Imperial Pair is the accepted term to describe a romantic relationship between Atobe and Tezuka.
- Atobe seems to take great interest in comparing Ryoma to Tezuka. When Ryoma uses Tezuka Zone, while he was in the Muga no Kyochi phase, he said "You're still in my way Tezuka!"
- Atobe seems to have a passion for defeating Tezuka fairly (not injured).
- Atobe seems to see Tezuka as his greatest rival. Tezuka does not seem to feel the same way as Tezuka seems to see Fuji as his greatest rival.
- In the mini-movie Atobe's Gift, during a marathon, Atobe saves Tezuka from a breaking signpost. He injures his knee in the process. Tezuka, in return, carries him and himself to the finish line.