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Riz (リズ, Rizu?) is a secondary character in Beastars, and the main antagonist of the Murder Incident Solution arc. He was a student at Cherryton Academy and a member of the drama club.

Appearance

Riz is a light gray-brown bear, his height being approximately 2 meters. He has been seen wearing different costumes throughout the series, such as his school uniform which is composed of a white shirt, with a pair of overalls and black shoes. He has also been seen wearing a sweater during his stay with companions of the same species in his dorm room.

During his confrontation with Legoshi, he wore a black sweatshirt, light jeans and light colored shoes.

Personality

Riz appears to be a kindhearted individual, who was very loved and respected by his classmates. However, he has a hidden corrupt side. Beneath the innocent facade, Riz is a cruel, cold-blooded murderer.

Unconsciously, he slaughtered Tem, his close friend, when he refused to take his government-mandated strength reduction medication, thinking he wouldn't need it.

Unable to cope with the guilt of killing his best friend, Riz develops a twisted perception of reality where Tem not only consented to being eaten, but was actually happy about it. He views the act of eating as a "celebration of life" and believes the most honest friendship a carnivore and herbivore can have is one where one devours the other.

Riz's brutality is increased as the story progresses, with him willing to kill and intimidate anyone who discovers the truth about what he did. He cares little for the personal boundaries of others, shown when he sucked Pina's fingers and caused him to believe he would be killed.

Trivia

  • Riz can be seen standing in the background with the other drama club members in Episode 1 in the anime as they discuss Tem's death.
  • Riz was introduced as a background character (standing next to Kai) during the beginning of Episode 8 in the anime.
  • Riz may be able to see in the dark, as he was shown protecting his herbivore friends from danger along with other large carnivores during the festival blackout in Episode 8.
  • Because he is over 2 meters tall, he is forced to take government-mandated pills that decrease his physical strength. These give him severe headaches.
  • He has a distinctive love of honey, which helps him deal with his headaches.
  • He enjoys cooking and often cooks for his roommates.
  • It is thought that he fully resembles a Grizzly Bear from his appearance throughout the manga version and the anime version.
  • After eating Tem, he lost his sense of taste and was unable to enjoy eating regular food.

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Beastars Characters
Main characters LegoshiHaruLouisJunoJackGohin
Secondary & recurring characters ElsBillAobaTaoCollotDurhamMigunoVossLegomTemRizSheilaPinaSanuIbukiFreeGoshaYahyaOgmaSevenSagwanSanKyuu
Antagonists MizuchiBillShishigumiChief LionRizMelonYahyaIbuki
Minor characters Mizuchi's BoyfriendKaiDomCosmoUtsugiRokume
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