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  • Adaptation Displacement:
    • A minor example. Because the 33 chapters that originally contained color were converted to gray scale in the Japanese tankobon and the English release of the manga was only in black and white (VIZ did do one volume in color), Ranma's female form became established in the majority of fans' minds as being a redhead. Any fanfic or fanart that portrays Ranma's female form as having black hair is more likely to receive a barrage of questions asking why the author changed the hair color than compliments from hardcore fans thanking them for going with the original depiction.
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    • Less obviously: the name of the martial arts style that Happosai, the Saotomes and the Tendos translates directly (more or less) as "School of Indiscriminate Grappling", and this is what the manga used to refer to it. In the anime, it was translated as the somewhat looser, but arguably catchier, "Anything Goes Martial Arts", and this is how it is most commonly referred to.
      "The Saotome School of Indiscriminate Grappling... I like to call it Anything Goes."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Every single character gets one, and the deliberate alternate depictions (for some subtle, for others blatant) in the anime only add fuel to the fire. Not helping is that the manga and anime are significantly different to the point that they can be considered alternate universes note  These two blogs list many of the differences between the two.
    • Is Kasumi truly sweet and naive, or does she merely act that way because it's expected of her and she subtly enjoys stirring up trouble through such methods as giving Akane a mallet and planting the idea that Ranma may attempt to rape Akane while she's weak from the flu?
    • Nabiki: a self-serving and greedy manipulator who only cares about money, or a young woman so broken over her mother's death she became what she is now?
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    • Is Akane truly clueless about Ryoga liking her or is she aware that he likes her but is deliberately ignoring it?
    • Where do Ranma and Ryoga's perspective physical strength lie in comparison? Is Ryoga physically stronger, is male form Ranma physically stronger, or is their physical strength close enough to being the same that the difference is so minor as to not matter?
    • Is this show a world of Belligerent Sexual Tension? Plenty of fans would say yes to that but there are also plenty of fans who insist that Ranma/Akane are more of an exception than the rule and insist that cases such as Nabiki and Kuno flat-out hate each other.
    • How much of the Kuno siblings' crazy jerkishness is their fault? A lot of people point to their upbringing as a factor in why they're the way they are, or speculate that their madness and unkindness are hereditary.
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    • Is Genma really as useless a sensei as he seems? Or is he a Trickster Mentor who's helping Ranma develop his skills and grow as a person?
    • Some fan theorize that Ranma is either non-binary or a trans woman due to his behavior.
  • Awesome Music: Let's face it, It's Love is a awesome love song for both Ranma and Akane. The fact it is rock also helped.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Really, you won't find many characters who haven't alienated some fans, at some point.
    • Ranma's fans like him due to his Jerk with a Heart of Gold nature and his capability for true acts of kindness. His detractors just find him a straight up Jerkass and Designated Hero who repeatedly bullies other people and never takes any responsibility for himself.
    • Akane: a funny and likeable character, or a hotheaded Designated Hero?
    • Soun Tendo knocking Ranma and Akane out to try and wed them in their sleep and/or his plan to use Ranma's Nanniichuan gift to blackmail them into getting married, at the start and ends of the Jusendo arc, sometimes gets him this treatment.
    • Nabiki's spotlight stories. Especially the later ones. Some find them absolutely hilarious, others think they make her as a truly heartless bitch and the most villainous character on the show.
    • After Ukyo is Demoted to Extra, she basically falls to the same level of depravity as Kodachi and Shampoo in trying to win Ranma over. Not good for her fans. Even not taking that into account, she's divisive: a lovely young woman who is far kinder to Ranma and more suitable to him than Shampoo or Akane? Or is she just as bad as Shampoo and Akane and/or does she put too much emphasis on a Childhood Marriage Promise?
    • A lot of fans become alienated from the series solely due to Genma's actions, which are supposed to be played for laughs but can come off as downright abusive. There's been more than one dark fic exploring the logical consequences of what would happen if Genma's jerkass behavior was taken seriously.
    • Ryoga is also extremely polarizing; the base is split between those who love him for always having the best of intentions and generally trying his best to be a good guy (and sympathize with him due to his many misfortunes), and those who hate his guts for taking advantage of his P-chan form to sleep in Akane's bed and generally making Ranma's life even more difficult than it already is.
    • Shampoo is also extremely polarizing. She's either loved for her awesome martial arts skills and willingness to openly show affection (in contrast to Akane's Tsundere personality for example), or she's loathed for her "obstacles are for killing" mindset and her willingness to use drugs and poisons to get her way. She also lost a lot of fans when, in the manga, she was willing to bomb a wedding (albeit in a comedic fashion) and almost get people killed.
    • The anime-only character Sasuke (ninja-butler to the Kunos) was created to fill in for Gosenkugi until reoccurring Rumiko Takahashi voice actor, Shigeru Chiba, was free for the show. Aside from costing the show Gosenkugi's macabre-based humor, Sasuke also cost Akane a suitor, weakening storylines which focused on her appeal, unless the specific plot forced Sasuke to suddenly have a crush on Akane. But Sasuke was also embraced by fans for his interactions with the Kunos and unique reocurring presence as a ninja.
    • There is a split here between the anime and manga. In the manga, Ukyou and Ryouga go together like oil and water - I.E. not at all. In the anime, there are tiny hints.
  • Broken Base: Fans of the English dub can't decide whether they prefer Sarah Strange or Richard Ian Cox as Boy-type Ranma. Both have their fans and haters, and the casting and re-casting caused a bit of controversy in the 90s. Sarah has the advantage of voicing Ranma during the better era of the show, though Richard is obviously much closer to the Japanese voice. Some newer fans are distracted by the fact that Richard also voiced Inuyasha, even though he was actually Ranma first.
  • Damsel Scrappy:
    • Akane has moments where she could be seen this way, all the way to the end of the manga. On the other hand, she typically reacts by trying to escape on her own, and in many cases does manage to at least initially break free of her kidnappers. But typically, unless her captor either isn't serious about it at all (Cologne) or too weak to hold her (Principal Kuno), her kidnapper outclasses her so badly she still needs Ranma to save her in the end.
    • The couple of times that Nabiki needs someone to save her she doesn't changes her attitude one iota, even trying to swindle people immediately after the people who were trying to kill her because she swindled them call it quits. While they are right there.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: For both the manga and the anime, people could tire of the needlessly cruel slapstick violence, over-complicated family and romance situations, and so many characters who act like mean-spirited, unpleasant Jerkasses after too many chapters or episodes of it. Status Quo Is God being in effect really does not help matters.
  • Die for Our Ship: Pick a pairing and the character perceived as "getting in the way" of it, any pairing.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Or Ron the Death Eater, take your pick. The entire cast can be subjected to this — it doesn't matter which one you choose, someone somewhere in the fandom will be fashioning some nice leather pants for them, and likewise someone else will be portraying them as Satan's Little Helper.
    • Some people consider Ranma a real bastard for picking on the weak by sneaking up on and breaking a balloon near Gosunkugi's head. They forgot entirely that Gosunkugi had been stalking Akane and secretly taking photos of the school girls (Akane only, really, but from Ranma's point of view he just sees a guy crouching next to a window with a camera secretly taking pictures of school girls). They then went on to say that all the stuff Gosunkugi did (stalking Ranma, trying to find out Ranma's weakness to use it against him, joining up with Tatewaki, stalking his fiancee, etc.) was Ranma's fault for picking on Gosunkugi (when said picking on him was surprising him while he was secretly taking photos of girls). On the other side though, while Ranma is in no way perfect, a lot of his far more negative aspects such as being sexist, not apologizing, and being uncultured are completely exaggerated by fanon.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Ryoga Hibiki, at first, though he was so popular he ended up being a Break Out Character. This was to the extent that Rumiko Takahashi actually ended up creating a girl from scratch solely so that Ryoga could break out of All Love Is Unrequited and be free of the Love Dodecahedron and find some measure of happiness.
    • Tsubasa Kurenai is a fairly common character in older fanfiction, despite only getting one mutual anime/manga story, a bit-part in an anime filler episode and a cameo in the first movie.
    • Also, Pantyhose Taro and Konatsu.
  • Epileptic Trees: When Tofu comments he hasn't seen the Xi Fang Gao shiatsu technique "in a hundred years", a theory broke out that he's actually Really 700 Years Old.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Nabiki is arguably easily the most genuinely evil female character in the manga series, yet tends to easily get the biggest share of this among the readers, due to the mischievous sarcastic wit and worldwise hedonistic sex appeal. Shampoo is also one of the most villainous girls in the original manga, isn't exactly innocent in the anime (although much nicer than in the manga), and is typically regarded (in series and out) as being pretty hot-looking.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Some fans prefer to pair Ranma up with any of the other suitors aside from Akane due to her bipolar behavior, despite the fact that literally every single one of Ranma's paramours are violent towards him. He has been paired with Shampoo, Ukyo, Kodachi, Kasumi, and Nabiki. Less often is for a minor character to be promoted to love interest in fan fics and fan art, with the most popular options being sports rival Azusa Shiratori and teacher Hinako Ninomiya. Original Characters and crossover ships are just as common.
    • Ranma/Ryoga is also very popular and much preferred to Ranma/Akane for some fans.
    • Some fans prefer female Ranma/Akane to male Ranma/Akane, since they tend to have a more peaceful rapport than the endless Belligerent Sexual Tension between Akane and Ranma in male form.
  • Fanon: Now has its own page.
  • Fan Wank: Ki Attacks get a lot of this. Everything which isn't explained in-universe, and which is really explainable by the Rule of Cool, Rule of Funny, and Supernatural Martial Arts, tends to be attributed to Ki manipulation. Mousse having a Hyperspace Arsenal up his sleeves? He's using Ki to compress space. The Happo Fire Burst explosives? Conjured from Ki. Akane's "signature" Hyperspace Mallet (which she doesn't even use that often)? Obviously a Ki construct. Kuno's implausible use of his Bokken? Clearly, it's reinforced with his Ki! Ryoga's razor-sharp belt and bandannas, as well as Kodachi's ribbon? A Ki-based ability called Iron Cloth (this also partially solves the Plot Hole of why Ryoga knows the feminine "sport" of Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics - he wanted the Iron Cloth technique).
  • Faux Symbolism: Given the cultural backdrop of Japan, when asked if Ranma was an effort to enlighten a strongly male-dominated society, Takahashi replied that she doesn't think in terms of grand social themes, but strictly in stories that are fun and "märchenhaft". Of course that doesn't stop her from poking fun at the conventions every now and then.
  • Foe Yay: The fans tend to give Ryoga/Ranma a lot of this, regardless which gender Ranma is in at the time. Possibly based upon the fact that Ranma resorted to the "dress as a cute girl and flirt with Ryoga mercilessly" tactic whenever he needed a strategic advantage. Not to mention that, with the series reliance of Belligerent Sexual Tension, well...
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Any scene where someone goes after Ranma's pigtail, after it's revealed that he absolutely must wear his hair that way to avoid going bald (it's a long story). Thankfully, the curse wears off eventually.
    • Ryoga's lousy sense of direction is surrealistically over-the-top, and has been Played for Laughs since 1987. As neuroscience has since later proven, there are people out there who suffer from disorientation to the point they can even get lost in their own homes. And unlike Ryoga, it's nothing to laugh at.
  • Gateway Series: Possibly the gateway anime, along with Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z, in the 1990s.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Akane Tendo (or, "Adeline") is one of the most popular characters in France.
    • As far as the series goes, it was quite popular in France and the USA. In the latter country its popularity was such to the point in the early 90s anime fandom, functionally every Western Otaku had watched Ranma at least once.
    • It is also very popular in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Hate Sink: Happosai. You would be hard pressed to find a fan anywhere who sincerely likes Happosai, at least outside of Japan. The character is an obnoxious creep who has little (if any) characterization beyond filling out the Dirty Old Man stereotype, and he's also a massive Karma Houdini who routinely gets away with his perversions, with many episodes featuring him somehow wriggling out of any punishment beyond a beating (which doesn't phase him) and/or getting back at Ranma & company. There's a vocal minority of people who were turned off of the anime version of the series due to Happosai, in particular the various filler episodes in which he plays a very prominent role, such as "Into The Darkness"note  or "The Horrible Happo-Mold Burst"note .
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Akane Tendo, in the first volume/episode, is effortlessly tagged out by female Ranma in their first sparring match. She then states that she's just glad that she lost to another girl, because she'd hate to be beaten by a boy...
    • Meta example in episode 101:
    Crepe King: A match, huh? And while we're at it, let's make it "loser leaves town", you game?
    Ranma: Mister, I am the game!
    Akane: What is this, pro wrestling?
  • Ho Yay: There's enough of this (mostly between Ryoga and Ranma — not aided by Ranma's Gender Bender deal) that the series has its own page on the trope.
  • I Am Not Shazam:
    • The Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire is a training technique, not an actual attack. It is basically composed of removing several chestnuts from on open fire by hand without getting burned, success means that the trainee is now not only very fast, but accurate. The anime usually has Ranma shouting this when he uses his Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, however.
    • For some reason, a lot of the fandom refers to Shampoo's signature weapons as "bonbori" (in reality paper lanterns); this probably caused some confusion when listening to Akane's Baka Song, as she mentions bonbori. The round-headed maces are "chui".
    • Also there has been some minor confusion as to what constitutes Pantyhose Taro's first name. For the record, it's not "Pantyhose" —this is just a prefix to the "taro" component, so that in Japanese his name should be read as the single word "Pantsutotaro" (like, for instance, Kentaro, Yotaro, Kotaro, et al.) It is difficult to render it as a single word in English, however, making "Pantyhose Taro" acceptable.
  • Iron Woobie: Ryu Kumon, also a Stoic Woobie.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Most if not all of the teen characters who are sympathetic. Some think that Ryoga fits best during his initial appearances, before his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Mousse is an In-Universe example; Ranma thinks Mousse is an asshole, courtesy of the whole "attack him out of nowhere and pick a fight over his Accidental Marriage to Shampoo" situation, but he still feels sorry and tries to encourage Mousse after the Chinese boy makes a tearful Motive Rant about his love for Shampoo.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Ranma Saotome's two forms, thanks to his canonical Love Dodecahedron, implied general attractiveness, and the fan-overstated tendency of his father to abuse Arranged Marriages that his son has no knowledge of.
  • Les Yay:
    • Fanon is all over the place, but Shampoo certainly doesn't hesitate to Glomp Ranma in either form, and many of Ranma and Akane's most comfortable and relaxed moments have occurred while Ranma was female.
    • Though not directed at anyone really noticeable, Nabiki has some really weird habits for a presumably boy-crazy girl. Like fondling female Ranma to determine that her breasts have grown. Or all the pictures of female Ranma in various states of undress she keeps around her room, but then again she does sell the prints to an awful lot of people.
    • For brief periods, Ukyou was hit with this by both Tsubasa and Konatsu. In both cases, the cast believed each of them to be a lesbian girl smitten with Ukyou until their true gender was revealed to them and the audience. But while Tsubasa is vehemently heterosexual ("[He] just likes to dress up!"), Konatsu's personal gender identity is... complicated.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The series' themes of genderbending and its various queer (and ambiguously queer) characters has given it a noticeable fanbase amongst LGBTQ people.
  • Memetic Psychopath: Many characters are given this treatment, but the most common are the Tendo sisters and Shampoo.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Nabiki is easily one of the most distinctive and compelling characters in the series. However, in at least the manga, she is also the one who is most uniformly shown as genuinely amoral and malicious, whereas even Pantyhose Taro, Shampoo, and Happosai are given a few Pet the Dog moments. Among several other things, she let Ranma and her family take the fall for her debts during a "let's make the opponent pay for everything" duel and took no responsibility herself even as the accrued debts ruined them, blackmailed male Ranma for a staged apparent rape for the fun of it, and repeatedly swindled kindergarten kids. Yet, she is recurrently greatly favoured and farfetched rationalised in simultaneous contrast with ones that are generally nice, with the bad moments as an exception, and much stronger contrasts, whether due to Evil Is Sexy, Opposites Attract, lack of other cerebral or relatively sane characters, sense of style, or a strict familiarity with the anime and fanon. Takahashi herself, while personally amused by her, continuously drew Nabiki as a devil.
  • MST3K Mantra: Invoked by the author regarding the technicalities of Ranma's shapeshifting.
  • My Real Daddy: Ranma made Rumiko Takahashi a household word amongst American Otaku, and she's still the undeniable heart and soul of the whole franchise, but when most people picture the characters or try to draw them, it's the character designs of Atsuko Nakajima (specifically those featured in the OAVs and second movie) that they're imagining. See the main page's image for a prime example.
  • Never Live It Down: In a series like this, there are a number of moments for various characters that are regarded as particularly infamous; no matter that they might have been once-off events or the circumstances behind them, the fandom will rarely, if ever, not bring them up.
    • Akane Tendo has the infamous Double Standard from the very first story, where she walks in on Ranma in the bath, calls him a pervert for this because he's the boy and that makes him a pervert, then slaps girl-Ranma when she accidentally walks in on Akane after Akane knocked her out cold earlier. There's also the "Japanese Nanniichuan" story, where she obliquely calls Ranma a freak by stating that his body (because of the curse) is "sick and twisted".
    • Shampoo has the first Pantyhose Taro story, where she secretly plans to assassinate Akane if she finds her first (never mind that Mousse was planning the same for Ranma). The manga compounds this by having her try to kill Nabiki and take Ranma for herself in the manga version of the "Nabiki, Ranma's New Fiancee" arc, and by having her disrupt the wedding in the final arc by showing up and throwing bombs.
    • Ukyo will never live it down amongst fans of the manga that she teamed up with Shampoo in the Nabiki-attacking and wedding bombing scheme.
    • Genma Saotome has his own list!
      • The Cat-fu/Freestyle Cat Fist training is one of the series most infamous moments of Black Comedy, and lives on in infamy; in the eyes of most fans, that's when Genma went from a mere loudmouth Bumbling Dad to an outright abusive dad.
      • Agreeing to engage Ranma to Ukyo for her dowry, then stealing it. Combined with an anime In Name Only adaptation of the Martial Arts Takeout race where he is revealed to have offered Ranma's hand in marriage for personal gain on at least two other occasions, and the Picolet Chardin introductory arc, and everyone presumes Genma has sold Ranma's hand to a lot of people.
      • The "Genma Gets Weak" story is more or less the foundation for the idea that Genma was constantly stealing Ranma's food in their training in fanon. It's also been latched onto by the "Genma's an abusive dad" fans, for Ranma's gleeful pursuit of revenge once he realizes Genma is weaker than he is now and for how Genma's "anti-Ranma move" is basically freaking Ranma out by hugging him.
      • The manga has the infamous scene from the final "Ranma must hide from his mom" story where Genma attacks his wife to steal a cheap family heirloom to pawn for some money.
  • Nightmare Fuel: For a zany comedy it has some pretty potent Fridge Horror, especially regarding the various curses. Speaking of which, let's not even bring up the infamous "Pregnant Ranma question"...
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Natsume and her kid sister, Kurumi, only appeared in "The Ones to Carry On" 2-part OVA episode, yet they gained a fair amount of fans who wished they'd stuck around (as seen in the comments section of the link). You can even find fanfiction about them.
    • As mentioned above, Tsubasa Kurenai had only one short manga story, and, in the anime, a second brief appearance, yet he shows up very frequently in fanfiction and is very well-known in the fanbase where much more important, multi-volume characters are more obscure.
    • Inverted with Akari Unryu and Konatsu, who did appear in several manga stories, either wholly or as cameos, but who made so little an impact with the fandom that normally only the most devout mangaphiles are aware they exist — Akari has it somewhat better, having a longer run than Konatsu did and being the Official Couple for fan-favorite Ryoga Hibiki.
  • Periphery Demographic: For a series aimed at teenage boys it was surprisingly popular amongst girls (particularly in Japan where Rumiko Takahashi had stated her surprise about it being so popular to young girls).
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Fans thought Ryoga and Ukyo were shaping up to become an item, due to all the Ship Tease in scenes like these, from the anime. Even the "Tunnel of Lost Love" story, which was intended to sink the pairing, seemed to be promoting it instead - by ending with the two of them being teased as "lovebirds" by Ranma and the othersnote . Rumiko then paired Ryoga with Akari and introduced Konatsu as another would-be suitor for Ukyo. It didn't work: Akari was introduced far too late to grow beyond a Flat Character with few defining traits, much less acquire a fanbase of her own, and Ryoga never let go of Akane either until the very last pages of the last chapter of the last volume, making Akari appear as more of a consolation prize than a real relationship. Konatsu, introduced even later, quickly became a comedic sidekick to Ukyo instead of a believable love interest, especially since she shows zero interest in him despite being fully aware of his attraction to her. Ryoga/Ukyo thus remained exactly as popular a fan pairing as ever.
  • Replacement Scrappy: The anime-only character Sasuke replaced Gosenkugi in many of the manga storylines (often without adjusting the plot to accommodate the change), and is looked down on (particularly by manga purists) for costing the show Gosenkugi's macabre-based humor.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A few cases in the English dub:
    • Genji from the fourth season episode "A Formidable New Disciple Appears" is Eddy. He even sounds exactly like him.
    • Shinnosuke from the "Reawakened Memories" OAV is Lt. Disher.
  • The Scrappy: Happosai. A large number of fans have a serious dislike for him, some even going so far as to avoid watching episodes/reading chapters in which he plays a prominent role. The reason generally stems from the fact he is the Miniature Senior Citizens equivalent of a Dirty Old Man and a Panty Thief, while also being an evil Fair-Weather Mentor Old Master, notable as being childish, selfish and immature, even compared to everyone else in the series. Generally, if Happosai shows up, he's going to either be groping and harrassing every female (born or made) in sight, causing trouble because he's a Jerkass, trying to get revenge on Ranma for interfering with him being a nuisance, or some combination of the aforementioned. It certainly doesn't help matters that most episodes with Happosai end up as a Karma Houdini for him. Most of the terrible things he does either goes unpunished because Genma and Soun are too cowardly to stand up to him without Ranma, or Ranma gets the blame when it's more obviously Happosai's fault. Not to mention that Happosai is one of, if not the definite cause of the series having a Bittersweet Ending. Mistaking the Jusenkyo water sent to the Saotome household for sake, and drinking it all up before any of the other characters can use it to cure their respective curses. All in all, most fans would be happier if the series didn't have Happosai in it.
  • Seasonal Rot: The first three seasons of the anime are generally considered the best, with the subsequent seasons getting progressively worse. This is typically because the first three seasons are almost solely manga adaptations, and even their filler stories were directly derived from Takahashi-penned characterization; meanwhile, the latter seasons were more loaded with original stories where non-Takahashi filler Flanderized or exaggerated the characters' traits. The anime getting cancelled before it could adapt some of the biggest, most famous manga storylines doesn't help the frequent perception of the anime as inferior to the manga (though there are still some who feel that where the manga ended up going wasn't that much better than the anime's later seasons).
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: One of earliest shipping wars to break out on the Internet, mostly among die-hard partisans of the three "official" fiancées. The mid-90s Usenet arguments eventually coalesced into threads with the actual subject line of "Trench Wars".
  • Superlative Dubbing: The Latin American dub is considered this by many fans thanks to the iconic voicework of Rossy Aguirre as Akane, Carlos Hugo Hidalgo as Male Ranma, Irma Carmona as Female Ranma, Araceli de Leon as Shampoo, Gabriel Gama as Tatewaki Kuno and José Antonio Macías as Moose. The dub also removed Shampoo's third person/broken speak and streamlined most of the Japanese expressions and knew when to be loyal to the original script and when to deviate.
  • Strangled by the Red String: The various romances attract a lot of tension and complaints. These typically boil down to the following.
    • Ranma/Akane: The two are way too hostile towards each other to realistically work out as a couple, Belligerent Sexual Tension be damned, and they never seem to gain any trust for each other, to the point that the manga actually ended with their wedding being postponed and their last on-panel words to each other being the usual barbs they trade against each other.
    • Ryoga/Akane: Ryoga can't even bring himself to confess to Akane, who has never given any real indication that she likes him as more than a friend.
    • Shampoo/Mousse: Shampoo has outright stated she hates Mousse from the moment he officially joined the cast, and Mousse seems oblivious to all her her hatred and faults.
    • Ryoga/Akari: Akari loves Ryoga. That's it.
    • Ukyo/Konatsu: Konatsu is a doormat who appears out of nowhere, far too soon before the series end, and Ukyo finds him annoying but pitiful more than anything.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Azusa Shiratori, who takes Kawaiiko to teeth-knotting extremes, from her outfit to her voice to her attitude.
    • Rouge's ultra-sweet human form's manner of speaking and generally acting.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Ranma's curse may be considered this:
      • There is no (canon) exploration of the possible Mind Screw of being able to switch sexes so easily; Ranma is unquestionably assumed to be a straight male, yet he has apparently never considered actively using his Power Perversion Potential, and yet he has also gotten so used to seeing the female body from his cursed form that he can Ignore The Fanservice (at least, while the girl's not touching him). The primary plot-related purposes for Ranma's curse consist of subjecting him to Mode Lock (and thus sending him scrambling to undo it), dangling a cure in front of him, arranging for Kuno/random male villain of the week to hit on him, and give Ranma an excuse to take Akane's place in various feminine Martial Arts and Crafts challenges.
      • After a while in the anime, the convenient buckets of water even stopped appearing, and Ranma typically spent the whole episode either male or female (and usually only the latter when it was a plot point). So they also wasted plenty of perfectly good gags and Fanservice. It got to the point in the anime where the general rule was that the hottest shot we get of female Ranma is the episode title screen, where she wears a tight but otherwise demure one-piece swimsuit. On the other hand, the manga version (which covered 38 volumes, whereas the animated version stopped at volume 21) continued to draw upon Ranma's curse for endless gags, characterization, and the odd moment of drama involving Ranma's mother. And yes, for Fanservice as well.
      • Unlike in the manga, anime Ranma's curse isn't revealed to the school early on. This could have been used for tension or humor, but very seldom is past the first season, and ultimately results in a very unclimatic reveal. Admittedly, it isn't too dramatically revealed in the manga either, but Ranma's classmates explicitly knowing about the curse and poking fun at it opened avenues to plenty of humor, making the anime approach quite a let down.
    • Compared to his male form, Ranma's female form has no serious suitors that become reoccurring characters that she/he doesn't also share with one of his fiancees already. Ranma being constantly harassed by a lovestruck major character is never touched upon and most if not all the romantic comedy aspects revolving around Ranma focus on him being a straight male.
    • A number of the anime's filler episodes ultimately wasted things they could have done in an interesting fashion, usually because fully pursuing them would mean diverting heavily from the manga storyline.
      • "Mousse Goes Home To The Country": We never see Mousse leave Nerima or interact with his family, as the episode promises. Instead, Mousse hangs around Nerima pulling a passive-aggressive "I Want My Beloved to Be Happy" routine until Shampoo and Cologne convince him he can stay.
      • "Ryoga Run Into The Sunset": Ryoga finds a girl who really does love him and offers him an excuse to stop being P-chan or fighting with Ranma for Akane's "love". Instead he abandons her and goes right back to pretending to be Akane's pet.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • For a series in which characters of both sexes frequently go topless or nude, gender-bending antics abound, and a major character is an underwear fetishist, Ranma's approach to sexuality is surprisingly innocent. As hormone-crazed as they are, characters rarely think about or attempt any kind of sexual act beyond dating, kissing, and PG-level intimacy. Actual sex is never directly discussed even euphemistically, and is rather at most subtly suggested.
    • Nodoka Saotome's Honor Before Reason contract may fall under either here or Deliberate Values Dissonance, depending on whether one believes she merely comes off as insane to non-Japanese or if she was supposed to be so over-the-top as to make Japanese readers feel uncomfortable with their perception of Seppuku.
    • While not particularly egregious for their time, the series' portrayals of Chinese characters and attitudes toward LGBT sexuality would not go down well in the 21st century. Shampoo was essentially the poster child for Anime Chinese Girl and the others weren't much better. Plus any hint of homosexuality was met with immediate disdain or disgust from most of the cast, to the extent that gays and lesbians were labelled as "perverts" and Ranma once tried to "fix" a lesbian (actually a crossdressing boy) by taking her on a date. These days, where international audiences are concerned, it's unlikely the material could get away with that kind of thing, which would be called out a lot more harshly.
    • In Episode 42 of the anime, a group of random girls witness a cross-dressing Ranma. They immediately tear his dress apart and start beating the crap out of him. There's no way that would fly in today's society.
    • Akane's obsession with being more "feminine" and being horrified that Ranma can do several "feminine" things better than she can (cooking, sewing, etc) is pretty old-fashioned and illogical by Western standards, as well as Ranma stressing about being seen enjoying desserts as a boy, or Ukyo being aghast that Akane is such a terrible cook that a boy can beat her all comes off as archaic and pretty restrictive.
  • What an Idiot!: Has its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Despite all the fanservice and sex jokes, the series is very much considered shonen.
  • The Woobie: Most prominently Ryoga, Konatsu, Sasuke and Kumon Ryu, but depending on the version, any of the main cast can come off as this. The curses, Ranma's rotten family and love life, Ryoga's lonely existence and poor direction sense, the sheer onesideness of many of the character's romantic interests, Soun being a well-intentioned loyal nervous wreck, Nodoka being abandoned without her family desperately pining for her only child, the Kuno children basically being insane either raised without parents or occasionally an even crazier and completely irresponsible father.
  • Woolseyism:
    • The English manga and dub script go to great lengths to adapt painfully-obtuse wordplay and remain faithful to the source. Similarly, they took great care to replace Kuno's quotations of classical Japanese poetry with equivalent passages from Shakespeare.
    • Some chapters/episodes even add in jokes and cultural references (many episode/chapter titles allude to films, literature, etc.) that weren't in the original script, in some cases making it even funnier. For instance, when Ryoga discovers that he is suddenly resistant to his curse during the waterproof soap episode, the Japanese script has him proclaiming (paraphrased) "Now we're equal... no, I'm superior!!" Ryoga's English voice actor, Michael Donovan, says this: "We're equals now, he and I... no, I'm even MORE EQUAL than he is!!"
    • Ukyo's translated pet name for Ranma could be considered this. With the limitations of the script system the translators were using, "Ranma-honey" was one of the better options for translating "Ran-chan".
    • The Mexican Spanish dub avoided giving Shampoo a Chinese accent and using Hulk Speak, and her (tragically late) voice actress used a more cheerful and childish way to speak instead, albeit she used some Chinese words sometimes, but without going overboard with it.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: To some fans, Sarah Strange as the original Boy-type Ranma in the English dub. Some think the idea of casting a female in the role was an odd choice, especially since she didn't also voice Girl-type Ranma. It's also possible she just simply wasn't right for that part. Despite this, some fans do praise her actual performance, and some think she's actually convincing as a teenage male.
    • Actually Sarah Strange left the role because she wanted to do live acting.


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