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* Ryu from ''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/{{Street Fighter|I}}'' stood for "prosperity", not "dragon".
* Ryu Hayabusa from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''.



* Ryuhaku Todou of ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting / VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
** Technically, the main protagonist in that series is ''Ryo'', who is associated with the tiger. In an odd subversion, his lifelong pal and training partner, Robert Garcia is the one associated with the dragon, but he's the [[RyuAndKen "Ken"]] of the series...
*** Also, Ryuhaku Todoh has never been a playable character in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', though he was playable in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'' and his daughter has been a playable character in KOF from time to time...
* Kazuma Kiryuu from ''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).
* Ryu from ''Videogame/BreathOfFire''. Many of his companions are [[TigerVersusDragon tiger-themed]] to contrast with him, and, well, he's a ''literal'' dragon.



* Ryudo from ''VideoGame/GrandiaII''.



* [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]].
* Ryuichi Naruhodo, AKA {{VisualNovel/Phoenix Wright|AceAttorney}}. In the third game, he actually gets impersonated and threatened by a gangster named Furio Tigre, aka The Tiger (Toranosuke Shibakuzo, aka Zenitora), who's obviously associated with tigers (invoking a [[TigerVsDragon different trope]]).
** The only element of this trope that doesn't really fit Phoenix is "good at fighting". Unless, of course, you equate legal skills to fighting ability (which, given the [[MundaneMadeAwesome nature of his series]], isn't all that unreasonable).
*** However, he ''is'' a playable character in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', even though he can't actually fight worth beans in his own series. And [[LethalJokeCharacter If you know what you're doing]], he's quite the badass.
** For purposes of IdenticalGrandfather reasons, Phoenix's Meiji-era ancestor is named "Ryuunosuke Naruhodou" in ''VideoGame/DaiGyakutenSaiban''.
* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' as well as Ryu Terui from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
* Ryu Aihara from ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the best friend of Mirai Hibino, the protagonist and human form of the title hero.
* Ryuji Takasu from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', in which the whole premise of the title involves the concept of Tigers and Dragon's in Eastern Culture being seen as counterparts. 'Tora' is the Japanese word for tiger, while 'Dora' comes from 'Doragon' the japanese pronunciation of the English word 'Dragon'. The characters names in the show are the reverse of the title, Ryuji's name deriving from Ryu, the Japanese word for dragon, and the female protagonist/love interest is named Taiga Aisaka, 'Taiga' being the Japanese pronunciation of the English word 'Tiger'.
* While not their proper names (being their hero names instead), the three protagonists of ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'' fit the bill.
* Ryu Tendou/Red Hawk from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. Non-Red examples can be seen in Ryu Higashi/Dia Jack in ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' and Ryu Hoshikawa/[=DynaBlack=] in ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'' or, to a smaller extent, Ryunosuke Ikenami/[=ShinkenBlue=] from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and Ryuji Iwasaki/Blue Buster from ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters''. Then there's the [=RyuRanger=], Ryou of the Heaven Fire Star from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', another Red ''and'' dragon-themed.
* Michael (known as Ryuto in Japanese) of ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' is a subversion; the proper translation is "to kill".



* Ryo Akiyama from the ''VideoGame/DigimonWonderSwanSeries''.
* Ryuta Ippongi from ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' fits this almost perfectly.
* Ryugamine Mikado from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', minus the outgoing personality and fighting skills (although he started working on that in the light novels).



* Ryuuji Kisaragi of ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis''.



* Kusuha Mizuha and Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' timeline are considered the mains of the series. Their ultimate robot? [=RyuuKoOu=].
* Ryuichi and Ryuji, recurring antagonists from the ''VideoGame/KunioKun'' series. Their names can be read as "dragon one" and "dragon two," and they are indeed {{Expy}}s of the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' protagonists (though their DubNameChange in ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'' somewhat obscured this). Toraichi and Toraji are presumably their "tiger" counterparts, but they never appeared in the same game.
* Tatsumaru, Rikimaru's brother in the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series.



* Inverted in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'': Travis Touchdown, the protagonist, is represented through a tiger. One of his adversaries is Ryuji, represented through a dragon. That being said, Ryji seems to be of decent moral fiber (far more than Travis anyhow) and embodies most of the traits seen on the list above.
* Ryou from ''Literature/RoTeO''. Subverted in that his rival is not tiger themed (he's based off a stereotypical angel), and that TheDulcineaEffect hasn't shown up yet. [[spoiler: As of the latest chapter, Ryou has decided to be on the villians' side, subverting him even further.]]



* In ''Videogame/DynastyWarriors'', a [[EnsembleCast Poster Boy]] is Chou Shiryu. a.k.a. Zhao Zilong, as in Zhao Yun. "Zilong" (Literally Young Dragon) is his courtesy name which he uses to refer to himself exclusively. [[{{Woolseyism}} In the dub]], he constantly claims that "[he] [is] the dragon!", when in the original dub he would say [[FullNameBasis his full name]]. Characteristic wise, He is one of the [[BadassCrew Five Tiger Generals of Shu]] who is an IdealHero TheCape who fights ForGreatJustice.



* {{Subverted}} in ''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.



* In ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'', Ryuunosuke is a gynophobic programmer and {{Hikikomori}}. He is even nicknamed "Dragon" by prominent female character Misaki and referred to affectionately. In Inverted fashion, he fears women regardless if they're in danger or not, his temporary rival is his main love interest, he's not outgoing in the least, and not physically skilled.
* Ryu Tsukino from ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'', 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.
* Ryuji Sakamoto from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', who spells his given name 竜司, is the first recruit for your team of AntiHero thieves, and quickly becomes TheLancer for your Protagonist.


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* Ryuji Takasu from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', in which the whole premise of the title involves the concept of Tigers and Dragon's in Eastern Culture being seen as counterparts. 'Tora' is the Japanese word for tiger, while 'Dora' comes from 'Doragon' the japanese pronunciation of the English word 'Dragon'. The characters names in the show are the reverse of the title, Ryuji's name deriving from Ryu, the Japanese word for dragon, and the female protagonist/love interest is named Taiga Aisaka, 'Taiga' being the Japanese pronunciation of the English word 'Tiger'.
* Ryugamine Mikado from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', minus the outgoing personality and fighting skills (although he started working on that in the light novels).
* Ryou from ''Literature/RoTeO''. Subverted in that his rival is not tiger themed (he's based off a stereotypical angel), and that TheDulcineaEffect hasn't shown up yet. [[spoiler: As of the latest chapter, Ryou has decided to be on the villians' side, subverting him even further.]]
* In ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'', Ryuunosuke is a gynophobic programmer and {{Hikikomori}}. He is even nicknamed "Dragon" by prominent female character Misaki and referred to affectionately. In Inverted fashion, he fears women regardless if they're in danger or not, his temporary rival is his main love interest, he's not outgoing in the least, and not physically skilled.
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* ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' as well as Ryu Terui from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble''.
* Ryu Aihara from ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the best friend of Mirai Hibino, the protagonist and human form of the title hero.
* While not their proper names (being their hero names instead), the three protagonists of ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'' fit the bill.
* Ryu Tendou/Red Hawk from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. Non-Red examples can be seen in Ryu Higashi/Dia Jack in ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' and Ryu Hoshikawa/[=DynaBlack=] in ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'' or, to a smaller extent, Ryunosuke Ikenami/[=ShinkenBlue=] from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and Ryuji Iwasaki/Blue Buster from ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters''. Then there's the [=RyuRanger=], Ryou of the Heaven Fire Star from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', another Red ''and'' dragon-themed.
* Ryuuji Kisaragi of ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ryu from ''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/{{Street Fighter|I}}'' stood for "prosperity", not "dragon".
* Ryu Hayabusa from ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden''.
* Ryuhaku Todou of ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting / VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''.
** Technically, the main protagonist in that series is ''Ryo'', who is associated with the tiger. In an odd subversion, his lifelong pal and training partner, Robert Garcia is the one associated with the dragon, but he's the [[RyuAndKen "Ken"]] of the series...
*** Also, Ryuhaku Todoh has never been a playable character in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', though he was playable in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'' and his daughter has been a playable character in KOF from time to time...
* Kazuma Kiryuu from ''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).
* Ryu from ''Videogame/BreathOfFire''. Many of his companions are [[TigerVersusDragon tiger-themed]] to contrast with him, and, well, he's a ''literal'' dragon.
* Ryudo from ''VideoGame/GrandiaII''.
* [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]].
* Ryuichi Naruhodo, AKA {{VisualNovel/Phoenix Wright|AceAttorney}}. In the third game, he actually gets impersonated and threatened by a gangster named Furio Tigre, aka The Tiger (Toranosuke Shibakuzo, aka Zenitora), who's obviously associated with tigers (invoking a [[TigerVsDragon different trope]]).
** The only element of this trope that doesn't really fit Phoenix is "good at fighting". Unless, of course, you equate legal skills to fighting ability (which, given the [[MundaneMadeAwesome nature of his series]], isn't all that unreasonable).
*** However, he ''is'' a playable character in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', even though he can't actually fight worth beans in his own series. And [[LethalJokeCharacter If you know what you're doing]], he's quite the badass.
** For purposes of IdenticalGrandfather reasons, Phoenix's Meiji-era ancestor is named "Ryuunosuke Naruhodou" in ''VideoGame/DaiGyakutenSaiban''.
* Michael (known as Ryuto in Japanese) of ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' is a subversion; the proper translation is "to kill".
* Ryo Akiyama from the ''VideoGame/DigimonWonderSwanSeries''.
* Ryuta Ippongi from ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' fits this almost perfectly.
* Kusuha Mizuha and Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield of the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' timeline are considered the mains of the series. Their ultimate robot? [=RyuuKoOu=].
* Ryuichi and Ryuji, recurring antagonists from the ''VideoGame/KunioKun'' series. Their names can be read as "dragon one" and "dragon two," and they are indeed {{Expy}}s of the ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' protagonists (though their DubNameChange in ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom'' somewhat obscured this). Toraichi and Toraji are presumably their "tiger" counterparts, but they never appeared in the same game.
* Tatsumaru, Rikimaru's brother in the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' series.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'': Travis Touchdown, the protagonist, is represented through a tiger. One of his adversaries is Ryuji, represented through a dragon. That being said, Ryji seems to be of decent moral fiber (far more than Travis anyhow) and embodies most of the traits seen on the list above.
* In ''Videogame/DynastyWarriors'', a [[EnsembleCast Poster Boy]] is Chou Shiryu. a.k.a. Zhao Zilong, as in Zhao Yun. "Zilong" (Literally Young Dragon) is his courtesy name which he uses to refer to himself exclusively. [[{{Woolseyism}} In the dub]], he constantly claims that "[he] [is] the dragon!", when in the original dub he would say [[FullNameBasis his full name]]. Characteristic wise, He is one of the [[BadassCrew Five Tiger Generals of Shu]] who is an IdealHero TheCape who fights ForGreatJustice.
* {{Subverted}} in ''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.
* Ryuji Sakamoto from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', who spells his given name 竜司, is the first recruit for your team of AntiHero thieves, and quickly becomes TheLancer for your Protagonist.
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* Ryu Tsukino from ''Webcomic/WhiteDarkLife'', 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.
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16th Mar '18 7:40:18 AM JacobBurt
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* Ikuo Ryuzaki from Manga/{{Ouroboros}}
8th Feb '18 9:11:01 PM costanton11
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* {{Canon Foreigner}} Ryu Suzaku from VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Falcon Densetsu is the main character of the anime (contrasting the games, who have Captain Falcon as a main character). In fact, his machine, Dragon Bird has the name "Dragon" in it.

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* {{Canon Foreigner}} Ryu Suzaku from VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} VideoGame/{{FZero}} Falcon Densetsu is the main character of the anime (contrasting the games, who have Captain Falcon as a main character). In fact, his machine, Dragon Bird has the name "Dragon" in it.
13th Nov '17 10:59:13 AM AerialQueen
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* {{Canon Foreigner}} Ryu Suzaku from VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Falcon Densetsu is the main character of the anime (contrasting the games, who have Captain Falcon as a main character). In fact, his machine, Dragon Bird has the name "Dragon" in it.
19th Jun '17 10:27:31 PM KanekiKun
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Not to be confused with AWinnerIsYou.
8th Feb '17 6:02:51 PM AndyLA
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* Ryu Tendou from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. A non-Red example can be seen in Ryuu Hoshikawa in ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'' or to a smaller extent, Ryuunosuke Ikenami from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and Ryuji Iwasaki from ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters''. Then there's the [=RyuRanger=], Ryou of the Heaven Fire Star from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', another Red ''and'' dragon-themed.

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* Ryu Tendou Tendou/Red Hawk from ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman''. A non-Red example Non-Red examples can be seen in Ryuu Hoshikawa Ryu Higashi/Dia Jack in ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' and Ryu Hoshikawa/[=DynaBlack=] in ''Series/KagakuSentaiDynaman'' or or, to a smaller extent, Ryuunosuke Ikenami Ryunosuke Ikenami/[=ShinkenBlue=] from ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' and Ryuji Iwasaki Iwasaki/Blue Buster from ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters''. Then there's the [=RyuRanger=], Ryou of the Heaven Fire Star from ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'', another Red ''and'' dragon-themed.
29th Dec '16 3:49:17 PM MagnusForce
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* Ryu Aihara from ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the best friend of Mirai Hibino, the protagonist and human form of the title hero.
7th Dec '16 7:10:27 AM ashlay
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* Ryuji Sakamoto from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', who spells his given name 竜司, is the first recruit for your team of AntiHero thieves, and quickly becomes TheLancer for your Protagonist.
28th Oct '16 8:37:13 PM DustSnitch
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*** However, he ''is'' a playable character in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', even though he can't actually fight worth beans in his own series. And [[LethalJokeCharacter If you know what you're doing]], he's quite the {{Badass}}.

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*** However, he ''is'' a playable character in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', even though he can't actually fight worth beans in his own series. And [[LethalJokeCharacter If you know what you're doing]], he's quite the {{Badass}}.badass.
20th Aug '16 4:40:22 PM sorako
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* Ryu from ''Manga/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 ''Manga/DetectiveAcademyQ'' ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'' 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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