Ryoji "Ranka" Fujioka is Haruhi's father. Ryoji is a professional cross-dresser and entertainer at an okama bar who goes by the stage name "Ranka," which is what he insists the hosts use when addressing him.
Ryoji is seen as kind, cheerful and loving. Ryoji shares these personality traits with Tamaki, as noted by the hosts, who believe this is the reason Haruhi can tolerate Tamaki's antics so well. Despite his alternative life-style, Ryoji is depicted as having been a loving and caring husband to his deceased wife, Kotoko; and a solicitous and doting father to his beloved daughter. Ryoji is also very caring of her, as seen in Ep 10 - A Day in the Life of the Fujioka Family! when Tamaki trips and falls on top of her and Ryoji easily picks him up off of Haruhi and slams him into the wall.
Ryoji is similar in height to Kyoya. As Ranka, Ryoji styles his long maroon hair and wears the outfit of a typical female office worker; as himself, he wears bandanas, tee-shirts and skinny jeans. In his flashbacks of ten years prior, he's shown with shorter hair.
Plot InvolvementRyoji's occupation is that of an enrtertainer at an okama bar. He claims that the reason for his cross-dressing stems from Kotoko's death and his subsequent declaration that he will never love another woman, thus casting aside his bisexual nature for a homosexual one. In one of the manga's omake, his meeting Kotoko is shown with Ryoji helping her out in a tough situation. He thinks of her as cool and is highly defensive of her, just as he is of their daughter, Haruhi.
In contrast to Haruhi, he lacks practicality and is rather bad with money, often splurging on clothing for Haruhi. In the anime, Haruhi states that he wants her to be more feminine, yet in the manga he is oblivious to gender nearly as much as she is, hence her androgynous wardrobe. The stubborn self-reliance of his daughter causes Ryoji to worry greatly a great deal about her and despite his efforts to be more involved in her life and help out as much as he can, she frequently rebuffs his efforts. However, the father and daughter clearly have a loving relationship where they care about and for one another. It should be noted that as Ranka, he is said to be prettier than Haruhi, even when she's dressed in feminine attire and has long hair.
There is a marked similarity in Ryoji's and Tamaki's comically naive natures, upon which several of the hosts comment after meeting Haruhi's father. Because of this, and because of Tamaki's obvious (but unacknowledged) love for his daughter, Ryoji considers the Host Club's president to be his rival and takes great delight in testing him to see if he is good for her.
In the manga, when Ryoji first meets Tamaki, he immediately notices Tamaki's attraction to Haruhi and, therefore, considers Tamaki a rival for Haruhi's affection and a too-early suitor for her hand. He calls Tamaki his "rival" in both the anime and the manga, and thinks to himself that if Haruhi was to choose one person to be with for the rest of her life, it should be Tamaki. When Tamaki and Haruhi are finally in a relationship, Ryoji is overjoyed about this and he thanks Tamaki.
As shown in one of the manga omake, Ryoji is shown to have developed a friendly relationship with both Yuzuru and Anne-Sophie, Tamaki's parents and even plan on a wedding arrangement for Haruhi and Tamaki's wedding
- Ryoji initially thought that Haruhi's crossdressing meant that she was rebelling.
- He is six years younger than his late wife.
- Ryoji was 19 years old when he first met Kotoko.
- Haruhi was born to Ryoji when he was 20 years old, as shown in a flashback at the end of Volume 03, when he was 27 and Haruhi was seven years old.