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     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), Amal Sad-aldeen (early episodes, AR), Itab Naim (some episodes, AR), Oossaima Yoossef (later episodes, AR)

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. 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. Sadly, she's 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.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Very subtle, but her circumstances in the anime can make her come off as much more unjustifiably violent and petty towards Ranma. Ranma is much more perverse and cruel to her in the original manga (while still regularly showing compassion and heroism), making the repeated beatdowns she gives him no different from Sango regularly bashing Miroku over the head with her giant boomerang for being a perverted jerk.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Is notably weaker and a worse fighter in the anime compared to the manga.
  • 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.
  • Bully Hunter: Though not to the extent of Ranma, she hates it when the strong pick on the weak. In fact, in the movie "Nihao, My Concubine," Akane is the one who was most fed up with the antics of the Spoiled Brat Evil Prince, and when she saw him torment Ranma with the latter's Absurd Phobia purely for shits and giggles, and then smugly retort that he could do anything he wants as the crown prince to her Death Glare, she gives him an Armor-Piercing Slap that beats the "spoiled" right out of him.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Particularly as the anime goes on, Akane becomes aware of her own feelings for Ranma, but cannot bring herself to say it to Ranma, which would likely solve a lot of problems. Ranma doesn't make it easier on her.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If her reaction to some girl coming on to Ranma isn't anger, it's snark. She also is often the one to snarkily point out various issues with whatever Zany Scheme is going on at the moment.
  • 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: Akane has this traight early on in the series, but it's closer to "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). Once she stops getting attacked daily by boys out to date her, she loses this attitude.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Akane is in her gi almost always, leaving her barefoot almost always. What's notable here is that even in a household with two masters who only wear their dougis, they at least wear wooden sandals when outside whereas she's always barefoot (even skateboarding!). While rare, she will at times venture outside barefoot even in casual clothes.
  • 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.
  • 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. This is exaggerated in the anime, where she is constatly kidnapped by various villains throughout the series and movies and 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.
  • Friend to All Children: One trait Akane shares with Ranma is that she's great with children. She's even been shown fraternizing with local children well on numerous occasions. While it is true that she's a poor wife and terrible home-maker, she certainly has the potential to be a good mother.
  • 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.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: As violent as she is, Akane does show a softer sensitive side which virtually none of Ranma's other suitors, barring Ukyo, has displayed.
  • 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: She once told Ryōga she loves him, briefly sending him soaring over the clouds... until she made clear she meant it as a friend, which sent him straight to Hell.
  • 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.
  • Misplaced Retribution: She constantly uses Ranma as a whipping boy whenever she gets angry, even when she's aware Ranma had nothing to do with it. Nabiki takes compromising pictures of her and sells them, particularly to Kuno? Rebuke Nabiki, but then beat Ranma up. Shampoo engages in criminal trespass to sneak or simply steam-roll her way into the Tendo household for the sake of causing mischief? Beat Ranma up. Genma sells off Ranma's hand in marriage to another fiance who then comes calling? Beat Ranma up. Her own father hits her on the head with a mallet to drag her to the altar for a shot-gun wedding? Punch Ranma through the ceiling!
  • 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. She also off-on thinks that the people who dislike her cooking are just being rude. She will often admit to herself when she's gone too far and hurt Ranma for thing that weren't his fault, but she won't actually say it out loud.
  • 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 OVAs 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: Like several protagonists, Akane has a danger "sixth sense" allowing her to be aware of attacks before they hit her. They are mostly set off by Kodachi or one of Ranma's suitors trying to attack her.
  • 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 Angst: One of Akane's main issues is her insecurity about her femininity and how she aspires to be more like her Yamato Nadeshiko older sister, Kasumi. However, her bad temper, skill in martial arts and lack of traditionally feminine talents make it difficult for her. Ranma's taunting doesn't help matters.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: Sometimes towards Ranma, due to her overall paranoia.
  • 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), Hisham Kafarneh (AR)

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.
  • For Your Own Good: In addition to the "Tough Love" entry below, Genma has a very nihlistic method of parenting poor Ranma. Not only does Genma often literally dump all the negative karma he racks up in life on Ranma, and expects the boy to deal with it as he runs away, but should Ranma ever lose a fight, Genma will then turn and beat Ranma up twice as hard "for the offense," physically, verbally, or emotionally, claiming that "you're not beaten until you've given up" is the fighting mantra that will make Ranma the best martial artist in the world someday. Whether Genma actually believes that or not, the actual result is that Ranma has become a Sore Loser, driven to turn around and defeat any and every opponent who beats him, without exception.
  • 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.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The anime makes his panda form's Talking with Signs gimmick a little less cartoony. Instead of having the signs replace speech bubbles, he uses fewer signs in general and usually alters one given sign rather than having new signs pop out of Hammer Space. He also uses paper at times rather than his wooden signs.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Played straight in the anime while done less often in the manga.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: He constantly steals food (or tries to) from Ranma's plate, and sleeps in the same room as Ranma, after repeatedly being made well aware of how much Ranma resents him for his abusive treatment, while not showing any form of Unconscious Objector ability or Acquired Poison Immunity in a series where a great many characters, including Ranma himself, are perfectly willing to doctor the food on Ranma's plate. How he hasn't been poisoned to death or killed in his sleep is a mystery known only to the gods.
  • 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), Yahya Alkafri (AR)

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.
  • Butt-Monkey: 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 Kasumi. 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 Mom: A gender-flipped example; 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, Seasons 1-5, 7) Elaina Costain (EN, Season 6), Martha Ceceña (LA, episodes 1 - 102), Ana Maria Grey (LA, episodes 103 - 161), Isabel Martiñón (LA, Movies and OVAS 5-6), Monica Estrada (LA, OVA 7), Anje Yousef (AR)

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.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Sort of; in the anime she's still a greedy, manipulative scam artist, but she's also more likely to help Ranma and Akane, and give them honest advice when they really need it, and on rare occasions she'll do it free of charge.
  • 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.
  • Entitled Bitch: Combined with Ungrateful Bitch. She constantly betrays, blackmails, berates and abuses Ranma, verbally and emotionally. Yet, whenever she's in distress, especially as a result of her own actions, she outright demands and expects Ranma come to her rescue. When he inevitably does, Ranma is lucky to even hear a grudging word of thanks. Should Ranma ever have to come to her for advice or assistance in anything, however, her immediate reaction is What Have You Done for Me Lately?.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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), Lama Alshamandi (AR)

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.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite living in a household full of Ax-Crazy martial artists, she never gets hurt or injured in anyway over the series.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Averted. In one manga story, everyone thought she was angry at being left at home alone, after cooking a meal but everyone had already eaten, but it turns out it was all a misunderstanding due to a cat getting into the house.
  • 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.
  • Nice Girl: A perfectly kind and sweet person, virtually devoid of negative instincts.
  • 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), Raghda Khateb (AR)

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.
  • 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. From what little we see of them, they have a much more functional relationship than any other couple in the series, with Ryōga's terrible sense of direction being the only thing getting in their way. Within the massive Love Dodecahedron, they are the only ones to get a nearly definite happy ending.
  • 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Even by the standards of the series, Ryōga has insanely high levels of Super Strength and Super Toughness, attributed to the harsh wilderness environments he frequently faces due to him wandering about lost.
  • 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.
  • 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: Ryōga hates his shapeshifting curse and thinks there's no way any girl could fall in love with a man who turns into a pig. This is not the case with Akari, who even makes a Happy Dance after knowing that the man she loves turns into the thing she loves 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. He also is surprisingly well versed in martial arts gymnastics.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite: He goes on about how Ranma has no honor, yet he makes surprise attacks on him. Not to mention Ryoga uses his curse to sleep with an engaged girl.
  • Iconic Item: Both his bandana and his umbrella. Downplayed, as they become less important as the series goes on and he learns more powerful techniques.
  • 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.
  • It Runs in the Family: His No Sense of Direction appears to be hereditary, as his parents suffer from this as well.
  • 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 Happosai. His attacks are so powerful he wouldn't be too out of place 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 larger than the school. 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.
  • Marshmallow Hell: As P-chan, women (Akane in particular) are pretty much always clasping him right to their bosom.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: A rather subtle one, given the nature of the world he's in, but Ryoga's most powerful techniques (the Bakusai Tenketsu and the Shi-Shi Hōkōdan) are both actually mining techniques used to help miners get out of caves. (The Bakusai Tenketsu is designed to destroy boulders that block an exit, and the Shi-Shi Hōkōdan is designed to let a trapped miner channel his depression at being trapped into a solution)
  • 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 sarashi-clad breasts is so shocking it gives Ranma the opening to knock him out.
  • No Sense of Direction: He is practically the Trope Codifier.
    • 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.
  • Official 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.
  • 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. He's the most personal one he has, and the only one that Ranma has acknowledged as such.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: He's frequently nude when he changes back into human form.
  • 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.
  • Spider-Sense: Much like several other protagonists, Ryōga has a sixth sense that warns him of danger from behind. Surprise attacks from enemies (usually Ranma) often fail to catch him off guard. Though it also depends on the plot, as if he needs to be caught off guard then his sense will fail. And to makes things worse for him, his danger sense is also affected by his sense of direction, and he can sometimes perfectly and accurately detect a threat... from the opposite direction it's actually coming from.
  • Stalker With a Crush: A relatively tame and chivalrous one compared to usual examples, but If you think about it, he does come off as a 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 adorkable 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: If there's one curse that's less apparent than his pig form or his No Sense of Direction, then it's his over naive and trusting nature that constantly makes him everyone's victim. Ranma in particular will repeatedly exploit this using his girl form. to either spy on him, dupe him, or just annoy him for kicks. 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.
    • Ranma once tried loosely dressing up Katsunishiki (Akari's GIANT champion sumo wrestling pig) and claimed that "Akane" wants to kiss him. Fortunately it turned out even he wasn't that dumb to get fooled by this one.
    Ryoga: And just what part of Katsunishiki.... looks anything like Akane?
  • 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, and likely the strongest character within human limits (with only Pantyhose Taro's monster form and Lime surpassing his strength). His feats include: snapping a concrete encased 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, being able to unintentionally crush anything he's holding with his hand or arms (spoon, power line, phone handset), 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.
  • 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: As a Breakout Character he kept getting increased importance until he eventually became the third most important character in the series, just after Ranma and Akane. He constantly gets arcs centered around him and is the only one in the Love Dodecahedron aside from the Official Couple that had a happy ending with his own Beta Couple relationship.
  • 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), Rafet Bazo (AR)

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.
  • At Least I Admit It: The closest thing he has to a redeeming virtue is that while all the other characters in the cast are quick to point out the flaws of others while failing to see their own, he readily admits and is somewhat proud of his twisted nature. In fact, he takes the knowledge that he's so inherently evil that should a demon try to possess him, the demon will be the one hurting, as a badge of honor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Happōsai: Fool! Have you forgotten who I am? In my entire rotten life, have I ever once learned a technique that could actually help anyone?!
  • Catch-Phrase: "Dai ryo ja!" which translates to: "What a haul!"
  • 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. Also, despite his immensely perverted nature, he has genuinely vowed never hit a born female, unless it's Ranma.
  • Evil Mentor: He trained both Sōun and Genma, although he's never being seen actually teaching them. He later takes in Ranma as his student and heir to his marital arts school, much to the latter's chagrin.
  • 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.
  • Expy: He's a pretty straightforward re-telling of the Orochi myth; a stupidly powerful force of chaos and destruction who thinks only of booze and women - he actually goes into withdrawal if unable to sate his perversion, and is perhaps the single most most powerful martial artist in the series. Even Cologne - who regularly one-shots every other martial artist in the series - prefers not to engage him in combat if there is any alternative. He subjected both Genma and Soun to Training from Hell - beating the hell out of them and leaving them with the consequences of his panty-raiding and sake-stealing - for years, and was only beaten when his students re-enacted the myth; left out enough sake for him to drink himself into a stupor. However, lacking any weapon they trusted to cut the nut's head off, they settled for sealing him in a cave with a bundle of dynamite by means of a Shimenawa-adorned boulder. This kept him out of everyone's hair for about two decades, whereupon he found a new victim; Ranma, who it turns is a perfect Susanoo expy - a Hot-Blooded "Manly Man" with an Attractive Bent-Gender curse that Happosai can't resist.
  • 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).
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: That's if any of the characters will even acknowledge him as a friend.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Much to Pantyhose Tarō's misfortune, Happōsai was the one who got to name him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Nearly half of the conflicts in the series can be traced back to his influence, up to and including Pantyhose Taro, Hinako, Lychee and Kirin, Rakkyosai, Natsume and Kurumi in the OVA...
  • 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!"
  • Laughably Evil: He's played up as a terrifying evil mastermind In-Universe, but for the most he's a comic relief character who annoys the rest of the cast.
  • 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.
  • One-Man Army: Has taken on all of the Nerima Wrecking Crew on more than one occasion.
  • 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.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His Battle Aura reaches skyscraper heights, and is near unparalleled in power. There's also his Happo Fire Burst which can effortlessly sweep through powerful opponents.
  • 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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