"You must defeat my Shoryuken to stand a chance."

Name Ryu
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight 150 lbs (68 kg)
Homeworld JAPA0001 Japan
Race Human
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown/Black
Weapon(s) Fists
Debut Street Fighter
English Voice Actor Kyle Hebert
Japanese Voice Actor Katashi Ishizuka (SFA 1 and 2, SFEX series, Marvel vs. Capcom series)

Toshiyuki Morikawa (SFA 3, Capcom vs. SNK, Capcom Fighting Evolution, Namco x Capcom)
Wataru Takagi (SFIII: New Generation and 2nd Impact)
Tōru Ōkawa (SFIII Third Strike)
Hiroki Takahashi (SFIV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3)

Ryu is the main protagonist of Street Fighter series and M.U.G.E.N: Ultimate All-Stars. Ryu has made an appearance in every Street Fighter game, as well as in every crossover fighting game with Capcom characters in it. Ryu has arguably become the most famous character in the fighting game genre, starring in early fighting games such as Street Fighter, but really got well known in Street Fighter II, where he was considered a "basic" character. He, along with Mega Man, is considered one of Capcom's unofficial "mascots".


Ryu's name gained great recognition among martial artists after he defeated the Muay Thai King in a fight. However, instead of claiming his fame, Ryu begins to wander around the globe, hoping to become a true martial artist. He continues his journey, engaging in battles with fighters he meet along the way.

The Legacy of RyuEdit

  • Street Fighter (1987)
  • Street Fighter II (1991)
    • ​Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (1992)
    • Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting (1992)
    • Super Street Fighter II (1993-2012)
    • Super Street Fighter II Turbo (1994)
    • Hyper Street Fighter II (2003-2004)
    • Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix (2008-2009)
  • Street Fighter Alpha (1995-2008)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996-2011)
  • Street Fighter EX (1996)
  • Street Fighter III: New Generation (1997)
  • Street Fighter III: Second Impact (1997)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 (1998-2011)
  • Street Fighter EX 2 (1998)
  • Street Fighter III: Third Strike (1999)
  • Street Fighter EX 3 (2000)
  • Street Fighter IV (2008-2009)
    • ​Super Street Fighter IV (2010-2011)
    • Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)
  • Street Fighter V (2016)


Ryu wears a white gi and a black belt, and wears a red headband, though in the other MvC video games, the headband was white. In the Street Fighter series, Ryu didn't chronologically get a red headband until Street Fighter II. He wore a white headband in the Street Fighter Alpha series, which takes place between the first and second Street Fighter video games.


As a figure who strives to be the ultimate warrior, Ryu's most notable characteristic is that he always thinks about fighting. His motivation inspires characters like Sakura to fight, and is seen by others as an amazing person.

However, he is not without a dark side. His will to fight may cause him to struggle with the Satsui no Hado, a gathering of dark chi that consumes a fighter. The most notable example is Ryu's rival, Akuma, though there have been many (non-canon) instances where Ryu succumbs to the Satsui no Hadou, becoming Evil Ryu.

Theme SongEdit

Theme of Ryu

Theme of Ryu


Ryu's theme song is a SFIV remix from Street Fighter II.




  • Although initially easily subjected to Bison's will, Ryu is so far the only person to deal him a defeat in one on one combat (the events of SFA3). Akuma managed to repeat this feat, but the nature of Akuma's victory is in question since he caught Bison off guard.
  • According to one of his SFIV win quotes, Ryu can certainly afford shoes but enjoys walking barefoot.
    • In UDON comics, while tutoring 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.
  • If the opportunity presents itself, Ryu is capable of eating enormous amounts of food.
  • Ryu and Chun-Li have made the most crossover appearances out of the entire Street Fighter roster.
  • In The Simpsons Game, Ryu appears as an enemy, with Ken's gi as a color swap in the stage "Game Over".
  • Ryu is one of three characters whose stage doesn't have an audience until Alpha series (along with Akuma and Evil Ryu).
  • Coincidentally, Ryu's Street Fighter IV, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken English voice actor, Kyle Hebert, is known best for also being the main English voice for the adult version of Goku's son Gohan in Dragon Ball series, and Kazuya in Tekken: Blood Vengance.
  • 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's 6th color in Street Fighter IV bares a resemblance to his attire in Street Fighter Alpha.
  • 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. Ryu's winquote says, "You may see the future, but it is I who will forge it!" and Evil Ryu's winquote to Rose says, "You may see the future, but you cannot change it!".
  • In Street Fighter X Tekken, when the player play as Ryu and Ken against Jin and Xiaoyu in their Pandora's state. Both Ryu and Jin are equally hitting each other with their projectiles coming from Ryu's Hadoken and Jin's Penetrating Fist respectively in their first attack.
    • Interestingly, Jin's few of his basic attacks and blocks resembles Ryu's basic attacks and blocks as his "Shun Masatsu" move resemble his unique attack but slow to execute.
    • Jin's role as the protagonist is similar to Ryu from his previous appearance in Tekken 3 up to Tekken 5 which is later changes his role as the antagonist and anti-hero in Tekken 6 onwards, making him the complete opposite to Ryu.
  • Ryu appears in a parody of Taylor Swift's concert in the 2014 Grammy awards. He is seen as his Street Fighter II sprite kicking her repeatedly in the face as she swings her head back and forth.





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