Ryuuji Takasu is the main male character of the light novel and anime series Toradora!. He is a second-year high school student who is often mistaken for a delinquent due to the intimidating eyes he inherited from his Yakuza father. One day, he meets a girl named Taiga Aisaka, known as the 'Palm-Top Tiger' due to her short temper.and short stature. They agree to attempt to hook each other up with people they've had crushes on for a long time, though eventually the two end up falling in love with each other instead.

He is voiced by Junji Majima in the Japanese version of the anime and Erik Kimerer in the English version, the latter of whom also voices Alibaba Saluja.


Ryuuji often helps Taiga Aisaka with domestic chores which she is otherwise unable to perform. At school, he is known as "the only person able to stop the palmtop tiger", referring to Taiga's nickname. Due to the misunderstandings due to his looks, as well as how he grew up, he tends to look down on himself. Despite this, Ryuuji is rather calm in most situations and is responsible, smart and has great grades, even when compared to Yūsaku Kitamura, his best friend.

In the light novels, he sees a tender side of Taiga Aisaka that she hides from everyone. In the anime, he is dense when it comes to girls' feelings, especially about things between him, Taiga, Minori and Ami.

While initially seen as intimidating by most others, he makes more friends. His feelings and relationship to Taiga begin to change as he spends more time with her throughout the series. Eventually, he and Taiga become a couple, married each other so in that way they can both be adults.




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