Oro, as he appears in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition
|Likes||Women, Sleeping, Training, Fighting strong opponents|
|Dislikes||Weaklings, Being bored|
|Hobbies||Can lift boulders telepathically, going to movie theaters, guiding crews and people through the Amazon|
|Moveset||Niou Riki, Nichirin Shou, Oni Yanma, Jinchuu Watari, Hitobashira Nobori, Kishin Riki, Kishin Tsui, Yagyou Dama, Yagyou-Odama, Tengu Stone, Tengu Midareishi|
|First game||Street Fighter III|
- "If you train for another 81 years you might become a good Sennin.... Ho, ho, ho!"
Oro (オロ Oro) is a video game character in the Street Fighter series. He first appeared in Street Fighter III and is voiced by Kan Tokumaru in New Generation and Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact and by Takashi Matsuyama in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. "Oro" in Spanish means "gold", likely referring to his skin color.
Oro is an ancient hermit who has thin black hair, golden skin, crimson eyes that glow light blue during battle and is barefoot. A magic spell binds one of his arms and he normally fights one-handed, but he can dispel its effects and pull out the other arm at any time.
Oro has a casual and eased disposition with a lighthearted wile and whimsy, especially towards the ladies. Although a hermit, he is not antisocial, as shown through his hobbies of touring and leading people through the Amazon, and enjoys the company of his pets. He also possesses a witty insight and humbling sense of humor and wisdom.
Oro's quotes hint that in his younger days, he was once a devoted and spirited warrior like Ryu, with the pride of a champion akin to Dudley, though his pride also seemed to have got him into trouble, and may be responsible for him becoming a hermit. Oro is also considerably modest, only considering himself a novice of his style.
As such, Oro is not without a sense of justice or a need to humble those extremely proud and boastful of their talents, such as Urien. In addition, in his conversation before his duel with Akuma, Oro was visibly concerned as to how a violent and disturbingly aggressive individual expressed themselves as the "master of the fist", and was eager to show him how truly distant the path to mastery really was.
Due to his amazing abilities, Oro naturally enjoys fighting against strong opponents, and finds those lacking exceptional aptitude and refinement boring, though he also does enjoy the simpler comforts of life, and often searches for ways to pass the time.
Oro is an ancient, mysterious hermit who seeks a fighter that is worthy to inherit his fighting style. He is of Japanese descent and hails from the Amazon Jungle, where he lives in a cave with his many pets, including a turtle and a dog. Oro made his living as a martial arts instructor in Japan in his younger days, and moved to Brazil with a friend in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, over time, his life in Brazil wasn't going very well and he eventually became a recluse. During his retreat from society, Oro spent much of his time practicing and learning the secrets of an esoteric martial art called Senjutsu, and finally after several dozens of years, Oro had mastered it.
Oro occasionally leaves his cave and visits town. Out of boredom, he embarked on a journey (traveling the world atop a jumbo jet) to seek out the ideal successor to his Senjutsu style. This was the first time he left Brazil since he moved there.
Though disputed whether canon or not, he defeated Ryu in the 3rd World Warrior Tournament (during Second Impact), but then leaves the tournament in search of him, seeing him as a potential successor. He eventually finds Ryu and begins observing and aiding the young warrior's training, all while remaining undetected.
Ibuki fights Oro as a test to pass her ninja school graduation exam. Oro was disappointed at first because he thought she was asking him for a date.
Around the end of the 3rd World Warrior Tournament, Oro, sensing Akuma's extremely powerful and murderous ki, thought to test his strength against him. The two fought, yet there was no set winner.
Oro decided to challenge himself by fighting with one arm bound after easily defeating Makoto's father and several of his Rindoukan students simultaneously. Years later, after witnessing Ibuki's ninja exam against Oro in a shrine on Mt Atago, Makoto challenges Oro in order to make up for this humiliation and says she must defeat him to prove Rindoukan's power. Oro refuses her challenge, saying that she is not ready and "if you are angry, how can you hope to strike effectively?" (one of his 3rd Strike win quotes). He does, however, offer her hope by saying that he might fight her "another time, perhaps." Makoto accepts this rejection tearfully, but gracefully.
Oro also makes a cameo appearance in Pocket Fighter (Also known as Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix), as one of the many characters that can be seen in the background in the Running Battle mode.
Gameplay and fighting styleEdit
Story-wise, Oro is one of the most powerful characters in the series. Much of this power comes from him wielding the arts of Senjutsu (仙術, lit. "Mystic Arts"), a Chinese originated martial art of mythical and legendary proportions, said to have been used by the immortal mountain hermits of Taoist myth that is centered on the exercise and mastery of ki of one's body, and through years of practice of the art, he has full mastery over his physical body and ki, thus giving him monstrous strength and stamina far surpassing all other fighters except a few in the world, even in his old age.
From having mastered Senjutsu, Oro also has gained many of its fabled powers over the course of time, from immortality (having robustness and vitality even at the age of nearly 100) to telekinesis (being able to pull in random objects and use them), to even being capable of surviving atmospheric and environmental conditions too extreme for any normal human being, as he is shown riding a plane by simply standing on it as it flies. As a result of the immense powers he has gained over the decades, Oro has bound one arm through the use of magic while fighting to keep from accidentally killing his opponent and give them a chance in battle, all the while doing so to keep things interesting for him.
- Oro's spell can be dispelled at any time for various needs, including self defense and convenience. He only seals it for competitive fighting, although he's conflicted whether he should use both hands to play video games.
- As a result of mastering Senjutsu, Oro's metabolic needs also are vastly enhanced, needing only food every ten days. Around the world, he tries out different foods to know if they're good or not for his tastes.
- In Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV, Color 10 of Dhalsim's Alternate 1 costume is a homage to Oro. Similarly, Gouken's 8th color makes him look a good deal like Oro.
- Due to his extreme old age, his hermetic lifestyle, his eccentric behaviour, his thinning strands of hair, his telekinesis and his efforts to complete Ryu's training, Oro may be partially based on Star Wars' Yoda.
- He may also be partially inspired by Grandmaster Helio Gracie, the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who passed away in 2009 at the age of 95. Oro bears a strong physical resemblance to Gracie, who also famously received a broken arm but refused to tap out in one of his only losses.
- Oro is one of only three characters in Street Fighter who intentionally handicap themselves: the other two are Cody, who wears handcuffs despite being able to easily remove them, and Akuma, who only fights at full power against an opponent he deems worthy.
|Street Fighter III Characters|
|Akuma (Shin) – Alex – Chun-Li – Dudley – Elena – Gill – Hugo – Ibuki – Ken – Makoto – Necro – Oro – Q – Remy – Ryu – Sean – Twelve – Urien – Yang – Yun|