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This is a character sheet for the Tenchi Muyo! series:

The Main Characters

Tenchi Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Masami Kikuchi (Japanese), Matt K. Miller (English)

The main hero of the franchise, who is always presented as an ordinary high school student that ends up surrounded by women lusting after him as he struggles through various hijinks, and doesn't usually have much personality beyond that apart from being a nice guy, being the reason as to why he's such a Chick Magnet.

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Tenchi did this to Ryoko in Daughter of Darkness, and to Yugi in the final episode of Tenchi in Tokyo
  • Author Avatar: Tenchi Masaki and Masaki Kajishima. It gets more obvious when you learn that the OVA is partly a showcase of Kajishima's personal harem fantasies. And the fact that the character essentially becomes stronger than the Chousin who created the universe is a strong hint too.
  • Bad Liar: Sakuya calls him this in episode 10 of Tenchi in Tokyo, when he went on a date with Ryoko instead of her:

 Sakuya: I knew you'd be a terrible liar, Masaki.

Ryoko

Voice Actors: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Petrea Burchard (English; 1st), Mona Marshall (English; 2nd)

An aggressive Space Pirate (who often doesn't do much of anything pirate related) and flirt that is usually the first girl Tenchi meets. Is by for the most flirtatious of the girls and most the most hotheaded.

Is the most popular girl amongst western audiences.

  • Action Girl: Largely in the 'Universe' and 'Tokyo' series.
    • She's that in the OVAs too, but by the end of the second series she's largely out of her league, so she barely bothers anymore.
  • Anti-Hero: Type V
  • Blood Knight: Originally, and still loves to blow things up or get a good scrap. She tended to put in severe PowerLimiters, so anybody whatsoever could pose any challenge.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy; by Kagato.
  • Bottle Fairy: Expect to see her with a bottle of sake.
  • Cry Cute: In the OVA, also sheds Manly Tears, Tender Tears, and Ocular Gushers. Come to think of it, she cries a lot, especially for an uber-Badass Space Pirate Physical God(dess). Then again, considering the nature of her mother (see Washuu's Abusive Mom entry below), the fact that she was locked in a tomb for 700 years, and spent a good amount of time before that as a psychotic killing machine massacring millions if not billions for Kagato, her options were probably either tears or Stepford Smiler. Probably both.
  • Distressed Damsel: In the first two OVAs, by Kagato and Dr. Clay, and in the SNES game.
    • Subverted in the first episode of the Universe canon, where she just plays the part in order to get Tenchi and his folks on her side.
  • Double Entendre: In the second OAV:

 Ryoko: Now, I want your balls, please!

Tenchi: Huh? (grabs his groin) No way! They're mine, and I'm gonna hang on to them!

Ryoko: Oh, you numbskull, I meant the jewels on your sword!

  • Exotic Eye Designs: He gets catlike eyes when he transforms into one.
  • Facial Markings: While wearing her battlesuit.
  • Femme Fatale: In the first few OVA episodes, before the audience learns where her affections lie.
  • Iron Butt Monkey
  • Jerkass: Generally, but Washuu, and mainly the merger with Zero, rehabilitated her remarkably quickly, so Jerk with a Heart of Gold when we last see her.
  • The Ladette
  • Lethal Chef: Her first attempt at cooking created some kind of acidic pink froth that dissolved the stove - out of what appeared to be the ingredients for vegetable soup. Later incidents tone it down, but her cooking (which involved incidents like frying fish by hurling energy bolts at them) still gets divided between the things that turn out wrong and the things that nobody gets to try.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: She can basically do anything within scale limits, including constructing extremely advanced inventions of her mother's design out of thin air.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Lovesick, half-android, hyperintelligent, immortal demi-goddess, alien, drunkard layabout, bratty reformed space-pirate, child-soldier slave. To be honest, in-universe descriptions of her get very inclusive and vague. The Space and Time adventures make this even worse by selectively including and excluding various traits and associated names to suit whichever 'dimension' the characters are currently in.
  • The Other Darrin: Mona Marshall replaced Petrea Burchard as Ryoko's new dubbed voice. Fans were less than pleased.
  • Physical Goddess
  • Pirate Girl
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Originally, but she didn't have much of a choice, paid enormously for her crimes, and is much nicer nowadays, really. Just a trickster troll, but don't attack her, or threaten anybody she cares about.
  • Rape Is Ok When It Is Female On Male: Exaggeration, but her constant clinging to Tenchi often borders on sexual harassment.
    • In the Mihoshi Special (a Tall Tale story Mihoshi told based on one of her cases, with the Tenchi-crew filling the closest roles of the participants), "Ryoko" ties Tenchi to her bed, proceeds to undress him, and was about to rape him, but she was stopped by Pretty Sammy. This is somewhat averted though, although her sexual advances are Played for Laughs most of the other characters are not okay with them.
  • Reality Warper
  • Sensual Spandex / Leotard of Power: Ryoko's black and red battle outfit.
  • Space Pirate
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: In Tenchi In Tokyo.
  • Technopath
  • Troll
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: She became one with Zero, and could freely manipulate her body in extremely advanced fashions even before this, including duplication, phasing, regeneration, merging with inanimate matter, and so onwards.
  • You Gotta Have Cyan Hair

Ayeka Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Yumi Takada (Japanese), Jennifer Darling (English)

Princess of Juria that has fierce rivalry with Ryoko over Tenchi, amongst other things.

Sasami Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Sherry Lynn (English)

Ayeka's younger sister, who despite being the youngest girl is generally the most mature. Is always close friends with Ryo-Ohki.

Mihoshi Kuramitsu

Voice Actors: Yuko Mizutani (Japanese), Ellen Gerstell (English; 1st), Rebecca Forstadt (English; 2nd)

An extremely clumsy and idiotic police officer that tends to end up on chasing Ryoko. She is extremely stupid and has numerous runninggags revealing around he airheaded nature and clumsiness.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: She takes ditziness and awkwardness to unprecedented new heights.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Played as a running gag in the manga and PC-FX games, as Mihoshi's addiction to soap operas made her mistake some of Tenchi's actions as if he wanted to elope with her or just rape her. The catch? Mihoshi was more than happy with the idea, much for Tenchi's puzzlement.
  • Blue Eyes
  • Born Lucky: And how! The laws of nature and causality bend around her to such an extreme that even higher-dimensional entities can't predict or do anything about her.
    • The manga dedicates a full chapter to try to explain Mihoshi's weird ability to set any probability to her favor and benefit even from accidents and blunders.
  • Bottle Fairy: In the OAV and manga, especially during the trip to Ryuten.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Cute Clumsy Girl
  • Dark-Skinned Blond
  • Dumb Blonde: In some continuities. In the OAV she's more of a Genius Ditz.
  • Fair Cop
  • The Fool
  • Friend to All Living Things: The genuinely kindest cast member.
  • Fun Personified
  • Genius Ditz: or The Ditz, depending on the series.
  • Genki Girl
  • Heavy Sleeper
  • Hey, It's That Voice!/The Other Darrin: Rebecca Forstadt (AKA Lynn Minmei) voiced her from Tenchi in Tokyo onwards.
  • Hyper Awareness
  • Imagine Spot: In the manga, they tend to involve some very lewd fantasies with Tenchi, which leave Mihoshi blushing and drooling, much for everyone's confusion.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Played straight on the PC-FX and Sega Saturn videogames, where Mihoshi's clothes tend to be much more revealing and she displays little or just not concern whenever Tenchi catches her half undressed. This is especially noticeable during the hot spring scenes, where Mihoshi doesn't even bother to cover herself with a towel whenever Tenchi enters into the bath, and is cranked up to eleven on the Sega Saturn game, where Mihoshi spends a considerable amount of time and cutscenes completely nude, without thinking twice about it.
  • The Millstone: Especially in Tenchi Universe.
  • Nice Girl
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Mihoshi seems strangely attached to Kiyone, and even Kiyone has her moments, especially in episode 6 of the Universe series.
  • Satellite Character: In the Universe and Tokyo continuities, Mihoshi's whole purpose seems to revolve around hanging off Kiyone. Kiyone herself may fit to a lesser degree.
  • Summers Family Tree: Is Washuu's great-great-granddaughter, and Ryoko's great-grandniece. Allegedly (might just be a rumour) also supposed to have a relative who married one of Tenchi's family members at some point.
  • Took a Level In Dumbass: In the OVA 1 she went from a ditzy but focused officer to a lazy fool that couldn't remember her own brother's name by the end of OVA 3.
    • It was less that she couldn't remember his name and more that apparently her image of him is stuck on his teenaged self. He had to show a picture of him when he was younger for her to recognize him, but she recognizes other people from his crew with whom she has only occasionally interacted quite easily. Her backstory suggests her overall goofiness came about when a past Did You Just Romance Cthulhu? relationship went Horribly Wrong and she only survived with this much of her mind intact because she's Washu's descendant and has the luck to make a leprechaun jealous.

Washu Hakubi

Voice Actors: Yuko Kobayashi (Japanese), Kate T. Vogt (English)

A mad scientist with various origins throughout the franchise. Is fairly childish and prone to fights with Ryoko, though not as much as Ayeka. Her inventions defy laws of physics and can often serve as plot points due his irresponsibility or deusexmachina.

  • Abusive Mom: In the OVA (where she created Ryoko), she once straps Ryoko into an apparently escape-proof lab-table, turns off the lights and then runs off and hides. Ryoko is so afraid of being trapped alone in the dark that she starts crying and pleading for Washu to come back and rescue her. Washu is not only well aware of how badly this scares Ryoko, but is actually just around the corner, gleefully taping Ryoko's cries for "mommy".
  • Animal Motifs: Washu really likes crabs.
  • Brick Joke: When dealing with Dr. Clay and Zero.

 Zero (disguised as Ryoko): If I take you to Dr. Clay, then I won't have to kill Tenchi!

Washuu (having replaced herself with a doll of herself): What are you doing with that? I didn't know Dr. Clay went for that sort of thing! If it's a present, I can put a ribbon on it!

    • Later, when evading Dr. Clay's Combat Tentacles trap in exactly the same way...

 Washuu: I even remembered the ribbon!

Dr. Clay: *growls*

Washuu: If you give back Ryoko and leave Tenchi alone, I'll give it to you as a gift! But don't do anything indecent with it, ok?

Ryo-Ohki

Voice Actors: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese), Debi Derryberry (English)

A rabbit like alien with a cat's head and ears as long as her body that makes cat noises. As such fans refer to her as a cabbit. She is close friends with Sasami and eats nothing but carrots, and transforms into a space ship.


Supporting Cast

Katsuhito Masaki/Yosho Masaki Jurai

Voice Actors: Takeshi Aono (Japanese; Katsuhito) Takehito Koyasu (Japanese/Yosho)

  • Badass Grandpa: Literally, depending on the continuity, anyway.
  • Covert Pervert: he once copped a feel of Ryoko and quite enjoyed it...
    • He also proposed that he and Ayeka get married anyway despite being an old man at the time not really.
  • Momma's Boy: Unusually strongly attached to Funaho, which even gets lampshaded in-universe.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Retired Badass: Not entirely by his own decision, though. Funaho (his tree, not his mother, mind you) apparently took root, and thus he cannot leave Earth anymore, because Juraian royalty is immortal only in the range of their trees. In the Universe version, it's because of the guilt of killing his best friend, Kagato.
  • Takeshi Aono
  • Team Dad

Nobuyuki Masaki

Azaka and Kamidake

Series-exclusive Characters:

Tsunami (OAV and Manga)

Voice Actors: Chisa Yokoyama (Japanese), Sherry Lynn (English)

Tokimi (OAV)

Kiyone Makibi (Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Yuri Amano (Japanese), Sherry Lynn (English; 1st), Wendee Lee (English; 2nd)

A space cop that has the misfortune of being partners with Mihoshi, whose clumsiness continuous ruins any chances of of a promotion as well as making her life a living hell.

Nagi (Tenchi Universe)

Mitsuki (Tenchi Universe)

Achika Masaki (Tenchi Muyo! in Love and Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Grace Zandarski (English)

  • Action Girl
    • Action Mom Tenchi and his harem go back in time to save her from Kain in Tenchi Muyo! In Love, and end up only stopping him with her help.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Her life was shortened after she unlocked and used her great, hidden Juraian powers to defeat Kain.
  • Hot Mom
  • Facial Markings

Kazuhiko Amagasaki (OVA and Tenchi in Tokyo)

Sakuya Kumashiro (Tenchi in Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Mayumi Iizuka (Japanese), Julie Maddalena (English)

A all round normal girl Tenchi's age that has no crazy personality traits that befriends Tenchi after he moves to Tokyo, so naturally he ends falling for her and she serves as his love interest for the series. Late in the series it's revealed that she was created by Yugi as an ideal girlfriend for Tenchi to drive a wedge between him and the other characters so they will leave and take the crystals that can stop her that they have with them.

Mayuka (Daughter of Darkness)

Voice Actors: Junko Iwao (Japanese), Julie Maddalena (English)


Noike Kamiki Jurai (OAV 3)

  • Arranged Marriage: Was told to be only a cover-up, but extra omake material has indeed confirmed the engagement as real.
  • Berserk Button: Several things made by Mihoshi.
  • Fair Cop
  • Last Girl Wins: Politcally speaking, Noike is the last girl introduced to the Harem, and the first to actually be get engaged by Tenchi. Luckily for the other girls, Jurai standards will allow them to STILL be with Tenchi, and even marry him as well when they are ready in the future.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair

Minagi (manga)

Kiyone Masaki (OVA 3)

  • Action Mom: She did a lot of things according to the story she left for Tenchi. However it seems most of it was made up.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Mom: When your mother creates an elaborate practical joke concerning her death and wills her relatives to read it aloud to you, she probably qualifies as this.
  • Broken Pedestal: Tenchi was dissappointed when he found out his mother's true nature.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A suprising twist on the character.
  • Identical Daughter: She looks exactly like Airi with white hair, and apparently inherits her mother sense of humor as well: her practical joke about her death involved both Airi and Tennyo. And Rhea too, apparently.
  • Older Than They Look: Standard fare for Tenchi characters. She died of old age at over 200, though apparently she still had the appearance of a young woman, for some reason.
    • She had some problems with her tree, apparently, and without it even the Juraian nanotech treatments can get only that effective.
      • Unlike her father and sister, Kiyone didn't become bonded to a royal tree and may not have visited Jurai at all (considering Yosho was still considered MIA).
  • White-Haired Pretty Girl

Misaki Masaki Jurai (OVA and Manga)

Funaho Masaki Jurai (OAV and Manga)

Azusa Masaki Jurai (OVA and Manga)

Tennyo Masaki (OVA 3)

Seto Kamiki Jurai (OVA 3)

Rhea Masaki (OVA 3)

Hiwa Takahashi (Manga)

Empress Hinase (Tenchi In Tokyo)


Villains

OVA Villains

Kagato (OAV 1 and Tenchi Universe)

Voice Actors: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese), Michael Scott Ryan (English)

  • Animal Motifs: It's more subtile than in Washu's or Clay's case, but OVA Kagato has a theme of snakes going on in his ship and even in his style of hair. The person whom he was based on, Naja, has a snake theme in her name.
  • Badass: Both versions, but only the OVA version is a
  • Blood Knight: The Universe version is more interested in fighting Tenchi than conquering anything close to a universe.
  • Cain and Abel: With Yosho, in Tenchi Universe.
  • Complete Monster: The OVA version.
  • Evil Is Stylish: Meticulously stylised to the last fingerglove, with the cape just right for dramatic flair, and appropriate organ music to set the tone. In fact, according to Word of God this part was a deliberate parody.
  • Evilly Affable
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a super genius to be sure, but he's also a very powerful combatant in his own right.
  • Graceful Loser: Though moreso in the OVA.
  • Hermaphrodite: Originally, but split in female and male halves. One of the more strange revelations given by OVA 3.
  • Knight of Cerebus:
    • In the OAV, things get serious once he appears, and he represents the only real time Tenchi was at risk of dying. Clay and Z have brief moments of tension surrounding them, but they never make the same impression that Kagato did.
    • His Universe version fits the trope even better. Things were fairly light hearted until he appeared... he cleanly defeats Tenchi's grandfather, kidnaps Ayeka, and gravely wounds Ryoko. From there, Tenchi is forced into a life or death struggle to rescue Ayeka and save Jurai. Azaka, Kamidake and Ryoko all seem to die but manage to recover.
  • Mad Scientist: (OAV 1)
  • Only One Name
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: (OAV)

Dr. Clay (OAV 2)

Seiryo Tennan (OAV 2 & GXP)

Misao Kuramitsu (OVA 3)

Mashisu Makibi (OVA 3)

Z (OVA 3)


Movie Villains

Kain (Tenchi Muyo! in Love)

Yuzuha (Daughter of Darkness)

Voice Actors: You Inoue (Japanese), Barbara Goodson (English)

Haruna (Tenchi Forever!)

Voice Actors: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese), Debi Derryberry (English)

Manga Villains

Yakage

Yume

  • Bratty Half-Pint: Appears like a child despite being over 5,000 years old at least. Truthfully, she acts like a petulant, spoiled child as opposed to the major arc villain she was intended to be.
  • Easily Forgiven / Karma Houdini: Have your minions kidnap a major Jurai official? Check. Have said minions hunt down the Jurai official's daughter? Check. Brainwash another Jurai official and have him instigate unrest on Ryuten? Check. Personally order your minions to kill the daughter of your rival? Check. Kill dozens of soldiers while you steal a royal tree and nearly collapse the galaxy? Double Check. What do you get for all this, Yume? Not even a slap on the wrist. In the Shin/New manga, she suffers Redemption Demotion.
  • Heel Face Turn
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: Is very abusive to her creations and puts Clay and Washu to shame by comparison. Though when one of her creations (Takashima) sacrifices its life to protect Yume, she suffers a Villainous Breakdown that reveals herself as a possible Jerkass Woobie.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Only One Name
  • The Rival: Washu takes her far more seriously than Dr. Clay.

The Shima Brothers

Garyu

Dark Washu


Other Media Villains

Yugi (Tenchi In Tokyo)

Voice Actors: Akiko Yajima (Japanese), Debi Derryberry (English)

Hotsuma, Tsugaru and Matori (Tenchi In Tokyo)

Evil Kiyone (Mihoshi Special)

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