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Shūtarō Mendō (面堂終太郎, Mendou Shuutarou?, Trouble shooter) is a major character in Urusei Yatsura.

Biography

Born April 1, Mendō is heir to the powerful Mendō Zaibatsu. His family has their own private army, a fortune of at least 50 billion yen, and owns 51% of Japan. In Vol. 3 of the manga, he transfers to Tomobiki High School. Handsome, athletic, and talented, all of the girls soon fall for Mendō. Mendō, however, is just as lecherous as Ataru and professes his "love" for all of them, sweeping them off their feet. In stark contrast to this, he treats all of the men of the class like dirt. He frequently parachutes to school from his private jet. Though he walks with a sense of pride and looks down on his fellow male students and their shenanigans, Mendō is actually very similar to them: he is obsessed with women (particularly Lum), he has no respect for Onsen-Mark (though he often pretends he does), he views Ten as a nuisance, and of course, he is jealous of Ataru.

In love with Lum, he very gentlemanly refers to her as "Lum-san" (ラムさん, Ramu-san?). But Lum is completely in love with Ataru and does not care about Mendō, so he views and treats Ataru as his greatest enemy, but in reality they are pretty much the same (Mendō is only a gentleman about it). However neither of them care to admit this. Despite his feelings for Lum, Mendō is not above flirting with other women and never dissuades their hopes of one day being with him. He even "reluctantly accepts" the idea of an engagement to Asuka Mizunokōji after he learns how cute she is.

Mendō is very easily insulted, usually by Ataru whom makes a fool of him on several occasions. On said occasions, Mendō draws his katana (in the anime it is called Murasame) and attempts to slice him in two, but he never succeeds as Ataru is capable of catching the blade in his hands. As the series progresses it becomes more and more obvious that, in addition to his libido, Mendō is far from perfect. Some, like Sakura and (after awhile) Shinobu Miyake, would even go as far as to call him "an idiot".

He is often accompanied by his own private security team, the Black Glasses Corps, who are to carry out his every order, which usually involves taking out Ataru. However, they prove over and over that they are just as inept and idiotic.

Mendō family crest is the octopus, and Mendō himself keeps several as pets. Furthermore, he is offended if people eat takoyaki in his presence.

Mendō suffers from nyctophobia and claustrophobia, and will often scream "It's dark, it's cramped, I'm scared!" (暗いよ狭いよ怖いよーっ, Kurai yo semai yo kowai yo~?) in a deranged state when enclosed in dark, tiny spaces. However, whenever woman are nearby he manages to remain calm. At one point, he put himself through harsh training in order to overcome these phobias, however this only resulted in him temporarily becoming strong enough to split a temple bell (his usually source of entrapment, thanks usually to Ataru) in half from the inside. Apart from this, his phobias seem incurable.

His name was originally meant to imply "Trouble Shooter" ("Mendō" can mean "trouble" when written with the kanji 面倒, and "shooter" is represented in Shuutarou). However, because of his situation and involvement with Ataru, his name has come to imply "Trouble Maker".

His family consists of his father, mother, younger sister Ryōko, and grandfather.

Relationships

Ataru Moroboshi

To be added

Lum

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Shinobu Miyake

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Ryūnosuke Fujinami

To be added

Sakura

To be added

Ryōko Mendō

To be added

Tobimaro Mizunokōji

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Asuka Mizunokōji

To be added

Shingo

To be added

Appellations

Name What They Call Mendou What Mendou Calls Them
Ataru Mendō Moroboshi
Lum Shūtarō Lum-san
Shinobu Miyake Mendō-kun/Mendō-san Shinobu-san
Ryūnosuke Fujinami Mendō Ryūnosuke-san
Kōsuke Shirai Mendō Unknown
Ten Mendō Ten
Cherry Unknown Cherry
Sakura Mendō Sakura-san
Onsen-Mark Mendō Sensei
Hanawa Unknown Sensei
Principal Unknown Kōchō (Principal)
Oyuki Okata (Sir/This Person) (once) Unknown
Kurama Unknown Kurama-san
Ryōko Mendō Onii-sama (older brother) Ryōko
Father Shūtarō Chichi-ue (father, very formal)
Mother Shūtarō Haha-ue (mother, very formal)
Tobimaro Mizunokōji Shū-chan Ton-chan
Asuka Mizunokōji Onii-sama Asuka-san
Black Glasses Corps Waka (young master) Unknown
Shingo Waka Shingo
Shingo's Grandfather Waka-sama Saizō-jii

Quotes

  • "Waa!...It's dark! It's cramped! I'm scared!"
  • "I refuse to die a poor beggar's death like this!"
  • DAMN THE SUNSET!!
  • Would you just cut the crap and say that you love her?!

Trivia

  • His name is spelled Shutaro Mendo in the Viz manga translation, but is presented in Japanese order (family name first) and spelled Mendou Shuutarou in the AnimEigo anime dub subtitles.
  • His seiyu would later voice Shun Mitaka, from the anime version of Rumiko Takahashi's second major manga series Maison Ikkoku, who is also the rival of the male protagonist and has a phobia, and also 2 characters of the Rumiko Takahashi Anthology (Toshio Furuda of Middle Aged Teen and Mr. Shinonome of One Day Dream).
  • A character of Ranma ½, Tatewaki Kuno is very similar to him. Both are rich, use a sword, hate the male protagonist and have a sadistic sister and father who put them in distressful situations. As a matter a fact, Rumiko Takahashi recommended Akira Kamiya to voice Tatewaki in the anime. However, because the series director wanted new faces, he chose Hirotaka Suzuoki instead.
  • A character of Seto no Hanayome named Kai Mikawa was based on him, with the trait of being afraid of wide and bright places instead of cramped and dark places.

Media Appearances

Manga

  • Chapter 22 (23 in wideban)
  • Chapter 23 (24 in wideban)
  • Chapter 24 (24 in wideban)
  • Chapter 25 (26 in wideban)
  • Chapter 26 (27 in wideban)
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 29
  • Chapter 30
  • Chapter 31
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 33
  • Chapter 34
  • Chapter 35
  • Chapter 36
  • Chapter 37
  • Chapter 38
  • Chapter 39
  • Chapter 40
  • Chapter 41
  • Chapter 42
  • Chapter 43
  • Chapter 44
  • Chapter 45
  • Chapter 46
  • Chapter 47
  • Chapters 48-50
    • Chapter 48
    • Chapter 50
  • Chapter 51
  • Chapters 52-54
    • Chapter 52
    • Chapter 53
  • Chapter 57
  • Chapter 61
  • Chapter 70
  • Chapter 71
  • Chapter 74
  • Chapters 75-77
  • Chapter 78
  • Chapter 79
  • Chapter 82
  • Chapter 84
  • Chapter 85
  • Chapter 86
  • Chapters 87-90
    • Chapter 87
  • Chapter 91
  • Chapters 92-94
    • Chapter 92
    • Chapter 94
  • Chapters 95-96
  • Chapter 99
  • Chapter 100
  • Chapter 104
  • Chapter 105
  • Chapter 106
  • Chapter 110
  • Chapter 112
  • Chapter 113
  • Chapter 114
  • Chapter 115
  • Chapter 116
  • Chapter 117
  • Chapter 118
  • Chapter 119
  • Chapter 120
  • Chapters 121-122
  • Chapter 123
  • Chapter 124 (129 in wideban)
  • Chapters 125-127 (124-126 in wideban)
  • Chapter 128 (127 in wideban)
  • Chapter 129 (128 in wideban)
  • Chapter 130
  • Chapter 131
  • Chapter 133
  • Chapter 135 (138 in wideban)
  • Chapter 136-138 (135-137 in wideban)
  • Chapters 139-140
  • Chapter 141
  • Chapters 142-143
  • Chapter 144
  • Chapter 145
  • Chapter 146
  • Chapter 147
  • Chapter 148
  • Chapter 149
  • Chapters 150-151
    • Chapter 150
  • Chapter 152
  • Chapter 153
  • Chapter 154
  • Chapters 155-157
    • Chapter 156
  • Chapter 158
  • Chapters 160-161
    • Chapter 161
  • Chapter 163
  • Chapter 164
  • Chapter 165
  • Chapter 166
  • Chapter 167
  • Chapter 168
  • Chapter 169
  • Chapter 170
  • Chapter 172
  • Chapter 173
  • Chapter 174
  • Chapter 175
  • Chapters 176-177
    • Chapter 177
  • Chapters 178-179
  • Chapter 180
  • Chapter 182
  • Chapter 183
  • Chapter 184
  • Chapters 186-190
    • Chapter 186
    • Chapter 187
    • Chapter 188
  • Chapter 191
  • Chapter 192
  • Chapters 193-194
  • Chapter 195
  • Chapter 196
  • Chapter 198
  • Chapter 202
  • Chapter 203
  • Chapter 204
  • Chapter 205
  • Chapter 206
  • Chapter 209
  • Chapter 210
  • Chapter 211
  • Chapter 212
  • Chapter 213
  • Chapter 214
  • Chapter 215
  • Chapter 216
  • Chapter 220
  • Chapter 221
  • Chapter 223 (227 in wideban)
  • Chapters 224-227 (222-225 in wideban)
  • Chapter 228
  • Chapter 230
  • Chapter 232
  • Chapter 233
  • Chapter 234 (236 in wideban)
  • Chapters 235-236 (234-235 in wideban)
  • Chapters 237-239
  • Chapter 240
  • Chapter 241
  • Chapters 242-243
  • Chapter 244
  • Chapter 245
  • Chapter 250
  • Chapters 252-256 (255-259 in wideban)
  • Chapter 259 (254 in wideban)
  • Chapter 261
  • Chapter 262
  • Chapter 263
  • Chapter 264
  • Chapter 265
  • Chapters 266-267
  • Chapter 268
  • Chapters 269-271
    • Chapter 271
  • Chapter 273
  • Chapter 274
  • Chapter 275
  • Chapter 276
  • Chapter 278
  • Chapter 279
  • Chapter 280
  • Chapter 281
  • Chapter 283
  • Chapter 285
  • Chapter 286
  • Chapter 288
  • Chapter 289
  • Chapter 291
  • Chapters 292-293
  • Chapter 294
  • Chapter 296
  • Chapter 298
  • Chapters 301-304 (300-303 in wideban)
    • Chapter 302 (301 in wideban)
    • Chapter 303 (302 in wideban)
    • Chapter 304 (303 in wideban)
  • Chapter 306
  • Chapters 309-310
  • Chapter 311
  • Chapter 313
  • Chapters 314-315
  • Chapter 316
  • Chapter 318
  • Chapter 320
  • Chapter 321
  • Chapter 322
  • Chapters 323-324
  • Chapter 326
  • Chapter 327
  • Chapters 329-333 (331-335 in wideban)
    • Chapter 330 (332 in wideban)
    • Chapter 331 (333 in wideban)
    • Chapter 333 (335 in wideban)
  • Chapter 334 (329 in wideban)
  • Chapter 336
  • Chapters 338-340
  • Chapters 341-342
  • Chapter 345
  • Chapter 349
  • Chapter 352
  • Chapter 354
  • Chapter 355
  • Chapters 356-366

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