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Cologne (Japanese: コロン, Koron; Chinese: 可崘)

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Voiced by: Miyoko Aso (Japanese), Yuko Kobayashi (Japanese, young), Elan Ross Gibson (English), Magda Giner (Latin American Spanish), Anje Yousef (Arabic)

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

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


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

Mousse (Japanese: ムース, Mūsu; Chinese: 沐絲)

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Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Brad Swaile (English), José Antonio Macías (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Daniel Abundis (Latin American Spanish, episode 26), Rocío Prado (Latin American Spanish, kid, episode 32), José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish, OVAS and Movies), Rafat Bazoo (Arabic)

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


  • Above the Influence: A key part of his character. He's an obnoxious stalker who defines himself solely by trying to win Shampoo's affections... but is willing to make any sacrifice for her well-being. In the final arc of the series when Shampoo emerges from an egg that will make her obey the first person she sees without question. Mousse has the perfect opportunity to become her master, but when Ryoga points out that she will be a mindless slave, he instead shows her a mirror. As Shampoo first sight is of herself, her free will is restored... and she immediately goes back to chasing Ranma. Afterward he says it was probably the stupidest thing he'd ever done, but in the moment that mattered, he didn't think so.
    • In fact, out of all the people involved in the Love Dodecahedron (and excluding Ranma and Akane), he's the only suitor who has never manipulated, blackmailed, charmed, or bewitched the object of their affection, even if his "If I kill/beat up Ranma Shampoo will be mine" strategy leaves much to be desired.
  • At Least I Admit It: In stark contrast to Ryoga, Kuno or Ranma himself, Mousse is quite blunt about the fact that he considers pragmatism to trump honor. Whereas they are frequently used for Hypocritical Humor, Mousse brazenly admits he'll do anything, including lying and cheating, in order to win Shampoo's heart. A pity for him that doesn't seem to appreciate this behavior.
  • Badass Longcoat: For all of THREE panels when he first appears. He can still give this impression when he fights seriously.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Played for laughs. He will constantly mistake inanimate objects for the people he's talking to. He once mistook a tanuki statue for Shampoo, even going so far as to ask "her" how and when she got so fat. And he's frankly not much better off even when wearing them. However, when engaged in serious combat, he can and will fight very effectively without his glasses, even against opponents that he shouldn't be able to track accurately through sound alone.
  • The Bully: Is perfectly willing to join an assault on a weakened Ranma, to ambush and kidnap Akane for the sake of luring Ranma to him, to threaten to afflict Akane with a Jusenkyō curse for added "incentive", to cheat in the name of victory, and to kill for expediency. He also instinctively starts beating up the youthenized Ryōga and Ranma when he realizes they look like his rivals.
  • Can't Catch Up: For a while, when Ranma and Ryōga kept gaining power ups from training, he just couldn't keep up with their level. He constantly gets trounced whenever pitted against them. Ryōga once even managed to simultaneously fight him, Kuno, Principal Kuno, and Gosunkugi off when they decided to gang up on a weakened Ranma in a Go Through Me moment. However, he was still able to fight toe to toe with Mint in the Musk Dynasty arc, and, later on, going on "dates" with a stupendously heavy Jizō statue accidentally brought up his strength and endurance tremendously.
  • Character Development: He started off the series as a rather amoral, almost sociopathic character who would stoop to any lows to defeat, or even kill, Ranma, and thus clear the way to Shampoo. As the series went on, however, and especially after the turning point of the Musk Dynasty saga, his relationship with Ranma changed considerably, so that he refocused his priorities into winning Shampoo over instead of eliminating his rival, and would even seek out the latter's help in more than one occasion. The Glasses of Invincibility storyline, in particular, began with him still trying to prove his superiority to Ranma, but in a context and a conclusion that show how much he has changed from his first arrival from China.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: He has been pursuing Shampoo since they were kids. Whether he actually is her "childhood friend" or not is up for debate, considering Shampoo calls him her "stupid friend from childtime" and all of his flashbacks to that point in their life show her treating him the exact same way she does now (alternatively ignoring him and hitting him when he does something that bugs her).
  • Combat Pragmatist: Just look at how he fights and how many implement of cutting, piercing and blunt death he carries... Although he's plenty skilled in unarmed combat, he rarely does so if he can still pull out a weapon hidden somewhere in his person (the one time he tried and dropped the Badass Longcoat with his many weapons he suddenly revealed he has knives in his shoes).
  • Cursed with Awesome: While at a general disadvantage as a duck, he does gain the ability to fly and he can still use hidden weapons (usually throwing knives in his wings).
  • Dogged Nice Guy: To Shampoo. The manga makes it very clear that, when he's not fighting Ranma over her, he's extremely devoted to her and sincerely tries to do right by her, working himself to an early grave if it means taking her out on a happy date... he just has the most horrible tastes and even worse timing, and she doesn't appreciate his persistence.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In the manga, Shampoo considers him to rate somewhere between bacteria and pond scum, no matter what he does for her. In the anime, she was appreciative during the second movie.
  • Foil: He stands uniquely contrasted to both Ryoga and Kuno, his fellow rivals of Ranma:
    • To Ryoga: Whereas Ryoga is extremely emotional, Mousse is logical and cunning. Where Ryoga is, ultimately, an honorable rival who demands a fair victory in his ongoing battle with Ranma, Mousse is amoral and couldn't care less for honor; he only cares about victory. Ryoga prefers unarmed combat, whilst Mousse wields weapons. And, finally, Ryoga has perfect eyesight, but No Sense of Direction, whilst Mousse can always find where he's going, but can't see where he is.
    • To Kuno: Mousse is a rustic villager from the Chinese mountains, whilst Kuno is a Japanese aristocrat. Whereas Kuno is flashy, arrogant and bombastic, Mousse is straightforward, pragmatic and will humiliate himself shamelessly for victory. Finally, Kuno wields a melee weapon, whilst Mousse favors ranged weapons.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Likes to invoke this... but, usually, whenever he takes the glasses off dramatically, he ends up looking stupid and ruining the effect.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Without his glasses he's a gorgeous Long-Haired Pretty Boy. Too bad he's also blind as a bat.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Mousse often wears a Chinese robe with long sleeves from which he can pull a seemingly endless stream of weapons.
  • Hidden Weapons: Literally the Master of Hidden Weapons. His oversized sleeves houses a massive Hyperspace Arsenal.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Most of Mousse's childhood was spent unsuccessfully trying to win over Shampoo, resulting in him frequently embarrassing himself, getting into accidents, or even being swatted by Shampoo herself for doing something stupid like confusing a cow for her.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Shampoo, much like she is to Ranma. Ever since his introduction he has been endlessly chasing her and trying to win her over.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Duck potty, yo-yos, cup-and-balls, gauntlets on ropes, multiple swords (the first Non-Serial Movie has him create "wings" by sprouting about six or seven broadswords from each sleeve)... the sheer amount of crap he can conceal and actually use relatively effectively, with or without modifications, is truly amazing. Lampshaded in a Filler episode where he's able to pull out a bomb far larger than he is from his person, and states he couldn't be a master at concealed weaponry if he couldn't. Even without his coat he can pull weapons from nowhere: In one of the movies, when attacked in his bathing suit, he responds by launching several Kusarigama from his wrist bands.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be very petty and insufferable in his rivalry to Ranma and in his attempts to win over Shampoo. However when the situation gets really bad he will become sensible and assist his rival until the danger is averted. When Maomaoling had cursed Shampoo into permanently turning into a cat, he even agreed to allowing Ranma kiss her due to needing a True Love's Kiss. In the final story arc, he even gives up his best chance to bend Shampoo to his will because he was Above the Influence.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair is almost as long as Shampoo's, and he's a very handsome guy, almost a bishonen type... so long as he's not wearing his Opaque Nerd Glasses.
  • Mad Love: He will stoically suffer through virtually any amount of abuse Shampoo heaps on him, firmly convinced that his dedication and displays of prowess will win her over, no matter that she has stated outright that she hates him and wants him dead.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: During the first half of the series, Mousse made at least four attempts to kill Ranma, so he can have Shampoo for himself. One of them through subterfuge. Although he apparently simply attempts to prove himself stronger in their few confrontations after the Herb arc.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: He actually prefers to be Blind Without 'Em because of how they make him look goofy.'
  • Pet the Dog: He refuses to do anything harmful to Shampoo in his pursuit of her; he never even considers taking the "Best Her to Bed Her" option, lets her kiss Ranma in the "Ghost Cat" arc to keep her from being trapped as a cat, and chooses Above the Influence in the final arc, despite once having claimed he would happily commit any act to make Shampoo love him — specifically because her being his mindless slave is not what he would consider love.
  • The Rival: To both Ranma and Ryōga. Though he has a much more personal one with the former due to conflicts over their relationships with Shampoo. With Ryōga it's more of a power struggle and a conflict in nobility, as Ryōga does not stoop as low as Mousse does.
  • Spear Counterpart: He has a lot in common with Shampoo: He pines for Shampoo the same way she behaves with Ranma. His rivalries with Ranma and Ryoga also mirror Shampoo's with Akane and Ukyo, respectively.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Pretty much defines who he is. Notably, he's one of the few SWaCs who is not a Yandere; He's an endless annoyance, but he never makes a trespass against Shampoo herself, restricting himself to fawning over her and jealously attacking Ranma. He repeatedly halts his pursuit if Shampoo is any danger whatsoever, and even refuses a chance to make her his mindless slave because he doesn't want her unless it's of her own free will... and is naturally paid with no appreciation whatsoever (or even noticing that he's there).
  • Super Speed: Fast enough to be in the same general league as Ranma and Ryōga, but they are shown as able to avoid most of his attacks by exerting themselves. Sometimes considered by fanon to be the fastest of the three, as he was pitted against Mint, the fastest of the Musk Dynasty warriors.
  • Super Strength: At least around the same level as Ranma, going by the fact that the latter was very impressed after a thoroughly exhausted Mousse split a large iron bell barehanded.
  • Super Toughness: Although not as tough as Ranma or Ryoga, his constant punishment at the hands of Shampoo, and his duels with Ranma have given him super human toughness. During the final arc, he is surprised when a foe cannot simply shrug off being hit by a boulder that "couldn't weigh more than five tons."
  • Took a Level in Badass: After his first two battles with Ranma, Mousse became something of a non-entity in both continuities, but he went on to have a sudden impressive battle in both the anime's second Non-Serial Movie and in the manga's Musk Arc.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: He gained tremendous stamina and strength by going out on dates with "Shampoo" (in reality, a stupendously heavy Jizō statue that had crudely assumed her likeness), thanks to the fact he was going days without rest and constantly hauling around the statue when he wasn't doing his jobs at the Nekohanten.
  • You No Take Candle: Averted. Mousse is the same age and just as Chinese as Shampoo, yet he speaks fluent, if accented, Japanese. In the English versions, he speaks slightly more formally than the other teenagers.

     Pantyhose Tarō 

Pantyhose Tarō (パンスト太郎, Pansuto Tarō)

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Voiced by: Shinnosuke Furumoto (Japanese), Matt Hill (English), Irwin Daayán (Latin American Spanish)

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


  • Accidental Pervert: He accidentally stumbles across Rouge bathing, which leads to their enmity for each other when she beans him with a nearby rock and accuses him of trying to steal her "source of power" (magnetic back-ache pads.)
  • Arch-Nemesis: He is the sworn enemy of Happōsai for the embarrassing name that the old man bestowed upon him, and the fact that due to his village law only the one who named him can change it. He has dedicated his life to capturing Happōsai and making him change his name, but constantly gets thwarted due to his attempts clashing with the Nerima Wrecking Crew.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: One of the few characters in this series with both the attitude and the skills to back it up.
  • Berserk Button: Being called by his name. Before it was revealed, he reacted the same way to Ranma calling him "pantsuto yaro" ("pantyhose bastard") which sounds close enough to his actual name to infuriate him.
  • Big Bad: The closest the series gets to one, being the most reoccurring antagonist of three story arcs.
  • The Bully: Relishes the power of his cursed form and uses it to beat up and terrify others into submitting to him.
  • Combat Tentacles: In his second and third appearances.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Happōsai is to blame for how he turned out, both in terms of his monster curse and how he's bitter and twisted. Though unlike most examples, Happōsai is far from a saint, so it's really a villain creating an even bigger villain.
  • Cross Cultural Kerfuffle: Pantyhose Tarō's name is based on a peculiarity of Asian linguistics that doesn't quite translate into English. In Japanese, the Pantyhose part of his name is a prefix while the Tarō part is a suffix (think Jotarō or Kentarō, ergo, "Pantsutotarō") so he can't simply use "Tarō" as his only name. In English, of course, it's awkward to use both fragments as a complete name, giving the appearance that "Tarō" is a separate name. This leaves English viewers not understanding why his name bugs him so much; from their perspective, he can just not use his "first" name.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Crisscrosses with Blessed with Suck as he doesn't actually mind it, having lived with it his whole life. While he's at least skilled enough to give Ranma a serious run for his money, with similar speed and agility, and is much wilier and cunning, his titanic cursed form's size, strength, and the surprising speed it retains despite its bulk, give him a hell of a trump card with some cold water. In fact, when other characters believe his beef with Happōsai is this curse, he states that he doesn't mind it at all. Justified: unlike other characters who are overall weaker in their cursed form, Pantyhose Tarō's form is very powerful, which actually makes him stronger once he changes.
  • Embarrassing First Name: The prefix of his name is Pantyhose. Is it any wonder he runs away from girls who ask him what it is? His planned new name isn't much better either: when he announces to the world that he wants to be called "Awesome Tarō" (Kakkoiitarō in Japanese), all of the other characters think it's even more embarrassing, but are either stunned into silence or have the good grace not to say anything.
  • Excuse Plot: His entire background depends on the idea that his village would demand both that he be named by his midwife and that the midwife is the only person who can change his name, even after being saddled with a name as lousy as his. The series even lampshades how ridiculous this is.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Pantyhose Tarō considers living his life with the name of Pantyhose Tarō as this, which is why he is so hellbent on hunting Happōsai to force him to change it.
  • Foil: To Ranma. Both characters are martial artists who are cursed by the Jusenkyō springs, and are routinely screwed over by Happōsai. While Ranma has managed to remain a more or less noble individual, and does his best not to dwell on what would be a more than well justified grudge, Pantyhose Tarō has completely given in to his rage and resentment, not only going after Happōsai, who is the ultimate cause and target of his rage, but is more than willing to grievously harm, if not kill, anyone he comes across whom he thinks might be in the way, even if they have nothing to do with him, like Akane.
  • Giant Flyer: His cursed form is a mass of solid muscle several stories tall, and yet his wings are appropriately crane-sized. He still pulls off fancy aerial maneuvers and can fly fast enough to travel from deep mainland China all the way to Japan within an afternoon.
  • Iconic Item: For all his hatred for his first name, he still wears a pair of pantyhose around his waist in lieu of a sash. It is also his calling card when he first appears in Nerima, wrapping all his victims in pantyhose as a way to taunt the person who named him.
  • Jerkass: Even if he does have something of a Freudian Excuse, he's still a real asshole.
  • Kill It with Water: Plays around with this trope. Dousing him with hot water reverts him to his weaker human form, making him vulnerable. On the other hand, letting him get splashed with cold water lets him turn into his monster form, at which point he's more than happy to hand out some beatings.
  • Lightning Bruiser: His cursed form.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One of the few fighters who has successfully manipulated (and outcheated) Ranma during battle, and capable of setting up strategic traps.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Pantyhose Tarō's cursed form is apparently constructed with the premise of "what types of creatures would you have to mix to create something more-or-less archetypical demonic-looking?" Answer: You toss a yeti, an ox, an eel and a crane into one Jusenkyō Spring, and get a creature with the frame of a yeti, the head and hooves of an ox, an eel as a tail... and a pair of crane, rather than bat, wings, which is the only odd one out. He is even referred to as a "demon-lord" in the play Ranma set up for Happōsai. Later he turns into a spoof of a "tentacle-demon" by adding "Spring of Drowned Octopus" to the concoction... with the bonus of shooting blinding ink blasts from his fingers.
  • The Nicknamer: He never refers to others by their real name. He specifically singles out Ranma to call him "okama yaro" ("crossdressing bastard," or just "crossdresser" in the English release) and annoy him to no end.
  • Noble Demon: He may be a complete asshole, but he will still save helpless girls he encounters.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his ruthless nature, and stating that he has no hesitation about beating or killing a woman who was in his way, he is known to have saved a number of girls from being attacked after encountering them in danger. After accidentally spotting Rouge in the nude, he let her beat him up in retribution until he figured she'd had enough.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Possibly, as homophobic and transphobic slurs are his go-to insult style against Ranma.
  • The Sociopath: Pantyhose Tarō is ruthless, selfish, power-hungry and vicious. He will happily threaten or hurt anyone in his way, and has shown a willingness to deliberately endanger others out of spite. In his first appearance, when battling Ranma and his allies at his mountain lair, he deliberately tries to gore Akane with his horns when he spots her trapped and vulnerable on a cliff-face. In his third appearance, after Rouge reverts to human form in his grasp, he threatens to crush her to death unless she tells him how to use her "power source" for his own end. He's even boasted about wanting to take over the world.
  • Super Speed: Able to keep up with Ranma when in human form; his chimaera form is slower, but not by much (and is downright lightning-fast in relation to its size and bulk), and he more than made up the difference once he acquired octopus tentacles.
  • Super Strength: Roughly the same level as male Ranma when human, given that their punches had literally equal effect on one another in the Rouge arc, and much stronger as a chimaera.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: He's an absolute bastard who has done countless outright cruel things with many of them being completely unnecessary, but the heroes all sympathize with his backstory and how it turned him into the twisted individual he is. Many instances the heroes try to or offer to help him, which usually results in him being an Ungrateful Bastard about it.
  • Take Over the World: In his third story, after misunderstanding what Rouge's "sources of power" are, he declares he'll use them to increase his own power and use it to conquer the world.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Despite everything Ranma's team have done for him, he remains very rude to them and will not hesitate to beat them up.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: In order to get stronger, rather than training and honing his skills like all the other characters, his solution is to dunk himself into yet another accursed spring and gain upgrades to his cursed form like octopus tentacles. That is not to say he lacks skill as a human, though: his one-on-one matches with Ranma show off his combat speed, technique, and agility, to the point he can kick female Ranma out of the air near-instantly and can overwhelm the same with a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs barrage, which, ironically, is Ranma's preferred move.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Sort of. His cursed form is enormous and powerful — albeit a bit silly-looking — so he's the only one to regularly carry cold water with him. Especially if he's going to a fight.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Who else but Happōsai would think naming somebody after pantyhose was a good idea?
  • Would Hit a Girl: He doesn't usually bother with weaklings, and deliberately lets slighted women take out their anger on him for as long as he deems appropriate, but if the girl in question proves strong enough to fight, he holds nothing back.
  • Your Size May Vary: Depending on the needs of the scene, his minotaur-like form can vary between about just twice as tall as a man, to being able to fit an human being comfortably into his palm. The addition of Combat Tentacles doesn't help; their length and thickness are quite variable too, where they can shift from a mess of relatively short tentacles on his back, to being twice as long than his cursed form is tall.

     The Jusenkyō Guide 

The Jusenkyō Guide (呪泉郷 の ガイド, Jusenkyō no gaido)

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Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese), Ian James Corlett and Michael Donovan (English), Martín Soto (Latin American Spanish), Rafat Bazoo (Arabic)

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


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

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Plum (プラム, Puramu)

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

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

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