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     Shampoo (Jpn: シャンプー Chi: 珊璞) 
Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (JP), Cathy Weseluck (EN), Araceli de León (LA, TV series), Monica Villaseñor (LA, Movies), Isabel Martiñon (LA, OVAS), Samar Kokash (AR)

A mysterious female martial artist from China, who initially chased Ranma with a Kiss of Death over a confused first meeting, then stopped and began trying to court him instead. As with all of the main teens, a contradictory sort of girl; she genuinely loves Ranma, yet is still willing to try and use mind control in order to win his heart, and while normally bubbly and playful she's quick to make death threats and start tearing up the surroundings. She is generally a friendly, playful girl, but has no qualms about attempting to kill her rivals for Ranma's heart, if she thinks she can get away with it. Outside of Ranma, the closest friend she has is Mousse — although "close", in this case, is something of a misnomer.

  • Accidental Marriage: Her engagement to Ranma. When they first met, Ranma ate the food that was meant to go to the village's tournament champion (Shampoo). Ranma challenged her on the logic that if he (while female at the time) defeated her, thereby becoming the de facto champion, then there would be no problem. And so he did — had Ranma been in male form, or Shampoo otherwise known he was really a man, she would have married him after losing. Because he wasn't, they didn't get engaged until later. When she finally met him as a man for the first time, he defeated her by accident (breaking her weapon, its head fell onto hers and knocked her out cold) and so she declared herself married to him.
  • Action Girl: Having been trained in the martial art techniques of the Joketsuzoku since birth, with Cologne as her personal instructor and the young female village champion, Shampoo is an excellent armed or unarmed fighter.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the manga, she was a cold Manipulative Bitch who had no problem toying with Ranma, and even less so with wanting to kill Akane. In the anime, her feelings towards Ranma are more genuine and she went out of her way to save Akane's life at least once.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: Her village basically encourages female martial artists to wed even more skilled men.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: One of the better examples of the "From the Land of Dragons" version.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: Very proud of her martial arts skills, prone to boasting about the skills and history of her people, and she can back it up if she needs to.
  • Badass Adorable: Shampoo is cute and a fighter. She even attacked the Jusenkyō Enforcer while she was in cat form to stop him from repeatedly drowning Ranma.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: It's a written-down law of her village that's centuries old; the warrior women have to marry the man who defeats them in battle. In Shampoo's case, it was Ranma.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • The Veronica to Akane's Betty and Ranma's Archie. Shampoo likes to use her sex appeal to try and seduce Ranma, is manipulative, cruel and not above playing dirty to get rid of the competition.
    • She can also be the Betty to Akane's Veronica. Case in point that like Betty, Shampoo is a lot smarter than she looks, is surprisingly multi-skilled, and vies for Ranma's attention
    • Also has this with Ukyo. Ukyo is the more down-to-earth Betty, and Shampoo is the more flamboyant Veronica. During the series, they tend to be pitted against each other and paralleled more often, especially in the anime.
  • BFS: In her first appearance, wields a surprisingly large dao (a Chinese saber), which is about half as long as she is tall — and she hefts it around in one hand as well.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the first movie, Shampoo arrives in time to save Ranma and Litchi from Monlon who almost killed Ranma with her lute strings. Shampoo tells Ranma to take Litchi and go on ahead while she takes care of Monlon.
    • Shampoo had also come in Ranma's defense when Mousse tried to splash him with Yazunichuan water.
    • She also attacked the Jusenkyō Enforcer when he was repeatedly dunking Ranma into water, despite the fact she was in cat form at the time.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Simply put, she has a bizarre set of ethics.
  • Boobs of Steel: A lot of fans consider her the bustiest of the girls after Ranma, and she is also one of the most formidable in combat.
  • The Bully: She's the girl who most frequently announces her intention to kill, and makes explicit overtures at it, even if she does always call it off before actually hurting somebody or has it interrupted. Her relationship with Pink and Link in the manga is probably more of a Cycle of Vengeance that the twins startednote , but the way Shampoo phrases it makes her sound like the bad girl, since she says she "beats them up whenever she meets them", without explicitly saying whether this is just because of that first meeting or if it's because they keep attacking her to try and avenge their previous losses. Admittedly, given Pink and Link appear because they're seeking Shampoo out to fight her again, it's more likely that it's a Ranma/Ryōga style rivalry.
  • Car Fu: Almost all of Shampoo's manga appearances are marked by her hitting someone (usually Ranma) with her bike. This gag is absent in the TV anime, but makes occasional appearances in the first movie and the OAVs.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Her main weapons are chui, hammer or mace-like weapons that are basically basketball-sized spheres of solid steel on the ends of short staves.
  • Cat Girl: When Maomolin captures her to make her his bride, he tries to permanently turn Shampoo into a cat if the New Year's Bell rings 108 times. As the ritual proceeds, she grows cat ears and a tail.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Given Shampoo's violent and protective behaviour, she views anyone who attempts to get between her and Ranma as an "obstacle" which must be removed (or killed).
  • Combat Pragmatist: Almost as dirty as Kodachi, just with a lesser arsenal.
  • Cursed with Awesome: She's one of the few cursed characters who doesn't have much of a problem with her curse, and she frequently uses it to her advantage when needing to scare Ranma.
  • Cute Bruiser: Shampoo is the third strongest regular character in the series, right after Ryoga and Ranma. She generally wields giant Chuis as weapons, and is more likely to knock a wall down than use a door. And she's cute and perky to boot.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel:
    • Maomolin tried to force Shampoo to become his wife a couple of times. Shampoo could have easily dealt with him on her own, but preferred to play the Damsel in Distress role to make Ranma protect her.
    • During the Pink and Link arc, she easily frees herself from their kidnapping, beats them up, and forces them to stick to the role of kidnappers so she can still be rescued by Ranma.
  • Dual Wield: Because she's so strong, she generally carries her weapons in twos, either twin chui or a chui and a sword.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: She's strong enough to easily catch Mousse in her arms to save him from a villain.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: When Shampoo speaks Chinese to Mousse, she's eloquent to the point of being archaic.
  • Expy: Of Lum from Urusei Yatsura in terms of appearance (including a planned but dropped color-scheme — see below), nature as an exotic and affectionate yet violently possessive girl, Funny Foreigner In-Universe status (Chinese Amazon compared to Ancient Astronauts Yokai), and her Accidental Marriage to the main character.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: She is this for the adolescents of the cast. She is the only one of Ranma's fiancées that he actually does want gone but he keeps her interested because of his male pride rather than his own feelings for her. The other females aren't exactly that fond of her either and of the males only Mousse wants to be around her. A lot of this can be tracked to the fact that while the rest are at worst Jerk with a Heart of Gold she more often veers into straight up Jerkass territory, especially with how callous she is towards Mousse.
  • Funny Foreigner: Mainly due to her lack of skill in speaking Japanese.
  • Genki Girl: Of all the Ranma fiancées, she is the most active and energetic.
  • Glass Cannon: Despite being the most destructive of the female martial artists, can often be taken down with a single attack. Admittedly, turning into a harmless kitten when splashed with cold water is a pretty blatant weak spot.
  • The Glomp: The aggressive hugs that Shampoo gives to Ranma are archetypal glomps and are indeed accompanied by the "glomp" sound effect in the manga.
  • Gratuitous English: The dub tends to exaggerate her unfamiliarity with speaking Japanese, giving her further grammatical mistakes than the actual Japanese version did.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: In the anime, she's usually depicted with dark blue hair with hints of purple; some episodes, and particularly the specials, go so far as to show her with deep purple hair.
  • Hello, Nurse!: So beautiful that, back in her introductory story arc, Ranma couldn't help being attracted by her in spite of the murder attempts.
  • Identical Granddaughter: In her younger years Cologne resembled Shampoo.
  • Leaving You to Find Myself: Shampoo becomes heartbroken when she finds out Ranma-kun and Ranma-chan are one in the same person, the former she wants to marry and the latter she is out to kill. She is about to kill Ranma-chan, but doesn't have the heart to follow through and instead retreats back to China in disgrace. After receiving her Jusenkyō curse, she returns and rekindles her love for Ranma now that she knows the girl form of Ranma is a Jusenkyō curse as well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Perhaps even more worthy of the title than Ranma, given that while she does end up naked less often, she's much more likely to be deliberately trying to be sexy and seductive when she is naked. Also, there's that high-slit cheongsam she often wears, and the fact she doesn't care about being naked.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Greatly overstated in Fanon; while she doesn't seem to have any qualms about contemplating it, she won't actually try it unless she's got a very, very good chance of being able to get away with it cleanly, and she will easily shrug and let it go if it turns inconvenient or stops being important (Miss Hinako, for example; she's fine with nulling the Kiss of Death and letting Ranma handle her when he brings the subject up).
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: During the last arc, while still under the mental control of Kiima, Shampoo manages to capture Ranma and is ready to kill him as commanded —but first, she throws him onto a bed and cuddles up to him to make a good "final memory". Ranma is able to manipulate her lust and free himself before things get far.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: "Obstacles are for killing", if she can get away with it. Most notably, when Nabiki briefly became Ranma's fiancee Ukyo and Kodachi were quickly suckered into trying to buy it, but when she arrived Shampoo went straight for the attempted murder because that way it was free (something Ukyo and Kodachi subscribed to once she spelled it out).
  • No Sense of Personal Space: No matter what the situation, if she sees Ranma, she'll latch onto him if she can.
  • Not Worth Killing: She decides this of Ranma after he reveals that his male and female selves are one and the same. This comes back to bite her in her next appearance, as revealed in a flashback.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Shampoo to Ranma before she becomes a cat forever. Ranma wasn't as willing as Shampoo was a cat at the time she kissed him fully.
  • Odango Hair: Her hairstyle consists of two large "dumplings" of hair at her temples and long hair down to her butt.
  • Pet the Dog: When Cologne captures Ryōga-in-piglet form at the start of the Bakusai Tenketsu story arc, Shampoo thinks that the pig looks familiar, recognizes it as being Akane's pet, and promptly runs into the kitchen to try and stop Cologne from making it into today's special. Keep in mind, up until the moment when Ryōga leaps naked out of the pot, Shampoo has no idea that this is anything more than an ordinary pig that just happens to be Akane's pet. Also, Shampoo and Akane haven't the best of relationships, so that she doesn't do the petty thing and let Akane's pet be made into dinner is most impressive.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Shampoo will usually be completely naked when reverting from cat form.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The whole mess with the Kiss of Death could probably have been avoided if she had been able to warn Ranma that she would be expected to chase and kill "her" if she lost, or if Ranma had told her from the start he was really a guy.
  • Qipao: This is her the standard fashion.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has waist-length hair that doubles as Godiva Hair when she undresses to show her cat curse to Ranma.
  • The Rival: Her beef with Ukyo is similar to that of Ranma's with Ryoga, in that they fiercely compete for Ranma's affectionsnote , and as chefs. However, it's mostly seen in the anime since they hardly interact in the manga.
  • Running Gag: In the manga, she tends to appear on her bike, sometimes falling on Ranma's head from above.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Her Kiss of Marriage to Ranma.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: She chased two strangers across China, over the ocean, and into the heart of Japan, while barely speaking their language or the language of the second country. And she had no idea that her quarry were shape-changers, which meant she could only follow information based on sightings of their alternative forms. On the other hand, she was basically chasing down a buxom, foreign, Hot-Blooded girl (who is often soaking wet) that doesn't speak the local language and a giant Panda that acts like a human and has martial arts skills. One would imagine that they tend to leave an impression, and if their general behavior is anything to go by, Ranma and Genma don't really bother trying to hide their tracks once the immediate danger has passed by (she never actually manages to find Ranma once she starts actively hiding after running into her... even after running into her in an enclosed room while the latter was still recovering from her injuries after the battle against the Golden Pair).
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Probably the biggest example in the series, even more than female Ranma forgetting to cover her chest. She has no problem with nudity at all, and has a habit of showing up in Ranma's bathtub unexpected.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: She ends up unexpectedly naked when she changes back into human form (admittedly, she doesn't care much).
  • She's Got Legs: The camera often focus on her legs when she wear her pink Qipao outfit and is in swimsuit or bikini. Another example is in episode 16, one of her first appearances, where a pantless Shampoo chase male-Ranma and she jumps in the air over him with her legs well in evidence.
  • Shout-Out: Shampoo is generally considered to be a homage to Lum — the anime was even going to give her green hair and light blue eyes originally, as can be seen in the season one opening credits. For a Mythology Gag, she's seen from behind jogging through a scene wearing Lum's trademark outfit in one episode of InuYasha.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Shampoo may sound like a bubbly airhead, but it's only because she can't speak the language right. She can easily be a Manipulative Bitch if she choses to, and has deployed countless sneaky techniques to try and win Ranma for herself.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When Nabiki tried to auction off Ranma, she suggested simply killing Nabiki to save money.
  • Suicide Pact: In the final arc of the series she tries to pull one with Ranma using Akane as a hostage. Granted, she was brainwashed, but still...
  • Super Speed: Much slower than Ranma, but considerably swifter than Akane. In their first "match" she was able to dodge Akane's attack, get behind her, and complete her Laser-Guided Amnesia inducing Pressure Points attack, all in the span of seconds (five to six in the anime, though a much less impressive 56 in the manga). An even more impressive display occurs during the manga's version of the Miss Takeout Race story, which doesn't happen very long afterwards; Cologne throws a barrage of daggers at Shampoo, who is currently serving some customers. Without looking back, Shampoo tosses her order straight up in the air, uses the serving tray to deflect the daggers right back where they came from, pinning the people that Cologne was showing off to harmlessly to the wall, then catches the order back on the tray and resumes serving it. All without spilling anything or seeming even the slightest phased by this. Akane, meanwhile, doesn't get a similar feat until the second-last manga story — and her version, while still impressive, still isn't quite in the same league.
  • Super Strength: In the Super Soba story Shampoo is explicitly shown as stronger than regular Akane, as she topples over her rival after a brief arm-wrestling competition. She also routinely effortlessly plows through wood, concrete and steel as though it is wet cardboard.
  • There Was a Door: In the manga, almost never uses a door if she can make a dramatic entrance through a solid wall instead. Even in the anime, she's still the one most likely to do this. Notably, she was once given a hypnotic suggestion to "go home peacefully" and she still smashed through the Tendo's courtyard wall.
  • True Love's Kiss: This is what's to break the curse placed on her by Maomolin, and ONLY Ranma can do it. It's doubtful if Mousse did it, it would not work anyway since Shampoo doesn't love him that way.
  • Tsundere: Shows shades of this towards Mousse during the very rare moments in that she shows some sympathy for him, particularly in the anime specials. It can be noted that she beat up Mousse exactly like usual while she is wearing a cursed brooch that made her hate those she loves. Cologne even commented that "It seems as if Shampoo does not hate you so much after all". But considering Cologne enjoys being snide with Mousse, and the Reversal Jewel explicitly affects only love, it's up to the reader whether it was business as usual or an actual smidgen of affection.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Has stored items in her chest on more then one occasion.
  • Waif-Fu: A short and slender Chinese girl that can take down mammoth opponents without trying. Unlike most examples, her acrobatics are downplayed (but still there) in favor of brute strength.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She yells at Ranma and blames him for the fact that she becomes a cat when splashed with cold water... right as she splashes herself with the thing.
  • You No Take Candle: In the dub, which ends up giving her Hulk Speak. She speaks simplistic/broken Japanese, too, which fits the Japanese stereotype of a Chinese person trying to speak their language. She is not the only Chinese character in the series to do this. In fact, several other Chinese characters speak this way (and judging by the flashback episode, Cologne used to). The Mexican Spanish dub avoids this really hard and she use childish speak instead, mixed with some Chinese words, but without exaggerating this.

    Cologne (Jpn: コロン Chi: 可崘) 
Voiced by: Miyoko Aso (JP), Yuko Kobayashi (JP, young), Elan Ross Gibson (EN), Magda Giner (LA), Anje Yousef (AR)

Shampoo's great-grandmother is an ancient grandmaster (grandmistress?) of Chinese martial arts and mystical lore, clocking her age in centuries. Though she initially attempts to strong-arm Ranma into agreeing to honor his Accidental Marriage to Shampoo, she calms down and mostly sticks to the sidelines after that (which may mean it was actually a test of character). She is a frequent source of advice and aid to Ranma... but she has also helped his enemies once or twice as well, usually as a ploy to force Ranma to become even stronger and thus a better catch for Shampoo.

It should be noted that the animated version directly states her age somewhere in the 300s, but the manga never outright states her age, vaguely placing her over 100.

  • Blow You Away: She was the one who taught Ranma the "Hiryū Shōten Ha" tornado technique after all. Unfortunately, she had previously used it on Happōsai, who recognized it almost as soon as Ranma initiated it.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Summoning a great white shark to help you in combat makes you this.
  • Cool Old Lady: A somewhat more antagonistic version; Ranma generally goes to her for advice on the strange and unusual, but he prefers to avoid her otherwise.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: In the anime, has a technique called "Splitting Cat Hairs" where she multiplies into 18 clones of herself.
  • Exact Words: The very first time she and Happōsai are brought together in a non-flashback form, Ranma is trying to set them up together. Happōsai even describes his "type" as someone with "big eyes" and "long hair", which Ranma is only too happy to point out.
  • Glass Cannon: Although she was never defeated in combat, and is one of the two most skilled martial artists in the series, she can be knocked out with a sharp Tap on the Head if she lets her guard down.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: As a young girl, she was basically a slightly older Shampoo.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Old Ghoul". Happōsai calls her "Li'l Cologne" or "Cologne-chan" when they meet each other again.
  • Ki Attacks: It takes considerable motivation for her to resort to these, but when she does, she doesn't even need to call out the attack. She just tosses a fireball that can melt through metal. Of course, the Hiryū Shōten Ha falls into this category, and fanon attributes the Shark Fist and Bakusai Tenketsu to ki manipulation.
  • Making a Splash: Her "Shark Fist" technique which fires a blast of water shaped like a shark.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: A "typical" example, going from a Shampoo-like Amazon in her teens to a wrinkly she-gnome with long hair by the time of the series.
  • Ms. Exposition: Will typically sit down and explain lore related to Jusenkyō, ancient Chinese tribes, magical devices, and the occasional secret martial arts technique, and she will fulfill this role even if Shampoo is nowhere present in the plot.
  • Never Mess with Granny: This "little old lady" can kick the ass of just about any of the main characters in the series when she feels inclined. There's a reason she's the go-to person for some of the series' more devastating, useful, and powerful techniques. She can even toss Pantyhose Tarō's monster form around like it is nothing.
  • Old Master: She looks like a deformed she-gnome, measures her age in centuries rather then years, and can still beat down any two of the teenage martial artists at the same time.
  • Pressure Point: She is a master of this, able to make a person sensitive to high temperatures, or fall asleep. She also taught Ryōga the Bakusai Tenketsu tehcnique.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is much longer than she is tall (then again, she's rather small).
  • Trickster Mentor: Gives her students everything from sound advice to Training from Hell, but if she can teach them and make them look stupid at the same time, she's much happier.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In the anime, a time-travel episode shows the young Cologne as having very dark blue hair and green eyes.

     Mousse (Jpn: ムース Chi: 沐絲) 
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (JP), Brad Swaile (EN), José Antonio Macías (LA, TV series), Daniel Abundis (LA, episode 26), José Gilberto Vilchis (LA, OVAS and Movies), Rafat Bazoo (AR)

Shampoo's "stupid friend from childhood", Mousse is head-over-heels for her and chases after her madly in a desperate attempt to win her love, either by kissing her feet or by proving his prowess by defeating the man she wants to marry. Though his relationship with Ranma is much more bitter and hostile than, say, Ryōga's, Mousse does eventually come to something of an understanding with him, and stops actually attempting to kill him — though not enough to make him stop blaming Ranma for "keeping Shampoo from him". While she doesn't seem to outright hate him, she certainly doesn't seem to have any romantic interest in him, to the extent that even saving her from mind control (giving up a chance to make her his literal love slave in the process) didn't earn him so much as a "thank you," and she had to be tricked into helping save his life.

  • Above the Influence: In the final arc of the series when Shampoo emerges from an egg that will make her obey the first person she sees without question Mousse has the perfect opportunity to make himself her master and win her love. Instead he holds up a mirror making Shampoo see herself and restoring her free will, and she immediately goes back to chasing Ranma. Afterward he says it was probably the stupidest thing he'd ever done, but in the moment that mattered, he didn't think so.
    • In fact, out of all the people involved in the Love Dodecahedron (and excluding Ranma and Akane), he's the only suitor who has never manipulated, blackmailed, charmed, or bewitched the object of their affection, even if his "If I kill/beat up Ranma Shampoo will be mine" strategy leaves much to be desired.
  • Badass Longcoat: For all of THREE panels when he first appears. He can still give this impression when he fights seriously.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Played for laughs. He will constantly mistake inanimate objects for the people he's talking to. He once mistook a tanuki statue for Shampoo, even going so far as to ask "her" how and when she got so fat. And he's frankly not much better off even when wearing them. However, when engaged in serious combat, he can and will fight very effectively without his glasses, even against opponents that he shouldn't be able to track accurately through sound alone.
  • The Bully: Is perfectly willing to join an assault on a weakened Ranma, to ambush and kidnap Akane for the sake of luring Ranma to him, to threaten to afflict Akane with a Jusenkyō curse for added "incentive", to cheat in the name of victory, and to kill for expediency. He also instinctively starts beating up the youthenized Ryōga and Ranma when he realizes they look like his rivals.
  • Can't Catch Up: For a while, when Ranma and Ryōga kept gaining power ups from training, he just couldn't keep up with their level. He constantly gets trounced whenever pitted against them. Ryōga once even managed to simultaneously fight him, Kuno, Principal Kuno, and Gosunkugi off when they decided to gang up on a weakened Ranma in a Go Through Me moment. However, he was still able to fight toe to toe with Mint in the Musk Dynasty arc, and, later on, going on "dates" with a stupendously heavy Jizō statue accidentally brought up his strength and endurance tremendously.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He has been pursuing Shampoo since they were kids. Whether he actually is her "childhood friend" or not is up for debate, considering Shampoo calls him her "stupid friend from childtime" and all of his flashbacks to that point in their life show her treating him the exact same way she does now (alternatively ignoring and hitting him).
  • Combat Pragmatist: Just look at how he fights and how many implement of cutting, piercing and blunt death he carries... Although he's plenty skilled in unarmed combat, he rarely does so if he can still pull out a weapon hidden somewhere in his person (the one time he tried and dropped the Badass Longcoat with his many weapons he suddenly revealed he has knives in his shoes).
  • Cursed with Awesome: While at a general disadvantage as a duck, he does gain the ability to fly and he can still use hidden weapons (usually throwing knives in his wings).
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Shampoo. The manga makes it very clear that, when he's not fighting Ranma over her, he's extremely devoted to her and sincerely tries to do right by her, working himself to an early grave if it means taking her out on a happy date... he just has the most horrible tastes and even worse timing, and she doesn't appreciate his persistence.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In the manga, Shampoo considers him to rate somewhere between bacteria and pond scum, no matter what he does for her. In the anime, she was appreciative during the second movie.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Likes to invoke this... but, usually, whenever he takes the glasses off dramatically, he ends up looking stupid and ruining the effect.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Without his glasses he's a gorgeous Long-Haired Pretty Boy. Too bad he's also blind as a bat.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Mousse often wears a Chinese robe with long sleeves from which he can pull a seemingly endless stream of weapons.
  • Hidden Weapons: Literally the Master of Hidden Weapons. His oversized sleeves houses a massive Hyperspace Arsenal. Check Hyperspace Arsenal below for more details.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Most of it was spent unsuccessfully trying to win over Shampoo.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Shampoo, much like she is to Ranma. Ever since his introduction he has been endlessly chasing her and trying to win her over.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal and Improbable Weapon User: Duck potty, yo-yos, cup-and-balls, gauntlets on ropes, multiple swords (the first Non-Serial Movie has him create "wings" by sprouting about six or seven broadswords from each sleeve)... the sheer amount of crap he can conceal and actually use relatively effectively, with or without modifications, is truly amazing. Lampshaded in a Filler episode where he's able to pull out a bomb far larger than he is from his person. Handwaved away as he states how he couldn't be a master at concealed weaponry if he couldn't.
    • Even without his coat he is a master of this. In one of the movies, when attacked in his bathing suit, he responds by launching several Kusarigama from his wrist bands.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be very petty and insufferable in his rivalry to Ranma and in his attempts to win over Shampoo. However when the situation gets really bad he will become sensible and assist his rival until the danger is averted. When Maomaoling had cursed Shampoo into permanently turning into a cat, he even agreed to allowing Ranma kiss her due to needing a True Love's Kiss.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Mad Love: He will stoically suffer through virtually any amount of abuse Shampoo heaps on him, firmly convinced that his dedication and displays of prowess will win her over, no matter that she has stated outright that she hates him and wants him dead.
  • Made of Iron: Although not as tough as Ranma or Ryoga, his constant punishment at the hands of Shampoo, and his duels with Ranma have given him super human toughness. During the final arc, he is surprised when a foe cannot simply shrug off being hit by a boulder that "couldn't weigh more than five tons."
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: During the first half of the series, Mousse made at least four attempts to kill Ranma, so he can have Shampoo for himself. One of them through subterfuge. Although he apparently simply attempts to prove himself stronger in their few confrontations after the Herb arc.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: He actually prefers to be Blind Without 'Em because of how they make him look goofy.'
  • The Rival: To both Ranma and Ryōga. Though he has a much more personal one with the former due to conflicts over their relationships with Shampoo. With Ryōga it's more of a power struggle and a conflict in nobility, as Ryōga does not stoop as low as Mousse does.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Pretty much defines who he is. Although redeems himself by the final arc of the manga, when deciding to set Shampoo free of her enslavement rather than refocus it on himself... and is naturally paid with no appreciation whatsoever (or even noticing that he's there).
  • Super Speed: Fast enough to be in the same general league as Ranma and Ryōga, but they are shown as able to avoid most of his attacks by exerting themselves. Sometimes considered by fanon to be the fastest of the three, as he was pitted against Mint, the fastest of the Musk Dynasty warriors.
  • Super Strength: At least around the same level as Ranma, going by the fact that the latter was very impressed after a thoroughly exhausted Mousse split a large iron bell barehanded.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Arguably his fight in the second movie.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: He gained tremendous stamina and strength by going out on dates with "Shampoo" (in reality, a stupendously heavy Jizō statue that had assumed her likeness), thanks to the fact he was going days without rest and constantly hauling around the statue when he wasn't doing his jobs at the Nekohanten.
  • You No Take Candle: Averted. Mousse is the same age and just as Chinese as Shampoo, yet he speaks fluent, if accented, Japanese. In the English versions, he speaks slightly more formally than the other teenagers.

     Pantyhose Tarō (パンスト太郎) 
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Furumoto (JP), Matt Hill (EN), Irwin Daayán (LA)

The only recurring villain of the series outside of the main cast, who appears in three stories, Pantyhose Tarō was named by Happōsai (as if you couldn't guess) and unintentionally baptized by him in the "Spring of Drowned Ox-Riding, Crane & Eel-Carrying, Yeti". As his cursed form is a powerful monster, as opposed to a girl or a small animal, Pantyhose Tarō has no problems with his Jusenkyō form (it also helps that he has lived with it from the moment he was born), but hates Happōsai with a vengeance for his name and is dedicated to having him change it... by his village lore, Happōsai is the only person in the world who can do this, so if he can't make the old pervert see sense, he'll live with the name "Pantyhose Tarō" for the rest of his life. Between his first and second stories, he somehow manages to use "Spring of Drowned Octopus" water to give his cursed form giant tentacles, and become even stronger.

  • Accidental Pervert: He accidentally stumbles across Rouge bathing.
  • Arch-Nemesis: He is the sworn enemy of Happōsai for the name embarrassing name that the old man bestowed upon him, and the fact that due to his village law only the one who named him can change it. He has dedicated his life to capturing Happōsai and making him change his name, but constantly gets thwarted due to his attempts clashing with the Nerima Wrecking Crew.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: One of the few characters in this series with both the attitude and the skills to back it up.
  • Berserk Button: Being called by his name. Before it was revealed, he reacted the same way to Ranma calling him "pantsuto yaro" ("pantyhose bastard") which sounds way too close to his actual name.
  • Big Bad: The closest the series gets to one, being the most reoccurring antagonist of three story arcs.
  • The Bully: Relishes the power of his cursed form and uses it to beat up and terrify others into submitting to him.
  • Combat Tentacles: In his second and third appearances.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Crisscrosses with Blessed with Suck as he doesn't actually mind it, as he may not quite be in Ranma's league of pure hand-to-hand-combat without traps and manipulation, and has not demonstrated any special-techniques, giving him a hell of a trump card with some cold water. In fact, when other characters believe his beef with Happōsai is this curse, he states that he doesdn't mind it at all. Justified: unlike other characters who are overall weaker in their cursed form, Pantyhose Tarō's form is very powerful, which actually makes him stronger once he changes.
  • Embarrassing First Name: The prefix of his first name is Pantyhose. Is it any wonder he runs away from girls who ask him what it is? His planned new name isn't much better either... (he wants to be called "Awesome Tarō").
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Pantyhose Tarō considers living his life with the name of Pantyhose Tarō as this, which is why he is so hellbent on hunting Happosai to force him to change it.
  • Foil: To Ranma. Both characters are martial artists who are cursed by the Jusenkyo springs, and are routinely screwed over by Happosiai. While Ranma has managed to remain a more or less noble individual, and does his best not to dwell on what would be a more than well justified grudge, Pantyhose Tarō has completely given in to his rage and resentment, not only going after Happosai, who is the ultimate cause and target of his rage, but is more than willing to grievously harm, if not kill, anyone he comes across whom he thinks might be in the way, even if they have nothing to do with him, like Akane.
  • Giant Flyer: His cursed form is a mass of solid muscle several stories tall, and yet his wings are appropriately crane-sized. He still pulls off fancy aerial maneuvers and can fly fast enough to travel from deep mainland China all the way to Japan within an afternoon.
  • Iconic Item: For all his hatred for his first name, he still wears a pair of pantyhose around his waist in lieu of a sash. It is also his calling card when he first appears in Nerima, wrapping all his victims in pantyhose as a way to taunt the person who named him.
  • Jerkass: Even if he does have something of a Freudian Excuse, he's still a real asshole.
  • Kill It with Water: Plays around with this trope. Dousing him with hot water reverts him to his weaker human form, making him vulnerable. On the other hand, letting him get splashed with cold water lets him turn into his monster form, at which point he's more than happy to hand out some beatings.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His cursed form.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the few fighters who has successfully manipulated (and outcheated) Ranma during battle, and capable of setting up strategic traps.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Pantyhose Tarō's cursed form is apparently constructed with the premise of "what types of creatures would you have to mix to create something more-or-less archetypical demonic-looking?" Answer: You toss a yeti, an ox, an eel and a crane into one Jusenkyō Spring, and get a creature with the frame of a yeti, the head and hooves of an ox, an eel as a tail... and a pair of crane, rather than bat, wings, which is the only odd one out. He is even referred to as a "demon-lord" in the play Ranma set up for Happōsai. Later he turns into a spoof of a "tentacle-demon" by adding "Spring of Drowned Octopus" to the concoction... with the bonus of shooting blinding ink blasts from his fingers.
  • The Nicknamer: He never refers to others by their real name. He specifically singles out Ranma to call him "okama yaro" ("crossdressing bastard," or just "crossdresser" in the English release) and annoy him to no end.
  • Noble Demon: He may be a complete asshole, but he will still save helpless girls he encounters.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his ruthless nature, and stating that he has no hesitation about beating or killing a woman who was in his way, he is known to have saved a number of girls from being attacked after encountering them in danger. After accidentally spotting Rouge in the nude, he let her beat him up in retribution until he figured she'd had enough.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Possibly, as homophobic and transphobic slurs are his go-to insult style against Ranma.
  • The Sociopath: Probably not as extreme as Nabiki, but basically a male version of Shampoo.
  • Super Speed: Able to keep up with Ranma when in human form, but slower (and appears somewhat less intelligent) in chimaera mode. The octopus tentacles definitely helped to make up for it though.
  • Super Strength: Roughly the same level as male Ranma when human, given that their punches had literally equal effect on one another in the Rouge arc, and much stronger as a chimaera.
  • Take Over the World: In his third story, after misunderstanding what Rouge's "sources of power" are, he declares he'll use them to increase his own power and use it to conquer the world.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite everything Ranma's team have done for him, he remains very rude to them and will not hesitate to beat them up.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In order to get stronger, rather than training and honing his skills like all the other characters, his solution is to dunk himself into yet another accursed spring and gain upgrades to his cursed form like octopus tentacles.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Sort of. His cursed form is enormous and powerful — albeit a bit silly-looking — so he's the only one to regularly carry cold water with him. Especially if he's going to a fight.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Happōsai, who else?
  • Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't usually bother with weaklings, and deliberately lets slighted women take out their anger on him for as long as he deems appropriate, but if the girl in question proves strong enough to fight, he holds nothing back.
  • Your Size May Vary: His minotaur-like form can vary between about just twice as tall as a man, to being able to fit an human being comfortably into his palm. The addition of Combat Tentacles doesn't help; their length and thickness are quite variable too.

     The Jusenkyō Guide 
Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera (JP), Ian James Corlett & Michael Donovan (EN), Martín Soto (LA), Rafat Bazoo (AR)

A mysterious man who acts as something of a tour guide to Jusenkyō and, to a lesser extent, the surrounding areas. He's not a very good one, though, as he seems to need a map to find his own way around the springs and he fails to prevent anyone from ending up cursed at Jusenkyō. He also utterly failed to keep Ranma from ending up getting the Kiss of Death/Kiss of Marriage from Shampoo.

  • Catch Phrase: "Very tragic story!"
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Even the most polite characters refer to him as Mr. Guide/Guide-san.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Always seen in the same faded green Maoist uniform, cap and all, even though it's not implied to be standard attire for his job.
  • No Name Given
  • Poor Communication Kills: He fails to disclose the nature of the Jusenkyō springs to anyone in time to prevent mishaps. He fails to warn Ranma that challenging, and then defeating Shampoo as a man or as a woman will have consequences either way (even while he's translating said challenge and he's perfectly aware of the implications). He neglects to inform anyone that Jusenkyō can be drained, just so long as they restore the flow at the source again. And finally, he never says anything about Jusenkyō's level coming back down after it becomes flooded, so everyone goes home and gives up on the cures. In the anime, there's an episode where he comes to Nerima because, on this once-a-millenium day, the Tendō Dojo's koi pond can be turned into a Jusenkyō outlet. He naturally fails to warn that if they stuff this up, it can't be performed again for 1000 years, and that something like breaking the rope he surrounds the pond with will cause the ritual to fail and leave them all stuck with their curses.
  • You No Take Candle: However, unlike Shampoo, his dub voice doesn't use Hulk Speak (although he comes pretty close).

The Jusenkyō Guide's young daughter, who seemingly is studying to take his place when she grows up. Unusually mature for her age, exceptionally mature for the characters of Ranma ½.

  • Damsel in Distress: When Ranma first rescues her from Koruma and Masala.
  • Girlish Pigtails: One on each side of her head, above the ears.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears flowers in her hair, at the base of each pigtail.
  • Hell Is Coming With Me: She arrives at Nerima to warn the cast about the Phoenix People's plan to drain Jusenkyō, and ask for their help. The characters are then embroiled in a quest that, otherwise, would've blown right over them without incident.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Takes after her father, so it seems. After Jusenkyō is drained and the cursees are all angsting, she remembers that they could simply reopen the flow at the source. They then call her out on not telling them sooner and sparing them the grief.
  • Ugly Guy Cute Daughter: The characters just can't believe the Jusenkyō Guide has a daughter, let alone a cute one.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Although her age is never explicitly stated, she looks similar in age to the six year-old child Ranma. She's still far wiser than the teens whose help she seeks (or, indeed, the adults), is incredibly resourceful (managed to get from deep inland China to Japan on her own, while on the run from deadly warriors), and is also quite fearless.