Kakeru Tobe is a student of class 2-F and a Soccer Club member. He is the first person to address Hachiman wrongly as "Hikitani", who does not correct him, which results in some of his clique members to use that nickname.
Tobe has dyed-brown long hair with a black hairband, grey eyes and is usually seen in school uniform. He wears a sweater underneath his school jacket during the winter. Some even consider him to be good-looking.
Tobe is a happy and excitable person. He cares for his friends and is generally helpful to others. He is enthusiastic for all things he does and likes to improve. As mentioned by himself, he tries to be popular. He admits to being envious of others more skilled than he is and often praises Hayama.
He has feelings for Hina which is revealed at the Chiba Village summer camp.
According to Hayato, his bleached hair might make him look like a bad guy, but he’s the best at getting everyone energized. He always gets involved at the school festival and the sports festival. Because of that, Hayato believes he is a nice person though in Yukino's opinion, he is an easily excited person whose only talent is making noise.
According to Yukino, he is noisy and annoying though to Yui, he is more or less just talkative. However, Hachiman corrects her that he likes to talk about himself. Which is apparently true for most cases. During the Chiba Village summer camp arc, he initiated the conversation of their crushes just to express his liking of Hina. He also loudly stated his desire for valentine chocolate.
He is also fond of children. At Chiba Village summer camp, he enjoyed helping the elementary school children cooking curry. Furthermore, he despised threatening Rumi's classmates for Hachiman's plan.
AbilitiesHe is a member of the soccer team which indicates a decent level of athleticism and skill.
He can act somewhat, and is good at being the bad guy. During Rumi's arc he was able to intimidate young schoolgirls by harassing them. He put up a very convincing act with a frighteningly demented expression on his face, successfully frightening all of them minus Rumi, who remained calm throughout the ordeal. However, he hated doing it and remembered Hachiman as a seriously terrible person for suggesting such method.
During the Culture Festival he played the drums for the volunteer band.
PlotTobe is a member of Hayato's clique. He is always seen with Hayato, Ooka, Yamato, Hina, Yumiko and Yui, and is very proud of being close to the most popular student in school. He was involved with the numerous false chain messages as either a victim or the culprit.
Hayato went to the Service Club to stop the chain messages. The Service Club members suspected that one of the victims was the culprit. The Service Club members came to the conclusion that one of them feared of being left out of Hayato's workplace tour group and spread the chain messages.Hachiman revealed that Tobe is only friendly to both Ooka and Yamato when Hayato is around and the trio regarded each-other as a "friend of a friend".
Following Hachiman's suggestion, Hayato told them that he won't join a workplace visit group with them, much to their shock. The three of them then wrote their names for the workplace visit together and their friendship improved greatly.He has feelings for Hina which is revealed at the Chiba Village summer camp.
To "solve" Rumi's problem with her mean classmates, Hachiman concocted a plan in which Tobe, Yumiko and Hayato act as delinquents and threaten Rumi's "friends" in order to expose their inner selfish traits so that their relationship ended.
Tobe was the only guy in class who supported Hina's script for the cultural festival.
Request to the service club
During the Kyoto trip, he intended to confess his feelings to Hina, and requested help from the Service Club. At first he refused to say his request in front of Hachiman whom he considered unreliable, but after Hayama's persuasion, he explained his intentions to the club.
Hachiman, considering the status of the group and others' opinion of Tobe, told him to give up. Using his own life examples to try to dissuade him, but was unsuccessful. During the field trip they try and pair Tobe up with Hina as often as possible.
However, Ebina, Miura and Hayama separately hinted that Hachiman stop helping Tobe. Hachiman was able understand and sets out to sabotage Tobe's confession, but still fulfill his request.
Hachiman "confesses" before Tobe can, Hina's rejection of Hachiman successfully stopped Tobe from confessing to Hina and thus maintained their cliques status quo.
Hachiman's act fulfilled both Hina's request of stopping Tobe's confession and Tobe's request of not being rejected. Tobe, unaware of the true reason for Hachiman's confession, didn't resent him for it and he just gave him a friendly punch on his chest.
Addressed / Nick names
- Tobecchi by Hina Ebina, Yui Yuighama
- “Ah, sorry, my bad! U-Umm… Hi? Hikitani-kun? Hikitani-kun, could you get that ball?” Tobe to Hachiman
- “Ah, ya see? Hikitani-kun’s seriously terrible, man! Somethin’ happened like that durin’ summer too!” Tobe sharing his opinion on Hachiman to the others.
- Tobe shares the same birthday as his voice actor Chado Horii