Ueda Ryou, The Pugnacious MonkAge
Ueda from 上 (ue) meaning "above, top, upper" and 田 (ta) meaning "field, rice paddy", Ryou as in “涼” (ryou), meaning “cool” or “refreshing”
A cursory glance at Ryou is enough to know that he is mean and lean, with muscles to spare. He has a well toned musculature and an imposing frame, even if he is of rather average height for men of his age. In staying true to his aesthetic, Ryou prefers covering his body under a layer of what could be considered a facsimile of a monk’s garb: a funky, zig-zag patterned cloth he believes makes him look cool and stylish. Beneath his robes he wears a short pair of pants, and he prefers to walk barefoot.Personality
Ryou carries himself with a gait that is befitting of his totem. He is energetic and bouncy, to a point where some might consider him hyperactive. He likes running, climbing, swimming, and he barely gets tired. Still, while he may not get winded easily, Ryou does have a certain problem with the musky odor all his activity entails, which can get very out of hand if he doesn’t wash himself.
He likes to keep his hair short and his face clean shaven to stave off some of the odor and grime around his head region, in addition preventing any unscrupulous opponents from getting an unfair advantage by tugging on his hair.
Ryou has been a belligerent boy since his early childhood. He loved picking fights with the other children, regardless of whether or not he could win or lose. While never part of the monastic tradition (as he is a farm boy through and through) Ryou always liked to try and imitate the monks within the nearby temple, in an effort to hone his skills as a devoted pugilist. Strengths
Ryou isn’t afraid of challenge or adversity, and always tries to face it head-on (preferably with his fists). Indeed, he is currently travelling for the sole purpose of fighting people, in the hopes that he might gain the knowledge required to be one of the top fighters in the world. While his parents called this a pipe-dream, he saw it as another goal to be achieved (which spurred him to leave home on his 21st birthday). In truth, he doesn’t much like what other people think, and often acts in the manner of a contrarian.
While playing himself up as some mysterious monk, Ryou is anything but. He doesn’t subscribe to any of the spiritualism or self-control of actual monks, on the contrary, he is quite hedonistic: searching for people to fight, eating like a pig, lounging around when he has nothing to do. Still, it does appear that his playing pretend is rather fitting, given that he does have a determined good moral character, not holding grudges or acting in a manner that would be considered mean.
Monkey’s Movement: His ability to climb, run, swim, and otherwise move freely is unparalleled. He is able to run a mile in five minutes and can cross a flowing river with relative ease. In fact, one of his favorite pastimes is swinging from the vines of trees, although nowadays they often snap under his weight. What’s more is that Ryou is rarely winded from this kind of activity, and can often go for hours on end with the same amount of vigor and energy as the second he started.Weaknesses
Significant Strength: With a body like his, Ryou is no stranger to using his power to his advantage. He can lift rather heavy objects without much issue. His weapon of choice is a long and hefty metal staff, similar to an aribo, which he uses whenever it is disadvantageous to rely on his fists, and he has no issue waving it around in a fight (rather competently, I might add).
Powerful Pugilism: The skill Ryou values most. He is a brawler first and foremost. He doesn’t subscribe to any style, although he does like to test out moves he might see from practitioners of the martial arts. His most devastating maneuver is his right hook, followed closely by his left side kick and left knee. His moves have been able to knock people out in one fell swoop, although sturdier opponents might be able to stand up one or two times before they finally succumb to Ryou’s barrage of blows.
A Lack of Forethought: Patience, introspection, strategy: Ryou isn’t too big on them. He likes to rush in, head-first, to face whatever is in his way, often resulting in unneeded injury or otherwise unwanted results. While this kind of behaviour can help him in certain situations, it more often bites him in the ass.Theme
Big Ego: Ryou likes to think of himself as the best, which often creates a divide between him and others. It also causes him to bite off more than he can chew, as being the best must entail being able to do everything (so he thinks). While rather humble in victory, he cannot cope with defeat, often going into a self-destructive spiral of seclusion and gluttony for days at a time.
None Too Bright: It is no secret that Ryou didn’t get much of an education back on the farm, but his intellectual problems stem farther than that. For Ryou, slow on the uptake can be an understatement, which leads many to believe that all the fighting he’s been doing might have caused some problems when it comes to his head. Ryou tries to cope with this setback by not focusing on the complicated and keeping things basic and down-to-earth.