|“||Hamha! I'm Hamtaro. And I'm a hamster. I live here with Laura Haruna and her mom and dad. I may be small, but I'm tougher than I look.||”|
Hamtaro (ハム太郎) is a male hamster and the main character of the manga and anime, Hamtaro. Hamtaro and his friends love to have fun. He has a great relationship with his owner, Laura Haruna. Bijou has a crush on him, but he doesn't seem to notice. Hamtaro is always there for his friends. It doesn't matter if it is Boss or Snoozer; he will gladly help.
Character description (general)
Owned by Laura Haruna, Hamtaro is a Ham-Ham who's always ready to help out his friends and his owner Laura. He can't stand being ignored by Laura. He is often seen as the real leader of the Ham-Hams. Due to his innocent nature, he is clueless about many things, most notably love, and it would appear that Bijou, Barrette, Sparkle, Lapis, and Oshare all have developed a crush on him at some point. Hamtaro makes the most of his life as a small hamster and lives each day in happiness hoping to make more friends and to have fun. In the original anime, Hamtaro ends his sentences with 'nanoda', a phrase often used by playful characters. This is changed to, "Ham-ha!", "paka-paka", and "kushi-kushi" in the English version.
Hamtaro cares deeply about others. He loves to help his friends and is very selfless and kindhearted towards everyone he meets. He is also incredibly brave, as shown when he saves Penelope from a cat in one of the first episodes. This is of course only one of many instances of his bravery and willingness to help friends.
Hamtaro has a very strong relationship to his owner, Laura. They care for each other very dearly, and the Ham-Hams team up to help with her problems. They sometimes even share dreams with each other. Hamtaro becomes very jealous and upset when Laura ignores him, especially in the film Hamtaro: Adventures in Ham-Ham Land.
In the 1999 pilot episode, Hamtaro has a crush on Laura (then named "Natsumi"), but this was not established in the final series.
Oxnard was the first hamster Hamtaro met after moving in their new house, and the two have been best friends since. They were neighbors until Oxnard went to live with Pepper. Even their owners are best friends. Oxnard acts as if he were like a big brother to Hamtaro.
After Hamtaro met Oxnard, they both fell into a tunnel, after which they met Boss. Hamtaro looks up to Boss, as he is older and usually wiser than Hamtaro, and they are very good friends. Boss is jealous that Bijou likes Hamtaro, but Hamtaro doesn't even notice Bijou’s crush on him. Boss can occasionally get protective over Bijou for this reason. Despite this, Hamtaro and Boss remain very close friends.
Bijou has a crush on Hamtaro, but he is completely clueless about it. In the first episode, Bijou winks at Hamtaro after he sings and dances for her with Oxnard and Boss. Her crush on him becomes stronger in Come Out, Bijou! after Hamtaro compliments her ribbons. Bijou’s crush on Hamtaro becomes more obvious after Bijou's Favorite Ribbon, which is an episode centered around Bijou’s feelings for him. There are a few more cases of Bijou’s crush in episodes such as I Want To See You, Bijou!, and Satisfied Bijou, in which they go on a “date” (though Hamtaro doesn’t quite understand what a date is, and invites all the other Ham-Hams). In A Valentine Battle! she competes for Hamtaro's love against Sparkle and Oshare. Despite this, Hamtaro still retains a childish outlook on love. Although he cares about Bijou and considers her a close friend, he doesn't notice her crush on him, and his feelings for her remain purely platonic.
In some media outside of the anime, they have a stronger relationship. In Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, they are said to be an actual couple; however, Hamtaro says "Heke?" when it is mentioned by others, which may signify confusion. There is also a LINE sticker of Hamtaro and Bijou kissing (with the Japanese onomatopoeia "chu").
Hamtaro is the player character of Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite. He goes around exploring and learning Ham-Chat while going off to bring the rest of the Ham Hams.
Hamtaro is the player character along with Bijou, He saves her from being trapped by a boulder and the two journey together to help other hamsters' relationships.
Character description (manga)
There is more than one hamster protagonist named Hamtaro in the manga series.
The Hamtaro in these two volumes lives with a little girl named Yukari. He was given to her as a birthday present from her dad. He lived with his mother and siblings until he went to live with Yukari. He acts more like a real hamster than his TV counterpart, being territorial, gnawing, and sensitive to extreme temperatures. He is quite proud and likes to show off his talents. He can get upset at times. He gets into scrapes and Yukari has to help him often. He can be nice too, and feels bad for Yukari when she is upset and wants to help her and also befriends another hamster named Chiro. He later is married to and has babies with a hamster named Momo.
Hamtaro in this book loves his owner Amy. He first met her when he was wet in a strong and has been loyal to her since. He is proud and quite delusional, thinking Timothy as a rival as well as thinking he would harm him or even when he thinks he has to leave Amy due to Timothy "winning". Despite his jealousy, he is not completely selfish and feels guilty whenever he causes Amy emotional pain and wants her to be happy. Says wuvv instead of love among other words.
Hamtaro lives with the Ham Hams and is owned by Ji-chan. He lives in a pet shop.
- Main article: Hamtaro/Gallery
- Hamtaro's birthday, 8/6, is a Japanese Goroawase wordplay on "ham" (8 = ha, 6 = mu, forming "hamu").
- As stated in the Happy Birthday Hamtaro Special!, Hamtaro shares a birthday with Cappy (August 6th).
- Hamtaro doesn't truly 'love' any hamster. In fact, the only hamster he has ever shown obvious signs of affection for is Championi in You're Late, Prince! where he briefly stares adoringly at her along with the rest of the male hamsters present, and for Princess Cye-Ra in Hamtaro: The Captive Princess after she kissed him on the cheek.