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|“||My name is Rance. I'm a hero of justice, sacrificing myself for the sake of the world and everyone in it.||”|
—Rance, Rance III 1991.
|Age / Birth||24 / GI0998|
|Ht. / Wt.||173cm / 65kg|
|Measurements||B90 / W71 / H88|
|Affiliation||Keith Guild, Copa Empire, Rance Castle|
|Skill levels||Sword Combat Lv2 (?), Adventure Lv2 (?)|
|Appeared in||Rance I, Rance 01, Rance II, Rance 02, Rance III, Rance 03, Rance IV, Rance 4.1, Rance 4.2, Kichikuou Rance, Rance 5D, Rance VI, Sengoku Rance, Rance Quest, Rance IX, Rance X, Mamanyonyo, Toushin Toshi 2, Daiteikoku|
|Mentioned in||Toushin Toshi, Persiom, Toushin Toshi 3|
Rance is the eponymous character of the Rance series of games. He has no surname and is classified as an anti hero.
A brutal warrior by nature, he is motivated by sexual instincts instead of love or justice. He used to live in a small town named Ice, of the Free Cities, and is a member of the local Keith Guild, taking on various odd jobs when the money runs out. Following the events of Rance Quest, he built a huge castle he named the Rance Castle, where he currently resides. He has a slave named Sill Plain, and owns a humanoid artificial life form named Athena 2.0.
His not so heroics deeds have saved the four major nations in the Continent and JAPAN from being conquered by Dark Lords, as well as helping quite a number of damsels in distress. On the other hand, his impulsive sex drive has, to put it extremely mildly, scarred quite a number of attractive young women for life.
Personality and Appearance
He's a brutal warrior that loves good women and his main drive is sex. He'll go through any means to have sex. He's incredibly straightforward (although he will unhesitatingly fabricate stories in order to get laid). He is shameless in admitting that his goal is to get laid or frontally tell a woman to have sex with him as soon as he meets her. Despite this, he is very uncomfortable in the face of romance from other girls that end up genuinely falling in love with him, especially evident when Kenshin Uesugi confesses to him during the events of Sengoku Rance.
Prior to the start of the series, he purchased a slave named Sill Plain. He makes her cook for him, clean, carry his stuff, and have sexual intercourse on a regular basis. He's also a gigantic jerk with her most of the time and is always bullying her or blaming her when they are in trouble. Despite how much of a bastard he can be to Sill, deliberately trying to hurt her or kill her will make him incredibly angry. He actually values her deeply and shows great concern for her, to the point that most believe that he's in love with her, but he will always deny it claiming that she's "just his slave". Rance shows very clear traits typical of a "tsundere" towards Sill. Even though he's quite cruel with her most of the time, she actually loves him as well and follows his every order and has even been willing to die to save him.
He's very brutish and cruel, and almost deliberately acts against all principles of morality (although Sill claims he is just "mischievous" and is not a bad person fundamentally). He always plays dirty and is an overall jerk to more or less everyone, even the people he likes. He hates men in general and doesn't like to work with them unless they are really useful and efficient at what they do. However, he can't stand handsome men because he thinks they could steal his women. He often abuses his power and loves to prove his superiority over his enemies. He's so cruel that even the Gods judged him wrongly. They expected him to become an evil, brutal king that would bring chaos unto humanity, so they would be entertained by the massive amounts of human suffering. Instead, Rance actually shortens the wars he's involved in and minimizes any human suffering.
He's basically a twenty-year-old man with the mind of a really horny teenager. He's not averse to killing people for trivial things like ruining his sandcastle or just to test out Sill's healing power. Rance knows that things like rape, murder, and stealing are bad but he himself just doesn't believe it's bad when HE does it. He is incredibly arrogant and believes he's the greatest in the world, often referring to himself as Rance-sama.
He also judges people based on their appearance, a prime example of this is Louis Quitowack while they are technically allies due to both being members of the Keith guild, Rance constantly attacks him and beats him up.
However, he does have some morality in terms of sex. He will never attempt to have sex with a child; he is actually horrified by the idea and hates pedophiles, calling such a practice "heretic" and "monstrous" (Although in Rance II/Rance 02 he had sex with Mill Yorks, who was transformed into a more mature form due to the power of the Phil Ring, oblivious to the fact that she was actually a child and is haunted by this fact). His "no loli" rule especially applies to his daughter and doesn't allow anyone to lay a finger on her. He's also firmly against incest. Rance is actually a very protective and caring father (to her anyway) and would mobilize armies to guarantee his daughter's safety. He also disapproves of necrophilia.
Also, while he himself might be a borderline rapist personality wise, he generally believes women should be able to walk away having enjoyed the experience. Recently, he has matured a little and found enjoyment in making the girl climax as well.
As long as she's cute or beautiful, he doesn't care for their personality. Voluptuous, slender, virgin, slut, he likes them all. Ages he finds them attractive are between 15 to 29. Note this doesn't mean that he will only like women of those ages, but rather women that look to be around that age group. He has no problem in having sex with beings that are thousands of years old if they look like 20-year-old women (like Dark Lords or Devils). Later in the series, he prefers to have consensual sex and will attempt persuasion before going straight to rape. Rape is usually his "last resort", although factually he will always do so if other resorts fail, or simply if he's angry with the girl's attitude or previous actions.
Despite the fact that he has raped many women and will always attempt to have sex with every beautiful woman that crosses his path, he's actually very caring towards women outside of the bed. He doesn't blatantly look down on any woman and will always protect any cute girl that is being abused. He also hates people that hurt or kill women. Sometimes he's surprisingly good at helping others with their psychological problems and has various leadership qualities as well as an always-positive attitude, which is why he ends up being charismatic to some girls despite his negative points.
Also, he almost never will outright kill a woman even it's his enemy. Such a girl must be both extremely ugly and evil, as even Dark Lords will be spared if they're cute enough. There have been a few instances in which this wasn't the case, though. In Rance III he claimed that he would kill Satella if she had killed Sill. A non-canon example is in Kichikuou Rance. If Sill is executed, when Rance finds Ruberan (the one that originally defeated him and captured Sill) he will be so enraged that he will order to have her gang-raped to death by his soldiers. If Sill was not executed, however, Rance will just happily laugh after capturing Ruberan and will even release her after she meets with her sister Merim.
Rance also has an unexpected hobby. He loves to collect rare shells and he actually has a fairly impressive collection. He becomes incredibly upset if a shell breaks and finding a super rare and unique shell usually gives him more satisfaction than sex. Rance also develops an interest in shoujo manga during the events of Rance Quest, thanks to Magic; before that he used to look down on them.
He can drink, but he does so just to look cool. He's not actually that strong a drinker, and in fact loses to both King Gandhi and Arms Arc in drinking contests during the events of Rance Quest, Leila in Rance IV, and Oda Nobunaga in Sengoku Rance. He doesn't believe in the preaching of the AL Church, and is not affiliated with any religion.
His signature outfit is green clothes and a cape. Aside from having a magic sword and a Hyper Weapon (and by that, we mean his dick), he himself is an ordinary male human in almost all respects. He also has some iconic shark teeth, a trait that was inherited by his children.
Rance is a very strong fighter that fights primarily with a sword. He has a Sword Combat Lv2 skill and an Adventuring Lv2 skill. Due to the training the Female Warrior gave him as a youth, he's a well-rounded and fully capable adventurer. Thanks to his Adventurer Skill, he can travel long distances with no need for a party. However, he prefers to bring Sill along as it's more convenient to have someone do all the work and carry everything. Whenever he's in trouble, he concocts underhanded plans that people would call brash or savage. He does not hesitate when he attacks, and he has an over-inflated ego; these things make him a formidable foe.
Unlike other humans, he has no level cap. (He's the only human without a cap other than his offspring). If he trained hard, he could realize his infinite potential, but his laid-back nature means his level never goes too high. A side-effect to his anomalous nature is that he can raise the level cap of any woman he has sex with (although it takes years to raise the cap to a noticeable amount and has only been noticed by women that have known him for years). This could also work for men, but he wouldn't ever do such a thing. Rance's lack of a level cap is actually genetically inherited by his offspring, and as such, his daughter Reset Kalar also has no level cap.
As a Lv2 sword fighter, he can use a special skill he named Rance Attack. He has stated he has no idea how Rance Attacks works, what causes it, and why only he can do it. He just knows it's a very powerful Razor Wind attack that he can do. He also has an attack named Brute Attack, which is even more powerful than his Rance Attack, but is so savage and powerful that it is said to have side effects. Despite his incredible talent and fighting prowess, Rance has lost on a few occasions against other Lv2 swordsmen who are constantly training to improve their abilities, like Rick Addison and Uesugi Kenshin.
He can equip and use the Demonic Sword Chaos even though most humans, particularly those with a weak will, tend to be manipulated by it. However as Rance and Chaos are actually very similar in personality and get along quite well, the two prove to be a very effective team.
Rance is the kind of person you would never trust to keep the peace or manage the day-to-day business of ruling, but always proves to be quite capable in eliminating enemies and tends to prevail even against seemingly insurmountable odds as long as he is properly motivated.
Rance is incredibly efficient and hardly ever hesitates when dealing with dangerous and unexpected situations, proving himself to be an effective leader. It's for these reasons that despite his brutish and rude attitude, people like Rick Addison and Barres Province admire his skills. Patton Misnarge trusts him more than anyone and believes that Rance can accomplish anything if he's determined enough.
When Copadon Dott did a fortune reading, it was revealed that he is blessed with Great Fortune. Though his own power and skill are the reason he eventually wins, this inordinate luck has allowed him to survive many dangerous situations long enough for him to turn them around, as he has even survived attempted assassinations just by leaning down at the right time or other timely interventions. Despite this, he lacks a fortune skill.
Though he is brutal, easily bored and somewhat short-sighted, he is by no means a fool, with those underestimating him often paying for it. Though his plans are often straightforward, they are usually effective and he will exploit any weakness or opening his enemies give him, which is what allowed him to beat many beings with vastly superior powers including Dark Lords and Toushins. He is also not that likely to get tricked, as he tends to go along with his own whims and refuses to be strung along by anything, whether it be an order or a challenge. However he does have one exploitable weakness, and that is his one track mind as he can be easily enticed by the promise of sex, though even that will only work so long.
Despite his social standing, he holds massive political influence, as the Princess and Queen of Zeth and Leazas respectively, the presidents of Helman and the Copa Empire (a major city and de-facto leader of the Free Cities Alliance) as well as the pope of the AL Church are all in love with him. He is also very close with the current ruler of JAPAN and good friends with the King of Zeth and one of the four lords of Zeth, on top of being the father to the heirs of 3 kingdoms and JAPANese families, the children of the current pope to the Al church and the current president of Helman.
For more in depth gameplay information of each game refer to:
- Rance 01
- Rance 02
- Rance III
- Rance 03
- Rance IV
- Kichikuou Rance
- Rance 5D
- Rance VI
- Sengoku Rance
- Rance Quest
- Rance IX
No one ever believes what he says but so far he has saved Leazas, Zeth, The Free Cities Alliance, JAPAN, Helman, and the Kalar. He has defeated a former Demon King, a number of Dark Lords (at this point only the dragons and certain heroes have a demon kill count as high as Rance's), the legendary assassin Lil Avenger and the holy beast Orochi, successfully led a revolution in Helman, found the cure for the green skin disease, made the AL church's pope one of his women and led the human forces in the 2nd Dark Lord War.
Despite all his achievements he was unknown to the world before the 2nd Dark Lord War due to several circumstances:
In JAPAN he was the secret shadow ruler of the Oda House, and while it was widely known that a foreigner was leading the house, his name didn't receive the fame he would have otherwise received.
The rest of his adventures were either completely secret, or obscure enough that only well-informed people would even care about it.
Rance himself goes around gloating about his accomplishments around the world, but no one takes him seriously.
Following the events of Rance Quest, Rance built a castle in the free cities called the Rance Castle. When not adventuring he spends most of his time sleeping or eating. After going through long, tough missions (like saving a country) he tends to seek leisure and relaxation for months at a time.
Morning: Wake up at 8:00 and H Sill. For breakfast, eat something delicious made by Sill. Take a walk or walk around in the city and then go to a dungeon or H more girls.
Afternoon: Go shopping.
Night: Eat dinner with Sill. Watch some magic vision, read a book, then play with toys. H Sill, then sleep.
Offspring of Rance
Prior to the Series
In Rance's youth, when traveling with the Female Warrior as a teenager, she noticed his abnormal sex drive and taught him about contraceptives as a means of preventing unwanted diseases and pregnancies. However, Rance ignored most of those lessons.
Eventually, he accidentally impregnated the daughter of a noble family in one of his sex sprees. Rance panicked when he heard the news but would soon find out that the girl told him she couldn't have his child and that she'd already had it terminated. This event disturbed and traumatized Rance, which made him start using contraceptives more often. When he met Sill Plain, he ordered her to cast a contraceptive spell, a magic that prevents pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, although it must be reapplied monthly.
During the Rance Series
- Main Article: Rance's Children
In a special dungeon known as the Calculator Cube, located near the border of the Monster Realm, certain individuals are claimed by a God to be fated to each other, allowing them to enter the dungeon and claim their ultimate weapon.
Rance is an unusual case in which he seems to have several women fated to him by a "red string of fate". As of Rance X, 13 women are known to be connected to him by this thread.
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- Once upon a time, the Japanese H-game magazine "TECHGIAN" had a ranking to let the readers vote for their favorite H-game character. For a long time, Rance held the first place. Then TECHGIAN changed the ranking to "your favorite H-game heroine", disqualifying Rance since the original intention of the poll was to rank girls.
- His favorite food is henderopa the way Sill makes it, and his favorite drink is pink unyuun, also the way Sill makes it. Besides these, he is generally open-minded about trying new things, though his taste is quite picky.
- Since he was treated as the village chief's servant rather than his son, it's likely he has no last name at all. For the record, since one needs a full name for registration purposes, Rance declared that his full name was Rance Super King.
- Sometimes he goes by Rance Clear, but this isn't his real surname.
- He destroyed the planet Kurupiston while exploring Ylapu, by pushing a button marked not to touch it (which launched nuclear warheads towards Kurupiston, light years away). But the button didn't seem to do anything because of how far away it is from the continent.
- He is one of the only people on the Continent known to possess multiple LV2 skills.
- If he visits the gender changing temple in Sengoku Rance it leads to a Nonstandard Game Over after he's turned into a woman named Ranceko.
- Whenever Rance looks at the sun he sneezes. Though it's never stated, it's likely that his offenses against the Light God are the reason.
- He is one of the few humans, along with only Mary Ann and Shizuka Masou, that managed to make a Dark Lord fall for him.
- The seashells Rance loves to collect were from Shellfish, one of the earliest forms of life of the The Continent. They were the enemies of the The Round Ones, the first Protagonist Race, and eventually went extinct. As such, they are extremely valuable artifacts from a by-gone era which is why Rance is incredibly dismayed if one breaks.
- In the first games he was ambidextrous but after Kichikuou Rance, it was retconned to being only left-handed.