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 Both brothers trained under their master Goutetsu who taught them a martial arts style originally made for assassination.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 Shun Goku Satsu technique, as well as his brother Gouken. Throughout the course of the franchise, Akuma would seek out worthy fighters to test his abilities against, taking notable interest in Ryu's potential as a martial artist.
Akuma made his debut in the 1994 Capcom fighting video game, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, as a hidden playable character. His creation was inspired through an April Fool's joke made by the American video game magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, who made up an elaborate hoax about finding a means in the original Street Fighter II video game of fighting Ken and Ryu's supposed master, Sheng Long. He would become a playable character in later installments of the Street Fighter video game franchise. In Japan, Akuma is known under the name of Gouki.
For anime appearances, Akuma has appeared in cameo appearances for the Street Fighter II animated movie and Street Fighter II V TV anime. He would have more prominent roles to play in the following animated movies for Street Fighter: Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter Alpha: Generations and Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind. For Japanese seiyuu, Akuma was voiced by Tomomichi Nishimura for Alpha, Daisuke Gouri for Alpha Generations and Taketora for Street Fighter 4. His English dub actors were Keith Burgess for the Alpha movies and Dave Mallow for Street Fighter 4.
Akuma stands at 178 centimeters tall ('5'10") and weighs 80 kilograms (176 pounds). He has red hair and red eyes, always wearing a dark-colored martial arts gi and a large necklace of prayer beads he took from his dead teacher, Goutetsu. He is either barefoot or wearing sandals.
Because of his use of Satsui no Hado, Akuma has a cold, emotionless personality as he is completely committed to honing his skills as a fighter. He rarely expresses emotion beyond occasional bouts of anger, is very serious in focusing on training and will violently lash out at those who interrupt him. 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.
In Street Fighter Alpha, Ryu finds himself struggling with how to control the corrupt power of Satsui no Hado as he regularly thought about Akuma embracing its use and wanting Ryu to submit to it so he would have a worthy fighter to face. Ryu and Chun-Li would pay a visit to Akuma later in the film to confront him, where Akuma's power nearly causes Ryu to submit to Satsui no Hado. Disgusted with Ryu still failing to submit to the power, he leaves the two while ignoring a question from the young man inquiring that Akuma may be his father. Akuma would appear at the end of the film just as he is about to start a fight with Ryu.
In Street Fighter Alpha: Generations, he is given more back story. Compared to the video game storyline where Satsui no Hado was part of his master's fighting style, the power is forbidden and Akuma gets in a heated argument with Goutetsu regarding its use. He had a lover named Sayaka, who was Goutetsu's daughter and was implied to have become pregnant with Ryu as their son before he gave into Satsui no Hado to murder her father. Years later, Akuma would re-emerge to challenge Ryu, who was struggling with controlling Satsui no Hado upon witnessing Akuma killing Gouken. The two start off a brutal fight with one another that Akuma dominates at first, before Ryu gives into his Satsui no Hado and the bout becomes even. After seeing a vision of his love interest Fuka, Ryu snaps out of the dark power and this angers Akuma enough to fire off a Messatsu Gou Hado at the boy. While the attack connects, a pound of his ki to his chest leads Ryu's energy to purify the forest in which they battled. This moment leads Akuma to revert back to his former human form and declaring his desire to fight Ryu again as he walks off.
In Street Fighter 4: Ties That Bind, Akuma is again in Ryu's thoughts as he struggles to resist Satsui no Hado and the Master of Fists berates him for not giving into its power. The taunting gets enough to a point where an angered Ryu uses the power of Satsui no Hado to drive his visions of Akuma away, as the fighter laughs at him.
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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