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Ryona

Ryona (リョナ), is a Japanese term for a sexual complex where a character is, usually sexually, attacked or tortured, usually by another male or female character(s). The term "ryona" comes from "ryonanī" (リョナニー), a portmanteau of "ryōki" (猟奇, "Seeking the bizarre") and "onanī" (オナニー, masturbation).

Ryona as a fetish revolves around a victim being physically assaulted or psychologically abused by an offender; most common are female victims and typically content that does not revolve around one is categorized into a sub-genre of ryona. It differs from sadism in that it is a voyeuristic fetish with focus towards fictional characters, most commonly from popular media such as video games and comics. Characters from movies and TV series represented by live actresses are becoming more common as less stigma is attached to violence being inflicted to women in media. Because the fetish is very broad, it often incorporates other, more common, fetishes such as humiliation, rape, and BDSM depending on the preference of the individual. Often the victim is any combination of physically fit, well trained, or strong of will as many find ryona more appealing the greater the gap between the victim and offender's power or status.

In cases where the victim is male, it is often labeled as gyaku-ryona (逆リョナ). The Japanese term is typically used for content with a female assailant while the English term is often used to label content with a male assailant. The term reverse ryona is less commonly used, but generally implies content with a female assailant and a male victim.

When ryona is taken to the point of lasting physical harm resulting in bleeding or death, it is generally referred to as guro (グロ). The term was most likely derived from the word gore, defined as blood shed from a wound. Guro typically depicts realistic or highly exaggerated levels of violence and graphic content involving dismemberment and mutilation.

Ryona may also be tied to Vore or Vorarephilia depending on the context. Vore (捕食) is usually associated with creatures that swallow victims whole.

Another form of ryona is Onna Zako (女ザコ, "female cannon-fodder"), where the victims are weaker, generic female enemies or 'cannon-fodder'.

There have been several independent video production companies formed in the past decade that create content that specifically relate to ryona themes, most commonly women's wrestling (女子レスリング), mxed wrestling (混合レスリング), and superheroine peril.

Ryona video games
  • Dead or Alive series
  • Street Figter series
  • Mortal Kombat series
  • Soul Calibur series
  • Resident Evil series
  • Tomb Raider series


While there is no mainstream standard or guideline for what constitutes it, any video game that involves a female character being attacked could be categorized as a "ryona video game".

Ryona in animes, TV and movies
  • Any video clip, TV series or movie that features a female character attacked, beaten up or abused
  • Animes such as Agent Aika, Sailor Moon or any other anime that features a female character being assaulted, can be considered a Ryona anime.
  • Wrestling matches with female wretlers
  • Superheroine peril videos, TV series and movies


Ryona comics and fiction
  • Any comic or fiction that features a female character attacked, beaten up or abused
  • Catwoman comics
  • Supergirl comics
  • Wonder Woman comics
  • Power Girl comics


Further reading

Ryona in games
Understanding Ryona : Why?


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    Suggestion to help break down ryona:

    A) Degrees or Extremes. Light ryona being wrestling, fighting games, death moans. Extremes include vore, guro, rape, etc.

    B) Mainstream vs. Alternative ryona. The differences would be similar to light and extreme, just slightly different context.

    We could also do a "As seen in popular culture" section, showing examples of games and movies (Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Kill Bill, etc.)

    Yes, I could just start editing, but I don't want to make a mess of things, especially since this is *the* wiki entry people will be visiting.

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    Wikis are supposed to be a group thing so feel free to enter in whatever you want and don't be afraid to remove something that was already in there. It will keep a history of everything so if there are parts we like and don't like, we can pull them out later. Or you can start a new article for the as seen in popular culture idea you had.

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    it would be great if somebody would help writing this stuff. my english skills are not good enough for writing "good english" that the wiki would require

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    Almost all of the material on ryona is in reference to heterosexual men, with victims being highly feminine females. However, it is known that ryona fetish is having a number of woman admirers as well.
    Fetish itself does not force that victim must be female so basically there could be male ryona for homosexual men.
    Is there any data to support those claims, especially regarding the sexual preference? Because that sounds more like wild assumptions.

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    error: could not parse line

    do you mean evidence that women watch ryona? (heard from clanssd that his youtube channel had female viewers too and i think we are having at least one female user here)
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    do you mean that the fetish is 100% for heterosexual? (yes well i don't know whether gays watch males getiing beaten)

    shoud write that it's 100% heterosexual only fetish?
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    I...yeah, I really need to find time to start working on this, it needs some clean-up. Thanks to all who are contributing though! I'll try to help soon, onlinehero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onlinehero View Post
    error: could not parse line

    do you mean evidence that women watch ryona? (heard from clanssd that his youtube channel had female viewers too and i think we are having at least one female user here)
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    do you mean that the fetish is 100% for heterosexual? (yes well i don't know whether gays watch males getiing beaten)

    shoud write that it's 100% heterosexual only fetish?
    I would say scratch that part of the article entirely.
    First visual media is way more often consumed by males than by females, so that presumably Ryona is consumed mainly by males goes without saying. Then why do you need to be attracted to females to enjoy female Ryona, or likewise need to be attracted to males to enjoy male Ryona? I highly doubt that this stands in any correlation. The fact that the victim in Ryona situations is almost always female is already stated in the definition.

    About "Common misunderstandings":
    It should focus more on the difference between fantasy/fetish and real life, something like:
    "Ryona is a sexual fantasy/fetish and most people who have this fetish don't act differently in real life than people without this fetish, as it is the case with many other fetishes."

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    well personally i wouldn't enjoy seeing male ryona, lets say zangief ryona for example, no matter how sexy moans zangief would make. imo there is a correlation.
    i guess what i am trying to write is that ryona is not connected with misogyny or hatred or frustration of women (at least not in my case) and that the fact why victims are always females is that we are not gays :D

    you can scratch that part if you want. like i said earlier, im not good enough in english that i could write very understandable text.
    i'm not sure whether or not it's worth mentioning that males are not the only audience?
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    I always assumed ryona was about women and could be enjoyed by either gender. I also figured there was probably another fetish that was like ryona except with a male victim. Maybe there's an obscure forum out there somewhere full of women and a handful of men that enjoy watching dudes get beaten and raped. xD

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    Ryona is about a female victim. Preferences over sexuality aren't really up for debate. Males may like it for exhibitionism or imagining they are the ones inflicting the ryona (to put them in a dominant position). Females enjoying ryona I would imagine do so out of similar interests. They could put themselves in the dominant figure's position or that of the victim in a submissive role. Note that this does not imply BDSM subculture, this is about fantasy, BDSM is a lifestyle choice.

    Or, we could all just be sadists. I don't apply any sexual preference with ryona, the only criteria is that of a female on the receiving end of any perilous, painful or permanent situation imaginable.

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