Wikia

Okami Wiki

Rao

Talk5
657pages on
this wiki
This article is currently under construction right now, as we are
improving all other articles, and the wiki, along with it.

Rao
Rao
Priestess Rao
Gender Female
Race Human
Location Ankoku Temple
Sei'an City
Appearances Ōkami
Miss Rao really is an incredible person. She's actually head of Ankoku Temple on the edge of Ryoshima. But Queen Himiko commanded that she come here to serve as regent.

—Soldier

Rao (「ツヅラオ」?; Tsuzurao) is a character encountered in Ōkami. She was a priestess who was possessed by the Oni Island demon Ninetails.

Appearance

RaoGhost

Real Rao's appearance as a ghost guiding Amaterasu to the hidden path behind Ankoku Temple. Note her blue necklace and different hairstyle.

Rao is very beautiful, and as a result a large number of characters seem to be attracted to her. She has a large chest that is the focus of Issun's attention, causing Issun to nickname her "busty babe". She wears a nun's hood, a necklace of blue beads and a purple dress with a yellow sash. When Ninetails' impersonation has been revealed and she changes to her 'Evil Rao' form, her outfit changes as well. She gains a fox mask (「狐面」?; 「こめん」・"komen") and arm guards, and moves her hood back to allow space for her ears. She wields a smaller version of Ninestrike. The sword has a brush on the end of it, but she never uses it.

There are some obvious differences between the "Real Rao" and "Evil Rao" in terms of clothing: Although their outfit is mostly the same, Real Rao wears blue beads and shows both of her eyes, but Evil Rao wears red beads and covers one eye with her hair to conceal the fact that she is missing an eye. Also, if Evil Rao's shown eye is closely inspected, it has a beauty mark below it.

Personality

Not much of the real Rao's personality is revealed due to her death before Amaterasu gets a chance to meet her, but Evil Rao's impersonation was so accurate that nobody could tell the difference. Rao appears to be a kind-hearted and generous person who honors Queen Himiko and is very loyal in her position as Regent of Sei'an City. Most of the residents of the city have come to see her as a figure of hope and trust. However, she acts oddly in some instances, which later causes Amaterasu to discover her true identity (for example, she abandons Amaterasu and Issun when they are attacked by the Water Dragon).

Oddly, Rao does not seem to notice Issun's attraction to her. This may be because she is not used to the ways of humans.

Story

Notice icon2
Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow.
Notice icon2
Notice icon2
Spoilers end here.
Notice icon2

Quotes

  • "Melons?"
  • "I will honor my duty with my life!"
  • "H-Hey!"

Trivia

  • Rao is based on the Japanese legend of "Happyaku Bikuni" or "The Eight-Hundred-Year-Old Priestess" in English. This story is about a young girl who accidentally eats the meat of a mermaid, and when the girl reached adulthood she suddenly stopped aging and became near immortal. However, after marrying many times and outliving all of her families, she became a nun. After embarking on many pilgrimages to other countries, she returned to her home village and hid herself inside a cave to die.
  • Interestingly, Evil Rao's original Japanese name, Tsuzurao, is a pun that acts as a hint to her true identity. The name is actually a pronunciation of (「九尾」?; 「つづら.お」・"Tsuzura.o"; nine tails) when the kun'yomi pronunciation is used. On the other hand, the kanji phrase is more commonly known by the on'yomi pronunciation "kyūbi" (「きゅうび」?) with the same meaning. Also, "Tsuzura.o" is the pronunciation for 「九十九尾」(「つづら.お」?; ninety-nine tails).
  • It is noticeable that the real Rao was originally very strong, because many of the citizens in front of her home said that she had saved them, and that they wanted to thank her for her actions.
  • Rao is a different spirit from Yatsu and Raiden in terms of interactions with Amaterasu. Instead of talking to her about where her body has been dumped, she only silently guides the Sun Goddess to the site. This may due to the cause that she was never properly buried, or she is so much as a stoic and quiet person both in life and death that she would rather remain silent in her interaction.
  • In the Ōkami Official Complete Works, it is revealed that the real Rao would be reborn as a flower in front of the secret passage, near a grave which has been built for her remains. This event may occur sometime after Ōkamiden as the flower does not appear in the game.
  • In Ōkamiden, items belonging to the real Rao (ie: her blue bead necklace) can be found and returned to the new head priest of Ankoku Temple as a Manifest sidequest.
  • Even though Rao is actually the Demon Lord Ninetails in disguise, Amaterasu can still use Bloom to make "Rao" pet her. She also reacts to Power Slash and Cherry Bomb, like ordinary NPCs. It is likely that this was all part of her elaborate act.
  • The secret passage behind Ankoku Temple is gone in Ōkamiden, covered by a wall. Examining it will cause Chibiterasu's partner to wonder what is behind it.
  • Rao's veil is an ama zukin (「尼頭巾」?) a hair covering used by Buddhist nuns.
  • Rao appears to be wearing high-heels, which are a possible anachronism.

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki