As constant classmates since middle-school, Tamaki is one the few people who has gotten close to Kyoya through sheer determination and sincere interest. Their friendship, while initially forced (perhaps on both sides), becomes a genuinely close bond, to the point that Tamaki calls himself "Daddy" to Kyoya's "Mommy" (based on their respective positions as the President and Vice-President of the Host Club). Although Tamaki sometimes annoys Kyoya, the two accept one another's eccentricities.
Upon their first meeting, Kyoya is shown to be polite and pleasant to Tamaki, though taken aback by the other's behavior. He is also shown to envy Tamaki's position as an only child and heir apparent to the affluent Suoh family business, despite his illegitimacy. His frustration and envy eventually makes itself known when he accuses Tamaki of not trying hard enough, but his emotional accusations are calmly refuted when the other replies that it is Kyoya himself who has given up. When he realizes that Tamaki's words are correct, he discards his father's desires for his own, to the point that he co-founds the Host Club with his best friend on the basis that it is a "crazy idea."
- Tamaki – “Say… Mommy, dear?”
- Kyoya – “What is it now, Daddy?”
- — Beware the Physical Exam!
Fans took to the pairing very quickly. Most of the Host Club is paired up both in the series and in the fandom. This is normally done by year, and since Tamaki and Kyoya are in the same year, they are paired up. Although this is not why people ship them. The two are best friends, and are very close, despite they're opposing personalities.
On AO3, KyoTama is the second most written ship within the Ouran High School Host Club - All Media Types tag; Tamaki’s second most written and Kyoya’s most written.
- The English dub actors for both Tamaki and Kyoya confirmed that Kyoya has feelings for Tamaki.
|SHIPS||het||HikaHaru • MoriHaru • TamaHaru|
|slash||KyoKao • KyoTama|