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That's wacky time!

–Tasumi's catchphrase

Tasumi Tsujino[3] is a minor character in The Replacements. She is Riley Daring's best friend, who is of Japanese descent.

Official character description

"Riley's best friend. Tasumi claims to be part of a crime-fighting family called GO-HI-BOTS, but we're not really sure. She keeps an enemies list."[3]

Biography

Tasumi is known for wearing pink metal battle armor and a helmet that covers the top half of her face. She claims her family is part of a crime-fighting team (a parody of Power Rangers/Super Sentai). It is unclear whether Tasumi's friends believe her, or if they are just playing along; in "Tasumi Unmasked", Riley is unaware that her battle armor is just a Halloween costume, so it is implied to be the former. She also has a list of people she hates. Riley is either on or off it throughout the series.

In the episode "Best Friends For-Never?", it is revealed that Riley first meets Tasumi in a broom closet when she was new at school and tried to get to homeroom but got lost. Tasumi hid in the broom closet because she split her armor and was embarrassed, but Riley fixed it with the duct tape her father made her carry.[4]

In the episode "Tasumi Unmasked", it is revealed that Tasumi is in fact a Japanese pop star. She moved to Pleasant Hills in order to escape the constant adoration of her fans and live a peaceful life, as Pleasant Hills was voted as the least culturally aware town in the world and she believed that no one there would recognize her. However, in order to make sure that no one recognized her, she wore a costume from a popular anime and used details from that anime in order to get a new history. That's the reason she always referred to things such as fighting giant monsters and so forth, but in reality, she did not do anything of that sort. When her fans found out about this, she moved back to Japan for two weeks to record a new album until Riley replaced her band members with orangutans and she got kicked out by her new orangutan members because she had thumbs (which is an error of the writers, as orangutans actually do have thumbs). She came back to Pleasant Hills with Riley and no longer wears her armor, dumping it in the garbage.[5] In "Irreplaceable", she inexplicably still has her armor, and she reverts to her old persona when she infiltrates Fleemco's headquarters.[6]

In "The Truth Hurts", she passes on a note in the classroom that asks Jacobo if she liked him and was crushed when he signed maybe.[7] They start dating in "Irreplaceable".[6]

Personality

Tasumi acts as Riley's foil. She is the voice of reason when Riley obsesses over something. Like Riley, she is a big Dustin Dreamlake fan. Throughout the first season, Tasumi encourages Riley to take the initiative when it comes to Johnny.

After Tasumi throws her armor away, she removes the crime-fighting action hero act and starts acting like a normal kid. Though in "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular 5", she does never get simple jokes.

Appearance

Official artwork

Tasumi is a girl of Asian descent with light skin and almond-shaped eyes. She has long black hair and freckles on her face. Tasumi has lipstick on when she is not wearing her helmet.

For the first season and half of the second season, Tasumi wears her pink battle armor and a blue-colored wig. If she has to wear formal clothes, she wears it over her armor. Starting in "Tasumi Unmasked", she wears a lime green collared shirt with a blue-green vest, a blue skirt with green lines, and black shoes. She also wears a emerald bracelet on her left part of her arm.

In "Late Night with Todd & Riley", she wears a blue and black cat pajamas; she still wears her helmet and battle boots. Before "Tasumi Unmasked", this is the only time she is seen without her armor.

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References

  1. "Riley's Birthday"
  2. "Halloween Spirits"
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Characters". Disney Channel. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  4. "Best Friends For-Never?"
  5. "Tasumi Unmasked"
  6. 6.0 6.1

    "Irreplaceable"

  7. "The Truth Hurts"
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