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Tendou Akane

Japanese name: 天道 あかね
Nickname: Uncute, Tomboy, Macho Chick
Meaning of her name: Akane means "red" or "angry," which relates to her temper. "Tendo" means the way of heaven.

Gender: Female

Hobbies: Martial arts (especially for anger-management), sports, cooking. What? She can cook...sorta.

Appearance: Akane stands at 5'2", making her a bit shorter than male Ranma but quite a bit taller than female Ranma. Unlike female Ranma, Akane is a natural pear-shape. Contrary to Ranma's constant teasing, Akane is not flat-chested, and has round, full breasts. Just not as ample as Ranma's when he is in girl-form.

She is far from being delicate and her exuberant, life-loving demeanor is apparent in everything she does. Although she appears to be non-klutzy on the movement scale, she's a lead weight in the water.

Possessing a sweet, trusting face, many boys have become smitten with her. Her eyes are a dark blue (brown in the anime), almost black, and have unnotable eyelashes. She has an unextraodinary nose, and a cute smile that usually sends boys, including Ranma, into freezing fits. Akane's navy blue hair is cut short and sort of boyishly. There is little shape to her hair, though it is full and thick.

When she isn't wearing her school uniform, one would most likely catch her in her yellow training gi. However, when she feels like "being feminine", she wears dresses that have high-waist seams that accent her bust. They're typically in soft colors or in floral patterns.

Likes:
P-chan, her pet pig. She doesn't know he's actually Ryouga.

She enjoys taking her anger out via training, breaking bricks.

Akane likes getting along with Ranma--more than she cares to admit. She has a quick temper, and she can come off as stubborn--but is also quick to get over her temper. Never the one to hold a grudge for very long, she is innately a sweet and compassionate person.

Before Ranma managed to come in and turn her life upside down, Akane had a minor crush on Dr. Tofu. She still enjoys visiting him a lot and views him more as a mentor than a potential-love interest.

Dislikes:
Ranma's various fiancees. Though she doesn't really dislike them, so much as Akane is a jealous person and--although she would never admit it--does not like seeing them hang all over Ranma. She wouldn't mind being their friends if they weren't always trying to bump her off in various plots.

She doesn't like being called a "tomboy", or "ugly," or "uncute." It is quite possibly the fastest way to get malleted by Akane, besides trying to grope her.

As before mentioned, the second fastest way to get malleted by Akane is to grope her. She does not like perverts, nor does she like being groped. However, the usual perverts of Nerima seem to slip by much easier than Ranma does--who apparently, is a subconscious pervert and is always getting malleted by Akane for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Personality
Akane is a fiery young beauty. She doesn't like to be dominated or told how she should act or be. Most importantly, she is herself.

Despite what some people would tell, Akane is a very complex person. She had different attitudes towards different people--to most, she would be a sweet, good-natured person with just a hint of a quick temper. To Ranma, though, she comes off as a man-hating, violent tomboy. First impressions are a big deal with her.

Her relationship with Ranma--if one can call it that. She pretends to hate Ranma, but almost everyone can see that deep down inside she really likes him. Perhaps not romantically yet, but it is a huge step from wanting to kill him. Despite what she might say, she does care about Ranma's feelings. She is jealous and possessive of Ranma and does not like to see girls hang on him all the time.

Most of these misunderstandings or arguments that she and her fiance have stem from Akane's quick temper or Ranma's careless attitude. She does indeed have a quick, very irrational temper--she does not take the time to ask questions or think about things other from the worst. Ranma gets malleted for a lot of things he didn't have control over this way, but Akane quickly realizes that and keeps herself from killing him.

Akane has a problem with acting feminine. This is because she's had very few female role models in her life, besides Kasumi, whom for a great many years Akane modeled herself after. Almost anything that the Japanese attribute to females--tea ceremony, gymnastics, etc., Akane struggles with. Even society's rules on how a girl should act in a relationship, she defies.

History:
Akane has lived in the Tendo Dojo with her three sisters and father all of her life. Her mother died when she was particularly young, and therefore for most her childhood Akane was raised by her eldest sister, Kasumi, and her father, Soun.

Her childhood was event-free, allowing her to lead a normal life. She met Dr. Tofu during her active childhood which included many scrapes and cuts, and therefore developed a strong like for the good doctor. Kasumi often scolded Akane for her tomboyish behavior during this time. In some ways, Akane modeled herself after her sister--for one, she grew long hair, fashioned much like hers.

Things continued to be uneventful for Akane up until high school. She was always pursued by boys--especially Tatewaki Kunou--and because of this grew a great dislike for these two dimensional boys whose only intent was to date her.

Enter Ranma. End of story.

Martial Arts Style:
Anything Goes Martial Arts.

Weapon of Choice:
A large, wooden mallet that seemingly comes out of nowhere whenever Ranma does something stupid or gets out of line.

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