Ikeda was one of the most popular Japanese comic artists in the 1970s, being best known for Rose of Versailles. She worked for the Shueisha group, with almost all of her works published in the shoujo magazine Margaret. After Rose of Versailles concluded, Ikeda wrote articles for Asahi Shimbun. In the 2000s, Ikeda studied at a music school and became a singer. Her voice is in the soprano range. She made a comeback to the comic industry as a scenarist in 1999.
Some of Riyoko Ikeda's works are:
- Claudine...! - One of the first manga to treat transgender issues.
- Der Ring des Nibelungen - A manga version of the opera written by Richard Wagner.
- Oniisama e... - A staple of the Yuri Genre and Trope Codifier of many tropes there.
- Orpheus No Mado - The story of a group of young male students in Germany during the early 1900s.
- Rose of Versailles (and its sequel, Eikou no Napoleon - Eroica): Pretty much the Riyoko Ikeda work, for many.
Some tropes found in her works are:
- The Beautiful Elite
- Bi the Way/Ho Yay/Les Yay
- Break the Cutie
- Gender and Sexuality Tropes: transgender identity, bisexuality, homosexuality and lesbianism
- Love Hurts
- Shown Their Work: If it has an historical setting, it's extremely accurate. Rose of Versailles and Eroica even earned Ikeda the friggin' Légion d'honneur for their contribution to Japan's cultural awareness of France...
- World of Ham
- Yuri Genre