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Shampoo (Japanese: シャンプー, Shanpū; Chinese: 珊璞)
Voiced by: Rei Sakuma (Japanese), Cathy Weseluck (English), Araceli de León (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Mónica Villaseñor (Latin American Spanish, Movies), Isabel Martiñón (Latin American Spanish, OVAS), Samar Kokash (Arabic)

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.

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  • 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 is 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, with a law that they must wed any man strong enough to defeat them in battle.
  • 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.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: A one-sided version. It's easy to believe that Shampoo is just doing her duty in pursuing Ranma, or that her feelings for him are quite shallow. But multiple scenarios have shown that she actually does care for him quite deeply... even if she does have some weird ways of showing it. Her positive feelings for him are more frequently shown in the anime version, but even in the manga, it still happens.
    • When she learns that "the two Ranmas" are one and the same, after attack Ranma in a fury after being told that the female form is the real one, she ultimately stops and leaves, weeping at having had her heart broken.
    • During the Phoenix Pill saga, when Ranma asks Shampoo to help him beat Cologne, she willingly agrees, even though this is sabotaging Cologne's own plan to force Ranma to marry Shampoo.
    • In the anime version of the Dojo Destroyer story, after realizing how upset Ranma is at having to leave Akane to face the Destroyer on her own, she agrees to cut the date short and give him the Instant Nanniichuan if he'll just give her a kiss to make up for it. Even after he betrays her, she chases him, reveals he still doesn't have the real packet, and then decides to bike him to the Tendo Dojo, getting him there just in time to save Akane.
    • In the anime-exclusive episode introducing Ling-Ling and Lung-Lung, she gives her little sisters in all but blood both the Kiss of Death to make them stop attacking Ranma, with Cologne herself noting that she had no idea Shampoo's feelings for him were so strong.
    • During the Phoenix People arc, when she falls under Kiima's More Than Mind Control and is told to kill Ranma, she tries to make it into a Suicide Pact instead; she can't resist Kiima's orders, but she doesn't want to live in a world without Ranma in it.
  • 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 who beat her, so she has to marry him.
  • 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.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Funny Foreigner she may be, but there are damn good reasons people are scared of her wrath.
  • BFS: In her first appearance, Shampoo 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, Kin'nee, when he was repeatedly dunking Ranma into water, despite the fact she was in cat form at the time. Keep in mind, Kin'nee is built like M. Bison and carries a One-Handed Zweihänder.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Simply put, she has a bizarre set of ethics. Nobody's ever quite managed to figure out how she thinks the world works.
  • 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: Shampoo fights almost as dirty as Kodachi, just with a lesser arsenal. That said, she doesn't blatantly cheat the way that Kodachi does.
  • 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: Ironically, despite her "Chinese Amazon" heritage, Shampoo gets a real kick out of the idea of Ranma being her strong protector, and has on several occasions allowed herself to be used as a Damsel in Distress in hopes of living out one of her romantic fantasies.
    • 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. This backfired on her when it turned out that Maomolin actually did have the magical ability to trap her as a cat forever, and between Mousse's interference and Ranma's ailurophobia, he came damn close to succeeding.
    • 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.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone who know her is terrified of her wrath, even Cologne. Enough that when Mousse claims she has decided to enact a legendary torture technique consisting into tormenting him with fake accidents and a smile on her face for a whole years over him accidentally scorching her face with fireworks everyone believes him-and they're all too grateful when it turns it was a misunderstanding and she didn't even know of that torture.
  • 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.
  • Girly Bruiser: Shampoo is a powerful warrior in her own right, and won't hesitate to kick ass if presented with the opportunity. But, she's also skilled in conventionally "feminine" roles, such as sewing and cooking, and has a prominent romantic streak; she really likes the idea of Ranma treating her to proper dates, like going to the movies, or playing the role of her Knight in Shining Armor.
  • 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, but she is just as vulnerable to a Tap on the Head as anyone else in the cast.
  • 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!: Shampoo is so beautiful that, back in her introductory story arc, Ranma couldn't help being attracted to her in spite of the murder attempts.
  • Identical Granddaughter: In the anime, it's revealed that Shampoo looks very much like her great-grandmother Cologne did when she was a teenager; Cologne had dark blue hair and green eyes to Shampoo's bright blue hair and red eyes.

  • 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 (in the manga with 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 the engagement off of Nabiki, 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).
    Shampoo: If Nabiki dead, then Ranma is for free!
    Ukyo: (pounds fist on palm) Oh yeah!
    Kodachi: Now there's a deal you can't beat!
    • A formidable example comes in the final arc: after she's brainwashed by Kiima and tasked with retrieving all parts of the Jusenkyo Map she starts with a surprise attack on Cologne because she knows she'd fail if she discovered her switching sides before she could deal with her, and then proceeds to steal the other pieces with trickery because she knows it would be harder to actually fight them-and the only reason Ranma even had a small chance was that she tried to use his shyness and got distracted before being remined of her job and switching to a more effective method.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: No matter what the situation, if she sees Ranma, she'll latch onto him if she can. She only expresses this trait around Ranma, as it's not so much that she doesn't understand personal space as she's just infatuated with Ranma.
  • Not Worth Killing: An unusual variant; when Shampoo first learns that Ranma's male and female selves are one and the same, due to Ranma lying that the "girl-type Ranma" was the real one, she attacks Ranma in a blind rage — but, just before she hits Ranma, she stops and runs away, crying as she does because her heart is broken; she really was in love with "boy-type Ranma". When she returns, she reveals she went all the way back to China, where she was punished for coming back without having completed the Kiss of Death. Luckily for Ranma, finding out that his male form was the real one seemingly means the Kiss of Death is invalid.
  • Now or Never Kiss: During the New Year's storyline with Maomolin, Shampoo only evades being trapped permanently as a cat by squeezing through the bars of her cage and kissing a currently stunned Ranma before the final bell to seal the spell is rung.
  • Odango Hair: Her hairstyle consists of two large "dumplings" of hair at her temples and long hair running down her back 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.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: She's actually the one to do it first in the series, with a twist: she didn't punch dozens of time, she moved her hands at incredible speeds to wipe Akane's memory of Ranma by washing her hair with a special shampoo and hitting pressure points in less than a minute. After that, however, she didn't do it too often.
  • 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.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Played with. Ranma generally treats Shampoo as a pest because of her tricks, her amorality, and the fact she's an Accidental Marriage. However, he has indicated on several occasions that he does find her attractive; the flashback to the Kiss of Death shows Ranma blushing and holding "her" cheek as flowers appear on the borders of the screen/panel, whilst during her first stint in Nerima, Ranma both thinks to himself that Shampoo is really cute (and nicer than Akane) and expresses some dismay when Shampoo leaves heartbroken — the latter more prominently in the anime version. If it weren't for Akane or her dirty tricks, Ranma indicates he probably could fall for Shampoo, but unfortunately she makes a bad impression and she's struggling to catch up with Ranma's far stronger (if consciously repressed) feelings for Akane.
  • Running Gag: In the manga, she tends to appear on her bike, typically falling on Ranma's head from above.

  • Sacred First Kiss: Her Kiss of Marriage to Ranma plays with this trope. It means she's technically the first girl to ever give Ranma a "real" kiss. Heck, even when she gave Ranma the Kiss of Death on the cheek, she was still the first girl to ever kiss him.
  • 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).
  • Sexy Cat Person: She turns into a cat, and is very sexualised and sexually aggressive.
  • 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 had a habit of showing up in Ranma's bathtub unexpected in the early part of the manga.
  • 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 focuses on her legs whenever they're exposed, which is often thanks to the thigh-high slit in her default outfit and propensity to exploit her looks. A specific example is in episode 16, where Shampoo is chasing Ranma in only a dress shirt and she jumps in the air over him with her legs well on display.
  • 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 chooses 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 and had been told to kill him, but still...
  • Super Speed: Slower than Ranma (eventually), 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. The French dub ignores this entirely (but the French dub is best not to be spoken of).


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