九能 小太刀, The Black Rose
Kodachi known as quotThe Black Rosequot in the gymnastics community is presented as Tatewaki Kunos sister and a student at St. Hebereke School for Girls St. Bacchus School for Girls in the manga. This is in contrast to several members of the regular cast who attend Furinkans mixed gender assemblage. As a master of quotMartial Arts Rhythmic Gymnasticsquot and captain of the schools team she often preemptively attacks her opponents with various weapons including swords or a giant mallet to cripple them thus winning by default. She calls it quotfighting in all fairness before the match.quot Kodachi had seldom if ever lost a match before battling Ranma a result of this practice. When these failed she has also resorted to the use of more devious methods once attempting to shake her foes hand with thumbtacks between her fingers. She is especially fond of using paralysis gas and sleeping powders on people even when she has no apparent motivation to do so. Kodachi becomes enamoured with male Ranma after the latter acts as her knight in shining armour by saving her from falling off the roof of the Tendo Dojo. Therefore she is the only one of his suitors without some official or semiofficial claim to him. Despite this she considers him her lover and wants to make him her own through any means necessary. She and her brother have opposite perspectives regarding this matter since he despises Ranmas male form due to the latters engagement to Akane and for enslaving the mysterious pigtailed girl. Correspondingly Kodachi dislikes Ranmas female form whom she believes to be a romantic rival. Regardless of his dislike for Ranma Tatewaki has enthusiastically given them his blessing to go steady since this would free Akane for himself. He secretly imagines that they would have a miserable life together.