Tenma was born to Miyoko and an unnamed father. As a child, he often spent time with Oto Edogawa, whose mother was a friend of his mother. His mother died, and her last wish was for him and Oto to marry someday.
Tenma began attending Momonozono Academy at some point, eventually becoming student body president. He rose to become the school's top student, attracting new students to enroll regularly. Haruto Kaguragi and Sugimaru Eibi of the Correct 5 visit the school to check out Tenma.
After the surprise visit, Oto attempted "to set him free" by quitting Eitoku Academy. Tenma was led to believe that the Correct 5 were the reason Oto wanted to quit. The following day, he visited Eitoku and paid Oto's donation so she could stay at the school. While he was there, Tenma discovered Oto being bullied, and brought her to a hospital. Tenma also confessed his feelings to her, and asked her to tell him how she felt at a later time.
A few days later, Tenma was tricked by Airi Maya into thinking Oto was in trouble. She brought him to one of her family's building, where she locked him in, also doing the same to Oto. He was concerned they were locked in, but also happy that Oto was safe. Haruto found out where they were and rescued them.
- "Actually, I'm envious of the people who get to see this raw side of you. You're always so restrained."
- —Tenma comforts Oto.[src]
The day before one of their usual "dates" on the twentieth of each month, Tenma met a very upset, Oto on the street. Tenma comforted and walked her home. The next day, they went on a casual date, which ended at an aquarium. At the aquarium, Oto asked Tenma to go out with her.
- "Tenma really does have a beautiful face."
- —Oto notices Tenma's appearance.[src]
His silhouette is shown a few times before his first appearance, which pictures him with curly hair. Later his hair is confirmed to actually be smooth and straight. Tenma's most notable feature is his mole just below his left eye. Tenma has been seen wearing his school's uniform, which is a type of "Gakuran".
Personality and traits
Tenma is polite and smiles often, which helps him win people over. He is well-liked by others from the student body of Momonozono Academy to the nurses at the hospital Oto Edogawa stayed at. He has also been described as "a cut above the rest". He is caring to people, particularly towards Oto, whom his has feelings for.
Behind the scenes
- Tenma's first appearance is in chapter 5 of Boys Over Flowers Season 2, although his face is not visible. His first official appearance is not until chapter 8.
- His first name, "Tenma" means heavenly horse.
- Boys Over Flowers Season 2
- Chapter 5 (Possible appearance)
- Chapter 6 (Indirectly mentioned only)
- Chapter 7 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 8 (First appearance)
- Chapter 9 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Chapter 10 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Chapter 15 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 17
- Chapter 19 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 20 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Chapter 21 (Mentioned only)
- Chapter 22 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Chapter 23
- Chapter 24
- Chapter 25
- "Bonus Story 3"
- Chapter 26 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Chapter 27
- Chapter 28
- Chapter 29
- Chapter 30
- Chapter 31
- Chapter 32 (Appears in flashback(s))
- Chapter 33