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Akane Tendō (天道 あかね, Tendō Akane)

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Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese), Myriam Sirois (English), Rossy Aguirre (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Patricia Acevedo (Latin American Spanish, OVAS and Movies), Amal Sad-aldeen (Arabic, early episodes), Etab Naeem (Arabic, some episodes), Oossaima Yoossef (Arabic, later episodes)
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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.

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     A–D 
  • 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: Whilst it's not a constant recurring theme, Akane 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. An astute observer will notice that Akane also 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. Finally, 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 also shown to have a whole box full of things meant to make her breasts grow.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • An odd case in the anime; Akane's personality and actions are translated relatively faithfully, but Ranma is very much an Adaptational Nice Guy, thus making her the codification of Tsundere in comparison. The anime makes Akane seem more impulsively violent in general, with Ranma getting far less of the manga's moments of mocking, teasing or otherwise doing nasty things. That said, the trope is also Zigzagged, in that anime Akane actually loses some of the more extreme jerkass moments of her manga counterpart, while also failing to progress far enough into the manga to show late-series scenes when she's at her nicest.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Zigzagged in the anime. On the one hand, she is more openly critical and hotheaded making her act more violently than manga-Akane in the eyes of many fans. On the other hand, a lot of her more hostile activities from the manga are cut from the anime. Prominent example: in the Hypnotic Mushrooms arc, the manga version sees Akane attack Ranma with bow and arrows, and ends with her still holding a sword and warning him to stay away, but the anime version changes that to Akane only throwing some pots at Ranma for repeatedly glomping her in the kitchen and ends on a gag with Akane and Ranma equally unsettled by/suspicious of the platter of stuffed foods that their family brought home for dinner.
  • Adaptational Wimp:
    • Downplayed, but some of Akane's feats of casual strength in the manga are absent in the anime — for example, when Principle Kuno kidnaps her and straps her to a broom in his introductory story, in the manga, she snaps it by flexing her arms and then attacks him with a flying kick, whilst in the anime, she knocks him away with the broom and then Ranma unties her. Additionally, Kodachi and Akane are on much more even footings in the anime than they are in the manga.
    • Zigzagged in that some anime stories actually invert this into Adaptational Badass. Most prominently is the Dojo Destroyer story; Akane turns him over completely to Ranma upon Ranma's return in the manga, but in the anime, the two actually have to work together in order to take the Destroyer down.
  • 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.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Weaponized in the anime's "Dual Jet Stream Raging Waters" technique, where she and Ranma stand back to back, link arms, and use each other as counterweights.
  • 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.
    • Attacks on her femininity or self-image, ranging from pointing out/mocking her chest as "small" or her figure as "fat", to insinuating her skills at traditionally female tasks like cooking or sewing are less than ideal.
  • 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 he has beaten the school's strongest fighter and going up against him would end up badly, and an arranged marriage is something they can't challenge anyway.
  • 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 could also be the Veronica as she comes from a slightly higher upbringing, can be a selfish know-it-all brat pandered by Soun and Kasumi, and has boys vying to date her to Shampoo's Betty, who comes from a lower upbringing, is always vying for Ranma's affections, and is a lot smarter than she looks and acts.
    • She is also the Archie to Ryōga's Betty and Ranma's Veronica.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Akane is usually friendly and helpful, 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, and it seems to be her primary method of training apart from jogging, as it's the one she's most often portrayed doing.
  • 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 Toma, 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 series 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, mind you.
  • 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).
  • Catchphrase: Usually heard from off-screen, either after Ranma's done something to piss her off, or anytime she catches him in a compromising position. Which is followed by either the sound of Ranma being clobbered with some blunt heavy object, or a shot of Ranma being sent flying through the roof, or out the nearest window, as Akane angrily shouts Ran-MAAAAA!! Variations include "Ranma no Baka!" in the Japanese and "Ranma, you jerk/idiot!" (a variable English translation of the former). It's so iconic to her that she actually has a short Image Song based on her voice actress constantly chanting "baka".
  • 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 regardless of personal ability or gain, and 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 came 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 get angry, often resulting in her snapping at him or even beating him up.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The battle dōgi in a manga-only arc made her a greater martial artist 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 when she cooks, 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. Some highlights include adding mayonnaise and sugar to curry (to counteract the vinegar she added earlier) and trying to make cookie dough containing cherries, cinnamon, watermelon and garlic, all at the same time.
  • 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 immediately 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, and she's never really forgiven it.
  • 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: Throughout both continuities, Akane is repeatedly captured as a hostage for some reason or another. Prominent examples include Mousse's return, Pantyhose Taro's introductory story, Principle Kuno's introductory story, the Phoenix People arc in the manga, and both of the feature films. Parodied in Mousse's return story; Mousse initially tries to kidnap her and fails because his bad eyesight makes him mistake a stuffed pig for Akane. He then tries again and succeeds halfway through the arc.
  • Damsel out of Distress: When taken captive, Akane does not usually believe in sitting around and waiting to be rescued, instead trying to free herself. Her track record of success is, admittedly, spottynote , she still does what she can to free herself.
  • 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, and is excellent at Imagine Spotting Ranma's vainglorious fantasies.
  • 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 trait 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: Downplayed. She's almost always barefoot due to wearing her gi more often than anything else. She also doesn't bother to put on sandals when she goes outside the dojo. That being said, she's not exactly averse to them as she wears them (and socks) fine with regular clothes. Like with Ranma, it's more of a convenience thing.
  • 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 Ranmanote , 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. It's not quite Love at First Punch, but it is close.
  • Expy: Takes some inspiration from Shinobu Miyake from Urusei Yatsura, being a girl with super strength and bad temper. She's also the most plain and down-to-earth compared to the other love interests.

     F–K 
  • Fanservice Pack: Akane may not dress up as skimpily as Shampoo or Kodachi, but she gets her share of attractive swimsuits and cute outfits throughout the series.
  • 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. But very soon, she stops getting anything more than minor victories to her credit, and Ranma is usually the one who does the bulk of the fighting — indeed, he works with rivals or other fiancees more often than he does with her. This starts as early as the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics story, where Kodachi is initially presented as a rival to Akane - but then Akane hurts herself at the last minute and female Ranma is substituted for her. Zigzagged slightly in the anime, where Akane does get a couple of episodes involving her singlehandedly defeating foes like Temari Kaminarimon or Ling-Ling and Lung-Lung, as well as her genuine struggle against Natsume and Kurumi in their OAV.
  • Femininity Failure: Every time she tries to do feminine activities like cooking or sewing, she epically fails. The recurring issue seems to be a lack of finesse and problems with patience, especially if she's already upset at something. For example, in the story where Nodoka attempts to teach Akane to cook, she's shown attacking a bunch of carrots for the stirfry with a cleaver. The result of her wild, violent swings is that not only are the (unpeeled!) carrots hacked into uneven chunks, but they're mixed with slivers of wood hacked from the cutting board by the force of Akane's blows, all of which are unceremoniously bundled into the wok.
  • 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. This is one of the very few areas in which she can claim superiority to Ranma, who can barely stand up when wearing iceskates.
  • 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 helps explain further why so many people become lovestruck by her.
  • 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.
  • Iconic Outfit: Despite being quite the clotheshorse in the manga, Akane is most often seen, and most often represented in ancillary media, in her standard Fuurinkan High School uniform, a blue jumper with a long-sleeved white blouse (traded for a short-sleeved one in the early anime). It is so representative of her, several of her casual outfits in the anime are simply palette-swapped versions of it.
  • 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; they live together, but they do everything they can to avoid sexual situations. And if something sexual does come up, typically, Ranma is promptly laid out. It's even subtly justified; their fathers would immediately marry them off if they thought the two were having sex, so of course they avoid it.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She might have a Hair-Trigger Temper where Ranma is concerned and rarely if ever bothers hearing him out instead of just jumping to conclusions but she isn't wrong in losing her temper with him a lot of the time. Ranma has his good points but he's also very insensitive towards Akane and has a bad habit of throwing insults at her, especially ones that he knows are going to be a Berserk Button.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When someone pushes her buttons, or she's in a very stressful situation, Akane can be very hostile and vindictive towards Ranma and those who have poked at said buttons. She can also be very possessive of the powerups she has gotten when other people try to take them away without explanation, to the point of unreasonable obstinacy when they finally do explain. On the other hand, she has come to Ranma's assistance/rescue just as often, and she goes well out of her way to help complete strangers, enemies, and self-professed rivals (or has helped Ranma save the same) without expecting anything in return.
  • 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, and often acts as if it never happened.
  • Kid Samurai: Shown to specialize 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...
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Akane IS aware that her cooking is less than perfect, but still assumes it is much better than it really is and assumes people are just being rude when they justifiably don't like her cooking. She often tries to improve or improvise recipes on the fly, without any kind of prior tasting or advice, assuming that ingredients that work well on their own can only work even better in her concoctions. She also tends to act like she's always right and everyone else is always wrong, most notably how she would refuse to hear Ranma's side of the story due to her adamantly believing he's a pervert (thinking he invited Shampoo in his bed when she snuck in; hits Ranma when he was surprised to see Ukyo in his bed, claiming Ranma was planning to sleep with her; always siding with Ryoga when he starts a fight with Ranma; actually believing Ranma is sick in mind of wanting to steal girls' underwear when he was trying to locate the Japanese Spring of Drowned Man under the girls' locker room; interfering with Ranma in the watermelon/snowman race because she thinks Ranma was trying to win a date with Shampoo when he was trying to get back the Phoenix Pill; seems to believe Ryoga never visited Jusenkyo before despite knowing about his directionally-challenged trait that took him to a lot of places even outside Japan; etc.).

     L–P 
  • 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. While her clumsiness at basic kitchen tasks is excusable (such as being ridiculously unskilled at peeling, slicing, or measuring), she generally lacks the patience and discipline to take things slow and follow strict instructions before trying to leap ahead to much more complicated dishes.
  • 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. Once she loses it, she finds her own kind of femininity that doesn't attempt to emulate her sister, but she's still very sensitive about being seen as unfeminine.
  • Love at First Punch: Akane's violent tendencies fail to chase any of her suitors off, 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. In the Mark of a God arc, she noticed the mark drawn on both Ryōga and her pet, and concluded that "the same person must have drawn on both of them!" She also never picks up the subtle hints when Ranma would taunt Ryoga by calling him P-chan (or Charlotte in the ice skating arc) right in front of her. What makes it worse was that Azusa managed to piece together that her "darling Charlotte" and Ryoga are one in the same due to seeing her collar on him, and she doesn't even know a thing about Jusenkyo. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime OAV of the Tunnel of Lost Love; at one point, Ryoga has to carry Akane across a river through a combination of leaping and running on water; he just manages get her to the shore before he falls in himself. When he scrambles up the bank in piglet form, Akane greets "P-chan" with sincere cheerful surprise, leaving Ryoga visibly dumbfounded that she evidently didn't figure it out.
  • Misplaced Retribution: She constantly punishes Ranma when another girl provokes her jealousy, such as clinging to him in affection, climbing into his bed, or following him into the bath. Ranma's protests towards the girls, or his explanations to Akane that he never asked for any of those, tend to fall on deaf ears.
  • 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.
    • On occasions when the stubborn Akane does realize that she was wrong about something (usually concerning her latest accusations towards Ranma), she quietly treats such incidents as cases of Let Us Never Speak of This Again, without any overt apologies to Ranma whatsoever. For his part, Ranma is usually just glad that the trouble is over and never presses Akane for a well-deserved apology. One such incident is when Kodachi produces doctored photos of her and Ranma kissing, leading to yet another of Akane's tantrums. Only when Akane overhears Kodachi's admission to using fake photos does her anger subside, not once listening to Ranma's vehement denials.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She tends to make things much more difficult than necessary for Ranma due to how she wrongfully assumes he's being the pervert she believes him to be.
    • In the watermelon/snowman race where she tries to interfere with Ranma trying to win, nearly costing him his chance to get the Phoenix Pill.
    • Interfering with Ranma's fight against Hinako because she thought he was trying to molest her when he was actually trying to get her pressure points to seal away Hinako's ki-draining ability. In the manga, he even shows her the chart, but instead she wrongfully assumes he's trying to molest Hinako.
    • Following Ryoga's instruction to tell him she hates him in order to learn the Ultimate Shishi Hokodan, which he uses on Ranma in the next fight (considering from what she had seen and was told about the technique, it's powered on depression, this makes it worse). Then she makes it worse in her attempt to patch it up by saying to Ryoga "Let's be friends forever!", which only makes him more depressed as he took it as being friend-zoned. Granted, she was sincerely trying to help in that last one, but was completely unaware of how he would take it.
  • Oblivious to Love: In regards to Ryōga's infatuation. 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.
  • The Obstructive Love Interest: She can be this in several occasions, more apparently in the anime. Akane tends to misunderstand Ranma's actions, jump into wrong conclusions and punish him without giving the chance to explain himself. However, Ranma also doesn't give her much of a reason to try and listen to him.
  • 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. This doesn't mean she's anywhere near bad (in fact, she's still quite capable of superhuman feats of strength, agility, and skill), just that everyone else is that much better.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: With Ranma, or so their fathers think. Actual opinion of that in the story's followers is more... mixed.
  • 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. And if she's not already busy elsewhere (taking class, for instance) she will usually lead the righteous mob of girls chasing Happōsai for his perversions.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Akane is a genuinely heroic character, make no mistake. But, especially early in the series, she does display some misandric attitudes, and then there's the time she confessed to Ranma that she thinks his curse makes him a freak - before following it up with the statement that his mind is obviously "sick" too as a result of it.
  • Poor Communication Kills: One of Akane's biggest issues with her relationship with Ranma is just how bad she is at actually communicating with him, both in the sense of talking to him about her problems and in the sense of being willing to listen to him. Ranma's even lampshaded it, pointedly asking just when Akane has ever heard him out before she clobbered him during the Happo Fire-Burst story.
  • Precocious Crush: On Dr. Tōfū since she was a child, but she manages to get over it.

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  • 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, but she acts as horrified as if he'd consciously kissed her on the lips
  • 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. It's also been theorized by fans that this may explain her apparent inability to realize either Ryoga's feelings for her, that Ryoga and P-chan are the same, or both. For Ryoga's feelings, possible justifications range from "she doesn't want to hurt him by confirming she only thinks of him as a friend" to "she's scared of how out-of-control he gets when excited". For P-chan, the usual argument is that she doesn't want to believe her best friend would do something like that, seeing as how it's a pretty big abuse of her trust - though others suggest she may just enjoy using "P-chan" to make Ranma feel jealous for once.
  • 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.
    • Early on, she "remembers" herself as a very little girl next to a high school-age Kasumi despite being only three years younger, revealing her insecure self-image next to the more mature sister she looks up to.
  • 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 late manga, the anime, and the 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: Akane's primary "comedic" trait outside of comically overreacting is her tendency to fixate on the wrong thing at the wrong time and cause troubles because of it. Like in Ryoga's introductory story, where she gets her Traumatic Haircut because she thinks that the ideal time to argue with Ranma is when the two of them are running from somebody who is attacking them indiscriminately. Or in the manga version of the Dojo Destroyer arc, where she nearly gets cut in half by a stray attack from the Dojo Destroyer because she's fixated on Shampoo's claim that she got kissed by Ranma, and then grilled Ranma over it whilst the Destroyer kept attacking the pair of them.
    • Taken to Idiot Ball levels in the first movie, where she's more frustrated that the entire crew only has rice and pickles to eat than being kidnapped and forced to wed. So she successfully blackmail's Prince Kirin's crew by threatening to dump their food supplies overboard... into forcing Kirin to try her food, instead of sending her home. Then, when Ranma and Lychee are caught in a cramped net, she finds the unconscious Lychee is too close to Ranma for her liking, so she decides to pick a fight with Ranma — who, mind you, is there to rescue her. This is made even worse when she proceeds to nearly allow herself to be wed to Kirin after Ranma is tipped off of Kirin's boat, apparently out of anger at Ranma's "insensitivity".
  • Sore Loser: Akane has real issues with being shown up at anything she takes pride in, especially fighting or cooking. The first hint of it comes during her first sparring match with Ranma; despite having promised she wouldn't hurt the visitor, when Ranma effortlessly dodges her strikes, she gets mad and charges forward to launch a punch that would have seriously hurt Ranma if it had landed, given it punches clean through the dojo wall. She mentions shortly afterwards that she would have hated to have lost to a guy. It's a recurring plot point of her trying to get even when any of Ranma's other would-be suitors show her up, sometimes to the point of obsession. Finally, during the storyline where Nodoka offers to teach Akane how to cook, she is shown being aghast when she learns that Ranma is a better cook than she is, furiously redoubling her efforts at the humiliation of being shown up in cooking by a boy.
  • Spider-Sense: Like several protagonists, Akane has a danger-related "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. Once, during one of the aforementioned swim classes, she figured she could just kick off real hard from the edge of the pool and propel herself across that way; instead, she kicked a huge hole through the wall despite having zero support or leverage while underwater.
  • 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. She also disguised herself as a male kendoka from the opposing team to battle Kuno at a tournament and give Ranma much needed assistance. On the other hand, she hated being called upon to be Romeo in school plays, as she always wished to be Juliet.
  • Terrible Artist: Even when they don't turn out completely horrible, her "cute" animal drawings, cookies, or stitchings always comes across as entirely different creatures. Once, when Akane and a vengeful doll switch bodies, she tries to draw a pictures of herself to convince P-Chan of her plight, and he's more easily convinced by how terrible the self-portrait is than by her actions. Another time, when trying to pacify a rampaging sacred horse with a good-looking portrait, her drawing of it made it even madder.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: When contrasted to her sisters, she becomes The Child, as she is the youngest, most naive, sentimental and immature of the three Tendō sisters.
  • 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. An amusing Call-Back happens when Ukyo tricks her into going on a date with Ryoga: Ranma laughs at Ukyo saying that Akane is such a tomboy she would never fuss over something so girly, and Ukyo is aghast at how any girl could be so unfeminine; volumes later, Nabiki tricks her into a date with Ranma, and Akane is seen fussing and giggling over which outfit he'd like best, exactly how Ranma claimed she never would. In fact, such is her love of feminine things that one could argue she's a failed Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak; she wants to be more girly-girl than tomboy, but just can't manage it.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Twice, she tried to jump into the water either to help Ranma with a losing battle or to swim away, recalling only after the fact that 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: Naturally. However, depending on the continuity, she swings closer to one type or another due to the differences in characterization: while she retains a hair-trigger in both, the much longer manga gives her many further opportunities to show her nicer, sweeter side (Type B), while the anime lacks these and exaggerates her more violent reactions more often (Type A).
  • 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 she can be really ungrateful towards Ranma in response to his good behavior, 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, there's a good chance 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. Then again, she might just sit back and watch the show. Or, if Ranma says/does the wrong thing, she may attack Ranma herself! But when the chips are down, Akane will fight to the death to defend Ranma, and she has saved his life or at least provided much-needed assistance more times than he's willing to admit; even when her "help" only puts her in danger, it usually takes Ranma out of the main fight long enough for him to regroup and regain his focus.
  • What Does She See in Him?: While Akane has her flaws, Ranma is in many ways 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.
    • Ironically, a gender-inversion of this trope is invoked by Ranma himself, given he initially expresses considerable distaste for Akane due to their unflattering first meeting. When he sees Akane's horde of would-be suitors in the early series, he's clearly smitten with her ability, but he also wonders why they're so interested in such a violent girl in the first place. 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, throughout the entire series. It's not even resolved at the manga's climax, where their final on-panel words to each other are basically blaming each other for the failure of the wedding.
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