I used to have JoEmZ or JoEmZ30 as a username in any account online. Upon reading the manga entitled Prince of Tennis, I switched to Ryozen. It was from the combination of the manga’s main protagonist named Ryoma Echizen. He’s ambidextrous, very skillful, stubborn and the most obvious of all, a short player. At the start of the manga, he was often underestimated because of his height. Little do they know that he’s very good in tennis. He would even play using his right hand in the first few chapters even though he’s left-handed. Small but terrible.
I can relate to Ryoma’s experience. When we transferred in Digos back in the 3rd grade, I was often teased by my classmates for being short. I have no problems with my height, I can’t do pretty much about it and I’m contented with my body, but I got annoyed for being teased many times. The teasing only stopped when the school year ended, after making it to the top of all grade 3 students. Everyone’s amazed. My Dad too (that smile captured in the photo where he put the medal on me says it all). I was happy because I never thought I can achieve something like that.
And by the time we graduated in elementary, I got the title for being small but terrible. =)