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Gaoh Ryuki
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Characteristics
Kanji: 臥王 龍鬼 (がおう りゅうき)
Romaji: Gaō Ryūki
Status: Alive
Age: 20~
Height: 180cm[1]
Weight: 79kg[1]
Gender: Male
Affiliations: Yamashita Trading Co.
Kengan Wins: 2[2]
Kengan Losses: 0
Omega Debut: Chapter 0
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Gaoh Ryuki (臥王 龍鬼, Gaō Ryūki; "Ryuki Gaoh") is a mysterious individual who suddenly appeared wanting to enter the Kengan matches.

Appearance

Ryuki has a notably muscular and well-defined body, with messy dark brown hair and a soft, generally polite expression. He looks strikingly similar to Tokita Ohma, something that everyone who has seen him has either remarked upon or mistaken him for.

Personality

Ryuki is quite a polite young man who respectfully addresses others, however he is also quite direct and blunt in the way he talks. While comparing him to Tokita Ohma, Akiyama notes that Ryuki has a gentleness that Ohma didn't have though he also shows a darker side to him.[3] After defeating Utsubuki Kokuro, Ryuki almost killed the man by force of habit,[4] heavily implying there is a much darker nature hiding beneath the surface. To that end, he is noticeably ignorant and sheltered in his knowledge and understanding of how the 'outside' world works, as well as by the societal moralities most of the 'outside' world holds; this was seen when Ryuki failed to grasp what Yasuo had meant when he said Ohma was "not with us anymore"[1] and Himuro also notes that Ryuki lacks any guilt when it comes to the killing of others.[5] Himuro further notes that Ryuki is completely closed off to everything, with a fundamental lack of trust in others.[6]

History

Much of Gaoh's history is still unknown, except that he was raised in the Inside, and was trained by a man he refers to as "Grandpa," possibly Gaoh Mukaku. He also has some sort of history with the "Worm."

Plot

He was first seen clashing against an imposing muscular man wearing a centipede-decorated mask.

Having infiltrated Katahara Metsudo's mansion, Ryuki was immediately stopped by Nikaido Ren. Trying to explain that he had only come to see Metsudo, Ren ignored his words and attacked him anyway. Knocking Ren down, their scuffle was stopped by the arrival of Metsudo who asked why he was there. Ryuki introduced himself and then explained that he wanted to enter the Kengan matches. Metsudo then replied that there was a man he'd like Ryuki to meet.

Some days later, Ryuki arrived at Yamashita Trading Co. and was immediately attacked by Narushima Koga who mistook him for someone else. Effortlessly parrying and then overwhelming Koga, their brief scuffle was stopped when Yamashita Kazuo suddenly returned. Introducing himself, Ryuki explained that he wanted to enter the Kengan matches which Kazuo immediately agreed to. Ryuki then began staying at the Yamashita's residence as he had nowhere else to stay.

Two days later, Ryuki participated in his first Kengan match for General Foodstuffs against Utsubuki Kokuro. Beginning the fight at his own pace, Ryuki then began easily parrying Kokuro's blows when the latter went on the offensive. Countering Kokuro and then knocking him back with a strike to the solar plexus, Ryuki began evading Kokuro again when the latter resumed his assault. Getting struck by Kokuro's Stinger technique, Ryuki returned to his feet, much to Kokuro's shock, and told his opponent he was going to get serious. Getting into a strange stance, he then began avoiding all of Kokuro's strikes, before immediately countering when he was struck, knocking Kokuro out cold in a single blow. Getting ready to kill Kokuro, he stopped when Kazuo congratulated him for his victory.

The day after his first match, he and Koga were informed about how the Kengan Association functioned by Akiyama. Just then Himuro and Kaneda appeared, saying they would also help with Ryuki and Koga's education. After Himuro struck Koga for his attitude, Ryuki attacked but his technique was effortlessly stopped by Himuro. With Himuro asking him why he went to kill Kokuro, Ryuki replied with unnervingly blunt honesty. At that, Himuro then said he'd turn Ryuki and Koga into first-rate fighters but Ryuki openly declined.

Some time later, Himuro sat Ryuki down and had a conversation with him.

Yamashita then took Ryuki to go and train with Koga at the SJPW gym. Once there, a bored Ryuki told Koga that he was wasting his time there. Irking Jose Kanzaki with his blasé attitude, the wrestler then challenged Ryuki to get in the ring. Ryuki reluctantly got in and the two traded a few blows before Sekibayashi ended it. Later that evening, seeing Koga training hard, Ryuki came in and played a footwork-based training game of tag with him in order to teach Koga a lesson, winning tag 89 times out of 90.

Having watched a horror movie with Yamashita, Ryuki recalled his single loss of tag to Koga and noted that he had to keep the pace up.

The next weekend, Ryuki faced off against Yurikawa Taiju in his second Kengan match, winning after what seemed like an easy fight. While watching Nitoku fight Yuzaki Mumon, he asked Akiyama about the rules regarding death in the Kengan matches after noting that Yuzaki was aiming to kill Nitoku.

Power & Abilities

While his fighting power is largely unknown, Ryuki has shown enough prowess to be recognised as a powerful fighter. In his brief altercation with Nikaido Ren, Ryuki appeared to have the upper hand[7] and in his short altercation with Narushima Koga, Ryuki was able to effortlessly block and parry everything Koga threw at him.[3] In his battle against Utsubuki Kokuro, Ryuki was able to effortlessly parry Kokuro's landing blows and dodge Kokuro's kick from nigh point-blank range while countering him.[8] In his victory over Yurikawa Taiju, a powerful fighter in his own right, both Adam Dudley and Imai Cosmo noted that Ryuki defeated him easily.[9]

Technique(s)

  • Gaoh Style: Armor Clad
  • Gaoh Style stance
  • Gaoh Style's evasive movements
  • Kokuro lands a blow...
  • ...only to be immediately countered by Earth-Crouching Dragon
  • Gaoh Style: Earth-Crouching Dragon!

Gaoh Style (臥王流, Gaō-ryū): An older form of classical jiu-jitsu[10] that Ryuki learned from his grandpa; the workings of the Gaoh Style are still largely unknown. During his fight against Kokuro, Ryuki performed a strange crouched stance, with his upper body completely relaxed and his line of sight pointing downwards. In this stance, he was able to easily evade Kokuro's strikes with seemingly slow movements and irregular footwork, which then lead into Ryuki countering Kokuro's strike with Earth-Crouching Dragon.[4]

  • Armor Clad (纏鎧, Tengai):[4] A primarily defensive technique that works by tightening all the muscles in the body at once to prepare for impact, drastically increasing the user's durability. It functions in the same way as the Niko Style's Indestructible technique.[4]
  • Earth-Crouching Dragon (地伏龍, Chifukuryū):[4] While the mechanics of the techniques are still largely unknown, it appears to be a powerful uppercutting strike that is thrown in the opponent's blind spot. Ryuki used it to defeat Kokuro in his first Kengan match.[4]

Notes & Trivia

  • Ryuki's forename literally means "Dragon Demon".
  • Upon first encountering Ryuki, Katahara Metsudo insighted that Ryuki had killed quite a number of people.[7]
  • He is most likely related to Gaoh Mukaku, the creator of the Niko Style, in some way. Gaoh Mukaku is believed to be Ryuki's grandfather.

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