Ayame Sohma

Ayame Sohma Edition

Ayame Sohma-2001

Ayame Sohma-2019

Kanji 草摩 綾女
Rōmaji Sōma Ayame
Also known as A-ya (by Shigure)
Gender Male
Age 26 (Beginning of the series)
28 (End of the series)
Height 175 cm / 5'9"
Weight 63 kg / 138.9 lbs
Hair Color Light Grey
Eye Color Gold (Manga, 2019)
Yellowish-green (2001)
Blood Type O
Cursed Year Snake
Actual Year Rat
Astrological Sign Sagittarius
Professional Status
Occupation Owner of Ayame
Affiliation Sohma Family
Parents Unnamed Father
Unnamed Mother
Siblings Yuki Sohma (Younger Brother)
Spouse Mine Kuramae (Wife)
Children Hibika Sohma (Daughter)
Chizuru Sohma (Son)
Extended Family Machi Kuragi (Sister-in-Law)
Mutsuki Sohma (Nephew)
Manga Chapter 21
Anime Episode 14 (2001)
Episode 13 (2019)
Voice Actors
Japanese Mitsuru Miyamoto (2001)
Takahiro Sakurai (2019)
English Christopher R. Sabat

Ayame Sohma (草摩 綾女, Sōma Ayame, "Ayame Soma")[1] is one of the recurring characters in the Fruits Basket series, as well as one of the main protagonist of the Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc. He is the biological older brother of Yuki Sohma by ten years.

He is the Snake of the Chinese Zodiac. Ayame is best friends with Hatori Sohma and Shigure Sohma, and the three of them make up the Mabudachi Trio. Unlike his brother, Ayame is depicted as extremely vivacious, flamboyant, self-confident, and self-centered. He is absolutely obsessed with gaining Yuki's love, as he realized his mistakes of completely ignoring Yuki and denying him support in their childhood. As the series progresses, Yuki gradually accepts Ayame as a brother and even tries to understand him.

He runs a shop, named after himself, that sells custom-made "romantic costumes" such as frilly dresses and maid costumes with the help of Mine Kuramae, his seamstress.

In Fruits Basket Another, he married to Mine and the father of Hibika Sohma and Chizuru Sohma.


Ayame is a tall, thin young man. He has long, straight silver-grey hair and gold eyes (yellowish-green in the 2001 anime). He is often dressed in rather flamboyant outfits, most of which he designs and tries on, then sell to his customers. His casual clothes seem to reflect a Chinese design, much like Yuki's.

As a snake, he is long, thin and white in colour.

After he becomes a normal human, Ayame wears snake's skin shoes. This is seen when he is searching for a new home for Yuki in the last volume of the series.


He is extremely flamboyant and overconfident, often speaking of himself in a much brighter light than others, while in truth he just wishes that he and Yuki were closer. One of the few things as brothers that Yuki and Ayame have in common, is that they both enjoy annoying Kyo. A few of the names that Ayame calls Kyo are "Lucky Kyou" and "Kyon-Kichi", both of which he calls Kyo to annoy him, which he succeeds at doing.

Ayame is constantly trying to get closer to Yuki due to their separation as children. He once told Tohru that he "was vaguely aware that he even had a brother. By the time he realized it, a deep ’rift’ had grown between [Yuki and Ayame]".[2] Yuki also once admitted to Tohru, "I wouldn't say I dislike [Ayame]. He just gets to be too much for me sometimes, is all".

Ayame and Shigure pretend to be a couple and often pretend to do little bromance' scenes where at the end they say 'All right!' and flash a thumbs-up, much to the dismay of Hatori, Kyo, Yuki, and the confusion of Tohru.

He also tends to be a bit of a pervert. For example, when Tohru and Yuki visited his shop, he said any dream could be completed, such as the dream of seeing a woman stepping out of a bathroom. The result of that was Yuki shouting, "That is a crime!"

Story Overview


S1E13-2019 (110)

S1E13-2019 (209)

Ayame, Hatori & Shigure in their high school year.


Ayame asks Tohru to go out with him for lunch, and she agrees. As they walk home, Ayame tells Tohru that he can die if it becomes too cold. When they arrive home, it is shown that Ayame had been in snake form and had crawled into Tohru's shirt. Yuki becomes angry at him, but Ayame just laughs.

The shop he owns and works in is a lingerie/costume store, in which he says he sells "romance". He and his coworker, Mine Kuramae, appear to be in a relationship, but when Yuki asks him if she knows about the Sohma curse, he quickly changes the topic to a rare "Mogeta" doll he is holding. When Yuki and Tohru Honda go to visit him, Tohru is extremely fond of his dresses, whereas Yuki is utterly disgusted.

The Three Musketeers Arc

Fruit Basket Another

The Snake of the Zodiac

Ayame is cursed by the spirit of the snake of the zodiac. As such, he is sensitive to heat and cold like a cold-blooded snake. Whenever the surrounding becomes too warm or cold for him, Ayame would transform.

Hence, when he steps outside, he always carries an umbrella to shield himself from the sun and during school days, he would make the Sohmas ferry him to school in a car to avoid transformation. It has been shown that even a slightest wind can cause Ayame to transform and needs warm surroundings to transform back. Ayame also gets colds and the flu easily due to this.


Ayame in High School

Ayame in high school

  • Unlike most members of the Zodiac, Ayame was never harmed neither physically nor mentally by Akito Sohma, since he is one of the two Zodiac members that Akito cannot stand.
  • Ayame's snake form is white, like that of an albino snake, but instead of having red eyes, Ayame has gold eyes. It is unknown precisely what kind of snake he takes the form of.
  • Like Yuki, his casual clothes reflect a Chinese style.


  1. Fruits Basket Official Site
  2. Fruits Basket (2019) Anime — Episode 14


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Fruits Basket Characters
Main Characters
Tohru Honda  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Akito Sohma  •  Akira Sohma  •  Ayame Sohma  •  Hiro Sohma  •  Isuzu Sohma  •  Kazuma's Grandfather  •  Kagura Sohma  •  Kisa Sohma  •  Kureno Sohma  •  Kyo Sohma  •  Momiji Sohma  •  Hatsuharu Sohma  •  Hatori Sohma  •  Ritsu Sohma  •  Shigure Sohma  •  Yuki Sohma
Ayame and Yuki's Mother  •  Momo Sohma  •  Momiji's Mother  •  Momiji's Father  •  Kana Sohma  •  Kazuma Sohma  •  Kisa's Mother  •  Kyo's Father  •  Kyo's Mother  •  Satsuki Sohma  •  Hinata Sohma  •  Ren Sohma  •  Okami Sohma
Secondary Characters
Kaibara High School
Arisa Uotani  •  Kakeru Manabe  •  Kimi Toudou  •  Machi Kuragi  •  Makoto Takei  •  Mai Gotou  •  Mayuko Shiraki  •  Mio Yamagishi  •  Minami Kinoshita  •  Motoko Minagawa  •  Naohito Sakuragi  •  Rika Aida  •  Saki Hanajima
Katsuya Honda  •  Kyoko Honda  •  Komaki Nakao  •  Kunimitsu Tomoda  •  Megumi Hanajima  •  Mine Kuramae  •  Mitsuru  •  Tohru's Grandfather  •  + Minor Characters
Fruits Basket Another
Main Characters
Sawa Mitoma  •  Hajime Sohma  •  Mutsuki Sohma
Sohma Family
Chizuru Sohma  •  Hibika Sohma  •  Kinu Sohma  •  Mina Sohma  •  Riku Sohma  •  Shiki Sohma  •  Sora Sohma
Amane  •  Chiaki Hasada  •  Michi Manabe  •  Mio Hasegawa  •  Rio Mosca  •  Ruriko Kageyama
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