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Ryu, as he appears in Street Fighter X Tekken.
|Birthdate||July 21, 1964|
|Height||5'9" (175 cm)|
|Weight||150 lbs (68 kg)|
|Hair color||Red (Street Fighter)|
Brown (Street Fighter Alpha series, crossovers)
Dark brown (Street Fighter II series)
Black (Street Fighter III series, Street Fighter IV series)
|Fighting style||Martial art rooted in Ansatsuken|
|Likes||Martial arts in general, mizuyokan (Japanese sweet bean jelly), the path of the warrior, Merchant Wed., grapes, meatloaf, food, helping people with problems, traveling, nature.|
|Dislikes||Spiders (he once woke up with one in his mouth), 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 (AW, Friendly), Kyo Kusanagi (SNK crossovers, friendly)|
|Hobbies||Hitchhiking, can sleep anywhere|
|Moveset||Hadoken, Shoryuken, Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, Shakunetsu Hadoken, Joudan Sokutogeri, Ren Hadoken (UMvC3), Baku Hadoken (UMvC3), Hado Shoryuken (UMvC3), Shinku Hadoken, Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, Metsu Shoryuken, Shin Shoryuken, Bofu Tatsumaki Senpukyaku (Pocket Fighter), Reppuu Jinrai Shou (Pocket Fighter), Metsu Hadoken|
|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)
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, 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 ha aru!?)"
- —Ryu (Street Fighter IV)
- "After this battle is over, I can continue my journey."
Ryu (リュウ or 隆 Ryuu?) is the protagonist and one of the main characters of the Street Fighter series. Ryu has made an appearance in every Street Fighter game, as well as in almost every crossover fighting game with Capcom characters in it.
Ryu is voiced by Katashi Ishizuka or Toshiyuki Morikawa in many of the games he appears in. In the first two Street Fighter III games, he is voiced by Wataru Takagi In Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, his voice is done by Toru Ohkawa. His voice in the Street Fighter Alpha anime was Kane Kosugi, and Kojiro Shimizu in the Street Fighter II anime movie. In Street Fighter II V, he is voiced by Kōji Tsujitani. He was portrayed by Byron Mann in the 1994 movie adaptation of the game. His English voice actor for Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken is Kyle Hebert, while his Japanese voice in said games is Hiroki Takahashi.
Ryu has arguably become the most famous character in the fighting game genre, starring in early fighting games such as Street Fighter, and started 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".
Early Street Fighter manga often depicted Ryu having a more "rough and tumble" personality, as well as a bit of a goofy side. 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 and, personality-wise, somewhat like Goku from the Dragon Ball series, even displaying an affinity for food.
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. 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.
His appearance has deviated over the course of time, however; 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 changed; 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. In summary, it can be said that his hair darkens over time. The red headband Ryu wears was originally worn by Ken.
In some official Street Fighter II artwork, Ryu's belt has four kanji emblazoned upon the right end: wind (風 Kaze?), woods (林 Hayashi?), fire (火 Hi?) and mountain (山 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. 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." These kanji are again visible on his belt in Street Fighter IV.
Ryu is usually a silent, humble, serious individual whose severity is often juxtaposed against the light-hearted, fiery persona of his best friend and oldest rival, Ken. He travels the globe with a stern nature, often appearing to others as boring or detached.
On rare occasions, Ryu shows a very bad sense of humor. Because of the fact that he was raised far from modern day culture, Ryu has struggled to fit in with society as it is today, using computers for example has shown to be a challenge for him and he also has a hard time understanding Sakura's method of talking due to her being raised in an urban and modern environment.
Cool and calculating, patience is Ryu's biggest strength. Ryu's overarching goal in Street Fighter is to become a total master of his fighting style. To this end, Ryu plays the part of the wandering warrior, and takes both his travels and his training very seriously. Although he appears to be aloof and unemotional, Ryu is actually a kind and good-hearted person. He respects others with skills equal to his own and holds heroic figures like Captain America, Spider-Man and Cyclops in high regard, as seen in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
However, by the time of Street Fighter III, it seems that Ryu has developed a somewhat more friendly personality. He is still very quiet and reserved, but is willing to greet people with a smile and some kind advice, very much like his master Gouken. Ryu doesn't exactly consider himself a heroic person, but he does fight for innocents when he sees injustice.
There is, however, a dark side to Ryu. His drive to improve himself, no matter the difficulty, can sometimes develop into a drive to win and to be the best, no matter what the cost, as these two goals are so dangerously similar. This darker drive is fed by, and in turn feeds, the Satsui no Hado within him, an influence which Ryu must constantly fight to suppress (at least until the time of Street Fighter III). Ryu's desire to be better can sometimes make his advice to his defeated opponents seem more arrogant and judgmental than Gouken's, though he is fundamentally well-intentioned. In times when his inner darkness threatens to overcome him, Ryu relies on his friends and rivals - primarily Ken, Chun-Li, Gouken, Rose, Sagat and Sakura - to keep him grounded and snap him out of it.
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, 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.
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, having such a strong desire to win, allows himself to be engulfed by the Satsui no Hado and he 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.
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, but Akuma was only testing him. He senses that Ryu has the same powers as he does, and tells 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 and has been deeply troubled since his last victory over Sagat. He 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. She swears to make him accept her eventually.
At some point during all this, 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.
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 challenges the brainwashed Ryu (different versions of this story coexist; in one version, Sagat is offered this battle as an enticement to stay with Shadaloo). Sagat quickly notices the effects Bison's brainwashing have had on Ryu, and, at Sagat's urging, Ryu comes to his senses to confront and defeat Bison, destroying him temporarily.
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.
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 a former rival Sagat and remembers the promised rematch as they fought. 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.
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.
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. Akuma then arrives on the scene to challenge his brother for a death duel, the winner of which will claim "the cub" (meaning Ryu). 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 trek 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 finally reach 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, although Gouken might have taught Ryu the Shin Shoryuken and Denjin Hadoken at some point before Street Fighter III.
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.
Ryu was shown in a trailer for the upcoming Street Fighter V, along with Chun-Li. He uses his Denjin Hadoken during the gameplay video.
SNK vs. Capcom seriesEdit
Marvel vs. Capcom seriesEdit
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.
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 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.
Comics and Manga Edit
Live Action FilmsEdit
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.
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".
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.
Moh will reprise his role as Ryu in the second season, Street Fighter: World Warrior.
Animations and moviesEdit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Gameplay and fighting styleEdit
Ryu's fighting style is generally referred to as Shotokan, despite the lack of resemblance to the real-life martial art. As a result, characters in other fighting games that have movesets similar to Ryu (i.e. characters that possess an anti-air, a projectile, and an advancing move, to put it simply) are referred to as "shotos", and usually take on the role of the main character.
Ryu's techniques are the Hadoken, which has become a staple projectile in fighting games and is generally referred to as the Fireball; the Shoryuken, or Dragon Punch, an uppercut which is a favorite among many players; 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 gains a Mighty Combo called the Reppuu Jinrai Shou, a multi-hitting punch combo that ends with a Shoryuken.
Ryu is the quintessential "basic" character of the series; he is an overall all-around fighter with an intuitive array of punches and kicks and very basic special moves. Though this simplicity makes Ryu a favorite for beginner and intermediate players and grant a lot of offensive mobility, it hampers his combo ability quite a bit, especially when compared to characters such as Ken; many of his attacks are reliable but slow, though they are generally safe (or at least neutral) on block.
Ryu is available in every single Street Fighter game, allowing players familiar with previous Street Fighter games to begin playing immediately, without having to worry about learning how to use a new character. There are various tweaks in his moveset, depending on the game.
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.
Popular Culture Edit
- Although initially easily subjected to M. Bison's will, Ryu is so far the only person to deal him a defeat in one on one combat (the events of Street Fighter Alpha 3). Akuma managed to repeat this feat, although he caught Bison off guard.
- According to some of his Street Fighter IV win quotes, Ryu can certainly afford shoes, but enjoys walking barefoot.
- If the opportunity presents itself, Ryu is capable of eating enormous amounts of food.
- Ryu shares his name with the main protagonist of Capcom's Breath of Fire series of RPG games and are somewhat similar since they're both wanderers.
- Ryu is one of three characters whose stage doesn't have an audience until 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.
- Evil Ryu's winquote to Rose in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is almost the same as Ryu's winquote to her in Street Fighter IV.
- See: Ryu/Gallery
- Ryu's moves in Street Fighter
- Ryu's moves in the Street Fighter II series
- Ryu's moves in Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix
- Ryu's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the arcade version)
- Ryu's moves in Street Fighter: The Movie (the console version)
- Ryu's moves in Street Fighter Alpha 3
- Ryu's moves in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
- Ryu's moves in Street Fighter IV
- Ryu's moves in Super Street Fighter IV
- ↑ Street Fighter II SNES manual, p.16
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sf4/ryu.html
- ↑ Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dynjRnMoj-Y
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srNEG0nzy04
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoydMtQf6mU
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hg1wjJM0Vk
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFUJcXr3unM
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NovM20o7Cg
- ↑ http://blog.sfrpg.com.br/post/Ryu.aspx
|Street Fighter Characters|
|Adon – Birdie – Eagle – Geki – Gen – Joe – Ken – Lee – Mike – Retsu – Ryu – Sagat|
|Street Fighter II Characters|
|Akuma – Balrog – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Dee Jay – Dhalsim – E. Honda – Fei Long – Guile – Ken – M. Bison – Ryu – Sagat – T. Hawk – Vega – Zangief|
|Street Fighter: The Movie Characters|
|Akuma – Arkane – Balrog – Blade – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Dee Jay – E. Honda – F7 – Guile – Ken – Khyber – M. Bison – Ryu – Sagat - Sawada – Vega – Zangief|
|Street Fighter Alpha Characters|
|Adon – Akuma (Shin) – Balrog – Birdie – Blanka – Cammy – Charlie – Chun-Li – Cody – Dan – Dee Jay – Dhalsim – E. Honda – Eagle – Evil Ryu – Fei Long – Gen – Guile – Guy – Ingrid – Juli – Juni – Karin – Ken – M. Bison (Final) – Maki – R. Mika – Rolento – Rose – Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Sodom – T. Hawk – Vega – Zangief|
|Street Fighter EX Characters|
|Ace - Akuma - Allen - Area - Blair - Blanka - Chun-Li - C. Jack - Cycloid-β - Cycloid-γ - Darun - Dhalsim - D. Dark - Garuda - Guile - Hayate - Hokuto (Bloody) - Kairi - Ken - M. Bison (II |True) - Nanase - Pullum - Ryu (Evil) - Sagat - Sakura - Shadowgeist - Sharon - Skullomania - Vega - V. Rosso - Zangief|
|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|
|Street Fighter IV Characters|
|Abel – Adon – Akuma – Balrog – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Cody – C. Viper – Dan – Decapre – Dee Jay – Dhalsim – Dudley – E. Honda – Elena – El Fuerte – Evil Ryu – Fei Long – Gen – Gouken – Guile – Guy – Hakan – Hugo – Ibuki – Juri – Ken – M. Bison – Makoto – Oni – Poison – Rolento – Rose – Rufus – Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Seth – T. Hawk – Vega – Yang – Yun – Zangief|
|Street Fighter X Tekken Characters|
|Abel – Akuma – Balrog – Blanka – Cammy – Chun-Li – Cody – Dhalsim – Dudley – Elena – Guile – Guy – Hugo – Ibuki - Juri - Ken – M. Bison – Poison – Rufus – Rolento - Ryu – Sagat – Sakura – Vega – Zangief|
|Tekken X Street Fighter Characters|
|Chun-Li – Evil Ryu – Ken – Ryu|
|Street Fighter V Characters|
|Chun-Li – Ryu|