- Cologne (Ranma ½)
Infobox animanga character
color = green
name = Cologne
caption = Cologne
first = Volume 5
voiced by =
Elan Ross Gibson (T.V Series)
Kathleen Barr(Movies and OAVs)
Lynda Boyd(Young) (English dub)
alias = Old Ghoul
age = Manga: 118-230ish
occupation = Restaurateur
relatives = Shampoo, great-granddaughter
Shampoo's father (manga only)
divider = yes
aux1 name = Curse
aux2 name = Fighting style
aux2 = Chinese Amazon
nihongo|Cologne|可崘|Ke Lun|or コロン "Koron" is a
fictional characterin Rumiko Takahashi's animeand mangaseries " Ranma ½".
Cologne is the great-grandmother of Shampoo and accompanied Shampoo when she returned to
Japan, opening the Cat Café in Furinkan. She is a contemporary of Happosai, and possibly a leader (or "the" leader) of the Chinese Joketsuzoku tribe. Cologne is very elderly, being either 118+ years old (manga) or around 300 (anime). Many years ago, as a young woman, she was quite beautiful (and normal sized), in contrast to Happosai, who was basically the same, only younger. The cause of her shrinkage is unknown.
Ranma Saotome"bride-groom" and "future son-in-law," (just son-in-law in the English-dub) and though she tries to trick and scheme to get Ranma to marry Shampoo at first (as well as at a couple of opportunities that fall into her lap), most of the time she is there as an aside, seeming to find joy in just watching the madness. She is a grand master of martial arts, and occasionally teaches Ranma new techniques, sometimes doing the same for his rivals. She gets around by pogoing on a gnarled wooden staff that she sometimes uses as a weapon.
"See also Cologne's techniques."
Of the entire Ranma cast, only
Happosaicould compare with Cologne's sheer skill, though the latter's full battle aura, Ryoga's perfect Shishi Hōkōdan, or Rouge's and Saffron's fire projection all seem quite beyond her in terms of raw power. She is the grand master of the Chinese Amazon martial arts and likely knows many ancient martial techniques that have been passed down for thousands of years. In addition to the martial arts, Cologne is knowledgeable in several other disciplines such as arcane lore, cooking, Chinese mythology, and magic artifacts.
It is likely that she trained generations of Chinese Amazon warriors before she trained Shampoo, making her at least partially responsible for the Chinese Amazon tribe being the powerful warrior tribe that they are today. Cologne is also capable of trickery in combat such as holding back her true martial arts abilities in order to lull her opponents into a false sense of confidence, which once worked on Ranma all too well. Overall, she is truly a force to be reckoned with.
* In the
Latin Americandubbing she's said to be 3000ish, possibly a translation mistake. There is a Christmasepisode where she says (referring the death of Jesus Christand not literally):"Yo sólo tenía 500 años cuando todo ocurrió" ("I was only 500 when everything happened".)
* Although Cologne is Shampoo's great-grandmother, she often refers to Ranma as her "future son-in-law", which on a technical level would be incorrect unless she was Shampoo's mother. Alternatively, she may simply consider "Future great-grandson-in-law" to be something of a mouthful.
* A running gag in the series involves someone (usually Mousse) insulting Cologne by calling her a disrespectful name (e.g., Mackerel Jerky, Mysterious Mummy, old ghoul, Dried Up Monkey etc.) which is quickly followed by Cologne whacking him over the head with her staff, even if he is well out of its reach.
* In the anime, when introducing or talking about a technique Cologne has mentioned historical figures who succumbed to or were fooled by it.
* In the 4th ending, she is referred to as "Obaba" meaning "old lady".
* She bears a resemblance to
Myoga's anime-only fiance Shoga from InuYasha, which was also created by Takahashi. Shockingly enough, both Cologne and Shoga also share the same Japanese voice actress.
* [http://www.animeinfo.org/featured/ranma/ranmapeople/cologne.html Cologne at AnimeInfo]
* [http://www.furinkan.com/ranma/characters/cologne.html Cologne at Furinkan.com]
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