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9th May '16 7:25:31 PM SneaselSawashiro
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Note that it is often exposed to SpellMyNameWithAnS due to &#363 vowel being two extra via the kana, furigana and romaji. Their names may or may not be written with the extra "u", as most keyboards can't type in an overline without copy-and-pasting.

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Note that it is often exposed to SpellMyNameWithAnS due to &#363 the "ū" vowel being two u's extra via the kana, furigana and romaji. romaji (りゅう/リュウ/リュー). Their names may or may not be written with the extra "u", as most keyboards can't type in an overline without copy-and-pasting.
copy-and-pasting. However, some names with "Ryu" in it may actually have just a single u (りゅ/リュ), but this is often very rare.
9th May '16 7:23:34 PM SneaselSawashiro
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The character "Ryū" (竜) means "dragon" in Japanese, and as such, its use as a name or part of a name in Japanese media [[MeaningfulName tends to have meaning]]. But even more interestingly, throughout the years, a certain archetype has formed around the name. Characters named "Ryu" or who have the character "Ryu" in their name have many of the following character traits in common:

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The character "Ryū" (竜) (竜 or 龍; the latter is the Chinese/hanzi-based character) means "dragon" in Japanese, and as such, its use as a name or part of a name in Japanese media [[MeaningfulName tends to have meaning]]. But even more interestingly, throughout the years, a certain archetype has formed around the name. Characters named "Ryu" or who have the character "Ryu" in their name have many of the following character traits in common:


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Note that it is often exposed to SpellMyNameWithAnS due to &#363 vowel being two extra via the kana, furigana and romaji. Their names may or may not be written with the extra "u", as most keyboards can't type in an overline without copy-and-pasting.
21st Apr '16 6:22:45 AM PrinnyOverlord
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* [[Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife Ryu Tsukino]], son of [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent I Tsukino]] from earlier in the comic. Despite being one of TheProudElite and having the required ego, he genuinely believes his role in the world is to inspire the "commoners" towards greatness and treats his employees as invaluable team members. He's rather lacking in rivals though.
26th Jan '16 7:36:33 AM Quanyails
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* Ryu from DetectiveAcademyQ is the hero Kyu's friendly rival, a boy in his mid-teens with a passionate hate for injustice[[spoiler: and therefore his criminal-syndicate family]], great fighting skill, and a tendency to desperately seek to help anyone in trouble, girl or boy.

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* Ryu from DetectiveAcademyQ ''DetectiveAcademyQ'' is the hero Kyu's friendly rival, a boy in his mid-teens with a passionate hate for injustice[[spoiler: and injustice [[spoiler:and therefore his criminal-syndicate family]], great fighting skill, and a tendency to desperately seek to help anyone in trouble, girl or boy.
22nd Dec '15 4:48:49 AM Hanz
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* Kazuma Kiryuu from ''VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku''. In a subversion, though, his rival in the second game is Ryuuji Goda, another dragon-themed character(although he's more a NobleDemon than a full-blown bad guy, and he still exhibits many traits associated with his name).

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* Kazuma Kiryuu from ''VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku''.''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}''. In a subversion, though, his rival in the second game is Ryuuji Goda, another dragon-themed character(although he's more a NobleDemon than a full-blown bad guy, and he still exhibits many traits associated with his name).
18th Oct '15 6:53:33 PM Lyner
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* Ryu from DetectiveAcademyQ is the hero Kyu's friendly rival, a boy in his mid-teens with a passionate hate for injustice[[spoiler: and therefore his criminal-syndicate family]], great fighting skill, and a tendency to desperately seek to help anyone in trouble, girl or boy.
14th Sep '15 2:09:11 AM yin_13147
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* Hakuryuu Ren from ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' is one of the four protagonists, and fittingly enough, his name means "White Dragon".
24th Aug '15 6:30:26 AM Cryoclaste
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* Ryu from ''StreetFighter''. His rival is Sagat, who's associated with the tiger.
** Although the kanji used to spell Ryu's name in promotional materials for the original ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' stood for "prosperity", not "dragon".

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* Ryu from ''StreetFighter''.''Franchise/StreetFighter''. His rival is Sagat, who's associated with the tiger.
** Although the kanji used to spell Ryu's name in promotional materials for the original ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' ''VideoGame/{{Street Fighter|I}}'' stood for "prosperity", not "dragon".



* Ryu, Raoh's son from ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.

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* Ryu, Raoh's son from ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''.



* Ryudo from ''{{Grandia II}}''.

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* Ryudo from ''{{Grandia II}}''.''VideoGame/GrandiaII''.



* ''PeacemakerKurogane'' has Ichimura Tatsunosuke (where "Tatsu" is the character for the EasternZodiac sign of the dragon) and the HistoricalDomainCharacter Sakamoto Ryoma, whose name is written with the characters for "dragon" and "horse", and who fits the trope quite well.

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* ''PeacemakerKurogane'' ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'' has Ichimura Tatsunosuke (where "Tatsu" is the character for the EasternZodiac sign of the dragon) and the HistoricalDomainCharacter Sakamoto Ryoma, whose name is written with the characters for "dragon" and "horse", and who fits the trope quite well.



* Ryuta Ippongi from ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' fits this almost perfectly.

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* Ryuta Ippongi from ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' fits this almost perfectly.



* "Wooden Sword" Ryuu of ''ShamanKing'', having all but a clear rivalry with a tiger themed character. Instead, his partner spirit has (or, ''[[HeelFaceTurn had]]'') a rivalry with the main character's partner.

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* "Wooden Sword" Ryuu of ''ShamanKing'', ''Manga/ShamanKing'', having all but a clear rivalry with a tiger themed character. Instead, his partner spirit has (or, ''[[HeelFaceTurn had]]'') a rivalry with the main character's partner.



** In ''GundamSentinel'', the protagonist's name is Ryu Roots.

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** In ''GundamSentinel'', ''Manga/GundamSentinel'', the protagonist's name is Ryu Roots.



* Tatsumaru, Rikimaru's brother in the ''{{Tenchu}}'' series.
* A somewhat ambiguous case, but [[AntiHero Ryuuho Tairen]] of ''{{sCRYed}}'' is nominally one of the protagonists of the series, along with Kazuma. His father Ryuu is a pretty decent guy, too.

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* Tatsumaru, Rikimaru's brother in the ''{{Tenchu}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series.
* A somewhat ambiguous case, but [[AntiHero Ryuuho Tairen]] of ''{{sCRYed}}'' ''Anime/{{sCRYed}}'' is nominally one of the protagonists of the series, along with Kazuma. His father Ryuu is a pretty decent guy, too.



* Asaga Hiryuu from {{Psyren}} is in fact not the protagonist and in fact is moved OutOfFocus for a bit, although up to that point he was certainly a major character. Otherwise he fits the trope right down to the ground. His rival, the protagonist, isn't associated with tigers, but Hiryuu makes up for it by embracing the dragon theme and teaming up with his friend Tatsuya.

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* Asaga Hiryuu from {{Psyren}} ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' is in fact not the protagonist and in fact is moved OutOfFocus for a bit, although up to that point he was certainly a major character. Otherwise he fits the trope right down to the ground. His rival, the protagonist, isn't associated with tigers, but Hiryuu makes up for it by embracing the dragon theme and teaming up with his friend Tatsuya.



* {{Subverted}} in ''TheLegendOfKorra''--a minor Air Nomad named Ryu appears as a BasementDweller and a StrawLoser, whose personality ranges from "apathetic" to "moody." For what it's worth, his [[{{Tuckerization}} name]] and design are based on [[http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Ki_Hyun_Ryu Ki Hyun Ryu]], who works on the show.

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* {{Subverted}} in ''TheLegendOfKorra''--a ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKorra''--a minor Air Nomad named Ryu appears as a BasementDweller and a StrawLoser, whose personality ranges from "apathetic" to "moody." For what it's worth, his [[{{Tuckerization}} name]] and design are based on [[http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Ki_Hyun_Ryu Ki Hyun Ryu]], who works on the show.
1st Aug '15 1:57:20 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MobileSuitGundam'', we have Ryu Jose. Though he's not the protagonist, he is the most skilled pilot of the crew in the beginning, is the most likeable, big brother type, and [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] himself to save his crew. His death is a large reason that the crew shape up and start working together better.]]

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* In ''MobileSuitGundam'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', we have Ryu Jose. Though he's not the protagonist, he is the most skilled pilot of the crew in the beginning, is the most likeable, big brother type, and [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices]] himself to save his crew. His death is a large reason that the crew shape up and start working together better.]]
30th Jun '15 8:07:23 AM Willbyr
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* Ryou Saeba of ''CityHunter''. His lechery makes him kind of a weird fit, but he definitely fulfills this trope.

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* Ryou Saeba of ''CityHunter''.''Manga/CityHunter''. His lechery makes him kind of a weird fit, but he definitely fulfills this trope.
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