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Rioma is a character in the Twilight Princess manga by Akira Himekawa.[name reference needed]


Two years prior to the manga's events,[2] Rioma lived in a city that guarded the border of a desert.[3] He and the others boys within the city would practice sword fighting to defend Hyrule's borders when they grew up.[1]

Rioma is first seen dueling his friend Link.[4][5] Zeu approaches the boys and suggests stopping for the day.[6] Rioma complains that fighting Link is difficult because he is left handed,[7] with Link replying he would do the same right handed against him.[8] Darpa confronts Link and asks if he can really defend Hyrule with just a sword and skill against the demon thief.[9] Rioma questions what Darpa plans to do.[10] Darpa reveals his plans to acquire a sword stronger than magic, the Gaurof Sword.[11][12]. When he leads Rioma, Link, and Zeu to where the Gaurof Sword is kept, Rioma expresses his uncertainty, as they have been told not to go near it by parents and teachers.[13] Darpa snaps at him and says to go back if he is scared of getting in trouble.[14] While Darpa unsuccessfully tries to pull the sword,[15] Rioma tells him to give it up.[16] Rioma watches as Link tries to pull out the sword next. He succeeds, but the stone that the sword had been stuck in sucks Rioma, the city, and the other boys inside, leaving Link as the sole survivor.[17]

Wolf Link has a flashback in the manga's second volume where Rioma is shown with Darpa and Zeu.[18] He feels ashamed that they were unable to protect Princess Zelda and laments his own fate as a beast.[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "The boys practiced sword fighting every day with pride in their hearts."  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 139)
  2. "Two years ago..."  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 139)
  3. "My hometown was close to the desert-A city that guarded the border."  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 139)
  4. "You're shying away!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 139)
  5. "Throw yourself into it!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 139)
  6. "Let's stop for the day!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 140)
  7. "It's hard to fight Link! He's left handed!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 140)
  8. "I'd do the same right handed against you, Rioma!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 140)
  9. "You say you'll drive them all away?! One of them is a demon thief! Can you really defend Hyrule with just a sword? Don't get cocky just 'cause you've got some skill!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 140)
  10. "What about you then, Darpa?"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 140)
  11. "I have a plan. I'm gonna get a sword stronger than magic... The Secret Sword!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 140, 141)
  12. "Secret Sword? You don't mean the Gaurof Sword, do you?"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 141)
  13. "Let's not do this, Darpa. We've been told not to go near that since we were kids. By parents and teachers..."  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 141)
  14. "If you're scared of getting in trouble, go back!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 141)
  15. "Umph! Umph! Urgh! I can't pull it out!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 142)
  16. "Give it up!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 142)
  17. "... Everyone...Got sucked into the darkness. Why did I alone survive? I don't know!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 149)
  18. ""In the future, we'll defend Hyrule's borders!""  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 79)
  19. "Back home...I went through tough training so I'd be able to fight for my country in a crisis... We all...Believed that. But now the threat is real. I was supposed to protect her! But our home has disappeared... Our very lives have disappeared...And I stand before Princess Zelda not as a person...But as a beast!"  (Twilight Princess (Himekawa) (VIZ Media) pg. 79)