The main protagonist in the Street Fighter series that was created by Capcom.
Ryu was an orphaned child, with no knowledge of who his parents were or if they are still alive. When Ryu was a young child, he was adopted by Gouken and began living with him as well as learning the mysterious and dangerous martial art known as Nin-Ansatsuken. Gouken later trained his best friend's bratty son, Ken Masters, who served not only as a sparring partner for Ryu, but also to give Ryu some company since Gouken was the only person Ryu had seen in a long time due to the seclusion of Gouken's dojo. Ryu looked up to Gouken as a father figure during his early years and Ken as a best friend .When Ryu was about 23 years old, Gouken thought that Ryu was ready to travel the world in order to test his skills against the best fighters in the world. With this, Ryu left Gouken to fight in the first World Warrior tournament.
With the blessing of his master Gouken, Ryu entered the World Warrior Tournament. Thanks to his great skill and tutelage at the hands of master Gouken, Ryu was able to defeat every other fighter in the tournament. With his wins over all the other competitors, Ryu was qualified for the final championship fight, in which he would have to face Sagat, The Emperor of Muay Thai and the host of the tournament.
The odds were not in his favor since Sagat, with his imposing figure, was the best Muay Thai fighter in the world and a national hero in his native Thailand. As the battle begun, Sagat quickly took advantage of his sheer strength coming close to beating Ryu many times. Nevertheless, Ryu was able to embrace his dark side, delivering a devastating Mestsu Shoryuken which left a permanent and clearly visible scar on Sagat's chest. With this powerful attack and his subsequent Hadouken, Ryu was able to defeat Sagat and was crowned the World Warrior Tournament Champion. After the battle, Sagat swore revenge on Ryu.
After wining the World Warrior Tournament, Ryu went back home to Gouken's dojo. Ryu finds Gouken dead and finds out that Akuma (who is actually Ryu's biological father and Gouken's brother) had fought Gouken and killed him. After learning this, Ryu began to search for Akuma to avenge his master's death. Ryu finally finds Akuma on an island and attempts to fight him. Akuma, realizing that Ryu has many of the same abilities that he has, tells Ryu of the powerful fighting method called Satsui no Hadou which lets a fighter embrace his dark side and makes a fighter's desire to win so great that he is willing to kill his opponent. After telling Ryu this, Akuma punches the island and smashes it, leaving Ryu stranded.
Ryu eventually gets off the island and encounters Ken which had returned to visit him. Ryu and Ken start a friendly battle and Ken easily comes out on top. After the battle, Ken sensed that Ryu was not quite himself anymore and gives him his red hair band, urging him to stay focused.
After his encounter with Ken, Ryu was approached by a young girl named Sakura who idolizes him and wished to be trained by him. Ryu politely waves Sakura off telling her that he is not ready to teach because he himself has a lot to learn. Sakura swears that one day she will be his apprentice.
Two years passed after that and Ryu is still haunted by Akuma's words. Ryu meets Rose a tarot card reader who warns him that Doomsday is coming and the only way to stop it was to fight the evil M.Bison, leader of Shadoloo crime organization. Rose also warns Ryu, telling him that if he ever tries to fight Bison he will lose his soul. When Ryu finally confronts Bison, he is beaten to a semi-conscious state, which allows Bison to brainwash him. Under the effects of the brainwash, Ryu embraces his Satsui no Hado side and turns into Evil Ryu.
Soon after this, Ken, Sakura, and Sagat all barge into the room, having had searched for Ryu all for different reason; Ken because he was worried about not having heard from Ryu, Sakura still seeking to be Ryu's apprentice, and Sagat for his revenge. Ken and Sakura start fighting Bison, while Sagat is given the chance to finally fight Ryu for his revenge. Sagat fights Ryu but notices that Ryu has turned much more aggressive. Realizing that Ryu is not fighting as himself, Sagat urges Ryu to snap out of this brainwashed state. With Sagat's words Ryu was able to snap out of it and quickly
Ryu, along with much of the game's cast has appeared in a number of Japanese animated or printed content, some of which have had a significant effect on his game incarnation.
Ryu is the main protagonist of this feature-length animated feature. Much like in the games, Ryu is a rather stoic nomadic martial artist who wanders the world seeking strong opponents. Through the movie, his past and rivalry with his old sparring partner Ken is very much on his mind, a series of flashbacks showing their mutual training and how he gained his signature headband.
Ryu is sought by M.Bison, leader of the criminal organization Shadowlaw, so that he can be recruited as an assassin. Ryu's nomadic nature has made him hard to track down, so Bison instead captures and brainwashes the much more accessible Ken then pits him against Ryu in a brutal battle. Ryu refuses to fight back and instead aims to stir Ken's memories. This eventually succeeds, Ken overcomes his brainwashing and together the two destroy Bison.
This 29-episode TV anime series follows Ryu & Ken as teenagers, as they travel together to find and face the world's strongest fighters. Set at some point before the games, Ryu lacks his iconic headband, rarely wears a gi and is little like his usual reserved self. Instead, he is fairly rash, excitable and often shows a sense of humour. His abilities are also not as polished, though over the course of the series he learns to control his ki & perform his signature special attacks.
Ryu & Ken's journey allows them to hone their skills by meeting and fighting various martial artists around the word but eventually leads them into conflict with the criminal organization Shadowlaw.
Ryu & Ken reconvene after a period of separation, and Ryu is forced to contend with two major problems. The first is a malevolent force within him called the Dark Hadou, which threatens to consume him and turn him into a brutal killer. The second is a young boy who despite never having met Ryu in his life, claims to be his younger brother.
This short feature focuses on Ryu's conflict with Akuma, the man who killed Ryu's master.
Ryu travels to the man-made island of Shad to avenge his master's death and find his errant training partner Ken. While there, he takes up with a young pair of siblings & helps them to keep their struggling restaurant afloat. Alike Street Fighter Victory, the Ryu depicted here isn't as mature as his game self, but he isn't quite as foolish or unseasoned. He does retain his massive appetite however.
Having temporarily tapped into a dark power within himself when facing the Muay Thai champion Sagat and badly scarred him, Ryu is horrified by the destruction he has wrought, and considers giving up martial arts. Ryu seeks answers traveling together with Interpol agent Chun-Li, reuniting with his friend Ken and facing various competitors & enemies. This manga inspired the "Evil Ryu" character who later appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 2 & other games.
This series tells the tale of Sakura Kasugano, a teenage girl inspired to take up street fighting after seeing Ryu in action. Despite being a major part of the heroine's motivation, Ryu only cameos for most of the series before putting in a full appearance near the end.
Ken soundly thrashes Ryu in a match, then tells him that he believes that becoming a father has given him a new drive and attitude to martial arts, hence his improved prowess. Ryu sets off on journey to find a similar inspiration, challenging various fighters like Hugo, Sagat & Dudley, before heading on to a decisive battle with Akuma, his master's killer. The series also explores part of Ryu & Akuma's past, detailing how Ryu came into Gouken's tutelage, and his first meeting with Akuma.
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