The Master of the Fist, Akuma embraced the principle of Satsui no Hadō translated to The Surge of the Intent to Murder/Murderous Intent. He is the father of Ryu, the brother of Gouken and Ken's sensei. Akuma is known as - The Raging Demon!
Akuma is the younger brother of Gouken, Ryu and Ken's sensei. Both brothers trained under their master Goutetsu who taught them a martial arts style originally made for assassination. He also taught Shun Goku Satsu (literally Instant Hell Murder or The Raging Demon), a death technique which, although incredibly powerful, puts the user in considerable danger. Gouken, unable to accept the violent nature of his fighting style, left to begin his own dojo. Akuma continued his master's teachings and vowed to use their fighting style as it was intended.
In order to learn Shun Goku Satsu, Akuma embraced the principle of Satsui no Hadō or (The Surge of the Intent to Murder/Murderous Intent). Through Satsui no Hadō, Akuma was forced to give up any compassion he held towards other human beings. In addition, Akuma realized his limits as a martial artist could be expanded, and left Goutetsu's guidance to train alone. He eventually returned and killed his master with the Shum Goku Satsu technique, as well as his brother Gouken. Sensing the hidden potential in Ryu's power, Akuma seeks out the wandering fighter to encourage him to unleash his Satsui no Hado out of his desire to fight Ryu in a fight to the death.
Akuma will only fight against opponents that he knows will give him a decent challenge in battle. If Akuma senses any weakness in a fighter or if their skills aren't to his caliber, he will deny their challenge and leave the battle. He intentionally holds back his power to give his opponents a fighting chance. Outside of battles, Akuma can be found training to keep his techniques polished for battle.
In the "Street Fighter Alpha" movie, there are certain hints to that Akuma might be Ryu's father.
Akuma is one of the strongest characters in the Street Fighter franchise with his fighting power being capable of leveling an entire forest and having high levels of superhuman strength where he can kick a submarine up to the surface of the ocean while both he and the submarine are fully submerged and capable of sinking an island with a blow to the ground. Trained in the more deadly variant of Ken and Ryu's martial art, Akuma normally makes use of more lethal variants of similar attacks that the two normally use.
He also possesses a number of additional techniques originating both from the power he gained in Satsui no Hado and those he had learned while training on his own. Ashura Senku gives Akuma the ability to temporarily become intangible and move around the battlefield, preventing his foe from inflicting damage on him and making it difficult for them to land a clean blow. Kongou Kokuretsuzan is a powerful blow to the ground which is capable of splitting Ayer's Rock in half and was the attack Akuma used to destroy the island he once used as his hideaway.
The attack that Akuma is most infamous for though is the Shun Goku Satsu. This lethal attack is capable of destroying the opponent's soul, bypassing physical durability and instantly killing any foe unprepared for what it brings. To survive the attack, a fighter must enter a zen-like state to temporarily empty their soul and prevent the technique from affecting them. Some fighters like M. Bison and Gill are capable of getting around the Shun Goku Satsu's effects through transferring their soul to another body (Bison) or their ability to resurrect (Gill). The ability also has no effect on artificial life forms and those without any soul within their bodies.
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