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 [games]Tomb Raider series[/games] 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 [HR][/HR][games]Ryona in games[/games] Understanding Ryona : Why?