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  • Mad Love:
    • The Kunō siblings are madly and unrequitedly in love with alternate halves of Ranma. Tatewaki is deluded from reality, and wants to court several disinterested women at once; whereas Kodachi is extremely flamboyant, psychotic, and tries to use paralysis potions in her aim to gain Ranma as an enamoured servant.
    • Shampoo's personally stated motto centers around her willingness to kill any "obstacle" in her path if it is convenient. She is also a manipulator, will gladly brainwash others if possible, and even force Ranma into loving her.
    • Mousse, meanwhile, has been stalking the utterly disinterested (to the point of wanting him to die) and recurrently violent Shampoo since they were three, and is so fixated on her that his initial purpose in the series is basically defined as Murder the Hypotenuse. However, Mousse turns more conflicted, is far more loyal (as seen in the Herb arc), and usually less calculated than she is, and settles down to simply wanting Ranma to get married to Akane, to leave Shampoo for himself.
  • Magic Mirror:
    • One manga arc has a mirror haunted by a girl who wanted a boyfriend. It now creates a copy of a person who looks at it with the exact same appearance, personality and abilities. With the addition of constantly flirting with men to get their attention. It also introduces a small compact mirror that traps people who look into it into a small pocket dimension.
  • Making a Splash:
    • Cologne's Shark Fist and various other water-manipulation techniques.
    • Also Ranma himself in the climax of the first movie.
  • Marriage Before Romance: The title character is betrothed to Akane while they are both teenagers, however subsequent romance is constantly derailed by, Akane's hatred of men, the frequent appearance of other fiancées as well as Ranma's curse that causes him to change into a woman whenever he is splashed with water.
  • Marriage of Convenience: The father of Saotome Ranma has arranged to board with with the father of Tendō Akane so that these two young people can become acquainted and eventually marry. Saotome Genma sees a huge advantage in Ranma inheriting a working dojo to maintain his martial arts training, and to thwart all of Ranma's other suitors as well. Tendō Sōun would like to see Akane marry someone with a strong interest in martial arts, so that the dojo he founded won't be neglected or sold off. However, Ranma regards Akane as too forceful and "uncute," while Akane despises boys in general, and calls Ranma a "pervert" to his face. Though these two characters have yet to marry, as that would essentailly end the story; the forces driving them together/apart form the Plot.
  • Martial Arts and Crafts:
    • The series is likely the Trope Maker, certainly the Trope Codifier, and the list of just how many different styles that the anime alone named is ridiculous. Most, but not all, are based specifically on one of the many strange competitions they have. In general, you have "serious" ones (that is, ones where the contestants actually aim to hurt each other), and "contest" ones (martial arts that tend to be goofy even by this series' standards).
    • On the serious side:
      • Martial Arts Cookery: though never explicitly named, there are implied to be quite a few of these in the world of Ranma ½. Ukyô Kuonji, one of the main characters, practices a variant revolving around okonomiyaki, and in the late manga we are introduced to a childhood rival who practices a variant involving takoyaki. An anime episode has Ukyô fight a practioner of Martial Arts Crepe Cookery, and the episode ends with the implication of Martial Arts Sushi/Sashimi Cookery.
      • Good Old Days Martial Arts: an anime-only martial art that involves using old-time toys (trading cards, tops, marbles, hackey-sacks, thread, etc.) as deadly weapons.
      • Martial Arts Calligraphy: while the combatants do aim simply to be the first one to draw a certain kanji/hiragana symbol, they are also allowed to beat the snot out of each other with letter openers, paper weights, ink, paper and calligraphy brushes the size of quarterstaves. An apparently lost variant allows the practitioner to draw special designs on a person's body that can manipulate their internal ki — the only example we're shown, the Mark of the Gods, is a goofy smiley face on the belly that amplifies the subject's skill something like tenfold.
      • Martial Arts Figure Skating: teams of two in extravagant costumes zipping around on an ice-skating rink and beating the living tar out of each other. This one is actually very dangerous, and the story arc involving it features arguably the most violent fights of the series. After all, you are fighting with the equivalent of daggers strapped to their feet, and over a hard, rough, icy surface.
      • Martial Arts Tea Ceremony: uses items from tea ceremony, including stirring sticks, spoons and tea whisks as weapons. Combatants must fight from the formal kneeling position — the trained practitioner can zip around in this pose as though they were standing, thanks to their strengthened toes, and even climb, hang upside down from the ceiling, and jump.
      • Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics: implicitly a girls-only style (explicitly stated to be so in an anime filler episode involving an attempt to create a men's version), combatants use gymnastic props to beat on each other. Oddly enough, Ryôga knows this art well enough to teach it to Akane.
      • Martial Arts Cheerleading: another "girls only" style, Martial Arts Cheerleaders attempt to bolster their team through a mixture of cheering on their own teammates and beating up the opposing team, usually with very flashy moves.
      • Martial Arts Takeout Delivery: combatants race to be the first to deliver their takeout to the delivery place, beating up anyone who tries to oppose them. The only rule is that their own delivery item survive unscathed. (Anime-only; the manga version of the storyline features Shampoo in the role of Kaori and makes no reference to a Martial Arts School centering around the delivery.)
      • Bathhouse Fu: an anime style (though hinted at by Happôsai in an early story common to both canons), this fighting style is amphibious in base (combatants attack both from under water and on the surface) and uses items from around the bathhouse, like towels and pails, as weapons.
      • Martial Arts Shogi: the most ridiculous of the serious styles, combatants dress up in shogi piece costumes and adhere strictly to the actual rules of the shogi piece they are ranked. What keeps this from being a hokey style is the fact that they do legitimately try to pulverize the other team.
    • There're actually more serious Martial Arts and Crafts in Ranma ½ than there are joke ones… which is kind of worrying.
      • Martial Arts Dining: this style gives a whole new meaning to "food fight". The objective is to be the first one to clear all of the many plates of food you're given — and, for an extra twist, you must be incredibly neat about it. As in, you can't be seen to actually eat the food — if you're spotted, you get an extra plate as a penalty. As a result of centuries of adherence to these insane rules, practitioners have faces that they can warp and stretch like silly putty, as well as super-speed hand-strikes. Swallowing watermelons whole, picking a sweet from the top of one's own head with one's tongue and then swallowing it, all of these are possible. Ranma, unable to actually develop sufficient speed to compete, instead attempts to master an ancient and dangerous strategy known as the "Parlay du Fois Gras", where one's food is stuffed into the opponent's mouth (much like geese are force-fed to make fois gras) in an attempt to cause a jam and thus, a forfeit. The "dangerous" part comes from the fact that devoted users tend to starve to death.
      • Martial Arts Watermelon/Carry The Snowman Race: two different versions of a contest, one for beaches, one for mountains, and both essentially based on the Smashing Watermelons game. With a watermelon/miniature snowman in one hand and a bokken in the other, race for the finish line while smashing the items carried by the other racers and avoid getting your own smashed.
      • Martial Arts Pingpong/Badminton: just like the ordinary game... only the balls that the fighters bat back and forth can contain all sorts of booby traps, like exploding in a shower of glue.
      • There was also a Martial Arts Marriage Contest,\ in the second movie.
    • It also seems that every mundane task in The ’Verse gets not only a martial art, but specific fighting moves in Anything Goes. Crouch of the Wild Tiger, anyone?
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Happōsai > Genma & Sōun > Ranma & Akane
  • Master of Disguise:
    • Tsubasa Kurenai, who is just as likely to crossdress as a pretty girl as be disguised as a very convincing tree. Kiima claims that her people have regularly used Jusenkyō to transform into humans other than Akane when they want to spy on or mingle with them.
    • Ranma himself tends to dress up, usually in girl form, for his schemes. Akane is the only one to see through his disguises.
  • Master Poisoner: Kodachi Kunō
  • Maybe Ever After: The series ends with the secondary finances/crushes on both sides crashing Ranma and Akane's wedding. Sōun says that another cannot start until they sort out these relationships. On one hand, the two agreed to the wedding and Ranma confessed his love earlier and the final shot is them escaping the fighting together, but on the other, it's ambiguous if Akane remembers the confession (long story) and she didn't explicitly confess, and they may just be fleeing the fighting in the same direction.
  • Mega Neko: The cat-ghost in S4 E18.
  • Megaton Punch:
    • Akane to Ranma, but most of the martial artists do this at one time or another.
    • Notably used by Shinnosuke's supposedly infirm grandfather, who even screams "Megaton Punch!" as he does it.
    • The Hiryū Shōten Ha is at its core a rare serious version of this trope. The force of the uppercut, combined with the gale force wind it summons, invariably launches Ranma's opponents far, far away.
  • Mind-Control Device: Quite a few, which are usually used on (and even by) Ranma Saotome. Shampoo is the major offender. She uses hypnotic pressure points, mind-control mushrooms, and memory-erasing shampoo at various points to further her sinister plots. The plots usually don't work, the items/techniques work flawlessly. Not only that, in the final story arc she is imprisoned in a mind-control egg and emerges the slave of the bad guys.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Happens to Ranma quite a bit and usually his male half.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Animal-curse characters can fly or run on all fours instants after being cursed. Pantyhose Tarō's octopus tentacles burdened him with octopus instincts. Rouge goes Ax-Crazy when transforming into Asura. Hinako acts childish as a young girl, but cold as woman. Ranma normally acts the same whatever his form but will react in a feminine manner whenever Rule of Funny requires it.
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: An anime only character Satori has the power of mind-reading. When he visits the Tendo house he tries to prove it by reading Nabiki's mind first, but he gets terrified by almost drowning in money. Then he reads Happosai's mind, it's unknown what he saw but he faints with a nosebleed. When he regains consciousness he complains that this family is so weird.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Cologne; Happōsai; Rakkyosai; Chingensai; Sentarō's grandmother; others.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: Nothing short of complete and utter praise will please Akane especially when it comes to her cooking. For example when she first cooked for him, Ranma took one bite and tried to just continue training instead of insulting it (she then tried her own food, said it was bad, and threw a rock in frustration saying how much of a jerk he is for disliking it, which winds up hitting Ryoga). She also tends to react with violence whenever she gets called uncute.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Lampshaded and justified with the forest of Ryūgenzawa.
  • Missing Mom: This series has a boatload of missing mothers:
    • The Tendo sisters' mother died when they were little, which especially affected Akane (and apparently Nabiki in the manga); Kasumi got a Promotion to Parent (or at least, homemaker) and Soun appears to have never gotten over it. (The Tendos' ongoing grief is played remarkably straight for a comedy series.)
    • Ranma left to train with his father at such a very young age that until his mom Nodoka showed up to visit he'd forgotten he ever had one.
    • Shampoo's father was seen a time or two in the manga, but never her mother, and she is otherwise raised by her great-grandmother.
    • Both of Ryoga Hibiki's parents are never around due to an improbably bad sense of direction and we never meet them. Different from the Ranma ½ norm because they're all alive and aware of the others' existence and would spend more time together under better circumstances.
    • Mousse's mother is never mentioned in the manga and only briefly in the anime.
    • The Kuno siblings' mother and Ukyo's mother are never seen or even mentioned.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Multiple times, and almost always over-the-top.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Ryōga, when he accidentally snags Ranma with the "Fishing Rod of Love" (he wanted to get Akane instead): Ranma gets genuinely infatuated with him, but it's Ryōga who gets the short end of the stick.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Pantyhose Tarō's monster form; he later augments it himself with extra body parts.
  • Mode Lock: Depending on the mode, either the method of curing the curses or a reason to look for an antidote.
    • Made hilarious when Ryōga and Mousse hear about a ladle that will mode lock you. Ranma realizes from the phrasing that it will lock you in your cursed form, even if you aren't in it when you use it, but isn't able to convince the less intelligent Ryōga and Mousse.
  • Moment Killer: All the time to Ranma and Shampoo and to Ranma and Akane.
  • Money Fetish: Nabiki Tendō, without a shadow of a doubt. There's almost literally nothing she won't do to make a few yen. Ukyō has a tiny bit of it as well.
  • Monumental Theft: During the training of the Umisenken (a powerful martial art style inspired by sneaky thieves and actually intended for that), he stole the foundation of the Tendō home, and the Tendō realized it only after the deed in spite of being sitting on it! Thankfully, his honour forbids him from using the Umisenken anymore...
  • Mood Whiplash: The Ryū Kumon storyline. While still crammed with the usual Takahashi humor, his backstory is surprisingly somber (at least initially), and his relationship with Nodoka Saotome has layers upon layers of meaning.
  • Moral Myopia: A lot of characters in Ranma ½ have this problem, being quick to decry the antics of others while either ignoring their own flaws or, worse, committing the same actions they themselves condemned. In most Ranma ½ stories, this is Played for Laughs as the characters do whatever is possible to win what they want, be it victory, love or some other prize.
    • Tatewaki Kuno is possibly the best example of this trope. He always touts himself as being the very ideal of a noble warrior, yet he is quick to cheat or take advantage of Ranma's weaknesses (i.e. ailurophobia, the time when Happosai weakens him) when he discovers them. Kuno is also quick to condemn those who are inconsiderate of Akane and female Ranma, usually male Ranma, yet he himself is insensitive to the two girls' lack of desire to be with him.
    • Ranma is a proud martial artist who truly enjoys victory and lording over those he defeats. He also gets infuriated with those who refuse to accept defeat. Whenever he himself loses a battle, he becomes absolutely obsessed with winning a re-match, often throwing honor and sensibility out the window in his efforts to do so.
    • Shampoo doesn't hesitate to use blackmail, deception and even mind control to get what she wants, usually Ranma's love. Doing the same thing to her is a sure-fire way to earn, at best, a vicious beating or, at worst, a death sentence.
    • Actually averted with Happosai, who happily admits and embraces his nature as an evil pervert.
  • Morality Pet: Inverted. Being the pet, and his subsequent falling in love with Akane, is part of what sets Ryōga on the path to his eventual Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Mourning After: Sōun Tendō, never quite got over his wife's death, as painfully illustrated in the end of the manga Hinako arc.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Two of the guys lose their clothing after a transformation; and Ranma's tends to get torn up during the same. He also tends to wear a revealingly tight tanktop. Even Kunō and the reveal of the two Male-to-Female crossdressers.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Shampoo and Ukyo take the cake. Ranma-chan also counts due to awkward situations.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Take Out Delivery Martial Arts, Fine Dining Martial Arts, Tea Ceremony Martial Arts, and so forth...
    • Even if it's not a competition of any sort, any time Ranma takes something seriously, he's likely to make it awesome.
  • Mundane Utility: Ranma is often seen using his superhuman abilities for common things. The biggest most easily shown one is his wall-climbing/clinging to ceilings. He does this often for a wide variety of reasons some examples: to play a prank on Gosunkugi, to spy on people, to hang decorations, to hide, and occasionally for no reason at all other than he can.
    • Ryōga uses his breaking point technique to travel underground, and his nigh-invulnerability to take shortcuts.
    • Happōsai uses his mastery of the martial arts, ki attacks, and other tricks to...steal panties.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse:
    • Every crazed suitor in the entire series. Shampoo is willing to pull this on Akane and Ukyō if she thinks she can get away with it, as is Kodachi, while Mousse tries to dispatch Ranma in the same way. It's not clear whether early-series Ryōga would kill Ranma, but he definitely wants to severely beat him him/her. Earlier he was also throwing ki infused weapons/scarfs against Ranma that cuts through things a sword through Swiss cheeses.
    • Ranma, under the Koi Rod of Love's spell, viciously attacks Akane, believing her to be the Hypotenuse.
  • Mutilation Conga: Happens to every main male character at some point in the series.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Several times; most notably Akane and Ranma sensing Ryōga being killed by Lime in the manga, but there are other examples.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Obvious here. The most important example is when Ranma realized that his training/fighting with Cologne has made him significantly faster and stronger than Ryōga, which in turn leads Ryōga to train under Cologne to (almost) catch up.
  • Neat Freak: Ranma hates a messy room, and will start cleaning a dirty room without thinking about it as shown by his starting to clean Miss Hinako's room and having to think about it to stop.
  • Nerd Glasses: Mousse
  • Never Mess with Granny: Aside from Cologne, the majority of the practitioners of Martial Arts Tea Ceremony besides Sentaro and Satsuki appear to be elderly women. Sentaro and Satsuki are the grandchildren of the matriarchs of their respective schools, and they both have three elders as the highest ranked fighters under the matriarchs. These diminutive women are able to move at astounding speeds despite their age and utilize weapons that are literally gigantic versions of the tools used in performing the tea ceremony.
  • Never My Fault: Everyone.
    • Surprisingly averted with Ranma who often apologizes for things that are not his fault and apologizes when he doesn't even know why he should apologize.
    • Here’s a list of times people in the Ranma ½ manga apologize or feel guilty at: Ranma Apologies.
    • In the first episode, Akane walks in on Ranma in the bath. According to her, he's the pervert.
    • Ryōga challenges Ranma to a fight and is four days late due to him getting lost on the way to the vacant lot behind his own house. Ranma waits three days, but it's his fault for not waiting long enough. Ryōga follows him to Jusenkyo, where, okay, Ranma accidentally knocks him into a cursed spring, but even before he knew that, he blames Ranma when it was his own decision to follow Ranma to China to pursue a petty grudge. He repeatedly gets hopelessly lost, but it's always Ranma's fault.
  • Never Trust a Hair Tonic: Genma is quite embarrassed about his baldness and has tried all kinds of cures. There's the one that only works when he's angry, the one that comes from a one-of-a-kind dragon's whisker, and so forth.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Many times throughout the series, Ranma and Akane are on the verge of having a moment, when they realise that they are being watched by their families, one of whom is holding a video camera. Or one of the parents blunders in, giving his blessing and tearfully proclaiming how happy he is. Ranma and Akane then get mad at each other and it's back to square one.
    • Durring the episode Hot Springs Battle Royal Ranma manages to partner with Akane while their other parnters are brawling. Ranma says that if he had paired with Akane in the first place, they would have won already. Akane is very happy and all is forgiven... until Ranma says that the "cute" girls don't have Akane's brute strengh which he needs to win the race with.
  • Nightmare Face: Ranma's face during his Cat Fist that appears at 16:18 in episode 23. It just looks creepy.
  • Ninja: Subversion: Sasuke. Played straight: Konatsu the Genius Kunoichi, who lives up to the "Genius" part but not so much the "Kunoichi" part
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Kodachi Kunō, and it's really exaggerated, played up to the point of absurdity.
    • This may have to do with the fact pretty much everything about Kodachi is absurd.
    • Once done in an area where a sign read, "Please do not laugh loudly in the garden".
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Ranma, moreso in the anime than the manga.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: Very unconvincingly attempted by Principal Kuno to Ranma to cut off his pigtail.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: Happōsai regularly throws around homemade gunpowder hand grenades. It's usually Ranma himself that gets left charred, smoking and pissed off, but otherwise unharmed. In one episode of the anime he also uses Abnormal Ammo, altering this move from the "Happo Daikarin" to the "Happo Daikabin", or "Happo Mold Burst". That's right, as in the nasty fuzzy stuff that grows on spoiled food.
  • Noodle Incident: Most of Ranma and Genma's stay in China prior to returning to Japan is never fully explained and briefly shown in flashbacks, all we see is them getting cursed, Ryoga getting cursed and nearly eaten, Ranma's dragon whisker curse, and the encounter with Shampoo that got them to leave China.
  • No Romantic Resolution: Takahashi spent so much time getting to the ending that she did not know how to make a serious resolution anymore.
  • Nosebleed: Ryōga, mainly.
  • No Sense of Direction: Ryōga is the king of this trope. Flanderized to high heaven in fanfiction, with him crossing continents, dimensions, and even fictional boundaries without noticing. (Although to be fair, the anime did show that at one point he had stumbled into Moscow while lost, albeit as a joke in and of itself, so the first isn't much of a flanderization.)
  • No Social Skills: Being raised alone, constantly on the road, with martial arts as the most important goal, and by Genma no less, did a number on Ranma's people skills. While he has no problem socializing per se, and generally gets along just fine, he's extremely blunt, has all the tact of a chainsaw, and casually insults people who are standing right there (often, to their face.) This would normally make him a borderline Jerkass, but considering Genma —the only person Ranma had constant contact with for 16 years— acts the exact same way towards everyone, and treats Ranma even worse...
    • Ryōga also spent a lot of his youth alone, due to his horrible direction sense. As a result, he has an opposing lack of social skills. Unlike Ranma, he's very polite, but is unable to express his feelings or explain things at all to most people, and often gets paralyzed by fear of making (trivial) social faux pas.
  • Not Me This Time: At one point, Akane finds traps in the Tendo Dojo, and believes Kodachi set them. But as it turns out, it was the Kuno girl's rival, Asuka the White Lilly.
  • Not What It Looks Like: This leads to Mistaken for Cheating more than a few times. It's never what it looks like.
    • Yes, but he probably shouldn't have shouted "Now give it up!" while leaning over a very buxom teacher and grabbing at her breast. Or tried to do the same thing several times over the next week....
    • Also in one episode, Akane burns herself while trying simulate a strong battle aura for Ranma's training with gloves on fire; the fire has burned off her top so she's left in her bra, and Ranma gives her his shirt to cover herself. Ryôga comes across this — and thinks Ranma tried to rape her. For once, though, Akane's the one trying to explain it isn't what it looks like, while Ranma plays along with Ryoga's misunderstanding because he actually wants Ryoga angry at him.
    • Akane finds Ryoga on top of a female Ranma in bed, right after Ryoga forced open Ranma's shirt. Ranma himself assumed the case the wrong way. Because while Ryoga was only checking to see if Ranma had a weird mark, our lovesick hero was merely waiting for the love-making to begin. Akane is shocked, immediately assuming Ryoga must just be that desperate for love.
    • During the final story Shampoo has been mind controlled, Akane almost died but is now a dehydrated doll, Saffron is about to rise to full power and entire Jusenkyo is at the risk of being destroyed. And Mousse and Ryoga (with the Jusenkyo guide and Plum) lost Ranma after a previous fight. He's eventually found in the room next door by his voice asking to see Shampoo's hot, naked body, to their shock. And after smashing the wall they find them lying on the floor, Shampoo partially naked, with Ranma grabbing her "two round beauties" with his mouth. IT'S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!
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  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Akane seems perpetually ignorant of the fact Ryōga is head-over-heels for her.
    • Ranma to Akane. He seems ignorant of her feelings for him and ends up hurting her because of it.
  • Ocular Gushers
    • Sōun Tendō. In fact, one reading of his name in Japanese means "Crying Man".
    • And in the manga, when Happōsai needs Ranma's tears for a Fountain of Youth potion, poking a pressure point on Ranma's back causes him to literally blast a torrent of tears out his eyes, so that Happōsai has to catch them in a bucket.
  • Off-Model: You can tell which Season 4, 5, and 6 episodes were outsourced to low-budget studios.
  • Old Master: Cologne and Happōsai, each of whom is 100+ years old (300+ years old in the anime) and can kick the asses of the rest of the cast combined.
  • Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Ukyō and male!Ranma go on a date involving row boats. Ryōga and Akane are also on a date, and fighting ensues.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Sōun Tendō's seat on the neighborhood council seems to give him an inordinate amount of free time (enough for a few training trips and playing Shogi all day with Genma), yet yields enough cash to pay the taxes and bills on his Big Fancy House and attached dojo, plus cost of Martial Artist induced repairs, support his daughters, and still fit in expensive family holidays to seaside inns or mountain villas. He does complain about the bills, but it's only been twice in the entire anime and manga that they've ever been a problem. Also, the Tendō Dojo doesn't appear to have any actual students.
  • One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: Ranma versus Akane, and Akane versus Ranma after she ate some magic noodles.
  • One of the Boys: Ukyō gets this treatment a lot.
  • One-Winged Angel: Subverted by Saffron's transformation, which only turns him into a more adult version of himself. Possibly played straight with Pantyhose Tarō's Monster Form.
  • Only Flesh Is Safe: To his disappointment, Ryouga's Breaking Point attack turns out to have this limitation. Ryouga's Breaking Point attack can shatter rigid material like rocks with a Fingerpoke Of Doom, but does nothing to people. The real point of training the technique was to build endurance by subjecting himself to the shrapnel created by pulverizing rocks in such a way.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: All of Ranma's recurring rivals to some extent, leading to plenty of Rivals Team Up situations.
  • Oracular Urchin: Miyo, a classmate of Akane's who appears in an anime Filler episode.
  • Orochi: A giant monster from Japanese mythology. Its Ranma incarnation is unique in that, rather than an eight-headed serpent, its eighth head is actually its body, with seven independent heads trailing behind it from their necks.
  • Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: In the "Tunnel of Lost Love" OVA episode, Ryōga teams up with Ukyō in another attempt to split Ramna and Akane. The plan backfires due to Ryōga repeatedly defending Akane from the spirits inside. Which causes Ukyō to become upset with him and leads Akane to misinterpret it as jealousy. This sets up the scene where Ryōga apologizes and is dragged off by Ukyō so they can speak in private. Akane then tells Ranma her suspicions about Ukyō's feelings for Ryōga, prompting them to follow and eavesdrop, in time to overhear the following exchange:
    Ryōga: (to Ukyō) "Please, I give you my word of honor!"
    Ukyō: (petulantly) "How can I trust you?"
    Ryōga: "We can start over, can't we? I'll never betray you again."
    Ukyō: "If only I could believe you were telling the truth..."
    *Ranma and Akane gasp in realization and sneak away*
    Akane: "I knew it! Ranma they're... THOSE TWO ARE IN LOVE!!"
    Ranma: (dramatically amidst fireworks display) "WELL WADDYA KNOW!?"
    • When Ranma was forced to spend a few days at Ukyo's place, Akane visits them and overhears them. Ranma appears to be struggling to finally choose something which Akane assumes to be about his fiancé, so Akane barges in. They were talking about playing cards.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: In the beginning, Akane and the Kunō siblings were hot stuff, already capable of superhuman feats. Then Ranma Saotome rolled into town, and Akane became a definite second-stringer, due to being completely unable to touch Ranma unless he let her. Kunō and his sister were still a credible threat... but then Ryōga Hibiki arrived... and then Shampoo showed up... and soon the original "best martial artists in Nerima" were at the bottom of the totem pole.
  • Overtook the Manga: this resulted in the anime needing a number of unique episodes, many created homebrew, a few actually extensions of manga Filler stories (such as the "Japanese Nanniichuan" story, which took up one or two chapters in the manga and three episodes in the anime).
  • Pair the Spares: Played with and postulated, but not actually done.
    • This was done moreso in the anime than in the manga, where often Nabiki/Kuno and Ukyō/Ryōga would make appearances in couple based contests, even though the explicitly had no actual feelings for each other.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Genma's isn't above using the cuteness of his panda form to try avoid responsibilities. In the earlier arcs of the manga, he even had a tendency to appear out of nowhere and randomly save Ranma's from having people discover his curse. This is part of the Aborted Arc to keep Ranma's curse a secret.
  • Panty Thief: Happōsai
  • Paper Fan of Doom
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: All the time. Akane and Ranma seem to be the only ones able to see through it (poor, poor Ryōga...) although Sōun has a moment during the Hinako home-visit arc.
  • Parental Abandonment: Half-way done to Ranma by Genma, who takes him away from his mother before he can even walk. Genetically-induced in the case of Ryōga, whose parents' sense of direction is as bad as his; whenever he manages to get home, he finds out they've been absent for weeks. Ryōga himself lampshades this in the manga when he gets a call from his father while he's at home and confirms that it's been a year since they've actually seen each other, and says so in a casual manner to illustrate he's completely used to it.
  • Parody: The Mirror Copy arc is a huge parody of Kazuo Umezu's much more serious Scary Book 1: Reflections. It starts with narration speaking of a place called "the Mirror Mansion" for the enormous mirror governing the main hall —all of which is a word-for-word copy of the original story's Opening Narration. Even the interior decoration is almost the same (with the only difference that the original Mirror Mansion's mirror was placed on the main stairs' first landing, rather than the floor.) The original is also based on a young woman who was so enthralled with her own beauty, she'd spend countless hours before said mirror, until her reflection actually escaped, and its mischief across town made her life miserable.
  • Pastel-Chalked Freeze Frame
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Only very occasionally as most of it is Kick the Son of a Bitch. Ranma himself tries to do this, usually directing his hate towards people who should be hated. But the keyword is tries.
  • The Peeping Tom: Nodoka, Ranma's mother, has a definition of "manliness" that includes a man must be a peeping tom.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Phoenix King Saffron; Dragon Prince Herb; Battle Aura Happōsai; Asura Cursed Rouge; Ultimate Shi-Shi Hōkōdan Ryōga.
  • Photo Doodle Recognition: When Principal Kunō is introduced, he shows a large picture of his long-lost son who is shaved bald in the picture. Ranma promptly uses a paintbrush to paint hair on the head - confirming the son's identity as Tatewaki Kunō.
  • Playboy Bunny: This edges close to a Running Gag.
    • The first instance of Female Ranma wearing such an outfit was in her first battle against Mousse: trapped in female form, and already committed to a man-to-man duel, she dressed up in huge, baggy clothing to fool everyone into thinking she was male, and proceeded to entertain the crowd with simple magic tricks to humiliate the Hidden Weapons master. The coup de grâce was blowing up said clothing and coming out as a Playboy Bunny (just minus the ears) to infuriate Mousse even further, claiming that even "disguised" as a girl "he" would defeat him. It backfired spectacularly when Mousse systematically destroyed her clothing and left her naked as a jaybird.
    • The next instance is the use of the costume as a disguise (with a wig) during the okonomiyaki-selling competition against Tsubasa Kurenai. Justified in the manga, since the whole school knows about Ranma's curse, and thus she has to hide her identity to attract the boys (though she didn't need something so blatantly sexy, as Akane pointed out). Reconnected in the anime, where the curse is still a secret, to Ranma's deciding that she needs to play up her sex-appeal to match the kawaiiness of Tsubasa. An oversized suit of travel-worn boy's clothes doesn't really look good at the best of time, much less when it has to compete against a charmingly girly skirt.
    • An anime-only storyline has Akane actually forcing female Ranma into one of these and start flirting with random guys on the street, in order to try and drum up some students for the dojo. Akane promptly gets disgusted at Ranma's flirtations.
    • Female Ranma gets dressed this way again in a Hong Kong bar (and almost sold into slavery by Nabiki to pay her debts) in the Kinnosuke story arc of the manga.
    • Averted during a Single-Stroke Battle against Happōsai, who was trying to force Ranma in a Playboy Bunny outfit... but he settles instead on a Sailor Fuku (on the male Ranma!).
    • During the battle against the "un-sexy" kunōichi in the manga story arc introducing Konatsu, both Akane and Ukyō are kidnapped and forced into Playboy Bunny costumes.
    • Rumiko Takahashi is also fond of drawing Ranma and Akane in Playboy Bunny outfits for standalone artwork and chapter breaks.
  • Playing Card Motifs: The "Gambling King", a poker aficionado who resembles a king from a deck of playing cards.
  • Playing with Fire: Saffron, "a flamethrower without a safety valve".
  • Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: Type 2 with Ranma to Ryōga during the Koi-Rod arc.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The entire series is made of this trope. This is lampshaded at least once, after Akane beat up Ranma who was trying to get a scroll with a secret technique, which was incidentally in the Hotspring Akane was in. After Akane's father explains she says Ranma could have just told her. His rather accurate response is "And just how often do you listen before clobbering me?"
  • Poster-Gallery Bedroom: Tatewaki Kunō, with his giant posters of Akane and female Ranma, possibly to help him "meditate" and choose one of them. Kodachi follows his example with massive photos of male Ranma. Also, Mariko Konjo puts up a gigantic picture of Kunō in her bedroom, even kissing it goodnight, during her story arc.
  • Power Copying: Ranma can learn new martial arts techniques simply by watching others train at them, or even by having the techniques used against him.
  • Powered Armor: Do-chan the sentient Battle Dogi and Gosunkugi's mail-order Power Suit.
  • Power-Up Food: The legendary Super Strength Soba noodles confer herculean strength to whoever eats them. After Akane mistakenly ate Happōsai's, she was able to lift, toss, juggle, and split in half multi-ton, two-stories-tall iron bells. Unfortunately, they had the side-effect of sprouting whiskers on her face until she took the antidote.
  • Prayer Pose: Ranma assumes this pose during the koi rod of love storyline and occasionally at other times such as when he prays at his ancestors grave.
  • Product Placement: Akane's anime CD image song "Yasashii, Ii Ko ni Narenai" (I Can't Become a Gentle, Good Girl) contains a reference to Fuji TV Day (August 8th) in its lyrics. (Note: Fuji TV, the Tokyo TV station that co-produced the anime as well as the Urusei Yatsura and Maison Ikkoku series, is Channel 8 in Tokyo, hence August 8th = 8-8 = Fuji TV Day.)
  • Professional Gambler: The Gambling King, who is actually a terrible gambler. It just happens that Ranma is worse.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Public Bathhouse Scene: Several times. Either because the Tendō home's bath breaks, or the scene involves Ryōga, who tends to visit public bathhouses during his travels. More often than not, a fight breaks out. Usually on the male side. The major example is when Ranma fight Happōsai (who naturally want to peep on the girls, Akane included) in a sort of Escalating War with the two using items from around the bathhouse, like towels and pails, as weapons. At the end, with all the cute girls gone (and it's revealed that Akane, Nabiki, and their friends wear smimsuits most of the time), Happōsai is tricked by Ranma's female form.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Madame St. Paul is mainly an antagonist in the "Chardin" arc. In the anime episode "Madame St. Paul's Cry for Help", she goes to Ranma and Akane for assistance because she believes something is wrong with Picolet.
  • Punny Name:
    • In the original Japanese the names of the Joketsuzoku characters are Bilingual Bonus Punny Names — Shanpū, Koron and Mūsu have Chinese-sounding names that coincidentally sound like the English words for hygiene products.
    • Similarly, the Musk Dynasty warriors Haabu, Raimu, and Minto, whose Theme Naming revolves around food ("herb", "lime", and "mint".) The English and Spanish translations play the pun straight by spelling out the English words.
    • Happōsai's partner is named Luckōsai, so together they are Happy-go-Lucky
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Happosai has been known to try this tactic. Seeing as how he's a Dirty Old Man, and usually using it to try to get a girl to let him grope her, it never works.

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  • Qipao:
    • A standard part of Shampoo's wardrobe.
    • Girl Ranma sometimes wears one on Side-Story Bonus Art or if it's part of a plot which somehow involves a date.
  • Quivering Eyes: Akane every time Ranma does something that goes beyond their normal bickering and really hurts her feelings.
  • Radial Ass Kicking: Early on, Akane had to do this to get to school.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The Kachū Tenshin Amaguriken. It allows the trainee to pull this feat off. It was supposed to be training method use to increase the trainee's speed and precision. Ranma later transformed it into a NAMELESS technique against Ryōga.
  • Rapid Hair Growth: The title character once accidentally drank a special rice porridge made from a one-of-a-kind dragon's whisker. The porridge made him grow continuously excessive amounts of hair unless his hair was tied up from the dragon's whisker or when he his gender was changed.
  • Real Men Hate Sugar: Hardcore martial artist Ranma is a subversion of this trope: he personally loves elaborate ice cream sundaes and parfaits but would not be caught dead saying so, much less going to restaurants and ordering them. Fortunately, he is able to turn into a cute girl. This allows him to openly and gleefully order chocolate sundaes with a cherry on top in public; heck, he even uses the cuteness of his appearance to scam free ice cream cones off the young and impressionable clerks!
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Ranma Saotome is skilled enough at cooking that his mother is impressed, at least passably skilled at sewing, good at tea ceremony and gymnastics, and seems to take pride in his ability to wind guys up by acting cute when in girl form. In a nearly literal interpretation of the trope, Ranma can make a pastel orange shirt and little red bowtie look kinda badass.
  • Recycled Script: One chapter, involving an ugly horse that gets angry that its portraits are being drawn accurately, is copied from a chapter of Urusei Yatsura, with a horse instead of an ostrich.
  • Red String of Fate: A literal one of these shows up in the anime, whereupon Shampoo promptly tries to use it on Ranma.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: The anime depicts Kogane with these to signify her status as a ghost.
  • Removing the Rival: Ranma's female half ties up and gags Akane at one point in order to steal her role in their school's production of Romeo and Juliet.
  • The Rival: Ryōga, primarily, but truckloads of guest rivals filled out an awful lot of story arcs. Ukyō and Shampoo have this relationship in the anime. Although Ranma said that he considered Ryōga his only true rival in that battle mark story, in the databook Happōsai is Ranma's "archenemy".
  • Road Sign Reversal: In an episode of the anime Ranma, Genma and Happōsai travel back in time. Happōsai reverses a sign pointing to Jusenkyō so the past selves will go the wrong way. But a bag thrown by past Genma reverses it again. It wouldn't have worked anyway, because the whole thing takes place inside Ranma's dream.
  • Rod-and-Reel Repurposed: Ebiten, the main vassal and lieutenant to the antagonist in the first movie, usez a fishing rod to lash out at opponents with the rod's line to slice their flesh. It earlier gets used to grab Akane by her arm and haul her up to where the enemy group is.
  • Roofhopping: the preferred method of traveling. Shampoo will even roofhop on her bike.
  • Roofless Renovation: This happens all the time to the Tendō home, usually caused by one of Ranma's martial artist rivals. The worst incident is caused when Rouge, a Chinese woman cursed to transform into an Asura, blows away half the roof with a fireball attack.
  • Running Gag:
    • Shampoo will always, without fail, hit or run over someone with her bicycle when she appears.
    • In the manga there are periodically signs in the foreground or background that read something to the effect of, "Please do not [do whatever the character in the panel is doing]", usually with bizarre specificity.
    • Whenever someone has an exaggerated monologue on an awkward situation, he/she has a high chance of using a microphone to declare it.
    • Ryōga picks up souvenirs from wherever he gets randomly lost.
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