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     Tatewaki Kuno 

Tatewaki Kuno (九能 帯刀, Kunō Tatewaki)
Voiced by: Hirotaka Suzuoki (Japanese), Ted Cole (English), Gabriel Gama (Latin American Spanish, TV series), Gustavo Carrillo (Latin American Spaish, episodes 25-26), Óscar Flores (Latin American Spanish, Movies and OVAS), Eyas Abughazala (Arabic)

Originally the greatest champion of Furinkan High, until Ranma Saotome arrived. He does remain its greatest pervert, though. A pompous, bombastic scion of a noble house, his father is the principal of Furinkan and this, coupled with his skill, makes him someone of importance in school. Caught up in his own ego and almost delusional obsessions with the samurai, he blatantly lusts after Akane Tendo — and doesn't lose any interest even when he finds himself also smitten with a mysterious "Pigtailed Girl" (Ranma's female form), making no secret that his ultimate desire/intention is to have them both as his wives. That neither of them is even attracted to him, never mind happy with the idea, is something that doesn't register.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To both Ranma (female form) and Akane. Despite both of them not only explicitly pointing out how little respect they have for him and his "affection" and have defended themselves with physical force against his sexual advances, he remains completely clueless and continues to pursue both of them.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Black-haired in the manga, brown-haired in the anime
  • Arms and Armor Theme Naming: "Tatewaki" means "Bringing a Sword", a reference to his love of kendo and his ever-present bokken.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: On rare occasions, shows a sibling variant for his sister. Most prominently, in the anime, he has been acting as Kodachi's Parental Substitute for years since their father abandoned them to indulge in his love of Hawaii, and does everything he can to keep Kodachi from meeting him again because he knows their father is a lunatic.
  • Badass Normal: Despite being on the weak end of the local pecking order, and never learning any of the Ki Manipulations, Kuno is still an incredibly formidable fighter. From his debut appearance, he is capable of the swordplay equivalent of Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, and, despite being armed with a wooden training sword, he can not only effortlessly cut through trees with a casual backhand, but the air-pressure from his thrusts hits with enough force to shatter stone, in a bludgeoning version of a Razor Wind attack!
  • The Bully: The primary reason he and Ranma almost constantly lock horns. Kuno loves to throw his weight around, and brutalize people into bending to his will. Ranma not only refuses to bend the knee, but, being a Bully Hunter, comes down on Kuno like a ton of bricks every time he sees the lout try to terrorize someone else. Of course, Kuno utterly fails to comprehend that people don't like it when he bosses them around, and think Ranma is the source of their unease.
  • Butt-Monkey: His track record would point in this direction... though oddly, Kuno himself seems rather oblivious to it.
  • Can't Catch Up: Presumably because he's so arrogant that, given how he frequently "explains" away his loses to Ranma and co, he doesn't believe he needs to improve his skills. The result is that Kuno never manages to notably improve, and he's thusly relegated to the role of "punching bag" rather than The Rival. Subverted when he loses his memory and learns a technique that turns him into more than a match for Ranma. The problem is that he can only use it with a visual trigger (watermelons). So, since there usually aren't any around he stays much the same after this incident. For extra subversion, the training was never intended to boost his fighting skills: it was Training from Hell so he could become a master of the Smashing Watermelons game. He learned the move to be able to impress girls whenever he went to the beach.
  • The Casanova: Thinks of himself as one, and might have actually had this status before Ranma arrived at his school. However the girls he actively pursues both despise him and reciprocate none of his affection. So by for the majority of the series he believes he's womanising Akane and the "pig tailed girl", whereas in reality neither of them give a crap about him or his "cheating" on them.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Is this Played for Laughs. How far he falls onto the chivalrous or pervert side, usually depends on Rule of Funny. He typically is much more pervert than chivalrous when dealing with Akane or "the pigtailed girl", recurringly glomping them out of nowhere or asking them for dates. During the "Date Monster of Watermelon Island" story, an amnesiac Kuno attempts to force himself on "the pigtailed girl", legitimately scaring Ranma in the process. On the other hand, when the lovestruck Mariko Konjo offered to allow Kuno to do anything to her, Kuno's response was just to doodle on her face.
  • Congruent Memory: See Can't Catch Up. Don't come near him if you're carrying watermelons, unless you want him to turn into human-shaped whirlwind of Razor Wind that even Ranma can't defeat. He gets over it by the end of the story arc and it's not mentioned again in the manga, though an anime filler episode shows he does still have it, and may even have more control over it... Of course, he doesn't think of its combat potential even then; it's a way to impress girls.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Kuno practices modern Kendo, a heavily sporterized martial art whose practitioners move and fight in a precise and ritualized way. While he's a terror in a Kendo match, in actual combat Ranma and the others can easily outmanouver him.
  • The Ditz: Several instances have emphasized that Kuno isn't very bright. Despite the glaringly obvious signs, he is never able to figure out that the "pig-tailed girl" he loves and his rival Ranma Saotome are one and the same. Also during the Moxibustion Arc, he interprets the "Ranma is weak" fliers that Happōsai dropped as Ranma trying to find an excuse for why Kuno beat him.
  • Ditzy Genius: He does very well in school and is well versed in poetry despite his cluelessness.
  • Easy Amnesia: During the watermelon training incident, Kuno bonked himself on the head with his bokken so hard he embedded a watermelon on his head, causing him to forget absolutely everything. Another such self-inflicted headshot cured him.
  • Entitled to Have You: Of the "who they are" subtype; Kuno feels he deserves to have any girl he wants, because he's rich, powerful, handsome, and a member of an aristocratic family. Ironically, this trait actually gets worse when he suffers from Easy Amnesia during the Watermelon Island story, progressing from Kuno's comparatively tame physical lechery to outright attempted rape!
  • Everyone Has Standards: Kuno may be an arrogant, boastful, perverted buffoon, but he is appalled by his father, who he regards (rightly) as a tyrant and a lunatic.
  • Expy: Takes some inspiration from Shuutaro Mendo from Urusei Yatsura, being a buffoonish rival to the main character, who at the same time claims a samurai heritage, is quite handsome, and also filthy rich. Unlike Mendo, though, Kuno's perversions have driven the rest of the students away from him, although he is shown to be popular with girls who don't know his true nature as a perverted idiot.
  • Faceless Goons: An identical look-alike to Kuno in an anime Filler episode delivered the page quote to his group of Highly Visible Ninjas.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: He believes his swordsmanship makes him the best fighter in the world, which he's always itching to show off on some poor sod, for little to no reason. Furthermore, he doesn't believe he can improve because he's already "perfected it." For the finale, he thinks that running around and beating up on random people with his bamboo sword will make every girl who sees him in action, fall madly in love with him, especially if said girl happens to be someone that showed interest in Ranma first, such as Akane and "pig tailed girl." Not only are his romantic obsessions wholly unhealthy, for all involved, he utterly refuses to believe he can be wrong about this.
  • Friendly Enemy: Particularly in the anime, he is sometimes treated as a clumsy friend of the cast.
  • Glass Cannon: He is strong enough to shatter stone with the air-pressure from his strikes, but can be floored with a single punch.
  • Handsome Lech: Lusts after Akane and "The Pigtailed Girl", including groping them and grabbing them whenever he can, but is actually fairly attractive to other girls, due to being good-looking, athletic, aristocratic, rich and capable of speaking/acting in a flowery, poetic fashion. The anime plays this up by having Kuno be willing to try chasing after other women who he notices as attractive, including Ukyo, Nabiki, Azusa Shiratori and Miss Hinako Ninomiya. However, he never gives up on chasing Akane and Ranma's female form while doing so (in fact, the Nabiki episode goes so wrong partially because he declares to the whole school he's going to marry Nabiki and keep his "other loves" as his mistresses) and goes right back to chasing them wholeheartedly after his attempted diversions come to naught.
    • The "Watermelon Island" story showcases the darker side of this trope when applied to Kuno. Without his normal personality, and thusly when not held back by his normal sense of honor (and his ego-driven belief that he is loved), Kuno actually attempts to rape the female Ranma when they are seemingly alone together on the island, showcasing how Kuno's sense of entitlement could express itself.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Flashbacks show that Tatewaki's father abused him physically and verbally throughout his childhood, including leaving him to go to Hawaii, and constantly shaving his head.
  • Hunk: undeniable. He's handsome, is the most muscular boy of the series, and being one year older than the other main guys, he's the one who looks more manly.
  • Ignorant Of His Own Ignorance: As a result of reaching his High School Senior year, easily defeating any and every challenger, or person who happened to catch his eye when he was in the mood to beat someone up, he's let himself believe he's the best fighter the world has ever seen, utterly refusing to admit his near constant defeat at Ranma's hands is the result of anything but "sorcery." What's worse is that Ranma is clearly not even the strongest martial artist in Nerima alone, let alone the world.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Kuno takes a lot of abuse and gets hurt easily but he has a high recovery rate most of the time. Lampshaded in the episode "Kuno acting Principal" in which Kuno gets kicked out of a window and instantly pops up two seconds later to Ranma's surprise.
  • I Reject Your Reality: His beliefs that he is the greatest warrior around (comparatively, he's probably one of the weakest fighters in the cast), that Akane Tendo and "the pig-tailed girl" love him immensely (he's probably the one to blame for Akane's dislike of men and Ranma would hate him even if he didn't tried to get fresh with his girl form constantly), that Ranma is a "playboy" who has some sort of switching with the Pigtailed Girl, and that every time he's won against Kuno has been a "fluke" that involved Ranma using some sort of cheat (Ranma pulling an Offhand Backhand on Kuno (it just cannot be called a Curb-Stomp Battle even charitably) while dealing with the issues of the episode (like the latest argument with Akane) is one of the show's Running Gags), that said "cheats" are dark sorcery of some kind (Kuno has used more magical artifacts against Ranma than Ranma has used at all throughout the whole series) and that this "sorcery" is the reason the "pig-tailed girl" is under Ranma's thrall and that by defeating Ranma Kuno will have the Girl falling at his feet (Ranma has tried to explain a few times and has even changed in front of Kuno repeatedly—Kuno doesn't believes that there's a curse involved). There is absolutely no way to change his mind at all.
  • Jerkass: He's arrogant, believing himself to be the best fighter of all, brags and flaunts his power to all who will listen, and treats his manservant like crap.
  • Jerk Jock: In a sense; during the Hiryu Shoten Ha arc, he has no qualms at all about attacking Ranma upon finding flyers that announced Ranma's weakened state, even though he had already confirmed they were true by beating up Ranma earlier that morning. On the other hand, Kuno's ego meant that he assumed the flyers were lying and he had won "fair and square", so he was attacking Ranma to try and prove that Ranma wasn't weak at all. Didn't stop him from continuing to pummel Ranma, or attacking him twice during and after the final battle of the arc, though.
  • Kendo Team Captain: Is captain of the School's Kendo club.
  • Kid Samurai: An excellent example of the comedic/antagonistic variant. Barely samurai in name only, though...
  • Lethal Joke Character: Compared to Ranma, Ryoga, and Mousse, he's almost a joke. However, he's very deadly against normal humans and can fight evenly against Akane or his sister, who in turn has been able to keep up in free-for-alls against Ukyo and Shampoo.
    • Kuno actually has the potential to be freaking scary if you consider that he was throwing Sword Beams long before ki was introduced as a viable power-up, meaning that he's making Razor Wind projectiles by sheer muscle power. There's no telling just how terrifying he'd be if he ever got some dedicated training that didn't depend on having watermelons around.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Usually a pathetic comic relief character, he actually becomes a very potent threat to Ranma when he undergoes conditioning training using watermelons.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Considers himself a samurai, and technically is one, but is a bumbling fool blinded by his own ego and considered by most as an arrogant moron.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: He loves "the pigtailed girl", lusting after her hugely, but is completely unaware that she is actually Ranma's female form.
  • Mad Love: Kuno is after both Akane and "the pigtailed girl". Neither rain, nor snow, nor repeated knocks into the stratosphere or blows to the head will deter him.
  • Made of Iron: For someone so out of the league of other characters, he is able to take an immense amount of punishment while walking away with minimal injury. He's constantly battered and bruised by Ranma and Akane, but shows up soon after no worse for wear.
  • Marry Them All: When first confronted in public with both Akane and Ranma's female form at the same time, he agonized over choosing between them for several moments, then finally tried to Glomp them both with a passionate cry of "I must have them both!" This phrase is something of his unofficial Catchphrase amongst the fans.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in an anime filler episode; after a fortune teller accidentally predicts that Nabiki Tendo is Kuno's destined wife, Kuno spends most of the episode trying to be faithful to her... then ultimately gives it up and declares that he will wed Nabiki, but keep Akane and "the pigtailed girl" as his mistresses. This ticks off even Nabiki, who joins Akane and Ranma in punching him out cold for the affront.
  • Meaningful Name: Like most of the main characters in the series, Kuno's name sits between being a joke at his expense and being symbolic of his character. "Kuno" means "Nine Abilities", a somewhat obscure Japanese joke about the arrogance of himself and his family. The series doubles down on this with a gag in Kuno's introduction about the different kanji that can be used for Kuno's name; the precise variants different between anime and manga, but include "Capable" (which Kuno prefers, as it refers to his considerable kendo skills), "Incapable" (which references how he's not as good as he thinks) and "Insufferable" (which references how much he annoys the rest of the cast).
  • Never My Fault: Kuno never loses! If he does, it's not his fault! His opponent must have cheated! That's the only explanation!
  • The Nicknamer: Even after learning her name, he refers to Ranma as "The pig-tailed girl" (though this could be because he doesn't want to associate her with his hated rival). He also refers to himself as "The Blue Thunder of Furinkan High", even though nobody else does. During his first appearance, it is implied that he has given himself a long string of self-aggrandizing titles and nicknames, of which "The Blue Thunder" is only the most recent (and apparently the last); before Ranma showed up, he had been calling himself "The Shooting Star".
  • Not So Different: Though loathe to admit it, he really takes after his father. Both men are horrible petty tyrants who are utterly delusional, and believe they're loved, unconditionally, for instilling a Reign of Terror, and utterly fail to comprehend how they can possibly be wrong, about anything.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Once Ranma and his real rivals, and maybe even Ranma's other fiancées, showed up, Tatewaki became a second-string threat.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: Has dozens, if not hundreds, of photos of Ranma's female form and Akane Tendo scattered around his room, both in dozens of photo albums and as blown up posters on his walls. In the anime, at least, he even as a poster-sized portrait of each girl hanging in the kendo club, in front of his favorite meditation spot.
  • Prince Charming Wannabe: He believes himself to be the hottest and most irresistible guy in the world. Both of the girls he obsesses over can't stand him and clobber him every chance they get.
  • Promotion to Parent: Had to raise his sister Kodachi alone for quite a bit. A whole episode in the anime is centered about his and the Principal fighting out for the right to be at her parent-teacher conference.
  • The Rival: Initially, the series is set up as if Kuno will be Ranma's primary rival. Unfortunately, he was overshadowed by Ryoga Hibiki, whom the author found more interesting, and so he quickly fell into the background as a sporadic punching bag, making him almost a subversion.
  • Selective Obliviousness: He has had "the pigtailed girl" change into Ranma right in his arms, and back again, and he comes up with outlandish explanations instead of acknowledging they're the same person.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: As far as canon can be judged, Akane was never interested in Kuno; he just decided that he had to have her out of the blue one day. Likewise, he decided that he was in love with Ranma's female form after he first met her (and she kicked his ass). Despite the fact that both girls make it very clear that they regard him as an Abhorrent Admirer, emphasizing their words with physical abuse, Kuno insists that they are infatuated with him and merely prevented from being with him because of Ranma's influence.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Whilst exaggerated by fanon, Tatewaki has shown an ability to selectively rewrite his memories to suit his own desires. The most notable example was during the Watermelon Island arc, where, despite having lost his memories, he immediately fabricated the existence of a romantic history between him and Female Ranma upon seeing her.
  • Sempai/Kohai: He always insists demands that the younger students address him as "Kuno-sempai" ("Upperclassman Kuno" in the English translations).
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: At many times, he's rather ignorant of how the world works.
  • Ship Tease: With Nabiki in the anime. Besides the time he thought he was destined to wed her, she also saved him in Nihao My Concubine, they got through the Cursed Tunnel of Love, and she immediately shows concern for him when he gets poisoned in "Let's All Go to the Mushroom Temple."
  • Shock and Awe: His love of Dramatic Thunder is upgraded to Thunder control in many of the video games.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite how frequently he gets the floor wiped with his ass and the blatant disdain both Akane and "the pigtailed girl" have for him, Kuno insists he is the greatest martial artist around and that his two "love interests" are actually fighting each other for the right to be his one and only.
  • Stalker with a Crush: An exemplary example, and perhaps the earliest one in the series. He frequently pops up out of nowhere to try and hug/grope Akane or "the pigtailed girl".
  • Traumatic Haircut: As a child, his father constantly shaved his head against his will. This has left him deeply resentful towards the man.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Hangs around with Nabiki in class, mostly so he can brag to her, and she can make comments at his expense.
  • Warrior Poet: This is how he sees himself. Of course everyone else sees him as a complete and utter raving loony.
  • Weapon of Choice: The bokken, the wooden sword wielded by professional kendo practitioners, is the only weapon Kuno ever uses. Though he does switch it up with a live steel katana in a handful of late manga stories.

     Kodachi Kuno 

Kodachi Kuno (九能 小太刀, Kunō Kodachi)
Voiced by: Saeko Shimazu (Japanese), Teryl Rothery (English, seasons 1-4), Erin Fitzgerald (English, season 5), Sylvia Zaradic (English, seasons 6-7), Rocío Prado (Latin American Spanish), Hanan Shqer (Arabic)

Tatewaki Kuno's younger sister, whose revelation of kinship is only made in her second episode/chapter. The self-proclaimed "Black Rose of St. Hebereke Girls High School", Kodachi Kuno is a master of the fighting style "Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics" and, while her general skill level may only be about the same as her brother's, she's a ruthlessly pragmatic fighter who is completely willing to use poisons and cheating to overcome her foe. Like her brother, she is unaware that Ranma Saotome is a Gender Bender, but in her case that's because she's only seen Ranma transform once, in a situation where the switch could have been a variant of the Ninja Log, and no attempt has been made to explain it to her (unlike her brother). She fell obsessively in love with Ranma after he saved her from falling off of a roof, though he was the one who knocked her off in the first place, and refuses to let his reluctance to be near her and her lack of an official tie to him keep her away.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: She won't back off Ranma, who finds her repellent because of her personality and mental instability.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The anime gives her a few Pet the Dog moments and makes it clear that, deep down, she really does love her family and her feelings for Ranma are less shallow. She immediately comes to Ranma's aid with financial support when the Tendos fall on hard times, and when Ranma and Genma are kicked out of the Tendo dojo due to a falling out between the patriarchs, she takes them into the Kuno estate and gives them a lavish lifestyle to enjoy.
  • Arms and Armor Theme Naming: She's called "Kodachi", which is a type of Japanese short sword that is typically wielded in unison with a katana — this references her kendo-loving brother and his samurai fixation.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: On rare occasions, Kodachi shows familial love for Kuno. The most prominent example is in the anime-exclusive story where her father tries to move back onto the Kuno Estate.
  • Badass Normal: Possibly the weakest martial artist of the lot (but in that case not far behind, as she can hold her own against either Shampoo and Ukyo, her brother, or Akane), but the one you least want to cross.
  • Blackmail: Tried to blackmail Ranma with a doctored photo and does so again in a later arc to her brother/Ranma with another altered photo.
  • The Bully: Ties with Happosai for position of the worst in the series about it; she just has less capacity for damage than he does.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: She goes to an all-girl Catholic school.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She has tried to kill Akane multiple times. Also she is unaware of Ranma's curse and views his same-gendered form (the girl) as a rival for the affections of his opposite-gendered form (the boy).
  • Combat Pragmatist: The dirtiest of the series. She tries to ambush and beat up her opponents prior to the scheduled matches, uses dirty tricks, likes to use knockout powder, is a massive Loophole Abuser, etc. Partially Justified: in Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics it's fully legal to use your own brother as weapon, so it would be strange she wouldn't be this, but she fights dirty even for her style.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: She's fairly good looking, but, particularly in the Japanese audio, her laugh is almost as bad as Naga's.
  • Dark Action Girl: OK, she's no match for Ranma outside a Martial Arts Rhytmic Gymnastics match, but she can hit hard enough with a steel bar to hurt Ranma, do practically anything with her ribbon, club an enemy with a dozen clubs per hand...
  • Distinction Without a Difference: It's not ambushing their enemies before they can fight in a proper duel, it's "defeating them in a pre-duel" or similar excuses.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Pale white skin, black hair and purple eyes in the anime.
  • Entitled to Have You: She's well aware that Ranma doesn't love her; she just doesn't see why that should stop her from trying to make him fall in love with her.
  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Her main weapon of choice is a gymnastics ribbon, but she also turns the clubs into melee weapons and sometimes makes use of razor-edged hula-hoops and exploding balls as well.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Her beloved pet "Midorigame", which basically means "Mr. Green Turtle" (though in a few episodes of the anime it is mistranslated as "Mr. Scaly Green"), is a 20'-30' alligator. She's also shown in the OAV opening "Where Do We Go From Here (You & Me)" to be feeding a massive shark as though it were a koi.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: She's not above using her own brother as a weapon.
  • Hypocrite: Immensely. She talks about honor in a fight, but would resort to dirty tricks BEFORE a match, and would justify it with twisted logic ("Cheater? I believe in fighting fair, before the match of course!").
  • Iconic Outfit: Her famous mint-green gymnastics leotard, which she apparently wears under her clothes 24-7.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her standard weapon is a rhythmic gymnastics ribbon, but she has weaponized all the items of rhythmic gymnastics and her own brother.
  • Jerkass: Much like the rest of her dear family, Kodachi is quite the insufferable person.
  • Kick the Dog: In one anime episode, she gets her hands on Ranma during a vulnerable moment for him... and proceeds to tie him up and dangle him over her pet gator's pond, where he risks being eaten!
  • Leotard of Power: Kodachi has been shown to wear her characteristic leotard under virtually all her clothing, presumably because it permits a superior range of motion while in combat.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She's as ignorant of Ranma's dual identity as her brother, but she simply never had Ranma attempt to explain his curse to her or seen him switch forms. She also doesn't attend the same school, and so would have a reason not to know when Ranma was forced to attend school in female form.
  • Loophole Abuse: She had promised to give up on her current love for (male) Ranma, if she lost the battle against (female) Ranma. When she loses, she agrees to put aside her current love for Ranma, and to pursue him with an all new burning love!
  • Love at First Sight: She fell in love with Ranma at first sight after he saved her from falling due to being knocked unconscious, and she began chasing him relentlessly afterwards.
  • Mad Love: Kodachi is not above using dirty tricks such as blackmail and paralysis powder in her pursuit of Ranma. She admits that she knows he doesn't love her, not that this actually stops her.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Tries to pull this off, but her reputation is such that everyone's on guard for it, so it never works.
  • Meaningful Name: She shares her elder brother's family name "Kuno" ("Nine Abilities"), which is a nod to their arrogance.
  • Mooks: Her gymnastic team is implied to serve as this to her, although they only appear during her introductory storyline.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Taken to a ridiculous extreme.
  • Petal Power: She often has black rose petals around her. Usually incorporated into her exits or entrance, but occasionally involved in an attack.
  • Pet the Dog: Gets a few moments in the anime where she shows she's not entirely heartless or cruel. For example, when she heard Ranma was starving due to the Tendos going through tough finances, she did everything she could to help out, including bringing them a huge supply of food, acting like a housemaid for Ranma, and even offering to buy Ranma his own huge dojo with great advertising to attract swarms of customers. In another episode, she once provided Ranma and Genma with free room and board after they were kicked out of the Tendo house. In yet another episode, she is delighted to learn her father is still alive and tries to bring him back into their family's life, despite her brother's protests.
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: A bit less blatant than her brother, but still likes to have large-scale images of Ranma to admire. She's not pleased when her brother purloins one of these to use as target practice.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Kodachi is extremely immature, prone to acting more like a daydreaming child than a nearly-grown woman. However, she's also capable of extraordinary acts of violence on a whim. To put things in perspective, she's willing to paralyze Ranma with poisonous attacks or even try to feed him to her pet alligator.. and he's the man she loves!
  • Rescue Romance: She falls for Ranma when he saves her from taking a bad fall... ironically, after having knocked her out in the first place! In fairness to him, it was an accident.
  • Rich Bitch: Very bitchy, and extremely wealthy.
  • Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Unlike all of Ranma's other romantic entanglements, Kodachi has no official claim to Ranma's heart whatsoever.
  • She-Fu: She practices Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics; what did you expect?
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: In a couple of episodes she uses a gun to attack her brother, and by anybody's standards it is overkill (let alone what she (or most probably Sasuke) must have done to get it in Japan): it's a freaking Boys World War II anti-tank rifle.
  • Something About a Rose: Sticking a rose in her mouth as a dramatic gesture is practically her trademark. She also uses rose bouquets to disguise bombs and even creates her own flurry of rose petals when she wants to make a dramatic exit.
  • Whip It Good: As mentioned above, her ribbon is her weapon of choice and she is a master with it.
  • Yandere: She is completely infatuated with Ranma, and like Shampoo, will go to any lengths to be with him, albeit her methods are usually more extreme (i.e. blackmail, paralysis powder, etc.)

     Principal Kuno 

Principal Kuno (九能 校長 Kunō Kōchō)
Voiced by: Tateno Hitouchi (Japanese), Scott McNeil (English), Carlos del Campo (Latin American Spanish), Rafat Bazoo (Arabic)

The headmaster of Furinkan High School, and father of Tatewaki and Kodachi, this strange man abandoned his family for an extended vacation in Hawaii, coming back as what can essentially be considered a compound of the "obnoxious tourist" archetype and the stereotypical Hawaiian. Obsessed with cutting hair and short haircuts, delighting in making his students hate him and fight against him, Principal Kuno frequently throws his school into chaos to amuse himself.

  • Abusive Dad: Almost makes Genma look like a model parent in comparison. He treated his son with great cruelty, with flashbacks showing him denying Tatewaki food, berating him, leaving him suspended in rope from tree branches, and physically manhandling him so he can shear his head. His abandoning his children for years to vacation in Hawaii added neglect to the list, but was honestly a relief to his son.
  • Acrofatic: He's surprisingly athletic for all his bulk.
  • Catchphrase: "Oh My God!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even crazier than his children, but not bloodthirsty.
  • Combat Pragmatist: An ineffective one, but still a man who goes out of his way to exploit any advantage he can, with a fighting style revolving around dirty trickery.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The principal's fighting style is predominantly aimed at shaving his opponent and battling kendo fighters like his son; his only named special technique is the Aloha Sword Shredder, which allows him to destroy a bokken and use it as a bridge to reach his opponent's head to shave it bald. As Ranma points out, it's useless against someone who doesn't use a bokken.
  • Dean Bitterman: Relishes abusing his power over the students; seems to find their efforts to stop him hilarious. When Ranma is weakened by Happosai, tries to take advantage of it to forcibly cut Ranma's hair at last. He is more cheerful than most of the usual examples of this trope, though.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His first name was never revealed, so everyone calls him "Principal" in English and Japanese — "Kōchō" is the Japanese for "Principal".
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: The man is absolutely obsessed with Hawaii.
  • Gratuitous English: In the Japanese version, replaced with Gratuitous Hawaiian in the Viz translations.
  • Hula and Luaus: Just came back from a 3-year vacation to Hawaii, and acts like a flamboyant walking stereotype of Hawaii. The man dresses in a grass skirt, "Hawaiian" shirt and sunglasses as his principal's uniform and wears a bonsai palm tree on his head.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His Weapon of Choice is hand-clipped hair-shears for melee and explosive coconuts for projectiles.
  • Jerkass: He's a dick. He knows it. He likes it. He's proud of it.
  • Large Ham: Flashy and flamboyant, even by this series' standards.
  • Mysterious Past: We don't know anything about the character beyond the fact he spent a prolonged period of time in Hawaii. The anime drops some extra tantalizing hints, such as a flashback to him trying to escape from what seems to have been an insane asylum, and his rivalry with the minor school store manager Toramasa, who knows that Kuno senior flunked English when he was a student, but still, we know nothing about it.
  • Non-Idle Rich: One has to give the character credit where it's due, not many people as wealthy as him would voluntarily work as a public high school's principal.
  • Parental Neglect: He essentially abandoned his children and left them alone for years to go and play with ukuleles, coconuts, and Hawaian resort luxuries.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Well, technically. He can lose his grin when he gets upset... but Principal Kuno is an incredibly upbeat, optimistic and happy person who is usually seen sporting an ear-to-ear grin, clearly having lots of fun even as he makes his students lives a misery.
  • Pet the Dog: A small one with Akane, when he genuinely tried to help her get rid of her Super Drowning Skills, even if his methods were kind of kooky.


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