One of the most popular and memorable Street Fighter characters, this page lists Akuma's references in general pop culture ever since his introduction in Super Street Fighter II Turbo. This list also includes references to all the forms of Akuma (Shin Akuma, Oni etc.).
Street Fighter series Edit
- Akuma appears in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, sitting against a wall in Calcutta.
- Akuma also makes cameo appearances in many of the episodes of Street Fighter II V, often in the background interacting with the population.
- Magma Dragoon, a boss from Mega Man X4, who is a homage to the Ansatsuken-users of the Street Fighter series, has few similarities to Akuma in terms of:
- The bead structure on Dragoon's neck resemble that of Akuma's prayer beads.
- The "Heaven"/"Sky" symbol (天) is seen under Dragoon's chest, as opposed to Akuma's, whereas his symbol appeared on his back.
- In the console ports of Capcom's mecha fighting game, Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness, Emperor Death Satan pilots the Z-Gouki (Z standing for Zero), an extremely powerful mech based on Akuma. Z-Gouki (or also Z-Akuma) is only playable in the console versions of the game.
- Augus from Asura's Wrath shares some similar traits with Akuma; they both fellow a moral code of battle, they both desire a fight to the death and they never hold back when they are in a good fight against a worthy opponent.
Other Video Games Edit
- Akuma can be customized in Mortal Kombat Armageddon's "Kreate-A-Fighter" mode. His hair is listed as "Demon" in the game.
Comics and Manga Edit
Television and Animations Edit
- Akuma made an appearance in the South Park episode "Imaginationland, Episode II" on the evil side of Imaginationland.
- Akuma appeared in Season 1's second episode of Screwattack's web series Death Battle, where he battled and defeated Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat franchise. They fought on top of a tower, and even though Shang Tsung had the advantage over him when he transformed into him at the climax of the fight, Akuma managed pull through and kill Shang Tsung with the Shun Goku Satsu, releasing the souls he stole in the process.
- Akuma appeared in One Minute Melee, a spin-off series from Death Battle where he battled and defeated Kenpachi Zaraki from manga series Bleach three times. This fight appears to be a reference to Darth Vader vs. Adolf Hitler from Epic Rap Battles of History, where they rapped for three rounds until the feud was put to rest.
- In Round 1, they fought in a forested mountain area. Kenpachi is seen walking through the forest, and sees Akuma standing in his way. Kenpachi tells him to move, only for Akuma to react by challenging him to a fight. Towards the end, Kenpachi tries to finish Akuma, but Akuma blocks the attacks, disarms him, and ends the battle by launching Kenpachi into the air, whipping him with a Demon Armageddon, and kicking him so hard that he gets launched into the distance.
- In Round 2, they fought on a snowy mountain. Kenpachi is shown still flying from their previous encounter, and crashes on a huge rock before landing. Seeing Akuma, Kenpachi approaches him, telling him to prepare to die, only for Akuma to punch him in the face. Kenpachi takes off his eyepatch, while Akuma transforms into Oni. Towards the end, Kenpachi performs the double handed kendo, and slices a mountain in half. Not to be outdone, Oni leaps into the air and punches Kenpachi's face with a Misogi so hard, it sets off a massive burst of lava that takes up the missing half of the mountain, leaving Oni victorious yet again. After the fight, Kenpachi was shown being rescued from a lava flow by Yachiru Kusajishi.
- In Round 3, they fought in a forest with large trees where previous three battles Naruto vs. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro vs. Rurouni Kenshin , and Ichigo vs. Sasuke took place. Luffy, Zoro, and Ichigo are shown trying to find a way out of the forest. Oni emerges from the bushes, and challenges them to a fight. Kenpachi appears along with Yachiru, leaps down from the trees, and finally goes all-out by entering Bankai Mode to match Oni's power. Much like in the previous episode, Kenpachi demolishes the entire area by cutting down every single tree with his sword, and towards the end, he slices off Oni's left arm and cuts his right arm at the shoulder. At the end of the fight, Kenpachi performs a spinning attack to try and finish Oni, but Oni grabs him with his remaining arm, and outright kills the Soul Reaper with Wrath of the Raging Demon and kicks him into a tree, bringing an end to the feud once and for all. Luffy, Zoro, and Ichigo think they can finally get out of the forest. However, they see that the opening in the trees collapsed because of the damage done from the fight, and realize that they still can't get out. Much to the dismay of Zoro, who uses his swords to outright attack the camera in frustration.
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