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Tomoyo Daidouji
大道寺 知世
Series Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Also Known As Daidouji-san (by Meiling)
Birthday September 3 (Virgo)
Age Manga:
9~10 (Clow Card Arc)
10~11 (Sakura Card Arc)
12~13 (Clear Card Arc)

10 (1st season, 1st movie)
11~12 (2nd & 3rd season, 2nd movie)
13 (OVA, Clear Card Arc)

Relatives Sonomi Daidouji (mother)
Unnamed father
Touya Kinomoto (2nd cousin)
Sakura Kinomoto (2nd cousin)
Nadeshiko Kinomoto (1st cousin once removed)
Masaki Amamiya (great-grandfather)
Unnamed great-grandmother
Residence Tomoeda, Japan
Favorite flower Tulip Magnolia
Likes Music and Japanese class

beige and white colors
soba noodle and sushi
recipe for Italian foods

Dislikes Green peppers
Powers/Abilities Intellectual ability
Gender Female
Hair Deep Grey (90s Anime)

Grey-Violet (Clear Card & Manga)

Eyes Indigo (90s Anime)

Purple (Clear Card & Manga)

Blood Type A
First Appearance (Manga)
Chapter 1
Last Appearance (Manga)
First Appearance (Anime)
Episode 1
Last Appearance (Anime)
Junko Iwao
Maggie Blue O'Hara (Cardcaptors)
Sarah Hauser (Animax dub, Seasons 1 and 2)
Claudia Thompson (Animax dub, Season 3)
Michelle Ruff (2nd movie)
Natalie Hoover (Clear Card)

"KAWAII~desu-wa! Sakura-chan!"
―Tomoyo Daidouji when she is attracted or amused to Sakura Kinomoto.

Tomoyo Daidouji (大道寺 知世 Daidōji Tomoyo) is a major supporting character in CLAMP's anime and manga series Cardcaptor Sakura. She is the best friend of the series' protagonist, Sakura Kinomoto, and her second cousin on their mothers' side.

Tomoyo faithfully keeps Sakura's new identity secret and often covers for her in times of need. She aids Sakura's efforts to be in the company of Yukito Tsukishiro on many occasions, and, in the second half of the series, becomes the confidante of Syaoran Li when he finds himself falling in love with Sakura.

Tomoyo is a talented singer, belonging to a choir club at school, often has solos in choir recitals, and performing in various school events. In the anime, her musical ability causes her to be targeted by both The Song and The Voice cards.


Tomoyo is an elegant and delicate-looking pale-complected young girl with wavy waist-length grayish-violet hair and purple eyes. It was later revealed that Sonomi Daidouji, Tomoyo's mother, had made her grow her hair like that so she would look like Nadeshiko Kinomoto, Sonomi's beloved cousin and Sakura's mother. Tomoyo's outfits change frequently, much like Sakura's throughout the series.

Her most iconic everyday outfit is her school uniform, which changes depending on the season. Her winter school uniform is a black long-sleeved shirt with red and white sleeve cuffs, a white neckerchief with a red stripe, and a white pleated miniskirt with a frilly white knee-length petticoat. On particularly cold days, she wears a thick black coat with her school's insignia on the back. Her summer uniform is a white half-sleeved shirt with a red neckerchief and a black pleated miniskirt. All year round, black Mary Jane shoes are worn along with white socks and a white sailor hat with a black trim.


Tomoyo is depicted as being mature for her age, kindhearted, intelligent, and regularly speaking using more formal verb conjugations and expressions, giving her a unique air of refinement rarely seen amongst elementary students. She is cute, kind, caring, sweet, highly intelligent, beautiful, meticulous, and extravagantly perfectionist. However, Tomoyo can be slightly over the top at times, at least where Sakura is concerned.

One of her major character traits is her selflessness towards Sakura. She enjoys making costumes for Sakura to wear and filming her all the time. She is able to control many situations at once and is very wise, helping Syaoran (and in the anime, Meiling) with emotional troubles. When needed, Tomoyo can exhibit considerable cunning and resourcefulness, which was most prominently displayed in the final movie (much of which revolved around a complicated scheme she had devised to give Sakura as many opportunities as possible to confess her feelings to Syaoran).


Tomoyo is the best friend of Sakura and the daughter of Sonomi, who in turn was the cousin of Sakura's mother, Nadeshiko, making Tomoyo the second cousin of Sakura and Touya. Tomoyo's father is never shown in the series, and he is only alluded to once, but it is apparent that he does not live in the Daidouji household. [1]

Her western-style house in Tomoeda is quite grand, with several maids serving the household. Tomoyo lives a life of wealth and is watched over by a team of female bodyguards. She has access to a variety of prototype technological gadgets from her mother's company, and supplies Sakura and Cerberus with cell phones and other different communication devices throughout the series. [2]

When Tomoyo learns of Sakura's new role as a Cardcaptor, she insists becomes Sakura's primary assistant and provides her with the various costumes that Sakura must wear "special outfits" (similar to another CLAMP character, Hokuto Sumeragi, who designs extravagant outfits for herself and her twin, Subaru) during her captures as well as accompanying her on missions to recording all of Sakura's magical (and non-magical) endeavors with her video camera. [3]

In the manga, some scenes give the appearance that Tomoyo has a slight crush on Sakura's brother Touya; however, according to an interview in the Cardcaptor Sakura Memorial Book, this was an error caused by one of the artists was not aware that CLAMP intended for Tomoyo to have feelings for Sakura. In future volumes, this is corrected by having a scene note that Tomoyo blushed around Touya because she has noticed that he and Sakura have the same ears. [4]


Family cousins chart[]

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Masaki Amamiya
Unnamed Wife
Fujitaka Thumb
Fujitaka Kinomoto
Nadeshiko Thumb
Nadeshiko Kinomoto
Sonomi Thumb
Sonomi Daidouji
Unnamed Husband
Touya Thumb
Touya Kinomoto
Sakura Thumb
Sakura Kinomoto
Tomoyo Thumb
Tomoyo Daidouji

Sakura Kinomoto[]

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Tomoyo's relationship with Sakura is full of love and friendship. Tomoyo's actions make it clear that she deeply cares about Sakura, often to the point of obsession.

Tomoyo first meets Sakura in the third grade when she receives an eraser in class after forgetting her own. The eraser, likely used only that one time, has become Tomoyo's most precious possession. It was that one random act of kindness that sparked the development of their relationship, where Sakura's ongoing cheerfulness, kindness, and cuteness are matched by equal amounts of love and devotion from Tomoyo. [2]

In the manga Tomoyo professes her love for Sakura (although not in a very direct fashion) on multiple occasions, marked by the use of flowers in the background to indicate love (a common visual theme in manga and anime). However Sakura has romantic feelings for others throughout the series and never interprets Tomoyo's messages as anything other than expressions of close friendship, which are eagerly returned.

Tomoyo has a few conversations (not always with Sakura) in which she suggests, if not outright states, that she has feelings at least a level deeper than "close friendship" which she does not express. The familiar relationship with Sakura is removed and all dialog suggesting that she has romantic feelings for Sakura are edited to be purely platonic in nature. [5]

Tomoyo herself does not express, or otherwise appear to possess, any feelings of jealousy or resentment toward those that Sakura has romantic feelings for. She instead is completely selfless and loves Sakura to the point where as long as Sakura is happy, Tomoyo is happy, regardless of whom Sakura ultimately loves. In one conversation, Tomoyo has stated to Sakura that she would of course be thrilled if the person whom she loves also loves her back, but what matters most to her is simply that person's happiness. [6]

Sakura's response, unknowing that this "person" is herself, replies confidently, "The person you love must be really happy then."

Tomoyo's way of saying "I'm happy if the people I love are happy" is a bit different from everyone thinks. Ohkawa made it clear that when Tomoyo said that, it didn't mean that she had given up on her love for Sakura. When she realizes that Sakura's word "like" isn't the same as hers, she looks inside and finds that at that point in her life, prioritizing Sakura's happiness was more than just a gesture of high self-esteem.

Beautiful, but simply the correct answer for herself. Ohkawa says that for sure, even in the future, Sakura's "most important thing" won't change, but Tomoyo will never try to "do something" about it (like act evil or expect Sakura breaks feelings for Syaoran), she will always put her smile on Sakura first, while maintaining her sense of self-worth. [7]

In Episode 46 of the anime, when Sakura is transported to a world where everyone forgets about their feelings toward the people they love most, she greets Tomoyo in a friendly manner like every day at school, but instead of going on talking to each other, Tomoyo merely changes her shoes and walks away, only to turn back and tell Sakura that they will be late for their classes. Also, at later classes, Tomoyo doesn't hang out with Sakura anymore and wouldn't greet her when Sakura's cheer leading practices were over. Reason would say that this means that Tomoyo cares about Sakura more than anyone else. [8]

In Cardcaptors, Tomoyo’s crush on Sakura is removed, and replaced with extreme adoration.


Upon meeting Kero for the first time, Tomoyo didn't seem shocked like Sakura had and as such, formed a close relationship with him.

Tomoyo seems to find Cerberus amusing. He often tells her to video tape him and she doesn't seem to mind, usually going along with it for his sake.

Unlike Sakura, Kero is always cheerful about wearing Tomoyo's costumes (with the exception of the puffed sleeves he wore during the fight card capture), and to be taped on video; he thinks that is a way to show how great he is.

Tomoyo also uses Kero as a mascot in the merchandising she herself creates and shares with Sakura (for example, her cellphones). When Kero was in the sky, overlooking the school marathon for Tomoyo, he wore a small headset, had a cellphone around his neck with the phone itself hanging around a piece of string and he also wore a red belt around his wrist.

Syaoran Li[]

Tomoyo is friendly with Syaoran. At first, he didn't seem to take much notice of her; he neither disliked or liked her. Later on in the third series he seems to open up to her and talk about his feelings for Sakura Kinomoto after much prodding from Tomoyo. She seems to also like teasing him mostly about his feelings for Sakura or Eriol Hiiragizawa's friendliness towards Sakura.

Despite her feelings towards Sakura, she, unlike Meiling Li, tries to help them to confess their feelings, whose tries go further during the second movie. This is because she thinks that Sakura's happiness is also her happiness, and so, she may think that Syaoran is the most likely person to make Sakura happy. The way she does it is subtle, but quite annoying for Syaoran, to whom she teases by telling him what a good couple Sakura and Eriol would make. During the second movie, she and Meiling try to create the perfect atmosphere for the confession, always leaving them alone.

Eriol Hiiragizawa[]

The relationship between Tomoyo and Eriol was friendly. However, they seemingly had little interaction with each other on their own, other than school or when hanging out with Sakura. In the anime she was concerned about Eriol when he didn't show up to school one day. It is implied that Tomoyo seemed to care about Eriol, if just as a friend.

In the manga, they have some similar small interactions. When watching Sakura and Syaoran pinky-promise, Eriol tells Tomoyo, "You're always doing that. Watching Sakura-san with kind eyes." Tomoyo smiles kindly and responds: "The same as you, Hiiragizawa-kun", implying that Tomoyo felt her love for Sakura was similar to Eriol's (if more platonic) "love" for Sakura; and, that she regarded him as "kind". The more informal "-kun" honorific she attaches to his name would also imply a slightly more friendly relationship (compared to Eriol's polite "-san" for Sakura).

Despite having very little interaction in both the manga and the anime, they sometimes appear in artworks in the artbooks as a "group".


In Cardcaptors, Tomoyo is renamed Madison Taylor. She is no longer Sakura's cousin, but her best friend.

Tomoyo in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle[]

An alternate-universe version of Tomoyo is an important character in the Clamp manga series Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (whose corresponding anime is titled Tsubasa Chronicle). She has appeared as two separate incarnations.

Here, Tomoyo is the princess of a country called Japan/Nihon who sends the warrior Kurogane on the quest that causes him to join the dimension travelers. Tomoyo is a powerful miko sorceress responsible for maintaining the wards of Nihon that protect the country from demons. While Tomoyo is her given name, she also goes by the hereditary name of Tsukuyomi, the Princess of Shirasagi Castle who keeps the wards. She has an older sister, Amaterasu (Kendappa-ou of RG Veda), the Empress of Nihon. Tomoyo's powers are related to the moon, which grants her the ability to send people through time and space and also to communicate to others through dreams (or at least other incarnations of herself); she is also a powerful miko magician, with the ability of use seals, cast curses, create energy bindings and barriers, even a kekkai (similar to the ones created by the Dragons of Heaven in X/1999) like a small alternate universe, in which all the damage of a battle remains there, and the exterior remain untouched. Tsukuyomi is a Japanese word associated with the moon, while Amaterasu is associated with the sun.

In another universe in the same series, Tomoyo is the President of Piffle Princess, a corporation that sponsors a race with one of Sakura's feathers as the prize. This version of Tomoyo is quite similar to Cardcaptor Sakuras version in personality and circumstances: She owns a video camera with which she plans to tape Sakura's performance in the race, and she creates a costume for Sakura to wear. Tomoyo also has female bodyguards in this universe just like the Tomoyo in 'Cardcaptor Sakura'. In the anime, another version of Tomoyo also appears briefly as a schoolgirl in Hanshin Republic. Kurogane chases her, believing her to be Princess Tomoyo, but loses sight of her in the city.

In the Tsubasa Chronicle the Movie: The Princess of the Country of Birdcages, Tomoyo reappears being as the princess of that country. Her uncle cast a spell upon her to make her lose her ability to speak (alluding to an episode of Cardcaptor Sakura), however she can still communicate by touching another person and speaking through their mind.

Tomoyo's voice actress for Tsubasa is Maaya Sakamoto, who coincidentally supplied the vocals for the third opening of Cardcaptor Sakura, as well as the voice of The Nothing in Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card. She also supplies the vocals for the Tsubasa ending theme "Loop" and "Kazemachi Jet".


  • Her given name Tomoyo means "knowledge" (知) (tomo) and "world" (世) (yo). It can also mean "wise era; wise people".
  • Tomoyo's surname Daidouji means "big, great" (大) (dai), "road" (道) (dou) and "temple" (寺) (ji).


  • According to the anime, Tomoyo is good at winter sports such as ice-skating and skiing. [9]
  • Like Cerberus, who has a habit of ending phrases with "~ya" (~や) (although this is because of his Kansai dialect), Tomoyo has a habit of ending phrases with "~wa" (~わ). (Ex.: "~desu-wa" (~ですわ), "~masu-wa" (~ますわ), etc.). This is a common way to make a sentence sound more feminine.


  1. Cardacaptor Sakura manga Chapter 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cardacaptor Sakura anime Episode 11
  3. Cardacaptor Sakura anime Episode 2
  4. Cardcaptor Sakura manga Chapter 7
  5. Cardcaptor Sakura manga Chapter 30
  6. Cardcaptor Sakura anime Episode 50
  7. Twitter Clampspace date March 27 2022
  8. Cardcaptor Sakura anime Episode 46
  9. Cardcaptor Sakura anime Episode 33 and 64