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    Ranma Saotome (早乙女 乱馬) 
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Ranma in both male and female form
Male Ranma voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (JP), Sarah Strange (EN, seasons 1-3, OVAS and Movies), Richard Ian Cox (EN, seasons 4+), Carlos Hugo Hidalgo (LA, TV series and OVAS 7-8), Luis Daniel Ramírez (LA, Movies and OVAS 5-6)
Female Ranma voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (JP), Venus Terzo (EN), Brigitta Dau (EN, episodes 1-6 & OVA 1 only), Irma Carmona (LA, TV series and OVAS 7-8), Pilar Escandon (LA, Movies and OVAS 5-6)

The main character of the series. A teen-aged master of Supernatural Martial Arts, generally assumed to be sixteen years old, though no official age is ever given. Like most of the other cast members, a very contradictory character, possessing both positive and negative attributes — he can be sensitive and thoughtful one moment, and brash and insulting the next. Cursed to become a Gender Bender because of his father's stupidity, then bound in an Arranged Marriage he never even knew about until he was practically at the girl's doorstep, needless to say he doesn't get on too well with his father.

When it comes to Akane, Ranma's lack of social finesse and Akane's mild dislike of men initially drives them to clash more often than not. But, as the story goes on, he gets to know her better and ends up genuinely caring for her as a person.


  • Absurd Phobia: He screams in terror and invariably faints or runs away at the mere sight of housecats and the ghost cat.
  • Accidental Pervert: Almost never means to do things perverted, and is in fact kind of prudish, but still frequently winds up in incriminating circumstances. Made worse, since Akane rarely gives him the chance to explain and never believes him anyway.
  • The Ace: Apply mostly in the manga, the anime seems to have more of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer or even Idiot Hero most of the time.
  • Action Girl: At least, half the time, due to the nature of his curse. Not that it stops him from mopping the floor with almost anyone foolish enough to challenge him.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Subtler than most, but potent. In the original Japanese, he's less of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and more of a JerkAss... with a Heart of Gold. While his Pet the Dog moments and Chronic Hero Syndrome are translated correctly, his teasing of Akane is much more cruel and often even aggressively sexual; his Accidental Pervert moments aren't really that accidental, but more like a modern Miroku. For example, in an early chapter he pokes his head in her window and teases her for smiling in a mirror after he told her she's cute When She Smiles. In the original work he's implying that he caught her masturbating. Akane beating the crap out of him on a regular basis seems a lot more justifiable now, doesn't it?
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Female Ranma has red hair in the anime, probably to distinguish her from the male form. Both forms have black hair in the manga.
  • Adorkable: Has his moments, like when he's trying to give Akane a gift from his mother and instead of just, y'know, GIVING it to her he obsessed with trying to look cool while doing it. Which makes him look like a complete dweeb.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ukyō calls him "Ran-chan".
  • Animal Motifs:
    • He's a tiger to Ryōga's lion.
    • His signature technique, Hiryū Shōten Ha, invokes dragon imagery and he is a dragon to Saffron's phoenix.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: He's attractive in both his forms. As a female, he is considered a "babe" by pretty much any average guy who sees her, and Nabiki earns a regular profit by selling nude pictures/handkerchiefs of it. As a male, pretty much all the women of note in the series have shown attraction to him or at least called him a "hunk".
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: He frequently can figure out how advanced martial arts techniques work by seeing them only once, and then use that knowledge to perform
  • Badass: Every time he's involved in a fight.
  • Bash Brothers: Eventually with Ryōga, after they finally become friends.
  • Batman Gambit: Especially in the manga, really likes to show off by putting together cunning and elaborate plans. Unfortunately, (for him), his "puppets" seldom react as they're supposed to for long.
  • Battle Aura: Naturally.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The male half of the template's Trope Codifiers, with Akane as the female.
  • Berserk Button: Ranma's a fairly forgiving guy, considering the amount of crap he goes through on a regular basis. But if you hurt Akane or insult his masculinity, all bets are off.
    Ranma: Akane is my fiancée. Lay a hand on her and I'll kill you!
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Ryōga's Betty for Akane's Archie, and the Archie to Akane's Betty and Shampoo and Ukyō's Veronica.
  • Big Bra to Fill: Natsuna Watanabe, the actress who plays female Ranma in the live-action special, is very noticeably petite in the chest department.
  • Big Breast Pride: In a stunning display of vanity, he's been known to be quite proud of his alternate form's bustiness.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He eventually becomes one of sorts to Ryōga, when they finally become friends, constantly helping him out with his direction and love problems.
  • Big Eater: Often exaggerated, but does enjoy food and is capable of packing away a considerable amount — but is usually more inclined towards frequent snacking than putting away massive meals. Somewhat a Justified Trope given the sorts of fights he gets into, and unlike his father he usually doesn't allow his appetites to lead him into danger. At least, not after it gets him his Accidental Marriage with Shampoo and zapped with the Dragon Whisker.
  • Biting the Handkerchief: In the anime as part of at least one Wounded Gazelle Gambit; the manga version is much more likely to just look tearful/fake cry without a handkerchief.
  • Blackmail: Ranma attempted to use what he thought was a love letter to blackmail Nabiki in the manga. Some of his psychological manipulations probably count as emotional blackmail and he does search for things to use against people.
  • Blessed with Suck: His consumption of rice porridge made with stock from the hair-growing Dragon's Whisker forced him to keep his hair tied up with said Whisker or remain in girl form, otherwise his hair would grow and grow until he used up his whole life's supply. The effects wore off by the end of that story, however, so he's no longer at risk of baldness (well, unless you count all the hair he "used up" during the fighting.)
  • Blow You Away: The Hiryū Shōten Ha results in a tornado.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Ranma is actually quite smart, but doesn't pay attention in class.
  • Book Dumb: Appears this since he didn't know who Romeo and Juliet were (though to be fair, Happōsai, Tatewaki, and Gosunkugi didn't know either). On the one occasion we could have found out the grade of one test, his own speech bubbles cover the results and he's happy with the grade he got — Genma, on the other hand, berates him.
  • Boobs of Steel: His female form is arguably the most buxom among the female cast, if you take "her" bust size in comparison to "her" relatively short stature; she's also arguably the physically strongest female among the regularly recurring characters. She's canonically got a better figure than Akane, at least — bigger breasts, trimmer waist (and in the anime completes the trifecta with bigger hips). It's still often an Informed Attribute, given that the size of all the teenage females varies quite a bit, and size differences between individuals aren't necessarily apparent in the artwork unless for some reason that aspect's getting played up in the story.
  • Born Winner: Ranma, at sixteen years of age is the single greatest martial artist of his generation, capable of demolishing opponents dozens of times his size and weight, smacking bees out of the air without being stung, falling dozens of stories and hitting the ground running, etc. And if he can't copy a technique an enemy uses on him and use it in the same fight, he'll instead master it within a week of experimentation, tops.
  • Braids of Action: Ranma generally has his hair in a braid, though prior to the dragon whisker he had a badass long hair Tomboyish Ponytail in flashbacks, and occasionally has other hair styles such as Girlish Pigtails while in disguise or uses Hair Decorations such as Flower in Her Hair.
  • Brutal Honesty: Has a tendency to be Brutally Honest which causes him far more problems than when he tells Blatant Lies (which he does almost as often).
  • The Bully: To Ryōga at times, and Gosunkugi (accidentally).
  • Bully Hunter: Has been hired to apprehend hoodlums on occasion, and on his own time he will put a stop to bullying he finds himself witnessing, such as Kodachi's continued brutalization of the already-defeated Fūrinkan gymnastic team or the masked kids that were attempting to rob Gosunkugi.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Out of everyone in the manga, including Ryōga, he has the worst case of this. Even in the few times he acknowledges his feelings for Akane via inner monologues, while she's being nice to him in turn, he can't get a single word out and is frustrated by this.
  • Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest: Ranma is far more willing to show physical, romantic affection for someone he doesn't care about than to show it for someone he does, due to too much respect for the other's opinion of him in that regard.
  • Catapult Nightmare: On the multiple occasions that Ranma has a nightmare, he invariably wakes up with a scream.
  • Ceiling Cling: A favorite habit of his. It's useful for purposes of escaping trouble or eavesdropping, but he's often seen doing it for no plot-related purpose, particularly in the manga. Possibly he's training, or possibly Takahashi just wants to show off his skills, or both.
  • Celibate Hero: While most members of his Unwanted Harem practically throw themselves at him, he doesn't reciprocate, unless he needs to manipulate them or he feels unattractive.
  • The Chew Toy: Frequently doesn't deserve the punishment he gets — or at least to be punished that much. Seems more prominent in the manga than the anime.
  • Chick Magnet: Has attracted a number of suitors, some but not all through Arranged Marriages. While probably not the knockout his female form is implied to be, or quite reaching bishounen status, Ranma can be assumed to be fairly attractive, in peak physical shape, and his often cocky attitude probably doesn't hurt.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Not extreme, but more often than not, because he was just passing through, but sometimes just because "it's a martial artist's duty" (to help those in need).
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ties in with Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty below.
  • Compassionate Critic: He typically genuinely intends to be helpful when he's insulting Akane about her lackluster fighting or cooking skills, but the way he phrases it is either unintentionally insulting or deliberately intended to get her angry so that she will try and improve to prove him wrong. He just doesn't seem to get that Akane does not work that way, and instead will simply clobber him for the insult and continue doing things the way she always does.
  • Competition Freak: Often lampshaded by bystanders.
  • Compliment Backfire: Due to a very bad case of foot-in-the-mouth, even when he's not trying to insult Akane she gets pissed at him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Whenever Akane seemingly shows interest in anyone other than him, Ranma's jealousy knows no bounds.
    • Also, when Ranma is hit with a Fishing Rod of Love, he turns into this for Ryōga. Even going as far as attacking Akane to keep her from interrupting his "romantic moment" with Ryōga.
  • Crossdresser: When dressed as a girl and turned back into a guy.
  • Curse: Multiple. There's the obvious Gender Bender curse, but he also has one based on his hair constantly growing when not controlled by a magical item, and gains (and loses) others during the series' run — being unable to withstand the hot water he needs to revert back, for example.
  • Curtains Match the Window: By the late manga, the non-canonical artwork would most commonly show Ranma's female form with red hair and red eyes.
  • Deadly Dodging: The very basis of the Hiryū Shōten Ha (Flying Dragon Ascension Wave) is based on this. The practitioner must goad the foe into a spiral pattern while making them discharge a hot Battle Aura, all while dodging the enemy attacks and keeping a cool aura (and a clear mind) oneself. Upon reaching the nexus, the martial artist winds up and delivers a spinning uppercut — not only does this final punch release the user's cold aura in a devastating blast, but the temperature difference between the hot and cold Battle Auras creates a localized tornado that tosses the enemy high into the air, usually knocking him out in the process (not that the fall is any picnic, either). Ranma, being the martial arts savant that he is, has modified the technique so he doesn't need an opponent to follow him in a spiral: having them release ki blasts, ignite the battlefield, or even just surround Ranma in a vaguely circular pattern is enough, and he'll do the rest. He MUST dodge the enemy's assault, however.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Far more so in the manga than the anime.
  • Delusions of Doghood: His ailurophobia triggers this if pushed to its limit.
  • Determinator: He does not give up and has on a number of occasions kept going on willpower alone collapsing from injury upon acquiring his objective. Example when he tried to "learn" Ryōga's ki blast by getting hit by it for nearly the whole day, and only collapsed after Ryōga started to feel bad and left.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
    • The first time Ranma faces off against Pantyhose Tarō's monster form, Ranma manages to knock out Tarō using the elastic power of some pantyhose to deliver a superpowered kick.
    • Ranma kills Saffron in the final arc, using his ultimate technique the Hiryū Kōrin Dan ("Dragon's Descending Bullet"), which shatters Saffron's body and forces the immortal to be reborn in infant form.
  • Distressed Damsel/Distressed Dude: Has been in both situations due to his curse. Both situations often stem from overzealous suitors. Kodachi even once kidnapped him and placed him in an Unwilling Suspension at one point.
  • Dude Magnet: Ranma in female form attracts just as much suitors as his male form, plus load of perverts.
  • Easily Forgiven: All it took was him telling Ukyō that she looked cute. Within seconds she's head over heels for him again and actively trying to court him.
  • Enemy Without: In the anime, Happōsai once used a magical incense called Personality Splitter to duplicate Ranma's female form separately from his male form, in hopes that she would be so happy with being her own person she would model underwear for him. Of course, it turned out that as an embodiment of Ranma's "yin side", it was basically Ranma's evil half come to life, trying to seduce Ranma and take control of him.
  • Enter Stage Window: Ranma doesn't seem to see any clear distinction between windows and doors.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: His most powerful technique, the Hiryū Shōten Ha, uses circular movements to generate a powerful wind vortex. It's essential to getting back his strength after he is Brought Down to Normal, and revisions of the technique are ultimately responsible for beating his two greatest adversaries (Herb and Saffron) in the manga, as well as Prince Kirin in the anime.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Ranma is seen once doing some Juggle Fu with a fishbowl (with a live eel inside) while fending off Ryōga's attacks. He's also sometimes fighting with his hands in his pockets, either against very weak opponents or while sparring with Akane to rile her up. There's also the couple of times he was reading manga while sparring one-handed with Akane.
  • Expy: Of Ryūnosuke from Urusei Yatsura. Both are strong teenager that often fight with their abusive father and have problem of sexual identity.
  • Expressive Hair: His pigtail is independently mobile and responsive to his moods.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. Ranma is nowhere near the worst offender in the series regarding this and he has managed to avoid getting in over his head because of arrogance but he has caused himself some trouble because he just won't walk away if he feels challenged in some way. He will often get drawn into some bizarre martial arts contest or try his Manipulative Bastard antics because he just can't refuse proving himself capable of doing these things. One particular example would be when Shampoo is affected by an artifact that causes her to hate Ranma instead of love him. Rather than use the opportunity to be rid of one of the more complicated aspects of his Love Dodecahedron, he tries to win her affections back. Not because he actually returns her feelings but because it makes him feel unattractive.
  • The Fettered: Comes with being a martial artist.
  • Fiery Redhead: Girl-type. In the anime, which not only gives him the right hair color but also makes him more aggressive and forthright than in the manga. Still has some of the right personality traits in the manga, though.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Ranma is not averse to stealing things that he needs, although it's mostly food.
  • Flaw Exploitation: Not only will Ranma use any flaw you happen to have (such as a curse, addiction to female undergarments, or getting mad when you see breasts), he will actively seek them out (for example he searches Nabiki's room twice in the manga looking for something to use against her or give him a way to blackmail her).
  • Gag Boobs: In his female form, his/her bust is used as a major source of humor.
  • Gender Bender: Due to his curse. Which makes Ranma one of the few male examples of Action Girl out there, and a Cute Bruiser to boot.
  • Gender-Bender Friendship: Subverted — when Ranma first enters the series, it looks like Ranma's female form will allow him to get closer to the somewhat androphobic Akane. However, the fact "she" is really a transformed "he" is revealed minutes later and Akane promptly trusts him less because of it.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Tends to hang out with his enemies when they aren't battling.
  • Guile Hero: Ranma is one of the most strategic heroes in the series, and is not above manipulating an opponent and pulling Batman Gambits. At times it crosses into Manipulative Bastard territory when he does it for selfish reasons, such as taking advantage of Ryōga or Kunō with a Paperthin Disguise.
  • Hair Colors: The first volume of the manga gave him black hair in either form. The anime changed it to red hair as a girl, presumably to make it easier for Ranma to be identified, and the non-canonical artworks by the author portrayed both male and female forms with a wide variety of hair and eye colors.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Ranma possesses a Charles Atlas Superpower that, sometimes, allows him this particular luxury. Although he has to train long and hard to attain blinding speed (the Kachū Tenshin Amaguriken and Parlay du Fois Gras training methods), or learn a particularly devastating technique (the Hiryū Shōten Ha and Mōko Takabisha,) "long and hard" for him means "a few days of experimentation", regardless of the decades it might have taken the techniques' original creators. Particularly noticeable in the case of the Umisenken, which he learned from watching it once, and practiced and mastered literally overnight, then used it to defeat the opponent who had trained in the opposite style Yamasenken his entire life.
  • Hates Being Touched: Gets extremely nervous when girls try to do something physical to him, and, being vehemently heterosexual, he gets extremely violent if men try something on his "girl form". Part of the blame for this might be because he is inevitably battered by Akane if she sees him in something that looks compromising, while the other girls vary between aggressively flirting with him and hitting him for pretty much the same reason.
  • Healing Factor: Lampshaded and otherwise commented on by other characters in the series.
  • Heir to the Dojo: Heir to the Tendō Dojo thanks to his engagement to Akane.
  • The Hero: Not an ideal one at times, but a hero nonetheless.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.:
    • Everything up to the Cat Fist.
    • He all but shuts down when he believes Akane has died. He snaps back to form when he finds out she hasn't, not yet, but is in desperate danger anyway.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Many of the mentioned things from Ranma's childhood would have gotten him either killed or taken by social services if they found out, but they're all played for laughs.
  • Hypocrite: While he's quick to chastise othersnote  for taking advantage of Ryōga's gullibility and emotional insecurities, he won't hesitate to do it himself — from blackmailing Ryōga, to using his girl form to toy with him.
  • Ignored Confession: When Ranma actually gets the courage to call Akane cute, Akane thinks he's trying to insult her and doesn't believe him.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: He takes full advantage of his girl form to get free (or at least cheaper) food.
  • I Have the High Ground: Fond of high places and a common means of travel for him via extraordinary leaps and Roof Hopping.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Will use anything as a weapon including, but not limited to, spoons, boulders, rocks, pencils, paper fans, bos, staffs, brooms, noodles, tennis racket, water, magic items, pinwheels, explosives, his own hair, bras, P-chan, and other people.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Ranma's aiming skills are exceptional. His best feat would be flicking a stub-sized pencil from across the classroom into the hole of a fifty-yen coin in his teacher's hand... all while clinging to the ceiling.
  • Indy Ploy: When a Batman Gambit fails, or he just doesn't feel he has the time/it's worth the effort to pull off, Ranma can wing it like a pro. Probably the best at it in the series.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: With Akane.
  • Instant Expert: Ranma can practically osmose an entirely new martial art or technique in the span of a week, mastering it so well that he can beat the rival of the week who may have spent a lifetime honing that skill in a Cooking Duel. Handwaved in that Ranma is the heir of the "Anything Goes" School of Martial Arts, a school that focuses on incorporating moves from other martial arts.
  • Insufferable Genius: Less so than others, but even most of the characters who hate him for his ego will grudgingly admit that he has the combat skill to back it up. His ability to improvise strategy is, if anything, even MORE impressive. He even has a whole move (the Mōko Takibisha) that's powered by his massive confidence.
  • Insulted Awake: After he takes the brunt of an attack that slammed him into a wall hard enough to shatter every bone in a normal person's body, Akane wakes Ranma up from unconsciousness by calling him an idiot.
  • Interspecies Romance: Ranma is nearly forced into this by the Cursed Scribble Panda, who wants to date him before getting sealed up again.
  • It's All About Me: Will often try to claim this when it looks like he's doing something for Akane's sake, such as challenging Mariko Konjō after the latter humiliated Akane. He pretty much played it straight for real during the school's play of Romeo and Juliet however, trying to participate in the play in the hope of getting a cure for his curse, despite the play meaning a great deal to Akane.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Both in the literal sense (i.e. get rid of the Curse) and the metaphorical sense... the fact he's got to commit Seppuku if his mother ever judges him to be "unmanly" doesn't make things any better.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not as bad as other examples in the show, but Ranma can still be petty, spiteful, egotistic, or manipulative, especially when irritated, pushed, or just uncomfortable, but despite everything Ranma is shown as a generally very helpful and compassionate sort when he clearly notices that someone is in serious trouble, including people he just met if asked for assistance, and will recurrently feel extremely bad after he has gone too far. He even saved Herb's and Nabiki's lives, and felt sad for Happōsai when the latter felt abandoned by his students. Exactly how he's a jerk varies between continuities. Anime Ranma is brasher and more prone to insulting or verbally harassing people, especially Akane. Manga Ranma is more of a Manipulative Bastard who enjoys messing around with peoples' heads, like his attempts to use Love Potion to Mind Rape Ryōga into falling in love with Akari.
  • Ki Manipulation: Ranma is one of the most versatile ki users on the show. His ki attacks include:
    • Hiryū Shōten Ha ("Dragon's Heavenly Ascension Wave")
    • Shi-Shi Hōkōdan ("Roaring Lion Bullet")
    • Mōko Takabisha ("Fierce Tiger's Pride")
    • Hiryū Kōrin Dan ("Dragon's Descending Bullet")
  • Kissing Under the Influence: Unintentionally steals Akane's first kiss while he is under the influence of Cat Fu.
  • Kung-Fu Kid: He's a teenager and one of the best martial artists around. It helps he's been training BEFORE he could even walk.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Extremely high level of speed and stamina, high level of strength, decent endurance and great level of skill. He can punch a single spot hundreds of times so fast it looks like a single punch. On the other hand, even an offhand swipe with his fist to swat at an annoyance can crush a concrete rollernote  into rubble.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With Akane. Lampshaded by several characters.
  • Literal Split Personality: In the anime's Living Shadow and Enemy Without episodes. Also the "Evil Within" episode where Ranma's girl half is separated from him, and they become a couple.
  • Living Shadow: In the anime, a filler episode has Ranma buy some magical incense to bring his shadow to life for intense training. It's perfectly benign at first, but Ranma overdoses on the stuff, awakening his unrestrained desires in it and allowing it to act on its own until Ranma takes it down.
  • Meaningful Name: "Saotome Ranma" translates to "Swift Maiden's Wild Horse." It's also worth noting that with a different writing, "ranma" (乱麻) means "chaos."
  • Mind Control: Alongside Akane, is the most likely to get hit with it in the series. He's also perfectly willing to use it against others in the manga, most notably trying to brainwash Happōsai with "suggestion incense" to change Pantyhose Tarō's Embarrassing First Name and going to the Amazons for a Love Potion to use on Ryōga in the first Akari story.
  • Mistaken for Gay:
    • He and Akane have had a lot of romantic moments when he's in his girl form. This made Mariko think they were lesbians.
    • Also, in the manga, Ranma unknowingly eats some pork buns that make him hug anyone who sneezes. Kunō challenges him to a fight and Ranma accepts, expecting it to be a simple battle. Unfortunately for Ranma, Kunō keeps sneezing the entire time. His constant glomping makes the entire school think he's got the hots for Kunō.
    • Tsubasa Kurenai also mistakes Ranma for a lesbian when he/she pretended to be Ukyō's lover (while Ranma was in girl form and Ukyō was disguised as a boy), even though Tsubasa knew Ukyō was secretly a girl. To complicate matters further, Tsubasa is a crossdresser who chases girls while disguised as a girl, leading everyone to believe he's lesbian.
  • Momma's Boy: Didn't even know he had one for years, but it doesn't take him long to become attached to Nodoka when she finally comes back into his life. She's one of the few people he won't so much as insult.
  • Mr. Fanservice / Ms. Fanservice: Both. See Gender Bender.
  • Murderous Thighs: Particularly in female form, quite adept at using his legs as rudimentary arms to grab, hold and throw others.
  • Naked First Impression: Akane first meets his male form while he's taking a bath.
  • Naked on Arrival: His male form is introduced while he's taking a bath.
  • New Transfer Student: He was this in the very early series as he arrived at Fūrinkan High.
  • The Nicknamer: He frequently gives this to various characters in the series. His most frequent ones include "Tomboy" (for Akane), "Old Man" (for Genma), "P-Chan" and "Pig Boy" (for Ryōga), Old Ghoul (for Cologne), Lecherous Old Man (for Happōsai), Panty Princess (for Pantyhose Tarō).
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Ranma expresses little to no interest in pretty much every girl that aggressively chases him.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Ranma does all three types at various points, including while sleeping.
  • No Social Skills: Most animals would probably have better social skills. However, he is actually surprisingly well-adjusted, considering he was raised by Genma.
  • Not So Different: To many or even all of his rivals and fiancées — Ranma has no qualms with cheating, lying, stealing, cheap shots, outright Mind Controlling people or, well, just about anything short of actually killing someone.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Ranma gets caught in these situations roughly once per storyline. Including a few times with Ryōga. It's pretty much never what it looks like.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: From a certain point of view, Ranma's Gender Bender nature basically allows him to be his own opposite sex clone (it's stated a number of times that the two forms look enough alike to be mistaken for twins). More literally, the anime and the manga each have a filler story where Ranma gets an independent copy of his female form made. In the manga, it's a spirit-clone created by a lonely ghost that tries to seduce him. In the anime, Happōsai creates a splinter-spirit that turns out to embody Ranma's evil side and which tries to seduce Ranma — Sōun and Genma note that they seem like a perfect couple and agree that this makes sense as they are two halves of the same person.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Ranma is frequently able to fool Ryōga with little more than a change of clothes and occasionally hairstyle. He even lampshades it from time to time by remarking how he's surprised his disguise worked so well or thinking about what an idiot Ryōga is for falling for it.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Akane, not that they'll admit it.
  • Pimped-Out Dress:
    • During the Martial Arts Dining arc female Ranma wears several of these, including accessories such as necklaces and flowers. Various other stories have her in outfits that probably fall in this trope as well, such as cheongsams and kimonos.
    • Ranma is also one of the rare examples of a male falling under this trope, as he is quite willing to dress up in fancy outfits in male form when the occasion arises.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Told to him several times in both forms.
  • Prehensile Hair: He has used his hair as a weapon.
  • Pretty Freeloader: He stays and eats at Akane's house 24/7. Subverted in the anime as he has had a job at Cologne's place (in girl form as a waitress) with his pay going towards the household, and has protected the dojo from dojo-destroying antagonists on several occasions, as well as coming to Akane's rescue, frequently.
  • Proud Beauty: Apparently Ranma takes pride in his strength, skills and basically being a man, while in female form she takes pride in her beauty. When Tsubasa (Ukyō's suitor) calling Ranma female form "ugly", Ranma retorts by noting that Ukyō's the one who loves her, so she must be less ugly than her.
  • Raised by Dudes: Ranma grew up with only his martial arts-obsessed father for guidance.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: After completing the Kachū Tenshin Amaguriken training, Ranma devises his own trick based on this trope. While he never names it in the manga, the anime and video games confused its name with the speed training and it has become more or less adopted in Fanon as the actual Kachū Tenshin Amaguriken. Further training for the "Parlay du Fois Gras" honed this speed for precision through stuffing an opponent's mouth with food without being seen; and the Umisenken involves a "snake-fist" technique with open-handed spear strikes towards the weak spots of an opponent's back, or stealing things swifter than a normal eye can follow... including floorboards.
  • Rapid Hair Growth: Ranma once accidentally ate a special rice porridge made from a one-of-a-kind dragon's whisker. The porridge made him grow continuously excessive amounts of hair unless his hair was tied up from the dragon's whisker or when his gender was changed.
  • Rapunzel Hair: He gets this should the Dragon's Whisker he uses to tie his hair gets off of him.
  • Real Men Cook
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: A subversion; he, in the anime, personally loves ice cream, but would not be caught DEAD saying he does, much less going to restaurants and ordering them (it's not manly, after all). Fortunately, his "curse" allows him to openly and gleefully order chocolate sundaes with a cherry on top in public; heck he even delights in the fact the young and impressionable clerks will sometimes give him free scoops or even free parfaits!!
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Quite skilled at various domestic habits, particularly cooking, and hates a messy house so much he once forgot about a mission (not to mention the fact he was breaking into the flat in question) to clean someone else's flat. He even started cleaning it up again when the owner returned and promptly made a new mess. Admittedly, a lot of his domestic skills can be presumed to stem from the fact he's been taking care of himself for as long as he could remember. In the anime, he also often wears a pastel orange shirt with a dinky little red bowtie, in a more literal version of the trope.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Ranma's first kiss was stolen by the playboy iceskater Mikado Sanzen'in while he was in his female form. Ranma becomes so angry that he cries and gives him 518 punches.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Ranma was trained by his father since infancy. Now, he's a master of several styles of martial arts and one of the strongest fighters in the series. The downside is that he is a social and scholastic moron; a Chick Magnet incapable of any kind of social discourse save sarcastic quipping, a Cunning Linguist who doesn't know basic history. "Musabetsu Kakutō Saotome Ryū" (The Saotome School of Combat Pragmatism) is actually absurdly simple — accent on absurd. Its sole method of training is Training from Hellby Experience. As in, survive stupid suicidal acts repeatedly. For example, Genma taught him how to fall from buildings without killing himself by throwing him off cliffs. He survived over a decade of this. Starting at age two. Result: The martial arts equivalent of The Pretender.
  • Second Love: For Akane.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Ranma is aware of the social rules regarding nudity but simply doesn't care if he/she is wearing clothing most of the time in both forms (and can often be seen wearing very little clothing such as only boxer shorts). This is likely because he aggressively thinks of himself as a male, and often simply rejects the concept of female modesty when he turns into his girl form. Also note that she usually does not wear female undergarments unless they serve a purpose.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the second movie, Ranma has to save the ladies from an Harem/arranged marriage to a prince who just so happens to have a potion which turns anything male. Needless to say, Ranma went all out to kill two birds with one stone.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Whenever someone mentions he and Akane are engaged, they immediately try to explain that it was their parents choice, not their own choice.
  • She-Fu: A heavy basis of his fighting style in either form.
  • Shipper on Deck: Actively and successfully set up Ryōga and Akari, attempted to hook up Cologne and Happōsai, willing to help others such as Mousse and his mirror clone, etc. Subverted in a time-travel episode of the anime, where he is the one to speak up the most about the possibility of young Happōsai and young Cologne possibly hooking up, then calls Akane and Shampoo out for trying to make them get together.
  • Show Some Leg: Not at all above abusing this, especially against Happōsai.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: His iconic clothes are short-sleeved or sleeveless Chinese shirts.
  • Slipping a Mickey: Ranma on occasion has drugged, or attempted to drug, people (for example: tried to add knockout powder to Kunō's food, got Happōsai drunk, used chloroform on Happōsai, etc.). Once, it backfired; in another occasion, the other party did the same thing at the same time to Ranma's drink.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: His ponytail has come undone very easily during at least one arc.
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: When a cursed brooch made Shampoo despise Ranma, rather than being grateful that one of the most troublesome angles on his Love Dodecahedron had fixed itself neatly, he took a massive blow to his ego and set out to win her back, just so he could feel manly.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The Japanese anime credits write male Ranma's name in kanji (乱馬) and female Ranma's name in hiragana (らんま).
  • Spider-Sense: Like most of the major characters in the series, Ranma possesses some degree of precognition that warns him of danger.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: To Akane. Whether this is because he feels she would just get in his way (as he claims, vociferously) or because her relatively lower abilities (compared to the rest of the cast) make him sincerely worried about her is up for debate.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: The manga version enjoys doing this, particularly to Akane, but has done it to others as well. The anime version gets a few cases of it in as well.
  • Story-Breaker Power: His Hiryū Shōten Ha technique can pretty much defeat anyone, no matter how powerful they are. Justified in that it uses an opponent's strenght against them.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Female Ranma, color of hair and eyes aside, is almost identical to her mother.
  • Super Strength: Countless examples from Ranma lifting up boulders, smashing through walls, and cracking the ground with his fists. This even carries on to his female form, where early in the series she supported Ryōga on her head while Ryōga pulled two artificial icebergs out of the water to crush Mikado Sanzen'in between them in mid-air, and then threw at least one of them in a swift movement. Female form Ranma was also able to use Ryōga's heavy combat umbrella, which a regular person can't even budge with two hands, with apparent ease, for example being able to effortlessly leap from the ground to a treetop while carrying it. The most reliable gauge may be when female Ranma picked up a boulder that was several times her size and effortlessly swam with it swiftly enough to ram it into the mouth of the Orochi of Ryūgenzawa in order to stop it from eating Akane, despite it having carried her off several seconds/panels before. Word of God states that his female form is weaker.
  • Super Speed: Even from the series' beginning, he demonstrated this ability, tapping an insulting translation of Kunō's name onto Kunō's forehead without anyone noticing. Then, when Kunō and Ranma had their real fight, he managed to kick every single vulnerable point on Kunō's torso while making it look like he merely swept his leg up from the ground to above Kunō's head. A bit later on, he hit Mikado Sanzen'in over 500 times in less than 5 seconds. All of this before he learned any speed-boosting techniques, after which he became even faster and more precise — he was able to hit Ryōga a few hundred times so swiftly that it looked like a single strike, dispose of food so rapidly that viewers couldn't see it in the Chardin arc and, in one anime filler OAV, and learned to run so quickly he could briefly speed across water without falling in. He can basically move at around 2-4 times the speed of sound, but not run that swiftly.
  • Super Toughness: Bordering on Nigh Invulnerable levels sometimes, although Ryōga is emphasized as being considerably tougher than him after learning the Bakusai Tenketsu.
  • Super Weight: Level 3.
  • Supreme Chef: Anime Only. When Ranma suffers a blow to the head and fully embraces her femininty, she can outcook Kasumi, as noted by Genma, Toun, and Happōsai!
  • Sweet Tooth: In the anime, he is shown to adore ice cream, but is so afraid of looking unmanly that he always goes into girl form when he goes to buy some. The fact he can get more for less by playing on his female form's looks is all the more reason for him to shift shapes.
  • The Tease
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Female Ranma gains a few distinctive traits aside from the anime's red hair, most notably the "glint" or shine to her hair (unmistakeable in the manga, more subtle in the anime,) long and noticeable eyelashes, and, also unique to the anime version, blue eyeshadow and freckles on the bridge of her nose.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He has been shown to avoid using lethal force in combat even if they show no such compunctions — such as Mousse regularly using blades and lethal weaponry against him. Most telling of all is the incident with Herb: despite the Chinese prince attempting to murder Ranma several times, in and out of combat, Ranma went as far as saving his life. However, he has his limits: when Akane's life is threatened by Saffron, Ranma uses an enchanted Absurdly Sharp Blade of his own to let loose attacks that would have killed almost anyone else.
  • Through His Stomach: He loves food, the girls around him know that, and so they are frequently trying to use food to get some attention from him. It actually doesn't work quite as often as you might think, even when it's not Akane who's trying it.
  • Transgender Fetishization: Ranma is often made to wear very appealing outfits when he's in his girl form. Even the covers and Side-Story Bonus Art will put his girl form in sexy clothes.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Prefers to fight upfront in tests of martial skill, but if he's at a disadvantage (regardless if his opponent fights without trickery as a raw test of ability) Ranma only follows regulations if explicitly stated before the match, and frequently uses distractions, cheap shots, taunting, ambushes, or strategy to exploit weak spots. Most likely to use Hey, Catch!, Look Behind You, Loophole Abuse, Talk to the Fist and Trash Talk, specifically, though has used other ones on occasion such as the memorable use of Ryōga/P-chan as both Human Shield and flail. An entire story called "The Unmanliest" was devoted to showing that both he and Mousse will stoop to using lots of dirty tricks if motivated. Well he is the effective heir to the "Saotome School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts".
  • Unconscious Objector: Taken to silly levels (like everything else in the series). Ranma cannot be struck in his/her sleep, instinctively dodging and ducking attacks.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Sort of fits for this trope; after becoming a Gender Bender, Ranma is regularly considered one of the best-looking girls in the series when in female form, while before that and when in male form is considered handsome enough to pass as a Spear Counterpart for the titular "hot daughter" of the trope. Genma, meanwhile, isn't exactly good-looking — and turning into a panda doesn't improve his looks in the slightest (a female panda proclaimed he is "fat, old and ugly" even by panda standards).
  • Ventriloquism: Possibly used a few times in the manga, when hiding behind someone else, although when these situations have been rendered in anime format it's not displayed as modulating voice projection, but rather as plot-induced Idiot Ball.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Ryōga eventually evolve into this.
  • Wall Crawl: Scrambling up walls, poles and other sheer surfaces is a frequent habit of his, either to escape or gain a height advantage.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Comparatively speaking. Ranma is actually pretty powerful, but tends to use a combination of skill speed, strategy, and power to win a fight. In battles against opponents that are clearly displayed to have more raw offensive power than himself, such as the Orochi, Happōsai, Saffron, Rouge, or even Herb, Ryōga, and Ryū Kumon, he has either won or obtained his objective because of his quick thinking, trickery, using exploitable weak spots, powerful weaponry, etc., rather than by matching them outright. There was also the episode where Happōsai took away his strength, making him weak as a baby, therefore preventing him from effectively fighting back. Cologne comes to his rescue and teaches him the Hiryū Shōten Ha, which draws strength from the enemy rather than the user to be powerful. He was able to defeat Happōsai, Kunō, Mousse, and the principal with the move despite being strengthless.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Gender switched; with all of the distrust, bickering and outbursts of random physical abuse, there are times it's hard to see exactly why Ranma really is attracted to Akane. Of course, Ranma himself is hardly an innocent angel in the whole matter, but still, the Belligerent Sexual Tension has so much emphasis on the belligerence that it's a little hard to understand where the sexual tension is coming from for some fans.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ranma isn't afraid of anything, except cats.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Frequently puts on a disguise to better manipulate people. However, in canon said "disguises" literally almost always only consist of simply changing her clothes, and otherwise look exactly the same. As this is a comedy series this is explicitly used as a Running Gag in that no matter how ridiculously bad the disguises almost consistently are, Ryōga will be tricked. For example, in the "waterproof soap" story Ryōga recognises Ranma and Shampoo, but when they instantly change into swimsuits he doesn't. When informed who they are he says "so, your ingenious disguises fooled even me. To Ranma's surprise this doesn't work on any of her schoolmates in the Tsubasa story, but the female form in itself can be useful against people who have never seen it before, such as Principal Kunō, even with just a swimsuit, or a dress and P-chan be enough to make tranced Happōsai see a mother and her baby. Even Akane manages to see through the by-far most ambitious disguise Ranma ever donned — a wig, glasses, make-up, and big dress, with the only time she is fooled being because Ryōga has just been fooled into thinking he is his non-existant sister.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With his three suitors, focusing on Akane.
  • With My Hands Tied:
    • Kodachi tries to hinder female Ranma's agility by shackling her to P-chan. It backfires spectacularly since it provides Ranma with a piggy-shaped flail.
    • Near the end of the manga, Ranma's hands and arms are held in place and encased in nigh-indestructible crystal, product of Saffron's metamorphosis. He is still able to fight almost to his full abilities, even wielding the spear-like Gekkaja with his toes and cut a giant Phoenix statue's neck in half that way.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: During the Saffron Arc, Ranma manages to wow Saffron twice. First by mastering the Kinjakan, which was previously believed only Saffron could successfully wield. A second time after Ranma manages to survive Saffron's Entire Empire Instant Annihilation Shot which no mortal should survive, by freezing himself with the Gekkaja.
  • Worthy Opponent: Views most of his rivals as this, the exception being Happosai.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Subverted; he has no problems with fighting girls, and while slightly more likely to go after them as a girl himself (to avoid looking bad), won't hesitate to take them on as a guy if he deems the situation calls for it. Basically, he has stated that he strongly dislikes hitting them, and, if he has enough of an advantage, will usually try to incapacitate them without causing any damage, but if he/she clearly does not, the situation is too dangerous, or (as with Konatsu) it is proven that holding back in this way will simply cause him to lose, he stops being chivalrous/considerate. He also has no qualms about wanting to hit Cologne when she first appeared. He also smacks Kodachi in the head using P-Chan as a weapon.
  • "You're Not My Type":
    Ranma: (to Akane) You don't have to worry about me trying anything, because you're not even my type.
  • Zany Scheme: Perpetrator of many. By extremely random happenstance, these ploys frequently necessitate crossdressing.

     Akane Tendō (天道 あかね) 
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Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (JP), Myriam Sirois (EN), Rossy Aguirre (LA, TV series), Patricia Acevedo (LA, OVAS and Movies)

A sixteen-year-old Ordinary High-School Student (or at least the closest you'll get in this series), Akane Tendō is a generally pleasant, friendly girl who can be helpful and self-sacrificing even to her rivals. However, she's also hot-tempered, very insecure, finds the Arranged Marriage situation very awkward and is notoriously stubborn, which means there are times she's come off as having a Hair-Trigger Temper toward Ranma Saotome. In general, though, they do get on well enough (although Ranma recurrently mocks her most sensitive spots, and Akane sometimes gives as good as she gets), she frequently helps him out or cheers for him, and is just as willing to make heroic sacrifices for him as he is for her. And despite her frequent denials she is extremely possessive and jealous when it comes to Ranma and easily angers when she finds him in the arms of his other fiancés.


  • Action Girl: As one of the heirs of the Anything-Goes Martial Arts School, Akane is in good fighting form and is able to defend herself. After all, she could defeat every single male of her school every morning. However, her constant kidnappings and inability to defeat powerful opponents alone end up degrading her to the status of Faux Action Girl. She's also Overshadowed by Awesome.
  • A-Cup Angst: Doesn't usually make a big deal about it, but she isn't happy with her breast size at all. She is very quick to take offense at slights (real or perceived) from Ranma about her breasts, gets visibly angry in the first volume/episode when she sees Ranma's girl form naked and realizes that, yes, s/he really is bustier than Akane is, and in the "Bust Battle" manga arc, she not only suggests Nodoka bring "Ranko" bra shopping with them because she's ticked that Ranma boasted about his girl form's larger growth spurt over her own, but is shown to have a whole box full of things meant to make her breasts grow.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Very subtle, as it's not really changed at all, just her circumstances. Ranma is much more perverse and cruel to her in the original manga (while still regularly showing compassion and heroism), making her repeated beatdowns of him no different from Sango regularly bashing Miroku over the head with her giant boomerang for being a perverted jerk.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: As much as she hates perverts, she feels highly insulted when Ranma tells her he is not interested in seeing her body.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: Is proud of her martial arts skill and being the heir to the dojo, but that gets blown out of the water with the appearance of Ranma and the others, so she falls into Can't Catch Up status. She's also very stubborn with her pride, refusing to accept help from Ranma even though she has no chance of winning a fight (i.e. Dojo Destroyer). She also falls under this in cooking, refusing to admit that a guy is better at cooking than her.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The female half of the Takahashi Couple template's Trope Codifiers, with Ranma as the male.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not do perverted things around her... or get caught with a naked woman in the bathtub.
    • Pointing out her small chest (at least in comparison to the other gals), tomboyish nature, or implying that she has an ugly/fat/unfeminine build is generally not a good idea, either.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: As per Kunō's decree: no one at Fūrinkan High would be allowed to date Akane Tendō, until they proved themselves worthy of her hand by defeating her first. Which lead to Akane being greeted at the front gate every morning by a throng of boys declaring their love for her and asking her out, while they are attacking her! But they finally stop trying after finding out about her engagement to Ranma, since they figure he is the one guy she can't beat.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Betty to Shampoo's Veronica and Ranma's Archie. Violent tendencies aside, Akane is a fairly decent and nice person compared to the manipulative and seductive Shampoo. Despite their constant bickering, Ranma clearly has an easier time with Akane than he has with Shampoo literally throwing herself at him in a bathtub.
    • She is also the Archie to Ryōga's Betty and Ranma's Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Akane is usually friendly and helpful to strangers, but she can also be very hot-tempered and violent. Especially towards Ranma.
  • Born Lucky: Whenever she enters a raffle or some other competition based solely on luck, she always wins first prize.
  • Boyish Short Hair: She had this when she was younger, but decided to grow her hair out since she thought Dr. Tōfū would like her if she had longer hair. Early in the series she gets most of her hair accidentally sliced off by Ryōga, making her go back to this hairstyle and keeping it ever since.
  • Brick Break: Usually does this to relieve stress.
  • Can't Catch Up: An example of the "does improve, but is still outclassed" version. She gets much more impressive feats of strength, speed, agility and skill in the late part of the series, such as quickly making and accurately throwing a barrage of bamboo projectiles, blocking multiple arrows with a staff, jumping between the heads of the Orochi, and more importantly successfully defending against Kunō in a swordfight wherein he didn't hold back, due to believing her to be an unknown male. Of the other girls, only Ukyō is explicitly displayed to improve, in an anime episode wherein she undergoes intense training and develops a special attack. Of course, none of the girls are ever nearly a match for Ranma and other fighters around that level, and are all arguably offensively weaker even than Tatewaki (the possible exception to the rule being Shampoo).
  • Catch Phrase: Usually heard from offscreen, either after Ranma's done something to piss her off, or anytime she catches him in a compromising position. Which is followed by the sound of Ranma either being clobbered with some blunt heavy object. Or, being sent flying through the roof, or out the nearest window:
    Akane: (angrily) Ran~MAAAAA!!
  • Character Development: Is shown as increasingly friendly, idealistic, understanding, and helpful over the course of the series, and recurrently reins in her temper towards the end. Compare the frantic paranoiac who beats up a few dozen boys every morning, with the Kasumi-ish character who played mother for the youthened Ranma and Ryōga.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She'll often help people in distress within her general vicinity, even her bitter enemies. And if someone asks for her help she'll generally say yes, whether it means stepping up for the Rhythmic Gymnastic team or venturing alone into a "monster"-filled forest. But that doesn't necessarily mean she'll be nice about it. And at least once, it comes back to haunt her, when the strangers she helped out and welcomed into her home turned out to be rivals for the Tendō School's legacy (it doesn't help that most of the people she aids tend to have bad intentions).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Just thinking Ranma is with another girl is enough for her to beat him up.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The battle dōgi in a manga-only arc made her physically stronger than even Ranma. Parodied later in the same story when the cloth by itself (operating alone with nobody wearing it) beat Ranma.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not as much as some other characters, but she routinely pulls weapons out her Hammer Space (in one occasion she even had bow and arrows).
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: As much as she needs to learn to slow down and stop being so rough, learning that recipes aren't suggestions and that simply throwing in whatever she thinks might make it taste good, or cover up the mistakes she already made, would help. A lot.
  • Covert Pervert: For being such a prudish girl who freaks out at the mere sight of a naked man, Akane is also the quickest person of the cast to see the perverted potential in just about any whacky set of hijinks. Especially if it involves Ranma. A first-rate example is when Kunō was about to ask for a wish to a magical rock: while she and Ranma discussed the situation, Akane imagined Kunō asking for female Ranma to love him, and inmediately came up with the Imagine Spot of Kunō taking advantage of this to rape Ranko on the spot. She ends up giving a Big "NO!". There's also her Rescue Romance fantasy from the manga, including Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex and all.
  • Cross-Cast Role: She was forced to play Romeo in a School Play as a child.
  • Cute Bruiser: Until Ranma showed up, she was the second physically strongest person in Fūrinkan, and is still one of its most popular girls.
  • Damsel in Distress: Two plotlines in the 38-volume manga (and two of the movies) involve her Bound and Gagged and in need of rescue.
  • Deuteragonist: Being that she's the other half of the series main pairing, she receives nearly as much screentime as Ranma. Half of which is divided between their rocky relationship and constant denials, or finding herself being held hostage by other would-be suitors, such as Kunō, Prince Kirin, Prince Tōma, etc.
  • Does Not Like Men: Make that: does not like BOYS. As in, the horndogs that leer at her everyday at school, who just want to get into her panties. She has no problem with men, however, so long as they're kind and considerate like Dr. Tōfū (whom she secretly nursed a crush on, at the beginning of the series).
  • Double Standard:
    • In the first chapter/volume, which is a Never Live It Down moment for her. When it's pointed out that she and Ranma saw each other nude because she walked in on him, she insists that all of the blame is Ranma's, as he's a boy and she's a girl and "it's different when a girl looks at a boy". When Ranma, in female form, unintentionally walks in on her again, she slaps him/her. Nabiki points out that it should be okay, as they were both girls, but Akane refuses to comment.
    • Perhaps similarly, she is horrified at the thought of being a worse cook than a boy when she discovers Ranma is actually quite skilled in the kitchen.
    • Upon first meeting, and sparring with, Ranma, she confesses how much she'd hate being beaten by a boy. Might not actually count though, seeing as how, at the time, she was being forced to fight off a mob of boys every school day for fear of being taken as the girlfriend by the one who beat her.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Is the poster child for this trope in the series. Other female characters may be even more nonchalant about it, but Akane is still the one most often seen hitting Ranma and, unlike her rivals for its hand, she's never made out to be a villain or unsuitable as a love interest because of it.
  • Dude Magnet: Akane is insanely popular with the opposite sex. She had several dozen male classmates step up to Tatewaki Kunō's challenge of having to beat her to date her, and those may just have been the ones who continued to face her despite her repeatedly curbstomping them — there may have been even more to begin with, given her track record. Even her temper, ineptitude at cooking, stubborn pride and violent impulses fail to deter them; not only did the aforementioned mob return to challenging Akane after they believed she was no longer engaged to Ranma (in the manga, in the anime they sincerely got over her), Kunō seems to consider Akane all the more attractive after she has finished beating on him, and Ryōga Hibiki seems oblivious to her less pleasant side. That's not getting into the numerous minor male villains that fall for her.
  • Faux Action Girl: Early on it is established that Akane is a trained martial artist, and she is shown defeating numerous boys at her school. However, she is constatly kidnapped by various villains throughout the series and movies. She also routinely is incapable of winning fights against significant enemies without Ranma's intervention. In the first movie, not only does she spend almost the entire film in captivity, but she never tries to escape or aid Ranma when he arrives to save her. This is despite the fact that she is never tied up, locked up, or restrained in any way the whole time.
  • Femininity Failure: Every time she tries to do feminine activities like cooking or sewing, she epically fails.
  • Flanderization: Her nature as a Tsundere got majorly exaggerated as the series went on. Although that may just be her more bad-tempered reactions sitting less easily with her increasingly benevolent/polite portrayal.
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Akane had to use one of these to fight her way to school every day... until Ranma turned out to be her fiancé, after which they backed off. She still has the ability throughout the series, and shows it off on a number of occasions.
  • A Friend in Need: Won't hesitate to stick up for her friends if they ask her for help. Even if she doesn't have the first clue about how to help them.
  • Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies: Gets scared stiff watching horror movies or other fake scary stuff.
  • Glass Cannon: Akane is incredibly strong and can easily dish out enough strength to actually hurt the likes of Ranma, and even Happōsai (although he recovers almost instantaneously). However, she does not seem to be able to take the damage anywhere near as well as she can dish it out, and also seems to lack the Healing Factor many of the other main characters have — there are two major examples of this, but her increase in skill in the later half of the series does raise the possibility that she takes some step towards mitigating this trope. Firstly, she sprains her ankle with a misstep the day before the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics match and is told it will take long enough to heal that she'll have to either drop out of the match or get someone to substitute for her. Secondly, in the Dojo Destroyer arc, she hurts her hand bad enough while punching down a wall that Dr. Tōfū has to bandage it and tell her not to use it for a day or so. When she unthinkingly punches the Dojo Destroyer about an hour or two later, she hurts it so badly she can't use it any more for the rest of the fight.
  • Graceful in Their Element: While Akane doesn't know her own strength on land she is revealed to be a very gifted and graceful skater.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Akane can sometimes come off as this around Ranma, mainly in the earlier parts of the anime and manga.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She repeatedly denies that she's interested in Ranma.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: A gross exaggeration by Fanon, to the point she was once the page image. In truth, she doesn't use a mallet any more than Ranma, or even Sōun, does, not when any blunt object will do: a book, a lamp, a park bench, a stone lantern, the dinner table... ("A Honda Accord" in one of Viz Video's deliberately exaggerated liner notes...)
  • I Am Not Pretty: Despite her popularity among the opposite sex, Akane doesn't find herself attractive. Ranma's insults enforce this view.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: She usually manages to hit Ranma with whatever she throws unless he finds a shield. Whether it's a stone, table, sink, or other thrown object. She once managed to nail Gosunkugi with an apple by throwing it around a corner, and early in the manga she made a perfect shot on an erratic Ranma with a severely-weighted arrow. He snapped it in half, but the shot was true. And then there's her accuracy at throwing hot water kettles over long distances...
  • Innocent Cohabitation: With Ranma.
  • Insulted Awake: Ranma manages to cure Akane of a Shampoo-induced memory loss technique that made her forget him by insulting her so much she gets mad and goes after him. In the anime, his dad even has it repeating on a large stereo and does some freestyle DJing with it.
  • I Owe You My Life: Akane's main motivation for staying with Shinnosuke and his grandfather to help them and care for them, at least until they found a way to heal Shinnosuke permanently... however long that took.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Akane is very hostile and harsh towards Ranma and males who have been harrassing her. She can also be really spiteful, such as giving Kunō another bokuto after Ranma snapped his first one in the Martial Arts Takeout Race. Especially so after taking the Super Soba, then later donning the Battle Dōgi, she became quite arrogant. She is also an overly Nice Girl towards strangers regardless of their morality which could be a good or bad thing.
  • Just a Kid: In the beginning of the series, Akane lamented the fact that Dr. Tōfū is only able to see her this way.
  • Karma Houdini: Akane hardly, if ever, has to pay for her actions and mistakes. When it is proven she is wrong about something, she seldom apologizes or acts as if it never happened.
  • Kid Samurai: Shown to specialise in a wide variety of archaic samurai weaponry, and be just short of Kunō in sword skills. However, strangely, despite being shown as a more skilled armed than unarmed fighter, and that this (and battle auras) in fact is the family fighting specialization of her father, fanon tends to play her as a comparatively untalented karateka. Possibly because she is, surprisingly, seen training and fighting with her bare hands (or improvised weapons) more often than using the actual samurai weapons she's trained to use.
  • Lethal Chef: Has no culinary talent whatsoever, despite (or rather, because of) how hard she tries. Related to her penchant for trying to "improve" recipes. Slightly better in the manga where she leaned to make edible curry. In the anime she learned to prepare tofu during a cooking contest (which isn't saying much because tofu is PRE-MADE anyway). This may be due to her having only the ingredients she needed on hand in that contest, since she generally tries to put in stuff that's out of place, and often pays no attention to what she's adding.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: To a point with Ranma. In fact, they ends up engaged partially because of this.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Invoked. In the beginning, Akane had long hair so she could look more feminine like Kasumi.
  • Love at First Punch: Akane's violent tendencies chase off nobody, and Kunō actually seems to take them as a sign of affection. In the second Non-Serial Movie, Prince Tōma actually seems to fall for Akane because she slaps him in the face and scolds him.
  • Love You and Everybody: To Ryōga.
  • Master of Delusion: Beats this trope into the ground when Ryōga/P-chan is concerned. Despite the overwhelming evidence that's come her way — including Ryōga transforming and "disappearing" right beside her — she's never put it together that they are the same person. At one point she noticed an identical mark drawn on both Ryōga and her pet, and concluded that "the same person must have drawn on both of them!" Ranma's ability to get into Not What It Looks Like combined with the above causes Akane to always immediately jump to the worst possible conclusion regardless of circumstance. At one point Ranma shows her a pressure point chart of what he is trying to do to Hinako. Her conclusion? He is a pervert trying to feel Hinako up.
  • Mistaken for Gay: At times, Akane worries that people will think she and Ranma are lesbians when they have romantic moments while he's in his girl form. Mariko thought so, and Shampoo outright accuses her of being a lesbian.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Most notably, she somehow telepathically hears Ryōga when he almost dies fighting Lime, and is certain she heard Ranma's anguished profession of love for her, even though he insists he didn't say it aloud.
  • Never My Fault: She doesn't always take responsibility for what goes wrong, and will recurrently assume that it is Ranma's fault. Such as when breaking the balcony which endangered Nabiki, she is upset that Ranma saved Nabiki instead of herself, which caused a sprained ankle. However, she also increasingly does apologise, as the series goes on. She also off-on thinks that the people who dislike her cooking are just being rude.
  • Oblivious to Love: In regards to Ryōga's infatuation. Sensing a trend, here? Some think her very first-hand display of how Ryōga can lose control of his strength when he gets overjoyed by being given affection from a girl may have intimidated her into pretending to not notice Ryōga's feelings for her, on the basis that, whether or not she believes Ryōga is into her specifically, she has legitimate reasons to think that Ryōga is too dangerous to be a possible love interest of hers. This theory stems from her remark at the end of the "Waterproof Soap" story, where she said whoever ends up as Ryōga's girlfriend would have to be made of sterner stuff than her.
  • Ordinary Highschool Student: Or at least the closest you'll get in this series.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She is the remaining top martial artist in the district and is able to quickly defeat a mob of about thirty fighters from her school each morning in the beginning of the series, but later she gets abducted various times in both canons, occasionally overpowered or otherwise kicked around by rivals and challengers from out of town.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Ranma.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: At the drop of a dime, at the least provocation, regardless whether the perceived "perversion" is real, or imagined. If she thinks Ranma's guilty, he either gets a splash of cold water, or he gets sent flying. Sometimes both.
  • Precocious Crush: On Dr. Tōfū since she was a child, but she manages to get over it.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Akane doesn't take it well when Ranma steals her first kiss while under the influence of Cat Fu. In the anime, he just kissed her cheek, too.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Mainly in two areas: that Ranma usually ends up in incriminating situations without helping it; and that she shouldn't trust the claims of Shampoo, Kodachi, or Ukyō when Ranma is involved.
  • Self-Serving Memory: She "chooses" to remember Ranma giving a fairly cogent explanation of one of his harebrained schemes as "blah-blah-blah you have small breasts blah-blah-blah" in order to justify her thumping him. The explanation involved pressure points on an adult teacher's breasts.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Typically wears very plain outfits or her gi, but it doesn't take a lot of effort for her to show how cute she can be, especially in the anime and OV As which put her in very fancy outfits.
  • Shipper on Deck: Seems quite happy for Ryōga when it appears he and Ukyō have a relationship going on, and tells Ryōga to his face that she's glad to hear he's found someone after hearing about the situation with Akari. In the anime, she makes it quite blatant that she believes Kasumi and Doctor Tōfū belong together.
  • Shorttank: Fairly average in terms of height and a little on the slow side in the chest development department. That her first "official" rival and even her fiancé are bustier then she is just makes her look worse off.
  • Spider-Sense: Frequently senses surprise attacks, particularly from Kodachi, and often notices something amiss when something important happens elsewhere.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Under normal circumstances, she can't lay a finger on Ranma, or anyone of equivalent skill (i.e. Ryoga, etc.). But if she's pissed over a perceived slight, or an act of perversion, it no longer matters how much faster or stronger they are than she is. Akane will toss the offending party out the nearest window, or Megaton Punch them through the roof.
  • Super Drowning Skills: A reoccurring plot point is that Akane cannot swim at all. Luckily Ranma knows a variation of CPR. Precisely why she can't swim, even she doesn't know, and it really bothers her — the manga even gives her an Idiot Ball by having her reveal in one story that she figures she just hasn't figured out how to breathe the water yet. And be startled as hell to find out that this is not what you're supposed to do in order to swim. But even then, when she realizes she has to hold her breath, she lacks any sort of natural buoyancy and sinks to the bottom of the pool, justifying the manga calling her a "hammer girl" (for her inability to float, not... yeah.) The sad thing is that she STILL can't swim while wearing a LIFE PRESERVER, which causes the Principal to give up on teaching her entirely.
  • Super Strength: Not the strongest in the series, but still thousands of times stronger than a normal human. As mentioned above, capable of feats ranging from completely shattering a stone pallisade in one blow, to lifting enormous weights (casually lifting stone lanterns above her head is a favorite of hers,) to causing solid concrete telephone poles to wobble/suffer a fist-sized/deep dent. When angered, appears to get much stronger, and has knocked out or hospitalised Ranma, punted Ranma and Happōsai several kilometres, or casually kicked a massive iron ball taller than she is like a normal person would a football.
  • Super Weight: Level 2.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: She disguises herself as a boy in order to battle the Yamata no Orochi without being eaten as the beast loves the taste of women.
  • Terrible Artist: When Akane and a vengeful doll switch bodies, Akane, now in the doll's body, tries to draw a pictures of herself to convince P-Chan of this. The resulting picture is less than convincing.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Child (the youngest, naive, sentimental and immature Tendō sister).
  • Tomboy: She enjoys martial arts, has quite a temper and lacks of traditionally feminine talents.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's extremely tomboyish, but she does turn out to like cute things and prefers to wear skirts and girly outfits. Ranma's taunting tends to bring up her insecurities in this area, however.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Had sometimes tried to jump into the water to swim away, just before realizing she can't swim. Getting involved in things that really shouldn't concern her. Biggest one of all when she lost to Natsumi and Kurumi, she went out and challenged BOTH Shampoo and Ukyō at the same time. They call her out on this idiotic move, but she tells them to shut up and fight her. They oblige, and proceed to curb-stomp her ass.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Her first big character-changing moment is accidentally getting her lovingly-grown long hair sheared off by Ryōga's belt-sword, which he tried to attack Ranma with to resume their duel but the latter kicked away because she was more concerned about Akane. While Akane actually prefers to wear her hair short, she had grown it as long as Kasumi's in an effort to get Dr. Tōfū to like her; getting it cut off meant having to let go of her childhood crush and mature into a young woman.
  • Tsundere: Going by the definition, she becomes a Type A post-Character Development. However, in-universe she's treated as a Type B, given Kasumi's description of her in the first volume/episode ("she's really a sweet girl, she's just a violent maniac" in the manga and "she's really a very sweet girl, she's just a little... high spirited" in the anime). And of course which type exactly is heavily debated among fans.
  • Unconscious Objector: Taken to silly levels (like everything else in the series). Akane tosses and turns in her sleep, pummeling anyone stupid enough to crawl into her bed about as efficiently as she does when awake.
  • The Unfair Sex: Among other things, she gets mad at Ranma because Kodachi, Shampoo and Ukyō chase him, even when she knows he's not encouraging them, but has actively gone on dates or otherwise acted in a very familiar fashion around Ryōga, at least twice with the explicit purpose of making Ranma jealous as retribution for thinking that he is on a date with either Shampoo or Ukyō (she has apologised to Ryōga for dragging him into it though). The whole Shinnosuke arc then proved how unwilling she is to explain herself even when Ranma himself is being submissive and apologetic.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Sometimes towards Ranma, due to her overall paranoia. Other times she is truly worried and self-sacrificing towards him however.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: For Ranma. It's referenced multiple times throughout the series... Such as one of the opening themes about Ranma and Akane being titled "Don't Make Me Wild Like You" and Ranma's name essentially meaning "wild horse."
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Zigzagged. If Ranma is losing in a fight, she'll either help him kick your ass or she'll do it herself... or at least, she'll try to do it herself. It's not easy to defend your fiancé when everyone else is better than you.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Make no mistake, Akane is certainly no angel herself, to the point she'd be a female-on-male Domestic Abuser in a more serious show. But, at the same time, Ranma is a pretty damn poor excuse for a potential boyfriend, being socially awkward, manipulative, a liar, wishy-washy, and averse to showing any affection, and that's without taking into account the problems that comes from having Genma Saotome as a father-in-law, or the multiple engagements he's gotten.
    • Also, Ranma himself wonders about this when he sees Akane's horde of would-be suitors in the early series, especially after seeing her brutally taking them down for trying their stupid "best her to date her" idea. He later lampshades it when Kunō first confronts him for being too informal towards her:
    Ranma: (at Kunō) Look, man, if you want a girl who's more likely to kill you than kiss you, then you can HAVE HER!
  • When She Smiles: Ranma freely admits that she's cute when she smiles.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Ranma.

    Genma Saotome (早乙女 玄馬) 
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Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (JP), Robert O. Smith (EN), Alejandro Illescas (LA, TV series), Roberto Mendiola (LA, OVAS and Movies)

Ranma Saotome's father and sole parental figure for most of his life, Genma is a genuinely talented martial artist, but also a man of many faults, including laziness, greed, and self-centeredness. He does genuinely love his son and want what's best for him, but he is capable of being extremely childish and often doesn't realize that "best for Ranma" and "makes Genma happy" are not necessarily the same thing.


  • Abusive Dad: Frequently considered the worst parent in the series. He hauled Ranma all over the country all of his childhood (causing Ranma to forget he even had a mother), subjected him to harsh martial arts training, is known to have stolen food from Ranma on several occasions, seems incapable of speaking to Ranma without insulting him, forced Ranma to undergo the Nekoken training, made at least two Arranged Marriages without telling Ranma until the last moment, and gave Ranma his Gender Bender curse because of his own stupidity.
  • Battle Aura: Check Make My Monster Grow below.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Usually too lazy, cowardly or bungling to appear actually skilled, but did train Ranma to his present state; and the combination of Yamasenken, Umisenken, and especially his Kaiju-sized battle aura, would rationally be more than almost anybody in the series could handle.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Pretty much always a spoof of the trope, such as "Crouch of the Wild Tiger" being the stance you take when you're groveling for mercy. And "Carp On A Cutting Board" for a stance of total submission. And "Howl of the Demon Dog" for running away and yelling insults as you retreat. And... let's just say Genma likes this a lot. He plays it more seriously with the Yamasenken, where shouting to disorientate your enemy is a big part of it, and subverts it with the Umisenken, which emphasises absolute stealth.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He is Ranma's teacher, after all...
  • Compassionate Critic: A variant in that his jeers and insults of Ranma are intended to encourage him to improve, if only to prove Genma wrong or make him shut up. He probably passed this trait on to Ranma.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Yamasenken and Umisenken. The first is far too violent for general usage, with attacks explicitly designed to be lethal and including the likes of a fan-hand thrust to the solar plexus and a spine-snapping bearhug. The Umisenken isn't quite so violent, but was designed primarily to counter the Yamasenken. Both of them are also very embarrassing, as they were modelled after different methods of burglary and, strictly speaking, intended to be used to help steal stuff.
  • Domestic Abuser: In the manga, he's also shown as willing to beat up on Nodoka, doing things like knocking her out cold to steal something worth 20 yen from her and Flipping the Table at her while shouting "Wrath of the Angry Father". Once, after knocking her out and stuffing her in a sack to prevent her from seeing the Ranma vs. Ryū duel, an appalled Sōun went so far as asking "What kind of monster are you?"
  • Five-Finger Discount: Genma is a thief and has stolen things (most noticeably Ukyō's family cart). He is even shown to be able to open safes and invented two martial arts style based on differing philosophies of theft. The Yamasenken is based on the brash mugger who smashes through the front door, tears the place apart, and pummels the owner into submission, while the Umisenken is based on the quiet thief who sneaks in, rapidly and stealthily takes everything that isn't nailed down, then vanishes before being seen. The item in question being nailed down doesn't seem to stop the Umisenken, as Ranma (while training in the style) stole the foundation of the Tendō home. In other words, Genma could probably steal anything that exists, if he felt like it.
  • The Glomp: The horrible secret behind the ultimate technique "Cradle of Hell". "Come, Ranma, let Daddy hug you lovingly!"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sōun in the anime, though it's a rather rocky relationship.
  • Hidden Depths: This apparently lazy incompetent, who seems to have little idea how to teach martial arts outside of "throw student into fire, see if they can figure a way to survive", actually managed to create the Umisenken, which completely hides your presence even from experienced martial artists, and the Yamasenken, which not only lets you throw a Razor Wind attack that can cut effortlessly through a nine meter tall Buddha statue but also lets you Beam Spam it. But it turns out they weren't really meant for battle, rather, he created those techniques for the sole purpose of breaking and entering to rob people's homes.
  • Hypocrite: Genma always harps on, mostly to Ranma, about honor and honoring promises. However, he himself throws it out the window in order to win a fight, get the last of the food, and "conveniently" forgets other honor promises he's made to others, promising Ranma's hand in marriage to other families' daughters. He also calls Ranma weak when she fails to perform the Amaguriken due to her condition of the Full-Body-Cat-Tongue point on her. Genma then decides to "show Ranma how it's done", and he winds up setting his sleeves on fire.
  • Impossible Thief: See Five-Finger Discount for what he can steal.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was quite nice-looking when younger and still with hair, according to Word of God.
    • He lost his looks shortly after he left his wife, judging by the flashback. Karmic Retribution?
  • Jerkass: A milder case than usual, but he's still a mostly self-centered loudmouth who refuses to accept any responsibility for his wrongdoings and frequently tries to make pitiful excuses for them.
  • Lovable Coward: Most of the time.
  • Magic Pants: Of all the Jusenkyō victims with animal transformations, he's the one most likely to revert with his clothes (and glasses) back on.
  • Make My Monster Grow: His Battle Aura towers over buildings. In the anime it appears to be an actual size change rather than a energy construction.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Genma would do anything to avoid taking responsibility for his actions, and would always try to foist it off on Ranma, saying it is "the honorable thing to do".
  • My Greatest Failure: Openly considers the Yamasenken and Umisenken to be this, since he knows how the former "destroyed an entire school" once (or because he considers it shameful that he developed both techniques as tools for theft). Because of this, he's absolutely, resolutely unwilling to teach Ranma anything about them even when his son's current rival nearly kills him with the Yamasenken. He'll only go as far as using the Umisenken on Ranma once, and it's up to the pigtailed martial artist to pick it up from experience.
  • Never My Fault: Of an especially amusing variety that avoids responsibility by accusing other people of avoiding responsibility every single time he's criticized about his misbehavior. For example, he repeatedly makes promises to others on Ranma's behalf and gets Ranma into a great deal of trouble, and when Ranma calls him on it, how does he respond? Why, that Ranma should fight "his own" battles (that Genma caused), of course.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Played straight in the anime.
  • Shipper on Deck: With Sōun. Who do you think engaged Ranma and Akane in the first place? He also ships Ryōga and Akane when he plans on making him his successor.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: While not his sole method of training, a lot of his flashbacks seem to revolve around "Get Ranma in trouble and wait for him to save himself".
  • Stout Strength: His reputation as being fat is actually greatly exaggerated, he's more stocky than anything, but his panda-form is rather bloated looking (particularly in the manga) and, in either form, he is quite strong.
  • Talking with Signs: Initially he can't communicate at all while in Panda form, but he learns to use signs around Ryōga's appearance.
  • Tough Love: Not too tough, mainly unreasonale, but a lot of his crazy training methods really did help Ranma improve as a martial artist. Sometimes, however, this trope is used as an excuse for Jerkass behavior.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Downplayed, because Takahashi says he was better looking his youth, his ugliness is exaggerated by fans, and Nodoka is in many ways just as eccentric.
  • Willfully Weak: If he would actually take his fights seriously instead of running away and expecting others to do it for him, he'd get a lot more respect. Also created two extremely dangerous martial arts styles, and purposefully sealed them away — no-one knows why, but the two most common Fan Wanks are "he was too embarrassed by the fact they were based off of burglary" and "He considered them far too lethal to use/teach". Made explicit when he proclaims that he's unable to defeat Ranma anymore, and has to come up with a nasty new technique to overcome him again... but several volumes later he reveals he can still knock out Ranma before the latter can blink thanks to the Umisenken, which means that Ranma had only surpassed him because Genma chose to let him.

    Sōun Tendō (天道 早雲) 
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Voiced by: Ryusuke Ohbayashi (JP), David Kaye (EN), Bardo Miranda (LA, TV series), Jesse Conde (LA, 2 episodes), Enrique Mederos (LA, OVAS and Movies)

Akane's father is a widower who lost his wife about a decade ago to some unknown fate. Though he tries to present himself as the stoic, dignified, traditional sort of person, he is really very emotional and frequently prone to fits of dramatics. It's unknown whether the Tendō Dojo is a business dojo or a family dojo. Sōun's own job is left unclear in the original manga (the best evidence he even has one is that he once tries to use "going on a business trip" as an excuse when he thought Kasumi was angry, and it's possible that was just a gag and he's actually unemployed), but the anime shows him to be a member of the town council. Even though his source of income isn't very clear, he nevertheless manages to support himself, his three daughters, his three houseguests and the frequent repairs with only occasional bouts of tight finances.


  • Battle Aura: See Demon Head below? That is his Battle Aura and it CAN HURT you.
  • Bumbling Dad: Truly loves his girls, but is frequently over his head in dealing with them, usually more likely to cause them problems then help them.
  • Buttmonkey: Is the character most seen gushing tears comedically.
  • Combat Pragmatist: You only fight him unarmed only if you catch him by surprise. If you don't, he'll be decked out in full samurai armour and carry multiple weapons.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: "What, you've never seen a French maid before?"
  • Demon Head: Probably his most fearsome technique... if not his only technique.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Genma in the anime, although this can get as rocky a relationship as for Ranma and Akane. In the manga they are not seen doing much together, and Sōun here recurrently finds Genma morally detestable.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Sōun's name is not Romanized in a way that easily shows how it should be pronounced. The hirigana spelling is そううん, which is pronounced in English as "soh-oon". "Sō'un", "Sou'un", or "So'un" would be more accurate.
  • Land Poor: So how does a martial arts sensei with no job (and no students) afford that Big Fancy House on a nice-sized plot of land in Nerima, a very urbanized part of Tokyo?
    • He is shown to make money from renting out the dojo for social clubs, and regularly taking specialist missions catching criminals. Kasumi is shown to help him with the first, and Akane and Ranma with the second. He may or may not take martial arts students in the manga, though the anime is explicit that he has no regular students currently, but is quite willing to accept them.
    • Japanese property ownership laws are incredibly complex and make little sense to Western sensibilities; inheritance laws are even worse. In either case, if you own land in Japan, it's virtually impossible to lose your property, even to foreclosure — foreclosure DOES happen, but mainly to businesses and not residences, and there's no indication that the Tendō Dojo is mortgaged in any case. As to how Sōun could afford the property in the first place? Chances are he didn't. Most likely, it's an inherited estate — especially given its obvious antiquity; it's probably been in the Tendō family since at least the Meiji period.
    • A better question would be how can he afford the constant repairs to the place?
  • Meaningful Name: "Heavenly Path's Swift Cloud"
  • The Mourning After: He is deeply devoted to his dead wife.
  • Ocular Gushers: So often, that it's practically his trademark — whether it's due to being overcome with pride, concern for any of his daughters, or a fit of hysteria.
  • Overprotective Dad: Towards Kaumi. It doesn't matter that she's his eldest daughter. As far as he's concerned, she's daddy's little girl and she WILL BE protected at all times. Anyone who even thinks of courting her, or harming her, will have to go through him first.
  • Papa Wolf: While he generally lets Akane and Nabiki solve their own problems, he goes berserk on the off-chance Kasumi could be harmed.
  • Parental Abandonment: Subverted. He does care for his three girls more than Genma cares for Ranma, but despite his good intentions he still isn't the best father due to Values Dissonance.
  • Stacy's Dad: Hinako is attracted to him.
  • Shipper on Deck: With Genma, though their schemes typically backfire.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Sōun appears calm on the surface, but he's overemotional and usually overreacts to even the slightest mishaps; especially where his daughters are concerned. By contrast, Akane (his youngest) is tough enough to handle most of her own problems, Nabiki routinely sends people to the poorhouse, and Kasumi's got Karmic Protection. So really, he's got nothing to worry about. But don't think that's gonna stop him from having a fit anyway.

     Nabiki Tendō (天道 なびき) 
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Voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP), Angela Costain (EN), Martha Ceceña (LA, episodes 1 - 102), Ana Maria Grey (LA, episodes 103 - 161), Isabel Martiñon (LA, Movies and OVAS 5-6), Monica Estrada (LA, OVA 7)

The second of the three Tendō daughters, this seventeen year old is a happy, popular girl, and quite at peace with herself, as well as extremely avaricious, manipulative, and completely amoral. Essentially, she owns a PhD in The Art of Being a Bitch. There are no apparent limits to how low she will stoop, nor to whom she will backstab when it comes to making money. Nabiki is a completely untalented fighter, but is able to quickly set up traps when necessary. Thus, she mostly stays out of the line of fire and watches the chaos like it's her own personal floorshow, but occasionally she deliberately sets up life-threatening situations — for her own amusement, or for the opportunity to make a profit.


  • The Barnum: See above. If she never heard "There's a sucker born every minute", she would have invented the saying herself.
  • Big Eater: Frequently snacking, and enjoys eating large meals at the expense of others.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Happy-tempered, humorous and apparently harmless, but is thoroughly selfish, greedy, and absolutely ruthless.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Allegedly Rumiko Takahashi likes the character and considers Nabiki's in-control sociopathic behaviour the reason that she is funny.
  • Damsel in Distress: Having no fighting skills of her own, Nabiki coasts solely on manipulation, embezzlement and blackmail to get by. The one time she is directly challenged to a physical fight, she stands completely defenseless before Shampoo and Kodachi, with Ranma as the only one able to defend her. However, she isn't fazed in the slightest, knowing full well that Ranma will protect her whether he likes it or not.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A much more Jerkass version as this is her main role.
  • Enjo Kosai: Variation: Nabiki will often accept date offers and invitations from classmates who don't know any better, fleece them for all they're worth during the date, and then blackmail them with their own love letters to her. As it is, she's feared by all who have dated her, and she comes out much, much richer from the experience.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Completely at peace with herself about her attitude and behavior, generally pleasant and easy to get along with (so long as you aren't the one she's scamming), there is usually a certain flair and mean sense of humour to her villainy, as she genuinely enjoys being a bitch and "outsmarting" any patsy, and can actually be amusing to watch in action (again, so long as you aren't the victim). In addition, one of her defining traits is condescending and insulting sarcasm towards Ranma, Genma, or her own dad.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Gold Digger: Pity anyone who develops a crush on her, 'cuz she'll fleece and blackmail their asses for every yen, until they've run dry. It doesn't matter even if they don't have a crush on her. If they've got money and she decides she wants it, she'll cozy up to them long enough to get what she's after... then she's gone.
  • Greed: Mainly defines who she is; making money or enjoying luxuries is all that she ever really thinks about.
  • The Hedonist: Think a neverending "My Super Sweet 16" as performed by a cunning and shrewd huckster.
  • High School Hustler: A rare female example, but mostly Fanon; she's more The Barnum in Canon.
  • Honest John's Dealership: She is quick to sell unreliable items, services, and information whenever she gets a chance, including swindling kindergarten children, and runs a small franchise of selling softcore prints and other images of female Ranma. In the anime she has set up betting rings if a suitable opportunity arises on Fūrinkan's grounds.
  • It Amused Me: Often toys with people and outsmarts them out of sheer amusement.
  • Jerkass: She's a bitch, she knows it, she likes it, she's proud of it.
  • Karma Houdini: Arguably the biggest in the series. No matter how ridiculously far she goes, she will always get away with it, and be loved for it by many fans, regardless of whether they consider her a misunderstood altruist or a hilariously overblown satire of genuine, real-world style selfishness, and materialism.
  • Knowledge Broker
  • Manipulative Bitch: She is a believable actress, an unflappable liar, and more than willing to take advantage of the feelings of her family and her besotted suitors. So long as it involves money.
  • Master Actor: But of course! Ranma and Akane were utterly convinced that she was in love with Ranma.
  • Money Fetish: Loves money above all else. In one instance, it almost backfires, when Shampoo and Kodachi decide to kill her instead of paying her, but Ranma ends up saving her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nabiki, for all her vices, is genuinely concerned when it's clear her antics with pretending to be in love with Ranma have hurt Akane and damaged her relationship with him.
  • Narcissist: A common interpretation at the very least, but debatable.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes pretends to not know what's going on, or to know less then she really does, in order to either make money or avoid getting blamed.
  • Only Sane Woman: Relatively speaking...
  • Oral Fixation: Frequently seen working on pocky, popsicles, etc.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • A literal example: in one of the OAV openings, she is seen stopping to pet a puppy.
    • In Nodoka's debut, Nabiki tells Ranma to talk to her, saying she won't try to extort him. It's partly because she can never do the same with her own mother.
  • Plot Armor
  • Proud Beauty: Nabiki is regarded as attractive by her classmates and has her fair share of would-be suitors. She's perfectly aware of this and tends to use her sex appeal to fleece them for all they're worth before dumping them.
  • Ship Tease: Often with Kunō in the anime. Kunō constantly pops up beside her in the second set of dubbed OAV openings (the one called "Where Do We Go From Here (You and Me)"), he comes to Nabiki's rescue in the second Non-Serial Movie (admittedly by chance, as he was looking for Akane, and he stays due to wounded pride against Wonton), and the man she's with in one of the DOCO music videos seems to be Kunō.
  • Shipper on Deck: Plays matchmaker when she realizes she went too far in manipulating Ranma and Akane to make a quick buck and gets them to reconcile.
  • The Sociopath: One of very few characters who is played as an extreme textbook case.
  • Super Weight: Level 1.
  • Sweet Tooth: Nabiki is frequently seen eating ice cream or similarly sweet things. In an anime filler episode involving Dr. Tōfū's mother coming to town, she is quick to order (on Tōfū's money) a dish of pudding à la mode, a chocolate parfait, a serve of cheesecake, a strawberry tart and a slice of pumpkin pie... not only is it implied she intends to eat them all in one sitting, but also that wasn't all she planned on ordering.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Seductress (the amoral, sociopathic, hedonistic and manipulative Tendō sister).
  • Ungrateful Bitch: No matter what you might do for her, whether it's Ranma saving her life after his fiancées attempt to kill her for being engaged to him, rather than outbid each other when she attempts to auction him off, or Akane constantly believing the best of her, she'll never cut you any slack for it.
  • Ventriloquism: Along with her rival Kinnosuke, she is the only character who has definitely done this, as they both spoke through the same wooden puppet. It's unknown if she managed to mimic the voice as well, since the episode was not rendered in anime format.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She tends to hang around Kunō, mostly she can snark at his expense.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?

    Kasumi Tendō (天道 かすみ) 
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Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Willow Johnson (EN), Mayra Arellano (LA, TV series), Mónica Villaseñor (LA, Movies and OVAS 5-6), Lisette Pimentel (LA, OVA 7)

The eldest Tendō girl, Kasumi gave up any ambitions she might have had to become a homemaker after her mother died. This gentle, quiet girl does her best to ignore the chaos that now surrounds her and focuses on keeping the house clean and its residents fed. She is the object of Dr. Tōfū's desires, but it's never clear in the actual manga/anime if she reciprocates or even if she's aware of his feelings, with the memorial book finally clearing things up and saying that Dr. Tōfū's love is one-sided.


  • Actual Pacifist: She has been described as being like the Buddha, never getting angry, yelling, and is kind to everyone.
  • Born Lucky: Kind of. Never getting involved in or hurt by any of the devious schemes that surrounds the house certainly counts as being lucky.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Probably the best description of her character is "so far above it all, her head is in the clouds".
  • Daddy's Girl: Big time. Sōun will not let anyone or anything touch her. Period. Kasumi thinks he overdoes it a bit, but she appreciates the thought.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The second chapter of the manga is the only time Kasumi angrily yells at someone. Even then, though, it was out of concern for Ranma, whom Genma had endangered by taking him to the Cursed Springs.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: The most feminine and demure of the three sisters and the best cook of them all.
  • Flanderization: Latter episodes/chapters turned her into The Pollyanna who responded to everything with "Oh My!"
  • Friend to All Living Things: First displayed when she summons an army of cats to help Ranma get over the trauma induced by his Cat-Fu training just by saying "Here, kitty kitty."
  • I Feel Angry: To further highlight just how sweet and unfamiliar she is with negative emotions. Not so in the manga.
  • Karmic Protection: Out of all the household's residents, she's the most pleasant, polite, and affable. She's also the least exposed to having unpleasant things happen to her and, even in times of big trouble, she remains mostly spared from the violence and zaniness that surrounds her.
  • Likes Older Men: Kasumi expressed her disinterest in younger men when her father first told her and her sisters that one of them would be engaged to Ranma, to solidify their family with the Saotomes.
    Kasumi: Younger men are so... young.
  • Meaningful Name: "Misty Heavenly Path"
  • Motherly Side Plait: She often wears her hair this way, along with an apron. While she may only be the eldest daughter of the family, she handles the domestic duties of the Tendō household. It becomes even more the case when it's revealed she's filling in for their deceased mother.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: In the "Battle for Ms. Beachiside" episode, she has no idea why guys keep asking her her out. And is surprised to hear she won the pageant, even though she wasn't a contestant. She was the announcer.
  • Oblivious to Love: She seems totally unaware of Dr. Tōfū's feelings for her. This is a very bad thing since she doesn't notice how he turns him into a bumbling idiot whenever she gets near to him.
  • Onee-sama: To Akane, who adores her. She's the graceful and serene type.
  • Promotion to Parent: For all intents and purposes, after her mom died.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A number of fans believe she is either so sweet-natured she is genuinely unaware of the nastier aspects of... well, everyone, that she is purposefully ignoring a large amount of the unpleasantness in order to keep her own grip on things, or she's just smart enough to know when not to get too involved in the daily chaos of her home for her own sake.
  • Team Chef: Of Supreme Chef quality.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Wife (the oldest, motherly House Wife figure, and kind and purehearted Tendō sister).
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Mostly a parody of the "unflapably kind japanese homemaker". There are plenty of times when she either comes off as so sweet she's oblivious to reality, or times when she makes things worse by making some thoughtless but well-meant comment (for example, suggesting that Ranma might try something if he and Akane are alone together and giving her a mallet for protection). There are also times when she does make some very keen observations, though she's usually too ineffective to put them to any good use. For example, she had no doubts at all about the fact that Nabiki was just messing with Ranma's head during her brief stint as his fiancée, and warned Nabiki that playing with Ranma's heart could get her hurt.

    Ryōga Hibiki (響 良牙)/P-Chan (Pちゃん) 
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Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (JP), Michael Donovan (EN), Gerardo del Valle (LA, TV series and OVAS 7-8), Benjamin Rivera (LA, some episodes, Movies and OVAS 5-6), Humberto Ramirez (LA, some episodes)

Ranma Saotome's most persistent rival, a boy with a notoriously bad sense of direction whom he met in junior high school. During that time, they had an ongoing rivalry about who would get bread at lunch; Ryōga never won, and eventually got sick of this and challenged Ranma to a duel in the vacant lot behind Ryōga's house. Unfortunately, it took four days for Ryōga, and Ranma had left after the third day of waiting. For this, Ryōga started to chase Ranma and ended up in China — which is why he blames his fatal plunge into the "Spring of Drowned Piglet" on Ranma's "cowardice". Ironically, Ranma actually was responsible, as it was he and Genma in their cursed forms who had caused Ryōga to fall in. Eventually, Ryōga tracked Ranma down to Nerima, where things got even more complicated when Ryōga fell in love with Akane, who was oblivious to this. Eventually, the two mellowed it out, though they still fought — as much for their mutual respect of each other's skills as because of their irritation, given Ranma's love of manipulating and poking fun at Ryōga. Ryōga's curse allows him to masquerade as "P-Chan", the adopted pet of Akane Tendō. Ryōga has a noble heart and usually means well, but he is also driven almost entirely by his whims and emotions; he can just as easily beat Ranma up as he can save his life.


  • Adorkable: He's just so awkward and insecure around other people that his pitifulness becomes endearing. Also, contrasting Ranma, whilst Ranma is very brash and arrogant — especially by Japanese values — Ryōga is far politer and more reserved.
  • Angst Nuke: His signature technique, the "Shi-Shi Hōkōdan", gets more powerful the more depressed he is. He can either fire this as a horizontal blast, or launch it into the sky for a super-charged mortar effect, as it crashes back down to earth with increased force.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Done twice with Ukyō. 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.
  • Badass: One of the few characters in the series that can compete with Ranma on equal footing.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Always seen wearing his leopard bandana, which he can use as a weapon.
  • Baleful Polymorph: He is comparatively helpless as P-Chan (outside of one chapter). He meets Cologne when she chucks him into a pot of boiling water and Shampoo tries to serve him (still alive, thankfully) on a plate to Ranma. In the anime it is also established from the onset that predators and hunters regularly try to eat him.
  • Bash Brothers: With Ranma, after he finally accepts him as a friend.
  • Berserk Button: Do not hurt defenceless women while Ryōga is nearby, or you should probably start making funeral arrangements. This trait is so strong that Ryōga has repeatedly assaulted Ranma for hurting Akane's feelings... despite the fact that he wants Ranma and Akane to break up so he can have Akane, and he's openly admitted that it's good for him if the two are fighting.
  • Beta Couple: With Akari, notable in that it's the only other pairing outside of Ranma×Akane to get labeled mutually affectionate on Takahashi's relationship chart.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Ranma's Veronica.
  • Blessed with Suck: As troublesome as his P-Chan form has proven to be, he finds it a great way to get closer to girls and relishes such moments. Of course, that particular situation happens relatively rarely, and otherwise it's a big fat "abuse me!" sign.
  • Born Unlucky: Life in general sucks for Ryōga. To wit:
    • He's cursed with an abysmal sense of direction, which makes something as simple as finding his way around his own home (if he can even find it to begin with) an exercise in frustration for him. Which is also why he hasn't seen either of his parents in years, since it seems to run in the family.
    • He was knocked into the "Spring of Drowned Piglet", which leaves him utterly defenseless when splashed with cold water. Making him easy pickings for wild animals, or wandering chefs who happen to see him. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime version; whereas the manga is pretty obvious that Ranma kicked Ryōga into the pond, in the anime, Ranma just knocked him over. Ryōga wound up in the spring because the cliff face broke under his hand after he fell over, causing him to lose his balance and topple in.
    • Then he fell for Akane, only to find out she was engaged to Ranma, and winds up becoming her pet pig instead. A fact which Ranma frequently mocks him about, which adds to Ryōga's already bruised ego and his fragile emotional state.
    • Ryōga is also extremely gullible and trusting, making him easy to take advantage of — with Ranma being the main offender, by repeatedly using his girl-form disguises to either spy on him, or toy with his emotions. However, Mousse and the others have also taken advantage of him, to their own ends.
  • Breakout Character: Ryōga's complexity, along with being one of the first characters who could actually provide Ranma with a challenge, pole-vaulted him to fan-favorite status, after his introductory arc. He ends up becoming the third most important character after Ranma and Akane, and continues to be one of the series' most popular characters, years after its run.
  • Bromantic Foil: To Ranma.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Akari's Gentle Girl.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: A very good example. Despite being one of the physically strongest characters who tends to think with his fists, he has a very chivalrous side, especially to girls and the weak. This is clearly shown during the moxibustion arc where he is the only one of Ranma's rivals who doesn't take advantage of his weakened state, and actually defends him from the others in a Go Through Me moment.
  • Bully Hunter: He has stated a distinct disdain for those who pick on those weaker than them on several occasions, and is quick to put a stop to any bandits, bullies, or rampaging monsters he runs into during his travels (most notably the giant wild boar tearing up Shikoku in his first appearance, and sticking around to help Farmer Brown and Anna in the anime). This is further amplified during the Hiryū Shōten Ha story arc, when Happōsai cursed Ranma to lose all of his strength. Not only does Ryōga save Ranma from Kunō and Mousse, and admonishes them for attacking a weak person, but he actually helps Ranma while he's training to master the Hiryū Shōten Ha technique.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Ryōga never manages to tell Akane how he feels. To make things worse for him, the one time he spits it out, it turns out to be a Mistaken Declaration of Love. In the anime, he manages to say it a few times — either when Akane isn't listening, or without noticing she's left. Which is how he ends up unintentionally inviting Ukyō to join him for the "Three-Legged Obstacle Course Race" (Ryōga hasn't realized they are in front of Ukyō's restaurant, who happens to step outside at that moment. Since Akane had already left, Ukyō assumes Ryōga is asking her to join him).
  • Catch Phrase: "Where am I now?!"
  • Character Development: Probably the most in the series, believe it or not. Starts out as a petty-minded vengeful jerk (albeit with a genuine reason to hold a serious grudge). Finishes as a shy, well-meaning, noble, pitiable figure who is arguably more of a hero than Ranma is.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Basically the same as Ranma. Generally due to stumbling across situations in progress rather than seeking them out, but similarly helps out since "it's a martial artist's duty" (to protect those in need).
  • Clothing Combat: Can utilize his bandanas as projectiles and in his first appearance uses his belt as a sword.
  • Collector of the Strange: A variation; he uses his wanderings and Super Strength as an opportunity to gather all kinds of strange souvenirs, most of which he gives to Akane. He's given her everything from exotic dishes to man-sized tanuki statues.
  • Courtly Love: How he tries to act towards Akane.
  • Cute Little Fangs: His name actually means "Good Fang".
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: His Shi-Shi Hōkōdan requires him to get more and more depressed to make it more powerful. The downside is that it basically requires the user to be suicidally depressed in order to reach its maximum potential.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Or at least one that was plagued with misfortune. His miserable life was also largely impart due to meeting Ranma.
  • Determinator: Acknowledged and justified in-universe; Ryōga's total lack of direction sense means that he typically has to spend hours or even days at a time walking without rest to get anywhere. As a consequence, he basically won't give up. Ever. This is even the fundamental basis of his fighting style; keep on fighting, no matter what, and try to wear his opponent down with sheer endurance. His iconic technique can be argued as being not the flashier Shi-Shi Hōkōdan, but the humble Bakusai Tenketsu, which renders him so immune to pain that his opponents can literally exhaust themselves trying to hit Ryōga hard enough to actually hurt him.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He does know a lot of earth-based techniques, such as his Bakusai Tenketsu which shatters rocks, and the Shi-Shi Hōkōdan which can tunnel underground.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Whenever he gets the least bit distracted or overemotional, he breaks stuff. This may be why Akane refuses to acknowledge his feelings for her; the one time they actually did go on a fairly successful date, Shampoo mind-controlled Akane to get affectionate, and when he got overjoyed and tried to respond she was afraid that he would crush her to death in his excitement, and he then renders female Ranma unconscious and almost crushes her ribs after being tricked that she is Akane.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Zigzagged by the manga's ending. He hasn't found a cure for his Baleful Polymorph curse yet, nor has he definitively established himself as Ranma's martial art's superior, but he's accepted a place as Ranma's preeminent rival and he's found a mutual abiding love with Akari Unryū. Indeed, one can argue that Ryōga is the only main character who has anything close to a happy ending by the manga's conclusion. Even Ranma and Akane are still a ways off from Ryōga's level of closure, given how the wedding went bust and they were shown blaming each other for it afterwards.
  • The Eeyore: Sensitive and melancholic... The flipside of course is that his life really is terrible — at least until he meets Akari — and he still perseveres.
  • Fanservice: He's frequently nude when he changes back into human form.
  • Fatal Flaw: An astonishingly poor lack of control. Ryōga has absolutely horrible emotional control and if he gets too worked up it will cause untold damage to anything and anyone around him, not a good thing when you can shatter inanimate objects with a finger poke. In fact it's what got him cursed in the first place as he got too worked up about fighting Ranma and ultimately got knocked into the spring because of it.
  • Freakiness Shame: After Akari learns of his curse Ryōga thinks she will reject him, she rather begins to dance for joy and has fallen for him even more since she loves pigs more than anything in the world.
  • Freudian Excuse: The lack of companionship he experiences through his pitiful direction sense is used In-Universe to justify his P-chan masquerade. Interestingly, while many fans agree with it, Ryōga himself acknowledges that it's not really much of an excuse, which is why he's so desperate to keep the truth from Akane; he knows that she would freak if she found out what had been going on.
  • Friendly Enemy: His bark occasionally sounds an awful lot worse than his bite. He has saved Ranma or Akane's lives on more occasions than the reverse. By the end of the series, he and Ranma are probably the closest thing either one has to a best friend.
  • Gone Horribly Right: His P-chan status allows him to be treated with love and respect from Akane, including frequent cuddles, sharing her bed and eating from her plate. Unfortunately, that sometimes results in her accidentally abusing him, such as squeezing him too tightly on instinct when she's upset, or forcing him to eat her terrible cooking. One story involving Happōsai trying to take P-chan's place also states that Akane is a very violent sleeper, implying that P-chan regularly gets beaten up at night — weirdly, this trait was never revealed before, nor does it appear in subsequent stories. More importantly, the charade means that Ryōga must struggle to keep Akane from ever finding out the truth, lest she turn her wrath upon him for betraying her trust.
  • Hammer Space: He seems to have a neverending supply of bandanas wrapped around his head.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Being Born Unlucky really takes its toll. It only got worse when he develops feelings for Akane, but can never win her over.
  • Hidden Depths: In the anime, he's portrayed as a beautiful calligraphist, and in either continuity, he occasionally quotes poetry appropriate to the situation.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ryōga is very chivalrous and will unhesitatingly defend the weak and innocent, even at his own safety.
    • When Ranma is turned weak by Happōsai, Ryōga refuses to take advantage and fights off all of Ranma's other enemies who have ganged up on him.
    • In the same arc as above, when Akane burns her clothes he mistakes Ranma for taking advantage of her and charges forward to attack him.
    • He also fairly shows Ranma his new move the Shi-Shi Hōkōdan in their training battle, and after winning he considerately carries Ranma home to bed.
    • In addition, despite Ryōga having beaten Ranma a number of times he has not taken advantage of those wins to attempt to kill Ranma afterwards, and he has saved Ranma and Akane's lives more times than the reverse.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Akane's too dense to realize that he's in love with her, compounded by the fact that he's too shy to tell her how he feels. And the few times he does manage to say it, she winds up being distracted, so she doesn't hear him. Or he fails to see that she's left, 'cuz he's lost in concentration, whlie he's trying to work up the nerve to say it — even though Akane plainly says goodbye to him, before leaving.
  • Iconic Item: Both his bandana and his umbrella.
  • Implacable Man: Ryōga takes this to Nigh Invulnerable levels, as he's literally been smashed into solid concrete and kicked into cliff walls hard enough for the rubble to collapse on top of him, only to emerge undaunted and continue to fight. Equally impressive is his ability to traverse large distances on foot in pursuit of his target, and he won't rest until he's caught up to them. Just ask Ranma.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: For example able to throw an elephant-sized boulder to perfectly intercept Herb's blast from an over 100-metre distance, can swiftly find the weakest point of inert objects, and always hits the more nimble Ranma with his force-blasts.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Among his arsenal of weapons is a bamboo umbrella that weighs at least a tonne, his belt that can slash through trees, and his stash of bandana that he can throw like projectiles.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Ryōga's attempts to justify some of his less-than-noble deeds typically only make sense to him alone. Ryōga's reasons for why Ranma is to blame for his Jusenkyō curse? Ranma wasn't there at the appointed time for the fight they were supposed to have. Keep in mind, Ryōga issued the challenge, Ryōga set the time of the fight, and Ryōga was the one who was four days late. To say nothing of the fact that Ryōga chose to go chasing after Ranma to have the fight, despite knowing about his terrible direction sense, and it was an apparently random girl and panda duo who actually knocked Ryōga into the spring, with Ranma, as far as he knew, being nowhere within miles of Jusenkyō at the time. That Ranma turns out to actually be responsible does not change the fact that Ryōga's first reaction was still to blame Ranma, even when he didn't know that.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: A rare example of someone who can claim this, and actually be believed, because there's a very real possibility that he truly is. He tends to unexpectedly pop up whenever someone he knows/the plot has need of him.
  • Just Friends: Ryōga is constantly depressed over the fact that Akane sees him only as a friend and nothing more.
  • Ki Attacks: Ryōga is one of the most powerful ki-users in the show, only rivaled by the likes of Herb and Saffron. He has been described as being so powerful he almost belongs on Dragon Ball Z. His attacks include:
    • His Shi-Shi Hōkōdan, which the anime presents as a Kamehame Hadoken type attack.
    • The perfected version of the above attack, where it becomes a Sphere of Destruction. It even manages to impress Herb, who's the most powerful Ki user shown.
    • In the video game he also gets the "Hisho Koryū Ha" energy attack.
  • Lightning Bruiser: As impossibly strong and durable as he is, he still manages to be fairly fast.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Ryōga's romantic desires sometimes run away with his common sense. There have been several occasions when he's actually gotten a chance to take Akane on a date, only for him to ruin things because he gets so overexcited; he once contemplates staying in a Kimodameshi forever because Akane is asking him for protection while they are there; and he only allows Akane to think of him as P-chan because he's got a crush on her and he believes he can use it to protect her... despite being more or less harmless in piglet form.
  • Love Potion: Ryōga once tries to use a love-inducing fishing rod on Akane, but accidentally hit Ranma instead.
  • Love Redeems: The resulting crush he develops from being Akane's pet contributes directly and indirectly to his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ryōga is an interesting example, as even though he is usually heroic and gullible, whenever he gets manipulative he's portrayed unsympathetically. Early on in the series he sometimes used his P-Chan curse to get Ranma into trouble, or try to sabotage Ranma's fights when his engagement is on the line.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: With Akane, as she's a violent, tomboy while he's a shy, adorkable hopeless romantic. In the manga, Ranma once comments that "Ryōga would be twice the man he is, if he was half as manly as Akane."
  • Meaningful Name: "Noisy Good Fang"
  • Messy Pig: Zigzagged. He's actually pretty clean as a pig, but he certainly makes things more complicated.
  • Mistaken Declaration of Love: When Ryōga finally worked up the nerve to tell Akane how he feels, his declaration is accidentally given to Ranma, who doesn't take it well.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Because of the whole love-inducing fishing rod mess, Akane is lead to think that Ryōga intentionally used the fishing rod on Ranma. It doesn't help that she witnessed his Mistaken Declaration of Love.
  • Never My Fault: Introduction story only. In the end it turns out that Ranma really did kick him into the spring. That doesn't change the fact Ryōga, for several weeks/months in-verse, thought the person who'd physically knocked him in was somebody else, and yet he still blamed Ranma. Not to mention the only reason Ryōga was near Jusenkyō in the first place was because he was chasing Ranma for "running away" from a fight that Ryōga picked... and was four days late to show up for.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Originally just Made of Iron, then he undergoes Training from Hell to become even more durable...
  • Nosebleed: Unlike Ranma, he has no resistance when it comes to the sight of barely clothed or unclothed female flesh, resulting in nosebleeds so strong that they can leave him in what is practically a miniature coma. He's fainted outright upon being cuddled to the bosom of an underwear-clad Akane in P-chan form, and in his first meeting with Ukyō, the sight of her sarahashi-clad breasts is so shocking it gives Ranma the opening to knock him out.
  • No Sense of Direction: He is practically the Trope Codifier. It even appears to be hereditary, as his parents suffer from this as well.
    • The guy once gets lost in Shampoo's house because he can't find the door. Implied that he was lost for a whole day in there, or at least asked Shampoo for directions enough times to get her annoyed (about a dozen times, the sub reveals).
    • Taken a step further in Episode 54 of the Anime, when in the middle of a fight, his opponent tells him to look down. While the trick is successful and results in Ryōga getting hit, he looks up when told to look down.
    • Also exacerbated by Ryōga's superhuman toughness and strength. That is, if you tell him to go straight, he can and will plow straight through walls to do so.
    • Once, he tries to go to Hokkaido. He ends up in Okinawa. They're basically at opposite ends of the archipelago.
    • And his crowning achievement: in the final story arc, when given access to a pole weapon that doubles as a single-wheel vehicle, he manages to get from a Chinese mountain range near the Tibet border all the way to Moscow (and back, within the same day).
    • However, in the first battle with Pantyhose Tarō, with the help of Mousse, he manages to go to the right location... WHEN THE NEARSIGHTED MOUSSE TELLS HIM TO GO THE WRONG WAY.
    • Fanfics have a tendency to have him cross universes into other shows using his lack of direction sense.
  • One-Man Army: During the moxibustion arc, he singlehandedly defeats all of Ranma's enemies when they gang up on him to beat him up in his weakened state.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Very much his attitude towards Ranma, leading to a truly badass Go Through Me moment during the moxibustion arc. Ranma actually mistakes Ryōga's actions as saving him all to himself, but it turns out Ryōga couldn't bear to see a weakened Ranma be taken advantage of by his enemies.
  • Parasol of Pain: His primary weapon of choice, and it's so heavy that ordinary people can't even pick it up. Surprisingly, it can float on water.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Between his Super Strength (which allows him to destroy giant boulders without even noticing), his Bakusai Tenketsu (which allows him to cause inanimate matter to explode with a finger-poke), and his willingness to just blow through walls and buildings rather than detour from his path (including burrowing underground or right through mountains after he learned the Bakusai Tenketsu), Ryōga can quite easily make a mess out of any area he's passing through. He becomes even more destructive after learning the Shi-Shi Hōkōdan, which at his maximum power can project a Sphere of Destruction the size of the whole school.
  • Power Incontinence: Between his prodigious strength, and the ease with which he'll let his emotions get the best of him, getting Ryōga overly emotional about something often leads to him breaking things. Besides regularly tearing through walls, knocking over power poles and poking holes through concrete walls when his mind wanders, he's also done stunts like send Ranma (disguised as Ryōga's fictitious sister) flying across the room with a gentle poke to the forehead from his index finger due to Ranma's teasing Ryōga about him and Akane being a couple.
  • Pressure Points: His Bakusai Tenketsu is basically this, but applied to inanimate objects. Touching rock (and wood, and possibly metal, depending on the continuity) at just the right spot lets him cause it to explode violently, or just crumble into fine dust.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's hinted to have studied martial rhythmic gymnastics, and he's actually shown teaching it very early on.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes have a habit of glowing red when he gets angry or charges up his chi. It also happens when he fires a Shi-Shi Hōkōdan.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: P-chan is regarded in-universe as incredibly adorable; Akane just dotes on him when he's like this, and other teenage girls also tend to fawn over him.
  • The Rival: To Ranma.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Akane mentions on several occasions that she thinks Ryōga is a much more gentle and reliable than Ranma, seriously considers him when she thinks he is her "destined love" in one shared continuity filler story, and the two really do have similar personalities, but ultimately he never gets anywhere with her.
  • Ryu and Ken: Ryu to Ranma's Ken.
  • Ship Tease: With Ukyō Kuonji, sometimes, but ultimately subjected to Ship Sinking in the Tunnel of Lost Love story. They still remain a Fan-Preferred Couple though, which may be because the anime version of the aforementioned story is less blatant about its sinking and Ryōga ends up saving Ukyō in the second Non-Serial Movie (though he has to be bartered into it, as at first he wants to save Akane, and is quite fine with the idea of leaving Ukyō to having an apparently innocent romantic dinner with Sarutoru).
  • Spear Counterpart: Suffice to say, he and Ukyō share a lot in common (see the related entry in her character section).
  • Sphere of Destruction: His perfected Shi-Shi Hōkōdan technique. At max power it's larger than the school.
  • Stalker with a Crush: If you think about it, he comes off as a quite subtle version. He's head over heels for a girl who seems to be unaware of his feelings, only thinks of him as a good friend, and is also in an Arranged Marriage, and thus he is constantly sending her presents, daydreaming about her, trying to ask her out (failing, due to being so very shy), and trying to get her to dump her fiancée. He even pretends to be her pet so he can get close to her, saying that by doing this he can protect her. His antics are ultimately harmless and he is treated as something of an idiot for doing them, but they could be played as creepy and unsettling in a less comedic series.
  • The Stoic: Ryōga aspires to be this, but he isn't really that good at it. He's invariably overwhelmed by his emotions.
  • Super Gullible: Ryōga's naivety and trusting nature makes him everyone's victim, especially Ranma, who repeatedly uses his girl form to either spy on him, or dupe him. You'd think Ryōga would eventually learn to recognize her face, or her voice — but he never does. Even when Ranma's using little more than a pair of glasses as a disguise. The most egregious instance being when Ranma is even able to convince Ryōga that she is his sister. Ryōga figures it is plausible, given he hasn't seen his family in years, due to his poor sense of direction.
  • Super Speed: He's shown as slower than Ranma, somewhat swifter than Mousse (able to avoid all of dangerous weaponry, but taking some time), and effortlessly able to parry all of Genma's strikes while looking in another direction, but does not always use it efficiently (sometimes plows right ahead rather than listen to his reflexes), especially when in a rage.
  • Super Strength: Often assumed to be the physically strongest of the Nerima Wrecking Crew. His feats include: snapping a power pole with his arms and using it as a weapon, throwing an incredibly huge ice boulder across the length of an ice-skating rink with a single arm, pulling two ice glaciers together while suspended in the middle, accidentally shattering a stone platform wide enough for him and Ranma to spar on it simply by prostrating on it, almost breaking Ranma's ribs with a hug (each form on separate occasions), repeatedly handling female Ranma like a small baby when she pretended to be his sister "Yoiko Hibiki", including a strong implication that he can literally outpower her with a single finger, effortlessly throwing a grappling male Ranma to the ground in the anime, being paired against Lime in a fight, and so onwards.
  • Super Toughness: He has monstrous endurance and survival ability due to his terrible sense of direction leaving him in the wilderness 99% of the time. This only increases after he learns the Bakusai Tenketsu.
  • Super Weight: Level 3.
  • Tender Tears: Despite his physical strength, Ryōga is very emotional, and can start to cry just for feeling sorry even for Ranma.
  • There Was a Door: Perfectly willing to just plow through anything in his way when he wants to get somewhere enough. Considering it's Ryōga, he probably can't find the door.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He's the only character to receive any closure at the end of the manga (at least regarding his love life).
  • Tritagonist
  • Tunnel King: Once he learns the Bakusai Tenketsu (which lets him destroy inanimate matter with a finger poke, and makes him Nigh Invulnerable as a side-effect of the training), he's recurrently shown as using it to tunnel underground or through mountains to get to places. Precisely why is never explained, although during his first date with Akari he apparently believes that there is less chance to get confused by landmarks and go the wrong way if he starts with his eyes in the right direction.
  • Twice Shy: With Akari.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Ryōga gets angry, stay out of his way. His emotional instability and his lack of control of his strength makes him very dangerous. Especially the case in the "Shi-Shi Hōkōdan" story arc where he learns a technique that's powered by negative emotion like depression and anger. The angrier he gets, the stronger he gets.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ranma, eventually. Each feels incomplete without the other to compete against, and Ryōga has even turned sad if he has too much of an advantage over Ranma.
  • Walking the Earth: Due to the aforementioned lack of directional sense. He's even managed to cross continents without realizing.
  • Weapon of Choice: Primarily his bamboo umbrella.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Hurt an innocent woman, and he'll hurt you.
  • Wowing Cthulhu: When Ryōga momentarily gets killed by Lime. He enters the afterlife where he meets his deceased grandparents, who convince him to go back. His spirit then returns to his body where he unleashes the most powerful Ki Attack ever shown in the series which crushes Lime. Herb, the most powerful Ki user in the series, watches from a distance and is utterly impressed.
  • You ALL Share My Story: There certainly are times when Ryōga clearly arrives in Nerima by accident. However, there are definitely other times when he appears at a coincidentally perfect time to take part in the adventure.

     Happōsai (八宝斎) 
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Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (JP), Paul Dobson (EN), Daniel Abundis (LA), Enrique Mederos (LA, OVAS and Movies)

Sōun and Genma's abusive master and the founder of Anything Goes Martial Arts (the anime, at least, goes to the extent of having him refer to his moves as "Founding School Anything Goes"), this ancient pervert is the by far most powerful fighter in the series and lives solely to sate his own desires, usually getting away with it due to the powerhouse he is, and is a frequent source of trouble. Sōun and Genma got away from him by getting him blind drunk, chaining him in a barrel, throwing it (and a bundle of lit dynamite) into a cave, and then sealing it with a boulder covered by a Zigzag Paper Tassel, but he finally managed to free himself and forced himself into Sōun's home. He claims to intend to train Ranma as his heir, but has barely ever actually done any training.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: To ALL WOMANKIND. They want nothing to do with him in any fashion. Not that Happōsai gives a shit, 'cuz as far as he's concerned, all women and their undergarments exist for the sole purpose of satisfying his perversion.
  • Abnormal Ammo: In the anime, one late episode is set during the rainy season and the constant damp renders Happōsai's favored Happo Fire Burst technique useless. So, he sets to trying to come up with new variants, creating several failures (resulting in explosions of garbage, creepy-crawlies, banners and pigeons/doves) before he comes up with the Happo Mold Burst, which makes his bombs unleash paralyzing, suffocating clouds of mold.
  • Badass: Like him or hate him, he's one of the biggest badasses in the series.
  • Badass Boast: "You're the one who's got it coming! How dare you use that tone. I won't allow it. For the sake of all mankind I promised I'd never again use this technique, but... By the power invested in me as Master of the founding School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts, I Happōsai do hereby invoke my most powerful and mighty Technique. Happo Fire Burst!"
  • Badass Grandpa: The oldest character on the show, but one of the most powerful. He can hold his own against all of the Nerima Wrecking Crew.
  • Catch Phrase: "Dai ryo ja!" which translates to: "What a haul!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In the manga, where he once hurt himself trying to think of a possible good deed he may have ever done, and also once declared he would be "evil until his dying days". Not in the anime, though, where he always tries to pass himself off as innocent and once even tried to reform for a pretty woman, going so far that he almost died of withdrawal from his perverse deeds.
  • Combat Pragmatist: This guy regularly uses bombs in combat. He is, after all, the founder and master of the School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts, so...
  • Dirty Old Man: One of the most extreme examples of this trope, putting Master Roshi to shame. He will do anything for a piece of lingerie or a peek at nude women, not to mention a grope, fondle or feel of female flesh. He will even weaken and eventually die if deprived of female contact for a prolonged period.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the Moxibustion arc in particular — damn you for distracting me, Ranma! I'll turn you into a weakling forever, and tell all your rivals and enemies about it so they can gang up on you, beat you up and possibly kill you!
  • The Dreaded: Sōun and Genma are terrified of him, especially of the Happo Fire Burst Attack.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Happōsai seems to have a soft spot for young children. He helped the sickly Hinako and agreed to train the two children who confused him for Santa Claus.
  • Evil Old Folks: His combination of Cologne-level skill and kaiju-sized battle-aura arguably make him the most formidable fighter in the series when serious. However, despite this, he is more than willing to use his powers to terrorize others into doing his bidding or even for his amusement, most notably once crippling Ranma and then revealing his weakened state to his worst enemies because he explicitly hoped they'd hurt Ranma badly. The only exemptions he has are that he will never deliberately harm children and seems to avoid bothering pretty women who treat him kindly, such as Kasumi.
  • Fair Weather Mentor: Was very much like this for Sōun and Genma; all of their flashbacks/recollections of their training consist of Happōsai abusing them and using them as scapegoats for his own misdeeds, rather then actually training them. Could be considered to be doing the same thing to Ranma, even though he claims to actually want to train him.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Besides panties Happōsai will and has stolen other items (forced Sōun and Genma to help as well).
  • Giver of Lame Names: Much to Pantyhose Tarō's misfortune, Happōsai was the one who got to name him.
  • The Illegible: His handwriting is horrible and barely legible. So much that once, even he couldn't read his own handwriting.
  • Jerkass: Big time. Happōsai causes havoc because he loves doing so. Rumiko Takahashi herself has stated he is one of only two characters in the series that is outright evil. The other one being Nabiki.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • Once he digs it up again, his favorite technique is the Happo Fire Burst, which is basically slinging ridiculously powerful homemade bombs around. While they are invariably Non-Fatal Explosions, the blast is still powerful enough to render Pantyhose Tarō's monster-form unconscious in one hit.
    • In the anime, the one time he fight giant monsters while himself kaiju-sized, it's by swigging alcohol and spitting it in a fiery Breath Weapon.
  • Large Ham: "Foolish mortals! How dare you show such insolence!"
  • Mad Bomber: The Happo Fire Burst quickly starts to suffer from I Thought It Was Forbidden and becomes his response to every irritation, then becomes a Spam Attack with the Happo Rapid-Fire Burst.
  • Meaningful Name: The word happōsai translates to "chop suey," although this meaning uses a different last character (八宝菜 instead of 八宝斎). The characters in his name roughly translate to "eight treasure purification."
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Although it's implied (in the manga; it's explicit in the anime) that he didn't shrink due to age — he was always small and simply grew old.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: To be precise, he knows what it is, he just couldn't give a damn that women don't like having an ancient midget groping their breasts and butts.
  • Old Master: One of the two by-far most skilled characters in the series, and likely easily the most powerful chi-user. Subverted in that he's very easily distracted, seldom serious, and pretty much anyone can defeat him by throwing female lingerie in his path.
  • Panty Thief: And HOW. The guy ran out on a duel he was on the verge of winning, and which would have had Ranma's female form modelling a bra for him, to go after a Fūrinkan girl sports team so he could take their gym shorts! He does draw the line at granny-style bloomers, though, even if his life is at stake.
  • Pet the Dog: In both canons, Happōsai has a very strong soft spot for children and will happily play with them or otherwise try and help them if he meets them. However, due to his selfish and twisted nature, he's not above using them for his own gains, such as tricking two kids who believe he is Santa Claus into assisting him on his panty raids, or even "helping" them in ways that ends up causing more harm than good. For example, his usage of Hinako as a weapon against the nurses may have helped her get well, but may have also caused her to turn out... well, the way she is now. And he gave Natsume and Kurumi the martial arts skills that they needed to survive... and told them they were Sōun Tendō's daughters and that they should grow up, become strong, and then come and take over the Tendō dojo.
  • Poke the Poodle: Most of his crimes are "so silly that it is hard to begrudge him", as Nabiki put it, like filling a random Tendō girl's shoes with tacks or drawing on people's faces (both of the above were because he was angry at Ranma for giving back all of the underwear he had stolen).
  • Rent-a-Zilla: When using his Battle Aura to its fullest potential. Even at lower settings, the mere projection can stun Ranma.
  • The Scottish Trope: Before he actually broke free from confinement, Sōun and Genma were terrified of even mentioning his name on the off chance it might bring him back.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Spent an ambiguous amount of time sealed in a cave, possibly since Sōun and Genma's youth. They try to box him up and mail him to the North Pole when he's weakened by a "woman-repellant" incense that deprived him of his source of power (groping women) but Ranma thinks this is too cruel.
  • Show Some Leg: The easiest (and sometimes only) way to defeat him in a fight.
  • Soap Opera Disease: At one point in the anime, Happōsai takes to his bed and doesn't respond to any stimuli, wasting away to death. He gets better.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Because Happōsai is one of the greatest martial artists in the entire series (and is the grandmaster of Anything Goes, to boot), it's difficult to enjoy episodes/chapters involving him because, since he can't be beaten in a serious match, there's virtually no way to disrupt the status quo.
  • Trickster Mentor: He's supposed to be Ranma's master, but will annoy him to no end, foist all his troubles onto him, and generally treat him like dirt for as long as he can get away with. Ranma never learns anything from him, directly, but by having to come up with ways to thwart him.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He will never hit a woman, not even in self-defense. Of course, what he does isn't much better...

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