Charismatic Gourmet Hunter
|Birthday||May 25th, 475 GA|
|Age||25 (start of the series);|
|Affiliation||Four Heavenly Kings;|
|Relatives||Ichiryu (adoptive father);|
|Game||Toriko: Gourmet Survival|
|Japanese||Takashi Kondo (In OVAs);|
Ryōtarō Okiayu (TV Anime & Movie)
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This is article is about the character, for other uses, see Toriko (Disambiguation).
Toriko (トリコ Toriko) is the main protagonist of the manga and anime series, Toriko. He is a Bishokuya with an abnormally large appetite (as a food serving for 500 people could only get him 1/10 full). He is known as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" (四天王, shitennou), and his nickname is "The Glutton". He is an incredibly skilled Bishokuya, having discovered more than 2% of the approximately 300,000 known ingredients worldwide, that's more than 6000 varieties. He is also the adoptive father figure of a new born Battle Wolf pup named Terry Cloth and is the only human known to have ever tamed a Battle Wolf. He is currently seeking the fabled holy ingredient from Acacia's Full Course Menu, GOD, which is said to be the greatest main dish in the world and hopes to add it to his own Full Course Menu, despite that this ingredient is also being sought after by the brutal criminal organization, the Bishokukai and many other powerful figures. He is currently in a Combo with Komatsu.
While a powerful warrior in his own right, Toriko's recent endeavors have been mainly focused on entering the vicious Gourmet World and has been doing all in his power to train to the max in order to enter and survive in its harsh environment, he has also learned of the existence of many powerful warriors already capable of entering it and is doing all he can to surpass them in hopes of reaching the great ingredient GOD that all of them enter Gourmet World to seek before it falls into the wrong hands, for if such an event were to occur the results would be catastrophic.
Toriko is an extremely muscular and exceptionally tall 25 year old man with somewhat messy blue hair reaching down to the back of his neck. He has three scars running from his left ear to just under his left eye. He has strong, angular facial features and somewhat catlike eyes. When meeting the national treasure Setsuno, she made Toriko use Knocking Master Jirou's hairstyle if he wanted to eat the Century Soup.
He is often seen wearing an orange jumpsuit with a blue shirt and boots and it's his most commonly preferred attire (in a cover of the manga it is shown that he also has a purple variant of this suit). Other times (mostly at his home) he is seen wearing a simple white t-shirt and short orange pants with handles. When enraged, Toriko's appearance becomes more animalistic and vicious. His canine teeth appear longer and sharper, his eyes become blurry, his face gets tighter, his veins bulge and twitch, and his muscles expand and tighten up more than usual. When going out to eat at formal restaurants, Toriko dons on a tuxedo and combs his hair, giving him a more refined appearance. During melk stardust arc he was wearing a slightly different jumpsuit with ripped edges on the shoulders and on the undershirt, it has two gold studs on each shoulder starp, the collar is much larger than on the pervious suit, the trouser now have two pockets on each leg and he has removed the bandages on his left arm and now has a very large red arm band which covers most of his arm and also the suit is much more shiny.
His intimidating aura takes the form of a giant, male Hannya-like demon with bright red skin, horns, white hair, black eyes with yellow pupils, sharp fangs and a large tongue which always hangs from its mouth as if seemingly always hungry. Whenever Toriko falls into an unconscious state, his Gourmet Cell-fueled instincts manifest in the form of this beast right before his body begins Autophagy.
PersonalityToriko has a personallity of rugged manliness, eating heavily, burping, farting, drinking, showing off, and displaying a wild sense of enthusiasm only towards what interest him and rarely towards what interest others. Many define him as a glutton. He also has an obsession with perfection when it comes to the food he serves.
Despite having a huge appetite and massive power, Toriko makes it a rule not to indiscriminately kill and eat any animal; he only kills animals that he decides to eat and will often opt to use Knocking, Intimidation or other means of repelling animals he does not intend on eating. He has a keen sense of smell (better then a police dog) and a high level of knowledge about many different species of life, their behavior, and habitats. Toriko believes that no species of life, regardless of its existence, should be brought to extinction, as shown when he takes only a single Rainbow Fruit from the 8th Biotope's garden so as to not endanger the Troll Kongs way of life, as well as his disapproval of Zebra's behavior of hunting multiple species to extinction. His general behavior with other people is friendly and charismatic. Yet at the same time, in the heat of battle, he is capable of displaying a wild, animal-like aggression to the point of manifesting his killing intent as an illusionary Hannya-like demon. He is extremely brave and rarely shows any signs of fear.
Toriko's dream is to create the perfect Full Course Menu with only the best ingredients comprising it. His skills as a Bishokuya have helped him capture many high-class ingredients but he has yet to find (and taste) enough ingredients he can deem worthy enough to be placed in and complete his Full Course Menu, stating that there are still many ingredients in the world that he has yet to taste. He intends to find GOD, the greatest ingredient of the world, and is reserving a place for it in his menu as the main dish. Despite being a hunter, Toriko is a caring, compassionate person. He is quite protective of his two main partners, Komatsu, and Terry. He is very particular about the foods in his Full Course Menu, wanting it to be the best, he picks only the rarest, most delicious foods he discovers to serve in his meal. He also puts much faith in his partners, believing that Terry can surpass his own strength when she needs to. He also puts his faith in Komatsu's cooking abilities, allowing Komatsu to have the last drop of the Century Soup, believing that Komatsu will the be able to replicate the recipe. After forming a Combo with Komatsu, Toriko has decided to pick those ingredients for his Full Course Menu that accept both him and his partner.
Toriko also seems to enjoy testing his strength, such as when he destroyed a gigantic boulder to test the strength of his Nail Punch and when he got excited at the idea of fighting Tommyrod, a Bishokukai Sous Chef, as it was his first opportunity to fight a Sous Chef who would use his full strength. He has also recently stated the desire to fight the beast that possesses the Capture Level of 100.
Full Course Menu
Toriko seeks to create the ultimate Full Course Menu and only chooses what he considers to be the best of the best ingredients and is always careful about what foods he'll add to his menu. His desired Main Dish is Gourmet God Acacia's Main Dish, the ultimate ingredient in the world, one that is sought after by the most powerful men in the world.
|Hors d'Oeuvre||BB Corn||35||Decided|
|Main Course||GOD||Immeasurable||Yet to Obtain|
- Toriko's name is spelled Torico in cover of chapter 134.
- When asked about Toriko's capture level in an interview for Weekly SHONEN JUMP Alpha, Shimabukuro stated that he himself doesn't know the exact capture level as Toriko is getting stronger and stronger.
- When asked to clarify how different it is for Toriko to be fighting a person rather than a monster, in an interview for Weekly SHONEN JUMP Alpha, Shimabukuro replied: "When Toriko is fighting a person, he has emotions. When he is fighting creatures, he would never feel an emotion like anger. Generally, Toriko only feels gratitude toward his food."
- Toriko's clothes bear a striking resemblance to those worn by Son Goku, the main protagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise. Curiously, Toriko's huge appetite is also similar to Goku's.
- Shimabukuro stated in an interview for Weekly SHONEN JUMP Alpha that if Toriko was friends with another Jump hero, it would be Goku. However, Toriko has also become friends with Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece in a crossover done by both of their manga artists.
- Also, Goku was the inspiration of many later Jump heroes including Toriko, Monkey D. Luffy and Naruto Uzumaki.