Tetsuo Takahashi (高橋 鉄男, Takahashi Tetsuo) is a main character in Demi-chan wa Kataritai.
Tetsuo is a tall man with a large build. He has dark brown almost black hair with some chin scruff.
He is often seen wearing a lab coat with a red shirt and black slacks.
A Biology teacher by profession, he holds an innate interest in demi-humans for their unique existence. Despite his curiosities regarding demi-humans, his gentle nature lead him to value their struggles and bonds in adapting to human society over anything else as time goes by.
Several demi-humans have taken interest in him as he does not display the more apparent reactions that most humans give when presented with demi-humans' unique physiology; or at the very least, he forces himself to hide his fear, lust, and other primal instincts for the sake of prioritizing these demi-humans' well-being.
A welcoming face, stocky build, and kind heart made him quite the reliable father figure to many that knows him well.
Tetsuo attended the Musashino University of Science .
Machi is a student with a school-girl like crush on him. He has a guardian or mentor like relationship with her and he tries to help her learn more about the limits of her 'powers'.
Tetsuo helped Yuki realize her demi nature as a snow woman posed no harm to others.
Tetsuo treats Saki like anybody else (as he represses his normal reactions to her aphrodisiac effect) to make her feel more comfortable (since she is always jumpy about being around men.) He tends to feel uncomfortable when Saki is around (but doesn't show it). After getting to know her, Tetsuo ends up returning her feelings unknowingly; both are falling in love with the other. He ends up confessing to her later on, and as of chapter 80, they started going out. Since they are now romantically involved, Tetsuo can let out his affection for Saki in modest amounts; lessening the strain on his willpower.
His reactions to coming into contact with her vary. Just a brief hand holding can cause him to hyperventilate; an embrace put so much strain on him that he nearly passed out.
They met when Ugaki was checking up on Saki. They two get along on a professional level.
- The name Tetsuo means "iron" (鉄) (tetsu) and "male, man" (男) (o).
- His nickname "Iron Man" comes from a pun based on his first name and this nickname is likely reinforced by the fact that he is built like a tank.
- Tetsuo's surname Takahashi means "tall, high" (高) (taka) and "bridge" (橋) (hashi).
|Tetsuo Takahashi | Hikari Takanashi | Kyoko Machi | Yuki Kusakabe | Sakie Sato | Himari Takanashi|
|Yuusuke Satake | Taeko Yachigusa | Ugaki | Kurtz | Soma | Koji Takanashi | Midori Takanashi | Principal | Vice Principal | Jun'ichi Ohta | Oota | Kimura | Imori | Matsuri | Yoko Takahashi | Zashiko | Kaoru Higa|