Yuki: "By the way, why are they called the F4?"
Tsukushi: "That's the funny part! It means "the Flowery Four"! They think they're flowers!"
— The meaning behind the F4's name.[src]
The Flower Four (花の4人組 () ), also spelled Flowers Four[1] or Flowery Four,[2] best known as the F4 (エフ・フォー () ),[3] is a clique of childhood friends. The group consists of Tsukasa Domyoji, Rui Hanazawa, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka. They come from four of Japan's wealthiest families.

They begin attending Eitoku Academy in kindergarten. The group gained control of the high school through fear mostly. Their classmates mindlessly followed their orders, while the teachers turned a blind eye.


Early history

Tsukasa Domyoji, Rui Hanazawa, Sojiro Nishikado, and Akira Mimasaka met each other either before or during kindergarten at Eitoku Academy. They also befriended Shizuka Todo, whom Rui grew especially close to.[4]

High school

"You strut around like peacocks...but you're really like the frog in the fable! You know your tiny little well, but nothing about the ocean beyond it! You're protected by your fathers' names! You've never had to work for anything you've got! So shut your beaks!"
Tsukushi Makino insulting the F4's leader Tsukasa Domyoji.[src]

By high school, the friends had formed an official group, known as the Flower 4 or F4. Tsukasa, as the de facto leader, became somewhat tyrannical during this time. They disregarded school rules by wearing regular clothes[5] and often skipped school altogether.[6] At some point, they began giving red cards, the F4's "declaration of war", to those who annoyed or opposed them. Tsukushi Makino became one of their victims, after she protected her friend. She was one of the few people to stand up to them by giving them her own "declaration of war."[2]


Behind the scenes


L-to-R: Kensaku Saeki, Shosuke Tanihara, Koichi Hashizume, Naohito Fujiki


The actors who portrayed F4 in Meteor Garden


The F4 as they appear in Boys Over Flowers


L-to-R: Yu Haoming, Zhu Zixiao, Hans Zhang, Wei Chen in Meteor Shower


L-to-R: Ayaz Ahmed, Charlie Chauhan, Parth Samthaan, Krissann Barretto, Utkarsh Gupta


F4 in the mobile game



  1. Hana Yori Dango FF
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chapter 1, Boys Over Flowers
  3. Hana Yori Dango characters at the Japanese Wikipedia
  4. Chapter 7, Boys Over Flowers
  5. Chapter 8, Boys Over Flowers
  6. Chapter 14, Boys Over Flowers
  7. Boys Over Flowers volume 3, side-columns
  14. (Chinese)
  15. (Japanese)