The 17 year old Matoi Ryuuko is the main character in the anime. She isn't very tall, she has short hair that reaches to her neck and unlike most "gifted" heroines has a normal physique. From first glance you can tell she's not the typical protagonist. She strugles to find the truth behind her fathers death. She inherits her fathers legacy a battle uniform made out of life fabers with the name Senketsu and a weapon in the form of a giant scissors. In the begining of her life in the academy Ryuuko gets the atention of everybody in it and finds herself a lot of enemies. Her closest and loyal friend is Mako which lives together with her family in the poorest district in town.