This “What if Person became Friends” meme originally belongs to MagicalKeyPizzaDan and is dedicated to everybody who entertains the thought of Inuyasha and Raymond being the strongest pair of brothers from other mothers ever. There is also a bit of Inuyasha x Ayame or InuAya and Raymond x Alex or Raylex sprinkled in here, considering that I am the biggest partisan of these two OTPs for life. Sit back, relax, and soak in Inuyasha’s and Raymond’s muscularly virile brand of brotherhood rich in big muscles, crushing throws, abundant respect, and super strong allegiance.
Take one powerfully ferocious dog Yokai Pankratiast and one handsomely dreamy bodybuilder/gym instructor and you get a friendship that is built on interpersonal strength, brotherly love, abundant encouragement, and oodles of positive vibes brimming between these two very strong men. Inuyasha’s sheer muscular brutality in his grapples, double axe handles, chokeholds, and submission holds as a Pankration fighter is an exceptional complement to Raymond’s chiseled yet imposing muscle mass in his submission holds, takedowns, body slams, body locks, and joint locks as a bodybuilder who also has some surprising Professional Wrestling skills. Inuyasha and Raymond would challenge each other physically and mentally to the point where they grow stronger as warriors and as men. When they are not attempting to beat each other into submission, they do enjoy the finer and simpler things in life such as reveling in each other’s company. Therefore, Inuyasha always gives Raymond loads of encouragement to improve as a fighter, while Raymond always fills Inuyasha’s days with abundant positivity and smiles galore.
Inuyasha and Raymond may be of the same age, given that their birth year is 1982 based on when the former’s anime was first released in 2000 and Totally Spies’s third season was released in 2004. However, Inuyasha was born on April 1, while Raymond was born on October 3. They may be six months apart, but Inuyasha acts like the formidable and encouraging big brother to Raymond’s cheery and optimistic younger brother. Furthermore, Inuyasha’s upbringing with Ayame’s grandfather and the wolf Yokai warriors ever since he was 8 years old, marriage to Ayame when he was 12, being a father to fourteen children from ages 13 to 19, and lengthy experience in Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Ancient Greek Boxing, Judo, Combat Sambo, Vale Tudo, and Kapu Kuialua make him more mature than Raymond’s relatively normal life as an ebony-haired, tan-skinned all-American bodybuilder, gym instructor, and muscle model who is also married to Alex one of WOOHP’s most energetic spies. Therefore, in video game terms, Inuyasha is the Ryu Hoshi and Kazuya Mishima to Raymond’s Ken Masters and Paul Phoenix.
Inuyasha’s and Raymond’s brotherhood was firmly established one snowy December 2004 in the Austrian Alps, which was the place where one of The Splendid Seven’s most legendary martial arts tournaments occurred. 23-year-old Sesshoumaru, 22-year-old Shuran 22-year-old Inuyasha 21-year-old Hakkaku, 21-year-old Ginta, 19-year-old Ayame, and 18-year-old Shunran fought against 45-year-old Ulrich Wernerstein and his four hulking bodybuilder goons. 22-year-old Raymond, who was cured of the Bulky Bars’ life-threatening effects, witnessed how Inuyasha’s Pankration skills were put to use, when he threw rear naked chokeholds, tracheal grip chokes, Superman punches, hammer fists, sleeper holds, hip throws, and Full Nelsons at select goons and Wernerstein himself. Raymond was in awe of Inuyasha’s strength, brutality, ferociousness, and fierceness with his attacks against Ulrich’s bodybuilder goons. When the match was done and The Splendid Seven won, Raymond excitedly congratulated Inuyasha to the point where he wanted to learn all of those moves and incorporate them into his regimen as a gym instructor.
Inuyasha being the Ryu and Kazuya to Raymond’s Ken and Paul has a lot to do with their personalities, fighting styles, and combat experience. Inuyasha is a hardened, determined, and brutish champion trained by Ancient Greek combatants, Hawaiian warriors, Russian wrestlers, and the wolf Yokai warriors from the North to the South in Pankration, Ancient Greek Wrestling, Ancient Greek Boxing, Kapu Kuialua, Combat Sambo, Judo, and Ssireum who consistently strengthens himself to be the best warrior he can be. Raymond is a charismatic, easy-going, and affable muscleman working as a gym instructor, professional bodybuilder, and muscle model who also has experience in Greco-Roman wrestling, submission wrestling, weightlifting, and strongman competitions and does his best to play fair. While Inuyasha’s combat experience in Pankration is lengthy, considering that he has been fighting professionally since he was 8 years old, Raymond’s is rather limited, and mostly does submission wrestling in his free time. Inuyasha’s warrior determination and Raymond’s charming affability go together in solidifying their brotherhood.
Challenging each other physically is what Inuyasha and Raymond would do to their heart’s content. Whether it is weightlifting, bodybuilding, strongman competitions, or sparring in old-fashioned Ancient Greek Pankration, nothing can knock these two musclemen down from achieving higher goals as combatants and as men. Inuyasha always conditions Raymond to see if his huge muscles can withstand his punishing blows by delivering a barrage of punches to his abdomen and liver while Raymond tries not to wince by standing very still with his fists clenched and breath held for as long as possible. In turn, Raymond always checks to see if Inuyasha’s bulging muscles and brutish fighting prowess can be used as counterattacks against his submission holds. For instance, if Raymond holds Inuyasha in a bone-crushing bear hug, Inuyasha would counter Raymond’s bear hug with a head trauma-inducing double axe handle. When they are not trying to maul each other with their radical wrestling moves, they also enjoy comparing each other’s muscle size, having bodybuilding pose-downs, and posing for Men’s Health magazine.
When it comes to being the bedrocks for their wives, Inuyasha and Raymond are the experts in doing so. Raymond would find it astounding that Inuyasha and Ayame got engaged, were married, and started a family while they were still very young. Inuyasha would always assure Raymond that Ayame was always the one person who consistently rooted for him even when the chips were down and is so blessed to have her as his wife, thanks to her strength and courage. Moreover, Inuyasha would remind Raymond that he is fortunate to have somebody as encouraging, enthusiastic, and energetic as Alex as his wife because she does champion everything that he has accomplished thus far as a bodybuilder, a gym instructor, and an overall man. While both Inuyasha and Raymond are the types of musclemen who enjoy flaunting their bulging muscles to their respective wives, Ayame and Alex, they are also men of honor who do everything in their power to provide a safe home for their wives and children as well as protect them from all harm. Thus, Inuyasha and Raymond are truly faithful husbands to Ayame and Alex.
Inuyasha’s and Raymond’s brotherly friendship transcends the thought of two very strong men being unconditionally loving toward each other like brothers. Inuyasha’s brute strength, magnificent muscles, and unparalleled combat prowess inspire Raymond to grow as a competitor and as a person. Raymond’s virile charisma as a bodybuilder, boundless approachability as a gym instructor, and handsome charm as a muscle model are what make Inuyasha see that there is more to life than glory and conquest. With Inuyasha serving as a big brother figure to Raymond, he can inspire him to use his strength to challenge himself as a combatant and never give up. Their brotherhood can see them pushing each other physically as combatants because they can give each other hard yet important lessons on resilience and tenacity inside and outside the ring. What also brings Inuyasha and Raymond together as brothers from other mothers is their undying devotion to their respective wives, Ayame and Alex, because they can show that they are staunch husbands and fathers who are the rocks of their families.
I hope you all enjoyed this, and I will see you in another installment revolving around Inuyasha’s and Raymond’s crossover brotherhood. Take care, stay safe, and never give up on your best bro for life, everybody.
Inuyasha from Inuyasha belongs to Rumiko Takahashi and Sunrise.
Raymond from Totally Spies belongs to Vincent Chalvon-Demersay, David Michel, and Marathon Media.