A high school delinquent and a main character in Toradora. So called pet/dog by Taiga Aisaka
One of the main characters of Toradora! Ryuuji is a 17 year old highschool student who is able to intimidate and scare almost everyone because of his looks, inherited from his mobster father, but in reality he is a nice, responsible and smart guy who lives alone with his mother. He is excellent at cooking and sewing and likes to keep everything clean (nearly to the point of obsession). He also has a crush on Minori Kushieda. He also appears in the series of short episodes Toradora SOS!
At the beginning of the story, Ryuuji lives a normal life with his mother and his pet parrot Inko-chan. He is Yusaku Kitamura’s best friend and has a crush on Minori Kushieda, an eccentric girl who is in his class, but is unable to express his feelings to her.
His normal life comes to an end when Taiga Aisaka moves next door to him. At first when they meet they do not get along, but upon discovering that they’re both best friends with each other’s crushes (Yusaku and Minori) they decide to help each other to get into a relationship with them.
As the story progresses they become closer and closer, to the point where Ryuuji becomes some sort of a servant to Taiga and does pretty much everything she tells him to do. He also meets Ami Kawashima, a new student who seems to have a romantic interest in him; he is ignorant to this fact however and sometimes hurts her without noticing.
During a Christmas party, and thanks to Taiga’s help, Ryuuji is able to confess his love for Minori, only to be rejected. He doesn’t give up though and continues to pursue his chances to be with her.
This ends when during a ski trip he learns from Taiga (who confused him with Kitamura) that she is in love with him. Conflicted, he decides to ignore it and act like nothing happens.
Meanwhile, his mother gets sick while working hard to provide him with enough money to go to college. Feeling guilty he temporarily takes his mother’s job at a bakery store against her wishes while at the same time trying to figure out his feelings for Taiga.
One day he and taiga are forced by their friends to reveal their true feelings for each other. Taiga escapes the situation and he follows her, when he finally finds her they try to confess but are stopped when their parents find out they’ve been disobeying them so they decide to run away and get married.
They’re not able to fulfill this dream though, since Ryuuji feels guilty for leaving his mom, so he decides to go to his grandparent’s house and tricks his mother to go there and they reconcile. Upon doing this, they go back home, but Taiga decides to leave so she can make up with her own mother without telling Ryuuji or any of their friends.
In the end, Taiga comes back on the last day of school, and he is finally able to tell her that he loves her.