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* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Tatewaki Kunō applies this trope to himself regularly as part of his [[LoveableSexManiac never-ending quest for a date]] from Akane Tendō and/or Ranma Saotome. He routinely attacks either girl, proclaiming that if he defeats them then they must allow him to go on a date with them, but whenever they fight back, he also states that if they defeat him, then he will allow them to go on a date with him. That they do not ''want'' a date with him is something his absurdly inflated ego prevents him from realising.

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* HeadsIWinTailsYouLose: Tatewaki Kunō applies this trope to himself regularly as part of his [[LoveableSexManiac [[LovableSexManiac never-ending quest for a date]] from Akane Tendō and/or Ranma Saotome. He routinely attacks either girl, proclaiming that if he defeats them then they must allow him to go on a date with them, but whenever they fight back, he also states that if they defeat him, then he will allow them to go on a date with him. That they do not ''want'' a date with him is something his absurdly inflated ego prevents him from realising.


* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: Present early in the series, with many convenient bodies/sources of cold water, and Ranma frequently being forced into otherwise benign bodies of water due to his tendency to jump before he looked (Tendō koi pond, anyone?). Disappointingly increasingly {{averted}} [[JumpedTheShark later in the series]]. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot They threw away/forgot one of the primary gags of the series. Especially by having Ranma keep his secret from the school the whole time in the anime.]]

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* KryptoniteIsEverywhere: Present early in the series, with many convenient bodies/sources of cold water, and Ranma frequently being forced into otherwise benign bodies of water due to his tendency to jump before he looked (Tendō koi pond, anyone?). Disappointingly increasingly {{averted}} [[JumpedTheShark later in the series]]. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot They threw away/forgot one of the primary gags of the series. Especially by having Ranma keep his secret from the school the whole time in the anime.]]


* * IconicOutfit: Ranma wears a variety of Chinese style clothes throughout the series, usually Mandarin collared shirts, black pants and slip-on shoes. During the winter, he opts for a Mao suit complete with red star cap. When required to wear special outfits a gymnastics leotard, figure skating costume or cheerleading outfit it's always in his signature style. It's so iconic to him, he even gets out of wearing the school uniform.

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* * IconicOutfit: Ranma wears a variety of Chinese style clothes throughout the series, usually Mandarin collared shirts, black pants and slip-on shoes. During the winter, he opts for a Mao suit complete with red star cap. When required to wear special outfits a gymnastics leotard, figure skating costume or cheerleading outfit it's always in his signature style. It's so iconic to him, he even gets out of wearing the school uniform.

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* * IconicOutfit: Ranma wears a variety of Chinese style clothes throughout the series, usually Mandarin collared shirts, black pants and slip-on shoes. During the winter, he opts for a Mao suit complete with red star cap. When required to wear special outfits a gymnastics leotard, figure skating costume or cheerleading outfit it's always in his signature style. It's so iconic to him, he even gets out of wearing the school uniform.


* ImportantHaircut: Akane, though not by choice (one of Ryōga's rogue bandanna's cuts off her hair) she still uses it as a right of passage to move on from her childhood crush.

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* ImportantHaircut: Akane, though not by choice (one of Ryōga's rogue bandanna's bandannas cuts off her hair) she still uses it as a right of passage to move on from her childhood crush.



* IndecisiveParody: While some people consider it an action comedy series where the humor extends into the depiction of martial arts tropes, other people see it as this. Especially since it pokes fun at otherwise serious scenarios (a duel against a nigh-invulnerable opponent whose fingerpoke can explode a person to bits[[note]]or so they believe[[/note]], a teamup against a two story-tall minotaur monster, a no-holds-barred battle with a murderous ki master, a duel against a deathly-serious opponent with layers upon layers of meaning about family honor,) with hilarious {{lampshade hanging}}s of techniques and deconstructions of the foes' motives (an "Ultimate Secret Technique" that consists of running away to think up something better, the monster is actually a {{Jerkass}} martial artist named "[[EmbarrassingFirstName Pantyhose Tarō]]" by Happōsai, Ranma stealing the deathly-serious opponent's clothes and leaving him in boxers, etc.) And that's the "serious" fights against "serious" enemies -- the comedy-oriented MartialArtsAndCrafts contests fully embrace the trope, showing eating contests or martial arts cooking battles with the same [[SeriousBusiness exaggerated drama]] of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' or ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.

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* IndecisiveParody: While some people consider it an action comedy series where the humor extends into the depiction of martial arts tropes, other people see it as this. Especially since it pokes fun at otherwise serious scenarios (a duel against a nigh-invulnerable opponent whose fingerpoke can explode a person to bits[[note]]or so they believe[[/note]], a teamup team-up against a two story-tall minotaur monster, a no-holds-barred battle with a murderous ki master, a duel against a deathly-serious opponent with layers upon layers of meaning about family honor,) with hilarious {{lampshade hanging}}s of techniques and deconstructions of the foes' motives (an "Ultimate Secret Technique" that consists of running away to think up something better, the monster is actually a {{Jerkass}} martial artist named "[[EmbarrassingFirstName Pantyhose Tarō]]" by Happōsai, Ranma stealing the deathly-serious opponent's clothes and leaving him in boxers, etc.) And that's the "serious" fights against "serious" enemies -- the comedy-oriented MartialArtsAndCrafts contests fully embrace the trope, showing eating contests or martial arts cooking battles with the same [[SeriousBusiness exaggerated drama]] of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' or ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.



* IWasJustPassingThrough: Is actually subverted with Ryōga, who comes to Ranma's aid during the moxibustion storyline. With Ryōga as Ranma's not-very-friendly (up until then) [[TheRival Rival]], whose [[NoSenseOfDirection horrible directional sense]] would enable him to ''legitimately'' make the claim to having been "just passing through," you'd expect the playing of this card to be a no-brainer. But when Ranma out-and-out asks him if he's [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou saving him for himself]], Ryōga angrily denies it, says he hates bullies, and then breaks down crying with sadness to see a "great warrior" such as Ranma reduced to such a state. Later he helps Ranma regain his strength.

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* IWasJustPassingThrough: Is actually subverted with Ryōga, who comes to Ranma's aid during the moxibustion storyline. With Ryōga as Ranma's not-very-friendly (up until then) [[TheRival Rival]], rival]], whose [[NoSenseOfDirection horrible directional sense]] would enable him to ''legitimately'' make the claim to having been "just passing through," you'd expect the playing of this card to be a no-brainer. But when Ranma out-and-out asks him if he's [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou saving him for himself]], Ryōga angrily denies it, says he hates bullies, and then breaks down crying with sadness to see a "great warrior" such as Ranma reduced to such a state. Later he helps Ranma regain his strength.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ranma on a bad day, and Ryōga. Ranma can be arrogant, petty, manipulative, but will generally feel sorry about being an ass and is compassionate and helpful towards most people in trouble. Ryōga gives a harsh first impression, his anger can run away with him, and he is prone to idiotic behaviour, but behaves in a more polite and considerate manner in general, is just as helpful as Ranma when confronted with people in trouble, and his compassion is as overemotional as the rest of him. (Typical example: when Ranma is rendered weak by Happōsai, and needs someone to fight seriously against him, Ryōga tries to help, but finds that he is unable to consciously strike someone so much weaker than himself, and runs away crying TenderTears... Also earlier in the same arc, it's Ryōga who saves Ranma from Tatewaki Kunō, Principal Kunō and Mousse, because he couldn't bear to see anyone taking advantage of his weakness.) Granted, this aspect of his is only shown later on in the story.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ranma on a bad day, and Ryōga. Ranma can be arrogant, petty, manipulative, but will generally feel sorry about being an ass and is compassionate and helpful towards most people in trouble. Ryōga gives a harsh first impression, his anger can run away with him, and he is prone to idiotic behaviour, but behaves in a more polite and considerate manner in general, is just as helpful as Ranma when confronted with people in trouble, and his compassion is as overemotional as the rest of him. (Typical Typical example: when Ranma is rendered weak by Happōsai, and needs someone to fight seriously against him, Ryōga tries to help, but finds that he is unable to consciously strike someone so much weaker than himself, and runs away crying TenderTears... Also earlier in the same arc, it's Ryōga who saves Ranma from Tatewaki Kunō, Principal Kunō and Mousse, because he couldn't bear to see anyone taking advantage of his weakness.) Granted, this aspect of his is only shown later on in the story.



* KickTheSonOfABitch: Those who don't think of Mousse as a JerkassWoobie (and even some who do) typically regard Shampoo's mistreatment of him at this. It shows she can be cold, cruel and callous, yes, but, as they point out, Mousse is a blatant StalkerWithACrush who has been harrassing her for thirteen years before the series starts, at least, and chased her to Japan openly declaring his intention was to MurderTheHypotenuse. Shampoo makes it extremely clear in both continuities that she does not love Mousse and has never loved him (making Mousse's attempt to beat Ranma to make him "give her up" clearly more using him as a scapegoat than anything), rather than this being a case of BelligerentSexualTension. Not only does she continually refuse his efforts to kiss her during one story in which she is looking at being [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a cat forever]] if she can't be kissed, insisting that the only way the kiss will work is if she loves the person she kisses, the manga has a {{filler}} story where she hears that it sounds like Mousse is going to die... and couldn't care less. While Ranma (who Mousse has tried to kill or at least humiliate dozens of times), Cologne (who sees Mousse as an annoyance at best) and [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Akane]] desperately race to save Mousse, Shampoo promptly turns on her UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo and starts playing games, leaving Akane, who was trying to warn her, to go storming off in disgust.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Those who don't think of Mousse as a JerkassWoobie (and even some who do) typically regard Shampoo's mistreatment of him at as this. It shows she can be cold, cruel and callous, yes, but, as they point out, Mousse is a blatant StalkerWithACrush who has been harrassing her for thirteen years before the series starts, at least, and chased her to Japan openly declaring his intention was to MurderTheHypotenuse. Shampoo makes it extremely clear in both continuities that she does not love Mousse and has never loved him (making Mousse's attempt to beat Ranma to make him "give her up" clearly more using him as a scapegoat than anything), rather than this being a case of BelligerentSexualTension. Not only does she continually refuse his efforts to kiss her during one story in which she is looking at being [[BalefulPolymorph turned into a cat forever]] if she can't be kissed, insisting that the only way the kiss will work is if she loves the person she kisses, the manga has a {{filler}} story where she hears that it sounds like Mousse is going to die... and couldn't care less. While Ranma (who Mousse has tried to kill or at least humiliate dozens of times), Cologne (who sees Mousse as an annoyance at best) and [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Akane]] desperately race to save Mousse, Shampoo promptly turns on her UsefulNotes/SuperNintendo and starts playing games, leaving Akane, who was trying to warn her, to go storming off in disgust.



* KryptoniteProofSuit: Water proof soap.

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* KryptoniteProofSuit: Water proof Waterproof soap.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Or Bokken Guided Amnesia as it were...
* LastConfessionWins
* LeftHanging: The Anime series ends nowhere near the manga's climax, whose own open ending may be just as bad depending on your perspective -- though by that point both the manga and the anime had evolved into an ensemble comedy and any semblance of an overall plot arc had long-since been abandoned. Takahashi likely took one look at the LoveDodecahedron and simply gave up resolving it. It's worth a mention, however, that [[spoiler: Ranma and Akane made a lot of progress in their relationship, as compared to the earlier volumes. In the later volumes, they implictly talk about "their relationship" and ocasionally dare to each other to acknowledge his/her feelings first. In a Valentine's Day episode, Ranma suggests Akane buying him chocolates instead of ''making'' them and Akane finally gives him a brownie. And Ranma is even able to confess his love to her in the final volume.]]

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* %%* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Or Bokken Guided Amnesia as it were...
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* LeftHanging: The Anime anime series ends nowhere near the manga's climax, whose own open ending may be just as bad depending on your perspective -- though by that point both the manga and the anime had evolved into an ensemble comedy and any semblance of an overall plot arc had long-since been abandoned. Takahashi likely took one look at the LoveDodecahedron and simply gave up resolving it. It's worth a mention, however, that [[spoiler: Ranma and Akane made a lot of progress in their relationship, as compared to the earlier volumes. In the later volumes, they implictly talk about "their relationship" and ocasionally dare to each other to acknowledge his/her feelings first. In a Valentine's Day episode, Ranma suggests Akane buying him chocolates instead of ''making'' them and Akane finally gives him a brownie. And Ranma is even able to confess his love to her in the final volume.]]



** However a perfect love potion that causes no complications and side effects doesn't seem to exist.

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** However However, a perfect love potion that causes no complications and side effects doesn't seem to exist.

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* GodlikeGamer: Parodied with the Gambling King. He thinks he's one, but in reality, the only reason he always wins is because he plays against children. Whenever he goes up against someone with even some degree of skill, he gets defeated quite easily. Fortunately for him, he goes up against TheProtagonist Ranma Saotome, who is equally as terrible a gamer so is matched quite evenly with him.


* IronicEcho: PlayedForLaughs. In the episode "Curse of the Scroll", a scuffle between Ranma and Genma inadvertently causes a talisman come off from a scroll, releasing the entity drawn on it -- a badly-drawn female panda, which wishes for a night out with a "boyfriend" before going back into the scroll. Ranma eagerly volunteers Genma (in his panda form, natch) to Painting!Panda, saying to Genma: "Don't you feel sorry for her, pop?" Painting!Panda, however, rejects Genma at once and takes a liking to RANMA instead, prompting Genma to prevent Ranma from running away with one hand while [[TalkingWithSigns holding a sign with the words "Don't you feel sorry for her, boy?" with the other.]] Ranma ends up as Painting!Panda's "boyfriend" for that night, if reluctantly.

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* IronicEcho: PlayedForLaughs. In the episode "Curse of the Scroll", a scuffle between Ranma and Genma inadvertently causes a talisman come off from a scroll, releasing the entity drawn on it -- a badly-drawn female panda, which wishes for a night out with a "boyfriend" before going back into the scroll. Ranma eagerly volunteers Genma (in his panda form, natch) to Painting!Panda, Painting-panda, saying to Genma: "Don't you feel sorry for her, pop?" Painting!Panda, Painting-panda, however, rejects Genma at once and takes a liking to RANMA instead, prompting Genma to prevent Ranma from running away with one hand while [[TalkingWithSigns holding a sign with the words "Don't you feel sorry for her, boy?" with the other.]] Ranma ends up as Painting!Panda's Painting-panda's "boyfriend" for that night, if reluctantly.


* HeroRivalBaddieteamUp: One of the main {{Power Trio}}s is between Ranma and two of his main rivals Ryoga and Mousse. While Ryoga has cast aside most of his animosity and has forged a BashBrothers dynamic with Ranma, Mousse on the other hand still remains very bitter towards Ranma and will only ever work with him for personal gain and usually with ulterior motives.

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* HeroRivalBaddieteamUp: HeroRivalBaddieTeamUp: One of the main {{Power Trio}}s is between Ranma and two of his main rivals Ryoga and Mousse. While Ryoga has cast aside most of his animosity and has forged a BashBrothers dynamic with Ranma, Mousse on the other hand still remains very bitter towards Ranma and will only ever work with him for personal gain and usually with ulterior motives.

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* HeroRivalBaddieteamUp: One of the main {{Power Trio}}s is between Ranma and two of his main rivals Ryoga and Mousse. While Ryoga has cast aside most of his animosity and has forged a BashBrothers dynamic with Ranma, Mousse on the other hand still remains very bitter towards Ranma and will only ever work with him for personal gain and usually with ulterior motives.


* JewelersEyeLoupe: In the manga, Nabiki wears an eye loupe to appraise the "engagement ring" Ranma's mother tasked Ranma to give to his fiancée. Nabiki deems it of no monetary value, which doesn't change its symbolic value. [[spoiler:Turns out, it's not an engagement ring at all, although for once it isn't because Nabiki was deceptive about it.]]]

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* JewelersEyeLoupe: In the manga, Nabiki wears an eye loupe to appraise the "engagement ring" Ranma's mother tasked Ranma to give to his fiancée. Nabiki deems it of no monetary value, which doesn't change its symbolic value. [[spoiler:Turns out, it's not an engagement ring at all, although for once it isn't because Nabiki was deceptive about it.]]]]]


* TheGreatestStyle: Ranma is a practitioner of the Saotome School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts, a style that gives him the skills and flexibility to not only learn but master many of the most difficult and dangerous fighting styles in the world. Genma, who taught Ranma much of what he knows, also used it to develop his own devastating techniques, the Umi-Sen Ken and Yama-Sen Ken. Of Genma also teands to parody this, coming up with such moves as the Crouch of the Wild Tiger (begging for forgiveness), the Howl of the Demon Dog (hurling insults) and the Saotome ultimate move (running away).

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* TheGreatestStyle: Ranma is a practitioner of the Saotome School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts, a style that gives him the skills and flexibility to not only learn but master many of the most difficult and dangerous fighting styles in the world. Genma, who taught Ranma much of what he knows, also used it to develop his own devastating techniques, the Umi-Sen Ken and Yama-Sen Ken. Of course, Genma also teands tends to parody this, coming up with such moves as the Crouch of the Wild Tiger (begging for forgiveness), the Howl of the Demon Dog (hurling insults) and the Saotome ultimate move (running away).


** A similar "dressing themselves without realizing what they're wearing" variant occurs to female Ranma. When trying to help a [[IllGirl sickly young boy]] who won't take his medicine unless she takes him on a date, she accepts the clothes he hands to her just to play along. It's only after she's dressed that she realizes she's wearing a SailorFuku blouse and [[FetishFuel gym bloomers]] (no skirt). She [[MegatonPunch kicks him out the window]] and calls him a paedophile.

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** A similar "dressing themselves without realizing what they're wearing" variant occurs to female Ranma. When trying to help a [[IllGirl sickly young boy]] who won't take his medicine unless she takes him on a date, she accepts the clothes he hands to her just to play along. It's only after she's dressed that she realizes she's wearing a SailorFuku blouse and [[FetishFuel gym bloomers]] bloomers (no skirt). She [[MegatonPunch kicks him out the window]] and calls him a paedophile.



** A {{Filler}} scene in the very early anime implies that Nabiki keeps doing this to female Ranma when the latter's clothes are all in the laundry. Although the changes happen off-screen, Ranma keeps running in and out of frame wearing a [[WholesomeCrossdresser kimono]], a [[FetishFuel dominatrix outfit]], and even a Las Vegas-style showgirl outfit, complete with tiara and feathers, all while screaming at Nabiki to stop it.

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** A {{Filler}} scene in the very early anime implies that Nabiki keeps doing this to female Ranma when the latter's clothes are all in the laundry. Although the changes happen off-screen, Ranma keeps running in and out of frame wearing a [[WholesomeCrossdresser kimono]], a [[FetishFuel dominatrix outfit]], outfit, and even a Las Vegas-style showgirl outfit, complete with tiara and feathers, all while screaming at Nabiki to stop it.

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* TheLightfooted: Ranma is light enough on his feet to walk across the edge of a katana blade. He also can run along the narrow edge of a fence.

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* GlassesAndPonytailCoverup: Ranma Saotome has this as one of his favorite disguise methods and it almost always works due to everyone around him being [[SurroundedByIdiots clueless]] and [[SuperGullible gullible]], especially [[ButtMonkey Ryoga]].

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* IronicEcho: PlayedForLaughs. In the episode "Curse of the Scroll", a scuffle between Ranma and Genma inadvertently causes a talisman come off from a scroll, releasing the entity drawn on it -- a badly-drawn female panda, which wishes for a night out with a "boyfriend" before going back into the scroll. Ranma eagerly volunteers Genma (in his panda form, natch) to Painting!Panda, saying to Genma: "Don't you feel sorry for her, pop?" Painting!Panda, however, rejects Genma at once and takes a liking to RANMA instead, prompting Genma to prevent Ranma from running away with one hand while [[TalkingWithSigns holding a sign with the words "Don't you feel sorry for her, boy?" with the other.]] Ranma ends up as Painting!Panda's "boyfriend" for that night, if reluctantly.

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