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Toriko

Toriko post-time skip

Toriko US

Name
Japanese トリコ
Romanized Toriko
English Toriko
Aliases The Glutton;
Charismatic Bishokuya
Profile
Race Human
Gender Male Male
Birthday May 25th
Age 25 (start of the series);
29 (Post-Timeskip)
Status Alive
Height 220 cm
Weight 230 Kg
Blood Type O
Professional Status
Affiliation Four Heavenly Kings;
Rin (fiancée)
Occupation Gourmet Hunter
Partner Komatsu;
Coco;
Sunny;
Zebra
Personal Status
Relatives Ichiryu (adoptive father)
Pets Terry Icon and Ob
Debut Appearance
Manga Chapter 1
Anime Episode 1
Game Toriko: Gourmet Survival
Voices
Japanese Takashi Kondo (In OVAs);
Ryōtarō Okiayu (TV Anime & Movie)
English Ian Sinclair
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This is article is about the character, for other uses, see Toriko (Disambiguation).
If a plate of food is put in front of me, I won't leave any left even if it kills me.


Toriko (トリコ) is the main protagonist of the Toriko anime and manga series. He is a Gourmet Hunter 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", and his nickname is "The Glutton". He is an incredibly skilled and famous Gourmet Hunter, having discovered roughly 2% of the approximately 300,000 varieties of known ingredients worldwide, which is around 6000 varieties. Toriko is also notable for having a close connection, partnership and affiliation with many of the world's most influential individuals, such as being the combo partner of chef Komatsu (one of the top 100 chefs in the world), the adopted son and apprentice of IGO President Ichiryu (alongside the other Four Heavenly Kings), the fiancée of Gourmet Research Chief Rin (one of the IGO's highest ranking officials), the adoptive father figure of a new born Battle Wolf pup named Terry Cloth (making him the only human known to have ever tamed a Battle Wolf), and he is a close ally and friend of the leaders of both the Gourmet Knights (a noble order of Gourmet Hunters) and the Gourmet Yakuza (one of the world's most notable criminal organizations).

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 Gourmet Corp. and many other powerful figures.

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.

Appearance

Toriko is an extremely muscular and exceptionally tall 25-yr-old man with somewhat messy blue neck-length hair. 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.
Toriko's Expressions

When meeting the national treasure Setsuno, she made Toriko use Knocking Master Jiro's hairstyle if he wanted to eat the Century Soup.

Toriko's New Look
Toriko is often seen wearing a tight muscle orange jumpsuit consisting of tight spandex orange cargo pants with pockets on the legs, dark blue knee-high boots, a black belt, a tight muscle black t-shirt with a tight muscle orange sleeveless vest both tucked in, and a red arm band on his left arm. 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. 


Toriko without shirt

During Melk Stardust Arc, he wore a slightly different jumpsuit with ripped edges on the shoulders and on the undershirt. It had two gold studs on each shoulder strap and the collar is much larger than on the previous suit. The trouser now have two pockets on each leg and on his left arm he wears a very large red arm band which covers most of his arm and also the suit is much more shiny.

During his journey through the Sand Garden, Toriko wore white middle eastern-like desert clothes to protect himself against the sun, which included a beige turban and a cape.

After the timeskip, no major changes occurred with Toriko's appearance. During AIR Arc, when Toriko's Blue Demon came out of his body, Toriko's scars on his left cheek slightly became longer and his hair temporarily returned to its original black color until the Blue Demon went into his body again.

Appetite Devils

Red and Blue Devils

Toriko with his Red and Blue Demons.

Toriko possesses at least two Appetite Devils, one red and blue, who are sentient manifestations of his appetite and red and blue Gourmet Cells. These two beings are simply referred to as the "Red Demon" and the "Blue Demon" and have distinct appearances and personalities from that of their host and themselves. The Red Demon resembles a more ferocious version of Toriko, and also resembles something akin to a male Hannya-like demon with dark red skin and white hair, while Toriko's Blue Demon resembles a more sinister version of himself with dark blue skin, black markings and a few spikes and horns on its body. The Blue Demon also has blue hair exactly like Toriko's and it is apparently the cause of Toriko's unique hair color.

Image Gallery

Personality

GalalaGatorMarbledFat

An example of Toriko's gluttonous personality.

Toriko has a personality of rugged manliness, eating heavily, 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 highly advanced sense of smell and a high level of knowledge about many different species of life, their behavior, and habitats, as well as knowledge on other important fields that may prove useful in the wild or while hunting, and he has a very selfless philosophy and ideals, showing that he is a very intelligent and wise individual.
Toriko getting Rainbow Fruit

Despite his gluttony, Toriko is an incredibly charitable and selfless individual.

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 Gourmet Hunter 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.
Toriko - 02

When in battle, Toriko is known to become incredibly feral.

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 Gourmet Corp. 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.

Toriko's Full Course Menu
Course Course Ingredient Capture Level Status
Hors d'Oeuvre Hors BB Corn 35 Decided
Soup Soup Century Soup 60 Decided
Fish Dish Fish Dish Undecided
Meat Dish MeatDish Undecided
Main Course MainDish GOD (yet to acquire) Unknown Decided
Salad Salad Undecided
Dessert Dessert Rainbow Fruit 12 Decided
Drink Drink Billion Bird Egg Unknown Decided


Appearances in other Media

Toriko Oneshot 2002

Toriko made his first original appearance in the pilot for the Toriko manga Oneshot 2002 which was released in January 23rd 2002. In it Toriko is a pro Gourmet Hunter (much like in the current story) who has been hired by Komatsu to help capture the fearsome Baron Bison. During his fight with the Baron Bison, this vicious beast managed to give Toriko his three distinctive scars with its whip-like tail. The plot of Oneshot 2002 greatly mirrors that of the Galala Gator Arc and may have inspired said arc.

Toriko Oneshot 2007

In Oneshot 2007 the second pilot chapter, Toriko is an experienced gourmet hunter traveling the world with his friend and steed Terry Cloth. In the story, he is sought out by a young man named Komatsu who comes from a small village that was recently attacked by the bird beast Gerold and he seeks to hire Toriko to slay the beast. Toriko agrees to the request in order to taste the Gerold's exquisite meat and both then set off for the Gerold's location. After finally finding the beast, Toriko is able to deal with it but soon realizes that the Gerold was forced out of its habitat by a stronger creature, the Mammoth Bear. Toriko then seeks it out before it destroys the local region and to also be able to get a chance to eat it himself. Toriko, Komatsu and Terry then set off for the Mammoth Bear's location but are eventually overrun by a large hoard of beasts. Terry faces off against all the beasts in order to give Toriko and Komatsu an opportunity to reach the Mammoth Bear's nest. When they finally reach it they are faced with its intimidating and giant presence which leaves Komatsu horrified and Toriko eager for a fight. After a brutal battle, Toriko is able to defeat the Mammoth Bear and by doing saves Komatsu's village. After a heavily wounded Terry returns, Toriko and Komatsu part ways with plenty of food in hand and Toriko sets off to seek out new adventures.

Toriko Jump Special

The Toriko Jump Special was an OVA animated for Shonen Jump's 2009 anime tour and it was the first time Toriko was seen in an animated format. The OVA is an animated adaptation of the Galala Gator Arc which stays mostly faithful to the manga until the near end where the fight between Toriko and the Galala Gator is extended and it becomes more graphic and violent, and ending with Toriko using a Nail Punch on the Galala Gator, blowing it to bloody bits.

Toriko 3D Movie

In Toriko's first film Toriko 3D Movie: Kaimaku! Gourmet Adventure!!, which takes place some time before the events of the manga and anime (and is based mostly on the events of Oneshot 2007), Toriko is still keeping a low profile whilst exploring the world for ingredients. During the story he is confronted by a young boy named Peck who pleads Toriko to help him save his village from the fierce bird beast Gerold.

One Piece x Toriko Crossover

Manga

Anime

Toriko: Gourmet Academy

In the manga spin-off Toriko: Gourmet Academy, a younger version of Toriko appears as a student at Gourmet Academy who is as much of a glutton as ever and is best friends with fellow student Komatsu.

Toriko: Gourmet Survival

In his video game debut Toriko: Gourmet Survival, Toriko, along with Komatsu, Coco and Sunny are hired by the wealthy millionaire Fond De Bohno to capture ingredients for him on the dangerous Megamori Island.

Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2

In Toriko: Gourmet Survival 2, Toriko and Komatsu are once again hired by Fond De Bohno to help him capture ingredients in the even more fearsome region of Gattsuki Continent, where beasts from around the world and all capture levels reside.

Toriko: Gourmet Monsters

In Toriko: Gourmet Monsters, Toriko and Komatsu take part in the Gourmet Royale beast bouts and visits several locations around the world looking for the strongest beasts they can find and tame for the bouts. Along the way, a legendary species of beast that once almost destroyed the planet's ecosystem in ancient times has somehow been revived and Toriko and the other Four Heavenly Kings are called in to deal with the reborn Death Gores.

Quotes

There's no time like the present, and any time afterwards is the wrong time.


If I don't want to eat it, I will not kill it. If I kill it, I will eat it! That's my rule!


Anime and Manga Differences

  • During his introduction in the Jump Festa OVA, Toriko's shirt was white, while in the manga it is orange (this can be clearly seen in the colored cover of chapter 6, where Toriko's first outfit is displayed).
  • Toriko's outfit changes many times during the different story arcs, something that the anime does not show up so often, specially during the first arcs.
  • All instances of Toriko's bleeding were removed in the anime due to its target audience being much younger than the manga's. In the anime, Toriko's battle with Tommyrod during the Century Soup Arc is also severely toned down, with all instances of blood removed. Instead it is explained that Toriko's blood freezes before he is able to bleed. Also of note is that all references to Toriko being a smoker and his liking for Cigar Trees are completely removed in the anime. This is also true for several other characters who are smokers.

Trivia

TorikoCADPostTimeskip

Toriko's CAD (Post-Timeskip).

Toriko CAD

Toriko's CAD (Pre-Timeskip).

  • Prior to the time-skip, Toriko scored an 8 in Power, 5 in Speed, 7 in Intelligence, 10 in Appetite and 5 in Special Abilities on his Capture Ability Data of Volume 4, by the events of Regal Mammoth Arc.
    • After the time-skip, Toriko's power has greatly risen, now having a 10 in Power, 7 in Speed, 8 in Intelligence, 10 in Appetite and 10 in Special Abilities.
  • He ranked 1st in the first Popularity Poll with 3373 votes.
  • He has the most attacks and techniques of the Heavenly Kings.
  • He is the first character to show a Full Course Menu.
  • Toriko's name is spelled Torico on the 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 and Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star franchise. Curiously, Toriko's huge appetite is also similar to Goku's and the scent of Kenshiro Kasumi's from Fist of the Blue Sky.
  • 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.

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