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Violent Ken is an alternate, evil version of Ken that appears in SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos as a playable character. He's based on Brainwashed Ken (洗脳されたケン Sennōsareta Ken?)[2], a similar form that appeared in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.


Street Fighter II: The Animated MovieEdit

During Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Ken is captured, brainwashed, and sent to fight against Ryu, keeping them preoccupied while Bison tracks down Guile. When Ryu undoes the brainwashing, Bison tries to use his Psycho Power on Ken before turning his attention to Ryu, who defends himself against Bison, initially with little success. Fortunately, Ken uses his master's teachings to mend his body, and joins the fight.

SNK vs. Capcom: SVC ChaosEdit

In SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Ken was being controlled by Shadaloo with the Psycho Power. He easily fell to its influence due to his mind getting weaker when he began feeling jealous and impatient to become a better fighter like Ryu, who was surpassing him. Now full of hatred, the Psycho Power-enhanced Violent Ken seeks his rival to determine which of them is the strongest, his flaming attacking gaining a purple color. However, when he saw the red headband he gave to Ryu, Ken returned to his normal self.[1] Regular Ken, while fighting against his Violent form in the SVC Chaos, wonders if deep down, he desires this.

Both Ken and Violent Ken's ending in the game are almost the same. However, in the beginning of Violent Ken's ending, after the last battle, the evil power that was plaguing Ken lost it's hold on him, returning him back to normal. However, after being returned back home, Ken no longer remembers what happened to him, or what he had done during the duration of his Arcade Mode story, and then the rest of Ken's ending plays from there.

Project X Zone 2Edit

Brainwashed Ken briefly appears in the Capcom, Sega and Namco crossover game Project X Zone 2, where he served as an enemy/rival when Ryu and Ken's Pair Selection is locked. The appearance is the same as Ken's normal design, except for the purple flames and red eyes. Ryu manages to snap him back to normal with a Shin Shoryuken, in a direct parallel to Ken doing the same to Evil Ryu with a Shoryureppa in the first game, Namco X Capcom.


Violent Ken is a more ruthless, aggressive, valiant, daring, fearless, and cutthroat version of Ken. He gains the Rasetsu Kyaku, a special dash like teleport that can close distance with a faster startup and recovery than the Ashura Senku, and he is much more brutal with his special attacks, with more hits in his Shoryuken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. Unlike Evil Ryu however, who requires careful reservations of space and control of strength to ensure his somewhat slow speed doesn't leave him open, Violent Ken does not have much variability in his movesets, and requires a lot of control of pace to properly win, including knowing when to strike and to pull off combos; his Supers and Exceed are reflective of Violent Ken's erratic and unstable berserker-like nature, using up more energy than he can coherently realize and leaving him dangerously close to "burning out".

Violent Ken's Ansatsuken style uses purple flames instead of regular ones in his Shoryuken, which is a feature of Akuma's Hadokens and Shoryukens from the Marvel vs. Capcom series, and a pillar of deathly energy appears at the end of his Exceed move, which is a feature of Rugal's DMs in The King of Fighters. He seems to speak with a calm sinister voice, while combining it with incoherent screams similar to Riot of the Blood Iori.

Other AppearancesEdit


In the eight volume comic adaptation of SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, Ken was covinced by Red Arremer to join him, and was forced to undergo a brain-changing operation (despite reconsidering after thinking of Eliza and his son Mel), which turned him into Violent Ken. He lost to Ryu within the later volumes, and was returned to normal.

In Street Fighter II Turbo, Ken and other fighters were brainwashed to work for Shadaloo, but they return to normal when the Psycho Drive is destroyed.



Main article: Violent Ken/Sprites


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Street Fighter V Character Encyclopedia: Brainwashed Ken
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