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    Ryuko Matoi
    "Ugh, fine. I guess you are my little PogChamp. Come here."
    Gender: Female
    Type: Bad-Ass Fighter
    Age: 17
    Species: Human/Life-Fiber Hybrid
    Portrayed by: Erica Mendez (English)
    Ami Koshimizu (Japanese)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Kill la Kill

    This is a keepsake from my father. And this Scissor Blade was left behind by the person who murdered him! Now, you're going to tell me who this Scissor Blade belongs to... Satsuki Kiryūin!

    Ryūko in Episode 1.

    Ryūko Matoi (Japanese: 纏 流子 Matoi Ryūko?) is the daughter of Isshin Matoi and the main protagonist of the beloved anime and manga, Kill la Kill. She transferred to Honnōji Academy searching for the twin of her red Scissor Blade and the person who used it to murder her father.

    為什麼她搖滾 (Why She Rocks)

    1. Ryūko has a nice simple personality: fierce, stubborn, and doesn't let anybody tell her what to think and how to act, which helps her in dire situations.
    2. She fears very little, which is demonstrated when she directly and disrespectfully addresses Satsuki Kiryūin, demanding that her questions be answered, and when she fights Takaharu Fukurodam even though she is overpowered and uses dirty tricks to win, she keeps a code of honor to her.
    3. She shows fierce determination in finding her father's killer. Her stubbornness and strong-willed mentality may have been taken up to ridiculous levels when she managed to free herself from Ragyō's mind control by merely punching herself, but she knows what she wants to achieve and will remain dedicated in accomplishig her goal.
      • It's not helping that her mother Ragyo, was sadistic and perverted enough to take advantage of a brainwashed Ryuko and rape her along with Nui, so it just further explains why Ryuko wants to remain determined and bring an end to such a distressing situation.
    4. Character development. Initially, all that she cares about is using Senketsu to get her revenge, everyone and everything else be damned. After she interacts with Mako, who loves her deeply, and Senketsu, who is nearly permanently killed while serving her, she begins caring about others.
    5. All her voice actors did phenomenal jobs portraying her and fit her reserved, soft-spoken personality, especially her Japanese and English voices: Ami Koshimizu and Erica Mendez.
    6. She eventually forgoes her revenge plots altogether and instead focuses on protecting the things that are important to her. A good example of this is when she eventually decides against killing both Nui and Ragyo.
    7. She's just as badass as any male Studio Gainax protagonist and cements this in her intro: she's first seen drifting around with a mysterious case on her back, strolling into town and purchasing, then chomping down on a lemon, before Mataro and his gang decide robbing her would be a good idea.
    8. Despite fearlessly challenging Satsuki in front of all of Honnouji Academy and chopping through her goons without any fear of pain, she acts like a complete crybaby when her teacher is about to draw blood from her, and for good reason: establishing her Badass Adorable character by contrasting her brash attitude towards combat with a fear of a mundane medical tool.
    9. She also has a good-looking design. She is considered attractive, Mako compliments her body and even Nui Harime (a villain by the way) admits attraction to her and finds her to be a "cutie".
    10. She shares the coolest similarities: Shadow the Hedgehog, in terms of them starting as vengeful anti-heroes with a tragic past but eventually becoming reformed versions of themselves, except the difference here is, unlike Shadow staying broody most of the time, Ryuko can put her short temperament aside and sheds her harsher qualities throughout the series such as her arrogance, pride and rudeness, which allows her to become a genuinely nice girl at the end of the story.

    壞品質 (Bad Qualities)

    1. While she is an incredibly good person at heart, her goals and motivation have little to do with actual heroism, more accidental.
    2. She is a deeply scarred, aggressive girl who will not sacrifice her own goals for the sake of others, which at the beginning, are limited to avenging her father in a roaring rampage of rage.


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