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    G to H 
  • Gainaxing: Breasts, in the OAV, have independent mobility.
  • Gender Bender: Making Ranma both Ms. Fanservice and Mr. Fanservice at the same time. Maybe the most famous example.
  • Gender Reveal:
    • Hiroshi and Daisuke, at least in the manga. Their response to discovering that cute redheaded girl they've been crushing on is, in fact, their male best friend? "We don't care, she's still hot."
    • Tsubasa also drops a Bridget on Ranma at the end of his introductory (and sole, in the manga) story.
    • And Konatsu drops it on Ukyō at the end of his.
  • Gender Vocabulary Slip: Ranma routinely uses the masculine pronoun of "ore" to refer to himself, even in his female form.
    • Several scenes involve him insisting people call him a man (or Mister) or getting upset at people calling him a girl even though he's in girl form.
  • Genre Shift: For the first few volumes the manga is a (comparatively) grounded romantic comedy series with arc-based plots and tangible Character Development. After a while it transforms into a manic, sitcom-esque gag-fest with an episodic monster/new character/new magical trinket of the week format and an unshakable status quo, punctuated by occasional longer arcs.
  • Ghibli Hills: Anywhere in Japan that isn't Nerima tends to be presented as such. At least until Ranma and co have finished trashing it over a Martial Arts tiddlywinks challenge or some such.
  • Ghostly Goals:
    • The anime has a cute ghost girl named Kogane who wants somebody to find her lost tanuki doll.
    • The manga has an ugly old ghost matron who places a death curse on Happōsai that won't lift unless he swipes her old-fashioned bloomers.
  • Girls with Moustaches: When Akane eats the super soba. It's full of male hormones, making facial hair growth a side effect. At least the whiskers drop off once the magic wears off.
  • Glasses and Ponytail Coverup: Ranma Saotome has this as one of his favorite disguise methods and it almost always works due to everyone around him being clueless and gullible, especially Ryoga.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Mousse looks like a handsome Bishonen... until his terrible eyesight forces him to put on a hideous set of Opaque Nerd Glasses.
  • The Glomp:
    • Ranma 1/2 is the Trope Namer: The first known appearance of the word "glomp" is a sound effect in the Viz media English translation of Ranma 1/2 Volume One, Part 12, published in 1993. The term was adopted wholesale by the highly prolific Ranma fanfic community and the rest is history.
    • It's Shampoo's signature move towards Ranma, although Ryōga has also been glomped by Akane once (while she was brainwashed — by Shampoo, natch).
    • Akane has also glomped Ranma once, when he returned to the Tendō home after his fight with Herb.
    • Ryōga was also glomped by Male form Ranma during the Koi Rod arc (and the shippers rejoiced).
    • During the Do-chan (Battlesuit of Armor) arc, Ranma glomped Akane the best he freaking could without fainting on the spot... They are a Takahashi Pairing after all.
    • The most extreme glomping-series was the chapter wherein Shampoo used a magical "shiryaki mushroom spice" that gave anyone a hypnotic command to perform over and over. An awful amount of glomping was going on there. Ranma later used a suggestion incense to get Ryōga to hug anyone that said pig since Akari really liked pigs, with similar goofy results.
    • Another chapter gave us the most dangerous glomps, when Ryoga is hypnotized into acting on his feelings for Akane. At first Akane is worried she will hurt Ryoga's feelings if she lets him, but after seeing him glomp a telephone pole in half, the only thing she's worried about hurting is her own spine.
  • Godlike Gamer: Parodied with the Gambling King. He thinks he's one, but in reality, the only reason he always wins is because he plays against children. Whenever he goes up against someone with even some degree of skill, he gets defeated quite easily. Fortunately for him, he goes up against The Protagonist Ranma Saotome, who is equally as terrible a gamer so is matched quite evenly with him.
  • Grand Finale: For the manga. Abandoned arcs aside, it definitely deserves a mention for this trope for taking up two manga volumes.
  • Grand Theft Me: The Vengeful Spirit Doll, Maomolin, the Oni...
  • The Greatest Style: Ranma is a practitioner of the Saotome School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts, a style that gives him the skills and flexibility to not only learn but master many of the most difficult and dangerous fighting styles in the world. Genma, who taught Ranma much of what he knows, also used it to develop his own devastating techniques, the Umi-Sen Ken and Yama-Sen Ken. Of course, Genma also tends to parody this, coming up with such moves as the Crouch of the Wild Tiger (begging for forgiveness), the Howl of the Demon Dog (hurling insults) and the Saotome ultimate move (running away).
  • Hair Colors: Mostly a consequence of the animated adaptation, which gave the characters distinctive colors that remained fixed throughout the production. The first chapter of the manga was in color and portrayed Ranma with black hair in both forms. The fact the rest of the manga was in black and white, coupled with the greater availability of the anime, means that Girl-Ranma's hair is red in the public perception, to the extent that referring to her with black hair usually confuses most fans. Takahashi herself fueled this by publishing promotional pictures of "Ranma-chan" with various hair colors.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: While not half-humans themselves, the people of the Musk Dynasty have inherited the blood of powerful animals and mythological creatures by throwing them in "The Spring of Drowned Girl" and mating with them. The Phoenix Kingdom, on the other hand, became Winged Humanoids through centuries of consuming Jusenkyō-cursed water (bird curses, natch) for pretty much every aspect of their lives (drinking, bathing, washing...) throughout generations.
  • Hammerspace: Ranma ½ is the Trope Namer for this one too, though in this case the term originated in the FFML online fanfiction community. Used by nearly everyone in the cast in the name of comedy. Hammers are but a fraction of the items pulled out. Usually it's a shinai, bokken, spatula, chui, kettles, tables, miscellaneous so-called-weapons, heavy blunt objects in general, etc.
  • Hanlon's Razor: This is the ultimate cause of Ranma and Ryoga’s rivalry as neither one is wholly in the right or wrong. While Ranma did knock Ryoga into the spring he had just just been knocked into a spring himself, so the only thing he had on his mind at the time was delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on his father. So while Ranma does at least bear at least partial responsibility, ultimately he is guilty of negligence, not deliberate intent, and Ryoga partly shares the blame by following him to the cursed springs in the first place.
    • Even before this Ranma is Brutal Honesty, but Ryoga took his blunt observations as Ranma teasing and bullying him despite him repeatedly walking Ryoga to and from his house. Even the bread feud was less Ranma stealing Ryoga’s food and more winning a free for all.
  • Harmful to Minors: The whole point of the Neko-Ken, a technique officially banned by all right-thinking martial artists due to the fact it revolves around traumatizing a young child physically and mentally to induce a Berserk Mode. Not just Training from Hell, but also fundamentally flawed as well. Unfortunately, Genma Saotome is not a right-thinking martial artist.
  • Having a Blast: Fanon is that the Happo Fire Burst is this (as well as a Ki Manipulation), due to the canonical Zigzagging Trope which is never really resolved. Canon first presents it as a Dangerous Forbidden Technique, before revealing it to be a Joke Item — using fireworks to feign a high-powered Ki Manipulation. Then it becomes Happōsai's signature move and actually quite effective (for the genre). Fanon immediately proceeds to claim that the Happo Fire Burst is actually a Ki Manipulation which conjures the explosives from Ki energy (see the Fan Wank entry above). Of course, Happōsai is not the only one with a Hyperspace Arsenal, proving that in the setting, it is possible with enough skill, so they really might just be weaponized fireworks. It's a more likely weapon than many of the other cast members'....
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Tatewaki Kunō applies this trope to himself regularly as part of his never-ending quest for a date from Akane Tendō and/or Ranma Saotome. He routinely attacks either girl, proclaiming that if he defeats them then they must allow him to go on a date with them, but whenever they fight back, he also states that if they defeat him, then he will allow them to go on a date with him. That they do not want a date with him is something his absurdly inflated ego prevents him from realising.
  • Heavy Sleeper:
    • Ranma, who can dodge attacks without waking up.
    • Shampoo also knows of a technique that allows her to fight automatically while asleep.
    • Akane once inhaled a magic incense that did the same thing.
  • Henohenomoheji: Ranma often wears one as mask.
  • Here We Go Again!:
    • The end of the "Invincible" Phoenix Sword saga.
    • The episode "Clash of the Delivery Girls! The Martial Arts Takeout Race" ends just as it begins: A man entering the house, declaring Ranma to be their son.
    • The entire series ends with this as a form of And the Adventure Continues.
  • Hero, Rival, Baddie Team-Up: One of the main Power Trios is between Ranma and two of his main rivals Ryoga and Mousse. While Ryoga has cast aside most of his animosity and has forged a Bash Brothers dynamic with Ranma, Mousse on the other hand still remains very bitter towards Ranma and will only ever work with him for personal gain and usually with ulterior motives.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ranma, upon Akane's Disney Death at Jusendō. Not even a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man punch from Ryōga fazes him, nor is the prospect of being eaten alive by Saffron's egg.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Though they haven't seen each other for a long time by the time the series starts, in the anime Genma and Sōun are usually shown hanging out together, playing shogi, go, or enjoying the countryside. In the manga they don't spend much time together on screen. However, in both canons, Sōun considers Genma to be morally reprehensible and gets mad at him for his various Jerkass deeds, although it never has any serious consequences. Sōun seems to be the only character who can understand Panda-Genma's speech, without Genma having to resort to holding up signs.
  • Hey, You!: Ranma as "Boy".
  • High-School Hustler: Nabiki, in fanon — in canon, she's more of The Barnum.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Ranma especially, but many secondary characters also have some form of trauma that's typically played for laughs (Ryōga unintentionally abandoned by his family at a young age, Mousse's constant beatdowns from Shampoo, Principal Kunō's treatment of his children). Topping it off: The guy who's put Ranma through all of his Hilariously Abusive Childhood is the more loving of the two parents. His mother has Ranma's suicide ritual if he proves to be anything but a Man Amongst Men so well-memorized that she performs it in her sleep.
  • Hitodama Light:
    • The ghost girl manifests ghost lights when she's trying to be scary and when she arrives/departs.
    • Gosunkugi fakes the hitodama in the traditional way with candles tied to his head.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Herb was ultimately defeated by gathering all the energy he had released into one big, mountain-crushing bomb.
    • Kunō's Watermelon Sword attack is defeated when Ranma places a watermelon on his head, causing him to knock himself out.
    • The Hiryū Shōten Ha technique works by turning an opponent's own strength and rage against them, and is usually a one-hit-KO. The aforementioned mountain-crushing bomb, as well as the method that defeats Saffron, are variations on this technique and work on the same principle.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Albeit most of the fault lies with his dad, Ranma's problems with his Unwanted Harem also stem from his unwillingness to deal with said problems as if he weren't front-and-center for those.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Nabiki, at every given opportunity.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ryōga has a strict honor code, and strict is the way he adheres to it. He'll never, never, fight anyone who cannot fight back, or take advantage of an opponent's weakness.
    • Averted everywhere else, including by Ryōga himself. Pretty much all the martial artists are obsessed with winning and strength, and don't consider any artificial force cheating to obtain it. This typically backfires on them. Examples include Ranma/Genma/Happosai/Akane fighting over super-strength granting noodle, Ryōga getting a mark that makes him invincible in a fight, etc.
  • Hulk Speak: Shampoo, but only in the English and German dubs.
  • Human Doorstop: In the first movie, Lychee's elephant, Jasmine, stomps a hole in the bottom of the boat they're taking across the Sea of Japan. The gang plugs the hole with Happōsai, whose antics got them in the mess in the first place.
  • Human Mail: Happōsai gets stuffed into a box to be mailed somewhere a couple of times in both Manga and Anime. It never sticks.
  • Hyperspace Mallet:
    • In fanon this is Akane's signature weapon. However, while she occasionally does use some form of mallet in both the anime and manga, she usually uses any available blunt object, most frequently shinai, and various other characters have used them in either medium.
    • Noteworthy for Sōun, who, when using his battle aura to turn Kaiju size, appears in full samurai armor.
  • Hypno Fool: Ranma and Akane are frequently the victims of mind-influencing magic, spells and poisons. Ranma is more frequently the victim in the anime (a hypnotic technique from Sasuke to make him go on a date with Kunō, being controlled by his evil side come to life courtesy of Happōsai), while Akane tends to be the victim of choice in the manga (Happōsai uses a magical incense that causes her to fall asleep until spring).

    I to J 
  • Iconic Outfit: Ranma wears a variety of Chinese style clothes throughout the series, usually Mandarin collared shirts, black pants and slip-on shoes. During the winter, he opts for a Mao suit complete with red star cap. When required to wear special outfits – a gymnastics leotard, figure skating costume or cheerleading outfit – it's always in his signature style. It's so iconic to him, he even gets out of wearing the school uniform.
  • Identity Amnesia:
    • After bonking himself hard on the head during the Watermelon Island story, Kunō goes from grabby-but-harmless buffoon to a crazed stalker whose skill actually allows him to terrorize Ranma.
    • In one anime episode, Ranma, when he gets whacked upside the head hard enough, thinks he really is a girl. However, that is a case of Loss of Identity rather then Identity Amnesia — she remembers being "Ranma" perfectly, her personality is just twisted into an entirely new format.
  • Idiot Crows
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Ukyō; although she isn't an idiot, is often depicted as a bit moneygrubbing, another stereotypical Osakan trait.
  • I Do Not Drink Wine: The Seven Lucky Gods from Nekonron, China only eat pickled vegetables.
  • Imagine Spotting: Combines with Medium Awareness as characters are often able to look up into previous panels and make remarks such as:
    Akane: Laying it on a bit thick, aren't you?
    "Good idea, we should have a Western ceremony!" or
    "Leave me OUT of your sick fantasies!"
  • Impact Silhouette: The surprising amount of detail on the character-shaped holes or impressions is part of the fun.
  • Important Haircut: Akane, though not by choice (one of Ryōga's rogue bandannas cuts off her hair) she still uses it as a right of passage to move on from her childhood crush.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Lots of minor characters, but the main crew isn't too far behind. Especially Ryōga, who uses a razor sharp, insanely heavy umbrella as a Precision-Guided Boomerang, and also attacks with razor sharp bandannas and can wield his own belt as a sword. This quality went away when Ryōga's training gave him more powerful techniques and turned him into a Mighty Glacier as well as with the introduction of Mousse as the resident weapon expert. Mousse himself typically uses more traditional weapons such as swords, and chains, but has been known to get a bit odd, including smacking Ranma with a duck-shaped potty trainer.
  • Improv Fu: Ranma Saotome has this trope reconstructed, featuring an as-serious-as-it-can-get Anything Goes Martial Arts dojo. While the fighting style has some of its own unique characteristics, Ranma's most distinctive ability is being able to adapt with remarkable skill, something that comes in handy when forced to engage in all sorts of rule-restricted Martial Arts and Crafts.
  • Improvised Weapon:
    • Akane is very good at using any blunt object at hand to bash Ranma.
    • Ranma, particularly in the manga, is very good at improvising weapons and has done so with a large variety of objects like pinwheels, rocks, sticks, clothesline poles, his hair, tennis rackets, paper fans, Ryōga, etc.
    • Mousse has a special "White Swan" attack, which involves him hitting his opponent with a swan-shaped training potty
  • Indecisive Parody: While some people consider it an action comedy series where the humor extends into the depiction of martial arts tropes, other people see it as this. Especially since it pokes fun at otherwise serious scenarios (a duel against a nigh-invulnerable opponent whose fingerpoke can explode a person to bitsnote , a team-up against a two story-tall minotaur monster, a no-holds-barred battle with a murderous ki master, a duel against a deathly-serious opponent with layers upon layers of meaning about family honor,) with hilarious lampshade hangings of techniques and deconstructions of the foes' motives (an "Ultimate Secret Technique" that consists of running away to think up something better, the monster is actually a Jerkass martial artist named "Pantyhose Tarō" by Happōsai, Ranma stealing the deathly-serious opponent's clothes and leaving him in boxers, etc.) And that's the "serious" fights against "serious" enemies — the comedy-oriented Martial Arts and Crafts contests fully embrace the trope, showing eating contests or martial arts cooking battles with the same exaggerated drama of Fist of the North Star or Saint Seiya.
  • Indy Ploy: Every single fight. Ranma is particularly adept at coming up with new variations of old techniques during the middle of heated battles.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Ranma does not seem to comprehend that being topless as a girl is not always appropriate. He honestly isn't much better at staying clothed as a guy, either.
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise:
    • During the martial art skating match against the Golden Pair, Ranma-chan and Ryōga are swept away by the "Kolkhoz High Fashion Club" when the audience complains that Ranma's costume isn't sexy enough. They bring in portable booths as dressing rooms, but are quite fast to put Ryōga and Ranma into proper skating outfits.
    • When Principal Kunō is teaching Akane how to swim, he promises a swimsuit which would allow her to "swim with the grace of a swan". She imagines a beautiful ballerina outfit and goes to put it on. Next panel, it's actually a full-body suit making her look like an ugly duck, and she Megaton Punches the Principal.
    • A similar "dressing themselves without realizing what they're wearing" variant occurs to female Ranma. When trying to help a sickly young boy who won't take his medicine unless she takes him on a date, she accepts the clothes he hands to her just to play along. It's only after she's dressed that she realizes she's wearing a Sailor Fuku blouse and gym bloomers (no skirt). She kicks him out the window and calls him a paedophile.
    • The "martial art" variant happens later in the manga (Book #34). Happōsai is trying to force Ranma to wear a Playboy Bunny outfit, and after a Single-Stroke Battle, he manages to put a Sailor Fuku... on the male Ranma. Just as he's about to meet his mother to prove he was manly.
    • The trope could be said to be half-used during the fight against Ryū Kumon, where Ranma performs the Umi-Senken to remove Ryū's (and Sōun's) clothes in a blink. This one doesn't even need Power Perversion Potential to be misapplied.
    • A Filler scene in the very early anime implies that Nabiki keeps doing this to female Ranma when the latter's clothes are all in the laundry. Although the changes happen off-screen, Ranma keeps running in and out of frame wearing a kimono, a dominatrix outfit, and even a Las Vegas-style showgirl outfit, complete with tiara and feathers, all while screaming at Nabiki to stop it.
    • Being knocked out and waking up in a wedding dress/wedding kimono/wedding tux happens to Akane and Ranma twice each (and in Ranma's case, the tux and the kimono).
  • Instant Expert: Ranma was once attacked by Genma using the Umisen-ken. Genma "showed" it to him only once. Ranma mastered it in mere days well enough to use in battle.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: In the anime, Kin'ni of the Jusenkyō Preservation Society is a powerful martial artist, practitioner of the "Cult of the Muscle Sword". He notably uses his large Chinese sword to fly by spinning it above head. He can even lift passengers with him, including one time a giant panda!
  • Intimate Healing: The one-shot character Densuke will only take his vitally-needed medication if it's given by a pretty nurse. Weird circumstances make this nurse out to be Ranma. And Densuke does his level best to get the medicine delivered by this method. He fails with Ranma, but the medicine is delivered by this method (by a male gonk of a doctor).
  • Involuntary Dance: Linlin and Ranran play the Theme Tune which causes the opponent to dance uncontrollably, and while they dance Linlin and Ranran use the flamethrower to burn the opponent.
  • Ironic Echo: Played for Laughs. In the episode "Curse of the Scroll", a scuffle between Ranma and Genma inadvertently causes a talisman come off from a scroll, releasing the entity drawn on it — a badly-drawn female panda, which wishes for a night out with a "boyfriend" before going back into the scroll. Ranma eagerly volunteers Genma (in his panda form, natch) to Painting-panda, saying to Genma: "Don't you feel sorry for her, pop?" Painting-panda, however, rejects Genma at once and takes a liking to RANMA instead, prompting Genma to prevent Ranma from running away with one hand while holding a sign with the words "Don't you feel sorry for her, boy?" with the other. Ranma ends up as Painting-panda's "boyfriend" for that night, if reluctantly.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Akane tries to pass off Kunō's obsession with her onto Ranma this way, though it doesn't actually work. Because he wants both of them.
    • Aside from that, the only person in the entire series who comes close to playing this straight is Konatsu towards Ukyō.
    • During the arc where the Tendō engagement gets switched from her to Nabiki, on hearing Nabiki tell Ranma "I love you" to manipulate him and think it is real, she decides to try giving up on Ranma because she couldn't express her feelings and Nabiki could.
    • It's also shown by Ranma toward Ryōga in the Fishing Rod of Love arc.
    • There's also an anime only episode where Mousse decides to return to China, and even actually tries to get Ranma and Shampoo closer to each other.
    • Ryōga does this in the final chapter. Like the other suitors, he comes to fight for Akane, but when he sees them in their wedding outfits and looking happy (it goes to pot a moment later) he decides that Akane is happier with Ranma and leaves at peace with himself, able to devote himself to Akari.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Is actually subverted with Ryōga, who comes to Ranma's aid during the moxibustion storyline. With Ryōga as Ranma's not-very-friendly (up until then) rival, whose horrible directional sense would enable him to legitimately make the claim to having been "just passing through," you'd expect the playing of this card to be a no-brainer. But when Ranma out-and-out asks him if he's saving him for himself, Ryōga angrily denies it, says he hates bullies, and then breaks down crying with sadness to see a "great warrior" such as Ranma reduced to such a state. Later he helps Ranma regain his strength.
  • Jerkass: Most of the cast. In fact, in Real Life, everyone (including Kasumi) could be jailed for a number of crimes or not reporting them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ranma on a bad day, and Ryōga. Ranma can be arrogant, petty, manipulative, but will generally feel sorry about being an ass and is compassionate and helpful towards most people in trouble. Ryōga gives a harsh first impression, his anger can run away with him, and he is prone to idiotic behaviour, but behaves in a more polite and considerate manner in general, is just as helpful as Ranma when confronted with people in trouble, and his compassion is as overemotional as the rest of him. Typical example: when Ranma is rendered weak by Happōsai, and needs someone to fight seriously against him, Ryōga tries to help, but finds that he is unable to consciously strike someone so much weaker than himself, and runs away crying Tender Tears... Also earlier in the same arc, it's Ryōga who saves Ranma from Tatewaki Kunō, Principal Kunō and Mousse, because he couldn't bear to see anyone taking advantage of his weakness. Granted, this aspect of his is only shown later on in the story.
    • Akane, Nabiki, Genma, Ranma's mother, even Mousse. Pretty much anybody who isn't a through and through jerk, has a moment to shine.
  • Jeweler's Eye Loupe: In the manga, Nabiki wears an eye loupe to appraise the "engagement ring" Ranma's mother tasked Ranma to give to his fiancée. Nabiki deems it of no monetary value, which doesn't change its symbolic value. Turns out, it's not an engagement ring at all, although for once it isn't because Nabiki was deceptive about it.
  • Just Eat Gilligan: That fateful trip to the Jusenkyō Springs is a turning point for Ranma and Gemna. It probably would've been just another bump in the road had they taken the time to look for a "Spring of Drowned Man" right after.

    K to L 
  • Kamehame Hadoken:
    • The Shi-Shi Hōkōdan and Moko Takabisha Ki Manipulation. This is more notable in the anime, where they're shown as sustained energy beams in the second Non-Serial Movie (normally, they're Hadoken-style fireballs).
    • Herb's Ki Manipulation is also like this once he gets out of Mode Lock.
    • The anime has Natsume and Kurumi's "Ryūka Ringu", or "Ring of Dragon Fire", which is one part this to one part Spectacular Spinning.
    • Though based on magic instead of ki, Saffron has a variety of fiery projectiles, all the way up to a super-blast of flame the name of which roughly translates as "Empire Instant Annihilation Blast".
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Ukyō.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Nabiki Tendō has never received any sort of comeuppance for her callous actions in the entire series. Rumiko Takahashi likes this character and considers her sociopathic actions within the family dynamic to be the reason she's funny.
    • Asuza never pays for her kleptomaniac tendencies, in which she steals things in plain view, sometimes right IN FRONT OF the owners. She also has no problems beating up the owners to get said cute thing of the hour. In a sense, she's basically MUGGING people and always getting away with it. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised that some of the things she's got stashed in her house she stole from little kids...
  • Kawaiiko: Azusa Shiratori
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks
  • Kendo Team Captain: Tatewaki Kunō.
  • Ki Manipulation
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Those who don't think of Mousse as a Jerkass Woobie (and even some who do) typically regard Shampoo's mistreatment of him as this. It shows she can be cold, cruel and callous, yes, but, as they point out, Mousse is a blatant Stalker with a Crush who has been harrassing her for thirteen years before the series starts, at least, and chased her to Japan openly declaring his intention was to Murder the Hypotenuse. Shampoo makes it extremely clear in both continuities that she does not love Mousse and has never loved him (making Mousse's attempt to beat Ranma to make him "give her up" clearly more using him as a scapegoat than anything), rather than this being a case of Belligerent Sexual Tension. Not only does she continually refuse his efforts to kiss her during one story in which she is looking at being turned into a cat forever if she can't be kissed, insisting that the only way the kiss will work is if she loves the person she kisses, the manga has a filler story where she hears that it sounds like Mousse is going to die... and couldn't care less. While Ranma (who Mousse has tried to kill or at least humiliate dozens of times), Cologne (who sees Mousse as an annoyance at best) and Akane desperately race to save Mousse, Shampoo promptly turns on her Super Nintendo and starts playing games, leaving Akane, who was trying to warn her, to go storming off in disgust.
  • Kid Samurai: Tatewaki Kunō.
  • Kill It with Fire: Saffron's attacks.
  • Kill It with Water:
    • Quite a number of martial artists are transformed into (relatively) harmless animals when hit with water. Once, an entire mountain was rigged so as to eliminate all enemies this way.
    • In the first movie, Ranma realizes how to get past the Big Bads perfect defense. He kicks up water in the flooding room, and punches it blazingly fast at his opponent. As he blocks punches by grabbing them with his chopsticks, this technique obviously does not work on the water punches.
  • Kiss of Death: The Chinese Amazon kiss of death delivered by Shampoo. It's a tribal custom when defeated by an outsider woman to kiss them, which signifies a promise to hunt the recipient down to the ends of the earth and kill them. And they mean "to the ends of the earth" literally: Shampoo chased Ranma through all of China and to Tokyo to kill his female form...
  • Knife-Throwing Act: Mousse disguises himself as a circus knife-thrower when he comes back (for good) to hunt down Ranma. And he does pin the latter down to the target board, but Ranma escapes the deliberate stabbing.
  • Knuckle Cracking:
    • Ranma likes to crack his knuckles, especially by just flexing his fingers, all the time when getting ready to start fighting seriously.
    • Ryōga also makes a show of crushing some walnuts in his fingers to emphasize his attitude towards Ranma in his second appearance.
  • Kryptonite Is Everywhere: Present early in the series, with many convenient bodies/sources of cold water, and Ranma frequently being forced into otherwise benign bodies of water due to his tendency to jump before he looked (Tendō koi pond, anyone?).
    • Made even funnier, in instances when Ranma has to stay in his female form, (such as when he is traveling with his mother, who will force him to commit seppuku if she finds out that "Ran-chan" is actually her son). Of course, now hot water is absolutely everywhere, and not a drop of cold water can be found.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Waterproof soap.
  • Lamarck Was Right: The Musk Dynasty. To some extent, the Phoenix Kingdom. Superpowerful Genetics play a large role in these cultures' development.
  • Large Ham: Kuno is the primary offender.
    • Genma is also a source of ham.
  • Larynx Dissonance:
    • In the European Spanish dub, the same actress dubs female and male Ranma. Spot-on performance for the former, while the latter sounds ten years old.
    • Sarah Strange played male Ranma in the first few seasons before Richard Cox took over the role.
  • Left Hanging: The anime series ends nowhere near the manga's climax, whose own open ending may be just as bad depending on your perspective — though by that point both the manga and the anime had evolved into an ensemble comedy and any semblance of an overall plot arc had long-since been abandoned. Takahashi likely took one look at the Love Dodecahedron and simply gave up resolving it. It's worth a mention, however, that Ranma and Akane made a lot of progress in their relationship, as compared to the earlier volumes. In the later volumes, they implictly talk about "their relationship" and ocasionally dare to each other to acknowledge his/her feelings first. In a Valentine's Day episode, Ranma suggests Akane buying him chocolates instead of making them and Akane finally gives him a brownie. And Ranma is even able to confess his love to her in the final volume.
  • Left Stuck After Attack: After Saotome Ranma in girl form routinely dodges Tendō Akane's attacks, Akane throws a fierce jab. Ranma leaps over the blow, which continues into the dojo wall. Akane remains motionless with surprise rather than being stuck. Ranma simply taps Akane's head as an "I win" gesture. It is then that Akane realizes that Saotome Ranma is a high-level martial artist.
  • Leotard of Power: Female Ranma and Kodachi wear tight, bottom (and bosom)-hugging leotards in Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics tournament. Akane also wore one during training, but didn't get to compete.
  • Lethal Chef: Akane. Her cooking is so bad that anything living would get food poisoning (averted by Kurumi). Happōsai, who's probably the most inhuman character in the series, couldn't even stomach eating her cookies and complained that he should've been warned they weren't meant for human consumption. This gets ridiculously flanderized in Fan Fic, even after she begins to improve in the last third of the manga and makes an acceptable curry once (the funny part about this is that the men of the house only find this out after she leaves to deal with a "monster" in the woods at the request of some villagers, and they think she ran away from home out of rejection).
    • Hinako Ninomiya is a lesser-known example. She only tries to cook once (in an attempt to impress Soun's daughters by volunteering to make breakfast), only to end up burning the food.
    Ranma: I guess Akane had been cooking again?
    Akane: EXCUSE ME?!
  • The Lightfooted: Ranma is light enough on his feet to walk across the edge of a katana blade. He also can run along the narrow edge of a fence.
  • Light Girl, Dark Boy: Ranma normally has black hair and darker skin than "Ranko", who has red hair in the anime, and has had a variety of different hair colors, usually not black, in the colored covers of the manga.
  • Light Is Not Good: Asuka Saginomiya, a.k.a. "Asuka the White Lily," a rival of Kodachi Kuno's from childhood. Blonde, dresses in white, heavily associated with lilies, she's just as haughty and twisted as Kodachi is, if not more so.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • To some extent in the anime. Ranma ½ may be a comedy, but it's an action/drama/comedy, and the original manga is pretty dark sometimes (more so if considered from a first-person point of view). As this blog points out, there are all sorts of things — Power at a Price is alive and well (most of the Charles Atlas Superpowers or Supernatural Martial Arts come at the cost of Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training, include Dangerous Forbidden Techniques, inflict Power Incontinence (including more physical strength than you can safely handle), requires Training from Hell, is Harmful to Minors, or any combination of the above), for starters. There have been multiple near-deaths and attempted murders, there are spells and items that can take away your body, mind, even your personality, your dreams can be invaded... The anime, though, turns down many of these events and even removes a few altogether (if only because some of the darkest stories came out after the anime was cancelled). With its canonical Alternate Character Interpretation, the characters seem less of a Dysfunction Junction, which helps.
    • Example of the Lighter and Softer: in a filler story, a mysterious weirdo has cursed paintings that he says will kill people if their seals are removed, citing how his grandfather and father, who painted two of them, died upon completion. In the anime, it's changed so that he specifies his ancestors were in their late '90s when they finished, implying he's just full of hot air and trying to drum up interest by overblowing things. Oddly, though, it's the anime that has the spider-demon and oni's seals be removed, causing them to emerge as kaiju, whereas in the manga only the scribble-panda comes out. Of course, Sōun, Genma and Happōsai promptly grow into giants themselves and hold them off all night without causing any damage.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Varies by medium and character, see the character pages for details. The anime plays it generally straight with male characters, less so with female. In the manga it varies by character: the less stereotyped and more central a character the more varied their wardrobe, and wardrobe variations are carefully calculated for comedic effect. Again, the most likely aversions are female characters because Takahashi is a bit of a fashionista in real life and made an effort to portray the central cast girls (Akane Tendo in particular) wearing contemporary fashions.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: one sells Kuno the phoenix egg.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Inherent in a Long Runner based on Martial Arts and Crafts. Popular challengers of the week would sometimes return for a second episode.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics, also Ranma winning the combination of downhill race and running battle, and more. See Loophole Abuse for details.
  • Lord Error-Prone: Tatewaki Kunō.
  • Lost in Translation: See Punny Name below. All they had to do was adjust the pronounciation of the dub (or the spelling of the subtitles) a bit...
  • Loudspeaker Truck
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Happōsai, not so much lovable, but is a sex maniac. Kunō, on the other hand, is that and a masochist.
  • Love at First Punch: just about everyone who falls for Ranma or Akane seems to do so after being pounded on by them.
  • Love Dodecahedron: The term was coined just to describe Ranma's relationships
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Pick a suitor.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Dr. Tofū around Kasumi. "And he was such a good doctor".
  • Love Potion: Not actual potions as such, but otherwise a common feature. Between the anime and manga, we've seen, among other things, a literal Umbrella of Togetherness and Red String of Fate, mushrooms that become a love potion when stewed, bracelet "jewels" that are taken as love potion pills, "compatibility testing" sakura-mochi, a box of aphrodisiac-soaked band-aids, and a "heart fishing pole". Thanks to his Unwanted Harem, and the general lack of scruples on the parts of... well... everyone... Ranma Saotome tends to be the one who gets whammied with these the most.
    • However, a perfect love potion that causes no complications and side effects doesn't seem to exist.
    Cologne: If only there was such a convenient thing...
    Shampoo: Shampoo would have used it on Ranma a long time ago.
  • Lover Tug-of-War

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