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     Ukyo Kuonji (久遠寺 右京) 
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (JP), Kelly Sheridan (EN), Gabriela Willert (LA)

The last of Ranma's fiancées to appear, Ukyo is the victim of a childhood crush gone horribly wrong. First, she made a Childhood Marriage Promise to Ranma that he would end up forgetting about (not that he knew what he was promising at the time — and then he ended up accidentally sabotaging the promise in the first place), and then, when her father and Genma apparently made an Arranged Marriage... but then Genma stole her dowry and ran off with it, leaving her behind. Believing Ranma had been in on it, Ukyo swore revenge and began crossdressing as part of an elaborate vow, tracking Ranma down with the intent of making him pay for deceiving her... only to discover it had all been Genma's fault, and Ranma was never even told about the engagement. Between this, the fact she was still in love with him, the fact Ranma evidently found her attractive despite the crossdressing, Ukyo believes she has a legitimate chance at winning Ranma's heart, and calls off her revenge to instead try and woo him to her. Generally the nicest of Ranma's fiancées, but she has her ugly side too and can use threats, destructive ambush-beatings, or manipulation when she feels it's called for. It's worth noting that she is the only fiancée who always regrets manipulating the others.

  • Action Girl: She's one of the most formidable females, and a late manga arc has her fighting a battle that isn't much less intense than one of Ranma's customary brawls, while in the anime she's the only fiancée to have a special attack (Batter Dragon, which creates a giant dragon of raw batter that engulfs a foe and then explodes, cooking them into the center of a giant okonomiyaki).
  • Adaptational Heroism: The anime notably toned down her nastier aspects from the manga and left out some of her most antagonistic moments.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ranma calls her "Ucchan".
  • Arranged Marriage: When they were kids playing together, her dad brought up the idea of Ukyo marrying Ranma to Genma Saotome, who insisted Ranma was already engaged. His resistance to the idea immediately vanished when Mr. Kuonji admitted his cart was Ukyo's dowry. Not that this stopped Genma stealing the cart anyway.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: In the anime, she is the latest of several generations of Kuonjis to practice Martial Arts Okonomiyaki, and she is very proud of this fact and her skills. A filler episode has her get beaten by a master of Martial Arts Crepes and being utterly devastated, even angrily asking if Ranma is insinuating that she shouldn't care so much about martial arts because she's a girl before declaring that she doesn't even deserve to be Ranma's wife if she's that inept a fighter. She then spends the rest of the episode in training for a rematch.
    • Subverted Trope: In the original manga, however, she seems to have made up her style singlehandedly to try and get revenge on Ranma and Genma, and she is here portrayed as being more or less indifferent to her actual skills as a fighter — a late manga filler arc has her fighting a Martial Arts Takoyaki fighter she beat as a kid, and who has been wearing a goofy mask ever since. Not only does she admit outright that she never expected him to take the terms (whoever lost would wear a goofy mask forever after) seriously, to the point she implies that if she had lost she would have thrown it away once they weren't around each other any more, she is quite happy to lose the fight because it means that he will now take the mask off and leave her alone.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Done twice with Ryoga. They're seen posing back-to-back with each other in the main page image, and near the end of the "Tunnel of Lost Love" episode, when they're defending each other from the ghosts.
  • Benevolent Boss: How Konatsu sees her. Of course, the reality is rather the opposite; it's just that Konatsu is so screwed up that being paid 10 yen an hour and given free room and board without regular beatings is heaven to him.
  • Bifauxnen: At first, and debatedly later on in the manga, where she continues to wear her more masculine school uniform and this coupled with the art makes her look more like a boy than the anime does.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's enterprising enough (at 16) to successfully run an okinomiyaki-ya on her own, with one episode having her go out of town to attend business seminar.
  • Catchphrase: "Jackass" in the English dub.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She's Ranma's childhood friend and after forgiving him, she becomes his active suitor. Ranma likes her as his boyhood friend, but due to his bond with Akane he can't think of her as more than that.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: When they were children, she and Ranma stole the recipe for the Kuonji family's secret okonomiyaki sauce and made a batch, promising to let Ranma have the first taste (which is Serious Business even in real life) if he promised that, if it was good, he would "take care of her for the rest of her life", a promise to which Ranma agreed. Unfortunately for her, Ranma still thought she was a boy at the time, and had no idea what she was asking of him to boot.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Perfectly willing to attack those without martial arts skills if they get too close to Ranma, most notably Nabiki during her stint as Ranma's fiancée and masterminding the attack against Miss Hinako for "using her position as a teacher to seduce Ranma".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Regularly uses weapons, has a penchant for throwing flour for use as a smoke curtain...
  • Covert Pervert: Like Akane, she tends to freak out when Ranma, intentionally or otherwise, makes what can be seen as a direct romantic gesture towards her, typically blushing, smacking him and then running off. On the other hand, given the chance to take the initiative, she's clearly not all the "blushing maiden". One particularly prominent example is during the manga version of the Hiryu Shoten Ha arc; she pleads with Genma to move his thumb and expose the full-frontal nudity in a photo of Ranma he's showing off, in comparison to the blushing Akane, who can't stand to look at it note . In both continuities, when she thinks Ranma is trying to take her engagement seriously in the Spoiled Sauce story, she eagerly tries to initiate "wifely duties" like joining him in the bath or the bed. This, and the constant romantic fantasies, is the reason why almost nobody doubts her raging heterosexuality, despite the cross-dressing.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She's essentially the feminine equivalent of Ryoga:
    • Both came to Nerima seeking revenge on Ranma for a childhood offense, but ultimately hold him responsible for the loss their dignity (Ryoga, due to being knocked into the Spring of Drowned Piglet) and femininity (Ukyo, after being ditched by Genma). And, when each finally caught up to him, their exact words were: "Because of you, I've seen hell!".
    • Ryoga wanders around with a weighted bamboo parasol strapped to his back, while Ukyo does the same with her spatula, which is the size of a baker's peel. Likewise, both are capable of spamming projectiles: Ryoga with his seemingly never-ending supply of bandanasnote , whereas Ukyo's bandolier never runs out of mini-spatula.
    • Her hair ribbon is also analogous to Ryoga's bandana, as both are rarely seen without them.
    • Both live on their own (though Ryoga stays with the Tendos whenever he's in town) and are primarily self-taught martial artists. As opposed to the rest of the main cast, who come from distinguished schools and family owned dojos.
    • Each is also the only one of the competing suitors/fiancees that Akane and Ranma like enough to actually get along with. Akane fails to realize Ryoga is in love with her, because she only thinks of him as a good friend, unlike Kuno and her other would-be suitors, who annoy her. Just as Ranma doesn't mind Ukyo hanging around, since they're childhood friends, but tries to avoid Shampoo and Kodachi like the plague.
    • And they have a mutual interest in wanting to absolve Ranma and Akane's engagement... -beat- like that's gonna happen. Meaning, all their plans doomed from the start, 'cuz they're both stuck in Ranma and Akane's respective 'friend-zones'.
  • Drop-In Character: Almost a case of Demoted to Extra after Konatsu's introduction arc. It gets to the point where she falls as low as Kodachi and Shampoo in helping destroy the Saotome house without remorse.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Spatulas and noodles are pretty deadly in her hands.
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: She's introduced this way. She makes a Heel–Face Turn and puts herself in the running for Ranma.
  • Freaky Is Cool: When Ukyo found out about Ranma's curse, her reaction was to literally keep switching him/her back and forth with hot and cold water, remarking, "This is so fun/cool!"
  • Girl Next Door: Leaving aside the conflict in her introduction, Ukyo plays the role well. She has known Ranma since childhood and unlike most of Ranma's other suitors, he enjoys her company and sees her as a friend, and so often goes to eat at her restaurant.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Ukyo is initially introduced as the "good girl" of Akane's three romantic rivals, which mostly manifests as her taking the most sane and sensible ways to earn Ranma's affection (until she gets a case of Took a Level in Jerkass, at least). Despite this, she's also plain-spoken and strongly opinionated, which means she does not hold back from criticizing others on their stupidity (most commonly Ryoga, when they team up). Of course, given this is a comedy series, her criticisms can often fall into Hypocritical Humor.
  • Hair Decorations: She's rarely seen without her white hair ribbon, which she fashions into a large bow.
  • Hidden Buxom: It isn't noticeable because of the sarashi she usually wears underneath her clothes, but when she takes it off, she's as stacked as any of her rivals. Best seen in "The Tunnel of Lost Love" OVA and "Nihao My Concubine".
  • Hopeless Suitor: Unfortunately for Ukyo, Ranma will likely never see her as more than his boyhood friend.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Although she's no more of an idiot than the rest of the cast, she does fit numerous Osaka associations. For one thing she loves the chance to make a quick buck.
  • I'm Not Pretty: Her initial reaction to Ranma saying she's cute. She turns red as a tomato and stutters like mad while denying she grew into a cute girl.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Like many other cast members, she uses an over-the-top weapon: a cooking spatula the size of a baker's peel. She has also attacked people with noodles. Then there's the tempura flakes mixed with gunpowder, and the Okonomiyaki batter mixed with glue... or the flour, which is just flour, but good for blinding opponents. Her crowning achievement consisted of heating up a large section of steel flooring in a construction using a blowtorch, and using THAT as a giant-size grill for an okonomiyaki the size of a parachute.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Complete with "uchi". Oddly doesn't show up in the dub much.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Mainly in the manga. For example, in one chapter, she joins Kodachi and Shampoo in assaulting Nabiki Tendo after she tries to auction Ranma off to them.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Konatsu's Feminine Boy.
  • Miko: Shown to be a part-time miko in one of the late manga stories; she was presumably only there a short time or is a very casually employed miko, as she never displayed any of the associated spiritual powers.
  • Minor Living Alone: Ukyo not only lives by herself, she also runs her own business, all while still being in high school.
  • New Transfer Student: She transferred into Furinkan explicitly to track down Ranma.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Crossdressing highschool ninja cook (businesswoman miko).
  • One of the Boys: It's how Ranma's always seen her, ever since they were kids, and even thought that she was a boy. It wasn't until years later that he finally realized she was a girl. Despite this, he still continues to think of her as one of his guy friends and treats her accordingly. Which depresses Ukyo, knowing she's stuck just being friends with him.
  • Only Sane Woman: She has few character quirks, which are relatively minor, and is one of (if not the) most levelheaded member of the cast. She's almost normal.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her own romantic entanglements and gender issues, she steadfastly stands by Konatsu and was willing to accept "her" back in her home when everyone still thought Konatsu was a woman in love with her.
  • The Rival: Mainly seen in the anime, where she's fiercely competitive with Shampoo for Ranma's affections and as a chef. They don't interact as much in the manga, but when do, war will break out between the girls.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Ranma actually likes Ukyo, whereas he either actively dislikes his other paramours or finds them annoying (he will still help them out though)... but he only likes her in the same non-romantic way as he likes Kasumi, of course.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: She very quickly forgives Ranma and puts herself in the running for him after he says she's cute.
  • Sarashi: Is shown wearing one when her gender is first revealed. The manga implies she keeps on doing so afterwards, though perhaps somewhat looser now that she isn't trying to hide her gender, while the anime implies she starts wearing bras again.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the anime, she once dressed up in girly dresses and the like to try and make Ranma start seeing she was serious about the engagement. Everyone was entranced by her beauty (even Tatewaki) — except him.
  • She's Got Legs: Attention is often drawn to her legs because the stockings she wears, which accentuates their curvature. But the beach scene near the beginning of "Nihao My Concubine" and the "Battle for Ms. Beachside" episode gave us an even better look at them.
  • Shipper on Deck: Actively tries to get Ryoga and Akane together, though more for ulterior motives than actually finding them a cute couple; she's in love with Ranma and wants him for herself, but because she's also friends with Akane, she doesn't want her ending up alone.
  • Ship Sinking: With Ryoga in the Kimodameshi story, though the anime version differed from the original, causing fans to see it as actually promoting the couple (see directly below).
  • Ship Tease: This was the main reason behind the popularity of the Ryoga/Ukyo pairing, as they were given many more scenes together and seemed to be shaping up to be a couple. The "Tunnel of Lost Love" story was intended to sink the pairing, but the anime version appeared to be promoting it instead. They defend each other from the spirits (which didn't happen in the manga), complete with a Back-to-Back Badasses moment, and ends with them collapsing in exhaustion while being teased as "lovebirds" by Ranma and the others. "Nihao My Concubine", added fuel to the fire by having Ryoga rescue her and, during the end credits, he's seen manning the grill for her.
  • Stocking Filler: In the manga, her chef's uniform includes a baggy pair of ninja-to style leggings. But in the anime, she wears form-fitting stockings instead, which emphasize the shapeliness of her legs.
  • Suppressed Mammaries: She was initially mistaken for a male transfer student, until she and Ranma fought. During which, he got a surprise handful of her melons, followed by a slap. Ukyo then explained that she began binding her breasts as her way of renouncing her womanhood, after Genma had shamed her by renegging on her engagement to Ranma, by abandoning her.
  • Supreme Chef: While okinomiyaki is her specialty, it's been shown that her culinary skills encompass a broad range of dishes; including French cuisine.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Third of the official fiancées to appear, has some good qualities from both the Betty and Veronica, a valid "third choice"... yep, she's got this written all over her.
  • Token Good Teammate: While they're not really a "team", Ukyo is easily the nicest of the three main "runner-up fiances" compared to Shampoo and Kodachi. She can be nasty when she needs to, but she's really a rather sweet girl at heart.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She likes to wear her hair in a ponytail when she's crossdressing.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboyish behaviour, she still has a definite femininity about her. She's every bit as good as Kasumi in the kitchen, and unlike Akane, is very secure in her femininity.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Ukyo is, initially, the nice one of the three girls trying to displace Akane from Ranma's heart, mostly trying to push Akane aside with Ryoga than through violence. By the later parts of the manga, though, she has devolved to becoming as violent and crazy as Shampoo and Kodachi, where she does things like join them in trying to bump off Nabiki when she takes up the Tendo engagement, levels the Saotome house alongside them, shamelessly exploits Konatsu's ignorance and feelings for her to use him as cheap labor, and joins Shampoo in slinging bombs around at Ranma & Akane's abortive wedding.
    • Zigzagged in the anime. Whilst she does get involve in some more "typical romantic rival" hijinks, like trying to abuse Ranma's being under the effects of a Love Potion-laced bandaid, she doesn't go to any of the same extents that happened in the manga.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Ukyo's winter male uniform is decidedly different from the typical Furinkan winter uniform, probably belonging to her previous (boys-only) school (sky/navy blue against Furinkan's midnight blue in the anime; in the manga the latter are solid black with buttons and loose collars while hers is screentoned, tightly-collared, and has no visible buttons.) She does wear the same shirt and slacks as everyone else during spring and summer, though.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: She quickly forgives Ranma and forgets her desires of revenge after he calls her cute.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She dressed up in male clothing as a symbol of the fact Ranma had "ruined her womanhood". Though she continues to dress in a rather masculine fashion after joining the regular cast, she does enjoy wearing feminine clothes when she has the opportunity and is quite emphatically straight.
  • You Didn't Ask: She knew Wholesome Crossdresser Tsubasa Kurenai was a guy from the beginning, but since nobody asked she assumed Ranma and Akane knew.

     Hikaru Gosunkugi (五寸釘 光) 
Voiced by: Issei Futamata (JP), Michael Benyaer (EN), Carlos Inigo (LA), Rafat Bazoo (AR)

A creepy, reclusive, unpopular, nerdy sort of boy who has a deep crush on Akane, which she is unaware of, evidently because she was nice to him. Fixated on black magic, but totally inept at it; far more likely to hit his thumb when trying to perform Ushi no Koku Mairi (a Japanese cursing ritual) than make it actually work. He even got himself struck by lightning once in the anime, after apparently managing to call a storm to school successfully. In the manga, he's a pathetic member of Akane's class, ignored by just about everyone, while in the anime he's an equally pathetic transfer student introduced in the sixth season.

  • Black Magic: He wants to master this and use it to get rid of his rivals for Akane's hand, most notably Ranma, but it basically never works. On the other hand, the one time that he actually got his hand on real magic (the control paper dolls), he only used it to mildly embarrass Ranma through a pratfall, so it is very questionable if he is really ruthless, or just doing harmless venting, in the same way many others use fighting games.
  • Butt-Monkey: Unlucky in basically all his appearances.
    • So unlucky, in fact, that most of his appearances in the anime are gone. (Often replaced with the anime-only character Sasuke.)
      • He does get to make an appearance in the SNES Ranma ½: Hard Battle game though...
  • Camera Fiend: Takes pictures of Akane whenever he can, in the manga took pictures of Ranma while trying to learn something to use against Ranma (failed since Ranma could sense where he was at all times), and also took one of the photos Kodachi altered in that canon.
  • Demoted to Extra: He appears very late in the anime series and most of his roles in the earlier part of the manga were taken over by Sasuke or other one-shot filler characters.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Akane, for a while.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Actually, averted. While the various rituals and spells he performs look a lot like Hollywood Voodoo to Westerners, to the extent that it's the source of his Fan Nickname, they are actually all 100% authentic Japanese mysticism. The habit of wandering around with lit candles strapped to his head is from Shinto; they're supposed to help him see ghosts and into the spirit world. The little straw fetishes he's always driving nails into are from a cursing ritual called "Ushi no Koku Mairi", which is actually illegal in Japan.
  • Loners Are Freaks: A chicken and egg trope here; is he left alone because he's such a freaky little guy, or is he such a freaky little guy because nobody wants to be his friend?
  • Looks Like Cesare: The pallor, tightly drawn skin and circles under his eyes are hereditary; both of his parents are the same.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Perhaps more so in the anime than in the manga; even beyond his cursing ritual obsession, he's a fanatic for gathering grimoires of black magic (especially those focuses on cursing), thinks that taking a girl to a purportedly haunted graveyard and telling her about various methods of inflicting curses on people you don't like are romantic dates, and his only problem when he realised his girlfriend was a ghost was the fact that if he got serious with her, he'd have to give up on Akane.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In a episode, Gosunkugi ressed himself up as Ranma and began committing lame crimes against schoolgirls at night in order to ruin his reputation. Somehow, he managed to fool the entire school. Obviously, he didn't fool the REAL Ranma, who encountered him in his girl form.
  • Powered Armor: In the manga, buys a "Warsuit" that latches onto Ranma's wrist to power up. However, this Ranma-level suit was designed with three major limits to prevent misuse: once assembled and worn, it can't even move unless latched onto the primary target; once engaged, the user MUST land a punch on the target within a time limit, or the suit will self-destruct; if the user successfully lands a punch, the suit will deactivate and fall apart. Since its advertised as a weapon against bullies, it's an intelligent method of self-control.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Takes photographs of Akane working out during gym class, but in both canons she doesn't really notice him given he's so low-key and subtle compared to the flamboyant and much more vivid Kuno and (somewhat) Ryoga. Sneaking around in her backyard taking photos of her or staking out her jogging route kind of fall into second place compared to attacking her with a sword in front of school every morning while bellowing declarations of love.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Gosunkugi gets cornered and beaten up by delinquents, and Ranma jumps in to save him. How does Gosunkugi thank him? By ordering a special mechsuit to use to beat Ranma.
    • How justified you find this depends on whether you read the original manga (more accurately, the fan translation thereof) or the officially translated version by Viz. In the former, Ranma says something along the lines of "it's the duty of a martial artist to help the weak and downtrodden!", and it's the second part that sets off Gosunkugi's pride. The Viz translation has Ranma go "As if there could be a thing like you without embarrassment, Gosunkugi!" - he says it with the same blithe, well-meaning look on his face, but worded like that, it's really hard to see Ranma as not deliberately adding insult to (near) injury.

     Dr. Tofu Ono (小乃 東風) 
Voiced by: Yuji Mitsuya (JP), Ian James Corlett (EN, Seasons 1-5), Kirby Morrow (EN, Seasons 6-7), Jorge Ornelas (LA), Rafat Bazoo (AR)

A minor character introduced as the local chiropractor and acupuncturist, who has tended to Akane's injuries since she was a little girl, which caused her to develop a Precocious Crush on him. Fixated on Kasumi, turning into a bumbling idiot whenever he hears her voice or even sees a photo of her, never mind actually seeing her. Dropped from the manga by the end of the Full Body Cat's Tongue Pressure Points story, making one final appearance at the very beginning of the Moxibustion arc, but remains a minor fixture of the anime.

  • Big Brother Mentor: To Akane, which is the basis of her crush on him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He vanishes without a word once Cologne takes his place as official font of obscure wisdom. He shows up from time to time in filler episodes late in the anime, but his plot importance was gone by the end of Season 2. In the manga, after volume 12 he's gone for good.
  • Informed Ability: We're told he's a strong and skilled martial artist, but we never see him do anything other than manipulate pressure points, and then for health purposes.
  • Love Makes You Crazy / Love Makes You Dumb: Both. Even beyond the fact he routinely hurts himself around Kasumi, he does stuff like insist on bringing the vital notebook needed to cure Akane's amnesia around to the Tendo Dojo, even though he knows Kasumi will be there and he'll destroy it if he sees her. Which is exactly what happens.
  • Not So Above It All: Normally, he's one of the most normal characters in the series. When Kasumi's around, on the other hand...
  • Oblivious to Love: He never came to realize Akane's crush on him.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: In both anime and manga, his glasses, usually clear, flash and instantly fog up whenever he spots Kasumi, and they stay that way until his love madness recedes (which might be long after Kasumi has gone).
  • Shipper on Deck: Works very subtly to get Ranma and Akane together, even if it means inflicting a temporary disability on the former to make the latter's caring side come out.

     Nodoka Saotome (早乙女 のどか) 
Voiced by: Masako Ikeda (JP), Lisa Bunting (EN), Rebeca Manríquez (LA), Majd Zaza (AR)

Ranma's long-absent mother is a late-comer to the series. Back when Ranma was just an infant that had yet to learn how to walk, his father took him away from home, assuaging Nodoka's complaints by vowing he and Ranma would commit Seppuku if he failed to make Ranma a "man among men". After Ranma's little accident at Jusenkyo, Genma decided it would be best to avoid Nodoka, though she eventually did find out — fortunately for her son and husband, the precise event had Ranma at some of his best behavior and she decided that the curse wasn't grounds to make Ranma kill himself. Generally a very sweet and motherly sort, but she is just as fixated on honor as her son and husband are (perhaps more so), and she's still carrying that sword around by the series' end, watching and judging Ranma's behavior...

  • Abusive Mom: While Played for Laughs almost as much as her husband is, she's just as bad, if not worse. Despite the fact that the contract consists of a verbal vow ("I will make Ranma a man among men") and a written seal ("I will commit Seppuku: Genma, Ranma"), both of which are incredibly vague, she is totally willing to call it in if she ever judges Ranma to somehow be unmanly. Nodoka is so fixated on the idea that whenever she visits looking for Ranma, she keeps a sword in constant reach, in preparation for the decapitating strike she will be called on to use in the ceremony. In fact, she seems to have the swordswoman's equivalent of an itchy trigger finger, being quite willing to draw it at the slightest hint that her son is being unmanly (both before and after finally meeting him,) and going all the way to donning the requisite regalia if he does something very unmanly. She doesn't get many appearances in the series once she moves into the Tendo Dojo, though, so this aspect is somewhat glossed over.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Don't stand near her if she draws her sword. Or if she sits on a "DO NOT SIT" water valve.
  • The Dreaded: Played for Laughs. Among the few non-villainous examples in media, she invokes fear in Genma and Ranma like nobody's business, before and even after they finally reveal themselves.
  • The Fettered: She holds fast to, and takes pride in, her honor as "a warrior's wife". Thus, she's frequently believed to cling so tightly to the contract in order to draw the emotional strength from it she needs to survive being separated from her son and husband for so many years. And then there's the secondary task she's meant to perform if forced to fulfill the seppuku promise.
  • Honor Before Reason: She will hold Ranma to the contract Genma wrote up come hell or high water, despite the fact it is so vague it is impossible to truly determine what would actually fulfill it successfully. Furthermore, she will commit ritual suicide herself after fulfilling that task, according to family honor. She does partially avert the trope when she declares that Ranma's Nyannniichuan curse does not merit an automatic failure to live up to the contract, due to the sheer heroism of the way he saved her despite exposing it to her in the process.
  • Iconic Item: The Saotome Family Sword. Wrapped in a bundle, sheathed, or live, it's pretty much glued to her hand.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Nodoka the Yamato Nadeshiko wears one at any given time.
  • Mama Bear: Tries to protect Akane and Ranma with everything she has, if she thinks they're being threatened.
  • Missing Mom: So much that Ranma didn't even remember her prior meeting her.
  • Parents as People: What saves her from being a downright abuser is that the poor woman does love Ranma as much as her seriously warped nature allows, as seen in Mama Bear. She also spent some time sewing a customized winter coat for Ranma when he was still a baby in expectation that he'd wear it some day. Before she found out the truth, she doted on, cared for, and worried about "Ranko" just as much as a mother would, becoming seriously distressed when she thought the girl was in trouble.
  • Perpetual Poverty: Her prior, "poor" house was demolished and she had to move to another one, and has to recycle martial arts scrolls just to have paper to make envelopes. Ranma says she's the model wife of a poor martial artist. Even more so after the Fiancee Brigade (Shampoo, Kodachi, and Ukyo) destroyed her house due to a misunderstanding.
  • The Pollyanna: Even though her situation would give anyone soul-crushing despair, she's always cheerful and optimistic.
  • Principles Zealot: She is so fixated on the concept of a "Man among men" that she lets Genma take a toddler Ranma away, despite literally fighting against it tooth and nail just moments before, all because Genma provided a two-part promise. Verbal: "I will make Ranma a man among men." Written: "I will commmit seppuku." While it's all fine and dandy, both ethically and legally, for Genma to sign such a contract, then make an infant who can't read or write "sign" by inking his hand and slapping it on the paper, goes beyond the pale, even in the most "conservative" of Japanese homes. Thus, by Nodoka's understanding, if Genma was so utterly dedicated to this goal as to go that far, she had no choice but follow both sides of the contract to the letter. Fortunately, she decided that, curse or no curse, Ranma was a man through and through no matter what body he's in —it's "only" if his personal behavior proves otherwise that she starts pulling out her sword.
  • Shipper on Deck: Not as bad as her husband Genma, but she takes it as granted that Akane and Ranma are engaged and is excited to hear what Akane thinks of her son, and is all too happy to help move the relationship along.
  • Stepford Smiler: As cheerful as she is whenever she visits the Tendo home, especially when she gets to spend time with "Ranko", she turns sad and lonely as soon as she's out of sight from them, and she tends to be disappointed to find out she "just missed" Ranma and Genma yet again. In a particularly heartbreaking scene, she confesses to Ryu Kumon that she had already figured out he wasn't her real son, but that she enjoyed the deception for a while. However, it's made clear to the reader that, despite her words, losing her son a second time hit her very hard.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Allowing for age and height, the only difference between female Ranma and Nodoka in the anime is hair and eye color. In the manga, there's not even that.
  • Supreme Chef: Genma says as much, to which Ranma gets pissed since it reminds him that he's never had his mother's cooking his entire life.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As clumsy as she was with her sword at first, later appearances showed a dramatic improvement in skill and confidence. It's never made clear how good she actually is, however.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: It's a mystery how a beautiful woman like her ended up married to a man like Genma. At least we now know where female Ranma got her good looks from.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Fixated on honor, wears a kimono, carries a katana, and supported herself during the years her husband and son were in their training journey.

     Sasuke Sarugakure (猿隠 佐助) 
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba (JP), Robert O. Smith (EN), Herman López (LA), Rafat Bazoo (AR)

Early in the anime, the animators either couldn't find a voice actor for Gosunkugi, wanted a role for Shigeru Chiba, or decided that the spooky boy was a rather shallow character and/or didn't make much sense as the Kunos lapdog and servant. Instead, they decided to create a new character to take that role, and thus was born Sasuke Sarugakure, whose name means something like "Ninja from the Hidden Monkey Village". This ugly midget Ninja is most frequently seen at Tatewaki Kuno's side, but he will also serve "Mistress Kodachi" if she needs his assistance as well. Sasuke serves as something of the Jack-of-all-trades manservant to his masters, doing everything from spying on their enemies/love interests, to cooking their food, to cleaning their house, to making shadow puppets to help them sleep, to helping them train or fighting at their side — it's implied he may have actually been their primary caretaker when they were children. In return, he is rewarded with horrific mistreatment. He is forced to sleep outside in all weathers like an animal, fed only leftover scraps (and that infrequently; he once had to live for ten days on a single bowl of brine, and he's forgotten what milk and watermelons taste like), forced to drink the water from the storm gutters, and frequently beaten and berated by his charges.

  • Butt-Monkey: Even more so than Kuno, as he generally doesn't mean any more harm than needing to serve his master and is fairly amiable if not being compelled by that.
  • Canon Foreigner: Created exclusively for the anime.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's a ninja, what were you expecting?
  • Fragile Speedster: He's rather fast but sucks at combat.
  • Happiness in Slavery: He's happy working for the Kunos despite their poor treatment of him. Though he would like if they treated him better.
  • Made of Iron: While not very good in combat, he has a tremendous threshold for pain, quite capable of feats like remaining in an exposed mailbox, in the middle of a blistering heatwave, for three whole days with no food or sleep in order to wait for his designated quarry to pass by.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He's well aware that his masters are insanely abusive and barely capable of feeding themselves without him, yet stays loyal to them and refuses to leave.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Has no problem with Ranma or his relationship with Akane.
  • Ninja: A parody or subversion as, in a city full of practitioners of Supernatural Martial Arts, he's a clumsy incompetent with minimal fighting skills and armed with basic ninja tricks. He is, however, incredibly fast (able to go from one end of the school gym to the other, help Akane spring over the leaping horse, and then dart back into the shadows where he started from, all without anybody seeing him) and very skilled at the art of camouflage... though not so good with outright disguise.
  • Old Retainer: Not that old, but he has worked for Kuno since he was a child.
  • There Was a Door: Kuno- "I meant through the door you blithering idiot!" (after Sasuke bursts up through a loose panel in the floor to give a report in person.)

     Hinako Ninomiya (二ノ宮 ひな子) 
Voiced by: Yumi Touma (JP), Janyse Jaud (EN)

The last of the major characters to be introduced (in the manga — the anime was cancelled before she was created, so in that canon she was merely the subject of an OAV and appears in a second one, Nightmare Incense of Spring Sleep). Miss Hinako was hired by Principal Kuno ostensibly as a new Homeroom/English teacher for Ranma's classroom, but, aware of her fame dealing with troublesome students, with the express purpose of having her pacify and discipline his unruly students. Hinako's story begins many years before the series, when she was a little girl in the hospital for an unidentified ailment. Happosai, wandering by, dropped in and either took pity on her, saw someone he could use to help him steal underwear from the nurses, or both. He subjected her to a regime of Pressure Point manipulation that would endow her with the ability to drain the Battle Aura from other people, which he insisted would help her get better. Flash forward to the present day, and she's all better... but now she's stuck looking like a kid unless she drains somebody's Battle Aura, and she'll only remain in her adult form until she uses up the ki she stole. Obsessed with stomping out "delinquency", she frequently clashes with Ranma, particularly after she falls in love with Soun Tendo.

  • Achilles' Heel: A simple set of five pressure points hit simultaneously will knock out her powers for an entire day - the two on her back aren't much of a problem, but the three in front are right over her breast - the resulting attack looks a lot like someone's wrestling her into submission and groping the hell out of her.
  • Action Girl: Perhaps the second strongest recurring female character (behind Cologne). The only one who can hold her own at Ranma's level, albeit by use of her ki-draining skills as opposed to hand-to-hand combat.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: In her adult form, she is tall, beautiful and acts very aloof and elegant. However, if she stays this way too long, she will revert to her childish personality.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: During the "Little Hawaii" story, a bunch of male students from Fūrinkan are infected by the "Aloha virus" thanks to the Principal's latest ploy. This makes them act like "honeymooner tourists in Hawaii", the dream of any Japanese. Thus they begin assaulting female Ranma, Akane and Ukyō to make them their "wives"... but they twice ignore Hinako-sensei since she looks like a little girl. She feels quite insulted by that.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: She takes her role as an educator and disciplinarian VERY seriously, but she's JUST as easily distracted by toys, games, manga, snacks, and generally anything that would capture the attention of a little kid.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: The biggest case in the series, exceeding even Akane.
  • The Ditz: In child form, or after going too long without changing into it.
  • Dual Age Modes: Between "child" and "adult", via the "Happo Go-en Satsu".
  • Energy Absorption: One of her two modes of attack, it temporarily renders the victim too weak to stand. It also makes her immune to even the fiercest of Ki Attacks. As a bonus, she can release that energy as a blast that will hit like a speeding truck.
  • Genki Girl: In kid form, she acts somewhere between this and The Ditz.
  • Glass Cannon: To anyone who knows her pressure points. However, even Ranma can only do it over the course of a drawn-out battle, given that she can reduce any fighter to a groaning mass with just one shot, and take out a wall with the resulting firepower.
  • Hello, Nurse! and Ms. Fanservice: Her adult (and true) form. 'Nuff said.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Though she falls head-over-heels for Soun Tendo, his daughters and future son-in-law object to the idea and he himself doesn't seem to reciprocate, partially because he's still mourning his first wife.
  • Hot Teacher: Her adult (and true) form.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: After she drains ki, she can launch it as a massive blast of ball lightning, which shrinks her back to a child but usually instantly defeats her opponent.
  • Likes Older Men: While vague, her true age is somewhere in her early twenties, yet she falls in love with Soun, who is anywhere between very late 30s or mid-40s. This is naturally much more pronounced when she regresses to her "little girl" form. Unfortunately for her, Soun only acknowledges her strictly as a teacher when adult, and as nothing more than a child and friend of Akane's otherwise.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: She was one of these until Happosai "cured" her.
  • Magic Pants: Her favored one-piece yellow dress was specifically chosen to fit both her child and adult forms. It's just Stripperiffically short-skirted and low-necked on her adult form.note 
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Under normal circumstances, her personality definitely changes whether she's an adult or a child. However, being stuck as a little girl has affected her so much that, if she stays too long in her "real" adult mode, though, her mind will wander and she'll start acting like a kid again.
  • Older Alter Ego: Inverted. She's Older Than She Looks - in her twenties - but can only appear thus after draining battle aura. Most of the time she's pre-teen.
  • Punny Name: Her ki-draining attacks are called the "Happo Go-en Satsu" and "Gojuu-en Satsu", for the five- and fifty-yen coins she uses as a medium. When she gives back the collected ki as a projectile? "Happo Tsurisen-Gaeshi", or "Change-Return".
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reaches down to her hips.
  • Sensei-chan: When she's a kid, she acts more childish than her own students, goofing off, staring into space, sleeping at her desk...
  • Soap Opera Disease: She had a "weak constitution" as a child, complete with IV and adorable cough. She got better thanks to Happosai's treatments, which also turned her into a chi-vampire.
  • Sweet Tooth: When in child form, her obsession with sweets rivals or exceeds Ranma's.
  • Who Will Bell the Cat?: If her pressure points were to be hit every day consecutively for a month, she'd permanently lose her ability to drain battle aura. However, Ranma is the only one capable of doing so(Happosai's more than skilled enough, but his armspan is too short to hit all five at once), and the first time he pulled it off required a drawn-out battle he spent several days recovering from. Nuts to that.

     Maomolin, the Bakeneko 
Voiced by: Kazumi Tanaka (JP, season 5), You Yoshimura (JP, season 5), Masahiro Anzai (JP, season 7), Samuel Vincent (EN), César Arias (LA), Esteban Siller (LA), Marwan Farhat (AR)

A giant ghostly cat that Shampoo accidentally brought back to Nerima from a visit to China, Maomolin wants to claim a human wife and will do anything to get one.

  • Grand Theft Me: Possessing people is his primary spiritual power. It never does any good.
  • Interspecies Romance: Despite the fact he's a cat, he's fixated on taking a human wife.
  • I Owe You My Life: In the anime, Ryoga saves him from a pack of dogs, so Maomolin offers to grant Ryoga a wish, declaring he is also a guy and must repay such a debt. Upon hearing about his shyness and how this interferes with his desire to court Akane, he possesses Ryoga and proposes for him.
  • Mega Neko
  • Obake: He's the ghost of a cat from China, able to steal bodies and lay curses on people. Most commonly identified as a "bakeneko" (literally "ghost cat").

     Akari Unryu (雲竜 あかり) 
A sweet, gentle girl who shows up very late into the manga. Heir to the Unryu farm of Sumo Wrestling Pigs, she rides around on her hand-reared Yokozuna Pig, Katsunishiki, seeking a man strong enough to defeat him. This is the only man she will be allowed to marry. When Ryoga succeeds, she instantly falls in love with him, and he quickly becomes attracted to her in return. After her introduction she featured in one more arc before the end of the manga and did not appear at all in the anime.

  • Best Her to Bed Her: A variant, in that in her instance, it's her giant sumo pig whom her suitors must defeat.
  • Beta Couple: With Ryoga. They are the only couple in the series with a functional relationship and the only one to get a nearly definite happy ending.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Ryoga's Brooding Boy.
  • Compliment Backfire: Akari loves pigs and complimented Ryoga repeatedly by comparing him to a pig. He did not see this as a compliment, in part because he turns into a pig.
  • Expy: A nearly identical (but explicitly shown as having high levels of Super Strength) character called Anna shows up in the anime. While you'd think the manga was first, the episode with Anna (called; "Ryoga, Run into the Sunset") came first.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She seriously thinks that comparing someone to a pig is a compliment.
  • Kid with the Leash: She usually traipses around Japan riding an ENORMOUS yokozuna --sumo champion-- pig who will attack any man in their way.
  • Love Martyr: Believing Ryoga hates pigs, Akari decides to make herself hate them too by having Katsunishiki attack her for an entire week. It fails since she can't bring herself to hate pigs.
  • Multicolored Hair: Takahashi's watercolors consistently depict her with forest-green hair and a pink Skunk Stripe.
  • Nice Girl: One of the few genuine nice characters in the series. Akari is incredibly sweet, polite and patient. If you get thrown off by her calling you a pig, don't worry, she means it as a compliment.
  • Second Love: For Ryoga, although he still spends some time pining after Akane. By the end of the manga, Ryoga seems to be completely over Akane and is focused on his relationship with Akari.
  • Skunk Stripe: She has a lock of lighter hair in both sides of her otherwise dark hair.
  • Twice Shy: With Ryoga.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: A sweet, determined, and devoted Japanese girl who comes from a long family line of sumo.....pig farmers.

     Konatsu (小夏) the Kunoichi 
A male ninja raised as a female kunoichi by his cruel and hideously ugly stepmother and stepsisters. Despite Konatsu being a prodigy in the arts of ninjitsu, he never managed to kill off his stepfamily (not through lack of trying) and was resolved to being their slave. Until the day Happosai, Soun and Genma wandered into the "Sexy Ninja/Red Hot Kunoichi Teashop" and, horrified by the fact the "sexy ninjas" were his stepfamily, destroyed it, whereupon they sent him for revenge upon Ranma. Konatsu decided he'd rather stay in Nerima, particularly after Ukyo treated him kindly and unintentionally caused him to fall in love with her, and began working at Ucchan's Okonomiyaki after his stepfamily was driven away with the help of Ukyo, Ranma and Akane. Though Ukyo still treats him in a way anyone else would consider ridiculously shabby, it's much more than he had at home and so he's content with it.

The last main cast member to be introduced to the series, and the only one to appear less than Akari, he's a distinctive character who still managed to become quite well-liked by some fans.

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Whichever gender Konatsu deigns to dress up, he's absolutely gorgeous, to the point it's even a minor plot point in his only post-introduction focus story.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: He becomes slavishly devoted to Ukyo because she treats him better than the abusive family that raised him.
  • Bishōnen: Actually something of a spoof of the concept; he's a boy who looks so much like a girl that he thinks of himself as a girl.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Universe seems to hate this boy. Forget Akane, forget Mousse's claims, or Ranma's vain melodrama. Only Ryoga has ever been as badly off as Konatsu, and only Ryu Kumon comes close.
  • Camp Straight: He's a girly crossdresser and is in love with Ukyo.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Konatsu's mother died at a young age and his father, for reasons unknown, married a grotesquely hideous woman who already had two disgusting daughters, then died himself. Jealous of Konatsu's appearance, his stepmother and stepsisters treated him hideously and forced him to become their slave. Konatsu is pretty much Cinderella, except that here "she" turns out to be a man.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He's a ninja and has very much assimilated this aspect of their fighting style.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yes, he's very goofy. But Happosai called him a "Genius Kunoichi" for a reason... even if he was wrong about the gender.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Loves Ukyo, but, unlike the rest of the cast, doesn't really act on it... at least not beyond trying hard to be of use to her, rescuing her if anything dangerous happens, and writing "I LOVE UKYO" all over his diary.
  • Extreme Doormat: All capacity for active resistance has been beaten out of him (literally) over the years.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Konatsu is a feminine Japanese name, which makes his gender reveal even more surprising.
  • Last Minute Hookup: Subverted. Konatsu has all the right traits to fit this trope, being a Love Interest for Ukyo who is introduced in the last four volumes of the manga, and has only one story featuring him in a major role that isn't his introduction. The subversion is that Ukyo never shows any signs of reciprocating his feelings, and of course the manga concludes on its infamous No Ending, so nobody ever really hooks up conclusively.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: He can hide behind speech balloons.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long hair that he wears tied back in a ponytail, which only contributes to his feminine looks.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Ukyo's Masculine Girl.
  • Me's a Crowd: Knows a legendary technique that allows him to do this.
  • Mistaken for Gay: At first, Ranma and Akane assume that "she" is a lesbian when they discover Konatsu loves Ukyo. When Konatsu turns out to be a guy, it's suddenly okay.
  • Ninja: A parodiac version, although in a different way to Sasuke.
  • Perpetual Poverty: His stepfamily kept him in the most appalling conditions, never giving him the slightest amount of money. He, consequently, has almost no grasp of how money works.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: Biologically, Konatsu is male and he never denies it, but he's been brutalized and forced into the female role by his evil stepfamily for so long that he dresses, speaks and even instinctively reacts like a girl note . He also considers his love for Ukyo "forbidden" because of his instinctual identity.
  • Skewed Priorities: A financial version. Due to being brought up under hideously Abusive Parents, Konatsu has absolutely no understanding of the real value of money whatsoever. Played simultaneously for laughs and drama (it's that sort of series) in his only post-intro focus story, where he almost bankrupts Ucchan's due to his incomprehension of how normal people define "average", "poor", and "extravant" by, amongst other things, selling his okonomiyaki for only 2 yen apiece because he thinks that's a fair price.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks very much like his deceased mother.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Does this to everyone in the cast at the end of his introductory story when his clothes get torn off and reveal the cute Konatsu as a guy.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Dresses and acts like a girl because he was brought up to do so, but seems to avoid male garb only because he's too used to dressing as a girl and/or Ukyo likes his ability to attract hungry guys to her shop.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Zigzagged. Konatsu wields a wooden sword only because he's so poor that he pawned his steel blades to buy food. However, he's still devastating with his wooden swords because he's just that badass.