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||Hitobashira Nobori, Jinchuu Watari, Oni Yanma, Nichirin Sho, Niou Riki|
|First game||Street Fighter III|
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. He binds one of his arms and normally fights one-handed, but can easily pull out the other arm at any time.
Oro likes to go to sleep and, like Akuma, he loves to fight strong opponents and train himself to strengthen his techniques. He also dislikes weaklings and hates being bored.
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. He moved to Brazil with a friend in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, his life in Brazil wasn't going very well and he eventually became a recluse. He spent much of his time practicing Senjutsu (仙術, "Mystic Arts" - techniques used by the immortal mountain hermits in Taoist myth). 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.
In Other Media
According to Street Fighter Legends 3: Ibuki, 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 binds one arm while fighting to keep from accidentally killing his opponent (except when performing specific special arts). Story-wise, Oro is one of the most powerful characters in the series, alongside Shin Akuma at full strength and Gill. 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. He also has the power of telekinesis being able to pull in random objects and use them for a limited amount of time.
- 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.
- He 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.
|Street Fighter III Characters|
|Akuma – Alex – Chun-Li – Dudley – Elena – Gill – Hugo – Ibuki – Ken – Makoto – Necro – Oro – Q – Remy – Ryu – Sean - Shin Akuma – Twelve – Urien – Yang – Yun|