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Characters: Tenchi Muyo!
This is a character sheet for the Tenchi Muyo! series:

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    The Main Characters 

Tenchi Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Masami Kikuchi (Japanese), Matt K. Miller (English), Christopher Corey Smith (English; GXP only)

The main hero of the franchise, who is always presented as an ordinary high school student that ends up surrounded by women lusting after him as he struggles through various hijinks, and doesn't usually have much personality beyond that apart from being a nice guy, being the reason as to why he's such a Chick Magnet.

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Tenchi did this to Ryoko in Daughter of Darkness, and to Yugi in the final episode of Tenchi in Tokyo
  • Author Avatar: Tenchi Masaki and Masaki Kajishima. It gets more obvious when you learn that the OVA is partly a showcase of Kajishima's personal harem fantasies. And the fact that the character essentially becomes stronger than the Chousin who created the universe is a strong hint too.
  • Bad Liar: Sakuya calls him this in episode 10 of Tenchi in Tokyo, when he went on a date with Ryoko instead of her:
    Sakuya: I knew you'd be a terrible liar, Masaki.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He rarely gets angry, but when he does...
    • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's an average student with average grades... then it turns out he's a part-alien prince with Laser Sword-wielding powers. In the Ryo-ohki OVAs, he also turns out to be a being stronger than the universe's GODS!!!
  • Brainwashed: Happens to him in an episode of Tenchi in Tokyo
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: He honestly has no idea what these women see in him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, and when he does his wit has some of the sharpest barbs in the series.
  • Facial Markings: In his Jurain armor.
  • Flat Character: In most continuities, Tenchi just seems to exist as a plot device to keep the girls together and beat the enemy with awesome power. It's not really his fault as we rarely get to see things from his perspective because once the female characters show up their competition for him pretty much takes over the spotlight until it's time for him to come in and save the day. Other than those moments he is a Butt Monkey who is Genre Savvy about being a Flat Character, "Tenchi Muyo!" roughly means "No Need For Tenchi!" much to his chagrin. This is a bit more mitigated in Tenchi in Tokyo where he has a bit more of a personality, as well as Tenchi Universe.
  • God in Human Form: Turns out to be the human avatar of the god that created the Tenchi multiverse (yes, that includes Dual and El-Hazard: The Magnificent World.), and who is above even the Tenchiverse's three resident Choushin (lit. "super-deities"). He has no direct memory of this, but has recently been told about it.
    • Amnesiac God
      • Both apply only to the Ryo-ohki (i.e followup) OVAs, and by extension to the original OVAs.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In Tenchi in Tokyo, where he moves away from his Unwanted Harem so he can have a peaceful life away from them. Naturally, this doesn't help, and not just because of them stalking him.
  • Missing Mom: Kiyone (not to be confused with Kiyone Makibi) in the OVA continuity, Achika in the Universe and Tokyo continuities.
  • Nice Guy: Most of the time.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: The power Light Hawk Wings give him. Things like Kagato's attacks, black holes, and pretty much anything less than complete destruction of the universe are nothing to him. but as he's a God in Human Form, he's actually not nighinvulnerable
  • Not So Weak: Sure, he seems pretty harmless and innocent at first glance, he doesn't like fighting or hurting others, plus there's all the craziness he's subjected to by his harem. But do NOT mistake that for weakness, if Tenchi has to fight, or even kill, to protect those he cares about, HE WILL.
  • Story Breaker Power: As demonstrated by Z, not only can Tenchi create the Light Hawk Wings, he can collapse whole dimensions solely by existing. Not to mention he's stronger than the three beings who created the Multiverse. So long, story conflict.... OVA only, however.
  • Strong as He Needs to Be: His power is confirmed by Z to work exactly like this. This applies to each Alternate Continuity as well in a meta sort of way for viewers who were around during Tenchi's run on Toonami.
  • Super Weight: Level 6 normally. Level 7 as Kami Tenchi.
  • The Omnipotent: In the Ryo-ohki OVA series, where it's revealed he's the entity that the Three Goddesses have been seeking — who is as far above them as they are above mortals.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the second OVA and the Tokyo series Tenchi grows somewhat more assertive in his personality and isn't as afraid to give the girls hell (especially Ryoko) when he feels they've crossed a line.
  • Unlucky Everydude
  • Would Hit a Girl: When Ryoko tries to kill Mayuka in 'Daughter of Darkness', he lost his patience with her and slapped her.

Ryoko

Voice Actors: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Petrea Burchard (English; Most of the series), Mona Marshall (English; OVA 3, GXP)

An aggressive Space Pirate (who often doesn't do much of anything pirate related) and flirt that is usually the first girl Tenchi meets. Is by far the most flirtatious and hotheaded of the girls.

Is the most popular girl amongst western audiences.

  • Action Girl: Largely in the 'Universe' and 'Tokyo' series.
    • She's that in the OVAs too, but by the end of the second series she's largely out of her league, so she barely bothers anymore.
  • Anti-Hero: Mellowing over time.
  • Babies Ever After: Has a daughter in Masaki Kajishima's Tenchi Sokuhou manga who seems to have similar facial features as Tenchi[1].
  • Blood Knight: Originally, and still loves to blow things up or get a good scrap. She tended to put in severe Power Limiters, so anybody whatsoever could pose any challenge.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Kagato.
  • Cry Cute: In the OVA, also sheds Manly Tears, Tender Tears, and Ocular Gushers. Come to think of it, she cries a lot, especially for an uber-Bad Ass Space Pirate Physical God(dess). Then again, considering the nature of her mother (see Washuu's Abusive Mom entry below), the fact that she was locked in a tomb for 700 years, and spent a good amount of time before that as a psychotic killing machine massacring millions if not billions for Kagato, her options were probably either tears or Stepford Smiler. Probably both.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the first two OVAs, by Kagato and Dr. Clay, and in the SNES game.
    • Subverted in the first episode of the Universe canon, where she just plays the part in order to get Tenchi and his folks on her side.
  • Double Entendre: In the second OVA episode:
    Ryoko: Now, I want your balls, please!
    Tenchi: Huh? (grabs his groin) No way! They're mine, and I'm gonna hang on to them!
    Ryoko: Oh, you numbskull, I meant the jewels on your sword!
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Exaggeration, but her constant clinging to Tenchi often borders on sexual harassment.
    • In the Mihoshi Special (a Tall Tale story Mihoshi told based on one of her cases, with the Tenchi-crew filling the closest roles of the participants), "Ryoko" ties "Tenchi" to her bed, proceeds to undress him, and was about to rape him, but she was stopped by Pretty Sammy. This is somewhat averted though, although her sexual advances are Played for Laughs most of the other characters are not okay with them.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: She gets catlike eyes when she transforms into one.
  • Facial Markings: While wearing her battlesuit.
  • Femme Fatale: In the first few OVA episodes, before the audience learns where her affections lie.
  • Good Bad Girl: Ryoko's flirtatious, but loyal to Tenchi.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Expect to see her with a bottle of sake.
  • Iron Buttmonkey: More justified in the OVA continuity, where she's capable of regenerating from anything. Interestingly, she tends more to be the one inflicting the pain in said continuity.
  • Jerkass: Generally, but Washuu, and mainly the merger with Zero, rehabilitated her remarkably quickly, so Jerk with a Heart of Gold when we last see her.
  • The Lad-ette: Ryoko's the most aggressive and boorish of the girls in all continuities.
  • Lethal Chef: Her first attempt at cooking created some kind of acidic pink froth that dissolved the stove - out of what appeared to be the ingredients for vegetable soup. Later incidents tone it down, but her cooking (which involved incidents like frying fish by hurling energy bolts at them) still gets divided between the things that turn out wrong and the things that nobody gets to try.
  • Meaningful Name: While "Ryoko" is a common Japanese feminine name, the kanji that are used to spell it in this case are very uncommon. This Ryoko's name translates to bringer of demons. Its meaning is even mentioned in the OVA (subtitled as "The Devil Caller.")
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: She can basically do anything within scale limits, including constructing extremely advanced inventions of her mother's design out of thin air.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Lovesick, half-android, hyperintelligent, immortal demi-goddess, alien, drunkard layabout, bratty reformed space-pirate, child-soldier slave. To be honest, in-universe descriptions of her get very inclusive and vague. The Space and Time Adventures make this even worse by selectively including and excluding various traits and associated names to suit whichever 'dimension' the characters are currently in.
  • Physical Goddess
  • Pirate Girl
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Originally, but she didn't have much of a choice, paid enormously for her crimes, and is much nicer nowadays, really. Just a trickster troll, but don't attack her, or threaten anybody she cares about.
  • Reality Warper: In the OVA continuity, anyway.
  • Sensual Spandex / Leotard of Power: Ryoko's black and red battle outfit.
  • Space Pirate: The one trait of hers that remains consistent through the continuities.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: In Tenchi in Tokyo.
  • Super Weight: Level 4 with one gem. Level 6 at full power.
  • Technopath
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Most incarnations of Ryoko can teleport to places she has previously been to.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Ayeka's girly girl.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Explicitly in the second episode. She even flusters Ayeka by openly discussing her preference for sadism over masochism.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She became one with Zero, and could freely manipulate her body in extremely advanced fashions even before this, including duplication, phasing, regeneration, merging with inanimate matter, and so onwards.
  • White Hair, Black Heart

Ayeka Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Yumi Takada (Japanese), Jennifer Darling (English), Rebecca Forstadt (English; GXP only)

Princess of Jurai that has fierce rivalry with Ryoko over Tenchi, amongst other things.

Sasami Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Sherry Lynn (English), Kari Wahlgren (English; GXP only), Alison Viktorin (English; Sasami: Magical Girl"s Club)

Ayeka's younger sister, who despite being the youngest girl is generally the most mature. Is always close friends with Ryo-Ohki.

Mihoshi Kuramitsu

Voice Actors: Yuko Mizutani (Japanese), Ellen Gerstell (English; OVAs 1-2, Mihoshi Special, Universe, Movie 1, Pretty Sammy Ep. 1), Rebecca Forstadt (English; Tokyo, Movies 2-3, Pretty Sammy Eps. 2-3, OVA 3, GXP), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English; Sasami: Magical Girls Club)

An extremely clumsy and idiotic police officer that tends to end up on chasing Ryoko. She is extremely stupid and has numerous running gags revealing around her airheaded nature and clumsiness.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: She takes ditziness and awkwardness to unprecedented new heights.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Played as a running gag in the manga and PC-FX games, as Mihoshi's addiction to soap operas made her mistake some of Tenchi's actions as if he wanted to elope with her or just rape her. The catch? Mihoshi was more than happy with the idea, much for Tenchi's puzzlement.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Most definitely the boke to Kiyone's tsukkomi.
  • Born Lucky: The laws of nature and causality bend around her to such an extreme that even higher-dimensional entities can't predict or do anything about her.
    • The manga dedicates a full chapter to try to explain Mihoshi's weird ability to set any probability to her favor and benefit even from accidents and blunders.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: She seems like a complete airhead, but manages to save the day on several occasions. This is usually the result of her outrageous luck, but it's also indicated that she is much smarter than she seems... at least in the OVA continuity.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Dumb Blonde: In some continuities. In the OVA she's more of a Genius Ditz.
  • Fair Cop
  • Flanderization: In the OVA she was a competent cop, but had been overworked to the point that she had a nervous breakdown and was forced to take a leave for her health. She'd just been reinstated when the series began, but she still wasn't back on the ball and made silly mistakes. All other continuities portrayed her as a ditz from the get-go, with the understanding that she'd always been incompetent.
  • The Fool
  • Friend to All Living Things: The genuinely kindest cast member.
  • Fun Personified
  • Genius Ditz: or The Ditz, depending on the series.
  • Genki Girl
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: In the OVA and manga, especially during the trip to Ryuten.
  • Heavy Sleeper
  • Hyper Awareness
  • Imagine Spot: In the manga, they tend to involve some very lewd fantasies with Tenchi, which leave Mihoshi blushing and drooling, much for everyone's confusion.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Played straight on the PC-FX and Sega Saturn videogames, where Mihoshi's clothes tend to be much more revealing and she displays little or just not concern whenever Tenchi catches her half undressed. This is especially noticeable during the hot spring scenes, where Mihoshi doesn't even bother to cover herself with a towel whenever Tenchi enters into the bath, and is cranked up to eleven on the Sega Saturn game, where Mihoshi spends a considerable amount of time and cutscenes completely nude, without thinking twice about it.
  • The Millstone: Especially in Tenchi Universe.
  • Nice Girl
  • Noodle Incident: The OVA universe has several mysterious references to an incident that destroyed Mihoshi's effectiveness as a detective, leading to her being reassigned to patrol near the Earth by the time she first appears.
  • Reality Warper
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Mihoshi seems strangely attached to Kiyone, and even Kiyone has her moments, especially in episode 6 of the Universe series.
  • Satellite Character: In the Universe and Tokyo continuities, Mihoshi's whole purpose seems to revolve around hanging off Kiyone. Kiyone herself may fit to a lesser degree.
  • Saying Too Much: One of Mihoshi's running gags in Universe is thoughtlessly blurting out information that embarrasses another character — usually revealing a particularly pathetic aspect of the Perpetual Poverty she and Kiyone live in.
  • Summers Family Tree: Is Washuu's great-great-granddaughter, and Ryoko's great-grandniece. Allegedly (might just be a rumour) also supposed to have a relative who married one of Tenchi's family members at some point.
  • Super Weight: Level 3 physically, but who knows her real level? Her causality-bending abilities are so powerful that even Washuu cannot circumwent them.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: In the OVA 1 she went from a ditzy but focused officer to a lazy fool that couldn't remember her own brother's name by the end of OVA 3.
    • It was less that she couldn't remember his name and more that apparently her image of him is stuck on his teenaged self. He had to show a picture of him when he was younger for her to recognize him, but she recognizes other people from his crew with whom she has only occasionally interacted quite easily. Her backstory suggests her overall goofiness came about when a past Did You Just Romance Cthulhu? relationship went Horribly Wrong and she only survived with this much of her mind intact because she's Washu's descendant and has the luck to make a leprechaun jealous.
    • In some of the alternative universe stories, she's literally so stupid she has trouble telling the difference between left and right, up and down, etc.

Washu Hakubi

Voice Actors: Yuko Kobayashi (Japanese), Kate T. Vogt (English), Jessica Gee (English; GXP only), Luci Christian (English; Sasami: Magical Girls Club)

A mad scientist with various origins throughout the franchise. Is fairly childish and prone to fights with Ryoko, though not as much as Ayeka. Her inventions defy laws of physics and can often serve as plot points due her irresponsibility or Deus ex Machina.

  • Abusive Mom: In the OVA (where she created Ryoko), she once straps Ryoko into an apparently escape-proof lab-table, turns off the lights and then runs off and hides. Ryoko is so afraid of being trapped alone in the dark that she starts crying and pleading for Washu to come back and rescue her. Washu is not only well aware of how badly this scares Ryoko, but is actually just around the corner, gleefully taping Ryoko's cries for "mommy".
  • Animal Motifs: Washu's signature is a happy crab. It makes sense when she wears head coverings, and her bangs take the shape of crab legs.
  • Brick Joke: When dealing with Dr. Clay and Zero.
    Zero (disguised as Ryoko): If I take you to Dr. Clay, then I won't have to kill Tenchi!
    Washuu (having replaced herself with a doll of herself): What are you doing with that? I didn't know Dr. Clay went for that sort of thing! If it's a present, I can put a ribbon on it!'''
    • Later, when evading Dr. Clay's Combat Tentacles trap in exactly the same way...
    Washuu: I even remembered the ribbon!
    Dr. Clay: *growls*
    Washuu: If you give back Ryoko and leave Tenchi alone, I'll give it to you as a gift! But don't do anything indecent with it, ok?
  • Broken Bird: In the OVA continuity; she's still strongly scarred from when the man she loved was forcibly forbidden from being with her due to different social standings (he was higher classed than she), which was made worse than they kidnapped the son (who turns out to be Mihoshi's great-grandfather) they had and refused her access to him for the rest of her life.
  • Compressed Hair: How does she get all that pink hair under that little green cap in episode 12, anyway?
  • Crystal Prison: In the OVA, she was trapped in a huge gem placed inside a closed Pocket Dimension within Kagato's ship. When Mihoshi stumbles into said dimension almost and starts fighting a monster inside it, the energy released starts cracking the gem's surface; once the monster somehow becomes Taken for Granite (and just few inches away from poor Mihoshi), Washu is able to break free safely, crushes the petrified monster and introduces herself to Mihoshi.
  • Cute Bruiser: Even in her child form, she's capable of lifting a heavy chair and punching through solid concrete. In the manga, she even suplexes her Evil Counterpart. Would count as a Genius Bruiser if she was more muscular. But then again, Muscles Are Meaningless when you've got the power to shape the universe.
  • Demoted to Extra: Had a diminished role in both the Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo series, to the point where she barely had an impact in the second half of both shows until their respective finales.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: See Naughty Nurse Outfit.
  • For Science!: Washu does a lot of less-than-wise things in the pursuit of scientific advancement. Universe Washu may be the most infamous, where she invents (and is implied to have tested) dimension-oscillating bullets, an ozone destroyer cannon and a space/time converting tachyon ray — and is then baffled where the fact she did this is considered grounds to imprison her in a stasis capsule and exile her to a backwater part of the universe — but even OVA Washu has done this from time to time.
  • Genius Ditz: A nice way of looking at Universe Washu; she's a scientific genius, but not very sensible. In her first episode she genetically transmutes Ayeka and Ryoko into kappas for perceived mockery. Her Mad Scientist antics seem to be done purely for a combination of the love of inventing without thinking of the consequences (even if she did blast three worlds with Wave Motion Cannons, her cause was purely to test that they worked — she never stopped to think about the consequences except in the "break a few eggs" sense). She even has two drones in the form of Super-Deformed dolls of her that exist solely to stoke her enormous ego.
  • God Was My Copilot: In the OVA, it turns out she's one of the three goddesses who created the universe.
  • Green Eyes
  • Immortal Immaturity: For all of her criticism of Ryoko, it's clear on occasion that Washu's just as lacking in the maturity department if not moreso—and not just because of her youthful disguise.
  • Insistent Terminology: "No! I'm not gonna help you unless you call me Little Washu!" (Washu-Chan in the Japanese version).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Occasionally bordering on Jerk Ass, but she is mostly a nice and caring, if very quirky, person.
  • Mad Scientist: Especially in Tenchi Universe, where it's taken to new levels.
  • Moment Killer: In the final episode of Tenchi in Tokyo. Ryoko strangles her for ruining her moment.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: In OVA 7 for her... experiments on Tenchi. And then Mihoshi walks in the lab...
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: By her own words, she's created things from Ryoko to Souja, so she has a grasp of everything from genetics to engineering. She's also good at medicine if the infamous 'Nurse Washu' scene is any indication.
    • When asked why she's unable to escape from Souja, given that she created and thus should know all its weaknesses, Washu points out that her creating it is why Souja doesn't have any weaknesses to exploit.
  • The Omnipotent: In the OVA, she's basically God. One of three, actually. They created the omniverse and all higher dimensions as an experiment to find a being greater than themselves.
  • The Other Darrin: Played by lesser known voice actress Kate T. Vogt for the vast majority of the series. This ends with GXP, where she is voiced by relative unknown Jessica Gee, who, well, let's just say fans were not impressed. Luci Christian is Washu's current voice come Sasami: Magical Girls Club.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Looks like a child/young teenager, is in fact as old as the universe.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Looks like a teen girl, but has an adult form that is breathtakingly beautiful. And her Goddess state, which is essentially her adult form with a Pimped-Out Dress, fits what you'd expect from a Physical God(dess). This only applies in the OVA, whereas the child-like form seems to be her natural form in Tenchi Universe.
  • Super Intelligence
  • Super Weight: Level 3 or 4 in mortal mode. Level 7 in Megami form.
  • Truly Single Parent: Of Ryoko in the OVA, who she created using one of her eggs and the Mass, a sentient alien species.

Ryo-Ohki

Voice Actors: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese), Debi Derryberry (English), Mona Marshall (English; GXP only), Zach Bolton (English; Sasami: Magical Girls Club)

A rabbit like alien with a cat's head and ears as long as her body that makes cat noises. As such fans refer to her as a cabbit. She is close friends with Sasami and eats nothing but carrots, and transforms into a space ship.

  • Animal of Mass Destruction: Her ship form is often depicted as this.
  • Big Eater: Tenchi often has fields of carrots just so Ryo-Ohki can eat them.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: OVA Ryo-Ohki is technically Ryoko's half-sister, as both of them are based upon the genetic information of the alien lifeforms known as Mass. Ryoko simply hybridizes Mass genes with Washu's genes.
  • Cute Kitten Bunny: She combines the cuteness of kittens with the cuteness of bunnies, for a massive cuteness overload.
  • Cute Monster Girl: In the OVA continuity, she learns to shapechanges into a more anthropomorphic form. In fact, she develops two forms; one fully mature, and one child-like, tending to use the latter so she can properly adjust to things like walking on two legs. In the adult form, she basically looks like a cabbitgirl version of Ryoko.
  • Dating Catwoman: In Tenchi Universe she falls in love with Ken-Ohki, which belongs to Nagi aka Ryoko's rival.
  • Extreme Omnivore: In the OVA, she infamously ate Mihoshi's gun once.
  • Head Pet: Ryo-Ohki likes to ride around on peoples' heads and shoulders, particularly Sasami's in the OVAs.
  • Living Ship
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Which is what Ryo-Ohki (as well as Fuku and Ken-Ohki) are. Specifically, rabbits and cats (dubbed "cabbits").
  • Only One Name
  • Precocious Crush: Yep, she loves Tenchi, too. So much that, in the manga, she went to great lengths to learn how to walk in her adult form, just to go on a date with him.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: A fluffy little cabbit — a cat/rabbit hybrid. She also turns into a starship - a Cool one, not a cute one, though. In Tenchi in Tokyo, she also has a Mini-Mecha form. This one is cute.
  • Series Mascot
  • Super Weight: Level 3 in humanoid form according to the Seikishi Monogatari Doujinshi. Level 6 as a spaceship.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Carrots. She's so obsessed with them that she causes Sasami's ship to crash in Tenchi Universe by charging full-speed into it, while in ship form, after seeing on a video-link that Sasami has a carrot. Heck, she and Tenchi bonded over carrots in the OVA, since he's the one always planting and harvesting them.
  • Transforming Mecha: In Tenchi in Tokyo, Ryo-Ohki can transform into a pink Cabbit mecha, who can move autonomously, or is piloted by Sasami.
  • Truly Single Parent: Ryo-Ohki can produce eggs containing physical/mental clones of herself as a way to survive if she takes too much damage. She does this in both the OVA and Tenchi Universe, and in both continuities Ryoko uses her egg to play a joke by claiming she's actually her and Tenchi's love-child.

    Supporting Cast 

Katsuhito Masaki/Yosho Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Takeshi Aono (Japanese; Katsuhito), Takehito Koyasu (Japanese; Yosho), Kunihiko Yasui (Japanese; Binpachi), Masamichi Ota (Japanese, child), Jay Hopper (English; 1st Katsuhito), Matt K. Miller (English; 1st Yosho/Binpachi), Richard Cansino (English; 2nd Yosho), Bob Papenbrook (English; 2nd Katsuhito/3rd Yosho), Barbara Goodson (English, child)

  • Badass Grandpa: Literally, how much depending on the continuity, anyway. OVA-wise, he took on and defeated a 3-Gem Ryoko in single combat and sealed her. The same Ryoko who had previously curb-stomped the entire Jurian Military, minus a few key players.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Covert Pervert: He once copped a feel of Ryoko and quite enjoyed it...
    • He also proposed that he and Ayeka get married anyway despite being an old man at the time not really.
    • In the second movie, he also tells Mayuka that "Next time, you can take a bath with your grandpa!"
  • Foreshadowing: One of the early signs that he's more than he appears occurs when he effortlessly blocks a punch from Ryoko, who's visibly puzzled by this. In the background of the following scene she demolishes the stairs with the same punch, seemingly to make sure it still works.
  • Momma's Boy: Unusually strongly attached to Funaho, which even gets lampshaded in-universe. It is the reason why Ayeka changed her hair from her mother Misaki's bright blue to Funaho's distinguished purple.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Loves acting like an old geezer but is capable of training his grandson s (Tenchi and Kenshi) to near master-level martial artists.
  • Retired Badass: Not entirely by his own decision, though. Funaho (his tree, not his mother, mind you) apparently took root, and thus he cannot leave Earth anymore, because Juraian royalty can remain immortal only in the range of their trees. Even then, if not for Washuu's gems implanted in the Master Key, he would have died hundreds of years ago. In the Universe version, it's because of the guilt of killing his best friend, Kagato.
  • Super Weight: Level 4 on his own. Level 6 in his now stranded royal tree ship.
  • Team Dad
  • Younger than They Look: In the OVA, he's actually very young looking, but maintains an older guise in order to blend in better Averted in Tenchi Universe where he actually looks his age

Nobuyuki Masaki

Voice Actors: Takeshi Aono (Japanese), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Japanese, young), Jay Hopper (English; OVAs 1-2, Universe, Movie 1), Bob Papenbrook (English; Tokyo, Movies 2-3, OVA 3), Andrew Philpot (English, young)

  • Bumbling Dad
  • Dirty Old Man: Less so in some versions.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Was a cute Meganekko when young.
  • Older than They Look: OVA continuity-only), where he's pushing 300.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Subverted. He marries into the Masaki family (Katsuhito's children Achika/Kiyone and Minaho were both female) and took the surname so it wouldn't be extinguished, but he looks remarkably like his father-in-law. Katsuhito lampshades it in Tenchi Universe by saying no one would've guessed that Nobuyuki isn't related to him.
    • Justified in the OVA continuity where, though he married into the Masaki family, he was the descendant of the wife Katsuhito married and then buried before marrying Airi. In other words, he is also a grandson/great-grandson of Katsuhito.
  • Talking to Himself: Takeshi Aono also plays Yosho.
  • Super Weight: Probably level 2 given that he is over 200 years old.
  • Team Mom: Mostly in Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo.

Azaka and Kamidake

Voice Actors: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese; Azaka), Wataru Takagi (Japanese; Kamidake), Phil Fox (English; 1st Kamidake), Jack Fletcher (English; 2nd Kamidake), Doug Stone (English; 4th Kamidake), Mark Tracy (English; 1st Azaka, 3rd Kamidake), Michael Sorich (English; 2nd Azaka)

Series-exclusive Characters:

Tsunami (OVA and Manga)

Voice Actors: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Sherry Lynn (English), Lara Cody (English; Pretty Sammy Eps. 2-3 only)

The patron goddess of Jurai, and the "mother" of the royal trees. Washu and Tokimi are her sisters.

Tokimi (OVA)

Voice Actors: Yumi Touma (Japanese), Jennifer Darling (English; OVA 2), Mari Devon (English; OVA 3)

A goddess who is the sister of Tsunami and Washu.

Kiyone Makibi (Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Sherry Lynn (English; Mihoshi Special, Movie 1, Pretty Sammy Ep. 1, Universe), Wendee Lee (English; Tokyo, Movies 2-3, Pretty Sammy Eps. 2-3)

A space cop that has the misfortune of being partners with Mihoshi, whose clumsiness continuously ruins any chances of of a promotion.

  • The Ace: Of the Galaxy Police, and of any other job she takes on. In Universe, she was even shown as being exceptionally good as a Burger Fool.
  • Action Girl
  • Bad Ass
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Definitely the tsukkomi to Mihoshi's boke.
  • Canon Foreigner
  • The Chew Toy: Suffers repeated misfortunes from Mihoshi that sometimes have her as a borderline Woobie.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Fair Cop
  • Flanderization: She went from being a likable and generally sympathetic character in her early appearances in Tenchi Universe, to a Jerkass whose only concern was getting promoted in Tench In Tokyo, at least until about episode 20.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Notable in that she's one of the few female characters who is exceptionally close with Tenchi without ever becoming infatuated with him, which gives the two of them a special relationship sometimes bordering on Platonic Life Partners, at least in Universe. Kiyone falls for him in Tokyo, though, stating that he'd be better off with a law-abiding citizen such as herself. At any rate, in either continuity, her career comes first.
  • Only Sane Woman: In Tenchi Universe she is by far the most down-to-earth and reasonable of the women living in the Masaki house.
  • The Other Darrin: An understandable example. Her original actress could no longer handle the voice as it was too deep for her, so she had to give up the role.
  • Sherry Lynn: Kiyone's original dubbed voice actor.
  • Super Weight: Level 2
  • Tsundere
  • You Gotta Have Teal Hair

Nagi (Tenchi Universe)

Voice Actors: Mizuki Ohtsuka (Japanese), Julia DeMita (English)

A bounty hunter obsessed with capturing Ryoko.

Mitsuki (Tenchi Universe)

Voice Actors: Yuka Koyama (Japanese), Debi Derryberry (English)

Achika Masaki (Tenchi Muyo! in Love and Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Grace Zandarski (English)

Kazuhiko Amagasaki (OVA and Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Toshiharu Sakurai (Japanese), Mark Tracy (English; OVA 1), Michael Sorich (English; OVA 1 Toonami Edit, Tokyo)

  • All Men Are Perverts
  • Ascended Extra: He is a recurring character in Tenchi in Tokyo.
  • Gonk: There used to be a Gonk sub-trope named after his physical appearance; The Fat Guy With Big Lips And A Pimply Nose.

Sakuya Kumashiro (Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Mayumi Iizuka (Japanese), Julie Maddalena (English)

A all round normal girl Tenchi's age that has no crazy personality traits that befriends Tenchi after he moves to Tokyo, so naturally he ends falling for her and she serves as his love interest for the series. Late in the series it's revealed that she was created by Yugi as an ideal girlfriend for Tenchi to drive a wedge between him and the other characters so they will leave and take the crystals that can stop her that they have with them.

Mayuka (Daughter of Darkness)

Voice Actors: Junko Iwao (Japanese), Julie Maddalena (English)

  • Girlish Pigtails
  • Half-Human Hybrid: She is formed from Tenchi and Yuzuha's DNA.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: What's wrong with taking a bath with daddy?
  • Kid from the Future: She shows up out of the blue one day calling Tenchi "Daddy" and forming a Laser Sword like Ryoko's (and, while inexplicably not noticed by anyone in-universe, eyes resembling Ryoko's as well), although she never explains any details, and Washu can't find the mother from her DNA. Subverted — she was created by Yuzuha, with no actual time travel involved. Tenchi and company were specifically meant to think she was a kid from the future, though.
  • Laser-Guided Tykebomb: Created by Yuzuha just to kidnap Tenchi.
  • Manchurian Agent: Yuzuha is able to trigger her to take more direct action. It becomes more difficult as Mayuka's personality grows stronger from interacting with Tenchi's family.
  • Only One Name
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Noike Kamiki Jurai (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Naomi Shindo (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (English), Mona Marshall (English; GXP only)

  • Arranged Marriage: Was told to be only a cover-up, but extra omake material has indeed confirmed the engagement as real.
  • Berserk Button: Several things made by Mihoshi.
  • Expy: Of Kiyone from the Universe and Tokyo continuities. The responsible attitude, the partnering with Mihoshi, the hair color — just about everything about her is Kiyone in a different body.
  • Fair Cop: Was partnered with Mihoshi for a while.
  • Last Girl Wins: Politcally speaking, Noike is the last girl introduced to the Harem, and the first to actually be get engaged by Tenchi (not that anybody bothered to ask his permission). Luckily for the other girls, Jurai standards will allow them to STILL be with Tenchi, and even marry him as well when they are ready in the future.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Minagi (manga)

A slightly modified clone of Ryoko. The only visual differences are a pair of crescent-shaped scars on her cheeks, and a different-looking energy sword. Her personality is radically different, though, being far gentler and more conventionally feminine.

  • Cloning Blues: Initially.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After Defeat Means Friendship.
  • Only One Name
  • Weak, but Skilled: Relatively speaking. While she's still far stronger than any human and most Juraians for that matter, compared to Ryoko, Minagi is weaker on account of the gems Ryoko draws power from being impossible to copy. You'd never be able to tell when they fight, though, because the centuries that Ryoko spent sealed in a cave, Minagi spent being trained by her "father", one of the most skilled swordsmen in the universe.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Devoted to Yakage and his memory, even after he's dead.

Kiyone Masaki (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Yuri Amano, Petrea Burchard (English; 1st), Wendee Lee (English; 2nd)

  • Action Mom: She did a lot of things according to the story she left for Tenchi. However it seems most of it was made up.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Mom: When your mother creates an elaborate practical joke concerning her death and wills her relatives to read it aloud to you, she probably qualifies as this.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tenchi was disappointed when he found out his mother's true nature.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A surprising twist on the character. Seems to have been aggravated by her advanced age making her senile.
  • Identical Daughter: She looks exactly like Airi with white hair, and apparently inherits her mother sense of humor as well: her practical joke about her death involved both Airi and Tennyo. Rhea too, apparently.
  • Composite Character: In universe, Tenchi eventually realizes that many of his memories of his mother are actually composites of the real Kiyone and Rhea, who effectively took over Kiyone's role after her death.
  • Face Doodling: Is shown doing this to a sleeping Tenchi in a flashback.
  • Older than They Look: Standard fare for Tenchi characters. She died of old age at over 200, though apparently she still had the appearance of a young woman, probably due to her Juraian ancestry. Unlike her father and sister, Kiyone didn't become bonded to a royal tree and may not have visited Jurai at all (considering Yosho was still considered MIA) which is why she died (relatively) young.
  • The Prankster: Which even extended to a post mortem prank on Tenchi.

Misaki Masaki Jurai (OVA and Manga)

Voice Actors: Yoshiko Sakakibara (Japanese), Grace Zandarski (English; OVA 2), Kari Wahlgren (English; GXP)

  • Action Girl: When she was younger, she managed to climb the insanely huge, 5 km tall Tenju tree. She's the Chief Commander of the Jurai Emperor's bodyguards, after all, and invariably snatches all martial arts championships which she can be bothered to enter.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Mom: More in Ayeka's POV than Sasami's, at least in the beginning.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult Ayeka or Sasami in front her. Ryoko found this out the hard way.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Apparently thinks that her fling with Yosho, her stepson, (in the novels) is something absolutely normal. Her mother and husband emphatically disagree.
    • And there's the fact that when she first sees Ryoko in the OVA, she mistakes her for Sasami. Repeat, she mistakes a well-known criminal for her kid daughter. The only visual similarity between Sasami and Ryoko is that they both have blue hair. It's not even the same shade of blue.
  • God Was My Copilot: Or something in the same genre, though in this case it's less "God" and more "Chaos"
  • Mama Bear
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The "Counter-Actor", which is what Misaki will become in the future after both Azusa and Funaho die, which apparently drives her mad with grief. She's powerful enough to take on the Chousin and is only stopped by the future God Tenchi showing up to calm her down

Funaho Masaki Jurai (OVA and Manga)

Voice Actors: Rei Sakuma (Japanese), Grace Zandarski (English; OVA 2), Kari Wahlgren (English; GXP)

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She is the Minister of Intelligence for the Emperor. She is also partnered to the 2nd-gen tree Mizuho.
  • Hime Cut: Demonstrates the classic variation, which makes sense since she was born in Feudal Japan when this was the standard style for young women
  • Only Sane Woman: Next to Tenchi, she's the most level-headed member of possibly the entire series.
  • Rags to Royalty: From a girl living on Earth during Feudal Japan whose only real connection to the Masakis was being a distant descendant, to a Queen of an inter-galactic superpower.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Doesn't mind so much that Yosho ran away from home and his duties as the Crown Prince, but he should have at least called her.
  • Sibling Team: She is the 'brains' to Misaki's 'brawn', and the two consider each other sisters married to the same husband. Bonus points for their respective 2nd Gen ships also being a 'sibling team' as well.
  • The High Queen: Her subjects adore her her kind and graceful demeanor. Some of the noble class however...

Azusa Masaki Jurai (OVA and Manga)

Voice Actors: Akio Ohtsuka (Japanese), John Rafter Lee (English; OVA 2), Dave Mallow (English; OVA 3, GXP)

Tennyo Masaki (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Emi Shinohara (Japanese), Peggy O'Neal (English)

  • Cool Big Sis: Once her secret is out of the bag, she wants Tenchi to immediately start calling her 'sister' in every way imaginable and is quite affectionate to him.
  • Cry Cute: Not her directly but she certainly thinks that a crying Tenchi was such. It was enough to make her drop the act of pretending to be their mother when she saw how much Tenchi was affected by it. Later on, she even gushes to Airi about how cute he was.
  • Flat Character: Doesn't get much characterization, as she appears only by the end of the third OVA, and doesn't get much exposure in the novels and doujinshis as well.
  • Older than They Look: She's 80 years old when she is formally introduced to Tenchi. She's on her way to a class reunion with some of her surviving class members.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Can't resist a good prank like the rest of the Masaki clan, but is substantially more mellow than all of them, particularly her mother and grandmother.
  • Smart People Build Spaceships: Another case of "source material only" info. She is the one that designed the armaments to the original Kamidake. Yeah, ''that'' Kamidake.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks exactly like her mom. Who looks exactly like Airi with white hair.

Seto Kamiki Jurai (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Yukari Nozawa (Japanese), Melora Harte (English)

Rhea Masaki (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Rio Natsuki (Japanese), Mona Marshall (English)

Hiwa Takahashi (Manga)

Empress Hinase (Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Yuriko Yamaguchi (Japanese), Brianne Siddall (English)

Villains

    OVA Villains 

Kagato (OVA 1 and Tenchi Universe)

Voice Actors: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Michael Scott Ryan (English)

  • Animal Motifs: It's more subtle than in Washu's or Clay's case, but OVA Kagato has a theme of snakes going on in his ship and even in his style of hair. The person whom he was based on, Naja, has a snake theme in her name.
  • Bad Ass: Both versions, but only the OVA version is a
  • Blood Knight: The Universe version is more interested in fighting Tenchi than conquering anything close to a universe, as he's already taken over Jurai as phase one of his plot.
  • Cain and Abel: With Yosho, in Tenchi Universe.
  • Famous Last Words: "You've won boy."
  • Faux Affably Evil
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a super genius to be sure, but he's also a very powerful combatant in his own right.
  • Graceful Loser: Though moreso in the OVA.
  • Hermaphrodite: Originally, but split in female and male halves. One of the more strange revelations given by OVA 3.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • In the OVA, things get serious once he appears, and he represents the only real time Tenchi was at risk of dying. Clay and Z have brief moments of tension surrounding them, but they never make the same impression that Kagato did.
    • His Universe version fits the trope even better. Things were fairly light hearted until he appeared... he cleanly defeats Tenchi's grandfather, kidnaps Ayeka, and gravely wounds Ryoko. From there, Tenchi is forced into a life or death struggle to rescue Ayeka and save Jurai. Azaka, Kamidake and Ryoko all seem to die but manage to recover.
  • Mad Scientist: OVA 1.
  • Only One Name: Although using Jurain naming conventions, his Universe counterpart would be called Kagato Jurai.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Kagato's sword in Tenchi Universe. (In the OVA it's green.)
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: OVA.
  • Sickly Green Glow: All of his energy attacks and his sword are this.
  • Super Weight: Level 4 normally. Level 6 with Ryoko's gems.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Definitely.

Dr. Clay (OVA 2)

Voice Actors: Seizō Katō (Japanese), Wesley Mann (English)

Seiryo Tennan (OVA 2 & GXP)

Voice Actors: Mitsuaki Madono (Japanese), John DeMita (English; OVA 2), Robert Martin Klein (English; OVA 2 Toonami edit), Kirk Thornton (English; GXP)

  • Anti-Villain: He's really more petty and vain than evil.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: As shown in GXP, he's actually a 'very' competent swordsman, he's just a blithering idiot outside of that.
  • Sissy Villain
  • Unfortunate Names: Unko, the name of Seiryo's ship. It was the only luck-based name that wasn't claimed already, it means "bringer of fortune". Which works really well for how it looks on paper. Unfortunately´┐Żit also means poop. More commonly, in fact. Which works really freaking terribly for actually speaking it aloud.

Misao Kuramitsu (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)

Mashisu Makibi (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Keiko Onodera (Japanese), Lara Cody (English)

Z (OVA 3)

Voice Actors: Eiji Hanawa (Japanese), Brad MacDonald (English)

    Movie Villains 

Kain (Tenchi Muyo! in Love)

Voice Actors: Ryūzaburō Ōtomo (Japanese), Michael Scott Ryan (English)

  • Alien Blood: It's purple. How a being seemingly made out of pure energy has liquid blood is a whole other matter entirely.
  • Badass Boast: He makes several. For example: "No one can withstand the power of KAIN!"
  • Black Eyes of Evil
  • Big Bad: Of the first movie.
  • Dark Is Evil: A mass of darkness and also a power.
  • Determinator: Even after being cut in half, he's still alive and it takes a galaxy destroying device to kill him.
  • The Dreaded
  • Eldritch Abomination: A shapeshifting mass of darkness with a humanoid face that can warp time, the series' only truly non-human villain. and that goes for his personality as well.
  • Elemental Powers: Kain displays the following:
  • Energy Being: Described as such.
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Hero Killer: Tenchi tries fighting him and nearly dies. Achika expends so much power fighting him, that it shortens her life significantly.
  • Kick the Dog: Torturing Nobuyuki in front of Achika was a bad idea.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The series' trademark humor vanishes completely when he enters the scene.
  • Implacable Man: Gun lasers phase through him. Even Achika using her full power and making mincemeat out of him can't destroy him, and in the end, he had to be hit with a Galaxy destroying cannon to finally kill him.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He's mentioned to have rampaged across the universe and doesn't appear to have any motive his actions beyond simply being evil.
  • Only One Name: Justified as he's a living mass of dark matter.
  • One-Winged Angel: Into what could be described as a black demon dragon thing.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: It took the Juraian Emperor and the entire Galaxy Police fleet to capture him for the first time, and...
    • To put this into perspective. Most violent criminals are wanted for assault or murder. He's wanted for destroying enitre planets.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: At the start of the movie, and he breaks out and lays waist to an entire fleet that tried to stop him.
  • Smug Snake
  • Super Weight: Level 5
  • Taking You with Me: Does this to Achika and Nobuyuki after being sealed away again. tries to do it again to Achika after being dismembered
  • Third Eye: Has a third, vertically-arranged eye in the middle of his forehead.
  • Time Travel: Another one of his powers.
  • You Will Be Assimilated: Intended to do this to Achika.
  • You Killed My Father You Killed My Mother His defeat while Achika uses the Jurai power to kill him, is what ultimately killed her. He gets the laugh.

Yuzuha (Daughter of Darkness)

Voice Actors: You Inoue (Japanese), Barbara Goodson (English)

Haruna (Tenchi Forever!)

Voice Actors: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Debi Derryberry (English)

    Manga Villains 

Yakage

Yume

The Shima Brothers

Garyu

Dark Washu

    Other Media Villains 

Yugi (Tenchi In Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Debi Derryberry (English)

Hotsuma, Tsugaru and Matori (Tenchi In Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Wataru Takagi (Hotsuma, Japanese), Yuriko Yamaguchi (Matori, Japanese), Masamichi Ohta (Tsugaru, Japanese), Matt K. Miller (Hotsuma, English), Julie Maddalena (Matori, English), Richard Cansino (Tsugaru, English)

Evil Kiyone (Mihoshi Special)


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