used only for men because she likes to give masculine names to female characters "to balance them out." In addition, Takaya chose to have other characters address her as "Tohru-kun," using an honorific typically used for boys, because she thought it was "a more dignified form of address."
- Symbolically, Tohru fits the role of God in the original zodiac legend (which began the Sohma curse), but in the reverse of many aspects; especially since Akito is cursed by God's spirit in the zodiac.
- Tohru was lonely, receiving an invitation to live with the rat, the dog and the cat; God sent out invitations.
- Tohru didn't proactively seek out the rest of the zodiac, they all came to her in one way or another; only those invited by God ever came to visit.
- All the gatherings were the zodiacs" ideas to have fun with Tohru; God invited the zodiac to banquets.
- Tohru accepted and loved the cat, after the original God and Akito rejected him.
- The greatest difference between Tohru and Akito, the current God, is that Tohru accepts and helps the zodiac through their troubles despite any pain it causes her, Akito is scared of being alone and psychologically abuses the zodiac so they obey her.
- One similarity that Tohru and Akito had was the obsession with the memory of a deceased parent. The difference is that Tohru used the memory of her mother to push forward and help others; Akito clung to her father's claim that she was only special and loved due to being the God of the zodiac, resulting in all the mental and physical abuse the cursed Sohmas suffered.
- Her first Japanese voice actress, Yui Horie, also voiced Yuki Cross in Vampire Knight series, Millefiori Firianno Biscotti in Dog Days, Koudelka Iasant in Koudelka and Tsurara Oikawa in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan series, and Wiz in Konosuba.
- Her second Japanese voice actress, Manaka Iwami, also voiced Ingrid Brandl Galatea in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
- Her English voice actress, Laura Bailey, also voiced Maka Albarn in Soul Eater, Kushina Uzumaki, Anko Mitarashi, Sarada Uchiha and Kurotsuchi in Naruto: Shippuden, Akane Kimidori and Chi-Chi (child) in Dragon Ball, Princess Odette in The Swan Princess middle four films, Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chun-Li in Street Fighter IV, Blaze the Cat and Omochao in Sonic Free Riders, Sherry Birkin in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, Nadine Ross in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Helena Harper in Resident Evil 6, Shinosuke Nohara in Shin Chan, Tia Harribel and Hiyori Sarugaki in Bleach, Catwoman in Batman: The Telltale Series, Dorothy Gale in LEGO Dimensions, Serana in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard, Dende and Trunks (young) in Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta (young) in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Lucina in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Miss Martian and Catwoman in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Firestar in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Emily in Glitter Force, The Female Courier in Fallout: New Vegas, Serah Farron in Final Fantasy XIII, Gwen Stacy and Ghost-Spider in Marvel's Spider-Man (2017), Mary Jane Watson in 2018s Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man, Black Cat, Mystique and Elektra in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Eltariel in Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lagoona Blue, Skelita Calaveras, and Headless Headmistress Bloodgood in Monster High, Abigail Walker in Infamous: Second Son, Kait Diaz in Gears of War 4, Angela in Marvel Heroes, Supergirl in Injustice 2, Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4, Platinum the Trinity and Trinity Glassfield in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, Angela Miller in Resident Evil: Degeneration, Beastmon in Digimon Fusion, Pyrrha Alexandra in Soulcalibur V, Lust in Fullmetal Alchemist, Amber in RWBY, Sana Kurata in Kodocha, Isara Gunther in Valkyria Chronicles, Rayne in BloodRayne, Tokine Yukimura in Kekkaishi, Marta Lualdi in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Melody Piper and Ashlynn Ella in Ever After High, Elle Eedee in Monster High: Boo York, Boo York, Sonoko Suzuki in Case Closed, Jean in Claymore, and Huepow in Klonoa: Door to Phantomile.