The Shoryuken, like the Hadoken and Tatsumaki, has been referenced many times in pop culture ever since its introduction in the original Street Fighter.

Capcom Games Edit

  • The Mega Man X games features several references to the Shoryuken.
    • Mega Man X2 features a secret power-up capsule from which X can obtain the Shoryuken. This is similar to the first game, Mega Man X, in which X can obtain the Hadoken.
    • Mega Man X4 features a boss, Magma Dragoon, who possesses variations of Ryu and Ken's special techniques, including Shoryuken. Due to his elemental nature, he appears to possess Ken's variation.
    • In both of the Mega Man X Game Boy Color games Mega Man Xtreme and Mega Man Xtreme 2, X can receive both the Hadoken and Shoryuken from a hidden Dr. Light capsule in either game. To use them X needs to have his X-Buster fully charged, and holding up when firing it allows the Shoryuken to be used (whereas holding down would activate the Hadoken). Unlike their SNES counterparts, they can no longer kill bosses in one hit, though X does not need to be at full health in order to use either move.
    • In Mega Man X8, Zero can do a freezing version of the Shoryuken, which is a variation of the Hyouryuushou technique he receives from the boss Avalanche Yeti when the K-Knuckle is equipped. While equipped with the Ultimate Armor, X can use a normal Shoryuken. Both will call out the attack when performed.
  • In Monster Hunter Generations, with the Sword and Shield weapon, a player can use a Hunter Art called "Shoryugeki", or "Rising Dragon Attack". When activated, the hunter starts with a forward slice attack and thrusts their shield upward while jumping. The description acknowledges the original move by saying in the description that it is indeed, "a popular fighting move". By doing certain quests in the game, the player may also unlock the Tier II and Tier III versions, which add more hits compared to Tier I. In the game, if hit properly, this will stun monsters.
  • In Remember Me, the protagonist Nilin can use the Shoryuken as one of her Chain attacks.
  • In Dead Rising 3, Nick can use the Shoryuken with his "Dragon Punch" combo weapon. He even shouts out the name "Shoryuken!" while performing the move.
  • In Devil May Cry 3 and Devil May Cry 4, Dante possesses both the Shin Shoryuken and Shinryuken (listed as Real Impact & Rising Dragon, respectively). Ironically, Rising Dragon would be called Shoryu in Japanese. A normal Shoryuken is used if Rising Dragon isn't charged enough.
    • In the Special Edition of Devil May Cry 4, Vergil has his own version of the Rising Dragon based on the Shoryureppa, rather than Shinryuken.
  • Hideo Shimazu from Rival Schools can use a Shoryuken-like move called "Jicchokken" and his burning vigor move, "Shimazu-ryuu Shin Jicchokken", bears a striking resemblance to Ryu's Shin Shoryuken.
    • Another character from Rival Schools, Hinata Wakaba has a special move called "Sunrise Punch", which resembles both Ken's Shoryuken and Sakura's Shouoken.

Other Video Games Edit

  • In Sonic Unleashed, Sonic's Werehog form possesses an attack called 'Sho-Hog-Ken' as well as an attack called 'Sho-Claw-Ken'.
  • In Square's fighting game Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring, Ken "Godhand" Mishima (who is inspired by the Mishima fighters from Tekken) can use a Dragon Uppercut and a Lightning Screw Uppercut-like moves.
    • Interestingly, both Cloud Strife and Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII, who are also playable characters in the same game, gains a Dragon Uppercut move as well from within their own respective fighting skills and techniques.
  • In the turn-based strategy video game series Worms, whenever the Fire Punch attack is used, the worm will say "Shoryuken". However, some games make him say Hadoken instead.
  • Fulgore and Jago from Killer Instinct have their own special moves moves, Plasma Slice and Tiger Fury, respectively, that are very similar to the Shoryuken.
  • In Potato Talesrunner, a chick impersonating Ryu (headband) and Ken (Flaming Shoryuken and Flaming Tatsumaki Senpukyaku) appears in the Wonderland Map.
  • In Double Dragon (Neo-Geo), the Lee brothers, Billy and Jimmy possess a reverse version of Shoryuken dubbed as "Rekhuha". Both of their super finishing moves are the reverse version of Ken's Shoryu-reppa for heavy damage. In their transformed state however closely resembles Ken's Shoryuken dubbed as "Ryuken Kun" and the flames are blue in a electric fashion.
    • Double Dragon character Rebecca Brielle also possess a Shoryuken-somersault like move dubbed as "Hicchou Zan" in the game. The move is a reverse version of Ken's Shoryuken.
  • In Legend of Legaia, the main hero, Vahn, learns a hyper art named "Tornado Flame". It has a striking resemblance to Ken's Shoryuken, even with the flames.
  • In Konami's Suikoden II, the character Zamza has Ken's Shinryuken-like move while activating his Fire Dragon rune. Although, his rune does damage to himself after usage. Two other Suikoden II characters, Shin and Oulan, have Shoryuken-like moves; the former's attack is part of his Spider Slay rune while the latter has a Shin Shoryuken-like move as part of her Angry Dragon rune.
  • In Little Fighter 2 (a Chinese PC game), Shoryuken is one of Davis' special moves.
    • Additionally, the final boss of the game, Julien, is capable of performing a Shoryuken, but his version is weak and followed up by a kick.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. series, Nintendo mascots Mario and Luigi have their own "Shoryuken" known as the Super Jump Punch, based on their jumping poses in the Mario series. This may be a nod to their roles as the "Ryu" and "Ken" (gameplay-wise) of the series.
    • Mario's has multi-hitting properties much resembling Ken's, while Luigi's only hits once, but has a fiery effect that occurs when Luigi uses it very close to an opponent during the start of the move (which will badly damage the foe, launch them, and set them on fire).
    • Both versions of the move (except for Luigi's "sweet spot" Super Jump Punch) also release coins with each hit. However, this is merely a visual effect.
  • In Nintendo's Kirby series, Kirby's "Fighter" ability's "Rising Break" bears a striking resemblance to the Shoryuken, particularly Ken's version.
  • In the MMORPG Runescape, the Attack Cape of the Capes of Accomplishment allows the player to perform an emote strongly resembling the Shoryuken.
  • In Soulcalibur III, when the player create a character under the moveset "Thief", the character will take out a bomb and perform a jumping uppercut similar to the Shoryuken. With "Soul Charge" activated, the character will perform one with a fire effect similar to Ken's EX Shoryuken.
  • In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Hades is about to kill Pit, when suddenly Medusa steps in and attacks Hades. He then destroys her with a punching motion similar to the Shoryuken.
  • In the Pokémon games, the move Sky Uppercut bears a striking resemblance to the Shoryuken. It also functions as an "anti-air", as it can inflict damage on opponents using Fly and/or Bounce.
    • Coincidentally, in the anime, the move is depicted as a normal uppercut rather than a jumping one.
  • In the Nintendo Switch game ARMS, the second part of Spring Man's grab move has him performing a Shoryuken. As the game uses extendable arms as the norm, his fist extends during this move.



Deadpool using a Shoryuken against Shadowcat.

  • The Marvel Comics character, Deadpool, uses a Shoryuken on Shadowcat after asking her if she has played Street Fighter; she was unable to phase through it as she didn't see it coming. This was to get the attention of Wolverine, as well as to goad him into fighting him.[1]
    • He also retains this move in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and its Ultimate expansion, where it acts as his launcher move, though he performs it somewhat "incorrectly" (via his legs being mis-positioned while also not gaining as much height). Ryu also comments on this in his special winquote against Deadpool ("Huh? You stole my Shoryuken?! When did you...!?").
    • Also, in the Deadpool video game, Deadpool himself uses the move to throw Chance White out of the window of an office building.


  • In the 2009 movie Aliens in the Attic, the grandmother is seen using the Shinryuken while being brain controlled.
  • In the 2012 Disney video game crossover film, Wreck-It Ralph, right when Yuni from Dance Dance Revolution tells Ryu and Ken that the arcade is closed, Ryu lands a Shoryuken attack on Ken before he asks him if he is going to "Tapper's."
  • In DreamWorksShrek, Princess Fiona uses the Shoryuken (and the Spinning Bird Kick) when she fights off Robin Hood's Merry Men. This also carries over to the console versions of the Shrek 2 video game, where Fiona as her final basic combo finisher also uses a Shoryuken-like move (though time must be slowed down first via her special ability).

Anime and MangaEdit

  • In the manga/anime series Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star), the main protagonist, Kenshiro once used a ki blast called the Tenha Kassatsu ("Heaven's Kill Break"), as well as a flying uppercut, Hokuto Ujou Mosho Ha ("North Star Flying Merciful Slash") in the same episode. This may have inspired both the Hadoken and Shoryuken respectively.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Goku has access to the Dragon Fist, similarly named after the translation of Shoryuken. Also, Goku's Dragon Fist involves delivering an uppercut to the opponent with a dragon appearing.



  • In the web video series Dragon Ball Z Abridged, various characters (including Vegeta and Frieza) reply to questions with "Sure you can" (Shoryuken) before uppercutting an opponent.
  • In the episode "Boing! Boing!" of the French cartoon series Zig & Sharko, Sharko tries to hurt Zig with a Shoryuken-like attack.


  • In the sprite comic 8-Bit Theater, Fighter uses this accidentally while trying to perform the Hadoken, saying he "messed up the buttons".


  1. Deadpool v1 #27