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Yuki Sohma (草摩 由希, Sōma Yuki) is the rat of the Chinese Zodiac. Known to his classmates with various nicknames such as "Prince Yuki," "Prince Yuki Sohma," or "Prince Charming," Yuki is seen by others as a beautiful being. Yuki, however, is incredibly insecure. He hates his girly looks, does not know how to interact with other people, and constantly feels insignificant. In spite of this, Yuki maintains a calm, collected attitude most of the time, rarely becoming mad or upset. He is very formal and kind when he speaks to those around him.

Appearance

Yuki stands 5' 7" and weighs 119 pounds. He has dark grey (purple in the anime) eyes. Yuki's hair style has a front fringe with the left side of his hair longer than his fringe. He dresses mainly in Chinese-style clothes just for the reason that Takaya-sensei (the mangaka) likes them. She added that she believes they suit his androgynous nature, and that she deliberately gave Yuki and Kyo different styles to distinguish them farther.

While Kyo prefers loose clothes, Yuki often wears collared or tight fitting clothes. Later on in the manga, it is seen clearly that Yuki slowly changes his style by wearing looser clothing more or less like Kyo. When Yuki transforms, he is a rat with silver fur. According to Tohru, Yuki shares the same eyes as Ayame, only to be different colors and Ayame looks like the grown-up version of Yuki.

Personality

Yuki is depicted as an attractive, reserved, and accomplished young man with many admirers, but who finds being friendly really difficult.Yuki is talented at anything he tries (except cooking and cleaning). However, when Yuki was young, Akito Sohma, the head of the family, kept him isolated from the rest of the family and convinced him no one liked or needed him. Because of this emotional abuse, Yuki has low self-esteem and feels isolated. He is known as "Prince Yuki", "Prince Yuki Sohma", and "Prince Charming" at school, where despite his popularity he must avoid intimacy with girls lest they trigger his transformation into a rat. However, as the story progresses, Yuki begins to open up more and expresses his feelings frequently. It is shown that once he cares about someone, he will make an effort to ensure that they are happy and satisfied. It is also shown that Yuki is a hard worker once he has a passion into it.

He has a fan club headed by Motoko Minagawa that tries to "protect" him from other admirers, with the result being that Yuki is further isolated. Yuki, however, wishes that he could be with people as friends, rather than be admired from afar, and envies both Kyo Sohma's and Kakeru Manabe's easy ways with others. He is touched when, faced with the prospect of having her memory of the Sohma family secret erased, Tohru Honda asks that he will remain her friend, which no one had asked him before.

Story Overview

History

For his early education, Yuki went to a private school. He was playing tag with the other kids when a girl accidentally bumped into him and he transformed then he then witnessed the erasing of his first friends' memories."Akito... am I that strange.Am I so strange that we have to keep it a secret" Yuki asked Akito and he said" hmm...yes..you are that strange what do you think they would do if they knew. They'd wouldn't come near you they'd hate you"

Staying at the Main House

For the first 10-14 years of his life, Yuki was given to Akito as a playmate, and the two of them were constantly together. After Akito's mind was twisted, Yuki was locked in an isolated room, similar to Kyo's, and suffered severe mental abuse from Akito. In the anime, this extended into physical abuse, with Akito whipping Yuki.

Eventually, Hatsuharu begged Shigure to free Yuki from the Main House by getting Yuki to stay with Shigure.

Before Summer Vacation

First Meeting Tohru Honda

When he coincidentally meets Tohru Honda at his doorstep, he is polite and they become good friends. On this same night, Shigure and him find Tohru exhausted, coming home from work and climbing into her tent. They offer her to stay and live with them which she accepts. The next day, Tohru finds out about the Sohma Curse. She then becomes the only person outside of the Sohma to know of their secret.

During Summer Vacation

After Summer Vacation

When Tohru falls from a cliff and is hospitalised, after some encouragement, Yuki finds Kyo at home and consequently beats him up about not going to see Tohru in hospital ,how Yuki wanted to be Kyo and about how much he really made Tohru happy.

Yuki moves on to college. He gives Machi the key to his dorm room. When she rejected it, he jokingly attempted to throw it out of the window. This got Machi to be flustered and accepted the key, embarrassingly.

He visited the house he stayed in with Shugure, Kyo and Tohru. He met Tohru and recalls the memories they share together. Afterwards, he thanked Tohru for what she done for the Sohma family. He narrates the epilogue and farewell speech:

"I won't be able to hear it, right? But, I am happy. To struggle on alone until now, I am happy. I was weak, although I could not relate well with others, I wanted to be loeved. I wanted to be needed. I only wished. And you appeared, before me. And granted my wish, my desire, graciously. You taught it. You reward me. Therefore, in this way, now "here", I can stand. You made me "a human". You raised me as "a human". You to me, existed as a mother. ... I hear that all the others think the same: your existence was kindness. ... Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tohru"[1]

'Sorta Cinderella' Play

He played the Fairy Godmother in the "Sorta Cinderella".

Relationships

Main article: Yuki Sohma/Relationships

Trivia

  • Yuki is known for his bad cooking; Shigure once begged him not to cook.
  • Despite not being a morning person, Yuki is a far better fighter when he's half asleep.
  • He has a secret vegetable garden near Shigure's house (Tohru and Kyo being the only other people who know about it).
  • Saki points out that Kyo and Yuki's great dislike for each other is similar to a cat and mouse (especially since they are the cat and the rat).

Gallery

References

  1. Chapter 136