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Ryu, as he appears in Street Fighter V.
Birthdate July 21[1][2], 1964[3]
Birthplace Japan Japan[1][2]
Height 5'9"[4] (175 cm)[1][2][5][6]
Weight 187 lbs (85 kg)[5][6]
Eye color Brown
Hair color Red (Street Fighter)
Brown (Street Fighter Alpha series, crossovers)
Dark brown (Street Fighter II series, Street Fighter IV series)
Black (Street Fighter III series, Street Fighter V)
Blood type O[1][2]
Fighting style Ansatsuken[5]
Likes Martial arts in general, mizuyokan (Japanese sweet bean jelly)[1][6], the path of the warrior[2], Merchant Wed., grapes, meatloaf, food, helping people with problems, traveling, nature.
Dislikes Spiders (he once woke up with one in his mouth)[1][2], materialism, shoes, his evil alter-ego, Satsui no Hado, Psycho Power, Akuma for "murdering" his master, M. Bison, killing
Rival(s) Akuma, Sagat, M. Bison, Seth, Gen, Gill, Juni, Hugo, Ken (Friendly), Gouken (Friendly), Chun-Li (Friendly), E. Honda (Friendly), Sakura (Friendly), Fei Long (Friendly), Rose (Friendly), Alex (SFIII), Sean (SFIII, Friendly), Yang (SFIII, Friendly), Makoto (Friendly), Dudley (Friendly), Wolverine (MvC, Friendly), Iron Fist (UMvC3, Friendly), Sodom, Vega (live-action rival), Asura (Asura's Wrath, Friendly), Kyo Kusanagi (SNK crossovers, friendly), Kazuya Mishima & Nina Williams (SFXT), Roy, Lucas & Little Mac(Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U, Friendly)
Skills Can sleep anywhere[5], hitchhiking[1][2]
Moveset Hadoken, Shoryuken, Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, Shakunetsu Hadoken, Joudan Sokutogeri, HanagashiΩ, TesshinΩ, IsshinΩ, Ren Hadoken (UMvC3), Baku Hadoken (UMvC3), Hado Shoryuken (UMvC3), Shinku Hadoken, Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, Metsu Shoryuken, Shin Shoryuken, Denjin Hadoken, Bofu Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (Pocket Fighter), Reppuu Jinrai Shou (Pocket Fighter), Shinkuu Midare Uchi (SFTM), Souryuken (Project X Zone), Hado Kakusei (UMvC3), Shin Hadoken (UMvC3), Shin Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (UMvC3), Metsu Hadoken
Alignment Good
First game Street Fighter
English voice actor(s) Tong Lung (Street Fighter animated series)
Skip Stellrecht (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Street Fighter II V (Animaze), Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation)
Brett Weaver (SFII V, ADV #1)
Tommy Drake (SFII V, ADV #2)
Richard Cansino (Street Fighter Alpha: Generations)
Mike Vanderwyst (Street Fighter - Round One: Fight!)
Kyle Hebert (Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Wreck-It Ralph, Super Smash Bros., Street Fighter V)
Isaac Newberry (Street Fighter - The New Challengers)
Japanese voice actor(s) Kojiro Shimizu (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
Koji Tsujitani (Street Fighter II V)
Shinichiro Miki (Street Fighter: The Movie)
Katashi Ishizuka (Street Fighter Alpha 1 & 2, Street Fighter EX series, Marvel vs. Capcom series)
Soichiro Hoshi (Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Pocket Fighter)
Wataru Takagi (Street Fighter III: New Generation and 2nd Impact)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (SFA3, MvC1, Capcom vs. SNK series, SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Capcom Fighting Evolution, Namco x Capcom)
Toru Okawa (SFIII: 3rd Strike)
Kane Kosugi (Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation)
Yasuyuki Kase (Street Fighter Alpha: Generations)
Hiroki Takahashi (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, SFIV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Asura's Wrath, Street Fighter X Tekken, Project X Zone, Wreck-It Ralph, Super Smash Bros., Street Fighter V)
Live action actor(s) Byron Mann (Street Fighter)
Jon Foo (Street Fighter: Legacy)
Mike Moh (Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and Street Fighter: World Warrior)
"The answer lies in the heart of battle.
(戦いの中に答えはある! Tatakai no naka ni kotae wa aru!?)
—Ryu (Street Fighter IV series)
"This is the path of my destiny!
(この道を進むのみ! Kono michi o susumu nomi!?)
—Ryu (Street Fighter X Tekken, Street Fighter V)

Ryu (リュウ or 隆 Ryuu?) is one of the main characters of the Street Fighter fighting games as well as the franchise's lead protagonist. Ryu has made an appearance in every Street Fighter game, as well as in almost every crossover fighting game to feature Capcom characters.

Ryu has become one of the most famous character in the fighting game genre, starring in early fighting games such as Street Fighter and starting to become popular in Street Fighter II, where he was considered a "basic" character. He, along with Mega Man, is considered one of Capcom's unofficial mascots.



In the early days of Street Fighter mangas, Ryu offten had a more "rough and tumble" personality, as well as a bit of a goofy and lighthearted side to him. He was also shown to be quite irritable when hungry. In his short story in Street Fighter Gaiden, he was shown to be a rather happy individual, a trait common among shounen main characters, such as Son Goku from the Dragon Ball series and Luffy from the One Piece series, some of these traits were preserved in morden portrayals.


Ryu's most recognizable attire consists of a white karate gi with the sleeves torn off, medium length hair, a long red headband, a black martial arts belt and bare feet (a choice he makes of his own, believing it to instill good values as a warrior). In many of his appearances, Ryu carries around a large, white duffel bag containing items important to his travels, such as clothing, plane tickets, passports, and local currency.

Over the course of time, he has grown taller and more muscular; his karate gi has grown more tattered, his gloves have changed from brown to red and his headband has changed from white to red. Most notably, his hair color has darkened over time; his original Street Fighter appearance gave him red hair, brown in Street Fighter Alpha, dark brown in Street Fighter II, and black in Street Fighter III and Street Fighter IV. The red headband Ryu wears was originally worn by Ken. From Street Fighter IV onwards, the red gloves worn by Ryu have started to bear some sort of stylized writing, which resembles the Fūrinkazan characters on his belt.

In some official Street Fighter II artwork, Ryu's belt has four kanji emblazoned upon the right end: wind ( Kaze?), woods ( Hayashi?), fire ( Hi?) and mountain ( Yama?); these four kanji make up the Fūrinkazan. The same four kanji can be seen on a sign on the left-hand side of Ryu's stage in Street Fighter II, and are also visible on his belt in Street Fighter IV. The four words are based on chapter seven of Sun Tzu's Art of War, which dictates how one should conduct battle: "as fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain."

His alternate costume in Street Fighter V consist of  only his white karate pants with a black belt to his waist and tatters in the edge of his pants, gray shoulder bands in each sides and hand wraps on his hands. He also has a black facial beard.


Ryu is a silent, humble, and respectful individual; which is often juxtaposed against the light-hearted, fiery persona of his childhood friend, Ken. He wanders the world with the desire for complete mastery of his martial art, and takes both his travels and training seriously. For Ryu, the training and mastery that come from the fight are all that he requires for satisfaction, declining the more material trappings of his various accomplishments as a warrior and simply moving to his next challenge once he is victorious. Though he does not seek the role of a superhero, he possesses a similarly strong sense of justice as well.

Due both to this "wandering warrior" persona and being trained far away from modern-day culture, Ryu often appears detached to others. Despite this, he is a kind and good-hearted warrior who, on rare occasions, shows a sense of humor (albeit a bad one). He also respects others with skills equal to his own; in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, he seems to holds American Superheroes like Captain America, Spider-Man, Cyclops, and Wolverine in high respect.

In his appearances in the manga adaptation of Street Fighter II, the anime series Street Fighter II V and the UDON Entertainment comics, Ryu would intake large amounts of food if the opportunity presented itself.

There is, however, a dark side to Ryu: His drive to improve himself, no matter the difficulty, risks developing into a drive to win and to be the best at any cost. This darker drive is fed by (and in turn feeds) the Satsui no Hado within his soul, an influence which Ryu must constantly fight to suppress from killing(at least until the time of Street Fighter III). In times when his inner darkness threatens to overcome his humanity, Ryu relies on his friends and rivals - primarily Ken, Gouken, Rose, Sagat and Sakura - to keep him grounded and help him overcome out of it.

By the time of Street Fighter III, Ryu is somewhat more friendly; while still very quiet and reserved, but is willing to greet people with a smile and some kind advice, very much like his master Gouken.

Relationships Edit

Ken Edit

Ken is Ryu's best friend from his childhood, as the two have trained in the same art of Ansatsuken for a long time, they share a very close bond to each other and will help out each other no matter the cost.


Guile greatly respects Ryu and vice-versa.

Chun-Li Edit

Chun-Li deeply admires Ryu for his strong determination and will to never give up in his fights and goals. Ryu seems to respect Chun-Li as well for her great fighting abilities.

Sakura Edit

Sakura is Ryu's fan and is a close friend of his, she has always tried to get Ryu to train her in hopes of becoming a better fighter. While Ryu does not believe that he is ready to take her as a student, they will sometimes have a match to see her improvement in fighting.

Rose Edit

Rose is a close friend of Ryu, like himself, she too detests the Satsui no Hado and will often help him to overcome its influence.

Sagat Edit

Sagat is one of Ryu's most respected rivals, as he was the one to bring out the Satsui no Hado out of him during the first World Warrior Tournament. At first, Sagat had a grudge against Ryu for stripping away his pride as a warrior, later on, Sagat began to respect Ryu for his brave will and sportsmanship, and the two have become great rivals afterwards.

M. BisonEdit

One of Ryu's mortal enemies, Bison has repeatedly tried to capture Ryu in hopes of using him as a host body or brainwash him into being a member of Shadaloo.

Gouken Edit

Gouken is Ryu's master who raised him since he was a boy, as he also views him as a father and inspired him to become a martial artist.

Akuma Edit

Akuma is one of Ryu's most hated foes, as he was the one who tried to kill his master, Gouken. Akuma also attempts to lure Ryu into succumbing to the Satsui no Hado, therefore casting aside his humanity, in hopes of finally finding a worthy opponent for the ultimate fight to the death that he seeks.


Pre-Street FighterEdit

As a very young child, Ryu was orphaned and left with no memories about his parents, and whether they were still alive. He was found and adopted by a man named Gouken who raised Ryu in his secluded dojo and trained Ryu in the ways of his martial arts. Shortly afterwards, Gouken would later train his best friend's spoiled son, Ken Masters. Ken served not only as a sparring partner, but also gave Ryu a friend in the form of a boy his own age. Ryu looked up to Gouken as a father figure, and regards Ken as his best friend and surrogate brother, a relationship which remains to this day.

When Ryu was 23 years old,[citation needed] Gouken believed that Ryu was ready to travel the world in order to test and hone his martial skills against the best fighters from around the world. With this, Ryu left Gouken's dojo, and headed to fight in the World Warrior tournament.

Street FighterEdit

Ryu is one of the participants of the World Warrior tournament. After defeating all challengers, Ryu's skills earn him the right to fight its host, Sagat. Sagat nearly beats Ryu into unconsciousness and, thinking he had won, drops his guard to help Ryu up. Ryu, however, allows himself to be engulfed by the Satsui no Hado and strikes Sagat with a nearly-fatal Metsu Shoryuken that not only knocks Sagat unconscious, but also marks his chest with a great scar. After regaining consciousness and discovering what had happened, Sagat swears vengeance on Ryu.

Street Fighter Alpha 2Edit

Ryu leaves Sagat behind and returns to his home, only to find that Gouken, his master and adoptive father, has apparently been murdered. Learning that Akuma had fought and supposedly killed his adopted father, Ryu began to travel the world to find this man. He encounters and fights Akuma on a secluded island known as Gokuentou, and wins; however, Akuma was only testing him, and senses that Ryu has the same powers as he does. He proceeds to tell Ryu about the Satsui no Hado - a power that consumes the practitioners of their shared fighting style, driving them to win even when it means killing the opponent. Akuma then uses his fist to smash the island, leaving Ryu stranded.

Sometime after escaping the island, Ryu battles Ken and loses. Ken realizes Ryu is not himself, as he has been deeply troubled since his last victory over Sagat. Ken gives him his red hairband as a reminder to stay focused, which Ryu was sincerely grateful for. Soon thereafter, a fan of his, named Sakura, comes up and expresses her desire to train under him. Ryu replies that he himself still has much to learn, but allows Sakura to take a picture of him for now.

At some point, Ryu is found by Sagat, who is out for a grudge match. Ryu protests that Sagat hasn't fully recovered from their last bout, but Sagat persists. Ryu lets Sagat win rather than do any further damage, and Sagat leaves. Only later, upon reflection, does Sagat realize that Ryu held back, vowing to fight him again.[7]

Street Fighter Alpha 3Edit

Two years later, Ryu continues to be troubled by what Akuma had told him, compounded by his encounter with Rose, who has intricate ties to M. Bison. She tells him that he cannot defeat Bison unless he fights him at the cost of his soul. True to form, when Ryu confronts Bison, he is defeated despite putting up a valiant fight. Bison takes the semi-conscious Ryu and begins brainwashing him, using the revelation that the Satsui no Hado - the dark power Ryu struggles to avoid using - is akin to Bison's own Psycho Power.

This scene is interrupted by the entrance of Sagat, Ken, and Sakura, each of them having followed Ryu for their own reasons. While Ken and Sakura distract Bison, Sagat fights the brainwashed Ryu, quickly noticing the effects Bison's brainwashing has had on him. At Sagat's urging, Ryu comes to his senses to confront and defeat Bison, destroying him temporarily.

Super Street Fighter II TurboEdit

During the World Warrior tournament, Ryu enters to test his skills, and defeats many of the new warriors. He encourages Ken to re-enter as well. However, it is unknown how far Ryu himself progressed in the tournament, although it is implied he may have lost to Ken. In his ending, he shortly leaves the tournament after he wins against Bison, and revisits his master's grave to tell about his victory and the experiences he had with the other fighters. Ryu then states that the ultimate battle is out there waiting for him and departs, stating that the fight is everything.

In HD Remix, Ryu appears in Ken's ending, appearing in a somewhat blurry photo with Guile wearing a tuxedo while still wearing his red headband. This is the first time Ryu is seen wearing anything other than his gi.

Super Street Fighter IV Edit

Sometime after the second World Warrior tournament, Ryu enters into a new tournament to further master his skills as well as reunite with his longtime friend Ken for another rematch. During his journey, he meets up with Sakura whom he encourages to train harder. Meanwhile Ryu also meets up with Sagat once more; the two fight, and while the result of the fight is unknown, it is implied that Ryu won.

During the final round with the tournament host Seth (actually a copy of him), he defeats him in the S.I.N. headquarters. During and after this battle the building fell around them as Ryu unleashed the Satsui no Hado on the BLECE machine, a weapon of mass destruction developed by S.I.N. that harnessed the energy in the human body.[8]

During this, Sakura - who has been searching for Ryu - finds him and the BLECE machine, and a pulse of energy from it knocks her into a wall. Ryu defends her by unleashing a Shoryuken on the machine, and they leave the building together, the weapon destroyed.[9]

He then encounters Gouken, who has in fact survived his last battle with Akuma, and Gouken uses the "Power of Nothingness" to seal the Satsui no Hado which is eating at Ryu, knocking him unconscious.[10] Akuma then arrives on the scene to challenge his brother for a death duel, the winner of which will claim "the cub" (meaning Ryu).[11] The outcome of the duel is unknown but, since Ryu is later seen free of Dark Hado's influence, it is very likely that either Gouken won or the battle ended in a draw (possibly interrupted).

Later, Ryu and Ken chase their long-lost master along a cliff face, with Ken wanting Gouken to stick around while Ryu wishes him well. Afterwards, he and Ken are walking through the desert while Rufus mocks them on his motorcycle, though it later breaks down and he is left pushing it while Ryu and Ken drives by (in Ken's jeep). Ryu later bids Sakura farewell as she, Dan and Blanka leave for home on a cruise ship. Some time later, having decided that his battles have made him stronger, he meets a now-older Sakura. What happens next is unknown,[12] although Gouken might have taught Ryu the Shin Shoryuken and Denjin Hadoken at some point before Street Fighter III.

Street Fighter VEdit

As expected, Ryu returns in Street Fighter V along with Chun-Li, Ken, and other past friends.

In his prologue, he is fighting Gouken in a sparring match while being trained in how to control his power within him. Later at some point, he is confronted by Rashid. In the game's story, at some point during his travels, he encounters the mysterious warrior Necalli.

Street Fighter III Edit

Years later, Ryu enters the third World Warrior tournament to further advance his fighting abilities. His most notable fight during the tournament is against Hugo, who is able to withstand his Shin Shoryuken and hold his own. He continues his travels afterward, meeting Oro along the way.

Shortly after the tournament, Ryu meets up with Ken for a friendly match in the latter's storyline, from which he emerges the victor. Ryu also serves as Hugo's pro-wrestling tag-team partner for a brief period of time before moving on, also shown in Hugo's storyline.

At some point, he encounters Alex, whom he solidly defeats. Ryu encourages the young wrestler to continue honing his abilities against strong opponents. Fascinated by Ryu's skill and determined to become stronger, Alex soon sets out to find Ryu for a rematch.

Crossover appearancesEdit

SNK vs. Capcom seriesEdit

Ryu has appeared as a playable character in every installment of the SNK vs. Capcom series. His personality is depicted as having a slightly sarcastic demeanor to some foes, but is praised by a few other characters.

SNK vs. Capcom: SVC ChaosEdit

His ending has two variations, both his, and an extended version seen when the game is cleared with Red Arremer. In Ryu's ending, he states that his experiences tell that there are plenty more worthy opponents in the world, and Ryu sets out once again in his journey. In the extended version, after Ryu's statement, an extra scene is shown with Akuma observing Ryu from a long distance, stating that he will continue to monitor his progress.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Edit

Ryu appeared playable in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, along with Chun-Li and Alex.

Marvel vs. Capcom series Edit

Ryu appeared as a playable character in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Edit

In his ending, Ryu is shown to continue his journey in search for strong challengers. This leads him to a confrontation with Iron Fist, who would go on to appear in the expansion released later the same year, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. In Ultimate, Ryu's ending was changed to show that Iron Fist chose him to be his successor to the Iron Fist legacy. Ryu is shown using the mystic arts of K'un-Lun to fight off Akuma, stating it is the perfect counter and alternative to the Satsui no Hado.

Street Fighter X TekkenEdit

Ryu appears in Street Fighter X Tekken, with Ken as his tag partner. In their ending, Ryu begins to succumb to the Satsui no Hado as the Pandora's box is about to open. As the blinding light disappears, Ryu is nowhere to be found. Only his red headband was left on the ground, which Ken picks up as he wonders where he disappeared to.

Ryu's text ending suggests that two things could have happened when he vanished: that he either succumbed to Pandora's power and disappeared with it, or he sacrificed himself to protect the world from the box. There is no certain answer given, but it suggests that Ryu will not be gone for too long.

Their Tekken rivals are Kazuya Mishima and Nina Williams.

Asura's WrathEdit

Ryu appears in a special post-launch DLC mode for the game as a boss opponent with the player using the eponymous character in the "Lost Episodes" series. The story starts with Ryu being suddenly warped to Asura's world through a dimensional rip and is suddenly challenged by the god wherein he is challenged to two 1-round matches in the vein of Super Street Fighter IV. In between matches however, Ryu will switch Ultras. The player character, Asura, uses a Burst gauge much like in his native gameplay. The battle draws to a close when Asura uppercuts Ryu straight off of the Earth and lands on the moon, inadvertedly bringing about Evil Ryu. The episode ends when Akuma also manages to appear, wanting to challenge Asura personally.

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U Edit

Ryu appears as a downloadable content character in the Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.[13] He comes with an arena based on his classic Suzaku Castle stage from Street Fighter II. His appearance marks the first time a Super Smash Bros. game has two third-party characters from the same company, as fellow Capcom hero Mega Man is also playable. Ryu is also the first DLC third-party character in the Super Smash Bros. series as well as the only character to have two Final Smash attacks when in possession of a Smash Ball (explained below).

Ryu's Special attacks consist of his usual signature moves (the Hadoken, Shoryuken, Tatsumaki Senpu Kyaku, and a Focus Attack) as well as some of his standard basic moves. Much like his home series, each of Ryu's attacks has three levels: Performing the attacks with a simple button press(like most other characters in the game) is the weakest, while holding the button for a second makes the attack stronger. Using the directional commands from the Street Fighter series (as opposed to the standard Smash Bros. input) will give Ryu an even more enhanced version of the attacks, and also allows him to do the Shakunetsu Hadoken. His normal moveset uses his normals, but uses different attacks based on either tapping or holding down the attack button and has his Joudan Sokutogeri as his forward Smash. He is essentially a truly combo-oriented character who can be played either like a traditional Smash Bros. character or a Street Fighter character. For his Final Smash attacks, he uses either the Shinkuu Hadoken or Shin Shoryuken, depending on his range from his target.

Blood Brothers 2 Edit

Ryu, M. Bison and Chun-Li appear in DeNA’s mobile RPG, Blood Brothers 2.[14]

Comics and Manga Edit

UDON comics Edit

Ryu's role in the UDON comic book series is much the same as his role through the series proper. Ryu is an orphan boy who is raised by a martial arts master named "Gouken" in the mountains of Japan after he was saved by Gouken from a burning store that Akuma started when Ryu's mother was killed . Throughout Ryu childhood, Gouken teaches Ryu the virtues of honor, respect of life, and compassion as a person and a warrior. To train to be the best he could be, but not to ever forsake his humanity for victory and power, a battle which Ryu is constantly fighting within his own mind and spirit. During a training exercise with Gouken's friend Retsu, the young Ryu loses control of his inhibitions after losing a sparring match, succumbing to the evil possession of the Satsui no Hado and savagely attacking Retsu with a ferocious punch that knocks him off his feet. Ryu would have continued assaulting Retsu if not for Gouken restraining his pupil. Later on another boy joins him at Gouken's dojo: Ken Masters, the son of a wealthy American businessman who sent him overseas to learn humility and discipline under Gouken's hand. The two train closely as rivals and friends to develop their own unique approaches to Gouken's teachings; Ryu keeping his style focused and devout to the way he was taught and Ken adding his own creative and unpredictable spin to the form.

As Ryu reaches adulthood, he decides to travel out from the temple (by this point Ken had also left Gouken's dojo to become the United States martial arts Champion) and continue his training on his own by traveling the world to find strong warriors to test himself against. These travels eventually bring him to the World Warrior tournament, an unsanctioned martial arts competition that draws the most worthy fighters the world over to compete to fight the champion, the Muay Thai King Sagat. Ryu successfully advances to the finals of the competition but is bested in the concluding battle. Following the bout, his darker instincts once again manifest and he delivers a Shoryuken to Sagat, leaving a massive gash across the fighter's chest. From the shadows, M.Bison, the leader of Shadaloo, watches the match, taking an notice for Ryu's dark power.

Upon returning from the Thailand to Japan, Ryu is horrified to find that his master had been murdered, the calling card being a large "Sky (Ten)" symbol being painted in Gouken's blood in the temple wall. Ryu, burning with rage, and a desire for revenge, goes to Ken, now living in San Francisco with his fiancee, Eliza.

He tells Ken that their Master was killed by an unknown person, only for Ken to be shocked by this news, he let's Ryu stay with him in his house, that night, they were being watched on footage by a Shadaloo assassin, as they return home for a dinner at night, he has a dream about the time he first saw Akuma all those years ago, Gouken defeated him, but refused to take his life, Akuma leaves them both, telling Gouken he will reget not killing him, Ryu wakes up from his dream, thinking to himself that Akuma might had something to do with the murder since he had the same symbol on his back.

He tells Ken that he needs his help to try and find Akuma in Japan, he goes with Ryu in his Jet, the next moring, they went to visit the temple they trained in, unknown to them, they were still being followed by Shadaloo, that night, Ryu begins to have a nightmare as he is losing control of himself, and brutally beating Ken as he throw him near a wall, he then performs a Metsu Hadoken and blowing up the top of the temple, he wakes up in fear and finds out that he did made a holl threw the wall, he starts to ponder that something is worng with him.

Archie ComicsEdit

Ryu, along with Chun-Li and various other Capcom and SEGA characters, is set to appear in the second Sonic the Hedgehog/MegaMan crossover comic, Worlds Unite.

Live Action FilmsEdit

Street FighterEdit

In the live action movie adaptation of the games, Ryu's place as the main character of the series is replaced by Guile as the military leader of the Allied Nations Shadaloo branch. Ryu (with the last name of Hoshi), along with Ken, are two con artists who love to take money from rich crime lords through their schemes. This time, however, they unwittingly become entangled in the war to free the country of Shadaloo.

Unlike in the games, comics and animes, Ryu is the most inaccurate representation in every aspect of the character in the film, he is no more than a simple street brawler with no secretly tapped abilities. The only visual representation of what may be the Hadoken is during a side-story fight with Vega nearing the climax to the film. It is represented by the screen going white for a brief moment as Ryu screams with his hands in the traditional Hadoken stance. In that regard, it is shown in the film that Vega, not Sagat, is Ryu's rival.

His name is pronounced "Rai-you" instead of its traditional and more accurately pronounced "Ree-you". His name is pronounced correctly only twice out of the 14+ times it is spoken; once by M. Bison when ordering that he and Ken be given clean clothing after they are welcomed into the Shadaloo base, and once by Guile when commanding Chun-Li and Balrog to find Ryu and Ken during the final battle.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-LiEdit

Ryu is mentioned by Gen at the end of the film as a potential recruit for the Order of the Web. It is said that he is a powerful competitor at in a "Street Fighter Tournament".

Street Fighter: LegacyEdit

Jon Foo played Ryu in Street Fighter: Legacy which was co-directed by Joey Ansah and Owen Trevor.

TV seriesEdit

Street Fighter: Assassin's FistEdit

Ryu appears along with Ken and Gouken in Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist portrayed by Mike Moh. Ryu was found as a young boy wandering in the forest near Gouken's dojo, unable or unwilling to speak, and was brought to Gouken to be raised. Usually emotionally closed off due to whatever traumatic experience led him to wander the forest, Ryu spontaneously taps into the Satsui no Hado during a bout with Ken; Gouken sends both students away to travel the world in the hopes of keeping Akuma from finding Ryu. A minor story about the origins of Ryu's theme is included.

Street Fighter: World WarriorEdit

Moh will reprise his role as Ryu in the second season, Street Fighter: World Warrior.

Animations and moviesEdit

Street FighterEdit

His story in this TV series is basically a loose combination of the two stories in the games and in the live-action film. Ryu, once again given the last name of Hoshi and replaced by Guile as the main character, is still a con man, as well as Ken, but despite this, he is still dedicated to his training. Unlike the film, Ryu has a rivalry with Sagat.

Street Fighter II: The Animated MovieEdit

Ryu trained with his best friend Ken as a teenager, rescuing him when the latter almost falls into a pit. Sometime after their training, Ryu said his fairwells to Ken as he leaves in order to become a master of Ansatsuken. Many years later, Ryu battles against Sagat on a dark and stormy night; unbeknownst to them, they were being watched by a Shadoloo Drone. As the two appeared to be evenly matched, Sagat began to overpower Ryu, and went for a finishing blow; Ryu then charged up and unleashed a powerful Shoruken that catches Sagat in midair and floors him, leaving him scarred. Ryu then finally defeated Sagat with a Hadoken.

Sometime after the battle, Ryu is at a tournament in Hong Kong, where he is hassled by everyone around him without apparent reason. He is forced into the tournament ring, where he quickly defeats his cocky opponent with a headbutt to the face. This is enough to impress one of the spectators - Fei Long, who entered the ring to test Ryu. Upon Ryu's victory, Fei Long began to tell him about the terrorist company known as Shadaloo and the man who had recently joined them - Sagat.

Ryu ponders Sagat's fall from grace as he travels to India, where he watches a match between Dhalsim and E. Honda. The former suddenly sensed an unknown power coming from Ryu, occupying him long enough for Honda to get the upper hand. Dhalsim loses interest in the fight, however, and quits, still keen on learning of Ryu's power.

As Ryu left, a young girl accidentally bumped into him; he then picked up a spilled milk bottle and, taking responsibility for it, gave her some money from his bag. When the girl returns and tries to give him his change, however, she was attacked by a group of thugs, prompting Ryu to retaliate and defeat them. As the goons were arrested, an officer informed Ryu that they were Shadaloo members. Ryu then checks on the little girl, who is in better condition, and tells her to keep the change; E. Honda claims half of the money, and then offers Ryu a chance to train with him.

While the two train in Thailand, they are met by Guile via helicopter; the military officer tells them that Ken has been kidnapped by Bison. At this point, the Shadaloo mastermind, who was actually tracking them the entire time, arrives in his jet, accompanied by a brainwashed Ken. As Ryu is attacked by his friend-turned-foe, he refuses to fight back, causing Ken to fight back against bison's influence. Sensing this, Bison teleports behind Ken and tosses him off the side of the mountain.

Bison then impedes Ryu's rescue attempt, belittling his morality and compassion and claiming that Ken may not even be alive. As the enraged Ryu then attacks, Bison tries to recruit him to Shadaloo, desiring to use his power to take over the world, but Ryu adamantly refuses despite the fighting slowly turning in the dictator's favor. Out of nowhere, Ken reappears and joins Ryu in the fight against Bison; the duo are able to weaken him and defeat him with a combined Hadoken, reducing Bison to a sphere of Psycho Power which is then hit by his Shadaloo jet, causing it to explode.

Sometime later, Ryu says his goodbyes to Ken once more as he prepares to leave, but the two are surprised by the reappearance of Bison, who attempt to run Ryu down with a truck. The film ends with Ryu charging towards him.

Street Fighter Alpha: The AnimationEdit

Ryu is still contemplating the death of his master, Gouken,while at the same time experiencing trouble with the Dark Hadou, an evil energy which Gouken's brother, Akuma, succumbed to a long time ago. While in the city, Ryu fights off a few agents working for Shadaloo, gaining the attention of an interpol agent Chun-Li, who does some backround research and realizes Ryu is the man who beat Sagat, the Muay Thai Champion, many years ago. Also catching sight of Ryu is aspiring martial artists Sakura, who becomes fascinated with Ryu and vows to track him down and become his student.

Street Fighter Alpha: GenerationsEdit

In this movie, Ryu is traveling to japan to revisit the dojo that his was raised in, he is however stopped by a woman who was watering plants. She asked him about where he was going, and he told her that he was going to pay his respects to his master. As he remembered how the dojo has change, he has a dream about Akuma. Thinking that Akuma has come to fight him, Ryu started to get into a fighting pose.

He woke up from the nightmare, realizing that it was just a dream. He is later on tested by a monk would saw his fighting potential. Ryu eventually looses the match against the monk, wich was impressed by him and invited him to dinner at his own home. As they ate, the monk told Ryu about Akuma, and Ryu told that he saw Akuma when he was still a child. As the talk continued, Ryu saw the same woman that he witness from before.

At some point, he came across Sakura who was looking for him. Ryu was asked by Sakura to have a match with her, he did so in hopes of improving himself. After the matched, Sakura thanked him for it. Feeling that he was ready to face Akuma for his wrongdoings, Ryu is told by the monk where to find him. When he finally sees Akuma and begins to challenged him, as they fought, Ryu realises this skills are not going well against Akuma. He then starts to fail into the influence of the Satsui no Hado and attacks Akuma, as he begins to perform the Raging Demon. He is then stopped by a flower wich reminds him of Fuka. Akuma told him that he has lost his desire to be powerful due to his love that he has for his master, Ryu told him that it has made him powerful. Akuma then attacked him, but Ryu is able to block it with his own ki, wich begins purify him of his Satsui no Hado, and giving back some of Akuma's humanity. The movie ends as Ryu continues to travel around the world.

Street Fighter II VEdit

Here, Ryu appears as a 17 year old who travels with Ken for the early part of the series, and has yet to learn the Hadoken as part of his original fighting style. After being trounced in a bar fight with Guile, he and Ken decide to travel the world, teaming up with Chun-Li.


Wreck-It RalphEdit


Ryu and Ken's cameo appearances in Wreck-It Ralph.

Ryu makes three cameo appearances in Disney's 52nd Animated film, Wreck-It Ralph where Kyle Hebert reprises his voice role in the film. First, a 16-bit Ryu and Ken notice that the arcade is closed and decide to take a break and head off to the Tapper bar. Later, a computer-animated Ryu can be spotted as one of the customers the Root Beer Tapper has to serve. Then, Ryu can be seen passing by Ralph for a couple of seconds as Ralph is looking for a medal. Finally, he is seen in the credits in the car-breaking bonus stage alongside Wreck-It Ralph.

Ironically, in the Japanese version of the movie, he is voiced by Taketora, the current Japanese voice actor of Akuma.

Other appearancesEdit

Street Fighter: The Storytelling GameEdit

Ryu has a secret love for Chun Li, but he tries to forget it in order to devote more of their training. In this game's backstory, Ryu was originally trained in Karate by his mother, who taught him the basics and then enrolled him in Gouken's dojo.[15]

Gameplay and fighting styleEdit

Ryu's fighting style is generally referred to as Shotokan, despite the relative lack of resemblance to the real-life martial art (except for some of his normal attacks). His take on the style focuses on powerful singular strikes that usual knock the foe down, and is centered around his trademark Hadoken.

Ryu is available in every single Street Fighter game as the quintessential "basic" character of the series: an all-around fighter with an intuitive array of punches and kicks and basic special moves that are easy to pick up. Though this simplicity grants a lot of offensive mobility, it hampers his combo ability quite a bit, especially when compared to characters such as Ken, and renders him fairly predictable against more advanced players.

Many of his attacks are reliable if a bit slow, and they are generally safe (or at least neutral) on block. The relative lack of changes to his moves compared to various other characters make him a solid choice for learning a given game's ins and outs. With fairly 'straightforward', easy-to-use moves at his disposal, he can even become a viable option in high-level play in the hands of a player able to read their opponent well.

Ryu's fighting style is also known to be similar to how he works in the games; a reliable tool-set that barely changes bit by bit each time. It is often in Ryu's nature to stick to the fundamentals, playing to his more consistent techniques he's refined throughout the years, and often seeks to master while tweaking it by small bits. This categorizes him in the "boring, but practical" group of things, but his knowledge of all of his basic techniques makes him confident in any fight.

Ryu seems to retain his role as the balanced fighter in Street Fighter V, and his fighting stats reflect this;

Health Power Mobility Techniques Range Total
3 4 3 2 4 16


Ryu's standard special attacks are the Hadoken, generally referred to as the Fireball; the Shoryuken, or Dragon Punch; and the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku or Hurricane Kick. In later versions of Street Fighter II, Ryu is able to perform the Tatsumaki Senpukyaku in the air, and gains the ability to use a more powerful Hadoken that is an actual fireball.

In the Alpha series, he has a tactic known as the Hado no Kamae, a false Hadoken stance designed for fooling the opponent. In the Street Fighter III series, Ryu gains the Joudan Sokutogeri, a powerful side kick that shoves opponents away with great force.

In the Street Fighter EX series, his Tatsumaki Senpukyaku is replaced with a flying kick attack which can be done in succession by inputting the same command twice or three times. In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, he gains the Ren Hadoken (a compact Hadoken which can be rapid fired 5 times), the Baku Hadoken (an exploding Hadoken that causes the opponent to wall bounce), and the Hado Shoryuken (a Shoryuken infused with a Hadoken that hits 2-4 times).

In Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Ryu's special attacks take on electrical properties, and feature the fewest and least drastic costume changes in the game. He also has a Mighty Combo called the Reppuu Jinrai Shou, a multi-hitting punch combo that ends with a Shoryuken.

Super CombosEdit

Many of Ryu's Super Combos are more powerful versions of his normal moves. His trademark Shinku Hadoken is a five-hit Hadoken, and the first Super Combo in the series. The Shin Shoryuken is a close-range high-powered uppercut, and the Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku is a multi-hitting kick.

In Street Fighter III, Ryu can use the Denjin Hadoken Super Art, a ball of pure energy that can be charged to deal more damage, hits and stun damage. The Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku is now his EX Tatsumaki.

Ryu has a unique ability in Marvel vs. Capcom, where he is able to change his fighting style (and outfit) to those of Ken and Akuma (to compensate for the lack of the two characters in the game). In Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ryu gains the ability to temporarily enhance his fighting power through a Hyper Combo called Hado Kakusei which not only increases his speed by 15%, but also upgrades his other Hyper Combos as well.

Stage ThemeEdit

Popular Culture Edit

Ryu/Pop Culture


See: Ryu/Quotes

Gallery Edit

See: Ryu/Gallery


  • Though he continues to wander the world to become a stronger warrior through training and sportsmanship of the fight, he plans to hold a dojo like his teacher when his wanderings are over.[citation needed]
  • Ryu and Chun-Li have made the most crossover appearances out of the entire Street Fighter roster, appearing in all crossover projects to date involving the series (not including one-off guest appearances by Street Fighter characters). Ryu and Ken, conversely, are the only two characters who have been in every Street Fighter installment.
    • Ryu actually makes a small comical jab at his multiple crossover appearances throughout the years in his introduction in the first "Lost Episode" of Asura's Wrath, saying that it's "not the first time [he's] been sent to a strange land".
  • Although initially easily subjected to M. Bison's will, Ryu is one of only two people to deal him a defeat in one on one direct combat (the other being Charlie Nash).
  • According to some of his Street Fighter IV win quotes, Ryu can afford shoes, but enjoys walking barefoot (possibly for training).
    • In UDON's comics, while tutoring and helping Sakura, Ryu brushes upon this matter as well, saying that traveling barefoot is helpful in building one's character.
    • Furthermore, in his Street Fighter X Tekken win quote against Guy, he considers the idea of rethinking his stance on shoes.
  • Ryu is one of three characters whose stage doesn't have an audience until the Alpha series (along with Akuma and Evil Ryu).
  • Ryu's 6th color in Street Fighter IV bears a resemblance to his attire in the Alpha series.
  • Ryu shares his birthday with T. Hawk.
    • Ryu also shares the same birthday (and year, shown in the SNES manual for SFII) with former Capcom artist, Akira (Akiman) Yasuda.
  • In the original Street Fighter, there's unused audio in the game files for a "Fire Kick", along with unused graphics that suggest Ryu and Ken were planned to have a fourth special move.[16]



See alsoEdit

External linkEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  3. Street Fighter II SNES manual, p.16
  4. Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Street Fighter V Stat Card
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2
  13. Siliconera. "Street Fighter's Ryu and Fire Emblem's Roy Confirmed for Super Smash Bros." By Ishaan. Published June 13, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
Street Fighter series characters
Street Fighter Ken · Ryu
Street Fighter II The World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
The New Challengers Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Turbo Akuma
Street Fighter Alpha Alpha Adon · Birdie · Dan · Guy · Nash · Rose · Sodom
Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura
Alpha 3 Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 MAX Eagle · Ingrid · Maki
Street Fighter III New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street Fighter IV Original Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
Street Fighter V F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid
Street Fighter Characters
Playable Ken · Ryu
Non-playable Adon · Birdie · Eagle · Geki · Gen · Joe · Lee · Mike · Retsu · Sagat
Street Fighter II Characters
The World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Ken · Ryu · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
The New Challengers Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Turbo Akuma
Street Fighter: The Movie Characters
Core Roster Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · E. Honda · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Sagat · Sawada · Vega · Zangief
Arcade Only Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber
Console Only Blanka · Dee Jay
Street Fighter Alpha Characters
Alpha Adon · Akuma · Birdie · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dan · Guy · Ken · M. Bison · Rose · Ryu · Sagat · Sodom
Alpha 2 Cammy · Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Zangief
Alpha 3 Balrog · Dee Jay · Blanka · Cody · E. Honda · Fei Long · Guile · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika · T. Hawk · Vega
Portable Eagle · Ingrid · Maki · Yun
Street Fighter EX Characters
EX Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Garuda · Guile · Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · M. Bison · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
EXα Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Sakura
EX2 Area · Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Sagat · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace
Street Fighter III Characters
New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Ken · Necro · Oro · Ryu · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Akuma · Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Chun-Li · Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street Fighter IV Characters
Original Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda · El Fuerte · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Console Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura
Super Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk
Arcade Edition Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun
Ultra Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento
Street Fighter X Tekken Characters
Core Roster Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri · Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Downloadable Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura
Tekken X Street Fighter Characters
Chun-Li · Ryu
Street Fighter V Characters
Core Roster Birdie · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · F.A.N.G · Karin · Ken · Laura · M. Bison · Nash · Necalli · R. Mika · Rashid · Ryu · Vega · Zangief
Season 1 Alex · Balrog · Guile · Ibuki · Juri · Urien

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