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I'm the one who killed Tem. Legoshi, if you pry any further... I'll kill you.
~ Riz after finding out that Legoshi knows he killed Tem.
His texture, his color, his wramth, his flavor.... they all make up my sweet adolescence.
~ Riz mourning after accidentally killing Tem.
...I wanted him to be my best friend... even now it's the only thought that occupies my mind.
~ Riz
Tem you put you life in a danger by spending time with me. And yet you weren't afraid to show me you smile... If I had thanked you for being with me, while you still alive, would that have make things different...?
~ Riz thinking about Tem

Riz is an antagonist of the BEASTARS series and the true killer of Tem the alpaca in Cherryton High. Although he was formally introduced in Chapter 58, he was revealed to be the killer as of Chapter 72 in the Murder Incident Solution Arc after Legoshi confronted him if he had murdered him. Later on, he had a dual with him until Chapter 97 when he was finally arrested.

Biography

Tem eventually found himself alone in the dressing room with his fellow clubmate Riz, a large, brown bear. Tem confronted him about his size and remarked how scary Riz was to him. Despite this, Tem showed nothing but curiosity in Riz, asking him about how his stature made him feel. This surprised Riz as most of their piers had only ever perceived him as being docile and gentle.

The two would eventually spend more and more time together, with Riz gradually opening up more about himself to Tem. This lead to Riz revealing his strength restraining pills to Tem, who suggested he be more open about them to their clubmates. This idea was swiftly refused by Riz who speculated showing the pills would only put distance between him and his fellow club members, so Tem instead proposed that they talked and spent more time together to help alleviate his friend from the side effects of his medication.

Drama Club (Arc)

Riz, wanting to show Tem his "true self", proposed a meeting with Tem in the evening. During the meeting, Tem remarked how Riz seemed a "bit off" which to Tem's horror, he admits to have stopped taking his medication.Before killing Tem, Riz had accidentally cut Tem's arm with his claws scream while Riz accident in horror telling him wait and chased him down the school. Initially frightening Tem, Riz mistook the fear as understanding him and eventually consumed him after refusing to take his pills. Riz reached out to Tem, unintentionally gashing his arm with his claws, causing Tem to flee in pain. Though Riz pursued him, Tem commented on his actions, lamenting that carnivores were nothing but monsters.

The overwhelming emotions that overcame Riz caused him to black out and lose control of his feral instincts. Though Tem resisted, he was no match for the carnivore. When Riz later regained his sense of self, he found himself drooped over Tem's lifeless body who he had mauled to death. Riz, covered in blood, with tears streaming down his face, then proceeded to eat what was left of his old friend, tricking himself that this outcome was only inevitable to cope over his lost friendship. Tem's remains were shortly discovered by the school the next day.

Murder Incident Solution (Arc)

Riz admits that he was so happy that Tem saw through his exterior facade the "monster" that was inside, that he felt so much affection for Tem for revealing his true insidious personality that he altered his memories to make them happier, but it seems that the event has gave him a taste for carnage. It has only advanced in recent chapters, to the point that he now sincerely believes that Tem wanted to be devoured and Riz eating him alive will make him his "best friend".

He has an extremely incredible strength, even when compared to other carnivores and has to regularly take force-limiting medications to make sure he keeps his strength under control. He stopped taking them in preparation for his big brawl with Legoshi.

He attacks Legoshi for investigating Tem's death and leaves before Legoshi can discover his identity. When he and Legoshi take Kibi to the nurse's office, Legoshi reveals that he knows that Riz is the one who killed Tem. They were about to have a fight to the death right then and there, but were stopped by Pina who decided to step in and tell that he now also knows about what Riz did, and blackmails him to leave them alone.

When Riz and Legoshi find themselves alone in the male drama club locker room, they decide to finish what they started. Riz decides to take Legoshi to the showers where blood stains will be easy to wash away. Due to the cleaning lady wondering why students are in the showers at a time when the showers are closed, they agree to duel at New Year's Eve under the Gazura Bridge.

When Riz arrives for the duel, he tells Legoshi that he killed Pina and smeared his blood on his hands and torso to make Legoshi angry so he won't hold back. Legoshi's incredible sense of smell reveals to him that Pina is alive and tied up in a dumpster with a gauged arm. After several smashings against the concrete, Legoshi could barely breathe and move so he tells Riz to take a break and hear what Riz has to say before Riz finishes him off. After having a heart to heart talk, Riz helps Legoshi get up so they can continue the fight. Legoshi notices that Louis has arrived to witness their duel so he takes off his jacket and throws it over Riz's head so he doesn't see where he and Louis run off to.

After about 15 minutes, Legoshi returns, but this time in "beast mode" due to him eating Louis's right foot. Seeing that Legoshi and Louis have established a genuine carnivore-harbivore friendship, Riz's spirit is broken and declares Legoshi the winner of the duel. Meanwhile, Pina managed to escape and called the police, who arrive just in time. Riz gets arrested and Louis apologizes for being a terrible upperclassman and never trying to notice how lonely he was. Riz gets sent to juvie while Louis is sent to the hospital and Legoshi is sent to the police station.

Revenge of the Love Failure (Arc)

Riz is current in Juvie with on juvie uniforms and Muzzle. Pina visit Riz twice a month see been doing keep him up to date with everything that is happening Riz ask Pina tell other why not here in Drama Club twice month but he didn't tell any one he just sucking up to Riz won't eat him when release soon he didn't his male friend wearing a muzzle Riz agree and thanks him for visit and they both seem to have become friends.

Appearance

Riz is large  build Brown bear with a height of over 6 cm. He wears the Although he generally has black beady eyes and a gentle expression, when enraged, his eyes open up. during duel confrontation with Legoshi, he wore a black sweatshirt, light jeans and light colored shoes. Riz wear juvile uniforms with muzzle on his mouth.

Personality

Riz at first glance appears to be a friendly and kind bear, hospitable to those around him. However, little do others know about his true personality. Since the murder of his best friend Tem. Riz displays his full capacity for cruelty after being revealed as the killer. From holding Pina hostage to almost outright eating him, Riz has no limits to frightening his victims.

Quotes

So you' re not...? Then I'll just have to silence you... permanently.
~ Riz
I thought this pillow was supposed to be sturdy.... what brothers me, though... I don't feel any shame from taking these pills every night.
~ Riz
Everyone around me thinks I'm just some friendly honey-loving bear. No knows the real me. No one... except him
~ Riz only one person saw real him.
His words... were sweeter than honey.
~ Riz to Tem.
Tem turned out to be right. After few days of trivial conversa-tion with Tem, I noticed that I've been eating less honey.
~ Riz
Do I... really need this...? I want to get closer to tem... I want him to see the real me.
~ Riz about show Tem real him.
Tem... ....Tem...?
~ Riz see dead body Tem
Under the piece of meat was a pool of blood... one me were marks made from desperate resistance.. Become a mere Illusion. The time I spent with him.
~ Riz
When you eat meat for the first time you'll be filled with so much guilt that you'll succumb to self-Harm ... I'm gonna take back my Adolescence!!
~ Riz
These aren't my old wounds!! They're my precious memories!! They're proof of my bond with Tem!! The only way I can break the special wall is by eating herbivores!!
~ Riz
Any more slander against my genuine friendship with Tem is unacceptable.
~ Riz
The bond of Carnivore and a Herbivore... by eating and being eaten, It's what I've always wanted. Did I need to match their desperation to have it for myslef...?
~ Riz
My heart been broken for past year, but now I feel like I can actually breathe now. I sugarcoated my memory of Tem, and I looked at the herbivore around me like they were food so I could protect myself from getting hurt... I was wrong about everything.
~ Riz
Pina Thank you.
~ Riz to Pina.

Trivia

  • Riz is heavily hinted at being gay, and was most likely attracted to Tem, much like how Legoshi is attracted to Haru. However, unlike Legoshi, Riz let his instincts control him and kill the person he loved.
  • Riz was introduced as a background character (standing next to Kai) during the slight beginning of Episode 8 in the anime.
  • It is thought that he fully resembles a Grizzly Bear due to his small details from his appearance throughout the Manga version and the Anime version.
  • It is also thought that Riz may be a nocturnal bear while protecting his herbivore friends from danger, along with other large carnivores next to him during the festival blackout in Episode 8.
  • The whole fact that he accidentally killed Tem is made tragic by the certainty that all bears are now forced to take medications that limit their strength when they grow beyond 200 centimeters in height. These come with terrible side effects. Tem's friendship made Riz think he could manage without his pills. Riz remembers that Tem accepted him exactly as he was and remembers them hugging each other, before his memory screws up, after having Tem annihilated.
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