Charismatic Gourmet Hunter
|Birthday||May 25, 475 GA|
|Age||25 (start of the series);|
|Affiliation||Four Heavenly Kings;|
|Relatives||Ichiryu (adoptive father);|
Starjun (twin brother);
|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).
|“||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 a renowned, incredibly strong and skilled Gourmet Hunter and the titular main protagonist of the Toriko anime and manga series. He is one of the "Four Heavenly Kings," nicknamed "The Glutton" for his abnormally large appetite (as a food serving for 500 people could only get him 1/10 full), with his skill has allowed him to discover 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 husband of Gourmet Research Chief Rin (one of the IGO's highest-ranking officials), the adoptive father figure of a Battle Wolf named Terry Cloth (making him the only human known to have ever tamed a Battle Wolf), and 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 GOD from Acacia's Full Course Menu, the reputedly greatest main dish in the world, and hopes to add it to his own Full Course Menu while also preventing it from falling into the wrong hands, despite this ingredient being sought after by the brutal criminal organization 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. He has been vigorously training in order to enter and survive in its harsh environment and has also learned of the existence of many powerful warriors already capable of entering it. Currently, he's aiming to reach the great ingredient, GOD, that all of them enter Gourmet World to seek before it falls into the wrong hands.
Toriko is an extremely muscular and exceptionally tall 25-year-old man with somewhat messy blue neck-length hair. He has three scars running from his left ear to just under his left eye which he was born with. He has strong, angular facial features and somewhat catlike eyes.
Toriko is often seen wearing a tight muscle orange spandex jumpsuit consisting of tight spandex orange cargo pants with pockets on the legs, dark blue knee-high boots, a black belt, a thin tight muscle black t-shirt with a tight muscle orange sleeveless vest both tucked in, and a red armband on his left arm. Other times (mostly at his home) he is seen wearing a simple thin tight muscle short-sleeve white sleeveless t-shirt tucked in his short orange pants with sandals. 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 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 has two pockets on each leg and on his left arm, he wears a very large red armband which covers most of his arm and also the suit is much shinier.
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 time skip, 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.
Toriko possesses at least three Appetite Demons, 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 "Ogre" 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 the cause of Toriko's unique hair color.
Furthermore, a third demon resides within Toriko. This demon has only been directly acknowledged by the Red and Blue Demon once but has been shown thrice so far, once dining alongside the two on what appears to be a form of ancient Ark which Komatsu came across while delirious in the soul world and once when Guinness sniffed Toriko. The third time when the two others were discussing him after the Golden Can is opened in Area 2.
In the first instance, the third demon was shown to be pale, with black hair tied back in a ponytail and wings. He is large and muscular like the other two demons and wears black shorts. When sensed within Toriko by Guinness only his legs were shown, as he was standing beside the other two demons.
According to the other two demons, the original gourmet cell demon inside Toriko was the pale one, who shares Torikos' characteristic 3 scars on the left side of his face. Indeed it would seem that Toriko seems to have gained this physical trait from the demon, much like how he gained blue hair from the Blue Demon.
When the third demon wakes up the Blue Demon mentions to him that he should be careful, as Toriko's body was still not strong enough to survive him for even a second. This would put the third demon as the strongest of all by far, as Toriko could manage the Blue Demon for several attacks against Heracles even before he had ever eaten a single one of Acacia's dishes.
During the God Arc, as Acacia is keeping a hold of Toriko, the Heavenly King grips onto Acacia's hand, Acacia looks to Toriko and sees the presence of another Appetite Demon within Toriko and became frightful of the third Demon lurking in him, causing Acacia to throw Toriko away.
Toriko overflows with rugged manliness, a heavy eater and show-off drinker. He displays a wild sense of enthusiasm only towards what interests him and rarely towards what interests others. He can also be called relentlessly cheerful. 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 what 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. He has a very selfless philosophy and ideals, showing that he is a very intelligent and wise 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.
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 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: GOD.
When Toriko's Full Course Menu is finally cooked, Komatsu supplemented the menu with various foods from their journey and it is declared Toriko's and Komatsu's Full Course.
|Toriko's Full Course Menu|
|Hors d'Oeuvre||BB Corn Popcorn||35||Decided|
|Soup||Century Soup (Komatsu's version)||60||Decided|
|Meat Dish||End Mammoth||1200||Decided|
|Dessert||Rainbow Fruit Pudding||12||Decided|
|Drink||Billion Bird Egg||Below 1||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 on 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 Gerold's exquisite meat and both then set off for 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 horde 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 sometime 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
Toriko: Gourmet Academy
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.
|“||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, especially 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.
- 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.
- Of the Four Heavenly Kings, his Full Course Menu features 2 of Acacia's ingredients, GOD and AIR
- 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 sense of smell 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.
- It is revealed that Starjun is his twin brother and his father is none other than the great Gourmet God, Acacia and his mother is a Chef Goddess, Froese.
- On the 50th anniversary illustration of jump magazine revealing that Rin was pregnant with his child.
|Four Heavenly Kings|
|Four Heavenly Kings||Toriko • Coco • Sunny • Zebra|
|Animal Partners||Terry Cloth • Ob • Kiss • Quinn • Dharma Horse (temporary) • Octo-chan • Denshark (temporary) • Crabbus (temporary) • Turtloon (temporary) • Battleship Pufferfish (temporary) • Walrhouse (temporary) • Submarjack (temporary)|
|Support Group||0th Biotope • Aimaru • Brunch • Chichi • Chin Chinchin • Chiru • Chiyo • Damala Sky XIII • Gourmet Knights • Gourmet Yakuza • IGO • Jiji • Jiro • Johannes • Kaka • Komatsu • Livebearer • Mansam • Match • Melk the Second • Morijii • Pukin • Rin • Setsuno • Shokurin Temple • Shuu • Starjun • Takimaru • Teppei • Tom • Tylan • Underground Cooking World • Wabutora • Yuda • Yun|
|Related Articles||Toriko's Sweets House • Coco's House • Sunny's Helicopter • Full Course Menus • Allies|
|Known Gourmet Hunters||Acacia • Atashino • Brubo • Buchichupon • Chin Chinchin • Coco • Drunker • Guemon • Hatch • Ichiryu • Jiro • Makky • Manabu Sakamaki • Manan • Midora • Morijii • Nosh • Peck • Penpen • Rapp • Renalle • Ryoutei • Safla • Sakura • Shusaku Shirakawa • Starjun • Sunny • Thor • Toriko • Tsurara Mama • Yocchi • Zebra • Zen • Zongeh|
|Groups||Four Heavenly Kings • Gourmet Corp. • Gourmet Yakuza • Gourmet Knights • Hex Food Beast Knights • Underground Heavenly Kings|
|Related Articles||Combo • Animal Partner • Gourmet Cells • Full Course Menu • Knocking • Weapons • GT Robo • Bar Heavy Lodge • World Kitchen|
|Head Master||Chin Chinchin|
|Assistant Masters||Shuu • Koppowo • Wagon (deceased) • Chiyo (defected) • Susu|
|Locations||Shokurin Temple (main branch)|
|Disciples||Toriko • Komatsu • Chiru • Aimaru|
|Teachings||Food Honor • Food Immersion • Food Meditation|
|Ingredients||Bubble Fruit • Enamel Cabbage • Gratitude Cactus • Icefish Soumen • Rice Among Eggs • Rose Ham Flower • Torchorsetail|