14 (The Prince of Tennis)
2.0 (both eyes)
Hyotei Academy (3rd Year)
King's Primary School
|Japan U-17 Camp||
Court 5 (Former)
Head (Premiere Tour 600)
Head (C. Tech 1000 OM)
With his peerless charisma, he is the heir to the Atobe Conglomerate. With his world class Insight he is able to see through his opponent's weakpoint within a match.
|“||Ore sama no bigi ni yoi na!||”|
— Atobe Keigo
Keigo Atobe (跡部景吾, Atobe Keigo) is the captain of Hyōtei Gakuen, having defeated all of the members of the team during his first year. Along with Tezuka Kunimitsu of Seigaku, Tachibana Kippei of Fudomine, Sanada Genichirō and Yukimura Seiichi of Rikkaidai, Atobe is a "Zenkoku ku" (全国区), which means a national level player. He defeated Seigaku's captain in his second year, a favor returned when Tezuka then beat Hyōtei's captain at the time.
He is the son of a very rich family. He has rivalries with Tezuka, who he defeats in the Kantō Tournament, Sanada, who he comes close to defeating in a practice match before it is called off, and Ryoma, who defeats Atobe in the nationals. Hyōtei is one of the few schools in the series without a vice-captain, an indication of both Atobe's skill and leadership.
There are several facts that may suggest Atobe is not entirely Japanese. He grew up overseas, attending primary school in Britain along with Kabaji. Aside from his tennis club captaincy, Atobe is also student body president. He enjoys all subjects, especially Greek, and is a fan of the poetry of Goethe and Homer. He also has an appreciation for classical composers such as Richard Wagner.
One of Atobe's characteristic is the mole below his right eye, known as a "tear-mole". In the manga Atobe has light brown hair and blue eyes while in the anime he has purple-black hair and onyx eyes (later shown to actually be an extremely dark blue).
Due to a bet Atobe made with Ryoma, in which the loser had to shave his own hair, he had his head shaved by Ryoma after losing consciousness (in the anime, Atobe chooses to shave his own hair after losing, taking the razor from Ryoma's hands). However, it is later revealed that Atobe did not get his head fully shaved, but rather just a short haircut. Shortly after, right before the National Finals, Atobe is shown with his normal haircut, which, according to Takeshi Konomi, is just a wig.
Atobe is severely narcissistic and arrogant, often using the quote "Be awed at the sight of my prowess!" (Ore-sama no bigi ni yoi na ,俺様の美技に酔いな?) used first after knocking out Tezuka's racket with his drive volley. Despite being arrogant he's also charming and is popular between both boys and girls of his school: the girls especially tend to see him as a love interest.
The entire Hyotei are his fans and always cheers, "The winner is Hyotei" or if the regulars were playing, they say the same, only not Hyotei but the regulars' names. Atobe could even shut them up by just snapping his fingers and they'd stop automatically like well-trained dogs.
In the New Prince of Tennis, it is revealed that Atobe gain his insight after being utterly defeated and mocked by children his age while in England. He never gave up and worked hard to reach the top.
He is very wealthy, and he owns various chateaus, mansions, and vehicles, which are often used to benefit his team. Despite his personality, he trains constantly and takes pride in his team. After losing to Ryoma in the nationals, he cuts his hair due to a bet, despite taking great pride in it.
It is common knowledge within the series that he is fabulously wealthy, showing in some episodes his various chateaus and mansions. One mountain estate is the setting of the Seigaku training arc shown only in the anime, in which Hyōtei helps Seigaku prepare for its Kantō finals match with Rikkaidai.
It is likely that the anime exaggerated his wealth, as he was shown to be progressively wealthier as the series goes on, to the extent that by the release of the mini-movie, he owns a huge blimp with a chibi replica of his own face on it, and enough funds to hold a convention in a gigantic, downtown stadium. However, the manga does depict him to own a helicopter.
This doesn't mean, however, that Atobe is just a pampered, self-centered diva without real qualities backing him up. He's very proud of being on top of the Hyōtei team, and has earned his position through very hard work and real talent. He also truly appreciates the worth of both his teammates and rivals; this is shown when he stands up for fellow Hyōtei regular Shishido Ryō's plight in front of coach Sakaki, when he recognizes Tezuka's might after their duel (even lifting Tezuka's hand to show him as someone who had fought hard and also deserved praising), and when he speaks to Echizen after his fight with Tezuka in the American arc.
Despite having lost to Seigaku twice, Atobe seems to accept his losses gracefully, not too bitter to aid his former opponents by going to search for the missing Ryoma with his own helicopter as Seigaku faces Rikkaidai in the Nationals Finals.
Atobe also mentions that while he doesn't mind going easy on an opponent, he hates it when opponents go easy on him. He is rather generous and uses his allowance to buy things for his teammates. Furthermore, the aforementioned mini-movie (named "Atobe kara no Okurimono", translated as "Atobe's Gift") shows that one of the reasons he had to hold the convention was to cheer up his childhood friend and partner Munehiro Kabaji, who was very depressed after the announcement of his beloved older sister's future marriage. He also claimed the date coincided with Kabaji's birthday, which Kabaji revealed to be a lie.
Even the games have portrayed Atobe as more noble than one would expect; in the dating sim , Atobe is enraged when the main character (default name, Shizuka Hirose) is attacked by his most rabid fangirls, and not only lectures the player for NOT telling him about the incidents, but he also protects her from such fans and, if certain in-game circumstances are met, in the end he announces that Shizuka will be his girlfriend in front of the whole school.
In another dating sim, , Atobe is shocked when he's bitten by a poisonous snake and the main girl (default name, Tsujimoto Ayaka) attempts to help him by directly sucking out the toxins from his injury, scolding her as well for taking such a risk after they're taken to safety.
Two Years Prior To The Storyline
Atobe just arrives from England and starts life as a student of Hyotei Gakuen. On the first day of school, he gives a speech to the school as the freshmen representative. During his speech, he calls out the current boys' tennis club captain and announces that he is the new king/captain of the club and school (Note: he really only declares himself as king, but unknown if it was for both the school and club). In the OVA it is mentioned by several female students that he donated many things to the school, making him popular with the his female classmates.
When he enters the club, he effortlessly defeats all the upperclassmen which resulted in the captain of that time to ask (plead) Atobe to be the new captain. As he agrees to the new position, Oshitari appears and seems to challenge the new captain of the tennis club. What happens afterwards is unknown.
In the OVA version, Shishido, Mukahi, and Jiro did not know of Atobe playing against the upperclassmen until after he had defeated them. Shishido and Mukahi, as a doubles pair, also challenge Atobe in the OVA, and end up losing. Oshitari and Atobe's match is also shown with Atobe winning the match.
One Year Prior To The Storyline
Atobe along with Hyotei win the Tokyo Prefectural tournament and defeat Seigaku along the way. It is in this tournament that Atobe defeats Seigaku's captain. Atobe and Hyotei cruise through the Regional finals however their Regional success is thwarted by the likes of Rikkai Daigaku Fuzoku.
During this period Atobe and the Hyotei team are training.
The Prefecturals in Prince of Tennis saw a moment where Atobe's Team Hyotei Gakuen was knocked out by Fudomine led by new captain Tachibana Kippei. During the Prefecturals season there was an match where Atobe played doubles with Kabaji Munehiro, although Atobe's full potential and personal stats were yet unknown to the audience.
In the Prefecturals they suffered defeat against Fudomine as Atobe sent out non-regulars who were crushed by the Fudomine regulars and then Shishido Ryō who arrogantly played against Tachibana Kippei in Singles 3, not realizing it was Tachibana who was a Shishigaku regular last year that helped them to the Semifinals until it was too late and because of this, he foolishly lost. After in the fifth place consolation match-up, Atobe's team crush St. Rudolph allowing them to qualify into the Regionals.
Atobe ends up drawing Hyotei against Seigaku in the first round himself during the tournament draw. His reaction seemed to be unconcerned with having to face Seigaku even though he was aware the loser will not qualify for the Nationals.
He plays in the Singles 1 slot against Tezuka. He was the only one to discover that Tezuka's shoulder wasn't perfect and took advantage of it. He purposely rallied the match in order to destroy Tezula's shoulder. However, he realised and admitted that Tezuka was too passionate about tennis to surrender.
After a tie-break that reached the high 30s, Tezuka finally lost by hitting the net, giving Atobe the point. At the net, Atobe raised Tezuka's hand into the air showing that Tezuka is worth praising.
Regional Select Invitationals Camp
In this anime-only arc, Atobe along with several Hyotei teammates recieve an invite to the Kanto Region Japan Junior Training Camp. He along with Kabaji and Oshitari were placed into Hanamura's group.
Regional Select Invitationals
Atobe is immediately chosen as one of the Kanto Region Japan Junior Representatives after he and Sanada have somewhat of an eventful practice match which gradually got the attention of the rest of the camp. Atobe was surprisingly placed in Doubles 2 partnering up with his rival Sanada Genichirō. They play against the West Coast USA Junior team members Billy Cassidy and Michael Lee pair. He and Sanada at first find it difficult to pair up together perfectly as the two are very different players. However the game unfolds and the play an eventful match while Atobe is pushed as Rondo Towards Destruction is countered by Cassidy. Eventually they win their match 7-5 after revealing their new move Tango Towards Destruction. Atobe and Junior Kanto Region Japan are eventual winners with 3 wins 1 no-game and 1 loss.
Although Hyotei were knocked out in the 1st Round of the Kanto Regional Tournament by Seigaku which prevented them for heading to the Nationals, due to Tokyo being the host city for the tournament, it allowed to give a place in the tournament to their next best team that failed to qualify, which turned out to be Hyotei. This meant Atobe could captain Hyotei to the nationals.
Hyotei cruise through to the Quarterfinals crushing last years best four Shishigaku along the way and meet their nemesis Seigaku. As expected, the two sides have a dramatically long encounter a second time and Atobe plays against Echizen Ryoma in Singles 1. After reaching almost 120 in the tie-break, Atobe collapses from exhaustion. Ryoma wins by hitting two more Twist Serve.
Atobe along with his Hyotei teammates recieves an invitaion to the All-Japan Junior Camp. He and all the other 49 middle schoolers at the entrance are able to attaince a ball that fell from the helicopter where the conditions were, those that cannot attain a ball are told to leave. There he partners with Hiyoshi Wakashi in which it is revealed that Atobe had chosen Hiyoshi Wakashi to be the next Hyotei captain.
Believing they would be doubles partners however it turns out they must play each other in a Tie-Break game where the loser is meant to go home. Atobe wins 37-35. Hiyoshi is sent to train in the mountains while Atobe easily advances to the 5th Court by defeating all of his next High School opponents and amongst the first Middle Schoolers to join the court along with Tezuka and Chitose Senri.
Atobe is selected by Oni Juujiro as one of the 5th Court members to take part in the Team Shuffle against the then 3rd Court. Atobe is in Singles 1 and plays against Irie Kanata. The two engage in a dramatically long encounter. The match begins with Irie just testing Atobe however Atobe jumps out to a shocking 5-0 lead.
Atobe then decides to finish it by using World of Ice. However unknown to Atobe and everyone else, Irie was faking it. He was allowing Atobe to get close to winning unitl he fought back so he could create drama. Atobe, angered by this, attempted to finish the game. However, Irie revealed he can also use World of Ice due to him being able to fully understand his opponents.
Atobe is pushed as Irie climbs back and overtakes Atobe and puts the 6-5. This is when Atobe pulls out his new advanced level of Insight technique Atobe Kingdom, a technique which see blind spots and goes further by allowing Atobe to view his opponents like an X-ray machine by seeing through their skeleton.
Atobe claws his way back and plays evenly with Irie, but Atobe Kingdom requires an enormous amount of focus and stamina and the match reaches 185-185 in tie-break. Atobe collapses from exhaustion and collapses a second time as Irie hits a lob causing Atobe to run into the wall and pass out. Irie then claims his shoulder cant move anymore which is later proven to be a lie by Tanegashima Shūji meaning Irie could have won the match if he wanted to. Leaving the match as a draw, Oni Juujiro plays in the reserve match in the Team Shuffle and easily defeats Takei Toshio 6-0 which gave the 5th Court the win which makes the two courts switch places making Atobe curently a member of the 3rd Court.
U-17 Camp Revolution
Days after, Atobe makes his way to the main courts along with the rest of the camp awaiting the arrival of the 1st Stringers. Atobe is present at the main court to witness the return of the Top 10 and then shortly after, sees the shock upset that his middle school comrades replaced No.s 11-19 of the 1st Stringers. Later on that day, Atobe informed Kadowaki Satoru in an extremely arrogantly manner that he won't be called to challenge the Top 10. Atobe calls out Niou from outside Niou's room.
Genius 10 Challenge
The next day, as the match begins for No.s 10 & 9 to be challenged, former Rikkai Dai regular No.10 Mōri Juzaburō (High School 1st Year) and former legendary Hyotei captain No.9 Ochi Tsukimitsu (High School 3rd Year) step onto the court. As they and the rest of the camp wonder who their challengers will be, Atobe steps onto the court, surprising all those at the camp since this is a doubles game. Surprising everyone even more, Atobe calls out to Niō Masaharu to partner him against the High School Doubles Specialists.
For the first time in the series, a 3 set match takes place. Niou immediately takes on the form of Tezuka Kunimitsu through his Illusion. Atobe and Tezuka are at first stunned by Ochi's Mach Serve, however thanks to Atobe's Insight he is able to return it. Niou, in retaliation uses Zero Shiki Serve which stuns the opponents, however Mouri is able to quickly counter it. The match quickly becomes fast paced and tense with the release of Atobe Kingdom and Tezuka Zone proving to be fearful combination. However Ochi's Mach Serve and Mouri's ability to return the Zero Shiki Serve prove to be more than enough to stay level with Atobe and Niou without wasting much energy.
Atobe and Niou are able to keep up with their high school opponents and the scoreline reaches 4-4. At this time, Atobe uses Insight to see that the Zero-Shiki Serve can no longer be used. This shocks Niou but he eventually "morphs" into Kabaji after being told they need more power in their play. At 6-5 in their favor however, Ochi's tennis style kicks in and by giving his opponent eye contact, he is able to ruin their mindset. Atobe double faults, giving away a game and taking the first set into a tie-break.
As the tie-breaker continues on to favour the 1st stringers 6-0, Niou, in Tezula's form, unleashes Tezuka Phantom, forcing a ball out and scoring the first point in the tie-breaker for the 2nd stringers.
Eventually, Atobe and Niou win the first set 7-6, however Niou is by then completely exhausted, and the High Schoolers easily pull one set back, winning the second set back 6-0. Atobe and Niou are eventually able to win the third set 7-6, winning the game. This makes Atobe the 9th All Japan U-17 representative and Niou the 10th, though the latter has to be hospitalized, temporarily leaving the camp. Atobe is seen to the join the first-string's side of the bleachers, where he is welcomed by Oni.
Prior to the U-17 World Cup
After all the matches were played, his No. 9 badge was returned to Ochi. Since the High Schoolers were going to participate in the World Cup. Instead, Atobe becomes the team captain of the Middle School Division participating in the World Cup.
The selected high schoolers and middle schoolers take a trip to the beach with the head coach. He tasks the tennis players to pick up some girls. If they fail, they will sample Mitsuya's deadly riceballs. Atobe does absolutely nothing and all the girls on the beach, even those on the other side, become fascinated with him and come running towards him.
Official Middle School Tournaments
|2007 Tokyo Prefectural||Final||Seishun Academy||Singles 1||None||Seigaku OB||Won (Unknown)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefectural||Round 3||Echiminamikawa||Singles 1||None||Hanaki||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Tokyo Prefectural||5th Place Consolation Match||St.Rudolph||Singles 2||None||Mizuki Hajime||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Kantō Regionals||First Round||Seishun Academy||Singles 1||None||Tezuka Kunimitsu||Won [7-6 (37-35)]|
|2008 Nationals||Second Round||Shishigaku||Singles 1||None||Daikichi Daimaru||Won (6-0)|
|2008 Nationals||Quarterfinals||Seishun Academy||Singles 1||None||Echizen Ryoma||Lost [6-7 (117-119]|
U-17 Camp Results
|Type of Match||Partner||Opponent(s)||Score|
|Tiebreaker-Style Elimination Match||None||Hiyoshi Wakashi||Won (47-45)|
|Team Shuffle||None||Irie Kanata||No Game (6-6) (185-185 in Tiebreak)|
|U-17 Representatives VS. 2nd Stringers Player Shuffle (3 Set Game)||Masaharu Niō||Mōri Juzaburō/Ochi Tsukimitsu||Won 7-6 (50-48), 0-6, 7-6|
Playing Style and Techniques
- Foot Size: 26.5 cm
- Hobby: Reading, Fly-fishing
- Father's Occupation: Corporate Executive (Security Corporation)
- Spends Allowance On: Treating out his fellow club members
- His motto is: "Adel sitzt im Gemüt, nicht im Geblüt." ("Nobility resides in the mind, not in the blood")
- Best Subject: All (especially Greek and German)
- Worst Subject: None
- Committee: Student Council President
- Favorite Place to Visit at School: Atobe’s exclusive personal use sofa, Board Chairman’s office
- Favorite Color: Gold, Black
- Favorite Food: Roast Beef, Yorkshire pudding
- Favorite Movie: European Movies regardless of new or old
- Favorite Book: The Plays of Shakespeare
- Favorite Music: Classical (Wagner)
- Preffered Type: Strong-willed girls
- Favourite Date Spot: Cruising at an Island in the South
- Thing he wants most right now: A New Tennis Court
- Daily Routine: Drinking Champagne (Non-Alcoholic) After taking a bath
- Dislikes: Arthropods
- Special Non-Tennis Skill: Fencing, Ballroom dancing
Daily School Life
- 06:00 - Rises from bed. Breakfast
- 07:00 - Running on the grounds. Horseback riding
- 08:00 - Goes to school. Only attends second half of morning practice
- 09:00 - First Period: Science 3; Biology/Earth Sciences
- 10:00 - Second Period: Greek
- 10:50 - Goes to the President's office
- 11:00 - Third Period: Japanese Language 3; Classical Literature
- 12:00 - Fourth Period: Sociology 3; Government/Economics
- 12:50 - Lunch Break. Guest appearance in school wide broadcast by journalism committee member
- 13:20 - Fifth Period: Physical Education 2; High Jump
- 14:20 - Sixth Period: Mathematics 2; Geometry
- 15:20 - Student council meeting. Looks over reports from each club while having afternoon tea with Kabaji
- 16:00 - Tennis club, oversees basics training
- 19:00 - Trains at Atobe Gym
- 20:30 - Returns home. Dinner
- 21:00 - Light training at the courts at home
- 22:30 - After showering, listens to Wagner while enjoying non-alcoholic champagne
- 23:30 - Goes to bed
Note from Hiyoshi: Please stop doing the Hyoutei chant during the school wide broadcast. Hearing the Hyoutei chant during lunch is very annoying.
Note from Mukahi: He's always eating yummy looking sweets! After lunch, he eats the rumored Gelee Royale (A Royal jelly. A honey bee secretion rich in vitamin B and other nutrients that can't be duplicated in labs).
Tennis Bag Content 
- Cell phone
For international calls. People have witnessed Atobe speaking in German over this phone.
- Cell phone
With video phone capabilities in FOMA. (Note: FOMA stand for Freedom of Mobile multimedia access, and it's a service provided by NTT Dokomo, a Japanese communications company). Used mainly to contact family members.
- Cell phone x 2
Equipped with camera. He uses these phones for most normal usage, but doesn't use the camera much.
(Personal Handy Phone) He uses this as a backup for underground use, where it's hard to get a signal.Doesn't use it much.
- Lip balm
Dry lips are the ultimate indignity! Since he couldn't possibly show himself in public with chapped lips, he always carries this around.
Uses one spritz of this as a finishing touch after his post-practice shower. Thus switching to "private mode."
- Foreign book
When he's alone, he's mostly reading. Right now, he particularly likes reading Goethe.
- A gold compact mirror
Atobe and Tezuka have a rival relationship. They both acknowledge each other's tennis but Atobe knows Tezuka still has a lot of room for growth and wishes to reach his level.
Atobe and Sanada have a rivalry similar to that of Atobe and Tezuka. Tezuka is their mutual rival that they both wish to defeat in a fair game. Although they admit the other player's skill in front of their teammates, they never praise each other face-to-face.
Atobe develops a friendship with Niou during their doubles match against No.9 and No.10 of the top 10 All Japanese Representatives. Atobe is quite honest with Niou and helped him walked when Niou could no longer move. Atobe also showed much concern for him when he collasped. When Atobe was playing by himself, and almost lost a ball that hit the net right at end, Niou saved him the trouble of running to be ball by returning the ball himself and reminding Atobe that it was a doubles match.
- See: Trivia
- "Be awed by my prowess." ("Ore-sama no bigi ni yoi na.")
- "Wha’s wrong, Tezuka? You sure your speed didn’t drop or something?" ("Doshita, Tezuka yo? Speed oshitanja nei no ka?")
- "It’s the Rondo to Destruction. Remember it!" ("Hametsu e no Rondo da! Oboite oke!")
- "This game, I have complete control over it." ("Kono game, kanzen ni ore na shihai shita.")
- "Now, hurry up and start attacking!" ("Saa, asete seme te koi yo!")
- "Watch him, watch the ball! I’ll break your control over the game in the 2nd half!" ("Yatsu wo miro, tama wo miwo! Zenshin no ke aga wo buchiake royo!")
- "This guy, is he invincible?" ("Koitsu, fujimika?")
- ↑ The Never Ending Tie-Break
- ↑ The Ultimate Showdown
- ↑ Deathmatch - King vs Prince
- ↑ Gakuensai no Ōjisama
- ↑ Doki Doki Survival - Umibe no Secret
- ↑ Turbulence, The Young Atobe
- ↑ The Night Before the Invitation
- ↑ Promise
- ↑ Golden Age 69
- ↑ Golden Age 70
- ↑ Golden Age 71
- ↑ Golden Age 72
- ↑ Golden Age 73
- ↑ Golden Age 74
- ↑ Golden Age 75
- ↑ Golden Age 77
- ↑ Golden Age 82
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Pairpuri Volume 1
- ↑ The Prince of Tennis Fanbook Volume 40.5
- ↑ The Prince of Tennis Fanbook Volume 10.5