Tenchi Muyo's Resident Space Pirate
In most continuities of Tenchi Muyo, Ryoko is a space pirate caught in a bitter rivalry with Jurai princess Ayeka for the affections of male lead Tenchi Masaki and is the owner of the spaceship/ cabbit called Ryo-ohki. She is the most aggressive in showing her affections for the boy, usually trying to seduce him into intercourse before one of the girls (in most cases, Ayeka) intervene.
Ryoko was the creation of Washu 5,000 years ago, created from Washu's egg cells and the life form, Mass. Washu's purpose with Ryoko was to find out the true extent of the power of the three gems she had since childhood, unaware that the gems contained her lost powers and memories as one of the powerful beings called Choushin. Washu's assistant, Kagato, would take Ryoko under his control and entrap Washu in the reverse world of the Soja. Ryoko was ordered to scour the universe in search of a source of ultimate power that Kagato hoped to obtain. Ryoko destroyed dozens of planets until her menace on the universe was stopped by Yosho over 700 years ago when she attacked Jurai. Yosho managed to crash land Ryoko on Earth and remove the three gems from her. He sealed Ryoko in a nearby cave where she would remain for 700 years until she was freed by Yosho's grandson, Tenchi.
Awakened by Tenchi, Ryoko chose to have some "fun" at Tenchi's expense by attacking him at his school until Tenchi-ken helped destroy the false gem Ryoko was using as a source of power. She would repeatedly beg Tenchi to give her back her gems during early episodes of the series, only receiving one of her gems back from the boy when Ayeka attacked his household. Ayeka's presence at the Masaki household would spark a rivalry between the two as both had feelings for Tenchi and Ayeka had believed Ryoko to be responsible for her brother Yosho's disappearance. Technically, Ryoko was now a free woman as the stature of limitations for her arrest had expired thanks to the centuries she had been inactive as a criminal.
When Kagato located Ryoko on Earth, he would take control of her to fight Tenchi and Yosho before the latter cut off the control by hacking off her right arm that contained her gem. She would be imprisoned on the Soja to be used as a hostage to lure out Tenchi and the girls. Tenchi would make use of the Light Hawk Wings on Ryu-oh (fused to Ryo-ohki) as an offensive weapon, yet was overpowered and Ryu-oh destroyed. A distraught Ryoko would power out of her confines and desperately try to locate Tenchi in the wreckage until she seen his bloody headband. Believing him for dead, Ryoko sought revenge on Kagato and would break into the Soja to try killing him. However, she found herself overpowered by the space pirate and would later have her powers drained by him until Tenchi arrives on the ship to defeat him, having survived thanks to Tsunami's intervention.
Later on, Ryoko would be abducted by Dr. Clay's android, Zero, who would take on her appearance and abilities. With Zero learning to experience human emotions through Ryoko's love for Tenchi, Washu would allow her daughter to fuse with Zero to better express her feelings for Tenchi after Clay's defeat.
Ryoko is one of the strongest characters in the series thanks to her bloodline with Washu. Because of this, she is capable of using the power of her mother's gems which help to further increase her physical attributes and powers depending on how many she has in her possession. She is currently incapable of drawing upon their full power due to her body not reaching a mature state. But when her body reach a mature state, she would be capable of creating ten Light Hawk Wings, the same number that Tsunami can manifest in her spaceship form. Because of the gems, Ryoko doesn't require food or water for sustenance as the gems provide her with the energy she needs to survive, though she still has meals to be social with others in the Masaki residence.
Ryoko's unique physiology gives her superhuman attributes, the ability to fly and she can survive without oxygen as she can freely move about in space and underwater unaided. She possesses a wide range of powers which include creating energy blades and blasts, making clones, phasing through walls, teleporting, matter manipulation and regeneration. With her gems, she is also capable of summoning spirits, though she requires two gems to control them. Ryoko is capable of creating her own gems, though they are weaker than her mother's and only serve to balance out her power should she lack Washu's gems. She also has a telepathic link to Washu and Ryo-ohki, which allow her to sense their locations and read their thoughts.
Ryoko is a carefree and free-spirited woman who hates dealing with restraints and responsibilities. Because of the many years she was under Kagato's control, she lacks experience in understanding proper social behavior. As a result, she has no problem being destructive or sexual in her behavior, as she has no problem in being sexually aggressive in her advances on Tenchi or destroying anything in her vicinity if she becomes irritated enough. The latter is especially an issue as Ryoko does have a short-fused temper and can be provoked easily. However, she can also give into sadness should something frighten her or someone close to her gets into danger.
Underneath her rough character, Ryoko does possess a deep love for Tenchi stemming from when she first met the boy as a child while taking on the form of an astral body while still sealed in the shrine cave. Their encounter was plotted out by Yosho so Ryoko would learn to experience positive emotions after the time she had been under Kagato's control. However, her resurrection and "fun" with him in their first encounter frightened the boy enough where it strained the relationship between the two for a period of time.
Ryoko's relationship with her mother, Washu, is a more ambiguous one. Washu is shown to get joy out of tormenting Ryoko by insulting her figure and making her an unwilling guinea pig for her experiments, the latter leading Ryoko to develop a fear for her mother whenever she locks eyes on her with a mischievous smile. However, this seems to be Washu's way of softening up Ryoko and undoing the mental damage done to her by Kagato in order to make her a better pairing with Tenchi. Despite her rough behavior, Washu is shown to care for Ryoko's well-being as she cares for her more as a daughter than a test subject, best shown when she refused Funaho's request to create Ryoko clones as she respected her daughter's individuality.
Here, Ryoko is still a space pirate and is the owner of Ryo-ohki. However, she is not Washu's daughter, is less powerful and has less abilities compared to her OVA counterpart. The two latter are notable as a bounty hunter in the series named Nagi has no powers herself, yet is capable of being a threat to Ryoko. In addition, it is revealed that Ryoko has had a rivalry with Ayeka since childhood, that both claim the other had started.
Ryoko is the first girl to arrive at the Masaki household when she crash lands on Earth after being chased by Mihoshi. She falls in love at first sight with Tenchi and regularly feuds with Ayeka for his affections.
Later in the series, she nearly died from assisting Tenchi in getting to Jurai to rescue Ayeka from Kagato, as she was suffering from injuries she sustained fighting against the corrupt Juraian ruler. However, she is shown to be alive and well at the end of the series when Tenchi is shown to be daydreaming about her.
Unlike the OVA continuity where Tenchi is indecisive on who he loves, it is revealed that he holds deep feelings for Ryoko that are alluded to in the TV series and the movie, Tenchi Forever, as they are in intimate circumstances with one another at points in the TV anime and she was the only one of the girls that Tenchi didn't completely forget about when he lost his memories of his extended family at the Masaki household in the movie.
Ryoko retains her character traits and abilities from Tenchi Universe, though the circumstances in which she becomes part of the Masaki household have changed and she is no longer the owner of Ryo-ohki. Here, she partnered up with Washu in the theft of a Juraian artifact called the Jurai Lightstone before crash landing to Earth after being chased by Galaxy Police and Juraian forces. Her love for Tenchi developed when he tended to her injuries and cared for her in the weeks after their battle, something which nobody had done for her.
She still retains her rivalry with Ayeka for Tenchi's affections, though Sakuya also becomes a target of her jealousy upon seeing the interactions that the girl has with Tenchi in Tokyo. When Tenchi falls in love with Sakuya, Ryoko's feelings are hurt and she returns to being a space pirate for a time with Hotsuma. But upon realizing Yugi's manipulations, she returns to Earth to aid Tenchi in defeating the Juraian mutant.
Here, Ryoko is a high school student named Ryoko Orikasa who has a reputation for being a delinquent and regularly feuds with class rep Ayeka for Tenchi Kawai's affections. Both are turned into Love Love Monsters by Pixy Misa for Pretty Sammy to battle. Yet even with Tenchi getting through to Ryoko and being turned back to normal, her demeanor hasn't changed.
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