Though the entire cast of Ouran High School Host Club is colorful, quirky and creatively written, it's hard to argue that any character is more popular than the titular host herself, Haruhi Fujioka There are some things that most people who are familiar with the series will automatically think of when they think of Haruhi: She's blunt, a driven hard worker, and a lot of the time she seems like the only relatable person in the entire show, which makes sense given how often the other members get caught up in their upper-class delusions. However, there are quite a few things even hardcore fans might have missed about everyone's favorite gender-neutral host(ess?).
Updated September 16th, 2021 by Bailey Jo Josie: Years after the manga, anime, and live-action adaptations stole the hearts of shojo fans, Ouran High School Host Club is still considered a popular and high-quality Japanese romantic-comedy. Since this list was written in 2020, there are still more interesting insights and facts about everyone's favorite progressive host, Haruhi Fujimoto.
15 She’s 15-Years-Old In The Anime & One Of The Youngest In Her Grade
In Japan, the school year runs from the beginning of April to mid-March with a small break in between, so students who are born on or after April 2nd are placed in the same grade as someone born roughly 364 days later on April 1st. Since Haruhi was born on February 4th, this puts her in the youngest group of first-years students at Ouran High. In the manga however, she’s 16-years-old which suggests that she joined the Host Club towards the end of the school year.
14 Her Scholarship Requirements Are Intense
It's common knowledge that the only way someone of Haruhi's affluence was able to get into Ouran was through passing a rigorous entrance exam, but there's actually more to her conditions than that. In addition to having passed said exam, Haruhi has to stay at the very top of her class- number one, nothing less- in order to maintain her scholarship. Some may argue that this isn't quite as difficult as it sounds, as not all students take studying particularly seriously, but top at an elite school is still incredibly impressive combined with the fact that she solely handles most household duties, too.
13 Her Gender Actually Does Get Fully Revealed
At the end of the anime, though Haruhi has dressed up in long wigs several times, it's not like it's unheard of for the other hosts to occasionally rock similar styles, so this doesn't give her gender away or anything. In the manga which continues the storyline past this, however, when Haruhi goes to study abroad, Tamaki gives her the push she needs to reveal to all her clients over her time at the club the truth. While most are hesitant at first, she is accepted and warmed up to relatively fast, which is quite heartwarming.
12 The Reason For Her Casual Feminine Fashion Tendencies
It's no secret that the other hosts try at every opportunity to get Haruhi to dress up in more feminine attire, and this is especially true for the King, who has the most say over the fashion choices the club ends up making. However, she ends up sporting a fair amount of adorable feminine wear outside of these costumes, too, and it isn't exactly by choice.
During their trip to the beach, upon sporting a frilly pink nightgown, Haruhi states that her father has a tendency to re-pack her bags to try to get her into cuter clothes.
11 Her Rose And Its Symbolism
Each Host Club member has their own color of rose that is associated with them, and for good reason. In Haruhi's case, that color would be red. In Japanese culture, the color red is associated with life and romance, which is incredibly fitting for Haruhi as she starts off someone who doesn't seem very interested in these things and yet they end up becoming an integral part of her character. In western culture, the red rose symbolizes beauty and perfection which is an apt description of how the other hosts view her.
10 Her Pairing With Tamaki Becomes Canon
Fans that have also read the manga will already be aware of this, but due to how sweet (and surprisingly unknown) it is outside of that, we had to at least include it. The ending of the anime left it pretty open as to who Haruhi ended up having feelings for, though it was hinted at that she favored Tamaki. Well, fans of the pairing fear not, as the manga goes more in-depth into their relationship. The two even end up getting married and having a child together.
9 Opposites In The Family
It's stated throughout the series that Haruhi possesses the same drive and overall bright, driven view on her future as her mother, and that she's less similar to her father. Seeing as she was a highly intelligent, more self-reliant child to begin with, it makes sense then that she would naturally drift away from her father a bit, not sharing as much of her world with him. While her father Ranka is somewhat dramatic, playful and emotional, Haruhi is cold, distant and somewhat apathetic at times. Despite this, they love each other dearly, but in their own ways that can be hard to communicate at times.
8 She Took The First Step With Tamaki
Just as the fact that her and Tamaki's relationship is much further developed in the manga isn't something all fans know, the more intricate details of just how their relationship truly began to bloom aren't as well known, either. Going to show just how far Haruhi had developed since the beginning of the series, she is actually the one who confesses her feelings of love to Tamaki who immediately accepts them.
7 Her Mother’s Death Is Left A Mystery But The Movie Gives More Insight
The only thing that’s known about Haruhi’s mother’s death is that it was from an illness when Haruhi was five. In the 2012 live-action, Haruhi has a flashback to her mother, Kotoko.
Kotoko is leaving the apartment to go to work as Haruhi and her father are waving good-bye but then she collapses in the middle of the street. Later on, Haruhi talks with her father about Kotoko still working her difficult job even though she was ill and had been for a long time.
6 Her Name's Meaning
Haruhi is a common gender-neutral Japanese name, and that alone would suit Haruhi quite well, but the meaning goes a bit further than that. Although it can have a lot of meanings depending on just how it is spelled, Haruhi's spelling in particular equates to "spring day." To add to this spring-centered fact, her birthday is on February 4th, which is said to be the first day of Spring in Japan as well.
5 Her Blood Type Reveals Her Personality
While horoscopes and MBTI tests are the standard for figuring out your personality traits, Japan has an interesting way to categorize people: blood types! Haruhi’s blood type is O which means that she’s determined, resilient, optimistic, and very easy to get along with. O types are often considered visionaries and great leaders due to their ability to give their opinions, traits that describe Haruhi’s attitude towards gender stereotypes and the shenanigans of the Host Club. Her blood type also explains her ambitions to do well at Ouran High.
4 Her Innovative Perspective On Gender Makes Her An Obvious Aquarius
Since Haruhi’s birthday is February 4th, that means her zodiac sign is Aquarius the Water-Bearer, which is probably on purpose since a water-bearing vase is the reason she’s in the Host Club in the first place! Haruhi being an Aquarius also overlaps well with her blood-type personality as O blood types and Aquarians are supposed to be eccentric and forward-thinking. Aquarius is also known for being a revolutionary sign, which mirrors Haruhi’s progressive views and seeing past what gender a person may choose to present.
3 Her Original Love Interest Is A Tall As He Is Stoic
It's commonly known to fans of the series that Haruhi has a lot of potential romantic partners, at least in the eyes of the fandom. Nearly every host is given at least a small moment that could be taken as romantic with Haruhi, but one in particular seems like he was the planned partner for her, at least in the early episodes- and that's Mori.
As soon as the first episode, he springs to help her without question when she calls for him, and she's happy when he addresses her by her first name for the first time, something which signifies more intimacy overseas than in the West. The creator himself has confirmed that he was an original love interest for her, as well!
2 Her Birthday Was The Focus Of A Live-Action TV Spin-Off Drama
In 2011, a live-action adaptation of the manga and anime premiered on TBS in Japan and a spin-off drama was released in early 2012 to help promote the then-upcoming movie. Titled Ouran High School Host Club: Haruhi no Happy Birthday Daisakusen, the spin-off comprised of four five-minute episodes surrounding Haruhi’s 16th birthday and her fellow hosts making her angry enough to quite the club. The episodes were only available via LISMO Drama, a an exclusive video service provided by au, a Japanese cellphone carrier.
1 Her Voice Actor's Surprising Relationship
It's always interesting when characters' relationships and the relationships of their voice actors differ, which is a rather common occurrence as romantic roles aren't written and cast based off real-life relationships. In the anime, Hikaru ends up being tricked by Kaoru into taking Haruhi on a date after the two of them had a disagreement- and though Hikaru's feelings are further explored in the manga, their relationship ultimately doesn't come to be. However, what fans might not know is that the Japanese voices for Haruhi and Hikaru are actually married in real life!