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Ukyo Kuonji (久遠寺 右京, Kuonji Ukyō)
Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru (Japanese), Kelly Sheridan (English), Gaby Willer (Latin American Spanish)

The last of Ranma's fiancées to appear, Ukyō is the victim of a childhood crush gone horribly wrong. She and Ranma met when they were both children, with Ranma regularly dueling Ukyō in exchange for okonomiyaki. She developed a crush on him, and for his help in swiping the family's special okonomiyaki sauce recipe and mixing it, she made him a Childhood Marriage Promise... which he didn't understand what he was promising, ended up accidentally sabotaging, and ultimately would forget about. Then, her father saw how fond his daughter was of Ranma and made a betrothal pact with Ranma's father... except that Genma betrayed them by stealing Ukyō's dowry and running off with it.

Believing Ranma had been in on this humiliation, Ukyō swore revenge and began crossdressing as part of an elaborate vow, tracking Ranma down with the intent of making him pay for deceiving her... only to discover it had all been Genma's fault, and Ranma was never even told about the engagement. Between this, the fact she was still in love with him, and the fact Ranma evidently found her attractive despite the crossdressing, Ukyō believes she has a legitimate chance at winning Ranma's heart, and calls off her revenge to instead try and woo him to her. Generally the nicest of Ranma's fiancées, but she has her ugly side too and can use threats, destructive ambush-beatings, or manipulation when she feels it's called for. It's worth noting that she is the only fiancée who always regrets manipulating the others.


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  • Action Girl: She's one of the most formidable females, and a late manga arc has her fighting a battle that isn't much less intense than one of Ranma's customary brawls, while in the anime she's the only fiancée to have a special attack (Batter Dragon, which creates a giant dragon of raw batter that engulfs a foe and then explodes, cooking them into the center of a giant okonomiyaki).
  • Adaptational Curves: She was given a bigger bustline in the anime, comparable to Shampoo's and Nabiki's bosoms, whereas the manga made her seem semi-flatchested even without her sarashi.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The anime notably toned down her nastier aspects from the manga and left out some of her most antagonistic moments. Whilst she does get involve in some more "typical romantic rival" hijinks, like trying to abuse Ranma being under the effects of a Love Potion-laced bandaid, she doesn't go to any of the same extents of viciousness that her manga counterpart reached.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: Ukyō's legs were never shown in the manga because of the baggy ninja-to leggings she wore with her chef's attire. In the anime, she wears form-fitting stockings with her chef's uniform and the shapeliness of her bare legs is emphasized several timesnote .
  • Affectionate Nickname: Ranma calls her "Ucchan", and she returns the sentiment by calling him "Ranchan", or "Ranma-honey" in the English dub.
  • Arranged Marriage: When they were kids playing together, her dad brought up the idea of Ukyo marrying Ranma to Genma Saotome, seeing as how the two were so fond of him. In Genma's favor, he did initially decline the suggestion, telling Mr. Kuonji that Ranma was already engaged. In Genma's condemnation, he immediately changed his tune when Mr. Kuonji mentioned that the family yattainote  was Ukyo's dowry, agreeing to break off the Tendo engagement for the Kuonji engagement... and then stole the dowry and ran away with it.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Girl: In the anime, at the least, she is the latest of several generations of Kuonjis to practice Martial Arts Okonomiyaki, and she is very proud of this fact and her skills. A filler episode has her get beaten by a master of Martial Arts Crepes and being utterly devastated, even angrily asking if Ranma is insinuating that she shouldn't care so much about martial arts because she's a girl before declaring that she doesn't even deserve to be Ranma's wife if she's that inept a fighter. She then spends the rest of the episode in training for a rematch.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Done twice with Ryoga. They're seen posing back-to-back with each other in the main page image, and near the end of the "Tunnel of Lost Love" episode, when they're defending each other from the ghosts.
  • Bifauxnen: At first, and debatably later on in the manga, where she continues to wear her more masculine school uniform and this coupled with the art makes her look more like a boy than the anime does.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's enterprising enough (at 16) to successfully run an okinomiyaki-ya on her own, with one episode having her go out of town to attend business seminar.
  • Catchphrase: "Jackass" in the English dub.
  • Character Development: In the manga, she ends up with a negative example of character growth in that she becomes more malicious, destructive, abusive and scheming as the manga progresses. She goes from being the "sane" extra fiancée who would rather try to non-violently pair up Ryoga and Akane so she can peacefully have Ranma for herself to engaging in the same crazy stunts as Shampoo and Kodachi.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: She's Ranma's childhood friend and after forgiving him, she becomes his active suitor. Ranma likes her as his boyhood friend, but due to his bond with Akane he can't think of her as more than that.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: When they were children, she and Ranma stole the recipe for the Kuonji family's secret okonomiyaki sauce and made a batch, promising to let Ranma have the first taste (which is Serious Business even in real life) if he promised that, if it was good, he would "take care of her for the rest of her life", a promise to which Ranma agreed. Unfortunately for her, Ranma still thought she was a boy at the time, and had no idea what she was asking of him to boot.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In the manga, she is perfectly willing to attack those without martial arts skills if they get too close to Ranma, most notably Nabiki during her stint as Ranma's fiancée and masterminding the attack against Miss Hinako for "using her position as a teacher to seduce Ranma".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Regularly uses weapons, has a penchant for throwing flour for use as a smoke curtain...
  • Covert Pervert: Like Akane, she tends to freak out when Ranma, intentionally or otherwise, makes what can be seen as a direct romantic gesture towards her, typically blushing, smacking him and then running off. On the other hand, given the chance to take the initiative, she's clearly not all the "blushing maiden". One particularly prominent example is during the manga version of the Hiryu Shoten Ha arc; she pleads with Genma to move his thumb and expose the full-frontal nudity in a photo of Ranma he's showing off, in comparison to the blushing Akane, who can't stand to look at it note . In both continuities, when she thinks Ranma is trying to take her engagement seriously in the Spoiled Sauce story, she eagerly tries to initiate "wifely duties" like joining him in the bath or the bed. This, and the constant romantic fantasies, is the reason why almost nobody doubts her raging heterosexuality, despite the cross-dressing.
  • Decomposite Character: Her and Ranma are both based off of the character Ryuunosuke Fujinami from Urusei Yatsura, Takahashi's previous work, but they split the character's elements between them. Ukyo got Ryuunosuke's aesthetic as a bifauxnen martial artist who, nonetheless, is very attractive-looking when she stops dressing so boyishly, but Ranma is the one who got the gender-related insecurities and desperate drive to prove himself as the proper gender.
  • Distaff Counterpart: She's essentially the feminine equivalent of Ryoga:
    • Both are childhood pals of Ranma who were also his martial arts rivals.
    • Both came to Nerima seeking revenge on Ranma for a childhood offense, holding him responsible for the loss their dignity (Ryoga, due to being knocked into the Spring of Drowned Piglet) and femininity (Ukyo, after being ditched by Genma). And, when each finally caught up to him, their exact words were: "Because of you, I've seen hell!".
    • Ryoga wanders around with a weighted bamboo parasol strapped to his back, while Ukyo does the same with her spatula, which is the size of a baker's peel. Likewise, both are capable of spamming projectiles: Ryoga with his seemingly never-ending supply of bandannasnote , whereas Ukyo's bandoleer never runs out of mini-spatula.
    • Her hair ribbon is also analogous to Ryoga's bandanna, as both are rarely seen without them.
    • Both live on their own (though Ryoga stays with the Tendos whenever he's in town) and are primarily self-taught martial artists. As opposed to the rest of the main cast, who come from distinguished schools and family owned dojos.
    • Each is also the only one of the competing suitors/fiancees that Akane and Ranma like enough to actually get along with. Akane fails to realize Ryoga is in love with her, because she only thinks of him as a good friend, unlike Kuno and her other would-be suitors, who annoy her. Just as Ranma doesn't mind Ukyo hanging around, since they're childhood friends, but tries to avoid Shampoo and Kodachi like the plague.
    • And they have a mutual interest in wanting to absolve Ranma and Akane's engagement... -beat- like that's gonna happen. Meaning, all their plans doomed from the start, 'cuz they're both stuck in Ranma and Akane's respective 'friend-zones'.
    • One more important thing is that both she and Ryoga are the only suitors to get along with their main love-rivals. Akane and Ukyo can actually have peaceful times together even without Ranma around, while Ranma and Ryoga are both the closest thing to a best friend the other has, so much that sometimes they actually borderline on Ho Yay.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: While she doesn't hide her crush on Ranma, she never gets pushy enough to drive him away from her, unlike those like Shampoo and Kodachi. She's the only one of Ranma's suitors who can hang out with him as friends and he does enjoy her company often, but he just doesn't like her in a romantic way.

  • Exotic Weapon Supremacy: Spatulas and okonomiyaki ingredients are pretty deadly in her hands.
  • Flanderization: When Ukyo is introduced, she's depicted as "the nice girl with a temper"; she can fly off the handle when she feels pushed, but overall she's the reasonable one out of Ranma's extraneous fiancees. In the manga, she ends up becoming vastly more negative and abusive as the series progresses, joining in on Kodachi and Shampoo's more extreme actions and shamelessly exploiting Konatsu.
  • Foil: Shampoo is Ukyo's polar opposite in some very meaningful ways. Ukyo is Ranma's old friend, whereas Shampoo was a random crazy girl that he bumped into in China. Ukyo has an Arranged Marriage with Ranma, meaning his father technically supports her engagement to him and it has legal supportnote , whilst Shampoo has an Accidental Marriage based on laws that Ranma doesn't respect or acknowledge at all. Ukyo is quite shy about expressing intimacy with Ranma, even though she has strong amorous desires for him, but Shampoo is utterly shameless in that department. Both are involved in the restaurant business, but Ukyo is a chef whilst Shampoo, despite being a capable cook, is officially a delivery girl. Finally, Ukyo dresses in a very masculine fashion, complete with binding her breasts, making her look very androgynous, whilst Shampoo aggressively flaunts her womanhood, between very form-flattering clothing and a complete indifference to being nude.note 
  • Forgotten Friend, New Foe: When she's introduced, Ranma is at first happy to see his childhood friend again until Ukyo makes clear she's there to fight him as revenge for his father Genma stealing her family's okonomiyaki cart. After Ranma calls her cute, she instantly changes her mind and comes to like Ranma again.
  • Freaky Is Cool: When Ukyo found out about Ranma's curse, her reaction was to literally keep switching him/her back and forth with hot and cold water, remarking, "This is so fun/cool!"
  • Friendly Rivalry: Despite being rivals for Ranma's hand, Ukyo and Akane do often act quite friendly, a stark contrast to Akane's relationships with Shampoo or Kodachi. In the anime, during the love-potion bandaid episode, Ukyo even stops from chasing after Shampoo and the abducted Ranma to tell Akane that "she has a shot in this too" (meaning a chance to get Ranma to be hers at last), if she has the courage to pursue it.
  • Girl Next Door: Leaving aside the conflict in her introduction, she's the closest the series comes to having a "normal" character. She's known Ranma since childhood, usually doesn't wear fanservicey clothes, and, unlike Ranma's other suitors, he enjoys her company because she's a good cook and a good listener.
  • Girliness Upgrade: When she was a kid, Ukyo was such a tomboy that Ranma never realized she was a girl. In her first appearance, she was dressed as a guy because she renounced living as a woman after Genma had shamed her by reneging on her engagement to Ranma, by abandoning her. After Ranma finally discovers Ukyo is actually a woman and calls her cute, Ukyo fully embraces her femininity once more. Though she continues to dress in a rather masculine fashion after joining the regular cast, she does enjoy wearing feminine clothes when she has the opportunity.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Downplayed, as she is a nice person overall. Ukyo is initially introduced as the "good girl" of Akane's three romantic rivals, which mostly manifests as her taking the most sane and sensible ways to earn Ranma's affection (until she gets a case of Took a Level in Jerkass, at least). Despite this, she's also plain-spoken and strongly opinionated, which means she does not hold back from criticizing others on their stupidity (most commonly Ryoga, when they team up). Of course, given this is a comedy series, her criticisms can often fall into Hypocritical Humor.
  • Hidden Buxom: She was initially mistaken for a male transfer student, until she and Ranma fought. During which, he got a surprise handful of her melons, followed by a slap. Ukyo then explained that she began binding her breasts as her way of renouncing her womanhood. It isn't noticeable because of the sarashi she usually wears underneath her clothes, but when she takes it off, she's as stacked as any of her rivals. Best seen in "The Tunnel of Lost Love" OVA and "Nihao My Concubine".
  • Honor Before Reason: Subverted. A late manga arc has her fighting a Martial Arts Takoyaki fighter she beat as a kid, and who has been wearing a goofy mask ever since. Not only does she admit outright that she never expected him to take the terms (whoever lost would wear a goofy mask forever after) seriously, because they were just kids having a squabble and the terms were stupid, she is quite happy to lose the fight because it means that he will now take the mask off and leave her alone.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Unfortunately for Ukyo, Ranma will likely never see her as more than his boyhood friend.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Although she's no more of an idiot than the rest of the cast, she does fit numerous Osaka associations. For one thing she loves the chance to make a quick buck.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Her initial reaction to Ranma saying she's cute. She turns red as a tomato and stutters like mad while denying she grew into a cute girl.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Despite being as much of a signature potential suitor to Ranma as Akane and Shampoo are, she's not introduced until the ninth volume of the manga and the third season of the anime.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Like many other cast members, she uses an over-the-top weapon: a cooking spatula the size of a baker's peel. She has also attacked people with noodles. Then there's the tempura flakes mixed with gunpowder, and the Okonomiyaki batter mixed with glue... or the flour, which is just flour, but good for blinding opponents. Her crowning achievement consisted of heating up a large section of steel flooring in a construction using a blowtorch, and using THAT as a giant-size grill for an okonomiyaki the size of a parachute.
  • Irony: In spite of having a legitimate claim as one of Ranma's engagements, due to her unambitious nature and Ranma not seeing her as girlfriend material, Ukyo is one of the least likely candidates to ultimately marry Ranma.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's not above hurting Akane's feelings sometimes because she wants Ranma. However she's still rather nice and a good person, and not at all amoral as Shampoo or Kodachi.
  • Just Friends: She's possibly the only one of Ranma's forced fiancées who he sincerely considers his friend and he normally can get along with Ukyo better than even Akane. Despite this, he never even considers Ukyo as girlfriend material, which depresses Ukyo, knowing she's stuck just being friends with him.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Complete with "uchi". Oddly doesn't show up in the dub much.

  • Love Makes You Evil: Mainly in the manga. For example, in one chapter, she joins Kodachi and Shampoo in assaulting Nabiki Tendo after she tries to auction Ranma off to them.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: In the last parts of the manga, Ukyo takes in the feminine crossdressing ninja Konatsu. While Ukyo has become more open about her femininity compared to her introduction, Konatsu is much more ladylike than she could ever be.
  • Mean Boss: Konatsu idealizes her as a Benevolent Boss, but the reality is he's so screwed up that being paid 10 yen an hour and given free room and board without regular beatings is heaven to him, not having any idea that Ukyo is exploiting him.
  • Miko: Shown to be a part-time miko in one of the late manga stories; she was presumably only there a short time or is a very casually employed miko, as she never displayed any of the associated spiritual powers.
  • Minor Living Alone: Ukyo not only lives by herself, she also runs her own business, all while still being in high school.
  • Never Bareheaded: She's rarely seen without her white hair ribbon, which she fashions into a large bow.
  • New Transfer Student: She transferred into Furinkan explicitly to track down Ranma.
  • Nice Girl: She's ultimately kind, friendly and helpful, for all her flaws and possessive attitude towards Ranma.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Crossdressing highschool ninja cook (businesswoman miko).
  • Not So Different: Zigzagged. Some stories show her acting rather similarly to Akane, in terms of slapping Ranma when he says something affectionate-sounding or seemingly flirtatious to her. Normally, however, she's more openly affectionate towards him than Akane is, if less aggressively than Shampoo. Likewise, whereas Akane tends to be very distrustful of Ranma, Ukyo is normally quite trusting. Most notably, during the Spoiled Sauce story, she never gets mad with Ranma when he tries to act like an abusive spouse towards her — even before she learns through eavesdropping that his behavior is just his hare-brained way of trying to drive her off.
  • Only Sane Woman: She has few character quirks, which are relatively minor, and is one of (if not the) most levelheaded member of the cast. She's almost normal.
  • Ore Onna: She's a Tomboy with a Girly Streak who uses the pronoun ore.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her own romantic entanglements and gender issues, she steadfastly stands by Konatsu and was willing to accept "her" back in her home when everyone still thought Konatsu was a woman in love with her.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In the manga, her hair was only shoulder-length and usually worn in a short ponytail. The anime makes it much longer, by having her leave it down to show it extends past her buttocks.
  • The Rival: Mainly seen in the anime, where she's fiercely competitive with Shampoo for Ranma's affections and as a chef. They don't interact as much in the manga, but when do, war will break out between the girls.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: Ranma actually likes Ukyo, whereas he either actively dislikes his other paramours or finds them annoying (he will still help them out though)... but he only likes her in the same non-romantic way as he likes Kasumi, of course.

  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: She very quickly forgives Ranma and puts herself in the running for him after he says she's cute.
  • Sarashi: Is shown wearing one when her gender is first revealed. The manga implies she keeps on doing so afterwards, though perhaps somewhat looser now that she isn't trying to hide her gender, while the anime implies she starts wearing bras again.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In the anime, she once dressed up in girly dresses and the like to try and make Ranma start seeing she was serious about the engagement. Everyone was entranced by her beauty (even Tatewaki) — except him.
  • She's Got Legs: Attention is often drawn to her legs because the stockings she wears, which accentuates their curvature. But the beach scene near the beginning of "Nihao My Concubine" and the "Battle for Ms. Beachside" episode gave us an even better look at them.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Actively tries to get Ryoga and Akane together, though more for ulterior motives than actually finding them a cute couple; she's in love with Ranma and wants him for herself, but because she's also friends with Akane, she doesn't want her ending up alone.
  • Ship Sinking: With Ryoga in the Kimodameshi story, though the anime version differed from the original, causing fans to see it as actually promoting the couple (see directly below).
  • Ship Tease: This was the main reason behind the popularity of the Ryoga/Ukyo pairing, as they were given many more scenes together and seemed to be shaping up to be a couple in the anime. The "Tunnel of Lost Love" story was intended to sink the pairing, but the anime version appeared to be promoting it instead. They defend each other from the spirits (which didn't happen in the manga), complete with a Back-to-Back Badasses moment, and the OAV version ends with them collapsing in exhaustion while being teased as "lovebirds" by Ranma and the others, in contrast to the manga ending on them arguing over who was the bigger mess up. "Nihao My Concubine", added fuel to the fire by having Ryoga rescue her and, during the end credits, he's seen manning the grill for her.
  • Stocking Filler: In the manga, her chef's uniform includes a baggy pair of ninja-to style leggings. But in the anime, she wears form-fitting stockings instead, which emphasize the shapeliness of her legs.
  • Supreme Chef: While okonomiyaki is her specialty, it's been shown that her culinary skills encompass a broad range of dishes; including French cuisine.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Third of the official fiancées to appear, has some good qualities from both the Betty and Veronica, a valid "third choice"... yep, she's got this written all over her.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: The Wife (sensible, homey, and a good cook) of Ranma's official fiancées.
  • Through His Stomach: Alongside Shampoo, Ukyo is one of the best cooks among Ranma's fiancées.
  • Token Good Teammate: While they're not really a "team", Ukyo is easily the nicest of the three main "runner-up fiancees" compared to Shampoo and Kodachi. She can be nasty when she needs to, but she's really a rather sweet girl at heart.
  • Token Wholesome: She's the girl in Ranma's Unwanted Harem who gets the least Fanservice scenes and dresses the most modestly.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She likes to wear her hair in a ponytail when she's crossdressing.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Despite her tomboyish behaviour, she still has a definite femininity about her. She's every bit as good as Kasumi in the kitchen, and unlike Akane, is very secure in her femininity.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Ukyo is, initially, the nice one of the three girls trying to displace Akane from Ranma's heart, mostly trying to push Akane aside with Ryoga than through violence. By the later parts of the manga, though, she has devolved to becoming as violent and crazy as Shampoo and Kodachi, where she does things like join them in trying to bump off Nabiki when she takes up the Tendo engagement, levels the Saotome house alongside them, shamelessly exploits Konatsu's ignorance and feelings for her to use him as cheap labor, and joins Shampoo in slinging bombs around at Ranma and Akane's abortive wedding.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: Ukyo's winter male uniform is decidedly different from the typical Furinkan winter uniform, probably belonging to her previous (boys-only) school (sky/navy blue against Furinkan's midnight blue in the anime; in the manga the latter are solid black with buttons and loose collars while hers is screentoned, tightly-collared, and has no visible buttons.) She does wear the same shirt and slacks as everyone else during spring and summer, though.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: She quickly forgives Ranma and forgets her desires of revenge after he calls her cute.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: She dressed up in male clothing as a symbol of the fact Ranma had "ruined her womanhood". After her introduction, she continues wearing a male school uniform out of habit.
  • You Didn't Ask: She knew Wholesome Crossdresser Tsubasa Kurenai was a guy from the beginning, but since nobody asked she assumed Ranma and Akane knew.


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