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The Raging Demon is a popular attack in the Street Fighter series, known as Akuma's most powerful attack. Its popularity has caused it to find its way into the movesets of several other characters, as well as other forms of media.

Akuma and his formsEdit

  • Shin Akuma - The form Akuma attains from absorbing Rugal Bernstein's Orochi powers in Capcom vs. SNK 2 possesses the most powerful known variant of the Raging Demon (the latter's is known as "Last Judgment"). Not only does this attack have the usual benefits of Shin Akuma's variant (very fast and much longer slide, priority etc.), it is a 33 hit attack that can cause up to 60-70% damage to the opponent's total health, making it even stronger than the Wrath of the Raging Demon. The unique kanji that flashes if Shin Akuma finishes an opponent with the Raging Demon means "godlike person" (神人, shinjin).
  • Cyber Akuma - The cybernetically enhanced version of Akuma seen in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter has his own variant of the Raging Demon, called the Shining Gou Shock. This variant has all the properties of Shin Akuma's, but is also the first to be usable in mid-air. It hits 24 times and deals much higher damage in comparison to the original (around 20% more). The kanji of "destruction" (滅, metsu) appears on Cyber Akuma's back if he finishes an opponent with the Shining Gou Shock.
  • Oni - Akuma, as Oni, possesses the regular version of the Raging Demon and, like Cyber Akuma, can perform the attack mid-air. The name of the technique is even more befitting, since Oni is a full demon. The kanji that appears in the background may be a composite of "god" (神, kami) and "demon" (鬼, oni), or "soul" (魂, tamashi).
  • Evil Ryu - It is the same as the original version, but the kanji for "destruction" (滅, metsu) appears instead. In the home versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3, his first appearance as a fleshed out character separate from Ryu, Evil Ryu has a weaker 12 hit variation of the Raging Demon. However in the later games, Evil Ryu has the standard variation with 15 hits.
  • Sakura - Sakura possesses this attack in her Dark (or "Sunburnt") form, but the attack is spelled with the kanji 春獄殺 ("Spring Prison Killer"), also pronounced "Shun Goku Satsu" in Japanese (thus in on'yomi reading it "shun/haru" causes it to be a homophone-styled pun). Also, she can perform the attack in the Street Fighter EX series as her normal self. Finally, in her cameo in Rival Schools, Sakura's Team-Up Attack is the Shun Goku Satsu (with the same kanji as above), except that it's simply a conventional beatdown, with her ally holding the opponent down. In Marvel vs. Capcom 2, it is somewhat stronger than Akuma's, having 18 hits.
  • Go Hibiki - In Pocket Fighter, one of Dan's secret Super Combos has him call his father to perform the move, with the kanji of "father" (父, fu) appearing instead.
  • Dan - In addition to the above, Dan has a parody of this attack called the Otoko Michi (漢道, "Way of the Man"), and its command is the reverse of the Raging Demon. In most games, the attack's properties are almost the complete opposite of the original; it either takes away the user's health or does minimal damage. However, in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 it does high damage and takes priority even over Akuma's Raging Demon; the self damage is still present, though. SVC Chaos is one of the only few games where the self-damage isn't present due to the system mechanics of the Exceed move (requires low health to use; and Otoko Michi is treated as one).
    • In the Street Fighter Comics by UDON Entertainment, Dan is implied to have some amount of Satsui no Hado infesting in him (likely from the feelings of revenge and hatred he harbors towards Sagat for killing his father) and thus is able to perform the actual Raging Demon. The above mentioned kanji of "father" (父) appears on his back, like the kanji of "heaven" (天, ten) on Akuma's. However, the only time the dark power comes to fore is during a sparring session with Sakura and in true Dan fashion, Dan manages to trip over Sakura's schoolbag during the initial slide, abruptly ending the move.
  • Juni and Juli - Juli and Juni can perform the Death Cross Dance as a Level 3 tandem Super Combo in the Dramatic Battle Mode of Street Fighter Alpha 3, during which they team up on an opponent and deliver a 18-hit beatdown. Though it shares the same input as the Raging Demon, its first hit is an elbow strike instead of a grab, making the move blockable as it is more of an autocombo.
  • Kairi - Kairi's version, the Kyouja Renbu (凶邪連舞, lit. Misfortune Evil Chain Dance), is somewhat similar, but instead of sliding towards his opponent, he runs towards them. In Street Fighter EX Plus α, Kairi runs to them and delivers a seven-hit combo which ends with him impaling the opponent through the stomach with his fist. In later installments, his version of the Kyouja Renbu blacks out the screen similar to the Shun Goku Satsu itself, filling it with kanji Kekkai kageshuu nenshou fuu, meaning "Inheritor of the bloody assault, destroy the seal!"; at the end of the attack, he is seen holding his head in agony over the defeated opponent.
  • Hokuto - Hokuto uses the Kyouja Renbu attack in Street Fighter EX Plus α. Her method is the same as Kairi's: she runs towards the person and delivers a seven-hit punch/kick combo which ends with her impaling the opponent through the stomach with her fist. This attack is mainly exclusive to Hokuto's Bloody version in the games, where it is known simply as Renbu (連舞, lit. Chain Dance).
    • Likewise in the first EX game and its revisions save for EX2 and 3 (where Evil Ryu and Akuma no longer appear), the kanji during the attack that appear in order are metsu (滅, destruction; the kanji Evil Ryu would use in future games) satsu (殺, kill), and the classical ten (天, heaven/sky). Evil Ryu in EX3 does not have these kanji appear during the attack, as the screen simply blacks out as usual.

Capcom Edit

  • Morrigan - Morrigan's Darkness Illusion was the first super move to use the button press sequence (LP, LP, F, LK, HP) that is now commonly associated with the Raging Demon, thus predating it.
  • Zero Gouki - The mech based on Akuma from the console ports of Capcom's Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness - can perform the Raging Demon. Its input of Attack1-Attack1-Forward-Weapon-Boost, is similar to that of the original. Unlike the original, the screen doesn't go black, so the player can actually see Zero-Gouki attacking his opponent.
  • Demitri Maximoff - Demitri soon gained a Raging Demon counterpart attack known as the Midnight Bliss. This attack has him come to present a rose, before transforming his opponent into a female, or into a more demure and susceptible outfit, before assaulting them and draining their blood. In some installments, the screen will also go black.
  • Omega Zero - In Mega Man Zero 3 and Mega Man ZX, the end-boss uses a variation of the Raging Demon known as Ranbu (乱舞, "Wild Dance") as one of his most powerful attacks. He will use the technique when (depending on the mode in Mega Man Zero 3) either his health is below one bar; in Mega Man ZX, he can do it twice in succession at any given moment. However, the screen does not black out as Omega Zero instead leaps at the protagonist and repeatedly slices them in a nearly inescapable chain of seven slashes that ends with a rising slash should it connect. This is the only in-game appearance where a variation of the Raging Demon is visible when performed on the opponent, along with Zero-Gouki's in Cyberbots.
  • Hayato - In Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, a Hyper Combo called Ura Rasetsuzan (裏羅刹斬, "Reverse Rakshasa Slash") is used by Capcom character Hayato and uses the same animation. He dashes toward the user and impales them. Instead of blows being struck when the screen blacks out, sword slashes are heard and seen. There is no kanji seen before or after the move is performed, but the move involves Hayato's evil alter ego, Black Hayato, taking over and performing the attack, a theme fitting with how the Shun Goku Satsu is used by dark personalities, such as Evil Ryu. The move is oddly somewhat screen dependent, as Hayato rushes to the side where he first starts on a match after he completes the attack, no matter which side the move is performed from.
  • In Capcom's Breath of Fire IV, a learnable technique called Disembowel uses the same animation of attack and the Kanji right after the attack is done. However, it doesn't have the same power from fighting games versions, since it cuts the enemy's HP to 1 and rarely hits.
  • Asura - In the DLC Lost Episode of Asura's Wrath, Asura and Evil Ryu attempt the move on eact other, ending in a draw. Not only does he use a different character, but his front is toward the screen instead of away from it.

Other Games Edit

  • God/Ultimate Rugal (Capcom vs. SNK 2 only) - SNK character Rugal obtains this attack after absorbing Akuma's power. Dubbed Last Judgement. The "heaven" (天, ten) kanji appears in the background if this move is used as a finisher.

Comics Edit

  • Rogue - Marvel Comics character Rogue can utilize a variation of the Raging Demon (dubbed Demon Rage) by kissing Akuma during game play. A large X is superimposed on the background.

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