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Genma Saotome (早乙女 玄馬, Saotome Genma)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (Japanese), Robert O. Smith (English), Alejandro Illescas (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Roberto Mendiola (Latin American Spanish, OVAs and Movies), Hisham Kafarneh (Arabic)

Ranma Saotome's father and sole parental figure for most of his life, Genma is a genuinely talented martial artist, but also a man of many faults, including laziness, greed, and self-centeredness. He does genuinely love his son and want what's best for him, but he is capable of being extremely childish and often doesn't realize that "best for Ranma" and "makes Genma happy" are not necessarily the same thing. Genma is the individual responsible (or more like, irresponsible) for some of Ranma's marriage engagements, the most important being the one with the Tendō household. Genma and Sōun Tendō are fellow pupils of Happōsai.

  • Abusive Dad: Frequently considered the worst parent in the series. He hauled Ranma all over the country all of his childhood (causing Ranma to forget he even had a mother), subjected him to harsh martial arts training, is known to have stolen food from Ranma on several occasions, seems incapable of speaking to Ranma without insulting him, forced Ranma to undergo the Nekoken training, made at least two Arranged Marriages without telling Ranma until the last moment, and gave Ranma his Gender Bender curse because of his own stupidity.
  • Battle Aura: Being mostly a non-combatant throughout the series, Genma rarely shows it, but he does have the ability to make a battle aura. He can even use it to form a giant version of himself, a technique only Happosai knows how to do in the manga.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Usually too lazy, cowardly or bungling to appear actually skilled, but did train Ranma to his present state; and the combination of Yamasenken, Umisenken, and especially his Kaiju-sized battle aura, would rationally be more than almost anybody in the series could handle.
  • Calling Your Attacks: A variation; Genma rarely outright calls his attacks, but he does name all of them.
    • Spoofed in that most of Genma's techniques have flamboyant names, but are actually pathetic displays of groveling or cowardice. Some of the most well-known are "Crouch of the Wild Tiger" (down on all fours, repeatedly bowing one's head to the ground whilst groveling for mercy), "Carp On A Cutting Board" (lay on your side and assume a position like a fish to show your abject surrender, in hopes your opponent will take pity on you), "Howl of the Demon Dog" (run away whilst shouting insults) and "Saotome Final Attack" (shout the name to startle the opponent, then run away and think of a better strategy). The "Mark of the Gods" story reveals Genma has a whole scroll full of fancily-named dirty tricks, with such techniques as "The Croak of the Croaked Frog".
    • Played straight with the Yamasenken, where shouting to disorientate your enemy is a big part of it, and subverts it with the Umisenken, which emphasizes absolute stealth.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He is Ranma's teacher, after all...
  • Compassionate Critic: A variant in that his jeers and insults of Ranma are intended to encourage him to improve, if only to prove Genma wrong or make him shut up. He probably passed this trait on to Ranma.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Whilst we see much more of the "moron" side throughout the series, thinking about it reveals that Genma is actually also kind of badass. He did, after all, create the Yamasenken and Umisenken, two of the most powerful martial arts styles in the series. Plus, he survived traipsing all of Japan and the trip to China whilst he was training Ranma.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: The Yamasenken and Umisenken. The first is far too violent for general usage, with attacks explicitly designed to be lethal and including the likes of a fan-hand thrust to the solar plexus and a spine-snapping bearhug. The Umisenken isn't quite so violent, but was designed primarily to counter the Yamasenken. Both of them are also very embarrassing, as they were modeled after different methods of burglary and, strictly speaking, intended to be used to help steal stuff.
  • Dirty Coward: Despite his talk about being a martial artist, Genma is quick to run to save his own hide. When Ukyo first arrives, he immediately offers Ranma to take her anger out on to save himself. In the Jusenkyo enforcer episode, Genma abandons Ranma to fight said enforcer herself. He and Soun are also quick to offer Ranma to Happosai in order to avoid training under him again.
  • Domestic Abuse: In the manga, he's also shown as willing to beat up on Nodoka, doing things like knocking her out cold to steal something worth 20 yen from her and Flipping the Table at her while shouting "Wrath of the Angry Father". Once, after knocking her out and stuffing her in a sack to prevent her from seeing the Ranma vs. Ryū duel, an appalled Sōun went so far as asking "What kind of monster are you?"
  • Everyone Has Standards: Genma has few if any scruples, but even though they could make him almost unstoppable and potentially very rich, even he thinks the Yamasenken and Umisenken techniques he created are too dangerous to be taught to anyone except in the most dire of circumstances- he agrees to teach Ranma the Umisenken only because someone had shown up who knew the Yamasenken and Ranma could only fight fire with fire, and even then he only conceded to perform the Umisenken on Ranma once and leave him to work the rest out himself. Powerful as they are, he considers the two techniques his greatest failing.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Genma is a thief and has stolen things (most noticeably Ukyō's family cart). He is even shown to be able to open safes and invented two martial arts style based on differing philosophies of theft. The Yamasenken is based on the brash mugger who smashes through the front door, tears the place apart, and pummels the owner into submission, while the Umisenken is based on the quiet thief who sneaks in, rapidly and stealthily takes everything that isn't nailed down, then vanishes before being seen. The item in question being nailed down doesn't seem to stop the Umisenken, as Ranma (while training in the style) stole the foundation of the Tendō home. In other words, Genma could probably steal anything that exists, if he felt like it.
  • For Your Own Good: In addition to the "Tough Love" entry below, Genma has a very nihlistic method of parenting poor Ranma. Not only does Genma often literally dump all the negative karma he racks up in life on Ranma, and expects the boy to deal with it as he runs away, but should Ranma ever lose a fight, Genma will then turn and beat Ranma up twice as hard "for the offense," physically, verbally, or emotionally, claiming that "you're not beaten until you've given up" is the fighting mantra that will make Ranma the best martial artist in the world someday. Whether Genma actually believes that or not, the actual result is that Ranma has become a Sore Loser, driven to turn around and defeat any and every opponent who beats him, without exception.
  • The Glomp: The horrible secret behind the ultimate technique "Cradle of Hell". "Come, Ranma, let Daddy hug you lovingly!"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sōun in the anime, though it's a rather rocky relationship.
  • Hidden Depths: This apparently lazy incompetent, who seems to have little idea how to teach martial arts outside of "throw student into fire, see if they can figure a way to survive", actually managed to create the Umisenken, which completely hides your presence even from experienced martial artists, and the Yamasenken, which not only lets you throw a Razor Wind attack that can cut effortlessly through a nine meter tall Buddha statue but also lets you Beam Spam it. Although the result is kind of let down by the revelation that they were actually created as techniques of theft...but whips back up when you realize just how over-powered these styles are for their intended purposes.
  • Hypocrite: Genma always harps on, mostly to Ranma, about honor and honoring promises. However, he himself throws it out the window in order to win a fight, get the last of the food, and "conveniently" forgets other honor promises he's made to others, promising Ranma's hand in marriage to other families' daughters. He also calls Ranma weak when she fails to perform the Amaguriken due to her condition of the Full-Body-Cat-Tongue point on her. Genma then decides to "show Ranma how it's done", and he winds up setting his sleeves on fire. About the only time he HAS kept his word about something was in relation to the Yamasenken and Umisenken which (by his own admission) he could have used to steal a fortune, but when he said he'd seal them up, he absolutely meant it. It took extremely dire circumstances for him to demonstrate them again, and even then, only once.
  • Impossible Thief: See Five-Finger Discount for what he can steal.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: He was quite nice-looking when younger and still with hair, according to Word of God.
    • He lost his looks shortly after he left his wife, judging by the flashback. Karmic Retribution?
  • Jerkass: A milder case than usual, but he's still a mostly self-centered loudmouth who refuses to accept any responsibility for his wrongdoings and frequently tries to make pitiful excuses for them.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Under normal circumstances, Gemma acts like he's a martial arts master Ranma should be proud to learn under, even though Ranma is leagues above him. He'll also insert himself into conversations about hidden techniques and add completely wrong opinions about how they work. One bad example was when he berates Ranma for failing to do the Amaguriken training (due to his then heightened sensitivity to heat). Genma then arrogantly declares he'll "show Ranma how it's done". As soon as he tries, Genma winds up catching his sleeves on fire, causing him to run around like a headless chicken. However, if sufficiently pressed, he shows he does have skills to back up his ego, he just decided never to use them again.
  • Lovable Coward: Genma is a coward who will always run from responsibility when he can, but he's intended to be seen as a comic relief character.
  • Magic Pants: Of all the Jusenkyō victims with animal transformations, he's the one most likely to revert with his clothes (and glasses) back on.
  • Make My Monster Grow: In one story (plus an anime pseudo-filler), he's shown using his Battle Aura to grow into a giant version of himself, a trick normally only seen with Happosai. Played for laughs in the first occasion, in that he ends up depleting all of his energy catching up to Happosai in stature and faints before he can actually do anything. Weirdly, he's only been seen doing this in panda form.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Genma would do anything to avoid taking responsibility for his actions, and would always try to foist it off on Ranma, saying it is "the honorable thing to do".
  • Meaningful Name: The characters in "Genma" and "Saotome" translate into English as "Unpolished Horse" and "Rice Planting Girl". Whilst the family name is mostly a Japanese Punny Name for Ranma, Genma's personal name (which might also translate as "Dark Horse") is a nod to Genma's impulsiveness and lack of morals.
  • My Greatest Failure: Openly considers the Yamasenken and Umisenken to be this, since he knows how the former "destroyed an entire school" once (or because he considers it shameful that he developed both techniques as tools for theft). Because of this, he's absolutely, resolutely unwilling to teach Ranma anything about them even when his son's current rival nearly kills him with the Yamasenken. He'll only go as far as using the Umisenken on Ranma once, and it's up to the pigtailed martial artist to pick it up from experience.
  • Never My Fault: Of an especially amusing variety that avoids responsibility by accusing other people of avoiding responsibility every single time he's criticized about his misbehavior. For example, he repeatedly makes promises to others on Ranma's behalf and gets Ranma into a great deal of trouble, and when Ranma calls him on it, how does he respond? Why, that Ranma should fight "his own" battles (that Genma caused), of course.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • The anime makes his panda form's Talking with Signs gimmick a little less cartoony. Instead of having the signs replace speech bubbles, he uses fewer signs in general and usually alters one given sign rather than having new signs pop out of Hammerspace. He also uses paper notes at times rather than his wooden signs.
    • Also for the anime, often upon changing to a panda he’s still shown wearing his human clothes, as opposed to them magically disappearing and reappearing like the manga.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Played straight in the anime while done less often in the manga.
  • Shipper on Deck: With Sōun. Who do you think engaged Ranma and Akane in the first place? He also ships Ryōga and Akane when he plans on making him his successor.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: While not his sole method of training, a lot of his flashbacks seem to revolve around "Get Ranma in trouble and wait for him to save himself". For three very vivid examples, see the Neko-Ken (throwing a child Ranma into a pit full of hungry cats), his defense against the Bakusai Tenketsu (throwing wasp and beehives at Ranma so he can knock them all down without getting stung once) or the Umisenken (actually use the forbidden techniques on his son and hope the latter picks them up from how they feel on his body.)
  • Stout Strength: His reputation as being fat is actually greatly exaggerated, he's more stocky than anything, and is shown with quite a six-pack in the anime, but his panda-form is rather bloated looking (particularly in the manga) and, in either form, he is quite strong.
  • Talking with Signs: Initially he can't communicate at all while in Panda form, but he learns to use signs around Ryōga's appearance.
  • Tempting Fate: He constantly steals food (or tries to) from Ranma's plate, and sleeps in the same room as Ranma, after repeatedly being made well aware of how much Ranma resents him for his abusive treatment, while not showing any form of Unconscious Objector ability or Acquired Poison Immunity in a series where a great many characters, including Ranma himself, are perfectly willing to doctor the food on Ranma's plate. How he hasn't been poisoned to death or killed in his sleep is a mystery known only to the gods.
  • Token Adult: The only Jusenkyo cursed adult out of the main cast.
  • Tough Love: Not so much "tough" as "unreasonable", but a lot of his crazy training methods really did help Ranma improve as a martial artist. Sometimes, however, this trope is used as an excuse for Jerkass behavior.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Downplayed, because Takahashi says he was better looking his youth, his ugliness is exaggerated by fans, and Nodoka is in many ways just as eccentric.
  • Willfully Weak: If he would actually take his fights seriously instead of running away and expecting others to do it for him, he'd get a lot more respect. Also created two extremely dangerous martial arts styles, and purposefully sealed them away — no-one knows why, but the two most common Fan Wanks are "he was too embarrassed by the fact they were based off of burglary" and "He considered them far too lethal to use/teach". Made explicit when he proclaims that he's unable to defeat Ranma anymore, and has to come up with a nasty new technique to overcome him again... but several volumes later he reveals he can still knock out Ranma before the latter can blink thanks to the Umisenken, which means that Ranma had only surpassed him because Genma chose to let him.

    Sōun Tendō 

Sōun Tendō (天道 早雲, Tendō Sōun)
Voiced by: Ryusuke Ohbayashi (Japanese), David Kaye (English), Bardo Miranda (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Jesse Conde (Latin American Spanish, episode 44), Enrique Mederos (Latin American Spanish, OVAs and Movies), Yahya Alkafri (Arabic)

Akane's father is a widower who lost his wife about a decade ago to some unknown fate. Though he tries to present himself as the stoic, dignified, traditional sort of person, he is really very emotional and frequently prone to fits of dramatics. It's unknown whether the Tendō Dojo is a business dojo or a family dojo. Sōun's own job is left unclear in the original manga (the best evidence he even has one is that he once tries to use "going on a business trip" as an excuse when he thought Kasumi was angry, and it's possible that was just a gag and he's actually unemployed), but the anime shows him to be a member of the town council. Even though his source of income isn't very clear, he nevertheless manages to support himself, his three daughters, his three house guests and the frequent repairs with only occasional bouts of tight finances. Sōun, alongside his friend and fellow Happōsai pupil Genma, orchestrated the engagement between Ranma and one of Sōun's daughters, ending up being Akane.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the anime, he's capable of the same "turn into a giant" technique that Happosai and Genma use in the manga.
  • Battle Aura: See Demon Head below? That is his Battle Aura and it CAN HURT you.
  • Bumbling Dad: Truly loves his girls, but is frequently over his head in dealing with them, usually more likely to cause them problems than help them.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is the character most seen gushing tears comedically.
  • Combat Pragmatist: You only fight him unarmed only if you catch him by surprise. If you don't, he'll be decked out in full samurai armour and carry multiple weapons.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: During the Picolet Chardin storyline, Sōun gets a job on the Chardin estate by applying for work there as a maid so he can look over Ranma and Akane. Much to their horror when he turns up for work in a female maid's outfit.
    Sōun: "What, you've never seen a French maid before?"
  • Demon Head: Aside from his hair-trigger sobbing, Soun is usually level-headed and collected. But when something angers him, he will suddenly LOOM over the object of his ire as a massive, ukiyo-e demonic head surrounded by flames, smoke, and the occasional dragon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Genma in the anime, although this can get as rocky a relationship as for Ranma and Akane. In the manga they are not seen doing as much together, and Sōun here recurrently finds Genma morally detestable.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Sōun's name is not Romanized in a way that easily shows how it should be pronounced. The hiragana spelling is そううん, which is pronounced in English as "soh-oon". "Sō'un", "Sou'un", or "So'un" would be more accurate.
  • Land Poor: So how does a martial arts sensei with no job (and no students) afford that Big Fancy House on a nice-sized plot of land in Nerima, a very urbanized part of Tokyo?
    • He is shown to make money from renting out the dojo for social clubs, and regularly taking specialist missions catching criminals. Kasumi is shown to help him with the first, and Akane and Ranma with the second. He may or may not take martial arts students in the manga, though the anime is explicit that he has no regular students currently, but is quite willing to accept them.
    • Japanese property ownership laws are incredibly complex and make little sense to Western sensibilities; inheritance laws are even worse. In either case, if you own land in Japan, it's virtually impossible to lose your property, even to foreclosure — foreclosure DOES happen, but mainly to businesses and not residences, and there's no indication that the Tendō Dojo is mortgaged in any case. As to how Sōun could afford the property in the first place? Chances are he didn't. Most likely, it's an inherited estate — especially given its obvious antiquity; it's probably been in the Tendō family since at least the Meiji period.
    • A better question would be how can he afford the constant repairs to the place?
  • Meaningful Name: One reading of his name in English would be "Heavenly Path's Swift Cloud" - he's one of the two most ardent supporters of the Official Couple and he's incredibly quick to burst into tears. More directly translated, "Soun" means "Fast Cloud", which is either a nod to his tendency to burst into tears at the slightest provocation, or else a reference to his willingness to dump any problems that arrive on Ranma's shoulders. "Tendo", meanwhile, means "The Laws of Heaven and Nature", a reference to how his commands are always obeyed by Ranma.
  • The Mourning After: He is deeply devoted to his dead wife. Probably why he's so horrified of Genma's treatment of Nodoka.
  • Ocular Gushers: So often, that it's practically his trademark — whether it's due to being overcome with pride, concern for any of his daughters, or a fit of hysteria.
  • Overprotective Dad: Towards Kasumi. It doesn't matter that she's his eldest daughter. As far as he's concerned, she's daddy's little girl and she WILL BE protected at all times. Anyone who even thinks of courting her, or harming her, will have to go through him first.
  • Papa Wolf: While he generally lets Akane and Nabiki solve their own problems, he goes berserk on the off-chance Kasumi could be harmed.
  • Parental Abandonment: Subverted. He does care for his three girls more than Genma cares for Ranma, but despite his good intentions he still isn't the best father due to Values Dissonance.
  • Shipper on Deck: With Genma, though their schemes typically backfire.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Sōun appears calm on the surface, but he's overemotional and usually overreacts to even the slightest mishaps; especially where his daughters are concerned. By contrast, Akane (his youngest) is tough enough to handle most of her own problems, Nabiki routinely sends people to the poorhouse, and Kasumi's got Karmic Protection. So really, he's got nothing to worry about. But don't think that's gonna stop him from having a fit anyway.

    Nabiki Tendō 

Nabiki Tendō (天道 なびき, Tendō Nabiki)
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (Japanese), Angela Costain (English, Seasons 1-5, 7), Elaina Costain (English, Season 6), Martha Ceceña (Latin American Spanish, episodes 1-102), Ana Maria Grey (Latin American Spanish, episodes 103-161), Isabel Martiñón (Latin American Spanish, Movies and OVAs 5-6), Mónica Estrada (Latin American Spanish, OVA 7), Anje Yousef (Arabic)

The second of the three Tendō daughters, this seventeen year old is a happy, popular girl, and quite at peace with herself, as well as extremely avaricious, manipulative, and completely amoral. Essentially, she owns a PhD in The Art of Being a Bitch. There are no apparent limits to how low she will stoop, nor to whom she will backstab when it comes to making money. Nabiki is a completely untalented fighter, but is able to quickly set up traps when necessary. Thus, she mostly stays out of the line of fire and watches the chaos like it's her own personal floorshow, but occasionally she deliberately sets up life-threatening situations — for her own amusement, or for the opportunity to make a profit.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Sort of; in the anime she's still a greedy, manipulative scam artist, but she's also more likely to help Ranma and Akane, and give them honest advice when they really need it, and on rare occasions she'll do it free of charge.
  • The Barnum: See above. If she never heard "There's a sucker born every minute", she would have invented the saying herself.
  • Big Eater: Frequently snacking, and enjoys eating large meals at the expense of others. One classic example in the anime is the very first time she offers to sell photos to Kuno, where he has to pay for a veritable feast, consisting of a bowl of shiroku (sweet-bean soup), a plate of spaghetti, an icecream cone, ad a cup of coffee. Then there's the first anime filler episode, where, on Dr. Tofu's yen, she orders herself pudding à la mode, a chocolate parfait, a serve of cheesecake, a strawberry tart and a slice of pumpkin pie, and is then seen thinking of even more sweets to order herself, planning on eating the entire feast singlehandedly and in one sitting.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Happy-tempered, humorous and apparently harmless, but is thoroughly selfish, greedy, and absolutely ruthless.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • In the very first chapter/episode, Nabiki is the only one of the Tendō daughters who is actually looking forward to meeting the mysterious Ranma Saotome whom they have been engaged to; she tells Akane not to complain because the guy might be really cute, and is generally very interested — to the point that she is the first to go and meet Ranma when the Saotomes arrive, and is very enthusiastic to see Ranma is cute... until she realises that Ranma is a girl, whereupon she becomes the most disappointed sister, verbally complaining about Ranma's apparent womanhood. The anime turns this Up to Eleven; Nabiki is the only Tendō daughter who changes her clothes in anticipation of Ranma's arrival, swapping from her original sleeveless top and short-pants combo (which she stayed in for the manga) to a nice, formal kimono. Prior to the Saotomes' arrival, Akane makes a comment that implies Nabiki is actually at least a little boy-crazy. Once Ranma is engaged to Akane, however, all of this boy-craziness is completely dropped, and Nabiki instead becomes a cold-hearted, greedy Gold Digger-ish Femme Fatale. May count as Characterization Marches On instead.
    • She joined Kasumi in berating Genma for getting Ranma cursed in the manga version of their origin storynote , exclaiming he went too far. This is a far cry from the Nabiki who so relentlessly exploits and abuses Ranma herself in the rest of the series.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Allegedly Rumiko Takahashi likes the character and considers Nabiki's in-control sociopathic behaviour the reason that she is funny.
  • Damsel in Distress: Having no fighting skills of her own, Nabiki coasts solely on manipulation, embezzlement and blackmail to get by. The one time she is directly challenged to a physical fight, she stands completely defenseless before Shampoo and Kodachi, with Ranma as the only one able to defend her. However, she isn't fazed in the slightest, knowing full well that Ranma will protect her whether he likes it or not.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Jerkass version as this is her main role.
  • Enjo Kosai: Variation: Nabiki will often accept date offers and invitations from classmates who don't know any better, fleece them for all they're worth during the date, and then blackmail them with their own love letters to her. As it is, she's feared by all who have dated her, and she comes out much, much richer from the experience.
  • Entitled Bitch: Combined with Ungrateful Bitch. She constantly betrays, blackmails, berates and abuses Ranma, verbally and emotionally. Yet, whenever she's in distress, especially as a result of her own actions, she outright demands and expects Ranma come to her rescue. When he inevitably does, Ranma is lucky to even hear a grudging word of thanks. Should Ranma ever have to come to her for advice or assistance in anything, however, her immediate reaction is What Have You Done for Me Lately?.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Completely at peace with herself about her attitude and behavior, generally pleasant and easy to get along with (so long as you aren't the one she's scamming), there is usually a certain flair and mean sense of humour to her villainy, as she genuinely enjoys being a bitch and "outsmarting" any patsy, and can actually be amusing to watch in action (again, so long as you aren't the victim). In addition, one of her defining traits is condescending and insulting sarcasm towards Ranma, Genma, or her own dad.
  • Femme Fatale: In the manga, it's shown that she exploits her attractiveness to lure boys into dating her, during which time she bleeds them dry of money and then discards them when they can't pay for her any more.
  • Flanderization: Nabiki was never a particularly nice girl even at the start of the series, where one of the first things she does after the Saotomes move in is pour water on Ranma whilst he's sleeping, take scandalous photos of his girl side, and then sell them to the school pervert. But she got greedier and nastier as the series progressed, even engaging in foolish actions in pursuit of profit. Notable moments include offering to auction Ranma's hand in marriage off to his fiancees after the engagement is switched to her, emotionally blackmailing Ranma, deliberately pushing him into anger, and putting him in highly compromising positions, all after he accidentally burns some concert tickets she had acquired, getting into a "debt-shifting duel" where she is seen (among other things) accruing humongous debts and letting Akane and Ranma take the fall for them, then trying to sell a parachute to her rival after he leaped out of a helicopter with a fake one, and telling Ranma's other fiancees about Ranma's impending wedding to Akane in the final story in order to get more money-based gifts. Averted, or at least downplayed in the anime, where none of the aforementioned events happened. note 
  • Gold Digger: Pity anyone who develops a crush on her, 'cuz she'll fleece and blackmail their asses for every yen, until they've run dry.
  • Greed: Mainly defines who she is; making money or enjoying luxuries is all that she ever really thinks about. During the brief time the engagement is transferred to her, she admits without hesitation that she plans to sell the dojo and live off the proceeds once she inherits it, causing Soun to demand that Ranma make up with Akane immediately.
  • The Hedonist: Think a neverending "My Super Sweet 16" as performed by a cunning and shrewd huckster.
  • Hidden Depths: She has a (very well hidden) softer side, and her ability to generate a Battle Aura when enraged hints she actually has martial arts training.
  • High-School Hustler: A rare female example, but mostly Fanon; she's more The Barnum in Canon.
  • Honest John's Dealership: She is quick to sell unreliable items, services, and information whenever she gets a chance, including swindling kindergarten children, and runs a small franchise of selling softcore prints and other images of female Ranma. In the anime she has set up betting rings if a suitable opportunity arises on Fūrinkan's grounds.
  • It Amused Me: Often toys with people and outsmarts them out of sheer amusement.
  • Jerkass: She's a bitch, she knows it, she likes it, she's proud of it.
  • Karma Houdini: Arguably the biggest in the series. No matter how ridiculously far she goes, she will always get away with it, and be loved for it by many fans, regardless of whether they consider her a misunderstood altruist or a hilariously overblown satire of genuine, real-world style selfishness, and materialism.
  • Knowledge Broker: She often sells very minor secrets or useless advice to people in distress, but they're so worthless (or so likely to make matters worse) people regret them immediately.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark Feminine (manipulative Proud Beauty) to Kasumi's Light Feminine (sweet Yamato Nadeshiko).
  • Manipulative Bitch: She is a believable actress, an unflappable liar, and more than willing to take advantage of the feelings of her family and her besotted suitors. So long as it involves money.
  • Master Actor: But of course! Ranma and Akane were utterly convinced that she was in love with Ranma, and when she nearly blew "Ranko's" cover in front of her mother, she was able to convince them again that she was legitimately sad over her own mom until she charged Ranma for not completely blowing said cover.
  • Meaningful Name: Like all of the Tendos, her family name means "The Laws of Heaven and Nature", whilst Nabiki's personal name means "To Bend or Yield to a Power". Taken together, the translation comes out as something like "To Yield to Heaven's Decrees", a reference to her ability to always manipulate the rest of the cast into doing what she wants.
  • Money Fetish: Loves money above all else. In one instance, it almost backfires, when Shampoo and Kodachi decide to kill her instead of paying her, but Ranma ends up saving her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nabiki, for all her vices, is genuinely concerned when it's clear her antics with pretending to be in love with Ranma have hurt Akane and damaged Akane's relationship with him.
  • Narcissist: A common interpretation at the very least, but debatable.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Sometimes pretends to not know what's going on, or to know less then she really does, in order to either make money or avoid getting blamed.
  • Only Sane Woman: Relatively speaking... She does her own share of crazy things for the sake of money, particularly later in the manga, but she never acts quite as ridiculously as the main cast.
  • Oral Fixation: Frequently seen working on pocky, popsicles, etc.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • She does care about her relationship with her sisters (though she isn't above exploiting Akane's popularity with boys for money) and she does miss her mother dearly.
    • A literal example: in one of the OAV openings, she is seen stopping to pet a puppy.
    • In Nodoka's debut, Nabiki tells Ranma to talk to her, saying she won't try to extort him. It's partly because she can never do the same with her own mother.
  • Plot Armor: She's constantly and consistently protected from any and all consequences of her actions. She one of the few non-combatants in the cast; if anyone tried to retaliate against her physically, they'd either come out looking worse or Ranma or Akane would protect her from it. Her temper, indolence, and complete and utter lack of guilty conscience also make any and all verbal backlash ineffective against her. And when she does screw up, the consequences tend to fall on her friends and family instead of her.
  • Proud Beauty: Nabiki is regarded as attractive by her classmates and has her fair share of would-be suitors. She's perfectly aware of this and tends to use her sex appeal to fleece them for all they're worth before dumping them.
  • Ship Tease: Often with Kunō in the anime. Even discounting the full episode of the television series dedicated to fortune-telling a fantasy of what their relationship would look like, Kunō constantly pops up beside her in the second set of dubbed OAV openings (the one called "Where Do We Go From Here (You and Me)"), he comes to Nabiki's rescue in the second Non-Serial Movie (admittedly by chance, as he was looking for Akane, and he stays due to wounded pride against Wonton), and the man she's with in one of the DOCO music videos seems to be Kunō. In the manga, she was very nearly paired up with her rival, Kinnosuke, and Ranma and Akane come out thinking (erroneously) she might have really developed some feelings for him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Plays matchmaker when she realizes she went too far in manipulating Ranma and Akane to make a quick buck and gets them to reconcile.
  • The Sociopath: One of very few characters who is played as an extreme textbook case. Then again, this very much is an anime populated by superstrong Jerkasses that fight amongst themselves and try to kill one another with little to no provocation, often damaging their surroundings (to include her house)... and she still manages to nearly top them all with her sheer unrelenting greed.
  • Sweet Tooth: Nabiki is frequently seen eating ice cream or similarly sweet things. In an anime filler episode involving Dr. Tōfū's mother coming to town, she is quick to order (on Tōfū's money) a dish of pudding à la mode, a chocolate parfait, a serve of cheesecake, a strawberry tart and a slice of pumpkin pie... not only is it implied she intends to eat them all in one sitting, but also that wasn't all she planned on ordering.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Seductress (the amoral, sociopathic, hedonistic and manipulative Tendō sister).
  • The Trickster: When presented with a problem, Nabiki always thinks of a cunning solution to solve it. One of the best examples of this is in the anime, when Nabiki manipulates Happosai and Maomolin into publicly disrupting a school assembly at Furinkan, thus making Kunō (the substitute principal at the time) look incompetent to Principal Kunō. By contrast, most of the cast of Ranma ½ are quick to resort to violence to solve problems. In fact, they usually struggle outright when Violence Is Not an Option.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: No matter what you might do for her, whether it's Ranma saving her life after his fiancées attempt to kill her for being engaged to him, rather than outbid each other when she attempts to auction him off, or Akane constantly believing the best of her, she'll never cut you any slack for it.
  • Ventriloquism: Along with her rival Kinnosuke, she is the only character who has definitely done this, as they both spoke through the same wooden puppet. It's unknown if she managed to mimic the voice as well, since the episode was not rendered in anime format.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She tends to hang around Kunō, mostly she can snark at his expense.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: One of her more common anime outfits consists of a green top and white hotpants. She has a more varied wardrobe in the manga.

    Kasumi Tendō 

Kasumi Tendō (天道 かすみ, Tendō Kasumi)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Willow Johnson (English), Mayra Arellano (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Mónica Villaseñor (Latin American Spanish, Movies and OVAs 5-6), Lisette Pimentel (Latin American Spanish, OVA 7), Lama Alshamandi (Arabic)

The eldest Tendō girl, Kasumi gave up any ambitions she might have had to become a homemaker after her mother died. This gentle, quiet girl does her best to ignore the chaos that now surrounds her and focuses on keeping the house clean and its residents fed. She is the object of Dr. Tōfū's desires, but it's never clear in the actual manga/anime if she reciprocates or even if she's aware of his feelings, with the memorial book finally clearing things up and saying that Dr. Tōfū's love is one-sided.

  • Actual Pacifist: She has been described as being like a Bodhisattva, never getting angry, yelling, and is kind to everyone.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Despite living in a household full of Ax-Crazy martial artists, she never gets hurt or injured in anyway over the series.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Averted. In one manga story, everyone thought she was angry at being left at home alone, after cooking a meal but everyone had already eaten, but it turns out it was all a misunderstanding due to a cat getting into the house and making a mess. In a particularly memorable instance, the family throws Ranma at her feet as a literal sacrifice so she'd vent her wrath on him, and they witness (silhouettes of) a reprisal so violent everyone is horrified (when it was really just the aforementioned cat jumping at Ranma and terrifying him while Kasumi tried to catch it).
    • ...on the other hand, when she does get miffed, she can legitimately scare the bejeezus out of her father, like when she and Nabiki successfully won back all the individual rooms of the Tendo home from the Gambling King, and then Soun tried to use them as chips all over again to win back the dojo. They were not pleased with their father.
  • Born Lucky: Kind of. Never getting involved in or hurt by any of the devious schemes that surrounds the house certainly counts as being lucky. But it's also intentional, as she's so sweet, no one would ever be willing to hurt her. This is even Zigzagged on some occasions. For instance, she was still among the girls who were kidnapped by Prince Toma and his guards, but when the boys came to rescue them, she actually ended up with a decent man with Soun even giving him his blessing.
  • Characterization Marches On: The second chapter of the manga is the only time Kasumi angrily yells at someone. Even then, though, it was out of concern for Ranma, whom Genma had endangered by taking him to the Cursed Springs.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Probably the best description of her character is "so far above it all, her head is in the clouds".
  • Cool Big Sis: An exemplary sister not only for Nabiki and Akane, but also for Ranma too.
  • Daddy's Girl: Big time. Sōun will not let anyone or anything touch her. Period. Kasumi thinks he overdoes it a bit, but she appreciates the thought. She also defends him the most though she will politely call him out on his stupidity sometimes.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: The most feminine and demure of the three sisters and the best cook of them all.
  • Flanderization: When introduced, Kasumi was a sweet girl, but still capable of getting flustered; flinging her pot of food into the air on seeing Akane's drastic haircut, chewing Genma out over going to Jusenkyo in the manga, and sarcastically noting that he always seems to pick the worst times to turn into a panda in the anime. Latter episodes/chapters turned her into The Pollyanna who responded to everything with "Oh My!"
  • Friend to All Living Things: First displayed when she summons an army of cats to help Ranma get over the trauma induced by his Cat-Fu training just by saying "Here, kitty kitty." She's a friend to everyone, even Happosai wouldn't harm her.
  • Hidden Depths: Her ability to summon a Battle Aura the one time Soun actually managed to get her miffed hints that she may have martial arts training, and she's just too nice to use it.
  • I Feel Angry: To further highlight just how sweet and unfamiliar she is with negative emotions. Not so in the manga.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: While having evil urges when possessed by an oni in one of the OVAs, she still keeps her usual soft demeanor, and the lowliest she ever stoops is to petty nuisances or relatively mild painful things, like ironing panda-Genma's fur, scratching her father's back with long fingernails, or sewing insults on Ranma's clothes.
  • Karmic Protection: Out of all the household's residents, she's the most pleasant, polite, and affable. She's also the least exposed to having unpleasant things happen to her and, even in times of big trouble, she remains mostly spared from the violence and zaniness that surrounds her.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine (sweet Yamato Nadeshiko) to Nabiki's Dark Feminine (manipulative Proud Beauty).
  • Likes Older Men: Kasumi expressed her disinterest in younger men when her father first told her and her sisters that one of them would be engaged to Ranma, to solidify their family with the Saotomes. It's never clarified exactly why she likes older men, and many believe it's because she wants a mature-acting lover. Which adds to the irony that she is loved from afar by an older man, Dr. Tofu, who turns into a babbling fool around her because of his feelings.
    Kasumi: Younger men are so... young.
  • Meaningful Name: "Misty Heavenly Path", which highlights both her status as "The Nice One" of the cast and her somewhat oblivious antics. Specifically, "Kasumi" means "Haze or Mist", whilst "Tendo" means "The Laws of Heaven and Nature". It also shares the theme of weather-related names with her father, a sign of how close they are.
  • Morality Pet: She's pretty much this to the entire Tendo household in general, especially Happosai.
  • Motherly Side Plait: She often wears her hair this way, along with an apron. While she may only be the eldest daughter of the family, she handles the domestic duties of the Tendō household. It becomes even more the case when it's revealed she's filling in for their deceased mother.
  • Nice Girl: By far, one of the only characters in the series that can be considered as such. She's a perfectly kind and sweet person, virtually devoid of negative instincts.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: In the "Battle for Ms. Beachiside" episode, she has no idea why guys keep asking her out and is surprised to hear she win the pageant despite not being contestant. She is the announcer.
  • Oblivious to Love: She seems totally unaware of Dr. Tōfū's feelings for her. This is a very bad thing since she doesn't notice how he turns him into a bumbling idiot whenever she gets near to him. It's implied that it's because he has always turned into a bumbling idiot when she gets near, so she's legitimately not aware that such behavior isn't normal for him.
  • Onee-sama: To Akane, who adores her. She's the graceful and serene type.
  • Selective Obliviousness: A number of fans believe she is either so sweet-natured she is genuinely unaware of the nastier aspects of... well, everyone, that she is purposefully ignoring a large amount of the unpleasantness in order to keep her own grip on things, or that she's just smart enough to know when not to get too involved in the daily chaos of her home for her own sake.
  • Team Chef: Of Supreme Chef quality.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Wife (the oldest, motherly House Wife figure, and kind and purehearted Tendō sister).
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's a parody of the "unflappably kind Japanese homemaker". There are plenty of times when she either comes off as so sweet she's oblivious to reality, or times when she makes things worse by making some thoughtless but well-meant comment (for example, suggesting that Ranma might try something if he and Akane are alone together and giving Akane a mallet for protection). There are also times when she does make some very keen observations, though she's usually too ineffective to put them to any good use. For example, she had no doubts at all about the fact that Nabiki was just messing with Ranma's head during her brief stint as his fiancée, and warned Nabiki that playing with Ranma's heart could get both Nabiki and Akane hurt.

    Ryōga Hibiki/P-Chan 


Happōsai (八宝斎)
Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai (Japanese), Paul Dobson (English), Daniel Abundis (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Enrique Mederos (Latin American Spanish, OVAs and Movies), Rafat Bazoo (Arabic)

Sōun and Genma's abusive master and the founder of Anything Goes Martial Arts (the anime, at least, goes to the extent of having him refer to his moves as "Founding School Anything Goes"), this ancient pervert is the by far most powerful fighter in the series and lives solely to sate his own desires, usually getting away with it due to being the powerhouse he is, and is a frequent source of trouble. Sōun and Genma got away from him by getting him blind drunk, chaining him in a barrel, throwing it (and a bundle of lit dynamite) into a cave, and then sealing it with a boulder covered by a Zigzag Paper Tassel, but he finally managed to free himself and forced himself into Sōun's home. He claims to intend to train Ranma as his heir, but has barely ever actually done any training.

  • 0% Approval Rating: You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't hate him. Him moving into the Tendo household was everyone's worst nightmare, his disciples despise him with a burning fashion and regularly try to murder him when he's caught off guard, and he regularly gets chased by mobs of girls when he steals their underwear.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To ALL WOMANKIND. They want nothing to do with him in any fashion. Not that Happōsai gives a shit, 'cuz as far as he's concerned, all women and their undergarments exist for the sole purpose of satisfying his perversion.
  • Abnormal Ammo: In the anime, one late episode is set during the rainy season and the constant damp renders Happōsai's favored Happo Fire Burst technique useless. So, he sets to trying to come up with new variants, creating several failures (resulting in explosions of garbage, creepy-crawlies, banners and pigeons/doves) before he comes up with the Happo Mold Burst, which makes his bombs unleash paralyzing, suffocating clouds of mold.
  • Anti-Mentor: While a very formidable martial artist, he's a terrible teacher who makes Genma look proficient in comparison. All of the flashbacks of him with Soun and Genma show him forcing his students to steal food and underwear for him, rather than teaching them any proper martial arts. When he returns in the present and takes Ranma in as his student, he gets up to the exact same tricks and also adds in groping Ranma-chan's breasts and making her wear girly outfits...admittedly, having less success with the "use him as a patsy" stuff, since Ranma has more spine than Soun & Genma. It's little surprise all his students try to get rid of him whenever given the chance, nor is it surprising that they have even been pushed so far as to make murder attempts on him.
  • At Least I Admit It: The closest thing he has to a redeeming virtue is that while all the other characters in the cast are quick to point out the flaws of others while failing to see their own, he readily admits and is somewhat proud of his twisted nature. In fact, he takes the knowledge that he's so inherently evil that should a demon try to possess him, the demon will be the one hurting, as a badge of honor.
  • Badass Boast: "You're the one who's got it coming! How dare you use that tone. I won't allow it. For the sake of all mankind I promised I'd never again use this technique, but... By the power invested in me as Master of the founding School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts, I Happōsai do hereby invoke my most powerful and mighty Technique. Happo Fire Burst!"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In the manga, where he once hurt himself trying to think of a possible good deed he may have ever done, and also once declared he would be "evil until his dying days". Not in the anime, though, where he always tries to pass himself off as innocent and once even tried to reform for a pretty woman, going so far that he almost died of withdrawal from his perverse deeds.
    Happōsai: Fool! Have you forgotten who I am? In my entire rotten life, have I ever once learned a technique that could actually help anyone?!
  • Catchphrase: "Dai ryo ja!" which translates to: "What a haul!"
  • Combat Pragmatist: This guy regularly uses bombs in combat. He is, after all, the founder and master of the School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts, so...
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Played for laughs where Happosai supposedly created one in the form of the Happo Fire Burst. It's capable of causing mass destruction, but he sealed away the technique all because a bra he tried to steal got caught in the blast. Then it's revealed the technique is simply lobbing a highly explosive fire cracker bomb.
  • Depraved Dwarf: A shameless panty stealing pervert who barely comes up to your knees. While normally his size could simply be from shrinking with age like Cologne instead of being a dwarf, a flashback reveals that yes, he was exactly as short as a teenager as he is now.
  • Dirty Old Man: One of the most extreme examples of this trope, putting Master Roshi to shame. He will do anything for a piece of lingerie or a peek at nude women, not to mention a grope, fondle or feel of female flesh. He will even weaken and eventually die if deprived of female contact for a prolonged period.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In the Moxibustion arc in particular — damn you for distracting me, Ranma! I'll turn you into a weakling forever, and tell all your rivals and enemies about it so they can gang up on you, beat you up and possibly kill you!
  • The Dreaded: Sōun and Genma are terrified of him, especially of the Happo Fire Burst Attack.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In an anime filler episode, he falls in love with a saintly young woman who runs a local kindergarten and tries to redeem himself for her. Unfortunately, his perversion addiction kicks in and he nearly dies of withdrawal; when she sees him revived by being buried in women's underwear, she is so disgusted with him that she tells him she wants nothing to do with him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Happōsai seems to have a soft spot for young children. He helped the sickly Hinako and agreed to train the two children who confused him for Santa Claus. Also, despite his immensely perverted nature, he has genuinely vowed to never hit a born female, unless it's Ranma. He also is never seen doing anything perverted to Kasumi. She's one of the few people he treats with any respect.
  • Evil Mentor: He trained both Sōun and Genma, although he's never being seen actually teaching them. He later takes in Ranma as his student and heir to his martial arts school, much to the latter's chagrin.
  • Evil Old Folks: His combination of Cologne-level skill and kaiju-sized battle-aura arguably make him the most formidable fighter in the series when serious. However, despite this, he is more than willing to use his powers to terrorize others into doing his bidding or even for his amusement, most notably once crippling Ranma and then revealing his weakened state to his worst enemies because he explicitly hoped they'd hurt Ranma badly. The only exemptions he has are that he will never deliberately harm children and seems to avoid bothering pretty women who treat him kindly, such as Kasumi.
  • Expy: He's a pretty straightforward re-telling of the Orochi myth; a stupidly powerful force of chaos and destruction who thinks only of booze and women - he actually goes into withdrawal if unable to sate his perversions. He subjected both Genma and Soun to Training from Hell - beating the hell out of them and leaving them with the consequences of his panty-raiding and sake-stealing - for years, and was only beaten when his students re-enacted the myth; left out enough sake for him to drink himself into a stupor. However, lacking any weapon they trusted to cut the nut's head off, they settled for sealing him in a cave with a bundle of dynamite by means of a Zigzag Paper Tassel-adorned boulder. This kept him out of everyone's hair for about two decades, whereupon he found a new victim; Ranma, a perfect Susanoo expy - a Hot-Blooded "Manly Man" with an Attractive Bent-Gender curse that Happosai can't resist.
  • Fair-Weather Mentor: Was very much like this for Sōun and Genma; all of their flashbacks/recollections of their training consist of Happōsai abusing them and using them as scapegoats for his own misdeeds, rather then actually training them. Could be considered to be doing the same thing to Ranma, even though he claims to actually want to train him.
  • Five-Finger Discount: Besides his constant theft of bras, panties and pantyhose, Happōsai will and has stolen other items (and forced Sōun and Genma to help as well).
  • Foil: To Ranma's other mentors, Genma Saotome and Cologne. Genma is, in many ways, an imitator of Happosai when it comes to pushing abusive training on Ranma, but at the same time Genma is far more serious about actually training Ranma (as his own pride is tied to the success of his son), and has never explicitly tried to make him into an accomplice or patsy for criminal acts. Cologne is a Trickster Mentor who enjoys messing with Ranma as she teaches him and isn't above getting a laugh out of his struggles to learn, but she also expresses a genuine fondness and respect for him, and she also is shown to want to help Ranma genuinely get better (as she wants him to marry her granddaughter Shampoo). In comparison, Happosai doesn't give a damn about Ranma's martial arts skills, seeing him instead as a mere tool that needs to be broken down into compliance like Soun & Genma, with the added bonus of also ensuring Happosai has a sexy girl he can molest whenever he pleases. As a consequence, Ranma respects both Genma and Cologne, and will go to them voluntarily for help when he needs it, but he sees Happosai as nothing more than his enemy.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Despite forcing himself into the series' circle of intimates, besides Kasumi, there isn't a single person in the entire series who knows Happosai who actually likes him. They're forced to put up with his presence in their lives, even allowing him to stay at the Tendo Dojo, simply because nobody is good enough to chase him away without being beaten to a pulp in the process.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Much to Pantyhose Tarō's misfortune, Happōsai was the one who got to name him. Even when trying to make amends, his suggested names were all still stupid and embarrassing.
  • Gonk: According to Cologne, Happōsai has always been an ugly, pervert little shit. There has never been an instance where he's been handsome.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Nearly half of the conflicts in the series can be traced back to his influence, up to and including Pantyhose Taro, Hinako, Lychee and Kirin, Rakkyosai, Natsume and Kurumi in the OVA...
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Whenever he gets caught, it's implied that it's because he allows himself to be caught. He doesn't really have to indulge those who get in his way, but he ultimately does.
    • Part of his reasons for behaving like he does is driven by his desire to be liked and respected, but doesn't want to put the effort.
  • The Illegible: His handwriting is horrible and barely legible. So much that once, even he couldn't read his own handwriting.
  • Jerkass: Happōsai is a bully, a moocher, and a pervert who causes havoc because he loves doing so. Rumiko Takahashi herself has stated he is one of only two characters in the series that is outright evil. The other one being Nabiki.
  • Kame Hame Hadoken: Parodied with his trademark technique, the Happo Fire Burst, which is initially made out as one of these... although it is then revealed to just be throwing around homemade grenades. The anime takes it a step further, with a scene at the start where he fires off an ethereal fireball similar to a Hadoken... which then simply floats harmlessly in front of Ranma, who blows it out like a candle.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • Once he digs it up again, his favorite technique is the Happo Fire Burst, which is basically slinging ridiculously powerful homemade bombs around. While they are invariably Non-Fatal Explosions, the blast is still powerful enough to render Pantyhose Tarō's monster-form unconscious in one hit.
    • In the anime, the one time he fights giant monsters while himself kaiju-sized, it's by swigging alcohol and spitting it in a fiery Breath Weapon.
  • Large Ham: "Foolish mortals! How dare you show such insolence!"
  • Laughably Evil: He's played up as a terrifying evil mastermind In-Universe, but for the most he's a comic relief character who annoys the rest of the cast.
  • Mad Bomber: The Happo Fire Burst quickly starts to suffer from I Thought It Was Forbidden and becomes his response to every irritation, then becomes a Spam Attack with the Happo Rapid-Fire Burst and Mega Mold Burst attacks.
  • Meaningful Name: Zigzagged. The word happōsai translates to "chop suey," although this meaning uses a different last character (八宝菜 instead of 八宝斎) which is commonly used in the pen-names of martial arts masters. The characters in his name roughly translate to "eight treasure purification" or "eight treasures together", which might be a nod towards his panty and lingerie collection. Perhaps the most meaningful element of it is that the happōsai dish comes from Chinese cuisine, which means he shares a Theme Naming trait common with non-Joketsuzoku Chinese characters, which indirectly hints at his connections to Cologne.
  • Might Makes Right: Among his main philosophies in life. He abuses just about everything and everyone he comes across simply because he's effectively peerless as a martial artist. He's basically unstoppable.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Although it's implied (in the manga; it's explicit in the anime) that he didn't shrink due to age — he was always small and simply grew old.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: To be precise, he knows what it is, he just couldn't give a damn that women don't like having an ancient midget groping their breasts and butts.
  • Old Master: Perhaps the single most most powerful martial artist and chi-user in the entire series. Even Cologne - who regularly one-shots every other martial artist in the series - prefers not to engage him in combat if there is any alternative. The catch is that he's very easily distracted, seldom serious, and pretty much anyone can defeat him by manipulating his perversions.
  • One-Man Army: Has taken on all of the Nerima Wrecking Crew on more than one occasion.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In the anime, when Happōsai starts dying in one episode, the first thing that tells everybody that something's wrong is when they find Happosai sitting on a roof, having abandoned his most recent haul of lingerie in sheer apathy — he even tells Ranma to "keep them" when asked. But what really makes it sink in is when Happōsai responds to a topless female Ranma literally falling on top of him by politely telling her to cover up before she catches cold! Understandably, the whole household is worried, with Sōun and Genma getting so worried about the fate of Anything Goes without him around to lead it that they declare that this is a sign they must formally marry Ranma & Akane, immediately.
  • Oxymoronic Being: Played with. One of his main character traits is driven by this. He wants to indulge in hedonism, and at the same time being respected. He cannot grasp the fact that he cannot be both.
  • Panty Thief: And HOW. The guy ran out on a duel he was on the verge of winning, and which would have had Ranma's female form modelling a bra for him, to go after a Fūrinkan girl sports team so he could take their gym shorts! He does draw the line at granny-style bloomers, though, even if his life is at stake.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: His Battle Aura reaches skyscraper heights, and is near unparalleled in power. There's also his Happo Fire Burst which can effortlessly sweep through powerful opponents.
  • Pet the Dog: In both canons, Happōsai has a very strong soft spot for children and will happily play with them or otherwise try and help them if he meets them. However, due to his selfish and twisted nature, he's not above using them for his own gains, such as tricking two kids who believe he is Santa Claus into assisting him on his panty raids, or even "helping" them in ways that end up causing more harm than good. For example, his usage of Hinako as a weapon against the nurses may have helped her get well, but may have also caused her to turn out... well, the way she is now. And he gave Natsume and Kurumi the martial arts skills that they needed to survive... and told them they were Sōun Tendō's daughters and that they should grow up, become strong, and then come and take over the Tendō dojo.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's been a dwarf all his life, but he’s easily the most powerful character out of the main cast and one of the strongest characters period.
  • Poke the Poodle: Most of his crimes are "so silly that it is hard to begrudge him", as Nabiki put it, like filling a random Tendō girl's shoes with tacks or drawing on people's faces and the walls (both of the above were because he was angry at Ranma for giving back all of the underwear he had stolen).
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He'll steal, sexually assault, beat the living hell out of the entire cast and do so with glee. But whenever things don't go his way, he'll usually start throwing a fit or, in the case his opponents get him overpowered, he'll start to cry without even realizing why everybody is so "mean" to him.
  • Rent-a-Zilla: When using his Battle Aura to its fullest potential. Even at lower settings, the mere projection can stun Ranma.
  • The Scottish Trope: Before he actually broke free from confinement, Sōun and Genma were terrified of even mentioning his name on the off chance it might bring him back.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Spent an ambiguous amount of time sealed in a cave, possibly since Sōun and Genma's youth. They try to box him up and mail him to the North Pole when he's weakened by a "woman-repellant" incense that deprived him of his source of power (groping women) but Ranma thinks this is too cruel.
  • Self-Serving Memory: When remembering his youth, he portrays himself as a tall, handsome and chivalrous Bishonen who Cologne threw herself at. Cologne, however, reveals the truth: that he was always a short, ugly, nasty little pervert.
  • Show Some Leg: The easiest (and sometimes only) way to defeat him in a fight.
  • Soap Opera Disease: At one point in the anime, Happōsai takes to his bed and doesn't respond to any stimuli, wasting away to death. Not even turning Ranma into a girl, ripping off her top, and throwing the half-naked girl at him gets a rise out of him! An occultist classmate of Akane explains that the fault is that Happosai has "exhausted his lifespan" after living for so many centuries — compounding the problem, he was born under a specific star sign that normally grants good luck, but every century or so, temporarily inverts its effect, and such an inversion is due to reach its peak within a few days. Fortunately, despite the fact that Akane decides to cook the magical cure she is given to save him with, he gets better.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Because Happōsai is one of the greatest martial artists in the entire series (and is the grandmaster of Anything Goes, to boot), it's difficult to enjoy episodes/chapters involving him because, since he can't be beaten in a serious match, there's virtually no way to disrupt the status quo.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He is, without a doubt, the most evil member of the Tendo household, being a shameless thief, a moocher, a bully, and a pervert who peeps on, steals underwear from, and gropes nearly every woman he can get his grubby little hands on. When you can make Genma Saotomenote  of all people seems like the lesser of two evils, you're a scumbag, and Happosai pulls it off with ease.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth:
    • Considered an inhuman freak of nature, but even he can't stomach Akane's cooking, as shown every time he eats Akane's food. The first time most notably happens during the cookies storyline:
      Happosai: (greedily gobbles down Akane's plate of cookies before instantly regretting it) Waaah! My poor stomach! Why didn't you tell me they weren't meant for human consumption!?
      Akane: Hey you! What did you say!?
    • On the other side of things, there's the oni story. It gets drawn to Happosai's evil nature and tries possessing him, but Happosai turns out to be so evil that the oni ends up being overwhelmed and can't control him.
  • Trickster Mentor: He's supposed to be Ranma's master, but will annoy him to no end, foist all his troubles onto him, and generally treat him like dirt for as long as he can get away with. Ranma never learns anything from him, directly, but by having to come up with ways to thwart him.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: He is unquestionably the most powerful martial artist in the entire series, but the only thing more powerful than his moves is his perversion.
    1. If he sees lingerie or women's breasts he gets so distracted he wouldn't notice if he was about to be hit by a bus.
    2. Trick him into fondling men's underclothes and he'll spaz like a pepper-sprayed cat.
    3. Keep him away from women or their unmentionables for an extended period of time and he goes into withdrawal — and becomes so weak he can be slung around like a lunch bag.
  • Willfully Weak: A variant of the trope; in the anime, at least, it's established that Happosai could actually be a pretty impressive martial arts teacher. In one story, he reveals he has a personal invisibility technique, long before the manga introduced the Umisenken. In another, he boasted he could make Tatewaki Kuno a legitimate threat to Ranma, and then lived up to it—just a week of Training from Hell under Happosai, combined with a little psyche-boost, and Kuno was legitimately able to put Ranma on the ropes. Ranma even admits that he might have lost if Happosai hadn't inadvertently made Kuno sick with his "speed of light elixir" (read: the crud from under Happosai's fingernails dissolved in tap water), which kicked in at the worst possible moment for Kuno.
  • Wise Old Folk Façade: He likes to try to present himself as a wise old mentor to Ranma and the gang, but it fails to come off because he just cannot contain his underwear-stealing and lascivious-groping behaviors for more than a few minutes at a time in order to sell the wise and benevolent part.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He will never hit a woman, not even in self-defense. Of course, what he does isn't much better...


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